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American Idol 12: Top 5 Performances Ranked

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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.

check out the performances and my rankings after the jump

American Idol’s Top 5 Song Choices Revealed

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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.

find out their songs choices after the jump

American Idol 12: Top 6 Elimination Is…

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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.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

American Idol 12: Top 6 Performances Ranked

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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.

check out the performances and my rankings after the jump

American Idol’s Top 6 Song Choices Revealed

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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.

check out their song choices after the jump

American Idol 12: Top 7 Elimination Is…

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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?

  • Keith Urban: Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb
  • Nicki Minaj: Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb
  • Randy Jackson: Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb
  • Mariah Carey: Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover

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American Idol 12: Top 7 Performances Ranked

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It’s “Classic Rock Night” on American Idol and NO BALLADS ALLOWED. For those contestants thinking of cheating by picking a rock ballad to perform, they’re S.O.L.. Side note: When was Evanescence considered classic rock? Wasn’t their hit song released just ten years ago? Truth be told, Nigel Lythgoe has always played fast and loose with theme nights. Just last week, Madonna was included with Motown classics for “Music of Motor City.” LMFAO.

Brought in as a special guest to perform with the contestants was Greek Australian guitarist Orianthi. I ask Nigel, was this necessary? The cameraman focused way too much energy giving her obligatory shots during each performance. And for the most part, the Idols seemed awkward trying to jam out with her. Especially, my boy Burnell.

What I did enjoy though was each singer’s package where their fellow Idols talked about them. I love getting to know their personalities better? We discovered that Burnell mumbles and has a weird laugh. Kree loves to hug and knows everybody’s name behind the scenes. Having a flair for overdramatics is Janelle. The Lazaro revelation wasn’t anything we didn’t know. They talked about his love for bright colored clothing and divas poses. Candice has a sibling-type relationship with Burnell. Amber loves taking selfies and talks to herself a lot. Last and not least, Angie is highly excitable and loves to clap rapidly.

check out the performances and my rankings after the jump

It’s one thing to respond, but it’s another thing to go overboard and come off a little cray cray. Being as high profile and polarizing as Nicki Minaj is, it’s understandable that she wants to address a few of the numerous negative comments about her. She is human after all. I like the “Starships” rapper but her tweets to recently-ousted American Idol contestant Devin Velez are a bit too much. When you’re in the position of power, simply ignoring his comments or responding eloquently would’ve been a better choice. Check out Velez’s response below to Nicki’s Twitter tirade (shown later in the post).

“That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level…LOL grow up Hun, I’ve got songs to write. :) #movingforward,” Devin Velez

Velez, during one of his elimination interviews, commented that he felt that Minaj was the one judge who didn’t want to use the one “Judges’ Save” on him. I totally agree with that sentiment as well and said it in my recap. He continued that Nicki favors the girls and that her critiques can be “crazy.” He jokingly says that perhaps she was in a bad mood on last Wednesday’s show because both Mariah Carey and her were wearing the same color that night. LOL, but probably true. Read several tweets sent by Nicki in response to Devin’s comments.

check out the tweets after the jump

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