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Scotty McCreery's BEST ''You've Got a Friend''
McCreery's lovely restrained rendition of the Carole King song showed unexpected range and a different tone than usual. It also had an opening that AI associate music director and arranger Michael Orland called "as country-pop as you get.''
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Scotty McCreery's WORST ''Swingin'''
His version of the LeAnn Rimes song sounded too similar to many of his previous performances and got him his most critical response from the judges.
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Lauren Alaina's BEST ''The Climb''
The Miley Cyrus song was a perfect fit for Alaina, so it made sense that judge Steven Tyler said that he loved what the song brought to Lauren rather than what Lauren brought to the song.
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Lauren Alaina's WORST ''Born to Fly''
Her safe choice of Sara Evans' ''Born to Fly'' failed to impress.
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James Durbin's BEST ''Will You Love Me Tomorrow''
The judges were quick to praise Durbin for this performance that started out a cappella for the entire first verse and then swelled into one of his trademark ''hard rock'' finishes.
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James Durbin's WORST ''Heavy Metal''
He should have taken mentor Jimmy Iovine's advice not to do the song.
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Haley Reinhart's BEST ''House of the Rising Sun''
Reinhart took her time with the Animals' ''The House of the Rising Sun'' and, to steal an AI phrase, made it all her own.
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Haley Reinhart's WORST ''I'm Your Baby Tonight''
Reinhart did Whitney Houston's ''I'm Your Baby Tonight'' admirably enough, but the negative comments from the judges about an identity crisis clung to her.