American Idol 10 Milwaukee Auditions Recap Roundup

Today’s roundup of Idol recaps. Keep checking back, I’ll be adding more…

American Idol Goes Wild for the Youth

American Idol hit up America’s Dairyland for its latest audition episode, but the theme of last night’s episode was youth. The show famously lowered its age floor to 15 as part of the many changes it made over the summer, a move designed to simulaneously lure in those people afflicted with Bieber fever and reverse the show’s demographic aging process. During the Milwaukee audition episode, it made the “new, younger blood” message explicit, with multiple people warbling Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and sporting the Canadian heartthrob’s haircut and Seacrest noting that every 15-year-old who auditioned on Day One of callbacks had made it through. Although it’s hard not to wonder if lots of those youthful contestants would have been sent to Hollywood had they been older.

Read more at Popdust

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American Idol Recap: Milwaukee’s Best!

Tonight’s episode of American Idol — straight from the cheesehead state of Wisconsin (city of Milwaukee, to be specific) — played out like a light and breezy Jennifer Lopez rom-com with 15 minutes of harrowing emotional drama (think Requiem for a Dream or Precious or Winter’s Bone) grafted on at the end.

Read more at TVLine

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Idol: Interns and Exploitation

OK, on to the auditions. Scotty McCreery has been getting lots of buzz because of his age (16) and deep, twangy voice. But anyone who’s even a casual fan of country music know’s who he’s aping:

Read more at the Houston Chronicle

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Episode 3: ‘American Idol’ Auditions In The Land Of Cheese

On Wednesday, “Idol” headed to Wisconsin, the land of cheese and Danny Gokey–which, come to think of it, are kind of the same thing. Heh. And after a couple of “kindler, gentler” episodes that were surprisingly light on trainwreck auditions, the show was back to its old tricks, with plenty of cheesy contestants that had newbie judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler slinging barbs that Simon Cowell would sell his entire black T-shirt collection to come up with.

Read more at Reality Rocks

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Justin Bieber’s Shadow Hovers Over ‘American Idol’ Milwaukee Auditions

NEW YORK — American Idol continues to treat its youngest auditioners extra kindly, as Wednesday night’s episode showcasing the Milwaukee, Wis., tryouts saw every single 15-year-old getting a golden ticket to Hollywood, according to host Ryan Seacrest.

From Thia Megia, a California high school student (and former America’s Got Talent contestant) who impressed with a cover of Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” to Colorado native Emma Henry, who was given a second chance despite a shaky version of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” the across-the-board kudos were further proof that Idol producers simply don’t want to risk missing the next teen sensation.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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‘Idol’ catches Bieber Fever in Milwaukee

In case you didn’t know, “American Idol” has a full-blown case of Bieber Fever.

The folks at Fox and 19 Entertainment can read a sales chart and a trending topic as well as anyone, and Justin Bieber is blowing up so hot that he makes Jennifer Lopez seem like some frumpy second banana from a 1950s sitcom.

But they have a plan to capitalize on that and to possibly give the show the shot in the arm it needs: The powers that be lowered the age limit to 15, the first step to what will presumably result in fifth-graders trying out by 2015.

Read more at MSNBC

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‘American Idol’ recap: Now That’s What I Call a Sob Story!

Wednesday’s auditions episode of American Idol took place in Milwaukee — home of Danny Gokey, who now stands on the other side of the line of thousands of people and keeps the arena crowds alive with his comedy. As soon as I finish weeping about Chris Medina’s brain injury-addled fiancée and questioning what it all means and why I can’t ever appreciate anything I have, such as the abilities to type and snack…. I will move on.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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‘American Idol’ Auditions: Milwaukee Recap

Heading into the second week of its tenth season, the ‘American Idol’ train made a stop in the city that claims bragging rights to a life-size bronze statue of Aruther Fonzarelli, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A stop that Ryan Seacrest told press ‘Idol’ would not miss, after the emergence of season eight third-placer and local hero, Danny Gokey.

