by Hilton Hater at

And we finally have a clear-cut favorite on American Idol!

The Top 7 put on the best performance night of Season 13 Wednesday, as producers came up with a first-ever twist for the long-running competition:

The finalists selected tracks for one another, proving how tight-knit they actually are by refusing to sabotage anyone's performance with a difficult or eccentric song.

That's no fun, as know, but it was loads of fun to watch Jene Irene close the show with a cover of "Creep." It earned a standing ovation (from everyone except a focused Harry Connick Jr.) and it propeled her to the front of this mostly mundane pack.

Watch all seven solo performances now:

American Idol Top 7 Performances
Best American Idol performance of Season 13? Watch Jena Irene cover "Creep" here.
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Jena Irene - "Creep"

1. Jena Irene - "Creep"

Best American Idol performance of Season 13? Watch Jena Irene cover "Creep" here.


Alex Preston - "The A Team"

2. Alex Preston - "The A Team"

Alex Preston is officially on The A Team. He covers an Ed Sheeran smash here.


C.J. Harris - "Gravity"

3. C.J. Harris - "Gravity"

C.J. Harris broke out his guitar for this John Mayer cover. What did you think of his version of "Gravity?"


Caleb Johnson - "Family Tree"

4. Caleb Johnson - "Family Tree"

Did Caleb Johnson make King of Leon proud with his version of "Family Tree?" Decide for yourself now.


Sam Woolf - "Sail Away"

5. Sam Woolf - "Sail Away"

Sam Woolf makes like David Gray for this performance. What do you think of it?


Jessica Meuse - "Gunpowder and Lead"

6. Jessica Meuse - "Gunpowder and Lead"

Jessica Meuse rocks out here on American Idol. She's singing the track "Gunpowder and Lead."


Dexter Roberts - "Muckalee Creek Water"

7. Dexter Roberts - "Muckalee Creek Water"

Dexter Roberts continues to impress on American Idol. Watch him sing "Muckalee Creek Water" here.


Do you agree? Was Irene the best? Or were you taken by Alex Preston instead?

VOTE NOW: Which finalists put on the best show?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

The pressure was on for the remaining American Idol finalists this week.

Following Sam Woolf's save last week, there will be more more Season 13 pardons. This is now it. If the viewers say so, you are out of the competition.

With that scary knowledge secure in their minds, the Top 8 took the stage last night (with David Cook as a mentor) and belted out covers of classics from the 1980s.

How did they fare? It wasn't the most memorable performance episode of all-time, with many hopefuls choosing obvious tracks and no one really blowing us away.

But you can cycle through all eight solo auditions now and then vote on your favorite:

American Idol Goes to the 80s
Caleb Johnson is on quite the American Idol journey. How did he fare on "Faithfully?"
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Caleb Johnson - "Faithfully"

1. Caleb Johnson - "Faithfully"

Caleb Johnson is on quite the American Idol journey. How did he fare on "Faithfully?"


Jena Irene - "I Love Rock N Roll"

2. Jena Irene - "I Love Rock N Roll"

Jena Irene loves herself some Rock N Roll. Will American Idol viewers love this rendition?


Dexter Roberts - "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"

3. Dexter Roberts - "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"

Dexter Roberts wants you to Keep Your Hands to Yourself." He rocks out for 80s night on American Idol.


Alex Preston - "Every Breath You Take"

4. Alex Preston - "Every Breath You Take"

Don't be scared, but Alex Preston will be watching every breath you take. He sings a Police classic in this video.


Malaya Watson - "Through The Fire"

5. Malaya Watson - "Through The Fire"

Malaya Watson covers Chaka Khan on American Idol 80s night. How do you think she did?


Jessica Meuse - "Call Me"

6. Jessica Meuse - "Call Me"

Jessica Meuse goes back to the 1980s for this American Idol performance. Watch her sing "Call Me" now.


C.J. Harris - "Free Fallin"

7. C.J. Harris - "Free Fallin"

C.J. Harris is "Free Fallin'," folks. Watch him cover Tom Petty now.


Sam Woolf - "Time After Time"

8. Sam Woolf - "Time After Time"

Sam Woolf makes like Cyndi Lauper for this American Idol performance. Will he stick around "Time After Time?"


WHOSE 1980S-BASED PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Note to American Idol producers: 

You don't need to keep churning out theme nights every week. It's not, like a law or anything.

Following last week's vague performance theme of Hits Since the Year 2010, viewers were treated to Rickey Minor and company playing a key role Wednesday evening for "I’m With the Band!" night.

It was random... but was it entertaining?

Yes, if you’re name was Alex Preston or Majesty Rose. These hopeful covered a couple classics and did No Dobut and Florence + The Machine, respectively, proud.

