When we heard Jena Irene Ascuitto was going to do “I Love Rock N’ Roll” by Joan Jett for 80′s week, we thought it was going to be a great song choice for her. What we did not expect, however, was the very interesting and unique twists she’d put on the song!

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While Jena’s rendition gradually ramps up into the rock edge we all know and love about this song, it starts off with a softer, jazzier tone that makes your ears perk up and go hmmmmm?

Jena Irene promised she’d go back to the piano this week, but we didn’t have any clue she’d decide to do it with a song like this! We like the combo and think this is one of Jena’s strongest performances yet, despite some negative criticism from the American Idol judges.

You can also take a listen to the studio version of Jena’s song choice this week below.

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