Last night’s American Idol sure gave me a few surprises in who got through to the Top 13 and who didn’t.
The show opened with a look at all the remaining hopefuls and the news from Ryan Seacrest that for he first results show of the season over 33 million votes were registered.
He told us how the selection procedure would work:Americawas to select the five most popular male singers and the five most popular female singers. The judges would then each select one wild card to round out the final thirteen.
The guys went first (anyone heard of ladies first, Ry’?)
He called up Chase, Phillip and Jeremy, who poor heart was beating out of his chest. And just to be nice, Jimmy Iovine said Jeremy wouldn’t make the cut anyway. Chase was told by Jimmy that he is good looking, but that isn’t enough. He says that Phillip has a good sound and he would make the cut. Unfortunately, Jimmy is right on all three counts:Americasent Jeremy home. Chase was not in the top ten, but Phillip made the cut and is sent over to the top ten seating.
Next, Ryan selected Jessica, Brielle, Hallie and Hollie. The oracle that is Jimmy said that Hollie is a little girl with a big voice, Brielle has a lot of charisma but she picked her song poorly and it will hurt her. He said that Hollie has a great tone and did a great job, but he wasn’t sure thatAmericawill vote for her but that Jessica has talent from A to Z and he would sign her. He said that if anyone deserves to be here it is her. Already, Jimmy seemed spookily psychicAmericasent Brielle home. I was stunned, but at least we won’t have to endure her mother anymore, although she may have been entertaining toward the sticky end of the contest. Hallie did not make it either. Hollie and Jessica made it to the top ten.
Adam, Heejun, and Joshua were next to hear their fate. Jimmy said that Adam is confusingAmericaand Heejun confused him as well, reminding people that this is not American Comedian, but American Idol. OK, Jimmy – so where in that title is singing actually mentioned? Anyway, Heejun and Joshua made it to the Top Ten.
Next, Baylie, Chelsea, Skylar and Shannon are called up for their results. Jimmy was impressed with Skylar’s stage presence and charisma but Baylie lost the plot with her Carrie Underwood Karaoke being a bit out of tune. Ouch! He thoughtShannonhad a really good voice but could use some help in the styling area, but she still did well. American agreed with Jimmy: Shannon and Skylar made it through to the Top Ten.
Aaron, Creighton, and Reed were called up next. Jimmy Ivine thinks that Reed is way to kichie and caberet for him was not impressed with Reed’s kitsch cabaret and Aaron confused was also too cheesy for him. Jimmy admitted Creighton has an interesting voice, but at the top end it annoyed him with its screechiness and he didn’t go for him at all. None of these guys impressedAmerica, either.
Elise, Erika, Jen, and Haley were next to hear their fate and Jimmy’s critique. Jimmy thought Jen had a really nice voice, but was trying to mimic Adele. But Erika really impressed him. He predicted she would go all the way. Poor Haley sang out of tune the entire song according to Jimmy and he couldn’t get past her robotic presence. Elise is trying hard, he said andAmericarewarded the hard work by putting her through: he only successful one in this group.
Deandre, Eben, Jermaine, andColtonwere last to hear their results. Jimmy loved Jermaine who almost didn’t make it to the live shows. Deandre has potential said Jimmy, but he needs a coach and although Eben is a really talented kid he says he is not ready for prime time. But Eben couldn’t comeback again now he made it to the live shows, so this is too bad. Jimmy wanted the rules changed just for him. Jimmy said thatColtonis probably one of the most talented kids on the show and if he paces himself, he could win this. Wow!Americaopts to send Deandre home.Coltonand Jermaine made it to the Top Ten.
Then the judges had a decision to make. Out of each group brought up, the one with the least votes was rejected, but he remaining fifteen hopefuls, six were chosen to sing for the three wild card slots, one for each judge.
Here’s how the wild card sing-off went:
Jen Hirsh gave a strong performance but wasn’t amazing. Where she went with her voice in the end was beautiful, said Steven.
Jeremy Rosado sang for his life next. He made Jennifer cry! She said she believes in him thinks and he has one of the most beautiful voices she has ever heard. In fact all the judges loved him.
Brielle Von Hugel was next to produce some strong vocals and incredible passion. People were on their feet for her but the judges just weren’t feeling it.
Deandre Brackenstick was next and he proved that he is in it to win it. His great voice, his joy and that love of performing was all there. Randy raved over how great it was. I was with Jennifer: he should sing like that every time.
Erika Van Pelt was next to sing for her life. She was jaw-droppingly good on her version of Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory. All the judges went crazy over how good she was.
The last wild card performance was from Reed Grimm with one of his best performances to date. But the judges were muted in their praise, I thought.
Sooooo, after some deliberation, the three wild cards to get through are:
Erika, Jeremy and Deandre.
So it was goodbye to Reed, Brielle and Jen. What do you think to the judges’ decisions? And America’s?