American Idol 12 – Hollywood Pt 3 Girls Recap and Videos


Nicki tweeted that this shot was created in post…and she called it “stupid.” But I still think it’s funny.

Taking into account  the way Ryan, Nigel and the judges have been carrying on in interviews, I was expecting the girls to totally blow me away.  They didn’t.  Although, I’m afraid the days of “LOUD IS THE NEW GOOD!” may be back, there were some good voices–most of them belong to country singers. Which makes me wonder if the producers feel enough time has passed since Carrie Underwood won in 2005 to crown another country princess.  At this point, no singer from Idol can rival Carrie’s superstar status. She’s light years beyond the Idol bubble.

But I will reserve judgement until tomorrow, when the girls take the stage for solo performances. I’ll probably have some favorites by then.

Speaking of favorites–I loved Kez Ban’s audition. Maybe it was the edit, but her behavior as her group, the misfits, struggled to put a song together was really insufferable.  Nothing irks me more than a contestant who thinks they are better than the show.  Mocking the her fellow Hollywood contestants, refusing to sing modern pop songs or compromise was not likeable behavior.  I got news, the minute a singer signs a contract and steps onto the Idol stage, they pretty much lose their cred.  There have been plenty of Idol contestants who kept their integrity while remaining team players.  Kez should have been eliminated tonight.  I did not understand the judges giving her group a standing ovation. They were all pretty terrible.

And for once, I wasn’t on the same page with Nicki Minaj.  I agreed with her chastising contestants who didn’t memorize their lyrics, work hard or support their team mates.  But I didn’t understand why Nicki didn’t judge The Dramtics by the same standards.  Janel also abandoned her group, but Nicki found THAT behavior endearing. I suspect it’s because Nicki was having a Mary Sue moment, identifying with Janel’s insecure, self-absorbed behavior.  Simon Cowell would have called the entire performance self-indulgent, and he would have been right. Keith wasn’t buying it. Neither was I.

Janell Arthur and Rachel Hale were my favorite tonight. Totally robbed? Brandy Neelly. And she handled her elimination like a champ.  I can’t believe the guys and girls won’t compete together until the finals begin in March.  If Nigel believed that separating the sexes would help the girls stand out, I don’t get it.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow in the solo rounds.

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The guys had their turn, now the girls hit the Hollywood stage on American Idol! I’ll be live blogging the action right here.

162 girls head to Hollywood. READY TO WIN. Oh. It looks like the girls are gonna bring the DRAMZ.

The a’cappella solos are first. The girls will come out in lines of 10. If their performance isn’t up to snuff, they will be eliminated immediately. There are more girls than guys. Many will not survive

Angela Miller – Watch for this girl to be pimped to high heaven. She’s got a huge voice. The judges make approving noises as she performs

Mariah Pulice – She’s the Chicago girl with the Anorexia background. As she sings, her family cries backstage.

Victoria Acosta – Killing me Softly – Pitchy and underwhelming.

Angela and Victoria advance. Mariah is sent home. Really? I thought Victoria blew it.

Ashley Smith and Sarah Restuccio are cut. I loved Ashley! Poop.


1st Line Including Mariah, Victoria & Angela… by IdolxMuzic

Next, it’s TWO country artists, going head to head.

Rachel Hale – She sings in a big voice. Nicki whispers to Keith, that she’s relatable…can’t put her finger on it. She’s pretty awesome.

Jenell Arthur – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Oh. She’s got a great big voice too. Less bluesy than Rachel. There’s something real old school about her.

Of course, they both make it.


2nd Line Rachel & Jenelle – Hollywood Week… by IdolxMuzic

Candice Glover – “Impossible” – She’s a favorite from last year. The judges love her. Yep. She’s a big voiced diva. And the judges still love her.

Megan Miller – “Titanium” – She was the chick on crutches. That was very nice. But I bet she gets cut.

Yep. Candice is through. Megan is sent home.


3rd Line Megan & Candice – Hollywood Week… by IdolxMuzic

Isabelle – “Summertime” – Whoa. Another big voice. Remember “Loud is the new good” from the early Idol days? I think it’s back.


4th Line Isabelle – Hollywood Week – American… by IdolxMuzic

Kez Ban – “Nights in White Satin” – And yes. I believe it’s time for Kez Ban. Thank you for that tonic. She takes 30 seconds to compose herself. She warns the judges that she’s getting over a cold. Oh my. She sounds TERRIBLE. She should be cut based on that.

Briana Oakley – “Impossible” – And…we’re back to big voices.

Kez and Brianna both advance. In fact, the entire line goes through a total of 74 girls survive the first day.


Final Group Including Kez Ban & Brianna… by IdolxMuzic

Group rounds are next! Kez Ban, “Group rounds are fun! I used to be in chorus.” I hope she stays forever!

There is a ton of drama as the girls prepare for group rounds.  Kez Ban is behaving like she’s too good to sing…just about everything, irritating the girls in her group.  They settle on “Be My Baby”.  Kez is happy she doesn’t have to sing a song “that makes me want to vomit.”  Kez is such a PITA, the girls in her group plan to rehearse behind her back.  Zonette, the chick who butchered the National Anthem, but advanced anyway, is not gelling well with her group either. Gee. I wonder why.


Girl Groups Form & Rehearse – Group Day… by IdolxMuzic

The Swaggettes – “Hit Em Up Style” –  Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, Candice Glover, Denise Jackson –  “- Keith thought it was a great song choice and that they nailed the harmonies. It was definitely  a well put together group. “Swag on,” says Mariah.

They all advance to the next round.


The Swaggettes – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Raisin’ Cain – “Sin Wagon” –    Morgan Leigh Boberg, Lauren Mink, Brandy Hotard –  Nicki compliments them in her finest southern accent. Which isn’t really that fine.   Nicki calls them cup cakes and tell them “we’re willing to paint your toe nails”  She’s hilarious. The girls gel beautifully. Great harmonies.  I find it interesting that Nigel and Ken put a bunch of country girls together in the same group. They all go through.


Raisin’ Cain – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Almost Famous – “Somebody That I Used To Know” –   Savannah Votion, Lizz Weis, Daysia Hall, J’Leigh Chauvin – Savannah is the only girl who can arrange music. The girls struggle. And the performance is a hot mess.  Off-key harmonies, missed lyrics. It really fell apart. Only Daysia advances to the next round, despite REALLY messing up the words.  Savannah is pissed. SO PISSED. She feels she did all of the work. And the lyrics of the song come true.”This will be the last time I ever come on the show,” she says. No love lost here.


Almost Famous – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

The Dramatics – “If I Die Young” – Kriss Mincey, Janel Stinney, Cristabel Clack, – Things began really well…but then one of the group members, Janel,  became ill and emotional. HERE COMES THE PUKING. Finally.  During a confessional, Janel calls herself a solo artist and that she’s learned so much from her team mates. They snigger behind her back.  Nicki enjoyed them messing up the words, better than any other performance that day, because they FELT IT.  Mariah and Keith are laughing at her. He adamantly disagrees. The judges know that Janel didn’t want to rehearse with the other girls.  Nicki prods her and Janel begins crying, “Sometimes I feel that I don’t fit in.”  Nicki finds this behavior totally endearing–rather than self-absorbed–which is what it was.  The performance is what Simon Cowell would have called “self-indulgent.” Even Mariah was rolling her eyes at Janel’s excessive runs. In any case, it wasn’t unanimous, but all 4 girls advance.


