American Idol 11: Top 8 Elimination Recap, The Wanted, Lopez and Pickler Perform!

Well, last night we got to listen to the songs of the 80s and the whole thing was about as exciting as reading this sentence is… I know I’ve been called a catty bitch more than a couple times and told to shut up if I have nothing good to say but screw it, I’m still here ha. Point is, I’m staying around with the hopes that SOMEthing good gets proposed by the aging and out-of-touch producers at “American Idol” as they continue to attempt theme nights of aged singer song books and decades of limited relevance and then within those awful limitations choosing a litany of songs we’ve never heard of. This show has had such amazing moments over the last decade and I know it’s capable of great things so I’ll stay, keeping them honest and calling them on their laziness! Last night’s ridiculousness included crap by DeBarge (who?), lesser pics of Simply Red and 80s disco (seriously?) from Irene Cara… slow clap for those choices Idol. And as much as you have us watching the contestants “choose” their own songs, we just know that if they’re opting for bull like this that the list to go off of must be even more obscure. Okay, rant done, let’s get to what we’re here for!

Tonight is some personal pimping (yet again… wasn’t it about her TV show just a couple weeks ago and then her marriage the year before… Hey J Lo: how did those turn out?), by Ms. Lopez herself as she premieres “Dance Again” tonight. She looks great, but I’m wary to believe this one’s gonna be the one that puts her back on top, but we’ll see! On top of that we get previous Idol “failure” Kellie Pickler who proved you don’t need Idol’s number one slot to make it in the music world once the show ends and The Wanted performing tonight. Some decent bands tonight and a nice combo of pop, country and let’s go alt pop rock to make the evening appeal to a variety of peeps. But who cares about all that when there’s the elimination on the line! I’m hoping with all my might that it’s finally DeAndre Brackensick’s turn to step off though I’m worried for Hollie Cavanagh and as always Elise Testone. I think Hollie might earn the second chance from the judges if it gets that far but I doubt the other two would even be seriously considered for it. Let’s see what’s happened!

Recap Video of Last Night’s Performances

I wanted to first offer y’all a reminder of what went on last night as I realize more and more readers are just using the article as their source of viewing Idol and not the actual grueling 2 hour show itself (ugh, that’s my job haha). So, in case this wasn’t sitting on your PVR here’s a quick recap of what went on. You’ll notice some great performances by Elise and particularly that final big moment from Skylar and some perma-cuteness from my veiny boyfriend Phil- and some failures from DeAndre and Hollie. But, what did the voters remember?

Oh lord, first up is Jennifer showing off her hotsy totsy 24-year old bf which fair enough, you’re like what 50? Go for it. Dancers are not my bag… a little too “artistic” for me, but they certainly seem to have a body made for… let’s get back to the video shall we? It’s nearly naked with bodies on bodies, there’s jumping around and a lot of sparkling: pretty much what you’d expect from this lady. BLAH, nothing we haven’t seen: back to results, first up we have Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez. Interestingly they’ve decided to pull up the kids according to the pairings they had during their meh-quality duets last night- good way to keep it interesting I say as oppose to their usual: “Let’s pull up 3 and 1 goes to the bottom” routine. We find out: Joshua stays; Jessica stays. No big surprise there, even though last night was neither of their best nights, they’re huge voices with apparent followings as neither has ever bottomed out as far as I can remember and of course I’m of the belief that Jess is taking this whole thing to the very top.

The very relevant “The Wanted” take the stage and perform their current big song “Glad You Came“.. subtle 😉 The live version of this isn’t exactly what I’d call pitch perfect but they put on a show and have a lot more variety in the age of their members then I remembered. The girls go wild as the bounce around slapping waving hands from the audience. The lead singer is actually OF AGE and therefore someone I can consider and does a sexy good job being cute and leading the vocals so “A” for effort on his part for sure. As they realize there’s way more entertainment booked than there is air time they rush the next results and bring up Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon as well as duet partners Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick. I really only want D to be going home from this bunch but the aged-lookin’ blond is definitely in trouble tonight after her blazee and much-criticized performance on Wednesday. We find out: DeAndre is Bottom Three (YAY!); Colton stays; Hollie is Bottom Three; Skylar stays. Dammmn, I might be getting better at this predicting thing. That said, I don’t think these results are gigantic shockers to anyone as the judges made it pretty strongly clear who they did and didn’t like last night and the voters saw the same things- or are at least voting the same way.

Next up is Kellie Pickler singing “Where’s Tammy Wynette”- god could a title BE more country- from her latest “100 Proof” album. We actually discussed this album in a recent Homorrazi video as I explained to Patrick what 100 Proof actually meant. She’s suuuuper country and sticks to that strongly in this performance as she does what she does and is great at it. Country is not my style per se, but I loves me some Dixie Chicks and there’s just something about a sweet country girl with a huge twang that gets to me. Apparently the album is a pretty decent hit and if this video appealed to ya then check it out. All I care about is the fact that they’re next up pitting crowd favourite and my boyfriend Phil Phils against poor Elise!

