With 4 of the original 7 girls of the American Idol 10 Top 13 now history, and the 6 boys left relatively unscathed, It’s time to lose some boys. My new list has a girl on top and a gaggle of boys sharing the bottom spots.

Check out my list after the jump. What’s yours?

1. Pia Toscano – Can Pia win American Idol? On one hand, she’s beautiful and pitch perfect. On the other, her song choices are predictable, making her ripe for a Tamyra Gray-like shocking boot. For this week, Pia tops my list. Yeah, she sang another ballad. But, she sang it really well and the judges LOVED her. If she nails a few uptempo, contemporary tunes, she could secure her place at the top. Idol is soooo due for a female winner.
2. Scotty McCreery – I also question Scotty’s ability to win Idol. He’s really popular, knows who he is as an artist, sings reliably well every week. But, can he pick up new fans as the others drop off? Will his inability to stretch into other genres hurt him? I think Scotty’s position is still strong, but he has to reveal some versatility if he’s to go the distance.
3. James Durbin – James  does his rock thang reliably and entertainingly every single week. His personality is beginning to win people over too. Doesn’t hurt that the judges love him.  He’s a very likely candidate for the Top 3.
4. Casey Abrams – Casey’s strong comeback with a lovely “Your Song” last week, finds him hopscotching up the list. But, he’s got to continue to sing well if he hopes to finish in the Top 5.
5. Lauren Alaina – Lauren’s poignant “Candle in the Wind” won her major points and helps  secure her finish in the Top 5.   She could finish even higher if she can handle the pressure.
6. Haley Reinhart – Haley growls her way out of the bottom 3. She’s figured out what the judges want, so I expect she’ll just keep it up. On the strength of those growls and her short shorts, Haley could be sticking around for a few more weeks.
7. Jacob Lusk – I expected Jacob to be the first male elimination. Now, I actually think he won’t even be the second. He’s got another week or two, and could go even farther if he can get his over-singing completely under control.
9. Stefano Langone – Unless Stefano comes back with a WOW performance, his days are numbered.
10. Paul McDonald – Ditto for Paul, who has been mostly a disappointment since Hollywood.

 
  • tinawina

    I have no changes to your list. Maybe Haley could go a week sooner. That’s it. :D

  • jrain

    I think your list looks good. imo I can’t a few weeks until the top 5 when I think the real competition begins, right now I feel there are just too many people predictably going home.

  • Miss Blue

    I think you nailed it this week. Although I do think the top five will swap spots for the next several weeks. I think the top five will totally depend on performance. One bad week at this point is going to hurt a lot.

  • Valentin432

    1 to 4 are Scotty, Lauren, James and Pia.
    You could make a good case for any of them to win this competition.

    Jacob, Casey and Haley are 5 to 7
    I think you’re overating Casey a little bit MJ. Yes he’s come back well but he was voted off just last week. Haley has gotten a boost from her performance but she also was in the B3 twice already.

    Stefano and Paul are 8 and 9. One of them should be out by this time next week.

  • leome

    I don’t think I’d do any change to that list, maybe switch Stefano and Paul, but makes little difference.
    I agree with that top 5 and it would be a great one, even if I’d be sad my favorite, Haley, wouldn’t make it.

  • milwlovesadam

    MJ. I completely agree. I would like to see Scotty move out of his comfort zone, and I would love to see James tone it down and do something soft and tender. If Jacob and Casey can also keep reining it in, that will help them. And, I’m so over Haley’s growls. I’d like her to sing, not make noises!

    In terms of styling, I’d love to see Pia in something more casual. And Casey with still less hair and beard in well-fitting pants. He’s much slimmer than he makes himself look by wearing baggy clothes.

  • AC

    Haley wore shorts ONE performance week. It’s not fair to say that’s why she’s sticking around.

  • Indigobunting

    I would switch Pia and Scott for the win (I know people say it isn’t true, but I’m one who believes women are the voters and they will vote for Scottie).

    Would switch Casey with Lauren.

    Otherwise, your list looks good to me :)

  • Trina

    Pretty much agree with your list. Paul will probably survive this week because of the bottom 3 scare. If they try and get a guy out they might try for Stefano..

    James really needs to slow things up a bit especially after the spectacle that was last week lol. Time to let those vocals shine!

  • jrain

    Jame’s will continue to do well. He’s the most improved on this show and he’s willing to change things up. He won’t make it a spectacle every week.

    Pia, imo is just biding her time. I think she doesn’t want to peak too early, she’s in it to win. But she is starting to really feel the heat so imo she will start really stepping up in the next few weeks.

    Scotty is Scotty and will remain until the non country fans get sick of hearing the same stuff.

    Lauren is a little bit of wildcard, she can really blow people away with the right material performances, she will eaither be a top condender of wilt away once in top 5.

  • lili_anne7

    It’s fascinating that Scotty is at the top week after week, without giving any GREAT performances. He sings ok, but he is incredibly boring to me. I feel like I’m hearing the same song over and over again. Pia, James, and even Jacob are much better singers IMO.

  • keware

    If Pia can make it to the Top 3 then she will have a huge advantage. Nigel will make sure she’s singing the National Anthem at the Yankees vs. Red Sox game in front of a packed house. (I think I have the dates correct). She will get some major exposure and will ride that all the way to the finale.

  • tinawina

    1 to 4 are Scotty, Lauren, James and Pia.
    You could make a good case for any of them to win this competition.

    I agree with this only I’m not too sure about Lauren.

    Its feeling more and more to me that the winner with be either Pia, Scotty or James…. and a lot will depend on who addresses their flaws, squeezes out a “moment” or two and sings the freshest songs here on out. I still think it might be Scotty.

    Lauren could spoil it, as could (longshot) Casey. But I don’t think so right now.

  • colette

    I think it’s a wide-open race. Hardley anyone except Casey has really captured the public’s imagination. Yes, people have their favorites including Pia and Scotty. But those two are so predictable and one-dimensional, I think there’s room for someone else to come behind and be a dark horse that takes it. Who that is? I have no idea……Wish it would be Stefano, but that’s a long shot at this point….

  • bmms

    James really needs to slow things up a bit especially after the spectacle that was last week lol. Time to let those vocals shine!

    James …. spectacle? His performance last week was Super Exciting! He ‘owns’ the stage. As for his vocals letting them ‘shine’ again, I hope you are not referring to the endless screeches during Hollywood week. I used to hate James. He has turned me into a fan. He has demonstrated growth within the rock genre and has toned it down incredibly with voice. I still love the huge wailing but now he does it when its necessary. If that makes sense.

  • jodeb

    I agree and I don’t agree. Oxymoron, what? I think Scotty will go far, but I agree he probably won’t win (we don’t need another Josh Turner) although I have to admit I have never seen a kid his age, quite as secure and confident. They *will* keep him around for country week for sure.

    And I agree that a couple of the guys will leave in the next two weeks (at least) but it all depends (unfortunately) as much on the Judge’s reviews as on the song choices and the performances.

    I agree, the two safest are Scotty and James. Casey, Jacob, Stefano and Paul are vulnerable for sure. If Jimmy Iovine treats Stefano with a little more respect and Jennifer stands by her man, Stefano could get past the mine fields. Maybe, a couple of lines at the piano, singing *Behind Blue Eyes* by *The Who* and then a hot grip/tear of the microphone as he rocks out the rest and then ala David Cook slows down the last line (possibly sitting on the steps?)

    Once two guys go, I can see Haley (is it Reinhart or Scarnato) losing her bloom and her petals and going (Benny and the Jets? WTF, what did I miss?) with Lauren not far behind. First guy, IMO, that should go is the squeaky Paul and his garden suit. I just can’t see his appeal and I refuse to drink the Kool-aid that states that *we* in the audience just don’t *understand* him.

    IMO, a lot of us understand that you have to hit the notes, have a nice tone, etc, both of which Paul lacks.

    Jacob as the last minority might stay or go, while a two week reprieve, last week and this should be enough of a break to say the final good-bye to Casey.

    BTW, I would like to see James sing another *Who* song, Teen Age Wasteland, AKA Baba O’Reilly.

    Yes, I love *The Who,* James and Stefano. I do agree that Pia should and will be the last girl standing.

  • bmms

    Haley wore shorts ONE performance week. It’s not fair to say that’s why she’s sticking around.

    Maybe MJ is referring to the weeks that Haley has worn shorts during Thursdays’ results show as well.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    The problem here (and no prob with MJ’s list, think it’s right on target) is that the power differential is SO narrow. I mentioned this in previous threads, but with the over production and sanitization of our batch of Idols, I would say that even Paul could win on a wild hair.

    You can tell by the volume of votes and love for Casey that was generated after his save, that he’s pretty much a shoe-in for the top 5. HOWEVER, given that the voting public has the attention span of a Jack Russell Terrier on meth, I believe that Casey could either win this thing or be voted off this week.

    My logical prediction, all things remaining equal and everyone singing reasonably well, is to have it fall out as MJ lists above… for this week. At this point, I’m wondering if we might have Haley sneak up the ladder and win it all. Look at Lee from last year. At this stage of the competition, he didn’t really impress as much as Crystal, but he sang well enough not to lose each week. My top Idol (other than Pia, who’s actually playing the game just right) to sing just well enough not to lose at this time is Haley. At any rate, I would say it’s anybody’s ballgame.

  • KayGee

    I have voted for Stefano for the past 3-4 weeks. I added Haley to my votes and I will continue to vote for them until they are voted off.
    I rank the guys this way: Stefano, James, Casey, Jacob, Scotty, Paul.

    The girls I rank like this, Haley, Pia, Lauren.

    Mixed together my rankings are: Stefano, Haley, James, Pia, Casey, Lauren, Jacob, Scotty, Paul.

    P.S. I love Haley’s style of singing, she has the most soul in her voice, the other 2 women have ballady voices, and “I” hate ballads on AI, when they “over use” them.

  • bmms

    BTW, I would like to see James sing another *Who* song, Teen Age Wasteland, AKA Baba O’Reilly.

    When did James do a first Who song? Did I miss something? Lol.

  • bmms

    Look at Lee from last year

    That’s mainly to do with Simon & Cowell deciding and completely doing a 360 and ‘pimping’ DeWyze to death with the paint salesman story and leaving Crystal behind as far as praises are concerned. Hated Simon for this! Will never get over this.

  • flyaway

    I hoping Rock week shakes up the front runners a bit. 4 of the 9 have been in the bottom 3 and I’d like to see a couple of the others (Pia, Scotty) go there.

    I’m expecting Jacob on the stools this week. He has trouble with restraint on ballads – can’t imagine what rock will bring out.

    Lauren may also end up there if she does something truly age inappropriate.

  • just missed the train

    I don’t know how anyone could like James performance last week. His vocals were horrendous. The rest was just smoke and mirrors. He didn’t even fall off the piano. Come on man.

    Paul is just awful. Every time he sings I cringe and also I’m not sure he’s saying actual words.

    Lauren… at least she fell down the stairs. I’d like her to stick around just so they show that at the top of every performance. Now I’m rooting for her!

  • uhohnogo

    This is the first year that I really don’t care much about any of these contestants. I have slight preferences but I really, honestly, don’t care that much. They are all kinda…blah.

  • bmms

    My top Idol (other than Pia, who’s actually playing the game just right)

    I agree about this, 100%! Michael Slezak called it last week. He mentioned that Pia might be the ‘quite genius’ in this competition. ;-)

  • keware

    I hoping Rock week shakes up the front runners a bit.

    It’s not really “Rock” week. It’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame week. There are many non rock signers in the HOF. Blues, country, jazz, etc. singers are available for the kids to choose from.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Lauren is a different story and I really think that the pressure is getting to her in a big bad way. She was a terrified at first and then a total wreck during the results show. I think that her performance will suffer because of that as we progress.

    I loved James last week. He was fun.

  • bmms

    Lauren… at least she fell down the stairs.

    Thats’ AWFUL!

  • bmms

    I loved James last week. He was fun.

    Exactly!

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

    Haley is Top 5 (at least). She could sneak in as top girl. Doubt if Pia is as popular as she is good.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Last year everyone would have bet on a woman (Crystal) winning it all, and look what happened. This year a Pia/Haley final wouldn’t suprise me a bit.

  • plays strings

    That’s mainly to do with Simon & Cowell deciding and completely doing a 360 and ‘pimping’ DeWyze to death with the paint salesman story and leaving Crystal behind as far as praises are concerned. Hated Simon for this! Will never get over this.

    About time somebody said it!

    Like Pia to win. Pulling for Casey. I didn’t like Lauren to begin with but she is getting better and better. I’ve always suspected that she was the one laying back. I could see her and Pia in a final.

  • standtotheright

    Blues, country, jazz, etc. singers are available for the kids to choose from.

    Theoretically available. Miserliness and manipulation via song choice is still alive and well, so it may well be that there is a very limited list of songs that doesn’t pick up all the contributing genres.

  • keware

    Theoretically available.

    True. I’m sure the choices will be very limited. I guess my point was that we shouldn’t expect everyone to be singing some version of a rock song. I can just hear people freaking out already if Scotty sings some Johnny Cash.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    P.S. I love Haley’s style of singing, she has the most soul in her voice, the other 2 women have ballady voices, and “I” hate ballads on AI, when they “over use” them.

    I hate belting ballads. I like simple melodic ones, like “Imagine” or something of that ilk. So, yes, I prefer a Haley over a Pai, although I recognize Pia’s talent.

    I’m not sure I’d put Pia at the top, though. Unless she switches it up, I can’t see her picking up fans of other contestants, similar to Scotty.

    I guess time will tell. I do think all the girls are safe for a week or two unless one of them completely crashes and burns.

    I also believe Paul and Stefano are the most likely to get the boot.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Oh, for the record, I put all my points on James to take it all after his “Maybe I’m Amazed” performance. I hadn’t seen any of the guys prior to that night. If he leaves and I have to switch my overall winner, I believe I would put points on Lauren, not Pia. At least at this point.

    Pia, bring it on!

  • BootStar

    It saddens me to confess that I really don’t even care anymore. Still watching the show every week, but only to be entertained. I’ll have to get my fill of competition angst from actual sporting events this week.

  • Trina

    Oh believe me I LOVED James performance last week! But there was a lot going on and his vocals weren’t nearly as amazing as I know he’s capable of. I just mean if he comes out really singing and doesn’t focus so much on “performing” he can remind people he can do more than rock out. Nope not referring to the screaming in Hollywood but more like “Maybe I’m Amazed”, he’s also shown he has a beautiful voice in the group numbers when he just SINGS some lines.

    Casey got voted out with 11 people still left. I wouldn’t say he captured peoples imagination in the most positive way. He gave two awful performance in a row and grabbed attention by getting saved.

    ETA: I keep seeing this week called “rock week” and “rock classics”. Its NOT that at all. I don’t see this being a major shake_up in the least. Now bring on Disco for that!

  • lla2827

    Power list looks fine to me. Even tho it is probably a huge long shot, would love to see Casey in the finale instead of Scotty. Just think he would be a lot more entertaining. He is so much more versatile than a lot of the contestants–we would see some fun stuff.

    At the start of this season, I was hoping that a girl could win after the BSC finale results last year. However, I really think that a James/Casey finale would make the best show.

  • NOLA

    Haley wore shorts ONE performance week. It’s not fair to say that’s why she’s sticking around.

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it. She’s got it.

  • NOLA

    It’s fascinating that Scotty is at the top week after week, without giving any GREAT performances. He sings ok, but he is incredibly boring to me. I feel like I’m hearing the same song over and over again. Pia, James, and even Jacob are much better singers IMO.

