American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "Final Judgment, Part 1"

Season 11, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The contestants must bring it and sing it in one final performance opportunity to win over the judges, who then reveal the first group of semifinalists.
Original Air Date: Feb 22, 2012

American Idol's Judgment Day: So Intense, You’ll Sweat Water! Season 11, Episode 12

Judgment Day. To Christian theorists, it's the final and eternal judgment by God. But to Idol enthusiasts? It's like, waaay more important than that. It is the day that will determine the fate of our 42 remaining hopefuls. The day where some will be forced to return to their little tent homes never to be seen or heard from again... and others will be one step closer to achieving their dreams of superstardom (and the fame, money, material objects, and drug addiction that comes along with it). 

After tomorrow evening, we will have our final 24. Tonight, the judges will select the first 14 to move on. We know that unlike us, you (probably) have lives outside of American Idol, and 24 is a lot of people to keep track of. So below, we've written up a handy dandy cheat-sheet that has relevant information about each contestant — their solo song, a thing or two that makes them memorable, and several harsh generalizations, just because. Don't worry, you can thank us later.

Jen Hirsh
Solo song:
"Baby I Love You"
25-year-old winery worker
Shoo-in for the top five (in my opinion)
Received standing ovation from judges after solo performance of "Georgia"

Creighton Fraker
Solo song
: "New York State of Mind"
Starving artist/bunny ears-wearing street performer
Biological son of '80s heavy metal band front-man
Rivaling Phil Phillips for "Weirdest Name in the Competition" title

Joshua Ledet
Solo song:
"Up To The Mountains"
Employs Steven Tyler's screaming/singing method of performing, but it works
Scream/sings "Amen!" and "Halleluiah" upon hearing judges' verdict

Hayley Johnson
Solo song:
We didn't see one?
Severe lack of confidence, but slowly coming into her own as an artist
College student; plays guitar at coffee shops for friends
Stood out during Vegas performance of "The Night Has 1,000 Eyes"

Elise Testone
Solo song:
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
Has been "gigging out" (performing lots of gigs) for years waiting for her big break
Stevie Nicks-esque raspy voice

Reed Grimm
Solo song
: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Sang "Family Matters" theme song at first audition
Partial to unique "skat" singing style, also known as "vocal jazz"
Member of a family band
Lost Dad to pancreatic cancer

Erika Van Pelt
Solo song
: "Don't You Remember"
Mobile DJ... still an ill-defined profession
Judges were disappointed in her solo performance, but have decided to "take one more chance" on her
A less-talented version of Season 1's Nikki McKibbin           

Chelsea Sorrell
Solo song
: "I Told You So"
Small-town girl with big dreams (a very unlikely story for this show)
Auditioned for Season 10
Flubbed the words in final Hollywood performance; Steven let her start over
Freakishly long eyelashes, or, fantastically applied fake eyelashes

Baylie Brown
Solo song
: "Here Comes Goodbye"
Auditioned five years ago at 16
Stand-out performance was "Bed of Roses" in first audition
Judges noted her lack of consistency
Arguably the most beautiful of the top 24

Heejun Han
Solo song:
"New York State of Mind"
Sweats mostly water
Works with special needs kids in Flushing, NY
Claims every Asian man's dream is to hug and kiss Jennifer Lopez
Most endearing contestant this season, hands down
Steven calls him "one ugly, great singer... like myself"
Cries a lot

Jessica Sanchez
Solo song:
"The Prayer"
Has been watching Idol since age 5 — she's 16!
Blew judges away with San Diego audition song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Mom is unemployed due to her singing career

Phil Phillips
Solo song: "
Nice and Slow"
Pawn Shop employee
Similar sound, but significantly hotter version of Dave Matthews
The Soul mate of the writer of this article

Colton Dixon
Solo song:
"Fix You"
Sent home on Judgment Day last season, but attended auditions this year to support his sister — "convinced" by judges to try out again
Skunk-hairstyle does an extreme disservice to his level of attractiveness

Brielle Von Hugel
Solo song:
"Killing Me Softly"
Auditioned last year but was cut during Hollywood Week
Calls her self-admitted spray-tanning mother the "fourth judge"
Proud owner of a New Jersey accent

Adam Brock*
Solo song:
"You Don't Know Me"
Dad to newborn baby Whitney
First felt at ease on stage after performance of "Georgia"
Previously referred to himself as a "large black woman trapped inside a 27-year-old man's body"
*we'll find out if he makes the top 24 tomorrow (cue cliff hanger!), but let's assume for our purposes, he has — are they really going to get rid of this guy after that emo break-down?

Are you satisfied with the judges' selections tonight? Do you think Adam Brock will make it through? Do you, like Heejun, sweat water and dream of kissing J.Lo? Let us have it in the comments below!

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Judgment Day. To Christian theorists, it's the final and eternal judgment by God. But to Idol enthusiasts? It's like, waaay more important than that. It is the day that will determine the fate of our 42 remaining hopefuls. The day where some will be forced to return to their little tent homes never to be seen or heard from again... and others will be one step closer to achieving their dreams of superstardom (and the fame, money, material objects, and drug addiction that comes along with it). 

After tomorrow evening, we will have our final 24. Tonight, the judges will select the first 14 to move on. We know that unlike us, you (probably) have lives outside of American Idol, and 24 is a lot of people to keep track of. So below, we've written up a handy dandy cheat-sheet that has relevant information about each contestant — their solo song, a thing or two that makes them memorable, and several harsh generalizations, just because. Don't worry, you can thank us later.

Jen Hirsh
Solo song:
"Baby I Love You"
25-year-old winery worker
Shoo-in for the top five (in my opinion)
Received standing ovation... read more

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