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American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Results

This group, the Top 10, will be spending a lot of time together, for they make up the summer tour. However, it is likely that one of these contestants will have one last week with everyone else, and will be going home tonight. But who will it be? Last night, I suggested the bottom three would be Heejun, Deandre, and Hollie, with a wishful thought from me that Phillip would be there. My fear is that the bottom will be populated by ladies, with Hollie, Elise and Erika again in the bottom.

American Idol 11 Top 10
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Top: Season 11 Top 10. Middle: Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest. Bottom: Haley Reinhart and Lana Del Rey.

In the first six years of the show, the male/female split of finalists for the show was 6-6, while the last 4 years was 6-2. In the first six years, the ladies won 4, while the men took 2. In the last four season, all have been won by the guys. However, we shall see this evening and start to get an idea how this season might unfold. As usual, the show starts off with a quick recap of last night, and the introduction of the judges and Crusty. He tells us about the guest on the show, and introduces the Idols to sing Billy Joel’s The Longest Time.

It actually sounds better than one would suspect it would. Although I really don’t need to see girls perched on Steven Tyler’s lap again. No, really. Then we have a Ford Focus Commercial, featuring the Idols singing The Fray’s You Found Me.

The first contestants called to the stage are Hollie, Skylar and Elise. Jimmy Iovine thinks it was Hollie‘s toughest night so far, but she will stay around. He thinks Skylar is stalling, not evolving in the competition. He thought Elise was amazing and should not be worried tonight. First we learn that Hollie is safe. We then learn that Skylar is safe, and so is Elise. That is surprising. That also means three of the remaining seven will be in the bottom. After a commercial break, we have a performance by Lana Del Rey. It seems that last week Lana was in town, and had her performance of Video Games pre-recorded for tonight’s show.

You can find Lana Del Rey’s album, Born To Die, on iTunes and on sale for $4.99 on Amazon.

Joe Perry comes out playing Happy Birthday Song for Steven Tyler’s birthday. Dude stole Colton’s hair!

Deandre, Joshua, and Jessica are up next,and Jimmy I was not happy with Deandre, and could put him in trouble. He was also not happy with Joshua, who made several mistakes. He loved Jessica, and think she is safe. Now, time for the results. Jessica is safe, and hears that Billy Joel enjoyed her version of the song. It turns out that Joshua is also safe, leaving Deandre in the bottom three.

Last year, Haley Reinhart defied the odds and the judges to finish the season in third place. Often, it seemed she found little to no support from the judges, but much from the audience. Tonight, she returns to the stage with a contract from Jimmy I’s Interscope Records, and her debut album coming in May. She sings her new single, Free.

Free was released this week. You can purchase the single on iTunes and Amazon. You can pre-order her CD on her official website here.

There are two more that must hit the bottom before we know who is up for elimination this week. Colton got great reviews from the judges, and Jimmy I and Billy Joel thought he did a great job. Phillip was next, and the judges loved him, and Jimmy slaps him a bit for not taking advice. Erika had mixed reviews from the judges, but not from Jimmy I – he loved her. Not so much Randy’s comments. Heejun had bad reviews for the most part, and Jimmy thought it was terrible. Yikes. Colton is the first one sent to safety. Erika is not so lucky, and is the second in the bottom. She is joined by Heejun, as Phillip is sent to safety.

After the commercial, Deandre is sent back to safety, leaving Erika and Heejun in danger of elimination. So it is up to the judges to decide, and she sings I Believe In You And Me, the Whitney Houston song she sang.

She did a nice job, but we need to hear from the judges, will they use the save? Randy is a total loser, saying, “Unfortunately Ryan, No.” Way to show some kindness. She is sent off with the video package as a goodbye. There are tears, and they come out to say goodbye to Erika Van Pelt.

Erika Van Pelt, American Idol Season 11

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moedi04
moedi04

the voice is best singing show. end of story

J@M
J@M

American Idol is living up to its name. It doesn't matter if you have the greatest singing voice but if you have a small FAN base, you will never win. It is no longer a singing competition but a bona fide popularity contest. 

Alansky
Alansky

I love Hee Jun but I think it should have been him (or DeAndre [DeAndrea according to Mikhael]). Nice recap as usual Howard.

