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American Idol Finalists Share Their Pre-Show Rituals

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Apr. 24 2009, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

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We're down to the Final 5, and the going is really getting tough for the remaining American Idol contestants.

OK! found out how their tricks for coping with the mounting pressure.

Some of the Idols are relying on their pre-show rituals: Kris Allen stretches to get the blood flowing.

Meanwhile, Adam Lambert counts on his new tattoo. “It’s the eye of Horace, an Egyptian symbol that represents protection,” he shares.

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And Matt Giraud is sticking with good old-fashion self confidence. Despite escaping elimination on April 15 only because the judges exercised their one-time-only veto power, he thinks he can win. “I have passion and that is why I am here,” he says.

Danny Gokey’s mantra? Make the “right choices” in life. And then there’s Allison Iraheta’s plan. “I’ll shave my head!”

On Thursday night, the remaining five finalists brought the American Idol spirit to BritWeek, when they hit up the event's launch party at the British Consul General's Official Residence in L.A. Here are some pics from the night:

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