American Idol 12 Top 10 Guys Semi-Final – Recap and Videos

Tonight, it’s the Top 10 Guys turn to take the stage and perform for a spot in the Top 10. WILL YOU BE SUPERVOTING? Ha. We’ll be following all of the action right here. Stay tuned.

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Now that we’ve seen both the girls and the boys, I can say, definitively, that the girls totally pwn the boys.  If  a girl doesn’t take the crown this year, then we’re stuck with boy winners forever.

Honestly, I can’t even pick out 5 guys that I care enough about to move on.  But, before I get to that, I want to talk about Charlie Askew.

Charlie had no business being part of this competition in the first place.  American Idol is a reality show, full of manipulation.  Contestants who get that can handle what happens on stage during a critique.  Those who can’t are doomed. I don’t think Charlie grasped that the judges critiques were about advancing him to the next stage.  The boy has had vocal issues throughout the entire competition. Some performances have been better than others, but his singing has always been problematic.

I took another look at Charlie’s Top 40 performance, and I’m actually kind of pissed right now.  “Rocket Man” was an absolute HOT MESS, but there was Nicki, going on and on about how awesome he is and how obsessed she is with him. You could just see Charlie soaking up the judges comments, and even letting it get to his head a little bit. I don’t think he has the ability to parse the things people say to him. He takes comments at face value. How shocking it must have been for him tonight, when the panel suddenly began criticizing him. And for a performance that was an IMPROVEMENT over the “Rocket Man” trainwreck.  No wonder he was crying on stage.  I’ll bet he had every expectation to receive more love from the judges.   The performance order death spot he received (3rd) was a big clue that–just like Zoanette this week–the producers are done with Charlie.  The joke may be on Nigel and company.  Charlie’s very genuine reaction to the judges negative comments may have earned him a slew of pity votes. Considering there were no real standouts tonight, Charlie may just skate on in to the finals. Personally, I hope not.  Although Ryan initially exacerbated the situation when he prodded Charlie on his song choice, once he saw that the kid was upset, he handled it really well.  Actually, the situation could have been so much worse.

Now that I got that off my chest. On to the other performances.  Technically, the best tonight was Curtis Finch, Jr. But I’m just not feeling him DAWG. He’s got such an air of superiority when he sings. It’s like LOOK AT MEEEEE HITTING THESE HIGH NOTES! NOTICE MY AWESOME RUNS! I don’t feel him connect to the emotion of the song. Nevertheless, he’s a lock for the finals.  Devin Velez has a good voice, But I’m not down with this Spanglish thing he’s doing. Admittedly, I know nothing about Spanish music, but are there teenagers out there digging Perry Como covers sung in Spanish? Enlighten me, please. There’s nothing current or interesting about Devin. Elijah Liu improved big time this week, but he’s hopeless fodder, at this point. Cortez Shaw, who felt like a producer’s favorite earlier in the competition, obviously is not. That pile on from the judges was too obvious. Yes, we get it! You don’t want him in the finals. Nick Boddington, as the only instrument playing HAC dude left, may advance to the finals because he fills a HUGE void. His song choice was very clever.  As the only boy singing pop rock at this point, he could be a dark horse.  Paul Jolley may label himself pop country, but he’s an adult contemporary singer at heart. Keith’s advice to dial it back and “de-cabaret” his performances is good, but I’m not confident Paul can pull it off.  I feel really sad that Vincent Powell kinda blew it tonight with an overbaked performance.  He was so good last week! Nabbing the pimp spot may have saved him.  Lazaro Arbos is in the pole position right now, and is the only boy at the moment offering serious competition to the girls.  He lost the flop sweat this week, but I’m still not impressed.  My favorite boy right now is Burnell Taylor. I love his vocal tone and phrasing. But he’s got to reveal some versatility and ability to sing out of his comfort zone for me to stay on board.

Eh. Whatever. I’m all about the girls this year. Kree Harrison, Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb can pretty much wipe the floor with any of these boys.

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Performance Order: Elijah, Cortez, Charlie, Nick, Burnell, Paul, Lazaro, Curtis, Devin, Vincent has the pimp spot.

Elijah Liu – “Stay” by Rihanna – He reminds us again that he “loves the ladies” NOT THE WAY TO EARN VOTES ON IDOL.  His plan is to “Poor my heart into [my song]…and connect to all my ladies.” Alrighty. OK. This isn’t half bad. Way better than last week, for sure. He needs to avoid his falsetto. It was his downfall last week. But Elijah has an interesting mid-range. I may be judging him on a curve, but that performance was sort of sweet. Keith loved that he did the song, thought it suited his voice and good control. “I think I would be willing to stay,” says Nicki. She thinks he’s very marketable. She name checks all the merchandise his face could grace. Backhanded compliment? Hm. Randy liked him more this week and also feels he is marketable and current. But, he tossed off one of hit typical complaints–that the song didn’t “go anywhere.” He’s actually got a point. I was waiting for a bigger emotional commitment in the last verse.  For Mariah, it was one of his better performances. 1-866-436-5701


Elijah Liu – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Cortez Shaw – “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars – Cortez has also improved since last week. He chose a contemporary song that fits his style. He throws in a few little dance moves.  He’s still underpitch in spots, but it’s not last week’s trainwreck. Keith asks why he chose the song. He didn’t like the song choice. Nicki doesn’t like his styling. She doesn’t realize that these kids are styling themselves right now. She barely critiques his vocal, only to say he strains some on the high notes.  Randy feels he’s straining and is a little under some notes.  Wow they are busing him, totally.  Mariah likes his ballads.  She also feels he was straining, and that maybe he should have taken it down a step. Ryan informs the panel that the kids are doing their own styling now. They’re all “ohhhhh.” geez.  The thing is, that wasn’t a killer performance, but it wasn’t terrible either.  The judges really piled on him in a way that felt deliberate. Dissing his wardrobe? REALLY? 1-866-436-5702


Cortez Shaw – Top 10 Guys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Charlie Askew – “Mama” by Genesis –  Well that was…interesting.  Charlie performs a very intense version of the song.  He’s wearing a camouflage colored tank top with his hair pulled back. He actually looks a little scary.  By the end of the song, he’s screaming.  This performance might work in a rock or punk band, but it’s not cutting it here. Keith noted the “varied” look on peoples faces in the crowd. I can just imagine. Maybe Charlie belongs in a band, Keith says, and adds that there was something about the performance that was not genuine. Ouch. But that’s pretty spot on. Nicki is also not pleased “Who stole my little kid.”  She’s upset that he’s in a tank top? LOL. “I want my cute cuddly Charlie back.” Are you going to critique his vocals Nicki? I guess not.  The front part was terrible, says Randy. And the screaming was not good.  “I didn’t get it,” he says  Mariah doesn’t want to pile on him, but blah blah blah blah…she says pretty much nothing.  Ryan, who can’t let well enough alone, prods Charlie–asking him to explain why he chose the song.  On the verge of breaking down in tears, Charlie said, “I needed to vent,” he added, “A lot of people think  I’m a very happy buoyant person a lot of the time and the only reason I smile so much is that …the message that I was really trying to send was that I feel like I have to.”  His lip trembles.   He’s literally falling apart on stage, and it’s very uncomfortable to watch.  Ryan immediately softens up, “We appreciate your courage, honesty, and there’s nothing easy about having those feelings inside and standing up here and having to do that tonight.”  After Ryan reads his numbers, it’s too much for Charlie, and he leaves the stage.  The boy obviously has some emotional issues. He may be too fragile for this competition. Hopefully, that fit of emotion doesn’t prompt a ton of pity votes. Charlie needs to go home. – 1-866-436-5703


Charlie Askew – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Nick Boddington – “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls – Nick gets a little sit down in the red room with Ryan. Oh. He admits that male pattern baldness has driven him to hats.  TMI maybe?  Nick is back at the piano performing a changed up version of the song.  He puts a very sweet, romantic spin on this 90s classic. Now I remember why fans were so crazy for this guy. His voice cracked at one point, but his phrasing is nice, and he emotes a very sweet vulnerability.  He really hit his stride in the last verse. Keith thought it was perfect.  He loved his vulnerability. Whoa. That’s one of Nicki’s favorite songs? Who da thunk it.  So, she wanted him to keep the melody.  Disagree! He made it his own. “I don’t know if it’s going to get billions of votes, but it’s you.”  Randy thought it was a good solid performance, but not one of his best. Mariah felt he kicked in at the end.  I’m on Team Keith here. 1-866-436-5704


Nick Boddington – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Burnell Taylor – “I’m Here” from Color Purple. –  Hm. Not sure how I feel about Burnell repeating his audition song. It makes me wonder if it’s the only song he’s got in his back pocket. If he makes it to the finals, he can’t sing it every week, right?  Having said that, I love Burnell’s voice. In particular–he’s got a beautiful, burnished tone that really stands out. He can connect to a song. He’ll need to be versatile to get far in the competition.  Keith is up on his feet. The crowd screams. Keith believes him and feels it. His voice is instantly recognizable, he says.  Nicki believes he was born to do this, but doesn’t seem thrilled that he repeated his audition song. Randy loves the urgency in his voice. Mariah called it a “tearful moment” She feels he matched the first time he sang it in New Orleans. Burnell says he repeated it so he could include parts of the song that weren’t aired in the auditions. 1-866-436-5705


Burnell Taylor – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Paul Jolley –  “Just A Fool” Christina Aguilera with Blake Shelton – In a sit down with Ryan in the Red Room, Paul reveals that he’s sung for a bunch of country acts and met Carrie Underwood at an awards show.  The song begins well enough. It’s obvious that Paul has country music influences and can live in the genre comfortably, but by the end of the performance, he is at the top of his range and basically screaming at us.  It’s not pleasant. Dial it back– loud isn’t necessarily good, and it’s not a very effective way to connect to a song.  Keith wonders what kind of artist he is? Paul wants to be the guy version of Taylor Swift. Hm. Keith reminds him again to dial it back. He’s right. The last half of the song was at a 9 practically all the way through. Nicki asks Keith if he thought Paul was believable. “Sometimes” says Keith.  Nicki thought it was a solid performance. But she admits that Keith may be in a better position to critique country acts. Randy didn’t care for the screamy chorus, either. Keith adds that Paul needs to “uncabaret” it. Mariah didn’t realize that he wanted to be pop country until he said it. But she felt the crowd really enjoyed it.  Ryan has some time to kill, so he grills Keith some more on EXACTLY HOW HE FEELS about Paul’s performance.  Geez. Is it jump on Keith night? 1-866-436-5706


Paul Jolley – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Lazaro Arbos – “Feeling Good” –  The audience goes NUTS. And to be honest, I don’t really get it.  The vocal was miles better than last week, but I would not call him a gifted singer.  Backstories for the win, I guess! I am glad Mariah called him out on his technical problems. There were pitchy spots, and his diction is often poor.  I wouldn’t be so pissy about this, but the way the judges are pimping him into the next round is really annoying. Keith calls the performance “really good” and loves the way he connects with everyone. Nicki says, “I loved it, I love you.” She thought his vocal was strong. She likes that he added attitude. Randy, “HE THINKS HE’S IN IT TO WIN IT AND HE IS.” Ugh. Mariah says, “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.” Seriously Mariah…could you say something? Oh. She says the song was maybe a bit too low for him. I’m glad she’s critiquing his vocals. The rest of the panel avoided pointing out his flaws. 1-866-436-5707


Lazaro Arbos – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Curtis Finch, Jr. – “I Believe I Could Fly” by R. Kelly –  I hate this song with a passion. And it’s so played out on Idol, I’m having  a hard time getting on board here. Curtis is an expert singer. Years singing in the church has obviously taught him how to sell a song. At one point, he hit a sensational high note–part of a run.  It would have been breathtaking if  it all didn’t feel so stagey. Standing O from all 4 judges. “We just had us a sermon in Vegas,” says Keith. “You have so much hope in you.” Nicki thinks he raises the bar every time he sings.  Nicki begins to lose her mind,  GOD GAVE HIM THE POWER TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD, she says more or less. Calm the eff down Nicki.  Randy wants to give mad props to R. Kelly. For Randy, the competition just started. Curtis is giving the girls a run for their money.  Mariah is also having a religious experience.   The judges raving like they just came out of a tent revival is a little weird. 1-866-436-5708


Curtis Finch Jr – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Devin Velez – “It’s Impossible” by Perry Como –  Devin pulls out the Spanglish again–and it’s beginning to feel like a parlor trick. I’m over it.  And Perry Como covers? REALLY? And nobody called him out on being old fashioned, because that was super-old school, with out even the slightest modern twist.  Simon would have hated it.  While he’s got a very nice voice and knows his way around a high note, that performance was a total Zzzzz.  Keith liked the second half better than the first and was really impressed with his runs.  Nicki begins babbling in Spanish. She thinks he’s stepping into his own. She compares him to a Spanish Ken doll. Randy really likes his tone. “I like this dude!” he says. “That performance was incredible,” says Mariah. 1-866-436-5709


Devin Velez – Top 10 Boys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Vincent Powell –  “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men –  A tired song choice, and Vincent oversang it.  I wouldn’t say he choked–but I think the  pressure of making it into the finals really affected that performance.  The effortless quality is completely gone here. He’s trying way too hard with the fancy runs and high notes.  He’s off key in spots, and not entirely connected to the song. That’s too bad, because I think Vincent deserves a spot in the finals.  Keith felt that nerves got the better of him.  I agree–Vincent was kind of all over the place. Nicki loves the song, but didn’t think it was good for his voice. Randy thinks he over shot it a bit  Mariah thought there were moments of brilliance in the song. 866-436-5709


Vincent Powell – Top 10 Guys – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    These boys better be sooooo much better as a whole than they were these past couple of weeks. Looking forward to Devin and Vincent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Charlie looks ridiculous!!

  • jcabby

    I am hoping there are some good performances tonight. 

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Watching live for the first time in weeks. I am to excited. 

  • dabney c

    Is Ryan’s hair higher than ever this season??

  • jcabby

    Can’t wait to see Charlie’s performance.

  • dabney c

    Charlie looks like a nerdy high school girl in gym class. What the heck?!

  • jammasta

    Elijah talking about the “ladies” is annoying as f*ck. “All my ladies”? Bro you gonna be single and available for a long time with that attitude.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’m glad they gave Vincent the pimp spot.  Though I’m a little surprised.  I thought they would give it to Burnell.

  • dabney c

    Elijah: I just wanna connect with all the lay-deez out there. *gag*

  • fuzzywuzzy

    His attitude is obnoxious, hilarious and rather sad – all at the same time. lol

  • jammasta

    Elijah’s boring, but not terrible. Meh.

    The womanizer thing is enough to make me never want to see him again, though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Elijah was just meh for me.

  • dabney c

    Aside from everything else … I really like Elijah’s military jacket. V. v. cool.

  • lizland

    Eli was much better than last week and I liked that song alot. Not an amazing singer, but good.  We’ll see if his “ladies” come out and vote for him.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Thought he was better this week than last, but agree about the attitude. 

  • elliegrll

    Good song choice by Elijah.  I don’t remember him sounding good at all last week.    Maybe he just needed to find the right songs for his voice, style and range.

  • vhill

    Burnell was at the end at the very beginning though. They changed order. Hmm… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Even though this was an improvement from last week, this still just isn’t good enough in my honest opinion. It was very average, and he was kinda pitchy at times.

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

    Can someone screen cap Charlie for me?  I need to see what he looks like tonight!

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

    Elijah was just ok but hes in the dead spot so hes probably bye bye. Unless 6 boys bomb which may happen

  • HermeticallySealed

    I didn’t hate it, but I agree with randy.  It was a bit of a flat performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nicki is right. The biggest thing that Elijah has going for him is that he can be marketed.

  • justmefornow

    This kid is no ladies man, lol
    Dweeb is more like it. And his singing is nothing special too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “hit them in the heart”? I don’t think that’s the best way to put it. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Cortez better not massacre Bruno. lol

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

    Ryan why are you so sure that Cortez will shine? If he sounds like last week he definitley wont

  • CB40

    Elijah — not buying any of it. 

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

    I liked Elijah. Not a groundbreaking performance, but solid and the main thing is I can actually see him fitting into the current music scene, which is a rare feat in this group of guys.

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

    Devin…have high hopes for him, he’s the only one along with Burnell and Vincent that give me hope for this group of guys.

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

    Elijah was okay, but nothing will top Rihanna’s version. She poured her everything into her performances of “Stay”. I felt she had a connection when she sang, but with Elijah, not so much.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Charlie looks ridiculous!!”

    I missed seeing him. Now, I’m a bit afraid …. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Last week was great!” Really, Cortez? Seriously? I don’t think so. lol

  • shell29

    Elijah was OK. Better than last week.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wel, at least Cortez is starting off on key. lol This is pretty karaoke though.

