American Idol 10 Top 8 – Movie Night – Recap and VIDEOS

UPDATE: GirlyGirl was at the taping tonight…

Ok, so after the show, Katy Perry came out to tape her performance that will air tomorrow. They shot her song 2 or 3 times — and it seemed like the crowd was more excited when Kanye West popped in to do his part on the song than they were about Katy. Lots of dancers and production heavy performance of this song.

If you ask me, the trouble began when Nigel Lythgoe began hyping the Season 10 cast as “the best talent ever”.   That sets up a pretty high expectation for a cast that’s talented, but are not  OMG AMAZEBALLS.  When it became became clear the emperor was quite naked. corrective measure became necessary.

But instead of dialing it back, the producers layed it on even thick.  The little bit of constructive criticism going on (Jlo was great as judge  for about a minute)  disappeared and the judges pimped the contestants even harder.  Amazing, Beautiful, Talented, CHILLS, Ready to go Platinum. Like Nothing EVER BEFORE SEEN ON IDOL ELEVENTY ONE!!111!

Gah.  Now, the judges are beginning to look desperate as they throw around rediculous e superlatives. It didn’t have to be this way.  Sure there were big changes this season, but Trust. Treat the season like any other. Judge the kids honestly. Each season has always been full of the talented and the talentless–step back and let the kids breath (I’m looking at you Jimmy).

Tonight wasn’t a trainwreck, but it wasn’t the greatest night of Idol EVAH either.  I can’t join the pundits who believe we need the judges to “guide” the viewers (hm. If they began guiding the ‘wrong’ contestants, wonder what the pundits would have to say about that) but without blunt judging, the show is boring and the contestants develop a false sense of their greatness. You know. They become so big-headed they think America Needs To Look In the  Mirror.  Yeah. They need to be taken down to earth by judges who aren’t afraid of lowering their Q scores. Those poor kids.

The best tonight? James Durbin was hella entertaining.  It helped to have one of the greatest Heavy Metal guitarists on stage with him, but still, good vocal, good performance.  At this rate, Idol could end up with yet another winner who is a  white guy Hot AC recording artist.

Live blog and VIDEOS after the JUMP…

The American Idol Top 8 sing songs from the movies tonight. This is your live blog. Stay tuned for recap and videos!

The show opens, of course, with a replay of last week’s OMG OMG OMG SHOCKING SHOCKING BOOT!

Ryan Seacrest congratulates Jennifer Lopez for being named WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN by People magazine. “The Most Beautiful Girl in World” plays as an embarrassed Jlo gets a spotlight.

VOTE VOTE VOTE for your favs, says Ryan, before he introduces the Top 8.

Paul McDonald – “Old Time Rock n Roll” by Bob Seeger - Risky Business – He’s first. As Nikki Finke would say….TOLDJA. Jimmy thinks the song needs a drum machine. Uhm. NOOO. Paul wants to leave America HAPPY. Will he? Paul’s got one of his nudie suits on. He hobbles down the stairs, attempts to engage the judges. I dunno. He looks and sounds like gramps out there, hopping around squeaking out a song. Love the chick on sax, though. Steven: I love your crazy wild abandon, how it translates to the audience. Jennifer: Every time you come out here, you’re going a little bit further, a little bit further…it’s great to watch. Randy: America you just witnessed the first number at the Paul McDonald concert. I love it. You are definitely an artist. Me: Sigh. – 1-866-436-5701VIDEOPERFORMANCE

Lauren Alaina – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus – Jimmy tells Lauren she’s a much much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus and that she has to grab Pia’s votes. Oh, Will.i.am is back. I f*cking hate typing his name. Of course, just about anybody sings better than Miley. A very pretty rendition, but I’m not blown away. Lauren’s got great pipes, but something…lack of confidence?–keeps her from taking her performances to the next level. Jennifer: I loved hearing you sing this, the tear in your voice. You sang it so beautifully, you don’t need to steal anyone’s votes. Randy: The Lauren we saw in Nashville is roaring back. It sounds like it was written for you. Amazing. Steven: I love what you bring to a song, and what a song brings to you. Beautiful. You Move me beyond tears. Me: Ugh. – 1-866-436-5702VIDEOPERFORMANCE

Stefano Langone – “End of the Road” by Boys II Men – Boomerang – Oh…Stefano is getting a sit down. He prattles on about getting to the next level. TPTB are trying to make up for last week, when the judges behaved as if he didn’t deserve to be there. Will and Jimmy give him a pep talk. You’re not a loser kid! Gah I effing HATE THIS SONG. Squint squint, reach reach. As usual, Stefano sounds better than he looks. BIG NOTE!!! This was actually a solid vocal. Wish the song itself wasn’t so meh. Randy: Dude! Randy name drops friend from Boys II Men who will be TEXTING HIM ANY MINUTE to say “your man Stefano just slayed the song.” You made the right move at the right time. Best vocal to date. In it to win it! Steven: You know how to milk a song. This is so not the end of the road for you. Jennifer: You got it. It’s about being a great performer. You did it. You did it tonight.” Me: Judges you’re killin’ me here – 1-866-436-5703VIDEOPERFORMANCE

Scotty McCreery – “Cross My Heart” by George Strait –  Pure Country – Scotty was going to sing “Everybody’s Talking” by Nilsson then he changed to George Strait. Kid could have had a moment stepping out of his box. But NOOOOO instead, he ran back to safety. Jimmy was so right on this. He should NOT have changed his song. Scotty’s performance was nice and all but…Zzzzzz. We’ve heard this before. Steven: Scotty I just love your voice. You did it again. You’re good. Jennifer: Everybody wants us to be tough with you guys, but you guys are so damn good. I just want to say wow. Was it my fav song choice? No. But you sang it beautifully. Randy: If it ain’t broke don’t even consider fixing it. A star is born on this stage. You’ve grown so much. I ‘m a huge ginormous fan. Me: KILL ME NOW – 1-866-436-5704VIDEOPERFORMANCE

Casey Abrams – “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole – Moulin Rouge – Also gets a little sit down with Ryan. Ah. Casey bucks Jimmy who wanted him to do “In the Air Tonight” instead. Hm. As much as I loathe Phil Collins, I get Jimmy’s point. This might be a little strange for the Idol audience. It’s a song with quiet nuance–tough to make an impact in 1:30. He’s pulling those weird faces again. Very strange, but kinda cool. Not sure America will appreciate it, though. Jennifer: I gotta say, at the beginning I was nervous. I hope America got that. Having said that? You’re talented Casey, but you ain’t no Esperanza. Also your aren’t an Idol maverick–Elliott Yamin sang James Moody back in season 5. Google it, my friend.  Randy: We have a real true artist on the show. We’ve never had anyone like you ever. It’s about embracing who you are. I can see you making an extended Buble kind of record. Genius. Steven: You are an artist in the truest sense of the world. You do what’s in your heart. YOu believed what was in your heart. You are so good man. Me: Could the judges blow smoke up these contestants’ asses any harder? – 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEOPERFORMANCEJUDGES

Haley Reinhart – “Call Me” by Blondie from American Gigilo – We’re all growing! Don’t even think we’re not! I make jokes about her short shorts but, my trouble with Haley? She has no idea who she is as an artist. All of her performances reflect back on what she thinks the judges and producers expect of her. Some weeks are better than others. This week, she was solid, but screamy on the big notes and the choruses. When Haley figures herself out, she has the potential to be a great singer. Randy: I didn’t love the beginning, it sounded very karaoke to me. It wasn’t a showcase for your voice for me. Steven: I agree, but when you nail chorus… you sang it heavy you sang it great. Jennifer: I love when you started, and I kind of agree with Randy, but I’m afraid to say anything negative, I don’t want to lose any of the girls! Me. OY. – 1-866-436-5706VIDEOPERFORMANCE

Jacob Lusk – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Pursuit Of Happiness – Jimmy scolds him for lecturing America last week. Jacob was going to sing either The Impossible Dream or You’ll Never Walk Alone. Dang, I wish Jacob would have been left to his own devices. It would have been hilarious. Jimmy says he doesn’t need to do corny now. If not corny…I guess trite will do. Holy off-pitch key change batman! I’ve heard that song sung so much better by other artists. Steven: It’s astounding how angelic you sing. Incredible. God bless you and your voice. Jennifer: Who does that? You are such a gifted vocalist. You pulled the chills out of me. Randy: I listen to every word. I believe you. I love that you took your time with this. It was perfect. Great job. Congrats. Me:  Still Not Looking in the Mirror – 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEOPERFORMANCE

James Durbin – Heavy Metal by Sammy Hagar from Heavy Metal – Jimmy hated it. Jimmy “This is what I’m doing. I know what’s best for myself as an artist.” The kids telling Jimmy to stuff it is making me lulz. Will sticks up for James–taking the artist’s side. GIVE METAL A CHANCE AMERICA sez James. Heavy metal guitarist, Zakk Wylde is playing guitar. This is actually pretty entertaining. Solid vocal from James. Not really sure why Jimmy didn’t want him to sing it. Good performance to to end the show. Jennifer: That felt really really real. I loved that. They are killing it dead. That was crazy. Judges: James sang Judas Priest a couple of weeks ago. HM has been on the Idol stage. Randy: I’m happy you stuck to your guns. Tonight you did you. Durbin rawks! Steven: Outstanding Durbin. Me: Rawk On Dude – 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEOPERFORMANCE

  • koshka

    Let the party start… I’ve got the popcorn for Movie night. :)

  • primeminister

    WORKING LIVE STREAM:

    http://www.seeon.tv/view/8818/

    :)

  • Valentin432

    Big Pia intro to motivate voters.

  • koshka

    LOl Pia rehash for the first 30 second.

  • glambotgram

    What the heck is with Jennifer’s dress.

  • iluvai

    Poor Jennifer. Don’t be embarrassed gorgeous!

  • iluvai

    Go Paul! This should be good.

  • Valentin432

    Who was the first in that lineup? Probably the one getting the pimp spot.

  • mozart4898

    Well I was right in saying Paul would be going first. I really don’t think they care about him sticking around.

    Hmm…this could be an interesting choice…

  • Miss Blue

    So is Will.I.Am now a permanent part of the show? He’s got to be on the payroll, with as many appearances as he’s had.

  • Soberba

    The bus is coming for Paul…

  • mozart4898

    Did Crystal leave that little carpet she had on the show last year there? Looks like the same one in Iovine’s studio.

  • Willis

    Oh no! Casey shaved, Paul is dancing and Will.i.am is back. Apocalypse!

  • bridgette12

    I wish the guy with the giant hook would come out and drag him off the stage.

  • mozart4898

    Paul’s got the energy…but oh man his voice sounds totally shot. I’m sure some people will love it but “singing” wise, this is bad. Really bad.

  • Tony

    How did this clown outlast Pia?

  • Valentin432

    Hearing Paul sing makes me worry for his throat. His voice is gone.

  • Miss Blue

    Love Paul, sick of that song, and not real thrilled with that performance. I agree about the bus.

  • leome

    I like Paul and I think this was great. Super fun and just good.

  • mak

    I wish Simon was here so he could say “karaoke.” Paul should have done something else to it, it sounded dated.

  • songsungblue

    I thought that rocked, actually. Go Paul!

  • tinawina

    Paul made me laugh, and not in a good way.

  • iluvai

    Nice job Steven. Yes Jennifer! Oh yes Randy!

  • yaddabing

    is will.i.am homeless? does he live on the couch at interscope?

  • bridgette12

    ny says:

    04/13/2011 at 8:07 pm

    How did this clown outlast Pia

    Easy, he’s colorblind and goofy, but not boring.

  • Miss Blue

    So much for the judges changing their schtick. Seems they don’t like having to criticize.

  • glambotgram

    Way to ruin a good song and combined with his “Elaine” dancing, that was bad.

  • BM2587

    Lawd the judges are so useless. Paul was horrible but he’ll never know it

  • mozart4898

    Oh please. Quit blowing smoke up his ass. Yeah, he’s entertaining but JLo, if anything, the polish is becoming more and more dull. He sounds like hell. At least point out that he needs to concentrate more on his vocals. You can even mention you know he’s struggling with his vocal cords themselves but at least mention that his singing just isn’t up to par at this point.

  • ri

    well i don’t know about Paul’s ability but he sure is a fun guy. does that count for anything?

  • TopCatDC

    Good song choice for Paul. Side note – Paul must be trying to break the Adam Lambert record for most money spent on performance clothes.

  • Organic

    I thought Paul’s entrance to the song was very awkward. Coming down the stairs added nothing to the song. I was afraid he was going to fall actually.

  • emandems95

    Wow, I forget Lauren is my age! She seems like she’s 20.

  • sr4mjc

    Lauren in the two spot? Poor girls….

  • leome

    How did this clown outlast Pia?

    Cause instead of making you wanna sleep or changing chanel he makes you wanna dance and sing along.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    Thank you for prying that blasted beat box out of Iovine’s hands!!!

    (R, please retire the [insert name's] concert remark.)
    (P, Steven didn’t call you beautiful.)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Wow. I enjoyed Paul two weeks in a row. Never thought THAT would happen.

    But the Climb? I can’t stand that song. What dreck. Good luck with it, Lauren.

  • glamertitis

    tinawina says:
    04/13/2011 at 8:08 pm
    Paul made me laugh, and not in a good way.

    Lol!
    And what is with the judges? Are they serious? They are such a joke
    That was a really poor performance and the vocal was off from start to finish

  • mozart4898

    Lauren with Miley. This could either be an ingenious move on her part (obviously Miley has plenty of fans), or it could gain her a whole new crop of haters (since Miley has plenty of detractors)…

  • bridgette12

    TopCatDC says:

    04/13/2011 at 8:10 pm

    Good song choice for Paul. Side note – Paul must be trying to break the Adam Lambert record for most money spent on performance clothes.

    He probably grabbed that attrocious outfit out of his closet.

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

    I hope Paul never sings that song again. That was an insult to Bob Seger.

  • Trina

    Oh come on that aint right. Lauren is due for the pimp spot.

  • jrain

    How is Paul going to have a career after idol if his voice is just shot. Imagine touring, sheesh. Overall he was just ok, nothing special but at least somewhat entertaining

  • flyaway

    I loved it! Anti-Pia performance to start the show. Can see this being a great part of the concert and think the comments were good – specific on what they liked.

  • Elizabeth Lemon

    Funny they spent all week telling us Pia’s elimination wasn’t all that shocking and she was never going to win anyway… then the video package make it look SHOCKING! and CRAZY! all over again. Oh Idol, you slay me.

  • blmetsfan

    That was embarrassing by Paul. But at least our judges are back at it! :sigh

  • iluvai

    Paul was great. I hope Lauren kills it!

  • songsungblue

    Paul is the only one with any energy.

  • bridgette12

    glamertitis says:

    04/13/2011 at 8:12 pm

    Lol!
    And what is with the judges? Are they serious? They are such a joke
    That was a really poor performance and the vocal was off from start to finish

    We wouldn’t want them to actually criticize anyone would we.

  • BrandoC15

    I don’t know who’s good and who’s not since the judges say everyone is oh so perfect

  • jrain

    hah! love that Jimmy said she’s a much better singer than Miley!

  • Fullmoon

    Oh God that was horrific. The judges are useless.

  • soccerboi

    Pauls performance was hardly embarrassing. I liked it. I like him.

    Lauren choosing the Climb…ugggh so predictable

  • iluvai

    Oh man! Shut up about taking the Pia votes. Lauren is so amazing and nothing like Pia!

  • ri

    at least Will.i.am. is amusing me tonight.

  • Valentin432

    The dissing of Miley Cyrus is hilarious, she’s been on the show at least twice before and a mentor just last year

  • leome

    Oh come on that aint right. Lauren is due for the pimp spot.

    She can’t. They have to get rid of the girls first.

  • OldHag

    Cause instead of making you wanna sleep or changing chanel he makes you wanna dance and sing along.

    No, not at all. However, he is amusing and entertaining in a train wreck kind of way.

  • bridgette12

    The song is dragging a bit.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    That’s a cute dress. Probably the best she’s looked. Snoozefest so far though.

  • BM2587

    Oh Lauren please stop wearing tutus that don’t fit your shape

  • halo9125

    I’m really shocked that they are mentioning Pia as much as they are.

    Why is Lauren dressed up like a Carrie Underwood wannabe?

  • sr4mjc

    duh, of course Miley is a horrible singer

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    alright, that Will I Am / Jimmy banter reminded me of a scene from O Brother Where Art Thou when they were talking about steeling Pia’s fan base…. that was funny for all the wrong reasons.

    Actually Lauren sounds good… boring, but good

  • Organic

    Come on. Slide up to the note.

  • girl_wonder

    Ugh…The Climb.
    Kill me now.

    It’s just so overdone, the original isn’t good (well to my ears) and right now this is just karoke.
    Totally could work on Disney Radio though.

  • songsungblue

    She just sounds a little tired.

  • googletot

    He probably grabbed that attrocious outfit out of his closet.

    Nope – he had it made: http://twitpic.com/4khx60

  • iluvai

    Lauren sounds gorgeous. I like Miley’s gravelly voice though.

  • Miss Blue

    Good on you, Lauren. She DID sing it a hell of a lot better than Miley. And I think she looked really cute tonight.

    Not a fan but I liked her tonight.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    I kinda like this behind-the-scenes sitcom — Will.I.Am scoffing the all-powerful Iovine’s wisdom every time he opens his mouth. Heh.

  • glambotgram

    Wow I liked Lauren tonight.

  • glamertitis

    Lauren must have watched Pia video – for the arm stretch…. sorry, Jimmy, I didn’t like it… seemed fake, nasally and contrived

  • bridgette12

    Lauren was okay, but she could have chosen a better song to really show her range.

  • mak

    At least Lauren always does some little changes and stuff to make her songs more interesting and suit her voice better. Even though that song is freaking terrible, she had one of her better vocal performances.

  • emandems95

    That was awesome. I’m not a Miley hater, but I agree when he said she was a better singer than Miley. She totally is.

  • koshka

    I thought that was pretty good.

  • soccerboi

    Lauren sang that song better than Mylie…

  • pattycake

    Oh the 10 mins of Lauren pimping is underway. How predictable is it that she is singing Miley. They both annoy the hell out of me.

  • iluvai

    Go Jennifer! (And thank you about the damn Pia votes) Yes Randy! Steven, you are up to form. Great job judges! Seriously though Lauren kicked butt.

  • songsungblue

    She moves me beyond tears too….straight into nausea.

  • tinawina

    That was nice, but it seemed to lack a little oomph.

  • LK3

    I love that Ryan just said what was in my head when Lauren’s mom was on camera then :D

  • mozart4898

    I think this was really a great choice for Lauren. That said, again, she just seems like she’s holding something back through a lot of it. Near the end she seemed to let go more…and then it sounds like the high range of her voice is actually kinda shot, or maybe she just doesn’t have those notes at all – she’s always hoarse sounding to the point that it makes me think something’s wrong with how she’s singing. And, she was a touch flat through most of the early part of the song too.

    Not bad, but Lauren, you can do a lot better than that. I know you can. Above all, I think the nerves are still killing her.

    JLo gave her the critique of death too. “You don’t need to steal anyone’s votes, you’re getting plenty of your own.” Way to ensure that some of her supporters vote for a 2nd favorite tonight since she’s safe, right?

  • Miss Blue

    Lauren’s mother has the look of Barbara Bush. Glass eyes, hairdo, makeup, and clothing at least 20 years older than she is. A Stepford, drinking behind closed doors. Ick.

  • Fullmoon

    Her vocals are good but that song does nothing for her. It was lacking something. Kind of boring.

  • gabriel oak

    I’m not a Miley Cyrus fan and that was SO predictable. I’ve never voted for Lauren and I won’t vote for her tonight. The judges offer their usual meaningless critiques.

  • sma11ie

    LMAO at Will.i.am and Jimmy dissing Miley… I wonder if Miley fans will be pissed at Lauren now?

    I’m not gonna lie, I hate Miley’s voice but that song is my guilty pleasure. Everytime I heard it on the radio, I can’t help but sing along, and I’d always wish someone with a great voice like Carrie could cover it. I love it when better voices cover it, including Kelly Clarkson’s backup singers. I love Lauren’s voice, so if the studio section doesn’t suck, it might be my first Idol download this season, lol.

  • gangreen29

    Lauren was good. I think now that Pia is gone she is going to start getting hate though, idol fans can be pretty predictable, like the tides lol.

  • Niall

    Is there a rule that the judges can’t address the elephant in the living room, i.e. Paul’s vocal problems? At least if his nodules are publicly acknowledged there would be some context for why the judges tend to focus on the performance aspect with Paul.

    Lauren was fine but it probably wasn’t a standout performance, and that worries me because she went 2nd and isn’t a guy.

  • sr4mjc

    Where did spunky Lauren go? I hope she comes back.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Lauren sang that song better than Mylie…

    Way to set the bar high….

  • iluvai

    Go Stefano!!!! We love u! <3

  • Tony

    Cause instead of making you wanna sleep or changing chanel he makes you wanna dance and sing along.

    Paul made me want to change the channel.

  • bridgette12

    Hey Stefano, It wasn’t rough for me.

  • JudyL

    I’m liking the ‘Me:’ remarks at the end of mj’s critiques tonight. Keep doing it, please.

  • tinawina

    Lauren was fine but it probably wasn’t a standout performance, and that worries me because she went 2nd and isn’t a guy.

    Yeah, I thought the same thing. I hope she pulls it out.

  • Valentin432

    So Scotty got the pimp spot? He’s the only one left who hasn’t had it with Lauren and Stefano.

  • partyintheusa

    Oh the 10 mins of Lauren pimping is underway

    If she was being truly pimped, then she would have gone last by now. Not once has she ever gotten the pimp spot. Tonight…she clearly should have. I do miss the spunk she had Top 24 Week, but I think she interpreted this song beautifully and just right.

  • mozart4898

    Stefano…this is subliminally a bad pick. Just saying.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Lauren’s mother has the look of Barbara Bush. Glass eyes, hairdo, makeup, and clothing at least 20 years older than she is. A Stepford, drinking behind closed doors. Ick.

    Rumors about Laura were that she was called dime-bag Betty in college, so it may not be booze. Just sayin…

  • webster

    Maybe it’s an evil plot to have only Jimmy give opinions.

    But on the good side- use to be every compliment was referred to as pimping. With universal pimping that’s gone away.

    But so far, awful, and I have no hopes for Stefano.

  • Tony

    Soul.

    Stefano has none.

  • songsungblue

    You want some ham with that cheese? ;)

  • blmetsfan

    Ugh, Stefano. Go home kid!

  • jrain

    i’m ready for Stefano to go home.

  • bridgette12

    LOL! I don’t think Stefano has to worry about finding his place in the industry.

  • iluvai

    Stefano looks so cute in his T-shirt! lol….. I like this. :)

  • rayni

    gangreen29 says:
    04/13/2011 at 8:24 pm
    Lauren was good. I think now that Pia is gone she is going to start getting hate though, idol fans can be pretty predictable, like the tides lol.

    Yup.

  • sandrajane

    If you’ve ever watched a Boy2Men performance, you’d know that Wanye always went hard. So, Stefano has that down. I liked it.

  • jammasta

    I love Boyz II Men, but SERIOUSLY Stefano? You expect to start fresh with this?

    Like I said a few weeks ago about Pia…. ANOTHER. F*CKING. BALLAD.

    tbqh, I think he needs a stylist, too. He kinda looks like they picked up some random kid off the street.

    …Glory note. I actually kinda liked that, but that’s not gonna make me feel not bored by this.

    Randy, if you ever say “X IS IN IT TO WIN IT” again, I’m gonna pop you like a balloon.

    Boring, but an improvement at least. Definitely better than last week.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Could Jimmy be any more blatant in pimping Stefano? I guess he hasn’t given up on him yet.

  • iluvai

    I just realized the best finale: Stefano and James. :)

  • leome

    Stefano would be great in a wedding, idk, maybe one of those restaurants where someone goes and sings in the bg. But please, not one more week of this.

  • Organic

    What I wouldn’t give to hear just one of Simon’s brutally honest comments tonight: “That was like eating ice for lunch”, “Dreadful”, “Pack your suitcase,” Just a bad, shrieky version,” “Utterly attrocious,” “Corny verging on desparate”, “It was a bit like ordering a hamburger and only getting the bun.”

  • mozart4898

    Well just based on the first 3 performing tonight, Stefano DEFINITELY doesn’t deserve to be going home tomorrow. He’s just kicked both of their asses. He wasn’t perfect but that guy can sing, and he “performed” that song as much as you can perform it. No way you can say he didn’t “feel” that one.

  • tinawina

    That was still a bit odd with the phrasing, but he is so not going home tomorrow. He got the underdog edit.

  • sr4mjc

    The judges are completely useless.

  • blmetsfan

    Judges LOVE everything so far. Not just like, LOOOOVE.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m not quite sure he slayed that song, Randy. It was a bad song choice. He’s like the male Pia.

  • primeminister

    Wow, I’m surprised at the Stefano pimping tonight. He should’ve left 2 weeks ago.

  • leome

    Why are the judges pimping this guy?
    I am at loss of words.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    All of these tongue baths for Stefano? Are they serious? Really?

  • songsungblue

    I would rather hear Paul a thousand times than one minute of Stefano. Ugh.

  • halo9125

    Thinking Stefano might have hit the end of the road….

  • Fullmoon

    There was no soul to that performance. Seriously, in the beginning I thought this season would be the most talented group ever but so far it has not lived up to the hype.

  • gabriel oak

    I don’t get this at all. Stefano was truly awful. The judges should get more bad reviews in the press after tonight. They are not doing their job. Simon would have told Stefano he was something out of amateur night.

  • iluvai

    stefano KILLED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Edit: hmmm… I had some help with that post. :) I do think that was Stefano’s best performance though.

  • tinawina

    They clearly want Stefano to stay and he will after all of that.

    They are making me nervous.

  • mozart4898

    I’ll never understand people not liking the sort of thing that Stefano just did. Kid can sing. I mean, if I actually had a favorite in this it wouldn’t have been Stefano, but he actually even gave me some chills in there. He poured his heart into that and I thought it came through loud and clear.

    Note to anyone who wants to succeed in the music industry I guess…if it doesn’t have a dance beat, forget it. You’re boring, predictable, and unmarketable.

  • aislinn

    Seriously, why are these judges even there? Were they hired just to be cheerleaders? The over-hyped praise for every single performance, the total lack of any kind of constructive feedback is just sooooo tiresome, and makes me judge the performances that much more harshly.

  • LK3

    So, as per Randy, this week Stefano is ‘inittowinit’. I wonder whose turn it will be next week ;)

  • shell29

    I’m one of the few here who likes Stefano but that was so not his best vocal. Not even close. End of the Road? Yeah, it probably will be the end for him tomorrow night.

  • Valentin432

    So we have a contestant with his/her second pimp spot, I’m going to be on Casey since he is the only one who hasn’t had in the finals

  • gangreen29

    Seems like people want negativity from the judges just for negativity’s sake. I don’t agree with that.

  • bridgette12

    The judges are not helping with the attitude that everybody deserves a A+++ just for getting up on stage.

  • luci

    I hated that song choice but I have to give Stefano mad props for singing that well.

  • lili_anne7

    I thought Stefano was great. I was never a fan of the kid, but he impressed me tonight. Best of the night so far.

  • primeminister

    The kids really believe their own hype, don’t they.

    Stefano: I’m here to stay.

    BWAHHA. He probably will ugh.

  • sma11ie

    That wasn’t Stefano’s best. It was like his 3rd best after wildcard and that one early week I can’t remember. That said, it started out kinda Mayor McCheese (TM someone here) just like his other performances, but got pretty good at the end. He got a pretty good studio reaction, too.

  • soccerboi

    All of these tongue baths for Stefano? Are they serious? Really?

    I thought he was great. AND I’d like to tongue bath Stefano…just sayin

  • jammasta

    GIVE SCOTTY THE DAMN PIMP SPOT FOR ONCE. FOR SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS’S SAKE.

    …Randy talks like Stefano never sang “I Need You Now”.

  • glamertitis

    That was the most obvious and fake judge pimping I’ve seen in a long time! LOL

  • sr4mjc

    Seems like people want negativity from the judges just for negativity’s sake. I don’t agree with that.

    No, but I want them to be honest when someone sucks or at least give some kind of constructive criticism.

  • LK3

    I hope the judges don’t have a fit over who leaves tomorrow, cos we’re not getting any pointers from them.

  • iluvai

    O GAWD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  • mak

    No, Scotty, “Everybody’s Talkin'” is ALWAYS the right choice. I love me some Harry Nilsson.
    The song he picked instead is super boring.

  • partyintheusa

    Shit MJ! You’re a total cynic! I think I’ll skip reading your recaps since you hate everything!

  • songsungblue

    Oh Scotty. Sigh. Here we go, with the same f**king song again! *off to pee*

  • blmetsfan

    I don’t need negativity, but I would like constructive criticism. Has Steven Tyler offerred any criticism EVER? That means he has liked EVERY SINGLE performance. It’s just unbelievable to me.

  • leome

    I think I hear the background voices better than I hear Scotty.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    Darn. I like “Everybody’s Talking.” Maybe someone told him Midnight Cowboy was about a gigolo. ;)

  • partyintheusa

    Wow Scotty! Letting the backup singer do all the work for you?!

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Alright, Scotty would have done MUCH better with Everybody’s Talking. This song is just so slow/boring and not really in his range.

  • gangreen29

    No, but I want them to be honest when someone sucks or at least give some kind of constructive criticism.

    No one “sucked” tonight in my opinion. I think at this point in the competition people rarely “suck”. Saying someone sucked is not constructive criticism either.

  • aislinn

    Seems like people want negativity from the judges just for negativity’s sake. I don’t agree with that.

    I want useful feedback. Do you honestly feel like any of them have had “moments” tonight? Those performances took your breath away? If not, then there’s room for improvement, and the judges could be pointing out, constructively, how to do that. Doesn’t have to be Simon type bashing, but right now there is really no point to them even being there.

  • bridgette12

    primeminister says:

    04/13/2011 at 8:36 pm

    The kids really believe their own hype, don’t they.

    Of course they do, don’t you see the word “Superstar” written on their forehead.

  • Landmd

    I would rather hear Paul a thousand times than one minute of Stefano. Ugh.

    DITTO!!

  • soccerboi

    Anyone think that Scotty looks like the cartoon character from the Mad magazines?

  • Miss Blue

    And my hatred for this kid expands across the universe.

    One of my favorite songs, totally destroyed by this goat. Ugh.

  • halo9125

    OK- this is Scotty’s worst performance to date. I think Lauren was probably the best so far.

  • sr4mjc

    Scotty sounds great

  • Caffiend

    Paul is DREADFUL. Stefano is far more appealing and relevant than Paul will ever be. Oh, and one more thing — Stefano can SING. Paul shouldn’t even be on this show. I think he took a wrong turn on the way to the Troubador.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    I think Steven Tyler was great at choosing talent (auditions) but so far his evaluation skills are lacking (she said, evaluating him).

  • Organic

    Scotty can definitely sing, but here’s my problem with him – I don’t think he’s very original. Country music already has voices like his. He’s a weaker version of Dierks Bentley.

  • mozart4898

    Seriously, Scotty is really damned good. That said, I can’t watch him. He’s got the voice of a 30-something but obviously isn’t that old when you look at him. (And yes, the way he holds the mic is weird but who cares…well, at least I don’t care.)

  • LK3

    Scotty just scored himself a trillion votes with that lingering look into the camera at the end.

  • Tony

    Scotty should have sang that other song. I almost had chills with that one. lol

    This one…..bored me to fucking tears

  • Soberba

    I wonder if anybody could stand listening to Scotty for more than three songs at a time. It’s nice, but all the same all the time. Geez.

  • koshka

    shut up JLo

  • karrahbrooke

    Ugh. I don’t hate Scotty but I’m definitely over him. Could he please step outside the box just once?!

  • glamertitis

    No Jlo, we want you to be honest.

    I have to mute the judges… or I won’t be able to watch anymore…

    What the hell is going on with these judges?

  • Miss Blue

    Anyone think that Scotty looks like the cartoon character from the Mad magazines?

    That, and John Stevens. Judges once again are crap. Apparently they didn’t notice the missed notes, off-key crap.

  • webster

    Scotty’s showing some real growth: his hair is much better than at the beginning.

    (I’m pretending to be a judge, I’m only going to say nice things)

  • sandrajane

    Scotty was really pitchy, but no comments from the judges? Total bull. That end note was off and he was drowned out by the backup singers at times.

  • luci

    Ugh Scotty should have stayed with his first choice. Didn’t like that so much.

  • songsungblue

    He’s grown. OHWHATALOADOFCRAP!

