Nice to have the whole group together in one show now. But last night, I was surprised in several ways. First of all, Paula was actually lucid, which has become a rare treat. Did she actually make a few negative remarks?? Simon was ...well...uhhh... he looked really nice in his white shirt. We got to see the other shade in his colorless rainbow! (Someone has to fill in for loopy Paula when intelligent Paula is taking her place.) David A. kind of sucked last night. Poor little guy. He was stifling back the tears after his 3-way negative critique. I feel sure he won't get voted off though, and will get a chance to make up for that mess. Chikezie - WOW! That was incredible. Whoduthunk anyone could take a Beatles song, start it out as backwoods bluegrass, then change it to scat rock? I was amazed! He was amazed with himself too. That was fun! Jason wasn't as good this week, but he was still way better than most. I still love him. Michael is lacking something, but I am too blinded by his beauty to tell what it is. David Cook was good. A slow start, but it got better. He is going to be around for a while! Amanda and Carly both rocked the house, and Brooke was great as always. The rest of the girls bore me. Syesha and Ramiele, while they sing well, and have nice voices, are just too average to fit in this year. They just kind of blend into the background. Kristi tried too hard to be different. Her performance was somewhat frantic. It seems this year, especially with the boys, they seem to have a good grasp on the idea that they need to make the arrangement their own, like Chikezie did this week, and David Cook does every week. The people who sing it the exact way we have always heard it just don't stand out in this group. lgp - I see what you mean about Simon and Brooke. He gets a certain love-glazed look in his eyes when he speaks to her. Somewhere online a few days ago, I came across the percentage of votes the remaining 12 Idols got last week. I hope I can find it again to compare. David A. had 40 something percent of the votes last week, with the next closest, Jason, at 13 percent. (Huh? ONLY 13???) That 40 percent was down from the previous week of 63 percent! What a huge lead! I am curious to see if David's lousy performance this week leveled him out closer to the rest of the contestants. If I find that again, I will post it here.