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Unlikely Heejun Han, natural Eben Franckewitz top 'American Idol' in Pittsburgh

"American Idol" judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were happy with most of the contestants who auditioned in Pittsburgh on the "American Idol" show which aired Jan. 19, 2012. Photo Credit: Fox

"American Idol" found a lot of down-to-earth contestants with real talent in its Pittsburgh auditions, including a surprisingly good singer from NYC and a precocious but not obnoxious teen from Ohio.

Below is how I ranked everyone. Put your own thoughts in the comments below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

1) Deadpan Heejun Han of Flushing showed off an unexpectedly tender and good voice on "How Am I Suppose to Live Without You," prompting Steven Tyler to say he could win the whole thing. He's my favorite contestant so far. I hope fans keep him around long enough for us to enjoy his funny personality.

2) Polite and down-to-earth 15-year-old Eben Franckewitz crooned "Ain't No Sunshine." As Jennifer Lopez said, "Some people just have it, some people are just born to do it."

3) Throaty wedding singer Erika Van Pelt's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" showed off her near-professional voice and style. A real adult, with character. It will be interesting to see if the teeny bopper voters go for her.

4) Sweet Samantha Novacek's planking sister may have stolen the show, but her passionate "Like We Never Loved at All," showed "some guts" as Jennifer Lopez said.

5) Hallie Day's life story paralleled "I Will Survive" -- she'll be this season's power ballad singer, with some real steel.

6) Travis Orlando's heartfelt rendition of "Isn't She Lovely?" didn't have us in tears, but his story of dropping out of school, living in a Bronx shelter and hoping to show his mom he was a worthwhile person moved us even as it made us worry for him.

7) Reed Grimm did a jazzy take on the theme song to "Family Matters" -- I wasn't "enthralled," like Randy Jackson, but did like his big smile.

8) Zany Creighton Fraker's self-penned song and then "Who's Lovin' You" blew the judges away, getting Jennifer Lopez to proclaim it was "like Jamiroquai and Justin Timberlake had a baby." Just hope he doesn't turn out to be annoying, But he is definitely talented.

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

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