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American Idol Auditions: The Final 11

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It's British invasion night, fans. No, that doesn't mean Simon Cowell will be taking over any more than usual ...

- Haley Scarnato picks "Tell Him," actually an American song covered by Billie Davis in the UK, but never released here. She shows more leg than usual, seems to know how she can remain at least one week longer. Enjoyable enough, though. Judges are positive.

- Just one guitar and some strings accompany Chris Richardson during his audition of "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying." Randy is crazy about it, so Paula is, too, of course. Even Simon gushes.

- It's time for Stephanie Edwards to shine. Or is it? The R&B specialist doesn't really standout with this song choice. Simon says she's "losing her soul." That can't bode well.

Final 11 Idols

- But it does look good for Blake Lewis, who dusts off "Time of the Season." It's one of his better performances and all three judges feel the same. Randy calls it "brilliant."

- LaKisha Jones takes on ditch Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever" and we can't say we enjoy the song very much. Randy, at least, doesn't love this version of it and Simon refers to it as old.

- As much as we give Sanjaya flak, at least can understand why people find him cute. But Phil Stacey? His appeal has been lost to us - and this rendition of "Tobacco Road" doesn't help. We're afraid Simon is overly harsh, though. Get out your sympathy votes, America.

- Not that Jordin Sparks will need them. While not as powerful a singer as Jones or Doolittle, this youngster has range and personality that all the judges appreciate.

- We're just not gonna talk about Sanjaya Malakar. The show is trying to keep him around, fans that care about cuteness over vocal talents will keep him around. Maybe forever.

- Gina Glocksen goes with "Paint It Black." These British songs are too obscure, in our view. But neither Randy, Paula or Simon can think of anything encouraging to say.

- Perhaps no contestant had to redeem himself more after last week than Chris Sligh - and we say he succeeded with this version of "She's Not There. Probably second to Blake for the night. Go guys ... for once!

- And to close the show, the hands-down favorite. Melinda Doolittle only lets us down this time due to the boring song choice. But we'll blame that on those darn Brits instead. Still the leaders, by far.

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Carolina Gal and Casey, Melinda, Lakisha and GINA??!?!?! are definitely not a whole shadow ahead of the others. They may sing well but as far as I've seen, they can't perform as well as others like Blake and Chris R. Nobody's going to sit at a concert for 3 hours to watch someone stand in the same spot and wave their arms around. And Gina is definitely nowhere near Melinda or Lakisha or Blake or even Jordin or Chris S. or Stephanie as a matter of fact.

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Paint it Black was a #1 song on both the US and UK charts by the Rolling Stones. It's been featured in many movies, games, tv shows, etc... It's one of the Rolling Stones' biggest songs ever. If a #1 song by the Rolling Stones is obscure, then you just haven't heard much music that wasn't made in the last decade.

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"Paint it Black" obscure? I'd say there were several other lesser known songs.

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for me the only reason to watch this show is Lakisha, Melinda, and Gina. these 3 are the only ones i like. if i had to pick a guy itd be chris richardson. this week id like to see sanjaya or haley go home. they shouldnt be here

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I wait to hear Melinda Doolittle sing. She can give the most boring song life. As far as I'm concerned, she is the only true singer on the show. Lakisha falls a short distance behind - with all the others trailing in a long shadow. Why do I bother to watch this season? Just to hear Melinda sing -- and then flip the channel. Surely after hearing thousands of people sing, producers could have gotten someone better than Sanjaya. He has no business being on any show - well, maybe THE GONG SHOW!

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YES HE DOES AMERICA NEEDS TO SAY GOOD BY TO HIM HE CANT SING WORTH A SHIT.. HE HAS BEEN LAST MANY TIME THE BEST HAVE LEEFT.. ITS TIME FOR SANJAYA TO BE VOTED OFF. IF AMERICA HAS ANY SMARTS THEN THEY WILL LET HIM GO

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Sanjaya NEEDS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!