American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

Matheus Fernandes, Curtis Finch and Lazaros Arbos move on, Frankie Ford melts down on 'American Idol'

"American Idol" Hollywood Week: Drama and desperation escalate

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Matheus Fernandes, Curtis Finch and Lazaros Arbos starred as "American Idol" changed the rules for Hollywood round this year -- segregating the guys and women -- but gave us the usual mix of inspired group songs, meltdowns and surprise cuts that make this round so compelling to watch.

Below's how I ranked the groups; put in your own thoughts in the comments, below.

1) Matheus...

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Matheus Fernandes and Gabe Brown team up for memorable 'American Idol' group song

Matheus Fernandes and Gabe Brown's group up first as "American Idol" Group Day starts. They're in perfect, church-like harmony on "Somebody To Love," it is no joke one of the best group round performances ever — creative, fun to listen to, totally on pitch.

"Great job guys," says Keith Urban, with Randy Jackson calling it "fantastic." And Nicki...

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Happy Rachel Hale, bullied Briana Oakley get big smiles on 'American Idol'

Rachel Hale next on "American Idol," Southern girl with an unstoppable smile and "big accent." Singing "People Get Ready" -- big, soulful voice with a twang of emotion in there, simple but nice to listen to.

"Little Wynonna Juddish," says Keith Urban. "Really pretty, really striking, such a good energy," says Nicki Minaj. Yeah, big likeability;...

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