  • sandrajane

    Oh lord, he’s bad.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Still so very pitchy.  I swear this boy only knows flats.

  • lizland

    They must hate Cortez.  That was the worst recap vocal ever.

    He is toast.  This is pretty bad. Cheezy and lots of wonky notes.

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

    Cortez is reminding when Jordan Dorsey butchered Ushers OMG

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, as he progressed through the song, he hit some bum notes.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I hate using the karaoke critique, but there is no other way to explain Cortez’s performance.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I didn’t see charlie either, guess I wasn’t watching the screen.

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

    I think I will go watch Bruno perform that song right now. This version just pales in comparison. 

    So far, I have not been impressed tonight. Karaoke-club performances so far.

  • dabney c

    Cortez is good looking, but he doesn’t have the charisma of Bruno Mars.

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

    Cortez: Not bad, but in comparison to Bruno Mars (who has one of the best tones in the industry), it seems rather bland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    WTF is up with this background annoying beat.. awful.. Cortez is pitchy… wrong song to try to sing live.. it’s like trying to sing Stronger by Kelly Clarkson live, you’re just not going to sound good at it live. I didn’t like this at all

  • jammasta

    Cortez, props for not singing a ballad, but that was boring as hell and just as karaoke as any of the ballads from last night.

  • jcabby

    Cortez was just not good.

  • justmefornow

    Listening to these first two all I can think is even Stefano could sing pop circles around these guys.
    This one is at least cute, that’s about it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Stefano is amazing compared with Elijah and Cortez.

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

    Nikki when the voice sucks no makeover will help

  • Tera2

    I think its a good song choice by Cortez.  It fits his voice.  It was a good performance.  He’s a good singer and I like his smile too.

  • jammasta

    NICKI, START JUDGING THESE GUYS ON THEIR VOCALS AND NOT THEIR SEXINESS.

    She tried at the end there.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If only Randy would be consistent in calling out pitchiness, I might see a little ray of hope for him.

  • HermeticallySealed

    What, is this opposite day!?  Why is Randy making so much sense tonight?  I’mma scurred!

  • elliegrll

    In Cortez’s defense, this is probably not the best type of song for this type of show.  Bruno is great, and it’s a great song, but when he sings it live it’s all about his backup musicians, their energy, and the way that Bruno moves.  It’s not a song that’s meant to show how well someone can sing.

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

    Nicki – This is not an Abercrombie and fitch model competition, so please stop talking about their sexiness. Focus on the singing/stage presence Telling them how sexy they are does not help them perform better.

  • lizland

    I wonder if they are being nicer to the boys than the girls, to try to balance all the talk about how they are stacking the deck with good girls.  Except it seems like every year the girls are judged much more harshly, so probably not.

  • teekee

    The styling is the least of his problems. I had such hope for him…

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Randy seems to do better when critiquing the guys and Nicki is clearly better at critiquing the girls.  At least they kind of balance each other out.

  • justmefornow

    He’s probably kicking himself he didn’t wait til this season to audition, lol. Seriously, most of those top 10 guys from S10 could have easily beaten these guys and won this year.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Is this What Not To Wear or American Idol?

    Geez, judges, give the guy a break.  He looked OK.

  • CB40

    Cortez – worst performance of the past two nights

  • jammasta

    I think you nailed it! Randy is better with guys, Nicki with girls. 

    I think the S10/S11 finalists/semifinalists who didn’t go far are kicking themselves for not waiting a year or two :P.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sorry, the worst was Zoanette by miles. lol

  • chillj

    I think he looked fine, but I thought his performance too practiced.  he looked like he had been practicing in front of a mirror a lot.  He probably has; the trick is not to look like you have.

  • dabney c

    You mean because Randy didn’t tell Cortez he liked his boobs in that vest? :-P

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Charlie’s been growing his moustache for half a year? lol

  • shell29

    I can’t even get excited about Cortez. He’s got the look but I found the performance lacking.

  • jammasta

    Charlie’s doing better than last week. He’s still not perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    needs to lose that hair lip like yesterday lol

  • CB40

    And Charlie is WORSE than Cortez. That’s my first ZERO out of 10 of the semifinals. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not good. Charlie’s lower range is pitchy. Oh, his normal and higher range is pitchy too. I’m not enjoying this performance at all.

  • elliegrll

    Performances like Charlie’s are the reason why people make fun of this show.  It’s like he’s pretending to be someone else.

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

    Charlie was…different lol

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

    Lol. Charlie cracks me up. He thinks he’s a rockstar but I kinda like him.

  • dabney c

    Charlie belongs in a 1970’s era tribute rock revival band. Not in the current pop scene. Sorry, Charlie. ;)

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

    Charlie just be happy Simons gone.

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

    Charlie is sooooooooooo bad, but at least he is interesting, which is more than can be said for most of the other guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Ewww. YIKES on that Charlie. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I liked him in the early going, but that was just not good at all.  Weird song choice, bad performance, bordering on Zoanette territory.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, it’s pretty much a parody and totall inauthentic. Bad vocals too. Keith is right – NOT genuine.

  • lizland

    Charlie is definitely better than last week, but I don’t know.  He is strange in a way that makes me uncomfortable.  Like he is a special needs child and others are making fun of him and he doesn’t understand it.  Not sure if it is an act or not.
    And he doesn’t sing that well.

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

    So far, I’d give contestants two thumbs up for effort, two thumbs down for execution. 

  • jammasta

    Wow, Nicki’s finally criticizing Charlie.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I don’t think it was a great vocal (doi), but I actually liked that. It at least wasn’t a dull performance. LoL

  • teekee

    Yes Keith! He’s right about Charlie!

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I want to like the hometown boy Cortez but I’m having a hard time. I actually liked Charlie. It was a hot mess but I like it. 

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

    Nicki is giving shades. Poor Charlie.

  • lizland

    I have to say, at least the boys are singing new songs for Idol. I definitely like it and hope it continues all season. 

  • Da 1 N Only

    Weak start so far, I guess Elijah was the best of the three but hopefully they find 5 or 6 (if they must add a guy wildcard) better guys.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Nicki is finally critiquing Charlie.  I just wish all her critiques of the guys weren’t completely focused around their looks or wardrobe.

  • lizland

    Oh he is crying, he is killing me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t blame the judges for being confused about who Charlie is as an artist (if he is one). lol

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

    Oh Jesus, Charlie is about to cry. Please don’t cry. I don’t want this kid getting pity votes. UGH!

  • elliegrll

    I’d agree.  At least they haven’t been boring.  I think that we’ll see the reverse with the guys who actually have a shot of getting through.  I’m not expecting a lot from them except the same type of ballads that we heard yesterday.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Ryan wants Charlie to decode his performance.

  • dabney c

    Ok, it’s time to throw Charlie under the bus because he’s outlasted his usefulness for Nigel. Bye, Charlie … unless VFTW rallies, and keeps him in. 

  • CB40

    UGH, I hate the antics, I hate the crying … and now this has PITY VOTES written all over it. 

  • tucker davis

    Charlie seems a bit spoiled. The fact is he should have been told before tonight that he’s not the world’s greatest singer.

  • Tera2

    Charlie is an average singer, but I like the song choice “mama”.  I like Phil Collins and Genesis.  But Charlie belongs on Glee.  Nikki Minaj needs to realize its not only about what she wants.  I don’t like how she makes it all about herself and her preferred contestants and “babies” either.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    This is not Dr. Phil! Make it STAHP! STAHP doing this to this poor boy

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

    Poor Charlie, don’t let the machine chew you up and spit you out. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. Charlie’s having an emotional meltdown. I really don’t think that he’s at all prepared for this competition. I would be a kindness to vote him out at this point.

  • chillj

    Charlie is way too fragile for this show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    OMG sooo awkward!

  • jammasta

    Oh my God that was uncomfortable. I feel bad for him but I also feel kind of uncomfortable.

    And Mariah’s comment to start her judging of Charlie made me wonder what it would be like if she were to judge the contestant before the other 3.

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

    Charlie may weasel himself in with that sob story…

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Crap, now I fear Charlie is going to get the pity vote because he was crying.  

  • justmefornow

    Nicki is really getting cringe worthy with her off topic comments.
    Charlie looks like he’s going to cry :( 
    I feel bad for him. 
    He might not be mentally strong enough for this competition.

  • teekee

    Charlie. I’m so sorry for him.

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

    I feel like Nicki now. I just want to hold Charlie and cradle him. Poor baby.

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

    Ryan is such a pro handling Charlie’s crying. Can anyone imagine Steve Jones or Khloe Kardashian handling a situation like that ? LMAO.

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

    That was painful. I really feel horrible for him. The judges ripping him to shreds and him trying not to cry.

  • steph6449

    How old is Charlie?  That was really awkward but I wasn’t sure whether to feel sympathy for him, or shake him into manning up, or both. 

    I wonder if they have a counselor on standby for the performance shows as well as the results shows. 

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

    Yeah, well Ryan wasn’t a pro telling a difference between Amber’s stepmother and biological mom. LOL

  • lizland

    Funny think is I thought he was better/more interesting than Cortez.  

    I feel bad for Nick having to follow that scene.  

  • jammasta

    Oh God, Khloe would make the situation a billion times worse. 

  • Da 1 N Only

    Hope Charlie doesn’t advance due to pity votes, it would be the worst thing for his fragile psyche.

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

    Nigel this is what you get when you try to remove any vestige of a WGWG from the show. You get a mediocre kareoke show.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I just hope the folks that will feel sorry for Charlie after that will realize they aren’t doing a favor by voting him through.  If he’s about to break down after one negative critique this early on, he’s not going to be mentally tough enough to handle this whole competition.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, Ryan handled that situation very well. Kudo’s to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.quan1 Timothy Quan

    OMG.  WTH are the judges doing to the guys tonight?

  • jcabby

    I just want to hug the kid. Ugh. I feel bad for him.

  • dreamr23

    Not joking at all… someone needs to get that boy into some kind of therapy (if not suicide watch) ASAP!

    That was really, really awkward.

  • dabney c

    Ugh, Nick.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    No Nick nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! He’s found a way to make a Goo Goo Dolls song sound even more lame. That’s a talent right?

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

    Ugh. Piano performances always grate my nerves lol. Unless it’s Crocodile Rock I don’t want to hear it lol. Nick is a big bore.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Ohh. Nick SANG! I probably wouldn’t buy an album you make but boy can you sing. 

  • shell29

    Now I feel bad for Charlie. He’s not cut out for this competition. Keith didn’t feel that his performance was genuine but Charlie’s reaction to the criticism certainly was. Time for Charlie to go. I don’t want to see him completely breakdown on this show.

  • CB40

    UGH, can we just have ALL the girls advance and forget about the guys? 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I would hope that they have counsellors available to help any contestants who are having a difficult time emotionally and mentally.

  • jammasta

    Nick started off well, but he strained on the first chorus and never recovered to me. He has a very pretty voice when it’s soft. The beginning and the end were nice.

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

    Beatrice Miller who’s half Nicks age sang it better and with much more emotion.

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

    I still think a lot of the guys who auditioned are thinking, like I am as a viewer, “Are these really the best guys in the country who auditioned?”

  • Tera2

    Nick is a good singer with a good voice, but he shouldn’t have changed the arrangement of this song.  It made him seem off to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Well best of the night so far is you ask me. Nick being back at the piano is where he belongs, I enjoyed it!

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

    Nick sounded good, but honestly, it was bit boring…

  • dabney c

    Oh, Keith, you’re too nice.

  • justmefornow

    This guy stinks too. Very lame.
    Bad night so far.

  • elliegrll

    Nick was better last year.  What happened to his vocal range?  He’ll probably get through, but he hasn’t shown a lot over the past two weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Yeah Charlie Askew has always seemed just this side of crazy to me.  Dude is cool and quirky but doesn’t have the vocal chops to last in this type of competition.  Also he probably can’t handle the pressure.

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

    Nick is the type of guy who could win Idol. That was a good performance. Not great, but good. And he has a sort of Kris Allen vibe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    What is the obsession with contestants playing the piano. That mess was worse than last week.

  • Trina

    UGH Charlie is absolutely going to get pity votes. And I bet he’ll take the place of someone more deserving. i feel for him but if hes going to fall apart when he keeps getting bad feedback hes not right for this competition Or showbusiness. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith is turning into Steven Tyler and it ain’t pretty.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The past couple of weeks, Charlie has come across to me as very emotionally fragile and rather unstable. Please let him go home.

  • steph6449

    Idk. People may have found it too awkward and borderline creepy to really want him to continue. 

  • jammasta

    Last night wasn’t really any good at all until the second half of the show. From the performance order, the same thing will happen tonight. The second half is when it’ll start kicking in. Although I thought Nick was half-decent.

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

    “Keith is turning into Steven Tyler and it ain’t pretty.”

    Its not pretty, but its beautiful

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Charlie definitely seemed to move more to the crazy end of the quirky/crazy scale.  Definitely doesn’t need to be on the show.

  • LA944

    Charlie worries me.

  • teekee

    Burnell doing a repeat already?

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

    If he gets this way after criticisms from the judges, he’ll never make it with the tabloids who dissect every thing a person does.

  • dabney c

    Oh no! Burnell is repeating a song already?? Bad strategy, brah. We Idol nutters like growth, variety, and progression. 

  • justmefornow

    lol, Exactly. Imagined if you were a guy who auditioned and were turned down and are watching tonight.
    But what I think is much worse, is how must the girls this year, especially TCO, feel knowing that TPTB felt they had to stack the deck with these losers just so you could win.
    Who would want to have to win like that?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, I have been very unimpressed by the performances tonight, but maybe the second half will be better.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    More Matt Giraud vibe to me. That was his name right? 

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

    LOL haha I see what ya did there ;p

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    Charlie seems like such a sweet kid. Sometimes I wish these kids would wait a few years and find their own band.  

    the boys are a big yawn so far

  • jammasta

    Jesus Christ, I’m probably going to hell for laughing at this tweet

    “Sounded like Charlie Askew was posting on Facebook.”

    The first half of the girls wasn’t impressive either. The rest of the guys deserve a chance.

  • alonzo7

    Wow they cut Josh, Johnny,Jimmy for Charlie?????
    I guess he’ll make it-they made him cry-just UGH-no voting yet for me-waiting for Vincent, Burnel and Devin to bring some hope-it’s been dismal so far.
    The way this is going Elijah will be a lock.

  • dabney c

    Matt Giraud + Phil Stacey = Nick Boddington

  • shell29

    Nick’s performance was a bit sleepy but I do like his voice. I don’t know if he’s done enough to get the votes he needs though.

  • jammasta

    Burnell, I’m liking this. HATE HATE HATE THOSE GLASSES, though. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    Yes thank you, I was trying to figure out the other half of that equation!

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

    Burnell took the safe route and I just can’t respect that at this point in the competition…

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

    Burnell putting me to sleep. Zzzzzzzz

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

    Not nearly as good as his initial audition, which already paled in comparison to Fantasia’s rendition…

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

    Burnell definitely has the best vocals so far easily, but i feel like he performs the same way every single time – No movement except for moving his arms.

    Best so far.

  • CB40

    I’d rather be put to sleep by Burnell than be awaken by Charlie ;) 

  • lizland

    Burnell is very interesting to me and I hope he goes through.  I don’t remember him singing that, maybe because I don’t know that song.  Keith is right, he sounds unique.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Not as good as Fantasia, but I did believe his performance and this was one of the best if not the best tonight.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    Burnell is dressed like Dwayne Wayne from “A Different World” but he sounded great.

  • jammasta

    I rather liked Burnell’s performance. It sucks that it was a little sleepy and it was his audition song, which I hated, but it was a lot better than some of the girls last night and the rest of the guys tonight.

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

    Keith, stop standing up for every single person. Absolutely NO ONE this season has been worth a standing ovation, not even Candice or Kree, as awesome as they are. Good grief, he’s worse than JLo.

  • chillj

    They need to ban hats from this competition.  They may cover something, but they drop IQs about forty points.

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

    Burnell voice is very distinctive which could be an advantage but the song was just OK. The fashion looks on the boys are so distracting.

  • dabney c

    Keith is right – Burnell is not great, but his voice is recognizable. With some work, he can do something. He’s like unbaked bread dough.

  • justmefornow

    This dude is boring and has awkward arm movements as well. 
    He needs to stop it.

  • elliegrll

    That was pretty much something that you would see at a high school talent show.  Burnell has talent, but that didn’t sound like someone who wants to be seen as a commercially relevant artist.  

  • iluvai

    wow, Burnell was amazing. wow wow wow.  Loved it!

  • tucker davis

    These guys desperately need a stylist!

  • jammasta

    Hey, hats are awesome :P.

