American Idol 10 Top 6 – Recap Roundup

‘American Idol’ on the scene for Top 6 performance night: James wins over the Idoldome, and Lauren’s onstage admirer vanishes

Game-changer? James had to follow a very solid performance by Scotty, who, like James, opted to dial it down a bit this week. But as soon as James finished his opening verse — “Tonight, you’re mine completely” — the Idoldome had already forgotten about Scotty. On TV, you could hear some of the crowd’s screams during James’ a-cappella prologue, but your Dolby 5.1 sound system didn’t really capture the electricity that was pulsating through the audience. People were jazzed. Nigel Lythgoe, who usually strolls around conducting research for his human-psychology thesis The Willingness of People to Clap on Command, was instead dancing in place (!).

EW

AI10 Top 6 – On-Scene Observations

1. The boy Lauren brought up on stage during her song was a plant straight out of Central Casting. He exited the studio after her song and met and shook hands with Lauren’s parents on his way out.

2. During the playback at the end of the show, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe gestured to the audience to applaud louder as James’ performance came out. He didn’t do that for anyone else.

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‘American Idol’ Live: Who got booted from the audience?

— The contestant who received the loudest applause from the studio audience was, without question, James Durbin. Dude has got a lot of fans and they are vocal: The Durbinators are, to quote Randy, in it to win it for their man.

— The contestant who interacted the most with the audience was Haley Reinhart, who entertained the crowd during the commercial break by dancing around a bit and waved to fans.

— Let’s keep on the Haley train of thought and discuss that almost-technical difficulty before her performance. Here’s what went down: While her pre-performance package was playing, Haley made the crew aware that she couldn’t hear herself. Immediately, three men ran over. While two shined flashlights, the third was sticking his hand down the back of her dress trying to fix the problem in time. Seriously.

Zap2it

American Idol Recap: Kings of King

A sudden rush of panic filled my chest at the start of American Idol‘s Top 6 performance episode Wednesday night. All season long, I’ve been craving genuine musical and emotional moments from the contestants (and to a lesser extent, the judges), and what’s the first thing I see? Costumes! Jennifer Lopez dressed as a tasteful figure skater. Randy Jackson imitating a dandy school boy. And Jacob Lusk channeling a pre-makeup Fizbo the Clown.

TV Line

‘American Idol’ recap: King, Pinned

It was “the Carole King songbook” night on American Idol, and the utter inanity of Randy Jackson has nearly struck me dead. Ah, the Rananity! Clearly, this sad excuse for an introductory paragraph is not “in it to win it, nor is it “trying to win it,” “here because it’s a great singer,” or — least of all — “a hot one.” So what good is it? Let’s gets to this week’s solos!

EW

Guest Blogger and ‘American Idol’ Alum Michael Johns: ‘Scotty Sounds Best When He’s Sitting’

First, it needs to be said: It’s really hard to blog about these Season 10 contestants when each of them is so incredibly good! As they should be. We’ve come to the top 6 and at this point in the season, any one of them could be the American Idol.

I love that that the competition is so much more real this year. It’s not like in previous season, where the producers try to inject that constant state of fear. This year, it’s like they’re trying to nurture the artist within every contestant and it’s showing.

Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’ Recap: James Durbin Follows Fans’ Lead; Lauren Alaina Goes For the Money Note

Carole King and her former husband, Gerry Goffin, used to live in West Orange, N.J., on Pleasant Valley Way. In this house, she wrote the song, “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” recorded by the Monkees. The doorbell actually chimed, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” I know this, because my friend, children’s entertainer Mr. Ray, grew up in this house. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I, for one, am very proud of King’s Garden State roots.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol:’ ‘Top 6 Take on Carole King’ Recap

Bizarre, baffling and occasionally brilliant; three words that start with “b” and happen to describe tonight’s Top 6 Carole King hit parade.

Most of us were left scratching our heads when Ryan Seacrest announced yet another random theme night in a season that was originally supposed to be free of such historically disastrous affairs.

TV Squad

Scotty McCreery Croons, James Durbin Swoons On ‘American Idol’

It’s a well-worn cliché, yes, but this is the point in the “American Idol” season where the men (and the few remaining women) are separated from the boys. It’s do-or-die time and if there was any artist whose oeuvre was going to challenge and force the top six to step up their game, it was Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carole King.

It’s safe to say most of the remaining half-dozen “Idol” contestants had either never heard of King, were sorely unfamiliar with her work or, in the case of Scotty McCreery, likely to face an uphill battle finding their groove in her Brill Building pop stylings.

MTV

‘American Idol’: The Final Six Perform the Songs of Carole King

Jacob Lusk was first to take it on with “Oh No, Not My Baby,” which impressed the judges. Steven Tyler said, “We all knew you could sing…but its about time you shook your tail feathers.” Jennifer Lopez acknowledged his performance wasn’t perfect and that he’d chosen a tricky song, but said that still he “killed it.” Randy Jackson told Jacob he was a great singer, but that this performance was a “little sharp here and there.”

Wall Street Journal

Favorites rock Carole King’s tunes on ‘Idol’

Carole King night on “American Idol” turned out to be just what the favorites needed to prove their ability to put their own spin on some American standards.

