American Idol 10 – Milwaukee Recap Live Blog

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A ton of talent tonight! And, a lot of pimping.  I spy some producer favorites in this bunch! Oh yeah. And most of them are teens. My personal favs were Hayley Reinhart, Tiwan Strong and Scott Dangerfield. How about you?

American Idol 10 heads to Milwaukee, WI…land of cheese and Danny Gokey! (Maybe the same thing? j/k!!!)

It’s a two-hour extravaganza tonight. You might remember that Milwaukee is the city executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has called the greatest audition city EVAH!–filled with unbelievably talented…teenagers. Can’t wait. Erm.

Stick with me as I live blog the fun. Watch for videos later. Joe’s Place Blog has a list of contestants we should keep an eye on HERE.

Later tonight, I’ll be the guest on the Idol Radio Show on Blog Talk beginning at 11 pm ET. Click this link to listen.

VIDEOS and Live blog after the JUMP…

The show starts off with Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson jamming on “Sweet Emotion”. Ha.

I spy Danny Gokey! He’s down with the hopefuls. “The Package”! That’s the goal! Says Jlo Wait…I thought Kara DioGuardi was fired?

Scott McCreery – 16 – Garner, North Carolina – by “Your Man” by Josh Turner, tt – Plays baseball is the role model on the team. He’s 16 but talks like an 80 year old. He’s been singing country music all his life. Holy shit, he’s got a voice so deep, it’s almost skeery. “You make me smile” says Jennifer. Next he sings some Travis Tritt. Yeah, he’s a good singer. Idol hasn’t really had an old-fashioned country crooner, particularly of the male variety yet. “That’s beautiful” says Steven, after reciting a crazy limerick about sex with animals. Oh that Steven! Of course, Scotty is through. – VIDEO

Joe Repka – 19 – Swanton, OH – “Longest Time” by Billy Joel – Joe is a “radio guy”. He confesses to never listening to Seacrest. OMG he’s got a chimpmunk voice. He can’t be serious…can he? His just a famewhore trying to get TV time. “Do not quit your day job,” says Steven. Pursue radio is the general consensus. Joe breaks into a warbly rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Steven sings harmony. And then everyone says NO. – VIDEO

Emma Henry – 15 – Littleton, CO – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper – Wait…she’s driving. Oh. She has her permit. She was 5 years old when Kelly won Idol. She watched. Ever since, she’s wanted that moment so bad. She’s got an interesting tone, but I can just tell she’d die on the big stage. Stage fright Idol was Season 9. “You got a certain something I can’t put a finger on,” says Steven. “You have a special quality, you should keep working on that,” says Jennifer. “I’m not sure that I think you’re ready yet,” says Randy. Jennifer says no, Steven says yes, Randy says she’ll get swallowed up. (He’s right) But he caves and says yes. – VIDEO

Next, a montage of really bad contestants. “If Gaga were here, she’s run out of the room screaming,” says Randy to one of the contestants who butchered “Bad Romance”.

Naima Adedapo – 25 – Milwaukee WI – “For All We Know” by Donny Hathaway – She works grounds clean up for the Summerfest amphitheater. We see her picking up garbage and cleaning toilets. She looks at the stage and says, “That should be me!” She wants to change her life, provide for her family. Woah, what an Idol backstory that would be, huh? From toilets to the BIG STAGE. She’s got a nice soulful voice, if unremarkable. The judges like her. All three say yes.Jlo calls Steven “Steve” and he corrects her! “It’s Steven,” he says. DIVA. – VIDEO

Jerome Bell – 27 – New York, NY – “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye – Jerome sings at Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Dude! You’ve got a nice rich, soulful voice, you don’t have to SCREAM AT ME. Ugh. I hate the hopefuls who try too hard. “Hot crazy vocals in tune, nice dynamics, I like you man,” says Randy. “Beautiful,” says Steven. Jennifer thinks he’s cute. Jerome is through. – VIDEO

Why am I looking at the Fetus? Oh because we’re going to talk about lowering the age to 15. Push those teenagers.

Thia Megia – 15 – Mountain House, CA – “Chasing Pavements” by Adele – This chick competed on America’s Got Talent. I think she’s the 15 year old Nigel has been raving about. She’s got a very mature, radio ready voice and the right look. Jennifer says she’s got “the total package.” “I loved your voice. I thought it had a lot of character,” says Steven. Three yeses, she’s through. The producers are going to pimp the hell out of this one. Teen Idol! – VIDEO

Every 15 year old who sang in front of the judges on the first day of auditions got a golden ticket. Ugh.

Nathaniel Jones – 22 – Mount Zion WI – The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Civil War reenacter. Dude’s dad is not a hippie! Hippie’s believe in sex! Oh god. He’s auditioning in his Civil War outfit. Yikes. Yep. Crazy scary falsetto for the win. Steven liked the song. (???) but not for American Idol. – VIDEO

Mason Wilkinson – 23 – West Allis, WI – Whoa. Tone deaf warbling for the win. Randy is doing that laughing-behind-his-notes thing he does. “Ok! Should we vote” asks Jennifer. Erm. It’s no. – VIDEO

Molly DeWolf Swenson – 22 – Seattle Wa – “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” – The name sounds uber preppie. She just graduated from Harvard. She got an internship at the White House. OMG Randy punched her in the mouth earlier. The clip is hilarious. She’s got a very rich, striking alto. Very nice. The judges are duly impressed. It’s three yeses for Molls (probably what her friend Bunny calls her). – VIDEO

Day Two!

Hayley Reinhart – “Oh Darlin” – Wheeling, IL – She’s got a bluesy powerful rock voice. I like her. Steven is very very excited. She auditioned last year, but was told to come back this year. Randy says she’s improved “so much”. They all say yes. – VIDEO

Tiwan Strong – 29 – Chicago IL – “Twisting the Night Away” – Ooooh. Very smooth, nice tone. Love that he’s not throwing in stupid runs. He’s got an old-fashioned soul thing going, but he could probably excel doing an Usher-type turn. Good stuff. “I see the sparkle in your eyes,” says Steven. “Very controlled nice tone,” says Randy. “You did a really good job with it,” says Jennifer. Three yeses. Tiwan moves on. – VIDEO

Steve Beghun – 27 – Bloomington, MN – CPA works as an auditor for a big accounting firm. He’s as boring as you might thing. No way this guy can sing. Well, actually he can sorta sing. Not bad. Nice sweet tenor, but not really great either. “I found you to be disturbingly great…different,” says Steven. Three yeses for the accountant who Sings. Real. High! – VIDEO

Vernika Patterson – 20 – Milwaukee, WI – “Loving You” by Minnie Ripperton – Uh oh. I’ve never heard this song song well on Idol…and I still haven’t. She’s really off key…here comes the whistle note…she doesn’t even go for it. “This is not going to work for this,” says Jennifer. “I don’t think You’re ready for American Idol,” says Steven. Vernika puts on a ‘tude. “I can sing better than half those people out there!” Vernika stomps out, after accusing the panel of rejecting her because she’s fat. Oy. No chick, you suck. Randy calls Kelly fat. Uhm. lulz. – VIDEO

Albert Rogers III – 24 – Ogelthorpe, GA – “Stand By Me” – People tell him he sounds like Ruben Studdard, Usher and Luther Vandross. Needless to say, he’s not even close. I wonder if his friends tell him he’s good. “You squeezed the flavor out of that song…I liked it…but not for Idol.” Steven says inexplicably. He says no. “I thought it was terrible and a joke,” says Randy. Is Randy the new Simon? Steven puts on his best Paula to reprimand Randy. Sadly, I don’t think it was a joke. Dude thinks he can sing. – VIDEO

Scott Dangerfield – 22 – Milwaukee, WI – “Dreamin’ by Amos Lee – Nice blue-eyed soul coming from this boy. Wow. Niceeee. “You might be my favorite I’ve seen so far,” says Jennifer. Three yeses. But if they don’t want another white guy to win, they might want to deep six this guy in Hollywood. “He felt the music in his body,” says Jennifer. – VIDEO

Megan Frazier – 20 – Green Bay, WI – “Baby” by Justin Beiber – Chick was forced to be a Green Bay Packer fan by her Dad. He would have beat her otherwise. Just kidding. OMG. This chick is a real joke. Listening to her warble “Baby” like an operatic goat is pretty funny. Oh, she’s just looking to get herself on TV. It’s a no and she doesn’t even look upset! Her whole family is laughing as she leaves the audition room. Right. – VIDEO

Alyson Jaydos – 26 – Chicago, IL – “Come Together” – “I want to bring more Rock n Roll to American Idol,” says Alyson. She’s a big Steven Tyler fan. Steven says, You almost look like you could be one of my… Erm.” Don’t say it, Steven. He comes out from behind the desk to give his star struck fan a big hug. She’s got a deep raspy voice. Unique. I like her. She sings “Dream On” and Steven joins in. I want to hear him duet with Gokey. Heh. “Very pitchy,” says Steven, “That kind of scares me.” “I think you’ve got a great quality in you voice,” says Jennifer. Randy is not sure if she’s ready. He says no. Jennifer says yes. It’s up to Steven now! Of course, he says yes. Was that little exchange set up or what? She wasn’t all that pitchy. – VIDEO

SOB STORY AFTER THE BREAK. Ugh.

53 contestants move on to Hollywood from Milwaukee.

Back from break and we’re treated to some EXTRA PIMPAGE of the hopefuls the producers want us to remember. Sheesh.

Chris Medina – “Break Even” by The Script – He’s engaged to a chick who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009. Oh. Dear. God. She woke up out of a coma after a month and a half. Despite being in a wheelchair, and unable to take care of herself, he’s sticking by his girl. His singing is very sweet–nice falsetto Not bad. But he’ll get a million points for the mega sob story. OMG they ask him to bring the girlfriend in. Ugh. They wheel her in to wave uncomprehendingly. This is really sickening, I’m sorry. Shame on everyone involved. Dude can sing, he doesn’t need to exploit his poor fiance. – VIDEO

ETA: You guys may think I’m being insensitive, but actually, the thought of this woman being used so Idol fans can shed crocodile tears makes me sick. I have all the compassion for her in the world. (I edited the word “vegetable” out. Sorry if I offended anyone).

 
  • Valentin432

    I hope they show a lot of the people who made the top 40 tonight.

  • girlygirl

    anyone got link to live stream? Thanks

  • Valentin432
  • will

    Glad we got the inevitable Gokey cameo out of the way.

  • girlygirl

    that link isn’t working for me…

  • Duke

    wow. scott plays baseball too. just give the kid the freakin crown

  • gangreen29

    Scotty talks like Boomhauer lol.

  • will

    That livestream link is working fine for me.

  • Valentin432

    Very impressed by Scott, much more than I was expecting.

  • girlygirl

    anyone have a different livestream, since the link Valentin432 generously provided isn’t working? thanks

  • Jx223

    I was glad to see Danny tonight.

    And I like Scott’s deep country voice.

  • Valentin432
  • girlygirl

    ok I found one…

    thanks Valentin432

  • cookbunny

    This guy has what they call a “face for radio.”

  • soccerboi

    Liked the country kid. Steven Tyler cracks me up…simon who?

  • Duke

    steven tyler is quick! im lovin him as a judge

  • will

    Joe wasn’t THAT bad, but he was annoying, I’m glad they got rid of him.

  • steph6449

    aww Danny… nice that they had snippets of him twice in the opening section :)

    ps for mj — you know some of us just love cheese :) and we’re not all from Wisconsin ;)
    .

    I guess I am out of touch. 15 year-old’s can drive these days including out of their home state?

  • Duke

    true colors girl is gunna get eat up

  • cookbunny

    This one has a quirky Megan Joy vibe. She’s not really good but believe it or not there might be potential as she gets older. Just needs training.

  • Duke

    im sorry. u cant want something SO BAD at 15 yrs old.

  • will

    OH STOP CRYING! This is painful.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Okay wow… Emma was okay, but I don’t think she was good enough to get that golden ticket. She should have sang something else.

  • will

    I KNEW Randy would cave, even though he clearly didn’t think she should go through.

  • Valentin432

    Lol, dog turned into a pussycat.
    She won’t be going very far but she will get a free LA ticket and some advices from pros, could be worse.

  • pattycake

    It seems the only criteria is to be 15. Emma wasn’t good. Not at all. Randy lost his old “dawg this is a singing competition” self.

  • sma11ie

    I KNEW Randy would cave, even though he clearly didn’t think she should go through.

    I agreed with Jlo, his first instinct was correct. ANd Steven was right– the dawg turned into a pussy cat when he caved! So predictable. What was so wrong with waiting another year, working hard, and trying again next year, if she really wants it SO bad?

  • iluvai

    I was very happy to see Danny Gokey. That was probably pretty amazing for him to be back where it all started. :)

    My kids and I really like Emma. She probably isn’t ready for all of it, but she was adorable and spunky. Liked that a lot!

    edit: I’m really loving these judges.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I am LOVING the teen contestants-im sorry, maybe im a little biased, but whatever, jmo
    Idk what it is, but usually I like everything about them more-the voice, the look, just the whole attitude

    I totally think that Emma was AMAZING
    i hate it when the judges are so mean :( i miss paula

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Emma wasn’t nearly ready. JLo was right to turn her down.

  • soccerboi

    Emma should have been sent home. Work on it girl…you are not ready for this. Last year no way she is put thru

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JLo as the voice of reason this year?

  • Vital

    I really liked Emma Henry. A lot. I liked the quality that you could hear in her voice. Plus she seemed so real when she talked, and was just sweet and passionate about wanting to sing.

    I’m sure she was probably a bit nervous and plus her being sick probably held her back from belting certain things.

  • tierbee

    This is good entertainment when I’m stuck inside during a lightning snowstorm… ???

  • Duke

    Naiomi or whatever her name is (groundskeeper girl), IS MY FAV SO FAR!!!!!!! *running to spoilers to check if she made it*

  • steph6449

    More Danny :)

    No Matt though :( At least he is a good sport about it.

    ImMattGiraud Matt Giraud
    I might be making an appearance on IDOL tonight with @dannygokey Make sure to watch!!

    ImMattGiraud Matt Giraud
    Ooooooooor not. Ha ha. Not the first time! (finale) ha ha.

    .

