American Idol 12 – Top 10 Reveal – What the Critics Say

Here’s what critics around the interwebs are saying about last night’s American Idol 12 Top 10 reveal. Read my recap here.

‘American Idol’ recap: Ten Apples Up on Top – Ninety minutes, 10 “victory songs,” and one Mariah Carey/Oz the Great and Powerful plug later, we have our season 12 finalists! Ten kiddies get to continue living out their lifelong fantasies in Mimi Boob Land. No wild cards this time around — but! The sixth-most-voted guy and the sixth-most-voted girl from this week will compete in a sing-off for a spot on the 2013 summer tour. Huh?! That’s absurd; nobody cares. – Read moer at Entertainment Weekly

‘American Idol’ recap: Ten Apples Up on Top – American Idol revealed its top 10 last night, but after the lights dimmed on the live show, the new crop of contestants and the judges had a chance to speak to the press about the big night and preview the competition to come. So what did we learn? Here are some highlights – Entertainment Weekly

American Idol Recap: Ryan Seacrest’s Long Halftime Walk – You guys! Our votes have been tabulated, our top twenty have been shuffled back to Hollywood, and Glee and your local news have been pushed back a half hour. Let’s take 90 minutes to read ten names, you want to? It doesn’t matter. We’re going to. American Idol does not kill time so much as treat time like a young backpacker in a Hostel movie. – Read more at

American Idol Top 20 Results Recap: It’s the Finals Countdown – How do you take the task of announcing the names of American Idol‘s Season 12 finalists and stretch it out over a 90-minute telecast? Well, you can start with a super-awkward framework for the episode that requires Ryan Seacrest to dash back and forth from the stage to a tiny holding room, retrieving finalists one at a time and leaving the unfortunate castoffs to stew in their own anxiety and terror. – Read more at TV Line

‘American Idol’: Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations – After weeks of highs and lows in which the girls outsang the guys, prompting predictions that a female winner might finally prevail this year, American Idol has revealed the top 10 finalists for season 12. For the first time this week, the two gender-divided performance nights in Vegas were open to viewer voting. The show returned to L.A. for Thursday’s results round, with Ryan Seacrest announcing that almost 39 million votes had been cast to determine the lineup. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’ Top 10 Revealed! – Perhaps the evening’s biggest surprise was that the pool of finalists was kept to just 10. With the talent assembled in the semifinals — and given the show’s history of playing with the numbers — speculation was that a few Wild Cards would be let through during the episode. But producers promised 10 and they delivered 10, leaving several worthy contestants out in the cold. – Read more at MTV

Wild Card-less Season 12 ‘American Idol’ Top Ten Revealed – When it was announced that “American Idol” Season 12’s first live results show, on which the top 10 finalists would be revealed, would be a full 90 minutes long, I assumed that meant there’d be some wiggle-room for a few Wild Card performances. I mean, how else was Nigel Lythgoe going to pad an entire hour and a half?
Oh, but I should not have doubted Fox’s ability to find new ways to make a process that could have been completed in five minutes feel like five hours. No, people, there were no Wild Cards on this Thursday’s semifinals results show. There was, in fact, just a top 10. And every single one of the top 10, upon hearing their good news, did a victory song. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. – Read more at

‘American Idol’ Top 10 Chosen, With Few Surprises From Voters – Leaving the futures of 20 different singers in the hands of the American voting public can be an overwhelming thought, but America pulled few surprises Thursday night as it voted in the top 10 finalists on “American Idol” 2013. In a setup that involved a long hallway, humongous doors and a tense waiting room, contestants got the news one by one, the finalists emerging to find screaming, adoring fans on the “Idol” stage before being allowed a “victory song” to sing for the audience. – Read more at Billboard

Here’s your ‘American Idol’ Top 10 – America has its American Idol Top 10 for Season 12, and, boy, do they love their ballads. As Ryan Seacrest announced the names of five men, then five women, practically all of them took the stage to sing their victory songs. Like India.Arie’s Ready for Love. And John Legend’s So High. Beyonce’s I Was Here. And Bridge Over Troubled Water. It got so bad that the singers who brought some tempo to the night — like Devin Velez singing Israel Houghton’s I Was One, Amber Holcomb doing Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Women and Kree Harrison closing the show by rocking out on Susan Tedeschi’s Evidence — may have scored a few points for themselves. – Read more at Idol Chatter

‘American Idol’ recap: Meet your talented top 10 – Fine work, “American Idol” voters. You picked a pretty much perfect top 10 (which is to say a perfect top 5 women, and a perfectly fine top 5 men). “Idol” producers? You did well too — giving us an hour-and-a-half results show devoid of fluff and tease and filled with emotion and a sense that true talent triumphs. It was also intimate, presenting a special, quiet moment backstage with each of the 10 finalists as they absorbed the potentially life-changing news, a private reveal ahead of the big one before the judges and the crowd. – Read more at the LA Times

And there was a collective yawn: American Idol 12 Top 10 Revealed – Tonight in Las Vegas, tourists with a deep abiding adoration for both Ringo Starr and the Russian Swing can breathe a sigh of relief, as Love returns to the Mirage stage and American Idol returns to where it belongs, next door to the giant Cinnabon emporium called The Grove. Rather than ushering out all of the 20 hopefuls and sacrificing each of them in front of a live studio audience, the are all divided by gender and held in small rooms, waiting for Ryan to call their names. It must be exciting for those in the audience, but not for those sitting at home. – Read more at Top Idol

‘American Idol’ Top 10 Show and After-Party: What You Didn’t See on TV – 50% off! I’m not talking about the down-but-still-strong ratings for “American Idol’s” Season 12. It was the logline as last week’s newly minted “Top 20” became the “Top 10” in a brisk 90-minute live-results show Thursday night. (Above: The singer who only stutters when he talks, Lazaro Arbos, learned his favorable fate on Thursday night.) Inside the studio and at the after-party, here’s what you didn’t see on TV. – Read more at The Wrap

‘American Idol’: Ten Things I Hate About You – Congratulations, America. You have arrived at base camp two of your ascent to the top of Ryan Seacrest’s Magic Mystery Mountain. Only one last big climb to go before you are standing at the top, gasping for air, many of your compatriots lying dead in frozen heaps beneath you. Yes, last night we crowned our Top 10 on American Idol, all of them beaming their telegenic smiles while the gore-soaked crowns dripped on their heads. It had been a long and brutal fight, but here they were. Arrived. Who made it? Who was unceremoniously sent home? Let’s take a look. – Read more at The Atlantic

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