Caleb, Sam, Jessica and C.J. were then called to the stage to hear their results. Randy thought that C.J. did a "good job," but "wanted more" from his performance. He said it'd be interesting to see how the results panned out for Jessica and praised Sam's growth over the season. Caleb got the most praise from Randy who gave him a solid "A" for his performance.

C.J. Harris has been in the bottom before, but not this week! He was the next contestant named safe.

The competitors made their choices! Who will remain in the competition? That would be decided by YOU! Tune in Thursday at 9/8c for a jam-packed results show!

Although Jessica, Dexter and C.J. seemed to be enjoying themselves during their performance, Harry was not amused saying the performance "just wasn't good." He added that the singers were "out of tune." Keith and Demi Lovato agreed with Harry's assessment, panning the performance.

Jessica, Dexter and C.J. then hit the stage performing "Compass" by Lady Antebellum. The trio nicknamed their group Alabama Power because they all hail from the state.

C.J. Harris chose Caleb's pick for his song which was "Gravity" by John Mayer. Caleb chose the song because he believed that C.J. would take the audience to "church" with his performance.

Keith thought "Gravity" was a really good song choice for C.J.saying that it was a "good performance," but wanted more of an "emotional arc." Jennifer said that C.J. is getting "more and more confident" every week. Harry gave the ultimate praise saying, "Personally, I think that was your best performance of to date."

C.J. and Malaya backstage.

C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts walk the press line together after the show.

C.J. Harris got the crowd going!

The Top 8 pose for a photo before the performance show.

C.J Harris

C.J Harris

The Top 7!

That put Malaya Watson in the bottom two with C.J. Harris.

The contestants rallied around Malaya to support her after the elimination.

Malaya and C.J. were on edge while waiting to hear if they would be leaving the competition, but Ryan wasted no time in delivering the results of America's vote.

Unfortunately for C.J. Harris, he was one of the bottom two for the night.

Ryan got down to business and called Dexter, Caleb, Jessica and C.J. to the stage to hear the results of America's vote. He revealed the safe contestants one by one.

C.J. Harris took the stage next performing Tom Petty's "Free Fallin.'" C.J.'s rendition of the song really impressed David Cook and got him excited about the classic hit again. C.J. opened the song slowly and really took his time before hitting the stride in the chorus.

Jennifer was all praise for C.J. exclaiming that the singer really has "the ability to touch people's hearts." Harry also praised C.J.'s ability to connect with the audience, but said he also needed to work on singing the low notes correctly. Keith thought C.J.'s effort was a "great rendition" of the song and added that he loved "the survivor's tone" in C.J.'s voice.

The judges aren't supposed to give feedback on duets, but sometimes they just can't help themselves! Jennifer thought the duo looked really cute together. Harry chimed in with some harsh words saying, "I thought it was a little more regional theater" than impressive entertainment.

C.J. Harris and Malaya Watson teamed up dressed in white for their duet performance of "I Knew You Were Waiting" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. The duo really looked like they were having fun out there!

The Top 8 celebrated after the save.

The IDOL™ guys celebrated surviving another week.

C.J. Harris talked to the press after the show.

C.J. Harris waiting on stage during rehearsals.

C.J. Harris was cool as cucumber backstage.

Your Top 8 is Back!

C.J Harris

Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris were in the bottom three!

With strong performances from everyone, some will be safe, but others will be singing for the save! Chris Daughtry also returns for a special performance. It all starts THU 8/7c on FOX!

What a perfect song choice for two country boys from Alabama. They melded their voices well and sang side by side on stage in nearly matching outfits. Talk about country cuteness!

Dexter and C.J. teamed up to perform "Alright" by Darius Rucker.

C.J. Harris' mother knew he'd be a singer because he sang all the time when he was a kid. Although he wasn't always in tune, C.J. kept with his love of music. He had a lot of support from his grandparents and really started to grow musically when he picked up his grandpa's discarded guitar. Looking back at this first audition, the judges were impressed with his "voice" and emotional delivery, but noticed that he could use a little work.

