Mar 14, 2013 11:32 PM EDT
The first contestant to be voted off from "American Idol" Season 12 on the Top 10 Results show tonight was Curtis Finch Jr., despite the support of judge Nicki Minaj.
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The 24-year-old singer from St. Louis Missouri received the least votes from viewers tonight and judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Minaj refused to use their save vote on him. He abandoned the competition with a performance of "I Believe I can Fly."
Last night, Finch performed "I Believe" by Fantasia earning mixed reviews from the judges. While some praised his vocal talent, others said they felt he was holding his talent back and wished for him to come up with something new.
"You always pick the right songs in my opinion. You know who you are and that's a great thing," said judge Urban. "You've got so much personality and you look great tonight."
Judges Jackson and Carey offered him the following advice:
"I would caution you to try to do something a little different. I feel like I'm not seeing anything new. Show me some other sides of Curtis," Jackson told him.
"I was happy that you had the choir feeling tonight. I'm just like I want to hear more of that gospel tinge. Just take chances with it and be you," Carey said.
USA Today TV critic Brian Mansfield said he believes viewers voted him off because he was a "villain" from the beginning and a "showboat." Finch reportedly showed disdain for other contestants in previous pre-recorded episodes.
Also today, the top three contestants with the most votes were unveiled: Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller, withouth a specific order.
In fourth place followed Lazaro Arbos, Amber Holcomb in fifth, Janelle Arthur on sixth, Burnell Taylor on seventh and Paul Jolley on eighth.
Bon Jovi and 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips performed on tonight's episode. Phillips performed his song "Gone Gone Gone," while Bon Jovi sang "Because We Can."
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