The danger in going with this kind of theme is that if the singers don’t put their own spin on the songs, it becomes the stuff that high-school talent show third-place finishers are made of. That was especially true for the guys, who probably saw the list of choices from the prolific singer-songwriter’s handbook and had to look a little harder for something they could work with.

MSNBC

‘American Idol’ 2011: Judge Randy Jackson calls it for James Durbin with weeks to go

It’s Carole King Night on “American Idol.” Judge Randy Jackson is dressed for the occasion in his letter sweater – it has big R on the chest. Randy’s a letterman from the University of Randy! He’s the big man on campus at Randy State! He’s the sweetheart of Sigma Randy Chi!

JLo has broken out her Transformers dress. Little boys in the audience – do not try to disassemble her.

Steven Tyler has come as Tin Man 2011.

Washington Post

Did you feel the earth move? American Idol 10 Top 6 do Carole King

Nothing screams current like Carole King, does it? And nothing ever seemed longer than tonight’s open. Didn’t the American Idol theme music drag on forever? And what happened to Ryan Seacrest’s hair again? Come on…are these really the six best singers in THE NATION? What about those people on The Voice (including former Idol contestant Frenchie Davis, who’s always been simply fabulous)? Ok. I admit it. I still have to watch The Voice. (But I WILL and I WILL BLOG about it!) I’m having a bit of trouble even watching Idol this week, aren’t you? Its so long and I’m so tired. And then they let this guy back in the building.

Top Idol

Top 6 Recap- Randy Turns the Other Cheek In His Great Home State of New Orleans

To help show how the top 6 contestants on American Idol can sell records in today’s market, they tackle current superstar producer Carole King’s catalog. And no one enjoys it more than Randy Jackson. The man was in rare form tonight, contradicting himself after every other phrase, uttering catch phrases that didn’t make any sense, and trying to steal the spotlight from Steven Tyler. Yet in the end, Randy Jackson’s new attitude is much like his gastric bypass surgery – he can try as much as he wants, but he’ll just go back to being a bloated, useless mess and it’s just not worth the effort.

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American Idol Recap: Paul F. Tompkins on Carole King Night and the Mysterious Presence of Penny Marshall

I am still suffering from jet lag and have slept horribly for the last week. I haven’t slept through the night in days, waking up every hour on the hour and having the most insane dreams I’ve ever had. Lifetime. The only one from last night that I can remember was like a movie that I was just waiting to be in. Like, I knew I was going to show up eventually, because the other characters were making references to my character, but my brain just had to watch this movie for a while. The cast included Nicole Kidman and Jimmi Simpson. Nicole was taking out the trash, not realizing there was a chopped-up dead body in it. Jimmi played her ex-husband, and you were supposed to think he did it, but really, it would end up looking more like I did it, and then later it would turn out that someone else really did it. I awoke before making my entrance onscreen. My point is, I am not physically and emotionally ready to watch this episode of American Idol.

New York Magazine

  • TwigLA

    I haven’t read the articles yet, but just scanning the excerpts, this cracked me up.

    Jacob Lusk channeling a pre-makeup Fizbo the Clown.

    I could not concentrate on his singing at all because I was so distracted. I have trouble looking at him to begin with – the faces drive me batty.

  • Trina

    Reading about the reaction in the place to James’ performance OMG CHILLS! I knew Nigel must have been pissing himself last night..

    Nigel Lythgoe, who usually strolls around conducting research for his human-psychology thesis The Willingness of People to Clap on Command, was instead dancing in place (!).

    LULZ

  • claudette

    It’s funny how they are busing Scotty and to some extent Lauren. It’s even more apparent with behind the scenes reports. Honestly, I want James to win and love his extreme, and I mean extreme pimping, but it does entertain me to always witness the manipulation of the show.

    At least this year I love their chosen winner, and he will be imo the post Adam Lambert they wished for. He’s the only one that can overshadow Pia, which they need to happen to remain credible.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Well, if James is their chosen FLOP!Idol this year … so be it. You can’t make the show more irrelevant than it already is.

  • MayMirabella

    2. During the playback at the end of the show, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe gestured to the audience to applaud louder as James’ performance came out. He didn’t do that for anyone else.

    3. As James was singing his final note on his solo, he waved his fingers at the audience, gesturing for more applause. UGH. Such a turn-off

    I thought Nigel wanted a teen girl to win or a teen boy as during the auditions, his interviews and comments seemed to be in this vein and also up through the top 24. Now he has switched to pimping James apparently. Is he afraid of a Scotty/ Lauren finale and why? If he wanted a teen and to get the next Bieber or Taylor Swift, why pimp James? I am not getting this as i could have sworn the producers wanted a girl and if not a girl, a teen boy.

    Or is Nigel thinking an all Country singer finale would turn off viewers who would tune out if they are not fans of country or the two teen kids?

  • MayMirabella

    And they lowered the age to 15 for a reason, thought that might they wanted a better chance of a teen winning ? But then again, they pimped Lauren a lot especially auditions, Hollywood week and earlier. But now it is James, not sure I am getting Nigel this year and his pimpage switches.

