AMERICAN IDOL: The Final 9: Clockwise From Top L; Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, Josh Ledet, Hollie Cavanaugh, Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.
American Idol’s final nine sang the songs of performers they inspire to be like. Five performances got standing ovations from the judges. Colton Dixon set the bar high and sang a Christian contemporary song called “Everything” that he says “found” him. And of course my favorite performance was Skylar’s when she sand Miranda Lambert, and the little spitfire ripped and roared her way through “Gunpowder and Lead.”