American Idol 10 – Top 12 Boys – Performance Recap

It finally happened. I found myself missing Simon Cowell tonight.

When the panel praised the 1st two mediocre and very karaoke-like performances from Clint Jamboa and Jovany Barreto, I was thinking we could REALLY use a few comparisons to cruise ship singers right about then.

New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler could have been tougher on a few of these contestants.  I found myself agreeing most of the night with–horrors–Randy Jackson!  “That was beautiful” is going to become the new “dawg”.  Steven, you’ve got fill your critiques with comments that are a little more…substantial?  I’ll give the newbies a few more weeks.

The talent tonight was entertaining!  What was really weird?  Contestants like Jacob Lusk and James Durbin who I’ve ragged on consistently impressed me, while others that I praised–Casey Abrams, for instance–lost a bit of their luster.

Looking forward to the girls tomorrow. I want a girl to win this year!

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The American Idol 10 semi-finals begin. It’s going to be a short one–lasting only 1 week. The guys perform tonight, the girls tomorrow night and then Thursday, the Top 12/13 will be revealed! (10 picked by viewer vote, 2/3 via judges’ wildcards).

This week’s shows have already been filmed. After the jump, the song selections are in performance order. I’ll fill in my thoughts as the show progresses. And of course, post your thoughts in comments!

Also, here’s a Live Feed for you international/west coast fans HERE.

Live blog, Photos and Videos after the JUMP…

700 screaming fans surround the spiffy new stage. Still not revealing the number of wildcards.

Ryan introduces the judges. We’re finally going to see what they are made of. Well, sorta. Since it’s taped, there still could be some editing involved. Ryan just said fuck! It’s a little exercise in bleeping.

The guys are introduced.

Clint Jun Gamboa – Superstition by Stevie Wonder – This is a really LAME song choice. Sung so many times on Idol, I can barely listen to another version. He’s just OK. He’s moving around quite a bit, and it’s affecting his vocals. He hit a couple of nice high notes. But, I’m afraid his performance position is not going to help him here. “Beautiful..you started out strong, you ended strong. Brilliant,” says Steven “You got it out…you had a little bit of the jitters, but it didn’t affect the performance. Next time…I expect a lot,” says Jennifer. “I loved it too. There’s no karaoke singer in the world that has that kind of vocal talent,” says Randy. Oh, Randy, still with the idiotic hyperbole. Only Jennifer had anything approximating a constructive critique. C’mon guys, that performance was mediocre. – 1-866-436 5701VIDEO

Jovany Barreto – I’ll Be by Edwin McCain – Another boring-as-sh*t song. Jovany is handsome, pleasant, but nothing special. Would Simon call him a wedding singer? Ohh…watch out for the BIG CHEESY KEY CHANGE. Jennifer looks like she’s getting orgasmic. “You brought it again. Beautiful. I loved it.” “I’m happy right now. People got to see you for the first time. You did it.” “I hate to be the one to break up the apple cart. It felt very karaoke to me.” THANK YOU RANDY. “I disagree!” insists Jennifer. No Jennifer, Randy is RIGHT. That was very ordinary. – 1-866-436 5702VIDEO

Jordan Dorsey – OMG by Usher – Whoa. This is not a singer’s song. Steven looks really bored. Very monotone delivery, when Jordan’s not singing off-pitch. But there’s not much else to do with this song. Whoever suggested this song to Jordan was trying to bus him (Jordan told the judges the song was suggested to him, but that part was cut out). Buh Bye Jordan. “You had the moves, but it wasn’t my favorite performance of yours,” says Steven. “You know I love you. To me, I’m not sure that’s who you are as an artist,” says Jennifer. Jordan agrees. “If you’re going to sing anybody else’s song, you’ve got to bring something different to it. It was pitchy,” says Randy. “I’m not a jumpy kind of person” says Jordan. Oh boy. – 1-866-436 5703 – VIDEO

Tim Halperin – Streetcorner Symphony (Come On Over) (Rob Thomas) – Tim Halperin gets a sit down! “All those guys over there are like my brothers,” says Tim. Surrre. heh. Hm. His vocals should be mixed up a little louder. You can tell he’s performing in a way he’s not used to–working the stage and moving around. But his performance is solid. He’s got a nice tone. Not his best performance, though. He’s better behind the piano. “I’m not sure that song did you any justice. It really let you down,” says Steven. “I don’t think that’s your strength. It didn’t show America who you really are. You have one of the most beautiful voices,” says Jennifer. “I think you’ve been much better before, You didn’t bring anything different,” says Randy. C’mon, it wasn’t that bad. He was better than Clint and Jovany. – 1-866-436 5704VIDEO

Brett Loewenstern – Light My Fire – Doors – Pretty hair! I’m not sure I like this…Odd song choice. A big gamble. He gains some steam as the song progresses. Dude’s NOT a rock star. Not sure this song does his style justice, but he’s intriguing. He’s a funny little bird, that Brett. “You did it again. You brought it home,” says Steven. “There was more hair tossing than me and Beyonce in the last 10 years! I liked your performance,” says Jennifer. “There were 14 hair shakes. The vocals had some pitch problems in the beginning…you’re definitely fun and bold,” says Randy. – 1-866-436 5705 – VIDEO

James Durbin – You Got Another Thing Comin’ by Judas Priest – Hm. 80’s hair metal for the win? Well, this is something different for Idol, that’s for sure. He’s actually perfect in this style. I’m appreciating him for the very first time. James gets a standing ovation. “That was fucking crazy good! That’s the first Judas Preist song ever on this show. I love it that you’re over the top,” says Steven “James, I love the way you perform. It’s organic, it’s real. It comes from something inside. You do it so naturally. Crazy,” says Jennifer. “This is how you do it right there. This is how you do it!” says Randy. OMG he’s wearing…a tail? “You didn’t over do the high thing, you were nice and tasty with it,” Randy says. – 1-866-436 5706VIDEO

Robbie Rosen – Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLachlan – Robbie has some nice phrasing, a very pretty falsetto. But the vocal tricks can’t mask a general malaise…the performance is not very interesting. He needs to amp up the energy. “You can sing a ballad like nobody’s business. That was a beautiful thing,” says Steven. “Ive said this to you before. You tell a story. You feel every single word. You make choices that I loved better [than Sara’s],” says Jennifer. “I kind of differ. The notes were pitchy, you were never quite comfortable in this performance…it didn’t quite all connect,” says Randy. Wow. How is it that I’m agreeing mostly with Randy tonight? – 1-866-436 5707VIDEO

Scott McCreery – Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery – Close my eyes and I’d swear I’m listening to a 40 year old. It’s a little creepy. Scotty seems comfortable up there, he inhabits the song well, not as if he has no idea what he’s singing. I’m just not sure he’s going to be very versatile down the line. In the end, it may not matter. “Scotty you’re going to be getting a lot of letters from home soon. That was so beautiful.” “You are born to sing country music.” “Loved that you switched it up. You’re a throw back country guy. You love country. I love the lowness in your voice. – 1-866-436 5708 – VIDEO

Stefano Langone – Just The Way You Are – (Bruno Mars) – Good song pick for Stefano. Fits his style well. He’s not changing it up much, so the comparisons to the original are going to be inevitable. Hm. Those last few notes sounded a little sharp to me. Props for trying to change up the end, though. “I like the way your voice cut through the air in the room. You are so good,” says Steven. “You’re so consistent. There’s nothing awkward about you up there. You’re a beast up there,” says Jennifer. “That’s how you do it,” says Randy. Stefano knows he went sharp! And, “This kid could be on the radio right now.” He does have a unique tone. “That song was for all the ladies out there.” says Stefano. – 1-866-436 5709VIDEO

Paul McDonald – Maggie Mae by Rod Stewart – Dude is REALLY comfortable up there, even without his guitar. Really awesome, unique tone. This is an old song, but it really reveals all the good things about his soulful gravelly voice. “There it is. It’s all about the jacket! You got a real character about your voice. I love that chacter in you.” “You have real character in the way you move to. You smile lights up the whole place. You bring joy to the world.” “One of the things I love about you…you were so unique and differnt. I’m glad that Idol can embrace this kind of singer…quirky and different.” – 1-866-436 5710 – VIDEO

Jacob Lusk – House is Not a Home – I’ve ragged on Jacob for his his oversinging, but tonight he impressed me. He imbued the song with emotion, and added the big notes right where they’d be effective. Really really beautiful, powerful rendition of this song. His vocals aren’t buttery smooth like some R&B singers, but there’s something raw about this guy that’s very compelling. I may be changing my tune on Jacob – The judges adored him. Both Steven and Jennifer said he brought them to tears. Jennifer compared him to Luther Vandross.  “Luther would be so proud of you,” said Randy, “I don’t think there’s anything you can’t do.”  1-866-436 5711 - VIDEO

Casey Abrams – I Put a Spell On You – Hm. There are going to be a lot of comparisons here to Taylor Hicks, I think.  The dude is unique, he has his own style, but he’s not the best singer of the bunch.  His prior performances, particularly when he’s plucking his upright bass impressed me more.  Casey is walking a fine line between being unique and contrived. If Simon were judging, he would have pulled out the drunk uncle critique.  But there’s something about him that makes me want more. “Casey, Casey, you are in your mind good and out of your mind good…girls, what do you think about this man?” says Steven. SCREAMS. “As good as it gets,” says Steven. “You’re sexy casey,” says Jennifer, “You’re going to redefine this whole thing. Casey wants it bad. I loved. it.” Randy says, “I loved how you transformed yourself into the spirit of that song. More More More.”  – 1-866-436 5712 – VIDEO

  • Valentin432

    Woohoo, best week of the year!

  • gangreen29

    I like the new stage.

  • will

    I guess since these semifinals are so truncated, they figured it wasn’t worth building a separate set. But it’s odd to have them on the “big stage.”

  • leome

    I’m so excited for this season! I haven’t wanted to watch Idol this much since the end of season 7.
    Bring it. I hope the guys don’t disappoint. There’s a lot of talent here.

  • HermeticallySealed

    LoL. Cute.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    Wow, lots of sucky song choices. There are a number of talented guys so we shall see!

  • leome

    Ah, Casey is last. TPTB really like him for now. He’s so good. I hope people don’t start hating me for the “pimping”.

    I think Clint has a good voice, but there’s something about his image that doesn’t click. He’s got a good energy so far.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Hmmm. Not liking this. Is it me, or is the sound mix a bit . . .weird?

  • tripp_ncwy

    The new stage is great but Clint is not.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nice stage. Clint wasn’t nearly as sucky as I thought that he would be.

  • gangreen29

    Hmm. I heard good things about Clint from the spoilers but I didn’t enjoy that at all.

  • iluvai

    I liked Clint.

  • leome

    That felt really short. Sometimes I wish the performances were longer.

  • Soberba

    This guy is sooooo kareoke…

  • sillypraguer

    I’m wondering about the sound mix, too. And this isn’t live, so why is there a problem?

  • MrDuffin

    Clint reminds me of the Japanese guy on Gilligans Island. He needs to loose the glasses!

  • primeminister

    Clint got good reviews? I guess the spoiler was wrong on that one.

  • soccerboi

    Clint did well on that…I dont care for him personally but he sang the hell out of that song

  • Valentin432

    I think this played better on stage than on tv.

  • jasmaree

    I don’t think Clint is going to survive this round.
    Bad rep + mediocre performance (there were nice parts though) + first singer + not especially cute = AI Reject.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Clint would look better with different glasses.

  • girlygirl

    Clint – meh. Pretty karaoke to me in style, even if he definitiely is a better vocalist than most people who might get up at the karaoke bar and belt out Superstition

  • will

    Yay online voting!! I hope there’s someone I want to vote for 50 times.

  • Mark

    OMG! The background from Rockin’ Robin lives!

    Um, it was embarrassing. It had some good vocal moments… but the stage presence was beyond awkward in points. And despite those good vocal moments, the performance didn’t have enough of an identity. I wouldn’t have known what to do with that if I expecting a record from him.

    Hmmm. Not liking this. Is it me, or is the sound mix a bit . . .weird?

    This, too.

  • HotHotHot

    I didn’t like it as much as the judges!

  • JudyL

    The judges way over-praised Clint. What the heck are they going to say when a contestant is actually good?

  • Willis

    I liked Clint. Great glory note! I hope he gets to stick around a bit.

  • will

    Clint – meh. Pretty karaoke to me in style, even if he definitiely is a better vocalist than most people who might get up at the karaoke bar and belt out Superstition

    Except for the “meh” part, that’s exactly what Randy said

    (Well, not exactly…)

  • blmetsfan

    That was the definition of karaoke. The judges definitely over-praised him.

  • sbalk017

    I really hated that. Also, where are the girl’s spoilers? I thought they went yesterday…

  • claudette

    I really liked it. Upbeat and he moved around the stage. Already better than last year.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Someone in the audience had a sign that read “Tourettes Rocks”? WTF?

    Clint is really short. He made Ryan seem like a giant.

    You can see that the stylists have already worked on some of the contestants.

  • Mark

    I really hated that. Also, where are the girl’s spoilers? I thought they went yesterday…

    They’ve been up.

    Someone in the audience had a sign that read “Tourettes Rocks”? WTF?

    LOL. Got to love the AI audience.

  • lili_anne7

    I like the new Stage! Clint sounded good, but the performance seemed very karaoke to me.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I could see it having sounded good live, but it sounded like I was listening through a metal tube. Hope the rest don’t sound that way.

    ETA: Guess it is going to be the whole show.

  • St.Lucia

    If I never heard “Superstition” on the Idol stage again I’d be completely okay with that. It needs to go in the Idol vault of please do not do again, especially when you can’t do it well.

  • Duke

    wow. i must have missed the part about there only being ONE semifinal performance before the top 10/11…

    this was my least favorite of clint’s performances…moreso, i thought the band waaaaaay overpowered him…whoever is doing the mixing needs2b fired…

    having said that, i dont think all three of the over-singers (clint, james, jacob) will make 3 of the 5 spots….and since clint went first and he’s been given a bad rap, i dont htink he has a shot in holy hell to make it

  • Niall

    He sounded ok but he needed a homerun performance to overcome the bad guy edit. That was decent karaoke but not enough to save him. He and his bug eye glasses can take a seat.

  • webster

    I liked Clint’s performance. He’s not been one of my favorites, but I thought this was good.

    And I like the stage/studio/set.

  • leome

    This guy is #1 in the fodder list. Omg, so lame and so two centuries ago. No way he can make it and he shouldn’t even be at this stage when a guy like Colton didn’t make it.

  • Duke

    SOMEONE TURN THEIR FUCKING MICROPHONES UP!!!!!!!!

    and the background singers are soooo loud!!!!! same with the band!

  • HermeticallySealed

    I’d be surprised if Jov makes it to top 10.

  • Valentin432

    Very nice vocals from Jovanny.

  • jasmaree

    Jovany’s pretty good. Better than Clint, at least.

    Randy’s really off. Jovany is karaoke, but Clint isn’t?

  • HotHotHot

    ACK! The swaybots are still there!
    Jovany was very flat! Yikes!

  • sbalk017

    Omg jlo singing along. Do not want.

  • iluvai

    Jovany, meh. (Randy’s right, Jennifer.)

  • soccerboi

    Bu bye Jovany

  • girlygirl

    ok this is bad Jovany

    the sway bots would have been perfect for this, though

  • gangreen29

    I actually liked that. Jovany has a nice voice.

  • shell29

    I know I’m supposed to hate Clint but I don’t. The boy can sang. He might have overdid it a little but it wasn’t too bad IMO.

    Jovany? Zzzzzz.

  • St.Lucia

    Bandzilla is back!

  • Mark

    Jovanny can sing… but he’s being overpowered by the backups, which isn’t helping things. And it’s just so dull. This is the kind of performance I didn’t want to see in a bunch this season; the kind with the pleasant but totally vacant boy-band type performances that littered S1-S3 and popped up a lot throughout anyway. But for what it was, it was well done.

    (I don’t quite agree with Randy, though. It wasn’t really worse than the original. Just not so much better.)

  • Duke

    Johvany was totally karaoke randy was right

  • tripp_ncwy

    Sorry Jovany that was karaoke. What are the judges listening to. Randy is right for once.

  • jammasta

    Someone in the audience had a sign that read “Tourettes Rocks”? WTF?

    Umm… Probably a James Durbin fan? o_O That sign would make me say WTF either way.

    I wonder why they’d stick the ones who have apparently no chance as the first 3. I think that may affect Tim Halperin as well, as viewers may seem a little lost in the first 3 and not care about performance number 4.

    I hate this seemingly sudden death format. I kinda bet that Clint Jun Gamboa isn’t that bad a guy, he just got a horrible edit that will do him in the first week.

  • tierbee

    Clint did well I thought but it wasn’t enough to overcome first spot/villain edit/funky looking.

    Lol Randy doesn’t just tip the apple cart, he breaks the apple cart!

  • webster

    Dont at all see how Jovany got this far. Totally uninteresting

  • HermeticallySealed

    Tre Paula there, JLo.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. Randy says that Jovany is karaoke but not Clint? Huh?

  • leome

    Thanks for saying it Randy. I hope Jlo and Stevn aren’t going to be all nice tonight. Love the judges, but this dude wasn’t more than any Karaoke guy out there. And his image is horrible tbh.

  • lili_anne7

    Jovanny………. did not like at all! What are J-lo and Steven thinking?

  • Willis

    Now Randy is the voice of reason? AI Bizarro World.

  • Jx223

    I agree with Randy about Jovany.

  • Vital

    Jovany was pretty good.

    I, too, am thinking that the sound mix sounds weird tonight though.

  • jasmaree

    The sound’s really off.

  • soccerboi

    Jordan…yuk…

  • Valentin432

    OMG just isn’t a song that plays well on idol, too bad for Jordan.

  • leome

    I’m watching this on a stream, so maybe that’s it, but I’m having issues hearing Jordin. Is anyone having sound problems? It sounds so low.
    I know he got the jerk thing in hollywood, but I like this guy’s voice and presence. Super fresh and modern.

  • jasmaree

    Well, at least Jordan’s performance is entertaining.

  • gangreen29

    This is a freaking joke.

  • jammasta

    Jovany re-sang his song and is apparently still karaoke. Yup, toast.

    I’d like to go to whoever put these 3 as the first and slap them in the face. If you wanted them out, I don’t think putting ALL 3 first was a good decision. Start with a bang, throw the bad in the middle, end with a bang, I think that works out well to weed out the suck AND put on a show.

  • CindyM

    Eh, I thought Jovanny was fine. BUT OMG JORDAN IS BOMBING WITH THIS SONG.

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

    I get jovany and stefoni confused lol

    I HATE the new stage!!!! F&CKING HATE CLINT!!! and he sucked! jovany was bad too.

    Jordan was GREAT! an CURRENT!!! :D

    I’m probably gonna love the rest of the show hopefully

  • girlygirl

    is Jordan the one who claimed his song was offered to him — suggesting he didn’t really want to sing it? because he ain’t going to become “a legend” with performances like this

  • sbalk017

    Why would you do this usher song, and then make it sound fifteen years older than it actually is? If you’re going to do usher, do a ballad.

  • HermeticallySealed

    The sound is really making these seem even more amateur than it should. Seriously, I have heard better sound inside high school gymnasiums.

  • Willis

    Well, Jordan sounds better than the last few Usher performances I’ve seen. ‘Course he wasn’t dancing as much as Usher,

  • webster

    Btw, what ethnicity is Jovany? Name sounds Italian, but is spelled wrong for that. He sometimes sings in Spanish – is he Latino? Is “Jovany” a Latino spelling? Seems unlikely.

  • HR

    Clint sang well but bad song choice.

    Randy was right. Jovany’s performance was karaoke.

    Jordan was not good.

  • shell29

    Awful song choice and Jordan just looks goofy with the dance moves. He’s toast.

  • iluvai

    Jordan is good looking, but that wasn’t good.

  • Mark

    I will say that he sounds better than Usher does when he “performs” this live, and I love the impulse to go current. But there were some moments in the beginning which were painful regardless. The choreography was only OK. It’s just not a song that flatters the voice.

  • Duke

    I’m sooooo sooo soooo fucking pissed about the sound!!!! who approved this sound!!!!!! TERRIBLE!!!!!!!

    Jordan: buh-bye

  • jasmaree

    I’m watching this on a stream, so maybe that’s it, but I’m having issues hearing Jordin. Is anyone having sound problems? It sounds so low.

    Nope, it’s not just you. Something’s really wrong. The audience was louder than Jordan.

  • JudyL

    since I don’t like Jordan, I’m glad he was so bad.

    The audience is easy…..they scream and applaud everything.

  • lac123

    Yikes! That was, um, not good (for me for you).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    LOL @ Jordan taking off his jacket, and then not doing much! He was pitchy too. Not impressed at all.

  • will

    Steven is really not pulling his weight tonight. He’s said nothing of value to the contestants so far.

  • leome

    That wasn’t good at all by Jordan. What a shame. And what a bad song choice. I have never heard it before and just didn’t seem like the right pick. It didn’t do him any favors.

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    Clint was disappointed because I kinda liked him in Hollywood. But, unfortunately, he won’t be getting any votes from me after that. I completely agree with MJ’s review.

    Jovanny has a good voice. The song was a bit dull, but his voice was nice. Probably won’t get a vote from me, but…

    Jordan was alright, I suppose.

    So far, I’m a big disappointed. The top 24 seemed like they had so much potential in Hollywood. Hopefully, the rest of the guys will be better.

  • lili_anne7

    Jordan’s performance made me LOL, WTH was that.

  • Mark

    Hey, good for him for panning his own performance right after doing that! I appreciate contestants not being deluded or say that they “had fun” (grr).

  • gangreen29

    My sound is fine. Maybe it’s all y’alls tvs lol.

  • blmetsfan

    Jordan’s performance may go into the Idol Hall-of-Fame for Worst Ever. WTF was that? “That wasn’t me at all.” Why pick it then???

  • Niall

    Bye bye to Clint AND Jovanny. Jovanny was better than expected (by me) but he’ll be forgotten by the end of the night.

    The Jusges are lame so far. Only Jennifer has said anything of substance.

  • jasmaree

    I don’t think any of those performances are good enough to make it. Not unless everything else tonight is at the same level or worse.

  • claudette

    I’m such a sucker….I feel so bad when any of them do poorly. I thought Joveny (?) was good, but back-up singers were better and that’s never good.

    Randy’s got to quit saying they have to change it up. Because he’s gonna praise a ton of people he likes that don’t change it up either. Just say you didn’t think it was good.

  • CindyM

    Jordan kind of reminded me of when Anoop sang Beat It.

    I’m watching on my computer and the sound is tin-canny. Is it that way on TV too?

  • Mark

    My sound is fine. Maybe it’s all y’alls tvs lol.

    No, the sound is definitely off. No way the audience should be mixed over the singer on a TV feed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There are definitely problems with the sound mix. The band is drowning out the performers. Strange. You’d think after all these years, that would be a no-brainer.

  • blmetsfan

    Please tell me Steven Tyler will do a better job of judging soon!

  • jammasta

    Btw, what ethnicity is Jovany? Name sounds Italian, but is spelled wrong for that. He sometimes sings in Spanish – is he Latino? Is “Jovany” a Latino spelling? Seems unlikely.

    He’s Cuban. His name seems European to me. Like a Russian-Spanish mix.

  • CindyM

    LOL AfterElton on Jovany

    AfterElton

    Next we have the Jersey Shore guy singing with his shirt on, but pants that are two sizes too small. 9 minutes ago via HootSuite

  • Mark

    Randy’s got to quit saying they have to change it up. Because he’s gonna praise a ton of people he likes that don’t change it up either. Just say you didn’t think it was good.

    This hasn’t been a good night for the judging panel thus far. Even the most “critical” judge just isn’t making it happen, and he still sounds like he has no vocabulary.

    There are definitely problems with the sound mix. The band is drowning out the performers. Strange. You’d think after all these years, that would be a no-brainer.

    And it’s not even live!

  • girlygirl

    in my opinion, the boys are batting 0-for-3 so far

  • claudette

    Judges are sucking more than the contestants at this point.

  • jasmaree

    Hope Tim does well. He has a shot after those performances.

  • leome

    Nice of them to give chair time to Tim. I think he and Paul got the least airtime so far.

  • lili_anne7

    So far I am not impressed with the guys. I also agree that the sound system is pretty bad.

  • sillypraguer

    Tim Halperin always makes me think Jim Halpert (the office). But not funny :(

  • girlygirl

    Looks like Adam may be watching…

    adamlambert Adam Lambert
    I dunno about you guys but I’m favor of more original vocalists on Idol… That have their own sound going on.
    51 seconds ago

  • jasmaree

    Tim’s the best so far (although that isn’t saying much). The sound is still screwy.

  • lorenzo

    I love Steven!

    I can’t watch tonight, but I don’t understand why James is singing “You’ve got another thing coming”… some great music from those days.. but I don’t see that song as.. oh I don’t know.. I just hope he proves me wrong..

    I really like him, and I’d love to see him grow with the show.. crazy talent, great voice..

  • shell29

    Yeah, the sound mix is awful. I don’t know what to make of Tim’s performance.

  • sbalk017

    At least this one’s cute

  • primeminister

    Tim’s awkward on stage without his piano. Wish they would have allowed instruments.

  • Willis

    Not a big Tim fan so far. He doesn’t have much power in his voice.

  • Jx223

    I don’t think that Jordan was very good. And I don’t think that Tim’s song choice is a good song choice for him.