    To those who dislike, or do not understand country music, perhaps Scotty is boring. To those of us who do “get” him, find him fabulous. I would rather have a country winner who has a chance at real stardom, than another mediocre winner with no sales

  • LoveDaRocker

    I don’t see the point of Scott showing versatility (i.e., singing other than Country). Winning the show would be good, having a solid career afterwards will be a lot better. Singing R&B or Pop would not help his future career. Staying in his lane and finishing 4th or 5th is better, I think, than selling out and finishing 2nd, or even winning. He’ll be signed anyway.
    Southern Rock and Country Pop is as far from Country he should go, if going anywhere at all.

  • alison8701

    I think Paul wants to get sent home.. I’m probably reading too much into his tweets, but he just wrote a new song that he wishes we could hear.. he’s also said he misses Nashville. And after thursday’s show he was like, oh i gotta stop writing songs and focus on this tv thing.

    I mean, he’s probably just ready to get back to his regularly scheduled life (as they all are) but I don’t reckon he’ll be too heartbroken if he has to leave.

    I’m still going to vote for you though Paul, so. if I have any say in the matter, you’re stuck here.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    It was very interesting to read Siobhan Magnus’ blog of last week’s show on THR:

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/guest-blogger-american-idol-alum-173564

    What struck me are the elements that are shrinking the gap between the Idols…

    I cannot believe that they get in-ears! I was outraged, furious and wanted to cry. We did not have in ears. You couldn’t hear yourself for shit sometimes! That was the hardest part of watching the show — seeing all the things they got to do that we didn’t get because told us “No” all the time.

    What this tells me is that the bottom end of performances this year won’t be there. We’re starting at a 4 on the 1-10 scale. The over production and ‘advice’ we see this year is also blunting any really creative chances, so I doubt we’ll see anything breaking too far out of the box in terms of creativity. Therefore, what is going to stand out and inspire someone to throw 50 + votes someone’s way?

    This year’s contest has the potential of turning on a dime each week.

    Scotty never gets called out for not straying out of his comfort zone (as opposed to Pia). The big problem for Scotty is that his fans get used to him doing the same thing, and forget to vote.

    Pia really needs to sing one mid tempo song, and maybe one or two more show stopping vocal exercises to win. The rest of the time, she can sit back, sing boring, and remain safe all the way to the finals. If she miscalculates around the top 5 or 4 and tries to coast on a ballad when she should have re-energized her base, she could be in trouble.

    Casey is the son every parent wants. He’s tallented, nice, interesting, and humble. He got a HUGE boost from the save. To already have a Jimmy Fallon parodie says a lot. Casey falls down when he tries to play it safe. He needs strong, creative arangements to advance.

    Haley is also playing a smart game, but she needs to temper the growl and continue to sing just well enough not to be voted off the show.

    As for the rest, they all could win this. I worry about Lauren. If someone falls apart in the next couple of weeks, I would predict it’s her.

  • bean99

    I agree with Mj’s list for the most part. Who knows how it will actually shake down. I think Haley could end up going after 1 guy because she’s kind of divisive. I’m not sure which guy will go this week but agree it will be Paul or Stefano. One of them is sure to get the death spot.

    As far as f3, I’m not sure about James yet. I didn’t think he was good last week at all and sometimes he’s skating on thin ice in the likability dept.

  • nprins

    Right now this is how I see it:

    1. Scotty: Never had a male country winner…he has the pipes, he has the personality and he has the fan base…IMO it’s his to lose
    2. Pia; Definately has the looks and the voice, but she needs to change things up if she is going to go deep in the competition…she needs to sing an upbeat song and nail it.
    3. James: James is just darn likeable and he can perform his hinny off…
    4. Casey: Casey rebounded big time this week. Another guy who has an adorable personality and the entertainment skills to match
    5. Lauren: Lauren will be handicapped by her personality…she has the voice, but has been inconsistent and nerves are getting to her
    6. Haley: I love Haily..she has the most interesting voice and presentation skills of all the remaining girls…she could go deeper if she stays consistent
    7. Paul: I think Paul will redeem himself in the next coming weeks and his trip to the bottom will spur his fans to vote in force
    8. Jacob: Jacob needs to tone down his voice and presentation…he is WAY over the top and Idol audiences generally get tired of that real fast
    9. Stefano: Cute kid, nice voice, but if he karoke’s another performance he is a goner

  • sma11ie

    My power list

    Pia
    Scotty
    James
    Lauren
    Casey
    Jacob
    Haley
    Paul
    Stefano

    Personally, I’d LOVE to see Pia vs. Lauren, and I’m rooting for Lauren, but that’s only possibly if she absolutely kills it in the next few weeks.

  • EmmaCT

    Guess I’m in the minority but I hope Paul pulls it out this week and gives a great performance. He tweeted earlier something to the effect that he was finally able to be himself this week, which I’m guessing alludes to the choice of material. Haven’t had too much Southern blues / rock weeks…

  • NOLA

    Theoretically available. Miserliness and manipulation via song choice is still alive and well, so it may well be that there is a very limited list of songs that doesn’t pick up all the contributing genres.

    Did we forget TPTB pulling “Country Comfort” out of their asses last week?

  • EmmaCT

    Guess I’m in the minority but I hope Paul pulls it out this week and gives a great performance. He tweeted earlier something to the effect that he was finally able to be himself this week, which I’m guessing alludes to the choice of material. Haven’t had too many Southern blues / rock weeks…

  • sr4mjc

    ts feeling more and more to me that the winner with be either Pia, Scotty or James…. and a lot will depend on who addresses their flaws, squeezes out a “moment” or two and sings the freshest songs here on out. I still think it might be Scotty.

    Don’t forget geographic voting regions. Pia is NY, James is CA. Not historically big voting regions.

    I really don’t like any any of the guys this year, if I had to choose I like Scotty’s voice, simply because he doesn’t make me cringe with bad notes. Come on Pia, work with me girl.

  • keware

    Staying in his lane and finishing 4th or 5th is better, I think, than selling out..

    I agree. I worry about him trying something that he would never ever do outside of the show. Selling out might hurt him in the long run with credibility. He’s done many mid-tempo songs and he should try some slow and fast-tempo country. But I think he should stay country and ride out this show on that.

  • claudette

    I don’t see that kind of popularity for Pia at all. There is more excitement about most of the other contestants and more people saying that _____ is growing on me. The blank is any of them besides Pia, Paul and Stefano.

    I’d put both Haley and Lauren above Pia, but America does loves a vanilla winner so it may happen. She could be a Kris Allen in a mix of large personalities and dynamic/unique performers.

    However, I think Casey, Scotty and James are the contestants that garner affection from a voting public. I see votes going their way from voted out contestants. They have that thing that Moms and Grandmas want to vote for. (and plenty for young teens to swoon over) I think these are your top 3.

  • larc

    This is a hard group to rate, IMO. All of them have obvious flaws that seem to make them unsuitable to win, but flaws in spades didn’t keep Lee from winning last year. I agree Pia looks like the leader at this point. If only she could learn not to sound as if she’s straining so much when she hits her money notes, I would feel better about her chances.

  • Ringo

    I’d rank Haley a little higher. I read alot about Haley’s sex kittenish qualities. If that were all that she was giving us, I would be disappointed. But she also is a wonderfully adroit singer. In my opinion, she gave us a superior country song in Blue to anything that Lauren has given us by a long shot. She has given us more rib-sticking enjoyment by far than Pia. The redemption arc may be contagious.

  • tinawina

    Don’t forget geographic voting regions. Pia is NY, James is CA. Not historically big voting regions.Come on Pia, work with me girl.

    Good point. Scotty is looking more and more likely to me.

    I am with you on Pia. She frustrates me because I KNOW its there, she is quite capable of coming harder, but she’s been so stuck in one spot (and picking old ass songs) that its annoying. I’m hanging in there with her for now.

    I agree. I worry about him trying something that he would never ever do outside of the show. Selling out might hurt him in the long run with credibility. He’s done many mid-tempo songs and he should try some slow and fast-tempo country.

    Well, in addition to some faster country songs he could also sing an Elvis song this week and get versatility brownie points. Really, I think there’s a lot of rock especially that could work for him with his fanbase. Alone didn’t hurt Carrie any.

  • Tess

    I don’t understand this “sing something outside of your zone” crap. For Pia to sing an uptempo song is not singing outside of her zone, nor is James slowing it down doing anything different. Tempo is definitely not the issue…though sometimes it becomes the issue.

    I don’t think anyone has really sung outside of their balliwick this season….so I don’t see why Scotty is the one getting all the grief. Besides, I don’t care what he sings…fast or slow, rock or pop…it’s going to sound country because HE SOUNDS COUNTRY. Pia is going to sound like a diva no matter what….even if she sung an old fashioned country song she would sound like a diva trying to sing country.

    What sounds same old, same old to one person doesn’t to another, especially if they are aware of nuances in their chosen genres.

    For me the worst idols have always been the ones who try every type of sound and don’t ever suceed in finding a comfortable home for their voice. And, in the real world, the majority of singers stick to their comfort zones…we don’t hear Kelly doing folk, Carrie doing jazz, Daughtry doing R&B, Cook doing hiphop, JHud doing rap. Why should idolettes have to move completely outside of their comfort zones to prove to a couple of voters that they are capable of doing so. What does it prove and why does it matter?

  • car3278sweet

    I think Paul will get a bounce this week and probably for a few weeks after because of being bottom three last week. He’s got enough of a fan base still and certainly they got a wake up call.

    I really hope Pia steps it up and wins this. I want a girl to win and I think she’s got the chops, even though she’s played it super safe so far.

    I don’t get the Scotty love. Just don’t. And I am a fan of country. Oh, well. Maybe he’ll surprise me down the line.

    And like Bootstar, and others have said, at the end of the line, I don’t really care very much maybe because…

    That’s mainly to do with Simon Cowell deciding and completely doing a 360 and ‘pimping’ DeWyze to death with the paint salesman story and leaving Crystal behind as far as praises are concerned. Hated Simon for this! Will never get over this.

    And throwing Casey James under the bus every week. Last year definitely left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe that was Simon’s intention.

  • NOLA

    The last two standing this season, IMO, will be Scotty and James. I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock & roll.

    And if a guy has to depart this week, I think it will be Jacob.

  • NOLA

    I don’t think anyone has really sung outside of their balliwick this season….so I don’t see why Scotty is the one getting all the grief. Besides, I don’t care what he sings…fast or slow, rock or pop…it’s going to sound country because HE SOUNDS COUNTRY. Pia is going to sound like a diva no matter what….even if she sung an old fashioned country song she would sound like a diva trying to sing country.

    Bless your heart! You are right on and you get it!

  • Elek

    Well, I may sound like a broken record but it’s practically how we all sound here. IMO, there are only two major frontrunners in the competition — James Durbin and Scotty McCreery.

    At this point in time, Scotty is practically in the lead strictly basing on voters’ perception. He practically lands the top spot every week in DialIdol survey. Surprisingly, Jacob is at #2 and James only at 3.

    In this competition, what matters most is one finalist’s strong fanbase and based on DI’s pattern, Scotty, Jacob and Pia (#4) has the most solid ones.

    Next question would be who will win the votes of eliminated contestants?

    From what I heard/read, Naima and Thia’s fans will be rooting for Lauren, Jacob and Casey.

    Distinction and marketability to me are the most important elements in determining a credible winner of a reality show. Since it is a singing contest, voice and style are the true factors. With nine left, James, Scotty, Lauren and Paul rule the game. As for the rest, they can go home anytime and I don’t care who gets booted out first.

    On the other hand, I am worried about Paul as he is the chosen one for VFTW. But whatever happens to him, I know he’ll do good after this show. His style and strange voice is growing on me. And those who grow in me usually make it in the music business.

    Previously from Top 13, my 5 picks are James, Scotty, Thia, Lauren and Stefano. Since Thia is no longer competing and since I’ve dropped Stefano because of his inconsistencies, my 5th pick is Casey – that’s because I truly liked his last performance.

  • keware

    Go Tess!

  • tomr

    Still think that the top 5 will be: Pia, James, Scott, Lauren, and Stefano (not in that order). Don’t think that Paul, Casey, Haley, or Jacob have a chance to win overall. A win for any of those four would be to make the top five.

  • tinawina

    I don’t understand this “sing something outside of your zone” crap.

    I don’t think its as serious as all that. Almost every person who has won has had a moment where they sang an unexpected/non-obvious song and nailed it. All folks are saying is that Scotty can’t sing variations on the same mid tempo country song and expect to win, if past tradition holds. At some point, the “versatile singer” God must be appeased.

    And yes, Pia is getting slammed for not showing she’s more than a Celine/Whitney wanna be, and James is starting to have some rumblings for being the “fun party rawk” guy for 3 weeks in a row. Casey growled every week and finally had to actually sing to stay in it. Thia got voted off sticking to the drippy ballad playbook. Her one attempt at an uptempo was not convincing, and she paid the price.

  • larc

    Tess says:
    I don’t understand this “sing something outside of your zone” crap.

    And I can’t for the life of me figure out why it’s expected. Most of the pros don’t do it. Yet some people seem to believe that Idol contestants who lack the experience of the pros should be able to manage it with no sweat. Unreasonable much???

  • Elek

    Just thinking outside the box here, I have an odd feeling that the reason why some are being asked to get away from their respective comfort zones is simply because they are not that credible in their own comfort zones. Having said that, the reason why Scotty is “kind of permitted” to stay in his own zone is because he is undoubtedly very marketable in his identified genre. It’s not hard to figure that out… go ask record producers! LOL.

  • Tess

    Almost every person who has won has had a moment where they sang an unexpected/non-obvious song and nailed it.

    But this isn’t the same as singing outside of their comfort zone. Cookie singing Mariah or Dolly or Andrew Lloyd Weber still sounded like a soft rock guy ….Adam didn’t mess with country, why should he….Kris may have acousticized a pop song or soft rocked a disco song but he still sounded like Kris….Carrie didn’t sound like a rock singer last night with Steven, she sounded like a country singer having fun with a rock song.

    I don’t think my heart would go all a flutter to hear James attempt a spanish ballad, or hear Pia do a twangy Loretta Lynn, or hear Casey pretend to be as good as Josh Grobin with an AC song. Why should Scotty have to prove he is a worthy singer by wailing on an Aerosmith song, or Lauren prove she has the pipes by tackling Ella Fitzgerald. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

  • alison8701

    re: sing outside of your comfort zone– it just gets boring if they don’t!

    I don’t care so much about seeing who they’ll be as an artist.. or who the record company will tell them to be.. I just want to be entertained each week. Pia may be pitch perfect, but she is so boring I can do without her.

  • sma11ie

    Almost every person who has won has had a moment where they sang an unexpected/non-obvious song and nailed it.

    I think i agree with you… but which was Lee’s? In my defense, I blanked out a lot last season due to extreme boredom =P.

    Cookie singing Mariah or Dolly or Andrew Lloyd Weber still sounded like a soft rock guy ….

    Umm, I TOTALLY disagree with Cook’s Dolly or Phantom song sounding anything like soft rock. But maybe that’s just me.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I cannot believe that they get in-ears! I was outraged, furious and wanted to cry. We did not have in ears. You couldn’t hear yourself for shit sometimes! That was the hardest part of watching the show — seeing all the things they got to do that we didn’t get because told us “No” all the time.

    Yeah, the thing about that is… well, non of her cast mates got to use the in ears, either. So she was on a level playing field with the people she competed against.

    aving said that, the reason why Scotty is “kind of permitted” to stay in his own zone is because he is undoubtedly very marketable in his identified genre. It’s not hard to figure that out… go ask record producers! LOL.

    Exactly. I don’t see a market for the new Celine Dion, so that could be behind the double standard.

