American Idol 10 Top 12 Guys Recap Roundup

‘American Idol’: Steven Tyler’s ‘F’ bombs, and why Jordan Dorsey sang Usher’s ‘OMG,’ on the scene for the Top 12 guys

Oh, Idoldome, I missed you too. I wasn’t sure I would. As I headed toward American Idol‘s sound stage at Los Angeles’ CBS Television City, I was thinking about all the other places I’d rather be on this particular cold, rainy night. But my attempts to be depressed about attending another season of Idol were futile as soon as I stepped inside the sound stage, walked past the judges’ makeup chairs, and took my seat in the newly redesigned Idoldome. Franz Ferdinand’s “This Fire” was blasting out of the speakers, stagehands were running around making minor adjustments to the slick set and collecting gum from the audience members, and the guy sitting next to me had driven six hours from San Jose just to be here. And then I remembered Idol‘s appeal: It’s pretty darn cathartic to forget the rest of the world for a couple of hours, and hear talented young musicians belt out some catchy tunes. And, boy, can these boys do just that.

Entertainment Weekly

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Guys Offer A Promising Start, But It’s Still All About Steven Tyler

Season 10’s first show with a studio audience isn’t exactly live. To work out the Top 24 kinks a little while before the Top 12 (or is it 13? Or maybe 15?) kicks into gear, the producers tape these early episodes without the usual time constraints or production pressures. There’s still a schedule to keep, but it’s not as unwavering as next week’s episodes, when the competition really gets going.

Hollywood Reporter

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More Recaps after the JUMP…

American Idol Recap: Let’s Get Critical

Twelve shipwrecked guys are treading water amid a swarm of ravenous sharks, when suddenly, a luxury yacht pulls up alongside them. “Darling, your bathing suits are divine!” exclaims a glamorous actress, peering down from the deck. “Dude, your backstroke is bitchin’!” says the rock star alongside her. “Way to throw caution to the wind and do your thing, dawgs!” says their pal the music producer, sipping from a tall Coca-Cola glass. Welcome to the American Idol season 10 men’s semifinal — life boats not included!

TV Line

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‘American Idol’ recap: 12 Rangy Men

Ryan Seacrest stood patiently in a brand new galaxy, dwarfed by possibility, surrounded by stars. He strode confidently forward to find himself flanked by six stoic men on each side. Aliens? Not so fast. Ryan grew taller, rising in rank, until the real rulers of the planet emerged: two sassy runway models and Randy Jackson, with their leather and lace and empty offerings of peace. These were the real aliens, the ones with the power and the earrings. And “THIS! is American Idol.” It’s your top 12 guys, America. Everyone clap for how pretty J. Lo is!

EW

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 men: James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk should be safe

It’s here! The moment has arrived! Finally we are going to see the “American Idol” contestants perform (pretty much) live and we get to start voting. Who ya got?

J.Lo is looking very chic for her first live show. Steven looks like he just stepped out of an Aerosmith concert next door and popped over to judge. Randy is the Man in Black.

Zap2it

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Men: Jacob Lusk And Casey Abrams Soar

By the time the top 12 men on “American Idol” make it to the big stage, it’s usually pretty easy to tell who is in it to win it and who will be going home after one week in the IdolDome.

And Tuesday night (March 1) was no exception, with some of this season’s standouts proving again that they have their eye on the prize. While Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk soared, James Durbin brought the rock thunder and Scotty McCreery did his country thing, dawg.

MTV

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‘American Idol’: ‘Top 12 Boys Perform’ Recap

Leave it to the boys to give us an ‘American Idol’ evening that ran the gamut from Usher to Sarah McLachlan to Judas Priest.

All eyes (and ears) were waiting for Casey Abrams, direct from the Cedars-Sinai Hospital emergency room, to close out the night … but first we had to sit through the11 other guys hoping to make this the fourth year in a row a dude is crowned the ‘American Idol.’

TV Squad

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‘American Idol’ Semifinals, Pt. 1: Twelve Awesome Men

On Tuesday the top 12 “American Idol” boys performed in what was possibly the most competitive semifinals episode in the series’ history. Usually at this early stage in the game, it’s positively painful, but this season? Not so much. There was only one performance that was truly awful–Jordan Dorsey’s–but even that took place under unusual, somewhat scandalous circumstances. Read on for more on that, since I was in the studio at this show’s taping, and there was plenty the TV audience DIDN’T see Tuesday night.

