I’m going to go right out on a limb and say that American Idol Season 12 has the best judging panel its ever had.  I know the live shows REALLY haven’t begun yet. And that in the following weeks, the judges could get lazy, scared, bored, etc. But I don’t think so.  Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, in particular, are the real deal.  Their critiques are honest, thoughtful and have SUBSTANCE. They are both also really funny and entertaining. Nicki, in particular, understands completely that she’s part of a TV show, and as such it’s her job to entertain.  They both bring REALNESS to the proceedings. I sat in on a conference call with Keith earlier today, and he could not have been more down to earth or kind.

But even Mariah impressed me tonight. Yeah, she’s totally a diva and as such has an imperious air that’s somewhat off putting. But tonight, she did the thing that makes the most sense for her, she gave a few of the contestants real specific advice on their vocal technique.  In a capacity as a vocal coach, so to speak, she could really find her place on the panel. And Randy? He’s still Randy–blathering on as usual. But I dare say, the other three are forcing him to raise his game. I am VERY happy with this panel.

Also, I feel like we got our 3 week semifinals back! It was GREAT to begin the live shows this week! I only wish the voting rounds began as well. Having said that, I MOSTLY agreed with the judges’ choices.  EXCEPT I would have advanced Isabelle and sent Tenna Torres home.  Both girls are old-fashioned singers. But I thought Isabelle performed better tonight, and had a little extra something. Teena performance was really contrived. The judges were really feeling it, but I wasn’t.

My favorite singer of the night was Kree Harrison. She’s a country singer, but it’s obvious that she’s well versed in many genres. She feels the music deep in her bones. I’ll be shocked if she doesn’t make the Top 10. But stranger things have happened.

One more thing: There were moments tonight were it felt like it was the early years of Idol all over again. There were so many big voiced girls in that group. I think this year could shape up into the country kids vs. the pop divas.

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I’ll be live blogging the Top 40 girls in Las Vegas as 10 sing for their lives. By the end of the night, 5 contestants will be sent home.

Ryan says we’ve never done a sudden death round. Was I hallucinating last year’s Semi Final, also called sudden death, when 20 were cut to 10? Oh. I guess Ryan means PRIOR to the voting rounds. The 20 that survive this round will move to the voting rounds.

Jimmy Iovine is in the audience. He’ll be the tie breaker if the judges’ panel cannot agree. The guys are in the audience watching.

The ladies are introduced from center stage. This feels really old school! The contestant could choose any song in any genre.

Jenny Beth Willis – 17 – “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” by Trisha Yearwood – She’s a high school student. Just a baby. And her inexperience shows. She’s stiff. I feel like I’m watching a high school assembly.  She’s obviously nervous and holding back. She’s got a decent twang, but she needs a few years. Keith has mixed feelings. It wasnt’ the best song for her, but he likes her confidence. Hm. Nicki didn’t feel she came alive until the end. I agree. It felt “a little jerky” to Randy. He didn’t think she was in sync with the band. He thinks she’ll be in trouble. Uh oh. Mariah suggests she be more dynamic during the verses. Oh. She’s giving her very specific vocal advice. Excellent.

Jenny Beth Willis – Vegas Singoff – American… by IdolxMuzic

Teena Torres – 28 – “Soulmate” by Natasha Bedingfield – Remember her? She attended Camp Mariah when she was a kid. Teena is an old fashioned belter. I feel like I’ve slipped back into the 80s. Hello Taylor Dayne!  Really, too old fashioned for me, from her hair, to her outfit, to the whole Celine Dion thing she’s got going on. And she hit some pretty bum notes the judges didn’t notice.  “That was a beautiful song for you to do.” says Keith. He felt that she MOSTLY had control over a big song. Nicki wants to know why she looks so sad. “You’re scaring me.” Nicki felt she had great control and LOVES that she sounds like an 80′s diva. She tells her to change her hair. “This is the start of the night! This is how you do it!” says Randy, very enthusiastically. He feels she connected with the emotion of the song. He’s really into it.  Mariah doesn’t want to be redundant, but adds that it was “all you.”  Mariah found her performance effortless. Teena begins crying. She avoided her boyfriend, who is in the audience, so she could feel the longing for him.  Hm.

Tenna Torres – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Adriana Latonio -”Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin -  This Alaskan teenager has a big ole voice.  But she’s more than just a bold set of pipes. She brings warmth and emotion to her big notes.  Her vocals are comfortable and buttery—a natural. She gets a standing ovation from the audience and judges!  “Now the night has started,” says Keith. He says he’s careful not to react to contestants as they sing, fearing he’ll “unhinge” their performance. But it was hard for him to do in this instance, she was so good. Nicki asks her if she’s Filipino. She is. She wrote in her notes, “Little tiny thing but commands the stage from the moment she walks out.”  Nicki thinks she’s poised and ready. “This girl is born to do it,” says Randy. “THIS GIRLS A PRO.”  Mariah gives the performance an A+.  She gives her kudos for conquering an Aretha song.

Adriana Latonio – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Brandy Hotard – 26 -  “I Don’t Love You Anymore” by Travis Tritt – A psych nurse, she’s sure she can bring sass and personality to American Idol! I really love the tone of her voice. But this is not her best. Keith felt her emotional connection was inconsistent, but he liked the song choice.  Nicki agrees with Randy. She calls it a “pageant delivery” of the song. She smiled at the wrong times. Randy also felt she didn’t have the right connection to the song. He feels like she doesn’t know who she is. Thinks she’ll be in trouble tonight. Mariah didn’t notice her facial expressions, but feels her past performances were more emotionally connected.  She loves her middle register. She’d love if she did an album of classics.

Brandy Hotard – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Shubba Vedula - 17 – “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga -  She starts the song at the piano, as a ballad, then gets up and…ruins it.  She’s jumping around, the arrangement is some weird hybrid of….I have no idea.  She adds an eastern vibe to it.  The entire effect is very very strange. And it’s too bad, because she’s got killer chops.  She should have stayed at the piano and sang it as a straight ballad.  Keith says, “You crammed a lot into that song…on one hand it was confusing, on the other hand I love your voice. It came powering through.”  GET OUT OF MY HEAD KEITH.  Nicki says, “There’s so much going on. It almost feels like a mashup of Christina and the Gangam Style guy. It was very confusing.”  I’m pretty sure that’s NOT what Shubba was going for.  Randy says, “There were way too many runs. I would have loved it if you had stayed at the piano. I like the potential.” Mariah would have also preferred if she had stayed at the piano, she feels it would have been less forced.


Shubha Vedula – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Kamaria Ousley – “Mr. Know it All” by Kelly Clarkson – She’s sung backgrounds for years, including for some Idols. Oh dear. This is not a good song choice for her. First of all. She’s got this weird cross between soul and country going. But worse, she’s really not hitting the notes. She’s warbling around the notes as if she can’t hear the band. Bye Kamaria. Yikes. Keith didn’t like her song choice either. He didn’t think she found the connection to the song. As the song says, “I don’t know a thing about you baby, and I’d like to, ” says Keith. Ouch. But he’s right. Nicki notices her throaty twangy thing. Didn’t think it worked and that it felt put on. Randy says her performance never caught on. “Definitley your worst performance. There was nothing redeemable about it.” Mariah thinks she’s adorable, and loves her smile, but noted that it seemed like she couldn’t hear herself. But, says she’s very marketable and should keep at it. They might as well eliminate her right now.


Kamaria – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Kree Harrison – Up to the Mountain by Patti Griffin – She grew up with a ton of musical influences. The thing about Kree, she doesn’t sing perfectly, but she’s so comfortable and is able to just climb right inside a song. There is emotion and ease in her style. Unlike the girls who came before her, she’s dressed down, in a big ole shirt and loose pants. She doesn’t need any fancy outfits. I get the comparison Keith made earlier today in an interview, to Adele. She embodies whatever she’s singing with a heartrending simplicity. She gets a total standing ovation from EVERYBODY. “You are such a natural born singer,” says Keith. He feels she embodies soul and gospel and loves that she’s effortless. Nicki says “I would be very afraid if I were any of these other girls.” Nicki sees a mystery in her that can’t be explained, “You make love to a song. Something about you is just so sexy when you sing. I’m in love.” Randy calls her a natural born singer. Effortless. Like she’s been singing for 25 years. Mariah calls her style unaffected and organic. “You sang the hell out of that song,” she says.


Kree Harrison – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Angela Miller – Nobody’s Perfect by JesseJ – Angela kind of shot her wad, so to speak, with her original song in Hollywood. I think this is also original? If it is, it’s a let down by comparison. This tune has more of that generic Christian rock sound found on Contemporary Christian radio stations.  The cover was not as good as her original, although it was Jesse J. Angela still managed to make it sound like a Christian Contemporary tune. There’s no denying her vocal gift, for sure. But I agree with the judges. She could dial it back. The word for tonight is…..DYNAMICS.  However, she is talented. No doubt she’ll be going deep. Keith says, “You have a big big gift.” Keith hints that she was oversinging, though. Nicki says, “Nothing is going to compare to that last performance of your original song. She advises her not to over do it. You’re an artist, period. Congrats. Randy says, “America is watching the building of a superstar. This girl is the real deal.” Mariah thinks her potential is limitless.


Angela Miller – Vegas Singoff – American Ido 12 by IdolxMuzic

Name check! Ryan mentions Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who both won Grammy’s last week. YAY.

Isabelle – 22 – “God Bless The Child” – Isabelle lost a ton of weight in high school. Remember?  She wants to be an encouragement to girls.   Isabelle has an uncomfortable vibrato, like she’s forcing her voice at times. But she’s got great phrasing and sings with confidence. She finishes it off with a big note. Keith says, “To the guy who didn’t ask you out to prom, let that performance be the key to the side of his car. Nicki says, “Eat your heart out boys…because she up here looking like a diva! I’m proud of you. You did a great job.” Randy says, “I love you being an inspirartion. It was a bit old fashioned for me. I felt like I was at a pageant for a second.”  Nicki disagrees. “It was a modern twist,” she insists.  Mariah says, “If you had done this really simple with a small arrangement, it would have been a different thing. Your vocal is what is selling you, and your heart.”  Isabelle was really inspired by Kree to reveal her heart.


