AMERICAN IDOL: J'DA performs in the Sudden Death Round of AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright / FOX.

The American Idol Powers That Be really, really, REALLY want a girl to win. Why else would they be stacking the deck with mediocre talent and guys who are entertaining, but can’t possibly win? We all know the producers pull the strings and manipulate from backstage. But even the most casual Idol viewer has got to notice how stacked the deck is for the girls in terms of talent. It’s ridiculous.

There were performances, tonight,  that were so awful, it was hard to believe the judges could come up with a positive critique. But they did!  So far, I’ve loved Nicki Minaj as a judge so far, but tonight she revealed her blind spots, big time.  If she finds a guy attractive (Chris Watson, Elijah Liu) or she has a strong personal identification (Charlie Askew), she looses all ability to be objective. Keith, who I also adore, pulled too many punches tonight. Chris Watson, Elijah Liu and Charlie Askew gave horrible performances, and deserved harsher critiques.  Astoundingly, it was Randy Jackson who was able to cut through the bull and call out bad singing. Mariah also seemed to have her priorities straight. I mean, yes–charisma and charm are part of the package. But the singing should always come first. And I don’t mean a contestant needs to perform like a virtuoso. I am simply talking about STAYING ON PITCH and NOT MAKING MY EARS BLEED.

Elijah Liu was a case in point. His Bruno Mars cover was flat out horrible, in every single way.  It was the wrong song for him. His falsetto was weak. He didn’t sing on key. And I’m sorry, I wasn’t feeling the star power either. But it was obvious the judges had already made up their minds about him. He could have taken a very large and smelly dump on the stage (he kinda did, actually) and he still would have advanced.  That’s why the nonsense with Paul Jolley–dragging Jimmy Iovine up on stage to break a supposed tie– was so obviously contrived. C’mon. Are we actually supposed to believe that the judges are making decisions about who stays and who goes, on the fly, during commercial breaks? It’s theater people. Charlie Askew would relate.

Speaking of which–Charlie is great TV, but he’s not a good singer. Tonight was easily his worst vocal performance so far, but his vocals have always been problematic.  The boy is really an actor who sings. Are you listening Ryan Murphy? But he really needs some vocal training at this point. He’s entertaining–albeit a little studied–but does he really have any place in the music business as a recording artist? He exists as boy fodder to prop up the girls.

The best pure singers tonight were Curtis Finch Jr. and Devin Velez. Neither has a chance to win.  Curtis’ cocky arrogant attitude is going to result in an abrupt end if he makes the voting rounds. Devin has a nice voice, but I’m just not seeing the star power. Elijah, whom the producers also seem to be setting up as some sort of heart throb better improve his vocals if he’s going to continue. I could see Paul Jolley amassing a female fan base–he’s cute and sings well.  He’s got the best chance of winning the competition out of the five who advanced.

Putting aside my complaints about the talent–I think the judges made the right eliminations tonight.  Considering both vocal and performance ability, I’d vote Chris Watson the worst of the night.   Jimmy Smith, Kevin Harris and Johnny Keyser put the sleep in sleep aid.  While JDA was super entertaining, his vocals were lacking.

I continue to be super-charged about filming the Top 40 live in front of an audience. Even when an episode is a trainwreck, like tonight, I still prefer the excitement of a live performance over the edited auditions. I’m sure The Voice influenced Nigel’s decision to make the semi finals live. But The Voice has borrowed heavily from Idol too–making the finals longer with fewer contestants.  The more opportunities viewers have to bond with contestants the better.  By the time we get to the finals, there will be no strangers popping up out of nowhere. But gosh, it doesn’t matter much if the talent isn’t worth investing in.

The producers run the risk of creating a backlash if they continue with the heavy handed pimping of the girls. We could wind up with a guy winner anyway–but one who is unmarketable and uninteresting beyond the show.  Personally, I’m more than ready for the first female to win Idol since 2007. So far, I’m on team Kree Harrison, but I hope she’s not Crystal Bowersox part deux. Angela Miller has momentum at this point, but we know what happens with early front runners–they’re usually knocked out at some point.

We’ve only seen half the Top 40 so far.  Ten more talented girls will perform next week. And hey–the boys might bring it next week!

I must not think bad thoughts….

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It’s the guys turn tonight! Ten Top 40 guys take the stage tonight at the Love theater at the Mirage in Las Vegas. By the end of the episode, the judges will send 5 home. We’re liveblogging the fun here.

Interview with the judges first! Mariah says there was so much RAW TALENT last night, it was almost impossible to cut any. THE GUYS BETTER WATCH OUT, she basically says. Or, in other words, MORE CHICK PIMPING.

Paul Jolley – “Tonight I Want to Cry” by Keith Urban – He’s from an itty bitty town. His grandpa just passed away. Paul’s got a very strong voice, but he’s pure Branson cheese. I’m getting a definite Clay Aiken vibe from this dude. The crowd loves him though. Keith thanks him for singing his song. Aw. Keith suggests he DON’T over perform. I love the way Keith puts it–to have enough confidence in a great voice not to oversell it. This is not one of Nicki’s favorite performances. She tells him to watch his “theatrical eyes.” Over-performing, means missing the raw emotion. Randy disagrees. He thinks his big voice is well suited to country. Mariah felt the front half of the song was intimate. She felt it. I’m Team Keith and Nicki on Paul’s performance–his power belting overrides the urgency of the lyrics.


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Johnny Keyser – 23 – “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz – HIS TEETH ARE SO FREAKING WHITE THEY ARE SCURRING ME. Hm. Kind of a boring song pick. Zz. I don’t think this song highlighted his soulful voice very well. A very meh performance. Keith thought it was the best he’s sung. He saw the nervousness, but felt it was mostly effortless. Nicki did NOT see nervousness. Calls him SEXY. She asks him about his single status again. Geez. She liked his grooming. She basically says, “you’re not the greatest singer, but you’re cute.” DISS. Randy called it “just OK.” He wanted more moments. Mariah says he brings the masculinity to the stage. She likes his lower register. The “you’re so cute and masculine” critiques from the female judges are backhanded and dismissive.


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JDA – “Rumor Has It” by Adele. Whoa. JDA brings total FABULOSITY to the Idol stage. He’s not a great singer by any stretch. But when he lays himself out on the stage floor to plead the bridge. Well, I find myself intrigued. Also his jewels are fab. He strips off his jacket. His outfit is vintage Liza, including the side slit palazzo pants. He really is something. Too bad his vocal is not up to par. Keith thinks he fits right at home in Vegas. He commends him for putting on a show and his originality. He thought there was too much “counting steps.” Nicki calls him “Miss Lady” and suggests he “werk it.” He says he’s “doing it for the gays.” She loves the way he took in and acknowledged the audience, like a pro. But, she says, his vocal wasn’t good today. Randy thought he was too keyed into his performance at the expense of his vocal. Nicki disagrees. Mariah felt he was so confident that he was NOT wavering vocally. She loves his brand of masculinity. Lots of disagreement on this panel.


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Back from break…Ryan is seated with the LADIES. He interviews Angie Miller. She celebrated with her family and friends after she advanced to the Top 20 last night –and then passed out.

Kevin Harris – “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams – I don’t remember this guy AT ALL. Ugh. Is he kidding with this lame song choice? This is awful. So many juicy R&B songs to choose from, and he warbles this 80s AC crap. So old fashioned. He’s also not on pitch. I knew you for a minute. Bye Kevin. Keith loves that song. He thought it was a good song for him, but wasn’t crazy about the riffing at the end.  I think we can establish right here that Kevin hates the over-riffing. Nicki felt every musical choice he made was perfection. But she wonders if his personality will connect. Nope. Randy disagrees 100%. He was bored, felt it was karaoke. OK. This time, I’m TEAM RANDY. Mariah would have liked a different song, one where he could have riffed more. I agree that he picked the wrong song. Not sure I would have wanted him riffing all over the place, however.


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Chris Watson – “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding -  Again. Ugh. His look reminds me of Corey Clark–including the icky flirting with the judges.  This is like the worst cruise ship performance ever. He’s dressed in a lame sparkly jumpsuit, with a matching headband.  His vocal is mediocre.  Nicki appears to be into it though.  Keith calls Idol a connection competition. The voice and song choice wasn’t the best, but he appreciates his confidence.  “You are the prettiest man I’ve ever seen in my life,” gushes Nicki, unapoligetically. She wants to marry his vibrato. (???) She’s obsessed with him. NICKI IS HIGH. Sorry girl. He sucks. She hears pain, soul and struggle. I want the drugs she’s on.  Randy loves his vibe, but the song went nowhere for him.  He was bored. Mariah didn’t like the song choice either. But compliments his charisma. ONCE AGAIN? TEAM RANDY. Have I entered bizzaro world?


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Devin Velez – “Listen” by Beyonce -  This is the best vocal so far. He sings the song half in Spanish, which is a neat trick. He began sort of shaky, but once he hit his sweet spot, Devin was off and running. Still really old-fashioned, though.  Keith appreciates that Devin is a singer and knows how to make a connection. Nicki thought he was amazing, and made a smart choice to sing in Spanish. She loves his spirit. Randy calls his performance amazing. He loved the arrangement. “Love love love,” he says. Mariah advises him not to over-critique himself.  She also loved the Spanish. She can’t wait to see what a producer does when he gets into the studio.


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Elijah Liu - “Talking to the Moon”  by Bruno Mars – He’s half Mexican and half Chinese, in case you were wondering. Oh. And he likes the LADIES.   Dear God. This is a pitchy mess. And ya know what? If you HAVE NO FALSETO WHATSOEVER, maybe this is not the song for you. Keith thinks the song choice was perfect, but the performance was shaky.  He looks like a pop star, says Keith. Nicki doesn’t care about the song. He’s a “super-duper star” and she wants to have his babies. Ew. She’s also obsessed with Elijah. She would sign him TODAY. His face and voice are marketable, she thinks.  Randy notes that it wasn’t a great vocal, but he’s pulling for him. Mariah loved his mid range and the control on his softer voice.  So in other words: “You sucked tonight, but since you’ve already been hand picked to advance, it doesn’t matter.”  Sheesh. Guys. C’mon THAT was terrible!


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Charlie Askew – “Rocket Man” by Elton John – Ha. He got his belt from JDA. He practiced his song with a golf club to get used to the mic he’ll be using. I adore Charlie and his weird theatricality.  He’s right up my demented alley. But that vocal? WAS NOT GOOD. It was shaky, nervous and off pitch in many spots.  The audience adores him, however. Keith says, “It’s like if Freddie Mercury had a love child at Woodstock.”  Keith feels he made it work.  Nicki thinks he made the smartest song choice of the night. She loves his lack of cuteness and his weirdness. “I want to cradle you in my arms. You remind me of my little brother. I love you so much.” She orders her barbz to love him. She cannot stop gushing. Randy loves him, his originality, but it was too “stage school” for him. “Forget singing tonight,let’s just all perform!” snarks Randy. AGAIN MAKING TOTAL SENSE.  Mariah loves the song choice.  But, it wasn’t her favorite performance.  Instead of constantly reminding us how raw, real and weird he is, maybe Charlie should concentrate a little more on his vocals.  I like Charlie, but his self-conscious, studied and very deliberate “awkwardness” is already beginning to wear thin.  He needn’t try so hard.


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Jimmy Smith – “Raining on Sunday” by Radney Foster (Keith Urban covered) – Jimmy dips back into the Keith Urban songbook. It worked so well the first time…why not? This performance is pretty lackluster, though.  The performance is pleasant enough, but I’m not feeling much star power off of this dude.  Keith thanks him for covering him again. “You did a really good job.”  Not exactly a resounding endorsement.  Nicki admits she was bored, “I guess I was thinking about something that happened earlier in the day.”  BURN. Randy is not sure it all came together.  Mariah has been fighting for him. But the quality she loves was more apparent in his early audition. She still thinks he’s special. Oh boy. No way he’s going through.


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Curtis Finch, Jr. - “Superstar” by Luther Vandross -  Well. Finally we’ve got a contestant who can ACTUALLY SING.  But, Curtis’ style is almost too studied, like you can see him thinking about the next note. There’s some unnecessary showboating going on there.  And to be honest, he’s got an arrogant vibe that won’t go over well with voters.  Keith felt parts were over-performed, but he loves his voice. Nicki says he raises the bar.  She liked hearing his lower bassier register.  Randy says he’s one of the best singers in the competition. He advises him to keep it young. Mariah was moved to tears. But maybe he should loosen up a bit. “Your voice and your musicality are who you are,” she says.


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It’s TIME FOR RESULTS.  I say send them all home. But that’s just me. Probably you too.

Results. The judges deliberated on brake. Ohhhhhh. There is a split decision. Jimmy Iovine will have to cast a vote!  Nicki fought for her favorites tonight.  Nicki hands the GOOD NEWS to Curtis Finch, and she does not mince words.  Jimmy Smith is next.  And Randy tells him he’s going home.  Kevin Harris gets the bad news from Mariah. She didn’t want to be the one to say it. He’s one of her favs. Elijah Liu receives news from Keith  that surprises no one.  His attempt at a fakeout ALMOST works.  Next, it’s JDA. Nicki delivers the sad news. He’s going home.  Ryan says we won’t soon forget JDA. Except, we will. Paul Jolley takes the stage. THIS was a split decision! And Jimmy Iovine makes the decision. He say Yay. Paul is through. Jimmy thought he had the wrong song, and oversang it, but his voice is so good, he deserves to move on.


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Back from break. Chris Watson is next. Randy is the one tasked with delivering the inevitable news. He’s going home. Three contestants remain! Charlie Askew is next. He looks like he’s going to throw up. Mariah attempts to fake him out. Poor thing is shaking. But he’s through.   Johnny Keyser and Devin Velez remain. I think we know where this is going.  Johnny looks like a dead man walking. Nicki delivers the news. They are both talented, but Johnny is going home. Devin makes it through!


Guys Results 2nd Group – Sudden Death… by IdolxMuzic

Safe:

  • Curtis Finch, Jr.
  • Elijah Liu
  • Paul Jolley
  • Charlie Askew
  • Devin Velez

Eliminated:

  • Jimmy Smith
  • Kevin Harris
  • JDA
  • Chris Watson
  • Johnny Keyser

 
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Ready for a good show tonight guys! Hope you deliver!

