Category: TV Reviews

American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Results: REDUX – “That’s definitely going to be on TV.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Results: REDUX – “That’s definitely going to be on TV.”

With yet another dramatic montage, promising – “You won’t believe who is going home”, the top 11 elimination show from American Idol made it’s way on air.  Usually, I would dismiss that kind of hype out of hand, but after last week’s save of Casey, I was a bit concerned heading in to the elimination show this week.  Did America get the wake-up call last week?  With over 55 million votes cast, it appeared that it had – but whom did everyone vote for?  Cue the lights, roll the music – it was time to find out who made it to the top 9 this year.

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Performances: REDUX – “It’s a little different than runnin’ around shuckin’ it.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Performances: REDUX – “It’s a little different than runnin’ around shuckin’ it.”

Tonight was our second chance to have the top 11 American Idol Contestants perform in the appropriately titled “Top 11: Redux” (I supposed “Top 11: Part Deux” was too much Charlie Sheen for the show…) A quick recap of the “Best. Results. Show. Ever” led off the show.  As the judges and Ryan took the stage, a quick pan of the audience revealed a sign saying – “Thank you for saving Casey”.  I agreed wholeheartedly, and by the end of the night, the judges’ decision to save Casey had borne fruit.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

This week’s theme was the music of Elton John.  It was a great catalog of songs, having provided some memorable Idol moments in the past.  I wish they had given Bernie Taupin a little more love on the show – but that’s the breaks.  As they worked through the montage of Elton’s career I was struck by a thought – evidently Elton John had the funky glasses thing going on far before Clint Jun Gamboa.  Who knew?

With a photo-shoot for EW and a rehearsal with Jimmy Iovine serving as the intro to each of the songs, it was time to get started.  Who would shine and who would sink?  Let’s see…

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Performances – “The perfect mix of crazy ass, out of control ego.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Performances – “The perfect mix of crazy ass, out of control ego.”

This week saw the American Idol contestants take on the songs of Motown.  It’s become a popular theme week over the years, showing up in 4 out of the first 9 seasons (in fact it was the theme used for the very first top 10 show in season 1.)   With the deep and impressive catalogue that Motown brings to the table, it was set up to be an entertaining night – and it didn’t disappoint. Ryan chatted with the judges a bit, gave a quick shout out to Liv Tyler in the audience, and then brought the contestants out on to the stage.  Casey was up first.  Let’s see what happened.

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Results – “I’m crazy James and I’m…AWESOME.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 11 Results – “I’m crazy James and I’m…AWESOME.”

After a performance show packed with Motown hits, it was time to whittle the top 11 down to the top 10 – and set the roster for this summer’s American Idol tour.  The show started with a quick video intro (and I have to say – the intro videos have been noticeably better this year), with the tag included – “Expect the Unexpected”.  For a moment I thought I had tuned in to “Big Brother”, then I wondered – would tonight be the first “shocking” elimination of the season?  Ryan certainly teased us with shocking results – but the last time he did that this season, it wasn’t shocking at all.  Would tonight be different?  Let’s see what happened.

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 12 Results – “The pitchy is if it’s underneath the actual tone, or above it.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 12 Results – “The pitchy is if it’s underneath the actual tone, or above it.”

Time for the top 12 to become the top 11.  The show opened with a quick look at what the Idol wanted to be as kids, when they grew up.  (The theme this week was “songs from the year you were born”.  Get it?).  James wanted to be a professional wrestler, Scotty wanted to be an astronaut (“My brains weren’t astronaut material, though”), Jacob wanted to be a journalist, Naima wanted to be a veterinarian, Paul wanted to be a comedian (I can totally see that…), Thia, of course, wanted to be a singer – as did Pia.  Evidently Lauren, Stefano, Karen, Casey, and Hailey all wanted to be things too mind-numbingly boring to be shown on TV.

Ripley’s announcer guy ushered the judges and Ryan on to the stage to great applause.  Ryan thanked everyone for their support of the Red Cross last night, and gave out a number that when texted to, donated $10 to the Red Cross (the number – 90999).  And with that, the show kicked in to gear:


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