Dramatics & Others Get Through – Group Day… by IdolxMuzic

Urban Hue - “American Boy” –  HermanoSeretha Guinn, Tenna Torres, Kiara Lanier –   – Nicki was NOT impressed, except with Tenna. Nicki thought it wasn’t a good song choice.  NOT a unanimous decision. Jett, Tenna and Kiara advance. Seretha (the mom whose boyfriend was in a terrible accident) is sent home.


Urban Hue – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Oh. Randy Jackson is back. To be honest, I didn’t notice he was gone. OOPS.

Pooh Snaps – “Knock on Wood” – Zoanette Johnson, Erin ChristineLauren Bettes, Isabelle – So it turns out, Zonette can kinda sing. Initially, Zoanette felt out of place, surrounded by country singers, as she put it. Maybe the problem is that she’s surrounded by SINGERS, period. But it turns out she can kinda sing– her butchering of the National Anthem during her audition was apparently exaggerated for effect.  It’s hard for me to take my eyes off of her. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. All in all, a surprisingly entertaining group. Lauren is sent home, while the rest advance.


Two Snaps – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Handsome Women - “Somebody That I Used to Know” -  Shira Gavrielov, Alisha Dixon, Liz Bills, Courtney Calle – “Somebody That I Used to Know” –  It’s the group vs Liz. who is discouraged that the group didn’t get anything accomplished the night before.  The morning of the performance, Liz can’t find her group, but they are waiting for her in the practice room, pissed that she’s never around when they need her. “She thinks she’s too cool for us,” snaps one of the girls.  The performance is a pitchy train wreck, and Liz is the only member to advance. Her group members can’t believe it. Shira comes back on stage. She begs for another chance. Her singing was awful. They basically tell her “sorry you suck.” But actually, the entire group wasn’t very good.


Handsome Women – Group Day – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

For You – “Somebody That I Used to Know” –  Stephanie Schimel, Alex Delaney, Kalli Therinae, Holly Miller –  Originally, the girls were set to sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart, but after struggling, the switch, the morning of the performance, to “Somebody that I Used to Know.”  And of course, they are under-rehearsed and can’t remember the words. Randy says it was terrible. Keith is all, “It wasn’t terrible” Uh. YEAH IT WAS.  The decision was not unanimous–Kalli  and Alex are sent home. Stephanie and Holly advance.  Stephanie admits, right up front, that she sucked, “Why did they let me through. I totally botched that thing.”


Stephanie, Alex & Holly – Group Day – American… by IdolxMuzic

A montage of girls reading lyrics of their hands. Nicki mimicks them. She writes “They suck” on her hand. LOL.

Dolly Chicks -“Sin Wagon” –  Kree Harrison, Britnee Kellogg, Brandy Neelly, Haley Davis – Haley went to bed early, pissing off the rest of her group.  Nicki has had it with girls looking at their hands for lyrics. Nicki reads Haley the riot act for abandoning her group early the night before to go to bed.  The decision was not unanimous–Brandy is sent home, the rest advance, even Haley and her terrible attitude. Nicki wanted to send her home, I’m sure. Wow. Brandy was really good. Can’t figure out why they would send her home.


#Wrong Lyrics & Dolly Chicks – Group Day… by IdolxMuzic

Kez Ban’s group, of course, is saved for last.

The Misfits – “Be My Baby” – Kez Ban, Breanna Steer, Angela Miller, Janell Arthur – Janelle is the total stand out in this group! Bringing some country swag. AND SINGING ON KEY. Nicki felt their voices were perfection (???) She calls Janelle a star. Wow. All 4 go through. Really?


The Misfits – Final Group – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Tomorrow – Last chance solos!

  • dabney c

    ‘Oh yes it’s lay-deez night, and the feelin’s right …’

    :-D

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Greatest female performances that we’ve seen in years!”

    OK, Ryan. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Let’s see what you got ladies. Bring it! 

  • dabney c

    Aww, Keith: “I would LOVE it to be a girl this year”. Keith is such an Idol fan-herr (is that the opposite of frau?) 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. I really hate the emphasis on backstories. Mariah’s good, but didn’t really impress me.

  • http://twitter.com/brendanjhong Brendan Hong

    live stream anyone?

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    More girls were sent to Hollywood then guys. Oh wow they really are that desperate.

  • dabney c

    A bit Hannah Montana, that one.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Angela’s very good. The next girl not so much.

  • jcabby

    Waiting for a girl to SING. These first three are not impressing me so far.

  • jinxx315

    Killing me softly….how ironic, you killed my ears. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They put a contestant to remember the viewers that only men are winning and THEY CAN’T vote for a guy this year. This is new! Nice move, Nigel, but it won’t be that easy. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wait … what about hearing the other girls?

  • dabney c

    Victoria? She was pitchy and mediocre! Mariah was even better.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I swear they said that last year…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Not impressed yet. I’m looking for a STAR!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Yeah, Idol couldn’t be more blatant and clear than that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yep. That’s why I lol’ed. lol

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    I got excited for a second when Ryan announced that Mariah was going home.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Bring on Zoanette!!  ;)

  • blackberryharvest

    Its been like that for years.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t like that Mariah was so desperate. It made me uncomfortable that she seemed so dependent on the show, like she would need to be put on suicide watch if she failed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I typically find the guys easier to connect with for some reason. Aside from S9 with Crystal and Siobhan. I even found Jessica hard to connect with last year even if she was my favorite. Hopefully this changes tonight. So far I’m really liking my Top 5 guys, they need a woman to join them lol.

  • dabney c

    Janelle reminds me of Leanne Rhimes.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t like country, but Rachel and Janelle are very good.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are not letting us hear hardly anyone of those who go through. Lame.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I love Keith…mostly because he is hot…and seems so sweet. But man…he seems to like EVERYONE. Lol…not very discerning.

  • jcabby

    I like Rachel! She’s so smiley and happy. Got to like her personality.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I’m not liking that they don’t show all of the contestants and even moreso the ones that go through.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that we won’t see the “real” judges until the live shows start. Editing is giving us a perception of the judges that may not be “real”.

  • samuelgrant

    They played “Hit the Ground Runnin'” by Haley Reinhart! :D

  • tucker davis

    There seems to be so many girls that we’re basically just seeing the ones who go on……..the second hour is all about groups. I predict Rachel will go far in the competition if she gets to voting. As Nicki says, she has a really high likability factor!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Yep. They need someone like Lauren, with even better vocals. That’s the only way a girl can win. Bland and dull girls, no matter how good they are technically, will never win.

  • dabney c

    GO CANDICE!

  • jcabby

    Candice and Megan! Wow!

  • sandrajane

    Candice didn’t sound good to me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Gosh. They aren’t letting us hear anyone! I don’t like this.

  • dabney c

    Glad Shira made it to groups. She has some good music on her site.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    It’s clear Idol as never seen this much talent! And neither has the audience cuz they aren’t showing any of it lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    How many times is Ryan going to tell us how talented the “ladies” are this year? Is this an attempt at some kind of brainwashing? lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I agree. They seem to have trouble casting girls with potential to go far, who don’t have compelling personalities, or have a voice to make up for those.

    So far, it seems like a lot of these girls are more interested in vocal acrobatics.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I thought Megan was pretty good. WTF?

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Bring it on Kez. She was an awesome audition!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Omfg Kez Ban, LOL @ her shouting.

    If a girl had a personality like her and could sing I would be so down.

  • blackberryharvest

    I think Rachel is somebody that could win with her personality.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh Kez…I had hope. :(

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Candice was too melismatic like Curtis last week, but no doubt the girl can sing.

