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Personalities emerge in 'Idol' competition

In their first head-to-head competition Tuesday night, the 12 remaining women began to emerge as personalities. (Not that some, like Brenna "Get that phone" Gethers, hadn't already emerged.)

Coincidentally, two of the 12 have played Division 1 women's basketball -- Becky O'Donohue for NU from 1998 to 2002, and Ayla Brown plays now for Boston College -- and there's a McGhee (Melissa) and a McPhee (Katharine).

With a bang: Mandisa, who seems to have shed her last name of Hundley, opened the show by blowing the judges away with a Heart tune. The show ended on a high note with the fabulous McPhee.

Standing tall: Diminutive Ryan Seacrest, who quipped, "I'm taller than Tom Cruise!" stood on a box to interview Brown.

Paling in comparison: Two of the three women who picked huge songs sounded worse than the originals. O'Donohue flopped with "Because the Night," and Gethers was no Stevie Wonder on "Sunshine of My Life." Pint-sized dynamo Paris Bennett owned "Midnight Train to Georgia," but was it fair that she had backup help?

Teen sensation: Lisa Tucker, all of 16, growling and prowling the stage.

Who should go: O'Donohue (sorry, Purple Eagles!), who made funny scrunched-up faces during her song, and either Heather Cox or Stevie Scott.


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