American Idol 12 Top 10 to Perform “Music of The American Idols”, Audience to Pick 11th Idol to Join Tour

AMERICAN IDOL: Clockwise From Top Left: Lazaro Arbos, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch, Jr., Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor, Angie Miller and Candice Glover.  CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright: FOX.

Here’s the press release announcing the American Idol 12 Top 10 finalists. Also: The theme next week will be “Music of the American Idols.” The finalists can pick a song sung by a winner on the show, or in a winner’s post Idol career.

Plus, the Idol’s first group number will be Owl City’s “Shine Your Way,” from the soundtrack of the upcoming Animation comedy, “The Croods.” Synergy! Plus, Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips will perform on Thursday’s results show.

Read the press release below:

 “AMERICAN IDOL” TOP 10 FINALISTS REVEALED  TOP 10 PERFORM “MUSIC OF THE AMERICAN IDOLS” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 Bon Jovi and AMERICAN IDOL Winner Phillip Phillips to Perform On Results Show Thursday, March 14, on FOX

 AT&T Allows Audience to Pick 11th Idol to Join “American Idol Live!” Tour this Summer

Tonight in the first LIVE results show of the season from Los Angeles, AMERICAN IDOL revealed the Top 10 finalists, including Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Curtis Finch, Jr., Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez.

In addition, host Ryan Seacrest announced an exciting new opportunity for fans to choose an 11th Idol to go on the “American Idol Live!” tour this summer, brought to you by AT&T. Next week, AMERICAN IDOL will hold a sing-off between the sixth-place runner-up girl and guy for that coveted spot. This season, AT&T is giving the audience brand-new ways to be involved with the show.

Next week, Wednesday, March 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 10 finalists will perform “Music of the AMERICAN IDOLs,” which includes songs performed by any past IDOL winner.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), as America finds out who received enough votes to continue in the competition and who will be sent home. In addition, world-renowned rock group Bon Jovi will perform their lead single “Because We Can” and quadruple-platinum, Billboard chart-topper and AMERICAN IDOL winner Phillip Phillips will perform “Gone, Gone, Gone,” the second single from his debut album.  “Gone, Gone, Gone” also will serve as the “goodbye” song of the season and will be featured when the IDOL finalists are eliminated each week.

The finalists will also perform their first group number, “Shine Your Way,” from the motion picture soundtrack for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation comedy, “The Croods.” The original track is performed by multi-platinum recording artist Owl City and artist Yuna.

Below are the Top 10 finalists on AMERICAN IDOL who will be vying for America’s vote(s) after their LIVE performances on Wednesday, March 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed):

Janelle Arthur Age: 23
Hometown: Oliver Springs, TN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JanelleAI12
Twitter: @JanelleAI12

Candice Glover Age: 23
Hometown: St. Helena Island, SC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CandiceAI12
Twitter: @CandiceAI12

Kree Harrison Age: 22
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KreeAI12
Twitter: @KreeAI12

Amber Holcomb Age: 18
Hometown: Houston, TX
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmberAI12
Twitter: @AmberAI12

Angela Miller Age: 19
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AngieAI12
Twitter: @AngieAI12

Lazaro Arbos Age: 21
Hometown: Naples, FL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LazaroAI12
Twitter: @LazaroAI12

Curtis Finch, Jr. Age: 25
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CurtisAI12
Twitter: @CurtisAI12

Paul Jolley Age: 23
Hometown: Palmersville, TN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaulJolleyAI12
Twitter: @PaulJolleyAI12

Burnell Taylor Age: 19
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BurnellAI12
Twitter: @BurnellAI12

Devin Velez Age: 18
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DevinAI12
Twitter: @DevinAI12

At the end of each performance show, fans will be able to cast their votes for their favorite contestants.  Viewers will be able to SuperVote – cast multiple votes at one time – via any of these AT&T AMERICAN IDOL VOTE destinations: americanidol.com, the AMERICAN IDOL mobile app (data and message rates may apply) and Facebook. To SuperVote, fans can allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of 50 votes (across all online voting destinations), and in a unique interactive experience, they can adjust their vote selections as performances happen during the show. When the voting window officially opens, fans can submit their final votes – all at once. [Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.]

In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote during the voting window via toll-free phone lines, as well as text-messaging for AT&T wireless customers (standard text-messaging rates may apply). At the end of each performance show, the phone lines will open for at least two hours and AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) via the toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.). AT&T wireless customers can use their cell phones to vote by texting the word “VOTE” to the four-digit short code (5701, 5702, etc.) that corresponds with the contestant of their choice. AMERICAN IDOL voting is managed by Telescope, Inc.

“Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @MariahCarey; @yo_randyjackson; @nickiminaj; and @keithurban. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.

 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    It looks like I will need to take my Grandkiddies to see “The Croods.”  Then I’ll become familiar with the original track song performed by multi-platinum recording artist Owl City and artist Yuna. (Never listened to them. Oops.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

     They had one really good song, Fireflys. but after that, they’ve been unable to have another hit. Although last year, they had a semi-hit with Carly Rae Jepsen. They’re alright.

  • tigervixxxen

    Owl City, huh? Well maybe someone will be “encouraged” to perform Fireflies. Heh

  • girlygirltoo

    According to Michael Slezak, the theme is NOT limited just to songs covered by former winners during their season, but can include songs released by the winners post-Idol. Yay!

    @MichaelSlezakTV
    #Next week’s #Idol Top 10 theme: Songs covered by former winners during their Idol seasons & songs released by winners in post-show careers. That’s the official word I got from Fox, bee tee dubs.

