James Durbin is eliminated tonight on American Idol

I was half-right. I was absolutely certain that Haley Reinhart would be safe this week. But when Ryan Seacrest declared Lauren Alaina the first contestant in the Top 3, I had second thoughts to say the least. After all, Scotty is untouchable, and with all the pimping James Durbin got from the judges Wednesday night, how could he be eliminated?

It turns out James could be and WAS eliminated.  It was as if the audience said, “Screw you judges! We’re outta here!  And we’re voting for whomever the hell we want! I think we may be in the middle of a mass viewer revolution against this year’s newer and lamer judges’ panel. Honestly, I can’t imagine viewers tolerating Haley back talking Simon the way she did Randy, or NOT listening to Simon if he told them a certain contestant was the best thing since sliced bread coughleedewyzecough.

This panel’s lame and inconsistent judging seems to have completely lost them credibility and legitimacy with Idol fans. What are you going to do about that, Nigel?

Who would have imagined a two-girl Top 3 even a few weeks ago when we were all wondering if Idol had turned completely into a man’s world? I’m all for girl power and everything, but I have to admit I would have sacrificed Lauren (or Scotty McCreery, for that matter) to keep James Durbin in the game. Sure, his singing wasn’t always all that, but I found him hella entertaining. I was totally into the burning pianos and crazy-ass drum corps. The show is going to suffer without him. Dude’s got a great recording voice. Who knows, maybe Jimmy will want to work with him anyway.

Now, can we finally stop feeling sorry for Haley? Boo hoo. Randy yelled at her and…she made it to the Top 3. She keeps advancing people! I refuse to view her as a victim. She’s not. I re-watched her altercation with the judges. The only reason Randy kept repeating himself was because Haley was arguing with him. Jennifer wasn’t entirely negative, and then Steven stepped in to defend Haley. She got a freaking standing o for her second number. She’s a tough girl who knows what she’s doing. No tears for Haley. The end. I expect she’ll make the finals.

Now…it’s on to the Hometown visits. Hooray.

I’ll be live blogging tonight’s American Idol 10 Top 4 results RIGHT HERE. Jordin Sparks performs her new single “I Am Woman” and Steven Tyler introduces his new Music Video for “It Feels So Good”, Enrique Iglesias, a performance from Lady Gaga.

Stay with me.

Ryan announces that almost 72 million votes came in. The biggest vote total for a Top 4 show.

Casey Abrams in the house!

There’s a lot of time to kill tonight, so we get a recap of the performances.

James Durbin and Scotty McCreery take the stage to sing “Start a Band” by Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. Geez a country song. Wonder who that favors…hm??? Hello PITCHFEST.

More audition dates. San Diego, Houston,  PITTSBURGH!!! (my hometown!)

Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart sing Gunpowder and Lead. A country theme for tonight’s duets? Are the producers trying to tell us something. The girls PAWN the boys.

The Top 4 connect with their families via WINDOWS 7! [Product Placement] (So much filler tonight)

Finally it’s time for some RESULTS!  The first contestant to advance to the Top 3 is….Lauren Alaina!

How did the Top 4 get in the mood for Gaga?  They watch her perform on TV. As usual, Gaga forgot her clothes. She sits at the piano to sing “You and I” the song she gave Haley to sing.  Gaga stand  on her piano stool now, channeling Elton John. She crouches as she leads the audience in a hand wave.

Enrique Iglesias performs “Dirty Dancer (and I like it)/”I Like It”.  This was filmed last night after the performance show.

Ford Music Video: “Fireflies”

Jordin Sparks take the stage to debut her single “I Am Woman” – She’s special! She gets a video package. Jordin trying hard to change her image. She looks great, but this song is really dumb. She takes off a silver trench coat to reveal a super hot beaded dress. She’s dancing AND singing.  She gives a smooch to Steven Tyler who likely has no idea who the hell she is.

Next: The brand new music video from Steven Tyler. AND IT’S BROUGHT TO YOU BY FORD.  The record company spent about 200 dollars on this video I swear. Really cheap looking. Oh look. It’s Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, the co-host of X Factor. (she was also a judge on The Sing Off)

MORE RESULTS!!!! TWO GIRLS WILL BE IN THE TOP 3 THIS YEAR. Holy cow…Haley Reinhart is SAFE! OMG The look on James face. He knows he’s toast.

…He knows he’s toast and he is. James Durbin is eliminated from American Idol. James said he had a feeling today. He’s obviously really really really disappointed. And he’s not hiding it. He says he worked so hard and did so much on the Idol stage that had never been done before..

He sings out with “Maybe I’m Amazed”.

SAFE:

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Haley Reinhart
  • Scotty McCreery

 
  • Valentin432

    Good luck to the kids and Jordin

  • Valentin432

    MJ, I think Enrique Iglesias is performing too

  • BrandoC15

    Hoping for some shockibg results!! The more the merrier!!

  • amcs

    In AI.com, they say that Lady Gaga will be in the show, that’s what i understand, There’s a link for live streaming?

  • BrandoC15

    Live stream anyone??

  • chicksineggz

    I’ll be waiting for Ryan to say the words “Shocking results” sometime in the next hour.

  • Pam

    Almost 72 million votes. The highest top 4 vote ever Ryan says.

  • St.Lucia

    We could make a drinking game out of how many times Ryan starts talking about the shocking/surprising results

  • ReginaFilange

    Highest top 4 vote ever? Sounds like urgency votes, so not for the “chosen ones.” Could be an actual shock.

  • Valentin432

    72 million votes + Lady Gaga + Enrique Iglesias + Jordin Sparks. They’ve loaded this episode

  • Valentin432

    Highest top 4 vote ever? Sounds like urgency votes, so not for the “chosen ones.” Could be an actual shock.

    Not sure.
    The 2nd top 4 show with the most votes was season 8 and altough Allison leaving was sad, it was hardly a shock.

  • girlygirl
  • littlefishie

    I so do not need this stupid recap video of last night’s performances + judging.

  • St.Lucia

    Let’s show the bussing of Haley again, because we all missed it so clearly last night…

  • callmecrazy

    Here’s a live stream for anyone who needs it…:)

    whoops someone posted the same stream…:)

  • chicksineggz

    omg scotty’s look when they showed his name was priceless.

  • St.Lucia

    Oh dear. James and Scotty together. Just no.

    Can Gaga perform now so afterwards I can change the channel until the last 3 minutes? :)

  • ReginaFilange

    James and Scotty tenderly approaching each other is too much.

  • chicksineggz

    whoa James singing country. lol.

  • girlygirl

    So James has to try and sing country in this duet but Scotty never has to sing anything outside of his genre?

  • sandrajane

    Scotty is drumming that guitar, but there’s no sound coming from it.

  • Nostradamas

    Scotty with his epileptic hand guestures…phallic mic technique….good lawd send his dumb ass home….

  • halo9125

    Scotty working the stage and singing is always a train wreck IMO.

  • Pam

    whoa James singing country.

    That’s something I never thought I’d see. heh I think he did a good job.

  • sr4mjc

    wow, James is a mimic.

  • OnePlusSix

    Strange when they did the playback from last night, they did the second half in a different order?????

    Well that was a poor opening for the show (Scotty/James) – couldn’t pick out half the words in the beginning.

  • St.Lucia

    So James has to try and sing country in this duet but Scotty never has to sing anything outside of his genre?

    I was just thinking that. I was wondering has Scotty even ONCE sang outside of his chosen genre this season(with the exception of group numbers). I can’t recall a moment where he hasn’t be 100% country.

  • halo9125

    Uh oh- just saw this on my Twitter feed:

    AmericanIdol American Idol
    Spoiler Alert : Everyone is going home tonight…haha!

  • OnePlusSix

    Well one thing for sure, Haley/Lauren can’t do worse than that if they duet. Cheesefest along with Pitchfest!

  • Pam

    Spoiler Alert : Everyone is going home tonight…haha!

    I doubt that seriously. Notice the “haha”. lol

  • jammasta

    James said he has tried country before.

  • Valentin432

    Uh oh- just saw this on my Twitter feed:

    AmericanIdol American Idol
    Spoiler Alert : Everyone is going home tonight…haha!

    Well, he/she’s right because the top 3 will have an hometown visit and the 4th will be going home too.

    They are avoiding the cities where X factor have gone this year. Smart

  • sandrajane

    Both duets are country songs?

  • halo9125

    @ Pam- I took that to mean that nobody is getting eliminated- am I insane? (it’s always a possibility, lol)

  • chrislongisland

    Lauren always sounds so much more confident when doing these duets.

  • Valentin432

    I wanted Lauren to sing that song before but I’m ok with a duet too

  • Pam

    I took that to mean that nobody is getting eliminated

    Yeah, I know what you mean. No, I don’t think you are insane at all. I just can’t see them doing that.

    The Haley/Lauren duet is really really good!

  • ReginaFilange

    This song’s really good for both the girls.

  • iggy

    Oh my, the girls are worse than the guys on this duet. Horrible.

  • St.Lucia

    Both duets are country?

    Can you make it any less obvious who you want as final two.

    That being said, Haley just outsang Lauren.

  • cjinsd

    AmericanIdol American Idol
    Spoiler Alert : Everyone is going home tonight…haha!

    Maybe it means they all get a hometown visit…

  • chrislongisland

    Oh, and Haley sounds amazing.

  • girlygirl

    Lauren/Haley duet just kicked the ass of James/Scotty duet

  • gangreen29

    The girls just demolished the boys. I am so sad. They would make a great finale.

  • chicksineggz

    I really like the girls’ duet.

  • mozart4898

    Well, the two girls > the two guys in their duets, by far. Kinda funny that both duets are country though. Especially since Lauren can actually sing blues/rock sorts of songs as well – I would have thought they’d have gone with a different style.

  • idolfan92

    I took it to mean that everyone IS going home – literally. Either because you got eliminated or for a hometown visit. But maybeee Idol meant that as a secret double-edged meaning? Like that no one truly is getting eliminated. But I doubt it. I think they were just being funny since it’s actually true that everyone’s going home.

  • steelbluelily

    So in this Lauren/Haley duet, Lauren has backup singers filling out her solo lines but Haley does not. So Haley sounds thinner than Lauren. What kind of manipulative crap is this?

  • Pam

    awwww James’ son is a cutie pie.

  • chicksineggz

    scotty can play piano?!

  • Ratna12

    Scotty plays piano ? Even a little bit ?

    I’m so nervous for these kids.

  • iluvai

    The girls sounded really good!

  • ReginaFilange

    Well there goes Haley.

  • songsungblue

    Haley is toast. Sigh.

  • girlygirl

    Lauren is safe!

  • Pam

    Well now we know Lauren isn’t going home. lol

  • Valentin432

    YEAH!!!! Good for Lauren

  • gangreen29

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • chicksineggz

    oh. shit.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Huh…

  • Lucy1234

    YAY Lauren – I’m so happy and she sounded awesome in that duet.

  • St.Lucia

    Dammit. There go my pool points.

  • sandrajane

    Haley’s Windows package consisted of Hi and Bye, while everyone else gets a conversation or two.

  • iluvai

    I’m very happy for Lauren!

  • Ratna12

    LAUREN !!!
    My 2 hours of voting was not in vain.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Haley or James is toast… thinking it might be James really

  • mozart4898

    Well then…gee. DI was right in declaring Lauren safe. Wonder if it was right about Scotty too. Whodathunk it? ;-)

  • blmetsfan

    Wow, I hope James is leaving then.

  • littlefishie

    Haley’s Windows package consisted of Hi and Bye, while everyone else gets a conversation or two.

    I noticed that too. I’m not surprised.

  • idolfan92

    Noooooooo. This is bad..Geez, now I really hope there’s a James shock boot. I just want Haley in the top 3!

  • Coldbluesteel

    Lauren! Lauren! Woot

  • sagi

    I guess they wanted to make that perfectly clear! :roll:

  • St.Lucia

    I’d rather have Lauren over James, but I kinda thought she was going home.

    I do hope Haley doesn’t go, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did.

  • mozart4898

    I could honestly still see it being any of them to go home. Even Scotty…it’s quite possible Lauren was safe because the country vote splitters voted more Lauren after last week to keep her in.

    But my gut feeling is that it’s Haley as well.

  • St.Lucia

    I LOVE this Lady Gaga song. I watched this last Saturday on HBO. It was fabulous. This song is more amazing if they showed it in the entirety. :) Cut it a bit short.

  • muzikghetto

    I can now feel the tension amongst Haley supporters now that Lauren is declared safe.

    Don’t worry, James can be eliminated also. And Scotty, too… who really knows?

  • ReginaFilange

    Is this really the Gaga performance?

    I wonder if they’ll even acknowledge Haley sang this last week.

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

    Oops. There goes my first place standing in the pool. Of course, I did tell y’all it wouldn’t last. My guys is it is Haley now.

  • girlygirl

    so for the Lady gaga performance they are just showing part of her HBO special?

  • keware

    Scotty shock boot….I just feel it. Not enough drama to keep him in. Everyone else had something going on.
    Haley getting slammed by the judges.
    Lauren in the bottom two the week before and crying.
    And James crying all the time and getting totally pimped.

  • idolfan92

    Gee, I wonder if Randy will comment again how this “isn’t a great song.” Or does that only apply when Haley sings it?

  • halo9125

    Uh- is this the Lady Gaga performance? A rerun of the HBO special?

  • lizland

    I really can’t stand this guys music

  • mozart4898

    I’d actually like Lady Gaga if she sang more of the bluesy rock sorts of songs like that. Her voice sounds great on it.

  • alison8701

    OK why did GaGa get the whole song??

    And please, if there is any good in the world, please get rid of James.

  • Coldbluesteel

    I like Haley but I am completely sick of the Haley fans. I hope she goes away.

  • alison8701

    I’m surprised they revealed Lauren first. Is it to set us up so we think it’s Haley when it’s actually James??

  • girlygirl

    Didn’t Enrique Iglesias used to be able to sing? That was pretty bad

  • askew3

    They are treating the elimination like an afterthought tonight. Haley is so going home tonight. Let’s hope Randy just keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t say one word to her after she gets eliminated. Asshole.

  • DogBitez

    Even auto-tune couldn’t elevate Enrique to anything above mediocre. Dude wouldn’t have made it this far if it wasn’t for his dad… hope he kisses Dad’s butt in gratitude.

  • songsungblue

    The Bible Thumpers Three and Gaga – High-larious mix!

  • Inconnu

    I fear that James will be leaving tonight.

  • TopCatDC

    Enrique – what is he, like 35? He still looks 22. Amazing.

  • Pam

    The music video was cute.

  • wolfsbane813

    yay lauren is safe! that’s some bonus points for me. now let’s hope i get everything else right :)

  • halo9125

    I think they revealed Lauren first so she doesn’t have a meltdown on stage.

  • fanaround

    I want Haley to stay, but I think if she was going to, they might have put her on the Stools of Safety first, like they did with S8 when most people thought Kris was going home – make the tension higher.

  • Lisa

    Country Idol. UGH

  • Valentin432

    Itunes rankings:

    12. Dirty Dancer (with Usher) [feat. Lil Wayne] – Enrique Iglesias
    105. I Am Woman – Jordin Sparks

  • ReginaFilange

    Do not like this direction for Jordin.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Is there more to the song?

  • iggy

    We don’t know for sure that Haley is going home. It could be any one of the 3 left.

  • mozart4898

    Huh. I’m really not that familar with Jordin Sparks, but is this really the sort of thing she’s been doing all along? I actually don’t see why she wouldn’t be burning up the charts with this sort of thing. (I personally don’t care for it much at all, but for those who like this sort of music, she seems good at it.)

  • Lucy1234

    I’m not liking Jordan’s new song at all and she sounds sharp.

  • SouthernKradamFan

    Haley is going home. :(

    At least she seems fully aware of the inevitable. Slay that last song girl!

  • chicksineggz

    no Jimmy Iovine tonight? ): I was really looking forward to his comments.

  • girlygirl

    not very many lyrics in Jordin’a new single, are there :)

  • honeywoman

    I thought BOTH duets were good! Now my fingers are crossed for Scotty!

  • october

    My guess is that Haley will get a silver stool after the break and at 8:57 we shall see Scotty singing his swan song.

  • rk349097

    I never thought that I’d say this, but thank the music gods for Lady GaGa, Enriqué Iglesias and Jordin Sparks. At least they gave us a musical reprieve from the Nashville Star mode in which this show seems to be trapped. I mean, really? Has the Idol voting crowd become this much more Southern and/or rural over the years? I know that country contestants have always done pretty well on this show (see Underwood, Carrie), but they haven’t freaking dominated it the way Scotty and Lauren have this year. No, sir; I don’t like it…

    BTW, I think James is toast. There’s no way in hell Scotty’s getting booted, and I think Haley has overtaken James in the voting this week.

  • TopCatDC

    I fear that James will be leaving tonight.

    That’s my bet. An astronomical vote tally bodes well for Haley. Also, they edited the recap to highlight the Haley drama. James is going to hit the same ceiling that Adam hit – there are only so many hard rock fans in the Idol audience. You have to be able to crossover and appeal to other groups.

  • Nedsdag

    Country Idol. UGH

    More like Country Christian Idol if you ask me.

  • lizland

    This is, by far far far, the most boring results show of the season. Except Gaga, she was great!

  • girlygirl

    This song stinks, Steven…

  • halo9125

    OMG- I love Steven Tyler, but this is just bizarre….

  • steelbluelily

    Gaga performance – thumbs up.
    Enrique – meh.
    Jordin Sparks – what was that? Not what I expect from her and just kinda stupid song.
    Steven Tyler – surprisingly I really like this!

  • Swind

    If Haley goes home, Idol shot itself in the foot two seasons in a row. What is up with the lack of talent winning this show lately? Does the show purposely want to fail?

  • bentley1530

    Wow that Jordan Sparks’ performance was just terrible. Where is that song going to play and who is going to buy it?

  • october

    I like Stevie’s video better than JLo’s. : )

  • Lisa

    OMG YES

  • s0x_prisoner

    HALEY!!!!!! :D

  • mozart4898

    Eh, I’m not really that impressed by ST’s new song. I mean, what direction is that going – rock, pop, what? I guess it’s rock, but I couldn’t hear it on my rock radio station. Maybe I’m wrong though.

  • TopCatDC

    Gotta say – Jennifer is stunning in that emerald green dress.

  • jammasta

    HALEY IS SAFE! YES!

  • songsungblue

    OMMMMGGGG!

  • chicksineggz

    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  • littlefishie

    HOLY CRAP. WE DID IT. HALEY MADE TOP 3!!!

  • Pam

    Steven….That was one weird video. heh

  • Duke

    OMG YES HALEY!!!! BYE JAMES!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!

  • Ratna12

    OMG !!
    2 girls !!!!

  • Mel1

    James is going to hit the same ceiling that Adam hit – there are only so many hard rock fans in the Idol audience.

    Adam isn’t hard rock. He’s rock/pop. Actually he really mixed it up S8.

  • Soberba

    YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rk349097

    I hate to say “I told you so,” but…

  • Lucy1234

    Oh poor James awwww I feel so bad for him.

  • Valentin432

    Good bye James.

  • girlygirl

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lizland

    I think James knows the gig is up. wow, i’m shocked. I’ll be even more shocked if it is Scotty.

    I thought they’d leave Haley and James for the end, since DI had both Lauren and Scotty safe. I suspect Haley was #3 and now they are putting the one they really want to win as a seeming bottom 2 to rally the votes.

  • SouthernKradamFan

    I’m very happy to say that I’m WRONG!!!!! HALEY IS SAFE!!!!! :)

  • koshka

    Please, please, please, please, please

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Wow. Is this the storyline they wanted all along? We know that James did NOT fit the profile of the type of winner they wanted this year.

  • Inconnu

    Wow, what a huge bummer!

  • chicksineggz

    James is now thinking “FUCK.” I kinda feel bad. ):

  • askew3

    EEEEE!!!!! I love it. Ryan had to show the results to Haley because she didn’t believe it. And Jennifer and Randy were not happy. I love it. Suck it, you two.

    There is no way Haley survives to the finale, but at least I can enjoy the show for one more week and we get to hear Haley’s song choice with no restrictions. Plus, Jimmy’s choice for Haley will be interesting.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    So we can finally ditch the victim meme right?

  • JEliz

    Haley!! Beat the odds!!

  • CindyM

    YAYAYAYAY HALEY!!!

  • idolfan92

    YESSSSSSS GOOD JOB AMERICA!!! HALEY!!!!

  • Lisa

    Awww I feel bad for James :(

  • lac123

    bye James

  • Lucy1234

    Boooooo that bullshit

  • Ringo

    Haley for the MF Win!! Gonna split the bumpkin vote next week?

  • Pam

    I gotta admit I feel horrible for James. It was almost as if he knew it was him when he was standing next to Scotty.

  • luvmy5guys

    well that was crap..Haley throws a temper tantrum and gets sympathy votes… pathetic… well now that the best singer and entertainer is out I will join team Lauren…

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yuck. Two out of three country is two too many for me. Guess the seasons over for now.

  • missytoots

    Haley!! \o/

  • fanaround

    James is really courageous. I think his fiance was worried about him, but it was a good interview. I will miss him performing.

  • october

    Awwww, James…. : (

    You fall into the same path as any of my favorites. The best they ever do is come in 4th. Thanks for the good show, man.

  • loosegoose

    Wow, James is kind of full of himself, isn’t he?

  • chrislongisland

    James Durbin just got Daughtry’d, but Haley just got Reinharted into next week! Lauren or Scotty should have went home, but now it’s up to all of us to make sure TEAM HALEY breaks up TPTB’s chosen two!!!!!!!!!!

  • lizland

    Aw,now i feel bad. but then he sang totally off key and i suddenly feel okay again.

    They are acting like this is Daughtry level surprise. I don’t think it is close to Daughtry.

  • Lucy1234

    Another smirk from Haley – can’t wait until she goes.

  • Fullmoon

    Yes Haley!!! Thank you Idol Gods!!! Bye Bye James.

  • Duke

    *DRUNK WITH HAPPINESS*

    HALEY FTW!!!

  • Valentin432

    I like James and I enjoyed his performances even if his vocals weren’t always on point.

    But I really think 4th is a good place to go for him. It’s the closest place to the finale where you get all the promo week.

    I think he dreamt to win the show but nobody is beating Scotty this year.

  • Fullmoon

    dup post..

  • Willis

    Ouch James. What a memory to leave me with.

  • Carlinha

    I don’t think a top 3 with two woman was expected earlier in the season, but so happy we got it.
    This is the top 3 I wanted. James has talent but he’s very off key and karaoky.
    This season is exciting.

  • girlygirl

    I’d much rather see Scotty elave than James. James is the much more interesting of the 2. But yay for 2 girls in the Top 3 — that means there will be a girl in the finale!!!

    That sing-out for James was very rough. Way off key.

    But I think with him finishing 4th, he’ll have a better chance of making a hard rock/metal album. If he had finished 1st or 2nd, UMG would ahve pushed him in the Hot AC direction

  • Parkbench

    = ( All my favorites are gone this year. This is sooooo dissapointing.

  • mak

    I think a Lauren-Haley finale would be so exciting… it’s weird this is even a possibility… I really wanted Scotty to get the boot but James has been so off the past two weeks.

    Great news for the girl who just a few weeks ago was wearing too-short skirts and dancing like a drunk stripper. Go Haley!

  • JOJOSIE

    I don’t think folks expected Daughtry to win but as bad as Kat sang that week and people weren’t sure how many fans Elliott had it was a shock. Even Katherine couldn’t believe it. I’m not a big Haley fan so who ever does better next week gets my votes if I’m moved to vote.

  • iggy

    James wasn’t my favorite, but, darn it, I’m tearing up. Poor guy. I hope he makes a good living after Idol. He deserves it.

  • Ringo

    Ok, so now Dimbulb chooses the judge song for Lauren. JLo for the flute player. and Steven Tyler for Ms. Reinhart. A good split and a flip of the bird to you Randy!

  • jammasta

    but now it’s up to all of us to make sure TEAM HALEY breaks up TPTB’s chosen two!!!!!!!!!!

    And it’s up to ME to double cross Team Haley when Scotty and Haley make finale!

    Seriously. I almost cried. I really want to cry. I know I said 4th is perfect for James and 2nd would be good but not as good, but I really liked him. PLEASE. Scotty win!

  • Moria Polonius

    Yesss, Haley in Top 3! Even if she won’t get into the finale, I can breathe ore easily now. I dunno why, but her making her that far seems like winning.

    There was a moment there, when James was beginning to crack and when they showed clips of his girlfriend that I felt sorry for him. But then he started that self-aggrandizing BS about having done things that no one has done on Idol. Then asking America for giving metal a chance and… failing to sing a metal song on his way out. Pfffft. You sang f**king fewer metal than non-metal songs on this show, James. By the end you were practically pop, so shut it. Ugh. I’m so glad that he’s gone.

  • NOLA

    Haley doesn’t stand a chance to win. LOL
    If Scotty gets the boot, Lauren will get his votes.
    If Lauren gets the boot, Scotty will get her votes.