  • phil25

    I loved Stefano tonight. Scotty was boring for me. Lauren and Paul were ok.

  • bridgette12

    Scotty is just like everyone else tonight, choosing a boring song. His performance was okay, nothing even close to great.

  • leome

    Is all this cause Pia left and they want the viewers to know there are a lot of great people left?

  • karrahbrooke

    Ugh. I don’t hate Scotty but I’m definitely over him. Could he please step outside the box just once?! I’m even a country music fan but I’m over it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The judges are giving everyone a tongue bath tonight. Interesting. Scotty really stayed in his lane tonight. Despite Iovine desperately pimping Stefano, Scotty will win it all.

  • keware

    I feel like Scotty started strong but lost it a little in the middle. But the note at the end made up for everything. That was amazing.

  • Organic

    Randy really? A star is born on this stage? He barely remembered the words. The kid is 17 years old and these judges don’t have one word of constructive criticism? Surely there is some advice they can offer. I think a few people on this site can make millions being better judges than these guys.

  • gabriel oak

    That long note that Scotty just held was border line off-key. If Pia was boring, then Scotty is super boring tonight. Why didn’t he sing the Nilsson song, which would have been ten times better. He was also bleating tonight.

  • soccerboi

    Scotty is going to win…and it wont even be close.

  • iluvai

    Okay. I’m sticking up for Pia. Randy just told Scotty “if it ain’t broken, don’t even consider fixing it!”

    I have no words. Scotty sucks. Congratulations AI S10 winner.

  • jammasta

    Love Scotty. The vocal was definitely not his best, but he can sing. I would’ve brought something up about the backup singers, though. I wasn’t quite sure if he was letting them take him over or if they were just being too damn loud. I think it was a mix of both.

  • karrahbrooke

    I’m a country music fan but I’m so over scotty. Can he not step outside the box just once?!

  • halo9125

    Hmmmm…..wondering why it’s “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” works for everybody else……

    BTW JLo- you pissed me off when you told Lauren that she “wants to get more out of her”. Thinking those words were uttered last week to the eliminated contestant.

  • Valentin432

    That was the best Scotty performance IMO, he’s got an incredible confidence on stage.

  • aislinn

    The judges have been giving tongue baths for weeks. JLo had one week where she was giving constructive feedback, and Randy’s had isolated moments where he was(mostly in the first 2 weeks, IIRC), and Steven hasn’t said said anything meaningful since auditions. What a waste.

  • idolfan92

    That was my favorite Scotty performance.

  • girl_wonder

    I hate this season.

    That is all.

  • kcostell

    Every performance so far has at least one area which could use major improvement:

    -Paul needs to keep his vocal health problems in mind and pick a song not so much about powering out the chorus.
    -Lauren needs to watch her breath control so she doesn’t have to take two big breaks in the final notes of a song.
    -Stefano needs to watch those falsetto openings…still.
    -Scotty needs to bring more energy to the opening of a song, especially when it’s a slow ballad.

    But the judges are afraid to mention any of that this season.

  • Elizabeth Lemon

    Why in the HELL are they still pimping the boys with these sit down interviews??

  • Fullmoon

    I usually like Scotty but that was not his best performance and JLO WTF??

  • SpenserJ

    Scotty made a mistake by switching songs, and Stefano poured on extra cheese tonight. Although, I’ll give Stefano credit for his fighting spirit.

    I actually liked Lauren doing the climb.

  • webster

    Seems like people want negativity from the judges just for negativity’s sake. I don’t agree with that.

    No. They don’t have to be negative, if they can’t stomach it. They could give advice. Act like a parent, or teacher or mentor. Tell them what they’re doing well and what they should work on next.

  • jammasta

    Okay. I’m sticking up for Pia. Randy just told Scotty “if it ain’t broken, don’t even consider fixing it!”

    Pia’s lack of stage presence was beyond fixing.

    Scotty was better than Stefano, but I thought both were pretty boring. And I HATE saying anything bad about Scotty. I’m definitely shooting him votes >_>.

  • TopCatDC

    Alright, Scotty would have done MUCH better with Everybody’s Talking.

    My thoughts exactly. When he was rehearsing I thought “Brilliant song choice.” Then he threw it away and went straight to his comfort zone. I’ve said before, I’m not buying what Scott is selling, but I would have taken a second look if he had done the Harry Nillson song. Even fans have to be starting to think that he’s becoming predictable.

  • Miss Blue

    Good for you, Casey. Save your friggen soul and tell Iovine to blow it out his ass.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    In The Air tonight? Sooo glad that’s not it.

  • Valentin432

    Casey was smart choosing Nat King Cole, that will bring much more votes than In The Air Tonight IMO.

  • aislinn

    OK, Iovine’s an idiot. This was a much smarter song choice than the Phil Collins’ song. Good for Casey for sticking to his guns.

    I LOVED THAT! This is what made them choose him to begin with, and he needs to stay true to that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So Iovine jumped dumped all over Casey to 20+ million people.

  • songsungblue

    Paul is DREADFUL. Stefano is far more appealing and relevant than Paul will ever be. Oh, and one more thing — Stefano can SING. Paul shouldn’t even be on this show. I think he took a wrong turn on the way to the Troubador.

    No words how much I disagree. I live in Seattle, and I avoid Kent, that’s how much I can’t stand his singing. LOL

    I really hate that the producers tell them how to sing their songs this season. Back the frack off and let us SEE their own potential.

  • Organic

    Ok. I love this performance from Casey.

  • iluvai

    I’m trying to be fair to everyone tonight. Casey I want you to sound better than you do.

  • Miss Blue

    And Jazz Casey is back! Bravo! This is the guy I fell in love with and he needs to stick with it. Put him in John Mayer’s category.

  • jammasta

    Casey seems pretty damn off, for some reason. And his lack of beard is horrendous. Yeah, he definitely needs some insta-grow, STAT.

    James BETTER get the pimp spot. If it’s Jacob I’m gonna kill someone.

  • halo9125

    Okay. I’m sticking up for Pia. Randy just told Scotty “if it ain’t broken, don’t even consider fixing it!”

    Amen. If Pia was indeed boring, this show is deadly tonight.

  • TopCatDC

    All through the intro package I was saying “Don’t listen to Jimmy! Go intimate – let the audience come to you.” Glad he stuck with his instincts. Also, at last, Casey has cleaned up his look.

  • koshka

    Hah!! Jimmy you were wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Nostradamas

    Good lord this show has not only jumped the shark, but got eaten by it in the process….tongue baths, flat notes, amatuer performances….anything else on?

  • glambotgram

    Didn’t think it was Scotty’s best performance but I liked it.

    Casey BORING

  • luci

    Wtf Casey with the faces lol. I did not like the other song any better but this was very pitchy dawg. A standing o? Really??????

  • soccerboi

    Casey should have sang the Phil Collins song…duh…no one knows this song…stupid Casey

  • Valentin432

    Casey was good but standing ovation? It sounded a little grunty in the middle.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    Well, if there was ever a doubt that Iovine is pressuring the kids into bland performances, we can put it to rest. I’m glad Casey did the song that resonated with him. So much better than doing Phil Collins.

  • mak

    That was so much more original and exciting than a stupid Phil Collins song. Slezak even has said Casey should do more jazz. It was one of my favorite performances this season, so pretty.

  • songsungblue

    I like Casey and I like jazz, but I didn’t like that. It was sort of flat.

  • mozart4898

    Casey’s performance wasn’t totally on in the first part of it, pitch wise (and that one growl in there was borderline hideous). After that…I just wonder if he’s “too much for the Idol audience.” I mean, I just don’t think most of the country will even get what he was doing. But I *did* like what he did, and where he was going with that. When he got into the scat singing you could really see him in his element.

  • Miss Blue

    JLo = Right on the money. That’s exactly where Casey belongs, with Norah, John, Corrine. This kid is a jazz musician. I know it doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I think it is outstanding.

  • lili_anne7

    Casey was so good……..very original. At first it started a little rough, but when the drums kicked in and with the combination of instruments.. I loved it.

  • soccerboi

    Standing O for Casey…what?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting. The judges are being publicly contrary to Iovine.

  • Kirkee

    The judges are completely useless.

    Agreed 100%. It’s actually getting rather humorous.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Casey was truly excellent. He made the right choice. I want to listen to Casey’s music.

  • Duke

    Jimmy was wrong, but i thought casey’s performance was really rough and had NO business getting a standing O

  • idolfan92

    Loved Casey! I reallyyy hope America got that, like JLo said.

  • Patroo

    Jacob getting pimp spot again. They really want to keep him, and get rid of Stefano. Lauren and Scotty must be getting plenty of votes, cause they haven’t got the pimp spot yet.

  • Valentin432

    Casey should have sang the Phil Collins song…duh…no one knows this song…stupid Casey

    Nature Boy is a very well known standard at least where I come from.

    Jacob is so getting the pimp spot lol.

  • jrain

    I’m glad Casey did his own thing but i’m not sure that performance and song are going to resonate with people. Def did not deserve the standing O.

  • doggiedr

    Casey should have sang the Phil Collins song…duh…no one knows this song…stupid Casey

    Hello!
    Moulin Rouge!

    I loved Casey and his unique self.

  • sma11ie

    I thought Nature Boy was the right choice. Ha, I didn’t even know it was a Nat King Cole song cuz I know it from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. But I think I agree with whoever said they want Casey to sound better than he does. Cuz he was a bit off in a few parts. Like some of Naima’s performances, idea was way better than the execution.

    I’m giving up on the pool. I’ve been horrible so far, and I have no idea who’s going home this week.

  • girl_wonder

    Casey’s in his zone, but he’s not going to win. He would, honestly, most likely become the lowest selling AI idol. That said, the longer he stays the better for him- he deserves a record deal.

    I won’t be being a single one, but still, good for him to sticking with what he wanted.

    Jimmy is officially more useless than the judges.

  • bridgette12

    halo9125 says:

    04/13/2011 at 8:51 pm

    Okay. I’m sticking up for Pia. Randy just told Scotty “if it ain’t broken, don’t even consider fixing it!”

    Amen. If Pia was indeed boring, this show is deadly tonight.

    This show would be boring even if Pia was here. It wasn’t like she was some kind of dynamic performer.

  • blmetsfan

    I just can’t with the judges anymore. It’s becoming humorous.

  • sr4mjc

    Jimmy was wrong. Even if Casey goes this week, he did his thing and singing Phil Collins was not him.

  • Fullmoon

    Something is fishy going on here. The emphasis on it not being about finding a pop star (since when) and the bitch slapping on Iovine. LMAO this is getting more and more lulz.

  • gangreen29

    We have had two people tonight going against Jimmy, so can the assumption that he decides what people sing stop?

  • wordnerdarchie

    In case anyone is interested, here’s the twitter for the gal that played sax for Paul.

    http://twitter.com/#!/MindiAbair

  • iluvai

    ha ha Hailey. You were so happy to see Pia leave. It’s on tape.

  • songsungblue

    What the hell is she wearing?! LULZ

  • Niall

    I almost wonder if the judges, especially Randy, don’t have much left to say now that the kids have in ear monitors and the big pitch problems have mostly abated (well, Paul has lots of issues there but that’s beyond his control).

    I’m ok with Scotty only singing country songs, though I do think he missed a chance to really stand out when he decided against “Everybody’s Talkin.” He played it safe, which might be a smart decision. I just wish they’d talk to him about his weird microphone thing and some of his cornball faces. There ARE things to mention that are important to his overall performance.

  • Miss Blue

    My second favorite, Haley. Love Blondie, love Call Me, and she did it just fine. I loved this. Waaaaaaaaaaay better than the last time this was done on the show.

  • koshka

    Oh haley… *head shakes*

  • MrDuffin

    This show would be boring even if Pia was here. It wasn’t like she was some kind of dynamic performer.

    That would be quite impossible!

  • jrain

    God their house guitarist is mediocre, they should have gotten Orianthi but I guess that would be distracting. Where’s ricky minor.

  • bridgette12

    Haley needs to cut out the sex kitten act. Stop gyrating and just sing.

  • pattycake

    I missed Scottie and Casey b/c David Cook’s bandmates were doing a live feed of tracking. I return to a horrible noise that is identified as Haley singing.

  • webster

    OK, Iovine’s an idiot. This was a much smarter song choice than the Phil Collins’ song. Good for Casey for sticking to his guns.

    I think it’s schtick, ie, set-up so we can get all impressed with the contestants “knowing themselves”. No slam on Casey, I liked his performance, but I think iovine is faking the criticism.

    Lame comments by Casey backstage.

    Haley’s speaking voice sounds hoarse.I like her performance, but she has to really stink for me not to like her.

  • iloveoliver

    Casey started out a little rough but pulled it together. I liked it. My sister liked it too.

  • halo9125

    Yup- that was exactly what I expected from Haley.

  • kcostell

    Randy? Of all the performances tonight to criticize, Haley’s was one of the least worthy.

  • mak

    You pick one of the only two women remaining to offer negative critiques? Randy, you SUCK.

  • TopCatDC

    Haley can’t give an honest performance to save her life. She always sounds great, but performs like a high school talent show contestant. A good talent show contestant, but still.

  • Kitwana

    Haley was horrible. I agree with Randy. So Karaoke, and not even good karaoke.

  • Valentin432

    Lol they are actually criticizing Haley?
    Is that reverse pimpage or something lol

  • soccerboi

    Hmmm…..I have never liked Haley until tonight

  • Miss Blue

    Apparently the bus is aiming for Haley and going pedal to the metal.

    I shall be voting my fingers off.

  • jammasta

    Haley, thanks for not boring me, but the suit makes you look like a prostitute. I may be a guy, but sex doesn’t sell for me.

    Randy finally bringing some negativity. Steven trying to be somewhat negative, and it’s a bust. He starts speaking gibberish.

    ….lmao J. Lo doesn’t want the girls to go home.

  • alycat

    So glad to see the producers and judges taking all the official and unofficial commentary to heart…not. Contestants get called out for not listening to the judges. ‘Bout time the judges and producers get called out for not listening to viewers. Hope the ratings suck this week. My bet is they start out strong with rubberneckers and steadily decline as the show progresses. I think a ratings pool would be more interesting than a contestant pool at this point.

    PS First Elton John’s Your Song, now Bowie’s Nature Boy. Is Moulin Rouge going to become a running theme for Casey? You are no Ewen McGreggor. Not even close.

    Wait a sec. The Nirvana song was in Moulin Rouge, too. Wow, yeah, Casey’s so unique. People complained about Pia always singing Diva songs, meanwhile Casey’s selecting all his off the same soundtrack!

    (Well, okay, he did do that song out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but still that’s 3 songs off of Moulin Rouge!)

  • leome

    They really want the girls leaving before any boy does, right?

  • glamertitis

    Yay! James has the pimp spot again! He must have a rocking good song to close with :)

  • Valentin432

    I can’t understand what they are doing here. They pimp the guys to the max and then ask for people to vote for the girls? Really?

    Also James second pimp spot in 3 weeks

  • gwenypoo1994

    Oh, gosh. I can’t take it. Haley come on girl. I can’t take her voice. It is too graspy. I agree with Randy and Jen, song choice was wrong. Steven Tyler has got to go as a judge. He likes everyone. U can’t like everyone. Cassey was unique. Kinda of a lounge song. It was ok. Scotty can sing, but he is boring to me. I guess I don’t like country. Paul, I don’t know. Scared for u and u were the first one too. Ok, Jacob, what u going to do?

  • luci

    Haley was having a few pitch problems but I just love the girl. Shut up judges

  • sr4mjc

    We have had two people tonight going against Jimmy, so can the assumption that he decides what people sing stop?

    You are really Nigel aren’t you? LOL ;)

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    I met Mindi Abair about 10 years ago. XD

    Haley, Haley, Haley…I want to like you, but I simply can’t when every other word in your song is done in that dang growl. Learn when to use it and when not to. I would really like to actually hear your voice for once.

  • songsungblue

    I like Haley, but that – was not good. Tough song.

  • JudyL

    Good for you, Casey. Save your friggen soul and tell Iovine to blow it out his ass.

    Amen to this. And I hate Jimmy.

  • TopCatDC

    No one should get a pass because of their gender. It’s too bad that there aren’t more talented girls – but truth be told, none of them are up to the performance quality of the best guys. (Although Lauren is steadily improving.)

  • flyaway

    What’s with the ballads? Didn’t anyone pay attention? Then, Haley tries to liven it up and fails miserably. Aargh.

  • glamertitis

    Me: Could the judges blow smoke up these contestants’ asses any harder? –

    MJ I love your “Me:” comments!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I love jazz, but didn’t think that Casey was any better than above average. I don’t think that he has the voice to pull off some of the stuff he wants to, and there’s no way that his performance deserved a standing O.

    LOL at the judges going against Iovine and rationalizing how jazz artists can sell big.

    I also thought that Casey sounded a bit preachy with wanting to “educate” people. I also didn’t like Randy pretty much saying that popstars aren’t artists.

  • iluvai

    Haley is not authentic.

  • gangreen29

    You are really Nigel aren’t you? LOL

    Shhhhhh!

  • tinawina

    I’m throwing some Casey just because he told Iovine to stuff it.

    I’m voting for Haley just on GP. Seriously… you let everyone else skate and jump down her throat!

    I’m voting for Lauren just because I don’t want another girl going home.

  • Miss Blue

    Oh god. Is the choir lining up? Ugh.

  • iluvai

    Go Jacob!

  • webster

    Casey should have sang the Phil Collins song…duh…no one knows this song…stupid Casey

    I’ve heard that song all my life.

    Haley needs to cut out the sex kitten act. Stop gyrating and just sing.

    Change that statement to Paul, and I’d agree.

    Actually, that’s a lie. His gyrating is the only thing I like about his performances.

    At least we’re getting some variety tonight. My hopes are on James to really finally do something totally entertaining

  • jammasta

    I have to say, I’m really not liking tonight. There’s something wrong with EVERYONE’s performance.

    Haley sang well, but I’m sorry, she dressed like a prostitute, and that’s not doing it for me. I like my women with class.

    Casey disappointed me. I didn’t think it was all that great, he started rough, AND HE SHAVED THAT BEARD. Sorry again, but I think it looks horribly depressing.

    Scotty had a chance to go out of his box. I admire him for sticking into his box and delivering a good vocal, but it was pretty boring. I STILL don’t think he needs to change a thing at all.

    Stefano was too cheesy.

    Didn’t catch Lauren or Paul, but from their song choices, I don’t really care.

    THANK YOU JIMMY for talking about Jacob’s stupid statement last week.

    Jacob, this is starting off REALLY promising. Do NOT oversing this, I’m actually liking it.

  • Nostradamas

    I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again…..and again…..

    NOT

    A

    STAR

    IN

    THE

    BUNCH….

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

    Oh how I’m loving the comments from “Judge MJ”.

  • Caffiend

    As usual, I hated Jacob even before he sang his first note. After that, I hated him even more.

  • chicksineggz

    OMG JIMMY IOVINE SHUT THE HELL UP.

    … I might vote for Haley tonight. I really want her to stay.

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

    I wish I got too see Lauren.Too much homework and I can’t watch.i hate this…

  • iloveoliver

    Seems like Jacob is dialing back on Bridge Over Troubles Waters. Clay sang this on S2.

  • sunchick

    Okay, I haven’t read back yet. Here’s what I want to say… watching Casey’s intro package, I was inwardly screaming at him, “Don’t listen to The Evil Little Man. Do Nature Boy.” And he did, and it was fantastic. My favorite line from my favorite movie was taken from that song, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” That was the first AI performance this season that made me want the itune recording. So, I hope America embraces it, but if not, ya did good, kid.

    Otherwise, so far Stefano is Piawithapenis. So, yeah, bored by both of them. Lauren..I loathe that song, but she sang it a bazillion times better than Miley, and I imagine she’ll be marketed to teens so good on her. Paul, um, loved the sax player so hard, didn’t love the song choice.

    Haha, The Evil Little Man just told Jacob to take on Clay Aiken’s signature tune, right? Or was that another song? I wish he would have taken my advice and did Goldfinger.

  • iluvai

    Yay! James has the pimp spot again! He must have a rocking good song to close with :)

    Come on James!

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

    I wish I got too see Lauren.Too much homework and I can’t watch.

  • MrDuffin

    These guys are not as good as they think they are and it is embarassing to watch..but it is entertaining in a I Love Lucy way.

  • glamertitis

    I really, really like Jacob. First time ever. Well done

  • leome

    Haley was not more Karaoke than Paul or Stefano or Lauren or Scotty or Jacob is being now.
    That’s what’s wrong imo. They let people like Stefano pass and pimp him and call Karaoke to someone who dares to not sing a ballad and try to give her own thing to the song when Stefano is just a copycat. That’s Karaoke.

  • Miss Blue

    Clay did it better. Much better. And neither of them got even remotely close to the awesome that was Simon and Garfunkel.

  • primeminister

    I liked Jacob tonight. Shocker.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Okay, Casey was good and I liked his choice, but will the voters?

    Oh and Randy, Charles Mingus? Really? LOLZ.

    Jacob hit a few notes that hurt my ears.

  • iluvai

    Jacob did great. :)

  • Fullmoon

    Jacob was not bad but Clay slayed that song.

  • Valentin432

    Claymates everywhere are swearing lol

  • lili_anne7

    I liked Haley, at least she did not bore me like Scotty.

  • gwenypoo1994

    Beautiful Jacob. Wow!

  • TopCatDC

    Bridge is definitely the best choice out of the three songs mentioned, but it’s too safe a choice for Jacob. He did it well and his fans will be happy, but I don’t think he can win new people with that choice.

  • mozart4898

    Someone, somewhere, is typing “Zzzzzzzz.” I’m gonna counter that. Jacob has an incredible voice and WOW was that ever good. I love that song and he definitely nailed that one to the wall.

    At this rate the bottom 3 could be really scary for those who want the girls to stick around. Although I should add the typical “IMO” caveat.

  • bridgette12

    Jacob is my favorite so far tonight. At least he had some energy.

  • TopCatDC

    Bridge is definitely the best choice out of the three songs mentioned, but it’s too safe a choice for Jacob. He did it well and his fans will be happy, but I don’t think he can win new people with that choice.

  • iluvai

    The judges are not letting us down tonight! ;)

  • webster

    Crescendos and innuendos. LOL Steven. Awesome.

  • soccerboi

    Ugggh Jacob…I dont need to go to church every week…give it break

  • iluvai

    Jacob is sweet.

  • sr4mjc

    Jimmy you are completely unlikeable.

    I thought Jacob was pretty restrained, nice vocal.

  • tinawina

    Jacob did well.

  • chicksineggz

    Jacob seems really lost. Can he go tomorrow?

  • BM2587

    the ugly ass has the pimp spot again

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Again, Iovine pretty much tells Haley how great she is and the the judges aren’t so enthused about her performance. Seems like the judges are intentionally being contrary to Jimmy. Glad that Jimmy told Jacob not to preach to people though.

  • gangreen29

    Jacob is a GREAT vocalist, and I’m sad that is no longer appreciated on the show.

  • jrain

    Hah, I called James song choice on another thread.

  • gangreen29

    Holy off-pitch key change batman!

    Yeah, don’t agree at all.

  • bridgette12

    iluvai says:

    04/13/2011 at 9:16 pm

    The judges are not letting us down tonight!

    The judges have been letting us down the whole season. It’s crazy that these successful people, can’t tell this kids, that maybe they have one or two things that need to worked on.

  • iloveoliver

    Yes Jacob did well.

  • Valentin432

    Have to say, great song choices tonight, not one tired old idol song in the bunch

  • sr4mjc

    Sammy Hagar, one of the best rock vocalists out there. ugh..

  • sillypraguer

    I really liked Bridge Over Troubled Water once on idol — when Annie Lennox sang it.

  • DogBitez

    Honestly. Do the judges think ANYONE would buy a Jacob Lusk album? I would only buy one if I were providing GITMO with music tracks to use in their prelude to “interrogations”. Of all the contestants so far… they’ve thrown the one and only girl under the bus. In the meantime, very mediocre male performances have been amazing, so they say. Very disappointing that this season has devolved into judges who do nothing but offer positive strokes… excessively positive strokes (and I say that being a Casey fan).

  • singer man

    i like jacob but it’s funny how jimmy ripped him

  • mak

    The second half of Jacob’s song was way better than the first. He might be my favorite so far, with Casey, though I will vote for Haley for 30 minutes before I go to bed to give the judges the middle finger. She’s entertaining as hell. SYESHA part II.

  • jammasta

    Jacob is like a yo-yo. One week, really good. One week, really horrible. This was his really good week, IMO. Dialed it back properly.

    Haley is Bottom 3 after that performance, unfortunately.

    1. Jacob – He finally dialed it back to good results!
    2. Scotty – My bias for him puts him here, but he didn’t put himself in that performance. His weakest performance so far. Still voting like hell for him until he wins.
    3. Haley – They were too mean to her, but her dress ruined it.
    4. Casey – I didn’t like this much at all. I thought it was boring.
    5. Stefano – Now HE was boring.

    My order so far.

    Tonight sucks. There’s always that one boring night a season, and I hope this is the one. It’s really sad when I put someone over Scotty, ESPECIALLY Jacob.

  • iluvai

    I hate Sammy Haggar. Okay James. I’ll try to be open minded.

  • gangreen29

    Have to say, great song choices tonight, not one tired old idol song in the bunch

    Yeah, 5 of the 8 song choices have never been done on idol before.

  • DogBitez

    Oops. Didn’t mean only one girl was in the running. But the only negative remarks so far have been reserved for a girl. Couldn’t edit my comment to correct.

  • koshka

    LOL

  • songsungblue

    I hate this already. Feh.

    Jacob hit some awfully rank notes in there.

  • gwenypoo1994

    What was wrong with Jacob? He seemed a little sad. I guess he is feeling guilty because he is getting scolded all the time for what he said to America last week. I think he apologized tonight in away when he said everyone needs somebody and he needs America. He did well. Very controlled. I liked it. James, please.

  • iluvai

    Cute baby faced James. I think you are pulling it off! Great job!

  • Kirkee

    Jacob is a GREAT vocalist, and I’m sad that is no longer appreciated on the show.

    I appreciate it. I thought he was fantastic.

    In other news James has the pimp spot – again. How lovely for him.

  • jrain

    Love James but Kind of unfair getting Zak Wilde in your performance.

  • Kitwana

    James won the night.

  • sunchick

    FUCKING ZAKK WYLDE? HOLY SHIT.

    Holy guest performer of maximum pimpage! \m/

  • JOJOSIE

    What are the judges smoking tonight. They gave Casey a standing O. My husband and I neither on liked his performance. I don’t think America will be that thrilled either. Maybe the sound was a problem.

  • Willis

    Yea, having Zakk Wylde on stage with you is not* an advantage AT ALL.

    *sarcasm

  • sr4mjc

    James that sucked ass vocally.

  • mak

    The only records I would actually buy from contestants this year are Paul and Naima. I know exactly what Paul’s would sound like and I don’t know what Naima’s would be at all so that’s kind of exciting. Though if Casey did a jazz record I might take a listen; I loved that he mentioned Esperanza Spalding tonight!

  • halo9125

    OY- was this pimp spot worthy? Screaming and air guitar.

  • Valentin432

    Loved it loved it loved it. Good on James and Casey for sticking to their guns

  • mozart4898

    Points to James for telling Iovine and Co. to f*ck off. However, I’m sure some people will consider that arrogance to the 10th degree.

    And James definitely has it for this sort of music. NOT a poser. The attitude, the voice, all of that, this kid IS rock. His voice would be probably one of the better voices in rock today – and there’s some pretty good singers in rock even though it tends to be more instrument driven.

  • iluvai

    Okay Judges! You have impressed me tonight! ;)

  • bridgette12

    James did nothing for me tonight. I don’t know, maybe it’s the song choice.

  • DogBitez

    I think we have a winner this season! And the winner is…

    MALE!

    Shocker, eh?

  • songsungblue

    James is like the care bears edition of Heavy Metal. Is it me, or is this one of the worst shows ever?

  • pattycake

    Best advice of the season came from Jimmy “don’t preach to Amercia and you don’t even have a record” Funny there were no mentors this season, but there appears to be dozens of them every week.
    As far as the judges, you could have the same effect with those monkeys that you whine up and they start clapping.

  • Swind

    The judges can go stick it, because I’m voting for Haley all night long.

  • lili

    James has a David Cook comb-over!!

  • Organic

    Loved the guitarist.

  • uhohnogo

    Um, did the judges not hear aaaannnnny of the public feedback about the suckiness of their cirticism (or lack thereof)???

  • webster

    Although part of me hates the fact that 5 girls got axed in a row, I feel somewhat vindicated: I hated the heavy dose of lame balladeering. If only they had axed Stefano instead of Naima, I’d feel totally vindicated.

    So some of the performances weren’t great tonight, but I love the variety. Casey and James are the perfect bookends of that.

  • sr4mjc

    James is like the care bears edition of Heavy Metal. Is it me, or is this one of the worst shows ever?

    Yeah, it was a pretty bad night.

  • halo9125

    Is it me, or is this one of the worst shows ever?

    Nope its not you- and it’s not the song choices, it’s the performances.

  • mak

    I didn’t see Stefano’s performance (making ice cream) but seeing the ten seconds at the end made me really miss Anoop.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    LOL @ the mass revolt among the contestants in defying Iovine’s advice. Jimmy seemed really pissed at James about not recognizing a great song with just a piano accompaniment. I like that the contestants are standing up for themselves.

    Wow. Casey’s pitchiness is really emphasized in the replays (which are from the dress rehearsal, right?).

  • sunchick

    What number do I call to vote for Zakk Wylde?

    (Oh, okay, and Casey…)

  • Fullmoon

    James vocally just sucks. The whole night sucks.

  • leome

    Overall I think it was a great night and the contestants did well. But not the judges. And I don’t get what game they’re playing, but they’re palying one.

  • luci

    The judges where so disappointing tonight. Everyone tonight was not great.

  • LK3

    That was lovely, I really liked Jacob tonight.

  • soccerboi

    I find it so funny that we went to Church with Jacob and went to hell with James. Hmmm i wonder why I felt so much more comfortable in Hell…

  • sma11ie

    Jacob sounded beautiful tonight. He found the melody!

    Durbin is so much more in his element doing metal than something intimate.

    I have NO IDEA who’s going home tonight… strange season. Will Haley’s fanbase be galvanized to save her? Was Casey too weird in execution? Are Paul and Lauren in danger for being first 2? Is Stefano staying? NO IDEA!

  • gwenypoo1994

    I am sorry, James was terrible. That screaming got to go. He was not worthy of that pimp spot. I guess I don’t like heavy metal. I think Jacob, Lauren, and Casey did the best. Other than that, the show was not that good.

  • gangreen29

    Is it me, or is this one of the worst shows ever?

    This cracks me up every time someone busts this out. Makes me feel like I am the only one who sat through season 3, or season 9 for that matter.

  • Tristessa

    Haley and Casey’s bass were the only things I liked about tonight, at all. Well, Paul’s suit too, but I’d rather he sing well than look nice.

  • JudyL

    songsungblue says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:26 pm

    James is like the care bears edition of Heavy Metal. Is it me, or is this one of the worst shows ever?

    No, it’s not just you. And the strange thing is, this season doesn’t have IMO one really, really terrible contestant like most past seasons to bring it down but just an entire show of mediocre performers. I’m kinda sad.

  • iluvai

    I loved the show. My faves were Paul, Lauren, Stefano and James.

  • jammasta

    So…. Tonight was pretty boring.

    Scotty didn’t deliver his best vocal. I love him and he’s my favorite, but that was definitely not the best of the night (like I usually rank him). I don’t know the other song, and I admire him for sticking to his country roots. Although I don’t think he needs to change a thing, it would be a sight to see (like last week).

    James…. Well, he brought something different to Idol, but even I was a little bored. I love metal, and I love James, but the performance didn’t have the energy or passion of some of his other performances. I didn’t feel a thing. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ was perfect. This one, not so much.

    Jacob is like a yo-yo. One week I love him, one week I loathe him. This week I love him but I still have the taste of last week’s comment. But he dialed it back and did just what he needed to do. I loved it, to be honest. Best of the night, but on such a boring night, it doesn’t matter.

    Haley looked like a prostitute and it was awkward. Wasn’t her best, wasn’t her worst. Meh.

    Casey was boring to me. The beginning was off. Oh, and whoever told him to shave is on my “WHYYYYYYY” list right now.

    Stefano was overpraised karaoke. I liked what he was wearing, but not on stage.

    Tier list…. I don’t care really. Jacob, James, and Scotty made top tier. Last 2 were admittedly probably because of my bias for them both to make finale.

