"After the nationwide vote ..."
Charleston music teacher Elise Testone made it to the finals on "American Idol."
"You blew it out of the water. Beautiful!" exclaimed rocker Steven Tyler of Testone's pivotal Wednesday night semifinal performance, despite the flap of both Testone and Agoura Hills, Calif., competitor Jen Hirsh having chosen to sing Adele's jazzy tune "One and Only."
Testone, 28, advanced by the midpoint of Thursday night's telecast, on which an estimated 33 million votes were cast by viewers.
Testone was seated behind a piano when she closed Wednesday's show with her rendition, prompting judge Randy Jackson to tell Testone she has "one of the best voices in the competition."
"For me, you're one of the best singers, maybe the best singer here," Jennifer Lopez added of Testone.
The viewer-selected Top 10 contestants plus three "wild card" finalists picked by the show's judges will take to the stage next week for the first round of the finals of season 11.
Testone, who teaches at Music Unlimited in Mount Pleasant, is the daughter of New Jersey residents LuAnne and Victor Testone.
She is a 2005 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a degree in music.