American Idol Praises Michael Lynche, Downs Sellers In Week Two

American Idol returned Tuesday with an unexpected change, putting all ten guys in the reality competition front and center instead of planned performances from the girls. While the guys reportedly agreed to the change, which stemmed from Crystal Bowersox being rushed to a hospital early in the week, Tuesday night’s round turned out to be good for some and horrible for others. Of all performances Tuesday, the first ended up being praised the most by judges Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon. Performing James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” Michael Lynche received a standing ovation and a “Dawg, I gotta give it to you,” followed by Simon stating “That was exactly the right kind of song for you.” Following Michael later on in the show, Jermaine Sellers provided both comedy and shock as he challenged God, Simon and all viewers to buy onesies. Performing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Jermaine Sellers failed to impress judges including Kara, who told him “the problem is you’re always doing too much. We don’t need every trick in every performance”. While Sellers attempted to be soulful, yet upbeat on “What’s Going On” each judge seemed to be annoyed with his vocal runs, which he attributes to church. Even though Simon Cowell offered to go to church with Sellers at one point, his take on the performance was harsh, telling him “We’re frustrated and disappointed. You make it (the song) lose its importance.” He later told Sellers “I don’t think you’re going to be here next week,” to which Jermaine Sellers responded “I know God….Jesus is my homeboy”. “I’m a God fearing person. I know without God I will fail,” Sellers went on to tell Ryan Seacrest. While Simon’s final words “Don’t even bother with the phone line” wrapped up the night’s most lengthy session, with Ryan Seacrest looking at his watch, disappointing performances went on through much of Tuesday’s episode. Aaron Kelly, Todrick Hall, Casey James and John Park failed to impress judges. American Idol, with the final ten ladies, returns Wednesday night on Fox. Eliminations will take place on the results show Thursday.


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