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Sunday night episode “American Idol” was covered in pixie dust.

As part of Disney Night, the top 10 contestants tackled iconic songs from the Walt Disney canon, kicking off the episode with a spirited ensemble performance by “We are not talking about Bruno” from “Encanta”, which featured appearances from cast members Adassa and Rheny Feliz.

Even the judges got into the Disney spirit, with judge Katy Perry dress up as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan bringing him to the judges’ table. But Perry may want to reconsider mermaid life, as she fell into her chair shortly after sitting down.

“Are you okay? Are you okay?” host Ryan Seacrest asked Perry.

Perry playfully shook off the fumbling, taking a sip from his glass as the audience chanted his name in support.

Here’s what else happened, including ‘Dancing with the Stars’ alum Derek Hough, who mentored the contestants for their performances at Disneyland.

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Lady K

Lady K was aiming for redemption with her performance on Sunday night. After landing in the bottom two last week, the 25-year-old singer’s confidence has been shaken.

“It was scary,” Lady K told Hough during rehearsal. “I immediately went to, ‘What did I do wrong?’ ”

Hough reassured a tearful Lady K of her place on the show. “You deserve to be here,” he said. “Your tears are beautiful.”

Lady K channeled her soulful vocals for a moving rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” Richie congratulated Lady K on the progress she has made.

“You look like a star, you talk like a star,” Richie told Lady K. “Most importantly, I want you to know that your growth from the start to now has been incredible.”

Bryan said the performance “validated” the judges’ previous decision to save Lady K from elimination: “We’re so glad we had the opportunity to save you.”

Lady K channeled her soulful voice for a moving rendition of

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Noah Thompson

Noah Thompson gave a heartfelt rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story,” which he dedicated to his friend Arthur, who encouraged him to audition for “Idol.”

“One of Noah’s greatest strengths is his personality,” Hough said in a pre-recorded interview. “If he can capture that on stage, America will feel like we’re just one of his buddies singing with him too.”

Perry loved how the 19-year-old construction worker reimagined the Disney classic.

“You gave it so much character and color and country song,” Perry told Thompson after her performance. “It was one of your best vocals ever.”

Bryan added, “If you can, on the fly, put your little spark to this song, the sky’s the limit for what you can do throughout your career.”

Noah Thompson gave a candid rendition of

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Emyrson’s Flora

High school student Emyrson Flora delivered a sweet performance of “Carried Me with You” from “Onward.” Perry said she enjoyed how Flora elevated her stage presence for the performance.

“You’ve come so far,” Perry told Flora. “I love when you connect with your body language and your eyes and come out of your shell.”

Richie also noted the 16-year-old’s growing mastery of the stage.

“Stage presence only comes with experience, so don’t worry too much about it,” Richie said. “Your voice and stage presence are truly top notch material.”

High school student Emyrson Flora delivered a sweet performance of

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HunterGirl served up an enchanting performance of “I See the Light” from “Tangled”, earning a standing ovation from the judges.

“If that’s how you talk about going to Disneyland, I recommend you go at least once a week,” Perry told HunterGirl after her performance. “You’ve never sounded better, held notes so spectacularly; you pushed that voice.

Bryan said the performance showed the 23-year-old singer’s potential.

“Obviously you’re a country girl from Tennessee, but the elegance and beauty of this performance, like, I can see award shows in the future where you have the spotlight,” Bryan said.

HunterGirl served up an enchanting performance of

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Jay slowed things down with a serious performance of “Remember Me” from “Coco.”

Perry gave the 23-year-old medical receptionist props for her captivating showmanship.

“You’re the only one so far who’s really used the stage to your advantage,” Perry told Jay. “We want the scene to burn out, we want that energy, and you did.”

Richie complimented the range Jay showed with his performance.

“You’re a star, automatically,” Richie said. “What I want you to understand now is how far you will go, not in this competition, but in the career of this music industry. These are the levels that you have shown us tonight.

Jay slowed things down with a serious performance from

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Lea Marlene

Leah Marlene kept things intimate with a tender performance of “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2,” which Bryan called “incredible.”

“You’re just a great singer,” Bryan told Marlene after her performance. “You haven’t gotten a bad mark yet in this competition. You always tell the story perfectly, and you did that with this song.

Perry also praised Marlene’s narrative singing style.

“You really have that storytelling voice, and I’m just addicted to every word you sing,” Perry said.

Leah Marlene kept things intimate with a tender performance of

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Nicolina went for a dramatic flair, delivering a campy rendition of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid.”

“It was a presentation,” Richie told Nicolina after her performance. “You scared Katy,” he added jokingly, referring to Perry, who was crouched behind the judges’ table.

Perry was bowled over by Nicolina’s performance, saying the 18-year-old student stole the show.

“That’s how you do it: that’s how you do show business,” Perry said. “It was the best performance of the night so far.”

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Mike Parker

Mike Parker gave a powerful performance of “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan,” which the 27-year-old carpenter dedicated to his mother, who is battling leukemia.

“If he can connect his personal story in those opening lines, we will be with him and it will be a powerful moment,” Hough said in a pre-recorded interview.

Perry and Bryan were moved by Parker’s heartfelt performance. “You sang that with your mother in your heart, and we could feel every moment of that,” Perry told Parker.

Bryan added, “What a difficult song to skim and navigate, and you navigated it amazingly.”

Mike Parker gave a powerful performance of

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Christian Guardian

Christian Guardino delivered a blistering performance of “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.” Richie gushed over Guardino’s unwavering stage presence.

“Tonight you were totally in your light,” Richie told Guardino. “In fact, you were shining brightly.”

Perry said while she was initially skeptical, portraying the 21-year-old kitchen worker was her best performance.

“Before you guys started the song, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s kinda whole,’ and I hope he doesn’t overdo it,” Perry said. “It was perfect.”

Christian Guardino delivered a dazzling performance of

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Fritz Hager

Fritz Hager lit up the “Idol” stage with an impassioned performance of “Go the Distance” from “Hercules.”

Richie praised Hager as the dark horse of the competition.

“You were always our surprise package on this show,” Richie told Hager. “Tonight you stepped into your light again…I’m so proud of you.”

Bryan gave the 22-year-old props for his consistency in performance.

“You always succeed,” Bryan said. “You understand the dynamic of taking the song and creating those moments in the songs. You don’t surprise me anymore.

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Who went home?

After the American votes were tallied, Flora, Parker and Lady K were sent home, leaving candidates Leah Marlene, Jay, Noah Thompson, Fritz Hager, HunterGirl, Nicolina and Christian Guardino to qualify for the top 7.

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