“American Idol” claimed another victim on Wednesday night’s elimination episode of the show. Eighteen-year-old Brandon, Mississippi native Skylar Laine was the latest competitor to get sent packing, but it’s not something that’s going to keep her down.
When Ryan Seacrest called Skylar and Hollie Cavanagh to the stage for the reading of the results, Skylar knew that her time on the show had come to an end. She said of those final moments, “Once they had me and Hollie standing there in the bottom two, I just remember saying, ‘I’m going home.’ I even told Hollie that. I can’t really explain why. I just had a feeling.”
After singing Miranda Lambert’s song, “Gunpowder and Lead”, she said, “I was thinking about how much I was going to miss everybody on the show but also that I was going to get to go home soon and see my family and friends and maybe get to hang out with them a little bit.”
Skylar had already selected her songs for the top four performance episode, primarily because she wasn’t expecting to be eliminated so quickly. She was expected to sing Steve Miller’s “Rock’n Me” along with the Broadway song “On My Own” from Les Miserables.
Friday, Skylar spoke out about her exit from the competition. She said, “It’s sad right at first. But to be honest, I’m almost relieved. I’m happy; I really am. I don’t have to deal with picking songs, being judged. It was fun. It’s amazing to make the top five. And I don’t think I will ever be able to fully thank the people of Mississippi who carried my so far. To think of what everyone did for me is just overwhelming.”
She added, “I’m proud of where I come from, and I wanted people to know that.”