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The Top 12 have been picked and fighting for a spot further in the competition are: L.A. Reid and The Boys: Marcus Canty, Astro and Chris Rene, Simon Cowell and The Girls: Drew, Rachel Crow and Melanie Amaro, Paula Abdul and The Groups: “Lakoda Rayne”, “Intensity” and “The Stereo Hogzz”, and Nicole Scherzinger and The Over 30s: Josh Krajcik, Leroy Bell and Stacy Francis. Steve Jones comes out and welcomes the judges.

Up first is “The Stereo Hogzz”. They tell that it feels great and are happy to be there. They tell that they have to come out and be great. L.A. says that was great and says that they have the right stuff to be a star. Nicole says that they represented well. Simon says that he was in a good mood until now because they are one of the good groups out there and he says that it was a master class of being great. Paula says that she is so proud of them and says that she is such a big fan of them.

Next up is Chris Rene. He says that he has been working on making the song his own so that he will feel better with it and be more comfortable. Nicole says that she has so much mad love for him and says that he sounds amazing. Paula says that he is honest and says that this was his song. Simon says that he doesn’t like the staging, but says that it was a big improvement. L.A. says that they found his song and it was great.

Leroy Bell is next. He says that he is going to have to go out and give a strong performance and says that he hasn’t been away from his son for this long. L.A. says that it was really good and says that he loved his voice. Paula says that he wraps his life experiences around every song. Simon says that he is a good singer and says that he has a confidence problem. Nicole says that less is more and she says that he did a great job tonight.

Rachel Crow is up next. She says that she is happy and Simon says that she is a great singer. Rachel says that she is going to go out and give it her all. L.A. says that she is the most charismatic person and says that she has something special. Nicole says that she is America’s sunshine. She has a classic recording voice, but doesn’t like the lyric change. Paula says that it is an obvious choice and she says that she would love to hear a song that shows her range. Simon says that Nicole doesn’t know about the lyric change because it is called being inventive.

Up next is “Lakoda Rayne”. They say that they were nervous and they say that they have to prove that they have the talent to be there. L.A. says that they look incredible and tonight he felt the harmonies. Nicole says that they sounded as one and she was in a trance tonight. Simon says that they sounded like sings. He says that the dressings were dumb and says that they are dressed like they are going to Prom.

Josh Krajcik is up next. He says that he has been trying to get the handle of things and is grateful for the chance. He says that he is singing a girl’s song, but will make it his own. L.A. says that was really good. Paula says that she is a believer and says that he nails everything. Simon says that was incredible and says that it was stunning. Nicole is emotional and says that he brought the lyrics to life and thanks him.

Next up is Melanie Amaro. She says that she wanted to get through and she says that it was good that she got the no at first because it made her stronger. She says that she is taking a risk by changing it up. L.A. says that the only thing that Simon did was bringing her back. Nicole says that there is no limit to what her voice can do. Paula says that her voice is like fine china. Simon says that he didn’t realize how good she was and says that she is the one to beat right now.

Astro is next up. He says that he loved the experience of this. He says that he is a little nervous because he doesn’t know if America will buy into Hip Hop. Nicole says that he knows how to get the party started and he says that he is talented. Paula says that he is bold and unique. Simon says that he remembers when L.A. told them that he couldn’t sell records and says that he has to take it back. L.A. says that he keeps getting better and better.

“Intensity” is up next and they tell that they want to show that they are more then a Disney group and show them that they have talent. L.A. says that was fun, fun, fun. Nicole says that it was great to hear another group member sing. Simon says that the blend was great and says that he likes them. Paula thanks them for their talent.

Drew is up next. She says that it is a dream to her and says that it is great to have her mom backstage and she says that she feels excited on stage. She says that she has made some changes and hopes people understand. L.A. says that she is really something and says that she has the spirit of a superstar and she has the wrong mentor. Nicole says that she loves the song even more now and says that she is a vision. Paula says that she lives for the last note that she sings. Simon says that he is seeing a star emerge in front of him and says that she is her mentor and says that she is doing a great job.

Up next is Marcus Canty. He says that it feels good to be in the Top 12 and he gives him a Bobby Brown song. He gets lost in the dancing at rehearsals. Nicole says that she didn’t feel like she was watching a competition, but felt like she was watching him in concert and says that was amazing. Paula says that it brings her back and says that Marcus is a total package. Simon says that it is a little narcissistic and L.A. says that they could have one of the songs that Simon wrote. They laugh and Simon says that it was really good.

Last up for the evening, Stacy Francis comes up. She says that she was offended by the comment “church singer” that Simon made. They pick a Gospel song and says that she is not ready to go home yet. L.A. says that she is getting better and better and says that she stirs souls when she sings. Paula says that this was a shining moment and says that her interpretation of the song is great. Simon says that he knows that she wants to kiss him and says that he loves it when he can help and says that it was real and fantastic. Nicole says that they took Simon’s advice and says that it is about Stacy and says that she is the epitome of poise and grace. That is it for the performances, now for America to cast their vote!

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