American Idol 9 – Hollywood Part 3 Recaps

‘American Idol’ recap: Semi-Charmed Lives

Much like the lightweight Katy Perry track covered by one too many season 9 contestants, tonight’s American Idol telecast ran decidedly ”hot and cold, ” to the point where I could almost imagine the show’s producers sitting around a conference-room table cooking up peculiar plots to ensure the most tepid Hollywood Week episode of all time. Some of the things they said (in my head):

”We could get people excited this year by rolling out names of the top 24 semifinalists starting on Tuesday, but only after we make ’em endure 70 minutes of insomnia-curing conference-room footage!” ”Hey, let’s see if we can pull off that ruse again where we insist that singers who forget their lyrics are going home immediately, but then not actually follow through with our threats!” ”Oh, and yeah, we’ll let Jermaine through to the top 46 — but it’s gonna be that annoying Sellers dude, not Purifory! Psych!”

EW.com

‘Idol’ tortures everyone as it reveals top 24

“American Idol” clearly is a big fan of borrowing elements from other entertainment programs, and Tuesday’s episode was evidence of that. It had the time-travel element of “Lost, ” the feel-good profiles and the manufactured tension of NBC’s Olympic coverage, and a nickname that came straight from “The Blind Side.”

Even more than that, it has the usual torture that would be too much for even Jack Bauer on “24.”

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Ann Powers: So far, these Idols are light on their feet

Last year around this time, I had a feeling that “American Idol” was about to go through a Jason Mraz phase. I was half right. Kris Allen, Season 8’s ultimate winner, shared several qualities with that under-the-radar pop star: he had an effervescent vocal style, spun the singer-songwriter stance toward blue-eyed soul, and made points by being crafty and cute, not powerful.

What I didn’t expect, of course, was Hurricane Glambert. Though Adam Lambert didn’t win the contest, he rearranged the planets in the “Idol” universe with that G-Force charisma and his singular vocal gift.

LA Times

Michael Lynche, Didi Benami, More Make ‘American Idol’ Top 24

Another episode has gone past, and the country’s vision of its next “American Idol” is becoming a bit clearer. On tonight’s show, seven contestants officially made the cut into the top 24, and from talented future superstars to earnest underdogs to overachieving rookies, the eyes of the world are now upon them.

Here’s our breakdown of the names announced tonight:

MTV

Hollywood Week — Idol Refugee Room Episode, Two Hours Of Poo

Ugh — What a worthless Piece of Crap episode.
Every year, this episode, the Big Empty Room Full of Refugees episode is always worthless, but since it’s so forgettable, I always forget how bad it is. Until now. Good god, this was horrible. It’s a colossal two hour wank, as the producers ask each other “How stupid are these moron fans?”

This is exactly the kind of crap I hate about Idol.

— American Idol fans are too stupid to own computers. Every website in the world has a list of the finalists. We don’t need to suffer through this crap any more. Just give them to us. Let them sing.

Vote For the Worst

‘American Idol’ Breaks Out The Scissors And The Kleenex

Tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol‘ was the penultimate episode of the Hollywood Round, and in an effort to make people tune into what’s normally a placeholder episode between the overly dramatic group round and the actually tense final elimination, the producers mixed things up. The two-hour show was made up of two distinct segments: First, the “ballroom round, ” where the 71 remaining contestants were divided into three groups, held in hotel ballrooms for hours and then told en masse whether they’d made the second-to-last cut; and second, the final eliminations, in which we got to see just which contestants were — and weren’t — making it through to the Top 24.

Fancast.com

American Idol, Hollywood round, part 3, recap

So the show rewarded us with seven of the top 24. Five guys, two gals.

I’m not sure if we have a winner among those seven though Todrick Hall, Michael Lynche, Casey James (left) and Didi Benami have solid shots at the top 12. The other three — Katelyn Epperly, Aaron Kelly, Lee DeWyze – are going to have to rise the occasion to make it further, in my opinion.

Of the two eliminated, I really liked Shelby. Jessica was distinctly unmemorable to me. No big loss there and her reaction didn’t endear her to anybody except her therapist.

AJC.com

Michael Lynche, Didi Benami, More Make ‘American Idol’ Top 24

Another episode has gone past, and the country’s vision of its next “American Idol” is becoming a bit clearer. On tonight’s show, seven contestants officially made the cut into the top 24, and from talented future superstars to earnest underdogs to overachieving rookies, the eyes of the world are now upon them.

Here’s our breakdown of the names announced tonight:

MTV

‘American Idol’ Unveils Seven Top-24 Contenders, Including Casey James, Michael Lynche

Tens of thousands of potential “American Idol” winners became 181 Hollywood Week hopefuls who were then considered, criticized and often condemned until 71 singers gained passage to the next round at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. Tuesday night’s (February 16) show saw that number winnowed once again as the first crooners of the top 24 were announced by Simon Cowell and his fellow “Idol” judges.

Early notable contestants Casey James (he of the shirtless Denver audition), Michael “Big Mike” Lynche (the hulking guy who skipped the birth of his child in favor of a stay at Hollywood Week) and Didi Benami (who sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” in memory of her deceased best friend) all made the top 24. Joining them were dancer-turned-singer Todrick Hall, curly-haired Duffy-ite Katelyn Epperly, high-schooler Aaron Kelly and singer-songwriter Lee Dewyze.

MTV

‘American Idol’ Recap: Seven In, 17 To go

I imagine Tuesday night’s (February 16) “American Idol” was a lot like watching Brangelina’s vacation videos. On one hand, you think you should care because it’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their 14 children on a banana boat. But on the other hand, if you’ve seen one family vacation home video, you’ve seen them all. Nine seasons in, the final Hollyweek episodes are as old hat and predictable as an ensemble romantic comedy.

There just wasn’t enough drama to sustain an hour of “Idol, ” let alone two. Yep, “Idol” decided last week that the Olympics were on and holy crap we need to do something desperate fans deserved an extra bonus hour of Hollywood week to help us get to know the Top 24 better.

MTV

American Idol – Judgment Week

Okay, let’s do the math. 71 contestants left, each performing a final number for the judges. At 3 minutes a song that’s 213 minutes of music. American Idol Judgment night was two hours, minus the commercials. So ultimately 46 minutes. Seems to me there’d be enough singing to really put together a dynamite show. Instead, we saw snippets of a few songs (some snippets even repeated) and two hours of contestants anxiously waiting, more crying than Gandhi’s funeral, and endless, ENDLESS recaps. At times we saw recaps of things that happened two minutes before. I mean, even the guy from Memento would be saying, “Right. They’re separated into three groups and only two go through. I get it!”

Huffingtonpost.com

American Idol Recap: The Three Rooms of Doom

We knew it was coming, it was just a matter of taking a deep breath and getting through it: the tedious chapter in every American Idol season where they skimp on the performances and go through an unceremonious roll call of who has made it to the top 24. The first half of last night’s two-hour episode found the remaining 71 contestants — who “had their lives on the line” according to Ryan Seacrest, with no hyperbole at all, no way no how — splitting into three separate rooms. As usual the, “Are tonight’s losers behind door No. 1, 2, or 3?” segment of the show was as suspenseful as a cliffhanger from a Flash Gordon serial. Will the most talented and likable contestants make it out alive, or will it be the room notable only for its absence of compelling stories?

Vulture

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