Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina
The two remaining American Idol girls need to step up their game if they want to end the guys' winning streak. The last time a female won, fans were still waiting for the final Harry Potter book to hit shelves and Bob Barker was still hosting The Price Is Right.
But after only four female wins in the show's past nine seasons (including hugely successful alums Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), the men have dominated the last four seasons, including the current one. With only two women left and seven weeks to go...
Record-company executive Jimmy Iovine may be getting the lion's share of the credit for working with American Idol's Season 10 contestants. But the singers revealed after the show Wednesday nigh there is another music-industry heavyweight who's been coaching behind the scenes: Jennifer Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony.
"A lot of the struggle that had been going on in prior performances was that we hadn't adjusted to the 'In Ears,'" says Naima Adedapo, referring to the custom-made earpieces that singers often use to balance out sound levels when they're singing with a live band on a big stage...
American Idol's Top 12 take on one of the show's longest-running themes: songs from their birth year. Despite a flu bug hitting the Idol mansion, many of the contestants took the judges' complaints from last week to heart and kicked up the energy a few notches. However, for every good performance and exciting song choice, there were still plenty of snooze-worthy moments.
So which sick singer caved under the pressure and which finalist fought the flu and rose to the occasion? Let's break down the performances:
Naima Adedapo, "What's Love Got to Do With It"
The beginning feels a little karaoke-y and almost as if she is speaking instead of singing, but it's the...
American Idol's Top 13 hit the stage this week with songs recorded by their personal idols, but not all of the night's performances were worthy of being worshipped. With a few exceptions (one of which was an equally troubling rap-reggae take on a current song), the night seemed to be plagued by sleepy arrangements. But do we blame the singers or Jimmy Iovine's team of producers? (More on that later.)
Luckily, there were a few standouts that kept us from completely nodding off. Let's break down the performances...