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Ready your votes, America! American Idol Season 11 goes live next week, starting February 27, 2012. Week 7 will feature the first live performances from the Top 25 contestants, including BFF favorites Phillip Phillips and Heejun Han. So why 25 contestants and not the previously announced 24? In a shocking turn of events, the judges told us that they'd be bringing back one of the already eliminated boys.

All 13 of the boys will perform on a special night on Tuesday, February 28, and the girls will perform on Wednesday, February 29 — both starting at 8/7c. The results will be announced in a two-hour episode on Thursday, February 30, beginning at 8/7c. That’s six solid hours of Idol next week, people!

The Idol Pad reports the theme for next week is “Producer’s Choice.” Each contestant will make a list of the songs they want to sing and the producer will select one of the song choices for the performance. We can’t wait to see what songs the finalists come up with — and if their voices (and nerves) are strong enough to make it to the next round!

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