Joshua Ledet on American Idol Elimination: Sad, But Relieved

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To the chagrin of millions, Joshua Ledet will not be singing for the American Idol championship next week. He was eliminated on an emotional results show last night.

However, despite the tears that fell on stage soon after his name was called, Ledet sounded upbeat when talking with reporters not long after the credits rolled.

Goodbye, Josh Ledet

"I felt good about the whole situation, but when people come up to you and try to comfort you and hug you, then the tears start coming, and then a whole bunch of other stuff," said Ledet, who sang his farewell song with his mother by his side. "So just getting their support, it kind of took over, and I kind of lost it a little."

Ledet added that he wasn't shocked to be ousted because just look at his competition.

"[Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez] are great, and they have huge fan bases. They deserve it just like anyone else... I was trying to hold a smile up, and I was definitely not upset. I felt relieved. A lot of pressure was off of me, and I feel really good."

He also has reason to feel optimistic about the future, which is the message Jennifer Lopez tried to instill. Said Josh, summing up the experience:

"Jennifer told me to keep my head up and my career was only going to go further from here... I’m just gonna miss the whole environment. Everyone here is amazing. It’s like a family."

Do you think Ledet deserved to be eliminated?

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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]