American Idol Top 7 Performance Night: Now Hear This...

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Following the judges' save of Jessica Sanchez last night, the top 7 finalists on American Idol returned to the stage last night, singing two tracks apiece: a "Now" hit from 2000 and beyond; and a "Then" soul cover.

Which contestant impressed you most with his/her first performance? Watch, listen and vote below...

Hollie Cavanagh took quite a risk to opening the evening, belting out a version of 2011's biggest hit, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

Colton Dixon then went all gaga on viewers. Lady Gaga, that is! Check out his version of "Bad Romance" now.

Elise Testone proceeded to give us the first Alicia Keys rendition of the night, taking on the heartfelt ballad "No One."

Phillips Phillips may not remind many of Usher, but he did that Atlanta native proud with a take on "U Got It Bad," remaining one of the season 11 favorites.

Jessica Sanchez, taking advantage of her second life on the show, also took on Keys, this time via the hit single "Fallin."

It was then back to Gaga for Skylar Laine, who made it very clear to the audience: folks, she was "Born This Way."

Joshua Ledet closed the first half of the evening with "I Believe," an appropriate choice for someone known as "Mantasia," wouldn't you say?

Seven performances down, seven to go. Which of the "Now" selections did you like best?

 

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I love, love, love Colton- he is my favorite of evenroye. i also love deandre he is super cute and his voice is so good. Phil is good too he always knows how to change up the song. i dont really have a favorite girl but if i had to say i would say jessica and hollie. There interesting to watch. this is a tough season.and for the people i dont like: Heejun is annoying and i personally don't think hes funny but hes not on the top of my list to leave. i hate HATE HATE elise. shes a B***h and just likes the camera attention- she needs to go now! she has a good voice but if she lost the attidute she would be good. I liked skyler at first but her voice is beggining to suck!The girls this year aren't that impressive, except 2 of them.soo my bottom 3 is: ELISE, SKYLER AND HEEJUN

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]
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