American Idol Recap: Ladies Catch Flu, Talent Bug

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Despite a few female contestants being stricken with the flu during last night's American Idol auditions - Kristy Lee Cook and Joanne Borgella appeared especially affected - the women still blew away the men from the previous evening's set of songs.

Here's a look at the eight - yes, eight! - performances that we liked the most, along with a few comments from the judges related to them:

- Alaina Whitaker gave a solid, subdued performance of "More Today Than Yesterday." Simon doesn't see her going home tonight: "You are sailing through to the next round.

- Asia'h Epperson (pictured) sang "Piece of My Heart" and we fear that Simon is moving in on our favorite when he simply said: "It was my favorite of the night."

- Amanda Overmeyer rocked out with "Baby Please Don't Go." We know Paula is easy to please, but we agreed with her assessment: "I just love everything that you do... You're authentic... A one trick pony, you're not."

- Brooke White impressed with a folksy version of "So Happy Together." Like David Cook with this song the night before, we loved it. Simon said Brooke "chose the right song."

- Alexandréa Lushington turned Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel" into a youthful, enjoyable tribute, all while sporting cute peace sign earrings. Randy was a fan: "You blew the doors off that ... You stayed on the note. You got it. It was hot, baby. it worked."

- Ramiele Malubay didn't sound like an amateur with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." All three judges called her a pro, with Simon cooing: "Tonight, you out sung every single person."

- Syesha Mercado belted out a big, loud rendition of "Tobacco Road." It left is wanting more. Paula called it "consistent, joyful and fun."

- Carly Smithson (pictured) closed the night in style with"The Shadow of Your Smile." Randy summed her up with: "The best vocal of the Top 24."

Who was your favorite? Who do you think will be voted off tonight?

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Ramiele is simply stunning… Powerfully sweet and humble… she has all my praise… i hope she keeps it up… WOW!!! SHE'S A SUPERGIRL!!!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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