    GEAUX COUNTRY!!!!!

  • mytwocents

    So happy for Haley!!

    I want Haley in the finale!

  • pietromatos

    YES YES YES HALEY IS TOP 3 !!!!!!!!

    RAWR ON THE JUDGES FACES LOL

  • tibitibis

    Sooo Happy Haley is in the top three!! :) I’m sad for James though , he deserved his place in the top three over Scott in my opinion. :/

  • october

    Here’s to a Scotty / Haley finale. Wish it could have been Scotty / James.

  • brittneybabyy

    Man, it broke my heart seeing James like that. I was tearing up with him. His exit performance was off key, but you could tell how completely torn apart he was. He had that look that he knew when he was standing next to Scotty.

    I don’t care if James wasn’t on key every week, he was at least entertaining. I guess I’m rooting for Scotty now, my 2nd favorite. This is the least interesting top 3 I think we’ve ever had. Ah, well. He got Daughtry’d and hopefully he can make something of himself in the music industry. The best of the luck to the rest of them.

  • Ringo

    Great news for the girl who just a few weeks ago was wearing too-short skirts and dancing like a drunk stripper. Go Haley!

    Are we really living in such a sad world where too-short skirts and dancing like a drunk stripper are bad things? WTF dude?

  • halo9125

    Now I’m crying. Crap.

  • Oksana2000

    There is justice!
    Go Haley!!! :-)

  • rk349097

    Things we learned from this week:

    1. Lauren Alaina has a MUCH bigger fanbase than most of us on this board ever realized. Like it or not, but this girl is not going anywhere…for at least two weeks.

    2. Haley fans might want to give thanks to Vote For the Worst, because their vote- in all probability- ended up deciding the last member of the top 3. Without seeing the official numbers, I have to believe that the vote margin between Haley and James was probably razor-thin. If VFTW had made the choice last night to pick James (they were torn between those two going in to the show), he probably would have advanced instead of Haley. Whether you love VFTW or hate it, you can’t say that it is irrelevant anymore…

    3. A boring-ass Scotty-Lauren finale is damn near inevitable at this point. I love Haley, but there’s no chance in hell that she’s crashing this good ol’ fashioned hoedown. If it wasn’t official a few years ago, it definitely is now: American Idol has now become a Southern regional show. Now excuse me while I go vomit…

  • http://MJO judes

    I can’t get into all the threads but thought I’d just say I am now glad I am going to be away for the Finale as for me it will be more boring. For James though I don’t think this will be a bad thing- better to go at 4 than 3 -he will get more press & not lost in the shuffle .
    I actually used to like Hayley but I can’t stand her little diva attitude . Of the ones left I like Scotty the most but I would never buy his album. Lauren improved this week so I hope she & Scotty are in the Final now.

  • savgal

    Did not see that coming! Scotty looked shocked, like he thought it would be James going through instead of him. The girls’ duet at the beginning of the show was really good! Looking forward to the trio of Haley, Lauren, and Scotty.
    PS–What in the world happened to Jordin???? Sorry, but disappointed to see her in that performance.

  • iggy

    So we can finally ditch the victim meme right?

    God, I hope so. It was getting depressing.

  • DCFOREVER

    I love James but I’m really happy how it turn out tonite!
    James doesn’t need to win Idol, he’ll have so much more freedom to do what he wants now and that’s great!
    I really want Haley to be in the Finale with Scotty (cuz we know that he’s not going anywhere).
    Lauren is too young, too insecure but a good singer, still, she needs to grow up a little for this business. No doubt that whatever happens, Lauren will do great!

  • Ringo

    Haley doesn’t stand a chance to win. LOL
    If Scotty gets the boot, Lauren will get his votes.
    If Lauren gets the boot, Scotty will get her votes.

    GEAUX COUNTRY!!!!!

    The win is getting a chance to get to the finale. Being able to sing till the end. Getting a few more moments like James and Haley have already given us. If this doesnt cause them all to step up now that one of the front runners is gone, nothing will.

  • mozart4898

    You know, honestly, at this point Haley will probably win the whole thing. I’m not sure how you can say with any sort of certainty who will go next week – we’re at the point where even if Scotty did have that big of a fanbase for most of the season, there’s few enough people left that if he isn’t picking up new voters, he may get passed. Lauren was already bottom 2 last week, who knows where she was this week. Haley seemed on her way out for weeks as well, but apparently has lately surged.

    Most people though think Scotty is a lock for the finale. If he is in fact, then most likely Lauren, in the same genre, won’t make it there as well. Haley probably does. At that point, Lauren’s voters may go either way – voting for the girl remaining, or voting for the other country singer.

    Meh. Really can’t stand the thought of Haley winning. But I could see it as a pretty logical outcome.

  • abl890

    Unfortunately for Haley I think she made it through on the FU to the TPTB and it’s going to be nearly impossible to make final 2. But hey who knows.

  • chicksineggz

    Aww, that was soo sad. James was my favorite during the beginning of the voting rounds. I’m glad he sang Maybe I’m Amazed. It’s still my favorite of his performances.

    But OMG, 2 girls in the top 3? How awesome is that?! :D And earlier this season I complained that all the girls sucked. Hehe.

    Okay, I know I had picked James in the pool, but I will admit that if Ryan hadn’t tweeted and maskedscheduler (THAT was what really tipped me off) hadn’t tweeted and I hadn’t seen dialidol I was have been VERY shocked.

    I’m sorry to all of the people annoyed at the Haley fans. I’m trying my best not to be an annoying Haley fan. Haley being perceived as the victim really helped her. I think she would have been able to make it this far without the unfair judging, but we’ll really never know now. And when I say unfair, I mean it’s unfair to ALL of the contestants. But Haley got the most sympathy/backlash from it. I do believe the judges blowing smoke up James’ ass was the reason he was eliminated. If they would at least have given him constructive criticism, then people wouldn’t feel like Haley was being victimized as much. And then James would probably have been singing a heck of a lot better each week.

    I’ve come to really like the contestants this season. I knew that no matter who was eliminated tonight, that a lot people would be furious.

  • holeigh_annie

    PS–What in the world happened to Jordin???? Sorry, but disappointed to see her in that performance.

    I think Jordin has lost focus for music in favor of getting hot…good for her for achieving the look she wants, but I always loved her voice and now…meh.

  • iggy

    From what I’ve read around the blogosphere, Scotty was picking up new fans. Some ditched James this week to vote for Scotty. We don’t know what goes on outside our own little world.

  • Lucy1234

    I actually used to like Hayley but I can’t stand her little diva attitude .

    My sentiments exactly and her fans are getting just as obnoxious.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Okay, now that America has eliminated every pale-skinned dude with a stringed instrument who had a plausible chance of being marketed to HAC, can we please put to bed the “show now only produces WGWG winners” meme? Thank you.

    And yeah, though I thought Durbin might be leaving this week, I’ll miss seeing what pyrotechnics (literal or otherwise) he’ll come up with next. Fingers crossed that he’ll find a label that gives him a contract with terms that don’t require gargantuan sales, so he can go the metal route if he likes. (Not that I wouldn’t applaud his achieving gargantuan sales, but it’s unlikely in that genre.)

  • alonzo7

    I said a couple of weeks ago that I wanted a Haley, Lauren,Scotty top three but I didn’t have a prayer of getting it-so happy I was wrong-I love Scotty but he doesn’t need the win-girl power please!!!!!
    The plan all along was for a Lauren win-guess they’ll get their wish!!

  • callmecrazy

    *bummed*

  • Inconnu

    I wonder if the judges are feeling somewhat responsible for this -a shocking boot à la Daughtry, with no way to save him. They overpimped him and they didn’t criticise no one all season (except a chosen few).

    After I learnt that Lauren was safe, I decided that I was rooting for James, expecting a Scotty/James/Lauren Top 3. Never expected that he’d be missing. I’m glad Haley made Top 3 but I’m incredibly bummed out that he’s gone.

    At least he’s gonna get a good media roll, not like the one who goes next week, and I really hope that he will have a very successful career post-idol and that a record deal is only weeks away.

    It was heart-breaking to see him say his farewells tonight and I’m gonna miss him, especially at the Finale.

  • Valentin432

    Meh. Really can’t stand the thought of Haley winning. But I could see it as a pretty logical outcome.

    I disagree at least with the later part.

    IA that due to vote splitting, she has a great chance to make it to the finale but winning the whole thing? Not happening.
    Scotty has a huge fanbase and logic tells you that he’s gettign Lauren’s votes if she’s eliminated next week

  • desiree_chick

    NICE! LOVE IT! Two girls in the top three! Whooo Hooo, Haley did it y’all! Girl power! Did not expect that, and I’m quite happy about that. With that said, the fun is officially gone from idol as James leaves. He is an inconsistent vocalist, but an entertainment to watch. I wish it was Scotty to leave, as he continues to be so average for me. All that pandering and preaching that got the country bumpkins some votes, and possibly to the finals….Blech.

    Well, at least I can tolerate Lauren more than Scotty, as she is clearly a better, more sufficient vocalist. I hope she makes it to the finals, ’cause she’ll have better luck beating Scotty than Haley. Haley is going to have to be much smarter next week to beat the odds, because she’s a weaker link than James in breaking that all country finale.

    But yeah, I will miss James. I wanted him to get Melinda Doolittle’d more than Daughtry’d, but it is what it is. In a night of hostility and vote saving, with now a clear frontrunner in tact in Scotty, he was bound to get screwed. I didn’t think of it, but there it goes. I’m glad there is a chance he won’t get bound by 19e because I think he needs to have freedom to make the real rock album he wants to make.

    Make a great metal album, James! I’ll think of you next week ;)

  • CindyM

    2. Haley fans might want to give thanks to Vote For the Worst, because their vote- in all probability- ended up deciding the last member of the top 3. Without seeing the official numbers, I have to believe that the vote margin between Haley and James was probably razor-thin. If VFTW had made the choice last night to pick James (they were torn between those two going in to the show), he probably would have advanced instead of Haley. Whether you love VFTW or hate it, you can’t say that it is irrelevant anymore…

    I still say they’re irrelevent. Haley fans should really thank the judges last night for being so hard on her. I think we’re seeing producer manipulation at its finest. Screw Haley over immediately after praising a mediocre James performance, change the order so James gets the pimp spot, outraging those people who hate overpimping and there you have it. Most of the stories on the net and the tweets last night were about how Haley got abused when they let trainwrecks like James had last week slide. Peeps hate TPTB.

  • Banished

    I’m so ticked I only put 5 points on James, but I’m thrilled that Haley survived. Scotty and Lauren will cross each other out so it will be Scotty and Haley in top 2 with Scotty for the win. I want to finish the office pool in the top 100 at least. I could care less who wins though. None of these guys have me jumping off of the couch to vote.

  • tomr

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There will be a country winner once again! Can somebody remind me what the format is next week. I know that it is 3 songs.

  • phil25

    I’m that James went home, I thought he was the most interesting/unpredictable performer left, but go Lauren!

    I wish it would be a Lauren/Haley finale but that won’t happen, so all my votes are going to Lauren next week.

  • SpenserJ

    Aw, watching James was sad. You could see how much he really wanted this. His disappointment was tough to take.

    Thanks for entertaining me James. Especially during those first few weeks when a several of your competitors were super boring :).

  • windmills

    Thoughts:

    I wasn’t going to enjoy this week’s boot no matter what because I like all of the t4. But I did tune in to watch Jordin’s performance and Steven’s video.

    This was the best week for James to go out. He’ll get the full press tour and by not making the t2 it’s less likely he’ll be eased into making a HAC post-grunge rock album. Cheesy pop metal is his lane.

    I seem to recall Steven Tyler telling James Durbin not to get too poppy on him. Very ironic considering Steven’s new song.

    By the way the new X Factor USA cohost is featured in AI judge’s new video :P I think that’s funny.

    I think the judges picks will go:
    Steven -> Lauren
    Randy -> Scotty
    JLo -> Haley

    This is the 2nd era they’ve unveiled the newer, fiercer Jordin Sparks on AI debuting her new lead single. The song isn’t very good at all. Her stage moves seemed solid. She definitely sang the verses but I thought the fast part in the chorus sounded more like a backing track. Good luck to her, she’s always seemed like a nice girl and she can really sing.

  • tinawina

    I have never been so happy to have a wrong prediction and lose all my pool points in my life.

    Finally, my faith in this show has been restored. Not because Haley made it through. But because 2 girls made the top 3 and the recipient of the Honorable Lee Dewyze 2.0 Head Scratching Judges Praise Medal actually got sent packing. And the bonus is… no more possibility of another twenty something rock guy winning. I am so relieved I could almost cry. Almost. LOL

    I may actually watch this show again next year. Phew.

    I don’t care who wins. All are good in their own way to me. I think Scotty will sell the most out the gate, so there’s that. In fact, I can’t see him not winning anymore. I think a country teen guy idol would be something new to add to the cannon.

    Yay!!

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “” A boring-ass Scotty-Lauren finale is damn near inevitable at this point. I love Haley, but there’s no chance in hell that she’s crashing this good ol’ fashioned hoedown. If it wasn’t official a few years ago, it definitely is now: American Idol has now become a Southern regional show. Now excuse me while I go vomit…”””

    I dont think this is quite true, so many people have been saying this exact thing for weeks now, that Haley is gone tomorrow, it was said here last night and she keeps pulling through every week. I am telling you since her first performance, teens and their friends in my house didnt perk up until Haley started to sing and she has been their favorite ever since. I am so happy for her but so sad for James

  • OldHag

    Two females in the final 3 – and this from a season that booted 5 females in a row. The Americans hate all females and will only vote for penises theories can end now.

  • CindyM

    Trending on Twitter:

    Daughtry
    Jordan (sp) Sparks
    Scotty

  • spanishfan

    I wish Scottie had gone rather than James but he can thank his two mentors, JLo and Randy who brought this about. It is sad because James did work the stage and give all. Take heart James, look what Daughtry did with 4th place.

  • BrandoC15

    Haleys a LOCK for the finale. The country vote will be split and Haley will keep picking up the anti-country votes! Its inevitable

  • flyaway

    One of the replys to Ryan’s “very interesting” nite twitter suggested we vote off JLo and Randy. I think sending James home (take that bar, JLo and watch Haley jump over it) and keeping Haley was as much about their judging as the contestants performing.

    Hopefully the message was loud and clear – if you’re not going to do your job judging, we’re going to ignore you. Right now, I absolutely believe any of the 3 can win.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    So we can finally ditch the victim meme right?

    I guess that depends on a few things. Are we going to be force-fed tiresome and inaccurate Daughtry comparisons all week? (Daughtry was NEVER given the free passes James has been given–think of Simon’s reaction to the Creed song–and he also never had the pitch issues James has had.) It depends on how much Kat McPhee-esque backlash there is, like when the Elliott fans used strategic screen caps that showed her (heaven forbid) happy to make the finale (we’re already seeing “smirk” comments)! It depends on how angry people get at VFTW. It depends on how much more tomfoolery we get from J.Lo and Randy (their reactions tonight didn’t help matters, as it telegraphed their intent last night more than anything could). It depends on how much we hear about the smug and diva-like attitude that we are already hearing. It depends on how just the critiques are and whether they are all on a level playing field. If the “victim meme” morphs into a “villain meme” in some quarters, as it did with Kat, then Haley’s fans will keep pushing it. It’s only natural.

    The fact of the matter is that what Randy did to Haley last night was actual abuse. It was not criticism. People respond negatively to that, as seen. People respond negatively to somebody having a more narrow net in which to score the goal than somebody else has been given. And people love an underdog. Who’s to say that this isn’t exactly what the PTB want? As for Haley–take a tip from Lauren, who showed unbelievable class in last night’s interviews: “Sing it anyway, girl!”

  • Soberba

    #takethatrandyjackson

    I’m so happy

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Now for a two girl finale, I hope hope hope

  • luvmy5guys

    Haha.. Haley thought the big bad judges were being mean to her.. wait till she gets out in the real world… she is just not good enough for that Diva attitude she is sporting… James is better off cause now maybe he can escape HAC with a little luck… personally I will miss him he was by far the most entertaining of the group.. oh well GO LAUREN (now..lol)

  • Valentin432

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There will be a country winner once again! Can somebody remind me what the format is next week. I know that it is 3 songs.

    Judges/producers/contestants picks

  • windmills

    BrandoC15: Haleys a LOCK for the finale. The country vote will be split and Haley will keep picking up the anti-country votes! Its inevitable

    I’d LOVE for Haley to sing a country song next week. It’d blow people’s minds, country taking over. I’d enjoy every minute of that :P

  • Weebs787

    I still say they’re irrelevent. Haley fans should really thank the judges last night for being so hard on her.

    This.

    Yay for 2 girls, any 2 girls, in the top 3 again. FINALLY!

  • brian_ny1976

    lauren is winning the whole thing!

  • mozart4898

    Scotty has a huge fanbase and logic tells you that he’s gettign Lauren’s votes if she’s eliminated next week

    Except that sometimes people will vote against someone in the finale if they think that somehow they wronged their favorite. The hardcore Lauren voters may actually not vote for Scotty because they’ll look at it this way: because Scotty is also country, it’s actually his fault that Lauren didn’t make it through to the finale. For that, they’ll vote for Haley to vote against the one who stole the spot from their favorite.

    Of course, others would switch from Lauren to Scotty if Lauren is eliminated. It would work both ways. But it’s quite possible that Haley would get enough votes from those voting against Scotty to win.

    The real monkey wrench will be if, somehow, Scotty doesn’t make the finale. I do believe he’s the closest to a lock of the 3, but on the off chance he doesn’t make it…gah, who even knows what happens then. Could have the same result – Scotty fans voting against Lauren for stealing his spot, therefore voting for Haley.

    My point is, I don’t agree with those saying that Haley making top 3 is as good as her winning. She made it this far. She may have one hell of a chance.

  • zmcklein

    YES HALEY! So glad she made it through. I hope the judges cut her just a little more slack next week.. I agreed that her first performance yesterday wasn’t great but what they said (especially Randy at the end of all the first songs) seemed really harsh, especially after the pitchy all-over-the-place performance that James gave.

    I wasn’t a big fan of James before, but that little speech he gave at the end made him sound really full of himself

  • Pam

    I wonder if the judges are feeling somewhat responsible for this -a shocking boot à la Daughtry, with no way to save him. They overpimped him and they didn’t criticise no one all season

    Exactly. I think this is the very reason that James is gone. These judges need to do the jobs they were hired to do and stop being scared that they won’t be able to move singles or albums (I’m talking to you Steven and J-Lo!).

  • Lexus

    Really shocked to see James go, but when Randy and Jennifer laid it on thick with Haley last night, I truly believed the fans would be upset enough to rally together to save her…and save her they did. I would have been happier if it was Lauren going home tonight. I don’t think it was James’ time yet. I’m also disappointed I won’t get to see him perform with Aerosmith if Steven’s earlier promise were to have been legit. Oh well – James has nothing to worry about. I’m sure there are a lot of people salivating right now at the thought of getting their hands on him so it’s all good.

    It’s Scotty’s title to lose now.

  • SpenserJ

    I dont think this is quite true, so many people have been saying this exact thing for weeks now, that Haley is gone tomorrow, it was said here last night and she keeps pulling through every week.

    I said it myself 55 times. (I know I’m a broken record peeps. Sorry – I was totally convinced she was going). I’m not predicting anything anymore. I totally suck at it. (Although, I still feel strongly that Scotty will win the whole thing – I could be completely wrong about that too.)

    I am happy after the female blood-bath that started the season to see two girls in the final 3. Congrats to Lauren & Haley for putting up a worthy fight.

  • Lucy1234

    I can tell you now that no matter who wins James is going to be the sentimental favorite on the tour. I didn’t pay attention to the tour last year but in Season 8 the top 4 had great sets with at least 4 songs. James is going to rock the stage in the tour and he will be reunited with his buddy Stefano and all will be well with the world for him.

  • jpfan

    Oh boo, no points for me this week.

    Judges do everyone a favor and tell Haley she’s great next week no matter what. That way she’ll lost about 30% of the votes from fans “sticking it to the judges.” And I won’t have to read about poor Haley anymore.

    Scotty is winning this thing but I am surprised that Lauren made it through. She has more fans than I expected.

  • jammasta

    Randy’s gonna pick The Alphabet Song for Haley and she’s gonna growl that QRS part and Randy’s gonna be all “yo dawg what’s the matter with you for me for you i want you dead”, and Haley’s gonna come back with Jar of Hearts and Randy will say “YO DAWG I WANTED YOU TO DIE SO YOU COULD BE REBORN AS SOME SORT OF COOL SINGING ANGEL, DAWG YOU’RE IN IT TO WIN IT!”

    The run-on sentence was intentional.

    I said it myself 55 times. (I know I’m a broken record peeps. Sorry – I was totally convinced she was going).

    Wait….. Did you actually count?! That’s a bit low for an exaggeration but a bit high for me to think you really know how many times you’ve said that O_O. LOL.

    And I’ve actually agreed with you about…. 6 times o_O.

  • littlefishie

    Haleys a LOCK for the finale. The country vote will be split and Haley will keep picking up the anti-country votes! Its inevitable

    Not necessarily. If James fans blame Haley for his elimination, then they’ll rally around Lauren or Scotty.

  • sue

    Yessssssssss……….I am so freaking happy right now. I went with my gut and picked James to go and I got all my pool points, yay!!!!! I jumped to 13th place, yippie!!!! lol Ok it will not last, but it feels great right now.

    All my votes for Haley counted, lol. Go Haley FTW!!!!!!!! I want her to take it ALL!!!!! Yay for two girls FINALLY in the top 3. Only one more peepee to get rid of. j/k I love Scotty too. :)

  • koshka

    Haha.. Haley thought the big bad judges were being mean to her.. wait till she gets out in the real world… she is just not good enough for that Diva attitude she is sporting… James is better off cause now maybe he can escape HAC with a little luck… personally I will miss him he was by far the most entertaining of the group.. oh well GO LAUREN (now..lol)

    Well you are right on that aspect.. but the unfortunate part is that Scotty, Lauren and James have a steeper learning curve once they start working in the real world. I’ve seen OTT tongue baths and little criticism.

  • cher

    Good for Haley!!

  • lac123

    Yay, Haley is safe. Who cares if she has a diva attitude. Last time I checked, Katy Perry, Rihanna and all the other girls in the industry weren’t exactly saints. You gonna be tough in the entertainment industry. Haley will fit right it…plus she can sing :)

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    I don’t know. If by some chance Lauren is eliminated, her words last night about being a Haley fan could move her fans to Haley. Fanbases tend to pay attention to their favorites’ opinions.

  • OnePlusSix

    I’m also disappointed I won’t get to see him perform with Aerosmith if Steven’s earlier promise were to have been legit.

    I don’t know, if Casey is playing with Jack Black, there’s that chance that James may still get to perform with Aerosmith, especially since they are on the final show.

  • tinawina

    James will be fine. His sing out was gut wrenchingly sad, his story painted him in a hugely sympathetic light, he’s now an “unfair shock boot”, and best of all he has a fighting chance to get out of the HAC path Jimmy has all set for him. He has tremendous sympathy for him now that I think he wouldn’t have had before. I think he has a real shot at a career now.

  • SpenserJ

    I think the shitty judging this season has been a disservice to all of the contestants. It’s confusing these kids, and it’s probably confusing the casual viewer at home. For those of us “in the bubble” it appears to be causing rage at various things. Everybody’s raging, but for a variety of reasons :).

  • Pam

    Randy’s gonna pick The Alphabet Song for Haley and she’s gonna growl that QRS part and Randy’s gonna be all “yo dawg what’s the matter with you for me for you i want you dead”, and Haley’s gonna come back with Jar of Hearts and Randy will say “YO DAWG I WANTED YOU TO DIE SO YOU COULD BE REBORN AS SOME SORT OF COOL SINGING ANGEL, DAWG YOU’RE IN IT TO WIN IT!”

    Oh boy, I can almost hear Randy saying that. LOL!

  • koshka

    Really shocked to see James go, but when Randy and Jennifer laid it on thick with Haley last night, I truly believed the fans would be upset enough to rally together to save her…and save her they did.

    I wonder if Nigel is going to dock their pay?

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    Totally reminded me of when Elliott made the top 3 over Daughtry. At least Seacrest didn’t have James & Haley as the final 2 standing like when he had Daughtry & Katherine McPhee that resulted in this reaction
    http://www.gambling911.com/Chris-Daughtry-Shocked.jpg
    On tour, James should make a good opener after the intermission like Daughtry did.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    The best move for Haley would be to pull the rug from under her competitors and do a country song. We know from “Blue” that she can.

  • Nativenewyorker

    This is one reason why there should be some real constructive criticism for all the contestants. That’s what the judges are there for, although Steven and Jennifer seem to think that it’s to advance their career goals.

    There will be a lot said about why this happened. I think the pimping from the judges over James every single week might have turned people off. Sometimes you risk a backlash effect when you anoint someone the winner. America has a funny way of deciding for itself who the winner will be. I was fed up with the glad handing and the not so subtle messages from the judges that James had a ticket to the finale. It doesn’t work that way.