    Why should Scotty have to prove he is a worthy singer by wailing on an Aerosmith song, or Lauren prove she has the pipes by tackling Ella Fitzgerald. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

    Eh, I personally wouldn’t buy a Scotty album if all his songs were the same. Kellie Pickler is an example. “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder” were both singles and within her zone but nothing alike. He could switch it up and still be Scotty, but he hasn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Also, this is primarily a television show. Producers make these themes to create interesting television and generate ad revenue. Their goals are water cooler moments. The kids’ goals are post-idol careers. The two don’t always mesh.

    ETA:

    Adam didn’t mess with country

    LOL. There were some that would argue he messed with country. I personally loved his take on Ring of Fire. Or rather, his version of Dilana’s ROF.

  • tinawina

    @Tess: Cookie sang “Music of the Night”, Carrie sang “Alone”, Kelly sang “Stuff Like That There”, Fanny sang “Summertime”, Jordin tackled “I Who Have Nothing”, Kris flipped a hop hop song, Lee sang “That’s Life”… you get the idea.

    It’s not about Scotty personally. Maybe it’s because the show is set up like some kind of singing decathalon? At some point, its like the audience expects you to sing something they don’t expect and do it well to show you really have chops. Right now, people expect a midtempo country song form Scotty. Pia has the same issue with ballads. So they probably need to shake it up.

    I don’t get why Scotty should be different, honestly, or how just pointing that out puts him under some kind of pressure others aren’t facing. Once week singing something unexpected will not hurt him. Especially if he nails it.

  • PamReid

    alison8701 says:
    04/04/2011 at 2:14 pm
    I think Paul wants to get sent home.. I’m probably reading too much into his tweets, but he just wrote a new song that he wishes we could hear.. he’s also said he misses Nashville. And after thursday’s show he was like, oh i gotta stop writing songs and focus on this tv thing.

    I get this feeling from Paul too – not sure why. I think he has gotten what he wanted from Idol – exposure for him and for his band. His band will get a record deal and I believe that was his goal. I could way off base, but that is just my gut feeling on him.

    However, depending on the performances this week, Stefano is probably a goner unless he really, really has a great performance.

  • IdolThoughts

    I think it’s too premature for me to put Pia at the top of my power list. I want to wait until she sings something contemporary. Scotty still tops my list as I think he could handle the title and be the most successful out of the gate. For me, that’s what it’s all about.
    I’m hoping Paul has a good performance this week but I really, really liked what Steven said last week. I agree…I don’t think it’s about hitting every note with Paul. He’s a singer/songwriter and THAT is his thing. But, that might not be good for Idol. Who knows of Amos Less or Ray LaMontagne would have been successful on Idol? He’s not as alt-rock as Lee, Cookie, and Kris. I don’t think there is anyone like Paul in the Idol circuit past/present.

  • NOLA

    Don’t mess with what isn’t broken. Stay in your zone. If you need to, down the road, you can change it up; but Scotty isn’t in trouble, yet.

    Keep on truckin’, ScottyMc!

  • keware

    He could switch it up and still be Scotty, but he hasn’t.

    Keep in mind that they don’t really have many songs to work with. Especially Scotty. For Elton John week it was reported that the entire 11 had to choose from 20 songs. Do you think that gave Scotty many options? I think he has been making “songs his own” more than anyone else.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    The last Idol album I purchased was my girl Allison Iraheta, mostly because I loved her voice, not the material they gave her. I am at the point where this is a television show, not a way to discover new music. I have other ways to do that. ;-) So far, Scotty and Pia are boring me. Paul kinda creeps me out. Casey is ok. I like James and Haley. Jacob can go. Lauren is enjoyable but forgettable to me. I had to try to remember who else is left.

    ETA: I forgot Stefano. Nuff said.

  • Elek

    Exactly. I don’t see a market for the new Celine Dion, so that could be behind the double standard.

    Love that statement!

    But to revise that a bit, I don’t see a market for a third-rate Celine Dion.

    In the real world, we tend to look forward to having the younger versions of the great oldies so that their kind of music remains practically for ages to come. But we certainly want them to continue the legacy of supremacy and not inferiority.

  • keware

    If you need to, down the road, you can change it up; but Scotty isn’t in trouble, yet.

    Another good point! A frontrunner needs to pace himself/herself. Don’t try anything risky when you don’t need to. Scotty has to know that he’s fine…at least for a few more weeks.

  • jrain

    About the zone. idk where that came from but most of us don’t want or expect an artist to venture out of it as opposed to being more versatile.

    I feel like James has, there has been a difference between singing Judas Priest to Paul McCartney to last week. Scotty and Pia feel like they are singing the same song. They can both stretch themselves more because their CDs post idol will not all be the same song. Pia won’t release a CD with 10 ballads back to back.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Keep in mind that they don’t really have many songs to work with. Especially Scotty. For Elton John week it was reported that the entire 11 had to choose from 20 songs. Do you think that gave Scotty many options? I think he has been making “songs his own” more than anyone else.

    Yes, that’s a good point. However, there should be enough variety within the broad category of Rock N Roll HOF week to do something different. I hope he does.

  • sherimoonzombie

    This year’s contest has the potential of turning on a dime each week.

    amadcow2 – I agree. In my opinion, any single bad performance could end up in a shock boot. The only exception is Scotty. He has consistently been high in all the numbers we have access to – DI busy score, DI raw score, iTunes comments. Seems to me he is currently running away with the cumulative totals. It would be hard for any single performance to suddenly change that trend and result in a boot for him. Anybody else is likely fair game.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    It would be hard for any single performance to suddenly change that trend and result in a boot for him. Anybody else is likely fair game.

    I bet people said the same about Daughtry.

  • tinawina

    Exactly. I don’t see a market for the new Celine Dion, so that could be behind the double standard.

    What double standard? I really don’t get where all this is coming from. Hasn’t 90% of the convo so far this season been complaining about the contestants being too predictable? How did Scotty turn into The Persecuted One? I’m confused here.

    I bet people said the same about Daughtry.

    They did actually. LOL.

  • googletot

    I think Paul wants to get sent home..

    I doubt that Paul wants to get sent home. The higher up you go, the more chances you have for getting a contract and make more money on the tour.

  • NOLA

    For Elton John week it was reported that the entire 11 had to choose from 20 songs. Do you think that gave Scotty many options? I think he has been making “songs his own” more than anyone else.

    And “Country Comfort” found it’s way among those 20 songs. I dislike Elton; but love his music. I adore country, and yet, I had never heard this song until I searched for it. This song finding it’s way into that stack of 20 Elton songs, tells me TPTB are really pushing for a Scotty win this season.

  • Tess

    Fanny has a “big” broadway voice, Cookie’s biggest single was an AC song, Carrie didn’t “sound” like a rock chick when she sang ‘Alone’ and lots of peeps on You Tube sang Heartless acoustically. These performances are still not “outside” of their comfort zones since we know Cookie did high school musicals, Fanny has gone on to do Broadway, Carrie has a powerful enough voice to sing some mild rock and Kris does sing acoustically a lot.

    Sure I’d like to hear Scotty tackle some Righteous Brothers or some bluesy Elvis…not because I think he needs to show me he can sing something other than traditional country…but because I think his voice would do those songs justice. But I don’t need Scotty to sing Black Sabbath, or Louis Armstrong (I’m not up on modern jazz vocalists) to prove a point.

  • Caffiend

    I don’t see a market for the new Celine Dion, so that could be behind the double standard.

    I would say there’s probably more of a market for a new Celine (or new Christina) than there has been for the past three seasons of Idol winners.

  • Caffiend

    Agree with MJ’s list except that I think Casey will finish lower and Lauren higher. The men, especially James and Scotty, have stolen the show these first few weeks but as time goes on they will lose their ability to surprise us. Meanwhile, Lauren and Pia will begin roaring from behind and showing us their versatility. Unlike the boys, those girls truly can sing anything.

  • sma11ie

    About the zone. idk where that came from but most of us don’t want or expect an artist to venture out of it as opposed to being more versatile.

    I think it depends on the artist. Some artists/bands we expect to reinvent themselves or surprise their fans with big directional changes from album to album. Others continue to sell really well album after album to their fanbase by giving them exactly what they want and expect.

    These performances are still not “outside” of their comfort zones since we know Cookie did high school musicals, Fanny has gone on to do Broadway, Carrie has a powerful enough voice to sing some mild rock and Kris does sing acoustically a lot.

    I think maybe “comfort zone” is a problem phrase here. I agree with tinawina, that it’s about surprising the AI audience with something a bit unpredictable and unexpected. Until those specific performances, most of the AI audience didn’t know David grew up doing musicals, that Carrie had a versatile voice singing rock, that Fanny would go on to do Broadway in the future (heh).

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    What double standard? I really don’t get where all this is coming from. Hasn’t 90% of the convo so far this season been complaining about the contestants being too predictable? How did Scotty turn into The Persecuted One? I’m confused here.

    No, he’s not persecuted. I meant that because his brand of “the same” is arguably more marketable than Pia’s, he’s been getting a pass from the judges, while they want her to show some diversity.

  • Valentin432

    FWIW, Scotty isn’t half the frontrunner that Archuleta, Danny or Daughtry was and none of those three won.

    But I don’t need Scotty to sing Black Sabbath, or Louis Armstrong (I’m not up on modern jazz vocalists) to prove a point.

    I’m pretty sure we’ll hear some Jazz/Big Band from Scotty since it’s a lock we’ll have some 50′s theme week at some point.

  • lili_anne7

    What double standard? I really don’t get where all this is coming from. Hasn’t 90% of the convo so far this season been complaining about the contestants being too predictable? How did Scotty turn into The Persecuted One? I’m confused here.

    The only double standard I see is that the judges don’t critic Scotty with the same criteria as the other Top 9 contestants. Pia is told to stop singing ballads, yet Scotty is allowed to sing ballads every single week. He has shown no creativity, and sings the most predictable songs.

  • sherimoonzombie

    I bet people said the same about Daughtry.

    Lol, maybe so. But we didn’t have the same kind of data available then – certainly not iTunes. Was DI around then? Plus, I think Daughtry was more surprised about leaving than the general public was.

  • Caffiend

    Almost every person who has won has had a moment where they sang an unexpected/non-obvious song and nailed it.

    You did say “almost,” so maybe you’re not including Taylor Hicks. I can’t remember one decent song he did.

  • sherimoonzombie

    I think Paul wants to get sent home..

    I doubt it too. I think a lot of times we hear such comments from the contestants trying to protect their own ego – not in a bad way, but in a healthy way. If you convince yourself (and others) that leaving isn’t so bad, it hurts less when you go.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I would say there’s probably more of a market for a new Celine (or new Christina) than there has been for the past three seasons of Idol winners.

    The Kat McPhee “Open Toes” experiment flopped and so far Pia seems more vanilla than Kat. Hope she can turn it around.

  • LoveDaRocker

    I see three reasons why Pia may win:
    First, if she tackles something contemporary as she did with Grenade in Hollywood, she can get a lot people in her bandwagon;
    Second and Third, I think she has been hiding them, but will bring them forward at the right time. LOL.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”. So far, Scotty and Pia are boring me. Paul kinda creeps me out. Casey is ok. I like James and Haley. Jacob can go. Lauren is enjoyable but forgettable to me. I had to try to remember who else is left.

    ETA: I forgot Stefano. Nuff said”””

    PJ! This is me with one exception, I am still liking Paul but he better bring it this week

  • Valentin432

    I think Mj is putting Pia at the top, just because there’s an assumption that Idol wants a female winner, not because hype/numbers/performances corroborate it.

    Pia could take it because she’s a female diva who can belt those high notes that bring votes. At least that was the case in the first 6 seasons.

  • tinawina

    These performances are still not “outside” of their comfort zones since we know Cookie did high school musicals, Fanny has gone on to do Broadway, Carrie has a powerful enough voice to sing some mild rock and Kris does sing acoustically a lot.Sure I’d like to hear Scotty tackle some Righteous Brothers or some bluesy Elvis…not because I think he needs to show me he can sing something other than traditional country…but because I think his voice would do those songs justice. But I don’t need Scotty to sing Black Sabbath, or Louis Armstrong (I’m not up on modern jazz vocalists) to prove a point.

    Okay, perhaps we are just talking past each other here? But I’m going to let it drop after this response.

    Who said he has to sound like someone else? The point was, at they each found a song that broke from expectations and did well with it. People EXPECT a mid-tempo country song (or for Scotty to re-arrange a song into a mid-tempo country song) just like people expected Cook to turn his Lloyd Webber song into a midtempo rock song – but he didn’t do that, he sang the song straight and well and he scored points in the process. Part of the skill in employing that tactic is to pick a song that is not normally what people think you’d sing but still plays to your strengths. Do you really think Scotty will win singing the same song for 12 weeks?

    And its not about what you need from Scotty. Its just what has normally happened for the winners on this show. He’s ahead, and if he want to say ahead IMO, AT SOME POINT he will need to shake things up.

    I like Scotty and actually think he’d make a good winner, but I don’t think he’ll win being overly predicable.
    ETA: or, as usual, what sma11ie said. LOL

    No, he’s not persecuted. I meant that because his brand of “the same” is arguably more marketable than Pia’s, he’s been getting a pass from the judges, while they want her to show some diversity.

    Oh, I get it now! I’m sorry I misread you.

  • flyaway

    Guess I’m in the minority but I hope Paul pulls it out this week and gives a great performance. He tweeted earlier something to the effect that he was finally able to be himself this week

    Paul has a lot of fans who’ve seen The Grand Magnolias perform or watched the YT videos. (couple of new ones posted on the Grand Mags site). He does need to perform better on Idol if he’s going to stay around because he and Casey definitely split votes.

    That said, I’m with you, hoping for a great song this week and can’t wait to see the black Manny jacket.

  • Caffiend

    The Kat McPhee “Open Toes” experiment flopped and so far Pia seems more vanilla than Kat. Hope she can turn it around.

    Kat McPhee was not pop star material. Also, she didn’t win. Pia also has a much bigger voice than Kat. Pia is in the Kelly-Carrie-Jordin club when it comes to pipes. Kat never was.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Kat McPhee was not pop star material. Also, she didn’t win. Pia also has a much bigger voice than Kat. Pia is in the Kelly-Carrie-Jordin club when it comes to pipes. Kat never was.

    She wasn’t, and I’m not sure Pia is either (and yes, I you tubed “Grenade” because that’s what her defender’s like to cite). Carrie had already shown more diversity at this stage in the competition (Alone, Piece of My Heart), even though she identified as country. Carrie had a niche but wasn’t limited.

    I would be happy if Pia showed another side. I’m not counting her out. She’s beautiful and talented. I just need more. Same with Scotty.

  • lili_anne7

    Kat McPhee was not pop star material. Also, she didn’t win. Pia also has a much bigger voice than Kat. Pia is in the Kelly-Carrie-Jordin club when it comes to pipes. Kat never was.

    Honestly, I think I like Kat’s voice better then Pia’s, and IMO Kat was a better performer.

  • Trina

    After viewing today the clips that surfaced of James playing Danny in Grease, I SO want him to pull what David Cook did and go all theater boy one week. If only to show he CAN sing other stuff besides rock, and poor Steven’s head might explode..

  • NOLA

    Didn’t Carrie get slammed by the judges the night she did “Piece of My Heart” for straying from her country zone and into a rock zone?

    Yes she did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d9fOjUZ1Rk

  • Allison

    I could see it unfolding as you say, mj. Hell I could even want it to happen that way.

  • keware

    He has shown no creativity, and sings the most predictable songs.

    “For Once in my Life” was predictable? Really? I never saw anyone predict it. And I thought it was creative to turn that into a country song. Perhaps you mean that it was predictable that he sang it country style. If so, then count on him staying predictable.

