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American Idol Episode: "Finalists Compete"

Season 11, Episode 27
Episode Synopsis: The singers perform.
Original Air Date: Apr 11, 2012

American Idol: Deer and Crows and Hens, Oh My! Season 11, Episode 27

Can you believe we've made it to the final 7 already? In the name of brevity (it's going to be a long night!) here are the highlights from the first 10 minutes.

- DeAnre's depressing in memoriam montage
- Steven Tyler's snakeskin robe
- Tommy Hilfiger tells contestants, "Stop being slobs off-stage"
- Tonight's theme: Songs from 2010 until today
- Visits to each contestant's home state
- Akon is tonight's mentor (but he'll later prove to pretty useless)

And on to the performances!

Skylar
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Quotable Quote: "We gonna kill that big deer next year." —Skylar's Grandpaw
Song: "Didn't Know How Much I Loved You"
Before we get to Skylar's performance, I'd first like to address the flaming garbage cans that have spontaneously joined her on stage. I kept waiting for hobos to come warm themselves besides her, but sadly that never happened. Skylar brought back her guitar for the first time in a while, and it served her well. The song choice was perfect — one thing Skylar has going for her at this point is a very distinct identity as the competition's powerhouse country chick. "I'm enamored by the women on the show this year," says Steven. "And it just goes to prove that the crows may crow but the hens deliver the goods." Is he high? I certainly never claimed to be a rocket scientist (I mean, I watch TV professionally)... but what the hell is he talking about?

Colton
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Quotable Quote: "You have a mohawk like Colton!" — some little boy's mom
Song: "Love The Way You Lie"
Never one to beat around the bush, Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine basically tells Colton he's not as good as Phillip. The song is an unexpected choice, and overall it's a more mellow, constrained performance than we've grown to expect from him. I don't think it was his best showing, but one thing that's a guarantee when it comes to Colton: he always puts a unique spin on any song he tackles.  "The jacket is crazy fly," says crazy Randy. "What I love is this subtle performance that you gave was really stellar... it showed the sensitivity."

Duet: Elise/Phillip
"Somebody That I Used To Know"
What we learned: Elise wears the pants in the duetlationship. Phillips is a pushover.
Once again, blown away by the pairing of these two. This type of song is made for Elise's tone. She owned it. I almost wish she chose to sing it as her solo. Phillip was clearly pushed far out of his element — but it was a breath of fresh air and continued to prove his versatility as an artist.

Jessica
Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.
Quotable Quote: "I have 20 million cousins." — Jessica
Song: "Stuttering"
A few weeks ago, Akon told Iovine that Jessica was a few hamburgers away from winning the competition. Compliment of the year! Like the mentors, I was unfamiliar with the song, but let's face it: Jessica can almost do no wrong when it comes to ballads. She injected the song with soul and poise, and she looked stunning. I think we can safely say if Jessica stays consistent from here on out, she'll find a spot in the top 2. But she'll also have to find an In-N-Out Burger first (per Akon). "You have, more than anybody, an amazing opportunity to really take this audience on a ride like they've never been," says J.Lo.

Joshua
Hometown: Westlake, LA
Quotable Quote: "My family made these shirts and they're dishing them out to everybody." — Joshua
Song: "Runaway Baby"
"With his tone, he can pierce through people's hearts," says the ever-insightful Akon. The choreographed trumpet players and fringey-dressed go-go dancers were waaay kitschy for my taste — so it's a good thing Joshua's contagious energy completed distracted from them. I was completely blindsided by the fact that he's able to deliver an uptempo beat as effortlessly as an emotional ballad. The judges loved it. "Every time you sing, you sell it," says Steven, before creepily insisting that Joshua get a go-go dancer's phone number. Wouldya look at that — Papa Steven instilling in Joshua the rock-star way already.

