American Idol 10 Top 8 Performance – Recap Roundup

‘Something Pitchy:’ Judges Ruining Show, J.Lo Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Find out what myself, Rickey Yaneza (Rickey.org) and MJ Santilli (MJ’s Big Blog) had to say about the non-judging, J.Lo’s supreme beauty and one man’s fight to save Stefano Langone on this post-Top 8 edition of AOL’s ‘American Idol’ talk show, ‘Something Pitchy!’

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‘American Idol’ on the scene for Top 8 performance show: 10 fun tidbits you didn’t see on TV

There are nights where the Idoldome feels like a bundle of nerves, as determined by the state of the wary contestants, so much so that the entire audience, by sheer proximity, feels jittery, too. And then there are nights that are completely the opposite, where the studio positively bubbles over with effervescence and confidence. Last night was blissfully the later, as the Idoldome brimmed with the power of the warblers — singing their favorite “Songs from the Movies,” led by Paul McDonald’s upbeat “Old Time Rock and Roll”

EW

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‘American Idol’ recap: Movie Wailers

The judges continued to over-praise the kiddos on Movie Night, departing from protocol just once to tell Haley Reinhart she gave off a karaoke vibe. J. Lo quickly washed away this aberration with the loofah on her dress, and all was forgotten. Meanwhile, she and Randy Jackson showed more disdain for the Idol viewing public than ever before. I’m sick of this show pretending it’s doing us this huge educational favor — as if watching eight people doing cover songs is Randy’s way of personally bestowing upon us, the unwashed masses of America, the precious gift of musical enlightenment. Dude. Yo. Randy. I know how to go to a music store. There’s one on my computer already — I don’t even have to move!

Entertainment Weekly

American Idol Recap: Reel Talk

The first signs of mutiny aboard the U.S.S. American Idol surfaced during Wednesday night’s Top 8 performance telecast, and not a moment too soon. As the Season 10 contestants tackled “Songs from the Movies,” James Durbin and Casey Abrams stood up and said “no” to Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine and his wacky cartoon sidekick, choosing instead to forge their own imperfect paths in the competition. Whether or not their singular visions were successful, or whether they’ll lead to quick exits or carry them all the way to the Nokia at the end of May is almost irrelevant at this point. Their passion — for musical self-expression; for independence from the tyranny of watered-down, test-marketed, Auto-Tuned production; for wanting to create the kind of “Idol Moment” that is always spontaneous and can never be manufactured or pre-planned — hopefully marked a turning point in a season that’s been long on talent but short on tears of joy and standing ovations from our living room couches.

TV Line

‘American Idol’ Top 8 Movie Night: Box-Office Bombs

Wednesday was Movies Night on “American Idol,” and while sadly no one did anything from Nigel Lythgoe’s 1980 cult flick The Apple and Clint Gamboa wasn’t around to reprise his soundtrack to The Room, at least no one did “I Believe I Can Fly” (oh wait, Jacob Lusk already did that this season) or Steven Tyler’s done-to-death Armageddon theme “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” And the one upside to Pia Toscano’s recent elimination was she wasn’t there to sing the inevitable “My Heart Will Go On.” But Movies Night was still way too heavy on schmaltzy balladry. Only James Durbin–who eschewed safe silver-screen fare for some righteous rock that even movie metalheads Bill & Ted of Wyld Stallyns would appreciate–put on a real show. In a night of mostly box-office bombs, Durbin was THE bomb.

Yahoo

‘American Idol’ Recap: Jennifer Lopez Doesn’t Want Any More Girls to Go Home

I think we all needed a week just to recover from the drama of Pia Toscano’s ouster. With just two girls left in the competition, it seems the only woman benefiting from Idol this season is Jennifer Lopez, People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

Of course, Jennifer doesn’t want to be the last woman standing at the Idol finale, exclaiming at one point that she didn’t want any of the girls to go home. The question is: Did the girls do enough to stay? Did either of them inherit Pia’s fans and fill the vortex of her departure?

Hollywood Reporter

‘Idols’ ignore advice and do their own thing

Jimmy Iovine had some advice for the remaining eight “American Idol” finalists on Wednesday. At this point in the competition, the mentor said, “Every performer has to do a song that makes them think, ‘This could make me win.’ ”

However, the singers did not exactly treat the advice with the reverence that the Interscope executive was likely expecting. Instead, this was a week of self indulgence for most of the performers. When faced with the song selection for movie night, they tended to go for the tunes that made them the most comfortable or spoke to their sense of themselves as artists rather than making strategic choices.

