February 25th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

First batch of 'Idol' contestants learn their fate

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*Spoiler alert: This post will reveal the names of the contestants eliminated from "American Idol." Do not continue to read this if you don't want to know the results.

Color me surprised. Out of the four that went home, I only predicted one correctly. I'm not sure America got it right, but the earlier performances were so subpar that frankly any number of contestants could have gone.

I hope that tonight made the remaining contestants realize that they really have to improve if they want a chance to make it to the top - at all.

How did you do with guessing who was going home?

8:56 p.m. Last one to go home. Casey James, Jermaine Sellers, Lee Dewyze and Andrew Garcia are safe.

That leaves Tyler Grady and Alex Lambert standing looking shocked. Simon predicts that Tyler is going home.

And the Brit is correct. Tyler Grady manages to blame it on the judges and their lack of "constructive criticism" during Hollywood week. Way to spin and deflect Tyler. Nicely done.

8:48 p.m. – Special announcement: "Idol Gives Back" returns on April 21. It was real special to see Ryan make a plea for more corporate sponsors.

Kris Allen is back to talk a bit about his trip to Haiti. He is still just as cute as a button. I had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his "Idol Gives Back" participation during a conference call a few days ago and he is just the nicest guy. Hearing him say "How's it going Lisa" made my heart flutter.

Back to the show, Kris sings "Let It Be" while we watch footage of his work in Haiti. I don't think we needed Seacrest to tell us ahead of time that it would be touching, but whatevs.

Sweet performance though.

8:37 p.m. – Tyler Grady is a special kid. I'll just leave it at that.

In terms of who is leaving us Michael Lynche, John Park, Aaron Kelly and Todrick Hall are all safe.

That leaves Tim Urban and Joe Muñoz ... and Joe is leaving?!?!?

What?!?!?!? Are you kidding me? Tim Urban was beyond wack!!! Joe had him beat by a mile.

I demand a recount!

8:26 p.m. -Back to the eliminations. Paige Miles, Lacey Brown (who really needs to be grateful), Lily Scott and Crystal "Mamasox" Bowersox are all safe.

That leaves Didi Benami and Ashley Rodriguez in the spotlight. Ashley is going home and I hate to say it, but her encore performance reminds us why.

8:22 p.m. – Oh how I have missed the little rocker chick!

Welcome back Allison Iraheta. The style squad has clearly been at work with the weave, the funky dress and combat boots. She's like Pink and Kelly Clarkson's little sister and a year has polished her already sharp performing skills.

She sings her little face off on her new single "Scars." And I am so glad that she has learned how to chat during the interviews.

8:12 p.m. – Ahhhh. The dreaded "hot seat." Siobhan Magnus, Haeley Vaughn, Katelyn Epperly, Michelle Delamor and Katie Stevens are all safe. Cue relieved and giddy family/friends.

Janell Wheeler gets the boot! Wow, I did not at all see that coming. True, her "What About Love" was karaoke, but I thought the viewers would cut her some slack.

Guess not.

8:07 p.m.– There is nothing I loathe more than a group performance. I like Estelle's "American Boy." When Estelle is singing it.

The "Idol version?" Super duper cheesy. Why, oh why do they do this to us?

Kara's husband is a hottie. Why did Casey James look like he forgot the words during the group sing??

8:00 p.m. – The drama is cranked up to high heaven tonight.

"They all are battling for their place in history?" It's not that deep, Ryan.

Here we go with the results.

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  1. This Site

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    May 11, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. GLPmn

    There is something mean and nasty with this show but it also show how DUMB we have gotten about real talent and artist that can sing and play music. Just like everything else in the country it must come out of a box.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ick Ick Mc Slick

    Whooo Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Str8 Outta Tx

    yeah... at first it was good. then it got corrupt cuz they wanted to please all races. then it was good again. then they wanted to play the race card again. then they wanted to keep attractive people. then they let a grey haired guy win. now they have hardly any talent. when are they going to do this sh** right again?
    Talent comes 1st.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. amy

    Maybe I will wait until the top 10, one of these people has got to learn to sing by then. Right? I loved last seaon. I am a die hard Adam fan and I have Kris Allen's CD as well, so I was happy. Last year was the first year I had watched this show since the day Chris Daughtry was voted off. (Taylor Hicks over him???) There isn't one person that has got my attention this season. So, it's probably good-bye AI.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tim M

    It was interesting to hear Tyler comment on not getting constructive criticism during HOllywood week. Evidently Simon agreed, because he was shaking his head in agreement while Tyler was saying this. Oh well, (Fleetwod Mac) Things'll get better (Delaney and Bonnie).

