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X Factor UK 2014: Top 3 Perform: The Final

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The last of Cheryl's girls, Lauren Platt left the competition last week in a tense sing-off with Andrea Faustini leaving us with three acts in the grand final, Fleur East and Ben Haenow for the Overs and Andrea for the Boys. Mel B is apparently ill so has been (oddly) replaced with former judge Tulisa but Simon, Louis and Cheryl are here. By the end of the weekend, Sam Bailey will have a successor.

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 4 Perform: The Semi Final

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Would you believe we're nearly there? It's the ninth live show and there are just four acts remaining. Only one more act is going to miss out on the final next week. Tonight they'll all be singing Christmas songs (why could they not have saved that for the final?) and a song to get them to the final? Who will miss out, Cheryl's girl Lauren, Mel's boy Andrea or one of Simon's overs, Ben and Fleur?

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 5 Perform: Jukebox Week

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Last week saw the final double elimination of the series as Only The Young and Stevi Ritchie said goodbye. With just two weeks until the final, it's jukebox week where the acts are singing one song as chosen by the public and one song as chosen by a celebrity special guest. So who will be singing their swan song tonight?

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 7 Perform: Whitney Houston vs Elton John

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Last week saw big band bring down Jay James, to the shock of about five people after he was eliminated via deadlock against novelty act Stevi Ritchie. As it was Jay's second bottom two appearance in a row, and as he was saved against the relatively popular Paul Akister the previous week, it's no surprise that he failed to get a bounce back. This week, the remaining seven acts are singing songs by Whitney Houston and Elton John but with the final double elimination looming, who will be still standing (ba dum tish) come the quarter-final next week?

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 8 Perform: Big Band Week

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Last week saw another 'shock exit' after Paul Akister was eliminated via deadlock having found himself in the sing-off against Jay James. With the public still reeling from his departure, who will be able to lead the pack as they take on big band songs?

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 9 Perform: Michael Jackson vs Queen

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Last week saw Jack Walton and Lola Saunders leave us after an automatic elimination on Saturday night and a tense deadlock situation against Stereo Kicks respectively. This leaves Cheryl with just one act and means that almost half of the remaining acts are from Simon's category. Tonight the acts are singing songs by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and one of the biggest bands of all time, Queen. They won't want to be 'bad' as they all know that 'another one bites the dust' on Sunday night. (Disclaimer: No puns were hurt in the making of this recap, just severely overused).

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 11 Perform: Halloween Week

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Last week we finally saw Jake Quickenden leave after a few ropey performances, making him the first of Mel's acts to leave. This week is Halloween week so the acts are all ready to spook the judges with what they hope will be scarily good performances. But the biggest trick of all is courtesy of Simon...not only will there be a double elimination this week, one act will be leaving automatically at the end of Saturday's show! Who will leave the judges howling and who will be screaming by the end of Sunday night?

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 12 Perform: Movies Night

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Cheryl lost two of her acts after 80's week last Sunday when Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine were sent packing after Stereo Kicks were saved in favour of the latter in the sing-off with Steph receiving the fewest votes and being sent home automatically. Tonight, the remaining twelve acts are singing songs from movies, who will deliver a blockbuster performance and who will be a box office flop?

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Interview: Imogen Brough

Singer- songwriter Imogen Brough has an insane amount of talent (the kind the makes even Beyoncé jealous) with her soaring vocals being perfectly suited for the Celtic inspired pop anthems she has released. Having just released her latest single, Imogen was kind enough to answer a few questions. You can read the full interview below:

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 14 Perform: 80's Week

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We said goodbye to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation last week after a double elimination whilst former Luminites singer Stephanie Nala was spared. This week, the remaining fourteen acts are performing songs from the 80's with Irene Cara, Whitney Houston and Simply Red amongst the artists being covered. The songs were acceptable in the 80's but will the acts' covers of them cut the mustard?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 3 Perform: Grand Final

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In what still seems like an unbelievable night, fan favourite Reigan Derry was eliminated from the competition after a terrific sing-off against Marlisa. Now, only three remain, the mediocre Brothers 3, average performer Marlisa Punzalan and rock star Dean Ray. Only one of this is the right winner, Australia better not screw this up!

