With the exception of one of the remaining four girls in this singing competition, it was the guys’ turn to shine during last night’s episode of American Idol.

And with Mariah Carey songs as this week’s theme, it should have proven to be a difficult task for the men to excel. Instead, it was harder for the ladies because they would automatically be compared to the original version of whatever song they chose.

First up was David Archuleta, who put on a very sappy take of When You Believe, a duet Carey performed with Whitney Houston. Though it may have been a little too sweet, vocally it was flawless. Archuleta has been raising the bar every time he opens his mouth to sing, and this time was no different.

Singing I Don’t Want To Cry, a song that’s not really known by many, was Jason Castro. Since his performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, I just don’t understand his style.

That’s not to say he’s not a good singer, because Castro has a notable voice. It may not have been the best vocally, but it was distinctive.

With a highly popular song like Always Be My Baby, it was interesting to see what rocker David Cook was going to pull out of his hat this time. Once again, he left many with their jaws hanging with his hauntingly startling rendition of the song.

Carly Smithson sang I Can’t Live (If Living Is Without You) with very clean and smooth vocals. Smithson doesn’t shriek and her voice isn’t rough. It was beautiful.

However, it was an off night for Syesha Mercado and Kristy Lee Cook. They both have these big gorgeous voices, but they need to learn how to control it a bit more. Though this wasn’t the best theme for Brooke White, she made the song her own.

Catch the results on American Idol tonight on CTV at 9.

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