American Idol 10 Top 12 - iTunes Downloads

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UPDATE: I’m moving this thread up for posters who want to discuss the iTunes downloads.

The American Idol 10 Top 12 performances are available NOW as individual downloads OR as in a $7.99 compilation album.

Well, well well. I didn’t really care for this week’s tracks, but I’m glad I downloaded them because this week’s download proceeds will go to the Red Cross for Japan relief. That’s a good thing.

Click the LINKS to download from iTunes:

  • Naima Adedapo“What’s Love Got to Do With It” – This is completely different than the live version. While  Naima’s rendition seemed karaoke on the Idol stage, here she sounds fresh and original. What happened?
  • Paul McDonald“I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” – Paul sounds like he inhaled a tank  full of helium before he took to the mike.  He doesn’t sound like ass on his pre-Idol recordings, so what’s going wrong here? The clackety clack backing track and the cheesy backing vocals do not help.
  • Thia Megia“Colors of the Wind” – Thia’s voice is pretty. But this song is treacly sap. “Can you paint with all the colors of the wind..” Ugh.
  • James Durbin“I’ll Be There For You” – James’ is the best recording so far. He’s got a great recording voice.  I’m not loving the smoothed over production here  but James definitely has potential. If he can act, James could take Constantine’s role e in Rock of Ages. He’d be more age appropriate, at least.
  • Haley Reinhart“I’m Your Baby Tonight” – I’m probably in the minority–but I kinda liked Haley’s live version.  She’s not half-bad here either. The trouble is, she does suffer from an identity crisis.  If she could find a niche and follow it passionately, she could be great. I’d love to hear her do rock.
  • Stefano Langone“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” -  Another contestant with a great soulful recording voice.  He’s capable of going the Bruno Mars route…so he’s marketable too.  Good song pick for Stefano.  Too bad the production is so tinny–it robs the  intensity from Stefano’s vocals.
  • Pia Toscano“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” – Pia’s answer to the judges’ request not to do a ballad was to sing a ballad faster…with a dance track. Pia’s got the goods. Too bad her song choices leave her sounding generic and dull.
  • Scotty McCreery“Can I Trust You With My Heart” – Scotty is soooo getting signed after this is all over. Whether he wins or not.  This ain’t my thang, but as far as I can tell, he’s the real country deal.
  • Karen Rodriguez“Love Will Lead You Back” – Generic. Karaoke.  There’s nothing special about the arrangement– sounds like it was lifted from some leftover 80s track. Forgettable.
  • Casey Abrams“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – I could semi-handle Casey’s scremo version of “Teen Spirit” live on Idol, but produced as an Idol track? It makes me cringe.  The production really cheeses it up–”Teen Spirit” as a K-tel track.  I wish Casey had radically changed the arrangement–sang it as a ballad (like Tori) or jazzed it up. This just sounds imitative.
  • Lauren Alaina“I’m The Only One” -  This is actually one of the better tracks on the compilation.  It would have been even better with more twang. Lauren’s got solid country vocals and records well.
  • Jacob Lusk“Alone” – Horrible song choice for Jacob.  Again with the clackety-clack backing track.  His vocal is modulated here, so over singing isn’t a problem. But what is it? I’m not buying it. There’s a lack of urgency, authenticity here.  Dude is not a rock singer. It may be that simple.
  • Download the Compilation – If you’d like ALL the recordings from tonight’s show, download the compilation for only $7.99.

 
  • glamertitis

    The first 15-20 seconds of James recording is just odd – like a British accent vibe! When he isn’t doing that, the recording is really nice. Parts of the song are so beautiful.
    I wonder what the heck those producers are thinking? Don’t they listen to what they are putting out for these contestants? lol

    And I will not waste my time even listening to the snippets of the rest. You couldn’t gift me one of the other recordings.
    I wonder how those compilations Cds are selling? My guess is “Big Fail”

  • BrianC82

    Casey sounds off-key even in the studio. LOL.

  • jan

    I’m just listening to the snippets on iTunes – and they sound so overproduced. The back up singers are sometimes overpowering – and their voices (the back up singers) sound strange – maybe electronically altered. I think maybe the producers are used to working with people who can’t sing – and so they only know how to compensate for bad voices – and don’t know how to let the voices shine through. (There are exceptions of course – a few of the tracks are unhampered by back up singers.)

  • Elliegrll

    The comparison of Stefano to Bruno Mars is spot on. He sounds eerily like him on this track. But, the best part is that this is such a heartfelt performance.

  • just missed the train

    I’m Not digging The prodUction of these tracks at all

  • pia4idol10

    Pia’s answer to the judges’ request not to do a ballad was to sing a ballad faster…with a dance track. Pia’s got the goods. Too bad her song choices leave her sounding generic and dull.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    REALLY??!!! COULD DISAGREE MORE! WE ARE PUSHING FOR A FEMALE THIS SEASON!!!! STOP WITH THE MALE IDOLS PEOPLE! PIA IS GOING TO CRUSH THE IDEAS THAT PPL CAN’T SING THE 3 DIVAS, SHE ISN’T GOING TO WRECK A BALLAD BECAUSE YOU WANT HER TO DANCE LIKE A MONKEY! DONT MESS WITH A GOOD THING. I AM BEYOND PASSIONATE BECAUSE I DONT WANT ANOTHER TAYLOR HICKS!!!! —>SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT PIA WILL NOT WIN BECAUSE AMERICA CANNOT HEAR/UNDERSTAND HOW REALLY AMAZING SHE REALLY IS PLEASE DON’T PROVE MY FRIENDS RIGHT WITH COMMENTS LIKE THAT………

  • pia4idol10

    ****AS AN ADDED COMMENT TO THE ABOVE: AMERICA DESERVES ITS KNOWN LEONA LEWIS. PROVE THAT THE UK CAN’T DO IT BETTER ALL THE TIME.