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    Well, if James is their chosen FLOP!Idol this year … so be it. You can’t make the show more irrelevant than it already is.

    I agree, I don’t see James doing well. at. all. Like seriously, they expect him to sell tons of albums? pshhhh, not gonna happen imo

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is interesting:

    I doubt people at home had quite as enthusiastic of a reaction, but for the first time, I got the sense that Scotty wasn’t as invulnerable as I thought. James had just announced himself as a serious rival, and the Idoldome would have crowned him right there and then if they could have.

    They just showed a clip of James on “The View” from last night (his acapella start), and the clip of Randy proclaiming that James will win. More pimping. Yeah, it does seem like the bus is heading straight for Scotty.

  • Buffynut

    Honestly, I want James to win and love his extreme, and I mean extreme pimping, but it does entertain me to always witness the manipulation of the show.

    Ya, even my hubby, who loves Idol but isn’t into all the stanning, like me, said, “Wow, they are really ‘pushing’ James, aren’t they?!”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    But then again, they pimped Lauren a lot especially auditions, Hollywood week and earlier. But now it is James, not sure I am getting Nigel this year and his pimpage switches.

    I think that Lauren is still being pimped because of the young guy plant to augment her performance. The problem is that she still lacks confidence, whereas James clearly doesn’t. I’m not a big fan of James, but he was very good last night, and I love that he seems to enjoy performing and entertaining so much. I don’t find Lauren’s timidity and neediness for praise and validation appealing. I think that the producers are trying to set up a Lauren/James finale, and are hoping that Lauren can pull it together in time to win (because she’s potentially more commercial than James).

    ETA:

    it does entertain me to always witness the manipulation of the show.

    That’s one of the reasons why I’ve watched the show for so long. ;)

  • cfletch

    The James pimping is getting ridiculous. The bussing of Scotty is also apparent. For weeks they tell him if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Then all of a sudden, he has to step out of his box, unlike the other contestants. James screams every song, Casey growls and grunts like a hog, Haley always growls, and Lauren is so timid its sickening.

    Yet, its Scotty who has to step out of his box. This is the reason I didn’t watch AI much the past 2 seasons. The manipulation is so noticeable.

    If I remember, they had Crystal crowned last year at this time. This could work against James, and I hope it does.

  • cfletch

    I agree, I don’t see James doing well. at. all. Like seriously, they expect him to sell tons of albums? pshhhh, not gonna happen imo

    I agree. We’ve had David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. I suppose they have done ok for themselves, but, I don’t see James even being in their league. He probably would do better than Lee, but, he isn’t nearly as good as Cook or Allen.

  • Chicagolaw

    Well, for the second Thursday in a row, Chicago’s KISS station morning DJs have completely trashed AI and all the contestants. They were really brutal last week, even playing clips of all the guys and basically mocking them, especially Casey. Saying they, “were tired of people pretending that it was the best talent ever.” This morning they proclaimed that there was no talent on the show; that they could find ten people in the lobby of their building who could sing as well.

    What I found really interesting, especially this morning, was the amount of disdain that they have for AI. The female DJ sounded almost angry. I’m telling you, something has shifted, at least in Chicago radio, in regards to this show. Last year it felt like something was off, but this year it’s even worse. Chicago is clearly not real “Idol friendly” but have people noticed this with radio in other cities?

  • SpenserJ

    – The contestant who interacted the most with the audience was Haley Reinhart, who entertained the crowd during the commercial break by dancing around a bit and waved to fans.

    Well now that is interesting :).

    A minute later, the problem was not fixed and the crew was starting to panic. The stage manager called Ryan on stage to possibly buy them some time before the problem was fixed at the very last second. Haley remained cool, calm and collected throughout the entire ordeal.

    Good for you Haley. That probably would have freaked me out – especially the guy with his hand down the back of my dress looking for the ear monitor LOL.

    It’s funny how they are busing Scotty and to some extent Lauren.

    I don’t see the bus yet. Lauren got a completely staged super-fan/groupie moment. That had to be the producers’ doing. For me, that falls more in the pimping column, than the bus column.

    I also think Nigel is well aware of how far ahead Scotty is in the votes, and he’s probably getting a little nervous that everyone else is beginning to figure it out too.

    So, I think the pimping of james is possibly for two reasons: 1. It could just be a natural reaction to a great performance (apparently, the audience also went nuts for it). or 2. Nigel’s giving James a little help so he can make this thing an actual competition instead of a foregone conclusion (better ratings).

    ETA:

    We’ve had David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. I suppose they have done ok for themselves,

    I’m not that great at math, but I believe David Cook sold 3 times as many albums as Kris & Lee combined. And, Kris had a huge hit single (something I don’t think Lee will ever have). So, I’m not so sure those 3 should be all lumped together.

  • gangreen29

    Chicago is clearly not real “Idol friendly” but have people noticed this with radio in other cities?

    No, and this

    This morning they proclaimed that there was no talent on the show; that they could find ten people in the lobby of their building who could sing as well.

    is beyond stupid. I would caution against taking a few idiots opinions as some type of gospel. They sound like douches trying hard to be too cool for idol. Being the #1 show comes with a lot of jealousy from some people in the industry.

