See the American Idol Audition That Made Jennifer Lopez Cry

Entertainment Jan. 21, 2011 AT 12:05PM

When American Idol's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told season 10 was the female contestants' time to shine, he was right.

Case in point: Thursday's New Orleans singer Paris Tassin, who performed a cover of Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home" that moved judge Jennifer Lopez to tears.

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The mother of a special needs daughter, Tassin, 23, says the lyrics of Underwood's hit were especially significant to her.

"When you sang, I really felt it," Lopez (who has 2-year-old twins with singer Marc Anthony) told Tassin. "I knew [the song] meant something to you."

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Tassin told the judges her daughter, born with hydrocephalus, inspires her to sing.

"I [sing] for my daughter, because I want to teach her to go for your dreams, do everything you want to do in your life and be happy," the contestant said.

PHOTOS: Other Idol contestants who are parents

Revisit Tassin's Hollywood Week-worthy American Idol performance in the clip above.

Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. (EST) on Fox.

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