She Has WINGS!
Elise Testone

Charleston-based singer Elise Testone has soared to American Idol's Top 7 this season with her enchanting raspy voice and ability to connect with the audience through her emotions. However her success didn't come as a direct flight. Elise had to put forth great time, effort, and feeling in her pursuit. While undeniably talented, it's her emotional transparency, hard work, and relentless dedication to her craft that have earned Elise her WINGS.

Our Creed states that emotions are nothing to hide, and Elise bears hers for all to see every time she sings. When asked about the lessons she's learned in her journey, Elise says, “I have learned that I'm a very emotional person and that my mood really affects the way I perform. I've also learned that being patient is very important.” She went on to say, “I hope that America recognizes that when I sing, I'm really singing with all the feelings and all the life experience I've had, and I'm just trying to connect with everyone.”

While Elise is no amateur, having received accolades here in Charleston, as well as opening for Snoop Dogg, Nappy Roots, and Kevin Costner's band Modern West, her journey to American Idol was a long one that required discipline, sacrifice, and a strong belief in herself. The 11th season wasn't her first attempt at American Idol, and she has logged countless hours working towards the progression of her singing career.

Prior to getting on Idol, Elise worked multiple jobs- at a pet store during the mornings, teaching voice lessons in the afternoons, and singing in local pubs and restaurants at night. Now she's on the American Idol stage to prove she's got what it takes to finally be the headlining act on a national platform!

Elise, you've captured our attention with not just your voice, but your perseverance, determination, and exposed emotions. We're so proud of our hometown girl, and while we know you're soaring to the top no matter what, we're thrilled to give you WINGS!

Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best.

— Henry Van Dyke

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