American Idol 9 Top 8 Guys – Recap Roundup

‘American Idol’s’ Kevin Covais picks his Top 12

Well here we are folks. Just one results show away from revealing the Top 12 finalists for Season 9 of “American Idol.” It doesn’t get much more exciting than this. Right? Or maybe it does?

Look, by no means do I want to be a buzz kill. I know the pressure of being on that stage and not always making the right choices. I feel like this season does have quite a few really talented and unique contestants, but at the same time I feel as though we have yet to see a lot of them reach their true potential.

Zap2it.com

‘American Idol’: Kara keeps crying, and Ellen keeps to herself on the scene at Top 8 boys night

The rest of the show unfolded with minimal fuss or fanfare through Toderick Hall’s Gleeky ”Somebody To Love.” The judges more-or-less remained in their seats for the rest of the show, in fact, until Big Mike took to the stage. He was barely past the falsetto opening of “This Woman’s Work” when Kara started her increasingly full-bodied reaction to the song. First, she started whispering to Simon. Then, she leaned in and pointed directly at Mike. And finally, she stood up with such force that I half expected her to exclaim, “Can I get an A-MEN?!” By the time Mike was over, the entire studio was following suit.

Entertainment Weekly

‘American Idol’ recap: Dudes, Where’s My Star?

Imagine a greasy slice of olive-loaf, a package of half-defrosted frozen green beans, and a bowl of two-day-old refrigerated oatmeal. Now imagine going to your favorite restaurant and having the aforementioned foodstuffs placed in front of you. You try to explain this isn’t what you ordered, try to send these unappealing items back to the kitchen, but everyone — the waiter, the manager, the busboy, and the chef — insists you’re turning your nose up at a delicious meal of filet mignon, haricots verts, and creamy polenta. You think to yourself: ”Am I going crazy? Am I losing touch with my senses? And why in holy hell is Kara DioGuardi crying?”

Entertainment Weekly

More recaps after the jump…keep checking back

‘Idol’ boys start swinging, but familiarity still rules

This much is, ahem, Crystal clear: The judges made a mistake by choosing too many girls with similar voices and styles. Sure, Lilly’s hair is silver and Didi’s is red, Lacey’s is short and Katelyn’s is curly, but Tuesday night’s snoozy and subdued episode proved there wasn’t nearly enough variety on one side of the gender divide.

LA Times

Blake Lewis: ‘Floored’ by Michael Lynche’s ‘This Woman’s Work’

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the opening of Wednesday’s American Idol. Ryan Seacrest went down the row of guys, calling out their names, trying to make it über-dramatic, just to reach the end of the line and say “This Is American Idol!” It was so cheesy I giggled.

Do you think Ryan likes saying that line still?

USA Today

Eight guys sing to survive on ‘American Idol’

The eight Guy Idolettes begin their night inside a deep freeze. They have all turned a pretty shade of blue; host Ryan Seacrest checks them, one by one, for freezer burn. Next, Seabiscuit moves over to the children’s play area to break up a fight between judges Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi in re which of them is leaning into the other’s space. Once their tantrum is over, the Idolettes can begin to sing:

Washington Post

‘American Idol’: The Top 8 Men

The short version: Casey James > Lee Dewyze > Michael Lynche > Todrick Hall > Andew Garcia > Tim Urban > Alex Lambert > Aaron Kelly.

That was important to get out of the way because Wednesday night’s show, the final one before this season’s top 12 is determined, was among the oddest in “Idol” history, a deeply unsettling and chaotic microcosm of all of this cursed season’s idiosyncrasies. So rather than revisit the performances – the best of which still didn’t touch Crystal Bowersox or Siobhan Magnus – it’s more important to map out the show’s greatest concerns.

NY Times

‘American Idol’ Recap: ‘Love’ Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for tonight’s show – and not in a nice way. I actually cackled. Simon Cowell winked in the intro. He knows what’s up.

Billboard.com

Guys’ night on ‘Idol’ feels like ‘Twilight Zone’

Wednesday night’s “American Idol” semifinal round was seriously one of the weirdest nights I can ever remember in the show’s nine years. It was like all the guys picked their numbers using the Random Song Generator, and all the judges got their reactions from a similar machine.

