American Idol 10 Top 11 Redux Results – Recap Roundup

‘American Idol’ Elimination Night: 20 Things You Didn’t See on Thursday’s Show

Lots of Idol alums in the crowd, including Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens, who were sent home in last year’s double elimination, and Kris Allen, who chats with Idol staff photographer Michael Becker (a name I’ve written almost as much as David Cook’s). A studio member behind me remarks, “Was that guy a contestant? He looks familiar.” Oy.

One of the last commercial breaks allows Idol grads Andrew, Katie and Kris to meet the new judges. Hugs for all, but one has to wonder, does Steven Tyler have any idea who these people are? The three linger a little long and are shooed off the judges’ platform. Meanwhile, on the couch, James Durbin has his friend in safe-ness Stefano Langone in a head lock.

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‘American Idol’: Scotty throws swag, Lauren sheds tears on the scene for Top 11 results night, take 2

Fortunately, as you well know, the Idoldome was also graced with the presence of Kris Allen, Season 8 Champion and Mensch of the First Order. After taking his seat next to his unspeakably beautiful wife (seriously, I’ve met her in person, and Kris got the deal in that marriage), Kris began systematically approaching, hugging, and enthusiastically engaging with every last member of the Idoldome family, from Fox’s on-site photographer to production assistants to hulking bodyguards.

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Live at American Idol: Is Lauren Alaina Cracking Under the Pressure?

So what had Lauren so upset, and who was the unexpected heartthrob of the night?

It’s no surprise Lauren forged an close BFF bond with now-eliminated contestant Thia Megia: Being the youngest two in the competition, they both struggled with the fast lane of fame.

And it was Thia’s place in the bottom three that first turned Lauren’s smile upside down. Lauren tried to keep it together initially, but things went downhill fast as Paul McDonald was suddenly in danger of leaving the Idol stage. Paul is said to be Lauren’s “big brother” figure, and when she was faced with the possibility of losing both Paul and Thia in one night, Lauren suddenly came unglued in front of the 680-person studio audience.

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‘American Idol’ recap: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

According to the maudlin piano keys splashed with magenta lettering that opened up the results show, we weren’t going to “BELIEVE….WHO IS GOING HOME.” What was that all about? I’m not surprised that Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia were the sacrificial lamb chops we lost last night. Lovely singer Thia never showed a personality, whereas the freewheeling Naima offered up a bunch of different ones, including an African dancer with clownish pants and a spirited business lady from Jamaica. I’d picked Thia and Stefano to go home, but Naima makes sense, too. You either dug her or you didn’t; she could only skate by for so long.

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American Idol Recap: It’s Reigning Men!

Nobody tries out for American Idol hoping to finish in a tie for tenth place. But the two contestants booted at the end of Thursday night’s Top 11 Redux results show have reason to take heart: After witnessing a harrowing performance-art piece titled “The Emperor Is Doing an NC-17 Strip-Tease” (by Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx and Grammy winner will.i.am), Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia can leave the Idolverse knowing all it takes is a shred of talent — combined with copious luck, first-rate schmoozing skills, impeccable timing, corporate marketing dollars, brightly adorned backup dancers, and a healthy dose of Auto-Tune — to become international recording superstars. Honestly, I bet that left to his own devices, even Randy Jackson would be capable of cooking up a more satisfying four minutes of televised entertainment that Mr. Foxx and Mr. i.am’s ode to animated parrots, lady midriffs, kaleidoscopes, male-pattern posturing, and possibly (and yet probably not) the films of Busby Berkeley.

TV Line

‘Idol’ kicks off double elimination with a big lie

In contrast to last week, when everyone was shocked to see Casey Abrams finish with the lowest number of votes and then nearly collapse onstage after the judges elected to save him, this time things went as expected. Perhaps because an overwhelming 55 million votes that were cast, the results were notable because of how predictable they were.

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Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia Voted Off ‘American Idol’

While last week’s American Idol elimination saw Casey Abrams saved by the judges, Thursday’s (Mar. 31) elimination episode sent two contestants packing, with nine remaining.
The show’s pattern of female eliminations continued as Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo were eliminated following their less-than-stellar takes on Elton John classics last night (Megia with “Daniel” and Adedapo with “I’m Still Standing”).

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‘American Idol’ Recap: Naima and Thia Take Two for the Road

The odds of a girl breaking the “dudes with guitars” winning streak on ‘American Idol’ just got a lot slimmer.

After a record breaking 55 million plus votes, Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo fell victim to this week’s double elimination.

