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After a lackluster effort a week ago, Scotty McCreery sought to expand the range of his delivery with his performance of "You've Got a Friend" Wednesday.

While imperfect, it was still a distinct vocal performance that showed improvement from the guy, and that won raves from both the judges and audience.

Watch him sing the Carole King song that James Taylor popularized here and tell us if you think he has the skills to make the finals of American Idol ...

Meanwhile, Scotty and Lauren Alaina sang their third duet of the season, and while they each sound lovely on their solo lines, together it didn't quite mesh.

At least we didn't think so. You decide after the jump:

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Scotty McCreery made us rethink putting him atop our American Idol rankings prior to last night. His rendition of "Swingin'" was alright, just not spectacular.

It was an odd choice, first of all, given that it's a John Anderson song from the '80s performed on 21st Century Night (yes, LeAnn Rimes covered it recently).

LeAnn's version wasn't a huge hit and neither was Scotty's. He had a blast and showed his considerable vocal skills, but somehow left us wanting more.

Were our expectations just too high? Watch and see what you think:

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Scotty McCreery sang George Strait's "Cross My Heart" on Idol this week.

For a country singer to use George Strait, well, they're gonna have to be good, 'cause they're gonna be compared to George Strait. Did Scotty pull it off?

It seemed to us that he had trouble with his pitch sometimes, struggled with some notes and didn't exactly get a lot of favors from the American Idol band. 

But at least the judges are so nice. "I just love your voice. You picked the just right song," said Steven. "All I really want to say is wow," added J. Lo.

Not up there with James Durbin or Casey Abrams Wednesday, but probably good enough to stick around. Watch his performance right here and see ...

What do you think? Best of the night? If not, who was? Vote below:

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Scotty McCreery was definitely all right, mama, with a fun, spirited performance of an Arthur Crudup-penned Elvis Presley hit on American Idol Wednesday night.

He may still be a step below James Durbin among the guys on the show, but he's clearly getting more comfortable on stage, and this effort felt pretty natural.

"This is like a new Scotty! We've never seen this side! Scotty is in it to win it!" Randy said, and while he'd say that no matter what, Scotty was pretty good.

Watch him perform "That's All Right, Mama" and see if you agree:

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Was there any doubt Scotty McCreery would take on "Country Comfort" last night?

As the young artist himself said, it's Elton John's only country single, and he's an aspiring country singer, after all.

Randy loves the performance, which includes a shout-out to Scotty's grandmother, but a similar dilemma faces McCreery that faces Thia Megia: will he need to mix up his song choices if he hopes to go all the way? Or is natural, impressive talent all one needs, even if such talent is only ever presented within the same genre?

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Scotty McCreery may sound like a natural born country singer, but we learned last night from where this 17-year old's deep voice actually comes:

He grew up impersonating Elvis.

"Kids thought I was weird," Scotty said in his introductory video, prior to performing his second Travis Tritt track of the competition, the 1993 hit "Can I Trust You With My Heart."

Hitting a high note to close the rendition, McCreery took the judges by surprise, as Jennifer Lopez exclaimed: "You pushed it up! That made me go, 'What?!'"

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American Idol judges ask contestants this question every season: What kind of artist do you want to be?

This year, no finalist has an easier answer than Scotty McCreery. The 17-year old from North Carolina has a country sound and doesn't shy away from it. Case in point: last night's cover of the Garth Brooks' single "The River."

Randy Jackson applauded Scotty for remaining true to who he is, saying "if it ain't broke, don't even think about fixing it," while Jennifer Lopez gushed that McCreery us "taking us all on the ride." Where will it go from here? Watch Scotty's latest performance and try to gauge his prospects:

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It's still early to make any bold predictions, but this much is safe to say: Jacob Lusk must be considered one of the favorite to capture this season's American Idol crown.

The soulful singer from Compton, California possesses a vocal range that is only matched by the incredible emotion he squeezes out of every performance. Definitely someone to watch, starting with this Tuesday's all-male audition night.

Solid Scott

But Scott McCreery might have something to say about Lusk's march to the title. The 17-year old North Carolina resident is one of the only true country singers in the competition. Think he has a chance to go all the way?

Which of these hopefuls has the best chance to win it all?

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Jacob Lusk and Scott McCreery are both quite talented. But you must decide: which will go farther on season 10 of American Idol? View Poll »

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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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