    February 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    I have watched AI since the begining. I cannot believe where the show has goine. This is by far the worst 24 I have ever seen on this show. I cannot believe this is the best this show has to offer. The exec producers are probably scrambling how to salvage this show. I like Ellen as a person but she offers nothing to AI but acutally takes away from it. Of course Randy and Kara are incompletent and cannot construct a coherent sentence. Simon is too brutal and he cannot wait to get out. If I have to hear the words relevant and indulgent one more time I think I will scream. AI is quite awful this year and the consensus of most.

    February 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MidwestGal333

    Did the judges forget that they are the ones who put this group through? Weakest season yet.

    February 28, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. jmiller

    It is so uncomfortable watching AI-Simon is already planning his escape, Kara a fool, Randy is the same, and Ellen, So horrible, I think Howard Stern would have been a better choice or how about a real musician, Prince, Jon Bon Jovi (now that would increase viewers) anybody but Ellen. She is clearly out of place and says the same thing over and over. And AI, it was nice while it lasted but these bunch of no-talents just sunk your ship. Say what you will about Paula, she picked good contestants!

    February 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KT

    Joe should not have been voted off AI. He is so much better than Tim Urban. He has a good voice, personality, stage presence.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pedro

    Last year Adam lost because of homophobic america, and now Joe gets the boot because of racist america,

    Tim Urban's performance shows us that he should not have even gotten the golden ticket, don't know what the American Idol producers were thinking when they called him back, and don't know what they have planned to pull this stunt as america can't be THAT deaf to give him so many votes to keep him safe.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hallemd

    Have not been blown away by ANY of this season's contestants so far. No one of the caliber of Adam Lambert or Kris Allen. These folks this season are really "blah". Couldn't they have worked a little harder and found some interesting and NEW talent?

    February 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mrskool

    " Just A Thought wrote:
    Girls will come down to Crystal & Siobahn – maybe Lily
    Guys will come down to Tim Dewyze & Casey – maybe Andrew "


    Whats up with Lisa's backwards recap of the show ? i dont like it

    I wish they'd kept the 70's Bathrobe Boy – he cracked me up


    February 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kiley

    People voted for a group of boring, subpar, what's-his-names over Tyler Grady?!? Seriously?!? WOW! That's the shocker of the season right there!
    Poor Tyler was showered with praise from the judges in his audition and throughout Hollywood week. Then they throw him under the bus on Wed night. What was that all about? I had to laugh when they showed his clip package at the end and you saw Kara and Randy drooling over how they wanted more of his whole 70's vibe. And then... doink... they didn't like it anymore.
    First they don't pick Angela Martin for the Top 24 and now this. Something's not right about this season. It may go down as the most mediocre and boring Idol season yet!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The best critic

    Joe was overrated, so I'm glad he was voted off because he was so bad. Tim shouldn't be far behind don't worry. Ashley should fit well with the Pussycat Dolls (not a complement). I hope she likes to wear lingerie on stage.

    Tyler Grady was right about the judges dropping the ball as far as I can tell. Some see it as a deflection, but it could be seen as a realistic observation.

    Is it time to vote the judges and Ryan Seacrest off yet? AI is an institution so they need to get a little more mature.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. skeptical viewer

    Well, I kept watching for this years Adam Lambert or even someone close. No such luck. I think there is talent there, but they really need to work on it, kick it up to the next level. The judges keep saying wrong song choice for the contestant, so someone give them some help... they seem clueless. I think the shows ratings may be in trouble... not just the contestants!! Come on American Idol, help them with their song choices, someone, please, help! Simon??? Randy????Anyone????

    February 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jennifer

    In the end it doesn't matter what the judges say, America is the one that makes the decision. There were sooooo many that could have been sent home. The list is very , very short of those that actually have a shot unless they just had a real case of stage fright and are gonna turn it around in a hurry! I can't believe Joe was sent home. He had a great voice and did way better than most of the guys, not all, but most! And what is Kara's obession with Kacey James? He isn't all that, singing or otherwise. Her husband is way cute!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cindie

    can't watch the show anymore – bad talent

    February 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sportykenny

    Joe should NOT have gone home. He was one of the strongest guys Wednesday night. Wrong choice "America"

    February 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Not a fan

    Simon is smart to leave this show and low and behold, Paula was the smartest of the original trio. This show is going downhill. I'm extremely surprised by the results and feel like the judges should have more input in the final outcome than the fans. That Urban kid has NO talent and butchered the song. Joe did not deserve to leave. And Tyler may be off but at least he has some personality and stays true to himself. His voice is decent. I am not a fan of that Jermaine kid... His voice was screechy and he has the worst diva attitude. Honestly, I've been a fan of this show but may have to tune out this season.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. CJ

