For the first time, the boys were better than the girls. They weren’t spectacular, but there were fewer WTF moments, and a genuine moment, from Michael Lynche.  Generally, the guys did a better job of choosing songs than the girls did.

Tonight’s show was a real game changer for the guys. Who would have imagined Tim Urban, Alex Lambert and Todrick Hall as Top 12 contenders, with former front runner, Andrew Garcia in danger of elimination?  At the onset of the semi-final competition, that would have been unimaginable…

Live blog and vids after the JUMP…

Ryan Seacrest walks the line of guys. Is he trying to psych the out? Anything to make sure they suck worse than the girls tonight. Heh.

Ryan to Simon: “I think Kara is your binky” Ooookay.

Lee Dewyze – “Fireflies” by Owl City – Lee’s got his guitar back this week. He’s still got some pitch problems, but I’ll admit right here and now, I like his vocals. He’s got a nice gruff quality to his timbre. Not crazy about his song choices, thought. Randy thought it was a strange song choice, but, “You made it work, man.” Ellen liked that he made it rock, “I think a lot of people like you…you’re adorable.” Kara says, “You look confident tonight, there’s a star bubbling…you made the song better.” Oh, Simon is teasing Kara. He thinks she’s Paula. Simon says, “There’s nothing to rave about…but I’ve seen the progress over three weeks…I think you are better than that version of the song.” Simon thinks Lee has a good chance of making the 12. – 1-866-436-5701VIDEO

Alex Lambert – “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne – Alex has his guitar again. This version is a bit sound a like, but I’ll tell ya, this kid has a really good voice. A really cool rasp, and a nice tone. Seriously recordable. He’s going to sound fantastic on the mp3s. Last week was not a fluke. He’s got a good shot at the 12. Randy says, “Good song choice for you…I wasn’t jumping up and down…could have done more with it.” Ellen says, “You are becoming a mushy banana! You are consistently getting better and better and better. I love your innocense…you need more confidence, but don’t get cocky.” The only thing standing in the way of winning is you….you are still stiff you are not in it…we need vulnerability, let go.” Simon says, “You are so still concentrating on trying to deliver the performance…you have to imagine Randy in a bikini..you’ve got to stop staring down that lens…you’ve got a really distinct voice.” I agree with the judges, he still needs to loosen up. – 1-866-436-5702VIDEO

Tim Urban – “Hallelujah” by Tim Buckley – Erm. His phrasing sucks. Zzzzzz. But at least he’s staying mostly in key. That’s a victory. There are so many good versions of this song. And of course, he does not even begin to stack up. Randy says, “We’ve had some good times on this show with that song…you did pretty good.” Ellen runs up on stage to hug him, “That was fantastic!” Kara thought Tim was going home, “And now, I think you’re kind of in it. That was an honest interpretation, you showed it,” she says. Simon says, “I kins of feel responsible for you doing well tonight. Very very smart with that song…not the best version I’ve ever heard, but the strongest performance I’ve ever heard from you.” Ellen says she feels bad that she’s been so hard on him. It was the best he’s ever sounded, but I didn’t really dig that very much. I mean, why are we grading him on a curve? – 1-866-436-5703VIDEO

So far, the boys are better than the girls.

Andrew Garcia – “Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera – He tells Ryan that he just learned this song. I dunno, this is a little boring. Andrew gives the song a nice, touch, but ultimately he doesn’t do much with the song. He does have an interesting voice, but he’s under-utilizing it. ugh. Randy says, “Very interesting song choice, it didn’t quite work for me…a little pitchy all over the place, it had no range to it.” Randy likes his sweater. Ellen says, “I thought it was a great song choice, it was what you needed to do…it was at the end when I was ‘Oh that was great’” Kara says, “You peaked so early, and you’ve been chasing that ever since, you were fighting with the rhythm of the song.” Simon says, “For me, it really came over…it was a little bit desperate, you over thought it…you’re kind of still going backwards at the moment.” Andrew is never going to live down that freaking “Straight Up” thing he did in Hollywood. Seriously, it wasn’t THAT great – 1-866-436-5704VIDEO

Casey James – “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban – Casey is sitting on a stool with an acoustic guitar. Gee, the guys are all folky tonight! Casey’s not having a water cooler moment, but he’s showcasing his voice nicely. He can sing. Randy says it was a safe choice. He thinks he should do something like Stevie Ray Vaughn. Ellen notes that he’s more comfortable sitting. She really liked it. Kara says, “I’m kinda back on the Casey train..it was honest, doing what you do best…I’m missing that spark, but a move in the right direction.” Simon says, “I would say it was your second best, it made you sincere, but we won’t be raving about it in 24 hours, but you sounded great.” – 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “I’m Already There” by Lonestar – Eep. This is NOT good. Shakey vocals, really pitchy. He’s a little better on the chorus, but he’s really just a mediocre singer. Blech. Randy says, “You got the makings of a great singer…you should work on the lower notes…a job well done, more work to do.” Ellen says, “I think you’ve sounded better, it was a little too much song for you.” Kara says, “That song…it’s in the 3rd person…it’s not relevant to your life.” Simon thinks Kara is full of crap. “It’s a beautiful song…it’s not a great vocal, it had emotion,” Simon cautions on confusing the contestants. Argh. I’m with Ellen and Kara on this one. I didn’t feel a connection to the song, and his vocal was weak. Another kid trying to play grownup – 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Todrick Hall – “Somebody to Love” by Queen – Oh that transition from falsetto to chest voice? Really rough. Hm. This is a little weird for me. A hard song to sing. Good in spots, but I think Todrick took on more than he can handle. Randy says, “Todrick is back..dude you proved that you can really sing…one of the best vocals I’ve heard by a man.” Erm, no? Ellen says, “You are a brave young man…you made it like a gospel song, you did a good job.” Kara says, “It was really good singing, I didn’t know whether to love it or laugh at it….but the singing was good.” Simon said, “It was good in parts…but you are a Broadway singer…I see you more than that than a recording star.” Simon gives him points for moving around and not boring people. And, Simon says, he may have just saved himself. Oh noes. I hate this guy. – 1-866-436-5707VIDEO

Mike Lynche – “Women’s Work” – by Maxwelll (Kate Bush) – Oh, this is definitely THE performance of the night. Awesome vocal, and Mike is singing with such conviction and passion, and he’s just brimming with confidence. Very, very nice. Hello Top 12! Randy says, “I got to give it to you…this is crazy…it was dope….the last note…that was hot.” Ellen says, “OMG, that was so beautiful. You are the one to beat now.” Kara is crying. Holy f*ck, she really is turning into Paula! Simon says, “This was so needed tonight, it was all a bit boring, a bit worthy…it’s the best performance we’ve had of all these live shows.” – 1-866-436-5708VIDEO

The guys pwned the girls this week!

 
  • lakhesis

    Omg… Alex and Aaron were cracking up but trying to hide it when Ryan was making his spheal- PRICELESS. Made us laugh like idiots at home.

    ouch… Bad song choice Lee.

  • Tristessa

    Anyone have a live link?

  • Mark

    Between the performance, Ryan, Simon, and Kara… wow. Most awkward start to a show ever?

    And Simon is harping on moments again. *sigh*

  • lizland

    Fireflies, after Hinder? I’ve officially written Lee off.

  • unique28v

    Lee doesn’t look as nervous tonight.

  • http://wwpv.smcvt.edu VAidolFan09

    What in the heck? I like Lee but what an awful song choice…

  • songsungblue
  • Bearcatgrad9912

    I LOVED it! Go Lee!

  • songsungblue

    I don’t know, he bugs. I’m not sure why.

  • tinawina

    That was okay. That was the best he’s been to me.

  • luval

    Simon is correct about Lee. No wow in my opinion. Of course I’ve been waiting for the wow factor since day one.

  • rayni

    It was so flat and everybody but Simon was full of it. Awful.

  • kk613

    C’mon Lee hit a note, any note.

  • sunchick

    WTF? I actually think that was Lee’s best performance. I still hate the song, but the vibe allowed him to work the natural Adam Durtiz-ness of his voice rather than forcing the power rock thing.

  • Organic

    Oh my gosh, when Lee talks, he reminds me of Gokey.

  • will

    Can Simon retire the “I don’t think you had a moment” line already? For what he gets paid, can’t he come up with original observations instead of catch phrases?

  • unique28v

    Simon is correct about Lee. No wow in my opinion. Of course I’ve been waiting for the wow factor since day one.

    Me too. I don’t think anyone has really had a wow moment yet this season. But I think Lee looked a lot more confident than usual so that helps him out.

  • JennyPA

    Using Ryan as a measure, I’d say these are pretty short top 8 boys!

  • claudette

    Love Lee. Blah about song. Not motivated to vote at all.

  • Valentin432

    I don’t get Lee appeal at all, he has awfull taste in music.

  • lizland

    Oh my gosh, when Lee talks, he reminds me of Gokey.

    I completely agree!

  • soccerboi

    I hate that freakin’ stupid song. But Lee made me actually like it better than the original. Not bad Lee…you’re SAFE

  • shell29

    Sorry, I’m just not feelin’ Lee.

  • colette

    got the live sound, no pic at http://www.tvpc.com/Channel.php?ChannelID=2121

  • songsungblue

    Women have a crush on ….him? Really? Well, I guess if Adam Douchewitz can get Courtney Cox, anything is possible.

  • tiagobbg

    lol @ Organic. C’mon, Lee is not as bad as Gokey… I mean there’s no way someone can be more annoying than Gokey anyway.

    I don’t think the performance was bad, but definetely no wow factor. He’s safe for the top 12.

  • primeminister

    I liked Lee better this week than the past two weeks, so he’s going up in my book. :)

  • anovich

    Lee was my #2 among the guys – I’ll see how I feel at the end of the hour.

  • sunchick

    Can Simon retire the “I don’t think you had a moment” line already?

    Yes, pleeeease. It would be way less annoying to actually tell someone who had a moment that they had a moment rather than keep repeating “not a moment, not a moment, not a moment…” to the peeps who haven’t had a moment. LOL

  • Dweia

    Ugggh, I missed Lee. Gee-whiz… :(

  • rayni

    C’mon Alex – you gotta PERFORM not just sing.

  • soccerboi

    Alex! 2 good weeks in a row! Nice job. Sounded a little like Rod Stewart tonight…yes?

  • Hannah Palindrome

    I like Alex and the song…

  • Owlgirl

    I love Alex’s voice so much

  • luval

    JennyPa…yes, all short stuff here!!lol Thought I was the only one that noticed.

    Am pretty sick of guys (and gals) with guitars.

    Goodbye alex (very nasaly)

  • Valentin432

    That’s what we call coasting.

  • tiagobbg

    Didnt like Alex very much, even though it was honest. He’s safe though.

  • tinawina

    Okay its official. I’m behind Alex 100%. Not perfect, but you can see the potential coming out of this kid. I really like him.

  • will

    Too FAST Randy??? Are you high?

  • ggdoorsfan

    this guy sang the crap out of that… his tone and phrasing were spot on… these judges are full of it.

  • http://wwpv.smcvt.edu VAidolFan09

    Talk about going from cannon fodder to legitimate contender. Alex rocks.

  • luval

    Thought Kara was gonna say “The only thing standing in the way of you winning is your last name”!!

  • colette

    again, no mention of Taylor, who really sang that song much more persuasively.

    Nice scratchy voice, Alex, but stage charisma?

  • Owlgirl

    Alex is going to make it on my iPod two weeks in a row. ^^ Hope he makes it to the top 12 and they fix his hair.

  • Cynthia101

    Just no Alex. It was so forced and I felt absolutely NOTHING from him. Poor imitation of the incredible Ray LaMontagne version.

  • mandabutter

    Lee picked a bad song in my book and then didn’t do enough with it. Maybe he was better in rehearsals, but I don’t see rehearsals. I actually wanted the original Owl City version back and I hate that song. He may still make it through, let’s see how tonight goes.

    I’ll have to watch Alex back again, I blinked and it was over. Did he sing more than 6 words??

  • songsungblue

    I thought she was going to say “Your mullet.” Heh, heh.

    *waves at luval*

  • unique28v

    I think Alex gained a bit more confidence this week. He’s getting better.

  • tiagobbg

    Is Simon Alex father or what? He acts weird him, different from the others.

  • gangreen29

    Alex! 2 good weeks in a row! Nice job. Sounded a little like Rod Stewart tonight…yes?

    yeah I hear a lot of Rod Stewart in Alex. I liked it, better than Taylor. I thought Lee was good, I think that fireflies song is catchy. I know that it is a bit of a ripoff of the Postal Service but its still fun and better than most top 40 songs out there.

  • sunchick

    Unlike the dude who went to jail, I don’t believe Alex has actually ever experienced this trouble of which he sings. Hair trouble, maybe. Was he singing to his mullet? I dunno. But, vocally he sounded pretty good.

  • ggdoorsfan

    word tinawina – this is the performance i have been waiting to hear from a contestant… i wanted and was eager to to hear him from start to finish…. he’s on the radar…

  • tinawina

    Cocky banana is now my new favorite phrase. I love stealth Dirty Idol.

  • shell29

    I still love Alex, but he does need to loosen up a bit.

  • tiagobbg

    Kara sucks.

  • sr4mjc

    Another ballad. Tim cracks my shit up, I can’t help it.

  • rayni

    Heh – he’s doing Jason. Actually it’s the best he’s sounded.

  • kk613

    I like Alex better than Lee

    Ellen must really like banana’s…who knew!

  • luval

    Oooo Tim sounds fine so far. One of my favorite songs.

  • Organic

    Well, Tim is doing better than his first week. He’s giving it an effort for sure.

  • songsungblue

    I can’t believe that Idol is getting me to hate hate hate this gorgeous song. Wait to sing it like it was a RELIGIOUS song – dude, it’s not. It’s a song about last chances…oh forget it.

  • will

    Oh Tim, really, this song choice is sacreligious.

  • lizland

    Hey, Tim is pretty good. And heartfelt, which helps sell it. And he successfully avoids all the falsetto.

  • soccerboi

    I’m Liking Tim tonight too…Good song choice for him. Nice!

  • anovich

    Talk about going from cannon fodder to legitimate contender. Alex rocks.

    This kid could be this year’s Kris/Cook if he plays his cards right and opens up a bit

  • HermeticallySealed

    Man I hate that song. Can’t stand it, no matter who sings it. >.<

  • tinawina

    Holy shit. Tim just made the tweens everywhere faint dead away. He’s in the finals, people.

    I don’t think he understood a word he sang, but it doesn’t matter.

  • Trina

    Oh crap Tim didn’t suck! WTF?

  • shell29

    OK, I can’t completely crap on Tim. Not the greatest, but it’s the best I’ve heard from him.

  • tiagobbg

    Ellen sucks worse than Kara sometimes.

  • colette

    again not bad but isn’t something more required? like not just coffee-house-OK? “A pretty good job” — WTF? aren’t they supposed to be a lot better than that?

    I feel like we’re watching an audition for the school variety show…

  • tiagobbg

    Tim is so not going home, crap.

  • kk613

    Tim sounded good. Not better than Castro, But he was good. I like him for some reason. I guess it is sincerity.

  • sunchick

    Okay…..AI Tim’s Hallelujah >>> YouTube Tim’s Hallelujah (so much better), but AI Jason>>>AI Tim, and Jeff Buckley pwns all.

  • lakhesis

    I really liked it… when he started singing, I didn’t even realize it was Tim – turned to see who was singing so well.

    At least this was in his vocal range *snickers*.

  • monleo1705

    OH NO!!! Tim is SO gonna get in TOP 12!! Sucks!

  • unique28v

    I don’t think he understood a word he sang, but it doesn’t matter.

    LOL

  • gangreen29

    Tim Urban is proof that Hallelujah is one of the easiest songs to sing ever cough jason castro cough.

  • Valentin432

    WTF are these judges smoking?
    This proves that this song can make anyone look good.

  • unique28v

    Simon is right. A confidence boost is something everyone needs. That is what Paula was so good at.

  • http://wwpv.smcvt.edu VAidolFan09

    Best performance from Tim by a mile.

  • Organic

    If Tim makes it to top 12, I wonder if the stylists will give him a hair cut.

  • luval

    Tim is cute.

    Organic..good observation. Maybe spikey hair will make the guys look taller!!!

  • karenc

    Hmmm, there might be some truth to that

  • shell29

    again not bad but isn’t something more required?

    Not if you’re the designated tween/teen heartthrob with shirtless pics circulating the ‘net.

  • songsungblue

    Not understanding the lyrics of that song, and hitting I BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD ABOVE like that – ughhhhhh. He made Jason Castro’s rendition look like Bob Dylan.

    It’s official. I hate that kid. [Musically. That's all. Musically].

  • rayni

    So far the guys are head and shoulders above the girls with song choice. They’re picking what works and that’s what counts.

  • sue

    That was just ok Lee. Not that good! That was the best song you could pick? I guess your not really the dark horse. Dang it, I had to pick him as my overall winner, NOT!. I am on the Siobahn bus right now so I should just stay there for now, hahhahah.

    Why are the guys picking boring songs. It’s like repeat of last night.
    Alex is still nervous as heck, he needs to just relax and let go. I love his voice.

    Tim wasn’t bad but he wasn’t that good either. It was ok. Let’s hope Andrew delivers. I’m falling asleep.

  • soccerboi

    again not bad but isn’t something more required?

    Not if you’re the designated tween/teen heartthrob with shirtless pics circulating the ‘net.

    Exactly!

    And Tim sang it better than Castro…

  • Cynthia101

    Ok. To give credit where credit is due, Tim was actually pretty good. It came nowhere near close to the Jeff Buckley version, but it was still miles above Jason Castro’s horrendous rendition. Good job. I think he’s a lock for Top 12.

  • Jx223

    I’m not a fan of Tim, he is my least favorite singers from the guys. But I thought that this was the best he’s sounded in the competition so far. I could see him possibly making it to the Top 12, because of this song choice/performance.

  • Owlgirl

    Tim is no Jeff Buckley, and he’s no Jason Castro either, but it was a good performance and it really seems like he’ll make the top 12 now. He was one of my pre-show guesses to go home this week, interested to see how it’ll play out.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Oh jeez. Why are all the worse contestants (based on the past 2 weeks) doing so well this week and better contestants delivering so-so performances?

  • Tony

    I’m not trying to be overly critical, but I wouldn’t give anything tonight higher than a 5 (out of 10).

    I feel like the bar is incredibly low this season. Remembering the words = “you had a moment and will go on to sell more records than Carrie”

  • Rub

    gangreen29:
    03/10/2010 at 9:19 pm
    Tim Urban is proof that Hallelujah is one of the easiest songs to sing ever cough jason castro cough.

    ouch!
    but youre right. You gotta work the public or viewer’s heart. Could be classified as cheating.

  • monleo1705

    Tim will probably rob someone’s more deserved spot for Top 12….Guys, don’t be sucked in to vote for Tim!!! *yikessss!*

  • claudette

    Tim was pretty good! He’s this year’s Kris I think. It’s not about hitting notes, but being sincere and I think he was and he’s cute. I think he’s top 4.

  • unique28v

    so far the guys are better than the girls this week.

  • Spark026

    So Lee was solid. Alex was great. And Tim was fantastic.

    WTH is going on!

    And if you don’t think Tim’s version was good, you’re just hatin…

  • sunchick

    This proves that this song can make anyone look good.

    Not necessarily. There was an X Factor version that was posted a while back on MJ’s sung by some chick was overwrought and gawd awful. Haaaaated it.

  • loosegoose

    Um, OK. My TV must have a sound distorter on it or something. This is the first time this season I’ve watched more than bits & pieces, so I can’t compare tonight’s performances to what these fellows have done in previous weeks. Yikes.

    I enjoyed Lee, despite some rough spots. He was loose and really into the song.

    Alex–oh, no. Can you say “nasally”? Awful tone of voice. Unlistenable.

    Tim–a kid singing an adult’s song. Go listen to Taylor Hicks’s version from S5 for how a *good* AI contestant did it.

    I can’t believe the judges have been slobbering all over Alex and Tim. Are the performances really so much better tonight than in previous weeks? Boy, that’s a scary thought.

  • kellyo

    Does anyone think that Alex looks like a young Paul McCartney?
    I was surprised with Tim too and ditto about taking a spot from someone else that more deserves it.

  • sealily1c

    What is with all the guitars????? It has become Guitar Idol!!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Lee-He took my advice (I’m responsible haha) that was exactly the type of song I was thinking about.WAsn’t amazing,but I hate you less lee.Good job.

    Kara-please STFU

    Alex-sweet kid,but didn’t impress me

    Tim-SO DAMN HOT.AND TODAY HE PROVED HE CAN SING .I FLOVED this!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT JOB TIM!!!

    Awww Ellen hugged him

    It’s less boring now

    Andrews up-he’s singing christna aguilera.thank god he’s not singing hurt that’s what makes me cry since my grandpa’s death

    I LOVE andrew’s performnace!!!

  • anovich

    What’s with Andrew picking songs sung by women – too bad there’s no Paula to talk about shopping in the women’s department. And I’m really not likng this.

  • soccerboi

    Good Idea Andrew but your voice is just not that good. You missed on this one again.

  • Tony

    WAT

  • Organic

    Andrew’s my fav of the guys. Very talented.

  • Rub

    These idols are gonna make me put away my guitar for good – cant stand looking at my own instrument now.

    Drop the guitars dudes, you’re burning them.

  • will

    Well at least Andrew admitted he desperately needs to try and repeat “Straight Up” without actually doing “Straight Up.” I find this to be much too gimmicky, It’s doing nothing for me.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    oops i’m sorry,I didn’t mean to bold!!!!!! :(

  • tiagobbg

    I thought Andrew sucked, eww..

  • monleo1705

    Genie in a bottle???????

  • gangreen29

    Remembering the words = “you had a moment and will go on to sell more records than Carrie”

    Um no I don’t remember this at all, did someone ever say this on the show?

  • rayni

    I’m liking what Andrew has done with Genie but he’s a little flat sometimes. Dang.

  • lakhesis

    It was interesting. But strange…
    My sister complains about he doesn’t like to look at Andrew. I think he needs to lose the glasses. But I think he has potential than that…

  • Mark

    Tim was pretty good! He’s this year’s Kris I think. It’s not about hitting notes, but being sincere and I think he was and he’s cute. I think he’s top 4.

    Kris pretty reliably stayed on key, and could phrase and interpret circles around Tim. As could Jason, really. Similar type does not similar quality make. I doubt Tim will go full-on Top 4, even if this was “OK”; I doubt he’ll ever be consistent.

  • kk613

    I’m not liking Andrew voice at all.

  • songsungblue

    Do not like.

    Andrew is a cocky banana.

  • kellyo

    four white guys with guitars…what this show is lacking this year is diversity! I am so missing Kradison this year when I couldn’t take my eyes or ears away from this show.

  • Spark026

    Was kinda hoping Katie Stevens would do that one lol.

    But from Andrew, that was just wierd…

  • believeme

    Andrew’s song sound like Destiny Child for me. Like Tim

  • gangreen29

    Not necessarily. There was an X Factor version that was posted a while back on MJ’s sung by some chick was overwrought and gawd awful. Haaaaated it.

    Oh I love Diana Vickers version! I love overwrought though.

  • loosegoose

    I have to correct my previous post, but the site won’t let me edit or delete and start over, so here it is. I got Alex’s and Tim’s songs mixed up. Alex was very nasal AND did a kid job on an adult song that Taylor did a great job on. Tim did a lousy job, period. Sorry for the mixup!

  • lizland

    Andrew is very meh to me. He is trying too hard to repeat himself. Although he is much better re arranger than Toddrick.

    I think Simon nailed it with this one.

  • tinawina

    The best he’s been in weeks, but I didn’t love it. I think he’s going through, but he’s like Lilly – his schtick will get old. They are bussing him.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Straight Up > Genie in a Bottle, by far… poor guy, he peaked WAY too early.

  • Cynthia101

    The award for worst of the night (so far) goes to Andrew. UGH. WTF was that? I think my ears are still bleeding. Simon is right: it was desperate.

  • unique28v

    four white guys with guitars…what this show is lacking this year is diversity!

    Yup. We’re going to have the 3rd guitar winner in a row.

  • sr4mjc

    If Tim makes it to top 12, I wonder if the stylists will give him a hair cut.

    What about Alex’s mullet?

    Andrew, your voice did not sound good dude.

  • soccerboi

    Totally agree with the judges on Andrew…they hit it on the head. He has peaked already but will make the top 12…maybe not the top 10 but def the top 12.

  • sunchick

    I actually kind of sorta maybe liked that cover of Genie in a Bottle, but with those lyrics he could have stood to be a little bit more irreverent and tongue and cheek, performance wise, to push it from hmm, interesting to hey, pretty cool. But I don’t agree about losing the melody blah blah blah.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    My fans are voting?!?

    MUHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Okay. Those “fans” will not be voting when you’re eliminated.

  • anovich

    Kris pretty reliably stayed on key, and could phrase and interpret circles around Tim. As could Jason, really. I doubt Tim will go full-on Top 4.