  • desiree_chick

    @Chicagolaw, which kind of station was it? Rock, top 40?

  • Landmd

    Chicago is clearly not real “Idol friendly” but have people noticed this with radio in other cities?

    After Haley did RITD last week our top 40 station was all excited about Haley!! Only other idol I have ever hear talked about on the station is Adam. Our AAA station talks about Adam and Cook a lot. That station(AAA) added Crystal but I never heard her song play or them talking about her.

  • primeminister

    And so the pimping of James and bussing of Scotty comes into full gear.

    James gets: multiple sit-downs with Seacrest, “Best of the Night/Season” comments, performance slots in usually in the last half of the show, pimp spot twice, a famous guitar player, extra questions during results show night

    Scotty gets: no pimp spot in 9 weeks of the competition, lukewarm judge responses to his strong performance last night (in this season, that means praise + a ‘lil bit of constructive criticism), “only little girls love him” edits, opening slot twice

    It could end up being a case of Season 7 with the real cougar bait (James) beating the “tween + grannie” star (Scotty). I thought David Cook was far more worthy of winning than Archie, but this season I can’t say that James would make a better winner than Scotty. Like others here, I’m surprised at how hard TPTB are pushing James. His performances are exciting to be sure, but the only WGWG winner he’ll be better than is Lee. It’s going to be fun to watch them market him.

  • Chicagolaw

    dsiree_chick, this was from KISS, so CHR. This is a station that played Adam’s IIHY very reluctantly (meaning maybe once a day) for about a month last fall, doesn’t touch Kelly or Daughtry. What struck me today was the fact that they just don’t like this show, and aren’t afraid to say it.

    Something has also shifted with The Mix (Chicago HAC), IMO. This station basically only plays Kelly and Daughtry. People like Cook, Kris, Adam have essentially disappeared from their playlist. And they never did add Hometown boy, Lee.

    gangreen29, nobody is taking what DJs say as “gospel,” but this station’s morning DJs are putting a certain message out there. And, again, it was the absolute disdain with which they discussed the show that really got me.

  • cfletch

    James gets: multiple sit-downs with Seacrest, “Best of the Night/Season” comments, performance slots in usually in the last half of the show, pimp spot twice, a famous guitar player, extra questions during results show night

    Don’t forget to add the whole wrestling segment, and having Hulk Hogan come on stage. And Ryan had to mention Muse. Funny, Josh Turner gave a shout out to Scotty many times, and not one mention of it on this show.

    This truly is sickening, and I, for one, hope it back fires.

  • Chicagolaw

    I don’t know, maybe Chicago is some kind of aberration. But, really, with the exception of Kelly and Daughtry (and probably Carrie on country) you don’t hear Idols in this town.

  • springboard

    As long as Haley doesn’t go home, I am happy with whoever is pimped.

  • keware

    James gets: multiple sit-downs with Seacrest, “Best of the Night/Season” comments, performance slots in usually in the last half of the show, pimp spot twice, a famous guitar player, extra questions during results show night

    James has actually been the closing act three times now. Twice as a solo and again last night in a duet.

  • Mel1

    Adam talks about this season’s contestants. He is spot on with his analysis re Haley, Casey and James. Too bad they don’t have guest judges. He would tell the contestants the cold, hard truth which can only help.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/adam-lambert-his-season-10-183263

  • koshka

    All I can say is that UMG must really be excited about marketing this group in their niches. ;)

    ETA: Adams was pretty straight to the point without being overly harsh.

  • kcostell

    To be fair, their policy this year has for the most part been to close the night with an up-tempo rockin’ number. By that standard James and Haley are both going to go last far more often than Scotty.

    This week “Up on the Roof” just wouldn’t work as a closing number to the show, and putting “I Feel the Earth Move” last would have been making Haley perform twice in a row.

  • musicality

    2. During the playback at the end of the show, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe gestured to the audience to applaud louder as James’ performance came out. He didn’t do that for anyone else.

    3. As James was singing his final note on his solo, he waved his fingers at the audience, gesturing for more applause. UGH. Such a turn-off

    Why does Nigel do that? It seems he’ll purposely stack the deck in someones favor. I wonder why James? He appears to such a niche singer and not as marketable as some of the others. Or is James in reality not getting that many votes and Nigel wants to keep him around for entertainment value?

  • musicality

    9. The studio audience demographic is a lot older than I expected and than what has been in the past.

    whut whoa………. Not good…… not good at all.

    BTW did I tell you I’m doing a term paper on the demographics of American Idol? I’m totally turning into a huge geek. Since this is my last year and class schedule is light I’m becoming a reality show junkie. I need a job this summer :(

  • cfletch

    Why does Nigel do that? It seems he’ll purposely stack the deck in someones favor. I wonder why James? He appears to such a niche singer and not as marketable as some of the others. Or is James in reality not getting that many votes and Nigel wants to keep him around for entertainment value?

