“American Idol,” 2/11

12 Feb

Here’s your Top 36, my fellow Americans:

Anoop Desai
Von Smith
Alex Wagner-Trugman
Adam Lambert
Taylor Viafanua
Jasmine Murray
Arianna Afsar
Casey Carlson
Megan Corkery
Mishavonna Henson
Stevie Wright
Felicia Barton (replacing Joanna Pacitti)
Kristen McNamara
Alexis Grace
Scott McIntyre
Lil Rounds
Jesse Langseth
Allison Iraheta
Danny Gokey
Ricky Braddy
Matt Giraud
Ju’not Joyner
Jorge Nunez
Brent Keith
Stephen Fowler
Nick Mitchell (aka Norman Gentle)
Jackie Tohn
Tatiana Del Toro
Nathaniel Marshall
Jenine Vailes
Kai Kalama
Anne Marie Boskovich
Kris Allen
Matt Breitzke
Michael Sarver

During last night’s show, each of the remaining 54 contestants came before the judges to learn their fate. It wasn’t really that simple, though. Sometimes the judges needed to hear more, so they asked two contestants to participate in a sing-off.

The first sing-off was between horror movie maker Cody Sheldon and Alex Wagner-Trugman.
The judges asked that they sing anything they felt would keep them in the competition. Cody went with Gavin Rossdale’s “Love Remains the Same,” while Alex chose “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Alex won, but he and Cody had become pals during the competition and the sing-off obviously bothered him. “This is not the way I wanted it to be,” he said.

Second sing-off was between Kristen McNamara (who was in the middle of the drama last week with Nancy Wilson) and Jenn Korbee. Jen sang “Not Ready to Make Nice” while Kristen chose “I Will Always Love You.”
Despite Kristen’s truly unfortunate choice of wardrobe (the judges were so right on that), Kristen proved she had the better voice and was put into the Top 36.

The next sing-off was more interesting, I thought. It was between Frankie Jordan – a Winehouse wannabe, imho – and Jesse Langseth, who hasn’t had much screen time. Frankie went for “The Story” by Brandi Carlile and Jesse sang Nikka Costa’s “Like a Feather.” Jesse’s song was really unexpected but it worked (although Simon said it didn’t) – so she’s in the Top 36.

Nathaniel Marshall (also a part of the Kristin-Nancy drama) had a sing-off with Jackie Midkiff. That fight wasn’t as dramatic as the rest (well it kind of was, since Nathaniel was invovled), but Nate’s through.

The last sing-off was the least dramatic – anybody else counting how many had been put through knew that 34 had been chosen and that, despite a “sing-off” between Michael Sarver and Matt Breitzke, both would be put through.

For the next three weeks, the Top 36 will perform in groups of 12. America will vote through one man, one woman and then the next top vote-getter of either gender. Finally, the judges’ three wild card picks will round out the Top 12.

So, what do you think about this year’s Top 36? Who do you love? Who are you ready to kick off?

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