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Joshua Ledet's performance 'best thing I've ever seen on 'American Idol,' ' says Jennifer Lopez

Joshua Ledet says he's the youngest of eight kids; doing Michael Bolton's version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" next on "American Idol."

Gets guest mentor to say, "Wow...  the pain, I felt it." Looking forward to this, could have a moment here; "America's in for a treat tonight," promises.

Sucked in from the get-go; has a compelling quality to his voice, and his pacing is just perfect. Fantastic song choice; shows off his big vocals, also lets him connect emotionally.

Man, just kills on the high notes; now is slowly taking off his white tuxedo jacket to reveal his bright blue shirt underneath. Showman!

Judges standing for the last minute. Oh yeah, the second best performance of the season so far (behind Jessica Sanchez last week.) Audience is bedlam, judges are standing and applauding; taking off his coat was a nice touch, totally in character.

Randy Jackson tells him, "That was phenomenal, incredible on every level." And then Jennifer Lopez crazily says, "The best thing I've ever seen on 'American Idol.'" OK now . . .

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