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"American Idol" -- TMZ Mole Strikes Again!

2/17/2009 9:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

American IdolOnce again, our TMZ mole has successfully infiltrated the set of "American Idol", where the first twelve contestants were rehearsing for tonight's live performance.

The big scoop: Two wannabes are busting out Aretha Franklin jams -- it's on!!! No word if they're rocking an over-sized hat to match.

According to our mole, Anoop had to restart his song 4-5 times because the band kept messing up. Danny Gokey was the best (the crowd loved him) and Casey Carlson was the worst, with a "Sarah Palin-esque type performance full of winks and poses."

Here's the final rundown for tonight's ep:

Jackie Tohn: "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley

Ricky Braddy: "A Song For You" by Leon Russell

Alexis Grace: "I Never Loved a Man" by Aretha Franklin

Brent Keith: "Hicktown" by Jason Aldean

Casey Carlson: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police


Anoop Desai: "Angel of Mine" by Monica

Anne Marie Boskovich: "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin

Michael Sarver: "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw

Tatiana Del Toro: "Saving All My Love For You" by Whitney Houston

Stephen Fowler
: "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson

Stevie Wright
: "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Danny Gokey: "Hero" by Mariah Carey

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