American Idol – Top 8 Week

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With the big Idol Gives Back show running tomorrow American Idol was all about inspriational songs this week, with Idols getting a chance to pick their favorite inspriational tunes. Here’s our breakdown*** of the top eight performances.

    The Top Five

  1. David Archuleta
  2. Kristy Lee Cook
  3. Jason Castro
  4. Brooke White
  5. Michael Johns
  6. The Bottom Three

  7. Carly Smithson
  8. Syesha Mercado
  9. David Cook
*** Feel free to rate your top performances, argue our choices, or generally discuss the show below.

As much as I wasn’t really feeling Jason Castro’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” I have to guess that teenage girls all over the country were. None of the top five really knocked it out of the park, but there seemed to be a clear difference (mostly attributed to good song choice) between the top and bottom of the five. In the bottom three are three strong singers who stumbled due to song choice. David Cook’s song was a mess, Carly Smithson didn’t make anyone forget Freddie Mercury, and Syesha Mercado didn’t even hold a candle to Fantasia. While it’s entirely possible that Kristie, Brooke, or Jason may end up in the bottom three on the show, we’re betting that is comes down to Syesha and Carly with Syesha going home.

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Here’s our running tally of where the Idols stand for the entire season. Little David Archuleta moves back on top and Carly free falls… The ratings (completely unscientific) are weighted toward the most recent performances (using the “what have you done for me lately” principle) but reflect the entire season of song choices and connection with the voting public.

  1. David Archuleta
  2. David Cook
  3. Brooke White
  4. Jason Castro
  5. Kristy Lee Cook
  6. Carly Smithson
  7. Michael Johns
  8. Syesha Mercado

And, as always, we offer up the embarrassing Idol picture of the week:

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