    I also wonder if his style of music had something to do with it, the incessant use of the power falsetto notes every single week, even when it was artistically unnecessary as in his performance of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. In the end, it may just be that Haley came on very strong and there was a huge boost of support for her after the judges comments.

    I thought there was some kind of reverse psychology think going on with the same script played out two weeks in a row. Haley is down and out, then she triumphs and is redeemed!

    I am happy to see the last two girls standing make it to the final three.

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m very happy to see Haley make it. Not because she’s a girl. Not because she’s not a country singer. But because she can saaang! She’s got the voice and the drama. Well done Haley.

    The Idol Tour should be a fun show. The love for James will be huge. And, since my town is where both Haley and Scotty auditioned, and is very close to Haley’s hometown, there will be much love for her here. Think I’ll be buying me some tickets…

  • fanaround

    I agree with the theory that Scotty and Lauren will split some votes so only one with go through, but that whichever one does will then take the finale over Haley as those voters regroup. It will be interesting.

  • Pixie Baker

    Okay, now I will watch next week. I am so glad James is gone….I did not enjoy his singing or his personality at all……not too sure why Haley won tonight …..but so glad she did. BTW, it would be so cool if she sang a country song next week but the judges would have her behind if she did….(loved the duet with Lauren tonight!)
    And…what did James bring new to the Idol stage????? I believe he is delusional …..

  • tomr

    It all comes down to who is most likable. The most likable person has won every season but #3. A case could be made for any of them. It does guarantee that a female will get the pimp spot next week. Has anyone ever won Idol without ever having had the pimp spot? I think not. So Scott has a problem. The judges choices will suck. Along with their inability to offer constructive criticism, they now have to judge their own choices and their fellow judge’s choices Good luck with that.

  • jpfan

    Haley isn’t edgy enough to make it as a major Pop star plus she can’t dance. She could do okay as an HAC artist though if she gets good songs. She might do well with Colbie Caillat type songs for example.

    I hope James finds a good metal band he can join as a lead singer. That would be his best bet. Right after Daughtry got the boot, he was offered a gig in Fuel. Maybe James will get lucky as well.

  • koshka

    I don’t know, if Casey is playing with Jack Black, there’s that chance that James may still get to perform with Aerosmith, especially since they are on the final show.

    Yeah.. well that is assuming the band is all happy about Steven’s AI adventure. I’m not up on their news.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Haleys a LOCK for the finale. The country vote will be split and Haley will keep picking up the anti-country votes! Its inevitable

    Yep. It’s going to probably be a Haley/Scotty finale.

  • monleo1705

    Am I reading the title right? MJ, is it a typo error? Did you mean Lauren or Hayley got eliminated??

  • NOLA

    Trending on Twitter:

    Daughtry
    Jordan (sp) Sparks
    Scotty

    Go Scotty!

  • Inconnu

    tinawina says: James will be fine. His sing out was gut wrenchingly sad, his story painted him in a hugely sympathetic light, he’s now an “unfair shock boot”, and best of all he has a fighting chance to get out of the HAC path Jimmy has all set for him. He has tremendous sympathy for him now that I think he wouldn’t have had before. I think he has a real shot at a career now.

    This is so true.

  • kterp101

    I think James will be offered a position as front man for some rock band…. which he would be well suited for… I think that would be more suited to his talent than a solo career. Good luck to him… sorry to see him go.

  • standtotheright

    Randy’s gonna pick The Alphabet Song for Haley and she’s gonna growl that QRS part and Randy’s gonna be all “yo dawg what’s the matter with you for me for you i want you dead”, and Haley’s gonna come back with Jar of Hearts and Randy will say “YO DAWG I WANTED YOU TO DIE SO YOU COULD BE REBORN AS SOME SORT OF COOL SINGING ANGEL, DAWG YOU’RE IN IT TO WIN IT!”

    Love.

    he’s now an “unfair shock boot”, and best of all he has a fighting chance to get out of the HAC path Jimmy has all set for him. He has tremendous sympathy for him now that I think he wouldn’t have had before. I think he has a real shot at a career now.

    Exactly this. For Durbin and for the show, this was the best possible outcome.

  • tibitibis

    Not necessarily. If James fans blame Haley for his elimination, then they’ll rally around Lauren or Scotty.

    And they are blaming Haley right now over twitter :| so is totally possible that his votes go to Scott, more than Haley and Lauren.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    I have never been so happy to have a wrong prediction and lose all my pool points in my life.

    Finally, my faith in this show has been restored. Not because Haley made it through. But because 2 girls made the top 3 and the recipient of the Honorable Lee Dewyze 2.0 Head Scratching Judges Praise Medal actually got sent packing. And the bonus is… no more possibility of another twenty something rock guy winning. I am so relieved I could almost cry. Almost. LOL

    I may actually watch this show again next year. Phew.

    I don’t care who wins. All are good in their own way to me. I think Scotty will sell the most out the gate, so there’s that. In fact, I can’t see him not winning anymore. I think a country teen guy idol would be something new to add to the cannon.

    Yay!!

    I love your enthusiasm :P lol.

    I’m sad for James, but there is a part of me that’s kind of happy he’s gone because I am getting tired of the judges/producers pimping him.

    Awesome top 3. Still hoping for a Scotty win.

  • carolinacharms

    I am quite pleased that this pioneer, this legend-in-his-own-mind, is gone, gone, gone.

  • Lisa

    I am trying to get the reason behind the ‘it’s Haley’s fault’ James is gone so I will vote anyone but her.

    The judges made her fans mad, they powervoted. Not her ‘fault’.

    Why is it not Lauren’s fault or Scotty’s?

    Lauren has not once pushed herself up on that stage, only coasting by until this week really. She did good, so maybe it is her fault for coming on strong at the end.

    Scotty sings the same damn song over and over each week and is the only male left so why is it not his fault?

    IMHO Haley did the best last night out of them all. With Lauren right behind her. James/Scotty I would have called a draw.

  • SpenserJ

    I don’t know, if Casey is playing with Jack Black, there’s that chance that James may still get to perform with Aerosmith, especially since they are on the final show.

    I’m fairly convinced this will still happen. (At least, I hope so. I was looking forward to it.)

    Wait….. Did you actually count?! That’s a bit low for an exaggeration but a bit high for me to think you really know how many times you’ve said that O_O. LOL.

    I like to keep my exaggerations on the conservative side :).

    Well you are right on that aspect.. but the unfortunate part is that Scotty, Lauren and James have a steeper learning curve once they start working in the real world. I’ve seen OTT tongue baths and little criticism.

    Agreed. This panel is doing no one any favors.

    He has tremendous sympathy for him now that I think he wouldn’t have had before. I think he has a real shot at a career now.

    I hope you’re right. That was a little heartbreaking tonight. Especially because my 10 year old LOVES James, and I let him stay downstairs until the end of the show. Poor little guy was crushed. I told him about the tour and that now James would be able to support his family, so that helped a little. But, by golly, I almost shed a single tear out of my left eye for James tonight.

  • bruno

    thank god i will not have to endure watching the “go home” video of james. he would have cried a river non-stop. there is a god, there is a god!
    his arrogance caught up with him.

  • J.S.G.

    Michael Slezak sort of predicted of this would happen. James, Lauren and Scotty due to the lack of any criticism (constructive or otherwise) from the judges, had flatlined.
    And James certainly wasn’t getting any better. Each performance had evolved into a predictable pattern. Jimmy Iovine did mention controlling emotions to stay on key, but where was he this week?
    Love Potion #9 was quite good but I guess casual fans had grown tired of hearing nothing new from James, even when he was performing in the coveted ‘pimp’ spot.

  • milwlovesadam

    I agree that Haley will need to be very good with her strategy in the next week. Methinks she should give Mr Lambert a call. He was pretty good at strategy/playing the game of Idol. Or, maybe she should give Cookie a call too. They both have been vocal about their Haley love.

  • keware

    Yep. It’s going to probably be a Haley/Scotty finale.

    I hope so!
    A teenage country singer and a young female blues/jazz singer. I love it! No matter what happens.. the trend of a twenty something male rock singer is broken!

  • OnePlusSix

    James definitely wasn’t the best singer on the show but he did give us some great entertainment value with his showmanship. Right from the start of the show tonight you could sense that things weren’t sitting right for James, he didn’t appear to be himself. At first I thought it was the crappy country duet he was straddled with but then I realized he was the one leaving. (I can’t help but wonder if they don’t get some wind of it during the day).

  • Nina1

    I’m sorry to see James go; I sometimes adored him, though not always. I think his departure was fair, he was never very consistent at all. America proved it has a sense of fair play and I think the judge bussing backfired; I don’t think it was intended.

    When I watched Jordin, all I could think was how the contestants enter this giant singing contest, so they can win and sing………………………………..that. Same with Iglesias and Steven.

  • TylerWV

    WTG Haley!!! Even though I mostly listen to country music, Haley and Lauren Turner were my favs. I even preferred Lauren T over Haley, but I do love bluesy, soulful singers. As for country, thats where its at now. I watch all the country awards shows and pop stars, a rocker now and then, even a rapper has appeared and performed. Its surprising how many are making country records. Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish has several number one hits now, Gwyneth Paltrow performed, Kevin Costner has a band, etc. check out Steven Tyler and Willie Nelson duet on facebook. Country fans still buy cds, they are loyal but don’t like posers, their stars have longer and more relevant careers. The buzz says Nashville has the best song writers. Heck, even Bon Jovi had a great country album. Country covers bluegrass, traditional, pop, southern rock. Something for most everyone these days.

  • BrandoC15

    I really hope Haley picks “Like A Star” for her personal song choice. Moment-quality right there!!!…again!!

  • jersey

    Lol Spense with the Daughtry reference.

  • windmills

    MahlerFan: The best move for Haley would be to pull the rug from under her competitors and do a country song. We know from “Blue” that she can.

    I think it’d be fun because a) it’d be her strategically fighting for country fan votes and b) anti-country fans wouldn’t be happy. I agree Haley can sing a good country song. So why not next week when she’s got 3 songs?

    I want to know if there’s a former Idol performing on the results show next week and if so who it is.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    James’s fans are misplacing their rage if they convert it into Haley-hate. Their rage should be solely directed at the Three (well, two) Stooges, both for creating a sympathy backlash for Haley and for refusing to give their favorite any constructive criticism so that he can, you know, grow and stuff (as Haley in fact DID).

    But this shouldn’t be surprising. Remember all the Kat McPhee hate that was generated from both the Daughtry AND Yamin camps?

  • bruno

    the person who gets screwed is the one who goes out in 3rd place. no media tours like what james will get. melinda had to wait it out until after the winner was chosen and as a result she got left behind.
    3rd is a crappy cut. i hope it’s not haley who goes next.

  • honeywoman

    I have mixed emotions right now. Super happy that Scotty made it, but was in tears that James did not!
    I will be voting like crazy for Scotty next week. I like the girls, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR THEM.

    James…come out swinging ala Daughtrey

  • monleo1705

    I really thought Tourette’s was going to win it all…..

  • Pixie Baker

    James will be fine. His sing out was gut wrenchingly sad, his story painted him in a hugely sympathetic light, he’s now an “unfair shock boot”,

    I am not all that sure James will have a successful career only because he wants to do *metal* and change the world. I think once he leaves to set out on his own, the shock boot will be forgotten. It had no effect on Daughtry….he has had an amazing career b/c he can sing and write great songs……I just don’t think James was a great singer. I do wish him well though….seems like he really loves his family….and I want the best for them…..

  • ricardo

    I just think the girls split Jacob votes. they wouldn’t go to Scotty or James. At this stage Haley might look good with the country vote being split.

  • Lucy1234

    his arrogance caught up with him.

    I don’t think there is an arrogant bone in James’s body. I suspect he has lived with low self esteem his entire life. Not an easy life living with Asbergers and torettes. I admire James for what he was able to accomplish on the show.

  • fanaround

    For the judge’s pick next week, I think they will have Steven with Lauren, JLo with Scotty and Randy with Haley. Ah, the TV!theTension! theDrama! of having Randy pick Haley’s song…

  • larc

    SpenserJ says:
    I said it myself 55 times. (I know I’m a broken record peeps. Sorry – I was totally convinced she was going). I’m not predicting anything anymore.

    Well, at least until next week. ;)

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

    spense, what the hell babe! You’re in top position in the pool this week and I dropped from 1st to 520th! Well, as you can see it’s all too fleeting so enjoy! Still in 2nd overall but my 36 points boy went home tonight so I’m circling the drain. ;-/

  • NOLA

    Not necessarily. If James fans blame Haley for his elimination, then they’ll rally around Lauren or Scotty.

    And they WILL BLAME HALEY!

  • progression

    Or, maybe she should give Cookie a call too. They both have been vocal about their Haley love

    .

    AFAIK, Dave’s never mentioned Haley specifically. He was a Casey fan.

    Would have liked to see Lauren go tonight, but at least we have a majority of females in the top 3 so hopefully we won’t have to hear any more about hormonally crazed women voters until the finale when Scotty wins.

    That Jordin Sparks song is just dreadfull. Eep.

  • bruno

    james is no daughtry. james (wannabe-adam) can’t sustain a note on pitch. he gets chalkboard shrill. daughtry can sing. james is just OTT – but not in talent.

  • jpfan

    I don’t think Daughtry fans actually had much venom towards McPhee. They were really all about Daughtry and didn’t care about anyone else once he left the show.

    James would be lucky to have a fan base 1/2 the size of Daughtry’s though. His career would be set. I think most people stop voting once their fav is gone personally.

  • bruno

    james – arrogant? you bet. I am going by what he said throughout the competition.

  • wolfsbane813

    how on earth did i become 33rd in the pool?

    i started out well below the middle of the pack. lol

  • SpenserJ

    When I watched Jordin, all I could think was how the contestants enter this giant singing contest, so they can win and sing………………………………..that.

    Seriously. That song sucks. That’s the best they could find for a girl with that kind of talent?

    Lol Spense with the Daughtry reference.

    I figured somebody would catch it :).

  • abbysee

    Holy shit, didn’t see that coming, had to watch on a delay……Happy for Haley. James sing out was painful, why did he pick that song?

  • kmd

    I would have much rather have seen James stay and Scotty and Lauren leave. James was always very entertaining unlike the remaining three. First Casey and now James leaves. I am on to The Voice. I will watch the finale to see Casey and James again. The remaining three are going nowhere. I would not buy their albums or go to their concerts and I don’t think I am alone in thinking that.

  • Listening

    I can not believe both girls made it Yippie. I guess this blows out of the water the theory that tween girls were just voting for guys they simply didn’t like the other girls styles.
    I didn’t care who went I just wanted Haley to make it to the top 3.

    The season has been so weird for me b/c in the beginning I was so stoked for the live rounds b/c during Hollywood week everyone seemed great. But once the live section started it was such a let down nobody seemed as grand as in the beginning. I still shrug my shoulders over it must have been some awesome editing.

    Anyway so glad Haley and Lauren made it they blew the boys out of the water w/ their duet you could hear them, they were in tune, they harmonized together, strong voices and they were fierce. Totally awesome.

  • jammasta

    If Randy picks Haley’s song, I just predict she’s gonna turn into a dragon and bite off his head.

    Steven: That was beautiful. You can do no wrong.
    J. Lo: See, baby, what you can do when we criticize you? My God, I got goosepimples.
    Randy: OH WAIT his body being eaten by Dragon Haley. He can’t critique.

  • Lisette

    So happy Haley made it! There was cheering in my house tonight after the harsh critic yesterday.

  • doggiedr

    Evidentally you know little about Asbergers. I don’t think there is an arrogant bone in James’s body. I suspect he has lived with low self esteem his entire life.

    Perhaps the DSM IV should be amended to include the phrase “prone to egotistical behavior” to the list of Asperger’s and Tourette’s diagnostic criteria.

  • tinawina

    I am not all that sure James will have a successful career only because he wants to do *metal* and change the world.

    Put it this way… is James a slam dunk? No, because I still don’t see him a particularly commercial, especially if they were going to make him sing stuff that just isn’t him. But now I think he’ll at least have the advantage of a segment of fans with something to prove and more media attention than he would have gotten if he got as far as previously expected… like 2nd or 3rd. Plus maybe he can make something a little edgier than Parachute. LOL. So I can see him getting some moderate success now with a little luck.

  • stwbcross

    Well I guess the judges will be pouring praise on Hailey next week no matter how she performs so that she doesn’t get any sympathy votes. Unless of course Nigel is playing us all and manipulating us into finally allowing a girl to win this thing. Anyway, Lauren was awesome in the duet tonight. Her performances have begun to show more confidence. Is it possible that she will peak at the right time? I wonder who James fan base will move to?

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    I don’t think Daughtry fans actually had much venom towards her. They were really all about Daughtry and didn’t care about anyone else once he left the show.

    Well, OK, but there was a ton of anti-Kat backlash that continued when Elliott was booted (the use of that screencap to be “disgusted” at her joy when she made the F2 was utterly ridiculous in every way). I think Haley will have a better homecoming than Kat did, even if it does involve a high school. My point is that James’s fans should be blaming Randy and JLo, but of course they won’t.

  • SpenserJ

    spense, what the hell babe! You’re in top position in the pool this week and I dropped from 1st to 520th! Well, as you can see it’s all too fleeting so enjoy! Still in 2nd overall but my 36 points boy went home tonight so I’m circling the drain. ;-/

    Armageddon cannot be far behind. I put all of my points on James, because I couldn’t bear to put them on Haley. You know I do the pool with my emotions instead of my head. It’s why I usually lose. Shocking that it actually worked out for me for once!

    Ah Larc, so true. You know by next week I’ll be all adamant about something :).

  • lla2827

    So happy for the tiny little engine that could Miss Haley. I was not surprised though. I placed James 4th in the power rankings the other day.

    I figured:
    Scotty–a lock
    Lauren–fanbase will come out in force due to her bottom two appearance the previous week
    Haley–the underdog–momentum building each week. Plus, I think a lot of Casey fans went to Haley.
    James–odd man out.

    Now after last night with the judges–I wondered which way it would go. Glad to see that voters saw through the Randy/JLo crap.

    IMO, James deserved to go. Way too many performances that were dependent on smoke and mirrors instead of decent vocals. (Which I guess is sadly what the music industry is pretty much about these days) Without all the flames shooting in the air and all that other stuff–he would have been gone earlier. I did feel very badly for him–he took it so hard. But, he has been pimped harder than anyone–so he did have that on his side for most of the season.

    Now–the girls duet kicked some ass–they totally wiped the guys off the stage. Even though I have said from the start (along with many others) that Scotty can’t be beat–would LOVE a girl power finale!!

  • glambotgram

    How could anyone blame Haley for James boot. Doesn’t even remotely make sense

  • koshka

    I don’t think Daughtry fans actually had much venom towards her. They were really all about Daughtry and didn’t care about anyone else once he left the show.

    James would be lucky to have a fan base 1/2 the size of Daughtry’s though. His career would be set. I think most people stop voting once their fav is gone personally.

    Not to mention that idol fatigue has set in since Daughtry. The shine & excitement nothing like it used to be. I think 1/2 fanbase size to follow him would be generous.

  • EmmaCT

    Yay! Just yay… Here’s hoping Haley does a standard Ella Fitzgerald retro knock-out song… and that she isn’t given something totally ridiculous to sing by whichever judge she gets… and that she knocks it out of the park again. And most importantly, that someone gives her some good, honest feedback when she is choosing her songs…

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    If Randy picks Haley’s song, I just predict she’s gonna turn into a dragon and bite off his head.

    Steven: That was beautiful. You can do no wrong.
    J. Lo: See, baby, what you can do when we criticize you? My God, I got goosepimples.
    Randy: OH WAIT his body being eaten by Dragon Haley. He can’t critique.

    DYING OF LAUGHTER

  • EmmaCT

    And yay Pittsburgh, my hometown!

  • rbidol

    I have two comments, and I feel bad about them because I don’t like criticizing someone who was just voted off, but it’s true.

    First, I think James’ sing-off was the most ‘emotionally perfect’ performance I have ever seen.

    Not a compliment…

    Second, another negative effect that the over-praising has had on Idol. This season, more than I can remember in the past, the contestants think they are so revolutionary and amazing. Last week Jacob announced (before his emotionally perfect sing-off) that American “fell in love with me”. This week, James announces that he has done all these things on AI that had never been down before (marching bands? maybe. but metal? Adam already did Zeppelin…and did it well). Maybe if the judges were more honest, the contestants would be a little more grounded.

    Being realistic is important after you come off this show and realize that you need to work HARD to make your time on AI count.

  • panz

    I’d love for an all-girl finale. If not, my votes will go to whichever girl remains.

  • SpenserJ

    Anyway, Lauren was awesome in the duet tonight.

    I thought that duet was great. It was refreshing to see Lauren’s sass back after so much time. They just looked like they were having a fabulous time, and I thought they sounded really good.

  • sartana60

    Sorry to see James go. He was a heck of a contestant; that was a heck of an exit.

    Thrilled though, to see Haley in the final 3. The most intriguing contestant of season 10 by far.

    A tribute to James and advice for Haley, Scotty and Lauren.

  • yellin

    Let me just say, as calmly as I can, that James Durbin is NOT arrogant. I have a son with Aspergers, that has been BAWLING the past hour because James was voted off. He doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow, why? Cause the kids will bring it up, make fun of him, and he will lose it again. I am already expecting to be waiting by the phone because I know my son and the ignorant kids that bully him. James has ASPERGERS, which means you have no filters. You wear your heart on your sleeve. It isn’t an excuse it is the TRUTH. Now if this was someone putting Adam down because he was gay, it would be the end of the world. James will never give up and will have an amazing career, not a DOUBT in my mind. GL to the rest..

  • MrDuffin

    I like Stevie’s video better than JLo’s. : )

    Me too!

    And Jordan sounded like JLopez….and 1000 other autotuned..overdubbed…folks who can’t sing…

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

    So sorry, yellin. Hope your son grows out of it/into it. Hang in there.

  • sr4mjc

    Yay for 2 girls in the Top 3!!

  • JOJOSIE

    Daughtry had a good radio voice but no performance skills, he’d never have made it big without the whole band thing. He picked up a lot of fans after is surprise boot and maybe James will too. He records well and most people don’t care about perfect pitch they like the tone, and emotion more. I will probably have Idol on next week but won’t be sitting watching as James was the last of the entertainers and that’s what I like. Not much to look forward too. I think Scotty will win and I’m happy with that just not excited. None of the final 3 would do that. Sadz

  • bruno

    and the other thing i will not miss about james is his contant uplifting of hands to get the crowd to stand up and cheer. if he just sang well he would have achieved the same result but in a way that earned it. bye james! so sorry to see you go – not.

    haley FTW! she’s worked her ass off. she deserves it if she wins.

  • SpenserJ

    Aw, yellin, I’m sorry your son took it so hard. I think it’s great that James was able to be an inspiration to kids facing similar challanges.

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

    Not to mention that idol fatigue has set in since Daughtry. The shine & excitement nothing like it used to be. I think 1/2 fanbase size to follow him would be generous.

    It sure set in with this Chris fan. Barely voted for anyone these past 5 years since he got the premature boot.

    I don’t know how James will do. I like him but I can’t really say I would for sure go out and buy his record. I wish him and his family well and appreciate his effort and passion.

  • Elliegrll

    Unfortunately for Haley I think she made it through on the FU to the TPTB and it’s going to be nearly impossible to make final 2. But hey who knows.

    This is true, even though I still think that the judges have been told to be harder on Haley to ensure that she made it to the top 3. But, if she’s able to turn in three incredible performances next week I think that she can make the final 2.

    All three deserve to be in the final.

  • musicality

    You can’t compare James to Daughtry though. Daughtry is by a mile more talented. James doesn’t have the voice. 90% of music bloggers thought he was a karoke wannabe. The music bloggers not the idol bloggers. Big difference.

    another negative effect that the over-praising has had on Idol

    Huge effect on their egos. That comment James made about doing something never done before on idol is bull. Sorry dude but it’s been done before and better. The producers brought in all the special effects. Durbin just mimics others.

    I am not sorry to see him go. Out of the 4 he was by far the least talented. People confuse the special effects that the producers put out there as James. James is a bar singer.

    Another thing that will hurt his success is his constant bawling like a baby. Haley is tougher than he is. Metal guys don’t want their singer up on stage crying. Take in the uncoolness of Idol then add the crying and you have someone most guys wouldn’t be caught dead going to see.

  • doggiedr

    Unless we know James personally we really have no idea about his level of arrogance. There is a spectrum within any syndrome like Asperger’s- all affected are not alike and he is clearly very high functioning. You simply cannot draw conclusions that one’s behavior equals another’s.

    The most damage done to James was done by the judges lack of constructive help. He had smoke blown up his butt all season with no helpful comments, and he needed them. Badly. The fault is not his but TPTB’s.

  • http://www.huckleberryfriendmusic.com/ huckleberryfriend

    I think the 3 with the best chance of making it as recording artists made it to top 3. Only time will tell if any are successful.

