"We just cleared it up backstage," Laine continues. I love him, he's one of my best friends, and -- nah."Dixon agrees. //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/"American Idol" finalist De Andre Brackensick is known for his buttery smooth falsetto, but he might have a little bit of competition in that department -- not in the form of one of his fellow finalists, but in the form of "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.After Brackensick kicked off the '80s-themed Top 8 performance show with a great rendition of De Barge's "I Like It," Seacrest decided to pay tribute to the 17-year-old contestant by impersonating his signature falsetto. //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/Fans of Phillip Phillips got an extra aww-worthy moment during "American Idol's" Top 8 performance tonight when the 21-year-old singer brought his brother-in-law Ben Neil, the person who inspired him to get into music, onstage to help him perform the Genesis hit "That's All."Phillips said he'd suggested that Ben come play with him, but he didn't know producers would actually go for it."I mentioned it, but I didn't know anything was going to happen," the singer tells Zap2it after the show. Me and him, we've been playing together ever since I started playing guitar, so he's my inspiration."Ben actually helped Phil pick out the Genesis song they ended up performing.Tonight there will also be group performances, one duet and one trio.Judges Comments: Steven: he has nothing much to say. J-Lo: lots of praise for Skylar’s enthusiasm from J-Lo – “It’s like you attack every single song,” Randy: he says CCR should be proud…With the American Idol top 10 taking the stage again tonight, and with this shaping up to be one of the more hotly-contested seasons to date, it's time for the first THG Power Poll of the season. Skylar Laine has one clear advantage on season 11 of American Idol: this young finalist knows exactly who she is and exactly what kind of artist she wants to be.
Justin Moore — he’s the one who sings ‘Small Town USA.’ And Tim Tebow, of course.” And Dixon?
Former lovers and No Doubt bandmates Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal mentored the Top 8 finalists with their ‘80s song selections, while hopefuls Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine attempted to quash host Ryan Seacrest’s suggestion that they are hooking up.
“I have to say – very believable watching that performance – the chemistry here! ” gushed Laine, as she playfully punched her maybe paramour. so that clears that up.” Later in the show, Laine moved Lopez to tears with her heartfelt version of Bette Midler’s 1989 hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings” from the film “Beaches.” Dixon, now with blonder, spiky-er hair, impressed the judges with a pop-punk version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” "You could do a record right now," insisted judge Steven Tyler.
Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon's chemistry-filled duet of "Islands in the Stream" on Top 8's '80s-themed performance night didn't do much to dispel rumors that the "American Idol" finalists are dating, despite the fact that they tried to shoot down the gossip in a backstage interview.
Ryan Seacrest hinting at a little something something didn't help either.