Isabelle, Semi-finals ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

Amber Holcomb -  18 – “My Funny Valentine”  – WOW. Where did this girl come from????  She got cut in Las Vegas last year. She’s amazing. She performs like an adult–a pro. She has a very mature style Beautiful phrasing. Her soul just radiates from the stage. Keith says, “Why do you make it so hard on everyone else! Technically..making it look so easy. you made it timeless.”  Nicki says, “Legs for days…pretty little dimples. That vocal was A+++. But I’m wondering if that inner shine is going to shine through the TV? I just wish that it jumped out more.” Uh yeah, Nicki. It is. Randy says, “You have to believe it before anybody else believes it. Sometimes you doubt yourself a little bit. You made the most important run the greatest, because you weren’t oversinging before.” Mariah says, “I wanted to smack you…in a good way. It was that good. I love your interpretation of this song.”


Amber Holcomb – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

The results!

Jimmy was NOT needed as a tie breaker! Thanks Jimmy.  This is being handled like “The Green Mile.”  The judges are seated in chairs and each of the 10 girls approach them to learn their fate. The either get a seat on a shiny, shiny stool, or they are sent home.

Keith breaks the bad news to Jenny Beth Willis. She cries as she walks off the stage. As Nicki breaks bad news to Brandy Hotard, she also tells her to keep being a psychiatric nurse. Burn .  Good news for Teena Torres from Randy. His fake-out was kinda cruel, though.  She’ll be advancing. Mariah has great news for Kree Harrison. She’s going through. Mariah admits she wasn’t impressed with her audition. Odd. Keith has sad news for Isabelle, who looks so scared. She’s going home.. The voting was very mixed, he admits.  Personally, I would have give Isabelle Teena’s spot. There’s a TON of booing from the audience! Definitely the controversial elimination of the night. Angela Miller is next.  Nicki tries to fake her out by asking her if she thinks she’s going through.  Angela answers diplomatically. And of course, she advances.

Results part 1


Results Group 1 – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Before we can hear the fate of the remaining contestants, it’s break time! When we come back, Ryan chats a bit with the judges. Mariah felt some of the cuts were difficult. Kamaria Ousley is up next. I think we know how this turns out. Especially when Randy starts out by asking her how she thinks she did. She knows she blew it tonight.  She did have a hard time hearing on stage, but NO EXCUSES.  Bye Kamaria!  Amber Holcomb is next. And of course she’s going through! Mariah tries to fake her out. It’s pretty week. Two contestants remain, Shubba and Adriana. They are back in the red room with Ryan. What’s playing out in their minds. OMG. They are both crying. They are BFFs. Aw.  They show both performances back to back. It’s almost cruel. It’s really obvious who is going to prevail. Keith reminds them both of their talent, and says Shubba was fought for (REALLY?) But of course, she is going home, and Adriana advances.

The Results Part 2


Results Group 2 – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Eliminated

  • Jenny Beth Willis
  • Brandy Hotard
  • Isabelle
  • Kamaria Ousley
  • Shubba Vedula

ADVANCING TO THE TOP 20

  • Teena Torres
  • Kree Harrison
  • Angela Miller
  • Amber Holcomb
  • Adriana Latonio

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

    Finally the live rounds. They could not have gotten here soon enough..lol

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

    I don’t know why people bother to clap for Randy…

  • guinness 416

    My husband just spent three minutes rhapsodizing about Randy’s jacket :/  His birthday’s coming up …..

  • jcabby

    Only ten are going to sing in two hours?

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

    It’s going to be filler with a side of performances.

  • blackberryharvest

    Plus they will be picking the 5 from the group.

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

    and it took me 20 seconds to be glad I have never listened to this fodder.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This show isn’t live. It ws taped last night.

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

    I think I read that Clive Davis is going to do an interview segment. hehe kidding! I just want to hear some singing! :)

    Jenny needs to work on her pitch IMO.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lmao! Good one!

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

    Not too impressed with Jenny Beth.  A little style just didn’t really sound that great.  Probably about a 5 out of 10.

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

    Her voice is good, but she needs to work on the stage presence. All she did was move. Stage presence is a lot more than walking around.

  • dabney c

    It’s really hard to comment once you’ve looked at the spoilers, but .. pretending that I’m not so informed and jaded, I’d say that Jenny Beth was very mediocre.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Jenny Beth wasn’t very good.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUJEZUDQIVZI7SIQFUFMDACUC4 C

    I’m not sure I like this.  For example what if eight of the best performers sing tonight and only two of the best performers sing in the next girl group.  That means three of the best would go home and three that aren’t as good will stay.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The producers have arranged the groups so that the women who they want will go forward. lol

  • lizland

    Jenny Beth was off the music the entire time, it seemed to me. She is not their pick for country, I think.  At least she did something uptempo.  I was afraid it would be all ballad.

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

    I was pleased to see Mariah giving a very good critique. That woman knows what she is talking about. I like that. I hope she can keep this up for the rest of the season. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s the most engaged and detailed critique I’ve heard from Mariah all season. I hope that she keeps it up. (editing could have given a misperception of Mariah from earlier rounds).

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

     I have purposely avoided the spoilers threads!

  • blackberryharvest

    Good critiques from the judges!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ryan has matured nicely. lol

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

    It’s refreshing to hear constructive critiques rather than “YOU ARE SO AMAZING! OH MY GAWD!!!” that plagued us in the last few years.

  • Tera2

    I didn’t care much for the the first girl singing country.  She was average to me and her voice wasnt that special.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Finally the audience rounds. They could not have gotten here soon enough..lol”

    I think that the audience adds an important element to the show and it’s different (and more pressure) for the contestants to perform before an audience, and a legitimate aspect of testing them.

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

    I didn’t look too much at the spoilers because I’m not paying too much attention this season. Actually, from the contestants today, I can only recognize The Chosen Once. Has she sung yet?

  • lizland

    Too much weave, very distracting.

    But she sounds good, and an interesting song. A little boring for me, but she is singing it great.  Thumbs up from me, despite the vocal gymnastics for every syllable which I normally don’t like.

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

    Tenna was decent but had some bad moments.  A little better than the first one.  6/10

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

    Tenna was pretty good aside from that last note. I like her tone.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith said in a nice way that she didn’t have enough control over her voice to sing that song really well.

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

    She has a good voice, but i was bored.

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

    Tenna’s voice is shaky and nasal on the high register. Very mediocre.

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

    Constructive critiques from all 4 judges for Jenny Beth. I like!   

  • Nedsdag

    Where did Nicki get the bleached blonde wig?

  • HermeticallySealed

    The hair is definitely a bad choice.

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

    I actually preferred the first performer, just not into big-voiced divas…

  • jcabby

    Nicki is on point tonight!

  • justmefornow

    Being “The Chosen One”, lol,  is going to backfire on them big time.
    (Jessica anyone?)

    Edit: And I really HATE all this music so far :(

  • Tera2

    The second girl Toress is a good technical singer.    I like how she has melodic vibe and good control kind of like Leona Lewis, and i like Leona’s vibe.  I think her hair is a bit big though.

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

    Mariah is in the tough spot for a judge. So much has already been said so she has to be careful not to be repetitive. So far so good. 

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

    The star of the night? Isn’t she the first? LOL. Randy is reaching a new low, which I thought would be impossible.

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

    I think Minaj has been seeing Britney Spears hair dresser…hello roots! lol. Tenna, I think that’s her name, was good!

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

    This girl cannot sing. Wow…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This girl is OK, but not really impressive.

  • lizland

    This third girl (did we ever see her before) is very good.  Reminds me of Jessica Sanchez.

  • jtgraffix

    that song was waaayyy too big for her

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

    On my twitter feed, Adrianna is being compared to Jessica Sanchez…and she didn’t win…

  • Tera2

    The Asian girl Adriana sang well but the song was boring.

  • dabney c

    Teena and Adriana … mehh. More mediocrity. I think I’m totally jaded.

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

    This girl has got many many lengths to reach where Jessica can go with her voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Hmmm … not nearly as impressed by this girl as Keith, Randi and Nicki.

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

    Oh Adrianna…that song was WAAAY too big for you IMO. 

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

    Adriana by far the best so far. 8/10

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

    I hope this doesn’t become a pattern throughout the night: Good voice, but I was bored.

  • jcabby

    Like Adrianna, her singing, and stage presence. The song was boring though.

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

    I’m feeling J-Lo and Steven Tyler all over again.

  • guinness 416

    Have they given Mariah some triple espressos tonight?  I could be nuts but I feel like I’ve heard more from her with these three singers than throughout all the previous shows.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m a little concerned too. lol

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

    I like seeing the red room with the contestants in it like in the earlier seasons back in the show!

  • blackberryharvest

    Why? At least they are actually giving critiques.

  • John M

    I don’t agree at all. With three contestants the judges have shown they are better than anything Steven and J Lo showed over the entire time last season.

  • chillj

    Mariah has lovely hands.

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

    I didn’t see the first one. The only criticism I’ve heard so far was Teena’s hair.

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

     That type of song really needs the emotion in it for it to work. A la Whitney and Mary J Blige (melisma overload be warned)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLZ_gi1EKdc

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

    Well, after 12 years, we’ve just seen our first semi-finalist from my home state, Kentucky.

    Hope it doesn’t take another 12 years to see our first finalist.

    I think they’re saving the best contestants until the end.

  • blackberryharvest

    They gave Jenny some good critiques.

  • jtgraffix

    adriana reminds me of jasmine trias (i floved jasmine during her season). young, has potential, but still needs to learn to control her voice

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

    nvm

  • lizland

    I really like the way they are doing this round. We’ll get a better sense of contestants before the voting rounds. I still miss the seasons where there were live performances at Top 24 and you heard from everyone 3 times before the top 12 really started.  

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

    It’s Tierra from the Bachelor:)

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

    Meh, there are much better country singers in this competition than Brandy.

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

    I didn’t see the first one, but people are saying they gave her good critiques. 