  • JudyL

    Well crap, I had high hopes for the show tonight. Four performers and I haven’t liked anyone.

  • gangreen29

    Not liking Tim at all.

  • iluvai

    Seems like the stage is kind of swallowing them.

  • lorenzo

    Has James sang yet?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The stylists tidied up Tim a bit. I really think that his performance isn’t good though.

  • CindyM

    Tim. Yuck. That was not good. He couldn’t hold the notes and his phrasing was off. JLo, make up your mind.

  • soccerboi

    I liked Tim’s performance. By far better than anyone else thus far.

  • webster

    I totally spaced Jordan, even though I was in the same room. Acid test.

    Tim sucked. I usually like him, but that sucked. Judges are totally right.

  • claudette

    Brett was really bad for me. What happened to the guys. Clint has been best so far and then Joveny for me.

  • will

    Steven is even more useless than Randy! I did not think that was possible.

  • lac123

    I am not feeling the guys tonight so far. I can’t believe I am saying this, but bring on James! Hopefully he’ll give us SOMETHING!

    Totally agreeing w/ you sillypraguer on the Jim Halpert… he kinda looks like him too (first season).

  • Valentin432

    James Durban was amazing.

  • blmetsfan

    James by far the best tonight, so far.

  • gangreen29

    The spoiler sources way over-exaggerated how well the guys did.

  • jasmaree

    Robbie actually gave a good performance. First of the night, IMO. So here’s how I’m seeing the TOP 6 shape up so far:
    James
    Robbie

    I didn’t like James’s performance but I know a lot of people probably did.

  • 1952

    James the best of the night so far.

  • iluvai

    Wow, wow wow James! Best so far and he deserves top 5 for that. Robbie Rosen did a really great job too. Didn’t care for Brett. He had nice energy but his hair waving mannerism was a little strange to me. The rest were forgettable compared to the last two.

    GREAT JOB JAMES!!!!! whoo hooo!!!!!!!!!

  • will

    And we’re back!

    James must have gotten some very good coaching, he didn’t make my skin crawl tonight. I’m beginning to think he’s going to win, God help me.

  • Lucy1234

    James Durbin was fantastic and a standing O from the crowd. I agree with Randy and Steven in that he did not overdo the high notes this time – his voice sounded great. My hard rock hubby loved his performance and it takes a lot for him to like anyone on American Idol. I think this guy is going to be around for a while.

  • claudette

    I’m really shocked. James was fantastic!! Best so far. I can’t imagine top 10 without him now.

  • CindyM

    James was much better than I thought he would be. Seemed very comfortable on stage.

    Robbie, well, he’s done better.

    I’m not impressed with the judges at all. WTF are they going to be honest at all?? I miss Simon.

  • Nina1

    Good grief, what happened? These guys sound turrible! Even Robbie over-melisma’d.

  • HR

    Most of these guys are boring, bad or both. Right now I’d say James is the best and Brett is best after him.

  • soccerboi

    WHoa…your site is back….

    I actually liked James eventho I think he is a poor man’s Lambert.
    I wanted to like Robbie, he has been one of my faves but that was not great
    Red head was just ok for me…

  • Jx223

    Robbie’s version of “Arms of An Angel” didn’t sound much like Sarah McLachlan’s version to me except for when he sung the chorus of the song. I don’t think that his performance was very good.

  • Chicagolaw

    Terrible job judging by Steven and JLo so far, imo. At least Randy is trying to step up.

    Watch out for James—he isn’t leaving anytime soon.

    ETA–I agree, CindyM; for the first time I miss Simon

  • lili_anne7

    James was the best so far, not even a competition. The judges are too soft. i only agree with Randy right now.

  • Mark

    (Had some trouble connecting, so I’m adding back in a number of comments that didn’t make it.)

    OK, so there wasn’t much good to say about Tim. First of all, some poor phrasing choices in the beginning, cutting them a little short. Some of the “stage presence” wasn’t very engaging, to say the least; waving your hand in the air singing a song with that tempo looks very Sunday children’s program and not particularly Matchbox 20. Some moments weren’t tonally flattering, either. Hmm.

    So Brett! I think Nigel is telling these people to strut across the stage; it’s not working. LOL at the hair-whipping, it’s kind of awkward. Sadly, the song just doesn’t go anywhere in particular. I mean, he’s OK, sure, and the best thus far, but it’s not very rock. It just kind of sits there, inert, inspiring no feeling whatsoever. But I thought the arrangement was actually a little neat.

    OK, so James’s choice? Better than most, for sure. And, actually, some of the vocal performance is surprisingly convincing. (I had never considered him convincing in the slightest up ’til this point). I’m not still loving the need to sing those notes in some of the moment, but I thought the OTT moments were at least more appropriately than I would have thought.

    (Holy shit! Randy’s critique was good… except that “tasteful” is not “tasty”. Doh! But I’ll take it.)

    Robbie. I don’t know why I dislike him quite the way I do. I give his choice some credit; yeah, it’s a ballad, and it’s sentimental, but it’s not the worst this show’s produced. And I’m not hearing everything in tune. Still, it’s hard to explain why I find him so particularly boring, why I dislike what he does so much. It’s, like, a number of the worst elements of AC added together with theater camp. Eh.

    (Off-key, Randy! Just say it! Off-key! But he’s more or less right.) (And, Robbie, I don’t give a shit. I didn’t have fun. And I vote)

  • jammasta

    I wouldn’t worry, the first four guys were the least interesting guys in the Top 24 anyway. They’re still overall better than the girls. If the right guys leave Thursday it may be a bit different and hard to tell.

  • webster

    Hmmm. So far, I’m not liking some of my favorites, but liking some I didn’t expect to.

    James was good, Robbie stank. That’s opposite world.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Yay, the site’s back on! Kind of disappointed with both the judging and the performances so far. The performances should get better, though.

  • grayhound

    James was great tonight!

  • jasmaree

    Here comes Scotty.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I thought Brett started a bit too softly, but he redeemed himself nicely once it picked up.

    Loved James’ performance. He did skirt the line of too much on the screams, but did much better than I thought he would. Side note, I am convinced that his habitual squinting must be his Tourettes.

    Robbie . . . iono. Glad he didn’t drag it out too much, and sped it up. But I agree with Randy, he was struggling to stay in tune.

  • MaryS-NJ

    I think it’s just different live than it comes across watching on TV.

  • Liva

    James done good! Energy like nobody’s business. No fakery, whatever I think of the tail. Much better than Brett, and I love Brett’s voice. Poor kid just didn’t get the point of the song. Same, I’m afraid, goes for Robbie. And I love Robbie too.

  • phil25

    I liked James and Tim the best so far, but that’s not saying much. Jovany and Clint can sing, but I’m not feeling them.

  • Duke

    I think Scotty could win…

  • jasmaree

    I don’t even know how to judge Scott’s voice.

  • St.Lucia

    This has been SO KARAOKE tonight! It’s gag inducing if not just super boring.

    I like Steven and J.Lo, but their judging is starting to remind me a bit of Ellen….BE CONSTRUCTIVE.

    Who would have thought Randy would be making sense?

  • Liva

    Eep! Scotty channels Clay with the camera mugging! Was that an almost-wink??

  • Ratna12

    Depressing that James was the best so far. nooo !
    Brett was bad, especially the first half. and I cringed at least twice when Robbie sang, it was kind of strange to me.
    Scott is doing good, very country.

  • CindyM

    I just can’t get over Scotty’s resemblance to Clay Aiken. It’s freaking me out somewhat. I hate country, but he didn’t do a bad job at all.

  • Jx223

    I think that Scott has given the best vocal so far tonight. I think that he did a nice job, singing “Letters From Home”. I think that song suited his voice.

  • bridgette12

    Love James, he’s my favorite so far.

  • steph6449

    Didn’t love that at all from Scotty, and he looked uncomfortable to me looking into the camera :?

  • Mark

    So you know how Aaron Kelly sang that Lone Star song? The one about the father calling his kid from home? Yeah, well, that’s very much how I’m seeing this performance of Scotty’s. It’s just utterly unconvincing. It’s a problem of teenage country contestants… it’s hard to find good narrative material that fits them. And not everyone can sing Taylor Swift. (Not like she’s getting particularly country anyway, but you get the point)

  • HR

    1) James
    2) Scotty
    3)Clint
    4) Brett

    The others are too bad or boring to be ranked. Adding in Clint. Bad song choice but the vocal was good enough to be mentioned.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought James was the best of the night. I think that Robbie suffered by following James, but I didn’t like his improvisations. Scotty really reminds me of Clay Aiken except for the haircut. lol

  • Lexus

    Wow! Scotty just hit that out of the ball park.

    Besides him, I’ve only enjoyed Clint and James so far. I could barely hear Tim and the arrangement on Robbie’s song was God awful. Man! That hurt him.

    I’m really hoping Stefano brings it. I love Just The Way You Are.

  • bridgette12

    Scott was blah.

  • soccerboi

    Really liked Scotty…dont care for country music at all but I like the kid…he can sing

  • iluvai

    Scott pretty much did what he does perfectly. Not my cuppa, but now I get why people are saying he will be up there.

  • Valentin432

    Whoever mentioned Clay nailed it, he is Clay the country baritone version

  • Duke

    babylockthemdoors lol…i love that clip

  • St.Lucia

    I hate country music. I don’t care for Scotty. But he just might have delivered the best song tonight so far. Surprising to even me.

    The kid knows his niche. Randy is right, he really does have that throw back country voice. Scotty will go deep unless you know, Disco night kills him. :)

  • Willis

    Scotty wasn’t as bad as thought he’s be. Natural Country singer.

  • gangreen29

    I’m glad we are losing half this group after tonight. I liked Scott and James, and Robbie and Brett did alright.

    I don’t mind the judges. I don’t really watch it for them, and I don’t need to be told what to think lol.

  • leome

    I’m not into country but I seriously don’t mind Scott. There’s something captivating about him and I like his voice. He was the best so far after James.

  • Valentin432

    I’m loving Stefano so far;

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Robbie is trending on Twitter (U.S.). James is still trending, along with Judas Priest.

  • Duke

    Steffano’s sound is the worst so far…..ouch, pitchy….level 10 difficult song IMO tho

  • bridgette12

    Stefano, he’s okay.

  • St.Lucia

    I think singing this song, “Just the way you are” which is still getting MASSIVE radio spins and is hugely popular is not the smartest idea.

    Especially when you sing it BADLY.

  • jasmaree

    Stefano, you don’t have a falsetto. Don’t go there.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Scotty was okay. He has decent vocals, but I just hate country with a passion.

    Wow, Stefano, those notes were not good.

  • leome

    It seems to me that Stefano is going off picth a few times. But at least he picked a song people can remember.

  • sbalk017

    James and scotty were the best so far. Stefano was meh, but there’s something about him that’s charming.

  • Teri63

    I really liked James tonight. The hair metal sound is his forte, for sure! I’m not a major country fan, but I also thought Scotty was pretty amazing. The tone of his voice gives me chills. They got to choose whatever they wanted tonight, so it’ll be interesting how they do when they have a set genre.

  • webster

    Was on the phone so I totally missed Scotty, but given the stool, I assume it was balladish. Why would they put 3 in a row? Don’t they know how to put a concert together? Have pity, producers.

    Stefano really sucks. Another “why is he here?” types

  • yaddabing

    SOMEONE PLEASE FIX THE SOUND

    PLEASE

  • CindyM

    Gangreen, the spoiler person did overexaggerate how well the guys sounded. Unless something is really lost in the translation to TV, I don’t see or hear greatness.

  • soccerboi

    I like Stefano too. He over shot a note on that song but who cares. He just smiles and millions of girls melt…and few guys too.

  • St.Lucia

    Stefano is so consistent? REALLY J.LO are we watching the same show? You mean he’s been a pitchy mess the entire time?

  • iluvai

    I think singing this song which is still getting MASSIVE radio spins and is hugely popular is not the smartest idea.

    Especially when you sing it BADLY.

    ITA. I really did want to like it though. I don’t know what the judges are thinking on this one.

  • Willis

    Stefano is my fav so far. I may have to vote for him. I bet he would do better if his name was Mark or Jim or something. Just a thought…

  • sillypraguer

    So, looks like Brett, James and Scotty will make it through. James is by far the best thus far — not what I was expecting at all.

  • blmetsfan

    Biggest disappointment of the night: Steven Tyler.

  • nncw

    Scott and James performances were memorable everyone else is so so although Stefano is a real cutie!

  • Duke

    yaddabing:
    03/01/2011 at 9:02 pm

    SOMEONE PLEASE FIX THE SOUND

    PLEASE

    Amen

  • erennick

    Is it possible that they are messing with the sound like they apparently did on X Factor?

  • MrDuffin

    Jennifer and Steven are deaf it seems! Randy is trying to honest at least!

  • http://mjsbigblog bessiedim

    Judges are giving generic comments save for Randy.No variations at all and giving one note opinions.

  • Jx223

    I don’t think that Stefano was as good as the judges said he was.

  • garlandk77

    There are definitely problems with the sound mix. The band is drowning out the performers. Strange.

    This was especially obvious with Clint’s performance. But this show was taped and edited. The sound tracks for the band and singer are separate and were mixed later at the direction of the producers. If a singer is being drowned out by the music, it’s not an accident. I would take this as evidence that the producers were deliberately trying to bus Clint and obscure what was actually an outstanding vocal performance.

  • sbalk017

    That was kind of amazing.

  • Jx223

    I really like Paul. I like his voice and that he’s quirky. I wouldn’t have minded if he sung something else besides “Maggie May” tonight, but I look forward to seeing what else he might sing on idol.

    I thought that Jacob did okay and was better than most of the guys before him.

  • Valentin432

    Jacob was incredible, second great singers tonight.
    The spoilers overated Paul performance but it was good

  • HR

    1) Jacob
    2) James
    3) Scotty
    4) Clint
    5) Paul
    6) Brett

  • gangreen29

    I love Jacob. He is in my opinion the best male vocalist the show has EVER had.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was the best performance of the night. Jacob is a seriously gifted singer.

    Anyone else having major problems accessing this site tonight?

  • jasmaree

    Casey sounds kinda like Mr. T with all of the growling. Pity the fool. Mmmm.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Stefano is my fav so far. I may have to vote for him. I bet he would do better if his name was Mark or Jim or something. Just a thought…

    No name change can save bum notes.

  • Trina

    Oh holy crap Jacob made me cry, and I rolled my eyes when I read the spoilers that said he made Steven and Jennifer cry. Wow just wow. Seriously amazing.

    James was freaking awesome and the first one that kept me from falling asleep.

  • St.Lucia

    I’m really intrigued by Paul’s voice and his quirky sensibilities. I rather enjoy him.

  • Jx223

    IMO:

    Best of The Night
    Scotty
    Paul
    James
    Casey
    Jacob

    I think that these five guys could make Top 5 through the voting

    Worst of the Night
    Jordan
    Jovany
    Robbie

    Kind of in the middle
    Clint
    Brett
    Stefano
    Tim

    I could see Brett, Tim or Stefano getting a Wild Card.

  • Mark

    (Another block post)

    OK, so this Bruno Mars is hard to sing. The high notes were better than I expected, but that sounded really, really off-key throughout the rest of it. Aw, man. And I liked him.

    Oh, Paul does not sound as good as I want him to do. It’s not his tone, which sounds cool. It just sounds like there’s been some vocal damage there. The arrangement isn’t doing him favors, either. Nor is the fact that he’s strutting back and forth like that. Oh, Nigel. I blame you. Still, it’s not all hate from me. There’s something there.

    Jacob! I enjoyed that. I particularly enjoyed that he had some comparatively restrainted moments in the beginning. He delievered that song with a lot of style and power. I’m not sure I was emotionally connected to it (if you sung that to me in Japanese, I might have missed it was supposed to be a sad song), but it made me appreciate him a lot more.

    (Weird, weird critique from J.Lo.)

    Casey: Jazzy. Still, I’m not sure if he should have cut out some of the melismatic growls. Not that they weren’t well done, because they were, and there were some cool moments for sure. But it’s one of those design decisions where less is more, and I’m not sure Casey got that. Strange; up ’til this point, I considered him a better song stylist. Hmm.

  • Valentin432

    Casey was very good, not amazing tough

    Anyone else having major problems accessing this site tonight?

    I think everyone is having the same problem.

  • 1952

    Casey and Durbin making it through.

  • Elliegrll

    Casey is good, but I wonder if he’ll be able to escape the comparisons to Taylor Hicks, and will UMG be okay with him not being a mainstream artist.

  • HR

    I’m not impressed with Casey.

    Jacob, James and Scotty deserve to advance. I don’t care who else gets in but my preference is that the most entertaining make it. If vocals matter Clint would too but he isn’t liked and it was a bad song choice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Jacob was the best tonight. Casey was really good, but not a “wow” moment for me, like Jacob.

    Scott has been trending since his performance, same with Paul. Jacob isn’t trending, but Luther Vandross is.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I have a hard time watching Paul. He’d be like a less creepy looking Cook, but that smile just amps his features into horror flick psychopath. He has an interesting voice, kinda Macy Gray-like, but he has the same problem as Allison, and tends to mumble.

    I like Casey, but he does this weird jutting the lower jaw that bugs me. He’s great as long as I don’t watch. lol

    I’d say for tonight, my favorites were

    James
    Brett
    Casey – Jacob
    Paul – Scotty (even though I hate the genre, he did a good job)

  • grayhound

    I really liked Casey, Jacob, James and Paul. If I didn’t dislike JunBug so much I would say that he was also good……..

    I hope Paul doesn’t get forgotten by the voters – he is a really unique singer and performer.

    I’d say that no matter what happens Jacob has a future!

  • tierbee

    Durbin looks like Wayne Rooney – been trying to figure out who he reminded me of for a while haha.

  • blmetsfan

    Casey was a disappointment tonight. Best tonight: Jacob (even though I don’t like the style, he’s an amazing singer) and Durbin.

  • desiree_chick

    Stefano is my fav so far. I may have to vote for him. I bet he would do better if his name was Mark or Jim or something. Just a thought…

    That’s what I was thinking. And for the record, Tim and Paul and Brett sounded about as mediocre as Clint and Jovanny and Jordan, so people are just singling them out because of their attitude, because aside from Casey and Jacob, everybody was close to being karaoke tonight. And Scotty was barely passable. Don’t feel so confident about this season anymore. What Tim can, I’ve seen others do better. And I don’t think I can stand Paul’s voice any longer…

  • CindyM

    I loved Jacob’s performance. Meh on Casey. I think top 5 will be Jacob, James, Scotty, Casey and Paul.

  • rayni

    James was awesome and I did NOT expect that. Jacob was the most incredible thing I ever heard. Could he possibly win? Paul and Casey were less than I expected them to be. Everybody else I don’t even remember. Poor Tim.

  • Jx223

    Jacob, James and Scotty deserve to advance.

    I would like to see these three, + Paul and Casey make the top 5.

    And I would like to see either Brett/Tim get a Wildcard slot. I wouldn’t necessarily mind if Robbie got a Wildcard slot, even though his “Arms of An Angel” wasn’t good.

  • JOJOSIE

    I can’t stand to watch Casey. He looks like a caveman and it’s not sexy Imo but Jennifer seems to think so. Maybe they can clean him up some on the show. They’ve done it for others. I like Paul, Scotty, Jacob and James so far.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    I believe the Top Five will be in no particular order:
    Jacob
    Scotty
    James
    Paul
    Casey
    Wild Card-Stefano

  • Duke

    Scotty
    Jacob
    James
    Paul
    Casey

    I cant imagine anything other than this…

    Scotty is tearing it up on DI right now

  • nncw

    Jacob is absolutely amazing – then I would say Casey, Scott and James were quite good.

  • mmb

    Great song choice for James. His best performance this season so far. By far. Scott did great too. Love Casey ( but tptb will poke their eyes out if he wins)

  • songsungblue

    Jacob = Melinda 2.0 I couldn’t stand the tone of Melinda’s voice, seriously I thought she was going to make me poke out my eardrums with a pencil, but everyone was all, SHE’S THE BEST VOCALIST EVER! Well, that may be, but I hated her singing, and I felt the same way about Jacob. The suit was a nice touch though ;)

    I love the feel of Paul’s voice. I think he’s interesting. Like to see more.

    Oh Casey. America don’t like Jazz! :) I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he’s gone before the finals. Just a hunch.

    This judging feels like FLAIL. There’s no captain of the ship, and it’s going to bore the crap out of me to have THREE of them saying nothing. Bad move, really. They should have gotten a Simon like judge. The treacle needs to be cut.

  • Willis

    I think Dorsey and The Barreta are toast for sure. Tim could get through on the fan vote. Brett was a good and interesting vocal. Now to see if he has fans. Old McDonald didn’t impress me too much, but I want to see more. Casey was entertaining and should open his eyes more. Robbie…I already forgot. Scotty will get the country vote. Jacob FTW! A real talent. I voted once for Clint and thrice for Stefano. My work is done.

  • Duke

    If idol wants a winner that can sell records after winning and have hit songs on the radio, they should quickly endorse scotty

  • St.Lucia

    There is something about Paul’s voice that I’m very interested in. I want to hear him sing more1

    Casey let me down.

  • alonzo7

    Hmmm-I’m amazed to say I thought James was really good-along with Jacob and Scotty my favs of the night. James was somewhat reined in and he chose a song that fit him.
    Can’t say that Jacob was reined in and I prefer Tamyra’s version but the guy can sing his butt off!!
    Just don’t see the Brett love-good gracious the hair whipping was driving me crazy.
    Thought Stefano was just adorable-reminded me a little of David Archuleta-voice not as rich but really cute.
    My picks for top 5 are: Jacob,James,Scotty,Casey and a toss up for 5th between Paul/Stefano/Robbie.
    Worst song selection of the night was Jordan Dorsey-what was he thinking?

  • kcostell

    My top five would be Casey, James, Jacob, Scotty, and (gulp) Clint.

    Paul’s quirky voice just really didn’t click with me. I tried to ignore the vocal tone, but once I did I couldn’t find anything else under it. Him and Tim were the worst of the night for me.

  • webster

    I like Casey, but that was silly. It seemed very contrived and inauthentic. But, I still hope he gets through, based on other performances.

    Didn’t care for Paul, but I just don’t like his voice. It won’t matter how good he sings, that’s just not a voice I can enjoy.

    As long as we lose Jordan, Stefano and Jovany, I can live with any other configuration.

  • NOLA

    YOUR TOP 5 – In no particular order:

    JAMES
    SCOTTY
    CASEY
    PAUL
    JACOB

  • jasmaree

    I’m thinking

    Scott
    Jacob
    James
    Paul
    Casey
    Brett/Tim (probably Brett)

  • jpfan

    The judges are going to be Ellen level horrible. Always a mistake to pick performers. Paul wasn’t great and Casey gives off a strong jerk vibe. Oh well.

    I thought Jacob, James, Scotty stood out. I could see those three plus Casey and Paul getting through. Possibly also Robbie as a tween fav. Clint was actually ok but looks weird. I wouldn’t wild card any of the others. They were terrible.

    Those facial expressions Jacob made were hilarious. I vote him Idol most likely to have a sex change.

  • Oksana2000

    It took me 1.5 hours to get on this site.Wrrr.

  • Trina

    You know what I love? People on my twitter timeline who hate James saying how good he was woot!!

  • NOLA

    Duke:
    03/01/2011 at 9:45 pm
    If idol wants a winner that can sell records after winning and have hit songs on the radio, they should quickly endorse scotty

    AMEN, BROTHER! GEAUX SCOTTY GEAUX!

  • bridgette12

    I didn’t care for Paul and Casey’s performance. Just didn’t live up to the hype.

  • Soberba

    Jacob is fantastic. My favorites were: Jacob, Casey, Paul and James.

    I’ve made fun of James before, but he FINALLY didn’t let me down. He was great.

  • jpfan

    Sadly I agree about Paul and Casey. They weren’t that good.

  • bridgette12

    Trina:
    03/01/2011 at 9:48 pm
    You know what I love? People on my twitter timeline who hate James saying how good he was woot!!

    That’s great, I hope they will vote for him. He’s in the top three among the guys.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Arghhh I’m not really sure what to do with my votes. I really want both Paul and Tim to advance. There’s probably not many people voting for Tim, so so far I’ve been giving most of my votes to him. But what if Paul ends up being like, 6th and just misses it because someone else is voting really hard for one certain contestants? I’ll vote more for Paul later.

    UGH why do I have two favorites.

    Anyway, James really surprised me tonight. I’ve never liked him, but he delivered a good performance.

  • earthy

    My Top 5 is the same as most probably just in a different order

    Jacob, Casey, Paul, James, and Scotty

  • jammasta

    I’ve only seen Scott, Jacob, and James so far. GOD DAMN All 3 of them are so awesome. Total guys year based on these 3 alone.

  • tinawina

    This site stuff can’t happen next week. I’ll cry. :D

    Anyway, I was kind of underwhelmed tonight. I need to watch it again on my TV with the good sound, but I really only liked Casey, Scott and maybe James until he started the scream.

    The band made everything sound easy listening. The judges praised people who sounded crazy off, except Randy sometimes.

    Jacob is not Luther, just stop.

    That was the gayest Light My Fire I’ve ever seen, and I mean that as a compliment. Brett needs to stay for the WTF factor alone.

    I finally saw what gangreen sees in Robbie. He sounded like hell but he was all charming nice boy on camera.

