American Idol 12 – New York City – Premiere Recap and Videos

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See what I mean? Nicki Minaj is definitely the breakout star of American Idol 12 .  She’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s eccentric. There’s no telling what will come out of her mouth, but it doesn’t feel contrived.  She can be tough when necessary, but also finds a way to make rejected hopefuls leave feeling good.

I mean, you’ve GOT TO LOVE A GIRL who breaks into a British accent for NO REASON WHATSOEVER. Mariah is…well she’s Mariah. She certainly knows her stuff, but the platitudes she mouths are really snoozworthy.  Randy hasn’t changed much, but I do appreciate his bluntness at this stage of the competition. He’ll reign that in once the live shows begin tol become Mr. Boring once again.  Keith Urban is a man of few words, but he makes them count. He’s got a wonderful, dry sense of humor and a genuine ear for music.

Of course. judgement on the panel is reserved until the live shows begin. Remember how excited we were after the first audition with Steven and Jlo? Don’t re-write history! We all loved them. And then it fell apart when the finals began.

My worry for this crew is the opposite of what happened to Steven and Jlo, who both suddenly realized they had careers to worry about, and decided to play it safe with the critiques.  I can’t imagine Nicki playing that game, but what I AM worried about is her temper. And Mariah–who I don’t think will be able to resist pushing Nicki’s buttons.

Nicki admitted in an interview with Ellen Degeneres that she doesn’t trust herself. She doesn’t want viewers to think she’s crazy but…she may not be able to stop herself from reacting.  Personally, I don’t enjoy watching insecure women lashing out at each other. It makes me sad.  Any ongoing bitchiness will lose it’s charm pretty quick, I think.

As far as the talent is concerned: The standouts tonight were the girls: Tenna Torres, Christina Isabelle and Angela Miller.  The boys pretty much paled in comparison. There were a few bad auditions that made me chuckle, in particular the Justin Bieber wannabe, James Bae, whose charming energy and drive could not make up for a lack of talent,  and Albert Chang who gave new meaning to the phrase “whistle register.”  Tonight’s episode was a nice flow of talent. I was entertained.  Let’s see what Chicago brings tomorrow.

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I’ll be live blogging American Idol 12 New York City Auditions RIGHT HERE! Join us. HERE WE GO.

The episode opens with the current champ, Phillip Phillips opening his guitar case, walking out into an empty stage and singing “Home.” The scene fades into his music video, and sing alongs and Ryan Seacrest bragging about his #1 multi-platinum single. Then it’s time to brag about Carrie, Kelly, JHud, Scotty and more. American Idol MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE!


Season 12 kicks off ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

Next, the buzzy new judges are introduced:  Keith Urban, Nici Minaj and Mariah Carey. It’s the DAWN OF A BRAND NEW SEASON! Oh my gosh. A tiny kid who will only live to be 35 years old will audition. New singers! New sob stories!

“Your range is better than Mariah’s!” says Nicki to a hopeful. “This is what I deal with when I come into my job,” snarks Mariah. Oh boy.

And…here we go. Pretending everything from cattle call to judges’ auditions happens in one day!!! WHEE. The judges “arrive.”

The judges auditions are going down at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The cattle call was in New Jersey, miles away (and weeks before).

Mike Buonopane – 27 – Saugus, MA – Sings a really horrible version of “We Will Rock You.” He’s not even trying, this guy. He’s a dude looking for some TV time, and he got it. Of course it’s no.

Whoa. Mariah shades Nicki’s drum majorette hat in the most PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE WAY POSSIBLE. After Mike sings, the two continue to snipe at each other. These two are most definitely NOT BFFs forever. The show is milking the tension. This could get old REALLY REALLY FAST.

Tenna Torres – 28 – Queens New York – “You’ve Got a Friend” – The singer has been listening to Mariah since she was 5 years old. She attended “camp Mariah” as a child–whatever THAT is. Mariah is so glad to have an alumni there. She gives her a big hug. The judges look blissful listening to her! She has a very pretty, soulful voice. “If we can have somebody like this come out of Idol 12, I would be personally very proud,” says Mariah. ”We’re all sitting in awe,” says Nicki, talking over Mariah. Oops. Keith says her style has a lot of patience.” Tenna leaves the audition room and then bursts into tears.

Next, a montage of great singers. All three go through.

James Bae – 15 – Long Island, NY – “One Last Lonely Girl” by Justin Bieber – He wants to be the next You Tube sensation like just like Justin. The young singer has an Asia accent and very little experience outside of the confines of his bedroom. He tries to bring a character to his performances. Oh dear. Unfortunately he’s more William Hung, than Psy. “I like you a lot James, do you have a girlfriend?” Negatory. James announces that he would like to do a “collide” some day with Nicki. uhm, I think he means COLLABORATION. Mariah suggests he DJs. Actually, not a bad idea. “The whole package isn’t quite there,” says Keith diplomatically. “I wanted to be a NASCAR driver, but it wasn’t quite there,” says Randy, pulling no punches. He’s the most forthright–telling the kid he sucks. “I WANTED TO BE A BUS DRIVER,” says Nicki. apropos of..well nothing. James looks sad. Nicki  tells him that he’s special, just not for singing.


James Bae, Auditions New York ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

Christina “Isabelle” – 21 – Duluth, GA – “Summertime” – She was born in New York and grew up in the south. She’s beautiful, but she struggled with her weight in high school.  Before college, she went on a diet and lost and is still loosing weight.  Both Mariah and Nicki note that she’s beautiful nevertheless (She is a gorgeous blonde)  Randy notes that high school kids can be very mean and wonders if the panel has seen “Mean Girls”.  WHAT?  Nicki cracks a “mean girls” joke and Mariah appears to take it personally.  Christina has a HUGE bluesy voice. Wow. She’s pretty amazing! “OMG. Amazing tone. I’m blown away,” says Nicki.  “You are an amazing singer,” says Mariah. And it turns out that Christina adores Mariah and is a big fan. She wants to bring the big voice back. Good luck with that, honey!  Keith can hear the humanity in her phrasing. Nicki loves that she knows who she is. It’s 4 big yesses. Christina is a student at Berklee School of Music. It’s 4 big yeses.

Evan Ruggiero – 21 – Old Bridge, NJ –  “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – Evan was headed for Broadway,  when tragedy struck. When he was 19, he was diagnosed with cancer. He went through 16 months of chemotherapy, but unfortunately, the cancer came back, and the only recourse was to amputate his leg. He walks into the audition room with a guitar slung behind his back and wearing shorts. He’s not going to allow his disability to stop him. He’s a one legged tap dancer! His phrasing on “I’m Yours is really weird, but “Wanted Dead or Alive,” where he plays his guitar,  is much better. He’s got a voice better suited to Broadway than pop, actually. Keith doesn’t believe the star factor is all there yet. Nicki doesn’t see it for the competition. Randy also says no. 4 Nos. Mariah suggests he come back next year. A white guy, with a guitar, a decent voice and an inspiring story–I cannot believe he didn’t advance.  I wonder if he scared the producers?

Jessica Kartalis –  19 – Staten Island – Randy is on the way to Staten Island to surprise a would be contestant, nominated by her mother–a new twist this year.  Friends and family could “nominate” a contestant on the sly, allowing a judge to surprise them with an audition ticket.  In front of the judges, Jessica says she doesn’t know what kind of artist she wants to be…but she hopes her experience on Idol helps her figure it out. WRONG ANSWER.  She sings an original song and kinda biffs it. Oh. The producers put the instrument in her hand at the last minute. Hm. Uhm. She completely messes up, starting in the wrong key.  Nicki doesn’t think she’s ready, and notes the whole “I’m still figuring myself out” deal.  Mariah thinks it’s about next year. Jessica begs to sing something a capella, but she does not get another chance. Keith loves that she writes and plays guitar, but he also says no. 4 nos. Why didn’t Nigel allow her to sing the song she prepared? Hmmmmm.


Jessica Kartalis, Auditions New York ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Shira Gavrielov – 23 – Israel/Brooklyn – “Valerie” – She’s from Israel. Her dad is a composer and singer songwriter. She was somewhat of a pop star in her home country. Shades of Leah Labelle! She excites Nicki, who thought the song pick was perfect for her tone. The whole panel shouts YES in unison. Shira calls papa to reveal the good news.

Frankie Ford – 24 – Brooklyn – “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics – He was adopted from the foster system. He sings on the train to make money after he left school. He starts off–great tone. But then he gets really nervous and quits. He begins again. He changes up the melody in a very soulful way. He’s unique. Don’t know if he could handle the rigors of the competition, but hes very very good. He’s an eager beaver! He’s willing to work. Mariah says he’s got an “inner glow.” Nicki doesn’t think he has the best voice, but he’s got a story to tell. It’s 4 yeses. That’s “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the background, and it makes me giggle.

