American Idol 9 Top 12 Party Videos (and more)

Just for you, a collection of videos and media reports from the big Top 12 celebration in Los Angeles last night.

Check it out after the jump. And check back, I’ll be adding stuff all day.

Articles: LA Times: 12 things we learned from the Top 12. Interesting stuff: Crystal Bowersox will continue to pick her own clothes, Didi is the daughter of an Israeli, Lacey Brown has a crush on Jason Castro

Zap2it interviews Siobhan Magnus HERE and Tim Urban HERE.

Videos after the JUMP…

Jim Cantiello interviews Crystal Bowersox

Jim Cantiello interviews Andrew Garcia

Jim Cantiello interviews Lee Dewyze

Jim Cantiello interviews Michael Lynche

Jim Cantiello interviews Didi Benami

Jim Cantiello interviews Page Miles

Jim Cantiello interviews Lacey Brown

Jim Cantiello interviews Tim Urban

Jim Cantiello interviews Siobhan Magnus

Jim Cantiello interviews Casey James

Jim Cantiello interviews Katie Stevens

Jim Cantiello interviews Aaron Kelly

Hollywood Life interviews Michael Lynche

Dish of Salt interview with Andrew Garcia, Lee Dewyze, Aaron Kelly & Katie Stevens Article HERE.

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55 Comments

  1. o.k. now I’m worried. It sounds like the pod people have gotten to Crystal. Yikes!

  2. t2:
    03/12/2010 at 11:40 am
    o.k. now I’m worried. It sounds like the pod people have gotten to Crystal. Yikes!

    What happened?? What are pod people??

  3. t2:

    o.k. now I’m worried. It sounds like the pod people have gotten to Crystal. Yikes!

    I watched the video.. What do you mean the pod people has gotten her?

  4. The pod people are the aliens who inhabit your body so that you can “fit in” better with the rest of the AI universe. For instance Crystal thinks “group numbers are fun”. Uhhhh…sure.

    p.s. Lee sure cleans up nice.

  5. t2

    The pod people are the aliens who inhabit your body so that you can “fit in” better with the rest of the AI universe. For instance Crystal thinks “group numbers are fun”. Uhhhh…sure.

    ROFL! So she likes the group numbers. :) There is nothing wrong with that! :)

  6. I actually think Crystal is very pro and mature in interviews. Way to go Mamasox!!

  7. On mtv.com Jim has interviews up with Mike and Didi as well. Mike’s is intersting, it brings up the idea of him singing a song in Didi’s style – a bit of a LOL moment.

  8. The pod people are the aliens who inhabit your body so that you can “fit in” better with the rest of the AI universe. For instance Crystal thinks “group numbers are fun”. Uhhhh…sure.

    I think that’s just learning to embrace the cheese ;) The on the scene recap at EW says that “at one point I caught Mama Bowersox unironically bopping her head to the music while not on camera”.

    OK. Maybe the aliens HAVE taken over her body.

  9. Didi’s talking voice is kinda squeaky and screechy, kinda like a chipmiunk’s. But i love, LOVE her singing voice! How odd!

  10. Didi’s talking voice is kinda squeaky and screechy, kinda like a chipmiunk’s. But i love, LOVE her singing voice! How odd!

    Her speaking voice reminds me of Katy Allen’s voice

  11. “Did it ever cross your mind that it might seem like you were telling America to rub you?” Bazinga! LMAO, that was awesome. Cantiello is funnier when he’s not fanboying.

    You know, Lee really is a boring interview, and, you know, and doesn’t say much of anything, you know, when he, like, speaks, you know, so I guess it’s good that he cleans up well. You know?

  12. I was wondering why Vered “Didi” Benami had an Israeli name. She doesn’t look at all Israeli :P. And where does Didi come from Vered? What if she just stuck with Vered? That name could totally be exotic to America. Vered Benami. It sounds kinda sexy.

    Kinda surprised Crystal likes the group numbers, she didn’t look that thrilled doing one of them (Maybe she wants to tell America that they’re lipsyncing but the producers will hate her if they do, so she’s bringing attention to them by saying she likes them?). Either way, there’s nothing wrong with it lol.

    Lee says “you know” alot. You know?

    I’m probably not going to watch his interview, I hate that habit so much. It’s kinda annoying.

  13. o.k. now I’m worried. It sounds like the pod people have gotten to Crystal. Yikes!

    Could it be that Crystal’s lip piercing is actually a “pod people probe” that they are using to control her actions? I don’t want to set up any conspiracy theories that could hurt Crystal later on, but I have a bad feeling about her lip probe. And is it possible that her not looking so well yesterday was due to an infection because of the unsterilized probe?

