Jena Irene was the first contestant named safe. With a performance that Harry said was the best of the night her advancement made perfect sense.

Jena chose to perform the piece from her trusty piano and the decision really paid off. The crowd went completely bonkers after her performance. Keith loved the performance and praised Jena's "fearlessness." Jennifer thought it was "beautiful," and Harry thought it was the "best performance of the night."

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!

Jena Irene was the last performer of the night and she picked Caleb's song choice for her of "Creep" by Radiohead. Caleb chose the song because he thought Jena had the powerhouse vocals needed to nail the performance.

Caleb and Jena both have powerhouse vocals so "Gimme Shelter" was a natural fit for the two rising stars. "That was a moment," said Jennifer Lopez after they concluded their performance.

Jena and Caleb teamed up to perform "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Before they got started the duo took time to answer a fan question. When asked who they'd want to duet with the most in the whole world Jena answered Hayley Williams from Paramore. Caleb answered "Ryan Seacrest" which prompted the two to deliver a little mini duet.

Malaya, Alex and Jena talked the press after the show.

Another day, another selfie for Jena Irene.

Caleb and the ladies.

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

Jena Irene

Jena Irene

The Top 7!

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

Sam, Malaya, Alex and Jena were called to the stage next for their results.

Jena Irene was all smiles after hearing her performance of "I Love Rock N' Roll" had earned her a spot in the next round.

Jennifer had a moment to reflect on the duets. "I love what the duets are doing for you guys," she said, adding that the pairings were helping the contestants loosen up more during performances.

Caleb and Jena teamed up to perform "It's Only Love" by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner. The song choice was perfect for these passionate performers who played off each other really well on stage during their performance.

Jena Irene wasn't rocking at all when she started her performance of "I Love Rock N Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts solo at the piano, but as she moved into the song she hit that rock n roll stride. David Cook thought the hardest part for Jena would be picking "the right starting point." What would the judges think of her rendition of the song?

The judges had mixed reactions to Jena's performance. Keith said that it was a great way to "start the show," but Jennifer had harsher criticism. "For me it languished a little bit in the middle." While Harry "wasn't really a fan of the arrangement," he did note that he loves that Jena always takes risks with her performances.

The Top 8 celebrated after the save.

The IDOL™ ladies hung out backstage.

Jena and Malaya goofed off after the show.

Jena Irene looked great on stage.

Jena, Alex and Sam hang out backstage.

Jena Irene

Your Top 8 is Back!

Jena Irene was declared safe after Dexter. So far, two of Randy's picks have been correct.

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!

Jena definitely put her own spin on Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Harry was impressed with the performance saying that Jena did a "great job," but also noted that the competition has really gotten tough. Keith thought Jena's performance was "incredibly bold," while Jennifer urged the young singer to try and "destroy" the competition each week. "Come out here every week and blow everyone away and really try to win," said the international star.

Jena Irene's mom always knew Jena would do something big with her life. The young singer remembers being shy and timid during her first audition, but she still managed to impress the judges with her voice. Jena took Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and made the song her own. What would her rendition be like this time?

Jena Irene and Alex Preston took the stage next performing the first duet of the evening. Before they got started they took the time to answere a fan question. When asked if it is hard to be friends with someone you're trying to beat in the competition, both Alex and Jena said that it wasn't that hard, especially considering that they're all going on the road together for the upcoming IDOL tour.

Jena and Alex gave an understated performance of "Give Me A Reason" by P!nk and Nate Ruess. The duo really seemed to connect to the emotionality of the song as they sang while seated and staring into each others eyes.

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 IDOL™ girls show off their personalities behind the scenes.

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

Jena Irene got some last minute makeup done before the show.

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

Jena Irene was interviewed backstage.

Jena Irene

Your Top 8!

Ryan revealed the results a bit differently from previous episodes. The safe contestants were revealed to America one by one on the big screen. The first contestant named safe? Michigan's own Jena Irene.

Jena stuck to her roots and performed "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence. While Harry noted previously that it would be hard to follow Caleb's rocking performanc,e he admitted that Jena definitely did just that, adding that it was "really, really strong." Keith continued with his line of car based feedback and said "You got your own lane" in response to Jena's performance. Jennifer thought that Jena sounded "phenomenal," but wished that she had been more "messy" on stage. That comment earned the IDOL audience the second hair flip of the season from Jennifer Lopez! May there be many more to come.

Jena Irene had the typical life of a modern High School-er back in Michigan. Every day was the same and she had a dedicated routine. Since she's been in Hollywood and on AMERICAN IDOL®, no two days have been the same. She may miss her job making "flaming cheese," but she'll never go back!

Jena Irene was interviewed backstage.

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!

Jena Irene

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."

Harry thought the song was in Jena's "wheelhouse" and said she is a "really good singer." Keith thought Jena's effort was the "best performance of the night so far" and noticed that Jena was totally comfortable on stage. Jennifer praised Jena's stage presence, but urged her to "hold the middle" more during her performance.

Jena Irene's love of electronic music lead her to choose "Clarity" by Zedd during Top 10 week. When in rehearsals Jena declared that she picked the song because she wanted to "entertain," Randy took issue. Judging by the crowd's reaction, Jena did indeed entertain during her passionate performance.

