Ryan Seacrest starts "American Idol" by noting the passing of "my dear friend, Dick Clark," adding "without Dick a show like this would not exist."
He's right. You can draw a direct line from "American Bandstand" to "American Idol." The dancing was way better on Clark's show, though.
And then it's on to the final seven; everyone will sing two songs tonight; the first a song from 2000 until now, the second a "soul song."
Hollie Cavanagh is up first, singing Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Oh, starts in the dark on stage, her voice just floating out; nicely done. Doing this slow and powerful, performing it well too. This is her best performance of the finals. She picked a song that fits her well and that lets her show off her voice.
"You finally did what all of America's been waiting for you to do -- you finally came out of your shell," raves Steven Tyler. "It was perfect."
"You did it! I'm so happy for you," says Jennifer Lopez.
Randy Jackson gets booed for saying it wasn't perfect, but finishes with how much he loved her emotion, telling her, "really well done."
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