American Idol Recap: DeWyze Choice

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Asked to take on Billboard #1 hits, a nebulous theme that gave them nearly free rein, Lee DeWyze made an unusual choice but delivered on American Idol last night.

Lee honored the late Alex Chilton, who passed away last week, with the Box Tops' "The Letter," and was met with general praise from Simon, Randy, Kara and Ellen.

It might have even earned him THG's top spot, but when Crystal Bowersox channeled Janis Joplin on "Me and Bobby McGee," she reminded us why she's the favorite.

Big Mike was his typically solid self on "When a Man Loves a Woman," as was last week's star Siobhan Magnus on "Superstition." Singling out the top four was easy.

As for the bottom four ...

Lee DeWyze's song selection and performance bumped him up with the contenders on last night's American Idol. Can he build on this momentum going forward?

Meanwhile, Paige Miles and Tim Urban will be vying for a ticket home thanks to their respective performances on "Against All Odds" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

Clearly not up to par or worthy of a trip back, but one of the two will sneak through ... if not both. Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia didn't too much to help their causes.

Agree with our assessment? Who do you see going home tonight? Here's how we rank Tuesday's American Idol performances (with last week's rank):

  1. Crystal Bowersox, "Me and Bobby McGee" (2)
  2. Lee DeWyze, "The Letter" (5)
  3. Michael Lynche, "When a Man Loves a Woman" (3)
  4. Siobhan Magnus, "Superstition" (1)
  5. Casey James, "The Power of Love" (8)
  6. Aaron Kelly, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (4)
  7. Didi Benami, "You're No Good" (6)
  8. Andrew Garcia, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (10)
  9. Katie Stevens, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (9)
  10. Paige Miles, "Against All Odds" (7)
  11. Tim Urban, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (12)

Click to enlarge photos of the finalists in action ...

Katie Stevens Performs
Didi Does it
Bowersox Power
A. Kelly Pic
Big Big Mike
Turning the Paige
Andrew Garcia Rocking Out
Casey James Jams
Siobhan Sings it
An Urban Myth
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I can't stand Katie or her singing, she should never have made the audition. I want her gone.

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yeah i agree with kelly 100% all the way...am with her....Tim wasnt the worst it wuz paige and katie..paige is going home for sure

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No way Tim is the worst this week. Paige was terrible... absolutely horrendous!! Katie Stevens was more pitchy than Tim Urban. Tim sang well, just corny. He shouldn't be last. Paige is going home.

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Miley looked awesome out there! What an awesome figure she's got!

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]