American Idol Recap: Movie Madness!

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The second best performance** on last night's edition of American Idol - during which finalists sang songs from various movies - belonged to Allison Iraheta.

We still can't get over the fact that this singer is only 16, as she belted out an Aerosmith classic, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," like it was written solely for her.

Following the audition, Simon Cowell said what's been on the minds of viewers for weeks: Iraheta is the only female with any chance to win this season.

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Click on the photos above to enlarge images of each contestant during his/her audition.

Other top performances from the night included:

  • Danny Gokey, sticking with emotional ballades and belting out Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love." Paula Abdul described it as “a beautiful, beautiful rendition.”
  • Anoop Desai, who chose the Bryan Adams’ classic “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Kara DioGuardi said it was one of the singer's top vocals: “I really felt connected to you.”
  • Randy Jackson and Kara were split on Kris Allen, as he chose an obscure song, “Falling Slowly,” from an obscure movie, Once. We thought it was cool he went with something that clearly had meaning to him.

** Because Adam Lambert clearly puts on the best performance every week, we wanted to give the second-best singer on the night a chance to shine. For the record: Lambert, as always, did not disappoint. Check out his incredible rendition of "Born to Be Wild" right now!


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]