Place Your Bets

updated 05/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/2003 01:00AM

5:2 RUBEN STUDDARD
PRO: Even Simon has a soft spot for him
CON: R-u-u-u-ben backlash

BOOTED! VANESSA OLIVAREZ
PRO: Her funky look stood out from the crowd
CON: Her singing didn't

2:1 CLAY AIKEN
PRO: That voice!
CON: Those ears!

BOOTED! JULIA DEMATO
PRO: All-American beauty
CON: All-American beauty envy

10:1 JOSHUA GRACIN
PRO: Semper Fi, dawg
CON: In this competition, country isn't king

4:1 TRENYCE
PRO: One-name mystique...think Cher or Madonna
CON: Also think Tiffany

50:1 RICKEY SMITH
PRO: "Nicest guy in the competition," says Simon
CON: Ditto

40:1 CARMEN RASMUSEN
PRO: Homespun charm won last year
CON: There's only one Kelly

75:1 COREY CLARK
PRO: Impressive vocal range
CON: Where's the party?

20:1 KIMBERLY CALDWELL
PRO: Energy to burn
CON: You can burn out too early

15:1 KIMBERLEY LOCKE
PRO: Sultry songstress
CON: Simon can be a weighty critic

BOOTED! CHARLES GRIGSBY
PRO: Smooooth stock boy
CON: Low-key style didn't stack up

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