Singer Dennis Lorenzo was eradicated from Sunday night’s competition on “American Idol” and said the reason could be based on a technical error.
Lorenzo was the last performance of the night during the Disney-themed episode and received a loud applause for his “Lion King” rendition “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” but the 26-year-old was unfortunately eliminated.
“People toward the end [of the competition] were a little worried because they were like ‘are people going to have enough time to vote for me’ and there’s me,” the singer told TMZ.
He continued, “The producers let us know that they ran many tests and they’d made sure it was fair… And when you’re in a position like this you trust them.”
The Philadelphia resident explained that several people came to him complaining that the voting polls were closed a few minutes after his performance and said they weren’t able to vote for him. Lorenzo exclaimed that it sounded like a “technical error” on the producer’s part.
People agreed with the “American Idol” contestant on social media and concurred that there was only a small window of voting time.
Kinda not fair for Dennis Lorenzo performing less than 3 minutes before the voting ends 🤔 #AmericanIdol
— Leanna Mast (@LeLeMeMa_) April 30, 2018
#AmericanIdol great job screwing Dennis Lorenzo with your new voting system. There wasn't enough time to vote for him. I hope you're proud of your gimmicks #abc Plenty of Disney commercials, but not 5 min to vote for the most talented singer on the show. #boycottidol
— PhillyViewer (@phillyviewer) April 30, 2018
Very disappointed in how this went down. How are you gonna have votes end literally minutes after @DennisLorenzo finishes…he got robbed!! So so sad!! Dennis, you are a talent sir!! Please keep performing!!
— Julia Brown (@nikeprincess69) April 30, 2018
Tell me why @DennisLorenzo only had 15 minutes to get votes in because he was the last singer? Unfair. Terrible format. @AmericanIdol @ABCNetwork #AmericanIdol
— Bri Schardt (@breezyy_babyyy) April 30, 2018
#AmericanIdol how is this voting system fair when a contest is voted off 3 mins after his performance????? I just don't understand #dennislorenzo
— A Lowe (@maddytoyou) April 30, 2018
Lorenzo believes performing last did play a major role in his elimination. However, the soul singer has a new EP out on iTunes titled “Dennis Lorenzo Unplugged”.
Checkout his last performance below on American Idol: