American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "1 Voted Off"

Season 10, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: One of the Season 10 finalists is eliminated. Performers are Adam Lambert and Diddy-Dirty Money with Skylar Grey.
Original Air Date: Mar 10, 2011
Guest Cast Skylar Grey Diddy-Dirty Money

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 12 Revealed Season 10, Episode 17

The votes are in, and it's time for American Idol to send another hopeful crooner home. And apparently, the "new" Idol isn't much different from old Idol when it comes to overstuffed results shows. Anyway, Ryan Seacrest lets us know that more than 30 million votes were cast Wednesday night. But who did America vote for?

But first, some serious news: Fan-favorite Casey Abrams is in the hospital yet again and therefore he missed tonight's live show. Feel better, buddy! And now some horrible news: The show is keeping the Idol save. The times, they aren't a-changin'.

How do the Idol contestants live when they're not on stage or in the studio? Well they're living it up in a mansion, recording Ford music videos and hanging with Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and... Lance Bass! (Who knew Casey was such a big fan?) All these pre-taped packages were par for the course, and they reminded you as always to by Ford vehicles. Seriously, even the pool table in the mansion was sponsored by Ford. Moving on...

The Top 13, Michael Jackson Medley
Now I know why Casey is in the hospital: He didn't want to lip synch and dance! (Just kidding. Seriously, feel better, Casey!) While parts of the medley — which included "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin,'" Rock with You," Black or White," and "Man in the Mirror," — sounded live, there were also some very noticeable fakers. (I'm looking at you James Durbin and Haley Reinhart.) These are always so cheesy and terrible, so I won't say much else.

Finally some results! Ryan brings Jacob, Stefano and Karen down from the couches. Jacob admits that he messed up some notes after listening to playback, as does Karen, who blames her poor performance on being unable to hear herself. Meanwhile, Stefano, who was a wild-card pick, says he surprisingly doesn't feel any pressure knowing that America didn't pick him the first time around. He's happy to continue showing new sides of himself. And he will get to continue doing so because both he and Jacob are safe. Unfortunately, Karen, takes a seat on the stools and awaits her fate.

Adam Lambert, "Aftermath"
Glambert plays an acoustic version of his current hit in order to put the focus on the song's "don't give up, you'll make it through" message. (The Season 8 runner-up also made a dance remix version, the proceeds from which benefit the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better campaign.) It's no secret that Lambert can sing, and his voice soars in all the right places here. However, I personally haven't found any of his post-Idol singles nearly as memorable as some of the stuff he did on the show. But hey: J.Lo taught him how to Dougie! (If you don't know what that means, be happy with yourself.)

Next, Ryan invites Lauren, Ashthon and Haley to center stage. After Ryan reminds Lauren that the judges didn't sing her praises as usual, she really beats herself up. She's holding back tears as she says she "kind of sucked" and "wasn't good." Ryan must feel bad for causing her to cry, so he sends her back to safety quickly. And it means both Ashthon and Haley are in the Bottom Three as well. Everybody on the couches breathes a big sigh of relief, as do I, knowing that I don't have to watch Ryan vamp as much as usual.

Diddy Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey, "Coming Home"
Who doesn't love Diddy? Plenty of folks I am sure, but I can't help but laugh as he does the one dance move he's used his entire career while rapping a lyric ("I thought I told you that we won't stop") that has seemingly been in every verse he's ever produced. I actually like this song, although after months of radio play, it feels dated. I did like the quieter arrangement and the piano intro by Skylar Grey. The group is going on tour, ya'll. Check 'em out, and, as Diddy tells the contestants, believe in yourself and don't ever, ever stop.

The Bottom Three: Karen, Ahsthon and Haley
Overall, I think America got it right. I don't think Haley was terrible, but as the judges explained, they didn't think a LeAnn Rimes country song was the right fit for her. So maybe that caused some disconnect with voters. In any case, she is safe. Ryan also informs Karen that she will live on another week to sing millions of people to sleep. Unfortunately, Ashthon might not.

The Judges' "Deliberation"
Ashthon decided to sing the Diana Ross song from last night. (Strike one.) The first part of it is even worse than last night, no doubt due to nerves and emotion. (Strike two). She does get better in the middle, and she hits the big note better than the previous night. My favorite part of the performance however, is when the camera cuts to the judges. Randy is bobbing his head to the music until he looks at the monitor. Noticing that the camera is on them, he instantly starts furiously whispering about Ashthon's fate. (So fake. Strike three.)

Ashthon is in tears from the end of the song onward, which makes it even harder for fragile flower Jennifer to tell her that her Idol journey ends here. The show then introduces perhaps its happiest goodbye song ever, David Cook's "(Don't You) Forget About Me." David honestly doesn't sing very much in proportion to the amount of song they play, and the first note is a very aggressive growl. Weird, but whatever.

So, do you think Ashthon was the right one to send home? Who do you think will win it all? Vote in our poll and share all your comments below.


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The votes are in, and it's time for American Idol to send another hopeful crooner home. And apparently, the "new" Idol isn't much different from old Idol when it comes to overstuffed results shows. Anyway, Ryan Seacrest lets us know that more than 30 million votes were cast Wednesday night. But who did America vote for? read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.



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