American Idol 2014 Recap: Season 13 Top 13 Perform — February 26, 2014 (VIDEOS)
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American Idol 2014 Recap: Season 13 Top 13 Perform — February 26, 2014 (VIDEOS)

The Live Show fun begins tonight, Idol nation! American Idol Season 13 has officially reached Live Shows and the Top 13 will take the shiny new Idol stage tonight and perform during a two-hour episode. Seeing as this is the official kickoff to Live Shows, we're expecting makeovers, difficult song choices, and, of course, plenty of twists and turns brought to us by the Idol producers/reality TV masterminds.

It's been a hard road to get to this point what with auditions, Hollywood Week, and Rush Week during the last two months. And we're not even counting the nerves that have to come with facing judges like Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban!

Of tonight's 13 contestants, 10 were voted in by us with the remaining three handpicked by the judges after a brutal wild card round (they each had like 15 seconds to prove their worth while still reeling from the news America hadn't picked them in the first place). From here on out, however, it'll be all about America's votes so get ready to have your voice heard!

Tune in to Fox tonight at 8 p.m. to watch the latest show. Host Ryan Seacrest will probably be as shiny as his stage and the A-list judging panel will, no doubt, be as lovely as always.

Be sure to check back here once the episode begins for all the latest information.

It's live show time at last! Ryan is right — we do tune in every week to see what Harry's wearing. For us, this show is 90 percent Harry Connick, Jr. and 10 percent contestants. Sorry, Top 13.

Dexter Roberts: "Aw Naw" — Chris Young
Dexter is up first, and all singing skills aside, he's pretty good at coming up with interesting facts about himself in the bathroom. And he's showing off his country side pretty well, too. The song is called "Aw Naw" and that's about as country as it gets. Dexter performs like a seasoned pro, too. Not a bad way to start off the live shows!

Malaya Watson
: "Runaway Baby" — Bruno Mars
Malaya and her red leopard print pants are taking on Bruno Mars's current single. She knows how to work the crowd, but we're not as impressed with this performance as we have been in the past. Overall, though, she got a good review from the judges, who particularly praised her high energy level. So far, so good!

Kristen O'Connor
: "Beautiful Disaster" — Kelly Clarkson
Kristen started off a little shaky (she was definitely nervous), but by the time the chorus made famous by the first winner of Idol ever was passed, she had it down. Like Keith said, it was a good song choice for her that showed off her range very well. But why is everyone out of tune tonight? What's up with that?

Ben Briley
: "Folsom Prison Blues"Johnny Cash
Ben is such a natural performer, and that really came through when he brought the house down with a little Johnny Cash. How adorable was his wife singing along in the audience? He's definitely one of the best of the Top 13 but we wouldn't mind if he slowed things down a bit in future performances.

CJ Harris
: "Radio" — Darius Rucker
CJ gave a solid performance, and the audience loved him — it's fine, so do we. As J.Lo said, everyone was able to feel his energy, and that's a huge part of being an entertainer. Harry inevitably got booed when he said he would have rather seen CJ perform a different song, but does Harry ever get away with doing a whole show without getting booed?

MK Nobilette
: "Satisfaction" — Allen Stone
MK chose a really good song for her voice, and she got unarguably the longest applause of any contestant yet. It's clear she's an audience favorite already, if only for her spot-on fashion choices!

Majesty Rose
: "Tightrope" — Janelle Monáe
Can we talk about how adorable Majesty Rose is? Her performance was awesome (and so is her makeup) — our favorite of all the girls so far. It's like this song was tailored perfectly for her.

Jena Irene Asciutto
: "The Scientist" — Coldplay
We'll admit it: We're nervous about Jena taking on one of the best songs ever. But we shouldn't have been! She totally pulled it off, and we really liked her version of the song. Well done!

Alex Preston
: "A Beautiful Mess" — Jason Mraz
Alex sounds good tonight, but we wish we could see him do more on stage than just playing his guitar behind the mic. He is, however, really good at getting the people to feel the emotions he's trying to convey, which is huge in building a fanbase. Can he keep it up?

Jess Meuse
: "The Crow and The Butterfly" — Shinedown
Jess's raspy voice is a welcome change of pace from the rest of the contestants. You can tell she's done a lot of performances, as she's mentioned in the past, because she seems instantly comfortable on stage. It was J.Lo's favorite performance of the night... and one of ours, too!

Emily Piriz
: "Glitter in The Air" — Pink
Time to slow it down a little with Emily's rendition of "Glitter in The Air." She wasn't off to the strongest start, but like most of her competitors, got way more comfortable with performing as she continued to sing. And her stage was the most gorgeous of everyone's tonight. It really looked like it was actually covered in glitter!

Sam Woolf
: "Unwell" — Matchbox 20
Sam's voice sounded fine tonight, but we weren't entirely impressed. Actually, we were kind of bored. It sounded like he was playing it safe, or in Harry's words — "It was nice."

Caleb Johnson
: "Pressure and Time" — Rival Sons
Wait, is this the first live American Idol show or is this an actual concert given by a rock legend? Caleb has this performing thing down... although the pyrotechnics didn't hurt. What an awesome way to close out the show!

Be sure to check back with Wetpaint Entertainment tomorrow night when America's votes are revealed and the Top 12 contestants are announced!

02.26.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Nicole Pomarico
Related: American Idol, Features, Recaps, TV, American Idol Season 13

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