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'Idol' Top 13 Results Recap

Posted by Sarah Rodman  March 10, 2011 10:43 PM

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The first elimination show of season 10 didn't offer much in the way of surprises in terms of the bottom three, but the producers did introduce at least one new element and brought back a familiar one.

In one of the many time-killing packages during the hour-long telecast we were given a glimpse of the "Idol" mansion where all of the contestants will live together. Swanky. But hopefully, they won't spend a lot of time at this location. There are already plenty of reality shows that focus on stuff like this, "Idol" doesn't need to be one of them.

Also, after telling us that 30 million votes came in and that Casey Abrams was sick in the hospital, Ryan informed viewers that the "save" is back. The judges can elect to save an eliminated contestant at any point up until the top 5, but it has to be a unanimous decision and can only be used once. (Previously saved in past seasons: "Big" Mike Lynche and Matt Giraud.)

In addition to a medley of Michael Jackson songs for the contestants' group sing, tonight's performers were season 8 "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert -- who did a stripped down version of "Aftermath"-- and Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey who performed "Coming Home."

Eliminated contestant after the jump.

As predicted Ashthon Jones got her walking papers after her second go-round with Diana Ross didn't move the judges to save her. Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart were her companions in the bottom three.  As we watched Ashthon's "journey" we heard the new boot song, "Idol" winner David Cook's take on "Don't You (Forget About Me)," by the Simple Minds. I may have already forgotten.

So what did you guys think? Did the right person go home? What did you think of the introduction of the "Idol" mansion? Did Adam Lambert's return get your motor running? Have they taken the product placement too far with that glorified ad for "Red Riding Hood"? (Did we really need to watch the contestants watching the movie?) Did anyone else think the group sing sounded hinky? Like some of it was live and some of it was lip-synched? (Some folks sounded terrible and others suspiciously perfect.) Come bat around these questions and more in the chat with me tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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