  • Tom22

    I loved the format tonight that let us hear so much music — great to get to know the finalists better(a lot of work for them to learn 2 songs too though).

    I’m inspired by the voters choices too… while we may differ here and there I think that almost everyone got 3 of the top five they would have picked included. Of course there will be one people wished wasn’t there and one you missed but if they got it 75% right thats’ super.

  • girlygirltoo

    It was more than a semi-hit…it went Top 10 on pop

  • RalphResty

    I’ll bet that cheesy Finch would pick Flying without Wings.  He’s so cheesy!

  • teekee

    Now this could be interesting. Hope there are some surprises. I see Burnell and /or curtis singing Fantasia.

  • jammasta

    That’s great news from Michael Slezak.

    I wonder who’s gonna sing It’s Raining Men a la Kelly Clarkson

    Hey, Janelle is exactly a week older than me.

  • Susan

    Ugh, God I hope not!!  FWW wasn’t meant to be all gospel like that!  Ruben ruined it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/HaleyOnEllen GET HALEY ON ELLEN=)

    the guys are dressing up like as if they’re in season 1.

  • ReginaFilange

    Advice for a few contestants:

    Kree – When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues (performed by Carrie)
    Put on a fun performance while showing off that voice. 
    (Second choice: Don’t You Wanna Stay)

    Devin – U Got It Bad (performed by P2)
    Bring yourself into the 21st century. More Latin songs won’t win any new fans.

    Candice – Battlefield (Jordin Sparks)
    Don’t fall into the trap of being the old lady of the group. 

    Burnell – Live Like We’re Dying (Kris Allen)
    With an R&B spin it could really fit his style, and would shake up his all-ballad lineup. 

    Angela – Little Sparrow (performed by David Cook)
    She’ll never do this. She’s done a bunch of Idol songs on her Youtube channel. It would be great though, and good chance for her to soften her voice.

  • MellyPer1692

    I can hear Randy’s hyperbole now!! “You are in it to win it!!!” “You sang that better than (insert any idol name here except Carrie) did!!” Major butthurt ensues on twitter and blogs lol.

  • Pat S

    Not feeling this Top 10 at all. Kree and Candice are the only ones I remotely enjoy. Why no wildcard?

  • jammasta

    Great news, Slezak.

    For my favorites:

    I feel like Kree could also distinguish herself by performing a Pat Benatar song, I dunno why, I hardly even know Pat Benatar but I can strangely see her doing Love is a Battlefield or Heartbreaker (done by Carrie and Jordin, respectively). I kinda want her to get a rocky blues thing going on like she did tonight. That worked nicely for her. I think it’ll put her WAY ahead of everyone else if she absolutely nails one of those.

    Paul  would probably take on a song by Scotty or his idols Carrie/Kelly. I’d probably distance myself from the latter two and go with something less belty and more intimate. I feel like he’s gotta stray from the belting and dramatics for a week and go with something more quiet. If he has to do Carrie, she did perform Bless The Broken Road (and it would not be wise to redo Blown Away, although I did like when he did that… It’s a very dramatic song, however). I’d prefer something more like Scotty’s version of The River, though.

    I agree, Candice should take on one of Jordin’s hits before she begins coming off old. I worry about that for her. I hope she stays current. I don’t know very many Jordin songs, though.

    I’m kinda stumped on my other favorites Devin, Burnell, and Angela.

    I bet Lazaro plays it safe and does You’ve Got A Friend, paling so hard in comparison to Scotty’s version that I’ll be sad.

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    Nice theme but scary coz as someone said earlier, if one judge (Randy) says it’s better than the original, some (if not most) people will be majorly pissed.

  • http://twitter.com/hawkscool8 John S

    My suggestions:

    Candice: Taking It To The Streets or Living For The City(Sung by Taylor Hicks)
    Angie: So Small by Carrie Underwood-on piano and stripped down.
    Janelle: When God Fearin’ Women Get The Blues by Martina McBride(Sung by Carrie Underwood)
    Kree: Something To Talk About by Bonnie Raitt(Sung by Fantasia)
    Devin: U Got It Bad(Sung by Phillip)
    Burnell: Angels Brought Me Here by Guy Sebastian(Sung by Carrie Underwood)

    idk about the rest.

  • http://twitter.com/hovIand Vetle Hovland

    Angie Miller and Falling Slowly was made for each other!

    Also Candice on Ain’t No Sunshine would be amazing as well!

  • sdmama

    This is actually very clever! We can get new and newer songs, that we had been complaining about. Idol graduates can get boost when somebody sings their own song (it always gives boost to the original song).  Break Away, anyone? Stronger?
    Only question is, why not coronation song then? What is so special about those songs?  I don’t mind hearing a girl singing NoBo, as intended. LOL. One more push for Home. Yes? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBF5UOKDMH6KZFB6WQVYPOK4BQ Brian

     Amber should do “You’re All I Need” by Marvin Gaye that Kelly Clarkson did in the top 10.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69bIUb99pLE

  • Bobby

    Its a pretty clever theme with potential for great variety, as long as the contestants are wise enough not to pick post-idol songs that are too recognizable. It’ll only draw unfavorable comparisons unless they KILL it.

    On a separate note, think Janell Arthur can do a great job with Crying by Carrie in season 4, and likewise Burnell with Kiss and Say Goodbye by Ruben. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Theme should include singing songs recorded by any Idol.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Hmmm, 11th person.  Looks like one of the producer’s pick did not get in to the Top 10.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Maybe some Adam fans may blast me for this… But I sort of pictured Paul singing Better than I know myself LOL!
    Yep, definitely theatrical and OTT and so Paul ;P

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I would love for Angie to sing Phil’s home. She sounded amazing on that in one of her youtube videos. In fact, I like that the themes are different from last year so far. I don’t want another disco,Whitney,or Beatles night.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Adam isn’t a winner, so his songs won’t be available.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “@MichaelSlezakTV

    #Next week’s #Idol Top 10 theme: Songs covered by former winners during their Idol seasons & songs released by winners in post-show careers. That’s the official word I got from Fox, bee tee dubs.”
    Oh cool! Hopefully, newer songs released by winners post-show will be cleared for the contestants.