    I do think they do seem unfitting for this competition, though. But I’m hoping he finds a stylist. He looked like a homeless Steve Urkel. Oh, and the awkward arm movements are kind of annoying too.

  • girlygirltoo

    Seriously, anyone who thinks about giving Charlie pity votes needs to think twice…and three times…before doing so. He really seems emotionally unstable,. If he can’t handle rather mild criticism at this stage of the competition, it’s just going to get worse as the competition continues, the pressure gets even greater and the criticism will likely get harsher, not milder.

    In my opinion, it is better to send him home than force him even farther into this pressure cooker. 

  • Tera2

    I didn’t care much for Burnell’s performance.  It was just like monotone.  He tries to be be like John legend.  I like when John Legend sing, but I dont enjoy Burnell.

  • Lexee234

    Poor Charlie. I won’t say I pity him – that’s strong – but I do feel sorry for him. He’s trying to fit in. I thought he did well to hold it together – he was really trying – where others have failed.  Brunell is the best so far. Looking forward to Devin and Vincent mostly. And I admit I have a soft spot for Lazaro.

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

    I was thinking Matt but thought Kris would be a more easy-to-grasp comparison…good ear.

  • shell29

    I get why Burnell wanted to reprise his audition song even though I wish he’d done something new. At any rate, Burnell us still a fave…it would be a shame if he doesn’t make the Top 10.

  • justmefornow

    I think the bad styling is also part of the stacking of the deck.
    Just saying.

  • jammasta

    The judges weren’t exactly mean to him, either. Nicki wanted to hug him. I think it’s best to send him home now.

    I am having a better day than yesterday so that might factor in, but so far tonight’s a little better than last night’s first 5… which, again, isn’t saying much. The second half of last night might be hard to top with this group of guys, though.

  • tucker davis

    True…can you imagine him getting the critique of “self-indulgent rubbish”??

  • fabulousrobots

    Burnell’s voice is so interesting, I think if he had the right songs he would sound GREAT recorded. As it is, he’s the only guy whose music I would consider buying based on his personal taste and vocal ability.
    I am DREADING Curtis, noted oversinger. UGH.

  • dabney c

    Hoo, boy oh boy. Never thought I’d be wishing for a Johnny Keyser performance, but here I am longing for him and Jimmy Smith to bust out a ditty.

  • jammasta

    Wow, Paul’s speaking voice screams estrogen to me o_O.

  • Listening

    Aww poor Charlie I felt the judges were being a little hypocritical by saying it’s a singing competition as a way discredit charlie b/c they’re the one that advanced him this far and he hasn’t gotten it right vocally since his first audition. He was actually better vocally this time then last week. Only Randy gets a pass b/c he called Charlie on his bad vocals last week.

    Now I am a bit concerned about Charlie mentally he does seem fragile. And now that I believe he’s getting through b/c of pity votes i’m not sure he can handle the backlash he’ll receive as he advances through the competetion knocking out better singers. I think he could get a top 6 finish b/c people would feel sorry for him, empathize with him and think he’s adorable but that will garner a lot of anger/frustration from  the fans of idols he knocks out.

    Also Ryan  handled the Charlie situation wonderfully. Charlie breaking down and delivering that heart breaking statement sometimes I smile because that’s what people expect was simply gut wrentching. I can’t imagine any other singing show host dealing w/ that so well. Ryan was reassuring and tried to express support.

    You just know the powers that be are on high alert w/ Charlie now. This was a heads up they just got.

  • jammasta

    He stole Haley’s Shindig!

    ….Is he getting a better edit than anyone else?

  • jammasta

    I REALLY like Paul’s voice. The facial expressions are a little distracting.

  • girlygirltoo

    I really like Burnell’s voice. Wish he would have sung a different song rather than reprising his audition, though

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

    Paul sound amazing. The best so far. 

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

    Is the band purposely drowing out Paul?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Paul is singing well. I love this song.

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

    Paul: Good Voice. Wrong Song.

  • jammasta

    HOLY SHIT. I might vote for Paul tonight.

    I admit I’m biased because I’m a fan of his, but that was one of the best this round.

  • justmefornow

    He reminds me of Jack on “Will and Grace.”
    (All he needs is the jazz hands, lol)

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    In a weak field, Paul is one of the better ones so far, tho his mannerisms are definitely distracting.  He swishes while basically standing still lol

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

    I’ll amend my statement, Paul has been the best so far. 

  • chillj

    I like Paul; he is talented and self-effacing.  

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Just paul! ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “You just know the powers that be are on high alert w/ Charlie now. This was a heads up they just got.”

    I hope that they have the decency to try to advise him to drop out of the competition.

  • dabney c

     Keith is trying to say that Mr Jolly is too regional theater.

  • tucker davis

    “if everyone else wants me to be”…not a good answer. Be who YOU want to be, Paul!

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

    Arrgh…I’m starting to like Paul. And I didn’t want to, but he just seems so nice…

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

    Keith you finally start criticizing by Paul who sang best so far?? Thank you Nikki!!

  • shell29

    Paul is OK. He should have no problem getting votes since he’s the closest thing to cute White guy eye candy that is left this season.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, I agree with Nicki that it was a “solid” performance. She’s right to advocate that Paul should pay attention to Keith.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m not a Paul fan, but that was solid.

  • Tera2

    Paul Jolley did a very good job.  He’s a good vocalist and with a good sense of melody.   I don’t get country vibe from him though.  He’s more melodic pop-soul like the 80s blue-eyed-soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Paul took on my favorite singer, Christina. I was very surprised by this song choice, and I actually didn’t hate it and besides a few pitch issues and some screaming it honestly wasn’t horrible.

  • dabney c

    LOL, as in *Just Jack*?

    ETA: Yes, now I see who you were responding to. Haha.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Can’t watch tonight, but am sure glad I can check in here for the details and videos, which is how I caught up on last night’s performances. I’m liking that Vince has the pimp spot again!!! Hope he delivers tonight.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with the judges that the are having trouble figuring out who Paul wants to be as an artist.

  • teekee

    He does seem nice, doesn’t he?

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

    Randy is right about him changing his tone. He sung Christina’s and Blake’s parts differently, but just like them live, he didn’t quite pull it off.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Arrgh…I’m starting to like Paul. And I didn’t want to, but he just seems so nice…”

    Oh oh … lol

  • fabulousrobots

    This “theatrical” as secret code for “gay” is annoying. They did this same crap with Adam Lambert. It’s who he IS. They don’t need to point it out. Moving on…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    Paul sounded great. They are probably confused by him wanting to go into country because it’s not particularly gay-friendly. 

  • jammasta

    I don’t think “theatrical” was code for “gay”. I usually found it as meaning “big, rangy, and dramatic”, which I think is apt for both Adam and Paul to varying degrees.

  • tucker davis

    Do you think Keith is torn when commenting about Paul because Paul’s saying he wants to be a country singer but his mannerisms might not be easily acceptable to country music fans?? 

  • fabulousrobots

    I don’t know, it COULD be gay-friendly. People would say the same thing about R&B but Frank Ocean has gotten SO MUCH support, which is really lovely. Society needs to change.

  • steph6449

    Or because he doesn’t sound or perform at all country :P

  • jammasta

    I did think it was a little weird when they criticized Paul a bit more harshly than they did to worse contestants before him, but eh.

    I’d send Paul, Nick, and Burnell through so far.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    I think the country world might be ready for it, especially if it comes wrapped in a pretty package and wears a big cross. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is pink Lazaro’s signature color?

  • jpfan2

    Paul is the only cute guy. He’s a lock to go on even if he’s theatrical. Doubly so if the judges are “mean” to him. That’s a sure way to get many females to vote for him.

    He wasn’t terrible and not looking goofy is kind of a plus this season.

  • jammasta

    Didn’t the Dixie Chicks get shafted for their support of gay marriage or something along those lines?

  • dawnage01

    I want the producers to create a “non-ballads” theme week. For realz, lol. -_-

  • HermeticallySealed

    Uh oh, Feeling Good curse activated.

  • justmefornow

    Random thought, why does Lazaro where a pink shirt all the time?

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    The Dixie Chicks got shunned because of calling out Bush Jr. for being a dink.

  • jammasta

    Feeling Good is mostly untouchable. After Muse and Adam Lambert’s amazing takes of the song I can’t listen to any other rendition. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is a very lounge lizardy performance.

  • jcabby

    Great job Lazaro!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Much better than last week.  Was able to understand him completely.

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

    Yep, but the crowd loved it. UGH!!!

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

    Definitely Lazaro’s best (vocal) performance so far. 

  • jammasta

    I will say that I expected worse from Lazaro. That wasn’t…. GREAT, but it wasn’t terrible either.

    ….Oh dear Lord, he’s not going away, is he? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kay.lynn.1048 Kay Lynn

    Missing Adam Lambert…sigh…and his brilliant version of Feeling Good…

  • jpfan2

    Lazaro is such a cheese ball. Another one that’s a lock to go through.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    It’s lounge lizardy, but it’s miles better than what he did last week.  At least I could understand what Lazaro was singing, which has nothing to do with his speech impediment.  Though he’s going through easily.

  • lizland

    Lazaro is terrible.  It might be his accent, I’m not sure, but he doesn’t fully pronounce the words.  And I could be totally wrong, but he comes across as phony to me.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Looks like we’re going to see and hear Lazaro for a long time.

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

    Lazaro: This song has been sung SO MUCH.

    Personally, I think people are more interested in the fact that he stutters when he talks but not when he sings, than they are in his actual singing. Still, I think he was strong tonight and definitely good enough to go through in this weak group of guys.

  • Tera2

    Lazaro does have a decent voice but he’s hard to understand sometimes — maybe he should sing in Spanish.  He did his best but he’s an average singer.  It seems they gonna put him in top 10 no matter what cause he stutters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    The first half of Lazaro’s performance was pretty dull and boring and I was worried for him, but by the end of the performance it was pretty darn good. Or atleast the best we’ve seen thus far tonight.

  • shell29

    I’m so tired of that song but yeah…Lazaro isn’t going anywhere. He’s a lock for Top 10.

  • Listening

    Oh I really like Lazaro’s performance. His tone was lovely and his voice sounded strong. This was I believe the best i’ve heard him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. Mariah is really terrified of the crowd booing her.

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

    I thought Lazaro was off vocally. Don’t believe the hype! I wont mention any names, but this song belongs to one person who REALLY hit it dead on. hehe

  • jammasta

    Stuttering aside, I do think that was a pretty competent performance.

    …Honestly, this group of guys hasn’t been as bad as I expected. The first three were bad, but after that it got decent. It’s more than I saw of the girls at this point last night (that is without having seen Amber’s, Kree’s and Candice’s performances yet, though). But the middle four guys were better than the first five girls last night.

  • Trina

    Lazaro is the one getting the “cute white boy” vote, fortunately not Paul who I loove. I deal with tweens everyday. The young girls I know who are still watching this are flailing over him and weeping over what an inspiration he is. Considering he didnt actually suck tonight I think hes a lock.

  • jpfan2

    If this was America’s Got Talent, Lazaro would be a shoe in.  The no stuttering when he sings thing would give him an easy win. ;0

  • girlygirltoo

    whether Lazaro goes through might depend on whether that performance is compared to other, much better versions of that song that have been done on Idol (and y’all know of whom I speak). I know contestants have every right to sing whatever they want, no matter how many times and/ir how well it has been done on Idol before…but by doing this, you better be aware that it is a huge risk

  • chillj

    I didn’t see him earlier in the season; is his problem a stutter or a structural problem with his mouth/throat?

  • HermeticallySealed

     Sorry, but I sincerely doubt the vast majority of people remember what songs are done year to year. Most are just lucky to remember who competed the year before.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    @Fuzzywuzzy it’s a shame that Mariah is that way. Because, somebody needs to guide him, Cortez, and a few others on what to do vocally. I noticed Keith looked like that yesterday as well when he got booed.

  • dabney c

    I agree. Lazaro should find his niche in a spanish. He can sing, but a current mainstream pop artist he ain’t. A good Spanish album marketed to a niche audience is the way to go with him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lazaro is getting maximum mileage out of the “inspirational” appeal of his backstory. Plus, older women want to mother him. Ugh.

  • steph6449

    Not precisely by most people’s accounts, though probably OT here.

    As far as the other question, a country singer named Chely Wright came out a year or so ago. Total non-event, if anything the publicity probably helped her.

  • HermeticallySealed

     It wasn’t an original take that’s certain (and this song always sounds lounge act to me), but he was in tune, which is more than many can say tonight.

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

    Just the thought of seeing Breanna and Aubrey packing their bags tomorrow as a few of these mediocre guys go through is getting me upset.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OD4PUPLTHTGLOH5XZ6GEHAQ3Y Jesse

    Chely Wright’s career peaked a decade ago though. Paul is just starting out. I’m still hopeful though! The world needs more out singers in every genre. 

  • HermeticallySealed

    And so humble too.   >.>

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

    I don’t enjoy Lazaro’s performances.

  • justmefornow

    Thanks, I didn’t know what they were talking about since I, probably like a lot of people, haven’t watched every season.

  • steph6449

    Especially if the high-volume voters are teens and tweens, not sure they will remember back that far. Or if they do, it would prevent them from voting this year if they find their infatuation object ha.

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

    I don’t get the Lazaro hype but that rendition was just Ok. I couldn’t help thinking of you know who so I hope he gets the boot.

  • jammasta

    As competent as I thought Lazaro’s performance was, I feel like he shouldn’t be sent through before it gets worse. He didn’t do terribly tonight, but once we get to themes and he’s not gonna know a lot of these songs he’s gonna TANK and probably still be sent through.

    CURTIS FINCH, REALLY ARE YOU F*CKING SERIOUS? GO HOME WITH THAT SONG CHOICE.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Ugh.  Curtis can sing, but his oversinging combined with this song and his attitude and face pulling.  just no

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

    I believe I can fly….zzzzz lol. Curtis is a dime a dozen.

  • justmefornow

    This guy even sings like a douche.

  • guinness 416

    Maybe he saw how far PeePee went with the famous signature grey shirts? ;)

  • weelassie11

    Sheesh, hate this song

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

    A girl has to win this year. The guys are SO boring…..

  • jobeob987

    No, not the most cheesetastic song ever.  Curse you, Curtis!  I don’t care how well you sing.

  • chillj

    I dunno  Curtis.  You can sing, but geez you are off-putting.

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

    “I Believe I Can Fly” is so darn cheesy I wish it were banned from A.I. lol.

  • CB40

    SO far, Burnell, Lazaro, Elijah are the most serviceable, but NONE of them are as good as ANY of the girls. AINEC. 

  • steph6449

    Oof. The first third of Curtis was vocally pretty good. And then wth :O

  • dabney c

    Curtis is drunk on his own spirit. 

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

    Curtis Finch annoys me.  

  • Trina

    Sorry, but I sincerely doubt the vast majority of people remember what songs are done year

    So true.  There are the exceptions if some performances were HUGE standouts or if your favorite sang said song. And seriously, there are some of us who have watched from season one. Not everyone is going to give a crap if songs are repeated and not every contestant is going to keep track if a song was performed earlier. 

  • lizland

    Child molesters songs should be banned.  And this guy bugs me so much I hope he is the early shock boot of this season

  • dawnage01

    This season is so depressing. “Feeling Good” and now “I Believe I Can Fly?” There’s some potential…but most of the guys need to pack their bags immediately. All I see is a bunch of hotel singers. 
    And a standing ovation from the judges? Umm, hell no. Lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    CANNOT STAND HIM.. and Curtis was pitchy at the end.. UGH.. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Curtis making me wish I could powervote against someone.  

  • HermeticallySealed

     If they keep picking snoozers like yesterday, they won’t.  Ballads are not the girls’ friends.

  • elliegrll

    I doubt that anyone is into this performance as much as Curtis is.  Well, I take that back, since the judges stood up.

    Some of the things that he did in that performance weren’t necessary, and took away from his singing.  If he wasn’t so full of himself he might make some changes, and be a good singer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    That was disgusting Curtis. That was like watching Randy Brown (aka Sexual Chocolate) sing R. Kelly’s song.

  • girlygirltoo

    There are at least a couple very well known male country artists who are rumored to be gay. They haven’t come out, so I have to wonder how welcoming the community would be to a young gay male country music artist (if Paul is actually gay, I have no clue if he is). From the outside looking in, it still seems like a very conservative genre 

  • mshepnj

    I wonder if Burnell is an orchestra conductor? He uses his hands like one.

  • Tera2

    Curtis is a good singer.  He plays around too much with the song and self indulgent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. I totally disagree. I don’t think that Curtis has a genuine bone in his body, let alone thinking that he’s such an inspirational and wonderful guy. 

