by Free Britney at

American Idol fans weren’t the only ones shocked and disappointed by the surprise elimination of early favorite Alexis Grace Wednesday night.

“I was like, ‘Is this a bad dream? What’s going on?’” the 21-year-old Memphis native said Thursday. “It’s hard. I’m obviously disappointed.”

The news was particularly hard for the pink-haired hopeful to swallow as it means she just missed making the cut for this summer’s American Idol tour.

“I’d set a goal for myself to make tour,” says Grace. “But everybody has their times where they don’t do exactly what they want to in life, and it only gives them more encouragement to work harder. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

For a brief moment on Wednesday’s show, it seemed Grace might get a reprieve with the new “judges save” rule, but after she forgot some words to “Jolene” and cracked a couple notes, judge Simon Cowell said it “wasn’t good enough.”

“If I’d remembered the words and been more in control of it, that might’ve helped,” Grace laments, but added. “It’s still very early in the game and I could see why they would want to save it for later. It’s better television.”

Grace says she had grown particularly close to fellow Idol Megan Joy, who’s also a young mom. The two joked that if they’d both made the tour, Grace’s daughter Ryan, 2, and Joy’s son Ryder, also 2, would become “boyfriend and girlfriend.”

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by Free Britney at

More than 31 million votes were counted after Tuesday's country night and the results were announced on American Idol Wednesday. They were surprising.

Alexis Grace, considered by many to be an early favorite, instead landed at the bottom of the heap after her lackluster rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Because of the newly instituted Judges' Save rule - and because the judges have always liked her so much - Alexis Grace was permitted to sing an encore.

But she didn't knock that out of the park either. Randy, Simon, Paula and Kara huddled together to discuss her fate, and decided it wasn't good enough.

Instead it was time for a farewell performance before packing her bags.

The other singer with Alexis in the bottom two, as predicted, was Michael Sarver, while 16-year-old Allison Iraheta, in a bit of a surprise, was third-to-last.

Those two and the other remaining eight constants have now achieved a significant goal, as they will comprise the Idols Live touring roster this summer.

Do you think Alexis Grace deserved to go? Who's your favorite to win now that the field is down to 10? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Then follow the jump for a video of our own Carrie Underwood and country legend Randy Travis "I Told You So" on the eighth season of American Idol ...

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by Hilton Hater at

You've heard them sing in front of a national audience.

Now, let's see what the first three finalists on this season of American Idol - Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver - have to say about their experience so far. Each spoke to reporters this week about life on the show...

Gokey, on his late wife, Sophie: “I apologize to everybody if they feel like it’s shoved down in their face but it’s so fresh in my mind. It’s only been 7 months [since her death]. Honestly, this is a sob story I don’t want but it is shaping my life, and it’s causing hope for a lot of people. Now I have my mission set in stone.”

Grace, on being compared to Kelly Clarkson by Simon Cowell: "It just motivates me to do better in the competition and be myself and really connect with songs that I choose."

Sarver, on his working-class appeal: “I believe that real life people can relate to me, especially in the economy and the day that we live. It’s very difficult for a lot of people, and I see it as a chance to see someone rise from the ashes... I think people relate to that and it’s special to their hearts.”

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Which of these American Idol finalists is your favorite so far? Click on each pic for an enlarged version.

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Alexis Grace successfully auditioned for American Idol during the show's stop in Louisville.

According to the latest round of spoilers, though, this 20-year old mother didn't merely make it to Hollywood:

She'll be part of season eight's top 36 contestants!

Watch Grace's audition below and let us know if you think she's deserving of this spot:

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