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Sorry, Sanjaya Malakar. Your final fan has abandoned you.

Remember Ashley Ferl, American Idol followers? She was the adorable/insane little girl who cried hysterically over Sanjaya during every one of his performances last season.

Final 12

Well, it looks like Ferl is as fickle about who she cheers for as Lindsay Lohan is about who she sleeps with.

Last night, Ashley was in attendance at the show - and sobbed uncontrollably through the performance of Jason Castro. Looks like she just loves guys with weird hair.

Ashley Ferl loves Jason Castro. But do viewers? Will he survive the latest round of American Idol cuts?

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David Cook gave his millions of fans a scare last night.

As first reported by TMZ, Cook felt ill for most of yesterday and the condition worsened following his (outstanding) performance. The American Idol hopeful was examined by show doctors who determined his blood pressure was "far too high."

After the show, David Cook was taken to the hospital, but he wasn't rushed there by ambulance, as some celebrity gossip sites have reported.

It was a relatively calm experience, as the doctor gave Cook medication to bring his blood pressure down and sent David home.

An American Idol insider told TMZ that Cook has been stressed out due to his brother's recent cancer setback.

We'd like to wish the entire Cook family health and happiness.

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It was Dolly Parton night on American Idol this week. But, let's face it, this meant little to anyone under the age of 30.

The contestants acted enamored by the country singer, but we've known Parton for years by the size of her breasts more than the reach of her songs. And our views didn't change much after a lackluster evening, highlighted by only three noteworthy performances. They were:

David Cook: While the finalist-in-waiting couldn't top last week's rendition of "Bille Jean," Simon Cowell made the salient point that Cook still entertained us singing about a sparrow (thanks to the song, "Little Sparrow"). Randy Jackson said:

"You made your own arrangement which was very cool, and once again another hot, consistent performance."

David Archuleta: This version of "Smokey Mountain Memories" was a typical David Archuleta performance: beautifully sung, emotional and, in our view, boring. We've lost interest in this contestant, though Simon said the song choice this week was "right on the money."

Michael Johns: The best of the night. Michael Johns went with "It's All Wrong, but It's All Right" (see, told you no one under 30 had heard of these songs) and was told by Paula Abdul: "I just want to say one thing ... You're a star, a rock star, a blues star ... and you look gorgeous." That's four things, Paula.

So, who is in danger of going home tonight? Despite less than ideal performances, Brooke White and Carly Smithson are safe.

It's gotta be time for Kristy Lee Cook to finally say goodbye, unless the consistently average auditions of Ramiele Malubay do her in.

What do you think?

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In a recent American Idol promotional photo shoot, the remaining season seven finalists struck a few intimidating poses.

We're not sure what the theme of the ads are, but we're likely to find out on the show this week. For now, just enjoy these new American Idol pictures:

Daring Artist

David Archuleta, David Cook and Syesha Mercado strut down the street.

You don't wanna mess with Ramiele Malubay, Kristy Lee Cook or Brooke White.

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We're proud to present the tenth-ever American Idol Power Poll on The Hollywood Gossip.

While the views of our staff don't always match those of viewers around the glove, they do at least drum up reactions and comments. Check out our latest rankings below - and then let us know your take on how we gauge the chances of various contestants:

David Archuleta, No Pants!

1. David Cook: He may not look as hardcore as Chris Daughtry, but this rocker is as original and creative as anyone in the show's history not named Blake Lewis. For taking risks and appearing genuinely flattered by the praise he receives, David Cook sits comfortably in our top spot.

2. Brooke White (pictured): We'll give props to any contestant that has a gimmick and sticks to it. As a female version of John Mayer, White is a breathe of folksy, fresh, singing/songwriting air. She could easily be the next Carly Simon or Sherl Crow.

3. David Archuleta: Cover your eyes, David Archuleta fans, but we're gonna say it: this guy is boring! Sure, he has a great voice and a cute face. But if performance counts in the competition - as Simon tells Kristy Lee Cook every week - than Archuleta has to jazz up his renditions with more than just passionate stares into the camera.

4. Carly Smithson: Not pregnant, but definitely talented. The Irish should sail through to the final five.

5. Michael Johns: Hasn't done a lot to make himself stand out over the last couple weeks, but there's no way we can put him below Syesha, Kristy Lee, Jason Castro or Ramiele. Johns could use an impressive performance tomorrow night to help his overall chances.

On the Block: Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado

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David Archuleta may have a girlfriend, but he's been dreaming about another woman for awhile now.

Asked which singer the American Idol favorite would like to duet with, Archuleta gave the somewhat surprising answer of Natasha Bedingfield.

"I love [her]," Archuleta says. "[I'd sing] a really fun song that had a cool beat. I love 'These Words' and her new song 'Love Like This.' She's one of my favorites. She's awesome because she has that cool mix of pop and soul, R&B."

Can you envision a duet with David Archuleta and Natasha Bedingfield?

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Last night's American Idol saw a farewell to Chikezie.

It also marked the end of what would have been a major bombshell, but now appears to be nothing more than standard American Idol gossip.

Contestant Carly Smithson, whose singing background has made her a frequent target of controversy as it is, was rumored to be pregnant.

Dressed in a somewhat frumpy get-up, Carly Smithson had a bathroom break before performing on American Idol Tuesday. Did she throw up?

