American Idol Season 8 - Top 12 Performance: Adam Lambert, Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Corkrey, Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre

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Mentor Randy Travis is in the audience, as it should be.

  • Michael Sarver -”Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up” by Garth Brooks – VIDEOiTunes
  • Allison Iraheta – “Blame it on Your Heart” by Patty Loveless – VIDEO iTunes
  • Kris Allen – “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks – VIDEOiTunes
  • Lil Rounds – “Independence Day” by Martina McBride – VIDEOiTunes
  • Adam Lambert – “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash – VIDEOiTunes
  • Scott MacIntyre – “Wild Angels” by Martina McBride – VIDEO iTunes
  • Alexis Grace – “Jolene” by Dolly Parton – VIDEOiTunes
  • Danny Gokey – “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood – VIDEOiTunes
  • Anoop Desai – “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson – VIDEO iTunes
  • Megan Joy Corkrey - “Walking After Midnight” by Patsy Cline – VIDEOiTunes
  • Matt Giraud – “So Small” by Carrie Underwood – VIDEOiTunes

Michael Sarver – “Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Goinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Down Till the Sun Comes Up” by Garth Brooks – Travis likes the changes Michael made in the melody.   Lots of words, and they need to be sung fast. I like Michael the ballad soul boy better, but he’s doing OK.   He lost a couple of the words.   He looks real comfortable up there, rather than nervous–he looks like he’s having a good time. Randy says, “It was a cool song choice, but I’m not sure it showed your vocal capabilities.” Kara says, “We got to see a lot of your personality, I miss the big notes.” Michael says country music is about having some fun. Paula says, “This is the genre that suits you so well.” Simon says, “It should have been good, I couldn’t understand a word you were singing…a bit clumsy…karaoke.”   “If we were all perfect we wouldn’t need this show,” says Michael. 1-866-436-5701

Allison Iraheta – “Blame It on Your Heart” by Patty Loveless – Travis tells Allison not to try to be too cute. I love Allison!   Awesome rockin’ sh*t-kicking performance.   Her throaty vocals are perfect for this song.   Kara says, “You bring your own spin to everything…you’re getting better and better.’ Paula says, “Another rock-solid performance” Paula suggests she pick different songs to experiment with all sides of her vocals. Simon says, “I thought it was good, a little tuneless in parts…verging on precocious a little bit.”   Randy says, “I thought it was dope.” – 1-866-436-5702

Kris Allen – “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks – Travis thinks Kris is a strong ballad singer. Kris is without his guitar tonight, and his change up is good. A very smart move, going for a ballad tonight. Shows a different side of Kris.   He’s doing a really nice job, and proving he can sing.   A very honest, simple vulnerable performance. And the girls are just about dying now, I’m sure. The last note was a little wonky, but well done. Paula says, “I’m pleasantly surprised…honest pure and vulnerable.” Simon says, “I thought that was terrific. I am genuinely beginning to think you have a shot of doing well in this competition.”   Randy says, “Tender moments from my dawg Kris. Wow.” Kara says, “It was very Kris Allen.” – 1-866-436-5703

Lil Rounds – “Independence Day” by Martina McBride – Lil gets a pimp chat with Ryan.   Lil admits she’s not too familiar with country.   She says she’s going to hold back a bit rather than do an R&B version. Travis suggests she slow down the arrangement. She looks awesome–love her dress. She’s doing OK, but I’m not loving this. It’s a little karaoke. Maybe not the right song for her. Randy says, “Interesting, ambitious, it got better after you hit your power range.”   Lil says she wanted to try something different.   Kara says, “We all know you’re a great singer…we get the Lil we know in the second half.” Kara gives her props for standing her ground. Paula says says she looks beautiful, “It would have worked better if you didn’t sing two verses.” I agree with this! The verses were boring. Simon calls her “little” instead of “Lil”. Then he keeps it up. lolz. “For me, it came over like you were forced to sing something at a wedding,” he says.   Lil and Simon are arguing a little. Simon thinks she should have done an R&B twist. I agree. 1-866-436-5704

Adam Lambert – “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash – Adam also gets a pimp chat with Ryan.   Adam calls Travis “a gentleman”… He says he “found” a different version. (inspired by Dilana from Rockstar Supernova’s middle eastern flavored version) Travis seems a little taken aback by Adam, and not crazy about the arrangement he chose. Peeps are either going to love or hate this. I love it, because it’s so out there and so out of place on the Idol stage. I’m imagining heads exploding all across America. Adam is riveting. And while the arrangement is OTT, the vocals are reigned in. He’s got the stage presence, plus incredible vocals and phrasing. Very strange, but in a good way. Kara says, “That’s very interesting. All a little strange. But I kinda liked it. It left me confused and happy.”   Paula says, “You are true to who you are as an artist. I loved the sounds.   You’re raising your own bar each week.” Simon says, “What the hell was that?   Sorry, but I would never go to Nashville if I was you. There are lots of people throwing their TV sets out the window. Indulgent. Horrific.”   Ryan says, “It’s current it’s young it’s hot.   9 Inch nails doing a country song.” 1-866-436-5705

Scott MacIntyre – “Wild Angels” by Martina McBride – Travis isn’t convinced by his choice at first. He asks him to pick up the tempo. The stylists fixed up his hair nice. How is it that his song for Michael Jackson and Country week sound exactly the same?   Scott is not very versatile. He’s picking up the pace a little in the middle–a very good suggestion from Travis.   He’s still pretty boring, though. 80′s Adult contemporary, is what he is. Paula says, “To me tonight was another impressive lovely performance….you work harder than most people on the stage…the piano may be a bit of a crutch now…mix it up a little.” Simon calls Paula stupid for asking Scott not to play the piano.   Randy agrees (about the piano–not that Paula is stupid). Simon says, “I don’t think you’re choosing the right songs.”   Scott says he lost a lot of hat picks in the past couple of weeks. Hm. Randy says, “For me, it’s not the songs…I’m looking for those hot unbelievable vocals from you.” Kara says, “We want you to up your game a little bit…you bring class and poise to that stage.” Scott says he plans to sing without the piano at some point if he sticks around. 1-866-436-5706

Alexis Grace – “Jolene” by Dolly Parton – Alexis also has a pimp interview with Ryan. Alexis feels confident, because she loves country music. She looks beautiful. Not sure I love this arrangement.   I expected something a little more countrified. She brings the proper intensity. Really good in spots, especially at the end, but kind of a hot mess overall. Randy says, “There was a bunch of pitch problems…it wasn’t a great performance.” Kara says, “I think you lost your edge a bit…Kara suggests Carrie Underwood songs…a little flat.”   Carrie Underwood songs? Really? Paula likes it more, “You took an artistic approach, you were able to tell a story from beginning to end.” Simon says, “I thought it was OK, a little bit sound alike..I didn’t hear a lot of originality.”   WTF Simon? She didn’t sound like Dolly at all. 1-866-436-5707

Danny Gokey – “Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood – Danny has trouble remembering his words in front of Travis. WTF is he wearing? Fugly jacket ahead! After taking a break from preaching last week, Danny’s pulling the Jesus card.   This isn’t great.   There are some missed notes, the song doesn’t suit him vocally, especially the verses, which he half talks/half sings. When he belts it out, it’s still a little pitchy. Last week was so much better. Kara says, “When you hit your stride it’s like none other…the front have was not spectacular…Danny came out of his shell.” Paula says, “I love when artists build a story…I think you were brilliant.   I think Carrie Underwood would buy that record.” Simon agrees with Paula but does not like what he’s wearing. Randy didn’t like the verses either.   The judges are overpraising this performance. 1-866-436-5708

Anoop Desai – “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson – Anoop says he’s changed up his style of singing this week because of last week’s criticism. Go go Anoop.   He’s finally bringing it. Heartfelt, sweet tenor, nice falsetto.   Good glory notes.   Anoop is doing exactly what he needs to do this week. He showing us that he can sing. Paula says, “Anoop is back! I’m so proud of you…it fit you like a glove…you touched my heart.” Simon says, “You’ve just managed to go from zero to hero…good choice of song…one of my favorite performances of the night…I take it back you deserve to be in this show.”   Randy says, “This is the reason we really wanted you in the competition..I like the arrangement.” Kara says “Untouchable song…but you did it…the biggest surprise.” 1-866-436-5709

Megan Corkrey – “Walking After Midnight” by Patsy Cline    – Travis calls it “totally unique.”   Man I don’t know what to thing about Megan. I’m drawn to her unique vocal tone, but I’m not crazy about her phrasing.   It turns out she has a serious case of the flu, though, so maybe that’s affecting her interpretation. I have to say, this was a good song choice for her. Randy says, “I was quite impressed…it actually all really worked.”   Kara said, “perfect song, perfect look.” Kara is impressed that she’s singing with the flu.   Paula says she wasn’t at the run through because she was at the hospital.   Simon says, “You were better this week than last week.” Simon didn’t like her dress. 1-866-436-5710

Matt Giraud – “So Small ” – by Carrie Underwood – Why is Paula smelling Simon’s arm?   Matt’s sitting behind the piano. Very soulful. He loses a little steam when the song goes big–he’s pitchy and missing the big notes. The softer notes are better. But very heartfelt. He pulls it off.   Kara says, “Amazing.”   Paula says, “Your authenticity and honesty is unparalleled tonight.” Simon says, “I don’t think you’ve had enough credit in this competition.” then Simon tells Matt he outsang Danny, and compares him to Michael Buble. Randy says, “You got it goin’ on.” Yep. Stealth TCO. 1-866-436-5711

 
  • tanigue

    Go Alexis!

  • leome

    Great! Allison has a good spot! Seems like she and Server aren’t going in the first four after all. That’s good.

  • snuffles

    Performance order?

  • Danica_K

    Oh, crap. Sarver is in pimp spot and Anoop is freaking 3rd. Hmmm.

  • dizzyclover

    I second that … what’s the order???, please :)

  • Danica_K

    Oh good, I was wrong. whew!

  • Skylark

    what is a “michael sarver flavor” lol

  • leome

    Michael is going first after all. Does that mean Matt has the pimp spot? That’s so fckd up!

  • greenturf

    Awesome, Matt’s not first! :)

  • New York Avon Lady

    Sarver just got thrown under the bus….

  • yf7184

    1.2 out of 10….

  • AnoopFan

    Matt went second to last – last week, and is now going last THIS week? TCO

  • J.S.G.

    Thank you Michael, for explaining country music to us. BTW, your performance sucked.

  • gingerly

    Michael was ok. It’s certainly not a singer’s song. Sometimes it’s best to just stfu. You aren’t ever going to make it better for yourself.

  • Danica_K

    Sarver just got thrown under the busà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    I thought all the judges but Simon were pretty nice to him, considering.

    Nice guy, but Simon was right. I know that song and even I had a hard time following the lyrics.

  • tanigue

    oh michael. you’re toast. i didn’t like you that much but i’d rather have you in the top 10 than scott macintyre. oh well.

  • americanidolfan102

    wow this is an observation of mine,
    Kris and Allison have been paired together every episode so far.

    BTW I hated Michael’s performance.

  • Miss Chaos

    It wasnt great but I enjoyed it, boo on you Simon, you gave them country music!

  • TwigLA

    Eh, I enjoyed Michaels’ performance. I thought it was fun.

  • tanigue

    michael sarver is matt rogers 2.0… bye bye.

  • houstonrufus

    That’s it for me. I hope Allison steals the whole season out from underneath the TPTB and Lambert and Gokey. She’s got IT.

  • Skylark

    She was behind the beat but other than that good job Allison.

  • Valentin432

    I love Allison more and more each week

  • leome

    I think Michael was terrible, he wasn’t singing, he was making sounds. I couldn’t understand antyhing and I don’t think he was breathing right.

    Allison rocked it! I love this girl, love the tone in her voice.

  • meme

    Allison is so darn cute. Proved that she can be a rock star or a country star tonight.

  • New York Avon Lady

    Randy learned a new word for this week : DOPE !!!!

  • ilovetohateai

    lol on ryan on the “30 million viewers”. dude, that was three years ago.

  • J.S.G.

    I thought Allison’s vocal was totally out of sync with the band. Two separate elements that never really merged. Glad everybody liked it.

  • kiwifan

    Kris is right, he didn’t copy Garth’s version, he copied Adele’s.

  • Jocelin

    It’s a Bob Dylan song, not Garth Brooks. Geez!!!! Know your music history, dude.

    Like Allison a lot.

  • houstonrufus

    Pleasantly surprised at Kris’ performance. Very smart performance.

  • gingerly

    I think Allison reminds me now of Amanda Overmyer with a voice. She is good at what she does, but can she do anything else? Kris’ falsetto for me is weak…the entire song for me was weak. Give me Bob Dylan and his bad voice any day.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Kris was awesome. Tender Dog, steal it from the pimpees.

  • Danica_K

    Aww. Kris did well. Little pitchy at the end, but overall good. And he remembered not to dedicate it to his wife (smart move, heh!).

    Well done, Kris!

  • Skylark

    Choose a song everyone will love. Perform it well.
    Why can’t they all do this every week? Well done, Kris!

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    West Coaster here. It sounds like it’s not the trainwreck I feared.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Omg, Kris was great! Good for him!

  • yf7184

    Kris was awesome. Tender Dog, steal it from the pimpees.

    That was good. I am curious how the judges are gonna pimp the pimpees after THOSE great comments.

  • kiwifan

    I thought Kris did well, but thought it was a bit dishonest to claim the originality card, when he clearly performed Adele’s version.

  • J.S.G.

    For Opryland, that was a real intelligent song choice and arrangement by Kris.

  • amiroamor

    Now, that’s MY American Idol!