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Best of What's Next: Marika Hackman











Over the years, the alternative scene has seen many new talents come and go. However, Marika Hackman’s innovative groundbreaking sounds will be remembered throughout the generations for it’s dark undertones and amazing lyrical content.

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X Factor UK 2014: Top 16 Perform: Number Ones

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Last week, the final 12 were revealed as each judge picked their final 3 and tonight all twelve will perform for your votes for the first time. However, as well as the twelve already chosen, there are four more acts competing as each judge has been asked to choose a wildcard. More on that later. With sixteen acts competing and two leaving by the end of the first weekend, who will fall foul of number ones?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 4 Perform: Power and Passion

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Caitlyn Shadbolt exceeded everyone's expectations, coming out in 5th place. Only 4 remain, one per judge, and on this week semi-final they'll perform one powerful song and a passionate track and by the end of it, 3 will be making it to the final. Whose dream will be crushed?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 5 Perform: Killer Tracks and Curveballs

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Jason Heerah was eliminated last week after he shockingly found himself in the B2 along fan favourite Reigan Derry. For the first time this year, the contestants are singing two songs each, one killer track and one curve ball. Who'll step up to the challenge?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 6 Perform: Aussie Week

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Tee was finally shown the door last week after receiving the least amount of votes. Only 6 remain and this week, they'll be taking on Aussie hits! Who'll fail to deliver only weeks away from the final?

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X Factor UK 2014: Judges' Houses

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We're getting ever closer to the live shows now. It's over to Judges' Houses as the top 24 jet off across the globe to fight it out for a place in the live shows. Louis and the Groups are jetting off to Bermuda where they will be joined by former judge Tulisa, Mel B and the Boys are being joined by Emma Bunton in Mexico, Simon and the Groups are heading to Los Angeles where he will be joined by Sinitta (well there's no show without Punch) whilst Cheryl is taking the Girls to Nice where her and Tinie Tempah will decide who to take through.

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X Factor UK 2014: Bootcamp

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With the auditions over, it's time for bootcamp and the dreaded six chair challenge! Get ready for more drama than you can take ... This is the X Factor!

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 7 Perform: Judges' Challenge

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Rochelle Pitt was sent home last week, after the judges failed to reach a decision and we went to deadlock. Tonight, the judges have chosen song for each other’s contestants. Will they play it strategically? Or will they pick the best possible song?

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X Factor UK 2014: The Arena Auditions - Episode 4

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Last night's auditions were fantastic, tonight we see the remainder of the auditionees vying out for a place in bootcamp and as we have seen, not everyone is able to impress in front of a full audience. Will anyone crack tonight and more importantly, who will set the place alight?

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X Factor UK 2014: The Arena Auditions - Episode 3

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After one weekend of arena auditions, we're onto the final two arena auditions. There's still loads of talent that we haven't seen so maybe tonight will unveil lots of new faces set to go far in the competition.

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X Factor UK 2014: The Arena Auditions - Episode 2

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Tonight is the second of the arena auditions. Last night saw some strong talent but also the uncomfortable dismissal of Amy Connolly after she failed to impress Louis, Simon and Mel B. Will we have any big shocks tonight?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 8 Perform: Rock

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Sydnee Carter was sent packing last week when she faced the dull Jason in the B2. We also found out how the remaining acts are ranking and to everyone's surprise, the mediocre Brothers 3 is topping the vote. Tonight, the top 8 will be taking on rock songs and one more will be leaving us ... This is the X Factor!

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 9 Perform: Latest and Greatest

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I still can't believe the promising XOX was sent home last week after facing the boring Tee. I guess it was an strategic move, as Foo clearly expressed, the girls were a threat while Tee is merely filler. We've got another current theme this week with the Top 9 taking on the latest hits. Plus an exciting new twist! (Spoiler alert: it's not)

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X Factor UK 2014: The Arena Auditions - Episode 1

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After just two week of room auditions, we're moving onto the arenas. It was a bit underwhelming seeing just four episodes of room auditions but hopefully the arena auditions will deliver lots more talent as we see how those who made it through the rooms cope in front of a live Wembley audience.

