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American Idol

Season 7 Episode 14

The Top 10 Boys Perform

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Top 10 Boys Perform
Having survived last week's competition, the Top 10 boys perform again for America. After the show, the viewers will vote for their favorites. Who will keep singing, and who will go home? Performing Tonight are: David Archuleta Jason Castro Robbie Carrico David Cook Chikezie Eze David Hernandez Michael Johns Luke Menard Danny Noriega Jason Yeagermoreless

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  • Better than last week by a lot.

    After last week's horrendous performances, courtesy of your Top 24, I hope that this week would be a lot better for the girls and most especially for th guys who will be performing in just a while.

    Note: Review is written during advertisements, not after the whole show has ended.

    Michale Johns

    I remember during Hollywood Week, Michael was amazing with his very own rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, but this performance was just the complete opposite. His vocals were suffering throughout the whole song, and I hated the whole performance completely. From the beginning when it seemed like he and the band weren't seeing eye-to-eye with the music and the vocals, to the middle where he continuously moved his microphone throughout the air and until the very end where he just butchered it. I liked the song, but like the judges said, it wasn't the right song for him, there was this little part after the beginning where I was actually getting into it, but it lasted for around five seconds, so it was a very poor performance for me.


    Jason Castro

    I disagree with Simon, I believe the song was good for him, but I don't think he maximized this good song. His arrangement was pretty good, but I was thinking during the whole performance, "Wasn't he the guy with the guitar last week?" And he actually was, so I was actually hoping to see him without the guitar and I was also hoping he'd move around on stage, but he does seem like the shy, reserved type, so maybe not. Anyway, his overall performance was just OK,but his arrangement was good, I liked it.


    Luke Menard

    His performance last week was completely horrible, this week it wasn't bad, he actually showed a little bit of personality, but I have to say that he looked awkward on stage, but at least he's trying. Anyway, he was "pitchy" as Randy said for a little bit of the song, especially when he was going for those high notes, but compared to last week, it was better.


    Robbie Carrico

    I hated the song, I felt like it was a very karaoke song, I never thought of this song as a song good for a performance, but I guess he did, and he did an average job. He didn't pull off the rock thing, he didn't really amaze me and he didn't really do as good as last week.


    Danny Noriega

    Last week was a very strange performance for Danny, that's why I was happy he decided to go with something slower this week. I think the band was too loud for his voice, just by a little, but that didn't make the performance suffer much. I think he wasn't pronouncing his words very well during the first stanza, and on possibility could be that he was thinking too hard, just like what the judges said, but it was a decent performance.


    David Hernandez

    His performance last week, like I said in my past review was good enough for a Top 24 performance, but this week was good enough for a Top 7 performance. He was just really good on stage, his vocals were great, he just hit all those high notes really, really well. His performance was also very creative, his entrance, how he positioned himself and his gestures really made the performance believable. And it really was the best vocal of the night [so far].


    Jason Yeager

    So he desperately tried to pump it up this week after last week's snore of a performance. He was having fun, like he said, but I think what he wants is for the viewers to have fun, not feel repulsed over the fact that he is kinda' horrible at dancing and he made that very horrible boy-band dance move at the end of the performance.


    Chikezie Eze

    His performance was original, it was soulful, it was just amazing. He was so passionate in his very own rendition of the Donny Hathaway original, I really liked it. I feel that if someone else had sang that song I wouldn't have been able to really absorb the essence of the song's message, but he did a good job and he made it believable, I look for that in a performance, believability.


    David Cook

    He was edgy, unique, the performance was one of a real rocker, unlike someone who thinks he's a rocker and is being rather bitter over the fact that he can't pull-off a good rock show (I am possibly looking at you Robbie Carrico, just possibly). He really looked like a real rocker and what was so ironic is that he is sort of a nerd, a word-nerd to be exact and he is a really good rocker so, that was an amazing performance, I really enjoyed it.


    David Archuleta

    His vocals were pretty good, I still don't see how his voice stand out so much, as far as I can tell he has a great voice, I believe he is in front of the others vocally, but by a few feet maybe, no miles there. His song choice was really risky, and it was a risk he could afford, with his popularity (courtesy of NigelLythgoe and the rest of the American Idol staff) he could have not sang and still sailed through to the next round.