Read more at TV Squad

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‘Idol’ Courts the Biebers, Plus Another Possible Steven Tyler Love Child

“This is the unassuming season,” declared Randy during this week’s Milwaukee auditions. Granted, it’s difficult to be anything but “unassuming” when your town’s claim to fame is cheese. (And Season 8’s Danny Gokey!)

That being said, Jackson’s statement has validity. Bullied ginger kids, portly crooners and image-impaired ingenues have helped form one of the running themes of Season 10: “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Tonight’s auditions continued along those lines with a White House intern, a friend-deprived auditor and, of course, a few talented teens.

Read more at The Wrap

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‘American Idol’ Recap: Steven Tyler Is the Show’s New Star

It’s official — you can’t not love Steven Tyler.

The Aerosmith frontman is more Paula Abdul loopy than Simon Cowell cranky, but he’s always the life of the party.

Here’s a sampling of some of his best lines from Wednesday night’s “American Idol” auditions in Milwaukee:

Read more at Fox News

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‘American Idol': Season 10, episode 3

“American Idol’s” very first audition trip to Milwaukee sees a lot of other “firsts” for the long-running singing competition.

Joe Repka, for instance, is the first wannabe Idolette to channel Jackie Gleason for the camera, giving us his best “straight to the moon!” bit.

Joe wants to be a radio DJ. He and show host Ryan Seacrest talk radio for a while. Then, when he goes inside the audition room to wow the judges, his mom tells Seabiscuit that Joe sings all the time.

Read more at the Washington Post

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American Idol: Notes on Pity

When Simon Cowell was waiting at the end of the judges table, waiting to render judgment, any goodwill accumulated on the way wasn’t generally long for the world.

That said, pity is a key factor in early “Idol” audition rounds and always has been. It only takes two out of three yes votes to make it through to Hollywood; in the Cowell era, it didn’t much matter if he dissented. When the other judges said yes, and he said no, he was painted as a grouch and the contestant – often a mediocre singer – was somehow ennobled.

Read more at The New York Times

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‘American Idol’: The Milwaukee Auditions

Milwaukee was a mix of characters and talent, laughs and tears and some very angry rejections. As is becoming the norm, there were a lot of wacky one-liners and unabashed flirting from Steven Tyler.

There was a moving moment during the show that came from the talented Chris Medina, who is 26 years old. Engaged for two years and just two months from being married, his fiancée got into an accident and suffered a brain injury. The doctors said she wasn’t going to make it, but Chris believed in her and stood by despite her struggle. He wowed the judges with his voice and his soul.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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‘American Idol’ recap with auditions in Milwaukee: youth and tears prevail

Chris Medina, this is your moment. He concluded the two hours with a captivating “Breakeven” that made me forget everything that went on before. The heart-rending storyline and Steven Tyler’s words to his girlfriend caused many a tear to shed across the nation tonight.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Milwaukee Auditions: Exploit, Exploit, Exploit!

Idol’s back in the homeland of Dead Wife Danny from season 8. You know, the guy who disgustingly exploited his dead wife to try to win a record deal. So I immediately expected everyone who tried out in Milwaukee to try to exploit something to win the record deal… and I wasn’t disappointed. The show built up to the most disgusting American Idol audition in the contest’s history slowly but surely. Here’s how the shamelessness went down.

Read more at Vote For The Worst

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Milwaukee’s Beast: American Idol 10 auditions are still airing

As Thursday’s episode in New Orleans did not record and Wednesday’s began late for me last week, this is the first time I’ve seen the new American Idol opening, featuring Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert (they are STILL trying to make him happen-happen) along with the winners. They even have a separate White Guy With Guitar section featuring David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze (they are NEVER gonna try and make him happen). Guess what? The opening is still lame and it has not changed my life. Nor has it changed yours.

Read more at TopIdolBlog

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They just showed the Chris Medina story on Regis and Kelly. A bit of Chris singing, then the part about his fiance meeting the judges. I think that they may discuss this on ‘The View’ today, as they usually recap AI shows.

  • AML

    Last night is the first I have seen for Season 10. I noticed that in the credits, frames of 10 Idols are shown? Each of the 9 winners and Adam Lambert. Interesting.

