"You want them to be good every time but you know the reality is that every week somebody's got to go now," says Judge Randy Jackson. "We're trying to find the Grand Dada, the ultimate. The ultimate, we're looking for that."
This week, the finalists must pick a song from the year they were born, connecting with music on so many levels.
"It's a lot of pressure because you don't wanna let anyone down, you grow these fans and they're allowing you to do good," says finalists Lauren Alaina.
"You never, at least for me, I'm never 100% confident in my song choice," says finalist Jacob Lusk. "I'm always like maybe you should pick something else, America may not like it."
"I've performed around a lot of adults my whole life so it's been very easy for me to project when I'm in the emotion with my voice," says finalist Haley Reinhart.
With a lot at stake each time out, pleasing the judges is a key goal, only 2nd to the voting audience.
"We want good feedback from them you know, especially since they're flying high on the entertainment level, but I think that also you have to take in mind that it really is up to America at this point," says finalist Naima Adedapo. "We do, I think all of us respect what the judges have to say."
Tune in to see who survives yet another week on IDOL. Don't forget you can catch the next episode of AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday night at 7pm on FOX17.
Tuesday, March 15 2011, 11:36 PM CDT