American Idol Recap: Oh, Maha!

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Editor's Note: The American Idol auditions last night in Omaha, Nebraska were far more impressive than our lame attempt at a punny headline above.

Indeed, the Fox competition finished its pre-Hollywood Week run of evaluations on a relatively strong note, as Keith Urban cracked us up by comparing one contestant to Ben Affleck ("Your for directing Argo was phenomenal") and Ryan Seacrest got tackled by an overenthusiastic hugger.

Fun times!

The auditions themselves produced some potential as well. Might one of the following five take home the grand prize in May?

Casey McQuillen went all Demi Lovato on us and sang “Skyscraper." She also looked just liike Jayma Mays and kept things both simple and entertaining.

CJ Jones sang a version of “Stand By Me” and shocked us with his mature, rich voice. He wasn't even bothered by Harry's stomping and grooving along with the track.

Tyler Marshall was seriously excited at merely bing in the room. And that enthusiasm carried over to the judges when they gave him a Golden Ticket for his take on "Proud Mary."

Paula Hunt (above) was inspiring and talented. She made like Etta James on "All I Could Do Was Cry" and said she lost her voice at one point to lost her voice to multiple sclerosis. She's also a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Heartland of America Band.

Tessa Kate shocked us on "Folsom Prison Blues." But she managed to make this Johnny Cash hit her own, picking up the pace and totally jamming out on the second verse.

So... who was your Episode 6 favorite. Do any of these contestants have a chance at joining the following group, which represent our all-time favorite American Idols? Sound off now!

Kelly Clarkson
All hail queen Kelly! The original AI winner has a powerhouse voice and hits galore.

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Missy-lavender

That's awesome? hahahaha

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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