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American Idol Season 10, Elimination Recap: Goodbye Thia Megia!

Last week’s insanely dramatic American Idol result show was the some truly compelling and weird TV; I sure as hell can’t remember having that much fun watching one of those shows. The big moment, of course, came when the judges saved Casey Abrams and when Abrams collapsed into pale jelly onstage. But the whole show, with its random celebrity cameos and its general air of screwball absurdity really made that hour go by fast. The show was always going to have a tough time topping that one, even with two contestants getting bounced. And when Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo got sent home, it couldn’t have been surprising to anyone except, I guess, the hordes of comments-section goons who showed up here last week.

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Idol in 60 Seconds

American Idol Recap: Paul F. Tompkins on the Double Elimination

The countdown to Elimination Christmas begins with the abolition of group numbers, for one episode anyway. The standard opening group awkwardness is whittled down to two awkwards, as Lauren and Scotty sing a duet. Since Scotty’s involved, it’s a country song. Am I crazy, or was there a time on this show when Idol made the kids sing songs outside of their own preferred genre? This particular nondescript country song is called “I Told You So,” and it is so boring it gets a standing ovation from the judges. If I were the other contestants and I saw everyone standing for this, I would think, This night is gonna be caaaaake. Okay, the show had to start somehow, and now that it has, Ryan asks that the lights be dimmed. This convention is so dumb. Just dim the lights. Why does he need to give the “official” cue? Is it more respectful or something? He’s not presenting a war widow with a folded-up flag. When the lights come back up, Lauren and Scotty are both safe — boring.

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  • Mitchel

    America seems to be getting it right this season. The right people left. Thia has been skating on thin ice for a few weeks now. And I don’t know what Naima was thinking singing with the Jamican accent? I don’t see how this is any way an overt slight to the girls, since 2 of the strongest females, Pia and Lauren have never even been in the bottom. Whereas Casey, Stefano, Paul have.

    If anything, I think Pia now has now jumped to the head of the line. There will even be a stronger push to keep a girl in the competition. Unlike Allison Iraheta, Pia doesn’t appear to be struggling in keeping a fan base. And unlike Crystal Bowersox, she fits more into the “American Idol” middle of the road package.

  • MayMirabella

    I am sad to see 4 girls eliminated in a row. And when a guy was supposed to go, he got the save.I think the producers and judges need to try to do a better job when casting and consider the need for contemporary, entertaining, and interesting female singers. Or perhaps few females have a chance in this competition if the current trends continue as have been the case for a few seasons now. I am sad to see Naima go as she was creative and unique.

  • Marie Ruffin

    And I don’t know what Naima was thinking singing with the Jamican accent?

    Maybe she was channeling Bobby McFerrin who did the same thing, with “Don’t Worry be happy”? you think.Someone mentioned to me that he felt Naima was glad to be leaving, and it made me think, yeh, I can see that. She has two kids and a family and I’m sure she misses them. And she probably wants to go on with her life and get out there and start making her kind of music. She’s got the connections now, and I expect we’ll hear that she’s been signed with someone, or going on the road with someone, or playing at a festival ala Crystal.the only contestant I see who has “grown” is Lauren. I think the others have plateaued. She has changed in attitude, in style, and her singing has improved. Pia will plateau — I mean where else can she go? Ditto James and Jacob.

    From THR: “20) Both girls hug it out with the judges and their fellow contestants. Casey’s embrace of Thia goes longer than expected and Naima chats up Randy and Ray Chew with conviction, confidence and gusto. Networking already? Attagirl… ”

    Yep, we’ll be hearing from Naima again. Girlfriend is smarter than you think.

  • MayMirabella

    I hope and think it is possible 2 guys go before another girl, or let us hope that is the case. That would even things out a bit more with only 3 girls left. Perhaps Haley will outlast 2 of the guys..i am thinking Paul and Stefano as they both had one trip to the bottom 3. I hope Haley, Lauren, Pia have a great week to keep them out of that bottom 3 at least one or two more weeks until a guy or two leaves.

    My hope is in 2 weeks that there are 4 guys and 3 girls.

  • MayMirabella

    Someone mentioned to me that he felt Naima was glad to be leaving, and it made me think, yeh, I can see that. She has two kids and a family and I’m sure she misses them. And she probably wants to go on with her life and get out there and start making her kind of music.

