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American Idol Review: The Usual Suspects Shine

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On last week's American Idol, Siobhan Magnus vaulted herself into the upper echelon with her rendition of "Paint It, Black." Could the Cape Codder keep the momentum going?

The show's finalists tackled 11 of Billboard's No. 1 hits Tuesday, a vague theme allowing for just about anything. Lee DeWyze started it off strong with the Box Tops' "The Letter."

The judges loves Crystal Bowersox's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Michael Lynche's "When a Man Loves a Woman" was good. Siobhan's "Superstition" won more praise than not.

Other than those four, though ...

Lee D.

Lee DeWyze performs solidly on American Idol.

None of the remaining Top 11 performances matched the top tier, which isn't altogether surprising at this point. The only surprise will be which mediocre effort is someone's last.

Paige Miles and Tim Urban, who did "Against All Odds" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," respectively, could be on the outs unless fans really step it to save them from the ax.

Katie Stevens, Andrew Garcia and Didi Benami don't exactly look safe to us either, but will probably sneak through. TV Fanatic's tiered rankings from last night, in order ...


  1. Crystal Bowersox, "Me and Bobby McGee"
  2. Lee DeWyze, "The Letter"
  3. Michael Lynche, "When a Man Loves a Woman"
  4. Siobhan Magnus, "Superstition"


  1. Casey James, "The Power of Love"
  2. Aaron Kelly, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"


  1. Didi Benami, "You're No Good"
  2. Andrew Garcia, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
  3. Katie Stevens, "Big Girls Don't Cry"


  1. Tim Urban, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  2. Paige Miles, "Against All Odds"


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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User Rating:

Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (7 Votes)

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I think Bowersox is the only star on the show!