Lauren Alaina: Best American Idol Performance of the Night?

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Lauren Alaina tackled an iconic Elton John single last night, the track this singer revised in honor of Princess Diana.

It was a challenge for the American Idol finalist, but one that may have turned her into a season 10 contender.

Giving the ballad a unique sound via her country twang, Alaina earned overflowing praise from the judges. Randy referred to the cover as "sensitive," while Steven said it was perfect and J. Lo gushed: "You were gorgeous... That was it, baby. That was amazing."

Do we have a new front runner?

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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]