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After last week’s eliminations, many referred to this group of boys as one of the worst in American Idol history. I think that title might’ve been a bit premature. While not the best ever, the boys came out swinging and gave the girls a run for their money. I can honestly say there wasn’t a Zoannette Johnson-like hot mess in the bunch. No one was really embarrassing. That said, I still think a girl is going to take it this year. Fingers crossed. Check out how I ranked the boys’ performances below.

American Idol 12 Top 10 Boys Ranked

10. Charlie Askew

Song: Mama
Original Artist: Genesis

Keeping it real. This wasn’t as bad as the judges said. Keith Urban called it disingenuous, Randy labeled it terrible and Mariah said it was an earful. Even his new look with the peach fuzz, earring and tank top didn’t bother me too much. That said, Charlie is not emotionally strong enough to keep going. That emo breakdown of his after the critiques was awkward to watch. This kid certainly has some deep personal struggles. I hope he has a strong support system to keep him out of any harm.

check out the performances and my rankings after the jump

No surprise here. The men disappointed just like they did last week. There isn’t one guy in the lot I can see taking the Season 12 title. Are these really the best from this year’s crop? I think Nigel Lythgoe and company are trying their hardest to ensure a girl wins American Idol this year. Chances are good considering there isn’t one WGWG (white guy with guitar) in sight.

On a similar note, do you get the feeling the the show is also trying their best to dispel discrimination claims. Earlier this year, nine African-American Idol contestants including Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9) accused the show of racism and stated the show exploited its black male contestants.

Last year, the show also received criticism that there was only one visible minority (Jessica Sanchez) in the Top 12 women. Clearly, that’s not an issue this year. Seven out of the Top 10 girls are women of color. Same goes for the men’s side as well. In fact, if you look at all the four shows during the Sudden Death rounds, all the pimp spots were occupied by African American contestants. It could be purely a coincidence, but as we all know… Nigel’s moves are always calculated and well thought out. Enough of all the WGWG and race conspiracy theories, let’s get on with the performances. Be sure to drink a Red Bull or two before watching a couple of them. Total snoozefests.

watch all the performances after the jump

A little late in posting, sorry about that folks, but I was so taken aback by the actual appearance of talent in the most recent foray into Texas tunes that I had to sit in astonishment most of today!

Where Aspen was the city that taste and talent forgot, it was proven last night that definitely everything IS bigger (and better!) in Texas! Even the judges themselves seemed to be more/actually aware of the true singers they had in front of them this time around and weren’t just passing out golden tickets like so many 5cent candies.

What I take from this experience is (sorry Nowheresville) that Idol REALLY needs to hit the big cities more often. While I love San D and the hills of Colorado, those aren’t place you go to for talent: those are places you go to drink ;)

Click through to read my now HAPPY review of last night’s performances

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