98 contestants left on "American Idol," now they get to sing solo for the judges. Historically this is where we get some of the best performances of the season -- Jacob Lusk did a searing rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" at this stage last season, for example.
Joshua Ledet first, doing Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" -- wow, where did he come from, totally knocks it out of the park. A bit of Jacob in him; soulful, sweet, compelling. Jennifer Lopez is shaking her head in disbelief, Randy Jackson just goes "wow!" Judges give him a standing ovation -- "amazing, baby, amazing," says Jackson as Lopez adds, "ridiculous."
Colton Dixon next, with a blond streak in his dark mohawk. Doing Chris Daughtry's "What About Now," jamming on the keyboard; a bit mumbly at times, but he's also got a good voice.
Phillip Phillips brings out the guitar for Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" -- I'm a big fan of his, but the snippet they show seems pretty normal.
Jen Hirsch caps off what Ryan Seacrest calls "one of our best solo days ever," does a sloooow, controlled "Georgia on My Mind," soars at the end, showing off her big voice. Also gets a standing ovation from the judges.
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