    Anyway, this reminded me why I generally don’t like the first semifinal night. 80% of them usually suck.

    I think the smaller studio for the semis better.

  • HotHotHot

    Like Scotty, Jacob, James, Paul, and Casey. Did not like Casey’s song!

  • ri

    a bit off topic but i have to say…i like Ryan so much better without Simon in the room.

  • gabriel oak

    I’m not voting for James. He’s going to wind up screeching his way for weeks and weeks if he makes the top 10.

  • CindyM

    HaHa, somebody at Joe’s Place compared Casey to Yukon Cornelius from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I can kind of see it, minus the moustache…

    http://img88.imageshack.us/i/yukond.jpg/

    Either that or The Green Hornet.

  • jpfan

    Scotty is crushing the guys on Dialidol so far. With Jacob and James as #2 and #3. No surprise really. I could see those being the top 3 standing at the end.

  • cookcricket

    Okay Casey and Paul were both great as I expected!

    Jacob and Stephano impressed more than I thought they would.

    Brett and Tim didn’t impress me as much I thought they would.

    I still want to see more of most of these guys. James rocked!

    Scotty was quite impressive!

    Such a diverse group. Don’t care about Clint, Jordan or Jovany at all!

    I definitely wish Robbie could have stood out a lot more.

    So I guess I’m saying I want to see nine of them again. For top 5 I would choose, Casey, Paul, Jacob, Stephano, James and Scotty. Yup, that’s six. If I could choose 7 I’d add Robbie. If I had to drop one of the six it would be tough, but I believe it would be Stephano.

    Oh, and those top 12 girls love Casey!! :D

  • blmetsfan

    Surprised Scotty is doing so well on DI. A bit surprised Casey is not in the top few, but glad.

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

    standouts: ROBBIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE FTW :D,SCOTTY, tim, brett

    to me at least the others were either bad or boring
    some of them i couldnt judge really because i didnt know the song like casey, but he sounded good

    no facebook so i cant vote online :( i might call hmmm

  • lac123

    This was the fist time I’ve seen everyone perform. Overall, the show was okay for me. It seemed like there were a lot of nerves up there.

    So the good: James, Jacob, Scotty.

    The meh: Tim, Paul, Casey, Clint

    The bad: Jordan, Brent

    The who? the rest (it’s not good that I can’t remember them)

  • MayMirabella

    Jacob
    Scotty
    James
    Paul
    Casey
    Wild Card-Stefano

    Dolly, I agree with your choices. Then I started thinking who might be get the cute guy vote from the tweens but I think that is covered by Scotty or Stefano? As sometimes there is a surprise in there of what I call the John Stevens or Tim from Season 9 variety.

    But I would be surprised if this is not the 6 who advance, I am thinking if any of the above do not make it by audience vote…that one will be the wildcard.

    The only surprise of the guys , I think, would be if instead of one of the above….Clint or Robbie or Tim advance and someone who did very well tonight does not.

  • sr4mjc

    mj, you have Robbie as 5706 and not 5707. He needs the help he can get, LOL

    I really liked Jacob tonight. Tim did not sound great, I was disappointed.

  • shell29

    Didn’t care for Paul, but I just don’t like his voice. It won’t matter how good he sings, that’s just not a voice I can enjoy.

    My sentiments exactly. Paul might be “quirky”, but he’s the quirky that I’ll pass on. I just don’t get what’s so great about him but he’s cute, I’ll give him that.

    It probably wasn’t the greatest performance, but I just love Casey. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

    Jacob was amazing tonight. Some might say a guy like him can’t win this show. He doesn’t need to win Idol IMO. He’s going to be fine regardless of what happens.

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed James’ performance. I liked him for the first time tonight.

  • JudyL

    I think top 5 will be Jacob, James, Scotty, Casey and Paul.

    I agree and this seems to be the consensus on this blog. These 5 would be a really great mix for the tour.

    I already liked Paul and Casey. Jacob, Scotty and James really stepped it up tonight.

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

    That was the gayest Light My Fire I’ve ever seen, and I mean that as a compliment. Brett needs to stay for the WTF factor alone.

    lol tinawina i love this :P

  • gabriel oak

    Jacob has a good voice but he’s is going to get tired fast. It’s really hard to judge on one night.

  • Teri63

    jpfan:
    03/01/2011 at 9:54 pm

    Scotty is crushing the guys on Dialidol so far. With Jacob and James as #2 and #3. No surprise really. I could see those being the top 3 standing at the end.

    I’m still hoping for a girl to take it this year. It’s been far too long!

  • zweiosterei

    Top 5

    Stefano – he surprised me
    Jacob
    Paul
    James
    Scott

    WC

    Casey

  • MayMirabella

    I expected Tim to do far better tonight than he did..song choice might be his downfall..as he seemed really good and much was expected of him because of how well he did Hollywood Week.

  • october

    MJ – You have Casey’s number wrong. It’s 5712. The 5711 number is Jacob’s.

  • flyaway

    earthy – those 5 are the ones who have an A on the usatoday poll. And I’m torn on voting, too. Even if one of those 5 did not get the most votes, pretty sure they’ll be a judges choice so I’m trying to help out Robbie and Tim since I’d prefer them to Clint, Jordan or Brett.

  • jasmaree

    Scotty is crushing the guys on Dialidol so far. With Jacob and James as #2 and #3. No surprise really. I could see those being the top 3 standing at the end.

    I’m surprised that Stefano is so high, though.

  • Vital

    I have to say, my favorite of the night was definitely Paul. I wasn’t really expecting that since I didn’t pay that much attention to him prior to this episode, but I really did like him tonight.

    He just looked so happy up there, and he sounded good too.

    The others, ehh, they were just ok. No one else really impressed me that much tonight.

  • grayhound

    Can I just say for the record that this year I already care! And am actually rooting for a few..

    Compared to last year, when I really didn’t…

  • Duke

    I’m bettin Jordan is feelin pretty stoopid for dissin Scotty in hollywood week right about now *lovin it*

  • cher

    I am amazed at the talent in the boys’ section this year. Such a pleasure to watch tonight. Jacob absolutely blew me away. Loved Scotty, Stefano and Paul. Even James who usually irritates me did a great job tonight. I pretty much enjoyed them all, except Clint. :( Even though he has a good voice I want him gone. Robbie and Casey were also pretty good. Just a stellar night. Proud of these talented boys. Good show. Looking forward to the girls tomorrow. :)

  • spencer

    Bring on the LADIES!!

  • OldHag

    You may not like Scotty, because he sings country, but I am willing to bet good money that he will end up with a music contract no matter where he finishes in this contest. Country music contract, of course. Also remember, he is not splitting votes with anyone.

    Love Paul, by the way. He is like a cross between Joe Crocker and Rod Stewart. Always was a Rod Stewart fan.

  • songsungblue

    I just listened to Scotty without looking, and MJ is right. He sounds like a 40 year old. Its….ugh. It’s weird. I’m not saying he can’t sing, I just find it super creepy.

  • Ratna12

    You know what I love? People on my twitter timeline who hate James saying how good he was woot!!

    I don’t see how any of the girls performances can overcome the women’s votes once it gets going to that guy. I hope that the girls come out much better than the guys on TV.

  • BootStar

    MJ, you have the wrong phone number up there for Robbie. He’s 07. (Not that I can get through on Skype anyway.)

    Has anybody been able to online vote? I can’t get it to come up.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Those facial expressions Jacob made were hilarious. I vote him Idol most likely to have a sex change.

    Wow. . . really?

    “Has anybody been able to online vote? I can’t get it to come up.”

    I did. Didn’t have any problems. But it was just after it came online.

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

    lolll i loved brett’s little awkward hug with ryan when he ran into his arms lollol :P he’s so adorable!

  • bridget

    My faves are the same:

    Casey, Jacob, James, Paul, Scotty. I am really looking forward to hearing all of them sing more. (And I like Robbie and Brett, too). Overall – I’m very happy with this lot!

    I was frustrated, though,in that I felt like I couldn’t always hear over the band and/or back-up singers and/or echo effect.

    I did not miss Simon, although I expect the two new judges will have to step up the “constructive criticism” in order to keep it real. JLo and Steven Tyler were very sweet – Randy was “just okay for me.” I did not miss Simon, and I rejoiced in the absence of Ryan/Simon “banter.”

  • CindyM

    Those facial expressions Jacob made were hilarious. I vote him Idol most likely to have a sex change.

    Why? He was dressed nicely in a suit, didn’t see anything that indicated that.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    well guess i cant vote online cuz im in canada
    some not bad performances tonite
    impressed by a couple

    people are voting online its showing up in my facebook feed

  • jammasta

    I’m still hoping for a girl to take it this year. It’s been far too long!

    As much as I want a girl to win for once, let’s wait until next year. The girls as a whole aren’t as interesting.

    DI is still early but has Scott dominating everyone. He’s definitely staying, as are Jacob Lusk and James Durbin. Even if it is early, I am a bit worried, since Casey Abrams is 6th and Brett Loewenstern is under Jordan Dorsey.

  • Nina1

    Paul! I love your voice but your teeth are blinding me! Have some tea!

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

    tim definetely gets the cute vote!

  • sleeptalker

    Someone please make James Durbin go away.

    That being said, I’m totally good with Jacob/Casey/Paul/Scotty…but Brett has all my votes ever right now. love him.

  • OldHag

    I did not miss Simon, and I rejoiced in the absence of Ryan/Simon “banter.”

    Amen Sister.

  • Teri63

    You may not like Scotty, because he sings country, but I am willing to bet good money that he will end up with a music contract no matter where he finishes in this contest.

    I really don’t like contemporary country much at all, but I loved some of the oldies, like Johnny Cash, Waylon, Willie, Tanya Tucker, etc. I think what I like most about Scotty is that he sounds like some of those classic singers from my childhood. He’s definitely a front-runner for me so far.

  • Mark

    Anyway, this reminded me why I generally don’t like the first semifinal night. 80% of them usually suck.

    Yep. So, yeah, while it did suck, it wasn’t uniquely sucky in Idol history by any means. Actually, I’ll take it. It wasn’t a bad first night.

    I’m glad Stephano seems to have some momentum. While I don’t think he did well tonight, I’d still like to see him move forwards more or less just because. I think James, Scotty, and Jacob are locks. Not sure of whether I want Casey or Paul to move forwards. I take that back; Casey should because I think there’s a lot more potential there, especially musically. Paul was OK, but I think he has some very sharp limits.

  • lili_anne7

    I think james, jacob, casey, paul and scotty should go through. I was never a big fan of james, but I really liked him tonight, he didn’t make me cringe. Jacob was also very good, he didn’t over sing. I like Casey’s jazzy, soulful voice, but he maybe shouted a little too much. I’m not a country fan, but I’m trying to be open-minded, so I thought Scotty was solid. Paul was quirky, he wasn’t my favorite tonight, but compared to the rest of the bunch, he should make the Top 5. The others, I just did not like.

  • ri

    That was the gayest Light My Fire I’ve ever seen, and I mean that as a compliment. Brett needs to stay for the WTF factor alone.

    heehee. i was thinkin the same, Tinawina.

  • Owlgirl

    I voted online. It’s a little frustrating because I can’t see how many times I voted and I’m not good at keeping count. Probably have submitted a bunch of votes that don’t count at this point.

    I thought that this was a pretty good night. Miles above the boys debut last year, that’s for sure. There were quite a few “meh” performances, but no one was bad, and I thought everyone seemed fairly comfortable performing.

    For me, Jacob was the best of the night. I really enjoyed Paul too. Didn’t want to mute James for the first time ever, and while Scotty is not my thing, I thought he did a good job.

    Brett was kind of all over the place, but he was entertaining as hell, for me.

    Casey wasn’t as good as I was hoping he’d be. I still enjoyed him, but he’s just been so good earlier that I think my expectations were too high.

  • Miss Blue

    Junebug – Sick of this song but he did it well. Say bye, Junie

    Jovany – Share a cab to the airport with Junie. Bo-ring.

    Jordan – Make room in the back, Junie and Jovie, cuz Jordie’s riding along. A disaster.

    Tim – Not the right song for you. I’d say pack your bags, but you might make it.

    Brett – Oh. Ummm. Oh my. I don’t even know what to say about that. I felt like I was watching a drag queen who forgot to put on her outfit. That just was… No, I will not be voting for you, Brett. And I liked you.

    James – Perfect. Perfect song choice and done very well.

    Robbie – Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Scott – Loathe. Loathsome. Can’t leave fast enough for me but probably safe.

    Stefano – Just eh for me. Last note didn’t help him, but overall good. Seems comfortable on stage.

    Paul – Rod Stewart v2.0 Not sure how I feel about this kid now, as I was never a Rod fan and Paul might as well be a clone. Probably safe.

    Jacob – Very good job but I feel like he should be on an opera show. This just isn’t my type of music but he is very, very good at what he does.

    Casey – LOVE. Love, love, love him. Far more powerful voice than I think a lot of people gave him credit for. But it’s his sense of musicality that does it for me. This is a true musician. Can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. I am on the Casey train til the end.

  • crazyidol2011

    DI is still early but has Scott dominating everyone. He’s definitely staying, as are Jacob Lusk and James Durbin. Even if it is early, I am a bit worried, since Casey Abrams is 6th and Brett Loewenstern is under Jordan Dorsey.

    Try not to put much faith, if any, in Dial Idol right now. For one, it is always less reliable in this early stage of the competition. Two, text voting is going to be quite high this season, as that has grown each year. And third, with the addition of online voting, we really don’t know exactly how many votes are going to come in that Dial Idol will not be able to detect.

    So, just take that site with a grain of salt more now than ever before.

  • Buffynut

    Don’t forget this is only the first night. Will James and Jacob have any versatility? Somehow, I think not. While I love Jacob, right now, if he does this every single week, I know I will grow tired of it. Beautiful voice. I hope he has some versatility too.

  • Mark

    That was the gayest Light My Fire I’ve ever seen, and I mean that as a compliment. Brett needs to stay for the WTF factor alone.

    It was! I liked that part of it, for sure. But I can’t say I agree he needs to stay more, because there’s too many people I want to keep. (I’d trade him for Scotty on my list if I could, but it’s not happening)

  • jammasta

    Paul McDonald sounds like he has something in his throat. Nevertheless, I still like this guy. He could easily round out my top 4 guys tonight.

    Stefano is a really good singer, he just didn’t hit all of his notes right. I don’t think he was THAT bad. I hope he makes it on Wild Card if anything.

  • CindyM

    When does the pool thing start and are there prizes?? I never played before but might this year :)

  • shell29

    You may not like Scotty, because he sings country, but I am willing to bet good money that he will end up with a music contract no matter where he finishes in this contest. Country music contract, of course.

    I agree, I think Scotty is another one who’ll be just fine regardless of the outcome. I think he might be one of the last two standing in the end.

  • Valentin432

    Anyway, this reminded me why I generally don’t like the first semifinal night. 80% of them usually suck.

    I disagree, as far as first night of the semifinals go, this was quite amazing.

    Better than any other season I can think of.

  • Jae

    Wow wow wow! Season 10 is already better than s9 and even most of the s8 people. Here are my top 6 guy choices.

    1)Jacob Lusk: his voice totally blew me away! And the way he delivered that song! Oh man! Just awesome

    2) Scotty McCreery” he was so good! I don’t even like country but I love him. That boy has talent. Seriously. If he got voted off tonight he would be signed tom)orrow. Loved him.

    3)James Durbin: He was great. Loved his relaxed, real rock dude performance and easy effortless vocals

    4)Casey Abrahams: I thought his performance was a little growly and shouty but I love his versatility.

    5)brett Lowenstern: I just really liked his performance and his performance tonight.

    6) Clint Jun Gamboa: I thought he had a really strong performance

    People I liked:

    Paul McDonald I like him but there were just others who I liked more.

    Stefan was ok too. He got better as the song went on but again, there were people

    Robbie: he just didn’t do well. Lots of people were better.

    very OT:watching 20/20 Charlie Sheen is totally having a manic episode. Ok just had to say it. Please don’t respond. heh.

    Anyway, I am already ready for the tour. I want to see some of these guys live already!

  • webster

    I gave one vote each to James, Brett and Casey. Those were the performances I enjoyed most, in that order. I guess, in terms of who gets in, I hope those three plus Tim, based on past performances. Then, I don’t know or care. There’s some other talent, but they either have voices I don’t like or have shown (for me) too many uninteresting song picks. I suppose Jacob, Paul or Robbie should get the other spot, but I definitely forsee tuning them out unless they can show something very different.

    Mostly I’m disappointed in Jlo and Steven. They’ve been so good up to now. They need to step it up. Maybe stuff just sounded way better live than it did on the teevee. Or maybe they’re wimps. Man up, Steven!

  • CindyM

    jammasta:
    03/01/2011 at 10:05 pm
    As much as I want a girl to win for once, let’s wait until next year. The girls as a whole aren’t as interesting.

    C’mon now, let’s give them a chance! We haven’t seen them that much yet.

  • abbysee

    Jacob is not Luther, just stop.

    Amen.

    Wow, some of these guys are fucking good. I didn’t expect it, but Scotty is my favorite country guy from idol, hands down. He has the it factor. I was listening to the audience, they were so buying into it. Every inflection, every nuance. He’s really good.

    Jacob is going through, but I am not buying what he’s selling. I don’t get him.

    I love Robbie, he’s gonna be the one who makes me a pool of Abdul.

    Paul, oh Paul, I will buy your post idol cd. I love his voice.

    Stefano, you are radio ready. Casey, you caveman you, I am seduced.

    James, okay, I’m listening.

    Brett, you plucky duck, what am I gonna do with you? I find you highly unusual and I like that. Everyone that I didn’t mention. There was no need.

  • tinawina

    Ha! I had the first online voting thing pop up on my Facebook newsfeed! I didn’t even know this dude watched Idol. This function will be outing all the closet Idoltards in my life left and right. :D

  • Lexus

    I think it’s hilarious that Jordan Dorsey seems to be the most overlooked contestant on here. I haven’t really seen any comments. And rightfully so. He’s forgetable regardless how good he thinks he is. Karma and all that!

    I love Stefano. Not the best voice, obviously, but a good voice and great smile and personality. He’ll get the hearthrob vote.

    Best of the night for me: Jacob/Scotty/James/Paul/Stefano

  • Lucy1234

    I think the girls will like Stefano. I was not that impressed with Scotty and I like country music. He sounds way too much like Josh Turner. How many are going home this week?

    My top 6 are Paul, James, Jacob, Casey, Stefano and Scotty in that order. That would be a very well-rounded group of guys.

  • Animated

    Oh wow Idol is entertaining . I like James Durbin and Scotty McCreery. Polar opposites in a way.
    Jacob has a great voice ,very much suited for his song choice. But I will be looking forward to seeing what Durbin and McCreery will perform next. The others seem like, what you see now, is what they will be doing for the next ,what, 14 weeks ?
    I wonder if the ladies will be as entertaining tomorrow ….

  • progression

    The band made everything sound easy listening

    .
    Yes! For a diverse set of songs, it all ended up sounding very AC radio. The band needs work.

    Anyway, this reminded me why I generally don’t like the first semifinal night. 80% of them usually suck.

    The first night is always fraught with nerves. I thought these guys did reasonably well for a first night. Nothing great, but no real trainwrecks either.

    I think the smaller studio for the semis better.

    ITA. These poor kids really got thrown in the deep end of the pool going straight to the big stage.

    I thought Casey, Scotty and Durbin (who I haven’t ever liked in the least) did the best tonight, maybe because they have the voices to stand up to the band. Jacob’s thing is just not my thing, but I can see if you like that style you’d think he did well. Who gets the 5th spot I have no idea.

    Yukon Cornelius! That’s it!!! Thank you.

  • sunchick

    This is my first time seeing/hearing most of guys. Sooo, basically these are first impressions:

    Favorites: I enjoyed Casey, and also James despite some borderline poseur-ish moments during his performance. Which is funny, cuz put them together and you get? Casey James. Also James looks like my brother right down to the squinty eyes, and it’s freaking me out.

    I’m worried though that America won’t get Casey. For me, he pings like a male Lilly Scott, who was my favorite last season and was gone too soon because she was such a narrow niche-y kind of performer. Also, weird camera work during his performance might be a hinderance. I would totally go see him live with a good jazz band around him though. Like a Jamie Cullum kind of thing.

    Let’s see…Paul and his amazing teeth sound so so much like James Blunt, whose voice ventures into nails on a blackboard territory for me for reasons I’ll never be able to qualify. It’s not you, Paul, it’s me. But if I mute him, I totally dig his quirky vibe. Second Coming of Luther is not my bag at all, but I can appreciate he’s good at what he does. Same with Scotty Deep. I would never in a million years buy that kind of record, ever, did I say ever? But I get that he’s got it going on in his wheelhouse.

    Um, Bruno Mars Wannabe sounded decent but makes skeery faces when he sings. I could barely get through his performance without hiding behind my hands. Usher Wannabe, OTOH, was more fun to watch than listen to, vocally. Young Kid With 80s Feathered Hair Singing Sad Animal Song did a damn decent impression of Peter Brady when his voice was changing. He should have waited a couple years to audition. First dude wearing Mickey Rooney’s glasses from Breakfast at Tiffany’s brought it home at the end, but I’m so over that song in general. Cute Boy With Bad Case Of Nerves seemed like he had potential, but totally picked the wrong song for an instrument-free night. The Love Child Of Conan OBrien And Sanjaya is, sadly, a local boy. I want to root for him, but he neutered The Doors. *shudders* Michael Johns, Michael Johns, Michael Johns. Ahhh, okay I feel better.

    Did I forget anyone? I guess if I did, they were forgettable.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Wait… they don’t tell you when you’ve submitted 50 votes? I thought they would have. I probably just wasted so much time typing in those stupid 6 letters/numbers.

  • jammasta

    C’mon now, let’s give them a chance! We haven’t seen them that much yet.

    There’s probably a reason we haven’t seen them as much :P.

    And even from what we have seen, I’d still say the guys are better. James Durbin and Scott McCreery were early favorites who did not have good Hollywood weeks and improved a TON tonight. Granted, Robbie Rosen and Tim Halperin may have sunk below expectations.

    Having said that about the girls, I definitely have my Top 6 girls and if they all make it we’ll have an amazing Idol year.

    Okay, I rofl’d at Brett’s entire performance and adored Casey (Didn’t think either of them were as bad or disappointing as has been said, although Brett started weak). Brett, Casey, Stefano, James, Jacob, Paul, and Scott desperately need to make Top 13.

  • Pixie Baker

    I love Robbie, he’s gonna be the one who makes me a pool of Abdul

    Okay…..this^ is too funny! Thanks,Abbysee!

  • s0x_prisoner

    jammasta:
    03/01/2011 at 10:10 pm
    Paul McDonald sounds like he has something in his throat. Nevertheless, I still like this guy. He could easily round out my top 4 guys tonight.

    Yeah, doesn’t he actually? Earlier this month he tweeted that the doctors said he had some kind of node on his vocal chords and that he might have to get surgery. He needs to be really careful with his voice and to rest a lot.

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

    I just listened to Scotty without looking, and MJ is right. He sounds like a 40 year old. Its….ugh. It’s weird. I’m not saying he can’t sing, I just find it super creepy.

    You know boys’ voices do change well before 16, right? What are you guys thinking with this comment? A 16-year-old boy is an adult physically even though not mentally.

  • MaryS-NJ

    I like the online voting! It’s working great.

  • tinawina

    I disagree, as far as first night of the semifinals go, this was quite amazing.

    Better than any other season I can think of.

    Well, I’m re-watching as we speak in my living room in surround sound as opposed to my 15 year old bedroom TV so maybe I’ll agree with you in an hour. LOL

  • webster

    This function will be outing all the closet Idoltards in my life left and right.

    Only the technologically naive ones. This is exactly why I’m not touching the fb voting.

    I’m thinking now I want to vote to cast for the lulziest group numbers. I actually think it might turn out that way on the boys end anyway:
    James
    Casey
    Jacob
    Scotty
    Brett or Paul

    … I’m starting to see why vocal blend might be a challenge for the audio mixers.

  • sartana60

    Hoping we keep: Paul McDonald, Tim Halperin, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin and … of course, Casey Abrams.

    Recap with best, worst, predictions and best line of the night from the judges here.

  • MrDuffin

    Scotty is killing the rest on DI. Casey is not doing so well.

  • movin2thabeet

    I’m with most of you here on the top 5. For me it was Casey, Jacob, James, Scotty and Paul by a mile. No question. They were all terrific, in their own ways. After that, there was a major drop in talent in my opinion. I thought Clint did a decent job, but folks have bought the bad guy portrayal painted by Idol, so he doesn’t have a chance. Beside that, I was actually cringing or plugging my ears throughout much of the other guys performances. It was like bad karaoke night, except for the stellar performances of the top 5. I don’t get the love for either Stefano, Brett or Tim. Their performances were very weak. I think folks are voting for the back story on these guys. Or the ‘cute factor’.

  • webster

    You know boys’ voices do change well before 16, right? What are you guys thinking with this comment?

    Maybe that he doesn’t sound all adenoidal? j/k Bass is a relatively rare voice type, but it’s not age related.

  • HappyDaisy

    Nice pace to the show, horrible sound for first half.

    Judges: Randy was great. Steven was a huge disappointment — did they tell him to be the nice guy or something? Jennifer said little of substance and spoke over Randy too many times.

    Pleasant surprise: James Durbin.

