American Idol

Season 7 Episode 24

The Top 10 Perform Live

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 25, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Top 10 Perform Live
Tonight the remaining 10 finalists perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America's votes and surviving another week in the competition. See who impresses the judges and who buckles under the pressure.

Tonight's Theme Is: Songs from when the finalists were born.

Performing Tonight are:
David Archuleta
Jason Castro
David Cook
Kristy Lee Cook
Chikezie Eze
Michael Johns
Ramiele Malubay
Syesha Mercado
Carly Smithson
Brooke Whitemoreless

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  • Best night out of top 12 so far.

    Birth year. Let's see how good they are

    Ramiele Malubay "Alone" I don't know if it's just because I like the song, but I disagree with the judges. I liked it. Her best performance in the top 12. Great job Ramiele! 8.8/10

    Jason Castro "Fragile" Yuck. His worst one this whole competition so far. I did not like it. 7.6/10

    Syesha Mercado "If I Were Your Womam" She used to be the girl who lost her voice in Hollywood. Now she's the girl with the huge voice. I loved it. Fantastic!!!!! 9.9/10

    Chikeze "If Only For One Night" I like him up-beat. Not his slowness. I didn't like it. He'll be safe, but still not his best. 7.9/10

    Brooke White "Every Breath You Take" Liked it. Didn't love it. Didn't hate it like last week. Just good. I agree with Randy and Simon she should have stayed on the piano. 8.1/10

    Michael Johns "We Will Rock You /We Are The Champions" Loved it. Fantastic. Best one this competition. He's good at Queen. Fantastic. 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Carly Smithson "Total Eclipse of The Heart" I actually liked it. I thought it was good, but like Paula said she didn't connect with the audience. Not my favorite from her. Not the worst from her either. 8.5/10

    David Archuleta "You're The Voice" I hated it. It was horrible. I like him on the odds weeks I think. Horrible. 7.3/10

    Kristy Lee Cook "God Bless The U.S.A." I liked it. My favorite performance from her excluding Amazing Grace. She'll be safe. Perfect song choice also. 8.8/10

    David Cook "Billie Jean" Perfect way to close the night. I honestly loved it. Best this season. I loved it so much! 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bottom 3: Jason Castro, Chikeze, and David Archuleta

    Bottom 2: Jason Castro and David Archuleta

    Eliminated: David Archuletamoreless
  • wow, the best so far...

    I really think everyone did really well. The theme was songs from their birth year and most of them really did well. David Cook did great, as usual, but I actually didn't like it as much as his emo song he sang a couple of weeks back. The country girl, amazingly, did really good too. I listen to country...but I don't like her, however, she sang a song that I love and she sang it well. Michael Johns did well also. I was becoming disappointed with him, but he impressed this time! Overall, most everyone did well. This is the first episode I've enjoyed this year.moreless
  • some good and some bad performances

    Okay Ramiele I like her but so far She hasnt had any stand out performances and tonight was no different it was better then last week , which was atrocious , it was turrible. Brooke in the beggining i thought WOW , this is terrible. Then she picked it up and did better. during some piont in the show they show the Idols recording sound. David A; I hear the track through one ear and with the other I try to hear how good I sound.(In Davids mind; that will make people think im consided and fake(which he probobly is). David A continued; sometimes I sound good. The reason why he probly thought that is because there was a huge pause in after he said the him sounding good part. David A's performance can be discribed in three words , A Hot Mess. it was boring , his voice sounded shaky , and there was nothing new or interesting about it , its the same thing every week. Simon ; I mean it looked like one of those theme park performaces , it looked like there should be little animals singing around you. AHAHA lol OMG this is one of the funniest things I ever heard Simon say and that includes him telling somebody they looked like a monkey. David C , Kristy Lee , John , and Sayesha killed it tonight they were on fire , but who knows anyone can go home.moreless
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  • Some great performance, but what a surprise.

    I just watched the whole episode and some of the contestants are real good. Both Davids have vocal and talent, i enjoyed their perfomance. Jason Castro sang well too, his personality stood out and feel refreshing instead of the fake stuff we see and hear sometimes. Ramiele Malubay continues to bewitch with her voice and power. Would be nice to have melodic tunes from her. Chikezie Eze, Brooke White and Syesha Mercado were just okay for me. But then again tastes are subjective (that's why every contestant have their own fan base). Kristy Lee Cook sang better this week but that doesn't mean she's better than other contestant. Somehow America loves her and she's not even on the bottom three (tremendously odd) while Castro was (unbelievable). Well let's hope the contest keeps the talented on the stage. Truly at the end of the day we should crown the best singer with best vocal, perfomance and talent.moreless


Tenth Place (Season 7)

David Archuleta

David Archuleta

Finalist (Season 7)

David Cook (XXII)

David Cook (XXII)

Finalist (Season 7)

Carly Smithson

Carly Smithson

Finalist (Season 7)

Michael Johns

Michael Johns

Eighth Place (Season 7)

Kristy Lee Cook

Kristy Lee Cook

Finalist (Season 7)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode aired on Jason's birthday.

    • There were a number of contestants that picked songs that were originally recorded in years before they were born, but were allowed to sing them because they were covered in the same year. Syesha sang "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight and The Pips in 1970 but was covered by Stephanie Mills in 1987. David Archuleta sang "You're the Voice" by John Farnham in 1987, but was covered in 1990 by David Foster with Jeff Pescetto doing vocals. The only one without another explanation is Michael Johns who sang "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" which both came out in 1977 a whole year before he was born.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Simon: (on Kristy's performance) Your best performance by a mile, and I have to say that was the most clever song choice I have heard in years.

    • Simon: (on Michael's performance) This is the first time with you I saw star potential. Tonight you just got it right.

    • Simon: (on David Cook's performance) That was brave. It could have either been insane or amazing, and I have to tell you it was amazing.

    • Simon: (on Carly's performance) Something didn't quite work. I think you were so tense and uptight during the performance ... you've got to lighten up a little bit.

    • Simon: (on Jason's performance) I think it's time that you start talking this a little more seriously. That was the equivalent of someone busking outside a subway station.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In honor of the theme being "Year They Were Born" each contestant talked about their childhood in their video clip. As well before each commercial break a picture, of the next contestant(s) to sing, as an infant appear on the screen where usually the American Idol emblem is.

    • Brooke actually messed up at the beginning of her performance so she just started again.

    • List Of Songs Sung By The Contestants

      David Archuleta - You're The Voice by David Foster
      Jason Castro - Fragile by Sting
      David Cook - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
      Kristy Lee Cook - God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
      Chikezie Eze - If Only For One Night by Luther Vandross
      Michael Johns - We Are the Champions by Queen
      Ramiele Malubay - Alone by Heart
      Syesha Mercado - If I Were Your Woman by Stephanie Mills
      Carly Smithson - Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
      Brooke White - Every Breath You Take by The Police

    • Brad Garrett, & Joely Fisher of the FOX hit Til Death were in the audience.

    • Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns and David Cook gave their best performances of the season so far in this episode.

    • This is an hour & a half episode.