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Sorry, David Archuleta lovers, but you cannot forget the lyrics to a song and hold on to the top spot in our American Idol Power Poll.

Feel free to write in and voice your complaints about your favorite singer dropping in the rankings - just make sure not to forget the words when you do...

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1. Brooke White: Every time we see White strumming the guitar or fingering the piano, we can't help but think of folk sensation Patty Griffin. White is an American Idol original with a huge career ahead of her.

2. David Cook: Chris Daughtry proved that an Idol rocker can have a bright future. Cook has a serious shot at being the first to actually capture the show's title.

3. David Archuleta: He's still cute. He still has a great voice. But fans must ask themselves: can you actually see Archuleta as a best-selling artist?

Stage fright got the best of David Archuleta last week. Can he recover?

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Let's at least give Elisabeth Hasselbeck some credit: unlike former coworker, Rosie O'Donnell, this host of The View didn't refer to 9/11 as a conspiracy.

But the conservative blonde is singing a conspiratorial tuner over David Hernandez being voted off American Idol last night.

"My mind went, 'You know what? This is a conspiracy," said Hasselbeck during this morning's show.

"American Idol maybe didn't want to deal with the fact that he had this shady - so-called - past and they blocked all of his phone calls of people voting for him.'"

Whoopi Goldberg was taken aback at this accusation, reiterating Hasselbeck's stance in amazement: "They blocked his phone calls?!?"

Sounds like a controversial, attention-getting viewpoint to me, Elisabeth basically responded. We wonder if she also thinks Eliot Spitzer got a raw deal.

"I'm making up my own conspiracy theory. This is my paranoia," she said.

"Because he's good - he is good - despite his... whatever he was doing on the side. But I think he actually deserved the spot to be there and I feel like maybe they were just trying to get him off the show."

What do you think? Did American Idol conspire to give David Hernandez the boot?

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What must Kristy Lee Cook do to get eliminated from American Idol?

No offense to the lovely singer. We'd never wish an elimination on anyone. But her butchering of a Beatles classic seemed to make her the front-runner to be voted off the show last night. Instead, David Hernandez said goodbye.

At least he has a lucrative career he can go back to...

Do you think David Hernandez deserved to go home? Who do you think is the worst performer on American Idol?

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American Idol finalists sang tunes from the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song book last night - and the results were nothing short of shocking!

The man known simply as Chikezie stepped up with a performance of "She's a Woman" that was among the most entertaining of the season. He bounded around on stage with the energy of a toddler, causing Randy Jackson to say he "smashed it."

Simon Cowell added: "It was certainly a unique version of the song ... I thought you were terrific."

As for heavy favorite David Archuleta? He stumbled for a change, forgetting the lyrics to "We Can Work It Out" and having his performance called a "mess" by Simon.

The ragged audition has left the door open for the following finalists, all of whom earned rave reviews by the judges last night:

  • Carly Smithson: Finally selecting the right song, this Irish crooner belted out "Come Together" to the delight of the crowd. Paula Abdul said: "I felt like I was already watching a star ... I couldn't wait until you got into the Top 12 so you could start showing who you are as a performer. You're amazing!"
  • David Cook: Turned "Eleanor Rigby" into a rock anthem, eliciting the highest of praise from Simon: "If this show remains a talent competition rather than a popularity competition, you actually could win this entire show."
  • Brooke White: Subtle continues to work well for White. She sat at a piano, sang the classic "Let It Be" and heard from Randy: "You gave a very heartfelt performance. I love that. I'm a fan!"

Who was your favorite performer of the night?

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Tonight marks the first show featuring the top 12 contestants on American Idol. They'll be singing renditions of classic Beatles songs, crowd favorites that are guaranteed to deliver a fun evening for all.

Except the person who gets eliminated tomorrow night. But that's over 24 hours away.

For now, take a look at a few recent pictures of the American Idol finalists - from heavy favorite David Archuleta to Aussie hottie Michael Johns to the fresh breath of folksy air, Brooke White. Click on the thumbnails to view larger versions...

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As if being on stage in front of millions of viewers every week, with the chance to win a recording contract, wasn't enough of a perk for American Idol finalists.

They also get to partake in cool events such as movie premieres.

The Clear Favorite

For example, the 12 most talented singers from season seven attended the premiere of Horton Hears a Who this past weekend, mingling with stars such as actor Jim Carrey. Below, Syesha Mercado, Jason Castro and David Cook look rather stoked to meet the comedian...

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David Hernandez and Jason Castro have established themselves as fierce, talented competitors on the seventh season of American Idol.

But they're also opponents in what may be an even more intense battle: The Hollywood Gossip Topless Tussle!

Check out - and click to enlarge - the following photos of Hernandez shirtless and Castro shirtless. Let us know who looks better. (And, yes, fellas, we're trying to arrange a similar face-off between Kristy Lee Cook and Brooke White. No luck on finding topless pics of those Idol singers yet, though.)

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With American Idol having chosen its top 12 singers for the finals, we need to make our weekly Power Poll more of a challenge.

Choosing the top five contenders at this point in the competition would be listing almost half the remaining singers. And that's too easy.

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Therefore, here's a look at the three American Idol hopefuls we think have the best chance of winning season seven:

1. David Archuleta: Can this 17-year old wonder kid go wire to wire as the favorite? He's given us no reason to think otherwise. Remember Melinda Doolittle last season, though, fans.

2. Brooke White: This might be wishful thinking, but White is a breath of fresh, folksy air. We've seen enough loud, diva-like singers over the year on Idol to get behind a pretty face who just sits on a stool, strums a guitar and makes beautiful music.

3. Carly Smithson: We could have placed either Michael Johns or Jason Castro in this spot, too, but Smithson gets the nod for her consistency. We also have a feeling the best is yet to come from this Irish crooner.

Who do you think will win American Idol?

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MTV recently traveled to Murray, Utah, in order to speak with those who knew David Archuleta in high school.

Here's how a few friends of the American Idol favorite described the adorable 17-year old:

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  • Kellene Kim, a friend and classmate at Murray High, said she called Archuleta "Lettuce Boy." The reason?

"David has a tendency to not really listen, 'cause he kinda likes to sing to himself," Kim explained. "We were sitting around, just hanging out, talking about how someone had found a bug in their lettuce from a fast-food place, and [David] tunes in. He heard us, and he's like, 'What? But I love lettuce!' And so now we call him 'lettuce boy.' "

  • Mietra Aarabi told MTV News: "Music is David's life and always has been. When he's talking in just normal conversation, if anything reminds him of a song, he just starts randomly singing."
  • "Even if we were driving, he would have random songs come into his mind," echoed classmate Shantel Hansen. "I would be like, 'Turn left,' and he would start singing, 'To the left, to the left' [from Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable']."
  • And the best part? He doesn't even know it, insists Dean Kaelin, who has been Archuleta's vocal coach for the better part of six years.

"I think he has absolutely no idea what a huge thing he is right now â€" it's not like he's trying to be impressive. He's just being himself and enjoying the songs. The old Jimmy Stewart, 'aw shucks'? Those are honest reactions. He just gets embarrassed from the attention. He thinks he's just this kid."