Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Idol: Were Tears Enough to Save Lazaro Arbos from Elimination?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

American Idol: Were Tears Enough to Save Lazaro Arbos from Elimination?

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On Thursday's results show, American Idol aired more content in the first few minutes than in the past month combined. First, Jimmy Iovine slammed the judges for coddling the contestants and then went on to give constructive, pointed critiques of each of the remaining nine contestants. Now, Jimmy and yours truly are typically simpatico and while tonight was no different, for the most part, the statement about the judges was surprising. After two seasons of working with the previous panel of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, one would think that Jimmy would have developed a tolerance for insipid judging and while Mariah Carey certainly forays dangerously close to that territory, as a whole, the judging this year is more direct than it's been in years. Let's not forget that just last night, Nicki Minaj called Paul Jolley "safe, bland and forgettable," feedback that certainly did not sound like sweet nothings to Jolley.

Iovine went on to say that Angie Miller is too dramatic and one might also add earnest to that assessment. Sometimes it just feels like she is trying too hard to make us like her. Don't fence me in, Miller. Jimmy then threw a few barbs in Lazaro's direction, stating that he didn't understand why Lazaro said on Wednesday that he just learned his song the night before, when Jimmy had worked with him on that song five days prior. Ouch. But he wasn't done there, he also put Minaj in her place for her comments on Wednesday, which suggested that Idol had assigned Amber the song she sang. Not so, Iovine stated; Idol picks the genre, the contestants pick the songs. Apparently producer Nigel Lythgoe forgot to include the song selection rules in Nicki's orientation packet.

As you can tell from two whole paragraphs of juicy goodness above, Idol was on fire tonight! A few other things added to that blaze of good television. …

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