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Watch Joshua Ledet Sing Jennifer Hudson’s “You Pulled Me Through” in American Idol 2012 Semifinals on February 28

Joshua Ledet sings for his life and his chance to make it to the prestigious Top 13 during Season 11 Semifinals. Even better, viewer voting has begun! It’s up to you America! http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/5W_yvthS-2A/watch-joshua-ledet-sing-jennifer-hudsons-you-pulled-me-through-in-american-idol-2012-semifinals-on-february-28

Watch Heejun Han Sing “Angels” in American Idol 2012 Semifinals on February 28

Heejun Han sings for his life and his chance to make it to the prestigious Top 13 during Season 11 Semifinals. Even better, viewer voting has begun! It’s up to you America! http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/xuA2stpRL_s/watch-heejun-han-sing-angels-in-american-idol-2012-semifinals-on-february-28

Watch Eben Franckewitz Sing Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” in American Idol 2012 Semifinals on February 28

Eben Franckewitz sings for his life and his chance to make it to the prestigious Top 13 during Season 11 Semifinals. Even better, viewer voting has begun! It’s up to you America! http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Mqk0ZoB0ZHc/watch-eben-franckewitz-sing-adeles-set-fire-to-the-rain-in-american-idol-2012-semifinals-on-february-28

Watch Phillip Phillips Sing “In The Air Tonight” in American Idol 2012 Semifinals on February 28

Phillip Phillips sings for his life and his chance to make it to the prestigious Top 13 during Season 11 Semifinals. Even better, viewer voting has begun! It’s up to you America! http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/BBekCYOo_1s/watch-phillip-phillips-sing-in-the-air-tonight-in-american-idol-2012-semifinals-on-february-28

'American Idol' covers 'The Voice,' 'The Sing-Off' judges' songs

Was anybody else surprised by a couple of the song choices on Tuesday night's (Feb. 28) "American Idol"? Reed Grimm kicked off the Top 13 mens' night with the popular "Moves Like Jagger," a 2011 song recorded by "The Voice" judges Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera. In fact, the song actually debuted on a June 2011 episode of "The Voice."Then later, Jeremy Rosado performed "Gravity" by "The Sing-Off" judge Sara Bareilles. Granted, "The Sing-Off" isn't exactly "The Voice" in terms of hype or ratings, but it still struck has as kind of funny. On the other hand, "The Voice" is going to have Kelly Clarkson, one of "Idol's" biggest stars, join the show as a mentor for an upcoming episode. Is this all the shows' way of saying they don't care about each other? "Oh yeah, we'll sing your judges' song. We're 'American Idol.'" and "Oh yeah, we'll use your winner as a mentor, we're... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idol-covers-the-voice-the-sing-off-judges-songs.html

'American Idol': Jermaine Jones is surprise 13th male contestant

We were pretty surprised that the mystery 13th male "American Idol" contestant was Jermaine Jones. We thought for sure it was going to be Johnny Keyser and then if not him, David Leathers Jr. We're not bashing Jermaine, we're just saying - it was a surprise.But he more than proved he was meant to be there. His performance of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father Again" had some truly beautiful moments. It wasn't perfect, but it was better than a lot of the other guys who performed in the Top 13.The judges loved it. Steven Tyler called it a "beautiful thing," while J.Lo looked ready to cry. What did you think, "Idol" fans? Does Jermaine have your vote?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idol-jermaine-jones-is-surprise-13th-male-contestant.html

'American Idol': Joshua Ledet's Jennifer Hudson cover divisive

Joshua Ledet chose to cover former "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson for his Top 13 performance, performing the song "You Pulled Me Through." We liked it (for the most part), but we saw a lot of mixed reviews.For our part, we thought it was really gorgeous. The shrieky ending could've been reigned in a little, but overall, it was nice. Our on-the-scene "Idol"-goer also thought it was really good and said it brought the house down in the theater. But we saw some tweets and some blogs saying it was terrible.The judges gave it a standing O, but they also complimented everything but the kitchen sink tonight, so whatevs. What did you think, "American Idol" fans? Does Josh Ledet have your vote?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idol-joshua-ledets-jennifer-hudson-cover-divisive.html

'American Idol's' Phil Phillips: Pawn Shop is the new Paint Store

For the "American Idol" Top 13 men, Phillip Phillips took on Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight," but he put his patented Phil twist on it and we thought it could not have worked better. It was awesome - so different from the original without bastardizing the song. He's such an interesting artist. We feel fairly confident, since his initial audition of "Thriller" on acoustic guitar was so different, that he actually does a lot of arranging himself and has a good sense of musicality and who he is an artist. The judges seem to think so too, they were very complimentary. What did you think, "American Idol" fans? Does Phillip Phillips have your vote? And is Pawn Shop the new Paint Store?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idols-phil-phillips-pawn-shop-is-the-new-paint-store.html

'American Idol Top 13 men: Phillip Phillips hot, Eben Franckewitz not

"American Idol" kicked off its Top 24 with the 12 men (plus a mystery extra guy!). It's really throwing us off having the Top 24 be in the big theater and not the tiny one with the Coca Cola dungeon up top.We also miss seeing them walk awkwardly towards the camera with finger guns and winks and whatnot, though there was plenty of creepy weirdness as Ryan introduced them down the line. Please don't do that ever again, Heejun Han.1. Reed Grimm, "Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5If you close your eyes, this is great. Not that Reed is hard on the eyes, because he's not. But his sound is nice, he actually sounds a lot like Levine, only jazzy. Just when we were thinking it was a tad boring, he takes to the drums and gets bolder, but the excitement mostly comes from the seizure-inducing lights. And after the drum solo, the vocal isn't as... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idol-top-13-men-phillip-phillips-hot-eben-franckewitz-not.html

'American Idol': Creighton Fraker's 'True Colors' shine through

For the Top 13 boys on "American Idol," Creighton Fraker took on Cyndi Lauper's hit from the 1980s, "True Colors" and gave us the first real "moment" of the night, we thought. He was tender in spots, he growled in some places that were unexpected, and he made some lovely changes to the melody. The judges were similarly complimentary. Steven Tyler called it "stupendous" and we don't disagree. We could've done without the crazy '70s rainbow background, but overall, we really liked it. What did you think, "American Idol" fans? Does Creighton have your vote?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/american-idol-creighton-frakers-true-colors-shine-through.html
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