What a treat for Alex Preston to get to perform with his idol, Jason Mraz.

Alex Preston then joined Jason Mraz to perform Mraz's new song, "Love Someone."

If ever there was a perfect pairing between IDOL contestant and musical guest it was Alex Preston and Jason Mraz who sounded like they've been singing together for years.

Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston.

The Top 3: Alex Preston, Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson.

Finally at the end of the show we got down to the nitty gritty as Ryan Seacrest prepared to announce the Top 2!

Tune in to the AMERICAN IDOL® finale next week as Jena and Caleb duke it out in the finale on TUE and WED 8/7c on FOX!

Alex took to the stage one last time to perform his original song, "Fairytale!"

All three judges got to their feet in support of Alex Preston's last performance and singular IDOL™ journey.

Alex solidly delivered his performance despite the devastating elimination. We know we'll be seeing more of Alex Preston in the future!

With Caleb and Jena moving on to the finale that means we were forced to say goodbye to the talented Alex Preston.

Jena Irene was announced as the first contestant to compete in the finale!

Caleb Johnson got the other spot in the finale! He'll be competing with Jena for the IDOL™ crown!

Alex got the best news when Ryan revealed that he'll sing with his own Idol and mentor from earlier this season, Jason Mraz, at the finale!

Ryan brought Alex up on stage to to watch the emotional footage from his hometown visit.

This is it! Tonight is the night we learned who will be performing in the Season XIII finale! Alex, Caleb and Jena left it all out on the stage Wednesday night, but only two people would be moving on to the finale and a shot at the IDOL™ crown.

Jennifer noted, "America really has their work cut out for them." Harry called the performance "classic" and Keith said that Alex "nailed it."

Alex's hometown of Mont Vernon chose "Story Of My Life" by One Direction for him to perform again. Alex gave a heartfelt performance that had the crowd on their feet.

Jennifer loved seeing a different side of Alex. "That was a great performance for me." Harry loved the variety in the performance but thought it was a bit "piecemeal." Keith noticed there were a "few shaky bits," but loved the moments Alex created during the performance.

The judges were all praise for Alex's performance. "It was beautiful," said Jennifer Lopez, "and it was all yours." Harry said the effort was "really, really strong."

The judges picked "Stay" by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko for Alex to perform. The judges may have thought they were throwing Alex for a loop, but our artistic performer was enthused to give his own unique take on the hit. Alex definitely created a moment to remember.

Fresh off a whirlwind weekend of hometown visits, each contestant returned triumphant heroes. Now they're back and are ready to impress America. Caleb lost his voice over the weekend to bronchitis so he spoke little during the episode.

Jena Irene and Alex Preston.

Alex and Caleb.

Alex Preston.

Alex Preston.

The Top 3.

Alex Preston.

Alex Preston.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex's hometown visit.

Alex Preston

Alex Preston

The Top 3!

It was hard to say goodbye to Jessica, but that also means we're only 2 weeks away from the Season XIII finale! Tune in next week to find out how the Top 3 were greeted on their hometown visits and to watch them battle it out for the IDOL™ crown!

Alex will be returning home to Mont Vernon, NH a celebrity!

Alex was the third and final member of the Top 3.

All the contestants want to make it to the next round to secure their hometown visits, but only three will make the cut.

Alex Preston.

Thursday night the Top 4 will become the Top 3 putting them one week closer to the finale and the IDOL™ crown. The three surviving contestants revealed tomorrow will leave on hometown visits where they'll be greeted as conquering heroes in their hometowns. Don't miss the show at 9/8c on FOX!

"You needed that tonight," said Harry of Alex's performance. Keith praised Alex's "poetic vulnerability" and said the song choice was perfect. Jennifer summed it up quickly saying, "Perfect song, you sang it beautifully."

Alex Preston closed the show performing Coldplay's hit, "Yellow."

Alex dedicated "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz to his girlfriend back home. He went on to add that Jason Mraz has been very supportive of him. We're glad he gave the girlfriend top billing.

Jennifer said while she loves Alex, she's worried about him in the competition. She urged him to "surprise us in some way," with his next performance. Harry lamented that Alex's performance wasn't the original we've come to expect from him, while Keith praised his effort in the last eight bars of the song.

Harry "liked the performance very much," but Keith wanted Alex to take more "command" of the phrasing during his performances. "You're so unique," said Jennifer Lopez, adding she would like to see him try to create a moment each time he performs.

Alex performed what he called a "more broken down version" of the breakup song "Too Close" by Alex Clare.

The Top 4 performed three songs each this week all in dedication to love! Round one was a break-up song, round two was a dedication song and round three was a make-up song. With only two weeks until the finale the contestants would have to pull out all of the stops!

Alex Preston.

Alex Preston.

Alex Preston, Jena Irene and Sam Woolf.

Caleb Johnson and Jessica Meuse.

Alex Preston.

The Top 5!

Your Top 4!

Alex Preston

Alex Preston

Ryan revealed three yeses immediately! Maybe these close friends had chosen to stay together! However, it was not meant to be because the final two votes were no. Someone would be going home tonight.

The contestants were each given one vote. If the Top 5 decided to stay together for another week then no one would be eliminated. However, the save meant TWO contestants would be sent home next week and the votes had to be unanimous.

The votes would be anonymous, but the contestants chatted with each other about their likely decisions before they cast their official votes.

Ryan revealed that for the first time in IDOL™ history the contestants had all the power. The Top 5 themselves would decide if the person with the lowest amount of votes would go home.

The final five discussed how much they loved America's song choices for them. The consensus was that this week was going to be a really tight competition.

Alex Preston: Top 5

Alex Preston: Top 5

Alex Preston: Top 7

Alex Preston: Top 10

Alex Preston: Top 8 Redux

Alex Preston: Top 6

Alex Preston: Top 9

Alex Preston: Top 11

Alex Preston: Top 8

Alex Preston: Top 6

Alex Preston: Rush Week

Alex Preston: Audition

Alex Preston: Top 12

Alex Preston: Hollywood Week

Alex Preston: Top 13

Alex Preston: Top 30

Alex Preston was relaxed at the Top 6 results show.

The Top 6 were ready to go and hear the results of America's vote!

The Top 5 performance show came to a close with the knowledge that another one of these supremely talented artists will be leaving the show Thursday. Tune in at 9/8c on FOX to see how it all goes down!

The judges had nothing but praise for Alex's strong performance. Harry said, "For me, that was the best performance of the night." Keith thought it was the "perfect marriage of song and artist," while Jennifer praised the staging and Alex's superior vocals.

"Say Something" was right in Alex's singer/songwriter wheelhouse. He gave an emotionally charged performance that held every member of the audience captive.

Alex's second performance of the night was "Say Something" by A Great Big World.

Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Sam Woolf teamed up to perform "Best Day Of My Life" by American Authors.

The crowd went absolutely wild for this upbeat performance from the trio.

Jason Mraz helped Alex with his movement and you could tell that our eclectic star was loose, relaxed and fluid on stage.

What a treat for Alex Preston to get to perform with his idol, Jason Mraz.

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