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Christina Perri
'American Idol' recap: The Top 5 do America's bidding
'American Idol' recap: The Top 5 do America's bidding

America told the Top 5 what to sing on "American Idol" this week. Each contestant sang two songs suggested by fans from all over the country. Some of the selections were better than others, eliciting a couple of knockout performances, a few solid ones and a handful that were somewhat underwhelming. Overall, though, America did a pretty good job. All the contestants were mentored, quite helpfully, by Jason Mraz, the musical hero of one contestant in particular: Alex Preston. Preston was also surprised at the top of the show by the appearance of his "celebrity crush," Zooey Deschanel. Sam Woolf got to meet his crush, too: Ariana Grande ran out to hand Woolf a mic before...