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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!

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Awww, poor Brooke White.

Our second favorite American Idol finalist couldn't stop crying last night, according to a behind-the-scenes report from People Magazine.

Absolutely the Best

After being named one of the bottom three vote-getters, White leaked tears during the break. She had to be comforted by David Cook, who walked down the couch to give his fellow singer hug. Then, Carly Smithson stepped in with assistance, using her hand to fan cool air on Brooke's face and assuring her, "It's going to be okay."

Heck, even producer Nigel Lythgoe offered sympathy, rubbing White's back as David Archuleta wrapped his arms around her. Even after Brooke received the news that she was safe, the tears kept coming.

Just like our challenge to debate Perez Hilton!

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Ramiele Malubay became Ramiele Malu-BYE last night on American Idol.

The diminutive singer was voted off the show during an emotional evening. As soon as Ryan Seacrest announced her in the bottom three, Ramiele sat on a stool with tears in her eyes.

The Clear Favorite

She was joined in the trio with the lowest number of votes by Kristy Lee Cook - who obnoxiously had made a "Kristy's Seat" sign to signify her unpopular standing on the show - and Brooke White, who was legitimately moved by the end of the night.

"I'm emotional for a variety of reasons," White told Seacrest while she hugged Ramiele and Kristy Lee. "We throw everything we have into this thing here at American Idol and then you watch that "Idol Gives Back" portion and you think, ‘Gosh, that's a whole other meaning of difficult and sad, and then Dolly comes out here and [sings her song] ‘Jesus & Gravity' and it was really amazing."

Have we mentioned lately how much we love Brooke?

We're also major fans of David Cook, who assured viewers his hospital visit from Tuesday night was not big deal.

"I'm cool. I'm not going anywhere," Cook said.

Neither is Kristy Lee, at least not this week.

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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?

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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