American Idol 11 Top 12 – What The Critics Say

The American Idol 11 Top 12 er, 11 performed songs from The Year They Were Born.  Read my Recap. Now, read what the rest of the blogosphere had to say about the performances.

‘American Idol’ recap: Born Again (Except For One, Who Died)– I get way too excited for American Idol’s “birth year songs” theme week and never remember that the song selections usually end up being a bit lame. I’m always like, “Ooh, time to revisit the ’90s. What’s up? Seriously though who is going to sing ‘What’s Up’ by the 4 Non Blondes? HELLO.” This year I somehow deluded myself into thinking DeAndre Brackensick might surprise us with “Sweet Dreams” a.k.a. “The Other Sweet Dreams” by La Bouche. But the theme is called A Narrow Selection of Songs From the Year You Were Born, not Random Dance Hits Blasting Out of Annie’s Car in High School. – Entertainment Weekly

‘American Idol’ recap: Jermaine Jones is out as final 11 perform – All day Wednesday, rumors were circulating that low-voiced “American Idol” contestant Jermaine Jones, who had been eliminated by the judges before the final 24 only to be brought back in a “dramatic twist,” would be booted off the show for failing to divulge his criminal history. That history reportedly included lying to police about his name and an incident that was said to have involved violence. Perhaps he wasn’t such a “gentle giant” after all. – Los Angeles Times

‘American Idol’ Recap: Jermaine Jones Kicked Off; Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh Have A Moment – In dramatic fashion, top 12 finalist Jermaine Jones was essentially fired Donald Trump-style by Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. As host Ryan Seacrest forewarned: “With the cooperation of law enforcement, we discovered information that left us with no choice but to eliminate one of our own from the competition. When you’re doing a live show, anything can happen.” – Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’ 2012: Producers toss one Idolette, survivors perform – But who is this alleged jaywalker and/or murderer? Ryan won’t say, so now, if you have managed to get through a whole day without Twitter, the Web, or celebrity suck-up TV shows — and congrats on that – you’ve got to stay tuned for the duration to see who’s guilty by elimination. It’s like a Hercule Poirot show where all the suspects end up in the parlor together! (We won’t spoil it for you.) – Washington Post

‘American Idol’: A Strange Performance Show – It was a strange “American Idol” performance show, which began with a vague announcement by Ryan that one contestant was sent home last night, disqualified from the show. And then the show went on, with no names named, and a heavy mood looming. Earlier in the day, rumors were flying on Twitter (and it was reported on TMZ yesterday), that it was the 6’8” Jermaine Jones who had been given the boot. – Wall Street Journal

Top Finalists Compete – Tonight’s show opened with Ryan promising the titillating news that we’d see a contestants eliminated tonight due to issues with law enforcement. I was aware of this upcoming circus and grossed out by it. However, it turns out that after tonight’s episode of bafflingly lackluster song choices (“songs from the year they were born”), maybe a little law and order was actually what the episode needed to spice things up a bit. – AV Club

A bad night on ‘American Idol’ for more than just DQ’d Jermaine Jones – “Gentle giant” Jermaine Jones was indeed kicked off “American Idol” on Wednesday for bad behavior, but he’s not the only “Idol” finalist in trouble. Left unsaid is what they could have done. Who knew that Nigel Lythgoe had that kind of power over the courts? (Can he fix my parking tickets?) But at any rate, Jones thanked them for the opportunity and sadly walked out the door. And then, there were 11. – MSNBC

‘Idol’ Top 12 Night: Jermaine Jones’s Disqualification Overshadows Episode – That was the cold open of this Wednesday’s “Idol” show, as intoned to full dramatic effect by an overly earnest-looking Ryan Seacrest…before Ryan of course took almost 90 minutes to get around to making the announcement everyone was waiting to hear. Yes, many viewers tuned in to “Idol” this week not to see this season’s remaining finalists warble songs of the ’80s and ’90s, but to find out just what happened to one of those contestants, who’d never warble on the show again. – Yahoo Music

‘American Idol’ Recap: Jermaine Jones Disqualified And Top 11 Sing Songs From The Year They Were Born – Within a minute of seeing Ryan Seacrest emerge from a dust cloud and say “This [long pause] is ‘American Idol,'” I remember why I haven’t been able to stomach this show for quite sometime. Seacrest doesn’t hesitate to bring up the Jermaine Jones drama, though I have a sneaking suspicion we won’t actually find out what went down until the last two minutes of these next two hours. – Huffington Post

‘American Idol’ Recap: Not-So-Gentle Giant? – If you’re a fan of both American Idol and gossip magazines, you may have already heard some rumors about tonight’s episode. But just because the truth is already out there doesn’t mean that the producers are going to tell you anytime soon. Nope, they are going to draw out the big reveal as long as possible. That’s why it’s not a huge surprise when Ryan Seacrest starts the show by announcing that the producers discovered some information that left them with no choice but to eliminate one of the finalists. And then they cut to the opening credits. Like I said, teasing viewers with the drama isn’t a surprise, but it sure is annoying. – Rolling Stone

Recap: ‘American Idol’ Top 11 Performances – Songs From The Year They Were Born – It’s been a strange 24 hours in “American Idol”-dom with the apparent elimination of contestant Jermaine Jones for failing to reveal aspects of his criminal record. With FOX refusing any sort of official comment on how Jones’ absence will be handled, there’s suspense aplenty as Wednesday (March 14) night’s show is set to begin. – Hit Fix

‘American Idol’ top 12 (11?) recap: The Biggest Liar – Jermaine Jones was unceremoniously booted from the show. And unlike, say, Frenchie Davis or Corey Clark in past years, the show videotaped the producers confronting Jones on his outstanding warrants and lying to the police when questioned. Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, taped Tuesday afternoon, even asked him about a fight, which he said never got physical. Atlanta Journal Constitution

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