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'American Idol': Skylar Laine 'not surprised' by her elimination

Skylar Laine took a very zen approach to her "American Idol" performance this week, telling Zap2it twice before her eventual elimination on the Top 5 results show that she tried her best but was expecting the worst. It must have worked, because when she finally enters the backstage press area to talk to reporters after the show, she seems very relaxed about her exit. "I'm really not surprised, because you can't be," she admits to Zap2it. "At all. You never know what's going to happen from week to week, seeing by the weird results this whole past season. I'm just relieved right now. No more stress." There's certainly a lot less preparation involved in the week-long press tour she's about to embark on. "There's no pressure anymore; there's no pressure about songs next week," she says. "I'm sad, but I just want to go home! I want to go home to my family, my friends."... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-skylar-laine-not-surprised-by-her-elimination.html

TV ratings: 'American Idol' holds the line Wednesday, 'Modern Family' down a little

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 2, 2012"American Idol" held onto its place at the top of the ratings Wednesday, rising a little in viewers and coming in even among adults 18-40 compared to last week's performance show. ABC's comedy block was off slightly, with "Modern Family," "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" all coming in below average. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23," however, improved some on last week, which had a rerun lead-in.CBS' dramas were also off a little from their most recent originals, but "Law & Order: SVU" improved slightly. And once again, a repeat of "The L.A. Complex" on The CW drew a bigger audience than its initial airing on Tuesday.FOX drew 16.3 million viewers and a 10.0 rating/16 share in households for the night, beating CBS (10.1 million, 6.4/10) by a wide margin. ABC came in third with 7.1 million viewers and a 4.6/7. NBC (5.2 million, 3.5/6) finished fourth, while... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/tv-ratings-american-idol-holds-the-line-wednesday-modern-family-down-a-little.html

American Idol Backstage Scoop: Who's Defending Their Not-So-Single Status?

Beautiful seemed to be the word of the night at American Idol, and not in a Jennifer Lopez, "You-look-so-beautiful-but-I-didn't-like-your-performance" kind of way. The top five stepped... //feeds.eonline.com/~r/eonline/kristin/~3/aSWFJqsw8RA/313356

Watch All the Performances From American Idol 2012’s Top 5 on May 2, 2012

This week on American Idol, we got a triple dose of the Top 5 contestants. The Idol-ers took on two themes, choosing one Brit Pop song and one song from the ‘60s, and a duet. That’s a whole lot of singing, people! Are you pining to re-watch Hollie Cavanagh’s "Bleeding Love" or Jessica Sanchez’s "Proud Mary"? You’re in luck: You can view all of your favorite performances from the Top 5 below! //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/vtOWJ4v7oLU/watch-all-the-performances-from-american-idol-2012s-top-5-on-may-2-2012

'American Idol' Top 5: Phillip Phillips should be going home

The theme this week on "American Idol" are two-fold - the first song is the 1960s and the second one is Brit pop. It isn't our favorite week for the Idols, though Jessica Sanchez does show once again how she's head and shoulders above the rest of them talent-wise. 1. Hollie Cavanagh, "River Deep, Mountain High," Tina TurnerThis is a nice choice for her because it's a big song, like she always shines on, but it's up-tempo, so it's not just another stand-there-and-sing ballad. Hollie also looks to be having (gasp!) fun, which is not something she always comes across as having. The sparks of personality should really help her out. The chorus is particularly good for her and then she's kind of breaking it down like a go-go dancer, straight out of the 1960s. Fabulous. Also, we really dig the horn section. Other than "Rolling in the Deep," that might be Hollie's best performance,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-top-5-phillip-phillips-should-be-going-home.html

'American Idol': Hollie Cavanagh goes 'River Deep, Mountain High' for the '60s

For the 1960s song choice on "American Idol," Hollie Cavanagh chose Tina Turner's hit "River Deep, Mountain High" and she absolutely nailed it. It sounded great, plus she was bopping around, having a great time and shaking it like a little go-go dancer at times. We loved it.The judges loved it too. Steven Tyler says, "Hollie that's the first time I've really heard you step out and use your blues ... through some of those runs, that's it. You just did it. Thank you, Lord." And Jennifer Lopez adds, "It was nice to see you surrounded by a bigger production ... I could really feel you attacking the song."Hollie definitely gave it her all - we think it was her best other than "Rolling In the Deep." What did you think, "Idol" fans? MP3 is below, in case you missed it.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-hollie-cavanagh-goes-river-deep-mountain-high-for-the-60s.html

'American Idol': Phillip Phillips says his girlfriend is proud of his success

A few weeks ago on "American Idol," Jimmy Iovine said that Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon were splitting the teen girl vote. Now that Dixon's out, that leaves Phillips as the resident heartthrob left -- but after discussing his girlfriend with Ryan Seacrest on the Top 5 performance show, will the girls stop voting?"It doesn't matter, man," Phillips tells Zap2it of fans seeing his girlfriend in the audience. "If it does, then they weren't really liking the music. I'm trying to get the music out there. I'm not trying to be some boy that tries to look good or anything. I want the music to speak first."It's the right attitude to take, although you can't discount the built-in voting power of a cute guy with a guitar -- they've won won "Idol" for the past four years in a row.Still, Phillips was happy to talk about his lady and all the support she's given... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-phillip-phillips-says-his-girlfriend-is-proud-of-his-success.html

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez's 'You Are So Beautiful' and 'Proud Mary' win the night

For '60s week and Brit pop week on "American Idol," Jessica Sanchez took on two very different songs - Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" and Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful." We thought she did an excellent job on both, though "Beautiful" was her moment of the season. It was like her "I Will Always Love You" performance. J.Lo praised the first performance with, "Little bit of Tina, little bit of Beyonce, little bit of I-don't-know-what up there!" and Steven Tyler said of the second, "You once again showed America just how beautiful your voice is and what a great singer you are. You're gonna be number one, girl."Do you agree with us that Jessica is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, talent-wise? She is just ... it's unbelievable. We hope she wins the whole thing. An MP3 of "Proud Mary" is below.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-jessica-sanchezs-you-are-so-beautiful-and-proud-mary-win-the-night.html