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Originally posted 03/07/2013 10:00PM
Meet the top 10!
American Idol cut its 20 semifinalists – 10 guys and 10 girls – in half on Thursday – with few, if any, surprises. In the 90-minute show, Seacrest announced the lucky ones in an offstage room and then led them to the stage.
The finalists, named below (guys first), walked through sliding doors to a surprised and adoring crowd to sing an emotional victory song and take in the judges' praise.
Keep reading to find out season 12's top 10:
Originally posted 03/06/2013 10:50PM
The time finally arrived Wednesday for viewers to weigh in on American Idol's top 10 guys – and they were faced with some big decisions. (Caution: spoilers ahead!)
Kicking off the night was the Bruno Mars-esque 18-year-old Elijah Liu, who immediately sought to seduce the show's key voting bloc.
"I love the ladies," he said, making it clear that he's also "single and available."
And his plan worked like a charm: His performance of Rihanna's "Stay" elicited a chorus of high-pitched shrieks from the audience. It also caused the judges to rave about his marketability.
Originally posted 03/05/2013 11:30PM
It was ladies' night on American Idol Tuesday as the top 10 women took the stage, hoping to earn one of just five spots in the next round of competition.
And now it was all up to the viewers.
Caution: spoilers ahead!
Originally posted 02/28/2013 11:20PM
American Idol has been on the air for 12 seasons. From the early days of Kelly Clarkson, the judges continually hounded the contestants on song choice. Simon Cowell (remember him?) would criticize contestants for being "cabaret," "old-fashioned" and, worst of all, "boring." Some of this season's contestants have been watching Idol since they were in elementary school, which makes it all the more inexplicable that they still choose to sing songs like Peggy Lee's "Fever," which is 57 years old.
The show began with the 10 contestants rising from the floor, Hunger Games-style. Five of them will continue, while five of them met their end. Find out who made it through to the next round … Spoiler Alert! The final picks for the Top 20 follow:
Originally posted 02/27/2013 10:45PM
American Idol's's list of the top 10 women is complete!
After the first week of sudden-death rounds, the judges gave their stamp of approval to five more female singers Wednesday night. And they sent five others home.
Keep reading to find out who's in and who's out on Idol ...
Originally posted 02/21/2013 11:00PM
On Wednesday, 10 women sang for five spots on American Idol's live shows. On Thursday, it was the remaining guys' turn.
The judges have their own euphemisms when they don't like a performance – it's usually easy to read between the lines: If they compliment a singer on his shoes, he won't advance. On Thursday, Nicki Minaj actually told a contestant, "Kudos to you for being really freshly, nicely groomed." They might as well have had a stagehand pull him offstage with an oversized vaudeville hook.
After several weeks of good behavior by the judges, Thursday's episode showed a spark of life when Nicki – who was wearing her very best Jan Brady wig – began rolling her eyes whenever Randy Jackson spoke. At one point, Ryan Seacrest even tried to get them to kiss and make up. There was talk about lipstick, and Mariah Carey did her best to look at anything other than the awkward air kiss that followed.
But the theatrics did not eclipse some solid singers – and a few performances that just weren't good enough for the competition.
Originally posted 02/21/2013 11:15AM
Goodbyes are often a necessarily evil on American Idol. But on Wednesday – which kicked off the show's first-ever sudden-death round – they were downright nasty.
"I hated it. I really did," Mariah Carey told PEOPLE of cutting five of 10 female contestants in Las Vegas. "Everybody was talented and different. There were some special people we had to get rid of."
Nicki Minaj happened to agree: "I don't want to hurt people's feelings," she said, "but I guess that's what we're required to do."
Keith Urban even had to tell a contestant who had his support that her time on the show was over.
Originally posted 02/20/2013 11:00PM
American Idol threw yet another new twist at its 40 remaining contestants: a sudden-death round.
"One song, one chance, no mercy," Ryan Seacrest said as the first group of 10 female contestants gathered in Las Vegas to try to finally sing their way – in front of a boisterous studio audience – through to the "America votes" phase of the competition.
Five women moved on, five went home.
Originally posted 02/14/2013 10:00PM
American Idol really, really wants a woman to win this season. At the beginning of Thursday's episode, they reminded us that a female singer hasn't won the show since 2007, when Jordin Sparks bested Blake Lewis for the top prize.
Let's put this into perspective: The last time a woman won, George W. Bush was still president, J.K. Rowling was still writing the Harry Potter series, and no one had any idea who Snooki was. Well, maybe a few people knew her.
Originally posted 02/13/2013 11:00PM
Imagine the Supremes, the Go-Gos, TLC and Destiny's Child. Now imagine them in the Hunger Games arena.
Yes, it was the dreaded group round on Wednesday's American Idol. The remaining 76 female contestants were shoehorned into 19 awkward quartets, each of which seemed to consist of three normal girls and one who acted crazier than Kathy Bates in Misery. Hide your hammers!
Before all that drama, nearly 200 contestants were put through a brutal round of cuts. The show lost Megan Miller, the Miss Baton Rouge who auditioned on crutches, when she was cut after a solid but unspectacular performance. But perhaps the most surprising elimination was Mariah Pulice, the talented Illinois contestant who had recently successfully battled anorexia.
"There's a plan for everything," she said through tears. "This just wasn't it."
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