    Lots of these girls do have a love affair with melisma apparently.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Why do I feel Kez doesn’t or care to take Idol seriously. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    That was wretched, hopefully she’ll be better in groups and not just drama fodder :/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ugh. I really don’t want so much time spent on drama vs. singing.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    How would we even have a chance to know any of the contestants personalities so far though when we’re only being given like a 30 second glance, if that much, of most of the contestants?  Not to mention all the nameless females that have gone through this first round that we haven’t even heard open their mouths.  I think it’s a bit too early to start dissing the females for their personalities when we’ve barely seen them as yet.

  • BBchez

    Sooooo can Kez just be the idol cheerleader all season? Loved the shouting 

  • dabney c

    …but not great in the a capella solo. Nonetheless, she made it through, so we’ll see.

  • Karen C

    Didn’t they have a lot less of the men at this stage?  

  • sandrajane

    Like Candace, Breanna didn’t sound good on the Impossible song.  Actually, she sounded much worse than Candice.

  • tucker davis

    Well it appears that Kez is being put through on personality….she didn’t compare to any of the others.

  • Karen C

    I agree. They seem to have trouble casting girls with potential to go far, who don’t have compelling personalities, or have a voice to make up for those.

    That’s what I’m seeing too. No one really is standing out.  Maybe Kez.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I’m not dissing these girls we have coming up now, it’s too early for that. I’m just iterating what I’ve noticed from the past 2 seasons, maybe even 3.

  • elliegrll

    I think it’s more like they don’t take the time to show the girls’ personalities like they do with the boys.  The talent has always been deeper with the girls, so for the most part as a group they have been better singers, but it seems like TPTB have focused more on their hair, shoes, and clothes instead of their singing. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    This is true, too. Girls are kind of disadvantaged, it seems. Show too little personality, you’re dull and hard to connect with. Show more than a little bit of personality, you’re a bitch and still hard to connect with.

    No lie, I’ve had this difficulty too. I find it more difficult to connect with the girls.

    GOOD GOD, I can’t tell if Kez Ban is being hilarious or getting on my f*cking nerves. Lol.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I think it’s because they keep casting the same types of female singers (I don’t mean genre). Ballad-heavy…except for Crystal (who should have won!!)

  • genius13

    Candice looks fabulous this year..I remember last year that she didn’t quite look the part…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s getting on my nerves, and the edit that she’s getting isn’t favorable. She’s coming across very difficult and unwilling to work with the others.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Spotting a girl who looks exactly like a really light haired Jessica Sanchez. Adriana Latonio? 

  • tucker davis

    Michael’s face just said it all…lol.

  • dabney c

    Kez hoarking up that phlegm ball? She lost me forever. Gaaaah!

  • tucker davis

    I bet the other girls in Kez’s group didn’t sleep a wink that night!

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’ve said this before I believe in other threads, but in part I think this is a societal problem more so than just an AI problem.  In general, I think females are given a much narrower window of acceptable personalities than males are, especially in the media.  While I think AI could do a better job showcasing their female personalities, it’s not really an AI problem so much as a society problem.

    Unrelated, but Schyler Dixon must have been cut after the first round per her tweets tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I think the unfavourable edit is intentional. You know she won’t make it far….doesn’t fit the prototype, nor does she appeal to a wide range of viewers. In their eyes, she’s clearly disposable so they’ll milk her ‘eccentricities’ and manic blurts for ratings. Truth is …she has some genuine, raw talent. Emphasis on “raw”.

  • dabney c

    Did Michael Orland lose, like, 50lbs?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I’ve noticed it too. And, I’m not going to lie, I have this “society” problem too. I dunno what it is, but it’s harder to connect with “dull girls” or “girls with too much personality” than it is with “dull guys” or “guys with too much personality”, and the guys are more forgivable. It’s not a conscious thing, either. It’s just… there.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Fantastic group. They were tight.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    kinda got annoyed with Kez Ban.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    ITA. This a viewers’ problem. If they showed the girls EXACTLY like they showed the guys ( I think they do it, but many here don’t agree, even think the girls are much better singers), do you think the viewers who voted last 5 seasons would vote differently? lol

  • jcabby

    These gals were awesome. Strong vocals and personalities in this performance.

  • dabney c

    LOL, I heard Buckwild today on the radio and thought of Josh Ledet and Brianna Von Whatever from last year.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Nice group there. Very nice song choice. Sexy harmonies. Melinda’s cute. 

  • genius13

    Kez Ban is really too much..and not in a good way

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I’m sort of pissed that Kez isn’t even trying. I think that she thinks that she doesn’t fit in or even have a chance and could be purposely sabotaging herself.  Maybe it’s just bad editing but I still like her. That girl has a calling. Comedy show maybe.

  • jinxx315

     Kez Ban is starting to get on my last nerve. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I love the song Sin Wagon, but is it just me or do these girls sound like they’re MURDERING THE SONG? 

    Really? The beginning of that song sounded like a demonic possession, and I like country music. What’s going on here, am I deaf?

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Kez Ban is sabotaging her group because she doesn’t want to advance. Kinda pisses me off.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    As overplayed as that song was, how could anyone not know the words?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This isn’t good at all. I think Nigel choosing the groups wasn’t a good idea.

  • blackberryharvest

    Michael Buckley ?@buckhollywood The Swagettes had way more harmony than 5th Harmony ever had! #idol #truth

    Haha

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Wow. They just ruined that Gotye song lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    That was a hot mess. Savanna is the only one worth putting through.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    …Okay, these girls who sang the Gotye song were even worse. So much for their work on the harmonies. Lol

  • dabney c

    Hoo boy. Savannah Votion was supposed to be the next Kelly Clarkson. 

  • jcabby

    That was a disaster. None should go through IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Wow, wrong girl went through. The first girl carried that whole group.

  • Chris

    They don’t know the words to the most over played song “Somebody I Used to Know”?  Complete mess and they shouldn’t have saved the blonde either.  All bad.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I reckon based on the number of guys they put through that couldn’t remember the melody, lyrics, etc. The group rounds are just for show anyway.  She must have been on their list of people to put through no matter what.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    …Well, the loony who bitched about how she did the harmonies and deserved to get through over the other girl was kinda cute. Thank goodness for dignity.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Awww snap! LOL and I love 5H.

  • sandrajane

    This is not Top Chef.  The judges don’t take into consideration who contributed what.

    savannah style is a hot mess.  Seriously.  I thought her whole group should have went home.  Not a one of them did decent.

  • elliegrll

    I would think that the individual parts are more important than the harmony, since they aren’t being judged as a group, so that girl needs to get over herself.

  • tucker davis

    The entire group that sang ‘someone that i used to know’ needed a huge makeover. And it was funny that the only one that advanced is the one who forgot the words..lol.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    It was horrific. they deserve punitive detention for that!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I thought it was funny how they threw the girl who got through under the bus and started to rip her to shreds. lol 

  • elliegrll

    I think that she thinks that she doesn’t fit in or even have a chance and could be purposely sabotaging herself.

    This is my guess too.  It’s a shame, because based on her audition I think that she could have gone far.

    That being said, the other songs that she’s posted on Youtube aren’t that great.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I know. All the girls cut behaved like they deserved to stay. Yeah, the black chick that stayed was the worse, but they all sounded like sh*t anyway. Their attitude just amplified their delusional behaviour.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I agree. I really liked her Pinocchio rendition AND her original, but she’s coming off REALLY badly right now, probably on purpose. It’s a bit sad.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     I think your right. I keep forgetting that.