  • suenigma

    I’m kinda scared right now.

  • Elliegrll

    AS AN ADDED COMMENT TO THE ABOVE: AMERICA DESERVES ITS KNOWN LEONA LEWIS. PROVE THAT THE UK CAN’T DO IT BETTER ALL THE TIME.

    The real Leona Lewis couldn’t make a dent in the US, so why would a clone of her do any better. Not that Pia is like Leona.

    For the record, I can’t stop listening to my copy of “All By Myself”. She’s perfect on that song, and she’s obviously a frontrunner.

  • claudette

    I like the ending of Scotty’s. He’s at least trying to do different things and I thought it was cool.

    Lauren’s was very good. I think she has more in her. I, like Jimmy, have high expectations of her because I think she does have a good recording voice. I have to remind myself she is just 16 and has a lot of developing of her potential.

    I really liked James and found it interesting. I liked Stephano and think he has a good recording voice but I got bored and didn’t finish. that’s all I bought but I liked Haley on the show so I might get hers.

  • Trina

    I want to hear James sing “Alone”…

    I don’t know how the compilation albums are selling but last week I downloaded 3 individual tracks and this week I’m downloading probably 3. I’m sure a lot of people are choosing to pick the songs they want as opposed to the whole album.

  • Lulu2

    Oh, I so agree about James. I thought he was good on the show, but the sound balance wasn’t good (which is why some contestants are better off going with scaled down arrangements, harder for rockers to do). I totally agree with you about Stefano; he definitely reminds me of Bruno Mars, but I think it was a mistake to do the Bruno mars song in top 24. Agree also about Naima. Don’t agree about Casey. LOVE him. Those are the only four songs I bought. When Pia breaks out of her safe little shell and sings a song I like in a truly exciting way, maybe I’ll become a fan. Jacob and Haley are losing me and the rest bore me stiff.

  • girlygirl

    pia4idol10

    Leona Lewis’s last album didn’t sell well here in the US and she rarely gets played on the radio And haven’t you heard that her next album is going to be dance/pop? So I don’t know if that’s who I would want Pia patterning herself after.

    Pia may end up doing fine. She certainly has some passionate fans on this blog :)

  • girlygirl

    I think last week’s compilation album peaked at #9 on the iTunes chart. It is at #13 right now (this week’s Top 12 compilation chart is already at #15).Since these are only being sold on iTunes (I think?), the sales numbers are probably not real big. (they are selling better on iTunes than the 10th anniversary album though — that is currently at #170)

  • Trina

    Leona, like many, many Idols had a huge first album that sold well above platinum and had a couple of hits. Bleeding Love was massive here. But she failed to catch on with her second.

  • Fullmoon

    The best recordings for me are Haley( she sounds really good), James, Lauren(Is it me or does she sound like Kellie Pickler), Pia (FTW), Scotty(He’s a country star), Stefano (The Dark Horse). Did not like Naima’s
    “What’s Love Got To Do With It” but made me want to go back and listen to Adam’s club version of the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEqjFGfe_y0 he he

  • shuey

    tell the truth? name one peformer you watched over again? was anyone..realy that good? lol…NO….it was a bad night! they all sucked assssssssssssss! ok…one..didnt…yup…country kid…took it! & i hate country…he was good tho :)

  • bridgette12

    I didn’t hear any performances last night that got me excited to hear the studio version. Last night was not a good night and I think the total downloads for individual contestant will reflect it.

  • nadski

    ughh why did they use so much autotune on these tracks?? hatre when they do that, it’s like listening to a computer sing in some parts…

  • musicality

    This is something I can not understand for the life of me. These compilations and the Glee tracks. Why oh why would people spend money on these tracks recorded in probably 20 minutes with canned backing music of some not so great singers singing covers? There are so many fantastic singers across the country and world and people spend money on Glee and American Idol? I’m asking a serious question here. You have $8 to spend and you could buy Arcade Fire, Muse, Lady Antebelum or whatever you taste is and this goes on the iPod instead? Do you keep it on there for years? I’m not being sarcastic. I’m serious. Any thoughts on this? I’m curious. arrrrrrrgggggggggg I have an early class today. They should not have classes before 10:00am :)

  • Marie Ruffin

    Backend question to MJ’s ? – why does Naima sound good on the recordings and then bombs on the stage? Is the sound stage sound? Is it nerves? Is it her performance? She’s going to get killed unless she figures it out.

    Which makes me wonder, how much time they have to rehearse. The big artists rehearse for days and days and hours before they hit the stage. How much time do these kids have?

  • Marie Ruffin

    James and the hair? Is he morphing into Adam? Kind of off pitch.Some of them kind of sick? Seems that effected their performance, but I still can’t get over Naima’s pitchiness. She didn’t sound that way during auditions.Overally, I thought the performances were just OK, only Pia and Stefan stood out. But Pia is borderline boring with the song choice.Simon in my head: song choice song choice song choice.

