American Idol Power Rankings: The Top 5

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We are down to the final five.

With the elimination of Elise Testone this week, American Idol kicked off its home stretch on season 11, meaning this is an ideal time to line up the remaining contestants in a Power Poll and ask readers who they think will win.

Joshua Ledet Photo
Phillip Phillips on Stage
Jessica Sanchez Picture
Skylar Laine Photo
Hollie Cavanagh Photo

5. Hollie Cavanaugh: She's made a living in the bottom three for weeks now. A perfectly strong voice, deserving of a place in the top five, but next Thursday night should be it for her. Lacks a personality or anything distinct to go with the vocals.

4. Joshua Ledet: We rank him fourth, but wouldn't object to him winning the whole thing. The talent is there, but, to many, so is some yelling and a bit of over-acting. But if you like theatrics, Ledet is your man.

3. Jessica Sanchez: Responsible for the single best performance of the season, her cover of Whitney's "I Will Always Love You." Has a lot of Pia Toscano in her. We mean that as a big compliment.

2. Phillip Phillips: He just can't win, people. Seriously, it would make like five straight handsome white guys who play guitars. The talent is there, the consistency is there, and we feel bad holding David Cook and Kris Allen against Phillip. But we need a change.

1. Skylar Laine: And let's hope Laine benefits from that change. She's fun, she's eccentric, she has her own sound. Her cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is what American Idol is all about.

WHO DO YOU WANT TO WIN?

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jessica is talented and she deserves to be the next IDOL.

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Jessica is so going to win the IDOL.

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i love how everyone always says "philip is boring because he always sounds the same" well, maybe because that is his voice..he has been working on switching up what he can and has done good. The judges almost always have something great to say about him. Some people seem to not realize that ALMOST all famous singers sing the same, and if they don't it is ALMOST always because their voice is changed when recording. This show is showing you real talent, not saying famous singers don't have that, but im saying this is all raw, what you hear and see is actually what you get. he is an amazing singer like the others thats why he is in the top 5. Philip and Jessica are my favorite and I think it'll end up between them.

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Skylar is a good performer and I can picture her in her live country rock concert.
Jessica has a wonderful mature voice and man the girl can sing, however, her personality is missing and I think all of her best performances were done on the first couple weeks of the show.
I cant quite explain Hollie, i think she has a regular voice, im still waiting to be wowed by her. I like her bubbly personality though.
Philip is handsome and I think he will get votes just for that.His only performance that really left me wanting more was You got it bad by usher. I could listen to that all time, all his other performances sounds the same.
I think Joshua gets better every week, he doesn't shout so much any more , he is controlling his vocals, and I really enjoy him, he sometimes remind me a bit of John legend. Joshua gets my attention, cant wait to hear him again.
I think everybody has a good shot, not so sure about Hollie though.

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I WANT JOSHUA TO WIN AND JESSICA CAN BE SECOND - OR ACTUALLY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT IS VICE-VERSA. THEY ARE BOTH GREAT. PHLLIP PHILLIPS WOULD BORE ME TO DEATH. SKYLAR IS GOOD TOO BUT THIS IS ABOUT BEST SINGER HEELLLOOOOO -- THAT HAS TO BE JESSICA OR JOSHUA - THERE IS NOONE UP THERE THAT CAN SING BETTER THAN EITHER OF THEM - LET'S GET REAL!

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What in the hell?! Skylark Maine ain't better than Jessica! Seriously? Jessica will sell more or 5 times than any of them! Crazy!

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JESSICA is better than anyone else. She deserves to be in top two along with HERSELF! No one else deserves to be in top 2 than her alone!

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Skylar is undeniably talented so is Joshua. I believe is between the two at the final

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i agree that this is by far the best final 5 on any of the singing shows and any one of them could be the overall winner. whose album will i be buying? phillip phillips! the others are all great performers but i'd never buy any of their songs!

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Jessica,,,undeniably talented

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]