The American Idol Power Poll: Volume X

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We're proud to present the tenth-ever American Idol Power Poll on The Hollywood Gossip.

While the views of our staff don't always match those of viewers around the glove, they do at least drum up reactions and comments. Check out our latest rankings below - and then let us know your take on how we gauge the chances of various contestants:

David Archuleta, No Pants!

1. David Cook: He may not look as hardcore as Chris Daughtry, but this rocker is as original and creative as anyone in the show's history not named Blake Lewis. For taking risks and appearing genuinely flattered by the praise he receives, David Cook sits comfortably in our top spot.

2. Brooke White (pictured): We'll give props to any contestant that has a gimmick and sticks to it. As a female version of John Mayer, White is a breathe of folksy, fresh, singing/songwriting air. She could easily be the next Carly Simon or Sherl Crow.

3. David Archuleta: Cover your eyes, David Archuleta fans, but we're gonna say it: this guy is boring! Sure, he has a great voice and a cute face. But if performance counts in the competition - as Simon tells Kristy Lee Cook every week - than Archuleta has to jazz up his renditions with more than just passionate stares into the camera.

4. Carly Smithson: Not pregnant, but definitely talented. The Irish should sail through to the final five.

5. Michael Johns: Hasn't done a lot to make himself stand out over the last couple weeks, but there's no way we can put him below Syesha, Kristy Lee, Jason Castro or Ramiele. Johns could use an impressive performance tomorrow night to help his overall chances.

On the Block: Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado

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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]