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Originally posted 05/04/2012 07:00AM
Skylar Laine gave it her all on Wednesday night's American Idol, but when she was sent home over Hollie Cavanagh during Tuesday's elimination, there were no tears shed.
"I'm just really relieved right now," Laine, 18, told PEOPLE with a smile. "No more stress."
Added the country singer, speaking to reporters backstage: "There's no pressure anymore. There's no pressure about songs anymore. I went out on a good note. I loved both the songs. I think I did [well] on both songs, and I'm very happy with both performances."
Originally posted 05/03/2012 09:20PM
American Idol has its final four!
After Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez each performed a song from the '60s and another one from the British pop songbook, the top five faced another elimination on Thursday.
And all eyes were on Hollie Cavanagh, who's been a regular in the bottom, but had two impressive performances with Tina Turner's "River Deep-Mountain High" and Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love."
So did she survive another week? Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 05/02/2012 10:30PM
The finish line is in sight – and as the final five contestants fight to be the winner of American Idol, the competition is fierce. Just like last week, the contestants brought top-notch performances, tackling classic songs from the 1960s and the British pop songbook.
No one seemed to fight harder than Hollie Cavanagh. After another appearance in the bottom last week, she delivered Wednesday with a high-energy version of Ike and Tina Turner's rock-soul rave-up "River Deep-Mountain High," which found her shimmying and shaking across the stage while wearing sky-high heels. For her second tune, she brought tender emotion to Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love."
"It was a different type of Hollie out there tonight," Jennifer Lopez said of her first song. Randy Jackson also called her this season's "dark horse," adding that her rebound was perfect timing in the competition.
Originally posted 04/25/2012 11:00PM
"Wow, what a night so far!" Randy Jackson shouted near the top of Wednesday's American Idol episode. "Who'd a thunk it?"
He was right. After several weeks of uneven performances, the contestants collectively brought their strongest showings in weeks for the two-hour show.
For the first half, the remaining six performed the music of Queen, whose members kicked off the night with an explosive medley of hits, including – fittingly for the unpredictable competition – "Another One Bites the Dust."
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 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 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.
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