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American Idol Recap of the Top 13 Performances

American Idol Rundown: The Top 13 Take the Big Stage

The top 13 contestants on American Idol took their first spin on the big stage on Tuesday, singing the songs of Michael Jackson. But the twists of season eight aren't over yet: Only 11 contestants will advance to the next round, and word is there's still another twist to come during tonight's results show. Any guesses?

Overall, it was a pretty odd night, with some great performances, a few that will definitely be love-or-hate, and a big bunch in the middle that were solid but maybe forgettable. You can vote for which two contestants you think are going home, and to see my take on the evening, just


Lil Rounds — She just exuded confidence from the minute she strutted down the stairs to sing "The Way You Make Me Feel." She doesn't do anything particularly unique or interesting with the song, but I'm not sure that matters at this stage of the competition. Randy says she put a new spin on it, Kara said Lil will definitely be on the radio, and Simon said it was a lazy choice.

Scott MacIntyre — So good to finally get to see him with a piano again. I was more transfixed by the piano playing than by the vocals, though, which I thought got particularly sketchy when he got to the high bridge of "Keep the Faith." Simon didn't like the song choice and thought it was old-fashioned, Randy thought it was safe, but Paula and Kara piled on the praise.

Danny Gokey — Will I make all of America mad if I say I hated the intro to Danny's take on "PYT"? I thought it was squeaky. But once the song kicked in, he found his groove, breaking out the cool gravelly quality in his voice and even rocking out with Paula and Kara. Simon thought the vocals were brilliant, and I think Paula got a little choked up saying Danny will go far.

Michael Sarver — "You Are Not Alone" showed off Michael's sensitive side. Can't say I was crazy about the arrangement, which seemed to lend itself to oversinging, but he did a competent job and — as Simon said — gave it 110 percent. Paula said he sounded lovely, and Randy said he was one of the best so far (out of four. but still).

Jasmine Murray — Jasmine's take on "I'll Be There" was pretty faithful and straightforward, without a lot of texture or inventiveness; it was the kind of performance I was sure the judges would dub "pageanty," and I agree with Kara that she might have been better off a half-key down. The judges called it a nice attempt and a decent performance but were far from effusive.

Kris Allen — Wow, I wasn't expecting him to break out the guitar! Kris managed to seem more modern on "Remember the Time" than he did on "Man in the Mirror" just a couple of weeks ago, and while the song didn't demand much of his voice, I was reasonably impressed. Kara was glad to see this fun side of him; Randy said it was Jason Mraz-y. Also, Kris's wife hates Simon now. Just sayin'.

Allison Iraheta — I like this Hot Topic-goth-y side of her, and rock songs are definitely her wheelhouse. It's cool to see a contestant who has such a clear idea this early on of her Idol image — remember how long that took Jordin Sparks? Simon said she needs to lighten up a little, but the other judges were thrilled that she knows who she is.

Anoop Desai — Well, OK. I think picking "Beat It" was a bad call, granted. But I did get a kick out of the performance, and I thought what he sang sounded fine. Kara had a good point that it didn't show a lot of range, but Simon was way harsher, saying it was karaoke and absolutely terrible and a poor imitation of Michael Jackson.

Jorge Nunez — He started off with a slinky, almost sexy spin on "Never Can Say Goodbye," and I was with him for about half of the song, when he was doing some cool vocal gymnastics and rolling with the rhythm. Then it all started to sound the same. Kara said she didn't connect with it, Paula said it wasn't the right song, and Simon said it was corny.

Megan Joy Corkrey — So, worst song choice of the night? "Rockin' Robin," with that flute? Nobody else could have even made me sit through a whole performance of "Rockin' Robin," and there were flashes of what makes her voice so distinctive, but I have no idea how people will react to its overall oddness; the judges were certainly split (Kara being most positive).

Adam Lambert — OK, the judges and I have a wee disagreement on this one. I thought Michael Jackson's catalog would be good for Adam, but "Black or White" sounded a little forced to me. He's definitely a performer, though, and he made the song his own. Simon said he was in a different league than anyone else, and Randy said he could top the charts right now.

Matt Giraud — In a dueling piano battle between Matt and Scott, who would win? Matt's take on "Human Nature" did a decent job straddling the modern pop and bluesy sides of his musical style, and as with Scott, it was good to see him back behind a piano. Simon said it was solid, and Kara said she hopes Matt is around for many weeks.