  • MaryS-NJ

    Scotty’s from NC – Eastern time zone and a Country boy. I’m not surprised he’s doing well now. I think things shift a bit when the time zones change.

  • jammasta

    Everyone’s Top 5 seems to be a consensus. I love it. Crossing my fingers that the right people make it (and along with my personal additions of Brett and Stefano for WC…. although if Casey really isn’t doing well then he gets the WC).

    Casey, Paul, Scott, James, and Jacob were all great. I didn’t think Stefano or Brett were that bad. I’m a little busy procrastinating studying to watch the rest of the guys, honestly, but the other five aren’t nearly as interesting as these seven. Maybe Tim.

  • karenc

    I liked Paul and Casey best going into tonight, I thought they were good, but I wasn’t really that impressed by anyone tonight.

    I thought Stefano was good but he didn’t do that much with it. I was suprised that Scotty was better than I expected, and James too.

    I think Jacob is good, but a bit OTT for me, for some reason.

    I didn’t like Brett’s performance at all.

    The good thing no matter how it turns out is that there really is a mixture this year of types of singers.

  • Chai

    The performances that really stood out for me were Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Stefano Longone, Paul McDonald and Scott McCreery. The biggest disappointments were Robbie Rosen, Brett Loewenstern and Jovanny Barreto. Probably nerves, probably sticking to something safe, but their song choices really didn’t do much for them. Now I have to go look for the spoilers!

  • webster

    Casey is not doing so well.

    I’m guessing he’s good for a WC, if needed.

  • tibitibis

    Don’t forget this is only the first night. Will James and Jacob have any versatility? Somehow, I think not. While I love Jacob, right now, if he does this every single week, I know I will grow tired of it. Beautiful voice. I hope he has some versatility too

    .

    Actually i think the same , but of Scotty and Paul. ;)

    Anyway , my top 6 :

    James : Impressive, not my kind of music, but he was on his world, love it.
    Jacob: Beautiful voice
    Casey: Great voice, he’s a performer and yes SEXY musician lol :) Go Casey!!
    Paul : the King of the originality, love his music already on his My Space
    Scotty: TBH this kid doesn’t have a kid voice, he sing like a veteran country singer, he knows how to work the camara btw, but sometimes is difficult to understand what he is saying
    Stefano : I guess is the only real bubble gum pop, his vocals are great, is good looking , love it.

    Dissapointed with Robbie and Tim
    Brett , well, love his sweet soul, he has a beautiful voice, but i have the impression that he could wait one more year to try, i love his song choice though
    Jordan , what he was thinking?
    Clint;, really don’ care
    Jovany can take advantage of this experience and his good looks to achieve something ;)

  • Duke

    I just watched Casey back, and i definitely wanted to hear more “singing”

  • kcostell

    You know boys’ voices do change well before 16, right?

    Yes and no. My voice “changed” before I was 16, but it didn’t really settle in for another five or six years after that (and it actually rose somewhat in that time, from the bass side of baritone over towards the tenor side).

  • Buffynut

    webster:
    03/01/2011 at 10:31 pm
    Casey is not doing so well.

    I’m guessing he’s good for a WC, if needed.

    He may do better with the West Coast voters.

  • iluvai

    I like the online voting! It’s working great.

    I decided to give it a try, but an error occurred. I wonder if they are getting lots of online votes. The phone sure isn’t busy on any one of the numbers I dialed.

    edit: oops, it’s working now.

  • beesims

    Kudos to Uncle Nigel for giving all of the Top 24 decent airtime prior to the semis. Now I don’t have to feel guilty when Jordon, Junebug, Jovanny and Robbie board the bus filled with the likes of Garrett Haley, Joe Munoz, Amy Krebs and Kinnik Sky–contestants that only an Idol Obsessive would ever remember.

    So far I am liking Paul, Scotty (I am a sucker for that deep country voice) and Casey. I can appreciate a Jacob and a James but there is just way too much oversinging for my taste. I was really disappointed with Brett—bad song choice and way to fey delivery. I was also disappointed with Tim’s song choice. I had high hopes for him based on Las Vegas and his original song. I wouldn’t mind it if Stefano made it as a wild card. He does have a pretty voice.

  • jasmaree

    I decided to give it a try, but an error occurred. I wonder if they are getting lots of online votes. The phone sure isn’t busy on any one of the numbers I dialed.

    Really? I’ve gotten about 3 or 4.

  • Valentin432

    Well, I’m re-watching as we speak in my living room in surround sound as opposed to my 15 year old bedroom TV so maybe I’ll agree with you in an hour. LOL

    Keep me posted lol.

    I’m not even sure it’s close, early years had too much sucky performers, season 4 only had Bo and Mario that did anywhere near what those guys delivered.
    Season 5 is probably the closest (if you take the guys and not the girls) because of Daughtry, Yamin and Taylor.
    Season 6 and 9 top 12 guys were awfull
    Season 7 guys were also very average the first night.
    Season 8 first group was boring and also averyage.

  • cookcricket

    Yeah, I’ll have to add Brett to my list of those I want to go through. So that now makes 8…sigh. What a great group.

  • sunchick

    Casey is not doing so well.

    Awww damn, I had a feeling.

    Dear America,
    Please don’t Lilly Scott him.
    Love,
    Me

  • abbysee

    I gotta give Randy some props tonight. He was pretty much dead on with most of his comments. I was a bit worried about Steven, I thought he was gonna love everyone. He got better. I love Jlo’s enthusiasm, and some of her comments about performing are what I expect to hear more of. They’ll get better.

  • tibitibis

    Casey is not doing so well.

    What? i need Casey in the top 12 :(

  • ri

    please make Randy go away. cannot stand him this year.

  • OldHag

    No matter what else – it was better tonight than last year. W-A-Y better.

  • Grammie Kari

    I had wished that Robbie had done better, but his nerves got the best of him. OTOH, Stefano surprised me and was better than I thought he would be. Casey is good but I would like to have seen more singing. He’s in and deserves it.

    James and Jacob are in. I wish James had sang “Light My Fire” – it would have been beyond fabulous! Paul is not Rod Stewart; I wanted more. But he’ll be in, too. Brett just doesn’t have enough to interest me. However, it will be close for that TOP 5.

  • Animated

    I am not into country music , but Scotty was entertaining.. I keep on thinking of True Grit….. well 12 performed , they should send seven home and just keep five ….

  • Valentin432

    As an overall top 12 show, the season 6 top 12 girls were better but lacked the diversity of this group.

  • windmills

    The judges need to get ear monitors so they can hear what we are on the TV feed.

    Clint: Competent.

    Jovany: Anthony Federov 2.0

    Jordan: Mess at the lower end of his range, mess in his falsetto. OK in between. He actually looked swallowed up by the stage too which surprised me. He didn’t get the vocal rhythm right.

    Tim: He wasn’t with the band. Decent falsetto but kind of bland and shaky vocally in some parts. He seemed to be forcing it instead of letting it flow.

    Brett: Victim of Bandzilla. Weak beginning, good once he got out of his lower register. Didn’t own it but he was OK.

    James: Vocal reverb alert! But EXCELLENT stage presence and vocals! But the reverb REALLY helped him.

    Robbie: It pains me to say this but kind of a mess. He wasn’t with the band at the beginning. Too much melisma and it isn’t need for a song like this. Falsetto was way shaky except the last note. Should’ve sung it straight.

    Scotty: Haha, I totally get the country baritone Clay thing! He needed a little better breath support but I love his confidence up there and I love that he sings and performs like he’s telling a story to the audience. I liked that moment where he sang about the guy’s soldier buddies teased him about talking funny and how he related it to who he is in Hollywood on this show. Vocal was pretty good but not great. He handled the band very well.

    Stefano: Recovered from a bad start. A little reverb help. Didn’t have my attention until he hit his upper register. OK.

    Paul: Very good. He looked and sounded like he belonged. But watercooler performance? No.

    Jacob: Excellent but a little affected.

    Casey: Better vocals than I expected. Also a little affected. But I was entertained.

    Best of the night from the top: James+reverb, Jacob, Casey, Scotty, Paul

    2nd tier in order: Clint, Jovany, Stefano, Brett

    Bottom tier in order: Tim, Robbie, Jordan

  • tibitibis

    I gotta give Randy some props tonight. He was pretty much dead on with most of his comments. I was a bit worried about Steven, I thought he was gonna love everyone. He got better. I love Jlo’s enthusiasm, and some of her comments about performing are what I expect to hear more of. They’ll get better.

    i agree, first night live to judge,i think they gonna do better each time,but even with the tonigh experience you can really say what performance they really love it !

  • MaryS-NJ

    Dial Idol is usually wonky this early in the season, isn’t it? Also, I expect once the West Coast gets to vote, Casey’s numbers are going to pick up.

  • jammasta

    Yeah, there’s definitely 8 I want through, but 2 of them I can live without. There’s a 9th who intrigues me but I’m iffy.

    I motion for a Top 16. Eliminate 4 girls, 4 guys. S7 of X Factor UK had 16 people. Double eliminations for a few weeks, Top 10 can make tour.

    As much as I find the girls less interesting and my opinion will probably not sway on that at all, I like the evenness and the better chances of my people making it in a Top 16.

    Actually my 9th was Robbie Rosen and this performance changed my mind. Never mind. Like the arrangement of the song, but the singing isn’t on point. And I do like this song. Reminds me of 24 for some reason (End of Season 1 reminds me of this song) and my dream I had where Aaron Kelly was killed and this song started playing :P. This just wasn’t that great.

  • Tess

    Just finished watching…haven’t read any comments so this is just my take after watching the performances.

    I must say that as a group this was probably was of the best “group” of guys I have seen perform on idol as a collective whole. The guys that stood out for me and that I remembered without seeing the recap (so they must have made an impression) were, in no order of favorites: Scotty, Paul, Jacob, Casey and James. They all brought something special to their performances and I can still see and hear them.

    I think this season will be a close race…with different guys shining each week.

  • movin2thabeet

    Uugh. I hate to see Casey following behind singers who clearly did not deliver tonight.

  • girlygirl

    My personal opinion of tonight’s performances. Oddly enough, two of my favorite performances came from guys I haven’t been a fan of to this point (James, Scotty). These are ranked in order from best to worst (in my opinion, of course – YMMV)

    ABOVE AVERAGE TO GOOD (I didn’t think anyone was great)

    James (dialed down the OTT screeching, which I really appreciated; very strong vocal; not great in terms of stage presence, but ok)
    Paul (quirky, unique voice, but smiled too much through a song that lyrically doesn’t really call for smiling)
    Scotty (I’m not a country fan and I think he’s a one-trick pony, but that was a very solid performance/vocal)
    Casey (probably my least favorite performance I’ve seen from him, but he’s still entertaining and unique; gets pass for being sick)

    MEDIOCRE TO AVERAGE

    Jacob (probably has the best voice of the guys, but still oversings way too much)
    Tim (boring song choice, sang ok)
    Brett (doesn’t have the voice or the stage presence to pull off that song)
    Clint (karaoke; sang fine, but very karaoke)
    Jovanny (boring, off-key at times)

    REALLY BAD

    Stefano (weak vocal and off-key at least 75% of time)
    Robbie (off-key most of performance, tried to do way too much with a gorgeous melody)
    Jordan (why did he do a song he didn’t want to do? WTF, dude?)

    ETA – That one high note from Stefano was seriously WTF painful to my ears — almost as bad as Danny Gokey’s “Scream On” note

    I see no potential superstars out of these guys. The ones who are the strongest performers are not pop and/or r&b types, so their commercial appeal seems limited. The ones who have more commercial potential in terms of style gave weak to mediocre performances. Again — just my own opinion. And, of course, still many weeks to come, so there’s always the possibility for at lerast one of theses guys to change my mind.

  • newinNM

    I really enjoyed that tonight, a lot of diversity, and no one looked like they were going to throw up! My favorites were, Paul, Scott, Brett, Stefano and James (I really did not want to like James but boy was good, but that tail is weird). Looking forward to tomorrow, yea season 10!!

  • khomphuong

    There are going to be a lot of comparisons here to Taylor Hicks

    Nah, he is way better than Taylor Hicks .. Taylor Hicks was so boring. I don’t know how he won.

  • webster

    I think the Steven and JLo are still in the mode of wanting to encourage the singers and haven’t shifted yet into the mode of wanting to manipulate the voters. As soon as they see some lame people retained with better people leaving, they’ll wake up and tell it straighter.

    VFTW are backing Brett.

    With Casey, they need to stop the talking about sexy. It’s lame. Let people draw their own conclusions. That is not going to help him in the voting.

  • carolinacharms

    Woah! Stephano deserves mad props from the initiated and uninitiated, alike. He is a professional.

  • tinawina

    Valentin! You win! Much better with the good sound with the big Teevee. :D

    Okay, now I get why people liked Jacob so much. He sounded good… not Luther good, but good. He can only get better. LOL @ that little flirt thing he was doing with his eyes. He and Brett win the fey awards. I am so loving Idol bringing the gay this year. LMAO

    James has the It factor. I am going to get creamed for saying it. But its true.. I can see the potential.

    I liked Casey a little less on the second viewing. He did nail the spirit of that song… but something was off. Still good though.

    Paul was charming. I still feel like he’s more of a front guy for a band than a solo act.

    Scotty! He has the It factor too, in spades.

    I think Robbie could sneak in there. He had that sweet young man thing down pat, and he translated better than I thought he would. Not the best vocal, but it wasn’t that bad and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it.

    Tim was meh. Stefano was okay, but I can see him getting unfavorable comparisons to Bruno Mars and losing votes. I still want Brett in there, I love that kid for some reason.

    Don’t care about anyone else.

  • Indigobunting

    Just finished watching on DVR.

    A little disappointed but overall, much better group so far than last year.

    Can’t believe it, but by far my favorite was James Durbin. The kid has a lot of natural talent, natural (enthusiastic lol) stage presence and had the best vocal I thought. Interesting how you don’t notice the facial twitching when he sings. His voice has a lot of depth to it I thought and he is fearless.

    Scotty- Meh. I like the kid’s personality and voice, but his vocal wasn’t that great, a little boring. Gotta do more than that.

    Paul- I liked him but it was a little affected. Tried too much to be Rod Stewart. I did like his stage presence.

    Casey- I liked his bass performance but didn’t like this. Sexy, no.

    Jacob- Really good, but unfortunately has no shot at getting people to vote for him.

    Everyone else, eh.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Paul was pitchy…I’m surprised they didn’t catch it, and he made me seasick moving around the stage. Rod Stewart he aint.
    Casey abrams was good, but the band was better. What I’ve seen of the boys — they’re karaoke, I hope the girls can bring it tomorrow.
    Jacob – I agree that no one will vote for him….because – well it’s obvious. And he was a bit off key.

  • Indigobunting

    Does anyone else think the judges are being too complimentary?

    Tonight was the first time I actually missed Simon a little bit.

    Don’t shoot me.

  • Niall

    I didn’t hate James and in fact found him very Kevin Dubrow-ish. If he sticks to 80’s metal I could grow to like him.

    Scott’s problem is he’s a carbon copy of whoever he’s singing. It’s not going to matter yet, but right now I just see him as a skilled copycat.

    James, Scott, Paul, and Casey are shoo-ins. Jacob probably is, too (though I still think he’s the least relevant of them all). I’m hoping Robbie and/or Stefan get wildcards.

  • Marie Ruffin

    I see no potential superstars out of these guys. The ones who are the strongest performers are not pop and/or r&b types, so their commercial appeal seems limited. The ones who have more commercial potential in terms of style gave weak to mediocre performances.

    Oh I so agree based on this first week. The girls gotta be better.
    James is the second coming of Lambert.

  • tinawina

    Does anyone else think the judges are being too complimentary?

    Tonight was the first time I actually missed Simon a little bit.

    Don’t shoot me.

    Yeah, I agree. Randy was the only one who criticized really, and even then not always.

    I’ll give then a couple of weeks to get into the groove though.

  • Liva

    Indigobunting, you’re right. (But I still didn’t miss Simon!) I think they really needed to lay it down for Brett. For his own good moving forward, whether he makes top 5/6 or not. That was an atrocious arrangement, he didn’t connect with the lyrics and he needs to be aware of his affectations on stage. Cruel to be kind, in the right measure…

  • easyrider707

    Stephano=THE POP STAR AI has waited 10 years for. James=the great rocker, Jacob=the great blues spiritual, Casey=the dynamic bluesy entertainer, Scotty=maybe the best male country singer in 10 years, and Paul the nice soft folk rocker. Tim, Ben and Clint good. Judges missed on Brett – bad performance to me. Good group of males given diversity and skill level. Band was way too loud.

  • ri

    Tonight was the first time I actually missed Simon a little bit.

    Don’t shoot me.

    i won’t shoot. cuz i did too.

  • zweiosterei

    Scotty is a star!! A country star but a star nonetheless.

  • Grammie Kari

    There are going to be a lot of comparisons here to Taylor Hicks.

    That would be a compliment for Casey. I hope he shows that he can entertain as well as Taylor. I know he was sick tonight, so I do expect so much more. Wishing Casey the best.

  • Nostradamas

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Not a star in the whole lot…..next….

  • HermeticallySealed

    Liva:
    03/01/2011 at 11:07 pm

    Indigobunting, you’re right. (But I still didn’t miss Simon!) I think they really needed to lay it down for Brett. For his own good moving forward, whether he makes top 5/6 or not. That was an atrocious arrangement, he didn’t connect with the lyrics and he needs to be aware of his affectations on stage. Cruel to be kind, in the right measure…

    See, I’d have to disagree with this. I liked the arrangement, once it passed the slow start. The only thing I would really have suggested was him needing to be more confident while up there. But nerves are usually a thing at this point of the competition.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Well, sorry to write this, but I miss Simon right about now. Because somebody needs to tell these kids – “get off the stage if you’re not going to do it right”. They’re singing songs out of their voice range (where’s the voice coach?)….they’re not projecting….it’s shameful. Maybe the stage is swallowing them up?

  • yaddabing

    I’m ready for Interscope to start working with them. Alot of potential, just…..an okay start.

  • rbidol

    I guess I had a very different reaction to Casey. Granted, I did not pay careful attention to the Hollywood rounds, so this was one of my first times seeing him…but I thought his performance was kind of scary. With all that growling and shouting, it made me feel like there was danger of domestic abuse. I found it creepy.

    And not to be overly negative…but Jacob Lusk. Sure, he can sing…but in a time when Idol is going for more! relevance!, can he be a serious contender at all? Based on what I saw tonight (and other clips), I can’t see it. I consider it way too showboat-y.

    Or maybe I’m just in a cranky mood for some reason. Ha, sorry.

  • HermeticallySealed

    .they’re not projecting….it’s shameful. Maybe the stage is swallowing them up?

    Hard to say. the sound mixing was horrible. According to Lyndsey Parker, the sound was way different on TV compared to live (not really that surprising, really). Really, the sound during Hollywood week was far better than tonight.

  • jammasta

    Holy crap. Jordan’s performance is so effing terrible. Last time I’ve felt this much pain from an Idol performance was Lee DeWyze’s Kiss from a Rose… No, Paige’s Against All Odds. Holy *bleep* that was so bad.

    And WHY the hell is your shirt both PURPLE AND TUCKED IN? Do you WANT to get thrown in a dumpster? Holy crap, just get off the stage.

    (that was way harsher than my true opinion)

  • MrDuffin

    I enjoyed two of the 12….the other 10 were really bad! It will be had to find five to compete! Hope the girls are better.

  • gangreen29

    Well, sorry to write this, but I miss Simon right about now. Because somebody needs to tell these kids – “get off the stage if you’re not going to do it right”

    I completely disagree. There is nothing constructive about telling someone they can’t sing and get off the stage. Talk about trash television to the max.

  • easyrider707

    I think the judges positive approach to this point has led to less dismissal of unique talent. In auditions, if judges heard something they looked for more instead of dismissing talent. Result is, especially in males, a much deeper talent pool. Leads to better press and better show in my opinion. Does not mean more commercial talnt or what kind of band a group can put together after AI. I favor this years approach thusfar.

  • girlygirl

    I am thinking that TPTB are going to want 2 of the 3 Wild Cards to be girls. So 7 girls and 6 guys. I’m also thinking that TPTB really want these 6 guys in the Top 13 — James, Scotty, Paul, Casey, Stefano, Robbie. (it’s just a feeling I’ve got, nothing more)

    So — let’s say the voting puts these 5 in the finals: James, Scotty, Paul, Casey, JACOB

    That would leave just one WC for 2 guys — which would the producers prefer the judges pick — Robbie or Stefano? (In my opinion, I don’t think TPTB care if Clint, Brett, Jordan, Tim or Jovanny make the finals)

  • Allison

    Simon would have really hated tonight. And I haven’t missed him til tonight. He’d have called them out. JOvany, Stefano, Brett, poor Brett = really bad. I really only enjoyed 2, maybe 3 people. I hope it was just nerves and poor song choices, because I had such high hopes.

  • sonyab

    The people who I voted tonight are,

    James Durbin

    Scott Mcreery

    Paul Mcdonald

    Casey Abrams

    Brett Lownstern

    Comments:

    Jordan Dorsey: Is something wrong with his Mic?!!?

    Tim Halperin: Oh Tim! You are one of my favorites but tonight was not good. That song was all wrong for you.

    Brett Loewenstern: He is not one of my favorites, but he cracked me up tonight! I was very entertained! He didn’t know he was moving his head! ROFL! Yeah right. :)

    Casey Abrams: Holy cow!!! That was fantastic! :) He is a very unique guy!!! I love him!!! :) I voted for him a lot tonight.

    The phone lines: I started calling at 11:00 but it just kept ringing and ringing. Not sure why. So I have been voting online. I did get through once with Casey but that’s all.

    Simon: Man I wish he was back!!! I bet he wouldn’t of liked Brett’s performance tonight ROFL!

  • artemis

    I’m enjoying the new judges, but I miss Simon.
    I really like Paul, both his voice and his quirkiness. I’m throwing some votes Tim’s way, because I think he deserves another chance.
    I hate this format-one chance and then most of them are out. No chance to watch them grow more confident and come back from a shaky first time on the big stage.
    James was better than I expected. I liked Stefano ok and Jacob is talented. Casey did well considering his illness. Scotty is talented but not my cuppa. The rest-meh.

  • Niall

    I can’t help but wonder why idol a) keeps ditching mainstream, marketable black guys in Hollywood and b) mishandle so badly the one who does. Between dumping Aaron and Jerome in Hollywood and encouraging Jordan to sing “OMG,” I’d guess That’s not the type of winner they want (and Jordan wouldn’t have been the guy anyway after his Hollywood edit).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    According to Dial.idol, there’s no one who is safe, although Scotty is leading the pack.

    http://www.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/predictions.asp

  • jammasta

    I am thinking that TPTB are going to want 2 of the 3 Wild Cards to be girls. So 7 girls and 6 guys.

    What makes you think that? Just curious. Worries me a little because ideally my WC has one girl and two guys. Of course, this is IMO, but I kinda have difficulty gauging what the producers want with the Wild Card. I dunno if I agree or disagree with you, I think I’ll have to actually see the girls tomorrow to know.

    I don’t think Jovany and Tim were as bad as people said, just…. boring.

    Watching Brett’s performance again wasn’t as entertaining as it was the first time around. It was fun and quirky, but it felt too try-too-hard. He knows who he is, he’s a great singer, he’s bold and quirky, and he’s a good guy, so I hope he makes it.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Half an hour in and the biggest impression is how great Brett’s hair looks….

  • jammasta

    Half an hour in and the biggest impression is how great Brett’s hair looks….

    Night kicks in after him.

  • Kirsten

    Dial idol finally declared somebody safe – Scotty

  • tibitibis

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Not a star in the whole lot…..next….

    A lot more stars than last year at least ;)

  • tibitibis

    Half an hour in and the biggest impression is how great Brett’s hair looks….

    LOL, for real i was more distracted by his hair than by the performance ha, ha, but he is soooo sweet :)

  • johanna

    Not too many surprises for me tonight. The ones that I thought would do well did. The best one for me in no particular order as their styles are different and for now I may like one style better but they all did very well: Casey, James, Jacob and Scotty and as long these 4 make it through I will be fine with the results. From reading different forums James surprised lots of people and from the bottom of the barrel or close to it due to certain comparaisons he now ends-up on the top 4 favorites of the night for so many people.

  • Animated

    The contestants were entertaining. The judges were starting to be a tad boring.
    No one among the guys stood out in way that makes you think- where have you been all these years and I am itching to go buy your CD- they are fine and entertaining …. maybe its too early to say so… but where’s the star material…. hhhmm…. maybe country music folks would say they found their star in Scotty….

  • songsungblue

    Just listened to James in real time. He bugs, big time. Reminds me of the guy who won INXS Rock Star – Ugh, ugh, ugh. He’s seriously smarmy.

  • Mtlfan

    I almost missed the show tonight. Got in time to see James and for the first time I really liked him; he’s born to front a rock group, no doubt for me. Seems i didn’t miss a lot from the first 5 performances. I’m not a big fan of Paul but I liked his performance. I really liked Jacob’s first half of the song; he really has a gorgeous voice; I’m less thrill when he oversings but he did less oversinging than usually which is a plus. In his case “less is more” is an understatement IMO!
    I’m not a country fan but Scott was quite good on his song. I’m on the fence on Casey; he did well but i’m not sold on him yet.
    Stefano was good but his weird high note was not good. JLo made a face but did not mentioned in her critique.
    I liked that Steven and JLo were mostly positive in their critiques. After all this was their first big night and imo they want to pump the kids. I think the contestants were showing more confidence as a whole than in the previous years. I think the judges have a lot to do with this.

