Flamboyant belter Zoanette Johnson, 20, of Tulsa, has been eliminated from the Season 12 competition as “American Idol” revealed its top 10 Thursday night.
As previously reported, Johnson started her “Idol” run when she auditioned in Oklahoma City last summer.
A native of the African nation of Liberia, Johnson made the top 20 cut last week when she gave her strongest “Idol” performance to date, belting out “Circle of Life” from the 1994 animated film “The Lion King.”
But the Oklahoman failed to impress the judges this week with her big and energetic but uneven and imprecise performance of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” posted below.
Johnson took to Twitter (@ZoanetteAI12) last night to thank her supporters, or “Poohsnaps,” for their support: “THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT IT’S NOT OVER GREATER THINGS ARE ON IT’S WAY.” (No surprise that she’s an all-caps kind of Twitter user.)
“IT’S A NEW DAY FILLED WITH WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVE A BLESSED,” she followed up on Twitter today. “I WANT YOU ALL TO REMEMBER THE FAMOUS SAYING WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS YOU MAKE LEMONADE, *SIPS ON MY LEMONADE* THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.”
It may not be the last “American Idol” fans see of Zoanette Johnson, though.
Host Ryan Seacrest also announced a new chance for fans to choose an 11th “Idol” contender to go on the AT&T-sponsored “American Idol Live!” tour this summer. Next week, “American Idol” will have a sing-off between the sixth-place runner-up girl and guy for that 11th “Idol” spot, NewsOK TV blogger Melissa Hayer reports.
Here are the top 10 “Idol” contenders for Season 12: Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Curtis Finch, Jr., Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez.
On next Wednesday’s episode, airing from 7 to 9 p.m., the top 10 finalists will perform “Music of the American Idols,” which includes songs performed by any past “Idol” winner. Remember, there are two past “Idol” victors with Oklahoma ties: Checotah native Carrie Underwood and former Tulsan David Cook.
The “Idol” competition carries on at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.