  • CB40

    Let me take a shot at a couple of song picks:

    Kree Harrison: I Know You Won’t
    Angie: Light On (piano version)
    Janelle: Jesus Take The Wheel

    I wonder if anyone will dare tackle Kelly, no one’s ever been able to pull it off well

  • CB40

    Let me take a shot at a couple of song picks:

    Kree Harrison: I Know You Won’t
    Angie: Light On (piano version)
    Janelle: Jesus Take The Wheel

    I wonder if anyone will dare tackle Kelly, no one’s ever been able to pull it off well

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Oh oops! That’s right ;) keep forgetting he lost ah well. That would have been a great song choice

  • Jae

    Everything you said is correct but wanted to point out that owl city is just one guy.:)

  • M.J. Mac

    Not really feeling any of the contestants…although I do like Kree…but not enough to consistently watch.  Have to say the theme is at least new & fresh..that’s a plus.  I will, however, watch the results show next week…looking forward to Phillip performing.

  • Patrick Tang

    Taking a guess here, naming 2 songs for each contestant, one song during Idol, one that is post-idol:

    Girls:

    Amber : 1. Always Be My Baby (David Cook), 2. Tattoo (Jordin Sparks)

    Angie : 1. You Are So Beautiful (Taylor Hicks), 2. Home (PP)

    Candice: 1. RESPECT (Kelly Clarkson), 2. Battlefield (Jordin Sparks)

    Janelle: 1. You’ve got a friend (Scotty McCreery), 2. Jesus, Take The Wheel (Carrie Underwood)

    Kree: 1. Beast Of Burden (Lee DeWyze), 2. Because of you (Kelly Clarkson)  

    Boys:

    I really don’t care. But I think the following songs will be picked:

    Superstition (PP)
    Hello (DC)
    Man in the Mirror (KA)
    For All We Know (Ruben Studdard)
    If You Don’t Know Me By Now (Carrie Underwood)

  • guinness 416

    I’m not really understanding the point of the singoff for a tour spot.  Do any of the audience really care about the tour at this juncture (most of us won’t even care about it by the end)?  It already feels like we’ve been watching this season for 8 months, why take up more of a show by bringing back a couple of rejects for this nonsense?  I reckon they should have had that singoff online or done something on facebook or something.

  • potatorocks

    This theme just seems like a new way to package the same old songs.   

  • tucker davis

    I know Kelly & Carrie have more songs, but I really hope we hear more than just songs by the two girls. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    So … when exactly are the two people who are vying for the tour spot going to sing? And will they also be following this Idol winners’ theme?

  • usedtobelucy

    Oh, goody. Another “creative” way for them to recycle music from music eras past without doing anything interesting to it. It’s not just Simon who thinks that music ended in 1993. Now, if they’d *limit* it to songs that Idols have sung *since* Idol, that would be something else again. Although I’d rather it would be songs by *any* former Idol post-show, not just the winners…. Oh, well, maybe they’ll surprise me with fresh and interesting takes on fresh and interesting picks.

    I think I’m over Idol. Zero of these people excite me, at all, thus far, not even a little bit, zzzzzzzz…….

  • chillj

    Yeah.  I could better understand this if they were selecting more than one person.  This seems like a bit of  a waste of time, except to the contestants not selected.  Bizarre.

  • Pippygirl

    Michael Slezak suggested the contestants look up Kris’ I Need To Know.  That’s an interesting idea but I’m not sure if that would suit any of them. I haven’t really been watching though I will start now that we are at top 10.

  • Latin2

    If Paul doesn’t want to sound cheesy or over the top he should sing Falling Slowly and put some emotion, which has been lacking in his performances, into it. 

    If he can get the right sentimental tone that Kris did he could change the perception of his loud cabaret style singing.

  • tucker davis

    That KA song is gorgeous…at least when sung by Kris!

  • girlygirltoo

    Michael Slezak suggested someone tackle Kris’ song “I Need To Know”.

    That is my favorite Kris-penned song off his debut album, so on the one hand, I don’t know if I want anyone to cover it. On the other hand, it could be very cool to see that song done on Idol.

    I just hope the producers and judges name check the original Idols who performed these songs and give them their props. Sometimes when a contestant cover a song by a previous Idol, they act like they’ve never heard the song before…

  • jpfan2

    Who cares about someone that’ll never be on the show being added to a tour.
    A tour that won’t begin in months that is full of zzzzzz personalities (if talented singers). Plus without a single hot guy, I don’t see lots of OTT females making this tour a must see. Unless we get a Clay #2 type like Lazaro or Paul bringing them in. Hint to judges: be “mean” to Lazaro or Paul. That’ll help!

    Does the tour sing off also include songs from the Idol singers?

  • Patrick Tang

    It’s a piano-driven song, so there’s is actually one contestant that might pull this one off ;)

  • Latin2

    If they can successfully do what David Cook and Kris Allen did by changing songs without messing up they could have a moment. Or if they can put emotion into the song, like P2 and the other WGWG singers did they could be successful….or flop. 

    Do a Cook Billie Jean or Kris Heartless, but what ever you don’t do a Kristy Lee Cook disaster 8 Days A Week.