    Anyhoo, I would expect to see some from the Milwaukee auditions to make the Top 10. Middle America has always been very popular on Idol, and they had some deserving talents.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Last night is the first I have seen for Season 10. I noticed that in the credits, frames of 10 Idols are shown? Each of the 9 winners and Adam Lambert. Interesting.

    Frames of 12 Idols are shown. The winners + Daughtry, Glambert and Jennifer Hudson.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Last night is the first I have seen for Season 10. I noticed that in the credits, frames of 10 Idols are shown? Each of the 9 winners and Adam Lambert. Interesting.

    This was discussed at length last week. Adam, Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson were all featured with the winners. So, it’s not that interesting.

  • connie0128

    I am about sick of the teenagers already. I’m impressed with one or two, but if they fill the top 40/20/etc with these kids I don’t know if I’ll be able to take it. They’ve lost over 25% of the young audience and now they’re trying to run the rest of us off.

    I’m not ready to give up yet, but I hope they show us a few more grown-ups in the next auditions.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I am about sick of the teenagers already. I’m impressed with one or two, but if they fill the top 40/20/etc with these kids I don’t know if I’ll be able to take it. They’ve lost over 25% of the young audience and now they’re trying to run the rest of us off.

    I think that they are trying to boost the younger viewer demographic, and don’t care as much about the older demographic now. IF they want to find a Top 40 star, they need to have popularity among the target demographic of Top 40. It’s definitely a gamble and it will be interesting to see how it plays out once the finalists are chosen. I’m more interested in seeing what kind of artists the producers select for the Top 20, because those will be the only people that the viewers can vote for. In checking the spoilers list, I’ve already been surprised by who has and hasn’t made it to the Top 40.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK. This is interesting. On ‘The View’ they discussed the singer who thought that she wasn’t successful because she wasn’t thin, and all agreed that she just wasn’t talented enough to progress. NO mention of the Chris Medina story.

  • Hazehel

    I think the audition show is too long, it feels to be sagging half-way through, and they can improve it by cutting 30 minutes off it. Whatever people may think of the crazies from seasons past and Simon’s zingers, they break up the monotony of the audition, it’s really no fun watching so many half-decent but not quite amazing singers.

    I think I like Steve Beghun the best, but I’m not sure what he can possibly do in the pop music business. Scotty McCreery is interesting, but I do think he needs coaching. His lower register just doesn’t quite sound that sonorous to me, more John Park-ish. He kinda reminded of a Drew Poppelreiter from Season 7 (anyone remember him?), but with a deeper sound. Country boys seems to have a different demeanour from the others.

    And they do need to seriously cull all those teenage girls in the Hollywood rounds. Not good for the show to have so many of them.

    As for Chris Medina, I think it is OK to show that, that’s just life, but they need to be careful with how they present his story later on, the relentless way they did it in Season 8 with Danny was the thing that annoyed me the most that season.

  • sr4mjc

    I already feel like I’m watching the juniors category of Star Search.

    If they are wanting a 180 from S9, so far they have it. :)

  • Hazehel

    I think that they are trying to boost the younger viewer demographic,

    Why would they think having lots of teenage girls in the show would help? They had Diana DeGarmo and Jordin Sparks before, do they seriously think they helped the show with the younger viewers?

  • Tess

    The AI team is way smarter than the credit thrown their way. All they need to do is throw out some well placed comments about 15 year olds and new young contestants and the AI online blogging world takes up the mantle and runs with it…and the emphasis shifts from the dismal failure of the season 9 “winners” and the boring season that was to a new tidal wave of “concern” among the AI populace.

    AI pushes buttons…and they do it pretty damn well.

  • gangreen29

    Why would they think having lots of teenage girls in the show would help?

    It can’t hurt. Also, Jordin probably has the youngest fanbase of all the idol winners so I’d say she has helped with younger viewers more than any other winners (except Kelly now that I’m thinking about it).

    Also to everyone worried that the top 40 will be filled with youngins, it isn’t. The majority of the top 40 is 20 or older.

