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Advice for ”American Idol” finalist Elliott Yamin

WHAT’S WORKING Elliott need not worry about recording his glorious semifinal rendition of ”Moody’s Mood for Love”; we’ll be carrying it in our heads for the foreseeable future.

WHAT NEEDS WORK There’s no doubt Elliott’s got the chops to be the next American Idol, but the timidity he showed in his first week on the big stage has us wondering if he’s a believer in his own cause.

FROCK U Brown sweater vests begone! The time has come for Elliott to add a little bit of color, and a whole lot of funk, to his dreary wardrobe. And while we’re at it, how about a jaunty fedora?

REQUEST LIST Lou Rawls’ ”You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” Mary J. Blige’s ”Love No Limit,” the Gap Band’s ”You Dropped a Bomb on Me”