'Idol's' Top 12: Who was your favorite?
March 16th, 2011
10:03 PM ET

'Idol's' Top 12: Who was your favorite?

Who got your vote tonight?

The show felt a bit uneven to me, with some great performances, some OK and a few I could have done without. Is this season's group as majorly talented as we thought earlier or is the bloom off the rose?

Most importantly, who do you think is heading home tomorrow night? Don't forget to sound off below and join us for the results show.


soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. diane

    i really like scott. he has such a deep voice. ooi thoink the other one is james.ITis going to be a guy idol........

    March 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gmama

    Besides finding out who's voted off (we know who that should be), I'm looking forward to seeing Lee DeWyze!

    March 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lana

    If James makes it to the finals, his outcome will be just like Adam Lambert, and will have sucess like Adam Lambert.
    The rest of the Idols' sing like their in their 50's+, they need to pick age apporiate songs. They need to "WOW", us every week not bore us every week.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vman08

    I don't understand what everyone sees in Jacob.I can't understand half of what he sings

    March 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stephanie

    Paul McDonald all day baby!

    March 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brooke

    I think that Scotty MCcreery was the best last night!!!! I think that Haley was the worst.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stephanie

    Paul McDonald all the way baby!

    March 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gmama

    Really? That's my only response to that.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnjaconjingleheimersh1

    They all suck c*ck!

    March 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. well-well

    I don't know. Jennifer makes me hard all the time. I m hard by just saying her naMe

    March 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kmay

    I thought the first 3 or 4 performances were bad. I liked Pia, James, and Jacob.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bonnieraesdaughter

    Song selection is ATROCIOUS! Of all the beautiful and much more original music to choose from, the girls are still singing Whitney and Celine (good grief) and the boys are even less original. Who picks these re-hashed Idol staple songs to turn into embarrasingly bad arrangements? Here's a tip: Boys should try singing songs by women artists and the Girls should sing songs by male artists...avoid the comparisons that expose their inexperience!! Great talent this year, LOVE the judges, hate the song selection!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jennifer

    who needs to go home i think the judges do they are the weakest part of the show i miss simon he told it like it was and even though randy has tried to take up his slack there is no comparison what a bunch of smoke blowers tell them they suck if they suck. With that said i think the jennifer lopez want to be, thia, and naima need to go and truth be told the rest of them could go but about four go scott lauren james and pia

    March 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Terry

    Lol, the old guy! I think he's pretty kind for "creepy". I agree w/ you about Jennifer. Randy, well he's still the "dawg"! I miss Simon! He made it interesting, for a creepy old dude! Lol

    March 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ricName*

    The singers are just ok. The show is tired.hate the judges. Jennifer,crys to much,phony.the old guy is creepy.bet its the last season.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. vwurld.com

    I think this year has some awesome talent! Some strong voices and performances too! Aaaah.... Some not so strong, but they get the votes because they may have what you call, "appeal"... And I think that's cool too! As long as they grow into full potential, it doesn't matter who, "sings the best"! That's only a matter of opinion! If they get the vote.... They should win!!!! I'm just sayin!!! ;-)

    March 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Terry

    Too soon to tell. Everybody has their "ups & downs". What do y'all think about the new judges???

    March 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. sammy

    Definitely naimi. She sounded horrible

    March 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dhai

    Top 3 are Jason, Casey, and Pia or Stefano.
    I think top 2 will be Jason and Casey with Jason as the favorite. I think Casey will pull out a mind blowing performance while playing the Upright bass and win it. But Jason is the closest to being an overnight star. Thia will be the toast of the Philippines and can become a Norah Jones type singer. Pia needs a really good song writer to give her a signature song

    March 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Gal from Montana

    Love Jacob. He puts everything he has into his music. The last 4 left should be Jacob, Pia, Scotty and James. If Thia picks up her game plan she could be number 1 in any given week. James knows what he wants and does a great job. Pia is consistently good every week. And Scotty - well being from Montana we love our cowboys and country music! Naima should go this week. But then things change from week to week –

    March 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ronnie

    I feel Naima has to go...It cant be all about being exotic and able to dance. She shuld be very proud of the distance she has travelled

