After booting off raspy-voiced Elise Testone on Thursday, American Idol is down to five remaining contestants — diminutive balladeer Jessica Sanchez, twang diva Skylar Laine, heartbreaking alt-rocker Phillip Phillips, sultan of soul Joshua Ledet and big-voiced clinger-on Hollie Cavanagh.
Jennifer Lopez considered using the judges' only "save" card on DeAndre Brackensick, 17, when it was announced that he received the lowest number of votes on Thursday's elimination episode of American Idol, but co-judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson were not on board with that idea.
A true living legend stopped by American Idol on Wednesday night's show to coach the nine hopeful remaining contestants — Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac was brought in by her former romantic partner and Idol mentor, Jimmy Iovine.
American Idol mixed Billy Joel hits with Tommy Hilfiger looks on Wednesday night, debuting its first episode in which a fashion icon dresses and dolls up the contestants. Leading the pack this week were Jessica Sanchez's cover of "Everybody Has a Dream," Phil Phillips' "Moving Out," Colton's Dixon's "Piano Man," and Elise Testone's "Vienna," though she took a risk by choosing a more arcane Joel tune.
American Idol wasted no time planning its Whitney Houston tribute episode. As soon as voters (and judges) zeroed in on the top 13 last week, it was time to announce that Wednesday's episode would treat us— or subject us, depending on how you look at it — to six women singing Houston's hits and seven men singing Stevie Wonder.
Following a nationwide vote and another tense two-hour results show Thursday night, American Idol is just 13 steps away from naming the next superstar in pop music. With 33 million votes cast, host Ryan Seacrest was once again tasked with breaking a few hearts as he announced who America had chosen, but not before Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine appeared via videotape to breath a little life into the show with some Simon Cowell-esque brutality.