  • Latin2

    My favorite Scotty song on the show was done he did a countryfied “You’ve Got A Friend”.

     

  • Latin2

     Paul needs something like a “Falling Slowly” moment so he can prove he is not a cheesy karaoke cabaret singer. Something that full of emotion and vulnerability to change the perception that some people have of him.

  • dishwalla

    I see it top heavy on Kelly & Carrie for obvious reasons.  I also see a scramble for Phillip & Scotty and that’s to impress Jimmy Iovine.  But it will also be more risky, since Phillip will be there.    

  • jpfan2

    I think intimate and non-cheesy is going to be very hard to come by  from the guys.  I just don’t think Paul, Lazaro and Devin have the taste level necessary. The other  guys are always going to boom out their songs.

  • Latin2

     That is what is lacking in some of their song choices. Inspirational songs are OK every now and then, but what wins the public over, especially the women/girl, voters is the personal emotional connection and vulnerability. P2 had several songs last season that made many women/girls and a few men feel all warm and fuzzy.

  • jpfan2

    As much as I like P2 (now), he’s not really a great singer. He’s more of a stylist/musician. Almost all of the guys this season have different genres than him so I can’t imagine any of them doing a song in his style.

    Ditto for Kris.

  • Latin2

     That is why I suggested Paul try the same…because he is really not a great singer and cannot compete with a singer like Finch. Many great love songs are done by sub par singers, but if they can project emotion into a love song, and that is what gets people to like them.

  • iani

    I remember we were talking on MJ like a year ago about how nice would be the show to have for the top 10 a theme about Idols’ music, like a  homage to the 10 year anniversary-show and its winners. Happy this year they have this theme and I don’t really care who is covered from the 11 winners and who’s not, I’m pretty sure there will be more than 5 KC songs and 5 CU ones covered. I like the top 10 pretty much and looking to those pictures Candice looks like Star Jones from  The View in that one, Kree, as  many have noticed,  resembles  the actress Melanie Lynskey, as well for Paul as Evan Lysacek…Amber even though doesn’t look like she reminds me of Natalie Cole somehow and Devin of Scotty. Hope there will be a surprisingly good year.

  • springboard2

    I think that the producers are trying to reconnect the audience by sending them down memory lane. 
    It’s not a bad idea, except if the comparisons highlight that this new crop isn’t up to previous standards. And they will be competing against winners in people mind, it won’t be an easy job.
    It will be interesting, I am looking forward to it. The theme may revive some of the old fire, for a short while at least.

  • jammasta

    Kris’s I Need To Know would be a great pick for someone.

    Too many will go for Kelly and Carrie, however. That’ll be really tough on any of these contestants. Kelly’s songs have been pretty disastrous for the most part with a handful of pretty good ones. Carrie’s songs fared much better with Matt Giraud and Lauren Alaina had some of their best performances with her songs, but some contestants still tank with her songs.

  • Anny_nanny

    To see Phillip’s reactions I want to hear “Volcano”. LOL
    I hope that these kids will have enough sense not to try to repeat MOMENTS of the winners. However what I’m talking about? We hear “I Don t Want to Miss a Thing” (required), someone will ruin the “Hallelujah” (actually) and will be a lot of songs Kerry, Kelly and Fanny.
     

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I think I’m over Idol. Zero of these people excite me, at all, thus far, not even a little bit, zzzzzzzz…….”

    I sympathize. I’m not about to write off this season yet, but so far, I’m not very enthusiastic about anyone, and there are some contestants who I really don’t like (eg. singing: Lazaro, personality: Curtis). At this point, I honestly don’t care if any one of them gets voted off right away, although I would prefer that the contestants who I dislike go first. lol

  • usedtobelucy

    “At this point, I honestly don’t care if any one of them gets voted off
    right away, although I would prefer that the contestants who I dislike
    go first. lol ”

    Ditto.

    I know there’s still time for some of them to take off and soar. Here’s hoping. Don’t really know why I’m not feeling my usual — “Hey, so-and-so has real potential despite a shaky start” thing. But, so far, I’m really not.

    I guess that’s why I’m especially leery about hearing any of them try to compete with Kelly and Carrie!

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz rodavlaS eaM zuL

    wow! it would be a good promotion for PP’s 2nd single! Idol is really supporting PP coz he’s really doing great! i love u PP!! 

  • Anny_nanny

    I don’t see that this kids understand what songs they should sing (most of them), and I’m afraid to hear the more songs of Kelly – it’s very complex, they can’t just go out and shout from the stage. I think I’ll sit with closed eyes. And I’m scared for the album Phillip – I love it, I don’t see who would in this composition was able to sing something from it. Kree?

    It would be interesting if the contestants drew lots and chose “of the remaining” winners, otherwise it will be a lot of K&C and no one else. (Does anyone remember that Lee sang post-AI?)

  • Anny_nanny

    A lot of train wrecks and then Phillip goes and sings?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Wait! Do I understand you all correctly, that the singoff is just for a tour spot? Who the heck is going to care about someone they don’t see for 3 mmonths and is suddenly on the tour? And how are they going to fill in the extra week of shows before the final? Nigel has to have something else up his sleeve!

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Did you all notice how Devin went out and tried to connect with the swaybots during his celebratory song? I think he was the only male to do that. If they give him a bit of a makeover, he might draw some female fans if he plays up to them. Lazaro is very good looking. He’s got a nice, manly build and has strong but handsome masculine features. He’s just one of the weakest male singers in the top 10 and needs to enunciate better, so that will probably keep him from getting far.

    As for the 11th person not being seen until the tour … well, isn’t that how it usually works? Even if they had decided to have a top 11. One person would sing this coming week and be voted out, but still make the tour.

