American Idol

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TMZ is reporting that American Idol contestant and front runner Crystal Bowersox tried to quit the show just 2 weeks ago.

According to TMZ, Crystal actually quit the show two weeks ago and was walking off when AI host Ryan Seacrest convinced her to change her mind.

Crystal’s reason for wanting off the show? Apparently the 24 year-old singer-songwriter from Elliston, Ohio told Ryan she couldn’t handle the competition, and that she hated the attention, at one point even saying to Ryan, “What’s the point?”

In addition to that, the single mother of one was also feeling very homesick and wanted to return to Ohio to be with her family.

Ryan was however able to convince Crystal to stay by telling her that being on “Idol” was like starting a business, and reminding her that a million dollar recording contract was at stake. Ryan then added that she could use her money to do some amazing things. “You can buy your mom a house,” said Ryan to Crystal.

So Crystal remains in the competition, for now at least.

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And then there were seven.  Two of American Idol‘s nine remaining finalists saw their dreams come to an end last night during the dramatic double elimination show.

The double elimination came as a result of the judges saving Michael Lynche, who received the fewest votes last week. Andrew Garcia, the 24-year-old musician from Moreno, Calif, was the first to go.  Andrew’s elimination was not much of a surprise as he failed to impress this judges this week with his Elvis rendition of “Hound Dog.”

“I’m still happy.  Thank you guys.  I mean, I appreciate everything and I’m glad I’m here, I’m glad I’ve been through what I’ve been through,” said Andrew.

Next to go was 17-year-old high school student Katie Stevens. “It was the best,” said Katie said of her American Idol experience. “[I’ll talk] about all the amazing people I met, the amazing experience that this was,” she added when asked what she’ll tell her friends when she returns home.

TELL US – WERE THE RIGHT TWO SENT HOME LAST NIGHT?

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Viewers watching American Idol last night were shocked to see Michael Lynche aka Big Mike in the bottom three, but what was even more shocking was when Ryan Seacrest announced Mike as the receiver of the lowest number of votes this week.

The 26-year-old singer from New York found himself in the bottom three with Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia, even he had an okay performance with his version of “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles.

In his plea to the judges for their save (a one time opportunity the AI judges have to save one contestant this season), Michael performed “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell.

With the audience cheering on, Simon Cowell announced the judges would be using their save on him. “This is unanimous, Michael, if that’s any comfort. We have decided we’re going to see you next week,” said Simon.

Due to the judges’ save being used this week, two contestants will be eliminated next week.  One can only hope the judges’ other favorite, Crystal Bowersox, doesn’t get voted off anytime soon.  Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert will return next week to mentor the group.

TELL US – DID THE JUDGES MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN SAVING MIKE?

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Didi Benami was eliminated from American Idol last night, making her the third finalist to leave this season.

The 23-year-old waitress from Knoxville, Tennessee found herself in the bottom three with Tim Urban and Katie Stevens. It was no shocker seeing Didi at the bottom this week after receiving heavy criticism for her rendition of Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

“It was like swimming in jelly,” Simon said of Didi’s Tuesday night performance, adding that it was over-the-top, old-fashioned and off melody.

And though Didi gave a great performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” last night, the judges did not save her with their Judges’ save. Simon however told her she was “a million times better” than her Tuesday performance.

The question that is now on every one’s minds seems to be why does Tim Urban continue to stay on the show despite receiving harsh criticism from the judges week after week? Well it seems Tim might be this season’s “Sanjaya” as the website votefortheworst.com (which urges America to vote for the worst American Idol contestant every year) has deemed Tim the worst this season, which might explain why he continues to receive plenty of votes.

TELL US – DID DIDI BENAMI DESERVE TO GO HOME LAST NIGHT?

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Despite numerous reports linking former American Idol judge Paula Abdul as a new judge on the remake of Star Search, UsWeekly is reporting that Paula will not be a part of the show.

An insider however shares that even without Paula, there’s a good chance the show will return to TV sometime this summer.

Paula also denied the rumors earlier this week when she tweeted, “Once again, until you hear it from me, you can’t believe what you read ;) Lots of love!”

Paula continues to be in talks to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s upcoming talent show – The X Factor.

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American Idol finally pared down to its top 12 finalists last night in what most are calling a shocking elimination.

Out of the four singers eliminated, many viewers were shocked to see Lilly Scott (top right), and Todrick Hall (top left) leave. The two singers earned rave reviews for their performances this week.

“I thought that I was appealing to a lot of people,” said Lilly. “A lot of incredible talent is going home tonight. I don’t know what America wants to hear.”

Teen power seemed to be come out on top of the show last night as teen singers Katie Stevens, 17 and Aaron Kelley, 16, made it to the top twelve.

And now the real competition begins! The judges have already declared Crystal Bowersox, 24, of Toledo, Ohio and Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, 26, as the two to beat.

A photo of the top twelve is below -

american-idol-top-12-finalistsAmerican Idol finalists: Tim Urban, top left, Siobhan Magnus, Lee Dewyze, Paige Miles, Michael Lynche, Andrew Garcia, Didi Benami, Lacey Brown, Aaron Kelly, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James and Katie Stevens.

TELL US – WERE YOU SHOCKED BY THE ELIMINATIONS? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?

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American Idol fans tuning in tonight will be in for a surprise as the Top 10 male finalists will be performing instead of the girls, as originally planned.

The reason being top 20 contestant Crystal Bowersox was rushed to the hospital. A source reveals to UsWeekly that Crystal, 24, is recovering from diabetes complications. “Crystal is doing OK and should be fine for tomorrow,” said the source.

A FOX rep confirms that as a result, the guys will compete on tonight’s show, and the women will perform Wednesday.

The bottom two guys and two girls will be cut from the competition during Thursday’s live results show.

2010 American Idol Top 12 Girls

The top 12 ladies of American Idol performed live for the first time last night, and according to the critical judges, they mostly left a lot to be desired.

The show started with a noticeable change in the line-up of the judges, with Ellen DeGeneres now sitting furthest away from Simon Cowell. Ellen, in Ellen fashion, jokingly explained that she had to move away from Simon because he kept putting the moves on her.

When asked about the talent pool of the ladies by show host Ryan Seacrest, Simon responded, “Some are good. Some are not.” Interesting foreshadowing.

First up was Paige Miles who kicked off the competition with the Free classic “All Right Now.” She sounded just okay to me, and didn’t seem to have much of a stage presence, but she ended up receiving good praises from the judges.

Next up was Ashley Rodriguez who sang Leona Lewis’s “Happy,” and ended up getting trashed by the judges. Ashley likely received the worst criticism of the night, in a performance that didn’t seem that bad to me.

My favorite of the bunch, Didi Benami performed Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” which I believed was a perfect fit for her singing style. However the judges disagreed and said her performance was missing a spark.

One contestant who did seem to win over some of the judges was my second favorite, Crystal Bowersox, who sang a soulful rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket.” “You were good tonight. I think you have greatness in you, though,” said Kara.

Last night’s episode reminded me of why I tend to stop watching Idol after the audition rounds. I can’t help but feel like the judges are somewhat too critical and go out of their way to find flaws in sometimes amazing performances. But then again, I’m no music expert but I find some of the critiques to be a bit ridic.

The top 12 boys will perform tonight, with the results show airing Thursday night.

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