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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?

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Tonight's American Idol guest mentor is the ultimate diva herself, Mariah Carey. And, according to judge Randy Jackson, the show will be off the proverbial hook. Dawgs.

"She's going to bring a wealth of knowledge about singing to these kids," Jackson said of Carey, adding that American Idol has wanted her on the series for years. "It's amazing for us to have her on."

So, does this mean we can look forward to David Cook singing "Vision of Love" or "Hero?"

"You never know!" Jackson said. "Just because you're a rocker or a country singer doesn't mean you can't sing these songs - you adapt them to what you do best."

We look forward to bringing you a full recap of the show tomorrow - and a photo montage of the remaining finalists right now! Check them out...

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Last week's American Idol Power Poll certainly didn't forecast a Michael Johns elimination. Then again, who did?

We had actually ranked Johns second for the first time all season, slotted between the two dominating Davids of the competition, Cook and Archuleta. How will his departure affect this week's standings? Let's take a look...

1. David Cook: Even a subpar performance by this versatile singer, as his routine last week was strongly considered, is still better than most. We were also moved by his "Give Back" gesture.

2. David Archuleta (pictured): We still have trouble picturing this youngster selling any records, but if the title is given to the best pure singer, one can't deny Archuleta's talent.

3. Brooke White: Expect an impressive performance from Brooke during this week's Mariah Carey-themed show. It's easy to see this folk singer at the piano, emotionally crooning one of the pop diva's classic ballads.

4. Carly Smithson: Needs a big performance after falling into the bottom three a week ago.

5. Jason Castro: If White could be considered the next Carly Simon, Castro might be the next James Taylor. Just with far more hair.

On the Block: Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado

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The look on the face of Carly Smithson below says it all:

No Effin Way!!!!

That was the general reaction of all American Idol viewers last night, when it was announced that Michael Johns had somehow been eliminated.

As he sang his farewell song, the other finalists stood and clapped for their fallen Idol. Johns then moved from the stage to the platform behind the judges to be closer to the audience.

Earlier in the night, Simon Cowell had spoken for us all when he said: "I'm going to miss you. You're a very good singer and a very, very nice guy."

Will you miss Michael Johns on the show?