    March 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. David Pierce

    Extremely flat last night as compared to previous week

    March 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Gigi

    ALL of the remaining contestants are forgettable. The only one with any singing talent is Stefano. If he wins, his career will blossom as much as Lee De-Who's:/

    March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. SUZY

    Forgot to add even if Scotty does with AI, he has a career ahead of him. Record execs for country music are going swoop him up fast.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SUZY

    It would be so nice if Naima & Haley go. I am loving Stefano & Pia right now! I need my fave from the beginning Lauren to step her game up. Girl you know you are better than what you have given us the last 2 weeks. I am trying hard not to like James but damn he is really good. Thank you for doing my fave Bon Jovi song last night. Jacob is good but annoys the hell out of me. Ooh I love Casey too. If Naima & Haley go the next 2 weeks then it will be a great Top 10. I could care less about Karen though.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. scorpio6114

    Idol this year is terrible, just look who is a judge, Jennifer Lopez! She can't even sing. My family & I are not watching anymore....

    March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Jennifer Lopez was chosen as a judge by the network bigwigs!!! She may not appeal to everyone, but she is the music scene!! In my opinion, she's a much better judge than Ellen was last year, who has nothing to do with music and was extremely boring ! I didnt watch the show for the last 2 years, but this year I am because of Ms Lopez and Mr Tyler. Great talent this year – my money is on Stefano, Jacob and Casey.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BB

    Why is everyone so enamored with Pia??! Does anyone remember the term "pageanty"? Fits her to a bill. Where were the wardrobe folks when she was picking an outfit??!! I am so over the boring ballads from most of the girls. Last night was underwhelming, to say the least. Stefano, Haley, and Lauren showed the most promise in my opinion. I like Casey, but that performance was just bad. Scotty should have a career in country music ahead of him, but he's very hard to watch. Paul is cute, and "quirky", but not in a good way. Reminds me of a drunk chicken.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  28. Andrea

    All are talented, but NONE have the IT factor. Thia, got to go. Scotty, Luv him. Mr. Lusk...too theatrical. I like Naima, but she got to get it together. Pia and the curly red-headed boy are great. But no WOW is there for any.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. HP0247

    Stefano and Pia are the best vocally, plus Jacob also has a great voice. Otherwise, of the rest some are really good, some not so.

    To CocoPuffs and Gleemerican Idol – are you two a couple?

    March 17, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sugar

    J.Lo is right..Naima is consistantly pitchy. She must go. Thia is boring. Paul is unique and keeps me interested. Karen has a "nice" voice...but needs to stop with the spanglish songs now..I am over it. Jacob has his own style..he may not win this..but will be a star. Kacey always keeps me interested..and is already a star in my eyes. Pia has a grand voice and is up there with Celine Dion and will more than likely win. Hailey's voice is unique too, but needs to find what her "thing" is. The country guy is..country and good. Stefano is picking great songs and doing well. And the blond 16 year old...looks a bit grown to me but boy can that girl sing!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  31. T

    Lets get real here. Jacob James Scotty and Pia are the best. Pia is to Miss USA......Jacob is very humble James is too,
    Scotty is just young and need to be him not some one else. Naima sucks, Lauren she will not be able to take the heat and she is over rated. Karen is ok but not a star Casey I can go to any bar .Stefano has his up and downsThia, Haley
    needed to go yesterday

    March 17, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  32. Wendy

    I love Jacob Lusk and Pia! Like Casey also! I think it is time for Niama to go home.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  33. cj

    I THINK Jacob Pia and Stefano are the top 3!

