Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai were the first victims of a new American Idol rule which led to their double elimination on Wednesday night. The two spoke to People about being eliminated and their plans for life after American Idol.
Rounds, 24, began the competition as a clear judges’ favorite, and is still trying to understand why she fell out of favor. “I kind of got to the point where I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t know if I can win with them,’” she said. “I can honestly say I went up there and gave it everything I had each time my foot touched that stage.”
Rounds, a married mother of three, plans on going back home to her new townhouse in Memphis. Her husband also got her a new puppy as part of their pact, that she would get one if she made it on the show.
Desai has no immediate plans to return to his master studies at the University of North Carolina. “I plan on pursuing any record deal I can get,” said Desai, “Right now that’s my no. 1 priority. My only priority. My wildest dream was that I would be a pop star. And thanks to this show, that dream is going to become a reality. I have faith in my own ambition.”
The new American Idol rule that gives the “American Idol” judges the power to save one singer voted off by the fans wasn’t enough to keep the first two finalists from getting the boot. Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez were sent home Wednesday, reducing the number of contestants to 11.
The new rule essentially gives the judges the power to veto or overrule the choice of the voters. For example, the judges can decide not to send home the contestant getting the lowest votes. This is however a one time privilege meaning the judges can only to this once this season. Plus all four judges have to agree to save the contestant.
Once saved, the contestant is however on their own for the next week and could end up going home the next week if they are one of the two lowest vote getters. If a contestant is saved, then two contestants are eliminated the next week. Also this veto has to happen before the finalists get down to the final five.
This rule might just be what AI needs to shake things up and perhaps help a deserving contestant stay on longer. The French version of the show has had this rule in place, and it has been a success. It makes it less of a popularity contest and more of a talent competition.
The 13 finalists of American Idol sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the surprise twist this season that allows thirteen finalists instead of the typical dozen. Below are some quotes from the finalists -
Adam Lambert: I think it’s really exciting, because I think both Anoop and Matt are incredibly talented, and I’m glad they’re both part of the crew this year. It was a surprise — we had no idea. Our mouths just dropped open.
Lil Rounds: I’m excited! I think we made a little history here tonight.
Danny Gokey: I think American Idol did it right. When it got down to [Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai], how the heck do you split those two people up?
Matt Giraud: This is a bad bunch, man. Some of these cats are so talented. I’m just honored to be considered. That’s how I feel right now.