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.”

Ninth to take the stage is Alex Preston, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. After blowing the judges away with his performance during Rush Week, Alex hopes that his rendition of “A Beautiful Mess” by Jason Mraz will pull them in yet again.

“I was very caught up in the mood you created,” says J.Lo following his performance. “For me, I was caught up in the emotion and it was a really nice change from what everyone else is doing. I loved it.”

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