  • dabney c

    Is the show 2 hours tonight?

  • jcabby

    Yup. Another two hours.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    some weird lookin dudes in the top 40 this year.  

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

    Hey Mariah! Didn’t Randy mention last night that showing less skin is better??

  • dabney c

    It’s not for your grandpa, Paul. It’s for you. :-/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Curtis has the most insincere smile. lol at Paul Jolley feeling that he just has to share his gift with the world. 

  • dabney c

    Thanks, jcabby.

  • dabney c

    Ugh, Paul is so average.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    of course he does!  i like his voice tho.  kinda hitting some bum notes, but still a good voice.  he looks like evan lysachek

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Anyone have a live feed link?

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

    I know Nigel ordered no sexy males through but Paul BETTER be put through.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that he’s above average, but he has some kind of icky stage mannerisms. I think that’s what Keith is referring to.

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

    Paul missed some notes, but IMO it was a good performance. He’s not pitch perfect but he sings with passion.

  • dabney c

    Ooo, good girl, Nicki, calling Paul out for being theatrical.

  • jammasta

    I thought Paul’s performance was rather good, he’s got a good voice. Keith gave kinda the same critique he gave to Angela, and I kinda agree. I also agree with Nicki. And I agree with Randy. And I agree with Mariah.

    THE F*CK IS THIS TOMFOOLERY, ARE THE JUDGES ACTUALLY BEING AGREEABLE?!!!?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The “fraus” will go for Paul bigtime. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    It was good but Keith was on point about the oversinging at parts.  Tonight I Want to Cry by Keith is best when it’s sung simple, with no extra bells and whistles. 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Paul wasn’t bad.  I’m not excited about him by any means, but I’m not mad at him either. There is potential there.

  • jcabby

    I thought Paul did a nice job. He has a good voice.

  • jammasta

    I like Paul too and I’m a straight guy a month older than him :P. I might have FRAU BLOOD in me though. 

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

    The judges are covering their butt if they decide not to put him through. Paul was fantastic and deserves another shot.

  • sandrajane

    So Mariah and Randy have changed their tune about singing outside your genre? 

     

  • dabney c

    Paul annoys me. I find him uber cheesy.

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

    Honestly…I don’t get Paul’s appeal at all. Sorry. :/

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

    I think Randy said due to his range he can sing other genres on the show and can be a COUNTRY singer with a lot of possibilities, but still being a country singer.

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

    “The “fraus” will go for Paul bigtime. lol”

    Ew.

  • jammasta

    I don’t think they were necessarily attempting to box people (even if that’s kinda what they were doing). But I hope (and think) they did.

    Paul is a bit of a theatrical singer, and I agree with Randy that he has versatile potential. A lot. That’s what I like about him, makes him my top guy along with Charlie/Devin. At the same time, Keith and Nicki were right in their criticisms to tone down and not come off overcompensating. I gave Paul a pass for his final HW performance and his audition due to the emotional times he was going through, but I really hope he keeps it together and REAL. Don’t disappoint me, dude.

    Randy just means his voice has many possibilities, even beyond country.

  • tucker davis

    Randy’s right when he says that Paul has a much better voice than most country male singers! Does he say he’s going country, or do we assume that because he’s from Tennessee? 

  • Tera2

    Paul is a pretty good singer with a great sense of melody.   His song made him sound like he belongs in the 80′s though.  I think he’ll have a career singing in hotels, private parties, cruise ships and Vegas and he can cover 80s and Steve Winwood type of songs cause he has that vibe.  I dont think he belongs in country like Randy said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dangio.71 Robert D’Angio

    I thought Paul was great. His voice is amazing. I can’t wait to see what he does in the top 20 if he makes it

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Paul definitely has a great voice, but this performance was just okay.

  • sandrajane

    Which is exactly what that one singer was saying during the audition rounds and yet Randy and Mariah reamed her for it.

  • Nedsdag

    Johnny D-Bag sounds off in the beginning. He’s in the wrong profession. He should be an actor.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    he has very white teeth.  he should be in commercials for tooth paste

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

    Ugh. Johnny Keyser. Not good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Johnny reminds me of Brian Thompson. It’s those creepy eyes and smile I think.

  • elliegrll

    Listening to this it’s clear that Johnny doesn’t know the definition of the word soul.

    It’s a simple song, but it seems like it’s too big for him.

  • jtgraffix

    pardon my ignorance, but wtf is fraus? lol

  • jammasta

    Jesus Christ, if Paul was cheesy, what does that make Johnny?

    Both well sung songs, but if Paul were mozzarella, Johnny is mozzarella, parmesan, rotella, swiss, and VANILLA. THAT DON’T MIX WITH CHEESE!. I didn’t feel it at all. Come back next year if you leave.

    Also, tucker davis, Paul has sung almost entirely country songs I think, including pre-Idol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    One thing about “I Won’t give Up” is that it’s super cheesy. Doesn’t matter who is singing it. 

    His vocals were okay. Nothing great, nothing  terrible,

  • HermeticallySealed

     A derogatory comment towards women viewers.

  • jcabby

    I was bored with Johnny’s song. I think he could’ve done better.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BMAGPXXLLDMQYOG4P6HQH2ID4 Becca H

    Well I looked at the spoilers last night and let me just say my fav guy gets cut tonight and there is only 1 guy I like between the ones who make it tonight and the ones next week so looks like the majority of my voting will be for a girl

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

    Paul is a country singer, as far as I know. The girl said she didn’t want to be a country singer but was singing like a country singer all the moment. Completely different situations. And it was more about Keith and Randy than Mariah.

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

    Randy is on fire tonight! glad he told Johnny he sucked

  • Tera2

    Johnny Keyser did ok.  Its was mediocre when he started in low register, but it got better once he went higher.  I know he already has fans from previous season, but I’m not that impressed with him.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Not only is Johnny a medicore singer with a creepy face, but he made me agree with Randy.  When they put him through, I wonder if we can request he sing with a bag on his head.  He can be the unknown idol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “he looks like evan lysachek”

    You’re right! I knew the Paul reminded me of someone.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2157442/

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

    Hmm..  To me, this is Johnny’s best performance ever.  Both seasons 11 and 12.  Which is scary, because the fraus (the older women who vote for the younger sexy guys) will vote for him if he gets into the voting rounds.

    I have a feeling he’ll overstay his welcome.  By many weeks.

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

    I didn’t think Johnny was half bad.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Johnny is cute, but honestly, the performance was not good.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Jada… No… Just No…

  • justmefornow

    I just turned this on and caught Johnny. Is he stoned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Frau (frou). n. pl. Frau·en (frou n) Abbr. Fr. Used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area before the surname or professional title of an adult woman.

  • Nedsdag

    I used to like that Adele song. 

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

    Lets hope this is the last time we ever see JDA. He doesnt even reach the toenail of Adam Lambert.

  • HermeticallySealed

     That is the actual usage, but NOT how it is used in regards to Idol.

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

    JDA. Awesome.  Dying.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was fun! JD sings well but he’s too extreme for Idol. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Jada’s not that great a singer, but I kinda want him to make it just cuz the fundies who watch the show’s heads might explode

  • elliegrll

    Aww, I like JDA.  He does run the risk of letting some of his theatrics mask the fact that he has a good voice.

    ETA: Keith said it better than me.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I’m starting to warm up to Paul. Johnny wasn’t anything special to me and JDA is doing to much on stage. Why couldn’t he have just sung the song. He has a nice voice but it was overshadowed by all that nonsense he was trying to do.

  • Da 1 N Only

    Is this some kind of set up. Nikki & Mariah complimenting Johnny on bringing the masculinity then call up JDA to perform right after. It was entertaining though, still waiting for a clear keeper tonight.

  • jammasta

    EFFING JDA. That was ENTERTAINMENT. I’m not usually one for the androgynous acts at all, but holy shit. Was it well sung? Hell no. It was like Rylan Clark but a lot better. IMO.

    ….He’s gone though. Learn to sing and come back next year? I dunno. He’s also one ugly woman.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    at least he’s entertaining, if a bit over the top

  • justmefornow

    Is this JDA dude serious? He’s ridiculous!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I wish there was a way to ban reality TV contestants from singing Adele songs.  They never live up. Can we pass a law banning them from singing her songs? lol.

  • Banished

    JDA was so fun. Love his love for what he was doing!!!  They’ll never pick him..too controversial though. DANG!

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

    Johnny Keyser seems kinda drugged, IMO

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Adele is a “superstar.” JDA is a sideshow.

  • elliegrll

    Now Randy is reading my mind.  JDA focused too much on moving and performing, and not on his vocals.

  • HermeticallySealed

     If that includes her as well, I will gladly sign on.

  • Tera2

    JDA was amusing.  His vocals wasn’t strong enough, but I like that he has style with his dressing.  He belongs in theatrical productions and cirque soleil type entertainment – and he got some exposure to get gigs in gay clubs.

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

    Nikki this IS a singing competion not a circus. Correct again Randy!!

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

     Jda…how unoriginal. And please shave if you are going to put on make up lol.

  • justmefornow

    Ryan went there. LMAO!

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    JDA was at least entertaining.  I don’t expect he’ll go through, but at least it wasn’t another boring performance.  Johnny K., I’m not sure his deal.  I remember in the aftermath of last season there was a lot of talk about Johnny coming back and being a real contender for taking it all.   Yeah, I don’t see that much happening.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5BMAGPXXLLDMQYOG4P6HQH2ID4 Becca H

    I prefer Adam Lambert over JDA and I am not a fan of Adam

  • http://twitter.com/Acadiacoast Sapphire

    I really liked Johnny tonight and JDA.  If that first guy goes through and these 2 don’t then the show is really, really, really turning so boring. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Answered by KM:
    “the fraus (the older women who vote for the younger sexy guys)”

  • steph6449

    So far none of the performers has been ~amazing IMO. But quite a variety in styles, to say the least.
    .

    Can’t say I enjoy reading stereotyping / labeling people about their religious beliefs.
    Notwithstanding that there are probably plenty of groups of varying types in current society whose heads I might occasionally want to see explode lol.

  • dabney c

    Johnny was ok. At times I found him too in love with himself, but then he softened and seemed vulnerable. He’s cute, with a bit of edgy narcissism, which isn’t entirely a bad thing in a performer. Hmm.

  • shell29

    JDA can definitely put on a show-I was entertained! Maybe not the best vocal, but at least he isn’t boring.

  • sandrajane

    I don’t know what Mariah was hearing, but JDA’s vocal was not good.  I know she just want’s to say the exact opposite of whatever Nicki says sometimes, but that was ridiculous.  He was entertaining especially after the first two boring ballads, but I didn’t hear good singing in there.

  • teekee

    JDA sounded as good as the first two, and far more entertaining.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure if Paul really is insecure and that nervous, or he’s putting it on. I tend to think that he’s putting it on to endear him to the women viewers.

  • HermeticallySealed

     They aren’t even similar style artists.  Oh wait!  I know what it is now . ..

  • Incipit

    lol at Paul Jolley feeling that he just has to share his gift with the world.

    *snerk* Ah, he was the the one who said that, fuzzywuzzy. I recall that someone did – and I immediately erased them. Some things are just unforgiveable. IMO. Bwahahaha!

  • elliegrll

    People have to stop singing this Brian Adams’ song.   It’s just not worth it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Hmm … this is kind of pitchy. Not fond of this song either.

  • jammasta

    I don’t think JDA and Adam Lambert are really similar other than they wear make-up and are gay. For a guy wearing so much makeup, Adam didn’t come off really feminine like JDA does. I dunno.

    I’d just leave the make-up to the women and Adam Lambert, they made it work. I thought JDA kinda did, actually. But, again, from a straight male standpoint, I feel like it’s supposed to bring out your best features, not make you look like you jumped in a paint bucket.

  • steph6449

    Ooh, this last one is painful. 

    :(

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

    Kevin that was a complete cheese fest. Yuk

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    started off ok, other than the song choice, but went downhill from there

  • Banished

    Ugh! Who advised this guy on song choice? So far, no one has really stood out vocally!

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

    Weak performance. This guy is screaming cannon fodder.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Really underwhelmed tonight so far.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Kevin was underwhelming… The ending was better than the beginning though!

  • Valarie

    These guys are all horrible. I know they want a girl to win this year, but this is ridiculous.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Whoa. I totally disagree with Keith and Nicki, especially Nicki.

  • elliegrll

    I think that this is the song that producers give to the contestants that they don’t like.

  • dabney c

    Who is this guy? Pitchy and boring. Not even a hint of star power. WTH is Nickie talking about?? lol. … Randy making sense for a change!

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Not only that, but i’m agreeing with Randy again.  I think we’re in the bizarro world

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Dare I say it, but Randy was spot on with his critique of Kevin…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with Randy. That scares me. lol

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

    Nicki thought it was the best vocal performance? LOL. And this is the judge who’s the biggest revelation ever?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    first: bad song choice.  
    I got confused.  Is there even a vibrato in that performance? 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I don’t get Nicki’s critique of this last guy at all.  Dare I say Randy was far more on target.  I think I’m living in bizarro world.

  • sjames08

    Nate should’ve made it this far if this is the talent so far. Man, bring on Burnell!

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

    Randy definitely wants to score better then 1% on tomorrows poll here on MJs. Hes definitely earning it tonight!!

  • jammasta

    I’m not sure if Paul really is insecure and that nervous, or he’s
    putting it on. I tend to think that he’s putting it on to endear him to
    the women viewers.

    His Twitter somewhat gives off an insecure (and feminine, for that matter) vibe. I don’t think he’s faking anything. But, for him, as a fan of his, I think his issue might be being overly dramatic and making mountains out of molehills. And I also kinda rolled my eyes at “sharing my gift with the world”, but whatever floats your boat and gets you going, Paul. I think it’s something he should be careful of. My blindly loyal fanboyism will forgive him. But others won’t.

    So far, Paul’s the only one of the guys worth sending through, IMO. I loved his performance.

    Kevin was very dull. There were a few good moments there, but overall it was very sleepy and BORING.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBF5UOKDMH6KZFB6WQVYPOK4BQ Brian

    Wow, I’m not watching real closely…switching back and forth, but these guys don’t seem near as good as the girls (at least the top 5 girls including Isabelle and not Tenna)…am I off here?  I can’t see any of the guys who have gone so far getting even NEAR the final 10 (top 10 overall).

  • Tera2

    Kevin has nice high voice, but he shouldnt have chosen that song cause it fits those with deep voices like Brian Adams.  And if he’s gonna do 80s and oldies his range will fit more Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder songs.  He can sing and will have a career singing at weddings  

  • sjames08

    There were definitely nice, tender moments for Kevin in that song. I wish the arrangement was just the piano. That would’ve modernized it a little bit more. It also would’ve made it subtle and less karaoke.

  • teekee

    I so wanted Kevin to be good. You have to really sang your butt out of fodder zone, but he didn’t.

  • jammasta

    It seems like they’re stuffing cannon fodder in one spot, which is making tonight so far underwhelming. Paul was great, not perfect but great. Johnny sucked, JDA, Kevin, and this Chris Watson guy they’re about to show all give off the FODDER vibe. This show’s gonna be loaded at the end, though (Charlie, Devin, and Curtis should wake people up).

  • shell29

    I wasn’t feelin’ that at all. Not a good song choice IMO. He screams “fodder”-his kids are adorable though.

  • http://twitter.com/Acadiacoast Sapphire

    I don’t think Nigel gets it.  Sucks because this is the best judging panel but I feel the Voice will be a better show and do much better.  And it will be just because of the singers.  A show has to be interesting and if it is manipulation for a female to win then I think it fails.

    Idol NEEDS the guy that people complain about.  I think it needs JDA, but also needs a masculine gook looking guy.  I thought Sheba (?) would have bought something different.  At least she attempted to dance and move about.  Contestants need to create passion in viewers – both positive and negative or they are just boring. 

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

    Chris Watson = Corey Clark. And not in a good way.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    What is this nonsense? Somebody slap him for ruining this beautiful Otis song! And what is all this EXTRA in his voice.

  • chillj

    Costuming is not gonna help some of these guys, fabulosity or no.  They are terrible!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol This guy is soo cheesy! Vocals are not good either. Trainwreck!

  • justmefornow

    Another terrible singer. This show tonight stinks.

  • jammasta

    I’m agreeing with Randy tonight. I hate my life.

    Chris isn’t really good or bad. Props for doing something more upbeat, but I’m not gonna remember this one in 3 seconds.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Initially I thought Paul was just okay, but compared to these other performers, he was amazing…

  • dabney c

    Does this guy always have to wear a rag on his head? And the fact that he matched it perfectly to his outfit is the fashion crime of the century. Otherwise, his voice is alright.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Meh.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Chris = Awful

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.ware.37 Kelly Ware

    There must be thousands of guys who tried out for Idol this year who are now sitting at home watching this wondering ‘what the hell’? 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    unless i’ve forgotten it, I don’t think he’s ever sounded good.  he’s one I wanted to like, but never have

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Nicki on drugs.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Nicki was spot-on with her critiques last night, but I don’t know what she is hearing tonight…

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

    I hear pain too, Nicki.

  • jcabby

    I can’t believe it. I’m agreeing with Randy, a lot. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yikes! I think that Nicki is really off in her critiques tonight.

  • elliegrll

    In a way, Chris, JDA and some of the other guys aren’t any different from most of the male contestants from previous seasons.  They don’t have the greatest voices, but they know how to connect with the audience.  Part of it is that they are males, and another part is that they just seem to have fun while they are on stage.

    *Disclaimer: Most of the guys who make it into the top 10 are better singers than Chris and JDA.

  • shell29

    Oh no Chris-that came off very lounge lizard karaoke.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    All of these guys are suffering from either lackluster vocals or no stage presence/charisma whatsoever or both. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK. I’m agreeing with Randy again. Now I’m really scared. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Since Randy stopped saying “Dawg” and “Yo”, he’s made a lot more sense.

  • Nedsdag

    The only thing I will say good about Chris is that he has great cheekbones.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    To this point though we’ve still seen less than half of the Top 40.  I still think it’s too early to declare this season a wash or that the talent isn’t there or that the singers aren’t interesting or etc.  In season’s past we don’t even get to see the entire Top 40 perform and if we did I’m sure there would be tons of fodder and uninteresting contestants and etc.  Heck, there is tons of fodder when we get to Top 24 normally. 

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

    Otis Redding is turning over in his grave! Nicki….vibrato? What vibrato? lol Chris sucks IMO. lol

  • Tera2

    Chris has a good enough voice, but he’s just a mediocre singer, with good cheekbones.  His performance was amusing like JDA and both of them should do shows together.  Nikki Minaj and Mariah have big gay following so its no surprise they put this guys through.  They were entertaining but they arent worthy of top 20.  Randy kept it real.

  • jammasta

    Stick three pieces of fodder in a row so people get bored and underestimate the guys. Like last night, so far, a lot of fodder. This time, it’s more…. loaded in the middle rather than somewhat spread out like last night.

    …I’m getting the sense that Nicki is real. But why is she suddenly becoming too nice?

    Nicki and Mariah are coming off frau-ish. God, GET NICKI A HUSBAND AND REMIND MARIAH SHE HAS ONE! At least they had the gall to say that Chris’s performance wasn’t his best vocal. It wouldn’t hurt to be “mean” to a guy, though!

  • jcabby

    It feels like the world is flipped upside down. LOL

  • tucker davis

    Well, cutting these guys won’t be hard! I can’t believe that these are the best out of the thousands……..

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

    I don’t think the judges remember the other performances of these guys. “I’ve seen a better performance from you” became a code to explain how they’ve managed to get that bad singer so far.

  • dabney c

    The boys are depressing me. Is this the best talent they found in all those cities?

    I miss Nate Tao and the speech impediment guy whose name I never remember.

  • Da 1 N Only

    Heard 5 so far, haven’t heard anybody worthy of moving on. One or two of these guys will very undeservedly make the Top 20 unless the rest of the guys step it up in a major way.

  • cheese1

    Kevin sounded awful and I hate that song. At least Anoop sang that crappy song beautifully when he did it on the show.

    Chris looks like an LMFAO reject.

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

     I agree, plus horrible song choices. This is a competition. These people should pick songs that they can SLAY. Everything I do….what a bore.

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

    They picked all these OTT, interesting, entertaining wanna be performers without the vocal skills. Come on people if your going to go there do it right.

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

  • jammasta

    …Again, so far, there’s been ONE guy worthy of being sent through. But there are a lot of others still remaining, including Curtis, Charlie, Jimmy, and Devin, who are all capable singers. I don’t think it’s fair to say the girls were better until the night’s over. So far you’d be right, though.

    Send Paul through, everyone else so far BYE.

    And Nicki, FFS, what happened to yesterday? Suddenly you’re in love with everyone.

  • teekee

    I’m feeling like Randy-SHOW me something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    I’m also confuse.  Is there even a vibrato in those performances.  It seems that nicki is trying to be technical without knowing what a vibrato means.  

    A lot of thing being revealed tonight.  

  • chillj

    I think Nickki is off too, and then I think of her songs and go, “Maybe, maybe not.”  Niccki is more character than vocal herself.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “It feels like the world is flipped upside down. LOL”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU

    lol

  • jammasta

    Devin started off sounding like Scotty lol.

  • dabney c

    This guy has an excellent voice. He just needs some sex appeal, and he’s golden.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OBYTJ5KC5Q47HSKVNTQKK23GJU Brian

    All of these guys have sucked.  None of them should have made it this far into the competition.  They are so bad it’s almost a joke.

    It’s obvious they are setting a girl up to win.

    Idol is trolling everyone with the guys this year.

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

    Hopefully Charlie comes and will rescue this awful group of guys.

  • elliegrll

    I came in not liking Devin, but he sounds good.  

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    The transitions between the different languages wasn’t smooth and didn’t work in my opinion… Unimpressed!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Devin is singing well. Good, but I wasn’t blown away.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I was to busy comparing Devin’s performance to enjoy it. I’ve heard it covered better.

  • macfae

    Oh no…just going downhill….geez Kevin was off several places and Chris was just  bad.I really Hope the 2nd half of tonight is better.

  • justmefornow

    If these song choices tonight are the contestants choices, they all have crappy taste in music, IMO.

    …….And this Devin is pitchy as hell.

  • tucker davis

    Why are they picking these songs?  Do something current or modern…something that shows what kind of song you’ll record!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Devin – Best vocal so far easily. I see a lot of potential in him and I hope he shows some versatility in the future. So far, the best so far.

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

    HIS lower register isn’t good, it’s forced and shaky. It was just ok, IMO.

  • Tera2

    Kevin has a very good voice and he’s a good singer.  I noticed him since Hollywood round and liked him.  I didn’t know he sings in Spanish.  I like Spanish music.  I think he has a bit of theatrical vibe and can do well on broadway.  He’s good for top 20.

  • jammasta

    I agreed most with Mariah there. HALP ME

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

    Who’s this guy? LOL

  • jcabby

    That’s some nice input by Mariah on Devin. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    how did mariah detected that?  oh my what’s happening tonight

  • John M

    …..And this Devin is pitchy as hell.

    Devin was not pitchy at all lol

     Why are they picking these songs?  Do something current or modern…

    Listen is a modern song?

  • kcostell

    The contestants supposedly gave the producers a list of 5 songs, and the producers picked from the list.  

    I wouldn’t be surprised if in some cases the producers said “sorry, none of those 5 work.  You’ll do this song whether you want to or not”.  

  • jammasta

    Wow, I already hate Elijah and he hasn’t started singing yet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Bruno wannabe. He’s OK. Vocally meh.

  • elliegrll

    Devin – Best vocal so far easily. I see a lot of potential in him and I hope he shows some versatility in the future. So far, the best so far.

    Yes, it was the potential that caught my ear.  Given good songs, he has the potential of sounding very current.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    My favorite Bruno Mars song… He didn’t do great, but little girls are going to love him…

  • justmefornow

    Another wimpy-ass guy. Ughh!

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

    Is this the guy that suppose to be the ladies man? 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Nicki must be in heat or something and she really needs to quit hitting on guys that look 12

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Again, Randy is right about it not being a good vocal.

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

    I think this guy at this point knows he’s fodder and he didn’t even bother to rehearse. lol Terrible!

  • elliegrll

    This guy is no star, and he didn’t sound good.  This reminds me that Nigel said that only 3 of the boys stood out to him.

  • chillj

    I’m beginning to think this show is all about wardrobe.  I don’t like looking at guys whose clothes look like they are wearing the singer.

  • dabney c

    Elijah is super adorable. Nicki is 100% right. He’s Justin Bieber meets Bruno Mars. Sweet.

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

    Nikki has to move to the next cue card that doesn’t read superstar.

  • Tera2

    Elijah has a good voice and he’s a good singer.  He has a strong voice, but should avoid falsetto.  He’ll fit more into a pop group and boy band, and can have a career in Asia as a solo.

  • jammasta

    It was better than some of these guys, but holy crap, DON’T BE ACTING ALL “SWAG” AND GOD’S GIFT TO WOMEN. Get that poop out of here, lol.

  • jcabby

    Mariah with the New Edition reference. I was totally thinking that. Way to go Mariah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

     And “obsessed with you.”

  • justmefornow

    Maybe they think the clothes will distract you from the crappy singing.

  • DundieWinner

    He reminds me of Rufio from Hook.

  • shell29

    What’s up with Nikki tonight? I mean Elijah isnt bad, but I’m not seeing “superstar”. I was kind of bored to be honest. Almost all of these guys are putting me to sleep.

  • DundieWinner

    And JDA looked like a fabulous version of Jafar from Aladdin

  • Listening

    I’m sorry but Devin’s performance was underwhelming and at times pitchy. I was like someone better call him on it and they best not rave about THIS performance b/c I was so disappointed. And what happens they love it my jaw dropped really. That smells of desperation like they know the night is a wash w/ just ranging from bad to just okay performances. That when there’s even a glimmer of talent they over praise it.

    I expected more from Devin b/c I loved when he sang It’s a Wonderful World. I had such high expectations for him, his fall was great.

    The entire night has been sooooo disappointing so far people were either boring or bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    nicki has two words tonight.  “vibrato” and “superstar”
    next simon definitely NOT

  • jammasta

    I admit that after reading the spoiler I expected a bit more from Devin, and I expected to like Elijah, for some reason. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, I’m finding these guys very underwhelming.

  • justmefornow

    He just needed the curled toe shoes instead of the gray pumps. lol.

  • macfae

    Enjoyed Devin the best so far….but that doesn’t say much, does it.
    Elijah ??  Ugh  !!     Nicki wants him…eekkk   !!!!!!!!!!

  • elliegrll

    If they were going to load the season with mediocre male singers they shouldn’t have segregated the sexes.   It’s hard to watch an episode where one person after another can’t sing.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Nicki, who was so on last night, is so off tonight.  It doesn’t even seem like the same person.  Please tell me she’s not always going to be like this with the boys.  Randy is the one talking sense and Mariah has had some decent critiques too.

    From what we’ve seen, they obviously want Elijah through even if he wasn’t very good tonight. 

    Oh boys, also please stop attempting falsetto if you can’t go there. There is nothing worse than weak falsetto.

  • Da 1 N Only

    I think Devin &  Elijah sang themselves into the Top 20. Not because they were so good but because the rest has been so bad to average.

  • macfae

    Come on, Charlie –  please don’t let me down  !

  • Nedsdag

    Come on, Charlie! Show something.

  • DundieWinner

    Liking Charlie feels so wrong but I can’t help it.

  • jammasta

    …I have the irrational urge to kick Elijah’s ass. Something about him really gets my testosterone boiling. It’s a good thing I have a brain to control it >_>. He comes off very douchey. 

    Charlie’s here to save the night, I hope. So far, only Paul and Devin have been good.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Charlie is nervous, he is literally shaking…

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

    Poor thing is so nervous.

  • chillj

    Poor charlie!  He is terrified!

    Ew, Charlie. sorry, hon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    come on charlie.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Underwhelming. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Charlie is good and different. Again, not blown away, but he should get through easily.

  • justmefornow

    Even Charlie is disappointing. Tonight sucks.

