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Star quality is key to Idol success

It starts with hundreds of thousands of hopefuls, but when it comes down to it, there can be only one American Idol.

Some are naturals, some take time to develop, but there's no question "star quality" is a key factor on the show.

Judge Kara Dioguardi says, "Maybe they screwed the song up, but are they a star?  Are they a star but maybe they're not picking the right songs?  There's so many things going on up there that add up to a huge superstar."

For the remaining finalists, fine-tuning their performance means a lot of hard work.  Singer and judge Paula Abdul points out, "It's 12, 14 to 16-hour days and it's constantly putting themselves out on that line on that center stage hoping that they're going to create magic in a minute, thirty seconds."

And Simon Cowell is a believer that character counts. "If you haven't got it, you haven't got it. And as you watch the show tonight with Matt, personality plays an important part in this competition."

At Sunday's Country Music Awards, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman let slip who they're rooting for and why.  Urban says, "My wife got me very hooked on American Idol.  We like Danny. Danny's got a good voice.  We like Danny, yeah."  Kidman herself adds, "He's got kind eyes. I know that 's important. Kind eyes are important."

This week, contestants will belt out hits from the year they were born -- so get ready to revisit the 80s.

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