American Idol Top 8 Performance Recap: Back to the Beginning

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American Idol went back to the beginning last night, as the eight remaining finalists performed songs from some of their original auditions.

And it was easily the best performance episode of Season 13.

Two contestants impressed us with original songs, while a couple others re-arranged their classics, made them their own... and left us scrambling over to iTunes to download.

Who stood out the most? Who could be in danger of elimination? Click, listen and be awed by the Top 8 now:

Jena Irene - "Rolling in the Deep"
Jena Irene tries to make Adele proud with this American Idol audition. She's Rolling in the Deep.

Tough choice, huh? But it must be made: Who put on the best performance?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]