    I see Scotty having at least 1 good selling cd. Lauren needs to spend some time putting together her album. She needs to mature a little before she hits the road in support of an album. Still hope Haley and Casey do a jazz/blues/pop album together and tour. Plenty of time for a solo career after getting a little more experience. James will make a living fronting a band and playing gigs, but I don’t think he will sell many cd’s.

  • CindyM

    milwlovesadam says:
    05/12/2011 at 10:00 pm

    I agree that Haley will need to be very good with her strategy in the next week. Methinks she should give Mr Lambert a call. He was pretty good at strategy/playing the game of Idol. Or, maybe she should give Cookie a call too. They both have been vocal about their Haley love.

    I think she should call Kris. He has sung her praises as well and he was pretty strategic and won.

  • Coldbluesteel

    There seem to be 2 “givens” that I’m not sure are givens.

    1. There may very well be more than twice as many country and Southern voters next week as all the rest combined after these home visits create some regional pride, especially if Atlanta really gets behind the Chattanooga girl. In other words a split may still be more than Haley can get.
    2. Haley may not be able to count on all the non-country votes after her antics this week sink in.

  • kmd

    yellin: That was so well written and touching. You are so right that discrimination is not right no matter who you are. It does comes in all forms. James is a great role model for your son. He has overcome a huge disability. I think that he is going to do better than the remaining three. He will have an amazing career. I was not even a big fan of James and I felt bad for him tonight.

  • alison8701

    Perhaps the DSM IV should be amended to include the phrase “prone to egotistical behavior” to the list of Asperger’s and Tourette’s diagnostic criteria.

    Maybe they’ll include it in the DSM V.

    James does appear to be very high-functioning– he seems to pick up social cues pretty well, but we’re not seeing the whole picture. I would guess that he falls very low on the spectrum. But none of us here know for sure.

  • almitra

    I felt this would happen. Sad that James doesn’t get his hometown visit but I hope that, as others have opined, 4th place would be best for him.

    Re the judging – I think the problem with Randy, and Jlo as well, is that they talk too much – they don’t know when to stop. Simon could be cruel but was always succinct. With Randy in particular, it just goes on and on and on, so the effect is harsher. Well, net effect, Haley is in, and I’m in the camp of those tired of the Haley as victim meme.

    For me, the most boring Top 3 in years.

    ETA: Oh, yellin, that made me cry. Hope your son will be ok.

  • iluvai

    Let me just say, as calmly as I can, that James Durbin is NOT arrogant. I have a son with Aspergers, that has been BAWLING the past hour because James was voted off. He doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow, why? Cause the kids will bring it up, make fun of him, and he will lose it again. I am already expecting to be waiting by the phone because I know my son and the ignorant kids that bully him. James has ASPERGERS, which means you have no filters. You wear your heart on your sleeve. It isn’t an excuse it is the TRUTH. Now if this was someone putting Adam down because he was gay, it would be the end of the world. James will never give up and will have an amazing career, not a DOUBT in my mind. GL to the rest..

    I completely agree with you that James is not arrogant. (He seems like a sweetheart to me.) Anyway, I hope your son will be okay. You can tell him that James has a lot of fans that are still behind him 100%! And seriously, coming in 4th is a pretty awesome achievement! There is some serious celebrating to be done! Rock on James!

  • JJ123

    As a huge Daughtry fan I’m loving all the references but just because someone comes in 4th place like he did it doesn’t mean they’ll be as successful…hopefully James will have some good material and have a great first single (given the assumption he gets a deal). Chris and anyone else who has been successful like DC and Adam have gotten there from putting in the time and hard work…throw in some good decisions and stay grounded. There are a handful from this season that have a great chance at success if given the right breaks, I hope they all do well in their genres.

  • jammasta

    Let me just say, as calmly as I can, that James Durbin is NOT arrogant. I have a son with Aspergers, that has been BAWLING the past hour because James was voted off. He doesn’t want to go to school tomorrow, why? Cause the kids will bring it up, make fun of him, and he will lose it again. I am already expecting to be waiting by the phone because I know my son and the ignorant kids that bully him. James has ASPERGERS, which means you have no filters. You wear your heart on your sleeve. It isn’t an excuse it is the TRUTH. Now if this was someone putting Adam down because he was gay, it would be the end of the world. James will never give up and will have an amazing career, not a DOUBT in my mind. GL to the rest..

    Wow, that’s horrible. I hope your son is okay tomorrow!

  • NOLA

    I wonder who James fan base will move to?

    He’s a Christian who wears a cross. What does that tell you?

  • Buffynut

    Lisa says:
    05/12/2011 at 9:59 pm
    I am trying to get the reason behind the ‘it’s Haley’s fault’ James is gone so I will vote anyone but her.

    The judges made her fans mad, they powervoted. Not her ‘fault’.

    Why is it not Lauren’s fault or Scotty’s?

    Because the Facts are never allowed to get in the way of opinion, within the Idol Bubble! :)

  • musicality

    I agree that Haley will need to be very good with her strategy in the next week. Methinks she should give Mr Lambert a call. He was pretty good at strategy/playing the game of Idol. Or, maybe she should give Cookie a call too. They both have been vocal about their Haley love.

    I think she should call Kris. He has sung her praises as well and he was pretty strategic and won.

    Yup, Cook, Adam, Kris, Ellen, Slezak, MTV, NY mag, Gawker and the list goes on and on are all behind Haley. Durbin getting voted off is not that big a shock. He wasn’t that well thought of.

  • karenc

    Rbidol:
    Second, another negative effect that the over-praising has had on Idol. This season, more than I can remember in the past, the contestants think they are so revolutionary and amazing. Last week Jacob announced (before his emotionally perfect sing-off) that American “fell in love with me”. This week, James announces that he has done all these things on AI that had never been down before (marching bands? maybe. but metal? Adam already did Zeppelin…and did it well). Maybe if the judges were more honest, the contestants would be a little more grounded.

    I think this has been part of the problem this season, and that is why we haven’t seen much growth, because they were told they were so good. The only one that we did see some growth for is Haley.

    I think that part of it is a lot of this years contestants did not have much experience in the music industry, I believe Paul had the most. And I also think that with experience and confidence, the contestants learn to use any negative critism to help them improve. The more experience contestants in the past have been able to use the critism to improve.

  • koshka

    Yup, Cook, Adam, Kris, Ellen, Slezak, MTV, NY mag, Gawker and the list goes on and on are all behind Haley. Durbin getting voted off is not that big a shock. He wasn’t that well thought of.

    This doesn’t rate a shock boot to me. His time had simply come.

  • OvenMitt

    I agree with the Aspergers comment above. My 16 year old sister has it, and she’s got absolutely NO filter. One minute she’s sweet as pie, the next minute she’s running away from home and being found by the police in abandoned buildings. Even though I’m not really a James Durbin fan, I do think he’s done remarkably well on the show considering all of his afflictions. I had a feeling that Scotty’s untouchability, Lauren’s redemption edit and Haley’s enraged voters would leave James the odd man out. I think him leaving now is for the best, though.

  • bruno

    i didn’t like james – period. his singing or him. plain and simple. remember scotty – the blind guy? i wasn’t a fan of him either.

    Now if this was someone putting Adam down because he was gay, it would be the end of the world.

    i am gay. adam was OTT for me at times. if people didn’t like his singing or found him arrogant – that’s their perogative. the only thing that pisses me off is when people pull out the holier-than-thou-christian argument about anyone. otherwise if you don’t like adam cause he grabs his junk or locks lips with some guy on stage – fine by me.

  • sammi

    Not of fan of James, as far as music, don’t like metal and didn’t like a lot of the songs he sang, but HUGE fan of him as a person. I have worked with special ed kids and I am SO PROUD of what James has accomplished. Didn’t like the type of music, but could still see the talent.

  • believeme

    If I were treated the way the judges (minus Tyler) treated Haley, i will a diva too. The James’ sing out just shown that his voice is thin.

    I hope Steven Tyler choose the song for Haley.

  • bruno

    The only one that we did see some growth for is Haley.

    totally agree. and maybe now, from lauren – she seems to have found her chutzpah. i’d be happy with either one winning. but haley is my gal. scotty – bleh

  • koshka

    I think that part of it is a lot of this years contestants did not have much experience in the music industry, I believe Paul had the most. And I also think that with experience and confidence, the contestants learn to use any negative critism to help them improve. The more experience contestants in the past have been able to use the critism to improve.

    I completely agree.. and you know the thing I appreciated about Paul (and sometimes hated) is that I think he saw the bigger picture. I believe He knew going in that AI is just one more stepping stone & that there were many more factors external to the show that would make or break all of them. Thats why he wasn’t torn up when he was voted off or about to be voted off. He was secure in who he was as an artist and knew he would move forward from wherever he landed. He always seemed to have a career plan laid out in his head.

  • jammasta

    I think James actually sounds good with country. He could be the Rob Halford of Country! Yee……. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

  • alterego7

    As a huge Daughtry fan I’m loving all the references but just because someone comes in 4th place like he did it doesn’t mean they’ll be as successful…

    I agree. I remember people making similar comparisons with Allison Iraheta. In fact, she was the only other 4th place finisher to be signed by 19, along with Chris Daughtry. But Allison was dropped by her label after her debut.

    Even though there are new players with UMG, I still can’t see them signing a slew of contestants. The winner automatically gets a contract. And probably the runner-up as well. But when it gets to 3rd/4th it’s more iffy.

  • Tess

    First, ranked James 4th this week and figured he would go home…so kudos to me.

    Second, I don’t think that it is just the “country” folks voting for Scotty and Lauren with the “rest” voting for anything non-country. I think that Lauren and especially Scotty are pulling from a whole segment that isn’t invested in Country music but like the personalities of both these kids.

    Third, I agree that once a fav is eliminated hard core voters don’t find someone new to champion at the last second…they just fade away. Voting is an investment and takes time and energy so to vote for someone you don’t care about doesn’t seem to be something done very often (unless you are in essence voting “against” someone, which we’ve seen happen before).

    So, unless someone pulls a total rabbit out of the hat I firmly believe it will be Lauren and Scotty in the finals. Some people may think that “boring” but heck last year the finals had two peeps that were the essence of boring and viewers still watched.

  • webster

    Missed the whole show, but catching up now.First comments:

    Sorry to see James go, but glad Haley is still there. But really, I think all 4 are good.

    Can’t wait to stop and hear the girl’s duet. I’ve been hoping for this, though i wish it wasn’t country.

  • Mtlfan

    i’m sorry for James. He’s a good man and I llike him much. This said he got to improve on his vocals; the tour will be great for him and I can see him having success fronting a metal/rock band and I might be a fan then because he has a very nice tone to his voice and good showmanship.

    Now, my girl Haley …. SQUEEEEEEE… I’m overjoyed she’s in the top 3!!!!! Otherwise it would have been robbery after all the good quality performances she’s had. She so deserved it!
    I wish Steven is the one to choose a song for her as he likes her. PLEASE no jlo or randy for her.
    For me she’s a quasi lock for the finale with Scotty and Lauren splitting the country votes.. yay!!
    My wish is to see a Haley/Lauren finale,, that would be hot and would insure a female winner this year

  • Jhoy2theworld

    I’m sad to see James go. He was my favorite. Yes, he can be sometimes pitchy live but in his studio versions, his voice is so tender and sweet. I just love his story. I hope he becomes successful like Daughtry.

  • SpenserJ

    I think James actually sounds good with country. He could be the Rob Halford of Country! Yee……. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

    That’s kind of an awesome image in my head.

    Can’t wait to stop and hear the girl’s duet. I’ve been hoping for this, though i wish it wasn’t country.

    It’s really good webster. I think you’ll like it :).

  • Reflections On Life

    I think that part of it is a lot of this years contestants did not have much experience in the music industry,

    This is a very YOUNG and inexperienced field. The top 4 total age is 77, lower than any top4 in AI history. And those youngsters didn’t have pro or competition history. Compare it to Jordin or Allison who had already competed in televised singing competition shows in their early teens.

    ETA: I mentioned this in yesterday’s thread. By making Haley a polarizing figure yesterday, then ensure that (1) she advances to top 3, and (2) if she makes it to top 2 she will definitely lose because polarizing figures always lose at top 2. I’m certain the producers are smart enough to realize that getting haley to top 3 guarantees them a country teen winning.

    Today I’ll just add that if Lauren goes at top 3, I think her votes will split btwn scotty (more) and haley (less so). But Scotty only needs a few lauren votes to win. And if Scotty goes at top 3, ain’t no way a single scotty vote is going to haley. Which is fine for Lauren since she’ll need them all to win. Thus one of the teens is winning, and Haley can at best hope for top 2. That’s what you ensure by bringing two artists from the same genre to the top 3.

  • bruno

    scotty will sell billions of records cuz his recording voice belies his age. he will probably surprise the sh*t out of some people once they find out they just bought a cd from a 16 year old kid.

  • believeme

    How could anyone blame Haley for James boot. Doesn’t even remotely make sense

    The way people blame Elliott for Daughtry’s elimination. Because it supposed his time to go even he gave 2 great performances and McPhee kaput that week.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I find it odd that people measure James’ (or really any of those voted out) singing ability off his exit song. The guy was hardly together to sound his best. Just an odd expectation.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    As a huge Daughtry fan I’m loving all the references but just because someone comes in 4th place like he did it doesn’t mean they’ll be as successful…

    See, I’m not thinking Daughtry-level success, since Durbin’s apparent preferred genre doesn’t post Daughtry-level sales from anything but heritage acts.

    I’m thinking something similar to a Carly Smithson/We Are the Fallen situation: signed with a band, to a major label but not necessarily the Idol-sponsoring label, with sales expectations that are geared to the genre rather than to Idol!Winner!. Durbin would get a reasonable shot at making an okay living doing what he loves. If he happens to hit bigger than that, yay, him! But he wouldn’t have to in order to build a career that covers the rent.

  • TylerWV

    I hope Steven chooses Haleys song also. I remember when they were trying to get rid of Jasmine Trias and Paula gave her a jazz song with scatting in it. For a teenager??? Bus time!!!
    She gave Syesha the happy feet song from an animated movie. If Randy picks for Haley, expect something that is definitely out of her or anyone elses wheelhouse.

    The look on Randys face was priceless when Haleys name was called. He applauded but couldnt put on a fake smile like JLo did.

  • bruno

    I think that part of it is a lot of this years contestants did not have much experience in the music industry,

    so does this mean AI has found another kelly clarkson – someone fresh out of no where?

  • ninergrl6

    Well there go my plans for Saturday. Sad for James & (selfishly) the Santa Cruz community

  • alterego7

    I also don’t think James will benefit from the “shock boot” effect, the way Chris Daughtry did. The media basically had already rallied around Pia and I don’t think they will repeat that with James – just as they didn’t when Casey left.

  • OldHag
    This is a very YOUNG and inexperienced field. The top 4 total age is 77, lower than any top4 in AI history. And those youngsters didn’t have pro or competition history. Compare it to Jordin or Allison who had already competed in televised singing competition shows in their early teens.

    True. Neither Scotty nor Lauren were pros, unless you count church and school chorus. For those who have said Idol needs to go back to its amateur roots – here it is.

  • Willis

    I think it was all the patriot, tornado victim, and underdog votes that came in. James may have grabbed the Journey Fan voting block, but that just wasn’t enough.

    I bet the judges are really confused right now and don’t even realize that they should have been giving him advice to get better. EVERYBODY can always get better.

  • HermeticallySealed

    scotty will sell billions of records cuz his recording voice belies his age. he will probably surprise the sh*t out of some people once they find out they just bought a cd from a 16 year old kid.

    Meh, we hear that every year about this idol or that. Hasn’t happened yet. Adam didn’t fullfill the Black Swan theory, Crystal didn’t revolutionize the music industry and go 4 x platinum, I really doubt Scotty will outsell Bucky or Danny. The super-successes are always going to be the rarest of finds.

  • bruno

    so. of the remaining three – who will be the most malleable in jimmy’s hands? whoever that is will be getting pimped left, right and center.

  • gangreen29

    For those who have said Idol needs to go back to its amateur roots – here it is.

    And I am enjoying it :)

  • musicality

    The girls totally kicked the boys asses tonight in the duets. I mean they totally wiped the floor with them.

  • NOLA

    the only thing that pisses me off is when people pull out the holier-than-thou-christian argument about anyone.

    Or the anti-Christian argument

  • Elliegrll

    I think that part of it is a lot of this years contestants did not have much experience in the music industry, I believe Paul had the most. And I also think that with experience and confidence, the contestants learn to use any negative critism to help them improve. The more experience contestants in the past have been able to use the critism to improve.

    Jimmy Iovine’s over involvement didn’t give them the chance to learn and grow from their successes or failures. He micromanaged the performances, so all the contestants were allowed to do is go out on the stage and follow his instructions.

  • ross

    Third, I agree that once a fav is eliminated hard core voters don’t find someone new to champion at the last second…they just fade away. Voting is an investment and takes time and energy so to vote for someone you don’t care about doesn’t seem to be something done very often (unless you are in essence voting “against” someone, which we’ve seen happen before).

    When have we seen that happen before? Nobody knows the reasons behind people’s votes. I’ve never seen any polls that determine the reasons people voted on American idol.

    All I’ve ever seen is unsupported claims like yours. Some people also believe in leprechauns. Doesn’t mean they exist.

    Rather, it seems when one has a favorite that fails to get the votes, rationalization comes into play. It’s hard to accept people liked the other contesatant better. So they must have voted against one’s favorite. Its a nice fantasy.

  • ziggy

    Yay! My girl Haley in the final three! You just keep on fighting you have been handed the toughest road to travel, you take what they dish out week after week and come back strong again and again! If Randy or Jlo pick Haleys song I’m going to throw my other shoe at the TV for sure!

  • musicality

    I also don’t think James will benefit from the “shock boot” effect, the way Chris Daughtry did. The media basically had already rallied around Pia and I don’t think they will repeat that with James – just as they didn’t when Casey left.

    As I stated before the music bloggers and the media thought James was karoke at best so I don’t think it’s much of a shock but more of a “about time”.

  • JJ123

    I seen a few references to what Daugthry fans did after the elimination back then and wanted to throw in my 2 cents….I was very much a part of the fanbase even back then and I can tell you that we were bummed big time but at the few sites I hung out at we weren’t hating on either Katherine or Elliott..actually most of the people I knew loved Elliott. From what I remember most of us just stopped voting (it was nice not to haha) so the votes didn’t go to anyone else. I know the fanbase was HUGE back then so I definitely can only speak from where I “hung out” and the people I knew…

  • tibitibis

    The girls totally kicked the boys asses tonight in the duets. I mean they totally wiped the floor with them.

    Totally agree, first time i like Lauren actually, looks so much confident singing this kind of songs and in duets…Haley can do great even in the country category lol. Go Haley!!….and a girls final would be Great! :)

  • Elliegrll

    Meh, we hear that every year about this idol or that. Hasn’t happened yet. Adam didn’t fullfill the Black Swan theory, Crystal didn’t revolutionize the music industry and go 4 x platinum, I really doubt Scotty will outsell Bucky or Danny. The super-successes are always going to be the rarest of finds.

    I think that Scotty will do a lot better than Danny, because as Danny said, Scotty’s style of country is more accepted by program directors. Plus, for many, Scotty will just be more believable as a country artist. He’s a great storyteller, and a lot of people will be interested in how that voice can come from someone who is so young.

  • tinawina

    I have to say I really like this top 3. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. It is a pretty even match in that regard. But I find something to enjoy in each of them. Scotty has charm and a real strong sense of self; Lauren has that voice, tons of growth potential, and the sass that’s slowly coming back to full strength; and Haley has grown a lot and has the potential to deliver knockout performances. And I’m really happy someone like her who is not particularly a traditional warm & fuzzy likeable super-mature contestant has been able to gather this much support.

    I think the show would do best with Scotty or Lauren as the winner. But Haley would represent something different too. I’d take any of them.

  • mozart4898

    so. of the remaining three – who will be the most malleable in jimmy’s hands? whoever that is will be getting pimped left, right and center.

    Lauren. She seems willing to bend to what people want whereas Haley seems pretty independent thinking…and Scotty is 100% traditional country. With Lauren they could go traditional country, pop/country, even bluesy rock-tinged country. For that matter, she’s probably malleable enough for them to push her out of country pretty much entirely although her Southern accent won’t just go away, so most likely whatever she does will still be somewhat country.

    I do really believe Lauren has been their plan A all season. We’ll see what happens next week – how much will they really promote her, and how much will they downplay the others? If at all. Who knows.

  • Lisette

    I’m SO hoping for an all girls finale, would love to see Scotty go home next week. I know, wishful thinking.

  • NOLA

    I think James actually sounds good with country. He could be the Rob Halford of Country! Yee……. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

    You know, James did win a country music contest.

  • gangreen29

    I have to say I really like this top 3. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. It is a pretty even match in that regard. But I find something to enjoy in each of them. Scotty has charm and a real strong sense of self; Lauren has that voice, tons of growth potential, and the sass that’s slowly coming back to full strength; and Haley has grown a lot and has the potential to deliver knockout performances. And I’m really happy someone like her who is not particularly a traditional warm & fuzzy likeable super-mature contestant has been able to gather this much support.

    I think the show would do best with Scotty or Lauren as the winner. But Haley would represent something different too. I’d take any of them.

    Agreed!

  • koshka

    I also don’t think James will benefit from the “shock boot” effect, the way Chris Daughtry did. The media basically had already rallied around Pia and I don’t think they will repeat that with James – just as they didn’t when Casey left.

    Well I just didn’t find the boot all that shocking. I never thought about the Pia angle. You are probably right, that story was already played out.

  • Elliegrll

    Third, I agree that once a fav is eliminated hard core voters don’t find someone new to champion at the last second…they just fade away. Voting is an investment and takes time and energy so to vote for someone you don’t care about doesn’t seem to be something done very often (unless you are in essence voting “against” someone, which we’ve seen happen before).

    Nigel said that this isn’t the case. The company that they use can track phone numbers, and how often people call from a particular number, and Nigel said that the same people vote every week, and that for the most part, people will cast the same number of votes every week.

  • standtotheright

    so does this mean AI has found another kelly clarkson – someone fresh out of no where?

    She was already a session singer doing demos before AI and shopping her songs around; she’d turned down a scholarship to Berklee; etc. None of the previous winners were without performing/recording experience.

    What may or may not turn up about these three after the fact is an open question, but they do appear relatively more inexperienced than other Final Threes.

  • keware

    After replaying the results part of the show back I have to say that Scotty is the most mature seventeen year old I have ever seen. He seemed genuinely happy for both Lauren and Haley and so caring towards James. I’m sure he was extremely nervous for himself but didn’t let it show. I am very impressed.

  • bruno

    the few sites I hung out at we weren’t hating on either Katherine or Elliott

    back in the day on this blog, there was much love for elliott and absolute hatred for katherine. but from my recollection, neither was blamed for chris’ boot. most of the “blame” went to chris’ own fans for being complacent – and to taylor, for being, well …taylor. lol. but hell, that was so long ago. and as others have said, i don’t think james is in the same league as chris.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    Haven’t posted in ages! likely since season 8 when I found MJ’s looking for Adam fans and posted under austinmidwife.

    Anyway, I’m totally psyched for Haley tonight! It took me awhile into this season for her to grow on me, but i really do love what she does with her voice and now we are guaranteed a woman in the finale. It’s been too long.

    AS for James, I am totally happy he made it to top 4. It’s an amazing accomplishment for someone with his disabilities. It’s actually been pretty cool watching him all season. his twitches and tweeks have not been nearly as pronounced since the beginning of the season. I think Idol has been amazing for him and I hope he goes on to front a metal band. It think he’s going to do really well with something like that.

    And Steven will be picking Lauren’s song, don’t you think? He’s loved her since the first audition.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Well, the Kat hate was so OTT that I don’t think any Haley backlash will come close to it, quite frankly. And you’re right that the Kat hate came mostly from Elliott supporters (go back to that idiotic screencap that was incessantly used to pillory her). I can’t see that sort of hate happening with Haley. The judges have built up so much sympathy for her that…I just don’t see it.

  • Landon

    Did anyone else see Anthony Fedorov in the audience tonight? During the guys’ duet?

  • koshka

    keware says:
    05/12/2011 at 11:10 pm
    After replaying the results part of the show back I have to say that Scotty is the most mature seventeen year old I have ever seen. He seemed genuinely happy for both Lauren and Haley and so caring towards James. I’m sure he was extremely nervous for himself but didn’t let it show. I am very impressed.

    He seems pretty grounded in all this. I just wish he would stop with the stupid faces during his uptempo songs.

  • bean99

    I was happy that James went home tonight but do wish him well. He has an adorable little family.

    I was (and still am) a Daughtry fan and the only one I resented still being there was Taylor. I doubt there will be much of a backlash (if any) on Haley unless she talks back to the judges again. I haven’t voted since Casey left although haven’t cared much since Pia left. If the f2 includes Haley I’ll probably vote for the other one. I like Scotty and surprisingly to me, Lauren.