    March 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  34. MusicMan

    Lets not forget how many times America got it wrong and picked winners we almost never heard from again. We're starting to get more real talent such that it will be harder to pick a total loser. Lots of negative comments about Thia being boring. Don't forget she is getting her directions from the judges and producers who last week told her to stick with the quiet balads because that is where she shined. This week they felt bored because they got what they asked for but then realized the rest of the team has raised the bar. She has the voice but its true Idol is far from just about voice – it has a strong favoritism theme as well. Definitely last night Pia and Stephano raised the bar again. I think the judges were right in not saving the girl last week and will do the same this week for Naima. She's a great gal and will have a career but she's outclassed now.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  35. lw

    I thought Stefano was great. To me Jacob sounds like he's yelling a lot of the time. Thia is also one of my favorites all though last night was not her night. Paul's performance was a little wierd for me.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  36. JT

    I agree the judges are too nice! Naima is horrible! Jacob Lusk is absolutely phenomenal

    March 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  37. Coco2

    it's anybody's guess who will win. I think the front runners are Pia, Jacob, James, and Lauren and I voted twice for all of them. :-)

    March 17, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • CocoPuffs from dropping out my butt

      Nobody except you pantywaists care about this nonsense. BUTTHUMPERS.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jose

    If Stefano stays where he is at like one of the judges said he will def taling this. He has a great voice and his performance last night was the best one of the night. I would like to see Stefano, Scotty, Pia and Thia in the final four.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  39. Gleemerican Idol

    This show is just as gay and Glee. You all are a bunch of butthumpers and ManGoo swallowers.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  40. silverlake

    Loved Jacob's performance last night. Not Casey's best last night, but I still think he is awesome.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  41. helloKittyLover

    I think Naimi (sp?) Should go. She shoulda never gotten the wild card spot 2 begin with. It is obvious this girl is creative but I don't think singing is the right avenue for her to showcase her creativity!! That being said...I think Pia should win. I really think Scotty is very talented and if talent agents have two brain cells left they will be blowin' up his phone STAT after idol is over. We haven't seen nor heard the last of Scotty regardless if he wins or loses. To be totally honest I kinda hope he does lose so he can negotiate for contracts and have his choice of agents, managers, etc. Poor Kelly Clarkson didn't really take off in her career until her idol obligations were over!! Just my thoughts!

    March 17, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Millie Bea

      You are right- she hasn't hadan on-pitch song yet- it's not there.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  42. megan

    I think pia,jacob,stefano,scotty should be in the finals

    March 17, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  43. Trollie

    I wished this P O S show would get cancled already. It sucks. Wished all reality tv would go away!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  44. mc

    You paul fans please explain to me why he is there?? He sounds awful and jumps around the stage like a puppet. I would not buy his records or go to a concert. He is not in the same vocal class as the rest. Entertaining?? Maybe, like a clown.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  45. CD

    Cmon people...Stefano is the best. Genuine, solid voice. Has "soul" even though I don't like using that term. He will get better each week and be in the top 2 with with either James, Pia or Lauren. Naima is gone, then Thia. Scotty will be soon to follow.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lettuce Head

      only because he likes to pipe black men.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • eclanzil

      Stefano outshined everyone – Pia is great but James and Casey are also amazing. Naima and Karen have to go . . . they're both mediocre.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jen1234

    Has anyone but me ever noticed, when you go to a karaoke bar Philipinos ALWAYS sing love ballads???? Even the men! I'm not surprised Thia sings them too. Not being racist just something i've observed over the years. :-)

    March 17, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  47. KT

    My pick is between Pia and Lauren!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  48. hope

    Quote:
    "I think Casey is definitely best suited to handle Nirvana. Casey is my favorite in part because he's different and because he'll sing the songs no one would ever think of singing, all seasons combined."

    That song was not offered as a choice for the contestants to sing so you can't fault those from other seasons for not performing it. Seems to me that there are a lot more interesting song choices this season with the change of label from Sony to Universal.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  49. Dilberto

    Either the kid that mangled Smells Like Teen Spirit or the one that turned I'm The Only One into a country ditty needs to go. By far the two worst performances of the night. And since this really isn't about talent, watch for the deep voiced, big-headed kid to win it all once the square state born agains really get into it.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I agree! The square-states born agains are the reason Adam was ousted 2 years ago , once they found out he was -OMG- GAY. And what's his face won. ( who????????) Scotty needs to go back to the farm, and preferably soon. He makes my ears ache.....gotta FFWD his performances!

      March 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • countrygirl

      Let me guess, you like Jacob correct? He has a nice voice but his performances are those of a drag queen. It would also be nice if you could show respect and learn the names of those you discuss.

