‘American Idol’ 11 Recap: Top 11 Results (Spoilers for UK Residents)

At the end of this week’s performance episode, Ryan Seacrest teased that there would be some sort of Jennifer Lopez news to report on during the results show. Well, here’s the results show. So…what’s the news? J-Lo says that she’s going to have a new single and video out, possibly on March 29. Okay, not as big news as I thought it would be. But no matter, I hope the song is just as strong as her single from last year, the fantastic “On the Floor.”

We see a video in which fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger announces that he’s going to be the image advisor for the contestants, and we’ll see his work put to use in time for next week’s shows.

This week’s Ford music video from the Top 12 (it was obviously filmed before Jermaine Jones was disqualified) is for “Ghost Town.”

The first group of contestants are called to the stage: Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet. Jimmy Iovine’s favorites were Phillip, Elise and Joshua. I say Elise will be in the Bottom 3. Here’s the results: Joshua is safe! Phillip is also safe. Elise is, as I predicted yesterday, in the Bottom 3, which means that Skylar is safe. Since this is the night that we find out the Top 10, this also means that everybody who is safe this week is guaranteed to go on the Idol tour this summer. Can’t wait!

Demi Lovato performs “Give Your Heart a Break.” Pitchiness all over the place. It’s really unfortunate that she doesn’t have the best voice out there, because she has such an inspiring story of struggle and trying to overcome her demons to be in a better place. I watched her MTV documentary, Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, recently and loved it.

The next singers to take to the stage are Colton Dixon, Shannon Magrane, Deandrea Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez. Again, it seems obvious who it should be; I’m saying Shannon will be in danger. The results: Colton will be on the tour this summer. So will Jessica. And Deandra is safe and will join them. Shannon is in the Bottom 3.

Daughtry performs “Outta My Head.” I’m loving this song more and more each time I listen to it. I wonder if we will ever again have an artist come out of Idol who has a career at least as big as someone like Chris Daughtry.

The remaining finalists face the results: Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han and Hollie Cavanagh. Jimmy’s favorite from this group is Hollie. I want to say Heejun will be in trouble tonight, but with Erika in this group as well, who knows. All I know is that Hollie better be safe. The results: Yep, Hollie’s safe! Erika is in the Bottom 3, and Heejun is safe. Darn you, Heejun. Your time is limited on Idol, mark my word.

Bottom 3:
Elise Testone (Correct Prediction)
Shannon Magrane (Correct Prediction)
Erika Van Pelt

Immediately after filling out the Bottom 3, Ryan puts one at ease — Elise is safe.

That means it’s down to Shannon and Erika. In some way, I wouldn’t be surprised either way here, but if I had my way, Shannon would be going home. Let’s find out: The contestant with the lowest number of votes and in danger of going home is Shannon Magrane. She reprises “One Sweet Day” to persuade the judges to save her.

Ryan goes to the judges after the performance. And the judges don’t waste any time in saying they will not be saving her, and Shannon Magrane is eliminated.

Shannon Magrane (Correct Prediction)

Since Jermaine Jones was disqualified earlier this week, everyone was wondering if Idol would just call it a day and have no one go home this week. But that never happened. So this begs the question, what is the show going to do to fix the now messed up schedule? Two went home in the past couple days, so now they have an extra week in the season to do something with. Here’s what I think will happen to right the schedule. Whenever the judges use their Save, then two people go home the following week to even things back out. So for this year when they use the Save, I believe that only one will be cut the following week, which will even it out.

Going forward, who’s time on Idol may be coming to an end soon? We’ve seen Elise in the Bottom twice, and Erika once. Neither one of them are connecting with viewers as much as I wish would happen, so they could be in trouble. Heejun slipped past the grasp of the Bottom 3 this week. It’s only a matter of time before he’s there. And I say this clearly: Within the next couple of weeks, he will no doubt be in danger.

Next week, the Top 10 (the group we’ll see on tour this summer) will perform Billy Joel songs. Is it just me, or is anyone else less than impressed by the themes so far this season? Nigel needs to get with it and do better. This year’s group of singers are very strong overall, but they’re being thwarted by these weak themes. Also, last year’s third place finisher Haley Reinhart will return to Idol and perform. See ya then…