  • Trina

    Kris’ performance was the only thing this whole crappy season that has made me actually give a crap. That was amazing.

  • Miss Chaos

    Ya Kris, Im rooting for ya!

  • Lys

    Yup, Sarver is out for sure. I like Allison – I just hope she’s able to show more versatility in the future. I agree with gingerly that she reminds me of a younger, somewhat more talented Amanda Overmeyer.

    I’m so happy for Kris tonight. :) Yeah, the performance wasn’t exactly flawless (if I were him, I would have passed on the high note at the end, for example), but it was still beautiful. And I’m glad he took the opportunity to leave behind his guitar again.

  • Michelle

    West Coaster. So someone just sat there and SANG WELL? Imagine that! Good for Kris.

    Aww, dangit, I think I just got attached to this season. (and I haven’t even seen tonight’s show yet, lol.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Kris was awesome. Tender Dog, steal it from the pimpees.

    That was good. I am curious how the judges are gonna pimp the pimpees after THOSE great comments.

    He was third. They’ll probably forget about him. LOL!

    And he remembered not to dedicate it to his wife (smart move, heh!).

    LOL! And yet, it was all about her. Loved it.

  • danceinsidex3

    I thought Kris’s performance was really beautiful. He has a really nice tone to his voice.

  • leome

    Kris did a smart thing… I know I keep comparing him to Jason, but that last note also reminded me of Jason. The weak falsetto that doesn’t really hurt the performance.
    Well done by Kris, who is really going far this season.

    Lil was bad, really bad. I think she started truly off and didn’t recover well, the last note didn’t sound good too. Not her thing at all. And I hate that Kara is just another Paula!

  • Danica_K

    Oh, Lil. That was … weak.

  • Lys

    I thought Kris did well, but thought it was a bit dishonest to claim the originality card, when he clearly performed Adeleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version.

    I have a feeling that when it was just Kris and his guitar, playing for Randy Travis, he was able to put more of his own spin on the song than the band arrangement allowed him to do. Just a possibility, of course.

  • Skylark

    Lil. Not good at all.

  • tanigue

    lil is losing her frontrunner status. i’ll not be surprised if she’ll not make the Top 5.

  • houstonrufus

    The contestants are too chatty tonight.

  • Jocelin

    Simon is an ass.

  • tanigue

    uhm… mj, independence day is originally done by martina mcbride, not carrie underwood. omg, lil is talking back.

  • Lys

    Kris did a smart thingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I know I keep comparing him to Jason, but that last note also reminded me of Jason. The weak falsetto that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really hurt the performance.

    I totally remember that. :) End of Hallelujah, right?

    ETA: Oh. My. Word. Lil will not shut up.

  • Tess

    Lil…didn’t have any charisma on that song…blah!

  • anibundel

    So is Lil the “depimp” to disprove the “top four already chosen !!!11!!! OMFG!!!!” rumor?

    By Carrie Underwood. lol. awesome freudian slip, since she owned this song in season 4.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    And that is specifically why Lil Rounds will not win American Idol.

  • yf7184

    Paula slipped out and said “you are one of the chosen ones” to Lil. LMAO.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    The performance order from the rehearsal spoiler is not accurate. Maybe they are tweaking it at the last minute this season.

  • Valentin432

    It could be the week were the favorites stumble?
    I am not very confident that Adam and Danny will deliver

  • leome

    lil is losing her frontrunner status.

    I don’t think so. The judges were too kind to her given how bad she was. Next week she’ll nail something again and be praised for it. The whole Kara speech just shows she’s still a frontrunner. One bad performance doesn’t change that.

  • amiroamor

    Lil is like LaKisha – bye bye, good bye bye

  • soundscene

    I thought Kris did well, but thought it was a bit dishonest to claim the originality card, when he clearly performed Adeleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version.

    I’ve heard a lot of versions on TMYFML and a lot are alike. Adele does hers with a piano–so does Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Billy Joel. Unless Kris was singing it with a jazz-blues lilt, I doubt it adhered more to Adele’s than it did to Kelly’s, Trisha’s or Billy’s versions. It’s a simple song that, if you have to have bandzilla forced on you, is tough to change-up completely.

  • gingerly

    Well, I’d say that Jason sang with much more something that Kris will ever hope to have. I can’t say that Jason sang technically better. I can only say I always liked it better. Eh, maybe it’s charm. I really haven’t seen that in Kris.

    And Lil was never all that for me. So her not being able to zip her lip delighted me. It’s only good to show something else if you have something else to show. IMO she doesn’t. At least not tonight.

    So far, my favorite has been Allison.

  • Jocelin

    Well, I think Lil should at least correct a judge when he condescendingly insists that “Lil is short for ‘little’.”

  • meme

    Adam is making Johnny Cash roll over in his grave at this very moment. :shock_ee:

  • Danica_K

    Well, at least Adam’s moved from screaming on to wailing this week.

    *sigh*

  • Buckeyegirl

    The performance order from the rehearsal spoiler is not accurate. Maybe they are tweaking it at the last minute this season.

    Last week was the same, rehearsal and live show…this weeks rehearsal sounds quite unusual though, maybe just a one week issue?

  • jz

    WHAT THE HELL ADAM.

  • anibundel

    My bf just walked in on Adam and said…it’s like a gay danzig….

  • Valentin432

    LMAO; that was really country week

  • houstonrufus

    That was either brilliant or off the rails. I can’t decide.

  • AngC30

    Did not like Adam….AT ALL…super whiny..sorry, and I do think he is something special…

  • americanidolfan102

    WOW Adam was scary. I’m kinda with Kara on this one though.
    But man, that was really creepy and it might even give me nightmares.
    :devil_tb: Adam is Satan.

  • leome

    That Adam version was really strange and I didn’t like it very much at all. He’s so whiny when he sings (most of the time). Reminds me how much I disliked Believe.
    But his vocals were perfect and he just has That presence!

  • Jocelin

    Adam looks like Conrad Birdie from Bye Bye Birdie.

  • windmills

    Just no to Adam’s Ring Of Fire. A thousand times no.

    I’m not impressed by Adam’s flippancy about Nashville and the Opry either. Show some respect for a genre that isn’t your own.

    I’ve liked Alison and Kris best so far.

  • Skylark

    All Adam needed was a stripper pole.

  • s0x_prisoner

    I’m not a fan of Adam, but I actually think that his performance was pretty hot. Haha.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Oh. My. Gosh. Adam. I’m sleeping with my lights on tonight.

    LOL @ Randy Travis’ reaction.

    At this point, I can totally see Kris Allen taking it all.

  • Lys

    Well…. I give Adam major points for not talking back to the judges.

  • Valentin432

    Well, now we know he won’t compromise, but that’s really not the route to the title

  • AngC30

    Freakin me out a bit Adam…..lol

  • megkat

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not impressed by Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s flippancy about Nashville and the Opry either. Show some respect for a genre that isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t your own.

    Word.

  • jnd1221

    I’m going to have to watch Adam 100 more times to figure out what I thought of that. I sort of liked it, was sort of scared of it, and kind of amazed by it. The only thing I know for sure is that his vocals were pretty perfect. The arrangement….I don’t know.

  • chewsday

    Simon called Adam’s version “indulgent rubbish.” Wow. I don’t very often agree with Simon, but WORD! Blech!!!

  • http://myspace.com/bigbooty_hoes sarahjean

    that was weird

  • Jx223

    I thought that Randy’s reaction to Adam was amusing, and I love Adam. I thought his peformance was awesome.

  • Trina

    UGH Adam. Simon hit the nail on the head. Indulgent. What a mess.

  • J.S.G.

    Adam’s version of ‘Ring of Fire’ was amazing.

  • Danica_K

    OMG. Randy Travis is a very polite guy, but you just know on the inside he was going OMGWTFBBQ!

    And after that performance from Adam, I’m sort of doing the same. Boi’s got mad talent and skill, but dude. Seriously?

  • kiwifan

    Thanks God Simon is prepared to veer from the script when necessary. IMO Adam was truly awful. He’ll be fine with his fan base, but the judges need to be honest. You could tell none of them really liked it, but only Simon was prepared to call it.

  • Miss Chaos

    Yes Adam HOT! Was that your BFF in the audience next to your mother? Cool

  • gingerly

    I don’t know what to think of Adam. I’d have to watch it a multitude of times to decide, and I’m not sure I want to.

    I don’t think he’s dissing Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry at all. I think he recognizes he wouldn’t be at all welcome there and that what he does would never translate to anything there. These are facts. He’s well aware of how things are. He didn’t say they suck…he just said he has no plans to go that route.

  • CathyMK

    LOVED Adam- coolest arrangement ever! Just preordered the studio version.

  • anijsch

    Well, now we know he wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t compromise, but thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really not the route to the title

    He should have use this week as an excuse to sing a song straight to show his voice.

  • greenturf

    OMG. Randy Travis is a very polite guy, but you just know on the inside he was going OMGWTFBBQ!

    Lol! That was great. :D

  • St.Lucia

    Holy Hell Adam, wtf was THAT?

    I think I agree with Kara..it was strange, but good, and it still made me happy…

    But WTF was that?!!?

    It was like nothing Idol’s seen before, heck, it was like nothing I’VE seen before!

  • soccerboi

    Adam is nothing if not original…I think it was Slumdog meets country….LOVED IT. This was really an up to date version of that song…AND he performed the hell out of it….

    It WAS awesome…sorry people

  • Tess

    If the American Public is as uptight and straight laced as we are led to believe, then Adam is dead in the water, right now. If America has the ability to laugh at itself and see the performance for what is was (totally tongue in cheek, IMHO and poking fun at a them week most people seem to hate) then he will do fine.

    Still Laughing!!

  • Valentin432

    That’s probably the antithesis of what Kris did. It wasn’t pretty, it was probably the last thing you should expect to see on Idol and it will probably lose him a ton of votes.

  • anibundel

    “I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s dissing Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry at all. I think he recognizes he wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be at all welcome there and that what he does would never translate to anything there. These are facts. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s well aware of how things are. He didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say they suckà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he just said he has no plans to go that route.”

    Word.

  • Sarah

    I LOVE Johnny Cash beyond words and I think he would have been fine with Adam’s Ring of Fire. Cash himself made his mark on a lot of other artists’ music in his last 10 years, doing his own haunting takes on Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave, Bob Marley, Depeche Mode, etc. It’s already an intense song that I thought Adam did a pretty cool job of.

  • St.Lucia

    Simon is a bit grumpy tonight, except really for Kris(who I’m sorry was about as bland as they come). He’s just downgrading the “favorites”

  • weelassie

    Adam definitely is unique. that’s all I got:) Not sure if it was absolutely brilliant or amazingly awful but I will remember it.

  • leome

    Scott is singing the same song every week…

  • manny

    Thank God Adam gives us at least something to talk about! You love him or hate him but you won’t forget him

  • CookifiedTexan

    *shock*

    What. the. F*ck. Was. That?!

    Interesting, yes.
    High quality? Um…where’s the stripper pole?

    Damn, Adam….it’s a damn shame that boy is gay.

  • jz

    God, Adam’s gonna take a BEATING from the critics this week. Oh no, oh no.

    He should’ve shown off his voice this week with an awesome ballad like Kris did.

  • latecomer

    Way to go Adam! Stay true to yourself! That reminded me of something you’d hear at a Cirque du Soleil performance. I’m not loving his outfit tonight, but I enjoyed the song.

    And Ms Chaos…I was thinking the same exact thing about his BFF in the audience!

  • Danica_K

    Scott is a great guy. He plays the piano really beautifully. And yet? Boring. And pitchy.

    But he sort of got a hairstyle, almost.

  • Niall

    What the hell was with Simon’s “You shouldn’t go to Nashville” crap? Does he really think Adam has any intention of pursuing country? He took a song from a genre he isn’t suited for and worked out a version he could perform. Personally, given that Johnny Cash was a pretty open minded guy (he covered NIN’s “Hurt” for heaven’s sake), I think he would have liked it.

    Oh and Randy Travis has totally seen guys with nail polish before. Stop protesting, Randy, most people already know…

  • Skylark

    Well, if you like Scott you enjoyed that performance. That’s about all I got.

  • Michelle

    Okay, I took a listen over at Rickey’s. I literally LOL’d at certain points in Adam’s performance. So I guess I was entertained. W/o a visual, I can’t help imagining a stage, a backdrop, costumes…very Broadway. It needs a dance number!

  • weareallinnocent

    America may not be ready for Adam, but I sure as hell am! OMG!!

  • yf7184

    Adam was hot, but I was kinda liking the judges’ comments. FINALLY they are willing to give SOME critiques without heavy irrelevant pimping.

  • St.Lucia

    America may not be ready for Adam, but I sure as hell am! OMG!!

    ME TOO!

    My husband however, did wonder what the hell was happening during Adam’s performance.

  • snuffles

    I’m just going by the MP3s but I FLOVED Adam!! That’s the REAL Adam!! HOT DAYUM!!

  • tanigue

    omg scott is getting toast. yay!

  • St.Lucia

    Scott is so blah.

  • sunchick

    Dear Adam,

    Okay, I was sorta in your corner before. But now I’m suddenly Mickey from Rocky ready to put ice on your shiner and tell you to keep the eye of the tiger. You got balls, kid. Big ones. Not that I didn’t know that from your wardrobe choices. :innocent1_tb: Don’t ever ever ever change.

    Love,

    Me

    P.S. Hands down, my favorite country week performance ever.
    P.S.S. “And Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad it was a polarizing performance, because thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the best kind. :)”

  • tanigue

    I liked Adam’s performance.

  • Valentin432

    Adam’s performance reminded me a lot of Daughtry singing What IF.
    Except I didn’t like Daughtry that week.