MSNBC

Michael Lynche Makes ‘American Idol’ His Own

Tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol‘ showcased the eight men remaining in the competition, and it was perhaps most notable for the musicians who were honored by the hopefuls who turned in the best performances. The bewitching Kate Bush, the soulful Maxwell, the sardonic Leonard Cohen, the quietly tortured Jeff Buckley, the flamboyant Freddie Mercury — all of them had their moments on American TV tonight, and let’s be honest, none of them would have even made it near the ‘Idol’ auditions in years prior to this one. Not because they’re not good — all are amazing, and deserve their places in the pop firmament — but because that wasn’t what the ‘Idol’ producers and viewers at home sought out.

Fancast

Michael Lynche’s ‘This Woman’s Work’ Brings Kara To Tears On ‘American Idol’

Praise from the “American Idol” judges is one thing, but tears? That’s when you know you’ve really nailed it.

And Michael Lynche definitely brought down the house Wednesday night (March 10) when he closed the top eight men’s live performances with a seductive, between-the-sheets cover of one of British singer Kate Bush’s most iconic tunes, “This Woman’s Work, ” that made judge Kara DioGuardi openly weep.

MTV

‘American Idol’ Gets A Boost From Tim Urban, Michael Lynche

The top eight men took the stage on “American Idol” on Wednesday (March 10), a night when the front-runners staked a claim for their spots in the top 12, and the weaker members of the herd punched their tickets home. When the dust settled, Michael Lynche emerged emerged as the new one to beat with a performance so strong, it brought judge Kara DioGuardi to tears, and seeming also-ran Tim Urban possibly saved himself with his strongest performance to date.

MTV

American Idol top 8 recap, rankings, poll

The men have improved week in and week out, especially as we’ve weeded out the weaker ones. This was a decent night overall and a bit less sleepy compared to last night.

And Michael Lynche earned the pimp spot tonight, truly commanding the stage. Was it worhty of a cry? Maybe for Kara, not for me. But he made quite a statement and is pushing himself past Casey James and Andrew Garcia into top dog among the guys. .

ajc.com

Full Metal Idol: AI9 Top 16 (Guys)

Tonight’s American Idol shit show begins with Ryan Seacrest approaching each contestant, bathed in dramatic spotlights of blue, as if he is Gunnary Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) addressing the privates in Full Metal Jacket. Um, kind of, I guess. But you know, he’s shorter and not a Marine.

Top Idol

Top 16 Guys Recap – Can I Remember the Performances Without Looking at My Notes?

Well tonight officially cements American Idol as a waste of time. It always was, mind you. But tonight, the show basically said, “We don’t care to bring you good performances. We don’t care to bring you funny performances. We care to bring you tepid monotony. An hour of tepid monotony.” I’m not even remotely entertained. There was nothing to talk about. I feel that if I wasn’t taking notes, I wouldn’t have even remembered half of the performances. So I stepped away for half an hour and tried to remember the performances each person did. Let’s see how it went.

Vote For the Worst

Final 16 Boys Sing: “I don’t know whether to Laugh or to Love it.” No wait, I DO Know.

The judges’ tone-deaf inconsistencies and banalities continue and it’s frustrating because their comments seem to come completely out of the blue. It’s as if the producers haven’t decided how to confound the VFTW juggernaut, so they’re just throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks. Come on, boys. We need to know which Idols you want the lemmings to mindlessly vote for so we can do the opposite.

Man, they were really rushing through tonight’s show as if the Guys don’t matter at all. Oh, right…

Vote For The Worst

American Idol Recap: Meh Enough to Make a Grown Woman Cry

Last night’s American Idol found eight guys vying to make next week’s finals, and although this season’s men may not match the women in terms of talent, they certainly have provided the more interesting narrative arcs. Early front-runners now look like they might not even make the top twelve, and contestants who once seemed wildly unequipped to wow a crowd have become reliable and rewarding performers.

NY Magazine

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25 Comments

  1. IA with Slezak and Cantiello, the girls were still better than the boys this week.

  2. IA with Slezak and Cantiello, the girls were still better than the boys this week.

    they won’t admit anyone is better than Crystal, especially Slezak. Once they pick their favorties any type of objectivity flies out the window.

