Once again, it's time for American Idol! Tonight, at 8:00 PM ET on FOX, your Top 7 will perform live for your votes. Alicia Keys will mentor, and the theme is "Inspirational Songs." More inside, plus your open thread.

LIVE: American Idol, Season Nine, Top 7 PerformS

As mentioned above, tonight's show features our Top 7 performing live for our votes. The show starts at 8:00 PM ET, airs on FOX, and will run for one hour (then it's time for Glee). Again, Alicia Keys will be there to mentor our finalists, who will perform "inspirational" songs.

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