Not only is today Homorazzi.com’s Alex’s birthday but it’s the original American Idol winner’s as well. So Happy Birthday to both divas. Can you believe the OG Idol is turning 31 today? Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday when Kelly Clarkson was belting out Celine Dion songs in front of Simon Cowell and starring in From Justin to Kelly. Memba that hot mess?
In honor of Kelly’s birthday, I thought I’d share my Top 5 Clarkson songs to date. With five studio albums and a greatest hits compilation to her credit and three Grammys, narrowing it down proved very difficult. Do I go with perky Kelly, angry Kelly, pop-urban Kelly or ballad Kelly. After casting your votes in our poll below, keep reading to find out which Clarkson tracks are my favorite.
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.
After a bit of producer manipulation, American Idol is finally going to get a girl winner. You seriously can’t tell me with a straight face that Lazaro Arbos and his male counterparts were the best the country had to offer this season. Speaking of Arbos, as much as Nigel and company wanted him gone, I’m sure they fully expected him to outlast one of the girls. With him gone and the judges save never used, if things go according to plan, American Idol Season 12 will end a week early. FOX isn’t going to let that happen. I fully expect a non-elimination on Thursday night or next week.
Without Arbos in the mix, it was much easier to determine who the weakest girl is. She may be a cute little marshmallow, but Janelle Arthur just didn’t bring it tonight. The other girls had at least one shining moment, where as the blond country singer didn’t.
Side note: Is it me, or were the judges interacting more with each other tonight? After Nigel’s public comments earlier this week about the lack of chemistry on the panel, I felt Mariah, Randy, Keith and Nicki tried to bring it. Speaking of the “Pound Da Alarm” rapper, at point she told Mariah to “simmer down, sir” and then minutes later praise her vocal talents. Love or hate Nicki, she keeps things colorful on the panel. Without further ado, check out all the performances below and my rankings.
For the first time in American Idol history, it’s an all-female Top 5. The last time females dominated a season was back in Season 3 when Jasmine Trias, Diana DeGarmo, LaToya London and Fantasia battled it out. Too bad Jennifer Hudson got booted so soon in the competition. Collectively, the Season 12 ladies are far stronger and arguably the best Final 5 ever. Usually there’s a weak one, but all of them are pretty solid.
Given that it’s an all-ladies affair, one of the themes for this week’s show is “Divas“. Naturally Mariah, Whitney, Celine, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are in the mix. Try to match them up before you go further. The second theme is one of my favorites- “The Year You Were Born“. The first time the FOX reality show used this theme was when Carrie Underwood wowed with “Alone.” I’m counting on each of the ladies to deliver this week.
Who picked the best and worst? I’m worried again for my girl Amber Holcomb. Her song choices seem uninspired (Divas) and odd (Birth Year). I’m thinking with the latter, she’s going for that “My Funny Valentine” vibe she showed during Vegas.
On the flip side, I feel Angie Miller and Candice Glover chose wisely with their choices. Glover’s pick for the year she was born is surprising. I can’t wait to see what she does with it. The last time this song was performed was during Hollywood Week Season 9 and he had everyone talking the next day. Find out all the songs below.
If there is any justice, Lazaro Arbos will be p-p-packing his bags tonight. Stuttering joke… too soon? If last night’s dismal performance wasn’t enough to convince you he needs to go home, the Burt Bacharach medley group performance tonight was damning evidence. Once again he forgot his words and was off key. I’m not sure why Candice and Amber were forced to duet with each other. Each lady certainly deserved their own solo.
Quick question. Is anyone missing the cheesy Ford commercials? Is it wrong that I kinda miss them even though I used to bitch about them. That said, there was this fun bit with the Top 6 playing car soccer with their Ford Fiestas? I totally want to do that.
Keeping the season-long theme of bringing Idols back, Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson returned to their old stomping grounds. McCreery sang his new song “See You Tonight” and looked mighty fine doing it. Country crooner has been hitting the gym, hardcore. Clarkson incorporated some glow-in-the-dark fashion to sing “People Like Us.” After her performance, an adorably awkward exchange took place between Mariah and Kelly. Who else thinks the two should get a reality show of their own? I’d watch it ;) Without further delay, let’s get to the results.
This episode of American Idol brought the worst and the best the show has ever seen in its twelve seasons. Anyone who can’t see why Lazaro Arbos should go home, should be forbidden to vote for Idol… or anything for that matter. It’s abundantly clear that he’s way out of his league. Listen. I like the guy, but at this point, it’s not only torture for viewers, but for him as well. His heart is clearly not into it anymore. Let’s just put him out of his misery.
On the flip side, Candice Glover stringed together two absolutely amazing performances. Her second one had Randy claiming it was one of the best ever on the show. Keith simply got on his knees and bowed to her greatness. Meanwhile, Mariah got up from her seat, walked over to her and sprinkled her with glitter. I’m not kidding. Mariah glitterbombed Candice. I just hope that glitter isn’t cursed like Carey’s Glitter flick.
As horrible as Lazaro and fantastic Candice was, I have a sneaky feeling that Arbos isn’t going home tomorrow and Glover won’t make the finals. Don’t you agree? Check out this week’s performances below.
I don’t know about you, but I love spoilers. I’m impatient that way. Bless Zap2It.com’s little hearts for scoring the scoop on what songs the Top 6 will be singing on tomorrow’s American Idol show.
Each singer is performing two songs apiece. Hopefully, there won’t be room for any more random group pairings. I’d hate to be the girl saddled up with Lazaro Arbos. Angie Miller definitely was a good sport last week, even though Lazaro forgot his words once again. I digress.
Keeping in line with the oldies vibe Idol just can’t escape, the first group of songs will honor Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Personally, I actually like their songbook, but does Nigel have to recycle a theme used from Season 1. Side note: That was the week Tamyra Gray murdered “A House Is Not A Home.” I thought she’d be a shoo-in for the finals. Damn you Nikki McKibbin.
The second group of songs is another recycled theme, “Songs They Wish They’d Written.” At least with this, the Top 6 will have more freedom and hopefully pick contemporary and uptempo tracks. I don’t want a 2-hour ballad-fest. Check out what each contestant picked below.
Who did America feel didn’t rock out enough for “Classic Rock” night? Will the trend of a male elimination continue? I hope so, and in particular Lazaro. Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to happen because he turned in a solid performance. That might’ve reignited his fan base. In my recap yesterday, I hoped for a Lazaro-Burnell bottom two, but thought a Burnell-Janelle one was more realistic. Let’s find out if I was right.
On deck to perform tonight were Season 9 alum Casey James and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. I wonder if these Idol updates are a result of production’s difficulty to lure established artists now that American Idol has lost its luster? Either way, I kinda enjoy seeing some of the lesser-known ones pop up. Everyone knows what happened to Carrie (love her video package BTW) but what about Casey? Now we know, thanks to his update clip. Apparently, he has a decent country career going. Good for him. Love that he bought presents for the Top 7.
Before the results, Ryan Seacrest revealed who each judge had in their respective Top 3 was. Prior to the show, Nigel Lythgoe browbeat them for their thoughts without telling what he was using them for. At least that’s what Nicki claimed. For the most part, they all agreed with exception to Mariah whose list was one contestant off. Check out their picks below. Question is… would they line up with America’s Top 3?