    I don’t know. I guess he is building up for the finale. It wouldn’t be good tv if just one contestant was showcased. Oh wait, they already do that with James. So, I guess we aren’t getting good tv after all.

  • Mel1

    Why does Nigel do that? It seems he’ll purposely stack the deck in someones favor. I wonder why James?

    Just from a few behind the scenes we’ve read, he seems to like James. When he ran on stage to take a pic of James and Adam, and then to tweet the pic… He hasn’t done that with any of the others. Oh yeah, I remember another time when Nigel hugged James — can’t remember the circumstances.

  • Trina

    Nigel has always had his personal favorites that sometimes has nothing to do with the label. I thought it was always obvious from all the behind the scenes reports he likes James a lot and of course Lauren who he’s pimped from day one.

  • musicality

    It doesn’t seem fair to the others like Haley, Casey & Jacob. He has girls run on stage for Scotty, that boy for Lauren, audience pimping and special effects for James. Whereas the others always seem to have band and sound problems (Jacob & Haley) and no pimping Casey. The show is scripted from the start and people are lead in the direction the producers want like sheep. I think I’m about done with this show. This season seems to be so more contrived than any season before.

  • sr4mjc

    My Top40 station (Tampa) used to talk Idol every week. That stopped in S9. Now they’ll say ‘Anything happen on Idol? No? okay, moving on.. ‘ Although this week they did discuss The Voice and loved the coaches, said it was more hip, etc. So it’s not just Chicago. They did play WWFM, IIHY and LLWD a lot and Kelly and Daughtry.

    I still don’t know how they will market James if he wins. Rock radio is not going to play him and hair metal is not going to make a mainstream comeback. So he’s left with HAC or CHR if he’s going to go Pop, which I seriously doubt. He’d be better off 3rd or 4th and joining a band. But I don’t think Nigel cares about Interscope, it’ll be their problem.

  • Grammie Kari

    After rewatching the show, I sincerely believe Jacob outperformed Casey, but don’t tell that to the Casey fans! LOL.

    I still want to know why Idol waited so long to honor this multi-talented performer? I wanted to see CAROLE KING working with the contestants – not BabyFace. He’s a cool guy – but not my choice!

    James and Scotty seem headed towards the Final – but you just never know.

  • Truthiness

    2. During the playback at the end of the show, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe gestured to the audience to applaud louder as James’ performance came out. He didn’t do that for anyone else.

    3. As James was singing his final note on his solo, he waved his fingers at the audience, gesturing for more applause. UGH. Such a turn-off

    Blech.

    And this is one of the many reasons, I didn’t miss Nigel.

  • Grammie Kari

    Has anyone considered that Nigel may be getting a lot of support from parents of special children? James is a wonderful role model in overcoming health disorders and conditions. Plus, the guy is talented!!

  • Kirsten

    no pimping Casey.

    Are we watching the same show?

    I seem to remember the “YOU HAVE TO SAVE CASEY” love letter they sent out to the world for like four episodes (last week, you almost sent the best person home, don’t do that again!. This is the results and may we remind you that you almost sent the best person home last week, etc, etc). He has had judging standing-Os. Ryan has revealed that Kelly likes Casey. He’s actually sung last unlike some contestants.

    The judges heve never called him on his grunting, off-key-ness, crazy faces, etc on performance night. They only mildly mentioned it when they saved him (and Randy kind of mentioned it yesterday under the applause).

    Casey has lots of love from the show. Haley and Jacob? Not so much. Scotty is probably next lowest. If that dude ever wants to sing last, he better hope he makes it to the finale and is lucky enough to win the coin toss. Though, this year, Nigel will probably put James’s picture on both sides of the coin.

  • musicality

    Has anyone considered that Nigel may be getting a lot of support from parents of special children?

    this is exactly the kind of thing that turns people off the show (at least me anyway). It’s supposed to be a talent contest. But it gets so wrapped up into peoples lives that the best talent gets over looked. Then they leave the show and wonder why their careers tank after a couple of years.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    musicality: BTW did I tell you I’m doing a term paper on the demographics of American Idol? I’m totally turning into a huge geek.

    Please, please be a person who can stand having us all pick through your results, so you’re willing to share! Your getting all the available facts into one spot is, in itself, a huge improvement over the current state of knowledge on this topic.

  • cfletch

    Has anyone considered that Nigel may be getting a lot of support from parents of special children? James is a wonderful role model in overcoming health disorders and conditions. Plus, the guy is talented!!

    He can be a spokesperson for special needs, just like Elliott was, but, doesn’t need to be over pimped to do that.

    They’re all talented, or else they wouldn’t be where they are.

  • cfletch

    Casey has lots of love from the show. Haley and Jacob? Not so much. Scotty is probably next lowest. If that dude ever wants to sing last, he better hope he makes it to the finale and is lucky enough to win the coin toss. Though, this year, Nigel will probably put James’s picture on both sides of the coin.

    I think Scotty should’ve had the pimp spot last night. His performance was chilling. Nope, they gave it to Haley again, and in all honesty, IMO, she stunk. I didn’t care for her singing at all.

