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”Idol” week 3: Power rankings

1. Kristy Lee Cook
Gorgeous Oregonian’s ”Amazing Grace” was the hands-down highlight of American Idol week 1, and Internet backlash about her one-time deal with Arista Nashville hasn’t stopped her from topping our reader poll for two weeks running. (Last week: No. 1)

2. Samantha Sidley
Demure beauty played along gamely when Ryan and Paula swapped duties during her audition, then delivered a restrained, lovely version of ”Don’t Know Why.” If, as we suspect, she’s more than a Norah Jones copycat, she’s one to watch. (New this week)

3. David Cook
Beat-down fauxhawk aside, this congenial rocker proved his smarts (studying Daughtry tapes before auditioning), fashion sense (rocking a cool argyle sweater vest), and vocal ability (delivering a unique take on ”Livin’ on a Prayer”) in one fab audition. (New this week)

4. David Archuleta
Former Star Search winner who once struggled with a paralyzed vocal chord botched his lyrics and hit a couple rough notes in his audition, but the judges loved him, and he finished second in our week 2 reader poll. Have we forgotten Sanjaya already? (Last week: No. 4)

5. Brittany Wescott
Got Simon’s attention with some heavy-duty flirting, but kept it with a smooth, jazzy rendition of ”My Guy.” Plus, her on-camera antics with pal Corliss Smith proved she knows how to get the most out of a few minutes of airtime. (New this week)

6. Colton Swon
Stole his hairstyle from Kajagoogoo and his name from a daytime soap, but his impressive take on Little Big Town’s ”Boondocks” makes him a possible male counterpart to Carrie Underwood. So why did you guys only vote him 10th in last week’s American Idol reader poll? (Last week: No. 3)

7. Leo Marlowe
Openly gay Iowan made a great first impression with his ”homecoming queen” crack, scoring a big laugh from Simon and a cry of ”touchdown!” from Paula. Yet while his cover of ”A Song for You” was potent, it won’t have Elliott Yamin losing sleep. (New this week)

8. Kady Malloy
Simon went bonkers over her steady cover of ”Unchained Melody” in week 1, and readers agree; she’s drawn big vote totals two weeks running. Still, wasn’t her spot-on Britney imitation the most interesting thing about her? (Last week: No. 8)

9. Jeffery Lampkin
Still not sure of his solo vocal prowess, as he dueted with sister Michelle at his Charleston audition, but no one can top this flamboyant funnyman when it comes to personality. As Jeffery himself noted, he’s got the ”Owww factor!” Preach it! (Last week: No. 9)

10. Amy Flynn
Abstinence advocate. Dance-team captain. And middling interpreter of Christina Aguilera ballads. We wish the judges had given this teen two more years to develop her vocals, but Idol‘s never been a show to pass on polarizing contestants. (Last week: No. 10)

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11. Michael Johns
Another ”semi-pro” (he once had a deal with Madonna’s label), this Aussie made a splash with a tight T-shirt and a decent Otis Redding cover. reader poll voters, however, immune to beefcake, only ranked him in a tie for sixth in our week 2 poll. (Last week: No. 2)

12. Jason Rich
One of two male contestants to play the ”farm-boy charm” card this season, this Iowa native showcased Daughtry-esque vocal power on Keith Whitley’s ”When You Say Nothing at All.” Too bad it took him four tries to remember the lyrics. (New this week)

13. Drew Poppelreiter
Simon voted no and Paula saw ”no wow factor” in his George Strait cover, and yet he’s on to Hollywood — with loads of fan buzz. See what a piece of hay between the teeth and a couple glamour-tractor shots can do? (Last week: No. 7)

14. Syesha Mercado
Already has a network talent show (ABC’s low-rated The One) on her résumé, but where was the subtlety in her on-key cover of Aretha’s ”Think”? That said, if Fox launches America’s Best Yeller, she’s a shoo-in. (New this week)

15. Angelica Puente
Shed more tears in her interview package than your average onion-factory employee, but there’s no denying this teenage beauty has a powerful instrument. Now let’s see if she can put it to use for more than a nifty Celine Dion impersonation. (New this week)

16. Carly Smithson
Another hopeful with prior experience — she flopped in her major-label debut as Carly Hennessy a few years back — this tattooed Irishwoman displayed power pipes (and a case of Mariah-itis) on ”I’m Every Woman.” (Last week: No. 6)

17. Junot Joyner
Blink and you missed his brief audition clip, but if your ears were open, chances are you haven’t forgotten his strong, unfussy take on ”I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.” Here’s hoping he gets a little more camera time during Hollywood week. (Last week: No. 5)

18. Natasha Blach
Unfortunately for this statuesque beauty, her big, booming rendition of ”At Last” got relegated to one of those tacked-on medleys of successful auditioners. So the fact that we still remember it means she’s earned a place on our countdown. (New this week)

19. Suzanne Toon
Single mother who displayed alarming doll-hair ringlets got a little sharp on her cover of ”I Can’t Make You Love Me,” but Simon and Paula still found something vulnerable and sexy in her performance. So did we. Um, except for those dreaded tresses. (New this week)

20. Brooke White
Call her Nanny McPlease! Doe-eyed child-care provider called infant twins her ”best friends” and put us to sleep with a four-note Corinne Bailey Rae number. So can somebody tell us how she finished fifth in our initial reader poll? (Last week: No. 12)

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