  • KelseyW

    Go Idol! You keep playing those Haley Reinhart songs in the background! So cool that they played “Hit The Ground Runnin”. :D

    One of my future faves will undoubtedly be in the ladies group. They will most likely 1. Not be featured in Hollywood/continue to be pimped from auditions. 2. Be featured, but won’t grab my attention till the live shows. That’s part of the fun of Idol though. Not knowing when a contestant’s voice will blow you away, and make you want to hear more from them.

     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    This Janel person seems really off. In a creepy way. I’d steer clear from her.

  • elliegrll

    That smile from Janel was the fakest smile that I’ve ever seen in my life.

  • steph6449

    Who thought this was a good idea with If I Die Young :O :O :O

    They should all go packing, ha.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Holy pitch batman lol. Janel was bad. The rest of the group was good!

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I must have missed the part about the rollercoaster in the original lol

  • jcabby

    That was just a mess. I couldn’t stand it. LOL

  • steph6449

    plus it was too slow, screechy, and depressing. realizing it is supposed to be somewhat depressing, but still, lol

    ETA: you have to be kidding. Ok, I will bring my standard excuse for the inexplicable. Maybe it sounded better in person ;)

  • Chris

    Did she say “put me on a rollercoaster” as a lyric for “If I Die Young”?  The Band Perry and Lauren Alaina are dying young now.

  • dabney c

    This is truly hilarious.

  • sandrajane

    Everybody was great except for Janelle.  She seemed to come apart at every turn.

  • elliegrll

    That was the most confusing result ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    If I Die Young, I totally want it to be on a rollercoaster.

  • jcabby

    Shubha! Love that girl.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    This show is beginning to confuse me. I did not like anyone in the Dramatics, although the whistle register was kinda awesome.

    Shubha and Aubrey, very nice.

  • mtlfan2

    On attitude alone, i had Janel written off :p 

  • KelseyW

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m loving this panel of three judges. :P

  • tucker davis

    It seems the more you mess up, the more Nicki praises you…lol.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Mariah is less annoying without Randy to egg her on.  Oh, what could have been :/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    “That was terrible. We are sending only one of you home, congrats the rest of you three!”

    *Insert Elise Testone stank face here*

    The singing isn’t as bad as last week’s disaster of a Day 1 + Group Round for the guys, but the results are worse so far.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True, but she’s still coming across as too aloof and detached to me.

  • dabney c

    The way they’re sending people home or through seems so random. The last 4 girls were equally blah, so why single out Seretha?? 

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Zonette just damaged my ears permanently.

  • sandrajane

    So Isabelle dropped her last name?  And Zoanette is a terrible singer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     That was fun. Love Zoenetta.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Zoanette is such a wonderful hot mess. I love it! Oh look, Isabella can sing more than one song after all.

  • teekee

    What the hell is happening? Geez!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I liked Zoanette. But I’m hating most of the rest of the episode tonight.

    As Nicki Minaj would say, “[I'm] HIGHER THAN A MOTHER F***ER… Starships were meant to fly” and all that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Ha. If your going to put through terrible singers, give me Zoenetta.

  • steph6449

    I think there is someone lying on the floor behind the judges passing them producer notes on who to keep for good teevee — lol.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Idol is kinda becoming X-Factor with random decisions and excessive number of jokes contestants advancing. Why are they doing it, I’ve no idea, but I’m noticing that, in this “war of singing shows” each show is copying the worst of the other. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m suddenly starting to think the groups of guys last week were even good. lol

  • steph6449

    When there is actual pain on the judges’ expression, that should tell them — Send Them Home.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Can’t believe the girls are as much as a disaster as the boys from last week. Both suck so far, except for very few.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Liz is interesting. She has awesome hair and I kind of like her hippie vibe. :)

  • dabney c

    The girl with the white dress was better.

  • steph6449

    Err, no. :)

  • dabney c

    Sorry, Shira. You’re a good artist, but you sucked in groups today. 

  • mtlfan2

    sour grapes are unpleasant to watch! I agree with the judges on that last group

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    she reminds me a bit of the weird bohemian/faux british chick on Girls.  I thought she had a nice voice tho

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but the “penis advantage” of last year has become the “vagina advantage” for tonight. Like they’re overcompensating for the male advantage that the past few seasons have had by sending mediocre female singers through. Or, like Tenna’s group, they’re cutting deep into the group for their terrible singing and still sending most of them through.

    It’s still really early in the season so I can’t say for sure yet, but it really does seem they’re gunning for a female winner.

  • elliegrll

    Contestants probably shouldn’t sing Somebody that I Used to Know.  It’s really not a song that was meant to showcase people’s voices.

  • justmefornow

    I just turned this on. Wow, have they all been this bad?
    WTF is going on this year? 

    I may be over this show.

  • Myrrna

    It looks to me like there will be 10 strong women and maybe 2 strong guys in the last 20.

  • tucker davis

    If you love Zoanette, I could show you twenty Zoanettes in my hometown…lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Rofl, you jinxed it, the next group changed their song to Somebody that I Used To Know.

    And, like the previous group who sang it, it was terrible. Holly was ok at best, and that’s it.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Oh, I like Kalli and Stephanie even though they messed up the words.

  • iluvai

    If Gotye was dead, he’d be turning in his grave!  omg!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    lol at Nicki 

  • tucker davis

    Finally, there’s Kree!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I thought writing the lyrics on your hands would be against the rules. 

  • steph6449

    was that girl reading the lyrics off her wrist? ha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Nicki’s got fangs. I love it.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I so hope Nicki is this awesome on live shows.

  • sandrajane

     It’s never been.

  • jcabby

    Brandy was the best. WTH?

  • dabney c

    Nicki gets on a power trip sometimes and it bugs me.

  • tucker davis

    Wow! I thought Brandy sounded the best and she’s the only one dismissed..boo.

  • dabney c

    Brandy was great! WTF??

  • KelseyW

    Did Nicki seriously write “they suck”(Or was it “that sucked”?)on her hand as a jab to the girl’s who were writing and reading lyrics from their hands AND still sucked anyway? That was awesome. lol

  • teekee

    I liked her too. What is up? lol

  • garlandk77

    In the group with Shubha Vedula, Sarina, and Aubrey, the judges said only Shubha was going thru. But one of the other girls is on the spoiler list of the Top 20 girls. How to explain this???

  • elliegrll

    Nicki was speaking the truth.  You can’t go to bed early, and then look to your groupmates to feed you the lyrics. 

    It would make more sense for them to just make up some words, and show that they can sing, instead of looking at their hands.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Come on, even P2 sang STIUTK better than these girls and I don’t think he rehearsed too much. It’s just being a trainwreck and that’s all. The thing is that the small numbers of songs allowed and the fact they can’t choose their own groups are really hurting these girl.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Some wrong ones are being let go. There’s got to be a wildcard episode coming and I bet we will see the winner in that group. 

  • tucker davis

    It kind of bugs me that Nicki calls out that girl who didn’t practice all night with her group, but praised the other girl who wouldn’t practice with her group! And both girls that didn’t practice are put through…not following the reasoning tonight.

  • sandrajane

     No.  Idol superimposed the words on her hand.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I’m beginning to feel strong favoritism towards the girls from the producers/judges, and that’s even taking into account them sending through guys like Johnny Keyser or Gurpreet’s group who flat-out tanked and got sent through anyway. Am I the only one? >_>

    Also, Brandy did sing well even though she forgot the words most blatantly and ad-libbed to make up for it. Which is much better than leaving your group behind and writing the lyrics on your hand.

  • elliegrll

    At least last Wednesday’s show was funnier.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Janelle is an amazing singer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I thought I saw ink on Janelle’s palm lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nicki is judging quite badly, but “at least she’s judging”. Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s a big advanatage, but people seem to love it. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    However, if your groupmate has stomach virus, you don’t want her around you.  You want her in bed.

    Sorry, I’m not happy with the decision.  And now, the best hope of my home state (Kentucky) have a semi-finalist was eliminated too too early.  (In 11 seasons of American Idol, Kentucky has never had a semi-finalist.  Even though an Idol winner auditioned in Louisville…Kris Allen).

  • jcabby

    Janelle has a gorgeous voice. Very cool!

  • dabney c

    The girl in green was totally off key, no? Was I hearing things?

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Janelle sounded reeaaaaly good. Total natural.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I don’t think I was hearing the same thing of the judges.

  • elliegrll

    If they were the best group of the day then this year’s girls are weak. There were no memorable performances.

  • steph6449

    Maybe I walked the dog during a gem, but I don’t recall any of the guy groups being much good at all, and most of them I saw were horrendous. Also mostly the individual guys didn’t sound good, performed nervously, or otherwise didn’t do themselves many favors.

    There are a lot of trainwrecks tonight, but 2-3 of the girl groups were pretty good, and more than a few of the individual girls sound and perform quite well.

    That said, other than sunspots I can’t explain a lot of the choices of who is being sent forward :O

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Janelle is one of my favorites so far.  Her and Candice I think.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Something about Angie Miller’s singing bugs the heck out of me and I can’t figure it out.  It just feels like she’s oversinging to me.  At least tonight.  

    From what I saw tonight, Candice and Janelle were my favorites.

  • iluvai

    I can’t wait for top 20!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I totally agree. If they can’t do hollywood week, they would never be able to handle the chaotic schedule of the live shows.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    Given the hype, I thought this episode was a total letdown.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    That was a good way to end the episode. Overall, crappy episode, even worse than last week’s guys episode on Wednesday. Although I think they did make it pretty clear they wanted a female winner. I didn’t really care for how they seemed to do be more lenient on the girls, though. But maybe I’m wrong.

    And were they just pimping Angela Miller? I love the sh*t out of her. She’s definitely my favorite girl.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    They were way lenient with the guys too, at least the ones they wanted to put through.  Mostly just more Idol stupidity in editing to feature the groups with drama, who can’t remember their lyrics, etc and not really showing much of anyone who actually did well.  

  • lizland

    This could be the first time leaving Hollywood when I have not seen one menorable performance. I hope some one brings it tommorrow. Tonight was a bore.

  • justmefornow

    ITA 
    Annoying. As. Crap.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     I laughed when Randy said “and if you’re gonna ad lib, at least do it in key” lol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I agree. I freaking hate groups. I wish we could do multiple solo rounds. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I know they were lenient with the guys, it just seemed like they were a bit more lenient with the girls they sent through. If a guy had the attitude of stomach virus girl, he might have been sent home. That was the feeling I got. It may be wrong, and it may just be being overly defensive as a male.

    I agree. I freaking hate groups. I wish we could do multiple solo rounds.

    Amen to that!

  • tucker davis

    Wait, is Janelle the blond country girl?

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Girl wise, I see myself supporting Rachel Hale for sure. I see myself side-supporting Candace unless she does the whole Whitney Catalog. If she does that, I’m dropping her like a rock.

  • dabney c

    Yeah, there’s just got to be a couple of wildcards put in. I’m going with Nate Tao and Brandy Neely.

    (Possibly instead of Nate,  the tonsillectomy speech impediment guy whose name escapes me).

  • http://twitter.com/RyanJames2298 Ryan

    Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, and Angie Miller are my top 3 hands down. Watch for those girls to make it REALLY far

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    For some reason she reminds me of Colton and I haven’t figured that one out yet either.

  • justmefornow

    Well that would explain the annoying part, lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Well, Angela and Colton are apparently both fundies and Colton’s BFFs with Angela’s boyfriend apparently. So there might be that connection?

  • blackberryharvest

    Same thing every season. People say there are no standouts. I think everybody expectations are just too high at this stage.

  • alonzo7

    Loved Candice and Janelle-both better than Angela who is really being pimped.
    Looks like in the solos Angela really brings it so we shall see.
    Want to see more of Shubba, Rachel and Melinda Ademi.

  • KelseyW

    Hmm…It looked hand written to me. We need a screen grab to be sure though.

  • elliegrll

    Maybe I walked the dog during a gem, but I don’t recall any of the guy groups being much good at all, and most of them I saw were horrendous. Also mostly the individual guys didn’t sound good, performed nervously, or otherwise didn’t do themselves many favors.

    As a group the guys weren’t very good, but I think that there were more memorable performances than what I saw tonight.  That’s surprisings, since it is usually the girls who have more standout performances.

  • dabney c

    I think so. Then again, there are about 15 blonde country girls, so I can’t be sure. :D

  • tucker davis

    Janelle Arthur may just win the whole thing…she’s a new Carrie Underwood!

  • steph6449

    Could well be. The dog may have kept me out longer than usual if she was scared to come back in ;)

  • dabney c

    Ooo, good call. She’s the female Colton. I think it’s because she’s tall, skinny, plays piano, has a shrill voice, and takes herself very seriously. Ha.

    Speaking of Colton, why didn’t they show Schyler tonight? 

  • mchcat

    She is the only one I liked – hope we don’t wind up with a whole slew of howlers and screamers like we did last year

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Probably because Schyler was cut after the first round and didn’t do anything memorable.  I thought for sure they would have at least shown her original audition as an excuse to show Colton, since I’m pretty sure he was there. 

    Mind you I reserve the right to change my judgment on Angela when I see her in her element, but I think you kind of nailed why she reminds me of Colton.  On stage at least she seemingly takes herself very seriously.  Too seriously.  To the point that it becomes kind of comical.  Which is in part one of the main problems I always had with Colton.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I don’t get that vibe from her yet, but that is part of why I didn’t really like Colton either. I hope she doesn’t do that. 

  • justmefornow

    I see the similarity between the two as well. 
    Colton always reminded me of those lame overly happy, smiley groups from the 60’s…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJe58-1znn4

  • Karen C

    Same thing every season. People say there are no standouts. I think everybody expectations are just too high at this stage.

    Most seasons that I have watched, there have been standouts to me even at this stage. Even someone that I am interested in watching or had a performance that was memorable to me.  This year, there have been very few.

  • dishwalla

    Out of this group, Angie Miller, Rachel Hale, Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover should make the Top 10. It will be interesting if this is a Country vs R&B season. I think fundi Angie may turn out too polarizing for the win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003236218536 Maryaddison Neelly

    Brandy was a class act– just 17 years old and she handled the pressure and the grid that is idol with class and determination.  She should have advanced— but it’s a TV show.  Maybe room for her in the future.  If not, Idol’s loss, not hers!!!

  • lovetheusa1776

    Minaj’s portentous, lugubrious, drawn-out delphic utterances are such a snore. 

    And two hours of high-pitched female voices (singing, no less) not a plus.  Mix the sexes, please.

