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.

Who would earn enough votes to stay in the competition? It's in America's hands entirely. Come back Thursday at 9/8c to find out!

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!

In her first audition, the judges compared Jessica to Stevie Nicks and Wednesday she chose to take on "Rhiannon" by the legendary songstress. Harry thought Jessica's performance was "nice" and went on to say it was his "favorite performance" from the singer. Keith had some constructive criticism for the self-described redneck saying that she needed to work on being comfortable on stage without an instrument. Jennifer noticed that Jessica's "confidence" was growing and said that she could see her "connecting with the audience more."

Caleb took on a big song with Led Zeppelin's "Dazed And Confused," but he owned the stage every moment. Jennifer Lopez thought the performance was "very sexy," adding that sexiness was a quality that every rock band front man needs. Harry gave Caleb the ultimate praise saying, "I don't know how you could've sung that tune any better." Keith's critique was the most unique. "Your whole performance came at me like an airbag in slow motion."

Sam Woolf took on the 2008 hit, "Hey There Delilah" to the delight of all the young ladies in the audience who all sighed at Sam under the romantic stage lights. The judges had praise for our young singer as well. Jennifer thought the song was "perfectly suited" for Sam, but added that he needed have a person he was thinking about while singing. Harry loved the "stripped down arrangement" that Sam picked, while Keith urged him to "soften the edges of the notes" when he sings.

Jessica Meuse is her own one woman show back in Alabama. She does her own graphics, social media and bookings. When she's not performing or practising on her many instruments, you can find Jessica hunting. Jessica believes everyone should be able to hunt because as she says, "When the end of the world comes you're going to want the redneck on your team."

Caleb Johnson says being on IDOL is like "you're living your dream." Back home he focused on playing gigs with his rock band and had a job waiting tables. This week was a perfect fit for Caleb who wants to be the front man of a rock band. He hoped his performance of "Dazed And Confused" by Led Zeppelin would blow the roof off the IDOL stage.

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.

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.

Confidence did not seem to be a problem for Majesty who skillfully commanded the stage during her performance. Jennifer praised her saying, "That's the Majesty I love!" Harry said that he's been waiting to connect with Majesty and, with her latest performance, feels that she's "very close" to making that happen. Harry added that America might not be latching on to Majesty because she's "so different" each week. Keith thought "Shake It Out" was a great song choice for Majesty, but thought she needed to learn to center herself vocally.

Malaya Watson was a High School tuba player who dreamed of being on AMERICAN IDOL®. The biggest performance for the young singer before IDOL™ was a night where she split her pants in front of the audience. This energetic young lady has come a long way since then. Being in the Top 9 has placed Malaya firmly on the road to stardom, but she knows she's the "same old Malaya!"

Sam Woolf lives the quiet life in Bradenton, FL. He practices his instruments and plays local gigs. Sam loves that through IDOL, he gets a chance to "jam" with so many talented performers. "This is my first job," said Sam of his IDOL experience, "and it's a good job."

Malaya chose to perform The Beatles classic, "The Long and Winding Road" with a bit of a Gospel twist. The audience was entranced, but were the judges? Keith started off the criticism saying "Gosh that was beautiful, baby." He added that the performance showed him her "spirit." Jennifer thought her voice stands out and added that it sounds like a "young Michael Jackson." Harry gave Malaya the award for "most consistently approving" and praised Malaya for listening to their critiques.

Top 9 week arrived at AMERICAN IDOL® and the theme was "I'm With The Band." The goal was simple: to act as front man for a real band live onstage. The contestants chose songs from their favorite bands for the occasion and artists from No Doubt to Led Zeppelin were represented.

The Top 9 hit the stage together performing a medley of songs. The songs chosen played to the individual strengths of the Top 9, but came from very different bands.

Included in the mash-up were "Clocks" by Coldplay, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, and "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy.

Alex Preston looks the part of sophisticated performer now, but there was a time that he was spending his summers at a farm stand selling vegetables and writing songs on the side. Alex filled up pages of notebooks working at that farm stand. Now music is his job and he couldn't be happier.

Majesty Rose claimed she was only special to herself and her preschool students back in Goldsboro, NC, but now she's special to all her fans across America. Majesty says that "confidence" is the biggest challenge she's had to overcome while on IDOL, but hopes that she'll be able to deliver her performance of "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine exactly the way she imagined it.

Performing No Doubt's "Don't Speak" in a toned down style, the crowd went wild for Alex, who always puts his own spin on songs, but the judges were only lukewarm about the performance. Keith wanted to see a "little bit of edge" from Alex's vocal delivery, while Jennifer thought the "soft version" of the song "took the energy out." Harry urged Alex to move around more on stage and not have his feet so firmly planted in the center.

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.

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