‘American Idol’ Recap: Julie Zorilla Shines, Chris Medina Sent Packing

On last night’s American Idol, the 61 remaining contestants performed the songs of the Beatles, and by the end of the night, one third of them had been cut—including popular Latin contestant, Chris Medinawhose inspirational love story with his severely disabled fiancée Juliana Ramoshas touched the hearts of AI viewers this season.

Over the last few weeks, Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez has said several times that eliminating contestants is hard on her. But Medina’s elimination was especially hard for Lopez, and after she gave him the news, she broke down in tears. “I just don’t feel like I told him in the right way," she lamented. "I didn’t want to tell him no. I don’t want to do this anymore.”

But while Chris was sent packing, there was one Latina who did make it through to the next round, Colombiana Julie Zorilla, who performed a flawless piano duet of “Something” with fellow AI contestant Tim Halperin that was probably the best performance of the night.

Karen Rodriguez, the contestant from New York who vowed to become the first Latina American Idol ever, also did reasonably well, singing “Cant Buy Me Love.” Steven Tyler called the performance a hard act to follow, while J.Lo said, “I feel like you get it.”

And speaking of J.Lo, Idol executive producer Ken Warwick spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what it’s like having the superstar on board the Idol train. “We knew that if we wanted someone who had credibility and looked fabulous and had star power, Jennifer would clean up,” Warwick says. “You could never say, ‘Oh but how do you know, she’s never done it.’ Well now, she’s done it all and she’s done it all brilliantly. And the fact is that she looks gorgeous doing it.”  

And in related Idol news, it was just announced that Lopez will premiere the video for her single, "On the Floor" during the Thursday March 3rd episode of Idol at 8 p.m. ET/PT.