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 10 Perform: Top 10 Hits

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Nat lost her first act when Adrien Nookadu got the boot after facing Sydnee last week. 10 remain now and as usual, they'll be taking on Top 10 Hits! Who'll fail to deliver?

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X Factor UK 2014: The Room Auditions - Episode 4

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We're down to what is apparently the last episode of room auditions already, yes, allegedly it's straight on to arena auditions next week after just four episodes of rooms. Not sure what the idea is with that but anyway, as we reach the final episode of room auditions, who will shine?

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X Factor UK 2014: The Room Auditions - Episode 3

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The first weekend of auditions is over us and already we have some strong contenders such as Only The Young, Jay James and Chloe Jasmine. Will this week produce any more talent for us to peruse?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 11 Perform: Decades Challenge

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Dannii lost another act last week, with two of her manufactured groups in the B2, Younger Than Yesterday and XOX, with the wannabe boy band sent home unanimously by the judges. This week, the Top 11 will be facing the decades challenge, in which each category is assigned a decade. The Girls have the 70s, the Boys the 80s, the Groups the 90s and the Overs have Now. Which acts will step up to the challenge?

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X Factor UK 2014: The Room Auditions - Episode 2

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After a solid start with some decent talent, we're onto audition show two. Unlike last year's auditions, they're not airing the room auditions and arena auditions back to back, instead getting through all room auditions before they start showing arenas. So who will impress the judges tonight as they scour the country for talent?


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X Factor UK 2014: The Room Auditions - Episode 1

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It may not seem like a year since Sam Bailey was crowned winner of The X Factor, in fact technically speaking it isn't but let's not dwell on technicalities, indeed it's X Factor time again. And as if to say that 2011-2013 didn't really happen, head honcho Simon Cowell and his right hand woman Cheryl Cole are back. As is Louis Walsh, let's face it, there's no show without Punch. The fourth seat has been filled by Spice Girl and former X Factor Australia judge Mel B whose straight talking manner during a guest stint in 2012 obviously impressed Simon enough to offer her
a full time role. So who will be this year's stand-outs as the room auditions begin?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 12 Perform: Legends

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Girl group Trill was, predictably, the first act to be eliminated. Tonight, the contestants will be taking on songs from the biggest stars in the world and when it all ends, only 11 will remain … Who’ll be going home?

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X Factor Australia 2014: Top 13 Perform: Judge's Choice

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The Voice Au may have started with 16 promising finalists but in the end, it all crashed and burnt, with Anja Nissen crowned the winner, certainly the lesser evil out of the Top 4. So let's hope the 6th season of the XF doesn't face the same fate. Same judging panel, same host, 13 new faces. Who'll be Dami Im's successor?

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The Voice Australia Season 3: The Showdowns

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Each team of 9 will be fighting for only 4 spots in the finals. 3 artists of each team will go head to head with a song of their own choosing. One will go through to the live shows, one gets a second chance and one goes home ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 3: The Battles

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The blind auditions gave us 48 acts, some of them great, some not so much. But that's exactly what the battles are from, to get the filler out of the way. Each judge will have two saves this year, which acts will be the lucky recipients? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 3: The Blind Auditions

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A new season of The Voice Australia has arrived and with it, two new additions. Replacing departing judges Delta and Seal, are will.i.am and Kylie Minogue, who this year also judged The Voice UK. Back for another try is Ricky Martin, who joined last season, and Joel Madden, who's been here since the very first day. Classical singer Harrison Craig, won the crown last year, giving Seal his second win. Now that he's gone, who will be succeeding him? ... This is The Voice!

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Eurovision 2014: The Final

Eurovision is back for another year, this time live from Copenhagen after Denmark took home the prize thanks to Emmelie de Forest's "Only Teardrops". We are already down to 26 acts and in tonight's show, one of them will be named the winner. Who'll it be?

