‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 8 Finally Change Things Up, But Was It Good Enough?

As the contest gets hotter, the singers try and remix their styles, hoping to make an impression.

American Idol” turned back the clock on Wednesday, bringing viewers all the way back to last fall, when the season’s top 8 contestants were but young dreamers auditioning for the judges for the very first time.

The contestants reprised their audition songs, taking on material from Ed Sheeran, Aretha Franklin and Adele, with two contestants doing original songs.

The idea was to show how much the contestants have improved, but have they? Here’s a recap of the throwback night’s action.

Malaya, Dexter Stand Out
Malaya Watson has been on fire the past few weeks, and she continued her hot streak Wednesday with her powerful yet perfectly controlled version of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.” The judges gave her strong marks across the board, and Keith Urban gave her a standing ovation. “You’re running away with this competition,” Jennifer Lopez told her.

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