The second Top 11 performance on American Idol began with an appropriate recap of last week’s shocking elimination, which culminated in the most dramatic judges’ save in show history. The save is now gone, and all 11 performers have been cut loose to stand on their own… if they can.
Ryan Seacrest spent some time speaking about last week’s “incredible moment” before introducing the singers for the evening and theme for the night. Elton John was the man of the evening, a rock icon who has rubbed elbows with royalty and inspired the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna and others.
American Idol began Thursday’s results show with an explanation of the Motown genre… though we use the word “explanation” rather loosely. More than 30 million votes were counted to bring the night’s results, which Ryan Seacrest hyped “may shock you.” For once, his words proved true. The male competitors wore black suits for results night, while the girls put on shimmering white evening wear.
As always, Idol peppered its results show with videos of behind-the-scenes action.
It was Motown night on American Idol, and one of the most important performance weeks of the entire contest. With 11 Idols remaining, tensions were high -- for only the Top 10 will go on the Idol summer tour.
Casey Abrams chose the hit “Heard It Through the Grapevine” to start the show. The song, and the theme, truly suits Casey’s voice. He sounded amazing during his performance, which should be enough to help him escape the first performance positioning curse. Abrams put plenty of energy into his act, and much of the crowd was on their feet during the rollicking number.
Karen Rodriguez, 21, is American Idol’s latest casualty and last online contestant. But, she’s not letting the disappointment get her down.
“I went up there, and I always sang from my heart,” she told reporters after her Thursday elimination. “It’s like a whole packet of little experiences that I’m going to take for ever.”
Karen said she has no regrets from her time on the show, and in upcoming episodes she’ll be rooting for Jacob Lusk. The two bonded “from the very beginning in Hollywood Week.”
“He was a joy to be around, and I’m so excited for him.” Watch a video of Karen’s entire interview at Entertainment Weekly.
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After a lengthy introduction in which the American Idol judges, host and Top 13 contestants were paraded around on the stage, Tuesday’s performance episode started.
The theme was “Your Personal Idol,” and each chose songs from an artist who means something to them.
Russell Hanz has left Survivor: Redemption Island… and the reality show’s most villainous contestant was reduced to tears when he was finally forced to face the pain of elimination. But don’t worry -- Russell wasn’t about to go out like that.
It’s good to be on television's number one show. Just ask the 13 would-be singers who have recently moved into an extravagant Hollywood mansion. Renting the palatial home for a single month costs a cool $100,000... but don't worry, American Idol can afford it.
Follow the jump to view more photos of the contestants' stunning digs...
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That’s right -- we know who’s singing what on American Idol next week (and, in which order). Keep reading to get the full spoiler list…
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Even American Idol’s resident diva can’t get her way all the time. In an interview with E! News, Jennifer Lopez reveals which three contestants she really wanted to keep, but couldn’t.
“It was very hard, and we weren’t ready,” she said of the entire wildcard round, which was tacked onto the end of Thursday’s results show. “It was hard. I love them all.”
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The second half of American Idol’s Top 24 stood up on the new stage Wednesday night. The new panel got another big introduction before they walked to their seats, and the in-house audience was giddy with excitement.
We’ve no idea why. Largely, Idol’s Top 12 Men were unimpressive (with, at best, three exceptions) on the big stage -- and they weren’t even live. All performances were taped last week, though the Thursday results will go out live in traditional Idol fashion.
Randy Jackson reminded viewing audiences that by the end of Thursday, the show will be left with a Top 10. That’s right -- a whopping 14 of them are going to be broken-hearted in less than 24 hours. “Ya gotta take it the moon today, and that’s where we’re going,” Steven Tyler told the night's performers.
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