March 11th, 2010
09:08 PM ET

Oh what an 'Idol' night

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*The following blog will contain spoilers about who's removed from "American Idol." You know the drill - if you don't want to know anything, stop reading now.

Well ladies and gents, we have our Top 12.

This season, we will be treated to the song stylings of Lee Dewyze, Andrew Garcia, Tim Urban, Casey James, Mike Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Sibohan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Paige Miles, Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown and Didi Benami.

So what do we think? Is there an "American Idol" in this bunch? Did the right people stay and did the right ones get the boot? Do you wish they still had the "wild card" segment to bring back some of the favorites?

Feel free to discuss.  See the remaining top 12 here on our "American Idol" tracker

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  1. Quinn Shroff

    I disagree, 9/11 is not a "treasure". The President's book of our nation's greatest secrets is a consiparcy. Remember, for presidents by presidents only. Page 47 in our nation's history would have to go far back as we are in what we call the millinium. Page 47 maybe refering to a treasure that is refered to as "a cover up" or "a conspiracy". We longly denied the existence of area 51 until President Clinton, under the freedom of information act ,questioned wether or not this place actually existed. Could you imagine how our lives would change if we are the conspirotaurs to the biggest cover up of all? Life altering?Roswell is the most highly reviewed cover up in our nations history. Remember, it is a book of "secrets". The book of secrets is also refered to as what they call "None of Our Business" that is why we have a book of secrets, of course it exists, the secret lies with our free masons. They are derived from the time of The Crusaders, or what they were called back then, The Knights Templar. The Free Masons are a secret society that evolve themselves in an envelope of secrets. Did you know that most of our Republican President's were Free Masons?Just keep in mind, what ever it maybe, it's life altering. "CONSPIRACY" is not a theory.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. glamgirl1111

    After last year, watching Adam, this year is just a big fat letdown. A bunch of amatures.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kat

    i love idol and was glad of the picks EXCEPT very upset about alex.i just hope and pray someone gives him a contract and he can become famous by the time the others finish their idol tour.that would be fab!! or come back yet by surprise.he is so deserving and all around fantastic!!

    March 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debbie, San Diego, CA

    I can't believe Lily Scott got cut!! I mean really, she was one of the best I've seen on the show in years!! A little to real for some people I guess.

    March 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charisse

    If people liked Lily and Alex so much WHY DIDN'T YOU VOTE TO KEEP THEM IN!! Stop Whining!

    March 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pepper

    I loved Crystal from her auditions...she was my pick from back then. As someone mentioned she is not a silly jump up and down idiot (like bikini girl). I think she is ill on top of it. For idiots like show dog mom (you need to stay with the dogs since you have no empathy for people), I am sure that Crystal is just not feeling well. Just performing is tiring her out. She is not looking for sympathy so she is down playing everything. I think she is just a quiet down key person ti begin with. She shows her personality where it counts, while she is singing. She is amazing. She is not a Joplin imitator, but having seen Janis in person, I do see a lot of her in Crystal, even in her face..they kind of look alike as well. And Joe, you are sad for bothering to putting your comment on this blog. Not sure why you wasted your time.

    March 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lost

    with a competition ...if you see someone or a team being completely dominant...
    by far better than the others competing, and they lose...doesnt that just confuse the people trying to watch this competition??

    this person (lily Scot) is clearly better than most of the other singers,the JUDGES even say shes GREAT... yet she loses?? so what is this singing competition about???
    i don't know...i am confused and its hard to take AMERICAN IDOL as a serious and fair competition.
    i have always wondered...who counts the votes
    ...hhmmm isnt this how we little Bush

    March 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PG

    Casey James is the best – he deserves to win!! Kara shouldn't be allowed to make her unfair comments for him anymore – she's trying to make herself more credible & she's a little too harsh for him now – can't be too nice –

    March 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    If everyone who posts here watches AI with the same attentiveness that you participate in this forum, it's no surprise that you all hear such different things. All talkers, and no listeners.

    March 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    I think Crystal Bowersox is by far the most talented of the final 12. As far as her melancholy reaction last Thurs., perhaps she has really bonded with the group behind the scenes. She seems like she could have a nurturing personality, so perhaps she has bittersweet emotions to have to see some of the group go. Also, not everyone has a cut throat type of mentality, even on reality competition shows like AI. She seems like a very peaceful person and I think that makes her even more appealing. Go Crystal!!!!!! You have my vote!

    March 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry

    Crystal is a diabetic ,get off her case she will be the next idol!

    March 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Red

    I have watched Idol since the beginning and this is the first year I don't care what the results will be. I even programmed by PVR not to tape it anymore.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Would everybody who wants to analyze Crystal's behavior please read the hundreds of other posts that have exhausted the topic?

    March 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raquel

    Isn't Crystal sick? I think this is why she appears to have an attitude. I don't think she feels very well. She even sat down after one of her performances. I think that she deserves a break.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. elio ramos

    Lily should be brought back. She is very interesting and very different. And besides she is one of the best. Simon bring her back.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mike W

    Barb M and all other who complain that people are idiots cause they cannot count. (11 names vs 12) Look in the mirror before calling others names. If one person says a name is missing perhaps they made a mistake, if many pointed it out, don't you think perhaps the name WAS missing when they posted and has since then been EDITED to include it. You tell people to use their brains. Use yours.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Steve

    It is incorrect to conclude that teenagers are the deciding vote every season. If that were the case Archie would have beaten Davide Cook, and Taylor would not have won.

    The contestant who appeals to the broadest demographic will win. That is what is so problematic for singers like Lilly. She sang in tune and played her guitar reasonably well. She also had a very stylized persona and delivery. That didn't make her good or bad; it made appreciating her purely a matter of taste. Apparently those who liked her style were too few or called too little. While I appreciated her rendition of "Lullaby of Birdland" in the early auditions, and the Beatles tune, I thought the Patsy Cline was a little too affected.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. A.C.

    Disagree...yes its a singing competition and voice is at the top of the list for vote worthy, but its not a one-item list and that's the entire foundation for the marketing industry. The premise on the show is selling yourself to voters which is supposed to correlate to selling records in the industry...and people who turn 'customers' off don't sell, plain and simple (hence why Tiger Woods just lost all of his sponsors and why John Mayer is wishing he'd just kept his mouth shut). So Crystal is good, I like her voice and I wouldn't change the radio station in the car if her song was playing...but her 'entitled' attitude keeps me from voting for her and it would keep me from paying for a download, that's just basic human nature. And honestly she might be really sick, but she comes off as 'I'm too good to grovel' and not 'I feel like dirt'.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. vaughn

    Here's hoping Crystal Bowersox or Siobhan Magnus wins...though I am not naive. I fully expect whining Katie or dui-Casey to win.

    What's with the "Crystal having an attitude" posts? Heaven forbid someone have an attitude, or a personality, on this show. But anyone that has watched for any length of time knows that the dominant voting block are the dixie tweens. Sp hello winner of season 9, Katie the crybaby or Casey the drunk.

    And yes, Lilly not being there while Katie and Paige are is an absolute joke.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rike

    Most of you must be tone deaf. There is only one person this year who can sing,.Bowersox.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. terri

    I always have to laugh when people comment on a contestants "smug additude". This has been going on alot of year. For example Chris Daughtery and David Cook. With Cook(who I know personally) it was so far off base it wasn't even funny. Let's judge them on who sings the best and not something you think you see in their additude cause you don't know them and you have no clue what is going on inside of them.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. doug

    Paige is the dark horse...Look for her to come on SRTONG

    March 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Trish

    I really, really wish Alex hadn't had to go! Is there a way to pull him back in? I'm one of those that voted a million times last season and was ready to do the same for Alex (though I admit I only voted 6 times for him on his last performance) He kept the season from being boring, and I doubt I will watch much at all now.

    And, by the way. I am still wondering why Ellen is still on there as a judge. She hasn't been funny and really adds nothing to the show.

    Andrew sounds like Danny Gokey, Crystal looks like a junkie,and everyone else is BORING! BRING BACK ALEX LAMBERT!!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |

    12 no talent, no personality, uninteresting finalists......worst season yet.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. Arnie

    American Idol sucks bad all the way from top 24 to the top 12. IMO, none of them should have made it on the show period. Are we serious America do we really think from what we have heard that we will buy an album from any of them. America has got to have some better potential singers. American Idol has it all wrong this season and has been wrong for the last 5 or 6 seasons. Just check the charts who really is leading the way that was on American Idol. Watch out X-Factor will blow AI away.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. iheartalex

    Alex "puke-boy" Lambert was by far the best!!!

    Shocking that he's gone. I have no reason to watch the rest of this season.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jimbo

    Big Mike is horrible. What is with all the damn hand gestures? Is he coaching third base?

    March 15, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  28. bobtail

    Crystal has no attitude at all. She is a simple hometown girl. She uses her heart and soul when she sings. What more can you want for an American Idol

    March 15, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  29. Larry

    Crystal's attitude stems from the fact that she has been very ill lately. She is diabetic and has been having severe sugar control. Give her a break! She is the next American Idol!

    March 15, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  30. Kristy

    That is hilarious. That one person wrote Alex Lambert's voice is stolen like Milli Vanilli. That makes no sense whatsoever. First, Alex Lambert sounds like that because he was born with that voice, it isn't stolen. There are many singers who sound alike. As many people as there are in this world, eventually two people are going to sound alike. Second, Milli Vanilli were lip synching. They weren't mimicking the people they were singing like. They had no real talent. Get your story straight. Oh and also, thanks for the laugh this morning! 🙂

    March 15, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. sandy

    crystal, dose not have a attitude, she,s not feeling good
    she has been sick, and i don,t think she,s better yet

    March 15, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  32. Truthi

    Crystal & Siobhan are the ones to watch out for...both ooze talent and have an understanding of themsevles & their artistry that is way beyond the others.

    Casey is candy...and too much candy isn't good!
    : )

    Big Mike is huge...but less is more in this case, methinks!
    : )

    March 15, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  33. mushymushroom

    Still pissed off that Ales Lambert was not voted for a slot in top 12!!!! grrrrr....

    March 15, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  34. LoLo

    I think some of you are hard of hearing. Lambert was the weakest link of all the boys. He had no personality, or stage presence and was "pitchy". The only thing he had going for him was his boyish looks and there are better looking PERFORMERS in the group. I like Sioban for one of the top three. Is the attitude of Crystal due to her illness or has she decided that she is better than the rest and will surely win. That didn't work for Adam Lambert did it!

    March 15, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  35. marisa

    I was a big fan of this show but since last years results I have no love for American Idol. It has nothing to do with talent. Good singers get booted out. It's more of a popularity contest and last year is the perfect example. Adam was the most talented. I don't even remember the winners name. A nice guy but as far as talent is concerned... just middle ground. So hopefully this show which is without Paula and next without Simon it will be off . I love Ellen but she does not belong in a singing contest. Maybe if it was looking for the best comic she would be great.

    March 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Liz

    This is to comment on this post that I copied and pasted below...
    Whoever this show dog mom is, I think its really trashy to call someone else's child a bald brat. It's rude and makes you sound like an idiot. Her son is adorable. I bet your home smells like dog pee.

    show dog mom March 12th, 2010 7:27 am ET
    For Otis: "Todrick was terrific last night, but the die was cast with his prior horrific outings. If I were in an AI pool... Siohban wins it all."

    I agree! the only contestand left with flash and appeal – and a great voice- is Siobhan!!!

    Crystal Dirtysox looks like she's been forced to suck on a lemon, and I'm sick of her attitude (and rotten teeth). If she wants money, she should get a job. Send her back home to her bald brat! LOL

    March 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sherri

    If Lily hadn't sung a song that was about 50 years old, she may still be in it. Half of those who watch AI aren't above 30 years old, so what do you expect?

    March 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Christina

    Who is voting for people like Lacey Brown? BORING! I am still holding out hope that there will be some kind of wild card or they find something crazy out about one of the male contestants so that they can kick them off and bring back Alex Lambert. Fingers crossed! Such a shame.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. A.C.

    As to the comments about Crystal's (and Lily really) attitude, I have to agree...and the last person I can remember with the same attitude was Jennifer Hudson, and she eventually made it big but it might have happened quicker for her if she wasn't voted off because her attitude turned people off.

    March 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sarah

    I am so bummed Todrick didnt make it further! That boy had such a voice!

    March 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  41. terri

    Crystal needs to change her attitude and "act happy" when she is complimented! What's that all about?

    This season is boring and Kara needs to get voted off, that's for sure.

    March 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  42. yupyup

    all you guys are a bunch of dreamers,do you really think that is America voting? hahahaha,wake up!!!! and the winner is>>>>the biggest hill billie """""Crystal""""but wait ,maybe winning this she can have a decent hair cut,CLEAN!!!

    March 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. elton

    J'ai aimé le choix donne finalistes.

    March 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Maggie

    It's Crystal's title to lose.

    March 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jennifer

    Lily should been in the Top 12 and Katie should have gone home, she's been inconsistent since day one and to me, she's just boring and forgettable even with the sad grandmother story. I was an Andrew fan at first, but I've changed my mind, I don't care for him that much and he hasn't done a thing to make me feel otherwise. I think the rest of the group is spot on, but I think Tim Urban should have been let go and Alex Lambert given another chance. My favorite is Crystal Bowersox, she's pure natural and raw. Second favorite is Casey – looks aside, he's just talented and has shown he's multi-dimensional.

    March 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Sophie

    Mamaq and Watson – Dead on perfect analysis! I agree 100%. How many think they are actually auditioning Ryan Seacrest as a judge? He has repeatedly sat in Simon's seat and made comments. I think they are trying to get us to accept the obvious.

    March 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  47. K.C.

    I wish Alex would've stayed. His voice was so unique and he could've gone a long way I think once his confidence grew. Poor kid 🙁

    March 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  48. stevie68a

    Lily axed herself with those dust bunny earrings.
    Also, how could anyone sing a song that tells you to "Smile" and not
    smile once during the song?!!
    I wish they would not segregate people according to sex because the
    top 12 could be mostly males or females, depending on who's best....

    I would love to know how much are the royalties paid for a song.

    March 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Eugene Ras

    I am rooting for Crystal, Big Mike, Siobhan and Lee. What a pity Lily is out. Aaron, Andrew and Didi just don't belong there. By the way, saw kelly Clarkson in Johannesburg this Friday...sorry guys, just nobody ever came close to her talent!!!!

    March 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  50. psgirl

    first off, quit bagging on bowersox's attitude. don't you people pay attention? at the beginning the judges were offering her condolences but trying to stay away from the sympathy vote. something not good happened in her life and the show almost lost her. i like her alot and she's a real contender. please get past her apparent attitude. lambert-he/she. even he was getting a little put off by ellen's lame jokes. it was a hint for the transgender vote without outing the poor guy. his choice of hairstyle didn't help, too in-betweenie i think. just saying....................

    March 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Carlos

    Middle Americans will insure that the least threatening vocalist/personality will win. Just look at the nasty comments about Crystal and Lilly, easily 2 of the most talented along with Siobhan; yet their personalities draw the ire of the brain-dead, conformist, authoritarian, peasant mooks who make up most of America. You know-the ones who keep voting for Republicans and Democrats over and over and over and over and..................

    March 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  52. deb

    I "forgot" to watch the elimination on Thursday night (what does that tell you)! I can't believe Paige didn't get booted! She's terrible and Lilly should have stayed rather than Katie, the sweet little girl who seems like a 13 year old and is not ready. Katelyn has a very good voice and should have stayed as well. As far as the guys...ho hum. I don't really care for any of them. Crystal is by far the best with Siobhan a close second. Lilly, Katelyn and Lacey are next best in that order. I liked Kara last season as she seemed to have some good, informed criticism but this year, I agree, she has taken up where Paula left off! Simon has clearly already checked out and seems to just be tolerating Kara's antics. Randy has always been limited in his vocabulary, i.e., "yo dawg", "pitchy", "not really feeling it, man". Ellen is so out of place and has no real input. She looks like a deer caught in the headlights!

    March 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Max

    This show is so over, Bowersox is the only contender left......

    save your time, all the guys are terrible.......

    even the judges know it's over, because they started to try to praise even the bad singers in an effort to create some suspense, once the suspense is over, fox just as well save everyone's time and call a winner , "Bowersox" is your new American Idol .

    See you guys next year.......

    March 14, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  54. Chuck St. John

    What's missing about Crystal's "attitude" is that I think she is still suffering from the ailment that nearly caused her to drop out of the competition. I don't think she has an attitude problem at all as evidenced b her early performances and her auditions. I think the producers are keeping what is ailing her secret but her pained expression on the last show speaks volumes. If she can get through this, she'll win the whole thing.

    March 14, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  55. Wanda Sears

    I think that it's a good top 12. Crystal's attitude is on the shy side, she isn't smug; just not used to the fanfare and attention that comes with a competition such as Idol. They have said that she is an odd fit for this type of competition therefore it places her in a mode where she feels she, in fact, doesn't fit. But she does. It's refreshing to see such a variety of talent instead of the cookie cutter performers. Michael Lynche is so talented. Whether he wins this competition or not, he will still gain a recording contract I am sure. I just hope that he isn't another Ruben Studdard where fame changes him and it all goes to his head. I love Casey, but he needs to loosen up some. The Stevie Ray suggestion was right on target from Randy. Diverse crowd this year. I'm proud of them all!! I question the addition of Ellen this year. The comic humor is way too irritating for me. This is serious for these performers, treat it as such by offering sound suggestions. Not everything is funny.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  56. suzy

    It's one of the worst top 12 I've seen and the whole rhythm of the show is off because of Paula's absence. I personally like Siobhan Magnus. She's fun, confident and looks like she's just enjoying herself. I think the judges are pushing Bowersox and she may be able to sing but she has no personality. I also like Lee Dewyze. This ought to be interesting. With this being Simon's last Idol I think the show is coming to an end but I'm looking forward to his new show X Factor. It's time for a change.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  57. Kathy Kellam

    I think Crystal seems smug too, but its because she never gives a wide smile. Once when she did it looked like she was missing a front tooth....Has anyone else noticed it? So many of the others have the dentist made perfect teeth. If she's from a tough economic background, maybe she just needs some dental work for her personality to shine. I wouldn't smile big on AI if my teeth weren't perfect either.

    March 14, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  58. fp

    For those of you who pay attention or remember details, Crystal has complications with a chronic disease. You may recall that she sat down on her speaker the minute she finished her performance on Tues. night. I've got several chronic diseases and I can assure you that if I'm going 100 MPH all day long with the activities they do, plus rehearsals, she exhausted. The show is probably trying to minimize the effect of her illness, but it's real, so she may not be feeling well and we need to cut her some slack.

    March 14, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  59. jeff

    This year is not the best.

    Perhaps Crystal and Michael are the two best, but they do not stand up to any of the average of the final two of any prior season.

    Perhaps the financial crisis damaged the try-outs process? In other words, perhaps the next Carrie Underwood of the world decided this past year to NOT go to tryouts simply because the cost would be too great to their family.

    The result is a lesser class of talent. They had enough money to feel comfortable to tryout. Perhaps they have not developed their talent sufficiently because they had enough money to feel comfortable as they were?

    March 14, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  60. Redfoot

    Busy signal ringed when I tried to vote for Lily, So I gave up. This whole thing is reeked I think Lily would have one the competition straight up. I listened to her songs repeatedly because her voice is amazing. American Idol shame on you.

    March 14, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  61. whatthehellever

    Is THAT what's wrong with Kara – she's snubbing Ellen? What – is she 12? No maybe a hot 16 since she's trying to crawl down Simon's pants. Have the producers lost control of the show? I'll just bet Nigel Lithgoe would never have put up with that lack of professionalism. Kara need to go!

    March 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Bob

    To those of you mourning the loss of your favorite contestant, I would just say that if they are really good and really want a music career, then you will hear from them again. Winning Idol gets you one album and some publicity, but the rest is up to you. If you want it and you have the talent then you don't need idol to make it happen. That's just speaking as a musician who knows that he ain't good enough – yet:-)

    March 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Rebecca

    Has anyone considered the possibility that Crystal is pregnant? The camera shots, and the fact that diabetes and pregnancy can be a tricky situation sort of adds up for me.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  64. joe

    Paige and Katie gotta go. They couldn't hold the cool vibe of lilly's indie act and great voice. Alex should have stayed also. It's unfortunate his stage presence probably caused his demise.

    March 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Brad

    Lilli was great and should have stayed. I so agree with her final comment...I have no idea what America wants to hear

    March 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Watson

    lex: NO talent, glad he and his mullet are gone
    Katelyn: pretty girl, not so pretty voice, glad she is gone
    Todrick: all around entertainer, wish he had stayed a while longer
    Lilly: scary as hell, glad she is gone
    Katie and Tim: cute, but cute doesn't cut it, need to go
    Big Mike: had a good story but not so good talent, needs to go
    Lacey: shrieky and freaky, needs to go
    Paige: good lord, fix that upper lip, she needs to go
    Casey: easy on the eyes but not the ears, needs to go
    Aaron: looks like he is scared to death, needs to go
    Andrew: some talent but needs to get it together or he will go
    Lee and Didi: nice talent, can't run with the "big dogs", they will go
    Siobhan: natural talent, a bit odd, probably make top 3
    Crystal: gutsy and raw, great talent (and her "attitude" is what it takes to make it in this business), most likely to win

    March 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Moadmoor

    Lee's so typical and I can't believe he's still around.

    March 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Rod

    Get rid of all of them. No talent. Nothing.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. g

    I dont think Crystal is smug at all, that never even crossed my mind. I think she is just a laid back person. I feel this is the WORST season talent wise of american idol ever! If i HAD to pick one person to win i guess it would be Crystal. Big mike, i believe, fakes playing the guitar, when he used it during the song he took it out for, he never really touched it and we havent seen it since and frankly, that whole crying jag by Kara was over the top and fake. I am sick of that whole thing about his wife having a baby, there are a few parents in the competition, move on! Siob, being from "cape cod"??? whats that about?! Thats a reigon, why not name a city?Simon was right when he said she was weird....i think she sucks and when she sang Aretha Franklin i thought it sounded like a dying chicken! She looks ugly and weird when she sings too. I also keep reading how people loved alex lambert...ummmm Why!? He looked like a scared 3rd grader at a talent show singing and sounded times i wonder if the judges just gave up and realize all of them arent good but feel they have to keep it up to delude people into watching still...with Simon leaving i think this show is done too!

    March 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ljfitz

    Was very sad to see Lilly Scott go home. She was a favorite of mine. I'll be looking for more songs from her somewhere.

    March 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Riki

    Nothing wrong with the attitude of Bowersox. She was shaken by the emotions of others going home maybe even upset as many others are over who got voted off.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jessica

    John Park deserved to stay...I know that's old news but it still upsets me because he had a lot more talent than some of the guys who are still there!!

    March 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Riki

    Bowersox is a rose among the weeds. The only one with talent,a professional among wannabes. Cancel the show and send everyone else home.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Diane Barris

    Crystal has alot of talent but I read somewhere that she is a diabetic. She looked like she was sick, She NEVER smiled the whole time.
    An illness can take a toll on a person, no predijuce meant, just commenting.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Victoria

    Bring back the wild card!!! This is insane sending home such talented singers.

    March 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. neonderson

    this is the most crappy season ever.....i cant even watch the entire show....i am a huge huge american idol fan, but this season is absurd....what happened? what went wrong?

    March 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Sassy Sue

    Hey Guys...let up on Crystal. She has diabetes big time. That is what put her in the hospital. It can play havoc with emotions. Kudos to her for performing the very next night!

    March 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. pad

    Crystal has the most talent. If her attitude seems off – keep in mind she apparently is dealing with some health issues. I'm sorry but Didi's voice is a bit too screechy for me. Lily should have stayed – she has a good sense of herself. The guys just aren't that talented this year.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. The Best Critic

    Lily is a true Indy artist who probably can't sing loud enough for the American Idol form factor. I'm sure many well-established indy artists would not have made it to the top 12 on idol.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  80. The Best Critic

    Crystal is like a white, folksy version of Alicia Keys, which doesn't really work for me. Some of the others though would be doing good to grow and be as confident as her and so assured of their identity.

    I'll miss Todrick on the big stage. I was looking forward to see what he would do. I guess he didn't have enough staying power.

    Katelyn and Aaron are too young and uncertain (and have had shaky performances). They need to go next.

    Tim Urban should have gone home the first week but is making the best of it.

    Last of all, Alex Lambert has an awesome recording voice and I will miss him grow as a performer with him not in the top 12. It'll take some effort to sell his personality but should interest some big studios in my opinion.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Ladydi

    I also think Crystal is the best of the bunch. They are all pretty much awful except for she. The only one that has been consistent from the very beginning. No pitch problem for her. Don't care about the attitude but something MUST be done with her hair.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  82. idol

    -crystal is trying to gain sympathy votes...imo

    -crystal had lots of time to get her teeth done before the show

    -she shouldn't be on the show if she is that sick...she can't handle it in the world is she going to handle it if she wins and the gruelling schedule ahead?? she gonna cancel shows after shows???

    -i don't buy this crap about her being embarrassed to smile cause of her teeth...she's singing and her teeth are whats the difference...

    March 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  83. Barb M.

    It's so sad to see that educated Americans can't count. I see a list of 6 men and 6 women. So many complaints about someone missing – only 11 on list. Come on people, let's use our brains before posting something unintelligent. Thanks!

    March 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  84. Melissa B

    I think the Judges should get those monitors that the judges of figure skating use. They need to see & hear what the public is seeing before commenting. They were gushing over Michael Lynch & I just don't get it. His prancing around the stage is annoying. For me Casey won the night. The only one I've downloaded this season. Speaking of downloads did you all notice the 30% hike in price? Last year downloads .99 cents, this year $1.29 will make me really think about what I download.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  85. Lisa

    @mamaq maybe you're the one who has NO talent! i'm not expecting Alex to win 'the' American Idol 9 spot but he deserves to be on the top 12 because he's better than some of the guys left. 'Would have really loved to listen to him some more and see him get over his stage fright. He was already getting there except the judges were too critical of his stage presence instead of his voice. Ellen was getting annoying too.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  86. Lenore

    I can't seem to forget he happy little well sung version of "Kiss Me" that Simon told Lacey would soon be forgotten. To me, it's the most memorable song this season sung by the girls. There are others who appear more confident, and all of them talented or they wouldn't be there, but does anyone out there agree that Lacey is full of personality and stage presence? Why does everyone have to be "different?" Keep smiling, Lacey!

    March 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  87. mamaq

    Alex: NO talent, glad he and his mullet are gone
    Katelyn: pretty girl, not so pretty voice, glad she is gone
    Todrick: all around entertainer, wish he had stayed a while longer
    Lilly: scary as hell, glad she is gone
    Katie and Tim: cute, but cute doesn't cut it, need to go
    Big Mike: had a good story but not so good talent, needs to go
    Lacey: shrieky and freaky, needs to go
    Paige: good lord, fix that upper lip, she needs to go
    Casey: easy on the eyes but not the ears, needs to go
    Aaron: looks like he is scared to death, needs to go
    Andrew: some talent but needs to get it together or he will go
    Lee and Didi: nice talent, can't run with the "big dogs", they will go
    Siobhan: natural talent, a bit odd, probably make top 3
    Crystal: gutsy and raw, great talent (and her "attitude" is what it takes to make it in this business), most likely to win

    March 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  88. Bob Davidson

    Crystal vs. Michael...that's the finale.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  89. Annie

    Lilly just proved how important song choice can be. Patsy Cline really?! And she's shocked that she didn't make it. I've been watching for years but have never voted. Young people vote. If you don't figure that out early, and pick a song like Lilly did, you're gone, plain and simple. Real talent AND the right song is the combination.

    Now for the judges:

    Randy – I just don't get YOU. Horrible Judge
    Ellen – No words to describe. Strange, Inconsistent Judge
    Kara – Inappropriate, Annoying, Arrogant, Self-Absorbed, Law-suit Inspiring. Predator Judge
    Simon – Spot On, Talented. Only real judge worth listening to.

    March 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  90. Sully

    Some of us out here in TV-Land know a little bit about Crystal's past. She has been to hell and back as a kid. It is amazing that she is where she is. She has a God-given gift. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that she has full blown diabetes. C'mon people............ !!

    March 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  91. canadian

    Thank you Laura Lou! Enough with the nasty comments a few of you have made....It has now been revealed that Crystal Bowersox has type 1 diabetes. She deserves a shot, just like anyone else. My daughter has this condition, and every day is a battle, but you perservere. I'll bet the stress has taken a toll on her, or she could have been sick and needed some IV fluids. That is common for a type 1 diabetic. But that does not mean that she can't become the next American Idol!!! There are many, many successful people, famous or not, who live with this condition. Why can't people be a litle more tolerant of others, and be more understanding! The girl is doing the best she can. I thought right from the very beginning that she is going to win, and now I like her even better. I understand completely what she is going through. Have some compassion people, and thank your lucky stars that you don't have to live your life that way she does, which means 5-6 injections a day, and when under too much stress, you feel like crap, but you deal. We love you Crystal!

    March 13, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  92. Kelly

    All these people whining about Lilly. Face it, she's not original. She mimics Lily Allen, poorly at that. Her quirky style you're all mooning over is popular all over the US and the UK. You can pick up her "unique" style at Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.

    March 13, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  93. Marguerite

    I like Crystal and Mike. I believe it will be those 2 in the end. Although I must say I was disappointed in Crystal's attitude. What is up with that. In my opinion, there is no one really that great except the two I said...........Crystal and Big Mike

    March 13, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  94. Jimney Jam Jibber

    I am convinced Paula Abdul is poking needles into an IDOL VooDoo doll.

    When the show starts with a Married Lesbian sitting on Simon's lap simulating ear licki-idge, you begin to wonder.....

    The show, like all good shows, has become a sad parody of itself.

    The " Talent " this year is slightly worse than the entertainers one might discover on a Romanian Cruise Liner(yes, there is such a thing).

