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Apr212011

'American Idol's' Top Seven Sing Songs of the 21st Century

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top seven contestants performed songs from the 21st century this week.

As always, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their comments.  This season's eliminated contestants -- Pia Toscano, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia and Ashton Jones -- opened the show with a performance of Pink's "So What." 

Scotty McCreery chose to sing LeAnn Rimes' cover of the John Anderson country hit "Swingin'." Tyler loved the performance, but he wanted him to do some more boot-scooting around the stage. Lopez liked the way he tells stories when he sings, but she thinks he needs to push past his comfort zone at this point in the competition. She also didn't like his song choice, nor did Jackson, who felt it was safe and kind of boring.

James Durbin sang "Uprising" by Muse in a bid to showcase his contemporary side. Lopez said that would go down as the most theatrical performance of the night. She called it amazing, and Jackson predicted it would also be the best performance of the night.  Tyler playfully admonished Durbin to stay out of his closet, since they both wear rocker gear. He said Durbin was crazy good.

Haley Reinhart chose Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" for this week, performing on a stool right behind the judges' table. Jackson thought this song indicated a great potential direction for her to go after the show's over. Tyler thought the performance was a little slow at the start but picked up towards the end. Lopez thought she showed a lot of courage singing a current hit and said she really shone on certain parts of the song.

Jacob Lusk delivered Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father." Tyler called him "Luther Lusk" and said he reminded him of why he loves music. Lopez said emotionally it was a beautiful performance. Jackson thought it was a good vocal, but he wanted to see him really show off next week if he's still around.

Casey Abrams played guitar on Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe." He ended by singing straight to Lopez and even gave her a kiss on the cheek after the final note. A somewhat flustered Lopez joked that he isn't playing fair, and noted that he has soft lips. She added that she loved the performance. Jackson loved that he always surprises the audience, and Tyler said he is already a cult hero.

Stefano Langone went with Ne-Yo's "Can't Stop." Jackson said he did a great job and took his time singing the verses. Tyler said no one could say he wasn't all up in it. Lopez spoke for all the girls in the audience, applauding his swagger on this performance.

Lauren Alaina sang "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. Tyler loved her swagger, but he wanted her to sing some Alison Krauss, Faith Hill or Shania Twain next week. Lopez said she had an interesting color to her voice and encouraged her to bring big vocals next week. Jackson said she doesn't know how good she is, and he encouraged her to challenge herself.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show. The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox, with performances from David Cook and Katy Perry also on tap.

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