MSNBC

‘American Idol:’ The Top 8 Goes to the Movies Recap

It was “songs from the movies” night on ‘American Idol’ and who doesn’t love movies? I know I do. Except those really cheesy, predictable romantic comedies that are supposed to make you feel good when they’re really just soulless pieces of fluff with no real substance or meaning. You know, kinda like the judges’ comments tonight.

TV Squad

American Idol Thinks Everything is Just Fine

In the wake of Pia Toscano’s non-shocking elimination from American Idol last week, a frequent complaint was raised; Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler so far this season have shown nothing more than their near-uselessness as actual judges, and not as robots endlessly stuck on a loop of smoke-blowing and self-aggrandizing. (There was a period a couple of weeks back where Lopez was actually giving well-reasoned critiques, but that ended abruptly once will.i.am installed himself next to Jimmy Iovine in the permamentor’s chair for the purposes of making incoherent asides about corn and wearing sunglasses.)

Popdust

‘American Idol’ Guest Blogger Anoop Desai: Lauren, Haley, and James Topped Movie Night

As we learned during Season 8, Anoop Desai has a thing for pop music. Anoop Dog, as he was lovingly nicknamed, charmed us each week with danceable song selections and impressive vocals — before he was sadly eliminated on Disco Week with the prophetic “Dim All The Lights.”

These days, Anoop’s lights shine brightly, as the North Carolina boy, now living in Atlanta, burns the candle at both ends recording music at a furious pace. Last year, Desai released his debut album, All is Fair, which contained the single, “My Name,” co-written by Idol alum Brandon Rogers. Even though the second video, “All is Fair (Crazy Love)” was released this February, Anoop is surprising his fans with a plethora of brand new music, starting with the free download of songs from a project entitled Zero.0. It’s a collaboration with Atlanta-based musicians, writers and producers including DJ Trauma, Calvin Matthews and Sak Pase (Rihanna). In fact, one of Anoop’s songs, “OoWee,” has already been chosen by Victoria’s Secret for their “Pink Nation” campaign.

Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’: The Elite Eight Are Ready For Their Close-Ups

On a night in which “American Idol” celebrated music in the movies, the eight finalists staked their ground, with few chances taken. After last week’s stunning elimination of Pia Toscana, the survivors stuck close to what they knew best, both in song choices and performance.

Country teenagers Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alana stuck close to their roots, while sandpaper-voiced Paul McDonald went heartland with Bob Seger. Handsome crooner Stefano Langone killed his ballad, sexy siren Haley Reinhart channeled Blondie’s pop-dance and Jacob Lusk went gospel with Simon & Garfunkel, while rocker James Durbin celebrated “Heavy Metal” with the Sammy Hagar song from the animated feature of the same name, accompanied by guitarist Zakk Wylde in a furious, guitar-driven finale.

Fancast

‘American Idol’ Recap: Lauren Alaina, James Durbin Shine On Movie Night

She’s gone but not forgotten. The ghost of Pia Toscano was everywhere on Wednesday’s (April 13) “American Idol,” from an opening montage reminding viewers that “every vote counts,” to a poster in the audience that read “I miss Pia” to the mentors’ many invocations of the eliminated finalist’s name.

But Pia, alas, is gone and the show, as they say in Hollywood, must go on — in this case to Tinseltown itself. The theme was songs of the cinema, and like last week, we got a show with no bombs and a few blockbusters.

MTV

‘American Idol’: Music from the Movies

After last week’s Pia Toscano upset it is fair to say it’s anybody’s game on “American Idol.” It’s also evident the judges are weighing every word they utter, fearful they spur another upset among the final eight contestants.

Wall Street Journal

‘American Idol 2011’: Songs from the movies

It’s movie song night on “American Idol,” but the opening is pretty darn ominous – a black screen with words “Every Vote Counts. No One Is Safe.”

Cut to Obama? No! It’s Pia Toscano – last weeks’ ousted Idolette and we have to re-live that shock and horror as if the show’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe hadn’t called her boring afterwards and said she was never a frontrunner in this competition.

