In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a
nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country,
where the audience has the power to make or break you, and
where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line,
there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.
Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon
Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop
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Gordon: We have 11 singers before me. I have 10
checks for $100,000.
Gordon: But only 10 idolers are going to get paid. And someone's going to be
very, very upset.
Chico: It's a party in the USA, and one singer's invite just got lost.
Gordon: But we're going to party for the next 90 minutes.
Chico: And we start it with another round of...
Chico: Very nice.
Gordon: As usual, we have Jason Block, Lee DiGeorge and Grandma Pepper joining
Chico: First on deck...
Don: I think he'll be safe.
Grandma Pepper: Lee sounded and looked good. Yet, I'm with the majority of
Jason: Good choice, because the lead singer died this past week. I loved this
blue-eyed jazzy upbeat arrangement of the song. This is right in his wheelhouse.
Chico: Very SAFE. He was in the pocket.
Gordon: I didn't like as much as you guys. Only 4 people are safe this week, and
he's not one of them. I'll consider him safe though.
Chico: She was NOT in the pocket. She's going away. OUT.
Don: I don't know what else to say about her performance except that that was
just plain bad. OUT.
Jason: Against All Odds by Phil Collins. Oh boy, she forgot the words and this
R&B version of this song was AWFUL. Brutal. She is all over the place here. OUT
Grandma Pepper: After that, I just hope Paige's fans run, not walk, to the
nearest place to phone or text their votes in. She'll need them all. TROUBLE
Gordon: Usually, if you're in the bottom 2, you'll bounce back the next week.
But Paige was SO bad that I think she's gone. OUT.
JASON: Boring. And his audience feint felt fake. Vanilla. He was as sexy as
Chico: He was pretty bad. Not as bad as Paige, though. TROUBLE.
Grandma Pepper: Poor Tim - now only wrong song, but the wrong night for the
wrong song. OUT
Don: Yikes. His performance was also bad. TROUBLE.
Gordon: Only going to be around because Paige was a complete disaster. TROUBLE.
Jason: Great song choice. He countrified this Aerosmith classic and did it up
right, even with a bad voice. He could be dangerous with a good voice. This was
very very good. P.S. Ryan a little below the belt with the Archuleta comment.
Don: I thought he did alright. Safe.
Chico: Good choice for him. SAFE.
Grandma Pepper: Good song choice, and good job, especially with a sore throat to
Gordon: I think he could be a surprise in the bottom 3, but again, I think the
bad were just bad. SAFE
Jason: Great song choice again. This could be considered safe by some, but this
defines what Crystal is. She is rock chick with the guitar. And she is damn good
at it. SAFE.
Chico: So knee deep in SAFE territory that it's scary.
Grandma Pepper: That was good, but not her best. Can't wait for next week,
wherein we're promised something special. SAFE
Don: Wow. Just... WOW. She is SAFE. Big time.
Gordon: Does anyone besides Crystal want to win this? Safe.
JASON: Third great song choice in a row. In his wheelhouse and his vocals were
powerful and passionate. He came with it again. SAFE. I thought the judges were
way too hard on him tonight.
Grandma Pepper: Michael may not have been at his best this week, but I like what
Michael does. SAFE
Don: Not as good as he usually is, but still good. Safe.
Chico: Also SAFE. Not his best, but good for him. Michael knows who he is.
Gordon: Must get better or this is going to be a really crappy season. SAFE,
Gordon: And this is a reason why this is a real crappy season. TROUBLE.
Chico: Again, Paige saves his bacon. TROUBLE.
Jason: His performance was brutally bad. He felt scared up there. His movements
were robotic and forced. And his vocals have not improved from the round of 24
to now. TROUBLE.
Grandma Pepper: Rough time for such a song choice. Let's just hope that the
choice wasn't fatal. TOUBLE
Don: I thought he wasn't as bad as Paige or Tim, but he was really close.
Jason: Oooh those vocals were all over the place. But they were not as bad as
Paige, Andrew or Tim. SAFE, but barely.
Grandma Pepper: Looking good Katie! STay With it!! SAFE
Chico: Way too sharp, but she's SAFE on account of her bankability... and Paige,
Tim & Andrew's lack thereof. So yeah, SAFE... but just.
