American Idol 10 Top 12 Girls Recap Roundup

Something Pitchy: Is Brett Loewenstern the New Sanjaya?

That’s right, we said it! After Tuesday night’s performance, the red-headed, Boca Raton teen might just have a lock on the title of “Season 10’s Sanjaya.”

But what about newly minted metal head James Durbin and the second coming of Luther Vandross aka Jacob Lusk? Find out what I, Rickey Yaneza ( and MJ Santilli (MJ’s Big Blog) have to say about the Top 12 boys and their chances at becoming the next ‘American Idol’ in this edition of “Something Pitchy!”

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American Idol: The Girls Who Sang With Fire

Ever have that nightmare where you’re headed into a classroom for a huge final exam, even though you’ve only attended one class all semester? That’s pretty much the conundrum facing American Idol fans after Wednesday night’s season 10 women’s semifinal: Based on a single night of live performances, we’re being asked to toss at least half of the top 12 women onto the Idol scrap heap, where their sparkling dreams of superstardom will be violently ground down and repurposed as body shimmer for Jennifer Lopez. And inevitably, we’re bound to get some answers wrong.

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‘American Idol’: Karen Rodriguez and Jacob Lusk get bilingual, on the scene for the Top 12 girls

The first thing you need to know about this season of American Idol — the very first thing — is that the members of the audience who sit behind the stage of the newly redesigned-to-actually-resemble-a-dome Idoldome are rowdy. They whistle. They catcall. They whoop and cheer when a wannabe diva points at them during her song. They demand Cory the Warm Up Comic trek up to their row so they can shake their moneymaker with enough middle-aged gusto that Jennifer Lopez is forced to smile and point. I’m thinking of calling them the peanut gallery. Smirkelstiltskin my snark demon is thinking of calling them the nosebleeders. Neither of us is satisfied with this nomenclature, but it was our very first day inside the Idoldome OS X, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.



‘American Idol’ recap: Pageant of the Misses

“WHO DO YOU LOVE?” bellowed Ryan Seacrest. Could it be Lauren Alaina, standing to his left with a huge heart on her shirt — the only girl basking in Ryan’s typically selfish spotlight? Nah, couldn’t be her. It’d be a huge coincidence if it was her. Nope. The judges squirmed in their swiveling spaceship seats, and in one of the most pronounced departures from American Idol in seasons past, Randy Jackson “woo”ed (Steven) instead of booed (Simon). “Get on your feet and let’s go to the moon, ” suggested Steven Tyler from his perch on, somehow, an entirely different planet. And we’re off!



‘American Idol’ Top 12 women: Pia Toscano, Thia Megia, Karen Rodriguez win the night

After last night’s guys, three of which we think are definitely safe, “American Idol” brings us the girls. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Seacrest welcomes us again and the strange voice man introduces the judges. J.Lo has come as a disco ball, Randy has on a Cosby sweater and Steven Tyler is wearing the same thing from last night. He probably just slept backstage and rolled out for “Idol.” (Yes, I know this is pre-taped, it’s a joke, don’t email me).



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

Oh, those tricky ‘Idol’ producers, hyping up Lauren Alaina when New York’s own Pia Toscano is really “the one.”

Yes, as Ryan reminded us at the top of the episode, we’ve got three months to go, which means there’s plenty of time for colossal musical miscalculations, wardrobe disasters and straight-up fatigue, but Pia Toscano may just be the female ‘American Idol’ Nigel is hoping for.

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‘American Idol’ Top 12 Girls: Divas Abound, Teens Rule

Wow, what a difference a TV mix can make. Watching last night’s broadcast of American Idol’s Top 12 guys was a good reminder of the stark contrast between how the performances feel in the studio and how they actually sound to the viewer at home. It may be something Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will have to address on Thursday’s show, once they’ve had the chance to watch the episodes back. They, in turn, might want to take a few of their comments back. Randy Jackson is, of course, well aware of the disparity, but also wasn’t nearly as fawning over the Top 12 guys as his fellow judges.



‘American Idol’ Top 12 Girls: Thia Megia, Pia Toscano Show Star Power

The fellas had their chance on Tuesday night, so on Wednesday (March 2), this year’s “American Idol” top 12 women took the stage in an effort to earn their place in the finals.

By night’s end, Pia Toscano and Ashthon Jones emerged as the ones to beat, while teens Thia Megia and Lauren Alaina appeared to have also punched their cards into the top 10.



Ladies have a hard time standing out on ‘Idol’

Unlike the men of the night before , the dozen women in the “American Idol” semifinals had a hard time standing out from the crowd.

