The safety net is gone on American Idol 2012 and anything can happen. Case in point, a surprising elimination this past week with the departure of the oft-praised Idol Hopeful Colton Dixon. While his elimination may have been surprising in the grand scheme for the Top 7 week, it was nearly predicted by your votes in our Top 7 poll this past week.
Despite having been one beat away from elimination the week before, Jessica Sanchez scooted to safety this week on the results show while earning an impressive 44% of the vote here on American Idol Net. Now if only our poll was official we could go ahead and call it a wrap and hand the crown over. Fortunately for the rest of the Idol Hopefuls it isn’t over yet and there’s a whole different set of official votes out there which means Sanchez won’t be able to rest on her laurels anytime soon.
Coming in next in this past poll is up-and-down Phillip Phillips. 15% of the vote earned him his second best count of the season and his best in four weeks. After four previous straight weeks of decline it’s a promising sign for the shoulder-shrugging guitar slinger. Also climbing in our charts this past week is Hollie Cavanagh with 10% of the poll’s vote. Similar to Phillips, this past week was the second best outing for the American Idol 2012 hopeful, but with a vacillating history of performances this season there’s still no clear indicator that she’ll be a lock for the final stages.
Skylar Laine and Joshua Ledet took another lockstep move this past week when they each earned 9% after last week’s 10%. Outside of their pimp-spot performances both Skylar and Joshua have struggled to climb from the middle of the pack and this week was no different. Both are obviously strong enough singers considering they’ve made this far, but unless they can start to reliably move the needle in our polls here I’m not expecting them to get down to the finale stages.
Closing out the pack we’ve got Colton Dixon and Elise Testone with 5% and 4%, respectively. It was a surprising drop for Dixon after four solid weeks of mid-level rankings to find himself at the bottom of our polling results, but the results here were prophetic and close enough to spell the end of the road for the hair-dye aficionado. Meanwhile Elise Testone, the expected eliminee, skated by for another chance to compete during the Top 6 week. Things appear dire for Testone, based at least on the results here, and she’ll need an outstanding round of performances this week to woo your votes both here and in the official counts.
How would you rank the remaining American Idol 2012 singers?