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American Idol 2008 Week 4: Top 12
Tuesday, 2008 March 11 - 9:01 pm
It's the Beatles, specifically Lennon/McCartney, for the first time ever. Wow. This could be phenomenal or disastrous. The songs are so well known, they're gonna have to try to make them unique somehow.

Also: my three-week moving averages start tonight.

Syesha "Whitney" Mercado: 6.0
"Got To Get You Into My Life". A little weak to start, and pitchy. It's a bit cruise-shippy. She finds the key eventually, but I still don't like it. I give it a 6.

Chikezie "Weezy" Eze: 9.0
"She's a Woman". A bit of an obscure song here, and perhaps a brave choice. A bit of a bluegrass sound, and wow, it's great. Surprisingly great. It sounds modern, and he's hitting it, despite its high difficulty level. Awesome. One of the best performances of the year. I give it a 9; it's only not a 10 because I have to reserve something for the later performances.

Ramiele "Monique" Malubay: 7.0
"In My Life". It's a little breathy, but not bad. Maybe a little too easy-listening, a little safe, and not terribly memorable. I don't dislike it, but it's not my favorite. I give it a 7.

Jason "Battlefield Earth" Castro: 7.0
"If I Fell". A pretty standard rendition so far. Not bad; the falsetto isn't bad. But it's kind of similar to Ramiele's performance; it's a little safe, and a little too similar to the original. I give it a 7.

Carly "Potatoes" Smithson: 8.0
"Come Together". Daring. Pretty strong so far; I wasn't expecting it to be good, since this doesn't seem like a singer's song, but huh... it's not bad at all. She's consistently good, and that bodes well for her. I give it an 8.

David "Shaggy" Cook: 7.0
"Eleanor Rigby". It's like the Bon Jovi version. Or, the Jimmy Fallon impersonating Jon Bon Jovi version. Kinda mediocre. Not the worst I've heard, but not great. I give it a 7.

Brooke "Granola" White: 7.0
"Let It Be". The song kinda suits her, and it's not bad, but like several of the others, she's not doing much to make it unique. She's put a lot of heart into it, but I dunno... on the one hand, you don't want to ruin a classic, but on the other hand, with such a famous song, you ought to do something. I give it a 7.

David "The Stripper" Hernandez: 4.0
"I Saw Her Standing There". Oh, the faces, the horrible faces are back. Corny and theme-parky. Nothing memorable about it. This is a clear bottom-three performance. I give it a 4.

Amanda "Blackheart" Overmyer: 8.0
"You Can't Do That". Wow, she looks totally different... cute, even; they fixed her eye makeup. Not a horrible rendition; she's definitely put her own spin on it. She kinda has a Taylor Hicks thing going: she'd fit right in singing at the House of Blues. Her best performance of the finals, I think. I give it a 8.

Michael "Aussie" Johns: 6.0
"Across the Universe". Hm. Oversinging a little, maybe? This is supposed to be a tender song, and he's a little harsh with it. It's on key and pretty strong, but it's a little too Garth Brooks, a little too arena rock, and a little too cover-band. I give it a 6.

Kristy Lee "Jessica Simpson" Cook: 2.0
"Eight Days a Week"... as a country song, erk. It's not just country, it's Dolly Parton on Hee Haw* country. It's horrendous. I give it a 2. Definitely bottom three, and probably enough to eliminate her.

David "Cheeks" Archuleta: 1.0
"We Can Work It Out". What's with the arrangement? It's a little Mickey Mouse Club, and OH NO, he forgot the words. Twice. Three times. He doesn't know this at all. This is an absolute disaster. I give it a 1.

My bottom three: David Hernandez, Kristy Lee Cook, David Archuleta.

*Simon Cowell said "Dolly Parton on He...lium". Dang, I thought he was going to say exactly what I said.

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