    Does the top 12 actually leave Hollywood and go home for a while? Do they go home until the Finale? And then the top 11 all go home for a while and return for tour rehearsals. But often the casts off from the top 12 are seen in the audience throughout the run of the show. I remember in Season 8 seeing a lot of the audience for the top 4 and the top 3 and so on.I am thinking they may go home for a bit but like a lot of reality shows, it appears they go home but actually they stay on until the finale. I wonder how Idol does this as there are often sightings of the booted contestants in the audience after they go once the top 12 starts up.

  • girlygirl

    I think that once you are eliminated, you have like a week of press obligations and then you are free to go home or whatever until you have to come back to rehearse for the finale. A lot of the contestants stay in L.A. to try and make connections with writers, producers, etc., or just because that’s where they’d rather be, but I don’t think they are obligated to do so.

  • girlygirl

    I doubt Pia or Lauren are in any danger of being eliminated prior to the Top 4. In fact, I expect the final 4 to be 2 guys (Scotty and either James or Casey) and 2 girls (Pia and Lauren). So much for this whole silly (IMO) gender inequity thing.

  • Marie Ruffin

    I think the producers and judges need to try to do a better job when casting

    They just started this 6 boys, 6 girls BS about 3-4 seasons ago. Before it was the “best” singers whether they were boys or girls, and that’s when we had more girls in the competition (Season 3) (Jennifer, Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine, Latoya). But with this even division, it seems to favor the boys.
    They should stop that B.S. and get back to the “best” singers regardless of whether it’s 20 girls and 4 boys, or vice versa.

  • Marie Ruffin

    @MayMirabella, from what I read here, they usually hang around Hollywood and try to get an agent. You also see them hanging around American Idol &get “face time.” I suspect since Naima has made pals with Ray Crew and some of the UMG producers, she’ll hang around Hollywood. Thia is a California resident and she’s been on TV shows before; but I’m not sure she’s seasoned and sophistocated enough to get out there and network.

  • sma11ie

    My guess for the elimination order from here on:
    Stefano
    Paul
    Haley
    Jacob
    Casey
    James
    Scotty
    Lauren + Pia finale

    Lauren vs Pia is what I’m hoping for, but Scotty’s looking a bit unstoppable. If it were up to me, though, I’d eliminate Scotty way earlier, but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen. I really hope he doesn’t win… or the KrisTY Lee Cook premonition will come to pass! (Get it, ScotTY? Heh. Sorry.)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I think it’s way too early to declare the final four. Did anyone see Kris Allen being the victor at this time in Season 8. Perhaps they saw him gaining, but predicting his win? I don’t think so.

    Scotty has a fanbase, but as more contestants are eliminated, he will have to do something to woo their fans. I’m not sure his current schtick is appealing enough to the masses to do that. He sounds the same every week and does the same style of song.

    I think it’s unfair that Pia gets called out on it and he and James do not. I want to see Scotty do maybe something fast paced– how about southern rock?

    James, how about showing a softer, more melodic side?

    ETA: That being said, I am more entertained by James’ rawking than Pia’s belting.

  • ross

    They just started this 6 boys, 6 girls BS about 3-4 seasons ago. Before it was the “best” singers whether they were boys or girls, and that’s when we had more girls in the competition (Season 3) (Jennifer, Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine, Latoya). But with this even division, it seems to favor the boys.

    Season 8 – only two seasons ago – had a Top 13 of 5 girls and 8 guys – and a Top 10 of 3 girls and 7 guys.

    I think you have it backwards, the gender split is probably in place in order to give the girls a greater chance – without it there would be more guys, not fewer.

    I think people are making too much of gender. And color. Everyone goes home eventually. Just last week the least votes went to a male, and another male was in the bottom three with him – just as there was a male in the bottom three this week. And these are three of the males I would think least likely to be there if it’s all about women voting for cute young white guys.

  • Mel1

    James’s performances seem to have more variety than Scotty’s. I do agree, tho, that Pia gets called out, ballads, ballads, ballads, while no one sounds more the same-o than Scotty. I swear he is singing the same song every week.

  • colette

    And unlike Crystal Bowersox, she fits more into the “American Idol” middle of the road package.
    right, and gag me.
    But America voted for Crystal, not for middle-of-the-roader Katie. This idea that people really want bland and vanilla, is clearly not shared by all.

    In the EW “onsite” report wonderful stuff about Mensch of the Universe, Kris Allen. love that boy, and miss him.

  • claudette

    Casey is loved for his uncontrollable emotions. How dare Lauren, a 16 yr old GIRL under enormous pressure, not control her caring and loving emotions!:)

    We need to get rid of that imperfect barely 16 yr old girl once and for all this week I guess. And then we need to continue reminding people of Casey’s emotional breakdown he becomes the sentimental winner. MALES RULE!!!

