American Idol 12: 90 Minutes? REALLY? (Results–Cut to the Touring Ten or so)

Back to the DVR tonight… let’s see if there’s anything worth watching in the inflated spectacle that is the cut to the final ten (or eleven, or twelve)… they’re back at Television City tonight, because…

THIS! … is American Idol!

Officially, this is a cut to the top 10 (5 guys, 5 girls).  Unofficially, everyone expects a “shocking swerve” to add an extra singer or two… as they can’t fill their quota of shows with only ten finalists.

Remember, these were my predictions:
Girls: Aubrey, Angie, Amber, Kree, Candice (maybe Tenna).
Guys: Paul, Lazaro, Curtis, Nick, Devin (maybe Vincent).
Confidence level: Maybe half right, at best.

The judges get the full intro from Seacrest and the entrance at center stage.  Nice to see that Mariah brought her best cleavage for the evening…

They hype 39 million votes (“10 million more than this time last year”) – but forget to mention that anyone with a smartphone can cast 50 votes at the push of a button… so getting only a 25% increase in vote totals is really a massive dropoff… not something to be proud of.

After a commercial break and a couple of recaps, Ryan goes to the guys’ holding area to unveil the first finalists (he has to run backstage, drag out a finalist, and bring them onstage, but the Television City audience doesn’t see any of the backstage stuff, so they get to react when the finalist appears on stage) – rinse and repeat 10 or so times)…

  • Paul Jolley is a finalist (and I’m 1 for 1).  Oh, wait… this is how they fill the 90 minutes, by giving each finalist a “victory song”?  OK, but don’t expect me to go out of my way to review them… Paul does Heart’s “Alone”.
  • Burnell Taylor is a finalist (wow, just one in a row right?).  His victory song is India.Arie’s “Ready For Love”.

Two down, eight to go… good time for a break…

Right back to the guys’ dressing room…

  • Curtis Finch Jr. is a finalist (2 for 3).  His victory song is John Legend’s “So High”.

Break… and back to the guys…

  • Devin Velez is a finalist (3 for 4).  He performs “The Power Of One (Change The World)” by Israel Houghton & New Breed.  To which I say… um… who?  What?  Oh, gospel, that’s why I don’t know the song.  Gotcha.

4 guys in… I expect the focus to switch to the girls for the next 4 finalists, in order to milk the suspense as long as possible…

…and I’d be wrong.  Back for the 5th finalist from the guys’ holding area.

  • The fifth and final guy making the finals is Lazaro Arbos (4 for 5!).  He does “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Do I need to tell you it’s by Simon & Garfunkel?  Because if I do, you may need to read another blog…).

I can see Burnell getting in ahead of Nick – I probably should’ve seen it last night… OK, it’s time to officially kick off “the season of the girls”…

Ryan goes somewhere he doesn’t spend a lot of time… in a roomful of women…

  • The first girl to make it through is Janelle Arthur (0 for 1).   She fills the Country Girl slot, I suspect.  She performs “Home” by Dierks Bentley.

Time to pay more bills…

  • Next to take a victory lap is Candice Glover (1 for 2).  She’s clearly a little excited… after a bit of a jig, she does Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down”.
  • No break, instead Seacrest goes backstage to pull Angie Miller out of the holding room (2 for 3).  For her victory song, she does Beyoncé’s “I Was Here”.  I know I’m not doing reviews, but if she brings this kind of performance every week, she’s got a real shot.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand… another break.

  • The ninth finalist is Amber Holcomb (3 for 4), singing “I’m Every Woman”, doing more of the Whitney Houston version and not the Chaka Khan original.

OK… we’re going to get finalist #10 and… if there’s a swerve, it’s next as well, although I expect my DVR will cut off while the finalist sings.

  • The last finalist (so far?) is Kree Harrison (4 for 5 again!).  We barely got through “Evidence” by Susan Tedeschi (although this may be the Emerson Drive album track) when the DVR cut off.   She’s another one to watch.

Janelle instead of Aubrey does surprise me.  But still, 8 for 10 tonight?  I did far better than I expected… maybe this is the season I actually predict a winner?  Naaaaaaaaaaaaah…

According to MJ’s Big Blog, the swerve was that they’ll announce the 6th-place guy and 6th-place girl next week, and they’ll sing off for a spot on the tour.  It’s not clear if that also means the 11th spot in the finals as well.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it’s Aubrey and Nick in the sing-off next week.  See you Wednesday night for Idol Winners’ Idol Songs week!   Yes, this year’s contestants have to choose a song a previous Idol sang on the show.  Already with the terrible themes and it’s just week one of the finals… *sigh*

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), improv tech guy, generally nice person (if you ask me).

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