American Idol 2013: New Promo Released for Season 12 Premiere!

The American Idol 2013 season premiere is less than two weeks away! Can you believe it is already time for American Idol season 12? There are lots of changes in store for the new crop of hopeful contestants, including a brand new panel of American Idol 2013 judges: Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and — the only returning judge — Randy Jackson.

American Idol 2013 hopefuls
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In addition to an almost entirely new panel of American Idol season 12 judges, there are rumors of other major changes to how things may work this time around. One strong rumor in particular indicates that it will be the judges, not the voters, who narrow the field down to the top 10 or 12 to make sure the ‘right’ kind of finalists end up going into the live shows.

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American Idol 2012 Live Top 3 Recap: Who Made the Right Choice? (VIDEOS)

This week on the American Idol 2012 top 3 performances show, the remaining contestants will be performing three individual songs. There will also likely be a group number or two thrown in to fill out the two-hour show. We kick off our American Idol 2012 live recap of the top 3 performance show right now and find out who reigned supreme and who fell flat on Wednesday night.

Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, and Phillips Phillips are just one step away from reaching that coveted spot in the American Idol 2012 final two. After Thursday night’s American Idol 2012 results show, only two of these smiling faces will be continuing on to the finale. While my personal American Idol 2012 prediction is that it will be Phillip Phillips who gets the boot this week, there is honestly just no way of knowing what the rather unpredictable voters this season will decide to do.

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American Idol 2012 Live Recap: The Top 3 Perform (VIDEOS)

The American Idol 2012 top 3 will hit the stage to perform three times on Wednesday night for the American Idol 2012 semifinals. The theme of the night is all about choices and a lot will be riding on the song choices made by the contestants and made for them by the judges and Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman and music producer Jimmy Iovine. Who will make the final two and who will be voted off American Idol  this week? Read on to find out how your favorites performed Wednesday night in our American Idol 2012 live recap!

After the American Idol 2012 results show on Thursday night, only two contestants will remain to battle it out in the finale for the top prize and the right to call themselves an American Idol winner.

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American Idol 2012 Live Top 4 Recap: California Dreaming! (VIDEOS)

This week on the American Idol?2012 top 4 performances?show, the remaining contestants will perform a song from a California-based artist and a song they wish they had written. In addition to the two individual songs, we also expect to see more duets to fill up the two-hour show now that we are down to the American Idol 2012 top 4. Join us for our American Idol 2012 live recap of the top 4 performance show as we find out who brought the house down and who failed to impress in this crucial week on Idol.

Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillips Phillips and Hollie Cavanagh are just a few weeks away from reaching that coveted stop in the American Idol 2012 finale. Right now all bets are pretty much off when it comes to predicting who will win American Idol 2012.

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American Idol 2012 Live Recap: The Top 4 Perform (VIDEOS)

The American Idol 2012 top 4 will hit the stage to perform twice on Wednesday night. The first song of the evening will be a tune by a California-based artist and the second will be a song the contestants wish they had written.

After the American Idol 2012 results show on Thursday night, only three contestants will be left to battle it out for a chance to compete in the finale. Right now it is anyone’s guess who will be voted off American Idol 2012 this week.

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Idol Highlights: Crystal Bowersox Midnight Train to Georgia

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Crystal Bowersox is our girl on American Idol and her performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia” last night just drove that point home yet again. This girl can sing it!

Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

We will admit, Crystal Bowersox’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” performance wasn’t the best she’s had in our opinion. On the other hand, even less than her best is still way above what most of the contestants are putting out. We actually quite loved this song from Bowersox, we just prefer her singing that more indie chick-music kind of stuff.

As for the rest of the contestants last night, it seems like guest mentor Usher was a good influence for the most part. Across the board, the performances were generally a step up from last week.

We were dissapointed with Siobhan Magnus this week as her performance of “Through The Fire” was weak and the song really didn’t suit her well. On the other side of the stage, Michael Lynche made us sweet on him all over again with “Ready For Love” – one of our very favorites of the evening.

Lee Dewyze surprised us with quite a fabulous little rockin’ performance of “Treat Her Like a Lady” – we really didn’t know he had it in him. Casey James was actually decent, but we’re so over him. Aaron Kelly didn’t make us want to strangle him, which we guess is somewhat of an improvement.

Sadly, Didi Benami picked a terrible song and sounded awful and horridly outdated with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” Andrew Garcia bored us, again. As did Katie Stevens.

And, oh yeah, Tim Urban sucked.

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Michael Lynche Tops the American Idol Top 8 Men

Michael Lynche, affectionately known as ‘Big Mike’, put the other top eight men of American Idol to shame Wednesday night. Lynche’s rendition of “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell was by far the standout performance of the evening. But how did the rest of the American Idol guys do? Here’s our ranking of the American Idol men’s performances for the evening.

Michael Lynche on 'American Idol' (FOC)
Michael Lynche on 'American Idol' (FOC)

8. Andrew Garcia: “Genie In a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera – First off, what the hell was up with this song choice? So not suitable for Garcia or his voice. We’re rather disappointed because Garcia was kind of growing on us until this performance. It was bland, boring and lacked any personal touch to make it stand out.

7. Todrick Hall: “Somebody to Love” by Queen – First off, we just have to say, if you are going to dare to do a Queen song, you better damn well rock it hard. Although it wasn’t too terrible by the end, the beginning was so rough it made us cringe. Regardless, it was a mediocre performance at best and messy all the way through. Plenty of folks will probably disagree, but we’re tired of Hall and ready for him to go.

6. Aaron Kelly: “I’m Already There” by Lonestar – Sure, he’s cute, but would he really be star material without his looks? We don’t think so and this performance just reinforces that belief. Not a great song choice at all for Kelly and we agree with Kara DioGuardi that it didn’t fit his age.

5. Lee Dewyze: “Fireflies” by Owl City – Dewyze has a decent voice but it’s the same old same old every damn week. Dewyze needs to break out of his shell and really “wow” folks with something new, unique and powerful – or he’s a goner.

4. Casey James: “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban – If James’ intention was to put the audience to sleep, he nearly succeeded with us. James needs to really connect with the audience, dig for better song choices and put some real power into his performances.

3. Alex Lambert: “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne – Where’s the passion boys? That’s what we’re asking of most of the male contestants this year and Alex Lambert in particular. The song wasn’t terrible, but it lacked any real emotional oomph. Lambert also still just gives off this vibe of being entirely uncomfortable on the stage. Boy needs to chill out and get in love with the music. Then he might actually be a real contender.

2. Tim Urban: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley – This is one of our all time favorite songs, so we have very high standards when it comes to anyone doing a cover of it. Urban certainly couldn’t touch the original version of the song, but it wasn’t all that bad. Certainly we think it was Urban’s best performance of the season so far.

1. Michael Lynche: “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell – There is no doubt Michael Lynche blew it out of the water with this Maxwell cover of Kate Bush‘s song. It was absolutely a fabulous song choice for Big Mike’s big voice and we agree with Ellen DeGeneres that Lynche’s performance was entirely “beautiful”. Although we didn’t quite turn on the waterworks like Kara, we did feel a bit misty-eyed watching Lynche work it. We are so glad Michael Lynche wasn’t eliminated from the show as all those rumors claimed he was. He’s our definite favorite of the guys so far this season.

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