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American Idol Top 10 Girls Finalist Janelle Arthur Performs "If I Can Dream"

March 06, 2013


American Idols continue to take on some Elvis classics in season 12 of America's favorite talent show. Top 10 Girls Finalist Janelle Arthur performed a country version of Elvis' famous "If I Can Dream" to a live audience in Las Vegas. Watch the video of her performance above.

All four judges praised Arthur's performance calling her style "classic country" and labeling her as "America's sweetheart." Mariah Carey also noted, "You did what you came to do."

Celine Dion first performed the Elvis classic alongside the king in a virtual duet on the American Idol TV special "Idols Give Back," a charity show broadcast in April 2007 to help raise funds for poverty relief programs in America and Africa. The duet caused quite a stir and was watched all around the world by millions of fans.

Elvis first performed "If I Can Dream" in the final segment of his famous 1968 NBC television special. Written by the show's musical director W. Earl Brown, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “If I Can Dream” describes a world full of hope and free of doubt, pain, and fear. Elvis chose the song based on his own thoughts about the turbulent times of the '60s.

Be sure to tune into tonight on FOX at 7:00 p.m CST/ 8:00 p.m. EST for more performances from American Idol's Top 10 Guys. Learn more about this year's contestants by visiting AmericanIdol.com.