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‘American Idol’ top 10 results show recap: who left this week?

Haley Reinhart performs "Free" during the results show. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Haley Reinhart performs "Free" during the results show. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

The departure tonight

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I was visiting a sick friend and got home after the show started so sorry about no live blogging tonight.

Let’s cut to the chase.

Erika Van Pelt was eliminated. I’ve always liked the mobile DJ. She has a great voice but her personality is a bit too vanilla and she looks too “old” to attract the younger voters. Like a good karaoke singer, she can embody whatever song she’s singing but fails to create her own persona.

She is a rocker at heart and did a Hail Mary hair cut/hair dye job this week.

It didn’t work. She was a wild-card entry and was never been able to build a big enough fan base to stick around every long.

So Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick, who were worse than her, survived despite the bottom three.

It’s irrelevant but her outfit during the results show is so unflattering for her shape, it hangs like a tie-dye potato sack on her.

I predicted last night that DeAndre would go home. Wrong! I got the other two wrong, too: I thought Elise and Joshua would be in the bottom. Interestingly, on the AJC poll, Erika came in the middle of the pack with DeAndre at the bottom with Heejun and Skylar. So the poll did better than I did.
Jimmy Iovine’s thoughts on each contestant:

Hollie: “Hollie might have a problem interpreting this song… Her foundation is technique. When she loses that, she loses her way. That was by far her worst night of the competition… a sweet diva caught in the headlights.”

Skylar: ‘It wasn’t her best performance. She’s a real pro. But she’s going to have to get more creative to win this thing… Skylar’s got to grow and do it now.”

Elise: “Nobody knows the song. Elise stood by it. She must have known something. She had a confidence I didn’t see before… Elise will go right to the top of the heap this week.”

DeAndre: “He was jumping and bopping. You have to study what the song is about… This was not his best night. I think it’s really going to hurt him.”

Joshua: “This song I felt he didn’t understand it. He oversang in the grid… he’s going to have to grow to win this thing.”

Jessica: “Jessica did a great job last night. Took a simple song and expanded it. A’s across the board.”

Colton: “Billy Joel emailed last night, said Colton did a great jobl. I agree. He killed it. Last week, I said there might be a third horse in this race. We’ve got Jessica. We’ve got Joshua. Maybe Colton is that third horse.” [Note he didn't mention Phillip.]

Phillip: “There’s a feeling that seeps in this show that collaboration is bad for this show… when you’re out there in the real world and doing your own material, be who you are. If you are in this competition, young man, take all the advice you can get.” [SLAP!]

Erika: “Tommy, you got a girl the day before her show to cut on her hair and sing in front of 20 million people? I never saw that in 20 years in the record business. As far as Erika’s singing, she deserves to be at the top of the batch.” [Ulp! That wasn't good enough, was it?]

Heejun: “Steven got pretty angry last night. I thought he was right. He felt Heejun came out an ddisrespected the entire process. I think it will bite him in the butt. It was more like four minutes of a bad Adam Sandler movie that goes straight to DVD. It was a stunt done wrong. He was out of breath. He ran around too much.” ["I'm not trying to be a star. I'm just happy where I am," Heejun responded.]

My thoughts on the rest of the show:

- Group sing: “The Longest Time.” Nothing too embarrassing happened. Casey Abrams is in the audience. There’s a lot of finger snapping. Elise sits in Steven’s lap and kisses his cheek. Given the age difference, a little icky. Colton squeaks again. DeAndre is cheesy as all get out. Jessica knows how to dress herself. Hollie? Not so much (stop with the spangly tops!) Joshua sounds exceptional. Is that some sort of do-rag on Heejun’s head?

- Ford commercial. Hide and seek theme. Not much to say about it.

- They get to move into a mansion once they get into the top 9. That’s a new “twist.” I guess. But in the past, we’ve hardly seen much going on in said mansion. And wasn’t the last mansion they tried “haunted”?

- Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” She has a languid, waifish Fiona Apple-ish quality about her. It’s actually not bad. She’s surely on Zooey Deschanel’s iPod.

- Joe Perry, who has badmouthed Steven Tyler’s decision to join ‘Idol,” has decided, “If you can’t beat’em, join’em.” So he comes in to play happy birthday to the Aerosmith lead singer. He even hugs him.

- Haley Reinhart’s “Free.” Trashy looking hair, great dress despite the overly generous leg slit. Vocally, she’s Haley. You either like her or not. This has no real pop potential and lacks a terribly memorable hook.

- Next week’s theme? Songs from their own idols. Have they used this concept before? It’s open ended, so that’s not a bad thing.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

314 comments Add your comment

JTesla

March 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

Looking forward to Haley Reinhart, I picked up Free last night. Not so sure about Lana Del Rey after seeing her on Saturday Night Live.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
6:28 pm

Well………ok…….I guess you fast people can hang out on the slow blog until Rodney gets back. But anyone b*tches about having to refresh and you’re out!

;-)

Jenny

March 22nd, 2012
6:33 pm

Deandre the consensus pick…. if only… well, we can hope, I guess.