  • CanadianFan

    I guess I haven’t watched the show long enough to get really cynical, but I am really enjoying idol this season. I love the judges, I find the contestants diverse, and I fast forward through the bad auditions. I agree with the New York Times, who said that the Chris Medina story was emotionally manipulative, but honest, and showed compassion, not pity.

  • Hazehel

    Jordin probably has the youngest fanbase of all the idol winners

    I very much doubt that, if what you said is true, most of her fans were Idol watchers. Those fans were more likely to have come due to her hit singles rather than from her Idol fanbase. The girls watching that season were more likely to have voted for Blake Lewis or Sanjaya than Jordin Sparks.

  • gangreen29

    I very much doubt that, if what you said is true, most of her fans were from Idol watchers. Those fans were more likely to be due to her hit singles rather than from her Idol fanbase. The girls were probably more likely to have voted for Blake Lewis or Sanjaya than Jordin Sparks.

    Not all teenage girls vote for the cute boy. Plenty of them vote for the young girl they can relate with. Why do you think Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus have careers?

  • Hazehel

    Why do you think Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus have careers?

    They played characters in Disney shows that the teenage girls can identify with or can pretend to be them. Completely different from identifying with a contestant in competition. If you can provide studies that show teenage girls do like other teenage girls in competition shows, then I’d agree with you. So far all I’ve seen is girls voting for boys.

  • gangreen29

    If you can provide studies that show teenage girls do like other teenage girls in competition shows, then I’d agree with you.

    If you can show studies that teenage girls do not like other teenage girls in competition shows, I will agree with you lol. Go to idolforums, you will see the teens pining for the cute boys, but also loving the pretty girls like Katharine, Jordin, and Allison. Or go to their sytycd forum and see how they love Kathryn, Lauren, Chelsie etc

  • Mark

    The AI team is way smarter than the credit thrown their way. All they need to do is throw out some well placed comments about 15 year olds and new young contestants and the AI online blogging world takes up the mantle and runs with it…and the emphasis shifts from the dismal failure of the season 9 “winners” and the boring season that was to a new tidal wave of “concern” among the AI populace.

    AI pushes buttons…and they do it pretty damn well.

    Um, yeah, we speculate. Like we would every year regardless of those comments or not. And they don’t have any bearing on the longevity or health of the season, which often has little correlation. That has less to do with the producer’s intelligence than the nature of fanbases.

    Reading the recaps through. Slezak was on a roll last night, especially this…

    Emma Henry, 15, (along with her hair, 47)

    and this…

    Haley Reinhart: Big, booming voice on “Oh Darlin,” but girl threw in more runs than an IBS sufferer at Taco Bell. Needs fewer gimmicks, more emotion.

    Just awesome. Not particularly insightful musically, but a ton of fun to read.

    Also: do not get Jon Caramianca (sp?). I mean, if you’re writing your piece about pity in the Idol process, an easy centerpiece for that kind of writing given the nature of the auditions, and that’s all you can come up with is some notes about how they were compassionate? He may have the writing style of a music critic which I typically like seeing in full form when applied to Idol, but his actual work is pretty damn mediocre for the job he holds.

  • cookbunny

    Here’s another one to add to your list, MJ; Paul F. Tompkins (formerly of VH-1’s “Best Week Ever”) is writing recaps for New York Mag’s Vulture:

    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/01/paul_f_tompkins_american_idol.html

  • Hazehel

    If you can show studies that teenage girls do not like other teenage girls in competition show, I will agree with you.

    You don’t have to agree with me because I did not say girls do not like other teenage girls. I just said that it’s different identifying with someone as a made-up character in a pretend show from identifying with an actual real person in a competition.

    I’m sure there are girls who like other girls on the AI, but how is that Katie Stevens did so poorly despite being a better singers than the boys that outlasted her? It seems obvious to me the girls would rather vote for boys than other girls, what you said is that not-so-obvious one, therefore it is up to you to show that what you said is true, not me.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I’m sure there are girls who like other girls on the AI, but how is that Katie Stevens did so poorly despite being a better singers than the boys that outlasted her? It seems obvious to me the girls would rather vote for boys than other girls, what you said is that not-so-obvious one, therefore it is up to you to show that what you said is true, not me.

