American Idol recap: Ladies Night

The feeling's right as the girls take on their solos. Plus: Top 40 announcement!
Ep. 10 | Aired Feb 14, 2013

'YOU SET ME FREE' Angela Miller found love (God?) in a hopeless place called The American Idol Hollywood Round.

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And now for some sad sing-offs: Stephanie Schimel, the Barbie, had to battle Rachel Hale, the Bubbly, for the final spot in the girls' Top 20. What's awesome is that they chose two former Idols' songs -- Phillip Phillips' "Home" for Steph vs. Haley Reinhart's "Undone" for Rachel. I thought Barbie showed way more control than Bubbly here, but the judges obviously admired that Bubbly didn't play it safe and had the bigger voice. Stephanie had really grown on me by the end. How can Zoanette go through while Stephanie has to pack her tiny doll bags and head home to the Malibu dream house? Not fair.

Then the boys trotted back onstage -- buzzkill! they all look about 14 and super awkward -- so that Adam Sanders ("Taking Chances") could take on Josh Holiday ("Georgia On My Mind"). Adam was mind-numbingly off-key despite his obvious knowledge of music and sweet demeanor. C'est tragique! Not to be outdone, Josh gave a mediocre vocal performance but SPLIT HIS PANTS with a totally unnecessary kneel at the end of freaking "Georgia on My Mind." In a way it was a relief, because I'd been wondering in horror whether he was wearing white jeans. Nope, just some bright-ass khakis. He gets to stay. Nicki will never forget what happened here. But America will. Likely by next week.

Here are your Top 40!

TOP 20 GIRLS

Adriana Latonio
Amber Holcomb
Angela Miller (pictured)
Aubrey Cleland
Brandy Hotard
Breanna Steer
Candice Glover
Cristabel Clack
Isabelle Pasqualone
Janelle Arthur
Jenny Beth Willis
Jett Hermano
Juliana Chahayed
Kamaria Ousley
Kree Harrison
Melinlda Ademi
Rachel Hale
Shubha Vedula
Tenna Torres
Zoanette Johnson

TOP 20 GUYS

Bryant Tadeo
Burnell Taylor
Charlie Askew
Chris Watson
Cortez Shaw
Curtis Finch, Jr.
David Willis
Devin Velez
Elijah Liu
Gurpreet Singh Sarin
Jimmy Smith
Johnny Keyser
Josh "J'DA" Davila
Josh Holiday
Kevin Harris
Lazaro Arbos
Mathenee Treco
Nick Boddington
Paul Jolley
Vincent Powell

So who's your favorite so far? Do you also want to bottle up Keith's positive energy and use it daily as a life-affirming, pore-defying serum? Who do you think will crash and burn in Vegas?

Read more:
All 'American Idol' recaps on EW.com
Zoanette Johnson: Really, 'American Idol'?! -- VIDEO
Mariah Carey gets the Nicki Minaj phone call: A dramatization
'American Idol': 12 Wishes for Season 12


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