American Idol 12 – Semi-Final Girls – What the Critics Say

Here’s what critics around the interwebs are saying about last night’s American Idol 12 Girls Semi-Final round. Read my recap here.

‘American Idol’ recap: This Is a Woman’s World – Ten girls sang for your 50-at-a-time votes Tuesday night, but only five will move on. Well, five plus the wild cards. No need to pretend those aren’t gonna happen! Oh, and no need to scan the audience for the best possible fan poster to encapsulate season 12, because here it is right now: -Read more at Entertainment Weekly

American Idol Recap: Supervote for the Worst – You guys! After only seven weeks of this goddamn show, it’s time for us to start voting. In fact, it’s time to start supervoting; through the American Idol app, each person is assigned 50 votes to dole out however they choose. Man, they are desperate to neutralize the text-happy preteen-girl voting bloc, and they have chosen socialism. – Read more at Vulture

American Idol Recap: Women on the Verge of a Righteous Breakthrough – Never judge a book by its cover. And never judge an American Idol judge by a pre-taped, carefully edited episode. That message was made troublingly clear by the shenanigans that occurred during Season 12?s first live telecast — featuring the Top 10 women squaring off for (presumably, but hopefully not) only five spots in the finale. – Read more at TV Line

‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 10 Girls Compete for Nation’s Vote – For the entire last month, the judges had their say about the remaining top 20 contestants left standing in the Cirque de Soleil theater in Las Vegas. Tuesday night, the final 10 girls took to the stage as America finally got its turn to vote and decide the fates of Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Zoanette Johnson, Adriana Latonio, Angela Miller, Breanna Steer, Tenna Torres, Janelle Arthur, Aubrey Cleland, and Candice Glover. “I think we’ve offered some real diversity,” judge Keith Urban correctly said. “America is going to have a really hard time narrowing it down to five.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Candice And Kree Seize The “American Idol” Spotlight – Randy Jackson started off the night with a spiel that this year, unlike previous ones, was one where the female contestants have been hotly tipped. Never mind that he’s been saying this since the pre-DeWyze era; American Idol is a place where history is utterly mutable, particularly in the minds of one of the two on-camera personalities with any sort of institutional history. The contestants tonight were okay, for the most part, although they relied way too heavily on balladry in order to make their case. Would it have killed one singer to go uptempo? Sure, it might have required the removal of some Big Notes, but it might have also allowed weaker vocalists like Breanna Steer and Adriana Latonio the chance to show off how they fit into the current pop landscape, instead of the Idol talent-show paradigm. – Read more at Popdust

‘American Idol’ Recap: End Of The Zoanette Era? – On Tuesday’s “American Idol,” the first live episode of the season, early standout Zoanette Johnson stumbled while several of her fellow contestants — namely Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover — made huge strides forward in the competition. Half of the girls will be sent home on Thursday, and Zoanette now faces an uphill climb to make to the next round. – Read more at MTV

‘American Idol’ Top 10 Girls Night: Zoanette In The Danger Zoan – They say anything can happen on live television, and never was that old adage more apt than it was this Tuesday—and not just because judge Nicki Minaj complimented busty contestant Tenna Torres’s cleavage on the air (a bold move that would make even flirty old man Steven Tyler blanch), or because she told the viewing public that another contestant, Kree Harrison, was her “wife.” No, the most unpredictable part of “American Idol’s” first live episode of the season actually came during its first five minutes, courtesy of—who else?—zany Zoanette Johnson. – Read more at

‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 10 Ladies Lay Down the Law – Angie Miller and Candice Glover continued as some of the show’s frontrunners, while Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb continued their rapid ascent into contending for the title of “American Idol.” It’s hard now to imagine any of them going home, and yet, any combination could be Thursday, and some — if not all — certainly will by season’s end. The Thursday results show will see five of the 10 head home, barring a wild card round that’s very possible with the strong field of girls (and because Randy Jackson kind of hinted at the possibility). – Read more at

‘American Idol’ women’s semifinal: The recap – Some girls attempt Beyonce. Some sing Whitney Houston. And some women channel Kim Burrell. That last name may not mean much to everybody who watched American Idol’s female semifinals show Tuesday, but it does to female singers with gospel and R&B in their backgrounds. And I’d lay cash money it means something to Candice Glover. Glover, who performed last Tuesday, finished the show with the kind of performance that resets how all the ones before her were perceived. Suddenly, performances that originally had made big impressions — like Breanna Steer’s sultry but cool take on Beyonce’s Flaws and All or Amber Holcomb’s nearly note-perfect rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Believe in You and Me — suddenly seemed like mere attempts to measure up. – Read more at USA Today

Ballads Made Me Fall Asleep: American Idol Top 10 Girls Sing Slow Stuff – Is it just my imagination, but didn’t they have both a male & female in American Idol’s opening animation in previous seasons? Or three sort of asexual illuminated figures? All I know is that this week brings FIVE AND A HALF HOURS of American Idol. So naturally, Ryan Seacrest’s patented chit chat with each judge in the beginning is absolutely necessary, right? – Read more at Top Idol Blog

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