  • nncw

    I think Devin should sing Teach me How love goes  by Kris Allen – I know he is a Kris Allen fan and I think this song would go along with his beliefs plus it has a Latin vibe/beat to it. I hope no one sings Home although I am sure someone will (oversaturated with it at this point). I think Kree will go all the way – pretty sure that is how the script goes but she seems like a nice person and has a lovely voice so hope she wins over the guys. If Paul wins over Kree or Amber then AI is in a whole lot of trouble but it certainly will prove out the theory that only white guys can win this contest as of late. 

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    From Lee you have “Me and my jealousy” “Serendipity” but i would like someone to do “Treat her like a lady” it was a moment  or “You’re still the one”

    I hope Angie covers Home

    “Ain’t no sunshine” is my favorite Kris Allen cover (i love it)

  • Incipit

    Who the heck is going to care about someone they don’t see for 3 mmonths and is suddenly on the tour? 

    This. The whole idea makes no sense to me. And not just why would the audience care – but why would the cast, who has had a chance to bond over the weeks, suddenly want or need a fifth wheel added who never went through the experiences they did, or formed the connections between cast members? They will have created their family circle – and then Nigel wants to add an odd person out? Why?

    Enough that TPTB had this weird segregation thing going on with the m/f in the beginning, when many friendships are formed – reminded me of Cowell, when he urged the hamsters to hate their opponents and they would just look at him like a creature from another planet. Like he didn’t know for all the cast it was “Us vs TPTB” – not each other – which he didn’t. 

    But, as I said, this makes no sense.None of this season does, so far. IMO.

  • EmmaCT

    I will vote forever for the person who does the Kris Allen reggae version of “No Boundaries.”

  • Garrett Clayman

    Since I only care about the girls (and I’m only doing post-Idol songs)
    Kree: Don’t You Wanna Stay or I Know You Won’t
    Candice: Battlefield (please has a tempo could have a moment al a Girl on Fire)
    Angie: Light On, So Small, or Tattoo
    Amber: Bittersweet or Permanent Monday
    Jannell: Change or So Small

  • Garrett Clayman

    Or Janelle “Is it over” by Kris Allen

  • Garrett Clayman

    I don’t know if she knows it (or anyone really knows it) but for Candice “One Wing” from Sparkle could be a moment

  • tripp_ncwy

    Wouldn’t it be the same for the person who goes out in 10th place next week.  It would be on the same timeline. They would have only been with the cast for a week.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    I think the whole sing off for the 11nth spot on the tour is only happening to drum up excitement for the tour. I guess the thinking goes if viewers are voting for a robbed contestant to go on tour then they’re also more likely to make the effort to go to the concert. Wow they’re really out of touch with the idol viewing audience.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    While I think its a horrible idea to have these kids essentially compete with the past winners of the show in such a comparative manner, I like the idea of them doing something they did on the show much more than trying to sing their songs.

  • Mateja Praznik

    This “11th finalist on tour” mess is really unfortunate.

    And I thought how this year’s format was great because the touring cast was decided in one week, without one, two or three contestants that make the finals but miss out on the tour. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    From the hugs that were going around last night, some of them have already bonded and they haven’t even got into the real competition yet.

    If Paul wins over Kree or Amber then AI is in a whole lot of trouble but
    it certainly will prove out the theory that only white guys can win
    this contest as of late.

    I don’t know, Paul has such a needy, unsure quality about him. It’s not very attractive to *this* woman. Leaving aside their race or their sexuality, all five of the guys who’ve won, from David onward, seemed very confident about their music and their performances even if it was just an act. Many of them put up a fight for themselves and for their musical point of view that endeared them to the audience. We’ll see if Paul can develop that kind of backbone.

  • dabney c

    Wait! Do I understand you all correctly, that the singoff is just for a
    tour spot? Who the heck is going to care about someone they don’t see
    for 3 mmonths and is suddenly on the tour? And how are they going to
    fill in the extra week of shows before the final? Nigel has to have
    something else up his sleeve!

    So right. Tossing in a semi-finalist who the audience didn’t get a chance to connect with is a bizarre idea. Well, it’s great for the person to have an amazing summer and make some money, but it makes little sense for the ticket-paying audience.

    When you have, say, a top 12/13, and only the top 10 make the tour, then at least even the 10th person got to sing 2 or 3 times in the finals – long enough for us to get a sense of them.

    As for the extra week before the final episode … it wouldn’t surprise me if the “twist” turns out to be that the person chosen as 11th for the tour, will actually get to compete on the show. But … no, wait, that doesn’t make sense because the top 10 are already doing the finals’ round 1 next week, so the 11th couldn’t possibly be ready to compete. Hmmm. I’m stumped, :D.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Gaude Paez Morose @GaudeP
    Last night’s 90-minute @AmericanIdol drew 12.9 mil viewers, up from last Thursday’s prelim ratings (12.5 mil)!

  • dishwalla

    The whole idea makes no sense to me. And not just why would the audience care – but why would the cast, who has had a chance to bond over the weeks, suddenly want or need a fifth wheel added who never went through any of the experiences they did, or formed the connections between cast members during the live shows? They will have created their family circle – and then Nigel wants to add an odd person out? Why?

    This is no different than the person who gets eliminated in 10th place next week and goes home.

  • girlygirltoo

    Please, no one cover P2’s “Home”. That song is already everywhere — we don’t need to hear it for the zillionth time. Why not sing one of the other songs off P2’s album instead? That would actually do him more good anyway, because if people like the song, maybe they will go download his album (or the song) off iTunes.