    This last girl was good. I didn’t like the Josh Turner clone, too much of an imitator I thought on that first song. Missed his second one.

  • Valentin432

    Naima is a good surprise so far, and I liked the backstory of working as a janitor for Summerfest and wanting to take the stage.

  • tripp_ncwy

    If someone locates Taylor Hick’s winners panel, please let me know.

  • Indigobunting

    Glad we got the inevitable Gokey cameo out of the way.

    Oh stay tuned; we may even see him again ;) AI seems to like Danny.

    And I expect to see Matt, I hope!

    So happy they showed Summerfest; the best music festival ever :)

    They should have sent Emma home

    Loved the country guy.

  • partyintheusa

    I am SOOOOO over the single mom sob stories on this damn show! Ever since Fantasia, peeps have been beating that dead horse into the ground! There are lots of single moms out there. This is not unique and I wish Idol would quit trying to get our sympathy with it. I don’t feel bad for them. People need to keep their legs closed in the first place if they think that the only way they can provide for their kids is by being famous.

  • karenc

    Naomi was terrific, even before she sang, I thought she had a great look and some star quality. I was thinking when she first came on if she could sing, she’d be terrific, and she can. So, I think she could possibly go far.

  • lili_anne7

    I’m not a big country fan, but the first guy had a really good voice. I don’t understand why the judges put Emma through, she wasn’t that good. I really liked Naima too, I like her style.

  • Valentin432

    First 45 minutes of Milwaukee >> everything they showed last week.

  • steph6449

    That last guy was interesting but if he sang like that at a bar mitzvah (sp?) or wedding it would be quite skeery for the guests, I think :shock:

  • tierbee

    Ugh, the fetus!

  • will

    I loved J-Lo’s dismissive, condescending laugh when he said he sings at bar-mitzvahs and weddings. Earth to J-Lo, that’s what REAL singers do to make a living.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK. They admit that they lowered the age limit because of Bieber. LOL!

  • steph6449

    This girl Thea is more like it.

    But this is starting to seem like Teenage Idol.

  • Valentin432

    Thia is good but no one can sing Adele like the original.

  • Duke

    ok, im anti-come from antoher reality competiton, but i really think thia has got a ridiculously unbelievably voice for her age.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thea was on America’s Got Talent last year.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Ooh, Thia was good.

  • songsungblue

    Thia reminds me strongly of Jasmine Trias. Oy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s like Charice 2.0. David Foster is promoting Thia too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Comedy relief!

  • Valentin432

    hippies belive in sex lol

  • will

    Hmm, I never knew that Civil War Reenacting was a profession.

  • HermeticallySealed

    This scares me slightly. O_o’

  • gangreen29

    Thia reminds me strongly of Jasmine Trias. Oy

    Thia has a deep voice, Jasmine had a shrill high pitched voice. I see no similarities besides their ethnicity.

  • will

    Oh, it’s a hobby!! Glad he cleared that up.

  • kmd

    I think it is great they are giving Bieber more promo because he really does not have enough right now.lol They could have mentioned Archie or Jordin or Allison when they talk about teen singers. I guess they don’t want to promote any teen that was on idol.

  • tierbee

    I once dated a guy who was a Civil War reenactor… He was, well, interesting.

    My 5 yr old got a kick out of that guy hee hee.

  • tierbee

    Oh boy.

  • Jx223

    lol at the Civil War reenactor guy. I wish that he could actually sing. And I liked the song that he auditioned with.

  • Indigobunting

    LMAO at the Civil War guy. I’ve seen that whole deal at my local summer festival in Saukville, lol!

    He is skeery.

  • ross

    Some day there may be American Idol reenactors.

  • Duke

    Randy hitting that girl in the face was the HIGHLIGHT so far. LMAO

  • Jx223

    Molly’s the best voice I heard so far tonight.

  • Duke

    OK NEW FAVORITE BY FAR IS MOLLY! white house chick! jeeeeez- some people just got it all. omg. her phrasing and the way she ended them..Lord. best so far by a mile for me. if she didn’t make Top 40 i will stop watching.

  • songsungblue

    Thia has a deep voice, Jasmine had a shrill high pitched voice. I see no similarities besides their ethnicity.

    I didn’t think that Jasmine had a shrill, high-pitched voice at all. I remember it as rich – at first. Then it all went south. ;)

  • Indigobunting

    Love her, and she loves Obama too :)

  • windmills

    I like that AI snarked on their lower age limit by showing a 5 year old auditioning.

    Molly really impressed me. I liked Scott too. Thia and Jerome sounded a little loud but good tones on both of them.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Not typically a fan of female voices, but liked Molly.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Wow, Molly had a very interesting voice. Nice

  • will

    Some day there may be American Idol reenactors.

    There already are, it’s called the American Idol Experience in Orlando.

  • Jx223

    omg. her phrasing and the way she ended them..Lord. best so far by a mile for me. if she didn’t make Top 40 i will stop watching.

    I think that she’s got a nice rich voice. I think that she could end up giving some interesting performances, even though that will partly depend on how far she makes it in the competition.

  • steph6449

    More Danny :)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Lol mj (and others) what do you have against 15-year-olds?? If they can sing,why does it matter????? Just wondering idk I don’t get it (proabably ‘cuz I’m too young to,but I’m curious)
    Tonight’s actually funny :p

    This is really good,especially the harvard girl

  • jokiebird

    I thought Molly was awesome…but she reminds me of Alya somewhat in that America doesn’t seem to care much for the already-privileged. I hope it’s not the case–her alto was fabulous and I could see her cleaning up very nicely!!!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Decent voice, but she’s really overdoing it.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Haley was great! Milwaukee has been awesome so far

  • sma11ie

    Aww, poor Matty. We saw Danny like a billion times and no Matt ;(. So this girl they said no to last year… isn’t that good. Way overwrought.

  • Indigobunting

    I think Danny is a regular commentator, lol, just showed him again!

    I love JLos outfit and her hair in a ponytail like that- she looks really casual and cute.

    OT, I know. :lol:

    ETA I hope they show Matt :( He and Danny did a lot of singing in the crowd together

  • Valentin432

    Haley was awesome and Tiwan is interesting.
    I’m pleased that the producers aren’t messing around.

  • Duke

    Charlie Horse FTW! lol

  • iluvai

    I like the earnest, energetic ones. Nothing against the teens at all.

    Edit. I liked Haley a lot.

  • steph6449

    Love her, and she loves Obama too :)

    She (Molly? blond girl who went to Harvard) was interesting. There was something slightly off-putting for me in her delivery though. { :? on that second part, lol. }

  • partyintheusa

    I thought Molly was awesome…but she reminds me of Alya somewhat in that America doesn’t seem to care much for the already-privileged. I hope it’s not the case–her alto was fabulous and I could see her cleaning up very nicely!!!

    I immediately thought of Ayla Brown when Molly came on. Even in how tall she is. I think Molly is better but not sure it will help her much. America loves the down-on-their-luck needy type kids who can provide a better life for their families/kids, etc. It’s soooo annoying and the same shit every year.

  • sma11ie

    LOL, this is the side of Ryan I flove. He’s always so cute with the families it makes me forget how annoying and cloying, etc. he can be in his various other roles. LOL that guy totally didn’t care his relative was cramping.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    A number of contestants are good, but oversinging, IMO.

  • blissful

    LUV: I have nothing personally against 15 year olds, if they are talented. I just feel bad when they bomb out due to lack of stage presence, experience, and/or strong identity – which some could have if they wait a few years before trying out. Basically if they make it to the voting rounds (or is it the final 40?) that’s their only chance at Idol and if it does not work out, it can be a wasted opportunity.

    Plus, they have to fit in their schooling as well as all the crazy Idol stuff.

  • Jx223

    I liked Tiwan’s performance more than I did Jerome’s. I think that Jerome was a little too loud and oversung some during his audition.

  • pietromatos

    OMFG !!!!!!!! I’m in love with Molly!!!!!! what a beautiful tone !!!!! she needs to be in top 40 … come on !!!!

  • Duke

    Steve! where in the hell did that voice come from?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!!? loved loved loved it!

  • sma11ie

    Ooh, The Script! Good song choice. He was just okay though. Tone-wise, not a big fan. Good voice though.

  • Valentin432

    Wow, Steve was disturbingly great just like Steven said.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Very pleasantly surprised by Steve! Totally did not expect that.

  • Jx223

    I liked Steve’s performance.

  • Lovesyesha

    So far, Molly and Thia are my favorite voices out of auditionees this season. Having said that, they should have in no way lowered the age to 15 (even though Thia is 15). The way the first 15 year old broke down when being told she wasn’t ready (she wasn’t),and the whole thing about “waiting her whole life” and “this is all she wanted her whole life” just shows how fragile and unstable these kids really are. Big mistake idol.

  • gangreen29

    Randy just called Kelly and Jordin fat lol!

  • sma11ie

    Randy just called Kelly and Jordin fat lol!

    LOL he did! I wonder if either of them are watching? I hope they tweet something, hahahah… oh Randy. Ugh.

  • windmills

    I’m with everybody who liked Tiwan’s performance more than Jerome’s. Definitely enjoyed Steve and Haley too.

    At least Randy was technically saying that Kelly and Jordin aren’t model skinny but I did cringe a little at that. That’ll definitely be a watercooler topic tomorrow morning.

  • pattycake

    I don’t believe it was no because she was too fat. I believe it was because she was too old.

  • lili_anne7

    Wow steve was so good, I wasn’t expecting to hear that at all.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Randy opens his mouth & inserts foot.

  • ms0712

    Vernika stomps out, after accusing the panel of rejecting her because she’s fat. Oy. No chick, you suck.

    LMAO :)

  • Valentin432

    I don’t believe it was no because she was too fat. I believe it was because she was too old.

    Or because her voice sucked.

  • Duke

    Jesus! the dude with the long hair and glasses. what was name?? OMG MILWALKEE!!!! wow. wow. wow. wow. wow. wow. wow.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Scott… wow… I am seriously so impressed with the contestants tonight

  • sma11ie

    Amos Lee guy has a great tone, but too much vibrato. Needs to get that under control.

  • iluvai

    I’m with Jennifer, Scott is awesome! I liked him before he opened his mouth, oh and he can sing! So cute.

  • lili_anne7

    I have to agree with J Lo, that guy’s voice was impressive.

  • sunchick

    Trying to avoid the temptation to make a lame joke about Randy being in the dawg house…

    oss:
    01/26/2011 at 8:58 pm
    Some day there may be American Idol reenactors.

    Or American Idol Fanwar reenactors.

  • Jx223

    I actually thought that the Alfred guy was going to have a good audition. I thought that Scott had a decent voice.

  • Duke

    i will kill innocent babies if scott dangerfield and molly swenson don’t make top 40

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    ok cool thanks for the explanations..i think i like get it a little more; i dont agree, but now i understand-thanks

    ughh stupid snow-its making me miss like some of idol D:

  • Valentin432

    Milwaukee Braves? lMAO

  • iluvai

    She looks like Toni Collette. :)

  • sma11ie

    Has this chick ever seen Carly do Come Together? Dude, she was not that great. They are sending WAY too many people through.

  • Duke

    They shoulda let Gokey stay and do the Dream On scream for her…

  • Valentin432

    Come on, no Gokey montage on Dream On? During a Milwaukee audition?
    I feel so robbed.

  • aa618892

    Or American Idol Fanwar reenactors.

    Hahahaha! Oh good one! Brutal and bloody.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    lolll valentin432

    does anyone kno like on average how many auditions the JUDGES actually see in all the cities??? im guessing about…120 per city? idk

  • jokiebird

    I just listened to some of Scott’s stuff on MySpace–way too electronica and it didn’t need to be that way!! Looking forward to hearing him just sing, he was terrific.

  • gangreen29

    Somewhere around there Luv, sometimes up to 150, sometimes as few as 100.

  • aa618892

    I am actually enjoying this. Scott is my favorite so far too. Great confidence and stage presence on top of a gorgeous voice.

  • steph6449

    Come on, no Gokey montage on Dream On? During a Milwaukee audition?
    I feel so robbed.

    Maybe later, lol. If Danny comes on the show to sing his new single in the spring :)

  • CindyM

    haha!

    Billboarddotcom
    Thank you, Alyson Jados, for being unwilling to follow in Gokey’s “Dream On” footsteps. #thememorylingers #idol 3 minutes ago via web

  • gangreen29

    They are sending WAY too many people through.

    I’m glad they are sending a ton of people to Hollywood because it gives them more options.

  • webster

    Every 15 year old who sang in front of the judges on the first day of auditions got a golden ticket. Ugh.

    I’ve not read the whole thread, so maybe this has been said, but:

    While it’s likely that this is just so they can hype the kiddos, maybe, just, maybe, there’s an embryonic soul in the producers that leads them to save the stringing-along, on-air humiliation for the grown-ups, and just quietly dismissed the bad 15 year olds in the first cuts.

  • sma11ie

    Seriously? They’re recapping the pimpees?

  • partyintheusa

    A Danny Gokey sob story except his chick is still alive. He’s good but not remarkable.

  • tierbee

    I hate when this damn show makes me cry.

  • sma11ie

    The Script getting lotsa airtime today! Wow, I hate sob stories, but I totally cried. I don’t think Chris is that good, but yeah, totally emotionally manipulated by AI right now. Ooh, Life After You sounds good in this montage. Daughtry’s voice is so right for montages it seems.

  • Duke

    wow. chris medina’s story. that footage. geeze. rough shit. i cant imagine something like that.

    on the other hand, milwalkee succeeded in finding their Gokey 2.0.

    omg. wow. this is traumatic. they have her in the room? quite possibly the most unreal backstory. i still dont know what to think.

  • iluvai

    Damn, that’s a tear jerker. I wish them both well. Yi yi yi,

  • tierbee

    Especially when they manipulate the crap out of me lol. But it’s still fricking sad dammit.

  • lili_anne7

    wow, that last backstory was so sad. I have so much respect for the guy. Most people wouldn’t have stayed in that situation, but he did.

  • Valentin432

    Katelyn Epperly from last year’s semifinals, tweeted about Haley.

    iamK_Epperly Katelyn Epperly
    I love my fans for always loving and sticking up for me, but I must say- Haley was my girl last season in Chicago! Good luck girlfran #AI10

  • claudette

    Great show! I love the judges…just hope they are better at putting through good talent. I loved a lot but Scott and Molly I really liked.