Starting off the second half of the show–More PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE shade throwing between Mariah and Nicki.

Benjamin Gaisey – 27 – Sinking Spring, PA – African American dude wearing a crazy curly wig and a red plastic Halloween costume has arrived. He;s singing for the two “ladies” on the panel and is as awful as you would imagine. OMG. CROTCH THRUSTS.  OMG MY EYES. Nicki asks him to sing more because she’s “IN A TRANCE.” Keith hides under the table. “It’s not safe.” Mariah doesn’t want to squash the dream, but..no. Keith says “it’s not the right avenue.” Nicki says, “It’s not for you.” Randy steps in to say, “THE SINGING IS TERRIBLE.” Thank you DAWG. “I nearly fainted with the thrust,” says Nicki. Keith snarks on his hair, “You obviously love Tom Jones,”


Benjamin Gaisey, Auditions New York ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Roszanna Shindelman – 21 – Staten Island – Her parents are very supportive! Mom get’s chills when she sings. But, she’s never sung in front of strangers. Uh oh. We may be dealing with a set of delusional parents here. She’s not horrible, but WHOA. They tell her it’s BAD. Even Keith is blunt. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t THAT TERRIBLE.

Next, it’s a montage of terrible singers.


Unsuccessful Auditions New York ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

Sarah Restuccio– Age 17 – Hammonton, NJ – She’s from blueberry country in New Jersey. They treat her like she’s from the sticks BUT SHE’S FROM NEW JERSEY. And she’s a country singer! Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood – This pretty brunette is kind of a Carrie clone, with a touch of soul. Nicki says, “You have a beautiful tone, I feel like you could be a humongous country star.” “I agree, I think you have a beautiful voice,” says Mariah, “I felt like you could make a great album. I see a complete package.” Randy says he wants to hear one more song. OMG she launches into Nicki’s “Super Bass.” As if THIS WASN’T SCRIPTED! She adlibs raps to Nicki, who responds. She raps! She sings country! She’s cute! Nicki notes that it’s two different moments, but perfect. Nobody does that! Mariah is annoyed. Country singer, Keith finally speaks, “When you sang the first song, I didn’t quite feel it from you,” he says, “Then you sang Nicki’s song–a totally different part of your personality.” Very astute Keith! Sarah definitely had more charisma while rapping the second song. Keith isn’t sure who she is. But Nicki is bullish, insisting there are lots of girls who live on farms who like Super Bass. The boys will like her because she’s pretty and girls will identify with her. Mariah’s eyes were practically rolling out of her head at this point. “If she really likes to sing country songs, she can try to find one that fits into her…” Whoops! Nicki cuts Mariah right off! Nicki is totally sold on this girl and doesn’t think pigeon-holing her style is important at all. Everyone says yes anyway…

Albert Chang – 25 – Queens – A song from “Phantom of the Opera” – HE HAS NO IDEA WHO THE JUDGES ON THE PANEL ARE. Funny. HOLY SHIT. What the F*CK. This is so terrible, but in a very unique way. When he hits the high notes, let’s just say he’s got his own very special “whistle” range. “Your range is better than Mariahs!” snarks Nicki. MAJOR SIDE EYE FROM MARIAH. Nicki puts on a British accent to in order to give him the bad news.

A montage of singers who get Nicki’s British accent.


Albert Chang & More Unsuccessful Auditions New… by HumanSlinky

Angela Miller – 18 – Beverly, MA – “Mama Knows Best” – Oh. She’s got massive hearing loss. It doesn’t hurt her singing, though! She’s got a big ole voice. Keith liked that she moved a little bit. Mariah loves her tone and “beautiful texture.” Randy thought it was one of the best of the day. She gets 4 yeses.

Brett Holt – 28 – Willow Grove, PA – “When I Fall In Love – He’s an AMERICAN IDOL STAN. Do we know this guy? Uh oh. He sucks at trivia. He’s auditioned for Idol 7 times. He’s really really flat. More like tone deaf, actually. They are totally making fun of this guy. There’s a shot of the judges saying yes…and then, he seemingly comes out of his reverie, to the judges saying no. Poor kid. He’ll age out next year.


Britt Holt, Auditions New York ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

Gurpreet Singh Sarin - 22 – North Potomac, MD – “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 – is an Indian Sikh. He loves matching his turbins to his outfits. He’s lavender lovely today. Some  folks  call him “The Turbinator”. He’s got 50 turbins! And a sense of humor.  His “Sunday Morning was pleasant, as was the bit of classical Indian music he sang. Nicki thinks he’s got a pretty voice, but it’s not standout. Keith thought his voice was too “light” and says No. But Mariah and Randy liked him. It’s in Nicki’s hands. And she says. “TURB YOU’RE GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.” Don’t disappoint us darling, she adds in her best British accent.  He’s advancing on personality, for sure.

Ashlee Feliceano – 20 – East Hartford CT – “Put Your Records On” – Her backstory? She comes from a big adoptive family. There are 3 biological children, and 4 kids who are biologically and medically challenged. Ashlee is very involved with their care. She cries as she talks about her parents. She’s got a pretty voice, but nothing super special. “So pretty,” says Nicki, “I’m so inspired by you.” Mariah says, “I think it was really nice. The potential is great. You should be proud of yourself.” Keith says, “Your lower register has the most beautiful nasal tone.” Then Randy drags in the family. You knew that was coming! The judges fawn over them, and talk about what a great family they are. In their presence (even Ryan is in the room) All the judges say yes.

After the audition, Nicki says, “I feel like we gel well…in a weird crazy way!” Mariah replies, “I agree…” Hm.

41 contestants advanced to Hollywood.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     12 minutes till the start of Season 12 – bring it!

  • SullyD

    Stoked!

  • jcabby

    Finally the day has come! So excited! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Haz the popcorn, a brewski or two just waiting to see what we got!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     hereeeeeeeeee we go – P2 plugging in

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Like the intro w/P2

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TA7G2GMFGZGS4BQVNYOCH6VS2Y KJ

    There is a 1000% chance we’ll be hearing PP’s “Home” a lot this season as the goodbye song

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

    Too much. The intro is a little bit X-Factor for me. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    THE INTRO IS PRETTY COOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Idol ain’t playing with touting their winners and success stories – I like it

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

    This intro is awesome. There is nothing else like Idol. Nothing else  comes close.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604788578 Jorge Kassisse Limongi

    no stream???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Urban looking pretty sweeeeeeeeeet

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    nicki’s looking good

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    mariahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     *passes Leandro a Heineken*

  • jcabby

    Idol truly does make stars.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i’ve always loved the Idol theme song – it has me hooked, lol

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I will say Idol does the intro better than anyone.  Mind you they have the history to draw on unlike other shows, but still.

  • supersonic

    I’m here for my Keith.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Da Hotness, lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    his voice ain’t bad

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

    I already have it ;). On the XF thread last season everybody was complaining about more than 10 min. without any singing. But Idol is the sacred cow around, I know, I respect your excitement. lol ;)

  • HermeticallySealed

    Alright, the Mariah and Nicki ‘feud’ is already on my nerves and we only had a few seconds of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    oh, he was bs’ing, lol… i thought he was 4 real

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

    This is going to be an interesting season. That is certain. 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Mariah is already annoying me.  I’m not sure how her ego fits in a room.  

  • Karen C

    I really liked the intro. It was a nice way to start the show, kind of continued the way it ended last year, with Phillip singing Home.

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

    I’ll be surprised if the room doesn’t catch on fire from the combustion of egos b/w Mimi and Nicki. LOL

  • dabney c

    No other show makes the viewer feel like they’re “in on it” with everybody else. Seacrest is so *inclusive* with that megaphone – like we’re ALL auditioning … all of America is trying out for Idol. Feels like a right of passage for every citizen over the age of 15.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/esther.macha Esther Macha

    Tired of Mariah and Nicki already. This was going to be my test show to give them a chance, not looking to good already

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I bet she sucks, lolol… 

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

    Forget the contestants. I’m more into the bitch fights. Go Nicki! 

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 Bentley1530

    I cannot watch this any longer.  

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

    Idol – Tread carefully on this Nicki/Mariah “fued”. Don’t overdo it. It’s about the singing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     she’s trying to sing like Mariah, lol

  • Chris

    15 minutes in to the first episode and I’m already tired of the Mariah/Nicki sniping.  This is going to be a long season.

    Do you see Nicki’s face with Teena, the girl from “Camp Mariah”?  Meow

  • keware

    Half of my family has walked out already. Faithful watchers for many years are gone. Nicki is annoying as all get out. I hope Modern Family is good tonight. 

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

    First two contestants suck. Next!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I know! It wasn’t a surprise that Mariah liked her! lol

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

    She was pretty mediocre, IMO. It seems that they only showed her audition because it had some bitter comments and faces between Mariah and Nicki.