    7.5/10 (for the vocals)

    Going Home: Jason Yeager and Luke Menard, the other two mutes. I'd say after these two are gone it is fair play from there. These two were part of the four whose auditions were never broadcasted and didn't even get that much airtime during Hollywood Week. These two along with the two who were eliminated last week.

    Stood Out: David Cook, David Hernandez, David Archuleta (Shocking)

    A mile better than last week, don't mind my ratings, I'm still adjusting, last week I was sort of weird with my grading, but I think this week is more accurate, I'm guessing last week would have gotten two stars if I had been more careful with grading.moreless
  • ok episode...

    The guys did ok. The only performance that stood out to me was David Cook. Everyone else was either terrible or forgetable. I don't like young David very much for some reason and I think everyone likes him. There's something about his voice that I don't like. . . . . I don't see him making his own music. I was really diappointed with how bad the guys were. Again, Paula gets on my nerves. She is so annoyed. Just say they're good or bad then get on with it. Overall, a very disappointing episode and just an ok, average episode.moreless
  • Awesome...the guys are awesome

    The top 10 guys are on fire. My favorite out of all of the guys is David Cook. But tonight in my opinion David Archuletta and David Hernandez are on fire. David A's performance was the best of the night, and David H's performance was great I was never really a big fan of Papa was a rolling stone until I heard David Sing it. Now my least favorites of the night where Robbie Carrico, I just don't like him and I didn't like his rendition of Hot Blooded. It sounded something like I would sound like doing karaoke. I'd prolly sound better doing this song karaoke drunk off my butt. And I've never been a fan of Jason Yeager, to me he had pitch problems.moreless
  • Top top ten males sing for our votes. Did they do enough to win America over?

    Well, I have to say that "the best season ever" title could very well be deserved. Australian hottie Michael Johns kicked us off with "Go Your Own Way". He seems to be coasting by on his looks and accent, if tonight's performance was any indication. Although I am a big fan, I was not impressed with his song choice. He struggled, quite visibly, to sing in his upper register. Also, I didn't like the way he kept turning his head away from the microphone every time he sang a note he wasn't sure he could sing. He will have to do much better next week to keep me as a fan.

    Jason Castro, whose debut performance last week impressed millions of viewers, including me, sang "I Just Want to Be Your Everything". He performs with his guitar again, which could backfire. I found his vocals to be much weaker than last week, and he didn't look entirely comfortable with his song choice. I'm afraid he may have peaked entirely too early in the competition, and will have to show much more versatility to secure a spot in the top 12.

    Luke Menard...where do I start? I can't remember what he sang last week. I DO remember that he's definitely easy on the eyes..this week being no exception. He sings "Killer Queen", a very difficult song to pull off. I can't say he quite did it. The entire time I was listening, I was waiting for the part where he comes out and slays me with enormous talent. It didn't happen. It's amazing that such a good-looking man can lack any charisma. His performance was, as Randy says...."a'ight".

    Robbie Carrico, former boyfriend of Britney Spears and "rocker" extraordinaire sings "Hot Blooded". I had to disagree with the judges. I was actually impressed by Robbie's vocals tonight. I must admit that I would love to hear him sing something other than rock. He definitely has the pipes for it. Every time I see him on my screen, however, I have this intense urge to send him some Pantene....

    Danny Noriega decided to slow down the pace and show his "softer" side by singing "Superstar". Beautifully understated performance by such a flamboyant singer. I liked it, although Danny came off a bit like a "deer in the headlights". David Hernandez comes out and shows America exactly why he was chosen to be in the top 24. He sings "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and NAILS it. He shows off his tremendous range and pure tone in this performance. I admit it. I am a fan. I am an official Hernia. Definite improvement over last week!

    Our official cult leader, er, performer is Jason Yeager. He sings "Long Train Runnin'", and shows off his lack of rhythm. And lack of charisma. And lack of charm. And...that's about it. I won't waste words on someone who won't be here next week.

    Chikezie is another contestant who had something to prove. He knocks out "I Believe", even incorporating his name into the song, which couldn't have been easy. And yes, I did just say "ezie". Last week, I couldn't wait to get him off my television screen. This week, I didn't mind him being there. His enthusiasm is contagious, and left me with a smile on my face. Of course, my pizza just arrived, so perhaps my happiness wasn't ALL because of Chikezie.

