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American Idol 13: Top 13 Perform

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Is it me or is anyone else not emotionally attached with the majority of American Idol Season 13′s contestants? Personally, I feel both America and the judges got it wrong with their cuts and picks. Especially after several of the Top 13 failed to deliver goosey-worthy performances.

It’s really a shame though because the veteran show is doing plenty things right. The judges’ chemistry is on point. I love Harry Connick Jr’s honesty and his impromptu music lessons. Dude is quite knowledgeable. The newly-designed stage is fantastic. Even Randy Jackson’s very brief insights don’t bother me. Check out all the performances below, along with my Top 5 rankings and elimination prediction.

check out the performances and rankings after the jump

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Just when I thought American Idol was back on track, they pull a stunt like this. Up until tonight’s episode, I was on board with all the changes producers implemented for Season 13. The fact that five girls from the Top 15 were eliminated before having a chance to perform for America’s vote was beyond ridiculous. The entire mess reminded me of poor Lisa Leuschner back in Season 3.

Why even bother dedicating two entire episodes last week to reveal the Top 30. Couldn’t they have just cut it to Top 20 last week and not put five boys and five girls through this cruel punishment. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the judges passed on some of my favorites only to put through some of the more annoying singers- Jena, Jessica and Kristen I’m talking to you.

I will say, however, I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes segments with Randy Jackson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daugherty and the non-denominational spiritual advisors. No joke on the latter. Another saving grace was how honest Harry Connick Jr. was. Way to call out the girls who mistakenly think money notes are enough to advance. Finally, a judge to tell it like it is.

Check out the ten that were allowed to sing, and find out which five experienced the cruelest cut thus far.

check out the performances after the jump

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Don’t get it twisted. There have been plenty of LGBT contestants on American Idol. Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Clay Aiken and Danny Noriega immediately come to mind. However, even though some were as obvious as a rainbow flag, none of their sexual orientations were ever discussed on the show during their tenures. At times, producers even went out of their way to hide it from middle America. With Nigel Lythgoe out, new showrunner Per Blankens switched things up on last night’s episode.

“I’m very obviously gay, and there are always going to be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me,” MK Nobilette replied to the judges after being asked if she could be the next American Idol. “But I think that in the last two years, there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.”

After 13 seasons, that finally changed with MK Nobilette. The 20-year-old singer made history by being the first openly gay contestant to make the voting rounds. Even before this, I was already a fan of Nobilette and been rooting for her since her San Francisco audition. Check out her segment below. MK for the win. Side note. There’s clearly another Season 13 finalist on our team. I wonder if Emmanuel Zidor will also officially confirm his same-sex loving self.

watch her segment after the jump

American Idol 13: Meet The Top 15 Boys (Spoilers)

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Just because the auditions are over that doesn’t mean the live rounds are anytime soon. We’ve got a few more weeks before the Top 30 is officially revealed during the Green Mile episode. If you’re half as impatient as myself, knowing Season 13′s finalists is of the utmost importance. As I did with the ladies, I’m spoiling this year’s Top 15 guys.

After being virtually absent last year, the WGWG (white guy with guitar) is back, and back with a vengeance. They are a dominant force in the Top 15. For good measure, there’s even an African American guitarist in the mix. Is a new American Idol acronym born- BGWG anyone? Check out the boys below who’ll compete for your votes in the coming weeks.

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American Idol 13: Meet The Top 15 Girls (Spoilers)

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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With the audition phase officially over, I thought it was the perfect time to share some spoilers I stumbled upon recently. Even though I stopped recapping American Idol after the first week, I’m still tuning in. For some odd reason, the past couple weeks I haven’t been able to catch it right away. I’ll get back into the swing of things when the live voting rounds begin. Also, since I already knew who Season 13′s Top 30 already were, I felt like a fool pretending not to know while posting about the show.