    Joe should not have gone home!!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dan

    Just a Thought...I agree with your two final girls and guys and your maybes. Thought Joe Munoz didn't deserve to go yet. Someone other than Tim Urban needs to Apologize to him. Ashley, reaffirmed her exit with an encore that mirrored her song Tuesday. Miss Tyler's Jagger throwback and style.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Tiffany

    I agree with Sandy, all the contestants are pretty bad. But there can only be one. Right now, it does not matter.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Robert

    I find it hard to watch this program. It is never about American Idol. It is more about the prettiest girl or cutest guy. I seen a lot of talented people kicked off that show over the years, just because there were not the right size or shape or color.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jacque F

    All I can say is Joe Muñoz got robbed. It's too bad because he was one of the good guys.
    Simon's comments oftentimes sets people up for the boot ... his comments are usually demeaning and not very constructive mainly because his communicative skills are so poor ...
    Ellen: I tink she has done a good job in expressing the importance of stage presence, confidence and emoting ...
    Randy: Is a musician and most times he offers constuctive comments that one could take away and know where they could improve; other times, he says things like I didn't get it – be clear!
    Kara: She offers the best reviews and advice but I hate that she trys to be so cool ... she's doesn't possess the right swagger.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. 808Mike

    The reall issue with who got voted off is due to the fact you vote for someone to stay and not for someone to get vited off. If they whould flip the voting it would be much much easier for america "To Get It Right". Issue with the "Vote for who you want" is that alot of the times contestants split votes. IMO that is what happened with Joe, Andrew stole most of the hispanic votes and there are at least 3 other "Soul" singers to split the genre vote.

    So if you you want this to change write AI a note on there page and request that "Vote Off" be implemented.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Phyl

    Kris Allen was wonderful. He looked & acted professionaly & reinforces why he won. I totaly disagree about Allison. She was far from profesional, I thought her song was as forgetable as she is. Comparing her to Pink & Kelly Clarkson is not only insulting to them, it is just plain wrong. 6 mos. from now no one will remember her.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Str8 Outta Tx

    needs to be fixed asap

    February 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. 6Digitballin


    February 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mary

    This is the worst season ever. How did these people end up in the top 24? Most of them are awful. Lacey, Tim and Haeley all needed to go home last night. Yes, Tim is "adroable" but I thought this was supposed to be a singing contest, not an "adorable" contest!! Joe was one of the better male singers and shouldn't have been voted off. I am usually excited about AI but not this year and probably won't watch it any more this season. As for Ellen, I think she is doing a great job.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Spoyald

    OMG!! Some others that think Haeley can't sing!! I don't feel so alone.

    Despite her looks (was it me or did her teeth look lighter last night?) Crystal is going to go far. She reminds me of Janis Joplin(sp).

    Wake up voters! Please don't vote for someone because of their looks, cute factor or sob story.

    Go Casey!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dave In Altmar


    February 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  34. edw

    They got rid of two Hispanics the first week out. Never surprised from that. They do it every single year. Munoz was the better singer than many of those guys. The "Apologize" guy sucked, I mean REALLY sucked. He couldn't hit a falsetto note to save his life.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Al

    Am I the only one who thinks that Casey is getting more mileage than he deserves, thanks to Kara's antics?

    February 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Just A Thought

    Sorry – show dog mom, but Bowersox is one of the top females on the show! She may not win, but is definitly one of the top six overall. I don't care what she looks like – she can sing!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Toot

    The wrong female (Ashley) and male (Tyler) was booted off. I think it is a set up. It is no way a talent like them should have left on the first show!!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

    America you have got to be kidding. Joe has one of the best voices and has stage presence. How could you vote him off. Urban should of been the choice to leave the show last night. He's only prolonging the inevitable. Two of the other perfomers voted off should of stayed as well. I'm a fan of the show but after last night forget it. Not watching it anymore.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kim

    Nothing like the combination of Paula A & Simon C. There was chemistry there and barrels of laughs. Miss that.