    Tim likely will make Top 12, but Jason and Kris could both sing circles around him. As I posted earlier, I think Alex is the one most likely to take a Kris trajectory at the moment.

  • unique28v

    Andrew was good. Its annoying the judges keep going back to the straight up performance.

  • kellyo

    I’m actually looking forward to Todrick just to see and hear something different. Shoot he may make it in just b/c people can’t keep the guitar players separate!

  • gangreen29

    Kris pretty reliably stayed on key, and could phrase and interpret circles around Tim. As could Jason, really.

    lol no

  • Owlgirl

    I really do hope Andrew doesn’t miss the top 12 because I feel like maybe he’ll get his footing back a bit with the themes. This is an interesting year though, crazy to think that both the people who got the pimp slots in the top 24 could be in danger this week.

  • amiroamor

    Tim’s the best so far. How’s that?

    Urgh, Andrew, please go home already. The performance sucked.

  • lakhesis

    Kris was always consistent I feel… Just that he was drowned out in some bigger voices and some back stories. Adam’s and Allison’s voices… Gokey had a loud one too I guess.
    Aint no sunshine when she’s gone…

  • mandabutter

    Ooh, Andrew. Do not like this version. I’ve never heard a male sing this song but this is something I NEVER want to her again. I agree w/Kara.
    Tim’s performance was a Week 1 semifinal performance to me as far as quality, he needed to have already improved sooo much more by now. Not good enough but I’m sure he’ll make it anyway. We have to lose perhaps a really good female voice tomorrow for this crap, so its even 6/6. Yipes.
    Oh, and Jason C.s version of Halleluja >>>>>> Tim tonight (imo)

  • sunchick

    Best part of the show so far: Iron Man preview. <3

  • Mtlfan

    who knew that Alex and tim would be the best so far!

  • Tony

    Andrew.

    No words

  • shell29

    The best he’s been in weeks, but I didn’t love it. I think he’s going through, but he’s like Lilly – his schtick will get old. They are bussing him.

    ITA. They’re definitely bussing Andrew, but I’m still voting for him. I don’t care, I still like his voice. I think he should stop trying so hard to match that “moment” in Hollywood and just do what he feels right to him. I think Andrew has a pretty sizeable fanbase already, so I don’t think he’ll have any trouble making Top 12.

  • colette

    I don’t think Andrew will be gone, because he’s no drabber than anyone else but at least obviously a talented musician. but I still got the blahs tonight

    I have this feeling Michael L. is going to sneak up from behind the blow every out of the water….just by being DYNAMIC….

  • Hannah Palindrome

    I love this song by Keith Urban…

  • sr4mjc

    another slow song. Seriously? When is no ballad night?

  • Trina

    Is it too much to ask someone, anyone, sing something upbeat for gods sake?!

  • unique28v

    Andrew is never going to live down that freaking “Straight Up” thing he did in Hollywood. Seriously, it wasn’t THAT great

    I agree!! The judges need to let that go.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Smart choice by Casey. This is really good so far.

  • will

    If I see one more WGWG (or in Andrew’s case LGWG) I’m going to scream.

  • anovich

    gangreen29:
    03/10/2010 at 9:32 pm
    Kris pretty reliably stayed on key, and could phrase and interpret circles around Tim. As could Jason, really.

    lol no

    Confused by what you’re trying to say here.

  • Bearcatgrad9912

    CRAP! Our local feed cut out in the middle of Andrew and STILL has not come back! I’m missing the rest of the show! What I heard of Andrew though was not that impressive. He’s trying WAY too hard. They need to quit telling him to do another type of Straight Up cause this ain’t working. And singing a female song is okay as long as the lyrics are not overtly female. It just sounds very WEIRD to hear a guy singing about being a genie in a bottle…ew!

  • Valentin432

    Lol, whay did they put 5 straight white boys with guitar singing slow songs, I whoever sings an up tempo has my vote at this point.

  • Organic

    What about Alex’s mullet?

    I’m with you there too. Stylist please.

  • tiagobbg

    I think Casey was honest. I’m def not a fan though.

  • luval

    Casey sounds good. Hate hate hate the guitars now. Don’t like the song. His hair looks like alison’s red from the spotlight. At least on my tv.

  • rayni

    I luv the purdy Casey but rayni don’t do goaty vibratos.

  • sue

    I actually like Andrew tonight. Is it guitar night??? Geezeeee
    Casey was good but not great. NO one is great yet. I’m bored, the girls were better.

  • monleo1705

    I am still voting for Andrew. Themes is something where he will shine, he wouldn’t be just singing those boring list of songs given to them every week. Hopefully he does something original with them.

    Genie in a bottle????? Still not sure what i feel about it, but then again, that’s what Andrew does! – He surprises me!!! LOL!

  • kellyo

    i love Casey James. Total eye candy and lovely little gravely voice. Shut up Randy, thank you Ellen, Kara, go home!

  • JenOhio

    Casey for the win.!!!

  • jobbix

    Ugh.. They need to ban the guitar and other instruments.

  • anovich

    can someone please come out witout a guitar – it’s kind of annoying now…thank you Aaron for not having one

  • unique28v

    I still think as a whole the guys are better than the girls this week.

  • gangreen29

    Confused by what you’re trying to say here.

    That neither Kris or Jason were reliably on key. I think both are better than Tim, but again….certainly not reliably on key.

    I hate aaron, I hope he goes

  • tiagobbg

    AAron sooooooooo off key omg, I feel bad for him

  • soccerboi

    Casey is alright to me…nothing great. Hes safe though

  • Jx223

    kellyyo

    I do think that Alex resembles a young Paul McCartney.

    Andrew seems lost. It does seem like he peaked too early. His vocals haven’t been very strong since the semi-finals began.

  • Organic

    Boy, don’t care for Aaron’s voice on this either. Sorry Aaron.

  • sr4mjc

    oh dear, this is terrible.

  • songsungblue

    They squealed all over the crap that Tim vomited up, and they didn’t think Casey was good enough? What? Is there a new prize for Most Improved that I’m not registering here?

  • brie200

    I don’t like Aaron’s voice. Like at all.

  • will

    Ooh Aaron got really pitchy in the middle there, but he’s a shoe-in.

  • luval

    I say this every week. PLEASE SOMEONE COME OUT AND ROCK THE STAGE.!!!!!!! WOW US… dear lord please I need someone to move around…wail…please….oh well, looks like it’s not gonna happen.

  • tinawina

    Battle for the country vote was won by Casey. Aaron is a cute kid. Can’t sing yet.

  • kk613

    All them guys with guitars are getting blurry. I mean, I have a heard time remembering which one is which.

  • Miss Chaos

    Now that was pitchy dawg!

  • gangreen29

    Lol, whay did they put 5 straight white boys with guitar singing slow songs, I whoever sings an up tempo has my vote at this point.

    Um, Andrew GARCIA is not white.

  • Valentin432

    This is funny, they must have done it on purpose putting the 6 white guys singing ballad at the beginning and letting the two black guys closing the show.

  • kellyo

    Aaron is the same age as my son and he seems scared to death and so very young on the stage. Why did they put him through. That was painful to watch.

  • sue

    Suckfest Night!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boring as hell!!!!!!!! WTF is going on this week? Is it ballad week?

  • songsungblue

    He’s chasing the key the way my dog chases squirrels.

  • seriously

    Randy must be on acid.

  • useless

    he was off key…

  • will

    “Power zone in the midddle” Randy? The middle was out of tune!

  • Jx223

    Aaron sounds better than some of the other guys around. His stage presence isn’t the strongest, but in this batch of guys he deserves to make Top 12 IMO.

  • Valentin432

    Um, Andrew GARCIA is not white.

    Ok 4 WGWG, 1 LGWG and white boy off key singing ballads

  • lakhesis

    lol that was ridiculous Kara.

  • shell29

    So they’re trying to get rid of Aaron? I’m cool with that.

  • luval

    Simon has his mind on the girlfriend.

  • Rub

    Im gonna vote for this kid just because he didn’t use a guitar.

  • unique28v

    Simon is having fun toying with Kara. lol

  • tinawina

    I agreed with Kara.

  • soccerboi

    Aaron…eh? He was flat dude. He should be safe though…

  • sr4mjc

    I say this every week. PLEASE SOMEONE COME OUT AND ROCK THE STAGE.!!!!!!! WOW US… dear lord please I need someone to move around…wail…please….oh well, looks like it’s not gonna happen.

    I know right? Not this season I’m afraid. Maybe Siohban later.

    WTF Simon? Katie needs to sing young stuff, but it’s okay that Aaron doesn’t. Not that I’m a fan of either.

    At least I’ll like a Queen song! Unfortunately it’s Todrick who is singing it.

  • anovich

    gangreen29:
    03/10/2010 at 9:39 pm
    Confused by what you’re trying to say here.

    That neither Kris or Jason were reliably on key. I think both are better than Tim, but again….certainly not reliably on key.

    I hate aaron, I hope he goes

    Thank you for clarifying. I agree with Jason, especially towards the end of his run on the show. Kris had 2 off performances, aside from NoBo, but I didn’t mind it on one of his choices (Falling Slowly). That being said this is about season 9 now, not 7 or 8. Tim was ok but I just don’t understand why he keeps moving on.

    Simon’s critique just now for Aaron was also spot-on. Kara needs to go home.

  • kellyo

    “it wasn’t a great vocal” said Simon.
    It was a horrible vocal. What do these guys hear in the studio? Oh heck, what did they hear in the auditions? I am befuddled about these 24 kids…these were the best of the best? It almost seems like someone wants the show to go down in flames this year (Simon?)

  • kk613

    I like Aaron too, And Kara needs to go somewhere with her interpertations(sp?). I’m glad Simon came to his rescue, I mean the performance wasn’t great, But Randy, Ellen and Kara was beating him on the head.

  • shell29

    I enjoyed that Kara smackdown.

  • Tony

    Aaron was great in parts and PAINFUL in parts.

  • unique28v

    Im gonna vote for this kid just because he didn’t use a guitar.

    I second that!! They need to have a night without instruments – particularly guitars!

  • Miss Chaos

    Well at least Simon is standing up for Aaron, but dont know if he will get thru. Oh my on Todrick singing Queen, I’m skeered to watch.

  • sunchick

    Casey was the best so far, and I don’t even know that song. But I was feelin it.

    Aaron…[small voice]the overgroomed eyebrows and weird rocking back and forth thing he kept doing creeped me out and I had to stop watching him.[/small voice.]

  • luval

    Todrick and Queen. This better be good. Maybe this is the wailing I’m waiting for.

  • gangreen29

    Ok 5 WGWG and 1 LGWG

    and casey, lee, tim, and alex sound nothing alike, so why does it matter that they play guitar? Also, Aaron didn’t play guitar

  • jammasta

    Im gonna vote for this kid just because he didn’t use a guitar.

    I’m almost tempted to agree. I’d also vote Katelyn because she can play the piano.

    I still haven’t seen these yet, but I hope Aaron goes through. Certainly over Tim >_>.

  • Valentin432

    Todrick singing Queen, potentially first song that isn’t a ballad. Please do it half justice and you have my vote.

  • luval

    Hope someone from AI reads mj and these posts. Gotta ban the guitars at least for a week.

  • lizland

    Casey and Aaron were both boring. I’m on the Alex band wagon now. Lee has terrible taste in music and can’t sing on pitch, Casey is boring, Aaron is not that good, Toddrick is a tool, Andrew is really unattractive and one trick (song) pony, and Tim is the Kristy Lee Cook of the boys this year (pretty but not good). Oh, and Big Mike seems very karaoke to me. But maybe he’ll knock my sox off tonight.

  • sma11ie

    Aaron…[small voice]his overgroomed eyebrows and weird rocking back and forth thing creeped me out and I had to stop watching him.[/small voice.]

    That, and his goaty vibrato. Yikes

    I have to say, a few of the guys are doing okay, but nothing I’ll remember in 24 hours (tm Simon). Such a mediocre season…

    Whoa, Bo Bice in a fast food commercial! That was weird.

  • Organic

    The guitar playing is irrelavent to me. I just want to hear some singing and see some performing that blows me away, but that hasn’t happened yet this season for me.

  • mandabutter

    Ughhh, there’s 12 minutes left in the show & the only one* I’m compelled to vote for is Aaron….why God, whyyyy? *Casey is a close 2nd.

    Thank u Simon for calling Kara out on her bullsh–

  • luval

    I’m not voting but Todrick gets my non-vote.

  • believeme

    This guy ruined this beautiful song. I love Elliott’s version.

  • songsungblue

    I have an irrational dislike for Toddrick. But this was pretty good. Given the night, I mean.

  • sunchick

    Gotta ban the guitars at least for a week.

    Annnnd the producer’s master plan to ensure there’s not another guitar playing surprise male winner is now complete. Best way to neutralize that voting block>>>overstock the show with guitar playing boys.

  • unique28v

    And Todrick will get my vote because he’s the only contestant singing an up tempo song. And Big Mike is singing Maxwell, so he gets props just for that. I hope he sings it well though. lol

  • Mark

    Thank u Simon for calling Kara out on her bullsh–

    Except in that moment, she couldn’t have been more right. It was weird for him to sing that song. It didn’t work.

  • kk613

    OMG, OMG….Todrick can sing.

  • useless

    Todrick: the liveliest one so far. Not bad.

  • soccerboi

    Ugggh Toddrick…ba bye! I wish Adam would have sang this song last year though. He would have blown it out!

  • MellowLE

    This is one of my FAVORITE queen songs. Ugh that was awful.

    Please let this be the last of him, America.

  • rayni

    Todrick had a rocky start but I am damn loving this. He at least PERFORMS.

  • iluvai

    Todrick did a great job!

  • gangreen29

    Todrick was good. I also enjoy that people hate him so much.

  • anovich

    That was interesting…still don’t like him but it was nice to hear something different

  • tinawina

    2 black guys at the end means they want to make sure at least one goes through. Could it be Todrick?

  • s0x_prisoner

    I’m actually glad Todrick did well! Tomorrow’s elimination show is going to be verrrrry interesting…

  • jammasta

    Todrick: the liveliest one so far. Not bad.

    MOTHER………….

    I really don’t want him through :(.

  • Owlgirl

    I didn’t like the very beginning but Todrick’s best performance so far for sure. Wonder if this can save him, doesn’t seem like he has a huge fanbase.

  • Rub

    thats what Im talking about. Owning the stage without a guitar could do for you. And he aint even that good

  • colette

    Todrick! Woke us up! Thanks, man!

    uh oh Simon is throwing him under the bus with the magic bad word “Broadway…”

  • seriously

    This first time I liked Todrick.

  • Valentin432

    Todrick did the smart thing, he did the song half justice was the first to move on the stage and perform, he gets my vote.

  • Trina

    Wow Tim Urban has been trending on Twitter since he finished singing.

  • luval

    Simon said “the silly gloves”?

    shallow…I thought Todrick was tall. He was shorter than Seacrest.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    OMG. Simon said, “boring people singing while sitting on a stool.” hahahaha

  • Jx223

    I thought Toddrick did a decent job. I don’t mind his personality and think that he at least tries to make things interesting. Plus IMO, he does have a decent voice and I think is capable of doing nice performances.

  • unique28v

    Todrick had a rocky start but I am damn loving this. He at least PERFORMS.

    EXACTLY! He’s the only person who does perform. I can’t imagine the show without him. It would be a bunch of boring off key ballads and guitars. I hope he makes it through.

  • shell29

    Shut up Kara. I think I’m going to throw some votes Todrick’s way. I’ve been hatin’ on him for the past couple of weeks, but at least he brought some energy tonight. I enjoyed that performance.

  • ggdoorsfan

    geez kara, freddy mercury was a very dramatic singer… whatever. this is another performance us idol ”old heads” are used to getting… feel what you wwanna about him – he kicked butt on that song, and deserves to go through.

  • Miss Chaos

    Todrick deserved Top 12 with that Queen song. They gave him the best reviews of the nite.

  • monleo1705

    I can’t believe all the guys were just……bland tonight. With the exception of Andrew singing Genie in the bottle and although i admit it was kinda strange, but at least it was unexpected. LOL…

    Wow. Mike gets pimp spot?????

  • primeminister

    I remember Elliott’s version of Somebody to Love and it was WAY better.

    Ah the guys are a CRAPFEST tonight. I only kinda liked Lee, Alex and Casey so far. Just kinda.

  • sma11ie

    What Simon said- Toddrick was good in parts, it was a little Broadway in parts, BUT kinda refreshing after all the WGWG’s. I dunno, looks like no buzzworthy performance will come out of tonight, IMO. I don’t have any desire to vote for anyone.

  • kellyo

    at least he performed and sounded alive?!
    I know he has all that munchingate stuff in his past but he gets my vote tonite!

  • sunchick

    I think both are probably going to go through, tinawina. The other boys will split a lot of votes.

  • unique28v

    Shut up Kara. I think I’m going to throw some votes Todrick’s way. I’ve been hatin’ on him for the past couple of weeks, but at least he brought some energy tonight. I enjoyed that performance.

    yea!!! :) I agree. He did bring some energy and he attempted to do something different. Singing Queen was VERY brave. Even Adam didn’t do it last year.

  • kk613

    Queen is SO HARD to perform….And Todrick made it work. I mean, I was surprise. I also can see he does have a voice, I was wondering about that, But he does have one.

  • will

    I hate to agree with Simon, Todrick sang well but he is SO Broadway, that was like “Queen — The Musical.” I just don’t see him as a recording artist.

  • ggdoorsfan

    word shell29 – i may be opinionated, but i have no problem giving credit where and when it’s due – even to people i may have slagged on in the past – todrick came out guns blazing, which is what you must do at this stage of the game. it

  • shell29

    2 black guys at the end means they want to make sure at least one goes through. Could it be Todrick?

    Could be both. I think some of the “sure thing” White guys might be in trouble.

  • loosegoose

    Again, I’m not hearing what most of the judges are hearing. Todrick was painful to listen to. Very high school pageant-y.

  • Nina1

    I can’t believe the praise Toddrick got for that song. He started out strong, but then…..Nice voice, but he never seems to do what he can with it.

  • colette

    save Toderick! guess what, Mr. Simon — people on Broadway KNOW HOW TO PERFORM — THEY HAVE TO SING AND DANCE AND ACT — look it up.

  • Bearcatgrad9912

    It’s official. This season totally sucks! I’m not likin’ AT ALL.

  • claudette

    I love Todrick! So, we’re back to Broadway. I thought he was quite restrained from what he could be.

    Tim, Aaron and Todrick are the only ones that seem to be trying the week. I’ve changed my mind and will vote for these 3. The show needs some energy.

  • Valentin432

    This is going to be a hard one to predict, I have no idea who is going home.

    I remember Elliott’s version of Somebody to Love and it was WAY better.

    Depends on what you look for, of course his vocals were better but Elliot had zero performance skills he was jumping up and down on the stage the whole time.

  • Organic

    Michael sure can sing.

  • tiagobbg

    zzzzzzzzzzzz……..

  • seriously

    If Lee doesn’t make it to the top 12 I will chop somebody’s head off. I. WILL. WATCH FOR IT.

  • colette

    on the live stream I’m watching they have the camera on a black newswoman who is watching the show. her jaw literally dropped when she heard Michael’s first notes…

  • Trina

    Dayum he sounds amazing!

  • lizland

    Big Mike -you are no Kate Bush! I can’t stand the Maxwell version of this either. Just doesn’t have the same emotional heft. Yuck. People will love it though, I suppose.

  • soccerboi

    Todrick had a rocky start but I am damn loving this. He at least PERFORMS.

    EXACTLY! He’s the only person who does perform. I can’t imagine the show without him. It would be a bunch of boring off key ballads and guitars. I hope he makes it through.

    I can imagine the show without him…hopefully next week!

  • tinawina

    Too much song for Michael. But he’s engaging on stage. Good ending.

  • rayni

    Well well well. Big Mike’s got something going on and I like it! Here’s Crystal’s competition. Wow.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    2 black guys at the end means they want to make sure at least one goes through. Could it be Todrick?

    That would be really sad.
    What happened to voting for talent?
    Oh, I forgot…Urban’s still here.

    Seriously, I don’t think anyone should get voted through because of their race.
    I think Todrick and Lynch both suck.
    I think Crystal has the best chance of winning AI.

  • luval

    agree with you Collette…never understood the hate for Broadway type performers.

  • Valentin432

    The blacks guys are schooling all the white guys on stage presence and charisma.

    Damn, he’s sounding good too.

  • ggdoorsfan

    so ”broadway” is a dirty word now, lolol….

  • unique28v

    agree with you Collette…never understood the hate for Broadway type performers.

    Me neither. They are some of the most talented people out there.

  • tinawina

    Kara, stop crying. I really want to smack you.

  • soccerboi

    These judges are on crack. Micheal is not an American Idol…ugghhh…not that great people.

  • will

    Kara, you are NOT Paula, STOP CRYING.

  • Organic

    Kara is nuts.

  • iluvai

    Kara is falling off the deep end. gah….

  • Hannah Palindrome

    I can’t believe she’s crying…really?

  • sunchick

    Mike was awesome. But I totally think Kara faked those tears trying to get her Paula on.

  • mandabutter

    OMG, I’m officially over these judges. Kara suck it up.
    I was completely creeped out by Mike’s “stage presence.”

  • Rub

    they are pimping the black guys

  • lizland

    wow, i just didn’t see the brilliance. He was fine, but no emotional connection for me.

  • loosegoose

    I love that Michael dressed up for the performance. Most of the guys come out looking like total slobs.

  • monleo1705

    Please……judges. Throw Big Mike under the bus!

  • shell29

    Kara is just beyond ridiculous tonight. I mean, I like Big Mike, but it wasn’t all that.

  • luval

    I liked Clooney’s mullet better than Alex’s . lol

  • colette

    Brothers rule! thank heaven they’re still here. it’s finally a horse-race, and I don’t think anybody else could get NEAR Toderick & Michael tonight…..they made me want to watch next week!

  • tinawina

    I have no freaking clue who’s leaving tomorrow. My pool points are shot to hell.

  • ggdoorsfan

    These judges are on crack. Micheal is not an American Idol…ugghhh…not that great people.

    and what makes his chances of becoming the american idol winner so remote… he has just as much an opportunity to win as anyone… based on talent, and votes, right… if people’s votes say otherwise, then what…

  • Mark

    Hmm… after this? The cuts might be tough. The obvious boots seem to have possibly saved themselves, much to my dismay (though I wouldn’t mind a certain fading front-runner getting the boot, either, but I somehow doubt it).

  • Miss Chaos

    WTF with Kara crying over Big Mike,?

  • gangreen29

    Michael is great. I think he can help bring back black viewers to the show. We haven’t had a strong black male contestant since season 4..

  • seriously

    This just in! Kara is PMSing.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Iono. I don’t think he was that great, but he’s certainly better than most of the guys and girls I heard this week.

  • JudyL

    I really don’t know if I can stand an entire season of Kara.

  • Tristessa

    Relevant song for him.. Kate wrote it from the point of view of a man waiting outside the delivery room for his wife to give birth. With that considered, I thought it was cheesy rather than emotional like it should have been. Good voice, but he’s STILL a pub singer to me.

  • sealily1c

    That was hilarious! Really Kara? I guess I just don’t get it at all this year. Good grief.

  • monleo1705

    UGH!!! What if Mike and Todrick and TIM get in Top 12???? That will be like the most weirdest combination of men in idol HISTORY!!!

  • mandabutter

    They showed the worst portion of Tim and Andrew (and Andrew sounded worse in rehearsal I guess), hmmmm suspicious edits. >>And then the best 10 seconds of Toddrick…. Mike is overrated and I haven’t changed my opinion of him.

  • JenOhio

    LOL. Kara will be the ruin of the show.

  • will

    Big Mike is the only one among the guys who’s been consistent, confident and professional every week. Hardly one bum note. You’ve gotta give him props, even if he’s not your cuppa.

  • Owlgirl

    Man, first night I’ve been getting busy signals!

  • soccerboi

    Brothers rule! thank heaven they’re still here. it’s finally a horse-race, and I don’t think anybody else could get NEAR Toderick & Michael tonight…..they made me want to watch next week!

    That made me laugh out loud.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Seriously, this week is SO weird.

    I have no freaking clue who’s leaving tomorrow. My pool points are shot to hell.

    ME TOO! I’m already pretty behind in the pool, but there’s only around 2 or 3 shoo-ins for both the girls and guys so I don’t know who I’m going to choose.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    Who cares if they’re black or white!

    Don’t vote for someone based on their race!
    If that was true, I would only vote for Asians!

    Vote for talent! Not race! Not for sob stories! Not for their cute faces!

    Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • primeminister

    Thank you Mike. No longer a crapfest. :) At least S9 has at least one “WOW moment.”

  • gangreen29

    UGH!!! What if Mike and Todrick and TIM get in Top 12???? That will be like the most weirdest combination of men in idol HISTORY!!!

    Why would it be bad if Michael made the top 12…He was great tonight.