AprilJ
AprilJ

Like Simon would say, "forgettable." I don't even remember what her backstory was. And she shared the same fan base as Elise. Awesome voice, nice personality. I think the others are more entertaining.

mwk89
mwk89

at least theme will be good next week. Nigel just said its "songs of their idols", fair game

henderking
henderking

I knew it would be Erika, but had hoped it would be Deandre. I could have gotten a perfect score at the poll, if i didn't change Erika last minute... 

JulieBarbara
JulieBarbara

Damn it! I knew it would be Erika. They threw her under the bus last night. They never gave her the special treatment that others like Elise, Colton, Jessica, and Phillip have gotten. She never got the pimp spot, the best song choice, the effusive praise, or the impressive staging and lighting that others got. So don't tell me there isn't clear favoritism on this show year after year. Worst of all, she had to leave and Heejun got to stay after his train wreck, a Sanjaya-reminiscent joke of a performance.

PHARO88
PHARO88

WRONG PERSON SENT HOME SHOULD'VE BEEN MISS COLTON OR HEJUN OR PHILLIP PHILLIPS.

fds
fds

anybody know next week theme performance?

drufyre
drufyre

Erika was better than this show.  Maybe she should try The Voice.

spookyinjustice
spookyinjustice

It wasn't "You Found Me" by the Fray. It was "You Found Me" by Kelly Clarkson

XL
XL

Boo @ Erika going home. Luckily, I knew Idol fans are sexist and chose her to go home in the pool, so yaaaaay I get my points. ^_^

takakupo
takakupo

 @Mikhail XO This is why they need to revamp the show, from releasing the vote totals to iTunes positions (like Rickey has been saying) to firing Randy and Nigel and adding more life to the themes. People can't help but hate the show, not because it's so good that it makes them mad but because the simplest things are being ignored and blamed on America's taste not being good enough. 

JulieBarbara
JulieBarbara

 @JAMANDA

 

Idol was "no longer a singing compeition" years and years ago! This is nothing new and doesn't surprise me in the least. I think it was more of a singing competition for the first few seasons, but from Season 5 on it became a popularity contest and nothing more. This has ticked me off for so long and yet I still watch... maybe now that The Voice is here I can finally just forget Idol. (Sorry if this posted more than once - having some technical problems here.)

takakupo
takakupo

 @JulieBarbara Hey, aside from doing away with the entire panel, do you think they should just oust Randy and a lot of our problems will be solved? I know J. Lo will keep her favorites but I think she's responsible for a lot of the really good contestants that get on, but Randy contributes zero to the show in my opinion (as does Nigel).

takakupo
takakupo

 @JulieBarbara Lol, who's telling you there isn't clear favoritism? We all have said there is.

hrstump
hrstump moderator

 @spookyinjustice Yes, I should have been paying better attention, but was trying to watch my Philadelphia Flyers play on another station. Good news, they won!

JulieBarbara
JulieBarbara

 @takakupoDefinitely, Randy is a waste of space. He is totally dispensable and useless to the show. He behaved like an ass last night, curtly saying "No" to Erika without so much as a sympathetic look or a word of encouragement. I think the judges have the biggest say in choosing the top 24 but after that, I believe it's the producers who are mainly responsible for pimping certain contestants over others - i.e. determining the order of the performances/who gets the pimp spot, who gets the fancy staging, who gets the best songs, etc.

 

laff
laff

 @takakupo JLO is not responsible for any of the contestants who get on. None of the judges are -- it's 100% the producers who decide who the cast will be each season.

JulieBarbara
JulieBarbara

 @vjwilkinson  That infuriated me when J. Lo picked Jeremy for one of the few wild card slots, out of 15 possible people she had to choose from. Just because he turned on the waterworks. He was obviously a mediocre singer. And I think J. Lo was the one who pushed for him to make top 24 too, which should never have happened. These judges have no clue what talent is.

 

vjwilkinson
vjwilkinson

 @laff You can't tell me JLo didn't have something to do with the fact that Jeremy Rosado getting as far as he did. She was in love with him, for some unknown reason. (It sure couldn't have been his singing.)

takakupo
takakupo

 @laff I don't believe that at all. The producers play their part and even have a say of who moves on before the judge's auditions, but their part in choosing the top 24 and so on is minimal (Well, not counting their rambunctious efforts with staging and song clearance).