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Advice for ”American Idol” finalist Paris Bennett

WHAT’S WORKING Paris set the bar high — perhaps too high — with an electrifying, a capella audition of the jazz standard ”Take Five” that, almost two months later, still ranks as season 5’s musical high point.

WHAT NEEDS WORK Dreary song choices (”Conga”? ”Wind Beneath My Wings”? really?) during the semifinals and her claim that having ”favor” from above gives her an advantage have inspired a backlash against this early favorite.

FROCK U Paris’ youthful zest for fashion can occasionally lead to scary accessory explosions — and the ghastly weave she sported on the March 9 results show should go the way of the dodo. Might I suggest a return to the hip flip she sported during ”Midnight Train to Georgia”?

REQUEST LIST Tina Turner’s ”River Deep-Mountain High,” Barry White’s ”You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” Cyndi Lauper’s ”True Colors”