15 March 2013 6:21 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We're in Top 10 season! Hooray! And that means it's already time for the first elimination show, which is an excruciating 60-minute death march. Here are the 25 things I took from it. They're also the 25 things you should be thinking, verbatim. 

1. Phillip Phillips' cameo in the opening lineup was admittedly hilarious. The guy is effing endearing, even if he is still wearing Kohl's t-shirts from 1991 and expecting my mother not to donate them to AmVets. He's a cool guy. More on this scintillating discovery below.

2. Jimmy Iovine on Janelle Arthur: "This girl's not going anywhere!" But she just said she's "gone!" Sad.

3. Jimmy Iovine on Angie Miller: "Doing 'I Surrender'... was really good. It wasn't as good as some of the judges thought it was, in my opinion." Ok. Now I love Jimmy Iovine. Because that was the staidest song choice ever, and Angie's performance was downright nondescript compared to Kelly Clarkson's. »

- virtel

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