‘American Idol’ Season 11 Top 10 Finalists Offer Audition Advice to New Hopefuls (PHOTOS)

'Idol' Winner Crowned
Phillip Phillips wins big!
With auditions for American Idol season 12 (!) well underway, the top 10 finalists from season 11 are offering their tips on how to receive that all-important ticket to Hollywood.

“Don’t let the other contestants intimidate you. You’re there for a reason and this is your dream, just sing your heart out,” advised 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, who finished in second place, on May 23.

What about season 11’s big champ, Phillip Phillips?

“Be yourself and don’t worry about what people think … Know who you are when you come into this competition,” he said.

Well, that’s one way to win it.

Read more advice from Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine and the rest of season 11’s top 10 in our gallery now.

Earlier this month, Celebuzz attended the season 12 auditions in Los Angeles, where we got the rundown on some seriously strong competitors. Check out the high notes — and low notes — in the video below: