Idol: Paula Critiques Jason’s Second Song — Before He Sings It!

04/30/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

What the heck was going on last night? With the top five contestants -- Jason Castro, David Cook, Brooke White, David Archuleta and Syesha Mercado -- each singing two Neil Diamond tunes, Tuesday's altered American Idol format must have thrown Paula Abdul for a loop!

After the contestants sang their first song, the judges had a chance to quickly give their first impressions before the contestants sang a second selection. At this point, a rushed and confused Paula started reading her notes and told Jason, "The second song, I felt like your usual charm was missing for me. It kind of left me a little empty and the two songs made me feel like you're not fighting hard enough to get into the top four." The only problem: Jason had only performed once! The crowd began to snicker while Ryan Seacrest and the contestants looked a little stunned. Awkward!

Finally, Randy Jackson corrected Paula and she said, "Oh my God, I thought you sang twice ... You know what? This is hard!"

Seacrest, trying not to laugh, did a little damage control, saying, "Paula, you're seeing the future, baby. You're seeing the future."

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