American Idol's Great Eight

Competition on the hit show heats up as eight remain.

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Syesha Mercado could possibly be the sunniest contestant on this season of "American Idol." On the Fox Web site, Mercado ,21, from Sarasota, Fla., admits that she is "super, super positive! I love life!" Perhaps she has a reason to be so positive. After singing "Tobacco Road," Simon Cowell, notorious for his harsh criticisms, informed Mercado that she was "probably one of the most talented girls in the competition." (Frank Micelotta / FOX)
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