‘American Idol’ on the scene for Top 5 performance night: The details on Jennifer Lopez’s hot-hot-hot (and hidden) heels!

• Jacob Backlash: Sadly, the crowd seemed averse to Jacob from the get-go inside the Idoldome. Ladies around me in the audience were complaining about everything from his attitude to his singing chops well before he even started singing Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks’ hit “No Air.” His choice to sing both parts of the duet, too, didn’t help lighten up the mood around me any, but I could have just been somehow sitting in the Anti-Jacob Area.

• James’ Cougar Contingent?: During James Durbin’s tear-filled performance of Badfinger’s oft-covered “Without You,” two older-looking ladies in the row in front of me tried to start the whole swaybot thing up in the rafters to no success at all. And a question popped into my mind for the first time: Does James have a big cougar-type voting block? These extremely mature ladies were extremely into him.

EW

More recaps after the JUMP…

Live at American Idol: Is Jacob in It to Win It or Lost in Translation?

Being on American Idol is no walk in the park, and it seems that the pressure is getting to Jacob. When cameras are rolling Jacob has a big smile on his face, but prior to his first performance, he sat with a glum look while wardrobe de-linted his jacket and Ryan Seacrest prepped him for the opening of his segment.

While Jacob’s studio video packages played, he seemed nervous. He was pacing back and forth, not looking at anyone or anything. It was a stark contrast to the easy confidence James and Scotty display week after week as if to say, Hey, this Idol thing is no big deal! We got the impression that Jacob has pretty much given up on the competition, and tonight was his last attempt to garner votes from fans committed to more popular contestants.

Read more at EOnline

American Idol Recap: ‘Rising’ and Shining

At the end of American Idol‘s Top 5 performance show, I wasn’t sure whether I should pick up my phone to text-message votes on behalf of Haley Reinhart or use it to dial 911. On one hand, I wanted to reward Haley for getting up on the Idol stage and delivering the single best musical moment of Season 10 — and a second performance that would probably rank only a few slots behind. Conversely, though, I had just witnessed the judges’ panel committing criminal acts of foolery, vandalism, and perjury — and I wanted them hurled headlong into Reality TV Prison to rot indefinitely alongside disgraced former cast members of Joe Millionaire, Flavor of Love, Real World-Road Rules Challenge.

TV Line

‘American Idol’ recap: In It to Spin It

“One thing is certain. This is American Idol.” Oh cool, thanks Ryan. That is so good to know. Do you know who will win, too? “Who is it gonna be? One of ‘em, that’s for sure.” Wow, so helpful this week. He wants it, readers, he wants it. RYAN IS IN IT TO WIN IT TONIGHT.

For “Now & Then Night,” the top 5 sang one tune from the last few years and one from “back in the day,” with an assist from guest mentor and former Michael Jackson backup singer Sheryl Crow. “Everybody on this show is amazing,” someone told Sheryl to say, “but the cold hard truth is somebody’s going home.” Could it be the guy in the baseball cap with a huge skull on it who’s trying to eat her alive? Nope.

EW

Guest Blogger and ‘American Idol’ Alum Constantine Maroulis: ‘James Will Win’

There has been so much hype this year for American Idol and I think it’s well deserved. Nigel Lythgoe is back and he is a slayer, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are smashing it and the rest of the crew are doing their part – rock and roll, holdin’ it down.

The show’s production always improves year-to-year, which is pretty great, but this season, the camera work and quality is next level. Megan Michaels and the other producers kick so much butt and Miles Siggins is an amazing stylist. I can go on and on…

As for the contestants? They’re great. The best ever? Hmmm… moving right along.

THR

‘American Idol’ Recap: Will Lady Gaga Lead Haley to Victory… or Home?

This week also saw our Idols — notably Haley Reinhart — taking big risks. Some worked, others didn’t (like that flower in Jennifer’s hair — first time I despised the ’do all season), and it was all served with a nice chianti, some fava beans, and Anthony Hopkins in the audience. Also in the house: Kelly Preston and her daughter, Idol season 6 alum Lakisha Jones, and Dax Shepard and Dane Cook, who were big James Durbin fans, according to Idol Worship’s Shirley Halperin, who was in the studio.

