The American Idol frontrunners are beginning to emerge!
As the top 24 performances of season 15 got underway on Wednesday's show, judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. got to sink their teeth into some real evaluations -- until one contestant simply blew them away.
"I would be foolish to critique that in any way, shape or form," Harry gushed.
"Voices like yours, I swear I dream about them," J.Lo confessed.
"You're either gonna make other competitors get better, or you're gonna make them want to quit," Harry added after the performance, while Keith offered a bit of useful feedback.
"One of the hard parts that everybody faces is when people give feedback for something that you do really well -- like, in your case, runs and you sing amazing -- when you hear that over and over again, it's really hard to not be conscious of it," he said. "When you become conscious of it, you wreck it. You've somehow managed to never be conscious of it, and so it's beautiful because you remain a portal for the gift. You don't own it, you just portal it. It's beautiful."
While La'Porsha was the obvious standout of Wednesday's episode, honorable mention should also go to Sonika Vaid. She lent her angelic voice to a Taylor Swift fan favorite, "Safe and Sound" from The Hunger Games soundtrack.
"I was making some notes and then you started singing and I was like, 'What the, what's that sound?" Keith confessed. "Your voice is so good, Sonika. It just is."