Valrico resident Jeremy Rosado eliminated from American Idol
Who would have expected Stevie Wonder would do in American Idol's babyfaced, smooth-voiced wonder?
Valrico resident Jeremy Rosado should have been able to nail Wonder's soaring ballad Ribbon in the Sky during Wednesday's performance show. But nerves got the best of him and instead he delivered a less powerful rendition than anyone expected, leading professional producer/coach Jimmy Iovine to predict he would be ejected.
"Thank you guys for everything," Rosado said after his ejection was announced, in an awkward ending which left no time for him to sing a final song.
The show actually pared down the bottom three male and female contestants to a final two then one male and one female, with Elise Testone stuck in last place among the girls. Tampa resident Shannon Magrane also landed in the bottom three for a performance where nerves led her to flub the big note in Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."
The judges chose which contestant should go home between Rosado and Testone. Jennifer Lopez, who once pronounced that Rosado's voice gave her "goosies" goose bumps, told him he was headed back to his job as a front desk clerk at a Tampa Bay area clinic.
When I interviewed the singer last month, I told him nerves were the hidden, momentous obstacle on Idol. "“For me, my faith is what pulls me through…God is my everything,” said Rosado, who serves as a worship leader in his church and sings in the choir. “I’m nervous until I finally start singing. It goes away, in that moment when I open my mouth.”