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This is Dedicated to the One I Love

Which is worse, four hours of movie stars thanking their agents and publicists at the Academy Awards or two hours of "American Idol" guy contestants dedicating their performances to mom, dad and grandma?

In their defense, the "Idol" guys were told they had to dedicate their songs to someone.

Phil Stacey dedicates his song, "Missing You" to his Navy buddies. Judge Randy Jackson yo yo-s it. Paula Abdul can hear him on the radio and Simon Cowell calls it "completely unoriginal" and "very good karaoke."

Jared Cotter dedicates his song -- "Let's Get it On" -- to his mom and dad because, he says, they're the reason he's here. Randy thinks it's "kinda hot." Paula says it's the "kind of song you don't have to push on, no pun intended." Simon likens it to a cabaret singer on "The Love Boat."

AJ Tabaldo dedicates his song to his mom and dad, "Feelin' Good." Randy pronounces it "Kind of nice, baby." Paula says he had a real, real, real, real good voice. Simon calls it "actually, nearly very good."

Sanjaya Malakar dedicates his song,"Steppin' Out with My Baby," to his grandfather who died when he was five years old. He is dressed in what looks like his granddad's hat, shirt and pants. Randy calls it "really weird" and a "bad high school talent show." Paula suggests he pick songs that "celebrate your youth." But Simon says it best, calling it "like a ghastly lunch where, after your lunch, your parents have asked the children to dress up and sing, and not particularly liked what they heard."

Ryan asks Chris Sligh how he gets that whole Shirley Temple hair thing going. Chris says it involves putting as much conditioner in it as possible and letting it sit.

"I can't believe you answered that question," Ryan says to Chris, who dedicates his song, "Trouble," to his wife. Randy's glad to have him back. Paula's mooning over dedicating a song to his wife. Simon wonders about dedicating a song called "Trouble" to ones wife.

"I have been saved by a woman," Sligh says, referring to the song's lyrics. Uh huh. Don't care.

"So have I," Simon says. Still not caring.

Nick Pedro dedicates his song to his girlfriend, because "she's a lot of fun to be around." He sang "You Give Me Fever." Better than last week, Randy says, but Simon says he lacks the needed charisma to sing that song.

Blake Lewis dedicates his song - "Virtual Insanity" -- to his parents. Randy gives him one yo, but Paula calls his song choice smart. Simon says the first bit was original but the second bit was unoriginal and the final bits out of tune, then gets into an argument with Paula and Randy.

Ryan wonders whether Simon and Paula have been on a date this week. "Blake, run for your life!" Paula suggests.

Brandon Rogers pins his performance of "Time After Time" on his grandmother who is dead. Randy calls it boring, but Paula is pro -grandma.

"Can we just take this back to a singing competition for a minute?" Simon says.

"I love grandmas," he adds.

Brandon wants everyone to know it's his dad's birthday, "Happy Birthday, Dad!" he says.

"And, by the way, it's my mum's birthday - in November," Simon snips. "Happy Birthday Mum - in six months time," he continues. "And, I love puppies," he adds. "I love puppies!"

Chris Richardson dedicates his song -"Geek in the Pink" to his grandmother. Richardson is supposed to look like Justin Timberlake but looks more like Kevin Federline. Either way, Britney would love him. The judges do too.

And finally, Sundance Head chokes up as he dedicates his song to his two-and-a-half-month old son. That song: "Mustang Sally." Judges give it the big thumb up.

"I just want to thank America for keeping me around another week," Sundance says.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 28, 2007; 8:32 AM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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