Alexis Grace — I love Alexis's big voice and edgier side, and her "Dirty Diana" was basically what I hoped to hear from her at this stage in the competition. Paula cautioned her about oversinging, and Simon said it was over-the-top and not as good as Alexis thought it was, but it's a fair enough reminder of what she's all about.

Probably safe: Adam, Lil, Danny, Alexis, and after that it gets a little murky. Scott, maybe? Anoop, if his fans come out after Simon's bashing?

Bottom three: Well, here's the question: Are you better off if the judges hated you or if you were solid but forgettable? If being forgettable is worse, then Michael, Jasmine, Kris, and maybe even Allison could be in trouble; if people vote like the judges told them to, then Anoop and Megan will be facing elimination.

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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree that alexis is annoying. It is like she is trying way to hard to be cool and badass.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Oh, and as for the twist, I've heard the the judges get some veto power or something. They get to use their veto once during the season. If a contestant is eliminated and they don't want them to leave, they can use their veto to keep them in the competition. I'm not sure if anyone still gets eliminated or not. Apparently, they did this on the French Idol or something. Not sure how I feel about that, but I think I like this better than having the judges choose who goes home.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
I love Adam, but I don't see him as the American Idol. I think he'd be better off not winning. I don't think enough people get him for him to win anyway. He's an acquired taste. I think he's amazingly talented, though. I hope he sticks around for a while. He's entertaining and a refreshing change from a lot of the other contestants. I do think the judges are going overboard on the praise. I want Matt Giraud to win. I LOVE him. He may be the dark horse to take it all. At least I hope so, anyway. I love his voice and he'd be the one I'd most likely buy music from. Danny was giving me Taylor Hicks flashbacks last night. That's not a good thing. Lil can sing, but I find her a bit boring. She just doesn't do anything for me. I really don't get what is so special about her. I think she's generic. I kind of liked Allison last night, but she still isn't my favorite. Anoop was disappointing last night, but he wasn't that bad. He's still a whole lot better than half the people in the top 13, so I think he deserves to stick around. I adore him. Kris has potential. He's adorable and likeable. Like Matt, I'd probably buy music from him as well. I hope he sticks around and gets a chance to sing something other than Michael Jackson. I'm pretty sure I'm alone in this, but something about Alexis completely irritates me. I do not like her voice and it seems like she's trying way too hard. She really bugs me. Meh to the rest of them. I really hope Jasmine goes home.
ard126 ard126 8 years
ANOOOOOOOOOOOOP all the way! :0) I feel like the judges were wayy too tough on him. I'm sure he will prove them wrong next week, I hope he stays tonight.
kasey009 kasey009 8 years
I think the judges were way too mean to Anoop. It wasnt his best, but it wasnt THAT bad, and I really hope he comes back, he can do better. Im a NC girl, i'm biased a little too :) I'm sooooo glas some others dont get the whole Adam thing. I just dont get what the judges are seeing in him. I think he sounds like Whitesnake which is not a good thing IMO and definitely NOT current ( randy said he was current and i started yelling at the TV). I hope michael sarver and megan goes home bc i'm still not sure why either are even there
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
megan sucks.
Tvmegafan Tvmegafan 8 years
nikecold nikecold 8 years
...I can't stand Danny, I'm sorry i just can't. I mean he's a good singer, but the whole "my wife died" story is tacky to me i mean they juiced that story for most of the episodes, the only exception was last night. I'm not trying to take away from the grief he must feel, I just can't stand when ppl start crying on AI going on about how their dad left them, and their mom died, and so did their dog. I know my mom died years ago and my family life isnt good at all, but if I ever joined a show like this (god forbid,since i can't sing to save my life) I could not be able to go on and ON about her death and how much my family life has been tough on me. Mention it once if you must ... but stretching it out ... ugh. Most of the contestants were boring last night ... I almost fell asleep. I really want Megan to go, she annoys me for some reason.
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
While I think Lil can sing, I'm not impressed at all. I've just heard that before. It's nothing new, and I don't think she really adds much to the music industry right now. I feel like there are others who can add to the music industry, so I wouldn't be sad if she goes. However, I don't think she's going least not any time soon.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I don't get why people like Adam I agree I think he screams more then sings! They are doing a sing off. They wanted to change it up a bit and so they are going to do something similar to So You Think You Can Dance. Where America votes and then they take the bottom 2 or 3 and they will have one last shot to prove themselves to the judges and then the judges will get together and decide who gets sent home.
dcdawg dcdawg 8 years