  • tinawina

    Oh my god, its a miracle! I liked James and Jacob! LOL

    THAT IS THE ONLY KIND OF MUSIC JAMES SHOULD EVER MAKE! TPTB, please pay attention. :D

    That said… tonight was meh for me overall. Paul is back to making me hate him. Between the offkey ridiculousness and the judges slobbering over him I just can’t. Lauren and Haley scared the hell out of me by not knocking it out of the park. I’m afraid they are in danger. If either of them leaves over Paul after that mess he did, I will hurt someone. I already forgot Scotty was there. But he’s safe. LOL. Stefano got the redemption edit. I am confuzzled by that. I respect Casey for sticking to his guns. F*ck Phil Collins… Casey is a jazz artist, let him do his thing and have the chips fall where they may.

    Jimmy Iovine was highly annoying.

    The judges were just as irritating.

    I suppose we were due for a dud after 2 good weeks, but still. Boo.

  • sue

    I am saving Casey and Haley!!!!!!!! Go Caley!

    I floved Casey’s performance!!! Haley could of been better. Thank you for being you Casey.

    I am so happy that he finally stood up to Jimmy, you go boy. Even if Casey is voted off, I am so happy that he stuck to his guns.

    The musician’s on the show tonight were awesome.

    Paul was ok! Lauren was meh, kind of boring. Stefano was much better this week. Jacob was pretty dang good. Scotty was ok but forgettable and he got the “red lights”, that’s not good. Could it be the end for Scotty?

    James was pretty good, but I kind of hate heavy metal, lol. OH well…….

    Bottom 3 will probably be:

    Haley, Paul and Stefano or Jacob

    Going home: Haley or Paul

  • Scorpiosue1102

    Completely underwhelmed by these performances.

  • lili_anne7

    Stefano deserves to stay, he was great tonight. If I had my way Scotty would be leaving for being so boring, but I think it’s going to be Paul or Haley leaving tomorrow.

  • Organic

    ARGH, have to get that “Call Me” song out of my head. Can’t stand it. I want Jacob to go home but think it will be Haley.

  • iluvai

    I find it so funny that we went to Church with Jacob and went to hell with James. Hmmm i wonder why I felt so much more comfortable in Hell…

    LMAO That’s the best quote for me in a long while. I think I must be like one of those Halloween costumes half angel/half devil. I liked them both.

  • gwenypoo1994

    I find it so funny that we went to Church with Jacob and went to hell with James. Hmmm i wonder why I felt so much more comfortable in Hell…

    Now, that was funny.

  • Kitwana

    I have to admit that I first saw James as an Adam Lambert clone but tonight’s performance really changed my mind. He really left everything on that stage tonight. A truly electric performance.

  • Fullmoon

    Any more nights like this I might have to take back everything I said about S9. lol. At least we had Crystal.

  • LK3

    I liked Jacob tonight, but overall, it wasn’t the best night.

    I think Haley could be in trouble with that song, and I really don’t want her to go, but IDK what is gonna happen and who will be in the B3.

  • Elliegrll

    Jacob and Scotty were the best of the night for me. I would say James, since even though the singing wasn’t there, the performance was good, but I have a problem with the guitar solo taking up so much of the performance time.

  • sunchick

    Hmmm i wonder why I felt so much more comfortable in Hell…

    You’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints?

    I think the bus came for Jimmy Iovine tonight. Maybe that Pia record deal leak really did piss 19 off? Comments, discussion….anyone, anyone, Bueller….

  • kcostell

    What a weird night.

    My top 3: James, Haley, Stefano.
    My bottom 3: Casey, Scotty, Paul.

    Scotty’s pretty much never in my bottom group, and Haley and Stefano almost never in my top group.

  • halo9125

    Bottom 3- Casey Paul and Haley-

    Casey going home- beautiful song, but America won’t get it.

  • Caffiend

    Performance of the night? MJ’s recap. Better than anything on the show.

  • PamReid

    sunchick says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:30 pm
    What number do I call to vote for Zakk Wylde?

    Comment of the night and I am with you. Might throw a few votes the Mindi Abair’s way too.

  • glamertitis

    uhohnogo says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:27 pm
    Um, did the judges not hear aaaannnnny of the public feedback about the suckiness of their cirticism (or lack thereof)???

    I’m sure they heard and decided to say eff you to the negative feedback. That was very obvious in your face judge/pimping tonight

  • Valentin432

    I really think I’ve watched some other show tonight, I thought the song choices were great and most of the performances were really good. The only one I didn’t like was Paul who has lost his voice IMO.

  • iloveoliver

    I wish Scotty would have done Everybody’s Talking by Harry Nilsson….great song and he would have done well!!

  • 1952

    James, Casey, and Haley. The rest are boring as shit.

  • Soberba

    I think Paul is toast, but I have NO idea who’s gonna be on the bottom three with him. The usual suspects (Stefano and Jacob) did well tonight. Maybe Haley? But I think the judges criticism of her was some kind of reverse psychology. I have no clue what’s gonna happen.

  • gangreen29

    I really think I’ve watched some other show tonight, I thought the song choices were great and most of the performances were really good. The only one I didn’t like was Paul who has lost his voice IMO.

    Me too I guess. And if this is the worst performance night ever on idol, I have been watching some other show this whole decade I guess lol.

  • sr4mjc

    @CarlySmithson: I tried to sing Iron Maiden on the show but I never got to lol #Metal

    Now damn, Carly would have killed it. That girl can sing!

  • bridgette12

    My favorite tonight is Jacob easily. Bottom three: Paul, Casey and Haley.

  • Nina1

    Iovine took some hits tonight, but I think he was right about Jacob. That was a magnificent vocal! This guy is just amazing, but only in small doses.

    I never like Casey’s actual voice, but I love what he does. How is that? Bloody hard song!

    So the only criticism of the night was near the end and directed at a girl? How is it everyone gets it but them…

  • sma11ie

    I didn’t see Stefano’s performance (making ice cream) but seeing the ten seconds at the end made me really miss Anoop.

    You’re so right! Anoop has a beautiful voice, and used to what Stefano does so much better and more consistently!

  • phil25

    What a strange but entertaining night. I think the underdogs (Stefano, Jacob, Casey) did the best.

  • sr4mjc

    Jacob and Scotty were the best of the night for me. I would say James, since even though the singing wasn’t there, the performance was good, but I have a problem with the guitar solo taking up so much of the performance time.

    I agree. And maybe Zakk getting more time was a good thing for James, less vocal mess and the guitar covered him up most of the time.

    gangreen, I hated S3 and S9, but tonight was just a mess.

  • Valentin432

    Based on what I’m seeing on DI, I think TPTB will be happy with the vote totals tomorrow.

  • karenc

    Since I generally like rock, I should like James the best. Which in a way, I do because he was the only one I sort of liked, but I still don’t really feel like he’s an authentic rocker.

    I didn’t like Hayley at all, thought she was flat for most of the song. Casey was interesting but weird. I almost would have liked Paul if his voice was better.

    I did think Lauren was good, but it’s not the kind of music I like. I thought Stefano was better than most.

    Overall don’t think it was that great of a night. I’m not even sure I’m going to vote but if I do it will probably be for James.

  • DogBitez

    For me, this episode just removed any hope for the season and for the show in general. Without Simon, the judging panel has been reduced to a cheerleading section… no constructive criticism, no brutal honesty. Apparently EVERY contestant is ready to cut their platinum album today. The only negative remarks were reserved for a girl (surprise!). The very mediocre male performances were over-hyped (I dare America to buy a Jacob or Paul album). And Stephano… presented to you courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines… was given another spit-shined award from the judges. Unbelievable. I started the season really enthused and I’m now feeling waves of disgust.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    B3 Paul, Haley, Stefano.

    Going home. Stefano.

  • kmd

    The bottom three are Haley, Paul and Jacob. I think Haley should be the one to go.

  • Trina

    I love me some James, but that was some crazy ass blatant pimpin. Zakk Freaking Wylde!

  • iluvai

    Casey should go. And I think he will be awesome at his jazz musician thingy.

    edit: I think I finally saw what his fans were talking about, and my husband who likes him, said America won’t get that. But I do see the talent. His voice is not the strongest, but there is something very amazing going on with him.

  • Valentin432

    Going home tommorrow: I really think it’s between the two remaining girls and Paul.

    I think Jacob may have pulled off one of the most incredible 180 from the most egoistical comment I’ve heard on this show, Jimmy’s advice was good on that one.

    Stefano sang his best since I Need You Know and showed his torso to his fans, that should get them motivated.

    Scotty, James and Casey are safer than safe.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    Zakk Wylde is trending on Twitter now.

  • ri

    the pimping, the judging, the advice from the expert that was never taken. Ryan. (?) i don’t even know how i feel anymore. ugh. i’m spent.

  • gabriel oak

    I never like Casey’s actual voice, but I love what he does. How is that? Bloody hard song!

    Nature Boy is not a hard song to sing. But Casey made it as excruciating as possible to listen to.

    What a disaster. One of the worst nights ever. And we could have heard Pia sing Somewhere which would have been beautiful.

  • Kirkee

    Jimmy seemed really pissed at James about not recognizing a great song with just a piano accompaniment. I like that the contestants are standing up for themselves.

    Jimmy is a very good actor. And who’d have thunk it? So are James, Casey and Jacob! Sure they stood up for themselves. But this season it’s all part of the show! Just another lesson like how to avoid TMZ. I don’t believe for a moment that crap wasn’t staged.

    Lulz and double lulz.

  • halo9125

    Not that I put any stock in Dial Idol anymore- but the numbers are through the roof compared to this time last week- easily double and triple the number of votes.

  • panz

    I’m getting very close to a divorce from this show. This week was horrendous. Casey, Jacob, James, Stefano. Ugh!! Any of those four can go home, as far as I’m concerned.

    Hoping it’s Stefano. I’ve seen better at my local high school.

    Overhyped. The judges must be watching a different show.

  • OmahaCookie

    I haven’t voted for anyone yet this season since the top 13, only voted once before that. But tonight I’m voting for James. Hated the rest. And I think Lovine hating a song will make people vote just to prove him wrong and the contestant right. I would have felt compelled to vote for Casey – if he had done a good job on the song. But he didn’t.

  • Fullmoon

    Nostradamas says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again…..and again…..

    NOT

    A

    STAR

    IN

    THE

    BUNCH….

    I’m right there which you.

  • idolfan92

    Haven’t voted since Top 24 but I’m voting for Casey tonight. I don’t want him to go, and I’m assuming my other favorites (Scotty and James) are safe.

  • mozart4898

    The interesting thing I see coming here is how varied the responses are this week from people about who was the best and the worst of the night. Without actually going through and counting, I think someone has placed every single one of them in both the best of the night, and the bottom 3 (except maybe for Lauren)? That sort of thing generally means another unpredictable, shocking result.

    My own personal bottom 3…and I hate to say it: Paul, Lauren, Haley. The good news would be that I’d say Paul should be the one to go.

    Who I think will really be bottom 3? I have no clue. Way too many varied opinions here to even begin to gauge what people might think. Neither Stefano nor Jacob was anywhere near the worst of the night so neither deserves to go based on tonight, but they’re both probably still at risk having been in the B3 last week. And honestly I’ll be shocked if neither of the girls ends up in the B3 as well.

  • Miss Blue

    Just placed 10 calls in a row for Casey with no busy signal. Not good. He and Haley are the bottom 2 on DI, although with the Pia boot, what little credibility they had kind of got thrown down the sewer.

  • iluvai

    Going home tommorrow: I really think it’s between the two remaining girls and Paul.

    No way. Lauren and Paul are definitely safe.

  • meyers77

    DogBitez:The very mediocre male performances were over-hyped (I dare America to buy a Jacob or Paul album)

    I’ve already bought 3 of Paul’s albums, and they are very good. Guess I took your dare.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    Man, I sure hear things differently than most. J’adore what Casey did with ‘Nature Boy‘. That’s one bitch of a song to sing – and he ended it on minor note. Loved it. Loved James as well. Heavy Metal is my kinda music. Wish he could tackle Nazareth’s ‘Son of a Bitch’. Not possible, I know….but it would bring the house down around his ears. Everyone else? Meh. Scotty could have spun gold with that Nilsson song. Instead he sounded cardboard country (per usual). I wonder if he’ll ever break outta that box he loves so much.

  • gangreen29

    No way. Lauren and Paul are definitely safe.

    Agreed.

  • iluvai

    I’m right there which you.

    I agree. A star to me is an icon. I don’t think any Idol is a star like that.

  • TopCatDC

    James main problem is the ghost of always Adam Lambert hovering nearby. James has a strong voice and he knows how to deliver his style. But still after every performance I’m thinking “Yeah, but Lambert did it better.” Tough position to be in.

  • songsungblue

    I’ve never said this about my fave before, but I want Paul to go home. I want him to get the surgery done, get his voice back, and show people what he can do. He doesn’t suck – he’s talented. But this show is sucking the life out of the contestants this season. Jimmy Iovine is telling them what to sing and how to sing. It feels…pointless.

  • alonzo7

    Way to go judges-only negative comments were to a girl.
    I’m back to not getting Paul or Casey-Stefano was better but still loungy-would like these three in the bottom with Paul going-never happen-probably Haley and I’m not voting so I can’t be disappointed. Voted for the females last week and one still went home.
    Don’t like heavy metal and too much guitar in this song-didn’t care for it at all.
    Scotty for the first time was boring to me and if he keeps this up he could be a surprise boot before top three.
    After tonights show who knows what the public will do-nothing outstanding-nothing too bad.
    Still waiting for Lauren to break out-she’s always good not great.
    I’m probably in the minority but I wouldn’t buy music to listen to from Paul, Casey,Jacob or Haley(she has no clue who she is).
    Might buy Scotty, Lauren or James depending on where they head stylewise-Stefano’s voice would not be recognizable if I heard him on the radio.
    This was one of my least favorite shows this season.

  • daunchan

    Loved… just loved… what Casey did tonight.

  • mozart4898

    I’m getting very close to a divorce from this show. This week was horrendous. Casey, Jacob, James, Stefano. Ugh!! Any of those four can go home, as far as I’m concerned.

    This is what I’m saying. IMO (and that’s all it is, my opinion, I’m not saying you’re wrong), I might very well have named them as the best of the night, with Paul, Lauren, Haley, and Scotty all not up to their level…maybe Scotty could go either way as being mid-pack for me. But the thing I noted in the recaps, the variety on the show is just off the charts. You had Casey to James and everything in between. The votes are going to be so diluted there’s no way to predict this.

  • gangreen29

    Jimmy Iovine is telling them what to sing and how to sing. It feels…pointless.

    How can you say that when three people EXPLICITLY went against what he said tonight lol??

  • Pixie Baker

    What a waste giving James the PIMP spot. IMO, he is just playing the part…no outstanding vocals to back up the act. The good news for me was Zakk Wylde….he made the evening for me…..he def over powered James’s performance.
    BTW….loved Casey tonight…at least he kept my interest for a minute. :/

  • Valentin432

    Not that I put any stock in Dial Idol anymore- but the numbers are through the roof compared to this time last week- easily double and triple the number of votes.

    Yes, I’m expecting ratings and voting numbers much higher than last week.

    Wheter they premeditated or not, Pia’s exit and the hype created will help the show, at least for this week.

  • iluvai

    I love me some James, but that was some crazy ass blatant pimpin. Zakk Freaking Wylde!

    Kinda amazing that James got that honor of singing with him.

  • bridget

    I really liked tonight’s show. Even two contestants whose performances I didn’t love (Paul and Haley) at least had really interesting outfits. I do wish Scotty had sung “Everybody’s Talking at Me,” though. His choice was boring, to me. But, of course, he’s not going anywhere . . . we all assume!

    It is Paul, now, who I’d miss the least. But he wasn’t even bottom three last week. I agree with Randy that Stefano’s performance was his best since he’s been on the “big stage,” so I don’t think he’s going home . . . Jacob? I don’t know. I love to listen to him sing, myself – very unique and powerful, to me. But Jimmy Iovine reminding everyone of that comment, that can’t have been helpful. It’s interesting to me that the producers didn’t include anything Jacob undoubtedly must have said himself about it. Or maybe he did decide to just say absolutely nothing about it and as little as possible about anything else as well, just to be on the safe side!

  • flyaway

    Worst of the nite for me:
    Scotty: thrilled with a piece of Everybody’s Talking then bored me with something I don’t even remember.
    James: got the pimp spot again, got half the song done by an awesome guitarist and screeched a couple of notes so the judges could praise his voice.
    Lauren: boring ballad – seemed like she was telling the voters Pia couldn’t pull it off but she could.

    Since these are Nigel’s frontrunners, don’t suppose they’ll make up the bottom 3. Wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one of them there though.

  • sr4mjc

    @dol360 Idol360 30 seconds of your 90 second performance was a guitar solo from a celebrity guest. You should lose 1/3 of your votes for that.

    LOL

  • MaryS-NJ

    Bored now. I realize these kids don’t have a huge list of fresh songs to choose from and the suits are imposing except for a few moments of rebellion (James, Casey) but wow, this was… underwhelming. Has any one of these contestants had a single Moment this season? I don’t think so.

    At least James and Casey brought something new to this show, but James was overshadowed by the awesome guitar solo and I prefer to listen to Casey without actually watching him.

    Paul, oh dear. He’s got to do something to save his voice. Sending him home would be a kindness because he could get the medical attention he obviously needs.

    I was just bored by everyone else this week.

  • DogBitez

    meyers77 says: “I’ve already bought 3 of Paul’s albums, and they are very good. Guess I took your dare”

    That’s very sad. Have you seen anyone for your tone-deafness? :)
    Just kidding. I liked the dude the first few times I heard him, then got tired of what seems to be a very forced effort. I can honestly say, I feel that way about ALL the top male contenders, and that includes my favorite, Casey. This group impressed me at first… but I’m now quite disappointed. No one is able to consistently put out the vocals. Male or female.
    P.S., never marry a guy from the music industry if you don’t want to hear a negative running commentary as the show is airing… trust me on this.

  • gabriel oak

    Neither Stefano nor Jacob was anywhere near the worst of the night so neither deserves to go based on tonight, but they’re both probably still at risk having been in the B3 last week.

    I beg to differ. They were both mediocre. I’m beginning to think the judges are all deaf.

  • songsungblue

    Jimmy Iovine is telling them what to sing and how to sing. It feels…pointless.

    How can you say that when three people EXPLICITLY went against what he said tonight lol??

    True, but that’s not the point. He tells them! They’re not doing this season what they did last season – which is work with their own arrangements, and sink or swim. Instead they stand in front of the principal and the vice principal and he leans on them to do it HIS way. I actually hated Casey tonight, and I like him.

    If you ask me, they were all a little dispirited with the OMG!!! PIA!! rap. Maybe next week they’ll shake it off. This was weirdly low energy. And James is about as metal as ceramic soap dish. Please! ;)

  • tomr

    I have grouped them differently than I ever have before.

    Top Tier: Jacob, Stefano

    Second Tier: Casey, Scott, James

    Bottom 3: Lauren, Paul, Haley

  • gangreen29

    True, but that’s not the point. He tells them! They’re not doing this season what they did last season – which is work with their own arrangements, and sink or swim.

    Except that has NEVER been the case on the show. People have always helped them with their arrangements.

  • happycamper

    I thought Casey was amazing. A-ma-zing.

    James was entertaining.

    If I never the hear The Climb again I’ll be happy. I think Lauren sang it well.

    Stefano can GTFO.

    Ditto to Jacob.

  • Elliegrll

    It’s interesting to me that the producers didn’t include anything Jacob undoubtedly must have said himself about it. Or maybe he did decide to just say absolutely nothing about it and as little as possible about anything else as well, just to be on the safe side!

    He had to have said something about it. Maybe he put his foot in his mouth again, but the fact that the didn’t show anything is troubling. It almost seems like they don’t want him to explain himself.

  • TopCatDC

    For me, this episode just removed any hope for the season and for the show in general. Without Simon, the judging panel has been reduced to a cheerleading section…

    For me, this is one of the strongest seasons I’ve ever seen. Every single performer deserves to be on that stage. I think Jennifer was correct when she said that it essentially comes down to a matter of what style you prefer. Even the people I like the least (Stefano, Haley, Jacob, and Scotty) I must admit have talent and are growing.

    I also don’t get all this harping on the judges. I could care less what the judges say. They are only there to provide color commentary – the show is the kids and their talent.

    Have people already forgotten how deadful last season was? Most of the contestants were DOA by the time the finals started, and it took months to get rid of them.

    And the judges – Simon was bored out of his skull and gave pointless remarks – obviously not paying attention to performances. Kara and Ellen obviously hated each other and never acknowledged the other’s presence, even though they were sitting side by side.

    Tonight, in my opinion, was a really strong show – as was last week. I am eating this up, and having a blast compared to where we were last year. Just my opinion.

  • songsungblue

    I don’t know, ‘help’ is different from ‘here! sing this song this way! I just get this beaten down feeling from all of them. Lot of heavy lifting this season.

  • gangreen29

    I think Jennifer was correct when she said that it essentially comes down to a matter of what style you prefer.

    Exactly, which is why people have wildly different reactions to everyone.

  • karenc

    Just relalized why I didn’t like James song as much as I could have. I think the song choice and performance sounded dated, there wasn’t anything done to update it.

  • ross

    I know it’s not exactly an original thought, but I just have to say – when amost all you hear is over-the-top praise, it’s amazing how it starts to lose all meaning. I’ve started to tune it out. Some of the things Randy shouted at Casey (I copied them down) were:

    “ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!”
    “GENIUS!!”
    “IT MAKES ME PROUD TO SIT HERE!!!”

    Many of the contestants of the past who actually deserved praise like this never got it, and now people who really don’t deserve it get it all the time! Or, even if they do occasionally deserve it, how can it have any impact when they get it all the time, and so does everybody else?

  • OldHag

    Not a Haley fan but I don’t understand why she was the ONLY one critized; there were others who also deserved a few words of “you could have done better,” including my boy Scotty. I really hope he is not this week’s surprise boot.

    Oh, and the pros playing their trademark instruments during some singers preformances is blantly unfair. I am a little, well actually alot, tired of the James Durbin over-the-top pimping – and he is one of my favorites.

  • sunchick

    TFLS says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:57 pm
    Man, I sure hear things differently than most. J’adore what Casey did with ‘Nature Boy‘. That’s one bitch of a song to sing – and he ended it on minor note. Loved it. Loved James as well. Heavy Metal is my kinda music. Wish he could tackle Nazareth’s ‘Son of a Bitch’. Not possible, I know….but it would bring the house down around his ears. Everyone else? Meh.

    Party of two-ish. I’m more of an alt rock girl than a metal girl, but I love me a beast of a metal song. I also still think James comes off poseur-ish sometimes, but his love of metal seems genuine even if his stagecraft doesn’t always work and I appreciate that.

    I wish Haley had picked a different song, because she’s not fakey and overly rehearsed when she performs which I like quite a bit about her, but her connection to the material comes and goes, which bugs.

    True, but that’s not the point. He tells them! They’re not doing this season what they did last season – which is work with their own arrangements, and sink or swim. Instead they stand in front of the principal and the vice principal and he leans on them to do it HIS way.

    This. I imagine it’s hard enough to come up with the right song and the right arrangement in so short a time, but now they have to expend all this energy worrying about displeasing The Don and his capo. The whole set up is just weird and slightly uncomfortable. And not in an entertaining way, like that time Andrew Lloyd Webber mentored and told Jason Castro to be an aging glamourpuss. LOL

  • Elek

    Oh boy! The traffic was so tight here earlier that I couldn’t get in. So I was on the other site pouring all my lose coins. At any rate, it was an entertaining night and everyone did what they think is best after the big showbiz hype last Thursday night.

    The big surprise of the night is James’ metal rock rendition. He showed America that he has the best range and best control. A triple Pia belting will not even match half of his control. (No pun intended!) Unfortunately it’s a singing competition and though I really, really like James style, I cannot rank him on 1 because he didn’t sing that much.

    Here’s how I would rank performances earlier:

    1. Casey
    2. Stefano
    3. Scotty
    4. James
    5.5. Lauren
    5.5. Paul
    7. Jacob
    8. Haley

    And adding their performance scores to my power list, here’s an update:

    1 James Durbin
    2 Scotty McCreery
    3 Lauren Alaina
    4 Casey Abrams
    5 Paul McDonald
    6 Jacob Lusk
    7 Stefano Langone
    8 Haley Reinhart

    I am so afraid that a girl again leaves us tomorrow night unless the whole America saves her. But does she deserve to be saved? If you cannot save Pia — why save her? LOL.

    IMO.

  • Valentin432

    Just relalized why I didn’t like James song as much as I could have. I think the song choice and performance sounded dated, there wasn’t anything done to update it.

    I don’t think James wants to “update” it, he wants to do metal like bands were doing it in the 80’s and apparently he has some support from those guys since Zakk Wylde came to play with him and Judas Priest cleared one of their songs

  • jammasta

    Me too I guess. And if this is the worst performance night ever on idol, I have been watching some other show this whole decade I guess lol

    No, you’re right, it’s not the worst performance night on Idol. This season? Hopefully it will be the worst. All the other nights have been pretty good. Tonight was boring. Not bad, but boring.

    Top Tier:
    1. Jacob – This is f*cking weird. I liked Jacob tonight, and he’s the only one I think deserves top tier (on a bit of a curve). He dialed it back just enough, he got slammed appropriately by Jimmy for that comment and might have redeemed himself a little after hearing it. I actually clapped a bit.

    Middle Tier:
    2. Scotty – It’s telling how dull a night is when only one person is top tier. It’s even more telling that my Scotty bias fails to put him on top. Good vocal, but it was pretty dull. I think the back-up singers kinda killed it. Unlike his other performances, I don’t think he put stage presence to good use in this one. His weakest yet, possibly. Did like that long note, though. Love his country voice, so I still hope he wins. Love that voice, even if it is Josh Turner-esque (and I’m starting to love Josh Turner).

    3. James – I thought it was sad that Scotty wasn’t top, but it’s even sadder when a metal performance on Idol makes me, who loves metal and people who do something different on Idol, sleep. To be quite honest, I wanted him to melt me and turn me into a shattered pile of human flesh, bones, and blood. I was intact after the performance. Like Scotty, I don’t think he brought enough stage presence to that song. It was like metal karaoke. Someone out there is probably thinking “If you thought James wasn’t metal enough, I’m kinda scared to hear what metal you’d like!” You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ was perfect. I wanted more. Something crazy. That was like the My Little Pony version of Hell. Complete with flowers, unicorns, rainbows, and a fake guitarist (who had awesome hair, by the way).

    Low Tier:
    4. Haley – We’re not even halfway through the cast and we’re already in low tier. Haley’s dress really killed her performance for me. Don’t get me wrong, beautiful women are nice to look at, and I liked her dress’s colors, but it looked so whorish, and I’m not into that. The vocal didn’t put me to sleep, but it was just not there.

    5. Casey – I might be being superficial, but the shave totally depressed me (and for the record, I’m going to the houses of everyone who told him to shave, ringing your doorbells, and screaming “WHYYYYY” while crying and playing the world’s most depressing violin. And, for those who didn’t want to be spoiled, it’s not all gone). The performance was too off and dull for me.

    Bottom Tier:
    6. Lauren – She lost an incredible amount of points for choosing that crappy horrible demonic song. Vocal was off. I really hope she’s not hitting her downturn.

    Lower-than-My-Little-Pony-version-of-Hell Tier:
    7. Paul – Yeah….. straight nosedive. Vocal wasn’t any good, but at least, unlike the last placer, it was somewhat interesting.

    8. Stefano – Okay, after what I said about Jacob, Scotty, James, and Casey being sad, this one’s just depressing. It’s sad when you give it all you’ve got and give your best performance in weeks only to be lower than Hell tier. I love Boyz II Men, but I thought this was beyond cliche, so boring, and his outfit made it look like they picked up some random dude off the street. I liked it, but it just looked stupid on stage. I didn’t feel a thing except BOREDOM.

    Bottom 3 – Haley, Paul, Stefano
    Leaving – Stefano

  • mozart4898

    I beg to differ. They were both mediocre. I’m beginning to think the judges are all deaf.

    Mediocre = Haley, Lauren, and Scotty. I felt like the half-ass, cautious critiques of Haley were actually honest – but they didn’t want to pick on one of the girls too much for fear of getting another one of them eliminated, but I really didn’t think she was as good as most anyone else tonight – I would have ranked her only above Paul, who I felt was truly awful, vocals wise (and they inexplicably didn’t call him out on it at ALL when they did then call Haley out, harshly for them in fact).

  • OldHag

    I am eating this up, and having a blast compared to where we were last year. Just my opinion.

    Me too

  • Nostradamas

    The judges….and I use that term loosely….very loosely….seemed to be blowing smoke up the kids asses as if to say…”We lost Pia, but looky, these kids are really good……seriously, …..come on, they’re good…right?” And with Ryan begging people not to turn off the show..it’s desperation time at AI.

    I only have a small glimmer of hope that the girls last one more week….very small glimmer…..even though Haley’s growling slut act is really getting as desperate as Nigel…..

    Man, I’d wish they’d bring back 24 or some other good TV…this shit SUCKS!

  • Da 1 N Only

    Tonight, in my opinion, was a really strong show – as was last week. I am eating this up, and having a blast compared to where we were last year. Just my opinion.

    Pretty low standards if your comparison is last season. Would love to have a season like 1-4 again, or 6, maybe 8.

    Nobody is improving this season because the judges are not pushing them & they are ignoring Lovine for the most part.

  • ri

    Randy is becoming a caricature of himself. pathetic.

  • movin2thabeet

    But this show is sucking the life out of the contestants this season. Jimmy Iovine is telling them what to sing and how to sing. It feels…pointless.

    I feel exactly the same way. I used the same phrase – life-sucking – to describe what I witnessed on the show tonight. Casey and James stucked to their guns in showing who they are as artists, and might pay for it with the votes. Meanwhile, people pleaser Haley lost my votes tonight with that over-pandering performance. Jacob looked as uncomfortable as all get-out trying to fit into the shoes Jimmy made for him. Scotty barely sang for half of the performance, sliding so much on the image he’s created that he let the backup singers do much of the heavy lifting. Lauren and Stefano, snore. Paint by notes. Paul, slap dancin’ around his vocal limitations.

    Me, I’m sticking with Casey. I want to see him in concert, away from Jimmie’s prying hands. It’s clear Jimmy was royally pissed at him, and he was nervous as a result. So, Jimmy won’t sign him. Good. He needs to work with a producer who wants to help bring out his best, not try to cram him into an ill-fitting suit. That Jimmy Iovine represents everything I can’t stand about the music business.

  • glamertitis

    30 seconds of your 90 second performance was a guitar solo from a celebrity guest.

    Looks like James got two minutes again. I just re-watched on youtube

  • iluvai

    Tonight, in my opinion, was a really strong show – as was last week. I am eating this up, and having a blast compared to where we were last year. Just my opinion.

    ITA.

  • tomr

    Jacob was very good but Clay had a “moment” with this song. Still waiting for a moment from someone. They are stronger as a total group than most of the other seasons BUT someone needs to hit one out of the park!

  • sr4mjc

    James is about as metal as ceramic soap dish.

    Best comment tonight, high five!

    Not a Haley fan but I don’t understand why she was the ONLY one critized; there were others who also deserved a few words of “you could have done better,”

    I think it sucks James has yet to get called out for mediocre vocals week after week. Haley was the only one tonight who got criticized for it.

    Just relalized why I didn’t like James song as much as I could have. I think the song choice and performance sounded dated, there wasn’t anything done to update it

    Every week is 80s metal week with him, that’s his style.
    But go ahead and make that dated metal album, I’m sure you’ll be right up there with Foo on the rock charts selling 250k copies. Yeah right..Good luck UMG

  • DogBitez

    I think Casey will be voted off tomorrow. Not because he deserved it based on tonight’s performance, but because I think America holds him responsible in some twisted way for Pia’s demise last week. A backlash for his “save”. Very wrong way to vote, IMO… but I think that’s America for you. I’ll be sorry to see him go… the little bit of jazz infused into the weekly song mix was refreshing.

  • halo9125

    Not a Haley fan but I don’t understand why she was the ONLY one critized;

    She was criticized (which was fine, because she sucked) and so was Lauren (see JLo try to pull more out of her because she has so much more in her!) I can actually see Lauren in the bottom 3, although I doubt it- she performed 2nd and the song was kind of meh.

  • Landmd

    NVM Quote fail!!

  • panz

    Interesting, as someone said. My best are your worst and vice versa. Definitely all over the place.

    My favorites of the night: Haley, Paul, Lauren, and, dare I say it, Scotty, though I wish he’d gone with Everybody’s Talking.

