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Apr142011

'American Idol's' Top Eight Perform Songs from the Movies

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top eight contestants took on songs from the movies Wednesday night.

Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their opinions, and host Ryan Seacrest singled out Lopez at the top of the show for being named the World's Most Beautiful Woman in People magazine's Most Beautiful issue.

Here's what happened Wednesday night:

Paul McDonald went first with his take on Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock n' Roll," which was featured in Risky Business.  Tyler said he loved his wild abandon.  Lopez liked that he was going a little bit further with each performance, and Jackson simply loved the performance, saying America just witnessed the opening number at one of McDonald's concerts.

Lauren Alaina went with Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from Hannah Montana: The Movie.  Lopez thought she did a beautiful job.  Jackson thought the song sounded like it was written for her, and Tyler said it moved him beyond tears.

Stefano Langone sang Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" from the Eddie Murphy flick Boomerang.  Jackson said it was his best vocal yet, and he's sure his pal from Boyz II Men would think he nailed the song.  Tyler said the performance proved he knows how to milk a song.  Lopez said he was now singing to win the competition instead of just singing to stay in it.

Scotty McCreery was originally going to sing a Harry Nilsson song, but he changed course and decided on the George Strait classic "I Cross My Heart," from Pure Country.  Tyler thinks all of America has fallen in love with his voice.  Lopez said it wasn't her favorite song choice for him, but she thought he performed it beautifully.  Jackson loved him getting back to his roots with this number and said he was a star in the making.

Casey Abrams chose "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole from Moulin Rouge.  Lopez was nervous at first but in the end thought his jazzy performance was inspiring, and said she hopes America "got" it.  Jackson called it brilliant and said it made him proud to judge a true artist.  Tyler said he did what he felt in his heart, and had a sophistication on par with Sting.

Haley Reinhart sang "Call Me" by Blondie from American Gigolo.  Jackson didn't love the beginning, saying it sounded kind of "karaoke."  Tyler loved her gritty performance on the chorus, and Lopez agreed with Jackson that this wasn't Reinhart's best performance.  Lopez also declared that she was hesitant to say anything critical about her performance because she didn't want any more girls to be voted off.

Jacob Lusk sang Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from The Pursuit of Happyness.  Tyler was astounded at how much he put into his performances, and Lopez called him a gifted vocalist, saying his performance gave her the chills.  Jackson said he believed every word he sang.

James Durbin chose Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" from the '80s animated movie Heavy Metal.  Lopez said it felt "really real," while Jackson said it was unbelievable and that he was glad Durbin stuck to his guns in choosing the song.  Tyler called it "outstanding."

Kelly Clarkson returns to the American Idol stage on Thursday's results show to sing her country hit "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Jason Aldean.  It all starts at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.

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