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In the world's ultimate talent search, where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Live Semifinals: The Girls
March 5

Four heats later, and we have the top 20. Now they will sing one more time on the Vegas stage for your votes. Five men and five women in 48 hours time will continue to Television City, where dreams become reality, reality becomes dreams, and we always love to stop in when we're in LA. Who'll stay? Who'll go? And who will finally break out of this stupor called season 12?

The Beatles Love Theatre by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage

The women choose any song that they want. Choose wisely, and you're on the bus to Hollywood. Choose not-so-wisely, and we'll forget who you were faster than you'll ever know.

But first, a technical note. Starting this week, you can vote via phone lines (1-866-IDOLS-xx, with xx being the number of your favorite), text VOTE to 57xx (same rules apply), and now by visiting AmericanIdol.com, American Idol on Facebook, or using the American Idol app (powered by AT&T), you can now cast up to 50 Supervotes any way you wish: be it 20-30 split or all 50 for one.

The Beatles Love Theatre by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage

Leading off the night is Zoanette Johnson, who blew the house down with "Circle of Life" last week. How do you possibly follow that up? By doing Tina. The song, "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

THEY SAY: Keith loves the way she performs, but he doesn't know if the song worked for him. Nicki said, "That wasn't... it." Randy thought it was a mess. Mariah ... says things.

WE SAY: Taking gold and turning it into crap. Good song choice, atrocious vocal.

Breanna Steer steers us into the two-spot on a high from last week. Tonight, she shows us what she can do with Beyonce... "Flaws and All".

THEY SAY: Keith says her song choices show who she is as an artist, but she needs to find a song that will take her to her own place instead of mimicking Beyonce. Nicki completely disagrees with everything Keith just said, saying this was the wrong song for her. Randy thought the song choice was safe. Mariah thought it was "lyrically raw" and "real".

WE SAY: Booooooooo-ring.

Aubrey Cleland wants to show her personality and her love for what she's doing. She hopes not to lose it on "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie.

THEY SAY: All of the judges comment on how fantastic she looks (and she really does) and how well her vibrato sounds. But they said she was too restricted and that she didn't have many moments.

WE SAY: I smell fear. I hear pitch problems. I foresee trouble.

Next up, Zumba-instructor-turned-singer Janelle Arthur survived by the skin of her teeth last week. Can she regroup this week with Elvis' "If I Can Dream"?

THEY SAY: The judges say that she's back, calling this her best vocal or even the best vocal of the night.

WE SAY: I hear you singing, but I have a problem believing you believing it.

Nicki gave Tenna Torres some direct advice last week: "Cut (your hair) all off and go bald." ... Okay. She tries to liven things up with "Lost" by Faith Hill.

THEY SAY: Keith thought it was a good job, but she needs to just let the camera do the job and sing. Nicki likes her hair and boobs, but not her personality. Randy likes the restraint shown. Mariah notes her consistency.

WE SAY: Finally, a performance worthy of the top 10. It could've stood to be a bit stronger. But hey, it's good enough for a vote.

Everything's coming up Angie Miller, but at the same time, no one has seen her perform live. Can she top her Hollywood performance with "Never Gone" by Colton Dixon?

THEY SAY: Keith thought it was beautiful. Nicki thinks that she's a lock. Randy says a star is born. Mariah was blown away.

WE SAY: Impressive vocal range, but she could've picked a song that we all knew. She's teetering on the verge of being indulgent, and that's always a bad thing. But otherwise, a threat.

Amber Holcomb... and her mother... are getting ready for what could be a game-changing performance after we see a picture of mom slugging Ryan. Will Amber knock us out with the Whitney version of "I Believe In You and Me" (originally done by the Four Tops in 1983)?

THEY SAY: Keith says it was a perfect song with an exquisite tone. Nicki thought it was a 10... billion. Randy and Mariah agree.

WE SAY: In a night of incredibly slow, incredibly dull songs... this... is a full-on soundalike. Aside from Angie, I'm starting to lose faith that a woman will win Idol this year.

Kree Harrison knows what she signed for, and she knows who she is. That's half the battle, but can she make the connection? The song: "Stronger" by Faith Hill

THEY SAY: Keith makes a bon mot involving the title of this program, noting his fascination with a high F over middle C. Nicki thought it was sexy. Randy says she's in it to win it. Mariah: "How can you top that?"

WE SAY: Infinitely stronger than any country singer in the contest. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Janelle. But it bordered on screeching at the end.

Our youngest girl, Adriana Latonio, commands the stage with the best of them. Will this young girl from Alaska keep cool with "Stand Up for Love" by Destiny's Child.

THEY SAY: Keith didn't approve of the song choice, nothing noteworthy in a night of plodding ballads. Nicki: "I would suggest that you work a little bit and come back next year." Harsh. Randy thought it was "pageanty". Mariah wants to say that the song was "too big for her", but can't find the words to do so. Thanks, Mike Darnell.

WE SAY: ... I'm up... I'm up... Anyway, the finish was strong, the rest of the song was boring.

Closing tonight is Candice Glover, who's been consistently showing up. Judging from what we've seen, and the fact that only five people will move on from this group of women, she's going to need to show up AGAIN. The show-stopper... "Ordinary People" by John Legend.

THEY SAY: Keith loves that she makes old-soul soul relevant. Nicki... does something. Randy calls it "ridiculous" in a good way and says "America's got their work cut out for them". Mariah thanks her for sharing her gift.

WE SAY: Calculated risk, but it's nice to end the night on a groove. She punches her ticket to next week easily. And it's DIFFERENT!

OVERALL: In a night where we had more sleep-inducing ballads than ever and more safe performances than ever, we had two or three standouts. The rest are suitable substitutes for ZzzQuil.

Candice Glover

Amber Holcomb
Angie Miller
Kree Harrison

50/50 SHOT:
Tenna Torres
Janelle Arthur
Aubrey Cleland

Breanna Steer
Zoanette Johnson
Adriana Latonio

We'll see what prescription America fills on Thursday. Meanwhile, for the guys... IT'S SHOW TIME!

To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.