    March 13, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  95. Zippo

    Laimbert was lame, no charisma, no drive.
    Lili was full of herself and soso singer, nothing spectacular
    Todrik is a stage actor, not a singer.
    Katlyn should have stayed in place of Paige. Darn.
    I really tired of Crystals expressionless glaring. This will do her in. No personality will end it soon.
    Siobhan will take it all the way to the finish... just wait.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  96. Mike

    Close your eyes, and listen to the female contestants' singing styles: If you didn't know there were more than 4, you'd swear you were hearing the same style over and over and over and over again. Now, there are only 3 of the 4 that began in this Top 24 that have made it to the Top 12. They sound the same! My gripe has been that these so-called artists-wannabes are not sounding at all like something you wouldn't find on the street corner. The John Morrison clone that was kicked off the previous week was just the tip of the vocal iceberg, people! With exception to a couple, these youngsters have yet to find what their TRUE talent is! It's not about sounding like something present and contemporary, it's about just being you, spining it the way YOU want to spin it, and make it sound unique. I haven't seen that from the majority of the contestants thus far. Bowersox is a good singer, sings it her way, and that is what's helping her stay strong. As for the rest? Been there, heard that. Big Mike? My verdict's still out on him, but I don't think that this previous week was THAT good. I've heard him sing better than that.

    March 13, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  97. Karmel

    Well, I will have a lot more free time on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings. No Lilly- Crystal battle for this season – not worth watching.

    March 13, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  98. lashbera

    America got it wrong this time, not much on Idol to make it worth watching after lilly was voted off. Talent is weak at best for remaining 12. Can you say ruben studard all over again

    March 13, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  99. Meridith

    When Simon leaves the show, the fans in Manila will be leaving the show.
    Why so much blame on the judges for the vote outcome?
    America Voted!!! At least that we are being led to believe.
    It's just a sad situation all is now time to start mourning AI, this year may be it's death.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  100. Kim

    Oh yeah agree, Crystal Bowersox is too smug. Needs to go.

    March 13, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  101. Ashley

    I hate the show this season...most of the singers are terrible. I can't stand Kara. She brings nothing to the show. Most of all, I miss Paula...when is she coming back? No offense Ellen, but Paula, Simon and Randy are the way to go!!

    March 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Kim Smith

    This IS the worst bunch of AI hopefuls. They don't even have style; leave aside star quality!

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  103. dOh

    The bottom females should be Paige, Didi, and Katelyn. Paige just does not give performances to me and just doesn't work for me. DIdi's voice gets too annoying when she hits those higher notes in her register and is not a good sound to me. Katelyn is decent at singing but doesn't really push herself and seems to take it too lightly.

    The bottom males should be Toddrick and TIM URBAN. I cannot stress enough about how Tim Urban is terrible. His rendition of Jeff Buckley's Halleluia wasn't that great, and if it sounded good to people, that's only because it was so EASY to sing. HIs "Apologize" was terrible and he has no falsetto whatsoever. Toddrick can sing but he belongs on Broadway like Simon said. That's his platform.

    Disappointing Top 12 in my opinion. America needs to vote better.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Jill

    I don't think it matters much in what order the contestants are being eliminated, as everyone is eventually going home anyway except for the last one standing. His name is Lee DeWyze.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  105. CONANDO

    it is apparent that crystal has had a hard life, and is ill at this time
    where does showdogmom get off making the slut remarks about her ..her talent is pure and unpretentious...not glitzy glamour or FAKE

    March 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Isay

    Kara should stop flirting with Simon. She wants to be Paula, you are NOT!!! She is so disgusting. I have to mute TV whenever she talks.

    No one this season deserve to win. Why Crystal is so upset all the time and look so junky? Seems never comb her hair... What's wrong with this season. All the judges bragged that we have so many TALENTED singer, Where are they???

    March 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  107. janisfan

    i think bowersox could play janis joplin in a bio movie. she's got that vibe going on.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  108. maryanne

    My prediction is Crystal. Hands down, she's the winner already.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Jessie

    Final four should be Crystal, Siobhan, Lee, and Mike. Best
    voices by far. Both Lee and Crystal appear not to be game players. They are there to showcase their singing talent. How refreshing!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  110. mark

    alex lambert was definitely one of the best singers there. the judges should bring him back.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  111. danl

    people get a life

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Dawn1955

    I understand everyone's comment about Crystal's "attitude." But don't forget, she was very sick. I don't think it was an attitude. I think she was just trying to show up and stand up. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt for now. As she begins to feel better she should shine.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  113. benedicto andres

    what a mistake!!! Alex Lambert has the most distinct voice among the idol contestants. He's the real dark horse here. Anyway, with what happened he's going to make it Big! It's going to be a blessing in disguise for him because of the tremendous out pouring of support for him.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  114. JC

    Wow – absolutely shocked. Just watched it on DVR. Lilly was one of the top 3 women. At least she didn't sound like the rest, like most of the other women in it. And considering how bad the guys are this year, Alex was probably one of the top 3 men too. I don't think either will make it on their own because they aren't good enough, but because of how bad this season is, they should at least have gone to the top 12 and been on tour.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  115. DallasRMF

    It's a shame that Todrick was booted. He is TONS better than Tim Urban... who should have been eliminated straight away. I think Crystal appears to have a "smug attitude" because people who have crooked or missing teeth are inhibited about smiling. Just a thought...

    March 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Molly

    Katie, Tim, Andrew and Paige needed to go. America made a mistake and will regret it as the season continues. Thank goodness for talent like Michael, Crystal and Lee. They'll make it worth watching!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Fin

    I agree with Huskergirl. Lilly should've stayed. Page should've gotten the boot.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Rio Rancho

    Bowersox seeming smugness is really embarassment because of her teeth.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Michael

    Donna – by the way, how can you say Paige has a great voice? I've yet to hear her sing even one note on key! Sharp, sharp, sharp, all the time! No intonation at all.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Conan the Barbarian

    Most of these singers sound like someone else. Lilly, the one singer who definitely sounds like no one else, and is so interesting and original–an artist–was voted off last night. If it weren't for Siobhan Magnus I wouldn't watch another minute.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Brett

    Alex Lambert has more talent than 9 of the 12 remaining contestants combined! Dude, I would buy your album right now! And, as a musician and music lover, I would be humbled just to jam with you (look me up when you get back to NRH, I am in Keller). As a musician and music lover, I am convinced that the American populace (at least those voting for AI) are clueless as to what TRUE talent is. How can Tim Urban be in the top 12 while unique artists like Alex and Lilly are sent home? American Idol has become a joke, with things like Vote for the Worst and legions of teenie bopping girls voting for Jonas Brother clones like Tim Urban. Tim Urban, if you have one ounce of human decency you will give your Top 12 spot to Alex. Same can be said for the young girl who beat out Lilly Scott (see, she so unmemorable, I can't even remember her name). If Alex isn't brought back as a Wild Card (possibly Lilly too) then I am done with American Idol. I MIGHT record and fast forward through the rest of the season (just for Siobahn, Mike and Crystal) but I am definitely not watching next season. BRING ALEX BACK!!!!!! Anyone who agrees, we should start a petition to get him back on the show. I'm starting to believe that AI is now more of a detriment to the contestants instead of the launching pad it was designed to be. Alex, keep your chin up dude. I foresee a far more promising career than anyone left on the show.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Michael

    Donna, how can you say that all of the singers sound the same? First, there was Lilly, a total original, not like anyone else who's ever appeared on the show. Then there's Lacey, another totally different sounding singer, though with a bit less showmanship at this point than Lilly. Then there was Alex, again, a fabulous voice, one that didn't sound like anyone else. By the way, Crystal doesn't sound ANYTHING like Janis Joplin! Crystal is NOT a rocker, she's a blues singer, plain and simple. And her blues come straight from her heart and from her life experiences, as do those of all true blues singers. That's a big reason why you don't see her "playing the game" of fame. I think Idol is a means to an end to her, but certainly something she is tolerating at this point to get to where she wants to be. After all, where else can a singer get that much exposure week after week to a national audience? I've said it before, Crystal really is just biding her time on Idol. Regardless of the outcome of the show, she's going places and is ready now. She has that in common with Bo Bice, David Cook and Adam Lambert. They were all "seasoned professionals" before they ever got to Idol. But it's a great launching pad, you have to admit...

    March 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  123. kim

    i think we need SIMON to get involved with this!!
    IDOL needs to recount america's real votes!
    ALEX LAMBERT and LILY SCOTT were two of your best!!
    i think something went wrong. . . like last week when you text the girls and the guys names came up for votes!!
    don't even want to watch ido!. . . if this thing fixed or what??

    March 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Tom

    I disagree with those of you who say Chrystal is "smug." Consider that grew up on a farm in Ohio. In my opinion, the "smugness" you observe is nothing more than a reserved attitude characteristic of rural mid-westerners. That being said, it's also clear that she is very confident in her singing, but hardly to the point of arrogance.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Patrick

    Departure of Alex and Lilly makes the show entirely missable from now on. Those 2 were the most interesting – the 2 I'd most look forward to hearing their interpretations of various categories/artists. I think American Idol is turning more and more into a teen popularity contest. Losing interest ... Good exposure for the unique talents who make it to the top 24, but the winner becomes sort of meaningless.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  126. San

    I am COMPLETELY PISSED OFF that Alex didn't stay...all i can say, that wannabe thing, 16yrs guy, hate him.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  127. whatthehellever

    Patsy Cline would still be spinning around in her grave if she'd heard that girl sing "I Fall to Pieces". It was horrible. I was embarassed for her. However, who I am REALLY embarrassed for are the judges. Kara's behavior is disrespectful to the contestants, it's inappropriate, I can't imagine what the producers are thinking to allow it to continue, it SHOULD be embarassing Ellen and Randy and it's just not fair for her (and Simon) to be performing in their own little show while those kids are scared to death and trying to do their best. Perhaps in some sick sense of humor out in space zone, somebody thinks it adds drama and keeps people watching, but between Kara's lisp and her wallowing on Simon all night, I'm about done with Idol. They need to get a room.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Karen

    I am so disappointed that Alex and Lilly got voted out...they were in my top 5...sad to see talent like that leave...but then again, did you all vote???? I did not. Need to have a judge pass card to allow someone with a lot of potential stay in. Crystal is my fav, but unless she is not feeling well, needs to put a bit more enthusiasm in it, or it'll hurt her down the road.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  129. whaaaaaaaat

    Katelyn Epperly should have stayed and Alex Lambert should have DEFINITELY stayed.. wtf is going on? Tim Urban needs to go. Now that was a huge mistake calling him and having him come back. He just sucks. Paige needs to go too. She's really not that great. To be honest though, no one this season is that great. wth happened..

    And Kara needs to stop with the fake tears... seriously

    March 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  130. ChrisTod2

    So glad Lilly was eliminated – what a colossal bore. I never understood why she was so full of herself. She is, at best, very ordinary.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Adrian Cronauer

    @Erik so you disagree about Alex. Originality is the key. He had none and absolutely no star quality. Lily was incredible but she has no depth. I like her, no question about it. I disagree with your statement that she's better than Paige. Paige has real talent, her voice has range and depth and she has soul. Lilly does not. And Paige has stage presence. It takes more than a cutsie song choice to get by.

    What it really boils down to is poor choices by the judges. Like 'em or not, they did not do themselves a favor with this group. I'll say it one more time, bring back Paula. Or at the very least let her and I make a few selections behind the scenes. Hey Paula! 🙂

    March 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  132. justBetsy

    Okay, it's established that Crystal Bowersox has diabetes. For those of you that think she should "smile anyway", how about some facts from someone that has diabetes.
    -Stress (and strong emotions) can make your bloodsugar go way up, or way down. Some diabetes meds make you really dehydrated.
    -If sugar goes up from stress and you take insulin based on the artificially high number, your sugar can drop way down (even to the point of putting you in a coma).
    -if your sugar stays too high, it can cause overwhelming sleepiness, dizziness and/or disorientation. It can be mistaken for being drunk.
    -If your sugar is too low, it can cause disorientation, muddled thinking, and loss of speech (so you can't tell people what is wrong). It can also cause loss of equilibrium and "weak knees"–can barely walk.
    Basically you can loose the ability to "work your face". Expressions become slack and you go nonverbal, and may collapse before you pass out.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Kathy

    The best season was last year with so much talent and no one will ever top Adam Lambert. This season is so boring. I tuned in everyweek last year just to what Adam would sing. I think American Idol has lost it's touch. I hope this season's top 12 get better with experience because right now none of them stand out.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Seth

    I wish Katie woudln't listen to Ellen's horrible advice and just sing the music she loves. She has a mature voice, she's a mature person and she likes the classics. Stop trying to water her down to a Britiny. She has so much more class than that and looks up to Elle and Billie.

    Lilly was definitely better than some of the women that went through. You would think that everyone that can't sing in tune would have been weeded out by now. If Randy has to describe your performance as "pitchy" then you don't have the fundamental skill for the contest.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Dave

    WHO CARES!!!! Idol is a bandioke contest. I can get the same show going to my local pub. Support local bands in your area!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Julia

    Katie, Paige & Tim do NOT deserve to be there at all. Katelyn and Lily should've stayed & ALEX should have too!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Carol

    I am SO SORRY to see Alex Lambert go! Absolutely loved his uniqueness! He will make it big--keep going Alex--you're AWESOME! I also think Lily and Kaitlyn are better than Paige and Katie. I thought Kaitlyn's performance was beautiful LAST week (on the piano). Lily should be in the Top 12--I voted A LOT, and some of my favorites still didn't make it!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  138. wendy

    What about Kaitlyn??? She was definitely one of the top 2 best females. If you ask me, the girls are not great at all this year. Who is voting for Paige?? Really?? As for guys Tim Urban has got to go. Poor Toddrick getting voted off during his best week..

    I don't get why people are hating on Aaron Kelly. Is it because he's young and a little awkward? How can you deny that he has an amazing voice? Once he grows into it watch out!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Marie

    Someone needs to chop Big Mike off his high horse. I can't stand him and his attitude.

    Crystal does not look well and for everyone that is saying she has an attitude should be ashamed of themselves. Diabetes is a terrible disease especially since it is type 1. She has no control over it except for the meds she is given to take. Their schedules are so hectic it's no wonder she can't recuperate faster. I wish her well and I think she is the best of the 12 .

    March 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Tania

    I'm so sad that Alex did not make. He has an awesome voice.
    I thought Paige should have gone instead of Lily...and Katie needs to gain years. Very disappointed, but my two favorites are still in. Go Lee and Crystal. You two ROCK!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Tina

    Boo!!! for American Idol this season!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  142. protogere

    @Kaz "As for her statement that she is in this for the money and security it can bring to her and her young son (?), are you all for real? Why do you think the others are in this for?"

    If any one of them is in the music business for financial reasons, they are on the wrong path. That is a reward, not something that goes hand in hand with singing well. Look at the likes of Fantasia for example, whose home was sent to foreclosure.

    To those saying Mike Lynch IS in Lisa's list, she inadvertently skipped his name last night when this blog was initially posted and those replies were made.