Washington DC

Top 8 Blog: Everyone Says “Fuck You, Jimmy”

This week the Idols choose songs from the movies. And they pick songs from the real classics like Boomerang, The Miley Cyrus Movie, and The Pursuit of Happyness. Has anyone actually seen any of these films? The judges responded to the fact that they’ve been too nice this season by being even nicer this week. But Jimmy Iovine debuted his nasty side when he gave the contestants song choices that they didn’t like. I’m enjoying nasty Jimmy way more than boring Jimmy. That’s what the record business is all about, making records for some idiot who yells at you to do something else. It looks like this group of contestants got together and said they’d all start to do whatever they want each week as a big fuck you. I love this group of contestants so much. Keep it up, everyone!

Vote For the Worst

American Idol Recap: Paul F. Tompkins on Movie Music Night

The show begins with Ryan congratulating J.Lo on being named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Obviously, I’m not going to argue with the title. But is it right to congratulate someone on something over which they have zero control? Well, I mean, she brushes her hair, I guess. But still. Genetics, right? No one congratulates me on the way I look, and I am just as helpless over that as Jennifer Lopez is. Come to think of it, we are helpless over each other’s appearances, too, so I accept Ryan’s congratulations to J.Lo. We all win.

New York Magazine

‘American Idol’ Recap: Casey Abrams, Jazz Visionary?

The popcorn is popped! The 40 lb box of Junior Mints, opened! Turn off your cell phones, make a donation to the Will Rogers Institute and shush the giggly teenager behind you, because Wednesday night was “Songs of the Cinema” on “American Idol X: No Girls Allowed!”

With Pia Toscano off gallivanting with Ellen DeGeneres and record labels (so says the rumor mill!), the top eight faced even more scrutiny than usual. From viewers, that is. We all know the judges cheerleaders would give the contestants a standing ovation even if they just belched the alphabet. Unless that contestant’s name rhymes with Paley Fineheart. (More on that later.)

MTV (Jim Cantiello)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    From Anoop’s recap:

    That said, it does seem like a different show. It’s clearly more diverse. I thought it was interesting when it was noted that there could be a jazz Idol or a heavy metal Idol, and that it doesn’t matter. If I were at 19 Entertainment or Universal, I’d be scared. The show is judging on a pop criteria, and what is going to sell records, but that’s not the message being conveyed to the audience through the judging. It’s confusing.

  • JudyL

    I don’t usually read Vote for the Worst but I did today because I so agree with their headline:
    Top 8 Blog: Everyone Says “Fuck You, Jimmy”

    I hate Jimmy and Will.i.am and have no idea how much of their participation is scripted but I think Jimmy comes off really unlikeable and can’t believe this is what he is aiming for. Good for all the kids ignoring him, Casey in his ‘Sorry but I know who I am way’ and James in his ‘I know more than ANYONE way’.

    BTW,very unfair for the show to give James a finale worthy match-up.

  • Kirkee

    Good for all the kids ignoring him, Casey in his ‘Sorry but I know who I am way’ and James in his ‘I know more than ANYONE way’.

    IMO the contestants ignoring Jimmy was just another scripted bit. This season the show is all about “the show”.

    Agree with you about James though.

  • Trina

    If it was scripted then why did poor Haley get screwed and have to go with what Iovine made her sing? He also changed James’ song Motown week except then James went along with it and sung what Jimmy wanted. He’s probably been doing it a lot and maybe now some are learning to fight back.

  • bridgette12

    Jud

    yL says:

    04/14/2011 at 10:07 am
    BTW,very unfair for the show to give James a finale worthy match-up.

    This didn’t bother me, because the show is trying to add some life to a boring theme. I think they have picked up with James where they left off with Adam two years ago. James can bring some energy to the show and do something that the rest of the Idols can’t. Truthfully I didn’t like James song selection last night, but it wasn’t another dreary, boring ballad.

  • Elliegrll

    That said, it does seem like a different show. It’s clearly more diverse. I thought it was interesting when it was noted that there could be a jazz Idol or a heavy metal Idol, and that it doesn’t matter. If I were at 19 Entertainment or Universal, I’d be scared. The show is judging on a pop criteria, and what is going to sell records, but that’s not the message being conveyed to the audience through the judging. It’s confusing.

    Anoop is talented, but I’ve never liked his attitude, or his outlook about music. Diversity is good for the show. The average voter and viewer are not judging these kids on the basis of whether or not they will make good pop artists. Yes, there will be some narrow minded people who will trash these people if they don’t become successful mainstream artists, but these same people trash Fantasia, and anyone else who they don’t see in the gossip magazines that they read, or hear them on the radio stations that they listen to.