Reality Rocks

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Guys Offer Promising Start

Season 10′s first show with a studio audience isn’t exactly live. To work out the Top 24 kinks a little while before the Top 12 (or is it 13? Or maybe 15?) kicks into gear, the producers tape these early episodes without the usual time constraints or production pressures. There’s still a schedule to keep, but it’s not as unwavering as next week’s episodes, when the competition really gets going.

Billboard

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‘American Idol’: Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams Lead Favorites On Boys Night

As happens at this stage, the real talent was showcased, the rest were exposed as pleasant-voiced wannabes way out of their league. The producers certainly indicated their own prejudices with the way they programmed the show, starting off with long shots Gamboa and Barreto, before building to the final threesome of McDonald, Lusk and a set-closing Abrams, who once more stole the show with an incendiary version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” that earned one of the evening’s two standing ovations from the crowd. The other was from rock & roll belter Durbin’s wild take on Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Comin.’”

Fancast

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‘American Idol’: Casey Abrams And 11 Other Guys Perform

At this point in the competition, we wouldn’t be surprised to find some tone-deaf or totally out of place singers sneak into American Idol’s Top 24 – but surprisingly, during last night’s Top 12 Guys performance night, the biggest fault we could find with any of the menfolk was being unmemorable rather than off-key. Find out who failed to impress and who blew us away (if you haven’t already figured out from the headline of this post) below!

Idolator

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Iffy singing? So what? ‘Idol’ judges love the guys

There’s only one semifinal round of “American Idol” this season, and the field of 24 will be cut to 13 following Thursday’s results show. Only five men are guaranteed spots in that group, which is terrible news for the judges, since they loved pretty much everyone.

Well, almost everyone. They weren’t crazy about Jordan Dorsey’s decision to sing Usher, so he’s in big trouble. He was the only singer to get feedback that was truly negative.

MSNBC

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Idol Watch: My Top Five Guys (Or So)

American Idol entered the semifinals last night, as the twelve remaining guys battled for five (non-wild-card) spots in the final and the new judging panel strutted its stuff for a primetime voting audience for the first time this season. After the jump, my top five picks (based only on last night’s performances) and one wild card—plus some snap judgment of the judges:

Time

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‘American Idol’: The Top 12 Guys

On Tuesday night’s semifinal round show, which featured the season’s top 12 male contestants, audition-round favorites were exposed as scammers, charlatans and fools. This season’s conceit, in which the show appeared to be focusing on skilled contestants over punchline-ready singers, felt like a bait-and-switch. Here was a lineup of the middling, revealed as such: the blank optimism of Stefano Langone, the kooky chirping of Paul McDonald, the hair shield of Brett Loewenstern. Just last week, they were singers; now, they were set up to be collateral damage.

NY Times

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‘American Idol’ Season 10, Top 12 Guys Perform: TV Recap

Ryan Seacrest introduced the 360 degree stage and Steven Tyler got his own little bleep popsicle and with that, “American Idol” was put into the hands of voters as the show went live.

Twelve guys tonight, twelve girls tomorrow night and then your votes pare down the numbers.

Read more at WSJ

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Guys perform

The guys sing for viewer votes for the first time Tuesday night on “American Idol.”
Clint “June Bug” Gamboa kicks things off. And, though the show’s been around for years, the producers still have not figured out how to keep the band and backup singers from drowning out the competitors we’re trying to hear. But June Bug puts up a good fight. What with his teeth, and those glasses, and his oversize red shoes, he looks like Bugs Bunny’s smarter brother, which is not who you expect to see singing “Superstition” on “Idol.” The judges like it. “No karaoke singer in the world has got that kind of vocal talent,” raves Randy Jackson.

Washington Post

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Top 24 Guys Recap: No More Shityard For Us!

Well, the guys tonight were a treasure trove of VFTW goodness. Our pick, Brett Loewenstern, certainly didn’t disappoint, but really almost all of the guys were horrendous. If I had cast the show, I’d have done it a bit differently… but not that differently. These guys are almost all train wrecks and over the top goof offs. Hooray to Nigel Lythgoe for finally getting it right! So let’s take a trip to American Idol Season 10 Male Semifinal land where honey’s got a booty like pow pow pow, hair whipping lights my fire, and seizing like you’re dying puts a spell on me.

