We were so shocked when Emily Piriz was eliminated on the March 6 episode of ‘American Idol’ — and so soon into the finals! We caught up with Emily after her elimination and she told us that Harry Connick Jr. begged her to not hate him!
Even if you don’t agree that Emily Piriz should have been the next American Idol, you have to agree that it was way too soon for her to go home! Her performance of Jennifer Lopez‘s “Let’s Get Loud” may have been her poorest vocal performance of the season, but there were definitely some less consistent performers that should have gone home before she did. HollywoodLife.com caught up with Emily after her elimination, and she told us that the judges still support her despite not using their save; in fact, Harry Connick Jr. told her, “Don’t hate me!”
Harry Connick Jr. To Eliminated ‘American Idol’ Contestant Emily Piriz: ‘Don’t Hate Me’
Even though Emily got eliminated by America and the judges chose not to use their save on her — the decision has to be unanimous — all three of the judges were still incredibly supportive of her career and future success. Here’s what Emily told a group of reporters, including HollywoodLife.com, about what Harry said to her after the show:
“Harry talked to me for a while. You know basically he said was that everything he told me was to help me grow as an artist and that ‘this isn’t the end for you. Keep going, keep trying.’ He just encouraged me a lot, he was like ‘Don’t hate me! I know you hate me now!’ And I was like ‘No! I don’t hate you!’”
Harry has been given a bad rap this season for being the “mean” judge, but he’s really not. It’s clear that he wants these talented young performers to succeed in their own right, and when his criticism seems harsh, he’s really just giving the best possible advice he can think of so that they can move forward and improve. By his comments to Emily, it’s clear that he only wants the best for her.
Jennifer Lopez To Eliminated ‘American Idol’ Contestant Emily Piriz: ‘Don’t Give Up’
Due to their shared Latin heritage, Jennifer felt a special kinship with Emily and seemed particularly upset by her being voted off. Emily told us that Jennifer “didn’t say a lot. She was kind of teary a little bit. She said, ‘Don’t give up. You have a great voice and this isn’t the end. Keep going.'”
We agree with Jennifer and Harry — this isn’t the end for Emily and she definitely needs to continue pursuing a career in music as she is incredibly talented. With a couple of years of performing under her belt, maybe she can be the next JLo! Who knows?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Emily have gone home this soon? Should the judges have used their save? Were you rooting for her to be the next American Idol? Be sure to vote and let us know!
— Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner, Reporting by Russ Weakland