      I do indeed love Scotty (the country boy) as he has a tallent you might not actually recognize and that is the art of telling a story. His voice is soft and melodic and has the ability to wrap you up in the words. None of the others do that for me.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  50. Deanna

    I think Pia will win this year r i hope she does. She is the best. It's really hard for me to watch after Adam Lambert lost. I was very disappointed that year. I hope she wins but I'm backing off from getting so caught up as before.. That was a shock when he didn't win.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  51. jackie

    Scotty is the best! He should win hands down!

    March 17, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  52. Renee

    Scotty... he's just tooo cute. And that voice wow.. don't know if he'll win american idol but I'm sure to hear him on country radio real soon!!

    March 17, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  53. audra

    I don't know what it is for sure (other than perhaps boredom) about Karen that I don't like. And, I sure don't get why everyone thought she should be in the top 13. I really think one of the girls will be going home again tonight.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  54. Kenny

    Lauren, Pia, & Thia have the best voices. James is a low-grade Adam Lambert and Jacob is just plain AWFUL. Haley, Jacob, and Karen all need to go. Casey is good but not great. Scotty is one note.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  55. ccm

    i like paul

    March 17, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  56. Wilma Wonka

    1. Naima should stick to what she's good at...Jazz. I enjoyed the little bit of raggae she did last week but this week, with a weak Tina song anyway, she's at risk.
    2. Karen has a weak voice in comparison to everyone else. I expect her to go home tonight.
    3. James tries too hard. If you're a rocker, we just know it. Good voice but he's a little annoying to me.
    4. I love Scotty. Put a hat on that boy! With the popularity of country music and the demographic texting their votes, I wouldn't be surprised to see him win this. He's not the most polished but he's cute as a button.
    5. Paul might just be a little "out there" for the viewers. I love his quirkiness and the sound of his voice but I just don't see him winning this.
    6. Casey is my favorite. He's just not an american idol. I would def buy a ticket to see him but I'm a little older than you're average vote. (Okay, I'm older than most voters)
    7. Jacob should stick to gospel.
    8. Pia is great.
    9. If I can't remember a contestant's name, well, that's just not a good sign.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • joan

      Casey for sure is the very best all round entertainer...what can't he do? Although he probably won't win, he no doubt will have a huge career ahead of him

      March 17, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  57. Sandra Brunetti

    Paul is my choice. Very distinctive voice which appeals to me.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lourdes

      I agree, Paul is awesome!!!!

      March 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      Paul is my choice as well. He is the reincarnation of Rod Stewart with that unique style and voice.

      The others just put me to sleep ... Booooring !!

      March 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  58. CP

    Favorite guy is Casey, but tonight I think James was close. Favorite girl is Hayley. She is WAY underrated! Was no one listening to her last night?? She is AWESOME! Funky and soulful and in tune. I love her.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  59. heidi-ho

    James had the best performance. Casey did great with Nirvana. Scott is always good. Naima definately needs to go home. Im sure this will be her last shot. Karen needs to quit turning every song spanish. Jacob yells too much. Paul is just strange. And the rest are just ho-hum boring.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  60. C Storm

    As far as TALENT and true posession of a gift to SING, Thia gets my vote ALL THE WAY although i couldnt stand the song, she could KILL IT with a better song choice. I love Nirvana, but Casey ruined that song and has the least talent and makes me wonder..why music? I think his calling is comedy because that performance was obviously a joke.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      hahahahahah at this post. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Casey is by far the most talented person in this competion. He can play like 10 instruments and puts his on twist on every song. He sang, while playing a fretless, stand-up bass. You sir need to think before you post.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  61. Carrie

    I disagree about Scotty. I doubt he will be the next Idol, but at least he knows who he is. He should stick with country.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  62. Lorraine

    Strong female year for me. I am mezmerized by Pia Toscano. I can hardly wait to hear her perform each week. She is flawless. And tonight she rocked Whitney Houston's song. Bring on more range and sassiness, Pia – you are my favorite. Like Carrie Underwood's year I am certain Pia will go all the way – she is THAT good.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  63. the best