Pulling up Phil Phillips and Elise Testone to centre stage there’s REALLY no question where this evening is heading. Phil stays; Elise is Bottom Three. Un-shocker of all un-shockers I’m once again rolling my eyes at the voters as this girl absolutely murdered it last night. I posted the recap video at the top of this article in large part to remind you that she is not a Bottom Three contestant: she is talent, maturity and stage presence and this show just does not have a spot for her. I’m hoping against hope though that it’s finally crap singer DeAndre who’s at the bottom of the bottom and that my girl gets to shine another day.

As they centre on the three lowest we find out: Hollie stays; Elise stays; DeAndre is sent home. BAM BAM BAM!!! Someone made a wish on a shooting star and it was me! He gets told (oh my god I’m loving this) that they will NOT be saving him either. A collective sigh of relief is heard all across America as this unworthy performer is finally told to get a packin’ and the show suddenly raises in cred by leaps and bounds. I may sound callous as some teen’s dreams shatter but he’ll be FINE out there with thousands of girls in love with him: he just was not as talented as the rest of these kids and needed to hear it once and for all. I need the voters to get their act together regarding Elise, but tonight, I’m happy with you Idol. For once!

A final thought: it was VERY interestingly pointed out to me in my last article (Thanks Jay!) the huge disparity in the twitter followers between the contestants. So, how much will these numbers predict the results? While it’s clear to see the difference in how kids are following the performers, this IS a newer media and not every voter cares to twit or even knows how. Still, the argument could be made that those who obsess enough to follow on twitter could very well be those willing to vote 1,800 times in a night so damn… this might be exactly how the kids are asked to leave over the next few weeks from lowest numbers to highest. All that said, you’ll notice that Joshua has the least and wasn’t even Bottom 3 tonight- though next lowest DeAndre was sent off- so they’re not exactly a crystal ball haha. Let me know what you think!

Check out these Twitter follower numbers as of about 3pm today, Thursday April 5th

Colton – 155,000 followers
Philip – 140,000
Jessica – 106,000
Skylar – 56,000
Hollie – 47,000
Deandre – 47,000
Elise – 41,000
Joshua – 40,000

Who Do You Think Will Win American Idol 11?

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  • rafael

    Yay – can you see me doing my happy dance?

    Now I have to watch tonight’s show — I have been waiting all season for this…

  • Raf- I know, this show actually has been worked down to “talented” people… there’s still certainly those who are better than the others, but there’s no more tragedy bringing the rep of the whole thing down anymore thank hell.

    Hope they step it up now that Heejun and DeAndre- the easy losers- are gone!

  • Dbrewer75

    I have never been so happy to be wrong!!! I was sure they were going to waste the save on him. As I have said previously, I am sure he is a nice kid but the talent was very weak.

    I hope poor Holly has a good night next week though if she does that might mean trouble for Elise.

    Kellie Pickler was good tonight and I was glad to see she got rid of those ridiculous fake tits she got a few years back. I wasn’t jumping up and down over the song but I still enjoyed the performance.

    I like Phillip being totally honest tonight about justwanting to play his music. I love him.

  • I want Jessica, Joshua and Colton in the final three. 🙂 Jessica is the most talented, Joshua makes me the happiest and I find Colton to be the most entertaining.

  • Brendan – i’m REALLY doubtful joshua has the staying power in this… he does NOT help sales for the show so i have a feeling the second he shows a weakness those judges are gonna cut.him.up. to get.him.out.

    DB – I know right!! she’s hanging in… BARELY but still there… and if she gets kicked (ugh, WHEN) i just hope the judges use the save though i’m doubtful seeing as she’s been there sooooo many times in the bottom.

    Phil is ALWAYS adorable and amazing ha. didn’t know kellie had fake ones haha.. i don’t really follow her.

  • Dbrewer75

    I know you aren’t much into country but you should watch the vid for “I Wonder” by Kellie. It’s the best single she has released so far IMO since she finished Idol. The video is sad and the song is beautiful.

    She debuted her fake tatas on Idol a few years back and she looked horrible. Ryan liked them though haha

  • Yeah.. i’m sure he “loved” them… keep pretending you 40 year old, eye brow plucked bachelor 😉

  • Jay

    Yay! DeSanjayaGuariniAndre finally leaves the show! It’s gonna be interesting to see which remaining contestant(s) his crazy voters flock to–most likely DeAndre’s hormonal fans will start migrating to the two remaining masculine guys (Philip/Colton). JLo got pwned tonight, first, Jimmy pointed out her bias, then she got proven wrong by the rest of the world, then her attempt to save DeAndre got vetoed by the two other judges… lol… it also sounded creepy when she said “we’ve been watching you (Deandre) for 2 years now…” umm lol….

    @ the twitter stuff, it’d be also interesting to know what % of those followers follow more than 1 of them. Like Colton and Philips might have a huge chunk who follow both.

    Whatever the outcome of this season though, all the remaining contestants tonight have a very good chance of getting good record deals.