  • rayni

    I’m from Alabama and I had to fast forward thru Paul last week.

    My 13 yo is still giddy over Scotty and loves Lauren. And she is not a country music fan.

    My online book club (who is my ‘granny’ ‘frauen’ test group) just adore that Scotty. And the hipper one like James. They just do not ‘get’ Paul or Casey. They never mention the rest.

    Last week I voted for the 1st time for Lauren and Haley because I just absolutely love their voices and would love listening to their music. Haley could so fit in that Adele/Duffy slot – she’s the best candidate they’ve ever had for that. Lauren is an edgier Taylor Swift – kind of a mini Miranda Lambert.

    So based on that extensive ;) research, my power list is as follows:

    1. Scotty
    2. Lauren
    3. James
    4. Haley
    5-9. Everybody else. In any order.

  • Nostradamas

    Scotty…….seriously??!! The Alfred E. Newman, GWB looking goofball douchebag??

    News flash, Nashville already has a Josh Turner (who can sing) and 10,000 other baritone singers waiting thier turn to “wear the hat”…not some punk kid who’s shown all of ONE dimension and no talent at songwriting, peforming, etc.. I’ve been around the country music biz since Nixon and this kid is a simple flash in the pan, joke of a “singer” …..seriously people….

  • rayni

    Scotty…….seriously??!! The Alfred E. Newman, GWB looking goofball douchebag??News flash, Nashville already has a Josh Turner (who can sing) and 10,000 other baritone singers waiting thier turn to “wear the hat”…not some punk kid who’s shown all of ONE dimension and no talent at songwriting, peforming, etc.. I’ve been around the country music biz since Nixon and this kid is a simple flash in the pan, joke of a “singer” …..seriously people….

    We ain’t talkin’ turning Nashvegas on it’s ear….just the winner of a reality show. We already know most idol winners don’t change the music world…we’re just idol-speculating-loonies ;)

    ETA: And while I never would buy his music, I find nothing douchebaggery about him at all.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Didn’t Carrie get slammed by the judges the night she did “Piece of My Heart” for straying from her country zone and into a rock zone?

    Yes she did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d9fOjUZ1Rk

    My memory isn’t as good as yours, Nola. However, she still won. ;-) I don’t think getting knocked down by the judges a bit in the early rounds hurts you, either.

    Right now Pia and Scotty are the front-runners, followed by James. I personally am most entertained by James right now, but if he doesn’t shift it up just a tad… I will be disappointed. Just like you can’t sing ballads every week, you can’t have flaming!pianos! every week.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m from Alabama and I had to fast forward thru Paul last week.

    Ha! He’s from my hometown and I can’t muster up any love for him either.But back to Scotty, exactly how is he going to grow his fanbase? Lauren is the only one I can possibly see leaving that might have some fans that would switch to Scotty.

    Oh, and I thought she pwned him in their duet.

  • Nostradamas

    Pia is the ONLY one who can save the last grain of credibility AI has to offer…NONE of the rest will sell anything close the the last 4 WGWG “winners” currently selling in the bargian bin at your local Wally World…

  • claudette

    I’ve seen enough variety within the country theme to be happy with Scotty. Same with James. It’s all to do with connection and delivery. You have to be engaging. I’d say they all have the engaging part down except for Pia. It’s a natural thing.

    On Pia, it’s the connection with the audience and completely generic vanilla voice that has the judges complaining. They tried to explain that last week. It’s not so much just about doing ballads. I think Jennifer and Randy are not so much on Pia’s train. First, Jennifer told Lauren she was best of the night (after Pia), and then Haley took the title for the show. She’s lacking a natural performing ability and that is what frustrates Jennifer and Randy I think. Steven can’t get past her looks and in saying she has the package, it’s her looks that he thinks will sell.

    When does Pop need the ability to hit high notes. It’s more about the delivery, attitude and entertainment. Haley is way more Christina than Pia. Haley truly is the dark horse. The fascination with Pia has mostly to do with her looks. She didn’t make it through the past 2 years and there is a reason for that. (But she is vanilla and generic enough to be the non-offensive winner but I highly doubt she’ll do the best post Idol.)

  • Elek

    I always believe in first impressions as they tend to be the lasting ones that we keep in our hearts that actually equate to HUGE numbers in terms of solidifying fanbases. Scotty has created a big impact to the crowd of voters when he asked America to forgive him on the Jacee Badeaux incident. Plus he got that amazingly solid deep voice that fits well to the genre that is well-loved in America. What is more amazing is the fact that he can make those who didn’t like country music to kind of like country music now… maybe only Scotty McCreery’s country. LOL.

    I don’t necessarily believe that any single bad performance could end up a shocking boot. In the case of Casey, DialIdol has practically shown his name in the bottom tier every single week (excluding last week) which clearly indicates that he is bound for eviction anytime. I still don’t believe that he has a solid fanbase and practically the reason why he was safe and had an enormous number of votes last week is simply because there were a plenty of pity votes from those who had witnessed his unexpected “shaking” during Top 11 plus those (not necessarily his fans) who believe that his kind of talent still needs to exist this time in the competition. But now, I know that he could count on Naima and Thia’s fans as the two evictees are actually supporting him.

    I believe that avid fans always take a look at all sources just to know how their chosen idols are faring and this is the reason why Scotty remains the strongest in the competition. Surprisingly, Jacob and Pia have solid fanbases as well but not as strong as Scotty’s. I’m still waiting for the Durbinators and the Laurenettes to turn more solid because their loves for their idols tend to fluctuate every now and then.

    And most importantly, the remaining contestants should always be aware that to be able to gain more voters, all they have to do is to always sing outstandingly to entertain potential voting fans – that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to get out of their so-called comfort zones.

    I find it funny when people talk negatively about other finalists. The “boring” comments are fast becoming a bore to read. LOL. Why can’t we just keep on patronizing and idolizing our favorites without the need of putting the others down? Just keep on loving your idol. Period!!!

    JAMES DURBIN – SCOTTY MCCREERY TO THE FINALE!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Pia is the ONLY one who can save the last grain of credibility AI has to offer…NONE of the rest will sell anything close the the last 4 WGWG “winners” currently selling in the bargian bin at your local Wally World…

    You assume the public wants credibility from AI (and I’m not sure I buy that Pia is it). No, they want to be entertained. Last year’s winner is yesterday’s news with casual viewers and they aren’t necessarily invested in their careers.

    The show also doesn’t care about credibility in the music biz. They make more money off advertising than they ever will off a contestant. If they can be the number one show, I don’t think they care if their numbers aren’t as good as 4 years ago. Coke and Ford will advertise as long as they are number one.

  • sr4mjc

    After viewing today the clips that surfaced of James playing Danny in Grease, I SO want him to pull what David Cook did and go all theater boy one week. If only to show he CAN sing other stuff besides rock, and poor Steven’s head might explode..

    Link?

    One of my biggest criticisms of James is his poor technique. I’d love to see the theater clips and see if it’s a choice now to pinch his vocal chords thin and if he’s has had better training and is ignoring it. Because his video of singing Dio at karaoke and Queen running around what looked like an outdoor mall are all over the place bad. Well, running around yelling ‘Saturday, Saturday’ wasn’t that great vocally either.

  • Fullmoon

    Pia is the ONLY one who can save the last grain of credibility AI has to offer…NONE of the rest will sell anything close the the last 4 WGWG “winners” currently selling in the bargian bin at your local Wally World…

    Totally agree. A girl needs to win to give the WGWG a rest. The girls has also proven that they can sell. I’m hoping for a Pia/Scotty/Lauren final three because those three would most likely be the ones that will sell albums.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Here is James singing “All Choked Up” from Grease but he is still singing in the same style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkqbsXDdJVc

    Summer Nights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L79_o2hdDI

  • NOLA

    James Durbin’s Grease performance. Travolta he ain’t!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkqbsXDdJVc

  • NOLA
  • Swind

    I know Haley isn’t on everybodies radar just yet, but she is picking up new fan each and every week she stays. I can’t say the same for the top 2 on the power list.

  • standtotheright

    NONE of the rest will sell anything close the the 4 WGWG “winners” currently selling in the bargian bin at your local Wally World…

    Jordin Sparks is a WGWG?

    Two of the last four winners sold over platinum with their debut albums. Any one of these contestants will be extremely lucky to get anywhere close.

  • OvenMitt

    Remember when Carrie sang MacArthur Park and nailed that ridiculata song? If Pia could do the same, then I would gladly support her for the crown. You can teach stage presence and audience interaction, but you can’t teach natural pipes and, shallow as it may be, the look. I’m not really jumping on any trains this year, I just think Pia would be a fabulous winner.

  • sparkledheartsss

    I would still love for Pia to win this season but if another girl were to win I would want it to be Lauren. She’s really won me over the past couple weeks. My dream Top 4 would be Pia Lauren James and Scotty but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I still think that Haley could surprise everyone and go far in the competition. Last year has taught be that anything could happen. I could see Jacob sticking around too. I really think anyone could take it at this point.

  • tawny

    You can tell by the volume of votes and love for Casey that was generated after his save, that he’s pretty much a shoe-in for the top 5. HOWEVER, given that the voting public has the attention span of a Jack Russell Terrier on meth, I believe that Casey could either win this thing or be voted off this week.

    THIS. For me Casey is the big ?. Is he top of the pack or bottom of the pack? Were his fans complacent or just not that impressed? I don’t know if he will be able to stay away from the scary/growly face – saw it once in the last performance and I think it’s really off putting.

    Jacob – I’d move him to at least 4. I think he’s more popular than what it looks like on the internet. He has reigned it in the last 2 performances so I see him staying if he keeps it up.

    Haley – top 11 – got lucky that Casey/Stefano’s votes fell due to their performances (I don’t think hers went up.) top 11.2 pimp spot/praise/best performance of hers – casey/paul splitting votes = safe – let’s see what happens this week.

    Scotty – solid fanbase. Went 1st on double elimination with a not well known song and survived. I think his base is largest at the moment but he’s still not getting the buzz.

    The four that haven’t had the pimp spot yet are Paul, Stefano, Scotty, and Lauren. It would be interesting if they gave it to either Paul or Stefano and they knocked it out of the park. Wonder where the chips would fall?

    I think Pia, Jacob, James and Scotty are the most likely to be safe. Everyone else is possibly on the chopping block.

  • tinawina

    4 of mjs top 5 are actually my favorites, the exception being James. I like all 4 and wouldn’t mind a Pia, Scotty or Lauren win. I adore Casey but I don’t think he should (or will) take it all.

    I think they all have some growing to do to be viable commercial artists, but the potential is clearly there IMO.

  • johanna

    KRTY Country Idol ? LOL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMX59QqYezU&feature=related

    James did win a Country competition and 1,000$.

  • Elek

    Hmmm… just studied the image you have attached to this item and what it can really tell, MJ… and I can foresee the winners in one line.

    2nd runner-up: Lauren Alaina
    1st runner-up: Scotty McCreery
    American Idol: JAMES DURBIN

  • NOLA

    I want to hear Jacob do “Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke

    It was in the movie Dirty Dancing. He could have one of those moment’s yall are talking about.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEu8DrO9PbY

  • gangreen29

    My ranking is pretty similar. 1)Pia 2)James 3)Scott 4) Lauren 5) Casey 6) Jacob 7) Haley 8). Paul 9) Stefano. I want Lauren to win. Haley is growing on me. Stefano had BETTER be gone this week lol.

  • weese

    I am at a loss this week. I would put Jacob and Stefano in the bottom two power positions but otherwise the rest seem equal to me. Honestly the further we get into the season the less interesting this group gets. When everyone “knows who they are” as artists and they do not budge from that, I just can’t look forward to their next performance. I feel like I know what this remaining group is going to do, sound like, wear etc. Stefano, Jacob, anyone….shake things up! You have nothing to lose.

  • hooch

    I think Lauren is the only one I would pay to hear-her voice is husky and almost musical when she is just speaking. I just loved the last 2 solos and the duet. She is having to grow up fast and lose her naivety on national television which must suck but she hasn’t let it hamper her singing yet.

  • Trina

    Oh I agree his technique needs improving and which is why I’m glad he’s working with vocal coaches now. I find James’ voice to be very raw. A lot of the YouTube stuff he was very young so naturally his voice has developed but can still use coaching. I also love the National Anthem video even the video itself is shaky.

    One of the various vids I watched a few weeks ago, before the comments were disabled the woman who took the video responded to the claim he can only scream by saying he does a lot more than scream and she specifically added he sings country very well. I dunno, I thought his voice was the only not a hot mes in that Band On The Run performance lol

  • SpenserJ

    Oh, I love that song Nola!

    With Naima gone, Haley is my favorite girl (is that an unpopular opinion? LOL). I can see that Lauren & Pia are incredibly talented, I just don’t find them all that interesting yet. That too could change however :).

    Of the fellas, I still like Casey & James best. I also enjoy Paul a lot, but I don’t think the rest of the viewing audience digs him as much as I do. I’m fairly certain that Stefano is next to go. His Vegas Lounge Act is wearing on me. Scotty’s great at what he does, as is Jacob, but they’re just not my thing.

  • MaryS-NJ

    And like Bootstar, and others have said, at the end of the line, I don’t really care very much maybe because…

    That’s mainly to do with Simon Cowell deciding and completely doing a 360 and ‘pimping’ DeWyze to death with the paint salesman story and leaving Crystal behind as far as praises are concerned. Hated Simon for this! Will never get over this.

    And throwing Casey James under the bus every week. Last year definitely left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe that was Simon’s intention.

    Me three! Seriously, last season left me emotionally exhausted and numb by the finale. I do not miss Simon, or Kara (or Ellen, but for different reasons). I think the show lost it’s heart last season.

    For all that, I like this cheesy show! I felt really excited at the start of this season for the shiny, new, engaging, Kind!Judges and thought there was some interesting and diverse talent in this season’s Top 24, sadly some of whom were tossed aside in the very first elimination.

    How quicky “excited” has become “ambivalent”. I still like American Idol and will follow it, but I just don’t care who wins this season. I do have some knollish thoguhts on what’s happening behind the scenes, however (conspiracy theories…always fun!).

    I think the PTB at Idol are setting up Lauren as this season’s “growth arc” like Jordin Sparks. Behind scenes, the UMG edit is making her look uncertain and immature, but that leaves room for her to show “growth”, real or imagined as the season progresses.

    I think the respective PTB are editing Scotty as the “stick to his guns” guy which makes him look resolute now, but will be framed as stubborn and too inflexible later. I speculate that Scotty will end up booted about third place for not showing enough “growth” as a performer. The PTB at UMG seem to love Pia’s voice but I think the Idol PTB see her as the foil for Lauren so they criticize Pia’s sameness.

    If any man makes the finale, I think it will probably be James. So far, his risks have mostly paid off and he’s entertaining.

  • Valentin432

    IA with tinawina.
    Now that Gangreen has endorsed Lauren, I can’t see her winning anymore.

  • Nativenewyorker

    Sometimes I think that mj is reading my mind. I am pleased that she has now put Pia at the top of the power list this week. I have had her there already. I think there is no question that she deserves it. She has broken some rules and violated the third rail of Idol by singing Celine and Whitney, but she managed to make it work. She can even do Stevie Wonder and make such a difficult song her own. I am hoping that she could finally be the first female winner in a while, hope being the operative word here.

    I think the top five has remained the same, maybe moving around the same people up or down a bit. I am in agreement with the top five as a whole, however I don’t know that I would put Casey above Lauren at this point. As someone said here, he is a bit of a question mark right now. Does he really have a strong fan base and they were just too complacent the week he got voted off? I don’t know.

