Tune in to AMERICAN IDOL® next week as the Top 7 perform to keep their spots in the competition.

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

America has spoken. Malaya Watson received the lowest amount of votes and would be leaving the competition.

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.

Sam Woolf may have been saved by the judges the previous week, but he earned a spot in the Top 7 with his unique rendition of "Time After Time."

Ever positive, Malaya took her elimination in stride and delivered an emotional performance of "I Am Changing" from Dreamgirls.

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

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

Looks like Caleb's sexy rendition of "Faithfully" by Journey easily earned him a spot in the Top 7.

The spotlight faded tonight on one contestant's dream, but for seven others the fire is still alive. There were no more second chances.

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 Meuse's "Call Me" earned her the third safe spot of the evening.

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

America must have loved Alex's unique rendition of "Every Breath You Take." He sailed into a spot in the Top 7.

The Top 8 have given it their best, but it is up to America to see who stays in the competition! Tune in Thursday night at 9/8c on FOX as the Top 8 will definitely be forced to say goodbye to one of their own!

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!

Caleb Johnson closed out the evening performing Journey's "Faithfully." David Cook wanted to impress upon the rocker the need to treat the song more "reverently." Caleb took on the ballad like a pro delivering an emotionally charged performance to the IDOL™ audience.

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.

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.

Harry praised Caleb's performance saying "I've been waiting for that since the first day I met you." Keith thought it was the perfect song choice for Caleb and even had his virtual lighter up in the air during the performance. Jennifer thought that Caleb sounded amazing, adding that 'it's no small task to take on Steve Perry."

David Cook really worked with Alex Preston on the technicality of the Police classic, "Every Breath You Take." Alex's understated performance of the 80s hit went over really well with the crowd, but sparked some disagreement with our judges.

Harry really liked that Alex put his "own touch" on the track, but added that there is a difference between being a performer and being an entertainer. Harry went on to urge Alex to find ways to make his performances "stage worthy." Keith agreed with Harry while adding that Alex's voice grabbed his attention right from the start. Jennifer disagreed with both the guys saying "I love your voice and I love what you do," even though she missed the melody of the iconic song.

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.

Sam Woolf had everything to prove this week after being saved by the judges. He chose to put his own spin on "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. In rehearsals David Cook thought Sam's vocals were "money," but he urged the artist to "own the stage" and get out of his own way. Turns out Sam Woolf didn't even step foot on the stage until his performance was over. He sang the entire hit from the audience surrounded by his fans.

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!

Keith loved that Sam "did that with the acoustic guitar, solo," adding that all Sam needs now is to loosen up more. Jennifer thought Sam did a great job and noted that she "felt" Sam trying to feel the performance. Harry praised Sam's progress week to week, but gave him permission to sing to the girls around him in the future.

"I will say this, you have a great voice," said Harry, but he urged her to feel the groove more. "You need to feel that groove. You need to sing that groove." Keith noticed that Jessica's performances are still a bit stiff. "I'm still waiting for the rest of the release," he said. "You're almost there, just go right in." Jennifer conveyed to Jessica that in order to pull off a song like "Call Me" that she needed to tap into her sexiness more. If Jessica can't do that then this wasn't the right song for her.

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.

Jessica Meuse chose "Call Me" by Blondie as her song selection for 1980s week. When she hit the mentoring session with David Cook he noted that "technically" she was "spot on," but added that he wasn't enjoying her performance at all. He urged her to enjoy herself, smile and work the stage during her performance. Would she be up to the task?

The judges all had no qualms with the superiority of Malaya's voice, but both Keith and Jennifer urged the young singer to "relax" more during her performances. Harry was impressed with Malaya's ability to hit the high note, but thought she sacrificed the beginning of the performance for the sake of that note.

Harry just "couldn't stand it anymore" and had to be a part of the totally 80s crowd. He jumped into the audience to watch the next performance.

Harry put Sam on the spot by asking him how he felt after last week's save. Sam took the opportunity to thank the judges and said he'd been practicing and focusing a lot more. Keith reached out to Alex saying he liked the way the contestants' voices blended together.

