American Idol Photo Gallery: The 21 Best Performances of Season 11!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that adage certainly applies to American Idol‘s fantastic eleventh season — an intense, talent-packed, five-month affair that will end in tears, cheers, and a tidal wave of confetti when either Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips takes home the crown a little later this evening.

Before then, though, why not look back on the season that was? From Joshua’s opening Top 13 salvo to Elise’s middle-eastern jazz runs to Phillip’s final swing for the fences, I’ve compiled — and ranked — the 21 best live solo performances of the season.

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So click through the gallery below, then hit the comments to tell me what performances and performers I overlooked, what blasphemies I’ve uttered, and where I actually got it right.

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