    Would love if AI eliminated Alone from the repertoire….no more “Alone”, no more “Colors of the Wind”….we hear these songs over and over every year!

  • Esqt

    I’m really, really liking Thia’s voice, so much potential.

  • cheese

    I think everyone might be suffering from the rushed recording schedule. It seems like they’re finalizing their song choices on Friday and recording on Saturday. I can’t think of any other excuse for these awful arrangements.

    I’m glad Idol is having the money go to Japan relief, but after listening to these, I think I’ll just text “Red Cross” to 90999.

  • Nina1

    There are so many fantastic singers across the country and world and people spend money on Glee and American Idol?

    Beats me, I don’t get it either. I wouldn’t touch the stuff.

  • Nina1

    Which makes me wonder, how much time they have to rehearse.

    I’ve read that they sing five times, for one reason or another, the day of the show or taping, so often the viewers do not see the best (or even a good) version. That includes a dress rehearsal. I think they sing too much before a performance – on some of those songs it has to take a toll.

  • rayato

    It’s a shame you never got around to listening/reviewing last week’s batch, MJ. Some of them were actually really good, especially James and Naima.

  • sallysimmons

    I don’t see Stefano as marketable at all, unless you mean that he fits the general parameters for a boy-bander. But it’s not enough to be cute-ish and be able to sing. He’d also need some major charisma and he just doesn’t have it. It reminds me of when everyone was sure Mario Vasquez would be the next big thing.

    I’m not sure I see anyone marketable in this current crop. I guess maybe Lauren, but she’s got a lot of growing to do before I can figure out if that’s possible.

  • sallysimmons

    Oh and of course Scotty. Can’t stand that kid, but I think he’s marketable.

  • abbysee

    I think Stefano is totally marketable, and in the current scheme of things. If he were to win, he’d have a larger following of guys too. He’s got enough cred from his past to work with hip hop and rap artists, which is something that this winner must be able to do if he wants to be a pop radio contender. Although I like a few of the guys, he and James, and possibly Paul, if he gets his act together could be quite marketable. Only Naima for the girls and that’s if she can put together a few performances where her vocals totally come together.

    I wish that last weeks cd were the one for charity as I purchased the whole thing. This week I am only interested in Stefano and Scotty. I may cave a buy a few more since it’s for a worthy cause.

  • sr4mjc

    James’s voice sounds so thin recorded, I thought so last week too. This one sounds like Bon Jovi karaoke night. The best recorded voices for me are Pia, Naima and Scotty. Naima needs to work it out live though or she’s in trouble, if she’s not going home tonight. Stephano is a cutie, but he’s not pulled me in yet, well none of them have done that yet.

    Except Casey made me want to kick my tv, so I guess that’s a reaction. And I always WTF at Paul and his drunk dance.

  • unidentified

    I’m just going to give to the Red Cross too. Cause everyone was just awful this week.

  • sue

    I am probably the only one that loved Casey’s take on Nirvana. :) I am rocking out to his studio version. Yeah it could be better but I still love it. Naima, Paul and Pia was really good too.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    This is something I can not understand for the life of me. These compilations and the Glee tracks. Why oh why would people spend money on these tracks recorded in probably 20 minutes with canned backing music of some not so great singers singing covers?

    On an individual track basis, one does occasionally get something cool and different. Adedapo’s “Umbrella” was nifty, largely for the reggae section in the middle.

    If the Idol compilations as a whole were selling well, though, you can bet TPTB would be bragging about it.

  • nncw

    Wish they could take away the big stage and the overproduced performances. as I think you want the feeling of intimacy and feeling the music and connecting with the audience. I still think this year almost all of the top 12 are very talented and would be interesting to watch on Idol Tour. The only one whose voice is in trouble is Paul’s but I think from listening to his duet with Kendra this show right now is doing him more harm than good. I like most of the performance previews from the itune downloads although I agree I wish canned music had never been invented. I can’t really knock any of them – I think it will come down to voters musical preferences – but they are a talented bunch!

  • Landmd

    Some of these song are over done, more vocals less crappy studio music. I downlaoded the same people again this week, Casey, Paul, James, Haley.

  • BootStar

    MJ, is it official that they won’t be releasing videos of their live performances this season? Not that I would have bought any from last night, but there have a been a handful in the past that were truly memorable. Oh, well.

  • stay4awhile

    I like Paul’s studio. I could live without the back-up vocals, but he sounds great. Lauren’s is much better than her live performance for me, as well…I like that she changed the song up to fit her style.

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

    at least jacob chose somthing different..dont rrly like him tho

  • sf3456

    at least jacob chose somthing different..dont rrly like him tho

    Yes, at least he did something different. Give him some credit for that.

  • x57x

    Let me change the subject.

    What do you think about this weeks studio recordings?

    Some are pretty good…and some very, very um “different”.

  • bridgette12

    x57x says:

    03/20/2011 at 9:31 am

    Let me change the subject.

    What do you think about this weeks studio recordings?

    I didn’t think they were very good. I was disappointed overall in the Idols performances this week and the studio recordings didn’t make it any better. They are some of the worse produced tracks that they have put out over the years. I don’t know what’s going on with Jimmy and his mega producers, but they are doing a shoddy job on the recordings.

  • x57x

    It seems the producers are trying to make several of the songs into 80s ‘dance tracks’.