    I’m totally sticking with this story until somebody proves otherwise.

  14. Actually, Crystal is the kind of person who I can see liking the group numbers simply because their cheese factor is so off the charts. You know…she probably gets together with her buddies and watches “Dirty Dancing” at least once a year too.

    I’m so glad to see her looking peppy. I’m gonna stick with my original assessment that she looked wan during the show because of emotion, not illness.

    Man, if I had a quarter for every time Lee said “y’know…” can they make speech therapy part of the makeovers?

  15. I imagine that Crystal looks at those groups numbers as nothing more than larks – learning lame choreography, posing for the camera, looking like you’re having a blast. As long as you don’t see it as great art or anything – embrace the cheese!

    I enjoyed both Crystal and Mike’s interviews, they are my two frontrunners. Crystal is mighty chill and Mike is a huge-hearted guy with a great winning attitude. I love them both for both their singing and their ways of being. I sense they really like and admire each other as well. There was a noticeable connection during the group song. Seeing Crystal at least partly recovered from the devastating results night was reassuring since she seemed so defeated and depressed on the show. Idol can be brutal, and I can’t even imagine jumping in feet first without ever seeing it and knowing much about how it operates.

  16. Either Crystal is the most mellow person I’ve ever seen or she is on some kind of medication to make her numb. Because if that is as excited and perky as she gets when she is the front runner in one of the most exciting life changing events of her life, I would hate to see her on a trip to the grocery store.

  17. Seeing Crystal at least partly recovered from the devastating results night was reassuring since she seemed so defeated and depressed on the show. Idol can be brutal, and I can’t even imagine jumping in feet first without ever seeing it and knowing much about how it operates.

    Hence, the F-bomb during the show after Katelynn got screwed. LOL. One thing’s for sure – Crystal can sure pick herself up real quickly. Good for her.
    Mike came across quite fatherly and parental and i was surprised. He didn’t as cocky as alot of people are saying he is during this interview.
    Andrew was his usual cool, gangsta-mannerism self. LOL… Yes dude, pick it up 100 notches please!
    Lee was zzzzzzzzzz…But i think he was still reeling from the sadness of Alex. SO AM I!

  18. Hence, the F-bomb during the show after Katelynn got screwed. LOL.

    Hee. Seeing her say that was the highlight of the evening for me. I think if MamaSox wins this thing, 19 may find themselves with a polecat by the tail. Whee!

  19. wjmtv:

    Actually, Crystal is the kind of person who I can see liking the group numbers simply because their cheese factor is so off the charts. You know…she probably gets together with her buddies and watches “Dirty Dancing” at least once a year too.

    ROFL! Hey! Don’t make fun of dirty dancing. :) That was a great movie! Damn to bad there are no icons here. *gives you a headlock* :)

  20. I think Crystal was just gutted last night. From the EW live recap, she and Siobhan were a mess when they were trying to take the Top 12 photo and Crystal was having hard time pulling it together. I think she, especially as someone not all that familiar with Idol, took the one, two, three punch of losing Kaitlyn, Alex and Lilly particularly hard.

    As for Lee, I don’t think he’s the most exciting guy period, but I think he was particularly close with Alex and is probably still also dealing with that.

  21. p.s. Lee sure cleans up nice.

    Too bad he’s short. All the boyz are hobbits this year except Mike and Casey… who I don’t find attractive. I know it’s shallow, but short guys are my dealbreaker lol.

    I’m still so bummed about the elims this week. But I’m tuning into the Top 12 to watch Aaron, Tim, Lacey, Paige, Katie crash and burn. I hope, anyway. Nothing against them, really, except Aaron and Katie, who I really cannot stand, but they took the spots of more deserving people and that bugs…

  22. I think if MamaSox wins this thing, 19 may find themselves with a polecat by the tail

    I certainly hope so! She is setting her boundaries early, what with choosing her own wardrobe. Embrace the cheese!!!!

  23. Crystal really needs to show some personality. I think if she smiled her face would crack.Sitting through a concert of her’s would be worse than waterboarding.

    I really hope something good….besides the experience…comes out of this for Alex. He really has a nice voice. Maybe Ellen will come to the rescue…again!

  24. Idolnewby:
    03/12/2010 at 2:00 pm
    Crystal really needs to show some personality. I think if she smiled her face would crack.Sitting through a concert of her’s would be worse than waterboarding.