    I haven’t watched all the seasons, but has a winner ever not have the pimp spot? I remember Clay Aiken only had it once during season 2, then found out many years later, that Clay led the voting totals all season, but, lost out to Ruben in the finale. Maybe Scotty is leading the voting and doesn’t need the pimp spot? I dunno, I’m just speculating, but, Nigel is making a lot of people very angry with his favoritism of a few select contestants.

  • Keel

    We waste a few seconds on revisiting the fake drama from last week, when Scotty was told he needed to show everyone something different. So this week, since Carole King has forgotten to write a top-ten country song from the nineties, Scotty is mixing it up! He’ll sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” Jimmy encourages Scotty to change up his typical singing style (again, why?), but Scotty doesn’t seem to be able to break his deeply ingrained habit of low-singing. Well, Babyface just isn’t having it. He makes a lot of good, solid eye contact with Scotty when he tells him he is doing the bullshit he always does. By the end of rehearsal, everyone is excited that Scotty is going to do something new! Then Scotty performs, and he does the same thing he’s always done!

    This perfectly encapsulates Scotty’s performance yesterday. He practiced one thing in front of Iovine and Edmonds and proceeded to sing the song EXACTLY the way they said NOT to sing it. Funny thing is the judges already had the script about Scotty stretching himself, etc. so they sailed right over the fact that he did not, in fact, stretch himself in singing that song.

  • Kirsten

    I haven’t watched all the seasons, but has a winner ever not have the pimp spot?

    Carrie had to wait until Top 5 to get to sing last. Taylor also had a long period where he did not sing last (he sang last on Top 24 night (for the guys) and had to wait to do it again until Top 5. We have been told that both of them DOMINATED the voting their years.

    That said, Anthony did not get to sing last until Top 4 night in Season 4 and he was sent home that week (and spent a lot of time on the stools of doom before that).

    I remember Clay Aiken only had it once during season 2, then found out many years later, that Clay led the voting totals all season, but, lost out to Ruben in the finale.

    Clay sang last top 7, 5 and 3 night. He also sang last on top 2 night after winning the coin toss. The only person who won the coin toss and chose not to sing last was Blake (he gave the choice to Jordan who wisely chose to sing last. Ruben, Cookie and Lee are the only winners to sing first on Final 2 night). Nigel has confirmed that Clay was winning every week until the finale (although, that wouldn’t include the semi-finals where he was beaten by Ruben and Kim. He won the viewer vote on Wildcard night).

  • cfletch

    We waste a few seconds on revisiting the fake drama from last week, when Scotty was told he needed to show everyone something different. So this week, since Carole King has forgotten to write a top-ten country song from the nineties, Scotty is mixing it up! He’ll sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” Jimmy encourages Scotty to change up his typical singing style (again, why?), but Scotty doesn’t seem to be able to break his deeply ingrained habit of low-singing. Well, Babyface just isn’t having it. He makes a lot of good, solid eye contact with Scotty when he tells him he is doing the bullshit he always does. By the end of rehearsal, everyone is excited that Scotty is going to do something new! Then Scotty performs, and he does the same thing he’s always done!

    Scotty sang the song just as Babyface instructed him do. He can’t take the twang out of his voice. Its his voice. Just like you can’t get Jacob to sing with a twang, its his voice.

    Jeezy, what in the hell do people want? Scotty to remake himself while the others don’t?? Scotty certainly stretched himself.

  • abbysee

    The beat you over the head pimping of James Durbin, who I kinda like, proves the point that they are actually more interested in making good teevee, as opposed to cultivating a solid, successful musical star after the show. I think giving James that extra push is making for good teevee. Although I prefer Haley and Scotty as musicians and sometimes Casey, it’s James that provides the theater. And that’s what it is. He’s not the greatest singer, or wailer, but he’s the best showman, even though I’d buy a ticket to see Casey before I’d ever buy one to see James. I will not buy James record, and if the idol powers that be don’t mind that, I ain’t mad at ‘em. Still, it’s good damn teevee.

    I have my ducats earmarked to purchase Haley, Casey, and Scotty’s records, and they will all make one. This is gonna be another season where at least half the cast puts out a cd.

  • abbysee

    By the end of rehearsal, everyone is excited that Scotty is going to do something new! Then Scotty performs, and he does the same thing he’s always done!

    That is patently false. He didn’t start the song low. He held out his notes longer as was requested by Ms. Lopez. And there was very little twang, for want of a better word. He was exceptional last night. The hokey mannerisms were at bay, and there was not a bit of corn in that performance. I hate these things that get started where if people say them enough it becomes truth. Scott showed growth, maturity and an innate knack for storytelling in that performance last night.

  • idolhound2011

    Well I guess all lee bashing starting since Crystal is singing tonite . Talk about pimping. yah I know never
    say nothing good about Lee only bad.

  • abbysee

    Well I guess all lee bashing starting since Crystal is singing tonite .

    ??????

    Lee who? Just had to do it, lol. Sorta missed the Lee bashing though. What page is it on?

  • tripp_ncwy

    moved

  • cfletch

    I watched last season beginning with the top 3 and really thought Crystal was going to win. I thought she was the best of the 3.

