American Idol Power Poll IX

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Who's on the rise, who's stock is falling faster than a subprime mortgage lender's and who (cough, Kristy Lee Cook) will defy the odds and simply not go away?

It's time, once again, for our American Idol Power Poll!

His Final Song

Feel free to write in and voice your thoughts on our rankings. We welcome all comments as we're just fans like you. Here's how we see it right now ...

1. David Archuleta: Back on top of the poll after a solid rendition of "The Long and Winding Road." Most American Idol hopefuls suffered through the latest Beatles Week, but David Archuleta thrived a week after his toughest outing.

2. David Cook: Dark horse rocker may no longer be a dark horse - he's rising too high in opinion polls! He has a serious shot at capturing the title, we think.

David Archuleta (#1 in our poll) and Carly Smithson (#4) are in the hunt.

3. Brooke White: She was a bit uncomfortable away from the piano, but still the best of the ladies in the hunt to become the next American Idol so far.

4. Carly Smithson. Despite the controversy surrounding her background, Carly Smithson has been solid so far - one of the few consistent performers among the entire bunch, in fact - and we expect her to make the top five at least.

5. Michael Johns. Tough week last week, and that's putting it mildly. Still, we like his chances and expect a rebound from Johns tomorrow night.

On the bubble: Jason Castro, Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado

On the block: Kristy Lee Cook, Chikezie

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David Cook will win the whole competition hands down. David Archuleta is too young and is starting to waver, but David Cook gets stronger every week. He is a solid rocker who deserves to be alongside greats like Jared Leto. He is highly original, has an excellent voice, and a very humble personality. He isn't just hot (like David Archuleta), he has got serious talent as well.

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david archuleta your so handsome.........i have crush on you coz your so cute!!!!!!!!!! and i,m your big fan........... i like u so much boy........ I am freshman and 13 years old and i alwayz watching american idol bcoz of you..... and iknow that you are a gud performer and dont worry coz me and my friends alwayz supporting you*******keep up tha gud work God bless,,,,,, hope 2 see you s00n

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hi david archuleta........i,m your big supporter........your so cute and hot, i love the way you sing and perform!!!!!hope 2 see you coz u olwayz make me crazy:::::::I LOVE YOU

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nice gossip

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]