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The top 12 contestants on American Idol performed songs by artists who are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a contentious episode that aired on Sunday night.
The contestants lifted the bar by producing outstanding performances for judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie while being mentored by Adam Lambert.
During the live, coast-to-coast broadcast, viewers submitted votes for their favourites, and at the conclusion of the episode, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the top 10.
According to Bryan, the performance on the evening was Grammy-worthy and featured a tremendous Bon Jovi tribute.
and a performance that was so strong that Perry could hardly be heard over the jubilant crowd. These are the key points:
Tyson Venegas, a 17-year-old platinum ticket winner who opened the event, demonstrated some slick dance moves while singing the Stevie Wonder classic "For Once in My Life."
By emulating Wonder's sweetness throughout the performance, Venegas followed Lambert's advice.
Warren Peay, a 24-year-old appliance repairman, added his gravelly authenticity to The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" and recently got engaged to his high school sweetheart.
Richie gave him a standing ovation and said, "There isn't a more quintessential Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Animals song. The best is that... Your voice sounded just right with it.
One who? The judges were left with that query following Haven Madison's breathtaking, star-studded rendition of the Bon Jovi classic "Livin' on a Prayer."
The Tennessee high school student, 17, strutted across the stage in bejewelled boots while belting out the iconic rock song.