Very nicely put, MotherSister. I'm going to miss seeing our guy on the show, too, and like you said, it would have been over next week anyway. I hadn't quite looked at it that way.
He was truly wonderful to watch and listen to, and I thought he was the star of the show last night. I teared up when I saw how deeply Elliott was affected by the montage of his home visit. And he was smokin' hot during his performances, outshining both the other contestants, IMO.