“We’re saving Elise.” And with that quiet statement from a sparkly heeled Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Rosado became the first Top 13 contestant to be eliminated — judges’ choice, remember — from American Idol‘s 10th season. EW was on the scene at CBS Television City in Los Angeles for the live taping, and there is only one way to describe the vibe of Rosado’s exit: totally emotional.
Rosado was on his knees during the pre-elimination commercial break — and there was a sense that he knew what was coming the whole time he was on the stage, likely spurred by those harsh video comments from mentor-in-residence Jimmy Iovine.
(Although, to be fair, Iovine was harsh to nearly all the contestants and — in one particular comment — the entire human race.) Although visibly crestfallen at the news, it was a comfort to see Rosado smile while watching his exit video — he even turned around during it and mouthed the words “thank you” to Lopez. After the taping was over, too, Rosado seemed to be a bit happier, as the judges and fellow contestants swarmed the stage to offer hugs and words of encouragement. “Go ahead, Jeremy, go ahead!” stage manager Debbie told him, as he ran off to give his father a hug before being whisked away to the bowels of the Idoldome.
After about an hour and a half of meetings and briefings at Idol HQ, Rosado — who had bloodshot eyes — made his way down to the press tent, where he talked to reporters about how he was feeling, his love for Jennifer Lopez, whether he’ll go back to work at the doctor’s office, what’s next, and much more. Read a quick Q&A with an emotional Rosado here: