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Originally posted 04/20/2012 12:05PM
For Colton Dixon, "Bad Romance" turned out to be a bad idea.
The American Idol singer, who was shockingly eliminated Thursday, admitted that his two song choices – and particularly the first one – were what let him down.
"I regret my first song last night," he said of the Lady Gaga tune, after he was sent packing. "My take on it was me, and I didn't veer stylistically from me at all. But I think I could have chosen a better song that I could connect with that had a better message for me and for my audience."
He added: "I think that's what turned a lot of people off last night."
Originally posted 04/19/2012 09:25PM
The save is gone. So, one of American Idol's talented top seven has to go home.
After performing two songs each the night before, the remaining contestants faced elimination once again – and if they learned anything from last week's shocking results show, it's that no one is safe.
Keep reading to find out who was sent home on Thursday's show ...
Originally posted 04/18/2012 10:30PM
Dick Clark, known as "America's Oldest Teenager," would have approved of American Idol's theme on Wednesday, which had contestants performing two songs: a No. 1 hit from 2000-2012, and a soul song from "back in the day."
But the theme was actually intended to honor another television pioneer: Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, who also passed away this year.
Ryan Seacrest recognized his hero, saying Idol wouldn't exist with Clark, who died of a massive heart attack Wednesday. But, he acknowledged, the show must go on: "The theme is based around a show similar to American Bandstand," he said, "Soul Train."
So how did the top seven contestants do? Keep reading for a full recap of Wednesday's show ...
Originally posted 04/12/2012 09:30PM
American Idol's lucky seven had a mostly fantastic night on Wednesday. But when everyone does well, it only makes elimination night harder.
"I'm always worried, Ryan, when it gets to this point in the competition," Randy Jackson told host Seacrest at the beginning of Thursday's results show. "I got to be honest with you – I said it last night – nobody's safe."
It's true that top contenders at this point in the competition have been eliminated. It happened to Jennifer Hudson, who performed "Think Like a Man" with Ne-Yo on Thursday. Then again, it also happened to Sanjaya Malakar.
So who's still in the competition and whose fate was put into the hands of the judges, who have yet to use their one save of the season? Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 04/11/2012 11:00PM
American Idol's top seven are sizzling!
The judges gave mostly praise on Wednesday night – and much of it was simply glowing – as the remaining contestants performed songs from the last three years.
Keep reading for a full report on Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone.
Originally posted 04/05/2012 05:00PM
Skylar Laine may have wowed the judges with her rendition of Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" on Wednesday's episode of American Idol, but it isn't just her solo performance that has fans abuzz.
After Laine paired up with Colton Dixon for a rendition of "Islands in the Stream" Wednesday, rumors began flying that the two are an item – and even host Ryan Seacrest commented on their chemistry.
But Laine shot down the speculation to PEOPLE, saying she's already taken.
Originally posted 03/29/2012 09:15PM
After an emotional night of stellar performances – which earned a record five standing ovations from the judges! – American Idol's top nine contestants faced another elimination night on Thursday.
The contestant with the lowest number of votes would have to sing for his or her life in an attempt to convince the judges into using their one save of the season.
Did they use it? Keep reading for all the results ...
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