C.J.'s soulful performance of the Allman Brothers' "Soul Shine" moved the judges just like it did in his inital audition, but his delivery was much improved. "You know it was better than the first time you did it," said Jennifer Lopez. "There's something that comes from you that touches my heart." Harry praised C.J. for really working on his pitch and said that he was "really coming close" to completely fixing those issues. Keith gave C.J. a simple critique saying, "Good job tonight."

It was back to the start as the Top 8 contestants took on their original audition songs live in front of America. We got a first hand look at how far all these talented performers have grown this season.

The Top 8 posed for a photo together on stage after Majesty Rose's elimination.

The IDOL™ guys rock out behind the scenes.

C.J., Jena and Caleb walked the press line together.

Rehearsals are easy for C.J. Harris and the rest of the Idols.

C.J. Harris owned the room with his confidence.

Your Top 8!

C.J Harris

That put Majesty Rose, Sam Woolf and C.J. Roberts as the bottom three. Harry wasn't surprised at the contestants saying, "America is really, really smart." He went on to add that all the voting has been seemingly purely based on the week's performances and nothing else.

C.J. Harris has dedicated his life to singing. Back in Jasper, Alabama, C.J. performed local gigs and taught guitar lessons. Now that he's in Hollywood and walking red carpets every week C.J. feels that a lot has been taken off his shoulders. He misses home, but his career has begun now!

C.J. chose to perform "If It Hadn't Been For Love" by The SteelDrivers. C.J.'s soulful voice took center stage during his performance, but what would the judges say? Keith thought the song was a "clever choice," but wanted to make sure C.J. doesn't confuse "the sound of expression with the feeling of expression." Jennifer thought the performance started well, but got off in the middle. Harry echoed Keith's advice, but also added that C.J. really needs to work on his pitch.

C.J. Harris was all smiles during rehearsals.

Jena Irene and C.J. Harris share a hug backstage.

The Top 10 were pumped up and ready to go backstage before the show.

Your Top 9!

C.J Harris

The final contestants were then called to the stage for their results. Randy thought Sam "gave a great performance," and that Jena "showed her artistry." While Randy noted that the first half of MK's performance was great, he did say that the second half was a "train wreck." C.J. received the harshest criticism from Randy who said the young singer "just fell apart."

Keith said that although he is rooting for C.J., the performance of "Invisible" was "shaky." Jennifer agreed saying, "This wasn't what it should have been." Harry praised C.J.'s emotional performances, but urged him to learn how to not sing so sharp.

C.J. Harris knocked the ball out of the park last week and this week he was under pressure to keep the momentum going. Caleb took on Hunter Hayes' "Invisible" as his Top 10 song. Randy loved C.J.'s performance during rehearsals, but would he be able to duplicate the effort during live shows?

C.J. Harris, Alex Preston and Sam Woolf answered questions after the show.

C.J. Harris practiced his music backstage.

The Top 10!

C.J Harris

Ryan got down to business quickly, calling C.J. Harris, Caleb Johnson, and Dexter Roberts to the stage. Randy gave his critiques of the performance from the previous night. Randy said C.J.'s performance was "the best I've seen him in the whole competition," and also gave Caleb a "10, 10, 10" for his effort. While Randy praised Dexter, he thought he still needed to find ways to make his performances more individual. America agrred and these three talented fellows were declared safe for the evening.

C.J. Harris took the stage at the Top 11 performance show with a brand new guitar to christen! Perhaps that helped him deliver a truly stellar rendition of "Don't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band from the movie, "Blow."

It was praise all around for C.J. from the judges. "I think you just picked and sang your way back to the forefront of this competition," Harry exclaimed. "C.J. it was killer, man," said Keith. Jennifer noted that she was "celebrating the whole time" during C.J.'s effort because he was totally killing the song!

Sam, C.J. and Alex posed for a photo backstage.

Alabama boys Dexter Roberts and C.J. Harris shared a friendly punch behind the scenes.

C.J. Harris

Your Top 11!

Caleb, MK, C.J., and Malaya were called down to the stage for the results of America's vote. After looking back at their Top 12 performances, Ryan swiftly announced that Caleb, C.J. and Malaya were safe. That put MK in the bottom three and in danger of elimination.

Jennifer loved C.J.'s performance saying, “That is what music is all about.” Harry pointed out that C.J. was consistently sharp, but he still felt what he was singing about. While Keith praised C.J.'s performance he cautioned him to find a way to make the songs more his own.

