American Idol Recap: Favorites Fall Flat

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During an evening of inspirational songs, our three favorite American Idol finalists can't be feeling very good about themselves this morning.

David Cook, Michael Johns and Brooke White (who we very much fear will be sent home this week) all failed to impress the judges, as they each appeared to be trying too hard.

Johns was criticized for his attempt to emulate Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler; Cook was called "pompous" by Simon Cowell for going into the crowd; and White's emotional depth on "You've Got a Friend" did strike us as forced.

Cook, at least, did send the following, important message to fans on the heels of tonight's Idol Gives Back:

So, which finalist put on the best performance? We hope you're sitting down because the answer is: Kristy Lee Cook.

The often-criticized beauty created a stir with her rendition of "Anyway," even causing Simon to tell her she looked like a star. That's like getting The Hollywood Gossip staff to tell Perez Hilton he's an insightful blogger.

David Archuleta, as usual, received nothing but positive reviews for his performance, too. He sat at a piano for Robbie Williams' "Angels." It was nice, it was sung well, it likely led to gallons of tears being shed by girls around the country.

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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]