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We grade the latest ''American Idol'' performances

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Tamyra Gray, American Idol
Tamyra Gray: Fox

TAMYRA GRAY
The judges’ favorite (shown), decked out in a pin striped suit with flowers in her slicked-back hair, kicked off the show on the highest of notes with a brilliantly bluesy ”Minnie the Moocher.” After her scat-tastic performance, Randy said she could ”sing the phone book and make it sound good,” while Simon gushed, ”How did you remain undiscovered for so long?” A

JUSTIN GUARINI
After last week on loser row, Justin needed a comeback song. He might have been served a little better by a slow, swoon-worthy Chet Baker number, but he performed the hell out of the ever-cool ”Route 66.” He certainly looked the lust-worthy part in a fitted tuxedo with an untied bowtie, and the judges fell for him all over again. Simon hailed the peformance as ”great,” while Randy pronounced, ”Justin is back. That was fabulous.” A-

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