American Idol Stars of the Week: Crystal Bowersox on "Bobby McGee," Lee DeWyze on "The Letter"

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The 11 finalists all gave it their best shot, but performances by Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze stood out the most on Tuesday night's American Idol.

Showing why she's been a favorite to become the ninth American Idol winner since her first audition, Crystal channeled her inner Janis Joplin last night.

Bowersox's performance of "Me & Bobby McGee," mentored by none other than Miley Cyrus, is even being called better than the original by some fans.

That may be a stretch ... or is it? Check it out and see ...

Once again, socks were knocked off by Crystal Bowersox. Some weeks, it's like she's in a class by herself and everyone else is angling to be runner-up.

Lee DeWyze held his own Tuesday, however. In one of the night's top covers of Billboard #1 hits, the Chicago product rocked the Box Tops' "The Letter."

Follow the jump to see Lee's performance of the song ...

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What do you think? Was Lee's American Idol performance on par with Crystal? Can anyone derail the Bowersox express? Comment away!

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Why waste your time listening to anyone else but Crystal? I missed the show but got to hear Crystal on You Tube sing Bobby McGee...the only one I listened to because I don't need to listen to any others. She brings me to tears because I loved that era of Janis Joplin and she has a much better voice than Janis. Crystal acts natural as well, no phoniness with her. I love her new teeth and her new look. Wow, to be a star already. Good for her being a single mom and good for her baby. No more struggling for this single mom. I's wonderful for a small town girl to find fame, she's found it.Wonder what her new record label will be..hmmm. Crystal has natural talent and doesn't have to try at all. She's awesome and she's from Ohio, not far from where I was raised in Ohio...near Lake Erie... go Ohio, go Crystal! Go Mom!

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Both Lee and Crystal are my favorites. Different type of artists so you can't really compare them. They will both do extremely well with the right label. And it all depends what you call current. Maybe we all are getting tired of what should be current, after all we need a little diversity in music. Go Crystal, go Lee!

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I love Lee's performance. Crystal is a folk singer and not current so may not be a favorite of all. Lee has a VERY unique voice and sings with a lot of deep emotion. I'm voting for Lee!!!!

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Lee's performance was absolutely good! I like his raspy voice, it is very distinct and pleasant to hear and same goes with Crystal. Very controlled and both of them knows how to deliver a song as if they were telling a story.

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I agree that Crystal was better than Janis. I love Janis, but you can understand the words better with Crystal and she doesn't seem to be screaming as much.

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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