With at least five spots there for the taking (and as many as eight, depending on how the judges spend those three wildcards), nerves and song choices helped keep anyone from separating from the pack early. But the show closed with three straight performances that allowed things to finish on a high note.



‘American Idol’: The Top 12 Women See Lauren, Thia and Pia Prove Formidable

If the “American Idol” guy contestants last night seemed to separate out into front-runners and also-rans, with a few standouts leading the way, tonight’s female competition proved a lot tougher to handicap, with a lot more consistency top to bottom.

To get down to five finalists (and a judge’s wild card) from this batch is going to require some heavy lifting, and it seems only Randy Jackson, once more assuming the Simon Cowell naysayer position, expressed any misgivings, much to the consternation of the crowed, urged to lustily boo by rabble-rousing executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.



American Idol 10 Top 12 Girls: Do out of work screenwriters pen the judges’ comments?

Tonight on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez is wearing my bought-in-2003-from-Target shower curtain. She and Steven Tyler will continue to coddle the contestants while I furiously write mental letters to 19Entertainment requesting that they bring the unemployed Charlie Sheen on as a new judge when the show goes live.

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‘American Idol’ 2011: Top 12 girls perform

The Top-2 chicks sing for 5 spots on “American Idol” tonight.

Ta-Tynisa Wilson attempts Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World).” Well, anyway, she’s leggy. Actually, her legs are stronger than her voice. On lower register she fades out almost completely.

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American Idol, Season 10, Live Show #2: The Glut Of Interchangeable Blonde Chicks

Here’s something Steven Tyler said on TV tonight: “After Monday and Tuesday, even the week says WTF!” This was after Pia Toscana’s show-closing, triumphant, r&b-ified take on “I’ll Stand by You, ” and it ground the show to a quick halt at an inopportune moment, because everyone had to think for a second about what he just said. And yes, it’s true, the initials of “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday” are “WTF.” But here’s my thing: How long was Tyler saving that? He sure didn’t come up with it on the spot, and he might not have even come up with that on his own. Does he have writers? Can we collectively demand that these writers be fired? And are we going to have to relive that moment over and over in future montages, like we did with his “fuck a duck” thing?

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Top 24 Girls Recap: “After Monday and Tuesday, Even a Week Says WTF”

Some people criticized my blog from yesterday saying that I said all of the performances were bad for effect. They think I just hate everything because I run Vote for the Worst. As you will see tonight, fine readers, that is not true. The guys were entertaining and hilarious shit. Tonight, the ladies produced some entertaining and hilarious shit, but they also actually gave some performances that showed there are some marketable gems in the bunch. Of course, I don’t like those people because I don’t watch Idol to see people sing well. I watch for entertainment. The guys were making the TV show I’d want to watch while the girls were kind of all over the map. So how did they do?



‘American Idol’: Pia Toscano Ends The Top 12 Girls Night On A High Note

A few of the The Top 12 Guys emerged as legitimate frontrunners Tuesday night, but after three years of male singers winning American Idol, we’re certainly due for a young lady to blow us away and win the competition. Thankfully, there were a small handful of females in the Top 12 who proved that they have the potential – and the talent – of doing just that. They sang Christina! They sang Reba! They miserably warbled out Kelly! Head below for our recap of ladies’ night on Idol.



‘American Idol’ Recap: The Top 12 Girls Perform!

After the boys gave all that they had last night on American Idol, it was finally time for the top 12 girls to take the stage and show everyone what they had to offer!

First three up were Tatynisa Wilson with Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World), ” Naima Adedapo with “Summertime” and Kendra Chantelle doing Christina Aguilera’s “Impossible.” Tatynisa didn’t come off very good and being that she was hardly seen, this isn’t really a good thing. Some notes were pretty off and she was trying too hard with the dance moves. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez did like it, but Randy Jackson was keeping it real once again and didn’t care for it. Has he truly become the new Simon Cowell? However, J. Lo said “being a performer is about moving the crowd and she moved the crowd.” Randy claimed that he wasn’t moved.



Idol Watch: My Top Five Women (Or So)

It was American Idol’s turn to show off its dozen female semifinalists last night, and the ladies were… shiny. Arrayed in a sea of glitter and riding waves of curls (among men and women alike, this seems to be the Season of Hair on Idol), the women tried to sing their way into America’s top five. My choices for the five of the evening and a wild card after the jump—plus a few general thoughts:



American Idol Recap: Paul F. Tompkins on the Top Twelve Women

Aw, yeah. It’s LADIES’ NIGHT! Ryan begins the show with a little speech, emphasizing every word equally. It’s not easy to do. Try it. I kind of have to give it up for him. He introduces the judges, and J.Lo is dressed like a cavewoman from the future. This is not a criticism. She looks amazingly hot. Other judges also appear.

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