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Michael Lynche Performs 'This Woman's Work' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:00PM
Credit goes to Michael "Big Mike" Lynche for easily providing the strongest performance on 'American Idol' tonight. Lynche belted out an emotionally-connected rendition of Maxwell's 'This Woman's Work' that drew rave reviews from the judges and even brought Kara DioGuardi to tears.

"One of my favorite songs and, oh my God, that was so beautiful and it feels like the show just began. You are the one to beat now," Ellen DeGeneres said, borrowing a comment that Simon Cowell made last night to describe Crystal Bowersox as a shoo-in to win.

Watch Michael's performance after the jump.Credit goes to Michael "Big Mike" Lynche for easily providing the strongest performance on 'American Idol' tonight. Lynche belted out an emotionally-connected rendition of Maxwell's 'This Woman's Work' that drew rave reviews from the judges and even brought Kara DioGuardi to tears.

"One of my favorite songs and, oh my God, that was so beautiful and it feels like the show just began. You are the one to beat now," Ellen DeGeneres said, borrowing a comment that Simon Cowell made last night to describe Crystal Bowersox as a shoo-in to win.

DioGuardi burst into tears and gave us the first moment of the season reminiscent of Paula Abdul's frequently emotional feedback to contestants. "I've never cried after hearing something like that. It's amazing. You were amazing. And it's so relevant for you and I can feel it. You know it's your life right now, it's your respect for your wife, what you've gone through," she said, referring to the song's theme of parenthood and the recent birth of Lynche's child.

"This was so needed tonight, because, you know, if you think back to the beginning of the show, it was all a little bit boring," said Cowell. "You come out with an incredibly difficult song to sing and you 100% nailed it. Not just the best performance of the night, it's the best performance we've had of these live shows so far."

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