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'American Idol' Top 13 Finalists Reflect on Live Performances, Reveal Their Music Icons (Videos)

THR was on the blue carpet at the party celebrating the finalists of Season 11.

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The top 13 contestants on American Idol season 11 spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about their live performances and their long road to the top.

American Idol season nine alum and The Hollywood Reporter’s special Idol correspondent Didi Benami interviewed the reality TV hopefuls on the blue carpet at an event celebrating the top 13.

PHOTOS: 'American Idol' Season 11 Top 13 Finalists

“I’ve been pinching myself, 20 times, on my butt, but this is not a dream,” 22-year-old Heejun Han cracked to THR.

Contestant Phillip Phillips was also in awe that he’d made it. “I’m not used to being the center of attention…it was kind of strange,” Phillips told THR. The 20-year-old Georgia native revealed his favorite vocalist was Johnny Lang and gushed about his proud father.

View all of THR’s interviews with the Idol top 13 here.