The Top 12 results show opened with footage of the finalists as kids, and voice overs of them talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up. I love the editing of the baby photos and old film strip look to the recap of last night's show.
The judges took the stage with the guys in black and Jennifer Lopez in white. Steven Tyler was wearing a sparkly long jacket. In honor of "Songs From The Year They Were Born," we saw baby photos of Lee DeWyze and The Black Eyed Peas. Ryan Seacrest shared information on how viewers could send a text to the Red Cross that would donate $10 to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief.
The Top 12 performed live with the guys singing "Born To Be Wild" and the girls sang "Born This Way." It was energetic and exciting. I'd love to see these Idol mash-ups on iTunes. This was the first time I've seen the Idols travel down the stairways in the audience.
This week's Idols music video was a drive-in movie themed piece. Ryan shared that there have been 250 million Idol music downloads on iTunes since Idol began...and Idol downloads began Season 7. To celebrate, there were "American Idol Tenth Anniversary--The Hits" compilation albums under the chairs, and the audience celebrated as if Oprah gave them a car.
We found out what else defines our Idols. I like these candid segments. Ryan asked Kieran to dim the lights and it was St. Patrick's Day lighting, which looked kind of like the light show Casey Abrams got for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" last night. The "Luck of the Irish" saying on the screens made me think that no one was going to get eliminated. No such luck. Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, and Casey Abrams were brought down to the stage first. Although people have challenged whether the word "pitchy" means anything, Randy defined it and gave Jacob some advice. Jacob will take that advice into next week because he's safe. Lauren's illness didn't affect her; she's safe. That left Casey Abrams, who has been looking quite thin, but luckily he's healthy and got to attend his first results show as a finalist. His Nirvana risk paid off...Casey's safe.
Haley Reinhart and Paul McDonald joined Ryan on the stage. They have two of the whitest sets of teeth in America. Haley was in the bottom for the second week in a row, and Paul was safe again.
You know who got a free Idol CD tonight? Pitbull and Marc Anthony...they're in the audience. From salesman to superstar, the reigning American Idol Lee DeWyze debuted his new single, "Beautiful Like You" on the stage that changed his life one year ago. He played the guitar and displayed his signature vocals. A quick-talking Lee advised the contestants, "Remember why you tried out in the first place, because at the end of the day--no matter when you leave--you still love music and you're still gonna keep doing it. You guys are fine no matter what happens."
Scotty McCreery, Pia Toscano, and James Durbin were invited down stage and the crowd chanted, "Scotty, Scotty!" Ryan joked that he should start singing "Kieran dim the lights down low," a play off Scotty's favorite song, "Your Man." Pia was next, and someone in the audience yelled that she's safe. She was, and she hugged James and made her way back to the bleachers. James Durbin is one step closer to the finale where he could perform with Steven.
Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo were up next, and if we're following the pattern of the night, one will be safe and one will be in the bottom three. Both were wild card picks, and Stefano was safe and Naima joined Haley in the bottom.
It came down to Karen Rodriguez and Thia Megia...one would be in the bottom. Thia paid tribute to "Colors of the Wind" with her Pocahontas braids. Karen was the third person in the bottom three, so Thia was safe.
American Idol viewers got their second song debut of the night: "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am's was wearing an interesting hard plastic shell over his hair and Fergie looked like Marilyn Monroe. There was some pretty cool dancing and smoke on the stage.
Time flew by and it was already the end of the hour. Which girl was out of the competition? Not Naima; she was safe. It was down to the two who were in the bottom last week, Haley and Karen. For some reason America isn't connecting with them. Haley was safe, and Karen was in the bottom. Haley encouraged her to "sing your head off." Karen decided to take on Mariah Carey's "Hero" again. That's a good decision; it was her best performance. She sang it in English and Spanish and we saw Jennifer and Randy shaking their heads. I wasn't sure if that meant "no" or that they're really into it. Karen was definitely into it and her eyes fluttered back in her head when she went for the high notes. The always pleasant Karen said she's grateful for the opportunity and knows she can do better. She was crying and Ryan wiped away her tears. Yesterday he cleaned off Haley's lipstick with his handkerchief and tonight he's wiping tears. What a host!
Randy said it was not unanimous and they talked a lot about whether they should save Karen. The dawg said they won't be using the save on Karen. I didn't realize what a change Karen has made with her looks since her first audition. Soon after the clips started, the judges were already on the stage hugging her. The contestants joined them. Steven seemed really upset and Randy encouraged Karen that it's alright. Jennifer chatted with Haley and Naima. Aww man, Season 10! You get me every time!
Tune in Wednesday as the Top 11 fight for a spot on the American Idols LIVE! Tour. Did you agree with the results?