  • CindyM

    Jordin’s song up to #49 on Itunes after her performance tonight.

  • jammasta

    Did anyone else see Anthony Fedorov in the audience tonight? During the guys’ duet?

    Oh snap the other guy who got pimp spot eliminated in 4th place! They’re, like, totally psychic.

  • Valentin432

    After replaying the results part of the show back I have to say that Scotty is the most mature seventeen year old I have ever seen. He seemed genuinely happy for both Lauren and Haley and so caring towards James. I’m sure he was extremely nervous for himself but didn’t let it show. I am very impressed.

    ITA, I may not enjoy his style of music but I am amazed by the amount of poise that guy has.
    He’s never nervous or emotional and he has that it factor.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    Lauren has grown a lot too. Despite the absence of serious constructive criticism this year, JLo and Randy both coached her to stretch herself and sing to the top of her range and she did that with gusto last night! America likes improvement. Remember Kris Allen? Dude improved. And won.

  • CindyM

    Nigel said that this isn’t the case. The company that they use can track phone numbers, and how often people call from a particular number, and Nigel said that the same people vote every week, and that for the most part, people will cast the same number of votes every week.

    If that were true, you wouldn’t see the huge increase in votes on finale night. You wouldn’t go from 70 million at top 3 to over 100 million at top 2.

  • koshka

    Jordin’s song up to #49 on Itunes after her performance tonight.

    LOL watching Jordin tonight was like seeing your little cousin boozing it up and making out with some guy. :) I was like “wow I guess Jordin grew, eh? when did that happen?”

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    Jordin’s song up to #49 on Itunes after her performance tonight.

    not surprising. slightly mediocre pop, but not bad. I liked it better than Battlefield and I love her new attitude

  • Valentin432

    Itunes rankings

    8. Dirty Dancer (with Usher) [feat. Lil Wayne] – Enrique Iglesias
    49. I Am Woman – Jordin Sparks
    185. Gunpowder & Lead – Miranda Lambert
    248. Fireflies – Owl City

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    I voted for the first time this season last night. My partner too. I’ve only voted in two other seasons, 5 and 8.

    We were pretty determined to do our part to keep Haley in the game. She’s unpredictable and I like that about her. Plus, I love the bluesy rock thing she’s got going.

  • kokko

    I am 100% behind Haley as I think she has the best voice of the the remaining three, and she also has the potential of being a Kelly or Jordin in pop – not necessarily matching their album or single sales but if packaged right, she has the potential of being a successful pop artist with the right songs.

    To me a Haley and James final would be the most interesting, and now I would be happy to have a Haley & Laurie final.

    It will be interesting to see if Haley would end up being a “Syesha” of Season 7, or she would actually be the dark horse like “Kris” of Season 8 winning the title.

  • SpenserJ

    He seems pretty grounded in all this. I just wish he would stop with the stupid faces during his uptempo songs.

    Ditto on both.

    I remember the rampant Kat hate coming from all directions. Many of us were pretty unmerciful to her around these parts. Here at mj’s, it wasn’t just any one group of people who were fans of Elliott or Chris or Taylor. It was like, everybody LOL.

  • Jean

    I am so glad that Haley made it to the top three. She has really grown through this competition. I love her voice.

    If it was possible, I have a song suggestion for her next week. She needs to sing to Randy Jackson Taylor Swift’s song, “Why You Gotta Be So Mean?” I think that would be a perfect song choice.

    Jean

  • YeahRight

    Durbin should’ve been gone last week. And for some reason, I think Haley is going to win this thing. Great. Two winners, who claim to be from Chicago, I won’t care about in a row.

  • Reflections On Life

    watching realtime on the west coast:
    - james sounded pretty good doing country. lots of country artists have rock voices (rascall flatts, carrie, darius, keith urban), so that could work. that market would be more forgiving of his aspergers.
    - lauren has never looked more like a star than she did tonite. she should always wear dark pants. they slim her up and emphasis her height. she looked stunning, performed with confidence, and sang well during the duet. she had more volume than haley, and haley graciously played the backup role in the duet, letting lauren shine in her own genre. not sure why they dressed haley in shorts for this – she looked underdressed.
    - OMG styler could not take his eyes off of haley during that duet. when the two singers were behind the judges, styler was turned around 100% focused on the reinhart a**. super LOL.
    - styler looks pretty shocked, not in a good way, about lauren being declared safe.
    - even after the commercial break, styler’s face has a grim forced smile.
    - gaga’s voice is more tuneful/melodic than haley’s, no wonder she’s ultimately in pop. but haley lent you & i the true 70s funky blues sound that the song deserved. two different but equally successful performances.
    - ppl talk about cougar bait here a lot, but no one is cougar bait more than enrique. i know middle aged women who use enrique’s photo as their own facebook profile photo, lol. good live performer, maybe the best looking man in pop music.

  • NOLA

    And Steven will be picking Lauren’s song, don’t you think? He’s loved her since the first audition.

    Absolutely.
    Randy will pick for Scotty, ’cause he knows country.
    JLO will pick for Haley

  • tinawina

    Jordin’s song up to #49 on Itunes after her performance tonight.

    GO JORDIN!!!

    I want that girl to come back hard so bad. She deserves another shot at it. :D

  • Grammie Kari

    So, my supposed theory panned out. I just knew TPTB wanted Haley aboard. Randy is to be congratulated if Haley’s your girl. It worked! Plus, Idol wanted a girl winner. They have a 66% chance of getting one.

    Sadly, James got eliminated. I actually did cry because I don’t know where he goes from here. Will an established band ask him to join them? I want this young man to succeed for all those with disabilities. He didn’t have to win, just get that TOP 3 trip home.

    Anyways, I will watch the show, but I definitely will NOT be voting!

  • Incipit

    She gave Syesha the happy feet song from an animated movie. If Randy picks for Haley, expect something that is definitely out of her or anyone elses wheelhouse.

    TylerWV, even if Randy likes a contestant – he does horrendous song choices; lord help them if he doesn’t even.

    He gave Syesha “If I Ain’t Got You” for Top3 in Season 7 – after telling her Not to sing Alicia Keyes, et al the whole season long – and it was the classic – “So close to your wheelhouse whatcha gonna do with it fresh?” curse.

    I plead Paula “Not Guilty” on the “Hit Me Up” Happy Feet Memorial Award, though. That wasn’t her, she didn’t pick for Syesha, Randy did – but that thing was a “Producer’s Choice”.

    That was so no one person had to stand there with a straight face and say it was a good song for her, and no one ever owned up to that clunker, either. Of course Simon hated it – it was about birds. *snerk*

    What might get picked for these kids boggles the mind. Really.

  • luci

    Come on ppl we are so close to an all girl finale, vote for Lauren and Haley.

  • beesims

    I put all my points on Haley to leave tonight and I have never been so happy to come away with 0 points. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that she would be in the final 3, I would have never believed it. I love it when the deserving unpimped manage to sneak past all the ones TPTB have been ramming down our throats. I took her for another Haley Scarnato at first but she started to grow on me after “Benny and The Jets”. I had her “buh-buh-buh-buh-buh Benneeeee!” in my head for weaks and I don’t even like the song. I think there was this joyful abandonment and her commitment to whatever song she sang that started to win me over. While Lauren has these amazing pipes there is this undercurrent of playacting and tentativeness that always gets in the way of her performances. I noticed it when she sang “Anyway” last night which had to be her best performance to date. I got this look like she was going to start giggling in the middle of the song that completely undermined the tone of the song. Haley fully invests all her songs with such a deep sense of conviction. She fully inhabits the song.

    Of course, I don’t think she has has snowballs chance in hell of winning Idol. I remain convinced that like Carrie, Scotty has been the top vote getter from day one and he will be standing on the stage at the finale being chatted up by Ryan when he will this deep, deep voice coming from out of nowhere, the lights go up and there is Josh Turner singing “Baby Lock Them Doors” while holding the microphone like a flute. An hour later the confetti will be raining down on Scotty and I would be more than happy if Haley is the runner up.

  • Chicagolaw

    I can’t believe it–there is going to be a girl in the final!! And I know that everyone is saying that Scotty has it in the bag, but, in a one-on-one competition I think a girl could possibly pull it off. If Haley wins, it will be two Chicagoans in a row that Chicago radio will ignore.

    Honestly, I think James is going to be one of those people that I will just like a whole lot better now that he’s off the show. James and AI just wasn’t a good mix, for me. This probably is the best scenario for him. I think he will have a lot more freedom to do the music he really wants to do.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    Absolutely.
    Randy will pick for Scotty, ’cause he knows country.
    JLO will pick for Haley

    that’s what I’m thinking too. I think JLo likes Haley and does offer her good criticisms, mostly. I disagreed with her on the gaga song, though. I thought she was awesome and bold that week!

    I just wish that the judges had bothered to offer constructive criticisms to everyone all season. Maybe Gaga would not have had to get up in Scotty’s face last night about the way he holds his mic if JLo had bothered to mention this flaw weeks ago.

  • desiree_chick

    If it’s a Lauren and Haley finale, it’s Diana Digarmo and Fantasia Pt 2. I didn’t watch much of season 3, as I was not a big idol watcher back then. But I heard equal amounts of dislike or divisive opinions towards both girls. Lauren and Haley seems to have their fare share of distractors and people who are not big fans of their personalities.

  • MayMirabella

    I am happy that for the first time since Season 6, there are 2 girls in the top 3.

    I think it is great but sad to see James go.

  • Listening

    On finale night don’t they double the length of voting time instead of 2 hours it’s 4 hours right?

    Also i’ve been thinking that Haley needs to make top 2 to be signed by Fuller but Lauren and Scotty doesn’t matter. James i’m not quite sure he’ll be signed by Fuller or whatever the main Idol company is i’m thinking he’ll pass on that option thinking James is too much of a risk. I definitely thing Haley and James will get offers from like other record companies though.

    4th is a no pressure for success position for James. He gets the all of the empathy and the outrage w/ no pressure now, it’s a good thing. If James had come in second and sold like less than 200K albums he would of been ridiculed now whatever he sells is a triumph AND he can sing whatever style he wants.

    I wish them all the best.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi austingrrl

    luci says:
    05/12/2011 at 11:35 pm
    Come on ppl we are so close to an all girl finale, vote for Lauren and Haley.

    YESSSSS!! that would so rock!!!

  • Ellessay

    And Steven will be picking Lauren’s song, don’t you think? He’s loved her since the first audition.

    Absolutely.
    Randy will pick for Scotty, ’cause he knows country.
    JLO will pick for Haley

    I hope Jlo does not pick for Haley. She looked like she’d been sucking lemons when Haley was announced for the final three. Tyler was the only one who stood up for her yesterday. I’d like to see him pick the song for her.

  • MayMirabella

    I still think Scotty will win or maybe Steven will end up being right if Lauren is the One after all.

    But I think seeing how James is gone in a shocker, I would think Scotty fans especially for him to make final 2 and for the win.

    But I am most shocked that tonight shows Lauren and Haley have some devoted fans as well.

    I know it is a long shot, but suddenly I am thinking maybe a girl has a real chance of winning. But the Scotty train seems unstoppable.

  • emmuzka

    James would have been really entertaining television, but at least now everyone in the top 3 can actually sing on key! Woot!

    Yay for Haley! Granted, she will get a song equivalent to “Happy Feet”, and the Kris-Allen-nice-of-you-to-show-up -third place finisher edit, and her fans exhale and forget to vote -> She comes home.

    Scotty will win, Lauren comes second, Haley comes third. It will be boring as hell, but we already got our Pia drama and Haley drama, and that should be enough to keep the season afloat.

  • koshka

    4th is a no pressure for success position for James. He gets the all of the empathy and the outrage w/ no pressure now, it’s a good thing. If James had come in second and sold like less than 200K albums he would of been ridiculed now whatever he sells is a triumph AND he can sing whatever style he wants.

    And he gets to avoid the whole AI dog and pony show. If James wants to rock he does not need to have his picture taken with Mickey Mouse.

  • jammasta

    Maybe Gaga would not have had to get up in Scotty’s face last night about the way he holds his mic if JLo had bothered to mention this flaw weeks ago.

    How is it a flaw? >_>

  • connie0128

    now we are guaranteed a woman in the finale. It’s been too long.

    Yes, it’s been a whole year.

    Will be interesting to see how they all do next week. Still anyone’s game at this point. Scotty wouldn’t be the first frontrunner to come up short. (I like him – just think they all neeed to bring their A game.)

  • imarunner89

    I knew the judges and producers OTT pimping/favoritism would backfire….

  • Ellessay

    I just wish that the judges had bothered to offer constructive criticisms to everyone all season. Maybe Gaga would not have had to get up in Scotty’s face last night about the way he holds his mic if JLo had bothered to mention this flaw weeks ago.

    I noticed that the performance quirks that bothered me at the beginning of the season are the same ones that bother me now. All of them have good voices, but there were some performance problems that detract from their actual singing. Why haven’t the judges pointed these things out to them? How can they improve if they aren’t criticized?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Was that Star Magazine with James on the cover out yet? Could that have had an impact I wonder?

  • smart141voter

    No Conspiracy in American Idol? Really?
    To figure out their ‘conspiracy’, we have to link several points (NOTE: This ‘theory’ is not intended to be against the South nor against any race, genre or individuals):
    1. The demographic of American Idol is mostly viewers from the Southern States (South).
    2. The rating trend is downward. This year revenue is down 17% than last year. New producer (Nigel Lythgoe) has to do something about it.
    3. Out of 9 winners 7 winners were from the South (2 of them are very successful: Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood; the majority of their music-genre fans is from the South).
    4. There are 2 ‘potential’ contenders from the South in Top 13 (Lauren Alaina & Scott McCreery; their music-genre is popular in the South).
    5. The voting system is NOT verifiable. Even if a contestant is considered very talented by the music experts/industry/viewers, he/she can be voted off, and suspicion about manipulation is almost zero. Because in people’s mind: “Because viewers can vote unlimited, contestant whose fans vote like ‘crazy’ will win, contestants who can’t generate excitement will lose.” This is where TPTB has the ‘loophole’: they reserve the right to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual. They have created their own privilege to steer the direction of the outcome of the show to what they deem necessary for the sake of the show. Viewers are just ‘pawns’ and ‘scapegoats’ (“How come they are so stupid to vote him/her off?”; Remember: ‘cougars’/’tweens/teens were to be blamed ) The contestants are the talented young musicians who in desperate need to survive. Absolutely they are thankful for being exposed to millions and got (meagerly) paid too (they get $1000/week; in comparison: host, judges get between $10M-$20M of each of them; who knows how big is the chunk for TPTB) Remember: without these contestants, there is no show. But they better shut up. The repercussion is huge.
    6. The goal of “All New” American Idol is to reverse the downward trend. How? Courting the viewers from the South. How? The winner has to be from the South. Remember when Nigel Lythgoe & Steven Tyler were exuberantly saying: “We have discovered ‘The One’ (Lauren Alaina)” when the auditions were still on.
    Several ‘steps’ have to be done:
    7. Eliminate all 5 female contestants (they all are NOT from the South)
    8. Then Paul, Stefano, Casey, Jacob, Haley, James.
    9. Lauren & Scotty: in the final. Preferably the winner is a female. Why? In the last 3 seasons: the winners & runner-ups were all male, except Crystal Bowersox.
    Imagine if 1st & 2nd from the South. Double whammy. Rating soaring (majority of viewers (South) love it). Trend reversed (even without Simon, wow). Goal achieved. Huge success. $$$ pouring in. ‘Long live American $dol (& N$gel)’!

  • NOLA

    They don’t bother me.

  • Indigobunting

    IDK, I think Lauren has a real chance of taking this if Haley goes out at third. Some of Haley’s votes could transfer to Lauren- similar to Danny’s votes S8 going to Kris. I know Lauren is country, but much more pop.

    If Lauren leaves, it will be no contest- Scotty will take it.

    Voting for Lauren! I love her voice and if she gets a little confidence back she can outshine “business as usual Scotty”.

  • Incipit

    How is it a flaw? >_>

    Because those are directional mics, Jammasta - they pick up the sound best when one is centered. The sideways hand hold was allowing some of Scotty’s words to be swallowed – the mics are not designed to pick up sound well from anything but the center.

    I can’t believe, however, that no one back stage had pointed this out to Scotty – although Gaga’s object lesson was colorful. Heh.

  • koshka

    mj says:
    05/12/2011 at 11:53 pm
    Was that Star Magazine with James on the cover out yet? Could that have had an impact I wonder?

    I can’t imagine that it has otherwise we’d see a copy of it somewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    MJ, thanks for the vids. I missed the show because I am traveling for work. You rock, as always.

    I don’t consider Kelly or Carrie from the south. LOL. They are southwest. Ruben was from the south, so…

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    Am I the only one who got home late, turned on the DVR, fast-forwarded through to the results and thought Enrique Iglesias (on fast-forward) was Anoop Desai? C’mon, SPEAK UP guys

  • jammasta

    Because those are directional mics, Jammasta – they pick up the sound best when one is centered. The sideways hand hold was allowing some of Scotty’s words to be swallowed – the mics are not designed to pick up sound well from anything but the center.

    Thanks for the explanation. I was a little annoyed whenever people called it a flaw because I’ve always thought and still think it adds character to Scotty and didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, but now I guess it makes sense. Sorry for being annoyed :P.

  • NOLA

    Looks like America is angry James got the boot and Haley made the top 3

    http://www.toofab.com/2011/05/12/american-idol-james-durbin-eliminated/

  • http://twitter.com/lindsav adamland

    mj says:
    05/12/2011 at 11:53 pm

    Was that Star Magazine with James on the cover out yet? Could that have had an impact I wonder?

    Yesterday on Twitter a lot of Haley fans were tweeting the cover so it could have.

  • J9BT

    Grammie Kari says:

    05/12/2011 at 11:33 pm

    So, my supposed theory panned out. I just knew TPTB wanted Haley aboard. Randy is to be congratulated if Haley’s your girl. It worked! Plus, Idol wanted a girl winner. They have a 66% chance of getting one.

    Sadly, James got eliminated. I actually did cry because I don’t know where he goes from here. Will an established band ask him to join them? I want this young man to succeed for all those with disabilities. He didn’t have to win, just get that TOP 3 trip home.

    Anyways, I will watch the show, but I definitely will NOT be voting!

    I’m with ya, Grammie. I think James was the most exciting performer of the bunch, and don’t plan to vote any more this season. The finale (performance show) will be boring as hell.

  • cookcricket

    I’m actually happy with this top three. I’m hoping for a Haley/Scotty finale, unless Lauren really brings it next week.

    I felt awful for James as soon as they announced Haley in the top three and dreaded seeing his send off. He handled it very well!

    My hope for James is that he can make a living in music and support his family. I wish him the very, very best! He really is an inspiration. I’m actually glad the producers did what they did with having him open and close the show last night. I’m sure they saw the writing on the wall with seeing the weekly voting totals.

    I’ve never seen him as a poser. He’s always seemed completely honest to me and just being who he is. He also had some very good moments on the idol stage. Go get em’ James Durbin! Keep listening to your angel. :D

  • J9BT

    mj says:

    05/12/2011 at 11:53 pm

    Was that Star Magazine with James on the cover out yet? Could that have had an impact I wonder?

    The magazine cover w/headlines was tweeted, so it may have had an impact. I honestly think the “FU Randy” votes for Haley had a much bigger impact, though. I saw lots of ppl on my twitter feed who had never voted and decided to pick up the phone for 2 hours (voting for Haley) to get back at Randy.

  • NOLA

    Yesterday on Twitter a lot of Haley fans were tweeting the cover so it could have.

    Interesting

  • Valentin432

    I don’t know about the star thing.

    Both Jacob and Stefano got their stories with the police released bit they survived a good number of weeks after that.

    I truely believe that James had a lot of pimp spot/promo because the producers wanted him to go far to make the contest entertaining and diverse even if in the votes he was never close to win.

    Scotty is running away with this, he has had no pimp spot, he’s never been in the B3 and dial idol has him winning almost every week with a big lead, he has the most twitter/facebook followers and he’s exactly what the demo of the shows are about.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Looks like America is angry James got the boot and Haley made the top 3

    Eh, I’m not surprised to see patches of outraged Durbin fans. He’d hardly have made it to Top 4 if nobody cared, and unlike Lusk, his fans definitely have an internet presence.

    Tomorrow’s recaps will include a mix of opinions, including Slezak rolling in confetti with glee at Reinhart’s advancing.

  • eywflyer

    I wonder if the country music vote is large enough to carry both Scotty and Lauren next week, or if a split of that vote might allow Haley to sneak into the finale with the non-country vote.

    If you believe in the Idol powers-that-be conspiracy theory, you could also wonder if the bus treatment will be shifted to Lauren next week, trying to prevent what I think most non-country music fans would consider to be a very boring finale.

    Seems like it’s all a race for second place anyway at this point – I see no way in hell that Scotty doesn’t win this thing.

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  • phil25

    The magazine cover w/headlines was tweeted, so it may have had an impact. I honestly think the “FU Randy” votes for Haley had a much bigger impact, though. I saw lots of ppl on my twitter feed who had never voted and decided to pick up the phone for 2 hours (voting for Haley) to get back at Randy.

    I could be off base on this but I also think James was hurt by the number of idol fans who already have a favorite in James’ genre. Adam fans didn’t want someone to compete with him in performance style, Kris/Cook/Lee fans didn’t want someone to compete with them on radio, or want it to look like only guys from that genre can do well on the show.

    It certainly went in to my thinking at least a little bit when it came time to vote, and now I kind of regret it because I did want him in the finale..I just didn’t want him to win.

  • phil25

    It would be very interesting to see the regional/city breakdown of TV ratings if we end up with a Scotty/Lauren hoedown finale. Huge in the South and red states to be sure, East and West Coasts – probably not so much.

    Wonder if the country/red-state/church vote is large enough to carry both Scotty and Lauren next week, or if a split of that vote might allow Haley to sneak into the finale with the non-country vote.

    But I’m not religious, I’m from the Northeast and I like Lauren, and I certainly see a lot of Haley fans from the south.

  • songsungblue

    That was one pitchy sing-out. Wowza.

  • calgary

    I’m sad that the two cookie-cutter southern kids are left with Haley.
    Lauren does have a gorgeous voice; Scotty, on the other hand does not, it’s just deep – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a vibrato.
    I didn’t realize how disappointed I’d be that James was voted out until it happened; however his final song was mega-pitchy, dawg!
    I wish him the very best; he’s refreshing, charming and interesting and I hope he can make it in the music biz.

  • gangreen29

    t would be very interesting to see the regional/city breakdown of TV ratings if we end up with a Scotty/Lauren hoedown finale. Huge in the South and red states to be sure, East and West Coasts – probably not so much.

    I live in Syracuse NY which is a firmly blue city, and our number one radio station is a country station. Country music isn’t some regional thing, people listen to it even in California and NY.

  • AIaddict

    awe James, now I feel bad for saying you or Lauren should leave tonight. He still has the talk show circuit to do then back to rehearse for finale and tour. I am hoping that ST/Aerosmith will still sing with James. I also hope that he gets a recording contract after the show is over. Best wishes to him and his family and I am looking forward to seeing him on tour.

    Thrilled that Haley made top 3. Girl deserves it.

  • Trina

    Well I didn’t watch and I guess I’ll eventually watch when I feel better but ugh. I said earlier I expected this so I was prepared, but fuck that. I still feel like shit. I haven’t sobbed over an elimination like this since Chris Daughtry and I haven’t become so invested in someone since David. I preferred the last two years where I didn’t give two craps who left when. Still not sure if I’ll watch this week or Top 2. IF I do and if I vote I’ll vote for Scotty and Lauren and only those two. Right now I may not bother though, and I’m seeing a lot of fans saying the same tonight, that they just may not vote at all anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    But I’m not religious, I’m from the Northeast and I like Lauren, and I certainly see a lot of Haley fans from the south.

    I live in the south and I like Haley. Lots of people here like James. Haven’t heard a lot of support for either of the country kids, but I am early 40s. I think the stereotypes are annoying. Yet they persist. Ho hum.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Wow, li’l Jordin is all growed up.

  • Ringo

    Lauren has grown a lot too. Despite the absence of serious constructive criticism this year, JLo and Randy both coached her to stretch herself and sing to the top of her range and she did that with gusto last night! America likes improvement. Remember Kris Allen? Dude improved. And won.

    The idea that lack of criticism hurt the singers overlooks the fact that they were getting beaucoup advice behind the scenes. But for the backlash push, on-screen criticism never helped and certainly didn’t help Haley’s performance, despite Jlo and Randy attemting to take credit. These people have professional vocal coaches giving them advice. See this article: http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/05/12/american-idol-behind-the-scenes-idol-coaches-talk-the-top-4-exclusive/
    Anyway, what kind of cogent singing advice would these kids get from the judges. They saw how far that got Pia.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Yes, I see James fans in Bama saying they are going to quit watching the show now. These are the same peeps who said they wouldn’t watch after Adam came in second. Yet they did. LOL.

