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Before we get to the actual talent behind this season’s American Idol, let us say this: Antonella Barba did not suck last night.

And that’s not even a reference to her infamous blowjob pictures. Seriously, it’s not.

The New Jersey native sang a decent rendition on last night’s show – but she’s simply surrounded by too many talented artists to remain past this evening’s vote off. At least that’s what we assume. And it’s what Simon Cowell pointedly said. But you never know.

Maddie Poppe Wins American Idol
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Anyway, the two best women didn’t disappoint – although one of them may have increased her lead by a sizeable margin. Melinda Doolittle was downright amazing as she sung “I’m a Woman” by Peggy Lee. The only thing more impressive than her vocal ability is her constantly grateful, embarrassed expression every time the judges throw a compliment her way.

Meanwhile, Lakisha Jones sang perfectly well. She chose a Whitney Houston song and actually sounded just like the diva on stage. The only drawback in that?

Somewhere, Bobby Brown is thinking about breaking parole in order to meet Lakisha. Look out, woman!