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of 16: The Results
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and it's time to see
who makes the Top 12.
Chico: ... and who just comes up a bit short. Hey folks... Welcome to tonight's
Idol recap... and it's a big one.
Gordon: Let's intro the crew. we start with my brother from another mother, Mr.
Chico: What's good, nephew?
Gordon: Not much, cousin. From Brooklyn, my brother from someone else's mother,
Mr. Jason Block.
Jason: So this is what a REAL job feels like! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ LOL
Jason: Seriously, glad to be here.
Gordon: And finally, my brother from a Canadian mother, Mr. Don Harpwood.
Don: Tonight should be quite the night.
Gordon: It should, so let's get it started with...
Chico: How do you like the graphic, BTW?
Don: Ooh, nice.
Gordon: Very pretty. Let's start with ugly though. Which 4 guys are in trouble?
Jason: Alex Lambert, Tim Urban, Andrew Garcia, Aaron Kelly
Don: I gotta agree with Jason on that.
Chico: This one is easy. Todrick, Andrew, Tim, and Alex.
Gordon: Todrick Hall, Tim Urban, Andrew Garcia, Aaron Kelly. Who's out? I'll go
with Todrick and Andrew in a shocker across the internet world.
Don: I'm thinking Andrew and Alex will be out.
Jason: Andrew Garcia, Aaron Kelly
Chico: Andrew and Todrick. Just makes the most sense to me. Todrick was outsung
by Michael, and Andrew was outsung by... well, everyone.
Gordon: Now for the ladies. Which 4 are going to be quivering in their booties?
Chico: Katelyn... Lacey... Paige... and Katie.
Gordon: I'll say Lacey Brown, Katelyn Epperly, Paige Miles and Katie Stevens,
Don: Paige, Katie, Katelyn, and Lacey.
Gordon: Now...which 2 are leaving?
Don: I'll say Paige and Katie.
Chico: I'm going to go with Lacey and Paige.
Gordon: I'll say Lacey and...Katelyn, in another shocker.
Chico: I fully expect Paige to stick around.
Gordon: Paige was terrible, which means the audience will use the sympathy vote
to save her.
Jason: You think Paige is this year's Sanjaya?
Gordon: Sanjayette. All the men were good, and Michael, in the same genre, sang
Todrick into the floor.
Jason: Michael was THE MAN last night.
Gordon: The only one not too good - Andrew, who may have used up his last life.
Chico: Game over.
Jason: Good bye.
Gordon: As for the ladies, did Lacey Brown get enough of a fan base with her
Chico: Sorry, but that song bores me to tears when Brandi Carlisle sings it.
Gordon: What about Paige? Will she get enough sympathy votes to stick around?
Chico: Depends on whether or not Lilly can be counted on to deliver the R&B
vote. I mean, if she falls under that heading, you can easily say, yeah, she
sang Paige into the ground. What of it?
Gordon: Or Siobhan
Chico: Or Siobhan. But you see where I'm going.
Gordon: Was Katelyn so forgettable that she's going in a shocker?
Chico: Could be.
Don: It's possible.
Jason: I think the Top 12 is wide open. No more games now. But I know who the
favorites are going in. Crystal Bowersox for the women and Michael Lynche for
Chico: I'll add on Siobhan Magnus and Lee Dewyze.
Jason: Heck no on both. Lee Dewyze is AWFUL. His voice is like nails on a
Chico: Here we go... 16 singers. 12 seats. Someone's going to the big stage and
someone's going home.
Gordon: This time around, you WANT to be sitting on a seat on the Center Stage.
Chico: No, I'm not ready Seacrest. I have to tie my shoes.... Okay, I'm ready.
From Television City in Hollywood... it's results time! Tonight, we'll have a
duet from last year with Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. But first... the
return of Mankini. Ew.
Gordon: And we have bikini boy with Randy Jackson's face superimposed on it.
Don: My eyes hurt.
Chico: I. Feel. Dirty. I need a group sing.
Gordon: And....a live performance?
Chico: Yep. The song, Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet".
Gordon: It sounds live this time...um...semi-live.
Chico: I'm guessing it's a combination of live and backing track.
Gordon: Never mind, Lip sucked.
Chico: Started live, I'm guessing. Then it just... progressed.
Gordon: Or degressed.
Chico: Point, G.
Gordon: Next week: Themes of the Rolling Stones
Chico: Nice. Ladies are up.
Gordon: We start with...Didi.
Chico: Didi Benami is... IN!
Jason: Not a surprise.
Chico: Siobhan is next. I'll be surprised if she doesn't make it
Don: Same here.
Gordon: I bet she's in.
Chico: Siobhan Magnus is... IN!
Gordon: We bring down Paige Miles AND Katelyn Epperly.
Jason: Oooooh indeed
Chico: One of them is going on. The other is going home. Paige... is IN!
Chico: Gordon's on the board.
Gordon: And there's the shocked vote point for me.
Chico: I'm not... really that surprised.