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American Idol Season 13: Top 2 Perform: The Final

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And we're down to two! Alex Preston was the latest finalist to be eliminated leaving us with rocker Caleb Johnson and pop star in-the-making Jena Irene. Who will succeed Candice Glover? .... This ... is American Idol!

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American Idol Season 13: Top 3 Perform: Semi-Final

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The wonderful Jessica Meuse left us last week, sadly, as expected. Three remain, two boys and a girl but only two of them will make it to next week's final, who will it be? .... This ... is American Idol!

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The Voice US Season 6: Top 5 Perform

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It was a bloodbath last week as not 2 but 3 contestants were cut from the competition. Along the way, the B3 curse was broken, with Kat Perkins managing to get the instant save when going against Sisaundra, Audra and Delvin. We are now down to 5 and with only one week till the final, the pressure is higher than ever! ... This is The Voice!

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American Idol Season 13: Top 4 Perform: Love

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Sam Woolf was eliminated last week but not before the producers pathetically tried, and failed, to save him one more time. 4 remain and for the first time, they'll be performing 3 songs each in order to make it to next week's hometown visits. Whose homecoming will be a sad one? .... This ... is American Idol!

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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 2

Eurovision is back for another year, this time live from Copenhagen after Denmark took home the prize thanks to Emmelie de Forest's "Only Teardrops". 36 countries are competing and tonight, 15 entries will present their songs. Who'll be succeeding Denmark?

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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 1

Eurovision is back for another year, this time live from Copenhagen after Denmark took home the prize thanks to Emmelie de Forest's "Only Teardrops". 36 countries are competing and tonight, the first 16 entries will present their songs. Who'll be succeeding Denmark?

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The Voice US Season 6: Top 8 Perform

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Tess Boyer couldn't avoid the B3 curse and was sent home along fallen to grace front runner Bria Kelly during last week's result show. The final 8 will perform tonight but the stakes are higher than ever as not 2 but 3 acts will be leaving the competition this week, with the B4 performing one more time to earn America's vote. This is gonna be crazy. ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice US Season 6: Top 10 Perform

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Two very unlucky acts, Dani Moz and TJ Wilkins, were sent home last week after failing to get enough votes to make it through. With ten more performances and two acts leaving, it's anyone's game. Who'll leave us this time?  ... This is The Voice!

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American Idol Season 13: Top 5 Perform: America's Choice

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Soulful C.J. Harris was finally eliminated last week, leaving us with an almost perfect Top 5. This week, the contestants will perform to songs "picked" by America. And I say "picked" because the producers are the ones who actually selected those songs. Either case, should be a fun night, right? .... This ... is American Idol!

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The Voice US Season 6: Top 12 Perform

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We went from 20 to 12 in the past two weeks as the judges selected their three acts to move on to the live finals. This week, Twitter's instant save returns as one of the B3 vote-getters will get the chance to avoid the axe by delivering one final performance. Who'll be leaving us this week?  ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Ireland Series 3: Top 4 Perform - The Final!

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After sixteen weeks of singing, button pressing and sixes, we're down to the final four contestants. Kian lost both of his acts in the semi-final after a tough night meaning that Bressie has two acts in the final to Jamelia and Dolores' one a piece. So who is walking away with the crown tonight, my early backing Laura May Lenehan for Team Jamelia? Quirky Kellie Lewis for Team Dolores? Rocker Jamie Stanton? Or bookies' favourite Brendan McCahey for Team Bressie? We'll soon find out.

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American Idol Season 13: Top 6 Perform: Rock 'n' Roll/Country

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Dexter Roberts was sent home last week, leaving us with 6 acts left in the running. This week the acts will perform two songs each, a rock song and a country song, and by the end of the night, one of them will be leaving us .... This ... is American Idol!

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American Idol Season 13: Top 7 Perform: Competitors' Choice

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It was Malaya Watson facing the axe last week after a shaky Chaka Khan rendition. Now, only 7 remain and they'll perform songs picked by their competitors. Will there be any sabotage? .... This ... is American Idol!

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