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Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet highly praised on 'American Idol'
Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Sklyar Laine topped "American Idol" per usual, on a night when the judges only stood once but threw around some eye-popping praise.
Randy Jackson was so moved by Sanchez's "You Are So Beautiful" that after praising her "wisdom and talent as a singer" he continued with, "it's so pro, people who have been singing 50 years can't do this. Your talent level is unbelievable."
He topped his own words after Ledet's "To Love Somebody," saying, "you have to be born to do that, this is not a learned thing . . . You are one of the best singers ever on this show, that was incredible. Nobody could do that better."
I like Sanchez and Ledet a lot, but I didn't feel goose bumps once tonight. Nobody was great, but for me nobody was horrible (even if I am tired of Phillip Phillips' photocopied performances, now entering their third month.)
Below's how I rated everyone; put your own thoughts in the comments, or on Twitter using #ndidol.
1) Jessica Sanchez's "You Are So Beautiful" was a strong pure vocal that Jennifer Lopez said "captivated the whole audience."
2) Joshua Ledet's "To Love Somebody" went from silky smooth to raw emotion. Judges gave it a standing ovation, with Lopez saying flat out, "it's been years since we've seen somebody like this."
3) Skylar Laine's "Fortunate Son" had great energy and was sung well; as Lopez says, she "attacks every single song."
4) Skylar Laine's country twist on "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" meshed well, prompting Jackson to say he was "transfixed."
5) Hollie Cavanagh's "Bleeding Love" was slow, emotional and compelling, with Lopez calling it "beautiful and intimate." Her last few weeks have been her best few weeks.
6) Joshua Ledet's "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" showed off his wailing and growling like always; for me, he's always fun to watch and sometimes is thrilling. But if you don't like his style, this won't do anything for you.
7) Jessica Sanchez channeled Tina Turner with "Proud Mary" -- it lacked some sort of emotional connection for me, but vocally and performance-wise was as strong as always.
8) Hollie Cavanagh's "River Deep, Mountain High" got the judges excited, but for me her voice wasn't deep enough, it sounded thin.
9) Phillip Phillips' version of "The Letter" got criticized by the judges for losing the melody; for me it also lacked originality, he does the same thing to every song.
10) Phillip Phillips was told he sang "Time of the Season" "nice," "good" and "well."
Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.
Pictured above: The final 5 "American Idols," Phillip Phillips, left, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez