The 2012 edition of "American Idol" had what many called one of the most talented crop of singers in the show's recent memory. In the end, it was Georgia's guitar-picking Phillip Phillips taking home the victory , with young diva Jessica Sanchez claiming the runner-up spot.
Though the season may have gotten off to a slow start with fairly lackluster audition rounds (except for Pittsburgh, where a plethora of future top 25 contestants first auditioned), the show kicked into gear during its Hollywood week, with powerhouse performances proclaiming the arrival of a wide-ranging, if not eclectic bunch. Along the way, we were treated to bad auditions, kidney problems, masterful song choices and Lana Del Rey. What did we think were the best of these in season 11? Read on to find out, and be sure to let us know if you agree or disagree, or even what your rankings are for the season.
11. Skylar Laine - "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Skylar Laine is a country girl through-and-through, and tended to showcase that side with fitting song choices every week. But during the show's top eight episode, she toned down the country just a bit, though she still put a slight southern spin on "Wind Beneath My Wings." It proved to be the signature song for Skylar, who went on to finish fifth.
10. Jessica Sanchez Duets With Jennifer Holliday During Finale
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