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American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night

Originally posted 04/17/2014 07:35 AM

American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night | Alex Preston, Jena Irene

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American Idol's Top 7 turned the tables on one another Wednesday night, with each competitor picking a song for another finalist.

Demi Lovato even stopped by to tout her tour and serve as a pseudo-mentor and judge.

Jena Irene (sporting new Lea Michele bangs) stole the night with her emotionally powerful rendition of "Creep" (chosen by Caleb Johnson so she could "turn it into a big, beautiful theatrical rock song"), which she did, earning a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez (clad in a backless, DayGlo yellow leather dress).

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Another American Idol Contestant Is Sent Home

Originally posted 04/10/2014 09:35 PM

American Idol: Another Contestant Is Sent Home

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Oh, what a difference a week makes.

Last Thursday, the American Idol top 8 spent elimination night celebrating the judge's choice to use their only save of the season on contestant Sam Woolf, but this week the reality set in that there are no more second chances.

Coming off a strong night of performances on Wednesday's '80s-themed show, it was anyone's guess which of the remaining contestants would be placed in the bottom three and who would be sent home with the lowest number of votes.

Keep reading to find out who was eliminated.

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Illness Almost Keeps Two American Idol Singers from Performing

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This isn't how they wanted to go viral.

The American Idol Top 8 gave strong performances Wednesday night, but at least two of them almost weren't able to perform due to illness.

"In rehearsal today, my voice totally went out," Caleb Johnson told PEOPLE following his performance. "There was so much crud in my throat. I couldn't breathe. We had to lower the key just so I could get through it tonight."

Johnson, 22, says he came down with bronchitis last week and had to visit the doctor three times before his symptoms finally began to recede.

"It was awful," he told reporters of not being able to sing to his fullest potential on Wednesday. "My voice kind of went out towards the end of the song. I just thought, 'Oh, Jesus. Just let me get through it.' "

Johnson wasn't alone. Dexter Roberts also fell ill this past week.

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American Idol's Top 8 Go '80s: Check Out Keith's Mullet

Originally posted 04/10/2014 07:15 AM

American Idol's Top 8 Go Totally '80s: See Keith Urban's Mullet | Keith Urban

American Idol's Top 8 sang songs from the golden age of Madonna under the tutelage of season 7 winner David Cook Wednesday.

But who recaptured the '80s era of legwarmers, headbands and big hair the best (not counting Keith Urban, who opened the show sporting a clip-on mullet that had Ryan Seacrest calling him "Billy Ray Urban")?

Here are the singers who had "The Eye of the Tiger" and those who were more "Borderline."

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Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman 'Does an Amazing Job' Keeping Family Together | Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman

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Keith Urban credits Nicole Kidman with keeping him organized.

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Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save?

Update 04/03/2014 09:45 PM Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:30 PM

Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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And another one bites the dust ... or did they?

With only two eliminations left before the American Idol judges lose their ability to use their Judge's Save, speculation was rampant that it would be used Thursday night.

The Top 8 all gave strong performances Wednesday of the songs they first auditioned with in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, but three contestants still had to be placed in the bottom 3 by host Ryan Seacrest.

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American Idol's C.J. Harris & Dexter Roberts Have Been Friends for Years

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All the American Idol contestants sang duets on Wednesday, but one pair had a head start on building chemistry.

"We've been friends for about five years," C.J. Harris told reporters of fellow contestant Dexter Roberts. "We performed our duet ["Alright" by Darius Rucker] back at home."

Harris, 23, and Roberts, 22, found each other randomly, and were brought together by music, while on spring break in Panama City.

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American Idol's Top 8 Put a Fresh Spin on Their Audition Songs | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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History repeated itself for American Idol's Top 8 Wednesday night, as they re-sang the audition songs that originally earned them golden tickets to Hollywood.

Malaya Watson, 16, channeled her inner Aretha Franklin, belting a version of "Ain't No Way" that had Keith Urban on his feet.

"You had this voice right from day one, you just needed to be with it," Urban said. "You were with it tonight."

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Did the Idol Judges Save a Contestant from Elimination?

Originally posted 03/27/2014 09:30 PM

Did the American Idol Judges Save a Contestant from Elimination? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants.

Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life").

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5 Secrets From Behind the Scenes at American Idol

Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:15 PM

Go Behind the Scenes at American Idol

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American Idol has been on the air for 13 seasons, but somehow there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits you can't see from home.

"There is a lot of stuff that I did not know," contestant Dexter Roberts tells PEOPLE.

So what are these unearthed gems? Here are five secrets about the FOX reality show.

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