American Idol's Great Eight

Competition on the hit show heats up as eight remain.

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Carly Smithson claims her multiple tattoos and Irish roots give her the edge on this season's "Idol," according to the show's Web site. She has varied influences that are mostly rock. The 24-year-old from San Diego says that she is influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, U2, Heart, the Beatles and Celine Dion. Despite the ink, Smithson says the toughest obstacle in her life has been "bad skin." (Frank Micelotta / FOX)
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