  • justmefornow

    LOL. My daughter left after the P2 montage.
    Alone again :(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    scarf guy made it? lol

  • jumpstart4u

    Keith is just so darn pretty ….

  • jumpstart4u

    Justin Bieber sucks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    ah…. hell to the naw, lol

  • HermeticallySealed

    Wow . . .  

  • steph6449

    the show will be pretty tedious if we get a lot of Mariah wannabes. especially for those of us who don’t much like Mariah :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     know you know how those of us who are tired of the wgwg’s feel :)

    #tedious

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lolol – didn’t work out? ya think? , lolol

  • Chris

    Poor Dr. Dre headphones James.  At least Justin Bieber has nothing to fear

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

    Nicki is so sweet.

  • steph6449

    I’m sorry, Nicki will have forgotten that guy before they bring out refills for the Pepsi cups.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I will say my 60-something year old mother already said before the show that she didn’t know if she could handle the judges this season cause she liked the old judges.  Yes, she liked JLo and Steven.  I’m not sure she’s going to be able to deal.

    The sniping in general is annoying, but I’ll say Nicki is annoying me less so far than Mariah.  Mariah just seems so insincere and petty. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     he was kinda pitiful

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “his voice ain’t bad”

    but even if it were …… yum! lol

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    I’m sorry, but that was obnoxious. Showing a 15 year old and humiliating him like that. X Factor, as far as I remember, only showcased teens when they had talent. The voice wins in this one way-no bad auditions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     this is what Idol do, lol… they’ve perfected the humiliating the contestant schtick… it’s part of their charm :)

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

    I thought it was sweet what Minaj said to the Asian kid. He is quite the character lol. I could see him on a TV show or something.  The girl that went to camp Mariah was pretty good but made my ears bleed a little with the screeching.

  • jumpstart4u

    I think I’m bored …  more Keith please.

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

     I never payed him much attention but when I saw his blue eyes I kind of felt faint. lol

  • genius13

    OMG..that’s Chris Watson… remember him..he auditioned a long time ago and i remember not seeing him in Hollywood that year…I loved his voice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she looks kinda old… sorry…

  • TheOther

    Ryan Seacrest?@RyanSeacrest
    No one had any idea how big this song would become when @Phillips did it on the finale…happy for the guy #idol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ooh! I like this woman. Cool! Very good!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    hmmmm… i like her tone… kinda strident, but there’s a good tone in there

  • justmefornow

    “Kinda” is being kind, lol.

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

    First good singer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039665467 Larry Greenwalt

    I think that being the Granddaddy of all the shows of this type AI needs to hold to its standards of belittling young kids with no talent

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

    This girl is generic. I don’t like the weird things she is doing with her voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So, far, I already love Keith as a judge. Very insightful and thoughtful comments. 2 thumbs up.

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

    By that expression Mariah’s thinking “That girl sounds too good, she better not think she’s as good as me” 
    LOL. jk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     i only got a half a heineken in me – watch out, lololol

  • dabney c

    Ugh, ugh, ugh … Is EVERYBODY going to cite Mariah as an influence growing up? Argh. No. 

    P.S. I love Keith Urban’s low key critiques. He’s great.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     they the originator – recognize, hahahahah

  • Chris

    Whatever they are paying Keith, its not enough.

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

    When the Mariah and Nicki aren’t arguing, they actually are not bad judges.

    At least, not any worse than Britney, Demi, JLo, or Steven, anyways.

  • Sara M

    Mariah did influence a generation though. I’m in my 20s, and we grew up on Mariah. I know older people can’t relate but she is pretty big to our generation.

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

    I get annoyed watching everyone cry over getting a golden ticket. Cry when you find out that you make it on the show. You got a long way to go.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Mimi can’t help she got it like that, lol… she have been a part of the pop music lexicon for over 20 years, lolol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hope that the producers don’t stifle him once the live shows start.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    mmm, he’s cute… I like the atmospheric music in the background… oh wow, he has one leg….

  • mouse999

    This show is about judges..already.
    30 minutes into the show and I’m already bored.
    Does anyone know when eliminations are over?

  • justmefornow

    Bringing out the big “C” for the first sob story. And an amputee. Pretty shameless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    shit, they’ve done it to me, i’m in tears… i hope he can sing…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. Cut back on the sniping and focus on the contestants and this judging panel shows a lot of promise so far.

  • HKfan

    But the bad auditions are why a lot of people tune in at this stage, it gets people watching whether right or wrong.

  • sandrajane

     Evan sucks.  That is not singing.

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

    Don’t care about your sob story. Just sing! Ok…Nothing special about him. Next!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     but effective… wowowow

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     yeah… the voice is not there…..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re in tears already? I think that you’re cut off. lol

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Wow.  Can a WGWG without a leg win?  What an interesting, inspiring young man…

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

    Better luck next year Evan.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This guy is an inspiration and seems to have a great personality. The judges are being really kind in rejecting him.

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

    Good. The judges are being real. Don’t send generic WGWG through!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     pow, right in da kissa, lololol… i’m a softie for that kinda story… i hate when they do that to me, lolol… he’s not a good singer, sads, lol

  • Pippygirl

    Oh jeez that made me tear up.

     

  • jcabby

    I’m glad the judges are being honest.

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

    Good for her. Struggled with her weight and lost it. It’s not as hard as people make it out to be, so hopefully she’ll inspire someone >_>. 

    Sob story and he did NOT get through! Interesting. I have a strange phobia of prosthetics >_>. Worse singers have gone through, though. 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    OMG White guy with guitar AND a sob story does not make it through to Hollywood?!?!?!?! What is going on!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    that kind of honesty from judges i can respect and live with… MORE PLEASE!!!! none of that phoney ‘beautiful’  crap from the tyler’s and lopez’s, lol… his story is a tearjerker, but he’s not ready for the big stage….

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Whoa.  I thought he sounded really great on the second song.  I’m sort of stunned that they all said no.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Dare I hope that this year will be different? lol

  • sue

    Loving the judges so far.  :)

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

    The world’s gone all topsy turvy! Maybe a girl will win after all!

  • justmefornow

    I actually thought he was better than the first girl from the camp. She was awful.
    But he still wasn’t that great.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     some real judging for a change… i’da prolly let him go thru, w/my softie ass, lol… if they are this honest consistently, we got ourselves a winna w/this panel

  • Pippygirl

    Yeah he wasn’t that good, but I probably would have let him through tbh. 

  • jumpstart4u

    Yep, I’m liking the new judges …  hope it holds up. 

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

    …What? That’s not annoying at all. It’s pretty understandable why someone would be happy to get a yes. Hence, crying over a golden ticket is pretty reasonable. 

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

    I think it was kinda scripted that they would say no to show that a sob story isn’t enought to put you through. But I have nothing against it. lol

  • iluvai

    I know what you mean, but these people have to realize they can’t sing. I got the “I hope I make it on tv vibe from him”. I hate it when someone seems truly crushed.

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

    Even with the bickering I think the new judges are actually engaged more when listening and giving their responses. Soooo much nicer. 

  • teekee

    I don’t trust the judging until the live shows start. They’ve fooled me before. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     you harrrrd – but I like that, lolol

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Pretty sure it would only be shown in the appropriate region, but so excited that they just showed a Scotty Bojangles commercial during Idol.:))

  • iluvai

     I lost my faithful 12 year old viewer at least for tonight. I need to rope her back in!!

  • steph6449

    Has AI done road trips before to have one of the judges track down a contestant?  I’ve seen it on the Voice, but don’t recall on AI

  • jumpstart4u

    if we could just do away with Randy … 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I don’t get this nomination thing. So this blonde chick is too lazy to audition so the judges go to her? Miss Piggy.

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

    Nope. It’s a new thing to Idol. I think it’s a cool concept!

  • steph6449

    female WGWG!

    ETA: you’ve got to play better guitar than that though haha

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Idol likes stealing ideas from X Factor and The Voice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    nooooooooo……..

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

    Ew! Her lyrics are like something a little kid would write. Her voice isn’t special at all. Pass!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    taylor swift lite

  • HermeticallySealed

    Her guitar playing seems to be distracting to her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    nicki … gonna give her props… she tells it like it is with the contestants….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    mariah has a softer approach, but she’s pretty straightforward too

  • HermeticallySealed

     They had a bus tour thing this year.  Didn’t do it just for her, as far as I know.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    What a waste of a nomination and what was up with her apologizing every other word? Just keep going. I didn’t notice the errors until you blatantly said “Oops sorry” every 2 seconds.

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

    Alright. I’m loving the honesty of the judges. 

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

    These judges are…. actually quite good. Kind with the nos and constructive. I hope this carries on to the live shows. I’m surprised with Nicki. 

