American Idol Top 10 Men – Win or Fail?

So far this year on American Idol, we’ve been rather uninspired by most of the contestants, including many of those in the top 24. Overall, the men have seemed especially bland this season, but last night we finally started to click with a few of the top 10 male contestants.

Alex Lambert on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Alex Lambert on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Despite a last minute switcheroo that ended up with the boys performing last night rather than the girls (due to Crystal Bowersox‘s hospital trip), the top 10 men of American Idol showed nice improvement in general over the previous week’s abysmal performances. We can only hope they’ll continue to ramp it up next week.

Win:

Michael Lynche – We’re starting to be rather happy that the rumors Michael Lynche had been eliminated from American Idol over a press leak that he’d make the top 24 seem to have proven totally false. This week on Idol, Lynche belted out a James Brown tune that suited him to near perfection. Big Mike really showed off that big voice and we’re kinda getting sweet on him.

Alex Lambert – For some reason we can’t quite get with Alex Lambert, despite his shy cuteness and promising talent. Perhaps because he just seems so awkward on stage we wonder if he can ever really make it as a ‘star’ in the music business. This week, however, Lambert pushed out of his shell somewhat performing John Legend‘s “Everybody Knows”. You never know, he might just turn out to be the dark horse this season.

Lee DeWyze – Unlike Alex Lambert, we have really wanted to like this guy from the beginning. Although his performance this week was still pitchy and shaky, it was nice to see him pick a song that fit much better with his voice. We feel he’s got potential in there, but we’re not quite sure he’s ever going to be able to really live up to it.

Win Runner-Up: Tim Urban, for sticking in there and not sucking too badly, despite constantly looking like a fish out of water.

Fail:

Casey James – Why on earth did this boy go and pick Gavin DeGraw‘s “I Don’t Want To Be”? – a song that’s been covered so often that it’s almost painful to hear it yet again? Get some originality dude! Not only is the song totally overdone, but James struggled with the vocals and the whole rendition just fell flat.

Andrew Garcia – It’s not that he was all that terrible doing Morrison‘s “You Give Me Something”. It’s just that honestly we forgot he had even performed minutes after he sang. That, in our opinion, is almost worse than sucking. At least sucking is memorable, we just forgot he existed.

Aaron Kelly – Yet again, poor song choice here. If we have to hear “My Girl” one more bloody time… Simon and Kara might have liked Aaron, but we’re pretty much done with his boring self.

Fail Runner-Ups: John Park, who can’t quite seem to get it together. Todrick Hall, for daring to sing Tina Turner badly. Jermaine Sellers, who abused Marvin Gaye‘s overdone song “What’s Going On” and sounded just plain weird singing it.

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>> Previously:  American Idol Disqualified Contestant Chris Golightly Still Fighting to Return

American Idol Disqualified Contestant Chris Golightly Still Fighting to Return

American Idol contestant Chris Golightly is still fighting to return to the show after being disqualified after reaching the Top 24 in the competition. Even American Idol judge Simon Cowell expressed surprise over Golightly’s elimination from the show and vowed to “find out what the reason is” behind the decision to boot him.

Chris Golightly (FOX)
Chris Golightly (FOX)

“I honestly don’t have a clue why he’s been removed from the competition,” Simon Cowell said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m guessing it’s some sort of technical reason, but it’s a shame for him. He needed this opportunity.” Cowell encouraged Golightly to try out for his upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor.

Chris Golightly was reportedly disqualified from the Top 24 over an issue stemming from a previous boy band contract he had with Dream Projects Entertainment. Lawrence Franklin, Golightly’s previous manager, told American Idol producers at 19 Entertainment that he was still under contract with his company.

Golightly said the old contract expired before he auditioned for American Idol and was eventually able to acquire proof of his contract release. Sadly, it was already too late to prevent his removal from the show. The show’s producers replaced Golightly with Tim Urban in the Top 24. Franklin later apologized for the confusion over the old contract that led to Golightly’s elimination.

Chris Golightly has been fighting to return to American Idol since he received the phone call telling him he had been disqualified from the competition. So far, however, he says “nothing has progressed” in his effort to get back on the show. “This is not fair; I don’t know what to do,” Golightly told USA Today.

Golightly, who gave up the lease on his apartment to participate in American Idol, is devastated over his disqualification. “I’ve had such bad luck, growing up in the system, living in foster homes all my life. … I’ve never tried to use it as a crutch, but when does the pain end and the sunshine begin?”