    Don’t tell me: You’re one of those we have to thank for saving Katie, Aaron, Paige and Tim. Gee, Thanks! Crystal has a lot of personality and more talent in her little finger than all the rest of the Top 12 combined, except for Siobhan. Crystal clearly took last night’s result show hard, but appears to have rallied a bit for her interview with Jim Cantiello. Hey, guess what? The results show hurt her deeply. And she’s human, with feelings.

  25. Didi looks freaking POSSESSED in that still of the video. Creepy.

    Just from the stills, gotta admit that Lee cleans up nicely and I like Tim’s style of clothes, but I still HATE HATE HATE that stupid hair.

    I find Lacey kinda cute in a weird way. She kinda looks like a plant to me (not a plant as in “she was put there in the top 12 to get her eliminated to save a favorite”, but like….. her hair looks like an actual flower or something). Except she reminds me of my anatomy professor, except 20-25 years younger, and it kinda scares me lol. She very vaguely reminds me of Alexis Grace. I like that interview.

    Siobhan vaguely reminds me of Pepper Ann. Wow. I think she’d be a total cutie (holy crap I hate sounding shallow) if she lost the nose piercing. She kinda reminds me of David Archuleta when she speaks. LOL.

    Let’s go Mamasox! I don’t care what anyone says, this season will be amazing because of Crystal and Siobhan. I don’t know if my other favorites will go far enough though :P. Crystal puts the biggest smile on my face when I see her and when she sings.

    LOL @ Andrew’s interview. The rubbing thing was hilarious. I sincerely hope he brings it, because he hasn’t been good since that performance of Straight Up. He and Crystal should definitely have play dates for their kids :P.

    Oh god, Lee’s “You know” is annoying :P. At least he knew he was pitchy the first week. Jim should’ve given him a belt. Jim loved the Fireflies cover? I didn’t like it at all :O.

    Didi is like a hot air balloon. A balloon is full of helium like her voice, she seems a little airheaded and loopy in a fun way (maybe it’s her nerves), and she’s hot. So glad she’s in the top 12, too. The top 12 needed someone sexyhot.

    Tim seems like a likable guy, I’m gonna forget about Alex (in relation to Tim, because I felt like they were competing and I liked Alex, so I’ll just be disappointed if I keep thinking of Alex when Tim’s up). I think he knows he’s not as experienced as many others up there. It’s kinda weird that he liked Hallelujah. I thought it wasn’t that great, he didn’t have any emotion….. Oh well. I probably won’t like him during Top 12 or Top 11 week if he makes it :(.

  26. Editing isn’t working :(.

    I really like Michael :P. I’m not sensing arrogance from him. Glad he dodged that bullet. Hehe, he’s like a huge teddy bear who can accidentally kill you if he hugs you. He did really well last week and this week.

    Paige’s interview was funny, too. Like her personality.

  27. I feel tons of personality from Crystal. She’s just a chill gal, not into hamming it up for the cameras, and I appreciate that. Yeah, I also loved Mike’s interview and also surprisingly, Paige’s. I hope she’s able to deliver after bumping off some more talented ones. Tim, Lee, and Andrew do nothing for me. Tim is just too white bread-boring to me, like he could step into a 70’s sitcom and be more at home than in these times. His ‘Hallelujah’ was paint-by-numbers, with no new emotional colors added, and I suspect that’s the best he’s got. Lee is ok, but nothing I can get too excited about. At this point, Andrew is more hype than substance. And I get nothing but superficial from Lacey, and that is the biggest turn-off for me. There’s no depth there, so there’s no interest here.

  28. Okay Casey James officially crack me up! He’s so real! Love it!

    Lovin’ Mammasox still! She has one good head on her shoulders, and one great voice! I’m so glad she’s been able to pick herself up after last night, of course these were taped last night…

    So I’m mostly looking forward to: Crystal, Casey, Siohban, and I hope Aaron can hang in there and prove that he does have talent.

    Lacey, Andrew and Didi hold my interest somewhat as well.

    I hope Tim, Paige, Katie, Michael and Lee surprise me by bringing more than expected (for me). I loved Michael this week, but still waiting to see if he continues being so good.

  29. BTW, Casey James and Aaron Kelly…do these names scream country or what! Great names if you ask me. Well, I know you didn’t but I just had to comment, well I didn’t, but I wanted to.

    I also think Crystal, Siobhan and Didi have great names as well. Sorry for the walk in the shallow end.

  30. I keep getting a “sorry this video is no longer available” message when I try to watch Casey’s interview. Anyone else getting this message?

