Photo Credit: American Idol 2012
After the top 9 performed emotional renditions of their personal idols' songs on Wednesday night's American Idol, one contestant still faced elimination Thursday.
This week, the judges gave a record five standing ovations to their favorites of the night, so it was difficult to know which contestants would end up in the bottom three.
The first three singers to face host Ryan Seacrest were Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips, and Elise Testone who had memorably closed Wednesday night with a fantastic version of Led Zeppelin's sexy rock anthem "Whole Lotta Love." Needless to say, she was sent to safety, as was Phillip, who sang blues artist Jonny Lang's "Still Rainin'." Cavanagh, who tackled former American Idol champ Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" was in the dreaded bottom three.
The next contestant to be declared in trouble was Heejun Han, who had impressed the judges with his heartfelt take on the late Donny Hathaway's ballad "A Song For You." Heejun's stellar performance this week was a comeback of sorts, after his shenanigans during Billy Joel week earned him a talking to from judge Steven Tyler, who questioned whether Heejun took the music industry -- or the competition -- seriously.
Skylar Laine, the season's sole country performer, was the final contestant to join the week's hotseat. She had sung Miranda Lambert's upbeat single "Gunpowder and Lead."
In the end, Seacrest quickly returned Skylar and Hollie to safety and announced Heejun would have to sing for the judges' consideration to stay on the show.
Despite belting out "A Song For You" again, Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson briefly conferred before telling Heejun he would not be saved.
"Heejun, let the record show that you knew this was coming yourself. You saw it come last week ... Unfortunately, after talking, we're going to have to let you go."
Watch Heejun perform "A Song For You"