    While neither Casey or Paul has shown a lot, one of the main reasons why they are still around is that the have been themselves, and haven’t tried to pretend to take on a genre or style that doesn’t suit them. That is what Anoop did, and why he didn’t last longer in the competition.

  • Nina1

    BTW,very unfair for the show to give James a finale worthy match-up.

    I enjoy it when the show does that, but think they need to be sure to distribute the wealth evenly.

  • JudyL

    Anoop is talented, but I’ve never liked his attitude, or his outlook about music

    I don’t follow Anoop except in a very casual way so I may be judging him unfairly. I think most of the Idol contestants that were not Idol winners are still glad if they are able to continue in show business, whether full-time or with occasional appearances. But I always get the feeling Anoop thinks too highly of himself and will never be happy unless he is a huge success. And that is not going to happen IMO.

  • Kirkee

    If it was scripted then why did poor Haley get screwed and have to go with what Iovine made her sing? He also changed James’ song Motown week except then James went along with it and sung what Jimmy wanted. He’s probably been doing it a lot and maybe now some are learning to fight back.

    Seriously why even show this stuff if not to subtly influence the viewers? It’s just another way of Idol showing what they consider to be the contestants growth archs. Jimmy is the villain. Audiences don’t like villains. James and Casey vanquish the villain!

    Next week, if she survives, Haley will probably be shown doing the same thing. If not her, then probably a couple of others. But you are free to believe in the spontaneity if you wish.

  • Nina1

    Jim Cantiello’s recap was hilarious. And true. Duh. If I weren’t so lazy I would register and comment at MTV. Duh.

    ETA: Add NYMag review to hilarious stuff list. The recaps are getting almost as funny as they are for The Apprentice.

  • Trina

    Oh BTW apparently James’ new BFF Chris Jericho is close friends with Zakk. Chris evidently has a lot of connections with rock stars. I’d make a safe bet that played a big part in getting him on there, add that in with Nigel probably figuring it would make for good TV. God knows what they’ll for the finale lol

    Gee Anoop I don’t know, maybe if 19 is so skeered of a heavy metal or jazz Idol they’d stop pimping the shit out of them. Whatever dude.

  • Trina

    Oh BTW apparently James’ new BFF Chris Jericho is close friends with Zakk. Chris evidently has a lot of connections with rock stars. I’d make a safe bet that played a big, big part in getting him on there, add that in with Nigel probably figuring it would make for good TV. God knows what they’ll for the finale lol

    Gee Anoop I don’t know, maybe if 19 is so skeered of a heavy metal or jazz Idol they’d stop pimping the shit out of them. Whatever dude.

    ETA: oops computer hiccupped.

  • kcostell

    BTW,very unfair for the show to give James a finale worthy match-up.

    Last week they gave him a screechy out of tune mess of a guitarist to try and sing with. Guess it evens out.

  • LaRue

    Oh BTW apparently James’ new BFF Chris Jericho is close friends with Zakk. Chris evidently has a lot of connections with rock stars.

    Chris fronts his own rock-metal band, Fozzy.

  • Landmd

    I’m not sure which is more boring/predictable the judges or the recaps?!

    ETA Mj’s and JimC’s was funny!
    Another funny recap no idea who this is:
    http://www.foxesonidol.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=4&article=article1115303.art&page=1

  • Chicagolaw

    All that Jimmy stuff is totally scripted. Editing and these “mentoring sessions” are tools that the show uses. A LOT has been said on Idol blogs in recent weeks about Jimmy and the producers controlling performances and about them mentoring the creativity right out of the contestants. What happened with Casey and James was Idol’s way of “setting it straight.”

    And, did I imagine it, or was getting a popstar (or at least someone commercially viable) a big goal of this season? Wasn’t this being talked about a ton before the season started? Are the judges (Randy) backtracking on this now? Because, I don’t think there is a commercial one in the bunch, well, apart from maybe Scotty.

    ETA, it’s great that James is making connections, but that stuff with Zakk Wylde was just ridiculous pimping. That was, basically, a duet. Zakk was front and center with James the whole time, even to the point of standing with him during the judges comments.

  • lla2827

    I thought the NY Mag review was freakin hilarious! I have to go back and read Jim C.

  • glamertitis

    I get the impression the Jimmy Iovine/Will.i.am versus the over the top effusive judges was scripted. I think the producers have made Jimmy and co the “bad” guys and the judges get to shower the contestants with all the love they want. As they can edit the show any way they like, it seems odd that they showed the players “talking” back to Jimmy. It just came across like they planned it that way.