Jena Irene and Malaya Watson chatted with the press after the show.

Jena Irene prepared for her Top 11 performance backstage.

Jena Irene

The Top 10!

Jessica Meuse, Alex Preston, Jena Irene and Sam Woolf were the final contestants to receive their results. Randy thought that Sam did a "good job" of trying to crack his shell, but thought that Jessica Meuse didn't have a "standout performance." Randy had the ultimate praise for Alex saying, "He's everything an artist should really be." Randy was also really "proud" of Jena's performance. What would America think?

Twilight fan Jena Irene chose "Decode" by Paramore as her song from the cinema. Jena returned to her trusty piano and belted out a strong performance for the IDOL audience. Keith and Jennifer even gave Jena a standing ovation!

Keith was exhilarated by Jena's performance saying, "I love the way you perform!" "I don't know what you were doing in the bottom three last week," said Jennifer adding that America needs to "get on board" with the young performer. While Harry noted that the performance was different from what Jena usually delivers, he said the effort was "very, very strong."

Jena Irene was in tears after Emily Piriz's elimination.

Jena Irene showed off her beautiful smile during and interview.

Your Top 11!

Jena Irene

Emily, Jena and MK nervously waited for Ryan to reveal who received the lowest number of votes. He called Jena and MK safe before revealing that Latina Emily Piriz was the contestant with the least amount of votes and in danger of elimination.

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.

Jena Irene chose “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall to perform because she and her family would listen to the song during road trips. For Jena, the song took her “back to a special place” with her family. Jena sounded great as per usual, but her intensity was lacking on stage.

Keith was impressed with Jena's stage presence, but wasn't “mad about” her song choice. Jennifer praised Jena's ability to choose the right song. Harry enjoyed how Jena “messed with the melody,” but also stated that he wanted to see more energy from the young performer.

The finalist ladies were looking lovely backstage.

Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene were looking good through the fisheye lens.

Jena Irene was all smiles in the makeup chair backstage.

Jena Irene

Ryan called Malaya, Jena, Ben and Alex to the stage for the first round of results. Randy gave us a rundown of their live performances before the placements were revealed. Randy thought Malaya's performance "got the best of her," and said that Jena did "a very good job." Randy thought Ben's performance was a "little too fast," but still thought he was able to put his own spin on the song. Randy had the most praise for Alex saying, "I loved the subtleness of this performance." America agreed with Randy. Alex, Ben and Jena were sent to safety and Malaya was revealed to be in the bottom three. Jennifer was "not happy" with the results.

Edgy teenage performer Jena Irene was up next performing the first song she'd ever learned on the piano for the IDOL™ audience, “The Scientist” by Coldplay. Randy thought if Jena didn't rush the performance she'd be fine and she earned high praise from our judges.

Jennifer was all praise for Jena's “powerhouse” voice and noted that “The Scientist” was a “tough song” to perform. Harry was impressed with Jena's ability to “make an interesting choice on a pre-existing melody.” Keith noted that while Jena's voice was pitchy at the start of her performance, she pulled it out in the end.

Your Season XIII Top 13 Finalists!

Jena Irene

Keith Urban announced 17-year-old Jena Irene as the next contestant with the opportunity to earn a wildcard spot. Jena performed her original song, “Unbreakable Me” alone at the piano with no other accompaniment. Keith was thrilled with her effort and praised her “raw” and "vulnerable” performance.

Jennifer thought Jena's performance had a "sultry quality" that she liked. Harry put Jena to the test, however, when he asked her what the song was about. She responded that it is about darkness. A little on the nose, but hey she is a high schooler! He went on to say that though he liked her intensity, he wasn't sure what she was singing about. Keith was most impressed with the "poise" and "confidence" Jena showed on stage.

We first met high school senior Jena Irene in Detroit and now she's singing for a spot in the finals. Jena used Randy's workshop to learn how to work the stage and the microphone. Most of Jena's Hollywood Week performances were performed from behind the piano so she needed the practice. Jena must have been an A+ student at Randy's workshop because her performance of "Painted It Black" had the audience and Jennifer Lopez bopping their heads enthusiastically.

Jena Irene Asciutto has probably had to correct people her whole life that it's "Gina not Jenna." It's her parents' fault for spelling her name that way! She performed a beautiful original song on the keyboard called "Unbreakable Me." The judges were fond of Jena, and Harry Connick Jr. nicknamed her "The Sleeper." Now the big question is, will she continue to wear her choker necklaces in Hollywood?

Team Clarity consisted of Sikenya Thompson, Jena Irene Asciutto, Munfarid Zaidi, and Allie Odom. Sikenya was on vocal rest and didn't practice with her group. Her speaking voice sounds like Fantasia's, but does her singing voice? Oh, and guess what they sang? Yep, "Too Close." Sikenya stumbled with her lyrics and looked like she was going to cry, but the judges encouraged her to keep going. In the end, only Allie was headed home. Sikenya hugged the judges. Stay away! They can't afford to get sick during Hollywood Week. Sikenya offered Allie front row tickets to her concert. Too soon...but awesome Allie was in good spirits.

Jena Irene

Jena Irene was the first contestant named safe. With a performance that Harry said was the best of the night her advancement made perfect sense.

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