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I don’t like Curtis but that performance gave me life. 

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

    UGH!!! Just bring out Vincent already and call it a night. We’ll see who the REAL smooth R&B singer is once it’s all said and done. 

  • supersonic

    “I Believe I Can Fly” is another song that needs to be retired from this show.

  • dabney c

    Oh, Nicki, just STOP!! You are feeding Curtis’s worst tendencies! If Joshua wasn’t good enough to make an album, Curtis CERTAINLY isn’t. *ugh*.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Oh geez, Randy just gave R. Kelly props.  Also he told Lazaro he was basically in it to win it and then said the competition started with Curtis.  Which is it Randy?

  • HermeticallySealed

    Thankful for a song written by a man who likes peeing on underage girls?  SMDH

  • jammasta

    Jesus Christ. If Elijah was an annoying little bee to me, Curtis was a gigantic f*cking tarantula. I wanna step on him.

  • dabney c

    Don’t look for logic and consistency, raya.That’s asking waaaay too much

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

    Lizland, is tomorrow too soon?

  • girlygirltoo

    “I Believe I Can Fly” might be my most hated song ever. Can you say cheeeeeeese???

  • elliegrll

    Curtis is drunk on his own spirit.

    Yep.  He’d be pretty good, if he could get over himself.  He needs to study the AI era tapes of Fantasia in order to do this right.   

  • Lexee234

    Burnell, Lazaro and Curtis are the only entertaining ones so far. But there’s still Devin and Vincent – the strongest – coming up. Lazaro’s a lock for sure, but I do think he did better tonight than a lot of others. Based on tonight, he will go through on his own merit.

  • jumpstart4u

    Can we just have 9 girls (minus lion king woman) and vincent this year? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.hayden.7 Mary Hayden

    I have watched a couple of his videos – he did a tim Mcgraw cover that was wonderful

  • jammasta

    I will say that I agree with Randy that these guys are giving the girls a bit of a run for their money, but not by much… But I wouldn’t have said it after that indulgent POS’s performance.

    …Yeah, I might be a bit TOO volatile, but Curtis just reeks smarmy, douchey, and insincere to me.

    Calm your tits Nicki.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Randy forgets what he says the moment anything leaves his lips. lol

  • shell29

    Ugh at the song choice but other than that I really can’t hate on Curtis tonight. The guy can sang, no doubt about that. I don’t know how far he’ll go in this competition but I think he could do very well in the Gospel genre. That’s his calling-not secular music IMO.

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

    Based on tonight’s performances,  I could make a case for any of the Top 10 girls to make it through over the majority of these guys. The guys are very underwhelming this season. They are not terrible, but they just don’t have that wow factor. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    Vincent and Curtis are going to cancel each other out.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    With the girls, I’m pretty confident on how voting went last night for the most part.  Helped by the fact that Nigel’s tweet today seemingly confirmed there were no real surprises.  With the guys, with the exception of Lazaro easily making it through, I have no idea how people will vote.  I think Paul will likely make it.  But despite all the praise heaped on Curtis, he comes of so unlikeable.  I really have no idea what is going to happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kay.lynn.1048 Kay Lynn

    Curtis and Lazzaro remind me of SNL skits…in fact, Curtis even looks like one of SNL’s main actors..

  • Listening

    Curtis is usually great vocally which he needs because his personality is so off putting b/c he acts snooty/pompous but this was boring. The phrasing was also weird. I think he was trying to restrain himself from making corny movements but by just standing there  he came off as stiff. I don’t know what’s up w/ the judges going off acting like they just heard a vocal masterclass that was anything but. Oh one more thing what was up w/ him at the end he looked like he was trying not to throw up or he was mad. It was just weird.

    No just no

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

    Curtis was good, but personally, I don’t like singers like him or Joshua from last season. They devour songs like they are having them for lunch and since they do it every single performance, it gets old and fast.

  • justmefornow

    Who says my last performance was unbelievable? lol

  • dawnage01

    Oh, no. Here comes another boring balladeer, Devin…

  • CB40

    I like Curtis, but he is no Josh. Don’t need to see him get 20 standing ovations and then not hear a peep from him post-Idol contest. 

    Hell, I still want my Josh album!

  • jammasta

    I think I’m in the Twilight Zone. I’m finding tonight as a whole better than most of last night. Sure, Kree, Candice, and Amber were better, but I think most of the guys so far at least contend with the others girls.

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

    Devin was so overrated last week, maybe he will be better tonight and hopefully, he doesn’t pull the Spanish thing again.

     

  • steph6449

    “Impossible.” Seriously? I didn’t think anyone was singing that after the Andy Williams era…  Devin has the sweater going though, so maybe lol.

  • jpfan2

    Wow another boring crap song. Are the producers picking this cheese on purpose to insure a girl singer? Kind of stupid. It sounds better in Spanish but it’s still so tired.

  • CB40

    Most of the guys, really? I definitely thought the girls were transcendent and these guys are almost all fodder. 

  • dabney c

    Devin, just please don’t break into Spanish again. Please don’t do it. Pleae please …. oh no, there he goes. Bad choice. Predictable.  It’s now a *thing* with him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Unexpectedly, this performance is working for me.

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

    Singing in spanish is so sexy. Good job Devin.

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

    Devin: He pulled it again. It was cute the first time, after that it becomes predictable and frankly annoying. It doesn’t help that he picked a forgettable song.

  • elliegrll

    Devin is having another good week, but I wonder if he do more than he’s shown so far.

  • iluvai

    Holey Moley Devin! That was gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    The best of the night thus far. Really liked that. Good Job Devin!!

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I think Devin sounded great, and there is something about him I like.  There is a sparkle in his eye that is missing from some of the other guys.  Though he can’t really do the breaking into Spanish bit every week.  That is already old.

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

    I love the Spanish language and it’s even better when sung. 

    Great job vocally Devin – In the English and Spanish parts. 

  • justmefornow

    A lot of these guys tonight could benefit from a trip to ‘Grow a Set of Balls Camp’.
    Seriously.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I make a prediction that every single song, Devin is going to sing in Spanish because the judges said it was smart for one song.

  • http://www.garythedog.blogspot.com Clare & Gary

    ‘Such a likable, genuine young man that Curtis Finch’ ……said no one ever

  • jcabby

    Buenisimo, Devin!

  • chillj

    Whether Devin wins this or not, he is gonna be big.  He is so confident and relaxed.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “‘Such a likable, genuine young man that Curtis Finch’ ……said no one ever”

    lmao! True!

  • certain1

    Devin reminds of the girl from 2 years ago (Karen ??) who tried the Spanish hybrid. It didnt work for her to get through.

  • jammasta

    I think everyone needs to pick better songs. Girls and guys both. Too many ballads.

    So far, I’m not seeing what makes these guys THAT much worse than the girls. And, last I checked, I do have ears and eyes that function >_>.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Such boring songs.  Zero pizazz.

    Boring judges.

    Looking forward now to guest artist shows and that’s about it.  Sad.

  • JD

    Just read an article in the Chicago Sun Times about DEVIN and interestingly like so many other contestants , he auditioned for XFactor and The Voice and now  hes close to the top10 and going on tour.  I like some of these singers…lazaroseems to continue getting the girls sympathy vote – hes super cute – hope some of the gay contestants go thru to the T10 and sick of some of the pimping…You can easily tell 3/4 that are going thru – Id bet on a Wild card. even more so if one of the chosen ones dont go thru…Im one who doesnt really care for that gospel kid

  • Tera2

    I always enjoy Devin.  He’s a solid singer with a strong voice.   I like that he can sing in both languages.  I love Spanish music and buy the CD even though I don’t understand it – and my favorite singer is David Bisbal who is Spanish.  

  • chillj

    Actually, Andy Williams is exactly who Devin reminds me of.  Mellow.

  • AGM2123

    I don’t know who Vincent is yet (have only been watching on and off so far) but apparenlty he’s singing Boyz II Men so that has to be better than R. Kelly. Right? 

  • dabney c
  • alonzo7

    I looove Devin-15 votes to him!!!!!
    Can’t doubt Curis has a voice but I cannot watch the expressions on his face-humble he is not-he seems to fake that for me.
    Hope Vincent does a good job.

  • HermeticallySealed

     Except it’s hard to tell, because most of the girls fell prey to the dread ballad fog.  They need to break out into something more energetic, because that is the one thing the guys have done that will almost always make them stand out. Great vocals are pointless if you put the lull the audience into a stupor.

  • justmefornow

    Yeah, and Andy Williams is so marketable in 2013, lol.

  • jpfan2

    The night Devin doesn’t do some of a song in Spanish is the night he gets voted off. Just you wait and see. ;0

  • CB40

    Devin is the FIRST contestant tonight that I think could actually sell records. He sounds awesome and is different in a GOOD, MARKETABLE way.

  • Listening

    I like Devin he has one of the best male voices. His tone is beautiful and his notes are pure. But it was boring he needs better song choices. He needs to put moments in a song make it dynamic simply switching to Spanish isn’t enough. Also he shouldn’t sing in Spanish everytime time b/c it’ll get annoying.

  • Axxxel

    Even Adam, who already had years of experience with e.g.his share of rejection in his professional life and who did receive that critique from Simon, still mentioned that sentence in an interview 3 years after his season 8, when the interviewer showed him the picture of Simon Cowell…

  • chillj

    Sadly, I think some of that is just the way Curtis’s face hangs.  He seemed a whole different person when he lightened up after that performance.  His grin was almost boyish; usually he looks sullen.

  • girlygirltoo

    Devin can definitely sing but I don’t see anything current  about him. He comes off as a snoozy AC type artist.

    Why does he keep breaking into Spanish? Unless he plans on breaking into the Spanish language market, this just comes off as a gimmick to me.

  • supersonic

    Depends on the song.  Boyz II Men got their stuff played out, too.  If it’s “End of the Road”, I might kick a chair.

  • Da 1 N Only

    A couple things about tonight:
    1. These guys are really boring, including the better singing ones

    2. These guys are going to have an incredibly tough time with theme weeks outside their genre

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

    He said during his video introduction that when he sings Spanish he’s at his most comfortable. that’s why he sings Spanish during his performance.

  • jammasta

    The playing level is a lot more even than people are giving it credit for. Paul, Devin, and Burnell gave solid performances that would have complemented last night’s better performances from Kree, Amber, and Candice quite decently.

    ….although I did kinda laugh at the “give these guys some balls” thing, because I’m not feeling that much testosterone in this group.

  • HermeticallySealed

    The background singers are too loud.

  • shell29

    Love Devin’s voice. The English/Spanish thing was cool last week but he doesn’t need to keep going back to that well. The novelty has already worn off. That said, I hope he gets through.

  • phil2501

    I’ll be voting for Burnell and Devin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JRW2YGFYGJGVHIEIC6BYVVI3VI Lauren

    ohh Vincent, this isn’t good. Crash and burn baby

  • chillj

    The Spanish language market is ENORMOUS.  

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

    I feel the same way about Vincent as I do about Curtis, they over-sing every single song and it turns me off.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Vincent is good, but not as good as last week IMO.

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

    The problem with “End of the Road” is that it’s a snoozefest of a song. 

    Vincent’s performance is okay.

  • lizland

    Blah. Vincent lost it tonight.  I really don’t like this style of music either.

  • jammasta

    ….There were more pimp-spot worthy performances than THAT in this Top 10 Guys. I did not feel Vincent at all.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith is right. Vincent wasn’t great tonight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    I enjoyed that for the most part. I think.

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

    I sometimes confuse the two. They are like two sides of the same coin. Talented, but I feel like if I’ve heard one of them, I’ve heard the other. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Overall, except for Charlie, the guys were better than I was expecting.  Which isn’t saying much, but still, not a complete trainwreck.  I think i completely zoned out during the one guy I liked last week’s performance tho.

  • CB40

    That’s because Karen was up against Pia and Haley and some very talented girls once she got to the Top 12.

    Devin has almost no competition on the male side.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The judges were grasping to say anything positive about Vincent. Ending the night on a low note.

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

     They just don’t watch Idol.

  • chillj

    Well, of them all, I like Paul Jolley the best.

  • LA944

    What a bad night. I disliked almost every song–I think It’s Impossible was my fave–not kidding. I only liked Devin. He has a nice voice.

    I think I would like to have 9 of the girls from  yesterday and Devin.

  • Trina

    IMO they gave him the pimp spot because they want him to stick around and hes probably not getting a shitload of votes. As talented as he is I dont get the impression hes developing a big fanbase.

  • AGM2123

    Did you find a chair to kick? I don’t know, I don’t mind overdoing of Boyz II Men like I do with other songs. However, that performance was not good. 

  • justmefornow

    I hate all this type of music. I seriously don’t know if I can stomach a whole season of music like this.
    The lack of genre diversity is going to come back to haunt them I think.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I can see Charlie’s performance being discussed on “The View” tomorrow and not in a good way.

  • girlygirltoo

    I disagree. How is singing Perry Como covers marketable? 

    He can definitely sing, no doubt about it, but I don’t think he fits into the current mainstream market at all. He could probably do well as an AC artist, though.

  • Tera2

    Vincent can sing, but it felt like he was too concerned about acting the song.  And he’s almost as self indulgent as Curtis.  I’d rather have Cortez go through over them, but I have a feeling he may not cause these two will get votes from the Joshua Laddet and Jacob fans.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If Paul can dial back the theatrics, I think that he has a chance to go far.

  • nncw

    That show gave me a headache! I like Burnell – only one who isn’t predictable. 

  • alonzo7

    Ooh not so good from Vincent-Curtis outshone him tonight.
    Have no clue who America will put through except for maybe Lazaro, Burnel and Curtis and hopefully Devin.  I also threw a few votes to Paul
    I could do wih all 10 girls myself!!!

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

    1.) Devin.
    2.) Paul 
    3.) Burnell
    4.) Lazaro
    5.) Curtis

    Your Top 5 Guys America. I’m willing to bet on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kay.lynn.1048 Kay Lynn

       Weird, but now that they are replaying them for the vote, and based on their voices (and not what they look like while they are performing), I like Charlie Askew the best….Go figure.  I just can’t look at him or it is ruined.

  • jammasta

    Amber, Kree, and Candice > all of these guys. I still think that people are being too harsh on the guys in general, and the guys overall gave performances that could compete with the other 7 girls. Then again, I was really in a crappy mood yesterday.

    I’d say, based on tonight’s performances and overall package, this would be the best Top 10 to make.

    1) Amber
    2) Kree
    3) Candice
    4) Angela
    5) Breanna
    6) Paul
    7) Nick
    8) Burnell
    9) Devin
    10) Lazaro (Only because he has to because of that stupid backstory).

    I don’t think that Top 10 is very bad at all. It’s not showstopping, but it’s solid.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I think Lorenzo is the only lock because of his backstory and being like one of two sort of cute guys.  I’m going to guess Lorenzo, Paul, Curtis, Vincent & Devin, but several of these guys are pretty interchangable and Curtis is so freaking unlikable, so who knows.

  • AGM2123

     Wow, overall, I did not like anyone tonight. And what happened to the judges? I mean I won’t even discuss Randy, but yesterday Nikki and Keith were a bit clearer and specific…now all we got were comments about clothes and emotions.

  • girlygirltoo

    That’s what I’ve heard. Maybe he should simply target that market. I don’t think any former Idol contestant has really done that, although a few have released Spanish language versions of their original English-language singles.

  • justmefornow

    I saw them talking about Zoanette, and showing a clip, this morning, and no one else, lol.
    She still got all the buzz even with that weak performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Do you mean Lazaro? lol

  • supersonic

    I haven’t been watching this season a lot.  In fact, I forget that Idol comes on.  I missed the girls yesterday completely.  Anyway.  I am not thrilled with these people that I’m seeing.  No one has knocked me out like how Joshua did last season.  At this point, I’m just going to watch to look at the pretty that is Keith Urban.

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

    These 5 guys are worth top 10. Paul, Devin, Burnell, Nick and Vincent needs another shot. 

  • CB40

    I have:

    Devin
    Curtis
    Lazaro
    Burnell
    ———
    CLUSTER*** of everyone else ;)

  • girlygirltoo

    Vincent can definitely sing. And he comes off more likable than Curtis, who is the person he is closest to, style wise. But he is a little too old fashioned, and he was much better last week than he was tonight.

    Overall, another very meh, pretty boring night…just like last night. This is not a group of contestants that I can get very excited about. Kree and Candice are the only standouts for me.

  • jammasta

    I’m gonna powervote tonight, I’m actually compelled! I’m powervoting Paul, but it’s not because I found him particularly outstanding (I did really like him, though). It’s because I think there’s a chance for someone HORRIBLE to go through in his place. 

    It’s actually more being compelled to vote AGAINST Curtis and Elijah, though.

