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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the "American Idol" judges hold sway over viewers, contestants Katie Stevens, Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly should be nervous about making it into the top 12.

The three received uniformly negative comments from the Fox TV show's judging panel after performing Tuesday night, while the other five female singers all hit high notes. Simon Cowell called soulful Crystal Bowersox the contestant to beat.

The eight male semifinalists will perform Wednesday, with the top six vote-getters from the men's and women's groups to be announced Thursday.