Idology: 4 Contestants to Watch, Advice for Wildcards, and a Time Out for Jimmy Iovine

American Idol‘s Season 11 Top 13 is perhaps the most evenly matched group of contestants since the Golden Age of Season 5. Of course, that’s not stopping the fabulous Melinda Doolittle and myself from identifying our early favorites — or discussing said singers’ questionable taste in music, nifty homemade accessories, trademark dance moves, or tenuous connections to Whoopi Goldberg.

We also dish out hairstyle advice for a couple of Wild Card singers, offer a verbal spanking to tart-tongued mentor Jimmy Iovine, and have our first major disagreement over a certain ousted contestant. Plus, Melinda talks about the pros and cons of being chosen for the Idol “pimp slot.” So press play below for this week’s Idology, and for all my Idol news, views, and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!