    I don't see how Crystal's teeth or weight or dreds should have any impact on her talent as a singer – and they don't in my opinion. How tactless to judge her looks when she isn't on this show to become a model.
    That being said, I hope that it is just her illness that has brought about her seemingly nonchalant attitude, because outside of her demeanor, she has all of the qualities of a winner including a great voice!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Steve

    And LauraLou, is right. If something is not to your taste or you thought it was executed poorly, say that. You don't need to denigrate these kids – or their teeth – for Pete's sake.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Lora

    I thought Lilly was good, until they booted her off. Her comments were disgusting. "I don't know what America wants to hear" That was a total slap in the face to the 12 who just made it through. I'm now glad she's gone, her attitude proved that she didn't deserve to be there.
    I was ok with the other three. I would have picked Paige over Katelyn, but whatever neither are that good.
    totally right with the guys though.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  145. David

    I am VERY disappointed. I think Lilly Scott should have been in the top 12. Love the speech though – "I don't know what America wants to listen to" – I think AI has turned into more of a popularity contest then an actual talent contest. I wish Lilly all the best! For saying that this season is the best ever on AI, still have not seen anything yet. My 'wow' moment has not yet come. I hope Crystal wins!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Jeanna

    I agree that Alex and Lilly should have stayed. Im sorry, but Paige and Andy Garcia have NOT surprised me yet with performance, nor have had a wow moment. This Andy Garcia bandwagon has got to stop because his voice his horrible...if you do not agree, just go back and listen to his past TWO performances...ughhh!!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Steve

    Chris – Alex's growth from week to week is by far the best observation posted yet. People are clearly forgetting that an artificial construct like AI pits people of vastly different levels of experience against one another.Then it lets a bunch of people, using even more vastly different criteria select their favorites. If being seasoned is the most important element in this, then everyone is right that Crystal is superior. If having undeveloped potential is to be rewarded and nurtured, some of the kids like Alex should get to do better. If he showed up at an A&R exec's office, he would be told that he has a great voice but, needs YEARS of slogging it out in the clubs before he'll be ready. With reality TV, he's got about 2 or three songs to learn what Crystal, Lilly and Casey have logged many hours figuring out.

    Everybody in these forums needs to learn the difference between matters of talent, execution and taste. I never cared for Adam Lambert, but recognize that he was technically one of the best singers and most engaging performers they've ever had on the show.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  148. donna

    I'm tired of the same kind of singers every year. This country is made up of all races....not just white....out of 12 contestants 2 or black and 1 hispanic. All the guys except Mike sound alike. The country twang voices got to go. The only girsl that can actually sing are Crystal and Page. They rest either soud lilke janis joplin or cher. Its ridiculous!!!! The really good singers were left in hollywood!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  149. CINDY

    I don't think Lily thought she was going to be voted off.....but it seemed inevitable, if not this week then soon.
    Tim Urban over Alex Lambert....bad call.
    Just because Crystal doesn't wear a continual smile ala the redheaded singer, whose name escapes me, doesn't constitute attitude in my book.
    And the number at the lame, so "disney"....please stop.
    ellen, I thought you were supposed to add some humor to the mix?
    Kara, stop trying so hard....

    March 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  150. babs

    Amercian Idol is pretty boring this year. Ellen gives these long rambling explainations and I always wonder what she just said, its just boring.On a whole the singers are not very good this year. The best thing left from AI is the tryouts, with all the weirdos who try to sing. Its downhill after that.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  151. MBC

    I was totally shocked and disappointed that Lilly did not make it.....she was in my top 3 and very very entertaining. I am hopeful she got noticed because she could make a fabulous CD and I loved her version of "I fall to pieces". Idol is not hot this year and I agree with every other post that the show was the best with the original 3. I like Ellen but not as the judge!! It is a joke. I perdict it will be dead after this year.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  152. sheree

    Katie has a great voice. She just needs to sing more upbeat songs and showcase her range. Lilly was annoying. She thought she was so much better than everyone else as evidenced by her parting comments. "Quirky" and "different" don't necessarily mean better. Simon appears bored because he just doesn't care anymore. He has seen too many talents that should have made it not become the American Idol. Adam Lambert not winning last year put him over the edge.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  153. tina

    American Idol- is not about talent is a popularity contest- case in point- they boot off Lilly for a young girl who has very little talent- and does not even know her own style- – i will not be watching this silly show again.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  154. joey

    big mike is not that good. all he is is reuben studdard all over again. tim urban sucks and shouldnt have ever made it to hollywood, paige will be gone soon enough. crystal bowersox is nothing but a bar room singer, she has talent but not idol top 4: casey, andrew, didi, and siobhan.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  155. akeen

    Alex couldn't sing a note, why would anyone be sad he is gone, I'm sad he took a potential good singers spot this long. I think this is the worst top 12 ever, it kind of speaks to the general health of the show and franchise too! ; )

    March 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Sara

    I'm sorry... Alex may have sounded "OK", But I think they got it right booting him! I don't like him OR his mulet!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Michael

    To Katie (above) – no, Crystal didn't know that Lilly was going, nobody does ahead of time except Ryan Seacrest. Ryan knows, because he's the one that has to line them up and give them the news. Even the judges don't know ahead of time, as revealed by their sometimes inaccurate guesses of who's going and who's not. That's really the point of "reality television," it has to be real.. Anyway, everyone's said it, so I may as well, too, Lilly deserved to stay. The comments she made afterwards were very accurate, that a lot of good talent was let go last night and that she was confused, not knowing what America could possibly want if not creative, original and different singers. However, it should be obvious that we have not seen the last of Lilly, nor or Alex. Both will be out with CD's over the next year, you wait and see! Crystal's not smug, she's sick, which contributes to part of it, but also she's very "down to earth" and just not a game player. I think that should be obvious. She is, without a doubt, not only the most talented natural singer on the show this year, but perhaps one of the 5 or 6 most talented ever. She really could be taken off Idol and just given a contract now, because, if she stays healthy, that's what's going to happen, regardless of the show's outcome.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  158. cathy

    I agree with skbtt. Vote-for-the-worst tries to get the worst one to stay, but then someone that is really talented has to go home. I wonder if they can really manipulate the voting results? It seems funny that the two they wanted everyone to vote for (Paige and Tim).. both stayed and better talent went home. What do y'all think?

    March 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  159. LauraLou

    There are some very mean-spirited and hateful postings here – shame on you .

    Good Luck to the Top Twelve !

    March 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Gina

    Is it just me or does Lily look like that weird witch-doctor person who lived in the tree in the forest in the movie "The Princess Bride"? Glad she's gone... Thought her comments at the end were cocky.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Andy

    I like many were suprised that Lilly and Alex weren't in the top 12. With that said, I didn't get all of the Lilly love by the judges.I thought she was different but for the sake of being different and different doesn't always mean good. Paige staying was a shocker. I would have booted Lacey instead. Alex had a nice tone to his voice but I found him nasally. I think Tim did a great job this week (but he should have been booted after apologize). I think Todrick's effort was too little too late, but I wouldn't have mined Andrew leaving.He's got a lot of talent but the last 3 weeks he has blown it. At this point I am rooting for Crystal,Siobhan,Casey,Lee. I think if Katie can put it togther she has a great voice.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  162. mb

    I hope Crystal does not have a serious medical problem – if she indeed feels that this is "who I am " I can understand that – however, there is a huge difference in being "yourself" and being unkempt – what she wears and her teeth may be things she has no control over, however, either she or someone else could shampoo her hair – this style may be the "thing" but it could at least look clean and not soooooo straggley- great singer, cut baby –
    I wonder if the producers read these comments from the viewers – if so why is Kara still allowed to ruin the program??????

    March 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Lewis

    Yes, Crystal is talented....she has a great voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin, however, she thinks she's too cool for IDOL. Why did she audition? Her stage presence is OK. She needs a couple of dental implants and a major tooth whitening. How about a smile once in awhile Crystal?

    March 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  164. not-just-a-dumb-twilighter

    I also think that Adam Lambert should be in the top twelve!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  165. duhduhduhduh___________duhduhduhduhduh

    I agree with every person that has a spot in the top twelve, except for Lacey Brown. I think Lilly Scott should've had her spot!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Belinda

    I think America got it right as far as Lilly is concerned, on several occasions she has slaughtered parts of if not all of the songs she was singing, As in I think people all over the world were probably gritting their teeth at her rendition of "I Fall to Pieces" and lets face it, it was her technique rather than her singing voice that allowed her even a chance. On the other hand I think Siobhan is fantastic her rendition of "The House of The Rising Sun" was not only the best I have ever heard but it came out as haunting as well leaving me wanting more and excited to see what she will do next. I think the last 3 will be Mike, Crystal, and Siobhan. I also think that we may be in for some surprises from Tim, I don't believe he can win it, but I do think he will go farther than you might think

    March 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Brian

    I really liked Alex Lambert and thought his voice was really good. I was disappointed he was voted off. Paige should have gone. She is the worst singer of them all. Crystal Bowersox is really good and I hope she wins. I also like Tim Urban and hope he sticks around. Alex Lambert should be given a chance to do something with his voice. He was so shy and scared and who wouldn't be in front of all those people but his voice was better than some you have as the top 12.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Janet Taylor

    No judge had better say that this is the best group ever. And the voters must not be listening. But you must remember that fifty percent of the population has a double-digit IQ.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Jillie J

    ALEX LAMBERT is by far my favorite! How could he not have made it thru?? He should have won the whole shabang!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Tina

    Lily stomped on the grave of Patsy Cline and that is why she is gone.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Steve

    C'mon Dave, this show has always been a popularity contest. It's POP music and it's entertainment. To excel, one must be at least marginally talented at some aspect of performing, and be likable. That's show business, fair or not.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Toosliq

    It just shows that whoever is voting has very little concept of talent. The looks on the faces of the judges as the results were read clearly showed how stupid and inept they felt the voting was.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  173. michelle

    I was shocked Lilly was voted off... i was sure it would be either didi, hailey or katie. Lilly was original. I liked how she sang the patsy kline song last night more than Tues, she just seemed more relaxed about it. She has more talent and has received more compliments from the judges than the others, except for Krystal. Krystal should be a little smug, she is the best of all of them. But i think maybe it's not smugness, but she looked a little tired, also remember she has diabetes. Also, why such cruel comments about Krystal?...look within yourself for that answer and you may not like what you find.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Chris

    Honestly, I think America got it right with the ladies. Both of them had not done very well this week (partifularly the girl that "played" the piano and sang "I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet"). When it came to the guys I was floored that Todric and Alex were voted off. While Todric was inconsistent, he clearly had talent and was interesting to watch. Alex seemed to be growing leaps and bounds week after week. While his song selections were a bit on the slow side, his vocals were strong and he had a style that set him apart from the other contestants in a good way. I had seriously thought that Tim, Aaron, or Andrew would have been booted off...hmmm, gotta wonder what America was listening to!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  175. KCS

    Why all the grumblings about Crystal's attitude? She's sick – really sick and trying to get through it. Good for her!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Steve

    Would everybody please read and process each other's posts?
    How many times do we need to be given "inside scoop" that Crystal is ill?

    March 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Katie

    A lot of people are commenting about Crystal's attitude last night. I thought the same thing at first until I saw her reaction when Lily got the boot. My opinion? I think she and Lily became very good friends and found some common ground in their art, and I think maybe Bowersox found out ahead of time that she would not be advancing to the top 12. I don't think her expressions were smug. I think she was angry!

    Lily should have stayed. Katie should have gone home.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Gale Beck

    This season of Idol is just not measuring up to previous ones. The change in judges, minus Paula Abdul, has something to do with that side of the panel. Lack of chemistry between Ellen/Kara/Simon/Randy. Simon's toned down a lot, I've noted. The contestants are good but not great. I have watched all of this season's shows and, in truth, am not enjoying the program. My hubby wants to continue watching, but I'm just not into it any more. Sorry!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  179. LPLT

    Lilly, Katelyn, Alex Lambert going home? Ridiculous.

    How can Paige and Katie still be there? The teen vote, I suppose.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Hawaiianeye

    Bowersox might still be under the weather altho not sure what she suffered from earlier. I noticed after her song that she sat down for the judges review and Ryan sat next to her. Sure hope it's not an attitude issue as that will get her voted off at some point in time.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Dave

    As far as I'm concerned this show has become an popularity contest.

    Alex and Lily should still be in the the top 12, however, even with there addtition the talent just isn't there this year. Maybe they should save us all some time and announce the winner early..............GUESS WHO?

    Initials CB

    March 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  182. fritz

    I think all the men/boys are awful! Lilly should have stayed. Crystal Bowersox has been sick (she's been having problems with her diabetes)...maybe that's why she doesn't look happy or may appear to have an attitude. Hopefully Crystal and Siobhan make it to the end.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Dan

    For those of you who are commenting on Crystal's attitude during last nights show...before you condem her keep in mind she was recently hospitalized for her diabetes. I don't know if this is somethign she has had for a while, or recently diagnosed. It's possible that you are misunderstanding her not feeling well as her having attitude. She looked pretty sick to me last night.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Joel

    No Lilly means the best singer by far came in 13th place. You blew it, America...

    And Didi is extremely overrated.

    I hope the judges surprise us with a "judge save" next week and bring Lilly back, because otherwise the show just started to really, really suck.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Bowersox fan

    Diabetes is very treatable. Maybe Crystal should get an insulin pump like Elliott Yamin. Elliott tours and his diabetes doesn't get in the way. Crystal is far and away the best singer on AI this season. She sings good music. I like that she is NOT the plastic wrapped diva. She is a musician and I am looking forward to her CD and tour.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Robby 'n Boyd

    All you people asking about Crystal, think!!! She went to the hospital a few weeks ago. If you pay attention, you see them ask her if she is ok when she sits down after being told she made it to the top 12. Some say she has Diabetes. I don't know, but if you were not feeling good, would you not be like her and act the same? She can still sing awesome, but she still isn't 100%

    March 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Stevo

    SWOhio March 12th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

    All the more reason not to watch it anymore. I quit watching after Season 5, but I thought MAYBE I'd give this season a chance. I watched it for two weeks...and quickly remembered why I stopped watching this show. After America gave the boot to Joe Munoz, I thought to myself "Here we go's AMERICA that is tone deaf – not the singers." I'll wait until the final show to see who wins. If it's not Crystal or Michael, then I will be convinced that America doesn't know how to pick a good singer.
    Couldn't have said it better myself...

    March 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Flyin11

    America almost got it right.

    Todrick should have gone and I'm glad he did. Randy was right...he had 1 good night but 1 good night doesn't make up for the rest and Lee has been the most consistent between the 2.

    Glad Lilly left. Her sound was annoying to me. Sounded like I was listening to someone sing at the Old Opry or something. Glad Katie is staying. She needs to pick the right songs though.

    Katelyn should have stayed and Paige should have gone. Katelyn had the looks and the singing to make it. Now I don't see anyone that measures up to the appearance of a American Idol. Carrie Underwood was hot but I was upset she turned country. I don't know what America was thinking letting jannell and Kately go. 2 of the hottest girls out of all the ladies. :rollseyes: Paige just couldn't sing.

    I didn't really care if it was Alex or Tim. It was Alex's time to leave and Tim's will be soon. There is no way that Tim will make it too much farther. It was just 1 or the other last night.

    I see a couple chances at the crown...Big Mike, Siobahn Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze, and Andrew Garcia. I hope that Crystal doesn't win though. What she does is like what Simon has said before "A dime a dozen" . You can go around the subway stations or streets of New York and see people playing the guitar and harmonica for money. She needs to just go back...

    March 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Stacey

    re: Crystal's attitude

    a) I agree that I believe she's still a bit under the weather.


    b) she's just like my ex-boyfriend. He had bad teeth like Crystal and getting him to smile was such an ordeal. He was so sweet and so funny, but he smiled without showing his teeth – like Crystal. I think if she can get her teeth fixed, she'll feel better about smiling and muggin' for the camera. She is soooooo talented and I hope she feels better and feels better about her teeth soon.

