Grasping a pink hydrangea and sporting a blue peacock feather in her hair, American Idol's latest eliminated contestant was all smiles as she greeted reporters backstage. But there was disappointment in 28-year-old Elise Testone's voice as she revealed her true feelings about the advice she received from the show's judges.
"I'd like to say that they were [helpful], but I don't really feel that way," Testone admitted. "For the most part, I don't think it always made sense. Some things that they say don't line up with what I've learned on my own. It's hard to judge someone in such a short amount of time and tell people who they are when you don't even know who they are."
The South Carolina native was no stranger to the bottom three, so she was prepared to pack her bags when her name was called again last night. "My brain is just wired in a way to accept anything that happens," Testone said. "It's almost like I heard [Ryan Seacrest] say it before he said it and I accepted it immediately. I just always wanted to do my best. I thought I was gonna win, and I was wrong."
Before she left the stage, Testone treated the audience to a blistering version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," and judge Steven Tyler joined her for a brief duet after cameras stopped rolling. "I love him, he's the man," Testone said. "Steven said he fell in love with me...don't take it literally or make it a big thing!"
So what's next for Testone? She's eager to return home to clean her apartment and maybe get back to teaching. "I wouldn't mind seeing some students or opening up a new school and hiring great people to do it, too," she said. "I love working with the kids and being a mentor for them." One thing's for sure: no more reality television. "I was never really a huge fan of it at the beginning and everyone was shocked that I did it. But I'm glad I did."
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