Gordon: I actually thought the performance was good. Pitch-wise though it was
muddled. SAFE, but only because of the other 3.
Don: She'll be safe, but only because there were plenty of worse performances
Jason: I liked his vocals. But he didn't need the guitar here in this case. It
was a crutch. Big time. He needs to break away from it next week. SAFE.
Chico: SAFE but no favors here done.
Grandma Pepper: I'm with the "Good Job Boy", on Casey's song. SAFE
Gordon: Yes, it was an old song, but Casey did a good job building up a new
Jason: Wrong song choice. Didn't believe the passion or the feeling or the
sultriness. That being said, she is SAFE. Her vocals were fine.
Grandma Pepper: Let's hope Didi's not going to be sorry that she decided to have
fun tonight. SAFE
Don: I expected better, but she's still safe.
Chico: Talk about making the best of a bad situation. SAFE
Gordon: Only in a position to not be booted because of Paige, Tim, and Andrew,
though it won't shock me at all if she gets booted tonight. SAFE.
Jason: Not the best performance we have heard from her. The arrangement was not
right for her. But she did more than enough to get enough into the round of 10.
And we don't need to hear her scream every week. That could be a trap. SAFE.
Grandma Pepper: Siobhan knows what she's doing, and she does it well. SAFE
Don: She'll be safe.
Gordon: She's fine this week, but she better be VERY careful about turning into
a caricature. SAFE. To to sum this up...
Chico: TROUBLE: Andrew, Tim. OUT: Paige
Jason: Trouble Tim, Andrew. OUT: Paige
Grandma Pepper: Trouble: Paige/Andrew. OUT: Tim
Don: Trouble: Tim & Andrew; Out: Paige
Lee: Trouble: Tim/Andrew. OUT: Paige
Gordon: Trouble: Tim/ Andrew. OUT: Paige
Chico: Yeah, watch Aaron get voted out =p
Gordon: Survivor picks, please?
Don: I'll pick Andrew.
Gordon: Don getting dangerous. I'll say Katie.
Grandma Pepper: Didi
Chico: Okay, we're live from TV City with the results... again, the Save is in
Gordon: Like they are going to use it now for a Top 11 Tour? Ha.
Gordon: Jason: Andrew
Chico: Okay, let's go into a group sing with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Gordon: And I can tell you right now it's Lip Sucked.
Gordon: And Andrew royally screws up the syncing.
Gordon: You know, when it was live, at least there was passion behind it. This
is just sad.
Chico: Yeah. Even Siobhan, who's usually a bundle of dynamite... is dead before
Gordon: It's also like the producers are saying 'You need to lip sync because
you're just not good enough to sing it live'.
Chico: That's it. That's precisely it right there
Gordon: 2 weeks left until the halfway mark.
Chico: Time to do the safety dance... but first..
Gordon: Let's go to the Ford Video shoot. And they sound surprisingly like how
they would sing at a live performance. Amazing, ain't it? :P
Chico: Turning a fountain into a ball pit. To the tune of "Our Time Now". And
Andrew is left behind... Eerily prophetic?
Gordon: Possibly. Casey was talking bout how the rehearsals went awry. In the
audience: Siobhan's boss, who won't shave until she wins. And we have
Siobham-bies. Like this?
Gordon: Katie's dad is across the street, as he doesn't want to watch Katie
Chico: There's a bar across from Television City?
Gordon: That's where the losers from Contestant's Row get to hang out.
Chico: Next, Big Mike... and baby.
Gordon: Michael is doing baby-sitting duties.
Chico: Okay, three stools. Serious lights.. Serious music...
Gordon: We start with...Siobhan. Did she just win $100,000?
Chico: Judges loved it, but Simon says she has to push it.
Gordon: Siobhan wanted to make sure she got in the Top 10.
Chico: Siobhan is... SAFE!
Gordon: She's on the tour!
Chico: Get on the plane. Lee and Casey both stand up. After the vote... BOTH ...
Gordon: Now Tim and Paige both stand up.
Chico: There's a football analog that's used in Madden NFL a lot. "I betcha he
wishes he could take back that pass as soon as it left his hand." That can be
said about Paige.
