‘American Idol’ Recap: Ariana Grande, Jason Mraz & Zooey Deschanel Visit

May 2, 2014 4:04 AM

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With only five contestants remaining on American Idol, this week’s theme for performances is “America’s Choice.” How very democratic of the show. That means, in addition to voting for who shall remain, the viewing audience also controls Wednesday night’s playlist. For some contestants, the fans really came through and selected some dead-on choices. For others, it was a less than stellar pairing of singer with song. Additionally, there were plenty of guest appearances, including Zooey Deschanel, Ariana Grande and Jason Mraz.

Host Ryan Seacrest opens the show by explaining that the hashtag #IdolRequest allowed viewers to pick the songs for this week. The five finalists arrive on stage and confess the identity of their celebrity crushes. It’s super awkward when Zooey Deschanel appears moments after Alex Preston confesses ...

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