Phillip Phillips moves up on 'American Idol'

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phillip Phillips didn't follow the advice from his "American Idol" mentors — and the judges loved him for it.

The 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Ga., defiantly wore gray after style adviser Tommy Hilfiger deemed it drab, and he shrugged off musical mentor Diddy's mandate to dance while performing "Movin' Out" during an evening of Billy Joel tunes.

"Idol" judge Randy Jackson called it "one of the best renditions of that song ever" on Wednesday's installment of the Fox talent competition.

Other singers who impressed the panel included 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez of San Diego with a touching rendition of "Everybody Has A Dream," and 28-year-old teacher Elise Testone, of Charleston, S.C., with a soaring take on "Vienna."

One of the top 10 finalists will face elimination Thursday.

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