Gordon: Not at all.
Chico: She's just... there.
Gordon: And she performs this infinitely worse than yesterday.
Chico: With a voice of dejected solitude.
Jason: I see why she went home.
Gordon: She picked a terrible follow-up song.
Don: My ears hurt.
Chico: No, it didn't do anything for me, dude.
Gordon: Annnd...we see tears.
Chico: Men up next. Tim, Todrick, Lee, and Casey go down. I'm guessing only ONE
of them go home.
Gordon: I agree
Chico: Tim Urban made the most of a return trip...Todrick Hall kept flipping
scripts all over the place...Lee Dewyze and Casey James have both been
Gordon: Casey is...safe.
Gordon: Not a surprise there
Chico: And so is TIM!
Gordon: Also not a surprise
Chico: Down to Todrick and Lee. Going into the top 12... LEE
Gordon: And Todrick is out.
Chico: Say bye to Todrick.
Jason: I can understand why he left. It was too little, way too late.
Gordon: He also ran into the steamroller that was Michael Lynche.
Chico: Yep. It lacks passion and believability.
Gordon: It was a bad song choice. If he stayed in R&B, I think he gets in.
Chico: Agreed, if he didn't throw arrangements to the wind like that. Again,
simple song sung simply.
Gordon: I liked that he was being creative. I think he was being creative the
Chico: Yeah, but there's being creative, and then there's... yeah, that.
Jason: He was so out of the box, he wasn't even in.
Chico: He was the space surrounding the box.
Gordon: Back to Idol's Top 12. Who's up for an interlude?
Chico: Me! It's dueling pianos courtesy of Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. The
song: "Tell Her About It".
Jason: And its fun.
Chico: Very much so. I love dueling pianos.
Gordon: Scott sounds a lot better than when he was on the show. Matt...still
Don: I liked that one.
Jason: Me too.
Gordon: Back to Idol we go.
Chico: First up, back to the ladies.
Gordon: Let's bring the girls back.
Chico: Crystal had raw talent... and still does. I mean.. some on..
Gordon: Crystal is ouuuuusafe.
Jason: Of course.
Gordon: Next up is Michael Lynche. He's safe of course.
Chico: Of course, Big Mike is IN.
Jason: Well duh.
Chico: Just waiting for Ryan to say it is all.
Jason: And he does.
Chico: Lacey Brown is next. She.... I don't think she knows who she is. But
she's IN. There's your shocker. But first, Aaron Kelly is up. Aaron is IN...
Gordon: Sure is.
Chico: That leaves Alex and Andrew...
Gordon: We have a banana vs. the YouTuber and pre-season favorite.
Chico: I vote banana.
Gordon: Chico would be...wrong. Andrew is safe, and Alex Lambert is sent
Chico: ... and the banana gets peeled!
Gordon: YouTube Nation is strong.
Chico: That's youtube.com/gsnnvideowall to all of y'all.
Jason: I think that America got it wrong.
Chico: But "Trouble" is a little flat and emotionless tonight.
Gordon: That's true. Though America may have gotten it right based on that
Gordon: Too many songwriters in a crowded genre does Alex in, I'm afraid.
Chico: There you go. Now it's down to Katie Stevens & Lilly Scott.
Jason: Katie goes home.
Gordon: Could there be another upset brewing?
Chico: Gordon, who gets stool #12?
Gordon: The last seat SHOULD go to Lilly...but...you wouldn't put someone who's
been so strong down there at the end unless there was an upset brewing.
Gordon: Cause it seems sort of anti-climactic this way if we all think Lilly is
Chico: You would think that.
Gordon: And as I've said, too many singer-songwriters. I'm going to say Katie
gets the last seat and Lilly gets booted.
Chico: But what if the surprise was that there's no surprise?
Jason: Top 13?
Gordon: I don't think so. You're not going to have a Top 13 and make it uneven
number of men and women.
Chico: Especially not after last year.
Chico: The final seat goes to...KATIE!
Chico: Another stunner!
Chico: In a night already chock full of them.
Gordon: Not really.
Gordon: Too many singer-songwriters. You had 8 singers. 5 were
singer-songwriters. You are not going to have 5 singer-songwriters make the Top
6. I only guessed the wrong singer-songwriter.
Chico: Not after that. But did you see Lilly in that group in danger?
Gordon: I was concerned about her well-being.
Chico: So once again, your eliminated: Katelyn Epperly, Lilly Scott, Todrick
Hall, and Alex Lambert. This should make for an interesting matchup. That means
that the top 12 are...
Chico: Next week. Bigger stage... Bigger stakes. This time, it counts. Gordon
has the belt from last year... so I gotta take it from him!
Gordon: Actually, Grandma Pepper has it.
Chico: So I'm not that gung ho anymore :-) But I'd still like the belt again.
Jason: I want that belt.
Chico: We're doing the Rolling Stones next week. We'll see you then. Thanks to
the panel... For now, remember to support local music :-)
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