On Wednesday night, the "Idol" contestants faced the daunting task of covering a Beatles song. Each contestant had to put their own twist on one of the foursome's classics while somehow managing not to butcher it (nobody wants to hear 30 riffs forced into one verse of "Hey Jude"). Overall, the contestants survived the night without any truly botched numbers, but who were the true standouts?
Kree started off the night singing "With a Little Help From My Friends," but she certainly didn't need any help impressing the judges. Nicki praised Kree for maintaining her sense of self and Keith told her that she is "all of the cool things about country."
Burnell tackled "Let It Be," a song that may be a classic for most of the world, but was unfamiliar to him. Despite not knowing it, Burnell pulled the song off with ease. "There's just a realness about you that never goes away," Mariah told him.
After her star-making performance last week, Amber had a lot to live up to. Vocally, her rendition of "She's Leaving Home" was perfect, but Nicki felt that she was in her head, telling her not to over think it.
Lazaro's "In My Life" left the judges wanting a bit more and they all agreed that he should have chosen to sing in a higher key. Nicki felt that Lazaro was losing himself a bit in the competition, telling him that she wanted the old Lazaro back.
Candice sang the upbeat "Come Together" to a round of standing ovations from the audience. "Your voice is crazy!" Randy told her, expressing the overall sentiment that Candice may be the true powerhouse of the season.
The theatrical Paul chose to sing the somber "Eleanor Rigby," and the judges felt that, while he had no problem hitting the big notes, he had trouble connecting in the smaller moments. "You have to be able to give as much emotion when you're singing softly as when you're singing at the top of your range," Mariah told him.
Angie, whose crazy range and powerful belt make her one of the most unstoppable contestants, kept her performance of "Yesterday" contained and respectful. Randy applauded her for emoting from the heart while delivering such strong vocals, and Nicki told Angie that she could do anything with her voice.
Devin earned high praise for his performance of "The Long and Winding Road," with Mariah announcing that it would be a "travesty" if he didn't go through and Randy telling him that he finally got his swagger back.
Janelle ended the night with the subtle "I Will" and delivered exactly what the judges were looking for. "That performance just made me fall so much more deeply obsessed with you," Nicki said, telling Janelle that she wanted to renew their vows. All of the judges were in agreement that it was a truly stellar performance, with Randy saying that it may have even been the best of the night.
"American Idol" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.