    Re: Lily - can't wait for her to release her first album. I loved her!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  190. charlotte

    I wonder if Bowersox is ill. She looks like she is in pain every week - is it pain or does she have that bad of an attitude??? Casey James or Big Mike or Lee Dewyze will be my bet. None of the girls are really very good in my opinion and I do believe that Paige should have gone home last night.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Tracy

    Katelyn and Lilly should have stayed. Either one of them could make an interesting, fresh record right now. I have no idea why Lacey even made it to Hollywood. Her caterwauling is awful. Is America deaf? Paige is just boring.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Roe

    Alex Lambert voted off? How did that happen? Kara, thats who!
    Think back as to what she said to him after he sang....he was terrific!
    Kara, you needed be voted off the show as a judge and I'm sure the voters will agree with me....would love to see and hear Alex re-instated on the show.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  193. LA

    I don't think that Crystal is smug. I think she is self-consience about her teeth and just doesn't smile too much coming accross as smug. Also, Lilly should never have gone. She had a very refreshing voice. Cannot believe Page is still on the show.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  194. nessa99

    oh yeah, and big mike?? ugh! He is a church singer! i cant stand him! wish people would get it right! send mike home, send lacey home, definitley send Katie, paige and siohban home and then it will be a good competition!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Steve

    Every year you people say "it's bad and getting worse". Can't you remember how lame the top handful of contestants has been some years? Kelly Clarkson is a great singer, but Justin G., Nikki M., and Ryan
    S.? Come on! All along the final groups have been riddled with hacks.
    But there are always a few with pleasant voices and differing levels of experience. Some have better judgement than others about what their strengths are, and make better choices. Some can handle the pressure and some fold. Lot's of them have one good performance in them, and we all have different taste. So lighten up, and give these kids a break.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  196. I know it all

    Sheboygan is a real talent

    March 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  197. SF

    Idol is not going to be around much longer. This year is so boring. The judges say the same things over and over with little variation. Ellen' s jokes have gotten old to the point of being awkward. The contestants just don't have any spark. We need Paula back desperately. She was always a bright spot and always unpredictable. Once Simon is gone, they might as well can the show. This is the first year in a long while that I have actually chosen not to watch a couple of episodes. It's kind of like watching paint dry to sit through all the nothing special performances and then listen to a rehash of the critiques from the judges. And Kara has become a bit of a diva this year I used to like her but she has gotten on my nerves terribly with her know it all Ms. Perfect attitude. Please Idol producers do something to liven this season up or you're going to lose your loyal watchers.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Robin

    Please bring back Alex! Get rid of Paige, Lacy and bring back Lily

    March 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Real music

    Crystal is the only reason I am watching this season of idol. If the people watching and voting do in fact vote Crystal off, I will no longer wath idol and then I will anxiously await the premier of Simon's X factor

    March 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  200. SWOhio

    All the more reason not to watch it anymore. I quit watching after Season 5, but I thought MAYBE I'd give this season a chance. I watched it for two weeks...and quickly remembered why I stopped watching this show. After America gave the boot to Joe Munoz, I thought to myself "Here we go's AMERICA that is tone deaf – not the singers." I'll wait until the final show to see who wins. If it's not Crystal or Michael, then I will be convinced that America doesn't know how to pick a good singer.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  201. michele

    crystal needs to go...she's a accident waiting to happen....Simon please take Paula and Randy with you to X factor

    March 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Stevo

    Here's the deal. Lee Dewyze and Aaron Kelly are without a doubt the two that should've made an exit. They are TERRIBLE!!!! That's why I can't watch this show anymore. Because America doesn't get it right everytime. It's more of a popularity contest than a singing contest. Terrible excuse for a talent competition...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Kara needs to go

    I like Crystal, Siobhan and Mike. But I just might not make it through this season because of Kara. She is driving me absolutely crazy. She rubs up against Simon and has to be in all the shots (I'm so tired of seeing half her face gazing at Simon when he is giving his commentary to the contestants). Her commentary is absolutely devoid of meaninful content because it all centers on HERSELF. Just listen to how many times she uses the words "I" and "me" in her commentary. GET RID OF HER!!!!! The show would be so much better without her!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Omaha Reader

    Not sure why but I am not that into AI this year... I was soooo into AI last season (Kris vs. Adam) and the season before (David vs. David). I couldn't wait to Tuesday to watch it and vote like crazy! But this season is like yah whatever... If I have to pick, then Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze are my favs... Still a fan of AI though, hopefully the next season (if they have one) will be better...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  205. nessa99

    AHHH so i am happy but not happy about this weeks choices.. First of all.. Didi and Andrew are safe YES! they are and have been my favorites! If i could choose it would be them two battling it out in the end!
    i am so mad that Lilly left instead of katie.. katie sucks, i always turn it when she sings.. and Paige?? REALLY?? wow. HORRIBLE!

    Siohban.. i cant even watch. shes so annoying. i am not a fan what so ever. she gets on my nerves and i dont even think her voice is that great!

    I was really sad when alex got voted off, even tho i was jumping out of my chair when they announced Andrews name! And I cant stand chrystal bowersox, she needs to go.. why is everyone goin crazy over her? dont get it!!


    March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  206. SKBTT

    VFTW claims a victory on their website! compromises the integrity of the show imo...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Nick

    Sucks .. why is Katie still there . dont understand who voted for her .. both Lily and Katelyn deserved to stay .. Paige should have been out too..

    in guys.. Alex Lambert had a good recording voice.. he should have been in the top 12 .. Tim Urban is horrible ..and every week he gives the same surprised look after he's told he is safe .. he himself cant believe people vote for him 🙂
    also i would have preferred Todrick over Aaron ..

    March 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Bowersox fan

    Diabetes is VERY treatable. Maybe Crystal needs an insulin pump like Elliott Yamin has. Crystal is the winner and most people know it. Even if by chance she doesn't win, her career is off and running. She won't need AI for much longer.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Stacey

    I can pick 5 people out of that Top 12 that I would gladly trade in a heartbeat to have Alex Lambert back...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  210. E

    "If we don"t see a final 3 of Crystal, Siobhan, and Didi in that order then this show has to end."

    Choosy, I'm glad I'm not the only one rooting for these three ladies.

    As for Crystal's perceived "attitude"–it looks like confidence to me. She's gracious with Ryan, you can see her nodding and smiling when the other girls are singing. I can see why she would have been shocked last night. I sure was. Last week she was crying her eyes out when Haeley got the boot.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Judi V.

    Bad season made even worse with Alex Lambert out..can they just go right to the top 6? that would then be worth watching.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Becky

    Crystal isn't not happy....she has terrible teeth and hides them from the very peering audience...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  213. terri

    the WRONG people went home last night, for sure!!!

    Get rid of KARA, she is so annoying!

    Ellen is just "ok", nothing special. Why does IDOL need 4 judges, it was fine with three! I'd like to see kooky Paula back !

    this season is boring..............

    March 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Mike

    What a joke. And what is going on with Simon and Kara ? If we wanted another Paula, then we should have kept the oroginal. It's too bad that the set isn't big enough for all 4 of them to sit apart. Maybe Ellen should sit in Randy's lap since space seems to be tight. Kara is turning into Paula....this thing is over. Not much talent in this pool. People should be voting for talent, I think that is what Simon keeps saying.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  215. russ

    i think crystal has been "playin hurt". she was in the hospital the week before for diabetes complications i believe. thats my opinion on why she hasn't been showing a lot of excitement lately.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  216. romi

    Alex and Lilly were the ones I was most excited about hearing.......other than Bowersox who I think is just torn between the prospect of winning and missing her child.....who knows.....but mistake on cutting Alex – I hope someone takes on this kid.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  217. beverly

    shame on you bloggers for the nasties. lets see yourself up stage infront of millions of people. it ain't easy. and by the what. she has talent. beside your voting on talent, the rest will come later. omg grow up.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Cathy

    Alex is gone, but I don't believe for good! His voice is so unique, I loved it when his turn came on stage! Without him, one more reason not to watch next week!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Jax

    Kara has to go !!!!!!!!!

    Why Ellen????? We need a professional from the music industry not a comic who doesnt know anything.

    No one likes kara...... no one. Show has gone to hell since she came.

    I loved Lilly and Lambert....what the heck happened. Two of the best are now gone,,,,,,,, show will be even worse now.... no use in me watching now. 🙁

    March 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  220. yupyup

    this year is the year of the hill billies, if not why is Crystal and the other 11 there!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Mandy

    I just had to post again after reading some of these other comments... The show is looking for a person they can stick on the radio... Todrick Hall belonged on a stage – BROADWAY... not radio. That is why he is no longer there. There are some that stayed that maybe shouldn't have – but don't fret b/c they will be gone soon. This IS a popularity contest & not a talent contest. It gets worse every year... which is why Simon is leaving. His show "The X Factor" is a lot like America's Got Talent and it will showcase many different types of talent – not just singing.
    Lilly wasn't that great – just different – which was refreshing... but AGAIN when you have kids voting then image is everything...

    March 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  222. jeena

    Can't believe Haley is gone!! I thought she was the best.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  223. ANA

    Alex had such a soothing voice, sad to see him go, I'm sure that he wouldve eventually gained confidence he needed.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  224. michelle smith

    I liked Lilly and, yes, was surprised she got voted off. But I thought her comments afterwards were a little arrogant. I also agree with the comment about Alex going a bit overboard with the emotion and tears. I was touched at first, but when they came back from the break and he was still hanging around crying and Ryan had to practically escort him off the stage – that was kind of pathetic. The guy who went out with class was Todrick!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  225. HickoryHeel01

    Am I the only one who thinks Crystal's health might be a problem? I don't think there's a thing wrong with her attitude. I DO think she looks sick. I'll be surprised if she's not forced to drop out due to health issues.

    I hope I'm wrong. She is hands down the best performer of the bunch. Not even close.

    In any case, I wish her well.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  226. megan

    I almost forgot – PLEASE get rid of Kara. She is ruining the show. She sits on top on Simon, flirts with contestants in ways that – if done by the men – would end in a lawsuit, and she seems to have major issues with Ellen. She is desperate for attention clearly and it is making me want to turn off the show. Really. It's that bad! Producers.......Kara is really a problem and I think most of us feel that way. It's is attention getting in a bad way!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Natalie

    "Crystal Dirtysox looks like she's been forced to suck on a lemon, and I'm sick of her attitude (and rotten teeth). If she wants money, she should get a job. Send her back home to her bald brat! LOL"

    People only judge and put others down to make themselves feel better. Like "show dog mom" with her ignorant comments about Crystal. Get over yourself! Give the girl a break, we have no idea how she feels or what she is going through. Your comments show just what kind of character you are. Shallow and rude!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Jesse

    go back and watch again when the Curly blond gets sent home. When she hugs the girls, Bowersox mouths the words "That's F'd up."
    Then they put the camera on the three girls who already made it and they are looking at eachother like "did she just say that?"

    March 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  229. MHSMom

    Every year there are complaints that this is the worst year of American Idol and every year the show continues to get good ratings, produce some fabulous singers, etc. Let the show do its thing .... it's a process.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  230. jk

    BRING BACK ALEX. He has such a distinct voice; with polishing, he could really be a star.
    Give Christal some smiling tips. She never looks excited or happy. I do like her voice, however, but she does not have the star look.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  231. scoutie

    If you are not "mainstream" enough on AI you don't make it. Look at Chris Daughtry who luckily has gone further without AI help. Lily was refreshingly different as was Alex Lambert. Not much can be said for the rest of the "bunch"

    March 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  232. carrottop098

    lilly was my favorite and she was hot. america must have been on crack

    March 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  233. proudtobeme

    The producers of the show have to know by now that even with the most votes, the winner wont always sell the most albums or fill concert venues. But this is what we get when the majority of the repeat voters that will call for the full 2 hours that the lines are open are 12 year old girls.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  234. megan

    Crystal is sick. She isn't suffering from a bad attitude – I think she is barely able yto be there honestly. Didn't you all notice that after her song the other night she sat down to hear the feedback – Ryan sat next to her. She is clearly very ill and feeling like – bleep-. Give the girl a break!!

    March 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  235. estella

    adrian your comments can only go so far............. just saying.

    GO CASEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    March 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  236. emmaleniukdozois

    I find the show very boring and lacking of good talent this year,Paula was very good at choosing contestants

    March 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  237. rob

    unfortunately, every season young women pick the cute boys to stay in the competition instead of basing their vote on the best voices.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Head Diva In Charge

    America missed the boat with Alex Lambert. I cried right along with him. To bad the judges are pushing Lee, Chris Daughtry you are not.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  239. michele dog mom

    you took the words right out of my mouth bravo bravo bravo

    March 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Stephanie

    I am sooooo glad that casey and aaron stayed this week and are in the top 12. 🙂

    March 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  241. Michelle

    Alex was adorable, but his voice was annoying as hell. The side-mouthed, nasally singing was just painful for me, though many seemed to love it. I never bought the hype for this kid, although I do feel bad that his nerves seemed to ultimately do him in. Maybe it's for the best he went now, to avoid a total nervous breakdown in the later rounds. Very telegenic though, I just don't think a singing career is where it's at for him. Lily, with her faux gray hair, should not have attempted Patsy Cline. Her version was so off-key and weird I had to fast forward. Some good parts but overall it was a risk that did not work, in my opinion. It's like Bjork covering Aretha or something. Lily may know who she is as an artist, as the judges have said ad nauseum, but I honestly don't think she has mainstream appeal. She belongs on a Lilith Fair revival or something. I just can't see her having hits on top 40 radio, and although I'm into all types of music, Idol wants someone they can market to a wide audience. Siobhan is definitely offbeat, but her voice is really strong and I think she will make it far. Her look is different, but she seems comfortable singing soul, pop, and classic rock, so there are so many types of music she could make. I doubt Lacey will make it much further. Unique voice, but Megan Joy had a unique voice last year and while her whole sound and vibe was cool at times, it was extremely grating at others. On a side note: LOVED seeing Matt Giraud last night. When they "saved" him last year, it was one of my favorite moments in Idol history. If only he had waited and auditioned this year, he might have won the whole thing!! This season is weaker by far. And yet I still watch for some

    March 12, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  242. Mandy

    I think people are mistaking the fact that Crystal is unsure of herself and trying not to put get her hopes up too high for an attitude problem. I think Crystal is simply Crystal. I LOVE her voice and think she will be the one to beat. I have watched Idol from the start and think this years group is a bit odd compared to previous seasons, however, when they start singing the different genres and groups music (such as The Rolling Stones next week) the viewers will be able to see their real talent, or lack thereof.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  243. Caldon

    Lily was right on when she said she doesn't know what America wants to listen to when she was booted. That is the reason she was kicked off. She sang her song fine (as far as pitch etc) but the second she sang that I turned to my wife and said she is gone, no one is going to vote for that song. Every week she did something like that.

    She will have a small indie audience who will buy her CD but she never stood a chance on Idol.

    Crystal on the other hand is similar in that unique/indie type way but knows how to cater to the crowd and sing more popular songs that you would hear on the radio.

    So for those who just can't understand why Lilly is gone, there ya go.