    Bridge Over Troubled Water is probably my all-time favorite song, behind American Pie. What Jacob did to it was painful for me to listen to. At least Casey is somewhat entertaining, though I like that song and didn’t think he did anything interesting with it, which is more than I can say for Stefano or James.

    Should go home: Stefano, Jacob, or maybe Casey
    Will go home: Haley, Lauren, or maybe Paul

  • jammasta

    Man, I’d wish they’d bring back 24 or some other good TV…this shit SUCKS!

    …YES. 24 DAY 9 BRING IT ON.

    But no on this season sucking. Still the strongest season in a while, and I’m loving it, but something awful seemed to be in the contestants’ water bottles tonight.

    Nothing will ever pull me from my hopes of a Scotty win with James being the runner-up, but both, while good, were boring. And it wasn’t just my two front-runners who were boring.

  • alison8701

    I don’t get why they gotta get down on Haley? but not Paul?

    He was 17 types of terrible tonight (still voting for him though) and nothing. Haley does pretty good, except I don’t care for when she goes ultra growl, and they’re like “eh.” She clearly wasn’t expecting that.

    Stefano and Jacob need to go before Paul though, IMO.

    anyone able to make sense of DI? especially in regards to Paul? I can never quite figure it out.

  • wjmtv

    I hate metal and James has never been my fave, but I gotta give him a standing O tonite. Nice job!

    And Casey, my man, that was the most unique performance I’ve ever seen in the Idoldome. The only thing bigger than your bass, is your balls.

  • iluvai

    Every week is 80s metal week with him, that’s his style.
    But go ahead and make that dated metal album, I’m sure you’ll be right up there with Foo like next week selling 250k copies. Yeah right..Good luck UMG

    I love James’ performances. I think the problem with James is his cute baby face that doesn’t match up with ugly rocker dude faces. I think Adam had the same problem . Adam was called a poseur (not how I spell it, but what I saw over and over). Poor Adam got the same critique. So maybe there is a cute guy bias.

  • Valentin432

    Every week is 80s metal week with him, that’s his style.
    But go ahead and make that dated metal album, I’m sure you’ll be right up there with Foo like next week selling 250k copies. Yeah right..Good luck UMG

    I’m not sure James cares. At least I hope he isn’t thinking about mainstream success with this type of music.

    But I have no problem with him doing a indie type album true to his style just like Brooke White or Melinda did.

  • OldHag

    I think Casey will be voted off tomorrow. Not because he deserved it based on tonight’s performance, but because I think America holds him responsible in some twisted way for Pia’s demise last week. A backlash for his “save”. Very wrong way to vote, IMO… but I think that’s America for you.

    The only time you can potentially vote against someone is in the final 2. It’s like Facebook – only a like button, no matter how much you wish there was an unlike one.

  • Landmd

    DogBitez:The very mediocre male performances were over-hyped (I dare America to buy a Jacob or Paul album)

    I’ve already bought 3 of Paul’s albums, and they are very good. Guess I took your dare.

    I have already bought all 3 of Paul’s albums and they are very good!!

  • gangreen29

    anyone able to make sense of DI? especially in regards to Paul? I can never quite figure it out.

    Everyone but Scott is very close, so I don’t think we can gather much from it. All I can tell is that A TON of votes are being cast. The more votes being cast usually means the less chance for a shock boot.

  • lg

    Loved… just loved… what Casey did tonight

    Me too! Have loved Casey from the start. Casey FTW!

    James Durbin? Yeeah! He did a great job with the Heavy Metal anthem. Though this song’s dated, there’s many subsets of good metal out there and I am glad he had the kahunas to kick it tonight. And it was good to see Zakk Wylde, a legend in his own right.

    I just had to vote for Jacob too because he is genuine with a great range…a lil too much tremelo but I love the way he effortlessly cascades from low to high and back again.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com vorona

    Haley’s critique might have been a way to earn her pity votes and give JLo a chance to say she doesn’t want another girl going home — a way to remind America to keep the girls in the game.

  • iluvai

    And Casey, my man, that was the most unique performance I’ve ever seen in the Idoldome. The only thing bigger than your bass, is your balls.

    His song choice and performance were really good.

  • jumpstart

    tomr says:
    04/13/2011 at 10:19 pm
    someone needs to hit one out of the park!

    They certainly do. I like this season but I just can’t get excited about anybody. Someone (anyone!) needs to have a serious “moment” …. and soon.

  • Valentin432

    And Casey, my man, that was the most unique performance I’ve ever seen in the Idoldome. The only thing bigger than your bass, is your balls.

    He basically did what everyone does for Big band/50’s/Sinatra or whatever else those nights are called.

    There was a rendition of Nature Boy that made the little girls scream from the winner of Canadian Idol Season 2 Kalan Porter

  • Grammie Kari

    I was so pleased with Stefano’s performance! Now, I would have preferred an uptempo number. I would prefer him behind the piano at least once this season. This was a terrific performance and he was so confident!

    Jacob was very good but Clay had a “moment” with this song. Still waiting for a moment from someone.

    I agree on both points. Clay’s performmance was a classic – one of the best ever on Idol! Still waiting for a moment… yep, a moment like Siobhan Magnus had with “Paint It Black.”

    I was not pleased with Haley or Paul’s performance. I have no idea who will go home.

  • MrDuffin

    I am eating this up, and having a blast compared to where we were last year. Just my opinion.

    Me too

    I bet you are a Jerry Springer fan too.

  • Kirkee

    How can you say that when three people EXPLICITLY went against what he said tonight lol??

    You see, I think they did exactly what he wanted them to do tonight. ;)

  • readon

    I am not getting all the “slutty” comments about Haley’s outfit. Have you guys seen what the current pop ladies wear for their performance these days. Compared to Katy, Gaga and Rihanna, Haley was practically in a nun’s habit.

    Further, what the hell is wrong with being sexy. I realize that idol is a family show, but come on, the sexy that Haley is doing would be approved by Disney. YMMV.

  • iluvai

    I bet you are a Jerry Springer fan too.

    Who’s that????? lol…

  • workdog

    Randy is becoming a caricature of himself. pathetic.

    Sort of a circular statement since he’s already a caricature.:-)

    I agree Scotty should have stepped out of the box tonight and yet he was praised once again. Sigh.

    I sometimes think that boy is going to smile from the back side of his head if he tweaks that mouth any further. Blech.

  • merkureye

    You know. With the “judges” refusal to critique any of the performers it has really made the show one-dimensional to me.

    I can tell that the producers intentionally told the judges to continue with their gooey praises of all the contestants. This is really an act of defiance against the Pia public backlash. AI doesn’t want to admit that its non-discriminating assessments of the performances has served to skew the votes.

    Part of the entertainment of AI was not only the performances but also the “hoot” it was to listen to the judges sometimes biting critiques. Without the entertainment aspect of the judges comments, the show just seems like a talent show.

    Not much “reality show” to it when the contestants will never be told: “the judges just aren’t that into them.”

  • Valentin432

    I agree Scotty should have stepped out of the box tonight and yet he was praised once again. Sigh.

    He’s not going to. Doing a song from the PURE COUNTRY soundtrack: “GENIUS!” (a la Ron Swanson who is probably making a come back on Idoloonies this week)

  • sr4mjc

    I’m not sure James cares. At least I hope he isn’t thinking about mainstream success with this type of music.

    But I have no problem with him doing a indie type album true to his style just like Brooke White or Melinda did.

    If he wins, UMG will care and he won’t be indie.

    And to the cuteness problem, my dislike for James is his vocal. I love metal. Queensryche, Sammy, Dio, Sebastian Bach, Scorpions, Whitesnake. I just saw Ozzy and Slash a few weeks ago. James can’t touch any of them. And that crowd at the Ozzy show would laugh at him. So maybe going indie is the best route.

    At least he’ll have a gig with WWE if he wants it.

  • iluvai

    I think I am the only person that never saw Scotty as a front runner. I never saw Pia as a front runner.

    I never saw Paul as a front runner either. But he had me smiling mega tonight. My top 4 are Paul, Lauren, Stefano and James. I should probably be spending my time voting. ;)

  • Lexus

    Stefano brought it tonight. I was glad they focused on him a bit more tonight – I’m sure he had a very tough week with all the brutal criticisms everywhere by everybody and the total disrespect of him during the results show. If that was his swan song (and I pray it wasn’t) then he did his fans proud. He earned another week at least. Paul, on the other hand, has more than worn out his welcome!

    I just don’t get the tongue bath Lauren gets. I suppose she’s ok, but if she wins this, she’ll be my least favorite Idol. I might be able to tolerate her singing if I really tried, but I wouldn’t be able to watch an interview. I always have to remember she’s only 15. On the opposite end, I like Casey as a person, but don’t appreciate his singing. My problem with him tonight was due to an admitted bias. Kalan Porter, who won the 2nd season of Canadian Idol, had an incredible ‘moment’ performing Nature Boy during his season and no one will every top that for me.

    As the weeks go on, it becomes more apparent to me that the finale will likely be Scotty and James. I’m fine with either taking it, but if I were a betting person, my $ would be on Scotty.

  • Lisette

    Still don’t have a favorite, but voting for Haley since I don’t want to see another girl going home.

    Have to throw in a couple of votes for Stefano at my husbands request LOL.

  • CindyM

    Damn, I loved Jacob’s performance. Also loved Casey’s performance. Paul is just a trainwreck to me, I don’t get him. I thought Lauren and Stefano were pretty good. James was alright. Scotty did well, that song was in his wheelhouse, but he’s been better. I’m mixed on Haley, I really like her, but not her best performance.

    I’m thinking bottom 3 will be Haley, Paul and Casey. Going home will be Haley.

  • sartana60

    We need to save Haley Reinhart. I’d rather watch her perform every week than Paul McDonald or Jacob Lusk or Stefano Langone.

    Didn’t get Casey and I wonder if America will. Loved James Durbin. That was a flat-out blast!

    Song by song grades

    Recap: Who should stay? Who should go?

  • ri

    i’m giving up on anyone having a “moment”. that way on the outside chance someone does, i’ll be pleasantly surprised. could it be that America’s talent is tapped out? i’m being serious.

  • alison8701

    I don’t think Casey is all that special. I feel as though people see the bass and automatically equate it with stellar talent and being unique.. but it’s just an instrument. Many of them can play an instrument, and everyone who was in the marching band can play an instrument.

    different doesn’t automatically equal great. Maybe I’m defensive because I feel like people resort to a comment like “you don’t get it” or something. But it was just so pretentious. He’s educating us? really? OK. Alright. You’re really not that special Casey, so please, get over yourself. I was in the jazz band. I played Low Down, Slow Down Blues on the sax and rocked it, so there.

  • jammasta

    I am not getting all the “slutty” comments about Haley’s outfit. Have you guys seen what the current pop ladies wear for their performance these days. Compared to Katy, Gaga and Rihanna, Haley was practically in a nun’s habit.

    Haley’s being less “slutty” than those of the others doesn’t rationalize hers still being “slutty”.

  • mozart4898

    Have to throw in a couple of votes for Stefano at my husbands request LOL.

    Why can’t he vote for himself? The voting lines do work for guys too…I can vouch for that after last year ;-)

  • NOLA

    Bye bye, Haley

  • gangreen29

    Haley’s being less “slutty” than those of the others doesn’t rationalize hers still being “slutty”.

    I don’t think there was anything slutty about Haley tonight. I think it was a cute dress.

  • ri

    We need to save Haley Reinhart.

    no we really don’t.

  • sr4mjc

    I loved Haley’s dress, I’d like to know where they bought it.

  • jpfan

    James did a good job. I thought Haley, Casey, Stefano and especially Paul were pretty bad. But it’s a weird season and nobody is really pulling away from the pack.

    It’ll be pretty funny if Haley goes tomorrow though. If that happens, not one single guy from the Top 13 will have been eliminated. Hopefully Paul or Stefano will say adios.

  • Jae

    Just finished voting. :) Here is how I saw the night.

    1) Stephano- He totally sold that song. His phrasing still is sort of annoying but he is really getting better. Really thought he was the best of the night and came close to a moment for himself.

    2) Casey: I found myself totally sort of grooving to this song. He is finding himself and steering clear of gimmicks. I liked it a lot. A cool moment on Idol.

    3) Jacob: Wasn’t sure how this would go because I saw Clay Aiken nail this song(the only song of his I really liked) But I think Jacob gave a great performance and vocal here.

    4)James: I really like James and thought he did fine with this song but I hated the song so it sort of interefered with my enjoyement. I don’t like metal.

    5)Scotty: I love Scotty but he bored me so much tonight I fast forwarded through his performance. Not a good thing! He needs to keep me interested and invested in him.

    6)Lauren: Totally adequate performance but she just didn’t sell this song. Yeah, Miley outsang her and that’s really bad.

    7)Haley: I don’t know. I think Haley has issues with song interpretation. Did she really listen to the grit and sexiness that Debra Harry has in her tone when she is singing this song? I really like Debra Harry and Haley made this really a really bad karyoke.

    8)Paul: Nothing really against Paul’s performance but it sounded really weird and flat in the beginning. The energy just never go there for me. Actually, he and Haley are interchangeable for me for 7/8.

    Judges: Totally useless tonight. At this point in the game you really need a Simon to make these guys step up to the plate. He would have taken Lauren to town for her flat school kid performance, and Haley for smiling and prancing throught that song, and James for picking a bad song, and Paul for…well, being Paul and Scotty for not stepping up his game…I think Paul or one of the girls goes home tomorrow.

  • Elliegrll

    I think Casey will be voted off tomorrow. Not because he deserved it based on tonight’s performance, but because I think America holds him responsible in some twisted way for Pia’s demise last week. A backlash for his “save”. Very wrong way to vote, IMO… but I think that’s America for you. I’ll be sorry to see him go… the little bit of jazz infused into the weekly song mix was refreshing.

    There’s no way to vote against someone. There’s no way that Pia’s fans, who couldn’t even keep her in the contest, can vote to oust Casey or Stefano, or anyone else.

  • Lexus

    I was so pleased with Stefano’s performance! Now, I would have preferred an uptempo number. I would prefer him behind the piano at least once this season. This was a terrific performance and he was so confident!
    ________________________________________
    Grammie Kari, I’m so glad we’re still hanging in there with Stefano. :)

  • Chicagolaw

    Iovine is such an actor, lol. He accomplished just what they wanted with James—America, Look! He’s such a rebel. I honestly don’t get all the pimping for this guy. Celebrity guitarist tonight, Hulk Hogan two weeks ago. He doesn’t need it. The rest of the contestants are SO dull, he is going to constantly stand out.

    And, I honestly thought the judges were going to get a clue this week and actually say something constructive. Not. Gonna. Happen.

  • Swind

    readon says:

    04/13/2011 at 10:31 pm

    I am not getting all the “slutty” comments about Haley’s outfit. Have you guys seen what the current pop ladies wear for their performance these days. Compared to Katy, Gaga and Rihanna, Haley was practically in a nun’s habit.

    Further, what the hell is wrong with being sexy. I realize that idol is a family show, but come on, the sexy that Haley is doing would be approved by Disney. YMMV.

    I don’t get it either. I guess it’s Haley envy.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    I am not getting all the “slutty” comments about Haley’s outfit. Have you guys seen what the current pop ladies wear for their performance these days. Compared to Katy, Gaga and Rihanna, Haley was practically in a nun’s habit.

    Indeed. Since Reinhart moved around the stage a lot, yet all of her private parts remained private, either she’s not as awkward and klutzy as popular opinion has claimed or the dress isn’t all that slutty.

    If Lt. Uhura could argue with aliens for three seasons of ST:TOS while showing that much thigh, it doesn’t seem outside the range of appropriateness for a pop star.

    This is a performance where I’m going to check out the iTunes track — what I’m hearing on the tubies isn’t as bad as the chatter’s sounding, and at least she’s really “into” it.

  • chili1000

    I thoroughly enjoyed every performance tonight. It was a good night. I think America got it right last week and I think they will get it right this week, no matter how it turns out.

  • Grammie Kari

    He [Stefano] wasn’t perfect but that guy can sing, and he “performed” that song as much as you can perform it. No way you can say he didn’t “feel” that one.

    I agree! It may not have been my favorite choice of songs, but he had such passion and confidence – I couldn’t help but like it. Last week, someone mentioned that Stefano was probably the most marketable, other than the Country Kids. They are searching for THE ONE the tweens and teens would like. He’s a mighty sweet kid.

    Scotty, wrong choice of songs. Too much like others you’ve sang.

  • wjmtv

    BTW, I’d love to know what Christian Slater thought of Casey’s song. ;)

  • Kirsten

    James got the pimp spot again? They must be worried about him getting the boot. He last had it Top 11 night. Some contestants have never gone last. James has never gone first. Is he another Pia that everyone thinks is a frontrunner who is not?

  • alison8701

    Chicagolaw: And, I honestly thought the judges were going to get a clue this week and actually say something constructive. Not. Gonna. Happen.

    Right?!!? After their outrage last week? I thought they were going to get SERIOUS. Outline things as clearly as possible. This is where you stand in the competition, this is what you did right tonight, this is what you did not so right, and here is something you should consider for future performances. Instead no, it’s all rainbows and butterflies.

    Swind: I don’t get it either. I guess it’s Haley envy.

    I wouldn’t say that. I also wouldn’t call her slutty. But I for real thought I was gonna get a glimpse of her naughty bits when the camera was at that low angle. She’s not sexy at all though. She has such a baby face, and moves with zero finesse.

  • ReginaFilange

    I can only imagine what Simon would have said about Paul tonight. He sings half of his song out of tune, but hey it’s entertaining so it gets a thumbs up from all three judges. Simon would not have let that go unnoticed. In fact he would have destroyed Paul a long time ago.

  • jammasta

    I don’t think there was anything slutty about Haley tonight. I think it was a cute dress.

    The dress was a little short for me, but I had more issue with the boots. The combination of the two made her seem a little off.

    “Slutty” wasn’t the right word, either. “Whorish” has a different and more defining sound to it :P.

  • Inconnu

    I haven’t read any comments. Here is what I think:

    Top 2 –

    Scotty & James. I’m not a fan of either of those 2 but I think both killed it tonight. I thought they were pretty incredible.

    Stefano doesn’t deserve B3.

    Haley – what’s the big fuss about her performance! I thought she did fine and it’s the first time I’m warming up to her since Hollywood.

    Lauren – boring and I really don’t relate but I think she’s a sleeper in this competition and TPTB doesn’t want to pimp her too bad because it backshlashed in the early part of the season -so she’s just put on the back-burner for now.

    B3:

    Jacob: I thought it was horrible. I’m sorry.

    Casey: Same. I thought he was horrible.
    I’m with J. Iovine on that one: In The Air Tonight would have been a much better choice for Casey (and I love Nature Boy as a song).

    Paul: I’m a big fan of Paul (pre-Idol) and I want him to go, and I will check every music he will record from now on. Go figure!

  • mozart4898

    My rankings:

    1/2) Stefano
    1/2) James
    3/4) Jacob
    3/4) Casey
    5.) Scotty
    6.) Lauren
    7.) Haley
    8.) Paul

    IMO, if you’d go back and listen to Stefano, James, Jacob, and Casey, their 4 performances are so different it’s almost impossible to actually rank them specifically…hence why I’ve got a tie for first and another tie for 3rd. Even at that, I could almost call it a 4 way tie for first but I drop Casey and Jacob to a slightly lower tier for some pitch issues. (…ok, more glaring ones than James and Stefano. I’ve come to realize that I hear pitch problems in almost EVERY single performance, and even my father who was a music teacher for 35 years doesn’t hear them as much as I do, so maybe I’m overly sensitive to them) I don’t get calling James a poser at all. I listen to plenty of rock and metal and what I hear from James is exactly what I’d expect to hear from a rock singer on AI – the only thing poser-ish about him is that some rock snobs would say AI =/= RAWK (or metal for that matter). Pssshhhht is what I say. If he ends up fronting a band like Stone Sour, A7X, Alter Bridge, or something in a similar vein (and I realize there’s some variety in those 3 I mentioned…that’s intentional), I might just be buying.

    I want to like Lauren, but she just seems like she’s singing scared, and it’s holding her back big time. Haley seems to want to make everyone like her but I don’t think she even knows what she is herself and just comes across to me every time as karaoke…with varying degrees of success. I thought Scotty, while decent, just didn’t really stand out tonight at all and was very average – competent, but average. But Paul…ugh, Paul’s singing was just all kinds of awful. No amount of entertainment factor can make up for that in my eyes (or ears). If he flies through without so much as a B3 trip this week, the true dark horse/shocker of this season could very well be him, because this was bad – bad enough that I can’t imagine who’s voting for him (other than VFTW).

  • datilpepper

    This America “gets” Casey…fantastic. The kid is a jazz musician , and a good one…probably why the judges, who all have earned their living in the music business, gave him a standing “o” Of course jazz isn’t for everyone. I’m a John Mayer, Corrine Bailey Rae, Nora Jones, Jack Johnson, Sade, type music lover…I think Casey will do just fine however far he goes on this show. I’m one fan waiting anxiously for his first CD.

  • nncw

    Glad Casey stayed true to himself makes him a much more interesting performer – (and nice mention Esperanza Spalding who is pretty amazing). So glad Jimmy convinced Jacob to sing Bridge over troubled water – it was a moving performance. Too bad about Haley – that was a tall order and I agree with the judges she didn’t quite carry it off. It reminds me at the start of the season and the producers were suggesting things beyond the range or comfort zone of the contestants and often it didn’t work in their favour – have to be confident going into it I guess. Well I would have preferred Scotty sing Everybody’s Talking (love that song) but I guess he knows where his votes are coming from. My preference for bottom 3 (order – most likely to least): Paul, Stefano, and Haley.

  • Grammie Kari

    Grammie Kari, I’m so glad we’re still hanging in there with Stefano.

    Lexus, this is a performance my daughters would have loved when they were in their tweens/ teens. I could actually see him in a “Boy Band”. Stefano has energy and that great smile. Ryan did make the comment, “Will Stefano bounce back from the Bottom 3?” He did NOT say, “Bottom 2″!!

    Yes, it is back!

  • CindyM

    “Slutty” wasn’t the right word, either. “Whorish” has a different and more defining sound to it :P .

    Really?? I thought Haley’s outfit was cute and she looked good in it! Didn’t see slutty or whorish at all.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Haley looked aweseome. Lauren finally did too. I hated those long dresses and mullet dresses she had been sporting.

    I enjoyed Haley more than Lauren. I gave her about 20 votes.

    Oh, and I voted online a copule of times, but am I doing something wrong? It takes way longer than just dialing the phone with typing in the cutchpa thinkie.

  • JIMDOGSILKIES

    It’s an entertaining year, b/c each contestant brings something different to the season. We’ve got all different genres and personalities which makes this still an open race to the top.

    Seems to me that many of the peeps have a few favorites with most peeps not as heavily invested in one particular contestant as they were for past seasons. I think that even when some fans pick their favorites, they may jockey for position each week depending on the performances.

    I don’t think the judges this season are as influential as Simon was overall. I just think people are picking who appeals to them. There doesn’t seem to be a clear favorite or consensus.

    This week, I think Stefano, Paul and Casey may be the bottom 3 with Paul leaving.
    Stefano improved but still has some phrasing/performance concerns.
    Paul is awkward, albeit entertaining and sweet, but pitchy IMHO.
    Casey was good, but a standing O from the judges?? I do think he’s the best musician and understands music the best but not the best singer…does that make sense? Again personal taste here may play a big factor as may have with James tonight. The tweens are not going to love metal after all!
    I think Scotty, & Lauren are in the top tonight (again think tween vote,lol).
    I think it may be shaping up for a Scotty & Lauren finale with James in 3rd.

  • flyaway

    Iovine is such an actor, lol. He accomplished just what they wanted with James—America, Look! He’s such a rebel. I honestly don’t get all the pimping for this guy. Celebrity guitarist tonight, Hulk Hogan two weeks ago

    You left out having the pimp spot twice and the flaming piano.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Stefano earned another week tonight, but I think that he’ll be in the bottom three with Paul and Casey. Paul should go home.

  • readon

    “Slutty” wasn’t the right word, either. “Whorish” has a different and more defining sound to it .

    Smiling right back at ya. LOL. Thank you so much for inspiring me to pick up my AT&T smartphone and send Haley a few more power texting votes. Maybe she will get the right hem length and the right combination of boots next week along with a better vocal.

  • iluvai

    I f*cking hate typing his name.

    ha ha funny! I hate typing Ke$ha’s name. (not typing her name tonight, but I know what you mean with weirdo names.) Plus I have some insert typing thing that keeps messing up my posts. oh well.

  • abbysee

    Grammie Kari, I’m so glad we’re still hanging in there with Stefano.

    I am too, the kid can flat out sing. He imho is the best singer left in the competition. If he can work out the cheese factor, them we are gonna be okay. I think he deserves another week at least.

    I love Paul but that shit he displayed on the idol stage almost makes me want to return the download I purchased of his pre-idol work. It was awful.

    Haley can sing, that isn’t her issue, but I just don’t know if she has a clue about what she’s trying to accomplish. Lauren should have sang the shit out of that song, but she is so tentative, and the breaks for breath were so obvious. I mean c’mon, she almost made me long for Miley, and that is scary.

    Liked James and Scotty, didn’t hate Lusky Stank, even though I tried, lol. Casey, was a wow for me. Loved that he even attempted that. That he made it work is just commendable.

  • Chicagolaw

    No way James and Scotty aren’t running away with this. I wonder if all the pimping for James has more to do with TPTB desperately trying to up his buzz in the general media. They are going to have some issues selling this guy after all is said and done, especially in the rock world. Right now, even after all the spectacle, he seems to be on nobody’s radar.

    Apart from James at the end, this was an incredibly dull night. I don’t think anyone is going to step up this year, and some are actually sounding worse. I hope Haley can hold on a couple more weeks—tonight wasn’t good.

  • MayMirabella

    For me the best tonight that I personally liked: James, Casey, Jacob..
    the bottom 3 for me were Paul, Stefano, Lauren.

  • Lovesyesha

    I miss Pia, simply put. None of the singers are even close to as good. Tonight was dreadful all around. I tried to stick with idol, but after tonight I am done.

  • iluvai

    I hope America is over Scotty. No offense, but he is boring ad nauseum. Adorable Aaron Kelly last year sang a variety of songs and was way pushed out of his comfort zone. Scotty has never been asked if he can relate to a love song or put on the spot in any way. And if I want to hear a cool baritone voice, it won’t be from someone that’s 16. Vomit.

  • ri

    who cares what Haley looked like? she sucked!

  • jammasta

    Smiling right back at ya. LOL. Thank you so much for inspiring me to pick up my AT&T smartphone and send Haley a few more power texting votes. Maybe she will get the right hem length and the right combination of boots next week along with a better vocal.

    No problemo, I actually support that. Me not liking her dress doesn’t mean I want her to leave! Too early!

    She says 7th or 6th for me. That would be perfect.

    I hope America is over Scotty. No offense, but he is boring ad nauseum. Adorable Aaron Kelly last year sang a variety of songs and was way pushed out of his comfort zone. Scotty has never been asked if he can relate to a love song or put on the spot in any way. And if I want to hear a cool baritone voice, it won’t be from someone that’s 16. Vomit.

    As an Aaron Kelly fan, I actually think it would’ve been better if he were put in a box (which, unfortunately, happened too late… Literally, it was in Late Night Sandwich). I’m certainly not over Scotty :D!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Smiling right back at ya. LOL. Thank you so much for inspiring me to pick up my AT&T smartphone and send Haley a few more power texting votes. Maybe she will get the right hem length and the right combination of boots next week along with a better vocal.

    Indeed. Really? Whorish? She/he must not have seen a prostitute in her/his life. Her outfit was perfectly appropriate for a G rated show and certainly not the most revealing we’ve seen during the run of the show.

  • sue

    How long was the show tonight? 90mins or 2hrs? I forgot, lol. I am voting for Casey online and on the phone. I wonder when they cut you off online, is it 50 votes? Can you continue to vote online after time is over? lol…..

  • cookcricket

    Valentin432 says:
    04/13/2011 at 9:40 pm

    I really think I’ve watched some other show tonight, I thought the song choices were great and most of the performances were really good. The only one I didn’t like was Paul who has lost his voice IMO.

    Finally someone I agree with! I enjoyed tonight’s show.

    The only thing is, is that Paul is my fave, even though I don’t see him winning. I understand about the voice, but I think he did a great performance and can’t wait to see one of his solo shows. I’m torn because he’s so much fun to watch, for me anyway, and it has nothing to do with his looks. (Kinda hate that I have to qualify that.)

    Haley was lacking for me tonight, but the ending was good. Jacob had some great parts in his song, but not so great as a whole.

    Loved what Casey did, glad Lauren changed up “The Climb”, and I see Stefano on growth path. He really has improved in his performance, and tonight is the best he has done, except INYN for the wildcard.

    Scotty was excellent per usual and while I enjoyed him immensely, I wish he would have done “Everybody’s Talking”, because I believe unbeknownst to him, he would have done just as great! And perhaps could have had a moment. In some ways I can hardly blame him for going safe after they were all shaken last week. But overall, I see Scotty as a star.

    James was great, but while I love rock, metal is not so much my thing. I guess I’m still not getting the comparisons to Adam. Did Adam do metal on AI and I missed it? I think James is James and he’s a natural at what he does.

    BTW, since I mentioned them being shaken last week, I kinda wish I could have been a fly on the wall and heard some of their conversations this past week.

  • windmills

    The backup singers were too loud in the mix.

    I enjoyed James and Haley the most. Crowd pleasing, unchallenging song for James. I was surprised at the long guitar solo. But James had a good vocal, good stage presence, and he owned it up there. Haley had a few missed notes but she handled the backup singers better than anybody and picked the hardest song vocally and did it well. I liked her playful phrasing as well as her flirty French. Jacob flubbed a few notes too and his vibrato was a little distracting but that was much better than he’s been.

    Scotty started off GREAT but once the backup singers joined him he sounded weak and IMO his vocal got weaker as the song went on. He disappeared on that last note. I really want somebody to work with him on his consistency supporting his notes. I also would’ve rather heard him on the Harry Nilsson song. I actually do think he’s growing vocally week to week but not fast enough for my taste.

    Lauren A sang well but lacked oomph. The breaths she was taking to prepare herself for the big notes were distracting and she still needs to work on her phrasing.

    I hated he way Stefano was singing “Na Chur Al”. I didn’t like his phrasing on a lot of the song. He recovered from a bad start and once he got into his upper register sweet spot he sounded good.

    Casey IMO was wildly overrated. His voice is thin and his phrasing is kind of stilted for a jazz guy. He was also out of tune for parts.

    Paul. Not the right song by a mile. Way too big for him.

    Bottom 3 will be Paul, Jacob, and either Haley or in a shocker Scotty. Paul will probably be out.

    I can’t believe that when the judges finally started critiquing, it was Haley they went after when there was so much they could’ve said to everybody else who’d already gone.

  • Swind

    ri says:

    04/13/2011 at 11:10 pm

    who cares what Haley looked like? she sucked!

    Perfect example of Haley envy right here.^

  • Valentin432

    It’s an entertaining year, b/c each contestant brings something different to the season. We’ve got all different genres and personalities which makes this still an open race to the top.

    IA, the producers really made all the right moves on the casting.
    We got folk, pop/country, rnb, country, jazz, blues/rock, soul and Metal in one night. they couldn’t appeal to a wider set of people.

  • ri

    i think Randy’s comments that Amer Idol should be about artists rather than pop singers (i’m obviously not quoting here) was trying to send an indirect message. sooo….does this mean that they’re off the hook now?

  • SpenserJ

    I’m with Kirsten on the James thing. I suspect he may be getting less votes than they’re hoping he will. Otherwise, why the excessive pimping? Because, even by AI standards, that’s a LOT of pimping.

    While Haley’s performance was a bit messy in parts, I still dig that voice. So, she’s still the one I’m voting for. I’m not going to comment on the “slutty” “whore” stuff, because it just makes me sad. I don’t think I could articulate my objection to that in a polite manner.

    For me, Scotty was had the most boring performance of the night. I think he made a bad call on not doing the first song.

    I’ll give Stefano credit for a solid vocal, and some fighting spirit. However, it was all still delivered with the cheesy facial expressions and hand gestures. So, he’s still a big NO for me.

    I loved what Casey did tonight. I’m not sure how well it will play on this particular show. So, I have no idea if that was enough to keep him out of the bottom.

  • gabriel oak

    Stefano is still giving the same cheesy performance he gave when he was picked for the wild card. I have no idea what anyone sees in him. So he hits notes. He still looks and performs like an amateur.

