Malaya enters ‘American Idol XIII’ Magic 9, MK goes home

She sang Pink’s Perfect, but it wasn’t perfect for the judges and the audience. So after three times in the Bottom 3 of American Idol Season 13, MK Nobilette of San Francisco, California gets eliminated. The good thing, though, is that after the finals she still goes with the rest of the Top 10 for the Live Tour.

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Flowers for Malaya from host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol production staff

On the other hand, Filipino-American Malaya Watson of Southfield, Michigan impressed the judges with her rendition of Bruno MarsWhen I Was Your Man and one of the first two contestants to be declared safe in last Thursday’s announcement (Friday morning in Manila). Mars is also Filipino-American.

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Behind the scenes with Malaya at the dressing room

Jennifer Lopez said she had goosies (goosebumps) again with Malaya’s performance and wondered how the teener would render the lyrics. Lopez (who performed her latest single I Luh Ya Papi along with Season 11 runner-up Fil-Am Jessica Sanchez and two other AI alumnae) said she’s glad Malaya kept the song as it is.

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American Idol XIII judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

Part of the lyrics of When I Was Your Man says, “That I should have bought your flowers…” and host Ryan Seacrest gave the pot of red roses sitting on top of the piano to Malaya at the end of her performance. He let her read the note and the postscript said it’s charged to Harry Connick Jr.’s credit card to the delight of the audience.

Last week, it was Malaya who ended the show with her rendition of I Am Changing by Idol stalwart Jennifer Hudson from the movie Dreamgirls. Malaya was on top of the heap and it was Ben Riley who went home in that episode.

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MK Nobilette

Aside from Malaya, Alex Preston got the accolades for his version of One Direction’s Story Of My Life. Keith Urban said it was the best performance for the night, JLo said she was so in the song with him, and Harry said he hit the bullseye in the artistry department. Jena Irene was the other girl who got the nod for her rendition of Clarity by Zedd/Foxes.

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Alex Preston

Some of the people watching at home cringed with CJ Harris’ pitchy performance of Invisible by Hunter Hayes. His out-of-tune singing was quite visible to the judges, especially Harry who gave him a piece of advice on correct pitch.

Majesty Rose who was in the Bottom 3 last week got in the Bottom 3 again, along with Dexter Roberts.

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The Top 10 with Ryan Seacrest

The Magic 9 contenders are Jessica Meuse, Malaya Watson, Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, CJ Harris, Jena Irene, Sam Woolf, Majesty Rose and Dexter Roberts.

Photos from http://www.americanidol.com

Top 10 Songs available on iTunes http://www.americanidol.com/news/download-top-10-performances-on-itunes

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