For the second straight week, Heejun Han found himself in American Idol’s bottom three. This time though, neither viewer votes, nor the judges were able to save him.
Han was joined in the bottom three last night by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, but it was Han whose Idol dreams were ended.
After host Ryan Seacrest announced that Han received the least votes, Steven Tyler informed the 22-year-old that the judges would not be using their one save on him.
After the show Jennifer Lopez consoled Han, saying she wanted to save him, but couldn’t.
Han advanced as far as fellow Queens crooner Pia Toscano made it last year. Both finished in ninth place in the singing competition.
In his Idol exit interview, Han said he felt surprisingly upbeat.
“I feel great actually,” the Flushing-native said, “This is not as bad as I thought it would be. I feel like I showed what I got and I finished with a high note.”
Han’s performance of “A Song For You” on Wednesday night’s show drew a standing ovation and praise from the judges.
“Finally the Heejun that we selected came back to us tonight,” Randy Jackson said. “Welcome back.”
“It was my first time getting a standing anything and it happened to be Steven, Randy and Jennifer, so it was an awesome experience.” Han said.
One aspect of the show that he said he will miss though is the stage and everyone cheering for him.
“Stay crazy, stay humble and stay with me. It’s only going to get crazier,” Han tweeted after last night’s show.
By making it to the top ten, Han guaranteed his spot on the Idol concert tour that will kick off this summer.