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12. Julie Zorrilla, ''Breakaway''
Singing a Kelly Clarkson song is always risky for an Idol contestant, let alone not singing it well.
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11. Ta-Tynisa Wilson, ''Only Girl (In the World)''
You'd think Ta-Tynisa would have learned from Jordan Dorsey's tragic attempt at Usher's ''OMG'' that melody-lite dance hits and Idol simply do not mix. Ta-ta, Ta-Tynisa. (Yes, that just happened.)
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10. Ashthon Jones, ''Love All Over Me''
Um, no, Ashthon, we really don't want to know what you mean by having love all over you.
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9. Rachel Zevita, ''Criminal''
She's easily the most interesting of the female contestants this season, but between the cape, the theatrics, and the offbeat arrangement, Rachel simply tried to pull off too much too soon.
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8. Haley Reinhart, ''Fallin'''
Haley, if you're gonna tackle one of the most over sung Idol songs ever, you need to bring more to the party than a throaty growl and a come-hither sneer.
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7. Thia Megia, ''Out Here on My Own''
You've got to give Idol's youngest-ever contestant some credit for her sense of drama, starting out a cappella like that. It still doesn't help shake the feeling that she's a girl trying too hard to play all grown up.
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6. Karen Rodriguez, ''Hero''
You take on Mariah Carey at your own peril on Idol, but instead of trying to out-sing her, Karen took a bilingual risk that paid off big time and had the studio audience swooning. Maybe not so much over the pageant gowns, though.
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5. Lauren Turner, ''Seven Day Fool''
Oof, this is when things get really tough. Idol's mini-Bette Midler sang circles around many of the season 10 guys, but her song was such a fun-if-forgettable throwback, we worry she may be overshadowed by some of the splashier female contestants.
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4. Naima Adedapo, ''Summertime''
Love the vibrant dress, love the vibrant voice, even love the vibrant rendition of what's usually one of the American songbook's most melancholy melodies.
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3. Kendra Chantelle, ''Impossible''
Her peerless voice and impeccable phrasing would be welcome on the radio tomorrow, and those perfectly fit leather pants would make any record-label marketing exec very happy indeed. Now let's work a bit on brightening the personality, too.
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2. Pia Toscano, ''I'll Stand by You''
The song choice wasn't exactly groundbreaking, but it didn't need to be. Those final high notes announced to her other 23 competitors that the heretofore under-the-radar Pia is playing for keeps.
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1. Lauren Alaina, ''Turn on the Radio''
We know, we know, she's been aggressively foreordained for Idol glory ever since she sang Aerosmith with Steven Tyler. But last night Lauren delivered on all that breathless pimping, taking to the Idol stage like a natural and effortlessly performing her song without any of the vocal-cord gymnastics that dominated so much of the evening.