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

With six 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 three weeks - but will fans revolt against her one-time record deal with Arista Nashville?

2) Michael Johns: Also referred to as "Michael Lee Johns," the former band member 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 Malakar… with talent?

4) Samantha Sidley (pictured, new this week): Young beauty played along when Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul swapped duties during her audition. She proceeded to deliver a restrained, lovely version of ''Don't Know Why.''

5) 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."

6) David Cook (new this week): If you cover Bon Jovi during an audition like Cook did, we'll give you props. This is another Chris Daughtry-type, who hopes to become the first rocker to win American Idol.

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

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Katharine McPhee and actor Nick Cokas wed Saturday in Beverly Hills, with 300 guests - including a gospel choir - filling a Presbyterian Church!

McPhee's bridesmaids wore floor-length pink dresses, matching the flowers, which included pink, purple, peach and white roses.

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Rumer Willis, McPhee's costar in the upcoming film I Know What Boys Like, was among the celebrities in attendance at the wedding.

Katharine McPhee, 23, and Nick Cokas, 42, first met when they performed in a L.A. theater production of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

They began dating in 2005, and soon after, Nick Cokas convinced her to try out for American Idol and drove her to the auditions. They got engaged last year.

The singer and Southern California native has always shrugged off the 19-year age difference between herself and Nick Cokas.

"I love [older men]," she has said. "They're just wiser, and they're less about themselves and more about you."

While McPhee was recently dropped from her label, she may have other plans in store - both career-wise and family-wise.

"I want to have, like, 15 babies," she said in an interview late last year. "I've always wanted to be pregnant!"

Sounds like it won't be ltoo ong before we come out with our next headline about the gorgeous singer: Katharine McPhee pregnant!

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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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwGQHSpZGlg&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/syesha-mercado/[/youtube]

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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."

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMr7CNXUjT4&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/michael-lee-johns/[/youtube]

Season 10 Final 4

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.

Siobhan Magnus Live

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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub3PLcI6lOA&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/all-american-girl/[/youtube]

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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:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNsNzsb8Czc&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/london-weidberg/[/youtube]

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.

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]
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