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American Idol turned the amps up to 11 Wednesday night, with the Top 7 finalists performing classic rock songs. And the best part of the evening? No ballads allowed! The night also included cute, funny videos of the contestants describing each other, which gave us these fun tidbits: Kree Harrison is the mom of the group, Burnell Taylor's laugh probably damages his vocal chords, and Angie Miller may hold the world record for speed-clapping when she's excited. The contestants seem to be coming together like one big happy family, but of course this is still a competition at heart, so let's get to the performances:
The reality show gods bestowed a gift upon American Idol this season, and his name was Lazaro Arbos. A chronic stutterer who grew up a bullied loner because of his speech pattern, but whose voice is smooth as butter when he sings, the handsome 21-year-old's backstory is the type of reality producers' dreams...
Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol, they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj. Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday.
The girls continued their domination on another American Idol elimination night Thursday, and the judges actually had to debate at length for once about whether or not to use their save. Did someone get sent home? Keep reading to find out.
The field of finalists was narrowed to eight on American Idol Thursday, but before any of the results were read, mentor Jimmy Iovine had some feedback of his own for the judges, whom he essentially said were being way too soft on the contestants at this stage in the competition.