Vote For The Worst

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‘American Idol’ Recap

American Idol is finally ready to move on from the craziness of the auditions and the drama and tears of Hollywood and just get down to business. Last night the performances of the top 24 began with the top 12 boys. Some favorites disappointed us while some quiet ones came out of the shadows and blew us away.

OK

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Why does Randy make sense: American Idol 10 Top 12 Guys

Was that the first time Ryan Seacrest ever screwed up the words on his teleprompter? That’s kind of sad, considering this stuff was taped on Friday. Way to keep the illusion going, American Idol. The man IS NOT infallible. And then he says F**K. For Steven Tyler’s sake. So Steven says it, too. Oh ha ha ha. They will bleep us. Aren’t we devilish? Oh ha ha ha hearty ha ha.

Top Idol

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American Idol goes Boy Crazy

Last night’s American Idol powered through the top 12 male contestants, with the show finishing its business in 90 minutes and distractions (for the most part) kept to a minimum. The show—which Randy Jackson referred to as “the remix,” in a sorta-weird homage to Jennifer Lopez—moved along briskly thanks in large part to its being taped in advance, although Seacrest was quick to point out that the shiny new stage was also being watched by “a live studio audience.” (That’s TV code for “people watched this as it happened, but you’re not one of them.”)

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  • Kirsten

    Slezak’s TVLine recap just came up here.

    It should be required reading for all the guys. Lots of good tips they should have gotten from the judges.

  • MayMirabella

    Most of these articles talk about the top 5 as probably being: Casey, James, Jacob, Scotty, and Paul. I tend to agree. But if there is an upset where someone else takes one of these spots: whomever is left out of this list could be a wildcard. I do think it is possible that Stefano could make top 5 which I think would mean the judges would select one of those 5 being touted by most of the entertainment writers for Wildcard.

  • Tess

    These guys are almost all train wrecks and over the top goof offs.

    I have a feeling that Vote for the Worst will be totally irrelevant this year…the guys may have some “quirks” but all 12 displayed over the course of the last few weeks their ability to sing. So VFTW is going to be all about the hair tosses, and the tails, and the effeminate, and the rasp, and the y’alls….but they aren’t going to have a “bad” singer to champion. What a shame :).

  • MayMirabella

    i.e. I think there is no way the judges would let Casey,James, Jacob, and Scotty go if they are not picked by the voters to be in the top 12.

  • MayMirabella

    have a feeling that Vote for the Worst will be totally irrelevant this year

    I agree, especially with the online voting being added to text and phone voting. I think the VFTW voters will be swallowed up by true fans this year. And unlike the past few seasons where there were only a couple of standouts, most journalists are saying they think it will be highly competitive with lots of favorites and more choices and the talent more evenly spread out.

    Season 7 seemed to be about the two Davids from early on and Season 8 about the top 4 of Kradam, Danny and Allison. And Season 9 was mostly all about Crystal and Lee from early on….this season the talent does not seem more spread out and not just centered on a couple of contestants.

  • Nina1

    Everyone seems to agree on the top five. I think, no matter what happens, Scot and Jacob will have contracts. They don’t even have to go through the themes that could ruin them. They are both excellent in their genres and I would pay to see Jacob now.

    Jordan isn’t likable, but I think, given he was prodded (or forced to do OMG) he should get another chance.

  • gangreen29

    Slezak’s TVLine recap just came up here.

    It should be required reading for all the guys. Lots of good tips they should have gotten from the judges.

    Some of those “tips” are just awful. I will never understand what people see in Slezak, he just comes across as a whiny child half the time, especially if his super special pick of the season doesn’t do well.

  • Buffynut

    Kirsten:
    03/02/2011 at 10:17 am
    Slezak’s TVLine recap just came up here.

    It should be required reading for all the guys. Lots of good tips they should have gotten from the judges.

    I so agree! I don’t think there is any writer that gets it consistently more right than Slezak does. More than the contestants reading his article, I really hope the judges read it!

    ETA: Ha, ha! Funny, gangreen, we posted the exact opposite at the same time!