  • musicality

    Please, please be a person who can stand having us all pick through your results, so you’re willing to share! Your getting all the available facts into one spot is, in itself, a huge improvement over the current state of knowledge on this topic.

    I now have access to databases others don’t have :) I tell you I am having a blast with this. I HATE term papers but this one is fun.

    The beat you over the head pimping of James Durbin, who I kinda like, proves the point that they are actually more interested in making good teevee, as opposed to cultivating a solid, successful musical star after the show.

    That’s the name of the game. James is an excellent mimic but not original. He makes for good tv but technically not the best voice. Nigel will pimp him to no end to make sure he stays till the end. I think they’ll be no upsets or sudden surprises. The rest of the season will be pretty much the same.

  • claudette

    The person there said the audience was also much older than previous audiences so they would love James more.

    Scotty was praised too much early on and not given constructive criticism. Now, when I think he really did better, they are giving him the Haley treatment.

    Jimmy must really want James. I think he can do a lot of things with him. Of course, he’ll sound completely different. He’s already got Pia. But the word is definitely out to the Judges…JAMES IS IT! (ok..loving that Adam says he’s so over James. I do love Idol drama ha)

  • Elek

    This morning they proclaimed that there was no talent on the show; that they could find ten people in the lobby of their building who could sing as well.

    Is beyond stupid. I would caution against taking a few idiots opinions as some type of gospel. They sound like douches trying hard to be too cool for idol. Being the #1 show comes with a lot of jealousy from some people in the industry.

    And now they are talking about THE VOICE. My bet is that they’re fee to play the Idols is ridiculous and the producers of the latter show has to gamble for better exposure. IMO.

    Has anyone considered that Nigel may be getting a lot of support from parents of special children? James is a wonderful role model in overcoming health disorders and conditions. Plus, the guy is talented!!

    Maybe but pimping for James is the most natural thing to do considering the excitement he gives to the live audience not even considering the great talent he has.

    This is exactly the kind of thing that turns people off the show (at least me anyway). It’s supposed to be a talent contest. But it gets so wrapped up into peoples’ lives that the best talent gets over looked. Then they leave the show and wonder why their careers tank after a couple of years.

    That is definitely inevitable in a show where everyone is presumed to have talent. How do we measure talent in this competition? Is it the growl… the shout… the wailing… the shriek… the funny faces? Having a good voice or a wide voice range is not even a talent, it’s a gift. Being able to hit a very high note or a solid low note is an expertise.

    I think Scotty should’ve had the pimp spot last night. His performance was chilling. Nope, they gave it to Haley again, and in all honesty, IMO, she stunk. I didn’t care for her singing at all.

    At last someone is really talking!!!

    Ruben, Archie and Lee are the only winners to sing first on Final 2 night.

    That statement I believe is FALSE.

    On pimping issues, I believe everyone is getting a fair share of it. And with regard to the extras James got like the blazing piano and others, he requested for them and the producers provided. I am sure that if any of the girls asks for a crown and sceptre, they will also provide.

    The information about Nigel’s crazy ideas provided by Water Cooler Convo seems full of holes as compared to what Tierney Bricker (ZAP2it) and John Young (PopWatch) witnessed so I am not buying an article from a ghost writer/blogger.

    If James is a mimic… then everyone else falls on the same level!

    IMHO.

  • lucy

    We waste a few seconds on revisiting the fake drama from last week, when Scotty was told he needed to show everyone something different. So this week, since Carole King has forgotten to write a top-ten country song from the nineties, Scotty is mixing it up! He’ll sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” Jimmy encourages Scotty to change up his typical singing style (again, why?), but Scotty doesn’t seem to be able to break his deeply ingrained habit of low-singing.

    I thought he did change his style. He didn’t smirk once or sing the song as if it was some kind of story-with-jokes-in-it. Granted, he didn’t change every aspect of his style and, no, he didn’t veer from singing low. But I thought last night’s performance was quite different from his usual in some ways — and ways that, to me, are more significant than just the part of your range you use. ….

    I don’t see why people imagine that he has access to a big, strong upper range, anyway. He’s got a low voice. There’s no reason to expect that he would have both a low and a high range; most people don’t, and that includes very good singers. Nobody seems to expect those who sing high to suddenly add a whole low register to their songs. High singing apparently passes muster but low singing doesn’t. Don’t really get that, although I suppose it’s mostly because we’re so accustomed to popular singers singing high.

  • Kirsten

    That statement I believe is FALSE.

    Oops. I inverted the sentence to talk about the winners going first instead of the losers going second and didn’t remember to switch the Davids around. Fixed the original post.

  • springboard

    Scotty’s lower register is much nice than his upper one, imo. He should sing low and only use his upper range for contrast.

  • SuperNut

    Jacob Lusk channeling a pre-makeup Fizbo the Clown.

    Wow. Who said this?

    Checked out the Lambert article. He doesn’t hold back now, does he? Have to disagree with him on Haley and Casey, but agree with him on Durbin.

    I haven’t read all of the articles, but yeah, the Durbin pimping is out of control. They really want him to win. So, have him win and good luck trying to sell him anywhere. He’s not going to do a thing.

