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American Idol: Did Candice Glover Have the Best Performance in Show History?

updated 04/11/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 04/10/2013 AT 10:45 PM ET

With Sir Anthony Hopkins in the audience, American Idol’s six remaining contestants took the stage to perform two songs – one from the catalogue of legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David and another one “they wish they had written.”

The best performance of the night – and according to Randy Jackson, “one of the greatest performances in the history … of American Idol” – came at the very end of the two-hour show.

Candice Glover, who first earned a standing ovation for her soulful take on “Don’t Make Me Over,” sang “Lovesong” by The Cure. The crowd exploded in a raucous uproar, Keith Urban literally bowed down in front of her and Mariah Carey walked up on stage and showered Candice in glitter. The enthusiastic response brought Candice to tears. Watch her performance below.

But back at the beginning … Angie Miller kicked things off with the ballad “Anyone Who Had a Heart.” Although she did her best to sing it with attitude, the judges just weren’t feeling it.

“You can make it look too easy and feel too easy and I’m missing the humanity in there,” Keith said. Nicki Minaj agreed, calling the performance “old-fashioned.” Mariah wondered if maybe Miller’s attempt to be perfect in her lyric pronunciation was holding her back.

For her second performance, Miller chose “Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe and sang it while playing the piano. The result? A standing ovation.

Amber Holcomb started her night with “I Say A Little Prayer.” Although a few notes probably went astray, she got excellent marks from the judges.

“I am bowing down right now for you, little girl,” Nicki said. “You have become my favorite girl in this competition.” For her follow-up, Amber took on the up-tempo Beyoncé hit “Love On Top,” which kept the judge (and audience) love-fest going.

Lazaro Arbos – a.k.a. “the only dude left in the competition” (as host Ryan Seacrest put it) – came out for his first performance wearing what looked like a blue-green lava lamp suit. He attempted the song “Close to You” made famous by the Carpenters, but it was overwhelmingly panned by the judges.

“No, no, no, no – that was horrible,” Randy said. “That was the worst performance you’ve ever had on the show.”

Although Arbos did a much better job singing his follow-up song, “Angels” by Robbie Williams, the judges all agreed that the female contestants were still leaving him in the dust.

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