    Whereas last night had three “standout” performances, tonight had more merely solid performances. I think it balanced out nicely, but it’s still a boring season.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    lol yeah, i can’t remember most of their names 

  • http://twitter.com/oohlaluxe kim

    “but I would not call him a gifted singer.  Backstories for the win, I guess!”

    This is just sooo prejudiced and hateful.  I know your rants area always full of bitterness but way to take it to an even worse level smh.

  • Trina

    I’d rather have Cortez go through over them, but I have a feeling he may not cause these two will get votes from the Joshua Laddet and Jacob fans.

    Oh  hell no! I’m a massive Josh fan and I would NEVER vote for them. Josh blows them out of the water. Paul is getting all my votes.

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

    You know? I agree with that top 5. Nick and Vincent weren’t great, but honestly, they are miles better than Lazaro and Charlie, and I prefer Vincent’s brand of soul over Curtis, as talented as Curtis is.

  • shell29

    I hated that song choice for Vincent. Nikki’s critique was spot on. I don’t think Vincent was nervous (he seems pretty confident), it was just the wrong song to showcase his voice. Not his best performance (definitely not pimp spot worthy) but I’m tossing him some votes anyway. I hope America gives him another chance ’cause he’s still one of the best male vocalists this season.

  • Nedsdag

    Lazaro, Devin, Burrell, and it pains me to say this (and even more painful for me to watch him sing), Curtis are the ones who will go through.

    I have absolutely no idea who is in the fifth spot.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Now what was all of the hoopla over Curtis from the judges? I mean it was good, really good. But still, worthy of all that? Hmmm. :/

  • chillj

    Vincent was excellent last week, just excellent.  Seemed like a different singer tonight.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know what you mean. I’m making my list of guys who I think should go through and I’m already struggling to remember them from tonight. lol

    I think that Lazaro is a sure thing and will go far in the competition based on his backstory and older women wanting to mother him. Paul, Burnell and Devin will probably be through too. I have no idea who else will go through.

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

    FYI – Charlie has Asbergers Syndrome.  It’s probably why he was unable to fake how he was really feeling in the moment.  I was reading his Tumblr earlier today:

    http://zirconiumzeppelin.tumblr.com/

    I’m not surprised he chose that song.  He idolizes guys like Freddy, Bowie, Robert Plant (and Gotye too).  One of his posts explains how he has a hard time expressing how he feels with just words and that’s why he chooses music and art to do so.

    I actually thought his performance was decent.  Do I think he’s right for Idol?  Not really.  But I don’t think Charlie thinks so either.  I think he’s in it for the experience really.  He’s clearly still exploring who he is as a person and an artist.

  • Listening

    Okay overall ll the boys were rather ho hum no real stand outs. Everyone was pretty much safe/boring.

    I really really want Elijah to make it. He was one of the best of the night. he was current which so few were so thats a breath of fresh air. And he sounded really good in the beginning . It was really enjoyable even though he lost it a bit  near the end. But he’s got a unique tone and a different style from the rest of the guys. There’s only so many times you can hear golspel/church vocals, loungey standards, and old-school r&b/soul before you start pulling out your hair.

    I have no idea why the producers put him first b/c he’s the only spice in this bunch.

  • girlygirltoo

    If I had to guess, I’ll say Devin, Paul, Burnell are locks to go through. No idea about the other 2. Lazaro and/or Charlie could get enough sympathy votes to get them in, even though I wouldn’t put either of them through based on talent level.

    To be honest, I don’t really care at this point. None of them really interest me.

  • samuelgrant

    Ryan gave the performance of the night in my opinion. No way Khloe or Steve Jones could have handled that. I believe both of them would have responded with something that sounded like “oh, well….”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Where does it say that Charlie has Asperger’s on that site?

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

    I keep reading lack of genre diversity. What genre is missing that really matters? I see Country, R&B, Christian, Pop, Pop/rock.  There is no Jazz, Polka, HardRock, Heavy Metal but who cares those don’t go very far on the show anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    I believe in PAUL. He’s got a powerhouse vocal and is an extremely passionate singer. This guy is obviously getting the Haley Reinhart treatment. I’m even seeing the casual voters disagreeing with the judges on him. I hope he gets through. 

  • dabney c

    Why can’t people tell the difference between Joshua and others? Joshua was special. He was uniquely gifted. Jacob Lusk, Curtis Finch, and Vincent Powell are (to a greater or lesser extent) good, basic, solid singers of the genre. They are not Joshua Ledet.  I state this as unassailable fact – not opinion. ;)

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

     You just have to keep scrolling.  It’s one of the few posts where there is a large block of text.

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

    Yeah, I’m getting that underdog sense with Paul.

  • girlygirltoo

    Is that the same thing James Durbin has?

  • alonzo7

    Voted mostly for Paul and Devin-don’t really care who else gets in. 
    Last night I voted for 5 of the girls.

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

    If Charlie gets through I wouldn’t be upset. He’s adorable. Not surprise for his love of Freddie, Bowie and Robert Plant. I knew I like the kid.

  • supersonic

    I believe in PAUL. He’s got a powerhouse vocal and is an extremely
    passionate singer. This guy is obviously getting the Haley Reinhart
    treatment. I’m even seeing the casual voters disagreeing with the judges
    on him. I hope he gets through. 

    Paul will be fine.  He’ll get through.  He’s white and cute.  He has an easy way through.

  • Axxxel

    Can I just give a big hug to Ryan Seacrest ? The way he handled Charlie… wonderful….

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Because not everyone agrees with your fact? :) I prefer Jacob to Joshua. I have all Jacob’s music. I actually preferred him to pretty well everyone except 3 of those who came ahead of him in his season, and all but maybe 1 in season 11.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.haley Patty Haley

     Christina Aguilera, Mark Anthony, J-lo and Ricky Martin, for starters, have sung medleys of song in English and Spanish, breaking both markets (American and Latino) at the same time. Devin did a beautiful rendition of a very beloved song “Somos Novios.” I loved it.

  • dabney c

    I can’t help you there, Ms. CanadianLadyBug. :D

  • LongSong

    I have to say, I want Charlie. I DO worry about his fragility, but…I like him.

  • Idolwild

     I thought Devin was amazing!

  • jcabby

    Ryan treated Charlie better than the judges that’s for sure. Kudos to Ryan. I don’t of any host currently who could’ve handled that better.

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

    Yeah, apparently from what I’m reading.

  • jammasta

    It’s not fact, but it’s an opinion I strongly agree with ;). Joshua was one of the best male contestants the show has had in a while, though. Curtis Finch and Vincent Powell were nowhere near his semifinals performance.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve always gotten the feeling that Paul is one of TPTB’s favorites…he doesn’t strike me as an underdog a la Haley

  • jammasta

    I think it’s a fairly diverse cast too.

    James sang hard rock and metal (some of my favorite genres) and he got 4th :P. It kind of disappoints me that I’m not seeing that in any of these Top 20, but it’s not a terrible thing.

    …However, I would not mind Candice rocking out and showing a Tina Turner-esque take on one of my favorite hard rock/metal songs lol

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

    Devin was miles ahead of most of the contestants. Huge fan. I want him to make top 5. 

  • voicesinmyhead

    I don’t get it with Lazaro either.  If he didn’t have this speech impediment he would have been history last week.   This performance was ok (he eats his words) but I mean I have seen 100X better performances of Feeling Good. This seemed like a school variety perf. Blah.

    Perfs I liked were Burnell, Deven, Nick and Paul I guess.

  • jcabby

    That must be one of the reasons why Charlie and James bonded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.hayden.7 Mary Hayden

    Paul got all mine too – I think he can really do so much better – some of his videos are very good

  • CB40

    HAHA Imagine Carson Daly or Steve Jones or Kourtney and Mario handling Charlie? YIKES.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    My top 5 guys:

    Lazaro (I think he can grow – this was his second time singing in front of people whereas others like Paul have had lots more experience, he styled himself very well, and I want to see him again)

    Burnell (loved his performance last week and enjoyed this one)

    Vincent (ditto re last week)

    Devon (he has such an easy style and I think he could sing a lot of things and will try more when he has more confidence that people like him)

    Curtis (I wonder if he is getting bad edits or if he really is the way he’s made to seem – I don’t trust idol. No question he can sing)

    My husband thought Charlie was the best – he was raw but he enjoyed that performance the most. 

  • lovemyidol

    God, I just think this is the worst season of Idol so far – at least the boys.  Is it planned that way?  So many of these guys are so old fashioned and uninspiring. Even my fave, Nick Boddington, was kind of old school and boring. And Curtis, although good, is just full of himself. Can’t take it.

  • CB40

    James has Tourette’s, Charlie Aspergers. Totally different.

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

     You’d have to ask a James fan to be sure, but I think he suffers from a couple of syndromes.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    No help needed, thanks. :) I’m just waiting for his album.

  • mshepnj

    When was the last time someone was eliminated from the pimp spot? I think Vincent will make it, even if this performance was a let down after his last one.

    I like the tone of Nick’s voice but feel like he’s being swallowed up by the big stage and band which isn’t a good thing for longevity on a show like this.

    Old school or not, I liked Devin’s performance and I don’t have a problem with some Spanish if that’s the kind of artist he wants to be. Frankly I’d like to hear some Latin music not Spangified English music.

    I don’t care how studied and technically good Curtis is. His personality is off-putting to me.

    Charlie… sigh. That was indulgent. Very Brett Lowenstern and it’s too bad because I like this quirky kid. I think he started believing his own hype and it bit him.

    Lazaro is cute, has a relatable story, a (barely) passable singing voice and charisma. He’s a lock.

    Cortez and Elijah are good looking guys who have okay voices and marketable looks. That may be enough for some of the girls watching and voting. Cortez was behind to the pace a bit which was distracting. Elijah seemed to fade out a bit.

    Paul is a good looking guy but kind of a cornball, and I don’t hear country when he sings. Someone up-thread said blue-eyed soul and that’s more like I think, which is okay with me, but vocally he’s mid pack at best.

    Burnell has a great voice. I didn’t like the song choice – kind of bored me and his physical mannerisms are a bit distracting but I think he deserves to advance on the strength of his vocal performance.

    I’m not really excited to vote for any of them but it’s practically painless with the new power-voting dealio. I think Burnell earned his place and I’ll throw some votes his way – and some for Devin whose performance I liked. And a few for for Nick because I’m still holding out hope for another “Stars” performance from him, but I’m hoping that wasn’t a fluke.

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

    I wish his singing was better. He tries to give a performance and tries to have fun. Or did. If he does advance, I’m afraid his adventurism will have been crushed.

  • jammasta

    James has BOTH Tourette’s and Asperger, actually. I hope he and Charlie do bond, James manages pretty well.

  • girlygirltoo

    I thought James had Tourette’s and Aspergers.

  • LongSong

    Well, if it WAS a case of him getting too big for his britches, perhaps a little crushing would be good. He seemed to be mad tonight – I’m wondering if perhaps he was reading comments about himself on the internet.

    He has issues, but he’s the ONLY guy who’s interesting to me. Where’s my Constantine or Taylor? Or even my dreadlocked Jason? I haven’t had someone to truly root for for YEARS.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    Thanks for the comfort. I hope so, but Tim Halperin was white and cute and he didn’t get in (on Season 10). Vocally, I think Paul is one of the best male singers left. 

  • justmefornow

    Rock and Country are two of the most popular genre’s for AI viewers, especially for male contestants. 
    The top two males finishers from S10, which was the last season that actually saw a rise in viewers/ratings since S7, BTW, were both strong contestants in these two genres.

    There are no rockers this year at all and one guy (Paul) who calls himself country, lol. 
    So yeah that will be a problem for the ratings this season.

  • http://www.garythedog.blogspot.com Clare & Gary

    Wish Simon had been here tonight… I was in the mood for some brutality!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kody-Baker/100002601130200 Kody Baker

    Okay, so now that I am done submitting my votes and changing my votes around on the idol pools that I am in here is what I think about the guys.

    I’m honestly very uneasy about what is going to go down tomorrow. I will be happy as long as :

    Devin and Vincent are in.
    Elijah, Cortez, and Charlie DON’T MAKE IT!
    I don’t like Curtis as a person, but he is a good singer, so that’s an iffy judgement.
    I wouldn’t be mad if Burnell, Lazaro, Nick, or Paul make it. I’m actually kind of rooting for Nick because I believe with the help of Jimmy, he can actually really evolve into something special.

    So for my top 5 I think I would like 
    Vincent
    Devin
    Burnell
    Nick
    Paul

    What I believe is going to happen, and I pray that I am very wrong!
    Devin
    Burnell
    Lazaro
    Curtis
    Charlie

    It’s honestly just kind of nerve racking because I’m not sure how it’s going to play out and I really don’t want America to flub this up like they did in Season 9. 

  • justmefornow

    Yes James does have both and through a lot of hard work has managed to overcome a lot of adversity and manage his conditions. 
    Charlie is only 18 and James is 23, so perhaps when Charlie is older he’ll learn how to cope better as well. 

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

    Is Liu Philippino?  I notice there’s a lot of Pinos auditioning for AI, one day one of them will win! Cortez is cute, the ladies will love him.  I thought he strained. Why does Nicki hog the table with her opinions?  And she’s always into the looks. 
    The little girls are the ones voting, so I’ll say that Paul, Elijah and Cortez are going through. 

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    Glad you agree. It saddens me that the more solid singers weren’t getting enough credits. The judges seemed to rave over the average ones or those who did nothing but vocal gymnastics. Paul is truly underrated. No matter what the results, I’m still his supporter but he belongs in the Top 10. 

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

    I don’t think lack of genre will cause a ratings problem but lack of talent. We’ve had rockers for the past 6years and it hasn’t stop the ratings from sliding. The viewers/ratings for S10 was due to a country leaning season where the Country guy came out on top.

  • Axxxel

    Maybe I am too old school but I really liked the performance of Nick Boddington and how he put a twist to a song that I love…

  • phil2501

    Elijah is half mexican/half chinese.

  • phil2501

    I think Idol wants to take the risk of alienating its base to increase its longevity. I’m sure they saw the decrease in “minority” viewership (which has been documented) the last few seasons and were alarmed. 

    Regardless, I don’t see how this season lacks the rock and country genres. Kree, Janelle, and Angela will likely make the top 10, probably one of Paul or Nick too, and that’s usually how many rock/country singers make it.

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

    I know Devin is pulling out his Spanish card, and he’s smart to do that!  AI hasn’t had a Spanish finalist at all to my knowledge…oh maybe Ireheta….but can anybody remember another Latino that made it to the top 3?  Smart Devin, very smart.
    Liu is half Mex/Chinese? — what an odd pairing….just saying!

  • justmefornow

    That season had more than county with Scotty and Lauren going for it. Other than James, the first Metal contestant ever on Idol, you had very strong Jazz contestants in Haley and Casey, R&B with Jacob, pop with Stefano, Pia, WGWG with Paul, etc.
    Those genres were all represented by talented singers that just aren’t being represented in this group at all this year.

    And I hate to say it, but the girls this year, except for Zoanette, are very boring, and the guys overall are very wimpy. Not a great ratings draw on either side.

  • MellyPer1692

    Li Wright, David Archuleta.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    Vincent was a huge disappointment, he has been good up until tonight and that was not good.

    I think that Paul & Lazaro are locks to get two of the five spots.

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

    And Charlie’s Twitter followers have now quadrupled since this morning.  I’ll check again tomorrow morning

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    Ryan does a great job of handling the contestants when things don’t go well, all the other sing show host should take lessons from Ryan.

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

    I think Devin is being very smart and he sounds so good when he sings Spanish. I would like him to do a whole song in Spanish. I hope he does well and gets some buzz from the Latino community. They may not jump on board this time but could be a new targeted audience for future Idol seasons. Like Mariah said it’s a huge Internationally a market.

  • justmefornow

    Whatever they try isn’t going to increase the longevity on a 12 year old show.
    They probably will never at this point replace the amount viewers they’ll lose with the same amount or more of potential different viewers.

    That ship has sailed, I’m afraid.

  • maymay

    From Dial Idol:

    DialIdol score:
    Curtis Devin Lazaro Charlie Paul Burnell Cortez  Eijah Nick Vincent

    Busy percentages:
    Curtis Charlie Devin Lazaro Paul Burnell Cortez Eijah Nick Vincent

    Raw numbers:
    Lazaro Devin Paul Nick Burnell Eijah Charlie Curtis Cortez Vincent

    I hope only the raw numbers are right.

  • girlygirltoo

    None of those people strike me as being “rock”. Kree I’d say is alt-country/Americana/folk, Janelle country/country-pop, Angela piano driven CCM, Paul country/country-pop and Nick HAC. I don’t know if any of them would be believable trying to do a rock song. For instance, look at Nick’s version of “Iris”

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

    All I have to say is meh, meh, meh. 

