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Backstage after this week's American Idol performance show, the contestants looked remarkably relaxed.  And that's surprising, given the high drama of last Thursday's results show when Casey Abrams, saved from elimination, looked like he was on the verge of collapse - and the fact that two of them will be shown the door Thursday night. 

But looks can be deceiving, and probably are with this bunch, because the axes hanging over their heads have only gotten sharper:  The judges can't save anybody else.  "Of course, there's pressure added, because the save is gone," says Naima Adedapo.  "But I think they used it on the right person."

"He needed to be here," adds Haley Reinhart. 

So now it's a matter of managing stress.  "We don't have time for stress," says Paul McDonald, who along with Adedapo, both 26, have the advantage of added maturity.  "I work out," says Adedapo.  "I think about my mama," says 16-year-old Thia Megia.  And Abrams tries to read encouraging words on Twitter.  "Reading good things about you, it's like, oh, that's nice, I guess I'm doing this for a reason."

Says Stefano Langone, "The only thing we read is the Tweets—your fans talking to you—because if you go out on the [Internet] you're destined to find some nasty stuff about you and it just brings your spirits down."

But even Twitter can be tricky, because not all communications are positive.  Says Adedapo, "When people say nasty stuff on my Twitter [account],  I respond to them.  I know I had a bad night with Tina Turner [when she sang 'What's Love Got To Do With It?'].  And one person was like, 'Naima's the worst!'  And so I Tweeted back:  'Yeah, I sure was.'  And then what happened was, he realized that I'm still human.  And he said, 'Oh, but you can do a good job next week!'"