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6. Haley Reinhart (Last week: 5)
There will always be a fiy-ah starting in my heart for Haley, who took a huge risk covering Adele's hit single ''Rolling in the Deep'' last week. But she's usually in the bottom 3 (with a great sense of humor about it, by the way), and the judges don?t fall over themselves praising her like they do for the others.
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5. Jacob Lusk (Last week: 6)
Love him or hate him, the man who advised America to take a long look in the mirror is still around. I'd like to hear something uptempo from him, but I do not agree with Randy that Jacob should ''go off the roof, go off the top.'' His performances continue to be so hit-or-miss from measure to measure. It's nerve-wracking!
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4. Casey Abrams (Last week: 4)
Mr. Judges' Save has been gradually losing momentum since his early standout performances. He's a good musician — but is he a compelling singer? As long as he sticks to a stripped-down, jazzy performance style instead of running around and zapping audience members, sure.
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3. Lauren Alaina (Last week: 3)
Lauren's continued to play it safe song choice-wise, with uncomplicated country or pop songs she's able to sing well. The judges finally challenged her to challenge herself last week. But since she's never hit the bottom three, how hard does she even need to try? Try, Deej, try! It could be fun. And you're boring us.
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2. James Durbin (Last week: 2)
I'm interested to see how our hard-rocker will handle Carole King, but personally I've enjoyed the Durbs' quieter performances more than his all-out spectacles. (See: ''While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'') Here's another one who has somehow avoided the stools of doom throughout the competition.
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1. Scotty McCreery (Last week: 1)
Scotty's rendition of LeAnn Rimes' ''Swingin''' sounded like the same performance he's done every week so far, but at least the judges told him somewhat constructive things last week. Steven suggested Scotty ''sashay'' more, which is always helpful, and Randy and J. Lo urged him to finally push past his comfort zone. I thought they'd never ask.