    One example; Paul McDonald’s “I Guess that is why they call it the blues”. They could have made it more acoustic, slowed it up, and it would have fit his style more than that.

    The same thing with Pia’s “Where do broken hearts go”. That song sounds like they added a lot of electronic bells and whistles and it almost sounds like a X-mas song.

  • halo9125

    I love Pia, and she could sing the phone book as far as I am concerned – but dear lord, the studio recording of “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” was horrendous- it wasn’t even her singing- but the production quality- I could probably produce a better recording with 2 tin cans, some string and a Sony tape recorder.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Let me change the subject.

    What do you think about this weeks studio recordings?

    Some are pretty good…and some very, very um “different”.

    I’ve only listened to James and Pia so far. James’ studio recording is good, but Pia’s has a weird backing track. She sounds good, but it’s like she recorded her vocal, then this backing track was added and I don’t think that it made for a good final product.

  • x57x

    Naima’s “What’s Love Got to Do with it” has electronic music and beats that sound very 80s and dated. I know that is is an 80s song but why not make it more modern. It’s is the music in the background that make the songs sound dated.

  • halo9125

    I’ve only listened to James and Pia so far. James’ studio recording is good, but Pia’s has a weird backing track. She sounds good, but it’s like she recorded her vocal, then this backing track was added and I don’t think that it made for a good final product.

    That might explain why there are a few places where she doesn’t seem to be singing with the music.

  • x57x

    Doesn’t Pia’s song “Where do broken hearts go” sound like it would be in a old 80s X-mas made for TV movie?

    It has the sound of a X-mas song.

  • x57x

    It seems the producers are trying to make several of the songs into 80s ‘dance tracks’.
    One example; Paul McDonald’s “I Guess that is why they call it the blues”. They could have made it more acoustic, slowed it up, and it would have fit his style more than that.

    The same thing with Pia’s “Where do broken hearts go”. That song sounds like they added a lot of electronic bells and whistles and it almost sounds like a X-mas song.

  • x57x

    I still bought the whole cd, because it was for good a cause to help the people in Japan.

  • x57x

    When you compare the background music in Lee DeWyze’s cd and the background music in new songs from this week from some of the contestants, the background music in Lee’s sounds more natural and organic. Lee’s music on his cd is not bad at compared to the some of the songs this week from AI10. Some of the songs sound unnatural and very synthesized.

  • x57x

    Then when I listen to Scotty’s songs for the last couple of weeks that are studio recordings he doesn’t seem to giving his all, like when he sang during his Holllywood week auditions. The recording is still good, but he needs to push harder or add more emotion.

    Maybe he doesn’t know the songs? I notice when he sang his two lines in Born to Be Wild that was the old Scotty.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Naima Adedapo – “What’s Love Got to Do With It” – This is completely different than the live version. While Naima’s rendition seemed karaoke on the Idol stage, here she sounds fresh and original. What happened?

    I have read elsewhere that she gives a good rendition of the song on tape. What happened? Maybe she still doesn’t know how to find the mic on stage? Or how to use the TV cams to her advantage?
    Obviously Pia and Stefano come through loud and clear and know how to use the TV cams.

    “Then when I listen to Scotty’s songs for the last couple of weeks that are studio recordings he doesn’t seem to giving his all,” Maybe that’s why Jimmy Iovine doesn’t show support for Scotty, because he comes across lazy on the recordings?

  • x57x

    I enjoyed Scotty’s last recording “The River”, but this week it kinda lacked hmph or emotion. I also think that Scotty might be getting a little lazy on the show. It might be because he knows he is going to get signed already or maybe because he is not comfortable with new songs he is not that aquinted with. I think he does have the vocal skills, but he needs to add more emotion to the studio recordings and his performances. I think his “Letters from Home” performance and sound showed more of his voice and phrasing. But notice that was before he had to work with the producers. You can tell the difference when Scotty was singing “Long Black Train”.

  • Kitwana

    Elliegrll
    03/17/2011 – 1:38 am
    The comparison of Stefano to Bruno Mars is spot on. He sounds eerily like him on this track. But, the best part is that this is such a heartfelt performance.

    Calling someone the next whoever is the kiss of death. For 10 seasons, Idol producers/fans have labelled contestants the next [insert name of then popular star]. It has never materialized. Why can’t producers/fans support someone who is original rather than an inevitably poorer copy of someone who is successful or has been successful in the past?

  • x57x

    Stefano’s recording the weeks was one of the better ones, and that is not saying much.

    I think when the contestants really push themselves like when Stefano KNEW that if he did not sing for his life when he sang “I Need You Now” he was gone. He put all his emotion into that performance and IMO was one of the best moments so far since Hollywood week.

    Stefano needs to keep that same feeling, like it was his last, in his performances and studio recordings. But surprisingly his one of the best this week.

    I knew I wasn’t going to like many of the studio recordings this week but I still bought the cd because the proceeds were going for a good cause.

  • saga

    I liked Naimas itune version, didn’t feel dated to me. A little tinny perhaps but I liked the dance arrangement on that song.

  • x57x

    Jacob’s “Alone”, what can I say. It started off horribly and shaky, and then continued and got worse. The last part was a very dramatic big drag queen mess.

    James was not bad. I am not even a James fan but it was one of the best songs on the cd.

