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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Who's Your American Idol Favorite?

Who's your early pick to win "American Idol?" The final 12 will be revealed on Thursday, after the 16 performers sing Beatles songs (8 guys tonight, and the 8 women Wednesday) on 8-9 p.m. on Fox, Channels 19, 45.

TV's weekly American Idol Power Rankings Poll say David Archuleta is the favorite, with 63% of the votes. Michael Johns is second among the guys with 15.4%.

Carly Smithson, who Randy Jackson named as the top female while visiting here last Friday, is running a very tight second (26.2%) to Brooke White (26.6%).

The TV Guide poll says Kady Malloy and Chikezie will be heading home this week.

Each week, surveys its readers asking them to rank the final standing contestants, with results announced Monday. Find them at

Here is the current ranking:
27.6% Brooke White
26.2% Carly Smithson
20.7% Ramiele Malubay (last week’s No. 1)
8.6% Syesha Mercado
6.3% Kristy Lee Cook
4.9 % Asia’h Epperson
3.6% Amanda Overmyer
2.0% Kady Malloy

63.6% David Archuleta
15.4% Michael Johns (last week’s No. 1)
7.0% Jason Castro
5.6% David Hernandez
4.9% David Cook
1.4% Luke Menard
1.1% Danny Noriega
1.0% Chikezie

Which four will be sent home this week, and won’t make the final 12? Who are your favorites?


at 3/04/2008 11:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Hernandez will be sent home BEFORE tonight's competition even begins.


Well are you ready for the first American Idol SCANDAL of the season???

Hernandez is a male stripper at a gay strip joint called Dick's Caberet in Glendale, AZ. He performs fully nude lap dances for the mostly male clientèle there.

Here's the "Dancing with Dudes" A.P. article:

And you can view these internet photos of a scantily-clad David Hernandez bar tending at a separate gay bar here:

at 3/04/2008 1:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not into "American Idol" but my spys tell me that Archuletta is the person to beat

at 3/04/2008 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't waste my time with it.

at 3/04/2008 5:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Hernandez may lose support now that his past has been "exposed"...

at 3/04/2008 5:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, here it is: the biggest primary in Ohio in years. Does anyone care about American Idol today? Really?

at 3/05/2008 9:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hope no one cares about AI, but knowing the dumding down effect that reality TV has on people. it would not surprise me that losers out there are more worried about that than the reality of the world.

at 3/05/2008 11:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, 5:53 - thanks for your brilliant observation.. But you see, this IS a TV (ok, MEDIA) blog.. And Idol IS on TV.. So, um, you might want to go check out a "political-type" blog. There are plenty of them, trust me.

You, like many others here, like to waste time posting irrelevant comments that make you feel better about yourself.

Are you a disgruntled Idol reject, perhaps? Lost a local karaoke competition, maybe? An out-of-office has-been drunkard politician or TV personality? Or wait - BOTH? Charlie Luken, is that you?

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