by Hilton Hater at

Forgive this broken-record-sounding statement, but: Phillip Phillips put on the best performance of any American Idol male last night.

The Dave Matthews wannabe nailed a version of Billy Joel's "Moving Out," sticking to his typical guitar use but adding almost a bit of anger to the cover. He definitely brought an edge to this slowed-down version of a classic.

All the judges have Phillip props to sticking to who he is as a singer. Watch him do so here:

On the woman's side? Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez both had winning weeks.

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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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by Hilton Hater at

It wasn't a great night for the presumed favorites on American Idol.

All three judges criticized Jessica Sanchez for turning the beat around, while Phillip Phillips also paid for putting down his guitar and picking up a Black Crowes cover.

Randy Jackson made his feelings clear, telling Phillips "you are like a fish out of water doing this" in response to his take on "Hard to Handle," while Jennifer Lopez was a bit more forgiving.

"It just comes out of you," she told the season 11 hopeful. Watch this laid back crooner try to rock out a bit more than usual now and judge the performance below:

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by Hilton Hater at

Fresh off another very strong performance, the future of one of our favorite American Idol contestants is in doubt.

TMZ confirms that Phillip Phillips - who covered Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" to close out last night's performance show - was rushed to the hospital this morning with abdominal pain.

Details remain scarce, but sources close to the singer say the condition may be gallstones and that Phillips suffered through a similar condition in January and also sought medical attention for it at that time.

Phillip Phillips on Stage

Let's all hope the scare isn't anything serious and that Phillips, who Randy Jackson compared to Dave Matthews last week and who sits near the top of all power rankings, is healthy enough to continue on the show.

We'll update this story as more news breaks.

UPDATE: Phillips WILL do all he can to remain in the competition, his father says, confirming his son is going through kidney stone difficulties but will postpone all procedures until his run on Idol is complete.

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by Free Britney at

Did American Idol save its best for last Wednesday?

Maybe not quite, but with Phillip Phillips closing the show with a rock version of the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition," it certainly went out on a high note.

The song has been done on the show before, he acknowledged, but never like this. On a night when the contestants honored Stevie and Whitney Houston, most went the ballad / traditional route or played to the songs' R&B roots. Not Phillip.

Watch the night's most energetic (if not the best) performance below:

He's the "most different" artist they've got, according to the judges, and a strong talent to boot. P-squared should be a lock to advance after this ... agree?

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by Hilton Hater at

Congratulations are in order for both Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon. Each is a member of the top 13 on season 11 of American Idol.

But the celebration can only last for so long, as each of these finalists must now prepare to perform live again in a few days and fight for your vote. So let's get their competition started early, shall we?

Season 10 Panel

Compare the singers - Phillips, who reminds Randy Jackson of Dave Matthews; and Dixon, whose theatrics last Tuesday involved a piano jump - and try to forecast their future. Which contestant has the best chance of winning it all? Vote below.

And the Winner is?

They are two of 13 remaining American Idol hopefuls. Does Phillip Phillips or Colton Dixon stand a bettr chance at going all the way on season 11? View Poll »

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by Hilton Hater at

On the first live audition show of season 11, American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez tossed out nothing but praise. Every performance was magical, every contestant apparently did an incredible job.

It was pure fluff and rather annoying, but at least the panel got it right with one hopeful: Phillip Phillips.

This crooner covered a Phil Collins classic, strumming his guitar to "In the Air Tonight" and hitting all the right notes. Randy compared Phillips to Dave Matthews, which may have been the only intelligent thing Randy said all night. Watch the performance and judge for yourself...

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by Hilton Hater at

American Idol has named its final 12 men on season 11.

Okay, yes, there will actually be 13 men, but if the show is keeping the final semifinalist secret until he performs on Tuesday night then he can blame producers for being left off this list.

While we still have a slew of live auditions to go through, it's never too early to start choosing sides. Are you going with the 15-year old dubbed the next Justin Bieber? The guy so nice his family named him twice?

Browse through the following promotional photos now and then cast a vote for your favorite...

  • Aaron Marcellus Picture
  • Adam Brock Photo
  • Chase Likens Picture
  • Colton Dixon Photo
  • Creighton Fraker Photo
  • Deandre Brackensick Photo
  • Eben Franckewitz Photo
  • Heejun Han Photo
  • Jeremy Rosado Photo
  • Joshua Ledet Photo
  • Phil Phillips Picture
  • Reed Grimm Photo

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE SEMIFINALIST?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Phillip Phillips is clearly going to win American Idol. It's unclear why we're even letting season 11 play out.

The singer - who had never landed on a plane until he touched down in Hollywood and who impressed us so much with his initial audition of "Superstition" and "Thriller" - embodies pretty much every recent show champion, from David Cook to Kris Allen to Lee DeWyze to Scotty McCreery.

He once again proved his worth last night, as Idol took to California and Phillips took to the stage along with Reed Grimm and Travis Orlando.

Two of the three advanced to the next round. Who will join Phillip there? Watch and find out:

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by Hilton Hater at

Granted, it's early. It's very, very, very early.

There's probably a better chance that American Idol viewers never hear from Phillip Phillips again than there is that this southern pawn shop worker goes on to win season 11. But that doesn't mean the aspiring crooner doesn't deserve a shout-out today, as she stood above all others in Savannah on last night's premiere audition episode.

Watch below as Phillips wows the panel with two songs, first a unique take on "Superstition" and then a version of "Thriller." Anyone else reminded here of Casey Abrams?

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