  • elliegrll

    The list of songs that Charlie can pick that will work with his voice and style will be very small.  He needs to be very careful, and not make this mistake again.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamAlamillo Adam Alamillo

    This isn’t anything special either. Getting more and more optimistic about the girls, hahaha.

  • jcabby

    I freakin’ love Charlie.

  • dabney c

    I love Charlie’s weirdness, but if I’m honest — he’s high school talent show level good.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Little shaky and he was obviously super nervous, but Charlie is by farm my fav of the “sudden death” rounds so far.  Not that, that’s sayin much lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    wahhh Im disappoiinted.  shake it off charlie

  • jammasta

    Wow. Even Charlie faltered. What is wrong with these guys tonight?

    Of my three favorites (Paul, Charlie, and Devin), Paul was the only one who MET my expectations, even if his performance wasn’t perfect.

    I’m beginning to get annoyed with how Nicki is in love with these guys. I mean, I make easier connections with guys too (which is why I probably prefer the guys AGAIN this season), but holy shit, Nicki, to use your own words, GET IN CONTROL.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Charlie is original, but it was still pretty bad… For some strange reason, I want him to stay around though.

  • Tera2

    Charlie has a nice voice that’s 70′s singer songwriter vibe.  He come across amateurish, but has a look for acting and should on Glee.

  • tucker davis

    I’m sorry…Charlie is like a high school talent show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nicki is starting to bug me tonight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    stop talking nicki

  • jumpstart4u

    Well, Charlie was at least entertaining.  I have to give him that. 

  • Banished

    OUCH!! Please relieve my eardrums. I am convinced there is a conspiracy against the guys. The producers have screwed with the sound system, to make all of the guys sing off key. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    “I Don’t know where I am. I don’t know what’s going on” – Randy

    That’s how I’ve felt tonight and last night. I’m really underwhelmed. (i know i’m starting to sound like a broken record)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.ware.37 Kelly Ware

    Nikki needs to shut up and let Randy talk ocassionally.

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

     Charlie…quit trying to be Freddie Mercury lol (mic stand). I think he is trying too hard to be a rock star. It came off corny to me since that isn’t really a rock song.

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

    This guy is much weirder than I thought. lol

  • Pat S

    Charlie was awful.

  • forwarddad

    Enough all of those who saw the spoilers. Even little innuendos is too much.

  • Nedsdag

    Charlie’s going through regardless. It’s good to see him come out of his shell although he was underwhelming tonight. He was better with the Gotye song in Hollywood Week.

  • nekola

    Totally agree. Both nights have been a range from meh to bad. I haven’t been moved by anyone yet.

  • DundieWinner

    Good luck following Charlie.

  • CB40

    The guys have been awful so far, all of them. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, Charlie was pretty corny tonight and failed to impress, especially during the second part of the song where he was pretending to be a rock star. lol

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

    Nigel lets just have an all female top 10. PLEASE!!

  • Chris

    Charlie was just ok and that screech in Rocket Man? The judges are very kind.

  • Pat S

    I would like to quote Community in my analysis of Charlie:”That guy is a mess. It’s like God spilled a person.”

  • http://twitter.com/Acadiacoast Sapphire

    Oh Charlie…you’ve become annoying to me.  I must be way too jaded because I feel like the whole night is some joke on us.  But the judges and others like it so I know it’s me but I honestly cannot believe what I have just watched.  

  • jammasta

    I feel like the girls are gonna be graded on a curve. Again. They got good criticisms yesterday, like Haley did. The guys, on the other hand, can do no wrong. You’re hot, get a compliment. You’re interesting, that too! I remember MJ saying yesterday’s panel was the best panel the show has had, and I agreed. Now, it’s the opposite.

    Mariah said he’s been better, though. I guess that’s a start.

  • shell29

    Charlie…wow…um. I just wonder how much mileage he can get out of his “weirdness”.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Randy seems to be the only judge with working ears tonight… It official, the world is really coming to an end!

  • Pippygirl

    I like Charlie’s personality but that was terrible. I am liking Mariah more and more though as a judge.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Remember when people complained about JLo going crazy over all the guys.  Yeah, well she’s got nothing on Nicki tonight.  Bring back the Nicki of last night.

  • tucker davis

    Well Nigel ought to be happy…I wouldn’t vote for any of these boys!

  • chillj

    That was really funny.  Also true.  God spilled many people tonight; he has been way busy.

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

    I am very underwhelmed myself about tonights show.

  • Tera2

    Randy is right about Charlie seeming stage school performance.  Nicki Minaj need to know its more about the singing and not just oddness.  We need to judge if they can be on radio and recording artist now.  I said before he’s more for acting and Glee type thing.

  • jammasta

    …No thanks, even I need some penis in my life (PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS STATEMENT OUT OF CONTEXT. PLEASE.)

  • tucker davis

    Have we ever had a night when RANDY was the best judge of the night???

  • chillj

    Horrifying, ain’t it?

  • justmefornow

    I think Nigel is shooting himself in the foot this season.

  • DundieWinner

    Jimmy looks like a blonde curly version of Adam Lambert

  • Pat S

    Devin is the only guy that sang tonight that I could see in the Top 8 without it being a complete joke.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I think Mariah has had some good critiques tonight as well, but unlike Randy she is just going out of her way to try to be nice.  Randy doesn’t give a crap, not that I blame him tonight.

  • jumpstart4u

    Can ALL of the guys really be this bad?  I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. 

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

    Isabelle and Shuba deserve a spot in the semi finals over any of these mediocre guys tonight!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I haven’t seen his performance yet, but Charlie is trending like a MoFo on Twitter tonight.  “Love Charlie”, “Awkward Turtles”, “Charlie Askew” and “Rocket Man” have all hit the world wide trend.

    Maybe it’s the Barbz.

  • dabney c

    OMG … I actually don’t like this Jimmy performance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Save Devin and Elijah, and the rest who have performed so far can go home. 

  • jammasta

    ….Seriously, guys.

    The only performance of the ones shown tonight that I’ll vaguely remember after tonight is Paul. THE HELL, guys.

    Jimmy also faltered in THE BIG SHOW. Come on, guys. There’s one “good” guy so far tonight, even of my 4 favorite guys. It’s like watching the freaking Chicago Cubs.

    Paul and Devin are the only two who have put up a performance worth sending through. I was also quite invested in this night as I was a huge fan of Paul, Jimmy, Devin, and Charlie, and I didn’t want either of those guys cut. At this point, I’m only willing to forgive Paul and Devin.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I actually liked Jimmy! I shall now banish myself. 

  • Tera2

    I like Jimmy in Hollywood rounds.  I didn’t like this song choice much, but he has a good voice, good looks and can be a star in country. 

  • DundieWinner

    If these guys sang the phonebook it would have been a better show.

  • Da 1 N Only

    If I’m a judge forced to pick 5 tonight I would almost have to throw tonight out the window & go with what I’ve seen from them before. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    If they sang “I’m a little teapot” or “It’s A Small World”, those would still be better song choices than those the contestants have chosen tonight. 

  • HermeticallySealed

     Oh god no!  How dull.  (BTW I would say the same about an all male top 10)

  • justmefornow

    That Jimmy’s fake and bake tan was blinding! 
    Too bad it wasn’t deafening, lol.

  • jumpstart4u

    Vote for the Worst must be having a freakin’ field day with this shitz. 

  • shell29

    Jimmy-underwhelming to say the least. I hope next week’s crop of guys is better.

  • dabney c

    But at least Nicki uses humour when she’s fangirling over the cute boys. She’s not creepy about it like Kara was.

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

    This guy looks like a country version of Sammy Hagar.

  • jammasta

    I agree. Well, at least in an all male Top 10 I’d probably be able to find one I can connect with. Something brotherly about other guys, I guess.

  • Listening

    I’m sorry Charlie is adorable but he can’t sing.

    I could tell he was totally nervous singing, he was shaking but he still went for it so good for him. But he’s not picking the right songs for his voice nor arranging his songs appropriately. He needs melodic cool songs. Not songs w/ big notes he doesn’t have the power/control for that.

    I’m pretty sure Charlie will be one of the five who make it through b/c most of the judges find him adorable and like his personality. And you know what I don’t care b/c nobody else has shined. I wouldn’t think Charlie was stealing someone elses spot. If the other contestants weren’t boring they were flat out bad.

  • elliegrll

    Nicki is getting on my nerves right now.  I’m going to go with theory that the producers are putting words into her and Keith’s mouths.  

    This whole thing is a bad idea, and won’t lead to the ratings going up, or a girl winning.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I honestly didn’t mind Charlie . . . at first.  He lost me once he started screaming. The performance made him seem a bit of a hipster, ruining the second on purpose as if he were someone “in on the joke” and nobody else was invited.

  • jumpstart4u

    My ears need to be cleansed.  Immediately. 

  • jammasta

    I disagree. None of these guys so far would probably even catch the interest of VFTW, that’s how boring it is tonight.

    Then again, I had REALLY high hopes for tonight since I liked 4 guys tonight.

  • dabney c

    Don’t banish yourself. Jimmy has potential.

  • DundieWinner

    I came to watch American Idol, not go to church.

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

    Joshua Ledet 2.0

  • chillj

    They could just pick the top five by shooting darts.

    This guy Curtis should make it but he is scary.

  • tucker davis

    Curtis: what’s with the weird facial expressions??

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

    Curtis makes you want to go on stage and kick his rear end. Hes that irritating.

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

    JDA would probably catch ALL the interest of VFTW. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I just wasn’t that impressed tonight.

  • justmefornow

    I feel like I’m being punked tonight.

  • Nedsdag

    Curtis should play Luther in one of those Legends Tribute Shows. He’s in Vegas, so he might as well stay there.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    They definitely saved the best for last… Curtis was the steak on platter full of hamburgers.

  • dabney c

    Curtis is such an old fashioned singer/performer. He belongs in a Temptations tribute in a Vegas “Legends” show.

  • jumpstart4u

    Curtis … so old fashioned – and annoying – but a thousand percent better than anything else I’ve heard tonight.  SADZ.

  • elliegrll

    Joshua Ledet 2.0

    Not even close.  He’s a tad bit better than Jacob Lusk, but like Jacob, he makes everything into a gospel song.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Usually like curtis, his singing anyway, but he was kinda off tonight too.  Blah night overall.  I’d probably go with Curtis, Charlie, Paul, JDA and I guess Devin since everyone else likes him and he was no worse than the others.  I’m guessing d-bag creepy face will get through tho

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Curtis is cheesy and annoying on stage, but for pure vocals I feel like he has to go through with this overly weak field tonight.  At least he was hitting the right nows.  WTF, Nicki all of a sudden is back to critiquing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    spot on randy

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

    Curtis is more Jermaine Jones.

  • jcabby

    Randy is giving great critiques and advice tonight. I can’t believe it. What has come over the dawg?

  • jammasta

    Curtis’s mannerisms are horrifying, I feel like I’m being seduced by a turtle….. I don’t like him, but he’s probably third best tonight. Paul was the best of the night. And that wouldn’t even be close to the best of the night any other night. It would just be a good Paul performance to me.

    1. Paul
    2. Devin
    3. Curtis
    4. JDA (PURELY for the entertainment factor…. Vocally he’s probably 10th)
    5. Charlie
    6. Jimmy
    7. Johnny
    8. Elijah
    9. Kevin
    10. Chris

    That would be my ranking for tonight.

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

    Curtis was the best vocalist tonight.  However, I still get the feeling that he and Johnny Keyser should open an used car lot.  They both seem like used car salesmen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I know I might sound harsh, but I feel like I could have heard the same level of performance quality from tonight’s performances, if I went to the local karaoke club or high school talent show.  (and that even goes for those I enjoyed).

    Nobody screams “AMERICA’S NEXT STAR” tonight. Just being honest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alissa.souk Alissa Souk

    nice critique mariah.  thats the way to do it

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

    Mariah has become Randy’s translator.

    ETA: It was about time. He needed one. lol

  • justmefornow

    I wish I could read Jimmy Iovine’s mind right about now, lol.

  • macfae

    Cannot  bear Curtis…..regardless of how good he is

  • tucker davis

    I don’t know…if they were feeding her, she wouldn’t be so over-the-top in love…lol. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBF5UOKDMH6KZFB6WQVYPOK4BQ Brian

    I wish they could put like 2 or 3 through and say “We’ll get back to you if there happen to be more spots after we hear the others.”

  • Tera2

    Curtis has a good voice and can sing.  He’s the obligatory Gospel male singer that they put though every season that I’m tired of like over the top Joshua Ladet and Jacob.  I think I won’t mind Curtis though cause his voice and vibe is more 70s soul.   he should do Teddy Pendergrass songs

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    he’s obnoxious, but he’s in a different league than the rest of the guys who sang tonight.  no saying he’s super good, just they were super meh to bad

  • CB40

    Curtis saved this night from being a total disaster. I wish they would not keep the 5 and 5 rule for the top 10 this year

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6FDKZWZZOESHA5DCZVTU24T4 JasonG

    Me too! lol He’s probably dreading working with them lol

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

    Bring back JDA, at least I was entertained.

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

    The way Mariah speaks for Randy…I think Mariah should be Randy’s manager. lol

  • jammasta

    Joshua and Jacob were billions of times more likeable, even with Jacob’s “look at the person in the mirror” comment. Curtis is just smarmy to me (the whole Charlie in the group rounds, the laptop thing), not to mention he comes off really fake and contrived. But he is a good singer, I’ll give him that.

    TBH, I feel bad for Curtis, Paul and Devin. Their good performances were overshadowed by the mediocrity of 7 others.

  • shell29

    Curtis is very good, I’ll give him that. One of the best performances of the night (although that’s not saying much). But I just can’t with the fake earnest expression and the mugging while he’s getting his praise from the judges. He might be genuinely sincere about it but it comes off phony to me.

  • chillj

    I’m not sure I have ever seen an American Idol with so many bad singers.  Always one or two, but this could be hard to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    agreed.  They annoyed me at times with their theatrics and oversinging, particularly Jacob, but has much more likable personalities.  Joshua seems like a sweet, funny guy.  Curtis is way full of himself.

  • jumpstart4u

    jammasta – “I feel like I’m being seduced by a turtle”

    OMG, hilarious! 

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

    If they have one split and didn’t approve 5 it doesn’t make sense. They need at least 2 splits. Otherwise they will automatically have to approve the act that had split votes.