    The others it didn't matter as they never had a shot at winning. There is only 5 or so that have enough talent and potential to win, so whether the ones who got booted this week would have stayed or not doesn't really matter, they would have been booted a week or two from now anyways.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  244. Melly Mel

    This is the most uninteresting and least talented group of top 12 since the show started. Other than Crystal and Mike, I can’t remember their names. There are some others that were kicked out early in round 12 in previous years that would blow the socks off of the people. And Crystal Whitesox (isn't she from Chicago?) just looks sick. I can’t imagine any of these contestants being a major recording star. Good luck on their 3 months of fame.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  245. Tricia B

    Would it kill Crystal to smile? I think she is sick – but she's got to show a little personality or I don't think people will keep voting for her despite her amazing talent....She doesn't have to go all "drama queen" on us – just smile and say thank you or something??!!

    March 12, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  246. Phyl

    Still not a fan of any of them, although Big Mike has the aw shucks factor. If Crystal Bowersoxs is ill, then maybe she should withdraw. I don't agree that she looks ill, I think she just thinks she's bored by the whole thing & thinks she's better then this "pop" talent contest. If she should win she won't go far, because when you come off with attitude like that fans, if you had any, will leave in droves. I still maintain Simon was right. There's a millioin of her singing on street corners etc all over this country.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  247. show dog mom

    PS: Nick Bach: You apparently have WAY too much time on your hands, and your ramblings are bordering on Ted-the-Unabomber. Geez! Creepy

    March 12, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  248. show dog mom

    Crystal doesn't seem sick...she seems to have all the personality of a rotten turnip. She always did. If she IS sick, we should do her a favor and vote her off. She and her attutude need to go home! She neither supports her co-contestants nor consoles them when they go home. That's not illness: it's just plain "I don't give a s**t – it's all about ME" attitude. Same outfit every week; same song every week; same slutty attitude every week.
    Siobhan needs to win this!
    And I am SOOOO sick of Kara and her "deer in the headlights" look!! WHERE'S PAULA ???????? We need you!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  249. N

    I totally agree with another comment regarding Kara. Kara is NOT Paula and needs to stay away from Simon. Ellen is doing such a fantastic job and I would much rather listen to Ellen than Kara. I wasn't fond of Kara last year and this year, I mute her out sometimes.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  250. Todrick

    gotta say... i'm pretty happy to see todrick go. he was horrible

    March 12, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  251. billybob

    Huge mistake sending home lilly, todrick, and alex.. should of sent home tim, andrew, and paige.. such a disappointment.. lilly does not have the following to keep her in the running even though she is awesome.. not too many people care for her type of music.. todrick is definitely a performer, singing and dancing, why do they constantly talk about him just being a dancer? his performances were always entertaining, now we are back to the boring "lets sit on a stool and sing" performances.. alex is finally finding his niche and America sent him home.. Tim Urban shouldn't of ever made it to Top 24 let alone still be in it!!!!!!!!!! this is ridiculous

    March 12, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  252. azucar


    WHY ALEX??



    The weakest season ever.... and still we keep on voting for the wrong people!!

    March 12, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  253. yanx

    Please bring bacc Alex Lambert. I will watch one more show and hope they will get Alex back - by means of wild card or something, I don't know. But if Alex is not back, this season is over for me.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  254. mycatjake

    @skylar: I am whining about Alex being gone, and I DID vote for him.

    I cannot believe they kept Tim over Alex. His singing is mediocre at best! It just makes me sick because I KNOW the only reason he is still here is because of his looks. All of the teenagers voted for him because he is "cute." Come on America, we all know being cute does NOT equal talent! One of the judges even said that he's gonna get votes because he is "cute." I say "cute" because he reminds me of the same half-a**ed talent that falls off the Disney channel.

    I agree with a poster that said that the judges should have a good portion of the vote. I know it wouldn't be American Idol, but at least the people who can actually sing will be able to stick around.

    PLEASE give Alex a second chance. He had a beautiful voice... he is one of those artists that you just close your eyes and really listen... Such a shame.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  255. Robyn

    I completely agree with Watcher. I hope all of you that are complaining about who DIDN'T make it through and who is more talented than who voted for your favorites!! We can all argue who is more talented than others but when it comes right down to it VOTES is what keeps your favorites in the running. I voted for Andrew and Lee for 30 minutes on Wed night because I wanted them to go through and luckily they were both safe! So please people, remember to VOTE for your favorites, otherwise it's hard to listen to all the complaining about people going home.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  256. pricien

    America got it wrong!!!!! Alex Lambert should have been in the top 12.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  257. Abbie

    Are you kidding me? First, if you can't tell the difference between someone in pain and someone being smug, then you have a problem. Crystal was hurting folks. Watch her when she sits down. She was also sad – I don't think she was prepared for the emotion. Second – what on Earth happened last night? Lilly is gone and Paige is still there? Alex is gone and Tim (bless his cute little heart he isn't that good) is still there? OK, Alex is bad but LILLY????? Really? You kept Paige and Katy and lost LILLY????? Sigh...............

    March 12, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  258. nenenen

    Crystal does not have a smug attitude. She is sick and has chronic illness. Cut her some slack. She is the only artist among them.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  259. Tammy

    Regarding Crystal's "attitude" that some of you have addressed.

    It was clear to me what some are mistaking for attitude was serious illness. I'm surprised no one addressed it but once when the camera swung by the group already selected, some were seen asking if she was okay.

    My heart broke for her because I think she was seriously ill. She looked like she was in a serious fog. I hope she's okay...

    March 12, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  260. x

    Alex Lambert needs to get a grip. I understand he has been votted off, but take it like a man. He looked as though he will need some years of therapy to get over this event, and his exit performance only confirmed for me why he is not on the show any longer. Who wants to watch that for entertainment?

    On the flipside of that Todrick Hall's departure from the show was a bit shocking to me, as he has so much potential, fervor and talent. I think he is a great entertainer, very passionate and will find his success eventually I am sure. Lilly's departure did not surprise me either, as this is not something people really want to watch (mainstream America I think); that's not to criticize her per se, but her eccentric style is not something America is ready for perhaps. I am just so very happy Michael Lynche is still on and I am rooting for him the most. He can sign and entertain, and just has a degree of likability with the audience, either way he will be successful in the end, whether or not he turns out to be the winner. At this point in the game, anyone ought to consider themselves a winner, with opportunity to show off their talent and get noticed.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  261. Walter

    SO glad that Tim & Aaron made it to the Top 12. Top 10 is NEXT!

    March 12, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  262. Kathy

    Idol has "Jumped the Shark?" Definitely ~

    March 12, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  263. cbb

    I was rooting for Alex Lambert to win this year, and he is not even in top 12 and that Tim guy is still here? Whats wrong with america?

    March 12, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  264. Kevin T. Baldwin

    No real surprises. I agree Paige should have been sent packing. For the men I think America made the right decision in both cases. Lilly being sent home I wish hadn't happened because I was a fan from the beginning. But she basically torpedoed herself with "I Fall to Pieces". Just goes to show you how much a single bad song choice can screw your chances on this show. As soon as she started to sing it I was like "Oh Lilly-Lilly-Lilly-Lilly-Lilly" because I was such a fan and I knew it was the end of the line for her. With that one choice she showed just about every single one of her vocal limitations and she couldn't counter that with just her amazing personality. Indulgency is one of the greatest sins on this show, and I think when Lilly reviews the footage on her own she'll see why America went the way it did.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  265. Olivia Katheleen

    I think that Adam and Lilly should have stayed.
    this year is kinda a blow, and i really really hope Andrew kicks up his game because he has so much true talent.
    his voice is so different and America needs to see that.
    and Adam was so precious.
    i dont know what America is thinking.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  266. jg

    Lambert should have stayed. He's great. I hope we hear more from him...

    March 12, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  267. Watcher

    I hope that everyone here with such very strong opinions took the time to vote – and voted several times to help ensure their favorites made it to the top 12.

    I did NOT vote so I don't feel I have much to say in terms of my opinion about who made it and who didn't. I'll just continue watching to see who improves each week. Maybe we'll all be surprised.

    But in the meantime – why are some of you so cruel? Not everyone comes from a great family or was given the opportunities that the rest of us have had. Its what one does when given a chance that matters – so please – stop denigrating people for their appearance,

    March 12, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  268. Joel T.

    Kaitlin should still be there.
    She was very pretty and could sing!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  269. ree

    BUT< I also agree that she is probably still sick...but with no one saying anything of that sort, it leads America to get the wrong impression. Look at all of us...

    March 12, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  270. Shirley

    Yep wrong people got voted off last night, but not sure those that were voted off would have made it all the way anyhow, just too bad they did not get a chance to try.
    This is most definately my final season of Idol watching, it really has gone downhill fast. People don't like Kara much, she was annoying all last year until the very end when she came out behind bikini girl and out sang her. That was pretty cool, but in general I don't like listening to her criticing, she is inconsistent with her advise. One night it is don't dare to change a song or sing certain songs, the next saying to make it their own. Whatever.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  271. carol

    Could Kara slide her chair any further away from Ellen? She is brushed right up against Simon. Her body language is so obvious.

    I wonder if anyone "in the gang" last year was as rude to her as she is being to Ellen. As a viewer it is so noticeable. Even when she talks while the contestants are singing, she only turns to Simon.

    What is the deal?

    March 12, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  272. ree

    I was surprised by Crystal's smugness...she seemed very glum, like she didn't want this...? It is unfortunate because she has been my favorite this whole time and to see her seem indifferent and unhappy about her making the top 12, turned me off quite a bit. I don't know what to say about it but hopefully she'll read things people have written, or hear what people are saying about her attitude, and make a serious change before next week because I can see her getting called out about that by the judges.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  273. Stewart

    I'm wondering about paige. Last week we got rid of all the minorities, except for her a toddrick(and big mike.) Not because they were minorities, but because they were bad singers who also happened to be minorities. People made a big deal about it. Do you think they kept her around just so it seemed more fair?

    March 12, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  274. Vanessa

    Why does the media keep referring to the contestants as being "kicked off" the show? If the voting process was–everyone call in for the contestant they would like to see gone–then it would be considered being "kicked off." So, with the current voting process, what other outcome can you expect? If more people don't vote for their favorite, then that person has the better chance of being booted, or should I say, having the lowest number of votes. With all that being said, stop complaining about who's left on the show, and go with the flow. Either you vote or don't vote, or you watch or don't watch. Also, why would the judges put you through to Hollywood, only to tell you that singing is not for you? Or you need to develop your voice? Why? Because it's American Idol. It's an entertainment show. The voters have nothing to do with that process.
    I'll be watching, periodically, but I'll also be glad when this is over. The entire show needs a revamping–not just the judging panel.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  275. fanofcasey

    I think to say that none of the finalists have true talent is very unfair. Personally, this is my first season ever to watch AI so maybe they are not as strong as the previous years contestants, but to say they are not talented is just plain wrong. I personally LOVE Didi and Casey. Both of these people have amazing voices and make it look so, so easy. Didi nailed Fleetwood Mack's song Rhiannon the other night and to me it seemed so effortless. This is why she is my favorite female contestant. I hope she gains more confidence in herself on stage and blows the rest out of the water. She has what it takes for sure! And Casey has the looks, the experience, the voice and guitar skills to make it on to the radio. I think he is a very humble, shy person and has a small town personality and so I feel it is hard for him to be on camera...but he is talented for sure! I think all of the b/s he endures from Kara certainly does not help him! He has done exceptionally well singing a variety of artists's songs from Bryan Adams to Keith Urban. He hit them all dead on! His rocking out to Gavin Degraw the other night was amazing! He toned it down as per the judges opinions and sang Keith Urban and it was GREAT! Simon said it would be forgotten in 24 hours but 72 hours later I am still very impressed!! It's a tough one for me between these 2 but I believe they are both truly gifted. IMHO!

    March 12, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  276. nelly

    I'm sorry for Alex and Lily. My best guess is Chrystal and Lee.

    March 12, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  277. talley

    My dvr didn't record the show last night but I'm glad it didn't now. I was not into Lily and her odd NOT quirky voice. But Adam was good and sincere and worth seeing next. But everyone who is booing at his and anyone else's demise I ask did you vote? Remember whose voting every 10 seconds if they can? tweens and teens Personally I didn't care for the other girl either who got the boot. She was good but just too average IMO. She seemed like someone who'd done well in the 60's singing Sugar Shack or something like that. The other boy, Todrick? eh. Not much to miss but wasn't as bad as others but he was not going to win. I'll still watch but not too into this season at all. bummer 🙁

    March 12, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  278. julie

    I am SO unbelievably upset at Katelyn and Alex. I was crying right along with the rest of them when my man Alex was voted off.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  279. Rick

    It now looks like a three-horse race: Crystal, Siobhan, and Michael.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  280. skylar

    I can't wait for someone to sign Alex Lambert, so I can buy his CD.

    I'm still in shock, for weeks all I was thinking, I can't wait for the finale with Crystal and Alex, so they can do a duet...that would've been AWESOME...but because of America, that won't happen.

    I live in Canada and can't vote but for any American who's upset with Alex should've voted!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  281. Cecil

    I think Lily Scott should've been in the top 12. In terms of talent, I believe she should've been in the top 4. Unfortunately, a lot of the votes aren't about talent, per se, but instead it's often about looks, attitued, "likeability factor" and sympathy. Katie Stevens is cute, likeable, and has the grandmother with Alzheimer's – those factors played big in her making the top 12. We need to start voting for talent so that people like Taylor "Soul Patrol" hicks don't win the competition and go on to not do squat in the entertainment industry.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  282. skylar

    Give Crystal a break guys, she is SICK, you can clearly see it in her face. Remember last week they had to switch them around and the men went first because Crystal was in the hospital. It's clear that she still isn't 100%. I hope people don't see it and think she's being arrogant or doesn't care...because as Simon said this is hers to win.

    Now, ALEX LAMBERT...America what is wrong with you? You didn't vote for this guy and now he's gone and we're forced to listen to howling from Lee and the blond guy with the ponytale (who always looks like he just rolled out of bed). Alex Lambert by far has the BEST male voice of the Top 24. Andrew Garcia was my favourite but he hasn't done anything great since Paula Abdul's Straight up...between Andrew and sent the wrong guy home.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  283. Andrew

    I am glad that Katelyn finally went home. She sucks! Alex has a good voice, but poor stage presence – very boring. I am disappointed that Lily went home. I think it was because of her song selection. I would have rather seen Katie go home. Todrick was cool, but not the best singer. I think Crystal will end up winning it all! She is a comfortable mile ahead of everyone else, and for those that commented about her attitude, she is just confident because she knows how good she is.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  284. Nick Bach

    I have read, and read, and re-read all the comments on as many boards as I could find about American Idol, and what I’ve found is disturbing. America knows nothing about music or singing. Before I even get into the top 12 voting and how horribly wrong it was, lets take a look at the top 24. Yes, there were issues with who didn’t get into the top 24, but that way too much time required to do it justice – and lets face it – the judges coughproducerscough picked the top 24.

    First off Ashley Rodriguez should not have been in the top 24 and thank god she didn’t make it to the top 12. She looks good and can sing fairly well but has no value as a recording artist, a glaring reason why Simon should count as two judges to be able to trump the others. I thought “Happy” was horrible and I’m glad she went home.

    On the other hand, Joe Munoz should have stayed around and possibly should have been in the top 12. The kid can sing, he has stage presence, he knows where the cameras are, and he’s latino. Maybe THAT’S why he was cut? But seriously he is better than Urban, Kelly, and Lynche.

