How Elise Testone's Dog Helped Her Sing on Idol

Booted Idol Elise Testone Wants to Duet with Steven Tyler

American Idol’s Elise Testone experienced a tiny taste of a dream when Steven Tyler joined her in song during her sendoff performance Thursday.

What was it like sharing the mic with a rock legend?

“Awesome,” said a beaming Testone following her elimination from the competition. “It would be great to do a whole song.”

Colton Dixon Sent Home on American Idol

The save is gone. So, one of American Idol’s talented top seven has to go home.

After performing two songs each the night before, the remaining contestants faced elimination once again – and if they learned anything from last week’s shocking results show, it’s that no one is safe.

Keep reading to find out who was sent home on Thursday’s show …

American Idol Does Soul Train

Dick Clark, known as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” would have approved of American Idol’s theme on Wednesday, which had contestants performing two songs: a No. 1 hit from 2000-2012, and a soul song from “back in the day.”

But the theme was actually intended to honor another television pioneer: Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, who also passed away this year.

American Idol Results Have Jennifer Lopez Shouting 'This Is Crazy'

American Idol’s lucky seven had a mostly fantastic night on Wednesday. But when everyone does well, it only makes elimination night harder.

“I’m always worried, Ryan, when it gets to this point in the competition,” Randy Jackson told host Seacrest at the beginning of Thursday’s results show. “I got to be honest with you – I said it last night – nobody’s safe.”

American Idol's Top 7 Shine with Recent Hits

American Idol’s top seven are sizzling!

The judges gave mostly praise on Wednesday night – and much of it was simply glowing – as the remaining contestants performed songs from the last three years.

Keep reading for a full report on Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone.

American Idol's Deandre Brackensick Eliminated After '80s Night

Skylar Laine had her best performance so far – according to Randy Jackson – on American Idol Wednesday when she sang her ’80s selection “Wind Beneath My Wings” and performed a duet with her competitor Colton Dixon.

On Thursday, the pair – along with the rest of season 11’s top 8 contestants – faced another elimination.

American Idol Reveals the Top 8

After an emotional night of stellar performances – which earned a record five standing ovations from the judges! – American Idol’s top nine contestants faced another elimination night on Thursday.

The contestant with the lowest number of votes would have to sing for his or her life in an attempt to convince the judges into using their one save of the season.

Did they use it? Keep reading for all the results …

American Idol's Top 9 Thrill on Emotional Night

What happens when wannabe idols take on the music of their own idols?

On Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, the top nine contestants tackled tunes by their heroes, bringing out some of the most inspired performances so far this season – as well as a bevy of standing ovations from the judges.