  • Prime_Minister

    My thoughts:

    Devin and Paul were good.  
    Curtis was good, but can’t compare with Josh Ledet (can they bring him back to make this season more bearable?)
    Disappointed with Charlie.
    Everyone else was terrible.

  • Nedsdag

    Curtis’s last name should be Payne, because he looks like he’s agony when he sings.

    (No offense to Liam Payne of One Direction).

  • Christopher Auyeung

    I will say, Elijah is actually the only one I can say was contemporary tonight. Everyone else was really old-fashioned and kind of campy. His falsetto was awful and the song choice was really bad (I love that song when Bruno sings it, but definitely not for Elijah), but I like his tone and can see him being successful with the right songs.

  • macfae

    applauding Charlie for his “weirdness” so much may have given him the message that more of it is better; when just being himself, is the best.

  • Chris

    Every season there’s a “Luther” but except Rueben, they get cut. Maybe try Neo.

  • Chris

    Every season there’s a “Luther” but except Rueben, they get cut. Maybe try Neo.

  • Listening

    I know what people be saying about Curtis I agree w/ about how he sings good but you don’t like his personality. He acted soooo extremely douche-y during group week. That it completely turned me off. And then they roll out the clip about him being church and callings, and connections and it just feels so fake and hypocritical to me. I’m like you a douche. He just comes off as so smug, cocky, and pompous to me. The way he looks sometimes it’s like  we’re all beneath him. No joke it’s like he smells something stinky when he’s around anyone else.

    Oh and his performance was corny. He was the best of the night vocally but how the men performed tonight it wasn’t hard at all.
     

  • Listening

    I know what people be saying about Curtis I agree w/ about how he sings good but you don’t like his personality. He acted soooo extremely douche-y during group week. That it completely turned me off. And then they roll out the clip about him being church and callings, and connections and it just feels so fake and hypocritical to me. I’m like you a douche. He just comes off as so smug, cocky, and pompous to me. The way he looks sometimes it’s like  we’re all beneath him. No joke it’s like he smells something stinky when he’s around anyone else.

    Oh and his performance was corny. He was the best of the night vocally but how the men performed tonight it wasn’t hard at all.
     

  • Tera2

    I’m surprised Jimmy didnt make it.  He has a good voice and potential.  But they know the idol fans who vote hard for attractive guys and country singers will vote him to the top.  I prefer for a girl to win this season myself.  Angela has potential to be a pop star and there are are couple other girls who can be recording artist.

  • dabney c

    Curtis wishes he could sing like Joshua Ledet. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    Pretty sure I’ll soon forget JDA. The most memorable thing about him was the spelling of his name. 

  • justmefornow

    Ryan – “Thanks for sharing your glitter with us”. LOL

  • jumpstart4u

    I really – really – really – hate this new format.  Yuck.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’m at the point where I would take all of our S11 guys back, and I didn’t even like P2 and Colton last season.  My standards have been lowered.

  • CB40

    I missed Jimmy, loved that he was able to give comments on the same day, and he was still spot-on as always. 

  • elliegrll

    Jimmy being the tie breaker would have made more sense, if the decision came down to Paul and one other person.  How can Jimmy be the tie breaker, if the judges have already decided the fate of everyone else?

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

    Color me puzzled. Does Jimmy know whos going home because he put Paul through?? The whole process doesnt add up

  • genius13

    I think we might be saying goodbye to Charlie during the first voting round..cool and quirky can only get you so far…you have to deliver vocally..and he hasn’t so far

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Get out of me head. You betta preach. Joshua Ledet tweeted him earlier and when I looked at his profile picture I immediately got annoyed. He just seems to give off that vibe. 

  • jumpstart4u

    Off to watch S7 reruns.  Need to remind myself that AI really is a talent show.  Ugh. 

  • supersonic

    Curtis was good, but can’t compare with Josh Ledet (can they bring him back to make this season more bearable?)

    Yes.  Can that happen?  Even though I really haven’t been watching yet, but from what I’ve seen, none of these guys are wowing me like how Josh did last season.

  • Tera2

    Paul has a good voice and sang very well.  I said earlier that song choice and vibe is kind of 80s Steve Winwood.  He deserve top 20, but he’s not a current recording artist.  He will career and get gigs in Vegas, cruise ships and private parties though.

  • justmefornow

    That whiny bastard would have won this year. lol

  • dabney c

    I was underwhelmed by Jimmy tonight. What bugged me most was that when he was let go, he just walked smiled casually and walked offstage. I guess I wanted to feel like a) he really wanted this badly, and b) he truly believed in himself and in his right to make top 10. I didn’t get that conviction from him tonight, and it bugs me because he HAS the talent and look and potential. Such a waste. *bummed*.

  • tucker davis

    HA HA..I totally agree. Can you imagine P2 singing any of the songs we heard tonight?

  • jammasta

    I wonder who was split on Paul. And it’s kinda odd. I thought his performance was the only one of the night I would’ve sent through for sure, but he’s through on a split decision? I would not be surprised if Nicki said no because he wasn’t sexy enough for her.

    And, hell, I would’ve given Jimmy another chance, too.

    Hell, why the BLOODY HELL were any of these performances even split decisions? Jesus Christ, don’t think with your vag, Nicki/Mariah. It’s usually people getting mad at guys for “thinking with their penises”. Only 3 performances were worth giving a glance to: Paul, Devin, and Curtis. Those 3 performances should not have been split decisions, yet Paul’s was. I’m officially… unhappy.

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

    Wow, The guys were beyond terrible tonight. Even Charlie wasn’t up to the task. But alas, I would keep Charlie. JDA was fun though.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Or you could just watch the girls last night. Lol.

  • Chris

    My name is Chris and I couldn’t even vote for him. Bad vocals

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

    If Charlie is smart he knows he’ll make it. Otherwise the last two would have to go through and there wouldn’t be any climax.

  • Tera2

    Chris has a nice voice, but mediocre.  But nice scarf and nice cheekbones.  He and JDA were entertaining though.

  • jumpstart4u

    I liked a couple of the girls; but wasn’t overly impressed by anyone.  Hopefully, that will change once the voting rounds start. 

  • jcabby

    Yay Charlie!

  • Prime_Minister

    Colton Dixon would have won this year.

    Bring back the Season 7 guys please. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    if it doesn’t, this is going to be a painful season lol.  i don’t remember which season it was, but i do remember at least one season where the performances thru semis were really terrible, but the actual comptition ended up being decent, so i guess there’s hope

  • Chris

    Oh Johnny. The cruelest cut.

  • elliegrll

    The performances were mostly bad, but at least we had the happy ending of Johnny being eliminated.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    At this point I would take an entire 5 months of previous Idol non-winner contestants competing in an all star season. Profits from each week’s performances could go to charity as part of Idol Gives Back. I’m just underwhelmed, but still hopeful for next week.

  • Tera2

    Devin deserves the spot cause he has a good voice and he’s much better vocalist than Johnny Keiser.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Thought Elijah was pretty terrible, even compared to this group, but I really can’t say who i’d swap him for that was any better, so I reckon the judges did a’ight.  Hope next week is better.

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

    Paul is the only one with WGWG potential that made it through so they want it make it seem like they were on the fence about him to take him down a few notches. Disgusting. To be honest Paul was the best of the night.

  • tucker davis

    I don’t feel Charlie should have been put through. He just doesn’t have the voice, the look, the experience… he won’t be a threat to the girls so maybe that’s why he’s going on.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    hah! my favorite part of the night for sure

  • HermeticallySealed

     Ugh, what a dull season that was.  If it wasn’t for the David’s being talked about still, i wouldn’t be able to tell you who was in that season.

  • irockhard

    I miss S10.

  • elliegrll

    To be fair to the 20 contestants who we saw tonight, there have been plenty of semi final rounds of 34 or 24 people, where many of the the people who didn’t make it into the top 13 have been bad.  If not bad, they haven’t been as talented as those who made it into the top 10-13.

    I think that it looks worse this season, because everybody seems to be getting the same amount of airtime.

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

     I think Charlie does have the voice, but it isn’t trained very well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBF5UOKDMH6KZFB6WQVYPOK4BQ Brian

    Everyone talking about this being the worst singers, just remember that we are for the first time getting to see full performances from the TOP 40.  Even in the seasons 3-7 or so, we started out with a top 24, so we are seeing an additional 8 per gender (at the bottom end).  We did have a few years with four groups of 8 or so as well to vote from, or three groups of 12, but even then, it was less.  Once the voting starts at the top 20, we should have mostly good people.

  • FinalFantasy13

    charlie was worse than johnny period…but I get that he’s different so what ever, I aint even mad..

  • elliegrll

    This is pretty much what I just posted.  I remember the three semi final rounds during season 8 were very bad, but the top ten was incredibly talented.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammyluebrecht Tammy Luebrecht

    No Jimmy Smith and no Johnny Keyser?? They really are trying to keep the eye candy off the show so the girls won’t vote for the cute factor.

  • dabney c

    I wonder who would have taken the 5th stool if Jimmy had voted against Paul. 

  • Karen C

    The girls were overall much better than the guys.  Tonight, even the ones I thought were stronger didn’t do well.

  • jammasta

    Considering how we still haven’t seen HALF THE GUYS and some of the guys we have seen have barely been seen…. isn’t it a little early to say that these guys are, as a whole, worse than those in S6 and S9? I mean, come on, those other guys had a full season of exposure and haven’t gone through as humongous a cut as these guys. Hell, remember how absolutely horrible James and Scotty were during Hollywood Week in S10? Things can, and hopefully will, change.

    The S6 and S9 format had the guys cut little by little. This format removes a lot of the crap at once. Now that a lot of the guys who sang horribly are gone, maybe things will get better.

    I will say that these guys don’t show a lot of promise so far. Hopefully the other half is better.

    Go Paul and Devin!

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

    Yes, Please. Can we have a “Remember Them” thread so we can remind ourselves what talent is. We can bring out video links of past Idols and cry over this mess were getting.

  • jumpstart4u

    I guess that’s one way to look at it.  Honestly, I don’t find any of the guys tonight to be top 10 worthy.  We’ll see what happens next week.  *fingers crossed*

  • Prime_Minister

    My wish for Season 12: A non-Top 2 all star season, brining back people like
    -Elliott Yamin
    -Melinda Doolittle
    -Josh Ledet
    -Haley Reinhart

    I watch Idol to be entertained, not to cringe like I did tonight. 

  • Listening

    I’m so glad Devin made it he’s better than he was today. And i’ve never liked Johnny. I’ve always thought Johnny had creepy eyes and at times his face is really angular and skull-like. Oh also he’s the guy who kept singing when a girl passed out in a past season. I’ve never found him attractive or been impressed by Johnny’s voice so Devin was definitely the right choice for me.

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

    OMG I’m gonna watch some Elise, Joshua, hell, I just finished watching Pia’s  Stand By You. I’m most certainly going to watch some Haley, and even go old school and watch Tamyra’s A House Is not A Home. I need to remind myself what this show can be. I can’t believe the crap I witnessed tonight. Lord….

  • Da 1 N Only

    To all who are dooming the season already. Remember that in previous seasons a lot of these contestants would’ve been eliminated without ever performing in front of the audience. 

    By the time we get to the final 12 I expect 6 very strong girls, the guys may be weak but I’ll reserve my judgment til next week.

  • tucker davis

    It’s very unfair to Adam Lambert to be compared to JDA. Truthfully, I didn’t know Adam was gay until after the finals…and talent-wise, they are worlds apart!

  • jammasta

    I think it would’ve been Jimmy. 

    Paul is the only one with WGWG potential that made it through so they
    want it make it seem like they were on the fence about him to take him
    down a few notches. Disgusting. To be honest Paul was the best of the
    night.

    I agree that he was the best, and that could explain the split decision thing.

    IMO, this cut is kinda like S8 and S10. As elliegirl said, there weren’t that many good performances in the semifinal rounds. Once all the crap got cut out, we were left with a good Top 10. I see the same happening here.

    Paul will improve. Devin and Charlie will rebound.

  • cherelann

    All finished 3rd & all were the most talented of their season.  I agree with you 100% P_M…

  • Allison

    Why do they think Elijah has a marketable face? And even if he did, isn’t this supposed to be really about singing?

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

     and even go old school and watch Tamyra’s A House Is not A Home.

    OMG, Tamyra. Let’s not forget Miss Nadia Turner.

  • irockhard

    LOL this is the record biz, they can do wonders in the studio. These guys are bad but there is room for improvement and they are in reality no worse than most of the auto-tuned artists out there.

  • jobeob987

    The only one I’m truly shocked about is Johnny.  I can’t say I love him, but I certainly would have put him in that top 5 over Elijah.  Are you freaking kidding me???  I just thought Idol would have put some eye candy who can actually sing in the live shows.

    Vocally, my faves were Curtis (although he really annoys me!) and Devin.  Paul has a really nice voice although that song was all kinds of wrong tonight.

    Does anyone know if there are going to be any Wildcards this year?

  • overthetop1

    Poor Johnny.

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

    I think Jimmy Smith is too…awkward! He needs to work on having a sense of coolness about him. Charlie can make awkward work because he has the unique factor that just oozes out of him. Jimmy lacks some serious stage presence. A shame, because he does have talent and potential, but there’s got to be an IT factor. But tonight was a complete shame anyway, so he wasn’t the only one who was average tonight.

  • KatMyers

    Yeah, Iovine being a tie breaker makes no sense.  At all.  Been scratching my head for 20 minutes now and the numbers don’t add up.. If the judges agreed on the 5 to send home and the 4 to keep, wouldn’t a tie automatically be a yes?  Otherwise you end up with 4 going through and potentially 6 going home.  I don’t think anyone thought about the logic of this obviously Idol-created faux drama.  Jimmy would have had to decide between one of 2.  Unless it’s edited and spliced and we missed seeing something behind the scenes (other than machinations lol)

  • teekee

    Bad song choices, lackluster performances, and mediocre vocals=Boring night of tv.
    Hope my potential favs don’t disappoint next week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.ware.37 keware

    The winner was not on the stage tonight! 

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

    Even S7s Chikizie and David Hernandez could of destroyed any of these guys tonight.

