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Lauren Alaina and James Durbin only blockbusters on 'American Idol'

"American Idol" Final 8: Clockwise from Left: Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart, Paul McDonald, Stefano Langone, Casey Abrams, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin. (Apr. 7, 2011) Photo Credit: Fox

"American Idol's" night at the movies was one to forget, as everyone except for Lauren Alaina and James Durbin failed to stand out (despite all the happy talk from the judges).

Really, a season that started with such promise has become the usual collection of blah singers doing unoriginal versions of songs performed to appeal to squealing teen girls.

There were audio problems all night long on Fox, resulting in up to 20 seconds of video without sound. At times, it was a blessing.

Here's how I rated everyone. Put your own thoughts in the comments, below:

1) Lauren Alaina was powerful and sincere on "The Climb" -- let's just hope the curse of being female doesn't kick her off the show.

2) James Durbin shredded with "Heavy Metal," -- as hyped-up Jennifer Lopez shouted, "that felt really, really real!"

3) Jacob Lusk's "Bridge Over Trouble Water" wasn't crazy good for me based on his usual standards, but as Steven Tyler said, it was "angelic" -- and still heads and shoulders above the others.

4) Scotty McCreery sang "I Cross My Heart" the same he's sang everything: well. In Randy Jackson's words, "if it ain't broke, don't even consider fixing it."

5) Haley Reinhart's "Call Me" was, for me, a hot mess. She was all over the place and vocally weak in parts. But it was at least interesting, and not the same old thing.

6) Casey Abrams's "Nature Boy" was definitely creative and interesting, but I didn't really find it that enjoyable, and in the end I think it was just too weird for this show.

7) Paul McDonald was flat and not even really singing "Old Time Rock & Roll" -- I lost interest a few seconds in, but the judges oddly liked it.

8) Stefano Langone  chose to sing "End of the Road," which in a just universe, would be fitting. But somehow the judges heard something they liked.


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