  • gangreen29

    There were a lot of good people tonight. One of the most talented audition shows they have ever had. I would say Haley, Thia, Molly, Tiwan, and Naima were my favorites.

  • Trina

    Damn you AI you manipulative bastards

    *sobbing like a baby*

  • Nina1

    That was the backstory to beat all backstories. (Steven Tyler was great with the girlfriend.)omigod.

    he’s got a very rich, striking alto. Very nice. The judges are duly impressed. It’s three yeses for Molls (probably what her friend Bunny calls her).

    Actually, I think that is what friend Muffy calls her. I would have liked this girl better if she hadn’t dropped where she got her education so fast. She doesn’t want (or need) it bad enuf; America ain’t gonna like her.

    What was up with Jennifer Lopez’ neck tonight?

  • Indigobunting

    Catching up on DVR.

    Scott was really good. He has a nice personality too. And from Milwaukee. My favorite so far

    Hope he makes it to the top.

    I wish Steven would just rib Danny about Dream On already so everyone can get it out of their system :lol:

  • earthy

    Chris Medina song “What Has Become Of Me”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSXbWffIw4Q

    The guy sounds decent but yes he will get tons of votes from his story alone.

  • sagi

    Coincidence? A Danny Gokey like sob story from his own Milwaukee? I see they already have the pimp-age video. And note to family and friends, if I am ever incapacitated in that way, DO NOT exploit me or my story on national T.V. in front of millions to further yours or any cause!

  • Studio57

    I was so hoping that since Gokey was in Milwaukee that they would have pulled him on stage when that girl was singing for a little SCREAM ON reprise. What a missed opportunity! It would have been like a Tosh.0 web redemption, without the better ending.

    Yeah, Gokey 2.0 was all that was going through my head when they brought out that poor girl. I cried but 5 minutes later felt manipulated.

    Having said that, I loved Tyler’s response to her. He probably has no idea how many times this has been done, so his interaction with her seemed genuine.

  • stewardone1

    i read on one of the blogs that chris medina’s girlfriends treatments are costing them eight thousand a treatment, some experimental treatment for traumatic brain injury. anyway she has them like eight times a month or something… so do the math…
    the facebook page for his chick takes donations set up by a foundation in her name… her peeps say chris has done many fundraisers for her… and that chris knows it wont go over well, but that he really doesnt care… they need to raise money for YEARS of massive medical treatments…
    SO I WOULDNT BE TO HARD ON THE DUDE M J, GUYS GOTTA DO WHAT THE GUYS GOTTA DO…
    also his fiances dad says whether he marries his daughter now or not, he owes chris everything for everything he has done for juliana, and that DUDE has gone above and beyond what any other man would have done… so i hope he atleast gets a something outta this…

  • CindyM

    Actually, I think that is what friend Muffy calls her. I would have liked this girl better if she hadn’t dropped where she got her education so fast. She doesn’t want (or need) it bad enuf; America ain’t gonna like her.

    Gotta be honest, I don’t understand the attitude that someone should hide their successes in order to get people to feel sorry for them or to make people feel she’s “just like them” in order to get a vote. What’s wrong with the fact that this girl is accomplished? I’m sure she worked damn hard for her degree, don’t see why it’s considered a negative. I just don’t get it.

  • girlygirl

    that last sob story was a new low, even for Idol. I’m not gonna judge the fiance, but the producers should know better.

  • lovemyidol

    sma11ie:
    … They are sending WAY too many people through

    Completely agree. Of those that I saw, some were very good, but most were mediocre. I can’t help but think if Simon was still there, not that many would have gotten through. But with that said, I like Steven and JLo.

    I missed some auditions b/c of the snow. Looking forward to the videos MJ.

  • sonyab

    The people I loved are

    Scott McCreery

    Hayley Reinheart

    Scott Dangerfield

    Alyson Jaydos

    Chris Medina

    Comments

    Scott McCreery: Holy Canoli! I love his deep voice!!! :)

    Hayley Reinheart: Why didn’t they show her audition last year? I mean the tape. They always do with other people.

    Chris Medina: Oh damn!!! :( I got emotional!!! What a great guy! He isn’t even married to her yet. :( Love his singing voice!!

  • Indigobunting

    on the other hand, milwalkee succeeded in finding their Gokey 2.0.

    That guy is from Chicago.

    I thought he was really good.

    Damn, that made me cry too

  • Banished

    It wouldn’t be an AI audition if there were no sob stories. I was seriously moved by how incredibly genuine and sweet Steven Tyler was with the last guy’s girlfriend. And while she may seem like a vegetable to you, MJ, she can still comprehend what’s happening. And after all her fiance has done to care for her, I am sure she doesn’t mind being manipulated by the show one bit if it’s going to help the love of her life reach his dream…I was sick of Gokey during season 8 as I may become with this guy if he makes it any farther, but give him at least one day in the spotlight!

  • Studio57

    stewardone- not speaking for MJ but I think the show was being manipulative not the Medina kid.

    As far as Harvard Girl- yeah, i’m not gonna want to vote for someone that has not just a good paying job, but a DREAM job. She just doesn’t need a win like all the other kids who live and breathe it. “Oh I did it on a whim! I work for Obama!In the White House! I went to Haaaaarvard!” I’m glad Randy punched her.

    JUST KIDDING.

  • CindyM

    As far as Harvard Girl- yeah, i’m not gonna want to vote for someone that has not just a good paying job, but a DREAM job.

    Actually, if she’s a White House Intern, that’s a non-paid position.

  • abbysee

    Yes, we are being manipulated, and I hated that they wheeled Chris Medina’s fiancée into the audition room, but I have to say the man has character. I mean I have heard about dudes ditching their girlfriends when they gain a bit of weight. He stayed, wow. Unbelievable. His singing wasn’t exactly impressive, but I’d like the hear more. That being said, he took part in the manipulation, as did her family, otherwise we wouldn’t have seen most of that. Steven Tyler is a mensch though, and adorable, sweet, zany man.

    That Vernika or whatever that name is, reminds me that some people are just delusional. She played the FAT card, lol. I love this show, lol. Randy, I love ya, but you got some ‘splaining to do.

    I have a theory about why they are putting through imho so many so so singers. I think it’s the ‘growth’ thing that everyone talks about. It’s like some years the winner isn’t necessarily the best singer, but the one who has shown the most growth through the competition. As we all know some of the ones who start off as front runners usually don’t win, so when you have so many youngsters and moderate talents, and then you put them through the Iovine (hope I spelled his name correctly)Idol school, voila, you get an idol that develops before your eyes, and makes everyone feel all warm and fuzzy. Well that’s my theory anyway.

    ETA:

    That was American Idol, aka The Danny Gokey show, featuring a page from the Gokey exploitation handbook. Highly effective, until it backfires…they better be very careful the way they play this.

  • RightNow

    Certainly a great night for Danny. Really glad the producers of AI went with Danny’s suggestion to have the mid-west auditions in Milwaukee for Season 10. A lot of impressive talent. But it was too bad they did not show Matt who was with Danny at the auditions last summer. But at least he has a sense of humor about it.

  • gangreen29

    I am very conflicted on the Chris Medina thing. I understand the point of view of those who believe it was exploitative. However, I don’t think the solution would be to just not show her. That borders on keeping the disabled hidden because they upset people for me. Also, they must have massive medical bills so having her story get out might help them raise money. I reserve the right to be upset though if the story is continually brought up though.

  • Nina1

    I’m sure she worked damn hard for her degree, don’t see why it’s considered a negative. I just don’t get it.

    I’m sure she did work hard for her degree. It’s only a negative if handled wrong. She had little musical ambition and she has many options; her competition does not necessarily. We do root for underdogs and I don’t think she could ever win for that reason.

  • Valentin432

    Lol Studio 57.
    I don’t care where these people come from, but yeah I doubt that backstory will help her with the voters.

    Chis Medina is trending on tiwtter so that pimp piece worked, I guess.

    The Script are getting a big jump:
    123. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) – The Script

  • Indigobunting

    But it was too bad they did not show Matt who was with Danny at the auditions last summer.

    I know, I was so bummed we didn’t get to see Matt.

    Good TV; entertaining and the two hours went quickly.

    I liked quite a few people tonight.

  • Studio57

    CindyM:
    01/26/2011 at 10:33 pm
    As far as Harvard Girl- yeah, i’m not gonna want to vote for someone that has not just a good paying job, but a DREAM job.

    Actually, if she’s a White House Intern, that’s a non-paid position.

    That would be better but still- you go to Harvard for a great education and then go on American Idol on a whim instead of pursuing your career? Eh. whatever floats her boat.

    Am I the only one that noticed Naima had incredibly hairy armpits? She looked like she was hiding Gary Coleman under there.

  • Willis

    That last segment was good TV. Maybe the new Gokey. Tell you now I won’t vote for him. I thought the judges gave a few too many free passes tonight. The begging 15 yr old and the rocker/Tyler fan chick were not worthy.

    Edit: Tyler was great tonight. He show’s that he’s interested. Both J-Lo and Randy were good too. I think I’m liking this team. Really looking forward to seeing how they do on the live shows.

  • Studio57

    Oh- and Emma Henry could be a sleeper. She was off key a little but something about her look and tone reminded me of a Haley Williams. I have to hear her some more.

    Trying to stay away from the spoilers to see if she made it.

  • zuper

    Say what you want about the story being manipulative or exploitive, but lets not be disrespectful to the woman who was injured here. Referring to her as the vegetable or the veg is unnecessary and offensive. American Idol is just a reality show. She is a real person and she deserves better than to be called names.

  • webster

    Come on, no Gokey montage on Dream On? During a Milwaukee audition?
    I feel so robbed.

    Hahahhahahahhahahha. Seriously.

    I like Molly, the accountant dude, and Scott. Also, Scotty, though his bag ain’t my bag. I think all of them sound like they’ll just get better as we hear more, like they’ve got a lot more on the tank. Like, they can really sing, not just people who learned a song.

    And, Steven, dude. You said “pitchy”. I am so disappointed.

  • Duke

    Im still so thrown off by the last audition. I cant decide. I mean like, it was A LOT to handle. And it is the guy’s fiance. What if she loved watching the show and Chris knew it would make her happy to meet the judges? I think there is a thin line between something sweet and something that exploits, but i cant find out where i stand on this one. its deff a tear-jerker tho.

  • sartana60

    Can’t help but root a little for Chris Medina after that show-ending segment. Watch a video he posted the day he was to be married.

    My favorites from Milwaukee also included Chris McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Tiwan Strong. A recap and Simon Snarky awards here.

  • Mark

    Hmm… will be catching up later, but should say…

    I am very conflicted on the Chris Medina thing. I understand the point of view of those who believe it was exploitative. However, I don’t think the solution would be to just not show her. That borders on keeping the disabled hidden because they upset people for me. Also, they must have massive medical bills so having her story get out might help them raise money. I reserve the right to be upset though if the story is continually brought up though.

    Not sure about the medical bill theory (doubtful it’d help), but I’d definitely say that she’s being treated like an object. I’d be far more sensitive to that than to not being shown in particular like most of the other family members (as a disabled person, though admittedly not in the same way at all).

    Now, here’s the thing. I’m willing to bet Chris, like Gokey, probably meant well, and that he’s been living in a universe that’s not particularly conscious of her in that way. Danny kind of had the church, and it’s confessional nature, as a template for dealing with Sofia, one that made for uncomfortable TV. Will watch when I can to see if Chris is kinda the same.

    But, um, wow. What an unpleasant surprise.

  • gangreen29

    I think there is a thin line between something sweet and something that exploits, but i cant find out where i stand on this one. its deff a tear-jerker tho.

    I’m at the same place Duke.

  • pineappletree

    I am disgusted. AI has sunk further into the abyss for me. I can’t believe they (Chris and AI) exploited that poor woman like that…disgusting.

  • tibitibis

    Her name is Juliana Ramos ,she still a human being,she still having a name, she still needing attention, she still having feelings, she’s not a vegetal, looks to me like she knew what was happening,and she was truly happy for him and if they (Chris, Juliana and Family)agree to do this , i have not complains,better a real sob story than the many fake they did in the last years.

    For some people this exposure can be exploitation, but for them is a way to still doing her treatment, so ‘Exposure for Humanitarian reasons’…..i’m fine with that.

  • abbysee

    I am very conflicted on the Chris Medina thing. I understand the point of view of those who believe it was exploitative. However, I don’t think the solution would be to just not show her. That borders on keeping the disabled hidden because they upset people for me. Also, they must have massive medical bills so having her story get out might help them raise money. I reserve the right to be upset though if the story is continually brought up though.

    I figure that the exploitation is a two way street. They could have told his story without her there, but it wouldn’t have been as effective, on the other hand you can’t way she’s being used by the show necessarily, as her family had to have allowed that. On the other hand, in order to get her story out for maximum efficacy for her own good, she had to be seen right? I just think they have to tread gingerly.

    Say what you want about the story being manipulative or exploitive, but lets not be disrespectful to the woman who was injured here. Referring to her as a vegetable or a veg is unnecessary and offensive. American Idol is just a reality show. She is a real person and she deserves better than to be called names.

    I don’t know if it was disrespectful so much as insensitive, and frankly a bit uncharacteristically over the top, imho. Sorta made me wince, when reading it.

  • webster

    We do root for underdogs

    Bleh. Not me. That ranks right up there with geography as the worst reason to vote for someone, IMO.

    Besides, There’s plenty of contestants that are college graduates. These days, that’s fairly middle America.

  • tinawina

    Well, controversy aside…. I thought tonight had a great group of singers, but more importantly, a diverse set of interesting styles. I saw several people I am very interested in following, so this was a win for me.

  • windmills

    Studio57: That would be better but still- you go to Harvard for a great education and then go on American Idol on a whim instead of pursuing your career? Eh. whatever floats her boat.

    Wait so just because a person dared to get a college degree he or she is obligated to immediately follow that up by pursuing a career in line with that degree instead of singing? Lots of people take time off after college before they jump into the professional world. Some people even think that’s the healthy thing to do. Sometimes you discover something that makes you change your path from what you thought it was.