    I also totally agree with mj’s thoughts about Scotty. She basically asked the same questions I have been asking about him. Will he take a risk and break out of his country style or will he stay the same? Does he have to change it up to win this thing?

    As far as the bottom half, I would change some of them. I would put Jacob as #6 and Haley as #7. I think Jacob has helped himself by scaling it back, but I think he has to keep it up and could even dial it back a little more. The old saying “less is more” really applies in his case. If I could give him some advice, I would tell him to check out the late, great Sam Cooke on youtube. It’s true that there isn’t much footage of live performances from him because they just didn’t have it back in the early 60′s, but Jacob should study him and listen to his phrasing, watch how relaxed and laid back he was as a performer and how he always connected with the audience and let the song tell the story and his vocals stand out without the bells and whistles. There was no one better and there will never be anyone who even comes close.

    I like Stefano and would like to place him higher, but right now I am just not sure that he has what it takes to go far. Paul is a no-brainer for last place. As far as I am concerned, he should have been gone already.

  • sr4mjc

    LOL, the Grease videos are pretty bad. The SSB is better, but he still pinches and strains the high notes. I hope the vocal coaches undo his bad habits, it’s a recipe for damage while touring. And I still think there is a potential for a Hollywood week trainwreck uncontrollable vocal from James. At least with Paul I expect something unpleasant to the ear, but with a smile of course.

    I’d love to see something out of Pia but I don’t know if she’s really captured a fanbase at this point. Scotty/Lauren finale FTW for me! It Pia could manage the finale, I’d love that too.

  • gangreen29

    Now that Gangreen has endorsed Lauren, I can’t see her winning anymore.

    LOL!! I take it back, I endorse Stefano now *prays my bad luck with contestants rubs off on him*

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Oh, I love that song Nola!

    With Naima gone, Haley is my favorite girl (is that an unpopular opinion? LOL). I can see that Lauren & Pia are incredibly talented, I just don’t find them all that interesting yet. That too could change however .

    Of the fellas, I still like Casey & James best. I also enjoy Paul a lot, but I don’t think the rest of the viewing audience digs him as much as I do. I’m fairly certain that Stefano is next to go. His Vegas Lounge Act is wearing on me. Scotty’s great at what he does, as is Jacob, but they’re just not my thing.

    I like Haley the best of the girls left, too. SSSSSSSSS and all.

    I would argue Stefano is more Branson than Vegas, however.

    Oh, and MaryS-NJ… those conspiracy theries make a lot of sense.

  • lili_anne7

    How quicky “excited” has become “ambivalent”. I still like American Idol and will follow it, but I just don’t care who wins this season. I do have some knollish thoguhts on what’s happening behind the scenes, however (conspiracy theories…always fun!).

    I feel the same way about this season. I like some more then others, but I’m not deeply invested in anyone. I see flaws in all of the remaining contestants, which prevents me from picking one as a favorite. I keep hoping someone will surprise me, but this group especially, seems to not take risks, and makes very predictable song choices.

  • Nativenewyorker

    I forgot to add one more comment about it being time for some of the guys to go. Someone on another forum had a great comment about the fact that having the “y” chromosome is really a big advantage in this competition. That is so true, unfortunately.

    I also wanted to make a comment about James. He has really won me over with original and risky performances like “Maybe I’m Amazed, however I think he has done too much of the loud over the top performances with the piano on fire and running all over the stage. It can get to be a cliche after a while. I want him to scale it back and just give a great vocal and remind everyone that he really has a great voice. Otherwise, I reserve the right to get off the James Durbin train.

  • sr4mjc

    and FWIW, I was talking to my cousin and her kids who were visiting in town this weekend, they love Idol and watch every year. The kids 9 and 7, love Scotty and Lauren. And mom loves Jacob. All think James is annoying and Pia is gorgeous. Didn’t mention anyone else.

  • SpenserJ

    I would argue Stefano is more Branson than Vegas, however.

    I will happily let you win that argument – your choice of geography makes much more sense :). Although, I think in the end, we might both be wrong and it will be the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

  • desiree_chick

    LOL!! I take it back, I endorse Stefano now *prays my bad luck with contestants rubs off on him*

    Nooooooo! Don’t!!! Take it back! Take it back! Rub your bad luck on Paul! LOL. Hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Although, I think in the end, we might both be wrong and it will be the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

    Yes, it’s bad when Jennifer Lopez can’t pronounce your name correctly. ;-)

  • Kirsten

    But we didn’t have the same kind of data available then – certainly not iTunes. Was DI around then? Plus, I think Daughtry was more surprised about leaving than the general public was.

    Dial Idol was around then and Season 5 was probably their most accurate year (many suspect that AI added phone capacity after that so DI would have a harder time accurately gauging call volumes – it needs the busy signals). DI started during S4.

    Dial Idol not only accurately predicted that Daughtry would go home that week, but also that he was bottom 3 in week 7. You can look at previous stats on DialIdol.

    Here is a rundown of Daughtry’s DialIdol position during the finals:
    Top 4 – 4th
    Top 5 – 2nd
    Top 6 – 2nd
    Top 7 – 5th
    Top 8 – 6th
    Top 9 – 4th
    Top 10 – 3rd
    Top 11 – 3rd
    Top 12 – 3rd

    Taylor dominated DI every week except one (when Kevin Covias strangely was on top). Scotty is certainly managing better DI stats than Daughtry did, but DI isn’t as accurate as it once was.

    Scotty will show that he is not a good stragist this week if he doesn’t choose something from Elvis (or similar) catalogue to sing. He needs to pick something up tempo. I’m suspicious of Pia’s supposedly uptempo song. I suspect it will be another ballad with a fast track underneath it. I predict James will do at least one split jump (probably with pyro effects accompanying it) and will definitely end up doing a rock wail near the end of his song.

    Lauren has probably done the best job of mixing up the tempos and styles.

  • Elek

    … All think James is annoying…

    Maybe annoying because they can’t stop admiring/loving him secretly. LOL.

  • desiree_chick

    Stefano had BETTER be gone this week lol.

    No… :( *weeps*

  • gangreen29

    No… *weeps*

    I feel bad now, I know what it is like to have the board turn against your favorite, I take it back lol.

  • JudyOhio

    Dunno……To me, Scotty will sound like Scotty no matter what he sings and will be branded country, so he might as well stay in his lane (as if he could do otherwise). To ask him to do anything different would be like asking a dog to meow like a cat or asking a chicken to moo like a cow. Not gonna happen, lol.

  • koshka

    Maybe annoying because they can’t stop admiring/loving him secretly. LOL.

    Or perhaps because he can’t stop admiring/loving himself. :) His stage persona and playing to the crowd is grating.

    Can someone remind me what Pia said she is going to sing?

  • Elek

    DialIdol’s prediction is fairly reasonable usually on their top three places and summarizing/averaging their predictions from Top 13, Top 3 are Scotty, Jacob & James. And Pia is undefeated at #4 every week.

  • koshka

    Elek – I think James was in the middle of the pack a few of those weeks and Lauren was also bouncing up and down.

    ETA: oops that was Naima bouncing up and down in the top 1/3.

  • chearts77

    You know what’s become a pet peeve of mine the past week or two? People picking on Scotty for staying true to his country boy self. He takes a Motown song, and makes it fit his style. He takes an Elton John song and makes it sound like it can be on country radio today. How many complain about James rockin it out every week? I don’t see those complaints. Only for Scotty. If you don’t like country, fine. But, be fair if you’re gonna pick on Scotty. Pick on James too.

    For the record, I don’t mind either one of them staying in their wheelhouse. It’s who they are. David Cook didn’t win Season 7 by singing songs straight up. He won it by bringing the songs into his style. That’s exactly what Scotty is doing.

    I do agree that Pia has a great chance to win this thing.

    I agree, JudyOhio. Scotty’s got the type of voice that no matter what he sings, it’s gonna sound country.

  • Elek

    To me, Scotty will sound like Scotty no matter what he sings and will be branded country, so he might as well stay in his lane (as if he could do otherwise). To ask him to do anything different would be like asking a dog to meow like a cat or asking a chicken to moo like a cow.

    Very witty… and it’s really nice to quote it for emphasis.

  • Elek

    I think James was in the middle of the pack a few of those weeks and Lauren was also bouncing up and down.

    You are right, koshka! He was twice in second and twice on the 6th. That’s why I made mention of “averaging.” Thanks.

  • halo9125

    I am pretty much in agreement with MJ’s list- I was going to switch Lauren and Casey, but I honestly don’t think Lauren’s nerves are going to hold out. I think Paul and Stefano are next to go, followed by Haley (I doubt men will be eliminated 3 weeks in a row). I don’t get the whole Haley thing- in the group number, she looked like a drunk at a karaoke bar.

    Pia can sing and not perform (but I think she has something up her sleeve for this week), last week James could perform and (in my opinion) couldn’t sing, and Scotty – well, he is who he is, and I am a bit tired of him not getting called out for being a one-trick pony.

    Having said that, I am pretty convinced the top 3 will be Pia/Scotty/James, and most likely a Pia/Scotty finale.

  • platoken

    You know what’s become a pet peeve of mine the past week or two? People picking on Scotty for staying true to his country boy self. He takes a Motown song, and makes it fit his style. He takes an Elton John song and makes it sound like it can be on country radio today. How many complain about James rockin it out every week? I don’t see those complaints. Only for Scotty. If you don’t like country, fine. But, be fair if you’re gonna pick on Scotty. Pick on James too.

    For the record, I don’t mind either one of them staying in their wheelhouse. It’s who they are. David Cook didn’t win Season 7 by singing songs straight up. He won it by bringing the songs into his style. That’s exactly what Scotty is doing.

    Amen! Preaching to the choir here!

  • koshka

    How many complain about James rockin it out every week? I don’t see those complaints.

    I have. I’ll be happy to pick on Pia, Scotty and James for picking the same damn songs every week. *and no, I don’t consider “maybe i’m amazed” all that different in tempo from James’s other selections. *

  • platoken

    I am a bit tired of him not getting called out for being a one-trick pony.

    He does all the time by people like you. And that one trick is a good one to have. He will be laughing his way to the bank while you continue to rip into contestants for all their faults. Why does James get a pass for singing rock every week?

  • halo9125

    Can someone remind me what Pia said she is going to sing?

    She said she is going to sing River Deep, Mountain High- by all accounts she knows this song well, and I believe she chose it so she can focus on the performance aspect this week.

  • koshka

    Thanks halo0125!

    Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a departure from prior performances.

  • iluvai

    I think Scotty sounds exactly the same every week. He is one of the most boring contestants I have ever seen on Idol. People keep saying he is confident, but I think he is too much so. I bet his parents have told him he is the best thing since sliced bread. I think Pia is boring too, but I would way rather see Pia win this over Scotty.

  • Fullmoon

    My batting average is 9 for 9. Even the ones I predicted to win and didn’t ended up being the break out stars. Jennifer, Daughtry and Adam. I’m betting on Pia. Win or lose she’ll be the breakout star. Don’t let the ballads fool you. I think Idol will be lucky this year with Lauren who I see doing well in country and even crossing over to pop. Scotty is country. I don’t expect him to be anything else. I’m not a huge country fan but I would buy his album his voice is that smooth. I want to like James because I like OTT performers but, even though he has good stage presence his voice is just thin. All that running around hides his weak voice. He uses every rock schtick in the book and he just doesn’t have the “it” look. Scotty doesn’t need the “it” look because country singers are known for just good live singing. Pia has the whole package. Lauren also. For a rock/metal dude James has no edge.

  • Elek

    @chearts77

    I am in total agreement with what you have said except for Paragraph #3.

    I have been rooting for a James Durbin-Scotty McCreery Finale since Top 13 Performance Night. And I can feel my prediction being so accurate the same way I exactly felt during Season 8 when I rooted for an Adam Lambert-Kris Allen Finale from Top 13 as well. A coincidence maybe?!?

  • desiree_chick

    I feel bad now, I know what it is like to have the board turn against your favorite, I take it back lol.

    LOL thanks :)

  • NOLA

    She said she is going to sing River Deep, Mountain High- by all accounts she knows this song well, and I believe she chose it so she can focus on the performance aspect this week.

    If she does the “older” Tina Turner days, when she was with Ike, it should be ok; but if she chooses to sing it as Celine did, then shame on her.

  • koshka

    You are right, koshka! He was twice in second and twice on the 6th. That’s why I made mention of “averaging.” Thanks.

    I don’t know if you are being sarcastic with me… but if you averaged the 4 weeks he would be in 4th. That aside, I think he will end up in the top 3. I don’t think James has been as consistent as he could be. I’m still hoping he’ll slow it down and knock my socks off. So far I’m not feeling it from him (or anyone else for that matter). Still early in the season though.

  • sreep25

    Paul is going to prove you wrong B.E.A.CH.. STOP MANIPULATING PEOPLE IN THIS BLOG PLEASE

  • Elek

    @ koshka

    No sarcasm intended (I don’t even want people putting down other contestants for the benefit of their favorites).

    I just averaged them and reranked. He goes atop Pia because he has landed on 2 twice and as you have probably noticed, Pia is so solid at 4 for four weeks in a row.

  • platoken

    I think Scotty sounds exactly the same every week. He is one of the most boring contestants I have ever seen on Idol. People keep saying he is confident, but I think he is too much so. I bet his parents have told him he is the best thing since sliced bread.

    Maybe to you, but to country fans like myself, he is one of the most exciting contestants we have ever had!

  • iluvai

    Maybe to you, but to country fans like myself, he is one of the most exciting contestants we have ever had!

    Well of course to me. lol…. ;) I don’t doubt that he’s going to be successful or that he has lots of fans.

  • chearts77

    @chearts77

    I am in total agreement with what you have said except for Paragraph #3.

    Thanks!! My favorite is Scotty, but I do think there are 4 or 5 others that have the potential to win…including Pia. This a great bunch. :)

    Platoken, thanks. And, I agree. I’m a huge country fan and have never been more excited in a contestant as I am Scotty. He’s the real country deal. :)

  • NOLA

    Platoken, thanks. And, I agree. I’m a huge country fan and have never been more excited in a contestant as I am Scotty. He’s the real country deal.

    Count me in that number!

  • Valentin432

    It really depends on who you are talking to.

    For me who has listened to a lot of rock. Saying that Judas Priest, Paul McCartney or Bon Jovi are remotly similar is heresy, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between John Michael Montgomery and Travis Tritt (or even spell their names correctly without googling them first).

  • gabriel oak

    I’d still put Casey and Jacob near the bottom. Casey’s version of Your Song really wasn’t anything special. He just didn’t growl. Jacob and Stefano should be voted off soon. I think Paul’s nodes on his throat her hurting his performances.

  • Willis

    Man, it’s hard for me to do a power list because I think many of this year’s contestants are going week to week. A great performance, or the judges save, will buy a week or two. A bad can send you home.

    I agree with MJ about Scotty. He’ll have to win new fans if he wants to win. Country and Good ‘Ol Boy fans alone may not be enough.

    I feel fortunate to have a lot of people I like this year. As of now, all my votes (5-10/week) go to Haley. Her Benny studio recording is the best to come out of Idol this year. Once/if she leaves, my votes go to Pia. After her, James. After him, I am just a spectator. Last year i was a spectator by top 5. Hope this year goes better.

  • JudyOhio

    I’d like the make-over people that help with clothes, makeup, hair, and overall image to dress down James some. His choices in rock wear aren’t original and I think that hurts his “look”. It’s like he borrowed a look from here and a look from there and came up with his current get-up. It would be better if he could come up with his own style (course, maybe this IS his style), but he often looks like he is wearing rock hand-me-downs. Just an observation………..

