Credit: Michael Becker/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Erika Van Pelt Sings Her Heart Out on March 21, 2012

Like Jimmy Iovine, we thought Erika Van Pelt’s performance this week on American Idol was so great that she’d be spared the pain of sitting on the Stools of Shame. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old musician was not only part of the Bottom 3 (with Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick), she was the Bottom 1.

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