  • Organic

    I can’t stand the way Kara’s all over Simon. Thought we were finally done with all that when Paula left. Now we have to watch it again, but for some reason it’s more annoying with Kara.

  • JudyL

    Wish we could vote for which Judge to leave tomorrow.

  • monleo1705

    I never expected Big Mike would give the “best” live show in this season… This season is turning somewhat weird and unpredictable.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    Anoop’s on Dinner Impossible

  • colette

    hey, the point is not that they’re black. the black women were totally underwhelming this season. it’s they have a PULSE and they’re SHOWING it.

  • Tristessa

    Oh, Kara wrote the song Michael sang?

    Kate, not Kara.. as in Kate Bush :)

  • anovich

    I think this night just turned everything on it’s head. The guys I thought would be definite cuts did well, there’s one front-runner who has faded quickly and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go tomorrow.

  • Jx223

    I think that Andrew is in trouble and could definitely go home tomorrow. And then I think it will be a toss up between Aaron and Toddrick in going home. Even though I like Aaron, I would like to see Toddrick get through, because he at least tries to bring something a little different to the table, from a lot of the other guys.

    I think that Mike could go far in the competition, because I think that a lot of people find him likeable. He doesn’t have the best voice, but he is consistant and he seems like he really enjoys performing. And he is definitely more comfortable on stage than some of the other guys are.

  • alxsavage

    Oh well, this is a hard week top predict!

    I really don’t think Andrew is in danger though, I still have the perception that he is very popular

  • Organic

    Oh, thanks Tristessa – Kate Bush wrote it.

  • DarkGlamour17

    Well I think Casey will make it. :/ (ew)

  • unique28v

    Big Mike was FANTASTIC!!!!

  • monleo1705

    Big Mike is the only one among the guys who’s been consistent, confident and professional every week. Hardly one bum note. You’ve gotta give him props, even if he’s not your cuppa.

    Not really. Mike’s first live show performance doing Maroon 5 was sucky! Judges made him ditch his stupid guitar and sing big songs. Apparently, it seems to be working…

  • s0x_prisoner

    Big Mike is the only one among the guys who’s been consistent, confident and professional every week. Hardly one bum note. You’ve gotta give him props, even if he’s not you’re cuppa.

    Yeah, I definitely agree with you here. Mike’s not my favorite, but he’s very good.

    The guys pwned the girls this week!

    I wouldn’t go as far as “pwned,” but I think they were just a little better than the girls this week. Maybe it’s because I like certain female contestants more overall.

  • JudyL

    This season is turning somewhat weird and unpredictable.

    Yes, as opposed to fun and entertaining.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Why would it be bad if Michael made the top 12…He was great tonight. This comment makes me feel a bit uncomfortable..

    i cosign… i’m black, but have never let that stand in the way of voting for the singer i thought was the best one for me – white, black, latin, asian, male, female… raw talent, and the potential i see in them is the decider…it’s too much to expect that from everyone, but that’s where i stand.

  • will

    there’s one front-runner who has faded quickly and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go tomorrow.

    I know, and I have him as the WINNER in the pool. I’ve got to get around to changing that, penalty be damned.

  • Rub

    Kate BUSH?!!!?

  • MellowLE

    I don’t get why people would rather prefer badly sung uptempo songs than uniquely well sung slower paced songs. Granted I would like Alex to step it up a bit, but he sounded amazing tonight.

    Aaron had a lot of heart and emotion in his performance, it just sounded pitchy as hell. Big Mike was good too, but a little overrated. And Todrick is better on SYTYCD.

  • monleo1705

    No way…. This season needs surprises….So i’m still voting for Andrew!!!! Never know what you are gonna get from him!! :)

  • soccerboi

    Ok so ranking the guys IMO:

    #1 – Alex
    #2 – Tim
    #3 – Lee
    #4 – Micheal
    #5 – Casey
    #6 – Andrew
    #7 – Aaron
    #8 – Toddrick

    I have no idea who other than Toddrick will go home…but he will be one of them.

  • Ratna12

    unique28v:

    Yup. We’re going to have the 3rd guitar winner in a row.

    I love my guitar guy from last year, but the problem with this year is that they have no versatility at all. I can see that there are at least a couple girls and a guy that seem totally stucked to their guitars. They should have a night where there is no instrument allowed.

    And I hate, hate Kara. Stupid “age relevant” comment to Aaron and stupid cry after Mike.

  • lottinvilled

    I am with MJ….can’t stand Todrick … so phony Mike was outstanding

  • sunchick

    Mike’s first live show performance doing Maroon 5 was sucky! Judges made him ditch his stupid guitar and sing big songs.

    Totally. Hulk STRUM! I still think Crystal was the best this week, followed by Casey and then Big Mike.

  • sma11ie

    I don’t even really like Mike, but that was good. I still don’t have a favorite, but I would LOVE for Aaron to go home. And maybe Andrew– he’s got an interesting voice in parts, but he’s bored me three weeks in a row now, so I’m done waiting– and I hate the whole shouting out to his “fans” thing. Dude, it’s the semi’s on a reality TV competition, you’re not a star yet, stop being so presumptuous. Sorry, pet peeve I guess. I wouldn’t miss Toddrick if he left, but he’s been marginally more interesting to me so far than one-trick Aaron and Andrew.

    Tim did okay but I’m suddenly over him too. He’s pretty to look at but I’m losing interest if he keeps turning in safe, passable performances– we don’t even have hope for the trainwreck stuff!

    Lee is interesting to me for now, but he still seems out of his element. If he doesn’t own a performance soon, like the way Mike and Crystal do every week, I’m done rooting for him as well. Same with Alex.

    Casey sounded really good, but I just can’t bring myself to care for him.

    I honestly can’t figure out who’s in danger now that Toddrick and Tim got good reviews…

  • Banished

    What makes Mike different than Reuben? They are both big cuddly sweet teddy bears. Both great.. I apologize for not reading the last 300 comments, but has anyone else seen the likeness Alex has to a young Paul McCartney (looks only)? just wondering…

  • jpfan

    Only caught the recap and the last three. How many lame white guys with guitars can this show handle. Mike was decent but probably looked great in commparison. And Paula was much better doing her act that Kara. Kara you forgot the over the head clap. And Simon consoling Kara was so icky.

    I think this is the season Idol ends its reign as the #1 show on TV.

  • shell29

    I think some might be discounting the casual viewer vote. While Todrick is hated on most of the Idol blogs and boards, I wouldn’t be surprised if that performance hit home with a lot of the viewing audience. I will not be surprised if he makes Top 12, and now I hope he does.

  • claudette

    Tim Urban is still trending on twitter. I think Tim had 2 good weeks in a row and I like him.

    I think Andrew and Lee/Aaron will be gone.

  • Jx223

    Kara is my least favorite of the Idol judges. I didn’t care for her last year, because I thought some of the things she said didn’t come off as very sincere. I felt the same way with her tonight after she was crying during Mike’s performance.

    I didn’t even realize she was crying at first and thought that she was playing around. Her reaction to his performance just didn’t seem that sincere to me.

  • Valentin432

    The guys picked much more contemporary songs than the girls, some of them that hid their shortcommings really well like Alex or Tim.

    This might the first time in all the seasons that the contestants all choose contemporary songs on a nigth where the choice is free.

  • ggdoorsfan

    from the chicago sun-times….

    ‘American Idol’: The top 8 gentlemen perform
    By
    Paige Wiser
    on March 10, 2010 8:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)

    The website votefortheworst.com has no pity: It’s going after Tim Urban, who was originally eliminated from the finalists, only to be reinstalled and then told by Simon Cowell that he would eliminate him all over again.

    Really, now. There’s no need to pile on.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/tv/2010/03/american_idol_the_top_8_gentle.html

  • DLee

    Owlgirl:
    03/10/2010 at 10:03 pm

    Man, first night I’ve been getting busy signals!

    Who were you voting for? I got in about 20 votes for Alex with no busy signals.

  • anovich

    I love my guitar guy from last year, but the problem with this year is that they have no versatility at all. I can see that there are at least a couple girls and a guy that seem totally stucked to their guitars. They should have a night where there is no instrument allowed.

    I agree with you on everything from loving my guitar guy from last year to a night with no instruments.

  • Organic

    has anyone else seen the likeness Alex has to a young Paul McCartney (looks only)?

    Absolutely, every time I see Alex I think of the Beatles. Combination of his hairstyle and his profile.

  • Blond Mom

    This show was a zz-zzz fest until Todrick & Michael woke me up. I love the guitar…but the contestants relying on the guitar for nearly every song has made the show dull. It’s not just about singing, it’s about ENTERTAINING the audience. That’s missing from most performances.

  • sonyab

    The people I am voting tonight are

    Lee DeWyze

    Aaron Kelly

    Comments:

    Ellen: ROFL! Mushy banana!! ROFL! Then she hugs Tim Urban! :) AWESOME! Now if only Paula comes back, then Ellen and Paula would have a grand ol time! :)

    Kara: Crying!??!?! She has really channeled Paula!!! Does she want to be the new Paula? I don’t think so! :)

    Boos: Again with the fake boos by a few women! Cut that out it’s annoying.

    Lee DeWyze: YEAHHHHHHHHHH! He got big confidence!!! WOOOOOOOOOO! Keep going Lee!!!

    Casey James: That was flat. :( I was thinking that if Casey does well tonight and he makes the top 12, then he will one of my favorites.. But he didn’t so now I have to wait.. :(

    Big Mike: It was just MEH to me. The beginning with the falsetto and the end with the falsetto was really good.. I was just not impressed or wowed with the rest. And he is one of my favorites.. He’s quickly starting not to be. :(

  • GreenHippo

    I haven’t see it yet, still have almost 2 h to wait…. will watch Adam on VH1 again while waiting…. but this

    Wish we could vote for which Judge to leave tomorrow.

    made me laugh so hard. Sounds like the boys did a great job! The judges not so much.

  • zuper

    The guys pwned the girls this week!

    lol. Had to look that up(guess I’m getting old). Thank Gpd for Gppgle.

    I agree though. In a season that was supposed to belong to the girls, the boys are way more interesting.

  • chearts77

    Wow, Big Mike!! Just WOW!!! Second week in a row I have him as #1 on the guys list.

  • will

    I apologize for not reading the last 300 comments, but has anyone else seen the likeness Alex has to a young Paul McCartney (looks only)? just wondering…

    Yes, that comparison has been made before here and elsewhere. Me, I don’t see it.

  • girlygirl

    I was bored to death until Todrick and Big Mike performed. Not that either of them were great vocally, but at least their performances didn’t make me sleepy. But why was Kara crying? That was so fake.

    Andrew’s performance was odd. I don’t think that risk paid off. Tim was better than usual, but still mediocre, and way worse than most every other performance of Hallelujah I’ve heard. Alex is still way too stiff on stage. Could Lee PLEASE stop screaming rather than singing? Please???? Casey was pleasant vocally, but has no star factor at all.

    This season is depressing the crap out of me.

  • ross

    MJ, on Tim Urban:It was the best he’s ever sounded, but I didn’t really dig that very much. I mean, why are we grading him on a curve?

    Eaxctly. Because he didn’t suck totally this time doesn’t make him amazing.

  • karenc

    I didn’t like Mikes at all

  • s0x_prisoner

    I don’t know who to vote for… I don’t even have a favorite out of the guys, which is really weird for me. I guess I’ll just split some votes for every contestant I don’t hate.

  • ggdoorsfan

    star news online… more at the link…

    March 10th, 2010 10:02pm
    The guys finally step up on American Idol

    by Sherry Jones
    ( page of 2 ) View One Page

    The girls took the stage last night and there weren’t too many highlights. Will the guys do better tonight? I sure hope so.

    Here’s my take on the performances.

    -snip-

    http://tv.blogs.starnewsonline.com/11956/the-top-8-guys-perform-on-american-idol/

  • girlygirl

    Also a question — why does Andrew always pick songs originally sung by women to cover? Has he performed anything that was originally done by a guy?

  • sr4mjc

    The pool is hard this week for the guys. I didn’t like anyone, lol

  • Jx223

    I honestly can’t figure out who’s in danger now that Toddrick and Tim got good reviews…

    I think that Andrew is definitely in danger. I would like to see Tim be one of the guys eliminated this week, but I think that his performance tonight will save him.

    If Andrew definitely goes home and Tim doesn’t, then I think that it might be a toss up between Aaron/Toddrick. Or if Aaron and Toddrick can get enough votes behind them, then it might be someone surprising like Lee. Who didn’t have a bad performance, but wasn’t the best of the night, IMO.

    Aaron could get a lot of teens votes, I’m not sure how many votes Toddrick can pull in. The somewhat favorable review from the judges might help Toddrick out. But if they both pull in enough votes to save themselves, then that leaves someone like Lee vulnerable for elimination.

    I think that Casey and Mike are definitely going to make Top 12. I hope that Alex makes it as well.

  • earthy

    Every one of these guys were fodder tonight except for Big Mike.. Terrible show compared to the females last night.. So many just dull/bland performances.

  • shell29

    I’m worried about Alex. I’m afraid he might get lost in the shuffle. If I had my way, Tim and one of Lee/Casey would leave tomorrow, but I know I’ll be denied my wish.

  • Tony

    Someone holds a knife to my throat and asks me who I think will leave American Idol and that I better answer in the next 2 seconds:

    Lee & Tim

  • mandabutter

    girlygirl^^

    Also a question — why does Andrew always pick songs originally sung by women to cover? Has he performed anything that was originally done by a guy?

    Yeah, his last two weeks were songs done by men… Fall Out Boy ‘Sugar’ and then James Morrison ‘You Give Me Something’

  • Kate8

    I voted for Todrick and Alex, but with Tim’s great performance of an easy song and Andrew being the only bad performance, one of them will probably be out. I don’t think Andrew or Tim will get voted off.

  • Owlgirl

    My rankings for the night are:

    1. Alex. Buying this.

    2. Mike

    3. Todrick Hall

    4. Lee DeWyze

    5. Casey James

    6. Tim Urban

    7. Andrew Garcia

    8. Aaron Kelly

    Really only loved Alex and Mike. I actually enjoyed last night a bit more, I think, Liked everyone but Katie and Paige. Andrew was so disappointing but I hope he still makes the top 12. I have no idea who is going home tomorrow.

  • unique28v

    The guys pwned the girls this week!

    Yup!!!!

  • monleo1705

    why does Andrew always pick songs originally sung by women to cover? Has he performed anything that was originally done by a guy?

    Yup he did. First week he sang Fall out Boy. Second week he sang James Morrison.

  • DLee

    I’m worried about Alex. I’m afraid he might get lost in the shuffle. If I had my way

    He’s the only one I voted for.

  • Balance

    Maybe it’s because the Kate Bush version is one of my favorite songs of all time, but I Haaaated Mikes performance. Kara being all weird and gross certainly didn’t help. Didn’t make me want him to go home, but no, just no.

    Hoping for Aaron and Todrick to go, but it will be a close one for sure.

  • will

    Also a question — why does Andrew always pick songs originally sung by women to cover? Has he performed anything that was originally done by a guy?

    Fall Out Boy and James Morrison are guys. This is only the second time he’s done a girl’s song on the show.

    ETA: Sorry for the redundancy!

  • MaryS-NJ

    Mild depimping of Andrew and Alex. Damned with faint praise – Aaron, Casey and Lee. Praise for Tim and Todrick. Pimp spot for Mike – as expected (and deserved). Hmm… who do the PTB care about? Very interesting.

    As a group I thought the men were at least as good as the women and nobody was a complete trainwreck. Tim was most improved and while I didn’t think his performance was anything special, he’s got movie star looks that will buy him a TV role on Teen Nick or Disney if the singing doesn’t work out.

    I can’t guess who goes home. It was a pretty good night and the only one I’m sure about is Mike will pass through with flying colors – probably with Lee, Tim and Todrick. I think Andrew, Alex, Aaron and Casey (sadly) are potentially on the bubble and any one of them could go home.

    My take:

    Lee – I liked this better than last two weeks but he’s still more okay than wow for me.

    Alex – I have the original by Ray Lamontagne. Ray does it better. I think Alex has potential but this was very copy cat.

    Tim – Best he’s done so far. Daugther was enraptured. He’s a cutie but there’s nothing terribly distinctive about his voice.

    Andrew – I like his voice but he’s trying to match a MOMENT and can’t. This was sleepy and I agreed with Randy that it wasn’t much of a melody.

    Casey – I like his VOICE (and yeah, he’s cute). Lovely pure county with a little rock edge. I think he was much more connected to this song than last week.

    Aaron – Bombastic ballad started too low but got better. It’s the sort of song I’d expect from a kid who is the country version of teenage crooners of AI seasons past. Just okay.

    Todrick – I like parts of this. The beginning falsetto was good and it got churchy. The judges liked the gospel flavor but the background singers were distracting. He had good energy though.

    Mike – Voice like Buttuh! Worked the stage, cmnfortable, confident, great. Well deserved pimp spot.

  • archiedoll

    Ohmygosh, are the judges on somethin’ tonight? …Yes, Alex has a great distinctive voice, but for Kara to say he could potentially win? Helllooo, the guy’s stiff as a board. There are still a few pieces missing there…Nice of Ellen to give Tim a hug because he finally sounded good for once ….Uhhh, Aaron. I didn’t hear the same performance as the judges. Granted, he’s got the emotion part down. But dude, Tim Urban sounded better than that! I couldn’t understand his words half the time, he began really shaky, and it was pitchy most of the way through…I agree that Todrick is a little too theatrical and OTT, but I’m confused~ last year that was a good thing. Uggh.

    On a side note…way to go, Mikey! I think he just blew Andrew out of the water. Gotta love Lee, but I don’t love his pitchiness. And yes, Ellen, that does matter…Casey needs to let go a little big, agreed. He doesn’t show much emotion on his face…I think Andrew and Todrick might go home, or maybe even Tim.

  • soccerboi

    It is really going to be interesting who goes home this week for the guys. Toddrick I think will be gone because he is just not that likeable and Micheal will steal votes from him for sure. But the other guy is a toss up. My guess is Andrew or Aaron..wow didnt think that going into tonight. But I think Tim saved himself and Alex, Lee and Casey are shoo-ins to the top 12….that leaves Andrew and Aaron…
    I’m thinking Andrew…who woulda thunk it?

  • J9BT

    I think it was opposite day with the judges. I cannot believe they actually gave Tim a positive review. Come on, he isn’t in the same league as these other guys. I know Andrew made a weird song choice, but at least he can sing.

    I thought Todrick’s version of the Queen song was just weird – he started out in a very high falsetto and then went to a baritone for the rest of the song – just weird. Yet they gave him a positive review.

    I actually liked Aaron. Yes, he had a rough start, but once he hit the chorus, he was pretty good. Yet they ripped him.

    I loved Big Mike’s piece. I don’t have the energy to vote, so I’ll probably be mad as hell tomorrow night about someone good going home.

    I definitely think the boys did a much better job than the girls. So much for a girl’s season – LOL!

  • DLee

    I know some of these guys are uncomfortable in front of the camera but if you close your eyes and listen…Alex is the one whose CD I would put on and listen to. Most of the time I listen to music…I am not watching, the nerves don’t seem to affect his sound, only his body.

  • mandabutter

    Based solely on 2nite, Andrew and Lee should go home.
    I thought Casey did an interesting take on that song, I’m a fan of Keith Urban but that is one of his more mellow songs & one I could never get into, yet the lyrics call for a little more emotion. I think Casey put his gruff into it.

    If he got a full length version of it he could put some anger or bitter feelings into it, I’m interested in hearing the studio version. Do they do studio recordings at this point or only live on stage versions??

    My non-vote for who goes home: Tim and Toddrick

  • bean99

    I thought that the guys did pretty well tonight. I think the judges are a bit too hard on certain people and not enough on others but that’s nothing new. My favorites were Lee, Alex, Andrew, Mike, and Casey. I’m bummed that someone I like will probably go home because I think the young girls will save Tim again. I’m not fond of him, Aaron, or Todrick so any of them could go as far as I’m concerned.

  • october

    Someone holds a knife to my throat and asks me who I think will leave American Idol and that I better answer in the next 2 seconds:

    Lee & Tim

    Looks like you’ll live to see the Top 12, afterall. Congratulations! lol

  • sonyab

    songsungblue:

    Well, I guess if Adam Douchewitz can get Courtney Cox, anything is possible.

    Huh? Who is Adam Douchewitz? :)

  • DLee

    I picked Todrick and Aaron to go home. I think Simon purposely gave Aaron props and cut off Kara to avoid him getting sympathy votes. I am not sure why people think the tween girls will vote for him when they have Tim and Alex they could vote for.

  • kk613

    I hope Todrick stay. I think he was really trying this week. Like I said, Queen is hard to sing, But he made it work. I think he has a fanbase out their somewhere, Someone must like his performance, if he has made it this far.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I don’t see Aaron going anytime soon. I imagine he’s got the tween vote, plus he can, I don’t know, actually hold a tune. I think Andrew has more to worry about them Aaron.

  • Jx223

    I’m worried about Alex. I’m afraid he might get lost in the shuffle. If I had my way, Tim and one of Lee/Casey would leave tomorrow, but I know I’ll be denied my wish

    I’m hoping that people remember Alex’s performance last week and that will help him make the Top 12. I had wondered if he might end up being vulnerable to elimination tonight if Aaron and Toddrick can find a way to make it through. It’s a possibility that he could be at risk.

    But I also think that Lee could end up being at risk for elimination. I think that Aaron might be able to rally enough votes from the teens to be saved. And if Toddrick can round up enough votes to make it through then that leaves someoen like Lee at risk for elimination.

    I hope that Alex will make it through to the Top 12.

    I think that Casey and Big Mike are the only ones that are definitely safe.

    If it were up to me, Tim (and even though he was an early favorite of mine), Andrew would leave. Tim because I don’t think that he can sing very well, and Andrew because he’s lost his spark and hasn’t really delivered very good performances since the semi-finals.

    I would send them both home before Aaron, who I like as a person and who I think has a decent voice. And I would send them home over Toddrick too, because he at least tries to bring something different to the competition. And I do believe Toddrick is capable of delivering some solid performances.

  • sunny2

    I hope Casey and Aaron go tomorrow. I’m afraid for Andrwe Garcia, I hope his base can save him.

  • windmills

    Well I loved Big Mike’s performance. Crystal’s been more consistently impressive but I think Big Mike had the top 24′s only truly WOW moment. I still like Crystal better and maybe Siobhan too. But Big Mike showed vocal control and power I didn’t think he had in him and he did Maxwell proud IMO. The song choice fit his life and style and it really showed. Yay Big Mike! I also liked Casey. Alex was OK.

    All the judges had bad nights.

  • iluvai

    I think Simon purposely gave Aaron props and cut off Kara to avoid him getting sympathy votes. I am not sure why people think the tween girls will vote for him when they have Tim and Alex they could vote for.

    I think Aaron is cute. He is my 9 year old’s favorite so I am voting for him for her.

    I like Alex, Mike, Aaron, and Todrick.

  • Laury

    DLee:
    03/10/2010 at 10:33 pm
    I picked Todrick and Aaron to go home. I think Simon purposely gave Aaron props and cut off Kara to avoid him getting sympathy votes. I am not sure why people think the tween girls will vote for him when they have Tim and Alex they could vote for

    Agree with you!

  • ggdoorsfan

    one 4 the road – toodles!

    ‘American Idol’ quick ‘n dirty: Aaron Kelly not ‘Already There’

    By Andrea Reiher

    March 10, 2010 10:10 PM ET

    The Top 8 men were very middle-of-the-road (save Aaron Kelly, who was terrible) until Michael Lynche gave a ridiculously good performance to end the night.

    This is Zap2it’s quick ‘n dirty initial reaction to the Top 8 men’s performances. Check back later for the full recap.

    The Highlights: … I didn’t have one until Michael Lynche. Not that they were all bad, but nobody was “WOW” until Lynche. He did very well on an incredibly hard song.

    The Lowlights: Aaron Kelly needs to go. That vocal was painful. Also, Andrew Garcia’s “Genie In a Bottle” didn’t work at all, but we’ll get into that in the longer recap.

    The Lights: Casey James got back on track, even if he wasn’t super. Tim Urban is 100% safe because he’s the Cutest Boy in All the Land who has hung around while not doing very well. He finally gave a good performance, so his fans must be going crazy, even if on a sliding scale of “Hallelujah” performances it was utterly mediocre. Todrick Hall may have put himself back in the race with a great vocal on a hard song.

    Check back here later to read the full recap on the Top 8 men.

    http://blog.zap2it.com/ithappenedlastnight/2010/03/american-idol-quick-n-dirty-aaron-kelly-not-already-there.html

  • druzilla

    Based on tonight alone I could see Lee or Andrew being a “shock” elimination tomorrow. I also hope we’ve seen the last performance from Toddrick.

    While I like the guys more as a group than the girls, I still think Crystal is the overall lead.

  • cheese

    I love Alex, but I don’t think he did enough to stay.

    Mike’s performance was so great, but the thing that left the biggest impression on me tonight was Andrew Garcia asking me to “rub” him 50 times. Do. not. want.

