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It was ladies first on Fox's American Idol last night, as a dozen female contestants performed in this season's first live show, while their 12 male counterparts watched. Here's what the dudes should take away as they prepare to let loose on camera tonight.
1. Keep any embarrassing information to yourself -- or at least away from Ryan Seacrest! After Florida preschool teacher Paige Miles finished a rendition of Bad Company's "All Right Now," Seacrest asked her to tell America "what you told me about in rehearsal. You can finally do something you've been waiting to do after all this." Miles glared at him and admitted, "I'm sewn into my outfit. I've been waiting to pee for like five hours." Classy, Ryan!
2. Then again, even if you're careful, Seacrest might humiliate you anyway. After Kara DioGuardi told Katelyn Epperly she liked her better without the bright red lipstick, Seacrest egged on the blond contestant by asking her, "What was the word bubble in your head?" While Epperly fumbled for a reply, DioGuardi quipped, "I think I know what your word bubble was -- 'Bitch.'"
3. Tone down any over-the-top exuberance. "You were like a wind-up doll who never stopped smiling throughout the song," said Simon Cowell, after Colorado teen Haeley Vaughn delivered a messy version of the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."
4. Remember to act your age. "I want you to be 17," Ellen DeGeneres told Middlebury, Conn., 17-year-old Katie Stevens, whose performance struck judges as overly mature. "It was like your mom and dad had dressed you and given you the song...very pageanty," added Cowell about Stevens' prim headband and rhinestone earrings.
5. Song choice. Song choice. Song choice! According to the judges, Floridian Janell Wheeler's song (Heart's "What About Love?") was "way too big" for her. Ditto for Massachusetts looker Ashley Rodriguez, who struck out with Leona Lewis' "Happy." But DeGeneres said that Denver folk singer Lilly Scott's "random song choice" (the Beatles' "Fixing a Hole") worked with her distinctive voice. And Cowell commended quirky 19-year-old Siobhan Magnus for choosing a "dark" song like Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," -- he said, "maybe because you're a dark person." (Uh, thanks?) The name of the game, season after season, remains picking music that shows you at your best. Good luck, boys!
Which two ladies in the Top 24 do you think will be voted off Idol this week? Chime in below!