  • tinawina

    Most of these articles talk about the top 5 as probably being: Casey, James, Jacob, Scotty, and Paul. I tend to agree. But if there is an upset where someone else takes one of these spots: whomever is left out of this list could be a wildcard. I do think it is possible that Stefano could make top 5 which I think would mean the judges would select one of those 5 being touted by most of the entertainment writers for Wildcard.

    This is exactly how I feel. Stefano or outside chance at Robbie might spoil.

  • Tess

    Some of those “tips” are just awful. I will never understand what people see in Slezak, he just comes across as a whiny child half the time, especially if his super special pick of the season doesn’t do well.

    I don’t give Slezak any more credit than any other Idol media “blogger”. The guy has his own set of biases and they aren’t too hard to pick out.

    Also, I don’t get the “need for Criticism” meme that is so prevalant this morning. It was so good not to hear “lounge singer”, “broadway”, “cruise ship”, “your wardrobe sucks” etc. etc.
    Simon never gave construction criticism…he just cut people down to hear himself talk. God, I’m glad the man is gone.

  • Nina1

    he just cut people down to hear himself talk. God, I’m glad the man is gone.

    Or he cut people merely to be clever. It is cheap wit and I agree entirely.

  • Buffynut

    IMO, there were boring forgettable performances that the judges didn’t call out. I was never a Simon fan but I know he would not have been on the lollypops and rainbows train last night. I love Jennifer and Steven but I hope they can find a better balance between loving the performer, while still being honest about the performance.

  • springboard

    As for Slezak, he has gone down my estimations since his tantrums when his favorites don’t win or don’t do well, but he has a point about constructive criticism. It has never been the show forte though, nor Simon Cowell’s and I am not missing the repetitiveness of his cheap wit and false sincerity one bit.

  • Trina

    At this point in season 7 it wasnt really about the David’s,it was all about Archie, Michael and Carly. Jason came out of nowhere the first week of the semi’s with a lot of buzz. IMO it didnt become clear it would be David/David in the end until around Top 11 week. I dont think Kris was considered to be a huge favorite at this point either was he? I remember lots of Adam/Danny/Anoop buzz.

    As great as last night was we still have a looong way to go. And I still feel they will push hard for a female winner.

    Simon said at the end of season 7 that after Archie sang “Imagine” he didn’t think anyone had a chance in hell of beating him, until Billie Jean happened. So you never know when a “gamechanger” performance could happen..

  • Buffynut

    Trina:
    03/02/2011 at 11:44 am
    At this point in season 7 it wasnt really about the David’s,it was all about Archie, Michael and Carly

    Yes, that’s how I remember it too. Then Cook said, “Hello!” :)

  • Kirsten

    Simon never gave construction criticism…he just cut people down to hear himself talk. God, I’m glad the man is gone.

    I totally agree with you Tess. Simon’s criticisms were all about him scoring points and were sometimes dead wrong. I’m so glad he’s not there anymore.

    I do think, though, that all the guys have room for improvement. Take Brett. He didn’t realize that he hair-flicked. It gets distracting so point it out. Scott needs to know that when a camera is in your face, you should do less mugging than when you are playing to the back of the room. Jacob needed to hear from Iovine to bring it down a notch.

    I think this is the greatest bunch of top 12 guys we’ve ever had (I mean compare to the train wreck that was S6 top 12 guy’s night…yeesh), but a little constructive criticism would be useful. And it helps to show the audience how the contestants grow.

  • Kirsten

    I was never a Simon fan but I know he would not have been on the lollypops and rainbows train last night.

    Last year, on top 12 guy’s night, when all the other judges correctly panned Lee’s out of tune, lifeless performance where he pulled up his pants every other phrase, Simon went on to praise it as the best of the night. I don’t know what Simon would have done last night. I wouldn’t have been surprised if had have raved about Jordan for being a package artist and told Jacob he wasn’t ready for TV. I mean, this is the dude that was all over X-Factor this year singing the praise of that useless tone-deaf boy-band he created out of “cute boys”.

    Randy had a few missteps last night, but he was way more accurate than Simon has been lately on assessing the talent and not being blinded by “cute”.

  • Montavilla

    It’s funny to me that people are talking about missing Simon’s criticism. If it’s constructive criticism that’s needed, the judge we’re missing is Kara. I know people found her annoying, but IMO, she was the only judge who ever gave critiques based on the singing — and when she was critical, she told people what she thought they needed to do.

