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'American Idol' recap: Top 8 show how far they've come
'American Idol' recap: Top 8 show how far they've come

The "American Idol" Top 8 took the stage to sing the songs they'd auditioned with on Wednesday night and showed how far they've come during what Ryan Seacrest likes to call their "'Idol' journey." "I'm so proud of everyone tonight," Keith Urban said after the last singer had taken his turn. "You guys have stepped it up enormously." It's true. Blanketed in the security of a familiar song, many of the singers displayed a new level of comfort and control, prompting Urban to spring to his feet repeatedly to bestow standing ovations. Uncharacteristically, Jennifer Lopez declined to rise from her chair to join her fellow judge, probably because the baby-doll dress she was wearing was...

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