American Idol Top 20 – Who is Going Home? Plus, My AOL TV Recap

The gulf between the girls and the boys widened even more this week, when the girls hit the stage last night and delivered several pretty impressive performances. You can read my re-cap at AOL TV right here:

  • My AOL Recap HERE.

Who is going home? It’s a little easier to pick this week. For the guys, it’ll be pulled from Todrick Hall, Jermaine Sellers or John Park. All three were underwhelming this week. I’m going to pick Jermaine for the pool–he was underwhelming AND annoying. My second pick for the pool is John Park, who has not been able to break out in a significant way.

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For the girls, the field is a little more wide open. I think Lacey Brown, Haeley Vaughn, Paige Miles or Michelle Delamore could get the boot. Didi Benami could be in trouble too, but I think the almost-tears may have saved her.

I’m going with Lacey Brown and Paige Miles, neither have done much to distinguish themselves. Make sure to put in your pool picks by 8 pm ET tonight! HERE.

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46 Comments

  1. I would say that Haeley and Lacey are the girls going home. As for the guys, I’d say Jermaine or Aron.

  2. I’m going with Todrick and John for the guys and Michelle and Lacey for the girls (but I’m also putting 2 pts on Haeyley Vaughn in the pool, just in case).

  3. I picked Jermaine, John, Michelle and Lacey. I definitely feel more confident in the picks this week.

  4. Same guys as last week–John and Jermaine.
    Girls –Haeley and Didi (but won’t be surprised at all if Michelle and Lacey go)

  5. I would send home Haeley, Lacey, or Katie, for the girls. (Katie isn’t bad, just bothers me for some totally irrational reason. That could change.) Didi wasn’t great last night, but I like her so I wouldn’t mind her sticking around for another shot.

    For the guys, I pretty much agree with MJ.

  6. I want Todrick and Jermaine to GTFO now. I just don’t like them AT ALL. John Park and Tim Urban can go next week, depending on a break-out preformance.

    The girls… Can we keep Haeley for the VFTW factor? She is highly entertaining in that way. Lacey and Michelle/Paige can go this week. I really don’t want Didi to leave yet, I feel like she’s so close to finally getting it.

    Does anyone feel like these poor kids are Lil 2.0? They’re trying to earn praise from the judges and aren’t listening to themselves and who they are as artists and are suffering for it.

  7. I think Jermaine will probably go home,he made a major mistake talking back so much to the judges. I didn’t think he was rude,but it annoys people. I actually think Jermaine is a decent singer,but does try to do much with the songs like the judges said. He is interesting, though the season will be a bit more boring without him. I can’t remember if I picked John or Aaron as the second pick. Aaron is good,but I think that he and Alex and Tim are splitting the young male vote, so one will have to go of the three.I am hoping it isn’t Alex. I hope Todrick stays. I think for the girls I picked Michelle and Lacey. I like Haeley and voted for her and Siobhan. My youngest daughter just adores Haeley.

  8. mj, we completely agree on the boys, but I actually think Paige could do well. She is the first person I have warmed up to beyond just a general sense of goodwill toward all of the poor little things. ;) I loved her take on Kelly’s song last night. She is one of the very few that has a spark of joy up on that stage, and I think that in addition to the way her voice sounds is why I finally emerged just a bit from my S9 stupor of indifference.

  9. Does anyone feel like these poor kids are Lil 2.0? They’re trying to earn praise from the judges and aren’t listening to themselves and who they are as artists and are suffering for it.

    They are absolutely Lil 2.0.

    But I don’t think the problem is the judges. I think the judges keep saying — admittedly clumsily — that they *should* be who they are. … But I think relative inexperience or something keeps a lot of them from understanding that this is what the judges *are* saying, so they do a lot of other crazy stuff that’s not what the judges mean at all.

    I’m hoping Haeley goes, but I’m betting Lacey goes. Other than that, have no idea on the girl side.

