A hard day's night for three 'Idol' singers

  • Article by: RANDY A. SALAS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2008 - 9:27 AM

"American Idol" hit a high note Tuesday night as the TV show's top 12 singers performed the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the first time as a musical theme. But three performers on Fox's top-rated singing competition had a hard day's night covering the Beatles' music.

Most surprising in his ineptitude was fan favorite David Archuleta, the plucky 17-year-old pegged by many as a sure thing. He simply couldn't work out "We Can Work It Out," forgetting lyrics and stumbling through an awkward arrangement.

"That was a mess," acerbic judge Simon Cowell said.

Fortunately for Archuleta, Kristy Lee Cook staggered through a dismal country remix of "Eight Days a Week," while normally smooth David Hernandez outdid Wayne Newton with an Easy Cheese-y "I Saw Her Standing There."

On the bright side, big-voiced Chikezie blazed through an invigorating mountain-music version of "She's a Woman," and fresh-faced Brooke Adams shined with "Let It Be" while sitting barefoot at the grand piano. Seasoned musical pros David Cook, Carly Smithson and Michael Johns delivered respectable performances, respectively, of "Eleanor Rigby," "Come Together" and "Across the Universe."

Voters are always fickle, but Cook deserves to leave the show when the voting results air at 7 p.m. today.

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