After months of enduring auditions, Hollywood Week, Vegas round and Lazaro Arbos, we finally are about to crown a winner. After doing this 11 times prior, you’re fully aware that we have to sit through two more hours before we actually know the results. With that being said, the results show was pretty entertaining. There were a couple of sensational duets along with a couple cute video packages. Check out all the performances and more importantly find out who the winner of American Idol Season 12 is 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?
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.
I really hope America gets it right this week. None of the girls should be going before the boys. Absolutely NONE of them. Jimmy Iovine also agrees with me. In his recap, he believes the bottom three should be all the guys. Fingers crossed that’s true. I would hate to lose Amber this soon. Side note: Kree got a shout out from Aretha Franklin praising her performance. That’s pretty dope.
Tonight’s show was all about filler (even more so than other weeks). There was this random segment where the Idols went to some school to teach them Phillip Phillips’ “Home” ?!?!?! Performances by Colton Dixon, Keith Urban and OneRepublic featuring Katharine McPhee were on deck. Speaking of the latter, why Seacrest introduced her as “recording artist Katharine McPhee” instead of Idol alum or Smash star was kinda odd. Don’t you think? After 45 minutes, we finally get to the eliminations.
Once again, American Idol decided to stick with the oldies. After last week’s Lennon-McCarthy week, I was ready for some hits from the past decade. Sadly, another trip down memory lane in the 60s and 70s was in store. At least this week, the contestants rose to the occasion with their Motown covers. A couple turned in some phenomenal performances. Even Lazaro didn’t sound that bad. Well, on his solo he didn’t. With his group performance, that was a whole different story. The daggers both Burnell and Devin threw him when Lazaro screwed up were priceless.
Speaking of that horrendous trio, Nicki wasn’t holding back tonight. Girl was ruthless with her critiques. When she told the boys she felt like it was Hollywood, I had no idea where she was going. I thought it had to do with star power or giving her a warm feeling. Then she explained that it felt like the group round and that they should leave the stage after the abysmal performance. A little harsh, but bang on. No excuses for forgetting words, especially at this stage of the game.
Meanwhile over in MiMi-land, Carey was busy trying to make #pow a thing (it’s never going to happen) and was constantly on her phone whenever the camera panned to her. Sure Nicki was late one week, but when she’s there, she’s giving her undivided attention. At least Minaj tweets during the commercial breaks. Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s performances and rankings.
Apologies for the late American Idol recap. A little too much fun last night. That’s all I’m going to say. I’m sure by now you already know who was booted last night. So, I’ll just quickly discuss a few points from last night’s results show.
It’s official. For the first time since Season 6, there won’t be a cute white guy winner. Halleloo. No disrespect to Paul Jolley, but I’m glad he was eliminated. For a hot second there, I was worried that my girl Amber Holcomb was leaving. I had a feeling she was going to be in the bottom after singing that obscure Lennon-McCartney song. That’s why I gave her all my 50 votes. How she was in the Bottom 3 and not Lazaro Arbos is beyond me. He’s definitely this year’s Sanjaya. I’m curious to know where exactly he placed. Damn you Nigel for revealing rankings one week and not the other. Though I will say, it does create an air of mystery. Check out all the clips below from last night with my thoughts.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post discussing 10 Songs I Never Want To Hear On American Idol Again. Can I amend that and please add the entire Lennon-McCartny songbook to that. I know it was a coup for the FOX show to snag it a few seasons ago, but it’s time to stop picking it as a theme week. I don’t care how much they paid for it. When half of the contestants have never heard of the songs they’re singing, how can you expect them to deliver show-stopping performances. Way to prove you’re still relevant, Nigel Lythgoe.
Before American Idol Season 12’s Top 9 performed, a little bit of business needed to be taken care of. During last week’s results show, a sing-off between Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew took place for a spot on the American Idol Tour this summer. I was rooting for Aubrey, but feared that Charlie would snag it due to all the teen girls and grandparents voting. Surprisingly (and rightfully so), Aubrey won. Congrats to her. I guess it’s something and a nice consolation prize, but I’m sure she’d rather still be in the hunt for the Season 12 title. I know, I would. Onto this week’s performances…
For an hour-long results show, tonight’s American Idol episode was pretty jam packed. Not that I’m saying there wasn’t filler, because there was. For the most part though, I enjoyed all of it, especially the Jimmy Iovine recap. Some feel this part is unnecessary, but I look forward to his insights. He should really be the fourth judge instead of Randy Jackson. Make it happen for Season 13 Nigel… make it happen.
On deck tonight to perform were Bon Jovi and Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. Is it me, or has Phillips gotten cuter since last year? Perhaps, I’m just deprived of any eye candy this season. It wouldn’t be an elimination show without a group number from the contestants. They were pimped out to perform “Shine Your Way” from the upcoming animated film The Croods.
This season, Ryan Seacrest delivered the results a bit differently. Taking a page from The X Factor, the show revealed how all the singers placed with exception to the Top 3. Nigel Lythgoe decided to keep how the Top 3 placed a mystery. Wise move. As promised, Lythgoe revealed some geographic voting results. For instance, Devin Velez was tops in Puerto Rico, while Candice Glover dominated in her home state of South Carolina with 42% of the vote. Fierce. Find out how everyone placed below.