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American Idol Episode: "4 Finaliists Eliminated; Top 12 Revealed"

Season 9, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Four semifinal contestants are eliminated and the Top 12 finalists are revealed. Former contestants Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud perform Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It."
Original Air Date: Mar 11, 2010

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 12 Revealed Season 9, Episode 21

The time has come: America Idol has gotten down to its 12 finalists. Who's in? Who's Out? Let's find out.

Oh, but first, we have to talk about ...

Group Number: "Haven't Met You Yet"
The top 16's take on Michael Buble's song was somewhat listenable, even though the lip-synching will always be a huge problem for me. Tonight's biggest offender: Paige Miles, who appeared to not know any of the words beyond what she sang when she had her individual on-camera moment. I also relish seeing people like Crystal and Casey singing songs like this because they are so clearly uncomfortable with the genre.

Scott McIntyre and Matt Giraud, "Tell Her About It"
Meh. Scott McIntyre is still as bland as dry toast, and this Billy Joel song is right up his alley. The song seems a odd choice for Matt Giraud, who I prefer to hear being a little more soulful and jazzy. Ultimately, the whole dual piano performance seems more like an excuse for the boys to  plug their respective album and EP. At least it was better than the group number.

Now, those who failed to make the cut:

Katelyn Epperly
The first shock of the night, though it was also somewhat predictable. (Yeah, I'm confused, too.) Katelyn definitely stumbled this week compared with her great Coldplay cover a week ago, but as poor as her song choice was, she was at least in tune. Paige Miles, who was somehow spared by America, most certainly was not. Simon rightly noted that Paige has the most potential of everyone in this group, so here's hoping she subsequently taps into that.

Todrick Hall
It's a shame to see him go after his solid Queen performance. But it wasn't completely unexpected, considering he butchered two pretty awesome songs before finally getting it right. I still think Tim Urban is singing on borrowed time after his horrendous version of "Apologize," but I guess America needs someone "adorable" in the top 12.

Alex Lambert
The guy has a great voice — and Aaron Kelly really dodged a bullet after his wonky Lonestar song — but Alex's final performance was just uncomfortable to watch. He had no idea what to do with his hands and he clearly still is not ready for the next level. It may have come with time, but the big stage would have swallowed him up. Chin up, buddy.

Lilly Scott
The biggest shock of the night. Katie Stevens should thank all the America's texting tweens that she will continue on. However, I do think Lilly's song choice this week did her in. (Sorry, but Patsy Cline will always sound old-fashioned. Nothing wrong with that; just not sure it will win votes on a mainstream show.)

And so, Season 9's top 12 (who will sing Rolling Stones songs during their first week of performances):

Didi Benami
Lacey Brown
Crystal Bowersox
Lee Dewyze
Andrew Garcia
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
Michael Lynche
Siobhan Magnus
Paige Miles
Katie Stevens
Tim Urban

Were you pleased with the eliminations? Who is your early favorite to take it all? Vote below in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below.

American Idol Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini and Season 4 contestant Mikalah Gordon look at the struggles and strategies of the Top 12 contestants on Idol Top 12, premiering Monday, March 15th at 8/7c on TV Guide Network.


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Oh, but first, we have to talk about ... read more

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