  • sherimoonzombie

    And WHY the hell is your shirt both PURPLE AND TUCKED IN? Do you WANT to get thrown in a dumpster?

    Freakin’ HILARIOUS! Best comment ever jammasta!

  • Liva

    See, I’d have to disagree with this. I liked the arrangement, once it passed the slow start. The only thing I would really have suggested was him needing to be more confident while up there. But nerves are usually a thing at this point of the competition.

    HermeticallySealed, I’m glad people are liking it more than I did because I’m rooting for the dude. Not saying he should copy Morrison (who can?), but that is a smokin’, sexy song. I didn’t get smokin’ or sexy from him. Nerves, I know, poor guy. I just wish *someone* would have helped him control his head.

    Nerves got Robbie, too. He could well be someone’s wildcard, ’cause he has a helluva voice, and I don’t usually like that smooth stuff.

  • Inconnu

    The ones who did best for me tonight are Casey, James, Jacob, Paul, Scotty and Brett.

    Hopefully that’s how the vote will go. Wishful thinking I guess!

  • bjames

    Loved Jacob. Loved Casey. Loved Paul.

    Really rooting for Stefano and Tim, but I know Scotty and James are going to take their spots. Bleh.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Scotty is now in the green. It’s a battle for spots 2-5.

  • ReginaFilange

    Bye bye Clint. Or maybe Robbie. Jordan was bad but at least he was bad on an Usher song, which will grab a few votes.

    My favorites were Jacob and Brett. Jacob’s vocals were really frickin good, and Brett was entertaining without being bad.

  • bridgette12

    Indigobunting:
    03/01/2011 at 11:02 pm
    Does anyone else think the judges are being too complimentary?

    Tonight was the first time I actually missed Simon a little bit.

    Don’t shoot me.

    I miss Simon too, because he wouldn’t have been handing out compliments like they were candy, because some of these guys had pitch problems and choose bad songs. Jlo and Steven need to step up and judge and stop looking like their doing a toothpaste commercial.

  • jammasta

    James Durbin was still amazing the third time around. I think J. Lo really likes this guy lol.

    If James Durbin sticks with the screaming metal kill-everyone’s-ears thing he does, I am SO voting him. And Scott. They complement each other in my musical taste. Country and screaming rock are two of my favorite types of music, along with R&B, so I hope Jacob and Stefano make it.

    I wish Robbie sang it better. The arrangement and the voice were good, IMO. The singing is missing something serious. The falsetto isn’t good and the singing is all over the place. Oh that performance had SO much potential.

    I kinda miss Simon in that there was a mean guy with a British accent, but I also kinda don’t miss him. Steven and J. Lo were way too nice, but I’d take them over Simon any day.

    Robbie is the perfect example tonight of why this “one-and-done” or whatever format it is just doesn’t work well.

  • Miss Chaos

    OK! I didnt hate James like I thought I would. I can get past the squinty eyes, but I just cant get past those ears sticking out like that, Either he lets his hair grow, and they do an ear job on him, so I can at least look at him. I liked the over the top mouthy that he is. I like Rock, metal, or what ever he is. As much as I hate saying this, he might grow on me. I wont be picking up the phone yet tho, its gonna take a lot for me to vote for him. No one else at all for me to be interested in yet.

  • dancingqueen

    I’d like to see Paul, Jacob, Casey, James & Scotty voted in, with Stefano as a wild card. This one & done deal isn’t that great – they all can use one performance to get the nerves out. Tim & Robbie impressed me prior to tonight, but, they may not get that second chance to shine. Great singers, like Jacob, may not get the votes. I don’t count on Dialidol being correct, but, it surprised me.

  • cookcricket

    Boooo!!! Jordan (WTH!) and Tim passed up Casey on DI!!

  • aek

    I thought I’d miss Simon, but don’t miss him AT ALL.

    Loving Jacob right now. I don’t know that people won’t vote for him. I don’t think teeny boppers will, but perhaps a more mature demographic. He probably can’t win, but I don’t think he needs to.

    I didn’t like James’s personality, and didn’t want to like his performance. But I have to give credit where it’s due. He can really sing, and has great stage presence. Not my favorite, though because of the personality issues, although I don’t think he can help it.

    I know Brett wasn’t that great, but dang if the kid isn’t sweet. You gotta like him. I hope he makes it a little further.

    I agree with whoever said Casey’s performance was a little creepy/too agressive. It did seem kinda angry to me. But, he’s talented and I have really liked some of his past performances. I get why someone compared him to Taylor. Personally, I haven’t seen enoough yet, to say he is as good as Taylor. At least not when Taylor is at his best. But, then, there’s plenty of time for Casey to show what he’s made of. I’m pretty sure he’ll get through.

  • Miss Chaos

    Its scarey that a 16 year old has such a voice, but you know what, hes so gonna win this thing or be top 2!!

  • aek

    Dial Idol can’t be right. It just can’t be.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Bring back the teen boys — Jaycee and Deandre.

  • Liva

    Who are the heartthrobs this season? Who are the teens dialing for? Blows my mind Casey is only 19, but I get the sense he’s not gonna get the Bieber crowd Nigel is so desperate to attract. ;-)

  • cheese

    I’m not sure that I loved anyone, but I enjoyed James (!), Paul and Casey, and I guess “appreciated” Jacob and Scotty, since they both sing a type of music that does not compute for me. I expected Casey to be better (i.e., to sing a melody), and I keep wanting Paul’s voice to be more than it is, but they both have a fearless stage presence that’s just fun to watch. Props to evil Nigel for banning the instruments as the results were kind of hilarious. I hope it was temporary though (poor Tim, haha).

    I think that Clint and Jovany actually sang much better than Robbie and Stefano, and maybe even Tim, but I don’t think they have a chance to make the top 13. Stefano managed to look and sound like a chipmunk. We laughed the whole way through his performance. It’s pretty bad if Cory Monteith sings circles around you on a Bruno Mars song. Robbie completely ruined his song with melisma and breathiness and poor pitch. Jordan was obviously the worst of the bunch. I have no words for Brett. It was…breathtaking.

  • HotHotHot

    Hmmm… Is AI getting little tricky now? Think they did a little mic augmentation on James? His mic sounded different than everyone else’s. He sure improved a lot since last week, didn’t he?

  • Miss Chaos

    There doesnt seem to be any heartthrobs, but I think Scotty will come close, who the heck is coaching him, mugging for the camera, the little smile, ha, hes got it going on. Too Funny!!!!!

  • wordnerdarchie

    Hmmm… Is AI getting little tricky now? Think they did a little mic augmentation on James? He sure got better really fast, didn’t he?

    ITA. There’s a lot they can do to make some sound better & others worse. No reverb on some of the earlier ones (like Tim). Also, crank up the band mix to drown them out. A lot of old tricks being used.

  • karrahbrooke

    This is the best first night of semifinals that I can remember. Not a train wreck in sight.

    I have my five that I want to make it through… Casey, Paul, Tim, James, Stefano.

    The five that probably will make it through… Casey, James, Jacob, Scotty, Paul.

    I’m really disappointed that Tim didn’t do better. I fell in love with him when he did “Something” in Vegas and I thought he might be my guy this year but he just wasn’t up to par. Now if he had been allowed to play the piano with that song it would’ve been a different story.

    I LOVE LOVE Paul and I thought he was great but he already sounds a lot like Rod Stewart so I wish he would’ve picked something where he wouldn’t be so sound-alike. He should be fine though. Oh, and dude totally looks like Bradley Cooper.

    Casey has been my dude from the beginning and I love everything he does. I actually do find him sexy.

    I think Stefano is just the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen.

    Other random thought: Jacob reminds me so much of George Huff.

  • Niall

    The downside to Simon last year was he was so relentlessly negative in the early rounds that I think he contributed to not only losing several of the interesting women pre-top 12, but also helped set a negative perception of the season. So I’m not overly concerned with the less critical judging tonight. Let the audience get to know these people.

  • lovingadam

    Just watched the video, i like James performance!

  • gangreen29

    The downside to Simon last year was he was so relentlessly negative in the early rounds that I think he contributed to not only losing several of the interesting women pre-top 12, but also helped set a negative perception of the season. So I’m not overly concerned with the less critical judging tonight. Let the audience get to know these people.

    Exactly.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Jlo and Steven need to step up and judge and stop looking like their doing a toothpaste commercial.

    Well, we gotta give them some slack, it is their first year. And Jlo signed a one year contract.

  • CindyM

    Watched it again on my TV and it did sound a bit better. My favorite was Jacob, damn, he moved me with that song. James did better than I expected. The sound mix was so bad for some of them though. Just don’t trust the non-live shows, too much possibility for manipulation.

    Don’t see anything new or special in Tim Halperin. Didn’t get Casey’s performance tonight, but he interests me. Scotty’s resemblance to Clay freaks me out a bit, but I’m not into country at all anyway. Paul’s voice sounded weird, weak and I hate that song.

    I wasn’t impressed with the judges. I don’t need someone to tell me how to think, but I expected more from Steven and JLo than to be Paula Abdul nice when it wasn’t really warranted.

  • Mtlfan

    The downside to Simon last year was he was so relentlessly negative in the early rounds that I think he contributed to not only losing several of the interesting women pre-top 12, but also helped set a negative perception of the season. So I’m not overly concerned with the less critical judging tonight. Let the audience get to know these people.

    ITA. I don’t miss a bit Simon’s negative bored ass

  • primeminister

    James and Jacob were impressive and far less annoying that I thought they’d be.

    Tim was disappointing. Brett was awful and awkward.

    I enjoyed Paul’s vocals more than the visuals – I hope he doesn’t smile in all of his future songs, but only when it’s appropriate. Don’t want him to be another McPhee in that sense. I loved his enthusiasm and like him enough to hope he’s through, but I’m not loving him enough to vote.

    Scotty was solid. Stefano was meh.

  • thesheriff

    I think Scott is a country album waiting to happen. Durbin guy was good – borderline annoying on the personality though.

  • gangreen29

    Nigel just tweeted:
    The voting on #AmericanIdol is huge this evening. Over a million online too!!! Only halfway through the West Coast.

  • Liva

    There doesnt seem to be any heartthrobs, but I think Scotty will come close, who the heck is coaching him, mugging for the camera, the little smile, ha, hes got it going on. Too Funny!!!!!

    Miss Chaos, I know! That smile! A little G-rated sex appeal and a cheek pinching moment. :-)

  • sf3456

    Jacob was the best. When he started, he sounded exactly like Luther. And he didn’t really overdo it. He kept it a little straight. I hope he gets voted through.

    I’m sorry but I thought Casey’s performance was a joke. People complain about Jacob “oversinging”. What was that screaming Casey was doing? I can’t believe people are losing their minds over this guy. And I still can’t believe people are losing their minds over that Paul dude. He actually bored me and his pants are way too tight.

  • artemis

    Unfortunately, the audience isn’t going to “get to know these people.” Half of them are going home Thursday after only one performance.

    All the comments about AI not playing fair with the sound-James sounded remarkably improved tonight. Hmmmmmm.

  • J9BT

    Liva:
    03/02/2011 at 12:02 am
    Who are the heartthrobs this season? Who are the teens dialing for? Blows my mind Casey is only 19, but I get the sense he’s not gonna get the Bieber crowd Nigel is so desperate to attract.

    You never know. My young teen daughter melted when Casey came on, and just started smiling and giggling. She loves him and voted for him tonight. I asked her why she liked him, and she said “his personality, his voice and he’s cute.” So there you have it – a Bieber fan likes Casey more than anyone else in the Top 12 guys! Scotty is her 2nd fav.

  • tinawina

    Nigel just tweeted:
    The voting on #AmericanIdol is huge this evening. Over a million online too!!! Only halfway through the West Coast.

    Oh snap. :o

  • Tess

    I liked the kinder gentler judges…and I liked that their comments were quick and that they didn’t try and be the center of attention. I am so glad that nerdy Brit is gone and I don’t miss Paula or Ellen or especially screen hogging Kara.

    At this point I think it is OK to be warm and fuzzy towards the contestants. This way the voting public isn’t going to be swayed and hopefully most peeps will be choosing on their own impressions. Tough critiques can come later.

  • J9BT

    artemis: All the comments about AI not playing fair with the sound-James sounded remarkably improved tonight. Hmmmmmm.

    Spoiler reports from those who attended the live taping on Friday said James was amazing, so I don’t think there was any sound editing on his performance.

  • Miss Chaos

    I thought the judges were fine, how can you say you dont like someone, when they were all pretty good, they did comment on the ones that werent good. Hey, they were supposed to pick 12 good ones, so they shouldnt have negative comments, if they did their job right. At least they didnt put so many thru then crap on them the following week like Cowell did.

    I think I love Paul!!!
    Jacob can go away, his stuff is gonna get old, I was bored.
    Casey looks like a chipmunk, but I like his song a lot.

  • J9BT

    sf3456: And I still can’t believe people are losing their minds over that Paul dude. He actually bored me and his pants are way too tight.

    LMAO! I hate Rod Stewart, so it pained me to listen to Paul’s performance (even though I agree he has a unique voice), but it wasn’t his pants I noticed – it was his pearly white teeth!

  • J9BT

    OK, maybe someone has said this already (sorry – I am so late I can’t catch up with y’all!), but when I went to logon to vote at the AI site, I was prompted to allow access to all sorts of things on my facebook, and I don’t even use facebook and have only 4 “friends” lol. I just couldn’t accept. God only knows what type of solicitation I’ll get if any of those 4 friends decided to vote online!

  • briguyx

    Finally figured out who Paul’s voice sounds like. Sure, there’s some James Blunt there, but I’d go back even further to Leo Sayer. Which tells me with the right pop love song, he could have a radio hit.

    Scotty picked the perfect year to try out. With the producers promising fewer mentors and letting the performers pick songs in their own genre, he could get a lot farther than I originally figured…

  • thesheriff

    I totally dug Paul and Maggie May. But, he could use some of the fat off my thighs for sure. And really – what did he drink before the performance?

    I wasn’t as thrilled with the Lusk guy . I can only listen to Luther do that.

  • Liva

    You never know. My young teen daughter melted when Casey came on, and just started smiling and giggling. She loves him and voted for him tonight. I asked her why she liked him, and she said “his personality, his voice and he’s cute.” So there you have it – a Bieber fan likes Casey more than anyone else in the Top 12 guys! Scotty is her 2nd fav.

    J9BT, such a great answer! Love it! :-)

  • Buffynut

    Wow, I was completely prepared to like James tonight, after reading here, and he just doesn’t do it for me. Loved Jacob. I think he is incredible!

  • jammasta

    Boooo!!! Jordan (WTH!) and Tim passed up Casey on DI!!

    What the actual *idolsign* is wrong with DI? Casey not making it would be a bloody travesty. Hell, if Casey makes it only due to WILDCARD it would be a bloody travesty. If Casey is sent home after both votes and wild card THE UROBOROS WILL BE RELEASED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE ENSURING COMPLETE GLOBAL SATURATION! (If you get the reference I just made, you’re pretty awesome. And this is NOT a good thing.)

    I don’t really care how much DI can be taken with a grain of salt, this is intimidating! Someone borrow my phone I’m still trying to study!

  • tinawina

    Interesting. When I was watching the first time,, Scotty, Jacob, Robbie, James, Paul and Casey all trended on twitter. Now with the west coast, I’ve only seen Scotty, Paul and Stefano go by. Is it still on in Cali?

  • Liva

    …his pants are way too tight.

    Is there such a thing on a svelte man? They *are* Jagger-tight but I, for one, am not complaining! ;-)

  • http://www.groupon.com/r/uu4472596 tammyinohio

    I was sick in bed all day and slept right through the show tonight so I had to come here and watch the videos. The guys I think did the best are James, Scott, Stefano, Paul, and Casey. I love country and I love the song so Scott was my favorite tonight.

  • bridgette12

    Miss Chaos:
    03/02/2011 at 12:27 am
    I thought the judges were fine, how can you say you dont like someone, when they were all pretty good,

    It’s easy to say you don’t like someone, when they don’t give a good performance. Just because they make it to the top 12, doesn’t mean they are all good. Some of those performances sucked.

  • primeminister

    Yeah, Paul did look comfortable, but his moves reminded me a little of Jason Castro’s “Mee-chelle, ma belle…” LOL. But then again, I loved Jason.

    I hope TBTB allow instruments soon!

  • JudyOhio

    What the actual *idolsign* is wrong with DI?

    Dunno, but I DO know the numbers on Dialidol haven’t changed in over 45 minutes! (I think the site has been down since about midnight.)

  • Miss Chaos

    I think I am wore out from the show, and I guess that might be a good thing. They certainly were all going for it. I wish them all luck.
    My picks
    Casey
    Paul
    James
    Scotty

    Stafano or Brett

  • Grammie Kari

    J9BT, wasn’t there a SKIP choice? I thinki that’s what I selected. It bugs me that you have to type key letters or numbers afer each vote. I missed 6 in a row. However, I did manage 25 votes. Who was able to text message thousands of votes? Not me.

  • wand3rful

    the last three guys were on FIRE. im a bit partial to Paul, as his voice is so unique and his stage persona is infectious. however, casey makes me want more, like MJ so succinctly said. clint, jovany and jordan were horrible….you would think that after 9 seasons, the contestants would understand the importance of song selection.

  • jammasta

    Watching Brett a FOURTH time…. Yeah, it was just gimmicky. Interesting, but gimmicky.

    Scott, Paul, Casey, James, Jacob and Stefano are who I’m hoping are in. Brett, Tim, and Robbie would be next for Wild Card (though to prevent serious imbalance, I’d choose only ONE. Either Robbie or Brett). I like Jovany but he’s gone. Clint and Jordan I just don’t give a *idolsign* about.

    Come on Casey, get out of the unsafe area!

  • Dlynne

    My picks are:

    Paul
    Casey
    Jacob
    James
    Scotty

    Wild cards:
    Stefano
    Tim

  • Miss Chaos

    Oh there’s gonna be a lot to make fun of this year, and we havent even seen the girls yet, lol

  • gferna

    I have to agree with someone that this is, maybe, the most gifted group of guys. I liked Scott, James, Casey, Jacob… WOW…
    I disagree, though, with the assumption that this is gonna be a “piece of cake” for James. A huge advantage for everyone is the new rule that they can perform the genre they want to.

    My feeling is that, no matter who he is, each week the person eliminated would be the one who commits a mistake, ratter than the person who sang the worst. The lack of hard judgement would help.

  • teacup

    Paul, James and Scotty were the best for me. Casey was awful.

  • Mel1

    I didn’t think I would like anyone’s performance better than Casey’s, but tonite James brought it. He was really, really incredible. Great voice, great stage presence. I think we’ll get used to his tourrettes twitches. So, tonite I liked James, Casey and Jacob. I don’t get Paul at all. I don’t think his voice is anything that great. Kinda weak, as a matter of fact. Since I don’t like country music, Scotty did nothing for me. I didn’t think the rest of the guys’ performances were that good.

  • claudette

    DI isn’t really accurate at this point especially with a million online votes!

    I like vocal talent so my favorites were Jacob, Scotty and James. I think these 3 also have the talent to really improve and are what the show is all about to me. I could nit pick some things, but it’s their first time on camera and must be nervous.

    I actually thought Casey was the worse singer although I’d love to hang out with him. I think he can only hit a few notes and is definitely someone who needs to be behind an instrument. However, he’s wildly talented on so many instruments and I really want him on tour.

  • darksiam

    anyone here voting via facebook? How do you know when you’ve reached 50 votes or vote period has ended?

  • primeminister

    anyone here voting via facebook? How do you know when you’ve reached 50 votes or vote period has ended?

    Someone said that west-coasters could already vote online during the eastern voting times. Don’t know how true that was though…

    This would mean that west-coast power voters have the potential to make more of difference.

  • blissful

    I was surprised who I liked best — Scotty, Stefano, and James — none, who I liked before! James owned the song and stage and I actually liked his high note (Adam and Siobhan drove me crazy with theirs). I enjoyed Stefano’s enthusiasm and honesty about missing that note.

    My previous faves were only so-so tonight. Wrong song for Tim – his voice sounded weak, though he worked the stage better than expected. Casey kinda creeped me out with his performance, but it fit the vibe of the song and I’m still curious to see what he does next.

    Brett is becoming more and more a joke contestant — I could not take him seriously.

    Still on the fence with Paul.

    Those continuing to the next round: James, Casey, Paul, Scotty, Jacob.
    Wildcard: Stefano

  • gferna

    Guys, Scotty is trending WW! Maybe, Idol producers prayers were heard somewhere up there!

  • thesheriff

    I can’t even remember who the guys were last year. I only see guitars. I think the fellas tonight moved more on the stage than everyone combined last year…all year.

  • darksiam

    I’m on the east coast and have been voting via one account on facebook for more than 2.5 hours (it’s now after 1am here), and have gotten in many more than 50. Does it only register only the 1st 50 and not tell you when it’s up? It just keeps prompting me to vote again…

  • KayGee

    My picks are:

    Scotty
    Stefano
    Paul
    Jacob
    Casey
    Junbug or James

    Not in this order, just the order that they sang and were impressive. I didn’t start writing good next to the names until Scotty and from that point forward that is all I wrote. I had to go back and pick my choice for the 6th spot.

  • AZIdolFan

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I voted for James tonight. I’m so surprised he was good. I really can’t believe it. I also voted for Stefano (for my 12 year old niece who thinks he’s waaaaay hot) and for Scotty who my 31 year old sister thought was waaaay hot. (once i told her he was 17 she started calling herself a perv. :P) I was so disappointed in Robbie. Nerves totally got him. It’s too bad. Brett should do a reality show cause the guy is so funny but I don’t think he’ll make top 12. I liked and didn’t like Paul. I just imagine I would bore of him after a couple of songs, you know. Casey was alright. Jacob I liked but not enough to vote for. Jovany was non-offensive. Clint was bad. I don’t know what the judges were thinking. Jordan was bad but at least he gave us an up-tempo and contemporary song.

    I had to go back up the list to see who I missed – Tim. Which is bad that I totally forgot him but singing that kinda boring song will make people forget about you.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I, an East coast resident, voted in the West Coast voting period online, only to see if it was possible. It was, to Casey’s benefit. I hope.

  • darksiam

    Did you get a message the voting period ended or you had used up 50 votes?

  • colette

    I’m going to say something that I expect not many will agree with: Paul did little for me tonight. Yes he’s cute, and he has that scratchy high voice. But it seemed like note-by-note Rod Stewart. And what was ‘relaxed” to some about his stage demeanor was to me “lazy.” He just sort of stumbled around. I’m willing to be wowwed, but it didn’t happen tonight.

    It’s definitely an improvement over last year, the whole crowd. Jacob finally got to me tonight, and even Durbin (though I’m afraid there will be screech-fests to come from that arena).

    There’s like one of everything here — Scotty’s out of another era altogether, very poised and vocally right for his material, but does Idol really want to produce the next Randy Travis?

    Casey’s just fun, and I think he’ll get through because it’s really a kick to have a genuine, ballsy, hep cat showman out there. And I’m sweet on Stefano. He just has a killer voice.

    Tim — disappointing
    Clint Gamboa — overpraised and underwhelming
    Jovany — yawn (is it just me, or is he like a young Sylvster Stallone lookalike?)
    Jordan — Toast
    Robbie — sweet, but not at his best

    Brett? I’m not sure. frankly, he creeped me out a bit on this one. “Light My Fire” is a kind of shamanic sex spell when performed right, and on Idol I don’t think anyone did it better than Michael Johns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz3BNMG-giE&feature=related). I think the big difference was SEX. Michael Johns had that sex-god-thing, and Brett….hmmm……

  • Keel

    Ooookay. Just finally heard Paul for the first time. THAT created an explosion on twitter? My hubby and I didn’t like his voice at all and were weirded out by his jerky stage “moves.” We finally just fast forwarded because he was so uncomfortable to watch. o_0

  • darksiam

    I was a big fan of Paul’s going into tonight, but I was seriously underwhelmed by his performance.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Did you get a message the voting period ended or you had used up 50 votes?

    I only cast 10, I stopped at the time I when I estimated it might be over – yet I see a tweet from Ryan for more votes.

  • idolnut

    I saw on another blog there are some serious contenders with the girls. Can’t wait to see them tomorrow night.

    My favs tonight: Jacob, James, Casey, Scott, Paul.

  • sf3456

    LMAO! I hate Rod Stewart, so it pained me to listen to Paul’s performance (even though I agree he has a unique voice), but it wasn’t his pants I noticed – it was his pearly white teeth!

    I didn’t even notice his teeth. I was too distracted by wondering why people are losing their minds over his singing and by his pants.

    Is there such a thing on a svelte man? They *are* Jagger-tight but I, for one, am not complaining!

    I don’t like extremely tight pants on guys. Maybe that’s why he sings the way he does.

  • J9BT

    Grammie Kari:
    03/02/2011 at 12:42 am
    J9BT, wasn’t there a SKIP choice? I thinki that’s what I selected. It bugs me that you have to type key letters or numbers afer each vote. I missed 6 in a row. However, I did manage 25 votes. Who was able to text message thousands of votes? Not me.

