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The 5 Can't-Miss "American Idol" Charlotte Auditions

Charlotte, North Carolina was the third stop on the "American Idol" auditions, but in Wednesday's episode, the focus shifted from the contestants (which is what the show should be all about) to the judges -- namely Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

There were a lot more clips of the judges' interactions, depicting a tired, hungry and agitated Nicki. Of course, Charlotte was the site of the now infamous blow-up between the two judges, a story that made headlines before "Idol" even began airing.

So what was the audition that set Nicki off? It's No. 1 on our list of the Top 5 "American Idol" Charlotte auditions.

1. Summer Cunningham

Summer had a pleasant if not unremarkable voice. Little did she know that she would become the center of one of the most discussed celebrity feuds. Watch for yourself:



The fight appeared to be edited for TV. Check out the unedited video from our sister site, TMZ:



2. Jimmy Smith

After that distasteful incident, how about a little palette cleanser? Meet this humble and handsome singer who seems like a perfectly regular  guy -- with a great voice. The show definitely needs more contestants like this:



3. Ashley Smith

In her profile, Ashley came across as another deluded fame-seeker. But underneath that blonde hair was a bona fide talent. Keith Urban was entertained by her "juxtapositions," and so were we. Check out her rendition of former "Idol" champ Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova." You'll be pleasantly surprised. This is a case where the gift doesn't match the wrapping:



4. Candice Glover

Candice made it all the way to the Las Vegas rounds last season, where she sang a group number with Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez and finalist Deandre Brackensick. It seemed Randy Jackson had forgotten about Candice but hopefully her amazing voice jogged his memory. Mariah even said it was the best audition she had heard all season:



5. Seretha Guinn

Seretha auditioned with one of the most original song choices in "Idol" history -- the theme to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." On top of her unique choice, she brought in her adorable daughter London and had her own sob story (London's father was in a near-fatal accident). Seretha's positivity really shown through:



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