    The wrong guys were voted off last night!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. show dog mom

    Let's bring Adam back!
    Please America: vote Crystal Dirtysox off so we won't have to look at her dirty/missing teeth for another month, when she will get booted off anyway!!
    She doesn't fit here. No talent and too rough around the edges.
    Back to the subway stop, honey.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Weeze

    They should have gotten rid of John Park instead of Joe Munoz. I hope he's the next to go. And while Ellen is a great comedian and talk show host she is definitely not Idol judge material. I think the whole panel should be replaced every 2 years. If I hear Randy say the word "dog" one more I'm going to scream.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Glenn

    It was VERY obvious that the worst singers did not go home last night. The show has clearly turned into a sham where the only real winners are Fox & the advertisers.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  43. inna

    chris allen's version of "let it be" makes agony feel like a head massage. puke.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  44. Walter

    I like Tim... he's humble. He has a good voice... just had trouble with that particular song. He'll do really good next week... just wait and see.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  45. michelle smith

    Can't believe there haven't been more comments about Ellen. I agree with someone who said they "cringe" whenever she speaks. She seems nervous and uncomfortable plus she rambles and repeats herself. Have to believe she is regretting this as much as I am. I too love Ellen, but this was a big mistake for her and for AI.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  46. Sheri

    To the person who said no one on American Idol has gone on to do anything, I think Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood's fans would disagree

    February 26, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  47. NoRez

    How can a piano player NOT know the song 'Let it Be?' It came together at the very end but that guy was clueless through most of it.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  48. Str8 Outta Tx

    i vote to base decisions of talent, personality, THEN appearance.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  49. Shari

    I'll enter the fray and admit that I'm underwhelmed. They are clearly a number that could go home tomorrow. That said, I do think there's a few people that have potential. I think Andrew, Casey, Big Mike, Katie, Crystal, Lilly, Didi have potential. Yes, they're rough but who knows what they can produce over the next 12 weeks?

    I want Andrew to sing Straight Up again...I'll be buying it on iTunes the minute it's available....

    February 26, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  50. Libra2849

    No outstanding contestants..not one. They all sound alike..boring and off key.
    No outstanding judges either. So predictable.
    Simon seems to have lost his "zip" without someone to bounce his sarcasm off of.. I bet he is missing Paula. Ellen hasn't an original idea or thought on any of the contestants. She is obviously out of her element. The other 2 judges, even with their experience, seem lackluster and as bored with the show as the rest of us.This show has become so utterly boring and predictable that I am passing on the rest of the season.
    Bring on the X Factor with Simon and Paula

    February 26, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  51. Str8 Outta Tx

    they need something, that's for sure. someone with talent as well as looks.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  52. ayt

    I thought last season was the turnaround of American Idol with the great talents of Kris, Allison, Danny and Adam L. and couldn't wait to see the talent that would appear this year.

    After watching the last two horrendous nights of the top 24, all I could think was, this was the best they could come up with? ICK!!! Chuck the whole group out and start again....It was nice to see Allison though. Love the song and love her. That concert in NYC with her, Adam and Kris was the BOMB–even though we had to wait ages to finally hear all of them!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  53. LS

    ELLEN needs to go ! Bring back Paula to straighten them all out ! There is NO talent this year. Seems Paula always knew who had the real talent.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  54. romi

    Haeley stays? I guess singing "I Want to Hold your Hand" like you are a 10 yr old Beatles fan singing in your basement while staring at Paul pictures is good enough for the viewers.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  55. KP

    Ellen has no idea what she's talking about. She's worse than Randy. The only ones that have any sort of musical intelligence are Kara and Simon.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  56. Truth

    What do I think about last night's elimination? I knew what was going to happen even before it did. Eliminate the Hispanic people cuz they just didn't fit the mold of the long haired blond guy playing the guitar singing with a squeaky voice. THAT'S what I thought!

    February 26, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  57. JoeMo

    they should have did the country a favor and let 12 go home. this is the worst group everrrrrrrrrr..

    they need another Adam Lambert this season to save them.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  58. SaJuan

    I am in agreeance with "Ex-Idol Fan"... I am STILL in Awe of the 24 that was picked period. This season is HORRIBLE! It's almost like a bad joke. People that should have been allowed to stay got the boot, then those were picked and still SUCKED are still there... I just don't get it.

    I cringed both nights on the performances... they should just chuck all except the one dude with glasses... and start again.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  59. 6Digitballin


    February 26, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  60. teresa, oh

    I cant stand to watch this show live anymore... too boring... so i play it back and fast too.

    None of the singers this year are up to par of last years... none.

    I am very surprised that Joe Munoz is leaving... He has a smooth, uplifting, gentle style as opposed to the struggling screamers.

    Something odd to me is this: these judges are being degrading and insulting and THEY PICKED THESE 24. THEY PICKED THEM. how insane is that.

    Boring boring boring. Boy did they pick the wrong bunch of "singers"

    Kara: quit acting the fool. Paula was on pain killers, you dont have an excuse.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  61. Conspiracy Theorist

    Something tells me all four knew of their fate prior to the announcements. Why? They all took it too easily while their "saved" constituents were floored. Think about it; not one who got the boot cried, got emotional, or even appeared emotionally shaken.

