By EW Staff
Updated March 17, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
American Idol: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Advice for ”American Idol” finalist Kevin Covais

WHAT’S WORKING I’m not entirely sure if he’s trying to be funny, but when Kevin grabs the mic and starts gettin’ jiggy, it’s comic gold; plus, the kid’s got an earnest charm not even Simon can deny.

WHAT NEEDS WORK In all honesty, Kevin’s peculiar warble can only carry him so far in the competition. But that’s not saying he can’t extend his run by embarking on a charm offensive.

FROCK U The American Idol stage should not be confused with a high-school calculus class. Accordingly, it’s time for this season’s geek-chic contestant to lose the untucked Dockers-y shirts, goofy glasses, and white sneakers (gasp!). Paging Clay Aiken’s stylist!

REQUEST LIST The Monkees’ ”Daydream Believer,” Paula Abdul’s ”Straight Up,” K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s ”(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty”