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‘American Idol’ Season 12, Episode 14 Recap: Top 20 Finalists Are Announced

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Last night, the guys were up yet again to finish up the sudden death round on ‘American Idol.’ As it has been for the past few weeks, 10 contestants performed, five were sent home.

This episode was pretty much a snore. The performances were cool, but not anything happened that would really keep eyes glued to the screen or say, “Wow!” Do these dudes pay attention to the other contestants at all? It sure doesn’t seem like it.

For most of the night, the judges were bringing up the same issues they had with previous performances — choosing to stay at the piano over getting up, trying to please the crowd, not being connected to the song and just poor song choices.

David Oliver Lewis was one of those dudes who failed to listen to the judges about song choice. Going with Elvis Presley’s ‘Fever,’ Lewis had to answer to Nicki Minaj when he was done. She straigt clowned the poor man. “I felt like you know when it’s Christmas time and you just got a guitar for Christmas and you went up there in front of your family having a good ol’ time,” the ‘Moment for Life’ rapper said. “That’s what I felt like baby.”

To get compared to a kid in his onesie pajamas with a toy guitar on Christmas is never a good look. Translation: you’re not making it through to the next round.

After a snore performance during Bryant Tadeo’s rendition of Billy Joel’s hit ‘New York State of Mind,’ Nicki went in yet again but not before offering him some praise. “Babe, I love that last note that you did, the falsetto and the rift,” she explained. Chiming in, Bryant said he added that in at the last minute. “Thank god that you did because I didn’t like anything else,” she replied.

Trying to keep people on a positive note after criticizing them as former ‘Idol’ judge Paula Abdul once did, Mariah Carey offered her thoughts on the set. “I appreciate the fact that you have raw talent, I really do,” the songstress stated. “I don’t know if this is your greatest performance ever, but I think you’re a talented person.”

Truthfully, we’re glad this episode has come and gone because aside from a few bright spots, this one was a glaze over. Next Wednesday’s episode kicks off with the top 20 finalists. Then America begins to vote on who stays and who goes.

Take a look at the top 20 Season 12 ‘American Idol’ finalists below.

Women:
Adriana Latonio
Amber Holcomb
Angela Miller
Aubrey Cleland
Breanna Steer
Candice Glover
Janelle Arthur
Kree Harrison
Tenna Torres
Zoanette Johnson

Men:
Burnell Taylor
Charlie Askew
Cortez Shaw
Curtis Finch, Jr.
Devin Velez
Elijah Liu
Lazaro Arbos
Paul Jolley
Nick Boddington
Vincent Powell

Watch ‘American Idol’ Season 12, Episode 14 Recap

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