    ITA that backstory wouldn’t get Molly many votes but I really disagree with the idea that just because somebody went to college and got a degree in something else it means they’re less sincere about doing AI. This girl was obviously also singing while she was in college too. I’d bet she was in one of the Harvard a cappella groups.

  • Duke

    ya. i agree with the fact that the woman is not a vegetable by any means. she was waving when she came into the room. and i think they are able to communicate in some kind of way that showed she was ok with it.

  • steph6449

    I was so hoping that since Gokey was in Milwaukee that they would have pulled him on stage when that girl was singing for a little SCREAM ON reprise. What a missed opportunity! It would have been like a Tosh.0 web redemption, without the better ending.

    Well, it would have been difficult as Danny was doing promo and cheering on the candidates at the original cattle call auditions, with Matt, in the Bradley Center arena. The judges were months later at a different location with no Matt or Danny around.

    But I won’t be amazed if maybe there is an acknowledgment of Dream On when (probably) Danny comes back on AI later with Steven as a judge. Maybe they should laugh it off and do a mini-duet together ;)

  • Jx223

    My favorites of the night in order were;

    #1-Molly My favorite of the night, I look forward to hearing her sing more and am interested in seeing what songs she might end up singing.

    #2-Steve- I enjoyed his audition and thought it was a pleasant surprise

    #3- 16 year old singer Scott (The Deep Voice Country singer).

    #4. Tiwan

    I noticed that the other Scott was a getting a nice amount of love on Twitter. I thought he had a decent voice, but I have to hear him sing more before I decide how much I like his voice.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Haley/Emma didn’t last very long. I don’t think that either one of them are particulary good singers. Though Emma’s voice sounds a little interesting.

    I think that Hayley/Jerome had decent voices, but that they both oversung in their auditions.

    I think that Thia has an interesting voice and that Naima’s voice is decent, but it doesn’t really stand out/sound unique to me. I think that Naima’s voice is decent but in a generic sounding way.

  • Kris

    Say what you want about the story being manipulative or exploitive, but lets not be disrespectful to the woman who was injured here. Referring to her as the vegetable or the veg is unnecessary and offensive. American Idol is just a reality show. She is a real person and she deserves better than to be called names.

    I agree. She is still a human being.

  • Valentin432

    Yep, Breakeven is climbing the chart.

    65. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) – The Script

  • Grammie Kari

    Actually, if she’s a White House Intern, that’s a non-paid position.

    Thank you for pointing that out, Cindy. I worked as an intern for a powerful U.S. Congressman and I was not paid. You do have perks and that’s why there are so many that desire the position. Now, it is possible Molly does get paid but it isn’t as much as one would think. I like her and her unique voice. Also, we only hear what Idol wants us to hear. She may have done some singing while in college.

    People need to remember that doors are opened for future political positions such as a commentator on cable news or a run for office. Plus, you get to meet some very powerful and sometimes famous people. She’s a smart chick and talented as well.

  • Duke

    ok, the woman is clearly capable of understand her surroundings. she was fucking waving when they wheeled her in the room. so all-in-all shes still coherent. so why shouldn’t his wife be allowed to attend his audition? i’m drifting towards the side of being ok with AI showing the wife. it is his wife. they showed phil stacey’s and a boat load of other idol wivess after EACH performance on idol. so now we are saying that because she was dealt the completely tragic hand of being handicapped (to say the least) the rest of her life, she now shoud be further punished by saying “you can’t come to your fiance’s audition and we can’t show you because we would be exploiting you.” that doesn’t make sense. by all accounts, shes still a human being. im pro-wife. i dont think it would be fair to her if she wants to watch her hubby live.

  • Studio57

    Wait so just because a person dared to get a college degree he or she is obligated to immediately follow that up by pursuing a career in line with that degree instead of singing? Lots of people take time off after college before they jump into the professional world. Some people even think that’s the healthy thing to do.

    If you bothered to read my posts I believe I pointed out that it was because of the job she now holds that I have an issue with, not that she was a college grad. SHE HAS A DREAM JOB. Even if it is an internship that will look a lot better on her resume than trying out for AI, but like I said- whatever floats her boat. It’s her ( probably daddys) money.

    ETA: Even if Medina’s girlfriend was unresponsive, calling her a vegetable is still insensitive.

  • webster

    jI think there is a thin line between something sweet and something that exploits, but i cant find out where i stand on this one.

    I agree. I didn’t find it a tear jerker, but a very difficult situation. If they leave it at what they’ve done so far, I think it’s fine. Modulo, how aware the fiancée was and how much her own wishes were consulted. On the one hand, other people have family members there, other family members have been invited into the audition room. People trot children into those situations, though they are too young to make informed choices about it. But this woman is an adult. I guess I just have to trust that her loved ones didn’t put her in a situation that was against h wishes.

    If the show drops it, and just let’s Chris compete as normal, then I’m ok. But if they Gokefy it, I’ll be annoyed.

  • oqwerd

    ok, the woman is clearly capable of understand her surroundings. she was fucking waving when they wheeled her in the room. so all-in-all shes still coherent. so why shouldn’t his wife be allowed to attend his audition? i’m drifting towards the side of being ok with AI showing the wife. it is his wife. they showed phil stacey’s and a boat load of other idol wivess after EACH performance on idol. so now we are saying that because she was dealt the completely tragic hand of being handicapped (to say the least) the rest of her life, she now shoud be further punished by saying “you can’t come to your fiance’s audition and we can’t show you because we would be exploiting you.” that doesn’t make sense. by all accounts, shes still a human being. im pro-wife. i dont think it would be fair to her if she wants to watch her hubby live.

    this so much.

  • Grammie Kari

    Studio57:
    01/26/2011 at 10:45 pm
    Oh- and Emma Henry could be a sleeper. She was off key a little but something about her look and tone reminded me of a Haley Williams.

    I agree with you! Remember her mother said she was sick and she did look like she had a bad cold. I am glad she was given a chance because she will probably sound better. If she can’t handle the heat of the competition, she’ll go home.

    I was very impressed with the show again tonight! This has been the best auditions Idol has had. I notice there are several young black males getting through which has been needed. I also liked Thai but wonder if it fair. She certainly won’t feel the same nervousness that most 15 year-olds might feel. I see TOP 10 here.

  • windmills

    Studio57: If you bothered to read my posts I believe I pointed out that it was because of the job she now holds that I have an issue with, not that she was a college grad. SHE HAS A DREAM JOB. Even if it is an internship that will look a lot better on her resume than trying out for AI, but like I said- whatever floats her boat. It’s her ( probably daddys) money.

    Ah but my point still stands. You’ve assumed that a) Molly couldn’t defer her internship (they’ll sometimes accommodate stuff like this), b) potentially being able to make a career out of singing wasn’t as big a dream for her as the internship, c) exploring other options isn’t the right thing for her, and d) the exposure she gets from this wouldn’t also potentially help her career, whatever that may be.

  • tibitibis

    I’m not impressed by the youngers tonight, maybe the first kid Scott, but then he don’t has a teenager voice at all lol.

    I like the judges tonight too, Jennifer more comfortable on her role, Steven very original and Randy progressing.

    I don’t see why Harvard Girl can’t have a dream too? To dream is not only reserved to some kind of ecomomic conditions …..so what if she has the talent to go for? Seriously !!

  • tibitibis

    I notice there are several young black males getting through which has been needed.

    Agree :)

  • TheOther

    ok, the woman is clearly capable of understand her surroundings. she was fucking waving when they wheeled her in the room. so all-in-all shes still coherent. so why shouldn’t his wife be allowed to attend his audition? i’m drifting towards the side of being ok with AI showing the wife. it is his wife. they showed phil stacey’s and a boat load of other idol wivess after EACH performance on idol. so now we are saying that because she was dealt the completely tragic hand of being handicapped (to say the least) the rest of her life, she now shoud be further punished by saying “you can’t come to your fiance’s audition and we can’t show you because we would be exploiting you.” that doesn’t make sense. by all accounts, shes still a human being. im pro-wife. i dont think it would be fair to her if she wants to watch her hubby live.

    I agree. I think it goes back to the truth – that most people are uncomfortable seeing someone in that situation – so the “exploitive card” is pulled out. I think if her appearance can give some hope to someone in a similar situation, there is nothing exploitative about it at all.

  • iluvai

    Gotta be honest, I don’t understand the attitude that someone should hide their successes in order to get people to feel sorry for them or to make people feel she’s “just like them” in order to get a vote. What’s wrong with the fact that this girl is accomplished? I’m sure she worked damn hard for her degree, don’t see why it’s considered a negative. I just don’t get it.

    I liked her, but it is annoying to me when someone has so many talents! I have nothing against her though. I really liked her voice.

  • zuper

    Duke – Well put. Thank you for looking at it a different way.

  • janerazor

    Re: McCreery
    It’s just nice to hear a deep male voice on Idol. Even if it is from a kid.

  • idolbeat

    Scotty the teen Country Singer is a new favorite of mine but to be honest, this season, I have quite a few favorites already! I don’t think I have liked this many so early on!

    Mr. Dangerfield was a surprise as was Mr. Accountant. Both were great!

    Too bad we can’t vote on someone who gets cut in Hollywood to come back. There is not enough room for all the singers I like to be in the top 20! Please Nigel?

    I LOVE STEVEN TYLER! He was the only one not afraid to hug Chris’ fiancee. Good Lord! Someone can write a book on the was-isms of Steven T. American Idol this year is LOL worthy! A great replacement for the brutally honest remarks of past. And the talent is abundant!

  • iluvai

    I am disgusted. AI has sunk further into the abyss for me. I can’t believe they (Chris and AI) exploited that poor woman like that…disgusting.

    I didn’t perceive it that way. She’s still his fiancee and happy for his success. Traumatic brain injury is a reality, and it’s not pretty. I hope people take notice.

  • Valentin432

    Itunes update:
    # 52. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) – The Script

  • Matt

    Are people really referring to Chris’ fiance as “The Vegetable?”

  • Truthiness

    And, Steven, dude. You said “pitchy”. I am so disappointed.

    Well to his credit, he did follow up with rightly pointing out that she changed key a few times. So there’s that.

    I liked how Molly sang, so not holding that she’s smart and successful, against her. And unless she’s rich, she’s probably in debt up to her eyeballs for her Harvard degree, and being followed by an unpaid internship…well she might need this show.

  • chessguy99

    I liked Scott, Thia and Molly. The rest of the gold tickets were passable. Chris Medina’s story was better than his singing. But, the two shows last week were the same with big sob stories with less than top notch vocals.

  • abbysee

    Well, controversy aside…. I thought tonight had a great group of singers, but more importantly, a diverse set of interesting styles. I saw several people I am very interested in following, so this was a win for me.

    Agreed!

  • Studio57

    Ah but my point still stands. You’ve assumed that a) Molly couldn’t defer her internship (they’ll sometimes accommodate stuff like this), b) potentially being able to make a career out of singing wasn’t as big a dream for her as the internship, c) exploring other options isn’t the right thing for her, and d) the exposure she gets from this wouldn’t also potentially help her career, whatever that may be.

    That’s alot of what ifs, lol. I see your point but it doesn’t really matter. Like I said- whatever floats her boat- I don’t think she has the package to make it the whole way anyway but good luck to her- hope Obama gives her her internship/ job back :)

  • Niall

    I’m uncomfortable with where the Chris Medina and Juliana Ramos thing is going because this is a competition that relies on audience voting. If he makes it to the voting rounds and his Fiancee is still central to his story, a national tv audience could easily make an undeserving singer the American Idol, out of some misguided pity. I have nothing but sympathy for both parties but I don’t want to be beaten over the head with the situation weekly like I was with Gokey and his late wife. On top of that, I just didn’t like Chris as a singer. Nice guy. Loyal as they come. Not one of the best so far. Not even close.

    I really liked Thia and Jerome.

  • ptebwwong

    I don’t think AI or Chris Medina exploited Chris’s fiancee. Let me say this. What if he makes it top the top 10 or 12 this year? Which is possible. All contestants after performing have their families shown. If Chris’s fiancee is shown every week until the end of his run, is AI exploiting this woman? I don’t think so. If none of Chris’s family is shown after his performances because his fiancee is sitting with them, I think this could be considered discrimination to Chris’s fiancee because of her condition. It wouldn’t make any sense for Chris’s family being the only family never to be shown on American Idol.

  • jpfan

    Well that def was the sob story to end all sob stories. I have no idea what condition this woman is in so I can’t say if she is chosing to be there or not. As a singer Chris was okay, no better or worse than most of them.

    However, with this back story which I’m sure they’ll exploit, he’s a lock for the Top 12 or 13 or whatever it is. Be careful Idol, or you’ll end up with another chubby guy doing lite rock as your winner. Even though they’re loading up with 15 year old girls, the primarily middle aged women who watch Idol will not be stopped.

  • steph6449

    I didn’t think Chris M was much more than ordinary/~nice as a singer. The background profile and his fiancee appearing during the audition were powerful but I just personally don’t connect that to choosing someone as a vocalist. It’s interesting information, sometimes, and personalizes the people a little. But they can either sing and come off likable on stage, or not.

    (And yes, Danny fan here, but before becoming more interested in it, during the AI seasons I only lightly watched the show during the audition and other early/mid-season rounds. I saw a bit of Danny’s audition when it aired, but totally missed all the bio stuff about him. Also never even knew about his AI bff Jamar until sometime during the AI Tour, lol. Watching the show and watching the show are totally different things for casual viewers.)

    Brian Mansfield has an item up on Chris M.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/01/chris-medina-a-closer-look/1?csp=34

  • Joanna

    MJ, your name calling of Juliana is completely insensitive. You certainly wouldn’t allow anyone commenting on Glee to refer to Kurt as “the gay” (or something much more offensive), and no one would get away with calling Jennifer Hudson “the black” (or something much more offensive). Referring to a disabled person as “the vegetable” or “kind of a veg” is completely wrong.

  • jpfan

    Wow, so much information already in Brian’s column. I guess Idol sent out all this info prior to the show unless Chris M has a PR firm getting it all out (which I doubt). Although you never know.

  • Grammie Kari

    On Google, Molly’s page mentions Harvard a cappella which was initially conceived as an all-male quartet singing jazz standards.

    After the 1975 founding of the Radcliffe Pitches, an all-female counterpart to the Kroks, Harvard’s a cappella scene grew steadily.

