American Idol

Season 13 Episode 36

3 Finalists Perform

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 14, 2014 on FOX
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3 Finalists Perform
The Top 3 vocalists perform.

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  • Top 3

    Caleb and Jena were as good as they usually are. Creep is becoming her signature song, and Caleb's insane rocker performance on Dazed and Confused was compelling TV. Their final should be good next week.

    Alex Preston, at least thankfully his run is over.
Jena Irene

Jena Irene

Finalist (Season 13)

Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson

Finalist (Season 13)

Alex Preston

Alex Preston

Finalist (Season 13)

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

Judge (Season 13)

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Judge (Season 12 +)

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Judge (Season 10, 11 & 13)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Once again the pictures of the contestants in the rafters have been moved so the Top 3 are all next to each other.

    • There were no video clips before the first round.

    • The pictures shown after a performance that reminds the audience of the contestants number were a bit different, with the picture shown after first round performances being with Randy, the ones shown after round two performances being special designs of number, and the ones shown after the round three performances being from trip Hometown Hero trip.


    • Caleb was very sick during this episode, almost completely losing his voice before the show. They had to bring a doctor on stage to give the okay for him to perform.

    • Drummer Travis Barker was in the audience tonight.


    • The Chainsmokers performed their song "#Selfie" while everyone danced around taking Selfies and the audience at home were encouraged to take Selfies and send them in. These were shown going into commercial breaks.

    • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #IdolLive, #IdolSelfie and #TheNextIdol.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Each contestant performed three songs. The first song was chosen by In-House Mentor Randy Jackson, the second song was chosen by the Judges and the third was a encore performance chosen by the Hometown of the contestants. The songs sung tonight were:
      Caleb Johnson-"Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS
      Alex Preston-"Pompeii" by Bastille
      Jena Irene-"Titanium" by David Guetta Ft. Sia 
      Caleb Johnson-"Demons" by Imagine Dragons
      Alex Preston-"Stay" by Rihanna Ft. Mikky Ekko
      Jena Irene-"Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato
      Caleb Johnson-"Dazed and Confused" by Led Zepplin
      Alex Preston-"Story Of My Life" by One Direction
      Jena Irene-"Creep" by Radiohead

    • The entire Top 13 was there and Ryan announced special Duets that would take place during the finale. This is the first time that special performances for the finale were revealed ahead of time.

    • A video was shown of Jessica having a hometown hero welcome, despite not making the Top 3. This is the first time it has ever happened.


    • This was the show's 500th episode. Due to this, there were a lot of special things. The opening of the show had some memorable clips. The theme song showed the evolution of the Idol emblem. Although the main symbol has remained the same for all 13 seasons, in the opening credits it went through changes. Also, during each commercial break videos from previous winners, Carrie (S4), Phillip (S11), Kris (S8), David (S7), Candice (S12), Lee (S9), Fantasia (S4), Scotty (S10), and Jordin (S6) were shown thanking and congratulating Idol on 500 episodes. Only Kelly (S1), Ruben (S2) and Taylor (S5) did not have videos.