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An emotional Brooke White sings her farewell to 'Idol'

May 01, 2008|Richard Rushfield | Times Staff Writer

Wednesday night saw a tearful end to the "American Idol" journey of singer/songwriter Brooke White.

The husky-voiced songstress broke the traditional "American Idol" mold by being the first performer in a low-key, Carly Simon-inspired vein to reach the top ranks of the competition, ultimately finishing in the fifth-place spot.

Pared for elimination with Syesha Mercado, White was perhaps best known for her hyper-emotional reactions on past elimination nights.

She stayed true to form, breaking into tears during her farewell song -- Neil Diamond's "I Am I Said" -- and retreating to the rear of the stage.

Next week the final four -- David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Mercado -- will compete in a week themed around the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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richard.rushfield@latimes.com

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