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'American Idol' Finalist Elise Testone: I Wasn't Rude To J. Lo

Thu, April 19, 2012 2:21pm EDT by Andy Swift 21 Comments

Elise defends her attack on the ‘Idol’ judges. Will her bad attitude get her booted from the competition?

Viewers were stunned when Elise Testone talked back to Jennifer Lopez on the April 18 episode of American Idol, but the controversial contestant doesn’t think she did anything wrong. “I don’t feel like I was being rude,” she told and other outlets immediately after the episode aired. “The thing that compelled me to do it was [J. Lo] said I wasn’t … connecting with my song, and I didn’t want to stand there and smile.”

“I wanted to engage … and I didn’t discredit anything [the judges] said,” Elise continued. “I just felt like I needed to explain that I am always approaching my songs for an emotional standpoint, but maybe they brought to my attention that this competition is making me forget.”

We respect Elise for standing her ground, but we have a feeling her decision to challenge J. Lo may have also sealed her fate in the competition. We wouldn’t be surprised to see her voted off tonight. Would you?

— Written by Andy Swift, Reporting by Russ Weakland