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Best of the night:

Siobhan Magnus got off to a shaky start as she sang Aretha Franklin's "Think," but she quickly turned it into one of the most memorable performances of the night when she screamed out some amazingly high notes -- in key -- and wowed the judges and the studio audience. "It was dope! You slayed it!" declared Randy Jackson. "I loved it, dude. I loved it!"

Crystal Bowersox solidified her front-runner status last night by turning in a cool, smooth, gospely cover of Credence Clearwater Revival's "Long As I Can See the Light." Armed with her acoustic guitar, Bowersox looked calm, confident and healthy -- just one day after being hospitalized for complications related to her diabetes. She didn't look for any sympathy votes. She just went out on stage and did her thing. You gotta love that.

Katelyn Epperly turned in one of her best performances of the season and proved she belongs in the semi-finals as she covered "The Scientist" by Cold Play. Yes, as Ellen DeGeneres griped, it's a slow song that could lull some viewers to sleep. But I found it interesting and vocally appealing. (Extra credit for Epperly's piano playing.)

Lilly Scott also lit up the stage last night, with strong vocals on the Sam Cooke classic, "A Change is Gonna Come." The judges peppered her with rave reviews, calling her unique and relevant. Kara DioGuardi went so far as to predict Scott would forever "change the game" by attracting diverse indie artists to "American Idol." I thought she was the best of the night and I predict she will be top 3 this year and may even win.

Katie Stevens also did very good. She sang "Put Your Records On" by Corrine Bailey Rae. The judges weren't too impressed, but I have to disagree, especially when comparing her performance to the guys one night earlier. Stevens, only 17, was composed on stage, had a soothing voice and didn't try to be flashy. I was impressed.

Average Performances:

Michelle Delamor had a shaky start, but progressed well as she sang Creed's powerful ballad, "With Arms Wide Open." Her vocals got better as the song went on, and she tweaked it just enough to make it her own, even though she didn't win over the judges -- except in the appearance category. ("The outfit is hot," said Randy. "You do look fabulous,'' Ellen added.)

Paige Miles is growing on me. Each week she's becoming more and more likeable, and last night she turned in an energetic cover of Kelly Clarkson's angst-ridden "Walk Away." She got panned by the judges for making a bad song choice, but they all agreed she has a great voice.

Below Average Performances:

DANGER ZONE

Didi Benami -- Another disappointing performance for someone with great vocals. She tried to inject an interesting gospel spin into Bill Withers' 70s classic, "Lean on Me," but she fell short. It just didn't work, and she could be in danger of getting voted out tonight.

Lacey Brown -- A big disappointment for a contestant who held so much promise during the earlier rounds. Last night she took Kara's advice by singing "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer, but she sort of forgot this wasn't karaoke night at the local bar.

Haeley Vaughn -- She tried her betht to hide her lithp and to tone down her thmile, but it jutht didn't work. (lisp-induced typos intentional) Simon Cowell used one of his favorite lines, calling her version of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" a "complete and utter mess." He wasn't wrong.

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