C.J. Harris loves his hometown of Jasper, AL because “people are so loving,” but he added that there is still a problem with racism in the South. C.J. believes “Everyone should love each other” and perhaps that why he chose “Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer to perform. C.J.'s rendition was particularly moving.

The guy finalists posed for a friendly picture backstage.

C.J. Harris was just hanging backstage next to the equipment while waiting to perform.

C.J. Harris

After Jake's performance C.J., Kristen, Caleb, Jessica and Emily were the last contestants to hear their results. Randy said his piece first noting that C.J. needs to bring his "consistency up so he's great every week," while praising Kristen's "pretty good performance." Randy thought Caleb's Top 13 performance continually shows his authenticity and noted the Emily's effort was good, but failed to show "edge."

C.J. Harris hates people with bad attitudes and no personality, but we can safely say he doesn't suffer from either issue. The affable Alabama boy chose to perform a song by his idol, Darius Rucker.Randy thought he'd be “pushing a bit” during his performance of “Radio,” but added that the song was right in C.J.'s vocal “sweet spot.”

Jennifer thought C.J.'s performance of “Radio” was “really good” and “a lot of fun.” Harry thought the song choice was “okay” for C.J., but would have liked him to pick a song that showcased the cry in his voice more. Keith disagreed stating that he “liked the song choice” and added that it was “a side to you we haven't seen.”

CJ Harris

Your Season XIII Top 13 Finalists!

Jasper, AL native, CJ Harris was the first contestant asked to perform for a wildcard spot. CJ reprised his Hollywood Week solo performance of Sam Cooke's “Bring It On Home To Me,” but CJ failed to bring it home. “That wasn't your best performance, “ said Harry.

CJ Harris was the next performer chosen by our judges. This simple Alabama boy insisted on sticking with his own personal style during Randy's workshop, even though Adam Lambert tried his best to get CJ into a Fedora. Although Chris Daughtry urged CJ to ditch his guitar, the Tuscaloosa native took to the stage with guitar in hand, but he did rock a rather stylin' hat! His soul-stirring performance of Ray LaMontagne's "Shelter" had the audience and our judges enthralled.

"There's so many things that happen to me when you're singing. You're awesome,” said Jennifer Lopez of CJ's performance. Harry told CJ to watch his intonation and said he had a tendency to sing sharp. Even though Harry gave CJ musical direction he praised the emotionality of his performance. "I felt like you were singing to me. I felt like you were going to shelter me.” Keith had a soft spot for the authentic Southerner, saying "I love where you're coming from. You're just a great Alabama boy." Ryan revealed that CJ had had a root canal the day before his performance! That's dedication.

CJ Harris

As if the 22 hour wait wasn't enough, we picked back up with CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher and endured a long dramatic pause before learning that Casey Thrasher made the Top 30...and so did CJ Harris! Will Alabama produce a third American Idol?

CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher both auditioned for the bus in Alabama and for the judges in Salt Lake City. They're both rocking pinkish shirts, and apparently they're both dads - how come we didn't know that about you, CJ?! These talented country singers were asked to sing head-to-head. CJ went with "Whipping Post" and Casey went with "Don't Ya." The judges asked the men to stand by the elevator, where they were just out of earshot, but within sight. As we sat on the edge of our seats waiting for a verdict, the episode ended! WHAT?!! We have to wait 24 hours?!

After his group disintegrated, Matthew Hamel joined "Freedom Breathers," made up of CJ Harris, Tyler Ahlgren, and Caleb Johnson. Tyler forgot the words to "Too Close" and made them up - he sounded pretty good! Caleb backed up Tyler a little as he struggled. Caleb's vocals soared with the song. CJ is a country singer and sounded a little out of place with these rockers, but the group's ending harmonies sounded good. Harry complimented Caleb and said that Tyler and Matthew couldn't measure up, so it's the end of the road for those two.

C.J. Harris

Caleb, Sam, Jessica and C.J. were then called to the stage to hear their results. Randy thought that C.J. did a "good job," but "wanted more" from his performance. He said it'd be interesting to see how the results panned out for Jessica and praised Sam's growth over the season. Caleb got the most praise from Randy who gave him a solid "A" for his performance.

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