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American Idol results show recap, semifinals top 24 to 20

Boy, that was a bad performance week all around. Let’s hope these contestants improve next time.

First out: Janell Wheeler, the sweet wine rep. She is not a bad singer. While she wasn’t even in the neighborhood of Carly Smithson singing Heart, she held her own. In fact, I thought she was middle of the pack, not someone who would get axed.

Second gal gone: Ashley Rodriguez had some early appeal with the “Idol” producers and judges but she went big and failed big with a relatively obscure Leona Lewis song Tuesday. Her verses aren’t bad but her chorus and runs were still horrible, post-elimination. Her end note was better than Tuesday, at least.

First guy ousted: Joe Munoz, who was ignored by ‘Idol” producers until last night. He wasn’t half bad but I guess he didn’t leave enough of an impression either. I feel bad for the guy. I could see some potential there.

Second guy done: Tyler Grady. He was the ’70s rocker wannabe with not a scintilla of genuineness to him. And then he threw the judges under the bus after getting eliminated, saying they didn’t give him enough constructive criticism during Hollywood week.

My predictions were Tim Urban, Paige Miles, Lacey Brown and Tyler. I only got one out of four right.

I’m going to miss Joe and Janelle. Both certainly deserved another shot over other contestants.

There were 24 million votes cast last night. I’d have to check if that’s much different from a year ago but it’s hard to compare because they were using the top 36 set up. I doubt it’s a record for the semifinals, else Ryan would have said so.

Allison Iraheta, who is signed to 19 Entertainment, got to sing “Scars,” her latest single. I’m not sure if it’s going to do well since her first single stiffed, but you never know. I’m rooting for her. She was a great singer from day one and clearly has a future.

Kris Allen talked about Haiti and did a cover of “Let It Be,” reminding us a bit why we voted for him.

The group sing used a song heard during Hollywood week: Estelle’s fetching “American Boy.” But it sounded lip synced and nobody sang a solo. It was just harmonies galore. Good harmonies, for sure, but I would prefer to hear some solo lines.

346 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
6:26 pm

First! So ready for the results…

keith

February 25th, 2010
7:11 pm

jermaine, tim, lacey, ashley are going to go home .

alice carpenter

February 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

The best of all was casey james in my opinion.I thought he was great and did a great job and he has all the looks of an idol and he did not seem snooty he was just a casual fellow ans sang at such ease.He has my vote.

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
7:40 pm

No “real time” blogging tonight Rodney? Or is it called instant?

JTesla

February 25th, 2010
7:42 pm

Bucky II will make it to the top 12 easily. Of course look at the competition, he doesn’t have to do much to get through. That Jim Morrison guy has to go.

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
7:54 pm

Wow, we are going retro with Bucky and Jim Morrison tonight, JT! I liked Bucky for the most part. I think he will continue to show us his different styles. He sang blues before.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:00 pm

Instant blogging as opposed to wait 10 seconds blogging. I don’t see much difference.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:01 pm

They could eliminate 6 guys tonight and I wouldn’t be unhappy.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:02 pm

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:02 pm

Did anybody vote last night?

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:04 pm

I was not moved to vote at all last night or Tuesday night!

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:05 pm

Kara’s hubby is cute!

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:05 pm

uh group sing

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:05 pm

The girls sound great!

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

Group sing…maybe they spent too much time on it inst of practising their individual songs

War Eagle

February 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

WORST GROUP SING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

They are lip syncing fo sho

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:07 pm

Hubby’s comment: “There is nobody here I’m interested in”. And he left the room! First time in Idol history

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:07 pm

I love this song and it sounded great, but it didn’t showcase any individual singer at all. Lip synced? Probably!

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:07 pm

They even lip sync badly!

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:08 pm

And this is the best, most talented group ever? Hmmmmm.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:08 pm

even the commercials are dumb

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

Aw come on…I have never decided on one person during the semi’s. There’s some really talented girls. and 1 or 2 somewhat talented boys.

WE! Hello! Are you gonna talk to us tonight?

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

Exit now-did anyone even claim that? Season seven was pimped like that way too much!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

wasn’t the WORST group sing ever, that was 2 years ago… but it wasn’t anything to write home about, either. BLEH. And lipsync or not, the girls sounded better than the boys, but none sounded particularly GOOD.

and off we go…**yawn**

WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hey man, so GOOD to see your virtually smiling face!!!

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:10 pm

And yes, Kara’s husband is a cutie! Surprised me a little actually. Don’t know exactly why but it did.

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:10 pm

I was not moved to vote either, EN, but I may regret it if Siobhan goes home. I usually vote religiously, but then I usually have several I am pulling for by now.

C-Dogg

February 25th, 2010
8:10 pm

def lip synched but then again trying to mix 24 voices(and especially that bunch)would be a near impossible task.That being said i dont like lip synching on a singing competition.

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:10 pm

War Eagle, War Eagle!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

siobahn is safe
no surprise there

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

Siobhan. So adorable! And so safe!