    I think Alex and Aaron will likely go. Lee probably got some tween votes just for singing Fireflies.

  • monleo1705

    What a night….. Tomorrow is going to be nail-biting!!

  • dhunken

    Ugh….I blame the judges for how boring this year is to me. Even the good people seem boring because too many of the performers are the same. Practically everyone is a singer with a guitar. Not a bad thing unless they all are doing it. This doesn’t make for good tv or a good Reality show. Yes I love Crystal but with everyone being guitar singers (and she is by far the best) but seems just like one more of the group and I think takes away from her. As mediocre as Todrick is he a least comes across like a breath of fresh air because he is different. That was the beauty of Season 7 and 8 and almost all of the past years because of the diversity there was something for everyone and also a good reason why the top 10 all get careers of some sort after idol. I think after this year a lot of them will not as they will compete in the same market. (Not just singer song writers but idol singer song writers) Why Kris and Adam worked and David Cook and Davie Archuleta worked was they both pulled from different markets of the music world. It wasn’t like they were all vying for the jazz market. (just using Jazz as an example) and even smaller the Jazz/Idol market. I think that is what this year is going to be all about and that is very sad.

  • Rub

    Crystal = one trick pony

  • ggdoorsfan

    Huh? Who is Adam Douchewitz? :)

    is this a trick question on jeopardy lol :)

    it’s who is…

    Adam Duritz

    right, the counting crows lead singer?

  • iluvai

    I think Crystal is really good but if I had to choose between her and Mike at this point it would be Mike.

  • will

    I also think either Lee or Andrew is going home, it’s a toss-up as to which one. I doubt it will be both. Decisions decisions!

  • bean99

    I hope Lee, Andrew, Alex, and Casey are safe. I think a top 12 with all the young boring, boys would be dreadful as Simon would say. I’m enjoying this season so far but that won’t last if the ones like Tim, Aaron, and Todrick last too long.

  • jammasta

    I’m so scared Todrick will get through.

    I’ll be honest. If you’re cocky, I don’t give a **** about you. At all.. Arrogance is, IMO, extremely terrible. Either humble up or just rot. I don’t care how good you are, you don’t EVER deserve to brag or be a self-entitled diva.

    Lee – He sounds too much like Danny Gokey trying to be David Cook. I do commend him on losing the pitchiness and I’m kinda surprised his pants didn’t fall. So yes I give him points for losing that pitchiness :). However, I’m still not sold.

    Alex – A little too nasally, but I really do love this guy’s voice. The mullet is still bloody awful. He definitely deserves his spot in the top 12.

    Tim – If he’s cute, well, I’d rather be ugly. Probably why I’m single, but his look is horrible. That said, this performance was a crapload of MEH. No emotion at all. But I don’t hate him :P. He can go, but I really don’t hate him or dislike him.

    Andrew – Wow…… This one SUCKS. So F*CKING tired of guitarist males right now. Missing Kris. Kris would’ve slaughtered Andrew with this song. Eugh. Horrible. He can go. Totally lost me after an extremely weak three weeks.

    Casey – He and Alex are the only guys in this group who should ever be allowed to touch a guitar again. He’s actually good. However, I need something more edgy and more energized…..

    Aaron – Umm….. I hate myself, but there were some pretty weak moments in there. I do love this kid’s voice though. Dare I say it? He has probably one of my favorite voices of the guys, along with Alex. But we needed something more powerful. Once again, it’s a huge case of NERVES. PLEASE VOTE HIM AMERICA I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

    Todrick – Die.

    Michael – LMAO @ the falsetto. It was kinda like he got stabbed in the rear to hit that note (not to say that it was bad, it was just kinda humorous to me :P). But oooh my God, he delivered last week and this week. I found my R&B guy. Sweetness. Oooh, very pretty ending.

    Ranking:

    1. Michael
    2. Casey
    3. Alex
    4. Aaron
    5. Todrick (I am so going to hell for that, I didn’t even give him a review, I just said “Die.” Okay, here it is. It wasn’t…… awful. Huh. You know, if he loses the diva-ness, I can see myself liking him…… but that’s a huge IF, because it’s hard to lose the diva-ness. And I hate arrogant people with a passion. HATE. They don’t deserve MY AIR. Sorry, I’m kinda going insane >_>).
    6. Lee
    7. Tim
    8. Andrew

    I really don’t think the guys pwned the girls tonight. Michael was amazing, Casey was good, Alex was okay, and Aaron was half-good-half-bad. From tonight’s performances, I’d kick off Tim and Andrew (and then I’d have to just hope to GOD that Todrick gets 12th or 11th. Or makes himself more likable and less of a diva. Preferably the latter so I don’t have to be so hateful).

    Also, LOL, I totally saw that it said Casey should do Stevie Ray Vaughn and I was like “WTF WHY WOULD HE DO HAELEY VAUGHN’S SONG?!” Isn’t it spelled Vaughan? That was an interesting little thing that made me laugh.

    Hmm. I guess I’m still trying to stick with my favorites, Crystal, Didi (who replaced Lilly after I decided she’s done too many similar songs, but still do like Lilly), Siobhan for the girls, Alex, Aaron, and Casey for the guys, though Michael is creeping up there.

    I’m also hoping DialIdol is accurate tonight. It shows Lacey second to Crystal (holy crap, I hope that’s right), and it shows the right people at the bottom for both the guys and the girls (of course, for the guys, I think Todrick and Tim did enough to possibly save themselves). However, Andrew definitely does not deserve to be up there with Michael.

  • monleo1705

    the thing that left the biggest impression on my was Andrew Garcia asking me to “rub” him 50 times

    LMAO!!!!!

  • cookcricket

    I’ve just gotta say, I’ve just gotta say, Dawg, THIS is why I love this show so much! (tm Randy). Dude this show was dope compared to any of the previous shows (esp. the guys) this season yet! Michael Lynche, Wow!!!!

    So many of these guys have improved! I was even kinda feeling Todrick tonight with the energy he brought to the stage. However, I think Simon was right about him. In fact, I think Simon was very on tonight compared to what we’ve seen from him so far this season. I loved how he put Kara in her place about the whole confusion factor.

    I haven’t read any comments yet.

    I have no idea who’s going home.

  • tinawina

    Kate wrote it from the point of view of a man waiting outside the delivery room for his wife to give birth. With that considered,

    I always thought that song was about a man whose wife was dying during childbirth. Still, he sang it well, but he was just shy of nailing it to me. He’s in the top 12 though for sure. And he sure can perform.

  • soccerboi

    I love Alex, but I don’t think he did enough to stay.

    Mike’s performance was so great, but the thing that left the biggest impression on me tonight was Andrew Garcia asking me to “rub” him 50 times. Do. not. want.

    Alex will be fine. Aaron will go before Alex…

  • jpfan

    This season is suffering from lack of diversity. Can you imagine the Idol tour this summer. Here comes somebody else with a guitar. Yikes. The show also has no “fun” folks at all. And include Ellen in that list.

  • sonyab

    anovich:

    What’s with Andrew picking songs sung by women – too bad there’s no Paula to talk about shopping in the women’s department.

    ROFLMAOPMP! I miss Paula. :(

  • sunchick

    I don’t see Aaron going anytime soon. I imagine he’s got the tween vote, plus he can, I don’t know, actually hold a tune.

    I dunno. Of all the guys, he’s the one I hope is definitely going. He’s sooo sooo awkward to watch, and his voice isn’t as big or technically proficient as he seems to think it is when he performs.

  • october

    Casey got back on track this week and lost all that vibrato along the way. Thank goodness. It sounded like he actually practiced his song.

    Although I have not been a fan, I am hoping Todrick makes T12. The guy seems like he is putting so much effort into giving the judges what they want. He was almost good tonight.

  • sealily1c

    Practically everyone is a singer with a guitar.

    I know!!! How are these people going to manage when their crutches guitars are removed?

    I think I can safely say that watching the snow melt in my yard is vastly more interesting than anybody on this show.

    Up the tempo somebody, anybody!!!!

    Even Crystal, though obviously talented, doesn’t thrill me. And “Big Mike”? I didn’t get tonight’s performance I guess. I thought it was okay.

    I sort of think I am prepared to say that Michael Sarver is a better performer (maybe not vocals alone) than any of the guys And that is saying a whole lot because I didn’t really like him at all.

  • anovich

    I really feel like Andrew is in trouble…not that I really mind because he hasn’t really been that good since the live show started.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Ugh….I blame the judges for how boring this year is to me. Even the good people seem boring because too many of the performers are the same. Practically everyone is a singer with a guitar. Not a bad thing unless they all are doing it. This doesn’t make for good tv or a good Reality show. Yes I love Crystal but with everyone being guitar singers (and she is by far the best) but seems just like one more of the group and I think takes away from her. As mediocre as Todrick is he a least comes across like a breath of fresh air because he is different. That was the beauty of Season 7 and 8 and almost all of the past years because of the diversity there was something for everyone and also a good reason why the top 10 all get careers of some sort after idol. I think after this year a lot of them will not as they will compete in the same market. (Not just singer song writers but idol singer song writers) Why Kris and Adam worked and David Cook and Davie Archuleta worked was they both pulled from different markets of the music world. It wasn’t like they were all vying for the jazz market. (just using Jazz as an example) and even smaller the Jazz/Idol market. I think that is what this year is going to be all about and that is very sad.

    post of the night dhunken.

  • miss_marisa

    Wait did Tim changed the lyric in his song from “maybe there’s a god above” to “i know that there’s a god above”??? or is that the origional lyric?? If he did that that was a dumb decision, imo

  • Jx223
    I am not sure why people think the tween girls will vote for him when they have Tim and Alex they could vote for.

    I think that at this point more teens would vote for Aaron than they would Alex, and so would some parents and grandmas.

    IMO, Aaron’s kind of got some of the appeal Archie had. Very gracious and sweet and I think that could appeal to a lot of people.

    I think that Alex is certainly very likeable and humbled. He has a really nice voice,(my favorite voice this season). But at this point, I don’t think that he would appeal as many as tween/teen votes as Aaron and Tim would. He needs to gain more confidence, and that would really help him.

    Tim will definitely pull in a lot of tween/teen votes, mostly because of his looks.

  • tinawina

    Hmm… too many men with guitars… so you know what that means! One of them is outta here (probably). I’m thinking Lee, Alex or Andrew is the shock boot, leaving along with Aaron. Maybe. I really have no clue.

  • http://www.huckleberryfriendmusic.com/ huckleberryfriend

    Casey is wasting his talent. Maybe some Bob Seger or Ryan Bingham – something with a good story.

  • movin2thabeet

    Man, big Mike laid it down! That was beautiful. He showed the boys how its done. Up till his performance, I was making notes on everyone that summarized would go like this: “meh, ok, better, not bad, ok, decent, wobbly, pitchy, had moments”. No one, absolutely no one, impressed me at all – until Mike Lynche. And I have to say, I’m sorry to see all the cynicism here. Just because a woman cries after a moving performance, does not mean she’s faking, or she’s another Paula. I found Mike’s performance incredibly moving, and I’m not in front of a TV camera.

    My rankings:
    #1- Mike!!!!

    #2 – Casey – although hes relying on his looks. no spark there. and he doesn’t finish his phrases.
    #3-7 – interchangeable (Lee, Alex, Tim, Andrew, Toddrick) – meh performances, all.
    #8 – Aaron – too many pitch problems.

    I have no idea whose leaving, although I would guess its between Aaron, Tim, Andrew or Toddrick. Honestly, as long as its not Mike, its ok with me. I cant see purchasing any of these guys music besides his. If they haven’t been able to convert their potential into great performances at this point, I can’t get behind them.

    Until Mike performed, with the long slough of this night, and really the season thus far, the idea came into my mind that I was watching Idol’s last season. And it just might be true. 9 seasons is a good run.

  • shell29

    This season is suffering from lack of diversity.

    I agree with you. There’s too many of the same “type” on both the male and female side. This could make for a very long season.

  • miss_marisa

    Adam would have been really good with the Toddrick song :/

  • just sayin

    I think Kara desperately needs to be the center of attention. Her reaction to Mike was over the top. Watch her check the monitor as she gives her standing ovation to make sure she’s being shown. Gag.

  • will

    I think for the first time I’ll spread the 10 guys’ points around among more than two picks. This is a really hard week. I think I’ll go with Lee 3, Andrew 2, Todrick 3, Aaron 2.

  • sleeptalker

    I can understand the concerns from the “everyone has a guitar” crowd…but I don’t think it’s necessarily the case. If you look at Siobhan, Lacey, Aaron, etc., I think there’s a diversity underneath it all. We’re still only in the semi-finals…who knows what sorts of paths they’ll take. For example…Casey and Alex both play guitars…but Casey is more of a southern rocker type…Alex is a bit more bluesy…maybe John Mayersy?

    There’s room for diversity in this crowd…I think once we see them peforming without the gender divide, and we can hear their recorded voices through the mp3s, we’ll get a better grasp of who we’re listening to.

    Have to admit though, I’m baffled tonight as to who is going home. I’m even baffled for the girls, really. I’d like to say Andrew and Todrick…but Tim and Aaron could be in trouble too. I’m pulling for the latter two! :)

  • ggdoorsfan

    Man, big Mike laid it down! That was beautiful. He showed the boys how its done. Up till his performance, I was making notes on everyone that summarized would go like this: “meh, ok, better, not bad, ok, decent, wobbly, pitchy, had moments”. No one, absolutely no one, impressed me at all – until Mike Lynche. And I have to say, I’m sorry to see all the cynicism here. Just because a woman cries after a moving performance, does not mean she’s faking, or she’s another Paula. I found Mike’s performance incredibly moving, and I’m not in front of a TV camera.

    My rankings:
    #1- Mike!!!!

    #2 – Casey – although hes relying on his looks. no spark there. and he doesn’t finish his phrases.
    #3-7 – interchangeable (Lee, Alex, Tim, Andrew, Toddrick) – meh performances, all.
    #8 – Aaron – too many pitch problems.

    I have no idea whose leaving, although I would guess its between Aaron, Tim, Andrew or Toddrick. Honestly, as long as its not Mike, its ok with me. I cant see purchasing any of these guys music besides his. If they haven’t been able to convert their potential into great performances at this point, I can’t get behind them.

    Until Mike performed, with the long slough of this night, and really the season thus far, the idea came into my mind that I was watching Idol’s last season. And it just might be true. 9 seasons is a good run.

    word, word, word.

  • sonyab

    ggdoorsfan:

    is this a trick question on jeopardy lol :)

    ROFL! Sure why not? ROFL!

  • gangreen29

    I can understand the concerns from the “everyone has a guitar” crowd…but I don’t think it’s necessarily the case. If you look at Siobhan, Lacey, Aaron, etc., I think there’s a diversity underneath it all. We’re still only in the semi-finals…who knows what sorts of paths they’ll take. For example…Casey and Alex both play guitars…but Casey is more of a southern rocker type…Alex is a bit more bluesy…maybe John Mayersy

    I completely agree. Just because someone has a guitar doesn’t mean they make the same style of music. Lee and Didi or Crystal and Andrew for example are miles apart style wise.

  • tinawina

    I’m so scared Todrick will get through.

    I’ll be honest. If you’re cocky, I don’t give a **** about you. At all.. Arrogance is, IMO, extremely terrible. Either humble up or just rot. I don’t care how good you are, you don’t EVER deserve to brag or be a self-entitled diva.

    Sooo… he’s a cocky banana?

  • ggdoorsfan

    I cant see purchasing any of these guys music besides his. If they haven’t been able to convert their potential into great performances at this point, I can’t get behind them.

    this quote sums up exactly how i feel… and it’s the demarcation line in my head regarding what makes this season up to this point pale in comparison to the others… most of the ones who made it into the finals, or at least the top 5 did exactly this.

  • Valentin432

    I don’t get the Alex Lambert love, he has no stage presence and no emmotional connection. He is singing about trouble and worry dogging his soul, did anyone really felt that at all?
    He’s a very good singer on an open mic night which is what he was doing prior to Idol.

  • iluvai

    Michael – LMAO @ the falsetto. It was kinda like he got stabbed in the rear to hit that note (not to say that it was bad, it was just kinda humorous to me ). But oooh my God, he delivered last week and this week. I found my R&B guy. Sweetness. Oooh, very pretty ending.

    That cracked me up! LFMAO! Actually Jammasta, I loved the whole post. Very funny! :)

  • jpfan

    I can’t imagine how this crew will handle theme nights. I guess the girls will just turn every song into a dull alt thing and the guys will do it acoustic on the guitar. V E R Y L O N G season indeed.

  • http://idolwild2010.wordpress.com mythofsisyphus

    This is where it gets frustrating that the producers insist on an equal-gender set of finalists, because the girls so clearly failed last night and each and every guys brought it in their own way. I’m terrified that Lee is in trouble, even though he did a very contemporary, radio-friendly version of a great song, and would probably fare much better than either Todrick or Tim in the Top 12. Tomorrow is going to be a miserable elimination show.

  • ggdoorsfan

    ggdoorsfan: is this a trick question on jeopardy lol ROFL!

    Sure why not? ROFL!

    kewl – i’m a jeopardy fan too :)

  • tinawina

    I can’t imagine how this crew will handle theme nights. I guess the girls will just turn every song into a dull alt thing and the guys will do it acoustic on the guitar. V E R Y L O N G season indeed.

    I don’t think we can tell until we know who the top 12 is. It could go either way at this point.

    But just to break up the Lilith fair/Matt Nathanson vibe, I’d like to see Big Mike, Katie, Todrick and Paige make it through. And I don’t even like half those people.

  • bean99

    I never really get why people compare the current season with previous ones especially this early on. Every season has weak links and at this point last season I was predicting Kris wouldn’t make the top 12. I really like at least 9 of the top 16 which I think is a new record for me. Last season my favorite girl didn’t even make the top 10 (Alexis Grace) and my favorite guy top 6. I really don’t think this will be the end of Idol and there will be just as good a top 10 as every year and maybe even better by the time it’s done.

  • Trina

    I never liked Todrick but after tonight I wouldn’t mind if he made Top 12. I give him credit for not sitting on a stool, not strumming a guitar, and not picking a freaking boring song. I thought Mike gave the only truly pimpsot worthy performance all season. Kara needs to GFO with the crying shit though.

    Hee when Aaron was singing my husband said he reminds him of Archie except Archie can actually sing.

  • canuck

    Hmm…tough call tonight. Who I would wish to go home? My picks would be Todrick and Tim. I really hope Aaron stays even if this means Casey going.

    Looks like Kara was hit with a broody moment with big Mike’s performance.

  • LaurelG

    What a snooze fest! We need a guitar free night – how’s that for a theme? Seriously, the first four guys kind of blended together.

    Kara has gone hormonal. Tim needs to be voted off so someone can offer him a role as Troy in HSM 4. I don’t know if he can act but he’s got that *surprised* look down pat. Big Mike was good but Ruben is better and he’s not burning up the Billboard charts so …

    I’d like to see Todrick stick around a little longer. At least the guy PERFORMS. At least he knows how to work a stage. I’d like to see him tackle Ne-Yo as I think that would give people a sense of his Top 40 potential.

  • Mtlfan

    Overall, I preferred the girls yesterday. as a group they are more interesting to me.
    Well, the ones I enjoyed a lot were Alex (great tone) and Michael (solid vocals but I’m not sold yet on him as an artist — just because of my musical tastes).
    Casey was rather good but he definitly needs to spice it up.
    Tim was the best he had been so far. I always wondered why he was put in the 24.. yes yes they need canon fodder.. but there were parts in the song where he sounded very good so this is why he got there. But it’s just not enough for me at this point.
    I liked Lee’s choice of song and the acoustic stripping and the vocals were not bad but just ok
    Aaron: he has a very good voice but not liking that much the tone of it. It was a bit painful for me to hear
    Todrick: he appeared better than it was actually because everyone sang ballads before him. For me, he is good at sucking the good energy out of a song; good vocals but it makes me feel the urge to hear the original.
    Andrew: not bad, not good. But I’m still interested by him

    Want to hear again next week: Michael, Alex, Casey, Andrew

  • ggdoorsfan

    I never really get why people compare the current season with previous ones especially this early on. Every season has weak links and at this point last season I was predicting Kris wouldn’t make the top 12. I really like at least 9 of the top 16 which I think is a new record for me. Last season my favorite girl didn’t even make the top 10 (Alexis Grace) and my favorite guy top 6. I really don’t think this will be the end of Idol and there will be just as good a top 10 as every year and maybe even better by the time it’s done.

    it happens not just here, but everywhere in the media outside the idol bubble too… perhaps because there is a long track record of good performances to do compare/contrast each season with… it gets old, and tiresome, sure, but everything has some benchmark or mile marker that what is happening in ”real time” will be judged or evaluated against, and i guess idol is no different. as long as it doesn’t devolve in flaming wars and other nonsense, i think it’s all good…

  • mandabutter

    I was sorta puzzled by why Ryan mentioned Andrew Garcia’s 2 solo Hollywood performances before he walked to the main stage(covering female lead songs, ie Alicia Keys and Adele). I had to look back at MJs profile of the Top 24 tab. I guess they weren’t that memorable because I was like “huh?” at the reference.

    Audition: “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5
    First Hollywood Week solo: “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul
    Hollywood Week group song: “No One” by Alicia Keys
    Second Hollywood Week solo: “Chasing Pavements” by Adele

    Any theories as to why the producers wanted this mentioned; I think the judges praised what he did last week, why mention the ‘Singing a Female hit’ gimmick??

  • Rub

    or example…Casey and Alex both play guitars…but Casey is more of a southern rocker type…Alex is a bit more bluesy…maybe John Mayersy

    True, but when you strip it down to acoustic, you water away any discerning differences. In the end though, no matter what angle it maybe seen, they’re collectively similar as Gala, Braeburn, Fuji and Jonathan apples. There’s no Granny Smith or McIntosh and even Winesap Apples with their vastly different tastes. And Im comparing apples to apples – no oranges here to disqualify.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Hee when Aaron was singing my husband said he reminds him of Archie except Archie can actually sing.

    give the hubby a squeeze 4 me, ok? he sounds like my kinda guy :)

  • jammasta

    I’m not seeing as much diversity with the guys.

    Michael (with a guitar) Andrew and Tim are quite boring, Tim is worse. Andrew was good but lost steam. I can’t really put a style on either.
    Lee is also kinda boring with the guitar, but less so. I don’t like his goaty voice very much. He’s probably in the pop/rock route. What makes him boring is that there’s so much better, IMO. But I do see potential and hope he goes through.
    Casey is a southern rocker, I think. Pretty decent one at that, but he does a lot of ballads. I would prefer something like he did last week, but done better. But he’s good.
    Alex is very chill and mellow. Love it. The last two should be the only guys to touch a guitar.

    The girls with the guitars are much better.

    Crystal is a soulful, bluesy rocker. Very nice.
    Lilly is a coffeehouse quirky lounge singer with an interesting voice. I like coffeehouse and quirky, so I like Lilly. However, I think she’s boxed herself too much compared to the other girls with guitars.
    Didi is an emotional (both off and on the stage, ba-ZING >_>) guitar girl. She is the grace of the guitar girls. Elegant and soft.

    I certainly don’t mind all of these girls and the last two guys making the tour. Alex, Aaron, Michael, and Casey are the guys I like. Lilly, Crystal, Didi, Siobhan, and Katelyn are my girls.

    Now I don’t know who I want as the last spot on the tour. Lee and Andrew are getting dull already. I like Lacey, but I don’t see her getting through because people think she sounds too much like Lilly and Didi. Todrick, possibly, he just needs to lose that personality, we don’t need a diva in the world ever again. Katie and Paige are toast, I think. Tim is just underwhelming, though I do give him points for likability.

    Ugh. I think of those I’m missing, it should be either Andrew or Lee, but I think Lacey and Todrick proved themselves to be contenders this week.

  • Jx223

    I never really get why people compare the current season with previous ones especially this early on. Every season has weak links and at this point last season I was predicting Kris wouldn’t make the top 12. I really like at least 9 of the top 16 which I think is a new record for me. Last season my favorite girl didn’t even make the top 10 (Alexis Grace) and my favorite guy top 6. I really don’t think this will be the end of Idol and there will be just as good a top 10 as every year and maybe even better by the time it’s done

    I have been watching Idol since season 1 and I think that each season has a certain “feel” to it as far as the type of contestants up there/level of talent, etc…

    For me this season simply is not a good season so far. Not when it’s compared to other seasons. And when it’s not being compared to other seasons and stands alone.

    I normally pick my favorites very early on, a lot of times from their first auditions. There are a few people that I like from this season, but I definitely don’t think that it’s a good season so far. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up being a very good season.

    I think that seasons 3, 6, and 9, have been the worst seasons of Idol, with this current season being the worst so far.

    Maybe if Alex can gain confidence and make some really good songs choices, he can help turn things around some for me. Maybe he can pull a “David Cook”. And if Casey chooses better songs that would make things better for me.