  • Willis

    I watched Haley’s win into the final three again and it seemed pretty telling. Casey was handing out high-fives. Randy looked nervous as hell. Tyler was happy that there will be six outfits on the females next week. Lauren was real excited that Haley got in. Scotty was really happy too. You can see him calm and try to talk to James. James already knows the result at this point. Maybe once the rest of the band got voted off James didn’t bond with the others? Who knows

  • eyin

    Yay for Haley making the Top 3, although I’m a little worried about her homecoming. We’ve never really gotten anything about her story. Last night’s montage of the Top 4 all showed clips from home from except her, then tonight’s Windows video chat plug showed us absolutely nothing.

    But I firmly believe Haley has a real shot at being in the finale, even winning it all. Her fans had already pushed her above Lauren once and James tonight. What’s stopping them from thinking they can’t push her past Scotty?

  • J9BT

    I could be off base on this but I also think James was hurt by the number of idol fans who already have a favorite in James’ genre. Adam fans didn’t want someone to compete with him in performance style, Kris/Cook/Lee fans didn’t want someone to compete with them on radio, or want it to look like only guys from that genre can do well on the show.

    It certainly went in to my thinking at least a little bit when it came time to vote, and now I kind of regret it because I did want him in the finale..I just didn’t want him to win.

    Sorry, but I’m a huge Kris fan and would never consider James to be competition for him – totally different performers, styles & voices. I also know of other Kris fans who had James as their favorite. I also know that many Adam fans did like James & voted for him, but some didn’t, so I don’t think this is an across the board mentality.

  • chrislongisland

    I think that out of all of the contestants who have been eliminated so far, James, Casey, and Pia have the best chances at actual careers (meaning more than 1 album after the post-Idol push fades out)

    I also feel that Haley and Lauren have great chances at careers, and Scotty will have the biggest career based on his “lane” of pure country.

    That means 6 of the original top 11 will likely do pretty well for themselves, and even Lusk will stick around somewhere doing gospel / R&B to make that number 7.

    That’s one hell of a talent pool this season.

  • Ringo

    Given the performances tonight, I am appalled at the state of modern pop music. It looks like they sucked all the individuality out of Jordin. Iglesias sounded completely indistinct. Even Gaga, who has a fine voice, did not really show a unique edge. The best, in my opinion, was S. Tyler cuz it wasn’t an autotune dance club turd of a song.

    Each of the 4 idols seem far more distinctive and better singers than the 4 pros. Hate to think how these kids will get ground up by the star-making machinery, run by Ooma Lumpa Iovine, that turns out this stuff like so many Wonka bars.

  • NOLA

    It would be very interesting to see the regional/city breakdown of TV ratings if we end up with a Scotty/Lauren hoedown finale. Huge in the South and red states to be sure, East and West Coasts – probably not so much.

    There are country music lovers all over this country, not just in the South.

  • eywflyer

    J9BT says:
    05/13/2011 at 12:33 am
    I also know that many Adam fans did like James & voted for him, but some didn’t, so I don’t think this is an across the board mentality.

    Among the Adam fans that I know, there was a pretty even split between James and Haley, with a few Scotty fans thrown in. Adam has made his preference for Haley clear for a while now, not that his fans would vote that way just ‘cuz he said so.

  • lynnh

    All my votes next week are going to Haley. I really dislike Lauren.

    So sorry that James is gone.

  • littlefishie

    Even Gaga, who has a fine voice, did not really a unique edge.

    I didn’t care too much for Gaga’s “performance” tonight either, but I think it’s mainly because her voice sounded exhausted. Her performance of “You and I” on Oprah was much much better, and her voice had a very nice tone.

  • cookcricket

    BTW, wanted to comment on the performances. I have Keith and Brad’s “Start a Band” vid on my ipod and Scotty and James’ version was pretty sleepy. I thought they were decent on the harmonies though. I wasn’t familiar with Haley and Lauren’s song, but loved the personality on it and thought they did a great job! I wasn’t surprised to find out it was a Miranda Lambert song. Love what I’ve seen and heard from her.

    It was nice to have country duets. I know they had Scotty and Lauren do a couple, but mostly the group numbers are not country. I remember Scotty sounding great on the Cold Play song, and gasp! it was outside of his genre. ;)

    I really like “You and I”, Gaga. I thought Haley’s cover was awesome though I had never heard the song before. I thought Gaga was awesome on it as well, but could have done w/o the sparkly swimsuit/bra/underwear, whatever. Madonna has been there, done that. If she would have been dressed in normal clothes, the standing on the bench, playing the piano, would have gone over better for me. She has an amazing voice and I really thought her advice to the kids was great, but she goes too far, for me, for you, herself.

    I could have done w/o Enrique. Moving on.

    I like Steven Tyler’s song(only one in my family that does), the vid, not so much. It started and my daughter asked if the vid was supposed to be funny. LOL. They all still love the man! :D

    Jordin, to me, was awesome. Not my type of music, but she really shined tonight, imo, and I think she may be finding her niche. I’m pretty conservative too. I hope this song does well for her, and I’m glad to see/hear it’s moving up on itunes. Go Jordin!!

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    I could be off base on this but I also think James was hurt by the number of idol fans who already have a favorite in James’ genre. Adam fans didn’t want someone to compete with him in performance style, Kris/Cook/Lee fans didn’t want someone to compete with them on radio, or want it to look like only guys from that genre can do well on the show.

    Cook fandom includes a vocal segment of Durbin fans, including some but not all of the people who prefer Cook’s “harder rock” work… because that’s the kind of music they like.

    My impression of Cook fandom — at least the segment that’s active on Twitter — is that there was no consensus this year, not even around Cook’s own pick of Casey Abrams.

  • tierbee

    My impression of Cook fandom — at least the segment that’s active on Twitter — is that there was no consensus this year, not even around Cook’s own pick of Casey Abrams.

    I agree. Heck, we can’t even come to a consensus about Enrique ;)

  • fjbw

    I’m from Scotty’s home turf, and live less than hour away from there now. I’m a bluegrass/country musician. Female, mid 40′s. And Haley is far and away my favorite. I like the others, in fact, there was no one this season that I really didn’t like at all–though I did find Pia boring.

    As for my friends and acquaintances who have expressed a preference, there are only 2 Scotty fans amongst them, and no one has said anything at all–good or bad–about Lauren. Most were fans of either Casey, James, or Haley, and with James and Casey gone, it’s Haley all the way.

  • http://MJO judes

    J9BT says:
    05/13/2011 at 12:33 am

    I could be off base on this but I also think James was hurt by the number of idol fans who already have a favorite in James’ genre. Adam fans didn’t want someone to compete with him in performance style, Kris/Cook/Lee fans didn’t want someone to compete with them on radio, or want it to look like only guys from that genre can do well on the show.

    It certainly went in to my thinking at least a little bit when it came time to vote, and now I kind of regret it because I did want him in the finale..I just didn’t want him to win.

    Sorry, but I’m a huge Kris fan and would never consider James to be competition for him – totally different performers, styles & voices. I also know of other Kris fans who had James as their favorite. I also know that many Adam fans did like James & voted for him, but some didn’t, so I don’t think this is an across the board mentality.

    Count me as another James fan who also likes Kris & don’t for one minute think James is in competition with Kris!
    James I feel will be able to do close to what he wants to now that he has been eliminated early , which in the long run will be the best thing for him.

  • Ringo

    I really like “You and I”, Gaga. I thought Haley’s cover was awesome though I had never heard the song before. I thought Gaga was awesome on it as well, but could have done w/o the sparkly swimsuit/bra/underwear, whatever.

    At first I kinda of like that song You and I. Then I remembered Randy told us it wasn’t a very good song. I hope it charts so we can rub Randy’s nose in that. Bad dawg!

  • NOLA

    chrislongisland says:
    05/13/2011 at 12:34 am
    I think that out of all of the contestants who have been eliminated so far, James, Casey, and Pia have the best chances at actual careers (meaning more than 1 album after the post-Idol push fades out)

    I also feel that Haley and Lauren have great chances at careers, and Scotty will have the biggest career based on his “lane” of pure country.

    That means 6 of the original top 11 will likely do pretty well for themselves, and even Lusk will stick around somewhere doing gospel / R&B to make that number 7.

    That’s one hell of a talent pool this season.

    I agree. Great post, Chris!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Re: Gaga. Just watched. Thanks again, MJ, for the vids. I think she’s talented, but tries WAY too hard to be the new Madonna (to the point of ripping off Express Yourself). Just sing. Don’t dress in undies on American Idol in a yellow wig. I think she’s doing too much cocaine and it will ruin her if she doesn’t get her act together. Damn shame.

  • Fullmoon

    The look on JL and Randy’s face was priceless. lol. If and that’s a big if Lauren leaves I wouldn’t be so sure her votes will go to Scotty. From what I see Lauren and Haley fans are starting to develop a bond together. My feeling is they rather see a girl/girl in the finals but if that doesn’t happen, Lauren/Haley may throw their votes to which ever girl stays.

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    YESSSSSSSS GOOOOO HALEY.

    I think there are several reasons why James got an early ouster. James has been coasting and never got any negative criticism to improve (much like Pia). Haley has been gaining momentum, especially after the past few weeks of getting bashed.

  • mozart4898

    That means 6 of the original top 11 will likely do pretty well for themselves, and even Lusk will stick around somewhere doing gospel / R&B to make that number 7.
    That’s one hell of a talent pool this season.

    Seems this is the belief for every season actually though. I mean, for all of the “season 9 sucks” talk there was out there, you had Lee, Crystal, and Casey all signed, Siobhan and Tim have released songs, Andrew still pops up from time to time, and even Katie had tweeted about working on some songs and also had performed on Portugal Idol I think it was, so to some extent she’s still out there. Aaron Kelly was thought by many to have a great shot and I thought was also in the process of writing and then vanished it seems. I personally thought Michael Lynche would end up with some sort of deal as well.

    But to be honest, at this point only two of them have done anything that really has made any sort of mark (even though neither Crystal or Lee’s sales have been great, they’ve still been on the BB200, which is more than like 99.9% of musicians out there can ever say). Despite all the plans and even appearances those from S10 make over the next year, in the end it’ll be a great success if 3 or 4 of them are doing anything on a “major” level. Doubt that Lusk will be among them. One among James, Casey, and Pia will probably make it, but I doubt all 3 will. In fact, I doubt they’ll sign Casey – he’ll probably have to look to some sort of independent label that’s more up his alley. Pia may get a one-and-done treatment in terms of an album or EP just to capitalize on her time on the show…and even by now many in the public have probably forgotten about her. Who really knows about James – he may have a real shot, or he may flame out.

    I think Lauren and Scotty will get country deals of some sort. If Haley really isn’t a favorite of Jimmy (I don’t know if anyone has been able to figure that out actually), she may not get signed at all unless she makes the finale. Best case, I’d see 4 of them getting to a 2nd album with their original label after Idol (Scotty, Lauren, Haley, probably James). Worst case? 2, or maybe even just 1 (likely Scotty, or maybe Lauren makes it in there).

    It’s not about skill in the end. It’s about marketability. Personally when I saw the S9 tour, I felt that basically every one of the top 10 could have a place in the music scene – by which I mean signed to some sort of “major” label, even if they were just niche artists. Especially the “also rans” were much better live than they were on TV – I actually was dumbfounded by Andrew, Katie was awesome, and Siobhan blew my frickin mind.

    Anyways, I’m just saying there’s no guarantees. Was there talent this season? Yes. There is every season. I truly don’t think this season was that much better than others though – even compared to last year.

  • vuggy1

    It is all about the geography. The winners of American Idol always come from the South or the Midwest, Never New York or California or the Northeast or the West Coast. Here are the home states of the winners: Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois. Also, runnerups come heavily from this region, think Clay Aiken from NC, Bo Bice from Alabama, and Diana G. from Georgia, as well as others. Where is this top three from? North Carolina, Georgia, and Illinois. Where is James Durbin from? Santa Cruz, CA. Based on geography, it was time for him to go. When picking the winner, you should be analyzing the geography, not the singing.

  • karenc

    Phil25
    I could be off base on this but I also think James was hurt by the number of idol fans who already have a favorite in James’ genre. Adam fans didn’t want someone to compete with him in performance style, Kris/Cook/Lee fans didn’t want someone to compete with them on radio, or want it to look like only guys from that genre can do well on the show.

    As basically a fan of all of the above (Adam/Kris/Cook/Lee) and I wasn’t a big fan of James. It was more that I felt he wasn’t as original with his arrangements as the others. He pretty much did most of the songs as written, and some sounded dated.

  • fjbw

    Random observation from a Haley fan after re-watching the Haley-Lauren duet:
    If Lauren always did THAT, she would be the one that’s unstoppable. And by “THAT,” I mean the singing, the attitude, the moves, and the outfit.
    I think I just saw what Steven saw when he called her “The One.”

  • Trina

    This gave me a much needed chuckle

    IAmJericho: I don’t know what’s worse…@JDurbinAI10 getting eliminated or Steven Tylers new song.

    LOL. He also reminded people that DSB got him voted off DWTS. That song is cursed :/ he’s such a cool guy and I’m glad James found a friend in him.

  • Kirsten

    Also, runnerups come heavily from this region, think Clay Aiken from NC, Bo Bice from Alabama, and Diana G. from Georgia, as well as others.

    What others? Justin was from Pennsylvania, Kat was from California, Blake was from Washington, Archie was from Utah and Adam was from California. The only “other” is Crystal from the mid-west.

    I felt bad for James tonight. He didn’t see the end coming. Maybe if they had made some constructive criticisms to help him improve. Still, I was impressed with how well he took the elimination and I hope good things for his future. His fiance seems like a rock.

    The filler tonight was insane. Lady Gaga should just play the piano, the song was not improved by her falling onto her mic. The song is strong enough to stand on it’s own. It doesn’t need her to distract the audience with her underwear clad body. Just sing, Gaga. You are good enough. Enrique was kind of fun.

  • Parkbench

    I was really upset to read that James was eliminated and I was waiting to calm down before posting again…
    I miss James and actually cried when he was eliminated…(I’m lame)
    I guess I’m rooting for a Scotty/Lauren finale now…..I wasn’t much of a Lauren fan in the beginning but now I would prefer her over Haley…
    My dream finale would have been a James/Stefano….
    Go Scotty!….

    Oh and thinking positive, maybe it was good that he went out now since Daughtry, the rocker, did go out at this stage too and he still got a record deal and was successful…I hope it will be the same for James.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Random observation from a Haley fan after re-watching the Haley-Lauren duet:
    If Lauren always did THAT, she would be the one that’s unstoppable. And by “THAT,” I mean the singing, the attitude, the moves, and the outfit.
    I think I just saw what Steven saw when he called her “The One.”

    Gotta agree as another Haley fan. I’m rooting for Lauren, too. She seems to do well when she sings with others, which is why I think they set her up in that awkward moment with the fake fanboy. She seemed really comfortable tonight, and it was a great duet.

  • Truthiness

    Well that was an unexpected, but welcome, result.

    I really do wish the best to James’ abilty to provide for his kid. And good luck to his whole family.

    But I won’t miss his voice on the show. He had some interesting numbers in terms of the ‘splosions! but vocally he wasn’t there and I didn’t see him improving.

    Even Lauren has improved the last few weeks. Scotty? Well I thought he did last week with”Gone” but slid back this week. But he’s Scotty. He doesn’t need to improve, he’s going to march to the win, like Carrie Underwood did. James doesn’t have the demographics behind him. And to be fair to Scotty here, Scotty while not perfect vocally, has been stronger than James. So I am more in favour of Scotty advancing over James.

    It’s too bad that the judges didn’t do their damn job and challenge James and give him some constructive advice on his pitchiness and flatness, and not just blown smoke up his ass constantly. But they didn’t, and so I’m not sorry to see him gone. Based on the last two weeks, he deserved to go.

  • songsungblue

    From E! Online:

    James sang his final song, during which Haley turned to Scotty and said “I’m gonna cry.”

    That spiteful bitch. How DARE she? ;)

  • wolfsbane813

    I don’t consider Kelly or Carrie from the south. LOL. They are southwest. Ruben was from the south, so…

    idk about anybody else, but i consider the southwest to be california, nevada, arizona, utah, colorado, and new mexico.

    i consider texas and oklahoma the south. oklahoma maybe part of the mid west.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Songsungblue, oh stop it. You know Haley is a heartless bitch. I mean, it’s OBVS.

  • Ringo

    I watched Haley’s win into the final three again and it seemed pretty telling. Casey was handing out high-fives. Randy looked nervous as hell. Tyler was happy that there will be six outfits on the females next week.

    The judge’s reaction to Haley is really odd. Steven is completely stone faced — no applause, no nothing. Like he doesn’t like this part of the contest at all or he is feeling really bad for James. JLo is covering her face, giggling and applauding. Randy is applauding but with a real Haley stank face going on. He is not happy for Haley at all. Nice interaction between to top 3, Scotty getting/giving a hug to Haley, Lauren screaming “Haley” and then twirling her. Say what you will, those Kountry Kids seem to be pretty grounded.

  • wolfsbane813

    Songsungblue, oh stop it. You know Haley is a heartless bitch. I mean, it’s OBVS.

    i know!!! i mean HOW COULD SHE BE SO COLD!?

    ;)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    To me: new mexico, arizona, texas, oklahoma = southwest

    california = west coast

    Colorado, utah = mountain states

    Alabama, georgia, misssissippi, tennessee, la = “the south”

    Florida = east coast snow birds and old peeps.

  • Truthiness

    I don’t consider Kelly or Carrie from the south. LOL. They are southwest. Ruben was from the south, so…

    I don’t consider Texas part of the Southwest, OK either. OK is South, possibly Midwest, but not Southwest. If they were south of the Mason/Dixon line? I consider them South.

    Southwest to me is: NM; AZ; CO; UT; NV.

  • CCOREY2034

    Honestly IMO I think James deserved to go last night. He wasn’t great last night. He had a couple off weeks. Plus I felt him saying he did a bunch of things never done. Yeah with the heavy metal but I think it was all done better by Adam Lambert. Honestly the best top three are there. Haley IMO deserved and earned her spot. The girl is nothing but a marvel. I am sorry if she wasn’t crying her eyes out for James, Haley IMO has never been there to make friends. This girl takes this as show business and these people are your competition. You have to size it up.

  • honeywoman

    I read someone state that Scotty was in the bottom 2 tonight. I don’t believe that to be true…I am thinking they announced the top 3 vote getters in random order so they would have the drama between James & Scotty…

  • NOLA

    pj says:
    05/13/2011 at 1:52 am
    To me: new mexico, arizona, texas, oklahoma = southwest

    california = west coast

    Colorado, utah = mountain states

    Alabama, georgia, misssissippi, tennessee, la = “the south”

    Florida = east coast snow birds and old peeps.

    That is correct.

  • Parkbench

    I read someone state that Scotty was in the bottom 2 tonight. I don’t believe that to be true…I am thinking they announced the top 3 vote getters in random order so they would have the drama between James & Scotty…

    Yeah I was confused on that. There wasn’t any announcement saying that those were the bottom two or not. I don’t think Scotty was in the bottom two either….just like a few weeks ago when he was there with Casey.

  • Truthiness

    That is correct.

    Actually, not so much. In that there are several different ways to look at what is the Southwest. At least according to Wiki, and I think we prove that. ;) But according that link, the US Census bureau considers TX and OK to be South.

    And as fun as discussing regions of the US can be, I don’t know that it matters to AI overall. Beyond that peeps from the Northeast DO get screwed over in terms of having peeps from them the finals. I think that we can all agree on. Sorry, MJ! Your region will once again be shut out.

  • Susan

    Thanks for the videos… my friend’s daughter was trying to watch some silly show on Nick at Nite and I missed the boys’ duet. James can actually sing country! Who knew?! Actually I think his voice is very versatile… he always sounded great in the early group songs that were very pop.

    I won’t bother watching the next two weeks, until all the finalists return for the last night. Scotty will win, I don’t care about any of them, so what’s the point?

    The sing-out was a bit rough, but he had tears running down his face, so it’s all fine. :)

  • Valentin432

    This panel’s lame and inconsistent judging seems to have completely lost them credibility and legitimacy with Idol fans. What are you going to do about that, Nigel?

    Nigel is too occupied with SYTYCD right now.

    I will also guess that he, the producers, Fox and everyone else are too happy with the ratings being up from last year (a first since season 5), the voting numbers being off the charts and idol being back on the map the first year without Simon Cowell.

  • Nativenewyorker

    I was surprised to see James go, but no way would I sacrifice Scotty for him! Listening to Scotty, I am amazed at how well he stays on key even when he is moving around all over the place. I have seen some real improvement in his vocals, holding notes more, not losing the notes as much, better control and showing off his tenor voice to great effect. He has gotten so much better at keeping his mic straight. I would love to thank Lady Gaga for pointing out that people can’t hear him when he turns the mic sideways. It’s not just distracting when you are watching him, it is keeping his vocals from being heard. Although Lady Gaga communicated this to Scotty in a way that I probably would not have, given his background. Still, it was fun to watch. :)

    I think Scotty can sing almost anything, but country music is where he feels most at home. He has even more potential than what we have seen. I hope whatever judge he gets gives him something that will show off that voice.

  • Lisa

    oklahoma maybe part of the mid west.

    I live in OK, it’s the midwest :)

  • Ratna12

    I’ve been re-watching the announcement and funny how the top 4 were standing so far apart. They all looked tense but James was having no smiles at all. I’m rooting for the girls especially Lauren, but still Scotty cracks me up. He was just so relax, the first one who hugged the saved person, all smiles and clapping afterwards. Nothing worries him, I don’t think, which at 17, is pretty amazing.

  • samgamgee

    Been listening to Haley recordings all day long. I can’t get over her bluesy, rock, and soulful sound. This girl is gold.

  • smart141voter

    Data from Nielsen SoundScan, a music-sales tracking service, showed that of the 47 million CDs sold by Idol contestants through January 2010, 85 percent were by contestants with ties to the American South.
    The show itself is particularly popular in the American South, with households in the Southeastern United States 10% more likely to watch American Idol during the eighth season in 2009, and those in the East Central region, such as Kentucky, were 16 percent more likely to tune into the series. When asked about the appeal of Southern contestants, season five winner Taylor Hicks, from the state of Alabama said, “People in the South have a lot of pride … So, they’re adamant about supporting the contestants who do well from their state or region.”

    Facts are NOT stereotyping.. too bad..

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Durbin eliminated? YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS

  • smart141voter

    As defined by the United States Census Bureau the Southern region of the United States includes sixteen states. Thirty-six percent of all U.S. residents lived in the South, the nation’s most populous region. The Census Bureau defined three smaller units, or divisions:

    The South Atlantic States: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware
    The East South Central States: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee
    The West South Central States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas

    For $6.9 Billion (2010 Census), they better did a good job….

  • genius20913

    I blew a big sigh of relief when Haley was called safe…i was actually scared for her…i think she was right to say something back to the judges the other night but if she does it again then that might really hurt her…even though im a rabid Haley fan, i felt sorry for james a lil bit tonight..oh well

    ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL HALEY FANS: we’re goin to have to vote even harder next week…lets not let this small victory make us complacent…HALEY FTW!!!!

  • smart141voter

    Hopefully America (plus the fans of the 10 voted-off contestants) will vote for Haley Reinhardt rigorously, not only that she is the best of the so-called Top 3, but also to counter the ‘conspiracy’ of the show! No ‘Country Idol’!
    This is American Idol!

  • Valentin432

    showed that of the 47 million CDs sold by Idol contestants through January 2010, 85 percent were by contestants with ties to the American South.

    Well, if you count 8 of the 9 winners coming from the south, of course the number will look like that. Carrie + Kelly alone account for hal of that number.

    with households in the Southeastern United States 10% more likely to watch American Idol during the eighth season in 2009, and those in the East Central region, such as Kentucky, were 16 percent more likely to tune into the series

    You realize that those regions are also less populated (in terms of density of population) than the Northeast or the West Coast?

    Also, the summer tour has more dates in the Northeast than anywhere else in the country http://www.americanidol.com/tour/season_10/
    And that’s the case for every season.

  • imarunner89

    I really don’t think the show will suffer too much. It just creates more buzz. Just like when Pia left. I expect the ratings to stay stable next week.

  • Valentin432

    No ‘Country Idol’!
    This is American Idol!

    American Idol has one country winner and one other country artist who finished in the top 5 the first 9 years.

    That’s 1 in 9 and 2 in 45. Country music has hardly been dominating the competition like you seem to suggest.

  • smart141voter

    Valentin432 says:
    05/13/2011 at 3:35 am
    You realize that those regions are also less populated (in terms of density of population) than the Northeast or the West Coast?

    As defined by the United States Census Bureau,the Southern region of the United States includes sixteen states. Thirty-six percent of all U.S. residents lived in the South, the nation’s most populous region.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_South

  • Esqt

    Lauren will be the S10 winner. Bravo TPTB! Well played.

  • smart141voter

    Valentin432 says:
    05/13/2011 at 3:40 am
    Country music has hardly been dominating the competition like you seem to suggest.

