by Mischalova at

David Archuleta and Michael Johns were two of the top performers on American Idol last night. Each received tickets to Hollywood.

Like Carly Smithson and Kristy Lee Cook, however, each also has an extensive professional background. To wit:

Goodbye, Josh Ledet

Michael Johns was formerly the lead singer of two bands: The Rising and Film. He used to be known as Michael Lee and was actually signed to Maverick Records while leading Film. Things get even juicier:

The group was set to release a debut album in 2003, until - according to one of the group members - Michael allegedly screwed over Film by leaving the band and stealing their songs, claiming he wrote them.

While not evidence of that claim's validity, the MySpace profile for Fame is shown above - at least proving Johns was its lead singer.

Nothing about David Archuleta is as controversial, but his background isn't exactly amateur, either. The 16-year old singer won Star Search when he was 12 and has appeared on numerous programs ever since.

David Archuleta even sang once for an audience that included Kelly Clarkson. Check out the grainy video now:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8SJXDPE_sQ&eurl=http://www.rickey.org/?p=6887[/youtube]

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by Mischalova at

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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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47Ug1-kA8zA&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/michael-johns/[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRZps_AEMpU&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/david-archuleta/[/youtube]

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."

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4WUJ6YqCEg[/youtube]

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by Mischalova at

We interrupt the praising of American Idol contestants from week one of auditions - such as Kristy Lee Cook and Drew Poppelreiter - to bring you the worst of the worst.

At least that's what Renaldo Lapuz was hoping for.

Lauren Alaina on the Finale

The "singer" came dressed to his Dallas audition as a pimp, belted out a song he wrote for Simon Cowell called "I Am Your Brother" and tried his hardest to become the next William Hung.

Think this will result in a record deal?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuH0v7GIIwI[/youtube]

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by Mischalova at

Forget Kady Malloy, Colton Swon and the excitement over the new crop of American Idol contestants.

Here's far bigger Idol news (courtesy of a clip from season two we just dug up again): Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell had an affair! Kind of!

Garcia, Andrew

Take a look:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0y8B_PHxbs&eurl=http://www.idolstalker.com/[/youtube]

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She may or may not be voicing Knut the polar bear in a new movie about the ursine specimen, but Suri Cruise looks destined to be an entertainer.

Not only is the 21-month-old a fan of the Spice Girls, but according to mother Katie Holmes, she has also become a fan of American Idol.

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Holmes â€" who is getting panned by critics for her comedy Mad Money â€" told Ryan Seacrest about Suri's American Idol passion on his radio show.

When Seacrest said he could probably hook the Cruise clan up with some tickets, the soft-spoken Holmes said, "I would be very grateful."

Holmes did not comment on whether Suri believes current Idol hopefuls Kady Malloy, Kristy Lee Cook and Carly Hennessy are all ringers.

Maybe Suri Cruise will audition for American Idol herself one day.

For now, Katie has her hands full with baby Suri, who is "is growing fast and talking more and more. I am constantly surprised."

She probably felt the same way about that Tom Cruise Scientology video.

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by Mischalova at

As one of the very early favorites in the seventh season of American Idol, Kristy Lee Cook is not exactly an undiscovered talent.

The young country crooner was signed to a record deal in 2001 and released an album called "Devoted." Here's the title track's video from that CD:

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2UkuYrT8Is[/youtube]

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by Mischalova at

As previously reported, American Idol producers are receiving a bit of flak this season for allowing so many singers with professional backgrounds to audition for the show.

One early favorite, Kristy Lee Cook, and another who has been rumored to advance to Hollywood (Carly Hennessy) were each signed to recording contracts a few years ago.

Now, we've received word that Kady Malloy - our favorite singer so far - actually released an album awhile back. Unfortunately, songs from the CD have been whitewashed from the Internet, likely by American Idol higher-ups.

But a post on the MySpace blog of indie music store Amie Street reads: "Kady Malloy's powerful voice and Hip Hop-influenced pop songs bring to mind a cross between Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, and The Pussycat Dolls.

Kady's been working with Nick Trevisick, a producer and writer for artists like Mandy Moore and Natalie Imbruglia, so remember: you heard her on Amie Street first!"

Does this bother you, folks? Are you okay with the fact that Kady Malloy and so many others are not the type of undiscovered talent that American Idol has claimed to promote?

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by Mischalova at

Alaina Whitaker didn't lack confidence on American Idol last night. When asked if she looks like Carrie Underwood, the 16-year old from Oklahoma responded:

I'd like to think Carrie Underwood looks like me.

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We like the confidence - but we loved the voice and the fact that she's moving on to Hollywood. Check out her audition of Faith Hill's "Stronger" now:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_WK5LKi7R0[/youtube]

Aside from Whitaker, here are a few names to keep in mind from the Dallas auditions last night:

  • Kady Malloy (follow our link to hear her Britney Spears impression!)
  • Colton Swon
  • Kayla Hatfield
  • Jessica Brown
  • Kyle Ensley

No sighting yet of Carly Hennessy - the singer with a professional background who many have dubbed an early season favorite - but we'll keep you posted!

Did we leave anyone out? Who was your favorite contestant on last night's American Idol?

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by Mischalova at

If her relationship with Adnan Ghalib doesn't work out, perhaps Britney Spears should go back to her innocent dating roots.

No, we're not referring to Justin Timberlake.

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We're talking about Robbie Carrico. The former lead singer of awesomely named pop group Boyz N Girlz United used to date Britney, long before there was a K-Fed, Jayden James or Sean Preston.

Now - as Spears abandons her kids and buys pregnancy tests - Carrico is back in the spotlight on American Idol. Rumors about the show state that he gets a ticket stamped for Hollywood either this week or next.

Robbie Carrico and Britney Spears, back in the day. Way, way back in the day.

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by Mischalova at

The new season of American Idol is less than 24 hours old. So how can there already be controversy over the results?

Here's why: the singer considered to be most impressive last night, Kristy Lee Cook, was under contract with record company Arista Nashville in 2001, and even inked a deal as the debut artist in Britney Spears' (now defunct) production company.

This raises an interesting question, in regard to American Idol: Is the show reserved solely for amateurs, those whose singing background extends no further than the local karaoke bar?

Or is it acceptable for Cook and others with a professional history to try out?

At the age of 17, Kristy Lee Cook signed a recording contract. Should this disqualify her from American Idol?

In a bit of an American Idol spoiler, this debate may heat up when Carly Hennessy moves on to Hollywood.

The Irish singer - who producer Nigel Lythgow has gone on record as picking to win this season - was given a $2.2 million marketing and production budget from MCA Records in 2005. But her album went on to sell a total of 378 copies.

Last year, Melinda Doolittle was an example of someone with a professional resume, as a backup singer, who made it all the way to the final three. She eventually lost, of course, to a pair unknowns: Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.

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