    Self-proclaimed "word nerd" David Cook takes the stage with his rendition of "All Right Now". He also decides to play his guitar, and can definitely rock. When I'm not distracted by his hair and smile, I am always amazed that David can actually sing. He has a very pleasant tone, and I am looking forward to hearing what else he can do.

    Last, but definitely not least is David Archuleta. The pimp spot is not wasted on him. With only a guitar for his background, and one spotlight shining on him, he sings "Imagine". He has a beautiful mature voice that belies his 17 years of age. He is a lock for the top 12, and has earned his spot.

    With the exception of a couple of duds, this was a very enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Three of ten boys soar through the competition!

    Personal opinion: David Archuleta is the best male vocalist in the competition right now!!! He's got a ridiculous amount of talent behind his young self. I voted for him many times to make sure he gets to sing this summer on the tour. I also loved David Hernandez. Last week, he seemed VERY tentative. Then he busts out "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and really nailed it on the head. Finally, Chikezie Eze was really inventive picking "I Believe to My Soul" since Simon seems to have trouble remembering names. I loved the performance and thought he did a great job with the song.

    Onto the not-so-great: David Cook was okay, but his attitude is getting the better of him. Luke Menard was all over the place with his song last night. Robbie Carrico was forgettable. Come to think of it, I don't remember anything good about the rest of the competitors (except for Danny Noriega, who was MUCH better than last week). I'm rooting for Archuleta to make the Top Ten this year!!!moreless
Alaina Whitaker

Alaina Whitaker

Eighteenth Place (Season 7)



Tenth Place (Season 7)

Alexandrea Lushington

Alexandrea Lushington

Nineteenth Place (Season 7)

David Archuleta

David Archuleta

Finalist (Season 7)

Danny Noriega

Danny Noriega

Thirteenth Place (Season 7)

Kady Malloy

Kady Malloy

Sixteenth Place (Season 7)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • For the video clips all the contestants revealed something America would find surprising or interesting about them.
      Michael Johns-Plays Tennis
      Jason Castro-Isn't very good at the interviews and has to do a lot of takes
      Luke Menard-Part of an a cappella group
      Robbie Carrico-Loves to drag race
      Danny Noriega-Was in a Punk/Rock band in Grade 9
      David Hernandez-Was in gymnastics as a kid
      Jason Yeager-Can play guitar, piano and drums
      Chikezie -His name is Nigerian and is actually pronounced differently but has gone with the current way most of his life.
      David Cook-Is a "Word Nerd", meaning he loves to do lots of crossword puzzles and use big words
      David Archuleta -He met and sang for the Season 1 contestants

    • One of the back up singers is actually the daughter of Donny Hathaway.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Simon: (on David Hernandez's performance) This may surprise you, but in my opinion, that was the best vocal of the night so far. I like the fact that when you are given some criticism, rather than sulking, you take it as a challenge.

    • Simon: (on Jason Castro's performance) I thought the song was horrible because it was too schmaltzy. It didn't suit your voice. Your vocals were very weak – you actually looked very uncomfortable.

    • Simon: (after David Cook responded to his comment) David, I think by now I know the rules of the competition. I understand that you and I have a conversation, the public chooses. This is what is called an opinion.

    • Simon: (on Jason Yeager's performance) The simple truth is last week was boring, this week was just awkward and ordinary. The ending – I don't know what you were doing well. It's like you were drunk at party.

    • Paula Abdul: (to 17 year old David Archuleta) I just want to squish you, squeeze your head off, and dangle you from my rear view mirror.

  • NOTES (4)

    • List of Songs Sung By The Contestants:

      Jason Castro - I Just Want To Be Your Everything by The Bee Gees
      Michael Johns - Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
      David Hernandez - Papa was a Rolling Stone by The Temtations
      Chikezie - I Believe to My Soul by Donny Hathaway
      David Cook - All Right Now by Free
      Jason Yeager - Long Train Runnin' by The Doobie Brothers
      Robbie Carrico - Hot Blooded by Foreigner
      David Archuleta - Imagine by John Lennon
      Danny Noriega - Superstar by The Carpenters
      Luke Menard - Killer Queen by Queen

    • Tonight's songs were from the 70's.

    • House is pre-empted tonight.

    • This is a 1 & a half hour episode


    • Ryan called Luke Dawson's Creek.
      Dawson's Creek was a 90's drama about a bunch of teenagers, however most of the actors were actually in their mid-late twenties. Luke looks a bit like the main character from the series.