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Erika Van Pelt eliminated on 'American Idol'

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 23rd 2012 06:25 pm
Erika Van Pelt was eliminated on `American Idol` on Thursday. (photo by Michael Becker/FOX)
Erika Van Pelt was eliminated on "American Idol" on Thursday. (photo by Michael Becker/FOX)

Top nine finalists sing songs from their own idols Wednesday

Nicki Minaj and season 10 winner Scotty McCreery to perform on next results show

Erika Van Pelt was eliminated Thursday on "American Idol" after she received the fewest votes among the finalists.

On the results show, Lana Del Rey performed her smash hit "Video Games," and season 10 alum Haley Reinhart returned to the "American Idol" stage to debut her new single, "Free."

Next week, on Wednesday, March 28 (8 to 10 p.m.), the top nine - DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone - return to the "American Idol" stage to sings songs from their own Idols.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 29 (8 p.m.), to the live results show to find out which of the finalists is sent home. In addition, Nicki Minaj will take the stage and perform her megahit "Starships" and season 10 "American Idol" winner and platinum-selling country artist Scotty McCreery will return to perform his newest single, "Water Tower Town."

Become a fan of "American Idol" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson, @JLo and @iamstevent.

See what happens every Thursday when the show ends, but the cameras keep rolling, as the eliminated finalist says an emotional goodbye and exits the "Idol" stage. Visit www.americanidol.com for this exclusive insider's view each week after the West Coast broadcast of the results show, as well as for exclusive videos, interviews, photos and special behind-the-scenes information.

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