Joshua Ledet delivered a performance that’s sure to be seen on the show’s highlight reels for years to come with his stirring rendition of Mariah Carey‘s cover of Badfinger’s Without You.
“You are a phenom!” Judge Jennifer Lopez told Ledet. “You are an absolute angel from heaven. That voice is a godsend!”
Also noteworthy was Elise Testone’s interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” of which Steven Tyler told her, “Nobody can pull that song off — you made Robert Plant proud tonight, girl!”
Lopez told Testone: “That was some real rock star … stuff! You made everybody get up … it was crazy.”
Also impressing the judges to the tune of standing ovations was Jessica Sanchez singing Beyonce‘s Sweet Dreams; Phillip Phillips taking on Jonny Lang‘s Still Rainin’; and Deandre Brackensick singing Eric Benet‘s Sometimes I Cry.
“That’s what your voice was made to do,” Tyler told Brackensick.
Someone’s getting eliminated when American Idol’s eleventh season continues Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.