  • blackberryharvest

    Geez Colton LOL

    Colton Dixon ?@coltondixon@americanidol missed out last year when they didn’t send @schylerdixon through. This years result was poor taste and just rude on their end

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003236218536 Maryaddison Neelly

    Brandy Neelly should have advanced through–  she was one of the best in her group— she’s one of the best of the country singers!   what is Idol waiting for? Doesn’t make sense….   She IS the next big thing!  Love Janelle as a person, but hold no candle to BRANDY!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I keep forgetting Rachel Hale existed. Yeah, she was good too.

    The potential for 4 country acts in the Top 20/10 could be quite odd, and I do love me some country (Paul Jolley, Jimmy Smith, Janelle Arthur, and Rachel Hale… And I’m sure that’s not all). I don’t think I’d be complaining too much about it since I do like all 4 of them, although I might get a bit bored. I suppose each of them, if somehow they all made it in the Top 10, each have little nuances. Paul and Janelle are the bigger voices with some theatricality to Paul’s, and Jimmy and Rachel are a tad softer

    Still wishing someone on Idol could blast some face-melting rock with a weird juxtaposition afterward of smooth country twang, but I know I’m watching the wrong show if that’s what I want lol. Although James and Scotty/Lauren were pretty close to that.

  • LA944

    After watching the whole show–there weren’t that many memorable girls for me. I did hear some voices I really liked–but have forgotten who they were already. Getting old-ha

    The ones who stick out in my mind: Candace (great voice & I still remember that she was eliminated last year–which was crazy).

    Janelle  (I really liked her initial audition and she was great again tonite) BTW–watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdEZDMb9c4U

    Kez Ban (She’s out there–and I really like her sound)

    Angela (I don’t love her voice so far–but I do remember her)

    I have to say that some of the other girls in Candace’s group had some really cool voices.

    PS–I hardly remember or liked any of the guys at all.

    I think the judges made some crazy decisions tonight. I was shocked at a few–made no sense at all–but that’s idol for ya

  • girlygirltoo

    what happened with Colton’s sister that he feels the need to post angry tweets?

  • dabney c

    She was cut, so he’s mad at Idol. Schyler gets no respect from this show. She really should stop auditioning every year. They’re just not that into her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OSOOTOBRL4XGHQNICOXCCN5IXQ lisa

    Candice Glover and Isabelle are my favs so far.I wish they would let the he/she go home.everyone calls it a she but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it is actually a guy.can  anyone  honestly say this person has star power? the most annoying contestant that I can remember,oh yeah i forgot Casey Abrahms this one even tops him.at least he does somewhat resemble a guy  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    There’s a Janelle Arther (blonde country girl) and a Janel (minus the “le”, black girl who had issues with her group).

    Omg that guy who wanted to do a “collide” with Nicki (the Asian guy who wanted to be Justin Bieber) is likely auditioning for X Factor. Lulz.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    ONCE AGAIN. NO SPOILERS IN THIS POST. NOT EVEN A HINT OR A PEEP. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003236218536 Maryaddison Neelly

    brandy was a class act.  she was clearly talented, poised and beyond for a 17 year old. Not sure what Idol has in store for the next episode, but THIS KID IS THE REAL DEAL!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Rewatching that first girl group that sang Sin Wagon, their harmonies were terrible at the beginning (Actually, I think one person was belting the wrong notes), but they did come together quite well and the solos were good.

  • merkureye

    Really feel Idol is devaluing its brand with the the judges being absent from the panel so much during the auditions this year.  I don’t recall this ever happening in previous years.  In my mind, this really sends the signal that this competition is not really that important to anyone.  If Randy, Keith, and Nikki have higher priorities than Idol, why should I take it seriously.  Producers should not tape until all the judges are together.

    Having said that, Carrie’s audition was actually only attended by Simon and Randy.  Paula was absent.  However, for the broadcast, producers showed Carrie’s audition snippet with a splice showing Simon, Randy, and Paula together.

    As far as Schyler Dixon being cut from auditions, Colton really needs to stfu.  AI has done so much promotion for him in order to help make him successful. that he and his whole family should be extremely appreciative.  For a 7th place finisher he was given a place more prominent that my girl Elise (6th) on the summer tour (boo) and has been prominently shown on AI’s website.  Sheesh, how petty can and ungrateful can Colton get.  Very selfish in my opinion.  Maybe his sister just isn’t that good.  From what I heard from her last year, she couldn’t hold a candle to Angela Miller or Isabelle or Candice or Janelle or Shuba and on and on. 

  • http://twitter.com/vortexpanel vortexpanel

    I must have missed the huge voice on Angela Miller. She sounds like a million other boring singer-songwriter types. Wake me up when Taisha Bethea makes an appearance.

  • tibitibis

    Janelle A and Rachel Hale are my favorites right now, me too I’m sad they didn’t picked Brandy N, she did a great job on her group presentation …..and  i kind of find Kezban interesting , she is psycho (Like Niki said) but original lol. about the rest i can’t find one that really caught my interest  :)

  • tibitibis

    BTW Mariah, Nicki and Keith did a good job by themselves and i didn’t even noticed Randy absence ja ja …poor Randy :D

  • elliegrll

    It happened a lot during previous seasons.  They even had guest judges at times to sit in for the absent judges.  So far, none of the judges have missed a whole show, which has happened in the past.

  • girlygirltoo

    Well maybe she simply isn’t that good. She’s not the only person who got cut, jeez

  • merkureye

    Oh. Okay.  Nevermind :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Somebody please shut Nicki the F* up….she just talks and talks and talks.  Nicki and Janel — but she critiqued the boys who were crying and making excuses.

  • LeahKittyS

    My standouts tonight were Angela, Candice, Janelle, and Rachel. Maybe I’m alone here, but I thought the constant lyrics-on-the-palms motif was hysterical (although if you ask me, doing that should result in immediate elimination). And why did Randy have to come back at all? The other three were doing just fine without him.

  • macfae

    Since she wasn’t shown tonight going thru and wasn’t on the spoiler list, looks as if my favorite girl Jesaiah Baer  ( the one singing when the fire alarm went off  )  didn’t make it through to the top 40….  Unless there’s wild cards this year.
    She’s only 16 so she has a lot of years to return..  Love this song I found of her..really cool jazzy piece….http://www.reverbnation.com/jesaiah0528/song/15179714-who-will-comfort-me

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    Ummmmmm, when did American Idol become a joke of a competition? What is going on with these cuts?! Oh how I miss Simon (except season 9 Simon of course) lol.

    Thank God Survivor is back. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    After rewatching this episode, I was a little more annoyed. First of all, it seemed to show the return of the BIG VOICE. Reminds me of S10 when there were 5 girls eliminated in a row, and 4 of those 5 were known for big voices. Second, the people being sent through this week were really confusing, as were the judges. Nicki called out Paul for lack of professionalism last week, yet she lets Janel slide and calls her endearing? I’d argue Janel was more unprofessional and more self-absorbed, especially when 3 other people were on the line. Then again, Paul was dealing with the death of a friend. Janel might have been troubled by something similar.

    Not to mention Haley, who forgot her lyrics and was called out for it being sent through over Brandy, who forgot her lyrics and covered it up well. Or the group that Tenna Torres was in that tanked, but had 3 people being sent through. I don’t mean to say that this leniency was only toward the females (like Johnny/Gurpreet last week).

    I want whatever the producers are smoking. Ramble, ramble, rant, rant, blah.

    I do have hopes for tomorrow. Last Wednesday was also bad, but Thursday was great.

  • macfae

    I need to hear them sing individually again tomorrow before getting down to favorites  – most of the groups were just a mish-mosh mess of over-singing or mumbling that it ruined whatever “moments” there were.   I’m at a loss as how the judges picked more than 5 or 6 of those who went through.  Maybe they can ( or can’t ) hear the same as what is coming across my tv.