    With that I have to step in and say something which could piss off a lot of people. Big Mike is NOT that good, he should not have gone this far. Maybe the whole black man with an ironically messed up last name thing is pulling sympathy – or his poor wife with the newborn baby ( btw she looks like she was run over by several busses )? Maybe it’s that black people are voting for him because they all think Todrick is gay ( he could be ) and we all know about the long running problem with gays in the black community. ( anyone who tries to argue me on that point is either ignorant and shouldn’t comment to begin with or is in complete denial about the black community as a whole)

    Think about this for a second PLEASE I beg you. Paige is NOT that good, she can sing, but that is all she has she has iffy stage presence, she’s not very confident, and you can tell she’s trying way to hard. She is a preppy black girl who has NO value to the black community at large. The black performers that should have been around a while longer are Jermaine Sellers, Lloyd Thomas, Angela Martin, Thaddeus Johnson, and my main man Seth Rollins. Poor Thaddeus was simply to black ad too gay for the producers and to be honest he should have done something with his hair, it made him look like a gorilla. Jermaine was confusing for me, is he gay, is he not gay, he was overly religious, but at the end of the day – too many vocal runs will kill you. For Thomas, Johnson, and Rollins – ANY of them are better than Tim Urban!!!

    Speaking of Tim Urban… Go walk across Santa Monica Boulevard. Stand in the middle of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard and wait for the ensuing debacle that is your singing career. One of the judges mentioned earlier in the season, I believe it was Simon or Ellen, that you were not a singer and should give acting a shot. As much as I do NOT want to deal with my daughter pining over you or having to see you on a FOX sitcom or in lame Vampire-themed movies, it would be way better than to completely mess up a season of American Idol. The only reason why Tim Urban is here is because of VFTW plus all the bible bangers throw in the State of Utah, and multiply by all the families with 8 or more children. Thank god Janell Wheeler was cut, we don’t need Tim Tebows’ girlfriend around making his 15 minutes and her 5 minutes last any longer than necessary. I am sick and tired of these holier-than-thou religious jerks. There haven’t been many in the past several decades who have been REAL. Jars of Clay got that – they are real, and you know what they did? They toned it down. They knew that the overly religious message was turning people off and so they decided to put the message in the song without evoking Jesus’ name every song or calling out to God in every song.

    With that said, I’d like to take a step outside of American Idol real quick to address religion in general. STOP THANKING JESUS WHEN YOU WIN A GAME. Jesus didn’t help you score a touchdown, hit a home run, or win any race. God didn’t do anything to help you win. He didn’t make you faster or stronger than your opponent, he didn’t give you increased fortitude, and he certainly did NOT hinder the opposition. If any REAL Christian, Jew, or Muslim REALLY understood their religion they would know that God/Yahweh/Allah doesn’t do things for you like that and if you think the grace of god has anything to do with sports then you are simply worthless in my book. I can understand many people getting upset with me about this, but be honest, which increases your chances of winning an athletic competition, going to church and living a good life or taking performance enhancers, putting in hours at the gym, and playing through injury? If you picked the first you are stupid and should just shut up, you have no standing and are irrelevant when it comes to sports. God may be able to give you athletic gifts, but more often than not it’s those who do unholy things who reap the material rewards and athletic achievements.

    Back to American Idol, something that pisses me off is that Paige is still on that stage while Jessica Furney and Shelby Dressel are at home. First thing you do is replace Paige and that god awful Haeley Vaughn with these two and BANG you’re better off. Now I’m sorry but I have to go back to Tim Urban, he SHOULDN’T EVEN BE THERE. Chris Golightly was released from his contract before he auditioned. He did everything the way he was supposed to do it, while Michael Lynche is allowed to stay even though he breached his contract with AI after giving information to his family that was then forwarded to the local news paper. If I was American Idol, I invite Chris back next year and do a top 25 with 5 people being sent home first week, 5 being sent home the second week and 3 being sent home the third week. Then you have your precious top 12, which is still not enough to drag out American Idol until the end of the season. I would go with 15.

    Let me just sum up the top 12 episode. Paige should have been sent home and either Katie or Lacey. On the men’s side, Aaron Kelly should have been sent packing with Tim Somebody Please Shoot Him Urban. The final 12 should look something like this:

    Lee Dewyze, Casey James, Andrew Garcia, Alex Lambert, John Park, and Joe Munoz for the men.

    Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami, Lilly Scott, Siobhan Magnus, Katelyn Epperly, and Lacey Brown.

    BTW my picks for who I think are the top six from the remaining 12 in order:

    Siobhan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze, and Andrew Garcia.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  285. LiLi

    Those of you giving Crystal a hard time, she is a Diabetic and just a week ago was in the hospital becasue of it. If she seems gloomy it is because when you have an exreme high or low it takes a while to get back to normal. I am sure the schedule is taking it's toll on her,

    March 12, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  286. Just A Thought

    Katie is definitly not the best right now, but she is certainly better than Paige!

    March 12, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  287. Guy B.

    As I've been positing here for several weeks this is not a talent contest but a popularity contest. The bulk of the voters are 11 to 15, they are about image not talent. Sad that it's all about image and not talent, we are seeing each week the wrong artists being sent home, 3 of the top 12 have no talent what so ever, they would of been kicked out of any talent agents office.
    We can see who the final two are going to be already, it's that simple, but the producer of Idol needs to make his 25 million a night ( each phone call you pay to continue this supposed contest) if you did not phone in and keep putting money in the producers pocket he would make changes right away!!!
    Anyway I will tune in now on the last night no need to watch this drag out for 12 weeks when we know the final two.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  288. EZ

    America got it absolutely wrong booting off Alex and Lilly. There was a lot of angry screeming in my house last night. I definitely thought those two should have been in the top 12 and higher.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  289. anonymous

    the judges need to have at least 50% of the vote, the general public doesn't vote for talent but stuff like: who is cute, who stirs up the most, etc. not talent

    March 12, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  290. laurie

    Most disappointing top twelve in the nine years.. they got rid of some great prospects!!! This is sad:(

    March 12, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  291. Joanna

    I can't believe Lily is out, that was a super shocker for me and my husband.... She's on my top 3 list, I really regard not voting.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  292. mke0816

    Ugh Alex was my favorite, such a disappointment.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  293. picksburgher

    America got it right with the guys and completely wrong with the girls. With both pairs, Paige v. Kaetlyn – Paige has stuggled in every performance, and Monday was one of the very worst performances I have ever seen on Idol. Paige should have gone. And Katie v. Lily? Katie is cute and all, but she is so unseasoned, has no idea who she wants to be, and just doesn't stand out. That result was inexplicable to me.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  294. Jake

    I'm looking to Mike and Crystal to save the season...

    March 12, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  295. Heather Grant

    Alex should not have gotten voted off. I was highly disapointed. He has a ton of potential and we will definitely see him again. As far as Bowersox, I'm hoping she is still feeling under the weather otherwise she has a major tude that really makes me wonder why she even auditioned. I think she's great but her attitude really sucks.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  296. Me

    The whole show is so boring this year. I can no longer watch it. They want Crystal to win so they will push her all the way. She probably has the better voice than any of them anyway, but I'm done! Too boring.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  297. Shannon

    Lily was fabulous!!! She got screwed!

    March 12, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  298. Auntiejj

    ooops, I mean top 12

    March 12, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  299. Auntiejj

    Read closely....Mike Lynch is listed in the top t0.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  300. Kaz

    Why does Crystal Bowersox have to be all giddy, silly, and your typical flouncy blonde bimbo to be a nice person? Why can't people accept the fact that she is quite unique in her attitude. Maybe she is just a serious type of person.

    To say she doesn't deserve to be in the top 12 is really extreme as she is the only one who is original.

    As for her statement that she is in this for the money and security it can bring to her and her young son (?), are you all for real? Why do you think the others are in this for?

    They are all in it for the fame and fortune it can give them and good on them all!

    March 12, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  301. greatdanesrule

    Lily should have definitely stayed. Paige sucks and is big cry baby. BAD CHOICE!!! What a farce!

    March 12, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  302. CW

    Alex Lambert and Lily should have stayed. Paige is awful !!!

    March 12, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  303. clw08

    i'm glad Lambert went home he sucked.........

    March 12, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  304. karen

    I loved Alex L. I was so sad to see him go, his sound is crazy good. I will definately buy his music. Sometimes it's best if you don't make it on the show because you are obligated to AI contract rules. He is going to make it BIG. I also loved Lily!!!! I tell you America got it wrong this time.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  305. joe

    you are all sad for watching this awful show

    March 12, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  306. Tracey

    I can't even believe that picked Katie over Lilly?? WTF??? even Lily's FACE was like "WHAT did you say????" OMG, ridiculous! No one 'wows' me this year like Adam Lambert did last year, no one is amazing!

    March 12, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  307. Jan

    Is Crystal sick? She didn't look good last night–I think that whatever she has is making her seem smug, or something...not too starlike. I thought Paige would go but all in all it came out about the way I expected.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  308. Kelly

    Crystal is still fighting her illness and just isn't herself right now. I'm amazed that she has had the energy to maintain her standing. Hopefully her body won't give out as the weeks become more demanding. She also seemed sad at the exit of some of her friends. She isn't an aloof person at all.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  309. K Berry

    I'm confused by people who contend that Bowersox seems like she doesn't wat to be there. Listen to that voice. She loves music; her passion comes through but is more subdues and less "hammy" than some of the other performers. Listen to some folk rock and you'll hear that same soulful, world-weary but still hopeful quality that her voice carries with it. I can see owning one of her CDs quite easily. I hope she makes it quite a bit further.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  310. Penny

    WHY IS TIM URBAN STILL THERE ??? IS AMERICA DEAF !! .... I don't care if he's cute the boy has NO talent and NO star quality.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  311. JLR1

    Now that I'm the American Idol soapbox, why is Kara acting so distant from Ellen... I don't want to join the band wagon and make something out nothing, but it does seem to come across as if there is a little " don't sit to close to me " being played out before the cameras

    March 12, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  312. J

    Is anyone else feeling that Crystal is becoming the Susan Boyle of American Idol? I guess I'll jump on the Crystal train once she can prove herself without hiding behind the guitar...

    March 12, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  313. tina

    I do not understand why the judges, and apparently the rest of America, didn't LOVE Todrick! He was slammed by the judges for exactly the same things that Adam Lambert did last year. I think Todrick has a GREAT voice, I loved that he did Queen this week–and did a fantastic job of it! It's very difficult to sing the same stuff that Freddie Mercury did and do it well! And I love Todrick's willingness to do something different besides just stand there! Sometimes the musical instruments the contestants have are just a prop and it looks like they are hiding behind it. I use present tense for this because I believe Todrick has a real future–if he ends up on Broadway, I say GREAT!

    I also like Big Mike, Siobhan and Crystal a lot. They all have talent. I'm not so sure about the rest. I think Crystal was sad last night because of some that were voted off. Just my opinion.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  314. Schoolteacher

    Can't you guys read? Mike Lynch is the fifth name listed in the paragraph giving you the top 12 names. Too funny!!

    March 12, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  315. nan

    I was not happy with the results from late night. Alex Lambert has a wonderful voice and I hope someone helps him move forward in the music business. I would by an album as the tone of his voice is wonderful.
    Also not happy about the two girls that were booted as they were better than three that made the top 12.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  316. Mabou

    Crystal most certainly has a personality deficit. I gree that she might be sick which would contribute to her nearly catatonic personality. But she has been short on personality since day one.

    I am pretty sure Crystal has a somewhat dark past. Something has happened to this girl that has taken the light out of her. She is an amazing singer, my favorite by far, and I truly hope she wins the competition. But this is just as much a singing competition as a popularity contest, and she is going to be losing votes rapidly unless she can show us more enthusiasm, more appreciation, more personality. America isn't going to vote for someone that America can't feel an affinity for.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  317. Dave Traceski

    I believe that the final two will be crystal Bowersox and Mike Lynche.They are by far the best in this class.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  318. tom

    people, get a life! AI is boooooring.......

    March 12, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  319. David

    From what I heard, she has diabetes and that was what the hospital visit was about.... I actually diagreed with both of the females being voted off. Both Lily and Katelyn were interesting and I looked forward to hearing them. Paige and Katie were awful and should have gone home...

    March 12, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  320. Andre

    and i'm tired of tim urban's 'ribbit in the headlights' stunned expression every 5 minutes....

    March 12, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  321. Andre

    bowersox is obviously ill, for crying out loud. she just doesn't want to use it to gain sympathy votes. you vote for what she does on stage and I think she wants it to stay that way. if she made whatever her illness is part of her backstory the ignorant people that her condemning her for her 'attitude' now would be the same ones condemning her for trying to get sympathy. Damned if you do....

    For my part, only bowersox and big mike should make it to the final 2. the others have varying degrees of talent but only these two look like recording artists. so far.....

    March 12, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  322. Gary

    Lilly Scott got booted? That's madness. We all must now recognize that this is not a talent competition. Lilly was among the very few who brought originality and talent to the stage each and every week. I'm done watching this joke of a show!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |

    I can't believe Alex Lambert is gone...Cowell is leaving this year...I guess I will too...crystal definitely has an attitude...however when she sings it is a beautiful thing...however Lambert needs to come back as a wild card & tim & paige need to go...Alex & Crystal are the only thing that had a spark...this season is a bore & it will never compete to last years top 12...that was the best year by far...since Kelly clarkson...Simon I love the hell out of you...congrats on the engagement...& this is the year to exit...Idol is done...bring Alex back & I might watch....tell crystal to step up with a better attitude or I don't care how well she sings...she will not make it...just my opinion...WILD CARD ALEX ALEX ALEX

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  324. Yuna

    Jamrock – go to and see that Paige Miles and Tim Urban are the top picks and were shocked when they both made the top 12! Well, that explains "who is actually watching the show" this year! I think every one in America is in agreement; last year WAS the last year for A.I. This year, it's like dragging pigs through the mud. I am getting as bored as Simon looks. I will watch it for Crystal, Casey and Lee. I was mad that Lilly was sent home. She has 10 times more talent than Katie! And Lilly was one of my favs too.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  325. show dog mom

    For Otis: "Todrick was terrific last night, but the die was cast with his prior horrific outings. If I were in an AI pool... Siohban wins it all."

    I agree! the only contestand left with flash and appeal – and a great voice- is Siobhan!!!

    Crystal Dirtysox looks like she's been forced to suck on a lemon, and I'm sick of her attitude (and rotten teeth). If she wants money, she should get a job. Send her back home to her bald brat! LOL

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  326. show dog mom

    Mike Lynche IS in the roster. Does no one know his real name?
    Todrick should have stayed. He was awesome!!

    And that stupid Crystal...she just stood up, passed by Ryan and plopped her fat butt on a stool with a sense of entitlement that made me gag. She never congratulates any of the other girls – she really thinks she's better than the others. Such a hag.....
    PLEASE let's get rid of her next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tim, too; he and his Dracula fangs suck. (Oh THAT why he's getting the votes????)