  • Trina

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s probably the antithesis of what Kris did. It wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pretty, it was probably the last thing you should expect to see on Idol and it will probably lose him a ton of votes

    I have more respect for Kris for what he did. Just sit down, no bells and whistles and just SING.

  • background_noise

    Yes, Adam’s Ring of Fire is definitely NOT what you’d typically see on the AI stage and that’s why …. I loved it. I think Randy’s summation of “Nine Inch Nails meets country” was right on. Can’t wait for the video.

    Love him or hate him, Adam’s the one everyone will be talking about tomorrow. lolz

  • Ms. Potato

    Adam totally channeled Jeff Buckley. I loved it, and I’ve been just “nearly” sold on Adam until recently. And I’m glad it was a polarizing performance, because that’s the best kind. :)

  • sma11ie

    Haha, Scotty, your performance did nothing for me, but the “we can move it closer” re: the piano, LMAO, I love YOU!

    Dug Adam’s performance– the sitar thing made me imagine him in Moulin Rouge– hot! Kris was good too, liked him. Don’t remember anyone else so far.

  • SallyS

    seriously Scott sounds like he is singing the same song every week

  • kiwifan

    Scott is singing the same song every weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Lol, that is so true.

  • Tess

    You got balls, kid.

    Sums it up right there sunchick. He isn’t going to let anyone walk all over him. Notice he didn’t say a word to the judges, he wasn’t going to upset that apple cart he had already turned upside down. I think I will vote for him twice as much tonight just because I think he has no end of moxie and won’t get walked all over when he becomes a recording artist.

  • shuey

    Adam Is the Idol Queen umm i mean King for doing this tune this way! loved it, just loved it!!!!

  • CathyMK

    My husband however, did wonder what the hell was happening during Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance.

    My husband literally stopped in his tracks and gushed over the amazingness of it- and he’s not an Adam fan.

  • soccerboi

    When Randy Travis told him he had seen a guy where nail polish I sbout spit out my beer. Um Randy everyone knows your gay so don’t act like you’ve never seen that…PUUULLEEEZE!

  • houstonrufus

    Not sure Adam is my thing. I do tend to like a singer’s singer, something more stripped down. BUT, I sure hope Adam is around until the end. He’s keeping this season afloat. And this show has never seen anything like him, especially this deep into the season. He’s good for the show, IMO.

  • Lys

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just going by the MP3s but I FLOVED Adam!! Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the REAL Adam!! HOT DAYUM!!

    You didn’t miss much. Except for the smirking, the shirt-lifting, and, of course, the tongue thing he always does.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Haha, Scotty, your performance did nothing for me, but the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“we can move it closerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  re: the piano, LMAO, I love YOU!

    That was funny.

  • weareallinnocent

    P.S. Simon, you’ve clearly never ever seen Billy Joel in concert, at least before he became ancient these last few years. Cuz, um, Billy may be the Piano Man, but ahem, the man puts on a helluva energetic concert, most of it NOT sitting at the piano!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Now, that’s a perfect look for Poison Ivy.

  • anibundel

    They totally made Alexis up to look like Dolly. Nice touch.

  • houstonrufus

    Not feeling Alexis’ Jolene. Course, that is probably one of my top 5 fave songs of all time.

  • windmills

    Disappointed by Alexis’s performance. Great song but she sounded tight and didn’t really show off her softer side.

  • Valentin432

    What’s really impresive about this season is that there are absolutely no trainwrecks so far.

  • SallyS

    alexis was not good at all

  • houstonrufus

    Wrong, Paula, she was not vulnerable enough. She sang it like she sang Dirty Diana. Which is WRONG.

  • danceinsidex3

    Alexis’s hair and make-up are aging her tonight, I think. Especially the hair.

  • Caffiend

    I am becoming an Adam fan. That was a brave, original song choice and performance, and a darned hard song to sing. Didn’t sound very country, but Adam is about as far from country as you can get.

  • TwigLA

    SHUT UP RANDY!!!!!! SHUT UP Kara. SHUT up Paula and SImon.

    OTT Praise for Adam’s crap and put down ALexis who did fabulous.

  • yf7184

    wow. judges are much cooler this week. I’m ok with that, tho because I had been sick of that over pimping of TCO’s.

  • aly

    Dirty it up, more like give it up.

  • leome

    This week has been a bit or a wreck…
    I didn’t like what Alexis was doing there, It’s not something that makes me care.

    Adam is smarter than all the other contestants combined. Can’t they shut up a bit?

  • CathyMK

    Well, I’m now certain that Kara is an ass. How can she tell Alexis to do the same song every week? That performance was incredible. There’s so much power in that tiny body! She doesn’t need to be dirty every time.

    Please contestants- don’t ever ever listen to Kara!!!

  • Skylark

    Are they encouraging the backtalk this year? What’s going on? And Kara, nice suggestions on the two Carrie songs for Alexis … very original lol!!

  • St.Lucia

    Alexis was kinda blah. Her Jolene wasn’t terrible, but like I’ve said about her once before…it just LACKED something. She’s always good, but it just always is missing something for me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    She’s going to “dirty it up next week.” Oh, Lord! The nekkid is a’comin’!!!!

    Kara’s starting to freak me out.

  • Nostradamas

    Good God…what a f****n mess…..

    I wanted Adam to be run over by pickup…my God he sucks!! Literally and figuratively…..

    Alexis SUCKED worse than Adam…. and enough alread with the “dirty” bullshit…you’re a little girl in mommies clothes….please get off my TV.

    I don’t even remember the blind kid’s name…..that’s how forgettable he is….

    Kris was good, actually understood WTF this week is about, but so far, that’s it.

    What a hot, smelly mess…..

  • GeminiDolly

    I dont know what the hell Adam just did, but I love him.

  • Soulkaren

    I’ll admit to enjoying Adam last week, but tonight??? That kind of made me uncomfortable and a little spooked…

    I really did NOT like it, and I agree with a comment previously that his comments were a little flip as to the genre. Doesn’t have to be his cup of brew, but show a little respect.

    JMO

  • hypertwink

    I like Kris so far for being simple about his arrangement and performance and I like Adam for being completely opposite that. It was weird and fun and haunting and memorable.

  • gingerly

    I really liked Alexis with Jolene. Yep, I believed she was in fear of losing her man. I liked her so much more than Brooke last year.

  • JOJOSIE

    I don’t think that’s Adam’s BFF with his Mother I think it’s his Brother. He has one that is 2 yrs younger than him and I believe his name is Neil. Adam is what’s making this season fun to watch. I’m the older MIdwestener, Bible Belt lady and I just loves Adam. He has me under his spell.

  • Tess

    I thought Alexis just missed it, this week. I just felt uncomfortable for her!

    And now for Danny G….what he must be thinking after Adam’s performance!

  • yf7184

    I think Alexis will totally cover up her skin next time. That would be “changing it up.”

  • anibundel

    Danny Fundie Gokey doing a song with Jesus in title? I Never! Who woulda thunk it?

  • Lexus

    I.Love.Adam. His performance was HOT! I’m still trying to catch my breath! He’s not everyone’s cup to tea, but that’s why he appeals to me the most. The more he changes things up, the more I like and respect him. He always stays true to himself. If he’s willing to take risks this early in the game, I can’t wait to see what other surprises he brings to the table as the season progresses and the stakes get higher.

    Also, I didn’t think he was being disrespectful to the genre whatsoever. Every season, the judges go on about making a song your own and being yourself. Then when a contestant does that, they back peddle and say they should have performed it like the original. His reply about not having any intention of heading to Nashville was not a dig at country music or its artists, but simply his acknowledgement that he is very well aware this genre is not for him, but he gave it his all as only he can.

  • tanigue

    kara should be eliminated next year.

  • houstonrufus

    Ok, the reactions to Adam here are cracking me up. ha!!!!

  • anijsch

    Please girls stop mention to give you a second chance next week, that come across very desperate.

  • dreamr

    OMG. I hated Adam’s performance. Agree with Simon 100%. Ack.

  • background_noise

    sma11ie ~ I totally got the Moulin Rouge meets Velvet Goldmine vibe from Adam’s RoF. Just pre-ordered the vid and audio at iTunes. In total agreement with those who said the polarizing performances are the best kind. Totally awesome!

    Aw, disappointed in my other fave, Alexis tonight. She looked pretty though.

    Whoa, there’s Danny …. hit the mute button!

  • Jx223

    I wish that the judges would stop telling Alexis to be “dirty.”

  • Danica_K

    My god but Kara is annoying, what with the pushing for Alexis to get even more slutty. WTH.

  • Nostradamas

    Danny…damnit boy…try to hit at least ONE note in tune!!!!

  • snuffles

    Lys
    Mar 17th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just going by the MP3s but I FLOVED Adam!! Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the REAL Adam!! HOT DAYUM!!

    You didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t miss much. Except for the smirking, the shirt-lifting, and, of course, the tongue thing he always does.

    I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT THEN!! :jittery_tb:

  • KrazeeK120

    Are we supposed to believe that Danny is some sort of “angel” with that white jacket? Ugh.

    His singing is FAR from angelic……heh.

  • soccerboi

    Ugghh… Danny…Jesus hold my hair while I hurl….

  • Danica_K

    Danny, I hate you and your f*cking white jacket.

    No wedding ring this week.

    Get ready for the judges’ gushing.

    I hate you, Danny.

  • Valentin432

    The judges are going to love this.
    I couldn’t hate it more

  • Tess

    Danny….now that was horrible! and watch judges praise him…for what? The jacket needs to go, he looks like a snowman!

  • Lys

    ^Yeah, I’m by no means an Adam fan, but I didn’t think there was anything disrespectful about his comments at all.

  • Michelle

    Tonguebath in 3…2…

  • CookifiedTexan

    Danny was terrible. He was off-key the entire time. Hate.

    Brilliant, Paula? Really?

    I hope Carrie is cringing.

  • danceinsidex3

    Danny was not that good. I just don’t get it.

  • AngC30

    Danny is really lucky he brought it back at the end…the beginning was very shaky and off key….is Paula on CRACK…..it was ok but not Brilliant….

  • Danica_K

    Aaaaand, Paula is now able to read Carrie Underwood’s mind.

    Folks, we’ve officially gone down the rabbit hole.

    And Simon? The beginning of the song was way off tune, not ‘held back’. Jay-zus.

  • tanigue

    kara:
    what was it like shopping with taylor?
    make love to your husband
    dirty it up
    so megan
    so kris allen
    here comes danny!
    etc.

  • houstonrufus

    Why do they keep calling Danny brilliant? How many notes did he ACTUALLY hit?

  • anibundel

    Someone mentioned–maybe it was MJ herself–that they didn’t know what Danny’s genre is–I can tell you RIGHT NOW what this is–this is Christian Rock. This is Michael Smith and Amy Grant. That’s what he is, and there’s no getting around it.

    They’re setting this season up to be the gay boi versus the christian fundamentalist. Weird. Horrid. I blame the fact that they are British and probably think that’s humorous.

  • Ms. Potato

    Danny blew it. Lame.

  • Sarah

    Ugh, Danny. Bleh. Really gaspy. And that lab coat/parka combination. Just go away.

  • gingerly

    bleck. Danny makes Adam so much more enjoyable. Danny really really needs to get over himself. Another pair of new glasses? Please is that what your dead wife’s foundation is for? It’s the buy Danny a New Pair of Glasses Daily Fund!

  • s0x_prisoner

    Ok, come on Anoop!! Redeem yourself!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    OMG. I hated Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance. Agree with Simon 100%. Ack.

    He simply sucked. Danny wasn’t great either. The two judges who don’t matter actually gave him valid critiques. The beginning verses weren’t offkey, they were boring. He hit his stride at the chorus, went pretty off in some spots and saved it at the end. Simon simply avoid critiquing him at all.

    I think we got ourselves some new frontrunners tonight.

  • Valentin432

    I can’t believe I like Randy the most of the 4 tonight!!!!
    Anoop is next, does that mean Megan has the pimp spot??? WAHOU

  • MJack

    Adam was awesome. Didn’t like him first week, thought second was much better, this time loved it.

    It might be because he teared the genre I hate apart. I a brilliant way. *Adam tard in making*

    Without this whole church/sob story staff I believe I could have also liked Gokey.

  • lefty

    My favorite Kara moment of the night so far? When she told Alexis she should have picked a song with “more angst” … um, could there be a more angst-filled song than “Jolene”?

    (Although IMO Alexis could have sung it with more angst…)

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Ms. Potato Mar 17th, 2009 at 9:06 p

    Adam totally channeled Jeff Buckley. I loved it, and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been just à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“nearlyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  sold on Adam until recently. And Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad it was a polarizing performance, because thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the best kind. :)

    Rickey has Adam’s video up.

    Ms. Potato, ITA. That wordless bridge was pure Buckley, who is one of Adam’s musical influences. I think his Ring of Fire was artistry at a level we’ve never seen before on AI.

    Y’all had me nervous and expecting something skeery, like Constantine’s Nickelback swan song. But Adam’s performance was actually very restrained and intimate.

    Just. Wow.

  • houstonrufus

    I’m really starting to root for Kris and Allison.

  • soccerboi

    Me and my friends must just be missing something. None of us like Danny AT ALL. his voice is just not that strong…and hes not attactive either. Cant tand to look at him or listen to him…its going to be a long 10 weeks…

  • yf7184

    Danny isn’t bad. He’s just boring. THat’s all.

  • Miss Chaos

    All I can say about Adam, is he really is taking us all on a ride and I’M LOVIN IT!!!!!!

  • Trina

    I didn’t think Danny was THAT good but I found him more tolerable than Adam.

