Phillip Phillips: In the Money Tonight

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On the first live audition show of season 11, American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez tossed out nothing but praise. Every performance was magical, every contestant apparently did an incredible job.

It was pure fluff and rather annoying, but at least the panel got it right with one hopeful: Phillip Phillips.

This crooner covered a Phil Collins classic, strumming his guitar to "In the Air Tonight" and hitting all the right notes. Randy compared Phillips to Dave Matthews, which may have been the only intelligent thing Randy said all night. Watch the performance and judge for yourself...

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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]