American Idol: Top 12 Male Semifinialists Perform

Yesterday we got a look at the top 12 male semi-finalists on American Idol and they each had a chance to perform a full song on the big stage in front of American. Here’s how it went down:

The uber-talented former karaoke host Clint Jun Gamboa led off with Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder) and it was generally well received.

Next up was Jovany Barreto who sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. Clearly he has talent and looks but he’s kinda boring and looks sorts like Stefano (who is much better).

Jordan Dorsey got the crowd and the light show moving with “OMG” by Usher which showed off his moves but not his voice. He sorta pulled it off but it was totally not his style. Could a poor song choice be his downfall?

Tim Halperin’s version of “Streetcorner Symphony” by Rob Thomas was about as memorable as well… Rob Thomas.

Fiery Brett Loewenstern absolutely tore shit up with The Doors’ “Light My Fire”. How old is this kid again? Early favorite to either win or get VERY close. Incredible. Got called out for flipping his hair but who cares?

Well we finally learned exactly what James Durbin’s wailing high notes are perfect for: metal! In American Idol’s first Judas Priest song ever (who woulda thunkit?) he nailed “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” to the delight of everyone.

Jennifer Lopez’s boo, Robbie Rosen sang “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, a song totally ruined by those horrific ASPCA commercials. Between Rosen’s puppy dog looks and memories of the commercial, this song was shot for me. But the judges loved it.

Cowboy Scotty McCreery sang “Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery and man does this guy just have a classic old school country voice. If he makes it, he could struggle with disco week or rock week or whatever else Idol throws at them that isn’t country.

Stefano Langone came out and just killed “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Nailed it. Dude looks like model and sings great, even gave a shout out to the ladies when Seacrest asked who he was singing too. He just got half of American’s female vote with that performance.

The uniquely quirky 70’s throwback Paul McDonald appropriately sang Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” and man you gotta like this guy. He looks and sings like an SNL parody of 1973 and it’s freakin’ great. Will America see it?

Jacob Lusk sang “A House Is Not a Home”, a Luther Vandross tune. Everyone seems to love him but I’m just not seeing it. He has a good voice but seems like a one trick pony to me. We’ll see.

Out of the hospital and back onstage was Seth Rogen Casey Abrams with a wild version of “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Very well done.

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