American Idol: A More Complete Recap

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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?


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]