Stevie Nicks was the "American Idol" guest mentor for the Top 9.
20-year-old rocker Colton Dixon, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., sang an emotional version of Lifehouse's "Everything," which he called his favorite worship song, and spunky 18-year-old country rocker Skylar Laine of Brandon, Miss., performed Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead."
Randy Jackson told Skyler, "You are a powerhouse singer."
Randy and Steven Tyler weren't impressed by the song choice from 18-year-old singer Hollie Cavanaugh of McKinney, Texas. Hollie sang "Idol" champion Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" to mixed results. Jackson noted her pitch problems, and Tyler claimed that it didn't show off her vocal range.
Elise Testone, the 28-year-old teacher from Charleston, S.C., performed Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," while Joshua Ledet, the 19-year-old student from Westlake, La., delivered Badfinger's "Without You".
Jennifer Lopez told Elise, "You made everybody get up. It was crazy."
16-year-old student Jessica Sanchez of San Diego impressed the judges with Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams"; 21-year-old pawn shop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga., sang Jonny Lang's "Still Rainin'''; and 17-year-old student Deandre Brackensick of San Jose, Calif., performed Eric Benet's "Sometimes I Cry."
Heejun Han, the goofy 22-year-old nonprofit organizer from New York, delivered a serious take on Leon Russell's "A Song for You."
"The Voice" mentors Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were forced to choose between two singers on the NBC show.
Christina decides to give Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks' "No Air" to Ashley De La Rosa and Jonathas. Christina brings in Lionel Richie to coach Jonathas, who feels "very blessed." Christina says Jonathas needs to stop trying to emulate Usher and Brown and make the song his own. Ashley rehearses with Jewel, who tells her that she has an opportunity to shine because she sounds so different, while Jonathas sounds similar to Usher.
After their duet, Cee Lo says it was "nicely staged" and chooses Ashley as the battle winner. Adam compliments their chemistry onstage, but also chooses Ashley, and Blake agrees with his fellow mentors. In the end, Christina makes it a unanimous decision and sends Ashley through to the live shows.
The country crooner pits ALyX vs. Jermaine Paul on Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car." Blake's wife, country superstar Miranda Lambert, comes in to mentor ALyX and is worried that ALyX won't be able to have fun and let go onstage. "Just come out of your shell," she advises.
Kelly Clarkson mentors Jermaine, and she's impressed by his vocals. After their performance, Christina says Jermaine made the song his own, and Cee Lo also chooses Jermaine as the winner; as does Adam.
Blake chose... Jermaine!
In the second battle for Team Blake, Gwen Sebastian and Erin Willett faced off onstage with Pat Benatar's "We Belong Together." Gwen, a country singer, was mentored by one of her idols, Miranda, and Kelly coached Erin, who is dealing with family issues. Her father is in the hospital with pancreatic cancer, but he tells her to stay in the competition.
Christina says she "really enjoyed" their duet, but favors Erin over Gwen. Cee Lo disagrees with Christina and thinks Gwen won the battle, while Adam selects Erin, but says they were both fantastic. Blake has a hard time choosing, but keeps Erin in the end.
Team Cee Lo
Cee Lo decides to put Erin Martin and the Shields Brothers up against each other on Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It?" Babyface mentors the brothers and advises them to be more "vulnerable" on the song after he compares them to 'Wayne's World'. Ne-Yo comes in to mentor Erin and tells her he doesn't believe in her emotional connection to the song.
Cee Lo's final decision? He doesn't know how much he could do with the brothers, so he chooses Erin.
In the first battle of the night, Adam pits 19-year-old Pip against Nathan Parrett on the late Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." Adam brings in Alanis Morissette to mentor Pip and Robin Thicke to guide Nathan.
In the battle of "two young guys with old souls," the mentors have a hard time choosing a victor, but Blake leans toward Pip. Christina also chooses Pip, while Cee Lo favors Nathan. In the end, Adam is "baffled" by the decision, but chooses Pip to move forward in the competition.
In the team's second battle, Angel Taylor and Katrina Parker face off on Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" because they both have "vulnerability" when they sing. In rehearsals, mentor Robin tells Angel he needs to physically feel the lyrics of the song. For Katrina, Alanis helps her learn to calm her nerves in the opening of the song.
After their performance, Blake thinks Katrina "flat-out won" the battle and Christina agrees, thinking the song didn't suit Angel. Cee Lo also favors Katrina. Adam decides to keep Katrina on his team.
As expected, "American Idol" eliminated Jermaine Jones he was confronted by the show's executive producers about his criminal past.
At the top of the show, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest teased the announcement: Due to obligations with law enforcement, producers were left with "no choice" but to cut a mystery contestant from the pool of Idol finalists.
The cameras were rolling as executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe staged a three-way meeting with Jermaine.
