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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
Billboard Hot 100
4/12
And I Am Telling You Im Not Going0003And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
38
 
31 7Eliminated
2
Shania Twain
6/6
Any Man Of Mine0003Any Man Of Mine
42
 
31 7Eliminated
3
Idol's Choice / Judge's Choice
4/6
Black Velvet0003Black Velvet
56
 
28 7Eliminated
4
Billboard Hot 100
1/8
Tell Me Something Good0003Tell Me Something Good
42
 
28 7Eliminated
5
Billboard charts
7/8
Somebody To Love0003Somebody To Love
43
 
28 7Eliminated
6
Judges' / Idols' / Jimmy's Choice
7/9
No More Drama0003No More Drama
49
 
28 7Eliminated
7
Open
3/10
Skyscraper0003Skyscraper
62
 
28 7Eliminated
8
Billboard Hot 100
7/8
Saving All My Love For You0003Saving All My Love For YouReprise performance
33
 
27 7Eliminated
9
Queen / Open
10/12
Bold As Love0003Bold As Love
43
 
27 7Eliminated
10
Idol's Choice / Judge's Choice
1/6
Edge Of Seventeen0003Edge Of Seventeen
36
 
26 7Eliminated
11
Open
10/12
Travelin Band0003Travelin' Band
50
 
26 7Eliminated
12
Finale
6/6
Imagine0003ImagineReprise performance
72
 
26 7Eliminated
13
Finale
3/6
A Change Is Gonna Come0003A Change Is Gonna Come
64
 
26 7Eliminated
14
Idols' / Jimmy's / Judges' Choice
9/9
You Oughta Know0003You Oughta Know
36
 
26 7Eliminated
15
Open
7/10
Nothing But The Water0003Nothing But The Water
40
 
26 7Eliminated
16
Jimmy's / Judges' / Producers' Choice
5/9
Try0003Try
63
 
26 7Eliminated
17
Big Band
4/6
Glory Of Love0003The Glory Of Love
57
 
25 7Eliminated
18
Open
7/8
Way We Were0003The Way We Were
47
 
25 7Eliminated
19
Barry Manilow
3/7
Weekend In New England0003Weekend In New England
72
 
25 7Eliminated
20
Finale
1/6
You Give Love A Bad Name0003You Give Love A Bad NameReprise performance
77
 
25 7Eliminated
21
Idol's / Producers' / Judges'
5/9
Fever0003Fever
60
 
25 7Eliminated
22
Billboard charts
5/12
You And I Both0003You And I Both
31
 
25 7Eliminated
23
Carole King
7/9
Hi De Ho0003Hi-De-Ho
38
 
25 7Eliminated
24
Inspirational Songs / Lieber & Stoller
8/8
Love Potion Number Nine0003Love Potion No. 9
63
 
25 7Eliminated
25
Finale
4/6
Maybe It Was Memphis0003Maybe It Was Memphis
55
 
25 7Eliminated
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