  • justmefornow

    That was some pitiful guitar playing. Why bring it out if you can’t play it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    I have to say Nicki is spot on with her critiques.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    When they are actually critiquing, I like this crew.  They are being honest with the contestants so far, but kind.  Keith and Nicki seem particularly insightful.  I just can’t deal with the feuding.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     please, please carry over to the live shows!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Maybe the girl got the memo that if you are white and play guitar, then you have a 98% chance of winning Idol

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

    So far, IMO, the judges are being better than J-Lo and Steven on S11 but not better than Steven and J-Lo on S10. Randy still being Randy. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     What feuding? lolol… It’s early, so here’s hoping they keep up the good judging… i got that old gut feeling again… i think this panel is gonna surprise folks…

  • jcabby

    Nicki is becoming my favorite judge.

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

    I think Steven and J. Lo had a bit of an illusion of seeming better because it was new and fresh in S10. It seemed like the only contestant they criticized in S10 was Haley, and they did do some here and there to the other contestants like Scotty. I hope these Mariah, Keith, and Nicki aren’t the same way. 

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

    If they can control that, this panel will be a winner.

  • jumpstart4u

    I could listen to Keith talk all night …  That Australian accent is just gorgeous. 

  • justmefornow

    I think Steven had a one season attention span, lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she’s a pleasant surprise for me… ima mimi stan all day, every day, but i can give nicki some credit – she is keeping it real, in a good way

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

    Spotted Free by Haley Reinhart when Israeli girl’s backstory was showing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i dunno…. 

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

    Don’t care about this lady’s voice. It sounds like it crackles. Things like that bother me during singing.

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

    I was only talking about the auditions and Hollywood. Auditions and Hollywood were pretty cool on S10, but boring on S11.

  • genius13

    They’re playing Oh My..go Haley!!!!

  • supersonic

    Yes.  Only reason why I’m watching.  Just to see and hear Keith.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he looks like cuba gooding jr….

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I hate how Randy was like “On 3, 1… 2… 3… Yes!” We didn’t even hear Mariah and Keith’s critique. What if they wanted a no? I thought the Israel girl was a little nasally and she had a scary exorcist eye during her “valeraaaaaayy” part

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    the nerves are getting to him

  • supersonic

    I’m already thinking about the live shows.  How much of a diva will Mariah be behind the scenes?  Will she and Nicki Minaj still be bickering with each other?  Keith looking and sounding gorgeous…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    yes…yes… he pulled it off!

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

    He was a lot better when he got over his nerves. Good for him. The note changes were quite…. off-putting though.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Does this African American kid have autism? Just wondering.

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

    Didn’t care for him either. :-/ Idol better have more talent than this. 

  • gomer0

     how many note shifts did the guy just sing? Sob story got through.

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

    I think her nasal tone was on purpose, just like Chris Richardson. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, all of the new judges are REALLY critiquing, but in a very positive way, not at all mean spirited. I really like the tone of this panel. Please, I just hope that they continue through the live rounds.

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

    “Frank Goes to Hollywood”. How cheesy. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     lolol…

  • justmefornow

    Yeah, No one has blown me away. Maybe in the next hour?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. No one has been close to a “wow” moment for me yet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     it’s early… they gotta have some more talent in the cut, lol

  • teekee

    Been wanting to ask if there was feuding /sniping at the beginning of the show? Didn’t see the beginning. Haven’t seen the feuding.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I really haven’t seen any talent I’m excited for as yet, but oddly impressed with the critiquing so far.  

  • lila6089

    None of these contestants have impressed me so far……….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     i’m not ‘looking’ to be blown away, per se… when you look too hard for something it never happens, lolol.. relax – it’s it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen, lol

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

    So far I haven’t been blown away by anyway, but it’s still early in the night and audition rounds. I’ve seen some potential though

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

    I would’ve said yes to the guy regardless, but I would’ve made a note on the key changes. He’s got a good voice, but part of singing is knowing how to use it. 

    So far, no “WOW” moments, but I figure it’s the first episode and if I looked for the “WOW” I’d probably elevate my expectations only to be disappointed.

  • tucker davis

    I’m actually really enjoying tonight! I thought I would hate Nicki, but I honestly love her. She seems very smart & really kind. I think this panel could be very good. It’s like Keith is so classy that nobody wants to act like a fool! If Nicki continues like this, she is going to become a huge star! 

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

    True, but if they want to market the show right  they need to make a impactful first impression with the first episode. It’s all about marketing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I personally didn’t think it was all that… just some low level cattiness, but nothing that would turn me off watching if i weren’t already predisposed to looking for a reason not to watch, lol… Ima shut up now, before the heineken makes me get outta hand, lol

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

    IMO, the episode started terrible but now is getting better.

  • jumpstart4u

    nicki’s hair … scary scary

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    oh my gawwwwwwwwd – this is the crazy idol i love, lolol

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

    JESUS. THAT CREAKING PLASTIC. And he’s a ladies man? WTF?

    No wonder I’m single if ladies really go for that.

  • dabney c

    LOL, what is he thinking in that Thriller get-up?

  • steph6449

    Too funny trying to hear this guy’s vocals in between his outfit squeaking ha.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lawdhammercy, lolol… that suit is horrible! his singing…. gotta laff!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith: “you obviously love Tom Jones”  lol Even funnier, when the guy didn’t get the joke and laugh. lol

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

    I was thinking the exact same thing! 

    Seriously, the suit is distracting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    is that latex, playtex, plastic?lolol… it’s squeaking!!!! ohg

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

    The guy has a beautiful tone but he can’t sing in tune at all. I find these bad singers kinda interesting. lol

  • Chris

    Wow, you can hear the plastic rub together when MJ with the Shirley Temple wig walks!!  He’s a walking whoopy cushion!

  • steph6449

    and thank goodness it was distracting, lmao

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     i thought i was hearing things, lolol… squeaky guy!

  • justmefornow

    He’d be perfect for Mackelmore & Lewis’ next video.

  • jcabby

    That was a funny audition. Ha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i’m dying over here, lolol… his brokedown MJ ass, and that squeaky suit!!

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

    Nicki makes the best facial expressions.

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

    Here’s to hoping S12 destroys the “every third season sucks and the best singer gets shafted” curse that plagued Seasons 3, 6, and 9. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     she’s winning me over… slowly, but i’m impressed with what I’m seeing….

  • Prime_Minister

    “Poor Keith” is trending worldwide.  LOL.

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

    I wanted the Thriller in Plastic  to trade wigs with Minaj lol

  • angiedb

    Can we just keep Keith and Randy? I could stand that. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     nicki and mariah is trending, the song they did together – up out my face is trending, idol auditions is trending, lol… people on social media are watching!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    that was bad……

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

    I thought my parents were pretty clueless but these ones, wow!

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

    Choked, big time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lolololol… that was nasty, lol

  • tucker davis

    “What other skills do you have?”  loved Keith’s remark…lol

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

    Man, I’ve missed this show. 

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

    Rozanna sucked.

  • dabney c

    This girl has nice tone but bad pitch

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she’s not too bad…

  • justmefornow

    Yes, sadly in parts of S. Jersey you could actually film that train wreck “Buck Wild” lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m really encouraged by these new judges – all of them.

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

    This is bad. Even CeCe Frey wipes the floor with these contestants.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    superbasssssssssssssssssssss

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

    Did not see that coming. 

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

    She’s a better rapper than a singer. lol. Country rapper? that’s pretty weird. lol

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    The farmer goal DOES NOT know what kind of artist she wants to be in my opinion. SInging country and then rapping??? Um. The Cher Lloyd persona is more interesting

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     WTF. Cece is not even a bad singer

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     aw contraire, Idol will never, ever be that bad, lol

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

    Superbass is such a badass song and she killed it! I wanted her to sing the chorus, too lol. I think she won me over with that. She will be an interesting one to watch. 

  • Chris

    Jason Aldean raps – “chillin on a Dirt Road, laid back swerving like I’m George Jones.”

    Its not everyone’s taste, but its already been done.

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

    I like the country/rapper Sara. I could get behind her. 

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

    When she sang Carrie Underwood, I was not impressed. Maybe because I’m a biased Carrie underwood fan and people tend to fall flat to me when singing her songs. Who knows. lol.

    HOWEVER the rapper-side was loads better. Hip hop/rap is something she should consider. 

    A country rapper? Maybe, though i don’t know how that would work out during the live shows and beyond.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     lolol… OK :) Brokedown Beat It Guy’s creaking suit sounds a hunnerd times better than she do – and he got more personality – booyah!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Mariah reminds me of J.Lo and Nicki is reminding me of how crazy Steven was before. I was looking forward to Nicki on Idol and she didn’t disappoint. Though Simon should have signed her on to X Factor before Idol did because I feel like she is more about what they are (big production, quirkiness, etc) compared to Idol’s small town aw shucks conservative thing

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

    …Hey, it’s not THAT bad. Yet. :P

    There hasn’t been a really good audition yet, though. I feel like I’m seeing a bunch of fodder right now. Country rapper girl, I kinda see it from both sides (Keith being tentative and Nicki really believing in her). 

