American Idol Power Rankings: Volume I

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Because Barack Obama thinks another Presidential address is more important than this week's motown-based auditions, American Idol has been bumped to tomorrow night.

But with the show down to its final 10 contestants, it seems like an ideal time to unveil our first power rankings of the season. Who's on top? And who is barely hanging on to the number-five spot? Find out now!

5. Lil Rounds: No doubt she can carry a bit note, but Randy made an astute observation last week: the talented single mother needs to work on her verses a bit.

4. Kris Allen: The ladies love him. And, following last week's audition-stealing rendition of "To Make You Feel My Love," so does Simon Cowell.

3. Matt Giraud: Let's not crown him as the next Justin Timberlake just yet. But he possesses a distinct voice and has picked up momentum with every performance.

2. Danny Gokey: Motown Week ought to be ideal for this talented crooner, as he struggled a bit last week with "Jesus Take the Wheel." But he's a major fan favorite and the judges need to nit-pick each week just to find flaws in his auditions.

1. Adam Lambert: Even those that hate this theatrical singer have to admit that he leaves an impression. Buzz builds for Lambert each week, and nothing epitomizes a favorite more than the fact that we can't wait to see what he comes up with for each performance.

Ring of Fire Performance
To Make You Feel His Love


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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]