  • Dbrewer75

    @Adam… That’s why I said liked haha. That little princess would rather look at some double D balls I’m sure

    @Jay… I agree with you. I think all the rest will be fine post Idol. I don’t know if they will all be million sellers but I think the rest have a decent shot at some type of career in music.

  • Just based on the number of their Twitter followers I think Colton, Phil, and Jessica are gonna be the top 3 this season. This is, after all, a popularity contest more than a singing contest.

  • Dan

    I LOVE Kellie Pickler’s album! She’s amazing!

    I’m SOOOOOOOOOO happy DeAndre finally went home! I love reading your articles and not having to sit through the painful episode anymore!

    I really hope next week is a genre that is perfect for Elise and she once again sails through.

    I definitely like your call out about the Twitter followers as well. I think people don’t give those followers enough credit, and you’re absolutely right that they are the individuals who are willing to vote 1000 times!

  • Jay – you bring up a great point that a lot of the followers cross over, that said there’s SO much separating the highest from the lowest that until the last weeks this might still be applicable as a guideline of success.

    Jake – it really is these days.. considering how terribly elise is doing.

  • Dan – of COURSE you love kellie haha… fake boobs though? tsk tsk!!

    I don’t know what the new theme is but yeah… i’m just praying it’s something like “sing a relevant song that people will actually like”… chances are it’s going to be: “the song book of mel torme”…

  • lukas_rossi

    Also based on the Homorazzi polls, Jessica, Colton, Phillips are this year’s top 3. I hope it pulls through…im rootin for Jessica. I hope you guys can help out and vote for her too. The LGBT community could be her next ICON.

  • Jay

    Well, according to Nigel, next week’s theme will be “This Decade.” In other words 2010/2011/2012.” So hopefully we get fresh songs…

  • I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that some of you actually claim DeAndre was a “crap singer”. Are you kidding me? He needed more stage experience + the falsetto might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he easily had one of the best voices of the bunch this year, + could pull off things with his voice that several of the more “popular” competitors couldn’t even touch. Utterly preposterous.

  • P.S. The fact that the author doesn’t seem to know who DeBarge is speaks volumes to the opinion that DeAndre wasn’t a great singer.

  • Jay – thanks for deets.. let’s hope so!

    Fredo – if knowing DeBarge is the test to see if someone “knows about music” then i’ll happily pass haha.. and if DeAndre WAS the best singer, miles beyond all the rest.. you KIND of think he would have done better 😉 which means i guess that you’re right and the rest of america is wrong haha..

  • Jay

    @ Fredo – that is the thing, Deandre might “need experience” but he isn’t really growing or learning as fast as the other contestants (in my opinion he isn’t getting better at all). If you do not know, Deandre has been on American Idol before, he was on top 40 last season along with Hollie, and Colton. Hollie and Colton both grew so much since then, but Deandre — well, he’s still Deandre. Do a mash up of all his performance this season and you will notice the same feet stomping, head bobbing pattern on all his performance not just this season but last season as well.

  • @Adam – Yes, actually, America’s decision was wrong (which they have been before + likely will be again. It happens). DeAndre’s performance/vocal in solo + duet rounds were not the worst of the night. If outlasting your competitors on Idol is a real show of how talented you are, then Taylor Hicks should be selling way more records than Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson.

    Btw, my point about not knowing who DeBarge is wasn’t that it automatically excludes you from knowing about music, in general. But it’s a good indicator that you probably don’t have as much of an appreciation for DeAndre’s style which isn’t “crap”, just not as mainstream/pop-py + has a more specific urban appeal.

    @Jay – I am aware of DeAndre’s past on the competition, too. The opinion that I have to disagree with, though, is that there was no growth from him. In this last week’s performance, ironically enough, I felt like he was showing more confidence on stage + seemed more comfortable in himself. All three judges complimented his performance because it was a good one, despite Jimmy Iovine later towing the producers’ line + saying it wasn’t. His hair tossing, etc, might just be one of those nervous things that evolves into part of his stage style (which isn’t necessarily going to be that of everyone else in the competition, nor should it have to be). Also, my biggest gripe wasn’t so much about his performance style as his actual voice.

    Take, for instance, Colton. He seems to be very popular this season + while I can appreciate his individual style + stage presence, I don’t think his singing is nearly as good as over half of the finalists (including DeAndre’s). In fact, I don’t think it’s as good as it needs to be for all the praise he’s getting, generally speaking. His voice isn’t as great, but his stage presence is good. DeAndre’s voice is great, but his stage presence isn’t as good. But, I’ve watched nearly every episode of this show since Season 1. So, I guess not much should surprise me anymore.

  • VFTW is a joke. I never take anything they post seriously. They have several times deemed better performers/vocalists in a competition the “worst” of the bunch, for whatever arbitrary reason of their own choosing.

    They’re basically the snarkier-than-thou, unpopular outcasts in school who sit on the sidelines + whisper cynical comments about the ‘cool kids’ to make themselves feel better.

  • * I should know, because I was one of those kids.