American Idol Update: DeAndre and Heejun Still Hanging Around

Heejun Han, Erika Van Pelt and DeAndre Brackensick wound up in the bottom three after the voting last night on American Idol with Erika Van Pelt receiving the fewest number of votes and left the show after the judges decided she was not worthy of their one save.

Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick avoided being sent home last night on American Idol, but Erika Van Pelt was not so fortunate. The judges elected not to save Erika, saving their save for later in the season.

There is no reason Heejun and DeAndre should still be on the show, while Erika went home. is taking credit for saving Heejun from going home. They pick the worst artist on American Idol, then tell fans to vote for him or her.

Joshua Ledet is my personal favorite among the Top 9 singers. My next favorite is Hollie Cavanagh, but will support Joshua as long as he is on the show. Jessica Sanchez is my third choice with Colton Dixon close behind at fourth and Phillip Phillips rounding out my Top 5 singers.

I look for Heejun, DeAndre, Skylar Laine and Elise Testone to be voted off the show in the coming weeks. Five of the nine remaining contestants are teenagers with Jessica 16, DeAndre 17, Hollie and Skyler both 18 and Joshua Ledet the oldest one of the group at 19.

Colton Dixon is next youngest at 20, while Phillip Phillips is 21, Heejun 22 and Elise is the oldest of the remaining contestants at the age of 28.

Next week the contestants sing songs of their idols, so should make for a good show, since the singers should be in their comfort zone next week.

Let’s hope there is not a Gregorian Chants week this season, because the contestants and viewers alike would be eternally grateful, if that never happens in Season 11.

On a more serious note, Haley Reinhart sang her first single Free on the show last night. The song doesn’t seem destined to be a million seller, but Haley sang it well and I wish her success with her first album, which is due later this spring. I personally like to hear her sing the old standards from the American songbook like Night and Day.







Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “American Idol Update: DeAndre and Heejun Still Hanging Around”

  1. I’d be happy if it simply became the Jessica Sanchez show at this point. She’s astounded me two weeks out of three, and if she sticks around, I believe she could transform into a superstar before our eyes. You got a favourite so far, Andrew?

    1. Joshua Ledet has to be my favorite since he lives less than 10 miles from here, but my favorite to win at finale in May, would have to be Jessica Sanchez. She should do great this next week, since she gets to sing a song of her idol.

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