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It's very early on season 10 of American Idol, but one thing appears clear: we're in for many weeks of contrasting auditions and artists.

Take John Wayne Schulz and his restrained, collected, acoustic cover of "Landslide." Simple, straightforward, impressive.

Now, compare that to the emotion delivered by Jacob Lusk last night, as this hopeful scatted one moment and soared the next while giving viewers a rendition of "God Bless the Child." He even brought himself to hysterical tears by doing so. Might this be the John Boehner of American Idol contestants?

Watch for yourself:

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He's a former recording artist and a professional cowboy. He's also an early American Idol favorite.

During the final round of Hollywood auditions last night, John Wayne Schulz confidently took to the stage, guitar in hand, and dedicated his rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" to his mother, who was in the audience.

He gave it a simple, country spin, earning a brief duet with Jennifer Lopez, as that judge sung along with Schulz for a few seconds. That's always a good sign for any contestant. Watched John Wayne in action and sound off: He has to be among the top contenders at this point, right?

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Hollywood treated Stefano Langone, Jovany Barreto and Jacee Badeaux very well last night.

This trio of American Idol hopefuls were featured in the same segment, each impressing the judges with versions of singles such as "You Can Feel It All Over" and "Time of My Life."

As a result, all are a part of the final 60 and all will take to the stage in Las Vegas next week. Check out snippets from each of their performances below, with a warning/apology to our female readers: Barreto keeps his shirt on...

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Scotty McCreery added his own unique stylings to Lee Ann Woman's "I Hope You Dance" last night.

No, we aren't talking about this American Idol hopeful's baritone of a voice. We're referring to the made-up verses he uttered as the country singer forgot the lyrics on stage.

Nuts of wonder? Zoo zoo talk??? Perhaps the judges passed Scotty on to the round of 60 jut for making them laugh. Or because he wasn't alone. Ta-Tynisa Wilson messed up the same song. Watch both on action below and don't feel too badly for them: McCreery and Wilson both advanced.

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And then there were 60.

American Idol chopped down its contestants from 100 tonight, cutting 40 hopefuls and bidding farewell to Hollywood. The competition next heads to Las Vegas, where singers will take on The Beatles catalog and 20 more wannabes will be eliminated.

So, who advanced? We were pleased to see Ashley Sullivan, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Ta-Tynisa Wilson, Brett Loewenstern, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Carson Higgins, Naima Adedapo, Julie Zorilla and Rachel Zevita all receive good news.

Did your favorite make the cut? Return to tomorrow for video performances from this evening and enjoy the vocal stylings of Casey Abrams for now:

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Keith Scott Brown might be facing life in prison.

The 55-year old father of classical piano group "The 5 Browns" pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing his three daughters when they were young.

While the women are now 26, 30 and 32 years of age, they called the police on their dad after discovering he was planning to manage a new set of child musicians.

Brown faces one count of first-degree felony sodomy upon a child, and two counts of second-degree felony sexual abuse of a child. All stem from incidents that took place between 1990 and 1998.

Sentencing is scheduled for March.

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Miley Cyrus is angry. Really angry. Peeved even.

A friend tells Pop Eater that the former Disney star simply can't believe her father opened up to GQ this manner in such a disturbing, strange manner.

"To say Miley is angry is an understatement," a pal says. "She's furious that her own flesh and blood would make a private matter so public. Who does he think he is, Michael Lohan?"

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Reports claim Miley and her father have not spoken since December. We can't confirm that, but this same source says Miley has labeled her dad's comments as "unforgivable," adding:

"This isn't what a father does. He never said a bad world about Hannah Montana all those years it made millions for the family, and now that Miley has turned 18 and is making her own decisions, he does this. Unforgivable."

It's hard to argue with this insider, isn't it?

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Might Simon Cowell have discovered the female version of Justin Bieber?

While the music mogul typically uses his reality show forums to find the next big superstar - coming this fall, X Factor! - he was reportedly so impressed with a 10-year old named Heather Russell that he offered her a contract solely based on a couple YouTube videos.

"Simon just loved her," said a source at Cowell's record label. "He said she was amazingly-talented from the first time he saw her."

Russell hails from Canada and writes her own songs. Listen to one here:

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It's a routine he knows well, but one that can never get old: Rod Stewart is a father yet again!

The legendary artist and wife Penny welcomed son Aiden into the world yesterday. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 oz. and is the second child for the pair. Says a rep: "Mother and baby are healthy and blissfully happy."

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Stewart, 66, has six other children from past relationships. Aiden joins older brother Alastair Wallace in this immediately. He's five.

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