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Jessica Sanchez: Is 'American Idol' trying too hard to make her happen?

Although "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sanchez was almost sent packing back to San Diego during the first Top 7 results show, judging from the pre-taped package that opened the second Top 7 episode, "Idol" producers are hoping she stays in the game long after the judges' save.However, Sanchez tells Zap2it that she doesn't feel like she's the favorite in the competition. "I really don't feel that! I don't know, I don't want to feel like I'm like a favorite or anything. I think we're all equal here. All of us are really talented," she says.Besides, they're all such different types of singers that it's hard to compare. "We're all different genres, too, so I don't even know who's going to win. All of us are going to have different albums."That said, she certainly feels the pressure when the judges give her such lovely compliments. "Backstage we were watching the intro to the show and it... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/jessica-sanchez-is-american-idol-trying-too-hard-to-make-her-happen.html

'American Idol': Colton Dixon is 'totally confused' by the judges' critiques of 'September'

While Colton Dixon got his usual rave reviews from the "American Idol" judges for his Top 7 performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," but Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler didn't particularly care for his take on Earth, Wind & Fire's "September." "You sound good but it was not exciting like we would have liked," Jackson says after Dixon turns the tune into a mournful piano ballad. Tyler says he wishes Dixon had picked a song that showed off his voice a little more.Dixon admits to Zap2it after the show that he doesn't completely agree with their statements. "The judges were a little rough, and honestly, I don't get it. I did the song the way I wanted to do it, I thought I did it well, and that was that. I was totally confused by what they were saying. I kind of understand it, but I'm not the guy to really show off... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-colton-dixon-is-totally-confused-by-the-judges-critiques-of-september.html

'American Idol': Elise Testone on talking back to Jennifer Lopez - 'I respect what she says to me'

It's always tense in the "American Idol" studio when contestants talk back to the judges. But Elise Testone, who was the latest finalist to follow in Justin Guarini's footsteps, tells Zap2it that she hopes Jennifer Lopez doesn't think she was being disrespectful when she responded to one of her comments about her rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" during the second Top 7 performance show of Season 11.After Lopez told Testone that she thought she needed to connect more emotionally with her songs, the singer piped up and said that she thinks she does do that on a regular basis. Backstage later, Testone tells Zap2it why she decided to talk back. "I didn't want to just stand there and smile and not connect with their conversation with me," she says. "So I wanted to engage. I'm not being rude and I don't even discredit anything that they said -- I just felt like... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-elise-testone-on-talking-back-to-jennifer-lopez---i-respect-what-she-says-to-me.html

American Idol: The Time Hollie Did Adele Justice and J.Lo Hit on Phillip

You still haven't found closure over the death non-elimination of Jessica Sanchez, and the Idol producers have taken note. We open the show with a proper tribute to Sanchez via morbid montage, complete with heavy T.S. Eliot quotes and everything.  http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/american-idol-2012/episode-29-season-11/finalists-compete/100036?rss=episode-recaps

'American Idol' Season 11: Top 7 Redux Performance Rankings

My rankings for the best songs from the second week of the Top 7. Also, read my full recap of this episode . http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/american-idol-season-11-top-7-redux-performance-rankings-51626.aspx

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez finally bursts out on 'Try a Little Tenderness'

For her second song on "American Idol" this week, Jessica Sanchez tackled the Otis Redding hit "Try a Little Tenderness," which we thought was a bit of a weird choice at first. But then she came out and absolutely burst forth with heretofore unseen personality. She really surprised us. J.Lo saw it too - she said we finally actually saw this "alter ego" BB Chez we've been hearing so much about from Jessica. Randy adds, "That's what we want to see ... that's what the public wants to see, that's what they respond to" and Steven Tyler sums up with, "Good God almighty, you've done it again ... it's all about stepping out and winning these people's hearts." We hope she did enough to get out of the Bottom 3. We certainly think she did, but it's in the voters' hands. Will Jessica be getting your votes, "Idol" fans? The MP3 of her performance is... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-jessica-sanchez-finally-bursts-out-on-try-a-little-tenderness.html

'American Idol': Joshua Ledet nails both his songs for Top 7

On "American Idol" this week, Joshua Ledet decided he could not stand for being in the Bottom 3 last week and he brought his A+ game to the stage. He performed "I Believe" by Fantasia and "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke and he absolutely slayed both of them. Steven Tyler said of his first number, "This is just another song for you to winning this whole thing." And adds of "Change," "You just took that song ... the restraint in the beginning was what made it so big when you popped."Randy says of the second number, "What a great song for you ... you took your time, you let it marinate and then you burst it open at the end, dude."Absolutely. This was our favorite Joshua week by a mile - he really wants to stick around and it's nice to see someone have so much fight in them. The "I Believe"... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-joshua-ledet-nails-both-his-songs-for-top-7.html

Is 'American Idol's' Jessica Sanchez's 'Fallin' enough to keep her this week?

The "American Idol" judges used their save last week on Jessica Sanchez, the tiny girl with the giant voice. This week, she chose "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys for her contemporary song, which was an outstanding pick. Jessica sounded gorgeous. It's hard to believe she's not secretly 35 years old."I hope America shows up and supports you this week. Your talent is so other-worldly on this show," says Randy. "With talent like yours, you have a right to get mad at a song ... that was the passion that you released," says Steven. And J.Lo adds, "The way you play with songs, it's like you're juggling balls in the air. I'm glad we had a save, I'm glad we used it on you."So, is Jessica Sanchez safe this week? Or is there nothing she can do to help herself out? Will she get your votes, "Idol" fans?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/is-american-idols-jessica-sanchezs-fallin-enough-to-keep-her-this-week.html

'American Idol': Hollie Cavanagh tackles Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

Hollie Cavanagh has desperately needed a big week on "American Idol" and she finally got one with Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." It seemed like a risky choice, but then Hollie busted out her huge pipes, she was on pitch and she displayed an emotion that she hasn't yet shown on the show.The judges were over the moon. "I am so happy right now! You did it," says J.Lo. Steven Tyler sums it up perfectly with, "You finally did what all America was waiting for you to do ... I can't judge it, it was perfect. It was beautiful." And Randy Jackson adds, "You've arrived, Hollie. Very well done."What did you think, "Idol" fans? Did Hollie do Adele justice? Will she be getting your votes tonight? We'll post video as soon as we have it, for now audio is below in case you missed it.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-hollie-cavanagh-tackles-adeles-rolling-in-the-deep.html

'American Idol' Top 7 set list tackles tunes from now and then

With Jessica Sanchez staying in the competition for at least another week, the "American Idol" Top 7 will get one more chance to show America what they've got. The second time around, each finalist is singing two songs, one from "now" -- i.e. a Billboard Top 100 No. 1 hit from 2000-2012 -- and one from "then" -- i.e. a classic soul staple. Right on schedule, the set list has been revealed. Check out the Idols' song choices below:NOW"No One," Alicia Keys"I Believe," Fantasia Barrino"Rolling in the Deep," Adele"U Got it Bad," Usher"Born this Way," Lady Gaga"Fallin'," Alicia Keys"Bad Romance," Lady GagaTHEN"In the Midnight Hour," Wilson Pickett"A Change is Gonna Come," Sam Cooke"September," Earth, Wind & Fire"Son of a Preacher Man," Dusty Springfield"Try a Little Tenderness," Otis Redding"Heard it Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye"Let's Get it On," Marvin GayeWho do you think is singing each song? Honestly, this one's a toss-up -- except it's pretty... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/american-idol-top-7-set-list-tackles-tunes-from-now-and-then.html
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