Just moments after being eliminated from American Idol, Elise Testone was not belting out tears. Instead, she was beaming as she spoke to ET backstage.
"I just accepted it as soon as I heard the news," she said matter-of-factly. With a dwindling bunch of contestants left, everyone in the running understands their days may be numbered.
Jennifer Lopez was also complacent, saying, "I'm actually more prepared for the news now after the shocking results last week with Colton, which I did not expect. I feel like anybody could go home at any time."
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Viewer votes account for 100% of the results, but do the judge's critiques influence how the fans weigh in? "I think we're directly responsible, Randy, J.Lo, and I, for picking them out of the 700 kids that we got to pick out of those seven weeks. We saw something and then they came to the table and they brought it," Steven Tyler said quite eloquently. "So, is America swayed by us? A little bit, but mostly it's what they love. It's the music they love."
The judges are not the only ones picking favorites. Elise admitted coyly, "I would probably favor towards Steven and Jennifer, but I like everyone."
Watch the video for Randy Jackson's #Winning spirit and a special one year anniversary message for Prince William and Kate Middleton. American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights on Fox.