EDITOR’S “EDITOR’S NOTE”:  The following transcript reflects even more instant-messaging with my coworker and fellow music aficionado, Chad, about American Idol Season 7.  But this time, it’s inspirational.  And, perhaps, even personal.

Laura Mac says:  Check it out, dawg.

Chad says:  Hey - good morning!

Laura Mac says:  Okay, so I'm thinking last night's "inspirational" theme on American Idol was a major flop.

Chad says:  I was nearly inspired several times to turn the channel.

Chad says:  But you're right.  With two notable exceptions, it was an off night last night.

Laura Mac says:  Well, gulp.  I never thought I'd say this.  But I may have a new appreciation for the ukelele.  And it's not because I was looking for one.  But last night took me there.
 
Laura Mac says:  Besides Jason Castro playing the uke and singing "Over the Rainbow," there really wasn't any other hopeful moment for me.

Chad says:  Jason Castro had the best performance by far last night.  It was slightly weird for me though.  Monday morning during my run, I was thinking about AI and I literally thought to myself, “I’m surprised Jason hasn’t sung ‘Over the Rainbow.’  It really seems perfect for his image.”  So, I was kind of creeped out when he started singing it.

Chad says:  I do think there was one other notable performance – Kristy Lee Cook.  That was really a decent performance.  I thought is was her best and the second best of the night.  One thing I have to say for her is that she is by far the most improved contestant.  And she is steadily getting better every week.  I predict no bottom three for her tomorrow.

Laura Mac says:  Yes, Kristy is improving.  I still put her in the category of "those who are just lacking that last 10 percent to make them a star."  You know?  Pretty much everyone is missing something except, I think, David Cook and Carly Smithson.  They are polished and have passion in their performances.  They're believable.

Laura Mac says:  I think Michael Johns is a runner-up to them.  So maybe he's lacking 5 percent.

Chad says:  I agree completely with you on Kristy and David.  Michael Johns has the presence and charisma of a star, but might be a hair short in the actual vocal talent department.  The one thing we disagree on is Carly Smithson.  I don’t think she is all that she’s cracked up to be.  Vocally, she’s terrific, polished, professional.  But, I don’t think she’s the next American Idol

Chad says:  I actually agree with Simon this week.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in the bottom three.

Chad says:  The big question I have is "when is America going to figure out David Archuletta is a one-trick-pony?

Laura Mac says:  Okay, we'll agree to continue to disagree on Carly.  Yeah, David A. ... well, I think when they throw another curve ball that perhaps America will wake up.  Maybe if they did a "heavy metal" week or a tribute to KISS or something. ...

Chad says:  LOL

Chad says:  My biggest disappointment this week was David Cook.  I am so used to being blown away that only a "good" performance comes off as a major let down.

Laura Mac says:  Well, maybe this slight stumble will do him some good in the long run.  He'll be able to "come back" next week and that will reignite the "Hook'd on Cook" fever.   

Chad says:  Overall, I thought everyone was weak, though with the exception of Jason and Kristy (who came off strong just by being a lot better than normal).

Laura Mac says:  Yeah, crazy and weak times.  Okay, so let's get down to the nitty-gritty, though.  Tonight is the benefit concert.  And then on Thursday night, it's elimination time again.  Who do you think will be in the bottom three this week?

Chad says:  This is a tough week.  I don't think it's as obvious as usual.  I think the bottom three will be Syesha, Carly and either Brooke or Michael.  I think Syesha will go home.  Kristy could be the third, but I don't think so.

Chad says:  How about you?

Laura Mac says:  I think it's a female triple threat as well:  Syesha, Brooke and Carly.  And I think either Syesha or Brooke will be the ones voted out.  Syesha is going through the motions, while Carly and Brooke still have passion coursing through their veins.  So, Sy ... it's time to go bye-bye.

Chad says:  Totally agreed.

Laura Mac says:  I think Michael will get by.  Saved by the skin of his Aussie accent.

Laura Mac says:  And Kristy, maybe saved by some positive comments from Simon, Randy and Paula.

Chad says:  Like I said, she is unstoppable.

Laura Mac says:  Gosh, I hope not.  I may have to start a therapy group.

Chad says:  I wouldn't rule that out either way.

Laura Mac says:  Well, okay, my friend.  Enjoy watching "Idol Gives Back" tonight.  I'm looking forward to seeing Fergie perform with Heart.  I hear she does a cartwheel onstage.  Wheeeee!

Chad says:  We can only hope.  Talk to ya later.

Laura Mac says:  Peace.  LMac out. ...