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Jacob Lusk

In a performance that prompted Steven to rush up afterward and give him a hug, Jacob showed a new restraint that caught fire when it collided with his all-in vocals on "You're All I Need to Get By." Randy couldn't have been any more laudatory, proclaiming, "Yo, yo, yo man. The great [Motown founder] Berry Gordy is somewhere saying, 'Oh, my god'" and calling it "the second best performance ever" on "Idol" (the first being Jacob's own take on "God Bless the Child" during Hollywood Week).MARIO ANZUONI, REUTERS