    I’m not feeling it from Mariah. She seems bored. Maybe it’s because I really like Mariah and want her to be an awesome judge, but it seems she’s kinda just there. Keith is good (Not surprising, he was a judge on The Voice Australia, right?) and Nicki’s okay. I hope these guys get more comfortable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    what he gonna do, lolol

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

    “I have no idea who these judges are”

    LOL. 

  • Jordana33

    I agree with Nicki. The “I don’t know who you are as an artist” cliche is getting old and really isn’t valid, IMO. Why can’t an artist be interested in two kinds of genres? And if she wanted to do a country rap, why not? If it’s good I’d buy it. 

  • justmefornow

    How is this guy a receptionist? He needs subtitles.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC5VIWKY7SZ67OVWR2ISVCWYKY Brian

    I like Nicki as a judge.  She’s great!

  • iluvai

    I liked the NJ country rapper girl.  

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

    Yeah, I know this song. Jason, as far as I know mix a little bit of everything with Country. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    jaysus – my ears, my ears!! william hung wanna be, lolol

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

    His range is actually kinda impressive. But only this. lol

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

    You gotta be kidding me. No way. 

    I’m sorry but when he went all Rubber-duck squeaking, I busted out laughing. I know i shouldn’t laugh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she’s a skinny little thing… got a big old voice….

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

    Angela (the hearing loss girl) had the best voice I’ve heard today. Loved it!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I like this girl. She’s got a lot of potential.

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

    I love Angela. She’s my favorite so far.

  • iluvai

    The girl with hearing problems is really pretty! Nice voice too.

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

    Angela, you made an impression on me. Definitely on my radar.

  • justmefornow

    She’s the best so far. Too bad she’s a girl and has no chance, lol.

  • jcabby

    I love Nicki’s interaction with the contestants. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i’m pleasantly surprised… i think tonight’s show so far has been very good… we haven’t seen all the talent, but i’m curious to see more… something I haven’t been for Idol in a few years…

  • jpfan2

    Very entertaining show. Keith is awesome.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Is it me, or is Mariah the Kara of this season?

  • KelseyW

    I think I love these new judges! Really hope their good judging continues into the live shows.

    Yay for the Haley music shout out! “Free”, AND “Oh My”. Pretty awesome. :D

    No contestants have blown me away yet(they rarely do this early), but that one country girl was kinda adorable. She sings country and she can rap. Impressive. lol If only she was older and more pop leaning…

     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lol – Superbass is trending, idol auditions,  Nicki and Mariah, and Randy Jackson, lol

  • dabney c

    Gotta say, Nicki is making me chuckle a lot with her kookiness. “You’ve got a bigger range than Mariah” – HA! And the whole British accent coming out when she’s feeling pressure, lol.  I’m liking her and Keith a lot.

  • Prime_Minister

    Dear Angela/Angie Miller,

    Please win American Idol.  kthnxbye.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     she da diva, lolol… she’ll come out, just wait, lol

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

    Keith and Nicki are my favorite judges so far.

    Mariah is like L.A. Reid from X Factor – She’s just—there. 

    Randy, well, he’s just Randy. Not sure what else to say about him. 

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

    I can kind of see it. I’m looking at Mariah and it seems like she is not connecting with the contestants at all. I dunno why, but it particularly caught my eye that she said “Yes” then looked down during one of the auditions. I’m hoping I’m wrong or that she improves. 

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

    First time in awhile I have enjoyed an audition episode. Been having a lot of laughs tonight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i can’t get past the wimp factor, lol… he’d need a LOT of styling and makeover, lol

  • HermeticallySealed

     When he talks, he reminds me of Ray Romano.

  • steph6449

    It’s a frog. With a megaphone.

    Ok lol.

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

    The editing of that segment with the Idol superfan confused the SHIT out of me. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    the turbinator? hahahah

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    dude got some swag, lolol

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

    This is the first audition episode I have enjoyed from beginning to end in a loooooooooooonng time. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i can’t understand him, but he’s got some swag, lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    thank u keith – he got swag, but not sure he’s ready for the next phase

  • iluvai

    I like the turban guy. He’s cute.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    this gonna be interesting in hollywood, lol

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

    This guy was generic. The idol fanbase won’t vote for him anyways. Pass.

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

    I like the Turbanator. His singing was a little light for me, though.

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

    Turbanator is funny and he isn’t bad. He could be the next Heejun. lol

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I think its nice seeing a Sikh on something like “American” Idol because we haven’t seen someone like that on the show and it could break down those boundaries. But yeah he reminds me of Andrew Garcia/Anoop’s tone. And wow who knew a beard could age a person by 20 years. He is only 22 years old?! GTFO

  • HermeticallySealed

     I remember people saying the same thing about Scotty and Lee.  Personally I think he’s fodder, but he’s more entertaining than most we’ve seen today.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    To me Mariah is more like Britney from X Factor. BIG named superstar but generic and boring and almost not there.

    Nicki is like Demi. Full of fun and personality and how funny MJ hated them both and they are both the standouts

  • justmefornow

    Found this tweet funny….

    Kayla ? ?@KenzisHairHE’S GONNA CALL HIS FANS THE TURBANATORS I NEED YOUR THOUGHT @DurbinRock

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

    Not sure how the Turbinator will fare if he gets to the Live shows with the mainstream Idol audience, but he has swag and some talent. 

    It would be definitely breaking boundaries if a Sikh person made it far into the Idol competition, like a previous poster said.

  • dabney c

    The Turbinator sounds like a hybrid of Adam Levine and Jason Mraz and Casey Abrams. I like his voice, and didn’t quite get Keith’s critique of “light” singing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    OMG – WILLIAM HUNG is trending, lolol… that guy is sparking memories, lol.. IDOLFEVAH BABY, LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    like her quirky style

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Somebody said Scotty was generic?  Might not like him, but his audition certainly stood out.  Ah, well…

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Love Keith Urban…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    turbinator trending worldwide, lolol… this is a trip! 

  • teekee

    Like Keith, I liked her lower register.

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

    Ashlee’s voice isn’t quite there. She’s not worth passing to the next round IMO.

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

    sob storieees…yay!

  • jcabby

    Ashlee has a beautiful tone. I agree with Keith. Good audition.

  • jumpstart4u

    I do not like the turbinator.  At all. 

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

    Aww the family in the end was so beautiful. Had me tearing up a lil lol. She was a good singer!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    they’re in chi-town tomorrow – sweet!

  • HermeticallySealed

    I remember a lot of jokes about his being boring, too old fashioned, etc.  Plus Hollywood left everyone wondering if he knew more than one song. Yet, he did win in the end. lol

  • iluvai

    I think she was my favorite of the night.  :)

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

    ..

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

    Tomorrow better be much better. Not impressed at all so far.

  • HermeticallySealed

     Wow, top two. heh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     he’s season 12’s comic relief… i’m not bustin’ on the guy, but it is what it is… he’s entertaining, but I’m not laughing at him at all… i find him entertaining, one reason i like watching the show…

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

    WTF, I just saw trending on twitter “Osama” and people are comparing this guy to Osama bin Laden! THIS Is the stupid boundaries mentioned before. Honestly, for every one step forward, two steps back.

    These are some of the tweets on Twitter(i’m only posting a few):
    “Not sure if this guy is Osama bin laden or not?” 
    “They just let Osama bin Laden try out for american Idol…Get out of here with your turban wearin’ self, this is Merica!”
    “The fuk is Osama Bin Laden doing on American IDol. Thought he was dead

    Honestly, sometimes people sicken me. Ugh. I am so pissed right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     yeah, that is a little past the pale… i can’t even form a joke around that subject matter, heh… dickheads, the whole lot of em… I think ima root for the guy, to spite those dickheads.

  • jumpstart4u

    unfortunately, ignorance is not uncommon

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

    Not an amazing first episode, but not terrible. 

    Nicki stole the show. Keith is great. Mariah is very distant. “Family, yay.”? Really? It sounds like she’s the type of person to say “I ate a burger. I danced. It was fun. I also fell down the stairs. That was not fun. Good night everyone. I love you.” Very terse, and in a bad way. Add some emotion, dammit. Randy is Randy. 

    Angela was probably the only good audition. Also, I think I saw some skin when a guy jumped after getting a yes near the end. How…. unappealing. 

