This has been a painful year American Idol-wise. I've never quite gotten over Patrick Hall getting voted off (loved that long neck) way before we even got close to the top 12, not to mention the pain I've endured since Gedeon was voted off.
Then, last week, it was the Chris shocker (oddly reminiscent of the premature departures of Tamyra Gray, Trenyce, LaToya London, Jennifer Hudson and Constantine Maroulis in previous seasons) and now Elliott is gone. Like most American Idol fans, I was hoping for a Chris and Taylor finale. However, I've also had a soft spot for Elliott since the beginning. I was just happy when he made it to the Top 5. When it looked like he might make it to the final I was thrilled. I would have loved to see him go all the way.
It was hard enough to see Elliott lose but, I think Katherine and her family could have shown a little class by containing their excitement that Katherine is in the final. There is a time for celebration and Elliott's goodbye wasn't the time.