'American Idol': The contestants spill the beans at our photo shoot -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The final 11 American Idol contestants gathered in a Hollywood studio last week for our big Entertainment Weekly photo shoot (on stands soon!), so we took a few minutes to ask them each about how things are going in the competition. Has Casey recovered from the shock of almost being sent home? What did Scotty sound like before puberty? And how does Pia feel about instigating a disagreement between superstar spouses Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony? Those answers and more — including the ’80s metal band James Durbin would love to front for a night — will be revealed in the video player after the jump. Then check back later this week for more from the Idols, and in case you missed it, you can see snippets of our interviews with Thia (where she says whom she’ll be rooting for after getting voted off) and Naima (who has plans to become a superhero). And for more reality ramblings, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Take it away, Idols…

Read more:
‘American Idol': Naima on what’s next — ‘I want to be a superhero in a movie’
‘American Idol': Now that she’s out,. Thia Megia is rooting for…
‘American Idol’ exit Q&A: Thia Megia says she feels ‘devastated, but at the same time, happy’
‘American Idol’ exit Q&A: Naima Adedapo says she ‘took a huge risk’ by singing reggae
‘American Idol’ recap: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
‘American Idol': Scotty throws swag, Lauren sheds tears on the scene for Top 11 results night, take 2
‘Idol’ coaches talk the Top 11 taking on Elton John
Behind the scenes at EW’s ‘Idol’ photo shoot!
EW.com’s ‘American Idol’ Central

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  • Fan

    Paul, you will be in the top 5. You have a charming voice and great talent like Adam Levine. Please do a Maroon 5 song.

    • s

      Paul should do a Train song. He reminds me of that band.

      • spring

        He should do the song Marry Me by Train.

    • Patti

      no way paul will be in the top 5, he should of gone home and will soon.

    • Kate

      I agree. He will be. He should be. I love his voice and he is extremely entertaining.

  • James

    Paul’s voice is better than I thought it was, a few weeks ago. It truly is unique. But Train’s singer regularly hits high notes that I don’t think Paul can.
    I’m not hating on him, at all, and think he’ll make it as his own artist.

    • live

      Paul can do nice high notes. Go to youtube and watch his top 24 Maggie May performance. He did a nice job at hitting the high notes, so I think he could hit the Train high notes.

  • jen

    I listened to Paul’s album online with his band and would totally buy it and listen to it on a regular basis. He has such a unique sound and when allowed to really explore it he sounds wonderful.

    • Zazazing

      I have bought the Grand Magnolias album and listen to it often. I love it and I love Paul. You should totally buy it!

  • Cara

    Interesting, how some of them are playing music and bopping, but a couple of the girls are really just posing for the cameras…

  • John Berggren

    I know that video content is wonderful – but I always wish these things got transcripted. I enjoy reading – but I’ve got the video stuff blocked by a firewall.

  • Ms Thing

    James is the best singer and the best performer…he deserves to win!

  • A Man

    I just want to see more pictures of Pia in that dress.

    • Oh yeah

      I think Pia, voice not withstanding is the most deeply shallow contestant this year.

      • lili

        Yeah because everybody else sound so deeeeeep! LOL how about pointing out things that are very obvious – she is the best singer on the show and the most beautiful one! We don`t know is she shallow or not couse we never met her!!!!!!!!

      • Oh yeah

        lill: Just watch that video above. She acts like she’s getting ready for a Playboy shoot.

      • Tess

        Right on, I could not have said it better. I would not miss her nor Jacob. Paul is interesting. I also like Scotty who is so humble, clean cut and unpretentious. I’m glad the majority decides.

    • squishmar

      I am a woman, but I am transfixed by Pia’s rack in that dress! It (they) looks amazing!

  • RCB

    My favorites are Paul, James, Casey, Scotty and Haley. I hope Pia, who is so over-rated, gets eliminated soon.

    • Hilda

      Hello RCB, you took the words right out of my head. I love your choice for the top five. Happy to see Jacob is not in it.

  • Heidi

    The video isn’t working.

    What happened with Pia causing a disagreement with Jen and Mark?

  • Heidi

    ok its working now but they still didn’t say what the disagreement was.
    BTW Pia is wearing a second skin as a dress. It looks like it was painted on!!! She doesn’t need to go that far IMO. She’s got the voice and she can make it on that alone, the looks are the bonus but she doesn’t have to sell herself to make it.

  • Lovas

    People are saying that Casey and Haley spend a bunch of time together and they have a very touchy feely relationship. They are going to have cute little growling kids. Lovers!

  • kt

    ROFL about the puberty question to Scotty…too funny Mr. Ross!

  • Emma

    Man, does Lauren give bad soundbites! No wonder all her interview clips sound scripted, they must be.

    And by the way, both Lee DeWyze (in an EW interview) and Adam Lambert (in a new New Zeland radio interview) named the same persons as their faves, only in a different order: Haley, Pia ad Casey.

  • gary

    I think Pia is the most qualified to be the next american Idol. She has it all she is beautiful, sings great and has the maturity. I just love her.

  • susan

    Pia reminds me of Katherine McFee. Yes, good voice but, too much of a musical sound. She will be successful much the same as Katherine. I really like Scotty, James and Paul. I still don’t understand the Casey save other than he’s a nice kid. Without his growling his voice is weak. Oh well, they all have talent of some kind and will have careers. Usually not winning AI assures a quicker ride to the charts.

    • Hilda

      I guess you would not like Elton John either. Please give Casey more credit. I do like Scotty Paul and James. Glad to read that Lusk is not one of your idols.

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