New Jersey's Jax was eliminated backstage within the first few minutes of the show before anyone even got to perform on the stage of Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Scroll down for video Third place: American Idol's pop-punk performer Jax got the axe as she was eliminated from the show on Tuesday night 'For me this show has been life altering, the stage was the ultimate platform to get myself out there and to speak to the world,' said Jax.
Keith Urban described the mood as 'intense', while Harry Connick Jr. New Jersey's Jax was eliminated backstage within the first few minutes of the show before anyone even got to perform on the stage of Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Comforting: Clark gave Jax a reassuring hug as he bade her farewell In round one each of the contestants got to perform their favorite song from the season.
Clark, 22, took to the piano to do his version of Georgia On My Mind. Jennifer Lopez told him he had come a long way in the competition and had reminded everyone why he was in the final. Clark told Ryan it was hard to see Jax go home but he was 'ready to roll. J-Lo told Nick that he was exactly the kind of singer Simon Fuller had in mind when he created American Idol and that he had taken himself to another level. Putting on a show: Nick, 29, then sang Matchbox 20's Bright Lights during round one, when each of the contestants got to perform their favorite song from the season What a compliment!
J-Lo told Nick that he was exactly the kind of singer Simon Fuller had in mind when he created American Idol and that he had taken himself to another level 'You have the voice, the look, the presence and everything it takes,' said J-Lo. Harry urged people to vote while Keith said that the audience's enthusiasm for Nick spoke for itself and the he was a 'relatable' star.
Ryan then asked J-Lo who had won round one and she diplomatically called it a tie. I had no idea you played piano, you have so many more colors to you. Clark sang Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers, while strumming along on his guitar Harry said Nick had given 'an emotional and heartfelt performance' before telling Ryan that he thought round two was also tied, as J-Lo pretended to strangle him.
Harry said that 'unquestionably' Nick had won the first round, while Clark 'unquestionably' had taken the second round. In round three each finalist performed their victory single. The winner will be announced during the grand finale on Wednesday night America, it's up to you!
Host Ryan Seacrest urged fans to vote for their favourite contestant Clark's first single is called Champion and he said he loves the lyrics about 'having the heart of a champion. Feeling like a winner: In round three each finalist performed their victory single, with Clark singing his song, Champion Epic: Nick then performed Beautiful Life which he described as a cross between Fun, the Goo Goo Dolls and himself Harry said he liked the performance but said Nick 'got really lucky' because the song sounds like it was tailored for him.
J-Lo said it was 'amazing' and he was 'in the moment. Asked if he could pick a winner, Keith said he leaned towards Nick 'by a narrow margin. Who will it be?