'Idol' Favorites Fall Flat

Photo: FOX; F Micelotta/American Idol 2008/Getty

One week after singing songs from the Lennon-McCartney songbook, American Idol nearly repeated itself with a Beatles night Tuesday. But the results were very different.

While contestants like Brooke White and Michael Johns — both favorites so far in the competition — have been making great impressions on the judges, this week they both fell flat.

Johns’s performance of “A Day in the Life,” which he dedicated to a friend who has passed away, was a “mess,” according to Simon Cowell. Paula Abdul wanted to agree (in her usual diplomatic way) but made an elaborate excuse for the Australian contestant because, she said, he needed to get used to wearing a sound monitor in his ear while performing on stage. Well, it turns out he wasn’t wearing a monitor. White, in a bright yellow dress, sang “Here Comes the Sun” and included a little yelp in the middle. Randy Jackson called her performance “really awkward” and Cowell said it was “terrible” and that she showed a “lack of conviction.”

“I agree with you a hundred billion percent,” she said, when Cowell questioned her song choice.

Other favorite performers — like Carly Smithson and David Cook — earned good reviews from Jackson and Abdul but failed to please Cowell.

In fact, the only performances Cowell seemed to enjoy were by David Archuleta — who redeemed himself after forgetting his lyrics last week with “Long and Winding Road” this week — and perhaps Syesha Mercado, who sang “Yesterday,” which Cowell called her “best performance so far.” He also complimented Jason Castro on his charm and said it was his “goofiness that makes it work.”

So, who’s out and who’s in the top 10? Can Kristy Lee Cook scrape by another week? Has Amanda Overmyer gotten too predictable? Will Chikezie‘s harmonica playing backfire?

Tell us: Who will be eliminated this week on American Idol? And which performance was your favorite?FOX; F Micelotta/American Idol 2008/Getty

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