  • lizland

    Argh. I hope it’s not one ballad after another all night.

    The nurse is toast, I think.  Boring and pitchy. I’m not a spoiler reader, so I could be wrong.

  • dabney c

    Brandy … very, very blah.

  • jtgraffix

    oh brandy. pitchy. she got better near the end. but man…bad song choice…

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    That was a terrific vocal performance!! 

  • GeauxSaints

    Niki is the best thing ON Idol this year.  She was right about that bad wig making the girl look older…can’t believe she mentioned it though…

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

    Brandy is a good singer. But again, I’m still waiting for someone to display some stage presence.

    Question: Is anyone going to sing an uptempo song tonight? 

  • Tera2

    Brandy is a good singer but she tend to shout in parts.  

  • justmefornow

    So far tonight seems like the talent portion of a Miss America show.
    WOW very boring.

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

    Queen Nicki speaks what we all think.

  • GeauxSaints

    Damn….Niki is good…it was a pagaent performance…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I was thinking exactly like what Nicki is saying – that it was a “pageanty” performance, without the right emotional connection to the song.

  • dabney c

    Randy’s echoing “the guys”. hmm.

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

    Oh snap. Nicki just played the “You sound like you were in a pageant card”. LOL.

    Yep, i think good things could come from this panel.

  • GeauxSaints

    Okay…we have two gone…

  • jcabby

    I freakin’ love Nicki and Keith. Great judges.

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

    stop talking Mariah.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I think half of the Adriana/Jessica comparisons are simply due to age and the fact that they are both Filipino.  Not seeing anything remotely similar about them vocally.

    I don’t get the Tenna thing.  I’m not a big fan of her and she was overusing her hands, which was driving me crazy.  Of the girls I’ve seen I liked Adriana the best so far, but didn’t like her song choice.  Not blown away by anyone yet.  Hopefully somebody will do something uptempo to liven up the place soon.

    FYI, my 60 something year old mother on Nicki.  I don’t like her, but I agree with what she says.  LOL.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Mariah needs to be more direct.

  • justmefornow

    They should have had Zoanette on tonight with these girls, lol. 

  • vtu

    Loving Keith and Nicki.  Randy’s still a tool.  Mariah doesn’t seem to have much to say (which might be partly because she’s the fourth one to speak).

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

    Brandy sounded off most of the song. The first half hour of the show and I haven’t had a WOW moment at all. 

  • blackberryharvest

    Umm, they have to get through fodder first.

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

    Actualy, Mariah was the only who talked about her voice. She will be the “technical” judge, if she wants to.

  • BBchez

    The judging panel could be just keith, nicki, and randy and id be allset…Nicki has been spot on tonight and mariah is adding NOTHING but gibberish..shes just rambling on and on..its really awkward to watch. Thank god for Nicki 

  • phil2501

    I like the three new judges a lot tonight.  They all bring something unique to the table.  Nicki critiques the performance/look, Mariah the vocals, and Keith is in between.  Randy is not needed.

  • Tera2

     Yeah Mariah is talking a bit more, and she does have good technical analysis of their performances.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Never thought I would like Nicki as much as I have tonight. Feel bad for the contestants we’ve hardly seen and then they bomb.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that in her efforts to not have her critiques taken too hard, Mariah is beating around the bush too much. She needs to be more direct, without being harsh.

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

    These girls need some training on how to work the stage and display some stage presence.

    Please let the next singer sing uptempo! Pretty please. lol.

  • Myrrna

    So far I loved Adrianna  and could care less if I ever hear any of the others again.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’m going to defend Mariah for a second.  I do think she has something of value to add and has so far.  She can give specific vocal critiques that I think the others can’t.  Main issue is she needs to get to the point quicker.  But it’s also the first live show so I’m cutting her some slack.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True, but too much focus on the technical aspects of the vocals is missing the forest for the trees IMO.

  • justmefornow

    I thought she was the fodder?
    Anyway, too much boring fodder tonight and viewers will start turning the channel.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Shuba’s performance style isn’t good.

  • justmefornow

    Yeah! First entertaining trainwreck of the night!

  • lizland

    Shubha trying to bring it.  Uptempo, sounded good. Added a few middle eastern notes to change it up. I liked. She needs some training on how to perform on stage though.  Looked weird moving.

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

    All I can say after Shubha’s performance is at least she tried to sing uptempo….

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

    Shubha was really good. I enjoyed her performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Keith just told Shuba in a very nice way that her performance style sucked. lol Nicki is dead on again – it was almost comical in parts. Good call.

  • dabney c

    Despite the song, I actually like Shubha Vedula.

    P.S. amazingly, I miss the bubbling interior river-moat setting, and I don’t love the live audience at this point in the competish.  What can I say.

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

    Someone please tell Shubha to stop raiding Adam Lamberts wardrobe. 

  • elliegrll

    Shuba is talented, but she is going to hurt herself by making bad choices.  She has a lot of strengths, but like Keith said she did too much.  And Nicki is right too, at times that looked like a joke performance.

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

    Yikes Nikki. That was harsh. Mariah looked embarrassed for the poor girl.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I like the potential” – translation: “you’re young and talented, but not ready yet. Come back in a couple of years”.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I kind of liked Shuba’s voice when I wasn’t watching her performance.  Watching her perform ruined the whole thing.  She’s the prime example of someone who has plenty of talent and will probably be really good in a few years, but isn’t quite ready for this yet.

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

    ITA.

  • jcabby

    Shubha does so much when she doesn’t have to. Girl has talent. I like her. 

  • jtgraffix

    c’mon kree. BRING IT

  • Tera2

    I was liking Shubaha’s voice and her slow song at the beginging, but it got weird and annoying 75% down the way.  She would sound better with a mid tempo Celine song cause she has a bit of her vibe mixed with traditional Indian Bollywood vibe, and like those vibes, but didnt care for her tonight.

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

    Shubha was the best of the four, but she receveid most of the criticism because the judges have decided already who they don’t want to advance.

  • shell29

    I agree with their critique of Shubha. Wasn’t crazy about that performance but she does have lots of potential.

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

    On Shubha – from watching last night – she is incredibly talented but needs some time to develop the craft….  song pacing, performance, etc.  She kinda had her finale at the end of the first verse and had nowhere to go for the remainder of the song.  Tried way too hard when she could have glided.

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

    OMG, am I the only one that actually liked Shubha? Seriously, it was deliciously  awkward and disjointed, but she actually made an effort to change things up and do something funky. I’m not going crazy right?

  • teekee

    Yes, she can be, I hope she will be.

  • lizland

    This is by far the best judging panel I’ve seen. They are not phoning it in. Even if I don’t agree with everything they say, I respect what they are trying to get across.  I don’t know how much time they’ll have for reviews once the competition has more performances and/or less time.  

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 Bentley1530

    The funny thing about Nicki’s advice is that I have seen her give some totally over the top and totally dreadful performances (anyone remember that grammy performance), perhaps she should take her own advice to heart.  

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

    I can see that Nikki will be the harsh one and Mariah will be more of the nice but truthful critique. I don’t mind the mix at all. I like the diversity.

    And seriously…doesn’t anyone watch the Bachelor?  Brandy looks just like Tierra. 

  • Da 1 N Only

    Shubha was good on the piano, a disaster off the piano. Probably a good reason why its smart to avoid up-tempo at this point. Pretty sure her off piano performance cost her a spot in the Top 20.

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

    OMG this is terrible. Trainwreck 

  • vtu

    Oh, this is so off-key I might have to mute the TV ’til it’s over.  :(

  • chillj

    Ow.

  • justmefornow

    Random thought: that girl Kree looks like the crazy neighbor on Two and Half Men who killed Charlie Sheen’s character.

  • teekee

    They could go to Mariah first, sometimes.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ouch. Far too pitchy. Kind of painful.

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

    First, Singing a Kelly Clarkson song is always a big mistake. There’s only one person who can sing a Kelly Clarkson song well, and that’s Kelly Clarkson

    Second, this is so pitchy it’s not even funny. 

    Third, most obvious cut of the night.

  • teekee

    Kamaria is NOT good.

  • jtgraffix

    at least she knows how to dress…

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

    This girl is terrible! MAKE-IT-STOP!

  • lizland

    yikes, I couldn’t listen to her.  she must not be able to hear herself or something.  

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

    How the hell did this girl get this far? Zoanette is Whitney compared to this girl.

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

    You might notice that when Nicki talks about clothing – and especially if its her closing comment – its not good.  I think she was particularly brutal here.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    … poor girl!

  • Tera2

    The girl singing Kelly’s “Mr know it all” isnt very good.  She just talked it and wasn’t melodic delivery.  She should have sang a Nicki Minaj song that doesnt require good vocals and can talk-sing.  I agree with Randy.

  • jtgraffix

    OMG the audience are honest, too!

  • shell29

    Ohhh wow-Kamaria. Worst of the night by far. Horrible.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Kree does totally look like Melanie Lynskey.  Good call.

    In other news, Kamariah (?) was my first official trainwreck of the evening.

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

    So far, Adriana has been the highlight of a lackluster night .

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, Randy. Now that you’ve called her out for being pitchy, make sure that you’re CONSISTENT about calling that out for everyone.

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

    Just to mark time – the boys 10 taping for tomorrow should be beginning right about now (if they are on time).

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

    She totally butchered that Kelly Clarkson song lol

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

    These judges could have been harsher. Kamaria was the worst of the night so far. And I liked her too. Dammit! 

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

    I could see Kree going pretty far.  Something about her.

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

    Rose! 

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Sing it Kree. Man, she got me hype! I LOVE her!

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

    Kree was good and passable for sure. Crystal’s was so much better IMO.
    Still not on her bandwagon but she definitely deserves a spot for the next rounds based on what we have seen.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “First, Singing a Kelly Clarkson song is always a big mistake. There’s only one person who can sing a Kelly Clarkson song well, and that’s Kelly Clarkson”

    It usually seems that way. I think that a lot of Kelly’s songs are difficult to sing, and until someone else tries to sing them, that’s not apparent because Kelly sings them so effortlessly. lol

  • elliegrll

    Shubah will make it to the next round, but that performance was all about showing off everything that she’s capable of, instead of selling the song.  