    Grammie: when I clicked the skip it brought me right back to the part where I have to authorize the access, so I assumed you could not vote unless you granted it. Honestly, I don’t have AT&T, so can’t text, but I do dial/redial on my cell phone so I’m able to get a fair amount of votes in that way. Hundreds at least.

  • J9BT

    sf3456:
    03/02/2011 at 1:29 am
    LMAO! I hate Rod Stewart, so it pained me to listen to Paul’s performance (even though I agree he has a unique voice), but it wasn’t his pants I noticed – it was his pearly white teeth!

    I didn’t even notice his teeth. I was too distracted by wondering why people are losing their minds over his singing and by his pants.

    lol! In reference to this topic, I died laughing when I read this tweet:

    @Overboarded
    Paul HAS to be on some sort of drug.

  • sdmama

    It looks like there is consensus here that Casey, James, Scotty, Paul will go through. That would be my guess, too. I was hoping Tim will do better to make up for the lack of air time earlier, but I don’t think he did. I doubt he can get WildCard treatment over Jacob, Bret, Robbie, so unless voters get him in top 5, I think he is done. Sad. I think the last spot belongs to Jacob, but if somehow Tim gets that, I predict judge will get Jocob through by Wildcard. But if Jocobe is already in, the wildcard guess is Bret or Robbie, from the love I feel from judges. Could be Clint but, ummm… I can’t wait for two days to see how well we guessed. Pant, pant…

  • thesheriff

    re: the paul tweet
    Yeah fo’real though he has ta be. But damn, i’ve watched it 11 times now maybe 12. totally totally like this guy! and this is my first time seeing him since i didn’t watch previous rounds.

  • Tony

    Clint – meh
    Jovanny – very nice/sweet but too mechanical. No injection of personality or uniqueness. Very uninspiring.
    Jordan – OMFG is more like it
    Tim – can’t even remember what he sang
    Brett – kinda good, kinda awful
    James – I HATE this guy but wow was his performance a pleasant surprise. I have to admit that he rocked it and was very entertaining. I was in a state of cognitive dissonance the entire performance. lol
    Robbie – BOOOOORRRRRINNNNNGGGGGG
    Scotty – I am simply awestruck by the authenticity of his voice. I will probably never spend a single dime on him but his voice is just so stunning. With the right work, this boy is gonna sell a gigaton of albums
    Stefano – He was decent.
    Paul – I’m not sure about him. His voice stands out and has an air of uniqueness but….I just don’t know. Very middle ground, if anything. lol
    Jacob – I’m positive that someone told him to rein in the Holy Ghost theatrics and he did a superb job with that advice. He gave a very controlled, smooth, powerful vocal. I was impressed.
    Casey – Didn’t like it. It was 99% growl.

  • cookcricket

    My last word of the night, Steven and JLo were probably too nice to some of these guys, but I think they’ll catch on. I like the fact that America has to make their own choices.

    Don’t miss bored, phone it in, Simon at all.

  • Liva

    I don’t like extremely tight pants on guys. Maybe that’s why he sings the way he does.

    I’m tongue-in-cheek about the pants, but I definitely think Paul was well styled tonight. I loved the black rose, the jacket, the works. Not sure if the pants affect his singing, but I can only guess it may be why he smiles so much! ;-)

  • Inconnu

    The one who didn’t do so well tonight: Steven Tyler. But hopefully he’ll get better at it. You could tell he was getting more chatty with the performances he preferred.

    And I will never miss Simon, I know that. Way too mean and competitive.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Enough good performances to make it a pretty fun night. In order:

    Paul: My fave of the night. Love his tone, his ease on stage and his unique delivery. Will be buying his music in the future.

    Scotty: I KNEW he could deliver. He needs to stay in this comfort zone. All American boy with a true gift. He deserves to stay (and I suspect he will for a long time).

    Casey: A bit of a disappointment. I’m betting that he’ll always shine more when he’s got his bass with him, which doesn’t bode well for the long run. He needs to stay though so we can hear the gift he’ll bring for the next few weeks.

    Stefano: My shallow vote of the week. He has such a winning personality and a great smile. He’s the feel good contestant of the lot for me. The vocals – though not fantastic – are good enough to stick around awhile.

    Jacob: DO NOT WANT. I need to FF through his vocal acrobatics. Seems like a sweet guy, but soooo not my cuppa.

    James: Better than I ever suspected – due largely to the genre/song and reverb. Too much of a poser thought (the scarf, the playing to the crowd – best crowd evah - UGH).

    Brett: I wanted to like you, fey ginger boy. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

    Robbie/Tim: Snoozeworthy.

    Clint/Jordan/Jovany: Fodder. And annoying to boot.

  • platoken

    Mj, you miss the same Simon who praised Lee’s off-key vocals?

  • readon

    Like anybody cares, but my choice for tonight are (not in any particular order)

    Scotty McCreery
    Jacob Lusk
    Casey Abhrams
    Jovanay
    Brett

    I thought Scotty would be practically out of here after this this round, but he brought it and I will give him props. Jacob was good, Casey made me like a song that I thought was dated and couldn’t work. I like Brett because I just want to see what else he can do. I totally expected Brett’s performance to suck big time, but I kinda liked it.

  • thesheriff

    wow – i had to read up on paul. he’s from alabama so there ya go. shoe in for top 2.

  • Finn

    I am so disappointed with the judges. When it’s Randy that comes up with the most discernment (and that’s not saying much) you know things are bad. Steven and JLo just seemed to repeat themselves, and most comments were just hyperbole. I thought those 2, because they are musicians, would be really informative with their critiques. It was the just the same old ‘just be your best you up there’, ‘I’ve been a fan from day 1, ‘is this the artist that you are?’, then Jennifer’s ‘the notes were perfectly perfect’. Then Randy’s ‘The best ever…’ whatever. I sure hope they improve, and that they say more than that was amazingly, beautifully, amazing. The only negative comment they seemed to manage was ‘that wasn’t your best performance (for me, for you)’. I thought they were going to be so different.

    OK sorry, rant over lol

  • carolinacharms

    Stephano is pretty. LOL

  • colette

    By the way — quick look at some of the idol newspaper & online pundits, and there’s a lot of consesus for Casey & Jacob.

  • platoken

    I kinda think Stefano could possibly get in over Paul or Jacob or even Casey in an upset.

  • damroberts744

    My Top 5:
    James-while I don’t quite get him, I will give credit where credit is due and James actually impressed me tonight. He at least has a genre of music that I think will work with him.

    Paul-Paul has a growing fanbase and seems to fare pretty well without an instrument. I think America, like myself would like to see more from him.

    Casey-He had the pimp spot, he gave the best overall performance. Done.

    Jacob-I still don’t get it, and i don’t think I ever REALLY will, but the guy can sing and it seems like enough people do get it.

    Scotty-The thing with a country artist on this show is they’re almost a shoo-in for top whatever as country fans have nobody else to vote for.

    Possible wildcards: Stefano, Clint, and Brett

    ELIMINATED: Robbie, Jordan, Tim, and Jovany

  • claudette

    Help me understand the online voting rules please. If you read the instructions it appears you can place your 50 votes anytime from the end of the East coast until the closing of Hawaii.

    I guess it doesn’t matter since they’ll only accept 50 votes (I assume from each IP address). I just wonder because I’m on the East Coast yet just voted online and I wonder if it counts. Do others interpret the rules paragraph?

  • Dlynne

    This was posted just to the right of the contestants names and photos on the online voting page.

    “You may cast up to 50 single votes online, after which any votes cast will not be counted.”

    It does not tell you when you’ve cast 50 votes, however.

  • colette

    I think we need to come up with several semicritical phrases for Steven Tyler that he can recycle. That way he’ll be a true Idol judge and not be restricted to “that was beautiful man” — “hear that?” — “that was f-in’ great” and other sweet nothings. I nominate:

    1) you’re way off pitch, dude-io

    2) your phrasing sucked

    3) why are you shrieking at us?

    4) if you only understood how to articulate better, had a decent grasp of harmonics, and knew how to use your head, chest and falsetto voices properly, you might sound decent

    oh well, a girl can’t dream, can’t she??????

  • wand3rful

    wow – i had to read up on paul. he’s from alabama so there ya go. shoe in for top 2.

    nah, he’s too unique and cool to be accepted by the avg american idol voter. top 6, top 4 at best. personally, i loved his spastic performance….its like he took a bit of crack before hitting the stage LOL

  • GreenHippo

    my pick for tonight in order of liking:
    James Durbin (my fav!!)
    Casey Abrams
    Paul McDonald
    Scotty (and I don’t like country)
    honorable mention: Brett and Jacob
    Jacob’s voice is real good, I just don’t like the genre he sings (Not a Luther Vandross fan at all!)

  • GreenHippo

    And so far I am not impressed with the Judges. Steven get some more of a vocabulary – there is more than “beautiful” in the dictionary. *rolls eyes* :roll:

  • cher

    Scotty is definitely the tween fave right now. The new Bieber of country music. He’ll be pretty safe for a while. I’m no country music fan, but whatever he’s selling I’m buying. :) I’m enjoying this season a lot. So much talent. JLo and Steven need to be more critical. Randy is trying, but somehow a bit lame as well. Ok, ready for the girls!!!

  • tinydance

    James Durbin – redeemed himself in my eyes by performing really great last night. His screaming was getting on my nerves before, but last night he was really entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised and he really did well for himself.

    Jacob Lusk – I also didn’t care for his OTT in his previous performances, but he was excellent last night, IMO he deserves to be in the top 5 for that performance.

    Scott McCreery – I really didn’t notice him because I am not into Country music, but he did an excellent job and for someone his age he handled himself like a pro. He has a great Country singing voice.

    Casey Abrahams – He has been consistently good and has an ease about on him on stage and his voice is like butter.

    Stefano Langone – He surprised me the most because he did a current song and made it his own. He might not make it to the top 12, but I thought he had a decent performance.

    The rest were…meh

    I thought Paul McDonald didn’t do that well, for all the hype. If you listen to him singing last night he was terrible. He sounded like Rod Stewart in a HIGH PITCH. Plus I didn’t like his stage presence and his teeth are way too bright.

    I was disappointed with Tim Halprin and Robbie Rosen. Brett was ‘interesting’, but not really that good.

    Clint sang good in some parts, but why do people choose songs like that for their 1st choice? Jovany had the same problem. He chose a song that was underwhelming.

    Jordan was a total mess.

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

    Casey is in a different league than Taylor, and I like Taylor. That would be my comparison if we are going to compare. If any luster were lost, it is just due to having no instruments this week. You have to think of it in these terms – look what a jazz guy just did to that rock song. We have probably never seen this level of versatility on Idol.

  • Jewlmc

    Wow. I thought this was the best talent we’ve seen in a few years.

    And I don’t know what you guys were watching, but I heard JLO and Steven give some negative critiques on a few. I don’t particularly need to hear the lame “Cruise ship” analogy if someone has an off night IMO.

    I also don’t miss Simon sitting there like he has something wedged up his behind all night. As if the contestants just dropped out of the sky and he had no hand in picking them. Plus lets not forget his extremely SOFT critiques on X-factor last season.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Casey is in a different league than Taylor, and I like Taylor. That would be my comparison if we are going to compare. If any luster were lost, it is just due to having no instruments this week. You have to think of it in these terms – look what a jazz guy just did to that rock song. We have probably never seen this level of versatility on Idol.

    Actually, I think Casey and Taylor are quite comparable. Both are not exactly the best singers and both are interesting as a reality show contestants. They are talented musicians, don’t get me wrong. But their genres are not exactly what is popular in the mainstream these days. We all know what happened to Taylor and his first post Idol album. It would probably be a similar story with Casey and I’m not sure that Idol can afford that after post-idol “success” of season 9 finalists.

    Scotty clearly knows what he’s doing. Jacob was awesome. Didn’t like James’ screaming.

  • NOLA

    I keep seeing comments about the judges going too easy on the kids and a lot of you are wanting Simon back. I love this new panel. We don’t need the judge’s input at this point. Do you need Steven to tell you whether you should like, or dislike, a performance? Hell no. You watched it. You can make up your own mind! The judges have done their jobs putting these kids in the top 24. Now it’s up to you to keep them, or send them home. Power, it’s such a great thing!

  • geekygirl

    ^^ Well said Nola, I totally agree, don’t miss Simon telling me what I think. And I don’t really care if they find the next super star, I just want to be entertained on the show and this panel has picked a great bunch.

    Wow surprisingly few trainwrecks for a first night. Thought Jacob was awesome! So glad he reeled it in a bit, something Al Jareauxish about him and I love Al. Not a bit fan of Luther but that was a righteous performance! James was a surprise, and I enjoyed Casey too. Yea Scotty! It is surreal that voice comes out of that kid! The rest were pleasantly fun to watch except for Jordan and as someone said, it was more like OMFG, as you said MJ, not a singer’s song! I am familiar with it but I am damned if I could even sing the tune. STUPID choice by Clint too, didn’t he ever watch this show? One way ticket to the door with that song.

  • lili_anne7

    Why were some people claiming that the guys are stronger then the girls? Based on last night I don’t think so at all. Granted I haven’t seen the girls perform yet, but I think I’m going to be supporting a girl this year. I am not really feeling the guys. The whole night just seemed very karaoke to me, and I think having absolutely no instruments kind of contributed to that.

  • koshka

    lili_anne7:
    03/02/2011 at 6:38 am
    Why were some people claiming that the guys are stronger then the girls? Based on last night I don’t think so at all. Granted I haven’t seen the girls perform yet, but I think I’m going to be supporting a girl this year. I am not really feeling the guys. The whole night just seemed very karaoke to me, and I think having absolutely no instruments kind of contributed to that.

    I was just thinking something similar. There was not one guy on that stage that I could get behind. I think last night more than any it was great NOT to have instruments. If they are crappy vocalists they shouldn’t go through. They may have also seemed more karaoke since the stage was so big and the band and the backup singers were off to the side. That’s my theory.

    Did anyone think that the audio was HORRIBLE? I don’t know if it was my TV or the feed. It seemed especially bad for the first half of the contestants. I could hear bandzilla or the backup singers more better than the contestant.

  • lili_anne7

    I was just thinking something similar. There was not one guy on that stage that I could get behind. I think last night more than any it was great NOT to have instruments. If they are crappy vocalists they shouldn’t go through. They may have also seemed more karaoke since the stage was so big and the band and the backup singers were off to the side. That’s my theory.

    Did anyone think that the audio was HORRIBLE? I don’t know if it was my TV or the feed. It seemed especially bad for the first half of the contestants. I could hear bandzilla or the backup singers more better than the contestant.

    The sound system was horrible. I could barely hear people’s voices because the band was drowning them out. I could hear James because he was screaming, Casey too because he was shouting. But some of the others I could barely hear them.
    Maybe you are right about the instruments. At this point having no instruments lets us weed out the bad vocalist from the good.

  • Esqt

    I don’t know what’s the use of judges if they’re just there as ornaments. Might as well get rid of them. What a waste of money!
    But if the purpose of having judges in the show is to help improve the contestants’ performances by giving honest feedback, then for my viewing pleasure, I’m all for it. :)

  • lili_anne7

    BTW, I think Scotty was the Top vote getter last night based on Dial Idol and who trended the longest on twitter. I get that he has a good voice for country, but I just can’t get behind this kid. I don’t like country, I would never buy an album from him. I just don’t think his voice is very versatile. He just sounds the same to me on every single song he’s done, and I can’t stand the way he raises his eyebrows. Ugh, I just don’t want this kid to win. I’m sure he could sell a lot of records in country, but I don’t want him to win. Plus I think his personality is fake, sorry maybe I’m cynical, but that’s how I feel.

  • chessguy99

    The judges suck. IDT how they are going to shape the public voting. The show edit was awful, both visual and sound. Paul and Brett got terrible sound mixing. The lighting on James made what should have been a dramatic performance, look washed out and dull. And the performance edits made it sound like some contestants didn’t get much audience response, Paul sounded like anybody barely clapped they cut so close to Steven’s comments. I think Casey will suffer for going last.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Overall, I would say that the talent pool this year is excellent. There was a clear top 5 in my mind. The wild card might be tough, but I’ll put my 2-cents in below. As for the judging, I would say that they were very good for the most part. At this point, the show’s a popularity contest and I’m sure that the judges know that, so you support the contestants when you can, and tell it like it is when you cant (i.e., Jordan). For what it’s worth, here’s my breakdown (which seems to mirror many of the posts so far):

    Top 5: (these guys hit the stage and gave a performance)

    James Durbin – This boy sang like a rock star, restraining his tendency to scream and selecting the absolutely perfect song for his style. He brought the whole package to the stage and gave the best performance of the night.
    Jacob Lusk – Jacob is such an interesting character and I would love to see him go far in this competition. He has a beautiful voice and does a R&B song proud. He should be a no brainer for the top 5.
    Scotty McCreery – While I thought he was a little stiff, just sitting on a chair and singing, he certainly hit every note and gave a great performance. You can envision this guy on a country radio station today. I don’t see him going far in the competition, but I don’t think he has to in order to get signed to a country label.
    Paul McDonald – He was comfortable and smooth on stage during his performance. He sounded enough like Rod Stewart to do the song justice and unique enough to make it his own. I don’t think it was the best he could do, but certainly it is enough to make the top 5.
    Casey Abrams – The key element about Casey is that he’s an interesting performer. I want to know what he’s going to do next. I want to see him go deep into this competition because he will change it up and entertain us. We need to remember that he was in the hospital up until the taping for that performance, so I think he did well given the circumstance. It was not his best to be sure, but he was running on a pint of fresh blood transfused that day and a still undisclosed medical condition, so I think he did great and deserves a top 5 slot.

    Wild Card Picks: (the judges should pick one or maybe two of the following)
    Stefano Langone – Stefano did a good job, although I don’t think his voice was mixed well for his performance.
    Robbie Rosen – Robbie’s voice broke a few times during his song, but he does have a good stage presence and a nice smile.
    Brett Loewenstern – Brett, Brett, Brett.. He’s such a quirky kid and I can’t help but like him. I think Light My Fire was a horrendous song choice for him, but he made the best of it.
    I’d pick Stefano and depending on how the ladies perform, maybe Brett as my piety w/c pick.

    Going Home:
    Jordan Dorsey – They should have handed him a bus ticket as he left the stage.
    Jovany Barreto – Meh
    Clint Gamboa – Lame, overdone, song. No stage presence.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just saw clips of 2 of last night’s performances on Headline News (CNN). They showed Scotty, and said that the judges loved him (quoting Steven Tyler). Then they showed Jordan, said that the judges didn’t like him, and you could hear laughter from the crew, although the anchor said that “he wasn’t so bad”. Jordan is toast.

  • Dakota01

    Adam is up early and tweeting about the performances.

    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister! I’m so excited to hear u sing every week!!
    24 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    @adamlambert
    Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we’re pretty different stylistically.
    22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Tweets from Adam:

    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister! I’m so excited to hear u sing every week!! 24 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we’re pretty different stylistically. 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • cookcricket

    It finally happened. I found myself missing Simon Cowell tonight.

    When the panel praised the 1st two mediocre and very karaoke-like performances from Clint Jamboa and Jovany Barreto, I was thinking we could REALLY use a few comparisons to cruise ship singers right about then.

    BUT, if DI is any kind of indication, America seemed to figure this out for themselves.

  • Nuts 0f Wonder

    Im not a Durbin fan but I really thought he “screamed ” when he needed to. I never heard the song before, I thought it was good. of course, I liked my “now” boy, and Paul was good. Casey was entertaining but there was something missing to me. Looking forward to Rachel and Lauren tonight.

  • Chicagolaw

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not missing Simon because I need him to tell me how to think. I am missing him because sometimes I want to hear someone come out and say what I am thinking. Some of these guys were terrible. I think there are only 3 (maybe 4) strong guys this year—the rest are entirely forgettable. And of this three or 4, only one or two may be able to show any versatility; and I don’t know if any are going to be commercially viable. However, it’s proving to be a very entertaining show.

  • EmmaCT

    I’m glad they didn’t mention that Casey went straight to the studio from the hospital, and that if the reports were right, that he had received a blood transfusion that morning. I think they implied he just had a little stomach trouble… His performance was absolutely amazing taking that into account – but thank goodness no “sympathy” vote. I think any “underwhelming” or low-key quality was a result of that. Loved Paul but wondered about the softness as well – ?

  • ri

    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister!

    lol…The “sister” referral cracked me up.
    also nice to hear what he thought of James Durbin.

  • Hazehel

    I have to say this is the best first semifinal in years, may be even the best ever. Apart from the first four and Robbie, everyone else did well, some of them really really good, some of the best seen on Idol semifinal stages.

    Ranking starting from the best to the worst –

    1) Jacob Lusk – Good, well-controlled performance, not excessively melismatic, really really excellent. However, I have to say something which has nothing to do with his singing that some people might find objectionable – Jacob needs someone to teach him how not to act in an effeminate way on stage, and watch his movement and facial expression. Either that or someone needs to style him differently, there is just something jarring about the stiff male attire and the way he acts.

    2) James Durbin – I think the Adam comparison has to stop now. They are completely different performers, and James has put his own stamp on the show. Solidly entertaining performance, and he didn’t overdo his high-pitch shriek, and when he did it, it’s all in the right places. I can see him going far.

    3) Scotty McCreery – A country star is born. The Idol stage should be the place to start giving shape to his own identity and style, and I hope Jimmy Iovine will do his best to do that in coming weeks. I don’t see him failing to get at least Top 5.

    4) Stefano Langone – He did better than I expected. A little shaky at the start but once he got into his stride, his performance was pretty good. That high note wasn’t as bad as some had made out.

    5) Casey Abrams – Biggest disappointment of the night. Had been expecting an outstanding performance, but it was just above average compared to the others, probably the worst performance I’ve seen from him so far.

    6) Brett Loewenstern – Not the train-wreck I expected it to be. Not great, but passable.

    7) Paul McDonald – He should really have done another song. He sounded too similar to Rod Stewart to not sound karaoke.

    8 – 12 all chose the wrong song.

    8 ) Clint Jun Gamboa – Good singer but unfortunately not good enough for the song.
    9) Jovany Barreto – Really bizarre choice, song doesn’t suit him at all.
    10) Tim Halperin – Snooozefest.
    11) Jordan Dorsey – Not good at all. Nothing in the song to show he can sing.
    12) Robbie Rosen – Yikes. Sarah McLachlan would be weeping hearing him ruining that song.

  • ri

    HAZEHEL, i think you meant to say Casey “ABRAMS”. but i can understand how you can make that mistake. cuz if you’re like me, you keep wishing that Casey A looked more like Casey James!

  • OnePlusSix

    I have to agree with MJ – the judges were somewhat useless tonight and some of them, not saying which one/s, definitely could use some new vocabulary. After reading some of the comments I have to agree with “Chicaglow” with regards to the male talent. For the most part they are mediocre with just a handful standing out for me (up to this moment). Last night’s performances came across to me as somewhat karaoke for the most part. I felt James was in the moment and shined (even though I don’t take to him) and that Jacob’s vocals were at the top. There wasn’t a whole of charisma or stage presence overall but the show had some elements of entertainment.They definitely need to have someone help these newbies with stage presence and choreography, after all it is going to be part of the selling package down the road. Looking forward to the girls tonight for quality and comparison. Hope they don’t disappoint. And yes, like MJ, I do find myself missing Simon (the old Simon from other seasons, not the Season 9 Simon – because we all know he didn’t want to be there last year).A special thanks to MJ for this site where everyone and/or anyone can come to share and enjoy.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Mj thanks for the videos, since I get home late, I don’t get to see the performances. You and Rickey do good service.

    Well, let’s give it a couple of more weeks to see how it turns out for the boys, but what I saw last night was karaoke night. Let’s hope the girls bring some excitement and voices.

    what po’s me is Randy always saying This is the BEST we’ve ever had….and you wonder, what they see that we the audience don’t see? I wish the teens who were cut were competing, I think they would be more exciting than the grownups boys.

    I don’t see “star” yet in the boys, and it will be interesting with Universal drops in.

  • Hazehel

    HAZEHEL, i think you meant to say Casey “ABRAMS”.

    Yup, noticed it too late. Thanks, and I edited it.

  • Jae

    I just don’t think his voice is very versatile. He just sounds the same to me on every single song he’s done, and I can’t stand the way he raises his eyebrows. Ugh, I just don’t want this kid to win. I’m sure he could sell a lot of records in country, but I don’t want him to win.

    I don’t think Scotty has to be versatile. He needs to stay in his wheel house all season and he will easily make top 5 I think. He just needs to prove he can be versatile within the country genre. I think he is a little too country to win but you never know. He is sweet and cute and has that voice and the coutry genre has tons of fans who buy albums and a lot of Nashiville folks always complain about the country-pop thing and long for more traditional country. I think this kid is going to be huge unless something really strange happens.

  • aa618892

    My favorites last night, James and Jacob. James was 100% better than last week, he really reigned it in and he was great! Jacob just blew me away, he was amazing. I think Jacob is the one to watch. Great stage presence too.

  • milwlovesadam

    I was disappointed in Robbie. Maybe he sounds better live, and that’s what the judges heard. Jacob and James surprised me by both being much much better than I thought they would.

    Jacob, reigned it in. James, much more focused vocally.

    Overall, a very entertaining night. Idol’s baaaack!

  • Kirsten

    General Comments
    —————–

    A) My show is back! Yay. This is the best semi-final performance I have seen. There were very few bad performances and it was not plagued by the deer in the headlights we so often see the first time the contestants hit the big stage. Plus, there was so much diversity. I didn’t even want to punch Bruce. Welcome back Nigel!