    If Charlie has Asperger’s, he forgot to tell his mother. I distinctly remember his audition package. She interviewed that his social misfitness did not fit into any identifiable diagnosis and that the doctors told her he had “Charlie Askew syndrome”.

    Best line of the night:Ryan asked Keith to sign the “wallet size” picture and Keith quipped “your wallet, Ryan”!

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

    S10 wasn’t the only season that was genre diverse and had talent. Just Saying.
    I think the genres represented this season is just fine.

  • Andy Nguyen

    There’s A LOT of gay guys in this top 10….

  • Larc

    Is it too late for Idol to change their gender balance rule?  I think there are more than 5 girls who truly deserve to be in the finals and fewer than 5 guys.  Unless some of the guys can blossom fast, we may see an all girl Top 3.

  • jammasta

    DialIdol was inaccurate in this round last year, and, if it’s any consolation, the raw numbers, while still pretty inaccurate, were more “correct”.

    I don’t think it’s going to be particularly reliable anymore, but I would not mind if the raw numbers were right and those were the Top 5 guys.

  • LeahKittyS

    Sorry guys, no poetry tonight. After these performances, I can’t even make a good prediction. So here are my thoughts on each of the last men standing.
    Elijah: I could barely hear the guy throughout the song. Why is everyone praising him? He’s pure fodder. The performance was okay, but I’m not throwing out any votes for him.

    Cortez: I love that song. But it’s a bouncy song; it’s meant to be a head-banger. Cortez made it boring. Whatever grace he maintained from last year in Hollywood is gone.

    Charlie: OMG GET THIS KID OFF THE SHOW NOW. Forget the messy vocal, forget his personality. His reaction tot he judges comments revealed he is becoming an emotional mess. I’ve worked with kids like him, and I have a really bad feeling this could end very, very badly if he stays. Don’t listen to Vote For The Worst, America! Send Charlie home before he gets hurt!

    Nick: Maybe it’s because he played piano. Maybe it’s because I really like the song he sang. Maybe it’s because his hats remind me of Jason Mraz. Maybe it’s because I still remember his lovely “Stars” from Hollywood Week. But Nick was the first one on that I voted for. Let’s see what happens.

    Burnell: Yes to the voice. Yes to the song (I’m a bit of a Broadway sucker). No to the look. But two out of three gets him my vote this week.

    Paul: I went back and forth about whether to vote for him. He’s kind of cute, and his voice is good, not great. But we need to pick 5 guys, and I’d rather see him go through than some others who sang tonight.

    Lazaro: Yay! My little cutie redeemed himself! It wasn’t a blow-you-away vocal (actually, it was compared to last week), but it was in the Top 5 tonight, and his story is still awesome. If we have to have 5 guys, I can’t think of a reason why he shouldn’t be one of them.

    Curtis: Ugh. Why that song? Why that cocky, big-headed interview beforehand? Why the jerkiness that made it look like he had to go to the bathroom badly? Why the wobbly high A at the end? I have a feeling he’s going through. And I don’t like it.

    Devin: Vocally, he and Burnell lead the pack for the men. I love that he sings in Spanish and unlike many others, I don’t think it will get old. Needs a stylist, but so do most of these guys. He’s in.

    Vincent: If he and Curtis are competing for the same niche, I’ll take Vincent anyway. Average vocal, but he seems like a nicer guy and his song choices aren’t so jarring. I won’t be mad if he’s in (unless he displaces Burnell, Lazaro, or Nick. But I don’t see that happening.)

  • justmefornow

    To even suggest any of them could be authentic performing a rock song is laughable, and frankly insulting to a rock fan like myself.
    (You need to have balls to pull off rock successfully. None of them, male or female, even come close.)

  • justmefornow

    I’m glad you enjoy them. To each their own.
    I find this group disappointing, whatever.

  • jammasta

    I’m a rock fan and I can see some of these guys doing a rock performance. They would have to do their own twist to it, though, so I’m kinda with you there.

    I’m dying for another contestant who can pull off a metal song or a rock song of a style similar to Muse’s.

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

    True authentic rockers shouldn’t go on Idol to begin with. The show is a manufactured TV show and none of the “rockers” other than Daughtry went on to superstardom and that’s probably because he is a Band. Not solo artist with backing band but a band that writes their own music before he even went on idol.

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

    Yes, I sent Candice a message about singing a Tina Turner song.  I think she will be awesome.  I loved Paul’s performance. Lazaro doesn’t need my votes; Paul does.  I also thought Devin did a nice job.  No uptempo or Rock numbers tonight.  I hope things improve as we getting further into the voting rounds.

  • mjsbigblog

    Sorry I criticized your snowflake, but I don’t see how pointing out that he’s not such a great singer is “hateful.” Or do you think I should refrain from criticizing him because he stutters? That would be patronizing. 

  • jpfan2

    I think elimination night is going to be a little weird. You just know this bunch of guys is going to bust out the tears big time while the girls will probably just look sad.

    I don’t really think Paul as the only white/cute guy in the bunch is in serious need of votes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    …and THAT is why Ryan earns the big bucks.

    Every reality show/contest of any kind needs a Ryan Seacrest. He’s like a savant when it comes to knowing what to say, what to do and how to handle situations.

    Ryan’s and Charlie’s exchange are currently the lead story on Yahoo’s homepage.

  • justmefornow

    What about David Cook? He did pretty well. Didn’t he write a lot of his stuff?
    And James has written/co-written every song for album#2 so far (30+songs) 20+ with his band and another 10+ with co-writers. Not every artist produces music to be a superstar, btw, especially in niche genres. They do it because they love it.
    It is possible if you have the talent.

  • Niall

    The girls are light years better than the guys but Lazaro is going to win the whole thing. He hits every button: teen girls, cougar moms, and grandma’s. If they really wanted a girl winner, they never should have put this kid through to the voting rounds. LOL

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

    I hope you’re right jpfan about Paul.  I think he could have a future in Country Pop.  Again, Lazaro may be classified as Latino; either way, he sure is gorgeous on a 75 foot theater screen. 

    I just don’t know what to make of Charlie.  He seems both vulernable and angry.  Headlines from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, “Asperger Idol: James Durbin Blows American Idol Judges Away.”   I think that answers someone’s question.

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

    Cook writes his own songs but he came of a reality TV show. His label didn’t market him as a band but as a solo artist. His radio singles weren’t written by him. No true authentic rock band will be caught dead on American Idol. They would rather do it the grass root way.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    I agree with you except Paul has the potential to go rock. His pre-Idol performances on YouTube had him singing “House of the Rising Sun” with raspy vocals. 

  • StarfishTwo

    That may have been the most boring episode of Idol I’ve ever seen.  And I’ve seen them all.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    I thought Paul was one of the TPTB’s faves but then they started downplaying his talent, and I didn’t understand the whole split vote drama at the sudden death round. He should’ve been an automatic ‘yes’ that night. I’m afraid this will make the general viewers second guess his talent, though tonight I’ve been seeing more people rooting for him.

  • jammasta

    I’m actually checking out this video of Paul singing House of the Rising Sun now. I’m pleasantly surprised. I think he gets a little too loud when he belts in that song, but his voice has serious potential. I really hope he makes it tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/annmgee Ann Gardner

    “Tin Tin” has the best voice, IMO.

  • elliegrll

    Based on talent, the girls are better.  But, a few hours after the show I can remember more about the guys performances than I could the girls’ over the same time period.  This is one of the reasons why the guys have done better, even when they are bad they are still more memorable.

  • jammasta

    Is Nick scary looking to anyone else? The really piercing blue eyes and the fedora come off somewhat demonic to me lol

    Based on talent, the girls are better. But, a few hours after the show I can remember more about the guys performances than I could the girls’ over the same time period. This is one of the reasons why the guys have done better, even when they are bad they are still more memorable.

    Nailed it. Maybe male voices just resonate better with me, but this has been true for a ton of seasons, even with the bad contestants. I don’t understand it. It just happens.

  • sumidol

     agree, keep it real, sweet guy I love him but not such a great voice

  • LongSong

    He kinda looks like “Nasfurato” (sp) from the silent movie.

  • standtotheright

    They would rather do it the grass root way.

    Yes, that uncommercial purity like licensing half the catalog to car spots, attending “featured showcases” by beverage companies and snack foods at SXSW, and doing computer store openings.

    Face it. Most bands that get attention would rather eat. Idol is just a path like any other.

    And the only reason Daughtry got marketed as a band was that CD’s last name was unique enough that a mononym would work. If it hadn’t, Davis would have stuck his full name on the cover.

  • jammasta

    Siobhan Magnus recommended that movie to me when I met her after the S9 concert lol. Stealth brag, I know, irrelevant, but it makes me smile :).

    I think the fedora reminds me of Freddy Kreuger and the face is kinda Alvin and the Chipmunks-ish which is a really odd combination. I don’t really think there’s much he can do about it, though, and it doesn’t really affect my opinion of him :P.

  • LongSong

    To me he kinda looks like he has Alopecia (another sp), that thing where you pluck out all your hair or it doesn’t grow at all or something – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Siobhan has good taste! That movie (far after my time, of course) SCARED me.

  • shell29

    For all the talk of how there’s an overabundance of R&B males this season, I’m not seeing it. Cortez? He seems more Pop to me. Curtis? Gospel IMO. The only guys that seem R&B to me are definitely Vincent and maybe Burnell. Devin has a bit of a soulful quality to his voice but I don’t know if he wants to go the R&B route.

    I have a bad feeling that Charlie will be voted through to the finals. Lazaro seems to be the most popular so he should get through easily. Paul will get through since he has a decent voice and the cute White guy pickins are slim. Devin was solid so I like his chances. Kind of worried that Burnell & Vincent won’t make it especially if Charlie gets a ton of sympathy votes.

  • SnowFairy444

    Really disappointed in the contestants. Nobody has wowed me. Lack of a rocker on the show means that I am totally bored. No manly men this season, no real
    eye candy for us girls at all. Stick a pin in it.

  • LongSong

    I’m voting for Charlie – not for pity, but because he’s the one I most like and am most interested in.

  • LongSong

    I agree, no manly men! All’s I need is ONE. No chance of that now, sadly…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Do you think Keith is torn when commenting about Paul because Paul’s saying he wants to be a country singer but his mannerisms might not be easily acceptable to some country music fans??

    Ding, ding, ding.

    I don’t think Keith knows how to say it or even if he wants to say it. (because I’m guessing he personally has no problem with a gay guy in country music)

    I also think that’s why the three other judges, who are used to more theatrical performances from men, are slightly confused as to what Keith is “getting at”. They are wondering what the problem is?

  • Blou38

    These are the “best” guys out of thousands?  Making sure a girl wins, I guess.

  • girlygirltoo

    lol

    carrieunderwood
    #I knew I recognized Paul Jolley from somewhere! I couldn’t put my finger on it, though…

  • jammasta

    The one thing Paul did wrong tonight is say he wanted to be like a male version of Taylor Swift. Paul wants to be a male version of comes off more as a “bitchy and overly sensitive manwhore” than the vulnerable bad breakup girl?

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

    Rock bands don’t go on Idol. Solo artists do. Licensing your music to a targeted young demo is not the same as targeting a 45+ Idol demo.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t see Lazaro winning. People with pimped backstories never win Idol. And IMO he simply isn’t a good enough singer to win it based on vocal ability, or original enough to get the “true artist” tag.

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

    I had to throw Charlie some votes. I think he’s interesting and prefer him over Lazaro. I would like to see him go farther in the show.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m not sure how singing House of the Rising Sun with a raspy vocal automatically equals someone being able to go the rock route. From his performances on the show to date, there is nothing about Paul that suggests he would make an authentic rock artist. More importantly, he said tonight he wants to go the country-pop route.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    What is a manwhore? A woman who likes to date different men?
    Is dating two guys in the last two years qualify one as a whore, because that is how many guys Taylor has dated in the last two years. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnoodles Jonathan Frahm

    Well, that was painful.

  • sweetmusic

     Awful night. What the heck happened to this show?

  • Miss Chaos

    Just watched the Charlie thing, that was rough, is all I can say, I can bearly breathe after that.  I want him to go thru, but again I dont.  Gosh!

  • jammasta

    Manwhore is actually more for men, and that’s just my total disdain for her image of “bitter breakup girl” speaking. I hope Paul doesn’t really want to compare to her.

    I watched Curtis for a few seconds (when I was watching the East coast broadcast, I was just listening in). I turned it off because holy crap I can’t look at him.

  • Bobby

    Irrespective of the sickening girl pimpage by TPTB, its true that the guys are markedly inferior. I like Nick and Burnell, and I suppose Devin and Curtis are deserving based on their vocal ability, but gosh its a struggle to see that anyone of them has the potential to win this whole thing.

    I certainly think Lazaro (inspiring as it is) does NOT have the chops, personality or even musicality to warrant being in the top 10. Charlie was terrible today, and I think he’s trying far too hard to be edgy and cool when he should just really be himself, but overall he still has a unique captivating voice and will be much more interesting for the competition. I hope he goes through, if only because the others are all so meh.

  • SnowFairy444

    I’m confused. So, by manwhore, do you mean that gay men would be Paul’s target audience? Because I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift’s target audience is young girls.

  • standtotheright

    The show only casts solo acts. It doesn’t mean that those acts don’t form bands after the show, or reform bands they already had.

    And the show gets all its industry press for having (some of) the highest ratings in the 18-49 demo. Plenty of people go on the show and don’t know the share of 45+ viewers watching, so it’s difficult to argue that contestants of any genre target them. It’s actually a lot more fair to say that one is targeting 45+ audiences if one licenses a song to a luxury car manufacturer. Which happens.

  • jammasta

    “Manwhore” was nothing more than a terrible and overly strong choice of words on my part.

    Anyway, I really do hope TPTB stops the girl pimping. It’s making me really hope a girl doesn’t win because it’s REALLY ANNOYING. As much as they as a whole are better than the guys, it’s like TPTB are just shoving that down my throat. It’s making me hope a guy wins.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    jammasta, I’m also surprised by Paul’s “House of the Rising Sun”. He did a little David Cook run at the end and sang it with a raspy voice, which convinces me he can take on the rock/blues genre. True, he can work on the belting but he has potential. So far, his vocal has been consistent. 

  • jammasta

    I thought Vincent’s almost whistle-register ish note was good but a bit much. 

  • FinalFantasy13

    Just got done watching… All I will say is that if Charlie Askew makes it and Devin does not (which very well could happen) I will be very upset…

  • hayes

    Good lord wtf did I just watch?

    If I were to pick my 10 out of the 20, I’d take 8 girls, minus Tenna and Adriana, and take only Nick and Burnell out of the guys. What a freaking joke.

  • maymirabella

    I just want Burnell, Victor, and Devin make the cut but I am not confident. I think Charlie will get major votes and make it. I think top five will be Lazaro, Paul, Charlie, Curtis, and Devin. I am worried about Burnell, Victor, and Nick.

  • maymirabella

    I guess I am one of the very few who does not need eye candy on these shows. I just like the top voices over looks.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t think that the ratings bump for season 10 was about Scotty and Lauren singing country songs.  I think that part of it was due to the early buzz surrounding Steven and Jennifer, but the majority of it was about people truly liking the majority of that season’s cast.  I don’t think that will be the case this season.

    It’s not just that the season 10 kids were talented, they just seemed very likable and relatable.  The producers did a great job of letting the audience get to know most of the people in the top 24, or whatever it was.  Season 10 was a great example of how viewers will support the contestants, but may not buy their music once the season is over.

  • http://twitter.com/jazzontherocks Jules Alveria

    I’m still pulling for a girl win but yes, the TPTB really crossed the line with the overpimping. It upsets me that the guys who did well were thrown under the bus in favor of the average males just to prove the girls are stronger. Case in point: Paul deserved better credits tonight. As long as he’s in the Top 10, then I’d be okay, ’cause he deserves it. 

    I never thought I would have a favorite guy, but there’s something endearing about Paul and his passion for music that really gets me. 

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

    fuzzywuzzy & dreamr23, I remember reading that there is a Psychologist on staff.  This was in regards to Brooke’s anxiety.  It does make sense, especially with anxiety and/or depression.  I don’t know if drugs or drinking ever become an issue, but a therapist “might” help.

    I also feel sorry for Charlie but don’t want him on the tour.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t think you have to worry. Paul is pretty much a lock for Top 10: he is the “cute guy”, he is the lone “country guy” and he actually had one of the better performances tonight, although IMO it was solid at best. He also comes off as a  very nice guy that people are going to want to root for.