    It was also about engaging the audience, so that part was good.

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

    This girl (Kree) was the best of the night. She’s was very good, but not a S-O performance. I think the judges are gonna pimp her as a dark horse.

  • lizland

    Kree sounds great.  Like her a lot.  But could use some styling advice. That looks like my housework outfit.

  • richiek88

    Keith/Nicki are one team and Randy/Mariah are the other team, it definitely feels like that.

  • Tera2

     Kree is a good technical singer.  I think her vibe and voice fits more into the Christian music genre.

  • blackberryharvest

    Go Kree!

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

    Edit: Kree is the highlight so far. Great voice (I’m a fan), but I am still waiting for someone to sing an uptempo song and rock the stage. ( I know I sound like a broken record)

  • justmefornow

    Thanks, I couldn’t remember her name, lol.

  • elliegrll

    Kamaria is cute, but that was bad.  The wrong song choice.

    Kree sounds amazing.  I hope she shows some versatility during the season.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Kree was good, but I’m not nearly as enthusiastic about her as the judges are. 

    ETA: I must be getting really jaded. No one has come near to a ‘wow’ moment for me yet.

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

    Kree was awesome. One of my new faves <3 <3 :)

    Best of the night by far!

  • Karen C

    Kree was terrific, and by far my favorite so far tonight. She really does come across as very authentic. SHe kind of reminds me of a cross between Kelly Clarkson and Carly Smithson, though more country. 

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

    I don’t think it was very good, but it was better than the others. Anyway, Kree has surpassed all of them.

  • Myrrna

    Kree was really good.

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    Is Kree giving anyone else a Khloe Kardashian vibe? 

    LOL. I like Kree, btw. (And Khloe as well.)

  • lizland

    Kree doesn’t seem to have a strong personality for TV.  Not much charisma for me. I hope she proves me wrong.  

    But I still like her voice, even if she doesn’t seem to sing songs I like.  

  • jtgraffix

    kree needs to work on her stage presence a little, but i still love her. very non-threatening. seems likeable, AMAZING tone, and just effortless. she reminds me of lauren turner from season 10

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Kree doesn’t seem to have a strong personality for TV.  Not much charisma for me. I hope she proves me wrong. ”

    I feel the same way.

  • lila6089

    Kree is reminding me of Rose (Melanie Lynskey) from 2 and 1/2 Men.  

  • shell29

    Great job by Kree. Not a lot of bells and whistles but she doesn’t really need it. I’m becoming a fan.

  • Myrrna

    Kree reminds me of Adele’s comment-”I sing for the ears, not for the eyes.” 

    I so love the attitude behind that.

  • Valarie

    Kree needs fashion help, but who cares? She is mesmerizing.

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

    Here comes TCO.

  • justmefornow

    I feel the same. In fact they all seem a little boring, but maybe it’s because I find this kind of music boring. 
    That could be it.

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    This chick is the real deal! She definitely loves herself some Jessie J! (So do I!) So that’s bonus points for her! 

    Great performance!

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

    I like Kree’s attitude in that she is just who she is and isn’t going to try and be anything else. Most of the other women are trying too hard, or thinking they are better than they are. Kree does it naturally, which makes it sound authentic. She does have this vibe about her though, and I can’t take my eyes off her when she’s on. And I don’t even like country! lol

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

    Angela was incredible. She’s the one that I want to win.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is this another original by Angela?

  • Nedsdag

    Is Angela TCO? If she is, she’s meh!

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

    Angela was good.  Definitely third best tonight.  She can maybe do without the 80s hair, but I like her.

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

    Kree and Angela – Best so far. Easily.

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    Okay…that ending was the grated cheese on the Sundae! In other words, it was NOT NEEDED! 

    Great performance, otherwise! 

  • justmefornow

    TCO is very annoying, IMO. 
    No Thanks.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Angela’s good, but I’m not wowed.

  • jtgraffix

    lovin’ angela. some of her enunciation feels a little broadway, though. aside from that, i’m a fan. she dresses like mariah in the old days (pre-skanky, which is a good thing)

  • mchcat

    I am sorry but they can send all these girls home – didn’t like any of them

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not nearly as enthusiastic about any of these contestants as the judges tonight.

  • lizland

    Angela could definitely be the one to beat.   Pretty too.    I hope she is versatile and can kill a lot of styles. 

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

    It’s called Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J
    Great song btw.

  • elliegrll

    I probably wouldn’t buy Angela’s music, but she is very polished.  She’s further along in her development than most contestants are at this stage.   She has the potential to win the whole thing.  

  • Tera2

    Angela has potential to be a pop star and she has shown she can write songs.   I can see her singing Katie Perry’s songs “Wide awake” or “ET”.  Her hair needs a make over though

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

    I felt it was more dramatic than passionate. Best so far still being Kree.

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

    The problem with a lot of these contestant’s performances tonight is that I don’t know if i’ll remember their names past tonight……

  • jtgraffix

    isabelle is HOT. a little pageant-y and shaky. funny how i felt that she has kat mcphee’s vibrato and tone, and she sings this song…

  • lizland

    Isabelle was off pitch toward the end of most sentences.  I (gasp) agree with Randy about it being old fashioned.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought Isabella was pitchy and a bit pageanty.

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

    Can I dare to say Randy is being one of the best judges tonight? LMAO. What he was trying to say is that we can’t hear anymore this song on Idol and that’s what everyone has been saying.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m disappointed with the performances tonight in general. Some good ones, but no great ones IMO.

  • lizland

    Although I haven’t had a wow moment, I’m pretty impressed overall. There haven’t been nearly the number of train wrecks that I expected given that we are seeing twice as mainly sing as we normally do.  I like this method, almost as much as the old way of letting the audience start voting on Top 24 and we got to see everyone 3 times before the Top 12 finals started.  And I’ve generally agreed with the judges.  

  • elliegrll

    There’s a lot of potential in this group.  I think a few of them can do more than sing ballads and songs that are 40 years old. Or at least sing those songs in a way that is fresh, current, and interesting.

  • Da 1 N Only

    With only one contestant left I see 3 that are definitely worthy of moving on Kree, Angela, & Adriana. If I was to pick a 4th & 5th I would say Tenna & Isabel. Hoping Amber knocks one of them out.

  • tucker davis

    Who is Amber and why have they not shown her before? She has a smoooooth voice….I like very much!

  • lizland

    Amber can sing.  Where did she come from and why this song though?  

  • jtgraffix

    LOTS of potential with amber. i love her vibrato…and her smile :D

  • shell29

    I thought Isabelle’s performance was a bit over the top-not my cup of tea.

    Loving Amber so far. Nice voice!

  • Tera2

    The Amber girl looks better with her make-over.  She has range, but I didnt care for that song choice and performance.  She should have done like a Whitney song not boring jazz.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good, but too much melisma for me.

  • John M

    Amber was fantastic tonight!!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Again, I’m not seeing what the judges are seeing in Amber.

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

    Thoughts on tonight:
    1.) First half was very very lackluster.
    2.) Second half was stronger by far.
    3.) Angela, Amber, Adriana, Kree, and Isabelle are who i think will be put through.

  • http://twitter.com/Acadiacoast Sapphire

    Kree sounded like TCO tonight.  I thought she was great and I love her simple presentation.  Also love Angela and I think she has star appeal with a ton of potential.  I’m intrigued by what she will do.  My fav actually was Shubah.  Her dancing was silly, but I loved her voice and tone at the beginning.    I found her voice, at certain sections, the most interesting.  I’m jaded after all these shows but I’d like to hear these 3 again.  (I missed the beginning of the show)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So the judges are gong to take 25 minutes to make the cut to 5? 

  • iluvai

    I think Kree, Angela and Amber are great. They aren’t going anywhere!

  • phil2501

    Amber looks so different from when she was in Joshua Ledet’s group last year.

  • fabulousrobots

    I LOVE My Funny Valentine and I thought Amber sang the hell out of it. I can’t believe they didn’t show her before this because she completely blew me away. My favorite big voice in the competition so far.

  • Da 1 N Only

    The way I see it there are four locks  Angela, Adriana, Kree & Amber. Who gets the last spot (Isabel or Tenna). If I’m either one of them (or any of the other hopefuls), I would be hoping to lose out here so I can come back stronger next year.

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

    Amber had some great parts, but in others she went a little too high and it bordered on screechy.

  • blackberryharvest

    Wow where did Amber come from?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, this is why it’s taking so long. Each contestant is going to be addressed individually.

  • lizland

    It’s the green mile, or whatever, but in a different way.  I could tell Randy was doing the psych on Tenna.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Amber has been the only real surprise of the night for me.  If it were up to me it would be Kree, Angela, Amber, Adriana & Isabelle would advance.  I know Tenna was already put through, but not a fan.

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    And it was pretty much effortless. So much control over her voice. I don’t think I saw her tense up as much as others when reaching for those big notes! I’m definitely liking what I’m seeing! 

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

    I can’t believe Tenna made it over Isabel.  That one is headscratching to me.

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    the pacing this show feels VERY sloppy. 

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

    WTF? Isabelle was much better than Teena.

  • elliegrll

    I like that Isabelle mentioned Kree’s performance when she was talking to the judges.  She was over the top when she sang, but I hope that they bring her back as a wildcard.

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

    I agree with the list so far.

  • tucker davis

    I have friends who live in Nashville, & they have been talking about Kree a while now. They say she can do a variety of genres. I’m glad she’s doing well!

  • iluvai

    I’m in love with this top 3 girls!

  • http://twitter.com/fla_sima Flavia Simamura

    MJ, the song Angela sang was Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J, not her original.

  • Tera2

    They put Teena Toress, Angela, and Kree through so far, and I agree with those choices.

  • guinness 416

    I don’t think the judges like being touched by the little people :/

  • iluvai

    I like Shubah too.

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

    Some people didn’t like Amber?  Strange.  I thought she was the best followed by Adriana and Kree.  Angela wasn’t nearly as good as she was with her original song, but still definitely deserves to go through.

