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Originally posted 05/03/2012 09:00AM
When Elise Testone found out her shepherd mix Leon was gravely ill while she was competing on American Idol, she did the only thing she could: she sang with heart.
"I just took that energy and I put it into the song," Testone tells PEOPLE of her rendition of Alicia Keys's "No One." "I think it helped, or made it okay."
Originally posted 04/27/2012 03:25PM
American Idol's Elise Testone experienced a tiny taste of a dream when Steven Tyler joined her in song during her sendoff performance Thursday.
What was it like sharing the mic with a rock legend?
"Awesome," said a beaming Testone following her elimination from the competition. "It would be great to do a whole song."
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 04/19/2012 12:30PM
Elise Testone brought palpable emotion to the American Idol stage Wednesday night – and it was all because of her dog.
The top-seven contestant fought back tears after her live performance of Alicia Keys's "No One."
"On Monday, I found out that my dog is really, really sick and might not make it," she told Ryan Seacrest, choking up.
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 09:25PM
Skylar Laine had her best performance so far – according to Randy Jackson – on American Idol Wednesday when she sang her '80s selection "Wind Beneath My Wings" and performed a duet with her competitor Colton Dixon.
On Thursday, the pair – along with the rest of season 11's top 8 contestants – faced another elimination.
But first, there was some business to take care of: Ryan Seacrest checked in with Joshua Ledet, who said he wasn't feeling well, and Jennifer Lopez's sexy new video with boyfriend Casper Smart debuted.
Ryan asked, "Was there any special chemistry on the set of this video with you and any of the dancers?" Jennifer blushed, giggled and dodged the question.
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 ...
Originally posted 03/28/2012 10:35PM
What happens when wannabe idols take on the music of their own idols?
On Wednesday's episode of American Idol, the top nine contestants tackled tunes by their heroes, bringing out some of the most inspired performances so far this season – as well as a bevy of standing ovations from the judges.
Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler were out of their seats and clapping for Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone. "This is too much," Jennifer said. "It's funny, we're standing up too much tonight. It's crazy. You guys are doing amazing."
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