They told him, "There are four active warrants out for you…which surprised us to be truthful. You did know that you were incumbent to tell us the truth about all of this and it appears that you haven't on any level."
Jermaine was given the forum to explain why he concealed his past to which he said he was too "scared" and "nervous" to fess up when it came down to it. He told them: "I didn't want to get judged, I didn't want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past. I was just hoping I could just pay it and you know, get it taken care of. And this didn't work out that way."
Warwick told Jones that he was dismissed from the show effective immediately.
Turns out, the 25-year-old singer was charged with crimes in 2011 and allegedly provided false information to the police.
BTW: The Smoking Gun reports Jermaine has FIVE (5) active arrest warrants.
Nicki Minaj told Allure magazine she's always wanted her own empire, and she's stopping at nothing to get it. She even has plans to dethrone current hip-hop king, Jay-Z.
She said: "I never thought about music as just being the end-all, be-all. I always looked at it like a business, something that I could create an empire out of. I had a little conversation with Jay-Z at the Victoria's Secret fashion show. He said, 'Congratulations on all your success.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm coming for you. I'm coming for your spot, Mr. Mogul.'"
Ben Flajnik got down on bended knee and proposed to model Courtney Robertson on the "Bachelor" finale.
The 29-year-old San Francisco winemaker presented her with a Neil Lane engagement ring on a snowcapped mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Ben told Courtney: ..." I promised myself that I wouldn't get down on one knee again unless I was certain that it was forever. And I want to tell you that you are my forever. I have waited a really long time to tell you that I am in love with you more than you will ever know and this whole experience and journey has been worth it every step of the way..."
She accepted his proposal.
"You're an incredible woman" Flajnik said to his bride-to-be, who beat out Lindzi Cox for the final rose.
During the "After the Final Rose" episode, Courtney tearfully admitted that her fiance abruptly dumped her three months after his proposal (which was shot in November), then reconciled with her just as Us Weekly caught him stepping out with three ladies.
Ben then swore on his father's grave that he was just kissing "old friends," but insiders say he only met the women in February and is still texting one of them.
Ben now insists that he wants to make the romance work: "In the last couple of weeks we've been able to talk."
For now, the engagement is still on, and by episode's end he presented her with a new ring, claiming he bought it after producers confiscated the original.
There are reports that a Lady Gaga movie is in the works and producers want a total unknown to play her.
An unnamed source told Life & Style: "Gaga is furious. She's cringing at the thought of her life being exposed on television. Gaga doesn't want it getting out because it will portray her as insecure and needy. She wants to be seen as powerful and strong."
Justin Bieber celebrated his 18th birthday by buying himself a mansion in the Hollywood Hills for more than $10 million!
The home was previously being rented by Aston Kutcher for $50,000 a month after he broke up with Demi Moore.
The five-bedroom, eight-bath estate sits on a half-acre loft and features glass-floored bridges, floor-to-ceiling windows and a cantilevered room and balcony that open the home to views of the reservoir. There's also a private movie theater, gym, massage room, infinity pool and more.
Apparently, Adele has cancelled her US tour after more warnings from doctors.
According to reports, Adele has now cancelled plans to hit the road again in the US after being told by doctors that she could permanently damage her voice if she pushes it too far.
A source told The UK's Star: "The surgery was successful but doctors are still concerned she could damage her golden voice. They have given the go-ahead for one-off shows but a full tour has been ruled out for now."
Rihanna told the UK's Jonathan Ross that she thinks single life is "so overrated."
She said: "I have such incredible experiences in my life. But you want to share your life with someone. That's what I'm missing right now."
Rihanna admitted she's not making a huge effort to put herself out there, but that she'd be thrilled if the right guy came along.
As for her type, she said: "Somebody cool, fun, and funny."
Rihanna also said that meeting Adele left her starstruck.
She said: "I love her. I'm a big fan. Her last album, '21' spoke to me so much."
In fact, Rihanna said Adele's lyrics struck too much of a chord with her and, she had to give herself a break.
She said: "I feel like everyone in the world identified with '21' to the point that I had to stop listening because it was depressing me so much. If you identify with it, sometimes you don't want to hear about it."
The top 13 singers have been selected on "American Idol."
Hollie Cavanaugh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Jermaine Jones, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone were the singers with the most viewer votes after Tuesday and Wednesday's performances.
The show's judges picked five of the 15 remaining semifinalists to deliver a last-chance tune. The judges chose Erika Van Pelt, Jeremy Rosado and Deandre Brackensick as their "wild card" selections.
(So long Adam Brock, Haley Johnsen, Creighton Fraker, Chelsea Sorrell, Baylie Brown, Hallie Day, Eben Franckewitz, Chase Likens and Aaron Marcellus.)
The contestants will return to the stage next Wednesday.
The male singers will perform the music of Stevie Wonder, while the female finalists will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston.