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Testone, Ledet take on Zeppelin, Mariah on 'Idol'

Testone, Ledet take on Zeppelin, Mariah on 'Idol'

March 28th, 2012 by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet successfully channeled icons of the opposite sex on "American Idol."

Shaking her wavy blonde hair and sporting a pair of tight bellbottoms, Testone echoed Robert Plant as she delivered a faithful rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," while Ledet soared by fully embracing Mariah Carey's vocal acrobatics on Badfinger's "Without You" during the Fox singing competition's idol-themed performance round Wednesday night.

"You made everybody get up," Jennifer Lopez told Testone. "It was crazy."

The 28-year-old teacher from Charleston, S.C., and the 19-year-old student from Westlake, La., both earned standing ovations from the panel - as did three other finalists: 16-year-old student Jessica Sanchez of San Diego with Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams"; 21-year-old pawn shop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga., with Jonny Lang's "Still Rainin"'; and 17-year-old student Deandre Brackensick of San Jose, Calif., with Eric Benet's "Sometimes I Cry."

"That's what your voice was made to do," Steven Tyler beamed to Brackensick.

Heejun Han, the goofy 22-year-old nonprofit organizer from New York, found his way back into the judges' good graces after last week's silliness with a serious take on Leon Russell's "A Song for You." Tyler, the most critical of Han's wacky antics, said he made the song "come alive in such a way that no one else can."

"You don't make it this far by mistake," said Lopez.

This week's performances kicked off with consistency from a pair of front-runners: 20-year-old rocker Colton Dixon, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., with an emotional version of Lifehouse's "Everything," which he called his favorite worship song, and spunky 18-year-old country rocker Skylar Laine of Brandon, Miss., with Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead."

"You are a powerhouse singer," Jackson informed Laine.

Jackson and Tyler weren't as fired up about the song choice from 18-year-old singer Hollie Cavanaugh of McKinney, Texas. Cavanaugh tackled former "Idol" champion Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" to mixed results. Jackson cited pitch problems, and Tyler claimed that it didn't show off her vocal range.

"I wish you sang a different song," said the Aerosmith frontman. "It was just OK for me."

One of the remaining nine finalists will face elimination Thursday.

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