Stephen M. Silverman
April 20, 2005 08:00 AM

Predictions are always dangerous when it comes to forecasting an outcome on American Idol, but with the competition down to seven the spotlight is shining bright on two candidates: Vonzell Solomon and Constantine Maroulis.

Tuesday night, with the FOX talent show having picked a disco theme, Maroulis, a 29-year-old New Yorker, picked a second-tier 1975 song by the Bee Gees, “Nights on Broadway.” This followed his “astonishing” – or so said usually cranky judge Simon Cowell – delivery of “Bohemian Rhapsody” last week.

Wearing dark eye shadow for his number this week, Maroulis got mixed marks, being told by Cowell and judge Randy Jackson that he resembled a lounge singer.

On the other hand, Solomon, a 21-year-old letter carrier from Fort Myers, Florida, has been riding high for the past five weeks. Of her “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan on Tuesday, judge Paula Abdul said Solomon delivered one of the best performances of the night.

Others who also came on strong were Bo Bice singing “Vehicle,” by the Ides of March, and Anthony Fedorov, with “Don’t Take Away the Music” by Tavares.

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