    He simply sucked. Danny wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t great either. I think we got ourselves some new frontrunners tonight.

    And that is exactly why it’s premature to crown a winner one week into the finals.

  • Danica_K

    Conspiracy Theory #479: They really want Anoop, Megan and Matt on the tour, thus the end-of-night slots.

    Let’s hope they deliver.

    Come on, Anoop and Megan!

  • AngC30

    that would be really sad, if that is what their trying to do… I just feel when the judges see Adam and Danny coming they put on their rose colored glasses, like they are superior or something, it turns me off to them big time. call it like it is….Adam was borderline scary and Danny was waaaay off in the beginning, but he did pull it off in the end…so far…Kris and Allison were the best! I am waiting to see what My boy matt brings…..if he does well tonight he will really redeem himself…

  • CathyMK

    #Ugghhà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Jesus hold my hair while I hurlà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    :jittery_tb:

  • sma11ie

    Ok, it’s official, Kara needs to stop saying the same thing as Randy. Please stop making Alexis dirty things up. That perfromance wasn’t great, not because it wasn’t dirty. I appreciated the verses in Danny’s Jesus Take the Wheel because it did tell a story. I know he’s like the antichrist around these parts, but Danny’s personality is annoying me less and less– everything I’ve read points to the other contestants really liking him, and the Matt G parachute jacket was pretty funny. The group dancing last week was douchey, but I read somewhere that he did it to poke fun at the dancing comments from his performance the night before. My jury’s still out on his personality, but I’m gonna keep gathering data– I mean, I might as well, since he’s gonna be around a bit, and I do enjoy parts of each of his performances.

  • background_noise

    Ugghhà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Jesus hold my hair while I hurlà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    ROFL … I couldn’t even stand to watch his performance, much less listen to it, but THIS had me literally laughing out loud. A Worster couldn’t have said it better.

    T

  • leome

    Danny wasn’t as good as last week, and the first part of the song was kinda of a mess. Far from brilliant!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Noopy sounds good!!!!

  • lovegoodmusic

    Danny is starting to show vocal strain. I’m not sure he’ll be able to make it to the finale as Paula predicted.

  • weareallinnocent

    Can’t keep up with comments, but concerning Danny. That was truly bad, as in really bad. I don’t get the judges, nor do I get the producers if he’s really who they prefer to win.

    The only word I have for him, aside from the lack of performance skill and maybe even talent, is pandering. And, ya know, it makes my stomach turn. Awful.

    Sorry for those who love the guy. But, I get a whole lack of genuineness vibe that I just can’t shake. Sorry.

    ETA: Oh, and the whole look — like a producer saw his untucked frumpy countryboy shirt and faded wrinkled jeans AGAIN and threw him a WHITE JACKET — channeling angel versus devil (Adam) would be hilarious, were I not totally gagging and disgusted by the — yes, you guessed it — pandering.

    C’mon America, don’t be fooled…

  • Michelle

    Danny isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t bad. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just boring. THatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all.

    No, he’s bad. Dead wife pimping. Obnoxious hip thrusting. Prosperity gospeling Danny. I am actively rooting against him.

    I saw Adam’s video and it wasn’t scary or nothing. I wouldn’t *vote* for it…For me it was good in a novelty kind of way, but every performance from him has seem so put-on to me. I would love to see something authentic and honest from him.

  • maracaibo

    I am waiting to see what Matty G does too.

    I think Adam is damn talented, he really just is a little bit over the top.
    Just a tinsy bit.

  • sunchick

    sma11ie ~ I totally got the Moulin Rouge meets Velvet Goldmine vibe from Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s RoF.

    Hee, two of my favorite movies, like, ever. The Roxanne tango is so brils.

    Boy, when I predicted we were going to get devil Adam and angel Danny, I was, like, understating it, wasn’t I? Danny overreached thinking the Jesus song was a slam dunk. Who knew country week could actually be fun and the opposite of snoozeville.

    WTG Anoop.

  • Skylark

    Anoop is channeling Michael Bolton on this one.

  • Danica_K

    ANOOP FTW!

  • CookifiedTexan

    Now THAT is the best I’ve ever heard Anoop sing. Way to go, Anoop. You made Willie and Elvis proud.

  • soccerboi

    ANoop was better…a little Kareokee though…

  • leome

    I’m loving Anoop’s hair. He looks so cute.
    I guess many people will love that. I think he did well, but to me it was boring. And I expected something to come from it by the end but it was kinda meh. I don’t think he has that amazing vocals.
    Very safe and Karaoke.

  • Nostradamas

    Pauler’s drunk….Anoop hit one, good for him.

  • Ms. Potato

    I loved Anoop tonight. Floved.

  • laura11383

    Ok, I may be alone, but I don’t think Danny was anywhere near as bad as y’all think. And he wasn’t as off-pitch as everyone says either. Were there pitch problems? Sure, but the entire song wasn’t off key.

    Great song choice by Anoop – bravo!

  • Tony

    Anoop ROCKED!

  • Danica_K

    That was absolutely gorgeous. I’m so proud of Anoop. Well done!!

  • Lys

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really starting to root for Kris and Allison.

    THIS.

    I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe I like Randy the most of the 4 tonight!!!!

    Same here. Weird, huh? He even talked about breath support!! *gasp* He actually knows something about singing!

    ETA: I thought Anoop just did fantastic. :) Much better than his performance last week, anyway.

  • chicksineggz

    I thought the beginning of Jesus Take the Wheel was way better than the end. =P Stupid Kara and Randy can’t give good criticism. He pretty much was screaming, running out of breath and it was TOO big for him.
    I HATE YOU DANNY.

    ANOOP WAS AMAZING!!!!! AHHHH!!!!! :D

  • flynnsgirl

    Anybody who has watched an interview with Adam knows he would not say anything disrespectful. He knows he is not a country artist, so yeah, he won’t be at the GOO.
    If anyone was disrespectful, it was Randy Travis, what planet does Travis live on that he has never seen any guys with nail polish or who look like Adam. He is in the music business for crying out loud.
    Adam was brilliant. That was in no way creepy, go listen to his vocals, the boy is an amazing singer, He did not scream this week, very controlled, if you ask me. I love this kid, he is what makes Idol for me this year.

  • houstonrufus

    I thought Anoop did really well. Wasn’t blown away. But it was good.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Yes, ANOOP!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Danny is starting to show vocal strain.

    Very noticeable.

  • Caffiend

    I honesty have NO CLUE why AI wants Danny Okey Dokey Hokey Gokey to win. He sucks! Half of his notes were off this week and last week. He is not good-looking, his voice sounds like he needs to cough up a big ball of mucus, and he is offputtingly full of himself. Furthermore, he is not relevant or current, and he will not sell records. I would compare him to Taylor Hicks, but Taylor is a better singer.

  • AngC30

    AOOOP!!!!! Way to go….goes to show you sometimes when you just sing..and not be over the top…it pays off….Hopefully Matt G . follows suit…

  • Valentin432

    So Anoop is 1 and a half for 4, good for him

  • Buckeyegirl

    Way to go Anoop!

    “Yes maam” to Paula…good Carolina boy! :)

  • Tess

    Anoop….did well. His fans are going to be over the top with this performance and I’ll be right there with them. He’s a “stand up at the mike singer” whose vocals really shine when his body is still and quiet. Liked it alot.

  • yf7184

    Now I let out a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF for Anoop. *SIGH*

  • Soulkaren

    Really not in Danny’s camp at ALL…and I didn’t care for Alexis or Lil tonight either.

    Guess, for me so far, it’s Kris and Anoop ~ who knew?

  • gingerly

    Anoop sang real purty. This is the first time I’ve been impressed with him on the show. Hopefully he can keep it up. Meh, I’m still voting for Alexis tonight. I really liked that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Kris
    Anoop
    Allison

    Best performances of the night.

  • iloveoliver

    When Randy Travis told him he had seen a guy where nail polish I sbout spit out my beer. Um Randy everyone knows your gay so donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t act like youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never seen thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦PUUULLEEEZE!

    He is married and has been since 1991.

    Adam not so good. Really liked Kris and Allison. Didn’t like the beginning for Danny… his register was too low. I really liked Anoop. He did a good job. Lil talked waaay too much…too much “lip”

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    Anoop was awesome!

  • background_noise

    That wordless bridge was pure Buckley, who is one of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s musical influences. I think his Ring of Fire was artistry at a level weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never seen before on AI.

    Yes! Forget now who said this upthread, but I couldn’t agree more. Rickey has the audio up and it’s incredible. I really hope Adam doesn’t win and will be snatched up by some forward-thinking studio who will let ADAM be ADAM. Wow.

    Anoop was okay. Thought it was a safe choice. Typical AI stuff. Good enough, I suppose. And, hey, let me say Go Tarheels!

  • lovegoodmusic

    Yes Anoop! Great job!

  • houstonrufus

    Damn, Megan is pretty.

  • Jx223

    Yay Anoop! I am glad that he sung differently this week and showed people that he can really sing. He did what he needed to do.

  • Jocelin

    I am actually happy for Anoop. He sang well enough to shake off the negative Sanjaya comparisons bandied about the web recently. Good for him.

  • wolfsbane813

    i need to know what megan sings… this is almost unbearable. lol

  • BootStar

    F**ckin’ LOVED Adam. I was saying to a friend a couple of months ago that I predict the next big thing in pop music will be a middle eastern influence and, damn, if Adam didn’t just do that. And he sounded a lot like Jeff Buckley singing “Corpus Christi Carol.” That was beautiful AND sublime.

    Loved Kris and Anoop too. Both were beautiful.

    Jesus, please take Danny and lock him in the trunk. HATED that!!!

  • Michelle

    THANK YOU for just picking a good song and singing it well, Anoop! :)

    So what on Megan’s wardrobe looks like it possibly malfunctioned?

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Kill me now. Megan sounds good.

  • Sarah

    Megan is just sooooooo mannered. Probably to make up for the lack of singing skills. What’s with the overpronunciation? This is just horrid in every way.

  • Lys

    *sigh*

    I’m trying to like Megan. I really am. She seems like a sweet girl, and there’s something about her tone of voice that resembles Natasha Bedingfield’s. But her annunciation…. just… no.

  • seasonseven

    ANOOP, BABYYY!

  • AngC30

    Megan is breathtakingly beautiful!!!! makes me forget about that ugly ass tattoo she has….but it makes her who she is…She sang well too…I liked it!

  • houstonrufus

    You know what, I kinda liked Megan’s performance. Good song choice. Even if every note wasn’t perfect, I liked her approach to the song.

  • haininh

    I’m so happy for Anoop!

  • laura11383

    Megan is a little too green for me. She has great natural talent, but she really needs to learn how to make her voice work for her. The vocal crack, the interesting dancing… she just needs a bit of work. She could be really, really good, but she needs some training.

    Knowing she was sick adjusts my thoughts a bit, but I thought the same thing last week, too.

  • jnd1221

    After watching it again, I have officially confirmed my opinion that Adam was amazing. It was completely ridiculous, but I’m someone who likes to embrace the crazy. He is the one who keeps me watching every week, and the vocals were just perfect tonight.

  • CathyMK

    Adam was brilliant. That was in no way creepy, go listen to his vocals, the boy is an amazing singer, He did not scream this week, very controlled, if you ask me.

    ITA. He needed to do a restrained song this week and he did. He just did it in a non-traditional way. IMHO, it was way more interesting than just another ballad would have been. And he showed amazing control, to be able to maintain that smoldering restraint throughout the entire song.

  • windmills

    Good job by Megan. Surprise, surprise. She didn’t hit all her notes but her styling worked great on this song. Influenza B got overpimped though.

  • leome

    I think Megan started really well, had a few off parts but overall that was pretty good

    The hospital/flu pimping was not necessary. And is it that bad that I think Megan is faking the cough? She’d only cough when the judges would stop talking…

  • Sarah

    OK, I feel a little bad about hating her performance now that I know she’s been sick. The flu is no fun.

  • sma11ie

    Anoop was great! Oh no, sympathy flu votes will keep Megan around another week. I loved that Randy mentioned trainwreck but still pimped her— WHAT?! Some really bad notes there. I guess she’s sick, yeah, but a TON of contestants were pretty sick last season, and we only really heard about KLC and Ramiele. I dunno, the extra sympathy was a bit much for me.

  • Valentin432

    It doesn’t smell good for Michael, Scott and Alexis. I really hope one of the first two go.

    Matt is getting pimped a lot, last week he was 12th and now on the pimp spot!

  • chicksineggz

    I really like Megan’s performance. But did they really have to bring up that she was sick?

  • Nostradamas

    Megan…..that didn’t suck at all! CAW, CAW! Btw….as sexist as it is….nice rack ;)

  • Tess

    Ok…I know we have one more, but so far my going home vote is for Scott. He just doesn’t have the charisma to be a performer….he’s a good pianist and probably does well with his family group, but the rest, nah just blah. And, I would rather see Michael go on tour…I think he would do much better live than Scott would.

  • Tony

    I had the flu last week (missed 3 days of class). Good for Megan if she can still sing despite being that sick.

  • Skylark

    I get what Megan is aiming for … kind of a Madeleine Peyroux type style. But so far she hasn’t shown the ability to really pull it off. Her audition came closest.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Does anyone think Megan got the bird flu? LOL

    She’s very pretty and has a sweet personality and I believe she will have a great career in Hollywood, but she won’t have a career in singing.

  • Jocelin

    Megan has such an interesting tone to her voice. She needs to train her voice for vocal control.

