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Joshua Ledet blows past Jessica Sanchez, rest of 'American Idol' contestants

"American Idol" Top 12: Clockwise from top right: Elise Testone, Heejun Han, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, DeAndre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt, Jermaine Jones, Colton Dixon, Shannon Magrane, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips. (March 8, 2012) Photo Credit: Fox

Joshua Ledet stepped up as a worthwhile challenger to Jessica Sanchez tonight on an otherwise forgettable "American Idol," with his emotional, pitch-perfect "When a Man Loves a Woman" bringing the judges to their feet with a minute left in his performance and leaving the audience screaming.

Favorite Sanchez was a bit off her game tonight, but Shannon Magrane stepped up to become a darkhorse contender.

Otherwise, what people will remember from the night is the bizarre televised confrontation between the producers and Jermaine Jones, who was tossed from the show for not disclosing his arrest record -- including the fact that, according to 'Idol' producer Nigel Lythgoe, he's got four warrants out for him.

Below's how I ranked the contestants; put your own thoughts in the comments, below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

1) Joshua Ledet's "When a Man Loves a Woman" was not for me, contrary to what Jennifer Lopez claimed, "the best thing I've ever seen on 'American Idol.'" But it was fantastic -- a great performance, highlighted by when he shucked off his white tuxedo jacket halfway through. Natural showman, with a great voice.

2) Shannon Magrane took on Mariah Carey's "One Sweet Day" and showed she belonged; as Lopez said, "I was honestly terrified for you -- but you did a wonderful job."

3) Jessica Sancehz broke out the sparkly glitter pants but made an odd song choice with "Turn the Beat Around" -- the judges essentially told her you're so talented, stay with what you do best.

4) Colton Dixon performed the obscure "Broken Heart" like a pro; it got Lopez to go on about how he "looks pretty" when he sings.

5) Heejun Han's "Right Here, Waiting" was breathy and maybe a bit hokey, but I still enjoy hearing him sing; as Lopez said, "I felt your heart in the song... by the end I just really loved it."

6) I wanted to like Hollie Cavanagh's "The Power of Love" more; it was big and well-sung, but missed an emotional element that could've vaulted it to the next level.

7) Elise Testone's "Let's Stay Together" showed off her great tone; Jackson went  overboard with his "this girl is dope!" comment, but she was definitely better than last week.

8) Deandre Brackensick got some bad advice from the mentors in switching to "Endless Love" -- he actually did a decent job with it, just wasn't memorable.

9) Skylar Laine's "Love Sneakin's Up on You" was a good rendition of a plain song; she has a fantastic voice, but needs to step it up and do something memorable.

10) Erika Van Pelt's "Heaven" did nothing to cement her identity; she has a strong voice but is getting lost on this show.

11) Phillip Phillips went from the hospital to a unmemorable "Hard to Handle," judges loved it but not sure how much longer he can ride his nice smile and likeability.

Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

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