>> Previously:  Chris Golightly Disqualified from American Idol Top 24

Chris Golightly Disqualified from American Idol Top 24

American Idol contestant Chris Golightly will not be moving on to the finals of the reality show after all. Golightly was allegedly disqualified from the American Idol Top 24 over a contract issue.

Chris Golightly (Photo: FOX)
Chris Golightly (Photo: FOX)

“It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition,” Fox said in a press release. “American Idol contestant Tim Urban has replaced Golightly as part of the Top 24.”

Golightly reportedly had a contract with a boy band that he claims expired in 2009, according to JoesPlaceBlog.com. His previous manager allegedly believed he was still under that contract. Unfortunately for Golightly, the contract release didn’t turn up until after he’d already been kicked out of the American Idol Top 24.

Interestingly, it was not Chris Golightly who was the subject of disqualification buzz earlier this month. American Idol hopeful Michael Lynche was the talk of the tabloids earlier in the month over rumors he was eliminated from the Top 24. Supposedly, Lynche was disqualified because his father leaked the news he had made the Top 24 on American Idol to the press.

Considering how much face time Michael Lynche got this week on the show, it looks like those rumors may have been nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Nothing is certain, however, until the American Idol Top 24 actually take to the stage before a live audience to duke it out in the finals.

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Only 13 Go to Hollywood from American Idol Chicago Auditions

Last night’s American Idol auditions in Chicago were some of the worst of the season so far, with only 13 of 12,000 hopefuls making it through to Hollywood. Although overall the audition show was kind of a downer, guest judge Shania Twain was a treat to watch.

Guest judge Shania Twain on 'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)
Guest judge Shania Twain on 'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)

Normally we tend to think the American Idol judges are a bit harsher on the audition hopefuls than is totally necessary – especially when a contestant obviously has mental issues. (Making fun of the mentally disabled does not make you cool in our book.)

Last night, however, most of the hopeful contestants deserved the criticism. Overall, the talent pool in Chicago for the American Idol auditions just seemed, well, terrible. So we weren’t all that surprised when only 13 out of 12,000 people who showed up actually made it through to Hollywood.

One of the folks we are fond of and hope makes it through to the next round is contestant Angela Martin. Yes, she was one of the requisite “sob stories” of the evening, but in this particular case, that’s okay. Martin has auditioned twice before and even made it to Hollywood in season 7, but the death of her father shook up her performance and she was eliminated. We hope this time around she’ll at least make the top 12.

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American Idol Replacing Simon Cowell with Ryan Seacrest?

Will American Idol producers keep it in the family when they replace outgoing judge Simon Cowell? Rumor has it AI is considering doing just that by moving host Ryan Seacrest into Cowell’s soon to be vacated seat on the judging panel.

Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest

According to a report from E! Online, American Idol producers are mulling the idea of replacing Simon Cowell with Ryan Seacrest for the next season of the show. Seacrest would allegedly continue to host the show as well, pulling a crazed double-duty shift.

When asked about the possible switch, an unnamed ‘insider’ reportedly told E! Online “anything is possible. Stay tuned.”

Personally, we’re calling this one as just an idle rumor with no real substance behind it at this point. Ryan Seacrest has done an admirable enough job holding on to his American Idol hosting gig this long. But we’re not really feeling him as a judge.

If American Idol is going to survive the loss of Simon Cowell, producers are going to have to find someone with a lot more star power than Seacrest – and we’re pretty sure they are well aware of it.

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‘American Idol’ Moves to 9PM, Former Idol Carrie Underwood Engaged

New judge Ellen DeGeneres won’t be the only major change in the next season of American Idol. The new season of American Idol will also reportedly be moving to 9PM on Fox when it debuts January 12. The reality TV singing competition is being shoved an hour later to make way for a new Fox drama series called Human Target.

American Idol
American Idol

American Idol was previously aired at 8PM on Fox, but will be moved to a 9PM slot for the new season debuting on January 12 and 13. The two night season premiere will air at 8/7c.

Fox has reportedly decided to fill the 8PM time slot with a new drama series called Human Target, described as being “based on a graphic novel about a bodyguard.” Can we say yawn?

Meanwhile, former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is basking in the glow of her early Christmas present – an engagement ring from hockey player boyfriend Mike Fisher. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are now officially engaged and “couldn’t be happier” according to Underwood’s rep. No wedding date has reportedly been set yet.

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