    On the boy side, I’m thinking John Park. … I don’t think his acapella-group experience has equipped him to be a solo artist just yet. He’s got a really nice voice but he really doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with it. And Jermaine. Somehow I don’t think he won a lot of friends with the onesie routine (although I certainly found it entertaining!)

  10. Definitely picking John Park and between Todrick and Jermaine, I’m going with Todrick…dude has to get off of my t.v. stat because of his sheer douchiness.

    For the girls, I’m going with Lacey and Haeley to get the boot tonight. We shall see.

    Great recap as always, mj!

  11. I have the same four as MJ (John, Jermaine, Lacey and Paige), so I’m hoping she is right!! I just think they have done the least in this competition…I hope I’m right!!! I’m hoping Haeley gets the boot though…but, I think with a certain group’s backing, she will be sticking around again…and, awesome recap MJ!! You’re the best!

  12. Unfortunately, I think Toderick will be gone by tonight – which is a damn shame because he’s the most commercial, Top 40 contestant, male or female, they’ve got. I could see him singing Do You Remember (Jay Sean) in a heartbeat. Or Say Aah (Trey Songz), In My Head (Jason Derulo), Replay (Iyaz) or Sexy Chick (David Guetta). All of those songs cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.

    The problem is that the majority of people watching this show don’t listen to Top 40 radio and don’t like what they hear on it when they do. So someone like Toderick gets weeded out early. Of course, he didn’t do himself any favors by singing a diva song. He may not be the absolute best voice in the competition but he could probably blow most of his auto-tuned competition on the charts away. Plus, he is a confident performer and an excellent dancer and I don’t doubt his videos (and live performances) would have taken full advantage of those skills.

    Yep. He’s the guy I would have wanted to sign. But I think he’s a goner along with either Jermaine or John.

    On the girl’s side, it’s a crapshoot. Haeley should be the first one eliminated, but I kind of think she’ll survive another week.

  13. I feel confident about Lacey, and probably John unless he has a whole college backing him a la Anoop. I really really want Jermaine and his stankness gone and I think he might have pulled it off. For the girls, I don’t know. Michelle was bo-ring. Paige had the almost pimp spot so that might have saved her. Haeyely has VFTW but will that be enough? Didi cried, and crying works. Plus she’s pretty and that gets votes early on. I’m torn here.

    I’m are starting to get a bit worried about the girls, in the sense that we are going to have to lose someone good to get this down to 6. But I guess I can hold off worrying until next week.

  14. I’m going with Jermaine, John, Lacey and Michelle. For now. Ask me again in an hour and my answer may be different.

  15. Gawd, this is a year when you wish they’d get eliminated much faster. If I had my way, with a mere four people to knock out, I’d axe Jermaine and Tim Urban, out of many qualified candidates.

    The girls? sorry, but I believed just about everyone who got props except Crystal was overpraised. Sad to say, Lily got props mainly for not wiping out or for being an “artist” — whatever that means when it comes out of Kara’s mouth repeatedly. But I’ve heard dozens of singers do “Change is Gonna Come,” and her rendition was just wimpy and wan.

    But I’d say the most egregious and unappealing offenders this week were poor little Haeley (did she actually hide her awfulness during all those auditions?) and Didi (who butchered a great anthem).

    Katie may get the hook, and I really do feel sorry for her. She’s a much better vocalist technically than most, and should just get out there and audition for the next “High School Musical” movie. She’s not very interesting and sort of generic, but I hate to get her beaten down.

  16. The problem is that the majority of people watching this show don’t listen to Top 40 radio and don’t like what they hear on it when they do.

    I would be included in that group. Once in awhile I’ll visit, but I prefer Classic Rock or Oldies.

    tinawina, there are seven girls I would like to see in the TOP 12. I know what you mean. Something tells me Simon would like to see Paige on the tour. We’ll see.

