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Idol Blogga: All you need to know about tonight’s American Idol

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Number 12 in your program book, number one in your heart

“Keep it real, boys..come on, now!” Randy “Dog” Jackson
Theme: 60s
David Hernandez, Glendale, CA: Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Hour; I thought it was terrible–like cruise ship singing. Simon says: “It was better than I thought it was going to be–you need to loosen up a bit. I loved the beginning of it.”

Chikeze, Englewood, CA: Lounge singing, not great. Randy had mixed feelings, called him an “old fashioned singer.” Simon says: “I absolutely hated the whole performance. The suit is hideous, the wink was hideous…it was all old-fashioned corny..this was so old-fashioned.”

David Cook, Springfield, MO: Singing The Turtles Happy Together: Lounge singing, I mean, it’s like a school play. Simon says: “I thought it was good–you almost made it believable.

Jason Yeager, Grand Prairie, Texas: Singing the traditional Moon River. It’s not bad, but he’s no Johnny Mathis. Simon says: “I think it was very cruise ship–the whole performance. It was very middle of the road.”

Robbie Carrico, Melbourne, FLA: Singing Three Dog Night’s One. It’s ok…he’s actually a good singer, but I think he should have chosen another song. The audience seemed to like him. It was one of Randy’s favorite Three Dog Night “joint.” Simon says: “The only current performance we’ve seen so far. I’m not sure you’re comfortable with the rock thing.”

David Archuleta, Murray, UT: He seems like a nice kid. Singing Smokey Robinson’s Shop Around. He’s good, but it’s a really high school musical version–a bit too pedestrian. “Yo, this kid is ready to go,” said Randy. Simon says: “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it…best performance of the night, by far.”

Danny Noriega, Azusa, CA: Singing Jailhouse Rock. He’s good, but this version of the Elvis classic is beyond lame. This was like bad, bad karaoke. Simon says: “I thought it was verging on grotesque. The whole performance was hideous.” Paula seems to be as drunk as a yard rat–so bad, she’s even has the hiccups.

Luke Menard, Crawfordsville, IN: Singing Harry Nillsson’s Everbody’s Talking At Me, which is one of my favorite songs. This version is, eh, not so good. Randy and Paula weren’t crazy about the performance. Simon says: “It was forgettable. No one is going to remember that as a great performance or a great vocal.”

Colton Berry, Staunton, VA: Singing Suspicious Minds, which IS my favorite song. He’s doing a good job. My favorite performance so far. Simon says: “It was OK–it wasn’t quite as bad as the other Elvis song. I got nothing from that song–it was young kid singing an Elvis song well.”

Garret Haley, Elida, OH: Singing up Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. He has a good voice, as this is my first time to hear him sing. It’s really not bad, but the performance is bland. Simon says: “It was boring and you look terrified and like you’ve been shut up in your room for a while.”

Jason Castro, Rockwall, Texas: Singing the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream. He’s playing guitar and he sings well. Paula loved it. Simon says: “I thought it was in the top two performances of the night. You, like David, have got it. You made it sound current.”

Michael Johns, Buckhead, GA: Singing The Doors Light My Fire. He was my favorite male during the auditions. The crowd loves him. Randy loves him–“That was hot.” Paula loves him, too. Simon says: “The most consistent contestant we’ve had . You’ve just got it.”

My Top Performances: Michael Johns and Jason Castro.

Voted For: Michael Johns

Expected To Be Voted Off: Chikeze and Danny Noriega

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