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Sorry, Simon Cowell. But you didn't make this year's Victoria's Secret What is Sexy? list.

Even more frustrating for this American Idol judge? His on-screen rival, Ryan Seacrest, did earn a spot in the latest rankings. The lingerie company announced this week that Seacrest has a sexy smile.

Ryan Seacrest is sexy. We can safely say a contestant on this year's American Idol, Kristy Lee Cook, can also be classified as such.

"What's sexy about (Seacrest) is he doesn't act like he is," Victoria's Secret spokeswoman Monica Mitro said. "We felt that his smile was quite sexy â€" in a very subtle and innocent and humble way."

A Saturday night party in Scottsdale, Arizona is planned to recognize the honorees. They also include annoying, unfunny comedian Dane Cook, Rihanna, Tony Romo, Fergie and Josh Duhamel.

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When it comes to Miami, Robbie Carrico and Syesha Mercado now feel the same way as Will Smith: ain't no place in the world like this!

These two American Idol hopefuls stood out the most among those that earned a ticket to Hollywood last night. But the pair of contestants have contrasting backgrounds. To wit:

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Robbie Carrico: This rocker didn't always have long hair and a grunge look. He actually used to be in a pop group called Boyz-N-Girlz-United. Moreover, he used to date a certain unstable mother who was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation last night.

Yes, Robbie was Britney Spears' first boyfriend.

Now, he's a member of the band Missing Picket and is hoping to become the next Chris Daughtry more than the next Justin Timberlake or, well, Adnan Ghalib. Here's a look at Carrico belting out a song in his new rocker persona:

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Syesha Mercado: This contestant had a back story even sadder than dating Britney Spears: her father is a recovering drug addict who broke down on camera when asked to talk about his past and his relationship with his daughter.

Mercado sang "Think Freedom" by Aretha Franklin and earned a positive vote from all three judges. All American Idol spoilers so far have her and Carrico moving on to the top 24.

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He's not related to Kristy Lee Cook.

Unless you're simply going by the impressive audition and rumor that he's made it to the top 24 on this year's American Idol, just like the aforementioned early favorite on the show.

But David Cook has a fresh look and sound, as proven last night when he turned Bon Jovi's classic "Livin on a Prayer" into his own, unique serenade of the judges.

It worked. Simon, Randy and Paula all moved David on to Hollywood, anointing him as the only serious contender from an otherwise lackluster group of auditions in Omaha.

David Cook wants to be the next Chris Daughtry. It's early, but: so far, so good.

As American Idol auditions move to Miami tonight, we yearn for a better crop of singers and/or weirdos. Last night didn't have enough of either.

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As we prepare for the third week of American Idol auditions, it seems like a good time to break out our first Power Poll of the season.

With four solid episodes under our belt, here's how The Hollywood Gossip staff ranks this year's early contenders:

1) Kristy Lee Cook: Gorgeous Oregonian's ''Amazing Grace'' was highlight of the opening two weeks - but will fans revolt against her one-time record deal with Arista Nashville?

2) Michael Johns: His former band once had a deal with Madonna's music label, but a professional background is par for this year's American Idol course. The Aussie made a strong impression with a tight T-shirt, toned biceps, and a solid Otis Redding cover.

3) David Archuleta: Former Star Search winner has the sympathy vote locked up: he struggled with a paralyzed vocal chord as a child. This year's Sanjaya... with talent?

4) Carly Smithson: Another American Idol hopeful with prior experience â€" she crashed and burned in her major-label debut as Carly Hennessy a few years back â€" this tattooed Irishwoman displayed great range on ''I'm Every Woman.''

5) Colton Swon: We liked his impressive take on Little Big Town's ''Boondocks'' and are extra excited about the rumor that he plays the guitar during the Hollywood round.

6) Kady Malloy: Simon Cowell dubbed her the best audition he'd seen during the opening week after she belted out ''Unchained Melody." We loved her impression of Britney Spears. Singing, that is. Not being insane.

7) Alaina Whitaker: Confident (said Carrie Underwood looks like her!) and with a powerful voice for a 16-year old.

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Before he became a popular American Idol contestant this season, Michael Lee Johns was the lead singer of The Rising. Here's a music video from that band for a song titled "Cradle."

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Michael Lee Johns is also known simply as Michael Johns. It's confusing, we know. Fellow contestant Carly Smithson also used to be known as Carly Hennessy.

Got all that? There will be a quiz later.

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Don't worry, Carrie Underwood, we haven't forgotten about you!

As we sing the praises of new American Idol hopefuls - such as Kady Malloy and Michael Lee Johns - we still have time for our favorite contestant of all-time.

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Check out Carrie's video for her new song, All-American Girl:

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Fact: The top 24 American Idol contestants were selected this week.

Rumor: The following is a list of those finalists, according to one show source. How do you feel about these choices (some of whom are yet to audition on an episode)?

Top 12 Girls
Asiah Epperson
Alaina Whitaker
Alex Lushington
Amanda Overmyer
Amy Davis
Brooke White
Carly Smithson
Joanne Borgella
Kady Malloy (pictured)
Kristy Lee Cook
Ramielle Malubay
Syesha Mercado

Top 12 Guys
Chikeze Eze
Colton Berry
Danny Noriega
David Archuleta
David Cook
David Hernandez
Garrett Haley
Jason Castro
Jason Yeager
Luke Menard
Michael Johns
Robbie Carrico

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Similar to Kady Malloy, Krisy Lee Cook, and Michael Johns before her, London Weidberg is an American Idol contestant in season seven with a singing background.

Unlike the aforementioned contestants, though, Weidberg wasn't signed to a recording deal. She simply fronted a couple of bands during her time spent trying to fulfull the dream of earning a career in music.

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Sadly, this career was put on hold a few years ago when her dad was suffering from cancer. He succumbed to the diseases three years ago, but London was not given a ticket to Hollywood last night out of pity. The girl can definitely sing. Check it out:

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Bands that London Weidberg has sang for include The Foxy Mondays and Joy Ride, a six-piece 80s rock cover band. There's also a rumor that she taped a song for the NBC show, Las Vegas, but we cannot confirm this.

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Kristy Lee Cook is the (very, very, very) early favorite on season seven of American Idol.

While some critics have voiced their concern over her professional background, the following story makes it evident that Cook is far from an established, pampered star:

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According to The Seattlest website, Kristy failed her first Idol audition in July in San Diego. From there, she wanted to give it another shot... but couldn't afford a ticket to Philadelphia.

Therefore, Cook reportedly sold her horse for $3,000. We can't say for sure if this story is true, but we can prove that Kristy Lee once owned a horse, or was at least pictured on top of one:

Kristy Lee Cook is seen here atop a horse. Did she really sell it in order to audition for American Idol?

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Perrie Cataldo brought viewers to tears last night with his story of being a single father, one whose baby's mama was killed two years ago for being "at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people, doing the wrong thing."

Now, however, it sounds as though this American Idol hopeful wasn't always in the right place, either.

TMZ has obtained an arrest record revealing that Cataldo - after being kicked out of a bar for fighting - carried a handgun back inside the joint in Glendale, Arizona in 2006. According to the arresting officer, Cataldo was "concealing" the gun under his clothing, confronted by security and arrested.

Perrie Cataldo Mug Shot

Cataldo plead no contest to carrying a concealed weapon (a misdemeanor) and was fined $568. FOX had no comment, but allow us to say:

We hope Perrie gets the chance to turn his life around. After all, Antonella Barba didn't get bounced from the show for her past with a weapon a certain male friend had been concealing underneath his clothing.