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Elise Testone didn't see it coming.

The 28-year old crooner told reporters, soon after her elimination from American Idol last night, that she felt "completely successful... in every aspect" with her rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love" and was surprised when she heard her name called by Ryan Seacrest.

Still: "I accepted what happened to me as soon as it happened,” she said. “I just thought, ‘What’s next? What am I going to do now?’”

But while Testone looks to the future, she does have something to say about the past; namely, the judges' critiques.

"Some things [the judges] say don't line up with what I feel I've learned on my own," Testone said. "I don't always feel like [their feedback] was helpful. I'm not saying I'm the best. I don't think for the most part it always made sense."

Fair enough. And what does she have planned next?

"I'm going to reach out to everyone. [Queen's] Brian May and I are pretty much best friends now, so we're going to hang out. Ellen [DeGeneres], we're pretty much homegirls. I haven't met her yet, but she tweeted me and said she loves me."

What do you think, Idol viewers? Do you agree with Elise's ousting?

 

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The top six on American Idol were given two tasks on last night's performance show:

  1. Cover a Queen classic.
  2. Cover any song your heart your heart desires.

The latter option led to tracks made famous by artists such as Jim Hendrix, Miley Cyrus and Dave Matthews. Who came out on top? Whose second round performance makes him/her deserving of your vote? Watch them all now and then cast it...

Jessica Sanchez initiated the second round of performances with a take on Luther Vandross. She just wants to "Dance With My Father," people.

Skylar Laine then followed up a terrific version of "The Show Must Go On" with a flawless cover of "Tattoos on This Town." She's our favorite at this point.

Hollie Cavanagh didn't reach far back for her selection, honoring Miley Cyrus with the following rendition of "The Climb."

Joshua Ledet made India Arie proud with a lovely performance of "Ready For Love."

Elise Testone making like Hendrix? The finalist actually pulled it off well with this cover of  "Bold As Love."

And, finally, in the least surprising choice of the night, Phillip Phillips emulated Dave Matthews with "The Stone."

WHICH PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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With an ailing Ryan Seacrest at the helm, and with the challenge in front of them to cover a band whose prime started and ended long before any of them were born, the American Idol final six took to the stage last night.

For their first song of the evening, Phillip, Skylar and company were asked to cover a classic by Queen. Who deserves to stick around? Watch all the initial round of performances now and then cast your vote...

Jessica Sanchez kicked things off with the song made famous by Wayne's World, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Skylar Laine then sent the kind of message that's been relayed to injured athletes and actors for generations: "The Show Must Go On."

As usual, Joshua Ledet proceeded to soulfully slow things down with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

Elise Testone? She wants it all! And she wants it now! Watch her rendition of... "I Want It All."

Phillip Phillips didn't need his guitar for this version of "Fat-Bottomed Girls." What do you think?

Hollie Cavanagh closed this round with what appeared to be a plea to viewers across the land: "Save Me."

WHICH QUEEN COVER DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 
 

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Seven finalists. 14 performances.

On last night's American Idol, the remaining contestants sang a pair of tracks each: first, they covered a "Now" single from the year 2000 and beyond. Then, they went with a soul-based "Then" song, tackling artists such as Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. Relive the latter half of the evening below and then vote on your favorite...

Hollie Cavanagh for hour number-two started with "Son Of A Preacher Man," one of our favorite singles from that era.

Up next, Colton Dixon went from Lady Gaga to Earth, Wine and Fire, sitting behind a piano for a version of "September."

Elise Testone then got us into the mood via the Marvin Gaye classic "Let's Get It On." Will it help her move on?

Phillip Phillips proceeded to show off his versatility, following an Usher cover with a rendition of "Midnight Hour."

From there, Jessica Sanchez made a plea to "Try A Little Tenderness," as she hopes to avoid another placement in the bottom three. The judges, of course, are all out of saves.

Skylar Laine, who also did Lady Gaga proud with her first performance, then lamented how she "Heard It Through the Grapevine." We adore her.

Finally, Joshua Ledet took us home by telling the world that "A Change is Gonna Come."

Which of these performances did you like best?

 

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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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The American Idol Top Seven performed songs from the last three years last night, and drew mostly praise from the three judges for their contemporary covers.

A couple of singers were still a bit underwhelming, though, making for what should be an interesting, unpredictable results show Thursday evening.

How did Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone do? Let's find out ...

Elise Testone has been a bottom three mainstay, but the judges are rooting for her after a rousing performance of Lady Gaga's "You and I."

How hard are they pulling for her?

"That was the perfect song for you," said Randy Jackson, who declared Elise "back" and urged voters to finally recognize her talent. So pretty hard.

Skylar Laine opened the show with Kellie Pickler's "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You," earning praise for per perfect pitch throughout.

Randy said, "You're going to have a hit with a song like that."

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Following Elise Testone singing a version of Foreigner's "I Wanna Know What Love Is" on American Idol last night, Jennifer Lopez told the finalist that she really likes her outfit. In other words:

Uh-oh. Elise could be in trouble.

No panelist exactly swooned over the performance, with Steven Tyler wondering if it was the proper song choice and Randy Jackson saying there were pitch problems. Is the bottom three in Testone's future? Critique for yourself now:

Which women did stand out on Idol this week? Our ranking of performers from this gender would be:

  1. Skylar Laine on "Wind Beneath My Wings."
  2. Jessica Sanchez on "How Will I Know?"
  3. Hollie Cavanagh on "What A Feeling."
  4. Testone's "I Wanna Know What Love Is."

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Elise Testone took on a major American Idol challenge last night.

The singer - who has been as up and down as any on season 11; in the bottom three on week; atop the rankings the following week - didn't shy away from Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love" on an evening where finalists could choose their own track to cover.

Testone showed off her range on the track - described by Randy Jackson as "the hardest song in the world to sing" - rocking out and displaying impressive vocal maturity and stage presence. What did you think of the performance? Is it up par with Phillip Phillips for best of the night?

We post. You decide.

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Elise Testone sure showed us on American Idol last night.

Just hours after THG ranked this finalist eighth out of the remaining contenders, she took to the stage for Billy Joel Week and covered the classic "Vienna," bringing tears to the eyes of many in attendance and bringing the judges to their feet.

Randy said this represented Testone's "moment," while J. Lo was thrilled the audience finally got to connect with Elise's personality. Was it the best performance of the night? Watch now and decide for yourself:

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With the American Idol top 10 taking the stage again tonight, and with this shaping up to be one of the more hotly-contested seasons to date, it's time for the first THG Power Poll of the season.

Who do you see as the favorite right now?

American Idol Top 10

10. Deandre Brackensick: Would have been our choice to leave after last week's debacle. He can hit the high notes... and that's about it.

9. Heejun Han: Love the personality, don't see anything on stage that makes him standout above the rest. It's solid and nothing more or less.

8. Elise Testone: Might suffer some likability issues. Did you notice her NOT applauding for Erika last week? Or not hugging Skylar? Yes, we're forced to nitpick when the talent is this even. We did love her version of "Let's Stay Together."

7. Joshua Ledet: We expect plenty of disagreement here. It's not a question of his voice, just of his theatrics. Ledet's "When a Man Loves a Woman" may have been the single best of any contestant this season, but we can see his act growing old.

6. Skylar Laine: She has the energy and the attitude, that's for sure. She also has the identity: a rocking country chick. She just lacks the range.

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Elise Testone Biography

Elise Testone Picture Elise Testone hails from Kinnelon, New Jersey. She's now a 28-year old resident of Charleston, South Carolina and works as a vocal coach.... More »
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