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American Idol Recap – Top 12 Males Perform

After weeks of auditions, solo performances, group performances, another solo performance followed by a duo or trio performance, and then another solo performance, a background check, a credit check, an eye chart test and probably several breathalyzers, we’ve reached the part where most people finally start to care – The Top 24.

12 guys and 12 girls vying to become the 10th American Idol winner and join the greats like Ruben Studdard, Fantasia,  Clay Aiken, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze.  Tonight it’s the guys who will perform (although don’t like how it’s pre-recorded) and then tomorrow night it’s the girls, and then Thursday the bottom two male and female vote receivers will fade into oblivion (does anyone remember Ashley Rodriguez, Janelle Wheeler, Tyler Grady or Joe Munoz – last season’s first booted contestants?  Ok, I remember Janelle, but only because I’m rooting for her comeback).

In case you forgot who advanced or are watching for the first time this season, here’s who I have as the Top 12 guys going into tonight…

TOP 12 MALES
1. Casey Abrams
2. Paul McDonald
3. Stefano Langone
4. Clint Jun Gamboa
5. Jacob Lusk
6. Tim Halperin
7. Jordan Dorsey
8. Brett Loewenstern
9. Robbie Rosen
10. Jovany Barretto
11. Scotty McCreery
12. James Durbin

And already a twist, as Ryan Seacrest tells us that only FIVE guys will make it through.  Whaaaaaa?  So apparently the top 5 male vote-getters tonight and top 5 female vote-getters tomorrow night move on, and then the judges will pick wild cards to fill the rest.  Note, Seacrest did not say it would be two wild cards, so perhaps we have more than a Top 12 on the horizon.

New set, new judges, new format, same old Randy Jackson, and a Latino-fembot looking Jennifer Lopez.  Here we go…tonight the contestants can sing any song they choose (as long as it’s been approved by Idol and the artist who sang it).

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American Idol Recap – Road to the Top 24

Unfortunately there was no recap last night, as I was celebrating Maggie’s birthday (which apparently is more important that blogging about Idol), then watching the end of Carmelo’s debut and the Terps big win over FSU.

But before tonight’s revealing of the rest of the Top 24, here’s a recap of last night’s two hour show.

– 61 contestants remain, put in groups of 2 or 3, singing Beatles songs in Las Vegas. Very happy to finally see Idol show this portion finally. Usually it goes from after Group Week when they put the contestants in 4 rooms straight to announcing the top 24.

– Good to see Lauren Alaina finally showing some nerves, was afraid she’d get too arrogant.

– My favorite moment (even though it involved my least favorite contestant) was when Ashley Sullivan got married, because it was at the The Little White Wedding Chapel Of Love, the exact same place Maggie and I got married four-plus years ago!  I’m a little disappointed that Ashley didn’t opt for the drive-thru wedding like we did.

Paul McDonald, Tim Halperin and Pia Toscano might have sounded the best doing the Beatles.  Was a little disappointed with Chris Medina and Casey Abrams duet, didn’t really mesh well.

– Sad to see Sophia Shorai get cut after her performance.  Probably her own fault for partnering with Ashley Sullivan.

Thia Megia may have an incredible voice, but I think it’s confirming that 15 is too young of an age minimum for this show; she looks like a frightened puppy out there.

– They need to cut Scotty McCreery already, he’s a one-note low pony, plus John Wayne Schulz should be this year’s resident cowboy. Also if Rachel Zevita makes it thru to the Top 24, I may boycott.

– Not making the cut after Beatles performances include Ashley Sullivan, Molly DeWolf, Carson Higgins, Caleb Hawley, Denise Jackson and Melinda Ademi.  Not sad about any of those cuts.

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American Idol Recap – Top 100

After two-hours of group performances last night filled with drama, tension, tears and probably a mild case of diarrhea for some of these contestants, we’re left with 100 hopefuls hoping to become one of the 50 hopefuls to make it to next week, who will then become one of the 24 hopefuls to make it to the preliminary voting rounds to become one of 12 hopefuls to make it to the Kodak Theater to become one of 10 hopefuls to make the Idol summer tour to become one of 3 hopefuls to get to go home and celebrate with their family and friends to then maybe become an average-record selling Idol winner.  In other words, we’ll still mixing the Idol batter and this cake has yet to bake, but damn if it ain’t fun to lick the batter (unless it involves Tiffany Rios, shudder).

Last night saw one of my hopefuls, Rob Bolin, crack under the pressure and be sent home, so here’s my new Top 10 after Group Week.

CURRENT TOP TEN (Previous ranking in parenthesis)
1. Lauren Alaina (1)
2. Stefano Langone (2)
3. Deandre Brackensick (NR)
4. Casey Abrams (4)
5. Pia Toscano (NR)
6. Chris Medina (5)
7. Brett Loewenstern (10)
8. Clint Jun Gamboa (NR)
9. Denise Jackson (NR)
10. Matthew Nuss (NR)

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American Idol Recap – Hollywood Round

Remember all those contestants that yelled “I’m going to Hollywood” the past month? Yeah, me neither, but thankfully we’ll get a refresher tonight of all the yellow ticket winners and their quest to be mildly famous and then ultimately overshadowed by whoever wins $5,000,000 on X-Factor in the fall.

Looking back, here’s who I currently have ranked as the Top 15 best so far…
1. Lauren Alaina
2. Stefano Langone
3. Casey Abrams
4. Jackie Wilson
5. Chris Medina
6. Robbie Rosen
7. Caleb Johnson
8. Rob Bolin
9. Brett Loewenstern
10. Jordan Dorsey

Ok, stopping at 10, b/c it was struggle to remember who some of these people were.

Should be interesting to see how Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler handle having to be critical of those they already sent thru to this round.

8:01 – Ryan Seacrest lets us know that this is the BIGGEST Hollywood week ever, b/c they have twice as many contestants here than ever before.  Considering I just struggled to come up with a Top 10 of best performances so far, I’m a little worried that this could be a long hour.

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American Idol Recap – San Francisco

My favorite comment I received this past week comes from Hazel who writes “GOSH.! CAN YU GUYS BE ANYMORE HARSH. I JUST LOVE THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE THAT RIGHT CRAP ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE DONt EVEN HAVE TALENT! I love it !”

Thanks Hazel, I’ll send you a commemorative tote bag filled with guacamole. Keep on reading my blogs.

Normally I’d say that Hazel has a point, but where has the talent/excitement been in the auditions this year. Outside of Steven Tyler’s wackiness and Jennifer Lopez looking fantastic in HD, there hasn’t been much to get excited about. I remember years past seeing the auditions of Taylor Hicks, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Crystal Bowersox amongst other, and having a reason to root for them during the Hollywood round and when actual voting began. Now, the only two names I can honestly remember from this season are Chris Medina (for his truly sad backstory) and Lauren Alaina (for being an insanely talented 15 year old who will probably cave under pressure soon enough). I don’t have a dog in this fight yet, and maybe that’s what upsets me. Hopefully San Fran has some talent to speak of before tonight’s Hollywood round.

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