  • standtotheright

    And not just why would the audience care – but why would the cast, who has had a chance to bond over the weeks, suddenly want or need a fifth wheel added who never went through any of the experiences they did, or formed the connections between cast members during the live shows?

    The cast has been associating with each other (not-so) intermittently for weeks. My understanding is that most casts end up bonding in the semi-finals and sometimes contestants even stay in more regular contact with departed semi-finalists than some of their own top 10. 

    At any rate, since they all just went through the same sudden death rounds and live shows, having one more “official” week in the top 10 shouldn’t make any fundamental difference. If I were in the cast, and had any fellow feeling with the rest of the top 20 (not exactly a heroic assumption), I’d be glad that someone else was making some money on tour with me.

    Do I think audience members are going to be excited to vote for it? Probably not. But it’s hardly a stretch to assume some in the cast will be pleased. If nothing else, it means one more person to split duties during the insane (and inane) press sessions.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think the contestants will most likely pick songs that were released as singles, not deep album cuts.

  • Incipit

    Not quite the same, IMO – tripp_ncwy, because of the awkward Beta Test this season – instead of having gone through four public votes and figuring out the wrinkles of choosing performances for the audience, and not those judges (very different approaches) – the person who goes out in 10th place will only have done that once. The vibe is different, especially on results night, I think, and the segregation didn’t help for lasting friendships to be formed – unless it was in name only, and the hamsters were able to get together and talk about song choices and vocal problems and re-arranging ideas…and we just haven’t heard about it.

    But it doesn’t really matter to me…I’m not liking this season at all – and they have no one making music I would buy, or listen to on purpose. At least the two seasons before it had a random cast member who did music I enjoyed. Not this one.

  • maxie10

    Maybe there is someone they want to be on the tour who didn’t make it? 

  • JD

    Guess Nigel didn’t want to worry about clearing new songs so we get to be bored with some songs we’ve heard dozens of times….respect, Elton John, Whitney, Stevie Wonder etc…..Plus for years, the judges criticized contestants for singing songs that idols were known for..you’ll never measure up to Kelly, Carrie, Fantasia,…. So is this a sabotage week. I feel confident that for the first few weeks, were going to have some horrible singers that will make you think WTF and will provide more mocking material for the ladies of the View

  • Latin2

    I would like to hear someone do “Dirty Dishes” from Scotty’s Clear As Day.

    I could see Amber doing Kelly’s “Stronger”

    Kree doing “Mr. Know-it-All”.

    Paul should do Kris’s “Teach Me How Love Goes”

    Curtis or Devin doing “I Need an Angel”

    How about Fantasia’s “Cornbread and Collard Greens”…lol

  • dabney c

    Anything but “And I Am Telling You” for Candice, rofl.

    I’d love to hear Candice do “Summertime”, but Fantasia seems to own that one in the Idolverse. I wouldn’t mind seeing her step outside her realm a bit and tackle some Carrie Underwood. Maybe “Before He Cheats”, or “So Small”. I dunno.

  • Latin2

     Now if Curtis song “And I Am Telling You” would be hilarious.

  • standtotheright

    The vibe is different, especially on results night, I think,

    For the audience. For the cast, they’ve still had the same experiences up until now, and that’s what would bond them.

    And yes, I have a hard time imagining that the “segregation” had very much to do with how they spent their free time in the prior rounds.

    What some in the audience feel about the cast as a collective and what they feel about themselves is almost certainly not the same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    What we need is a list of Idol singles. Maybe Wiki has one. :)

    If Paul wins over Kree or Amber then AI is in a whole lot of trouble but it certainly will prove out the theory that only white guys can win
    this contest as of late.

    I don’t think Paul is going to win. The prototype is earnest, humble and wholesome, likeable, crushable white male who seems “authentic”… that’s more Lazaro than Paul from what I’ve seen IMO. He’s the closest to the ideal in the bunch even if he’s not exactly white.

    The prototype for girls is wholesome, likeable girl-next-door with big voice, pretty but not sexy. Fanny was the only exception. This year that feels like Angie, or perhaps (please God, please) Kree IMO. I could live with either of those winning, ESPECIALLY Kree whom I adore beyond words. My worry with Kree is I don’t know if she’s the best song picker.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Paul needs something like a “Falling Slowly” moment so he can prove he is not a cheesy karaoke cabaret singer.

    Paul is going straight for a Diva song. He picked freaking Christina Aguilara country song Wednesday night and last night he sang Alone. He will have plenty of Diva type songs to choose from between Kelly, Carrie and even Jordin.

  • dishwalla

    Angie Miller has done a cover of Home and she did cover the Colton Dixon song.  And Lazaro seems to go for the obvious. I think if one of the Country or R&B singers try to put their own genre spin on the song, it could backfire and they could be hearing Gone, Gone, Gone.

  • Latin2

     Somehow would I believe it…lol

  • Latin2

    I don’t think they would let her do the contestant going home song

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Fantastic theme! I wonder if any of the ex-winners will be around in the audience to comment?

  • Anny_nanny

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol_alumni_single_sales

    ALL the singles of ALL the contestants. But the coronation singles and released during the season is not.

  • jan

    I would like to hear Candice do The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. A ballad – I know – but I think she would kill on it.

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    Phillip’s songs are not easy to do and i don’t see anyone who can pull a moment with them so just cover Home to give it another boost before it dies
    that’s what i think but if they can do a song in the album and have a good day then do it but i’m not confident (i’m among those who think only Phillip can sing his songs and make me like it, the rasp and the emotion and sincerity he puts while doing it is amazing)

  • bridgette12

     Looking at the contestants and I don’t think you have to worry about them doing any of Phillips songs. None of them have been tweeting or doing interviews talking about Phillip or his music. I don’t think he’s going to be on anyone’s list for next week.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Awesome! Thanks!

