And then there were four. For the first time this season, a female finalist was eliminated on American Idol Thursday night. Who was it?
It was Ladies' Night on American Idol Wednesday, with the Top 5 females each performing two songs — one from the year of their birth (get ready to feel old, Idol viewers) and one by a diva. The competition is now officially on, with none of those pesky guys hogging votes in what has been universally acknowledged as a girl's year. So who became the front-runner going into Thursday's results show? Here's a breakdown of the performances:
Before American Idol's results show Thursday, the question on everyone's minds was whether Lazaro Arbos would survive another week or whether the show would have its first-ever all-female Top 5 heading into the final weeks.
The rankings got shaken up on American Idol Thursday night, and tears were shed during the elimination. Did the judges use their save? Keep reading to find out.
The reality show gods bestowed a gift upon American Idol this season, and his name was Lazaro Arbos. A chronic stutterer who grew up a bullied loner because of his speech pattern, but whose voice is smooth as butter when he sings, the handsome 21-year-old's backstory is the type of reality producers' dreams...
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The girls continued their domination on another American Idol elimination night Thursday, and the judges actually had to debate at length for once about whether or not to use their save. Did someone get sent home? Keep reading to find out.
Paul Jolley became the second casualty of American Idol's Top 10 last Thursday, when he was voted off of the show during Beatles Week following a performance of "Eleanor Rigby." Check out our interview with the 23-year-old Tennessee native to find out why he picked Heart's "Alone" for his farewell song and to get his unfiltered thoughts on the judges' panel...
Move over Nicki and Mariah, a new feud is brewing on the set of Fox's American Idol. Thursday night's results show, which saw the departure of Paul Jolley, featured harsh words from Interscope Records chairman and mentor Jimmy Iovine, who called out the judges for being too complimentary and confusing in their critiques. Those words did not sit well with the judges, who challenged Iovine directly when TV Guide Magazine caught up with them backstage just moments after the show wrapped.
The field of finalists was narrowed to eight on American Idol Thursday, but before any of the results were read, mentor Jimmy Iovine had some feedback of his own for the judges, whom he essentially said were being way too soft on the contestants at this stage in the competition.
It was the guys' turn to be subjected to the sudden death round on Thursday's American Idol. Following the same format as the ladies a night earlier, the first group of guy semifinalists — 10 in total — performed for the judges, and five were sent home at the end of the night.
Next week, the Vegas rounds continue, with the remaining 10 guys and 10 girls performing on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. After five eliminations each night, just 20 finalists will remain as this season's competition heads into the live rounds.
By all accounts, Season 12 seems to be the year for a girl to win, so how did the guys measure up? Here's a breakdown of who stayed in the competition and who was eliminated.