Good: Joanna Pacitti, 24 (pictured). She comes with a pretty serious professional resume that includes a not-very-successful record contract, singles on movie sound tracks (including Legally Blonde), a fairly comprehensive Wikipedia entry and an album, This Crazy Life, from Geffen Records. You can get it on iTunes. This season's Carly Smithson?
Bad: Ross Plavsic, 26. A very entertaining geek (who enjoys arranging Chinese characters according to their radicals), as well as an awful, tone-deaf baritone, who took a big sip out of Paula's cup to soothe a scratchy throat. (You can watch his sloooooow, deeeep, baaaad version of "Amazing Grace" on YouTube.)
Good: Alexis Grace, 21. A petite woman with a little daughter named Ryan Elizabeth and a surprisingly big voice. Randy: "I think you could come out of your shell and surprise the world." Kara's advice: Don't wear pink and go home and make love to your fianc.
Good: Leneshe Young, 18. She has a great voice, sang her own catchy song and told an inspiring story of overcoming a homeless childhood. "I have no clue what it's like not to struggle," she said. But there was no struggle with the judges. Randy: "You're kind of what we need." Kara: "Brilliant."
Bad (but so what?): Aaron Williamson, 27. What he considered singing was mostly shouts and whoops that grew louder and louder (watch a clip). But, hey, he energized the room, and left the judges happy. Paula: "I loved it -- it got my aggression out!" -- Tom Gliatto
Tell us: Who was your favorite from Louisville? Was Mark Mudd really a threat? Had you heard of Joanna Pacitti?
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