  • mandabutter

    I overall was more impressed by the girls last night because of the song choices and personalities. I do like Alex’s voice and his boyish charm (the faces he makes are adorbs).
    Lee is losing it with me. The over-praise is starting to grate on me. Like someone said a while back >> “hit a note, any note.”
    The guys aren’t really hitting it out of the park or standing out as a “whole package.”

    I’m really NOT looking forward to theme weeks, this show is getting really stiff and losing it’s entertainment value. I blame Randy. heh.

  • monleo1705

    I actually don’t understand why most say Andrew’s performance was bad. Granted it was a weird song choice, but he did choose something different and surprising and even though it was another guitar player, it was up-tempo and not ear-piercing. And he wasn’t off-key. In fact, i think he sang it too safely. Although i would have chosen another song if i were him.

    Bad – Breaks my heart to say this but Aaron. Though i like the sweetheart, but omg….he’s no Archie.
    So-So – Lee and Casey. Just so-so. But that said, I am sure they are in tomorrow.
    Leaning to good – Alex and Mike. I love Alex’s tone. Who cares if he can’t loosen up?? That’s what i love about him. Mike….i’m just saying he was good because he was good. But that’s it.
    Can go home for me – Todrick and Tim. Please do.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Any theories as to why the producers wanted this mentioned; I think the judges praised what he did last week, why mention the ‘Singing a Female hit’ gimmick??

    Maybe the producers thought it was just a fact that viewers would find interesting. I thought it was pretty interesting.

  • jammasta

    I agree about every season having a “feel”, and this one hasn’t found its “feel” yet. I don’t remember seasons 1-6 very well, but I think i remember 1-3 having an R&B feel. 4 had a country/rock sound to it, 5 had a “power singers” feel to it, 6 seemed to have a “WTF is going on, oh there’s Melinda, day saved” feel to it, 7 had about the same feel as 5 with some power and great genre representation, 8 felt like “stab Kara and Gokey and worship Kradison while the judges worship Lamkey” (it was totally a Kradison season), and 9 kinda feels like “meh, stabbing Kara is kinda boring….. zzzz…..”

    I really think the guys needed Tyler and that the girls could possibly have used Janell or Michelle. They got booted too early, IMO. Although for the girls I named, they didn’t really choose great songs.

    I still have hope for this season. It’s not the top 12 yet, which is when stuff kicks in for me.

    And, for some reason, I’m still bloody stoked for the Idol Tour. I love seeing these people live without judges and meeting them :D.

  • ggdoorsfan

    I agree about every season having a “feel”, and this one hasn’t found its “feel” yet. I don’t remember seasons 1-6 very well, but I think i remember 1-3 having an R&B feel. 4 had a country/rock sound to it, 5 had a “power singers” feel to it, 6 seemed to have a “WTF is going on, oh there’s Melinda, day saved” feel to it, 7 had about the same feel as 5 with some power and great genre representation, 8 felt like “stab Kara and Gokey and worship Kradison while the judges worship Lamkey” (it was totally a Kradison season), and 9 kinda feels like “meh, stabbing Kara is kinda boring….. zzzz…..”

    for my 2 cents, i think you nailed it pretty well…

  • jpfan

    I blame Ellen. She doesn’t add much humor and has thrown off the dynamic. Now Simon and Ryan can’t do those lame gay jokes anymore. Plus Simon and Ellen have zero chemistry. The judges used to ramp up the crazy now they’re kinda boring.

  • monleo1705

    YAY! Videos are up! Thanks a million MJ!!!!!

  • bean99

    I understand preferring other seasons but I keep hearing the same thing every year and I’ve been on this board since season 5. Last season got a lot of complaints early on because of the format and the comparisons with season 7. If I had to pick a season it would have to be 7 because I liked several of them but really there’s something good to be said about every one. I guess I’m easy because I always have a favorite. :)

  • rkt

    I don’t get it about Michael, he doesn’t really have a good voice, doesn’t have an unique tone and not a big range. he sings ok but so what. Ruben is 10 times better than Michael. I liked Andrew and Casey tonight, don’t care about others.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Kara’s almost as annoying as Sarah palin and that’s saying A LOT.
    Ellen rox,so does Simon randy’s ok.

    My opinion on the people I didn’t talk about earlier

    Casey-ok,but I still hate him

    Aaron-FANTATIC!!! love it

    Todrick-good…

    BIGMIKE-wasn’t wow for me but REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD!!! I flived that
    but Kara it really wasn’t that beautiful*eyeroll*

    overall AMAZING episode boys!!!!!! One of the first this season where I wasn’t *tht* bored

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Gah. I HATE when people pimp their blogs in my comments section. Pet peeve. I’ve never spammed comments sections with links to my blog. Didn’t have to.

  • jammasta

    I understand preferring other seasons but I keep hearing the same thing every year and I’ve been on this board since season 5. Last season got a lot of complaints early on because of the format and the comparisons with season 7. If I had to pick a season it would have to be 7 because I liked several of them but really there’s something good to be said about every one. I guess I’m easy because I always have a favorite. :)

    As much as I do prefer last season at this point (as I think I’ve implied before), I think you’re 100% right. I strongly remember last year being like this. Complaints about every single night. Complaining that the season felt so cheap. Complaining that Lil and Danny were so karaoke. A lot of complaints I agreed with. However, once a season is over, I feel like people generally forget the bad parts of the season and start saying they miss the season because of its good parts. Like, who the hell other than me is saying “Aww, I miss Lil from last season…”? Even in season 7, I have a strong feeling there was some “I miss Melinda” going on.

    luv, if you love Aaron so much, save him for me (err, us :P).

    I kinda had a feeling I had some grasp of the feel of each season, even if I barely watched until season 7 (thanks Archie :D) but knew who I liked and didn’t like for all the others. But to be honest, I think it’s hard to come up with that feel until top 12, hell, maybe even top 10. I think by then, we’ll have a feeling about who’s “in it to win it” and will be delivering every week, and THEN we’ll have a better idea of the “feel” of the season. Is atmosphere a better word?

  • zuper

    I would love to see a throw back no instrument week. Just get out there, put on a show, connect with the audience, and perform with just your voice and personality.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I thought 1 was big voices, 2 was cuddly dudes, 3 was black divas,4 was country,5 was old,6 was bog voices,7 was folk-y(I didn’t like that season),and 8 was awesome lol.I think 9 is like S7

  • LK09

    I have not been watching Idol this year at all yet but just reading comments on here. I have been curious about Aaron since some people have made comparisons to David Archuleta. I watched Aaron’s and Mike’s performances and caught the recap of the guy singing hallelujah.

    Aaron IS NO David Archuleta. I would pretty much compare his performance to karoke. Maybe he has had better performances.

    Mike was incredible. I have only watched season 7 and 8 so I can’t really make comparisons. I know that Reuben was really good. My question is whether Mike is as good or better than Reuben and does he have something unique over Reuben that would make him be more successful?

    The guy who sang Hallelujah was dreadful. Jason Casto’s version was much better and I have come to love the version from the Hope for Haiti telethon. I think people need to be very careful when they sing things, especially on idol, that were previously done well on idol.

    FWIW- I thought Kara was sincere in her tears.

  • Inconnu

    I agree with the poster above who said that season 3 and 6 were the worst seasons on Idol. I hope this one is not going to be lumped with those 2. I have yet to watch the show tonight but if Paige, Katie, Tim and Aaron go tomorrow, I think it would be a decent Top 12 and I want to watch some more. I’m gonna give it a chance, I think, and see what happens.

  • jpfan

    There are complaints about every season but if you read the headlines thread the negativity towards this one is pretty widespread. The only season to match it was S6. Last year there were complaints about the horrible format but lots of interest in Gokey, Matt and Adam from the auditions. Maybe the season will get better. I’m saving lots of time by DVRing the show and not watching most of it. :)

  • carolinacharms

    Aaron and Todrick to go home. Tim, next. Dewayze after Tim. Andrew is on thin ice. Casey is solid, steady. Alex is coming on strong. And Big Miiiiike brought the house down!

  • JudyOhio

    I think people need to be very careful when they sing things, especially on idol that were previously done well on idol.

    So true. Alex is my favorite male this year so far, but I found myself tonight comparing his take on “Trouble” to Taylor Hicks on the same song in S5. I very much liked Taylor over Alex on that song.
    I also agree with you LK09, Aaron is certainly no David A. After tonight, hopefully those comparisons will end.

    Paige, Katey, Aaron, Andrew to go home tomorrow. (Unless I change my mind, lol)

    Just as a side noted, Kara is nauseating me to death. All the cuddling up and leaning on Simon, the crocodile tears, the condescending attitude toward contestants. (insert vomit emoti here)

  • Grammie Kari

    I am thoroughly enjoying this season! It is good to know that Talent rules and this will not be Season 3 or Season 6. I see these kids just getting better and better. Of course, I also feel Siobhan will be a star.

    I suppose Todrick will add some spice to this season. Maybe he’ll make some money and pay off some of those parents? Andrew picked the wrong song, and I just didn’t connect with his performance. I think Aaron may also be going home.

    Overall, it was a good night. Then again, I must be easy to please.

  • zuper

    Andrew, Aaron, Alex, Tim – I get their names mixed up all the time. Doesn’t matter to me which order they go home. None of them are memorable. Without going up to MJ’s recap, I can’t remember who sang what tonight.

    I don’t love Todrick, but he doesn’t bore me to tears and I remember him. I’m not sure why there is widespread dislike for him – I don’t see the ego problem that others do. Actually, to me, he looked defeated tonight.

    I enjoy Lee and Casey but would like to see more “performance” from them. Mike has a great voice, I just don’t think he would make the type of music I would listen to.

  • sunnysider

    Here’s my ranking for tonight:

    1)Mike Lynch – I don’t normally go for R&B and the judges went over the top with praise, and yet that was still the performance of the season so far for me.
    2)Alex Lambert – He was stiff and a bit copycat, but he’s got a great, unique voice. He’s the one I’m most tempted to download an mp3 from.
    3)Casey – I haven’t been a fan previously but – forgetting his himbo exterior for a second – he can really sing as well as play guitar.
    4)Tim Urban – Best performance so far. Still doesn’t belong here.
    5)Lee Dewyze – That was real pitchy, dog, just like last week.
    6)Andrew Garcia – I never saw him during Hollywood Week so why he was considered an early favorite is beyond me. All I’ve seen is 3 weak performances in a row.
    7)Aaron Kelly – The song was just too big. There was no good here.
    8)Todrick Hall – I almost want to like Todrick because at least he brings something different, but I thought this performance was just awful.

    Who should go home: Todrick and Tim (at least he could go on a high note). Who I think will go home: Todrick and Aaron. If there’s a shock elimination, it would be Lee.

  • JohnM

    The guys didn’t beat the girls, and the girls didn’t beat the guys. Everybody except Crystal, Siobhan, and Casey can just pack up and go home. Well, Lee can stick around and have a shot at delivering on his good potential.

    No one came close to Casey tonight. Great bluesy delivery as usual, with fantastic feeling/sensitivity. A grand slam, and exactly the kind of thing to do after last week’s rocked-up performance.

    Lee made an excellent choice in Fireflies and did an excellent arrangement. He’s just so frustratingly ragged in his execution.

    Todrick, cruise ship. Mike, smug sappy crappy cliché.

  • Jx223

    Unfortunately I think it’s the contestants that making this season dull. I haven’t really seen any “wow” moments from this season so far. And I have seen “wow” moments as early as initial auditions and Hollywood week in past seasons.

    I think that Alex came close with his performance last week. That was nice and I watched that performance more than once. That’s like the only performance that I’ve seen from any of the contestants this year that I wanted to watch more than once.

    I think that Alex might be able to deliver some really nice, special performances. Maybe Casey. Other than that, I don’t really see anyone else doing it (for me). I think that Crystal is talented but I am not a fan of hers.

    Big Mike is likeable, but I don’t think that he’s the best singer on the show. But he could go far because he’s more confident and comfortable on stage than people like Alex, and Lee are. I don’t really care for any of the girls, except I like Siobhan’s name and look.

    I think that Toddrick is capable of giving some solid performances. But I don’t know how long he will last.

    Overall I don’t think that this is a very strong group of contestants.

  • cookcricket

    Hee when Aaron was singing my husband said he reminds him of Archie except Archie can actually sing.

    Sorry, I don’t understand the comparisons between Aaron and Archie, except for their age. I believe Aaron knows and has shown who he wants to be as an artist. I also believe he can sing, no not the big pipes singing Archie did, but he was a nice tone to his voice that I really like. He just really let the nerves (I think) get the best of him tonight. He was really pretty bad. However, I thought he sounded really good the previous two weeks.

    I think once peeps don’t compare the two, they’ll see Aaron for who he really is…if he makes it past this week.

  • bridget

    (good heavens, Kara – get a grip. can we all chip in and help her get a grip, please? Wow – I found that very hard to watch.)

  • Jx223

    I don’t see the ego problem that others do

    I don’t see it either. Toddrick tries very hard in his performances. IMO, his attitude is no worse than anyone else’s attitude on the show.

  • iluvai

    I just rewatched Todrick’s video. I really hope he gets to top 12. I don’t see the attitude either.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Sorry, I don’t understand the comparisons between Aaron and Archie, except for their age. I believe Aaron knows and has shown who he wants to be as an artist. I also believe he can sing, no not the big pipes singing Archie did, but he was a nice tone to his voice that I really like. He just really let the nerves (I think) get the best of him tonight. He was really pretty bad. However, I thought he sounded really good the previous two weeks.

    I think once peeps don’t compare the two, they’ll see Aaron for who he really is…if he makes it past this week.

    the media started that nonsense during auditions and hollywood week on, and the press kept repeating the meme – bet a dime to a dollar it was a hype ploy by idol to try and attract some tween votes. most saw through it, and now i think people are really seeing it for the bs that it was :) that’s show biz, and part of the game.

  • Grammie Kari

    Yes, I think Kara is hormonal but I won’t condemn her. Didn’t she just turn 40? My guess is she’s wanting to have a baby and Mike’s song touched her heart. As long as she’s sincere and these aren’t scripted moments, I can deal with Kara. She knows music.

    Randy has found the dictionary, Ellen seemed more relaxed tonight, and Simon wasn’t cruel. I think someone has been reading the blogs and forums.

    ETA: I think Tyler would have been good for this season as someone mentioned.

  • will

    Gah. I HATE when people pimp their blogs in my comments section. Pet peeve. I’ve never spammed comments sections with links to my blog. Didn’t have to.

    Well it is a testament to your popularity! At least you don’t get spammed with ads on how to meet hot singles, like some other AI blogs I could mention.

  • jammasta

    I don’t see it either. Toddrick tries very hard in his performances. IMO, his attitude is no worse than anyone else’s attitude on the show.

    He showed it a lot during Hollywood week, mostly the time he sang “They’re going down….. *evil laugh*” at the group who supposedly “stole” his idea, oooh I wanted to kill him after he said that (that was probably the worst thing I’ve seen on TV, tbh) and the image is still not erased from my head. I’m still not feeling right about the whole “scamming children” thing, although I’m hearing conflicting stories on whether it’s actually his fault or not.

    I dunno, maybe I’m being unfair, but I still hate cocky people with a passion (which is probably why his arrogant behavior stuck with me), and it seems near impossible to get them to humble down. That week with Todrick kinda sealed it. Also, I know this is unfair, but now, when I see him, I associate his face with Kobe Bryant. Ugh.

    I’m not seeing Archie/Aaron comparisons other than age and hair. Aaron seems more nervous and more countrified, but he’s also nowhere near the breathiness. This coming from a fan of both.

  • janerazor

    Kinda a dull night. Gah, after a while I just wanted them to dance or twitch or just jump around or something! OK, my ranking:
    Bestest:
    Alex: Great voice! And for as uneasy he seems on stage, I think he displayed great vocal control. I like this kid. I hope he goes deep into the competition.

    Good:
    Tim: So sue me, I really kind of dug this once he got past like the first four notes. He has an itty bitty range, but if he can find songs that fit that, he could be around a few weeks.

    Just Alright:
    Andrew: Kind of uninspired, but I still think he’s got a great voice. I’m not sure why the judges decided they didn’t like him….
    Todrick: Vocals were OK, but at least he tried to inject some energy into it.

    Not Pleasant:
    Mike: Oh, God almighty, I HATED his falsetto. Made me want to punch him. And he is still coming across to me as horribly old-fashioned. Very dated and very ordinary.

    Just Shoot Me Now:
    Casey: Someone needs to tell him that boring and pitchy doesn’t equal bluesy.
    Lee: I hate that song, and I thought Lee’s vocals were dreadful. He may have hit a few right notes here and there, but no more than 30% to my ears.
    Aaron: Holy crap, that was crappy. Dumb, boring song, and he couldn’t sing it well at all. Just horrible.

    Who should go home: Aaron and Lee
    Who will go home: I think Aaron is leaving us…and maybe Todrick.

  • JudyOhio

    What gets me about these kids this year is they don’t use the stage. They just pretty much sit and/or stand. A few move around on the stage but none of them USE that stage to their advantage during performance. I’m not explaining this very well at all, I don’t know exactly the words to use. Sometimes they connect to the lyrics of their song but I don’t see them connecting with the audience right in front of them so much. So far they aren’t as “entertaining” as in past seasons.

  • sue

    After re-watching MJ’s vids, I kinda enjoy it a little bit more. I am still too lazy to vote though. Siobahn is still my favorite after tonight. I just love her voice. OK ok enough with the Siobahn pimping from me. lol.

    My rankings for the night:

    1. Mike (He is the only guy that has confidence on that stage, he was really really good. I still don’t think he will win though, but he is for sure going to be in the top 10.)

    2. Lee (That was pretty good, I like his song choice.)

    3. Todrick (OMG, I can’t believe I like that, he woke me up. I was falling asleep with all the ballads and slow tempo songs and performances. He may be in the top 12, who knows?)

    4. Casey (He is definitely in the top 10.)

    5. Alex (Good but he still needs more confidence.)

    6. Andrew (I didn’t think it was that bad, I kind of liked it. I am sooooooooo over them bringing the “Straight Up” performance. Let it GOOOOOOOOOOO already.)

    7. Tim (He was ok, I wasn’t blown away.)

    8. Aaron (Poor guy had soooo much potential but his nerves just gets the best of him. Maybe the sympathy votes will buy him another week.)

    I have no idea who to pick for the pool, lol.
    I guess these three are the safest bet of going home right?
    (Tim/Aaron and Todrick) lol

    For the girls it will probably be one of these girls. (Paige/Katie and Katelyn.)

    It’s so unpredictable at this point.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Also, I know this is unfair, but now, when I see him, I associate his face with Kobe Bryant. Ugh.

    wow, that’s one heck of a leap… i see absolutely nothing these two, or their situations have in common, quite frankly, but that’s me.

  • tiger92

    I can’t imagine how this crew will handle theme nights. I guess the girls will just turn every song into a dull alt thing and the guys will do it acoustic on the guitar. V E R Y L O N G season indeed.

    Acoustic Disco night! It will be interesting!

    huckleberryfriend:
    03/10/2010 at 10:52 pm
    Casey is wasting his talent. Maybe some Bob Seger or Ryan Bingham – something with a good story.

    My husband’s favorite guy is Casey. Go figure???
    He said Casey sounds like Bob Seger. And he can “really play the guitar, not just strum it”.

  • iluvai

    I dunno, maybe I’m being unfair, but I still hate cocky people with a passion (which is probably why his arrogant behavior stuck with me), and it seems near impossible to get them to humble down. That week with Todrick kinda sealed it.

    I must have not been paying attention. But MJ agrees with you…so you must have a point there. :)

    IDK…. I’m probably annoyed with the judges comments. Which didn’t ring true for me tonight. Plus Todrick is cute and I like his eyes and he’s not white and he doesn’t play a guitar and I like Queen. lol :) But he’s probably a goner and I hope that Alex and Aaron make it through! :) And Todrick. He’s kind of interesting.

  • Lu

    I’m tired of all the people playing geetars. I feel like I’m watching a folk festival and honestly, some of them don’t seem to play very well. I think I liked AI better without the instruments… unless it’s Bowersox. I’ve NEVER liked a girl the best until this year. And Toddrick gets on my last nerve.. go home.

  • will

    I’m still not feeling right about the whole “scamming children” thing, although I’m hearing conflicting stories on whether it’s actually his fault or not.

    I actually don’t think that was his fault at all. But from what I understand, instead of dealing with the situation, when parents tried to reach him to complain, he ran for the hills. So I can understand their anger towards him.

  • gangreen29

    Also, I know this is unfair, but now, when I see him, I associate his face with Kobe Bryant. Ugh.

    I……see nothing that ties the two together besides the color of their skin. They look nothing a like, they don’t act the same, and do two completely different things. I just don’t know what else to say…

  • zuper

    jammasta – Do you have a problem with Siobhan too? She was part of Toddrick’s group and they all had the same attitude towards the other group. If you rewatch it, I don’t think it is quite as bad as you remember.

    http://video.yahoo.com/watch/7017782/18249600

    I don’t know. Maybe we just agree to disagree on this one. That’s okay.

  • sue

    I want a NO instrument night. LOL…I got tired of all the guitars. Bring out a piano or something different or just sing for goodness sake. But overall I was really bored this week, with the guys and gals. This season is really sucking with the exception of a few.

  • ejl2005

    I……see nothing that ties the two together besides the color of their skin. They look nothing a like, they don’t act the same, and do two completely different things. I just don’t know what else to say…

    Ditto.

    Moving right along though, I just watched the video of Mike 4 times. It’s safe to say I love him now.

  • gangreen29

    Next week’s theme is the Rolling Stones

    http://news-briefs.ew.com/2010/03/10/idol-top-12-week-rolling-stones/

    This should get people to stop complaining about ballads. I’m excited

  • Idolnewby

    I picked Archie in Hollywood Week and Kris in top 36 and never voted for anyone else. This year….Tim did much better tonight and I like his vibes. Alex…as MJ said..will sound fantastic on MP3′s. Aaron is a sweetheart…maybe he will get better..if he makes it to next week. This is the first year I’ve split my votes.

    I really think the guys were much better then the girls this week…they really stepped it up. The girls just all seem so “fragile” to me! I expect to see the medics called at any moment!

  • zuper

    sue: ITA NO INSTRUMENT NIGHT. Of course that may really expose the weaknesses in these contestants.

  • iluvai

    Next week’s theme is the Rolling Stones

    Thank you higher power! That should be fun and entertaining! :)

  • ggdoorsfan

    from people.com… lol…

    What Stars Are Saying on Twitter Right Now!

    David Archuleta (DavidArchie): I heard Michael Lynche covered This Woman’s Work tonight on Idol? I’ve been wondering when someone would do that song someday!

    http://www.people.com/people/

  • Valentin432

    I understand why Todrick would rub some people the wrong way, he has some skeletons in his closet and the editing of Hell week didn’t do him many favors but he seems to really care about doing a good job. IMO his principal problem is that he tries too hard sometimes and it comes out all wrong.

    I actually think this season is very well defined musically, it’s accoustic coffee house idol with a hint of rnb (that could go away very fast except Mike).
    That was pretty clear since the auditions and this week we had five guys and one 1 girl doing ballads with an accoustic guitar and one girl using a mandolin.

  • Valentin432

    Next week’s theme is the Rolling Stones

    http://news-briefs.ew.com/2010/03/10/idol-top-12-week-rolling-stones/

    This should get people to stop complaining about ballads. I’m excited

    I am afraid, very afraid.

  • ejl2005

    I understand why Todrick would rub some people the right way, he has some skeletons in his closet and the editing of Hell week didn’t do him many favors but he seems to really care about doing a good job.

    I agree.

    Here’s my take on Todrick: he came in a diva, he got mauled by the judges, he got humble very fast, he is now working his butt off to sing well and give a good performance. I like him more and more.

  • monleo1705

    OMG! It’s going to be Rolling Stones night next week on Top 12!! (From EW)

    Man, i so hope one of the girls sing Wild Horses. FLOVE that song! Either Siobhan or Didi would kill it!!!!

  • tiger92

    Also, I know this is unfair, but now, when I see him, I associate his face with Kobe Bryant. Ugh.

    Wow…why? Because they are both men with the same skin color? I’m confused!

    I think the big stage next week will swallow most of these contestants. They almost need the smaller venue.
    ETA: Rolling Stones? Oh…this should be good! :)

  • zuper

    At least they gave them a good theme to start with. Maybe a more defined theme will help some of them.

  • tinydance

    Lee Dewyze and Toddrick are on the bottom over at Dial Idol

    So are Lee and Toddrick toast?

  • iluvai

    I think the big stage next week will swallow most of these contestants. They almost need the smaller venue.

    I know. They were loving the stools tonight. As quirky as
    Aaron was, at least he stood and moved. Todrick also had some movement.

  • sue

    I picked Archie in Hollywood Week and Kris in top 36 and never voted for anyone else. This year….Tim did much better tonight and I like his vibes. Alex…as MJ said..will sound fantastic on MP3’s. Aaron is a sweetheart…maybe he will get better..if he makes it to next week. This is the first year I’ve split my votes.

