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It was an emotional hour of American Idol last night.

Even before Brooke White broke down in tears following her elimination, Ryan Seacrest had come to the defense of Paula Abdul.

Responding to celebrity gossip sites that dared to claim Abdul was drunk during her Tuesday night blunder - when she critiqued a Jason Castro song that hadn't been performed yet - Seacrest said:

"Last night the judges were thrown a curve ball on the air, which is just part of a live show... But it sparked a lot of gossip about Paula. And I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors â€" they're not true. She's part of our family and we love her."

Abdul truly looked touched as the audience cheered, while both Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell gave her a kiss on the cheek.

This caused Ryan to joke: "I think Simon still wants to hook up with her."

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For someone without an overwhelming voice, Brooke White survived for a long time on American Idol. This folk singer ought to be proud of her showing.

Last night, however, White faded to black on the series, as she was voted out following a pair of lackluster Neil Diamond renditions on Tuesday. Writing lyrics on her hand couldn't have helped, either.

Do you think Brooke White deserved to be eliminated last night?

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For once, Paula Abdul may wanna own up to being plastered during American Idol.

The only other excuse the kooky judge could give for critiquing a performance that had yet to take place last night - seriously, take a look at the video now - would be that she's a moron.

According to celebrity gossip source TMZ, Abdul was served at least one martini during lunch yesterday, Granted, that was hours before the show aired, but Paula isn't the heaviest woman on the planet. We doubt her tolerance is very high.

Did Paula Abdul give away the fact that American Idol is scripted with remarks about a Jason Castro performance that hadn't taken place?

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American Idol finalists sang two Neil Diamond songs each last night. Aside from the hour seeming incredibly rushed, it was highlighted by a strange incident that may ruin the show... forever!

Okay, that may be a tad dramatic, but here's what went down:

After the first series of performances, the contestants gathered on stage to hear quick critiques from the judges on their initial renditions. Randy Jackson said "yo" and "dawg" a few times, Simon Cowell was disappointed in all of them - and Paula Abdul critiqued a performance that hadn't happened yet!

After criticizing Jason Castro for his first song of the evening, Paula went right on babbling about his actions in the second. Just one problem: The dreadlocked heart throb had only sung one song at that point.

So... was Paula rambling about nothing? Or, was she reading from a script based on the finalists' rehearsals?

The second possibility raises the question of whether or not American Idol is scripted. Take a look at Abdul screwing up right now:

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As for the performances themselves, none really stood out.

Castro and Brooke White ought to be in the bottom two, as we'd lean toward booting Brooke if only because she wrote a few lyrics down on her hand. You can't do that if you're aiming to be a professional.

Check out pics of the Idols singing Neil Diamond songs now. Click on each photo to enlarge...

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Typically, we post an American Idol Power Poll on Monday mornings.

But the competition is down to just five singers, so it seems almost fruitless to rank them. Especially seeing as David Cook and David Archuleta are so clearly on a path to the finals against one another.

Therefore, to change it up, here's a look at Archuleta and fellow finalist Jason Castro hanging out at the launch of BritWeek 2008 in Los Angeles last week.

This brainchild of American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe celebrates British contributions to the world of entertainment.

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On American Idol Wednesday night, viewers were treated to a performance by Leona Lewis. The British singer is currently the top-selling new artist in the world.

And it was apparent that David Cook and David Archuleta - sitting safely on the couch after being told they were safe - were big fans. The pair of favorites took advantage of their view, relaxing and rocking to the song.

Randy Jackson bobbed his head, during the song "Bleeding Love," while Paula Abdul danced and Simon Cowell, the man who discovered this new talent, just smiled like a proud father.

Check out Lewis' performance NOW. What do you think of her?

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Tonight's American Idol results may not have been as shocking as the night Michael Johns was shown the door. But there's no way we imagined anyone not named Brooke White would be going home.

Instead - because viewers obviously felt sorry for White after she forgot the lyrics to "You Must Love Me" on Tuesday night - Carly Smithson was voted out.

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We've been Brooke backers all season long, but she deserved to be sent home this week. Smithson put on an inspired, lively rendition of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and, let's face it, Brooke choked under the pressure. It was time for her to go.

Weigh in now: Did Smithson deserve to be eliminated?

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While millions of girls scream in delight over David Archuleta every week on American Idol, his father has come under fire for screaming of a different kind.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com, for example, has reported that Jeff Archuleta - a 47-year-old small business owner in Salt Lake City - has "screamed at his son and has even withheld water during rehearsals, even bringing his son to tears."

Is Jeff truly this hard on his talented offspring? Us Weekly recently spoke with him to find out...

How would you characterize your involvement with David's career?
Because I'm also a musician, I'm probably a little bit more involved. I kind of look at it like, 'I'm David's music consultant,' someone he can bounce ideas off, who can help him because I do have a lot of experience.

How do you collaborate with David?
When we have a chance to sit down and talk - which is usually at night or in the morning - we'll discuss the songs and the choices he has. He'll ask me what I think, and I'll ask him what he feels good about, and we'll arrive at a consensus. Sometimes he'll call his mom up and get her in-put. We have a family team that tries to help David feel good about his song choices.

When did you realize he had this talent and how did you encourage him?

I first realized he had talent when he was 4 or 5, and his mom taught him to play "Little Drummer Boy" and a church song on the piano. He played very well, but he was very shy and didn't really sing much. When we moved from Florida to Utah when he was 6, we didn't have a piano. I gave him a video to listen to one day just to keep him and his little brother busy while my wife and I were unpacking.

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It was an evening where one American Idol finalist forgot the lyrics (sorry, Brooke White), while another almost made us forget that David Cook and David Archuleta were the front-runners (way to go, Syesha Mercado).

Relive Andrew Lloyd Webber night right now with the following photos of the contestants belting out Broadway hits.

Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture and let us know: Which was your favorite performance?

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David Archuleta would have little trouble finding a date for his high school prom.

We know of a few hundreds readers of The Hollywood Gossip that would marry him tomorrow, let alone accompany him to a dance.

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Nevertheless, the hopeful singer will be missing out on this event over the weekend because American Idol will not let any of its finalists out of its sights.

As TMZ outlines, the series has strict rules about not letting contestants attend events that are not show-related. Idol keeps them mighty busy with promotional and studio work. Sorry, residents of Murray, Utah, no Archuleta sightings for you this week.

Earlier this month, Brooke White had to skip her sister's wedding for the same reason.

Meanwhile, let's get back to the only American Idol issue that truly matters: Which finalist do you think is going home tonight?