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'Idol' Week 2: The Power List

After exciting auditions in Memphis and New York, check out our ranking of contestants advancing to Hollywood -- then then tell us which singer is No. 1 in your book

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The ''Idol'' power list: Week 2 update!

1) Kristy Lee Cook

Gorgeous Oregonian's ''Amazing Grace'' was the hands-down highlight of week 1, but will an Internet backlash about her one-time deal with Arista Nashville cost her come voting season?

2) Colton Swon

Stole his hairstyle from Kajagoogoo and his name from a daytime soap, but his impressive take on Little Big Town's ''Boondocks'' makes him a possible male counterpart to Carrie Underwood.

3) Junot Joyner

Blink and you missed his brief audition clip, but if your ears were open, chances are you haven't forgotten his strong, unfussy take on ''I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues.''

4) Jessica Brown

Producers chose to highlight her one-time battle with meth addiction, but Dr. Phil moment aside, she infused ''I'll Stand by You'' with an emotional depth that's rare this early in the Idol game.

5) Jose Candelaria

His version of ''Unbreak My Heart'' was smooth, sexy, and completely in Spanish, but he'll need a major fashion upgrade if he wants to be the show's first bilingual powerhouse.

6) Drew Poppelreiter

Simon voted ''no,'' Paula saw ''no wow factor'' in his George Strait cover, and yet he's on to Hollywood — with loads of fan buzz. See what big pecs, tight jeans and a piece of hay between the teeth can do for a guy?

7) Chris Watson

Drew's main rival for the ''week-one hunk'' crown, he hit every note of Uncle Craker's ''Follow Me,'' but his slightly nasal tone keeps him from being ranked higher. This season's answer to Anwar Robinson?

8) Angela Martin

Anyone who ever had a heart was rooting for this 26-year-old mother of a young daughter with Rett Syndrome, but her ''Signed Sealed Delivered,'' while tuneful, was plagued by gimmicky affectations.

9) Beth Stalker

Recorded a Christian album before she was old enough to enter kindergarten, and the 28-year-old scored her second chance at the dream with a sweet, if not overwhelming, cover of ''Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.''

10) Kady Malloy

Simon dubbed her the best audition he'd seen this season after she belted out ''Unchained Melody,'' but frankly, it's her spot-on imitation of Britney Spears that's sticking with us days after her audition.

11) Pia ''Zpia'' Easley

Arrived at her audition looking the part of a pop star, with sassy fauxhawk and scads of tattoos, but her Gladys Knight cover showed a troubling lack of vocal control; Hollywood meltdown inevitable?

12) Joey Catalano

Tough to root against a kid who lost 200 pounds in the months leading up to his audition, but we remember his inspirational backstory more than his not-bad rendition of Maroon 5's ''Sunday Morning.''

13) Kyle Ensley

His campaign-spoof interview package looked like a setup for a train-wreck, but this primary-color-clad glee-club member impressed Paula and Simon with his take on Queen's ''Somebody to Love.''

14) Alaina Whitaker

Comparing yourself to Carrie Underwood in front of the judges takes hubris, yet while she's got a physical likeness to the Idol champ, her pitchy Faith Hill cover won't make her a multi-platinum threat.

15) Jonathan Baines

Handsome kid got only seconds of screentime — and didn't make a strong impression with 'em — but every Idol season needs a teen dream who can self-destruct in the semifinals. Maybe it's him?

16) Brooke White

Call her Nanny McPlease! Doe-eyed child-care provider called infant twins her ''best friends'' and said she'd never seen an R-rated movie, but so what? Her Corrine Bailey Rae number was a four-note snoozer!

17) Melanie Nyema

Onetime backup singer for Taylor Hicks barely made it past the judges, and with good reason: Her ''Unwritten'' couldn't match Ayla Brown's season-five semifinal version, let alone Natasha Bedingfield's original.

18) Kayla Hatfield

Spunky, funky Kyra Sedgwick lookalike who overcame a crippling car accident is this season's most likeable contestant. But what show are we watching when Simon gives Golden Tickets to undeniably middling vocalists?

19) Brandon Green

Does it really matter how much talent this dude has — and for the record, his ''Rich Girl'' was barely middle-class — when he carries around a macabre plastic bag of old fingernail clippings?

20) Nina Shaw

She's attractive, wickedly stylish (the disco dress was rockin') and from Kelly Clarkson's hometown. But her version of Whitney Houston's overdone ''Run to You'' was a hot mess. Judges, clean thy ears!

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Originally posted Jan 26, 2007
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