American Idol cut the playing field down to eight Thursday night, following Wednesday’s “I’m With the Band” rock theme.

American Idol Elimination

Mentor Randy Jackson revealed at the start of the show that he felt that Caleb Johnson, Malaya Watson and Jena Irene gave the week’s strongest performances. When Ryan Seacrest announced the bottom three, Jackson’s top picks were all safe. In danger of elimination were C.J. Harris, Sam Woolf and Majesty Rose.

Eventually, it was announced that Rose, who’d sung Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out” had received the least amount of votes. She then sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” for the judges in the hopes that they would award her with the season’s one and only save. Judge Keith Urban revealed that the deliberation over the save was the hardest he, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. have yet to face together – but that they’d decided to say goodbye to her.

None of the judges made their way to the stage during the 30-minute elimination broadcast to sing a song of their own. However, Janelle Monae came by American Idol to deliver a performance of her track “What Is Love?” that’s featured on the Rio 2 soundtrack.

Majesty Rose On Post-Idol Aspirations

Rose, undeterred by her Idol elimination, plans to break into the industry as an artist whose main goal is to inspire after working on her overall artistry. “I definitely want to be a really inspiring artist,” she told reporters after the show. “Why can’t we sing about something else other than sex and relationships? Isn’t there more to life than that? I want to sing about other things that’s going on in our heads.”

– Chelsea Regan

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