Performing with Darius was a high mark for both C.J. and Dexter, but even more so for C.J. who names Darius as one of his idols.

C.J. and Dexter had performed the song earlier in the season, but took things to the next level performing it with the artist himself!

C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts joined Darius Rucker to perform "Alright" live!

Dexter, Jena and Caleb rocked the press line together.

C.J., Jessica and Dexter after their duet.

The three Alabama natives in the Top 7 posed for a friendly photo.

The Top 7 took a moment for thought before the Top 7 performance show.

The Top 7 showed off their silly sides backstage at AMERICAN IDOL®.

The contestants crowded around Dexter in a show of support after his elimination. Tune in next week as the Top 6 fight to stay alive in the competition!

Dexter held his head high and his voice never wavered during his solid performance of "Lucky Man." Despite his elimination Dexter sure is a "Lucky Man" to have made it this far in the competition.

That put Jessica Meuse in the bottom two and in danger of elimination.

Two out of the three "Alabama Power" contestants were in the bottom 2 this week. Who would survive?

Dexter Roberts took to the stage to perform "Lucky Man" by Montgomery Gentry

Ryan got right to the results naming Jessica Meuse safe for another week and announcing Dexter Roberts as the eliminated contestant.

That put Dexter Roberts in the bottom two. He delivered a solid performance on Wednesday night, but still was in danger of elimination.

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.

Keith liked the song choice for Dexter, but urged him to not let the "adrenaline pull you out of the key." Jennifer liked the "darker quality" and "edge" that the song brought out of Dexter, but urged him to up his game because at this point in the competition the performances need to be "spectacular." Harry wanted to see Dexter do something other than just "sing along with the record."

Dexter chose C.J.'s song for him, "Muckalee Creek Water." C.J. thought the "deep, bluesy tone" would go well with Dexter's voice.

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

Dexter Roberts had an animated conversation behind the scenes.

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

Dexter Roberts gave his fans some high fives after the show.

Dexter Roberts

Dexter Roberts

The Top 7!

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

Dexter Robert's solid performance of "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" earned him another shot at the top prize.

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.

Jessica and Dexter got to review their own performance from the judges' table since Harry and Keith both went to watch to the show from the audience. Obviously they both thought they did an amazing job!

Alabama natives Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts teamed up to perform "Islands In The Stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The song was a perfect choice for the country pair.

Jennifer started off the criticism saying, "You always come out here and sing kind of perfect." Harry liked Dexter's performance, but noted that "I'm still thinking about what you did last week." Keith gave the most constructive criticism saying, the first part of his performance felt "stiff" and told Dexter to incorporate an unexpected moment into his performances.

Dexter Roberts chose to perform "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" by the Georgia Satellites. In his mentoring session, David Cook urged Dexter to work on enunciating his words more because the IDOL™ winner had a hard time understanding the words during Dexter's performance.

The Top 8 celebrated after the save.

The IDOL™ guys celebrated surviving another week.

Dexter Roberts looked great on stage.

Dexter Roberts got in some quality time at the keyboard.

Your Top 8 is Back!

Dexter Roberts

The first person declared safe was Dexter Roberts. Off to the lounge with him!

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.

Dexter Roberts' mom remembers that Dexter was a really happy baby, but all Dexter remembers is the funny outfits his Mom used to put him in. The judges were impressed with Dexter's rendition of "One Mississippi" during his initial audition and he earned three easy yeses to the next round. What would his performance be like this time with a full band backing him?

Dexter gave a soulful and restrained performance of "One Mississippi" backed vocally by Season 8's Allison Iraheta. Dexter had been performing a lot of anthems, but this performance was different territory for the Country crooner. "Well I guess you showed us," said Jennifer Lopez after his performance. "You sat on that stool and sang the crap out of that song. I was touched by it," said Harry Connick, Jr. Keith praised Dexter's performance, but urged him to work on his understanding of the lyric.

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.

Malaya, Jessica and Dexter were interviewed after the show.

Dexter Roberts took a little time out with his trusty guitar.

Dexter Roberts rehearses his big number.

Your Top 8!

Dexter Roberts

There were four contestants left in the competition. Who would be in the bottom three? Not Dexter Roberts, who earned a spot for another week.

Dexter was busy every moment during his life in Alabama. He worked as a firefighter, lifeguard, dog trainer, and of course, on the farm. He had to be "doing something all the time," Dexter exclaimed. He'd listen to music while riding his tractor and wish that he was performing in an air conditioned space to adoring fans. Now he is!

Dexter's performance of "Boondocks" by Little Big Town certainly had the crowd going, but Harry wasn't as impressed. He told the burgeoning country star that unless he brings his "own stamp" to the country anthems he performs weekly then he ultimately won't stand out from the crowd. While Keith allowed that Harry's critique had some weight, he did say that if Dexter had recorded the song before Little Big Town that it would have still been a country hit. Jennifer said that Dexter could do something new and different with his performances, but thought his rendition of "Boondocks" was good.

Dexter Roberts jammed out on the keyboard in the holding room.

Dexter Roberts was ready to perform!

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

Your Top 9!

Dexter Roberts

Who would join Dexter and Majesty in the bottom three? Based on America's votes Sam, C.J. and Jena were safe. That put MK Nobilette in the bottom three and in danger of elimination.

Malaya, Jessica and Dexter were called to the stage for results. Randy Jackson weighed in before the results were revealed. Randy was happy that Malaya chose not to play the piano during her performance saying that the freedom from the instrument allowed her to give a "tender" and "emotional" performance. Randy thought Dexter was "a little lost on the stage," and said that Jessica "gave a great performance." Would America's votes line up?

