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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? 

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We didn't see this coming.

In one of the most shocking eliminations in the show's history, Michael Johns was sent home on American Idol tonight. He was joined in the bottom three by Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson.

Michael and Crystal

Everyone assumed Syesha was headed home, but when Ryan Seacrest closed the show by saying she and Carly were safe, shocked silence filled the arena.

Did you think Michael Johns deserved to go home after his rendition of Dream On?

While Chris Daughtry is still the most surprising, and undeserved, American Idol elimination of all-time, Johns isn't too far behind.

Where would you rank this in terms of shock value in the show's history? Did you see it coming?

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Sorry, David Archuleta. But you weren't the cutest guy on American Idol last night.

Certified hottie and impressive humanitarian (and actor) Brad Pitt received a raucous round of applause when he appeared on the Idol stage.

Big Michael Lynche

After overcoming microphone difficulties, Pitt introduced a video of Daughtry visiting Uganda and asking for donations. Check it out below:

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Meanwhile, for clips of American Idol auditions throughout the season, visit that show's video section now. Vote on your favorite.

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It was an evening that brought together already-established singing stars with American Idol finalists on the rise.

Grammy winners (Carrie Underwood) and Oscar winners (Reese Witherspoon).

Most importantly, though, the Idol Gives Back fundraiser last night brought together viewers from around the world to make millions of dollars in donations to worthwhile causes. Thanks to everyone who called in.

Relive the special evening with a look at the following photos from it. Check out how brightly stars such as Fergie and Idol's own David Archuleta shined. Click on each for an enlarged version...

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David Archuleta is the most popular finalist among this season's American Idols, at least among the young, female demographic.

Here's disturbing proof of Archuleta's main fan base, as a 10-year old pleads for David's luscious lips to be licked - and her father (we presume) sits idly by, smiling at the adorable, sex-laden yearning of his child:

Meanwhile, take a look and listen at Archuleta's rendition of "Angels" from last night's show now. Did you enjoy it?

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During an evening of inspirational songs, our three favorite American Idol finalists can't be feeling very good about themselves this morning.

David Cook, Michael Johns and Brooke White (who we very much fear will be sent home this week) all failed to impress the judges, as they each appeared to be trying too hard.

Johns was criticized for his attempt to emulate Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler; Cook was called "pompous" by Simon Cowell for going into the crowd; and White's emotional depth on "You've Got a Friend" did strike us as forced.

Cook, at least, did send the following, important message to fans on the heels of tonight's Idol Gives Back:

So, which finalist put on the best performance? We hope you're sitting down because the answer is: Kristy Lee Cook.

The often-criticized beauty created a stir with her rendition of "Anyway," even causing Simon to tell her she looked like a star. That's like getting The Hollywood Gossip staff to tell Perez Hilton he's an insightful blogger.

David Archuleta, as usual, received nothing but positive reviews for his performance, too. He sat at a piano for Robbie Williams' "Angels." It was nice, it was sung well, it likely led to gallons of tears being shed by girls around the country.

Remember: tonight is Idol Gives Back. Call in. Make a donation. And let us know who YOU think should be going home next?

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While tonight's American Idol telecast (which will be recapped in full on our site!) will be live, many segments for tomorrow evening's Idol Gives Back special have already been taped.

We've already shown you a few Miley Cyrus photos from her performances on the program. Now, here's a look at other celebrities and finalists from the charitable broadcast:

Brad Pitt received a standing ovation - and not just because he's frickin gorgeous. The actor has dedicated loads of time and money to assisting Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

As she did last year, Carrie Underwood (fresh off her text message break up with Chace Crawford) put on an outstanding performance during the special.

The American Idol finalists themselves were also accounted for, of course. Follow the jump now to see a few of them in action...

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Last week's American Idol Power Poll angered many David Archuleta fans. They can't believe we referred to their favorite as "boring."

Sorry, but we're not taking it back.

Phil Phillips Picture

As talented as Archuleta is, Simon Cowell reminds us all the time that performance matters. All we see from Archuleta on a weekly basis is the same pained, emotional expression as he sings ballad after ballad. We'd never buy that album.

Who's would we purchase? Perhaps this week's rankings will give you an idea:

1. David Cook: As news of his brother's cancer has spread, Cook has managed to block out the pain and focus on fresh performances every week. We're ever more impressed than ever with him.

2. Michael Johns: Can sing slow, can sing fast. Has the look and the sound to really go far in the music world.

3. David Archuleta: Simply due to his voice, we'll never drop Archuleta lower than the three spot. But, as we said earlier, it's impossible to see how he could sell any albums.

4. Brooke White: We still love this folk singer, despite her difficult last couple weeks. Along with Brooke's water works, tears flowed from The Hollywood Gossip staff last Wednesday night, as we feared for White in the bottom three. Hang in there, Brooke!

5. Carly Smithson: If she wins, Carly can afford to buy her husband a few more tattoos.

On the Block: Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado

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Like an endorsement for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton from Al Gore, the support of Jordin Sparks should mean a lot to this year's American Idol finalists.

With that in mind, the two heavy favorites - David Cook and David Archuleta - should rest easy tonight.

"I really like Jason Castro," Sparks told MTV News from the orange carpet at last weekend's Kids' Choice Awards. "I like his look, and I love his vulnerability. He goes out there, and if he messes up, he's just like, 'Oops.'

But I like David Cook too. I think the guys are where it's at this year. I love you, girls �" please don't get me wrong �" and I could be totally wrong, because the show is so unpredictable."

I Won

Jordin Sparks won American Idol last season. Who will win this season?

Come on now, Jordin, pick a winner.

"It's going to be either David Archuleta or David Cook," she said, before sating that she ultimately believes David Cook will be America's next Idol.

We hope she's right!

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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