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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.

John Park Pic

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?

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As most American Idol fans know by now, David Cook had tears in his eyes following his performance last week for a very good reason:

His cancer-stricken brother, Adam, was watching from the front now.

In an interview with B1027.FM, a radio station that helped facilitate the trip, Adam had the following to say about the experience:

"I am blown away. The support of the community made this possible, it literally just lifted my spirits to know I'm from Terre Haute. That might sound corny, but it's the God's honest truth. My feelings for back home were just amplified."

Deservedly so, Adam also received the VIP treatment.

"They came in and asked if it was okay if they seated Teri Hatcher and Minnie Driver next to us," Adam said. "When Teri sat down, I didn't even know who she was. She weighed all of 90 pounds. I expected her to be taller. But I'm not stupid. I figured it out. She's a desperate housewife and hey, I'm a desperate house something."

Tomorrow night, Adam and all other American Idol fans can hear David sing an Andrew Lloyd Webber song.

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Following last week's performances, not much has changed in our American Idol Power Poll. Let's take a look at the most recent rankings...

1. David Cook: Any questions why he has solidified his grasp on the top spot can be answered here.

2. David Archuleta: At least he mixed it up last week. Young David still sang a ballad, he still gave us a pained, emotional expression. But the dude rocked some serious leather pants.

3. Jason Castro: The biggest mover of the week. We respect those that remain true to who they are, and Castro and his guitar can always be relied on for acoustic, unique versions of hit songs.

On the Block: Brooke White, Syesha Mercado

The six remaining finalists on American Idol. Who is your favorite?

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Welcome, celeb gossip readers across the land, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, our fun weekly tradition. Let's take a look at who won this week!

We thought a photo American Idol, featuring Mariah Carey and Ryan Seacrest, was guaranteed to generate some good captions. And it certainly did!

Shining Down

This week's winner is Sally. Congrats! The winning reply appears below the picture. Scroll down to see it and the full list of captions readers sent in.

Thanks for playing and good luck this week!

Ryan: E=mc2 is right, Ryan Seacrest is scoring tonight.
Mariah: If he comes anywhere near my body, I will hunt him down.

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Kristy Lee Cook was eliminated from American Idol this week. That's a fact every fan of the shows knows. But here are a few backstage and off-camera developments from Wednesday night's broadcast:

  • Mariah Carey came out before the camera began rolling to test the microphone. She delighted those in attendance with a rendition of "Bye Bye," telling them: "No judging... Sorry, I don't have a sound-check â€" I'm always late."
  • Former finalist Elliot Yamin also performed, just a few weeks after his mother passed away. He sang the song "Free," with "We miss you, mom" written on his hand.

Farewell, Casey

Kristy Lee Cook found out she was eliminated, but then sucked up the emotion and serenaded Simon Cowell with her farewell performance.

  • Famous - and random - people in the crowd included: Taylor Dane, Kristy Swanson, David Hernandez and Justin Guarini.
  • When David Archuleta found out he was safe, Ryan Seacest asked him to pick the group that he thought was not the bottom three. Simon, Randy and Paula could all be seen shouting and desperately pointing for him to choose Cook, Castro and Smithson's side. He sat in the middle instead.

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A series of mediocre performances finally caught up to Kristy Lee Cook last night, as the pretty American Idol contestant with a disdain for Simon Cowell was voted off the show.

Cowell was a constant thorn in Cook's side, telling her on Tuesday night "you didn't give me chills," but "you managed with what you could."

Viewers agreed with the judge, as they included Kristy Lee in the bottom three last night, along with Syesha Mercado and Brooke White. When she heard the news, Cook cried bit, only for the equine enthusiast to buck up, thank America for voting and ask:"Can I go ride my horse now?"

Yes, Kristy Lee. Go ride away the pain.

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In case our previous American Idol recap - which just summed up the awesomeness that is David Cook - was not detailed enough for those that missed the show, here's a more complete summary:

David Archuleta started the night of Mariah Carey songs off well. He sang "When You Believe," looked chock full of pained emotion as usual and was universally hailed by the judges.

Up next, Carly Smithson went with the ballad "Without You," but the panel seemed to agree it could have been better. The overall message from Randy, Simon and Paula to Carly: believe in yourself.

We'd never heard of the song "Vanishing," which was chosen by Syesha Mercado. According to Paula, that unknown factor was a good thing. Simon disagreed, shockingly. A decent job, but Syesha is starting to sound shrill to us in her vocals.

Lacking Mariah-like vocal range, Brooke White tried "Hero" on the piano. Randy described the performance well as a "singer/songwriter" thing, if that makes sense. We didn't dig it. Brooke's voice simply wasn't strong enough, and we beginning to tire of her constant, open agreement with the judges.

Kristy Lee Cook gave "Forever" a chance. It was a typical Kristy Lee Cook performance. Not a bomb. Not memorable. She needs to go.

David Cook was awesome. In case you haven't heard.

To close the night, Jason Castro sang "I Don't Want to Cry." And while Randy wasn't thrilled, we sided with Paula and Simon. An enjoyable number.

Who was your favorite, and least favorite, on the night?

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We'll publish a more in-depth review of American Idol later on. For now, allow us to praise the singing specimen that is David Cook.

His version of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" was original, entertaining and professional-sounding. We rocked out to it.

So did Randy Jackson, who gave Cook his first standing ovation of the season. Paula and Simon agreed that it was the best performance of the evening and we can only hope David Archuleta fans agreed. Even they have to admit it at this point:

This David is seriously cooking.

What a Cook!

Check out David Cook rendition of "Always Be My Baby" right now. What do you think?

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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