    I am a terrible song picker. LOL. But here’s my stab at it:

    Candice- Spotlight, Jennifer Hudson
    Burnell – Permanent, David Cook
    Amber – Battlefield or No Air, Jordin Sparks
    Kree – Red High Hells, The Pickler! okay, that’s probably a bad idea. Already Gone, Kelly Clarkson? Man I suck.
    Janelle – Before He Cheats, Carrie Underwood
    Angela – Whatya Want From Me, Adam Lambert?
    Lazaro – Crush, David Archuleta

    I cant be bothered with the rest of them. Heh.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Angie you are representing the entire northeast. Do us proud!

  • guinness 416

    Kree doing Kelly’s “Mr. Know-it-All”.

    Yeah, that could definitely work!

    I just hope no one does “Jesus take the Wheel”.

    Ugh me too, I detest that song.  Though the top ten’s twitter feeds are like my grandmother having post-mass tea with her friends with all the “rejoice” and “god is goods” going on, so we have even more bible thumpers than usual this year.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    Kree needs to sing I Know You Wont!

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    only winners 

  • Larc

    I’m smelling a rat here!  This whole 11th slot sing-off for the tour may be a big ruse for wildcarding either the winner or both into the finals.  In fact, I will be a little surprised if that isn’t exactly what it is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5IK3PM77MUXPFHZVNMHM3GIIMM Christina

    they probably want Vincent back

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5IK3PM77MUXPFHZVNMHM3GIIMM Christina

    i think Vincent . the judges love him !

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Only winners?Oh man, that eliminates so many great songs! BOOO!

    Kree needs to sing I Know You Wont!

    You, sir, win at life. Excellent suggestion!

  • Anny_nanny

    “Candice- Spotlight, Jennifer Hudson
    Angela – Whatya Want From Me, Adam Lambert?Lazaro – Crush, David Archuleta”

    Have I missed something?

  • dabney c

    OMG, an excellent choice!

  • EvenMoreron

    I can definitely see Paul choosing No Air lol.  

  • EvenMoreron

    I’d love for Kree to try Kelly’s Sober.  

  • kay121

    I feel incredibly old.  I was 13 when I started watching AI and now I’m older than everyone but Curtis.  Anyone else? This is such a young group…

  • dabney c

    I’m smelling a rat here! This whole 11th slot sing-off for the tour may be a big ruse for wildcarding either the winner or both into the finals. In fact, I will be a little surprised if that isn’t exactly what it is.

    That’s exactly what I thought, Larc — that at the end of the singoff, Ryan would announce – not only is the wildcard pick going on tour, but s/he is also going to stay for the competition.

    But it doesn’t work out unless they tell each of the singoff contestants to prepare a song for the actual competition round next week. And even THAT doesn’t work because we won’t know who wins the singoff until after we get the result of the votes the next day.

    So, we’re left with only 2 possibilities:

    1) they’re telling the truth, and the 11th person really is only going on tour.

    2) Ryan is going to surprise the two singoff people by suddenly announcing “you know what guys? You were both so great tonight, that we decided to let you BOTH stay and compete in … A SEASON 12 TOP 12!!!”

    *screams* *cheers* *Randy says ‘WHATT? WHATT?’* … and Nigel fills in the missing weeks in the broadcast schedule. (and if there’s only one week in need of being filled, then there will be a double elimination episode in the season)

    There you have it, people. Puzzle solved. ;)

  • vdawg

    Since I do not like any of the males this year, I hope Paul does not sing a Carrie song to try to pull in  Carrie’s fans to vote for him.  But I do hope the only country singer in this group Janelle sings Carrie’s All American Girl or Wasted. This is the first year there is not a male I can vote for. I wish Nick has gotten in.

  • fantoo1

    Idk I have seen a lot of girls on twitter rave about Lazaro and Paul.

  • Da 1 N Only

    I can see Candice, Amber, or Curtis (unfortunately) singing “A House Is Not A Home”.  Nobody has ever topped Tamyra Gray on that song including Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, but I don’t think anybody has ever gone home after singing it (Tamyra, Ruben, Anwar, Elliot, or Jacob)

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Well … based upon #5 in this article, Janelle should take a look at Idol winner Cook’s covers from S7:

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/08/american-idol-top-10-backstage-report/

    By the way, vdawg, I don’t think you’re gonna get your wish….

  • Lobilobi

    no just no please those two are my least favorite i hope they go home soon but i think Lazaro will win

  • Miz

    I think the key to winning audiences over is NOT singing in the style of previous idols. That whole ‘make it your own’ thing goes a long way. The ones who won took a known song and for the most part made it different.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    Angela should sing ‘Permanent’ by David Cook

  • girlygirltoo

    None of the people who failed to make Top 10 would win Idol this season.

  • Trina

    One of my huge pet peeves is this belief that Idol performances from the past are untouchable.  Whenever i hear “dont they know you should NEVER sing that song?” “Fill in the blanks version will never be touched”. so I already know this theme is going to annoy the crap out of me.  Just based on the reaction to Alone and BOTW being sung last night its like a sneak preview.  I have to wonder if some of these contestants are even aware of some of the more iconic performances? Especially the very early seasons.  Hell I know people who couldnt tell you a single thing Kelly performed because they didnt watch that early on.

    Another note, I kind of think the winners who didnt sell a lot or didnt get any hits, that their catalogue of post win songs may not be that well known to some. Like Lee had some great songs he did on the show, but how many people would really know any of the songs on his debut album?