  17. My picks are the same as MJ’s. I think other people should go home before Paige and John (like Todrick and Haeley) but that they may last another week. My boyfriend loves Haeley and won’t let me put my points on her anyway. He says her terribleness is made up for 100x over by being adorable. Luckily we’re not in the US and he can’t vote :)

  18. My picks to leave:

    Girls – Michelle and Paige. The lack of early screen time will do them in and I think Haeley being the VFTW pick will keep her in. I think Didi will stay because the judges were overly harsh on her last night – her performance wasn’t that bad. Lacey also sits on the bubble to stay/leave.

    Guys – Jermaine and Todrick. Both were just not good and it’s so annoying that Todrick is changing things up just for the sake of changing it. Jermaine’s back-talk is going to do him in, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see John leave either. I think Tim will hang on for one more week because Simon gave him a great review.

  19. Girls: Haeley and Lacey. I don’t think (well, at least I’m hoping not) that VFTW will be strong enough this week. Lacey didn’t do enough to save her performance last week. Also, it hurts to see her suck >_>. Haeley is pretty adorable, but her tween weakness is far more obvious than Aaron or Katie (both of whom I think secure the young vote…. and hopefully for Aaron anyway :P).

    Boys: Todrick and Jermaine. My sister liked Jermaine (wtf), but I don’t find him very likable. He’s too “Godly”. God will put me through to next week. God will kill Simon for hating me. God will make me a star before any of these guys. He’s like, fake religious to me and it’s totally not likable. He should’ve taken more singing lessons I think, because I do like his voice but I hate his over-Godliness and oversinging. Todrick, however, is pretty bloody freaking horrible. He’s way too arrogant, too. I dunno. Arrogant people should just freaking DIE……. okay, too harsh. With Tyler’s elimination last week, I threw one point at Andrew Garcia. That might be bloody insane of me to do, but I honestly have been disappointed with him the past two weeks, and I don’t see him improving very much.

  20. Hey MJ, great minds think alike, I made my pool picks last night and they’re the same as yours! And I see from reading the thread that we’re not the only ones picking them, so good luck everyone!

  21. I picked Paige, Katie, John, and Jermaine to go home. I have no scientific or rational reason for this and they’re not necessarily the ones I think SHOULD go home. Well, maybe Jermaine. He really annoys me and I don’t think he’s very good.

    I think Lacey will stay because I think she has a hot factor that guys like. She has gorgeous eyes and they’ll want to keep seeing that.

  22. I picked Michelle, Lacey, and John Park. I am torn between Jermaine and Todrick. I feel sure one of them will go home but I keep going back on forth on each one. I don’t like his arrangements, but I think Todrick is miles better than Jermaine, who is the worst out of all the guys and girls for me. Right now I have my points on Jermaine because I think I’ll be really mad if he goes home and I wasn’t voting for him.

    The ones I’d like to see sent home are Katie, Haeley, Jermaine, and John. I actually don’t think Katie and John aren’t that’d bad, but they’re really dull and I find Katie to be extremely irritating.

  23. vorona:
    03/04/2010 at 2:22 pm
    I would send home Haeley, Lacey, or Katie, for the girls. (Katie isn’t bad, just bothers me for some totally irrational reason. That could change.)

    Katie bothers me also. For starters, I find her a very boring singer. She’s technically good, but it’s formulaic. She reminds me of the type of girl who was always told she’s the most beautiful, talented, charming, worthy of everything even if she wasn’t.

  24. I spread my points between Toddrick, Jermaine, and John. It should be Tim and Jermaine, but I think some people are amused by Jermaine’s antics, and will keep him in for another week. I agree with whoever said that Tim, Alex,and Aaron are splitting the cute young guy vote. Tim is the cutest, and Alex is the most talented, which means Aaron will probably be the 1st to go, but I don’t think it will be this week.

    I split my girls points between Lacy, Michelle, and Haeley. I think Lacey’s gone, and Haeley should be, but her bubblyness might buy her another week or 2. Paige would be my other possibility to go, but, while I like Michelle and want her to stay, I suspect that the overall audience will find her more forgettable than Paige.

