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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 Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
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Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Round of 7: Classic Rock
April 3

It was born of country and R&B in a counterculture environment during the 50s. Those unmistakable sounds went on to become classic. And tonight, the top 7 will take on said classics. This.... is rock week.

Sitting in with Ray Chew Live & the American Idol Band, ace guitarist and singer Orianthi.

First up, Burnell Taylor with Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".

THEY SAY: Keith: "I'm going to assume rock'n'roll's not your thing." Nicki says he's still lovable, but Keith is right. Randy suggests that he needs to keep the beat if he's going to go upbeat. Mariah is proud of him.

WE SAY: Comes off with a faux rock attitude as if to say "Why am I even here?" Going through the motions, mailing it in, etc. etc. As if he knows deep down in the pit of his soul that he suspects that HE's going home tomorrow.

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TIME FILLER #2: Lazaro Arbos & Angie Miller's duet of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Lazaro forgets the lyrics. Again.

Kree Harrison, the resident den mother, is taking a break from hugging people (C-Note: wish she'd hug me) to give Janis' "Piece Of My Heart".

THEY SAY: Randy says the show finally began. Mariah thinks she has a knack for choosing songs. Keith says she was struggling to move around in her boots, something Kree cops to a pinched nerve. Nicki calls it "magnificent".

WE SAY: This is stage presence. This is attitude. This is song choice. This is Kree. She could theoretically win this.

Fun fact: Janis went to HS with Kree's grandmama.

TIME FILLER #3: Burnell returns with Candice Glover to sing Joe Cocker's "The Letter". He's not any less wooden.

Janelle Arthur is in the three-spot with Billy Joel's "You May Be Right". Country girl is singing Piano Man. Mark the date.

THEY SAY: Keith didn't like the song, but she has gotten better and better. Nicki thought it was "exceptional" and that she's "relatable" as a female. Randy calls her "The GREAT contender". Mariah really enjoyed watching her on the stage.

WE SAY: Janelle is the better country performer. Kree's still the better singer in the country bracket. This performance will probably mark a turning point in Janelle's journey, the moment she started embracing other genres and other voting blocs. She is the real McCoy.

Next up, the geek in the pink from Naples, FL, Lazaro Arbos is taking on another Queen classic with "We Are The Champions".

THEY SAY: Nicki said "Crack juice", saying he did the song justice. Randy says he did a good job. Mariah agrees. Keith says it was a good song choice.

WE SAY: Good news: strongest Lazaro performance yet. Bad news: pitchy as all get out.

TIME FILLER #4: Janelle and Kree return with Amber Holcomb to sing Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock'n'Roll To Me". Which put Nicki to sleep. Join the club.

Candice Glover is up next, and after she recovers from pulling an April Fool on Lazaro (because nothing says ratings like bagging on the stammerer), she sings "Satisfaction" by the Stones.

THEY SAY: Mariah's waiting on her song. Keith says she's powerful. Nicki calls it amazing... then goes off on a tangent. Randy... gives a shout out to the guest guitarist.


Amber Holcomb talks to herself. Who doesn't? She also takes pictures of herself. Who doesn't? And Burnell? Yeah, he wants in on all the Amber action. But not "What About Love?" by Heart. Burnell.

THEY SAY: Keith liked the song choice. Nicki says that this song pulls her in emotionally. Randy says "excellent". Mariah thought that she went yard on it.

WE SAY: She makes the song her own and has a voice to challenge the queen bee Candice. But it veers into the sharp side of things at times.

TIME FILLER #5: Joshua Ledet & Hollie Cavanagh are in the audience. Joshua's going to the White House (to perform). Hollie's lost her accent.

AND FINALLY... We have Angie Miller, and for the first time in the series, I take a good look... Angie has crazy eyes. Does she have crazy vocals? The closer: "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence.

THEY SAY: Kudos from Nicki. Randy notes that this fits Angie's "edge". Mariah finally understands where Angie's coming from. Keith thought it was lacking "feeling".

WE SAY: Up until the end with the note that shook the heavens, it was, as was said on another show, "all sizzle and no steak". From the piano playing to start to the fan and the shirt... it isn't really organic.

STRATOCASTER: Kree... and Amber...
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Lazaro, Candice, Janelle, Angie

Tomorrow, results and performances. Hey, we have an hour...

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