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As American Idol said goodbye to another singer last week, it's already down to the Top 10 contestants. It's anyone's game at this point, and it's up to the finalists to do everything they can to ensure the votes of the American public - and the support of judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.

Will a new star emerge tonight? Will early favourites disappoint? Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!

> 'American Idol' Top 10 poll: Who sang best this week?

21:57Well, that's it for tonight. Who will be going home tomorrow? Join us again on Thursday at 8/7c to find out who's 'movin' out'. I know, I know - it had to be done.

21:56
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Colton Dixon
I like Colton - I think he's got a good handle on the kind of artist he wants to be and has got a ton of talent, to boot. The performance is pretty great - it really is a perfect song for him and you can tell it's not just something he learned for the show. He really loves it and that only makes it more powerful.

Jennifer loves the confidence Colton displayed on stage, applauding him for a job well done. Steven calls his choice of chords "stunning", dubbing him a great musician and a great singer. Randy appreciates that he wants to be an individual and put such a great, "sensitive" performance on one of the classic tracks.

21:52It's the last performance of the night, and it's down to Colton Dixon, who has a unique style and a penchant for skinny jeans. Tommy hates his hair, too, which doesn't make Colton too happy, to say the least. He's singing 'Piano Man' and is - surprise! - playing the piano. Jimmy and Diddy think it's perfect for him and are well impressed with his approach to the track.

21:45
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Jessica Sanchez
It still freaks me out that she's only 16, but Jessica's damn good. Tonight's performance is no different - she's got an incredible voice and sings the hell out of the song. Again, I don't know if I fully believe that she's singing from her gut, but it's lovely to listen to. With a voice that big, wouldn't you want to show it off at every available opportunity, too?

Steven thinks she's "way past" his judging, claiming that she was at the front of God's vocal cord-giving ceremony and thanking her for letting him hear her sing. Jennifer agrees, dubbing it a defining moment and a defining song for her and saying that it seems like the track was written just for her. Randy loves that she is consistently amazing and has a moment every time she steps on the stage. "You are flawless. It was perfect!" he adds.

21:41Up next, Jessica Sanchez - a definite Digital Spy favourite that's a huge hit with Idol voters, as well. She's singing 'Everybody Has a Dream' and sounds incredible, but guess what? Diddy doesn't buy it! He doesn't think she's really connecting with it and wants her to stop showing off the tricks she can do with her voice. "Less is more," he advises her.

21:33
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Heejun Han
Oh, he's singing 'My Life'. After the worst false-start in the world (Heejun interrupts a slow piano intro and tells the player that he "wants to dance"), he really gets into it. It's slightly farcical, which is a shame because Heejun is actually a good singer. That's all I really have to say about the whole thing.

Randy starts with a single "Yo!", which is never good. Jennifer loves that he went for fun and calls it a "breath of fresh air", though clearly he didn't hit the vocals in the best way. Still, she enjoyed it. Steven is a bit lost for words, saying that he "took the p*ss" out of that song and he's glad that Heejun did. He also thinks that Heejun should take it more seriously in the future.

Randy breaks it down like this: "Last week it was a little rough. But for me, at least you had fun and it was entertaining." He admits that there were some vocal problems, but was happy to see Heejun have fun.

21:29It's Heejun Han's turn, and he's feeling a little down and out due to some criticism he's received. He gets a little pep talk from Diddy and Jimmy, which goes in one ear and out the other, but let's get on with it. This is American Idol, not therapy! (I kid!) (I'm not kidding.) I have no idea what he's singing, since he spent the entire rehearsal airing his grievances, so it'll be a surprise. He also tells Tommy that he's a "fashionable guy" - I love Heejun, by the way. Seriously.

21:22
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Hollie Cavanaugh
The belting parts of the performance are fantastic, but parts of it seem off-key - or "pitchy", as they'd say. I don't know, I'm not a professional. I still really love her and think she's great. She's got an incredible voice and is really sweet. About halfway through the song, it really picks up and she hits her stride. And let's face it, even the "pitchy" parts are still better than what half of the other contestants can do when at their best.

