Update: Annie’s recap is live.
Take it from judge Randy Jackson: “The talent on Idol this year is better than any show on TV!” Dem’s fightin’ words coming from someone wearing a peace sign pin on his purple jacket.
I had a bit of trouble ranking the Top 7 after tonight’s “Now and Then” live performance show because everyone sang twice and a lot of songs were excellent (Hollieeeeee is back!) — but here’s my initial impression:
RANKING THE TOP 7 FROM ‘AWESOME’ TO ‘ALSO REALLY GOOD’ ON APRIL 18, 2012
Joshua Ledet (“I Believe,” “A Change Is Gonna Come”)
Skylar Laine (“Born This Way,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine”)
Hollie Cavanagh (“Rolling in the Deep,” “Son of a Preacher Man”)
Jessica Sanchez (“Fallin’,” “Try a Little Tenderness”)
Phillip Phillips (“U Got It Bad,” “In the Midnight Hour”)
Elise Testone (“No One,” “Let’s Get It On”)
Colton Dixon (“Bad Romance,” “September”)
Stay tuned for my full recap later on…. Here it is!
‘American Idol’ recap: Throw Your Soul Through Every Open Door
‘American Idol': Ryan Seacrest pays tribute to Dick Clark
‘Idol': 10 Who Got Second Chances — PHOTO GALLERY
‘American Idol': Top 7 Power List (Revisited) — PHOTO GALLERY
Top 7 performance recap: Songs From Three Years You Were Alive
Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ TV covers just keep coming
At home with the Top 9 in the ‘Idol’ mansion — EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
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