Minutes before the "American Idol" finale began Tuesday night, Atlantic Beach native Jax was eliminated, falling short by less than 0.4 percent of the votes.
The voting results were based on last week's performance, when the judges praised the 19-year-old's version of The Who's "My Generation," but criticized her for her relatively tame version of Paramore's wild "Misery Business."
Jax (born Jackie Miskanic) was seen as a front-runner practically since she auditioned at Nassau Coliseum with a poignant, piano-driven version of The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." She showed power in her voice, inventiveness in arrangements and even a knack for generating buzz one week by wearing "The Dress," which caused a social media sensation earlier this year as people debated its color.
However, recently, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban had grown increasingly hard on her and fellow contestant Clark Beckham, while passionately supporting Nick Fradiani. Beckham and Fradiani competed Tuesday night to be crowned the 14th American Idol on the show's finale Wednesday night.
With her third-place finish, Jax still will be part of the national "American Idol Live" tour, which stops at the Beacon Theatre on Aug. 5.
Following her elimination, Jax tweeted to her fans, "Love you all."