9. Heejun Han (Last week's ranking: 9)
Steven Tyler openly disapproved of Heejun’s clownish take on Billy Joel. Whether he plays it straight or hams it up this week, his vocal has got to be top-notch or he’s headed home.
8. DeAndre Brackensick (Last week's ranking: 7)
America’s Next Top Hair Model landed in the bottom three with Heejun and Erika last week. He’s so much better when he really loves a song, so hopefully such a subjective theme (”personal idols”) will allow for a strong connection to this week’s choice.
7. Joshua Ledet (Last week's ranking: 4)
Last week’s overblown gospel version of ”She’s Got a Way” was exciting. if a bit confusing. Expect him to shine this week, with a song that truly suits his huge voice (one size too small, of course).
6. Skylar Laine (Last week's ranking: 5)
I don’t think she’s in any danger this week, but after struggling with a lower register on last week’s ”Shameless,” Skylar does need a big Idol moment to nudge the powerful country singer up a few spots.
5. Elise Testone (Last week's ranking: 8)
The music teacher avoided the bottom three for the first time after last week’s beautiful, challenging ”Vienna.” She needs to sing something people know, in a knockout fashion that inspires those people to vote. But the talent and star power are both there.
4. Hollie Cavanagh (Last week's ranking: 2)
This adorable, sparkly wood nymph hasn’t had the best two weeks, but the personal idols theme will allow her to groove around well within her comfort zone. I think she’ll redeem herself from that pitchy Billy Joel cover.
3. Phillip Phillips (Last week's ranking: 1)
He’s still in a good place this week. The longer this affable rebel yeller sticks around, the more shades of gray we’ll see as he continues to somewhat hilariously defy style consultant Tommy Hilfiger. Taste the rainbow!
2. Colton Dixon (Last week's ranking: 6)
I think last week’s show-closer, ”Piano Man,” catapulted Colton to at least the top 5. He’s in this spot because I don’t see him backing down once he picks up momentum. This could be your winner, people. Do his sweet melodies and skunky essence have you feeling all right?
1. Jessica Sanchez (Last week's ranking: 3)
Last week’s cover — Billy Joel’s ”Everybody Has a Dream” — was tailor-made for the lifelong reality show striver. Her powerhouse diva voice is undeniable, and this week’s open theme almost guarantees a stunner from Jessica. The only question left is: Who will get to sing last?