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'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox Rules Again With 'People Get Ready,' Weeping

21 April 2010 5:20 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Tuesday night's (April 20) "American Idol" featured the Top Seven tackling "inspirational" songs in honor of "Idol Gives Back," that time of the season when Ryan Seacrest gets to say things like, "When you cast a vote you save lives!" and pat the "Idol" corporate sponsors on the back for donating money to charity.

Alicia "The Princess of Soul" Keys was on hand to mentor the contestants. "I want to teach them how to be part of something that's even bigger than them," she said. Um, the only thing bigger than Michael Lynche is the continent of Asia, so that might be a little tough, Alicia. But I applaud the effort.

Before I go on a rant about Kara's hair, let's get to the performances!

Casey James

Song: "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac

Verdict: Please Stop (Too easy, right?)

Alicia Keys urged Casey to connect with "one of the biggest songs in the whole universe, »

- Jim Cantiello

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‘American Idol” Season 9, Top 7 Perform; Alicia Keys Mentors

20 April 2010 6:30 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Fox Alicia Keys with the remaining contestants

Just seven contestants remain as Idol headed into its over-the-top (but extremely worthy) Idol Gives Back extravaganza.

With the way this season is going, the Idols aren’t just competing against each other, but Ryan Seacrest, whose attention-grabbing antics are becoming part of the story. (My colleague Tracy Watson compiled a list for me today of Ryan moments, from tweeting results before the West Coast show to suggesting Brian Dunkleman was hosting part of Idol Gives Back.)

Still, no one will outshine this week’s guest mentor, the incomparable Alicia Keys. Good to know she will be back for Idol Gives Back on Wednesday night.

Casey James opened with an oldie: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. Ensemble songs are tough to sing, but Casey pulled it off. It sounded okay, a little like Lynyrd Skynyrd covering Fleetwood. Randy Jackson said it: It was good, »

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'American Idol' Inspirational Songs: What should the Top 7 sing?

17 April 2010 1:11 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The Inspirational Song choices are available on iTunes, so we thought we'd offer some suggestions for the "American Idol" Top 7.

We will admit that the song list is rather weird -- some of the songs don't exactly strike us as "inspirational," plus you have to automatically discount certain songs. For example...

The Idols should probably steer clear of the other Idol songs. Like "A Moment Like This" is the No. 1 Kelly Clarkson "Idol" moment, so we're not sure they should try that one. Doing other Idol hits is just a little too meta. We'd call that a big no-no.

Then there are the over-played barf-worthy songs like "Greatest Love of All" and "That's What Friends Are For." We'd advise steering clear of those too, especially since "Greatest Love" should just be retired after Cordelia Chase did it for the "Buffy" talent show. Then there are a few duets on the list, »


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