  • wolfsbane813

    scott can GTFO.

    from the sounds of it… he had the most lackluster performance of the night… and I don’t think I could take any more weeks of him performing because it is all going to sound the same… .i’m sure the producers have to have realized that by now… :/

  • soccerboi

    Really LIKED Megan tonight. She really had a nice deep voice. I can hear her vocals on the radio today…nice!

  • background_noise

    Oooooo, I’m really liking Matt.

  • anibundel

    Matt is still the goatiest goat that ever goated. More so than Daughtry.

  • Nostradamas

    Yup, Pauler’s really drunk…..Nice job Matt…..

  • tanigue

    Anoop probably won the hat pick for You Were Always On My Mind. Scott and Matt were his possible competitors.

  • houstonrufus

    You know there were moments when Matt’s performance was really verging on being Great. I don’t think it got there. But he has it in him. I’m starting to see that.

  • Sarah

    I thought Matt did a nice job.

  • Skylark

    Wow, I think this is the first time my fave has ever
    gotten the bells and whistles at the end!! Good job, Matt!!

  • CookifiedTexan

    GO MATT.

    Simon, you damn right Matt sang better than Danny. I loved that.

  • Lys

    Matt needs to work on his vocal control, for sure. I think nerves tend to get the best of him. But overall, I really liked him tonight.

    So…

    *scratches head*
    … Are the judges setting him up to be the next TCO? If they are, I don’t have a problem with that, lol.

  • Duke

    I loved Megan again this week:

    ok- i pegged down megan: She starts off like UNBELIEVABLE: the way she dresses, her tone (Oo Kara just said she has the flu), her quirky tone…and it kinda falls a bit apart in the middle- not bad fall apart or ruin the entire song fall apart, but it doesn’t match the magic that she sets up at the beginning of her performance. and i think it has to do with her inexperience. she needs a vocal coach and to strengthen the weaker parts of her voice. but i love her. i loved her tonight. i love her quirky tone and intentions. and she has style.

    Adam didnt get enough credit for being original- the judges take him for granted. He was awesome.

    Matt was very strong tonight. Love the paino players. OMG @ KARA’s COMMENT ABOUT THERE BEING NOTHING SMALL ABOUT MATT!!!! BAHAHAHAHAH THAT WILL BE ON VFTW IN ABOUT 30 SEC.

    I liked Kris a ton tonight. He was awesome. The best “moment” tonight.

    Danny sang very well- i love it when he bounces all over the map in his upper register.

    Ready for my shock elimination: Allison.

    michael sarver should be going home.

  • Soulkaren

    Okay…I found my pony.

    YAY Matt! That was gorgeous!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Goooooo Matt!!!!!

  • Jx223

    I thought that Matt did a good job tonight. And I am glad that the judges are being more honest tonight, and giving credit to people who were actually the best of the night, and not just the ones that they have been heavily pimped.

    IMHO, Anoop, Matt and Alison were the best of the night. I also liked Adam and I thought that Kris was decent.

    And I loved Ryan’s comments at the end about us having ourselves a competition and it being “on.” I agree with him.

  • jz

    I think if anything people need to give this season more credit.

    NO trainwrecks. And its country week! Wow!

  • s0x_prisoner

    YES YES YES

    My 3 favorites totally pwned everyone else tonight! Great job, guys!

    And yay @ Simon saying that Matt outsang Danny!

  • Trina

    Matt = total dark horse.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Wonder if Megan’s giving everybody inFLUenza.

    Matt = total dark horse.

    You better believe it!

  • AngC30

    I HEART Matt G. Always have always will! Dark horse indeed…I think the others Eclipsed the “chosen ones” tonight!!!

    Mark my words….I believe Matt G. Will take it all!!!! I will not falter from that prediction….i am sticking by it….I said it about Taylor in season 5 auditions, and I said it about Matt this year… :) hope I’m Right :)

  • bean99

    I’m only up to Alexis who I enjoyed. Didn’t get the judges at all. I loved Allison the most of the first few. Hated Adam’s performance with a passion. It was the strangest ever on idol. shudder….. Can’t wait to see Anoop!

  • Jocelin

    My picks are Matt, Allison, Anoop, Kris, Megan.

    The rest were meh.

  • houstonrufus

    My fave five in no order: Matt, Kris, Megan, Allison and Anoop.

  • sma11ie

    Yay Matt G! Haha, Simon stole the Michael Buble comment from an EW blogger I think. Ok, I liked:

    Matt G
    Anoop
    Kris
    Adam
    Danny.

    Oh man, I feel so unoriginal– I liked all the pimpees! I swear it’s not because of the judges comments!

  • gingerly

    Nobody got pimped last year for having the flu like Megan got pimped this year. Yeah, she’s pretty. Yeah, she has an interesting voice, but not a very good one, I don’t think.

  • Duke

    Adam is whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s making this season fun to watch. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m the older MIdwestener, Bible Belt lady and I just loves Adam.

    I love u

  • leome

    I don’t think Matt has that great vocals, I think he doesn’t have much control and I hear his breathing way too much.
    He’s been pimped from the start, but this was a bit too much, going last this week. Probably they wanted to make sure he made the tour or something.

  • Lys

    I thought that Matt did a good job tonight. And I am glad that the judges are being more honest tonight, and giving credit to people who were actually the best of the night, and not just the ones that they have been heavily pimped.

    :thumbup_tb:

  • GeminiDolly

    voting for allison, i dont think she has a big fanbase and I think she did very well tonight

  • Jx223

    I definitely agree about Matt being the dark horse in this competition. I definitely think that he has a good chance of winning this year.

  • houstonrufus

    Ha! Jocelin, we think alike.

  • lovegoodmusic

    My picks tonight: Lil, Alexis, Anoop and Matt

  • wolfsbane813

    omg… i’m starting to get freaked out because many weeks ago in hollywood when matt g sang that georgia song, i had a dream a couple of days later where he actually went on and won the entire season… i’m starting to get freaked out because he is starting to become a force to be reckoned with. i really want him to win, not only cause he is my favorite male this season, but so i can go and brag that i’m psychic :) lol

  • Soulkaren

    Hated Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance with a passion. It was the strangest ever on idol. shudderà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    Word.

  • gingerly

    Matt was lovely. That.is.all.

  • sunchick

    Matt’s not a dark horse. Kara’s been saying all along that he was her favorite. That was pretty good. I had the same reaction as last week…not bad, but not blown away.

  • chicksineggz

    Nobody got pimped last year for having the flu like Megan got pimped this year. Yeah, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pretty. Yeah, she has an interesting voice, but not a very good one, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think.

    So which season was it during the semifinals all the girls got sick and they kept bringing it up over and over?

  • Valentin432

    Matt is no dark horse; he is as badly pimped as anyone else.

    THe guy got a second shot after a horrible performance and then get to sing in the last two spots for the first two weeks.

  • serenade

    Anoop, Matt, Allison and Kris are my picks for tonight.

  • gingerly

    Worst for me tonight Michael, Lil and Scott…not at all surprised.

  • hypertwink

    Besides Kris and Adam, I like Anoop and Matt.

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    I agree Trina. I think Matt G is the dark horse as well. He did a very nice job on what was a risky song choice. I give him mad props

    My fave five in no order: Matt, Kris, Megan, Allison and Anoop.

    Those are my picks as well with the exception of Megan. This night turned out better than I thought it was going to.

  • Lexus

    Best of the night (in order):
    Adam
    Kris
    Anoop
    Allison
    Matt

    Disappointed in:
    Lil
    Alexis
    Danny (very off key)

    Bottom 3:
    Scott
    Michael
    Megan

    Going home:
    Michael

    About Adam: My Mom keeps going on about his ‘beautiful smile”; she doesn’t quite know what else to say. :blink_tb: :lol_wp:

  • Tony

    Saw a clip of Adam.

    DO NOT WANT

  • leome

    Matt has been quite pimped since day one, we’ve seen more of him than most of the others in the top 13 and he has always got great praise. Kris or Allison can be dark horses, but not Matt. At least Adam, Lil and Danny can actually sing and sing well.

  • JOJOSIE

    Matt is a good performer just not my kind and I also think he’s very much into himself. On Vote For The Worst they had an interview where the Idols could show little known facts or talents. Matt said he did impersonations and did a very uncomplimentary one of Adam and he didn’t smile of laugh like it was a joke he was seriously being a jerk. You don’t do that to a fellow contestants unless like many posters said your very jealous, a jerk or even worse things they called him. I’ve always felt he had a real attitude, more so than Danny who gets all the flack for it. I think he has a big ego problem.

  • Valentin432

    I really hope people vote for Allison, I am really afraid she gets lost in all the pity votes Michael and Scott may receive

  • Soulkaren

    About Adam: My Mom keeps going on about his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹beautiful smileà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ; she doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t quite know what else to say.

    She could say he’s really talented in his use of eyeliner.

    I wish I could do my eyes that well… :-)

  • unidentified

    The only ones that stuck out to me were:
    Anoop, because he was really good compared to last week.
    Adam, cause he’s just so different. That was something….not sure what. But I will remember it. I’m still not sure if I liked or hated it.
    Megan, she just hurts my ears. She is very pretty though.

  • houstonrufus

    Pam, this season suddenly took a turn for the better tonight. Kris, Matt, Anoop and to a lesser degree Allison and Megan all improved their games significantly. Kris, Anoop and Matt especially reminded everyone how they got this far: they can sing and actually connect to the emotions of a song. I’m really happy this many not just be the Adam and Danny show. At least not yet.

  • Duke

    So when Adam gets crowned, will they give him a tiara? I might try to get tix to the finale just to see the guy win. I have said this b4, but i really mean it this time, if he gets the boot too early ( which i dont see happening) i will stop watching AI for the first time. The judges not giving him props for his vocals is bullshit.

  • jpfan

    Looks like Kris, Matt and Anoop will be around for awhile. I think looking good is important this year. That’s one reason I don’t think Danny or Adam will make it to the end. Too many unattractive faces when they sing. Be carefull Matt – you have a similiar problem although I picked him as a contender from the auditions. This is like S6 for me since I really have no favorites. I can see the winner/runners up endng the show without massive fanbases but still potentially selling albums like Jordin.

    I spend way too much time over at Dancing with the Stars and just thinking that was way more entertaining. The judges seem very sour and unhappy but maybe that’s just me. I don’t hate anyone or think they’re untalented, I just can’t invest for some reason.

  • TreeFrog

    Forget the favorites, I think I may have to bet the field this year. Loved Allison, Kris, Anoop and Megan tonight.

  • frogcooke

    hmmmmmmm….. im just casually watching this season..
    but tonight I thin k I like Kris and Matt the best. I actually liked Alexis’ performance too.

  • jersey

    MJ, what happened to the link for the pool?

  • lovegoodmusic

    According to Dial Idol, it looks like we’re going to lose Alexis. :cry_wp:

  • sunchick

    Sometimes I scare myself…..bringing this over

    Maybe instead of Danny or Adam being a TCO, they are actually being set up as a stealth villain who is overpimped and suffers backlash?

    :smirk1_ee: The plot thickens.

  • stelladallas

    The best performance of the night goes to…..Jewel, who sang on “Dancing with the Stars”!

  • Duke

    ATTENTION ADAM FANS:

    Adam is close to the bottom on DialIdol. WE NEED TO VOTE!!!

  • jersey

    it’s way too early to tell, lgm. The phones have only been open for 15 minutes and the show hasn’t even aired on the west coast. Anyone in yellow is within the margin of error to go home.

  • St.Lucia

    Well country night didn’t totally blow!

    After all I got one hell of a performance from Adam!!!!

    I hate Danny Gokey.

    And his white Jacket

    And his Jesus song

    I personally thought he was terrible and I was actually TRYING to find good in it.

    Now onto the pluses. Rewatching Adam a few times now, I loved it. That being said. America won’t.

    They’ll go for Danny.

    I did however, adore Anoop and Matt.

    Adam, Anoop and Matt. You made me happy.

    Adam in mostly black(while not red, felt like some devilish color) and Danny in white.

    Final Two. I swear to it.

  • Cheuk0406

    Love matt

  • lovegoodmusic

    jersey; But she’s at the very bottom. The judges threw her under the bus tonight, and I’m not happy about that.

  • cat

    Y’know, I was joking before the show started tonight that they needed Scott to get voted off the island this week or they would have to completely rework the whole tour.

    Unfortunately, I think he may have made that come true.

  • oceana

    Matt was great tonight, he gets better every week as his confidence grows. I think he’s incredibly artistic and original.

    Allison is another very talented singer. I really hope she sticks around a long time.

    excited by:

    Matt
    Allison
    Alexis (I liked her Jolene, very passionate)
    Anoop (finally I could see what people see in him, that was lovely)

    unimpressed by:

    - Lil (she is not that great to be honest)
    - Danny (way overrated by the judges, he is NOT a great singer by any stretch of the imagination, he just has a lot of confidence and he dances around a lot. He’s like a religious Taylor on helium)
    - Scott (everything sounds the same, very bland and AC)
    - Michael (not bad, but why does he say he’s not a country singer?)
    - Megan (just too wierd)
    - Kris (as Simon would say, utterly forgettable)
    - Adam (frightening and I’ll probably have nightmares tonight)

    I really hope that Adam and Danny are not in the finale, either one of them. As of now, I want to see Allison and Matt.

  • jersey

    LOL cat, I said the same thing in chat.

  • Valentin432

    I hate it, ALexis is and Allison are in the bottom on DI right now

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    MJ, what happened to the link for the pool?

    I disable the sidebars when the site gets busy.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.funofficepools.com

    I’ll put the widget back up in a bit.

  • Trina

    I think I’ll take a screencap of DI for prosperity because I think the chances of ever seeing Matt AND Kris above Adam will never happen again :laugh_tb:

  • Lisa

    I disagree with the judges. Best for me of the night was Adam by a clear mile. It was just really interesting to hear and watch. Liked it. Everyone else? meh.

