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After the top 8 belted out '80s hits on Wednesday night's American Idol, it was tough to predict -- by the judges' comments -- who would be going home Thursday, but America once again voted another contestant off the competition.
But before he got down to the emotionally draining elimination segment of the show, Ryan Seacrest checked in with Joshua Ledet, who hasn't been feeling well, and then the sexy new video for Jennifer Lopez's song "Dance Again" -- featuring boyfriend Casper Smart -- premiered.
When Seacrest asked JLo, "Was there any special chemistry on the set of this video with you and any of the dancers?" she visibly blushed, laughed and avoided answering the question.
"It's a good video. I can't wait for y'all to see it," she said. "Enjoy it. Enjoy the song. It's very close to my heart. It has a great message and I hope everybody likes it."
After the steamy music video debuted, it was time to get down to business, and unsurprisingly, the four contestants who performed duets: Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine and Phillip Phillips were all declared safe.
The bottom three this week was Hollie Cavanagh, Deandre Brackensick and Elise Testone. Cavanagh, who performed a country-fied version of Irene Cara's Flashdance anthem "Flashdance... What a Feeling" on Wednesday night's American Idol, was quickly told she was safe.
That left rocker Testone, who took on Foreigner's power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," and Brackensick, who showed off his falsetto in DeBarge's "I Like It," in the bottom two. Despite receiving better comments from the judges, it was Brackensick whom Seacrest informed would be leaving the show -- unless the judges saved him.
"That was really great, baby... you sounded amazing," Lopez had told Deandre after his original performance. Added Steven Tyler: "You've become who you are, you owned it. That was exceptional today." Randy Jackson said singer El DeBarge himself would've been proud of the cover.
But after Deandre sang for his life, even the judges decided against keeping him in the running. Lopez, Deandre's biggest advocate, shared the bad news.
"You're an amazing performer. I stand by that. I think that you have an amazing voice and you're going to share a lot with the world. I really do believe that," Lopez explained. "I only get one vote. I'm sorry – we're not saving you tonight. I'm sorry, baby."
Watch Deandre perform the '80s Hit "I Like It"