Curtis Finch, Jr. was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday, becoming the first member of this year’s Top 10 to be sent home. Contestants who receive the lowest number of votes are allowed to perform one last "save" song for the judges, and the contestant is allowed to stay on the show if the judges unanimously vote in the singer's favor. Finch, Jr. sang “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly, but he did not receive a unanimous vote from the judges. This was much to the dismay of Nicki Minaj, who was visibly upset about the result and felt that the judges did not have enough time to deliberate on Finch, Jr.'s fate.

Still, reaching the Top 10 was a significant accomplishment for the singer who wowed the judges in his initial audition.

According to the Idol ranking system, which shows where each of the performers stand, the top three slots were claimed, in no specific order, by Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison. Harrison had quite a night for herself as she also received the key to her hometown of Woodville, Tex. The remaining contestants' rankings are listed below:

4. Lazaro Arbos
5. Amber Holcomb
6. Janelle Arthur
7. Burnell Taylor
8. Paul Jolley
9. Devin Velez

This episode of Idol also featured some welcome guest stars as Bon Jovi performed “Because We Can” and Phillip Phillips sang “Gone, Gone, Gone." Also, Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew each sang for a spot on the American Idol tour this summer. American Idol airs next Wednesday on Fox with a two-hour episode starting at 8 p.m. EST. A second Idol episode will air on Thursday at 8 p.m. when another contestant will be voted off the show. —Hal Sundt

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  • jpinkerton81
    jpinkerton81 on

    It was surprising to see Curtis Finch Jr. get voted off last night, but I agree with the judge’s decision not save him from elimination. I work at DISH and several of my coworkers said he should’ve been saved, but it was way too early for the judges to use that just yet. I didn’t make it home in time for the start of the show, but I kept up with it on my iPhone via the DISH Anywhere app. It’s great that I can watch live TV and programs saved on my DVR when I take the train home from work by using this feature.

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