    Jacob lusk is the best. I cant stand ai anyway. its such bull. we better be prepared for bigger descions about what or whos f-ing up the country.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  64. Edda K. Meinardus

    Everyone is great but Scott is my guy!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  65. fluke

    Stefano won the night! Pia's singing was tremendous but for a so-so song. Good thing Casey is popular because he missed his opportunity with a legendary song and just looked bad in comparison. He needed to make it a ballad. Thia – snore! Karen – double snore! Haley was okay, but no one stunk up the place like Paul and Naima. Jacob, man...wow!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  66. Amanda

    My favorites are Lauren, Scotty, and Paul. I'm really ready for Naima to go home. Lauren is a great entertainer, Scotty will be doing country music reguardless and Paul has a great unique voice that I'd love to hear more of. I think he (Paul) did great on the song Maggie May.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  67. ShamanNora

    Pia, Scotty, James, Casey and maybe Lauren are the tops. The rest can leave now. Jacob so oversang and ruined "Alone" – awful.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  68. Chad

    BTW...Pia, Scotty, and James should be the final 3.

    Also, I used to really like Heart's "Alone"...until tonight. Baaaaaaaaad.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  69. Chad

    Is Casey the dude with the beard? His "performance" of Smells Like Teen Spirit was the single WORST performance in the history of American Idol. It was absolutely awful...we paused the DVR just so we could stop laughing. That guy has no business going any further. I don't care what he's done in the past...yeah, he took a "risk"...but the audience took a bigger risk by listening to that disaster. It was comedic. That guy's album sales would make Taylor Hicks look like a platinum selling superstar.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      I hate to inform you of this fact then, I was never a Taylor Hicks fan, but he is now a MULTI-platinum selling artist. That's a fact.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  70. Ellen

    Where can I find the numbers for each contestant to call in?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  71. Wendy

    Stefano and Casey stand out. Can see myself buying their CDs. Others are so-so.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  72. A

    My favoriteS tonight were Paul, James, Jacob, Scotty and Pia.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  73. Carol

    Love Casey & Scott for the guys. Lovew Lauren & Pia for the girls. I really like Naima – but I agree her last two performances weren't great. Karen was okay tonight but last week with her miminicing (song,hair & wardrobe)Selena in front of Jennifer Lopez who played the deceased singer was creepy beyond words.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  74. Sherri

    These are the times when I really miss Simon. He is just straight-up with the contestants, and they need that. Well, they needed it tonight, anyway. I didn't see a stand-out in the bunch tonight! There was good, there was OK, and then there was awful.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  75. betty

    The very best tonight in order were 1. Stefano (this really surprised me since he isnt my favorite)
    2. Pia (I think the girl is spot on every week)
    3. Scotty (This boy is my favorite and it doesnt matter if he wins, he is going places!)
    4.James (he just rocks)
    5.Casey (I still love him even if he isnt 100%yet)

    I think Namia should be going home tonight. She has been a wreck the past two weeks now.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      Well I simply love me some "SIMPLY RED" and I think Stephano (?) knocked it out of the part. Sooo good. I mean i like Pia but she isn't all that and bag of chips. yes pretty, yes she can sing. But hmmm. naw, not my cup of tea. Love Casey,he is not afraid to try anything. I really think the new judges did a superb job of picking the talant because all of these kids are good. Jacob is awesome, want to see some Luther from him. Is it just me, is anyone else getting tired of Randy's namedropping?

      March 17, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  76. Brandi

    I love Lauren, Pia and Karen! Scotty is amazing, but I don't think he'll go too far once they start picking the genre! Hayley was awful tonight, and I hope that Naima is the one to get sent home!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      Finally! Someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to Scotty.

      March 17, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • johnny

      Country music is boring. Scotty has a super deep voice and can only sing super deep songs. He cannot sing any other genre than country without sounding like a mediocre karoake singer.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  77. JDogg

    I like Nirvana, too. But, come on. You have to pretty brave to try it and out of all the guys, I think Casey is definitely best suited to handle Nirvana. Casey is my favorite in part because he's different and because he'll sing the songs no one would ever think of singing, all seasons combined.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  78. Sadistwitch

    Oh I loooove me some Nirvana. You heard me all wrong. I said that dude isn't cool enough to be singing Kurt's stuff.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  79. Nori

    Bottom 3 tomorrow
    Naima, Thia, Haley or Karen......all girls.

