Karen Rodriguez Eliminated on 'American Idol,' But She's Still a Winner!

Karen Rodriguez, the girl who pledged to become the first ever Latina to win American Idol, was eliminated tonight on the hit FOX reality show.

Rodriguez, who bounced back with a solid performance of Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back" on last night's episode (following a pitchy rendition of Selena Quintanilla's "I Could Fall in Love With You" last week), was not favored to go home tonight and when she was given one last chance to sing for her life, she chose the Mariah Carey hit "Hero," which earned her praise from the judges two weeks ago

Unfortunately, the song didn't go over as well tonight, as the judges decided not to save Karen. "It was not unanimous," Randy explained, which was clear to us viewers since J.Lo turned away the moment Randy said the words, seeming to be on the verge of tears. Lopez was one of Karen's biggest fans all season long. 

Rodriguez is a 21-year-old New York native, was one of the lucky few chosen from MySpace to audition for the show. Following her very first audition, Karen pledged to become the first ever Latin American Idol winner. "What makes me unique is the fact that I can sing in both Spanish and English and that's what I want to incorporate in American idol because there's never been a Hispanic American winner," she said.

We must say, even though Karen didn't make history by becoming the first Latina to win American Idol, her graciousness throughout the competition and her will to succeed was inspiring for many Latino viewers of American Idol. We're sure she'll do great things!