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'American Idol' eliminates C.J. Harris and determines Top 5 finalists

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/24/2014 

American Idol's thirteenth season has eliminated another contestant, determining the competition's Top 5 finalists.

C.J. Harris, a 23-year-old from Jasper, AL, became the eighth finalist sent home from American Idol's thirteenth season after he received the fewest home viewer votes cast following Wednesday night's Top 6 performance show, which was dubbed "A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'N Roll."

"I honestly didn't know if I was going to do [Idol] at first. I had a lot of things going on back home, like bills, but you've got to take chances. My life has changed based on this experience. It's changed my little boy's life. It's done a miracle," C.J. said in a video montage that played following his ouster.

"I just met some amazing people... And in a few months, I'll be on the road with these guys."

C.J. did his best to get through his final performance of The Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" because emotions were running high.

C.J.'s elimination could not have been prevented because Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. had already used their one save of the season on Sam Woolf.

C.J. landed in the week's bottom two vote-getters alongside Jessica Meuse, a 23-year-old student from Slapout, AL.

The soul singer performed "American Woman" by Guess Who and "Whatever It Is" by Zac Brown Band on Wednesday's performance show, however, the judges offered up some negative criticism in regards to his vocals.

Harry called his performance of "American Woman" just "pretty good," reiterating how C.J. has intonation and pitch problems. Keith wanted to see more edge in C.J.'s delivery, while Jennifer just kindly noted that although it started off a little shaky, he ended up pulling it off.

The judges were a little harsher on C.J. for his mediocre rendition of "Whatever It Is."

Jennifer admitted it missed the mark for her and she expected a little more from him. Harry shot down the song choice by telling C.J. he can't get away with performances like that anymore. Harry said it wasn't his best performance and he needed to "make a kill." Keith added that C.J. needs to choose his songs very carefully because he has a lot more to offer.

Idol's five remaining finalists are as follows: Jessica, Sam Woolf, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, and Alex Preston.

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