"American Idol" in 60 Seconds has fast become an MTV News institution, but it goes by so fast that it's not always easy to catch every golden nugget. So, here we present to you Jim Cantiello's bite-size recap of this week's "Idol" high jinks.
This week's "American Idol" had it all! Schedule changes, glass-shattering high notes and cameos from Jesus (and Vera Wang).
Week two of this year's "Idol" semifinals will be remembered as the week that quirky girls emerged as the breakout stars of season nine. Platinum-haired Lilly Scott, unpredictable banshee Siobhan Magnus and aspiring recording engineer Katelyn Epperly all put their own unique stamps on popular songs. But it was Crystal Bowersox who dominated headlines — not only when her hospitalization for complications from diabetes caused a last-minute boy/girl schedule switcheroo, but when she returned to the "Idol" stage Wednesday with a passionate take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's "As Long as I Can See the Light."
On Tuesday night, the boys' standings were turned upside down. Last week's train wreck, Alex Lambert, shot to the front of the pack with an irresistible segment that had the mumbly teenager overcoming his stomach-turning stage fright. Meanwhile, early-season fave Andrew Garcia stumbled badly with a forgettable James Morrison cover. (Note to "Idol" contestants: Avoid singing while sitting on stools.)
Thursday night's results show opened with the top 20 lip-synching (terribly) and acting out the lyrics to the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." Later, season eight's polarizing widower, Danny Gokey, returned to perform a song from his brand new country album. An especially manic, quick-talking interview with Ryan Seacrest followed.
In the end, Seacrest read the names of four more eliminated contestants: a cappella group member John Park, Creed-covering Michelle Delamor, 16-year-old country kewpie doll Haeley Vaughn and cocky onesie-rockin' Jermaine Sellers, who was flabbergasted Tuesday night after the judges called him out for his wonky vocals. Though he insisted that Jesus would protect him from elimination, Jermaine quickly learned that his Homeboy had different plans for him.
For those of you keeping score, seven out of the eight contestants eliminated so far this season have been minorities. Stay classy, America!
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