    Hmmmm. Something's fishy in Follywood.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  62. distured

    There is really not one good singer in the competition this year!! Very Disappointing. Also, if Simon Cowell leaves after this season, there will be no point in watching, he is the only judge that knows what he is talking about most of the time!!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  63. rob

    As a fellow Brit, I really like Simon but I'm afraid he just looks bored out of his head. He certainly doesn't want to be there, He has left the show already before its began. i suppose if I didn't need the $100,000,000 I would be bored too.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  64. Joyce

    I'm disappointed with the show this year.......nothing exciting. After all these years, I still can't believe that these contestants still don't know that they have to" blow it away" each time they come out on stage. Don't see any starpower yet. They all really need to step it up! Still early in the competition. Nevertheless, lots of work to do!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  65. Rob

    Lollie: I completely agree about Ellen. It's hard to believe that out of all those thousands and thousands of people who auditioned that these are the best. Idol is so fake and manufactured. It seems like they try to choose so many people of one race and so many of another with a sad story and so many of another good looking people. The judges always say its a singing competition, well..... Where is the Talent?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  66. David

    Tuesday and Wednesday were the chance for the 24 to connect with some segment of the viewers. True voting on singing quality is for the later rounds, right now they have to show they can connect and attract people. A great voice and no connection to the viewer won't get you very far. Even a rotten voice but able to connect with some segment of viewers will get you past the early rounds. My real question is who picked the opening group song .... and why was Simon not looking to rake them over for that bit of karaoke.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  67. Jan

    I thought Janell would be around awhile longer but expected Ashley to go. As for the guys...America, REALLY? John Park was so weak, I can't imagine who voted for him??? And I would have also sent Tim Urban or Jermaine home. I hope they "step it up" and make good use of their chances. Maybe they will surprise me. I also hope the judges start giving some real advice. Simon is usually on target, and even though he can be mean he usually tells it like it is. So far this year he's just acting like a jerk...maybe so we'll be mad at him before he leaves? So far I'm disappointed in the chemistry or lack of it, between them. Not sure it's Paula's nuttiness I miss but something is missing.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  68. Lollie

    I can't believe Ellen is still there. All she does is repeat what the other judges say. Nothing original there.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  69. Law Abiding Citizen

    What was funny is hearing the two bimbos say, "This isn't the end. I was meant to do this."

    Uh, no you weren't. You really sucked.

    I laughed at the fact you even got Hollywood. If it weren't for your slightly better than average looks, you never would've.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  70. Sarah

    Let's not fool ourselves into thinking it's a talent competition. How likable a contestant is and what the judges are (scripted) to say about them determine who stays and who goes, especially in the beginning. Remember season 7? Jason Castro hooked a fan base with "Hallelujah", so much so that it kept him around long enough to secure the Number 4 slot, in spite of awful and boring performances since. This is a show about obsession. About teams. If we were really analyzing them on the basis of talent (which, granted, some viewers do), it would be a completely different show.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jack Wilson

    It's the judges fault for not giving constructive advice? They are judges not agents. They are giving their professional opinion about a performance and don't owe anyone advice on how to be better.
    Contestants need to do their homework and prepare because this is the same as doing a job interview.
    I hope the next one to leave is Ellen. And please, somebody tell Kara to grow up and act like a professional, Paula you aren't!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  72. Luv4pj

    As a person who as watched every seaon of American Idol, I am completely baffled that these are the best 24 people who auditioned! REALLY?!? None of them have any star quality or presense on stage. With the exception of Big Mike, the others have the personality of a wet sponge! They seem to chose songs that are somber, depressing, or weird. NO ENERGY! Were the judges trying to sabotage the show this year? So disappointed.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  73. Estelle

    Do we really need more pop singers so badly that we have to manufacture another class of them each tv season?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  74. Frank

    The two hottest girls are out! Seriously!?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  75. Cas

    American Idol didn't get anything wrong, they were voted off by the viewers... I was surprised that Haley (sp) got to stay though. I am glad my 2 favorites were safe!! This is my first year to watch, I love it!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  76. Patrick

    what did I say that requires moderation?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  77. Patrick

    when is this show going to go off the air... I see this as a waste of education funding... why the hell did he have no child left behind and all these stupidity kids want to do is sing..go figure

    February 26, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  78. Spazzz

    Why does Idol let these kids pick these songs that don't work for their voices–I cannot sit through another show of 12 bad performances again. Help these kids raise the bar before they perform–so the audience can at least get something out of it. I will watch Lee's performances and Crystal's performances and then I'm switching the channel. Where's the beef judges, you keep hyping the talent pool this season?????

