March 14, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

How Lindsey Cardinale can win ”American Idol”

Eliminated March 16, 2005

AGE 20

HOMETOWN Ponchatoula, La.

WHAT’S IN TUNE Anyone who heard Lindsey during her New Orleans audition knows there’s a powerhouse performance lurking within.

WHAT’S OFF-KEY Since she arrived in Hollywood, Lindsey’s performances have been so lethargic — and her song choices so uninspired — that she’s gone from early front-runner to massive long shot.

CLOTHES CALLS Possesses a youthful beauty that requires a breezier, more playful wardrobe than we’ve seen in recent weeks. Oh, and Lindsey, teal is not your color.

WHAT IT’LL TAKE TO WIN More sleep? Caffeine? A charisma transplant? Who can say?

REQUEST LIST Stevie Nicks’ ”Edge of Seventeen,” the Pretenders’ ”Brass in Pocket,” Tracy Chapman’s ”Fast Car”

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