  • justmefornow

    Lol, It is cold and flu season ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    On my Twitter timeline I’m seeing annoyance that Angela went through and Isabella didn’t

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

    Isabelle was robbed. :( 

    I booed with the audience, too.

  • Da 1 N Only

    I have a feeling Jimmy Lovine decided on Tenna over Isabel. I think Keith & Nikki went Isabel while Randy & Mariah went with Tenna. Jimmy Lovine picked the one he could better market in the future.

  • elliegrll

    Ugh, I hate when people start off making excuses.  

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

    Angela or Teena? Teena pretty much suckd hard.

  • lizland

    I’m sad there are no rocker chicks at all in the bunch this year. Not sure about the next 10 girls.  I know they don’t want another white male rock(ish) boy, but what about an Elise Testone or Kelly C?

  • dabney c

    I don’t like the live audience at this point. Miss the tension of the “green mile” or “the chairs”. Audience belongs during the voting rounds, but not before.

  • elliegrll

    Teena was a surprise.  I would have put in Isabelle instead of her.

    On a shallow note, Teena needs to have a meeting with the makeup artist and stylist.   

  • blackberryharvest

    Angela’s song wasn’t original. It was a JessieJ song called “Nobody’s Perfect.”
     

  • http://twitter.com/Loxodonta_Stylz Rico Suricata

    I agree with most of this, especially the comments on Amber. I definitely heard snippets of Chaka Khan and Anita Baker in Amber’s vocal! Loving this talent tonight!

    Sad to see Isabelle go, though! :/

  • shell29

    I’m surprised at the outrage over Isabelle’s cut. She does have a strong voice-oh well, she should try again next season.

  • elliegrll

    Adrianna was very good, but I think that Shubha has more potential, and is almost a sure bet to give memorable performances.

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

    Yes! Thank you, raya! I was trying to remember the actress’s name that Kree looks like. That actress also played the mom with the baby in the bar in “Sweet Home Alabama.” Ha.

    And yes. Brandy totally looks like the crazy girl from The Bachelor.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Is it outrage over Isabelle though or more that Tenna went through over Isabelle?  Mind you I would have preferred for Isabelle to go through, but I’m not overly torn up over it since I don’t think Isabelle would have likely made Top 10 anyway.

    Anyway, overall thoughts. Still don’t have a favorite in this race yet. Cautiously on board with Kree & Amber. Angela is the female frontrunner at this point, and it’s not undeserved, but she oversings a tad for me. I really like Kree, but wonder if her understated personality will really grab Idol viewers. Shuba should try again next year. Tenna, not a fan.

  • lizland

    I like Adriana, but we have seen her on every season of Idol.  Big voiced little girl.  Shubha would have been much more of an original.  I would have changed Shubha with either Teena or Adriana, but otherwise I think this is right.

    I hope shubha comes back next year, if there is a next year :)

  • elliegrll

    I’m so upset that Shubha is leaving.  I really hope that they bring her back in as a wildcard.  She made a bad choice, but she’s not a boring performer, and she’s different from most of the female contestants who have been on the show.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I knew the song sounded familiar lol… I was like, did she rip something off?

  • lizland

    I think the wild cards will come from the top 20?

  • chillj

    Too many of the top five seem to be the same type of singer.  It is going to be hard for some to set themselves apart.

  • elliegrll

    I’ve always thought that the green mile is boring, and a waste of two hours.  I love having episodes that show more singing.

  • Tera2

    Adriana was better than Shubha tonight and deserve the spot.  I like Keith Urban – he and Mariah are good at judging and I tend to agree with them – and I’ve always liked Randy most.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    That Angela made it and Isabella didn’t. Some people on my timeline don’t like all the pimping she’s been getting. My sister has become one of Angela’s Stan and she is already annoyed too.

  • justmefornow

    On a music genre note: None of those 5 picked tonight could make an album I’d ever bother to buy.
    They definitely need much more musically diversity this season than we’ve see so far.

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

    They should’ve kept Shubah, big mistake

    Also, I really really dislike Randy Jackson
    Like a lot
    Like why is he still there
    WHY.

  • elliegrll

    I like Adriana, but we have seen her on every season of Idol.  Big voiced little girl.  Shubha would have been much more of an original.  I would have changed Shubha with either Teena or Adriana, but otherwise I think this is right.

    Get out of my head.  LOL.  This is my main problem with Shubha leaving.  For a female contestant to standout, and be entertaining, she really can’t be in the Elise/Chrystal/Brooke White mold, or sound like she’s imitating divas from the 1980s.   She has to be artistic and show that she’s more than a good singer.

    I think that maybe Angela can standout, but Shubha would have been a good underdog contestant, and fun to watch.

  • Tera2

    I think Teena Toress deserve the spot over Isabelel.  Teena is a good technical singer with good control.  Isabel’s singing didn’t stand out to me and seemed pageantry, but she has a nice smile.  I think Angela, Teena, Kree, and Adriana did a good job.

  • shell29

    I wasn’t crazy about Teena either-I could take or leave either one of them. I agree-Teena probably won’t make the Top 10 anyway. Surprisingly I agreed with all of the cuts tonight. The only cut I felt a little sad about was Shubha but I understand why they had to let her go. If she comes back next season, she just might be a lock to go further in the competition.

  • jpfan2

    The girls are a little boring and they’re all horribly styled. The hair is especially tragic. I hope the stylists perform the usual miracles with them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7ONFIPRVLCRMCWWSYTZW7O7J4 IvanG

    Kree Kree Kree Kree Kree Kree Kree Kree Kree

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

    what the hell are these judges thinking? you have got to be kidding me, not sending Isabelle through.I honestly could not believe it.1st time I have ever
    walked away from watching the rest of the show.I kept thinking ok Keith come on start laughing  and say just kidding your going through.but he didn’t.

  • vdawg

    I liked Isabelle and Shubba over Teena.  Teena must have been put in to make sure some of their favorites make it  past the next round. 

  • kayd23

    Kree was my favorite tonight. I do like Angela too.

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

    I don’t like the live audience at this point. Miss the tension of the “green mile” or “the chairs”

    I miss this part of the show and the riding up the elevator. You can almost hear their hearts beat from the nerves. I just can’t believe out of 10s of thousands of auditions this is the best crop they can come up. I don’t think the boys are any better. I’m just underwhelmed. Through the whole show all I kept thinking of was some of the past contestants from the early days. Even the ones that didn’t get this far were way better. I have to believe that the best talent in America are just not bothering to audition anymore or the producers in their efforts to cast certain types of Idols are letting some great talents not go through.

  • jammasta

    I’m quite disappointed that Shubha was gone. She’s got a great voice and great performing ability, that’s what I’ve been lacking from most of the girls in the past few seasons.

    And yeah, the producers have to be really careful about Angela if they really like her. I didn’t feel that one as much as I did her last one. No doubt she does have a gift. However, I see her suddenly getting Pia-ed if they blow smoke up her ass too often. And she has to be careful, too. She’s at high risk of “Early Favorite Syndrome” that plagued many shock eliminations (such as Pia, Daughtry, etc.) and cursed others who did not meet expectations (I guess Siobhan fits in here).

  • tomr

    Can’t get past Angela having teeth like Marie Osmond.  Agree with the top five.  Adrianna was a nice surprise…nice voice AND cute!  Kree is my favorite but she needs a makeover ASAP.

  • blackberryharvest

    Well its only 5 out of 30 remaining contestants so far.

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

    I didn’t really care for Tenna. I think she got through on the “emotion” of the performance and “connection” to the song, rather than any amazing vocal ability, IMO. (If anyone wants to hear a really great interpretation of the song she sang, I’m pretty sure Felicia Barton from Season 8 has one on YouTube.) But I don’t necessarily think that Isabelle or Shubha deserved to advance over her, as neither of them were outstandingly better than her.

    The others, I definitely agree with, since IMO, they were the top 4 on the night. I have no problem with Angela, thus far. And I like Kree a lot. Amber was a pleasant surprise, but she has room for improvement too. And Adriana gave a solid performance of a difficult song, and also has room for improvement. So yeah. I agree with the choices tonight, surprisingly enough.

  • Jeremy Carrion

    The song that Angela Sang isn’t and original song.  Its “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J 

  • nncw

    During the group auditions I caught a glimpse of a young black woman who I thought had a wonderful voice and its been driving me crazy ever since – there was no mention of her name – now I wonder if it was Amber. 

  • blackberryharvest

    Rising country star Kacey Musgraves on Kree Harrison(They are friends)

    KACEY MUSGRAVES ?@KaceyMusgraves @kreeharrison1 JUST KREEMED EVERY OTHER CONTESTANT on AMERICAN IDOL!!! HOLY SHIT!!! #TeamKree #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/ES9m6W5Giq

    KACEY MUSGRAVES ?@KaceyMusgraves No but seriously, America, how does it feel to be bent over and spanked by @kreeharrison1? #getusedtoit

  • http://twitter.com/aalleexx101 Alex M

    i dont know if it was said, but Angela’s song wasnt her’s it’s “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J

  • merkureye

    Angela didn’t take Isabelle’s spot, Teena Torres did and undeservedly so. 

    Not to worry I’m pretty sure they want Isabelle back next year.  That’s why Nigel tweeted this afternoon that those eliminated in these rounds can come back.  They kept Teena because TPTB know when she goes on the Top 20 show to the voters, she’s a goner. 

    I agreed with Nikki, the crappy wig made her look old and ridiculous. 

  • jammasta

    I’d probably buy Kree’s, but even as someone who likes all of Janelle, Paul, and Jimmy and wants all 3 of those guys in the Top 10, (who are all country) I agree lol. I love Angela’s voice, but I see her going Christian. Not that it’ll make her not my favorite girl, but I probably wouldn’t buy her album.

    That’s been an issue with the girls they cast, seemingly. Compared to the guys, I somehow have perceived a lack of diversity and standouts in both S10 and S11.

  • John M

     Compared to the guys, I somehow have perceived a lack of diversity and standouts in both S10 and S11.

    I think that is on the individuals that perceive it that way, and not the show, because I don’t think that is the case. 