Personally speaking, I love spoilers. It doesn’t take anything away from my viewing pleasure. In fact, it enhances it. I enjoy watching how producers edit the ones that make the cut. You can definitely tell who’s cannon fodder and who the chosen ones are. Without further ado, check out the Top 15 Girls below. I’ve also revealed which girls I’m rooting for.

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Historically speaking, the female winners of American Idol have proven themselves to be quite successful in their post-Idol careers. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood see-saw back and forth as the top-earning act from the singing competition ever year on Forbes’ list. Fantasia and Jordin Sparks have also found success in their own right since winning their respective year. Season 12′s Candice Glover definitely has a lot to live up to.

Adding more pressure is the fact both Season 10 and Season 11 winners, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, turned it around with their highly-successful debut albums after declining sales for the franchise. Stakes are even higher for the show itself. It needs to prove they can still create viable recording artists given their ratings free-fall the past couple of seasons. Can Glover keep the streak alive for the ladies and recent sales renaissance for the show? I surely hope so. The 24-year-old releases her first album titled Music Speaks on February 18 after a few delays. She spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming LP.

“Love is my favorite thing,” she said of the record. “I’m a hopeless romantic and I want people to listen to the album and fall in love all over again. I’m hoping it helps people get through what they’re going through. My main focus is to help people through music.”

Damn” recently leaked online and while not a potential radio hit, it’s still pretty awesome and allows for Candice’s impeccable vocals to shine. It chronicles the heartache of being a man’s other woman. Who knew Candice was such a hussy ;) Give it a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

American Idol 13: San Francisco & Austin Auditions

In: Donovan, Movies
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There was good news and bad news regarding American Idol Season 13′s premiere. Let’s start with the bad. The show premiered to its lowest rated season premiere ever, even lower than the inaugural season which had no buzz leading up to it. The opener also clocked in with less viewers than The Voice‘s most recent season premiere for the first time.

The good news, however, is that it’s the first time in Idol’s history that the season premiere was higher rated than the previous season finale. Clearly, fans were willing to give the new panel a chance after last year’s hot mess of a season. In addition, it was the #1 show of the night and most watched among the broadcast networks. I’m still optimistic that Season 13 will prove lucky and the infectious chemistry between the three judges and the awesome talent will entice more viewers to come back.

On Thursday night’s episode, leftover auditions from Austin were bunched in with San Francisco ones. Like the premiere, the second episode featured more hilarious moments with new judge Harry Connick Jr which included him fondling a male singer. I can honestly watch an entire hour with just his critiques and hijinks.

As awesome as Hatchet Harry was (J. Lo’s nickname for him), tonight’s most memorable moment came courtesy of a former American Idol contestant. The show has been around so long now, that we have offspring from former Idols now competing. We’ve officially tapped into the second generation. Insane!!! Find out which former contestant’s child auditioned for the judges below, along with other memorable ones.

check out my favorite auditions after the jump

American Idol 13: Boston & Austin Auditions

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With a new judging panel and new executive producer behind the wheel, American Idol is looking to rebound from last year’s debacle. While the final five ladies were some of the best the show has ever seen, Season 12 will always be remembered for its floundering ratings and Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud. People just weren’t in the mood for the drama and as a result, viewers fled in record numbers.

It’s too early to tell, but I’m optimistic about Season 13 based on the premiere episode. The talent was great and so was the chemistry between the judges. Harry Connick, Jr. is the best thing to happen to the show in years. He’s charming, honest and has great comedic timing. He’s the second coming of Simon Cowell but nicer. If you haven’t watched Idol in ages, I highly recommend getting yourself reacquainted with the show. New showrunner Per Blankens has made some great changes. The only thing I’m not vibin’ is that chamber. #notnecessary

Not only is Jennifer Lopez back, but so is the WGWG. After being virtually wiped out last season, the cute white guys with guitars are back with a vengeance. There was at least a handful of them featured tonight and they were all good. Check out my favorite singers from the Boston and Austin auditions below.

check out my favorite auditions after the jump

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