    I thought she might be involved in singing while at Harvard. I would like to see her get to TOP 40, but the political aspect may work against her. She is a better singer than Ayla Brown.

  • MayMirabella

    The show really seems determined to get as many 15 year olds as they can further along in the show. All the articles I am reading plus what Ryan said tonight about Bieber Fever clearly shows Idol wants their own Beiber or Taylor Swift. So I think this year, the majority of the finalists will 18 or younger. But I think with the audience voted, Nigel and the other producers and judges may be surprised that the audience may not end up voting for a 15 or 16 year old to win. As i do believe Jordin Sparks was the youngest winner and she was 17, I think? Of course, some runnerups have been 16 or around that age, I am thinking Archie and Diana DeGarmo but most years, the finals are between 2 people in their mid to late 20s usually.

    I sitll think if the producers are bound and determined not to have a male win, they will need to tweek the voting system. As the last time, there were 2 girls in the final and a final 4 consisting of all girls was Season 3 with Fantasia, Diana, Jasime and Latoya all Top 4…that was the Jennifer Hudson year where the women were very strong and the men were very weak. I am not sure that has happened since ?

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    How embarrassing to watch how Medina’s story was exploited. He’s not that good of a singer but will use his fiance for the votes. UGH UGH.

  • steph6449

    Wow, so much information already in Brian’s column. I guess Idol sent out all this info prior to the show unless Chris M has a PR firm getting it all out (which I doubt). Although you never know.

    Brian’s a reporter, lol? He probably had the names from spoiler sites and prepared some research to get his columns out ahead of time so all he had to do tonight was just add a few comments based on the show that aired..

    And sure, maybe there is some background AI promo material or other sources feeding him information. But probably a lot he could just dig up online from the usual methods.

  • gangreen29

    Brian’s a reporter, lol? He probably had the names from spoiler sites and prepared some research to get his columns out ahead of time so all he had to do tonight was just add a few comments based on the show that aired..

    Also, Chris’s story ran on TMZ last week.

  • Ratna12

    West Coaster here,
    This episode is funny, the Civil War guy and the family member of Tiwan Strong who got a charlie horse.
    Everybody was celebrating and totally ignored her plea. :)

  • Jx223

    I didn’t think Chris M was much more than ordinary/~nice as a singer

    .

    I agree, I think that Chris seems like a nice guy,but that his voice was just kind of ordinary. It didn’t sound unique or very good to me. He’s only going to get so far in the competition with it, IMO.

  • Valentin432

    My take on the Medina backstory:
    Will certainly help him get fans, AI will benefit from the buzz around his audition and he does have a good voice IMO.
    That won’t be nearly enough to win the show.

    No winner has had a prmotion piece pimping his/her backstory and none were featured at the end of an audition episode.
    The judges/producers have a lot of time to slowly let the guy down during the finals.

    Itunes update:
    # 45. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) – The Script

  • milwlovesadam

    The interesting thing about the young Idols is that I think they have to go to “school” just like actors do on set. That means that they would have less time to rehearse and train than the older contestants.

    Does anybody know if this is true?

    I just don’t think most of those 15 year olds can handle the stress. And, I wonder if they will be allowed parental contact while in the Idol bubble.

    BTW: If Chris Medina’s wife is called any demeaning names, I don’t think it should be tolerated. She is brain injured. It is a disability, like any other. Name calling would be politically incorrect and immature. IMHO.

    Do I think they’ll use/exploit it? You bet they will. Just like they used/exploited Danny’s dead wife while pimping him on Idol. Makes me sick honestly.

  • Indigobunting

    I don’t think Chris will coast on his story. Sure he has a nice voice and he seems like a superb human being in my book (sticking by a fiance like that? Yeesh;, not even his wife) but if he doesn’t sing well in the contest people won’t vote. And it can hurt him like AI pimping Danny’s story hurt him.

    I don’t think anyone was “beaten over the head” with Gokey’s situation like Niall stated- they never mentioned it past the top 13 and I am always amazed how many Danny fans I’ve met have no idea he is a widower (a surprising number don’t watch the show until the top 12). And he wouldn’t have gone as far as he did without raw talent and a great voice. People who don’t like him seem to think he was voted for because of his story-but that is a fallacy. If he only received votes for this story he wouldn’t have sold like he did, and people wouldn’t come to his concerts like they do. And he wouldn’t get the favorable reviews for his music and shows that he has received.

    Why do I mention this? Because I don’t think Chris Medina will go far if he can’t deliver. At least I hope not. The AI brand needs a successful winner.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    ok, the woman is clearly capable of understand her surroundings. she was fucking waving when they wheeled her in the room. so all-in-all shes still coherent. so why shouldn’t his wife be allowed to attend his audition?

    I’m not convinced she knows what was going on or is in a position to fully consent. That’s my problem.

    You guys may think I’m being insensitive, but actually, the thought of this woman being used so Idol fans can shed crocodile tears makes me sick. I have all the compassion for her in the world.

    You certainly wouldn’t allow anyone commenting on Glee to refer to Kurt as “the gay” (or something much more offensive), and no one would get away with calling Jennifer Hudson “the black”

    Let’s see….Kurt is gay and Jennifer is black. I’m not seeing what’s so offensive there. lol.

  • Jx223

    I don’t think anyone was “beaten over the head” with Gokey’s situation like Niall stated- they never mentioned it past the top 13 and I am always amazed how many Danny fans I’ve met have no idea he is a widower (a surprising number don’t watch the show until the top 12). And he wouldn’t have gone as far as he did without raw talent and a great voice. People who don’t like him seem to think he was voted for because of his story-but that is a fallacy. If he only received votes for this story he wouldn’t have sold like he did, and people wouldn’t come to his concerts like they do. And he wouldn’t get the favorable reviews for his music and shows that he has received.

    I agree, Danny’s wife wasn’t mentioned or shown by him or the producers after his semifinal round. . She was not mentioned or shown by him/producers after Top 13. Or on a weekly basis. I’m not sure what will happen in Chris’s situation, I think that could depend on whether or not his fiancee will want to come see him perform on the AI stage.

    I think she’s aware of what he’s trying to do, so she might show up to watch him perform at least once. Maybe more than once. Regardless of whether she shows up/how much she’s mentioned, he is only going to get so far with his voice/backstory, IMO.

    Depending on how many more talented singers make it through, I could see him possibly going the way of Scott, maybe making Top 10 but not winning. I don’t think he will get as far as Danny did and I don’t think he will win.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Brian’s a reporter, lol? He probably had the names from spoiler sites and prepared some research to get his columns out ahead of time so all he had to do tonight was just add a few comments based on the show that aired..

    One word. Interns.

  • Valentin432

    The interesting thing about the young Idols is that I think they have to go to “school” just like actors do on set. That means that they would have less time to rehearse and train than the older contestants.

    Does anybody know if this is true?

    Yes, they have a tutor that teach them during the week. They have less rehearsal time.

  • sylvanaire

    I enjoyed tonight’s show, thought there were quite a few good voices that got through to Hollywood, but there were a few weak ones that got a pass as well. My favorites of the night were:

    1.) Scott McCreery – the young country singer, deep voice. I think he sounds very much like Tracy Lawrence, who was popular some 20 years ago. He only made 1 album I think, then retired. I miss hearing his voice, so I’m kind of excited about Scott. Too many tenors on the radio right now anyway, lol.

    2.) Naima Adedapo – I doubt I’ll ever be able to pronounce her name correctly, but she intrigues me. Nice strong voice, and it looks like she knows who she is. Anybody know what culture she’s from with all the dreads, & colorful flowing robes her family was wearing?

    3.) Thia Megia – I liked her voice too, seemed to know what to do with it, used dynamics, and flourishes that made sense. Plus she’s really pretty and doesn’t seem 15. She seems to have some maturity on her which will make her a lot easier to take for the next 4 months, if she lasts that long.

    4.) Tiwan Strong- I liked his voice, but 29? I knew they lowered the age limit, but didn’t hear they had extended it up also. Maybe it was a typo? Still, he was good. Looking forward to hearing what else he can do.

    5.) Scott Dangerfield – At first his name seemed familiar, and then I realized I was thinking of Rodney Dangerfield, and hoped he wasn’t going to be a joke audition. He also has a little of the young Clay Aiken about him, and one was enough of that. But I was pleasantly surprised with his voice. I didn’t know the song, but I liked it! Combine that with quite a few people I follow on twitter raving about Amos Lee, and I just may have to check out his new album that dropped this week. Scott is another one I’ll be keeping my eye on in Hollywood.

    6.) Alyson – the rocker chick who had the crush on Steven. Both songs she sang were pretty one note. I couldn’t tell if she had any range at all, but I liked the tone of her voice. I’ll have to hear her sing something else before I decide if I really like her. She’s cute though, and I’m glad she got her moment with Steven.

    7.) Chris Medina – was good enough without the backstory, but I suppose something like that, that consumes your whole life, can hardly be ignored. Still, Idol better not over use it or it’ll just be Gokey 2.0, who btw I didn’t like for his singing as much as the initial backstory. He never seemed to understand the concept of dynamics. Everything was shouted. So even after the backstory faded, I still didn’t like him.

    Overall it was a good night, I’m still liking Steven Tyler (please let him still be sweet and funny and witty once we go live!), he seemed a little put out with Randy when he was being mean to one of the auditioners, I can’t remember who now though. JLo was fun too, and Randy was Randy, with a little bit of an edge. What was up with him calling Kelly and Jordan fat?! Blech.

    Looking forward to Nashville tomorrow night. Now there’s a place that should have a LOT of good singers!

  • Keel

    Upshot of tonight’s episode: Do not date guys from Milwaukee or who audition for Idol in Milwaukee. Just sayin’

    But on a serious note, if showing the fiance on TV gets Chris Medina and his fiance even just a little bit of financial help (because I’m sure their bills are astronomical), then I don’t really care about the manipulation/pimping, etc. Sometimes, some things are larger than the show/competition, and their getting much needed help would be a great thing.

  • Niall

    mj is simply pointing out how the AI producers saw Ms. Ramos. I have no doubt their attitude was “let’s get the vegetable on tv, the viewers will love it.” be mad at them for cynically and ruthlessly exploiting her, not mj for pointing out what the motives were.

    Sorry “Danny fans.” AI and Danny solidified his fanbase pre-top 12 on the back of his dead wife, and he tailored his song choices to evoke reminders. It was blatant, but he’s about to be lapped in that category by Medina.

  • Ellessay

    Later tonight, I’ll be the guest on the Idol Radio Show on Blog Talk beginning at 11 pm ET.

    Just wanted to say I listened in tonight and really enjoyed the discussion. Great job, MJ.

    I like the new panel of judges. It’s a completely different kind of vibe than before, and they seem to have great chemistry. I agree that right now it may just be in the editing and it remains to be seen how they do when the show goes live.

    And I’ll go on record to say I don’t care to hear the backstory on any of the contestants at this point. I want to hear them sing and watch them perform. Once they capture my interest, then I may want to know more about them. I hate it when it’s the battle of the backstories. Pity those poor singers who only have their talent to fall back on.

  • jammasta

    Scott McCreery is my favorite of all the auditions so far. And I can do a pretty good impersonation IMO, although it may have ruined my chance at singing Broken Open by Adam Lambert lol. Okay, I admit, I’ve been imitating his voice a LOT tonight. Songs I tried to sing in Scott’s voice include: Born to Fly by Sara Evans, Stay by Shakespears Sister, Fallin by Alicia Keys, Map of Your Head by Muse, and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita(?). Some of these failed. Needless to say, I want MORE of this dude. I also tried singing Adam Lambert songs in his voice, holy crap that was weird.

    Thia Megia is my second favorite tonight, a little biased since we are both Filipino (only half for me), she’s amazing! I loved her on AGT. Her audition was better there IMO (Didn’t like the way she sang the words “chasing pavements” all that much.

    Chris Medina isn’t AMAZING a singer, but he’s a sweet dude. Really good for him. Honestly, based on the personality, I’ll give him a second chance, I do like good personalities. Actually, it started off pretty boring and picked up at the end, ’twas great. Steven Tyler talking to his fiance emasculated me and made me kinda tear up, that was awesome of him. Yes, I hate backstories, but this guy is really genuine. Needs to work on the voice a little, but I like him.

    Scott Dangerfield was pretty good too. Very nice voice on that guy. Took a while for it to hit, IMO, but I really liked it when he DID hit. The image thing about him reminded me a bit of Clay Aiken (I admittedly don’t give Clay enough credit as a Ruben fan).

    Naima Adedapo is my third favorite (I know, out of order :P). Bit of soul, she’s like Rebecca Ferguson and Crystal Bowersox had a baby and forgot to teach her to shave her armpits but gave her an awesome voice (that, mind you, is not the voice-baby of the two) to compensate. Very nice voice on her.

    Favorite auditions for now are Scott McCreery, Jovany Barreto (Honestly, it could be in part because he tweeted me twice :P), and Brett Loewenstern for guys, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo, and Devyn Rush for girls.

  • abbysee

    Just wanted to say I listened in tonight and really enjoyed the discussion. Great job, MJ.

    I listened too, definitely great job on your part MJ. I understand your take on Chris Medina, I just sorta winced with the use of the word vegetable. Niall,

    Sorry “Danny fans.”

    lol! Yep, I think he did exploit the situation, but in retrospect, how could he not. Same thing with this guy I think.

  • steph6449

    It was blatant, but he’s about to be lapped in that category by Medina

    I don’t have any strong feelings either way about the Chris Medina bio segment being aired, but if it becomes another case for him and his fiancee to be the object of a lot of online vitriol that will be unfortunate.

    Danny was objectified quite a bit in that regard during S8. Never got it. The show is a show, it’s not the most important thing in these people’s lives, and I don’t believe they sacrifice their personal and moral values simply to scrape up a few votes. Much less sit around in Machiavellian fashion planning how to portray themselves as charity cases for votes.

    I’d like to think most of the aspiring performers who are serious about being on the show actually like to sing, and are thinking about choosing songs and singing them well. And other important questions like what to wear ;)

    Somebody who wants to be known for a tabloid bio has plenty of reality shows or daytime talk shows they can try to be on. They don’t have to go on a singing show.

