'American Idol': Top 9 Power List!
9. Paul Jolley (officially in 8th place)
I realize the whole concept of the Power List seems absurd now that we know the official vote tally from the previous week, but let's just go with it anyway. Paul hasn't quite ''gotten it'' thus far, both in terms of understanding what the judges want from him and in hitting his notes with confidence and authority. He may cower under the Lennon-McCartney songbook theme night.
8. Janelle Arthur (officially in 6th place)
She took a risk with last week's uptempo ''Gone,'' so she could reach a totally different fan base if she keeps this week's cover simple and guitar-driven. It's what the Beatles would want anyway. The fact remains though: She's the least impressive of the girls.
7. Amber Holcomb (officially in 5th place)
Amber's chosen mostly big diva ballads, so the theme might work against her this week; plus she got the final spot last time for ''A Moment Like This.'' Her moment may have passed. Still, she's so cute. And THAT VOICE!
6. Devin Velez (officially in 9th place)
Our Chicago kid needs a big comeback this week, and a Lennon-McCartney classic sung in Spanglish could be just the ticket. I'm bumping him up so many spots because his voice is better than Paul's (and Lazaro's for that matter, but?sigh.)
5. Lazaro Arbos (officially in 4th place)
The extreme stutterer is going to sing ''Imagine,'' and everyone is going to cry. The end.
4. Burnell Taylor (officially in 7th place)
Burnell also needs to break out this week and it could work if he applies his unique style (read: ''conjuring up music like magic'' hand gestures and often jarringly low vocals) to a song everyone knows. The question remains whether ''Burnell-ing a song'' is something to anticipate or something to fear, and this week will provide that answer.
3. Candice Glover (officially in the top 3)
Last Wednesday's ''I (Who Have Nothing)'' was unarguably the best of the week, but I think Kree or Angela are more poised for ''a moment'' (Randy Jackson ?) with the Lennon-McCartney theme. Either way, Candice is in no danger.
2. Angela Miller (officially in the top 3)
The Lennon-McCartney songbook is what Angie's silky-sweet, piano-driven dreams are made of. Expect her to tug at heartstrings with ''In My Life'' or boldly attempt a piano freakout on ''Hey Jude.''
1. Kree Harrison (officially in the top 3)
After what she did last week with Roy Orbison's ''Crying,'' Kree's the one I'm most excited to hear on a classic rock-themed week. I'd suggest going uptempo to avoid repetition, but her interpretations have been so spot-on and surprising that really, she can sing anything. (Except the phone book. Ugh! Et tu, Keith Urban?)