THR

American Idol: Everyone’s In It to Win It

Last night on American Idol there was crying, drama, and obvious producer machinations. There was Randy giving a pep talk to the contestants that fell way short of, say, the Gipper speech (“Who of you is gonna take it? I wanna see, we wanna see, and America wants to know. Now’s the time to do it.”), then telling pretty much every contestant that they were “in it to win it.” There was a declaration that this week’s designated Jimmy Iovine assistant Sheryl Crow was “music royalty,” which, oh, hasn’t music had a crappy enough decade, American Idol? There was Jennifer Lopez in a high-necked blouse and pulled-back hair, a getup that made cutaways to her during the contestants’ performances look extra schoolmarmish. (It was pretty funny, actually, especially when at one point Ryan said that the audience could see how she felt “on your face.” Not necessarily in a good way!)

Popdust

‘American Idol’ 2011: Haley shines but judges still say James has won

As befits the occasion, the three judges are already seated when the show opens – none of “Idol’s” infamous nine-minute overruns this season! But this makes it hard to see what they’re wearing. Randy Jackson may have gone Italian, in a black tee shirt and silk jacket –Randissimo! Jennifer Lopez wears a demure white top and has a small white bouquet planted in one ear, in an apparent homage Kate Middleton, Steven Tyler has on a shiny red jacket jauntily thrown open with a white boutoniere on the lapel, like a British guardsman after the royal bachelor party. We sense a theme – or at least two thirds of one.

Washington Post

2 songs means 2 chances to screw up on ‘Idol’

Each of the five remaining “American Idol” finalists sang twice on Wednesday night, and both Jacob Lusk and Haley Reinhart had particular reason to be grateful for that built-in second chance.

Both made curious choices in their initial effort. Lusk picked the Jordin Sparks-Chris Brown “No Air” duet and elected to sing both parts. It sounded very strange, and even Steven Tyler didn’t offer his usual 100 percent praise, saying he’s still waiting for Lusk to find his niche. It’s one of the rare times the judges seemed to be stepping back and wondering what kind of single Lusk might release if he won — but a “No Air” remake would definitely not be it.

MSNBC

Sad Love Songs + Aural Malarkey: American Idol 10 Top 5 Go Classic & Contemporary

Who is in it to win it? Sigh…we’re already down to 5? Where has this season gone? Tonight on American Idol, the remaining five contestants will do two songs — one from the 1960s and one from the present. Sheryl Crow is helping Jimmy Iovine out and she seems actually…involved in the process. I kind of like Sheryl Crow. She’s from Missouri and she keeps looking better as she ages. She also has stuff about recycling on her tour riders. Plus she sang My Favorite Mistake. Not a bad woman to have around.

Top Idol

Top 5 Recap- Are You In It To Win It?

James Durbin chooses a song by tool Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds to Mars. He wears a shirt that says “give metal a chance” and anyone who likes heavy metal music at home… isn’t watching this show right now so they don’t care. He needs to stop trying to show off his flabby arms, or at least start working out. Dude, sleeves. The song is completely tuneless and a terrible choice. James seems to know this as he goes through the motions and acts like he’s just rehearsing the song rather than performing it on a stage. His commitment to vocals is equally tentative as he barely sticks to the correct key. It’s easily one of his worst performances ever, yet Randy remarks how James is “in it to win it.” Steven says James works the audience like a pro. Now hopefully James will work his arms like a pro because I can’t take seeing those sagging sausages any longer. Hopefully viewers get apathetic and forget about James by the time the show is over.

VFTW

“5 Finalists Compete”

This week, the contestants each sang two songs: a contemporary tune and then something from the ‘60s or ‘70s, which for some reason always ended up being a ballad. Sheryl Crow coached the contestants tonight. Based on her song catalog and experience, she’s one of those people who seems like she should have been a mentor by now if she hasn’t. She was actually a good mentor, obviously a fan of the show, who sang with the contestants more than maybe other adviser.