    I usually have a favorite after the first week of the live performances too. Sometimes as early as Hollywood week. I was instantly impressed with Adam last season and Archie his season. All I can say is there will never ever be another Archie or Adam. I have switch my picks 4 times now, lol, but I still haven’t voted for anyone yet. It went from Didi to Lee to Alex to Siobahn. I think I will stick with Siobahn from now on. These 4 are still my favorite this season so far. lol

  • monleo1705

    tinydance:
    03/11/2010 at 12:34 am
    Lee Dewyze and Toddrick are on the bottom over at Dial Idol

    So are Lee and Toddrick toast?

    Nah…i don’t trust Dial idol anymore.

  • cheese

    Oh my gosh, I hope no one plays a guitar on Rolling Stones night! (sorry couldn’t resist) I hope Aaron sings “Emotional Rescue.”

    I think the season can be uplifted with some good themes and mentors and this seems like a good start (just as long as Idol doesn’t decide to do it two weeks in a row)

  • sue

    What happened to the theme nights these couple of weeks? It was all over the place with song choices. I hope dialidol is wrong about Lee. I hope people vote for him. He has potential too.

  • tiger92

    I think the big stage next week will swallow most of these contestants. They almost need the smaller venue.

    I know. They were loving the stools tonight. As quirky as
    Aaron was, at least he stood and moved. Todrick also had some movement.

    Maybe they can borrow Kris’ curtain from the AI summer tour. LOL!

  • iluvai

    I don’t really like Lee. IDK why. He has a nice voice.

  • JudyOhio

    Tinydance…..Andrew and Aaron are at the bottom of the busy percentage.

  • ggdoorsfan

    Oh my gosh, I hope no one plays a guitar on Rolling Stones night! (sorry couldn’t resist) I hope Aaron sings “Emotional Rescue.”

    i vote for “19th nervous breakdown” or “sympathy for the devil” :)… cuz i can be eeeeevil that way, lol…

  • gangreen29

    Lilly is so singing Get off My Cloud next week if she makes it through lol.

  • cookcricket

    the media started that nonsense during auditions and hollywood week on, and the press kept repeating the meme – bet a dime to a dollar it was a hype ploy by idol to try and attract some tween votes. most saw through it, and now i think people are really seeing it for the bs that it was :) that’s show biz, and part of the game.

    Personally I just think it goes to show how narrow minded the media can be about this show. My daughter (tween) likes Aaron a lot! She also likes Tim, but with Aaron at least she likes someone who can sing. Have any of the judges compared the two? I can’t recall them doing so. I think Aaron really has something to offer,so it’s extremely frustrating to me to see this comparison. Anyone who watches the show, esp. from the beg. can see the difference. Aaron has shown himself to be a country singer all along.

  • jammasta

    Wow…why? Because they are both men with the same skin color? I’m confused!

    Ugh. Please don’t jump to conclusions and make me sound racist, because I’m extremely far from that. They’ve both shown strong senses of arrogance to me.

    Seriously, I compared two people I saw much arrogance and diva-ness in. Sorry for being defensive, frustrated and bitchy and telling people what to do (which I know mj doesn’t like), but I can’t help it when I’m accused of racism when I totally meant something different. And sorry that the first person who came to mind when I thought of a “diva-ish” figure had the same skin color! Geezus.

    Anyway, back to the topic of Idol….. Next week is Rolling Stones week? Did I miss something? The only Rolling Stones song I know is “Paint It Black”, and I don’t see anyone here singing that really well.

  • zuper

    If Casey sings Let’s Spend the Night Together, I think Kara will
    */%$#.

  • Valentin432

    Honestly I can’t see any of the 16 possible top 12 contestants capable of pulling off a Rolling Stones tune on the big stage.

    Next week will probably look more like the Susan Boyle cover than any performance on Rocktar.

  • Mark

    Man, i so hope one of the girls sing Wild Horses. FLOVE that song! Either Siobhan or Didi would kill it!!!!

    OMG, please no. After Susan Boyle… let’s not smack that one around like a pinata, shall we?

  • iluvai

    If Casey sings Let’s Spend the Night Together, I think Kara will
    */%$#.

    She has a screw loose. A different screw than Paula.

    Paula was sweetly quirky. Kara is gah!!!!!

  • ggdoorsfan

    Personally I just think it goes to show how narrow minded the media can be about this show. My daughter (tween) likes Aaron a lot! She also likes Tim, but with Aaron at least she likes someone who can sing. Have any of the judges compared the two? I can’t recall them doing so. I think Aaron really has something to offer,so it’s extremely frustrating to me to see this comparison. Anyone who watches the show, esp. from the beg. can see the difference. Aaron has shown himself to be a country singer all along.

    gasp – the judges mention david’s name? – perish the thought!, haha :lol: nope, this seems to be purely an idol driven concoction fed to the media, the media then, as usual, ran with it until people saw with their eyes and heard w/their ears that it held no water… they want to attract more younger viewers like your daughter, and others, so they used david’s name, and the recent memory of his appeal to that demographic as bait… it’s hype, it’s just another part of the idol machine at work. i ain’t mad at ‘em, they are just doing what they do.

  • monleo1705

    OMG, please no. After Susan Boyle… let’s not smack that one around like a pinata, shall we?

    LMAO!……you are right. TOTALLY forgot Ms Boyle did that song. Hmmmm….but Didi would have sounded great though. Have you heard the version of Wild Horses on Fear with Reese Witherspoon? If she sings it like that, she’s got my vote.

  • iluvai

    OMG, please no. After Susan Boyle… let’s not smack that one around like a pinata, shall we?

    Funny! :)

  • thesheriff

    Mike is up next…

    Guys brought it for sure.

    Did Idol reduce their budget and the top 2 get a guitar instead of a Ford. OD on the guitar thang!!!

    I don’t know who should go but my points are on Tod and Aaron.

  • zuper

    let’s not smack that one around like a pinata, shall we?

    I don’t know when, where, or in what context…but I need to borrow that. Funny.

  • gangreen29

    Lacey should sing Ruby Tuesday. Siobhan should sing Paint it Black. Casey should sing Gimme Shelter. Crystal should sing Sympathy for the Devil. Todrick should sing You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Lee should sing Satisfaction. Didi should sing Wild Horses. Katelyn should sing Start Me Up. Alex should sing She’s a Rainbow. Mike should sing Love in Vain.

  • tiger92

    Wow…why? Because they are both men with the same skin color? I’m confused!

    Ugh. Please don’t jump to conclusions and make me sound racist, because I’m extremely far from that. They’ve both shown strong senses of arrogance to me.

    Ugh. That’s why I asked (as well as others) what one had to do with the other. I couldn’t figure out what an older, married father who is a professional basketball player had to do with a young, unmarried broadway performer/dancer who is a contestant on American Idol. They don’t look alike and Todrick hasn’t been accused of rape. I couldn’t figure out the connection.

  • jammasta

    Siobhan should sing Paint it Black.

    That’s the song I was thinking of her doing, but I’d think she’d have to rearrange it hard, otherwise I don’t see it going over so well. I dunno, for some reason, I keep thinking of when Gina Glocksen did it (horribly). Satisfaction is a weird choice for Lee….

    I….. honestly have only heard the names of Gimme Shelter and Sympathy for the Devil. Maybe You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    I think it’s kinda obvious I don’t know The Rolling Stones very well :P.

  • iluvai

    I tend to have the unpopular choices here. I hope Katie and Didi stay, and also Alex, Aaron, and Todrick. I like several others… but that is my hope list. Also, some are for sure top 12 so I didn’t list them.

  • MayMirabella

    I thought Michael,Todrick and Tim had the best performances tonight. I never thought I would be including Todrick and Tim as best of the night. But for me, they were. Todrick does have a Broadway background as he was on Broadway in the Color Purple.
    ( that also explains why in Week 1 that Adam was tweeting that Todrick has mad vocal skills so I have been rooting for Todrick as I like to see Broadway types make that transition). But the other weeks, Todrick disappointed but for me, not this week. I think he did well. And Michael was fantastic.
    Tim did better than he has before but I am not a fan per se but I think Tim and Aaron are fan favorites of the younger girls..from what I am reading.

  • cookcricket

    it’s hype, it’s just another part of the idol machine at work. i ain’t mad at ‘em, they are just doing what they do.

    Sadly it’s only hype when people buy into it and can’t see others for who they are.

    Needless to say, I hope Aaron makes it through this week because I know my daughter a tween and Luv a teen both like him a lot and I’m sure there are a lot of others out there who can see the difference between the two. I hope he can break away from that comparison real fast!

    ETA: Rolling Stones should be really interesting and lol to cheese saying you hope no one plays guitar for that. :D

  • Valentin432

    I bursted laughing several times reading that list gangreen29, I mean I couldn’t do better but I can’t see any of these being anything other than trainwrecks unless they completely change up the song.

    In fact if TPTB don’t impose some contestants to come out rocking I think we are going to see a succession of contestants trying to suck all the rock out of the songs.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Kara is bonkers with the crying, but still, Mike was really good. By the way, they flashed to his wife and she looks really good. How long ago was the baby born?

    I think this shows, with Mike, that they try and put the best and or most interesting performance at the end, probably based on how the rehearsals go. I also think they try to put some of their favs in the beginning as well, and the so so ones get the middle slots.

    Mike and Crystal will definitely be in the top 2.

    I really like Alex and want him to make it into the top 4.

    Toderick gets points for trying to mix it up. I think he deserves to go farther.

    Who should go? That’s tough. I would say Aaron and Tim, even though Tim had a nice performance, I just picking him based on his body of work on the show.

  • ggdoorsfan

    I think it’s kinda obvious I don’t know The Rolling Stones very well :P

    we can rectify that – immerse yourself in the glory of the stones :P


    Sympathy for the devil

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

    Gimme Shelter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYIUgdD9gj8

  • MollyAnnMay

    Holy crap. Unlike Archie, I was terrified when I saw him say on twitter that someone was covering “This Woman’s Work” because I was afraid it would get butchered.

    That was the opposite of butchering. That was *awesome*. Mike Lynche! I liked you a lot before, but now I think I love you. What a fearless, amazing performance. Wow.

    Do we get iTunes downloads this early in the season? Because I want this song NOW.

  • gangreen29

    In fact if TPTB don’t impose some contestants to come out rocking I think we are going to see a succession of contestants trying to suck all the rock out of the songs.

    I think Katelyn, Lee, Crystal, and Casey can rock out a song, and I think Siobhan can too although I’m less sure of her. I really think Katelyn will pleasantly surprise, her voice has some grit. I think Todrick can have fun with You Can’t Always get what you want, I always got some R&b faint vibes from Love in Vain so I think Mike can pull that out. I do think Lilly, Alex, Didi, and Lacey will have to change it up a bit to do okay but i think they can. Of course, there will be some major trainwrecks lol

  • golcook

    I might be in the minority here, but I love Kara and her critiques, maybe she’s not the most likable person, but her critiques are so constructive and she really knows what she’s talking about.

    Singing competition judges are meant to be brief in their comments and if a performance is great it would leave them speachless (just a few words to say), but if the performance is bad the critiques are meant to be constructive (and longer). So maybe that’s why they have been so long in their critiques, because there hasn’t been any really great performances.

    I’m not liking these season so far, hopefully the performances become better in the big stage (fingers crossed) I haven’t been blown away by anyone so far, and it’s kind of stressing.

    My point here? I really don’t know I’m just hoping for less Kara hate and more WTF are these kids thinking with the crappy performances ther have given so far.

  • jammasta

    Ugh. That’s why I asked (as well as others) what one had to do with the other. I couldn’t figure out what an older, married professional basketball player had to do with a young, unmarried broadway performer/dancer who is a contestant on American Idol. They don’t look alike and Todrick hasn’t been accused of date rape. I couldn’t figure out the connection.

    Okey-doke, but the way you said it kinda made me sound evil so I got defensive. Sorry about that :P. Hmm, am I the only one who thought Kobe Bryant was arrogant? Then again, I’m a Kings fan….. but that’s a whole different story.

    I think it’s really hard to say who’ll go home for the guys this week.

    Michael and Casey are the only ones who are safe, IMO. Michael started off weak, did good in the middle, and was fantastic tonight. Casey has been fairly consistent in that he hasn’t been horrible.

    I think everyone else is in varying degrees of trouble. Alex was decent, but I didn’t really connect with it, and I have a bad feeling about his nerves. However, of the “unsafe” ones, I’d say he’s the safest. Lee improved on what he needed to, but for some reason his performance just didn’t do anything for me and fell flat on its face. Andrew has fallen from grace, but I still have a feeling he’s safe (and I still have a feeling he can do something great, but I dunno…). Being an internet sensation might save him. Tim is trending on Twitter? Huh, maybe he got saved too. He did improve since the first week, but I did not connect with him at all. There was no emotion. Todrick was actually decent tonight, though his performance was kinda love it – hate it, and I’m still not sure if he’s humbled up enough for my tastes (I’m kinda anal about humility :P), and I’m fairly sure that his past two performances have left a disgusting taste in some mouths. My Aaron bias is telling me that he wasn’t horrible and was actually fantastic, but my objectiveness is saying that he was bad in parts and good in others, and to be fair I’ll have to go with the latter.

    Am I the only one who did not think the guys outperformed the girls? A lot of them have improved, but the girls were still better overall….

    Huh. I dunno why, but last week and the week before, I was not getting the complaints and was just saying “Give it time.” Then, this week, it was the best two performance nights of the season and two quite entertaining shows, but I was like “Ehh, everyone’s right, this season kinda will suck.” Weird.

    Thanks for the Rolling Stones song links!

    Hmm. I don’t have much time to listen to them, but I see Andrew trying Sympathy for the Devil (but I don’t see him doing particularly well with it), and I see Katelyn or Didi singing Gimme Shelter. Either way, Gimme Shelter sounds like a girl would do it, but that was only at a very short listen.

    Someone’s probably gonna do “Paint it Black”, and it’s probably Siobhan. As much as I love Siobhan, I do not see that going well for her.

    I also like Kara’s critiques, but she still is really off-putting. She seems wordy, quite know-it-all-ish, and seems to try too hard. She talks a lot and has this “I’m 100% right” air about her. She doesn’t seem to have chemistry with the other judges. I think she needs another counting blunder to put her back into shape and make her realize “Wait, I’m kinda dumb, I should talk less know-it-all like.”

  • weelassie

    Well, I guess I’m weird because I actually thought Aaron sounded pretty darn good after he hit his sweet spot. The beginning was rough but he found his zone and I was impressed by such a young guy. Now, Tim, on the other hand sounded terrible to me but Ellen hugged him. WTF? He didn’t hold a candle to Jason Castro or to others who have done that song. I don’t understand the praise and I might be the only one here that doesn’t think he is all that good looking. His hair needs some serious help;)

    I didn’t hear Lee so I can’t comment.

    I like Alex and hope that he makes it through. Ellen’s comments about a mushy banana and then a stiff one was a bit odd. So far, she hasn’t added anything to the show for me.

    Tim-already mentioned, not worthy of the praise.

    Andrew was middling to ok.

    Casey is one to watch. I hope that he brings some more. He is one who plays the guitar that I don’t mind because he can actually play.

    Aaron did better than he got credit for.

    Todrick performed and posed. I don’t much care for him one way or the other.

    Big Mike was ………big. His definitely was the memorable performance tonight.

    This season is definitely one of sameness. girls and guys alike. There are no Adam Lamberts, no Daughtry’s, no Taylor Hicks, no Bo Bices or Fantasia’s or Kellys be it Clarkson or Pickler. Hopefully someone will stand out as the season goes on.

  • alxsavage

    Tim Urban was so smart tonight. Choosing a song that cannot fail, but specially…did you notice the tightness of his shirt? Not that I care, but we’ll see tomorrow that thousands of tweens did.

  • Soapbox0916

    Wow, I am just stunned by all of the guitar hate. The guitars serve to support the vocals of the performance and are no big deal. Guitarless performances are not any better or worse either. Let the contestants do what they are most comfortable with. In reality, most of my favorite performers happen to play an instrument, and I listen to a wide variety of music.

  • Valentin432

    I think Katelyn, Lee, Crystal, and Casey can rock out a song, and I think Siobhan can too although I’m less sure of her. I really think Katelyn will pleasantly surprise, her voice has some grit. I think Todrick can have fun with You Can’t Always get what you want, I always got some R&b faint vibes from Love in Vain so I think Mike can pull that out. I do think Lilly, Alex, Didi, and Lacey will have to change it up a bit to do okay but i think they can. Of course, there will be some major trainwrecks lol

    You’re right about Katelyn and she does have experience fronting a rock band, my major question is: Will she be here next week?
    Crystal and Siobhan should do fine altough I wonder if Siobhan quirky style of performances is a good fit in this case.

    I have major doubts about Lee or Casey capabilities to rock out a RS song, both are lacking a lot in the stage moves and presence department, so far they were both hiding twice behind their guitar and Hinder is everything but rock.
    The comparison with Bo, Daughtry and Cook is really not good at all.

    So yes maybee we’ll get one or two rock out performances out of twelve in a RS night.

  • seattle_girl

    Just got done watching on the west coast. I must be one cold-hearted witch, but Big Mike didn’t move me at all. Blah. And WTF is up with Kara? That was ridiculous. And now I’m all angry, yeesh.

    An awfully monotone show in all – my faves did okay but nothing outstanding. My bottom three – Toddrick, Tim and Aaron – all still deserve to go home. Problem is that all three of them gave arguably their best performances to date, so I’m worried one of the more legit contenders may go home.

  • weese

    I didn’t think the boys were better than the girls at all. I didn’t get the praise for Mike or Todderick.
    Casey and Andrew were just middling. Aaron was just plain bad. Tim’s version was even worse than Castro’s. Lee can’t sing in tune and it is starting to bug me plus he picks the worst songs. Hate, hate ,hate fireflys. Alex is the only bright spot for me.

  • Trina

    Going back a page or so a bit.. I don’t think its right to compare a whole season to 3 weeks of performances. But I’m thinking back to season 7 where at this point we had ‘Imagine’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Hallelujah’..Three major breakout performances in a span of 3 weeks. Even season 6 as crappy as it was at this point Melinda and Lakisha were kicking ass. So far there have been some good performances but the season as a whole is boring and filled with some horrible song choices and too many glued to acoustic guitars. I’m actually dreading Rolling Stones from this crew but I’m at least hoping it will push some out of their comfort zone.

  • alxsavage

    Wow. Just saw Big Mike’s performance. He isn’t my cup of tea, but wow, that was beautiful, and I hate to repeat what Simon says, but he is right, this was the best performance of the season so far (along with Crystal’s from last week, but I might be a little biased).

    Things are starting to get better, and at least I can see some potential stars…Crystal and Siobhan have both been consistent and great, and tonight I saw a lot of star potential on Michael and Alex(never thought I’d say that).

    On the other hand, Lee is so overrated. He is a poor man’s version of David Cook.

    Can’t wait for the theme weeks, the big stage and everything that comes with it.

    And yay for RS week! I’ve been loving the Top 12 week for the last 3 seasons (well, top 13 or whatever it was last year). Beatles. Michael Jackson. Rolling Stones. Pure greatness!

  • didilynn

    Another West Coaster here. I still like Casey, even though I’m getting tired of the stool – he needs to change it up a little more. I really liked Todrick – I guess I like a more theatrical style – and I thought his vocals were great. He’s in danger, but I hope he makes it through, because with him we’ve got some variety and movement on stage.
    My order for tonight:
    Todrick
    Casey
    Mike
    Alex
    Andrew
    Lee
    Aaron
    Tim

    Lee has some potential but he just bored me tonight. Mike was good, but not OMG wow – was Kara PMSing? Tim is probably going through but I wish he wasn’t.

  • Lulu2

    The men did were not better than the women tonight. Not by a long shot. Michael was very good, but his performance was not the best to date. It was the best performance by a man, yeah. I liked Andrew better than I have in the last three weeks. I like his voice and hopes he survives. I thought his performance was one of the better ones. Casey was good. And the rest–yuck. Lee was off at times and his voice didn’t sound as good as it has in the past, certainly not good enough to make up for the off notes. The prior two weeks, I thought Alex had an interesting voice and was looking forward to hearing him. But I didn’t like Trouble at all. I thought it was weird. His voice sounded nasal. But I wouldn’t vote him off because he was on key. Tim Urban–make him stop. Hallelujah is a great song. He is not great and he got off at one point. Aaron was the worst of the night. He was awful. The judges didn’t point out his pitch problems, but he should go home after that. I didn’t like Todrick; it just seemed weird, the singing didn’t seem very good and he seemed off too at times. I think Michael and Casey will be safe, but I hope Andrew stays, because he did better than five others and I’m beginning to like his voice.

  • Lera

    Kara is trying to suck up to Simon so he will hire her on Simon’s new show X-Factor. It is sicking to watch!

    Ellen needs to stop with the banana innuendos.

    Todrick wasn’t that good if you listen to it back. He had a couple of good notes but not in my opinion anything to shout out about.

    No stand outs tonight, Mike was much overrated also.

    They all stink to high heaven and no matter how the producers try to manipulate this show as being a success it isn’t. A big dismal fail this year. They can thank Simon for his large input on who got to Hollywood and beyond.

    I have no doubt that Simon sabotaged this show for the sake that his new show will get big ratings. After all he did kind of eluded to it on his Leno interview the other night. Of course Simon made it sound like he was kidding, but he wasn’t.

  • Sherena

    I like confident, even cocky people, as long as they can back it up with ability and talent. Todrick may be able to. I think he’s staying this week and I’m glad, because this gives him more chances to prove that he can deliver.

  • lakhesis

    On the other hand, Lee is so overrated. He is a poor man’s version of David Cook.

    That literally made me LOL. Ah… I like Lee to some extent but I do feel that him and Cook is beyond comparison. And since Lee is kind of going for the rock vibe… “poor man’s version” does fit him.

    He’s incredibly shouty/pitchy at times. But better than Gokey. Cept Gokey doesn’t do rock.

  • bigjr6633

    I don’t care how anyone feels about Todrick, he is a much needed boost to this dull season, I’m sorry but he is. Seriously everyone is the same this season there is no musical diversity at all. At least he stands out, he has a good voice, a good performer and he’s entertaining which I can’t say for most of them. Put all the personal feelings aside he actually makes this season interesting, everyone else just blends in together. I know it’s more than likely he’ll go home tomorrow but if he does it would be a loss cause he really could’ve made this season exciting.

  • GreenHippo

    West Coast and watched it recorded delayed.
    I’m at a loss on who will be leaving us. My favorite person to dislike is Toddrick, but he did rather well tonight. So I don’t know and my points will be totally shot in the Idol Pool. I believe Aaron could be in danger though. Michael wasn’t my cup either, but he “blew it out of the box”, with a powerful song in the pimp spot. He for sure stays, but the rest idk!

  • iluvai

    The posts here on MJ’s whether I agreed with them or not, were the best thing about tonight’s American Idol. :)

  • JudyOhio

    Just a couple of thoughts……..

    I hope the opportunity will present itself for Alex to do an R.E.M. song, Everybody Hurts or Loosing My Religion maybe. Alex is young and inexperienced, but his voice (his sound) does resemble Michael Stipe a bit imo.

    Lee looks a little frumpy to me. In addition to calming his nerves, he could also benefit from a clean shave, a good night’s sleep, and better fitting clothes.

  • seattle_girl

    Meant to add that during Big Mike’s opening falsetto notes, my daughter (seriously) asked me from another room “is that a joke??”,, Heh, out of the mouths of babes….

  • Dlynne

    We’re spoiled. We’ve been spoiled by Adam, Kris, David, Archie and a few others over the course of eight seasons. There have been some awesome “moments” over the last eight years but certainly more lows than highs. I’m trying really hard not to compare because they just don’t compare. And I’m not talking about this season. Each season has brought something unique that really can’t compare with another season.

    I’m more interested in an honest performance. I understand what Kara is talking about when she tells these kids that the performance has to be believable. They have to connect. They have to be able to sell it. Otherwise, no one is going to buy it with cold, hard cash.

    Half of these kids do just that. Most of them have great recording voices. I’m willing to give them twelve more weeks to reach greatness. But I’m not expecting it today. Today, at least half of them have done enough to keep my attention. What more can they do?

  • karenc

    dhunken:
    03/10/2010 at 10:40 pm
    Ugh….I blame the judges for how boring this year is to me. Even the good people seem boring because too many of the performers are the same. Practically everyone is a singer with a guitar. Not a bad thing unless they all are doing it. This doesn’t make for good tv or a good Reality show. Yes I love Crystal but with everyone being guitar singers (and she is by far the best) but seems just like one more of the group and I think takes away from her. As mediocre as Todrick is he a least comes across like a breath of fresh air because he is different. That was the beauty of Season 7 and 8 and almost all of the past years because of the diversity there was something for everyone and also a good reason why the top 10 all get careers of some sort after idol. I think after this year a lot of them will not as they will compete in the same market. (Not just singer song writers but idol singer song writers) Why Kris and Adam worked and David Cook and Davie Archuleta worked was they both pulled from different markets of the music world. It wasn’t like they were all vying for the jazz market. (just using Jazz as an example) and even smaller the Jazz/Idol market. I think that is what this year is going to be all about and that is very sad.

