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American Idol Episode: "Finalists Chosen"

Season 11, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Finalists are revealed. Also: The judges add their wild-card choices to the final group.
Original Air Date: Mar 1, 2012

American Idol: The Final 13 Revealed! Season 11, Episode 16

Time to settle in for a two-hour-long elimination that could realistically be completed in 10 minutes! But there's something that actually makes the evening tolerable... and his name is Jimmy Iovine! Does he not remind you of your sweet little grandmother who blatantly tells it like it is because she's 89 years old and has nothing to lose at this point? Tonight, Iovine basically says every single thing the judges should have said over the past two episodes. Finally — some sanity! (Why isn't he actually judge again?)

Here's how the first hour goes down:

Jeremy Rosado and Brendan Fraser's doppleganger Chase Likens do not make the top 10 (though they'll still have a shot at the wild card spots), and Double Phil is safe. Brielle Von Hugel and Hallie Day do not make the top 10, while Jessica Sanchez and Hollie Cavanagh score two top 10 spots. Joshua Ledet and Heejun Han are safe, but Adam Brock's future is in limbo. Shannon Magrane and Skylar Laine are also added to the top 10. Chelsea Sorrell and Baylie Brown go.

 

Aaron Marcellus — not in the top 10. Joining him on the rejects couch? The two goofiest contestants this season, who incidentally can't keep their hands off of one another: Creighton Fraker and Reed Grimm. Haley Johnsen, Erika Van Pelt, and Jen Hirsh don't make the cut, while Elise Testone secures the last female spot. DeAndre Brackensick hair-flips his way into the rejected group with Eben Franckewitz (who looks particularly Bieber-esque tonight). Colton Dixon and Jermaine Jones take the final positions in the top 10.

 

Next, six will be selected by the judges to "sing for their lives."

 

After being chosen first, Jen Hirsh gives an impressive performance of The Beatles' "Oh! Darling." If that song, coupled with her track record, is any indication, they'll most likely use a wild card on her.

 

Jeremy Rosado is chosen next, and after his rendition of Carrie Underwood's "I Know You Won't," there's not a dry eye in the house. Things are looking good for Jeremy as well.

 

The third lifeline goes to Brielle Von Hugel and as soon as she starts singing, I did something that a not-so-mentally-stable person would do. I screamed. Out loud. At my television. "OH NO, NOT AGAIN!" I yelled. "HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE GO OVER THIS? NO. MORE. ADELE!" The cover is not a good one. But you know what? I feel zero sympathy for her, because choosing to sing Adele is like choosing to touch a burning stove after you've been warned 100 times it will burn you. And Brielle, honey, you just got burned.

 

Then DeAndre is selected and he sings "Georgia on My Mind." How many more people are going to sing this before the competition is over? Guys! We're not at a cheap karaoke bar with a book of 20 song options! Can we start to think outside the box for once? Regardless, it's a good performance, and the judges eat it up.

 

Erika Van Pelt sings Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," which was the perfect complement to her dress: also on the edge (of falling off the entire time). The song was a great choice and showcased her voice really well. All positive reviews from the judges.

 

Jimmy Iovine remarked that Reed Grimm's previous performances were a little too over-the-top and theatrical. So why oh why, Reed, do you think that bizarrely rolling and jumping around the stage will be the thing to save you? Apparently the judges and I are at odds, because they unanimously agree it was a "great" performance.

 

But who will they save?!

 

Erika Van Pelt is the first wild card selected, and rightfully so. J. Lo then announces Jeremy Rosado, who she has always had a soft spot for. A crying fest ensues. And finally, the third wild card is DeAndre... and I AM FURIOUS. Jen Hirsh was more deserving of the wild card than any of these three, and I truly think not saving her is the biggest mistake the judges will make all season. You guys agree right? The chick was robbed! Honestly, I want to throw in the towel. I don't even know anymore...

 

What do you think? Are you happy with our final 13? Do you think Jen was shafted? Let us know in the comments. Also, tell us who you think will win in our poll below!

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Time to settle in for a two-hour-long elimination that could realistically be completed in 10 minutes! But there's something that actually makes the evening tolerable... and his name is Jimmy Iovine! Does he not remind you of your sweet little grandmother who blatantly tells it like it is because she's 89 years old and has nothing to lose at this point? read more

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