American Idol

Season 7 Episode 11

The Top 12 Boys Perform

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2008 on FOX
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The Top 12 Boys Perform
Of the 24 semifinalists chosen last week, the Top 12 boys will perform for America for the first time. Then it's up to the viewers to vote for their favorites. Who will survive and who will go home?

Performing Tonight are:
David Archuleta
Colton Berry
Jason Castro
Robbie Carrico
David Cook
Chikezie Eze
Garrett Haley
David Hernandez
Michael Johns
Luke Menard
Danny Noriega
Jason Yeager


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  • Love Idol this year

    The guys did great this evening. They are all great singers. This is the first year where I've actually really gotten into Idol, and love it. These singers are really good this year. My favorite out of the guys is David Cook, he won me over with his rendition of Happy Together. I voted for him. I hope he doesn't get voted off. He's got a lot to offer this season, and I hope he makes it to the end. Now my favorite guy is David Archuletta. He has a great voice too. I don't like Chikeze or as Simon says Chakoozie. He is the one I hope gets voted off. I also don't like the dude with the straight long hair...not the dude in dreds..though i dont like him too much either. I don't like the guy so much that I can't even remember the dudes name. That's pretty bad when it comes to me, because if I like you, I remember your name, and can remember almost all of their songs.moreless
  • top twelve guys ing...

    Finally! The top guys take the stage and sing. My favorites did great! I taped the show so I watched all of the performances, but when it was bad or boring, I fast-forwarded it. Wow, I really don't know names so...The rocker guy that has short hair did really well and the other rocker with long, blong/brown hair did well also (they're my favorites). Oh, that guy with the dread locks and the guitar that sang "what a day for a daydream" was awesome. He's quickly becoming one of my favorites. Some of them did really bad and were really boring... I really don't like the little 17 year old for some reason. His voice seems...odd? I'm not sure. There's just something about his singing I don't like. Overall, good episode. I was getting a little annoyed at Paula. Just give your opinion lady!moreless
  • Most talented top 24 ever, WHAT?

    I think only about half of the performances were any good. It was really disappointing, after hearing Ryan repeat three times in Hollywood week that "the talent pool is deeper than ever". My favorite performance of the night was by David Cook, but if I could vote (I don't live in the U.S.) I'd vote for Jason Castro. His performance was really good and the horrible producers didn't give him any camera time. People already have favorites like Archuleta and Michael Johns so they might not vote for someone like Castro who totally deserves to be in the top 12. Other favorites were Archuleta, Johns and Carrico.moreless
  • Sad

    Here we are, finally the top 24 has been chosen and tonight, the guys show off what they've got. They do songs from the '60s, which isn't really a them I can relate to, but I shall try.

    David Hernandez

    Well... his performance for me was actually quite all right. I didn't like it all that much, but it was decent. It was an OK performance for a top 24 week performance, which means if he had done the same three weeks from now I would have hated it.


    Chikezie Eze

    Simon was right, his jacket was ugly. I didn't like his shoes all that much though, but his voice was actually good. His performance level was kinda' poor, which is why I didn't rally enjoy it all too much.


    David Cook

    One of my early favorites and for me, he pulled through with his rock rendition of"Happy Together." His performance was kinda' funny from time to time because this was a song about being "Happy," which you don't usually shout. The song is also about being "Together," which can be associated with love I guess and despite all the rock love songs out there, it was still very awkward, but he did a good job, I enjoyed it.


    Jason Yeager

    I never really knew much about this guy (well I obviously know more than everyone given that I researched on the whole top 24), but I kinda knew what type of music to expect based from his first audition and the fact that he's like a hardcore Christian, which most likely meant he wasn't going to do anything exciting. His voice was OK, but his performance was so boring, I couldn't stand it.


    Robbie Carrico

    I felt it was a great performance actually, I mean, he did sound pop-ish despite his attempt to sing rock, but that song just made him sound so pop, which for me didn't make the performance as good as it probably could have been.


    David Archuleta

    He was my original favorite, but his performance wasn't exactly as good as I would have hoped it would have been. His rendition of John Mayer's "Waiting On the World to Change" and "Heaven" was a mile ahead of this performance. The judges liked it a lot, but I didn't find it too good. His vocals were probably the only thing that made me appreciate the performance at all.


    Danny Noriega

    He has all the energy, all the dancing and all a performer needs to stand out, but I hope the judges don't mold him to become another Sanjaya because it was their fault last year that Sanjaya actually turned out the way he did. His performance lacked vocals, but for me his performance was OK.


    Luke Menard

    I actually liked his vocals when the judges didn't, but I found it boring, performance value was lacking, but I still really enjoyed the vocals for some reason.


    Colton Berry

    Compared to Danny Noriega who also did an Elvis song, Colton was actually decent in singing it. His performance value was pretty good compared to Danny's wild dancing, but at least he had the vocals on, which I appreciated.


    Garrett Haley

    This guy looks like one of those guys who don't leave their homeand is just a complete bum... just like Simon said, but his performance wasn't that bad for me. I mean it was boring, but his vocals were not bad at all. Compared to Jason Yeager or Danny Noriega, his vocals were pretty decent.


    Jason Castro

    He seemed like the only person of the night who meant and knew exactly what he was singing. The other were all either kinda' stuff and boring and some were like all style, no substance, but Jason did pretty well in both aspects especially because he had his guitar with him, which was also very impressive.


    Michael Johns

    A strong performer, a strong vocalist, but overall I wasn't completely into the performance as much as the judges were, but I have to agree that it was good. I gues Bohemian Rhapsody ruined that song for me.



    I'm happy that the contestants can use instruments now.