  25. Unfortunately, I think Toderick will be gone by tonight – which is a damn shame because he’s the most commercial, Top 40 contestant, male or female, they’ve got. I could see him singing Do You Remember (Jay Sean) in a heartbeat. Or Say Aah (Trey Songz), In My Head (Jason Derulo), Replay (Iyaz) or Sexy Chick (David Guetta). All of those songs cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.

    The problem is that the majority of people watching this show don’t listen to Top 40 radio and don’t like what they hear on it when they do. So someone like Toderick gets weeded out early. Of course, he didn’t do himself any favors by singing a diva song. He may not be the absolute best voice in the competition but he could probably blow most of his auto-tuned competition on the charts away. Plus, he is a confident performer and an excellent dancer and I don’t doubt his videos (and live performances) would have taken full advantage of those skills

    I very much agree with you on Todrick’s marketability.

  26. I’m are starting to get a bit worried about the girls, in the sense that we are going to have to lose someone good to get this down to 6. But I guess I can hold off worrying until next week.

    Me too! I would love to have Crystal, Siobhan, Lily, Katelyn, Didi, and Paige in the top 12, but I have a feeling Katie will be taking one of their spots.

  27. Me too! I would love to have Crystal, Siobhan, Lily, Katelyn, Didi, and Paige in the top 12, but I have a feeling Katie will be taking one of their spots.

    These are my picks and I think they make the most sense. I don’t want the pageant girl…is that who the “tweens” will be voting for? Maybe Siobhan can pull them instead.

  28. Wouldn’t it be great if AI changed it up next week. Draw names and have half the contestants Tuesday and other half Wednesday. Not boys and girls separately. Then get rid of 4 with lowest votes – not 2 boys and 2 girls – just 4 lowest.

    That way we would have the best 12 make it instead of a couple of guys that don’t deserve to make it.

  29. My “bold” (and possibly dead wrong) prediction: Haeley Vaughn is not going anywhere anytime soon. I think she’ll make the tour with no problem. Although the poor girl can’t sing to save her life, I think a lot of people find her adorable, bubbly personality endearing and will vote to keep her in the competition. I thought Paige was toast last week (dead wrong about that one obviously), but I think she’ll be back for another week. I think Lacey and either Michelle or Didi will go home.

    As for the guys, I think John will be gone. He just doesn’t bring enough “oomph” to his performances, plus I think Simon’s kiss of death (“I think you’ll be going back to your acapella group”) will do him in. The other guy will be either Todrick or Jermaine (not sure which, but I’m leaning toward Jermaine). I think Tim Urban’s luck will finally run out next week (or at least I hope so).

  30. gangreen29: I want those 6 girls in the top 6, too. Crystal, Siobhan, Lily, Katelyn, Didi, and Paige. I could see Katie taking Didi’s or Paige’s spot though.

    As for the guys, I hope Lee makes it to top 6 but otherwise, not a lot of standouts for me.

  31. My “bold” (and possibly dead wrong) prediction: Haeley Vaughn is not going anywhere anytime soon. I think she’ll make the tour with no problem. Although the poor girl can’t sing to save her life, I think a lot of people find her adorable, bubbly personality endearing and will vote to keep her in the competition.

    Ugh…the judges could help get rid of her if they lay off the criticism.

  32. Me too! I would love to have Crystal, Siobhan, Lily, Katelyn, Didi, and Paige in the top 12, but I have a feeling Katie will be taking one of their spots.

    Exactly. I’m afraid Katie has not tanked enough to be booted, which means someone else has got to go. I bet its Didi. I like Didi, but she’s running out of time to get it together. Plus, an r&b type belter makes it every year but Michelle might make it over Paige on looks. I don’t hate Michelle but Paige is a lot better to me. Katie is just not ready. She can sing, but she’s not ready yet. But I feel like she just might make it anyway. Boo.

    I didn’t even mention my fear of Haeyley advancing. VFTW is boosting her along with her personality. Please God, don’t drag it out with her. LOL

  33. “My “bold” (and possibly dead wrong) prediction: Haeley Vaughn is not going anywhere anytime soon. I think she’ll make the tour with no problem. Although the poor girl can’t sing to save her life, I think a lot of people find her adorable, bubbly personality endearing and will vote to keep her in the competition.”

