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‘American Idol’ Tuesday + Wednesday Recap: 10 Women, 10 Men Perform for Final 10 Slots

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The top 10 for season 12 of ‘American Idol‘ is up for grabs, with the 10 remaining women and the 10 remaining men competing for those slots on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Only five men and five women will make it after the American viewing audience votes. The results will be revealed tonight. But in the meantime, here’s a cheat sheet on who sang what and how.

THE WOMEN:

Zoanette Johnson: The wild one performed Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It.’ It was a mess. She can no longer coast on a larger-than-life personality at this stage of the game.

Breanna Steer: She split the judges with her rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Flaws and All.’ It was enjoyable to some, safe to others, strained to the ears of another. You can’t please everybody. It’s up to America now.

Aubrey Cleland: The singer rocked Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’ She clearly has multi-platinum potential, and always turns in a quality performance when she takes the stage.

Janelle Arthur: Miss Arthur delivered a throwback-y, country-infused version of Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream.’

Tenna Torres: She was not ‘Lost’ when she sang the Faith Hill song of that name with a rich tone.

Angela Miller: One good ‘Idol’ turn deserves another, as Miller (now going by Angie) sang Season 11 contestant Colton Dixon’s ‘Never Gone’ while seated at the piano. She stayed in the lane and pulled ahead of the pack,

Amber Holcomb: The singer diva’ed it up with Whitney Houston’s ‘I Believe in You and Me.’ She raised the bar and got a standing O for her efforts. Amen, sister.

Kree Harrison: Another Faith Hill song — was it Faith Hill night? Harrison sang ‘Stronger,’ and she established herself as both sexy and country.

Adriana Latonio: Nerves got the best of her during her rendition of Destiny’s Child ‘Stand Up for Love.’ Her voice has power, but it wasn’t there on Tuesday.

Candice Glover: Randy Jackson said she “sang notes people don’t even understand” when she offered up ‘Ordinary People.’ That’s all you need to know. She did something different and outstanding.

THE MEN:

Elijah Liu: He sang Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ in controlled fashion. He never left first gear and never had a moment. But the judges love him because he looks current and marketable; they can see his face on sheets, notebooks, blankets and towels, teen idol-style.

Cortez Shaw: After turning an EDM song into a ballad last week, the singer was more traditional on Wednesday with Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out of Heaven.’ The judges felt he strained to hit notes, while Nicki Minaj wasn’t feeling his “styling.”

Charlie Askew: Season 12′s weird guy sang the Genesis song ‘Mama,’ with a feather earring, a ponytail and overarching weirdness. Keith Urban deemed him disconnected and disingenuous, saying he’d be better fronting a rock band.

Nick Boddington: While seated at the piano, he performed the Goo Goo Dolls’ monster ballad ‘Iris.’ It was pretty, but the judges were “meh” about it. It was parked in the middle of the road.

Burnell Taylor: The Louisiana native performed ‘I’m Here’ from ‘The Color Purple,’ which he sang during his audition. Everyone loved it. Because it was good. He’s a clear frontrunner.

Paul Jolley: He went with the Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton duet ‘Just a Fool.’ He said he wants to be the male Taylor Swift, but to get “there,” he needs to hone his sweet spot. He also needed to chill a tad with the theatrics.

Lazaro Arbos: The singer stutters, but it didn’t hamper his performance of ‘Feeling Good.’ It was one of the standout vocals of the night. Plus, he’s a “feel good” story that the voting public lurves.

Curtis Finch, Jr: This vocal powerhouse chose R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ which is inspirational and full of moments. It was a bit showy yet it earned him a standing O. Drama, drama, drama, vocally speaking.

Devin Velez: The teen sang ‘It’s Impossible’ in both English and Spanish, and he did so with that beautiful, room filler of a voice. He has a global appeal and shows it off every time he sings. There’s no drama and no histrionics. Just goodness.

Vincent Powell: The R&B crooner hit Boyz II Men’s ‘End of the Road’ in his buttery voice. He changed the arrangement a bit, and it’s a song usually sung by multiple voices, so it was fine to take that kind of creative license. But his nerves did rise to the surface with this performance. It was good, not great.

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