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March 11, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

DAVID ARCHULETA
AGE: 17

WHAT’S IN TUNE Sexually non-threatening teenage boys have always fared well on American Idol, but unlike John Stevens, Kevin Covais, and Sanjaya Malakar, ”Little David” has mad vocal skills to go along with his tween-friendly stylings: His semifinal performance of ”Imagine” bordered on transcendent.

WHAT’S OFF-KEY Front-runners automatically get targets slapped on their backs, and while there’s nothing wrong with the occasional ”big issues” ballad, David needs to make sure his song selections don’t make him look 17 going on 70. Plus, it’s time to invest in some ChapStick; the mid-performance lip-licking is starting to creep us out.

REQUEST LIST Madonna’s ”Take a Bow,” ‘N Sync’s ”Bye Bye Bye,” Coldplay’s ”The Scientist”

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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