WARREN , NJ - Last night was the end of the road for Warren's April Lockhart on "Rising Star," as the Top 8 became the Top 6. The top five singers from the East Coast voting advanced and one of the other three was able to move on with the West Coast vote.
Moving on to the semi-finals are:
Joshua Peavy ("American Woman")
Dana Williams ("Human")
Audrey Kate Geiger ("New York State of Mind")
Austin French ("House of the Rising Sun")
Jesse Kinch ("Money (That's What I Want)")
And, like last week, one extra singer will advance thanks to the West Coast viewers.
April Lockhart was in the bottom three with ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun") Result: 27%. Joining her were
Maneepat Malloy ("Your Song")Result: 46% and Shameia Crawford ("Skyscraper") Result: 54%.
In the pre-performance video, the other contestants and Josh Groban discussed Lockhart's quirkiness and how she can get away with silly things that the rest of them can’t, such as saying “cool beans.” They feel she has the perfect makings of a pop star. Ludacris adds she’s been through more adversity than just about anyone else in the competition. Brad Paisley feels there’s almost no song she doesn’t sound cool doing.
April sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and Paisley and Ludacris voted “no,” leaving her with just 27% of the vote.
Paisley is disappointed because he feels this is the one time where an April Lockhart performance didn’t really work. And he hates that he didn’t love it, since he loves April. However, he does feel she has a career. Ludacris said he didn’t think this was a good song choice and Kesha wasn’t sure about the song choice, but she feels it’s such a fun song, and April is such a cute girl, that she enjoyed it.
After the West Coast voting, Maneepat Molloy will move on to the Semifinals. That's a huge swing from the East Coast viewers, as she went up 9%.
The West Coast results were:
April Lockhart: 30%
Maneepat Molloy: 55%
Shameia Crawford: 54%
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