  • ri

    Perfect example of Haley envy right here.^

    how do you figure?

  • iluvai

    As an Aaron Kelly fan, I actually think it would’ve been better if he were put in a box (which, unfortunately, happened too late… Literally, it was in Late Night Sandwich). I’m certainly not over Scotty :D !

    Enjoy your Scotty sandwich!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Did Adam do metal on AI and I missed it? I think James is James and he’s a natural at what he does.

    I would call what Adam did when he rocked … hard rock. Not metal. But they both do the rock wail. I guess that’s the comparison?

    As for James, he was hella entrtaining. I don’t care if real metal guys take him seriously or not. LOL.

    Maybe he got the pimp spot because they like to end the show on an exciting note? It certainly wasn’t going to be many of them. I know Lauren hasn’t had it, but the Climb?

  • njcafe

    People wonder why the girls keep dropping like flies this season…because the boys have much bigger personalities. They really aren’t that great this season. Meh. Season 10 blows.

  • NOLA

    fuzzywuzzy says:
    04/13/2011 at 8:42 pm
    The judges are giving everyone a tongue bath tonight. Interesting. Scotty really stayed in his lane tonight. Despite Iovine desperately pimping Stefano, Scotty will win it all.

    ding, ding, ding You win the prize. So glad Scotty stayed true to who he is, just like Daughtry rocked every damn song he sang. Don’t fix what isn’t broken! Great job!

  • iluvai

    mj, this blog is so fun, I am not able to vote lol…!

  • ReginaFilange

    Thought Haley did a good job with a song that’s so hard to actually sing (easy to shout along to but the intervals are weird and hard to hit), yet the judges gave her the ONLY feedback that did not contain the words “in it to win it.” Flashback anyone? Not that far. The exact same thing happened last week, but Pia was the only one criticized, despite having far from the worst performance.

  • sma11ie

    I f*cking hate typing his name.

    Me too. I saw someone on twitter brilliantly redub him “Ass.i.nine”. For that, I don’t mind inserting the periods. Ha.

  • MayMirabella

    I can only imagine what Simon would have said about Paul tonight. He sings half of his song out of tune, but hey it’s entertaining so it gets a thumbs up from all three judges. Simon would not have let that go unnoticed. In fact he would have destroyed Paul a long time ago.

    I can only imagine what Simon would have said about several of the performances this season. I think he would have said something to Paul about his outfit and also his performance ,something like what in the bloody hell was that ? Or he would tell a few this season they were karaoke or cruise ship singers or that it was just horrible.

  • SpenserJ

    I’m actually enjoying the season as a whole. I thought tonight was a really entertaining show. And, I’ve mentally prepared myself for the fact that Haley will probably go since she was the only one who received an actual critique. Not that she was the only one who deserved one.

    There were a lot of good performances tonight, but many of them could have used some constructive criticism. These kids are good, but they’re not perfect. I don’t mind what they said to Haley. I just wish they had spread that around a little.

    I wanted someone to ask Jacob “Hey, why so sad tonight? Did you just look in the mirror?” :)

  • HappyDaisy

    MJ: He’s pulling those weird faces again. Very strange, but kinda cool.

    Casey’s intense expressions creep me out. So much that I turned away from the TV and out of the room during his song. (I liked Casey at the start of the season.)

    Every week seems like the same show. I don’t even listen to the judges anymore. Steven and JLo are so obvious about reading their scripts when they look down to their monitors. Randy hides it slightly better. Three cheerleaders.

    I used to be glued to the screen every minute of AI each season. This season, I’m doing other things when it’s on and tuning most of it out.

    This week’s sub-theme: “I didn’t do what Jimmy told me to do, I’m an artist.” No subtlety at all AI, hit us over the head with it.

    Boo hoo. I take comfort in being a fan of prior Idol finalists.

  • JudyOhio

    Paul was smart to wear his bright nudie suit tonight. Since he went first tonight, that probably helped some voters to still remember him by the end of the show. Every little bit helps, lol.

  • blissful

    A knollish thought…but maybe the emphasis on the disagreements with Jimmy is an attempt to showcase their “artistry”. Hey, these idols are more than kareoke singers, they have a musical identity which the big-bad-label cannot change.

  • jammasta

    Enjoy your Scotty sandwich!

    I just pictured eating a sandwich with bones and blood coming out of my mouth. I think I should be more creeped out than I am.

    The whole thing about Haley’s dress reminded me of Katy Perry’s Sesame Street appearance being cut. I objected to Katy’s appearance being cut, yet I’d think most people would think that was less G-rated than Haley’s dress. Interesting.

    While we’re talking about horrible outfits…. You know what I thought was worse than Haley’s dress? Stefano’s hat in the pre-song package. I didn’t like that at all. It looked so weird on him, it didn’t seem to fit properly.

  • Landmd

    Indeed. Since Reinhart moved around the stage a lot, yet all of her private parts remained private, either she’s not as awkward and klutzy as popular opinion has claimed or the dress isn’t all that slutty.

    If Lt. Uhura could argue with aliens for three seasons of ST:TOS while showing that much thigh, it doesn’t seem outside the range of appropriateness for a pop star.

    This is a performance where I’m going to check out the iTunes track — what I’m hearing on the tubies isn’t as bad as the chatter’s sounding, and at least she’s really “into” it.

    ITA!! I give that a 5 star rating for getting Star Trek into your answer!! lol

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m not going to comment on the “slutty” “whore” stuff, because it just makes me sad. I don’t think I could articulate my objection to that in a polite manner.

    Rude for sure. I tried to make a light hearted comment about James’ unfortunate choice of shirt during his mentoring session, but the comuter froze.

    I thought Haley looked adorable. Wish she had chosen my choice for her… Son of a Preacher Man. She would have killed.

  • Idolnewby

    Well, lots of people voting tonight. It took me 20 minutes to get in a vote for Scotty in Orlando. I would have loved for him to have sung “Everybody’s Talking”, but he did great on “I Crossed My Heart”.

    There was lots of variety tonight, and I really like that the guys are sticking up for their choices. Can anyone tell me what Will what’s his name is bringing to the party?

  • JudyOhio

    Casey’s intense expressions creep me out.

    To be honest, me too.

  • iluvai

    Me too. I saw someone on twitter brilliantly redub him “Ass.i.nine”. For that, I don’t mind inserting the periods. Ha.

    awww… He’s been good on Idol.

  • fanaround

    I wonder if Scotty plays the flute…

  • SpenserJ

    Paul was smart to wear his bright nudie suit tonight. Since he went first tonight, that probably helped some voters to still remember him by the end of the show. Every little bit helps, lol.

    LOL – good point. I hadn’t thought of that. I guess if only one person per show is going to get any real feedback, they have to do what they can to stand out :).

    Me too. I saw someone on twitter brilliantly redub him “Ass.i.nine”. For that, I don’t mind inserting the periods. Ha.

    Oh, I love that. I had decided last week to start calling him Willy, because his name is so damn dumb. But I think I like this better.

    I did give Ass.i.nine credit for when he told Jimmy that you can’t stick a drum beat in the middle of a song about liking “Old Time Rock and Roll”.

  • Ratna12

    The show just started on the West Coast and I plan to power vote for the girls. Lauren at #2 ? WTH ?
    I thought Lauren was pretty good, but I think her voice was tired too. I don’t like her dress though, too puffy.

  • Trina

    One of the many times Fox news covered stuff about Pia the other day James was mentioned as one of the frontrunners, some TV Guide (or maybe it was EW editor I dunno) called him a dark horse, Ellen has pimped him as one of her favorites so no, I wouldnt say hes not on peoples radars. Nigel likes to pimp people who are entertaing, and that performance tonight was a good show closer even if a legendary guitarist added to it.

  • ri

    Can anyone tell me what Will what’s his name is bringing to the party?

    he cracked me up a couple of times. does that count for anything?

  • iluvai

    I just pictured eating a sandwich with bones and blood coming out of my mouth. I think I should be more creeped out than I am.

    You brought up the sandwich imagery. So deal…. loll….

  • SpenserJ

    I thought Haley looked adorable. Wish she had chosen my choice for her… Son of a Preacher Man. She would have killed.

    You and me both girlfriend. That’s one of my all time favorite tunes, and I’d love to hear her sing it.

  • iluvai

    What’s a bright nudie suit? I thought I saw black with flowers.

  • SpenserJ

    he cracked me up a couple of times. does that count for anything?

    I actually think he’s pretty funny, and I don’t mind him in this context. He counteracts some of the sour that is Iovine (can you imagine working for that guy?). I just think his name is really stupid.

  • jammasta

    fanaround says:
    04/13/2011 at 11:28 pm

    I wonder if Scotty plays the flute…

    Scotty knows that he holds the microphone like a flute, lol.

    Weird thing about tonight is that most people cluttered around the same level. Anybody other than Jacob, James, and Scotty should and could be Bottom 3, I think. Lauren, maybe not, but it seems like she should be.

    Casey/Haley should be B3 and saved first, then Paul should be saved last with Stefano leaving.

    Dammit Scotty, hearing that first song, I would’ve rather heard that! Jimmy’s right.

  • sonyab

    The people I voted for were,

    Paul Mcdonald

    Stefano Langone

    Scotty McCreery

    Seth Rogan Jr aka Casey Abrams

    Haley Rienhart

    J.D. aka James Durbin

    Comments:

    Lauren Alaina: Damn that was boring! Wrong song choice for you Lauren!

    Paul: Damn it Paul! Why do you have to be so entertaining?! :) He still isn’t my favorite. I’m still not in love with his singing voice. But I love how he smiles and dances and how he is so entertaining!!! :)

    Seth Rogan Jr: Mr Jazzy with the bassy!!!! LOVE IT!!!! :)

    Stefano Langone: That was great Stafano!!! And I just love saying his whole name! Stefano Langone!!! Just like Pia. Love saying her name. :)

    J.D.: GIVE METAL A CHANCE!!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! While you are at it, give peace a chance too! :) J.D. you are amazing!!!! :) Keep on keeping on!!!!

    Jlo: She doesn’t want any other woman to leave!!! ROFL ROFL!

    Almost all of my favorites are taking over the asylum!!! :) I say almost all cus only 2 are not my favorites. Jacob and like I said before, Paul.

  • jlc

    Thanks for the vids MJ–I missed the first hour.
    I just don’t get the love for Jacob. The poor sap has ruined every song he’s sung for me. I listened twice…just don’t get it. Maybe I just need to stop WATCHING him sing, maybe that’s what’s turning me off.

    I don’t get the love for Paul either. This guy is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. Every aspect of him annoys me–voice, movement, personality. I hope he or Jacob is gone tomorrow. Or in my wildest dream, another double elimination.

    Haven’t been a fan of Stefano til tonight. This is the best he’s ever sounded. I wouldn’t buy his stuff…but the kid did well tonight. I see him coming in 2nd to James or Scotty–due to the tween vote.

    Lauren sings well but I’m just not a fan of the teen singer vibe. Plus I just don’t like her.
    And I still don’t like Haley either.

    I think James or Scotty will win this thing. James for the obvious reasons and Scotty because he really has the country thing down pat & if the country fans are watching, they are voting in full force. He’s pretty perfect in country world.

    My initial fave from the start this year has been Casey. I think the save was well used on him. He had some off performances but he’s still a stand out simply for his uniqueness. I listened to his performance w/ headphones twice–once while watching him & once w/ my eyes closed. Win, lose, or draw–he’s the only one I’d spend my hard earned money on. He was awesome tonight but the t’weens won’t get it. On the other hand, we beat the t’weens in Season 8…perhaps we can do it again.

  • cookcricket

    Simon would not have let that go unnoticed. In fact he would have destroyed Paul a long time ago.

    And that is exactly one of the reasons I don’t miss Simon. At. All. He would have destroyed several of them by this point, needlessly. I’ve enjoyed almost every show this year.

  • readon

    Since Thia was no longer around, it was nice that Lauren was available to sing Miley’s, “The Climb”.

    It was pretty, but it was totally karaoke(sp).

  • claudette

    This is the first night I didn’t vote. I kind of liked everyone and had something I didn’t like about everyone so couldn’t decide who to vote for.

    I can’t decide if I really hate James and his arrogance, or did I love him in some weird way! Wished Scotty and Haley picked different songs but they were both good. All were fine, nothing has me jumping up and down, but there have been several shows from ALL seasons that were like this for me.

  • iluvai

    Rude for sure. I tried to make a light hearted comment about James’ unfortunate choice of shirt during his mentoring session, but the comuter froze.

    What shirt?????

  • jammasta

    And that is exactly one of the reasons I don’t miss Simon. At. All. He would have destroyed several of them by this point, needlessly. I’ve enjoyed almost every show this year.

    This person speaks the truth. Simon had a lot to do with the negative feelings I’ve felt about Idol. What we need from the judges is honesty that isn’t brutal.

    Watching Scotty again…. Well, it wasn’t as boring. I actually kinda liked it on the regular TV. He joins Jacob in my Top tier, though I still think it wasn’t his best and it was somewhat boring.

    Wow J. Lo. “Everybody wants us to be tough on you guys, but everybody’s so damn good!” lol.

    What shirt?????

    The tank top he wore.

    Damn, a lot of clothing tragedies tonight.

    Now that I look at Haley, it’s not so much the dress, but the boots that I thought looked odd.

  • iluvai

    I miss Simon.

  • JudyOhio

    What’s a bright nudie suit? I thought I saw black with flowers.

    Yes, he wore black with flowers, but it’s like his other one that is white with flowers. These are special made and called “Nudie” suits (I think after the name of the man that first made one for someone). The are encrusted heavily with rhinestones and were made for artists like Porter Wagoner…..google nudie suits and it should tell you more than I can about it :)

  • primeminister

    I guess I’m still waiting for a Season 10 moment/game changer.

    Paul McDonald – Drunkie is back again! That was really fun and totally NOT boring (probably how he outlasted Pia). He must be a genius song-chooser because it totally masked his limited vocal ability. But it’s nowhere near the level of last week’s performance IMO. Yeah, the judges aren’t going to be constructive tonight either. C

    Lauren – I thought it was hilarious how most of her opening package was about getting Pia’s votes. Lauren looks fantastic tonight. She sings the song really well, and I like that she changed some of the notes. The problem with Lauren is that her performances really lack energy (and it’s even more evident tonight because she’s performing after the very hyper Paul). Also, this song made it seem like she’s singing her coronation song already. C

    Stefano – A lot of Stefano-pimping in the pre-performance package. Is he ever going to do an upbeat song? I like that this song doesn’t feel totally ancient, although it’s still a pretty cheesy song. Where’s the performance aspect he was talking about bringing? Ugh. Mayor McCheese for sure. Tons of Stefano pimping tonight. Whaaa? His best performance was “I Need You Now.” I guess he’s not leaving this week. D

    Scotty – Bad pre-pacage edit for Scotty. I haven’t heard this song before, but I like it. The background vocals didn’t match with his. Hmm…not my favorite Scotty performance. The other song would have been better.
    Well, at least Randy is trying to differentiate between all the “A” grades he’s giving out. C

    Casey – Looking good tonight! Love his makeover. A cool performance, great phrasing, hate the grunting. That was really cool. I hope he survives because AMERICA HATES JAZZ! Heh. B

    Haley – Wow, that’s a super short dress. Karaoke. D

    Jacob – Seemed really unhappy in his pre-performance segment. LOL. He sounds great. The pacing of this song is a little weird, but I like the changes he made to the melody. Best performance so far IMO. A

    James – I had to leave for a meeting. ?

    My Rankings:
    1. Jacob
    2. Casey
    3. Scotty
    (everyone below this point was not good).
    4. Paul – I think he’s going home.
    5. Lauren
    6. Haley
    7. Stefano
    8. Randy, Jennifer, Stephen

  • x57x

    I liked Scotty. He is just a natural. No professional training. He never went to any musical schools. He is just a natural entertainer.

    I TOLD YOU GUYS…lol He should’ve sang “Everybody’s Talking At Me”.

    ;)

    I picked it…just too bad he didn’t sing it.

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m late to the party, not reading 24 pages of the thread, a few highlights of tonight’s show for this Idol fan:

    A few of them stood up to Iovine.
    Casey’s shave and a haircut and well-fitting clothes.
    Iovine had some actual advice worth listening to, not for all of them, but better than before.
    JLo acknowledging that what we hear at home is different than what they hear.

    My faves of the night: Casey and James. Both just killed it for me. I don’t think Casey made faces tonight, he was just singing. James was soooo in his element. Great to watch and listen to.

    I still predict the final three will be Lauren, James and Scotty.

  • JudyOhio

    I thought Scotty’s backup singers sounded a little “off”. Anybody else feel that way? And, to me, his mic didn’t seem loud enough……..or something.

  • glamertitis

    I thought Jacob looked kind of defeated and sad tonight when Iovine and Will.i.am were talking with him.
    I hope he doesn’t lose his “zany” personality and confidence.

  • x57x

    I missed the previous performers and just caught Scotty. He did great.

    :)

  • x57x

    What happened to Casey’s look?

    They really cleaned him up.

  • Chicagolaw

    Ok, lol, my new theory is that James is actually running away with the whole thing, and TPTB are scared to death of how they are going to successfully market him. Thus, the excessive pimping in trying to create a break-out star. His performance tonight was good, but it might as well be considered a duet—that guitarist was every bit as front and center as James was.

    This is such a bizarre season for me. I am still watching (or, at least watching MJ’s clips), but I absolutely couldn’t care less who wins it. Well, a girl would be nice, but that was never going to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    What shirt?????

    Maybe there was one but I was blinded by the bare arms that I really didn’t need to see. ;-) I mean, some might not like Haley’s cute dress that showed no cleaveage. And some might not like James’ tank. Just sayin…

    I wouldn’t call him a whore or a slut, though.

  • jammasta

    I thought Scotty’s backup singers sounded a little “off”. Anybody else feel that way? And, to me, his mic didn’t seem loud enough……..or something.

    Yes, and possibly. I think they fixed it in the middle, though.

  • iluvai

    JudyOhio:

    Thanks re the suit description. Paul was one of my faves tonight. I hope he hangs in there.

  • SpenserJ

    I mean, some might not like Haley’s cute dress that showed no cleaveage.

    I thought that dress was really pretty. And, I’ve always thought it was pretty commonplace for girls her age to wear minis.

  • iluvai

    Jammasta:

    I don’t think James is trying to look attractive. I think his t-shirt and tattoo were perfect, in an unattractive way. lol He’s not going for the clean cut look. ;)

  • x57x

    Wow! The judges are reaaaaaaalllly kissing a$$ TONIGHT.

    “Everyone gets a gold star tonight”. WTF???

  • sue

    Oh good lord, Casey is at the bottom of DI again, I know what happened the last time he was at the bottom. America doesn’t get him anymore, sadz. :( I hope DI is wrong again. I hope the west coast will vote vote for Casey. I did my part for two hours. If he goes I will be sad but ok since he got to do what he wanted to do. I still think their is more in him. :)

    Plus I think he is getting cuter every week with the makeovers, lol. Ok handsome, that is besides the point, lol. I hope Haley will survive tomorrow too.

    I don’t care if Paul, Jacob nor Stefano goes at this point.

    It will probably be Casey or Haley and I will be so depress tomorrow. :( OH well! I wish they would of given each of the contestants more time to sing instead of all the filler. The songs needed longer to build. Overall I still thought it was a good show.

    Why the heck is will.f-ing.i.am on again!!!!!! It’s like he is just there to just be there. lol I love how all the contestants are basically telling Jimmy to suck it! :) I hope it doesn’t backfire.
    At this point the only person safe is James tonight, everyone else is at risk.

  • thesheriff

    HA HA!! I just watched Paul!!! Sorry folks…I LOVE’M!!! How can you not???? geesh!! The suit – hilarious….was that Mindi Abair on Sax? she’s the shit (next to Candy Dulfer.)

    I watch the show for the very thing Paul provides. If he would only borrow a few pounds from me.

  • jammasta

    Jammasta:

    I don’t think James is trying to look attractive. I think his t-shirt and tattoo were perfect. He’s not going for the clean cut look. ;)

    I didn’t mind it as much as I said I did (I’m backpedaling a lot tonight, I exaggerated Haley’s dress and James’s tanktop…. but not Stefano’s hat, I hated that), I was just referring mostly to that post.

    If anything, everybody tonight dressed better than all the girls did last week.

  • http://mattgiraudfans.net 3DoorsDownFan

    I really loved Casey tonight! Did anyone else think he looked sick tonight…all the sweating?

    My bottom 3 is… Stefano, Haley, and Jacob. I really want Jacob to leave but probably not going to happen so hopefully it’s Stefano.

    My top 3… Casey, Lauren, Paul

  • x57x

    Did I just hear Casey say “I just did something INCREDIBLE”?

    huh?

  • x57x

    I think the contestants are getting a little big headed with all the constant compliments by the judges.

  • iluvai

    I didn’t mind it as much as I said I did (I’m backpedaling a lot tonight, I exaggerated Haley’s dress and James’s tanktop…. but not Stefano’s hat, I hated that), I was just referring mostly to that post.

    If anything, everybody tonight dressed better than all the girls did last week.

    I think I’ve been doing the same, i.e. back pedaling…. I think these guys did great tonight. So fun. I didn’t really notice the clothes tonight, but last week was Yikes! Poor girls.

  • milwlovesadam

    I thought James looked great, moved well, owned the stage, and he sang his *ss off.

    The one who looked bad was Paul. That Frankenstein walk, stiff legged thing he does is freaky. Between his squeeky barely there voice, his gaudy expensive and “what the frack is that suit”, his overly white teeth, and the judges praise of his whole mess, I just don’t get why he’s still on the show. April Fool’s Day was two weeks ago. The joke’s over.

    Jacob sounded so good tonight. I closed my eyes to just hear him tonight while he sang one of my all time favorites. I predicted someone to sing some Simon and Garfunkel tonight.

    I predict Haley to go home.

  • Niall

    After a second viewing, Paul’s performance has grown on me and Casey’s is less appealing. More accurately, Casey’s whiny post performance comments were lame. I hope he’s going home but I think we’ll lose another girl.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I thought that dress was really pretty. And, I’ve always thought it was pretty commonplace for girls her age to wear minis.

    Had no issue with the boots, either.

    Well, I got my 20-30 votes in for Haley. Good luck to her. She entertained me way more than lots of em. LOL.

  • lorenzo

    You guy’s have no idea how great Zakk Wylde is (or maybe you do) but he is the reason that I ever touched a guitar which after my wife and kids is my soul! I’m not crazy about his “solo,BLS” thang, but his rock playing is UNREAL.

    Thank God for James! He so really needs to do an album with Zakk, one he’ll never get a better Guitarist, two they both really love music, and are really good people.

    THREE like I said a couple of weeks or last week how I wish he’d play with Zakk (WOW) Zakk has a HUGE following, and Idol doesn’t…always support these idols when the show is over.. except a few like Carrie…etc, but with what he does bring from here and what Zakk has in the rock world.. and with ALL rock guitarist, Slash has cool tone, writes better riffs, but he isn’t even close to Zakk, it’s another world. and Zakk’s made some BEAUTIFUL Acoustic stuff, and plays piano, but Zakk’s voice is a mess, JAMES AND ZAKK Woohooooo!

  • x57x

    More accurately, Casey’s whiny post performance comments were lame.

    I know….what was that about?

    :)

  • yksask

    I just don’t get the love for Jacob. The poor sap has ruined every song he’s sung for me. I listened twice…just don’t get it. Maybe I just need to stop WATCHING him sing, maybe that’s what’s turning me off.

    I actually like Jacob but he should not have picked that song. Clay Aiken sang it so much better.

  • milwlovesadam

    Casey was crying after his performance. He stuck to his artistic vision and got the reaction he was hoping for.

    Kudos. {{{ Clapping and waving for Casey }}}

  • x57x

    I swear the contestants are starting to get big egos with all the tongue washing. Casey wasn’t that great, but got a lot of praise and Randy and J-Lo got on Haley’s case.

  • mozart4898

    For those who look at Dial Idol, looks like quite the difference between scores and actual raw numbers. Scores show Scotty in 1st with a runaway, with Paul, Haley, and Casey, in that order, at the bottom. However, the raw numbers show Haley in 1st with Casey 2nd, and then Scotty 3rd. Stefano, Paul, and Jacob, in that order, at the bottom. The really interesting thing is that even though Jacob is last in raw numbers (and it’s not really even close), he’s listed in 2nd and in the green (safe) in the scores.

    From this what I’m getting is that Paul is in trouble (bottom 3 in both scores and raw numbers). Other than that I don’t know what to think. I don’t see any of the top 3 in terms of raw numbers getting eliminated so I think it’s pretty safe to say that Haley, Casey, and Scotty won’t go. Beyond that though, I could see any of the other 5 being bottom 3, or even eliminated. In fact…I honestly won’t be surprised who the bottom 3 is – pick any 3 at random and it won’t surprise me.

    I’m guessing Lauren hits the B3 this week for the first time though, even though she’s not that low in either stat on DI. Just the fact she’s not at the top or near it on either one, and she seemed to just be “meh” in most opinions, I think she’s visiting it for the first time. I doubt she’ll be eliminated but heck, anything could happen.

    Lauren, Paul, and…Jacob? I guess. That’s my pick for the bottom 3. Not who I necessarily feel deserves it, but just my guess…with Paul going home.

  • jammasta

    @SLangoneAI10 Stefano Langone
    Ummm…. you think we shut up some of the critics tonight ;)

    I’m such a terrible person, I wanted to tell him “No.”

    I think I need a nap to stop me from being a grouch :(. I’m not usually this critical of Idol, and even though I hated tonight, I’m still too nitpicky on it >_>.

  • x57x

    lol…at Jacob using those two little girls as PROPS.

    :)

  • jlc

    Scotty – Bad pre-pacage edit for Scotty. I haven’t heard this song before, but I like it. The background vocals didn’t match with his. Hmm…not my favorite Scotty performance. The other song would have been better.

    I think Scotty is a lot smarter than he looks (-Alfred E. Newman). I would have preferred the other song, too, but I think Scotty knew his country fans would vote their asses off for the one he went with. The song is from a movie called Pure Country starring George Straight (yeah, I know they he said that on the show). Straight is probably one of the most beloved country stars ever and that movie was was like country cult. (I know all this because at the time, I was dating a guy who loved country so I went along with the vibe cuz I luuuuved him…ick).

    Anywho, Scotty is no dummy. He knew his fans would go bonkers for that song. And he did it well, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scotty takes it this year. Disappointed? Yes. Surprised? No.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I just don’t get the love for Jacob. The poor sap has ruined every song he’s sung for me. I listened twice…just don’t get it. Maybe I just need to stop WATCHING him sing, maybe that’s what’s turning me off.

    No, I’m no master class lady, but he hit some bum notes tonight. At least to my ears. It doesn’t help that I don’t like his intepretation of songs, although I can appreciate how he moves from one octave to another.

    That being said, I always liked him personally until last week and that mirror comment. The fact that they brought it up this week makes me wonder if they are really trying to teach him or remind the viewers. Sometimes these things take a couple of weeks to resonate with the voters.

    Praise Jacob for a medicore performance to satisfy his power voters, but remind the rest of us what he said last week. Things to make you go hmmmm.

  • JudyOhio

    I officially have a favorite now and that would be Scotty Babylockthemdoors. Not from tonight’s performance but from Letters from Home and That’s Alright Mama in particular and just hearing that tiny lyric …everybody’s talking at me….showed me he’s got it in him to branch out some. He’s rather smooth for a kid. Second favorite(s) are Haley and Lauren. Past that, I tend to like each of the others for a little something special they each have of their own. (I’m one of those that thinks they have a talented bunch this year).

    Bottom 3 will probably be Paul, Casey, and (_____) fill in the blank.

  • Valentin432

    The WNTS preliminary ratings are up and they are lower than in the past few weeks.
    I’m very surprised that Nature Boy or BOTW aren’t scoring higher from the opinions I’ve read on the blogs.

  • iluvai

    girl winner: Lauren

    guy winner: Stefano or Paul

  • mozart4898
    More accurately, Casey’s whiny post performance comments were lame.

    I know….what was that about?

    This is what I got from it:

    Casey was crying after his performance. He stuck to his artistic vision and got the reaction he was hoping for.
    Kudos. {{{ Clapping and waving for Casey }}}

    I don’t think he quite knew how to react because he was just so glad that people “got it” (or at least seemed to). Of course, most of the reaction he got was from the judges, but it seemed the audience was appreciative of it as well. And I’m sure he knew what kind of variety there was going to be on the show with someone like James…his big fear was probably that he’d be forgotten, or even worse, just plain not liked at all.

    Those worried about Casey being at the bottom on DI – I wouldn’t worry too much. He has over 5x as many votes, raw numbers wise, than Jacob does. I think the best way to look at DI is like a big poll – who are people voting for, and in a general way, how much are they voting for them. Busy signals just don’t mean what they used to. And also, don’t forget that last week DI called Pia safe (in the green). It’s definitely not infallable.

  • thesheriff

    stefano just sang in the other room – actually not bad – though i wish he woulda had another male voice in the background singers. i find myself blanking out while the “judges ?” speak.

    scotty is “going back” to his country roots? when did he leave?

  • x57x

    I’m very surprised that Nature Boy or BOTW aren’t scoring higher from the opinions I’ve read on the blogs.

    Jacob’s renditions are OTT and yelling at some points. The last part of Nature Boy was ALLLLLL over the place, and the judges ONCE AGAIN…was blowing smoke up both singers butts.

    True story…when Jacob was singing a cat outside started to howl and growl…really. I laughed.

  • readon

    I’m such a terrible person, I wanted to tell him “No.”

    I think I need a nap to stop me from being a grouch . I’m not usually this critical of Idol, and even though I hated tonight, I’m still too nitpicky on it >_>.

    I wish you had told him no. All of the idols are basking in the judges’ over praise. Let them sleep with their sugar plum fairy dreams tonight. Who knows what tomorrow may bring. For one, something wicked this way comes.

  • J9BT

    milwlovesadam says:
    04/14/2011 at 12:01 am
    I thought James looked great, moved well, owned the stage, and he sang his *ss off.

    The one who looked bad was Paul. That Frankenstein walk, stiff legged thing he does is freaky. Between his squeeky barely there voice, his gaudy expensive and “what the frack is that suit”, his overly white teeth, and the judges praise of his whole mess, I just don’t get why he’s still on the show. April Fool’s Day was two weeks ago. The joke’s over.

    ITA. My hubby (who refuses to vote) asked me tonight if he could vote AGAINST Paul, and said it’s a travesty that he’s still on the show instead of Pia. I LOVE James and thought his performance was great tonight.

    I actually thought most of the kids did quite well. I enjoyed the show. In our house we voted for 1/2 of the contestants!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    girl winner: Lauren

    She really needs to step it up if she’s going to win. She’s so tentative. Makes me miss the Pickler.

  • Willis

    Pretty even show for me. Paul was both awful and entertaining. Liked Casey, but the whole time I was trying to remember what movie the song reminded me of (it was Moulin Rouge!).

    Lauren was not that good for me. The Climb is the new “go-to” song on Idol, especially in the auditions. She brought nothing new. Liked Haley, but not her best. She looked great though! I checked her itunes and the recording sounded waaay better.

    William is growing on me as an unofficial cast member. It’s like a buddy cop show with him and Jimmy. They good cop/bad cop the contestants. Spin off?

    I imagine Kara sitting at home screaming “Where’s the artistry?” at the TV. I miss her table banging, and often spot on critiques. Wonder if she would have liked Casey A this week?

  • jammasta

    For those who look at Dial Idol, looks like quite the difference between scores and actual raw numbers. Scores show Scotty in 1st with a runaway, with Paul, Haley, and Casey, in that order, at the bottom. However, the raw numbers show Haley in 1st with Casey 2nd, and then Scotty 3rd. Stefano, Paul, and Jacob, in that order, at the bottom. The really interesting thing is that even though Jacob is last in raw numbers (and it’s not really even close), he’s listed in 2nd and in the green (safe) in the scores.

    Jacob’s always last by a huge margin on Raw Numbers, but even then, he’s also pretty high up on the DI Scores most of the time.

    Still think he was my favorite tonight :P.

  • claudette

    Stefano’s arrogant tweet had me laughing. Yes, I think all the butt kissing from the judges are making their egos a little big. (looking at you James)

    Anyone could go home tomorrow. Comments are all over the place. I love the diversity so I like this season, but it’s very hard to see one as a star (ish as in good Idol finalist). We usually become enamored by a few so they “look” like stars. Not so this year.

    Raw votes on DI are ONLY those that use DI to vote so they are the least useful.

