From US Today
.David Archuleta: His soaring vocals and gawky teen appeal combo makes him the one to beat.
•Jason Castro: A sleepy-looking sleeper with a supple folkie style.
•David Cook: Also-ran became front-runner this week when his Lionel Richie cover had the crowd at Hello.
•Kristy Lee Cook: Hasn’t sung well yet but country twang may give her a secure niche for a few weeks.
•Chikezie Eze: Ruben Studdard-type style may be passé these days.
•David Hernandez: Impressive, imaginative singer may be able to weather controversy and reach the top half.
•Michael Johns: Early favorite seems to be coasting; needs to re-establish his early soulfulness.
•Ramiele Malubay: This year’s Paris Bennett-type cute kid with a big voice needs to pick up the pace.
•Syesha Mercado: Strong vocal chops but may be too much of a generic soul diva to reach the top.
•Amanda Overmyer: The designated “rock chick” will fizzle on non-rock theme nights.
•Carly Smithson: Sings like a polished professional (and was one) — a top three contender.
•Brooke White: Underdog has cleverly gone against the diva grain and could stick around quite awhile.
My personal favorites by order are David Archuleta, Ramiele Malubay, Jason Castro, Brooke White and Kristy Lee Cook.