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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 6 Do Rock and Country

April 24, 2014 12:04:35

The six remaining contestants on "" season 13 channeled their country and rock sides as the Wednesday, April 23 performance show took on the dual themes. While some were forced to step out of their comfort zones, singing their favorite genres weren't helpful for several other singers, such as C.J. Harris.

The Alabama native has a rootsy quality in his voice, but thought he lacked the attitude when singing "American Woman" by / The Guess Who. "It was pretty good," according to , while said, "I really did think you pulled it off."

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Dexter Roberts Eliminated From 'American Idol' Top 7

April 18, 2014 09:04:38

was missing from the opening of "" result show on Thursday, April 17 night. Instead, popped up to steal Seacrest's iconic line, "This is American Idol!" It was a cross promotion for Bacon's FOX crime drama "".

After a Mustang commercial featuring the Top 7 and some comments from about last night's performances, Seacrest started the whole elimination process. First one to get sent to the safe bench was Jena Irene. Alex Preston followed her trail while Dexter Roberts landed in the bottom two. The next names called to enter the Top 6 were Caleb Johnson, C.J. Harris and Sam Woolf. That left Jessica Meuse in the bottom two.

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'American Idol' Top 7 Recap: Jena Irene Wowed Judges With Radiohead's 'Creep'

April 17, 2014 11:04:35

The April 16 episode of "" featured top 7 singing "Competitor's Pick" as well as collaborations. Each finalist had to choose from a list of material selected by the other contestants.

Caleb Johnson kicked it off with 's "Family Tree". thought it was a great way to start the show. "You're just such a consistent, dynamic performer week after week," said. added, "You did it again. It's dangerous for us to put you first in the lineup."

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'American Idol' Results: Malaya Watson Going Home

April 11, 2014 09:04:43

Another female singer was sent home on "" season 13. Malaya Watson got the boot on Thursday, April 10, making her the fifth female finalist to be eliminated on the show. Now, only two girls are left against five boys in the competition.

The 16-year-old was in the bottom two along with C.J. Harris following her performance of "Through the Fire" by on the Wednesday show. She was criticized by the judges for sacrificing the beginning of the song for the big notes. After learning her fate, she took the stage once again to sing "I Am Changing".

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'American Idol' Top 8 Back With Songs of the 1980s

April 10, 2014 11:04:17

"" relived the music of the 1980s in the latest performance show. Season 7 winner returned to share some advice to the Top 8, saying of this week's theme, "The '80s, to me, just represent incredible production, incredible music. That's why the songs stand up 30 years later."

After a group opening number, Jena Irene rocked the stage with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by and the Blackhearts. She started it slow on the piano and sang it in its original, edgy version by the time she hit the chorus. The judges admired her effort to put a twist on it and try to make the song her own, though didn't like the arrangement.

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'American Idol': Harry Connick Jr. Justifies Judges' Use of Save on Sam Woolf

April 04, 2014 04:04:37

After keeping their save for weeks, "" judges used their sole right to keep a finalist from elimination on Thursday, April 3. Some may question the judges' decision considering Sam Woolf's modest performance compared to other stronger singers' the night before.

Speaking to reporters after the results show, justified their decision to use the save on Sam. "As soon as we saw who the three were, we immediately started saying, 'What does each of these people bring to the competition if we give them the save?' We talked about all three of them, and when we heard it was Sam, we started flying back-and-forth," he said.

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'American Idol' Results: Judges Save Sam Woolf

April 04, 2014 09:04:52

"" judges have used their save on Sam Woolf. On the Thursday, April 3 results show, the 17-year-old landed in the bottom 3 along with C.J. Harris and Malaya Watson. He apparently got the lowest votes and went with 's "Babylon" as his survival song while the judges started having a discussion.

"We are unanimous, we're gonna use the save tonight," delivered the good news after asked their decision, meaning that Sam's not eliminated. The other finalists quickly swarmed Sam to celebrate it as he was showered with confetti.

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'American Idol' Top 8 Performances: Jessica Meuse and Alex Preston Wow With Original Songs

April 03, 2014 11:04:54

"" Top 8 revisited the start of their journey on the show in the "Back to the Start"-themed week. On Wednesday, April 2, the remaining finalists performed the song they used for their initial audition for the judges. In addition to the solo performance, they would be paired for duets.

The show opened with Jessica Meuse singing an original, "Blue Eyed Lie". The judges raved over the performance, with calling it "really perfect." said, "That was a great start to the show," and told her to move her whole body. compared her to early and Nancy Sinatra, and disagreed with Keith about the body movement.

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'American Idol' Results: Majesty Rose's 'Happy' Can't Save Her

March 28, 2014 09:03:58

After weeks of landing in the bottom 3, Majesty Rose could not dodge elimination on Thursday, March 27. She became the fifth finalist to be sent home from "" season 13 based on viewers' votes.

"I think America is really, really smart," commented before the eliminated singer was revealed. "All the voting is really performance-based.... It's all about what you did the night before."

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MK Nobilette Appreciates 'American Idol' Producers for Letting Her Be Openly Gay

March 27, 2014 02:03:22

MK Nobilette didn't stay long enough on "" finals, but she may forever be remembered as the first openly gay finalist on the show. The tenth place finisher of season 13 opened up about her sexual orientation during a conversation with , and before she made it into Top 30.

Speaking after her elimination last Thursday, March 20, she appreciated the producers' decision to put the pre-taped conversation in the broadcast version. "They didn't have to put it in there," she told TV Guide. "That was their choice, which I appreciated."