  • cfletch

    I just don’t get why people think that a soprano voice shows more range than someone who sings bass. Taylor Hicks has what is called a whiskey tenor and people didn’t think he had range either. But, he really does.

    I actually prefer hearing low, soothing tones than high-pitched, screaming. My ears like it too!

  • jammasta

    Hmm. I feel stupid for never noticing the James pimping! Not that I mind it.

    Maybe I’m stupid, but I don’t see the bus coming for Scotty. I still think he has the biggest fanbase, and he still performed very well and got a lot of praise. He’s still my pick to win with James as a runner-up. They’d market Scotty much more easily, but James will still get the exposure. Win-win as I see it.

  • jammasta

    Oh and I forgot to mention Nigel being busted by the camera sending a wave of teenage girls to Scotty a few weeks ago.

  • cfletch

    Oh and I forgot to mention Nigel being busted by the camera sending a wave of teenage girls to Scotty a few weeks ago.

    I think we all knew that was a setup. No one gets past security and on stage, unless allowed to do so.

  • koshka

    I haven’t read all of the articles, but yeah, the Durbin pimping is out of control. They really want him to win. So, have him win and good luck trying to sell him anywhere. He’s not going to do a thing.

    I don’t think they want him to win… I think they want him in the finale.

  • Fullmoon

    Nygel so desperately want his Adam Lambert discovery!

  • SuperNut

    cfletch says:
    I watched last season beginning with the top 3 and really thought Crystal was going to win. I thought she was the best of the 3.

    I think Crystal not winning is what made me change my attitude about Idol. It was kind of fading anyway, but then she lost and that was just it. I really thought she could overcome the lee pimping. But that was not meant to be. Because of that, I wasn’t supposed to watch this season. But with Jacob leaving and the Durbin pimping, I’m done. For real, this time.

    I don’t think they want him to win… I think they want him in the finale.

    Are you sure? Because just by reading the articles, looks like Nigel wants him for the win.

  • Fullmoon

    Chicago is clearly not real “Idol friendly” but have people noticed this with radio in other cities?

    My radio station is one of the largest market in the country and in the past whenever there was a great Idol performance they would play it the next day and spent quite a while talking Idol. In the last 2yrs I have yet to hear an Idol performance played the next day.

  • primeminister

    Casey has lots of love from the show. Haley and Jacob? Not so much. Scotty is probably next lowest. If that dude ever wants to sing last, he better hope he makes it to the finale and is lucky enough to win the coin toss. Though, this year, Nigel will probably put James’s picture on both sides of the coin.

    LOL Kirsten.

  • cassie87

    I honestly don’t see why everyone is so upset over the James pimping. It’s not like he’s the first contestant to be pimped. They let girls come up on stage to hug Scotty, the whole front row was invited onstage for Jacob. They told Casey he’s the most talented contestant they’ve ever had. Lauren was allowed to basically serenade Steven. Really, the only one they haven’t pimped is Haley. I hope the pimpage doesn’t hurt James too much. I’d love to see him win. Most likely though, it will still be Scotty.

  • Realist

    James gets: multiple sit-downs with Seacrest, “Best of the Night/Season” comments, performance slots in usually in the last half of the show, pimp spot twice, a famous guitar player, extra questions during results show night.

    THIS is why Idol should have never lowered the age limit on this show. Scotty is a 17-year-old kid. He simply doesn’t have the staging vision that James has. If you’ve been following Idol in the past few years, you’ll know that the reason James gets a famous guitar player, a flaming piano, a drumline, etc. is because he asks for them. Same situation with Adam in S8. Second, Scotty’s music and performance style doesn’t lend itself to such “accoutrements”. Of course James is going to get the pimp spot more times than other contestants. It’s good TV. Third, Nigel and the producers can only go on rehearsals to decide performance order. Even James admitted that Scotty was “100% better” last night than in rehearsal. So if Scotty really wants that pimp spot, and who knows if he does, he better step up his game in rehearsal.

  • http://MJO judes

    Scotty was “100% better” last night than in rehearsal. So if Scotty really wants that pimp spot, and who knows if he does, he better step up his game in rehearsal.

    Maybe that has been happening most weeks & Scotty saves his best performance for the cameras. Its probably harder this year as there is no audience for the rehearsals-some singers like to feed off the vibe from the crowd.

    James is a class act, and he commands the stage. In the a cappella portion of the song, he was pitch-perfect. His reworking of this classic was great and shows he’s got so much confidence to do both the big songs and the stripped-back stuff.

    If you happened to read Michael Johns review above -he has a much more positive view of James[ He thinks all the Top 6 are very talented] . I agree with him that James has shown now both sides of what he can do . He has played the AI game very well which to me has been entertaining.
    Every year there are some idols pimped more than others- heck I was a fan of Kris Allen & he was one of the least pimped especially against Danny & Adam.
    I don’t think Scotty is going anywhere as he has a loyal following[ they’ll vote no matter what or how he sings!!]
    I happen to think this season very entertaining & find it amusing that the same accusations as happen every year are coming to the fore again- The Finale must be coming soon!