    Maybe there are actually not that many young girls that vote? Maybe older (middle aged) women vote for boys.

  • gangreen29

    I’m sure there are girls who like other girls on the AI, but how is that Katie Stevens did so poorly despite being a better singers than the boys that outlasted her? It seems obvious to me the girls would rather vote for boys than other girls, what you said is that not-so-obvious one, therefore it is up to you to show that what you said is true, not me.

    Because Katie sang and dressed like a grandma.

  • Mark

    I’m sure there are girls who like other girls on the AI, but how is that Katie Stevens did so poorly despite being a better singers than the boys that outlasted her? It seems obvious to me the girls would rather vote for boys than other girls, what you said is that not-so-obvious one, therefore it is up to you to show that what you said is true, not me.

    Because the teens are quite possibly a fractured, minority voting block? Actually, there’s not been a whole ton of evidence that the tweens and teens are the unified voting block people make them out to be.

  • Hazehel

    Maybe there are actually not that many young girls that vote? Maybe older (middle aged) women vote for boys.

    Older women voted for older guys. Tweens for Archuleta, cougars for Cook. A generalisation no doubt, but broadly true nonetheless.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Older women voted for older guys. Tweens for Archuleta, cougars for Cook. A generalisation no doubt, but broadly true nonetheless.

    I think grandmas also voted for Archuleta.

    I think the main goal of the producers this year is to avoid casting cougar baits this year.

  • Mark

    I think the main goal of the producers this year is to avoid casting cougar baits this year.

    A. Good luck with that, producers.

    B. Because the best way to maintain television ratings is to build up a specific audience over time and then suddenly try and give them nothing to look forward to. Obviously.

    They might be looking for a different kind of winner in the end. But, wow, I don’t think even they’re quite that stupid. If they can find an Archie who can pull in both, fantastic, but come on now.

  • progression

    Older women voted for older guys. Tweens for Archuleta, cougars for Cook. A generalisation no doubt, but broadly true nonetheless

    It’s a widely held view, but the numbers don’t really back it up. Less than 16% of the vote is teen/tween females. No contestant makes it to the top rounds of AI without pulling in a respectable portion of the adult female vote.

    THR did a poll of 750 current and lapsed American Idol viewers. They break down the demos in that poll of who votes and who doesn’t.
    Voters: 61% female, 74% over 25 yo, 51% married, 34% Republican, 70% have attended at least some college, 46% listen to Top 40/pop, 33% South

  • Hazehel

    61% female, 74% over 25 yo,

    Well, thanks for providing the figures to support my point. Most of the older females voted for Cook, that’s why he won. That some of them may vote for Archuleta is neither here nor there, since I never said only tweens voted for Archuleta. (You understand what “broadly true” means, right?)

  • progression

    You understand what “broadly true” means, right?)

    Not really. Maybe you could use shorter words? ;)

  • Montavilla
    Last night is the first I have seen for Season 10. I noticed that in the credits, frames of 10 Idols are shown? Each of the 9 winners and Adam Lambert. Interesting.

    Frames of 12 Idols are shown. The winners + Daughtry, Glambert and Jennifer Hudson.

    It gets more interesting than that. I noticed that Cook, Kris, and Lee were the last three shown (in the same block of images). At first I wondered if that was the WGWG ghetto, but then I figured that it made sense. They are, after all, the last three winners, so they are being shown in sequence.

    But if the images are being shown in chronological sequence, what to make of them showing Adam in between the first Idol (Kelly) and the second (Ruben)? Are they putting Adam in the Clay Aiken spot? Are they saying, “He’s the successful gay runner-up that we like?”

  • Indigobunting

    Are there always this many recaps for audition episodes? At least the media is still talking about Idol!

    And lol about all the cheese talk. That is Wisconsin in general (and California has actually surpassed WI in cheese production).

    Don’t they know Milwaukee is Beer, not cheese!