    B) I love that Ryan is back to being a warm host. Last year, I was really tired of him.

    C) Nope. I still don’t miss Simon. Sure, Tyler needs to mix it up a bit, but it’s going to take me a long time to forgive Simon phoning it in for the last few year and for totally ignoring vocals and stage presence to pimp a certain somebody to a win.

    1. Clint – Why even bother Clint? You would have been better off using your 90 seconds of singing time to apologize to Jaycee and try to come off as humble and contrite. You were toast before you opened your mouth. Still, you showed us that you cannot sustain a note in tune unless you are shouting it (what was that wavering?) and by picking an over-done Idol chestnut while singing it in a total karaoke way, you convinced me that I will not regret your leaving the Idol stage. Bye! (4/10)

    2. Jovany – Actually, Jovany did better than I expected. He does have a nice tone to his voice and I thought he sounded on pitch. The problem was that the song is totally forgettable and he didn’t bring anything new to it. The total elevator music arrangement the band gave him did not help one little bit. He is so much better than many in the past who survived the old format of the semis, but not this year with this one-and-done elimination or the depth of talent we are seeing (5/10)

    3. Jordan – OMG! What were you thinking. I said it when I heard the spoilers and anticipated Randy’s comment – this is not a singer’s song. The song is all about auto-tuning tricks and watching Usher dance. The song goes absolutely nowhere. Worst song choice of the night (just because people offer things, doesn’t mean you have to take it. Just say no when people offer you a poo hors d’oeuvre or at least one that will make you sound like poo). Still, he moved around the stage which is a nice change from last year. Who knows? He might get the panic vote. (2/10)

    4. Tim – Dude was trying just a bit too hard. It’s like Ken Warwick had been screaming in his ear before the performance and saying “Don’t you dare bore me you little pr!ck. We may have picked you, but I’m totally going to blame your a$$ if the ratings drop tonight. I’m not taking the fall. You move around that stage and project to the back of the room or it’s nothing but poo hors d’ouvre’s for you at the craft services table!!!!!”. So, it wasn’t terrible, but it just didn’t work. (6/10)

    5. Robbie – Oooo! Terrible, terrible song choice. Er. Total high-school performance. I had high hopes for Robbie after he was so impressive in Hollywood, but ballad is not what you should attempt if you are going to be nervous on stage. You need to be calm and confident because a ballad is like high definition – it’s going to show all your shakes and faults. There were some really bad notes out there and his earnest glances were not selling it. Swing and a miss. (4/10)

    6. James – I’m going to be honest here. I hate metal. I hate hair bands. I hate screaming. So, James is never going to be my favourite contestant. But, after saying all that, the dude totally deserves to make the finals. There is something so authentic about him. And the joy he has performing is infectious to even somebody like me who is wearing a virtual hazmat suit anytime a hard rock song is brought out. He will bring variety to the finals and I can’t help but root for him. Damn you, Nigel! I’ve fallen prey to a sob-story. One caveat: LOSE THE KERCHIEF TAIL BEFORE I LOATHE YOU. James is the only guy of his genre on the show. He does not need that ridiculous tail to stand out. Blech! (8/10)

    7. Brett – Brett made it a close race with Jordan for the worst performance of the night. That was terrible. He doesn’t have the musical weight to carry that kind of song and his movements on stage made it seem like a parody skit. There are songs that would have suited his style, but this song was not it. “Light My Fire” needs to be approached with extreme caution because it is hard to sing in a convincing manner unless you have a certain something. (2/10)

    8. Scotty – LOL. He is so country. He owns his genre. He respects his genre. He totally sells it. This is another genre I do not really care for (I would pick it over metal, though), but I want to see what he can do in the finals (8/10).

    9. Stefano – Eep. Some seriously pitchy notes when he went high. I don’t know why contestants go for notes that they aren’t sure they can hit consistently. There are ways to re-arrange a song to hide the fact that you lowered that high note a bit. They should make sure that they aren’t stretching too far because it gets harder on stage. I do think Stefano has potential. (6/10).

    10. Paul – Man, is his smile ever contagious. He moves like a goof, but I really enjoyed that performance. His love of singing and quirkiness are fun to watch. I also like his strange little voice in the same way I adore Blossom Deary. (8.5/10)

    11. Jacob – A million thanks to whatever vocal coach that got him to turn it down a notch. If you start a song at 11, you have nowhere to build. That was a really great performance of a song that I’m tired of hearing (“I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and this song seems to be the ones people always whip out when they want to show they can really sing). If he keeps this up, I may become a fan. (9/10).

    12. Casey – No. No. A thousand times no. This is not how you sing a song the first time you are on the Idol stage. This is really the first time we are meeting these performers. This is like a first date. You can’t come on all that intense and odd and aggressive without having people back up. This is the kind of performance you whip out when you are in the top 4 and you are showing that you are in this to win. Sure, for the Idol loonies that have followed every step and scrutinized a boatload of youtubes, this might be the time for that kind of performance. But, for Mom and Pop and the Tweens back home for which Idol is just a tv show. No. Great and interesting performance, but I still think it was a mistake. (7/10).

    Best of the Night: Jacob, James Scotty
    I’ve seen enough: Clint, Jordan, Brett, Jovany
    Better Luck Next Time: Stefano, Robbie, Tim
    Please Make it Through: Casey, Paul

  • Valentin432

    ITA with everything you said Haezel.

  • loosegoose

    Jacob needs someone to teach him how not to act in an effeminate way on stage, and watch his movement and facial expression.

    I agree. His vocals were wonderful, but the sidelong, flirtatious glances, ew, no, especially not with that song. As someone else here commented last night, it’s a sad song and while his voice conveyed that, his gestures and expressions didn’t. Even with a romantic song, his expressions may not help him–so very effeminate. That’s not the same as gay. I didn’t find Adam effeminate at all, even with his makeup and fashion choices.

    Topic 2: Casey. His performance was disappointing. At first I thought he was playing it for laughs. Then I decided he was trying too hard. All the growls and things weren’t true, they were just stuck in there. It reminded me of the second song Taylor sang in the competition. I can’t even remember it now (mercifully)–he did Levon first, and that was good, and Takin’ it to the Streets 3rd, and that was crazy but fantastic. The 2nd one he filled with all sorts of yips and ows and it was just embarassing. Fortunately he figured out quickly how to let his quirk show without looking ridiculous. Anyway, it seemed to me that Casey had the same problem last night. First-night jitters, maybe, plus illness, plus little rehearsal. I also wonder about the effect of having Randy tell them, halfway through the show, that a big shouty performance (like James’s) is what they all should do. I thought James did well (and did not expect that) but not every song and not every performer benefits from over-the-top delivery.

  • Tristessa

    James and Jacob were excellent and deserve to be voted through.

    I thought Paul did really well and watching him is entertaining, I hope he makes it too. He did a Craig Ferguson face/move that made me laugh.

    I normally like Casey, but don’t think he did well at all. Without an instrument, it felt almost like a parody. His voice isn’t that great on its own, he’s just interesting overall. I want him in the top 13, but if that were the only perfomance I’d seen by him, there’s no way.

    Scott, Stefano and Brett were ok, and one of them (probably Scott) will likely complete the boys who make it through on votes. I like Scott’s voice, but would like to hear if he can sing anything besides a very specific subgenre of country.

    The rest ranged from not very good (Tim) to absolutely horrific (Robbie and Jordan). I thought Robbie’s performance, with the weird phrasing and vocal turns, was really, really bad. Maybe even worse than Jordan. I don’t understand the judges’ praise at all.

    I didn’t like the band, and feel like they possibly made most of the singers sound worse. I don’t think Jacob’s song would have sounded so lounge-y (the one thing I didn’t like about it) if it weren’t for the cruise ship backing.

  • JazzRocks

    So, tonite I liked James, Casey and Jacob. I don’t get Paul at all. I don’t think his voice is anything that great. Kinda weak, as a matter of fact. Since I don’t like country music, Scotty did nothing for me. I didn’t think the rest of the guys’ performances were that good.

    My 3 favorites too. Scotty does nothing for me either because I don’t like Country, but he has the goods to be a Country star. And I definitely do not get Paul. I agree with MJ that the judges (with the possible exception of Randy) were pretty meh. Everything was “beautiful”? No it wasn’t.

    Better than last season? Absolutely.

  • Tess

    I’ll lay odds that Scotty will be in the final 3…and I think he will get great press and media attention during the season. My wish, and because it is out of his genre and won’t happen, is that he would sing the Righteous Brothers’ …his voice so reminds me of Bill Medleys. Now who would I partner him up with??

  • readon

    Jacob needs someone to teach him how not to act in an effeminate way on stage, and watch his movement and facial expression

    Jacob is being who he is and should not be taught be something different. At this point, Jacob is singing R&B and he is a straight from the church singer. Those who are familiar with Tyler Perry movies and have been exposed to the character who is the choir director at the church will not be put off by Jacob’s mannerisms. It is familiar almost stereotypical territory. There will be the “aha” moment and people will move on.

  • Landmd

    My picks:

    1 Casey A – Closed my eyes and listen was Great!! Want to hear more!

    2 Paul – Oh boy did he light up the stage love the corkyness about him. Hope he makes it I want to see more.

    3 Jacob – Closed my eyes it was a much better, his stage presence bugs me!

    4 Scotty – I hate country music. I again closed my eyes and really liked what I heard.

    5 James – Can sing, needs to work on something not sure what that something is…

    My WC picks: either Brett/Tim/Robbie All three did ok last night.

  • JazzRocks

    Just saw Adam’s tweets.

    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister! I’m so excited to hear u sing every week!!
    24 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    @adamlambert
    Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we’re pretty different stylistically.
    22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    He is always so supportive of other performers and I totally agree with his comments about both Jacob & James.

  • webster

    Do you need Steven to tell you whether you should like, or dislike, a performance

    It’s not a question of needing someone to tell you who you should like – that’s pretty obvious, right? It’s a question of two things:

    (a) for the audience, whether there’s a point to spending air time on them. If they’re not giving honest evaluations, it’s a waste of time. I wouldn’t read here if everyone was calling just about every performance good, whether it was or not. I don’t have to agree with y’all, but it’s the honesty and thoughtfulness that makes it worth my while,

    (b) for the contestants, they deserve to hear critiques which will help them improve. If they hear they’re great no matter what they do, they may as well just ask their Mom’s how they did.

  • bmms

    I want a girl to win this year!

    Me too MJ!!

  • LoveDaRocker

    Judges: I think its ok for the first week to be a bit reserved. They judged them in, let people see what they saw, at least for the first week.
    Performances:
    Jacob Lusk is too good. Reminds me in style and conviction to Jennifer Hudson, but with more confidence than her when she was on Idol. He may not win, but as Jennifer is now, he will be a go-to guy for soulful gospel-infused performances in high-profile events.
    Casey: Careful not to go from inspired singer/musician to Norman Gentle.

  • tinawina

    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister!

    LMAO! Best Adam quote ever.

  • Mary102

    Ok, my take on tonight:

    First, I was underwhelmed by much of the singing, as well as by the judging. I finally miss Simon, and Randy was the only one who kept it real rather than just being overly nice to everyone the whole time. If JLo and Steven don’t step it up, this is gonna suck. Right now they just come across as being way too nice – basically like two new Ellen’s on the panel. That is not good.

    As for the singing, much of that was bad, boring, or made worse by bad song choice. It just goes to show you how great editing and only showing 10 second snippets from Hollywood Week can make anyone sound much better.

    The only standouts to me were Casey (the most original and entertaining), Durbin (much better vocals and more controlled plus good energy), and Jacob (best voice by far, but still can’t see him fitting into an “idol winner” spot, idk). His style is great for gospel and broadway – those are better avenues for him.

    As for everyone else:

    * Clint = those glasses are so annoying and evil looking. He has some good vocals, but very shouty too. And bad song choice (overdone!)
    * Jovany = cheesy and karaoke. Next
    * Jordan = worst of the night – should be cut immediately. Terrible song choice. That did nothing to showcase how he can sing.
    * Brett = another so-so bad song choice. Why sing a song that’s so low AND so sexy, when you’re not really either? But he’s cute and squishable, and should get by on those factors alone. Still, voice is very weak and thin
    * Tim = very easy to forget. In fact, I remember nothing about this performance. He has next to no charisma or stage presence. Nice enough voice, but that’s about it.
    * Robbie = that song was basically unrecognizable there! And he came across very boring. Bad choice. I think he’s too boring to fit in with the heavier hitters this season
    * Scotty = very good, and very likable. Lots of confidence too. Plus that low voice is awesome! He should make it through on the vote.
    * Stefano = bad song choice. The high notes were kinda pitchy dawg, actually kinda pitchy throughout. And he’s also too bland. He MIGHT squeeze by though.
    * Paul = WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!?! I hated that. Like a really bad, drunk, Rod Stewart impersonation. My family agreed that was like bad Taylor Hicks-esque. OTOH, I know he’s better than that, so think he will (and should) make it to top 12/13 regardless.

    Who I have for voting:

    1. Casey
    2. James
    3. Jacob/Paul
    4. Scotty
    5. Brett

    WC = Any combination of Stefano, Robbie, Jacob/Paul (if one of them doesn’t make it on voting). Everyone else needs to GTFO.

  • datilpepper

    Casey is by far my favorite..reminds me of an old trumpet player named Jack Sheldon…same unique voice and look…How cool is it that he did Screamin’Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” last night…Man, does that take me way back.

  • Mary102

    tinawina:
    03/02/2011 at 10:21 am
    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister!

    LMAO! Best Adam quote ever.

    LMAO! Yes! So Adam was watching Idol at about 5am in the morning, and loves Jacob (he’s following him on twitter now too, which is cute!) and likes James too. IA I can’t wait to see more of them this season. I think James will be an interesting, polarizing one to watch this year.

  • car3278sweet

    This was the first time I really focused in on the contestants, which is my usual pattern from past years. I’ve heard on this blog about some of them, but didn’t have any real opinion. I wonder if this isn’t the case for alot of peeps and this new format – cutting so many after just one night – does some potential stars a disservice?

    That said – I loved James Durbin and Paul. Totally entertaining. Best voices? Um. Well, I want the whole package – singing, movements, phrasing, looks. So these guys delivered in my book and are my two favs right now.

    Scotty is amazing. Not a huge fan of old country, but his voice is really beautiful. Just a bit startling coming out of a kid. But I listened to his song while doing the dishes so didn’t get freaked out. He’s truly a great singer.

    Casey was… interesting. He intrigued me and I hope he gets thru so I can watch him some more.

    The rest were either completely forgettable or got on my nerves.

  • Mary102

    I will say though, as critical as I was of last night, I think this year is WAAYYYY better than last year. The performances are just a lot more entertaining, more moving around the stage, no instruments \o/, and, probably best of all, some really great personalities this year! Brett, Scotty, and Casey especially are really funny and crazy guys.

  • bmms

    Hazehel:
    03/02/2011 at 7:53 am
    I have to say this is the best first semifinal in years, may be even the best ever. Apart from the first four and Robbie, everyone else did well, some of them really really good, some of the best seen on Idol semifinal stages.

    Ranking starting from the best to the worst –

    1) Jacob Lusk – Good, well-controlled performance, not excessively melismatic, really really excellent. However, I have to say something which has nothing to do with his singing that some people might find objectionable – Jacob needs someone to teach him how not to act in an effeminate way on stage, and watch his movement and facial expression. Either that or someone needs to style him differently, there is just something jarring about the stiff male attire and the way he acts.

    2) James Durbin – I think the Adam comparison has to stop now. They are completely different performers, and James has put his own stamp on the show. Solidly entertaining performance, and he didn’t overdo his high-pitch shriek, and when he did it, it’s all in the right places. I can see him going far.

    3) Scotty McCreery – A country star is born. The Idol stage should be the place to start giving shape to his own identity and style, and I hope Jimmy Iovine will do his best to do that in coming weeks. I don’t see him failing to get at least Top 5.

    4) Stefano Langone – He did better than I expected. A little shaky at the start but once he got into his stride, his performance was pretty good. That high note wasn’t as bad as some had made out.

    5) Casey Abrams – Biggest disappointment of the night. Had been expecting an outstanding performance, but it was just above average compared to the others, probably the worst performance I’ve seen from him so far.

    6) Brett Loewenstern – Not the train-wreck I expected it to be. Not great, but passable.

    7) Paul McDonald – He should really have done another song. He sounded too similar to Rod Stewart to not sound karaoke.

    8 – 12 all chose the wrong song.

    8 ) Clint Jun Gamboa – Good singer but unfortunately not good enough for the song.
    9) Jovany Barreto – Really bizarre choice, song doesn’t suit him at all.
    10) Tim Halperin – Snooozefest.
    11) Jordan Dorsey – Not good at all. Nothing in the song to show he can sing.
    12) Robbie Rosen – Yikes. Sarah McLachlan would be weeping hearing him ruining that song.

    I completely agree with your comment!!! :-)

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m glad that at least Randy is kinda stepping it up and being willing to give real criticism. The contestants need that. I never “needed” Simon to say harsh things. I just often found him validating my inner “snark”, the things that polite people don’t necessarily say out loud. Most contestants who have felt his wrath, and go through to the top 10, say later that Simon’s critiques were very helpful.

    Love Adam’s call out to Jacob as “sister.” And, I agree, he needs to tone it down, unfortunately. Adam played that very very well. From WLL to Tracks of My Tears, you never got effeminate from him. Still don’t.

    On second viewing, Brett is doomed. Paul is really cool right now, but with those overly whitened Hollywood teeth and quirky voice, he may seem like a big slice of cheese pretty soon. Those teeth are so white they remind me of that episode of Friends where Ross’ teeth glowed in the dark!

  • bmms

    tinawina:
    03/02/2011 at 10:21 am
    @adamlambert
    Ok caught up on idol: Jacob Lusk– Werk it the fuck out sister!

    LMAO! Best Adam quote ever.

    LMAO! Yes! So Adam was watching Idol at about 5am in the morning, and loves Jacob (he’s following him on twitter now too, which is cute!) and likes James too. IA I can’t wait to see more of them this season. I think James will be an interesting, polarizing one to watch this year.

    Well thats it, it’s official, lol. Adam likes James and now, so do I! Lol. Plus, I was surprised that I actually liked his performance last night.

  • oza902

    James did an awesome job. If he can keep his OTT vocals in check, I think he’ll actually do really well.

  • sunchick

    I think last night more than any it was great NOT to have instruments. I

    I was just coming back here to post the exact opposite! LOL I was trying to figure out why, though the talent is better overall, I was starting to get the season 9 malaise setting in by the end. And it dawned on me….it felt like old school pre-Season 7 AI, which I was bored with before season 7. In other words, I missed the instruments. Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers- big vocals, work the stage, blah blah blah. Which is fine, if that’s your thing like, say, Second Coming Of Luther, but if it’s not.. I would have preferred to see everyone in their element and then judge, especially since this was my first time seeing most of them. Exceptions being James and Casey who at least brought a tad of the WTF factor in their song choice and woke me up at the end, and Scotty Deep, who wisely chose to sit on a stool and give a more intimate performance that contrasted nicely with everyone else.

    It wouldn’t be as big a deal if the semis were longer. But I don’t think it’s fair to give these kids one shot to make the top 12 and not let them have the tools of their trade so to speak so that each of them can at least try to showcase themselves to the best of their ability. Let the musicians have the option to use instruments or bring the band down on the stage or whatever. Even James’s performance could have been even better with the band jamming on stage and interacting with them like a frontman. Why choose such a nice variety of belters, musicians, different genres, etc and then do your best to make them all blend together? I don’t get that.

  • sr4mjc

    Sorry Adam, I don’t care if you think James had more control last night, I still still thinks he’s got technique issues and his wail isn’t very controlled at all. And I love me some hair metal, I’ve been to a lot of concerts. He’s no where near some of the better metal singers.

    I really liked Jacob though, he can sang! Now he needs to show some control over the over-singing.

    I’d like to see Scotty go far, but I really want a girl to step it up and win this year!

  • tinawina

    I was just coming back here to post the exact opposite! LOL I was trying to figure out why, though the talent is better overall, I was starting to get the season 9 malaise setting in by the end. And it dawned on me….it felt like old school pre-Season 7 AI, which I was bored with before season 7. In other words, I missed the instruments. Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers- big vocals, work the stage, blah blah blah. Which is fine, if that’s your thing like, say, Second Coming Of Luther, but if it’s not.. I would have preferred to see everyone in their element and then judge, especially since this was my first time seeing most of them.

    Yeah, I agree that without the instruments, for some of them I wasn’t seeing the whole presentation as it would be if they made a record. But at the same time, I did like getting a sense of who could really sing a song and really craft something with just their voice, and who knew their voice well enough to pick the right kind of song. That was useful, especially for contestants like Tim and Paul IMO.

  • Owlgirl

    I didn’t miss Simon tonight. Jennifer and Steven were overly positive, yes, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing to build up confidence at this stage in the game. I thought Randy did a good job of giving useful critiques and being honest without being unnecessarily harsh.

    I also prefer no one getting hugely negative critiques at this point in the game because of the pity vote factor. There are plenty of contestants that stuck around too long because people felt bad for them after Simon said something nasty.

    As long as the judges do get more critical as the competition progresses, I’m good.

  • Diana

    Well, call me crazy but I liked Jovanny and Stefano tonight (and i almost always trend toward the quirky singer songwriter types). They were the only two genuine performances — weren’t trying too hard to be anything.

    Robby Rosen’s rendition of ‘Angel’ was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen on Idol. What a way to kill a simple melody.

    Paul McDonald is overrated. James Durbin is freaky. Tim Halperin blew it.

    I give up on this season. Every time I see something I like that person gets cut.

  • sunchick

    But at the same time, I did like getting a sense of who could really sing a song and really craft something with just their voice, and who knew their voice well enough to pick the right kind of song.

    Oh yeah, I agree that’s going to be a useful tool to develop as the season progresses. But considering a) the Thunderdome “12 men enter, five men leave!” set up now with the semis, b) that there were 12 guys that all started to blend together a bit and I was getting bored, and c) there are probably more than a few people like me who are really picking up the show in earnest right now and never saw the Hollywood performances to reference the musicians with their instruments, I don’t think forcing the “all voice” issue did the show any favors.

  • Mary102

    I’m gonna put the smackdown on the instruments again. IDRC, and obviously this is JMO, but I don’t want instruments. I want good singing, I want movement and working the stage and working the audience. I’m glad Nigel limited them this year, and I’ll even go so far as to say I think instruments were the weakest parts of S7 on, and making the show all about the singing is best.

    I know that doesn’t make sense, but there you have it :-D

  • Montavilla

    Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we’re pretty different stylistically. 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    And Adam’s fans are put on notice: No hating on James.

    Thank you Adam. The daleks can power down now.

  • tinawina

    c) there are probably more than a few people like me who are really picking up the show in earnest right now and never saw the Hollywood performances to reference the musicians with their instruments, I don’t think forcing the “all voice” issue did the show any favors.

    Yeah, that’s a good point. There was a mix of the hardcores and the “just tuning in” last night, so for some of these contestants their only shot involved not having a chance to put their real self forward. Point taken.

  • bean99

    It was an interesting night for me.

    Clint: okay but I’m still not liking him. I’m probably holding Hollywood against him.
    Jovanni: yawn
    Jordan: bad choice, didn’t highlight his voice at all
    Tim: Another bad choice for his voice. Not impressive.
    Brett: Maybe crazy but I enjoyed it, even his hair tossing or maybe because of it, lol.
    James: I haven’t been able to stand him up until now but thought he was good. Doesn’t mean I want to see him move on but he will.
    Robbie: He’s so likable but it wasn’t good enough to stay imo.
    Scott: I’m not a country fan but has a perfect voice for it and did a good job.
    Stefano: Good voice and different for the guys but not for me and I’ve liked him until now.
    Paul: I guess it’s just me but hated his performance. The voice wasn’t as good as before and his movements reminded me of Elaine on Seinfeld dancing. Yikes.
    Jacob: I thought he was by far the best of the night. I ended up text voting for him and I don’t even like his genre.
    Casey: I enjoyed it. There’s something about his personality and expressions that cracks me up. Hoping he stays.

  • Mary102

    And Adam’s fans are put on notice: No hating on James.

    Thank you Adam. The daleks can power down now.

    Glad (and not really surprised) he did that. As much as I wasn’t a fan of James (and particularly his self-comparisons to Adam) last week, I didn’t think all the hate on him was justified. And I for one want him in there for awhile. Based on last night he is easily one of the more interesting guys this year.

  • Valentin432

    Well, call me crazy but I liked Jovanny and Stefano tonight (and i almost always trend toward the quirky singer songwriter types). They were the only two genuine performances — weren’t trying too hard to be anything.

    I give up on this season. Every time I see something I like that person gets cut.

    While IA that Jovanny doesn’t stand much of a chance, I think it’s way too soon to say that Stefano will be cut.
    I think he has a decent chance to make it on pucblic vote and an even better chance with judge’s WC.

  • koshka

    Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers

    But you don’t need an instrument to change up a song.

  • gangreen29

    Put me in the happy there were no instruments last night camp. I want people who can SING. I don’t want someone sneaking in to the top 13 because they can strum on a guitar or play the piano. There are plenty of weeks to show that talent if someone makes it into the top 13, but if their stage presence and voice aren’t enough to get them voted through without their instrument they don’t belong in the top 13.

