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American Idol Episode: "1 Voted Off"

Season 10, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: One singer is eliminated in a results edition. The Black Eyed Peas and Lee DeWyze perform.
Original Air Date: Mar 17, 2011
Guest Cast The Black Eyed Peas

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 11 Revealed Season 10, Episode 19

As the graphics of American Idol's Thursday night intro package read: America has spoken. But which singer did the voters choose to send home?

Keeping with the week's theme of celebrating the contestants' years of birth, the results show was filled with baby pictures and childhood aspirations. James Durbin wanted to be a professional wrestler and Scotty McCreery wanted to be an astronaut but didn't have astronaut brains. Neither of those confessions surprises me much.

All of the birth talk leads directly into this week's group number.

Top 12, "Born to Be Wild-Born This Way" Mash-up
As a longtime hater of these group numbers, I have to admit I kind of enjoyed this one. The mash-up actually worked and made sense, and the singing sounded mostly live (especially during Jacob Lusk's pretty terrible 15 seconds of solo time). The dancing and camera work remains cheese-tastic, but overall this was much more tolerable than usual.

And it's time for some results! Ryan invites Casey, Jacob and Lauren off the couches. Jacob admits to again being off-pitch and Jennifer Lopez says he must have had trouble hearing. (Or, you know, he was just out of tune.) Lauren, who battled a cold/flu condition, wasn't really affected by illness, but she says she's feeling a little better. Ryan asks Steven Tyler to explain what he meant when he said Casey had the "goop" that great things are made of. I'm not positive, but I think goop is what's rolling around in Steven's brain. Because his explanation only made matters worse. In any case, all three singers are safe.

Next, Haley and Paul take center stage to learn their fate. Paul, who was also sick, is on the mend as well. Haley, who received advice from the judges about picking the artist she wants to be on Wednesday, says she's thought about it and hopes she gets a chance to show everyone. Unfortunately, she might not get the chance, because Haley is the first person in the bottom three.

Lee DeWyze, "Beautiful Like You"
Oh, right! Lee won last year. This song is very sleepy and Lee looked as bored as I felt. After a year of being a real recording artist, Lee hasn't changed a bit. I guess it's good that he's stayed humble, but he doesn't own the stage, which in the day of the itchy fast-forward finger, is never good.

Scotty, Pia and James are the next to get their results. Scotty says he was singing his Travis Tritt song the night before to all the ladies out there. Steven Tyler again opens his mouth, and I can't begin to explain any of what came out. It was something about how much he likes James. So do the voters, because he — and Scotty and Pia — are all safe.

So the remaining two couplings are Stefano and Naima, and Karen and Thia. Naima tells the judges that by the end of her season, she will have perfect pitch. Thia insists that she can sing more than ballads, and that she plans to do so if she stays. Thia will get a chance to prove herself, as she is safe. Naima, however, might not as she is in the bottom three. She is joined by Karen, which means Stefano is safe.

Black Eyed Peas, "Just Can't Get Enough"
Hey, Idol singers, don't worry about singing all your notes perfectly! If you can make it to the big time, your entire performance can be Auto-Tuned within an inch of its life. I couldn't help but laugh at all the fancy mic work that went into making this world-premiere performance listenable. And for half of the performance, I though the group had finally decided to admit that the only two members of the group that matter are will.i.am and Fergie. Alas, the other two showed up, but they didn't make the performance any better.

The Bottom Three: Haley, Naima, Karen
Can we safely say that Idol voters just don't like women? Guys have won the past three seasons and already this season we've had two weeks with all-female bottom threes. Granted, I think America got it mostly right, though I think Thia deserved to be in the bottom. Ryan wastes no time in sending Naima back to safety, and then delivers the bad news: Karen is in danger of going home.

Karen sings her bilingual version of Mariah Carey's "Hero" one last time hoping the judges will save her. The performance was rough, especially some of the big notes that Karen's emotions kept her from really nailing. Basically, I don't think it's worth using the judges' save. And apparently, neither did Karen, as she resorted to begging.

It doesn't work for the judges, either, and Randy delivers the news that Karen will not be saved. Randy does admit that decision was not unanimous. (It's OK, J. Lo. You will have forgotten Karen by next week).

So, did the right person go home? What did you think of the performances? And who do you think will win? Vote in our poll and share all your thoughts below!

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