    Casey’s “Smell’s Like Team Spirit” started off ok…then in descended into a WTF!!! I couldn’t even get through the whole thing.

  • bridgette12

    Kitwana says:

    03/20/2011 at 10:54 am
    Calling someone the next whoever is the kiss of death. For 10 seasons, Idol producers/fans have labelled contestants the next [insert name of then popular star]. It has never materialized. Why can’t producers/fans support someone who is original rather than an inevitably poorer copy of someone who is successful or has been successful in the past?

    That’s pretty much what I think too, the producers and some fans get so caught up in finding the next “Carrie, Kelly or whomever”, they forget the reason we liked those people is because they were original and not a copy of someone else on the show. I haven’t seen anyone yet on Season 10 that has shown me something that would make me want to buy their album or go to one of their concerts. The last two weeks have been boring overall and after all the hype, they should be performing better.

  • x57x

    I liked Naimas itune version, didn’t feel dated to me. A little tinny perhaps but I liked the dance arrangement on that song.

    Her itunes recording of “Umbrealla” last week was very current, loved the Reggae part and very different. I must have listened to her version over and over.

    I re-listened to her recording of “What Love has to do with it” and there are parts of that recording that is very current and I could hear on the radio. It still sounds a little 80s and dated and needs to be fixed.

    But of the two week recordings I actually think Naima has the most current Pop sound.I can see dj’s remixing her version of “What’s Love Got to do with it” and fixing it.

    Her live performances don’t match her itunes recordings, but I was completely surprised with her itunes studio recordings. I kinda hope she does not go home early, but it looks like that people are deciding on Naima based on her live Idol performances not on her itunes studio recordings.

  • springboard

    I like some parts of James recording but the chorus is poppified and over-produced.
    Casey has a nice tone when he doesn’t growl/shout.
    Scotty’s recording may be slightly less polished and hesitant than last weeks’ one but I still like it.
    Paul is not bad either, much better than his performance, and Haley kicks off well but doesn’t go anywhere.
    I found the others totally boring.

  • x57x

    The problem with Paul’s studio recording this week is that I think the song should’ve been slowed down, stripped and played acoustic. To me Paul has the type of voice that is best with more acoustic versions of that song. When it done more ‘dance’ type it takes away from his best assets that got him on the show. Paul doing this type of music is killing him on the show.

    Scotty’s recording is good also, but needs more emotion and he needs to push more. The music is a lot better on Scotty’s and is at the right tempo.

  • x57x

    Thia’s itunes version of “Color of The Wind” is not bad. I mean her voice is not bad on the song, not the song choice. You can hear she has a very nice quality in her voice, but her personality comes off boring on the show. She needs to add more personalty into her songs and performances or she will be pegged as being boring.

    Lauren’s recording was not bad. For someone so young she has big pipes. I liked her recording, but her persona on TV sometimes comes off very immature and she seems younger than her age of 17. Many teen pop singers her age seem more mature. Scotty is 17 and Thia is 15 but they seem more mature on the show, and her persona counts in cd sales, not just her voice. Many people can’t separate the persona on TV with the recording, but singing is pretty good.

  • koshka

    I liked her recording, but her persona on TV sometimes comes off very immature and she seems younger than her age of 17. Many teen pop singers her age seem more mature. Scotty is 17 and Thia is 15 but they seem more mature on the show, and her persona counts in cd sales, not just her voice.

    I completely agree. In addition, I wasn’t much of an Allison fan, back in the day, but I’d take her personality over Thia or Lauren. Scotty seems to have more confidence than the lot of them and probably translates as more mature in the snipets we get.

    I confess that I’m not much impressed with any of the recordings.

  • BootStar

    I confess that I’m not much impressed with any of the recordings.

    I still bought the whole cd, because it was for good a cause to help the people in Japan.

    I still think if you’re not impressed with the recordings but want to help the people in Japan, then there are plenty of organizations you can contribute directly to. CharityNavigator.org has a list of screened charities here.

  • koshka

    Thanks Bootstar.. I’m actually participating in a fundraiser next week… but excellent info to post, in fact I’m saving the link.

  • songsungblue

    REALLY??!!! COULD DISAGREE MORE! WE ARE PUSHING FOR A FEMALE THIS SEASON!!!! STOP WITH THE MALE IDOLS PEOPLE! PIA IS GOING TO CRUSH THE IDEAS THAT PPL CAN’T SING THE 3 DIVAS, SHE ISN’T GOING TO WRECK A BALLAD BECAUSE YOU WANT HER TO DANCE LIKE A MONKEY! DONT MESS WITH A GOOD THING. I AM BEYOND PASSIONATE BECAUSE I DONT WANT ANOTHER TAYLOR HICKS!!!! —>SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT PIA WILL NOT WIN BECAUSE AMERICA CANNOT HEAR/UNDERSTAND HOW REALLY AMAZING SHE REALLY IS PLEASE DON’T PROVE MY FRIENDS RIGHT WITH COMMENTS LIKE THAT……

    If you want to convince people, you may want to stop yelling at them. ;)

    I can never understand the “we can’t have another Taylor Hicks / Lee Dewyze / Kris Allen winner!” Why not? What’s it to you? As far as I’m concerned, people vote and that’s the end of it.

    These tracks are….blerg. My problem with Pia is that she has no fire. She’s so staid. She goes sharp on her high notes. She’s competent. Whatever.

