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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
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Round of 7: Classic Rock
April 3

No ballads, no slow dancing. Just solid rock. Seven Idolers rocked the stage classic style. Rock'n'roll may be here to stay, but one Idol dream could die tonight. Who gets the encore and who gets the hook? That, plus Casey James & the lady who took it all and then some in season 4, Carrie Underwood, as we go LIVE to Television City...

First, in need of "Somebody to Love" (Queen), here... are the top 7 lip-sucking it up.

Next up, a Ford Fiesta Idol Mission: "Who is your idol?" Create looks for a fashion shoot inspired by your own idols. Because, again... you really want to see a video of these guys? Ninety seconds of singing... Three minutes of whatever... Sounds like a logical choice.

Jimmy is baffled by last night. Most of the singers are either R&B or country. Rock is born from R&B and country. So what's the problem?

BURNELL: "He gave rock a bad name last night. At the very least, he's in the bottom two."

LAZARO/ANGIE: "It was cabaret, like a variety show. Freddie Mercury would've never written (Crazy Little Thing Called Love) like they sang it."

KREE: "Kree did pick the right song last night. Can you imagine what it's like to sing with a pinch nerve? She sings with dignity."

CANDICE/BURNELL: "Burnell has the right song. I'm buying it, until Candice comes in."

JANELLE: "Did a confident job. Maybe should've gone with a Bob Seger or a John Fogarty. She knows who she is. She came in fourth last night."

LAZARO: "I didn't like it as much as the judges. He did a reasonable job. His voice is not ready yet."

AMBER/JANELLE/KREE: "THIS WASN'T GREAT! Three great soul singers, and somehow it looked like an outtake of Grease."

CANDICE: "She's in the top 3 tonight, but this was not one of her top 3 performances."

AMBER: "Improving every week. Seems like her legs are getting longer."

ANGIE: "Really pleased with Angie's performance last night. Although at times the producers were trying to knock her off the stage with the wind machine at tornado setting. She's a great singer, but she needs to have the confidence to go with her gut."

HIS TOP 3: Amber, Angie, Kree. Going home: Lazaro.

IDOL UPDATE: Remember Casey James from season 9? Took off his shirt for Victoria Beckham? Since Idol, he's been sharpening his country chops, and his first album went to #2 on the country charts in 2012. Tonight, he's back on the stage with his own song, "The Good Life". He didn't come alone, though. He has gifts! What are they? We'll find out... AFTER THE BREAK.

.... or not.

So who do the judges think belong in the top 3?

KEITH: Kree, Angie, Amber.
NICKI: Same as Keith's
RANDY: Same as Nicki's
MARIAH: Kree, Amber, Candice


AMERICA: Kree, Angie, Lazaro.

We're at Defcon Chaos. And if you are a fan of Idol, you know strange things happen at the round of 7.

Now let's go to 2005 for a moment. A student and farmhand from Oklahoma went on an American Idol audition, and the rest as they say is her story. With her new single "See You Again"... People of the internet, welcome back the 2005 American Idol... ... 'sCarrieUnderwood,youguys!

Candice Glover and her bum wheel (she sprained her toe)
Amber Holcomb

Your bottom two: Janelle Arthur and Burnell Taylor. Hey, they rhyme!

After over 25 million votes, the person who will be singing for their life tonight...

...  is.... BURNELL TAYLOR. One more song to save himself, "Ready for Love" by India.Arie. And he's singing it to Amber. Well, the last bar anyway.


Lazaro is literally the last man standing. Can he survive next week? Lazarus died for four days only to come back. We'll see if life imitates the Bible next week. Until then, remember to support local & independent music!

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