Sure, Ramiele and Kristy Lee are in the bottom three, but now we're hearing from past losers -- Bo Bice, Phil Stacey and Bucky Covington -- who've actually managed to hold on to musical careers, even after some actual winners have lost their record deals.
And, oh dear, Brooke's also in the bottom three, while sleepy Jason Castro once again sails to safety.
David Cook, 25-year-old poster boy for high blood pressure, explains away reports that he was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night with palpitations as something that was "blown out of proportion."
In fact, it was just "a spike."
TMZ.com, meanwhile, blames worry over his brother's illness.
What a charade!
Look these kids were so unacquainted with the Beatles that they were picking Fab Four tunes based on the song titles. So how familiar do you think they are with the music of Dolly Parton?
Let's get real. Despite their feigned and forced enthusiasm, Parton to them is at best a cartoonishly buxom country figure, the Minnie Pearl of her generation.
First things first. Dolly Parton, there was a reason you resisted Idol all these years, and it was not because you feel uncomfortable critiquing other singers, as you so judiciously said last night.
The Idol team put out (they hoped) another media-fueled fire last night, by letting David Cook casually come clean that he'd copped his last few arrangements "on the internet" - citing inspirations like Whitesnake and Chris Cornell's arrangement of "Billie Jean" which the judges had pronounced oh-so-original sounding. And this week, for the Dolly Parton themed night, Cook swore his treatment of "Little Sparrow" was actually his own. It turned out pretty decently, after all was said and done.
Carly Smithson, previously outed (and forced to 'fess up on TV) for the sin of having a failed recording career, did really, really well by "Here You Come Again." Slowed down and embellished with strings, the treatment could be a a hit all over again. Or at least a popular, tear jerking Disney movie soundtrack theme.
Brooke White's show opening, suicide spot performance of "Jolene" was just alright for me and the increasingly testy Randy, though I believe she'll survive. She puts on that earthy naturalness aura really well - a contradiction in terms, but what the hey.
Dolly reminds us that she wrote "I Will Always Love You" (and sang it long, long before Whitney Houston did).
Unfortunately, that gives Syesha Mercado an excuse to take on a song that demands more voice than she might actually have.
Considering how many hours the "Idol" judges have spent listening to that song murdered in the cattle-call audition rounds, I'd say it's nice of them not to have taken it out on Dolly.
Little David Archuleta picked "Smoky Mountain Memories," which was everything he needed tonight to connect with his audience.
Kristy Lee Cook, too, is in her comfort zone with "Coat of Many Colors," though it might've been better if she hadn't said she'd rather have Dolly proud of her than wow her mother this week.
But Simon's still prouder of her performance last week of "God Bless The USA." Is he having trouble with the INS or something?
Jason Castro may not have charmed with his "Travelin' Through," but Carly Smithson scores with "Here You Come Again."
At least until she comes up against Simon, who's suddenly a fashion critic. Which star, I wonder, does he think she should be dressing like at this point?
Though he claims to love country music (sure he does), Simon's clearly not wowed so far by Dolly's.