American Idol: What Do You Think of the Top 13?

After two two-hour performance shows and one two-hour results show, American Idol has at last decided on its Top 13. If you watched all of that live, it was six hours out of your life. (Do you know what you can accomplish in six hours? A great deal. You can completely reorganize your closets. You can compose an Ivy League-worthy college admissions letter. But you didn’t come here to be lectured to, you came here to talk Idol.) As far as the results went, I’ll begin by saying: Well done, America. I mean, everyone in America voted last night, correct? It’s your civic duty. And by and by, you looked at the Top 24, noted which contestants were mostly forgettable (Brielle Von Hugel) or too ADD and dorky (Reed Grimm) or just plain awful (that would be Mr. Tweezed Eyebrows Adam Brock), and anointed a variety pack of Top 10 contestants who actually have some star power to back up their lung power.

Also worthy of a gold star: Jimmy Iovine, who told it like it was to about every contestant. Though I must say I took issue with his attack on Heejun for allegedly being more into wisecracks than music. I find the guy genuinely funny and charming, and if he wants to break up the reality show monotony by not acting like every single moment of this karaoke pageant is the Most Important Event in Human History, more power to him. Plus his Boltonesque singing has grown on me, Korean accent and all. So back off, Jimmy! This one’s mine.

Now let’s give nicknames to the the Top 10 stool-fillers, as chosen by you, America:

Joshua Ledet: Hallelujah Jones

Phillip Phillips: Growlin’ Girlbait

Shannon Magrane: Celine Jr.

Jessica Sanchez: A Teenager in a Lot of Makeup

Heejun Han: Han’s Solos

Hollie Cavanagh: Field Hockey Diva

Jermaine Jones: Aaaagh! Run! He’ll Crush Us All or Drown Us in a Single Teardrop!

Colton Dixon: The Emo-ticon

Elise Testone: One of the Guys

Skylar Laine: Praise America!

But wait! There were three more stools to fill, and the judges chose six of the rejectees to sing for their lives. Of those, they chose to save these three as wild cards:

Deandre Brackensick: Milli Falsetti

Erika Van Pelt: Terrible Tattoo

Jeremy Rosado: Care Bear

But goodbye Reed Grimm, Haley Johnsen, Jennifer Hirsch, Hallie Day, Haley Johnsen, Creighton Fraker, Chase Likens, Chelsea Sorrell, Brielle Von Hugel, Aaron Marcellus, Adam Brock, Baylie Brown and Eben Franckewitz. We hardly knew ye, and in certain cases (coughcoughAdamcough) that’s probably for the best.

So what do you think about the Top 13? Do you agree with Randy’s assessment that Jeremy shouldn’t solely be judged based on his looks (lulz)? That’s why they pay Randy the big bucks. For amazing insights like that one. Tell us who you think is going to win it all, and what your favorite performances were from earlier in the week.

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Phillip is no 1 for me, Joshua, Jessica are amazing singers and Heejun is just the funniest, I like him
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Hollie Cavanagh, Jeremy & Joshua or Shannon to favour



truly hate Philip Philips with a passion, as do Colton...those two need to go asap...



so glad Jermaine made it...that was great to see...
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Top 3:

Jeremy Rosado, solely on singing talent, this kid has it in the bag, the best voice up there

Phiillip Phillips (dying to hear him sing "with arms wide open" :p

Hollie Cavanagh, girl can actually sing, and pretty good

Ok, let's make it top 4 and include:

Heejun Han, any time he's on camera makes me smile, so is a good thing



Bottom 3:

Deandre whatever, I can't stand the kid, I have forwarded EVERY single of his performances the whole competition, even Reed Grimm with aweful performances and all wouldn have been a better choice for me that this Milli Vanilli wannabe, SOMEBODY STOP SQUEEZING HIS BALLS AND LET HIM SING NORMALLY!!!

Ok, I don't care who else is in the bottom, as long as he is in it :/
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I like Jimmy. He doesn't get all teary-eyed over every contestant or tell them they are the best thing ever. I like Erika, terrible tattoo and all, but she won't get far because 1) She is an adult. 2) Being an adult means all the tweeny girls won't vote for her. 3) She sings rock and roll. I really don't much care who wins. There are more losers than winners overall in Idol. For every Carrie Underwood there is a what's his/her name that won a couple of years back.
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Oh and Jimmy Iovine is a complete d-bag. I really hope they stop showing him.
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I would have rather have seen Reed Grimm make the Top 13 than Deandre. HIs falsetto really, really, really grates on my nerves while Reed is pretty darn entertaining.



Too bad they picked Brielle to sing for the Wild card spot, I would have rather seen Hallie Day try but in the end, Erika was the best choice out of the girls.



I'm really pulling for Phillip squared to win it this season!
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I was surprised it took a wild card for Deandre - I really loved his performance this week and in prior weeks as well. Joshua is my winner's pick though and has been since I saw on the Hollywood shows. There were definitely a few guys and a girl that I'll miss but overall I think the choices are pretty solid and really show that the new judges are on money.
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I can't believe they didn't choose Reed Grimm to be in the Top 13! He was unique and original, but I guess America just prefers mediocrity. I loved Reed! He took a song that I usually hate (Moves Like Jagger) and turned it into something that I've been listening to on repeat ever since. So sad he's gone, especially since people like Hee Jun were voted in regardless of sub-par performances.



Now, I am rooting for either Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez to win the whole shebang. Hopefully, we'll hear more from Reed in the future!
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I'm a Reed Grimm fan too! Too original for Americans! ;)
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I actually thought he was pretty bad :) His wild card performance was his worst performance so far.... he just made a lot of weird sounds....not any singing, which annoyed me.



I like Phillip Phillips too. And Elise Testone + Hollie Cavanagh.
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Totally agree.. I like him in his audition, but the subsequent preformances were from bad to worse.. he got cought up in his "originallity" and forgot about the singing part..

I promise I tried to like him, but I coulnd't get pass the awefulness that it became.. better luck next time.
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It seems to look good for me.
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This has got to be the worst top 13 ever ALL the boys are not that great. The most potential i would say Deandre (with training). While the girls Jessica is the one with the most potential, but she needs to learn that screaming is not the same as singing. Randy, Jennifer, Steven Not a great job this year not at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jessica, Joshua and Hollie: Top 3

Jeremy, Jermaine and Heejun: Bottom 3
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Who is going to win... None of the Above. Another year that is shaping up to be some good singers but not a lot of star power. Dave Matthews Jr (Phillips) might be onto something as DMB, Jack Johnson, etc are really marketable sounds right now but otherwise none of them have the star power to have a series of hit records. Lets hope I am wrong though.
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Skylar, Colton, Phillip: Top 3

Deandre, Jeremy, Jermaine: Bottom 3



Let's see how well I do!
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