  3. That Blake link looks like an old re-cap..

    It is. Brian Mansfield has the new one up.

  4. I’m with you, Valentin432. The guys had a better show closer, and none of them were as bad as Paige, but overall I enjoyed way more performances on Tuesday then I did on Wednesday.

  5. they won’t admit anyone is better than Crystal, especially Slezak. Once they pick their favorties any type of objectivity flies out the window.

    Slezak is actually trying not to promote her too hard, he’s been selecting other contestants as best performance of the week for the past two shows (Katelyn and Siobhan).

    It must be kind of awkward for him to root for the frontrunner when he has for the better part of two seasons been complaining about the pimping the judges give them.

  6. they won’t admit anyone is better than Crystal, especially Slezak. Once they pick their favorties any type of objectivity flies out the window.

    Nobody was better than Crystal this week. But the boys, overall, were still better.

  7. Nobody was better than Crystal this week. But the boys, overall, were still better.

    I think that depends on how you look at it. The boys didn’t have a Paige-level trainwreck, but I’d say other than Michael Lynche’s big moment, there was a whole lotta safe/average stuff going on. So many WGWG’s doing the same ol’ passable covers. On the girls side, I was blown away by both Crystal and Didi, and I loved Siobhan as well. Sure, Katelyn disappointed, and Katie sucked per usual, but IMO, both Andrew and Aaron sucked per usual. In fact a lot of the “not-bad” performances by the likes of Lee, Alex, Tim were along the lines of Lacey’s decent recovery. I dunno, I thought while the girls had the worst performance of the week (Paige), overall, there were more performances to get excited about. I again preferred the girls.

    Even well after the 19 Entertainment logo chirped the night’s episode to a close, Kara was backstage raving to anyone who would listen about Mike’s performance. My snark demon Smirkelstiltskin started to smell blood in the water after Kara borrowed some kleenex from what seemed like a random woman — that is until Kara mentioned that, at 39, she’s been trying hard to have a baby of her own. Then it all made every kind of sense, and the bracing truth of genuine feeling caused Smirkel to shrink to the size of a janky pecan.

    Okay, I was not one of those who questioned the sincerity of Kara’s tears last night, but I read this ^^ from the Popwatch on-the-scene and awww’d a little. Yes, I can’t help it, I remain in the minority who kind likes Kara. I think her reaction to music is genuine– when she bops and gets into a song, I think that’s who she is. She even mentioned in her critique that she was speaking from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t have a child, how that performance spoke to her. I think she loves music and while she may have some annoying/crazy reactions they come from a genuine place.

  8. OK, I blame Adam Lambert for ruining my American Idol experience. He outshined everyone with talent, charisma and that he dared to be different and do it well. Where the hell is all the charisma in season 9???

  9. I think that depends on how you look at it. The boys didn’t have a Paige-level trainwreck, but I’d say other than Michael Lynche’s big moment, there was a whole lotta safe/average stuff going on. So many WGWG’s doing the same ol’ passable covers. On the girls side, I was blown away by both Crystal and Didi, and I loved Siobhan as well.

    I liked Lee and Alex’s performances better than you did. I also thought Casey’s performance was good, albiet a little laid back.

    And as for Siobhan, I didn’t like her performance this week very much. She’s striking me more and more as a dilettante with no clear artistic direction.

  10. She’s striking me more and more as a dilettante with no clear artistic direction.

    Too bad her punk band background hasn’t come out yet, I wonder if it’s too late. I’m be hoping for Paint it Black next week.

  11. I liked Lee and Alex’s performances better than you did. I also thought Casey’s performance was good, albiet a little laid back.

    I forgot Casey was one of the WGWG’s! Lol, so Simon’s forgettable in 24 hours critiique held true for me– less than 24 hours! Funny thing, I actually enjoyed it when I was watching it. It was pleasant, and I like that song, but yeah so laid back I completely forgot about it, haha. Thing is, Casey was technically stronger than Lee and Alex, and in fact the best WGWG objectively, but Lee and Alex were actually more memorable to me.

