Idology: Season 12 Men Flop, More Female Front-Runners Emerge! Plus: The Charlie Problem!

We’re now halfway through American Idol‘s Season 12 Vegas round — during which the judges are narrowing the Top 40 singers down to just 20 semifinalists — and a few things are becoming abundantly clear:

* The women’s side of the field is deep and contentious.
* The guy’s side is more peculiar than Nicki Minaj’s hat rack.
* Randy Jackson remains TV’s most underappreciated source for unintentional comedy gold.
* And Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is as infuriatingly/deliciously manipulative as ever.

On this week’s Idology, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I talk about the triumphs and catastrophes from Week 1 of Vegas — including the rise of Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb, the mysteries of Elijah Liu and Charlie Askew, and the ridiculous theater/conspiracy of the “tiebreak” (yes, those are intentionally ironic quotation marks).

So press play below to watch this week’s Idology, and for all my Idol-related news, interviews, photo galleries and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!