Filipino-American Ramiele Malubay was declared safe again in the latest elimination of American Idol Season 7.
Chikezie was eliminated while Syesha Mercado and Jason Castro were in the bottom three.
On the fourth week of the final round, the Top 10 finalists sang songs from the year they were born. Ramiele, who was born on September 6, 1987, picked "Alone" by Heart—a song already performed by American Idol Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and Ramiele's co-finalist Carly Smithson.
Ramiele, who was under the weather during the performance night, surprisingly got favorable reviews from Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell but not from Randy Jackson saying the diminutive Fil-Am's rendition was "a little pitchy all over the place" and the song was "too big" for her.
Ramiele, Syesha, and Jason are joined in the Top 9 by David Cook, David Archuleta, Carly Smithson, Brooke White, Michael Johns, and Kristy Lee Cook.
Despite Ramiele's not-so-good performances and dead-last ranking in ew.com's power list, she has yet to be at the bottom three along with the two Davids, Brooke, and Michael. Because she had made it to the Top 10, Ramiele will also be part of the Idol Tour.
Next week, the remaining Idol finalists will sing country songs and they will have country legend Dolly Parton as mentor.
Ramiele Malubay - Alone
Jason Castro - Fragile
Syesha Mercado - If I Were Your Woman
Chikezie - If Only For One Night
Brooke White - Every Breath You Take
Michael Johns - We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions
Carly Smithson - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
David Archuleta - You’re The Voice
Kristy Lee Cook - God Bless The USA
David Cook - Billy Jean
Friday, March 28, 2008