Steven calls Hollie one of the show's "grand singers" but mentions the pitchiness that I said, questioning whether she was over-thinking the song. However, he does think it was good overall. Jennifer loves that Hollie takes on such big songs but thinks that if she's going to do so, she has to know every single note perfectly - even though she's one of her favourites in the competition.

Randy agrees, saying that the constructive criticism should be a sign that they believe she can be great. He appreciates that Hollie is a fan of big singers, but concurs with Jennifer that she needs to get every single note right and "let go".

21:18Up next, Hollie Cavanagh - one of my favourites! I'm not even going to talk about Tommy anymore because just... no. The important part is that Hollie is singing 'Honesty', a song she can absolutely smash if she gets it right. Diddy breaks down the meaning behind the song to help her connect more with the music and she seems to "get it" afterwards.

21:10
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Phillip Phillips
Come performance time, the guitar is back - a lot of good Diddy did. Phil does keep the sultry vocals and does "make it his own", I suppose, but it just feels a bit flat to me. I wish someone would sing 'Always a Woman' tonight - I think that's my favourite Billy Joel song. Oh, sorry... my mind just drifted there. He's still singing, though, and putting a little rocky edge into it. The girls will love it, so I don't think he's got anything to worry about.

Jennifer feels like Phil was taking out some aggression on his mentors at the end and says that he has to be who he is. Basically, the audience likes it, so it's fine. "It was a perfect rendition of that song for you," she adds. Steven agrees that it was "beautiful" and is glad that he didn't listen to Jimmy and Diddy - or to Tommy. Randy is glad that Phil knows who he is - an "unbelievably talented artist", calling it one of the best renditions of the songs ever. My, aren't we feeling exaggerative tonight?

21:04Idol's "favourite pawn shop worker" (nice description, Ryan) Phillip Phillips doesn't want to "look like a bum" on stage and gets a shine-up from Tommy by... layering two grey henleys. His rehearsal of 'Movin' Out' undergoes a makeover when Diddy wants to see him sing it without the guitar, since Phil tends to use his guitar as a "crush". "You gotta groove!" Diddy instructs him.

20:57
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Elise Testone
Spoiler alert: Elise isn't wearing bell bottoms! She's doing okay with the song, hitting the notes well and everything. I just can't shake the feeling that I'm at a wedding reception when watching her, which I suppose isn't a positive thing. I do like her floor-length maroon dress, though. At the end of the day, she is really doing well, I have to admit.

Oddly, the performance gets a standing ovation from the audience and judges alike, with Randy mimicking "I'm not worthy" bows. Steven loved the melody, which he thought was "fantastic" and had "so much melody". "You were beautiful!" he adds.

Jennifer is "so happy" for Elise as it was a confident performance that was full of personality. Randy obviously agrees, applauding her for meeting the challenge of taking on such an iconic song and making it her own. He deems Elise "unbelievably talented" and declares that she had a "moment" with the run she successfully sang at the end.

20:52Is Ryan Seacrest growing his hair out? He's starting to look like Bruno Mars. Anyway, Elise Testone is singing 'Vienna'. I think she tries a bit hard to be Mariah Carey (not possible! There is only one!) but whatever. Diddy has quite a few notes on her performance, telling her to basically chill out and have fun and do her best to make a "magical moment" - which she needs, given how she's been falling into the bottom two and all. Oh, and Tommy wants to put her in high-waisted bell bottoms.

20:45
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Skylar Laine
I love the performance - she definitely puts her own unique spin on it, makes great use of the stage and is just damn good - especially for a 17-year-old. She really is a mini Reba. She could have a major career ahead of her, and I think she probably will.

Randy recalls Brad Paisley's version and thinks it's a great song, but wonders if the key was a bit low in the beginning. However, once Skylar hit her comfort zone, they heard the style they loved. "I don't know if it was your best, but it was pretty good," he says. Jennifer loves her "attack" and her ability to get the audience on her side. Steven agrees, admiring how much conviction Skylar sings with every week.

20:41Reba McEntire redux, also known as Skylar Laine, is singing 'Shameless' - and is a little starstruck when meeting P Diddy. Her first go at the track is a little "forced", and they urge her to feel it a bit more and pull it back. The advice works - and Skylar gets an autograph out of the deal. Examining her style, Tommy tells Skylar in so many words that he hates her cowboy boots and country style and wants her to "evolve" and get more glamourous. Oh, leave the kid alone.

