American Idol Contestant Channels Elvis in Top 4 Finals

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American Idol Contestant Channels Elvis in Top 4 Finals

FOX's hit-show "American Idol" paid homage to the king once again as 17-year-old Jena Irene covered one of Elvis' greatest hits "Can't Help Falling In Love." Elvis fans can watch video (below) of her performance or learn more at

Last week, as the top four finalists competed for the a chance to move on in the competition, Irene played the piano, putting her own spin on the Elvis classic. As a result, judge Jennifer Lopez rushed the stage to hug the Idol contestant for her performance.

Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss, "Can't Help Falling In Love" was first performed by Elvis in his 1961 film "Blue Hawaii." In the United States, Elvis' version of the song peaked at #2 on the pop chart and has also appeared in numerous films such as "Coyote Ugly" and "Lilo & Stitch." During Elvis' live performances in the late '60s and '70s, he would perform the song as his show finale.

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Jena Irene Covers "Can't Help Falling In Love"

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 12:00 AM
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