I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who didn't like Adam last night. He had great energy but I don't think what he was doing qualifies as singing. I felt like he was shouting the entire time. I couldn't believe the judges were gushing like that over him. Not a fan.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I wouldn't mind seeing Scott, Lil, or Adam go home but of all times I really really really hope Jasmine & Jorge goes home tonight. I can't stand either of them. As for Jasmine I really think the judges should not have let her through the wild card round. There are plenty of more talented girls to choose from.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I really do not think Scott can sing at all--hands down I thought he was the worst vocally, but I feel like people keep him around because he is visually impaired. I like him as a person, but not for his singing. As for the others I liked Kris, so I hope he stays. And I don't know if I am the only one who loves Meghan? I guess the song choice was weird--but she still sounded like herself. I have no idea who is going?!?!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I'd like to see Jorge and Michael Sarver go. I'd be okay with losing Jasmine and Matt Giraurd too. I'd love to see Scott go, but I know it won't happen. They all bored me to tears. Adam's performance was nothing but screaming to me. I liked Megan's and Alexis' a lot more than the judges did. I felt like I was on crack or something because I never disagree with the judges as much as I did last night.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
I really think Michael should be going home. I don't understand why he's even there. Yeah, he might have an ok voice, but that's it, he's just so blah and I don't think he is star material ( whatever that means). Jasmine is just too young and boring. And Scott, I'm sorry , but ... no.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I think Jasmine is out for sure. Either Jorge or Megan will join her. I thought Megan was worse than Jorge but has more potential. Anoop's choice was bad, but he's too cute! I want him to come back. I think the people with compelling stories may stay in longer than their voices deserve.
Juiceee Juiceee 8 years
Jorge and Jasmine out.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I thought Lil was boring, I don't see her appeal. Jasmie was pretty forgettable,Michael was just ok and Anoop was horrible. I know Anoop can do better it was just THE worst song choice. Megan has a cool voice, it's just like she doesn't know how to use it! Anyway, I just think people need to step it up a bit. The week had a lot of boring performances.
screen12 screen12 8 years
i'm still rooting for anoop. there's something about him that makes you want him to stay though he has made a bad song choice.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Anyway, about the actual contestants: I don't really have strong feelings about Lil or Scott. I think they're both OK and would keep them in this week, as I think there were worse contestants. Danny annoys me and I didn't like his PYT, either. Jasmine just seems out of her league. She has a decent voice, but she doesn't have that "star quality." Kris really surprised me. I think (and hope) that he will continue to surprise me each week. His style of music is actually what I would listen to, so I'm guessing I'll like him throughout the competition. And, I like that he's a nice guy. I know this is a singing competition but, I believe that (to some extent) it's always been about personality, too. Allison grows on my every week. She was good and I'm anxious to see more of her. As much as I like Anoop's personality, I don't think he has the talent to back it up. I realize that I just said the competition is about personality to some extent, but of course you need to be an interesting artist, too, and I just don't think Anoop has that. Jorge annoys me sometimes, but I do think he can sing and I hope he gets to stick around. I have always loved Megan, but was unimpressed with her this week. (I was, however, impressed with how young her mom looks. That girl has good genes!) I am torn on Adam. Sometimes I like him, sometimes I think he's too show-tuney. I'm just not sure yet. But, I do think he did well last night. Matt gave a solid performance and I like him, but it was nothing memorable. Finally, something about Alexis just bugs me. I agree with what Simon told her.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT I'm not even sure if this is true, but I heard that the twist is going to be that there will be a bottom three and the bottom person will go home, but the judges will be able to choose who gets to stay between the other two. Or, there will be a bottom three and the judges get to choose which two go home. I've heard different variations, but all of them involve the judges getting to have some say in the decision.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I.Can't.Stand.Adam. He belongs in Wicked... OH WAIT, he already has been. Explains everything.
em1282 em1282 8 years
First off, I can't get over how many hot (IMO) guys there are this year (Matt being my favorite so far...). Kris was great too, and I've liked Danny from the start as well. Jasmine was off last night, and I wasn't a fan of the Jorge song, but I think he should stick around. Also, it kinda sucks that Megan copped out and sang that song, but eh, wasn't really feelin her anymore to be honest.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
LaurenG22, I had to read the recap again to remember Scott. I think that sums it up pretty well.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I think Jasmine, Lil and Michael could be going... Anoop and Megan are also on the chopping block. I really hope Scott goes home and Jasmine. I really don't get why they are there.
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