    …I kinda want a burger now. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i enjoyed the premiere episode… it’s hella early, lotsa time for things to shake out and gel… curious to see and hear what kind of talent is waiting in the wings…

  • jumpstart4u

    dang it, Keith is going to need to put a bag over his head or something … I can’t freakin’ concentrate on the contestants! 

  • Kitwana

    I love the Nicki and Mariah interaction. It is like Simon and Demi but does not seem so obviously scripted.

  • jpfan2

    The Mariah/Nicki interaction is  amusing. I find Mariah pretty hilarious actually. I think Keith is the best judge they’ve had since Simon.  But they need to be careful not to overshadow the contestants.

  • steph6449

    Overall I enjoyed the episode, more due to the judges than any of the contestants except the oddity of Squeaky Pants lol.

    The pop-up graphics/etc were not something I recall on AI before (though I don’t religiously watch the early episodes). It was interesting this show as a different touch, but pretty sure I would get tired of that if they over do it.

  • dabney c

    Gupreet – “Sunday Morning” by Jason Mraz – is an Indian Sikh.

    Nitpick: Isn’t Sunday Morning by Maroon 5?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     dude is fine as HALE… yep, i’m THAT shallow when it comes to a good looking man like that there, lol

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

    While she wasn’t great, she wasn’t bad enough to warrant a no, either. Just decent, nothing special, but not bad. 

    And I strangely do see what someone said about Mariah = Britney and Nicki = Demi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I’m seeing this sentiment expressed a lot on twitter tonight, and around a lot of other social media sites… interesting…. what ya’ll think?

     OhMeylaWeyla
    ?@OhMeylaWeyla

    I’m thinking Nicki Minaj may end up being closer to Simon than anyone they’ve had since he left. #Idol

  • tucker davis

    After this season, Keith Urban will be better known than his wife.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Michael Slezak
    ?@MichaelSlezakTV

    I’m not sure I was ready for the intelligence and thoughtfulness happening on the Idol judges’ panel. #idol

    hope this energy carries into the live shows – the judges have a golden chance to change a lotta minds – and if the talent is there, it’s gonna be a good season!

  • mchcat

    That’s cool – it must be regional – we don’t have a bojangles so no commercial for us

  • Anny_nanny
  • SnowFairy444

    Really enjoyed the panel of judges. Loved the interaction between Nicki and Mariah. Keith is the standout….excellent judge and smart guy. This is a great panel and so much better than J Lo and Steven Tyler. Looking forward to the season!

  • Jaejae1

    OMG.. I officially love the new judges. I want to marry Keith. I didn’t know he had an accent! I laughed so much tonight.  I think I will be watching all the audition rounds this season.

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

    Did Randy say “yo” any time throughout the episode? I don’t remember him saying it. What’s happened to you Randy? lol

  • jumpstart4u

    Nigel still has it  **Simon, eat your heart out** 

  • lovetheusa1776

    Give it one more try tomorrow – but, for me, too much panel, especially in the first twenty minutes, followed by some decent, but not particularly interesting, contestants.   Probably end of waiting for Top Ten or so to check back in for entire program.  Glad MJ’s here to put up performances – saves a lot of time.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleyRSupport Elizabeth

    I’m honestly so happy with tonights episode and overall this season so far. I feel like the judges give great advice and mesh well together! I think that Nicki proved a lot of people wrong tonight and showed that she can give very insightful critiques and also bring the entertainment factor. I’m really looking forward to this season! :)

  • http://twitter.com/AndyWinNguyen Andy Nguyen

    Has anyone who DIDN’T get a showcase introduction audition ever won any of these shows? Specifically American Idol? I can’t recall one winner who didn’t get a showcase audition with a background story

  • rbidol

    Kris Allen comes immediately to mind (then again, he always comes immediately to mind…he’s my favorite Idol). But I think David Cook flew under the radar too early on, right?

    ETA: Okay, looked it up…Cook had a couple minutes…but I wouldn’t call it a showcase. Lee Dewize had about as much time as Kris.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    *fistbump*  I admit giving her a hard time at times, but I really did like what she brought to the table tonight… sure, she’s feisty, brash, a little OTT – But it’s show biz, lol… i guess it comes w/the terrotory… hope she and the rest of the panel really bring it week to week, and in the live shows too… also hope those so quick to judge her and write her off give her another look… sure, Idol gonna milk this ‘feud’ for some publicity… it’s how they roll… I’m sensing some new energy, and I hope this season has that spark that has been sorely missed…

  • girlygirltoo

    Yes. Kris barely got any screen time prior to Top 36. They showed maybe 10 seconds of his audition, if that. Lee didn’t get much time for his audition. In fact, I don’t think Kelly got a showcase for her audition, either.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    -snip-

    ‘American Idol’ returns! The premiere recap
    by Brian Mansfield

    “She may take some getting used to, but Minaj has the potential to be the best judge Idol has seen since about two years before Simon Cowell jumped ship.”

    -snip-
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/idolchatter/2013/01/16/american-idol-season-premiere-recap/1841117/

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Yay, finally watching American Idol. Thank God for DVR. Had some car trouble and had to wait for the tow truck. But home safe and ready to watch Idol.

  • kcostell

    Teena reminds me of a line from “Phantom of the Opera”: “Far too many notes for my taste”, especially given the song she was singing.  

  • Goodvibes27

    I thought Nicki was delightful. Keith is laid-back cool. Mariah is almost invisible. As for tonight’s crop of auditioners, I was underwhelmed.

  • Montavilla

    West Coast and just hit the first commercial after James Bae.  I am in love with Nicki Minaj.  How sweet was she while turning him down?

  • hayes

    This 4-person panel is a mistake.

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

    This is going to drive me crazy until I find out the answer…does anyone know what the song was playing at the end of Angela Miller’s audition?

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    Was Taylor Hicks in the show’s opening credits last year? He’s not this year. they added Jessica, no Taylor. (I watched it in slow-mo).

  • maymirabella

    I Agree about Keith but Nicole Kidmann beat us to it lol lol

  • Maya100

    I found the judges interaction really difficult to watch.  I couldn’t stand Mariah, but to be honest, I haven’t been a fan for a number of years.  If it was just Nicki Minaj, Randy and Kieth, I’d love it.  I felt bad for Nicki having to deal with all that drama.  

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Dude. Nicki. CALLED IT. Such a good judge.

  • Valentin432

     I think this could be a pretty good panel, Nicki is going to bring energy and Keith is pretty likeable and knows the job from doing the Voice AUS.

    But I think Mariah is going to be a dud, if I was Nigel I would have done anything in my power to get Kelly or Carrie on the judging table, that would have set the panel apart from other shows.

  • durbesque

    I did a lotta ff’ing….but got the gist.  The first 2 minutes were the best…ha!     

  • Jacko86

    I miss J.Lo to be honest! Nicki is pretty good, but Mariah is very boring and distant.

  • KelseyW

    The first episode of season 12 was good! Can’t wait to see more of the new talent tomorrow. :)

    Also…The fact that the only two people from PA that they showed tonight(Not like I was expecting many. Last year? Yeah I expected to see a hell of a lot more…)ended up being joke contestants really bugs me. The squeaky costumed guy was a little amusing though. I’ll give him that.

    Nowadays I go into each new season of Idol probably expecting way too much overall. However. I’ll never understand why so few singers from around here can’t seem to make it far on the show. Granted this is just the first episode of the season, but still…Oh, and I don’t vote for someone just because they’re from around my home. A unique/strong voice(among other things)is the most important thing for any future Idol fave of mine to have no matter where they’re from. I’m just fascinated by the overall lack of PA resident Idols. *endrant*

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

    Steven is in his 60s. He wasn’t worried about hurting his career by giving strong criticism. He was simply a nice guy who didn’t want to embarrass hopefuls on national television. His father taught music so he naturally leaned towards being encouraging rather than discouraging.

  • Liteasy

    I saw Taylor.

  • curly_yenta

    Honestly, I was bored to death. Same old crappola.  No stand out talent and contrived dialogue between the judges with no constructive comments. 

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

    Re-watching the show on TV, it really wasn’t bad. It was entertaining. Mariah wasn’t as bad as I said she was, although I really do still think she’s very distant and almost coming off as too big for the job (in that she seems bored). I hope she gets better at this because even if I’m more of a hard rock kind of guy I have a huge soft spot for (early 90’s) Mariah.

    As for Nicki, while her musical talent is “questionable” to many, I’ve hoped she’d prove everyone wrong, and I think she did. She was the star of the panel. Smart, sassy, entertaining, tough when she needed to be and let bad auditioners down easy. It especially struck when she let down the guitarist girl. Something like “It’s not your last shot. It’s only your last shot if you make it your last shot.” That was great.

    I originally thought a panel of Keith, Mariah, and Randy would be great. Turns out that Nicki should be in Mariah’s spot.