  • scootergirl

    WOW MJ………. get yourself some motrim girl…. we are all pissed that they made the kid cry…. he can’t sing worth sh it in the first place and shouldn’t have stayed…. but really don’t let it send you on a tirade that isn’t fair to the other singers……….. sheesh girl………. just because you don’t understand a thing, doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t……  

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

    I really feel Phil Stacey is heads above Matt Giraud and Nick Boddington.  He has such a beautiful voice!  In fact, IMO there’s not one guy in Season 12 that can sing better than Phil.

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

    Yawn. Charlie spazzing out. Yawn. Ellen talking about balding in her 20’s? Yawn. Church sermon/Idol cult?

  • beanowl

    Every time I see Curtis onscreen, I barely even notice his singing because all I can focus on is that stupid smarmy grin on his face. 

  • teekee

    Who is Victor?

  • nyc57

    I pretty much agree with everything MJ said, although I do like Devin,even though he sang such an old fashion song.I also liked Burnell and Nick and that is about it.They should never have let Charlie get this far.He is obviously too fragile.This is the first year i have no idea who is going to win.Usually it is pretty obvious.

  • Karen C

    Cook writes his own songs but he came of a reality TV show. His label didn’t market him as a band but as a solo artist. His radio singles weren’t written by him.

    The songs from the 2nd album were cowritten by him.  And the most successful single was written by Chris Cornell, and it did fit into alternative rock though they were marketed as pop/Hac.

    A rock artist can be solo,  not necessarily with a band, like Bryan Adams, Rick Springfield, Sting. 

    Having said this, other than Charlie, and maybe Nick I don’t think anyone this season wants to be rock. 

  • HKfan

    Here’s my take from watching the videos

    Elijah, I quite like him, and definitely seems marketable. Love the song choice….but its spoilt for me now after hearing Adam sing it, no one can match his take on it. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the top10.

    Cortez, was better than last week. Great song, love Bruno Mars. Could make it in the pop world, nothing a little autotuning can’t help with.

    Charlie, I actually thought he was much better than last week, although still not that good.

    Nick, listened without watching, it sounded pretty nice, although a bit snoozy.

    Burnell, great voice, but horrible song, and sounds dated, needs a makeover too.

    paul, again I listened without watching. Sounded really good, probably my favourite of the night. Hope he goes through.

    Lazaro, again better than last week. pretty sure he’ll make it. Again, can’t hear that without comparing it to Adam, his studio version of that song is amazing.

    Curtis, I really, really, really hope he doesn’t get through. Still can’t bear anything about him.

    Devin, again without watching, he sounded really good…..but seriously he’s 18, why choose a song by Perry Como, then go and dress like him too.

    Vincent. Would rather he’d go through than Curtis. But very wedding singerish.

    The 5 I would like to go through are Paul, Devin, Nick, Elijah and Lazaro….don’t think they will be the 5 though!

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

    Burnell had that Alexander Vanderpool BoyzIIMen Motown Philly style tonight.

  • Miss Chaos

    Why was Charlie so mad?  And singing Mama?  Something he is telling us?

    Paul Jolly, I think I like you a lot!!!

  • irockhard

    Band frontmen/women have no trouble going on The Voice.

  • casper

    I have a feeling that Devin did not set out to sing a “Perry Como cover in Spanish” but instead, wanted to sing “Somos Novios” and perhaps felt that the only way to get away with it was to combine it with “it’s Impossible” (which is the obvious cheesy, over-used combination because they share very similar melodies).  Somos Novios is a classic.  I would rather he had sung the entire song in Spanish, as lovely as it is, and the credit go to Armando Manzanero instead of Perry Como and It’s Impossible.  Oh well.  I suppose it’s all about perspective.  I’ve heard Somos Novios sung in so many spanish genres–ranchero, tejano, norteno, etc. I may be biased, but it is a classic, timeless spanish song.  Katharine McPhee and Christina Aguilera both sang this song beautifully in separate duets with Andrea Boceli (sp?).  I don’t think Devin uses the Spanglish versions as gimmicks, but instead, it’s a way to sing “safely” in Spanish. I would rather that he sing a song all in English or all in Spanish.  Do it Devin . . . America is ready.  I think.

  • forwarddad

    I don’t get the mad love for Paul? I think he is just as over the top, dramatic and cheesy as Curtis. Except Curtis has a much better voice JMO.

  • irockhard

    No Daughtry went onto superstardom cause he piggybacked off a popular sound (Nickleback), just like P2 is doing now (Mumford & Sons). And now that the sound’s popularity has decreased, so has his own popularity.

    BTW Daughtry is nowhere near established in the rock world, despite his success at CHR & HAC. Success at pop radio does not = rock cred.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    There’s a disconnect between Curtis’s falsetto and normal voice. I notice that he never sings in a high full voice… so I would say Vincent’s voice probably better. He just needs to be smooth like last week instead being all diva… Vincent needs a more bluesy song that End of the Road. 

  • Latin2

    I can’t stand how arrogant Curtis Finch Jr. is. He reeks of smugness. He is too much like a diva. Sure he can sing, but people are also voting based on personality and likability.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I don’t understand what was so bad about Paul Jolley’s performance. I thought he sounded great, kinda rockish. But he should really be abit more confident… Guy’s a cutie, gay or not lol

  • Incipit

    What. Was That?

    I took the heavy hint, H.A. and listened instead of watching, that was better –  – and so far there’s one vocal that I didn’t have any issues with – Devin, and one interesting performer who has possibilities – Charlie, but the fact is, I don’t care for most all of these guys song choices or genres, there’s no one yet whose music I would feel inclined to buy – so I don’t really care which of the guys goes through. 

    Listening to this, I kept remembering the fiasco of Season 9 – when TPTB cast almost all non-rock style singers, and then decided to have a Rolling Stones week. What a waste! That was an awful week – except for Siobhan’s “Paint it Black” – DC’s guest spot of JJF was the only other piece of music that rocked.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they did something like that to these hamsters – Nigel loves to do the ‘fish out of water’ thing, just to see who he can trip up for “Good TV”…and with the possibility of his Gimmick Contestant being gone (I hope!!) – he’ll have to pull something else out of his hat. Eh.

    Season 12 isn’t shaping up to be very interesting, IMO. 

  • Happyhexer

    I didn’t like any of the guys.  Seriously.  Not one. 

    At least I can see the *potential* for Breanna or Aubrey (neither of whom are among my favorites) to grow in future weeks, if allowed to stay on the show.  Which isn’t likely to happen.

    Much as I would like to see a female winner, I really wish Idol would stop trying to manipulate the result.  We had a WGWG last year, Phillip Phillips, who wasn’t the strongest vocalist, but dang if he didn’t end up making a CD that compares favorably with CDs by non-Idol artists and that represents very well who he is as an artist.  He has a 4X platinum single and a CD that hopefully will eventually go platinum, and is getting radio airplay.  Why do they want to mess around and stack the deck with loser guys?  I want a girl to win, but not this way . . .  

  • Latin2

    Devin’s song choice “Somos Novios” is extremely popular with Spanish speaking people and not known as “Its Impossible”. It is one of the most well known songs through out the Latin world.  

  • Karen C

    I kind of think maybe Charlies reaction to the critique might have been because what Nicki said. She made it too personal, like he disappointed her because he changed so much with the where’s my baby stuff.  That was not the way to help him.  Much better to just say that the song didn’t fit him, or something like that than to make it about her. It seems like that is when he really started to break down, after what she said.

  • irockhard

    James is 24 now, he was 21-22 during his Idol run.

    Yeah I think Charlie should’ve waited a few years, James was a mess at that age.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Devin Velez. JUST WOW. The OP talks about how dated that song was. Marc Anthony has become an international star off just that sound. Yes the Spanglish can become cliche but after just his second time doing it and trying to stand out to win votes and get on the show? Nah it was fine. He is a lock. 

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

    These boys are just so bad this year.
    Elijah-I actually really liked this nice subtle performance from him.
    Cortez-This was terribly karaoke. He’s hot, but he can’t sing well at all.
    Charlie- Well,I liked that he picked something different. Having said that, he was terrible. He was my favorite, but now I’m done. He needs to go home because this competition isn’t right for him and it is also affecting his behavior in a negative manner.
    Nick-I actually loved this. Very emotional version of the song.
    Burnell- I didn’t care for this at all. It is more so the song that is ruining this for me and not the voice. Who the hell is styling these kids? I hate the hipster look.
    Paul-I love this song,but he made this awkward as hell. It wasn’t good vocally either.
    Lazaro- Ok/bad performance. Nothing memorable at all,but better than last week. Go home already. You’ve milked your story long enough.
    Curtis-I HATE this song so much. He can sing, but his attitude rubs me the wrong way. His facial expressions make me laugh because he sometimes looks like “courage the lion” from The Wizard Of Oz.
    Devin- His voice was great, but he needs to start singing modern songs. He can’t sell albums with these songs he is choosing.
    Vincent- This wasn’t good at all. Very boring and off key in spots.

  • Jordana33

    I think the terms like “rock cred”  and “authentic rocker” are kind of irrelevant nowadays, given that everyone seems to have a different idea of what rock music really is.  A lot of purists seem to equate it to a sound that was commercially successful in the 70s, 80s or 90s……but then if someone current becomes successful by mimicking that sound (like Daughtry), they get the “faux rocker” label. Furthermore, the current “rock” category includes a wide range of artists: John Mayer, Disturbed, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Muse, Sheryl Crow, Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, etc. And while I consider most of them to be very talented, accomplished and legitimate artists, there’s no common denominator that would put all of them in the category of “authentic rocker”, IMO. 

  • irockhard

    Except Daughtry didn’t become commercially successful by mimicking the 70s-90s sounds, he became commercially successful by mimicking Nickleback’s early 2000s sound.

    Fair enough RCA wanted a sound that sells when they launched him but he still sounds the same on album #3, he hasn’t evolved, he hasn’t developed his own sound since then.

  • Hazehel

    When was the last time someone was eliminated from the pimp spot?

    Lilly Scott was eliminated at the Top 16 in Season 9.  They so wanted an indie girl to win that season, stuffed the show with indie girls and pimped them, and we know what happened.   They never learn.

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

     Jack White’s roof raising showstopper performance on the recent Grammy’s gave my rock system a much needed boost – and has begun to divert my attention back into his kind of fiery, kick ass fearless melodic bluesy rock alternative whatever you wanna callit music… I’ve had enough filler and cheese and the cheesy songs sung on cheesy shows and the singers who sing them, lol… That performance hit my brand of “rock” sweet spot,  I’m devoting my musical attention to finding more of that! 

  • mshepnj

    Ah yes, I remember. I remember it was “a girl’s year” then too (Randy). I wonder what would happen if the Powers-That-Be just picked contestants in a variety of genres and let things happen naturally without pimping or telegraphing VOTE FOR THIS ONE!!!! They might actually end up with a result they want instead of annoying the voting public into a backlash.  They can’t help themselves because they think they’ve fooled us. Joke’s on them.

  • irockhard

    Oh yes more rockers like Jack White please!

  • Jae

    Lol! I so agree about Curtis! I hate watching him sing. He looks like he is in fake agony.

  • Jae

    You have a. Point, there are more good girls then boys.

  • MellyPer1692

    “BTW Daughtry is nowhere near established in the rock world, despite his success at CHR & HAC. Success at pop radio does not = rock cred.”

    Probably not, but Daughtry had 2 songs in the top 10 and 1 in the top 25 of the Mainstream Rock charts and that’s better than any other “rocker” from Idol has been able to do lol

  • irockhard

    LOL er no, radio is nowhere near as influential in the rock world as it is in the pop world, their AI says as much. You wanna really make a name for yourself in that market you gotta do it through performing.

  • RalphResty

    So the best for me tonight were Devin, Paul, Nick, Burnell, Lazaro in that order.

  • justmefornow

    lol. Duh, I forgot he just turned 24. 
    And you’re right, he was a mess then, he was 18 or 19 when he first tried out for Idol. Thank God he wasn’t on that season, he wouldn’t have been able to handle the pressure either.

    Charlie needs some more time as well. He needs someone in his life too, like James has Heidi. She was a huge factor in him getting it together as well.

    I hope we don’t see a complete on air melt down if this kid makes the top ten.
    Yikes.

  • justmefornow

    lol. So true! I’m a rock fan and even I hardly ever listen to rock radio.

  • cheese1

    I ended up voting for Burnell for about 10 minutes (no busy signals!).   If they hadn’t told me 12 times that he was repeating his audition song, I probably wouldn’t have noticed until he got to the very end.  Not the most current song choice, but my 15 yr. old actually liked his look – “He looks like a tumblr guy.”

    Honestly, none of the guys or girls sing in a genre that I would normally listen to (mostly indie or alternative rock), but each season, there’s usually one or two voices I like well enough to keep me interested, and I might end up buying their music anyway. For me, those voices belong to Kree & Burnell, in the past, it’s been Kelly, Cook, Anoop and a couple of others. Well, plus I just enjoy this cheesy show for what it is.

    Besides Burnell, the guys are not doing it for me. It didn’t help that there are certain songs that I just can’t bear and that includes I Believe I Can Fly, End of the Road, off-key karaoke Bruno Mars covers, shouty country/pop duets sung by one guy who is neither country nor pop, mellowed out versions of already boring songs like “Iris” and Spanish versions of It’s Impossible (I knew the lyrics changed when he switched to Spanish, but I couldn’t remember what “novios” was. I was like “We are…new?” “We are… snow?”)

    I think Devin, Curtis and Vincent probably have the strongest voices. Even Elijah probably made a good case for himself by having one of the better song choices. However, I expect Lazaro, Paul/Nick (or both) to get through, along with Curtis and maybe Devin. If Burnell doesn’t make it, I hope he gets a wildcard.  

    If Lazaro wins this season, maybe people will stop complaining about PP being the “worst” winner.

  • mmb

    Totally agree with MJ re: Charlie.  His Rocket Man was a total mess — he was shaking like a leaf throught the whole thing.  He just isnt ready to perform in front of a live audience.  I just don’t think the judges or the producers did him any favors by putting him through.  I really hope that he isn’t voted through — the best thing for him is to go home and some back in a year or two when he is more ready for this.  I couldn’t muster up much enthusiasm re any of the guys, although most of the performances weren’t terrible.  Threw a few votes to devin and paul just for the heck of it

  • SullyD

    Charlie’s audition was so good. I don’t get it :(

  • MellyPer1692

    Which Daughtry does with sold out shows all over the country, here and abroad.

    He was one if the main acts at the Rock Allegiance festival with Seether, Stone Temple Pilots, Buck Cherry. Also Rock Fest with Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit. RockUSA Fest with Kiss, BuckCherry.

    I’m not saying that he’s Mr. rock or anything, his music these days is more suited for HAC, but I thought the same of Durbins album tbh. Maybe being produced by Benson who produces Daughtry also is the reason for that.

  • http://www.garythedog.blogspot.com Clare & Gary

    He makes me cringe :-(

  • irockhard

    I’m interested to see what Daughtry does with his next album, I hope it’s dawned on him that he needs to change direction, and getting a different producer would be a start.

    James is using a different producer for his new album – James Michael of SIXX:A.M. Judging by the work he did on James’ cover of SCIBIT Michael uses way less production and studio gloss than Benson.

  • Liteasy

    Daughtry didn’t sell out shows last year, and his album did not do well.  He hasn’t changed or grown with the time, and that’s what singers have to do in all genres.

  • jpfan2

    Daughtry may be facing some challenges now (he’s about 7 or 8 years post Idol) but that’s not a new development for musical artists. When you sell millions of albums etc. you’re always at the mercy of changes in musical tastes. 

    I’m pretty sure that no one from this lame bunch of guys will even threaten Lee Dewyze in terms of success post Idol. Forget about Daughtry. ;0

    It’s a major Spanish standard but it’s old, old, old. Maybe Devin can sing Happy Birthday in Spanish next. Everyone knows that song as well. I’m just praying the lame song choices were made by the producers to screw with the guys. And on their own they’ll pick more interesting stuff.

  • Kirsten

    Ryan proved why he is one of the best in the biz by handling the “Charlie Situation”.

