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Published August 21, 2012

Pomperaug High School senior Katie Stevens stayed out of the bottom three hot seats on Wednesday night, and got to breathe easy as the "American Idol" field was trimmed by one contestant, down to a final 11.Stevens, 17, sang "Wild Horses" on Tuesday, when all the "Idol" contestants performed from the Rolling Stones' songbook. A nationwide vote after that show relegated three contestants -- Paige Miles, Tim Urban and Lacey Brown -- to the bottom three on Wednesday night. Brown was eliminated later in the show.Host Ryan Seacreast said Tuesday's program marked the first time "Idol" judges Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell felt Stevens "really connected with a song."Stevens said she concentrated on the judges' suggestions while singing "Wild Horses.""I just tried to do my best," she said.The judges disagreed Wednesday, though, on what style of singing best suited the Middlebury teen.DioGuardi said Stevens is an inconsistent singer with occasional pitch problems, and that she was best swim suited to be a pop singer.Cowell disagreed."You should be doing more country stuff," he told Stevens.

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