    I ranked Siobhan 3rd after Crystal and Didi cuz I loved that a cappella thing Siobhan did. I don’t know why, but usually lack of a clear direction bothers me, but not with Siobhan. I think it’s because in contrast to the many too-defined contestants this year (some say one-trick), the likes of Siobhan and Toddrick (I know, ugh right?) actually have the potential to surprise more than the others, where you already know what you’re gonna get.

  12. oops, I’m dislexic on quotes today, too late for me to edit.

    I agree with smallie. At least there is some surprise left in a few kids. ug.. todrick. I unfortunately have to agree on him too.

  13. I notice I tend to compare the guitar playing guys to each other or Cook and Allen whenever I hear them. The only one I don’t is Alex because of the unique tone to his voice. Alex, Siobhan and Todrick are the only ones I really care about making the top 12. Todrick has been inconsistent,but is really entertaining. Siobhan has been consistent and is entertaining also. If Alex gets more comfortable on the stage my ideal top two would be Siobhan and Alex.

  14. Hmm. I think I agree more with Smallie on this. I still enjoyed the girls more. Michael’s performance closed last night’s show well, with some MUCH needed energy, but, IMO, the judges overpraised the performance–the best of the live shows? Really? And, at least for me, more of the boys than the girls were bad to middling. I honestly don’t understand why Lee is getting such a pass on such subpar singing, maybe because he’s the only “rocker” in the competition and they need that slot. I like the guy, but I’m falling in line with Slezak’s critique of his singing. Casey is passable, but nothing special for me. Aaron is essentially the male Katie–neither of them have as much honest to goodness vocal talent as I suspect the judges thought they did. Tim’s performance of the Cohen song, while certainly his best so far, was the least convincing version I think I’ve ever heard that was still vocally competent. I appreciated Todrick’s effort, I guess, but it felt like he was auditioning for Glee, which is fine! But the Glee version is much better, IMO.

    I truly enjoyed Crystal, Didi, and Siobhan, (and am still pulling for Katelyn) while I can’t say I really enjoyed any of the guys other than Mike–again, mostly becauese it woke me up. This is a truly peculiar season. For as interesting and quirky as so many of the contestants are, the season has been very sleepy.

  15. I was checking out some tweets. Matt Giraudi was impressed with both Michael and Todrick. He says he cannot wait to meet Todrick as he thinks his vocal skills are great. I noticed a few weeks ago, Adam Lambert also tweeted:
    “Todrick’s [Hall] def gonna surprise us! Mad talent! Def the full package. Casey [James] is def the real deal. Authentic. Andrew Garcia’s too,” he wrote.

  16. Things will shake out differently when it is no longer Girls vs Guys each week but the Top 12 start. As then it will not be voting on the ladies, then the next night, voting on the men.

    I am guessing once the Top 12 starts next week, that it may end up more ladies go on the tour than the guys. Last year, there were only 3 women on the tour and 7 guys. But last year was far different, the male talent was very strong.

    So it will be fascinating to see who ends up making the top 10 as those are the ones going on tour. I am guessing it might be one or two more girls than guys when it all shakes out.

  17. from http://www.billboard.com/news/american-i….tory?tag=hpfeed

    ‘American Idol’ Recap: ‘Love’ Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    So who’s gonna go? Oh, I am cranky. I wish I could get over this thing on guys’ night where I think “Oh, Kris Allen would have done that better” or “Oh, Adam Lambert would have done that better.” Sigh, nostalgia. I say they’re all at risk except for Casey James and Michael Lynche. If I were Aaron Kelly or Andrew Garcia – gasp! – I’d be worried.

    from http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_det….ol-boyzone.html

    American Idol – Boyzone
    By: Magistra

    Todrick “Timcot? Trexell?” Hall (“Somebody to Love” by Queen): This was a very good vocal. Trexell pulled out some notes that would make Siobhan hang her head in shame. I like Todrick because he actually gets up on stage and performs. He’s having a good time. He’s a tad bit over-theatrical, but so was Adam Lambert (not that Todrick’s even in the same league as Lambert).

    from http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/….ve-on-amer.html

    Eight guys sing to survive on ‘American Idol’
    by Lisa de Moraes

    Todrick Hall should not get within 20 yards of a Queen tune the season after Adam Lambert. Period. Do not quote me any” Todrick-is-back!” nonsense from Randy, Ellen the Generous, Kara, or Simon.