AV Club

American Idol: No Judging, Please, We’re Only Being Paid Gobs Of Money To Do So

Hey, remember when enough people would get voted off American Idol and the show would go down to a much saner 60-minute running time? That was nice. Now, with only five people left, we still get a 90-minute show, with all the contestants singing twice. Maybe Fox is just determined to make Breaking In happen. Whatever the case, everyone sang a newer song and an older one, and Sheryl Crow showed up to sit next to Jimmy Iovine and help say stuff. This made me wonder: Does Sheryl Crow have a greatest hits album? After Googling, yup! She does! And I am going to illegally download the shit out of it! “Everyday Is a Winding Road”? That song is the shit.

Village Voice

 
  • musicality

    Why oh why are VFTW and Top Idol included each week? They are irrelevant. You might as well include my 12 year old cousin’s point of view too.

  • Hazehel

    I think Slezak’s deranged fan ranting is becoming intolerable, don’t think I can stand visiting his site again. Ignoring the blatant pimping of Haley by Nigel just so that he can construct the poor girl hard done by Idol is just too much to take.

  • gangreen29

    Ignoring the blatant pimping of Haley by Nigel just so that he can construct the poor girl hard done by Idol is just too much to take.

    Agreed.

  • luvmy5guys

    a cougar contingent for James? seriously? wow… OK I am 40 and will admit to impure thoughts concerning both David Cook and Adam Lambert.. but they are older than James… I adore James and find him talented and endearing..but he is WAY too young for any cougar action… what is he 21? he looks about 18 sometimes and he is still a kid… I will admit to cheering for him (and Haley) and enjoying his voice but finding him hot (at that age?)? noooo

  • chicksineggz

    LOL, Slezak went a bit overboard on the Haley love. But whatever, he does this every season with his favorite. And I personally love reading the VFTW reviews. xD People take that site way too seriously. I think VFTW has some of the biggest Idol fans.

    Can’t forget Jim Cantiello’s review!
    http://newsroom.mtv.com/2011/05/05/american-idol-recap-haley-reinharts-sun-also-rises/

  • Miss Blue

    Pimping of Haley? When did that happen? I’ve watched every minute of every show, and I certainly never saw/heard that happen.

    Could you possibly mean a standing O for an outstanding performance? Gee, never considered that pimping. Or could it be getting the last spot, whilst the judges proceed to negate that fact by criticizing everything but her hair?

    Haley is the only contestant that has been criticized every single week, since the beginning of the show. Every week. Plus, I have no idea if she has parents, ever had a job, or anything else remotely resembling a back story.

    Pimping? I think not.

  • dflowers

    I find Slezak’s recaps highly entertaining and LULZY.

  • Mel1

    ALL the idols have cougar fans because that is AI’s demo. Didn’t David have a group called “Cook’s Cougars”? I bet Scotty has grandmother fans.

  • Hazehel

    Pimping of Haley? When did that happen?

    I guess you never heard of the pimp spot.

    Or could it be getting the last spot, whilst the judges proceed to negate that fact by criticizing everything but her hair?

    Is it standing ovation or criticizing everything but her hair? Make your mind up.

  • Mel1

    I think Haley gets the pimp spot because of her great performances. I can’t see Scotty’s boring performance closing the show, but he gets unwarranted accolades anyway, so he doesn’t need the pimp spot.

  • Lisa

    Ah hell, I completely forgot about VFTW this year. I now get why Jacob is still here. I found the secret voters LOL………….shit

    LOL on their review of last night.

  • glamertitis

    Why do they keep dressing Lauren in long gowns like she is 40 or at a Miss America competition? She should be dressed to reflect she is 16. Her stylists should be fired.

  • wjmtv

    Going last is enough “pimping” to override the tongue-lashing Haley consistently gets from the judges? I don’t know about that.

    I didn’t watch last night (when Casey went, so did I) but I’ll check out the Toobs of her two performances since they appear to be the only ones worth watching.

    Lauren’s performances may have been good, but I agree with Slezak: she just doesn’t sell the emotion, and she’s in trouble if she’s targeting the genre everyone assumes she is…country is some of the most emotional music out there.

    And I really really wish she’d stop allowing them to dress her like a televangelist’s wife. That blue & white dress is just awful.

  • chicksineggz

    Ah hell, I completely forgot about VFTW this year. I now get why Jacob is still here. I found the secret voters LOL………….shit

    Actually, this is the first week VFTW is even voting for Jacob. They voted for Paul, and then Casey.