    As MJ said, I’m a bit wary still, as J. Lo and Steven seemed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread when they started judging, and most of us ended up wanting them gone in the middle of S10.

  • fantoo1

    That was a very entertaining premiere! I actually LOVE Nicki as a judge. Mariah was a little dull, and Keith was charming. I wish they would have shown more great auditions, but I think they wanted to focus more on the judges and their best moments. The only three tonight that I would want to listen to again were Christina, Angela, and Ashlee. Overall, a good premiere.

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

    Ugh! I really felt the judges were 4 strong personalities with zero chemistry!
    Nicki and Mariah talking over each other the whole show gave me a headache!
    Keith was lovely! Randy is as idiotic as ever!! Why is he there again?

  • bahogbugan_simj

    dull, boring, uneventful as far as talent is concerned

    auditions – easily the worst part of the show
    live shows – could be good or bad.  but the last 3 seasons have been awful imo.  never cared for any of those contestants
     
    season 7 -the last “good” season
    season 5 – the last “great” season

    wake me up when it’s hollywood time, the only phase of Idol that is consistently entertaining

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

    Now, I thought Taylor was shown a bit last year.  This year, I thought I saw him from the back in a dark suit.  Idol does this deliberately.

    I think it will be a good year.  I hope…

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

    I liked Christina and Sarah the best tonight. Everyone else was meh.

  • girlygirltoo

    I saw Taylor in the opening credits. In fact I saw all the winners, at least briefly.

  • blackberryharvest

     I actually thought Seasons 8, 10 and 11 were great.

  • blackberryharvest

    I think tonight the chose to focus more on the judges, just so they could showcase them. I hope we see more talent tomorrow.

  • irockhard

    LOL, James isn’t the one who named his fanbase so he probably couldn’t care less.

  • HKfan

    Has the age been raised, I thought the limit was 27 before, but it says Brett Holt is 28??

  • WestiesRule

    I saw the whole thing as eye rolling (nicki) and hair flipping cleavage shots (mirah). I agree Nicki will be the break out star. There are so many commercials I sometimes space out and forget a show is on. I love me some Keith and at least Randy can hold his own here. He was so overshadowed by Steven Tyler. I, personally, have never been a fan of “her diva” Miss Carey. She has always rubbed me the wrong way. I hope I find something redeeming in her on TV.

  • SullyD

     No, the age limit have always been 28.

  • Dlynne

    Whatever they are paying Keith Urban is not enough to sit between those two women.

    None of the singers impressed me tonight but maybe they will in Hollywood.

  • tomr

    Ashlee was by far the best for me.  No one else was even close to noteworthy.  Agree with mj that the editing of the judges made them all look good.  We do have to wait until the live shows to see whether they are judgeworthy or not.  (Have to admit that Nicki did surprise me tho.)  I think I’m going to like Keith the best.  I’m already appreciating his thoughtfulness BEFORE he speaks.

  • chillj

    Twelve minutes into this show, I knew I would not be able to tolerate it.  Mariah and Nicki going at each other might be interesting if there were any wit involved; there wasn’t.  The judges were all about ego, except, mercifully,  for Keith Urban. And, yes, Mariah is boring, too much La Femme. Ugh.

    These judges could kill the show, forget rejuvenate it.

  • chillj

    Boy, you are telling me.  

  • kmd23

    I agree that Nicki is the breakout star on the panel. Keith is good too. Not very impressed with any of the contestants last night.

  • angiedb

    I’ll take Keith and Randy. Kick the girls to the curb. Ugh. As usual, not enough singing was shown, but that’s Idol. Are auditions over, yet?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Randy is as idiotic as ever!! Why is he there again?”

    I’d love if someone could answer this question. I can’t think of an answer. lol To be fair, though, Randy is being pretty blunt with the bad contestants and actually being kind in telling them that singing isn’t for them.

  • MellyPer1692

    Wasn’t Kelly’s audition shown? Didn’t she fall or something? I remember thinking how cute she was lol

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

    I thought I was the only who loved her. Ashlee was my fave out of the whole night. She has such a cool voice. :)

  • alonzo7

    Not a bad show as long as you record and fast forward-no live watching til the Hollywood rounds for me.
    Liked Angela, Christine and Ashlee-the rest have already faded in my memory.
    Prepared not to care for Nicki-surprise-I thought she was the best with Keith next-Mariah needs to amp up the personality a bit-too quiet for me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that last night’s show was a very promising start to this season. So far, I like all of the new judges, and think that it’s a good mix of judging styles and personalities. Mariah seems restrained and appears distant, a little “above it all”, but perhaps  that’s just her style. I may change my mind as the show progresses. Nicki is entertaining – silly and OTT, but also seems real, honest and kind. Keith has impressed me the most. Incredibly insightful and thoughtful, describing singer/singing with terms that I haven’t heard before, but that really sum up everything (like showing ‘humanity’, and being a ‘patient’ singer). He’s looking for a real artist (no matter what the genre), not someone who just technically sings well. Randy is still Randy, and at least, he was pretty blunt to the contestants who really need to consider another career path. lol So far, I thought that Christina and Angela were very good, but I wasn’t blown away by anyone. 

  • DragonFly

    Resting easy now that..Turbinator w/Osama remarks/digs, means we are guaranteed there remains ample supply of “Idles” to impress other Cohorts in Cleverness calllng-out for attention online to prove lack of selfworth.  Not to be confused with Am Idols (High-end) who WORK w/talent, goals & self worth.   It’s expected, nothing new….but always tiresome. 

  • justmefornow

    I agree, he wasn’t worried about his career.
    Please, he’s a rocker, going on the show itself could hurt his career more than anything negative he would say, lol.

    He just was stifled by the producers during the live shows for using too much profanity. Then he just got bored. Especially in Season 11. I know I certainly did as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Whatever they are paying Keith Urban is not enough to sit between those two women.”

    Regardless of that, they still aren’t paying Keith nearly enough.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I saw at least a microsecond of every winner. lol

  • IrisandLilies

    Okay, I listened to Tenna, Christina and Angela.  Yes, they have good voices, which they displayed to great effect in their songs, but they didn’t seem to have any emotional connection to the song (at least in these clips).  To me, it just felt like they were hitting the notes in each song and throwing in a few runs to show off their vocal superiority. 

  • elliegrll

     

    No, the age limit have always been 28.

    Not always.  It used to be 25.  They changed it years ago.

  • Hazehel

    Wasn’t Kelly’s audition shown? Didn’t she fall or something? I remember thinking how cute she was lol

    That was Kristin Holt.  She slipped and went under the judges table.   Kelly’s audition was never shown, although she appeared for something like half a second in a montage of those who got through, blink and you’d miss her.

  • justmefornow

    They should have kept it at 25. 28 is too old nowadays to try and launch a career, IMO.

  • wordnerdarchie

     So this footage was aired at some later date?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rWe6iz884w

  • Hazehel

    Yes, I could be mistaken, but I think that was from American Idol Rewind, a repackaged show shown I think in 2006.

  • chillj

    I think Nicki’s personality is so strong it overwhelms Mariah.  Ever been in a room where someone was so overwhelming everyone else, even usually dominant people, fade into the woodwork?  Mariah might be a lot more tolerable and possibly better if she was not in competition with Nicki; she can’t sustain it.  Nicki is more fun, but she forgets that someone else needs to speak and has opinions of value.

  • HermeticallySealed

     I don’t know.  I think it’s just that Mariah expected to walk in and be revered as some goddess and when it wasn’t happening just kind of absented herself to pout. At least that’s how she seemed to be behaving.

  • elliegrll

    They should have kept it at 25. 28 is too old nowadays to try and launch a career, IMO.

    The 28 year olds don’t stand a good shot of launching a mega career, or getting their music played on some formats, but I like that the show gives them a chance to launch a solid career.  I don’t think too many viewers actually thought that people like Melinda or Taylor Hicks stood a chance of becoming popstars, but viewers still loved them.  They were fun to watch.

  • mmb

    tuned in to see the new judges.  will now tune out until the live shows.  the panel lacks chemistry but that is to be expected since it appears it wasn’t completely finalized until days before the NYC audition round.  Will be interesting to see if they jell more as time goes on.  Didn’t think anyone was bad.  Nicki was good — but will she get bored as the season goes on?  who knows.  Keith probably had the most insightful comments, but even tho he is a handsome, well spoken dude he kinda blends into the woodwork with Nicki and Mariah on either side.  I thought Mariah did fine.  It is hard to know how any of them will do on the live shows — that always proves to be a whole different ball of wax.  Randy serves a purpose as the old farmhand — he has been through it all many times, can give the new judges advice on idolworld etc.  Decent start to the season…but now the long, boring slog to the live rounds begins.

