(LOS ANGELES) -- The guys had their chance on Tuesday, and on Wednesday night, it was American Idol's Top 12 girls' turn to perform for the nation's votes.
Here's what happened:
Ta-Tynisa Wilson got the show started with Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)," which didn't do anything to show off her vocals. Still, Steven Tyler said it was "beautiful" and he liked it a lot. Jennifer Lopez praised her for "playing to the crowd" and said she "brought it all the way home." But Randy Jackson slammed her for her pitch problems, and for not bringing anything "special and different" to the tune.
Naima Adedapo sang an upbeat version of "Summertime." Jackson called it "a little lounge-act-y," but praised her for hitting a high note at the end. Lopez, meanwhile, said she was like "an exotic flower," while Tyler praised her "old-timey" sound which he said is "what America needs right now."
Kendra Chantelle sang Christina Aguilera's "Impossible," and Jackson raved about her vibrato, which he said made him feel "warm and connected." Lopez told her she had heart, but said she hoped she stayed around to show what else she could do. Tyler said, "Voice hot. Clothes hot. Style hot. A whole package."
Rachel Zevita sang a drastically reworked, jazzy version of Fiona Apple's "Criminal." Tyler said it was "a little too Broadway" for him, while Lopez questioned whether this was the image she wanted to project with her first big performance. Jackson said it wasn't good, it didn't work and he didn't even recognize the song at first.
Karen Rodriguez sang Mariah Carey's "Hero" and made it her own by performing it in a mixture of English and Spanish. She also hit every note perfectly. Jackson approved, telling her, "You figured out a way to make it you." Lopez said she had goosebumps and added, "Wow! Amazing." Tyler called it "fantastic."
Lauren Turner sang Canadian singer Jully Black's version of Etta James' "Seven Day Fool." Lopez said her voice was "unbelievable," while Tyler said it was "spectacular." Jackson enthused, "That's how you do it!"
Ashthon Jones sang "Love All Over Me" by Monica. Tyler told her, "You've got the confidence of a queen," while Lopez said she "had all the makings of a diva." Jackson put a damper on the love fest, though, saying he didn't love the song, and that she was "broader and bigger" than that.
Julie Zorrilla stumbled badly on "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson. Tyler said it was the wrong song for her, while Lopez said it wasn't the "best thing we've seen you do." She also criticized her for not connecting emotionally to the lyrics, something she'd warned her about before. Jackson said she brought nothing new or different to the song, and didn't sing it nearly as good as Clarkson.
Haley Reinhart turned in a sassy version of "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys, and though she hit every difficult note, from low to high, Jackson said it felt like karaoke and he didn't get it. Lopez disagreed, saying the song showed off the "colors" in her voice, while Tyler thought it was "just the right amount of style, just the right amount of sexy."
Fifteen-year-old Thia Megia sang "Out Here on My Own," an Irene Cara number from the movie Fame, starting the song a cappella. Jackson raved about her "tone," which he compared to Michael Jackson's and said, "This is what singing is about." Lopez called it "so beautiful" and said she captivated everybody in the room, and Tyler agreed.
Lauren Alaina did an upbeat, fun version of Reba McEntire's "Turn on the Radio." It wasn't incredible, but the judges still fell all over themselves praising her, with Jackson comparing her to both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Lopez calling her "amazing" and Tyler telling her, "You're the best."
Pia Toscano closed the show with The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" and she absolutely brought down the house -- for the first time this season, the judges gave someone a standing ovation. The crowd followed. Tyler called it "unbelievable" and "gorgeous," while Lopez said it was "out of this world." Jackson added, "You just put yourself at the top."
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