Gospel singer Curtis Finch Jr. was eliminated from "American Idol" Thursday night. The episode introduced major changes to the way in which "Idol" results are revealed.
In the past, viewers simply learned the three lowest vote-getters. This season, we'll apparently have a better indication of exactly how many votes each contestant receives.
Host Ryan Seacrest on Thursday revealed the three singers who received the highest number of votes: Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller. But he didn't reveal those singers' individual placements (first, second or third place).
Then, he revealed where the remaining singers placed in the votes received:
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Fourth place: Lazaro Arbos
Fifth: Amber Holcomb
Sixth: Janelle Arthur
Seventh: Burnell Taylor
Eighth: Paul Jolley
Ninth: Devin Velez
LAST PLACE: Curtis Finch Jr.
Upon learning he received the fewest votes, Curtis performed "I Believe I Can Fly" in hopes of winning the judges' "save." After his performance, judge Randy Jackson said the judges couldn't reach a unanimous decision and therefore couldn't save Curtis.
Judge Nicki Minaj was visibly upset with the outcome, though much of her reaction seemed like a ratings ploy. "I don't feel there was a real discussion about it," she said after Randy announced the judges wouldn't save Curtis. She initially even threatened to leave if Curtis was eliminated.
Weigh in: Did the right singer go home?
I predicted this week's results correctly. It wasn't too difficult: Curtis had the dreaded first-singer spot, delivered a just-average performance and didn't come off as very likeable.
In addition to the results, the show included a sing-off between the male and female "Idol" hopefuls who were closest to advancing to the Top 10.
Charlie Askew sat at the piano and sang an original song, "Sky Blue Diamond." Charlie definitely seemed more stable this week. Is he a great singer? Not exactly. But hey, he's unique. Aubrey Cleland sang "Here on My Own" from "Fame." It was good, but a little boring.
You can vote for Aubrey or Charlie here.
Also on Thursday's results show, Bon Jovi performed "Because We Can" and Phillip Phillips sang "Gone, Gone, Gone."