  • Inconnu

    Ok. Just finished watching the show. That was good. I’m entertained!
    Loved J-Lo tonight (liked the others too – they’re having fun) and agreed with pretty much with everything she said.
    Obviously there were some finalists (Top 10) in the bunch tonight. I haven’t been spoiled yet but I’m tempted to be, just to know if some made it to the Top 40.
    ETA: Favorites tonight: Naima, Molly, Thia, Hayley
    Probably one of the best Auditions show for me.

  • weelassie

    tripp_ncwy:
    01/26/2011 at 8:36 pm

    If someone locates Taylor Hick’s winners panel, please let me know.

    He is in there but it moves so quickly that it is easy to miss.
    Daughtry, Adam, and Jennifer Hudson are also in the montage.

    here is a link. you may have to watch it a few times

    http://www.examiner.com/american-idol-in-national/american-idol-opening-montage-video

  • Jx223

    I don’t have any strong feelings either way about the Chris Medina bio segment being aired, but if it becomes another case for him and his fiancee to be the object of a lot of online vitriol that will be unfortunate.

    Hopefully he won’t get it as badly as Danny got it. And I think he might not. Because his fiancee is still alive and if people get the sense that she’s happy for him, (like if she shows up and cheers him on)they might lay off of him. She is a real person, who I think is aware of what’s he’s trying to do. I don’t think she’s a vegetable.

    I think he might not get it as badly as Danny got it, especially if people feel like his fiancee is aware of what’s going, and is rooting for him. I think that most people who saw his backstory tonight felt compassion for him and his wife. Even if some were uncomfortable with the presentation of his backstory. He’ll get some hate on the internet, maybe a lot, but possibly not as much as Danny got. And I think most people offline probably won’t hate him or anything like that. (Just like most people offline didn’t hate Danny, though he got a lot of hate online).

  • pmreyn2010

    As far as tonight went, I really liked Molly the intern (and her getting punched in the face by Randy was hilarious!) and I actually really liked Scott McCreery! Representing the baritones! And only 16! Very impressed. Also liked Scott Dangerfield– wasn’t expecting that either! Very cool

    Emma Henry is WAY TOO YOUNG! Love Colorado (home state represent!) but she’s just too young. I was happy Jennifer stood her ground and said she’d get swallowed up. Maybe in a few years, but tonight? Nope.

    Also, if anyone else saw the spoilers MJ posted last night, what happened to the 5th video of the ‘diva’ girl? I thought she had a pretty cool voice and wanted to see more of her tonight, but she wasn’t shown! (And the video isn’t working anymore!) Ah well.

    I’m actually getting excited now. Should be a good season!

  • platoken

    I thought it was the strongest audition city so far. I was finally blown away by the contestants! If we can get these kind of singers in the live shows, then we could be in for a very good season!

  • Tess

    I don’t think idol viewers are as easy to manipulate as some people commenting assume they are. Other than Fantasia as a “single Mom” I don’t think any Idol winner has been handed the crown based on their tear jerker back story…they may have won based on some other criteria other than their talent..but not because American Idol pulled out the pity card.

    I also find it interesting that being to smart, or to pretty, or to handsome, or having to good of a job, or being financial solvent or being to educated is considered “unfair” in the idol heirarchy. And, as an aside, unpaid internships in Washington are usually for a limited time span, like a summer sermester, a single session of Congress, etc. These “jobs” are temporary and are cycled very often.

    I enjoyed this edition of AI…I think the judges are continually improving and I perceive them as having a good time and really being excited about the contestants and having the opportunity to be an AI judge. So far Season 10 is pulling me back in…I even recorded Criminal Minds…that is saying a lot.

  • Buffynut

    Were there contestants tonight? Because I am so in love with Steven Tyler!!

  • Buffynut

    tripp_ncwy:
    01/26/2011 at 8:36 pm

    If someone locates Taylor Hick’s winners panel, please let me know.

    If your talking about the opening montage, Adam’s panel changes into Taylor.
    If you’re talking about the back wall during the audition, it’s there.I think they are all hard to see. They are far away, blurry, and very blue.

  • Indigobunting

    Steph, I agree. Some people are just themselves and take them or leave them :) And that is reflected in one’s artistic choices, of course.

    When it comes to AI, I guess we all have the things that turn us off, whether it is begging and crying for a yes to Hollywood, taking your shirt off, talking about a dead wife or diabled fiancee.

    I disagree that “Danny ‘s fanbase was “solidified on the back of a dead wife”. I personally don’t vote on back stories, and yes I’m a Danny fan, as well as fan of other Idols, none of whom I voted for because of backstories. His dead wife was pretty much a non issue in fan circles, except for those who support his charitable foundation, which is in her name.

    Interestingly enough, for as much as AI loved Danny’s backstory, I noticed with all his camera time tonight that his dead wife was never mentioned or alluded to ;) Just his talent.

    Whatever motive non fans assign to fans of a contestant for voting is only speculation. I think fans of a contestant know why they vote, and it is clear when they continue to buy music, etc, that they like a contestant for their music.

    I hope for the nice Mr. Medina’s sake that he will not garner too much public disdain. Although his style wasn’t my cup of tea, he had a nice voice and I wish him well.

  • Dlynne

    And I’ll go on record to say I don’t care to hear the backstory on any of the contestants at this point. I want to hear them sing and watch them perform. Once they capture my interest, then I may want to know more about them. I hate it when it’s the battle of the backstories. Pity those poor singers who only have their talent to fall back on.

    Ellessay, this is exactly how I feel.

    It was a good show tonight. It was heavier on talent and lighter on the theatrics than in seasons past. As it turns out, however, the teens had the least appeal to me with the exception of Scott McCreery. I’ll be watching him.

    My favorite of the night is Scott Dangerfield. Thia is too affected for my taste. I want to hear “her” voice, not Adele’s. Besides, she doesn’t even compare to Adele. None of the others really stand out for me, even though many of them have nice voices.

  • JosieX

    I disagree that “Danny ’s fanbase was “solidified on the back of a dead wife”.

    Well I can’t speak for all 10 or 20 of us, but as for myself, I first heard Danny when he sang “PYT” on Top 13 night. I thought he was awesome, he and Adam both, and I really liked Lil that night too. Very strong vocalists, and that’s what I like. (Edited to add: I didn’t know anything about Danny’s loss at that time. If I had, it would not have changed the fact that when he sings I love what I hear).

    It was so good to see Danny on the show tonight and think of all the good things that have happened for him. This was a fun night.

    I am enjoying this season a lot so far! I love Steven Tyler, he makes me laugh out loud. And he seems to have a really sweet side to him. Love, love, love him so far. JLo is fine, she hasn’t made as much of an impression yet but she seems nice. I like it so far! I remember this time last year I was whining about it being kind of a hard slog (I had never watched the audition rounds before), but this has been fun.

  • briguyx

    Tess, I have to defend Fantasia. No matter what AI fans think of her now, she was definitely the standout singer of her season and didn’t win based on her single mom status. Her “Summertime” is still one of the great “Idol” performances.

    And to milwalovesadam, yes, the younger contestants do have to attend a few hours of school each day. While it does cut down on their private time to rehearse on their own and hunt for songs, they still get the same amount of rehearsal with the band and the vocal coaches. And they also must have a parent or guardian with them throughout their tenure on “Idol” and even on tour.

  • http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/303318/jimmy_boyd.html jimmyboyd2

    The only reason anyone cares about this Medina story is because this is a voting show. Oprah and other shows have these stories all the time, and no one complains. If you just remove the voting aspect, there’s obviously nothing wrong with this story, and no one would say anything at all.

    Put yourself in AI’s shoes. You spend tens of millions every year promoting this show. This show is a TV business and has to get ratings. They are not going to run a straight show without back stories. It’s not logical in prime time. There would be no American Idol if not for the personalities. A singing contest, by itself, is not enough to get these ratings.

  • Ratna12

    If someone locates Taylor Hick’s winners panel, please let me know.

    If you’re talking about the back wall during the audition, it’s there.I think they are all hard to see. They are far away, blurry, and very blue.

    No, I did not see it. I have DVR and I paused several times.
    From near Randy, it was a pillar, Jordin, Ruben, Fantasia, Cook,
    KRIS <33, Carrie, gap, Lee, Kellie, pillar.
    This sequence was the same I think as in New York and New Orleans audition.

  • soverymel

    nvm

  • springboard

    If you’re talking about the back wall during the audition, it’s there.I think they are all hard to see. They are far away, blurry, and very blue.

    I can only see 8 panels, so unless there is one hidden behind a pillar, someone is missing. The one that are visible to me are those that Ratna lists, Jordin, Ruben, Fantasia, Cook, Kris, Carrie, then a pillat, then Lee, Kelly and a pillar.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Scott McCreery, Thia Megia, Hayley Reinhart! YAY for young contestants!

  • primeminister

    HI ERRBODY :) Long time no see!

    I haven’t been interested in American Idol for a while…but DANG some of the auditions were great!

    My favorites were Scott Dangerfield (got a little of the chill Jason Castro quality about him), Scott McCreery and Molly Swensen (two gorgeous, deep voices!).

    Though they weren’t my personal favorites Thia, Alyson (Steven Tyler fan), Steve (the accountant) and Hayley were also quite impressive – and I haven’t thought that about AI contestants in a while.

    YAY SEASON 10 (….PLEASE DON’T DISAPPOINT ME)!

  • JudyOhio

    Scott McCreery, Haley Reinhart, Scott Dangerfield, Molly Swenson…in that order. Only three show nights into this so far, and I’m already having a good feeling about AI10 shaping up into a good season. Can’t believe I’m actually enjoying the early audition rounds of this thing, but I am! Loving the new judges panel and haven’t missed Simon at all. So far so good :)

  • http://www.lindafoltz.com linda2u

    Am I the only one who is VERY OFFENDED by Randy’s disrespectful behavior towards the auditioners? Steven Tyler has SO much more street cred than Randy and yet he manages to be respectful – even to the bad singers. Randy sits and laughs. Where does he get off treating ANYONE that way? I’m wishing now that he didn’t return to Idol. I adore Steven Tyler and can’t wait to see him more … and think Jennifer is spot on, too, with her critiques, now that she’s gotten used to saying “no”.

  • 10DogMom

    The only time I really got interested last night was when I HOPED against hope that Randy was going to grow a set and tell Emma to come back in another year or two. But nope, he caved and so will she.

    Otherwise – nice voices, but so far this year I’m bored. Pretty sure I was last year, too, during the auditions, and I missed half the Season 8 ones, so I’ll remain hopeful that I’ll get engaged during Hollywood Week.

  • Studio57

    You know what I love about this season? Steven Tyler. Seriously the man saved the show for me and from reading twitter it seems like everyone else has fallen in love with him too. Just saw a link to Fox where they did a poll and 95% voted they love him.

    Hell Fire! Bring some matches. Fuck a duck and see what hatches!

    and yet in the same show this same man takes that girls head in his hands and says:

    That’s why he sings so good — because he sings to you

    gaaaaaaaah! I heart him a million times!

    Itunes for Aerosmith:

    Dream On- #110
    Dream On- #130 (live)
    Don’T Wanna Miss A Thing- #148

  • geekygirl

    MJ said it a load of times but a million thanks for these videos and the blog. I am feeling so good about this season, they have brought the show back to where it should be. A search for talented unknowns. It was becoming a sleazy voyeuristic freak show like all the other reality shows. The message was becoming if you are a crazy, mean, self centered, delusional, badly behaved, foul mouthed, back stabbing attention whore, you will get air time. Some of the shows from past seasons have made me want to take a shower afterwards, eg bikini girl, Tatianna, etc. This show has curbed the crazy, let us see more talent, some raw some gems some average. The Simon show is over, it is a kinder, more articulate panel. Even Randy has had to come up with new expressions. And please dear God, let Steven be as wonderful as he is presenting and not editing magic. Even when he lets them down, he accentuates the positive. I am loving it so far!

  • gabriel oak

    Scott with the glasses and Thia were my favorites tonight. Voices and personalities I want to see more of.

    I agree that they shouldn’t have showed the injured wife at the end getting the golden ticket and being swamped by the judges. It was just too much.

  • wordnerdarchie

    The way Taylor H isn’t shown in the pillars during the audition rounds makes me wonder if he managed to get “control” of the use of his image and didn’t give permission, or is this actually payback by Idol for his fighting for more legal/financial control during and post Idol? Makes you wonder.

  • MaryS-NJ

    Thanks for the videos MJ. I missed the show last night.

    Based on the videos, I really like Naima Adapapo. She’s got a strong, clear voice with a blessed minimum of melisma. Less IS more! She’s pretty in an unconventional way and seems pretty real.

    Thia Megia has a strong voice and is also pretty but I think she sounded a little too “studied” about how to present herself, maybe because she’s been watching this show for most of her life. Her rendition of Chasing Pavements sounded a little copyish (kareoke?) to me, right down to the faux British inflection. Still, if they’re desperate for a teenager to win, I can see why the PTB would see a lot of potential in her. None of the rest of the women did much for me.

    Of the male voices I liked Scott McCreery, Scott Dangerfield, Tiwan Strong and Chris Medina. I agree completely with MJ about using the sob story though. I just wish they would let these kids sing, but I guess the price of making it past the cattle call (if you’re not a telegenic teen) is having a good voice and a memorably back story.

  • Joanna

    MJ, I understand that you don’t like sob stories being used for producer manipulation, and I agree. That’s why I never liked Gokey…since I believe he was in on the manipulation and took an active role in it. However, that does not make it okay for you to call a disabled person derogatory names. Having “all the compassion for her in the world” would mean that you feel bad for her and her situation. I can’t imagine saying I have compassion for someone while calling them offensive names. Not cool.

  • Kirsten

    From tonight, I liked Scott McCreery, Scott Dangerfield and Tiwan Strong. I did not like Molly and I did not like what Thia did to that Adele song. Emma should have waited a few years. Normally, I like contestants like Hayley, but there was just something I couldn’t connect to with her. Alyson should have been a no and Chris seems okay (I do think that we should avoid calling his wife names, though. If she does have limited mental capacity, then it’s not her choice to be on the air and she doesn’t deserve it (but, Ken does). If she does have the mental capacity to consent, then she doesn’t deserve being called a vegetable).

