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Video: Jacob Lusk Sings "Alone" by Heart on March 16

Born in 1987, Jacob Lusk stepped out of his comfort zone with Heart’s "Alone." Genius, dude.

Video: Lauren Alaina Sings "I'm the Only One" by Melissa Etheridge on March 16

Born in 1994, Lauren Alaina brought it with her performance of Melissa Etheridge’s "I’m the Only One," despite having the flu. She’s back!

Video: Casey Abrams Sings “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana on March 16

Born in 1991, Casey Abrams chose to perform Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Jennifer Lopez thought the performance was too "screamy screechy" and wanted the song to sound more pleasant. Randy gave Casey props for being so fearless with his song choices.

Video: Karen Rodriguez Sings Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back" on March 16

Born in 1989, Karen Rodriguez went for it with "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne. The judges thought it was an improvement over last week, but still weren’t blown away.

Video: Scotty McCreery Sings “Can I Trust You With My Heart” by Travis Tritt on March 16

Born in 1993, Scotty McCreery chose to perform Travis Tritt’s "Can I Trust You With My Heart." Although the judges loves his performance, Randy and Jennifer urged him to take more chances and to push himself further vocally.

'American Idol' "Finalists Compete" Recap

Randy and J.Lo are convinced we have a "competition" and I agree. Tonight, just about everyone was vying for a slot in the bottom three. The Top 12 busted out the awkward body language, bad song choices, sleepy vocals and that cursed "pitchy-ness" all in an effort to make America ponder just who not to vote for. While the judges, (especially Steven) were forgiving beyond reason - and hearing, there were two contestants who managed to put in stand-out performances: Stefano Langone and Pia Toscano .

Video: Haley Reinhart Sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston on March 16

Born in 1990, Haley Reinhart took on Whitney Houston’s "I’m Your Baby Tonight." While the judges were critiquing her performance, Ryan Seacrest helped Haley with her smudged red lipstick.

Video: Thia Megia Sings “Colors of the Wind” by Vanessa Williams on March 16

Born in 1995, Thia Megia sang "Colors of the Wind" from the Pocahontas soundtrack. Judges panned the performance and Randy Jackson urged Thia to take more chances in her song choice.

Video: Paul McDonald Sings “I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues” by Elton John on March 16

Born in 1984, Paul McDonald chose to perform Elton John’s "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues."  Paul battled a cold all week and struggled through the song. Nonetheless, Randy Jackson loved his unique take on the song and Steven Tyler astutely commented, "Cool dude. Loose mood."

Video: James Durbin Sings "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi on March 16

Born in 1989, James Durbin rocked Bon Jovi’s "I’ll Be There for You." "Don’t get too poppy on me," warned Steven Tyler, but Jennifer Lopez loved it and Randy Jackson called it "tastefully done."