    February 26, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  79. snickerdoodle

    Haeley is sweet..but why didn't she get voted off?
    Did I miss something in her performance? So many people seem to
    love her, but I just didn't hear it.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  80. Rob

    I'm glad Tyler Grady said what he did to the judges last night about not receiving enough feedback for his performances during Hollywood week. In the beginning they praised him highly for being different. He was compared to Jim Morrison and they went on about how they liked his look. He may not have performed that great as one of the top 24 but the judges completely contradicted themselves by saying he needed to change his look up and bring it out of the 70's.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  81. CarolC

    I can't figure out how you can have auditions across the whole country ,with 10,000 hopefulls in each state, and end up with 24 singers that are just ok, none of them are really good. The weak show this year, was caused by the judges who picked these kids. Then, Simon has the nerve to tell them they can't sing. The judges need to look into a mirror, if the ratings slip this year.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  82. LWM

    Worst Idol ever, they all should leave.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  83. 6Digitballin

    Skeeboski was the most talented last night! He's reppin' ATL!
    Skeeboski baby!

    February 26, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  84. Rob

    I think they should bring "Pants on the Ground" guy back and put him in the top 20, at least he was interesting. I really think this could be the worst season of Idol yet.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  85. Daniel Verastegui

    How in the heck did Joe get kicked off? He was way better than more than half of the male singers!!!! I find it extremely interesting that two latino singers were kicked off in one night. I know there were two white singers kicked off too, bu the white to latino ratio is very off balance. That's just weird, because Joe actually has a voice and presence on stage and Tim has neither!

    February 26, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  86. Rob

    10 of them should have went home last night instead of just 4. I can't think of any one of them that I really like.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  87. Rob

    Idol is terrible, terrible this season. Any of them could have gone home and it would have made no difference to me. For some reason I really don't like Big Mike, there is something about him I don't like, he seems so arrogant. I hope he goes soon. Also, I was really pulling for Ellen because she is so funny and good on her talk show, but I'm over that too. Ellen almost always just repeats what the other judges say just worded slightly different. It really shows that she has no true working knowledge of the music industry. I still love her, just not as an Idol judge.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  88. Jason

    I went 2 for 2 on the girls. Janelle is forgettable and Ashley comes off very defensive and indulgent.

    0 for 2 on the guys. Joe was probably the 2nd or 3rd best male vocal, and Tyler should have lasted at least another week. He was right about the judges giving lack of criticism until it was too late.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  89. Sandy

    Why are any of you shocked at who went home? All the contestants this year are terrible. They should have sent them all home and started over! This will probably be the last year of IDOL since Simon is starting his own show next season. Maybe they picked all losers this season on purpose so Simons show will be the best in the ratings next season.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  90. hammondrofWI

    Ashley gone? Unbelievable...bad call.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  91. Andy

    Jermaine should have been sent packing. There are so many poor singers in the top 24 that many of them could have been the first 4 to leave.My early guess is a top 4 of Katie,Andrew,Casey and Crystal...dark horses..Aaron,Siobhan and Lee

    February 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  92. Ed

    This years contestants really stink.

    I feel they should start the auditions all over again and vote all of the current contestents off!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  93. J Go

    I really think that those who voted this week were probably not voting for "who sang the best." I think it was more of a "who sucked the least" contest, and let's face it, that's a pretty close call for this bunch. I don't think we can claim to be *too* shocked at the elimination results.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  94. Just A Thought

    Girls will come down to Crystal & Siobahn – maybe Lily

    Guys will come down to Tim Dewyze & Casey – maybe Andrew

    February 26, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  95. Just A Thought

    Surprised they kept Tim Urban, as was he, judging by his face. But, Joe was not that great either; better to get the pain over with now than later.

    Janelle, was one of the better ones for the girls IMO, dissappointed she left; but it's hard to sing a song like that without being compared to the original artisit.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  96. Gingeet

    Why do people even watch this rubbish?

    For all of the hooplah about finding the next "It performer" they have yet to do it for all these years. Think about it. Not one of the people that has won this joke of a contest has been sucessful.

    Pure example of how poor the record industry is and their "formula" for picking talent.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  97. talley

    To me you could just close your eyes and point to pictures of the contestants and they'd be the ones to be off and I'd still think, yep good choice. Because except for a very few on both teams no one really preformed well. I don't care what they do in Hollywood, us as viewers didn't really get to see that just snippets. That should not be considered by the public IMO. I'm rooting for Lacey though. She's from my hometown and I hope she can pull it out next week, but I agree she did not preform well at all. And hello folks, the main market on AI is preteen to about 16 girls. They'll vote for the cuties who had tears in his eyes every freakin time!

