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The Top 10 perform for the public vote tonight and performing are: Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch, JR., Devin Valez, Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison. Ryan Seacrest welcomes everyone. Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are there and Nicki Minaj is stuck in traffic. The finalists come out and are welcomed by the crowd. Tonight is Music from American Idols.

Curtis Finch, JR. is first. Jimmy Iovine meets with him and says that Curtis doesn’t want himself to be caught up in the past. He is going to sing “I Believe” by Fantasia. He comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that when he comes out it is easy to sing above the song. He tells him to watch it. Randy says that there were a couple things that were great, but he needs to try something more from him. Mariah says that she was happy that there was a choir feeling and it was great. She says that she wants to hear more of the Gospel part.

Janelle Arthur is next. Jimmy Iovine meets with her and asks what is going to make her different. Janelle says that she wants to stay to her roots. She is singing Scotty McCreery’s version of “Gone”. She comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that she was burning it up there and says that it was great. Nicki says the song last week was better, but she feels that she has confidence. She says the song didn’t “wow” her, but it was still good. Randy says that the song didn’t lead anywhere. The song choice wasn’t the best for her. Mariah says that her aura is great, but she would have liked to hear something that gives her voice more power.

Devin Valez is up next. Jimmy Iovine meets with him and says that he has real restraint. He tells Devin not to get locked in to one thing. He is going to sing “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood. He comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says was not one of his better performances and says that it looked like he wasn’t comfortable. Nicki says that is crazy and says that she disagrees with everything. She says that this is his comfort zone and says that he is great. Randy says that he thought that it was way too safe. Mariah says that he has the ability to do so much, but because of that, they expect so much from him.

Angie Miller is next. Jimmy Iovine meets with her and says that when he turns to her, she looks as if she is in a pageant and she needs to watch out for that. She is going to sing Kelly Clarkson’s version of “I Surrender” by Celine Dion. She comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that he loves that she can take a song from any era and makes it current. He says that she knocked it out of the park. Nicki says that she looks like a billion bucks and says that she is perfection and personifies it. Randy says that the competition starts now and says that she is in it to win it and says that she can sing anything. Mariah says it was stellar.

Paul Jolley is up next. Jimmy Iovine says that he over sings and says that it is not good for recording. He tells him to take it down a notch. He is singing Scotty McCreery’s version of “Amazed” by Lonestar. He comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that he loves the song and says that he has really been listening. He says that proved it. Nicki says that is the first time he stimulated her sexual appetite and says that he picks the right songs and says that it was great today. Randy says that it was a great song choice for him and says that his high register was great and it was nice. Mariah says that she loves that the things what Jimmy said held true, but he needs to remember the times when his voice is great and not to hold back.

Candice Glover is next. Jimmy Iovine says that she has a fabulous voice. She is going to sing Jordin Sparks version of “I Who Have Nothing”. She comes out sings and afterward, she gets a standing ovation. Keith says that he loves her so much because there is so much that he loved about that. Nicki says that they should ban that song because that was the best performance of hers. She says that it was amazing. Randy says that was the best performance of the season and says that it was perfect. Mariah says that every time she is on stage, she is transfixed. She says that she didn’t stand up because her skirt is too tight.

Lazaro Arbos is up next. Jimmy Iovine meets him and says that he needs to get the right song and know it. He is singing “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson. He comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that he could feel his emotion in the song, but felt it wasn’t in his wheelhouse. Nicki says that this was her least favorite of his and says that today he seemed nervous. Randy says that the pitch was all over the place and says that he needs to stay true to himself. Mariah says that people are falling in love with his courage and says that he sings regardless what he is going though. She says that she wasn’t mad about the song choice, but there are better ones out there.

Kree Harrison is next. Jimmy Iovine meets her and says that she has range and confidence, but she needs to watch out to not over sing. She is going to sing Carrie Underwood’s version of “Crying” by Roy Orbison. She comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that she can sing the phonebook and says that he would buy her record right now. Nicki says that she likes to eat waffles with syrup and says that she would love to watch that performance while eating waffles. Randy is confused and says that he feels good when listening to her. He says that he loves that she puts feeling into everything. Mariah says that it is obvious that she has enormous range.

Burnell Taylor is up next. Jimmy Iovine asks where he sees himself and says that he doesn’t want to do too many ballads here. He is singing “Fly Without Wings” by Ruben Stoddard. He comes out and sings and afterward, Keith says that he loved that there is a timber to his voice. Nicki says that she loved the song and says that he is on his way. Randy says that this was a great song and says that he likes that he is in the zone and says that it was great. Mariah says that she loves the choices he went with this song.

Last up for the night is Amber Holcomb. Jimmy Iovine meets with her and he says that she is pretty and she sings great. She is going to sing “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson. She comes out and sings and afterward, she gets a standing ovation. Keith says that was beautiful and says that it was effortless and says that it was great the way she performed it. Nicki says that was the best performance of the night and says that her voice is on another level and says that it is great. Randy says that he loves her and says that she blew it out of the box and says that she can do this. Mariah says that she has a natural gift and says that they get goosebumps when she sings. That’s it for the performances!

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