America's votes fell right in line with Randy's criticism. Malaya Watson and Jessica Meuse were declared safe and Dexter Roberts headed to the bottom three.

Dexter chose to perform "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line, a solid choice for the country singer. During rehearsal, Randy urged Dexter to be careful with his diction because at times it was hard for him to hear what Dexter was singing. Dexter brought his dependability to the stage, however, and nailed his performance.

Jennifer thought the performance was "really good," but also added that Dexter needed to rally the audience more. Harry fervently disagreed claiming that Dexter "didn't do anything different," and that his performance was "bereft of joy." Keith loved what Dexter did in the beginning of the song and thought that "Cruise" was a good song choice.

MK Nobilette and Dexter Roberts were interviewed backstage.

Dexter Roberts checked his earpiece during rehearsals.

The Top 10!

Dexter Roberts

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.

Harry thought Dexter's performance of "Sweet Home Alabama" was "solid," but urged the singer that when doing an iconic song you have to "be bigger than the song." Jennifer had similar sentiments saying that performing is "all about the personality you put into the song." Keith enjoyed Dexter's rendition and told him he needs to keep finding ways to make his performances individual.

Dexter Roberts has a lot of love for his home state of Alabama so it should come as no surprise that he chose to perform "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynryd during Songs From The Cinema week. "Sweet Home Alabama" is heavily featured in the film Forrest Gump, which is set for the most part in Alabama. Dexter sure got the crowd going during his performance, but would the judges be impressed?

Dexter Roberts adjusted his ear piece after the show.

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

Dexter Roberts

Your Top 11!

Jena, Dexter, Majesty and Alex were the next contestants called to the stage for results. All the contestants received constructive criticism from the judges, but what did America decide? Dexter, Majesty and Alex were safe, but Jena Irene was headed to the bottom three.

Keith was impressed with Dexter's effort saying that it was the “perfect song” adding that he liked how he showed his vulnerability. Jennifer took the time to note that they are being hard on the contestants to make them grow. Harry praised Dexter saying, “It was unquestionably the best performance of the night.” Oh, but the night is long, Harry! Would anyone be able to knock Dexter off the top?

Following Jessica was another Alabama native, Dexter Roberts. Dexter hails from Fayette where they only have “a few stop lights.” Dexter, who really misses his dog, chose to perform Montgomery Gentry's “Lucky Man.” He made the artistic choice to slow the song a bit and boy did it pay off!

The contestants stuck together on the press line after the show.

The guy finalists posed for a friendly picture backstage.

Dexter Roberts jammed out backstage.

Dexter Roberts

MK, Sam, Majesty and Dexter were the next contestants called to the stage to hear the results from the previous night. Randy noted that MK did "well" in her performance, but needs to get moving more. Randy praised Sam's voice, but noted that he needed to get his "performance to match his vocal power." He called Majesty's performance "fantastic," while noting that Dexter's effort wasn't his best performance. America's voted kept Sam, Majesty and Dexter safe. MK headed to the bottom three and was in danger of elimination. Keith noted that if MK was lucky enough to stay in the competition she need to work on her "emotional connection" to the song and the audience.

Keith sang Dexter's praises saying the only thing Dexter needed to figure out was how to put his own stamp on the song and make it “Dexter Roberts perfect.” Jennifer Lopez agreed with Keith. “How do you give it a WOW performance?” Harry went the technical route with his criticism saying that Dexter had a “pitch issue” and suggesting that maybe the mix was off.

Dexter Roberts was up first. This ‘real deal' country artist, as Randy called him, chose Chris Young's “Aw Naw” and played the electric guitar during his performance. The country hit was an excellent song choice for Dexter and defined everything about him as an artist.

Dexter Roberts

Your Season XIII Top 13 Finalists!

Dexter Roberts from Fayette, Alabama

The very consistent Dexter Roberts was the sixth guy to grab a spot. This Alabama farm hand and dog trainer is the authentic country performer. Dexter wasn't too concerned about his ability to perform "This Old Boy" by Craig Williams at Randy's workshop. He was more concerned with having the stylist take a crack at his hair, which he'd hidden under a hat for all his previous performances. Dexter promised Chris Daughtry that he'd make sure his performance was "Dexter-fied" and this country boy did just that. His hair looked great live, too!

Harry thought his performance was solid, but urged Dexter to think about what would distinguish him from the crop of other country performers like him on the market right now. Keith was very impressed exclaiming, "You're the real deal!" Jen thought Dexter would find time to figure out his musical place, noting that he didn't seem nervous at all while he was on the stage.

Dexter Roberts

Dexter Roberts performed an original song called "Farmer's Grandson." He's more than just a farmer's grandson...Dexter is a proud member of Season XIII's Top 30!

"Backstreet Cowboys" is a great group name for the trio of Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher, who took the stage in red plaid shirts. They know what it takes to win American Idol...a plaid shirt and a guitar! These three don't look like they'd ever sing a Backstreet Boys song, but they took on "I Want It That Way." Their harmonies sounded even better than their solos, making Jennifer wonder if there has ever been a boy band in country music. If these three don't make it on Idol, they should group up! Keith commended them for making it work. All three are going forward. Watch out, Munfarid - Dexter cradled Casey on the way out of the theater!

It wasn't all drama on group night. Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher got along great and might even get some sleep. Is that allowed on group night?! To top it off, they have one of the best group names: Backstreet Cowboys.

Dexter Roberts

Performing with Darius was a high mark for both C.J. and Dexter, but even more so for C.J. who names Darius as one of his idols.

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