  • x57x

    When Jacob was singing my boyfriend said “Hear that”? It was the neighbors cat outside howling. When Jacob stopped so did the cat…lol

  • mozart4898

    No, I’m no master class lady, but he (Jacob) hit some bum notes tonight. At least to my ears.

    He did. Honestly if I recall correctly every single one of them hit at least one or two tonight (several of them hit far more than that *cough*Paul*cough*Haley*cough*). Of course it’s rare that you hear someone who NEVER hits one, so (especially when you’re apparently as picky as I am about it), I guess you have to give them a little leeway.

  • eyin

    I really can’t get myself to care about any of these contestants. I don’t get the Durbin love, I can’t stand him. I’m perplexed Jacob is still there.

    Tonight I found myself switching channels mid-performance. I can’t stand most of them. That is pretty sad.

  • sue

    For those who look at Dial Idol, looks like quite the difference between scores and actual raw numbers. Scores show Scotty in 1st with a runaway, with Paul, Haley, and Casey, in that order, at the bottom. However, the raw numbers show Haley in 1st with Casey 2nd, and then Scotty 3rd. Stefano, Paul, and Jacob, in that order, at the bottom. The really interesting thing is that even though Jacob is last in raw numbers (and it’s not really even close), he’s listed in 2nd and in the green (safe) in the scores.

    I hope you are right, because last time Casey was last, he was eliminated. :( Please let Casey be safe, PLEASE! I would think it is about time that a guy goes but I hope that guy isn’t Casey or Scotty. lol

    Let it be Steffy, Paulie or Jacob going home this week. :)
    Someone needs to put a clip together of all the guys talking back at Jimmy and not taking his shit… heh

  • x57x

    James needs to lose some weight. Since he has been on the show he has gained weight. They must be feeding the Idols good.

  • x57x

    At least Durbin got everybody on their feet

  • JudyOhio

    When I check Dialidol, I only look at the Dialidol Scores and the Busy Percentages.

  • flicker

    The dialidol webmaster has posted an update:

    Jacob Lusk’s prediction may be over-stated. A comparative low number of calls combined with a higher than usual number of busy signals from someone in Alabama may be to blame. This can be seen in GeoPredictions

    .

  • jammasta

    WNTS preliminary ratings are up.

    This time they agreed the night was “meh”. Scotty and Jacob were a tad under, James and Lauren a tad over, but overall they got it really right.

  • Ratna12

    So all the boys are perfection, but the 2 girls have something to criticize for ?

    They should give the 2 lonely girls sit down interviews and spots toward the end.

    Stupid TPTB. And really this whole AI is one big advertisement for JLo. I’m OK with JLo, but …whatever.

  • mozart4898

    William is growing on me as an unofficial cast member. It’s like a buddy cop show with him and Jimmy. They good cop/bad cop the contestants. Spin off?

    This is a good point actually…and that might be exactly what they’re going for. With only Iovine, you were limited to just his opinion, and he didn’t seem to be that great on TV either. W (as he will be to me if/when I refer to him from now on, because while I’ll type Ke$ha, Will.i.am is just, for some reason, even more annoying) is at least kinda funny and sometimes has some good points.

    I imagine Kara sitting at home screaming “Where’s the artistry?” at the TV. I miss her table banging, and often spot on critiques. Wonder if she would have liked Casey A this week?

    As much as people hated Kara, as well as saying they hated Simon, I really think the judging panel needed someone who wasn’t afraid to be a prick. Plain and simple. The show needed someone to help galvanize the voters – either against someone because the judges said so, or for someone just to spite the judges. Randy really seems (or seemed at least) like he was willing to let his prick flag fly, and I think he was going to be able to pull it off because all BS aside, he IS a heck of a musician and knows what to say. My guess is though that they didn’t get good feedback about his critical side during the audition episodes, so they told him to drop it and just go positive. Bad move IMO – they should have let the dawg take a bite outta some people and piss some viewers off to get people to choose sides.

  • sue

    When Jacob was singing my boyfriend said “Hear that”? It was the neighbors cat outside howling. When Jacob stopped so did the cat…lol

    LOL, my dog loved the lady playing the sax, he kept turning his head each time he heard the instrument. She was good.

    Tonight I found myself switching channels mid-performance. I can’t stand most of them. That is pretty sad.

    What happened? This season started out with a bang and everyone was loving the judges and thinking Steven Tyler was the breakout star, etc etc. Well I guess when it got to the live shows things didn’t pan out the way it should. I still think it is a great season overall with some really great talent. I think the format screwed up the momentum that was Hollywood, and we lost so many good people and these guys didn’t get enough time to start with the small stage and build up.

    In a way we can’t say that any one contestant is getting excessive pimping since anyone of them can go at any time now. The judges are useless so it is all up to America to decide who they like and don’t like. I still love this freaking show too much to give it up. :)

  • iluvai

    oops.

  • jammasta

    Jacob Lusk’s prediction may be over-stated. A comparative low number of calls combined with a higher than usual number of busy signals from someone in Alabama may be to blame. This can be seen in GeoPredictions

    …Curious. I wonder what happened to Pia. For that matter, I still wonder what was up with Ta-Tynisa and Julie, lol. They explained it, right?

    And I’m still hoping that they’re accurate on Scotty taking it every week.

  • eyin

    I’m gonna tune in tomorrow just to see California King Bed and Don’t You Wanna Stay. But I wouldn’t care who goes home. I would laugh my ass off though if Scotty hits Bottom 3 or if Lauren goes home.

  • iluvai

    William is growing on me as an unofficial cast member.

    William, the Prince???? lol….

  • songsungblue

    I LOVE James and thought his performance was great tonight.

    Hated James, and thought it was horrifyingly bad. I would love him off my tee vee and planning his tribute band debut.

    Everyone likes to beat up Paul, I know, but my take is that he never expected to get so far, doesn’t expect to win, and each time he goes out there, he tries something different. It’s a pity that he’s got vocal problems right now, because the dude CAN sing and he’s authentic.

    The rest are a bunch of hopeless wannabes, if you ask me.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Of course it’s rare that you hear someone who NEVER hits one, so (especially when you’re apparently as picky as I am about it), I guess you have to give them a little leeway.

    Well, not having a good ear except for what grates to me, I gotta say it bothers me more when the person is trying to sing the way Jacob does…. all big and glorious.

    It’s all mileage, I know.

  • thesheriff

    did anyone mention that scotty shoulda sang charlie rich’s most beautiful girl in the world? he woulda sounded just like him.

    eta and i dig Paul, ssb! he’s doin what he does…

  • mozart4898

    When I check Dialidol, I only look at the Dialidol Scores and the Busy Percentages.

    Not this season, but last season in the finale (the only time I used it), my computer probably dialed something like 400 times (or so). The data showed that it cast something like 350+ votes if I remember right…but I can tell you, because I was sitting beside the computer dialing my cellphone as well, that I’m not even sure that even 40 calls actually got through – the others were all busy but for some reason it was reporting them as “votes.” That was even with it just set to the defaults. So I’m not convinced that the software necessarily reports the right busy/vote ratio anyways – it wasn’t detecting them right on my computer AT ALL. Then again, I might be the only one to ever experience that with the program, but if it happens frequently, it sure throws the reliability of their busy signal percentage into question, IMO.

  • Idolnewby

    I think there was a massive over-pimp for James tonight. Having an extremely well known guitar player standing next to him was way over the top. It almost felt like the pairing they do for the final show…..plus the pimp spot. Too much.

    Are they afraid he’s in trouble?

  • iluvai

    The rest are a bunch of hopeless wannabes, if you ask me.

    Ouch…. I think they all have idols… lol…Even Paul. :)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    A comparative low number of calls combined with a higher than usual number of busy signals from someone in Alabama may be to blame. This can be seen in GeoPredictions

    I thinkDial Idol is regionist! Like everyone in Alabama has an old computer with a modem and a landline! :-)

  • cookcricket

    I thought Scotty’s backup singers sounded a little “off”. Anybody else feel that way? And, to me, his mic didn’t seem loud enough……..or something.

    I thought so too, and at first I thought Iovine interfered and was throwing him under the bus since he changed his song choice. LOL. He overcame it pretty well though, no bus for him.

    Sleepy time.

  • colette

    I really don’t get all the Stefano hate. Is it cheesy to sing so well, and put your Italiano heart into it? He’s the only one who is consistently on key, whose voice doesn’t strain, who is in total vocal control.

    I do understand, though, how familiarity can breed contempt. I totally feel that way about Paul, who “had fun” tonight but without any particular panache or musical prowess, and Jacob, who just creeeeeps me out.

    Lauren, Haley, Scotty do the expected, in varying degrees of polish.

    James was indeed excellent — but he wants to be Sammy Hagar? And bring metal back? Whyyy? Adam Lambert brought something else to metal, a wonderful panther-like androgynous vibe. Much more interesting.

    Ah, Casey. I like the kid. He has chutzpah, he can play his ax and he can scat. He doesn’t have a prayer, but I hope he can mature into a fine young jazzster — if not the American Idol. So do that thang, baby.

  • weese

    I loved Casey tonight. James had a great performance. Again. Paul is very entertaining even with a very damaged voice. Stefano brought it–an excellent vocal. He could have made a million worse song choices so I am happy.

    I did not appreciate Jacob’s version of BOTW, however, it was one of his better vocals. Haley was pitchy, very pitchy(her voice seems shot also). Lauren just isn’t giving her performances enough energy. Scotty made the wrong decision. Without a doubt he should have went with the other song.

  • mozart4898

    Well, not having a good ear except for what grates to me, I gotta say it bothers me more when the person is trying to sing the way Jacob does…. all big and glorious.
    It’s all mileage, I know.

    No worries. I totally understand what you’re saying – and he’s bugged me before honestly when he was even OTT to me. Tonight I thought he was great but I can’t deny that “big and glorious” is where he went at the end of that, lol.

  • jammasta

    Is it weird that I’m kinda excited to see who gets the MJs Big Photo at the top of this story?

    It’ll probably be James :P.

  • JudyOhio

    Since the live shows have started, have any of the judges used the word “pitchy”?

  • iluvai

    I really don’t get all the Stefano hate. Is it cheesy to sing so well, and put your Italiano heart into it? He’s the only one who is consistently on key, whose voice doesn’t strain, who is in total vocal control.

    Stefano is not cheesy. He’s super cute. He did such a great job tonight. MJ did u really dislike him tonight??? I thought tonight was his best so far.

  • mozart4898

    I really don’t get all the Stefano hate. Is it cheesy to sing so well, and put your Italiano heart into it? He’s the only one who is consistently on key, whose voice doesn’t strain, who is in total vocal control.

    I don’t get it either, except that I guess being a ballad singer is just not cool (when guys do it, it’s cheesy, when a girl does it, it’s boring). He would probably be very well served, if he stuck around next week, to change it up and pick something more up-tempo. But at the same time, he might alienate his fanbase by doing that. Hard to say.

  • girlygirl

    I was at Idol tonight (friend of mine had an extra ticket). All these contestants definitely sound better live than they do on the live stream or on my tv. But there were still wonky notes all over the place tonight — especially from Casey and Scotty. I didn’t think anyone was horrible, but neither was anyone great. Personally, I thought the arrangement on Stefano’s song did him no favors and he has very strange enunciation going on when he sings.Scotty should have stuck with his original song choice, Paul’s crazy suit distracted me from his actual singing and I thought the focus in James’ performance was as much on the famous guitarist (Zac Wylde, sorry if that’s spelled wrong) as it was on James although the 40ish woman down the row from me loved it — she was(oops – edited :) ) head banging away quite enthusiastically.. It was quite noticeable that only Haley really got any criticism. One person next to me remarked on the strange faces Scotty makes when he sings. The two teens behind me were VERY enthusiastic about their love for EVERY SINGLE ONE of the contestants, not to mention the judges and Ryan. :)

    WARNING SPOILER ALERT!! STOP READING IF DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT STUFF FOR TOMORROW

    (Ok, so after the show, Katy Perry came out to tape her performance that will air tomorrow. They shot her song 2 or 3 times — and it seemed like the crowd was more excited when Kanye West popped in to do his part on the song than they were about Katy. Lots of dancers and production heavy performance of this song.)

  • songsungblue

    I can’t deny Jacob’s talent but he needs more control. Some of those notes journeyed into ‘ouch’ for me.

    What is it that makes Lauren so lackluster? I’m going to say she doesn’t use her breath well. She always sounds so out of breath and tired halfway through. It just limps in the middle.

    Haley….no. No, no. The awesome thing about Debbie Harry was how she didn’t seem to care, she was so cool. That was the counterpoint of the song. Haley was completely overdoing it.

    The minute boy bands come back, Stefano is going to be a HUGE star. Until then – not so much.

    Now I hope Paul leaves tomorrow and gets surgery. Love you man, but you must rest your voice. MUST.

    Casey and Haley sound much better on their studio [which are up at itunes] but I wouldn’t buy them. Actually I wouldn’t buy any of them tonight.

  • webster

    James, Casey, and Haley. The rest are boring as shit.

    This.

    I never like Casey’s actual voice, but I love what he does

    And this. That’s why I say I want Casey to form a band and hire a singer.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    For me, for you (or not), Stefano chooses the cheesiest songs and performs in a cheesey manner. I won’t cry if he leaves. He can take his decent vocals and go straight to Carnival cruise lines. I’d actually like him to leave over anyone else. He got in on a wildcard and hasn’t shown me any spunk or originality. Oh, and although his stupid twitter comment won’t register with the general public, it didn’t do him any favors.

  • Nativenewyorker

    mj,

    You had me laughing so hard with your little comments about the judges. Too funny and too true! What are these judges smoking? Nice that they saved their only real criticism for one of the two girls remaining. Could it be that TPTB want only Lauren to be the one girl standing? LOL!

    There were issues with all of them and nobody was perfect. The judges are a total joke and it is at times like this that I actually find myself missing Simon. We need a dose of reality here.

    Paul – This was probably the best he could do. At least this week it was appropriate to smile and act happy on stage. He is going to kill his voice with the way he is singing. He doesn’t know how to use his diaphragm and sing from there, which would strengthen his vocals and protect his voice. However, this is who he is and it’s his style. It’s not for me.

    Lauren – She had her own problems vocally. When she started the song in a more restrained and soft way, you could barely make out the words. She doesn’t have good breath control. I hear it every week in her vocals. Last week she sang a song that was way too old for her, didn’t have a clue what it was about and how to interpret it at all. Now she is raising her head for some of the high notes. Nope. That’s one way to make it sound harsh and shrill. However, the judges almost ran out of superlatives for her performance.

    Stefano – I really do hate this song. The guy has a great voice, so why can’t he pick something that isn’t a huge ballad or some cliched and trite song. He tries too hard when he performs. Also, he is another one who keeps raising his head for the high notes. The head should stay level and you access your head voice and it’s like a whole different sound. This kid needs to relax and look like he is having a good time for once.

    Scotty – Oh, you broke my heart! Why didn’t you sing “Everybody’s Talking”? It was great from the little I heard in the studio. Instead he went with a very safe choice. This was so bland and didn’t do much to showcase that voice, especially with the backup singers being so loud. He doesn’t need them.

    Casey – This was a huge risk tonight. Yes, I do know this song, although it’s well before even my time. I always loved to go back and listen to songs from the 50’s and even 40’s. It’s a very difficult song to sing and one of the more obscure Nat King Cole songs. If you are going to do this stripped down and acoustic, then the vocals have to be great. Casey was off pitch in more than a few parts of this song. He has vocal issues and doesn’t use his diaphragm to sound less hoarse and raspy. I was not loving those little faces he makes. I don’t know how America will feel about this, but those judges giving him a standing ovation was really over the top.

    Haley – This was the wrong song choice. She is r&b soul, bluesy. Also, there wasn’t much range in this song, just a lot of repetition of the same notes. Her affectations and mannerisms drive me crazy, but her vocals are very good. This did her no favors, but what was up with the judges throwing her under the bus? She was the only one to get any criticism and that is just baloney! At least this girl can sing!

    Jacob – Ah well, what can one say? This was better than his original choices. Yikes! Even if he chanced to listen to the late Sam Cooke, I have this feeling that he still wouldn’t get it. This guy couldn’t pull back if his life depended on it. What was up with the key changes? He goes off every time. Why can’t they keep it simple with him? The way the judges acted, you would have thought that he invented gravity!

    James – Here I will have to just pass, because I never listened to heavy metal when it first came around and I am not about to start now. Suffice to say that I could not stand this song! However, James stayed true to who he is as an artist, so good for him. I am just hoping that my hearing will come back soon.

  • http://airincaol.com coco

    “Best of the Night”
    + James
    + Stefano
    + Scotty
    Haley let me down with that weak song.
    I found Casey boring and weak
    Lauren has good voice but seems so, for lack of a better word, >Affected
    Paul gives me an uncomfortable feeling
    Jacob seems sad and it showed.

    God Bless ‘Em All
    PS…Nigel Sucks

  • iluvai

    I thought the focus in James’ performance was as much on the famous guitarist (Zac Wylde, sorry if that’s spelled wrong) as it was on James although the 40ish woman down the row from me loved it — she was hang banging away quite enthusiastically..

    hang banging….. lol…

  • HotHotHot

    Nativenewyorker says:

    04/14/2011 at 12:59 am

    mj,
    You had me laughing so hard with your little comments about the judges. Too funny and too true! What are these judges smoking? Nice that they saved their only real criticism for one of the two girls remaining. Could it be that TPTB want only Lauren to be the one girl standing? LOL!

    You know, that thought occured to me, too. If Lauren was the only girl left, do TPTB think we will be forced to vote for her? You know they want her to win.

  • iluvai

    Is it weird that I’m kinda excited to see who gets the MJs Big Photo at the top of this story?

    It’ll probably be James :P .

    Do you play the lottery???? ;)

  • NOLA

    Except that has NEVER been the case on the show. People have always helped them with their arrangements.

    Arrangements yes; but I can remember Birdie stating one season that these kids come to her with their song choices and she knows they are the wrong choices for them, and yet she said she wasn’t allowed to suggest another choice that might fit them better.

  • iluvai

    Lauren and James for the finale. Lauren for the win. :)

    I’m praying for some excitement!!!!

  • gangreen29

    The nastiness towards Jacob for his one comment that I think totally came of wrong is really gross.

  • SuperNut

    Oh, and although his stupid twitter comment won’t register with the general public, it didn’t do him any favors.

    What did he say?

    Jacob seems sad and it showed.

    All of his buddies keep getting voted off. Plus, he probably reads the blogs and sees how everyone keeps beating down on him, calling him a bitch, and hopes that he goes home.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    PS…Nigel Sucks

    With all the faults of this season, I’m glad Nigel is back. Look at the vigor of the comments here. I don’t necessarily respect him personally in terms of his antics, but the show is better with him.

    Except that has NEVER been the case on the show. People have always helped them with their arrangements.

    I think it’s the same as it ever was. Blake Lewis (love him or hate him) did his own arrangements. Original arangements. Not just copies of others doing different arrangements from youtube. LOL.

  • Keel

    Just finished watching. Top 8 and I am officially rooting for . . . no one.

    Dull and overhyped. Deadly combination.

  • http://www.comcast.net KAT80

    I am still waiting for “A Moment” and I believe the judges may be at fault because they give so much praise for mediocre to good performances, that the contestants may feel that they do not have to step it up. Even if a performance is very good, the judges act like the contestant gave a Grammy winning performance – I even think Randy said that tonight. I am just not getting it, but maybe it is because TPTB have pimped this season too much and my expectations are too high. I see and hear that these are talented people, some more than others, but I feel the lack of true critique from the judges is stifling their performances and they are becoming complacent.

    Paul McDonald – “Old Time Rock n Roll” – Paul has to choose songs that focus on the uniqueness of his voice, not his vocal weaknesses. Will the judges ever tell him that? No, they tell him things like “wild abandon” “you are an artist” – How will he ever improve if he is not told what to improve on. I believe he is in danger.

    Lauren Alaina – “The Climb” – Lauren has excellent vocals, but there is something lacking in her performances. She tends to hold back instead of going for it. I feel that if she has the right song and goes for it, she could have “A Moment.” But, she cannot stay in the “safe zone” and wait for the next time because the next time may not come. I believe she will be safe.

    Stefano Langone – “End of the Road” – Stefano also has excellent vocal ability and I don’t think we have seen everything he can do. He definitely has to work on his performance skills, but I have seen improvement and it is probably because he is getting critiqued accurately and has been in the bottom one too many times. I think he did a great job tonight and I hope he is safe.

    Scotty McCreery – “Cross My Heart” – I would have loved for him to perform “Everybody’s Talking” but he decided to play it safe and it was an OK performance for me. I was not like “WOW” and feel at this point in the competition, people have to start setting themselves apart from the pack. However, I think he has a big enough fan base that he does not need to worry about going home anytime soon.

    Casey Abrams – “Nature Boy” – I was actually excited when I heard he was doing this song because I fell in love with the song when Ewan McGregor performed it in “Moulin Rouge. But, although I really liked the jazz twist and Casey plays a mean bass, he lacked the vocal ability to pull off this type of song. I do give Casey props for sticking to who he is as an artist, but it was not the Grammy winning performance the judges made it out to be, IMO. If America does not get it, he could be in danger.

    Haley Rienhart – “Call Me” – I love this song by Blondie and feel that Haley as a performer, is one of the best on the show. She works the stage and the crowd. However, I felt there was a lack of energy in her performance, almost like she was running out of steam. Maybe she was tired. It is a hard song to sing and there were some notes that were off key when she went for some of the high notes. Unfortunately, she was the only person to actually be critiqued by the judges, like Pia was last week. She might be in danger this week.

    Jacob Lusk – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Jacob seemed a bit defeated when deciding what song to sing. I thought he did a good job and did not go too OTT as he tends to do with his performances. However, I do recall that Clay had “A Moment” when he sang this song in the finale so sometimes the contestants have to be careful in choosing a song like that unless they are going to do it much better because people will compare the two performances. I think with Jacob’s vocal style, you either like it or not, there is no middle road. It really is not my musical style, but of course the judges loved it. He could still be in danger based on losing fans with his mirror comment.

    James Durbin – “Heavy Metal” – James gave a killer performance with good vocals. I am more into classic/psychedelic rock than heavy metal, but he did a great job. Again, I give James props for knowing who he is as an artist and sticking to his guns on the song he was going to perform; however, I thought it a bit presumptuous of him to tell J. Iovine that you can’t tell a hit by just playing it on the piano. I believe he will be safe.

    I really hope that we will see some of these contestants begin moving away from the pack, but I am not getting my expectations up. I really don’t know why the judges do not give the proper critique to help the contestants improve each week. The only contestants that I have seen improve are Haley and Stefan and I think that is because they both have been critiqued and have been in the bottom 3 at least 3X. Everyone else is chugging along, not performing really bad (except maybe Paul), but not performing really great. In previous AI seasons, I remember seeing the more talented people get better and better each week and not be content to give safe performances every week. I do appreciate that we have a diverse group from country, rock, R&B, jazz, but I also want to hear a performance that I will say “WOW” that was amazing. Hopefully, by the end of the season. We shall see.

  • phil25

    gangreen29 says:
    04/14/2011 at 1:13 am
    The nastiness towards Jacob for his one comment that I think totally came of wrong is really gross.

    I think people take most things these contestants say too seriously. It’s nearly impossible to tell someone’s real personality from show soundbites or twitter, so if they like the contestant the comment gets a pass, but if not it was a terrible thing to say.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    The nastiness towards Jacob for his one comment that I think totally came of wrong is really gross.

    It’s mostly unfortunate. He seems like such a fun guy. But he looked straight into the camera and said that. If Lauren or Haley or Pia or Paul or Casey had said it the response wold’ve been the same.

  • gangreen29

    If Lauren or Haley or Pia or Paul or Casey had said it the response wold’ve been the same.

    I doubt it.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I doubt it.

    Really? Cause people were all over Stefano today for saying he only plays piano on his own songs. They thought it was both a bad strategic move and sounded pompous.

    I think pompous doesn’t do anyone any good on this show. That’s why I miss Rock Star. LOL.

  • mozart4898

    I thought it a bit presumptuous of him to tell J. Iovine that you can’t tell a hit by just playing it on the piano.

    You know, I wondered when James went on his mini-tirade how deep of a hole he’d dig for himself. I was honestly shocked, amazed, and (fill in some other adjectives here) that people didn’t jump all over that exchange just like they did with Jacob last week, or for that matter, in the same way that past contestants have been bashed by the Idol bubble for “talking back.” Jacob was knocked around by everyone for his comment last week and I remember the outrage that Crystal would even dare have said anything to the judges last year in defense of her song choices – saying that she didn’t feel she needed to sing big songs just because it was Idol.

  • girlygirl

    oh I forgot to mention that the audience at Idol tonight didn’t seem to miss Pia. Maybe they were talking about her while we were waiting in line to go in, or privately to each other, but I didn’t overhear anyone talking about her, and the crowd reaction for all remaining 8 contestants was very enthusiastic

  • Kirsten

    General Comments:

    A) Is it just me, or did they super-speed up the American Idol opening graphics this week (and over due the melodrama with Pia’s ouster)?

    B) When the band overpowers the singers, we call them Bandzilla. What shall we call the back-up singers when they do the same?

    C) Seems like everybody was trying to steal Pia’s votes this week. There were a hole lot of glory notes this week.

    D) The week you get declared the Most Beautiful Woman in the World is not the week to wear a stupid bedazzled donut jauntily on your head.

    E) Was there some secret session with Constantine last week where he taught the contestants to eye f*ck the camera? I mean, none of them lived up to the master – it was more like a 13 year old trying to hit on the hot female at the wedding than the walking VD that is Constantine – but I think I saw some attempts at eye sex tonight. Seriously, Nigel should know better and keep Constantine away from impressionable Idolettes.

    F) Did I miss the TMZ article about will.i.am going bankrupt, losing his house and being forced to live in the basement of the Idol studio? Because, why is he always there? But, like the mystical homeless people of feel-good-movies, will.i.am gives sage advice, so don’t call on the police to evict him yet, Nigel. Thank you for pointing out to Jimmy that adding modern drum beats to a song about old time rock and roll is probably not the smartest idea.

    Performance Comments:

    1) Paul – I know that he doesn’t have the strongest voice. I know that he dances like a drunk uncle in a full body cast. I know that he took a few liberties with what is known as the musical notes. But, I can’t help but smile when he performs. His enthusiasm is infectious. Sorry WGWG haters. (7/10)

    2) Lauren – When they first showed her, I thought that the stylists had done an amazing job with her. She looked great. Then they panned to a wider shot and that skirt with that boots? Just say no. But this is a singing competition, right? Well, sort of. Anyway, I thought that Lauren did a very serviceable job of The Climb. She certainly sings better than Miley. And it is kind of sweet to think that she was probably a Miley fan just a few short years ago. She needs some “Oomph” though. (7.5/10)

    3) Stefano – Stefano is the poster boy of the nation recovering from the epic disaster of last week – the boot of Pia. Like a man who was the sole survivor of a plane crash, Stefano now realizes that he must forget about the past and move on. Like Private Ryan, he must make something of himself to prove that Pia did not die in vane. Yul Brynner: et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. We GET it already. Pia is gone. Move on, show. But, whatever was going on with Stefano, this was his first good performance since the wildcard round. He finally put all the pieces together. I hate Boyz2Men (don’t ask me why, I just do), but I liked this song. He was singing, he was connecting, he was moving, he was riffing. Stefano has finally shaken the producers out of his head and performed. Good for him (8/10)

    4) Scotty – LOL with him thinking he has overstepped his bounds by saying “Dude”. Wait until he hears what the other Idols had to say to Jimmy. I think it would have been better for Scotty to sing the other song, but I think it is also wise for him to take the opportunity to nurture his core fan base. Don’t forget about them. Perhaps he will have one week where he temps new voters with something like his Elvis performance and then he has another week where he gets back to his roots. You can tell that Scotty is growing in this competition and learning to better use his voice. He’s also getting more comfortable moving around the stage. He’s got a great tone to his voice. I wasn’t wild about the song, but Scotty sang it very well (8/10)

    5) Casey – Yeah. I don’t need to hear him grunt anymore. (4/10) Kudos to whoever had the cute idea to give him an old-time mike for his performance. It fit the mood.

    6) Haley – Bad song choice. That just isn’t a singer’s song. It’s an attitude song and that just isn’t going to get you votes this year. I loved her dress though. So young and fun. Hopefully, she will get some panic votes tonight. If I’m being honest, the vocals weren’t great either (6/10)

    7) Jacob – Last week I was annoyed about his lecture. This week, I felt so sorry for him. He looked beaten. Absolutely beaten. Where is that enthusiastic Jacob who gives everybody a hug and goes for the wild gestures? He certainly was missing from the end of his intro clip and performance. There were problems, yes, but I decided that I like Jacob for some odd reason. I almost think he can make the finale. Jacob has listened to the mentors and he has grown. He is still like a kid with a fire hose (unable to completely control his voice), but he’s putting a lot of nuances into his songs now. I hope he is here next week (7.5/10)

    8) James – Every year there is a contestant that lets the experience go to his head. This year, it is James. Did he seriously tell Jimmy how to do his job? Seriously? Ugh! And then the producers reward him with his second pimp spot of the finals and some big name Metal guitarist. No clue who he is, but he can certainly play and the show made a big enough deal about him, so he must be big in some way. And, for a singing show, we spent a lot of time on a guitar solo. I have a question: Do Metal artists really gain cred by playing air guitar on stage? Somehow, I don’t think so. And can somebody explain to me why we can have a Metal artist on Idol – a genre that is 20 years dead and never appealed to the mainstream – but we can’t have a rap singer? I am no fan of Rap, but it at least has words that mean something (or at least words one can understand) and it is modern music. How about at least a decent male Urban artist? No, we get discordant Metal which I hate. Allow me to channel Simon: That was indulgent (1/10)

    Who Should go Home: Casey or James (but he won’t because the show has the pimping for him set to 11)

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    You know, I wondered when James went on his mini-tirade how deep of a hole he’d dig for himself. I was honestly shocked, amazed, and (fill in some other adjectives here) that people didn’t jump all over that exchange just like they did with Jacob last week, or for that matter, in the same way that past contestants have been bashed by the Idol bubble for “talking back.” Jacob was knocked around by everyone for his comment last week and I remember the outrage that Crystal would even dare have said anything to the judges last year in defense of her song choices – saying that she didn’t feel she needed to sing big songs just because it was Idol.

    Holding your ground with a producer isn’t the same as looking into the camera and telling voters they are afraid to look in the mirror if you don’t vote for them.

  • weese

    The reason we haven’t seen a moment is because now everyone gets back up singers, choirs, flaming pianos, and extra instruments for every performance. Often this stuff is too loud, out of tune and distracting. We don’t really hear the individual voice for an entire performance. Nothing sounds special though it all sounds good. I’ve said this before but we need an Idol Unplugged Night. I think we would have some moments.

  • SuperNut

    You know, I wondered when James went on his mini-tirade how deep of a hole he’d dig for himself. I was honestly shocked, amazed, and (fill in some other adjectives here) that people didn’t jump all over that exchange just like they did with Jacob last week, or for that matter, in the same way that past contestants have been bashed by the Idol bubble for “talking back.” Jacob was knocked around by everyone for his comment last week and I remember the outrage that Crystal would even dare have said anything to the judges last year in defense of her song choices – saying that she didn’t feel she needed to sing big songs just because it was Idol.

    Durbin gets a pass. I think we all know why.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Do Metal artists really gain cred by playing air guitar on stage? Somehow, I don’t think so. And can somebody explain to me why we can have a Metal artist on Idol – a genre that is 20 years dead and never appealed to the mainstream – but we can’t have a rap singer?

    Eh, plenty of metal singers sing and don’t play lead. It appealed to the mainstream back in the day. I know for a fact, because I graduated HS in 1986. Can’t speak to why they don’t like rappers. Maybe ’cause rock singers sing and lots of rappers feat someone who sings or use samples for the singing part.

  • jammasta

    Now that I do think about it, James really does seem like the big “pimpee” and it’s getting to his head a little.

    Time to take back what I said about Jacob last week because I can’t hate James. I still love him to death, yet Jacob’s comment wasn’t really that much worse (I actually find Jacob’s comment a little more offensive because it’s more condescending to me than anything James has done, but eh).

    Scotty and James are definitely still at the top of my power list AND at the top of my personal list, but can James win? I still think he’d do better as the runner-up. We’ll see how things turn out tomorrow.

    If I had to rank each contestant, the top 4 remain consistent, Scotty, James, Lauren, and Casey in that order. Paul, Haley, Jacob, and Stefano switch around very often, and I’m pretty sure one of them is going home tomorrow. Question is, who will it be?

