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‘American Idol’ Season 11 Recap: Top Lucky 13 Selected

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The Top 10 for Season 11 of ‘American Idol‘ was chosen by the voting public tonight (March 1), with three wild card slots handed out by the judges after they selected five hopefuls to sing for the save. Lots of favorites were sent packing – namely Reed Grimm, Creighton Fraker, Jen Hirsh and Hallie Day. We wish them all well.

Without further pomp and circumstance, here is the Top 13 of Season 11, complete with some commentary provided by mentor Jimmy Iovine. You know, that dude who runs Interscope Records.

Boys:

Phillip Phillips: His uniqueness got him through.

Joshua Ledet: Jimmy Iovine is dying to work with him.

Heejun Han: Jimmy is confused by him, saying it’s ‘American Idol’ not ‘American Comedian.’ We are equally as confused at how he is in the Top 13 and Reed Grimm is not.

Colton Dixon: Is his sister, who didn’t make it, jealous? Another choice that confused us, but we can see his mass appeal, so we’re not going to take that away from him.

Jermaine Jones: The big man! Jimmy said he could listen to a whole album of his songs, and that bodes very well for Double J and his future.

Girls:

Jessica Sanchez: No shocker here. She gave the best performance last night and is emerging as a serious contender.

Hollie Cavanagh: Once she chooses the right material, she’ll do some damage.

Shannon Magrane: Jimmy liked her, but said her styling on last night’s show was too “prom.” Well she is just a teen…

Skylar Laine: Rock-meets-country worked for this mini Reba, so she’s going on, thanks to her unforgettable performance.

Elise Testone: She’s got soul and another week to embed herself in America’s ears.

Wild Cards:

Erika Van Pelt: What? America, where is the justice? She should have been an automatic Top 10. She rocked Lady Gaga‘s ‘Edge of Glory’ for the save. For that, she was chosen as a wild card.

Jeremy Rosado: La Lopez loves him. He sang Carrie Underwood‘s ‘I Know You Won’t.’ It’s Carrie and Adele karaoke this week. When he broke down after J. Lo said his name, we gave J. Ro a mental hug.

Deandre Brackensick: He falsetto’ed his way through ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and got a slot. Over Reed Grimm? Really?

Eliminated Wild Cards:

Jen Hirsh: She needed to stay away from Adele during last night’s perf, said Jimmy. She sang ‘Oh! Darling’ to fight for the wild card spot. It didn’t work, but it was good.

Brielle Von Hugel: Her song choice last night was too old, so she did Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ for the save. Again, something Jimmy suggested against.

Reed Grimm: He has a lot going on and sang ‘Use Me’ in his funky way. He didn’t make it. There is no justice.

Bye Byes:

Chase Likens: He didn’t stand out enough.

Hallie Day: There’s so many blondes, as Jimmy said. She didn’t stand out enough, either.

Chelsea Sorrells: She wasn’t as good as Skylar and this is more of a pop than a country show.

Baylie Brown: She didn’t stand out, either.

Aaron Marcellus: Good, but not good enough.

Creighton Fraker: This was surprising. He can sing so well. Like what the…?

Haley Johnsen: No shock here. She gave a weak perf last night.

Eben Franckewitz: He was also an early favorite, and very sweet. But no dice.

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