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Oakland County Contestants Still Have Voice on ‘American Idol’

The field is being winnowed on FOX’s hit reality show, but Jena Irene Asciutto and Malaya Watson are still singing.

Jena Irene Asciutto of Farmington Hills survived to sing another night on the FOX Network's hit reality show "American Idol." (Screenshot: "American Idol" video)
Jena Irene Asciutto of Farmington Hills survived to sing another night on the FOX Network's hit reality show "American Idol." (Screenshot: "American Idol" video)

Two Oakland County teenagers are still in the hunt for the “American Idol” title and its record deal.

After Thursday’s show on the FOX Network, Jena Irene Asciutto, 17, of Farmington Hills and Malaya Watson, 16, of Southfield advanced to next week’s competition.

Asciutto, who sang “Suddenly I See You” by KT Tunstall, was in the bottom three of the contestants, along with Emily Piriz and MK Nobilette. Priz got the boot.

That’s where Watson landed last week, but she redeemed herself with a powerful rendition of the gospel song, “Take Me to the King.”

“I have goosies and tears in my eyes,” Judge Jennifer Lopez said. “I am so proud of you.”

Judge Harry Connick Jr. told Asciutto she needed to step up her game

“You made some different choices this week,” Connick said. “I liked your energy, but you need to break loose.”

The 13th season of “Idol” continues Wednesday and Thursday. Watch it locally on FOX2 Detroit. It airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, but starting Thursday, March 13, the show moves to the 9 p.m. time slot.

>>> Watch the clip from the Top 12 Results Show.

>>> Learn more about Jena Irene Asciutto.

>>> Learn more about Malaya Watson.

DISCUSS: Who's your favorite to win the "American Idol" title and recording contract? Tell us why in the comments.

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