1st ‘Idol’ fi­nal­ist booted in snap decision by judges

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

Jeremy Rosado has got­ten the hook on “Amer­i­can Idol.”

Thurs­day’s edi­tion of the Fox singing con­test showed the exit of the 19-year-old re­cep­tion­ist from Val­rico, Fla. He left be­hind a dozen fi­nal­ists still in the run­ning.

They in­clude Elise Te­stone, a 28year-old teacher from Charleston, S.C., whom the judges spared in fa­vor of Mr. Rosado. The two were re­vealed as the fe­male and male singers rated low­est by view­ers af­ter Wed­nes­day’s show, and in a novel twist the judges were charged with de­cid­ing, on the spot, who would stay and who would go.

Among the other four who got the low­est viewer scores but, for now, re­main safe: 25-year-old gen­tle gi­ant Jer­maine Jones of Pine Hill, N.J.; soar­ing 16-year-old vo­cal­ist Shan­non Ma­grane of Tampa, Fla.; 26year-old disc jockey Erika Van Pelt of South Kingstown, R.I.; and boom­ing 19-year-old stu­dent Joshua Ledet of West­lake, La.

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