    No one suggests that. Taken out of context:

    Hopefully America (plus the fans of the 10 voted-off contestants) will vote for Haley Reihardt rigorously, not only that she is the best of the so-called Top 3, but also to counter the ‘conspiracy’ of the show! No ‘Country’ Idol!
    This is American Idol

  • Truthiness

    Thirty-six percent of all U.S. residents lived in the South, the nation’s most populous region.

    But it’s not as densely populated, which was going to Valentin432‘s point re;

    the summer tour has more dates in the Northeast than anywhere else in the country

    . Which it does, and is always the case, as they rightly point out.

  • smart141voter

    Valentin432 says:
    05/13/2011 at 3:35 am
    Also, the summer tour has more dates in the Northeast than anywhere else in the country

    Unknown reason. Possibly they like to enjoy artists from different regions and genre, not only from their own region. Who knows..

  • Valentin432

    Unknown reason. Possibly they like to enjoy artists from different regions and genre, not only from their own region. Who knows..

    They go to those locations because that’s where the paying audience is. The producers of the show/tour are in the business of making money, they set the tour dates in the places where they can get the most people to come.

  • RockiDreams

    Boy was that disappointing. I will miss James big time. I loved everything about him. The rest of this show will be a huge bore. As for Ms.Haley, I hope she is booted out on her arse next week with everyone smiling while she exits. I don’t think getting though based on anger at the judges is all that wonderful. Although not by a long shot my favorites, good luck to Scotty and Lauren. They at least can actually sing without screaming and growling. The best of everything to James and his family.

  • hoa_teca

    At this point of the competition, I don’t know who will win.

    But I never see a contestant like Scotty. 17 and he is so level-headed. He’s has a laid-back attitude, very calm and relaxing at things around him. He takes criticisms well and treat his fellow contestants in a sincere way.

    He will have a good career ahead partly because of his personality. His habit is not easily changed, he has so many things to learn, like Jimmy said. But he can.

  • tripp_ncwy

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  • chrislongisland

    I really wanted a James-Haley finale, but I’d also love a Lauren-Haley finale … Lauren is AMAZING on duets and Haley is the best solo vocalist. Scotty is Scotty, but his post-Idol career is set, so does he really need to win?

  • dusty

    James can actually sing country! Who knew?! Actually I think his voice is very versatile… he always sounded great in the early group songs that were very pop.

    I won’t bother watching the next two weeks, until all the finalists return for the last night. Scotty will win, I don’t care about any of them, so what’s the point?

    The sing-out was a bit rough, but he had tears running down his face, so it’s all fine. :)

    James won a Country Idol contest in California before the show. He is very versatile.

    I am with you in terms of being disappointed. I’ll probably tape the show and just ff to parts that are getting buzz. I know I and many other James fans definitely won’t be voting. I’ll watch the finale results show to see James and Pia and some previous winners.

    Welcome to Country Idol! Nigel got his viewers, buzz, and job for another year, and can be congratulated for overcoming Simon’s exit. His strategy worked.

    James provided the fun this year for me and now the entertaining, fun part of AI is gone for the season.

  • halo9125

    No way James was a shock boot a la Daughtry. He was not thought of a “lock” to win it all as Daughtry was- the only elimination that would have been somewhat shocking at this point would have been Scotty.

    Saw this on my Twitter feed:

    MichaelOrland Michael Orland
    So many unhappy people contacting me after the elimination on
    IDOL. Just know that @JDurbinAI10 is going to be Just Fine. Even better.

    Guess we need not worry about James :)

  • springboard

    Now, can we finally stop feeling sorry for Haley? Boo hoo. Randy yelled at her and…she made it to the Top 3. She keeps advancing people! I refuse to view her as a victim. She’s not. I re-watched her altercation with the judges. The only reason Randy kept repeating himself was because Haley was arguing with him. Jennifer wasn’t entirely negative, and then Steven stepped in to defend Haley. She got a freaking standing o for her second number. She’s a tough girl who knows what she’s doing. No tears for Haley. The end. I expect she’ll make the finals.

    The problem is not that she was criticised, it is that she has been singled out for weeks, whilst the others have been covered with extreme OTT praise.
    She is only a 20 years old and it must be hard to cope with something like this. I know that other contestants have been bussed in the past, but I don’t think that it has ever been so OTT.

  • sr4mjc

    I saw plenty of tweets to Adam saying it was his fault James is gone because he tweeted about Haley. Who knew he had such power? LOL Oh Please..

    I guess all the other idols who tweeted about Haley being their favorite don’t count?

    Go Lauren and Haley for a female finale!

  • savgal

    It would be very interesting to see the regional/city breakdown of TV ratings if we end up with a Scotty/Lauren hoedown finale. Huge in the South and red states to be sure, East and West Coasts – probably not so much.

    There are country music lovers all over this country, not just in the South.

    You are so right! Did not realize this until I (from the great state of GA) went to a family wedding in PA and country made up 50% of the dj’s playlist, at the request of the bride and groom. The songs that the MOG and FOB danced to with their son and daughter were country songs. Totally shocked, since this was in the suburbs of Philly.
    PS–did Lauren get a new stylist? That was the most becoming outfit she has worn all season. Rewatching her duet with Haley, was struck by how comfortable she looked. Carrie, look out!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The problem is not that she was criticised, it is that she has been singled out for weeks, whilst the others have been covered with extreme OTT praise.

    Exactly. The issue for me was the total bias of the judges, criticizing Haley for flaws that the others had, without saying a word to them and praising them to the hilt. Casey admitted publicly that he had been pitchy and some of his performances had been off, yet the judges never called him on it, while they “picked on” Haley. I’m not even a real fan of Haley’s, but the inconsistency and blatant favoritism prompted many to vote for her in protest. I think that the last show, Randy showed that he was letting his ego affect his judging, something that he hadn’t shown before. I hope that he’s gone next year.

  • Suzanne

    A woman will win. When a girl is out next week, people will vote for the other one and overcome behemoth Scotty. Kikki Mckibbon–Kelly, Vonzell Soloman–Carrie, Melinda Doolittle–Jordin Sparks. Casey James fans probably helped Lee DeWyze based on gender preference over Crystal too. History repeats.

  • Suzanne

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

  • SpenserJ

    Gotta agree as another Haley fan. I’m rooting for Lauren, too. She seems to do well when she sings with others, which is why I think they set her up in that awkward moment with the fake fanboy. She seemed really comfortable tonight, and it was a great duet.

    That duet was the best I’ve seen Lauren perform during this whole season. There must be some kind of shared strength thing going on there. Perhaps Haley & Lauren have developed a strong bond during their fight to be the last two girls standing.

    If it wasn’t because she had her friend out there with her, and somehow Lauren has her swagger back for good, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Final 3.

  • jpfan

    I think they didn’t want Haley to get blow back as the one who eliminated James. I also think they want people to think Scotty is in jeopardy.

    Scotty is by far the most emotionally together of the 4 on stage last night. Maybe that thought he’d keep James calm by standing next to him. And Scotty was very good with James when he got the boot so it made for a less icky scene at the end.

  • jessabean

    MJ, you crack me up!

    I do agree with the other poster. I never felt bad for Haley … well, a little bit, but she’s another tough cookie (like Crystal :)). You know, the wackiness of the judging this year had to come to a head at some point and it did last week. When Chris Daughtry and David Cook are tweeting about how weird the judging is, you know it’s bad. It had to blow up on the show eventually.

    Let’s just hope that Haley brings it big time next week. She can do it!

  • doggiedr

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    To taint Scotty in their hopes for a Lauren win.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Now, can we finally stop feeling sorry for Haley? Boo hoo. Randy yelled at her and…she made it to the Top 3. She keeps advancing people! I refuse to view her as a victim.

    Probably not. Kris won and there are still peeps who think he is a victim. Anyway, I do think Haley has been singled out for criticism, but so was Pia. To me, it seems like the women (I consider Lauren a girl), are held to a higher standard than the men…..just like they would if they were in any other job. LOL

    It would be very interesting to see the regional/city breakdown of TV ratings

    As far as who makes up the largest segment of the viewing audience, Richard Rushfield address that a bit in his book. We had some discussion about that in a thread a couple months back after “American Idol: The Untold Story” came out. He does write that AI is more popular in the south and mid-west. He also states that conservative Christians make up the largest segment in the AI voting demographic.

    Still lots of peeps in the South like rock music and while peeps who call themselves conservative Christians make up the largest single piece of the AI audience pie, I bet the other viewing segments: non conservative Christians, non Christians, etc., when added together, make up the majority of viewers.

    I do think Taylor Hicks is right. Contestants coming from a small town do get the troops to rally around them. That’s just the way it is. So there is a bit of an advantage there, but really, it is what it is.

    ETA BLOCK QUOTE FAIL. LOL

  • musicality

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    I think it was more dramatic the way they did it. I would have done the same if I was a producer. All you kept reading and hearing about was the girls getting eliminated and that it would probably be a two boy finale. But now two girls are sitting on the couches and one boy has to go.

  • J9BT

    I think we may be in the middle of a mass viewer revolution against this year’s newer and lamer judges’ panel.

    Yes, this is EXACTLY what I saw all over the internet on Wednesday night. Everywhere I looked I saw people commenting that have never voted before & weren’t big fans of Haley, but they were called to vote the entire 2 hours to say FU to Randy. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it. That’s not to say she isn’t talented (she is) and she didn’t have fans (she does), but she really benefitted from the Randy abuse.

  • Tess

    Interestingly that in AI fandom Haley has gone from “the other blond” that stole a top 12 seat from Kendra to the new coming of the “female saviour” for American Idol. And she still screeches and growls and chooses songs that are outside of her capabilities (and is rightly criticized for it), but she is now the sour-faced darling of the blog world. Who would have thought….oh well, default positioning isn’t always bad.

    I think it was time for James to depart….never got on his bandwagon though I love visual performances….just thought his stichk (sp) was so old-fashioned and casino loungy (playing to all the baby boomers out there).

    I still feel that of all the contestants Scotty and Lauren have the most raw potential and personality and talent that will hold them in good stead once Idol is history. And since country music is a national pastime I don’t think that they will have any trouble making it to the finals and that they will draw a nice audience. Talent and “IT” aren’t just reserved for “pop” singers though a lot of people don’t seem to be able to grasp that concept.

    And, boy, GaGa is becoming more of a turn-off everyday. I am pretty damn liberal with social concepts but her stunt at the piano just didn’t sit well with me. Just too much information.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    When Chris Daughtry and David Cook are tweeting about how weird the judging is, you know it’s bad. It had to blow up on the show eventually.

    Also, Ellen tweeted that she disagreed with the judges about Haley and encouraged people to vote for her.

  • tinawina

    Now, can we finally stop feeling sorry for Haley? Boo hoo. Randy yelled at her and…she made it to the Top 3. She keeps advancing people!

    Well, she clearly was not a producer favorite early on and she has gotten the shit end of the weird, inconsistent judging this year… but clearly, she has peeps. For the girl to survive after:

    1. tanking a mj song
    2. mouthing off to the judges
    3. getting not one but 2 shitty performance order spots- she missed the last half hour completely
    4. performing the one song people remember Jordin Sparks for LOL
    5. Not being a perfect angel on camera all season long

    Then she’s got peeps. It is official.

    She has not hit the bottom in weeks. I think there was more than just an enraged fanbase at work here, though that helped. Miss Haley Reinhart has a sizeable, passionate fanbase that exists outside the internet. And I LOVE seeing a woman once again get one of those fanbases that let her get away with damn near anything. LMAO. Good for her.

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    The last 2 standing had never been in the B3 before. Way more dramatic to know one of the favorites had to go home.

  • hcpoirot

    THis is the first time after so many years, a pimp spot could not save a contestant.

    James own downfall is the way he sang the 2 songs almost identical with lots of yelling in end of the song.

    But the worst is the judges just kept saying nice things and he become relaxing and not utilize 2 songs as much as he can.

    Scotty had his worst performance week and yet still in top 3. He will win for sure.

    It prove how country fans voters are very strong cause Lauren also in top 3 after another okay week.

    NOte for upcoming Idols finalists: JUst choose country styles and you will make it very far.

  • hcpoirot

    NOte for Idol conspiracy:

    Ryan didnot said that James and Scott is the bottom 2 singers. BUt nice work for the producer to put Scotty with James that will ensure Scotty fans will triple their effort to put him in the finale two weeks from now. :D

  • tinawina

    Post ho’ing to add: I don’t get the country music based complaints. We haven’t had a country winner in 6 years. The only country singer to even make the top 3 since then was Casey James, and he wasn’t totally country on the show. If they were some incredible impossible to overcome voting block we’d have seen way more country contestants at the top than we’ve had.

    Lauren and Scotty have charm and can sing. I think people just like them period.

    And I have to add this:

    Nigel got his viewers, buzz, and job for another year, and can be congratulated for overcoming Simon’s exit. His strategy worked.

    For all the bitching we are doing around here (myself included LOL) this show is kicking ass in ratings and vote counts this year. People are talking about the show again. Its looking like it’s going to leave the season in a great place. Nigel is that dude. Congrats, man.

  • tomr

    Just want to congratulate Mr. & Mrs. McCreery. Their son is amazing for a 17 year old in his demeanor, caring, support, manners, and humbleness, Not once has he been anything other than a credit to their upbringing. Regardless of whether he wins or not, he is already a winner in my eyes and a fine example of/role model for the potential of our youth.

  • musicality

    James was being force fed down everyone’s throats and yes I think there was a revolt. James had some horrible off pitch performances and the judges always ignored it and hailed him as the second coming meanwhile beating up on someone who had a better performance. As far as entertainment value that was more the producers throwing everything including the flaming piano on stage to prop up James. They can do the same for the others.
    Frankly James doesn’t have the “it” factor. My mother keeps saying that there is something not right about him but she doesn’t know what it is. He puts off a lot of people.

    Hopefully they’ll get rid of all the judges and start fresh next season.

  • Fullmoon

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    To taint Scotty in their hopes for a Lauren win.

    According to some real hardcore number crunchers out there who analyze everything from twitter to iTunes and every thing in between, Haley had the most votes and Scotty was actually in the bottom 2. All predicted before the results show. Scotty may not be so teflon after all.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    Probably in consideration of James’s feelings, giving him a chance to prepare. Giving him a Daughtry moment, where he stood there stupefied, and the contestant who was saved (Kat) was an afterthought, would have been highly awkward and painfully unwatchable in the context of his previous emotionality and his condition.

  • Tess

    According to some real hardcore number crunchers out there who analyze everything from twitter to iTunes and every thing in between, Haley had the most votes and Scotty was actually in the bottom 2. All predicted before the results show. Scotty may not be so teflon after all

    I can make mythical numbers say anything I want…just like all the pundits who have climbed on the Haley bandwagon the last few weeks. And I predicted James going home so I must be a genius and my theories don’t put Haley on the top of the heep.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    What “number crunchers”? This is the one area where Dial Idol is definitive. Scotty’s lead each week has been decisive. He wasn’t in the bottom 2. Haley was. Lauren was second. DI is usually pretty damn accurate in the later stages.

  • Mary102

    Well, gotta say – pretty darn happy with these results! As soon as Seacrest said the results would be interesting, I knew Haley was safe, and that any of the other three could go. Since I’m pretty sure Scotty is really safe too, I had split my points between James and Lauren, but guessed Lauren would go.

    I always thought James had more of a fanbase, and after the uberpimping last night, to still not get through, maybe he really didn’t. I do think Haley getting trashed by the judges plus doing so well the second round really helped her.

    I will say, while I wasn’t a fan of Durbin’s I did think he would make a good finale person vs Scotty, they’re so different, and James is crazy on stage, so it would at least be … interesting.

    Now I’m just hoping Lauren is gone next week and the finale is Scotty and Haley. A Scotty/Lauren finale would be dull as dirt and I probably wouldn’t even watch, tbh.

  • Mary102

    Let me also say, that I think the judges really screwed over the contestants, including James, this year.

    James needed the constructive feedback but he, and most of the others, have never gotten it – so they were never getting better. Pia should have been told to mix it up in a more definitive way, and earlier in the competition, and she would have lasted longer. Jacob and James should have been called out on pitchiness time and time again. The judges just made all these people complacent, and didn’t help them improve. That is too bad, really.

  • Mary102

    I do agree the best to leave would have been Lauren, though. She is not ready for this. Too emotionally fragile, and not musically mature enough to handle this. I really really hope she’s gone next week.

  • Mary102

    Miss Haley Reinhart has a sizeable, passionate fanbase that exists outside the internet.

  • Mary102

    Miss Haley Reinhart has a sizeable, passionate fanbase that exists outside the internet.

    TBH I don’t actually think this is true. I think it went down like MJ said – casual voters got fed up with the judges panel, both hating on Haley AND gushing over Durbin, and voted because of THAT rather than because they thought Haley was the bestest ever.

    As much as I enjoy Haley, I think only Scotty has actual star potential post-AI, and that most people will forget about her once the show is over. Sorry to say it, but there it is.

  • Ringo

    I wonder why they declared Haley safe second? It would have been more dramatic with Haley and James standing there in the end.

    Regardless of where they finished, the a Haley/James “final 2″ would hav been the cherry on the sundae, giving Haley even more drama, face time, sympathy and they didn’t want that again. Time to put the skids on the redemption arc of Haley.
    The most dramatic would have been James/Lauren — both in tears sobbing before the decision, each falling to their knees when Lauren is saved. I think that would have been cruel to Lauren and stolen some of the moment from James.
    Scotty/James — less drama, kinder gentler, just like our judging panel. Or it could have reflected the voting, reverse order. Or completely random.

  • Reflections On Life

    Just want to congratulate Mr. & Mrs. McCreery. Their son is amazing for a 17 year old in his demeanor, caring, support, manners, and humbleness, Not once has he been anything other than a credit to their upbringing. Regardless of whether he wins or not, he is already a winner in my eyes and a fine example of/role model for the potential of our youth.

    I would have agreed with you until this week. Dissing your mentor in national TV is never a sign of good upbringing. I understand its Gaga and he probably thinks she’s the devil incarnate, but she’s more successful than he is and spending her time giving you advice. As a well-raised teen, you suck it up and listen to what she has to say, and you don’t speak ill of her in a public way at all. Both James & Scotty showed their poor manners this week, but I’ll give James a pass due to his condition. If Scotty were my kid, I’d have given him a good dressing down for disrespecting his mentors and elders like that. I wonder if he talks about his teachers at school that way too…

  • imeanrun

    Just got home, it’s a looooonnng day at work, but this is the best news ever, FUCK YEAH!

  • tinawina

    TBH I don’t actually think this is true. I think it went down like MJ said – casual voters got fed up with the judges panel, both hating on Haley AND gushing over Durbin, and voted because of THAT rather than because they thought Haley was the bestest ever.

    I would agree except for the fact that she hasn’t hit the bottom for weeks now. I do think she got a boost from mad people, but I also think she lost some people too. And I don’t think she has the biggest fanbase of those left by any means. But she made top 3 without having to ride the bottom to get there, and she survived a night that seems tailor made for her exit… so she has some peeps, I think.

  • musicality

    It’s probably more accurate that it’s a little of both. Viewers fed up with the Durbin tongue bath each week and the Haley bashing and the size of the fanbases. I don’t think Durbin had a really substantial fanbase in the RL. He’s too niche and I can see his behavior and trash style may have put a lot of people off. Durbin’s base was probably shrinking as he turned out some sub par performances the last few weeks. Plus he never changed it up. Haley’s fanbase increased as she was picking up a lot of support from the music bloggers. The music bloggers did not like Durbin and thought Haley was undervalued. I’m talking music bloggers not American Idol bloggers. Plus no one was coming out in support of Durbin. I don’t think those in the industry appeared to care for him that much. People like Ellen were angry this week and encouraged their fans to vote for Haley. Kris, Cook, Kelly, Daughtry, Adam all came out in support of Haley. Durbin was as my mom calls him a one trick pony. As far as his recording voice goes. Any one can have a good recording voice. Look what they did with the Real Housewives and their recordings. You see people sing live and get disappointed all the time. Durbin is one of those.

    However, the big assumption is and it could be totally wrong that Haley was in 3rd place. Lauren could have easily been the one who was in 3rd place. She was in the bottom the previous week.

  • Tess

    Both James & Scotty showed their poor manners this week, but I’ll give James a pass due to his condition.

    I don’t think Scotty or James were “disrespectful” of GaGa. She approached them in her usual sexual overdone and overripe persona. And though what she said was good, she too, needed to be more respectful of her mentorees social and belief structure rather than “shocking” them verbally to get her point across. Elders, mentors, bosses, Jimmy Iovine, producers, famous singers all need to EARN respect….their positions do not necessarily mean that others need to bow down and kiss the ground they walk on. Me….I would laugh in GaGa’s face if she pulled her OTT stunts with me.

  • tawny

    I think Haley staying is a combination of things – she’s one of only two girls since top 8, she’s gotten some favorable positioning in the line up, Casey leaving, and the judges singling her out creating a backlash vote. We haven’t been shown a bottom 3 since top 7 so it’s hard to know how well she or the other two left are doing – all we know is Lauren was bottom 2 on top 5. She’s also doing the best on itunes so she does have some hardcore fans as well.

    James didn’t need all the pimping he got. When he was good it was obvious and when he was off it probably would’ve helped to say so. Being told he’s the best of the night a couple of times way early in the show, multiple pimp spots, etc. and the praising when he was so obviously off pitch didn’t do him any favors. I think part of the blame for him going is on the judges.

    “The one” will probably win. Notice how she was dressed as the star last night compared to the others. Well played Nigel – a lot of people couldn’t stand her at the beginning of the season but he’s managed to turn that around.

    Scotty wasn’t very smart to sort of diss GaGa. I’ve seen some comments that it was a joke but I don’t know. It’s probably hard to always be thinking of the correct thing to say when you’re on camera so much.

    Scotty was actually the one who did cry when James left.

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b241609_live_american_idol_did_james.html

  • SpenserJ

    But she made top 3 without having to ride the bottom to get there, and she survived a night that seems tailor made for her exit… so she has some peeps, I think.

    Clearly, she must. As much as people want the Haley is a victim meme to go away (I think Haley is the very antithesis of what I’d call a victim, but anyway), I’d like to see the Haley only made the final 3 because of blah blah blah go away.

    There are some viewers who legitimately believe Haley gave the performance of the night, two weeks in a row. And, it wasn’t just here that I saw that, but other places as well. Haley’s got some support, no doubt. And, I think she earned a lot of it. It’s not all just out of pity or anger or whatever.

  • tinawina

    I think the Scotty vs Gaga thing was overblown. I thought Scotty was totally kidding with the kissing the cross. And Gaga was being Gaga, Scotty is no little boy, he could take it. Plus, when she found out how conservative he was, she apologized. Nobody is the bad guy here IMO.

    As much as people want the Haley is a victim meme to go away (I think Haley is the very antithesis of what I’d call a victim, but anyway), I’d like to see the Haley only made the final 3 because of blah blah blah go away.

    I completely, totally, unequivocally agree with you.

    It seems like the chatter is going from one extreme to another on this. I think she was treated like an afterthought early on (like a lot of people), got some weird judging, provided some strong performances anyway that won her some fans, steadily got better, and benefited from a backlash all at the same time. More than one thing is going on with her. But the bottom line is she can sing, and I think a lot of people believe that to be true, so she’s here.

  • Holden

    I’ve watched the judges’ exchange with Haley after her performance of “Earth Song.” I don’t see what she said to Randy that was all that bad. He said he wanted her to do runs at the end, and she said she didn’t want to stray from the original version. What’s the big deal? She was not disrespectful and she did not throw a tantrum like everyone keeps suggesting.

    Maybe you liked what she did with the song or maybe you didn’t. I think she overused the growl at the end. Either way, don’t lie about what happened afterward.

  • Trina

    Scotty is getting a lot of props from James fans based on how he handled things last night. Showing concern and sadness and being supportive is a lot more telling then saying you THINK you’re gonna cry. I’m glad it was him standing there with James since he seemed to actually care.

  • Mel1

    Adam’s bf said in an interview, if Haley is in the finals, they want to be in the audience since they both like her. Isn’t that cutting it close for Adam as he has a concert in Moscow?

  • smn73

    Honestly, I can’t imagine viewers tolerating Haley back talking Simon the way she did Randy, or NOT listening to Simon if he told them a certain contestant was the best thing since sliced bread coughleedewyzecough.

    ITA and said the exact thing last night. Had that same interaction gone down with Simon she would have been history. I actually think a lot of things would be different in the lineup…partially because these kids would have gotten feedback they could USE. Those that took the feedback to heart would have stayed longer. I have a feeling James would have been one of those that listened to Simon. I haven’t missed certain things about Simon, but I do miss the honesty. The panel can only handle one “Paula” who only blows sunshine.

    I am bummed because I really feel James was sacrificed by a judges backlash. My consolation is that I just hope he will be able to make the music he wants to and not the generic Idol crap. I always think of Bo Bice in times like these, when Idol sucked the rock right out of his 1st album.

