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Let’s give Chelsea Sorrell a couple props:

  1. It’s not easy to go first on any American Idol audition show, especially with your very first live performance.
  2. It takes courage to cover possibly the greatest contestant in series history, Carrie Underwood.

But the gamble didn’t really pay off for Sorrell last night, as Randy Jackson noted the questionable song choice and J. Lo – who later admitted she was too nice to the guys the evening before – referred to the rendition as “nasally.” Ouch.

Watch the cover of “Cowboy Casanova” now and compare it to our favorite from the night, Hollie Cavanagh.

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