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In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

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Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Randy Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
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Round of 12: The Year They Were Born
March 16

This week, we're going back in time to the year our Top 12 was born. But for one singer, we just might leave them there. Time for Showtime!

1. Naima Adepopo - Year - 1984 - Song: What's Love Got to do With it - Tina Turner. Problem here...there is ZERO passion here. I feel nothing here. The song didn't connect with me. And the vocals are way off. TROUBLE.

2. Paul McDonald - Year -1984 - "I Guess Why They Call It The Blues" Elton John - What the hell is this? His vocals are off and I HATE everything about him. His performance, his vocal tricks and his Joe Cocker movements. His vocals are way off too. TROUBLE.

3. Thia Megia - Year - 1995 - "Colors of the Wind" - Vanessa Williams - The first performance that showed real energy, vocal talent and stage presence. Vocals were great, but I wished she would have not mumbled the lyrics at times. SAFE.

4. James Durbin - Year - 1989 - "I'll Be There For You" - Bon Jovi - The Tail is Back...but the Vocals are not...it felt like an "Up With People" moment, instead of a rocking out anthem. The audience trick didnt work for him. TROUBLE.

5. Haley Reinhart - Year -1990 - "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - Whitney Houston - Like the same problem Rachel Zevita had two weeks ago - she is a little girl playing dress up. She is not sexy enough to pull this off. And her vocals were so off. TROUBLE.

6. Stefano Langone - Year - 1989 - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" - Simply Red - Like this R&B take on the 1980's Classic. I felt the emotion and energy. This was a good week for Stefano, and his vocals were on point. SAFE.

7. Pia Toscano - Year - 1988 - "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" - Whitney Houston - Smart diversification again...Rock, Ballad and R&B Pop. Vocals on point and her positioning as the top female is on the way. Vocals were great and she is the best female so far. SAFE.

8. Scotty McCreery - Year - 1993- "Can I Trust You With My Heart" - Travis Tritt - Damn, I love his voice. His voice is one of the most pure finds in the last few years in the reality competition genre. His presence, vocals, and storytelling are so on it's scary. SAFE.

9. Karen Rodriguez - Year -1989 - "Love Will Lead You Back" - Taylor Dayne - I didn't dislike this performance, but I didn't hate it. And again, she pulls out the Spanish card. I know it works, but this is NOT Spanish Idol. This is AMERICAN IDOL. She will go on to next week. SAFE.

10. Casey Abrams - Year - 1991- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana - Whoa...interesting choice. And you know what, it worked. This is truly him....and it was so OFF the wall and over the top...he will be back next week. SAFE.

11. Lauren Alaina - Year - 1994 - "I'm The Only One" - Melissa Etheridge - Liked the country take on this song. Not the best version that I have heard, but not the worst either. She did herself good enough to get back next week.

12. Jacob Lusk - Year -1987 - "Alone" by Heart - Good choice - Nice diversification - He is showing his problem of being way over the top, but not even close to the worst male performance.

I see four people in trouble this week:

Ashthons votes will go to Jacob and Naima

Trouble: Naima, Paul, James and Hailey

Bottom Three:

Naima, Paul and Hailey

Home: Hailey


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