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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.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Randy Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
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Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
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Round of 25: Results
March 1

This week, 25 sang for your vote. Tonight is the steepest and deepest cut of all, as only 13 of them will go through to the finals on the strength of your votes... AND the judges' decisions.

What up, TOP 13!

Over 33 million votes came in for the last week, a testament to the talent level this year. But half of them will be leaving the stage this year.

First up, the guys, as well as what our inhouse mentor Jimmy Iovine had to say...

Chase, Phillip, and Jeremy take the stage first. The judges loved Jeremy, and Jimmy is the nicest person on the show, but you need a lot more to win this show. The judges liked Chase, but there are a lot of good looking guys, and Chase doesn't have that originality or freshness. Phillip split the panel... but Jimmy Iovine would sign this guy ON THE SPOT.

Jeremy... didn't make it. Chase.... didn't either. PHILLIP PHILLIPS is the first in the top 10.

Next, Jessica, Hollie, Brielle, and Hallie. Hollie was dead on perfect. She's a little girl with a big voice. Give her the right material... she can do some real damage. Brielle was a little wonky, something the judges didn't hear. Jimmy thought song choice will hurt her. Hallie was old-timey and new-soul-y. It's been Hallie's best day. "Lot of blondes on this show." As for Jessica, she's way beyond her years. She can rip like nothing. She's another one that Jimmy would sign on the spot.

Brielle... is not in the top 10. Two of the remaining three are. Those two... are HOLLIE CAVANAGH and JESSICA SANCHEZ!

Next up, Joshua, Heejun, and Adam. Joshua laid it all out on the line and left the judges speechless. Jimmy says he's the real deal. He's looking forward to working with him. Meanwhile Adam threw us back to a bygone era with his white chocolate. Jimmy says that he's going to confuse America with his black-woman-trapped-in-a-white-man. Heejun picked THE WRONG SONG, and Jimmy says "it's American Idol, not American Comedian."

Two of these singers will join the top 10. Those two... JOSHUA LEDET.... and HEEJUN HAN. Adam Brock sits on his hands for now.

We're halfway to the end. Baylie, Chelsea, Skylar, and Shannon are next. Skylar is what you get when you combine a Reba with a Tina Turner. Jimmy thought it was a great turn. Baylie never seized control of the song. She has all the pieces, but they didn't come together. Chelsea couldn't match the standard set by Carrie Underwood... She was not original enough. Shannon gave J-Lo her first goosies. Good voice, great poise, but she was dressed more for a prom.

Two of these will join the other five. SHANNON MAGRANE... is one of them! The other... SKYLAR LAINE!

Next up, Aaron, Creighton, and Reed. Reed was like Sheila E. He's talented, but he was way too cabaret. Aaron got the judges moving. Jimmy thought it was "cheesy" and "a bit Don Cheadle". Creighton had the judges crying.... but he's screechy.

... and NONE of them make it into America's top 10.

Elise, Erika, Haley, and Jen are up next. Jen had a great voice... but she needs to stay away from Adele. Erika nails her vocal, and she's unique in this competition. She has music in her blood and great restraint. Haley was pitchy all over the place... and it was a bit of a nightmare. And she was robotic. Elise... see Jen's critique, but she brings something of herself to the party.

One spot left for the ladies.... that belongs... to ELISE TESTONE!

Two spots remain, and they both belong to the guys. Let's see Jermaine, Colton, Eben, and DeAndre. Jermaine has that rich, buttery, clog your arteries baritone. The judges make no mistake in bringing him back. Jimmy says he needs variety and creativity. DeAndre has it all and is the most commercial. He has potential, but he needs a coach. He's not ready to challenge Philip Bailey ALL THE TIME. Eben was just vanilla and flat. He's talented, but not ready for primetime YET. Colton was a relevant artist, and the most talented in the competition, but he needs to pace himself.

Taking the last two seats in America's Top 10.... COLTON DIXON... and JERMAINE JONES!

So looking at your top 10, once again America for the most part got it right. BUT for the parts where they didn't, we have the judges' wild card round. Six singers will be called to sing one more time. Then each judge will pick ONE.

Time once again to Sing For Your Life!

1) Jen Hirsh - "Oh Darling" by the Beatles - Lifeless. Utterly lifeless to start. Then she just decides to go into it, something she should've done a long time ago. OUT.

2) Jeremy Rosado - "I Know You Won't" by Carrie Underwood - He sang this song at his last SFYL. Will it work again tonight? He sticks with what works and puts a soul element on the ballad... Not as good as many of the males, but for tonight, it's GOOD ENOUGH. IN.

3) Brielle Von Hugel - "Someone Like You" by Adele - You know what I hate more than people singing Adele? People singing Adele like Adele. OUT.

4) Deandre Brackensick - "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles - When in doubt, go to the false. On this song, it works, especially when you switch it up with the chest voice. It's got a nice, soulful tone to it. IN.

5) Erika Van Pelt - "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga - About. Damn. Time. Take a risk and have it pay off. IN.

6) Reed Grimm - "Use Me" by Bill Withers - The solution to being cabaret is to be... MORE cabaret. Not genuine at all. And this is coming from someone who actually sang the song on stage before. Sometimes less is more. OUT.

And now the judges choice...

Randy picks... ERIKA VAN PELT.

Jennifer picks.... JEREMY ROSADO.

And Steven picks... DEANDRE BRACKENSICK.

And that's 13. Throw in a judge's save, the theme of Whitney Houston/Stevie Wonder, and the words of Jimmy Iovine... and we now have a competition. And all we have to say now is let the better vocalist win. See you next week!

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