Who else stood out? Who will be on the chopping block tonight? Click through all nine performances here and then vote below:

American Idol Top 9 Performances
Jena Irene rocks out for this American Idol cover. She's totally getting her Evanescence on.
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Jena Irene - "Bring Me to Life"

1. Jena Irene - "Bring Me to Life"

Jena Irene rocks out for this American Idol cover. She's totally getting her Evanescence on.


Caleb Johnson - "Dazed and Confused"

2. Caleb Johnson - "Dazed and Confused"

Caleb Johnson is dazed and confused. And doing awfully well for himself on American Idol!


C.J. Harris - "If It Hadn't Been For Love"

3. C.J. Harris - "If It Hadn't Been For Love"

C.J. Harris continues to hang out. Will "If It Hadn’t Been For Love" buy him another week on American Idol?


Jessica Meuse - "Rihannon"

4. Jessica Meuse - "Rihannon"

Did Jessica Meuse do this Fleetwood Mac classic justice? You tell us!


Alex Preston - "Don't Speak"

5. Alex Preston - "Don't Speak"

There's no doubt Alex Preston has enjoyed a solid run on American Idol. He sings "Don't Speak" here.


Malaya Watson - "The Long and Winding Road"

6. Malaya Watson - "The Long and Winding Road"

American Idol has been a long and winding down for Malaya Watson. Check out her Top 9 performance here.


Dexter Roberts - "Boondocks"

7. Dexter Roberts - "Boondocks"

Dexter Roberts covers a Little Big Town classic in this video. What do you think of his take on "Boondocks?"


Majesty Rose - "Shake It Out"

8. Majesty Rose - "Shake It Out"

Majesty Rose has impressed throughout American Idol Season 13. What do you make of her audition here?


Sam Woolf - "Hey There Delilah"

9. Sam Woolf - "Hey There Delilah"

Safe to say this song only helped Sam Woolf wit the ladies. Watch him sing Hey "There Delilah."


WHO DID THE BEST JOB?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

The American Idol Top 10 were on the Edge of Glory last night.

They were Pumped Up for Kicks, while telling the Story of [Their Lives] and hoping the viewers would see them as Perfect.

Yes, Sam Woolf, M.K. Nobilette and company went contemporary on the latest performance episode, belting out songs made it big in the past three years.

We heard covers of One Direction, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and many other familiar artists, meaning viewers could easily compare these covers to their original versions.

Click through each performance now and then decide...

American Idol Top 10 Performances
Alex Preston sure hopes the story of HIS life includes an American Idol Season 13 victory.
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Alex Preston - "Story of My Life"

1. Alex Preston - "Story of My Life"

Alex Preston sure hopes the story of HIS life includes an American Idol Season 13 victory.


Caleb Johnson - "The Edge of Glory"

2. Caleb Johnson - "The Edge of Glory"

Move over, Lady Gaga. Caleb Johnson is here to sing "Edge of Glory."


CJ Harris - "Invisible"

3. CJ Harris - "Invisible"

CJ Harris hopes viewers don't find him "Invisible." Watch this American Idol cover and judge for yourself.


Sam Woolf - "We Are Young"

4. Sam Woolf - "We Are Young"

Sam Woolf has some fun. with this American Idol audition. Great stuff!


Jessica Meuse - “Pumped Up Kicks”

5. Jessica Meuse - “Pumped Up Kicks”

Do your thing, Jessica Meuse! The American Idol hopeful sings "Pumped Up Kicks."


Majesty Rose - “Wake Me Up"

6. Majesty Rose - “Wake Me Up"

Majesty Rose sings "Wake Me Up" in the hopes of sticking around American Idol another week. What do you think?


Malaya Watson - “When I Was Your Man”

7. Malaya Watson - “When I Was Your Man”

Does Malaya Watson do Bruno Mars proud with this American Idol cover? You tell us!


Jena Irene - "Clarity"

8. Jena Irene - "Clarity"

Jena Irene belts out a version of "Clarity" on American Idol. Pretty solid work, huh?


Dexter Roberts - “Cruise”

9. Dexter Roberts - “Cruise”

Dexter Roberts is cruising for an American Idol victory. Watch his Top 10 performance here.


M.K. Nobilette - “Perfect”

10. M.K. Nobilette - “Perfect”

M.K. Nobilette makes like Pink for this American Idol audition. Do you like her version of "Perfect?"


... who did the best job?

 

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Grab your popcorn, readers.

American Idol took us to the movies last night.

The remaining Season 13 contestants took to the stage on Wednesday and sang famous songs from films, with the Top 11 unafraid to tackle some major artists.