  • hypertwink

    If TPTB want anyone aside from The Ghoulish Widower (tm Kristen B) to win, they better do something because Danny so far is leading DI every week. My tummy aches every time I see it.

  • adamandeva

    wowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦judging by these comments, it really is gonna be love it or hate it for Adam for the rest of the season. and you know what? I LOVED IT! Adam is unique and creative and grabs your attention and keeps you wanting more. He was the only stand out on country night. Everyone else sounded exactly the same with country (maybe with the exception of Megan). To make Country innovative and unique and interesting on this show, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve gotta change it up. And I think Adam did a brilliant job. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not sticking to Idol norms for his performances and that might make Simon annoyed but its going to bring the show LOTS of ratings from the younger crowd. Adam is the sole reason the kids today are still watching this show at this point. I still donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know if he will win, but I know he is going to go pretty darn far, and he will get a record contract out of this show no matter what. Go Glambert!

  • jersey

    Thanks, MJ.

  • sma11ie

    Matt said he did impersonations and did a very uncomplimentary one of Adam and he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t smile of laugh like it was a joke he was seriously being a jerk.

    Adam named Matt G as the one he’d most like to see make top 13 as a WC after he went through for his week. He said they sang together a bit during the group song and he really liked Matt. I think they’re friends, and Matt was joking.

  • MaryS-NJ

    I get what Megan is aiming for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ kind of a Madeleine Peyroux type style. But so far she hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t shown the ability to really pull it off. Her audition came closest.

    Oddly enough, my husband has on Sirius in the kitchen and Madeleine Peyroux was singing just as Megan finished. While I had the same thought you did, Megan has an interesting tone but she doesn’t hold it throughout and she gets really sloppy. She looked great though.

    I thought all the girls looked great actually. Loved Allison’s performance. I though Alexis and Lil sang well but seemed a little tentative. At least both captured the mood their respective songs.

    I didn’t hate Danny – but I never do. I like his voice, but I just really hate that stupid song and his outfit made him look like the StayPuff Marshmallow man after a few too many days in the pantry.

    Anoop was GREAT tonight! He looked adorable too!

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I… really didn’t like Adam’s performance. I guess I’m not one of the cool kids. :(

    Matt and Scott are kind of interchangable to me. I guess I like Matt’s voice better than Scott’s because I find Scott’s voice to be flat. But I liked Scott this week better than last week, and liked Matt better last week than this week. I thought he started the song horribly and it wasn’t an exciting performance. meh.

    I give Michael props for singing an unapologetic country song, but the back-sassing was not a good idea.

    I like Kris and can see where he would fit in the music world today, but I didn’t enjoy the performance anywhere near as much as the judges.

    I have no idea who’s going to the B3.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Duke Mar 17th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Duke, I second that emotion.

    Mr. “Il Divo” Cowell can’t appreciate classically gorgeous vocals? After his praise for Jason’s rendition of Hallelujah last season, we know he likes Jeff Buckley’s falsetto. Simon loathes country music, so he of all people should appreciate Adam’s reinterpretation.

  • Gracie77

    I really, sincerely do not understand what the judges see in Megan. I don’t care if she’s knocking on death’s door, the funky enunciation, stilted mannerisms, and more than a couple wonky notes made the whole thing cringe-worthy for me. Yes, she’s a beautiful girl, but…meh. And did we really need ALL FOUR judges AND Ryan to mention that she was sick? Excuses much? Eesh.

  • savgal

    My picks are Matt, Allison, Anoop, Kris, Megan.

    I honestly think the group that seems to be regarded as the second string actually did better tonight!!!
    Sorry, y’all, just did not care for Adam’s performance.
    Love Danny’s song, but not his take on it.
    Lil, what happened?
    Alexis, loved the second half, but not the first.
    Scott, love you, but need some variation.
    Michael, hard to go first, but why did you pick that song, also?

    Matt, I bet Carrie loved it.
    Allison, didn’t like the song, but you have massive talent.
    Anoop, Paula echoed me at home, saying “Anoop is back!” Absolutely gorgeous.
    Kris, beautiful song, and the camera loves you. Do you have a brother? I need a son-in-law.
    Megan, sounded like the Rosemary Clooney meets Adele meets Patsy Cline, and your dress was Marilyn Monroe goes to Woodstock…but all in a good way.

  • St.Lucia

    Megan’s a funny one for me. One minute(all in the same song mind you) I like her voice and in the next minute I’ll cringe and wonder what the heck she’s doing.

    She has these moments and then she’ll kill them completely.

    She’s very bizarre to me.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Duke Mar 17th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    ATTENTION ADAM FANS:

    Adam is close to the bottom on DialIdol. WE NEED TO VOTE!!!

    I’ll be voting for Adam in 2.5 hours on the West Coast.

    Take heart, Duke. Less than 30 minutes into voting, Adam has jumped to the middle of the pack.

  • primeminister

    My rankings for tonight:

    1. Anoop- He was, by far, the best of the night. Should have gotten the pimp spot.

    2. Allison- Solid. Love her.

    3. Matt- I like Matt a lot. Hate his goatiness, falsetto, and uninspired song choice though.

    4. Kris- I love that the middle-packers did really well tonight. He’s steadily becoming one of my favorites.

    5. Adam- THANK YOU ADAM for not talking back. Seems like a great guy, but the performance freaked me out a little. At least he knows who he is?

    6. Alexis- She was solid, but nothing spectacular.

    7. Scott- Nice, but forgettable.

    8. Lil- THANK YOU LIL for not singing “I Will Always Love You.” Don’t listen to the judges. I think Lil did the best she could considering country is so out of her element.

    9. Megan- She sounded better than last week….

    10. Michael- A little karaoke. I think he’s in danger of leaving tomorrow night.

    11. Danny- By far, the very worst of the night. Simon talked about his outfit just so he could AVOID talking about how much the performance SUCKED.

  • ziggy

    Totally loved Allison performance of one of my favorite Patti Loveless song’s.

    She had that edge like Patti has, love the bigness of her voice, love how she puts everything she has into every song that she sings.

    She has to make the top ten!!!

    I want to see her perform live!!!

  • lovegoodmusic

    Gracie77:

    I really, sincerely do not understand what the judges see in Megan.

    Megan is pretty and has a quirky personality and I think 19m wants to manage her for something other than singing. And I’m sure they know that she will not be able to sing live without lip syncing. So they want to promote her another way. Megan will be great in commercials and other television appearances, but she is not a singer.

  • leome

    Alexis seems in really bad shape at DI… which is funny considering that article from today.
    Danny’s lead is something, the dude really has the huge fanbase.

  • Duke

    I’m still scared, Terrie. Ill be voting for the next 2 hrs. Anyone one with unlimited texts find it worth it??!! i might be changing my plan to vote for the guy every week.

  • St.Lucia

    Adam- THANK YOU ADAM for not talking back. Seems like a great guy, but the performance freaked me out a little.

    You know, there was a lot of talking back tonight. A LOT.

    Don’t they know not to do that?

    So yay for Adam taking it like a man…

  • Nostradamas

    Adam, Alexis and Danny need to get off my damned TV, they are OVER pimped for the half-asses singers that they are….seriously sucked tonite….please go home…

    Pauler was waaaay drunk tonite…..funny actually….

  • dreamr

    Voting for Allison. I hate seeing her so low on DialIdol. She’s great and she had a solid performance tonight. I wish they’d give her the pimp spot. :(

  • NOLA

    I loved the whole show! Absolutely loved Adam’s performance! Thank goodness Anoop is back. Great job.

    Lil disappointed me the most. If you can sing, you should be able to sing anything and she had a lot of trouble tonight.

  • Gracie77

    ^Yeah, I see what you’re saying, lovegoodmusic. And I’m not so naive as to think of AI as a pure singing competition. But she just hasn’t, IMO, shown herself to be anything more than a walking gimmick in a pretty package, and it rankles.

  • Michelle

    Maybe instead of Danny or Adam being a TCO, they are actually being set up as a stealth villain who is overpimped and suffers backlash?

    I can buy that :D The pimping started so early for those two and I can’t imagine they think they can maintain the OTT pimping for the entire season. They better start gassing up the bus for Danny though, if DI is anything to go by (blech)

  • windmills

    Even if Adam ends up at the bottom which he won’t, the judges will save him.

    There’ve been weeks that I thought he was in a totally different league than everyone else in a good way, but this week was terrible because Adam put himself ahead of the song. When Adam is great and he can be great (like last week and when he sang Satisfaction), he’s still putting the song first.

    Very good job by Matt, he’s my favorite of the night. His sincerity came through on So Small and he did a good change up on it. He wasn’t perfect vocally but he still outsang just about everybody tonight. Kara almost ruined it with her comment about nothing about him being small though. Hello?

    But Matt’s an example of the judges putting style over vocals, which they’ve done with Megan and Alexis. If they like your style and think you’re staying true to it then they’ll praise you and ignore vocal mishaps like they don’t matter. What’s annoying about that is that they’ll point out vocal problems only if they don’t like your style or don’t think you were true to it so they’re not consistent.

    No one was flat out fantastic but Matt, Anoop, and Megan were good, Allison, Kris, and Michael were OK, Danny and Alexis were a level below them, and Lil, Scott, and Adam were all weak IMO.

  • bean99

    I’m not surprised about Adam. He was really bad tonight. I am worried about Alexis and Allison, though. Anoop was the best of the night for me. Loved him! He really showed his voice. :wub_tb:

    My favorites tonight were Anoop, Allison, Matt, and Alexis.

  • sunchick

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Matt has that great vocals, I think he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have much control and I hear his breathing way too much.

    I don’t know if his vocals are technically great or not, but I did notice the breathy thing in his studio recording. It drove me bonkers. Not so much live though.

  • cookcricket

    Well…I haven’t read anything else yet…so here I go!
    !) Tonight was thoroughly entertaining…AFTER Lil, EXCEPT…(brings me to #2)
    2) If Kris Allen doesn’t go through after tonight, I think I may lose a little faith in America, because Wow, just WOW!~!!!

    My opinion in order of performances:

    Michael S. He’s in trouble unless he already has a fan base that keeps him in, or some peeps who were on the line about him were entertained.

    Allison-Even though I included her in those who were not entertaining, I thought she was quite good! I lurve her rocker vibe. However, she struggled on those low notes and wasn’t as good imo as in the past.

    Kris-Well, he better go through. That’s. All.

    Lil-Ho hum. I think tonight will tell what kind of fan base she truly has.

    Adam-I’ll say this. He’s never forgettable! That’s why I don’t think America will forget him. I personally didn’t like his performance tonight. I thought It was completely OTT. BUT, as I said unforgettable.

    Scott- See Michael above….(initially put Matt, mistake)

    Alexis- LOL, this is the song choice I had in mind for her, but she disappointed me. Alexis, I hope you go through.

    Danny-I’m sorry, back story aside, the fact that peeps will be jumping all over him for his song choice aside, Danny CAN sing! I agreed with Kara and Randy that the beginning wasn’t great (at all really), but the chorus? Yeah, IMO, he brought it!

    Anoop- It’s a contest!!!!! I haven’t been behind Anoop on the show until tonight, and well I think I may just buy that song. (Good lookin’ out Anoop!!!… tm Randy) I am finally okay with the fact that Anoop made it through the WC round. I’m so glad I can buy this song (If it’s as good as the performance.) You have one happy fan base tonight Anoop!!!!

    Megan- I don’t get it! Why do the judges love her so much? Since I’m a sympathetic person, I’m sorry she has the flu. I’m sorry she was in the hospital…Did I mention that I don’t get it?

    Matt-I’m lovin’ it!!!!!! I’m lovin’ Matt! He’s a true artist imo!!! Go Matt!!!!! Wow, just wow!!!!

    Bottom line: Kris and Matt are still my favs. Anoop, has potential to be. I’ll be buying Kris, Matt and Anoops single from tonight. They all need to go through and I’m happy. :)

    ETA: changed /added a couple of things for clarification.

  • Tony

    If there is a God, Adam will be sent packing tomorrow.

  • NOLA

    P.S. I forgot. I want Kara and her bumbling repetative crap off of my TV.
    She makes Paula look like Einstein. “You made it your own!” blah, blah BS

  • Valentin432

    I really don’t get how Danny can be so popular, the guy has tons of concurrent in his bluesy soul kind of vibe and he still dominates everyone in the voting?

    Is there really that many religious families voting?

  • bigjr6633

    I hate to break this to ppl but Lil’s fanbase is actually bigger than most ppl think, I’m not that worried about her.

    I am worried about Alison though, I don’t think she’s as popular as ppl think she is, same thing goes for Alexis!!!

  • Michelle

    Preordered Kris’ stuff, am considering Allison and Anoop, although I don’t particularly like the song Anoop chose. I took a listen to Matt and I dunno, it wasn’t fantastic… was he at the piano?

  • Menzel

    Not sure if anyone else has posted this but Adam’s version of Ring of Fire was done by Dilana on Rockstar a few years back.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whtQZJ7R3EU

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    If there is a God, Adam will be sent packing tomorrow.

    The judges’ save will bring him back.

    I witnessed TCO pimping tonight. Matt G.

  • J.S.G.

    I hope Anoop and Megan make it into the top 10.

    I can live without Michael and Scott. And I can really live without Danny.

  • St.Lucia

    I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get how Danny can be so popular, the guy has tons of concurrent in his bluesy soul kind of vibe and he still dominates everyone in the voting?

    Is there really that many religious families voting?

    Are there that many faith builders? I mean my gosh, who is voting for him! I keep wondering the same thing!

