The judges did seem to come down harder on Elise than they did on some other contestants, perhaps because of her age, but Elise didn't appear to harbor any resentment over this. "I don't think it's a completely bad thing when people are hard on you, because it just means they want you to be better. If they didn't care that much, they'd probably just be, 'Good job, it was good,'" she shrugged.
As for one controversial critique Elise received this week--about her Jimi Hendrix song choice, "Bold As Love," supposedly being too obscure--Elise said in her characteristically blunt manner, "I thought that was crazy...it's, like, a really epic song, and John Mayer re-released it, so I don't think it's not popular. And then Josh [Ledet] sang the India.Arie song [this week], which is less popular, so...yeah, that was kind of weird."
However, Elise did reveal that the judges, particularly Jennifer Lopez, offered her words of encouragement after her elimination this week. "J.Lo was saying that she's a fan of mine and she really respects me--I forget exactly what was the wording, I think there may have been a swear word in there somewhere! But she said that I'm awesome and keep it up, that it's not the end," said Elise.Ellen recently tweeted that Elise is her favorite "Idol" Season 11 contestant), and also said: "I'm pumped about having an album with my sound, and having guests on the album...I've always waited to release an album until it was right, and now I'm getting all these resources to do it, and I can't wait to focus on that." Does she have any particular special guests in mind? Elise answered, "I asked Brian May [of this week's mentors, Queen], and he seemed interested, so...yeah!"
Wow, Elise Testone possibly working with Brian May? It looks like she will, she will rock you again--perhaps very soon.
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