    I did like Paul’s okay, but I wouldn’t buy any of these.

  • girlygirl

    I didn’t like any of the recordings this week. I bought a couple of last week’s tunes, but not this week.

    And unless Stefano can write and produce killer hit songs, he’s not the next Bruno Mars…that guy was very successful in the music industry as a writer and producer before the majority of the general public had ever heard him sing. He sounds a bit like him, but it’s not Bruno’s voice that made him a star — it is the whole writing/producing/throwback style package (even with all that, my A&R prof told us it took more than 2 years of gigging and meeting with label execs before anyone signed Mars…)

  • girlygirl

    why are you yelling at us? I’m sorry, but Pia bores the crap out of me. I don’t care if a female or a guy wins Idol. Why does that matter? I don’t see ANY of the S10 contestants going on to be a big star. I would go with Scotty having the best chance of breaking through, and I don’t even like country music. Pia has a great voice, but aside from Susan Boyle, what recent recording artist has been successful singing nothing but snoozy ballads? I can’t think of anyone. And I just don’t see Pia being very successful singing that type of music. Just my opinion, of course.

  • alison8701

    Yeah Pia is so boring. I think we established seasons ago that not always the best technical singer wins. There are a lot of factors that are considered, and if I had to say who the best singer is, I would probably say Pia. And hell, if I had to say who might be the worst I might possibly even say Paul. Still love Paul though. He’s kind of starting to annoy me some, but I really like the sound of his voice. So he may not be able to hit as many notes as Pia, but I like to hear him.

    and James is also a very good singer, but I don’t really care for him as a person, nor the music/style he sings.

  • bean99

    I ended up buying both of Casey’s songs. I’m probably one of the few that likes his latest one. He just makes me smile so end up liking anything he does. I do think he needs to choose wisely next week.

  • bridgette12

    girl

    ygirl says:

    03/20/2011 at 1:24 pm

    why are you yelling at us? I’m sorry, but Pia bores the crap out of me. I don’t care if a female or a guy wins Idol. Why does that matter? I don’t see ANY of the S10 contestants going on to be a big star.

    Thank you for clearly stating what I feel. At this point I don’t care if it is a man or woman who win, because none of them so far has shown me anything that I haven’t seen done better. As for dear sweet Pia, I can only say one thing, “PIA IS BORING”! All she is doing each week is another predictable song by Whitney, Celine or one of the other divas. She has made me not care about her or what she sings. When I hear her name, all I can give is an eyeroll, because I know what is coming. I think she’s buying into all the press that she’s favorite to win the title and then she will go on to sell millions. She maybe needs to pay attention to what’s playing on the radio, because people like her are not what’s hot.

  • kmd

    I agree that Stefano is not the next Bruno Mars. Bruno is a very talented writer and producer in addition to having a great voice. I do still like Stefano. Casey remains the most interesting of the whole bunch. He does need to make better song choices. I also hope his health issues are now stable.

  • BootStar

    I don’t find Pia boring. I do think she’s stuck in a rut. Girl has demonstrated on YouTube that she can sing upbeat contemporary songs. Now she needs to let America in on the secret. She’s got a great voice, amazing control and is beautiful to boot. She needs to start really bringing it, like, pronto.

  • alison8701

    part of my finding Pia boring hasn’t got anything to do with her song choices, it’s her pageant personality. She’s always so pleasant, smiling, gracious and enthusiastic, but it comes off very fake. I don’t think I’ve seen her joke around or answer a question not seriously or so well scripted

  • girlygirl

    I haven’t checked out Pia’s pre-Idol stuff on YT. But I do wonder that if she wants to record the more contemporary dance-pop stuff after she gets off the show (rather than the big ballads) why isn’t she performing those type of songs on Idol? People aren’t necessarily going to know about her YT videos — and even if they hear about them, they aren’t necessarily going to go onto YT to check them out. In my opinion, Pia is blowing her opportunity to show she can perform songs that are closer to the type of music that is getting played on the radio and that is selling well right now.

    Of course there is still awhile to go before Idol comes to an end, so perhaps she will do this in the weeks to come. But if she ends up seeing a boring ballad again this week, when Motown has a ton of upbeat, fun songs available to perform, I will lose hope that she has any intention of identifying herself as anything other than a bland ballad singer.

  • koshka

    Alisom 8701 charcteristics you just described smiling, pleasant & enthusiastic in a guy gets labeled as a ‘nice young man’. For good or bad you just described all the winners, especially the guys. You can look at this as the winners have to pass a niceness test or Americans some how relate to.this type of contestant.

  • alison8701

    Alison 8701 charcteristics you just described smiling, pleasant & enthusiastic in a guy gets labeled as a ‘nice young man’. For good or bad you just described all the winners, especially the guys. You can look at this as the winners have to pass a niceness test or Americans some how relate to.this type of contestant

    I’m not just talking about niceness. There is a difference between the personality of Pia and that of Kris, David, or Lee. They all joked around a bit, barring perhaps Lee, and while they were nice, it was a genuine relaxed go-with-the-flow type of nice. Everything about Pia seems contrived and well-thought out. It doesn’t sound like a bad trait but it’s off-putting to me. The guys were just who they were.. and maybe this is who Pia is, but I don’t like it. It just seems falsely pleasant. I’m sure she actually is very sweet, but I don’t care for her personality.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I’m not just talking about niceness. There is a difference between the personality of Pia and that of Kris, David, or Lee. They all joked around a bit, barring perhaps Lee, and while they were nice, it was a genuine relaxed go-with-the-flow type of nice. Everything about Pia seems contrived and well-thought out. It doesn’t sound like a bad trait but it’s off-putting to me. The guys were just who they were.. and Pia this is who Pia is, but I don’t like it. It just seems falsely pleasant. I’m sure she actually is very sweet, but I don’t care for her personality.

