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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
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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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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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American Idol fans: if you don't know Joshia Ledet by now... what show have you been watching?!?

This soulful singer did it again last night, bringing all three judges to their feet with a passionate rendition of a Simply Red remake from the 1980s, "If You Don't Know Me By Now." Can you believe Ledet is only 19 years old?

To Jenner Lopez, it was a "powerhouse performance. For Steven Tyler, it was "just perfect." What did you make of Joshua's latest? How do you compare him to fellow male favorite, Phillip Phillips? Ponder that question as you watch this cover:

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Like Elise Testone last night, Joshua Ledet tackled one of the most difficult songs an American Idol finalist can cover: "Without You," originally written by Harry Nilsson and performed by Mariah Carey.

Did he pull it off?

Hmmm... let's ask Jennifer Lopez: "You are a phenom! You are an absolute angel from heaven. That voice is a godsend!"

We think that's a yes. Ledet poured every ounce of emotion he could into the audition, wiping his brow at one point as the violinists played behind him and showing off his incredible range via multiple runs in the middle. Watch now and try not to be impressed:

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Joshua Ledet chose very well on last night's performance edition of American Idol.

The soulful singer chose one of Billy Joel's more heartfelt ballads, sitting calmly and serenading viewers with a rendition of "She's Got A Way." Heejun Han's goofy take on "My Life" it was definitely not. See for yourself:

Where would we rank Ledet's rendition among this week's Joel covers? Certainly in the top five.

Colton Dixon stole the night with "Piano Man," while Elise Testone also excelled with her take on "Vienna." Who was your favorite performer of the evening?

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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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