Friday, March 4, 2011

American Idol's 2011 Top 13

Above are American Idol's Top 13. It took 2 hours to reveal the Top 13 on Thursday's live results show.

America selected five and and five women, with the judges picking 3 Wildcards, two of whom were of the female gender.

The five males that America said yes to were Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Paul McDonald. It seemed a good thing to me that the answer to Brett Lowenstern was no. He'd already gotten on my nerves.

For the girls America picked Thia Megia, Lauren Alaina, Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriquez and Haley Reinhart.

The three Wild Card choices were Stephano Langone, Naima Adedapo and Ashton Jones.

I read an account of the live show from one who was there who observed that it appeared that Scotty McCreery is well liked, by those in attendance, saying...

"I knew that future country-star — and Top 13 shoo-in — Scotty McCreery had a fan base, but the size of said fan base was startling inside the Idoldome: No one got more cheers, applause, and screams than when he was announced at the beginning of the episode and when Seacrest revealed him as making it through for the week. The difference between the love for him versus the other contestants, based on just crowd-o-meter polling, was startling. Which is to say that the other contestants should watch out for McCreery, if the rest of the country reflects that sentiment and starts voting. Even though it was overwhelmingly clear that Scotty was the favorite, he seemed unfazed by all the attention, quietly sitting on the finalists’ couch until he was joined by Pia. As a final note on this subject, you know who may potentially be Scotty’s biggest fan? Jennifer Lopez’s husband, Marc Anthony. After the show, I spied him giving specific and pointed thumbs-up signs to McCreery from across the Idoldome as he was headed out."

For us viewing the results show at home we were led to believe that while Jennifer Lopez's new "On the Floor" video played for our viewing and listening pleasure the judges would be busy figuring out their Wild Card picks.

However, those who were watching the video, live in the studio, saw Jennifer Lopez stop with her Wild Card deliberations to watch her video instead.

I like the sped up format that American Idol has changed to this year. Wiping out 11 in one night to get right to the live shows, rather than drawing it out, was a good thing.

The live shows start next Wednesday, March 9.

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