  • jumpstart4u

    Not an Adam fan, but I couldn’t agree with you more.  Adam >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> JDA. 

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

    Oh Elliot Yamin….NO DAMN GUY has yet to replace you…(although Joshua is close)

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Meh. To the lot of them.

    So many live cuts are kind of hard to watch. Not that I really care who goes, but you can read a lot on the eliminated’s faces. Some, like Jimmy(?) and Kevin, knew they were going home. Johnny and JDA thought they did enough to go through. Chris’s headscarf eliminated itself. *yes, I had to look their names up again.

    Great changes, Nigel…

  • dabney c

    See, but both in his first audition and in Hollywood, I thought Jimmy had the coolness and the good stage presence. But tonight, he was sort of a shrinking violet …  like a guy who found himself with a microphone at his best friend’s wedding, with his buddies making him sing, and he was really embarrassed about it. *still bummed*

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

    I LOVED Nicki’s eyeroll on the BS when Ryan said “the judges” will make the decision on who stays after Curtis’s performance. Anyone else catch that?

  • notthatmary

    Wow.  Disappointed on so many levels.  Wanted to hear singing – not drag/karoke/Glee performances.  And before we can even get to guys who will hopefully sing, we’ve got to survive Zoanette!

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Ok, I said it before and I will say it again. It is still wayyy too soon to write off this season.  Only 10 of the people from the top 40 will actually make it. That’s 25% of the top 40. The other 30 will never be heard from again.

  • too-cool-for-school

    These guys are all horrible. I know they want a girl to win this year, but this is ridiculous.

    They really are, and it really is! I feel my time is being somewhat robbed. At least give us a few good, likable male contestants so there is some balance, Idol. Maybe we will see one next week but my breath I shall not hold…

  • teekee

    My two fav idols are on your list(M&J). Heck, I had to go listen to Melinda’s MFV last night. I liked Amber okay, but not even close.

  • dabney c

    You’re right KatMyers. It should have been a split between 2 boys, and Jimmy could have chosen which one goes through. A tie would have to be an automatic “yes” if there was no tie on the other 5 who were sent home.

  • Allison

     Elliott not making the final 2 in s5 brought down that season one notch in my book.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I don’t care what any of y’all say.  I FLOOOOVE Charlie!!  He’s like a MUPPET.  He’s Gonzo in human form and Nicki is his chicken girlfriend, Camilla.

    http://youtu.be/hOIsYA1QDuk

  • dishwalla

    Message to Charlie. Dude, can see why you are socially awkward. You have an incredibly annoying personality. You are short with bad teeth and try to pass yourself as being different to cover your mediocre talent.

  • tucker davis

    You are absolutely right, & I’ll predict the ratings dropped further.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marjanaisweird Aakash Mansukhani

    Devin knows how to play the guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWDz_OX67dA
    lawl… 
    And the American Idol of season 12 is…
    He’s probably gonna whip it out in the top 10 at some point

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

    I said it like one hour ago. But Jimmy’s comment on Paul, “singing a Keith Urban song while auditioning for Phantom Of The Opera” made the fake tie-breaking worthy. lol

  • jammasta

    I agree. It’s way too early to write off the guys or the entire season in general. A ton of the guys and girls they’re showing are just fodder. Once they get away, we might have a good Top 20 in place. And, of the guys who didn’t do well tonight, a lot of them have performed better. Charlie and Devin specifically were really disappointing (Charlie more than Devin), but their previous performances have been better. There’s room for improvement.

    No denying it, tonight was horrible, but, considering there are still some MAJOR cuts, it’s too early to write off the contestants.

    I’m wondering if it’s too early to write off the judges, though. After yesterday’s great panel, today was disappointing. Randy had the sense to keep it real. Nicki thought with her hormones too much. Seriously, what the hell? I love you, I wanna have babies with you, jeez. She should only judge the girls.

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

    I know I know SMDH. For the record, send your condolences to his friend on Twitter and Youtube. LOL She’s devastated. @televisionsoup:disqus 

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

  • sdmama

    Well, I don’t know how they do the picking, but let’s suppose they ranked them 1-10, and all agreed on 1-4.   Paul came in 5th,  but the vote was 2/2  aye or nay. Hence tie breaker.  They probably did not sort 6-10th place yet so we won’t know who would have taken his place if Jimmy said no to Paul. I love to know what exactly went on, but probably I end up with getting mad at Nigel instead.

    Jimmy being the tie breaker makes sense to me. As far I am concerned that man has a crystal ball. He was right about Phillip even though he wasn’t the greatest vocalist.  I am interested in Paul all of a sudden.  

  • dabney c

    Hahahaha, so true, Leandro, so true.

    I know people really really hate this critique, and I’m so sorry – but: Paul is 100% Broadway. I can totally see him playing Fiyero in Wicked.

  • curly_yenta

    Call me wierd, but I’m loving the horrible ‘talent’ showing up on my TV tonight! Ha! Just something about the manipulation factor gone terrible bad for Nigel. #fail

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

    That’s what I felt. Paul, Clay, they all have this Josh Groban operatic type vocal that was never my thing. That kind of singing just feels so…hollow. I call it “great, professional…empty singing”. 

  • Kitwana

    Devin singing part of his song in Spanish is probably what saved him. Certainly can’t call him a WGWG (I don’t recall any WGWG winner ever singing in Spanish). Hopefully Elijah will work some Chinese into one of his songs soon.

  • dabney c

    Oh, the poor girl. Maybe she can start a youtube campaign to pressure Nigel to bring him back.

  • Latin2

    Elijah’s voice is way too high. It almost sounds like a girl’s voice. I agree with Mariah on Paul’s performance. The first part was the best part. 

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

    I felt like he’s a real country singer and likes country music, but he’s trying too hard to add many elements because  he thinks it’s important to show everything he’s able to with his voice on AI. He’s clueless.

  • KatMyers

    Except if Paul came in 5th best of the night then sorting 6-10 is unnecessary and they all go home with tie going to Paul.  The only reason to have Iovine break a tie is if they are split on more than 1. IDK – still makes no sense.  I call faux drama lol.  Or maybe they’re trying to scare him off the over-theatrical performances right out of the gate lol.

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

    Because that’s what Paul should do. He’s barely a country singer. I think Paul will go the way of Adam Brock. He’ll be placed in the middle, sing some mediocre song, and won’t get voted on. 

  • tucker davis

    You know an Idol’s Special with returning alums is not a bad idea for Fox. There are plenty now to choose from and some incredible talent that many viewers would love to see again. And great exposure for the alums to sell new material. Itunes could sell whatever they sing (like Voice does). It would certainly be better than much of the ‘reality’ stuff now being shown! Fox could advertise it on the current season of Idol and then show it during the summer.

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

    LOL. I think he’s country, but he’s afraid to be too much simple. He doesn’t want to be just another WGWG. lol

  • Latin2

     Remember he is 1/2 Mexican…so maybe he can sing in Spanish?

  • KatMyers

    And a great idea for a replacement for XFUS when it is cancelled lol.  An all-star approach can’t hurt – peeps already have past faves.

  • jpfan2

    The guys were pretty bad. I’m not sure how casting a bunch of meh guys so a girl will win is going to make for a good season.  I really missed the old Simon tonight. He would have gone to town on the lame bunch we saw tonight.

  • Latin2

    I really liked Devin’s voice. I like the tone. 

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     

    He would have ripped those guys apart.

    Like he did with Lee? Lol.

  • dabney c

    That idea has been kicked around in the past. I’d definitely watch, but what would they be competing for? Would it be the same system of getting voted off one by one? What would be at stake?

  • sdmama

    I think the first time I saw glitter on Adam Lambert was on final, and it was only a tiny bit.  He came back next year.  Did he have glitter them? I cannot say Ryan is mistaken.  I knew Ryan would bring Adam up on the show, though!

    Yeah, JDA is not like Adam vocal wise, BUT, they are both fierce entertainer, and perform with a total confidence, it was a joy to watch it.  It was fun! and I would have liked to see more of his performances before we said good bye.  
    Idol kept his performances hidden until now, and now it is over! Clearly he can sing and apparently he was better according judges. Where is the tape?

    Sure, there is no chance he will win, but I am looking for surprises and unexpected, not just good singing. For that, the line up of boys are not bad. Paul will (and should) improve if he listens carefully, Charlie needs some adjustment at some point before it becomes annoying from charming, same goes for Lazaro. Devin needs to show some breath because he cannot just coast all the way only on this type of music. But all of these boys, I can picture them in top 3.

    I thought Jimmy and Johnny may make it to top 20 with their voice and looks,  but they are a bit bland, and I am not sure what kind of growth would have carry them to top 10. 
     

  • jpfan2

    I meant the “old” Simon before he lost complete interest in the show (probably somewhere around season 7/8). ;0

     Joshua L. got standing o’s every night and still hasn’t been signed by a label. So are all the r&b guys on the show just fodder? And a country singer who should do Broadway. I guess they really, really want to make sure no guy has a shot this season.

  • Jaejae1

    I didn’t like the reference to Adam. I thought is was kind of a put down since JDA is clearly not meant to be taken seriously by the average Idol viewer and Ryan was clearly refering to JDA’s lifestyle and not his fashion.  Adam was pretty straight laced during idol until he got to the finale. 

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

    You know the minute Elijah started singing, I thought it was a girl for a minute, because I wasn’t looking from the beginning. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    This is the first season with so many people at this stage. I’m sure if we looked at the other seasons and saw all the top 40s perform live, then there would be a lot of underwhelming people. The only difference is they can easily edit them out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    Yikes. That show was a hot mess. I wasn’t wowed by anyone.

    After Paul’s performance, I was disappointed that he wasn’t better, but in hindsight, he was one of the better ones. Everybody was either terrible or boring or way too melismatic. Recipe for disaster, right there.

    Don’t know if they really just aren’t that good this season, or if they were nervous?

  • Latin2

     It’s true. Listen to the video of Elijah Liu singing without watching the video and you might think it was a girl/woman singing.

    His voice is too high.

  • Jaejae1

    I think Nikki reacts like a viewer which is cool and also like a performer.  I think she has been point on in some of her observation during the Vegas rounds. And btw, I really like this vegas sudden death format. A million times better than the green mile thing.

  • johnkay

    I thought it was the boy with cystic fibrosis (i think kayden) when i wasnt looking

  • johnkay

    i’m pretty sure they’ll put zoanette through since they put charlie in

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

    I hope Idol has enough flaming pianos, marching bands and bagpipes to hide the vocal mess that’s about to come. 

  • GRjourney1

    The sad thing to me is that none of these guys were as good as several of the girls who went home last night.  Too bad it has to be an equal # of boys and girls.
    As to Charlie…I just saw a high school version of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat tonight and there were any number of guys who sang better than Charlie and gave amazing performances. They also had to dance while they were singing.  Tonight was not good on the Idol stage. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clare-Jones/100002980320666 Clare Jones

    Yuck… so unimpressed I switched off… I really didn’t care who made it through..I just watched Curtis, he makes me cringe.. no girl in her right mind is picking the phone up for that.. total turn off…. after the first 20 … girl 1, 2 ,3 at least!

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I have to say though, I hope Charlie can bounce back. I was disappointed in him :(

  • durbesque

    In my musical judgement, Curtis is the first contestant in Melinda’s class.  I hope he continues on the high plane he set tonight.  Of course, he won’t win or sell anything.  Jazz is a tiny, exclusive clique.  

  • johnkay

    it should have been the 5 girls, isabelle, shubha,  curtis, devin, and paul or brandy

  • maymay

    This season is dying for a girl winner but we at least have four female winners so far. So if Paul Jolley is gay, and performs well, I hope he can win. Of course, a girl winning is still a great result.

  • JudyOhio

    Ok, I may be in the minority here, but on a second listen to Charlie, not sure it was all that bad.  His problem (to me) is that he’s not a natural at making smooth body moves, he’s kind of herky jerky if you will, lol.  Hopefully, they can help him eliminate some of that, dunno.  I guess he was trying to show three takes on the song.  The slow first part, well done…then on the knees missing the earth, well done….then getting into the chorus, not bad at all until he started “screaming” as I’ve seen it called.  But, even then, when I listened close, I didn’t actually hear him go off pitch. His other problem is that I believe he talks to much during the critiques, lol.  He’s odd, but still has my interest, mainly because of his previous performances (especially nature boy).  I actually do think he has a good voice.  Imo of course.

    In the end, I do think they put through the right 5 for this particular group of 10.

  • girlygirltoo

    Watching the West Coast feed. They just did Kevin. And I’m disagreeing with the judges except for with Randy. That was a boring, off key performance by Kevin. Granted, I’m not a fan of that Bryan Adams song to begain with, but that was bad.

    So far, I loved JDA’s performance and his confidence. He was fun!  But his vocal was weak. Paul & Johnny were sooooooooooooooooo boring and neither vocal was better than mediocre. I’m not impressed by the guys to this point.

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

    This show has become a joke. Charlie is TERRIBLE, yet makes it through when JDA who is actually entertaining and Johnny who is a pretty good singer doesn’t. I always knew this show was mostly fake, but at least they can edit out when the Top 40 only sang for the judges during the green mile episode. These sudden death rounds really highlight the shows cracks IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I am confused. If Jimmy had not put Paul through, who would have made it to the top 5?

  • wmviii

    ^maybe johnny keyser..

  • girlygirltoo

    Does this episode get any better? Seriously, I am so bored right now. 

  • Trina

    OMG I’m gonna watch some Elise, Joshua, hell, I just finished watching Pia’s  Stand By You. I’m most certainly going to watch some Haley, and even go old school and watch Tamyra’s A House Is not A Home. I need to remind myself what this show can be. I can’t believe the crap I witnessed tonight. Lord…. 

     and even go old school and watch Tamyra’s A House Is not A Home.
    OMG, Tamyra. Let’s not forget Miss Nadia Turner. 

    And where are all of those people? They were talented yet they flopped and went nowhere after the show ended, yet the guy who got ripped apart for being a crappy singer and was predicted to destroy the AI franchise when he won is a multi-platinum success story.
    <3 Jimmy. GO PAUL  I plan on powervoting for him and I dont care if hes gay, straight, country or broadway. 37 year old frau here who thinks hes adorable and LOVES his voice LOL

  • cheese1

    I am now really looking forward to the Voice in a couple of weeks! I was never going to watch 4 days/week of singing shows and Idol is making the choice easy for me The boys are all kinds of bad (or in Curtis’ case, just completely off-putting).  The girls are better, but I don’t think any of them measure up to the best girls from previous seasons. I’ll watch next week, but as of now, I guess Kree is sort of appealing to my ears and that’s about it.

