American Idol 12: Top 5 Elimination Is…

If there was a theme to the American Idol results show it was all about random cameos. Season 3 winner Fantasia and Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken were on the docket, but how random was it seeing Jordin Sparks with boyfriend Jason Derulo and Season 3’s LaToya London. It didn’t end there, Fall Out Boy was also sitting in the audience and Glee‘s Matthew Morrison popped up in the sponsored by Ford Focus segment. But the mother of all random appearances was Paula Abdul. She was on hand to praise Candice’s cover of “Straight Up.” Loved the moment when Abdul sat on the panel with Nicki and Mariah. Nigel, make this trio happen and get rid of Randy and Keith.

It was kinda hilarious how Clay got an entire segment about his philanthropic work and post-Idol career, while Fantasia’s package was all about updating us on London’s career. That said, Fantasia tore the house down with a performance of her killer new song, “Lose To Win.” Nicki Minaj was black girl snapping all over the place after her performance. Aiken did usual thing with “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The five divas kicked off the night with a Donna Summer medley. Seems a year late and random, but I appreciated it. The girls were accompanied by backup dancers as they belted out “Last Dance”, “Dim All the Lights”, “Heaven Knows” and “She Works Hard for the Money.” Now onto the results.

Oops my bad. I wanted to talk about Jimmy Iovine first. He’s mentioned that he doesn’t want to be on the panel, but given all the airtime the show gives him, he might as well just suck it up and become an official judge. Not only did he comment on the performances during last night’s show, but once again he shared his thoughts during the results show. What gives? Now I’m done. Onto the results.


In no particular order, Ryan Seacrest calls over the safe girls one by one. Candice Glover is first with Angie Miller following. In a surprising twist, Amber Holcomb makes the Top 3. I’m in shock. I thought Kree Harrison had a bigger fan base. She’s joined in the Bottom 2 with Janelle Arthur. If Kree goes home, I can see the judges using the save. In jeopardy to go home is Janelle.

Wisely, she chooses to revisit her best performance, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” Randy informs Ryan that two judges wanted to save her but two didn’t. Since an unanimous decision is required to implement the save, Janelle goes home. I can’t believe America got it right the past couple of weeks. Job well done.

What do you think of the results? Do you believe that Kree was really in the Bottom 2? With Angie the sole person never to land outside the Top 3, does this mean she’s the frontrunner? Were you glad to see Fantasia, Clay, Jordin and LaToya tonight? Sound off below. PS. I predict a non-elimination next week. #justsaying

American Idol 12 Top 5 Results Performances

Fantasia “Lose To Win”

Clay Aiken “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Donna Summer Medley Group Performance

Janelle Arthur Sings For Survival

  • That’s surprising to hear. I thought for sure that, with VFTW on her side, Janelle would end up surviving at least one round.

  • Shane

    I thought Clay was the best thing on this season. He certainly outshone everyone tonight.

  • meh

    ^^ different strokes for different folks.

  • Andrew

    Have to disagree with Shane. Some strong girls on this season. As for Clay coming back and singing a re-hash of Bridge Over Troubled Waters instead of an original song, says more about his non-singing career after AI than anything else…

  • Jake

    Having Nicki, Mariah, and Paula on American idol would be absolutely awful. I already stopped watching because of the fake hot mess that nicki is. If this show is to survive, she needs to get the hell out.

  • Marco

    I love Fantasia’s performance! love the emotion!

  • Adam

    Love the recap dono. I’m officially off the show for a few weeks and just reading your articles 😛
    Also “black girl snapping” love it.
    I loves me some Kree- she’s my hands down to win.

  • Slade

    Nicki is the best part of this season!!!!

  • Alan

    Best judging panel: Mariah, Randy, Simon.
    Nicki can judge (or interview) monkeys, elephants, tigers, lions, and clowns in the circus employment.

  • I thought Fantasia was great, so happy to see her back to her good days. I hope the words of the song and her performance signal a REAL comeback, not only for her music but also her life.