  • SpenserJ

    I think the Scotty vs Gaga thing was overblown. I thought Scotty was totally kidding with the kissing the cross. And Gaga was being Gaga, Scotty is no little boy, he could take it. Plus, when she found out how conservative he was, she apologized. Nobody is the bad guy here IMO.

    Totally agree. Also, Scotty is a 17 year old kid for crying out loud. Even if he wasn’t kidding and was seriously weirded out by Gaga, I wouldn’t have held that against him. Gaga is pretty damn weird.

  • Mel1

    I’ve watched the judges’ exchange with Haley after her performance of “Earth Song.” I don’t see what she said to Randy that was all that bad. He said he wanted her to do runs at the end, and she said she didn’t want to stray from the original version. What’s the big deal?

    I rewatched it too, and I didn’t think she she said anything that would make her sound diva-ish. What she basically said was the song was beautiful the way it was and she didn’t want to change it. MJ did a lot of screaming in the second half of the song. That’s what Haley did, not changing it up.

  • johanna

    Scotty definitly comes out as a sweet kid. I hope he will win.

    The departing contestants usually make the rounds of some talk shows… I guess we will not see James on the Ellen Degeneres Show in a near future.

  • tomr

    Scott is just a minor and a very respectful one at that. Lady GAG was totally disrespectful (shoes, tongue down throat, hands on James, singing in her underwear, etc.) She should never heve been chosen to be an example of what she is not. The dressing down should have been to her by the parents of the two minors.

  • lucy

    ITA and said the exact thing last night. Had that same interaction gone down with Simon she would have been history.

    I agree with that. But I also think that, had Simon been around, it’s likely we would not have had an exact repeat of last night’s situation.

    *Everybody* would have been getting *repeated* negative, along with positive feedback, and so you wouldn’t have ended up with one person getting criticized at great length while hearing absolutely nothing but over-the-top praise for others, none of whom has been anywhere near perfect either. I don’t know what made Haley talk back, but, if I were Haley, it’s this fact — not the criticism itself — that would have made me mad and probably caused me to respond. …. “Why me, why me, why always me, when other people’s flaws are completely overlooked?” in other words.

    When Simon was around, even though there were a few people who sneaked through without any criticism and some who did get disproportionately bashed, the negative comments were spread about much much more equitably.

    As with a lot of what’s been wrong this season — including seeing less growth than I would have liked to in people like James, Pia, Jacob, and others — I put a lot of the blame for the Haley debacle on the non-judging, blithering judging panel, who went weeks without saying anything except, “You did it again! There’s nothing I can say!”

  • SpenserJ

    Lady GAG was totally disrespectful (shoes, tongue down throat, hands on James, singing in her underwear, etc.)

    My kids are very invested in this season of Idol, so last night I let them stay up until the end of the results show (at 8:58 p.m. there was a full-scale fan-war going on in my family room :) ). I have to say, I was a wee bit mortified during Gaga’s video when my 7 year old shouted “Mommy, she’s not wearing any pants!”. Then she asked, “Is that her bra or her bathing suit?”. I figured it was best to go with bathing suit.

  • brian_ny1976

    i love how when james was singing at the judges table..randy went in for a fist pound and james walked away from him…lmaooo!!!!

  • tinawina

    I put a lot of the blame for the Haley debacle on the non-judging, blithering judging panel, who went weeks without saying anything except, “You did it again! There’s nothing I can say!”

    Exactly.

    And James’ run too. James always struck me as a person who really, really wanted to win this. If they had ever just told him to 1. work on being consistent with vocal control and 2. make sure he was doing his own take on things vocally so that he doesn’t sound too karaoke, I have no doubt he would have worked his ass off trying to do it. And that would have made him a stronger contestant. Casey was a similar case in that he needed to hear that he should tone down the growling and crazy faces, up the musicianship and creativity. But at least Casey did hear it once (though he should have heard it again and again). Every time James needed to hear it all he got back was how perfect he was and how he was going to win the whole thing. Ugh.

    I think Scotty and Lauren at least have gotten some feedback they could use.

  • SpenserJ

    I think Scotty and Lauren at least have gotten some feedback they could use.

    A little, but not enough. I imagine Scotty after the finale having a meeting with his Nashville record execs, where they’re explaining that he needs to shit-can the crazy eyebrow schtick and quit pulling weird faces. I suspect his reaction will be something like “What do you mean? JLo & Randy loved that stuff! Obviously, you morons are out of your minds!”

    Lauren is a young girl with some serious pipes. To me, she’s got HUGE potential. It actively pisses me off that these judges aren’t cultivating and nurturing that. Lauren’s received more helpful advice from the 30 second guest mentors than she has from this useless panel.

  • tomr

    SpenserJ…I’d say that was an excellent call on your part. Guess I’m getting old…I hate the gimmicks and just want to hear a great voice. Our kids get enough thrown at them by all the media. They don’t need it done on a show that is on from 8-9.

  • lucy

    And James’ run too. James always struck me as a person who really, really wanted to win this. If they had ever just told him to 1. work on being consistent with vocal control and 2. make sure he was doing his own take on things vocally so that he doesn’t sound too karaoke, I have no doubt he would have worked his ass off trying to do it. And that would have made him a stronger contestant.

    Bingo.

    They really shortchanged all of these kids, in my opinion.

  • brian_ny1976

    all 3 judges were awful kept saying every week everyone was awesome…jennifer was the only one to actually critique but even that was sparingly i hope steven is gone next year seriously…he does this show nothing…..he used this show as a platform to debut his new video wow and it sucked!……funny thing though….DONT STOP BELIEVIN’ eliminated james on american idol….Chris Jericho on dancing with the stars…and took out Tony Soprano….journey is jinxed!

  • smn73

    When Simon was around, even though there were a few people who sneaked through without any criticism and some who did get disproportionately bashed, the negative comments were spread about much much more equitably

    Agreed. What I was saying to my family was that the problem is that when Simon was around he could criticize several in one night so it wasn’t a big deal. This year ANYTHING negative is blown up because it’s not dished out evenly.

    I should add that my family consists of my sister and 70 year old mother who I have NEVER seen dislike a contestant more than Haley. LOL We were going to go to the tour and she actually refused last night, saying she wasn’t going to spend her money on “the Haley show”. LOL

  • J9BT

    halo9125 says:

    05/13/2011 at 6:50 am

    No way James was a shock boot a la Daughtry. He was not thought of a “lock” to win it all as Daughtry was- the only elimination that would have been somewhat shocking at this point would have been Scotty.

    Apparently lots of people disagree with your assessment based on this article Michael Orland linked from his twitter:

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Backstage-1033032.aspx

  • Tess

    where they’re explaining that he needs to shit-can the crazy eyebrow schtick and quit pulling weird faces.

    Yea…it would have been nice if someone would have commented on the horrendous monkey faces and lopsided facial expressions of a bygone winner. Talk about off-putting.

  • tinawina

    A little, but not enough. I imagine Scotty after the finale having a meeting with his Nashville record execs, where they’re explaining that he needs to shit-can the crazy eyebrow schtick and quit pulling weird faces. I suspect his reaction will be something like “What do you mean? JLo & Randy loved that stuff! Obviously, you morons are out of your minds!”

    LMAO!!

    I honestly feel Scotty will listen to anything the Nashville people tell him. Everytime he’s bucked authority on this show its been because he felt he was protecting his love of country music. But once he’s with folks who he knows respect that, he’ll take it all in like a sponge.

    Lauren is a young girl with some serious pipes. To me, she’s got HUGE potential. It actively pisses me off that these judges aren’t cultivating and nurturing that. Lauren’s received more helpful advice from the 30 second guest mentors than she has from this useless panel.

    So true. Lauren is going to be awesome someday. When it all clicks, watch out!

  • brian_ny1976

    MAYBE THEY SHOULDNT HAVE WASTED THAT SAVE IF THEY REALLY CARED FOR JAMES THAT MUCH!

  • musical

    I agree, while I’ve enjoyed the prospective of the new judges, I do think the contestants would have benefited by a more concise critique. This industry is brutal… at least Simon gave Ai’s singers a taste of it during his “reign”…didn’t he.

    I felt sorry for James…I don’t believe he really understood how fickle the AI process actually is.

    I’ve tried to read back through all the comments…in particular to find Mozart’s opinion…if anyone could point out if/where he posted it, I’d appreciate it.

  • windmills

    SpenserJ: A little, but not enough. I imagine Scotty after the finale having a meeting with his Nashville record execs, where they’re explaining that he needs to shit-can the crazy eyebrow schtick and quit pulling weird faces. I suspect his reaction will be something like “What do you mean? JLo & Randy loved that stuff! Obviously, you morons are out of your minds!”

    I know you’re at least halfway kidding but Scotty is much more likely to take Nashville advisors seriously than JLo/Randy. Too, I thought JLo made it very clear she didn’t like his 2nd song anywhere near as much as she liked his 1st song and she wants to see a different side of him. I actually think she’s articulated his strengths (storytelling, knowing what’ll connect with people, sincerity) the most clearly of any of the judges and she has a very good idea of what’ll work best for him.

    ITA with tinawina about the Scotty/Gaga thing being overblown. With all the out of context cuts I thought it was clear it was producer-driven and they were both trying to roll with it by joking about it.

    SpenserJ: Lauren is a young girl with some serious pipes. To me, she’s got HUGE potential. It actively pisses me off that these judges aren’t cultivating and nurturing that. Lauren’s received more helpful advice from the 30 second guest mentors than she has from this useless panel.

    I agree LaurenA’s got big potential but I’m not sure she’s gotten the advice she needs from anybody including the mentors. They’re trying to talk to her about her fears and reaching for the high notes but that’s not where her strength is IMO. Her strength is in the Kelly-like soulfulness and vulnerability she expressed in the verses of Candle In The Wind and the beginning of Trouble. She actually gets herself into trouble chasing after big high notes because she doesn’t know how to handle those yet.

    The other thing LaurenA needs to work on and that IMO she should be working on first is interpretation and emotional depth. IMO that’s been lacking in that she hasn’t brought it from start to finish in her ballads. Plus, as fun as her duet with Haley and as great as they sounded it was weird hearing them turn Gunpowder & Lead into a fun, sassy, flirty performance. It’s from the point of view a woman taking revenge on an abusive man by shooting him!

    But I think she’ll be able to quick fix a lot of that if she gets the right kind of country/pop original songs for her album. If they get songs like Wide Open Spaces (Dixie Chicks)/Baby Girl (Sugarland)/Don’t Forget To Remember Me (Carrie) to cover the young girl leaving/missing home for the 1st time theme and combine that with some fun, flirty numbers for Lauren she could do really well.

  • lucy

    MAYBE THEY SHOULDNT HAVE WASTED THAT SAVE IF THEY REALLY CARED FOR JAMES THAT MUCH!

    Seems to me the judges have looked totally and completely stricken pretty much any time anybody was voted off. It’s just an emblem of their completely sentimental attitude, seems to me. They had those horror-stricken faces when Casey was voted off, too (both times!), and I don’t think they felt their save was wasted at all.

    My charitable view is that they really do respect seeing young talented people struggling to succeed and so they feel their heartstrings tugged by just about everybody on the show.

    My less charitable view is that they are worried that they won’t be able to sell as many of their new songs/books/movies/whatever if they come off as unlikable, so that makes them stubbornly refuse to be critical most of the time.

    I guess I sort of believe both of those. Plus,maybe they just have a lazy attitude toward this high-paying second job.

  • sonyab

    Scotty and JD: Hey they sang pretty good together. Oh poor JD hurt his eye when he bumped into his wife! Ouch!

    Jazzy man: Jazzy man Casey is there!!! WOOT WOOT! :)

    Steven Tyler’s music video: Yeah!!! I love Steven. :) Keep singing baby! :)

    Enrique Iglesias: Whomever pops one of the balloons, will get a prize! ROFL!

    Lady GaGa: Well not only is she a madonna wannabe she is a Jerry Lee Lewis wannabe as well! ROFL! I’m surprised she didn’t start her piano on fire! MJ Elton John really? ROFL! Well okay she is also an Elton John wannabe. :)

    Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart: They sang pretty well together too. :)

    The top 4 and their families: Awwww!!! Love it all! Love JD’s son singing the alphebet song! :) Adorable!

    JD: He is eliminated! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :( What the freakin hell?!!?! :( That sucks. :( And the look on his face before he found out he was voted off, I just wanted to hug him. :( Hailey should have been the one eliminated. And I love her.

    Scott, Lauren, and Hailey: Oh boy! Who is going to be the top 2? Who is going to win AI? :) Either way I’ll be happy. :)

  • smn73

    MAYBE THEY SHOULDNT HAVE WASTED THAT SAVE IF THEY REALLY CARED FOR JAMES THAT MUCH

    I don’t think they could have used it at this point. Isn’t top 5 the cut off for the save?

  • Anmor

    I have this theory about Steven Tyler’s judging–based on no evidence whatsoever I have to admit–that when it became clear that the judges were expected to conform to the producers’ agendas he decided not to play their game and his way of not playing it was to give every contestant a good review (so that he wasn’t favoring the producers’ favorites). Actually judging and giving his true opinion probably wasn’t to him worth the conflict with the producers it would have brought.

  • tinawina

    windmills that was a great analysis of Lauren. You gave me a lot of new ideas to think about there. :D

  • SpenserJ

    windmills that was a great analysis of Lauren. You gave me a lot of new ideas to think about there.

    Clearly, windmills has better advice for Lauren than the judges do.

    And, I know I’m a broken record, but I desperately need someone to take Lauren down from the “35 year old, washed-up pageant queen” look back to the “cute teenager”. Far fewer hair extensions, complete removal of the two-tone skunk look, about 1/3 the make-up and some clothes that are not so damn volumninous. I’m not even sure how Lauren walks in half that shit. Her dresses are all so puffy and big and just too damn much.

    One night, I want Lauren to come out in jeans, a t-shirt and her hair in a pony tail. It’s like they’re prepping her to be the next Wynona in every way. Next, she’ll be wearing those ridiculous corset things. Lauren, Wynona is twice your size (at least). YOU are not obese. It’s the TV audience that has a problem with thinking everyone who’s not a skeleton is fat. Don’t let that get into your head. You don’t need to hide under all of that fabric!

  • Avari

    I didn’t watch enough of this season to have a valid opinion on the final top 3, but I will miss James. What little I saw impressed me. Sure he has vocal control issues (and maybe overdoes the bombast a bit :-) ), but I just…liked him. He gave good TV. I don’t know whether he will be a successful artist or not, but I think he was an asset to the show.

  • weese

    It’s like they’re prepping her to be the next Wynona in every way.

    You are so right. Last night I completely thought Wynona too. Lauren mentioned having difficulty with wardrobe–I suspect she may have really bad taste and they don’t know what to do with her.
    Haley, on the other hand, has come a long way in that department.

  • lucy

    Her strength is in the Kelly-like soulfulness and vulnerability she expressed in the verses of Candle In The Wind and the beginning of Trouble. She actually gets herself into trouble chasing after big high notes because she doesn’t know how to handle those yet.

    Great point.

  • soverymel

    MAYBE THEY SHOULDNT HAVE WASTED THAT SAVE IF THEY REALLY CARED FOR JAMES THAT MUCH!

    The rules do not allow the save to be used once they get to the Top 4, so this is irrelevant.

  • ri

    between the judges and the producers, Idol has become one fucked-up show.

  • SpenserJ

    between the judges and the producers, Idol has become one fucked-up show.

    Yet, somehow I’m finding it extremely enjoyable. Even when they make me mad, I’m still entertained. I feel like I should be disgusted and tuning out. But, oddly, I’m more interested each week.

    I have no idea why this is. Other than the fact that Nigel is one diabolical bastard.

  • ri

    I have no idea why this is. Other than the fact that Nigel is one diabolical bastard.

    lol. got that right. hope i have enough sense NOT to drink the Kool-aid if he offers it…

  • Ringo

    My charitable view is that they really do respect seeing young talented people struggling to succeed and so they feel their heartstrings tugged by just about everybody on the show.

    My less charitable view is that they are worried that they won’t be able to sell as many of their new songs/books/movies/whatever if they come off as unlikable, so that makes them stubbornly refuse to be critical most of the time.

    Real good call. Its the trouble with having current, or semi-current performers being judges. First, they are not used to really critiquing other artists — they are so into their own art/music (as they rightfully should be). Second, they can’t come across as complete douches. That’s why Randy ends up being the douche compared to the two and he isn’t very good at it.

  • LaleyFan

    Um yeah. James did NOT get Daughtry’d. He was a mess! A big crying, dying cat hot mess! This was NOT shocking except to those who like James himself, believed he was the best thing EVAH to hit that stage as the judges tried to suggest. Haley more than deserves her spot…no way around it and no argument against that can win out. The pimped producers stage antics were just lame and merely a gimmick to cover his MANY vocal flaws. He’s gotten a pass for so many disasters, it’s ridiculous! People feel sorry for the guy and have bought into his massive sob story…that is why he even made the Top 4. He’s not all that.

  • hoosiermama

    Nigel is one diabolical bastard.

    If Lauren were to win, Nigel would be vindicated in his decision to lower the contestant age to 15 and I don’t think that’s a good thing. These young ‘uns need more life experience–they are just too young! As windmills said, Lauren needs more emotional depth to be able to connect with the songs. But now, Nigel will say, “see, there’s nothing wrong with a 15 yr. old Idol—bring me more!” No!

    I really do love her singing voice and think she’s adorable and cute. I just wish she’d waited. That’s all.

  • LaleyFan

    I just wish she’d waited. That’s all.

    That meme is old and tired. She’s at an advantage to get in now and NOT wait. That’s the nature of the industry. She’ll be just fine and a very successful winner. She’s MILES ahead of where Carrie-bot was at this stage of the show, and Carrie was 5 years older than Lauren is now!

  • Montavilla

    So happy that Haley made it through this week. But I realize that half of it is that I was so angry at the way she’s been treated the last two weeks. I don’t care whether it’s because Randy and J-Lo hate her or because they think they need to beat her in order to get a good second performance out of her, or because Nigel wants to give her a mini-redemption arc every single week. It’s pissing me off.

    I think James was the right choice to leave. I think he’s talented, and I don’t think he’s arrogant. But I also don’t think he’s up to what is demanded of an Idol winner. I’m hoping that he either lands a job as frontman for a good metal band, or that he hooks up with his old peeps and uses the fame boost to start building a solid reputation. I think he’s going to need a strong support system, and the Daughtry model is better for him than the Adam model of rotating band members.

    It’ll probably hurt him a little in the Metal world that he was on American Idol, but it’ll help him more since he will have a core base of fans to see him through a few years. I hope that, rather than signing him and trying to make him a HAC pop rocker, Jimmy will be generous enough to steer James towards the labels that can appreciate and foster his hard rock soul.

    As for the Top 3, I’m happy with them all. I’m least happy with Lauren for reasons that are not at all her fault. I don’t like the way she keeps getting pulled in a million different directions in order to MAKE US LIKE HER! My hope for her is that she goes out third, gets the obligatory album, goes on tour with someone she can learn from and, in a couple years, figures out who she is. Otherwise, we’ll probably see her onstage on Idol in four years, trying awkwardly to pull herself out of a silver trench coat to show us that she’s a woman.

    I’d love to see a Scotty/Haley finale. If Scotty wins, I think he’ll wear the title well. If Haley wins, then we finally have broken the “women can’t win Idol” meme, and I think she’ll do great. Especially since Jimmy seems to have “gotten” her as an artist.

  • windmills

    SpenserJ: And, I know I’m a broken record, but I desperately need someone to take Lauren down from the “35 year old, washed-up pageant queen” look back to the “cute teenager”. Far fewer hair extensions, complete removal of the two-tone skunk look, about 1/3 the make-up and some clothes that are not so damn volumninous. I’m not even sure how Lauren walks in half that shit. Her dresses are all so puffy and big and just too damn much.

    I want to quote your whole post about LaurenA’s style because ITA with it all and you said it so well! I think things will get better once she starts working with a stylist who is Nashville based and has a better idea of how to make the Southern propensity for bigness work for her age and shape.

    I fear we are in for a long period of awkwardness because of LaurenA’s insecurities, aspirations, and the inevitable clash between her mother’s sense of style and what her stylist has to say. But I also think that aspect will make LaurenA more relatable to young girls.

  • Reflections On Life

    I just wish she’d waited. That’s all.

    That meme is old and tired.

    ITA with this. There is such a thing as the maturation process. Lauren is no exception to this, time won’t stand still, she will get older, she will mature. Given that youth is a huge factor in the marketplace, (whether it’s the “they’ve got potential” meme or the “they’ll sell to the kids” reasoning), if singing is all she wants to do, then she should go for it. I’m sure in Nashville they’ll protect her like a money-making product and not let her become a lindsay lohan or even a jordin sparks.

    I totally agree with windmills re Lauren’s strengths as a singer. It was maddening when Randy/JLo were counseling Lauren to hit the high notes. Not everyone needs to be an R&B/Gospel belter or riffer, not even on AI. And Lauren sings & belts high enough as it is, and like Kelly she makes it seem like no effort, so we don’t even realize how high she’s just sung.

    Re Haley having peeps: I power voted for the first time because of Randy’s pummeling of Haley, even though I said several weeks ago that they are bussing Haley for ratings & votes (polarizing contestants are a mainstay of reality TV success, and you couldn’t really make an aspergers kid be the polarizing figure, so next best would be Haley). But I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think that Haley is not only the best out of this field of 13 but among the top 20 best ever on AI. Moanin’ is among my top 5 best performances on AI. And 80% of this season’s “moments” have been hers. I didn’t vote all season and I’ve never power-voted before.

    Re would Haley have talked back to Simon?: IMO not only would Haley have not talked back to Simon, she would have relished every word of criticism as a learning tool. Simon has developed the reputation (rightly or wrongly) as the intelligent judge with his finger on the pulse of the music biz. Whereas Randy has developed the reputation of being the inarticulate tool of the producers. Anyone would be saying “shut up already” to randy after weeks of increased pummeling. In all past seasons, you see how every single contestant smiles politely as randy & paula give their critiques, and then wait on eggshells with rapt attention for simon to give the one critique that counts to them. Haley would have been no exception.

  • Lisa

    Why is it for some that they don’t believe Haley has fans? Or that she was number 1 vote getter Wednesday?

    I think she was. I have gone to alot of site’s too like the person up thread (sorry I can’t remember your name) and all had Haley winning the night by things like twitter, facebook, forums etc etc. I hope you don’t go just by Dial Idol. They are not as predictable this year. Maybe the online voting has thrown their numbers off. Their raw numbers come closer to the ‘real’ and it has been this way all season. I agree back in the day they were indicators, but this year no.

    I saw numerous forums and groups that voted huge blocks for Haley. One small facebook group alone got 1.5 million votes for her on Wednesday.

    Haley has fans.

  • hoosiermama

    Of course Lauren will mature and post-Idol they should strike while she’s “hot”. That wasn’t what my point was. I was referring to the show, on my tv, this season–she would have entertained me more if she had waited a year or two. She’s simply too immature. While I’ve enjoyed some of her performances, she hasn’t had a moment or connected with most of her songs. Most of her performances are cautious (she’s the perfect example of the “potential” theme). I just don’t want Nigel to use her advancing this far in the competition as a reason to include more teens next year–or God forbid, lower the minimum age even more, like X-Factor. In general, I haven’t liked the teens as much as the older, more seasoned contestants. Lauren, Thia, Scotty, last year’s Aaron Kelly, Katie Stevens…I just think they’re all too young and would benefit from more life experience, i.e. waiting to try out. YMMV

  • Truthiness

    Oh and I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I just watched James’ good-bye package and stuff, didn’t care to watch before, as I generally don’t care about those things at all. But awww. That was sad. Made me feel bad he had to go…well based on that. Based on his singing, I’m still okay. But awww. Hope things work out for him.

  • Falfor

    Hoosiermama, 100% agreed. I dislike the lower age limit. While some of the younger ones sing really well, they have no idea of who they are and where they want to go and they struggle to define themselves. David A, comes to mind. Really good singer, but not sure where he wants to take that. Trying to get into music/show business at such a young age, robs the youth factor and turns it to business. Heck, some of them cannot even get into an R movie.

  • sonyab

    I forgot to mention that I lost all my pool points. :( I put half on Lauren and half on Hailey. Damn I had no idea James was going to be voted off!

  • SajiNoKami

    Soon as I heard Lauren’s name [i thought she would leave]… my thought: Damn a boy is going home. With the insane Haley support on the web, her being in the top 3 was not a surprise. No matter which boy, I was going to be bummed. I really wanted a James/Scotty final and Haley top 3. I like when contestants are happy they advance. Haley was happy but not over the top, felt bad for james, Scotty was happy but he felt guilty, then there was Lauren… that girl had a sneer on her face when James was voted off. Then last week her reaction, so shocked to be in the bottom 2. She acted like she was untouchable, the best thing on that stage. People say James was arrogant, no, that boy had fear in his eyes every week, he never assumed, never took being on the show for granted. She might have actually rolled her eyes at Scotty for being bummed about james during the exit song. Then she looked annoyed, when Scotty hugging james, breaking down.

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