    My FAV is Casey and Paul ( I really like his voice but don't think a lot of people quite get him)
    Scotty will win no matter when he leaves or stays someone from Nashville is going to snap him up.
    Pia is by far the best of the girls, Thia can sing but her song choice will be her downfall.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Dan

    Tim should have been a wildcard instead of both Ashton and Naimi. I think the judges felt pressure to choose diversity over talent. Big mistake as we've already witnessed.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jenna

    James is a stand out. Terrific. Pia is also wonderful. My take is top two – James and Pia. Scotty is good but he won't last because Idol does not have a heavy country fan base. Who's going home? Either Paul or Naima

    March 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny1980

      I totally agree! Pia and James! I love Casey too, he is such an original!

      March 17, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  82. jake jeckel

    I'm voting for sungina, he's the best

    March 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Gerry

    Stefano is awesome.

    The strength is definitely with the guys...Casey, James, Scotty, Stefano.

    Weak showing again by the girls with the exception of Pia, Karen, and Thia.

    I have a feeling the judges early season's saves (Ashton and Naima) will prove to be a disaster...as in a "one,two" punch...both the last ones in but the first ones out.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • anne

      I agree the guys are much stronger, but I also like Paul – he has a distinct voice and is picking great songs. I just wish he'd lose the chicken arm...

      March 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  84. JDogg

    Clearly, there were a few standouts tonight. The four best performances were Pia, Scotty, Casey, and Jacob. There are a lot of people here who do not know what they are talking about. Casey rocked – just because you don't like Nirvana or that style of music doesn't mean that he didn't do it justice. And whoever said Pia didn't do a great job is an idiot. I'm pretty sure the judges know a little more than you. Lastly, keep in mind that these people's songs are not edited like the rest of the music world. This is there legitimate voices and are not fake like T-Pain or Beiber. Anyways, I've said enough. Casey is my favorite over all so far and mark my words, here are your top 5: James, Jacob, Scotty, Pia, and Casey.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  85. south

    Scotty is the best!

    March 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  86. CMZ

    Idk why wveryone thinks that Pia is so good, she is nothing special. The only thing she has going for her are her looks and those will only get you so far when you have a average voice. Naima needs to go home, she should never have even gotten a wild card.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I soooo feel the same way about Scotty boy! The world has THE GARTH, AND THE CLINT! Sorry, the kid just grates on my very last nerve. It woud so be different if he could sing some other genre, but he can't. I'd bet you that if everyone could hear him sing something other than country you'd be saying the same about him as you have been about Naima, Thia, Casey etc etc.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      "Pia" and "average voice" should never be said together in the same sentence. Are you kidding?? The only thing she needs to work on is her stage presence. And she will. And when she does, all of the other contestants are pretty much doomed. The only ones in her league, imo, are Lauren & Scotty. I think both of them will make it in country music when this is all said and done, regardless of whether or not they win. And people who say Scotty is only country and can't do anything else....WELL DUH! He's not SUPPOSED to be able to do anything else! Kelly Clarkson from the get go was pop, Carrie was country from the very beginning, and Daughtry was rock from day one. They never tried to be different. That's not the point, the point is to take a song and form it to YOUR VOICE, not the other way around.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  87. Ashley

    I thought Jacob was incredible tonight. It was nice to hear him sing something more relevant in pop culture. I watched his performance three times back to back. Soooo good. I also enjoyed Stefano tonight as well. It was a strong performance that really showcased his talent. Finally, Paul and Lauren are always entertaining and fun to watch. Scotty has a great voice but I can't take him seriously when I watch him. He's better when you close your eyes. :)

    March 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • and one more thing...

      Naima, It's time to go girl. Maybe you should be a fashion designer instead...