    My power list:
    Scotty (due to most indicators)
    James (high entertainment value)
    Pia (no reason, just general concensus from MJs)
    Lauren (personality, vulnerability, cute country blonde)
    Casey (different, therefore interesting – the save, illness/nerves)
    Haley (sea biscuit)
    Stefano (still see him as a dark horse, but not the final 3)
    Jacob (peaked too early)
    Paul (weak voice, oddities)

  • jodeb

    .>>>>bmms says:
    04/04/2011 at 12:40 pm
    BTW, I would like to see James sing another *Who* song, Teen Age Wasteland, AKA Baba O’Reilly.

    When did James do a first Who song? Did I miss something? Lol.>>>
    ———————————————-

    All you missed was the *first* part of my post, where I said that I hoped that Stefano would sing a *Who* song, “Behind Blue Eyes.”

    When I said right after that, I hoped James would sing another *Who* song, I meant *another Who song* besides the one that I hoped Stefano would sing.

    I know I’m boring, lol, but please read the whole post and then maybe you’ll *understand*, lol.

  • sillypraguer

    I bet his parents have told him he is the best thing since sliced bread.

    I love that my mom still thinks I’m the best thing since sliced bread. Everyone deserves to have someone in the world feel that way about them.

  • Allison

    And “Country Comfort” found it’s way among those 20 songs. I dislike Elton; but love his music. I adore country, and yet, I had never heard this song until I searched for it. This song finding it’s way into that stack of 20 Elton songs, tells me TPTB are really pushing for a Scotty win this season.

    “Country Comfort” is well known to me – I loved all the early albums, it’s not something obscure like “Slave”. If they only cleared 20 songs, that’s a real disservice to everything involved.

  • Elek

    Just trending and making my powerlist here:

    1. James Durbin — hate him or love him but he is simply the man to beat in the competition;
    2. Scotty McCreery — pure country music is his weapon to be on the finale;
    3. Lauren Alaina — her youth and honest take on any of the songs she has sung. She is probably the most current amongst the rest;
    4. Paul McDonald — you have to accept his presence and soon you’ll know that his uniqueness deserves to be on top;
    5. Casey Abrams — minus the growling (and ignoring his looks) he sings from the heart;
    6. Jacob Lusk — he had slayed two great songs but ruined the rest;
    7. Pia Toscano — the betting station’s bet and certainly not mine;
    8. Stefano Langone — he is incredible when he is able to connect with you; and
    9. Haley Reinhart — better ask Randy but is he worth believin’?

    IMO.

  • Lexus

    I think it’s a wide-open race. Hardley anyone except Casey has really captured the public’s imagination.

    Colette, I’m asking a genuine question here, no sarcasm intended. Has Casey really captured the public’s imagination? You’re not the first one I’ve heard reference this. He does very little for me personally, but besides that fact, he was – for all intents and purposes – eliminated the other night because he didn’t get enough votes. That tells me he’s not connecting with the audience at all. I should talk though, I think Stefano still has a chance. lol

    If I’m being completely objective, I think Scotty has this wrapped and James or Pia will be runner up.

  • abbysee

    Ok, I’ll have a stab at it.

    Still loving my Scotty, I don’t find him boring at all. Love his tone, love that pitch is never a problem, and that he is entertaining. The very idea that his learning curve could be enormous makes me think that he can still take this thing.

    Pia, I find her more boring than a paint salesmen, but her vocal ability can’t be denied. On idol that still holds alot of cache. I would not at this point say I would buy her cd, but I can see many who would.

    James, while I find his vocal ability suspect, his entertainment factor is stratospheric. He brings that week in, week out.

    For the rest of them a break out performance is the only thing that will make their stock rise, as the rest are truly very flawed.

    I love Casey, but he has to work on his appearance and remember that although this is a voting contest, the foundation is still singing, if he does that, he’s got a chance to knock off James at the very least.

    Lauren, there is something that is missing that is making me just not get her. I see her ability, but I haven’t seen anything that justifies the early pimping. Is she being used?

    Stephano really got me when he sang for his life in the wild card round. I’ve been pulling for him, but he is getting the horrible edit (that mean guy, Iovine, hates the shit out of him, did he kick his cat?) and getting advice that I find counterproductive. He has to knock it out of the park this week or his days are numbered, which is sad, because I think he has so much potential to make lots of money in the future, but his performances are uneven.

    I’ve only liked Jacob once, and he was scary good Motown week, I don’t think he is nearly as good as he thinks he is, or as they are telling him he is.

    Haley, truly on the fence with her. If I only had to hear her, I think I would like her better, she is the most versatile singer left in the competition, and her quirky personality it a joy, but those drunken bridesmaid moves just throw me off. I always love seeing people move on stage, until Haley, I just want her to stay still, she however is the female dark horse. She could bounce Pia and Lauren, if she can pull the performance together. Vocals, presentation, entertainment factor could be a moment.

    Love me some Paul, will buy his cd, but he is not long for this show. His voice is shot, it pains me to say that it would be a kindness to let him be booted so that he can address this, but it must be done.

  • halo9125

    Lauren, there is something that is missing that is making me just not get her. I see her ability, but I haven’t seen anything that justifies the early pimping. Is she being used?

    Interesting- that kind of sums up how I feel about her. I think maybe the something missing is life experience, but I’m not sure. And there are times I swear she is doing this whole thing to please mommy and daddy, and for no other reason.

  • iluvai

    Elek:

    Your power list is very interesting and I like the points you made on each contestant. That’s why I love this season. MJ’s list looks spot on to me, but then I read yours and it makes sense too. I can’t wait for Wed.!

  • Falfor

    Top 2:
    Pia and James – My guess will be James, more stage presence, but Pia has a beautiful voice.
    3rd Scott – Has a career no matter what happens. But when the contestants get this sparse, there are a lot of people who don’t care for country and the votes may go elsewhere.
    4th Casey – Lovable, kind, great musician, will hang in on personality. Not the best singer.
    5th Haley – She can sing, and she is cute, she just needs to keep it coming. I think she will surprise us.
    6th and 7th
    Lauren and Stefano – (interchangeable) If Stefano connects to the songs and the audience, he may beat Lauren, If Lauren picks better songs, she may last longer than Stefano
    8th Jacob – this guy is quickly becoming a one trick pony. All his songs sound the same and are forgettable
    9th Paul – this guy is not good

  • iluvai

    I think maybe the something missing is life experience, but I’m not sure.

    I feel the same way about Scotty (and Thia).

  • ReginaFilange

    I think either Scotty OR Lauren is going to be a heavy hitter in the finals, because when one gets eliminated, the pick up votes will propel the other ahead of the pack in votes. If Scotty and Lauren are both in the top 3, then one of them will win. If they’re both in the top 5, they’ll at least pull out a second place finish.

    The only person I can see putting an end to the country core is Pia. She has near vocal perfection yet she has made the genius move of leaving a very specific area for improvement. Pulling out a “stage-stomping” performance on someone else’s off night could put them out of the running. That certain someone is. . .

    James. While his vocals can improve, his entertainment value peaked too early. He can’t top running through the audience then jumping on a flaming piano, so any future attempts to be “so rock’n’roll, man” will be lackluster. Any voters he will pick up from that angle have already gotten on board.

    Anyone else can only hope to pick up enough momentum to finish fourth.

  • desiree_chick

    Lauren, there is something that is missing that is making me just not get her. I see her ability, but I haven’t seen anything that justifies the early pimping. Is she being used?

    Interesting- that kind of sums up how I feel about her. I think maybe the something missing is life experience, but I’m not sure. And there are times I swear she is doing this whole thing to please mommy and daddy, and for no other reason.

    My thoughts on Lauren exactly. You’re on the money about Stefano, Casey, and Haley, Abbysee. Those are three, plus Paul, IMHO, where this week, one of them will, and I think maybe only one or two of them will take hold of this competition. That extra effort is going to mean a lot. It has to, or none of them will make top 5, sadly for me :(

    Scotty can just fart on stage and he will go on next week. I really hope it is a Pia/James finale.

  • jammasta

    If Idol is overdue for a female singer, I hope Pia isn’t it. She’s just Thia on steroids to me. I don’t sense any strong connection to the song. She just sings them well, but I’m left thinking “so what? How am I supposed to feel after that performance?”

    Lauren has been good for 3 weeks straight. A slip-up for her could be very costly, but who knows? Kris Allen had 3 consecutive amazing weeks and flopped the 4th, and he won.

    My list:

    1st-3rd: Scotty
    1st-3rd: James
    3rd-5th: Pia
    4th-6th: Casey
    4th-6th: Lauren
    5th-7th: Jacob
    5th-7th: Paul
    6th-8th: Haley
    9th: Stefano

    This is relatively close to my list in order of who I like, though Pia and Jacob are way higher than they are on my like list. Jacob is under Stefano, Pia is above him.

    If Pia wins over James or Scott I will cut a b*tch. I don’t HATE her, she’s just a huge threat to my Top 2, and if people really want a girl to win this year, that worries me. I don’t want a girl to win just because one hasn’t won in a while, I want one to win because I like her.

    Personally, the sooner she leaves, the less stressful this season will be.

    To think she used to be my favorite girl. Suddenly I understand actively voting against someone, and I hate that.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    If you don’t like country, fine. But, be fair if you’re gonna pick on Scotty. Pick on James too.

    Oh, I think many have said that about James, to be fair. And also, I think James has changed it up a bit more than Scotty. At least since I’ve been watching. But yes, he needs to be careful of getting too much into a pattern as well.

  • lulwut

    Scotty, Pia, and James are still the top 3, with Scotty on top because one, the stats are there to support him; two, he just came off a hugely popular duet.

    Lauren is on the rise but her popularity is capped by Scotty’s. I will put Casey 4th but he may sneak into the top 3 after so much hype this week. He is uber talented.

  • sherimoonzombie

    @kirsten – thanks for the DI stats on Daughtry. You constantly amaze me (but I appreciate that left brain attention to detail).

    @abbysee – we are scarily in synch. =D Except for your (ever so slight) praise for Jacob, who I have a physical aversion to.

  • Fullmoon

    Colette, I’m asking a genuine question here, no sarcasm intended. Has Casey really captured the public’s imagination?

    Yes, he’s the only idol I’ve seen on my TV that is not directly related to Idol. For whatever reasons he has gotten more mainstream coverage.

  • jammasta

    Oh, I think many have said that about James, to be fair. And also, I think James has changed it up a bit more than Scotty. At least since I’ve been watching. But yes, he needs to be careful of getting too much into a pattern as well.

    No, you’re right. James HAS changed it up more than Scotty. In my eyes, that’s not a bad thing for Scotty, and it’s certainly good for James if he stays good. That’s why I think both BETTER make finale. Of course if Lauren improves and Casey stays cool I’ll be a bit more open.

    Stefano, Jacob, and Pia have nearly completely lost me.

  • Tess

    Who voted for Carrie if the “country” vote isn’t strong enough to vote Scotty into the final? And in season 4 we had a country girl vs. a Southern rocker and the South rose to make them 1 & 2. Besides…whether it be the old lady vote, or the mama vote, or the kids vote I suspect that someone other than the country fan is voting for Scotty…at least if AI blogs are any indication.

  • Fullmoon

    For those who want James to stick to rock/metal my advise would be is to pray he DOESN’T win. Uber rock fans will tear him apart. lol. Now if he goes the hac route a la Daughtry, cook, Kris, Lee than a win can help him but he won’t sell as much as Cook let alone Daughtry. His voice is weak.

  • lulwut

    I have always been saying that only 20%-50% of Scotty’s votes are country votes. The majority of his votes are tween votes, ma and pa votes, grandma votes, cougar votes, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Who voted for Carrie if the “country” vote isn’t strong enough to vote Scotty into the final? And in season 4 we had a country girl vs. a Southern rocker and the South rose to make them 1 & 2. Besides…whether it be the old lady vote, or the mama vote, or the kids vote I suspect that someone other than the country fan is voting for Scotty…at least if AI blogs are any indication.

    He has to pick up other fans, that’s all. Right now, he’s shown some confidence and not much versatility.

    Carrie and Bo both switched it up. Carrie had mad vocals and Bo showed musicianship, even when he couldn’t play at that point. Remember his “In A Dream” acapella moment?

    Scotty is good. I don’t think what he’s done so far is enough to pick up new fans.

    I don’t think just the south voted for Carrie and Bo. :-)

  • DLPF

    Where’s #8? I agree with bottom two. I think the eventual top 5 could easily have 2 or even 3 females. I’m not sure Casey can coast without showing us something new. My wild cards for Top 5 are Jacob or Haley.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m trying to figure this out. Scotty does a good job every time. He is consistent. But for me, he lacks something. I dunno. Serviceable does not equate to artist. He’s super young, though. I don’t see why people complained about Thia connecting with lyrics and give him a pass.

  • iluvai

    My wild cards for Top 5 are Jacob or Haley.

    That would be cool. I really like both of them.

  • jammasta

    You know what would be absolutely hilarious? A B3 next week of Haley, Pia, and Lauren. Holy crap, the sh*t storm would be amazing, yet I’d sympathize, since I do think that would be extreme.

  • iluvai

    I’m trying to figure this out. Scotty does a good job every time. He is consistent. But for me, he lacks something. I dunno. Serviceable does not equate to artist. He’s super young, though. I don’t see why people complained about Thia connecting with lyrics and give him a pass.

    I am so with you on this. I don’t wish him any ill will, but I don’t see the star power either. I didn’t see it with Carrie Underwood or Taylor Hicks, so I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic star. lol… ;)

  • iluvai

    You know what would be absolutely hilarious? A B3 next week of Haley, Pia, and Lauren. Holy crap, the sh*t storm would be amazing, yet I’d sympathize, since I do think that would be extreme.

    Ha ha! That would be hilarious! :)

    (well not to gangreen :( )

  • koshka

    Fullmoon says:
    04/04/2011 at 8:42 pm
    For those who want James to stick to rock/metal my advise would be is to pray he DOESN’T win. Uber rock fans will tear him apart. lol. Now if he goes the hac route a la Daughtry, cook, Kris, Lee than a win can help him but he won’t sell as much as Cook let alone Daughtry. His voice is weak.

    I kind of wish I knew better the route James wants to take. For that matter Pia too & I think Scotty is pretty obvious even though I wish he would switch it up. Anyway. I said last week that James continues to deplete his hard rock cred every week he is on the show. Between the cheesy group numbers and his general enthusiasm for the show (ie the Hulk), he is kind shooting himself in the foot for this kind of rock.. yet he so far hasn’t performed any slower tempo/updated music to show where he might fit on HAC, AAA or Top 40. It seems to me that it is such a contradiction.

    Pia has the same problem. She is backing herself into a corner with the ballads & will have a hard time redefining herself if she keeps it up. In contrast to James, I think she can more easily move over to pop. She has an up dated, contemporary pop look about her already.

    I find myself commenting more about these 3 mostly because they have (in my mind) unfulfilled potential. They could be doing so much better and just haven’t taken that leap that is needed to be more than just a good entertainer.

  • iluvai

    Anyway. I said last week that James continues to deplete his hard rock cred every week he is on the show. Between the cheesy group numbers and his general enthusiasm for the show (ie the Hulk), he is kind shooting himself in the foot for this kind of rock..

    I don’t think James is trying to be someone other than himself. I love all the antics you mentioned. It makes him like a real person to me. He’s funny as hell and has a great voice. I’m not sure I want him to win though, I would hate for him to have the burden of the AI winner. I love his goofiness and also his ability to rock on! I say “Go James! Do your thing!” :)

  • jammasta

    I’m trying to figure this out. Scotty does a good job every time. He is consistent. But for me, he lacks something. I dunno. Serviceable does not equate to artist. He’s super young, though. I don’t see why people complained about Thia connecting with lyrics and give him a pass.

