American Idol Results: The First Finalist Eliminated Is...

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American Idol is now down to 12.

Following an evening that paid tribute to Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder - and included the Performance of the Season in Jessica Sanchez's "I Will Always Love You" rendition - the Fox competition sent its first finalist packing tonight. And the unlucky contestant was...

American Idol Top 13 Photo

... Jeremy Rosado!

The Jer-Bear was a bundle of nerves prior to his cover of "Ribbon in the Sky" last night, knowing he was a judges' Wild Card pick from the week before and really had to prove himself to viewers. Sadly, he won't have any more opportunities to do so.

What do you think? Did Jeremy deserve to go home?


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]