Entertainment TV 'American Idol' Sends Home a Top 12 Contestant The contestants face the music following a tough week that left the judges laying down some harsh critiques By Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 6, 2014 09:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Michael Becker/FOX “Harsh Harry” has been out in full force, but it was the fans who made the important decision of who was going home on American Idol Thursday. “I just want them to get better,” Harry Connick Jr. said to fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban after a particularly negative critique on Wednesday night’s performance show that left at least one contestant in tears. While no contestants received universal praise from the judges Wednesday, Urban had guaranteed finalists Sam Woolf and Emily Piriz that they would be safe despite the tough criticism. But who did America deem worthy of another week in the competition? After more than 70 million votes were counted, it was Piriz, MK Nobilette and Jena Irene who were asked by host Ryan Seacrest to take a seat in the stools reserved for the bottom three contestants. Jena Irene was soon sent to the safety of the contestants’ lounge and was later joined by Nobilette, leaving Piriz to sing for her life as the judges contemplated using the Judges’ Save. Ultimately, the judges did not use their one save of the season and Piriz was sent packing. “This is amazing,” Piriz said of her Idol experience, shortly after being eliminated. “I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more.” Why Was American Idol‘s Majesty Rose Crying Backstage?