    See, here is where we differ.

    IMO, Scotty has more stage presence in his toenail than Thia did in her entire body. I’d argue the same about Scott for mostly anyone this season save James, Casey, and lately Haley and/or Lauren.

    That’s what makes up for the versatility we haven’t seen. That and he’s consistently good at what he does. It gives him a deserved pass over Pia in my book, as well.

    I honestly wouldn’t mind Pia choosing a 5th ballad if she could dial it back, show some emotion and vulnerability, and NOT hit a glory note. I might have to wait for her performance next week. Just be sweet, command the stage with emotion. I don’t really care for her doing an uptempo song right now.

  • Valentin432

    I don’t think James is trying to be someone other than himself. I love all the antics you mentioned. It makes him like a real person to me. He’s funny as hell and has a great voice. I’m not sure I want him to win though, I would hate for him to have the burden of the AI winner. I love his goofiness and also his ability to rock on! I say “Go James! Do your thing!” :)

    ITA.
    It’s refreshing that a guy who sings hard rock and loves metal just plain enjoys being on AI doing cheesy group numbers.

    I know that it’s probably shooting himself in the foot as far as that genre of music is concerned and I can’t help but admire that he’s just doing what he loves to do and shows his emotions.

    That translates into his performances because he’s one of the people I feel that are really into what they sing.

  • koshka

    I don’t think James is trying to be someone other than himself.

    I never said otherwise. I think there is more to him than what he has shown in his performances so far. As for his on stage behavior.. he reminds me of a kid hopped up on birthday cake. LOL

  • Inconnu

    I agree with this Power list except for Lauren. I think she’s the sleeper in this competition and will end up winning the whole thing with the help of TPTB.

  • iluvai

    I think there is more to him than what he has shown in his performances so far.

    I think so too. There is an untapped tender side, but it might be hard for him to go there. Maybe when he comes down from his “birthday cake” high (lol), his tourettes might come out more on something calmer. I have NO idea. Just speculating.

  • gangreen29

    (well not to gangreen )

    Ha! Iluvai, that is too funny because I was reading the conversation and thinking “I would not find that hilarious!”. I had to crack up when you wrote that.

  • iluvai

    Ha! Iluvai, that is too funny because I was reading the conversation and thinking “I would not find that hilarious!”. I had to crack up when you wrote that.

    I feel for you! ;) I may end up rooting for your favorite. lol. (thank goodnes for google.)

  • SpenserJ

    I’m trying to figure this out. Scotty does a good job every time. He is consistent. But for me, he lacks something. I dunno. Serviceable does not equate to artist.

    I’m not a country fan, but I can still see that Scotty’s got a lot of talent. I’m just not all that interested in it, as of yet. He hasn’t really blown me away at any point – it’s kind of all samey, samey to me.

    He has inspired something in me though: an urge to watch old reruns of the Facts of Life. Because when he sings every song with his head cocked to the right like that, all I can think of is Blaire’s cousin Geri.

    (And, yes I know how awful that sounds. I’m already ashamed of myself. I wish the thought had never popped into my head and forced me to create snark by taking shots at a teenager and an actress with a disability. I just can’t make the image go away.)

  • koshka

    The interesting thing about scotty is that he can be lacking and still win. We’ve had it more than once in the past & there is no reason why the past won’t repeat itself.

  • SpenserJ

    Well, if Lee can win this thing, I’m thinking at this point pretty much anyone can :).

  • iluvai

    He has inspired something in me though: an urge to watch old reruns of the Facts of Life. Because when he sings every song with his head cocked to the right like that, all I can think of is Blaire’s cousin Geri.

    I think I just clutched my pearls. HA HA! I hope I said what I meant. I’m speechless. (I wish there was a “yikes” smiley face). Too funny.
    (I’m laughing at Scotty, not the girl).

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    OMG, Blog BFF. I am glad you confessed. That’s funny shit.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    “Scotty can just fart on stage and he will go on next week.”

    I’m sorry, this just made me LOL :D Haha.

  • iluvai

    OMG, Blog BFF. I am glad you confessed. That’s funny shit.

    Please tell…

  • jammasta

    Well, tbqh, I don’t think anyone left this season is as flawed as Lee was last season. Maybe Steven Tyler or Paul McDonald, but at least they both have presence to some degree. Maybe Haley?

  • TheOther

    If TPTB didn’t think Pia had potential and was marketable, they wouldn’t be pimping her as hard as they have. And they must have information they are working off of, i.e., that she is a strong vote getter and/or they could have received feedback from Universal, others in the industry who is interested in her post Idol.

    I can see how she does fit into the all American girl, American Idol package. Her sound is very middle of the road pop. And I can the magazine covers coming.

  • Nostradamas

    Here’s something to think about…just for giggles.

    I personally think that Pia, having been trying to get here since Season 6 (?) has become real student of the ‘game’. Don’t peak too early, but show enough talent to make it through to this point.

    We all know you need to build each week, keep something in reserve to keep your fans voting and earn new fans.

    Remember during Hollywood groups when she mentioned that she and another girl had some form of ‘training’ for stage ‘theatrics” (or whatever she called it)?

    If she shows some of this this week, she’ll seperate herself from the rest…

  • iluvai

    I can see how she does fit into the all American girl, American Idol package. Her sound is very middle of the road pop. And I can the magazine covers coming.

    I just don’t get it. I think Katherine McPhee was so lovely and sweet, I loved her voice and her personality. Maybe Simon jinxed her. Pia seems bland to me in comparison.

  • Fullmoon

    NVM

  • iluvai

    This is my list: sorry to all of you (contestants) that I jinx…. :(

    Pia
    Lauren
    James
    Stefano
    Haley
    Jacob
    Paul
    Casey
    Scotty

  • iluvai

    OMG! someone donated $20,000 to Adam’s charitywater http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=12617. Is this for real

    I would do that if I had an extra $20K to spare.

  • iluvai

    I love my list! ;)

    gee gah gah! Post ho much for the last few pages. sorry.

  • TheOther

    I personally think that Pia, having been trying to get here since Season 6 (?) has become real student of the ‘game’. Don’t peak too early, but show enough talent to make it through to this point.

    Oh, I definitely can see that as a strategy – play up her strengths now and save the best as the competition narrows down. And so far she seems to not only have the judges but also Jimmy Iovine on her side. I think she should save her show stopper moments. At this point, it is unlikely she will be voted off any time soon, since there are are still others who are not strong as her vocally.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Please tell…

    Oh, I’m sorry. Nothing to tell except I thought SpenserJ’s facts of life comment was freaking hilarious and I’m trying to suck up by calling her my blog BFF because she’s so cool. ;-)

  • SpenserJ

    No need to suck up pj. You ARE my blog BFF. I think we established that way back in Season 5 or 6. Won’t ever change :). (And, I’m glad you never shame me for my comments that are full of bad taste. If I can make you LOL, then my work here is done!)

    I personally think that Pia, having been trying to get here since Season 6 (?) has become real student of the ‘game’. Don’t peak too early, but show enough talent to make it through to this point.

    You might be living up to your prophetic name with that one. I keep waiting for it – her big moment. If she does it this week, when I think she really is starting to need it, I’ll totally be on board with your theory.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    No need to suck up pj. You ARE my blog BFF. I think we established that way back in Season 5 or 6. Won’t ever change :) . (And, I’m glad you never shame me for my comments that are full of bad taste. If I can make you LOL, then my work here is done!)

    Indeed. You never cease to amuse me, my friend. ;-)

  • iluvai

    spenserj has great posts! OOOOO you guys are bffs! I didn’t start posting until S8. Awww……… bff blog friends…. lolll…..

  • Willis

    I too think that Pia is biding her time and knows the Idol game enough to peak later. She’s played the game perfectly so far. Be neutrally likable and sing songs people know. And yes, Pia’s +2′s have yet to make an impression as well.

  • iluvai

    I don’t see Pia winning. “shrugs” She was my first favorite. But she lost me. She is no Whitney.

    It’s so weird to have a great singer but no star power. I will never get that through my brain.

  • Fullmoon

    SpenserJ, lol you’re killing me.

  • Fullmoon

    Don’t forget guys, Idol audience like safe and not scary. Pia has it in the bag. Scotty got the good old country boy voting block and Lauren is pretty safe plus she has talent.

  • lla2827

    So, last nite as I watched the ACMA (mainly to see James Taylor), I was pretty impressed to see some of the talent there. I have never been a huge country fan–but do appreciate talent. Plus, a lot of the music I grew up loving would probably be considered country by today’s market.
    Anyway, I was thinking is Scotty good enough to really make it in that world? He has a that deep voice thing going on–but what else? He doesn’t seem to play a lot of guitar–and I don’t know if he writes songs. He doesn’t really seem that entertaining on stage. I don’t know. I realize that he is very young and all that–just not that sure about him after seeing the show. I would say he may have a long way to go.
    I have read some stuff on here about Casey’s looks–which I guess means his beard. Those Zac Brown guys have beards and aren’t exactly conventionally good looking. They seem to be doing fine.
    Everyone talks about Pia having the looks to make it. She is very attractive. However, I think Haley is even more beautiful and in a much more natural way. Lauren is also very pretty. So, I think the ladies are evenly matched in the looks department

  • jammasta

    I hope Pia’s not really playing the game, that would be depressing to have 2 contestants in a row sneak up on my favorite and destroy them in the finale.

    If anything, what I really need from her (and a lot of these contestants, but especially her) is some vulnerability. It’s like she’s just programmed to sing well, like a Mega Thia Megia Model 4096z (complete with make-up and make-up artistry!). It leaves me so cold. I want to feel something good after she performs like I do with Scott and James (and lately, Lauren).

    No more no more no more ROBOT OOH NA NA gimme my gimme my Pia back (God I love Allison Iraheta).

    A part of me doesn’t want that to happen so that James or Scott can run away with it, however.

    I don’t see Pia winning. “shrugs” She was my first favorite. But she lost me. She is no Whitney.

    It’s so weird to have a great singer but no star power. I will never get that through my brain.

    I think I finally agree with you this season! YAY!

    She was at first my favorite girl and I actually wanted her in a 3 person finale with Scott and James. Now, I REALLY don’t want her there. She doesn’t have star power, and I think she’s dug herself in too deep a hole with those 4 ballads to strongly prove otherwise.

    It’s so weird with her. I mean, yes, America does like safe and not scary, so votes WOULD go for her, but at the same time, she seems so dated, and she doesn’t have a penis (unless she’s hiding something tremendously well o_O), so votes WOULDN’T go for her.. I’m definitely not voting with my masculinity (I’d vote for her so much if that were the competition) because I find her boring, but I’m not sure if America feels that way too.

    For those reasons, America seems like it would be voting Scotty, but at the same time, there’s this magical little demon called “front-runner backlash” that did not work so well for Crystal Bowersox, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, David Archuleta, Melinda Doolittle, and a crapload of other contestants. The other front-runner, James, may be a little too risky for America.

    So Scotty is a dude with a guitar, Pia is a woman, and James has Pepsigate. Who the hell will win? Haley!?!!??!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Sorry if this has been posted. I tried to browse the thread.

    Here are the latest odds from http://www.bodog.com :

    1.Pia Toscano 2/1
    2.Scott McCreery 7/2
    3.James Durbin 7/2
    4.Lauren Alaina 9/2
    5.Casey Abrams 10/1
    6.Jacob Lusk 10/1
    7.Haley Reinhart 14/1
    8.Paul McDonald 25/1
    9.Stefano Langone 28/1

  • Willis

    Haley for the win! Seriously…could happen. I’d be happy if it did! Every week is volatile this year.

  • platoken

    See it bothers me that people say “James would do really well in the HAC format.” Isn’t that what we are trying to AVOID this year after having 3 HAC winners in a row? Its time for stars to come out of idol again! And Scotty, Pia, and Lauren are just what they are looking for. James has a great voice, but he wouldn’t fit in with the current music industry unless he goes HAC-which is something idol should avoid this year.

  • Willis

    YES to avoiding A/C artists. James lost whatever ‘rock cred’ he had when he went on AI. Same with Paul and whatever ‘Indy’ cred he may already have. James could turn it around if he leaves early. Paul will be fine, and probably will leave early.

    I could see Pia breaking through with a nicely penned top 40 hit. Lauren could get a Country single, but she’ll need an Underwood to cross over. To me, Lauren is just a slightly better Katie Stevens.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    No more no more no more ROBOT OOH NA NA gimme my gimme my Pia back (God I love Allison Iraheta).

    So much word.

    YES to avoiding A/C artists. James lost whatever ‘rock cred’ he had when he went on AI. Same with Paul and whatever ‘Indy’ cred he may already have. James could turn it around if he leaves early. Paul will be fine, and probably will leave early.

    I’m so done with hoping any idol will make it big. What they will do is get exposure and time will tell if that means anything.

  • dishwalla

    For those reasons, America seems like it would be voting Scotty, but at the same time, there’s this magical little demon called “front-runner backlash” that did not work so well for Crystal Bowersox, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, David Archuleta, Melinda Doolittle, and a crapload of other contestants. The other front-runner, James, may be a little too risky for America.

    The negative with Scotty and James as the finale 2 – it will be the 4th time 2 guys have been in the finals. It will also mean that it will be the 4th year in a role that a WGWG has won. And it will only escalate the backlash that the AI audience is bias against women. I am not at all surprised that Pia has now jumped to the head of the leader board.

    Pia can sing – much better than Scotty, I also think she has way polish and control of her voice than James.

    Also, AI wouldn’t be pushing for her if they didn’t think she could be competitive in the marketplace. There’s motive behind all the praise she’s been getting. I don’t think they are doing it just to be nice.

  • Fullmoon

    James has a great voice, but he wouldn’t fit in with the current music industry unless he goes HAC-which is something idol should avoid this year.

    Are you forgetting who’s voting. Rock/metal fans aren’t watching Idol let alone voting. Hac is were James will go if he wins. If you want him to stay true rock/metal his best bet is to do a Daughtry and get out quick. lol

    ETA: If James win and we have another hac artist, say bye bye to idol and It’s selling power not that the last 2 years set the bar high.

  • jammasta

    The negative with Scotty and James as the finale 2 – it will be the 4th time 2 guys have been in the finals. It will also mean that it will be the 4th year in a role that a WGWG has won. And it will only escalate the backlash that the AI audience is bias against women. I am not at all surprised that Pia has now jumped to the head of the leader board.

    I kinda forgot about that, but you’re right about the WGWG thing. Will the bias against women really bring Pia in the lead? I have a gut feeling that people are counting a bit much the backlash against men to support a Pia win. The same backlash happened last year, but a WGWG still won. Would it really not happen again because we’d have 4 in a row? Granted, James and Scott are both very different from either of the past 3 WGWGs. but you still make a point here. I COULD be underestimating that backlash.

    I still see the backlash against Scotty possibly happening because it’s happened before to those previously mentioned contestants, it seems, but the backlash against the WGWG seems to mostly be with the hardcore Idol junkies like us :P.

    Also, do we know if James really play guitar proficiently enough to sing with one? IIRC, we’ve just seen him hold one.

    I dunno, I could be horribly wrong. I could be underestimating IDOL JUNKIE POWER!

    Star power? That’s really subjective. What isn’t subjective is that Pia can sing – much better than Scotty, I also think she has way polish and control of her voice than James.

    Subjectivity > objectivity in this type of competition (BTW, wouldn’t “I think” make your statement about Pia being better than James subjective? >_>). In the end, will the votes reflect who is the better singer? I might get an ulcer by saying this, but Adam was technically a much better singer than Kris (*owwwwwwww*), yet I still appreciated Kris more and gladly voted for him 2,000-ish times (…I went a little overboard there with my powervoting). Something similar can happen this season. Technically, Pia does seem to have a better voice than most this season, if not all, but that still does nothing for me if she can’t back it up with enough passion and charisma to make me actually feel something.

