What is the 2012 exit song?

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-03-08 20:02

Every year there is a new farewell song.  This year, the exit song after the weekly elimination is 2011 winner Scotty McCreery's Please Remember Me.

Please Remember Me - Please Remember Me - Single

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American Idol Elimination #1 2012 live blog

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-03-08 19:09

Last year's runner up Lauren Alaina and this week's mentor Mary J Blige are both with us tonight.

Who is going home?  If the polls are right, either Jermaine Jones or Elise Testone.

First up, the Top 13 perform Stevie Wonder's As.

As - Songs in the Key of Life

The Ford Music Video this week was set to Big Time.

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Which American Idol contestant is leaving us tonight?

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-03-08 17:47

Tonight we'll be saying farewell to the first American Idol finalist of 2012.  It will come down to the girl and guy with the lowest number of votes and then the judges will decide who is going home, X Factor style.

Phillip Phillips may not be at the elimination tonight as he was rushed to hospital with suspected kidney stones earlier today.

Taking a look at the polls, Jessica Sanchez was by far everyones favorite from last night, securing 45% of the vote.  Phillip Phillips was the only other contestant to break double figures with 13% while Hollie Cavanagh just missed out on 9%.

At the other end of the spectrum, and as is fairly common at this stage of the competition, it's a log jam.

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American Idol Top 13 2012 perform

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2012-03-07 19:14

It's the 400th episode of American Idol tonight! Wow.. what a milestone.

Mary J Blige has mentored the contestants this week

For the first time in the finals, it's guys vs girls.  The girls are paying tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston while the guys are singing the hits of Stevie Wonder.  Tomorrow night, the bottom girl and the bottom guy will then stand before the judges where they will decide who gets to stay.

Here's how the show played out

Joshua Ledet
Song choice: I Wish

 The Definitive Collection

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First two hour elimination of American Idol 2012

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-03-01 19:16

2 Hours tonight.  By the end, we'll have a Top 13.  Wow.  This is going to be brutal so hold on.

The polls have the Top 7 guys as:
Phillip Phillips
Joshua Ledet
Jermaine Jones
Heejun Han
Reed Grimm
Colton Dixon
Deandre Brackensick

The Top 7 Girls were:
Haley Johnsen
Jessica Sanchez
Hollie Cavanagh
Skylar Laine
Elise Testone
Shannon Magrane
Erika Van Pelt and Jen Hirsh were tied in 7th

33 Million votes came in over the last 2 nights.

First up we're going to find 10 of the top 12.  First up is Jeremy Rosado, Phillip Phillips and Chase Likens.

Jeremy hasn't made the Top 10.  Neither has Chase.  Phillip Phillips is!  The others may not be out yet as there will be 3 wildcard picks.

Brielle Von Hugel, Hollie Cavanagh, Hallie Day, and Jessica Sanchez are up next.

Brielle hasn't made it.  Neither has Hallie.  Hollie and Jessica have though.

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American Idol Top 12 girls perform - Semi final

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2012-02-29 19:13

Last night the guys made it a very difficult choice.  Tonight, the girls have their turn.  Here's how it all played out.

Contestant: Chelsea Sorrell
Song choice: Cowboy Casanova
Cowboy Casanova - Play On

My thoughts: It wasn't the start to the show that the boys gave last night but it will do.

Judges comments:

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The Top 12 guys perform

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2012-02-28 19:35

The 2012 semi finals of American Idol have arrived!  Tonight we have an extra guy performing who didn't make the Top 24.  Who will it be?

Let's get on with the show!

Contestant: Reed Grimm
Song choice: Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from

Voting Information

My thoughts: This was a really nice way to start the show.  A well known song with a whole new spin on it. Loved it!

Judges comments:

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Scotty McCreery notches up third gold release

Submitted by brad on Tue, 2012-02-28 17:10

Idol champion Scotty McCreery has notched up his third consecutive gold release in the form of his second single ‘The Trouble with Girls’.

The song, following in the wake of ‘I Love You This Big’ off his Clear As Day album, has reached sales of 500,000 units.

The album itself has been certified platinum for sales of over 1 million in just three months and also debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts.

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Sacha Baron Cohen spills ashes on Ryan Seacrest

Submitted by brad on Sun, 2012-02-26 19:41

Our tireless Idol host has got caught up in the latest marketing stunt from Sacha Baron Cohen on the Academy Awards red carpet tonight.

Ryan Seacrest was chatting to the British comic, who was kitted out in his full ‘Dictator’ outfit complete with a gold urn containing the “ashes” of Kim Jong Il, prior to the ceremony when Cohen took the opportunity to spill the contents of the urn.

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