    February 26, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  98. CherylS

    IDOL is up against the Olympics now and then they will be up against NCIS and LOST. Who's going to be watching besides the contestants' families and friends?
    And toni – you vote FOR someone not AGAINST someone, so how can it be racist? Maybe the minority voters are watching the Olympics or LOST?????

    February 26, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  99. toni

    ashley deserved to go home,she butchered that song,i hope leona wasnt watching! but janelle has a beautiful voice n joe munoz as well, the other dude who sang apologize sounds hideous,he has to have sme kinda connects,first they chose him over seth who was great,thenthey kick him off n ask him to come bk n now they pick him over joe? r u serious? something is not right here.

    February 26, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  100. Mary

    I am amazed at the lack of even one stand out, usually one or two knock your socks off right out of the gate. Maybe the country has just run out of talent.

    If it isn't picked up a notch next week then I don't care who wins.

    February 26, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  101. toni

    typical racist america! joe munoz was very very good,but they sent him off but kept the other one(the apologize dude) wtf,this is really really f'd up

    February 26, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  102. Sue

    I, too, am shocked that Haeley is still there. Hopefully, she will go next week. That girl can not carry a note! I'm also shocked that Joe is gone. I had a little trouble understanding the words of his song during Wednesday night's performance, however he definitely can sing. And, I think he sounded even better last night when he sang. I'm not shocked about the other two. They were bound to be eliminated within the first couple of weeks.

    February 26, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  103. Ricco

    This has got to be the last season for "Idol." Will it never end???

    February 26, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  104. JC

    Of the 24, probably about 12 were really, really bad, another 6 were merely bad, and the other 6 were betweek ok and good. Who gets voted off at this stage is really irrelevant because they are almost all interchangeable. Wake me up when we actually start hearing good performances.

    February 26, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  105. Erik

    I wish someone would let the judges no how out of touch they are...

    Simon was way out of touch with audiences two years ago when David Cook won. On the final performances, he said that David Archuleta was the best in all 3 rounds and that he would win. The next day, he probably got an earful of blogging of MILLIONS disagreeing with him simply because he wasn't someone that listens to Cook's style of music. That's why he ""apologized" to Cook on the final show. He didn't want to look like a massive IDIOT when he had a chance to win...

    Now, Simon talks about how he wants a "Taylor Swift" and is getting angry because the female singers did more "crooning" with the likes of Michael Buble, and they say they are being OLDER than they should be. I'm sorry, but Taylor Swift might be popular, but there are other genres out there that do just as well. Buble is HUGE right now...and because of that, the judges seem way out of touch

    February 26, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  106. Erik

    I'm sorry but Tyler Grady's calling out of the judges was SPOT ON!

    All they talked about from the moment he auditioned and then all through Hollywood week was how they loved his 70s look and "Morrison-like" stage presence. They kept saying they couldn't get enough of it.

    Then his first performance on the live show, they bash him for doing what they said they LOVED!

    Absolutely ridiculous!

    February 26, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  107. ldawg

    joe should not have been voted off. how did that happen? he was one of the best last night. i cant believe it. this is crap and proves it is rigged. it is amazing the lack of talent that got through when it was apparent he was one that was not lacking. i hope he gets an opportunity elsewhere because he is capable of doing really well!! sorry joe!! head up!!

    February 26, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  108. Rosie

    Joe SHOULDN'T have gone home! Tim Urban got so lucky. Americans don't have a clue.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  109. Hal

    I think that America got it wrong tonight. How could Ashley get voted off and Haeley gets to butcher another song next week. Did anyone hear what she did to "I want to hold Your hand"?

    February 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Jonathan

    I love Ellen's daytime show, I love Ellen as a comedian but Ellen is a terrible judge on Idol! If Ellen is what is to come after Simon is gone, I will no longer tune in to watch Idol. Idol needs judges who has experience in the music industry, it is evident that Ellen does not, therefore I feel that Ellen should not continue to be a judge on Idol after this season.

    She makes me "kringe" every time she gives her opinion to a contestant! We love you Ellen but NOT ON IDOL!!!

    February 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  111. cat

    I can not believe Lacey wasn't voted off. I recorded the whole AI from the beginning. Her Tuesday night "Landslide" was HORRIBLE. When I found out that Allison was gonna be on tonight, I said "wow, finally be somebody on here that can actually sing!"