  • beanowl

    “I wish they would let the he/she go home.everyone calls it a she but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it is actually a guy.”

    What is wrong with you? Maybe someday you can get over your prejudices and join the rest of us in the 21st century. Transgender people are not “it”s. 

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    Anyone know what happend to Schyler Dixon? Colton posted some tweets that sounded angry

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    One more post. I hope it’s just ONE more post because I tend to ramble/post a lot, and I don’t know if it’s relevant any longer, but… um, Matheus Fernandes addressed what he’s read about him online about American Idol and The Glee Project on YouTube. He must have a real bone to pick or something, it’s 38 minutes long o_O.

    I dunno if it’s worth a headline or if it’s against the rules to post the video or anything, since Matheus is gone.

  • fantoo1

    While I think the obvious standouts were Angela, Candice, Rachel, and Janelle, there were a lot of underrated people as well. Isabelle, Shubha Vadula, Sarina Joi, and Cristabel Clack were all great also.

  • http://twitter.com/mafs95 Mafalda Abreu

    As a girl, I hate how society tends to look at us in regards of personality. If you are like Pia Toscano or Jessica Sanchez… BORING! If you are like Tatiana Del Toro or Zoanette Johnson… ANNOYING!

    Seriously, it’s impossible for a girl to win if everyone is so judgemental with everything we do. It’s so easy for someone to change their opinions about a particular girl and people do it so quickly that it annoys me a lot.

    I remember, for instance, Brielle Von Hughel. She auditioned in S10 and people were like “Oooh she’s so sweet. What a lovely personality” but in S11, where she became a much better and more interesting singer, people would say she was annoying and cocky just because of her mother. This is just an example!

    Please, stop with that “personality judging”. This is a singing competition, but it seems people tend to vote because of personality and instead of thinking “Whose voice is the best one?”, some are more likely to ask “Which person I’d rather invite to drink a beer with?”.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    While I think the obvious standouts were Angela, Candice, Rachel, and Janelle, there were a lot of underrated people as well. Isabelle, Shubha Vadula, Sarina Joi, and Cristabel Clack were all great also.

    fantool, you have managed to mention my favorite six girls in your post!  Angela, Candice, Rachel, Janelle, Isabelle, and Shubha.  I enjoyed their singing and hope to see them on the tour.  Oh, wait – there are six there.  I’ll have to see more performances!  I thought it was a good night, but the best ever?  I can’t quite figure out what Zoanette is doing there.  Awful, just awful.

  • KelseyW

    Nicki didn’t actually write that on her hand after all hmm? Damn. It’s still funny though.(Clever editing Idol peeps.)Deep down she probably thinks so too. :P

  • KelseyW

    Nicki didn’t actually write that on her hand after all hmm? Damn. It’s still funny though.(Clever editing Idol peeps.)Deep down she probably thinks so too. :P

  • http://twitter.com/PFlowerstone Peg

    Best group of female contestants EVER!!111  Uh no.  Screechy, off key, and melismatic?  Check, check, and check.  Really bad episode.  Hope it gets better quickly.

  • Truthisagun

    Where Where Where is Jesaiah Baer? The girl who had a fire alarm in the middle of her audition. She sang Settle Down by Kimbra in her audition. They send her through to Hollywood. Why wasn’t she shown in this episode at all? She’s terrific!

  • hcpoirot

    With this kind of talent, the boys only a step behind the girls. Few of the GIRLS  are great but not all of them like NIgel suggested.

  • CB40

    I agree with your overall point, but I couldn’t stand Brielle. ;)

  • CB40

    The only three standouts to me were Angela, Janelle and Candice.

    I guarantee one of these three wins if we get a girl winner. Otherwise, Nick Boddington or one of the other guys will sneak in and take the crown.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I Hit the Ground Running Running Running!!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Thanks for showing me Kez Ban Idol. I wanna hear her originals. I don’t mind where she makes it on this show. From the video, it felt more of a comical edit than a negative edit. It’s like a token hippie girl who don’t fit in with the other dolls. Not much wrong with it IMO. She wasn’t that bad in that sense, but her voice definitely wasn’t as compelling as when she did her original. At least she was honest. She’s just not a nice goody girl. 

  • Karen C

    Please, stop with that “personality judging”. This is a singing competition, but it seems people tend to vote because of personality and instead of thinking “Whose voice is the best one?”,

    I don’t think it’s as much personality as it is charisma and star power, which i’m not seeing with this group.  That’s what I think set some that have done well after the show apart from the rest, including Kelly Clarkson, and Jordin Sparks. 

  • http://twitter.com/buffyloverlori buffyloverlori

    My favorites were Rachel, Candice, Janelle A, and Angela M. I liked a few others as well but those are the four that stood out to me so far!!!!! My mind always changes so it might change as the show goes on. I liked as many guys last week as the girls this week. Of course well really have to wait to decide until we see who makes it to the part of the voting in were we get to start voting than I’ll know a lot more!!!!! I really what both country girls Janelle and Rachel to make it. But am wondering if they will want two country girls to make it to the top ten. I think out of the two I prefer Rachel there is just something about her, but I feel so far at least that Janelle has the better voice out of the two. But Angela seems like she is the front runner so far, but who knows the front runners a lot of time bomb when they get to a certain point.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I disagree with Nicki on Haley’s issue. A stomach virus? That sounds pretty damn serious to me. How the hell would she have stayed up and what good would that have been to the group. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Ok I just watched everything in detail in full now… I don’t get what the big deal is on Kez Ban. They pulled it through in the end and I actually didn’t think that she was even the worst of the group. She’s just slightly too hippie for the show. But she doesn’t piss me off. I thought she was pretty comical/mockingly sort of way like Heejun was last year. It’s refreshing from all the fake drama and cheesyness. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    So far all the girls have been pretty let down compared to previous years…. for my tastes. They… try too hard… some of their ‘loudness’ doesn’t seem natural.. it seems forced and it’s obvious cos they struggle and have weird enunciation. Where is Maddie Assell? Grandma girl? Her voice was full of resonance. 

  • jpfan2

    I didn’t mind the girls. However nobody made a big impression except a couple of the country singers. I hope the season is more than country girls and r&b/alt guys though.  It’s funny how almost all the girls are pretty while many of the the guys were fat/fug/effeminate. They really, really want that girl winner.

  • sandrajane

    I think Haley was lying.  She had just lied about when she went to bed (2am vs 4am).  Nobody said anything about a stomach virus previously.  The excuse given was her voice was getting raspy.

  • HKfan

    Have just finished watching this episode…..some very strange decisions!!!!
    Kezban should never have made it through to the group stage , her first solo was just awful, and she shouldn’t have been put through when people like Megan (crutches) was cut, she did a solid performance. better than many who were put through.
    Brandy should have made it through too.
    Putting Zoanette through is just a joke, she makes Sanjaya look amazing…
    I really like Cristabel Clack, love her look, she seems to have a bit of IT factor too,
    Liked Janelle, ist time I’ve noticed her.
    Nicki needs to let the others do the talking sometimes, she overpowers them too much.

  • justmefornow

    “It’s funny how almost all the girls are pretty while many of the the guys were unattractive and/or effeminate. They really, really want that girl winner. (I bet a guy still wins though!)”
    Exactly! And one of those pathetic guys will still probably win.
    Good luck selling that Jimmy Iovine, lol.