    I agree that the problem is no diversity. I don’t think that it’s just that we have so many singers with guitars, it’s that we have too many similar artists doing the same kind of music on guitar. Like, season 7, Brooke, David, and Jason all played guitar, but they were all very different types of artists, and even last season, there was much more diversity. Really, pretty much everyone this season in just about the same genre. If there were for example, a few that were really doing rock, and some in other genres, but all playing instruments it would still be more diverse.

  • NOLA

    Buhbye Andrew and Broadway Tod!

  • music woman

    Another West Coaster finally logging in:

    Am I the only one who wants Casey to pleeeeeze wash and brush his hair?

    He looks like he just woke up after a very hard night. I really like him but he needs a stylist, fast.

  • Keel

    Whoever said this season was the season of acoustic coffee house Idol was right on the money. Even Crystal with her electric guitar last night still had a power acoustic-y vibe to her style. I wasn’t much impressed by Big Mike, but I hope he stays because we need the diversity in style. Same with Siobhan.

  • R80

    Another ‘not so great’ performance by the guys.

    TOP 8 GUYS

    Best:
    Mike – his voice was UNBELIEVABLE. However, i just don’t feel enough emotion to ‘move’ me like it did to Kara!

    Good:
    Alex – love his voice. need to perform more though.
    Toddrick – overall good performance. like it when he sang the high notes.
    Tim – WOW.. he did so much better than the last 2 weeks! Nice song choice.
    Andrew – i don’t know.. it wasn’t special, but i really like his voice. it’s captivating. And please judges, don’t bring up the ‘straight up performance’ ever again!!
    Casey – good song choice, but it was too safe. nothing special.

    Not so good (standard):
    Lee – i found him a little bit pitchy, and YES, it was a problem.
    Toddrick – i like it when he sang the high notes, but i don’t know.. it sounded a bit weird? maybe cause i don’t really like the song.

    Worst :
    Aaron – the performance is just ok. somehow, i don’t feel the ‘star charisma’ in this kid. never did.

    And now for…. THE JUDGES

    Randy – what happened to you dawg?? his comment often differs from the other 3.. which makes it a little bit ‘doubtful’

    Ellen – well, i do think she represent ‘the viewer’ (or maybe just me) in the show. and i LOVE the fact that she is HONEST. and i do understand what she’s saying (sometimes i don’t understand the judges’ comment, esp. Kara). Since the first time, everyone expect her to be ‘Paula’. tell you something. SHE IS ELLEN. she’s not and will never be paula. just ACCEPT it!! love u ellen..!

    Kara – OMG. can’t anyone get rid of this chick??? it’s not her comment that i don’t like (hate to admit that sometimes she’s right). It’s the WAY she EXPRESSING it that i can’t stand!! and the ‘going along with simon’ thing.. and the CRYING!!! so freaking FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Simon – it doesn’t feel like he’s interested in it. why? oh right.. cause he just got a new show, and he’s leaving. JUST LEAVE ALREADY!!

  • zoya

    Pretty good episode. If before the show started I thought I knew who’d be in top 12, I’m not as sure anymore.
    The worst for me tonight was Garcia. It wasn’t a total trainwreck but I think he’s really in danger of going home.
    The next I’m still sure is done on the show is Aaron. He might have a good voice but every performance he did till now including the last one, sounds old and channeling Simon, a bit karaoke.
    Todrick. I can’t decide about him. He is different and brings something different to the stage. No sitting on the stool playing the guitar. I never had a problem with him rearranging the song, but being off pitch was a problem, he didn’t have last night. Still in danger of going home.
    Tim was pretty good with Hallelujah. A slightly different version than what Jason did, with playing the guitar, might be enough to get him to top 12.
    Alex. I didn’t like the song choice. I thought it was forgettable. But very good vocals.
    Lee. I love his voice. I didn’t like the song so much. Average performance but should move forward looking at all 3 weeks together.
    Michael was deffinetly the best tonight. Nothing negative to say about this.
    Casey is still searching for the right song/performance to have a moment. Good performance but I agree with Simon, that nobody will remember it in a day.
    Rank:
    Michael
    Casey
    Tim
    Alex
    Lee
    Todrick
    Aaron
    Garcia
    In danger of going home: the last 3 plus Tim.

    Some thoughts on above comments. Yes many of these people have similar style but 8 were already eliminated. A lot of them (John, Jermaine, Michelle, the young girl, Tyler) were different. Now the real question is, if they really were so much worse (some sure were) or if the audience likes to have many guitar playing songwriters in the show.
    And one more thing. With comparing seminfinals to season 7 I have the subjective feeling the bunch this year is better. After thinking about it, I decided, it’s probably because they’re not limited with song choices. I’m pretty sure that when theme weeks start, real distinctions will be made who is adjustable enough to stay on this show.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Well, I think Mike was great tonight. I think he realized after the first week of semifinals that he has to put his guitar away and do something different from all other guitar playing guys. And it’s working for him. I like him and Todrick.

  • saga

    I didn’t like Mike at all. I might not get the genre but to me his vocal are VERY untight. Not off pitch or anything, just too much vibrato and no self discipline. Also a bunch of whiney singing guys with guitars. And the gravely voice is old. Stop it!

    I am going to go against the whole field and say that I liked Andrew and Todd man the most. Andrew because he had rythm and was not whiney and boring. Todd because that was an interesting song and he sang it well.

  • Tristessa

    I actually liked the girls a lot better than the guys this week, but I seem to be the only one. I don’t want to be so critical of this season, but so far it’s really not good.

    Lee still hasn’t picked a song I like (at all), and he’s still pitchy, but I think he has potential.

    Alex took a song that doesn’t really have any meaning for him, but I still really like him. Wasn’t as good as last week, but I enjoyed it, and his voice is really special.

    I didn’t like Tim + Hallelujah. It was good for him, but not good in the sea of Hallelujah covers. There were a few strong notes he hit that were actually nice, but I think the softer parts of the song were really weak.

    Andrew + Aaron – worst of the night. Casey was decent but boring.

    Todrick finally did an interesting cover of a song, but I honestly don’t think his voice is strong enough to pull it off. Shockingly to me, I liked this 2nd best after Alex.. which isn’t saying much for the guys.

    I didn’t like Mike either. He has a good voice, but.. I dunno, Kate Bush is one of my favourite singers ever and it just didn’t work for me at all. It should have considering the lyrics, but it felt showy and not sincere. Kara has some baby issues she needs to work out, poor girl.

  • OnePlusSix

    Well,well! Another boring night…they may get the ratings but the show was sad and doesn’t deserve it. I’m sorry but, to date, these contestants lack luster and vocals. They are no better than any of my friends who can carry a tune and sing their hearts out in Sing Star. I’ve yet to see a quality performance that made me stand up and say “wow” “it’s about time” “can’t wait for next week”. People need to understand that the producers of this show have contrived to have a girl win, first and foremost. Therefore, these guys were thrown in there to make it legit, knowing full well that they wouldn’t get any credence. None of the contestants, in my opinion, have the “IT” factor. If they did, you would recognize it from the get-go.

    The judges?? Well, first it’s time for someone to give Randy a Thesaurus. How old is this man? Does he not know there are more words in the universal language than “dawg” “dude” “pitchy”,etc. Ellen – I love her to pieces on her own show and thought there might be a place for her here as well, but I’m not sure if she actually adds a whole lot. At times, she appears to be trying too hard to prove the nay-sayers wrong. Maybe with time. Kara – I like her, however, I feel she thinks she has something to prove as well. As someone earlier eluded, it’s not what she says but HOW she delivers it. Then we have Simon whom I have always felt had some sense and knew what he was saying (for the most part – never agreed 100% and sometimes felt he was a little too harsh)but truthful nonetheless making his comments credible plus everyone looked to him as the Guru judge. This season, however, he’s just not there in mind and soul and it shows unfortunately.

    It’s a good thing that the judges see the rehearsals and have their comments somewhat prepared because I wouldn’t want to view the disaster if they had to come up with those comments on the spot, live.

    I find the show this year is very flat – no atmosphere and no excitement. I tune in regularly (flipping from AI to other programs) in hopes that this is the week that I will see something worth investing in and the making of a future star. That’s what we humans live on “HOPE”. However, I have been disappointed thoroughly so far – maybe next week??

  • St.Lucia

    I too liked the girls a lot better than the guys as a whole. I missed the first half of the show and only watched the videos on here later, but I started watching at about the halfway through Andrew Garcia. When we go to Todrick I just turned it off entirely. I never saw Mike until later. He was good but the whole night was nothing but a ballad(minus whatever the hell Todrick did) that I was dozing off on my couch! Mike was good, but not good enough for me.

    And wow, did Andrew Garcia bomb or what?!?! I was never as initially wowed with Andrew as some were and now I remember why because he’s a boring one note.

    I thought Alex butchered one of my favorite songs. yes, he has a voice, but it’s not good enough YET. He needs more time to really hone his voice.

    Tim Urban while marginally better and intune, sucked the life out of Hallelujah.

    And Lee doing fireflies pretty much made me cringe. I think Lee has a nice voice but something, and I’m not sure what it is, is off putting about him to me. Probably because if he ever made it anywhere, he’d be fronting a Daughtry, Creed, Nickelback type of band…who all sound generic and I can’t stand and I think that makes me want to dislike him.

    I’m curious to see how it is next week when we intermix the girls and the guys in the top 12. At this point something needs to save this show for me or I’m liable to stop watching.

  • YankeeFan08

    Well, I think Mike was great tonight. I think he realized after the first week of semifinals that he has to put his guitar away and do something different from all other guitar playing guys.

    Mike was my favorite tonight. I’m happy too that he put away the guitar. There are way too many guitars this year, both guys and girls. I find it distracting for the most part because most of them don’t play that well, and I don’t think it really adds anything to their performance.

  • koshka

    I find it distracting for the most part because most of them don’t play that well, and I don’t think it really adds anything to their performance.

    I wish some of the contestants would have saved the $$ spent on guitar lessons and spent them on a vocal coach.

  • St.Lucia

    I find it distracting for the most part because most of them don’t play that well, and I don’t think it really adds anything to their performance.

    I thought this other day when I saw one of the girl’s perform…Didi maybe and it seemed apparent that she didn’t have a great handle on the guitar. I could be wrong on the girl, but yeah, it is definitely apparent that some of them the guitar playing is very mediocre.

  • hicksaholic

    I was disappointed in Alex’s Trouble. lt was no where near as good as Taylor’s in Season 5 IMO. Alex has a distinct tone but he didn’t convey any emotion.
    I hope Lee stays but he wasn’t great last night. Please send Aaron and Tim home.

  • SpenserJ

    I find it distracting for the most part because most of them don’t play that well, and I don’t think it really adds anything to their performance.

    Have to agree with you there. I’m so sick of white-guy-wearing-flannel-playing-acoustic-guitar. To me, Casey is clearly the best guitar player on the show, Andrew is good enough, and the rest should just be leaving their guitars back stage.

    I’m really not that enamored with many of the guys. Michael has been consistently good, something the rest have not. Right now, he’s my favorite of the boys.

    I was not in harmony with the judges last night at all. I thought Casey was far better than they did. I actually thought he performed that song really well. And, the judges calling that Aaron kid authentic or saying they feel the emotion of the song from him? I completely disagree. That kid is a walking cheesefest. And, a mediocre singer.

    Also, I find Alex Lambert very weird looking. And, weird in general. So, I can’t imagine myself ever warming to him, no matter how well he sings. Tim Urban can take that 1975 haircut off my TV at any time. And, I’m disappointed with Andrew. He’s loaded with talent, but I’ve grown weary of the box he’s chosen to put himself in.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    I really wish they would stop all this schtick with the judges. It is so offputting and is making me like them even less. This whole thing with Kara just feels so forced. She is NOT Paula no matter how hard she tries to pretend. Just ICK!

    Last night, I enjoyed Lee, Tim, Casey and really loved Michael. The first three weren’t perfect, but showed improvement and were enjoyable.

    Really disliked Todrick, Aaron, and Andrew. Alex made me literally laugh out loud. He sounded, to me, like a prepubescent boy who memorized the words to a song. Talk about no connection to a song! Trouble? Saved by a woman? Give me a break! I really thought the whole thing was ridiculous. Couldn’t help thinking of Taylor’s performance of that song, which was fantastic. I know Alex will make it through but I really hope he starts listening to what he sings when he’s putting together a performance. He just doesn’t cut it as an anguished soul.

  • savgal

    Poor Kara! IMO her tears and emotional reaction to Mike’s song were b/c her biological clock is ticking very loudly right now and she is desperate to have a baby (newlywed and around 40). Would not be surprised if next year’s Idol show goes up in ratings (even with Simon leaving) b/c she will be pregnant. Trust me, working with these ladies is part of what I do for a living.
    LOVE Alex’s voice. He looked more tense last night, or maybe he was just trying not to look all happy-go-lucky singing that bluesy song. He has GOT to stay so we can see him continue to ripen into a great performer. Also love Casey’s voice. Both these guys are going to have a big moment soon. Yay, bring on the theme weeks! RS will be fantastic, w/all the song choices!

  • koshka

    I find it distracting for the most part because most of them don’t play that well, and I don’t think it really adds anything to their performance.

    Have to agree with you there. I’m so sick of white-guy-wearing-flannel-playing-acoustic-guitar. To me, Casey is clearly the best guitar player on the show, Andrew is good enough, and the rest should just be leaving their guitars back stage.

    I have no idea how good they are on their guitars.. for all I know, someone on the band is doing a terrific back up.

    On that same note, I noticed this year (maybe it happened last year too) that the camera man is spending lots of time on instruments and they are using split screens to show both the singer and the instrument at the same time. This is probably only adding to the distraction factor.

  • koshka

    Savgal…

    b/c her biological clock is ticking very loudly right now and she is desperate to have a baby (newlywed and around 40).

    Wow.. ok so normally it drives me nuts when people talk about women’s reproduction or ‘cycles’ LOL but I think you are probably right. As someone (much earlier in life than Kara) having a reproductively challenging marriage :) – been there, done that. I could seriously see this happening. Makes total sense to me. Geez.. don’t tell me I have to give Kara empathy points here.. that would kill me.

  • hollygo9

    This season has still failed to grip me. My fave tonight was Tim Urban. Of course, I didn’t enjoy it enough to pick up the phone.
    It seems to me that, this year, the stacked the deck with contestants who have no musical identity of their own. It’s all very copy-cat/paint by numbers.
    I hope having themes helps them evolve.

  • justjude

    Hmmm,On who I think did well enough to go on to top12.

    Michael. #1 Led the pack
    Lambert. 32 Nice voice..very nice. Poor stage presence, needs swagg!
    Todrick. #3 Lots of talent here, and did quite well with couple pitch probs. He does have stage presence. He has been unduly trashed
    by the judges.He toned down his vocal areobics.Whatatheywantfrom him!
    Casey . #4 He has been consistantly pretty good, and he has charisma!
    Lee And Andrew.#5 and #6 Lee has no confidence at all and he sweats!
    Andrew steadily loses ground. Was he a one trick pony? He does not do well under fire!
    Aaron #7 He’s not ready. Potential yes. Practice, practice, withcoach!
    tim Urban #8 Got to Go!! Ok his vocals were Ok this time but just
    OK. as we have seen him out of tune from hollywood, and on his last 2
    performances.

  • Gracey

    I actually really like Kara too. I don’t get all the hate on her. She is smart, articulate, and she knows what she is talking about. After Simon, she is the one that I listen to next for constructive advice and knowledge.

    As for the performances.. Andrew needs to go. He is definitely a one trick pony and that was awful last night. He did nothing to the song except for strum some chords .. he can do that with any song and it wouldn’t be called original or anything. Stupid song choice!

    I love Alex and Casey the best, by far. And then Mike.. he did an awesome job last night.. lots of heart and soul there.

  • Mary102

    Ok, my take on last night:

    First, it’s really hard to predict who will go home from the guys. I feel like some pretty crappy (and consistently over-rated) guys are pretty popular, and could last longer than they deserve to (Aaron Kelly, I’m looking at you). And I still found most of the guys pretty mediocre, pitchy, and boring in general.

    I think Big Mike, Casey, and most likely Lee are shoe-ins for Top 12, but anyone else is fair game for elimination. Alex is probably safe too, though I find him ridiculously over-hyped. I’m sorry, but his voice is weak, very inconsistent, he has next to no musicality or dynamic stage presence. And so, besides being a sweet kid with a bad haircut, I’m just not getting the judges’ gushing AT ALL, smushy banana or not.

    As for last night:

    Big Mike was by far the best – he really does have the best voice among the guys, imo. I think he, Crystal and Siobhan are the only really really consistent, strong vocalists. And he really brought it in terms of actually creating a very lively, engaging performance. THIS is what I was talking about yesterday after hearing the girls, when I said that they were mostly boring and fogettable, in part because they never created performances that actually BUILT up as they went along. Even Siobhan mainly just stayed at the same level her whole performance. The key to creating a really memorable, audience grabbing, WOW moment, is to build your song up to some kind of climax, which is exactly what Big Mike did so well. He also has a ton of confidence, and his vocals were very strong and versatile – lovely falsetto, too.

    I think his biggest challenge may be to make sure he doesn’t get TOO over-confident, or at leasst not to APPERAR that way – and he succeeded last night. So if he keeps it up, he can easily be the top male finisher in the competition.

    As for the rest:

    Todrick was good, but I agree with Simon – parts were great, but not ALL of it was great. Still, lots of energy and, like Mike, he succeeded in creating an energetic, rousing performance (plus both Matt and Adam like him, so how can you deny that ;-) ) He should stay imo.

    Lee was pretty strong, though his voice is still very inconsistent and pitchy to me. He improved the song though (I HATE Fireflies), and knows his “wheelehouse” – so that should suit him well.

    Casey was solid, but still mostly flat and not as memorable as some of the other performers. Still, he has some of the more consistent vocals among the guys, and he should easily sail through.

    Alex – woefully overrated – still not getting it with him. But he’ll probably be fine. Also, the mullet is seriously starting to bug me.

    Aaron – OMG – the judges critiques caused me to shout WTF multiple times – he seemed to be getting the “A for effort” prize from the judges – I don’t think so. Vocals were easily the worst of the night, and I’d send him home. But he may have too many tweeny bopper votes now.

    Tim – Better than I expected, and actually, of the first 3 guys, the strongest vocal, imo. Then again, maybe Hallelujah is just a song that’s really impossible to screw up. Still, I might actually keep him another week, but I could see him going home too.

    Andrew – could easily be in trouble. WTF was that? I felt like he was trying to create a Heartless moment, but he came up short. The lyrics sung that way were just laughable. Completely agreed with Simon on this one – kinda desparate. Plus, his vocals have been mediocre since the early rounds. I might send him home at this point.

    Yeah, still hard to say who will go. I’d say Andrew and Aaron SHOULD go, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was almost anyone but Big Mike, Casey, Lee, or probably Alex.

  • Mary102

    Have to agree with you there. I’m so sick of white-guy-wearing-flannel-playing-acoustic-guitar. To me, Casey is clearly the best guitar player on the show, Andrew is good enough, and the rest should just be leaving their guitars back stage.

    OMG – I have to say I am getting so sick of the guitar playing. Seriously, did HALF the guys do it last night? And, big surprise, the guys who DIDN’T actually had some of the best performances imo (Mike and Todrick for instance). So, we have a ton of guitar players on both the guys and girls side – really really adds to the monotony of many of the performances imo. They just all ran together in the first half of the show.

    Last year had just about the right mix of instruments. You only had 1 guitarist (ok, kinda three, but Kris was the only one who did it well or consistently), and 3 pianists (including Kris) – a much better mix for me.

  • Mary102

    And Lee doing fireflies pretty much made me cringe. I think Lee has a nice voice but something, and I’m not sure what it is, is off putting about him to me. Probably because if he ever made it anywhere, he’d be fronting a Daughtry, Creed, Nickelback type of band…who all sound generic and I can’t stand and I think that makes me want to dislike him.

    Hmmm, you might have hit on one reason I can’t get into Lee at all – I tend to agree. At first, I considered him a weaker version of David Cook (growly rock sound, but without the consistency, strength or as much musicality). But yeah, I totally see him doing a Nickleback, Creed type album – which I too find unadventurous and boring.

  • Mary102

    Kara – OMG. can’t anyone get rid of this chick??? it’s not her comment that i don’t like (hate to admit that sometimes she’s right). It’s the WAY she EXPRESSING it that i can’t stand!! and the ‘going along with simon’ thing.. and the CRYING!!! so freaking FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll admit – her comments have actually been some of the best and most spot on this year – in general I think she’s doing a much better job of giving some tough, honest, yet constructive comments.

    However, I completely agree with you about the “show” she puts on – with Simon, with the tears, everything. It’s just not working – often makes me uncomfortable and kinda ruins her credibility when she is otherwise making some really smart critiques. She really should just stick to the judging and quit trying so hard to be everyone’s best friend. In the words of Simon, it’s all coming across a little too desparate.

  • sunchick

    Sooo… he’s a cocky banana?

    *does spittake* :D Do you think it’s time for Ellen to move on to different (read: less phallic) perishable items? I do wonder how long *cough* she can keep it going. Maybe all the guys should get banana critiques. Next week Alex’s ripe bananas will be baked into a banana cream pie. Casey is like sippin a banana daiquiri poolside at an all you can drink Sandals while sneaking glances at the hottie lifeguard. Maybe Big Mike is a frozen banana dipped in chocolate. Sadly, I doubt there’s a bananas foster en flambe in the bunch. But, hope springs eternal…

    Oh, and I think Season 9 has an identity. The Fodder Shall Inherit The Earth… Cult of Mediocrity… Crystal, Please Don’t Get Sick And Drop Out Cuz We Kinda Put Most Of The Eggs In Your Basket And Then We’d Be Screwed. Take your pick. Just don’t blame it on the poor instruments or the innocent stools. Or even coffeehouses. It’s not their fault. Boys with guitars only become boring when the boys aren’t anything to write home about. Case in point…

    So NOT boring.

    Bored? Nope……

    9 minutes long, and the opposite of boring…

    OMG, a guitar and an actual coffeehouse, and I’m. not. bored. (You’re a maneater, and I’m a mansandwich. <3 )

    This is a f!!#ing religious experience… :’(

    Not to mention, not all stripped down arrangements of pop songs are created equal. (Season 7 stans will appreciate the irony of that one.)

    So last night made me all nostalgic for good music and I took to youtube. And well, SOMEBODY had to throw down for the guitar strummers of the world. Personally, this season just makes me miss these boys.

  • Tamarynd

    Casey- thought this was his best performance in the semifinals. He sang this really well- I liked the emotional conviction in his voice. He’d make a credible country artist.

    Alex- predictable song choice, but his voice sounded even better than last week- confident, mature, surprisingly rich in tone. I hope he makes Top 12.

    Tim- I was hoping for expecting a trainwreck. This isn’t in Jason Castro’s league, but give him credit- it was a very respectable, credible performance. This guy isn’t going home yet.

    Michael- good, but not blown away by it. The high notes weren’t great, and he reminded me of less talented Ruben Studdard. Still, he did well enough to make Top 12.

    Aaron- he did better than I expected. Shaky at the beginning, but his voice was powerful from the middle of the song to the end. I think it could be enough to make Top 12.

    Bottom 3:
    Todrick- nothing wrong with his voice, but the song arrangement and his singing were sloppy on this. He focuses too much on song arrangements and presentation and not who he is as a singer.

    Andrew- just not living up to his Hollywood performances. The song arrangement for “Genie” sounds like something gimmicky he came up with at the last minute, not well-thought through at all. I think he’ll still squeak by this week, but he’s wearing out his welcome.

    Lee- I thought he couldn’t possibly choose a worse song after Hinder. Well, I was wrong. Thanks, Lee, for wasting my time. What a pointless, lame song choice.

    Going home: Todrick & Lee in a shock boot (I know I’m probably wrong about Lee- it’s most likely Aaron or even Andrew who gets cut- but I am really disappointed and frustrated at how Lee wasted his opportunities in semifinals).

    Guess the judges really want a girl to win this season- they seem to give better critiques when the girls sing and bizarre ones when the boys do. Kara still hasn’t stopped her antics with Simon. (She seemed drunk during Michael’s performance.) Plus, Randy is babbling now along with forgetting his vocabulary.

  • koshka

    Sunchick – I mostly agree with your examples, even own a few of the artists that you have posted. For some reason the producers and the contestants equate guitar with some sort of higher musical talent. To me it is like saying because you can sing a ‘twinkle, twinkle little star” you must be a singer. Blech. Up until this week, I’ve been saying that we need to wait to see what we have after we have our top 12, but the whole lot of them are weak. I hope the 4 decent contestants can carry the show for the next 3 months.. because this really sucks.

  • tinawina

    I might be in the minority here, but I love Kara and her critiques, maybe she’s not the most likable person, but her critiques are so constructive and she really knows what she’s talking about.

    I agree. She’s been spot on more often than not so far, to me.