    I know I’m not…although I did accidentally vote for scott when I hit the 6 instead of the 5 when I was dialing…just once though!

    I can’t say I’d accidentally vote for Danny, ever.

  • hypertwink

    If there is a God, Adam will be sent packing tomorrow.

    If there’s a God, the Douchey McDoucherson, the douchiest douche who ever douched, should be sent packing for his glasses, his white popped-collar jacket and singing “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”

  • longsong

    While I actually enjoyed Adam tonight – being a theater arts person myself (and knowing he was in the tour company for “Wicked”), I have to say he belongs on BROADWAY.

    I LIKE Megan! I don’t know if I could listen to a whole cd of her, but unlike say, Jasmine Trias, I can see what the fuss is about!

    I think of all the talking back, Michael Sarver was the worst. I think he should go home.

    My fear is that to keep things even for the tour boy/girl-wise, they’ll lose a boy even though a girl might get the lowest number of votes. Random thoughts.

  • background_noise

    If there is a God, Adam will be sent packing tomorrow.

    Whoa! I find that offensive in so many ways. Just wow.

    Duke ~ I’m voting like crazy for Adam here on the east coast.

    So many of the kids made predictable boring song choices; typical AI fare. One of the reasons I’ve lost in interest in this show the last couple of years. Adam brings something new and fresh; original and intriguing to the show. Thank GOD for Adam.

  • yeahyeahsure

    Why are TPTB pimping Danny so much?! They do know that the boy is not current and won’t be able to sell records even if his life depended on it, right?!

    Anywho… BEST of the night were my 3 boys – Kris, Matt and Anoop! For the girls, probably Megan. She’s the only one I enjoyed.

  • primeminister

    Is there really that many religious families voting?

    I’m religious. Evangelical Christian, in fact. NO WAY IN HELL I’m voting for Danny Gokey.

    (…oops, is that blasphemous?!)

  • St.Lucia

    Thank GOD for Adam.

    AMEN! :)

  • sunchick

    Not sure if anyone else has posted this but Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of Ring of Fire was done by Dilana on Rockstar a few years back.

    Which was in turn very similar to Wall of Voo Doo’s cover. Yeah, it’s been discussed.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Adam was totally brilliant. I am unable to understand how that can’t be seen by some. His take on the song was unique. His vocals were etherial. I did not like “Little” or Megan. Mr Sarver showed no vocals at all. Allison, who was a screamer before tonight, impressed me much.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Best three of the night:

    Kris
    Matt
    Anoop

    I am unable to understand how that canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be seen by some.

    It’s not what I’m seeing. It’s what I’m hearing.

    I gave Adam three weeks. I am now over him.

    Is there really that many religious families voting?

    Is that a serious question? Seriously.

  • kathrynTX

    WHEN is David Cook going to be ON this SHOW?!?! OK done with that…hee. Did NOT read all these comments! Just adding mine….

    I haven’t been watching all of every show this season. Tonight:

    ANOOP! He really got me tonight. Lovely. Beautiful, controlled vocals. Very nice arrangement, as a judge said (forget who). I felt connected with him for the first time. Heartfelt.

    I loved Matt Giraud tonight! I like his voice and his stylings. I think he can sing…definitely better than I can! Hah. Love his piano playing. I used to play a bit…he seems like a natural.

    I liked Kris Allen tonight too. Really nice.

    I’m trying to think along these lines…would I buy a whole album by him or her? Would I go see this person LIVE?

    I kinda liked Megan tonight but she makes me uncomfortable. Like she’s gonna…do…something…any second…I don’t know what. Very unique voice and style. But I don’t think I could listen to an entire album of her.

    Adam Adam Adam. I LOVE YOU! That arrangement was a little too out there for me – but damn what vocal skills! OK we know he has those, he has that range, he has that control. BRING THE SONG, Adam-baby. Make us feel the song. Not just the PERFORMANCE, but the song, the words, the music, you. I still think he is fabulous and I am amazed to see him on Idol. I want to know what he’ll do next. In fact, he is why I’m watching now!

    Danny G. Ummmmmmmm. I felt it for a second. But then he closed back up and got hesitant. Or something. He’s really put me off so far, but tonight, I almost got him. I think I smiled during his performance.

    Michael Sarver is my guess for goin’ home this week.

    Loved Randy Travis!

  • Duke

    If thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a God, the Douchey McDoucherson, the douchiest douche who ever douched, should be sent packing for his glasses, his white popped-collar jacket and singing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus, Take The Wheel.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    :lol_tb:

  • wolfsbane813

    i hope the drop scott tomorrow night… only because it will be easier for them for the tour… besides, i don’t like scott’s style at all… it’s very monotonous… :/

  • longsong

    OMG, I KNEW that when Danny picked that song there’d be hell to pay here. It’s not like he chose some obscure song from some obscure Christian band, he chose a song by a mainstream former idol. There are many that deserve to go before Him. (hee! Note that I capitalized the “H” in “Him”!! Har!)

  • heart2

    Megan reminds me of the Late Anna Nicole Smith.

    And I Loved Adam and Matt..That’s IT!!

  • ordinarygirl09

    Paula needs a mussel or a shock collar. She was all doped up tonight!!

    Michael Sarver: Ugh. I agree with Simon, could not understand MOST of what he was saying. I really wanted to like him but yeah, no.

    Allison Iraheta: She was alright, I wasnt jumping outta my seat. lol.

    Kris: He was really good tonight!! I was surprised he didnt do a Keith Urban song. I loved this though!:)

    Lil’: And no Simon its is not short for “Little” haha. I dont think it was the best song choice. It annoyed me that she kept saying “im not country” yeah Lil’ who cares.. there were other people tonight who werent country and still sang amazingly tonight! I HATE HATE when people talk back to the judges. just shut it!

    Adam: Wow. Really?! really awkward performance. I had the same reaction to the song as Kara. I did kinda like it.

    Scott: This guy creeps me out for some reason. Way wrong song for him.

    Alexis: I def. thought she should have done before he cheats, she did it in hollywood and sounded good! Even though I dont think ppl should sing Carrie:). With that said, there is nothing too special about her.

    Danny:Poor poor,Carrie. Lakisha tried two seasons ago and Danny tonight, people should not touch this song by her!! I totally disagree with Paula, Carrie would not buy he album she would burn it!! Kara and Randy were right on the verses are horrible, its like he doesnt even try he talks/sings through them. Then he hitst he long notes but who cares if he hits the long notes if the other parts of the song sound like poopy.

    Anoop: Kara is right!! ANOOP is back!! Thank God, I was hoping he would be able to pull this song and he did!!
    awe, Simon was sweet. He does deserve to be there!

    Megan: She sounded alright the song suits her voice much better than it did Kellie Picklers 3 seasons ago! Boohoo, so she has the flu. I believe people had the flu last year and didnt complain like she did. The judges want her though to the next round, you can tell that for sure. She reminds me of Nelly Furtado/Norah Jones.

    Matt: he was 2nd best tonight! I dont like that he did a Carrie song, but he did a different version so it was all good!! Im glad he didnt try to have power vocals in that song like carrie does because that would not have worked for him. He pulled the song off though.

    LOL: at Kara saying “Theres nothing small about you”. eh hum. haha.

    My bottom 3:

    Scott
    Alexis
    Danny/Megan

    Americas bottom 3:
    Scott
    Alexis
    Megan/Adam??

  • MaryS-NJ

    Megan, sounded like the Rosemary Clooney meets Adele meets Patsy Cline, and your dress was Marilyn Monroe goes to Woodstockà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but all in a good way.

    Probably the best description of Megan I’ve ever read -lol.

    Meganà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a funny one for me. One minute(all in the same song mind you) I like her voice and in the next minute Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll cringe and wonder what the heck sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doing.

    She has these moments and then sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll kill them completely.

    Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very bizarre to me.

    This too. It is puzzling.

  • unidentified

    Vote for Danny Gokey, must be in every church’s weekly program or something. He was bad this week. He’s way ahead on dial Idol.

  • dbt

    LOVED Megan!! She has the most unique singing style. I think it would be a most welcome change on the radio. She also seems to have the least experience. I look at how wooden Carrie U. used to be .. and how she’s improved. I think with more experience Megan could really be something special. I’m always interested in someone who brings something unique and different. And I LOVE her voice. To me, the best artists and singers do not have to be the ones with the ‘purest’ voice and biggest range.
    Way to go Megan. LOVED your performance tonight!

    Adam .. ???? Hated the song, but loved Randy Travis’s reaction. :) Adam is very talented, but that was awful. I suspect I wouldn’t be buying his tunes, either. To me, he’s a welcome contestant because he’s entertaining on stage … but I’d quickly get tired of the high-pitched screamy stuff on a cd. But I’m having a lot of fun watching him on AI.

    Danny – why do they love him so much. He bores me. Speaking of boring .. Scott, Lil, Michael.

    Kris and Matt are okay…but nothing special in the music world. I don’t see them standing out in any way after AI.

    Anoop — Loved that performance. First time I’ve heard him sing really well and it was good!

    My faves tonight: Megan, then Anoop and Alexis.

  • Lys

    Looking at DialIdol right now.

    No way do Allison and Alexis belong in the bottom two. :furious_tb: And they’re not even my favorites.

  • nomi

    Saw a clip of Adam.

    DO NOT WANT

    ROTF!!!

    There was an amazing quality about GLambert’s performance, but it WAS indulgent and the song’s arrangement doesn’t fit well within the minute-and-a-half or whatever restrictive time slot they’re allotted.

    The easternized-arrangement itself evoked strange feelings and his vocal stylings lifts you to a place that is either frightening or exhilarating, but the problem (for me) is that the trip didn’t last long enough to adjust appreciate the view and the landing of the song was abrupt. Or something. Or maybe it’s the vocal equivalent of mixing stripes and polka dots. Anyway, I guess I’m saying that perhaps the format of the show is not the best showcase for what he seems to want to do as an artist. At least not this week.

    Sing a simple song simply, dude!

    His style also reminds me a little bit of certain vocalists who obviously have powerful voices but tend to go way off into melismatic riffs just because they want to show off and not necessarily to serve the song. There’s a youtube floating around of Christina Aguillera and Brian McKnight singing some Christmas ditty, each trying to out-run the other. Unintentionally hilarious!

  • shimmeries

    I really liked Adam’s performance. I’m probably biased, since I am not at a country music fan (save for a few songs), but I just thought his performance was cool. I’ve also always loved Middle Eastern and Indian type flairs on music. I think Randy is completely right about him, he’s definitely the most current contestant there, and he has a completely different feel to everyone else. I mean, everyone kind of has their own genre that they do best and are more comfortable with, but Adam is Adam, and I like that he does his own thing. I think he expected there to be some negative feedback. He knew country fans would probably not be huge fans of his performance, he just wasn’t bothered by it, ’cause he’s his own performer.

  • Duke

    St.Lucia
    Mar 17th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    Thank GOD for Adam.

    AMEN! :)

    And on the 6th day, God created Adam. In hopes that he would one day save American Idol Season 8 from complete disaster with his amazing voice and fashion sense.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Megan was, as always, god aweful. She can’t sing, but she is a pet of the PTB.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    No way do Allison and Alexis belong in the bottom two.

    They’re not guaranteed for bottom two. Adam, Megan, Michael, Scott, Allison, or Alexis could go home. I’m predicting a Michael/Scott bottom two, and the judges will save neither one.

  • Madcap Jester

    I totally forgot this was on tonight. Ah well, at least it looks like my boy Anoop brought it.

    W-wait . . . Danny actually sang Jesus Take The Wheel?? I’d suggested it a few days ago, but as a JOKE! Goddammit, Danny, why must you make me hate you?

  • Tatiana

    I thought Kris was way, way overpimped tonight. Alison performed just before him and was so much better. In tonight’s performance, IMO, Kris was a poor man’s Archie. He should stick with his guitar cuz he just can’t bring the big vocals. Still think he’s super cute of course :-)

    My favorites of the night were:
    Alison
    Adam
    Matt

    happy he bounced back:
    Anoop

    meh:
    Sarver
    Kris
    Lil
    Scott

    blech:
    Gokey
    Megan
    Alexis

  • abbysee

    Adam will not win, because as Simon said the other week, this is not the format for artists. Adam is an artist. He’s riveting to watch, and while not bowled over by his interpretation his vocals were clean and dead on. He excites me, and not in a teevee boyfriend kinda way, but in a I can’t wait to see what he does next because everyone else is so damn bad, boring or both.

    The judges not giving him props for his vocals is bullshit.

    My faves tonight in no particular order Anoop, Allison, Kris, and Adam.

    Middle of the pack was Alexis ‘call me dirty’ Grace, they are going to cause her to pull a Lil Kim and come on stage with a g-sting and pasties. The idea is to sing well, she picked an incredible song, right in her wheelhouse, and totally wiffed it. It could have been a moment, but it wasn’t.

    I salute Lil for not doing the typical thing, I thought it was far better vocally than they gave her credit for. I am glad that she didn’t sing I Will Always Love You. Are they all fucking nuts? Sing Whitney, don’t sing Whitney, step outside the box, get in the box, she must be one confused sister right now. She will get back in her box, and be gone within three weeks. She was the second best female vocal of the night.

    Danny really stank it up tonight, he showed all kinds of weakness tonight that even surprised me. What the deal was to me is he was like a kid with a jelly donut, all they want to do is get to the sweet spot. He had no regard for the set up of the song. He just wanted to get to the point where he could wail. By the time he got there though the moment was gone, and so was most of his voice. He will have to pick better songs. Seriously. Oh, btw, he’s a singer, but he’s not a good performer, and certainly lacks artistry. The only reason that his is middle of the pack and not in the dungeon is that he does have a voice that normally might appeal to me, but his song selection is just horrible.

