American Idol recap: Poor, Unfortunate Souls

It's sad, but true: Only a few of the Top 10 guys impress, while one nearly has a meltdown
Ep. 16 | Aired Mar 6, 2013

DAD CHAT Ryan Seacrest consoles Charlie Askew, who desperately needs to get out of the spotlight. And a sweater.


Devin Velez: Perry Como’s “Somos Novios (It’s Impossible)” -- Devin sang in Spanish again, and he did so beautifully. I'm not sure I'll remember anything more about his actual song from this week, but he should be all set to advance based on that voice alone. "It's like turning on a faucet -- this kid is effortless," said Randy. Whoa, exactly. I too have used a faucet before, and Mr. Jackson is right -- it is so, so easy. (These were my actual notes on the segment. I've officially been dumbed down. There's no turning back now. My Randy Appreciation Quotient for the night is out of control.)

Devin's banshee-screaming mom could turn out to be a major character this season -- I liked how her most visceral connection to the judges' critiques was when Nicki said her son was "lookin' like a little Spanish Ken doll." All their lives, they have worked for this.

Vincent Powell: Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" -- Whoa! Not a good call for final singer tonight. Vincent tried to throw in way too many vocal tricks, including a section at the end that I believe was deliberately off-key just for variety's sake. "You wasn't sittin' on it right tonight," Nicki sputtered out of one side of her mouth as the rest of it ferociously sucked on another damn lollipop.

Vincent's reaction was so tragic -- he really thought he had this in the bag, what with the pimp spot and all. I really liked his performance last week, so I'm torn on whether I want him to advance. I think he's trying too hard, but I know his pure vocal makes him deserving....

Oof, I wish I had more enthusiasm for these guys tonight. Did you love anyone?

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