  • tucker davis

    “One of the problems this season is there are too many ballad singers and many of the previous winners have not that many ballad type songs.”

    bingo! Top 10: did you hear this!!

  • standtotheright

    Like Lee had some great songs he did on the show, but how many people would really know any of the songs on his debut album?

    I can see the argument from the contestant point of view this way: I only have to get the 9th most votes to stay through next week. We’ve all been seen an equal number of times. There are some fans out there of prior winners who would powervote if I did a less well-known song by their favorite. I might get more votes by attracting fans of a winner with the more obscure song than by doing a likely-to-be-compared performance of an often-performed AI song or a big single that everyone knows.

    Would that actually work? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t say it was a bad strategy if someone tried it.

  • Anny_nanny

    What I read in the last year as a reaction to Phillip’s choice of songs – at first the fans indignant “not-clear choice”, but then remained happy. Unknown songs show that the singer loves the original singer and ready to dig interesting material, and not only selects songs that all of we heard on the radio. I think misty choice can really connect to the entrant fans, but only if the performance is worthy of the original.

  • dabney c

    None of the people who failed to make Top 10 would win Idol this season.

    Very true. There are no seriously “robbed” people among the ones who didn’t make it. Looks like Nigel made sure that his picks stood out in a super-obvious way against the competition.

    So, even though none of the ones who failed to make top 10 would win, there are a few who would give some of the chosen top 10 a run for their money. Bringing in 2 more people to compete for a tour spot would up everyone’s game. As it stands now, it’s only a race to 9th place.  Much less at stake when you’re only competing to not be eliminated.

    Anyway, you’re most likely right, and the singoff will be exactly what Ryan announced: an 11th spot on the tour. *yawn*.

    Nigel is killing the show for me this year.

  • dabney c

    Ugh.

  • Larc

    I suspect a lot of the different Idol things this season are FOX’s ideas, not Nigel’s.  I also suspect FOX may learn they are no better at running Idol than Nigel is.

  • MissMyEm

    I wonder if they’ll put every song from every winner in the song selections? I wouldn’t put it past Idol to omit some of the winners better songs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759402889 Natalie Blake

    Egads, this is a TERRIBLE theme!! I like that this will bring us more modern music, and that Idol songs so far this year have included contemporary hits. But I’ve always said it, and will say it again…an Idol contender should NEVER take on a former (successful) Idol’s song!! It sets them up to be compared to that Idol, who is someone pretty fresh in our memories, and very rarely can they make the song sound better than the original. I predict a whole lotttt of train wrecks this week. : (

  • brave Kaka

    yuna!!!

  • Patrick Tang

    I think Angie singing Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Already Gone’ would be a interesting choice, but also a ironic one. (After singing ‘Never Gone’)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KUERDPR4UGX4SGQBAWPNCBP6UY Ria

    Angela is a smart contestant.  She performed one of her own songs in Hollywood.  She performed a Colton song recently.  I will be shocked if she performs a song that has already been done on the she if she has the option to perform something else.  I expect her to choose a piano driven post-Idol song from Kris Allen or David Cook. There are several she could pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzat.hassan.9 Izzat Hassan

    or maybe u can try youtube??duh..

  • maymay

    My dream is some contestant`s GGG cover version is on Wednesday and Phillip`s live and studio versions are on Thursday. How Phenomenal and Epic. I know it`s impossible but fantastic.

    I don`t mind anyone performs Home. Why not? It`s a great song.

  • bridgette12

    Come on, have you looked at that group of singers, there’s not one of them the least bit interested in P2 or his music. It’s not their cup of tea. He might be the latest winner, but they don’t care.  

  • Patrick Tang

    On Youtube, type in ‘Angie Miller’ + ‘Home’.

    Tadaa

  • Lobilobi

    don’t even dream hahahaha

  • Lobilobi

    did you see the Billboard news about the Idol pcking songs, you might be surprised, everybody here thought they’d only take Kelly and Carrie’s songs but Kelly was not even mentionned

  • TheOther

    Come on, have you looked at that group of singers, there’s not one of them the least bit interested in P2 or his music. It’s not their cup of tea. He might be the latest winner, but they don’t care.

    In the Billboard interview, Candice Glover said her favorite Idol song was Home.  Ditto music director Ray Chew.  Angie Miller has performed a cover of it on You Tube.  Since there doesn’t appear to be anyone in Phillip’s genre this season, I can see where it may be not be harder for them.

  • Anny_nanny

    Paul – “We’ve Got Tonight”? Phillip hates this performance, but Jimmy was very proud.
    I know it’s WOW-moment, no one must sing this song in this season.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    “I don’t think Paul is going to win. The prototype is earnest, humble and wholesome, likeable, crushable white male who seems “authentic”… that’s more Lazaro than Paul from what I’ve seen IMO. He’s the closest to the ideal in the bunch even if he’s not exactly white.”
    I just looked up their auditions again. It turns out that description also fits Paul. “Idol” portrayed his audition as one of the most inspiring and emotional. He was likable, humble and grounded, which surprises me that he’s the one the judges are throwing under the bus this time. That being said, I do agree it’s a girl season. 

  • http://www.realitywithoutapologies.blogspot.com/ lisakn

    Candice Glover is the best IMO. She controls the song each and every time she sings. She makes it look so easy and her performance is always to flawless.
    Jimmy was right about Angie, she is like watching a beauty pageant, so boring, imo.
    I think Curtis will go home tonight. Not a lot of people like him from reading around.
    I don’t know how Janelle is still there.
    Lorenzo’s performance was horrible.
    Face it..this year is a bore. The only singer I look forward to singing is Candice.