American Idol: Skylar Laine Is 'Really Relieved' to Be Eliminated

Skylar Laine gave it her all on Wednesday night’s American Idol, but when she was sent home over Hollie Cavanagh during Tuesday’s elimination, there were no tears shed.

“I’m just really relieved right now,” Laine, 18, told PEOPLE with a smile. “No more stress.”

American Idol Announces Final Four

American Idol has its final four!

After Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez each performed a song from the ’60s and another one from the British pop songbook, the top five faced another elimination on Thursday.

Hollie Cavanagh Bounces Back on American Idol

The finish line is in sight – and as the final five contestants fight to be the winner of American Idol, the competition is fierce. Just like last week, the contestants brought top-notch performances, tackling classic songs from the 1960s and the British pop songbook.

American Idol Contestants Deliver Strongest Performances Yet

“Wow, what a night so far!” Randy Jackson shouted near the top of Wednesday’s American Idol episode. “Who’d a thunk it?”

He was right. After several weeks of uneven performances, the contestants collectively brought their strongest showings in weeks for the two-hour show.

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.

Are Idol's Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon Dating?

Skylar Laine may have wowed the judges with her rendition of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” on Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, but it isn’t just her solo performance that has fans abuzz.

After Laine paired up with Colton Dixon for a rendition of “Islands in the Stream” Wednesday, rumors began flying that the two are an item – and even host Ryan Seacrest commented on their chemistry.