American Idol first finalist leaves show

American Idol viewers didn't tell Ashthon Jones they loved her, and she became the first finalist to leave the hit US show. The silky smooth 24-year-old retail manager from Nashville, Tennessee, was revealed to have the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent competition. The judges decided not to save Ashthon after her performance of Diana Ross' When You Tell Me That You Love Me. She said before her dismissal that she regretted not selecting a more popular Ross tune.
"I was rooting for you, baby," judge Jennifer Lopez told a weeping Ashthon. Joining her as the bottom three vote-getters were college students Karen Rodriguez, 21, and Haley Reinhart, 20. Randy Jackson dubbed their respective performances of Selena's I Could Fall In Love and LeAnn Rimes' Blue as sleepy, and he criticised Haley's lack of direction.
"Find your lane," Randy advised. Casey Abrams, a 20-year-old film camp counsellor, delivered an energetic take on Joe Cocker's rendition of With A Little Help From My Friends during the performance episode. He earned enough votes to move on in the competition, but he missed out on the results because he was in hospital, Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed. He didn't elaborate on Casey's condition, and Fox had no additional comment on the matter.