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American Idol: The Sanjaya Show Continues

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Tonight on American Idol, octogenarian crooner Tony Bennett coached the remaining nine contestants. While we were semi-excited to hear the Idols take on the standards, LAist was really anticipating what form Sanjaya’s shape-shifting hair would take on this week? Maybe a salt and pepper gray in honor of Mr. Bennet? No such luck. This week, Sanjaya wore a ’do that was much tamer than the faux-hawk: just the simple slicked-back crooner look. But we think that Sanjaya might have cut his hair…hasn’t he heard the story of Sampson and Delilah??

But enough about the hair. Here’s LAist's take on the Idol performances, from worst to first:

> Phil Stacey’s version of “Night and Day” sounded like a bad mix tape copy of Michael Buble. And what was Paula thinking when she compared him to a young Frank Sinatra?

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> Haley Scarnato took on “Ain’t Misbehavin” and proved that she has the legs for serving drinks at the Imperial Palace on the Strip, but a voice that might be a better fit for the Peppermill in Reno.

> Rocker chick Gina Glocksen covered “Smile.” Her vocals were OK, but her pierced tongue looked way out of place with this slow standard.

> Chris Richardson is looking more like Justin Timberlake every day, which is a good thing, cause he is a cutie. But despite what the judges said, we didn’t think it was his best performance. He sounded too nasally during his rendition of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”

> Jordin Sparks vocals were good for "On a Clear Day," but she didn’t have that passion that the top four did.