Duet: Skylar/Colton
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
What we learned: They're not dating. But it's only because Skylar owns a gun!
They can deny the dating rumors all they want, but these two look like they're in Idol L-O-V-E. I felt that the song served them both equally well — Colton gave it an edgy rocker interpretation, and Skylar infused her country twang. However, there were pitchy moments in the harmonies that were less than enjoyable for me.

Hollie
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Quotable Quote: "Hello Hollie, we miss you here in McKinney!" — random fudge shop owner and creator of the Hollie-pop
Song: "Pehfect" (Translation: "Perfect")
Iovine and Akon harp on the fact that Hollie is inexperienced. Captain Obvious sidekicks, those two! I'm not going to go into much detail about Hollie's performance because it wasn't great. And I think she's going home. But what I would like to talk about here is that guitarist. So handsome! But I truly wish he could have curtailed the chicken-esque head bobbing. "You look beautiful tonight, Hollie," says J. Lo, which has become her signature move before ripping someone apart (in the most subtle way possible). "I feel you fighting... we'll see how it all pans out." Time to say goodbye, girlfriend.

Phillip
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Quotable Quote: "To see him succeed you're so proud [frightening grunt] that it just makes you wanna just bust!" — Phillip's dad
Song: "Give a Little More"
Jimmy and Akon critique Phillip's performance during rehearsal, and we're slowly beginning to realize that the mentor solution (regardless of the problem) is always:  "LESS BAND." Those band guys must feel like they're ruining everything. Phillip's performance started out dark and haunting, but quickly transitioned to an upbeat melody. While he did seem to have fun with the song, there was ultimately nothing that differentiated it from any of his past performances. Jenny from the block and I are on the same page. "I've seen this performance now a couple of times and I think what I really want is to see you really break out," she says.

Trio: Hollie/Jessica/Joshua
"Stronger"
What we learned: Hollie and Josh R BFFs 4 Life. Jessica is the third wheel and finds them strange, but really just thinks she's better than them.
The beginning of the performance sucked. Absolutely tragic. It definitely got stronger (ha! Couldn't resist), but why did they all look positively miserable throughout the entire thing? Not a single smile among them! Also, Hilfiger must have been busy counting his millions of dollars when it came time to style this one, because what in the hell were they wearing? Alright, enough about that. It wasn't my favorite.

Elise
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ/Charleston, SC
Quotable Quote: "Hi. This is a tutorial on how to vote for Elise Testone on American Idol." — Elise's funny friend Derek
Song: "You and I"
Elise attempts a Hail Mary and thinks that playing the drums will be the thing to save her this week. Akon and Jimmy swiftly tell her she's an idiot (not in those exact words). I was nervous that Elise would sound too similar to Lady Gaga, but I really enjoyed her rendition and the unique arrangements she mixed into it. I've said it before and I'll say it again — she has the most unusual, original sound in the competition. "Yo! America! Elise is back!" barks Randy. "That was the perfect song for you. It was the perfect time for that vocal... America, please know, this girl is dope right there. Uh! Uh! Uh!" Really. Those exact words came out of his mouth.

Competition is getting stiff, you guys! Will Elise's performance save her? Should we go ahead and consider Hollie D.O.A.? Will Colton or Phillip get more sexy votes from the lady voters? Share your thoughts below! Watch our interview with the eliminated DeAndre:

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Can you believe we've made it to the final 7 already? In the name of brevity (it's going to be a long night!) here are the highlights from the first 10 minutes.

- DeAnre's depressing in memoriam montage
- Steven Tyler's snakeskin robe
- Tommy Hilfiger tells contestants, "Stop being slobs off-stage"
- Tonight's theme: Songs from 2010 until today
- Visits to each contestant's home state
- Akon is tonight's mentor (but he'll later prove to pretty useless)

And on to the performances!

Skylar
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Quotable Quote: "We gonna kill that big deer next year." —Skylar's Grandpaw
Song: "Didn't Know How Much I Loved You"
Before we get to Skylar's performance, I'd first like to address the flaming garbage cans that have spontaneously joined her on stage. I kept waiting for hobos to... read more

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