    I find Paul very entertaining despite his suckish singing (but tonight I didn’t like it), Haley leaving would leave Lauren the only girl (and Haley really is improving a bit, I think), and Jacob had a good performance tonight, IMO. That leaves Stefano, and I would pick him to leave, but at this point it’s so difficult to pick.

    I’d bet that it’s a guy though. From tonight, either Stefano or Paul. Jacob might hit B3 but I don’t think he deserves it tonight. Maybe next week since he’s really up and down.

    And can somebody explain to me why we can have a Metal artist on Idol – a genre that is 20 years dead and never appealed to the mainstream – but we can’t have a rap singer?

    This makes me wonder what would’ve happened if Cher Lloyd auditioned for this show o_O.

    I’m not a fan of rap either, but it would be VERY interesting. I supported Cher Lloyd on the last series of X-Factor UK.

  • Mtlfan

    so everyone was perfection tonight except Haley? bullshit..
    She wasn’t as good as the last 2 weeks but frankly i tought she was mid pack vocally and top tier for entertainment (such a cute outfit!!!). I knew she should have done a different song. Nevertheless she deserves to remain on the show.

    I liked James too; he was at home with his metal tune but i’m not a big fan.
    Casey was entertaining for me but geez get rid of the weird faces. Frankly i’m not super impressed as the judges were by his performance. I’ve listened to so much jazz in my life that I think i can judge on this one. It was decent nothing more. Geez Randy with Mingus.. stfu

    Again than you (not) judges to try sending a 6th girl home

  • Trina

    A big deal was made about Zakk Wylde tonight because the guy is a guitar legend. Most people know him from when he played guitar for Ozzy but he formed his own band Black Label Society and he’s very well respected in the rock world. He’s a rawwwk god! He was trending on Twitter earlier and most of the tweets were some form of “holy hit Zakk Wylde on Idol WTF!?” That was a MAJOR coup for James. He’s getting lots of props on Twitter for even getting to play with him and Zakk is praising James. Would love to know how the whole thing came about

  • sma11ie

    I think pompous doesn’t do anyone any good on this show. That’s why I miss Rock Star. LOL.

    Yep, that’s AI for ya. Plenty of contestants of all ages, genders, races, sizes, genres have been accused of and penalized for coming off as the slightest bit pompous.

  • TopCatDC


    I think Casey will be voted off tomorrow. Not because he deserved it based on tonight’s performance, but because I think America holds him responsible in some twisted way for Pia’s demise last week. A backlash for his “save”.

    I was thinking the opposite – tonight Casey demonstrated why the judges saved him.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I still say the most OTT judges moment tonight was Randy comparing Casey to Mingus.

    Poor Randy. He tries so hard to name drop but he always fails.

    I say that even though I enjoyed Casey’s performance.

  • GreenHippo

    Something amazing happened at my house tonight during Idol. My son (not so sweet 16), pocked his head in, because there was music on the TV, that actually interested him, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! He can’t stand Idol normally, but James was totally up his alley. He sat and watched with me and said, that guy should win, he is the real deal. Miracles they can happen, my son watched Idol with me tonight. :lol:
    James, hate him or love him, he stirs things up. I love him even more now that he gave me this mom-son moment :)

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    @GreenHippo- be sure and tell the judges- they love to talk about when a contestant “creates a moment” lol

    Lol at pj ^ Randy does name-drop like crazy. It’d be awesome if somebody with no life could go back through all 10 seasons of Idol and count how many times Randy has identified an artist as “one of my favorites, dude.” I’d set the over/under at 65.

    In reference to Trina’s comment a few spots above, my first thought when Zakk Wylde appeared was “Jeez, that doesn’t seem fair to the other contestants!” I can’t ever remember TPTB having a celeb perform with a contestant without it being a results show. But on second thought, my guess is that the Ray Chew band simply didn’t have anyone who could shred in the way that the song required. And you heard what Zakk was playing- good Lord that man can melt some faces.

    Still doesn’t seem 100% fair, but life rarely is and Idol certainly isn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Here’s the thing. I’m not sure there’s such a thing as “rock cred” anymore for metal. Only for indie artists. I’m not saying this is how I think, only from what I’ve observed

    Metallica got slammed for the Black Album. They sold out? I don’t know. I floved Enter Sandman.

    James is probably as marketable as Bo Bice. Entertaining on the show, but what do you do with him?

    Scotty is more karoke than anyone on the show. Everything he does is copycat. That might work. I’d rather have a Bucky.

  • daidageneux

    Ugh, the judges need to be voted off.

    Paul: Boring, same old same old. I loved this guy in Hollywood, now I’m bored. The smiling is just getting old, and the nudie suits, while entertaining, just aren’t doing it for me. Vocally, he’s a total mess. I think y’all are on to something when you say he’s done something bad to his voice. I’d probably regain my Paul-love if he went home and recovered. Staying and singing did him no favors. I actually think we’d do him a favor to send him home.

    Lauren: Nice outfit. I hate “The Climb” with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, but her rendition and the rearrangement was alright. Instead of doing that horrible gargle that Cyrus does, she went up at “the climb” part, which was appreciated. Over all, very safe, very boring. But better than her usual performances. I think she’s cute and has an adorable personality. Even though the song is atrocious, at least she showed off her pipes a bit. Needs to work on her breathing though. There was a couple times she took breaths when she should be sustaining her notes.

    Stefano: I really want to hate you, you big cheese ball, but I’m glad you’re back to R&B, which is totally your niche. Better stage presence than usual, but still with the cheesy hand-out thing. Would have gone off better in the ’90s. Please, please, he needs to go more up-tempo. At least he wasn’t frightfully dull this time. Oh, and the shoes? Terrible. Whoever styles him needs to be fired. The glory note was great though, especially since a lot of people are going to really fall flat later. Vocally great, stage presence dull, typical Stefano. He’s still cute though.

    Scotty: Maybe it’s because I hate country. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t gotten the memo that he’s holding a microphone, not a flute. Whatever the case, I’m so over him. It’s a shame he have a fantastic voice, but watching a 16 year old sing country, which is usually about adult things, is just gross and makes me feel like a pedo. And I’m in my early 20s, not exactly an old maid. Bad arrangement, terrible back-up singers, boring song. That first opening note was so off I mocked it for the rest of the 1:30. Terrible glory note. Somebody needs to call you out on your cheese. Horrible. If you win, America fails. Grow up and come back in ten years.

    Casey: Finally, living back up to your hype. Love the white bass. Hate the terrible faces you make. A couple of thin, reedy notes in there. Needed more jazz, less growl. Very artsy though, and entertaining. Overall, good. Nice hair too. Glad you fired Hagrid’s hairdresser.

    ARGH JUDGES WTF. Scotty can take a big flat country dump on the stage and you love it, Paul can sound like he has throat cancer, and Haley takes on a big, huge hard song, nails it, and you’re like “you have a vagina and I need to criticize you.” Also, people totally need to stop talking over her in her montages. Yes, I know she’s a girl, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to see her personality and want to listen to people with penises talk instead. IEEEEEEE. P.S. You’re super pretty, nobody in the history of AI could do Blondie and not suck except you, and I’m going to vote for you seven bazillion times because you’re talented and screw everyone else that doesn’t see that. Best of the night so far.

    Jacob: WTF was that?!? Ugh, no. So boring, so off-key. I stopped counting at five how many times he went flat and his vibrato annoyed me. And the judges are like YOU ARE JESUS and I’m like DO NOT WANT. Jacob, what happened? You were awesome and now you’re terrible.

    James: HAHA HATERS GONNA HATE JIMMY. Way to stick it to the man, dude! But, ugh, this song. Metalheads haven’t thought this was cool since the ’80s. I guess if it’s your think, go for it, but it still comes off as cheese. The pimp spot plus the famous guitarist was totally unnecessary. Anyone else noticing how they’re editing this show to make their favorites (Lauren, James, Scotty) look awesome and individual and UNIQUE and they’re like haha Haley, Pia, people with vaginas over the age of 17, we don’t like you. Anyways, James, it was pretty cool, I gotta say, but I’m not on your bandwagon yet. Way more “authentic” than the cheese-fest flaming piano shenanigans, but still pretty meh. I’m going to give him points for the shear balls of doing heavy metal on AI right and not letting them dub in back-up singers and turn down the guitars and drums. HAHA EAT IT JIMMY YOU HACK.

    My rankings for the night:
    Haley, James (would be lower without the killer guitar), Casey, Stefano (I know, what the heck is he doing this high?), Lauren, Paul (zzz…), Scotty (loathe, and you look like GWB), Jacob (my poor ears).

    Also, Randy, if you say YO DAWG or BESTOFTHENIGHT one more time imma going to cut a fo’. J’Lo, stop being a cheerleader, but I give you a pass for not being made of total suck. Steven, stop hitting the bottle before and during the show. Jimmy, just stop in general. Will.i.am, get a name that doesn’t suck.

    (I don’t miss Pia and I’m not going to apologize for it. LULZ).

  • sma11ie

    Heh. Quote from The Hollywood Reporter’s recap:

    Last week, we had Jacob telling America that if we put him in the bottom 3, we have to look at ourselves in the mirror. This week, Casey said he is here to educate us. My goodness, this group has cojones.

    It’s cuz the judges are feeding their egos with their comments every week! Randy fed Casey that line about education– too bad Casey didn’t have the smarts to dial that back and fell right into it. Hmm. America typically doesn’t like to be told they need to be “edumacated” by uppity folks with their inaccessible highbrow musicality/artistry… we’ll see what happens, though. Casey is polarizing. I can see him in the B3.

  • connie0128

    AI was so exciting tonight that I fell asleep after Casey’ performance and just woke up. LOL. Watching MJ’s vids and reading some comments. Agree with many of you – nothing extraordinary this week. I went to iTunes to listen to the previews but didn’t buy any of the Idols. I did, however, buy the new Alison Krauss album. Guess I have to turn in my cougar card – the last two albums I bought were women. (Adele was the other one.)

    I buy a lot of music. The last three seasons of AI I bought something every week and often several songs and performance videos. (Also have numerous AI alumni albums in my collection.) I haven’t bought anything this year. Unless there is a big improvement when their albums are released I don’t know that I will purchase future music from this bunch. I double dog dare them to put out some decent music and prove me wrong.

    I do enjoy the show most nights and I think I might go to the tour. I’m not sure I’d pay to see any one of them solo.

  • http://airincaol.com coco

    “”Last week, we had Jacob telling America that if we put him in the bottom 3, we have to look at ourselves in the mirror. This week, Casey said he is here to educate us. My goodness, this group has cojones.””
    ////////////////

    It is so sad when they start to BELIEVE the actors -I meant designated judges…..and what is UP with all the Profanity. Who has not said a beepable word yet?

  • soverymel

    Just scrolled up and read your analysis of the progression of the show this year, MJ. Dead on.

    Amazing, Beautiful, Talented, CHILLS, Ready to go Platinum. Like Nothing EVER BEFORE SEEN ON IDOL ELEVENTY ONE!!111!

    LOL forever, A+ impression of Nigel and the judges this year.

  • NOLA

    Did I just hear Casey say “I just did something INCREDIBLE”?

    I live in the city of jazz, New Orleans, and while I enjoy Casey and his performances, he isn’t THAT great. If you aren’t familiar with jazz, I suppose one could find him unique; but he has a lot to learn.

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    Steven Tyler to Lauren: “I love what you bring to a song.”

    translation: “Boobs”

  • NOLA

    I hate to even bring this up; but I think Scotty has a large enough fan base to keep him at/near the top and I think a lot of people are trying to save Stefano, and the two remaining girls. Casey and Jacob had good performances. Paul has a big following. You just might see James in that bottom 3 tonight. Metal is not everybody’s cup of tea.

  • NOLA

    @SLangoneAI10 Stefano Langone
    Ummm…. you think we shut up some of the critics tonight

    You need to get the boot, for that statement.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Best to worst:

    Stefano: I got my first chill of the season – woot! I believed him as a viable artist tonight. Plus, he always wins likeability points from me so it makes me happy to see him do well. He could must cut back on the cheesy outstretched hand though.

    Paul: I freely admit he is far from the best vocalist, but damn I enjoy him. I started smiling by the time his boots hit the main stage and didn’t stop ’til the last note. Love his energy. He is so sure of who he is as an artist; I really dig that.

    James: Pretty standard fare as far as metal vocalists go. Guitar solo outshined the vocals, but at least it was entertaining.

    Casey: Not his strongest performance, but that is such an outstanding song that it merits a high score for that alone. Great musicality, but a few bum notes. The first half was actually pretty rough.

    Lauren: She just keeps underperforming by thismuch. I think her upper register is shot. Weirdly low energy (just like last week). She should have slayed that song, but she was just ok. No fear though, I suspect she’s already strong with the tween girls and the song choice will only help garner votes.

    Jacob: I have such a strong aversion to him — it says A LOT that he’s third from the bottom for me. Doesn’t compare to Clay’s version, but (sadly) still better than the bottom two.

    Scotty: Lowest he’s ever been for me. Should have stuck to Everybody’s Talking, this song aged him. Low energy and he lost that spark from last week. Rabid fans will keep him out of the bottom three though.

    Haley: Arghh, back to the bottom. Poor song choice. Score: Debbie Harry (2), AI Contestants (0). Slurry enunciation, too much growling. She never connected to the lyrics so I actually agree with the karaoke comment from Randy.

    So I guess that makes my bottom three Haley, Jacob and Casey.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Did anybody catch that sleezy comment STy made to Haley – something about a short “ad-dress”?

  • NOLA

    The WNTS preliminary ratings are up and they are lower than in the past few weeks.

    These are the same people that had Pia in first place last week.

  • Lisa

    O.M.G. WTF was that. Granpa Walton gets his Ru Paul on while doing a Pee Wee Herman impersonation=Paul. No Words. O_O
    Lauren: Good, she’ll bring in some country $$$.
    Stefano: Don’t get
    Scotty: I still say your looking at this year’s winner & country’s dream boy.
    Casey: Good his something about the song tonight reminds me of Elliott. He’s a throwback. Different, I liked it.
    Haley: I so love her voice. Great vocal. I would love to hear her sing Total Eclipse of the Heart. She would so have a moment with it.
    Jacob: Meh. You could have been great going the Barry White way instead you stuck with performances I can see in church every week.
    James: Good not quite my thang.

    That’s the problem, none of these singers are even a bit close to my thing. Not that at this point I know what my thing is but I am not hearing it.

    What I would like to see them sing.

    Paul. Train’s Calling All Angels or Drops of Jupiter.
    Lauren: K.D. Lang’s Constant Craving/Lady Antebellum’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
    Stefano: Boyz II Men’s version of Lonestar’s Amazed.
    Scotty:Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game or take a chance & go for HIM’s cover of Wicked Game.
    Casey: Civil Twilight’s Letters From The Sky
    Haley: Norah Jones, Come Away With Me/Don’t Know Why. (Would love to see Stevie Nicks like Rhiannon)
    Jacob: Seal’s Don’t Cry.
    James: Coldplay’s Yellow

    Sigh….Don’t see any of it happening, but damn would be a good show.

  • SuperNut

    It’s cuz the judges are feeding their egos with their comments every week! Randy fed Casey that line about education– too bad Casey didn’t have the smarts to dial that back and fell right into it. Hmm. America typically doesn’t like to be told they need to be “edumacated” by uppity folks with their inaccessible highbrow musicality/artistry… we’ll see what happens, though. Casey is polarizing. I can see him in the B3.

    Nothing’s going to happen to Casey. Now, if Jacob had said something like that, all hell would’ve broken loose again.

  • GaryJ

    Here’s my take on tonight’s performance show and a couple of predictions:

    Paul wore another of his Liberace suits (minus the rhinestones) tonight. The performance was meh, but he’s guaranteed to be voted through to next week: he’s got that Cougar thing going for him, even though they are denying it, and blaming his Pia-trouncing popularity on tween girls.

    Lauren Alaina looked a tad slutty in her Tammy Faye Baker makeup but sang great. The judges keep emphasizing that she was the first audition they thought could make the big time. Translation: we have to do Haley in to make our prediction come true, JLo’s comments about saving the girls notwithstanding.

    Stefano really stepped it up this week, but the kid looks scared. Must have been the close brush with the Pia fate. He’s good looking in a sort of Kris Allen way. Give him a guitar, and he could go places on American Idol.

    Scotty was born to sing Traditional Country; too bad he wasn’t on American Idol 50 years ago when it was popular. But it doesn’t matter, because 80% of his fans dislike Country anyway. It’s Scotty they love, despite his resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman. He is charismatic in a low-key, down home sort of way. And he just might land in the Taylor Hicks spot, not that Scotty would ever be confused with Taylor. Scotty just might make first, even without a guitar.

    Casey gave a great performance of an old 1940s Nat King Cole song that’s jazz, suitable for any club that seats less than a hundred. This kind of performance is too sophisticated for a mass market audience like American Idol and the genre today is strictly a niche market that sells better in Europe than it does here. Casey did well with the material but also telegraphed the message that he’s not America’s pop star. And people will blame him for Pia’s premature exit, because they think the judges wasted a perfectly good save on him they could have used on Pia.

    Haley killed with the Blondie song and the short skirt. Guys only make up a third of the AI audience but I think we get Haley. If she were singing in Hungarian, we would have the same reaction. But she made the song her own, so I give her extra credit for that. And no one can say she wasn’t lively on stage! At least she picked a pop song! There were a lot of votes for her tonight. When I called at 11:30pm, the lines were busy.

    Jacob might be in the bottom 3 next week. My reaction to his performance was that he was putting a gospel twist on it. Another niche market! He’s loaded with talent, but somehow misfired tonight.

    I liked James Durbin’s performance, but Metal? I know Metallica can pack stadiums, but other than that, isn’t this a niche market compared to pop? And isn’t James coming very close to rubbing people in the AI bubble the wrong way with his occasional crossing of the arrogance line? With the show pimping him so furiously, is it any wonder his head is swelling?

    PREDICTIONS: Paul is safe through the Final 5, Haley makes it through next week, and Jacob exits. The final 4 could be Scotty, James, Paul, and Lauren.

  • LadyBeBop

    NOLA says:
    04/14/2011 at 3:34 am
    I live in the city of jazz, New Orleans, and while I enjoy Casey and his performances, he isn’t THAT great. If you aren’t familiar with jazz, I suppose one could find him unique; but he has a lot to learn.

    That’s why I’m not completely full in on Casey. I’ve been looking for a full-blown jazz artist on Idol for years. Casey is very good, but not great. He probably does not have the life experience that comes with age. Although, didn’t Wynton Marsalis win a Grammy at age 19?

    Casey’s was one of the best of the night. Sadly, I think he’s going home. I don’t think American understood that performance.

    NOLA says:
    04/14/2011 at 4:05 am
    These are the same people that had Pia in first place last week.

    True. But some of the contestants took a major (at least 20 point) drop from last week to this week (Paul, Scotty, sadly Casey). Haley, Jacob, James and Lauren stayed about the same. Only Stefano improved from last week to this week.

    The average score last week was about a 60….good enough for 7th best all time Idol show. This week, the average score is about a 48…which will probably put it among the lower 25% of finals show of all time. And I don’t think Pia’s 85 last week amounted to too terribly much.

  • NOLA

    In reference to Trina’s comment a few spots above, my first thought when Zakk Wylde appeared was “Jeez, that doesn’t seem fair to the other contestants!”

    I want Brad Paisley to play guitar for Scotty next week.
    How about that, Powers that Be? And why the hell not? Let’s not play favorites here!

  • mozart4898

    I hate to even bring this up; but I think Scotty has a large enough fan base to keep him at/near the top and I think a lot of people are trying to save Stefano, and the two remaining girls. Casey and Jacob had good performances. Paul has a big following. You just might see James in that bottom 3 tonight. Metal is not everybody’s cup of tea.

    I see your point, but I doubt it. In fact if I had to put the “safe” label on two people tonight, James would be one of the two, with the other being Scotty (because of the fanbase you’re alluding to). My guess is one of the girls hits the B3 (Lauren, I think honestly), and she’s joined by Paul and probably Jacob. Out of those 3 I think Paul definitely deserves to go but I’m not at all convinced he will – singing seems to play about this much || of a role in the results of this show any more and the fact that people find him so entertaining in other ways I think will more than make up for it. He may not even hit the B3, and if he doesn’t, my guess is it’ll be the 2nd girl (Haley) in there.

    I don’t think Stefano hits the B3 but I imagine in voting he and Casey will be in the middle tier, 3-4 range, just above Lauren, Haley, Paul, and Jacob.

  • springboard

    Haley killed with the Blondie song and the short skirt. Guys only make up a third of the AI audience but I think we get Haley.

    I am female and I liked Haley’s performance a lot. Not perferct pitch wise, but I love her tone and like her attitude.

  • Lisa

    I want Brad Paisley to play guitar for Scotty next week.

    I would love to see Garth mentor him. Yes I would. lol

  • halo9125

    I’m guessing Lauren hits the B3 this week for the first time though, even though she’s not that low in either stat on DI.

    I can see that too. Actually- I originally put Haley in the B3, but now I’m switching to Lauren. For some reason, people are “passionate” (for lack of a better word) about keeping Haley in- maybe because she brings some kind of misguided energy to her performances. Lauren is sounding less and less energetic each week- and the obvious weight gain isn’t doing anything for her breathing.

    Personally- after last week, it looks to me like the wind has been let out of ALL of their sails.

  • RockiDreams

    Last night was a great night for the fast forward button. This season started out promising but for me it is starting to turn into last year’s crap fest. Maybe it is the genre thing or the horrible judging. In any case, James was the only one that stopped the FF. Not because I like that stuff, but because he just throws himself into whatever he does. The rest – barf. Casey looked demented and sounded off key to me, Lauren is boring and overrated, Haley can do better. I won’t even bother with Scotty. He is so not my cup of tea – I can’t get beyond the Howdy Doody look and awful country western stuff. The rest – same old, same old. It will be interesting to see who gets the boot. How about another shocker and send Mr. One Note home – Scotty. Nah.

  • jennyl

    Impressions: –

    I started watching backwards.

    James – Finally, finally. I see James and not a 2nd rated wannabe Adam Lamber. Smart move, smart song. Totally hit it. I loved it.

    Jacob – I actually liked it. (Though my twitter timeline was in disagreement) Was his best performance for me. Very soulful. He got me connected emotionally for the first time.

    Haley – I like it too (3 in a go. This is the first time I’m liking the show). I don’t mind the sexy kitten thing. It goes with the song. Nice.

    Casey – Was a hit and miss for me. He had a nice tone in some parts, but when he tried to ‘growl’. (I think that’s how you describe it), He doesn’t have the rough vocals to pull this off and it only comes off as corny and fake.

    Scotty – He was less country this week. But I’m beginning to think he can’t be anything else but country because of his twang. But it’s not a bad thing. i.e. so does Carrie (I don’t listen to Carrie except for one or two songs, but she’s selling millions so, my taste doesn’t matter).

    Stefano – I’ve always liked Stefano but I hate this song. So sorry, Stefano couldn’t make me change my mind. Hated it. Booo!

    Lauren – OMG! It was not good. I like this song and I can count on my fingers (2 actually) the number of Miley songs that I like. There was no connection no heart in the song. She does upbeat country songs better. But kudos for her effort.

    Paul – I wonder how much he paid for this suit. Its horrible! He should just burn the money. I’ve always been unable to get Paul but this time, I’m enjoying (only a tiny little bit – Guess that’s an improvement).

    Overall, the first/last three was the best for me. James finally hit the jackpot and can say for the first time, I’m looking forward to see what he can do next.

    ETA: I’ve skipped the judges. From what I’ve heard, they are just window / salad? dressing anyway.

    ETA2: MJ. Just read your review. It was more entertaining than the show :p Thank you!

  • springboard

    I don’t think that Lauren will be bottom 3, she has gone up since last week in most polls.
    I’d say Haley is at risk, although I hope that I am wrong.
    Casey is either very high or very low in polls, weird…
    Scotty is slowly loosing ground in polls/ratings. At this rate he will be the next shock eviction in a week or two.
    I think that Paul will go home today.

  • geekygirl

    Shame, I would have loved to hear Scotty sing Everybody’s Talking. I agree it might have been a moment. MJ probably hit the nail on the head in her review of the iTunes recordings, he’s been covering his favourites for years, so he probably knew the song word perfect. I doubt he would know ET, and probably didn’t want to have another nuts of wonder moment. Altho at this point it probably wouldn’t even matter, the judges would have told him he made it his own or something like that. He might have also backed off the song because of the high notes at the end. I really love this kids voice tho, just cannot. stand. country!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lauren’s got great pipes, but something…lack of confidence?–keeps her from taking her performances to the next level.

    I agree, MJ. Lauren still hasn’t recovered her confidence from her negative reviews a few weeks ago and it’s hindering her ability to really impress like I think that she’s capable of doing.

    @SLangoneAI10 Stefano Langone
    Ummm…. you think we shut up some of the critics tonight

    Stefano was good last night, but not good enough to make this kind of public statement and get away with it. And I still like him better just listening than watching. Still far too cheesy and loungy IMO.

    NOLA says:
    04/14/2011 at 3:34 am
    I live in the city of jazz, New Orleans, and while I enjoy Casey and his performances, he isn’t THAT great. If you aren’t familiar with jazz, I suppose one could find him unique; but he has a lot to learn.

    Another jazz fan here and I totally agree. I actually think that Casey is good, but not “great” or “amazing” at all. IMO, he doesn’t have the talent to pull off what he’s trying to do, and I thought that it was foolish of him to fall into the trap of telling the viewers that he was going to “educate” them. Sorry, Casey. You aren’t in a position to “educate” anyone about your genre.

    I think that some of the guys are showing a bit too much arrogance, and I suspect that the judges’ glowing comments are the reason. I think that the judges are overpraising and not critiquing because Idol wants to give as many of the contestants as possible the chance to accumulate as many fans as possible with the goal of making as much money from them as possible (boosting iTunes sales and possibly releasing at least a single). I also think that Steven and JLo are terrified of criticizing anyone, because they don’t want to feel like they did when Pia was booted. Like they were responsible.

  • Studio57

    I don’t think singing Everybodys Talkin would have been stepping out of the box for Scotty. I know nothing about country but I can totes see him singing that song or Witchita Lineman or any of those 70’s type country Glenn Campbell songs because that is exactly what he is- a throwback.

    Same for James. His song was perfect….if this was 1985. He has the goods in the vocal department but he refuses to believe that rock boat has sailed and ain’t EVER coming back.

    Honestly James and part of Paul’s were the only performances I watched. The song choices alone do not even make me want to watch them.

    I think Idol has finally lost me, and that makes me sad.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    “Me: Could the judges blow smoke up these contestants’ asses any harder?”

    Damn MJ, you’re in my head! I’m very much in agreement with your take on the proceedings. Overall, I must say that I was expecting so little, due to this tired theme, and I was surprised at many of the good songs brought to the table by these kids. It wasn’t the best night of Idol, but was better than expected. Here’s my view on each performance and then a roundup at the end:

    Paul – He’s wearing an Ascot, like Fred from the Scooby Gang. His voice is spent and he’s dancing again. I will miss his tweets when he’s gone.

    Lauren – Aside from the comment from creepy Uncle Steven, Lauren did a credible, if not sleepy rendition of a crappy song. She’s more like Emo Cowgirl Barbie now, but we can’t lose another girl, so keep on praising her.

    Stefano – He sounds like one fourth of a boy band on helium, but not awful. Based on his forgettable performance order, he might be in trouble.

    Scotty – This week Scotty made a mistake. He opted not to sing Everybody’s Talking for this dirge of a George Strait song. A forgettable performance order along with a forgettable song might place Scotty in the B3 for the first time.

    Casey – Okay, I’m biased here because I love what Casey’s trying to do with the whole Jazz edge, so I think that he really did well. It’s a sophisticated performance that might miss the mark on the Idol stage, but I do get it. I hope that people see the art of this. It helps by listening to it without watching the video.

    Haley – to quote creepy Uncle Steven; ‘Here’s looking up your old address’. I actually think that Haley did a pretty good job and at least brought some rhythm, but I do agree with Randy in that this isn’t a good song choice. I’m dropping a dozen votes on Haley just to keep her on the show.

    Jacob – He sounds like he’s singing from a plastic bag. This was a good song choice, but a mediocre performance. I wish he bucked Jimmy and went with the ultra cheesy songs he first brought forward. Actually those song choices were quite telling in that I think Jacob’s creativity is spent and he’s on life support until he’s gone.

    James – Alright! This I will show to my friends. This is what more people should bring to the stage. I love this song. James won the evening IMHO.

    For what it’s worth, here’s my rank from highest to lowest:

    James
    Casey
    Haley
    Lauren
    Stefano
    Jacob
    Scotty
    Paul

    I scored them much like Idol Meter does and I factor in the scores from WNTS and Idol Chatter (I converted the Idol Chatter grades from 1-5). Based on the scores, and the VERY IMPORTANT variance between the scores, I would say that the ONLY one safe tonight is James. Casey is at a break point and more than likely to be safe, but EVERYONE ELSE has the risk of being eliminated. I would love to see Scotty get a B3 scare and I would think its Paul’s time to go, but this is totally up in the air.

    edit: for those interested in how I scored everyone, here’s the link to my rankings:
    https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmMd8-DhKbd9dEVDVW5LdzRfVHB5V19fdzdxeDFEUGc&hl=en

  • springboard

    James is good, is has a good voice but he is is only a good generic rock singer for me. He lacks the spark and originality of the real ones.

  • SpenserJ

    @SLangoneAI10 Stefano Langone
    Ummm…. you think we shut up some of the critics tonight

    LMAO. Stefano is the worst tweeter ever. But, at least this time he spelled all of his words correctly. Most of his tweets are difficult to decipher at first glance.

  • tomr

    I think that if Jacob looked in this mirror he would find that many of us posters (like the judges) are at the point that we can not criticize our favorites. Each week, it seems that our comments on here are becoming less and less “objective” and that we are not watching the performances with “fresh eyes.” It really took an effort on my part to admit that I believed Jacob did the best job last night. Because he is one of my least favorites, this was not easy. I am going to try each week to be as objective as possible as i watch each performance. I know that it will only change my voting habits in a minor way. I’ll still vote like crazy for my favorite but I’m starting to throw a few votes toward others that I believed had a good performance. That’s the best that I can do.

  • larc

    Katy Perry and Kanye West taped performance for tonight? When did that happen? I thought Rihanna was supposed to be there.

  • Nina1

    I hate to even bring this up; but I think Scotty has a large enough fan base to keep him at/near the top…

    I’m wondering if this is the same fan base we all thought Pia had.

  • NOLA

    NO, I never thought Pia was anywhere near the top. Middle of the pack.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    I’m wondering if this is the same fan base we all thought Pia had.

    EXACTLY! I think that the take home messages from this year on Idol are…

    1) Support for any one individual is soft this year. Yes, there are distinct voting blocks, but I believe that there’s a REAL soft swing block that has the ability to boot ANYONE.
    2) Dial Idol is no longer a good indicator of vote total. I believe that text and online combined have eclipsed any predictive value of Dial Idol.
    3) With no train wrecks, no real judging and performances that are all relatively good, people will vote on their instinct.

  • mmb

    once again — a little meh..no one was terrible, no one was outstanding. Judges continued with their A+, A++, A+++ grading curve. Paul is entertaining, but I don’t think AI is the right forum for him -and his singing has been messy; Lauren, annoying, yes, but lots of potential — hasn’t lived up to that potential yet, but I can see her as a viable recording artist. Still, hasn’t had a wow performance yet; stefano? no, don’t see it, average vocals, lounge singer vibe; scotty, same old same old — still think he will win, think he will have a viable career, still no hit it out of the park performance; haley — i like her personality — she seems like a cool girl, but I haven’t particularly enjoyed her performances; jacob, i am not a fan of his genre, he has the raw talent but consistently winds up off key, last night was ok, but nothing special; james, i want to like him but still just don’t. love metal, and appreciate his conviction and that he brought metal to idol, but I just don’t see any star quality or it factor it him — he can sing, but i just still find him meh. and he keeps coming across as an arrogant jerk imo ( i have a child with autism, and i don’t completely chalk it up to his tourette’s or aspergers)…i just don’t find him likable. So again, no trainwrecks, no OMG awesome moments for me….just kinda meh…except judges, i beg of you, a little constructive criticism please!!!!!

  • rita205

    I haven’t had a chance to read most of the replies, but does anyone else think that the judges threw Haley under the bus? JLo went out of her way to say that she didn’t want another girl to go, but criticized Haley specifically? And everyone else – including Steven! – jumped on that bandwagon? It was as if they were saying “we don’t really want another girl to go, but if one has to go, better it be you than Lauren”.

