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Your Arkansas-centric guide to Hollywood Week on "American Idol"



Keia Johnson,
26, Memphis

: Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," in Atlanta.

Judges' feedback: Four emphatic yeses and special props from Simon and Mary J. Blige.

Arkansas connection: She was Miss ASU '04 on a platform of "You Can Achieve What Your Heart Believes." Sang back-up on local saxophonist J. White's latest album.

Likely producers' angle: She's nice? Can sing well? She could be screwed.


Dave Pittman,
27, Gassville (but he just says Mountain Home most of the time)

Audition: Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me," in Dallas.

Judges' feedback: Four big yeses. Guest judge Neil Patrick Harris complimented his "really cool look" and called him "crazy brave." And Simon said "I think people are going to like you."

Likely producers' angle: He has Tourette Syndrome! But not when singing! (All exclamation points since that's how the story lines will come across.)


Jim Ranger
, 27, Bakersfield, Calif.

Audition: An original song, "Drive," in LA.

Judges' feedback: Yes from Simon. No from Avril Lavigne in a devil-horned hoodie. And then off-camera yeses from Randy and Kara.

Arkansas connection: Born here. Moved to Cali, then came back for a spell and, like Kris Allen, was a worship leader at New Life Church.

Producers' angle: Cute kids? Probably not that the Lord has divined that only worship leaders associated with New Life will win "Idol" from here on out.


Charity Vance,
16, Little Rock

Audition: "Summertime," in Chicago.

Judges' feedback: "On a record, you'd sound great," Simon said. Big yeses from everyone else, too, including Shania Twain.

Producers' angle: She's really cute! She's only 16!

Hollywood Week starts tonight on Fox at 8 p.m 7 p.m.  

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