    Please America- listen to how Haeley is singing!! I don’t want another Megan in the Top 12 again – with a worthy girl missing out !!Yeah sure she has a great personality – let her go in for a Miss Congeniality contest then!! This is or should be a singing contest!!I can’t vote & I generally think America gets it right – hopefully sanity will prevail in time after VFTW has no effect!!

  34. I agree with MJ except for Paige. She has a really nice voice and even King Simon said she has the best voice of all the girls. Who knows? I kinda like Lacey but think she may be going. I actually watched for the first time last night after vowing I wouldn’t, lol. See what MJs is doing to me? I wanted to boycott after the Crystal drama but what good would a one-person boycott do? haha

    There’s certainly no Adam for me this season either. Probably never again….and that’s a good thing!

  35. i am putting lacey and michelle as my two send offs for tonight. lacey is just booooring boring boring and no one likes creed!

    as for guys, jermaine and todrick. i think john park will be around another week at least.

  36. Luckily I don’t do the pool and thus by embarrass myself by actually competing with my picks.

    But I’m going Paige Miles or Michelle Delamore for the girls and Jermaine and Todrick for the guys. Just because that’s who I want gone for both.

  37. I picked Lacey, Paige, Jermaine and John. We’ll see how I do. I’m not very good at this ;)

  38. I put my points on Jermaine and John for the guys and Lacey and Michelle for the girls. I’m thinking Paige’s slot in the show may have helped her for one more week. Michelle is good, but she was forgettable.

    And yet, the worst singer of the night, Haeley Vaughn will live to see another week and at this rate the Top 12. I think whether I like it or not, singing Miley helped appeal her to a younger crowd and for whatever reason her personality is infectious. It works for Taylor Swift and apparently that’s the angle Haeley is trying for.

    In a perfect world, Haeley would go home tonight, but this is American Idol and I never get what I want.

  39. I had the same picks as MJ too but I changed it from Paige to Michelle because of dialidol. I know they aren’t normally 100% accurate right at this stage but they have Paige at the very top, so maybe she is safe. Watch it be something shocking like Haeley finally going and Katie going with her. For the guys I might stick with John and Jermaine but for some reason I think it might be Todrick going since Jermaine has that personality/craziness that the show loves. Hmmmmmmm I will have to see. hahaah This is so hard and I only got 5 freakin points last week.

  40. I have to be honest. Last night was the first performance show that I have seen because I got so into the winter Olympics this year. After what I saw last night from these girls I must join in with the chorus here: For the love of heaven America, please send Haeley home! I agree with Judes. This is supposed to be a singing competition and a not miss congeniality contest. It seems as if America is too quick to get the two confused sometimes. lol

  41. I think Haeley Vaughn and Lacey Brown are the ones to go tonight. No offense to Paige Miles fans but I (personally) can’t stand her and think she might go home.

  42. I picked Haely, Lacey, Jermaine, John. It’s hard to choose for me at this stage because I can already see the top 6 in my mind, so it’s just a matter of in what order the other ones go out at.

  43. Haeley Vaughn is not going anywhere anytime soon. I think she’ll make the tour with no problem. Although the poor girl can’t sing to save her life, I think a lot of people find her adorable, bubbly personality endearing and will vote to keep her in the competition.

    I so think you are right, but feel it is incredibly cruel to both Haely and the audience to keep her around.

  44. Okay, I’m going to venture Katie will go. Seems a lot of people just don’t like her for whatever reason, although she can sing. And Didi. (There has to be a shocker.) For the men/boys, Jermaine and Todrick, both of whom drive me to drink. I think it is a good thing I’m not in a pool.

  45. Thank you America for voting the right way. Hayley definitely needed to go. Gee I wish they could sing another song when they are eliminated – Hayleys was terrible!!I thought all teh eliminations were fair enough.

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