    I have a theory why Pia and many other season 10 girls behave so reserved and pagentry.

    I think all these girls watched the last few seasons of AI. They know how “successful” the girls were and how their behavior and personalities were scrutinized while the guys got a free pass for similar behavior. So, I think Pia and the others simply decided to show no personality and just sing.

  • OldHag

    You have $8 to spend and you could buy Arcade Fire, Muse, Lady Antebelum or whatever you taste is and this goes on the iPod instead? Do you keep it on there for years? I’m not being sarcastic. I’m serious. Any thoughts on this? I’m curious.

    I wouldn’t spend the $8, but a buck – sure. I still have David Cook’s Always Be My Baby on the iPod playlist. I still have Sioban Magnus’s Paint It Black too. Truth is I like Cook’s version so much better than the orginal. And I enjoy that little Sioban touch on Paint It Black. Both came out over a year ago, so I guess the answer is yes.

  • koshka

    I have a theory why Pia and many other season 10 girls behave so reserved and pagentry.

    I think all these girls watched the last few seasons of AI. They know how “successful” the girls were and how their behavior and personalities were scrutinized while the guys got a free pass for similar behavior. So, I think Pia and the others simply decided to show no personality and just sing.

    I agree. If you look at Kelly, Carrie & Jordin (not Fantasia though) you get sweet polite, kind and gracious. I’d even go so far as saying, bland for Carrie and Jordin.

    YMMV on my opinion about the guys.. thats just how I see it.

  • OldHag

    I have a theory why Pia and many other season 10 girls behave so reserved and pagentry.

    Well you can’t acuse Lauren of that, I will give her that. But then again, I really don’t like her personality. She really does have a good voice but I wouldn’t vote for her even if the only other two left were Paul and Naima – and Paul and Naima had their worst nights yet. Jiminies – I’d even vote for Megan Joy or Danny Gokey first. So maybe they are legitimate in their fears and showing no personality other than a bright smile is in their best interest.

  • musicality

    I know the proceeds go to the Red Cross. But why not donate the $8 directly to the redcross instead of buying a CD full of second rate covers where the recross only get $1 or less? Sorry, but I will never understand people buying these things. It is the antithesis of good music. I honestly would be embarrassed to put this on my iPod.
    Same goes with Glee. Glee has basically become a one hour commercial to sell poor music which people apparently love to lap up. For the life of me I don’t get it. But that is just my opinion :)

  • platoken

    Why is everybody here complaining about how much this season “suck?” Its one of the most talented seasons ever. Its impossible to impress you guys, I swear.

  • koshka

    platoken says:
    03/20/2011 at 5:37 pm
    Why is everybody here complaining about how much this season “suck?” Its one of the most talented seasons ever. Its impossible to impress you guys, I swear.

    Not everyone. I will say these recordings suck, but IMO that has more to do with the producers, than the contestants. I’m not yet impressed, but I honestly think the best is yet to come. At worse, this season is 100% better than last year.

  • HR

    That sentiment is expressed around here but if people really disliked this season there would be less discussion. If people care enough to take an active dislike of a contestant I see that as encouraging for the show even if I may not agree with their opinion. At least people care this year.

    I do wonder at the standards expected. I don’t think the girl’s lack a personality but if that is so important Allison was overcome with personality. It didn’t get her anywhere. All of that praise during the show from online got her barely over 100k sold and dropped from her label with lectures after the fact about her personality being part of the reason she wasn’t successful. Carrie has been constantly slammed as boring, a pageant bot, a puppet of 19, insincere and secretly a nightmare to work with. She’s doing just fine.

    Pia reminds me of a cross between Kat and Carrie and receiving the exact same kind of comments they got.

  • bean99

    I like Pia and she’s my favorite of the girls. I just hope she picks more interesting songs, especially more contemporary. Her personality seems more serious than fake to me. I would like to see more of her fun side but that hardly ever happens on the show. I remember when Michael Johns went out 8th in his season and it wasn’t until afterwards that people saw his crazy sense of humor.

  • bridgette12

    platoken says:

    03/20/2011 at 5:37 pm

    Why is everybody here complaining about how much this season “suck?” Its one of the most talented seasons ever. Its impossible to impress you guys, I swear.

    I am impressed by good performances and the last two weeks, those have been few and far between. I agree they are talented, but you have to show it and that’s something they are not doing.

  • OldHag

    •Haley Reinhart – “I’m Your Baby Tonight” – I’m probably in the minority–but I kinda liked Haley’s live version. She’s not half-bad here either. The trouble is, she does suffer from an identity crisis. If she could find a niche and follow it passionately, she could be great. I’d love to hear her do rock.

    You might be right but I suspect, like Alex Lambert, she will be booted before we can find out. The raw talent is there.

