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It's an American Idol tradition, on par with receiving criticism from Simon Cowell and smiling through Paula Abdul's jibberish.

Each year, the show's finalists attend BritWeek, an event created by producer Nigel Lythgoe. The event celebrates the link between Great Britain and the Los Angeles area.

At the 2009 edition, Adam Lambert and company got into the spirit of the occasion, posing for pictures and boogieing the night away with an Austin Powers impersonator...

Adam and Austin
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  • At BritWeek
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  • The Final Five

Click on the photos above to enlarge images of American Idol's final five finalists at BritWeek.

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Is American Idol already a two-man race?

Last season, it wasn't too far into the finals when it became clear that David Cook and David Archuleta would be the pair to beat.

Similarly, two singers stood out - way, way out - over the others on last night's opening set of finalist auditions:

  1. Adam Lambert turned the Michael Jackson song "Black and White" into a theatrical event that caused Paula Abdul to cry, Kara DioGuardi to say he hit notes she never knew even existed, and even Simon Cowell to acknowledge he was in his own league. Dude has serious confidence and talent.
  2. Danny Gokey brought the crowd to its feet with a version of "PYT." Cowell said the vocals were “brilliant,” while the dance moves were ludicrous. Abdul already anointed him an almost-winner, saying: “I think you’re on the way to the finals.”

Your American Idol Top Two? Who is your favorite so far: Adam Lambert or Danny Gokey?

It's still early in the competition, of course. What singers might give Lambert and Gokey a run for their crooning money?

Lil Rounds didn't disappoint with a rendition of "The Way You Make Me Feel." We also loved Matt Giraud at the piano and Kris Allen on the guitar.

CLICK ON THE PICS BELOW FOR A LOOK AT EVERY FINALIST ON STAGE LAST NIGHT. WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE SENT HOME?

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  • Great Pianist
  • Making Like Michael

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Robert Downey Jr. failed to win an Academy Award this week for his performance in Tropic Thunder.

Perhaps it will serve as comfort to the actor, however, that a man that looks very much like him has won the hearts of American Idol fans nationwide.

Indeed, it's early in the competition, but Danny Gokey has to be considered the favorite at the moment. The talented crooner was one of the first three contestants named to the finals on season eight.

Do you see the resemblence between Gokey and Downey?

 

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You've heard them sing in front of a national audience.

Now, let's see what the first three finalists on this season of American Idol - Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver - have to say about their experience so far. Each spoke to reporters this week about life on the show...

Gokey, on his late wife, Sophie: “I apologize to everybody if they feel like it’s shoved down in their face but it’s so fresh in my mind. It’s only been 7 months [since her death]. Honestly, this is a sob story I don’t want but it is shaping my life, and it’s causing hope for a lot of people. Now I have my mission set in stone.”

Grace, on being compared to Kelly Clarkson by Simon Cowell: "It just motivates me to do better in the competition and be myself and really connect with songs that I choose."

Sarver, on his working-class appeal: “I believe that real life people can relate to me, especially in the economy and the day that we live. It’s very difficult for a lot of people, and I see it as a chance to see someone rise from the ashes... I think people relate to that and it’s special to their hearts.”

  • Sarver Sings
  • The Gokester

Which of these American Idol finalists is your favorite so far? Click on each pic for an enlarged version.

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Based on audience and judge reaction (with the exception of the always-grounded Simon Cowell), you'd think Danny Gokey cured cancer and ended the credit crisis in America last night.

The response to his semifinal audition on American Idol was that strong.

We thought Gokey was one of the top performers, no doubt, and we quickly voted for him to advance to the next round.

But was the rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero" as awe-inspiring as Paula Abdul made it out to be? Can Gokey already book sold-out arenas, as the whacky judge implied? Take a look for yourself and let us know:

How far do you think Danny Gokey will advance this season on American Idol?

 

Danny Gokey Biography

The Gokester Danny Gokey moved on to Hollywood after his audition in Kansas City, Missouri. He was then approved for a spot in the show's semifinals... More »
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Danny Gokey Quotes

When there's hope on the horizon, you're ready to live again. I'm still healing, but I feel like this process is bringing healing to my life.

Danny Gokey

I get my strength from my faith in God. My goal is to be a Christian who does mainstream music. I want my music to reach out to the multitudes. I want to bring entertainment, but I want to bring encouragement and hope at the same time.

Danny Gokey
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