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American Idol: 04/02/14 : Top 8 Step It Up

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Jessica Opens The Show

Jessica Meuse opened the show with her original song, “Blued Eye Lie.” Harry Connick, Jr thought it was a “Great, Great way to open the show.” The judges liked Jessica’s performance as well as her song. She wrote the song about her ex.


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C.J. Is Back

C.J. Harris did a retake of The Allman Brothers’ “Soul Shine” reminding everyone why he got his ticket to Hollywood. This was his best performance of the live shows and better then the first time.  Jennifer Lopez praised C.J. saying, “there’s something that comes from you that touches my heart…you have an amazing voice it sounded so soulful and heartful.”


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Sam Woolf Still Has No Connection

Did a slower version for “Lego House” than he did in auditions. Girls were screaming, “I love you Sam,” after the performance. Harry told him all he did to do is acknowledge the ladies in the crowd to fix his problems with connecting. Keith Urban said he is improving every week.


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Malaya On Fire

“Malaya on Fire” was the first words out of Keith’s mouth. Malaya Watson channeled Aretha  Franklin singing her song, “Ain’t No Way.”  Malaya had a great performance as usual.  Harry thinks Malaya is a “gold mine of talent.” Jennifer praised saying,  “you’re going to run away with this competition.”


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Dexter Roberts Changes It Up

Jennifer to Dexter, “You showed us.” Last week the judges challenged Dexter to do something different. Dexter sang “One Mississippi” in a way they never heard him sing before. Harry expressed he really needed this performance and “it was a perfect song.”


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Jena Irene’s Interesting Take On An Adele Classic

Jena slowed down “Rolling In The Deep.” Jena intensified the performance towards the end with her rock voice. This performance was so much better than the first time she performance it. Keith thought “it was incredibly bold” because she didn’t revert back to Adele’s version of the song.


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Caleb Mixes Soul With Rock

Caleb Johnson first sang “Chain of Fools” acapella during his first audition. This time he had the band behind him. His performance was big and powerful.  Keith said Caleb is “a rock and roll Viking.” Harry would love to see him to try something that isn’t so loud next week.


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Alex Preston Stays True To Himself

Alex performed his original song, “Fairytales.” He wrote the song as a heart broken kid. Alex’ performance was full of passion. All the judges expressed they enjoyed the performance. Jennifer said the reason they liked him them are the reasons they like him know. Throughout the season he has stuck with his style.


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 Duets

For the first night the contestants sang duets. Judges we’re not able to give comment after the duets.

Jena and Alex “Just Give Me A Reason”-Jena out powered Alex, but the Alex thought “it was cool because we have such different voices.”

Jessica and Caleb “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”- Caleb rated their performance 11 out of 10.  Though the judges couldn’t comment they applauded the duo with excitement.

Malaya and Sam “Lucky”-Sam fell to the background while Malaya shined.

C.J. and Dexter “Alright”-The country duo had the judges singing along with them. Their performance was good and entertaining.

Ashley Rae, new media journalist, beginning her career in television in 2007 at Comcast Television. She started freelance writing in summer of 2013 for local newspapers and is a video journalist for Lareena Larue. Ashley Rae has a B.A. in Communication/Electronic Media from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.