American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 12 Guys Perform


After the women of American Idol's top 24 kicked off the semifinals with a lackluster round of performances, it's up to the men to redeem the show? Which singers were up to the challenge, and which were just as awkward and pitchy as the ladies? Let's find out.


Ryan Seacrest opened the show promising another night of incredible performances. Incredible? What show did you see Tuesday, Ryan? Even worse for Seacrest: Wednesday's performances are only the slightest bit better than Tuesday's. The theme of the night is really awkward arrangements. Serves the judges right for insisting so much that everyone needed to do something original. Of course, the panel's hypocrisy was on full display when the guys took the advice a bit too far.


So far, this is one of the most unappealing groups of semifinalists I've seen in a long time. Among the guys, however, there are some bright spots. Let's get to it.


Todrick Hall, "Since U Been Gone"


I completely forgot Todrick was the guy who sang an original Idol-themed ditty during his audition. His spin on Kelly Clarkson's hit started off intriguingly, but quickly fell to mush. The song was virtually unrecognizable, especially since he didn't even approach any of the big notes that the chorus of the original song offers. I liked his creativity, but the execution was a big miss and kept me from really even remembering his vocals.


Judging the Judges: B They all said rearranging a song can only go so far. And Ellen trotted out her favorite faux compliment about stage presence.


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