  • hooch

    It seems like every recapper is buying this whole poor little Haley meme (which sees her get the pimp spot every other week) and ignores the fact that she looks stoned and unconnected every time she sings. I kinda like Haley but I hope Dial Idol has it right and she goes home tonight just to get some better write-ups from people I usually like.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Why do they keep dressing Lauren in long gowns like she is 40 or at a Miss America competition? She should be dressed to reflect she is 16. Her stylists should be fired.

    I think that it will be hard to “fire” her mother. lol

  • sma11ie

    LOL, Slezak went a bit overboard on the Haley love. But whatever, he does this every season with his favorite.

    Exactly. He does this every year. Kudos to him for finding something to be passionate about every year. I sure haven’t in the last two years, but I enjoy reading his recaps because he does. I like reading Idol superfans more than journalists who know nothing about Idol, and like to make fun of Idol just because they’re pissed they got assigned the Idol beat.

  • Lisa

    Actually, this is the first week VFTW is even voting for Jacob. They voted for Paul, and then Casey.

    Then double ugh, means he might stay after those two god awful performances. Then again, James had major suckage too last night, but doubt he will be in bottom.

  • SpenserJ

    Why do they keep dressing Lauren in long gowns like she is 40 or at a Miss America competition? She should be dressed to reflect she is 16. Her stylists should be fired.

    Ugh. I know. Also, if they could please remove some of that make-up, so we could see her pretty face, I’d appreciate it.

  • zzatrms

    Lauren looks the best in the random candid shots away from the stage with her hair straight and just a little makeup.

    Makeup is supposed to enhance, not hide you.

  • CindyM
  • Mtlfan

    VFTW review was amusing.

    I agree with others that Lauren has such a pretty face that she doesn’t need that much make-up

  • muzikghetto

    I think Slezak’s deranged fan ranting is becoming intolerable, don’t think I can stand visiting his site again.

    That’s nothin’ new coming from that retard. But if you are actually on the same boat he can really make your heart bloat.

  • muzikghetto

    a cougar contingent for James? seriously? wow… OK I am 40 and will admit to impure thoughts concerning both David Cook and Adam Lambert.. but they are older than James… I adore James and find him talented and endearing..but he is WAY too young for any cougar action… what is he 21? he looks about 18 sometimes and he is still a kid… I will admit to cheering for him (and Haley) and enjoying his voice but finding him hot (at that age?)? noooo

    Absolutely right especially when you know his condition. He is now 22 and I agree with you that he looks even younger than 19 at times. Maybe they are referring to mountain lions and not the cougars. IDK.

  • muzikghetto

    Pimping of Haley? When did that happen? I’ve watched every minute of every show, and I certainly never saw/heard that happen.

    Having the most often PIMP SPOT is good enough to be considered pimping. It really doesn’t matter if she is criticized or not. A pimp spot is always a pimp spot!

  • SpenserJ

    LOL CindyM, that NY Mag recap is all-around hilarious.

  • standtotheright

    Having the most often PIMP SPOT is good enough to be considered pimping.

    But she hasn’t had it the “most often”: she’s in a tie with Lusk and Durbin, both of whom had a final solo spot and the final duet on Carole King night.

  • CindyM

    LOL, another funny recap. This time from Gawker:

    http://gawker.com/#!5798934/american-idol-the-haley-conspiracy

  • Tess

    I just don’t get the Haley love. Her claim to fame is that she growls her way through every song at the top of her lungs with no finesse and most of the time she looses the melody along the way. She’d make a great jazz club singer…but a recording artist? I think over the weeks she has sung in the same style with the same quirky affections over and over again. She’s just not my cup of tea and, just like Pia, I cannot understand how the AI media is championing her, at all. Jordin and Carrie and Fantasia and Kelly just put her to shame.

  • SpenserJ

    I just don’t get the Haley love. Her claim to fame is that she growls her way through every song at the top of her lungs with no finesse and most of the time she looses the melody along the way.

    I probably like her, because I see things a wee bit differently than you do. I hear a ton of finesse and some pretty impressive key changes. Mostly for me, I just dig the tone of her voice (clearly, mileage does vary).

    And, I think out of all of the Top 13 contestants, her recordings are the most consitently good. I very much enjoy her recorded voice.

