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American Idol 12 Hollywood Week: Bring On The Girls

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I’m probably going to eat my words come May, but I REALLY BELIEVE that it’s a girl’s season to lose. Every year, Randy Jackson and whoever is on the panel claim the ladies are stronger than the boys. Based on this episode, I agree with this year’s statement. That said, it all depends which girls make the final. There’s so much talent, I hate the fact only five girls will be making it to the live rounds. Fingers crossed that another cute WGWG doesn’t win American Idol Season 12.

Currently, I’m rooting for at least nine of them. A few of my early frontrunners include Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Tenna Torres, Melinda Ademi, Janelle Arthur, Angela Miller, Breanna Steer, Cristabel Clack and Shuba Vedula. And that’s just the girls that have been pimped thus far. There could be a Kelly Clarkson or Jessica Sanchez in the bunch whom the producers are hiding until the next round. Check out the group performances below and be sure to let me know which ones are your favorites and the contestants you’re rooting for.

watch the videos after the jump

With the group round in the history books for the boys, it was time to take control of their destiny. The remaining 43 men had to perform a solo so powerful that the judges had no other option but to advance them to the next round. They only had a minute to achieve this during this pressure situation. Some handled it much better than others, while others let their emotions get the better of them.

Speaking of which, I have to give Nicki Minaj props for telling it like it is. More often than not, these musicians turned judges are afraid to voice their true opinion for fear of coming off unlikeable and alienating fans. Clearly by her commentary tonight, Minaj isn’t afraid of this. The “Pound The Alarm” singer who looked an awful like Dee Snider from Twisted Sister last night, criticized contestants for their song choices, inability to control their tears and for using their backstory as a crutch. My favorite reading came when former Glee Project contestant Matheus Fernandes finished singing. Nicki called him out for using his small stature as an excuse for a pity party. OH SNAP. You go girl. BTW, I totally agree with her.

Obviously you can tell, I wasn’t sad to see him go. I found him a little too arrogant. Also good riddance to Papa Peachez and Nicolas Mathis. The latter was way too angry with his elimination. Dude, you’re only 23. This isn’t the end of the world. The only person I’m really going to miss is Micah Johnson. He was the one who experienced complications during tonsil surgery. Micah took his elimination with stride and class. That’s how you do it boys. Check out my favorite performances from the Hollywood solo round below. See if you agree with my choices.

check out the performances after the jump

My favorite part of every American Idol season is finally here. It’s Hollywood Week which means bring on the drama. The first episode of this phase certainly didn’t disappoint. Loved that for the first time, the boys and girls were separated for this round. This week we get the boys, and the girls the following week. Finally a call from Nigel Lythgoe I’m on board with.

To amp up the drama factor even more, producers Lythgoe and Ken Warwick had the brilliant idea of putting the groups together instead of letting the contestants control their own destiny. Clearly, when they assembled some of the teams they were hoping for conflict and hilarious situations. Cue group called Country Queens. They consisted of a couple of country bumpkins with two of the gayest singers ever to compete on the show. The gays came armed with glitter, fur vests, heels and makeup. Hilariously enough, the two queens advanced. LOL.

Besides the drama, another thing I love about Hollywood Week is seeing the arrogance of some of the contestants getting the better of them. Those who claim they won’t forget the words only to do so a few minutes later always cracks me up. I have to admit, I relish seeing them get the boot. Only 43 contestants survived the group round and will return tomorrow for the solo performances. Only 20 male singers will advance to the next phase. Check out all the group performances below.

check out all the group performances after the jump

Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.

Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.

check out the Forbes ranking after the jump

It wouldn’t be an American Idol season without a controversy surrounding one of its contestants. The second I saw Matt Farmer at the Long Beach auditions, I knew there was something fishy about him. I just thought it was because my gaydar was beeping hardcore, but as it turns out, he fabricated his exit from the military. I don’t understand how anyone thinks they can get away with a lie on such a huge platform as American Idol. You really have to be some sort of delusional nut.

After firstly denying the claims that he lied about being injured in an IED explosion during his deployment, the Idol hopeful finally came clean. Most probably due to his former boss and colleagues calling him out. Farmer even had the gall to claim medication he took to treat his injuries were supposed to make him sterile. Cue his adorable “miracle” baby. As it turns out, the 26-year-old was discharged for using banned substances and alcohol. Check out his lengthy mea culpa below along with his Idol audition.

check out his audition after the jump

American Idol 12: Oklahoma City Auditions

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If American Idol producers had any hopes of finding another Carrie Underwood at the Oklahoma City auditions, they were sorely disappointed. Based on the talent shown, there wasn’t even a Sanjaya Malakar or even a William Hung out of the bunch.

This episode is exactly what I dislike about this phase of the competition. Out of the 45 Golden Ticket recipients, Nigel Lythgoe only chose to air these seven. RIDICULOUS. I honestly debated whether to even write this post. I was that annoyed. Thankfully, we’re entering Hollywood Week and won’t have to endure this again til Season 13.

I swear to God, the judges were either smoking something or their Coca-Cola glasses were filled with something alcoholic. I couldn’t fathom why certain people advanced to Hollywood. Sure, some of the #idolinspire backstories were heartwarming, but this is American Idol and not Make A Wish Foundation. And don’t even get me started on the ones who got through based on their gimmick or over-the-top personalities. The best part of the episode was the last audition which came from a surprise guest- a former American Idol judge. Find out who below.

check out all the performances after the jump

Can you believe we’re already into week three of the auditions. January just flew by so fast. Pretty soon, we’ll be crowning the winner of the 12th season of American Idol.

On Wednesday night’s episode, the happy foursome were in San Antonio and Long Beach. I’m so glad they split the two-hour episode between two auditions cities. I really enjoyed last Thursday’s night fast-paced one hour show. When producers only have a limited time to air auditions, they tend to show the more memorable ones and less of the jokers looking for their fifteen two minutes of fame. In addition, Nigel focuses less on the judges and more on the talent.

With that being said, there was a bit of judging drama. Mariah was late arriving on set in Long Beach due to LA traffic, while Nicki was MIA for a good portion of the day due to a prior engagement with the American Music Awards. Depending on how you see it, folks in some instances were lucky to only audition for Keith Urban and Randy Jackson. Check out a few people who stood out during the San Antonio and Long Beach stops below.

check out my favorite performances after the jump

American Idol 12: Baton Rouge Auditions

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After a trio of two-hour episodes, it was such a nice change of pace to have only an hour of American Idol to deal with. Gone were most of the novelty acts, which is always my least favorite part of the show. Thankfully, the talentless famewhores were bundled up in a montage set to the theme song of True Blood aka “Bad Things” by Jace Everett. Obviously being in Louisiana, referencing the HBO supernatural drama was a no-brainer. Being a fan, I enjoyed this short filler.

Another bonus of having a shorter episode, was the focus on talent and not so much on the judges. With I-would-shoot-you-if-I-had-a-gun-gate over, Nicki and Mariah entered a new phase of playing nice. The two divas must’ve had one serious scolding by producers, management, lawyers and their teams to be this congenial with each other. While not BFFs (yet), Minaj and Carey were quite pleasant with each other and kept things on the professional tip.

The only naughty one in tonight’s episode was Keith Urban for calling the ladies the wrong names. He jokingly said he was doing penance by doing one Hail Mary, which Nicki quickly replied, he should do ten. LOL. Check out my favorite sizzling auditions from the Baton Rouge stop below.

watch my favorite auditions after the jump

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