  • koshka

    Robby Rosen’s rendition of ‘Angel’ was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen on Idol. What a way to kill a simple melody.

    Seriously… this is one of those songs I wished was banned from the show.

  • tierbee

    I’m totally late to the party but I’ll chime in anyway ;)

    Clint ~ I thought he did a good job. That said, he went first, he got a villian edit in Hollywood, and he is funky looking. I can’t imagine he’s not toast. It was nothing special, but he has a nice voice. And vampire teeth.

    Jovaney ~ Well, it was nice… I don’t know what else to say. Bye, Jovaney. I mean, he also has a good voice, but it just was not a standout and with the 2nd spot and no buzz…

    Jordan ~ OMG is right. Like, OMG why did you pick that song, and OMG why did you sing it badly? Just all wrong for him. That + villain edit in Hollywood and I’d imagine he’s gone, too.

    Tim ~ Bland. I don’t know what else to say. It was pleasant, but bland. I had the odd thought pop in my head that he should be in a commercial as a guy placing an order at KFC. I don’t know why. There was no rational reason for that thought. Maybe just because he’s so pleasant? Heh.

    Brett ~ Oh, Brett. That was so strange. And I kinda liked it anyway. He’s such a little oddball and I like him.

    James ~ OK, well, it’s a compliment indeed when someone who doesn’t like you much (me) says… wow, that was pretty good. He has quite a voice and the song was right for him. I also had an epiphany that he looks like Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. That was bugging me for weeks so YAY for the epiphany…

    Robbie ~ I wanted him to do better, I like this kid. But it was really, really bland.

    Scott ~ I got the feeling he had no darn idea what he was singing about. I wanted him to stop smiling during a song that is a bit of a tearjerker. That said, he’s got a great voice and he might just be a heck of a country singer as he matures. Don’t even bother to sing outside your genre, dude.

    Stefano ~ Whew, that high note, it hurt me. He’s pleasant, too – nice voice, kinda adorable in a munchkin sort of way (I’m tall, so if you’re shorter than Ryan you’re a munchkin in my world). I don’t know that it was enough to get him through, except that he’s one of the better looking boys.

    Paul ~ Damn, those are some shiny teeth. I was trying to decide if I liked the performance or not. I like Paul, like the music I’ve heard online from him. I like his music tastes too haha per Twitter. Would like him to get through and see more.

    Jacob ~ I thought he was the best of the night. I smiled my face off through the whole performance. My husband actually watched the show with me (gasp!)O and he LOVED Jacob, thought he was amazing.

    Casey ~ I didn’t think this was his best, but there’s something interesting about him. Hope to see more.

  • ross

    I was just coming back here to post the exact opposite! LOL I was trying to figure out why, though the talent is better overall, I was starting to get the season 9 malaise setting in by the end. And it dawned on me….it felt like old school pre-Season 7 AI, which I was bored with before season 7. In other words, I missed the instruments. Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers- big vocals, work the stage, blah blah blah. Which is fine, if that’s your thing like, say, Second Coming Of Luther, but if it’s not.. I would have preferred to see everyone in their element and then judge, especially since this was my first time seeing most of them. Exceptions being James and Casey who at least brought a tad of the WTF factor in their song choice and woke me up at the end, and Scotty Deep, who wisely chose to sit on a stool and give a more intimate performance that contrasted nicely with everyone else.

    It wouldn’t be as big a deal if the semis were longer. But I don’t think it’s fair to give these kids one shot to make the top 12 and not let them have the tools of their trade so to speak so that each of them can at least try to showcase themselves to the best of their ability. Let the musicians have the option to use instruments or bring the band down on the stage or whatever. Even James’s performance could have been even better with the band jamming on stage and interacting with them like a frontman. Why choose such a nice variety of belters, musicians, different genres, etc and then do your best to make them all blend together? I don’t get that.

    Other than I wasn’t so wild about Casey, I <3 this whole brilliant post!

    Last night I liked James the best. Yeah, I don't give much of a crap about his "technique" because he felt it. I enjoyed it.

  • koshka

    I asked earlier, but I don’t think anyone answered me.

    Did anyone think that the audio sucked? Bandzilla & the backup singers seemed at times to over power the singers. Plus I think the acoustics stank on the set. Can anyone confirm this for me. I bought a new TV between last season and this season, so I don’t know if it was the show or my set.

  • Lisa

    Wanted to let the songs ‘sit’ overnight and see who I wantetd to rewatch vids of today. I enjoyed last night surprisingly.

    My top 3 from last night

    #1 Casey….Boy is great, nuff said.
    #2 Jacob….Mad crazy vocal skills.
    #3 James….Enjoyable, hope he tones it down a bit, but still great.

    IMHO I think the 4th boys spot will go to Scott. That leaves the 5th to be fought by Tim, Paul & Robbie. One of which the wildcard will grab. Very interesting night.

  • Mark

    I was just coming back here to post the exact opposite! LOL I was trying to figure out why, though the talent is better overall, I was starting to get the season 9 malaise setting in by the end. And it dawned on me….it felt like old school pre-Season 7 AI, which I was bored with before season 7. In other words, I missed the instruments. Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers- big vocals, work the stage, blah blah blah. Which is fine, if that’s your thing like, say, Second Coming Of Luther, but if it’s not.. I would have preferred to see everyone in their element and then judge, especially since this was my first time seeing most of them. Exceptions being James and Casey who at least brought a tad of the WTF factor in their song choice and woke me up at the end, and Scotty Deep, who wisely chose to sit on a stool and give a more intimate performance that contrasted nicely with everyone else.

    I agree. I like these people, and it was a good show, but the “stage presence was just outright painful, with maybe an exception or two. Very s1-S3. Not fun.

  • calimari

    I have to say that they seem to have narrowed it down to some pretty good talent this year. I mean, some of these guys who are essentially this year’s cannon fodder are way better than the ones who made Top 10 last year. Last year was the worst group ever, IMO.

    Clint Jun Gamboa: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder: I know he can sing, I thought he was a bit over the top during Hollywood rounds, but he really nailed this. Additionally, he seemed so comfortable on the stage – so many of these kids seem overwhelmed by the bigger stage, and here he is first one up moving & seeming fearless. I find his look distracting, but he did a great job on this. Better than I expected.

    Jovany Barreto: “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain – He was fine. I found it kind of boring, but he has a nice voice.

    Jordan Dorsey: “OMG” by Usher – Don’t really remember him from Hollywood, so cannon fodder. I didn’t care for this at all. The judges told him this song wasn’t him and he instantly agreed that it wasn’t his style, he doesn’t move around like that. So why the heck did you pick this song? I see that MJ has an update on that, so too bad for him if he was stuck w/ this song.

    Tim Halperin: “Streetcorner Symphony (Come On Over)” by Rob Thomas – I also didn’t care for this song choice, but I recall him as being much better in Hollywood. Could take him or leave him.

    Brett Loewenstern: “Light My Fire” by The Doors – I really liked his audition and his Hollywood stuff. He has an interesting tone to his voice that I like. His take on this song, I liked vocally. But he has got to stop shaking that hair – very distracting. He said he didn’t realize he was doing it, so hopefully when he sees the playback he’ll realize he has to work on that. He has had plenty of promo from the show, so I’m sure he’ll go on. He’s one of my top 3 guys despite the head shaking.

    James Durbin: “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” by Judas Priest – This guy bugs me. He has a great voice, and his performance here was really good. But I’m tired of him comparing himself to Adam Lambert as he’s not that good. I’m not Glambert (haven’t seen him live, didn’t buy the CD), but James has his OWN talent and needs to stop comparing himself that way. I’m impressed by how he performs despite the Tourette’s, and he’ll be around for a while.

    Robbie Rosen: “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan – Barry Manilow Jr. I hate hate hate this song. This was the only one I reached for the remote to FF through. Too bad, as he can sing. But so boring.

    Scott McCreery: “Letters From Home” by John Michael Montgomery – I’ll start with the simple fact that I dislike country music. On top of that, I think that he will find it hard to go through other theme nights down the road because he is so obviously stuck in that groove. That said, he should be signed to a country label as he is absolutely wonderful for that kind of music. Great voice, great tone, great control. I just wouldn’t buy his records.

    Stefano Langone: “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars – Tony Danza Jr. More cannon fodder I think. He did OK w/ this song but nothing to write home about. Really, all the guys this year have a good voice, so it’s going to depend on somehow standing out from the crowd & already established fan bases.

    Paul McDonald: “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart – First off, I don’t care for Rod Stewart. But I love this guy. I did not notice him at all in auditions or Hollywood until Vegas night when he did “Blackbird” as his Beatles song. I like how relaxed he seems; I find his vocal tone interesting. I saw some you tube videos of him performing w/ his band. He is in my top 3.

    Jacob Lusk: “A House is Not a Home” by Luther Vandross: He has a really good voice – I remember he did one song in Hollywood week where he just blew everyone away. That said – I hate hate hate the song he chose. And I’m so tired of the big gospel voice on Idol.

    Casey Abrams: “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – He has been given a lot of airtime from the show, and he’s a clear favorite. I think that’s funny because when I first saw him, he reminded me of Taylor Hicks in style, and Taylor is my favorite. Unfortunately, Taylor is also synonymous with the Idol folks not having a clue how to market him. He’s a blues guy, and blues are my favorite, so of course I like him. He will go far, but I don’t think he will win, as folks are already saying they really like him but that he will be another Taylor Hicks. He is, naturally, one of my top 3 guys.

    I really think it will be hard for a WGWG to win again – we’ve had 3 in a row now.

  • sunchick

    But you don’t need an instrument to change up a song.

    Agree, you don’t. But the choice to self accompany or not, or bring the band on stage, was an element that the producers took out of the contestants hands, something that would have added a bit more interest last night. I don’t think it’s good to have a sea of instrumentalists who can’t step away from the instruments when it enhances the song, but I like the contestants to show they know when to hold em, know when to fold em, etc. For whatever reason last night played mostly like a vocalist showcase. I’m sure there are people who enjoyed it especially after season 9, and I did too to a point, but I also kinda missed the variety. Eh, no biggie though, the season is young.

  • jrain

    I feel bad for James. There are similaries to Adam but it’s not his fault. That is who he his, he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam. Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

  • koshka

    jrain:
    03/02/2011 at 12:11 pm
    I feel bad for James. There are similaries to Adam but it’s not his fault. That is who he his, he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam. Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

    I can’t feel bad for him.. he did it to himself. Maybe he just has a total absence of self awareness IDK. It was a double whammy of dropping his name and then singing a song that, although not owned by adam by any means, Adam hit out of the ballpark only 2 years ago.

    I think he is talented too and I DO think he will be around for a while, especially if he can pull it back like in he did in his pre-idol rendition of “While my guitar gently weeps”. He can do it, but we’ll have to see how much self control he has as the competition gets more stressful.

  • JazzRocks

    Casey is by far my favorite..reminds me of an old trumpet player named Jack Sheldon…same unique voice and look…How cool is it that he did Screamin’Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” last night…Man, does that take me way back.

    OMG – someone else remembers Jack Sheldon! Loved him back in the day!

  • HappyDaisy

    koshka: I asked earlier, but I don’t think anyone answered me.

    Did anyone think that the audio sucked? Bandzilla & the backup singers seemed at times to over power the singers. Plus I think the acoustics stank on the set. Can anyone confirm this for me. I bought a new TV between last season and this season, so I don’t know if it was the show or my set.

    Yes, there was much discussion last night (if you scroll back several hundred comments :)) about the sound mix being way off as you described. It seemed worse during the first half.

  • Mel1

    rain:
    I feel bad for James. There are similaries to Adam but it’s not his fault. That is who he his, he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam. Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

    I hear this so much from non-Adam fans. Adam fans aren’t holding it against James because of any comparisons. I’m reading they’re either indifferent, like, or don’t like, because of James, alone. Not because of any Adam comparisons.

    There isn’t a competition between Adam and James, and there’s room for plenty more idols to be successful. If James becomes “bigger” than Adam, great. I wish him a lot of luck. He is extremely talented with a gifted voice.

  • JazzRocks

    I am so relieved there are no instruments at this point. I’ve had it with guitar-strummers for awhile.

  • BootStar

    Word to sunchick‘s entire post. But it is what it is, so I voted based on who I’d miss if they weren’t around next week and not necessarily based on how well they performed last night (although they all did well, I thought).

    I want to see Casey, Paul, Jacob, Scotty and James again. For the sake of my younger son (who loved Jacee), I hope Robbie makes it too, even though that performance last night was beyond painful. And I’m going to step out on a limb, here and say I’d actually like to see Jordan again. He’s a total asshat and that song was all kinds of bad, but I think the competition needs somebody like him in it. If not Jordan than Stephano or Jovany. We need some smooth R&B voices. (And Robbie doesn’t count — not for me anyway).

    Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we’re pretty different stylistically. 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    Yes! Our Lord and Savior hath spoken. Enough with the crazy Glamberts who can’t abide James. Give it a rest already. (That’s not directed at anybody here, BTW, just in general!)

  • jrain

    Mel1:
    03/02/2011 at 12:36 pm
    rain:
    I feel bad for James. There are similaries to Adam but it’s not his fault. That is who he his, he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam. Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

    I hear this so much from non-Adam fans. Adam fans aren’t holding it against James because of any comparisons. I’m reading they’re either indifferent, like, or don’t like, because of James, alone. Not because of any Adam comparisons.

    Even though it’s a generalization it’s not far from the truth when you see many comments like. “He’s a poor man’s Adam Lambert” or He’s not Adam” Yes, of course he’s not Adam but I wonder how many people are holding it against him Adam fans or not.

  • Miss Chaos

    I love Adam, I really wanted to hate James, I really did before last nite, but last night I really liked him. I think other people that like Adam will change their minds, we still have Adam, hes not getting replaced. Say James even wins, he will not and can not ever replace Adam. If James goes back to the needless screaming like he did before last nite, I will change my mind back.

    But I am going to like James, till HE blows it. JMO!!!!

  • Montavilla

    jrain:
    03/02/2011 at 12:11 pm
    I feel bad for James. There are similaries to Adam but it’s not his fault. That is who he his, he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam. Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

    I agree that James hurt himself by inviting comparison to Adam, but he deserves to be judged on his merits and not just because he’s following another Idol’s footsteps. Heck, Adam admitted that it was David Cook’s success that influenced him to try out.

    I think it was genius to put James on the show this year because a lot of people are tuning in to see Steven Tyler. Obviously, Tyler’s got rock fans and who are they supposed to root for if not James?

    (Heh. Is Karen going to be J-Lo stand-in for fans?)

    I didn’t start out liking James… but it wasn’t because he compared himself to Adam. It was because I didn’t think he was even interested in controlling his shriek. This performance was exactly what he needed to do and I’m optimistic that he’ll do well.

  • koshka

    Even though it’s a generalization it’s not far from the truth when you see many comments like. “He’s a poor man’s Adam Lambert” or He’s not Adam” Yes, of course he’s not Adam but I wonder how many people are holding it against him Adam fans or not.

    I’ve read very few of those types of comments here. Those that I did see where from last week or the week before. Its kind of hard to respond to a comment like this if there is nothing in front of me to base it on. Are you talking about comments you’ve seen elsewhere? Twitter-ville maybe? It very well could be 5,10, 20 or 50 hard core fans for all we know.. out of a millions of viewer. I don’t think a small group of hard core fans are going to change the vote. I feel like we are beating a dead horse with this subject.

  • Montavilla

    Miss Chaos:
    I think other people that like Adam will change their minds, we still have Adam, hes not getting replaced. Say James even wins, he will not and can not ever replace Adam.

    Exactly. When people do compare James to Adam, they are only hitting one side of the equation. What I don’t think James could or would ever be able to do is a “Tracks of my Tears” or “Feeling Good.” I could see him doing his own take on “Mad World.” Nor do I think we’ll see James ever do anything like “Play that Funky Music.”

    Umm… maybe that’s for the best. :)

  • MollyAnnMay

    I was traveling yesterday and haven’t seen the recording I made of the show, but skimming the last page or so of comments I am so happy to hear Jacob did well. I find him fascinating and really want him to stick around so as to see how he develops and what he can do.

    He’s like a great big ball of amazing that has kind of bounced off every surface in sight up till now, but I have a feeling once he figures out how he wants to roll he is going to be quite something.

    I feel bad for James

    I feel bad for *me*. I am really not looking forward to yet another season where my main reaction to Idol discussions in every corner of the blogosphere is to roll my eyes and scroll while doing a Jan Brady impression.

  • Miss Chaos

    It really would be best for James to do songs like he did last nite. Can you imagine him doing a country nite? Well it would be fun good TV. Anyhow he needs to pick songs that dont relate to anyone, and he will be fine. Of course until he goes off on one of his tangents. And maybe he cant help it, I will overlook it if his singing says kinda in control.

  • SODF

    While this panel is going to need to up their game and be more critical when appropriate, I have to say I really liked the return to three judges. The show moved along at a much better pace. Twelve performances in just 90 minutes, and it never felt rushed. Well done, Nigel.

    I feel like I ought to like Casey more. I like his voice and style, but he seems kind of affected to me. The big stage revealed two things, imo – he doesn’t move all that well and he lacks charisma.

    Jacob was more tolerable last night than before, but he still oversang. Less melisma, please.

    Paul – like the voice, not so much the “dancing” or the overbright teeth.

    James Durbin – a good song choice for him, and it worked last night. But the screaming is gonna get on my nerves fast.

    Scotty – Country Velveeta. Nice voice, though.

    Brett – LMAO. That was awesome Teevee. I hope he sticks around for a while.

    The rest, I can’t remember.

    I agree about Simon – hadn’t missed him until last night. I’d like to think if he’d been there he might have told Jacob and James to tone it down, which they both need to hear, and which, if they’d do it, would make them better performers.

  • IdolThoughts

    If David Cook and Bradley Cooper had a baby it would be Paul McDonald. I think he’s my fave at this point. Yeah he’s cute…but he’s also really cool and relevant.
    Liked: Durbin, Stefano, Scotty, Paul and Jacob.
    Luke warm: Tim, Casey, Jovany, Clint
    Dislike: Jordan…omg is right, Brett…creepy, Robbie…meh

  • aa618892

    Of course Glamberts are going to hate him. Too bad because he’s got talent, I would like to see him go far.

    I see this comment a lot made by bloggers and posters alike and I don’t get it. I visit a couple of Adam fan sites and I don’t see the hate toward James everyone keeps mentioning. Maybe on twitter? IDK, I don’t consider myself a Glambert just a huge Adam fan and I see no need to hate poor James. He has some similarities to Adam, but come on, he is no threat to Adam in any way. I liked James performance last night and thought it was a huge improvement from previous ones and that is mostly the consensus on other sites I visit. Maybe people keep mentioning this supposed hate from “Glamberts” because they hope for it to stir up trouble or excitement. I sure haven’t seen much of it.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Okay, after watching the show from start to finish, these are the guys that didn’t come across karaoke or desperate:

    Scotty and Jacob – Both Awesome

    James – Screamed, but at least he owned the song

    Paul – Looked and moved as a drunk person and his voice was kinda weak

    Casey – Screamed and I really didn’t like the performance, but at least he owned the song.

    To conclude, 3 guys in TOP 13 would be more than enough.

  • aa618892

    Those teeth are so white they remind me of that episode of Friends where Ross’ teeth glowed in the dark!

    Lol!!!

  • sma11ie

    I actually missed last night’s episode, but enjoyed reading MJ’s thoughts and some comments here. I think I love/hate this high-stakes one-round semi-final setup. On the one hand, the 3-week long semi’s were always kind of interminable, so speeding it up is nice. But I hate to hear that some of the REALLY promising ones with potential to grow and be really interesting this season, like Robbie or Tim or Casey or Paul might’ve stumbled a bit this first at-bat, and end up falling prey to the “one-and-done” format here. I’m worried that Durbin and Jacob and Scotty might wow everyone this first time and end up being one-trick ponies. We shall see… there’s always wild-card I guess.

    I agree that James hurt himself by inviting comparison to Adam, but he deserves to be judged on his merits and not just because he’s following another Idol’s footsteps.

    I think comparisons with past Idols happens every season. They usually go away or get fainter as the season progresses as the “2.0” version shows more of him/herself. Far be it for me to compare Durbin (who I’m undecided on) to David Cook (my fave), but this reminds me in a weird way of the constant “Daughtry-lite” comparisons Cook got in the beginning of S7. I didn’t follow the boards until AFTER David Cook won in S7, but I went back to read some stuff after the fact, and it seems like there was a lot of moaning about that early on, but most of it eventually went away because David proved himself to be a different type of singer/contestant than Chris, despite surface similarities. I think Durbin has a shot of moving away from the Lambert comparisons once he proves himself with several solid performances that are not “Lambert 2.0”. And yes he (and TPTB) needs to stop bringing it up. I remember TPTB used David’s audition to set up this mini bit about Daughtry’s success leading other rockers to try out—Cook himself also naively uttered Chris’ name in passing during his little pre-audition interview. And then in Hollywood, Ryan brought up Daughtry’s name again when asking David a question. Those mentions were not helpful to David IMO, and they wisely moved on from them after that.

  • jrain

    My comments on James/Adam are indeed from multiple sources, while it’s not overwhelming it’s still somewhat prevelant.

  • Keel
    Mostly, I miss the surprise factor. Damn near everyone sang straight up covers by the numbers

    But you don’t need an instrument to change up a song.

    I agree with both of you, so I guess I’m ‘bivalent (TM BAJacob). It did seem a bit old school Idol with the mostly karaoke covers — albeit from a mostly vocally talented crew. However, there was very little of it that seemed fresh and surprising (James (because, let’s face it, Judas Priest on Idol is gonna be fresh no matter what), maybe Casey (though I’m kinda getting tired of his schtick already (sorry to his fans)) and Jacob (but mainly because he actually toned it waaay down). At the same time, in thinking back to Idols who were known for changing up songs (Cook, Lambert), a number of their memorable performances were sans instruments. Cook, for instance, did ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, etc. without benefit of his trusty guitar. Really, his only big ‘moment’ performance with a guitar leading up to the finale was ‘Hello’. Of course, Adam didn’t use any instruments at all. Yet, for the most part, they kept coming up with performances, sans instruments, that were fresh and showcased their particular strengths as performers, without sounding karaoke. So, yeah, ‘bivalent.

  • Mary102

    he’s not trying to be Adam or comparing himself to Adam.

    (Except when he himself said he was doing what he was doing just like Adam Lambert ;-) Minor detail, really … And then proceeded to sing a song Adam sang on AI in the exact same style and arrangement. But yeah, other than that… ;-)

  • Mary102

    I think Durbin has a shot of moving away from the Lambert comparisons once he proves himself with several solid performances that are not “Lambert 2.0”.

    And yes, ITA. Based on Adam’s tweet, I think I’m in agreement that Durbin has a different style of rock that is not simply Adam 2.0 (Adam is more glam, with more pop influence; while Durbin is obviously more metal with no other significant influence I can see).

    Now, if James decides to tackle Mad World, Whole Lotta Love (which he HAS done pre-AI) or Ring of Fire, we’re gonna have a problem ;-)

  • ross

    Casey is by far my favorite..reminds me of an old trumpet player named Jack Sheldon…same unique voice and look…How cool is it that he did Screamin’Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” last night…Man, does that take me way back.

    Yeah, he reminded me of Jack Sheldon too! Haha. Jack Sheldon sang as well as played trumpet. He was on Merv Griffin for years. (As well as playing a “systems analyst” on Dragnet.)

  • Mary102

    If David Cook and Bradley Cooper had a baby it would be Paul McDonald.

    HA! Brilliant!

  • Idolnewby

    It’s interesting to read “don’t like country” posters comments agreeing that Scott is really good. This kid has all it takes to sell a ton of albums, because “country” still sells and he has mad talents.

    I’m really glad they let them stay within their genre here because it allows them to show their best skills. Is this going to continue or are we going to have the dreaded theme nights?

  • ri

    ***Is this going to continue or are we going to have the dreaded theme nights?

    thought i read they were doing away with the theme nights which is good for Scotty. i think Scotty is incredibly talented and will be a star in country music but i do worry that he may sound the same for every performance and if voters get tired of that sound, it may be hard to keep him around for long. hope i’m wrong.

  • JazzRocks

    For me, doing away with the theme nights will make the show boring. If everyone stays within his/her box and never takes any risks it’s gonna be a snooze fest. The versatility of certain contestants on prior seasons was what made the show exciting and showcased true talent. As in “OMG I can’t wait to see what she/he’s gonna do.” JMO

  • Hazehel

    For me, doing away with the theme nights will make the show boring.

    I think so too. The problem is more with contestants who don’t know how to adjust a song to suit their own style. The good contestants are the ones who know how to do that. There shouldn’t be any problem with someone from a country background doing songs from another genre, one example being the great cover some years ago by Johnny Cash of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt.

  • ziggy

    I am so LATE to this party but I just saw Jacob Lusk’s performance of “A House is Not a Home” OMG!! I love Luther Vandross, I have missed him so! This song is one of my favorites of Luther’s. Jacob you have done Luther proud. I would love to see you sing with Miss Patti LaBelle at the Finale, because Jacob, YOU WILL BE THERE!!

  • GaryJ

    I’m not crazy about country music, but I have to say I was impressed by Scotty and his performance last night. I think he could bring back traditional country music. What do you think will happen to him on AI though? It’s not exactly set up to showcase country music. But like I think JLo said, he was born to sing country.