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American Idol recap: Arrivederci, Amigo

One of the top 7 heads home, David Cook sings, and Katy Perry performs

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Idol Jacob Stefano Lauren

American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

“You’re hot. I love you. That’s all.”

Thanks to J. Lo for succinctly summing up the season 10 run of Stefano Langone, the increasingly likable half-Italian, half-Spanish, smiling chocolate chunk cookie of a young man who was voted out on last night’s American Idol. I’m not surprised at America’s choice, but this lil’ wild card had been improving and was just a funny kid to have around. I liked how he couldn’t stop wobbling back and forth with emotion during his Idol Journey clip show. What I liked even more was that after all that and despite his utter disappointment, Stefano could not wait to sing.

I about lost it when, right at the end of Stefano’s final performance of “Lately,” James Durbin scooped him up for a few death-defying ballroom twirls and the cameras caught his dad clapping through the tears, shouting “FANOOOOOO!”

Meanwhile, Haley Reinhart and Jacob Lusk joined Stefano in the bottom three. Stefano’s heartfelt solo might have been the high point of a fairly tepid results show. “Hey Soul Sister” by Lauren, Jacob, Stefano, and Haley was an awkward mess with four competent yet ill-blending voices. Casey, Scotty, and James’ “Viva La Vida” was a bit better, with Scotty sounding the best out of the three — when I’d assumed a Coldplay song would be the Durbs’ chance to shine instead. Scotty should go out on a limb (fist-pump to Randy!) with a pop song more often. Carole King week could actually be a sweet spot for Scotty.

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Meanwhile, Katy Perry got beamed down from some laser-y spider-space to mouth her way through “ET.” The tiny mic hovering near her mouth was perhaps the most ridiculous of her many, many props. Speaking of which: Way to steal the light/liquid-passing-through-tubes-on-body idea from Robyn’s video for “Indestructible,” Katy Perry’s production team! (The comparison is tenuous, I know — but everyone should listen to that song anyway. Happy Friday.) Katy looked completely disengaged with the lyrics, like she was just (the robot version of) happy to get through the choreography. Oh, it was quite an event. Even Kanye showed up in one of his finest fur vests.

NEXT: We also had a liiiiiiiive one!