    For all the talk of sob-stories, there were a lot of back stories tonight that were not sob-stories. There was “I play baseball”, “I drive too fast with my learner permit”, “I’m a packer’s fan” (is it just me, or was she pregnant?), etc. The only other possible sob-stories were “I clean the stage and I would rather be on it” and “I’m an accountant” (just kidding. Poor dude needs to get out of that sterile office, though. And he did hit some nice notes).

    Loving the new judging panel. They make the auditions fun again. Tyler is the best.

    The way Taylor H isn’t shown in the pillars during the audition rounds makes me wonder if he managed to get “control” of the use of his image and didn’t give permission,

    Probably not. They still have his picture in the credits.

  • Joanna

    “You certainly wouldn’t allow anyone commenting on Glee You certainly wouldn’t allow anyone commenting on Glee to refer to Kurt as “the gay” (or something much more offensive), and no one would get away with calling Jennifer Hudson “the black”

    “Let’s see….Kurt is gay and Jennifer is black. I’m not seeing what’s so offensive there. lol.”

    You missed my point about ‘or something much more offensive.’ I didn’t want to use the derogatory words to which I was referring. Should I spell it out more clearly? Or do you mean it would be cool if someone called Kurt a faggot? Riiiiiiiight.

  • Mary102

    So because of a power outage in my area, I completely missed the episode! NO! Does anyone know where I can stream/DL the whole thing?

    Otherwise, I read my twitter feed’s reaction to the last guy too, and they pretty much mirrored your sentiments, MJ. I hate the exploitation of other people who aren’t even the actual contestant :-( Like last week with the baby girl. It should really just be all about the contestant. Maybe mention the backstories so you get the fuller picture, but don’t go bringing people out on tv, idk. Too far.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”OMG they ask him to bring the girlfriend in. Let’s just exploit the vegetable! Why not? Ugh. They wheel her in to wave uncomprehendingly. This is really sickening, I’m sorry. Shame on everyone involved. Dude can sing, he doesn’t need to exploit his poor fiance”"”

    I KNOW you are not insensitive but I think this was so cool for her, it looked like she still can feel and see and hear and anything to stimulate her and make her happy, (she looked animated in there and liking it) I actually think is great, rather than sticking her in a room and leaving her be. Is she a vegetable? I didnt see that and I usually dont like these back stories either but this is so sweet of the guy to stick by her and be there, for once it was really touching to me.

  • Inconnu

    Randy is the only one left on this panel to laugh at the contestants while they sing. Can’t help but think that the guy is thinking in the back of his mind that he’ll have to adjust somewhat to those 2 (J.Lo & Tyler) and be more real!

    I don’t go for back-stories much and would rather stick to the singing. I understand though that it’s a TV show and they need them. Personally, I would have preferred that they didn’t bring Chris’ gf on the screen. It was so tragic to see that, so sad. Very hard to watch.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    You missed my point about ‘or something much more offensive.’ I didn’t want to use the derogatory words to which I was referring. Should I spell it out more clearly? Or do you mean it would be cool if someone called Kurt a faggot? Riiiiiiiight.

    No. “Vegetable” is not a pejorative term. It’s descriptive. It does not = “Faggot”. Sorry, I have to disagree with you there.

    I almost edited what I wrote and then I thought, Nope. I’m going to stick by my post. I’m not calling Chris’s wife “names.”

    And to be honest I think I have more compassion for Chris’ wife than some of the viewers and the media I see getting off on the couple’s sob story.

  • Yvonne13

    I thought last night was one of the best episodes of Idol I have ever watched. My favorite so far this year is Naima.

  • sonyab

    Studio57:

    Hell Fire! Bring some matches. Fuck a duck and see what hatches!

    Is THAT what he said?! ROFLMAOPMP! Steven Tyler is so funny! :)

  • sonyab

    mj:

    I almost edited what I wrote and then I thought, Nope. I’m going to stick by my post.

    Okay stick by your post.. Since you are able to call her vegetable on your post, would you be able to call her a vegetable to her face?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Since you are able to call her vegetable on your post, would you be able to call her a vegetable to her face?

    She’d have no idea what I was talking about. I honestly believe this woman did not completely understand what was happening to her.

  • Trina

    This isn’t the first season where they magically made Taylors face invisible. I guess they didn’t have a plant long enough this time.

    I hate the manipulation. I hate putting sob stories out there, and its why Danny bugged me from day one (whether or not TPTB kept it going there was no need to put out there immediately you’re a widow, but whatever). In Chris’ situation I’m conflicted. I dunno. I’m still sitting on it. I don’t think its wrong he had his fiancee there and but they could have easily NOT milked it by bringing her into the audition room. I suspect if he makes it far they’ll keep milking it.

    God I have such respect for David Cook for never using a dying brother as a sob story.

  • Kirsten

    No. “Vegetable” is not a pejorative term. It’s descriptive. It does not = “Faggot”. Sorry, I have to disagree with you there.

    Perhaps it is regional. I’m not going to get into a debate of which term is worse, but where I come from, calling somebody with a mental disability a vegetable is considered offensive.

    Oxford agrees with me:
    2 informal , offensive a person who is incapable of normal mental or physical activity, especially through brain damage.

    Saying that somebody is in a vegetative state is a medical term and is okay to say, but calling the person a “vegetable” is considered by many to be offensive. I get that it wasn’t meant to be offensive, but if some people use it, they should be aware that some people in some regions might be offended.

    I just recently learned that the word “spook” is offensive in some regions. Where I come from, the term is another name used for a spy or ghost. So, when the UK show “Spooks” was recreated for the US market, they changed the name. The original producers were not insensitive (the show is about spies and there is no offensive meaning that the producers knew about), but the new producers were aware of how that word would play in certain regions of the US and didn’t want to offend.

  • Tess

    I didn’t watch Chris’ audition last night because I just didn’t feel up to watching another manipulative piece of producer shit. But I changed my mind after reading the NY Times article this morning and I am glad I did. It’s not hard to see that the audition was pretty scripted at the first…the need for the producers to get Chris’ fiance into the scene was set-up…but damn, Chris does have a great voice with nice control and range and the “real” emotions that were displayed by the judges isn’t something that can be faked. When Steven Tyler said (and I paraphrase) that he (Chris) sings so well because he was singing to his fiance, I also teared up…first time ever on an AI back-story.

    Personally I am not fond of AI manipulations but this time I need to applaud them for doing a really good job of presenting a difficult situation. They were respectful to Chris, his fiance, and his family. It was great to see her enjoying herself and getting a chance to participate in Chris’ moment.

    I may be a very very cynical person…but in this instance my cynism turned into something else…heartfelt emotion and a belief in my fellow man. And kudos to Chris for standing by his fiance…he has been beside her for over a year…and that takes someone with real character.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    In his Hollywood interview Chris Medina says he tried out for American Idol because he wants to be famous. lol.

    http://www.americanidol.com/videos/season_10/road_to_hollywood/chris_medina/

    ETA:

    Oxford agrees with me:

    Ugh. That’s not how I meant it. I find some posters’ pre-occupation with my use of the word “vegetable” without considering the context of my post a little short-sighted. I’m not the one treating this woman like an object.

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I get douche vibes from Chris. There. I said it. I hope I am eventually proven wrong.

  • Mary102

    God I have such respect for David Cook for never using a dying brother as a sob story.

    See – you bring up a really interesting point here. I never knew about David’s brother until way after idol, and I certainly don’t think it was ever mentioned on the show. I know tptb really want the moving backstories, but something about David doing the whole thing WITHOUT any mention of it really is an example of, imo, how things SHOULD be on AI.

    I’ll admit, I actually voted for Danny and Scott a lot in the early rounds of S8 because of their back stories, so maybe I’m being a little hypocritical here, but I do think the show and voting should be about the talent and personality, and not by peripheral back stories, tragic and moving as they may be. Or at the very least, that those stories shouldn’t be revealed until later in the competition. IDK. It’s a tough issue.

  • Tess

    In his Hollywood interview Chris Medina says he tried out for American Idol because he wants to be famous. lol.

    So he’s being truthful…is that a crime. And why is that funny?

    ETA: By the way, did Chris say during his audition that he is trying out for AI to “honor” his fiance and it is because that was their dream together. I got the impression that the kid wants something fun and positive in his life…he has dealt with heartache for a long time and he seems to want to have something to focus on that will, hopefully, bring him some joy. He seems like a sweet kid put in a difficult situation and he doesn’t seem to be playing the “saint” card…just trying to get on with life.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    And why is that funny?

    Because it’s completely at odds with the image the producers conjured up for us last night.

  • stellamarris

    I love steven but he just says yes to everyone, even the mediocre people. i really didn’t think i’ll miss simon but now, i am.

  • PerfectStorm

    I didn’t get a chance to comment on the show last night. I am a Danny fan, so obviously really happy with the great response that his hometown got. I honestly think Steven Tyler would get a kick of meeting Danny. Both have great a great sense of humor.

  • steelbluelily

    Gotta agree it was exploitive to bring in Chris Medina’s girlfriend. Back story is one thing (even tho I can’t stand how they do that), but hauling her in front of the judges with cameras is another. She could have been outside the doors with family and friends waiting to hear the good news just like everyone else, and that would not have made a sideshow of her. It was unclear whether she was able to consent to being used in that manner. I give it a big thumbs down on Idol’s part.

    However, I do wish MJ had refrained from calling her a vegetable. I understand the disgust with Idol’s actions here, but that young woman doesn’t deserve to be characterized as a vegetable.

  • Mary102

    stellamarris:
    01/27/2011 at 10:21 am
    I love steven but he just says yes to everyone, even the mediocre people. i really didn’t think i’ll miss simon but now, i am.

    I do love Steven’s joy of music and his honesty, but ITA, I am nervous, once it goes live, that he and J Lo really will be too nice and hand holding about everyone. We need that brutal honesty at times on the panel too. Nothing cruel, but constructive and pointed, and above all willing to be honest even if the truth hurts.

  • Allison

    I enjoyed the show last night and Steven Tyler. It’s getting in to a groove. And I really liked the accountant and the low-voiced country singer. That kids was really great!

  • TwigLA

    Thanks for posting the videos. I missed most of the show. Some interesting contestants and Steven Tyler was funny.

    I also was bothered by calling the girl a ‘vegetable’. The woman is a human being.

    That sequence was quite sad and made me feel uncomfortable. I don’t know how far Chris will go (I liked his version of “Break Even’), but maybe at least some donations will come in to help with medical expenses.

  • tls62

    Hate sob stories. One of the reasons Gokey turned me off from day 1.

    However, referring to this woman as a vegetable is horrible IMO. I’ve only heard that term used in mockery.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The woman is a human being.

    Gah. THAT WAS MY POINT.

    But since it’s clear it’s not being interpreted that way, I’ll edit.

  • sonyab

    mj:

    She’d have no idea what I was talking about. I honestly believe this woman did not completely understand what was happening to her.

    You never know!! And you didn’t answer my question. But it doesn’t really matter anymore does it? Cus you edited the word out.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    But it doesn’t really matter anymore does it?

    Yes, It still matters, because once something is said, it can’t be taken back.

    Yes, I would say it to her face. Although I can’t imagine a context in which I would do that.

    ETA:

    Since you would say it to her face, I bet you would find a way to say it.

    LMAO

  • sonyab

    mj:

    Yes, I would say it to her face. Although I can’t imagine a context in which I would do that.

    Since you would say it to her face, I bet you would find a way to say it.

  • steph6449

    That’s why I never liked Gokey…since I believe he was in on the manipulation and took an active role in it

    Danny the conspirator, hmm. I find that hard to credit.

    For one thing, I remember one of the production peeps talking in an interview about observing behind-the-scene how Danny was really dealing with a lot emotionally through the first weeks/months of his involvement with the show. (If not all the way through, judging by his extreme relief after being voted off and out of the high-stress / most controlling experiences of being on the show.)

    Danny has also said in interviews that he was very depressed through at least December 2008 which included the audition rounds and Hollywood week, and barely coping. He spent a good part of that time just driving around the country staying with friends and being on his own to get away from Milwaukee where he had lived with his wife.

    Possibly in between all that, he scheduled some meetings to collude with the AI8 producers about pimping his backstory, but I rather doubt it.

    Plus Danny is a very open personality. Having followed him for a year or more now, there is virtually zero evidence that he has any ability to keep secrets :)

    Well I can’t speak for all 10 or 20 of us

    ;)

    ETA: I also don’t think Danny would be involved with anything that would disrespect his wife, which deliberately exploiting her memory for crass votes on a tv show certainly would. He’s spent going on three years working to build up a non-profit foundation in her legacy, which has helped underprivileged kids with scholarships, music & arts programs, and opening a facility in Nashville that is opening its doors now and housing its first homeless family.

    IMO, if someone lacks any moral center to the degree sometimes alleged against these AI contestants, you would see that as a pattern in their life. Not just something that pops up in a reality show competition. I didn’t hear anything like that for Chris M., and I don’t know anything worse about Danny outside of AI except a few speeding tickets and that he occasionally lets slip a naughty word. Lol.

  • Miss Chaos

    I appreciate the edit MJ, I hope we can get on with it now, we well see in the next weeks if he is using the poor girl for his success, the producers need to stay far away from this now, let the boy sing and the public or judges decide.

  • Tess

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I get douche vibes from Chris. There. I said it. I hope I am eventually proven wrong.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am sure there are many that agree with this. Personally, I think that Danny’s OTT manipulations have put a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths and that “true emotion and caring” are now seen through tainted glasses. There is nothing keeping Chris attached to his fiance…he has no legal responsibility, he isn’t married…and yet he has spent more than a year being her care-taker and her friend when he could have just walked away…and he didn’t get a nice hefty life insurance settlement to make his “caring” worthwhile.

    I have no idea if I will support Chris if he makes it to the voting rounds…for me that is strictly about being invested in someone’s talent and their ability to make me feel something when they sing. And if Chris has a friend whip out the picture and look to the heavens during a voting round I will be dissapointed in my inability to judge human nature…until then I will just wait and see how this drama plays out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/resqgal resqgal

    Just wanted to say that I get why mj used that word. The show is using her as an object not as a human being.

    I think it is terrific that she got to meet the judges. Airing that moment on TV was exploiting her in my opinion.

  • zweiosterei

    Randy is the only one left on this panel to laugh at the contestants while they sing. Can’t help but think that the guy is thinking in the back of his mind that he’ll have to adjust somewhat to those 2 (J.Lo & Tyler) and be more real!

