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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
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Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
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Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
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Round of 13: Stevie Wonder/Whitney Houston
March 7

The finalists have been chosen. The stage is set. And there's a twist to boot. Our opening act to the Season 11 Finals and the road to Nokia Theatre.... R&B. And it's going to be the MEN... versus the WOMEN on this... the 400TH EPISODE OF AMERICAN IDOL!

The guys will take the songbook of Stevie Wonder, no stranger to Idol. The ladies will pay tribute to the late great Whitney Houston in their picks. Overseeing it all is tonight's guest mentor, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige.

Here's how this will work. Tomorrow night, the bottom three men and the bottom three ladies will be pulled. The lowest vote getters of both genders will face off against the judges, and one of them will be sent packing by their hand.

1. Joshua Ledet - I Wish

 Here's the problem with this. This was too "happy and peppy" and not angry and passionate. And his vocals were a screaming mess. This is not a good sign for Joshua TROUBLE. Judges were SO WRONG.

2. Jermaine Jones - Knocks Me Off My Feet

I liked this. This had soul, passion and a Luther Vandross vibe. Very pleasing. However, this is a lesser known Stevie song. It's enough to go through. SAFE.

3. Colton Dixon - Lately

What the hell is this? This up and down mess is Colton trying to be Adam Lambert - and it ain't working. TROUBLE.

4. Deandre Brackensick - Master Blaster

I love his stage presence, but his voice was so whispery thin, I couldn't hear it. But his stage presence and better performance than the other men will keep him through. SAFE.

5. Heejun Han - All in Love and Fair

Holy cow. This is, dare I say...very very good. He is going on to next week. SAFE.

6. Jeremy Rosado - Ribbon in the Sky

I just don't get this. And his voice was so whisper thin I didn't HEAR it. TROUBLE.

7. Philip Phillips - Superstition

He went all David Cook on us with mixed results. While I like him and like what he did, he needs to go out of the box even more. That being said, he is going on. SAFE.

1. Elise Testone - Greatest Love of All (switched to I'm Your Baby Tonight).

Whoa this is a BAD BAD BAD SONG choice for her. She would have crashed either way, but this is a hot mess. Bad vocals, missed lyrics and no passion at all mean she is in big TROUBLE.

2. Erika Van Pelt - I Believe in You and Me

You know what, this is not bad. She restrained herself enough not to be the potential screaming mess this could have been. She is going on. SAFE.

3. Shannon Magrane - I Have Nothing

OUCH. All those bad notes, and this was a big girl/little girl performance. TROUBLE.

4. Skylar Laine - Where Do Broken Hearts Go

Subtlety works big time. This country version of this song works. Oh boy does it work. Skylar is the front runner on the ladies side right now. SAFE.

5. Hollie Cavanagh - All the Man That I Need

Started slow, but came on strong big time. Very pure and hit the money note. She is going on. SAFE.

6. Jessica Sanchez - I Will Always Love You

One word: DAMN. Ok, more than one. She didn't hit every note. But she was very very good. SAFE.

So my trouble people:

MEN - Joshua, Jeremy, Colton
WOMEN - Shannon, Elise

Bottom Two - Jeremy, Shannon
OUT: Shannon(with no save)

But it's up to America to determine who stays... and who goes.


To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.