    I'm happy that they finally admit that they don't give equal exposure during the auditions.

    I'm sad that they're hyping this season just to get higher ratings. Seriously? Was it really that good of a night?


    David Cook and Jason Castro

    Who I Think is Going Home:

    Luke Menard and Jason Yeagermoreless
  • All 24 finalists' performances was quite easy to determine who can sing and who can not. but the voting public has the power to put anybody, that is sucked!

    could not describe any specific criteria nor strategy when paula, simon and randy pick their comments on performers. it is very annoying to listen to paula because most of the times, she could not find words to make her impression. she is always being tagged by randy's comments. simon is as usual sarcastic and mean. but i find it easy to understand what simon would like to reiterate than randy and paula when they confused the contestants in the end.

    this season composed mostly with teenager contestants, i hope whoever will win, will maintain his/her staying power. despite of confusion from the judges.moreless
Alaina Whitaker

Alaina Whitaker

Eighteenth Place (Season 7)



Tenth Place (Season 7)

Alexandrea Lushington

Alexandrea Lushington

Nineteenth Place (Season 7)

David Archuleta

David Archuleta

Finalist (Season 7)

Colton Berry

Colton Berry

Twenty-First Place (Season 7)

Danny Noriega

Danny Noriega

Thirteenth Place (Season 7)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • For the first time ever contestants are now allowed to play instruments during the live performances. Jason Castro becomes the first person on AI to do so.

    • The boys go first this year for the second straight year. Before it was boy, girl, boy, so this year should have the girls start first.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Simon: (on Luke's performance) You fell into the absolute worst trap you can fall into, which is that nobody is going to remember you.

    • (After Jason Yeager performed):
      Randy: You definitely did a pretty good job with that song ... You had a couple of problems ... pitch-wise ... stay in it, stay in it.
      Paula: I did my first ballet recital to that song. (This is literally her contribution and critique.)
      Simon: You came over much older on that song ... It was very cruise ship ... It was neither here nor there; you didn't go the Frank Sinatra route ... It was very middle of the road.

    • (After David Cook performed):
      Randy: You started and it was a little weird for me ... you worked it out and made a rock joint of "Happy Together" ... if he can pull this off, he can do anything, Paula.
      Paula: It was a bit worthy ... it's worthy of great praise. You rocked it, you made something original.
      Simon: I thought it was good ... you shouted the song a little bit in the middle. It's a weird song to choose because I never heard that song sung like that before ... you almost made it believable.

    • (After Chikezie Eze performed):
      Randy: It was pretty good ... *sigh* ... you're kind of an old-fashioned singer ... make it new fresh, young ... it was a'ight.
      Paula: You've come a long way and you're here ... you're a throwback to great R&B ... you did a very nice job.
      Simon: Here's my problem Chikoozie ... I absolutely hated the whole performance ... the suit is hideous ... corny, cheesy, this could have been something filmed forty years ago.

    • (After David Hernandez performed):
      Randy: I like that you started with a whole kind of gospel vibe in the front ... it fell a little apart at the end ... but way to start it off, yo! The competition is on!
      Paula: You've got brilliant vocals to rely on .. Perfect vibrato where you needed it ... Good job.
      Simon: It was better than I thought it would be ... beginning was terrific, middle part was all a little bit rabbit in the headlights, end I didn't like ... you've got to loosen up a bit. Very stiff, very nervous ... didn't hear anything distinct in your voice.

    • Randy: It was a little pitchy for me, and I know that's a word Paula and I use a lot.

    • Simon: Danny, I don't care whether this one thinks you're yellow, orange, or purple, because all this--
      Randy: Oh ho ho.
      Paula: Guess what...
      Simon: -- colors nonsense is just ridiculous.

    • Paula: I just -- I think that there's going to be a lot of colors of Danny coming out. Yeah. (loud cheers and applause)
      Simon: I just -- I don't understand a word of what you just said. Not a word. What color was that?
      Audience Member: Purple!
      Simon: Yellow?
      Randy: Blue. Blue.
      Simon: Danny, I thought the performance was verging on grotesque.

    • Simon: When you got it, you got it, and David that was by a comfortable mile the best performance of the night--
      Randy: Wow.
      Simon: -- so far.

    • Paula: How many dogs have you really raised from puppies?
      Randy: We love dogs.
      Simon: A lot. A lot.
      Randy: We love dogs. We love dogs.

    • Ryan: And, Paula, as we start to vote now, what should America really look for?
      Paula: Uh, first, and foremost to just give it up to Randy -- he only said two "dawgs" and three "mans."

  • NOTES (5)

    • Just like last year the contestants record full studio versions of their performances, but this year AI teamed up with iTunes and sell them there.

    • List of Songs Sung By The Contestants:

      Jason Castro - Daydream (what a day for a) by Lovin' Spoonful
      Michael Johns - Light My Fire by The Doors
      David Hernandez - In the Midnight hour by Wilson Pickett
      Chikezie - More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase
      David Cook - Happy Together by The Turtles
      Jason Yeager - Moon River by Audrey Hepburn
      Robbie Carrico - One (is the Loneliest Number) by Three Dog Night
      David Archuleta - Shop Around by The Miracles
      Danny Noriega - Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
      Luke Menard - Everybody's Talkin' by Harry Nilsson
      Colton Berry - Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
      Garrett Haley - Breakin' up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka

    • The contestants will perform a song from the 60's. This is the first time the Semi-Finals have a theme.

    • House is pre-empted tonight.

    • This is a 2 hour episode


    • Ryan: (After announcing the girls and seeing them dancing) "Hey Nigel, that reminds me of your show."

      Nigel Lithgow who is a producer on AI, is also a judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?"

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