American Idol 2012 Rankings: Top 7 Week In Review

American Idol 2012 Top 7 rankings

After a surprising week of results our poll’s American Idol 2012 rankings for Top 7 Week are practically wiped out after accurately predicting only one of the week’s actual Bottom 3. We’ll still take a look through the numbers though as it’s always interesting to see where the finalists are settling in as the season progresses.

The weekly leader in our polls, Jessica Sanchez, dispelled the notion that she was a sure thing for the win this season of American Idol. Despite pulling in 43% of the American Idol Net poll Jessica found herself with the fewest votes on the show and up for elimination. These results reinforce what I’ve been saying that our unofficial polls are open to readers from around the globe while Idol’s voting system is limited to US residents. All the same, Jessica continues to be a very popular singer and will no doubt find success even if she does not win this season.

Moving on to the middle of the pack we’ve got three American Idol 2012 finalists each pulling in 10% of the vote: Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, and Joshua Ledet. Joshua has continued his steady upward trend over the past four weeks and is likely poised to stick around in this competition for several more weeks. Keep in mind that Joshua found himself in the Bottom 3 last week, but that could signal an increased voting campaign by his fans. Skylar has had a rocky past in the rankings here on American Idol Net but she’s now had two strong weeks in a row. Will that be enough to get her to the end? I’m doubtful of that, but if she can keep this up then she’ll be safe enough for a little while longer. That leaves us with Colton Dixon who has held steady in the midfield for nearly the whole competition. If there’s one singer in this batch of three that I could see making it to the Top 3 then Colton is that finalist. He’s quickly usurping Phillip’s role of WGWG in exchange for WGWP and it seems to be working.

At the bottom of the stack in this past week’s American Idol 2012 poll you’ll find Elise Testone at 9%, Phillip Phillips at 8%, and Hollie Cavanagh at 7%. Hollie was the widespread bet for last week’s Top 7 elimination but didn’t even end up in the Bottom 3. That could be contributed to the judges’ overt trashing of her performance even to the point that Nigel agreed via Twitter that they went too far. If they judges really want her gone this week then they’ll just have to tell her it was a “good, but not her best” delivery. Phillip Phillips is likely on a lot of lists for the finale show in late May, but I’m not as convinced about that as I once was. Jimmy warned Phillip and he’s continued to ignore that advice. He wasn’t in the Bottom 3 last week, but I won’t be surprised to see it happen sometime soon considering he’s done nothing but steadily decline in our weekly polls for the past month. Can Phillip get out of that rut?

Elise Testone rounds off the Bottom 3 from our poll this past week and sure enough she was in the Bottom 3 during the results show. Elise was the only finalist our poll correctly identified this time around. Even with her pimp-spot performance it just wasn’t enough to power through the results show. Elise is in an incredibly weakened spot these days on both the show and our polls. I’ll be expecting her and Hollie to jockey for an upcoming elimination.

How would you rank the remaining American Idol 2012 singers?

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American Idol 2012 Top 7 rankings