Gordon: Randy thinks Paige is in the bottom 3. Randy is right.
Chico: Paige ... is in the bottom 3... AND so is TIM!
Gordon: Aaaaand everyone has 2 right.
Jason: Hi there. :-)
Gordon: Jason Block joins us to see both Crystal Bowersox and Michael Lynche in
the bottom 2 so far.
Jason: Uh...no. I have the TV on. It's Paige and Tim. And no surprise there.
Gordon: Darn (snaps fingers). Meanwhile, poor Casey and Lee are still standing
Chico: Nope. Next week.. R&B soul with Usher. Right now... IT'S MILEY!
Gordon: Who sings 'When I Look At You'
Chico: I have a feeling I know where everyone got their flatness from.
Gordon: It's good that it's 'When I look at you' and not 'When I hear you',
since I put the mute button on after the first verse.
Chico: And... notes from the judges table? I'm honestly surprised that she
didn't go on the pole after that.
Gordon: Miley loved the knee slide. And she thought the judges were too harsh.
Jason: Meh. She was very flat and strained her voice
Chico: I'm with Block on that
Gordon: Miley wasn't good.
Chico: I'm inviting trouble here... but I don't think she was that good a singer
to begin with.
Jason: She isn't
Don: I was never a fan. I certainly won't be after tonight.
Chico: Me neither.
Gordon: And Lee and Casey are BOTH safe.
Chico: That's good to know
Gordon: So they go on tour. Will Aaron Kelly be on tour also? Yes. What about
Didi Benini (or Benami)? Yes as well. They are both safe.
Chico: I still think Andrew's in trouble... but he goes on tour.
Gordon: Michael is ALSO going out on tour.
Chico: Of course.
Gordon: Crystal is going out on Tour tour, right? Right.
Gordon: That leaves us with Katie and Andrew.
Chico: I can see where either can go join Paige & Tim.
Jason: Andrew should be there.
Chico: He really should. I can see where Katie fits in, there. She's just...
really really creepy.
Gordon: He SHOULD be there...but KATIE is there instead.
Jason: BS. Total BS.
Chico: Again, not entirely surprised. She was hellaciously sharp last night.
Gordon: Katie gets to quickly go back to her seat. She's safe.
Gordon: Yay, because it means that we will never have to hear from either Paige
or Tim again.
Jason: Paige or Tim should go.
Gordon: And no, I'm not surprised either. She didn't have a good vocal. But the
2 people who should be in the bottom 2 are there.
Chico: Yep. I'm guessing there's another performance coming up. Either that, or
14 minutes of filler.
Gordon: Hey it's filler! Who do we have this week?
Jason: Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato
Chico: Why don't we just name this week "Cogs in the Disney Machine" week?
Gordon: I'm expecting Disney Week.
Chico: Again, one hour to make a five minute announcement, folks. :-)
Gordon: So who's gone? Are all still saying Paige?
Jason: Yes, Paige.
Gordon: Do either of them have a shot of being saved?
Chico: Not a hope in hell.
Don: Not a chance.
Gordon: And still safe is....TIM.
Chico: Paige is in danger tonight.
Jason: She is NOT going to be saved.
Chico: Let's just say she's gone.
Gordon: It's time for Paige to sing for her life....or not, since SImon just
Chico: Instead, she gets to watch the Leave Right Now montage.
Jason: Not a surprise.
Don: None at all.
Chico: Ten Idols... one title... the search for a superstar... continues.
Gordon: Any final thoughts?
Jason: This top 10....is interesting :-)
Don: It certainly is.
Jason: I hope next week's R&B will be more soulful and less painful.
Chico: Couldn't be any more soulless... But yeah, America got it absolutely
Jason: Yes, they did.
Chico: Before we check out, here's the totalizer...
TROUBLE: Tim, Katie. OUT: Paige
Grandma Pepper: 5
Gordon: Next week, we go R&B, where someone gets rubbed out.
Chico: That segue gets a B.
Gordon: For everyone, this is Gordon Pepper, saying Game Over, Spread the Love,
and don't forget to support your local talent.
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