One went after Adele. Another Bob Dylan. Another Idina Menzel (or is it pronounced Adel Dazim?).

Did the hopefuls do these stars justice? Or butcher the heck out of a few classics? Watch and listen now:

American Idol Top 11 Performances
Everyone come together... right now! So sings Sam Woolf for this American Idol audition.
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Sam Woolf - "Come Together"

1. Sam Woolf - "Come Together"

Everyone come together... right now! So sings Sam Woolf for this American Idol audition.


Jena Irene - "Decode"

2. Jena Irene - "Decode"

Take it away, Jena Irene! The singer performs "Decode" on American Idol Season 13.


Alex Preston - "Falling Slowly"

3. Alex Preston - "Falling Slowly"

Alex Preston sings "Falling Slowly" for American Idol movie night. Did he do a solid job?


Ben Briley - "Bennie and the Jets"

4. Ben Briley - "Bennie and the Jets"

Ben Briley takes the stage here for movie night. He is singing "Bennie and the Jets."


M.K. Nobilette - "To Make You Feel My Love"

5. M.K. Nobilette - "To Make You Feel My Love"

M.K. Nobilette slows it down here on American Idol. She tries her hand at "To Make You Feel My Love."


Caleb Johnson - "Skyfall"

6. Caleb Johnson - "Skyfall"

Caleb Johnson does his best impression of Adele for "Skyfall. What do you think?


Dexter Roberts - "Sweet Home Alabama"

7. Dexter Roberts - "Sweet Home Alabama"

This is a classic from Dexter Roberts. He's giving "Sweet Home Alabama" a whirl.


Majesty Rose - "Let It Go"

8. Majesty Rose - "Let It Go"

Majesty Rose goes with "Let It Go" for American Idol movie night. She hopes not to be frozen in the Top 11.


Jessica Meuse - "The Sound Of Silence"

9. Jessica Meuse - "The Sound Of Silence"

Jessica Meuse performs here as part of the American Idol Top 11. She goes with the classic "Sound of Silence."


Malaya Watson - "I Am Changing"

10. Malaya Watson - "I Am Changing"

Malaya Watson makes like Jennifer Hudson here. Do you like her version of "I Am Changing?"


C.J. Harris - "Can’t You See"

11. C.J. Harris - "Can’t You See"

C.J. Harris sings for his American Idol life with "Can’t You See." What do you think?


Who is for sure safe? Who may be on the chopping block tonight?

Vote now: Which American Idol shone the brightest on movie night?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Let's all ignore the fact that Jennifer Lopez took a bite from a deviled egg straight out of Ryan Seacrest's hand tonight and get right to the American Idol performance review, shall we?

The dozen contestants remaining sang singles that reminded them of home this week, a rather broad assignment that led to covers of John Mayer, Dido and even J. Lo herself.

Yes, Emily Piriz was brave enough to make like one of the judges.

How did she fare? Well... she got loud. Listen to all 12 hopefuls sing for their American Idol lives now:

American Idol Top 12 Performances
Emily Piriz wants everyone to get loud. Come on, American Idol fans!!!
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Emily Piriz - "Let's Get Loud"

1. Emily Piriz - "Let's Get Loud"

Emily Piriz wants everyone to get loud. Come on, American Idol fans!!!


Ben Briley - "Turning Home"

2. Ben Briley - "Turning Home"

Sing it, Ben Briley! The American Idol hopeful tries his hand here at "Turning Home."


Majesty Rose - "Fix You"

3. Majesty Rose - "Fix You"

Majesty Rose wants to "Fix You." Do you like her take on this hit track?


Malaya Watson - "Take Me To The King"

4. Malaya Watson - "Take Me To The King"

Take Malaya Watson to the king, American Idol fans! And watch her audition here.


Sam Woolf - "Just One"

5. Sam Woolf - "Just One"

Sam Woolf remains an early favorite on American Idol. Did you like his take on "Just One?"


CJ Harris - "Waiting On The World To Change"

6. CJ Harris - "Waiting On The World To Change"

Can CJ Harris pull off John Mayer? You tell us, folks!


M.K. Nobilette - "Drops Of Jupiter"

7. M.K. Nobilette - "Drops Of Jupiter"

M.K. Nobilette has made a big impression on American Idol viewers. She sings a Train classic here.


Caleb Johnson - "Working Man"

8. Caleb Johnson - "Working Man"

Caleb Johnson is just a "Working Man." At least for the purposes of this American Idol performance.


Dexter Roberts - "Lucky Man"

9. Dexter Roberts - "Lucky Man"

Dexter Roberts pulls out his guitar for this take on "Lucky Man." Listen and react to it now.


