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'American Idol's' Top 13 Perform for America's Vote

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top 13 finalists performed for America's vote Wednesday night, delivering songs originally recorded by their idols.

Judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their critiques.

For this round, all 13 hopefuls worked with record label honcho Jimmy Iovine and other big-name producers to perfect their performances.  Here's what happened:

Lauren Alaina was up first, singing "Any Man of Mine" by her hero Shania Twain.  Mega producer Don Was and Jimmy Iovine coached her on the performance, and they both thought she had star power.  Tyler liked the song, but he wished she had punched it up a notch.  Lopez loved her voice but she also wanted more energy from her.  Jackson doesn't think she knows how talented she really is, and he wants her to really stretch herself in the future.

Casey Abrams' idol is Joe Cooker, so he did Cooker's cover of The Beatles' "I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends."  Lopez was so overcome during his performance, she grabbed Jackson's arm and said, "I'm watching somebody important."  Jackson said he was "exciting" and "unbelievable," and Tyler called him a "rainbow of talent" and said he had a "plethora of passion."

Ashton Jones sang Diana Ross' song "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" after working with R&B super-producer Rodney Jerkins.  Jackson thought the song choice was a little safe, but he felt that she showed growth as a singer with the performance.  Tyler said he thinks she has more to her than she's showing yet, and Lopez challenged her to choose more familiar songs.

Paul McDonald looks up to Ryan Adams musically, so he chose to perform Adams' song "Come Pick Me Up."  Tyler loved the character in his voice, but he thought "Come Pick Me Up" wasn't in the right key for him.  Lopez thought he really engaged the crowd, and she hoped it translated to America.  Jackson loved that he is a little left-of-center and thought he was good for American Idol.

Pia Toscano chose Celine Dion's "All By Myself."  Lopez had tears in her eyes and was pretty much speechless while critiquing her.  Jackson applauded her natural talent and said he was in awe of her.  Tyler said she slammed it and called the performance "beautiful."

James Durbin went with Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," but he put a different spin on it with a little help from producer Jim Jonsin.  Jackson was amazed that he slew a Paul McCartney tune and showed his sensitive side this week, saying, "James Durbin is dangerous, America."  Tyler said he took everything he ever felt and kicked into the middle of next week with that performance, and Lopez applauded him as a great rock singer.

Haley Reinhart sang "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes, which called for quite a bit of country vocal acrobatics.  Tyler said the country and Western part of America was roaring for that performance, and Lopez said she has a really unique voice.  Jackson loved her range, noting that she performed an Alicia Keys song last week, but he thought this week's performance was boring.

Jacob Lusk really used his gospel background to deliver R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with a choir backing him up.  Tyler said his performance was so good and pure he couldn’t even judge it.  Lopez said he made everyone feel so much when he sings, and Jackson was excited to see what he did next.

Thia Megia's performance of the Charlie Chaplin classic "Smile" began normally, but then she put a little beat behind it at the halfway mark.  Jackson liked the beginning, but thought she got pitchy when the jazzy part started.  Tyler agreed with Jackson, but cut her some slack since she was so young.  Lopez wanted to see her move a little more but said she sang like an angel.

Stefano Langone chose to sing Stevie Wonder's "Lately" because the words tell a story.  Tyler thought he really pulled it off, and Lopez was actually dancing during the performance.  Jackson thought he soared with this performance.

Karen Rodriguez went with Selena's "I Could Fall in Love" for her performance, and Lopez thought she seemed a little uncomfortable with the low notes.  Jackson said it seemed like she was fighting with the song and thought it fell flat.  Tyler added that he knew she could do better and hoped to see that next week.

Country boy Scott McCreery teamed up with producer Don Was to work on his rendition of "The River" by Garth Brooks.  Jackson told him not to change a thing, and Tyler told him, "Scotty, you did the Garth justice."  Lopez thought he opened up as a performer this time around.

Naima Adedapo went with "Umbrella" by Rihanna and worked with the producer of the original version, Tricky Stewart.  Tyler said she was crazy good, even though there were some pitch problems.  Lopez said the pitch issues didn't matter because she had flair during her performance.  Jackson said she needed to maintain vocal control while dancing, but he loved the reggae flavor she added to the song.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show.  The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox with performances from Diddy Dirty Money and Idol alum Adam Lambert.

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