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American Idol: The Top 12

Any episode of “Idol” that starts out with a picture of Randy in a bikini is obviously going to be a surprising show. And man, there were some surprises tonight. Were you ready for the roster that America chose as this season’s Top 12?

We’ll get to the results in a minute, but first it was time for this week’s awkward group number. Singing Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet,” the 16 singers sounded pretty good, though I’m sure that has something to do with the fact that their vocals are prerecorded. Here’s some random thoughts I had as the singers stumbled around the stage: Toddrick sounds good tonight!; Lee and Michael make a fun pair; I’m so glad they aren’t dancing this week; the girls are WAY better than the guys; and that little kick at the end was super corny. Despite all that corniness, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to all those cheesy Ford commercials in the weeks ahead!

Before long it was on to the results and to the reveal of this year’s Top 12! First to make it on to the Stools of Happiness were Didi Benami and Siobhan Magnus. That left Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly in the night’s first showdown. I figured Katelyn had this one in the bag, especially since she hit one out of the park last week with her sitdown at the piano. Adding also to my confidence that Paige was going home was her ho-hum performance of the once cheery “Smile.” But things went slightly differently than I expected and Paige was the one sent through to the silver stools of safety. Listening to Katelyn’s final song, I guess I see why America didn’t choose her, as she sounded almost like a Vegas lounge singer.

Wasting no time this week, Ryan quickly delivered the one-two punch of results for Tim Urban and Toddrick Hall. I figured they were both goners, so I was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to see Tim granted a pass into the finals. What are the voters listening to? I just don’t get it! Next Toddrick was sent home, which was slightly less surprising. And then Lee Dewyze and Casey James earned their spots on the Top 12 crew.

In a slight interlude between the rest of the results, “Idol” welcomed back two contestants from last year, Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. Their rendition of Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” may just be my favorite guest performance of the season. Playing on dueling grand pianos, these guys were awesome. I forgot how much I liked Matt’s singing last season, and I was surprised at how well Scott did. It’s also pretty cool to see that even if you don’t win, you can still launch a career. (Scott and Matt both have albums, while Matt’s new single has risen to the top of the jazz charts.)

Back at Elimination Station, Ryan granted several more singers a shot at stardom, sending Crystal Bowersox (no surprise there!), Michael Lynche (thank goodness!), Lacey Brown (how did that happen?), Aaron Kelly (you gotta love this kid) and Andrew Garcia (you’ve got another shot, now don’t blow it! Sing that Paula song again if you have to!). That left Alex Lambert with a one-way ticket home. I’m guessing America didn’t know what to do with that mullet either.

Last but not least were our last two female singers, Katie Stevens and Lilly Scott. I wasn’t sure what would happen here; it could’ve gone either way. Katie has a strong voice and she’s young enough to be relatable for the tweens that vote. Lilly was interesting, quirky and offered a different kind of indie-rock voice. In the end, the tweens won out and Katie made the Top 12. Lilly was not happy with the news and proclaimed she wasn’t sure what America wants to hear. (Apparently whoever they want to hear, they won’t be wearing peacock earrings.)

And with that we have this year’s Top 12! What do you think of the roster? Did we lose some of your favorites? Was it too soon to lose singers like Katelyn or Toddrick, or are you glad they’re gone? And are you looking forward to seeing how singers like Crystal and Lee sound during the same performance night? Post below and come on back next week as our new Top 12 tackle their first theme night- the music of the Rolling Stones! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on March 11, 2010 9:44 PM
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