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

YESSSS Siobhan safe

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:11 pm

Siobhan’s safe, and so is Haely

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:12 pm

that lighting on michelle makes her look sort of tiger-ish

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:12 pm

Hot mess Haeley is in. No surprise there either. Michelle was competently boring but made it through. Katelyn Epperly, sans makeup tonight, also gets a week of freedom.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:12 pm

janelle ….if that’s true, buhbye

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

So far I approve of the safes! Is Janell going home???????????

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

Oh, no. I did not think either one of these would leave this soon.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

Janelle looks like Bush daughter doing cutesy Olympic interviews

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

randy has a wide yellow streak there

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

Janell wasn’t that good but she wasn’t that bad either.

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

She was way better than some of the others.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

Randy won’t give an opinion though the pimp spot girl was obviously safe. I thought Janell was sweet. Not a great singer but I thought she was going to pass through at least the first week.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

There were worse singers

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

singing Heart for a first out song, her voice wasn’t nearly big enough. imho.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

So will the second girl be Paige or Ashley?

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Wrong song got her.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

I realize I messed up the polls this week. I should have asked which two people you think should go home. Whoops… I’ll fix next week.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

why do they always singer better when they are eliminated

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

wait, am i confused?

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Why not let the poor losers try a different song before they go?

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

I think Ashley was a bit worse. Janelle! Awful.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

why are you confused linny?

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

oh…it was my cable feed, lol…went dark for a moment i didn’t think she was going to sing…. sorry for any confusion…

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

ALLISON! wooohooo please please let her rock it!!!!

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:17 pm

Mercedes, I have always disagreed with having them sing a song that got them cut.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:17 pm

I really thought Janell would survive. Go figure!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:17 pm

i actually thought Paige was pretty good compared to some of the others, but Ashley…. i pray she goes! will they do “bottom 2 remaining” for the other elimination?

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:18 pm

and yes, Lacey was a HUGE disappointment tuesday night, imho

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:18 pm

Hey, linny. Missed you last night. Miss you during the day, too, for that matter!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:19 pm

I agree H, i have always thought they should prepare a separate, “goodbye” song for their farewell sing, after all, if they were voted OFF by a song, why would they even WANT to sing it AGAIN???

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:19 pm

So far, so good. Janell was going to have to leave at some point.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

The trouble is, there’s only 5 girls that should leave before the finals, imo. After that, I’m gonna be upset!

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

Any word on whether there will be a wild card or judges choice that they can/will bring back/save? Isn’t that what happened last year early in the season?

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

i was just too out of it tuesday and wednesday to blog during the show…hopefully i’ll be back in form next week.

D — that commercial with the hunky guy doing the body wash commercial…have you seen the follow-up commercial? i love those…hope they do a whole string of ‘em!!!

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:21 pm

Probably never want to sing the song again. Heeere’s Allison.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:22 pm

Very Pink like

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:22 pm

None of the remaining 11 girls are half as good as last years number 4…

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:22 pm

Wish they could make it 8 women and 4 guys for the top 12 at this point.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Allison’s diction is still crappy, I see. Other than that, I think she’s great! I like the black streaks in her hair.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Yes. Allison can do ballads, too! From day one, I was impressed with her.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

I need this song to kick up another notch, I like it but want it to blow up a little more in the middle

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

Yes, D. I am having trouble with understanding the words. But she’s sooo good.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

sigh….i’d rather her have rocked it up big.

Andi

February 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

I think she did great!

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

good evening all and special hello to JT. :)
didnt really feel that song, Allison

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:25 pm

it was good….but imho i’m with Candlerz….rock it up a bit girl!

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:25 pm

Ne too, linny

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:25 pm

Paige… go! Oh, no!

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

Glad Michelle stayed. i didnt really remember Janell except for the name. Like the name.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

Paige Miles, despite being absent up to this point and going first, managed to survive. Lacey Brown? I hated her last week but she made it. Go figure.

Andi

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Good – was hoping she’d stay

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Lilly safe? Of course. Crystal, too. Duh.

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Whoo hoo Crystal

Deirdre

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Between Didi and ashley! It better be Ashley!

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Right here is where I miss coveritlive. It is taking soooo long to post

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

didnt care for ashely. did she sing second on tuesday?

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

buh bye ashley… i keep feeling she belongs on the bachelor or something, just not…here.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2010
8:28 pm

B-bye Ashley, who is up against the much more interesting Didi. I thought Ashley had been pimped early on but she couldn’t match Leona Lewis Tuesday.

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:28 pm

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2010
8:28 pm

Ashley…go! YES!!

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

rodney you were right about the second singing spot.

Andi

February 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

I’ll take that decision. She didn’t do anything for me.

Harriett

February 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

Another case of song too big. She is having a strange reaction.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

February 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

yeah, Judy, she was second. cute girl. just not as good as the others, in fact, i placed her dead last on tuesday

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

Wow she seems p o’d

Judy

February 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

i dont remembr her. what was her back story?

Exit Now

February 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

If looks could kill. Man!

Candlerboyz

February 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

And that note is why we say buh bye