    I believe that the winner will be who the votes of voted off contestants go. Casey winning would be a very newsworthy and heartfelt event. If you fav is gone, he’s a natural choice, and the only non-polarizing one left. (And I’d actually LOVE a Casey win and hopes he brings out the instruments more)

  • alison8701

    I think the thing with Lauren is that it just does not bode well for the future. Perhaps Thia was who she was closest with, so that’s why the tears, but each week it’s going to get worse and worse. and she might not win. How will she take that?

    I just think the argument in general is that 16 may be too young. Especially when they’re asking these contestants to know what kind of artist they want to be, and have the know-how to rearrange a song accordingly.

  • sma11ie

    But America voted for Crystal, not for middle-of-the-roader Katie.

    Pia is soo much better and more appealing than Katie on so many levels.

    James, how about showing a softer, more melodic side?ETA: That being said, I am more entertained by James’ rawking than Pia’s belting.

    Yes to both.And yeah, I hope Scotty doesn’t win because he’s the same every week and unlike Pia or James, is less likely to offer anything new.

    About Lauren’s tears- I think she’ll toughen up. I remember Archie sobbing into Luke Menard’s shoulder the night his friend Alexandrea Lushington was eliminated in the semi’s. He made it to Top 2.

  • standtotheright

    If you fav is gone, he’s a natural choice, and the only non-polarizing one left.

    In what universe is Casey Abrams non-polarizing? He got the joke contestant edit on Fallon, his performance of SLTS was widely criticized, and a lot of people (not that I agree with them) found his reaction to the save off-putting, if not disingenuous. I think he could improve and “justify” the save by staying on a few more weeks, but I think he’d get the same reaction that Michael Lynche did if he seemed to be close to taking the title.

    I actually think all of the contestants this year are polarizing to a degree, even if it’s that they are polarizing based on one’s standards for what’s considered dull and safe. Heh.

  • Trina

    If you look at the feedback James gets on Twitter I think the problem is he might be thinking people WANT him to keep rocking out like he does. The other night especially people were spazzing and telling him how amazing the whole performance was. I rarely see people saying hey “can you just sit and sing a song?” Heh. I think he’s shown glimpses of how he can be more diverse when he wants to, not to mention considering he’s had read roles in musicals like West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, etc..I’m sure he can do more than rawk.

    ETA: how is Casey non-polarizing and a natural choice for voters to turn to when their fave leaves? For every person that loves he was saved there are ones who hate the save was used on him. If/when James leaves my votes will go to Lauren or Pia.

  • Nina1

    Am I the only person who thinks it possible for Pia to be voted off, in the top four or three maybe? She seems, well, personality impaired and musically boring.

  • Marie Ruffin

    @Ross – I think you have it wrong. They just started splitting the 24 contestants into 12 girls, 12 boys. Before it was who was the best singers, no matter the number. And they split it because they felt they didn’t have enough of a pool of men in the finals — the finals being 10.
    To me it should be who is the best, whether it’s 20 girls and 4 boys or vice versa.

    Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Mel1

    I think the problem is he might be thinking people WANT him to keep rocking out like he does.

    Even Tyler told him to not go pop. What is that telling James? However, I do think James actually has a nice enough voice to go softer and sing a tender ballad. Can you imagine Gene Simmons singing a soft ballad?

  • Valentin432

    @Ross – I think you have it wrong. They just started splitting the 24 contestants into 12 girls, 12 boys. Before it was who was the best singers, no matter the number. And they split it because they felt they didn’t have enough of a pool of men in the finals — the finals being 10.

    There’s almost always a way in all the reality singing competition to get some gender parity in the finals.

    Even the semifinals are not split by gender (season 1, 2, 3 and 8), there’s a wildcard that allows the judges to even the field (or in season 8, they advanced the male and female vote getter).

    American Idol Season 3 was an outlier not only on AI but on any season of these types of shows (Idol, X Factor, Star Academy, etc.)
    If you go back to selecting finalist independent of gender, things will be screwed even faster as the girls are picked apart sooner.

  • ri

    Am I the only person who thinks it possible for Pia to be voted off, in the top four or three maybe? She seems, well, personality impaired and musically boring.

    nope. you’re not the only one.

  • Reflections On Life
    Am I the only person who thinks it possible for Pia to be voted off, in the top four or three maybe? She seems, well, personality impaired and musically boring.

    nope. you’re not the only one.