Malaya chose to perform "Through The Fire" by Chaka Khan. David Cook was impressed with Malaya's voice during the mentoring session, but urged her to "focus" more. Malaya's performance was high-energy and full of impressive vocal stylings, but now that the stakes have been raised in the competition it may not be enough.

Before Caleb and Jena got any feedback from the judges, Harry Connick Jr. returned from the crowd with a visitor! What a dream way to watch AMERICAN IDOL®.

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.

Alex and Sam then hit the stage in what can only be described as a smooth and jazzy vocal battle for a girl with a cover of Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine." These two fellas sure had all the ladies in the audience wishing they were singing about them.

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 contestants traveled back in time to the 1980s on Wednesday night. Now that the save is off the table the stakes in the competition are higher than ever. It's do or die time and the removal of the save has lit a fire under all the finalists. Who has got what it takes to make it all the way? First they'll have to get past their 1980s performances. Season 7 winner David Cook visited the Top 8 this week to mentor the contestants through their 80s performances. The rocker, one of the most iconic winners of AMERICAN IDOL®, and one of the first performers to really put his own twists on rock classics, was the perfect choice to mentor this week.

Sam is safe, but from now on in the competition no one is safe! It's straight eliminations from here on out. Tune in next week as the Top 8 battle it out to stay alive in the competition.

Caleb Johnson was revealed as safe after Daughtry's performance.

Daughtry rocked the IDOL™ stage like he had never left!

Jessica Meuse was the fourth person announced as safe for the the evening. All of Randy Jackson's predictions were correct!

The judges looked stern during Sam's performance, but in the end decided to use their one save of the season on the teen heart-throb from Florida.

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

After the nationwide vote, Sam Woolf was revealed to have received the lowest number of votes and was in danger in elimination. He chose to perform "Babylon" by David Grey. He put his heart and soul into the performance, but would it be enough?

Alex Preston grabbed the last safe spot for the evening.

Randy Jackson opened the Top 8 Results show by giving his take on how the performers did on Wednesday night. While Randy thought all eight contestants had "solid" performances, he predicted that Caleb, Jessica, Dexter and Jena would definitely be safe! How would the results pan out? The save is still in play tonight. Will the judges use their one lifeboat to pull a talented contestant out of the water?

Chris Daughtry is one of the most successful rockers to ever come out of AMERICAN IDOL®

Chris Daughtry then returned to the IDOL™ stage with his band, Daughtry. The talented singer has already been involved with IDOL™ this season when he acted as a mentor at Randy Jackson's workshop.

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

The band performed their new single, "Waiting For Superman."

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!

Alex really showed off his musicality during his performance of "Fairytales." The judges were impressed with his authenticity. "You've stayed true to yourself. You've grown and gotten so comfortable," said Jennifer Lopez. Harry was all praise for Alex as well saying that he really "enjoyed the arrangement" and the vibrato. Keith thought Alex did a "great job" and noted that a lot of people in the audience were singing along to the original song! A "Fairytale" indeed.

Alex Preston's musical ability comes from his father who used to sing. Alex and his family listened to a lot of classical music. Alex's abilities really took off after he convinced his parents to get him violin lessons. Alex performed "Fairytales," an original song that he wrote about a girl. When Alex first wrote the song he was just a heartbroken teenager in his basement and now he's performing an original song for America!

Caleb shook the roof with his powerful performance of "Chain Of Fools." The performance had everything we have come to expect from the talented artist. The judges were blown away. Keith said the performance was "killer" and went on to add that Caleb is a "Rock and Roll Viking." "You kill the audience every single time," said Jennifer Lopez. While Harry thought Caleb's performance was good, he urged the singer to reign it back next week and choose a softer song to perform. Caleb promised to do a "soft, tender" ballad next week.

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.

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!

Caleb Johnson was as loud child. "I'm addicted to noise," said the confident rocker. His parents repeatedly had to tell Caleb to be quiet. Caleb first auditioned in Season 10, but this time around Jennifer immediately thought he'd "make it to the Top 10" after his audition of "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin. Caleb said his audition was just "a taste" and that his Top 8 performance would let it all loose.

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

The duo's voices blended really well and the crowd really got into the performance! Malaya and Sam connected well during their performance and really played off each other.

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?