    Elijah – In a world wear women are made to wear torturous shoes in order to lengthen their legs, why do men get away with over-sized clown shoes that cut their legs in half? Seriously, it looked like Elijah had been planted in those shoes and that is stylish? O-kay. He sang better than last week, but it would be hard not to. Also, if he’s going to get by on looks, he needs to keep his face facing the camera. In profile, he looks like his nose is oddly pushed in like his face is concave. (6.5/10)

    Cortez – he may know how to recognize a current song, but he can’t sing one on pitch. I’ll give him a bonus point for singing the only up-tempo song in two nights (7/10)

    Charlie – that was embarrassing. I raged last week about the judges putting him through after his horrifically off-key mess of a performance, but Charlie clearly lapped up all the praise and it went to his head. His performance last night was like the conclusion of the most ham-handed after-school special ever where the kid learns not to get too big for their britches – except with mental health issues thrown in. Heck, I expected a bucket of pigs blood to come sloshing down on the stage. If voters want to help this kid, they need to not vote for him. He’s not strong enough for this competition and we need to rip the band-aid off now. (1/10 – I can’t watch this kind of stuff; Ryan-11/10)

    Nick – well sung, but the song went nowhere. If he survives the week, I hope he gets a hat intervention. (8/10)

    Burnell – awesome-cakes. So nice to have a performance where the artist totally connected with the music. So much emotion and wonderful use of his voice. I really like this kid. I don’t mind the repeat audition since he had a reason for doing it and I’m glad we got to hear the entire thing (9.5/10)

    Paul – stop looking so desperate. People find that unattractive. He kind of reminds me of Phil Stacey (Nick is working the look and Paul is working the vibe). Phil didn’t get good until he hit the seal a couple of times and stopped worrying about being eliminated. Stop worrying about being eliminated and you’re less likely to be eliminated. I had to LOL at Paul wanting to be the guy version of Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. Does he think Keith is a really husky female with an unfortunate facial hair issue? (8/10)

    Lazaros – I hate myself, but I like this kid. You can just see his joy at singing and it makes me smile. I hope the vocal coaches and stylists can set this guy on the right path. He does have a gorgeous tone  (8/10)

    Curtis – Ugh. I cannot like this guy. He just oozes smarm. From his “after-the-break” finger kissing to the smug look on his face when he sings to his totally unconnected show-every-technique-in-the-book singing style to  his fake humility during the judging. UGH. UGH. UGH. I do not understand how the judges find him uplifting and see him making everybody happy. Maybe if they stuck to a wider shot and we didn’t get any close-ups of his smug face, I might like him better. Of course, every-time I saw the wide-shot, I started grumbling about those stupid clown shoes that he and Elijah wore. (Singing Voice 9/10, Performance -1/10. Total: 4/10)

    Devin – He totally looks like Tintin. That song choice was so old. And I think he should avoid going to the Spanish well every week. Used sparingly, it will be a treat. Slathered on every song, it will become eye-rolling. He does seem more invested when singing in Spanish, but I think that is mainly because he was holding back in English to make the Spanish section more spectacular (plus it was the bigger part of the song). (9/10)

    Vincent – Amazing talent, but that was disappointing. He still looks like the oldest contestant the show has ever had. When we see his baby pictures, he will probably look like the smallest retirement-home resident ever. I wish he would have picked a better song. Will the pimp spot save him? (8/10)

    Locks: Burnell and Devin
    Strong possibilities: Lazaros, Paul, Nick, Vincent
    Thanks for playing: Elijah, Cortez
    Please go home: Curtis, Charlie

    Lazaros has the back story, Paul has the country niche and Nick is working the musician niche so I think it might be Burnell, Devin, Lazaros, Paul and Nick

    Who should be going through: Burnell, Devin, Vincent, Lazaros and Nick

    If the judges wild-card Charlie, I will be livid.

  • irockhard

    Daughtry debuted in 2006, so he’s 6 years post Idol now.

  • jpfan2

    The point is Daughtry’s way past the post season fervor. His career is functioning like any other artist. That happens to Idols usually when album #2 drops. Daughtry is  ready for album #4 now.

    Paul saying he wanted to be Taylor Swift was hilarious. Butch it up dude.

  • Westlife 2007

    Burnell can sing well but his tone is unpleasant to my ears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1149785658 Sharon White

    “Somos Novios” (It’s Impossible) was written by Armando Manzanero a Mexican bolero composer. It was released in Spanish (not Spanglish) in 1970  before it was translated and released by Perry Como.  Maybe Devin wants a career singing latin american music? I mean, its not my thing but Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Stefan, Marc Anthony, etc. haven’t done too badly. Even though they scored in the US, it was the latin american public that put them there.

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    Burnell and Devin are my favorites from the guys
    Amber, Aubrey, Kree, Angie and Candice my favorites from the girls
    the rest can go Home

    PS : i think Lazaro is the winner though and i don’t like him

  • http://twitter.com/bilolobi Namarinad

    you can’t learn that it’s a natural thing to do, if you don’t have it you don’t have it

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Totally not getting the love for Paul here. I thought he was totally bland every time I’ve seen him.

  • John M

     
    Paul saying he wanted to be Taylor Swift
    was hilarious. Butch it up dude.

    Paul doesn’t have to do any such thing. He should be allowed to feel comfortable in his own skin. The idol audience is older and conservative and has overall backwards ideas about sexuality. Paul shouldn’t have to change himself, because most people his own age accept people no matter how effeminate others think they are.

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

    Thank you!  I thought I was on crazy pills or something.  He sounds like a broken wind up toy.  The only tone he has is grating, he just modulates that one awful croaking sound he can make and that’s somehow a song.

    Horrible!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    MJ wrote:

    “Charlie had no business being part of this competition in the first place.”

    I totally agree with everything that you wrote about Charlie. He needs to go home. I do not want to see him being soft soaped and patronized by the judges (who are probably scared to death now of causing a full-scale meltdown on live TV). Nor do I want to see him receive honest criticism, because after last night, it’s clear that he can’t deal with that nor any of the standard manipulations that routinely happen on this show. Neither situation is acceptable. Charlie needs to go home. Now. I’m actually appalled that his parents allowed him to do this.

  • justmefornow

    If he truly wants to break into country music he does.
    That’s the sad reality, like it or not.

  • John M

    I don’t agree. I think that the young country fans don’t give a damn at all about someone’s sexuality, and country music has always had gimmicks over the years, and having an openly gay country artist would make a pretty big splash and garner country music a lot of attention.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “”Somos Novios” (It’s Impossible) was written by Armando Manzanero a Mexican bolero composer. It was released in Spanish (not Spanglish) in 1970  before it was translated and released by Perry Como. ”

    Thanks for posting that information. I wasn’t aware of the origins of that song or that it was intially released in Spanish. Cool.

  • justmefornow

    I’m no expert on country music, but that community seems even more conservative than Fox news, lol.
    Good luck Paul.

  • tucker davis

    Yahoo is running a story about Charlie’s ‘meltdown’ and Seacrest handling it on live TV. There were tons of comments last night. The majority of them seem to be ‘poor Charlie’…the judges were bullying him…vote, vote, vote for him! I was surprised that so many comments wanted to keep him to ‘spite’ the judges! It was suddenly a bullying story. (IMO, this is not good for AI or for Charlie.)

  • windmills

    I will continue to say what I said last week or a couple weeks ago about Paul: I don’t know or care about his sexuality but the thing that’s going to hold him back in the country world straight up is the lack of sensitivity to lyrics in his singing. It’s not just that he oversings, it’s that he’s not much of a storyteller. Take his performance of Carrie’s Blown Away – that’s a very country story sung to a pop/rock melody, and Paul didn’t get the emotion of the song at all. 

    With Just A Fool it wasn’t as bad – the original is so over the top in the first place I don’t feel like Paul was oversinging so much as he was going bigger than he can handle. But the big miss was that I didn’t feel like he was paying attention to what the lyrics were saying. Yeah, he got the overall message but he needs to pay attention to each line and do better at developing song arcs.

    For that he should look at Burnell (and Candace and Kree and Amber). They know how to play with the dynamics of their songs and tell stories. It’s that combined with their vocal abilities that’s making them stand out as leaders of the pack (along with Angie who I actually think did a really good job this week). 

    I actually didn’t connect with Burnell’s audition that much but I was completely engrossed by his performance this week. Maybe because it wasn’t chopped up like he said. But, I felt like I was hearing his voice for the 1st time and I absolutely loved it. He put his personality into the song, he was in the moment, and he sounded incredible – such a beautiful tone. At least now I get why the judges went crazy about him at his audition.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I just posted in the other thread, but I agree both MJ and fuzzywuzzy said about Charlie.  The thing is, I am a bit concerned that he got enough votes to stay, because I’ve seen all sort of tweets and comments about people being appalled at the judges for their treatment of Charlie last night and imploring people to vote.  A couple of such tweets have come from celebrities and people in the music business.  The part that boggles my mind about is do these folks think they are doing Charlie favors by voting him through?  I understand their point to a degree that they want to see individuality and etc. on the Idol stage, but do they honestly have Charlie’s best interest at heart?  If he’s breaking down over one critique, perhaps the first real one he’s had, how do they think he is going to handle the rest of the competition, and worse the media and the rest of the public forum that comes with the show?  It’s for his own benefit to get him off that stage.

    I do hope, if he doesn’t make it tonight though, that TPTB are prepared and handle the situation very carefully.  Ryan showed he’s capable last night.

  • SnowFairy444

    I think the odds of Paul getting any success from exposure on Idol are very slim. I doubt the main demographic of the show (young girls and moms) is ready for its first gay country singer. Sorry, just my opinion.

  • mshepnj

    Unless I misremember, AI keeps psychologists on call to deal with eliminations and other Idol-related emotional stresses. I hope they have someone talking to Charlie. It would be nice, if Charlie should be voted through to the finals, that they work with him to find his voice instead of using him as a cuddly toy for “aww” factor. I think he’s interesting and could be a good singer when his voice matures a bit, if he can get the nerves under control. They have excellent voice coaches and I would like to see someone take Charlie under their wing. I know they’re not supposed to, but I’d rather that than a emotional breakdown and I’m sure they would too, because that’s not the kind of drama that helps the franchise.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I know all Idols have to meet with the psychologists on hand after getting cut from the show, whether they want to or not, at least in the later stages.  There have been many a story of certain idols spending like 5 minutes with them out of obligation before going on their merry way to press and etc. and I’m sure there are many others that have used and benefited from the offered services.  I would imagine if the psychologists are on hand elimination night that they must be on call for other situations as needed.

  • SnowFairy444

    Charlie needs to be sent home. The point is he wasn’t very good last night. The screaming at the end was bad. He looked like he was having some sort of mental breakdown on stage. 

    I also think he is better suited in a theatrical rock band. He is too young to be taken seriously right now. He needs more experience and maturity to develop his art.

  • cheese1

    I don’t mind Paul being effeminate, and don’t think that should keep him from being a country singer. He just doesn’t come across as any kind of country singer at all in the way he sings, except for maybe the first few bars of each song (notice Mariah had no idea he was interested in country although I’m pretty sure that’s all I’ve heard him sing so far?)  Jimmy Smith was also (imo) of ambiguous sexual orientation, but he seemed believable as a country singer (if a bit boring).  

    I think that Paul should probably be singing the types of songs that Lazaro sings – they both remind me of Clay musically. 

  • cheese1

    I don’t mind Paul being effeminate, and don’t think that should keep him from being a country singer. He just doesn’t come across as any kind of country singer at all in the way he sings, except for maybe the first few bars of each song (notice Mariah had no idea he was interested in country although I’m pretty sure that’s all I’ve heard him sing so far?)  Jimmy Smith was also (imo) of ambiguous sexual orientation, but he seemed believable as a country singer (if a bit boring).  

    I think that Paul should probably be singing the types of songs that Lazaro sings – they both remind me of Clay musically. 

  • Miss Chaos

    I am wondering where it has been said that Paul Jolley is openly gay?  He seems a little effeminate  I caught a view of his dad in the audience and Paul looks just like him, I just think that Paul is sweet, kind, but what does it mean that he is gay.  And I dont care if he is or not, I like his singing, hes nice to look at, I dont know, JMO!

  • http://twitter.com/diedrupo diedrupo

    Vincent Powell had the worst pimp spot performance ever.

  • http://twitter.com/diedrupo diedrupo

    Those girls are still going to vote for him just because he’s the best looking white guy in the group. Every single boy this year except for Elijah and Charlie are gay anyway, so they don’t have a choice when it comes to voting for non-gays.

  • http://twitter.com/diedrupo diedrupo

     just googling it. you’ll find pictures of him and his boyfriend.

  • mjsbigblog

    ??? 

  • SnowFairy444

    Right. I just don’t think the country audience is very receptive to gay country stars. Of course, we don’t know for sure if Paul is gay, but all the signs are there.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Once again…please stay on topic–American Idol Season 12.  NO REHASHING OF PAST SEASONS IN THIS THREAD.

  • Latin2

     I agree with people who say Paul doesn’t have a chance after Idol in Country because he is kinda bland.

    But I can say the same about most of the guys.

    I never understood why Idol never went into the BIG Spanish market and promote Spanish singers to get into that area also.

    They could’ve started off with Allison Iraheta, and Devin could do just as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    As I suspected, they are showing a clip of Charlie’s performance from last night on “The View”, and the part about him explaining why he smiles a lot and cries. Joy is critical of the show’s producers for having Charlie on the show (she realizes that there’s a problem), but Barbara is now saying that Idol has evolved into a show where they have people on who people feel sorry for. Whoopi brought up Zoanette again, how she “looked like a man” and was a horrible singer, and why did they put her through too? Elizabeth said that she thought that Charlie had something at the start and the producers were just trying to give him a chance.

  • John M

    The hypocrisy of criticizing idol for having Charlie on the show then playing clips of his meltdown for your audience makes me laugh.

  • Montavilla

    I’m trying to imagine how Khloe Kardashian would have handled (or rather, mishandled) that moment with Charlie Askew.  Ryan is amazing.  

  • Tess

    I guess nothing changes over the years in Idol land, hence all the comments about someone’s sexuality who is participating on the show. I keep hoping that people can move on and judge people by something else other than their choices in partners or their choices in persona, whether overtly effeminate or not.  How come no one ever brings up a contestants “butchy” persona (and there have been more than a few).

    I watched the videos, though even with nothing but re-runs I couldn’t bring myself to actually watch Idol and the judges, and my only comment is that either I am no longer easily hood winked or the contestants are really bottom of the barrel.  With very few exceptions these were 20 of the most karaoke videos I have watched over 12 years of Idol.  A tune, a bunch of words, and nothing much else of anything.  And no JOY.  Nada, nowhere.  It’s like all of these kids have had the joy sucked right out of them.  To sad. 

  • SnowFairy444

    After Joshua Ledet, this season’s male R&B singers are no where near in Joshua’s league. Joshua was, by far, the best R&B singer ever to come out of Idol.

  • maxie10

    - Paul – stop looking so desperate. People find that unattractive.

    That is why I didn’t like his singing, he did best in his original audition I think, I liked him then. He has a nice voice, but he is trying to hard, I guess that is what Keith was trying to tell him.

    – Lazaros -… You can just see his joy at singing and it makes me smile. I hope the vocal coaches and stylists can set this guy on the right path. He does have a gorgeous tone-

    And Lazaro his singing was so bad last week, but I still loved his performance and what you said is why. 

  • SnowFairy444

    Because if you’re singing about love, then sexuality is very much a part of it.

  • Tess

    So people who are gay can’t love? Interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eleanor.wisell Eleanor Wisell

     James has tourette’s and aspergers syndome

  • HighOnElliott

    Although Devin’s song goes way back, that exact same version of Spanish/English was covered a few years ago by Xtina and Andrea Bocelli as a duet. (Sorry if it was already mentioned.)

    Devin did a good vocal performance with it, and I could easily picture him going the Marc Anthony route.

  • MellyPer1692

    I think Paul needs to forget about country music altogether and just be a pop singer. His sexuality would be much less of an issue with that audience.

    This makes me incredibly sad and angry. Why should he have to?? Barriers need to be broken, hope he has the courage to do so if he wants to.

  • SnowFairy444

    Why should he have to? Because I don’t believe there’s an audience for a gay country singer. The majority of country fans are extremely conservative.

  • mason williams

     if this guy puts out an album before josh, i’m cuttin someone

  • mason williams

     if i auditoned this year and was turned down ,i’d be pissed after watching this

    although at 27 years old, what would be the point of me auditioning
    my chances would be slim to none

  • mason williams

     STEVE:Charlie how does it feel to have the dream die in no particular order

  • too-cool-for-school

    Paul is a decent singer but is just really hard for me to relate to. He doesn’t seem real sometimes, as though he has a puppet-like quality to him, always grinning and with a manner that is slightly fun but dreary at the same time. He seems sincere in some moments and phony in others.

    And I can’t tell if he really wants to be there or not, or if he has any true vision of what kind of artist he wants to be based on some of his vague comments.

  • http://twitter.com/prd9601 Philip Dudley

    Curtis reminds me of a Muppet. Only more exaggerated. Not a fan of his overblown, oversinging, overhyped style. AT ALL. But his facial expressions ARE hilarious!

  • Happyhexer

     OMG, you are so right about Curtis’ facial expressions and the Wizard of Oz!  LMAO!

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