  • Mary102

    Wow, ok. Last night was almost completely forgetable. I am really struggling to remember anyone tbh. In fact, the most memorable part of last night was the suckiness of the judges. Geez, at this point they are a complete waste of time, and Nigel should just completely cut them out all together. So useless. How much money is being spent on these people to sit there and find different synonyms for “beautiful”?!?

    On to the performances:

    * Paul – I’m voting for the suit, tbh. I do like him a lot more now than I did before. The drunk uncle was in full force last night, and I kept expecting him to fall down, and his voice was still noticably weak. But he is distinct, lol, and just doesn’t give a fuck about anyone when he does his thang. And pulling off that suit takes balls, lol.

    * Lauren – What did she do again? Oh yeah, The Climb. Bad choice. No one ever sings that song well, and Lauren, while not bad at all, gave one of her weaker vocals imo, though the doe-ey eyed look throughout worked, and the song was very age appropriate, unlike last week. Kinda wonky arrangement though too.

    * Stefano – He did a good job, and yet once again I completely forgot this once he was done. At least he reigned in the cheese, slightly.

    * Scotty – I found this very boring, bad song choice, and that glory note at the end was pretty bum. He’s completely safe though. lol

    * Casey – Ok, his vocals are really weak, but I do give him props for doing jazz and being the only jazz performer ever on idol. However, I have seen WAY too many good jazz performers over the years to be that impressed. Still, he’s distinct at least.

    * Haley – Vocal not as strong as usual from her, a little sloppy, but her voice remains one of the more versatile and fascinating. Hope she stays.

    * Jacob – He was like Stefano to me – did a great job, reigned it in, but this was so boring and forgetable.

    * James – Oh man. Well, I admire his enthusiasm, lol. That performance was completely and utterly relevant … for 1984. I mean srsly, I love your love of metal rock, James, but that was just a complete rehash of a bygone era. If you want to bring it back, at least make it relevant. He doesn’t have the creativity though to do that, and so what we get is literally metal band karaoke.

    Going home – hard to predict. I’m guessin Lauren, Scotty and James are the only ones completely safe. Everyone else could go home. I’ll bet either Stefano or Jacob.

    I hope Haley and Casey stay just because they’re the most interesting. I 100% did not miss Pia last night, lol.

  • Mary102

    Also, Will.I.Am was a joke. He’s basically there for comic relief rather than being useful. Bring back USEFUL, relevant mentors, Nigel!

  • Mary102

    Re the judges, I don’t know if anyone else read it, but Richard Rushfield’s column about “what went wrong with the season” was really interesting (MJ probably has it linked somewhere).

    His comments on the judges especially were spot on = by over-praising everyone, the show is ruining the trust the audience has with the show and the judges. People are made to feel like they “just don’t get it” and “don’t know what’s good” if they think a performance is just ok while the judges think it’s the BEST EVER. I definitely think that the blatant over-hype of everyone is hurting the show’s credibility at this point.

  • springboard

    I was hoping that they had a big plan for this week, and that everyone form the judges to the contestants would bring it…
    Well..it didn’t happen!!!

    I haven’t had a chance to read most of the replies, but does anyone else think that the judges threw Haley under the bus?

    Definitely.

  • Valentin432

    I’m wondering if this is the same fan base we all thought Pia had.

    THe (big) difference with Scotty is that EVERY indicator points at him as the frontrunner and not just opinion rankings from idol fans who go on the web.

    He has the most twitter followers, dominate every week the scores on dialidol, is consistently among the leader in the number of rankings on itunes, has the most facebook likes, has been reported by anyone who has attented the live shows as the crowd favorite and I probably am forgetting some other tangible signs.

    After Pia’s exit, I’m definetly not putting anyone else 100% safe but Scotty’s elimination or even B3 will be the only one that I would be shocked about.

  • Mary102

    In reference to Trina’s comment a few spots above, my first thought when Zakk Wylde appeared was “Jeez, that doesn’t seem fair to the other contestants!”

    Yeah, if I were the other contestants, ngl, I’d be kind of pissed. I mean, James has consistently gotten ALL the extra goodies thrown in to his performances – the piano on fire, multiple pyro thingies, (did he get a choir too at one point?), and now Zakk Wylde – whose solo, many thought, was actually the highlight of the performance! It’s so blatant and annoying how much extra stuff they’re giving him.

    And regarding his style – again, IDGI. He is fully commited to heavy metal, and that is fine, but he HAS to find a way to make it current too, or else he’s relegated to fronting a cover band post-AI.

    What Adam did right was find a way to marry the camp of 1970s glam rock, with a very modern, electro-pop sensibility. Really not unlike what Gaga was already doing successfully on the radio. So for him it worked, for James, I just can’t see it.

  • Nina1

    I haven’t had a chance to read most of the replies, but does anyone else think that the judges threw Haley under the bus?

    Yep. Second week in a row the judges got their courage up late and trashed one or two. They should know better.

    And Steven’s Dirty Old Man award is getting bigger, even if nothing else is. His comment to Haley about her dress was WAYYYYYYY inappropriate.

  • Valentin432

    James is either delusional if he thinks he’s going mainstream with heavy metal or he just wants to do the thing that he enjoys without worrying about selling tons of albums.

    I was refering to Brooke White and Melinda Doolitle earlier in this thread because that’s the kind of post idol carreer that James can expect, recording an indie album with zero radio promotion that will sell ok for an indie record because of his idol fanbase. He will tour and sell some shows with his band, that’s it.

  • sreep25

    btw the judges SUCK we need simon right away

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Is it just me, or Will.i.am actually makes mentoring sessions with Jimmy better?

    Will really likes to promote himself through talent shows – he was a guest judge on X Factor UK last year – he helped Cheryl pick Rebecca, Cher and Katie for the live shows. What are the chances that Will shows up on the X Factor in the fall?

    As far as performances go, it wasn’t a good night. I hope Lauren and Haley are safe. Their performances weren’t good this week, but it would kill me if 6th girl in a row left. Scotty was OK, I hated Durbin’s screaming, Stefano worked it out, Casey was creepy, Paul was bad and Jacob awful.

    So yeah, I want one of these gone: James, Casey, Paul, Jacob

    And oh yeah, the judges suck. You know, Simon was right, it doesn’t matter if the judges are all big celebrities or not. Judges have to be good TV personalities and they shouldn’t be afraid to say what they really think. You know, Simon was a good judge (as long as he was interested). Even when he played his games and manipulated, it was still better than what we have now.

  • sreep25

    the bests: PAUL(first) and JAMES(last)

  • datilpepper

    “NOLA says:
    04/14/2011 at 3:34 am

    Did I just hear Casey say “I just did something INCREDIBLE”?

    I live in the city of jazz, New Orleans, and while I enjoy Casey and his performances, he isn’t THAT great. If you aren’t familiar with jazz, I suppose one could find him unique; but he has a lot to learn.”

    I grew up in Nashville , Tennessee, city of country, but I have no idea if Scotty and Lauren are good, great, or otherwise. And I grew up listening to the country greats at park concerts every Sunday afternoon…but, I’m still not qualified to judge country singers. Or any singers for that matter…All these kids are talented or they wouldn’t be here. I can only judge what pleases me. And the only one I would walk across the street to hear is Casey. No, he’s not Marsalis, or Louie Armstrong, but he’s damn good. That’s why the judges love him. They’re singers and musicians, and they know he probably won’t win, but please someone give this kid a recording contract so I can buy his music.

  • sr4mjc

    James is either delusional if he thinks he’s going mainstream with heavy metal or he just wants to do the thing that he enjoys without worrying about selling tons of albums.

    I was refering to Brooke White and Melinda Doolitle earlier in this thread because that’s the kind of post idol carreer that James can expect, recording an indie album with zero radio promotion that will sell ok for an indie record because of his idol fanbase. He will tour and sell some shows with his band, that’s it.

    If that’s the case, the I expect to see the bus backing up pretty soon, if it’s not already too late to start the engine. Because the winner will be expected do to more than this. But at this point, I don’t know who their viable option is, I guess Scotty or Lauren on a country label. And it might explain why they still think they can mold Pia and buy her a hit song.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Haley’s vocal live, but her recording is pretty good. I hope she doesn’t go home tonight. Poor Lauren seems so timid lately, she’s lost her spunk.

  • calimari

    1. Well, I know folks generally like their idols to be humble, but the way the judges are overpraising them, getting chills, every performance is beautiful, everyone is AMAZING every time – no wonder they might be getting some egos. Plus, to go into this business, I think you have to have some level of ego to begin with. That said:

    Paul McDonald, “Old Time Rock and Roll”- Paul is flat out my favorite. He is entertaining. He would be lots of fun to see in concert. I would buy his CD, but I like that “indie” kind of performer. He got a new nudie suit!

    Lauren Alaina, “The Climb” – not a fan of the song, but good choice for her. She will be the last girl standing, but she seems to holding back. She seems afraid. I think she lost her confidence somewhere between hollywood & now. Maybe she figures that she’ll just be picked off because she’s a girl. It was good, but she could have done it better.

    Stefano Langone, “End of the Road” – I’ve been saying he needs to go up tempo and he needs to pull out the piano. But he won’t. That said, he did better w/ this than the last several songs – saw a bit of the Stefano I saw at the wildcard show (at that time I thought he could be a dark horse to pull ahead, but he hasn’t managed). An improvement for him, and he seems to be trying SO HARD. But he’ll be B3, I’m sure.

    Scotty McCreery, “I Cross My Heart” – He should have stepped out of his box and gone with the other song. This was flat out boring. While I’m not a country fan, I have been able to appreciate what he brings to the show. But it’s like he didn’t even try. He didn’t nail it.

    Casey Abrams, “Nature Boy” – I think this was a better song choice for him than the other one would have been. I totally get what he was trying to do here, but like they told Naima – I get the idea, but the execution didn’t quite pull together. His weird grunty faces were back, and I hate that. I could listen to it better than I could watch it. I thought he was out of tune in several areas, and was stunned to see he got a standing O, as I thought this performance would truly send him home. America overall does not embrace jazz.

    Haley Reinhart,”Call Me” – this poor girl cannot find a style that works for her. She jumps all over the place. I love love love love Blondie. I was really hoping she would nail it, but she didn’t. Perhaps Heart of Glass would have been better, but I don’t know that it was ever in a movie. Rapture would have been killer if she could have done that song. Loved her dress though. She has to stop growling in every song.

    Jacob Lusk, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” – I want him gone. They once again mentioned his preachy “man in the mirror” comments so it seems they don’t want America to forget what he said, then they direct him to sing this song that everyone loves. He is showing as #2, safe, on dialidol. But last week, Pia was #3, safe, and she is gone. With Stefano, Casey and Haley still on, I don’t know that this performance will land him in the B3, even though I want him gone more than the others.

    James Durbin, “Heavy Metal” – He’s doing what he knows, and he’s doing it pretty well. I think he’ll win it because he’s had mostly solid performances and he performs more/puts on more of a show than Scotty. We’ll see.

    I have finally figured out what’s bugging me about this season, and it’s not because everyone is the most talented EVAH DAWG! It’s because they are mostly all at about the same level of talent – middle of the road. Every year, top 12, we have a few really outstanding folks, a few cannon fodder/Sanjayas, and 4-5 middle of the packers who could go in any particular order between 4 and 8. Sometimes, a cannon fodder will go further than we think (Jason Castro); sometimes someone who seemed a front-runner early on will crash and burn & get eliminated early (Lil Rounds); sometimes someone who seems middle of the pack gets on a growth arc and ends up taking the whole thing (Kris Allen). This year, they are all middle of the pack. We have the country, the jazz, the indie folk rock, the metal rocker, the balladeer – they are all just OK in their own sections. No one has crossed over to nail something out of the box. No one has had a stand out “moment.” Haley has at least tried the most different genres (pop, rock, R&B, country blues), but it just comes over as not knowing what kind of singer she wants to be. They are all Matt Gerard/Anoop Desai level to me, which is just nothing to get excited about. Except Paul. He’s in a different league as he’s been working this professionally for a while, and it shows in his performance style. But he’s not going to win it (of course, that is what I said about Taylor Hicks – LOL).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting that Idol gave Iovine such a bad edit last night, emphasizing how the contestants were rebelling against his advice/coercion and including some mildly threatening comments from him (like to Casey). In previous weeks, Jimmy was portrayed in a much more kind and gentler way. I wonder if there’s genuine friction between Jimmy and Idol regarding the signing of Pia?

  • Tamarynd

    Best of the night: James (good stage presence) & Jacob (finally, he sings decently!)

    Really disappointing: Scott (could have made an interesting song choice, but didn’t) & Lauren (good song choice, but she was so dull and lifeless. I don’t think she’ll win this competition.)

    OK, but not great, mixed feelings: Casey (weird beginning, arrangement was uneven, but great middle part) & Haley (really good stage presence, her voice was excellent on the chorus, but muddled in the verses, not a great song choice)

    Bottom 3: Paul (totally wrong song choice, didn’t suit his voice at all), Stefano (rushed and frantic, good voice but cheesy singing, and the song title is tempting fate) & Haley (I hope not; maybe Lauren?)

    Going home: Paul (Stefano could get pity votes for the Pia elimination; possible Haley could go instead)

    Pissing off Jimmy Iovine = great TV

  • weese

    They are just manipulating the audience with these edits. It makes James, Casey and Scotty (their favorites) seem like artists not Iovine’s puppets.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Pissing off Jimmy Iovine = great TV

    LOL! I agree, that was really enjoyable!

  • jammasta

    Bottom 3: Steven, J. Lo, Randy.

    Leaving: It better not be a girl, so Steven or Randy.

    And no, Stefano, you guys brought the critics out in droves and the judges just sucked. Please, contestants, stop having foot-in-mouth moments!

    Best of the night was Zakk Wylde. The only really entertaining moment last night.

    I voted for Scotty. I thought it was good but horrifically boring, and I’m not getting complacent. Accidentally voted for Casey once, but I don’t want him gone either. James wasn’t nearly metal enough to inspire me to vote.

  • idolwatcher

    An idea — let’s start voting off the useless judges every week instead of the contestants. At the very least I would hope to see a new panel of judges next season cause this one is driving me nuts. There’s something off about this season for me. I think there’s a lot of talent but I forgot to record last night’s show and I was not horrified (as I would have been in prior seasons). I watched a bit of all the clips (not even the entire clip) of each performance and was satisfied seeing that little. Don’t know if it’s just my lack of interest or the show in general.

  • tinawina

    I think I went into this week hoping the show would give me some reason to keep hoping. Its funny… I was actually enjoying the season a lot until Pia got kicked off. Not so much because of her, though I did like her…. but I like others who are left just as much. Its just that once she left, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that we were marching towards yet another sausage fest of mostly meh guys at the top ending with the inevitable crowing of another rock leaning twenty something male.

    My hopes were that Scotty, Pia or Lauren would end up winning (at least Scotty is a teen country male). Pia’s gone, and after last night I just see Lauren fading (and its depressing, its like the show sapped all her confidence and spark) and Scotty is, IMO, getting to a place where its going to be real hard to lure non-county fans to vote for him because he’s becoming a boring contestant. To me nobody took a step forward last night, they all stagnated or fell back, no growth at all. Unless you count people finally standing up to Jimmy. :D

    This season started off so well and I really want it to end strong. But its slowly dying to me. Its like the show, the voters, the producers, someone… is just fighting against any change and pushing it all back to its happy place. Its boring, change-averse, we want the same old same old happy place. How did we go from getting a different kind of winner/runner up every year to getting the same damn thing year after year? Please, don’t let that happen TPTB! Sigh.

  • SuperNut

    Yeah, if I were the other contestants, ngl, I’d be kind of pissed. I mean, James has consistently gotten ALL the extra goodies thrown in to his performances – the piano on fire, multiple pyro thingies, (did he get a choir too at one point?), and now Zakk Wylde – whose solo, many thought, was actually the highlight of the performance! It’s so blatant and annoying how much extra stuff they’re giving him.

    They are pimping him hard and It’s not fair, but they want him in the finale. Simple as.

  • Mary102

    I have finally figured out what’s bugging me about this season, and it’s not because everyone is the most talented EVAH DAWG! It’s because they are mostly all at about the same level of talent – middle of the road. Every year, top 12, we have a few really outstanding folks, a few cannon fodder/Sanjayas, and 4-5 middle of the packers who could go in any particular order between 4 and 8.

    Completely believe this too. It’s why every show is mostly forgetable, pleasant but forgetable. Nothing brilliant and nothing terrible. It’s also what Nigel was getting at when he said anyone could go home at any time. And why Pia went home last week. It’s very hard to predict this year.

    Usually at this point you have a really clear front runner or runners. Last year at this point we had Crystal, S8 we had Adam and Danny, S7 we had the Davids. This year, the surest bets imo (James and Scotty) have been hindered by being:

    1. Too safe and predictable
    2. No breakout moments
    3. Some bum vocals (like Scotty last night, or James a few times recently)

  • Mary102

    They want him in the finale. Simple as.

    Ok, then what are they gonna do with him after idol? They really need people signed who sell well (whether that’s the winner or not). If James makes the finale, he will most likely be signed. So wth are they gonna do with him? Rock post AI very rarely works unless you go completely HAC Daughtry-rock, and does that look like James’ comfort zone? Lol.

    If I were tptb at this point, I’d be pushing hardest for Lauren and Scotty in the finale. They’re the only two left who MIGHT have a shot at selling well. Scotty especially.

    I do think, and this is my theory, that James and Casey fall into the “they’re being pimped for the sake of the show rather than the sake of selling albums” category. Both are too nichey to really do well post-AI, but make for good, interesting TV. Nigel has always liked big performances (just like James’).

    Of course, the dilemma then becomes, how hard do you push for the sake of the show, when idol’s brand and reputation as a “hit making machine” is also on the line?

  • cheese

    My favorite moment of this season was the video of the Idols wrestling in their mansion. That’s just sad.

    Last night, I didn’t think anyone was good or bad. They’re all just kind of there. I don’t think adding Pia singing “Somewhere” would have elevated the overall quality of the show, either. I know that people are tired of “song rearrangement” Idol, but some kind of balance between that and the straight-up Karaoke show we’re getting would be welcomed.

  • springboard

    Of course, the dilemma then becomes, how hard do you push for the sake of the show, when idol’s brand and reputation as a “hit making machine” is also on the line?

    They can keep pushing for a while, it is only top 8. As long as the winner is marketable, the others don’t have to be. They can be signed but the show reputation do not need them to become big.
    The show only needs a winner with clear winner sales, although at this point, they desperately need one.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Scotty is, IMO, getting to a place where its going to be real hard to lure non-county fans to vote for him because he’s becoming a boring contestant.

    I’m not a fan of traditional country music, but it seems to me that Scotty is defining himself as an artist in this genre. His chances of winning depend on how strong a fanbase he has among voters who love that he sticks to his lane, and where the votes go (if they are redirected at all) for those who leave as the weeks go by. I don’t think that there’s been anyone quite as “defined” during the show and who showed less versatility who ended up winning it. I still think that he will win (unless there’s a concerted effort by TPTB to throw him under the bus).

  • bridgette12

    What is it about this season, the performances are not memorable. The show has gotten to the top 7 and not one great moment yet and the way things are going, there won’t be one. Way to many predictable, safe song choices last night and not many people take chances. I give Casey respect for sticking with his guns, but really didn’t like the song. As for James, a great way to close the show, but a little too much shrieking.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What is it about this season, the performances are not memorable. The show has gotten to the top 7 and not one great moment yet and the way things are going, there won’t be one.

    I agree. I’m really thinking that there won’t be any great “moments” either. It’s an unusual season from that POV.

    ETA: On “The View”, Elizabeth Hasselbeck just highlighted both Casey and Lauren, and gushed about how great they were last night. They also bashed Iovine for saying that Lauren was a much better singer than Miley. LOL!

  • poohbear

    OMG, I just saw Paul’s performance and dude CANNOT sing. What a joke! What the hell is he still doing on this show???

    Lauren is a good singer, but she should stick to country. This sounded way too pop/R&B and there are many, many who sing exactly like that.

    Stefano doesn’t really have star quality. He’d be best in a boy group.

    Valiant try by Casey to do jazz, but he falls flat. Off-key a lot and a boring song for him.

    Pretty decent performance by Hailey. I haven’t appreciated her up until now. She should do well as she uses her sexuality heavily in her performances. That’s seems to be what gets boys to buy.

    Jacob’s performance was difficult to sit through, but I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. He is simply wrong, so wrong. Take a listen to Eva Cassidy’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water and you’ll know what I mean.

    A BIG WOW on Jimmy Durban’s performance. Incredibly exciting. He’s perfect for heavy metal and this guitarist was out of this world. Whew! Amazing!

  • Elek

    Re the judges, I don’t know if anyone else read it, but Richard Rushfield’s column about “what went wrong with the season” was really interesting (MJ probably has it linked somewhere).

    Here’s the link:

    The American Idol Implosion
    by Richard Rushfield

  • car3278sweet

    So Haley gets the karoake tag and James gets the famous guitar player. And we wonder why this is going to be another sausage competition?

    Clearly TPTB think James is a viable commercial artist. Him or Scotty of the “I only sing one song but I sing it well.”

    Sigh.

  • sr4mjc

    wrong thread

  • JudyOhio

    With the profuse praising from the judges on anything and everything, what on earth are they going to do or say if one of the contestants actually DOES have a moment??? Will they have to scream? pass out? what?…. Just thinking outloud.

  • Trina

    I said this in the recap thread, but it turns out Chris Jericho is very good friends with Zakk Wylde, they go way back. Chris and James are really tight now. I think that explains how the appearance happened. IMO the show didnt bend over backwards to get ZW on there, they likely just agreed to let it happen.

  • flyaway

    Looks like Nigel had decided on a country vs. rocker final.
    James and Paul did pretty much the same thing last nite (dated, straight cover, fun song) but Paul got bussed with opening spot.
    James got the pimp spot (again), the guitar legend guy, the extra performance time (again) and the edit with (I’m an artist and have to follow my heart).
    Scotty sang the same song in the same clothes in the same genre as he’s done since audition and was told not to change, he’s perfect.
    Fine. Doesn’t matter who goes in what order now. Only shock will be if voters reject the editing and put Haley, Casey or Paul in the top 3 over Lauren.

  • Mary102

    I said this in the recap thread, but it turns out Chris Jericho is very good friends with Zakk Wylde, they go way back. Chris and James are really tight now. I think that explains how the appearance happened. IMO the show didnt bend over backwards to get ZW on there, they likely just agreed to let it happen.

    Eh, possible. But then Slash loved Adam his year, and pretty much only agreed to even be on the show because of him. And yet if we had had Slash accompanying Adam on WLL – there would have been an outcry all over the boards about the favoritism. LOL.

  • weese

    Has it been established that the real money made by idol is in the show itself? That getting people to watch and vote (thus attracting sponsers)is the main goal?
    That the summer tour/downloads would be secondary?
    That getting a successful recording artist out of the deal would be third?

    Is is possible they knew right out of the gate that they had a recording artist(Scotty) who would outsell any they’ve had in the last several years? Is it possible now they are saying we don’t need a pop star and are pumping everyone up to try to nurture everyone’s niche markets so that they get a piece of all of them after idol?
    I am happy they have moved away from “pop star” to exploring a broader base–but like So You Think You Can Dance when deciding between a tap dancer and a ballerina—it is so much more difficult to compare.

  • wjmtv

    bridgette12 says:

    What is it about this season, the performances are not memorable. The show has gotten to the top 7 and not one great moment yet and the way things are going, there won’t be one. Way to many predictable, safe song choices last night and not many people take chances.

    I also agree. Just take last year, for instance (you know, the season that sucked, OMGhowitsucked): by this point, we’d gotten Crystal’s “Long As I Can See the Light,” Casey’s “Jealous Guy,” and Lee’s “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

    All three of those were homers. None of these kids have even picked up a bat yet. Casey came real close with a gigantic risk, but it wasn’t quite magic.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is it possible now they are saying we don’t need a pop star and are pumping everyone up to try to nurture everyone’s niche markets so that they get a piece of all of them after idol?

    I believe that’s true, but only because they don’t have a sure fire pop star this year, so they have to pimp the heck out of everyone else.

  • car3278sweet

    Is is possible they knew right out of the gate that they had a recording artist(Scotty) who would outsell any they’ve had in the last several years?

    Really, weese? You really think this 17-year-old kid, who sings every song exactly the same, with a voice that is a duplicate of several other established, older country stars is going to take Nashville by storm?

    Hey, I like Scotty. He looks like a good kid, seems to have his head on his shoulders and his voice is very mellow and very country. He’s a perfect AI contestant. But outsell everyone from the last few years??? Can I bet you on that? ;-)

  • car3278sweet
    What is it about this season, the performances are not memorable. The show has gotten to the top 7 and not one great moment yet and the way things are going, there won’t be one. Way to many predictable, safe song choices last night and not many people take chances.

    I also agree. Just take last year, for instance (you know, the season that sucked, OMGhowitsucked): by this point, we’d gotten Crystal’s “Long As I Can See the Light,” Casey’s “Jealous Guy,” and Lee’s “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

    This. Last season is rising in my estimation every time I watch this season’s crew.

  • mrcritic1980

    Does anyone else suspect Scotty changed his song choice when he found out what movie “Everybody’s Talkin'” came from? Because I agree with mj that he could’ve had a moment with that song. Disappointed that he changed it.

    Also, I have to say “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is NOT a movie song. I think the Movie Song theme should be defined as songs that are either a.) written specifically for the film (or if it’s a filmed version of a musical, songs written for that musical that were performed in the film) OR b.) made famous and/or iconic by a film, meaning when people hear the song, most of them instantly think of the film. I doubt a lot of people think of “The Pursuit of Happyness” when they listen to “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

  • Reflections On Life

    Haley’s going home IMO. Just like Pia, the only one who got criticized the whole night. Plus there was a general rise in overall performance success from the beginnning to the end of the night, from Paul to James, with Haley being the only dip in that trend. It was about song choice, and maybe because she doesn’t know who she is as an artist, she has trouble picking a song to cover.

    Lauren sang The Climb better than Miley, but Miley performs it better. Unlike her other schlock and despite being very offkey, Miley still performs it with a certain gravitas in her body language & facial expressions, as well as with her voice, like she’s telling the story.

    Scotty had a perfect opp to grow his fan base, even steal votes from the Casey & Paul Fan Club, had he done the Harry Nilsson tune. Just the music to the tune is so catchy. But in the segment with Iovine, it looked like Scotty was struggling with making his usual panoply of facial antics whilst keeping to the faster tempo of the song. So in a war between facial antics and song choice, the facial antics win. As a casual fan of country music, I’d say Scotty could do worse than to fashion himself as the 2nd coming of George Strait, as that guy’s had a career older than Santa Claus and still sells. He manages to be both extremely boring and extremely charismatic, so that’s right up Scotty’s lane.

    Jacob, even without is MITM comment, manages to be extremely polarizing. I loved his performance tonite. It wasn’t the best song choice because others on AI have done it so well. But he’s becoming too restrained. He should alternates weeks of being really restrained vs slightly OTT in order to not become boring.

    More than anyone else, James seems fully invested in being an AI competitor. He’s really taking this process seriously. If AI were a scripted drama, James would be hired as one of the actors to play a contestant. I enjoy his joy in being there, if not his performances per se.

    What’s wrong with this season, ultimately, is that no one (other than James) seems to be putting up a fight. It’s like they are walking zombies waiting to be picked off. Maybe they think America is unpredictable, so you never know when it’s your time. No one seems to be thinking about song choice or music arrangement as a strategy to stay on the show (except James), only as a strategy to show “who they are” (esp. Casey, Naima). Maybe if the judges were giving more feedback, each contestant would know where they stood and what they need to strive for, and then we’d see the growth arc.

    If even the contestants themselves don’t care about their own season, then I certainly don’t.

  • songsungblue

    This show is boring me, and I swear to you, it is only the greatness of Mjsbigblog that keeps me watching. If that’s not the tail wagging the dog, I don’t know what it.

    The mystery of AI is that some of the contestants learn how to work the show and let the show work for them. They’re either skilled / lucky choosing songs [Jordan], have a battle plan [D. Cook], or have a sense of the theatrical [ie, Adam]. It’s a showcase. But not everyone’s style and voice works in that arena. Paul is flailing because he’s one of those “Whoops, how did I get here?” contestants that can’t use what’s worked before for him [great rock voice fading because of nodes, performance style works with his entire band, not alone]. He has no plan. Scotty is clutching country to him like a ragged teddy bear, and he mistakes stubbornness for integrity – there’s a Fundamentalist Christian for you! [IMO, of course]. Lauren comes from a karaoke background, and has trouble feeling out the nuances of music. And Haley – I want to like her, but she leaves me cold. Ditto Casey. What happens to video packages that bring us closer to the lives and goals of these musicians? Instead we get fluffer nutter nothing.

  • weese

    But outsell everyone from the last few years??? Can I bet you on that?

    I’m searching for a reason why we are getting very little criticism and as I believe strategy for Idol is always based on potential income I am just putting some ideas out there. I keep hearing Scotty is a dime a dozen in Nashville and I certainly don’t care for him but my thoughts are that country does very well for Idol and they may think they already have a home run with him.

  • mozart4898

    I liked James Durbin’s performance, but Metal? I know Metallica can pack stadiums, but other than that, isn’t this a niche market compared to pop?

    I guess it’s niche if you’re looking for someone who will go platinum or multiplatinum, but few singers/groups do any more. The bigger problem I see for him isn’t the style of music, it’s the fact that metal (and really rock in general) puts much less weight on singing and more on instrumentals. That’s not to say some of the singers aren’t good because some are, but the idea of “getting him a band” is the problem. If anything, the band gets the singer…not the other way around.

    That’s probably the bigger reason why the rock/metal people won’t accept him – because of the fact that his band will be auditioned and assembled by a record label. Probably why (at least in part) Daughtry has become an AC radio staple with a few HAC hits, but hasn’t made inroads to rock radio (although one of the first things I heard from him, since I wasn’t watching Idol when he was on, was “What I Want,” on a rock radio station that played it ALL THE TIME).

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I’m searching for a reason why we are getting very little criticism and as I believe strategy for Idol is always based on potential income I am just putting some ideas out there. I keep hearing Scotty is a dime a dozen in Nashville and I certainly don’t care for him but my thoughts are that country does very well for Idol and they may think they already have a home run with him.

    I agree. Country seems to be more accepting of reality show contestants. Although Scotty’s voice may be a dime a dozen
    in country (I don’t know as I don’t follow country) he has a step up because of AI. I don’t see any reason for him not to do well with the right material.

    I also think Lauren could do well, going the Taylor Swift route. I think she is very relatable to teens.

    I would be happy with a Lauren/Scotty finale, even though I am not a country fan. I just think these two would have the most chance of success.

    Oh, to add, I enjoyed Casey’s performance last night. I hope he sticks around to top 5. Paul needs to go next. I think he is more awkward on stage than Haley and Haley sings better.

  • Fullmoon

    Move to new thread

  • bentley1530

    I missed Jacob last night but if I had I would have voted for him for the performance and also because he looked like a whipped puppy when Jimmy dressed him down for his look-in-the-mirror comments.

  • karenc

    Mary102 says:
    04/14/2011 at 10:41 am
    They want him in the finale. Simple as.

    Ok, then what are they gonna do with him after idol? They really need people signed who sell well (whether that’s the winner or not). If James makes the finale, he will most likely be signed. So wth are they gonna do with him? Rock post AI very rarely works unless you go completely HAC Daughtry-rock, and does that look like James’ comfort zone? Lol.

    I think the problem with James is that he doesn’t have enough originality to really break through as a star. If enough people did like his music on the show, he probably could do well afterwards even if it was metal. I don’t think it is just that James is doing rock and metal, but it’s that much of his performances seem dated, with pretty much little change from the originals. I feel that he isn’t really authentic as a rocker either.

    Daughtry, David Cook, and Adam Lambert were able to do rock on the show with enough originality and artistry to make it sound like something that could be marketable.

    Having said that, I do think that there is a place for rock and metal on the charts, and James could do something well with the right material, because he does have a good voice. Maybe he needs to include some alternative rock influences to get a more modern sound.

  • Lexus

    I am too, the kid can flat out sing. He imho is the best singer left in the competition. If he can work out the cheese factor, them we are gonna be okay. I think he deserves another week at least.
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    Sorry Abbysee – I should have included you too as a staunch Stefano supporter. I, too, think he has one of the strongest voices in the competition, but I question his song selections. I’ve said before that I’m not so sure he chooses them and the last few choices contributed to his downfall. His confidence has been shaken the last few weeks and I’m so glad he got his mojo back last night.