Wednesday, March 16, 2011

American Idol Says "Goodbye" to Ashthon Jones

Last Wednesday night's 'Results Show' unfortunately saw the elimination of American Idol Season 10 Top 13 hopeful Ashthon Jones. Throughout Idol, Ashthon gave many beautiful, heart-felt performances, and has the makings of a world-class Diva.

Ashthon Jones lost her job to audition for Season 10 of American Idol, saying she was "stepping out on faith." At the Nashville, TN auditions, Ashthon sang "Like We Never Loved at All" by Faith Hill. After receiving her 'Ticket to Hollywood', Ashthon would continue to choose songs by the great Divas. Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was Ashthon's choice for the Hollywood Round Final. For the Top 24 ~ Top 12 Girls night, Ashthon sang "Love All Over Me" by Monica. The night Ashthon had to put it all on the line for one of 2 or 3 'Wildcard' positions, she choose "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." This powerful torch song from "Dreamgirls", was performed in the Broadway musical by the incomparable Diva Jennifer Holliday, and in the 2007 movie by Oscar award-winner and American Idol Season 3 Top 7 finalist Jennifer Hudson. For the Top 13 competition, AI contestants were asked to sings songs by their personal 'Idols'. Ashthon Jones choose to sing a song by one of America's greatest Diva's of all time, Diana Ross. Ashthon sang "When You Tell Me That You Love Me," which Ross considers one of her signature songs.

Georgia's own Ashthon Jones auditioned for Season 10 of American Idol in Nashville, Tennessee. She was not one of the top five female vote getters in the semi-final round (Top 24) to advance to the Top 13. Ashthon was chosen by judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler as one of the six (3 girls and 3 guys) to sing for a 'Wildcard' spot, and she advanced to the Top 13. She is the third 'Wildcard' finalist to be the eliminated first in the finals; the previous ones being Leah LaBelle from American Idol Season 3 and Jasmine Murray from Season 8 two years earlier.

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