Shannon Magrane sings for her life on AMERICAN IDOL which aired Thursday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

Shannon Magrane sang for her life on American Idol, but it wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition Thursday night.

Fans might be bent about the outcome, but AI judge, Steven Tyler says it was the right decision.

It’s all unfolding. They all sing so good, Tyler begins. “They’re not going to get thrown off for their voice. They’re going to get thrown off because their voice didn’t deliver in a song.”

Tyler’s seen an improvement in the last few weeks and expects more growth as the season wears on – and as the talent is iced – one by one. Fellow judge Randy Jackson agrees.

“I see improvement every week. It’s really tough,” Jackson acknowledges.

Still, the lone female judge Jennifer Lopez was burning-up over the bottom three – a trio of women.

“I don’t like seeing three girls in the bottom, I don’t think it’s fair,” she laments. “I don’t think they had the most challenged performances last night. You should reward the really good performances.”

Magrane was upbeat after getting the boot, but why wouldn’t she be? At 16, the singer just got a huge jumpstart on her career.

“I’m one of the few teenager girls to have come this far,” she points out. “All the 16 year olds like that. It’s not over.”

Click onto the video below for scoop from Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Shannon Magrane.

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