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'American Idol' finalist party

Randy JacksonJennifer LopezSteven TylerRyan Seacrest
"American Idol Season 11" hit a milestone moment Thursday night with the debut of Season 11's top 13 contestants. The judges -- from left, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez -- along with host Ryan Seacrest were on hand at the Grove in Los Angeles for the celebration. Kevin Winter / Getty Images