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American Idol

Watch Kristen O’Connor Sing “Beautiful Disaster” in American Idol 2014 Top 13 — February 26, 2014

Though we definitely got a preview of Live Performances during American Idol’s all-new Rush Week, the time we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The final 13 contestants will be battling it out in the hopes of becoming the next big superstar — and the fun and craziness all begins tonight (February 26)!

In another effort to distinguish the show from the previous 12 seasons, Idol producers have decided to be a little bit more lenient with their weekly themes. Instead of going with narrow and recycled themes like Motown and Billy Joel, producers have opted for broader topics, like tonight’s theme, “This Is Me.”

Third to take the stage is Kristen O'Connor, the 24-year-old nurse tech from Sebastian, Florida. After barely earning one of the judges’ wild card picks during Rush Week, Kristen knows she needs to blow them out of the water with her rendition of “Beautiful Disaster” by Kelly Clarkson. “I feel like I’m taking a big risk singing this song,” she explains to Ryan Seacrest. “I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove so I’ve got to take the risk!”

Does the risk pay off, however? The judges seem a little bit conflicted.

“My advice would be to stop thinking a little bit,” says J.Lo. “I know this show is a lot of pressure, but you need to start thinking about what you know, not what you’re afraid is going to happen — what the song is about, how you want to come off, the fact that you deserve to be here. That’s what you need to do when you get up to sing.”

Do you think Kristen deserves to make it to the Top 12? Sound off in the comments!

02.26.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
Related: American Idol, News, TV Music, American Idol Season 13, Kristen OConnor

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