    Agreed. He was the only one laughing while Jennifer and Steven were just cool and paying attention, showing respect to the contestant. Randy should change his ways and acknowledge that things are different now.

  • chearts77

    I’m coming in really late and so my comment is going to be totally out of place with the current conversation (which I will NOT touch), but I just have to say…

    I love Scotty!!!! :)

    ETA: Just remembered there were 2 Scotts last night. I’m talking about the country boy!!

  • sma11ie

    I do think the show and voting should be about the talent and personality, and not by peripheral back stories, tragic and moving as they may be. Or at the very least, that those stories shouldn’t be revealed until later in the competition. IDK. It’s a tough issue.

    I also appreciated that I didn’t know the full extent of Crystal’s backstory (abusive mother, etc.) until after the show. It was enough for me to base my opinion on her talent, and I liked that she seemed a “tough cookie” who’s weathered some difficult circumstances of an unknown nature. I did not need to know the gory details.

    And to be honest I think I have more compassion for Chris’ wife than some of the viewers and the media I see getting off on the couple’s sob story.

    See, I’m conflicted about this too. I objectively hate that AI manipulates our emotions and exploits these people. On the other hand, I sometimes watch these segments like Chris’s and find myself sobbing in response. My emotions were manipulated, score 1 AI, but I don’t watch AI for these moments. Does that make me one of those viewers “getting off on the couple’s sob story”? Maybe I should have turned it off? I honestly think that characterization of people who had an emotional reaction to the story (“getting off”) is a bit harsh.

  • Grammie Kari

    First comment about the lack of Taylor Hicks’ picture in the audition room:

    To whom it may concern:

    We are now enjoying a new season of American Idol, and so far so good. However, I do take issue with the fact that we (the viewers) cannot see Taylor Hicks’ picture in the Audition Rooms. Mr. Hicks was the winner of your highest rated season – Season 5. If there has been an error in his inclusion, I would appreciate if it can be corrected immediately. The process of editing can do wonders in doing what is right.

  • Mark

    ETA: I also don’t think Danny would be involved with anything that would disrespect his wife, which deliberately exploiting her memory for crass votes on a tv show certainly would. He’s spent going on three years working to build up a non-profit foundation in her legacy, which has helped underprivileged kids with scholarships, music & arts programs, and opening a facility in Nashville that is opening its doors now and housing its first homeless family.

    Right. Honestly, I’m no Danny fan, but ultimately I think he was more clueless (and maybe a little dim) than he was evil. He’s more enthusiastic inspirational speaker with little awareness of how he ocmes off at times than manipulative mastermind.

    Not sure about Chris, though. Now having watched the audition and having seen some other stuff… wow, I really don’t know. I’m getting some serious douche vibes that may or may not be related to his fiancee. And I know I have a natural hair-trigger reaction to disabled people getting wheeled in like objects to be seen with compassion.

  • Silent Screams

    I don’t think Thia Megia is anywhere near as good as some people claim. She has a mature voice, but her technical skills are lacking. Look up her performance of “The Climb” on AGT. That’s a fairly easy song, but she still couldn’t nail it. I still say that Pia Toscano is the one to beat. She’s going to blow away a lot of people if she can survive to the live rounds.

  • Grammie Kari

    Miss Chaos:
    01/27/2011 at 11:29 am
    I appreciate the edit MJ, I hope we can get on with it now, we well see in the next weeks if he is using the poor girl for his success, the producers need to stay far away from this now, let the boy sing and the public or judges decide.

    I also appreciate the edit, MJ. I think this emotional moment was necessary. She is a part of his family; a part of his life story. If seeing Juliana brings in some extra donations for her care, then I am fine with this first meeting.

    MJ, I understand this vibe, and here’s what I am feeling… here is this cute, sweet guy who will be in the company of 50-60 mostly attractive girls/ladies. Will he remain loyal to his fiancée or perhaps form more than friendships while on Idol?

    Another thought… with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ long rehabilitation process beginning, maybe discussion of brain injuries are timely? This has nothing to do with politics but everything to do with being sensitive to those who do suffer from brain injuries. I am glad we got to meet Chris’ fiancée. Fiance is what we call Chris. ;o) Now, let’s focus on HIS talent.

  • Tess

    And I know I have a natural hair-trigger reaction to disabled people getting wheeled in like objects to be seen with compassion.

    I know it isn’t the same thing but the handicapped and the disabled and the sufferers are “used” all the time for a myriad of reasons…whether it be by non-profits or charities or researchers or drug companies or used as bait for movie promo or tv news programs. AI isn’t the only one that understands the power of using this kind of marketing.

    That being said…I also think that we shouldn’t go so far off in the other direction that we return to an era when anyone with any kind of a disability should be locked behind closed doors because it makes other people feel uncomfortable.

    Now having watched the audition and having seen some other stuff

    OK…now that his character is being brought into question please explain. I was never shy about stating my reasons for my Danny feelings…I would appreciate knowing why people think Chris is a douche bag.

  • Grammie Kari

    Tess, I didn’t use that word, but I do have some thoughts. It is human nature to want to be around people that make us feel good. Chris will be in an environment which will be tempting for any healthy young person. So, three months from now, he may have a new friend. We need to be prepared for that possibility. It doesn’t make Chris a bad guy.

    Julianna’s father appreciates all Chris has done to help with her care. Her treatments are very expensive, so if people want to help, they can go to her Facebook site. He also realizes Chris may want to move on with his life. The father seems to have an understanding about this.

    At this point in time, I wish Chris lots of good luck, but I don’t want him to win Idol!

  • Mark

    I know it isn’t the same thing but the handicapped and the disabled and the sufferers are “used” all the time for a myriad of reasons…whether it be by non-profits or charities or researchers or drug companies or used as bait for movie promo or tv news programs. AI isn’t the only one that understands the power of using this kind of marketing.

    Of course not. That doesn’t mean I like it. (I used to work specifically advocating for autistic individuals and their rights. I know this stuff all too well, trust.) And it doesn’t mean that the high concentration of it here on Idol make it even more obnoxious.

    That being said…I also think that we shouldn’t go so far off in the other direction that we return to an era when anyone with any kind of a disability should be locked behind closed doors because it makes other people feel uncomfortable.

    Sure, and there was no problem with showing her per se. That’s fine. It’s the way they did it, and the tone with which they did it, that’s troubling. Treat the woman as a woman on the very specific terms with which she lives, not a husk worthy of a charitable response.

    OK…now that his character is being brought into question please explain. I was never shy about stating my reasons for my Danny feelings…I would appreciate knowing why people think Chris is a douche bag.

    You know, I was simply looking over the YouTubes and the interview videos. I can’t really quite place why I’m feeling this way, but it feels like I’m looking at someone who really wants to be famous for the sake of being famous and isn’t particularly interested in the means or in his work. A self-promoting personality through and through. But aside from him labeling his desire for fame from the start, I can’t really label a general vibe.

  • Tess

    I’m looking at someone who really wants to be famous for the sake of being famous and isn’t particularly interested in the means or in his work.

    I really could care less if someone wants to be famous and I feel that it is an appropriate response. I am much more cynical about someone who says they are doing something because their dead wife wanted it, or they are doing it for their kid, or they want to serve humanity by making a boatload of money and then giving it away, or that the are so blessed with their “gift” that they want to share it with the world. I always have my doubts about altruistic motives.

  • CindyM

    Danny Gokey on the Chris Medina stuff:
    From Twitter:

    Never b ashamed 2 share ur story-Ur trials n life is what makes u who u are & u will help other people n life get through their darkest hour about 1 hour ago via web

    People hated me 4 sharing my story on idol & now Im already seeing their starting 2 bash Chris Medina for his. His story will help many!! about 1 hour ago via web

    # If you don’t like me remember it’s mind over matter; I don’t mind and you don’t matter. about 1 hour ago via web

  • PattyP

    My two cents on the whole wording of the original post (vegetable) is that it was incorrect in the first place. The video they showed of the young woman made it clear that she is far from being in a vegetative state. They showed Chris helping her down the stairs, they showed her responding to Chris and her mom, they showed her waving to the judges, and telling Chris “I knew it” after he was put through to Hollywood. All of that clearly indicates that while this young woman clearly has many things wrong with her as a result of her brain injury, she is far from being in a vegetative state, medically speaking. Just because she can’t get the words out the way she used to doesn’t mean her mind isn’t functioning; it’s a problem that she will hopefully overcome after much therapy. And it doesn’t mean she was incapable of giving her consent to be there at the audition. Her family has learned to communicate with her in ways that might not be clear to you or me. If you’ve ever been around someone who has had a major stroke (as I have, with my dad), you would find many of them in a similar predicament. I’m glad the original wording has been changed both because it was incorrect and because I found it offensive, so thank you.

  • emmuzka

    I like Chris’ voice alot, but I already placed him in the Gokey slot, so no love from here.

    Holly DeWolfe sounded absolutely marvelous. Love her! Unfortunately she looks and feels plain. I haven’t spoiled myself but I don’t think she will get through Hollywood, not being the “package” type.

    Also? If, when we’ll go to the live shows, Randy is still the only one able to say negative things? We’ll screwed.

  • TwigLA

    I’m not a Danny fan, but good for him speaking out on Chris Medina’s behalf.

    Of course, I still think using both of these sob stories by AI is very unseemly.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    If you’ve ever been around someone who has had a major stroke

    Yep. I have. (I certainly don’t need a lecture on that. If only I did…my near apoplectic reaction to the piece is because I understand only all too well)

    And I still wonder if Juliana was fully able to consent to the way she was presented.

    ETA:

    I didn’t see anything “bad” about how Juliana was represented on the show…

    We obviously disagree. I thought it was heavy-handed and exploitative.

  • hersheydog1

    Good news! A family friend of Chris Medina and his finance was just interviewed on WGN in Chicago. She was with them for the show party last night and said they were both excited and happy. She said Juliana is making great strides and can now walk with help. She can also talk but is very hard to understand so she is learning sign language. The friend also said that Juliana’s mother and Chris are her primary caregivers.

  • Tess

    And I still wonder if Juliana was fully able to consent to the way she was presented.

    I didn’t see anything “bad” about how Juliana was represented on the show…in fact the videp clips of her before the accident were fun, she seems like she has a great spirit and is very much in love with Chris. She got to meet the judges and receive some heartfelt encouragment, she was surrounded by apparently loving and supportive family, and she got to participate in her fiances “moment” when he gets that much sought after golden ticket. She looked lovely. She seemed excited to be there. Of course I don’t know her and have no way of knowing if she is mentally capable of ingesting everything that happens around her…but damn I would like to believe that she understood…for her own sake more than for anyone elses.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    i thought it was sweet she was brought out, but they did exploit that story a lot, yeah
    i LOVE hailey’s pre-idol stuff

  • Indigobunting

    Good for Danny, speaking up. He still gets frequent “dead wife tweets”- gotta love the VFTW story, such class.

    Shows character to risk more hate speaking up for someone else.

  • Joyed

    I really liked the voices last night! This could be one of those seasons where even if I get a favorite I’ll still be really excited to hear everyone else sing because they are awesome too!:)

    (MJ, thank you so much for posting the videos. I think I am going to miss all of the Wed shows this year and it is awesome to know I can rely on your site to fill in the gaps)

  • Summer

    mj:
    01/27/2011 at 3:15 pm
    If you’ve ever been around someone who has had a major stroke

    Yep. I have. (I certainly don’t need a lecture on that. If only I did…my near apoplectic reaction to the piece is because I understand only all too well)

    Whoa, yeah, you kinda do need a lecture, esp if you’re still using that term after having experience with the speech and motion patterns of brain injured persons. Using the term ‘vegetable’ to describe a brain injured person IS pejoritive.
    I just finished looking at her FB page, and yeah, she’s in a wc and her speech is not clear, but she is working hard and learning to do more every day- in fact she’s able to express her thoughts in writing, walk with a walker, be with friends and family, and now goes to the gym for workouts.
    Julianna is a very courageous girl who deserves compassion and support, not insults and name-calling .

  • lucysfave

    Julianna is a very courageous girl who deserves compassion and support, not insults and name-calling .

    I agree 100%; and I am glad the original post was edited. An apology to Julianna and her family would be even more appropriate.

    I applaud Danny for calling hate where he sees it. He clearly endured an enormous amount during his run on Idol (and to this day) and understands the value of compassion and support.

  • http://MJO judes

    hersheydog1:
    01/27/2011 at 3:33 pm

    Good news! A family friend of Chris Medina and his finance was just interviewed on WGN in Chicago. She was with them for the show party last night and said they were both excited and happy. She said Juliana is making great strides and can now walk with help. She can also talk but is very hard to understand so she is learning sign language. The friend also said that Juliana’s mother and Chris are her primary caregivers.

    Thanks for that hersheydog1- it gives her situation some perspective.I too have had the opportunity to witness someone after an accident having to work very hard to communicate & learn to walk again. It took a lot of time but eventually whilst never the same as he was, he could communicate & walk alone.From what I could see its just her physical ailments that were stopping her- she seemed quite normal with her responses.

    Anyway I applaud Danny for stepping in so quickly- he can be someone Chris can turn to for acvice if things get worse.

    I think tonights auditions were overall very good with my favourites being the 2 Scotts , Thia, Thiwan & Chris [ I like the tone of his voice & he seemed real to me - something that is hard for a 15 year old to get across!!]

  • Diana

    Totally agree with MJ on this….the sob stories are giving me the creeps. Thanks for calling it out and I hope you stand your ground. The show reminds me of America’s Got Talent where the backstories are more important than the talent. It makes me want to turn off the tv.

    A lot of this personal information has no place in the competition at this point. It gives some of the contestants an unfair advantage…esp. when they are average singers, at best.

  • shwriteme

    I don’t think Steven is a Diva because he didn’t like being called Steve. I don’t think it’s a matter of wanting to be addressed more formally. More like he doesn’t like his name shortened. If my name were Elizabeth, I might not like people calling me Beth or Liz.

    The sob stories drive me batty. Everyone has had good and bad in their lives. It’s supposed to be about talent–but then again, I see that less and less some years. Do the most talented people win this show? Rarely! Mostly it’s the person with the most salable story.