'American Idol': Group 3 results night might be suspenseful!

Tonight’s episode of American Idol gets an 8 out of 12. And that’s not just a subjective number. Indeed, I counted eight contestants tonight who gave themslves at least some small chance of scoring viewer votes or a possible Wild Card performance spot on Thursday. To recap, we saw singers get praised by the judges (Von Smith, Scott MacIntyre), play to smart niche demographics (Kendall Beard), receive special lighting/loving closeups from the producers (Jorge Nuñez), expertly reinvent their songs (Ju’Not Joyner), storm the stage with a purpose (Felicia Barton, Lil Rounds), and even overcome hideous arrangements through pure vocal talent (Kristen McNamara). A few of those folks, in fact, fit more than one category! That’s probably not good news for the entertaining Alex Wagner-Trugman. And it’s a crushing blow to those who were either forgettable (Taylor Who, Nathaniel Marshall) or unforgettably awful (Arianna Afsar). But in any event, Group 3 Semifinal  Performance Night was actually pretty entertaining. And on that jaunty note, I’m off to write my full TV Watch recap, which should be live on EW.com early tomorrow morning. In the interim, do watch our latest two episodes of Idolatry — they’ll play back-to-back — embedded below, then hit the comments section with your own thoughts on which three singers will and should advance during Wednesday’s results show!

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  • tim

    Lil Rounds was by far the best – it was frickin’ obvious. She sang and performed like a pro up there. It was the first time I heard my dad say (and he’s a tough critic) : “She could win.” She obviously blows previous idol divas (Syesha, Trenyce) out the box, as Randy would say, and she’s prettier than, say, Lakisha and Melinda, so she could DEFINITELY break the top 3 or even top 2.
    However, I’m not sure about her market potential. Is she edgy enough to be a superstar?
    Her vocals are really good though. I find them to be among the most pleasant of all previous idol divas – and that’s quite a compliment.

  • Alex

    Wow, this is tough. It’s definitely a “I can only have three?!!” moment…
    My Tops: Felicia, Jorge, Kristen
    Felicia, in my opinion, sang her heart out more than Lil, Jorge was adorable with a nice pure voice, and Kristen, whose personality I don’t love, SHOCKED me with her great voice.
    But in all honesty, anything could happen, and I’ll be okay with it as long as MISHAVONNA GETS A WILD CARD. Or at least a chance to sing again… I’m still not over how the judges totally didn’t give her the props she derserved.

  • Locklky

    No, Michael it wasn’t entertaining. That was almost as bad as last week, which was almost as bad as the first week.
    These singers aren’t singers.

  • DruggyBear

    what happened to this week’s power list?

  • Alex
  • meg

    I agree that the performances were more plausible, but I liked everyone less personally. Felicia was the only one I liked but I think the Lil/Scott/Jorge train is unstoppable.

  • Suzanne

    will: Lil, Scott, Jorge
    should: Lil, Ju’Not, Felicia

  • meg

    I agree that the performances were more plausible, but I liked everyone less personally. Felicia was the only one I liked but I think the Lil/Scott/Jorge train is unstoppable.

  • Mar De Plata

    Lil had me until she changed the lyrics of her song “Call this show, if you can’t be without me”. Annoying as hell.

  • Alex

    Also, for what it’s worth, I HATE this Top 36 format. We lose lots of good singers really fast…

  • matt

    All forgettable performances!
    As long as Matt G and Megan Joy get a wild card I will watch.

  • Aaron

    Wow, this is hands down the best idol group out of the three. Can we just take Michael Sarver out and add someone extra from this group in?
    Kristen–probably not the best song choice, but damn that girl can sing. She deserved much better critiques from the judges. I’m afraid she’s not going to make it, but technically she was by far the best contestant (IMO).
    Scott-cheesy song, LOVE him though.
    Lil Rounds was great, yet a little over praised. Like her personality more than her actual singing. And why in God’s name did she sing Mary J. Blige–someone the judges unanimously compare her to? Jorge was adorable–not my favorite performance vocally though. Felicia rocked it–good for her. Ju’Not was good, although I found him a little boring.
    It will be tough to see who makes it. I’m guessing:
    Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Nunez…
    …should be Lil Rounds, Scott, Kristen McNamara

  • stephanie

    This season is missing the innovation that we saw with the contestants on last season. a good handful of those singers were artists and not just performers. maybe it’s too soon to tell, but i’m not seeing any david cooks, carly smithson, michael johns, jason castros, or brooke whites this year. but you’re right, tonight was better than last week. but do they really need to be so obvious with their choice on who performs last?

  • Mia

    I really hope Jorge makes it in. I got to root for the underdog. Partly to balance out my other pick that has been so hopelessly pimped by the judges. This is actually the only week I bothered voting. Four times…go Jorge.

  • LB

    If the stars are aligned and all is right with the world, the ones who deserve to move forward are Ju’not Joyner, Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez. They were exceptional.

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