Brooke White by Frank Micelotta/Fox
Though finalist Brooke White has had her share of missteps the past few weeks, she was an early favorite of the judges after her Top 20 performance of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." Now, Ms. Simon is doing the judging, and she says Brooke is the best contestant left on the stage.

Simon tells the AP that she began tuning in when she heard about White's performance of her 1973 No. 1 hit. "I thought, 'Oh my god, this girl is so talented and she sings the song so much better than I ever did or ever could,'" Simon says. "I was so flattered that she chose the song and... more than impressed. I think she should win."

Unfortunately for Brooke, the Simon who gets his say in front of the millions of Idol viewers each week called White's stiff performance of "I'm a Believer" on Tuesday night's Neil Diamond-themed outing a "nightmare." Maybe she caught a case of Carly Simon's legendary stage fright?

Only Wednesday's results show will determine which Simon the American public agrees with. What do you think of Carly Simon's assessment of Brooke? - Adam Bryant