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Jason Castro leaves American Idol restoring my faith in humanity

Finally, Jason Castro has been sent packing from “American Idol.” What took America so long to realize that this dreadlocked stoner was not very talented?

Castro looks like a guy who entered the contest on a lark and was shocked that he made it to Hollywood. Week after week he smiled, flipped his dreadlocks and giggled like a school girl.  He also proved that he was not much of a singer.

One or two of his performances — like playing the ukulele on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow — were cute. They were hardly the stuff of pop superstardom.  Carly Smithson, Brooke White, Chickezie, Amanda Overmyer and yes even Michael Johns were far more deserving of Castro’s spot in the final four.

David Cook seems to be the front-runner now. He is the closest thing to a pop star. David Archuletta’s earnestness is getting a bit too much to take.  The 17-year-old makes TV’s Beaver Cleaver seem like a bad ass. Syesha Mercado has a nice voice, but as I said before she seems more of a Broadway star than a pop star.

You have to wonder what the producers are going to do next season to boost the show’s lagging ratings. Remember “Celebrity Apprentice?” How about “Celebrity Idol?” The thought sends shivers down my spine.

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What the hell happened on “American Idol?”

Let me get this straight. Carly Smithson did a helluva good job singing “Jesus Christ Superstar” and gets booted from “American Idol.” Meanwhile, Jason Castro butchers “Memory” and remains on the show. There is no justice in the world.

It’s a shame that Smithson is gone. I liked her voice. I liked her charming Irish accent. I even got to tolerate her tattooed arms and her freak of a husband. But its not surprising that she didn’t become the next Idol. Even though the show’s stylists softened her look, Smithson isn’t the sweet girl next door. She is the girl who looks like she can drink most people under the table.

Eventually, Smithson will thank the show’s voters for showing her the door. Most almost Idols seem to have better careers than the people who win the contest. I guess it’s because the expectations of them aren’t as great.

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Carly Smithson steals show on “American Idol’s” Broadway night

Carly Smithson belted out a great rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which stole the show on tonight’s “American Idol” salute to Andrew Lloyd Weber which was filled with one awkward performance after another.

Jason Castro, in particular, butchered “Memory”: from “Cats” and may finally be sent home. Brooke White looked like a deer caught in the headlights.  David Cook managed to do a decent job with his number from “Phantom of the Opera” though I didn’t think it was as great as the judges did. David Archuleta muddled through his performance.

The point of this eludes me.  Isn’t the show called “American Idol” not “Broadway Idol?”  Do most pop music fans really care about musicals? Not if they are under 40. Blame the decline in arts education for that one. That’s why most of the contestants had no clue about how to sing musical theater.

Andrew Lloyd Weber was the most entertaining of all the mentors. He actually gave Archuleta good advice to keep his eyes open which he managed to do for the most part.  Smithson also wisely took his advice to sing “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Castro, White and Archuleta may wind up in the bottom three

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Kristy Lee Cook is gone as Brooke White survives

Kristy Lee Cook got the hook tonight from “American Idol”, proving that occasionally the show is about talent. If Brooke White had been axed, I would have thrown something squishy at my TV.

To be sure, Cook has a decent voice but she isn’t in the same league as White or Syesha Mercado or Carly Smithson for that matter.  Amanda Overmyer, the rock-n-roll nurse, had more personality than any of the contestants that are left in the show.

Cook managed to do some decent performances. She survived being in the bottom three countless times and a disastrous performance on Beatles theme night. Being a pretty all-American blond has its perks.

The show. now, is starting to get interesting.

Syesha Mercado is hanging in there despite getting lukewarm praise from the judges. Carly Smithson has softened her biker babe look. The tattoos and the foreign accent are two strikes against her. Brooke White, though outshines them all. I am expecting her and David Archuleta to be the final two left in the competition.

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Mariah Carey and “American Idol?” Why?

When I saw it was Mariah Carey night on “American Idol”, I wondered whether the producers wanted to purposely drive away viewers. Do people really want to hear power ballad after power ballad? I felt like I was at a high school dance.

The cream is rising to the top.  David Archuleta is still the man to beat. He was great again last night, but Jason Castro is emerging as a dark horse albeit a goofy one with dreadlocks. David Cook, the one who cribs his arrangements, did a decent job tonight too. Unlike everyone else, I wasn’t surprised that Michael Johns got booted. He was coasting on his good looks and Australian accent for weeks.

Carly Smithson remains vulnerable. America isn’t going to put up with her tattooed arm or her husband’s tattooed face. Brooke White’s wholesomeness isn’t starting to wear thin. I’m starting to wonder whether the girl ever farts. Syesha Mercado may also be in the bottom three since she keeps picking big songs and just can’t deliver them.

The results show should be good.

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Carly Smithson outshines Brooke White but David Archuleta beats them both on “American Idol”

Randy Jackson was right and Simon Cowell was dead wrong about Carly Smithson. Her version of “Here I go again” on tonight’s “American Idol” was stupendous, even better than my favorite Brooke White’s performance of “Jolene.” David Archuleta, though, hit the ball out of the park with “Smoky Mountain Memories”, securing his place as a likely finalist in the competition.

White has the edge over Smithson and the talented Syesha Mercado. She has been the most consistent of any Idol finalist. Plus, White oozes wholesomeness from every pore of her body. Mercado is White’s most serious competition. I don’t think America is ready for a tattooed babe from Ireland to be the next Idol.

I found it interesting that Ryan Seacrest asked David Cook about the “inspiration” for his arrangements. Could it be that Idol producers were tired of the drubbing they were getting in the blogosphere over these copycat performances? Anway, his performance of what he said was his own arrangement was pretty good. Michael Johns wasn’t bad either. Archuleta, though, remains the one to beat,

If voters are serious, they need to finally send Kristy Lee Cook, Ramiele Maluby and Jason Castro packing.

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Brooke White’s yet again steals show on “American Idol.”

If stealing a show were a crime, Brooke White would have been hauled off the “American Idol” stage in handcuffs long ago. Her performance of “Every Breath You Take” was the best on tonight’s show. She is my choice to win the competition.

David Archuleta, Michael Johns, Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado may pull off an upset. Jason Castro, Ramielle Malubay, and Chikezie should be voted off. Kristy Lee Cook should have been voted off weeks ago. Amanda Overmyer was far more deserving. I can take or leave David Cook.

Tonight, though, Cook gave a stunning performance of “Billy Jean.” He can give White a serious run for her money.

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