  • elliegrll

    Just based on her audition and the fact that she was sick during Hollywood week, I would have given Kez Ban another chance.  

    They’ve always been inconsistent, in the past those who have been sick or who have lost their voices have either been cut, or given second and third chances.  The same is true for those who have forgotten their lyrics, some people have been trashed for it, while others have been forgiven, and sent through to the next round.

  • elliegrll

    One more post. I hope it’s just ONE more post because I tend to ramble/post a lot, and I don’t know if it’s relevant any longer, but… um, Matheus Fernandes addressed what he’s read about him online about American Idol and The Glee Project on YouTube. He must have a real bone to pick or something, it’s 38 minutes long o_O.  

    Too many of the contestants take the show and themselves way too seriously.  

  • elliegrll

    Please, stop with that “personality judging”. This is a singing competition, but it seems people tend to vote because of personality and instead of thinking “Whose voice is the best one?”,

    In a way, people vote with their pocket books based on personality too.  Never in the history of popular music have we had people who are the best singers as the ones who sell the most music.  The singers’ personalities, their ability to draw people to them, and even the way that they present themselves to the public their brand/persona/or stories have played a role in why they are successful, while some better singers are stuck singing backup, or are unable to get signed or sell their original music.  

    Adam Levine is not a good singer.  The concert that M5 did on the Empire State Building is painful to watch, but his band has some great songs, and Adam just has the X Factor, so he and they are very successful.

  • Incipit

     I can’t quite figure out what Zoanette is doing there.  Awful, just awful.

    Near as I can tell, Kariann Hart, Zoannette being there is making the usual hyperbolic liar out of Ryan when he blathers on about the “most talented girls evah on the show” – but her presence also makes a calculated liar out of Nigel, who gave an interview to Slezak in May of 2012 with this quote:

    ” We only do gimmicky contestants when we haven’t got the talent, in truth. We’ve always tried to veer away from the kids who are playing you along, (college students) who just want to act stupid to get on the show. Those are different from the singers who are deluded.”

    But gimmicky or deluded – the show let her advance, and the judges called her on neither, in spite of what Nigel or Ryan said.  Business as Usual.

    I know. So what? They always lie, no matter what adjective one uses with the verb. Heh. But, this “gimmicky” contestant who took a vocal knife to the National Anthem for effect, got a pass for her efforts –  and can ‘almost’ sing is just the worst example of some pretty dicey choices this year. It’s looking possible that Season 12 will live up (or down) to the Three Year Pattern and stink on ice, just from TPTB’s manipulations, which have already begun to show.

    JMO.

  • standtotheright

    Never in the history of popular music have we had people who are the best singers as the ones who sell the most music. The singers’ personalities, their ability to draw people to them, and even the way that they present themselves to the public their brand/persona/or stories have played a role in why they are successful

    Yes, but rarely in the history of music have we had singers’ personalities lead ahead of their music as their primary form of exposure to the public. The club owner likes a demo. The DJ likes a single. The masses of radio listeners like a few songs. Then they search out more information about a band and decide whether or not the public persona merits further support and interest.

    If a contestant does not immediately evince a compelling personality but does seem to have a handle on his/her material, it fits the natural order to allow the second consideration to matter more than the first until there are more data points to render judgment on talent and on personality.

  • http://twitter.com/1outside Maj

    TBH Zoanette’s singing reminds me of Fantasia. But I have to point out I’m a white girl from the middle of Europe so I have no idea what I’m talking about. ;)

  • elliegrll

    The difference between AI and someone whose first introduction to an artist is hearing that person’s song on the radio, is that we are viewing a medium where storylines are the norm.

    Even in the example that you mention, I don’t think it’s the consumers who search out more information about the artists, it’s the artists who are responsible for getting themselves more exposure, so that consumers can place a name, face and brand with the song that is being played in the club or on the radio.

  • standtotheright

    The difference between AI and someone whose first introduction to an artist is hearing that person’s song on the radio, is that we are viewing a medium where storylines are the norm.

    But that’s a separate argument from saying that people are following the pattern of the larger music industry.

    I agree that artists work to get themselves exposure, but the primary search terms for artists are generally “lyrics” or “official” once they’ve developed a name or had a high-profile performance, suggesting that fans are primarily interested in the work as the introduction to the brand, rather than the personality. Sometimes those are intertwined, a la OK Go, but the people who get the most attention tend to do it through the work.

  • elliegrll

    I think that it has to be a combination of both, the music and the brand.  It’s going to be hard for anyone to have lasting success without having both.  

    And bringing back to AI voters, we are in a position where it’s pretty impossible for us to focus just on the music alone.

  • standtotheright

    I agree that it becomes difficult to just focus on the music in this format. But in the absence of some major red flags in the footage, I just think it’s too early for “I don’t think [her-as it is almost invariably her] personality is scintillating enough to interest me” to be a compelling reason not to vote for someone if they performed well.

    Obviously people vote for any number of reasons and that isn’t going to change. But people who know about the editing and manipulation behind the show should be the most willing to discount the presentation of personality as a factor in the early rounds.

  • http://twitter.com/mafs95 Mafalda Abreu

    Yeah, but that’s charisma and stage presence. It’s completely different to base our votes in what we see ON STAGE from voting because of what we see behind the stage or in interviews, etc. You probably know what I mean LOL. What irritates me is that people focus so much on what these girls say or how they say things outside the stage.

  • dishwalla

    At least with the girls who IMO are serious contenders for Top 10 – Angela, Janelle, Rachel, Candice, Isabel, are not attached to a soap opera back stage story that some of the guys are.

  • MV007

    “Angela Miller – Watch for this girl to be pimped to high heaven.”

    In this day and age of being hyper-sensitive to the pimping of contestants, I find comments like these a little unfair to Angela.  Maybe she will be pimped or maybe she won’t, but now a pre-determined narrative has been created in the Idol Blogosphere that she’s getting pimped that’s just as bad as TPTB’s pre-determined narrative to shove her down our throats.  Having watched contestants the past few seasons get killed for having the audacity to be liked by the judges, I find it disconcerting that we’ve now started to pick out contestants that will annoy us because they might get pimped.  This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in that now every time Angela is on screen people here will try and find ways in which she is pimped and unless she’s given no screen time people will find unfair advantages gained by Angela because they want to find them.

  • Miz

    Most remarkable to me last night was I watched for an hour and a half and never realized Randy wasn’t there until he inexplicably showed up at the table. Proof positive that there is no need for him on this panel. 

    I’m at a loss over some who were put through and others who were sent home. I’m totally over Kezban. Annoying!

    I loved the Swaggettes! I wouldn’t mind if they created a girl group right now. They were awesome.

  • Incipit

    Wrong thread

  • mjsbigblog

    That’s a pretty complicated, drawn out scenario you’ve laid out there, based on a minor, one line, observation I made. ;)

  • MV007

    Yes it is!  I only bring it up because I’ve seen it elsewhere.  This notion that Angela Miller is going to get pimped.  It allows everyone to look for it and see it where they want to see it.  It’s in people’s heads now to watch out for Angela Miller pimping.  Perhaps you don’t recognize the power you wield.  But you and Slezak and a few others shape people perceptions imo.  And thats not a bad thing.  I love your site and love a lot of what you write, I was just making my own observation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003236218536 Maryaddison Neelly

    Hey Kathleen–  Jenny Beth Willis is still in the top 20 girls and she’s from Owensboro.  Haven’t seen any coverage of her–  but one last hope from the bluegrass state :)