My top 3 were:

David Cook: I am getting a bit tired of him stealing everyone else's unique arrangements. He's done it 3 of the last 4 weeks at least. The first time was at the end of the last round of auditions and it caused a bit of a scandal when the band he ripped it off from raised a stink. Now they've been clearly announcing whose version he's doing each week. But he's getting credit for being "original" when he's anything but. And the judges know better, but praised him for it nonetheless. That said, the second half of the song raised him up to the best of the night.

Syesha Mercado: She was really fantastic. What I liked most is she didn't take the easy "let's sing over the top" approach and instead gave a very heartfelt and down to earth performance. I like it when someone sings a song, rather than performing vocal gymnastics. If I had a lable, I'd totally sign this girl.

Carly Smithson: I am not a big fan of her's, but in a very week collections, she's the third smartest kid in this dumb class. I thought it was a bad song choice since it's so well known for the gravel vocals and Carly is such a powerful but clean singer.

My bottom 3 were:

Ramielle Malubay: Sick or not, she sucked.

David Archuleta: If not for Ramielle's total trainwreck, he'd have been the worst of the night. This guy is SOOOO over rated it's baffling. Apparently being a cute little Disney character is all you need these days. Yawn. His breathy rasp is so tiresome. And that song was hideous. It's the first song I can ever remember on American Idol I'd never heard and for good reason. It was weak weak weak.

Chikezie Eze: He probably just packed his bags up for the road on this lame old school R&B drivel. Ack.

The Also Rans:

Brooke White: She's an above average female singer-songwriter. But I can think of a dozen off the top of my head who blow her away. In fact, I see at least 1 or 2 better female singer songwriters at nearly every JPF Roadtrip show we do. This was a decent performance.. but so what in the end.

Michael Johns: This guy can sing. Seriously. I've heard him. I ever gave him an award. But he sure hasn't done much of it on the show yet. This wasn't that great. It wasn't as good as his Hollywood round performance of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Jason Castro: We've seen it before.. we'll see it again. And he hasn't lived up to his first performance of the last round. That was his peak. He's been living off those fumes ever since.

Kristy Lee Cook: She was very nearly in the bottom 3. Great song choice for sure. But imagine Carrie Underwood doing that same song. Nuff said. She's no Carrie Underwood.

Likely Going home: Chikezie. Who deserves to go home? Ramiele has been a total underachiever all season. So has Kristy. Kristy is a wooden performer. All 3 of them could go and I wouldn't think twice.


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