    Whoever said this season was the season of acoustic coffee house Idol was right on the money.

    Have to agree with you there. I’m so sick of white-guy-wearing-flannel-playing-acoustic-guitar.

    Yes and yes. LOL! I like coffee house types usually, but this is overkill. Hopefully some of that will be vanquished tonight (looking at you Andrew and Lacey!)

    Do you think it’s time for Ellen to move on to different (read: less phallic) perishable items? I do wonder how long *cough* she can keep it going. Maybe all the guys should get banana critiques. Next week Alex’s ripe bananas will be baked into a banana cream pie. Casey is like sippin a banana daiquiri poolside at an all you can drink Sandals while sneaking glances at the hottie lifeguard. Maybe Big Mike is a frozen banana dipped in chocolate. Sadly, I doubt there’s a bananas foster en flambe in the bunch. But, hope springs eternal…

    Oh, and I think Season 9 has an identity. The Fodder Shall Inherit The Earth… Cult of Mediocrity… Crystal, Please Don’t Get Sick And Drop Out Cuz We Kinda Put Most Of The Eggs In Your Basket And Then We’d Be Screwed.

    BBBBWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! :) Sunchick, of all the people on this board I’d like to have coffee with one day, you have got to be right on the top of the list. You are funny as hell!

  • cheese

    I’m surprised so many people think that Andrew is in danger. I still think he’ll ride “Straight Up” into the Top 8 at least. (And this coming from someone who was thoroughly grossed out by his performance last night) I don’t see anyone other than Aaron, Alex or Todrick being in danger of leaving.

  • Mary102

    cheese:
    03/11/2010 at 9:59 am
    I’m surprised so many people think that Andrew is in danger. I still think he’ll ride “Straight Up” into the Top 8 at least. (And this coming from someone who was thoroughly grossed out by his performance last night) I don’t see anyone other than Aaron, Alex or Todrick being in danger of leaving.

    Oh, I don’t agree at all. I think the Andrew tide has turned pretty quickly after so many lackluster performances. Not just the song choices, but even the vocals have been pretty lacking lately. With other guys stepping up the last few weeks, it just creates more of a gap for him, popularity-wise imo.

    And remember how fickle and unpredictable the Idol audience can be.

  • Mary102

    So last night made me all nostalgic for good music and I took to youtube. And well, SOMEBODY had to throw down for the guitar strummers of the world. Personally, this season just makes me miss these boys.

    Sunchick - that was awesome! Thanks for the memories – lol :-) And good point that only boring boys with guitars are boring!

    And I similarly took to different online music (cough*Adam’s VH1 Unplugged set*cough) after last night’s AI to remind myself of some truly great, effortless talent!

  • oceana

    I’ve always kinda liked Tim, but last night he surprised me. He can sing, who knew! I was impressed.

    Mike’s very good, but not my cuppa tea. That song isn’t the kind of music I like, so I was underwhelmed. It frustrates me that the judges respond so wildly to the belted-out high notes, and under-react to the more subtle but to me more moving “acoustic performances,” for want of a better description. I do know what Taylor Swift’s producer was saying, about AI being so much about who can hit the high note and hold it. Much of what he said was regrettable, but I did agree with that point.

    Casey was great, love the country song for him, I see him as a country rock artist, or southern rock. Kind of a cross between Bo and Bucky. He has star appeal, he’s got the looks, charm, and personality, as well as decent vocals and musicality.

    Top 12 for me, ideally, would be:

    Casey
    Lee
    Alex
    Mike
    Tim
    Andy Garcia

    can go home – Aaron. And I imagine Toddrick might go home, but I like him. I like him better than Mike actually. Mike’s a bit over-confident for my tastes.

    Aaron can sing, but who cares? He’s so over-earnest and corny. Like Clay Aiken but not as charismatic.

  • AML

    I have to jump on the Big Mike bandwagon. Congrats, congrats, congrats. What a voice, what a showman. Definitely the one to beat among the guys.

    That said, I would not have problem what so ever to see Andrew Garcia gone. I don’t think he has deserved all the pimping. And I am glad the judges have come down to earth the last few weeks.

  • tierbee

    Wow, those 9:00 shows make me late to the party :)

    Anyway, my quick take…

    Lee Dewyze – OK, if Lee is showing his taste in music then me and Lee aren’t seeing eye to eye. I hate that Lips of an Angel song and I hate this one, too. Heh. He was ok… but the pitch issues bug. Maybe if he picks a song I don’t hate… I’ll give him more of a chance. Right now I’m just not feeling it.

    Alex Lambert – Scared Alex was peeking out again but I love this kid’s voice. I really hope he sticks around, I like him. He’s very green, of course, and I don’t know if he can survive the big stage and all the themes but hope we get to find out.

    Tim Urban – Ha, well… as soon as he started I was thinking, “Hmm, this doesn’t really suck too bad, I think we’re stuck with him another week.” He doesn’t have any sort of range so he was smart to just stick in the part of his range that is pretty good and stay there. Boring? Yeah, I was snoring. But for him… that was much better. Puppy boy.

    Andrew Garcia – I liked it at the end but the rest was a miss for me. And the lyrics were a little icky, lol. I like this guy but he’s proving to be a one-trick pony and that’s a shame. Oh well, he flat out said he was going to do what he does every week and… he does. Just not all that well lately.

    Casey James – That was… nice? I mean, it was pleasant, it just wasn’t any sort of wow. He deserves to stay, though, and I’m sure he will. My mom loves him and things he’s the prettiest thing ever.

    Aaron Kelly – Wow, the beginning of that was just dreadful, poor guy. It got better but it was very singing at the high school talent show sort of feeling. I think he’s just too young and not at all ready. He has a nice enough voice.

    Todrick Hall – Wellll… I’ll give Todrick credit, he’s ballsy. I didn’t like about 80% of that, though. My sister did text me and say he should be on Glee… When he hit the notes they were good but it was really all over the place and just… no. Again, though, I admit I haven’t liked him from the start and I’m probably not fair.

    Mike Lynche – When they said he was doing this song I was like… ohhh noo, this can’t be good. And I was still thinking it at the beginning but… that was really good. I think it is jarring for some folks if you are familiar with (and love) the Kate Bush original… my sister only knows the Maxwell version and went nuts over this. Once I could put aside my adoration for the Kate Bush version, though, I thought this really was the performance of the night. With this one in the pimp spot and a really strong performance last week, Big Mike should be sailing on through.

    So… yeah, just ok by way of the show, much like the girls. C’mon Top 12… interesting to see how this bunch does.

    (Oh, and my sister is in the camp with me of would rather only see Matt perform tonight, lol.)

  • koshka

    Any country fans out there? What did you think of Casey? Country is sooooooo not my thing, so I don’t think I can judge his performance in a fair manner. I’m pulling for him.

    I’m curious how you think he performed.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Wow, I am a little happier now, I actually enjoyed last night, except for Todrick, ugh – he messed up that song and then was praised? dont get it but oh well, in Todricks case my lovely Adam Lambert and Travis Wall has been pimping him on twitter so I bet he will stick around just for that. Loved Michael, Alex, Casey – really had no downers for me except Todrick. Much better than the girls, didnt even really care for the next coming of JC to them – Crystal, shes been shoved down my throat and I am not liking the taste anymore, she is ok, they are all just ok, ugh what a sad season for me at least

  • DarkGlamour17

    Lee- I was scared at first…then he didn’t do as bad as I thought he would. So yeah not bad.
    Alex- I can’t remember his performance. :/
    Tim- it was ok. whatever. My mom and I like Jason Castro’s version form S7 better.
    Andrew- I kinda liked it. Wasn’t OMG IMPRESSIVE! But it was decent to me.
    Casey- was that boring or what?! I almost went to sleep.
    Aaron- aww. The beginning was not great but the middle and end I didn’t think were too bad.
    Todrick- Not as bad as the last 2 weeks. Not amazing though.
    BIG MIKE- Very nice. Again not ohmygoodness to me! But very nice. :)

    Who do I think is going home? (out of boys) Todrick, Tim, or Aaron.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    OH and Kara makes me want to barf on her fake A#@ self. She is just so gross to me. First she is all over Casey, sexually harrassing the guy, then she must have caught hell for it, so, she comes back all cool chick, look I still like ya dude, yeah the people got the message, the cougar likes you but dude that was just not so great and then this week, her comments, ugh she makes me sick. Michael – yea he was good but crying over him?

  • BootStar

    Any country fans out there? What did you think of Casey? Country is sooooooo not my thing, so I don’t think I can judge his performance in a fair manner. I’m pulling for him.

    I’m curious how you think he performed.

    I’m more of an alt-country/bluegrass fan than somebody who listens to “country radio” per se, but I actually own Keith Urban’s greatest hits (“18 Kids”), which includes that song, and I actually loved Casey’s performance. It was understated but moving, even though it’s not a great song, IMHO.

    Dude kinda got lost in the mind-numbing, acoustic guitar-playing guy line-up, but it was one of few performances last night I actually enjoyed. And it was a smart song choice because it heped Casey reel in the gazillion country fans who watch Idol. Keith’s tune is sitting at 101 on the iTunes singles chart this morning, so I’m going to assume Casey made it into the Top 12!

    And on a very shallow note, Casey’s performance kinda reminded me of when David Cook sang “Little Sparrow” for Dolly Parton week back in S7. White shirt, a little scruff, sweet vocals. I’d already been a fan of Cook’s, but that was the performance that sealed the deal for me. I’m not sure Casey has the smarts or the vocal ability to pull off what Cook did, but I definitely like him. He’s my favorite guy. He’s like a Bo/Bucky hybrid and is just plain nice to look at.

  • sunchick

    Tinawina, back at ya. This coffee you speak of…will there be entertainment involved as well? Ha ha ha.

    Andrew Garcia – And the lyrics were a little icky, lol.

    Ya think? LOL And none of the judges touched on that. The arrangement was actually pretty decent, especially at the end. But did he not realize he was singing about being rubbed the right way? I said last night that this could have been really amusing if there was some irony to the delivery, you know, slightly schlubby guy who isn’t exactly typical sex symbol material sings a “you know you want me” kind of song…in theory it could have been one of my favorite moments so far just for the self depricating ballsiness of it. But I didn’t get much of that. It was more like a straight up (ha, see what I did there) I am telling you to rub me the right way, kthx, type of thing, which ended up being a tiny bit uncomfortable. Blink 182 used to throw a partial cover of that song into their sets and it was awesome. Oh well.

    Sunchick – that was awesome! Thanks for the memories..

    Sometimes you need a visual aide to make a point. Buckley, Staley, Sarich, Adams, and Mraz…all very different boys with guitars. All insanely talented performers. I don’t expect these kids to be on that level, but I do expect to see some sign that it’s possible to maybe get close to that level one day. Casey showed some spark this week but got awkward last week when he tried to combine jamming on the electric guitar and singing. And Alex has some nice vocal instincts but he’s soo green and could have really benefitted from more pre-show live performance experience. Lee has a decent voice but doesn’t know how to use it and apparently has shit taste in music. Blah blah blah… I just get the feeling that for most of the guys they cast this season, there’s glass ceiling that they’ll probably never crack. And I blame the producers for that. I’m all for the concept of growth before our eyes, but you have to show me the goods to make me care about the growth potential. And I’m not talking about bananas.

  • windmills

    And it was a smart song choice because it heped Casey reel in the gazillion country fans who watch Idol.

    IA with that. Casey did a good not great job. He can’t compete with what Keith Urban brings to it emotionally but he still made it seem honest and heartfelt. Casey’s big strength IMO is those songs where he has to be emotionally broken and this is one of them. It fits in with his story of being a former bad boy who’s really mended his ways and is a good guy at heart.

    But I also think You’ll Think Of Me is a REALLY good song. It’s one of my favorites by Keith Urban.

    I’ve always thought that Casey should record in Nashville but not in country. He’s more a southern/roots rock guy. I can see them wanting to market him in country if he goes far in the competition. He’d be better at it than Phil or Danny but it’s still not the right fit for him.

    JMO but did anybody else think they purposely paired a few superficially similar guys/styles to help one guy and help get rid of the other. Like they paired cute little WGWGs Alex and Tim which IMO was meant to help Alex, hurt Tim. They paired 2 country pop performances in Casey and Aaron which IMO was to split the country vote and maybe get some more of it going Casey’s way. They paired the 2 African American guys with Big Mike being the big standout who overshadowed Todrick. Just a conspiracy theory.

  • Mary102

    Casey- was that boring or what?! I almost went to sleep.

    LOL – though he did a competent version, my whole family started talking and getting distracted midway through his song. 30 seconds later, we couldn’t remember what he did. He’s great eye candy, but I find his performances (along with most of the field this year) to be easily forgettable.

  • Mary102

    Andrew Garcia – And the lyrics were a little icky, lol.

    LOL – completely agree with the comments about this. It could have worked with the irony, as sunchick mentioned, but otherwise, the actual song lyrics just don’t work at all when done the way Andrew did. Actually laughable at times, which is really bad.

    To me it represented a perfect example of trying too hard to make ANYTHING into a mellowed out, guitar accompanied song, and expecting it to all magically work (a la Heartless) – you really really need to pick the right song, and do it the right way, to make that work.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a marvelous song and has been covered by Jeff Buckely, John Cale, Bono and many others.
    Tim’s version was so white bread and emtionless as to make the song a nothing. Jason Castro did not do a classic version but it was MILES above Tim’s. The judges then praised him for not screwing up as badly as before….really, MJ is right it was like grading on a curve.

  • koshka

    Thanks for the country fan feedback. :)

    MrRJ completely agree with you. Zero real emotion.

  • springboard

    JMO but did anybody else think they purposely paired a few superficially similar guys/styles to help one guy and help get rid of the other. Like they paired cute little WGWGs Alex and Tim which IMO was meant to help Alex, hurt Tim. They paired 2 country pop performances in Casey and Aaron which IMO was to split the country vote and maybe get some more of it going Casey’s way. They paired the 2 African American guys with Big Mike being the big standout who overshadowed Todrick. Just a conspiracy theory.

    I noticed it as well. I wonder if they care which way it will go because except for Todrick/Mike, it’s not clear cut.

  • BootStar

    JMO but did anybody else think they purposely paired a few superficially similar guys/styles to help one guy and help get rid of the other. Like they paired cute little WGWGs Alex and Tim which IMO was meant to help Alex, hurt Tim. They paired 2 country pop performances in Casey and Aaron which IMO was to split the country vote and maybe get some more of it going Casey’s way. They paired the 2 African American guys with Big Mike being the big standout who overshadowed Todrick. Just a conspiracy theory.

    Oh, no, I think your analysis here is spot on. It’s the only explanation for the horribly tedious performance order. That whole show would have been markedly improved if they’d mixed up all those guitarists with the other singers and started it off with Todrick so people at least had a chance to still be AWAKE to hear Big Mike’s “big” performance at the end.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    sigh, my sister and I just dont really agree this year – not much at least but here is her opinion, I soooo miss last year!

    http://community.myfox9online.com/blogs/category/ENTERTAINMENT

  • IdolThoughts

    I felt really bad for initially thinking ill thoughts about Kara’s crying spell after reading reports of her not being able to conceive. That makes total sense. Why else would Simon be so sweet and compassionate towards her? I think I read it on EW.com that someone’s backstage report included her mentioning that she was tryihg really hard to have a baby. Sads! I think Kara just takes some getting used to. She has some good critiques and she has some annoying tendencies.

    Now…to the boys…
    My faves are Alex, Mike, Casey and Andrew Garcia
    My don’t love/don’t hate dudes are Tim and Lee
    My don’t likes are Todrick and Aaron

    I’m hoping that America agrees with me and sends those two guys home, but I think that Andrew Garcia could be in trouble. I think his song choices are really turning people off. His Youtube stuff is so much better.

  • koshka

    Some of these guys are over thinking the show. Todrick, IMO, has a really good voice, but he seems to be trying to ‘game’ the show. He needs more experience singing in bars and such, rather than on the big stage. I also finally understand Simon’s concern about brining in someone with musical theater experience. He hasn’t adapted very quickly at all. He also looks like he is going to burst out of his skin and needs to take a breath. His movement on stage are sort of frantic.

    Andrew.. well I don’t even think I have anything new to add here.

    Tim.. if he was a girl he would be in line with pageant Katie.

  • lucy

    Wait did Tim changed the lyric in his song from “maybe there’s a god above” to “i know that there’s a god above”??? or is that the origional lyric?? If he did that that was a dumb decision, imo

    Yeah, he changed it. Tim Urban — Leonard Cohen. Not the same at *all.* …

    I did kind of like the fact that he used my favorite lines, though, which follow the godly passage — All I’ve ever learned from love/Is how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya. …. I was actually surprised to hear him sing a line that bitter and negative!

  • lucy

    Either way, Gimme Shelter sounds like a girl would do it, but that was only at a very short listen.

    Not sure about its sounding like a girls’ song, but the Clark Brothers (now Sons of Sylvia) did a good job of it with one of those two-minute renditions in the top 6 of Great American Band … They could do some instrumentation, though, of course.

    Shows that you can change things up even if you’re a Christian bluegrass-y group who tries to make all songs a bit positive.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IWO8PJU24&feature=related

  • bmms

    Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a marvelous song and has been covered by Jeff Buckely, John Cale, Bono and many others.
    Tim’s version was so white bread and emtionless as to make the song a nothing. Jason Castro did not do a classic version but it was MILES above Tim’s. The judges then praised him for not screwing up as badly as before….really, MJ is right it was like grading on a curve.

    Wow! Someone that I completely agree with on Tim! His performance was allright but nothing to rave about as the judges did. It was an improvement vs. his prior performances, absolutely, but I think all four just went over the top about it. Although I love Ellen, but WTF? Getting up from her chair and proceeding to hug Tim because she felt that his rendition was superb? Not. I personally prefer Jason Castro’s version. He was great.

  • Mary102

    koshka:
    03/11/2010 at 12:43 pm
    Some of these guys are over thinking the show. Todrick, IMO, has a really good voice, but he seems to be trying to ‘game’ the show. He needs more experience singing in bars and such, rather than on the big stage. I also finally understand Simon’s concern about brining in someone with musical theater experience. He hasn’t adapted very quickly at all. He also looks like he is going to burst out of his skin and needs to take a breath. His movement on stage are sort of frantic.

    Andrew.. well I don’t even think I have anything new to add here.

    Tim.. if he was a girl he would be in line with pageant Katie.

    I agree about the over-thinking – I think that is essentially the rut that Andrew is in now, and Katie too. Andrew has a lot of musicality and experience, but I think he is getting off track by trying to please everyone and in the end pleasing no one (choosing Genie was like trying too desparately to recapture Straight Up, imo).

    The thought about the musical theater – you may have a point. Something definitely isn’t completely clicking with Todrick. I feel he has a lot of talent, a lot of charisma, but he also seems to be trying too hard to please everyone, to throw in every trick, without making it all come together into a cohesive musical whole.

    As a result, I feel he’ll get a performance like last night 85% right, but 15% off the mark, and that 15% is just enough to be kind of obvious. IDK. And I think in Adam’s case, with the musical theater experience, the fact that he had done so much NON musical theater work, with bands, etc. made it easier for him to shake off the PURELY musical theater vibe.

  • ppalace

    I don’t like Mike’s musical choices nor his R&B voice. The other guys are pretty pathetic…except for Casey. Now there’s some raw talent. He’s got the dreamy looks, the tall, trim physique, the great guitar skills, and the Bob Seeger rock ‘n roll voice. Give him a chance. Get him a coach that’ll help him choose songs that will knock people’s socks off, and give him some dance skills so he can work that stage. If I were Casey I’d hire Adam Lambert to help him work the show strategically just like Adam did par excellence.

  • lucy

    I’m surprised so many people think that Andrew is in danger. I still think he’ll ride “Straight Up” into the Top 8 at least.

    I think he might ride it into the top 12, but at that point I expect most voters won’t even remember the semifinals and many won’t even have watched them. I think he’s coming to the end of that pony ride.

    I get so disappointed by him *every* week that I have to think I’m not the only person who’s having that response — three weeks is a lot of disappointment to soldier through and keep on voting for the guy, seems to me. At this point, the memory of his one good song is actually turning into a count *against* him, to me. Causes more frustration than I feel with some of the others that I’ve never heard be great even once — unfair, I know.

  • lucy

    Ya think? LOL And none of the judges touched on that. The arrangement was actually pretty decent, especially at the end. But did he not realize he was singing about being rubbed the right way?

    Well, yeah, but I don’t think the lyrics are really any worse coming from a guy than coming from a woman — rubbing is relevant for both genders. So seems to me that, to object, they would simply have had to object to the song itself, which would have meant objecting to Christina, and so on, which of course they weren’t going to do …

    I remember Tara Lipinski skating to that song — You want icky? That was it. She was probably 18 or so at the time, but she looked 10 — so I, at least, really didn’t want people thinking about rubbing her the right way.

  • cheese

    I don’t think the lyrics are really any worse coming from a guy than coming from a woman — rubbing is relevant for both genders.

    It didn’t work for me for two reasons – (1) Andrew, while I’m sure a wonderful husband and father, is not exactly sexy and I don’t want him asking me to rub him; and (2) it sounded like he was begging for a certain type of sexual favor. I was so squicked out by all that that I didn’t even really hear him sing.

    I was sad that Lee left out the lyrics about getting hugs from lightning bugs. If you’re going to sing Owl City with a wallet chain, you need to own it.

  • eliz

    I am in a state of flux. I’m pretty sure I have been let down week after week since Hollywood Week, but I’m also pretty sure Randy has already given a contestant a standing “O” this season(!?). And I’m sorry, was it my imagination, or did Kara DioGuardi actually cry last night?

    Why didn’t I feel the same? Alas, I will have to chalk these non-sensical waterworks up to stray dust bunnies from Simon’s shirt (Lord knows she was nudged up close enough to it.) (It’s getting old Kara! Real old. And judging by the looks on Ellen’s face, I’m pretty sure she concurs). Even though Big Mike Lynch did have the best performance of the night, for me, it still lacked that magic I’m so desperately craving.

    http://www.myrealitybit.com/
    (American Idol recaps)

  • SpenserJ

    I’m in that minority that likes Kara also. I think her critiques are actually the most relevant for these kids. Being someone with a low tolerance for annoyance, I can’t figure out why I of all people like her, while she seems to annoy everyone else LOL.

    My bets to go home tonight are Aaron & Todrick. Although, if it were up to me, I’d send Alex home instead.

    Big Mike has developed a following amongst my children as well. Plus, he went to high school in St. Pete, so he’s our local boy here.

  • Mary102

    I am in a state of flux. I’m pretty sure I have been let down week after week since Hollywood Week, but I’m also pretty sure Randy has already given a contestant a standing “O” this season(!?). And I’m sorry, was it my imagination, or did Kara DioGuardi actually cry last night?

    Lol – yeah, I’ve shouted WTF more times than I can remember at the judges this year, in terms of hearing them gush over a performance (or vocals) that I thought were mediocre at best. I really think much of it has to do with the judges needing to drum up SOME kind of enthusiasm for some otherwise lackluster talent. If they attacked everyone, it wouldn’t win over any viewers, and it would make the judges look bad for putting all of these people through.

  • Mary102

    Just looked at the above pics and realized that 5 of the 8 guys had guitars. Can we have a “no guitar” theme week? Please?

  • eliz

    true dat, mary 102. true dat.

    -elizabeth (myrealitybit)

  • Keel

    Can we have a “no guitar” theme week? Please?

    I don’t get these pleas at all. I thought it’s been established that to have a shot at success post-Idol, these kids have to show clearly and convincinly who they are as artists. If these kids are guitar-strumming acoustic coffee house types (which . . . zzzz) and that’s how they would usually perform, what’s the point of forcing them to perform in a way that wouldn’t represent who they are as performers post-Idol? I mean, sure, it would be good to see them set the guitar aside every once in a while just to see how well they do without it, but why force them to do it? If you don’t like that style, then don’t vote for them. Right?

    Interestingly, has Simon told any contestants yet that they’d be lost without their guitars like he did to Cook during Hollywood week?

  • koshka

    Keel – I get where you are going with this. I sort of agree, for me its like when diehard fans hit the speed dial button to vote. Doesn’t serve anyone in the end.

    But..

    1) makes for zzzzzzzz tv

    2) I find it distracting. The camera was cutting back and forth between singer and instrument & doing a split screens. Its annoying and causes me not to focus on the voice, which is what will ultimately be sold, the voice. Thats what we hear on the radio.

  • karenc

    Lee was pretty strong, though his voice is still very inconsistent and pitchy to me. He improved the song though (I HATE Fireflies), and knows his “wheelehouse” – so that should suit him well.

    I hate Fireflies too, but did like his version better. Thought I think he could have done a bit more with it. He is overall one of my favorites this year. I like his voice but agree he’s been inconsistant on the show.

    I don’t really like the songs he is chosing but I know they are somewhat limited in what they can do. Especially since he
    is going for the more recent songs, and the songs he’s done are pretty much alternative music. And I do like alternative music, just not those songs.