  • cheese1

    Nicki made me chuckle a few times, but my overall reaction to the judging panel is “Eh” – that’s pretty much how I’ve felt about every Idol judging panel. For me, the judges really don’t add much to the show, esp. once the live shows start. I don’t really care who is sitting behind the table, and I haven’t been a fan of any of the judges’ music (although that doesn’t keep me from enjoying Blake on The Voice, I guess). 

    My kids (a pre-teen and teen) watched with me.  They have no idea who Keith and Mariah are. My daughter was watching because she hoped Nicki would act crazy and my son likes bad auditions (sigh).

    The talent was OK – no one really had an interesting audition song (except for blueberry girl and Super Bass), and the only person whose name I remembered at the end of the evening was Gurpreet.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    I think TPTB eventually went through the hours of footage and located Kelly’s audition after it became clear that she was going places. I remember that it showed her switching places with one of the judges (Randy?) for some reason.

  • Caro3278sweet

    28 is not too old to launch a country career. Especially for a male. Actually, it’s a perfect age to start. Country usually likes their male stars older.

    Pop? ITA about pop. Which is why I think Adam is in some danger.

    Watched the clips. Love Nicki and Keith. I’m thinking Mariah is the second coming of JLo. Randy is…Randy.

    Oh. Yeah. The contestants. Meh so far. 

  • CB40

    I absolutely loved Nicki, she’s fresh, fun, HONEST, and wears EVERYTHING on her sleeve. I love that and want that in a judge. I also think she respects the show and what it can do for someone, and in previous seasons (with J-Lo and Steven) I bet the guy with the metal leg would have gone through. After all, he was inspiring and can carry a tune. BUT the fact that he didn’t go through gives me hope that they really are looking for the best talent regardless of their backstories. 

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Overall, the show was packaged well. I thought there was still too much reliance on bad auditions. I wish they had more of the auditions like the girl with the guitar, who aren’t ear-splitting awful and/or out of it, but just aren’t good enough.

    I also liked the Turbanator’s speaking voice much more than his singing voice. Maybe he has a career reading books on tape for the Indian market in his future?

    BTW, the dude who had no idea who the judges were wasn’t that useless. I don’t think they announced the final judge line-up until the morning of the judges’ round of auditions.

  • Kirsten

    Thoughts:

    That opening was almost perfect. Remind people of the last season and that they produced this mega-hit of a song (and I always think it is nice when they promote/feature their last winner instead of dropping him like a hot potato) transitioning into all the achievements Idol has had over the years.  It was somewhat blunted by pointing out that Mariah has sold as many albums as all the Idols combined (and Randy has sold half that). They should have found a way to separate those factoids.

    – Love, love Keith. He knows his stuff and how to say it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a lot of chance to talk in the middle of the Mariah/Nikki feud. Hopefully, when we hit the live shows, he will get his turn to talk.

    – Love Nicki. I admit I was fully skeptical of her choice because she’s always seems to be making a big scene, but here she managed to make a smaller scene while also including the auditioners in it. I like that she knows her stuff and takes the time to let people down easy. What I like best? Her freakin’ enthusiasm. I love the show and I want my judges to want to be there. She was totally into the job and giving it all and clearly enjoyed being there.

    – Talking about being enthusiastic to be there? Let’s talk about Mariah. Girl signed up to be the resident diva who would have people come and praise her, then as the grande dame of music, she would bestow tickets on people demurly. That’s not going to work Mariah. You’ve got some spark. Forget about playing the regal Queen of Music and remember enjoying music. Also, she kind of freaked me out a few times with her smile. It reminded me of that smile the Grinch (cartoon) gives Cindy Loo Who when he’s lying to her – I thought only a cartoon could curl the sides of their mouth that way. Makes her look insincere.

    – Randy – well, he’s Randy. The outsider always wanting to sit with the cool kids.

    – Ryan is a puppy. He’s the original enthusiast on the show.

    – All in all, this was a good opening episode. The first shows are always about re-introducing the judges and the show. Somebody ran the stats before and the winners usually show up in the second or third audiiton city.

    – We’ll see how the judges are live. I think Nikki will still be fun, Keith will get his time to shine and Mariah is going to remain a stick in the mud while Randy desperately tries to stay relevant. But who knows? Editing changes everything (it makes Steven seem awake and Christina seem nice).

    Bonus Love:
    – The dude in the confession booth asking the dead-pan questions. They’ve changed up the confession booth this year and it’s a lot of fun.

    – Hidden amongst all those questions flashed was a Monty Python quote. LOL. Although, it’s the air-speed velocity of an unladden swalllow. African or European?  I like the shift in the humour this year.

  • elliegrll

    Hopefully this panel can build up some buzz, which will help the ratings.  But that’s not going to happen, if Mariah doesn’t start showing some energy and personality.  She may think that this gig can help her sell some albums and singles, but she stands a better chance of getting a solid boost, if she starts being more memorable and present.

  • tucker davis

    I know this isn’t popular on this blog, but I think Randy is the glue that holds this show together. You could tell last night that they were deferring to him to  make the bad calls, and he did it when needed. He’s like the big brother that steps in and takes charge when needed. I’m glad he’s there to represent all 12 seasons of AI. (and no, I’m not related to him…lol.)

  • GRjourney1

    I felt like everytime Mariah opened her mouth Nikki stepped all over her words and made a comment.  Nikki needs to at least give Mariah a chance to get her comments out there.  She did it to Keith a couple times, too.  She did show compassion for the contestants and had some good comments, but they need to work more as a team.  I don’t think she is a team player.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “- Talking about being enthusiastic to be there? Let’s talk about Mariah. Girl signed up to be the resident diva who would have people come and praise her, then as the grande dame of music, she would bestow tickets on people demurly. That’s not going to work Mariah. You’ve got some spark. Forget about playing the regal Queen of Music and remember enjoying music. Also, she kind of freaked me out a few times with her smile. It reminded me of that smile the Grinch (cartoon) gives Cindy Loo Who when he’s lying to her – I thought only a cartoon could curl the sides of their mouth that way. Makes her look insincere.”

    I agree. At this point (admittedly very early in the show and keeping in mind that there’s editing involved), that’s the vibe I’m getting from Mariah. In a promo, Mariah talked about how she’s found a way to reject a contestant without making herself feel “gutted”, and at this stage, I’m feeling that Mariah is more into herself, her own image and her own feelings a bit too much. I’m also getting a feeling of insincerity from her at times, that I’m not getting from Keith or Nicki.

    “- We’ll see how the judges are live. I think Nikki will still be fun, Keith will get his time to shine and Mariah is going to remain a stick in the mud while Randy desperately tries to stay relevant. But who knows? Editing changes everything (it makes Steven seem awake and Christina seem nice).”

    Again, I agree. After seeing how Steven and JLo changed once the live shows started, I’m waiting until then before coming to any conclusions about any of the new judges.

  • http://twitter.com/fourrats Sherry

    Gotta say I’ve been grumbling about Nicki as a judge everywhere, and what a surprise.  I really liked her as a judge!  Can’t wait to see more.

  • irockhard

    I’d say 18-26, they can make an exception or 2 if Jimmy’s convinced they got the next Bieber or if someone out of that age range has an audition that goes viral and gets global attention a la Susan Boyle, otherwise enough with the fodder who’ll likely struggle too much post show.

  • jlgspj22

    I know it is hard to judge from just the first episode, but let me just say that this show is the reason I like watching the Voice so much more! Ya, AI might produce more stars, but the judges on the Voice actually care about JUDGING. They may bicker every show, but the hype isn’t abou the judges feuds on the Voice.
    AI needs to tone down the cat fighting and focus on the contestants.

    Also, I’d much rather see a show of okay talent and stars than William Hung style singers. People show us more of the good!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    Bet Keith wishes he was back on The Voice Australia right about now. He’s not used to bad auditions and nonsense waste of time filler. It will be interesting to see how he weathers the ridiculous games that AI plays.

    Don’t think any of the contestants tonight were breakout stars – hope they’ve got better contestants in future episodes.

    However I did not hate Nicki Minaj as much as I thought I would — turns out she’s the judge with a heart of gold. And Mariah completely totally rocks. With a lift of an eyebrow or a twirl of her hair she rules the room. Yes Nigel, Mariah was worth every penny.

  • Liteasy

    Taylor and Melinda both have good careers and are doing much better than they did before Idol.  Aren’t Erika and Elise older, as well, and they’re going forward with they’res.

    Nicki is an attention getter, and Mariah is boring.  Keith, IMO, is the best of the judges.

  • mason williams

     you are never too old and it’s never too late if you  have the drive and the will

  • mason williams

     ryan is more expendable than he is

  • easycinderella

    We must have been watching two different shows.  Nicki was not the least bit endearing.  Her ego gets in the way of every critique. 

    The talent was mediocre, I barely remember any of them with the exception of the busker.

    This show has jumped the shark.