    YMMV, of course. Just trying to say that if this were a technical singing competition, Adam and Pia could come out winners, but this isn’t that kind of singing competition. Add Crystal into that mix, too. And it’s not like Scotty, Kris, or James are technically inadequate, either. They could still sing technically well with a good audience connection.

  • NOLA

    It’s women voting against women. How can that be a bias?

  • Elek

    The betting stations are all paying attention and are religiously watching the show and other TV news and commentaries as well as those blogs specifically handling AI. Putting Pia at the pole position only means that though she seems very popular, she is actually not going to win. Simply my intuition.

    @ iluvai
    Elek:
    Your power list is very interesting and I like the points you made on each contestant. That’s why I love this season. MJ’s list looks spot on to me, but then I read yours and it makes sense too. I can’t wait for Wed.!

    Thanks for your feedback. I am so loving all your posts here and the “fun” you are injecting every now and then. LOL.

  • Fullmoon

    The betting stations are all on the paying attention and are religiously watching the show and other TV news and commentaries as well as those blogs specifically handling AI. Putting Pia at the pole position only means that though she seems very popular, she is actually not going to win. Simply my intuition.

    But than you’ll have another year where everyone ignores the winner and Idol/radio will push and play the radio friendly singer that they think will sell.

  • canuck

    Just a few things.
    I would rank Lauren higher than Casey. I’m guessing she will be in the top four somewhere- it depends whether Scotty goes first in which she would pick up some of his votes. However, most likely Scotty will last longer and he will pick up some from Lauren.

    Now for Pia, she has all the goods. Is this why she reminds me of a clone or something? She seems robotic to me. I really like James but every week seems the same. He needs to show some versatility. James has a very engaging personality that will have people pick up the phone for me.
    So top four in any order: Scotty, Lauren, Pia , James.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I think we need to separate “winning” from mainstream success. After all these seasons, I think that is rare.

    So, the fact that some think Scotty is marketable and Pia is not means nothing in terms of the competiton.

    On that note… go James. I got points on ya and I want to win. LOL.

  • Elek

    Star power? That’s really subjective. What isn’t subjective is that Pia can sing – much better than Scotty, I also think she has way polish and control of her voice than James.

    Huh?!?

    jammasta‘s point I must say is more valid.

  • Elek

    But then you’ll have another year where everyone ignores the winner and Idol/radio will push and play the radio friendly singer that they think will sell.

    But this year is crazy not comparable to last year’s result. I may sound subjective but I happen to believe that my top 4 picks are certainly marketable and that top 4 happens to exlude Pia.

    I’ve got nothin’ against Pia. In fact, I have acknowledged that she is well-poised and beautiful and that she could easily win “Miss Talent” in a beauty contest. But up to this time, she has not WOWed me. All I could remember of her performances are the “shitty” feedback from the judges who are pushing too hard on putting her to a pedestal of higher degree as if part of their job is to practically tell the whole voting bloc that here’s Pia Toscano — your new American Idol.

    Hello?!?

  • Swind

    I LOVE Haley and hope that she wins, but I don’t buy into the whole AI audience voting against women thing. I blame the producers and judges for who they put through the last few years. The ugly truth is that the guys have been more interesting/better than the girls. Crystal and Siobhan had the best shot to win out of Seasons 7,8, and 9. But their styles didn’t fit the general publics I guess.

    Season 10 however hasn’t lost any great girl contestant yet aside from some that were bused in the semi-finals rounds. This is where I blame the judges and produces. Kendra Chantall, Lauren Turner, and Rachel Zevita would have made for MUCH better picks as wildcards over Ashton (fodder) and even Naima at this point.

    At the end of the day we won’t really know what will happen until the season comes to an end. But the last 3 girls who are left are the best and I believe will outlast at least 2-3 of the remaining guys. Then it will be anyone’s game.

  • Trina

    James has never relied on a guitar for a performance, never even used one except for last Thursdays result show “band” performance and now he’s a WGWG? I understand the issues with another white male winning (and exactly why I’m rooting for Pia to take it in the end) but no, I don’t see him as one. Even Scotty does just fine without his guitar and doesn’t look lost without it.

    IMO Scotty is the only truly marketable, ready to go male that’s there right now and I think he will win when it comes right down to it. Casey may be popular but where will he fit in today? He would run into the same exact problems Lee is facing and even he couldn’t crack top 20 on HAC. James belongs in a band (if Carly can get a gig as a lead singer I don’t see why he can’t). That said IF he got far enough and UMG had to market him he can probably handle a more pop leaning rock. I just don’t think its what he would want though.

  • jodeb

    I think Scotty will go far, but I agree he probably won’t win (we don’t need another Josh Turner) although I have to admit I have never seen a kid his age, quite as secure and confident. They *will* keep him around for country week for sure. I am a big country fan and I watched Josh Turner’s newest video and I swear they have the same voice, but unfortunately for Scotty, NOT the same face. It doesn’t seem to be hurting Scotty, though, since five minutes after the show ends, Scotty is always safe on DialIdol and # 1, lol.

    I agree that a couple of the guys will leave in the next two weeks (at least) but it all depends (unfortunately) as much on the Judge’s reviews as on the song choices and the performances.

    I agree, the two safest are Scotty and James.

    Casey, Jacob, Stefano and Paul are vulnerable for sure. If Jimmy Iovine treats Stefano with a little more respect and Jennifer stands by her man, Stefano could get past the mine fields.

    Maybe, a couple of lines at the piano, singing *Behind Blue Eyes* by *The Who* and then a hot grip/tear of the microphone as he rocks out the rest and then ala David Cook slows down the last line (possibly sitting on the steps?)

    Once two guys go, I can see Haley (is it Reinhart or Scarnato) losing her bloom and going (Benny and the Jets? WTF, what did I miss?) with Lauren not far behind. Was she always a country singer? I kind of thought that it was a recent thing to try and push her in Carrie Underwood land.

    First guy, IMO, that should go is the squeaky Paul and his garden suit. I just can’t see his appeal and I refuse to drink the Kool-aid that states that *we*the audience just don’t *understand* him.

    IMO, a lot of us understand that you have to hit the notes, have a nice tone, etc, both of which Paul lacks.

    Jacob as the last minority might stay or go, while a two week reprieve, last week and this, should be enough of a break to say the final good-bye to Casey.

    BTW, besides Stefano, I would also like to see James sing a *Who* song. For him, I would choose Teen Age Wasteland, AKA Baba O’Reilly.

    Yes, I love *The Who,* James and Stefano. I do agree that Pia should and will be the last girl standing.

  • bean99

    I don’t see James as safe as a lot of you. I don’t know anyone who has him as their favorite. At most it’s he doesn’t bug them as much as earlier in the season. He could help himself by changing things up and doing something completely different but am not sure he will.

    I don’t see Haley as anywhere in the hunt for the top 5. I think she’ll go before either of the other girls and can’t see more than 1 or 2 guys going before her.

    I do see Scotty in the finals probably with Pia and maybe Lauren in the 3rd spot. I think James plus either Casey or Jacob could be in the top 5.

  • Jae

    I think MJ has 1,2, and 10 right and I would switch Haley and Stephano in the ranking. The mid pack is all pretty interchangeable depending on how they sing a given week. I am really enjoying there not being a really clear front runner this season with a group where almost any of them could step it up and take the lead. I would like to see Scotty push himself a bit because I really like him but I very much want Pia to take this thing. I think she could be the next Carrie.

    I was out with my neighbors last night and we were actually talking Idol! They liked Pia too. And Jacob and even Haley. But what was really funny, they thought season 8 was last season and started talking about Adam! I was like nooooo! I follow Adam! He was 2 seasons ago! Lee won last year! You know, with Crystal Bowersox. Seriously, my neighbors thought I was crazy and had to go look it up themselves. And supposedly they watched last year. It was the laugh of the night.

  • jammasta

    Almost everyone I talk to about Idol has James in at least their Top 2. Some do like Jacob, but generally James is the biggest favorite, then Scott, then Casey. I really really do not think Jacob fits in there. The only talk about Pia is that she’s hot. Admittedly I joined in but I told my uncle that she was boring and could go back to him :P. They’re also warming up to Lauren. One of my friends wants to have 100 kids with Scotty (o_O poor dude) and my other friend thinks he’s sexy, yet they’re both 21.

    I wonder if that’s indicative of any voting trends. If people think similarly and James ends up winning with Scott as runner-up (or the other way around), that would be glorious. Now it’s time to power vote the crap out of both of them.

  • Tess

    I know we shouldn’t compare idols to current recording artists but I am a little curious about how a PR person would market some of them. Scotty and Lauren aren’t a problem but who would be James’ audience or Pia? Whose “current” money making career would be closest to them? My mind is blank on that one.

  • Mitchel

    Almost everyone I talk to about Idol has James in at least their Top 2. Some do like Jacob, but generally James is the biggest favorite, then Scott, then Casey. I really really do not think Jacob fits in there. The only talk about Pia is that she’s hot. Admittedly I joined in but I told my uncle that she was boring and could go back to him

    But James also tends to be more of a polorazing personality. And as noted, true rock fans do not are not a big voting block on AI. And will TPTB actually support a traditional male Country artist? Well, in all 9 seasons they never have.

    From a strategic perspective, in order for James and Scotty to be in the finals, they will also have to secure the fan votes of those that were eliminated before them. The problem I see here is that both have very defined (maybe too defined) musical genres.

    I would think Pia (who is more middle of the road) would in a better position of inherting more of the cast off votes.

  • Elek

    From a strategic perspective, in order for James and Scotty to be in the finals, they will also have to secure the fan votes of those that were eliminated before them. The problem I see here is that both have very defined (maybe too defined) musical genres.

    This early, my frontrunners are already making a lot of noise and that I must say translate to effective strategy. Having said that, the majority of voters (if not all) of the unlucky evictees would put their money on the two knowing that their finale tandem would bring a lot of excitement in the end.

    Furthermore, the two somehow remind me of the Adam Lambert Season whereby James is Adam and Scotty is Kris Allen. This time, James would be luckier for obvious reasons. One of which is the fact that he is straight and two, he’s got his disability as an effective back story. The Christians, the homophobes that betrayed Adam, and those caring institutions for Tourette’s and Asperger’s would certainly be supporting him.

    Are you forgetting who’s voting. Rock/metal fans aren’t watching Idol let alone voting.

    Let’s apply just a little logic to this: If a rock/metal fan such as James has decided to join this reality contest, why should it be impossible for the other rock/metal fans to follow the show and be supportive of their future idol???

  • 50diamonds

    I’m in agreement with your top 5 – but who knows what order they will end up in. What is exciting about this season is that any of those top 5 could break away. Pia has the best voice and killer looks. If she wows with uptempo I agree she has Carrie Underwood potential. She has it all – she jut has to bring it to the table. I like Casey but don’t see him as a popular radio artist. Scotty could leave today and get a contract I’m sure. Lauren was great last week. It was the first time I admired her for her voice more than her personality and that bodes well. I’m not sure about her overall maturity and pose, which Scotty has in spades. James Durbin is my favorite contestant for many reasons – flamboyance, excitement, fearless, vocal talent, back story. But he can be polarizing and needs to rein in his voice and give us some more Maybe I’m amazed. I’m not sure what rock and metal would do commercially but I wish it would come back! #sosickofrapandhiphop All said, it’s an exciting season of Idol. Every one of them could be a star if radio weren’t so limited these days. I hope they all do well.

  • sreep25

    your power list suck.. paul deserve to be in top 3 at least.. hes better than haley, stefno, lauren and even jacob.. so STOP the manipulation and be fair

  • jammasta

    But James also tends to be more of a polorazing personality. And as noted, true rock fans do not are not a big voting block on AI.

    Nobody in my family (from whom I gleaned my information) is that much of a rock fan. They like the big, sappy ballads that Pia is famous for, yet not one person cites her as a favorite, and they did like Thia because she’s Filipino like the half of my family here (although all of them seemed to agree that she should’ve been sent home last week). I’m the only country liker in my family, yet a ton of them list Scott as a Top 2/3 contender.

    Although the only time anyone in my family has ever really power voted was when Taylor Hicks was in the finale, so they don’t really contribute to any voting ideas I’ve had >_>. But, if they DID vote, they’d vote for those people for sure.

  • debdee_MI

    Are you forgetting who’s voting. Rock/metal fans aren’t watching Idol let alone voting.Let’s apply just a little logic to this: If a rock/metal fan such as James has decided to join this reality contest, why should it be impossible for the other rock/metal fans to follow the show and be supportive of their future idol???

    We now have Steven Tyler as a judge this season. If there is ever a year for a true Rocker, it would be this season. Many of my rock/metal friends have tuned in to the show just to watch Steven’s antics.

  • Elek

    We now have Steven Tyler as a judge this season. If there is ever a year for a true Rocker, it would be this season. Many of my rock/metal friends have tuned in to the show just to watch Steven’s antics.

    And maybe they are having double doses of excitement as I’d presume that James’ presence is a bonus, aye?!?

    JAMES DURBIN – SCOTTY MCCREERY for the GRAND FINALE!!!

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

    pia’s nose annoys me lol sorry!!!
    ITA elek! :P

  • http://www.lindafoltz.com linda2u

    Elek –

    I find your comment that Christians “Betrayed” Adam downright offensive. I’m a Christian – regular church attender, pray often during every day – and yet I was (and am) a huge fan of Adam. I voted for him continuously during the whole time allotted and I went to four of his concerts on his tour last summer (two while still wearing a brace recovering from a broken ankle that was a result of a fall while exercising to “Rabbit Hole”). Please don’t assume YOUR prejudices are facts.

    As far as who’s going to win Idol — it depends on who actually votes. If you look at Twitter followers, Casey and Scotty keep going back and forth on the most – yet Casey was voted off. If you look at itunes and the positive ratings, Scotty has the most. Country fans are known for their devotion … so IF Scotty’s fans truly are voting continuously through the two hour period (and later when it’s four hours), then he has a good chance to pull this thing off.

    Pia could turn things around if she showed some of the cool spunk that she showed during Hollywood Week when she sang “Grenade”. I LOVED her on that song, but she has bored me silly since the top 24. It would be one thing if she took a ballad and sang it in a unique way that blew my socks off … but she’s just been repeating other people’s versions, more or less. I’m kind of surprised, actually, that the judges haven’t used the word “karaoke” for Pia’s singing …. because she HAS been copying the divas … Barbra, Celine, Mariah.

    IMO, James’ best performance was his metal performance on the show. His voice is a little thin – certainly doesn’t have the richness or fullness of Adam’s. And it seems like he’s trying to figure out who he is …. tail (almost too similar to Steven’s scarves), spikes, etc. I didn’t care for his Elton John week performance at all … would have MUCH preferred that he do a slower song like Rocket Man.

    Jacob may be a surprise. IF he can stop over-singing (and if you watch his interview on on EW you’ll see that he’s “getting it” that he doesn’t need to wail on every song), and make excellent song choices, he may end up going far. He is the only person of color left …. and if people vote for him, he could be in the top few.

    I remember Season 8 – no one really saw Kris being the winner early on … the judges were pushing Adam and Danny …. and I don’t think anyone would have predicted that Allison would have been the last girl standing (although I still adore that girl). But Kris nailed it with a few performances. His “She Works Hard for the Money” during disco week was truly unique and completely changed my opinion of him. Then Kris pulled out an incredibly good acoustic version of “Heartless” in the finals … that I think may have ended up winning it for him. It didn’t hurt him that a lot of the Danny voters probably went to him instead of Adam.