Alexis Grace, the petite bluesy songstress who was labeled an front-runner early this season, went home on Wednesday's "American Idol" results show.
When Grace was announced as the lowest vote-getter, judge Simon Cowell said there was a chance the panel would use their one-time-only "save" on her. But after Grace sang one more time, Cowell said, "It was good, but it wasn't good enough."
Grace was joined in the bottom three by Michael Sarver and Allison Iraheta, the second- and third-lowest vote getters, respectively.
The outcome, predicted by popular Web site DialIdol.com, comes just days after an anonymous "Idol" staffer said producers had secured Grace a spot in the final four.
In Tuesday's Grand Ole Opry night, Grace was criticized for her performance of Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Judges called it too restrained. The prior week, some members of the panel said she over-sang.
But Grace, a 21-year-old mother of one, hardly struggled in the competition. In semifinals, she was praised for adding an edge to her performance style. Many bloggers named her the most marketable female contender.
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