    ITA. At top 4 and thereafter, it’s anyone’s game, and game theory often applies. If all her performances sound the same, she could become polarizing, and that could work against her. If she has a so-so night and the other have good ones, she could be out (see: Daughtry, Chris or Iraheta, Alison). If she has an excellent night and the others have so-so nights, she could be out as their fanbases vote to keep them in, assuming Pia is safe (see: Doolittle, Melinda). What’d be interesting is that top6 is often a shock boot (see: Magnus, Siobhan and Hudson, Jennifer). Will Pia be the same shock boot at T6?

  • ri

    btw, MJ, thanks for the link to the NY Mag article. Paul F. Tompkins’ recaps are just HILARIOUS!!

  • colette

    boys v. girls question:

    I think there’s a HUGE double standard.

    Everyone of these gals had to be the “whole package” — thin, pretty in a certain way (except there was an exotic slot for Naima), with a big ol’ voice that aimed for the Whitney notes (I’m generalizing a bit, but you get the picture)

    So we lost some of the really gifted girls from the auditions who were heavier, more unusual, less “packaged” — including the other wonderful Lauren from New Orleans, who was a much better blues belter than Haley.

    Meanwhile, the guys get to be gay as the ’90s, quirky looking, bearded and shaggy, Mohawked — whatevah.

    Ruben could win: can you imagine a big gal winning too?

    I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with being lovely and glamorous girl-wise. fine and dandy. but all that can be helped by a makeover. and the main thing is the talent, which I think is being at least subliminally (or consciously) dismissed in favor of a certain femme image….

  • Valentin432

    What’d be interesting is that top6 is often a shock boot (see: Magnus, Siobhan and Hudson, Jennifer). Will Pia be the same shock boot at T6?

    Small correction: JHud was eliminated 7th not 6th.

  • Miss Chaos

    What’d be interesting is that top6 is often a shock boot (see: Magnus, Siobhan and Hudson, Jennifer). Will Pia be the same shock boot at T6?

    I hope so, so I dont have to look at her boring self, singing (to me) boring songs. I really dont like looking at her. And to me it wouldnt be a shock, just see~~~ ya good bye. Maybe Foster can pick her up and she can sing some more boring songs that he gives her. Maybe she will lift a leg a little next week ROTFL!!!
    I am hoping for a strange Top 4, but here it is,
    Haley, Scotty, Casey, and James. Maybe Lauren in the 5th, and I cant believe I said that!!!!!

  • darksiam

    Am I the only person who thinks it possible for Pia to be voted off, in the top four or three maybe? She seems, well, personality impaired and musically boring.

    I certainly hope it’s possible. And yes, ‘personality impaired’ is a nice way of describing whatever’s going on (or, in fact, whatever’s not going on) with Pia. And let’s be honest, there’s a lot that’s not going on with Pia.

  • KNA

    I certainly hope it’s possible. And yes, ‘personality impaired’ is a nice way of describing whatever’s going on (or, in fact, whatever’s not going on) with Pia. And let’s be honest, there’s a lot that’s not going on with Pia.

    Aside from the fact that she has one of the best voices in the competition? The personality issue? – that was often said about Carrie Underwood. Will AI history repeat itself?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Aside from the fact that she has one of the best voices in the competition? The personality issue? – that was often said about Carrie Underwood. Will AI history repeat itself?

    The difference being at this point in the competition Carrie had already showed some diversity. Piece of My Heart and Alone come to mind. Pia is more like Kat McPhee.

    I see the potential. Just waiting for it to materialize.

  • Willis

    I think Pia’s playing the Idol game wisely so far. The best thing for her to do is say ‘thanks’ and smile, for now that is. People get real critical of the Idols personalities when they start talking more, so don’t give them anything to judge in the early rounds. Just your voice. I bet she knows this.

    I can think of a few contestants where their stock went down the more they talked, or rambled in Siobhan’s case. Those who got angry at critiques or argued usually didn’t last much longer.

    Lee was smart about this too. He never really said anything negative, or much at all. I think that was his real edge on Crystal. Crystal gave you sides you may not like. Lee only gave you one side.

  • halo9125

    I think the thing with Lauren is that it just does not bode well for the future.

    The problem with Lauren is simple- she can’t handle any source of adversity. She falls apart during eliminations, her eyes glaze over at the slightest bit of criticism- I don’t think she has the emotional fortitude to hang on til the end of the competition, regardless of her talent. The pressure is going to get more intense as the weeks go on, and I’m not convinced that she can handle it.