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Elimination Performances

As we at WhatNotToSing.com are fond of pointing out, the single most effective way to stay alive in the competition is to sing well from week to week. Only around 15% of all elimination performances have rated at five stars (80+) or four stars (60+). And even a great many of those "shocking" eliminations can be readily explained:

  • Most occurred in the Final 4 or later, when there are few contestants remaining and secondary voting factors come into play. Case in point: Melinda Doolittle was eliminated despite turning in three strong performances because fans of Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis were motivated to vote hard to ensure their favorite was the "other" contestant in the Finale along with Melinda. Whoops.
  • Some had a companion performance that was well below par. For example, Josh Gracin's rendition of To Love Somebody earned a solid 68 rating, but his other performance that evening, Jive Talkin' clocked in at just 17. We're certain that Tamyra Gray sympathized.
  • Some had high standard deviations, meaning that there was considerable disagreement among the reviewers. Case in point: Jennifer Hudson's  "Weekend In New England" had an enormous σ of 25 – many viewers loved it, but quite a few didn't like it at all.
  • The dreaded Sesame Street Syndrome explains a large number of shock boots.
  • Phil Stacey's  Blaze Of Glory was a special case, as he had the misfortune of turning in his best performance in one of the highest-rated episodes ever and on a night in which two of the remaining six contestants would be sent home. Bad timing.

Contestants are particularly well advised to knock 'em dead early. No semifinalist has been eliminated on a five-star performance, and just four in the first seven seasons went home after a four-star number: Kelli Glover, Aliceyn Cooney, Lisa Leuschner, and Suzy Vulaca. (Don't ask about Season Eight, in which several contestants were bounced from the competition on four-star performances, including Ricky Braddy twice. But then, we'd don't think AI8 was staged as a real competition.)

[back to top] Elimination Performances

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# Episode / Theme Slot Performance Approval Rating σ Result
1
Open
1/5
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You0003How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
62
 
18 7Eliminated
2
1980s & 1990s
1/8
New Attitude0003New Attitude
19
 
15 7Eliminated
3
Idol's Choice / Judge's Choice
1/6
Edge Of Seventeen0003Edge Of Seventeen
36
 
26 7Eliminated
4
Finale
1/6
Before Your Love0003Before Your Love
44
 
13 7Eliminated
5
Open
1/8
Its All Coming Back To Me Now0003It's All Coming Back To Me Now
56
 
21 7Eliminated
6
Open
1/8
Didnt We Almost Have It All0003Didn't We Almost Have It All
19
 
12 7Eliminated
7
Billy Joel
1/7
Its Still Rock And Roll To Me0003It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
34
 
12 7Eliminated
8
Bee Gees Songs
1/8
Jive Talkin'0003Jive Talkin'
20
 
14 7Eliminated
9
Random / Judge's / Idol's
1/9
Band Of Gold0003Band Of Gold
88
 
15 7Eliminated
10
Idol's / Clive's / Judge's
1/9
Saving All My Love For You0003Saving All My Love For You
25
 
13 7Eliminated
11
Finale
1/6
I Believe0003I Believe
53
 
15 7Eliminated
12
Open
1/10
You Don't Know My Name0003You Don't Know My Name
24
 
20 7Eliminated
13
Open
1/8
River Deep Mountain High0003River Deep - Mountain High
36
 
14 7Eliminated
14
Year You Were Born
1/8
When I Dream0003When I Dream
32
 
24 7Eliminated
15
Idol's / Clive's / Judge's
1/9
Ill Never Love This Way Again0003I'll Never Love This Way Again
33
 
16 7Eliminated
16
Finale
1/6
Long Long Road0003Long Long Road
36
 
10 7Eliminated
17
Open
1/12
Come To My Window0003Come To My Window
40
 
15 7Eliminated
18
Open
1/8
When A Man Loves A Woman0003When A Man Loves A Woman
54
 
20 7Eliminated
19
2000s
1/10
Because Of You0003Because Of You
11
 
17 7Eliminated
20
Queen
1/8
Fat Bottomed Girls0003Fat Bottomed Girls
51
 
24 7Eliminated
21
Idol's / Clive's / Judge's
1/9
Open Arms0003Open Arms
44
 
16 7Eliminated
22
Finale
1/6
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree0003Black Horse And The Cherry TreeReprise performance
52
 
13 7Eliminated
23
Open
1/12
Free Ride0003Free Ride
23
 
19 7Eliminated
24
Diana Ross
1/12
You Cant Hurry Love0003You Can't Hurry Love
14
 
13 7Eliminated
25
Bon Jovi
1/6
Blaze Of Glory0003Blaze Of Glory
77
 
18 7Eliminated
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