  31. I keep getting a “sorry this video is no longer available” message when I try to watch Casey’s interview. Anyone else getting this message?

    Same here, Barbariba. I’ve been able to see everyone else, but not Casey’s. :(

  32. I think I could seriously loose it seeing Paige, Lacey & Katie smiling as if they worked for this party.

  33. I thought all of the interviews were pretty good, except for Tim.’s I can’t wait to see what they do next week with the first theme night.

  34. Crystal really needs to show some personality. I think if she smiled her face would crack.Sitting through a concert of her’s would be worse than waterboarding.

    I’m frustrated by this way of thinking because it puts more importance on the person and less on the artist. I feel that Crystal’s artistry provides the wow factor. I actually really enjoy an understated, humble performer who concentrates on the music. Crystal gives her heart and soul to the music. It is her vow as a performer to make that her focus. I LOVE that. I appreciate that so much more than an artist who uses aesthetics and smoke/mirrors to compensate for their musical short comings. I think I may be the minority. Didn’t Brittany consistently sell out stadiums giving lip-synched concerts? Wow. I am a huge Gaga fan and an Adam Lambert fan…I like the combination of musicality and personality. But, I don’t think Crystal would be boring because she is somewhat subdued. She is pretty great musician.

  35. I really hope something good….besides the experience…comes out of this for Alex. He really has a nice voice. Maybe Ellen will come to the rescue…again!

    I didn’t read the previous posts yet, so this may have been posted already; but Ellen said on her show today that she will have Lilly and Alex on her show. Hopefully that will help them with some more exposure. I would like to see her do something for Alex, but she said the same thing she said on the show: that he just needed more experience.

  36. I hope Siobhan rocks our socks off. Bring it girl!

    Can’t wait to hear more from her, either. My son informed me that she is the niece of the wife of Stryper member (or former member, I forgot)Tracy Ferrie. He is a fan of the group and has messaged back and forth with them a few times. So we may very well hear more about her through her uncle. Tracy’s sister and I have communicated before on an Ace Young fan site, so I just may ask her, too.:-D

  37. Am I the only one who finds Katie and Paige triumphant attitude annoying?

    Paige has an scary way to look at the camera that reminds me of Mary Powers.

  38. I do think Alex has a unique voice. But I have to keep it real. His nervousness made it uncomfortable to watch at times. But I would have rather he stayed than Andrew Garcia, who I think has been way over rated.

  39. I’m frustrated by this way of thinking because it puts more importance on the person and less on the artist. I feel that Crystal’s artistry provides the wow factor. I actually really enjoy an understated, humble performer who concentrates on the music. Crystal gives her heart and soul to the music. It is her vow as a performer to make that her focus. I LOVE that.

    You are in the majority with your opinion, I think. Crystal seems to have way more comments on her facebook Top 12 picture than anyone else – AND – they are all positive comments unlike comments posted for many of the other contestants.

  40. Lacey’s pretty cute but she has no filter between her brain and mouth. She said “screw up” and dishing on songs she couldn’t get cleared. Hilarious.

    Siobhan is starting to talk faster now and sounds less “damaged”. Love her.

  41. Ack, Didi sounds just like my brother’s ex-girlfriend. I kept trying to figure out who the heck she sounded like. Ha!

  42. I still love didi and hate crystal and Casey.

    Now,on a shallow note , (and I mean disgustingly shallow) , not biased by my favorites,best-looking guy/girl
    girl:
    best-didi
    worst-crystal (sorry!)
    boy:
    best-Tim
    worst-Casey James

    What does everyone else think?

  43. What does everyone else think?

    I think I’m old and crochety and couldn’t care less if someone looks like the back end of a bus. Must be why I love Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, and Dave Matthews. The fact that I also love David, Cook, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert despite their beauty, is more testament to their talent than my taste, I suppose.

    I like Crystal. Because I’m old, I’m not a big fan of piercings or dreadlocks (unless your last name is Marley and your first name rhymes with Knob, or your name is Jason Castro and you slowly grow on me over a period of years through a combination of talent and goofy sweetness), but she speaks to me. She knows her shit. But of course that has nothing to do with what she looks like.

    I like Casey more than Tim. I saw the blonde hair and blue eyes and thought, “Oh, dear gawd.” But I actually found elements of his audition impressive. I’m keeping an eye on him, and that’s more than I can say for most of season 9’s Top 12.

  44. After watching all 12 interviews I now know I hate the Tide Stain Release commercial

  45. I can watch all the interviews except Casey’s. It says that it is not available, but everyone else seems to be able to watch it???

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