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Russ Says: American Idol's Elise Testone Deserves One More Chance To Shine

Thu, March 8, 2012 3:48am EDT by Russ Weakland 18 Comments

The decision hasn’t been made yet but the way the night went for American Idol hopeful Elise Testone there is a serious chance that America will put her in the bottom two during the March 8 results show. Thankfully the judges make the final decision, and if it comes to having her stay or go, I really think she needs one more chance. Let me tell you why!

After watching the pre-taped segment with Elise Testone getting her original song ripped away from her for the iconic but difficult Whitney Houston classic, ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’ by guest mentors Mary J. Blige and Jimmy Iovine I didn’t really think she was going to do very well. She was pretty much buried on the spot and not well received by Mary and Jimmy. Then she performed, and you could see the performance got the best of her.

To follow up the onslaught, the judges didn’t help whatsoever by basically continuing to mention she really didn’t pull off the song with Randy Jackson exclaiming, “It wasn’t your greatest performance.”

At first glance, I completely 100% agreed. The way the video segment was edited along with a not so stellar performance really didn’t do her any favors. But then I got to speak with Elise backstage and she was visibly disappointed that people thought she was bad. Even asking EXCLUSIVELY to myself, “Was I really that bad?” Talk about ripping your heart out.

This raw and real moment showed me the real Elise Testone and she deserves another chance because she really is in the competition to win it. Her vulnerability she showed me in that one statement was amazing. Her candor was uncanny and she really showed herself something I wish the audience was able to see.

Now I don’t know who should win American Idol this year and I think that Elise Testone has her work cut out for her. But I really believe she should have one more chance to shine after showing the genuine person she is to me when she never had to do that at all.

So HollywoodLifers, Do you think Elise Testone should be voted off or should she be safe for another week? Sound off below!

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