This just in: Randy Jackson made a huge mistake. I know, I know, you’ve been aware of that for a decade now, but the big news is that the Dawg actually admitted it on Wednesday night’s edition of American Idol.
Yes, fellow Idoloonies, the headmaster at Our Lady of Limited Vocabulary Preparatory School confessed to Ryan Seacrest that after watching Tuesday’s telecast — featuring performances from Season 11’s Top 13 guys — that maybe, just maybe he and his fellow judges could’ve been a little more critical. Ya think?
But hey, let’s take progress where we find it, and be thankful that the judges didn’t spend the entirety of Wednesday’s two-hour telecast on evasions, half-truths, and lies. And let’s also hope that starting next week, it won’t just be female contestants who receive negative feedback while the men skate by with cries of “beautiful!” “glorious” and “emotionally perfect!”
Chelsea Sorrell, Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova”
Sang in tune, but enunciated as if her jaw had been wired shut. Also, in interest of full disclosure, crazy binding of breasts made me feel skittish.
Erika Van Pelt, Heart’s “What About Love”
Mother-of-the-bride fashion and No. 2 performance slot might prevent her from taking her rightful spot in the Season 11 Top 10. She’s actually really solid.
Jen Hirsh, Adele’s “One and Only”
Really pretty voice, but perhaps a little too studied to convey all the emotion of that Adele ballad? Elise’s Pimp Slot triumph didn’t help her cause.
Brielle Von Hugel, Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”
Not half bad for an exit performance.
Hallie Day, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”
Really pretty, sultry vocal, but Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson have sung it better and more charismatically in very recent times. Call 9-1-1, Shannon Magrane is about to rob her!
Skylar Laine, Faces’ “Stay With Me”
I haven’t had this much fun watching Idol since…actually I don’t know that I’ve ever had this much fun watching Idol.
Baylie Brown, Lonestar’s “Amazed”
Hollie Cavanagh, Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection”
I heard flashes of brilliance percolate through the obvious stage fright. Judges’ effusiveness seemed like a way to help Hollie overcome a serious lack of Season 11 screen time.
Haley Johnsen, Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
This song brought down Tiah Tolliver on X Factor, and sorry to say, even Tiah’s vocals were more on point than Haley’s.
Shannon Magrane, Kathy Troccoli’s “Go Light Your World”
Randy said she reminded him of — wait for it — Lauryn Hill. I didn’t realize Lauryn Hill competed in Miss Teen USA.
Jessica Sanchez, Jennifer Hudson’s “I Love You I Do”
If this was Jessica with swollen and sore vocal cords, then she might as well skip the next eight weeks and head directly to the Top 5.
Elise Testone, Adele’s “One and Only”
Ambition and emotion slightly outweighed actual execution, but still among the night’s Top 3 females. Room-service flowers in her hair made her a mortal lock for results-night success.
Your turn. What did you think of the Top 12 ladies. Which five will sail thorugh to the finals without the help of a wild card? Take our poll below, then hit the comments to expand on your opinions!