    Among tonight’s 10 guys, I think Devin has the most potential and is most likely to realize that potential during the course of the show, but I don’t need to hear a teenaged boy sing Beyonce’s song from the Dreamgirls movie in any language.  Why would he pick that? 

  • girlygirltoo

    Elijah now…and another very shaky vocal. How is he is super duper star, Nicki? And I would argue that he is not ready now…that was a mediocre performance at best.

    I can see that he has potential, but that actual performance was not good

  • irockhard

    And where are all of those people? They were talented yet they flopped and went nowhere after the show ended, yet the guy who got ripped apart for being a crappy singer and was predicted to destroy the AI franchise when he won is a multi-platinum success story.

    I rarely agree with you and I’m not a P2 fan but PREACH!

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    The Voice isn’t even on until March 25th, and what if that season is bad? :) Also, they are making MASSIVE cuts, so we won’t even see most of these people in the top 10.

  • RalphResty

     Haha!  I totally agree with you.  Just looking at Finch makes me wanna puke!  Oh, and he claims he’s Christian.  He’s such a hypocrite!

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

    LOL Preach? No that’s an example of how far the music industry has fallen.

  • lovetheusa1776

    It was a stupid remark.  But it’s not the first time with Ryan – he’s made comments before regarding Lambert’s being gay.  Appears unusually interested in the subject.

  • girlygirltoo

    Charlie was my favorite of all the guys going into this week, but there was nothing interesting or unique about his performance. And he was off key for much of the song and got screetchy briefly. Again, that was not very good. It was a good song choice, because it is a wonderful song and can be performed in a number of styles.

    What was original about that, Keith? And he is NOTHING like Freddie Mercury, who was one of the best, most charismatic performers in music history.

    Yeah he is a little wacky/odd/whatever, but that performance did not deserve the OTT praise from the judges, IMO.

  • irockhard

    Crying and complaining about it is never gonna change it.

  • MellyPer1692

    Ugh. Boring.

  • girlygirltoo

    oh jeez…do the contestants listen to nothing but ballads??? SOMEONE sing an uptempo song already. At this point I wouldn’t even care if it was the biggest hot mess in the history of reality singing competitions, it would still be better than listening to another boring ballad… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ETA – Sorry, Keith…I love you, but that song is boring

  • lovetheusa1776

    Boys not a very exciting bunch.  Randy woke everyone up tonight with his brutal, truthful exclamations of “boring!” while Minaj roamed the realms of the ridiculous.   Interesting turnaround.

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

    Elise will be singing with B.B. King – I wouldn’t say she’s going nowhere. Most any singer would love that gig! I still see potential in Paul and hope he improves. The rest were OK.

  • SnowFairy444

    After watching the guys, perhaps it is a girl’s year after all. Why do they pick songs that are so totally yawn-worthy?

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

    (The reply button doesn’t seem to be working for me.)

    I didn’t think Charlie was that terrible, just not as good as in previous performaces.  If someone works with Elijah, there may be some hope fpr him.   I like Paul and Johnny.  JDA was definitely interesting, but the core of Idol’s audience may not like his thing.

    I think tomorrow will be better.

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

    (The reply button doesn’t seem to be working for me.)

    I didn’t think Charlie was that terrible, just not as good as in previous performaces.  If someone works with Elijah, there may be some hope fpr him.   I like Paul and Johnny.  JDA was definitely interesting, but the core of Idol’s audience may not like his thing.

    I think tomorrow will be better.

  • girlygirltoo

    Yay, a really strong vocal. That falsetto was crazy, Curtis.

    Wasn’t the best arrangement of that song, a little dated, like Randy said.

    But Curtis can saaaaaaaaaang.

  • girlygirltoo

    Yay, a really strong vocal. That falsetto was crazy, Curtis.

    Wasn’t the best arrangement of that song, a little dated, like Randy said.

    But Curtis can saaaaaaaaaang.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please keep the conversation focused on tonight’s show. No rehashing past seasons. I’ll be deleting off-topic comments.

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

    I’ve never seen a more abysmal group of boys in my life.

  • curly_yenta

    Charlie Askew? Really? Hahahaha! That’s gotta be VTFW’s best choice evah!

  • girlygirltoo

    I hope the other 10 guys are better…and more interesting, because tonight was so boring. There isn’t 1 of those 10 that I have any real interest in right now. I wasn’t thrilled with the girls last night, either. Very very bland overall. Kree is easily my favorite of these 10.

  • abbysee

    One of these days idol will give me an R&B guy that I can truly get behind again. Finch can sing, but he’s old fashioned, unlikeable, and arrogant. Yay ….. not! Devin was the only guy to do something interesting vocally. Kudos to Randy for actually being on point. It wont last. But I liked it. Nicki baby girl. Step away from the bong! I would have switched out Charlie for Johnny. He was robbed,still paying for sins of the past. This manipulation for a girl winner will backfire. All it takes is one decent guy to piece together a decent performance and he will pick the girls off one by one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619146318 Arkarch

    From MJ’s commentary – “Are we actually supposed to believe that the judges are making decisions about who stays and who goes, on the fly, during commercial breaks?”

    Remember these are taped shows.  It did take around twenty minutes for a
    decision on Wednesdays show – and I should stress they tensely called
    for more light for the gathering at the table. (which did have more than
    the judges)  No idea on timing for tonights show.

    Certainly there are some strong production suggestions that may play into
    demographics and all.  And I am certain they knew Jimmy’s answer so they could stage the order. 

    What I am curious about –

    - If Paul did not get go on, who was the other person who would have?

  • jammasta

    If Nigel really thinks he can cast a horrible set of guys just to get a girl winner, he deserves a crumpet shoved down his throat and no tea to wash it down. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

    I agree with mj, Paul has the most potential to win of this group of guys (and I’m not just saying this as a Paul fan). His performance was the only one of the three good ones tonight from a guy who has potential to win (Devin and Curtis have no chance, IMO). Paul is inoffensive to most, and if he stays consistent and takes heed to the words of Jimmy Iovine and the judges (whom I absolutely agreed with… lmao at Jimmy’s quote about singing Keith Urban auditioning for Phantom of the Opera, a funny yet apt comparison), he can contend. His voice has theatrical country potential, which is strange but can work. I don’t think his crying is fake, but he could stand to cut down on the dramatizations.

    And Nicki needs to keep her hoo ha in her pants and not expose it to the “cute” guys. Elijah really rubbed me the wrong way. Guys singing to girls can be romantic, sure. But the whole “This is for the ladies” thing? CHEESY AS FUCK AND F’ING ANNOYING. No, I’m not some jealous guy either, but I thought it genuinely came off a bit arrogant. Keep yours in your pants too, man.

    I do see the Freddie Mercury comparison, but it’s very vague. Charlie’s awkwardness has gone from “This guy’s kinda cool” to really defining and somewhat annoying. I love the kid’s personality, but awkwardness is painful in huge doses.

    All in all, I do agree that the right guys were sent through. Elijah’s performance (and pre-Idol package) was terrible, but there’s some slight hint of potential, even if it isn’t superstar potential. Just don’t be super lame and cheesy, I wanted to punch him for that.

    Based on performance and package, I’d say the Top 4 of the past 2 nights would be Angela, Kree, Paul, and Devin. I’d be okay with that as the actual Top 4, tbh. Actually, those are probably the only performances I’ll remember next week… and JDA’s super entertaining yet not vocally good Adele song. It took me forever to remember who Amber and Tenna even were.

    I thought it was weird how I was agreeing most with Randy and especially Mariah, who’s impressed me the past 2 days. I love Keith and Nicki, but all 3 of the new judges need to not hold back the punches. Nicki needs to be tough on cute guys. She was excellent yesterday. All of them were. Why did they crap so badly today?

    Excuse my billionth long post. I have lots of opinions >_>.

  • breakdown

    Overall a pretty bad show tonite. Not really feeling any of these peeps but probably liked Devin the most of the guys, and Kree last nite. The new judges do seem to be getting a bit soft. Hope this doesn’t bode badly for the future.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    I absolutely cannot STAND Curtis!  His arrogance, his hubris, his affected manner….it doesn’t matter that he can sing (though I don’t like his never-ending self-indulgent runs).  I’ve no interest in listening to him.  I gotta say – so far I am NOT impressed.  With anyone.  I kinda like Charlie, but he was way off tonight.  My husband was in the kitchen when Charlie began singing.  “What is that God-awful screeching?” he asked.  He was right.  I liked the performance aspect – but the vocals!  Lord.  So no.  No one impressed me.  Not a one.  Looks like the decision’s been made to selectively pimp a few chosen girls and to hell with the rest.  If this keeps up, I’m not gonna be watching all that much.  I’ll come here for the performance videos.  Everything else will be a waste of time.

  • Latin2

    I like Charlie, but to be honest he was HORRIBLE tonight.  Even though I love Nicki’s judging I thought she was a little over the top for Charlie tonight.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    ”I hope Idol has enough flaming pianos, marching bands and bagpipes to hide the vocal mess that’s about to come. ”

    LMAO

  • Axxxel

    quote I love Keith and Nicki, but all 3 of the new judges need to not hold back the punches. Nicki needs to be tough on cute guys. She was excellent yesterday. All of them were. Why did they crap so badly today? unquote

    Possible explanation:
    1. Gender bias, people are used to criticize girls and not the boys
    2. Judges get a note from the producers because they were “too good”
    3. Judges were tired ?

  • maymirabella

    I like Curtis a lot but he will be gone soon as some will think he is too arrogant. I am one of the few who does not care and loves the voice

  • jammasta

    The code is blockquote, btw.

    And pimping bad male performances seems to be a strange way to try getting people to pay attention to the girls. I guess I somewhat see #1 (especially from Nicki), but even Lauren in S10 avoided the judges’ criticisms and not Haley. I don’t see a problem with judges that were too good.

  • maymirabella

    Abby, I loved Josh Ledet. So Idol did well putting him through last yr.

  • maymirabella

    Curtis can sing, what he must do now is show he is not arrogant and if he tones it down, and he shows humble, he will do ok

  • http://twitter.com/Free_in_march El oh El

    I’ve never seen a more disjointed group of misfits as these clowns they showed tonight.

  • genius13

    Both Jimmy and Johnny are actually very average looking…I’ve always found Johnny kinda weird looking for some reason and his slicked down hair and half buttoned shirt was kinda creepy tonight

  • genius13

    No I think it was just bad

  • maymirabella

    Curtis may be a bit cocky but he can sing but wow audience seems to have strong hate for him. Anyone know why the hate is strong for him on many forums.As i might have missed something? Was he hateful towards anyone?

  • Karen C

    This is the first season with so many people at this stage. I’m sure if we looked at the other seasons and saw all the top 40s perform live, then there would be a lot of underwhelming people. The only difference is they can easily edit them out

    I don’t think it is just that, because that would have affected the women too and I feel even the weaker of the women was better than most we’ve seen tonight.  The girls seemed much more experienced than the guys.  It makes me wonder if they are choosing weaker guys in order to favor one of the women winning.

    If they just selected the guys and women by who was the best singer, we should have had some better guys too. I think we will see next week if this happens again.

  • FinalFantasy13

     Charlie was awful and delivered imo the worst vocal of any of the guys.. It started out ok but towards the end it completely fell apart..

    Both Curtis and Johnny’s performances I noticed are a lot more tolerable if you aren’t watching them as they perform as their vocals were decent/good…

    honestly if this was a singing competition Jimmy or Johnny or even JDA should of made it over Charlie tonight..

  • jammasta

    I don’t think it is just that, because that would have affected
    the women too and I feel even the weaker of the women was better than
    most we’ve seen tonight.

    The women were still really underwhelming yesterday, so it seems like it DID affect them, albeit not as drastically.

    I wanna see how next week plays out. I believe next week will be more or less the same. Both episodes are pretty mediocre with a few good contestants who make the Top 20. That’s how both of the past two nights have been.

    People have somewhat complained about how a lot of fodder-type contestants don’t get shown. And I suppose the nights like the past two nights show why.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sammy.joe.353803 Sammy Joe

    “I do see the Freddie Mercury comparison, but it’s very vague. Charlie’s
    awkwardness has gone from “This guy’s kinda cool” to really defining and
    somewhat annoying. I love the kid’s personality, but awkwardness is
    painful in huge doses.”

    The Freddie Mercury I remember was a truly gifted singer that built up a stage presence around his voice.   Charlie has no such gift, and is just stomping around in a borrowed costume, ruining it, and getting praise simply because he fits a demographic that Nigel and Coca Cola wanted to feature on their contrive, fading show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Curtis is very good, I’ll give him that. One of the best performances of the night (although that’s not saying much). But I just can’t with the fake earnest expression and the mugging while he’s getting his praise from the judges. He might be genuinely sincere about it but it comes off phony to me.”

    Exactly. Curtis’ stage persona is obnoxious, contrived, super-cheesy and utterly fake to me. Vocally he’s good, but considering the other performances, he didn’t need to be very good to advance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol It doesn’t, but Idol is hoping that no one will notice. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “At least give us a few good, likable male contestants so there is some balance, Idol.”

    They can’t if they want a girl to win. Seriously. Even at this point, I can see Paul being a real threat to win it all.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Message to Charlie. Dude, I can see why you are socially awkward. You have an incredibly annoying personality. You are short with bad teeth and try to pass yourself as being different to cover your mediocre talent.”

    I’m beginning to feel the same way about Charlie, except I think that he’s better than “mediocre”. He’s really emphasizing his “weirdness”, and I think that he believes that’s his “brand” and the way to stay on the show. Tonight, he revealed his vocal flaws and limitations, along with a real lack of performing experience.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I said it like one hour ago. But Jimmy’s comment on Paul, “singing a Keith Urban song while auditioning for Phantom Of The Opera” made the fake tie-breaking worthy. lol”

    lol Yeah, that characterization by Jimmy was pretty funny and spot on. Still, IMO Paul deserved to go through without the drama of a “tie breaker”, especially if they praised guys like Elijah so strongly (who to me, is almost a parody). 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I’m wondering if it’s too early to write off the judges, though. After yesterday’s great panel, today was disappointing. Randy had the sense to keep it real, and Mariah and Keith, while not terrible, were being too nice, I thought. Nicki thought with her hormones too much. Seriously, what the hell? “I love you, I’m obsessed with you, I wanna have babies with you”, jeez. She should only judge the girls.”

