Michael Johns, David Archuleta and Samantha Musa: Going to Hollywood!

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There were singers aside from Carly Smithson that impressed us during last night's American Idol auditions. Three in particular stood out:

1. Michael Johns: That Australian accent might be enough to help this crooner continue to advance. We certainly swooned as soon as Johns opened his mouth. Once he sung "I've Been Loving You Too Long," though, we agreed with and Simon Cowell that he sounded great, like a "white soul singer."

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2. David Archueta: This 16-year old suffered from vocal chord paralysis growing up, but that didn't stop him from an impressive rendition of "Waiting on the World to Change." Sob story alert! Viewers love that.

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3. Samantha Musa: Probably has less of a chance to advance far as the prior two gentlemen... but we loved Samantha! She was joined in her audition by her sister, who sat on Simon's lap and told the judge he was one of three people in the world she wanted to meet (along with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, naturally).

Musa seemed legitimately humble, adorable - and talented! Check out her audition of "Until You Come Back to Me."

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"Dear Simon, please let me in. Please, please, please. You're on my list of who I want to meet, along with who I want to meet along with Oprah and Obama."

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]