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  327. taylee Mae

    American Idol used to be my favorite show; there is no soul in the show; the top 12 are not that great; you got rid of some great talent; there is no way Toddrick should have home; him and Big Mike were the only 2 that brought it..................the rest of this show is boring

    March 12, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  328. ex idol watcher

    no more idol for me...katey and paige should have gone home.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  329. J Wehling

    I'm a long time fan but thoroughly disicouraged now about the method of choosing real talent. Todrick Hall and Lily Scott are finished, two of the very best and talented singers while others who are far less qualified are in the finals. This is unfair and very foolinsh in my opinion. It makes the show look like nothing more than a popularity contest, having nothing at all to do with real talent.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  330. Rick Cox

    You folks have to know by now whats up with that Bowersox girl...its her teeth! She doesn't want to smile because her teeth look rather bad. I can't tell if they are just stained, or there are a couple of them missing or what. She is obviously afraid to show them, She is an awesome singer, and I hope that flaw does'nt hold her back. She just needs a few trips to a good dentist that can whiten up her smile and fix up whatever is going on in there.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  331. Wynny

    Lilly should have stayed. Neither Page Miles nor Did Benami were better than her. I'm sorry to see Alex go, too, but I wasn't as shocked by that as I was by Lilly. I hope she puts out an album anyway, cuz I really want one! Has anybody heard what Crystal's medical situation is? She doesn't look well.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  332. Oh please

    Glad Lilly and Todrick are gone... Tim shouldn't be in the top 12 and Aaron deserved to be there... Paige shouldn't be in the top 12 either. Katelyn should be.

    Top three s/b Big Mike, Lee (or Casey) and Crystal... all the rest can go home.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  333. Grace

    Bowersox is recovering and clearly FOCUSING on her work. She is serious about it, as she should be. The most talented of the crop and pushing through whatever ails her. Alex is a huge loss. Big Mike is the best of the men...

    March 12, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  334. kopana

    Agree, Bowersox is the only real talent so far....

    March 12, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  335. Amy G

    No!! Not Alex! I loved hearing him sing and I cannot believe he won't be on the show. Wow, what a huge disappointment. He is my FAVORITE of the guys.

    An NO! Not Lilly! Love her too, love her voice and her cheeriness. In fact in four years of watching the show I have voted just once - for her, this week.

    Keep going, Alex and Lilly. Do not give up. The game is not over yet, not by a long shot.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  336. Mohala

    I agree this season's talent is very weak overall. It's like most of them choked after being chosen. No one can come close to the performances that Adam Lambert gave last season. I really like Crystal Bowersox. She is Janice Joplin reincarnated. I don't find her to be egotistical. I find her to be very humble and calm. She knows who she is.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  337. tim

    This season is getting worse when it should be getting better.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  338. sarah

    still hoping that Alex Lamber didn't voted off. he's good!

    March 12, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  339. Erik


    Lily inexperienced? Alex stealing his voice?? Are you high??

    Lily was INCREDIBLE...way more so than Paige or Katie, neither of them have a unique sound and both had several poor performances. BAD CHOICE!

    And by your logic, once someone sings in the style of someone else, they are stealing that style?? Really? So all the many divas out there that sound like Mariah or Aretha would be stealing too....Alex was a fresh sound on Idol, but sadly, America wouldn't know great talent if it socked 'em in the eye

    March 12, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  340. Ryan

    I blame ellen for the over-reacting hug to Tim for his inclusion in the top twelve, he's not half the singer Alex is.. The judges this year are awful, they over dramatized (and some of their reaction are fake – yeah kara, those are not real tears..).. and that would probably sway voters too..

    March 12, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  341. Billy

    Ditching Lily is a joke. She was in my top three.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  342. yano

    All the comments about Crystal looking "smug"...she looks sick. She looks like she is just trying to make it through the show. Also, Katie, really???? She's been awful for all the live shows and she makes it through?? Poor Alex; he's a real talent and America got it wrong on that one as well.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  343. Val

    I am beginning to wonder myself ...whats up with Bowersox., was she hoping to be voted off...Definatly looks like she dosnt want to be there!
    Is she still sick, & what was wrong with her ?

    March 12, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  344. hideaki nagano

    I think de.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  345. michele

    i'm sorry but if boomersox is so ill she should drop out....if i lived in america i still wouldn't vote for her..voice or no voice...if she gets that ill all the time is going to handle the gruelling road ahead of her if she wins???...cancelled concerts tv appearances etc...cause she is sick all the time...imo i rather have somebody win who is healthy and can handle the gruelling schedule that lies ahead of them........

    March 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Adrian Cronauer

    Idol needs the following changes:

    Boot Ryan Seacrest and hire someone... anyone else. A chimp could do a better job.

    Replace Kara Di Guardia with a cardboard cutout of Paula Abdul. For all her foibles I really miss Paula. Kara is condescending and boring. Thanks Motorola for my excellent fast forward button.

    Ellen is wearing on me like a pair of 29 inch waisted tighty whiteys. I enjoy the humor but give that girl some lines.

    Form a petition to 'Give Simon His Balls Back.' I'll say it a thousand times but the show was much more entertaining when he tore into the contestants like Gabourey Sidibe on a bucket of chicken.

    There's more but dinner's ready and I'm hungry. Later!

    March 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Scott

    The fact that Tim Urban and Katie Stevens is staying brings the taste into question of those that are out there voting. Bad choices. REALLY bad choices.

    Katie Stevens (even Aaron Kelly to an an extent) aren't ready at all... and Tim Urban is just terrible.

    Bad job viewers. You fail again.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  348. protogere

    I don't argue that Crystal has been ill and I understand that has to be held in part for her demeanor. But she herself has said she is only in this for the financial future it can offer and couple that with the very bland response or even encouragement towards her fellow finalists, it just sends a sour message to me as a viewer.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Chinook

    What about that group number? There is NO High School that I know of, that would even permit something so awful. Maybe that's why Crystal looked sick, the trauma of being in that group number.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Otis

    Terrible top 12. I wouldn't attend an AI tour concert if you paid me, but Paige should have been booted with Lily staying. As for the guys, only Big Mike has shown me anything the last few weeks. Andrew had his moment and he's done nothing since. Todrick was terrific last night, but the die was cast with his prior horrific outings. If I were in an AI pool... Siohban wins it all.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  351. JamRock

    This is a bad season of Idol just getting worse. Who is going to vote for? What a disaster.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  352. tired of idol

    Next week, let's just cut to the chase: pit Big Mike against MamaSox for the title and let's all get on with our lives!!

    March 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Judi

    Ellen will probably have Alex on her daytime talk show. She did this with most all of the losers from "So You Think You Can Dance". I was surprised that he got the boot before the youngster.
    As for Crystal, I don't know why you don't take into consideration that she is ill. I don't think she has "attitude" at all. If you remember, last week she immediately sat down on her speaker after singing, and Ryan sat down with her. Diabetes 1 is a pretty bad situation. I've thought for the past two weeks that she isn't feeling well, but pulls herself together long enough to sing.
    I was as surprised as Lily 😮 when Katie was announced as staying rather than her. Katie has a lovely voice and performs well for her age, but there is nothing unique about her voice.
    I was surprised Paige made it after this week's performance. She'd sounded good previous weeks, but her singing of "Smile" made me cringe.
    And Big Mike sings very well, but he is the one with attitude.
    It's anybody's game, but I'm betting on Crystal.
    What did anyone think about the "piano men"s performance?

    March 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Dave

    "..Idol loses me.." What, they haven't lost you yet. It is absolutely painful to watch. All that acting/groping between Kara and Simon. Kara. You're acting like a s***! And her crying for one lousy song at this stage... Total ratings grab. (which failed) I said to my wife last night, let's watch a movie instead (this after years of watching at this stage of the competition) and she said pick whatever i want. Kara is sad. Ellen is a joke. (no pun intended) Simon doesn't give a hoot and would rather work his projects in London and settle down and the DAWG.. Yo, I don't know what you'll end up doing next DAWG.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  355. James

    What a mistake voting Lilly. She is 10x better than Katie and Paige! A travesty!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Michael

    AI lost some real talent tonight. Very suprised that Todrick and Lilly are gone given, what I believe, is the lack of talent in some that remain.

    I agree with Lilly in that I do not believe that "America" is represented by those that actually can call in and vote in the given 2 hour window.

    Maybe this formula for "picking" the next AI is flawed (or) maybe I am not a member of the teeny-bopper demographic that is watching this show... ...hummm...

    ...can those that call in really identify talent (or) is it time for the "judges" to step up?

    March 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Watcher

    Doesn't have a good selection this season. Don't really care who wins this season.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  358. s

    I thought Crystal looked ill, and since she was hospitalized recently, I am worried about her. These comments about her "attitude" are really callous.
    I am really sorry to see Lilly go.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Adrian Cronauer

    Bowersox is her own worst enemy. She will implode however the exposure will lead to a career of some sorts. There are hundreds of singers just like her. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.

    Lilly was too inexperienced and wasn't going to lean. That lead to her demise. Siobhan might do the same. I'm all for staying true to who you are however if these girls want to win the contest, and that's all this is, they need to figure out what will get them there. That's the point right? I mean, they all want to be A.I.

    Alex Lambert? Big problem with his voice. It was stolen. Mimicking is sometimes flattering but it will lead people to start calling you Milli Vanilli.

    Didi... I like Didi but I'm just not sure if she has enough to carry her all the way to the end. She needs to air it out... let us hear them pipes.

    I can appreciate the kinder and more gentle Simon but I think I like him better with balls.

    This certainly is the worst group of finalists I've ever seen. And the production sucks too. Ryan just gets weirder with every season... and evermore inappropriate. With Paula gone and Simon not to far behind I'm thinking this show may have run it's course.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  360. L

    Lily was the most original performers of the group and was improving every week. It is a travesty that she was sent packing.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  361. mozart4898

    To the people still saying that Crystal is "smug," I really don't think it's that at all. They're not talking about it but I think she's still sick. People had talked about how quick she was to sit down on her amp after her performance a few days ago...a couple of times tonight if you watched she was the last one to get up from her stool and the first one back to sit down. She seemed to be crying about several of them leaving so I don't think she's simply smug, arrogant, or doesn't care. She's probably still sick but they're keeping the wraps on it. If so, I hope she gets better soon. She hasn't seemed like the smug type to me...confident yes, but not arrogant.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Arin

    Lily getting the boot over Katie, Lacey and Paige is a complete miscarriage of justice. She is more talented, unique, quirky and fun than any of those three.

    As for the guys, I think Todrick should have remained over Urban.

    This really is shaping up to be the most pathetic top 12 in Idol history and the only three I like at this point are, in this order, Shioban, Crystal and Didi.

    I am bummed about Lily and hope she is able to successfully use the AI machine to her advantage. I would buy one of her CDs. I was hoping to hear her sing Four Non Blondes.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Mary

    Really disappointed.

    Will only stick around as long at Lee, Mike and Crystal are around. If 'America' doesn't keep them, Idol loses me.

    Lilly deserved to stick around.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Adrian Cronauer

    Aaron will be gone soon enough as will Andrew, Mike, Lee and Timbo. Tim Urban sure surprised me last night. The kid shows potential.

    As for the... girls (I hesitate to call them women) Paige and Siob will be the finalists. There's talent is the remaining few but the cream rises to the top.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Thierry

    The votes for the 6 ladies to stay on are weird and unjust. I wonder if the votes are tainted, but to see Lilly Scott gone, I must say that this is my last time to watch American Idol. Now I know why this is Simon's last American Idol season too...Well good luck to the rest of the contestants, who wins, who looses, who cares?
    American Idol 2010, really has jumped shark! for real...
    Goodbye and Adieu American Idols...

    March 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Adrian Cronauer

    Big Mike is missing from that lot... and probably should be. Ooops!

    March 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Kat

    I thought Lilly was the definite one and was shocked with the "Katie decision." It's amazing that America is unable to recognize such real and unique talent.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  368. choosy

    I wasn't surprised Lilly went. She's a little bit too "Hey , you have to put me through because I am cool and different" for my liking. And she isn"t actually much of either really.

    Crystal's attitude is excellent. No histrionics, no fake emotions, no playing the game for the cameras. But when she sings – wow, she puts more feeling and emotion into one note than the other top 11 combined. In fact make that the top 6 because the guys are pathetic – the weakest male bunch of any season on AI and they should all go home now.

    If we don"t see a final 3 of Crystal, Siobhan, and Didi in that order then this show has to end.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Jonathan

    You forgot Michael Lynche.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  370. raige123

    I am still sitting here wiping tears for Alex Lambert! Someone needs to do something for this guy! That guy has such a recordable voice and I for one was much looking forward to buying his CD. Lily and Todrick (two of my fav's) will be fine without Idol as far as music goes. AI was designed for guys like Alex who otherwise would go as unknown's forever! He needs Ellen or another someone on the panel to step in and help him out!

    March 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  371. stacy

    *5... my apologies.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  372. stacy

    I see only 6 male singers. Who got kicked off, Big Mike or Alex?

    March 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Joe Schmo

    Alex Lambert should be in the top 12. There is no way Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly should be have even gotten past Hollywood week. If it weren't for wanting to see how Andrew Garcia and Crystal Bowersox do, American Idol would have lost me along with Alex Lambert.

    But I'm glad America didn't buy into the hyped up Lily Scott.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Stewart

    I think katie and page should have gotten the boot, but it won't take long now. Tim should be gone as well. One good performance out of all of them shouldn't get you into the top 12.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Chinook

    The worst assortment in the show's history. And ironically, 4 of the 6 best were eliminated tonight! I think it is a ruse to get more ratings, and that during the week we will learn that a mistake was made. They can't be serious.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Frank (leelee's friend)

    America ALMOST got it right...but not quite. I can live without Toddrick and Lilly (although she really thought she should have made it) and Kaitlyn...but the BIG mistake tonight was Alex Lambert...the kid is really good. NO WAY Tim Urban should still be on the show...NO WAY. ALex was one of my favs...sad to see him go.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  377. girlygurl

    i like Crystal too! But what's up with her? She didnt seem happy at all!

    March 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  378. mushymushroom

    Yeah what an Idol night indeed...

    Can't get over the fact that Alex is gone... :'(

    Anyway, I'm happy for Lee and Casey and of course Crystal...but I don't feel like watching it again because I miss Alex already...! :'(

    Oh well...

    March 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  379. michele

    my friend and i were just dicussing crystals attitute

    March 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  380. lizzy

    I am happy by most of the picks, but I Really wish alex lambert would have stayed. we need a "wild card" segment.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Missed Big Mike

    You missed Big Mike on your Top 12 list.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  382. idolwatcher

    That's only 11! Who's the 12th remaining contestant?

    March 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Michael

    Lambert was one of the best this year. what a mistake. And yes, Crystal has a smug attitude which is a bore.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  384. deshard

    BTW- there's only one in this bunch who has the potential for a successful recording and concert career: Bowersox.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  385. G

    The girl who sang "Smile" should've gone home as well as Tim. This is a pathetic looking top 12 imo.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  386. deshard

    You forgot Mike Lynche in your roster.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Huskergirl

    Lily should have stayed...and Paige should have gone. just my opinion.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  388. protogere

    I am glad that two of my initial three picks from those that got tickets to Hollywood are still in – Didi and Andrew, though I am just not sure they have staying power. I think Crystal shows a lot of potential but her attitude in general turns me off. The only other one I really like a lot is Siobhan, she has such a sense of herself and her abilities and is very fearless.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |

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