February 24th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

The Top 12 men have to bring it on 'Idol'

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The pressure is on Wednesday night for the Top 12 male “Idol” contestants.

The ladies were less than spectacular on Tuesday night, which left some fans wondering what happened to all of the girl power that was so prominently on display during Hollywood Week.

It’s up to the men to really deliver some incredible performances on Wednesday night. That’s going to mean bringing more energy, better song choices, and - according to the judges on Tuesday night - more originality.

This asks the question as to how original an “American Idol” contestant can really be given that such originality is sorely lacking even in the music industry. (Especially in the music industry.)

Plus, originality doesn’t always go over well first time out of the box. Even Adam Lambert toned it down initially last season and didn’t really cut loose into he was securely in the Top 10.

So far this season, Andrew Garcia has been pegged as an early fan favorite and shown the best ability in taking a song and making it his own.

The name of the game in the Top 24 is standing out from the pack, and Garcia has already managed to do that on Twitter – amassing thousands more followers before his first full performance than some of his competitors.

In a nod to the power of social networking, all of the contestants this season have Twitter and Facebook accounts - though it’s doubtful given Fox’s tight rein that they’ll be responding to fan inquiries about the show.

Join CNN throughout the "American Idol" season as Lisa Respers France blogs live during the performance and result shows.

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  1. Str8 Outta TX

    here i though it was just us men who were shallow (or whatever yall want to call it). ladies are getting that way too. you'd rather have somebody to look at than someone to listen to. well unless you have a new contraption i dont know about yet, and i'm 19 so i should know, you wont be seeing them on the radio. except music videos, youtube, etc.
    i like beautiful women as much as the next man, but i like to recognize talent and personality as well.
    hopefully i'm not the only sensible one

    February 25, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. gig

    Where is the WOW and star quality? Like simon said-limp performances. Did like the eye and ear candy comment for Casey.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brownivygal

    I'm confused, all last night the judges continued to say "change the song, don't make it sound like the original, you don't want to compare it to the original singer" but then completely slam when someone does just that. I LIKED Todrick's version.....I agree the most with Ellen.....just the chorus was rough......but he had Super Power and Presence.

    February 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zeek

    Let's hope tonight is a little better than last night. But hey, only my opinion.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen

    I was really disappointed in last night's show. The girls were not good at all. The judges let alot of the good ones go. I don't know what's going to happen this season – I didn't even vote for the first time since I started watching Idol. I hope the guys do better. I'm pretty sure they will.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mrskool

    i hope Andrew Garcia does something clever again like his audition of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"

    And i look forward to seeing mr.ponytail too – he's hot !

    February 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KD

    Hot guy with a ponytail needs to take his shirt off again. He is gorge.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SES

    I think it's only fair that one of the guys be sewn into their outfit and not allowed to pee for 5 hours!

    February 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Str8 outta TX

    speaking of politically correct, do you not think there should be a winner from each gender? after all it's hard for me to compare the two. they're very different. i know im not looking at the guys to see if they look good.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Head Diva In Charge

    Can't wait to see the Pony guy sing...(don't remember his name, hot with a pony tail) GO Pony!

    February 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |

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