    I think the so very fake praise for Casey and Stefano is going to back fire – I hope either gets booted out tonight to make a point to the judges that the viewing public are not so stupid as to believe that was a good performance of epic “grammyesqueness”

    I feel as a viewer that the manipulations are kinda slimy this year and very obvious. After watching the BS praise for Casey, I FFed through the judges for the rest of the show. I will guess the judges heard about all the negative press they got last week and reacted by saying eff you, we’ll be ten times more complimentary tonight to punish all of you for saying bad things about us…

    I don’t understand the hate for will.i.am – he is a successful recording artist and business man who obviously knows the music business – who’d you rather have there? I like him and want him to stay. Jimmy probably asked him to stay and I think it works better with the two of them than just Jimmy.

  • Nina1

    I think the producers have made Jimmy and co the “bad” guys and the judges get to shower the contestants with all the love they want.

    I thought that as I was watching the show; Iovine et al has taken over the judge function. Which was okay, until they decided to judge Haley. Willi seems to be there to balance Iovine, who is a harsh personality.

  • koshka

    I almost feel like we are not looking for a star, but finding a winner of mostly talented contestants using the yardstick of “who sucks the least”.

  • koshka

    ETA, it’s great that James is making connections, but that stuff with Zakk Wylde was just ridiculous pimping. That was, basically, a duet. Zakk was front and center with James the whole time, even to the point of standing with him during the judges comments.

    This is the kind of stuff that gets other fanbases pissed off & inevitably causes backlash. It will interesting to see how this plays off during the next few weeks.

  • weese

    Given Jame’s song choice it only made sense to put him in the pimp spot. It was the most energetic and the biggest,loudest performance of the night. I don’t mind if the same person gets the pimp spot every week if they earn it. It makes for a better competition in the long run.

  • Chicagolaw

    I never “blame” the contestant for getting the pimp spot. That’s out of their hands. And let’s face it, who out of this group would really want to follow James and Zakk Wylde?

  • SpenserJ

    I don’t understand the hate for will.i.am – he is a successful recording artist and business man who obviously knows the music business – who’d you rather have there?

    I actually don’t mind him. Sometimes he makes me chuckle. For me, it’s just his name that bugs.

    Given Jame’s song choice it only made sense to put him in the pimp spot. It was the most energetic and the biggest,loudest performance of the night

    I understand this logic, I really do. But, it seems like the James pimping is pretty excessive to me. I kind of like him, and I did enjoy his performance last night. It just feels like they’re pushing him pretty hard.

    On another note, regarding Mayor McCheese: If Wanya Morris did text Randy Jackson last night, I imagine it went something like this…… “Are you out of your effin mind, dog?”

  • claudette

    I like will.i.am. A lot. I hate the judges now. I’m sad the show is going down the drain. Simon at least added something, and I think it kept the contestants “on their toes”. It’s boring and Pia wouldn’t have been any different. They all run together.

    Any could go home. I voted for Scotty last week, but I couldn’t muster enough interest to vote for anyone this week. (first time this season). I honestly don’t care who goes home.

    Don’t like James. But he could do better than Adam. There’s zero reason to think James can’t do well if Adam has done okay. Lauren, Haley and Scotty are sooo disappointing because they could be so much better. There’s no reasons that they don’t have moments because they have that potential. At least, Paul, Casey, stefano and Jacob have given all they can. James, Lauren, Scotty and Haley SHOULD be such standouts at this time. I think Simon would have helped and motivated/scared/made them want his approval and they would have hit great moments. So, to me, the talent is there. It’s just not achieved it’s potentials by the most talented.

  • zzatrms

    ETA, it’s great that James is making connections, but that stuff with Zakk Wylde was just ridiculous pimping. That was, basically, a duet. Zakk was front and center with James the whole time, even to the point of standing with him during the judges comments.

    This is the kind of stuff that gets other fanbases pissed off & inevitably causes backlash. It will interesting to see how this plays off during the next few weeks.

    I would imagine there are quite a few viewers like me (young and old alike) … I had no idea who the guitarist was. Even when I saw his name, it meant nothing to me. I just enjoyed the performance.

    I give James major props for handling his Aspergers so well.

  • mmb

    I like will.I.am as long as I am not typing his name or watching him ” sing”. As a pseudo mentor he is fairly amusing and provides a yin to Jimmys yang ( or a sweet to his sour/ smile to his frown/ warmth to his icinesss)