  18. I liked Lee and Alex’s performances better than you did. I also thought Casey’s performance was good, albiet a little laid back.

    And as for Siobhan, I didn’t like her performance this week very much. She’s striking me more and more as a dilettante with no clear artistic direction.

    I forgot Casey was one of the WGWG’s! Lol, so Simon’s forgettable in 24 hours critiique held true for me– less than 24 hours! Funny thing, I actually enjoyed it when I was watching it. It was pleasant, and I like that song, but yeah so laid back I completely forgot about it, haha. Thing is, Casey was technically stronger than Lee and Alex, and in fact the best WGWG objectively, but Lee and Alex were actually more memorable to me.

    I’ve been watching the show on FF this season after recording it on my DVR (although I only skip the commercials), so that probably affects my overall take on things. I thought Alex was good but thought Lee was bad. Going back and listening to his vocal without watching him, it was even worse.

    I loved Casey’s performance, and for me it was one of the best of the evening, but I think it was intentionally sandwiched at the end of that relentless string of acoustic guitar-playing dudes and before the Sweet Young Country Boy so the folks at home would forget about him. I’m starting to wonder if Casey’s picked up so many of the country and “mature woman” demo that the producers are worried about his potential to spoil their A Girl WILL Win This Thing decree. If so, it was a very crafty “de-pimp” on their part.

    I think Siobhan knows exactly who she is, but she’s also very talented (not unlike Adam Lambert, who obviously was much more developed as a performer since he’s considerably older) in that she can pull off a lot of different genres. I think if anybody can spoil Crystal’s vise grip on the crown, it’s Siobhan.

    And, yeah, I’m hoping Todrick sticks around too. I’m going to need some actual entertainers on the show if I’m expected to stay awake until they open the phone lines.

  19. Crystal, Didi and Lacey were the only performances I truly enjoyed of the girls. Even Lilly Scott, whom I like, let me down this week.

    I’m not even sure what genre Siobhan’s “House of the Rising Sun” fit into. Her interpretation felt very high school assembly to me. Which is where she’s probably sung it before. Siobhan is going to be my Carly Smithson of Season 9.

    Katelyn, Paige, and Katie were awful.

    For the guys, I liked Mike, Alex, Lee, and Casey. There were no trainwrecks amongst the guys, and generally I thought they picked better songs.

    Having said that, I think the girls overall are better than the guys, just not this week.

  20. Even Lilly Brown, whom I like, let me down this week.

    MJ, did you perhaps mean Lilly Scott? This lokos like a mix between Lacey and Lilly’s names. Not good for the ladies if the names are constantly mixed up with each other.

  21. You know what Siobhan’s performance reminded me of, unintentionally I’m sure, but nonetheless? A scene from a David Lynch movie, haha! Like Mullholland Drive or something. It was as if I had walked into some strange, dark bar full of bizarre characters and an almost out of place torch singer was on stage singing with bizarre but very compelling intensity. I kept waiting for a midget to walk out on stage mumbling in an alien language. haha!! I do agree that I have no idea what she would actually sing in the real world, but I find her compelling. She approaches every performance with such intensity. Like she is possessed or something. I can’t say I get the girl or know where she’d fit, but I look forward to seeing what she’s going to do.

  22. OK, I blame Adam Lambert for ruining my American Idol experience. He outshined everyone with talent, charisma and that he dared to be different and do it well. Where the hell is all the charisma in season 9???

    For me, it was David Cook, I think no one will surpass his performances and the countless surprises he gave us during season 7. Still in season 8 there were many great performances and I sure had favorites (Allison, Kris and Adam) and I waited week after week to see them perform, I was into them.

    This season I don’t know, all the performances has been bland, no wow factor from any of them. It’s weird I feel like this right know, since I got so excited during hollywood week with Siobhan, Crystal, Didi, Andrew, Casey and Janell giving great performances.

    Back to topic. Aaron and Todrick (hopefully Tim, but I don’t think so) will be gone.

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