Did American Idol's Top 13 rise to the occasion? Monday was the official debut of the Top 13 finalists and apparently, the debut of voting at the top of the hour. The night's theme is "This Is Me," which we take to mean we can totally psychoanalyze the singers by their song choice. Will anyone dare to do "Billionaire"?
It's all about the Top 3 on American Idol this week. OK, maybe not just the Top 3. As host Ryan Seacrest observed, "Somebody hasn't had many carbs this week; looking good, Mariah!"
Wednesday's bloated episode featured the finalists singing three songs each that were chosen for them: The first by mentor Jimmy Iovine, the second by the judges panel and the last by the Idol production team. Random. Also, we get to see the finalists' hometown visits, which were all very touching.
So how did they do? Let's break it down:
After meltdowns and smackdowns, baseball rain delays and an early World Series win, The X Factor is back Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox with its first live show. The judges have made their decisions and a fortunate 16 acts will hit the stage in Hollywood to sing or rap their way into voters' hearts and a shot at the $5 million prize.
Which judge's team is the best? Who is a future star? Who will fade into obscurity? TVGuide.com breaks down the contenders:
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