    Plus, the girl’s got spunk.

    Those are my own personal reasons. I can’t speak for why anyone else might like her.

    CindyM, I’m not even sure I can finish that Gawker article – I’m laughing so hard. Holy crap that’s hilarious.

  • muzikghetto

    IDK but how the fans vouch for their favourites this season reminds me a lot of Season 8, i.e., Matt-Jacob, Danny-Haley, Allison-Lauren, Adam-James and Kris-Scotty. And the media also treats them the same way. Maybe it’s just me laughing out loud.

  • Reflections On Life

    IDK but how the fans vouch for their favourites this season reminds me a lot of Season 8, i.e., Matt-Jacob, Danny-Haley, Allison-Lauren, Adam-James and Kris-Scotty.

    Haley is getting more of the Kris Allen edit – “good job, you’ve earned your spot, you’re lucky to be here” despite turning in week after week stellar performances.

    Here’s how I see the media treating them:
    Matt-Jacob, Danny-Lauren, Allison-Scotty, Adam-James and Kris-Haley.

  • YeahRight

    Tess says:
    I just don’t get the Haley love. Her claim to fame is that she growls her way through every song at the top of her lungs with no finesse and most of the time she looses the melody along the way. She’d make a great jazz club singer…but a recording artist? I think over the weeks she has sung in the same style with the same quirky affections over and over again. She’s just not my cup of tea and, just like Pia, I cannot understand how the AI media is championing her, at all. Jordin and Carrie and Fantasia and Kelly just put her to shame.

    This. I do not get anything about that girl. Why people like her; why people think she’s being bussed when it looks like she’s totally pimped; why the AI media is championing her. Nothing. I do not get anything.

  • Nina1

    Paul Tomkins NY Magazine review was absolutely hilarious! And right on point.

    ETA: And Gawker,too. Thanks, Cindy M! The show is almost worth watching for the reviews. Almost.

  • Keel

    Paul Tomkins NY Magazine review was absolutely hilarious! And right on point.

    He always is.

    After a good old-fashioned parking-lot cry, James gets it together and performs. . . . It really doesn’t sound good. The crowd predictably cheers when he gets to the yelly part, but even that’s not good. What?! Yelling is James’s shrill bread and loud butter!

    I so agree with this. He was crappy in the verses (as he usually is) and then was still crappy in chorus (which he usually at least semi-hits some of the notes — and often with glory notes to distract from the previous mediocrity). But this time around, he was bad all the way through.

    [T]hat was a bad performance. This is a singing contest, not a crying competition. James explains he is sad because he misses his family. James. Hey. James. Let me all-caps you something: YOU ARE NOT IN AFGHANISTAN. YOU ARE NOT TAKING FIRE A MILLION MILES FROM HOME. YOU ARE IN A SINGING CONTEST THAT YOU ENTERED VOLUNTARILY AS, BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION, YOUR FAMILY STRUGGLES TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

    Between commercials we are treated to more of James crying, talking about his sacrifices, and how they are all to give his family a better life. Does he not know how the music business works? Does he think he will just do concerts at home, in the backyard? This is what it’s going to be like most of the time if you make music your job. Stop crying for yourself and start crying for your family. I’m sick of this dude.

    I’m not sick of the dude as PFT is, but seriously, quit with making this all about you and your noble sacrifices and open your eyes about the business you’re selling your soul to get into. I’m sure he’ll be the first one to go on a twitter rant the moment he gets signed and the label quits kissing his ass and tells him to get to work singing the songs they have picked for him.

  • musicality

    LOL, another funny recap. This time from Gawker:

    http://gawker.com/#!5798934/american-idol-the-haley-conspiracy

    This one is hysterical! I have to agree with it too :)

  • koshka

    I’m not sick of the dude as PFT is, but seriously, quit with making this all about you and your noble sacrifices and open your eyes about the business you’re selling your soul to get into. I’m sure he’ll be the first one to go on a twitter rant the moment he gets signed and the label quits kissing his ass and tells him to get to work singing the songs they have picked for him

    Sad but probably true. He and the rest of them have an eye opener coming. It happens every year. This year in particular I think they’ve nurtured some really big egos.