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Amazing -- And Awful -- Performances On American Idol, As Top 6 Take Stage

American Idol

Apr. 11 2013, Published 7:27 a.m. ET

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It was the best of times and the worst of times -- in terms of performances -- on Wednesday's edition of American Idol, as the six finalists took the stage to perform two songs -- one written by iconic songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the other a song they wish they had penned.

SPOILER: Who Was The Best? Who Was The Worst?

Candice Glover emerged as the favorite among the final six, belting out a rich rendition of The Cure's Love Song that Randy Jackson called "one of the greatest performances in the history of 12 years of American Idol."

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The praise didn't stop there: Keith Urban raved, "It was crazy -- it was one of those moments when all the stars line up, and I agree with Randy that is one of the best performances in American Idol history!"

On the other end of things, Lazaro Arbos -- the only boy left in the competition -- again stunk it up, as the 21-year-old had the judges shaking their heads at the lack of fundamentals shown in his rendition of The Carpenters' Close To You.

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Randy told him, "I am kind of speechless -- you know I love you the person, you are an amazing guy, your story inspires us all but all I can say is, 'No, no, no.'

"That was horrible: That was the worst performance you have ever had on the show!" the music industry vet said, later agreeing with Keith's assessment that the competition is a "girls' race" at this point.

Mariah Carey reminded Lazaro, "At this stage in the competition, there can't be a key change and you stay in the old key -- that is the end of the song."

Nicki Minaj didn't even give Lazaro a review, telling the Naples, Fla. native, "Let's pretend I gave you my comment, because honey child, we will be here till tomorrow!"

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The remaining singers in the competition are Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb and Angela Miller.

American Idol's 12th season continues Thursday on Fox at 8/7c.



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