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Hollie Cavanagh
'American Idol' recap: The top 7 perform songs from this decade
'American Idol' recap: The top 7 perform songs from this decade

The seven remaining contestants on"American Idol"performed songs from 2010, 2011 and 2012, in clusters as well as solo, on Wednesday night. It really did come as something of a relief to hear these young people do current hits, mostly of their own choosing. As the judges noted at some point, this week's theme allowed us to see not only how the contestants might fit into today's music marketplace -– to put it crassly -– but also how far they've come and how much they've grown and developed in the "Idol" competition. Most of them have reached a comfort level onstage, learned to calibrate and control their performances, and relaxed into their...

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