One of this season's favorites from the get-go, a non-pregnant Carly Smithson performed strongly on American Idol, soaring safely into next week's final nine.

Pregnant celebrities are all the rage, so you knew this rumor had legs - but it turns out she just dresses poorly and had to use the bathroom like everybody else.

Carly Smithson used last night's results show to address rumors that she is pregnant, telling Ryan Seacrest: "Apparently I'm pregnant â€" but I'm not!"

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Chikezie Eze, who became as just Chikezie, sang for the last time on the set of American Idol Wednesday after he was eliminated from the finals.

On Tuesday's show, Chikezie sang Brenda Russell's ballad "If Only for One Night." Before the performance, host Ryan Seacrest asked him about song selection and Chikezie seemed uncertain at best about his choice.

Sellers on Stage

"After the first time that I sang a ballad, I kind of got torn apart for it," Chikezie told Seacrest. "I was afraid to go back to doing that again, but then ... I picked a song that resonates really deeply within me."

Judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell were not fans. "It wasn't hip and cool," Jackson complained. "It was just kind of boring."

Cowell called the performance "cheesy" and told the 22-year-old, "You have to show originality, and I didn't see anything original."

Paula Abdul disagreed, telling the soft-spoken singer, "You did a great job," but Chikezie landed in the bottom three, as predicted by many observers.

Joining Chikezie Eze in the American Idol bottom three Wednesday night were Syesha Mercado and, in somewhat of a surprise, Jason Castro.

Castro, who regularly impresses the judges â€" and elicits as many screams from female fans in the audience as anyone â€" knew it was coming.

"I knew it!" he exclaimed when learning of his fate.

Chopping block regular Kristy Lee Cook looked surprised and happy to escape the bottom three this week after covering Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A.," which the judges loved. Ramiele Malubay also escaped the bottom three.

There are now only nine remaining. Who's your favorite to make it all the way on American Idol - and should Chikezie have been voted off?

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Who's on easy street and who's on the chopping block tonight? After last night's American Idol performances, we've done our best to answer that.

Believe it or not, a Kristy Lee Cook elimination actually looks unlikely tonight, as her rendition of "God Bless the USA" was well received. She was also right in between favorites David Archuleta and David Cook, which should help.

Our picks for the bottom three have to be Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado and Chikezie. Syesha Mercado did alright last night, all things considered, so of those three, we'd imagine Ramiele and Chikezie to be the lowest vote-getters.

When in doubt (and Sanjaya Malakar is not involved), we go with Simon Cowell. His feedback on Ramiele was fair last night and Chikezie has been running out of steam for awhile now. Thus, Chikezie is our prediction to go home tonight.

The Hollywood Gossip's American Idol predictions, by tier ...

Bottom Three: Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado and Chikezie.

Still Vulnerable: Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White and Jason Castro.

Secure in Final 9: Carly Smithson and Michael Johns.

The Favorites: David Archuleta and David Cook.

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As always, the People magazine staffers went behind the scenes of last night's edition of American Idol and dug up some great dirt - as well as funny anecdotes and other moments that were great, but you didn't see on TV. Here are some excerpts ...

Screams and Signs

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It's pretty apparent that fans are starting to pick their favorite American Idol stars, as definitive favorites can be read in signs across the audience, as in "I [heart] Brooke White," "We [heart] Michael Johns," or "We Love You Carly."

An American Idol Birthday

Debbie the stage manager urgently called over the PA system during the break â€" "Ryan Seacrest, I need you! Ryan Seacrest, I need you!"

Finally, Ryan headed over to see what was so important. Moments later, the host came out carrying a large white and blue frosted cake with burning birthday candles. Next, all the American Idol stars, judges, the entire crew and audience began to sing "Happy Birthday" to Jason Castro, helping him celebrate the big 2-1 - Idol style!

Who Will It Be?

No matter what David Archuleta says or sings (even obscure Australian songs nobody has ever heard of), the female fans in the audience go wild whenever his name is mentioned or even when he steps onto the stage.

But Tuesday, when Ryan Seacrest asked the 17-year-old star if he'll be going to his high school prom and, if so, whom David Archuleta be bringing, all the teenagers in the pit started going wild, yelling, "Take me, David! Take me!"

A usually shy Archuleta wouldn't let anything slip, even when Ryan asked if the mystery girl sitting in the crowd next to his father would be the lucky one.

A Hard Worker

Almost tripping on her way backstage â€" if not for her faithful bodyguard to save her â€" judge Paula Abdul spent most of the commercial breaks greeting the many teenage girls or "the hand-wavers" inside the American Idol mosh-pit.

Faces in the Crowd

Shar Jackson laughed up a storm when the monitor showed David Archuleta and his sister doing a dance as children. Also back, former Idol Danny Noriega, who spent the night close to his pal Ramiele Malubay's family, sitting in the front row.

Randy Saw Red & Simon Was Red

Somebody definitely had a "Case of the Mondays" on this Tuesday, as Randy Jackson was consistently finding fault in some of the better moments.

But even though Jackson was the hot-headed judge, why was it Cowell with the red face literally? Could it be that the judge, who loves summer water sports, forgot to put on sunscreen at the beach? Simon, you may need to find a stronger SPF.

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