“American Idol” Recap: The Top 13 Perform “This Is Me” Songs

By ABC News Radio

FOXWednesday night on American Idol, the top 13 performed for the viewers and for judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. For the first time, fans were able to vote immediately after the performances.

The theme of the night was “This Is Me.” Contestants were asked to perform songs that best defined them.

Dexter Roberts kicked things off by playing “Aw Naw,” by country artist Chris Young, on his guitar. Keith and Jennifer both thought it was a fine cover, but wished Dexter had put his own spin on it. Harry suggested that Dexter show off more of his personality.

The bespectacled Malaya Watson took on Bruno Mars‘ “Runaway Baby.” J-Lo graded Malaya’s performance skills as an “A-plus,” though she added it wasn’t the teen’s best vocals. Harry invoked his favorite word, “intonation,” and sensed she was a little nervous.

Kristen O’Connor performed “Beautiful Disaster,” a track off former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson‘s debut album, Thankful. Harry called her a strong pop singer, but he questioned whether she properly conveyed the meaning of the lyrics, about a woman accepting a man despite his faults. Kristen replied that she intended for the …read more

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