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Joshua Ledet stars as Jeremy Rosado, Phillip Phillips and Creighton Fraker also soar on 'American Idol'

The top 24 semifinalists are chosen on

The top 24 semifinalists are chosen on "American Idol," airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Credit: Fox

Joshua Ledet managed to blow everyone away on a strong night for "American Idol," with Jeremy Rosado, Phillip Phillips and Creighton Fraker also setting themselves apart with memorable performances as 13 guys took the stage. 

But it was Ledet Jennifer Lopez called "amazing," adding that his voice "is from another world -- you can do whatever you want."

Steven Tyler then told the humble Ledet, "you are the voice the world has been waiting to hear."

Sure, it's all hyperbole after just one song; but since the "Idol" judges are back with their happy talk and insist on praising even mediocore performances, when someone like Ledet comes along they have to reach for the stars in order to give him his due. 

Below's how I rated everyone; put your own thoughts in the comments or on Twitter using #ndidol.

1. Joshua Ledet's "You Pulled Me Through" sucked us in from the get-go; he could tour right now. It was the most professional, passionate performance of the night.

2. Jeremy Rosado emerged as one of the favorites with "Gravity" -- his sweet voice mixed with power had the judges closing their eyes in enjoyment. As Lopez said, "Some people are just blessed, from God ... You open your mouth and immediately I'm drawn in."

3. Phillip Phillips' stripped-down, super-slow version of "In the Air Tonight" was mad creative and got Tyler to praise his "crazy kind of voice."

4. Creighton Fraker showed just the right touch on "True Colors," bringing his unique tone to the song but also staying true to its sincere roots. In Tyler's words, it was "stupendous."

5. Colton Dixon could be on the radio right now with his version of "Decode," which was fresh, fit his voice and gave him a chance to show off his easy performance skills.

6. "Gentle giant" Jermaine Jones was brought back by the judges, and delivered with his sincere "Dance With My Father."

7. Joyful Heejun Han's' "Angels" didn't soar, but he's got a great personality and with better song choices will be around for a long time.

8. Fifteen-year-old Eben Franckewitz may have been a bit nervous and a bit small on "Set Fire to the Rain," but he's got such potential with his sweet voice.

9. Aaron Marcellus was not bad on "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- just nothing memorable, either.

10. Country singer Chase Likens may have "movie star good looks" according to Lopez, but he needs to ramp up the singing if he hopes to stick around.

11. Adam Brock wasn't bad on "Think," it's just a hard song to put your own stamp on;  he didn't really do it.

12. Deandre Brackensick's "Reason" was a bit unsteady; never got into it.

13. Reed Grimm was cheesy on "Moves Like Jagger" -- and may not be banging on many more drums.

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


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