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American Idol Episode: "9 Finalists Compete"

Season 7, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: Dolly Parton coaches the nine remaining finalists, who then perform her songs.
Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2008
Guest Cast Dolly Parton

The Top 9 Season 7, Episode 26

Tonight's mentor is Dolly Parton: Singer, songwriter and hit-producing country star. Her voice is as big as her... hair. You thought I was going somewhere else, didn't you? Hey now, this is a family show! They dive right in tonight, which makes me happy! After reading this recap, be sure to check out the news about David Cook rushing to the hospital after his performance. Scary! Brooke White, "Jolene": I think Brooke has a voice that can do almost any genre of music, and country is a very nice fit for her. She's just not as obvious as Kristy Lee. However, this song is lacking some good drama for Brooke to sink her teeth into. Randy thinks she rushed parts, but it was all right. Paula blabs a lot about her being who she is, and she being "Brooke White." Thanks for that observation, P. Simon thinks it was lacking any emotion, and goes on to diss the band as well. Nice. David Cook, "Little Sparrow": Dolly squeals, "Yay! Your voice is beautiful." He's stoked. He launches into the high and haunting song and it sounds awesome. He's on a roll. Randy says he has an unbelievable range and showed it off.... It was hot! Paula talks about his haircut and then compliments him on his well-roundedness. Simon says it was not as good as last week, but he made a song that was about sparrows good, so "congratulations." Ramiele Malubay, "Do You Miss Me?": I think that's what the song is called, although they didn't say. She has some pitch problems and doesn't really seem comfortable with the song. Randy says it was a 6.5 out of 10, Paula thinks she actually did connect with the audience (really?), and Simon says it was forgettable and of cruise-ship caliber. Jason Castro, "Travelin' Through": This has a Jack Johnson vibe in the beginning, which is nice, and then picks up a bit to sound more Dolly-like. I think he did a great job, actually... much better than last week. Randy thinks he "worked it out," Paula thinks it was one of his strongest performances because he seemed confident, and Simon doesn't like it at all. He thinks this type of music doesn't suit him. Meanwhile Paula is having a cow that she can't comment, so she just keeps saying, "No way, no way." Carly Smithson, "Here You Come Again": She just knows how to sing the heck out of a song, guys. No two ways about it. She has amazing tone and control, and I feel like she pushed herself here. Randy thinks it will be one of the better performances of the night. Paula is freaking out about how wonderful she sounds, and Simon tells Carly it was just OK, and that she should "talk to whoever is dressing you because at this point you should look like a star, and I just don't see it." Wow. What an ass. Granted, her outfit isn't Prada, but Castro looks like he could be on a street corner with some change in a guitarcase, and Simon doesn't comment on his look. People should be allowed to be themselves! David Archuleta, "Smoky Mountain Memories": Oh man, this kid is back in the game.... He picked one of Dolly's favorite songs, and she tries not to cry when he sings it. He reminds me a lot of Clay Aiken, even though they don't sound alike. But they both have that (slightly fake) "aw, shucks" innocence about them. Randy thinks that was the best performance of the night, Paula says he's glorious, and Simon says the song choice was spot-on. Kristy Lee Cook, "Coat of Many Colors": Another smart song choice for Kristy. It suits her, as does country music in general. Randy thinks it suits her as well, Paula thinks she's beautiful (ugh), and Simon thinks it was pleasant but forgettable. After Ryan compliments her French pedicure (seriously), Kristy gives some sass back to Simon. I suddenly like her much more. Syesha Mercado, "I Will Always Love You": Wow, this is a crazy-brave song choice. She sings a hybrid of the Dolly and Whitney versions. The crowd loves it, but I'm not really a fan. Randy thinks she was brave but that it was just "aight." Paula says she's growing and thinks her velvety tones are fantastic, but Simon thinks that it was just an OK performance. He likes the Dolly part but thinks the Whitney part paled in comparison. Duh. Michael Johns, "It's So Wrong, But It's So Right": Once again, not sure if that's the title.... Why won't they be clearer? Michael sounds so good tonight. Jazzy, bluesy, sexy! Randy thinks it was blazin' hot, Paula incoherently says he was awesome, and Simon thinks it was the best he's sung so far. I agree! My prediction: I think Ramiele, Syesha and Jason will be in the bottom three. New Paula Watch: Thank goodness the show was only an hour tonight. She could barely get her thoughts out in time. What did you think of Dolly Parton as the Idols' mentor? Who surprised you tonight? Read Cheers & Jeers take on Idol Kristy Lee Cook. Watch clips of American Idol in our Online Video Guide. show less
Tonights mentor is Dolly Parton Singer songwriter and hit-producing country star Her voice is as big as her hair You thought I was going somewhere else didnt you Hey now this is a family showThey dive right in tonight which makes me happy After reading this recap be sure to check out the news about David Cook rushing to the hospital after his performance ScaryBrooke White Jolene I think Brooke has a voice that can do almost any genre of music and country is a very nice fit for her Shes just not as obvious as Kristy Lee However this song is lacking some good drama for Brooke to sink her teeth into Randy thinks she rushed parts but it was all right Paula blabs a lot about her being who she is and she being Brooke White Thanks for that observation P Simon thinks it was lacking any emotion and goes on to diss the band as well NiceDavid Cook Little Sparrow Dolly squeals Yay Your voice is beautiful Hes stoked He launches into the high and read more

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