American Idol 2012 Rankings: Top 8 Week In Review

American Idol 2012 Top 8

We’ve got your American Idol 2012 rankings for the Top 8 week. There were more ups then downs this time around in your poll results, but once again the pimp-spot played a big role in pulling up one singer while letting another course correct.

No surprise here in the poll for Jessica Sanchez to be leading with 39% as she’s done each week, but as the field of finalists narrows down we’ll have to wait and see how her votes in our poll sync with the votes in Idol’s more limited sphere. Coming up behind Jessica was the Top 8’s pimp-spot performer, Skylar Laine, who finally got her chance at the coveted position of going last. Just like Elise last week, Skylar found her first double-digit ranking in our polls, 15% this past week, when performing during the pimp-spot. Joining Jessica and Skylar in the top bracket is Joshua Ledet. He climbed back up from the middle of the pack this past week with his American Idol performance of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and earned 12%. While I expect Skylar to drop back to her former position next week, as most pimp-spot’ers do, it seems like Joshua is on a steady climb this season.

Phillip Phillips leads the middle pack with 11% of the vote and has consistently remained in this range. Only once this season has Phillip not pulled in double digits in our poll and even that week was a 9% share. Phillips’ strength may be found in his consistency despite Jimmy Iovine’s warnings, but can it win him the top spot in American Idol 2012? Colton Dixon is up one point this week with 9% of the vote after dropping from his pimp-spot ranking of 17% just two weeks ago. Like Joshua, Colton seems to be finding his groove and holding a respectable position in the ranks.

There was a big vote gap when moving on to the bottom ranks. Despite a promising start, Hollie Cavanagh has struggled to find her audience and place in this competition outside the bottom block in our weekly polls. Her one venture in to the double digits in our poll came from, you guessed it, her pimp-spot performance of “The Power of Love” back during the Top 11/12 week. This time around Hollie drew only 4% of the vote which put her on par with Elise Testone. Elise followed the typical post-pimp-spot trajectory and fell back to Earth with just 4% of the vote after the previous week’s 19%. Any Idol Hopeful in need of a save should be lucky to land in that final spot for the magic it works. DeAndre Brackensick could have used that boost last week but instead went in the very first position, often a kiss of death to endangered contestants. DeAndre earned just 3% of the vote in last week’s poll but I was ready for him to stay after surviving the bottom tier repeatedly both on this site and in the show. A pimp-spot performance would have likely kept him going at least another week instead of facing his second elimination of the season.

With just seven finalists left this season on American Idol 2012 we’re nearly to the finish line. We’ll get the most modern round of songs yet this week with “This Decade” selections. Can’t wait to see how it turns out and who gets that pimp-spot performance.

American Idol 2012 Top 8 Week Poll Rankings:

  1. Jessica Sanchez – 39% – up 3 points from last week
  2. Skylar Laine – 15% – up 12 points from last week
  3. Joshua Ledet – 12% – up 6 points from last week
  4. Phillip Phillips – 11% – down 2 points from last week
  5. Colton Dixon – 9% – up 1 point from last week
  6. Hollie Cavanagh – 4% – no change from last week
  7. Elise Testone – 4% – down 15 points from last week
  8. DeAndre Brackensick – 3% – no change from last week – eliminated

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American Idol 2012 Top 8 rankings