  • koshka

    •Haley Reinhart – “I’m Your Baby Tonight” – I’m probably in the minority–but I kinda liked Haley’s live version. She’s not half-bad here either. The trouble is, she does suffer from an identity crisis. If she could find a niche and follow it passionately, she could be great. I’d love to hear her do rock.

    I kinda like most of the contestants & don’t really love anyone yet.. but the exact same could be said about Casey. He seems to have an identity crisis. No one has called him on it yet, which is curious.

  • hypertwink

    Casey’s studio was much better. \o/

  • halo9125

    “Pia’s….always so pleasant, smiling, gracious and enthusiastic, but it come off very fake”

    Trust me- I know Pia a long time- she IS indeed all of those things- EXCEPT fake- she is truly one of the nicest, sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.

    I’m not here to defend her honor- that’s not my intention- but I do have a feeling that at some point, she is going to put on a performance where she pulls out all the stops- and it will make people take notice of her in a big way for the second time in this competition.

  • bean99

    I guess I don’t see anything interesting about Haley or her voice. I’d say I’m afraid she’ll outlast others who I’d like to stay longer but I guess that’s already happened. :)

  • hypertwink

    I think Casey should watch Nouvelle Star’s Julien. He should take notes because Julien made risky arrangements to songs of Madonna & Britney. And like Casey, Julien had a tendency to shriek/scream sometimes but he made it work for him.

  • songsungblue

    I can appreciate the fact that Pia might be genuinely nice and sweet. But that isn’t really the point – the point is that she’s coming across as dull and bland. I particularly dislike the arm motion up and down, lol.

    She has a terrific voice, no question, but she isn’t exciting. There’s something generic about her – very LaToya London, IMO. Will she win? Probably. It’s that kind of season ;)

  • wjmtv

    koshka says:

    I kinda like most of the contestants & don’t really love anyone yet.. but the exact same could be said about Casey. He seems to have an identity crisis. No one has called him on it yet, which is curious.

    I disagree. I think Casey has one of the strongest identities, both musically and in general, of anyone this season. It’s just that it’s not the sort of identity you usually see on the Idol stage.

    And that would be why he’s my personal dark horse. :)

  • koshka

    I disagree. I think Casey has one of the strongest identities, both musically and in general, of anyone this season. It’s just that it’s not the sort of identity you usually see on the Idol stage.

    well I haven’t seen if with his song choices.. especially last week. I keep hearing jazz guy, but I haven’t seem much of that since one song in Hollywood week. Hayley is definitely more lost. Casey isn’t doing himself any real favors in the last few weeks, I hope he can get some better songs cleared because this isn’t doing it for him.

  • Dlynne

    One example; Paul McDonald’s “I Guess that is why they call it the blues”. They could have made it more acoustic, slowed it up, and it would have fit his style more than that.

    I agree with you.

    Paul worked with Tricky Stewart, the R&B producer, on this recording. The production on his song the previous week is SO much better. It was produced by Don Was, the country producer. If he had worked with Don again and they had slowed it down and made it fit his style better, it could have been amazing.

  • bridgette12

    Dlynne says:

    03/20/2011 at 10:12 pm
    Paul worked with Tricky Stewart, the R&B producer, on this recording. The production on his song the previous week is SO much better. It was produced by Don Was, the country producer. If he had worked with Don again and they had slowed it down and made it fit his style better, it could have been amazing.

    Paul butchered that Elton John song. It was bad from start to finish and his staggering around the stage only made it worse. He sucked on the Rod Stewart song and he was even worse last week. His voice was terrible, he sounded like he was really hoarse.

  • songsungblue

    He sucked on the Rod Stewart song and he was even worse last week.

    I get that you don’t like Paul, but I don’t agree he sucked on either the Rod Stewart or the Ryan Adams song. It’s kind of subjective. I’d way rather hear him than Stefano, who I think really sucked the life out of a classic Simply Red cut. Blech.

  • Dlynne

    Paul butchered that Elton John song. It was bad from start to finish and his staggering around the stage only made it worse. He sucked on the Rod Stewart song and he was even worse last week. His voice was terrible, he sounded like he was really hoarse.

    I don’t agree. I understand that some don’t like his voice or his style but I do.

    I wasn’t talking about his performance anyway. I was talking about the studio recordings. And his studio recording of Come Pick Me Up is fantastic, which was produced by Don Was. My hope is that he is able to work with him again.

  • bean99

    I liked Paul a lot early on, right until he started moving on stage. I find it so distracting that it takes away from his performance for me. It’s gotten so bad that I liked this week’s performance a little better solely because he stayed still a bit more, lol. I do like his voice and think it’s interesting but he needs to play guitar or sit because I can’t imagine I’m the only one who’s bugged by his flailing around.

  • just sayin

    I get tired of all the “we don’t want another Taylor Hicks” stuff. For me, Taylor Hicks was completely entertaining. IMO, he was a good singer, nice looking, and put on a good performance. That’s what I’m looking for, and the person who entertains me always gets my vote.

    I agree with others who have found Pia or Thia boring. There are several this season that would not move me to buy a concert ticket or CD they put out.

    C’mon Season 10, entertain me!! (And I have high hopes for Motown week.)

  • alison8701

    I feel like paul was overcompensating for poor vocals on Come Pick Me Up with his stupid dancing. Cause the judges were all, man, your moves! your voice and he a little over did it. Cause last week he wasn’t as awful and his dancing wasn’t as extreme. unless someone backstage was all, dude, chill.