I think (hope) that they would not save anyone other than Hollie, Jessica or Philip. Or maybe Colton, though he’s certainly in no danger this week. I hope they learned a lesson from last year, when they wasted their save and then didn’t have it left for Pia…

Harriett

March 22nd, 2012
7:28 pm

I have a bit of news regarding Elise. It seems she was part of a band here in Columbia, SC and still has friends/connections still here and she is supposedly telling them how much she hates the Idol thing. Claims they tried to change her and she hates the whole process and the criticism. The person who reported this to me is a reliable sort. She has not watched Idol as she works at night, but I told her I believed it because of the way Elise’s attitude had been. Interesting, but as I said, it was told to me. Not firsthand info at all.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
7:40 pm

Harriett, this is not even a tiny bit surprising. Our main criticism of Elise is her sourpuss attitude. She is clearly a person who cannot take any kind of criticism and her mood has improved somewhat since she getting lots of praise.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Well, blogsters, I just talked to Rodney and he’s pretty sure he won’t make it in time for live blogging. But, he’s made a liar out of me before so I won’t be surprised if he shows up.

In the meantime, welcome to the slow-as-molasses blog. We slowpokes will try to make this as pain free as possible for you.

kevin

March 22nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Hi everybody, hi diedre, I’m glad to see that you are ready to be our host one more time. It is becoming usual on Thursdays :D

Harriett

March 22nd, 2012
7:57 pm

That’s what I told my friend, D.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
7:58 pm

I won’t be here next Thursday, kevin, so I need to make sure Rodney stays around!

Carrie

March 22nd, 2012
8:00 pm

I was surprised reading LA Times poll they had Hollie, Skylar and Joshua in bottom 3 with Josh get fewest votes…I was surprise. Their favorites..Jessica, Phillip, Colton. and Elise

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:02 pm

Casey Abrams is in the audience!

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:02 pm

Angelina leg-dress on JLo

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:03 pm

For the Longest Time…cheesy group sing!

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Can someone put a brassiere on Elise? Tommy?

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Liv Tyler is also in the audience

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:05 pm

No lip syncing

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:06 pm

I kinda like the group sing, D

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:06 pm

I gotta say…that was a pretty good group sing!

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:07 pm

I LOVE the group sing, Mercedes!

Harriett

March 22nd, 2012
8:07 pm

Right, D, and it told on a couple of the favorites.

DanJ

March 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

I like Joshua but he was not good last night. I would say Joshua, Skylar and HeeJun in the bottom 3. I think the judges would save Joshua if he were the one to leave.

Pitchy

March 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Good evening.

I would like to start off with a grievance. Not sure what’s going on, but every couple of hours, I am blocked for posting. I don’t know how to get in touch with anyone to let RHo know this, but if anyone can give me a heads up on how I can let him I’m blocked, I would greatly appreciate it. I don’t like having the keys to my home. :sad: :sad:

Elliott

March 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

To clarify, as someone who knows Elise personally— It’s not that Elise is a “sourpuss.” She’s just very into being her own person. And its hard for her to be in such a conformist situation. She appreciates the exposure but she’s struggling with possibly losing her identity in the process- something that happens to A LOT of musicians. Pay attention to the difference in a first album and a third. For the vast majority, you’ll see a big difference. She’s truly a sweet girl. But she’s not a teeny-bopper, and thats what America and therefore the producers want.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Looks like glow in the dark pink

Angela

March 22nd, 2012
8:10 pm

Great group song!!

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:10 pm

Ford commercial was cute, too.

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Wasn’t last year’s “mansion”
haunted?

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

On stage for results: Hollie, Skylar and Elise

Pitchy

March 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

With that said, let’s get this party started (lol). My email address is sharmynk@gmail.com. If any of you would like to share your email with me so I can let someone know when I’ve been placed in solitary confinement, I would appreciate it. Thank you!

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Third time in the bottom for Elise?

Elle

March 22nd, 2012
8:13 pm

Elise beat both of those girls, but I think she’s going to be the only one of the group in the bottom 3

Harriett

March 22nd, 2012
8:13 pm

Elliott about the same thing I was told. But she let’s it show and that’s not good. The person who told me knows her and likes her

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:14 pm

I would pick Skylar for bottom 3 from this group but……who knows

Angela

March 22nd, 2012
8:14 pm

I’m betting its Hollie

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Hollie is safe

Angela

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Ok, wrong!!!

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Holly goes to the big house

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Skylar is safe

Pitchy

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

I had no doubt Skylar would be safe.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Elise is safe!!!!!!!

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Surprise… all three girls safe

Angela

March 22nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Well, good! I don’t like her but she did not deserve bottom 3 this week.

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:17 pm

Pitchy, try RHo@ajc.com when you get blocked. Or put another email address in the box and try that.

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:18 pm

Enter your comments here

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:19 pm

Elliot, she may not be a sourpuss but that’s the image she projects to the camera. She needs to work on it.

Elle

March 22nd, 2012
8:20 pm

I love that Casey is the background. He is adorable. I just want to take him home.

Mercedes S.

March 22nd, 2012
8:21 pm

Wonder how the judges would have judged “Lana”

Elle

March 22nd, 2012
8:22 pm

does anyone else notice something weird with her lips?

Deirdre

March 22nd, 2012
8:22 pm

This is a hit? Sort of like Enya at 8 years old

Carrie

March 22nd, 2012
8:23 pm

Puts me into depression…can’t follow lyrics because I am down