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Elimination Performances

As we at WhatNotToSing.com are fond of pointing out, the single most effective way to stay alive in the competition is to sing well from week to week. Only around 15% of all elimination performances have rated at five stars (80+) or four stars (60+). And even a great many of those "shocking" eliminations can be readily explained:

  • Most occurred in the Final 4 or later, when there are few contestants remaining and secondary voting factors come into play. Case in point: Melinda Doolittle was eliminated despite turning in three strong performances because fans of Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis were motivated to vote hard to ensure their favorite was the "other" contestant in the Finale along with Melinda. Whoops.
  • Some had a companion performance that was well below par. For example, Josh Gracin's rendition of To Love Somebody earned a solid 68 rating, but his other performance that evening, Jive Talkin' clocked in at just 17. We're certain that Tamyra Gray sympathized.
  • Some had high standard deviations, meaning that there was considerable disagreement among the reviewers. Case in point: Jennifer Hudson's  "Weekend In New England" had an enormous σ of 25 – many viewers loved it, but quite a few didn't like it at all.
  • The dreaded Sesame Street Syndrome explains a large number of shock boots.
  • Phil Stacey's  Blaze Of Glory was a special case, as he had the misfortune of turning in his best performance in one of the highest-rated episodes ever and on a night in which two of the remaining six contestants would be sent home. Bad timing.

Contestants are particularly well advised to knock 'em dead early. No semifinalist has been eliminated on a five-star performance, and just four in the first seven seasons went home after a four-star number: Kelli Glover, Aliceyn Cooney, Lisa Leuschner, and Suzy Vulaca. (Don't ask about Season Eight, in which several contestants were bounced from the competition on four-star performances, including Ricky Braddy twice. But then, we'd don't think AI8 was staged as a real competition.)

[back to top] Elimination Performances

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# Episode / Theme Slot Performance Approval Rating σ Result
1
Finale
6/6
Up To The Mountain0003Up To The Mountain
89
 
12 7Eliminated
2
Random / Judge's / Idol's
1/9
Band Of Gold0003Band Of Gold
88
 
15 7Eliminated
3
Finale
3/6
Cant Help Falling In Love0003Can't Help Falling In LoveReprise performance
87
 
10 7Eliminated
4
Finale
6/6
Bridge Over Troubled Water0003Bridge Over Troubled Water
86
 
23 7Eliminated
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
7/9
River Deep Mountain High0003River Deep - Mountain High
86
 
16 7Eliminated
Breakups and Makeups
10/12
You And I0003You And I
86
 
13 7Eliminated
7
Idols' / Jimmy's / Judges' Choice
3/9
What Is And What Should Never Be0003What Is And What Should Never Be
85
 
24 7Eliminated
8
Finale
2/6
Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me0003Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
84
 
20 7Eliminated
Finale
3/6
Prayer0003The Prayer
84
 
16 7Eliminated
10
Finale
5/6
Up To The Mountain0003Up To The MountainReprise performance
83
 
13 7Eliminated
11
Idol's / Producers' / Judge's
6/9
Nutbush City Limits0003Nutbush City Limits
80
 
22 7Eliminated
Finale
1/6
Mad World0003Mad WorldReprise performance
80
 
19 7Eliminated
Randy's / Judges' / Hometown Choice
5/9
Stay0003Stay
80
 
16 7Eliminated
14
Open
6/12
Seven Day Fool0003Seven Day Fool
79
 
15 7Eliminated
15
Open
3/6
Georgia On My Mind0003Georgia On My Mind
78
 
22 7Eliminated
16
Finale
3/6
Over The Rainbow0003Over The RainbowReprise performance
77
 
11 7Eliminated
Bon Jovi
1/6
Blaze Of Glory0003Blaze Of Glory
77
 
18 7Eliminated
Finale
1/6
You Give Love A Bad Name0003You Give Love A Bad NameReprise performance
77
 
25 7Eliminated
Billboard Hot 100
8/12
No One0003No One
77
 
17 7Eliminated
20
1960s / Neil Sedaka
7/10
Love Will Keep Us Together0003Love Will Keep Us Together
74
 
18 7Eliminated
Finale
6/6
Like My Mother Does0003Like My Mother Does
74
 
23 7Eliminated
22
1960s / Neil Sedaka
2/10
Proud Mary0003Proud Mary
73
 
19 7Eliminated
23
Open
5/8
I Will Survive0003I Will Survive
72
 
14 7Eliminated
Barry Manilow
3/7
Weekend In New England0003Weekend In New England
72
 
25 7Eliminated
Finale
6/6
Imagine0003ImagineReprise performance
72
 
26 7Eliminated
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