  • jammasta

    ….Strangely, the fact that I realized Angela didn’t do an original again makes me warm up a bit more to her performance. I’ve never heard that song, though. 

  • merkureye

    Hate to say it but those tweets by Kacey Musgraves make he/she sound like a dumbass.  Who is Kacey Musgraves?  I do like Kree but this kind of shiz is not helping her.

  • justmefornow

    If you’re a country or diva fan this season looks like it’s shaping up to be a win-win. 
    If you don’t like either of those styles, like myself, it also looks like you’re out of luck (and probably bored) this year.

    Oh well.

  • John M

    Diva isn’t a musical style. 

  • blackberryharvest

    What styles do you like? I can probably name someone from the top 40 you might like :)

  • justmefornow

    It just makes it look like her friends are assholes. 
    I agree, not helpful.

  • jpfan2

    Angela is a talented girl but she needs a makeover as badly as Kree. The hair is a disaster. She also has to watch the big smiles. The Marie Osmond teeth are distracting. If she dials it back a little I think she should go far. Isabelle wasn’t amazing but she did my favorite song of the night. Kind of sad to see her go.

  • jammasta

    Let’s also not forget that we’re only seeing half of the people this week, and there are some people we haven’t seen yet. There’s bound to be someone you like.

    …And I actually do like country :P.

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

     THAT’S WHO SHE REMINDS ME OF!!!  Marie Osmond!!!  It’s been bugging me.  LOL!

  • LA944

    I guess I’m alone in this–but I did not like the Angela’s arrangement of MFV. I thought she over sung it–especially the 2nd half of the song. That song is so intimate that I hate when it’s done with lots of runs and so on. It takes the feeling right out of the lyric. She does have a nice voice though.

    Kree was my fave of the evening. I like the way she sings and her vibe

  • justmefornow

    I meant not a musical style, but a singing style. Maybe I should clarify: Big, belting, OTT, ballad singers.

  • ptebwwong

    Kacey Musgraves is a country singer with a current top 15 hit on the charts. She was on Nashville Star as a contestant. Also, she has written songs for Miranda Lambert. 

    Kree is what some people consider a “professional.” She has been known for years in the country community. She is friends with Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe (member of Miranda Lambert’s girl group, Pistol Annie’s).

  • girlygirltoo

    LOVED Kree. Liked Adriana and Amber. I was totally bored by Angela’s original song, but she sang well. The other girls? Meh.

    I was hoping for fewer slower songs though. 

  • http://twitter.com/HaleyRSupport Elizabeth

    Angela didn’t sing an original song.. she sang “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J. An amazing song btw! :)

  • justmefornow

    I’m holding out hope. After all I’m still watching, for now, lol.

  • beanowl

    THIS JUST IN:

    The only contestants I care about this season are Angela Miller, Charlie Askew, JDA, and ZOANETTE JOHNSON. 

    Everyone else can go home now and the show won’t be any less interesting, I promise.

  • justmefornow

    Hard Rock. 
    Don’t think there’s anyone this year, but we’ll see.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    This is pretty cool…videos with each of the top 40! They take you on their hometowns and give a little bit of a background on themselves. It really shows their personalities!

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8x9Zx_hMDsYod-31J3TUgOnL9XbS6V4H

  • LA944

     HA! That’s what I told my husband the other week. She looks like she could be an Osmond relative.

  • beanowl

    Heh. I’m watching the video of Kamaria’s performance ahead of time (West Coast here!) and it’s wonderfully awkward and terrible. So awful and I’m enjoying every second of it.

  • http://twitter.com/cherylcase3kids cherylcase

    Love Kree Harrison… and I hope she wins–  but what a shame the American Idol audience didn’t get to hear Brandy Neelly’s version of Up to The Mountain on that big stage.  Check out her singing the song– fighting back tears– at her Papaw’s funeral eight days before she left for Hollywood.  So talented!  And so dang gracious!
    http://youtu.be/IJE0i2iB2nA

  • merkureye

    Liking the 4 judge panel.  I enjoyed all their comments and it fills the time.  Last years panel was a producer’s nightmare with no more than Steven Tyler brought to the table.  Loving Nikki and Keith.  I am giving Mariah her props. I was tough on her earlier in the season and even suggested she be fired but, she brought it tonight.

  • justmefornow

    You mean she’s a… 

  • merkureye

    Ashley Monroe I know.  Love, love, love Ashley great singer and songwriter.  Love her co-write with Brett James on Jason Aldean’s “The Truth”. 

  • ptebwwong

    Yes, she’s a “plant.” Some people on this blog have compared her to Carly Smithson from S7 and doesn’t think she has a chance of winning because of that.

  • SnowFairy444

    I don’t get the Kree love. I don’t like country/gospel or whatever she was singing. She dresses very poorly and she needs a complete make-over. I don’t see any success here whatesoever. Sorry people.

  • merkureye

    You are alone.

  • jammasta

    Tenna kinda looks like Stacy Francis on a bad day. Kinda sounds like her too :P. 

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

    I love the sudden death format and thought the judges put through five who deserved to move on.

    As for all the bashing of the young ladies and how they were dressed or how their hair looked the show is American Idol and not America’s Next Top Model.

  • http://twitter.com/THEROCPRINCE Cory Patrick ??

    Can I just say that Amber, BLEW ME AWAY tonight? Her natural singing ability was just outstanding! She has moved into my #1 female spot. 

  • jammasta

    “This is how you start the night! YO, MAN”

    *punches TV*

    FFS, Randy, can he disappear?

  • dante

    I thought Amber and Adriana were great!
    Don’t get the Kree love at all.
    Something about Angela bothers me?

    LOVED the judges and was not expecting to……..

  • SnowFairy444

    Again, this year the girls are coming off as pageant girls or divas. Where are the hip, edgy girls who can sing? From what I’ve seen so far, I doubt very much that a girl is going to win this year. Sorry.

  • CB40

    Kree is absolutely incredible. Angela delivered too. Just awesome. 

  • elliegrll

    I think that is on the individuals that perceive it that way, and not the show, because I don’t think that is the case.  

    I think that it’s on the show.  They allow the guys to show their personalities, but don’t do the same with the female contestants.  The way that the females are edited has always been an issue, but it has gotten a lot worse since season six.  There haven’t been a lot of “artist” edits for the women.   There’s also a problem with the type of songs that most of the women have been given.

  • durbesque

    I liked Kree the best.  Her voice sounds natural and relaxed.  To those calling for a makeover, I remind you….? van der Pelt.

  • mtlfan2

    loved Kree and Amber tonight. Liked Adrianna. I was disappointed to see Shubah go; i think with guidance -she’s only 17– she would have been interesting to watch; I was thinking that it was refreshing to see a girl with a strong personal style. Well i hope she comes back next year.
    Good 5 picks except for Teena - i’m not a fan 

  • jammasta

    I actually agree with that. Idol’s too stuck on pageant girls and divas.

    The “hip and edgy who can sing” seem to always be relegated to the guys. Can Siobhan and Crystal re-audition?

  • elliegrll

    Angela is a talented girl but she needs a makeover as badly as Kree. The hair is a disaster. She also has to watch the big smiles.

    She reminds me of Lisa Welchel, or the Stepford wives, who are like her.  I have a bad feeling that her personality will be similar to Lisa’s.  

  • CB40

    CORRECTION FOR EVERYONE: ANGELA’S SONG TONIGHT IS NOT AN ORIGINAL. IT’S A JESSIE J COVER that I recognized as soon as I heard her sing the first few lyrics: Nobody’s Perfect

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSZVYZTze74

  • CB40

    CORRECTION FOR EVERYONE: ANGELA’S SONG TONIGHT IS NOT AN ORIGINAL. IT’S A JESSIE J COVER that I recognized as soon as I heard her sing the first few lyrics: Nobody’s Perfect

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSZVYZTze74

  • Kastek421

    Amber was awesome and so was Kree but having heard Crystal’s and Josh’s versions I can’t say that she surpassed either one.  There a couple things that bother me:

    1. Some folks contention that Amber oversang MFV. Listen to the vocal she has a clear tone and used runs very wisely.  I challenge anyone to listen to her performance vs. Kree’s and see who used the most runs.   I think you would be very surprised.

    2. Why are black singers termed divas? this is part of the reason I sometimes AI viewers as uneducated on musical styles.  Melinda, Jordin, and Lakisha were all deemed “divas” but each one basically sang a different genre.  Same with Candice and Amber, their styles are miles apart.  Hopefully we can evolve this year into better descriptions of voices.

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

    Angela doesn’t need a makeover, leave her alone. Makeovers don’t turn out good on these reality shows.

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

    Angela doesn’t need a makeover, leave her alone. Makeovers don’t turn out good on these reality shows.

  • Larc

    Some of the best judging tonight that I’ve seen on Idol for several years.  I hope they keep up this level throughout the rest of the season.  However, I would have called out Amber on her overdone spasms of melisma.  Songs such as “My Funny Valentine” are great enough in their own right that they demand the KISS method of performance.

  • Larc

    Some of the best judging tonight that I’ve seen on Idol for several years.  I hope they keep up this level throughout the rest of the season.  However, I would have called out Amber on her overdone spasms of melisma.  Songs such as “My Funny Valentine” are great enough in their own right that they demand the KISS method of performance.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Melinda Ademi is neither. Same with Juliana Chahayed. And Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, or Kree Harrison.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Melinda Ademi is neither. Same with Juliana Chahayed. And Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, or Kree Harrison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christinargoodwin Christina Goodwin

    Someone probably said this but Angie’s song was not an original it was Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J 

  • SnowFairy444

    On a plus note….extremely happy with the judges panel. What a huge improvement over the past couple of seasons. Finally, we have judges who are judging. Hallelujah!!

  • jammasta

    Randy Jackson talking to Shubha about runs.

    The one time he brings up runs in a criticism, and it’s the wrong time for it. DERP.

  • Allison

    ” Angela is a talented girl but she needs a makeover as badly as Kree. The hair is a disaster.”

    And here I thought it was just me. No matter how talented Angela may be I just can’t take her seriously with that hair.