      March 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Texas Redhead

    Love them all–hard to pick a favorite-James is my rocker dude–Scotty blows me away–Naima I love her stage presence but her voice is not good enough to hang with this group

    March 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  89. exactaman2003

    Jacob sucked on the heart song alone and if anyone wants to remember who did a great job on it, think of Allison Iraheta......much better than Carrie......Ok......no one really stood out tonight for me. the show just wasnt quite right somehow. Part of it is ths: Simon just plain simply told it like it was. Not sugar coated. Not some stupid joke or funny little saying....but just plain straight talk. Randy is the only one with enought courage to just tell it like it is.....so I guess Im saying..that tonight I missed Simon. Casey is great but did a stupid song.......and Thia bored us all out of our gords......I thought that Scotty and Pia were the best.....I wasnt quite as imporessed with Stephonie..........but man I love to say his name......kind of get a Brookly accent going and say his name.....other than that...send him home.....but send naima home this week...please........

    March 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon Says

      Please–Carrie's version of "Alone" is the version to which even Heart's cut is compared. Her's was far better than Allison's.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  90. Sadistwitch

    JACOB LUSK! deserves to win it all! His talent surpasses every other contestant. I love James Durbin and Thia...BUT Jacob is just blowing everyone else away. I have total respect for anyone with the balls to even step up and attempt to sing "Alone". As a trained soprano soloist I am telling you it is a difficult song to pull off. Jacob did it wonderfully without breaking a sweat. That's pure talent-not luck.

    CASEY GO HOME!!!! I respected your creativity until tonight. Now you are a d*bag. Don't ever sing Nirvana again. Kurt is rolling over in his grave.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debi

      All I heard from Jacob was yelling!

      March 17, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik...

      A d-bag? Really? Anyone real reason why? Or are you just trying to be a super pr1ck?

      March 17, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • tcf

      I agree, shut the f'in'heimer up with your d-bag comment about Casey. Not my favorite, but certainly talented, and certainly not deserving of a low life comment. While I thought Stefano could have gone, last night's performance was amazing. Karen and Naima should feel lucky to have gotten this far, while James and Pia are the stand-outs for me.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  91. CP

    Loving Stefano, Jacob and Karen!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Angela

    Also love Casey but the performance tonight was a complete mess in my opinion.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      I agree about Casey. LOVE him but was disappointed with this last performance. It was just screaming!

      March 17, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  93. Angela

    SCOTTY! Amazing!

    I also like Pia, but don't get the hype about Jacob and James. They're just boring to me.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      yeah, don't get the hype with Jacob either. I'm not sure about Paul either, dude reminds me of someone who is high when he sings, in a peculiar way, not in a mean way you know?

      March 17, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  94. JH

    Great talent and the best so far Is #1 Pia and #1 Scotty

    March 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  95. ande

    Too early to call favorites yet. I'll divide them by top, middle and lower brackets:
    Lower Brackets: Naima, Paul, Karen and Haley
    Middle Brackets: Casey, James, Stefano and Thia
    Top Brackets: Pia, Lauren, Scott and Jacob

    March 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • exactaman2003

      Right on. But it is still early.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I'd swap Paul and Thia. She was really boring today as usual....Otherwise I totally agree with the bracket.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherish111

      James will be in the final four with Pia, Scotty, and either Casey or Lauren (could go either way for me).

      March 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Sadistwitch

    JACOB LUSK!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      Of course. No doubt.

      March 17, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Hart

      Why Jacob Lusk??? We have to turn the volume down when he sings because he just blares these sharp notes, over sings songs, and generally has an unpleasant frog in the throat kind of sound. He needs to go Thursday!

      March 17, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • schatzie

      I agree. I can't stand Jacob. All he does is screech his head off as loudly as he can. I can't stand his singing

      March 17, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  97. sarah

    Scotty is the best! Major deep voiced talent

    March 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      Yes, he has the deep voice. Yes he can sing country. NO he can not go any further than that. The rest of the contestants have proven they can, Scotty has proven nothing, he is the only one who can go no further beyond his comfort zone, he has no room for growth, he needs to go.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      Yes, Scottie is the best! And yes, he has proven that he can sing songs other than just country songs during the Beatles week!

