By Michael Slezak
Updated February 02, 2009 at 07:43 PM EST

The season 8 audition rounds are over, and for those of us who take our American Idol super-seriously, the competition finally heats up this Tuesday and Wednesday with the arrival of Hollywood Week and all its trumped-up, sleep-deprived, group-performance drama. The question remains, though, whether the lackluster tryouts we’ve been watching over the last seven episodes will yield a future Kelly Clarkson or Fantasia Barrino. I’m staying optimistic, but then again, I’ve got to write 2,000-word recaps of 32 more episodes between now and late May, so my happiness and long-term sanity are in the hands of Cecile Frot-Coutaz & Co.

Anyhow, before I descend into a self-induced panic attack, let’s all press play on the newest episode of Idolatry, featuring Annie Barrett, Life.com‘s Dancin’ Dawnie Walton, and a certain popular contestant from America’s Next Top Doll. (Fret not: We’re still planning a season finale for that twisted series, but Tyra costuming and wrangling takes time. It’s true, y’all!) Who is your favorite Idol contestant so far this season? And who’s the contestant most likely to melt down over the next four episodes? Get to predicting in the comments section below!

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