vanpelt brackensick rosado fox 'American Idol': Erika Van Pelt, DeAndre Brackensick, Jeremy Rosado reflect on last minute savesIf “American Idol” was looking for a theme song for Thursday’s (March 1) elimination round, nothing would work better than Tom Petty’s “The Waiting,” because it really is the hardest part. This proved especially true for the three saved contestants Erika Van Pelt, DeAndre Brackensick and Jeremy Rosado.

In the waning moments of the broadcast, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler opted to save one contestant each from the Wild Card round and send them into the final 13. Jackson saved Van Pelt, J.Lo went with Rosado and Tyler picked Brackensick. But it was not before some tense moments.

“I was kind of preparing for a ‘no’…I was happy with my song choice, but the key I did it in was a little shaky,” Brackensick says. “When I finally got that ‘yes,’ it was relief.”

Van Pelt had major concerns as well, and she figured she’d be sent home. But it had nothing to do with her song choice. Rather, the Rhode Island resident says it’s all about where she’s from.

“I hate to say this, it’s really tough coming from the smallest state in the United States,” she says. “I was making jokes that if every woman, man, child, dog [in Rhode Island] voted, it would probably not be quite enough. I have a huge support system back home. And they’ve been amazing, and I know they voted their butts off, but it all comes down to the rest of America too.”

As for Rosado, he put his wild week much more succinctly and certainly in terms that anyone unfamiliar with the spotlight can understand.

“I’m a little dazed still from tonight,” he says. But he adds that being saved by Lopez will inspire him as he continues in the competition.

“To think that I had love from Jennifer [Lopez] like that, [it] gives me that extra oomph going forward,” Rosado says.

Posted by:David Eckstein