      March 17, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Schatzie

      I agree....Scotty is the best, best, best. Even JLO and Stephen said that he should stick with what he does best.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      Scotty can't sing anything but hillbilly songs. This is AMERICAN Idol, not "Country" Idol. Pia is perfect....Scotty looks exactly like the guy on the cover of "Mad" magazine

      March 17, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Luv2Idol

      Apparently none of you that think Scotty is the least bit good live in Nashville. There are street performers here that sound 5 times better than he does. There are guys bartending and waiting tables that look 20 times better and sound 20 times better working on their big break. He sounds like all of the other karaoke people in this town. And his forced crooked smile and fake swagger make my skin crawl. Spend a weekend in downtown Nashville and you’ll see more talent in these guys little pinkies than “Scotty” has in his entire body.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • musica1

      Luv2Idol, there are great local singers in every city in America (I used to go watch Jewel play for 15 people here in San Diego before she made it big), but that doesn't mean that Scotty isn't great. HE IS!

      March 17, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      @Luv2Idol, I'm pretty sure the Idol auditions CAME TO NASHVILLE last summer.....so why didn't these people try out????? Or did they, and someone told them they weren't good enough (because they're probably not)? Stop tearing down Scotty for being in the position he's in because he WENT FOR IT when everyone else had the EXACT SAME OPPORTUNITY.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  98. Nancy

    I wasn't impressed with anyone's performance tonight. But I was mainly dissapointed with Thia because she has the voice but she is playing it too safe. I'm kind of tired of hearing ballads so I want to see her break out of her shell and try something different. I think it's time Naima go.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      Yes Naima needs to go, like tomorrow night, she so butchered that song! However, Scotty needs to go next week, he has only proven one thing, and that is he can only do country. I have heard the judges tell several ppl they need to step up their game, guess what? Scotty has NOT done ANYTHING to step up his game, he does the same ol' same ol'.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      @Tammy, do you even know what you're saying? Scotty IS country, he doesn't have to step up his game! Even if he did go outside of the country genre, guess what? HE WOULD STILL BE SINGING COUNTRY. At this point, these people need to literally know where they want their music to take them when this is all over. Half of the contestants are still testing the waters, whereas Scotty knows who he is and where he's headed when it's over for him. Carrie Underwood kept everything country in season 4, looks like it did her some good. Go Scotty!

      March 17, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      My only problem with Scotty is that while he is Country, he's the Country we've heard so many times before. Nothing new, nothing original, nothing unique. Good , just bland.
      By last nights performances, there should be a Bottom 5 tonight: Casey, Jacob, Karen, Paul, Naima – with either Naima, or Jacob going home.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • simsam

      @Tammy – As I was reading your post about Scotty having to go it took me a few minutes to place who you were talking about. Sounds like he sings the same song every week. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      March 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  99. CJ

    I didn't start watching till a few episodes ago, and now I say, with the same certainty I did then: Pia is going to win it all. Hands down, the best voice.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lytlebritches

      before tonight I was on the fence on who it would be to take it.... It's between James and Pia. However, if Steven has his pick, it will be Lauren.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      I agree...........she was my choice from the begining. They all pretty much have something to offer and are good singers but Pia is outstanding.........

      March 17, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Millie Bea

      She has a nice voice- but her stage presence is on par with a Miss America pagent- there's no sizzle.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  100. Catty

    I'm sorry to say it – but Naima has to go!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollyworld

      Was this James? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RH3eWgN1tA

      March 17, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sisan

      Pia is lovely...has a lovely voice...has lovely hair...etc...BUT...she lacks that "it" factor. If Simon were here he might say "I'm bored". Great voice,though.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      First: Let me say that they all have good voices. My problem with this season is that, while it may be an extremely talented group, it is probably the most boring/unoriginal group to have ever taken the Idol stage. Each one of them seems to be selecting songs that have not only been done a thousand times, but a thousand times on Idol. It's just a really boring, lack-luster season so far, with no stand outs. I can't remember a single song that any of these contestants have performed, because they have all been so boring that I forgot them when they were done. I love Idol, but cannot stand how "ho-hum" this group is. Someone, anyone, do something to stand out!

      March 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |

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