20:34Here's my problem with Joshua Ledet - he's an incredible singer, with so much effortless soul. The down side? He can potentially become boring very, very quickly. So even though I'm still really into this performance, I'm constantly anxious that I'm suddenly not going to like him anymore, if that makes sense. In any case, he absolutely kills it, as expected. He could sing anything, really.

Jennifer says that she feels stupid to say anything negative about the performance since he can sing so well, but for her, Joshua didn't seem to really feel what he was singing and wasn't connected. Steven thinks that he took an unknown song (what?) and "sang [his] life into it". No comment on that. As for Randy, he can see where they're both coming from, saying that while he got into it, he should always make it his own. "You're still one of the greatest singers here," he adds.

20:29
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Josh Ledet
It's Joshua Ledet's turn now, and right away, Tommy tells him that he's "too special" to wear all black on stage. What does that even mean? I cringe to think what they're gonna put this poor kid in on stage. He's singing 'She's Got a Way' - lovely song. However, Joshua has never heard it in his life. That could be a problem, but no doubt he'll pull it out.

20:22Oh, wow. Well, that's a drastically different look - she's gone from a blonde country girl to a sleek-black short glam 'do - pretty much Pink's hairstyle. The song itself is pretty good. She seems much more confident with her new look and is definitely a solid singer, even if I don't care for the arrangement. Sometimes it verges a little on karaoke, but she manages to pull it back just enough that it works.

Randy loves Erika's new look, saying that he nearly didn't recognise her. He also loves the vocals, calling her one of the best vocalists in the whole season - she can "clearly sing the phone book", but advises her take more liberties and do more runs because she's fully capable of it. "Very, very nice," he adds.

Jennifer agrees, calling it a "beautiful vocal" but agrees with Randy that Erika should let loose and user her body more to "take [them] home" with the performance aspect. Steven wants her to put more character in it too, but thinks it'll come later. He applauds her for putting so much power into the vocals, dubbing it "outstanding".

20:17
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - Erika Van Pelt
Next up, Erika Van Pelt is doing 'New York State of Mind'. I like Erika. P Diddy advises her to make sure that she's a real New Yorker while singing the song, telling her to "get raw". Uh, not really sure that "raw" applies to a Billy Joel track, but okay. Later, Erika meets with Tommy to discuss her look - they give her some god-awful hair extensions and she reveals that she considers Pink to be her number one inspiration. I love Pink! A haircut ensues and some new highlights, as well.

20:10I'm just going to come out and say it: what a terrible song choice. Also, what a terrible outfit. Tommy, what are you thinking? This pleather black jacket combined with a white denim vest is insane. I know, I know, it's a singing show - that's not very good, either. DeAndre doesn't even seem to believe in what he's singing and has that look on his face that says 'Uh oh, this may not go very well'. At least his curls are super bouncy?

Jennifer likes his "laid back vibe" and his "Bob Marley-ish feel" and thinks that it really showcased who he was. Whaaaat? Randy agrees, which is even more surprising. He says it was a great way to start the show, even though he wasn't blown away by it. "I don't know if it was great. It didn't wow me, but it was okay," he adds. Mysteriously, my digital cable freezes for the entirety of Steven's comments.

20:05
American Idol Season 11 - The Top 10 Perform - DeAndre Brackensick
This week, the contestants will be singing the songs of the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel.

First to step up is DeAndre Brackensick, who gets some curly-haired advice from the new Fashion Coach (or whatever he is) Tommy Hilfiger. In rehearsals, P Diddy is around with Jimmy Iovine to offer him some advice on his chosen song, 'Only the Good Die Young'. Diddy wants him to "be in that moment", while Jimmy insists that it's his forte to give love advice. Oh, get on with it.

20:02Well, we're off! Only not so much to a good start, as everyone is crying their eyes out over the departure of... I'm not sure. Jermaine Jones? Shannon Magrane? A normal bedtime? Either way, it's time to dry their tears to pose for some photos backstage. While this is happening, some soft tinkly piano music plays in the background and some 'inspirational' text about "picking themselves up" scrolls across the screen. It's going to be a long season, guys.

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