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'American Idol' Top 9 Performances: Caleb Johnson Blends With the Band, Jena Irene Is 'Phenomenal'

March 27, 2014 11:03:11

"" season 13 returned Wednesday, March 26 with the remaining 9 finalists and "I'm With the Band" theme. The episode opened with a group performance where they sang a medley of rock hits by such bands as , and .

Alex Preston kicked off the competition, delivering a jazzy version of 's "Don't Speak". Despite his effort to make the song his own, he was criticized by for being "so consistent." The country music crooner also wanted Alex to "give a little more edge," while thought Alex's low-key version "sucked the energy out of the song." , meanwhile, would like to see Alex to move around on the stage and move the audience.

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'American Idol' Results: M.K. Nobilette Is Predictably Eliminated

March 21, 2014 09:03:18

"" has narrowed down its finalists to 9. On Thursday, March 20, M.K. Nobilette was announced as the singer with the lowest votes from audience, meaning she had to sing for her life.

M.K. sang 's "All of Me", showing emotion which she rarely displayed in previous performances. The judges, however, decided not to use their sole save with delivering the bad news, "It has to be unanimous and it is not unanimous. It breaks our heart, but we have to say goodbye to you."

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'American Idol' Top 10 Perform: Alex Preston Does One Direction, M.K. Nobilette's Not 'Perfect'

March 20, 2014 11:03:03

After taking on Songs from the Cinema, "" went more contemporary this week with Songs from the 2010s theme. As the finalists tried to secure a spot in the Top 9, judges and drew laughs by impersonating each other when they swapped seats.

Back to the competition, M.K. Nobilette picked 's "Perfect" to inspire people, but her performance wasn't perfect. She ran out of breath at the end of her lines and forgot a few lyrics. Keith complimented her for recovering so well from her mistake, but thought she retreated into her shell and kind of gave up. Harry bluntly said it was a weak performance.

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'American Idol' Reveals Top 10, Eliminates Ben Briley

March 14, 2014 09:03:24

Ben Briley has become the latest eliminated singer on "" season 13. The Tennessee guy got the boot on Thursday, March 13 following his failed attempt to show a different style with his performance of "Bennie and the Jets" by on Wednesday night.

"I was worried," Ben told host after learning that he was in the bottom three along with Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf. "I really wanted to be different and show people that I can do other things. It was a gamble," he said of his performance the night before.

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'American Idol' Top 11 Performances: Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Stand Out in Movie Night

March 13, 2014 11:03:53

"" returned Wednesday, March 12 with the Top 11 singing songs from the cinema. The outcome of their performances will determine who will be in the Top 10 and joining the "Idol" summer tour.

Sam Woolf kicked off the competition with ' "Come Together" from "Across the Universe". loved that Sam showed his other side and was happy to see him loosen up, but called it "an average performance."

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'American Idol' Results: Judges Don't Save Emily Piriz

March 07, 2014 11:03:07

"" has just had its first shocking elimination early in the final round. On Thursday, March 6, Emily Piriz got the boot though her cover of 's "Let's Get Loud" got rave review from the original performer.

Emily landed in the bottom three along with M.K. Nobilette and Jena Irene, marking the second week in a row M.K. found herself in jeopardy. Emily sang for her life, choosing "Stars" by .

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'American Idol' Top 12 Performances: Emily Piriz Does Jennifer Lopez

March 06, 2014 01:03:04

The 12 finalists of "" season 13 sang songs that reminded them of their hometowns in the Wednesday, March 5 episode. Jena Irene was the first performer of the night, singing "Suddenly I See" by which reminded her of road trips with her mom and brother.

liked her "stage presence," while said her "unique voice makes it your own." liked that she made "different choices in the melody," but still "wanted more."

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'American Idol' Results Show Moves to 9 P.M.

March 04, 2014 02:03:39

"" results show is going to air one hour later. FOX is moving the Thursday results show from 8 P.M. to 9 P.M. starting March 13, as part of a newly-annonced scheduling shift.

The adjustment is made as the network moves 's low-rated legal drama "" from Thursday to Friday, occupying "" old slot at 8 P.M. The 12th season of 's "" will take over the Thursday, 8 P.M. timeslot, debuting on March 13.

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'American Idol' Apologizes After Votes Were Routed to Washington Pizzeria

March 03, 2014 10:03:55

A voting snafu apparently happened again on "" last week. On Wednesday, February 26, votes for the show's contestants were routed to Gordy's Pizza and Pasta in Washington state.

The restaurant's owner, Randy Sexton, said his staff was inundated with calls for two hours that night, but they were not seeking pizza or pasta which are offered by the eatery. A woman purportedly the manager of Gordy's commented, "I was the manager this night and it sucked dealing with the abundance of calls and still maintaing the orders."

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'American Idol' Results: Kristen O'Connor Is the First Eliminated Finalist

February 28, 2014 09:02:02

"" has revealed the results of the Top 13 performances. On Thursday, February 27, one singer was sent home based on viewers' votes and the unlucky contestant was Kristen O'Connor.

"I learned a lot," she told host after learning her fate. "From the time I auditioned until right now, I learned so much about myself as a performer." Her elimination didn't come as a surprise though, since complained that she's out of tune during her performance of 's "Beautiful Disaster" on Wednesday night.

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Dr. Luke NOT Joining 'American Idol'

August 27, 2013 10:08:31

'American Idol' Top 7 Go Rock 'n' Roll

April 04, 2013 11:04:50

'American Idol' Boots Paul Jolley Out

March 22, 2013 09:03:20

'American Idol' Top 9 Do The Beatles

March 21, 2013 11:03:16

'American Idol' Rounds Up Top 10 Girls

February 28, 2013 11:02:49

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