    February 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  112. CW

    I hope IDOL gets better soon or I am going to stop watching. Right now it is boring and the singers are NOT good.

    February 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Don

    Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen were the only ones on the show tonight that showed any real talent. I too missed that little rocker girl and was so glad to see her back and only hope that she returns with Adam Lambert at a later date.

    I can't even remember his name, but the guy who they brought back should go back! I agree with Simon, they shouldn't have allowed him back in the first place and no wonder he looked totally shocked that he gets to sing for another day – he knows he doesn't deserve to be there. Keeping him on because he is 'cute' is totally wrong! I thought AI was a singing contest, not a beauty contest.

    February 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Alex

    Duh! Arthur my man, get with it! Someone obviously said something obsene, so they bleeped it out! Hello????

    February 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Shelby

    Relax! Don't get your undies in a bundle peeps!! The other horribly bad ones will definitely get the boot in the weeks to come. Slowly but surely! It just takes time. I wouldn't get all wound up about the first round of elimination. They all can't stay!

    February 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Commonwealth VA

    Christina February 25th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

    America what happened? So you kept Lee (cool) but booted Joe??? And then you wanted Alex? Oh come on, I'm cold and now I'm stunned and cold. Sheez
    Well, ya' saw what happened last season....

    February 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Arthur

    while watching the results show, for the last person eliminated the audio was cut off for 2 or 3 seconds while the guy not eliminated seemed to be talking – anyone get the same.....Chicago on channel 12...

    February 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Commonwealth VA

    protogere February 25th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

    Nice to see Kris performing – haven't seen or heard anything from him except the Ford commercial and tabloid bits.
    Tabloid bits?

    February 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Kevin

    Oh boy, VoteForTheWorst.com is already into full force.

    TIM URBAN is this year's SANJAYA MALAKAR.

    Mmmm, Tim and that dreamy 1976 hairstyle ... which I had as a 5-year-old in 1976. LOL

    ~ Kevin

    February 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Christina

    America what happened? So you kept Lee (cool) but booted Joe??? And then you wanted Alex? Oh come on, I'm cold and now I'm stunned and cold. Sheez

    February 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  121. blaine

    In response to the blogger, I agree, I only would have predicted one of the four who was sent home and that would have been Ashley. I would have def expected the others to be around for a bit if not more....

    February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  122. blaine

    Tim Urban's reaction reminded me of when Chris beat out Adam Lambert last season. When the winner is shocked, truly shocked, and their emotions show they believed the other should have won, you know something went wrong with the system.

    February 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  123. blaine

    WHAT JUST HAPPENED???!!! Cannot believe Joe was sent off! He belonged on the very short list near the finals. .Janell likewise did not deserve to go. Alex staying a total surprise. What is that about? But really, Joe should hve been in for the long run. Get the wax out of your ears, America!

    February 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  124. adamg

    I am surprised that this year there isn't one person that actually stands out. I must say Andrew Garcia seems to have a good voice and has that creative ability with changing up songs and making them sound good.

    February 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  125. protogere

    First thing they've gotten close to right all night.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  126. adamg

    I am disappointed that American Idol got it wrong today. There are a few singers that were safe that should of been voted off today and those that were voted off should of stayed. In particular some of the ladies that were safe should of went home.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  128. protogere

    Nice to see Kris performing – haven't seen or heard anything from him except the Ford commercial and tabloid bits.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Kendall

    Oh No Joe! That was wrong. He was one of the best last night. Bummer!

    February 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  130. riz

    Who's it gonna be????? Who, who, who, who??? I LOVE game shows yeah!!!

    February 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  131. protogere

    I'm with you Lisa! I am stunned at each of the eliminations thus far. Not to say that they were good enough that they should have assumed they were safe, but they each have had a far worse opponent in their 'group' who should have went down in flames and didn't.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  132. protogere

    WHO in their right mind voted for Lacey to stay?! I'll have to invest in earplugs for next week I guess.
    God they had me scared for Didi, she's my only remaining choice for the women.
    You know, they used to run down the votes, who had the most, who was lowest – I wish they still did.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Eric

    wow......never would have thought it would have been ashley.....big surprise.....

    February 25, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  134. protogere

    I am surprised with Janelle as I had my bet on Katelyn leaving – but Lacey has to be the other. She was dreadful.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Eric

    I thought it would have been either Haeley or Janelle.....from this row....its obvious who the next is going to be.....hint...it will be a landslide.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Ex-idol-fan

    Still scratching my head over how bad idol is this season

    February 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Eric

    that top 24 song...was totally lip synced.....how stupid

    February 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |

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