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Following an American Idol ladies night that saw this competition pare its final 15 females down to 10, the remaining men took to the live stage on Wednesday.

So, who stood out? Aside from Daughtry and Adam Lambert, both of whom stopped by to offer the guys some advice?

Sam Woolf Picture

Spencer Lloyd was referred to as an "undeniable" star for his take on The Fray’s “Love Don’t Die," while Sam Woolf was told he has a "voice that's just money" after singing David Gray's "Babylon."

Both are white guys with guitars. We could totally see them winning.

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Randy Jackson made his unwanted random triumphant return to American Idol last night.

On the first episode of Rush Week, the former judge debuted as an in-house mentor who offered such gems to contestants as "You’ve gotta give it your all" and "You’ve gotta give your best performance.”

Seriously, what would we do without the Dawg?

Randy Jackson Returns!

Viewers then learned that five women (Austin Wolfe, Kenzie Hall, Brandy Neely, Andrina Brogden and Jillian Jensen) were cut prior to singing a single note, leaving us with 10 to perform for their Season 13 lives.

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American Idol named 17 of its 30 semifinalists on Wednesday night, promising to reveal the final batch the following day.

But we were lied to, people!

The Fox competition, whose talent level has been especially high so far this winter, pulled a twist at the end of Thursday's installment.

American Idol Season 13 Contestats

After making the dreams of 12 more hopefuls come true, Ryan Seacrest said the final vote would be left up to viewers at home.

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It may not have the same ripple effects as the announcement by Michael Sam, but M.K. Nobilette went down in history last night on American Idol:

She became the first openly gay contestant to compete on the Fox series.

In speaking to the judges while awaiting to learn her fate, Nobilette told J. Lo, Harry and Keith:

“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”

“Thank goodness,” muttered Connick Jr. in response to Nobilette's words.

In the past, American Idol had come under fire for seemingly telling gay contestants to keep their orientation quiet on air.

Not that anyone had any doubts about Adam Lambert, of course. But many wondered why his sexuality was not once mentioned during his run to second place.

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We're inching ever closer to live auditions on American Idol.

Last night's two-hour installment was light on singing and heavy on tension, with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban sitting across from hopeful after hopeful and breaking their hearts or making their days.

In the end, 17 of the 30 semifinalists were announced, with the final batch set to be revealed tonight.

American Idol Season 13 Scene

Did your favorite make the cut?

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American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform.

Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure!

Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion?

Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something."

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Clay Aiken has made the rumor into a reality:

He is running for Congress in North Carolina.

The former American Idol champion has released a lengthy video to promote his campaign, citing his success in music and his work with UNICEF as reasons why he should earn your vote.

“I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one,” says Aiken, slamming incumbents for their military cuts and last year's government shutdown.

“This is what’s wrong with Washington," Aiken explains. "That a Congresswoman would go there and vote against the best interests on North Carolina military families, and those that depend on the military for their job.”

Will you vote for Aiken, who may struggle for support from Rihanna fans? VOTE NOW:


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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?

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American Idol continues to give us very little to snark about on Season 13.

Last night's two-hour stop in Salt Lake City produced 30 Golden Ticket recipients, 25 of which were given plenty of time on the air in lieu of those tired, overly produced and purposely lame auditions.

The judges continued to exude charm and chemistry and the talent continued to come out in droves. What is going on here?!?

So, which five contestants made the best impression? And could anyone match Bria Anai from last week in Georgia?

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Less is often more on American Idol.

So with the singing competition only airing a one-hour episode on Thursday, viewers didn't need to deal with any terrible auditions, any extended montages, any wastes of time at all.

It was pretty much strong audition after strong audition, continuing the Season 13 practice of actually showcasing talent. Crazy, right?!?

American Idol in Atlanta

Which contestants made the best first impressions? Let's rundown the top five...

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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]
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