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'American Idol' recap: Top 9 Perform

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American Idol, Season 10, Top 13

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This week's American Idol saw the Top 9 performing songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the show was introduced by Steven Tyler talking about the history of rock and its big players. Ryan also tells us that Gwen Stefani was drafted in to style the women in her L.A.M.B. fashion line, while will.i.am returned to the show to help Jimmy Iovine with the mentoring.

Here's what the judges said about the performances:



Jacob Lusk: 'Man In The Mirror' - Michael Jackson

Jacob reveals that he initially thought about singing Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' but felt more comfortable with 'Man In The Mirror'. Steven thinks that he brings a new piece of himself to every performance, while Jennifer says that he makes everyone know that if you believe in yourself then you can achieve anything. "That was perfect in every way," she says. "Every emotional level." Randy appreciates that he stood by his "moral conviction" in deciding against 'Let's Get It On' and praises the performance.



Haley Reinhart: 'Piece Of My Heart' - Janis Joplin

Haley opts for a Janis Joplin track after hearing the comparison between them thrown around so much. "We're off to a strong start here!" says Jennifer. She thinks Haley's showing that she's a "true contender" and she'll stick around if she keeps doing performances like that. Randy explains that the Janis Joplin comparison referred to the bluesy quality in their voices and says Haley nailed it. Steven admits he couldn't find anything wrong with the performance, adding she "took it up a few notches" this week.



Casey Abrams: 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain?' - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Casey reveals that he was going to do 'Every Little Thing Is Magic' by Sting but he switched because he could give the CCR track - which he performs on his upright bass - more energy. Randy thinks he made CCR proud and did justice to the song, adding that he's now making the upright bass cool: "Casey is revolutionary! I love it!" Steven jokes that he should "put wheels on [his] bass and ride it around town", before saying that Casey is a true musician and he brings the full package. Jennifer adds that she would "pay top dollar" to see Casey playing his bass, saying it's the style of music where he belongs.



Lauren Alaina: '(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman' - Aretha Franklin

Jimmy thinks that Lauren fuses country and soul, with will.i.am quips that she is a "countroul" artist. Steven applauds the performance, saying that Lauren came into the competition "a little girl" and has now blossomed into "a natural, grown woman". Jennifer's also a fan, describing it as an "amazing" performance, while Randy says that Lauren probably picked one of the most difficult songs of the night but she did a "good job" with it, which deserves praise.



James Durbin: 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' - George Harrison

"It's nice to see that other side of you," says Jennifer, following his mellow, sitting down performance. She thinks that his emotional side is what makes his rock and roll side work. Randy agrees that seeing the "true emotional side of James Durbin" was a treat, applauding him for taking chances. "You have to do that to be an artist," he adds. "Taking chances is extremely important and you won." Steven agrees, pointing out that, while James's guitar was "gently weeping on stage", so was an emotional James.



Scotty McCreery: 'That's All Right' - Elvis Presley

"You know what, Scotty is in it to win it!" shouts Randy. "Anybody who thought you were a one-trick pony who could only do country... you can perform! It's a new Scotty - we've never seen this side." Steven agrees, pointing out that he heard girls screaming in the audience like they did for Elvis, adding that he hopes the nostalgia of that era comes back. Jennifer loves that Scotty had fun with the performance, asking if he watches rap videos because he has the moves! Scotty jokes that it is in his Puerto Rican blood.



Pia Toscano: 'River Deep Mountain High' - Tina Turner

"Murderer! Murderer!" shouts Steven. "You killed it!" He jokes that there "are a million guys out there in a million bars having a million drinks about [Pia] tonight". Jennifer says that she proved vocally that she can sing an uptempo song, adding that she is "really special" on stage. However, she says she will keep pushing her to achieve her full potential, urging her to study great performers. Randy agrees that she has now shown she can deliver the uptempo and should turn her attention to working on her movement.



Stefano Langone: 'When a Man Loves a Woman' - Percy Sledge

"Baby, baby, baby, I knew you had it in you!" says Jennifer. "That was beautiful." She says the performance "had another layer of emotion" and was magical to watch. Randy starts to say that the first part was "jerky", prompting Jennifer to shout: "You're crazy!" Randy clarifies that he liked the performance but wasn't jumping up and down, saying that it's okay to start slowly and build to a big finish. Steven, however, seems to be on Jennifer's side. "Are we finished yet?" he asks Randy, before telling Stefano that he has a beautiful voice.



Paul McDonald: 'Folsom Prison Blues' - Johnny Cash

Paul decides to do the song as crazy as he can while still remaining true to himself (following advice from Jimmy and will.i.am). "I got three words for you," says Randy. "I. Loved. It!' Steven also loves the performance, saying that Paul is a "crazy character" and calling him a "perfect imperfect boy". Jennifer agrees that it was the "perfect way to end the show", describing the performance as exactly in Paul's lane.

All the contestants' studio performances are now available as individual tracks or as a compilation album on iTunes.

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox

All Images: Copyright: Fox/Michael Becker

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