  • jobeob987

    Hmmm, not feeling Tenna or Angela much at all.  Sorry to see Shubha go.  That was a strange performance, I agree, but damn, the girl can sing!  I liked Isabelle too.  I could have easily traded her for Tenna or Angela.   Overall fave performance of the night?  Kree, hands down!

  • jammasta

    I actually agree, the panel is doing a GREAT job. Nicki and Keith have been good all season and have been consistent. It took a while to warm up to Mariah, but I think she’s finally doing a good job (if not coming off a bit like she’s piggybacking everyone else). 

  • chili1000

    I’m perfectly fine with the 5 that went through tonight. Kree, Angela, Adriana and Amber clearly deserve to be there.  Arguing over whether Isabelle, Shubba or Teena deserved the 5th spot is the same as arguing over who is 16th to 20th best in the competition.  Just not worth it.  That person is guaranteed to be gone next week anyway. 

  • merkureye

    With her outstanding performance tonight of MFV, Amber Holcomb may have just supplanted Candice Glover’s spot in the Top 10.

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

    Wow, that Amber is cute as a button!!  Hey guuurl!

  • Xentusk

    Kree was best of the night for me…

    Who else thinks she bears a big resemblance to “Rose” on 2 1/2 Men, Melanie Lynskey ?

    “Rose”
    http://movieblogbydonna.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Melanie-Lynskey.jpg

    Kree
    http://unrealitytv.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/kree-harrison.jpg

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

    “The “hip and edgy who can sing” seem to always be relegated to the guys. Can Siobhan and Crystal re-audition?”

    Season 9 was the last time the girls had a good chance to win.  So far, I haven’t seen anyone as unique as Siobhan or as “Mother Earth” as Crystal.  There are several girls I think could win, but we need to get to know them better!  At least none of these girls will be trated cruelly.

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

    1.Judging panel is very nice. I’m happy they are actually doing what they were hired for.
    2. Kree and Angella are overrated for me. I have no connection to their tone. I want to like Kree’s voice, but I’m not on the bandwagon just yet.
    3. Adriana was the best who got through tonight. Pleasantly surprised.
    4. Shuba and/or Isabell should have made it through. =(

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

    1.Judging panel is very nice. I’m happy they are actually doing what they were hired for.
    2. Kree and Angella are overrated for me. I have no connection to their tone. I want to like Kree’s voice, but I’m not on the bandwagon just yet.
    3. Adriana was the best who got through tonight. Pleasantly surprised.
    4. Shuba and/or Isabell should have made it through. =(

  • hayes

    I maintain that having 4 judges wasn’t the best decision the show has made this year, but I can get behind these 4 if they keep up what they’re doing.

    Some notes:
    1) I agree with MJ, I would have kept Isabelle over Tenna. Isabelle gets a wild card spot if there is one (or three).
    2) Amber was a pleasant surprise. She sounded really good.
    3) Angela needs to tone down the makeup. Her “look” kinda turns me off (I’m a guy, FWIW). Also, I feel robbed of a real critique tonight. I don’t think people needed to be reminded of her original song just yet (it aired last week!), but Mariah’s and Nicki’s critique was solely about that.
    4) If you’re gonna sing Up To The Mountain, don’t try to emulate Kelly’s version. I usually like Kree, but I did not enjoy that tonight (solely because of how much I like Kelly’s version).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ogiedacio Melchor Jr Dacio

    I’m sorry for Isabel and Shubba. But I can’t argue with the judges decision. They’re certainly right. I could only wish they give a chance for them later on. Wild card show anyone? 

  • curly_yenta

    Kree for the WIN!

  • jammasta

    3) Angela needs to tone down the makeup. Her “look” kinda turns me off (I’m a guy, FWIW).

    Also a guy here, and I agree. I feel weird taking this from Full House, but I felt Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis said something really relevant lol. Not the exact quote, but she said “The key to putting on make-up is to make it look like you have none on”.

    Take notes, Angela. And especially TENNA. They’re both pretty, they don’t need to look like clowns. Or even take tips from Nicki… who makes entirely weird outfits, but it works.

  • Miss Chaos

    The show was good, no one stood out for me, they picked the best of the 5 they could.  The judges—really good.
    But Can I just say, my best excitement of the night is waiting to hear Keith say BaaaBeee!!!!!!

  • Incipit

    I tried to watch this in Real Time, ‘really’, I did. Well, sorta, I was switching back and forth between another show and this – but it seemed every time I clicked in it was a Country singer, or the return of the Big Voice Belter. Got as far as half way through Kamaria, and I couldn’t do it anymore. 

    Thanks for the videos, mj, I’ll check them out tomorrow for the ones I missed, which is the last half of the show, I guess, and the judge’s comments …but there is no one I would vote for yet.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Yeah you definitely missed the best performances. The best were all after Kamaria!

  • http://iwokeuplaughing.wordpress.com ajsrichantra

    Um…I haven’t looked through the comments, but the song Angela Miller sand was “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J.

    I think she sang it really well, but I wasn’t jumping up and down. One thing I noticed is that Angie loves her some Jessie J. “Mamma Knows Best” for her audition, “Who You Are” in Hollywood, now “Nobody’s Perfect” in Las Vegas. Is anyone gonna call her out for that?

  • http://twitter.com/Acadiacoast Sapphire

    I like Kree and Angela best on their original songs.  I especially love Kree’s song about losing her mom.  It could be a hit and I listen to it all the time.  Her Rose song is even better than what she has done on the show.  Wish they could do more originals but you need more time to sing country songs.

    But, I agree her voice was good tonight but vanilla compared to Crystal and my all time fav of this song from singing shows – Josh from first x-factor.  

    I do think this is the best panel of judges.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Kree!! Surprise of the night for me. I haven’t really loved her up till now, but I’m really digging her vibe and voice. AND AMBER. SANG. DAMN. WOW.

    Tenna was super meh. Didn’t understand the judges’ comments. Weird phrasing. Angela needs to stop doing originals. It’s gonna get old really fast. Adriana was fine.

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

    Keith almost makes me want to go have a beer with him…. and I don’t even drink very often at all.

    That’s okay, Keith doesn’t go “out for a beer”. He is a recovering alcoholic. :)

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

    Having been in the audience for this show – a few more thoughts on the performance.

    - I didnt see a big audience reaction to Teena.  But its clear the judges were enamored by her ability to get into the emotion of the song.  Keep in mind most of us in this “theatre in the round” never had a good view of the performer’s face.  I’ll add the pageant-looking Isabelle or the smiling Brandy.  We just did not see it because most of us were behind or to the sides.  So we pretty much responded to the voice – and nothing remarkable to recall.

    - Adriana picked up a decent crowd reaction, especially toward the end with that finale right in front of the judges.  I recall that being the first decent audience reaction.

    - Shubha’s jump from the piano got good response, but then it just flattened out.  Just nowhere to go.  I think she would be around if she held that tension for another verse.

    - Angela has support – there were those in the audience with face signs, well noted by the audience host Jay Flats. There is some organization here.

    - Amber amazed.  So did Kree.  Damn Kree sounded good.

    - It took about 15-20 minutes for the judges to decide on the top 5.  Several others were around the table – however I did not notice Jimmy over there.  Maybe he was but I just did not see it.  They called for more light midway in the process.

    - After the show finished, both Nicki and Mariah visited their respective fans.  I noted some fans calling for Nicki across the stage – she seemed to want to go there but her handlers kept her on the path – yet someone in her group fetched those fans’ autograph book for Nicki to sign.  Randy pretty much waved and moved out; I didnt follow Keith but I think he found some fans too.

    - Lots good audience banter with the judges and Ryan.  In some cases they seemed to enjoy and respond to it.

    - The intro was done twice. There was a redo of the ladies intro where they retaped from the moment just before the Iovine intro. Otherwise fairly clean production.

    - The hair and makeup assault on the judging table during every break was pretty funny to me.  But more fun was watching how completely un-distracted Ryan is by the clothing and hair people hanging off him at every available opportunity.

    And most importantly, I know I was in many of the shots – mostly the crane shots since I was near the left pedestal..  But almost always blurred or in shadow.  Damn!  No good Facebook captures :)

  • sdmama

    Wow, the first goose bump. Amber! It could have been the song I love, but if she can keep the run minimum, let me jump on her band wagon.
    Unfortunately, last year, I was feeling the same way that Erika, so I might have jinxed this girl. I hope not. I want to hear more from her!

  • jammasta

    Huh, the more you know. Still, I hope my point was clear that I’d go hang out with the guy :P.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I thought it was overall a great show tonight. My main complaint was too many slow songs. I would have liked to see a better mix of more upbeat songs.

  • FinalFantasy13

    o.o everyone seems to really be loving kree.. Can’t say I love her all that much yet.  Her up to the mountain was good but doesn’t match Kelly’s.. I think she would shine more if she picked a song that could focus more on her tone and phrasing as opposed to her range (or lack there of) because that’s where she would shine..

    Also she has the personality of a stump.. She isn’t even the cute reserved type to me she is just kind of there..

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    My tivo ate the show, so I missed it.  After watching bits of the videos, don’t feel like I missed much.  I like Kree’s voice, but her song was boring, the rest I’m pretty meh on.  Thought Isabelle was better than a couple they put through.  

  • maymirabella

    I agree sdmama, Amber was amazing! Wow where has she been hiding?

  • maymirabella

    I hope both Amber and Candice make it. They are not that all similar in styles so they could both do well.

  • maymirabella

    Glad it was not just me thinking Angie should update /change her hair. It is a bit dated like a mullet

  • maymirabella

    I so agree with all you said, Kastek! Bravo!

  • genius13

    Im not quite understanding the kree love just yet..to me she’s had 2 really solid performances but I haven’t been wowed by her yet…I do like her “comfortable in my own skin” type of vibe tho..I like that she just wore a regular shirt and a pair of jeans and sang her heart out..im just not feeling any star power from her rite now..but of course things will change as time goes on

  • Truthisagun

    Underwhelming episode. The song choices were snooze worthy and I don’t care for the bunch of boys this season so we’ll see if next week gals episode can redeem this Zzzz.

  • http://www.facebook.com/px.sheng.jamelia Pxsheng Ilano

    nice observation! angela is over rated. Adriana didnt get airtime for the past few eps but she’s the best amongst the five who went through. Isabell could have moved forward…

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Holy Crap. The judges are amazing. 

  • CB40

    Honestly, Jessie J is amazing and Angela does those songs well, so I take no issue with it. It’s not like she’s singing Somewhere over the Rainbow every time like Kim Locke did.

  • irockhard

    Teena – Meh, and one of the weakest vocalists. Isabelle is just as meh but at least she’s a better singer. She’s not making Top 10.

    Kree – I think her spot is deserved.

    Angie – She’s one of the best girls this year.

    Amber – Pleasant surprise, she’s got a lot of talent but I’m never gonna be a fan of these diva balladier types.

    Adriana – Honestly way more Thia Megia than Jessica Sanchez. I would’ve picked Shubha over her as she’s 100x more interesting. Another one who’s not gonna make Top 10.

  • irockhard

    Teena – Meh, and one of the weakest vocalists. Isabelle is just as meh but at least she’s a better singer. She’s not making Top 10.

    Kree – I think her spot is deserved.

    Angie – She’s one of the best girls this year.

    Amber – Pleasant surprise, she’s got a lot of talent but I’m never gonna be a fan of these diva balladier types.

    Adriana – Honestly way more Thia Megia than Jessica Sanchez. I would’ve picked Shubha over her as she’s 100x more interesting. Another one who’s not gonna make Top 10.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Ok I just watched all of it. I take back everything I said about this season. Forgive me for writing it off. This show has really gone back to a ‘vocal’ show. I thought Shuba and Isabelle had incredible vocals I think they came close to Kree and Adriana but their phrasing and emoting was at a higher level. Number 1 vocal goes to Amber?!! What was that?!!!! But I completely agree with Nicki! She needs to believe. But it was technically amazing…

  • HKfan

    She needs a makeover to help her tone it down, too much makeup and too fake looking.

  • wordnerdarchie

    One thing I noticed is that Angie loves her some Jessie J. “Mamma Knows
    Best” for her audition, “Who You Are” in Hollywood, now “Nobody’s
    Perfect” in Las Vegas. Is anyone gonna call her out for that?

    Jessie J is with Universal, parent company of Interscope, right?  There’s one connection.  You know the list of songs “available” any given week is not that big – manipulation is still going strong on Idol.  Looks to me that Angie is marching lock, step and barrel to the beat of those pulling the strings (or not). ;)

  • HKfan

    Just finished watching this episode.
    Thoughts….
    I’m not totally on the Angela bandwagon, although she definitely deserved to go through, there’s something about her I’m not sure about. She needs to tone down the make up, and change her hair, it looks straight out of the 80′s. Love that she’s singing Jessie J though, love her.

    Kree was the best vocal of the night, but she definitely needs to put in more effort with her appearance. It looked like she’d just come in from a shopping trip to the supermarket. I don’t agree with Nicki that the sexiness was oozing from her…I just felt frumpy housewife.

    I actually liked Brandy, Kamaria seemed really sweet, but that was not good. Liked Amber, think she was my favourite of the evening, think its the dimples and blue shoes.

    And I think Shuba should have got the final place, agree she should have stayed at the piano, but at least she tried something different and tried to liven up the show. I think she’s different to the others and has a lot of potential.

    Love Keith, Nicki looked much better tonight with the toned down lipstick. Think Mariah should be given the chance to speak first sometimes. And does anyone else find it odd how she always looks away from the person she is talking to?

  • windmills

    Kree was my favorite last night mostly because of the wisdom in her voice. I love her tone and her phrasing. I worry about people feeling like she is being overpraised but she is defiitely getting the “so gimmick-free/so authentic” edit on this show. I think the producers are holding back You Would’ve Wanted It That Way for a performance deep into the competition where it could be another huge breakout moment. But for her to get there, she is going to have to be very, very smart about her song choices. 

    Keith and Nicki was right to warn Angela in their nice way about not overdoing it and to be confident in her place in the competition. There’s a risk of her seeming overly calculated and overly eager to please. I hope she figures that out because she’s such a great pop singer. 

    Adriana and Amber definitely earned their places with their performances tonight. I especially enjoyed the way Amber built her song rhythmically. I think the key for her going forward is going to be picking out of genre songs and bringing that contemporary R&B feel to them. I hope she doesn’t get caught in the trap of singing songs already in her own genre. Loved her confidence and ease as a performer. 

    I didn’t enjoy Tenna’s performance (especially her tone) and she seems like she is in mostly for easy knockoff in the voting round. But I don’t feel too broken up about Shubha and Isabella not making it this year because they could both benefit from another year or so to refine what they do. Shubha was overambitious with her performance but she has the makings of somebody who could actually be really interesting given a little more time. The judges were totally right about how she overdid her runs. But I loved that she brought an Eastern flavor to some of her runs – that’s the kind of thing that makes her sound unique and I hope she sticks with that. It’s great that she had the instinct to start with the piano and then bring some energy to the crowd but she was overthinking at the piano and then she looked a little awkward stomping around. But, it was the right idea so she just needs to work on execution. 

    IMO by saving Shubha for last and showcasing her with her BFF Adriana, combined with all the screentime Shubha got, Shubha was clearly getting the Hollie Cavanaugh “please work on what you do, come back next year, and you’ll be put through to the finals where you’ll have a better chance of going deep” edit. Shubha’s articulate, likable, and loaded with potential. Hopefully she will come back.

    Pretty good judging last night (especially by Keith) though there were definitely times Randy felt superfluous. Randy and Mariah need to work on distinguishing their critiques a little bit more. Mariah’s on the right track focusing on the vocal performance aspect. Keep this up and the media buzz is going to turn back in Idol’s favor no matter what the ratings are.

  • dishwalla

    I also think Angela is over rated.  The early front runner usually stumbles. 

    No question that Kree has the vocal ability, but it takes more than that, especially when they get into the Top 10.

  • justmefornow

    I know it’s still early, but I agree, Angela is very over rated. Something about her is very annoying and off putting. And she has that ‘deer in the headlights’ kinda eyes, lol.
    Kree is ok vocally, but seems to have  a very low key, kinda boring personality, that could hurt her going forward.
    Amber was the best last night, IMO, a nice pleasant surprise.

  • Kirsten

    I thought it was a great night of singing with only one true train wreck (Kamaria – she was sharp for most of the song).  I had high hopes for Shubba, but she through too much into that song and it became a bit of a mess (and girl can’t really dance – maybe she can when she wears flats?).

    Kree was the performance of the night. She really nailed it. I was going to gripe about her not really dressing up for the occasion (that’s what I might wear to the mall), but then I remembered Phil Phillips wore the same grey t-shirt and bed-hair for an entire season and he won. Why can’t she do the same? I’ll continue to live in my fantasy land. Thanks.

    That was a whole lot of ballads last night. I hope that the girls don’t intend on pulling that all year. Yes, you sound lovely singing a sad song, but we need some energy once in a while. Otherwise, you’ll all end up like Pia.

    I felt sorry for poor little Jenny. I don’t recall seeing a thing about her and then they send her out first. She didn’t help herself by making a relatively obscure song choice and dressing in a lamp shade from Moulin Rouge.

  • Caro3278sweet

    Kree has made me watch the show again. Oh, and Nicki. 

  • fantoo1

    Haha truth.

    Grady Smith
    @EWGradySmith

    There was more actual critique in tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol’ than there has been in three seasons of ‘The Voice.’ #truth

  • IrisandLilies

    Up to the Mountain is not a Kelly Clarkson song.  It’s a Patti Griffin song.  Kelly Clarkson, when she sang this song, massacred it (and I don’t mean that in a good way).  She oversang and sucked all the emotion out of the song.  The best cover of this song was Crystal Bowersox’s on finale night.

  • http://iwokeuplaughing.wordpress.com ajsrichantra

    I see your point. I agree she does sing them well, I just would like to hear something else. That’s all.

    I too agree that Jessie J is amazing! I have her album so I was able to recognize Angela’s song choice only after a few lines (I only got to see the clips of her song by the time I got home last night). I think she’s kind of underrated here in the US. 

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

    Best show of the season! Loved the judging. But wow, Curtis being so smug in the audience is a total to run off for him, for me, (for you!)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    Oh hell no, Kelly’s version was nothing short of brilliant and that’s why even Simon Cowell was falling over himself praising her for that performance.  Kelly put that song on the Idol map and that’s why it has been covered by other contestants ever since.  Kree even copied KELLY’S arrangement to the note…and subsequently received great praise.

  • IrisandLilies

    I don’t care what Simon Cowell said, Kelly did not perform that song the way it should have been performed.  Yeah, she has a great voice, but when it comes to singing songs that require a lot of subtlety, she often fails.  Crystal’s version had the subtlety that was needed to bring out the emotional depths of the song.  Simply hitting all the right notes and adding run after run does not always make a song better.  Sometimes restraint is key.  Kelly’s voice is great for the pop/rock songs she sings, but like every singer, she doesn’t excel at singing every song.  As a big fan of folk/country/bluegrass singers such as Patti Griffin, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Judy Collins, I was unimpressed by Kelly’s version.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    There is no “should have been performed” when it comes to artistic expression.  There is only subjective opinion.  Just because you prefer folk music to music that is more infused with a soul/gospel vibe does not make the performance wrong or bad.  I find Kelly’s version to be very soul stirring, emotional and inspirational, just as Simon Cowell and many many other people did.

    For me Crystal’s version was merely okay, nothing special.  No goosebumps like with Kelly’s performance.  Does that suddenly make it “wrong”.  No.  I just find it greatly pales in comparison to Kelly’s passionate delivery.

    Crystal doesn’t have the ability to hit the rafters like Kelly does, so of course she will never choose to do that in a performance.  Kelly can sing with power and with subtlety and her choices for when to do either is exceptional. 

    Again, there is a reason Kree copied Kelly’s arrangement.  It does the song great justice and the proof in the pudding is that Kree was one of the more praised performers of the night.