    I was disappointed with Nicki and Keith tonight, as they were too “kind”, and Nicki’s hormones were out of control. lol I’m wondering if she’s always been this way, but the producers have edited most of those kind of comments up until now. She was far too OTT with the praise too, considering the only “OK” performances. I know that there’s something wrong when I’m agreeing with Randy so much. lol

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

     Charlie is also really young, and just doesn’t have the experience yet. A lot of great performers are socially awkward. I still think his cover of that Gotye song was fantastic.

  • MellyPer1692

    Why is this post tagged “Adam Lambert Tour”?

  • potatorocks

    Ick.  One of the worst displays of America’s “talent” I’ve seen.   Where do we go with this group?  
    Curtis –beyond being arrogant, his performance style is creepy. 
    Charlie– I suspected Charlie would get old but didn’t anticipate it happening this   
                  quickly.   Can he tone it down?  I’m not sure. I don’t think so. 
    Paul Jolley —crappy song(sorry keith), hated everything about this.
    Eijah Liu—no.no.no.  He would not win anything anywhere.
    Devin—  I am slightly interested in what he does in the future.  He can sing.                 He is likable.  His performance style is not off-putting.  That’s as
                  much  excitement as I can muster.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, I agree that Charlie has potential and I liked his earlier performances a lot. However, I don’t think that being a “champion of weirdness” and using that as a brand, when he doesn’t deliver vocally is going to benefit him in progressing and improving during the competition.

  • Kirsten

    JDA was totally robbed. He came out and gave 100% on the stage. He was entertaining and the vocal, while not perfect, was good enough. Further earning my love, he sang up-tempo which is sorely needed in this competition. I don’t think he could win, but he would have added energy and vitality to this contest.

    Who stole his spot? Charlie. They decided they needed only one quirky contestant and they decided to give it to the child. While I agree that he has a warm nature and fires off the protective maternal instincts, he was terrible last night. His vocal was flat, his moves were stilted and he his visible nerves didn’t help at all. Then when he was done, he did the typical teenage thing and overcompensated by becoming totally obnoxious. Spinning around like he owned the stage and rudely interrupting the judges many times. I’m sorry to say this, but Randy was the only one doing his job during this assessment. I just know I’m going to get angrier throughout this season as capable contestant after capable contestant gets eliminated as Charlie gets mothered through the competition. Ugh.

    The other contestant I think got through unfairly is Elijah. I get why they called Kevin on being karaoke, so they can recognize the phenomena. But then, why didn’t they call Elijah on being a total Bruno Mars impersonator? Good heavens, I’m pretty sure he snatched his audition hat right off Bruno’s head. He dresses like Bruno, he sings Bruno’s songs, he even copies Bruno’s facial ticks. If I was Bruno, I’d be having an “All About Eve” moment. The one thing that Elijah cannot do is sing like Bruno. He had, by far, the worst performance of the night. I know that Elijah is young, good looking and is at least impersonating somebody current, but he just doesn’t have the vocal chops. I would have replaced him with Johnny who made a bad song choice tonight, but has the vocal building blocks to at least be pleasant to hear. Johnny has tried so hard to be completely conscious of the cameras this year that I think he isn’t allowing much personality to leak out, but that would probably have changed as he relaxed.

    That Jimmy judging of Paul was ridiculous. Your filling five spots so it makes no sense for there to be a split decision on one person. If one person is in another was out. Were they just going to send 4 people through if Jimmy said no? To make it look real, they should have had two contestants on stage (I would have probably put Paul and Johnny since those two seemed to get the borderline comments from the judges so it would at least look like there could be a split decision) and have Jimmy “decide” between the two of them. Obviously, they had to have Jimmy do something (and he probably practiced what he was going to say all night) or it looks stupid for him to have flown to Las Vegas for nothing, but at least make it plausible that he is making an actual decision (I’m sure he is influencing things from behind the scenes).

    Paul was fine, but he needs to gain confidence and pick something up-beat next time I see him. Jimmy mumbled his entire song so he needed to go home just for that. Kevin has an amazing voice, but zippo personality on stage. Chris should have been sent home a while ago.

    Devin had the performance of the night. Sadly, that’s not saying much.

    Curtis needs to leave now. He has a fantastic voice, but the guy just oozes arrogance and jerkiness on stage. There isn’t an ounce of sincerity in his actions. I can’t stand to watch him sing. I just can’t enjoy his performances. Rein it in dude and learn some humility. Until then, the cameraman needs to do wider shots so I can’t see the insincerity on his face.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In her excessive support of Elijah tonight, what I didn’t like about Nicki was the overemphasis on his non-vocal aspects. Perhaps, this isn’t surprising given her own performing style and persona, but I don’t like the priorities that she seems to have in evaluating the contestants. I hope that this doesn’t continue.

  • HKfan

    I was expecting a train wreck of a show tonight after reading the comments here, but I thought it was OK.

    Paul, was fine, it was the right choice to send him through.

    Johnny Keyser. I thought he sounded really good, better than I’ve ever heard him before. He’s reasonably pleasing to the eye, and certainly seems to have toned down the cockiness this year. He should have been put through.

    Jda, was OK, his vocals were better than some, and at least it was uptempo. Not sure the Idol audience is ready for him though.

    Kevin Harris. I thought he was good, like his voice. Would have chosen him over Curtis every time. Nicer looking, better personality, and nicer voice.

    Chris Watson. Didn’t really enjoy this performance, looked and sounded straight out of the 70′s. Average singer.

    Devin Velez. Good, solid vocal, deserved to go through. He doesn’t do a lot for me at the moment.

    Elijah Liu. I’d really been looking forward to seeing him. Had liked the tiny glimpses we got in Hollywood. Loved his song choice. His vocals weren’t the best, but he’s the most current of the boys, and has potential.

    Charlie Askew. It started off OK, then completely went off when he went on to his knees, and sounded bad. I’m not enjoying his personality either.

    Jimmy Smith, solid vocals but very boring.

    Curtis Finch. Can’t stand him, don’t like to listen to him, don’t like to watch him, don’t like anything about him. would have been very happy if Kevin had made it over him.

    Didn’t like Ryans comment about Adam. He never wore glitter on Idol, until the finale maybe, he wore very little makeup and all of his performances were either in suits, or jeans, t-shirts and leather jackets. Nothing remotely like Jda, apart from they are both gay!!!

    Thought it was inappropriate for Nicki to say she wanted an 18yo’s babies too…

  • mmb

    Up til last night Nicki had pretty much been spot on with her critiques.  WTF happened last night?  For the most part the guys were awful — and worse, boring. And sorry, I don’t know what they were smoking re: Charlie Askew….he was visibly super nervous, shaking like a leaf, off key, it was NOT a good song choice for him, and just appears uncomfortable and awkward.  I can’t imagine that this is going to wear well over multiple weeks at all.  He is a really likeable kid with some unpolished raw talent but he just isn’t ready for either Idol or a recording/performing career yet.  He needs a few more years to marinate.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Up til last night Nicki had pretty much been spot on with her critiques.  WTF happened last night? ”

    I don’t think that Nicki has changed. I think that the editing of her has changed.

  • Incipit

     

    Up til last night Nicki had pretty much been spot on with her critiques.  WTF happened last night?

    First off – I didn’t watch this – but reading the comments has been sufficient to create a WTF atmosphere for me too. And it looks like a pattern – everytime the judges comments make no actual sense is when what we see/hear conflicts with TPTB’s agenda.

    Mind you, I only notice this because there have been judges comments that were right on the money – so the difference sticks out – - When we start getting ‘only’ OTT comments, especially from Nicki. So the producers are trying to sell me something, and use the judges previous (brief) record as being frank and incisive to do it? Vuja De. I decided to skip the show entirely last night…don’t need a ‘used car’. *snerk* Funny to see I wasn’t the only poster who went off to youtube archives instead, just for reassurance.

    Waiting for Mindy Do and Slezak to rehash the comments about the Boys first 10 they made about the Girls first 10 – how they didn’t back up the hype – much pimping, not much substance. Heh. Thanks, Nigel.

  • LA944

    What a horrible show last nite. I miss season 10 too

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

     “It makes me wonder if they are choosing weaker guys in order to favor one of the women winning.”

    Um…yes?

  • voicesinmyhead

    I can’t stand Curtis. He doesn’t seem authentic when he sings.

  • MellyPer1692

    Oh geez, here we go again with the “authentic” tag.

  • http://twitter.com/My_AdamLambert Eve Lambert

    I love Devin Velez! He can sing! Devin will be the next? American Idol!

  • girlygirltoo

    Devin can definitely sing, but I don’t know what genre he is. Right now, he is coming off to me as an AC artist, maybe HAC? 

    Has he said what type of music he wants to do?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Kirsten! 100% agree on JDA and Charlie! JDA deserved to go to the live rounds, based on his vocal. Would have loved to see him one more week & what he would have done. Doubt America would have voted for him, but his vocal was top 5 last night!

  • mjsbigblog

    Actually, you make a good point. I heard it took 3 hours to tape last night’s show. Still, I have a feeling there is a certain amount of predetermination to these decisions. 

    For instance, Elijah advancing despite a really terrible performance says to me they had every intention of saving him no matter what.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Interesting, MJ! That’s an hour of stuff edited out!

  • calliebeckett

    Jork on idol forums just said that Nicki’s comments are basically a parody of the comments from the frau. 

    Maybe Nigel is thinking, the hell with it. Show’s old, might as well female winner while it’s still around.

  • Montavilla

    So, I had this conspiracy theory last night as I was falling asleep.  I think Nigel is going to do a wild card pick as a twist, and I think it’ll happen right after the results from the first public vote.

    I think they want to see JDA and Shubta in the finals, but worried that neither of them would survive that first vote.  So, they’ve cut them in this round in order to bring them back as wild cards.  

    It’s just a hunch.  There’s another possibility:  Nigel might do one of those mystery redemption contestants, like he did last year with Jeremiah.  

    That might be a fun addition, like the fan favorite contest that RuPaul does.  (In that, voters are allowed to view audition videos and choose one queen onto the show.)  Wouldn’t it be fun if the public was allowed to give a second chance to someone like Brandy Neely or Kevin Harris or Jimmy Smith or JDA?

  • Anny_nanny

    “He exists as boy fodder to prop up the girls.”

    They all is fodder, I don’t see a future winner.

  • chili1000

    Something’s missing from the “split decision” rule with Jimmy.  What if he says no?  Do they only advance 4?  Seems to me they should take the top 5, even if the 5th one received a split vote.  Jimmy should only get involved if there is a tie for that 5th spot, and then we should be told who all is involved in that tie before he makes his decision.

  • irockhard

    I read that post on Idolforms, though jork didn’t write it he just agreed with it. The poster said that Nicki’s judging was a parody of what the frau base their votes on when they vote for WGWGs – looks and personality, and not their singing.

  • irockhard

    I’d pick Shubha and JDA but no one else from the first 2 groups. The other 2 spots can go to one of each from the remaining 2 groups we’ll see next week.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t see anything about Charlie that is really weird, though. He’s slightly socially awkward — just like thousands of other people in the world. So I don’t get why this makes him “unique”

  • girlygirltoo

    I get why people think Paul could be the guy with the best chance at winning, but the kid is far too emotional. The previous male winners have all been down to earth, chill dudes. Paul may be down to earth, but he seems highly strung. Maybe it’s just because of the circumstances (I think someone in his family just died, right?) or maybe it was a bad case of the nerves (although he had that in the previous performance as well).

    But whatever, he is probably going to have to stop crying at the drop of a hat if he really wants to be a contender. I don’t know if voters are going to be overly sympathetic if he can’t handle his nerves and emotions a little better.

    JMO, YMMV

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Maybe, “eccentric” is a better term, but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the producers are egging Charlie on to try to be weirder than he would normally be.

  • iani

     JDA was totally robbed. He came out and gave 100% on the stage. He was
    entertaining and the vocal, while not perfect, was good enough.

    This guy had some guts to come on AI stage the way he presented himself visually on Hollywood rounds and last night, no AI standards at all to be taken seriously but to be openly clear of his contender-persona, like him. Charlie is interesting but the way his artistic persona is, blended with his ucontrolled emotions plus some calculated stage presence stunts even shown backstage(the golf club microphone), maybe he comes more like an awkward contestant than the artistic one, hopefully I’m wrong because I like him. The rest of the guys absolutely forgettable from their performances, maybe the cuteness to carry them on. If the next group comes the same, so TPTB has done a good job with the guys’ selection this year, the girls are good and maybe they would not have any good male competitor for the AI title. 

  • dabney c

    Montavilla, I also suspect Nigel will do a wildcard ‘twist’ despite announcing that there will be no wildcards this year. But my question (which I’ve asked a couple of times already) is – who is eligible for the wildcard? I mean, how far back can Nigel reach for his picks? It would make sense that only those who made the first live round – but who didn’t make top 10 – should be eligible. Presumably they’re the “better” choices since the judges put them through during the Sudden Death round.

    But can Nigel reach back to anyone they’ve cut along the way? Has he done that before? I honestly can’t remember how it’s been done in the past.

    Anyone??

  • RalphResty

    To Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson:  How dare you call a contestant’s song boring!  You two are the ones who are boring!  Nicki, you think your rap songs are wonderful to hear?  Pleaseeee!!!!!   Your singing is much more boring to me.

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

    I was most interested in what Paul and J’DA would do with their performances.  I think Elijah seems more appealing than J’DA and that’s why he went on.  I was pleased with Paul’s performance!

  • lovemyidol

    Seems like the judges were laughing at and making fun of JDA and Askew. It came off as shallow for entertainment purposes, rude and kinda mean. But I guess if you are going to perform in this sort of competition, you open yourself to that kind of critique, if one can call it that.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Wtf was that.