    And when she praised the singers, it was almost always honest praise. (I put in the qualifier “almost” because I haven’t forgotten Dream On!)

  • tinawina

    If it’s constructive criticism that’s needed, the judge we’re missing is Kara. I know people found her annoying, but IMO, she was the only judge who ever gave critiques based on the singing — and when she was critical, she told people what she thought they needed to do.

    I agree. Simon’s critiques were sometimes on point, but often he was more for the entertainment value of the mean zinger. Kara actually gave good advice though she was unlikable.

    I could see JLo being more Kara like over time. Randy was getting there too but he was more blunt like Simon.

  • claudette

    What appeals to me about the upcoming new singing reality shows is that will have “coaches” working with them. I think that is really interesting because they all need solid constructive criticism. They are new to performing with a camera right on your face or on a big stage.

    I remember even Carrie. She was nothing on Idol like she was after Idol and after help with professionals. I’d hate for someone to be voted out because you don’t like how someone walks on stage or looks into the camera. Those things can easily be coached, but talent can’t. It would make the show better to see and watch them work on all the little things that might derail real talent. I’d also like to see clips of this behind the scenes work.

  • Mark

    I don’t give Slezak any more credit than any other Idol media “blogger”. The guy has his own set of biases and they aren’t too hard to pick out.

    Duh; everyone has biases. That he so obviously owns them, as a part of an editorial, is actually commendable. Better yet, they’re all his own, and his method is consistently formulated. That makes him a good reference point and read. And while I don’t agree with all of his advice, it’s definitely a cut above the mass commentary standard. (I certainly know my limits in that regard!)

  • jpfan

    Everyone seems to agree on the top five. I think, no matter what happens, Scot and Jacob will have contracts.

    I could see Scotty getting signed but I’m not so sure about Jacob.
    He could go gospel or be the star attraction at gay pride events but I’m not exactly sure where he fits in the Pop world. Although if disco was still around, he’d make a perfect addition to the Weather Girls.

    I hated Kara but they could actually use her this year. She’d work at the perfect mean fourth judge. It’s going to be a long season with Tyler and JLo already turning into bores who don’t say anything interesting.

  • Miss Chaos

    I appreciated that the judges didnt totally get down on any contestant at this stage of the game. This week is so important to these kids, and criticism at this point isnt going to help. The public is picking their Top Ten, and they should be voting for who they like, not who the judges are or arent swaying them to vote for. It is after OUR show, and OUR AI, not Nigel, or the judges, at least I in my blind little world think should be that way, or why have us vote, the public should be well informed after 10 years on who is singing good, or not. I think the judges did a good job this week, and I did not miss scowl face Cowell, (hey that rhymes)!!!!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    i dont think last night was THAT interesting looking back on it

  • abbysee

    Jacob needed to hear from Iovine to bring it down a notch.

    Sorry to tell you that was Jacob’s bringing it down a notch. Watch.

    I could see Scotty getting signed but I’m not so sure about Jacob.

    I am not sure about Jacob and gospel, even though it’s definitely his wheelhouse, R&B, I don’t see it.

    Jlo and Steven are going to have to step it up, but I don’t want them to do it at the expense of the girls. If the guys get vaseline colored lenses out of the box, the girls have to get them too.

  • chicksineggz

    Last year, on top 12 guy’s night, when all the other judges correctly panned Lee’s out of tune, lifeless performance where he pulled up his pants every other phrase, Simon went on to praise it as the best of the night. I don’t know what Simon would have done last night. I wouldn’t have been surprised if had have raved about Jordan for being a package artist and told Jacob he wasn’t ready for TV. I mean, this is the dude that was all over X-Factor this year singing the praise of that useless tone-deaf boy-band he created out of “cute boys”.

    Randy had a few missteps last night, but he was way more accurate than Simon has been lately on assessing the talent and not being blinded by “cute”.

    OMG, THIS. This is exactly why I hated Simon. It’s not that he’s mean. He’s manipulative. You could tell all he was trying to do was get America to vote for all of the contestant he likes. And his opinion wasn’t any better than anyone else’s opinion.

    Anyways, I love reading Slezak’s recaps. I don’t always agree with him, but he sure is entertaining. And he is a great interviewer. And I don’t think MJ posted Jim Cantiello’s review yet!
    http://newsroom.mtv.com/2011/03/02/american-idol-recap-top-12-men/