Jessica Meuse - "White Flag"

10. Jessica Meuse - "White Flag"

Jessica Meuse makes like Dido for this version of "White Flag." Listen now!


Alex Preston - "I Don't Want To Be"

11. Alex Preston - "I Don't Want To Be"

Alex Preston makes like Gavin DeGraw for this American Idol edition. Watch him sing "I Don't Want To Be" now.


Jena Irene - "Suddenly I See"

12. Jena Irene - "Suddenly I See"

Jena Irene belts out a version of "Suddenly I See" in this video. What do you think?


And then vote: Who did the best job?

 

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We are officially off and running singing on American Idol Season 13.

The finalists took to the stage as a group for the first time on Wednesday and the results were decidedly mixed.

Things looked bleak throughout the opening hour, with a case of the nerves seemingly hitting a number of contestants.

But a handful in the back half showed promise and the judges continued to excel, giving us hope that all is not lost for this once-great competition.

Watch all 13 performances now and then cast your vote below:

13 Performances by the American Idol Top 13
Well done, Kristen O'Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing "Beautiful Disaster" now.
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Kristen O'Connor - "Beautiful Disaster"

1. Kristen O'Connor - "Beautiful Disaster"

Well done, Kristen O'Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing "Beautiful Disaster" now.


Majesty Rose - "Tightrope"

2. Majesty Rose - "Tightrope"

Majesty Rose walks a "Tightrope" for this American Idol performance. What do you think?


M.K. Nobilette - "Satisfaction"

3. M.K. Nobilette - "Satisfaction"

M.K. Nobilette makes like Mick Jagger for this American Idol performance. What do you think of her taken on "Satisfaction?"


Caleb Johnson - "Pressure and Time"

4. Caleb Johnson - "Pressure and Time"

Caleb Johnson takes to the American Idol stage here with a take on "Pressure and Time." A job pretty well done!


Sam Woolf - "Unwell"

5. Sam Woolf - "Unwell"

Sam Woolf is an early American Idol favorite. He sings "Unwell" for this performance.


Emily Piriz - "Glitter in the Air"

6. Emily Piriz - "Glitter in the Air"

Emily Piriz does an impression of Pink with her rendition of "Glitter in the Air" during this American Idol performance.


Jessica Meuse - "The Crow And The Butterfly"

7. Jessica Meuse - "The Crow And The Butterfly"

Jessica Meuse sings "The Crow And The Butterfly" here for her very first performance as part of the American Idol top 13.


Alex Preston - "A Beautiful Mess"

8. Alex Preston - "A Beautiful Mess"

Alex Preston does his best impression here of Jason Mraz. He's covering "A Beautiful Mess."


Jena Irene - "The Scientist"

9. Jena Irene - "The Scientist"

Jena Irene covers Coldplay with "The Scientist." What do you make of her rendition?


C.J. Harris - "Radio"

10. C.J. Harris - "Radio"

C.J. Harris sings "Radio" here for his first performance as part of the American Idol Top 13.


Ben Briley - "Folsom Prison Blues"

11. Ben Briley - "Folsom Prison Blues"

Ben Briley goes all Johnny Cash for this American Idol performance of "Folsom Prison Blues."


Malaya Watson - "Runaway Baby"

12. Malaya Watson - "Runaway Baby"

Malaya Watson sang "Runaway Baby" for her first Top 13 performance. Check it out now!


Dexter Roberts - "Aw Naw"

13. Dexter Roberts - "Aw Naw"

Dexter Roberts performs "Aw Naw" as part of the American Idol Top 13. What did you think of this rendition?


WHOSE PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

The results are in.

The real battle will soon begin.

On Thursday night, American Idol announced its final 13 contestants, with five men and women chosen by the audience and three more selected as Wild Cards by the judges.

The remaining hopefuls reside from across the country (and include the first openly gay contestant in series history), but all share one common goal: becoming the next American Idol champion.

Which one of these lucky 13 will it be?

American Idol Season 13: Who's Left?
Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.
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Sam Woolf

1. Sam Woolf

Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.


Jessica Meuse

2. Jessica Meuse

Jessica Meuse is a 23-year old native of Alabama. She has done quite well for herself on American Idol Season 13.


Jena Irene

3. Jena Irene

Jena Irene could be your next American Idol champion. She has reached the round of 13.


CJ Harris

4. CJ Harris

CJ Harris is 23-year old Alabama resident. Will he be the next American Idol?


Caleb Johnson

5. Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson is a 22-year old native of North Carolina. He is doing very well for himself on American Idol.


Alex Preston

6. Alex Preston

Alex Preston has advanced to the American Idol Season 13 finals. We wish him the best of luck!


WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE FINALIST?

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE FINALIST?

 

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