Malaya's reprisal of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" blew the crowd and the judges away. Keith responded to her performance first saying, "Malaya on fire!" He went on to say, "You were in such good control." Jennifer noted how Malaya was "blossoming into a star right before our eyes." Harry praised Malaya as well, but also gave her the practical advice of working on her runs to make them all in tune.

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.

Malaya and Sam teamed up to perform "Lucky" by Colbie Callait and Jason Mraz.

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?

The pairing of Jessica and Caleb was perfect. They really played off each other during their duet and seemed to have a real connection on stage. When asked how he'd rate the performance, Caleb responded, "An 11!"

Sam Woolf was a "beautiful baby" with a "huge head" according to his grandparents. Their neighbors always knew when Sam was visiting because they'd hear him singing up and down the canals in Florida. Looking back at Sam's original audition of "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran the judges really responded to his amazing pitch. Sam sang the hit really quickly during his initial audition, but Wednesday he chose to slow the performance down. It was perhaps the most confident Sam Woolf has looked in the whole competition.

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.

While Harry nothed that Sam's rendition of "Lego House" was the "best performance" he's done so far, he also gave Sam some practical advice. "When you hear all these young people scream acknowledge them. Pick someone and smile at them," he said.

Malaya Watson was the next performer to take the stage. Before the music began we learned, from Malaya's father, that she was hesitant to audition for IDOL™ at first because she was only 15 years old. Malaya started singing with her Dad at an early age and has been performing ever since. Harry noted that when he first saw Malaya audition he thought she was "gold mine" of talent.

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.

Jessica Meuse and Caleb Johnson then teamed up to sing a rockin' rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."

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."

The contestants also got an additional chance to impress the judges and America as they teamed up to perform the first duets of the season this week.

Before Jessica got to perform we got a look at her childhood. Apparently Ms. Meuse was a particularly "evil baby" that screamed all the time. Jessica credits her early vocal efforts as the reason why she has such a powerful voice. She took the top spot of the evening performing her original song "Blue Eyed Lie." Jessica debuted the song during her initial audition and before her performance we flashed back to that moment. Harry remembered that Jessica was "staring holes" into them during her audition and Keith remembered her impressive shoulder pop!

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.

Jessica was excited to perform her original song, written about an ex, again and this time with a huge band behind her. Jessica really got the shoulder going again during her performance. "That was a great way to start the show," said Keith. "I love the ferocity that you sing with." Jennifer thought the performance was "really perfect," and Harry said "It was a really cool presentation."

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.

Ryan wasted no time in revealing the contestant who received the lowest number of America's votes. It was Majesty Rose who had been in the bottom three for three weeks in a row! "I knew it!" she exclaimed after the announcement.

Majesty chose to perform "Happy" by Pharell Williams as her save me song. She cheerfully took the microphone from Ryan Seacrest and gave an upbeat and positive performance of the Oscar nominated song.

As Majesty was shedding a few errant tears Keith addressed her directly. The judges would not use their save on her, but Keith admitted that is was the "hardest deliberation" they've had to date, adding that they decided to not use the save by a "narrow, narrow margin." Tough luck, Majesty. We know you'll go far.

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.

Janelle Monáe may only be 28 years old, but this talented artist already has six Grammy nominations under her belt.

The contestants hit the stage Wednesday singing hits from super-star bands. Now the results of their efforts were revealed. The show gave us glimpses of the contestants after their performances and all of them seemed to think they gave an "awesome show" for the judges and the audience. It would all come down to America's vote.

The next contestant destined to remain another week on AMERICAN IDOL®? Jessica Meuse

Janelle Monáe performed "This Is Love" her new single off the Rio 2 soundtrack.

After Janelle Monáe's enthusiastic performance Ryan got right back to results naming Alex Preston as safe for this week.

Malaya Watson's performance of "The Long And Winding Road" earned her the second safe spot of the night.

Before the remaining results were revealed Grammy nominated artist Janelle Monáe took the stage to perform.

Rocker Caleb Johnson was named safe.

"What Is Love" was just released on iTunes this week. Be sure to check it out!

Tune in to AMERICAN IDOL® next week as the Top 7 perform to keep their spots in the competition.

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