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Jolene Couldn’t Save Alexis Grace

Alexis Grace, the 21-year-old single mother from Memphis, Tenn., was eliminated from American Idol Wednesday after her performance of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ on Tuesday’s country-themed episode failed to impress viewers (who gave her the least votes) and judges alike.

Grace made her bid for redemption via a second performance, but it wasn’t enough to persuade the judges to act on a new rule that allows them to reverse eliminations at their discretion.

“It was good, but it wasn’t good enough,” judge Simon Cowell told the pixie-like Grace. “Sorry. It’s the end of the line I’m afraid.”