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February 21, 2008 12:00 AM

With nerves — and illness — being a major factor on the first night of voting for Idol‘s female contestants, no less than eight proved they’re in it to win it no matter what comes their way. And for some some of them, that includes unflattering comments by judge Simon Cowell, who (as usual!) proved to be the night’s hardest to please.

Here are the best of ladies’ night along with Simon’s mixed reactions:

Alaina Whitaker gave a solid, yet subdued performance of “More Today Than Yesterday.” Simon said: “You are sailing through to the next round.”

Rocking nurse Amanda Overmeyer delighted the judges with her scatting on “Baby Please Don’t Go.” Simon said: “I hope you stay around for a while.”

Good girl Brooke White sang a fantastic folksy version of “So Happy Together.” Simon said: “You chose the right song … It was very you.”

Alexandr a Lushington turned Blood, Sweat & Tears‘ “Spinning Wheel” into a youthful tribute in her cute peace sign earrings. Simon said: “I didn’t get it.”

Asia’h Epperson, of Joplin, Mo., did Janice Joplin — and her hometown — justice when she sang “Piece of My Heart.” Simon said: “It was my favorite of the night.”

Ramiele Malubay‘s controlled rendition of “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” had all three judges calling her a pro. Simon said: “Tonight, you out sung every single person.”

Syesha Mercado went big, rocked “Tobacco Road” and left everyone wanting more. Simon said: “You are probably one of the most talented girls in this competition.”

Carly Smithson left her mark on the night with her powerful performance of “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Simon said: “Everything about it to me was a let down.”

Tell us: Who was your favorite of the night? Where did Simon go wrong? Who did he get right?FOX

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