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Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez and Skylar Laine top mediocore 'American Idol'

No rest for the "American Idol" Top 6

No rest for the "American Idol" Top 6 contestants, from left, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, Phillip Phillips, Elise Testone, Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh. (April 19, 2012) (Credit: Fox)

Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez and Skylar Laine topped another mediocore round on "American Idol" as the contestants each sang a Queen song followed by something of their own choice.

Cavanagh may have saved herself from elimination with a powerhouse choice to close the night, overcoming her usual bout with nerves -- while Elise Testone made herself the favorite to be cut with two mediocore performances.

For me, the highlight of the night was Ryan Seacrest talking about his girlfriend, Julianne Hough -- the first time I can remember him in 11 seasons talking about anyone he's dating.


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He fake-complained to Phillip Phillips that he thought he heard her say "yummy!" when he walked by. Man, I so wish Simon Cowell were still around, he'd have thrown in something snarky but funny to try and make Seacrest squirm.

Below's how I ranked everyone; put your own thoughts in the comments, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

1) Hollie Cavanagh picked the perfect song and showed off her vocal skills with "The Climb," earning a standing ovation from the judges with something she simply seemed to enjoy singing. Randy Jackson raved, "Yo, that was beautiful! Perfect song for you!"

2) Jessica Sanchez did such a professional, pure job with "Dance With My Father" that Jennifer Lopez said, "That may have been the best I've ever heard that song sang."

3) Skylar Laine's version of "Tattoos on This Town" was fun to listen to, even if it was her same-old country thing, prompting Jackson to call himself a "ginormous fan."

4) Phillip Phillips' "Fat Bottomed Girls" fit his blue-collar roots perfectly; it was cheeky and high-energy and he sang it with just the right degree of winking and grinning.

5) Joshua Ledet's controlled "I Am Ready for Love" got a standing ovation from the judges, with Lopez nailing it when she said when he starts singing, "You bring us so present," everyone stops thinking about whatever and just listens.

6) Jessica Sanchez's "Bohemian Rhapsody" didn't give me goosebumps, but I liked her creativity and as always her voice was top-notch.

7) Joshua Ledet's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" had a real 1950s rock feel and his usual spot-on vocals and performance, prompting Lopez to admit that "the Joshua part of the show is my favorite part of the show."

8) Hollie Cavanagh's "Save Me" was sung well and showed off her big vocals, even if it's not a song people will flock to vote for.

9) Skylar Laine's "The Show Must Go On" wasn't her usual country song, but for me wasn't that melodic.

10) Elise Testone's "I Want It All" should've been right in her rocker wheelhouse, but it fell flat for me.

11) Elise Testone's vocally-sophisticated "Bold As Love" was choppy and had me agreeing with Jackson that "it was so much information... maybe if it was sung simple more people would have gotten it."

12) Phillip Phillips' "The Stone" was odd and seemed off-key to me; Lopez hit it on the head, calling it "too artsy" and telling him to pick better songs.

Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

Tags: Hollie Cavanagh , Skylar Laine , Joshua Ledet , Phillip Phillips , Jessica Sanchez , Elise Testone , American Idol , Finals

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