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'American Idol' Recap: Caleb Johnson & Malaya Watson Bring It In 'Top 12' Show

5 March 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Idol's theme this week was "Home," encouraging all of the singers to pick a song that represents where they come from. Again, many of the singers struggled to break out of their nervousness and to find their unique voice in the competition. A few, however, managed to shine on the Idol stage and win praise from judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

Jena Irene, a Michigan native, sang KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See.” Irene left her piano behind this week and appeared to want to show a more energetic side of herself. Connick, Urban and Lopez all enjoyed the tone of her voice, but had differing opinions on the quality of her overall performance.

Representing New Hampshire, Alex Preston sang “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw. Both Lopez and Urban were underwhelmed, citing a bad arrangement choice and instability, respectively. Connick, for »

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'American Idol' Xiii Top 12: Majesty Rose, Dexter Roberts stand out on a middling night

5 March 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The "American Idol" theme for the Top 12 is "Home." They should have to sing songs with their home state or city in the title -- "Sweet Home Alabama" would get a lot of play.

1. Jena Irene, "Suddenly I See," KT Tunstall

Nice choice for her tone of voice and the peppiness is fun, though the background is giving us a seizure. Also, we're disappointed that on "you can see she's a beautiful girl, she's a beautiful girl" that Jena didn't do the little minor run down on the second "girl." But it was a good start. No real missteps, but also not something that blew the roof off. A little blah. She could've done more with it, which is then exactly what Harry Connick Jr. says. For sure.

2. Alex Preston, "I Don't Wanna Be," Gavin DeGraw

This is good, we like Alex's voice. However, he really needs to work on »


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