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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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by Free Britney at

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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by Hilton Hater at

American Idol was chock full of surprises last night.

Fans were treated to Skylar Laine slowing things down for once and singing a beautiful rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" to close the show, while Hollie Cavanagh took to the stage prior and went in the opposite direction.

Mixing up a performance from her usual ballads, Cavanagh went with "What a Feeling" from Flashdance and shook her booty right in front of the judges' table at one point. It was a welcome change, although it came across as a bit forced. Hollie didn't seem comfortable in her fringed dress, moving and shaking instead of just... singing.

What did you think?

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by Hilton Hater at

The American Idol finalists did not make things easy on themselves last night.

Joshua Ledet covered Mariah Carey. Elise Testone tackled Led Zepplin. And Hollie Cavanagh dared to make the mistake that has haunted many contestants before her: she took on a single by an Idol icon; in this case "Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood.

Cavanagh definitely has the chops to pull off the track, but it's impossible not to compare her to Underwood - the most successful competitor in the show's history - when watching/listening to the performance. Did Hollie do Carrie proud? Could you see her following in Underwood's enormously impressive footsteps?

Judge for yourself:

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by Hilton Hater at

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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by Hilton Hater at

Simply put, in the words of Randy Jackson, Hollie Cavanagh "blew it out of da box" on American Idol last night.

The season 11 finalist showed no fear in covering "The Power of Love," a ballad made famous by one of the best voices in the history of music, Celione Dion.

But Cavanagh made that superstar proud during her performance, belting out strong note after strong note and likely taking the title of Female Favorite away from Jessica Sanchez.

Can Hollie speed it up? Can she ace anything but slow tempo love songs? Does it matter? Those are questions for next week. For now, just sit back and enjoy one of the best auditions of the year:

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by Free Britney at

American Idol's Hollie Cavanagh struggled a bit in her mentoring session, but she came through with flying colors on Dusty Springfield's "All The Man That I Need."

Hollie definitely exudes a kind of Dusty Springfield vibe, both with her looks and with the arrangements she's given, so it certainly works for her and then some.

Mentor Mary J. Blige must have gotten through to her, as she gave Jessica Sanchez a run for her money for the night's most complete female performance.

"That's the Hollie that I know from last year and this year," said a wowed Jennifer Lopez, who's predicting her for the finale after the following effort ...

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by Hilton Hater at

With the final 13 on American Idol announced last night, THG will be pairing off various contestants over the next few days to determine who readers believe is the early favorite.

First up, we pitted Phillip Phillips against Colton Dixon. Both talented, both appealing to a certain female demographic. Which of these remaining men has the best chance to take home the season 11 title?

Lee DeWyze Performs

Now, it's the ladies' turn. Both Hollie Cavanagh and Jessica Sanchez wowed the judges and the viewers during their semifinal performances. We'd give the early nod to Hollie, but we're just one website. What do YOU think? Which is most likely to win it all? Vote now:

And the Winner is?

Hollie Cavanagh or Jessic Sanchez? Which American Idol finalist stands the better chance of taking home the season 11 crown? View Poll »

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by Hilton Hater at

Hollie Cavanagh was born in England, but lives in Texas. Hence her unusual accent. This American Idol semifinalist also looks her age, something that can't always be said for 18-year olds on the show.

So it's safe to say we didn't expect to hear the major pipes that emanated from Cavanagh last night, as she simply stood at the microphone for a cover of Christina Aguilera's "Reflections," and sounded very much like that incredible star herself.

Jennifer Lopez told Hollie she thinks she can win the whole thing and we agree. We'd make her the very early favorite, along with Phillip Phillips on the men's side. Do you agree? Watch and listen now:

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by Hilton Hater at

There's a Haley, a Hollie and a Hallie. There's also the daughter of a World Series pitcher and a young woman who auditioned five years ago and has now made a triumphant return.

Indeed, it's a mixed, talented bag of female American Idol semifinalists. They'll perform live for the first time on Wednesday night, so now is the time to place your early bets.

Sort through the following Fox promotional pics and then select a favorite and let's see if one of these females can break the string of male Idol champions...

  • Haley Johnson Photo
  • Hollie Cavanagh Picture
  • Baylie Brown Photo
  • Brielle Von Hugel Photo
  • Chelsea Sorrell Photo
  • Elise Testone Photo
  • Erika Van Pelt Photo
  • Jen Hirsch Photo
  • Jessica Sanchez Photo
  • Shannon Magrane Photo
  • Skylar Laine Picture
  • Hallie Day Photo

WHO IS YOUR FEMALE FAVORITE?

 

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