    I just need to see more from Matt because I didn’t love it, nor hate it. It was just okay, but I am certainly not on that bandwagon at all. I was a bit tickled at the look he had when compared to Michael Buble. He caught himself, but it was a moment, lol.

    I can’t critique Megan because she is a talk singer. Quirky, yes. A good singer no.

    My worst was Scott and Michael. I just think that Scott really doesn’t have the chops and they are just not going to tell him that yet. I agree with Paula, and it was in no way disrespectful to say that he uses his piano as a crutch, because he does. Simon was wrong alot tonight. Paula for the most part was spot on. Randy has a great ear for the singers, he would be invaluable if he would step up his game as Paula has. He has good instincts, he just expresses it poorly.

  • skylight1219

    I actually enjoyed the show tonight. Absolutely loved Anoop, Allison and yes, Megan. I sure don’t get what anyone sees in Adam. I find him torturous to watch and listen to. Gokey is ok, however, I don’t get all the pimping either. Oh well, this is AI.

  • DLPF

    Should stay: Kris, Allison, Alexis, Michael, Anoop, Matt
    BAD: Danny, Adam, Megan. Unfortunately their fans don’t mind bad.
    Snore: Lil, Scott
    My husband thought Adam sounded like what Jim Morrison might have done to that song. then suddenly it was like listening to a bad McArthur Park-type performance. And I totally agree with the comment that Adam was being disrespectful of Grand Ole Opry and country in general. Like he’s just too special to try to move out of his narrow-minded niche.
    They can’t really use the SAVE this week – how would that work in a double elimination next week if one of them has to be in the Top Ten for the tour? Who decides which one is on the tour?

  • ordinarygirl09

    Can someone tell me, how does this dialidol work? how do you know if they are correct? have they always been correct?

  • St.Lucia

    The easternized-arrangement itself evoked strange feelings and his vocal stylings lifts you to a place that is either frightening or exhilarating, but the problem (for me) is that the trip didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t last long enough to adjust appreciate the view and the landing of the song was abrupt. Or something. Or maybe ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the vocal equivalent of mixing stripes and polka dots. Anyway, I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m saying that perhaps the format of the show is not the best showcase for what he seems to want to do as an artist. At least not this week.

    This is a fantastic description…

    And I think you might have been right. This was not the week to maybe do what he did. I LOVED it, but I’m not the rest of America who will likely not love it as much as I did.

    Country music is just so much more about singing a song simply and really letting the meaning get through. And Randy Travis is the epitome of that. He didn’t know what the hell to do with Adam.

    So Adam did what he wanted to do anyway…because Randy didn’t have any constructive criticism for him at all after that performance.

  • JJ123

    I always hate country week because it’s such a distinctive sound that not everyone can pull off nor would they want to….it’s not necessary for showing a contestant’s diversity as a singer…well at least to me since I pretty much hate country, haha. I thought the night as a whole was subpar at best.
    Adam creeped me out and was too over the top for my taste….I remember Dilana’s version of the song and for her it worked, maybe because of the show or whatever but he just seemed like he was trying too hard and it blew up in his face.
    Anoop did way way way way better than he ever has on the show before and maybe it was one of the better of the night but it wasn’t that exciting.
    Kris was really good, I thought he worked the song well and I liked it.
    Danny has a great voice, I personally prefer that grrr sound and I do agree with what the judges said on this one. It was good in the sense that he has a lot of real passion when he sings. The jacket was ridiculous though!!!
    Allison also has a voice that I love, I hope she stays around a long time. She also looked kinda cute this week compared to the super hard edge of last week.
    Matt is growing on me more and more every week…he’s making a fan out of me!!
    Megan having to perform while that sick sucks but I think the judges were giving her a huge break by giving her unearned praise….whatever. I do like her and her voice but didn’t see much tonight.

    The rest all fell in the blah, whatever category for me…..I personally would like to see Scott go…that guy is snoozerific but I highly doubt that will happen….I’m guessing it’s Michael, which kinda stinks since I kinda like him.

  • CathyMK

    I definitely agree about Matt being the dark horse in this competition.

    How is Matt a dark horse? Brought back for and given a wildcard spot, went 2nd to last last week, pimp spot this week, judges have loved him except for 1 performance. That sounds like a judges favorite being rescued and pimped to me, not a dark horse.

  • hypertwink

    The easternized-arrangement itself evoked strange feelings and his vocal stylings lifts you to a place that is either frightening or exhilarating, but the problem (for me) is that the trip didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t last long enough to adjust appreciate the view and the landing of the song was abrupt

    Which is why I’m waiting for the studio recording. That’s going to be awesomely acid-trippy.

  • weareallinnocent

    FWIW and to whom it may concern,

    I’m voting for Adam here, smack dab in the Mid-America bible belt buckle. But, sadly, I’ve received only a handful of busy signals, so it’s no surprise Dial Idol is where it is. But, to soothe myself, I choose to look at the raw scores. After all, most things are better for you raw, aren’t they? :-)

    ETA: “Which is why Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m waiting for the studio recording. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be awesomely acid-trippy.”

    LOL True that.

  • ShariG

    Oh gosh, I wouldn’t say that Danny was the worst of the night by any stretch of the imagination. Adam was really dreadful. Michael was not memorable, and Megan was sick but still the song was a bit off. Both Lil and Danny spent too much time on verses that didn’t show off their voices, but both hit their stride on the chorus and sounded great.

  • abbysee

    And on the 6th day, God created Adam. In hopes that he would one day save American Idol Season 8 from complete disaster with his amazing voice and fashion sense.

    And on the 7th day he rested because creating all of that fabulousness can even make the Almighty a little tuckered out!

  • tinawina

    I liked the show. But it was weird. The judging was all over the place. I loved Anoop, Allison, Kris. I actually liked Lil more than the judges. It wasn’t super fantastic, but it was nice to me. I liked Alexis more than the judges too, and I think she should have got more points for trying to make it her own. I hated Danny. Funny story. I was watching the show with a friend who does not watch idol. She knew nothing about any controversy. She said Danny sang like he didn’t know what the words meant, and he yelled at the end. What she said. Matt did what he always does. He sounds good until he starts oversinging and losing notes. Megan… I think I’m done. And I like Megan. But maybe I’ll give her the sick pass. Scott should go home but he won’t. Roughneck should go home too, and maybe he actually will.

    Glambert. No words. It was like Axl Rose meets The Cure meets Johnny Cash. My friend hated it. My husband loved it. I was confused. At least he wasn’t boring.

  • skylight1219

    I will have to say that when Adam sang “Ring of Fire,” I had a visual of Satan and the burning fire. :twisted_wp: :lol_wp:

  • kimberann

    I don’t care for Danny. Matt is winning me over. I thought he was the best tonight. Adam is entertaining. The rest are a bore.

  • Duke

    Adam’s back in the green!!!! WOOHOO!!! Keep voting tho.

  • Duke

    And on the 7th day he rested because creating all of that fabulousness can even make the Almighty a little tuckered out!

    :lol_tb: That just made my night, abbysee.

  • bruno

    regardless of what you may think of adam’s performance, his vocals were just amazing. not many singers period could do what he did tonight. the range and the absolute control. the way he can transition into the high notes. just amazing. i always look forward to hearing him.

    and as someone said earlier the boyz got balls.

    most likely he has no desire to win this thing. can you honestly see adam trying to fit into a pop artist?! no way. this is his moment to audition for a million other possibilities.

    personnally i think he would be a terrific front man for a band. just think of how he could play off the other members. his stage presence would benefit from having others in the picture.

    matt is more of an idol type. adam – he is meant for something better.

  • unidentified

    “Which is why Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m waiting for the studio recording. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be awesomely acid-trippy.”

    Are they making studio recordings out of all the songs? I might get Adams if they do. I think I have decided I like it. It was weird. I like weird sometimes.

    I don’t think Adam was being disrespectful to country music or Grand Ole Opry. He just knew he wouldn’t fit in that environment. He’s just to out there for them.

  • St.Lucia

    Which is why Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m waiting for the studio recording. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be awesomely acid-trippy.

    I can’t WAIT for that!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Can someone tell me, how does this dialidol work? how do you know if they are correct? have they always been correct?

    Those in green are safe. Those in yellow go home. Usually.

    Anoop and Danny probably got some Jasmine/Jorge votes, not that there were many.

  • hypertwink

    Say bye bye Scott.

  • sparklesgirl2

    Kris and Anoop were the best tonight. Matt a close third. Allison was buried at the beginning of the show and probably the best girl tonight.

    I wish Alexis had done slightly better, but she wasn’t as bad as the judges made it out to be. And with the DI scores… I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s gone.

    Would they save her? Doubt it, because then we’d have a Top 9 not a Top 10. Eee. I think Alexis is the best girl and my favorite girl, so I’m going to be really bummed if she doesn’t make it. Which is why I’m getting off here and voting!

  • ShariG

    I’m sorry to hear so much negativity regarding Danny. He has a beautiful voice, in my opinion, and sounded great tonight once he hit the chorus of that song. I voted for Kris for most of the last hour, but I would vote for Danny. I’m not getting Adam tonight. Great range, no doubt, but I really hated the song tonight. I loved his Satisfaction last week though. Tonight I agreed completely with Simon. Self indulgent rubbish. Ah well, different strokes for different folks, right?

    edit: keep your opinions focused on the subject, not on your fellow posters opinions.

  • undercooked

    Adam is one smart cookie. He’s making the headlines again. Second week in a row. Love it or hate it, that performance stood out. I too felt confused by the peformance, but was still blown away by the vocals.

  • sma11ie

    I keep wanting to like Allison and being really underwhelmed by her tuneless growling. If she makes it, she needs to listen to Paula (underneath the gibberish) and switch it up, cuz she sounds almost tuneless– people complain that Scott sounds the same each week but Allison does too. I hated Alexis tonight, but I liked her voice and interpretations in the past, so I hope she comes back. I’d rather Sarver go, but I’m thinking Allison.

  • Grammie Kari

    I take it back, Megan was brave enough to do Patsy Cline! Pretty good job.

    My husband thought Adam sounded like what Jim Morrison might have done to that song.

    Adam was unique – and I wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say it was weird. Rather it was dark, mysterious, and very different. I don’t see him as the winner, but possibly TOP 3. Thatis if Simon can hang on that long.

    Anoop was wonderful!! I loved his song and stage persona. It was the best performance of the night for me. He’s so sweet…

    I liked Lilà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance but she repeated herself too many times during her critique. I knew what she was saying, but the judges didn’t understand. Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not in danger, IMO.

    Danny’s performance was OK. I cannot believe how much the judge’s like this man. Oh well…

    Alexis and Matt did enough to be on the tour.

    I see Michael and Scott as vulnerable. Kris wasn’t as strong as I thought he would be. I didn’t like Michael’s comments back to Simon.

    Allison has a great future in singing.

    Randy did a nice job mentoring.

  • anijsch

    I take back, what I have said earlier.
    It has been a smart move from Adam to choose today to see how far he can go on Idol.

    ETA:
    I am not sure that the judges pushing Alexis to be more dirty doing her any favor. There will be enough people, who wouldn’t like it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Duke, I like you!

  • bruno

    danny way oversang the song tonight. too many rehearsals belting out the song. his voice was toast.

  • bruno

    It has been a smart move from Adam to choose today to see how far he can go on Idol.

    hmmm, that is an interesting idea. if he’s voted off, i have no doubt the judges would save him.

    but i also think that adam is going to, week after week, march to the sound of a different drummer. he’s not about to conform to what it would take to win idol. he’s going to do whatever the hell we wants to which is why he’ll probably get knocked out around 4th (too late for the judges to save him). he career is beyond idol. idol just gives him the stage to audition for a million other things.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry to hear so much negativity regarding Danny. He has a beautiful voice, in my opinion, and sounded great tonight once he hit the chorus of that song.

    Danny was fine. This wasn’t his best night…by a mile. He’s got a nice voice.

  • cookcricket

    I take back, what I have said earlier.
    It has been a smart move from Adam to choose today to see how far he can go on Idol.

    I didn’t read what you said before, and I haven’t read all of the comments on here, but I do think Adam was testing the waters tonight. I think he’ll be fine, but I didn’t like it.

  • jz

    After listening a few times to Adam’s performance, I conclude that it was very interesting, well-sung (amazing vocals!), unique, extremely strange, a bit sensuous (maybe too much for some idol viewers), and highly entertaining, but not something I would listen to on my free time.
    However, he is definitely, again, the most talked about contestant. Adam’s definitely making a name for himself – which is exactly what I think he wants to do. Good for you Adam! And, he’s got guts, possibly the most out of any contestant ever on Idol.

    However, this performance has no doubt lost him a lot of votes. Next week I think it would benefit him to sing something non-”screamy” and perhaps a bit more “in-there” to show off his amazing voice (a la some stuff he has on youtube). That is, if he wants to be less polarizing. (I love Adam any and all ways though!)

    The best of the night were Anoop (good vocals, but esp. for the improvement factor) and Matt (originality, good vocals), followed closely by Allison (she’s been solid throughout the competition!), Kris (showed off his vocals non-offensively), and possibly (???) Megan (I’m on the fence about her).

    ETA: Adam was not dissing country. The genre is just not how he identifies himself as an artist. At all.

  • skylight1219

    edit: you know better

  • weareallinnocent

    I will have to say that when Adam sang à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ring of Fire,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  I had a visual of Satan and the burning fire.

    Think that had something to do with the fiery background? lol And, against Danny’s angel white jacket (singing “Jesus take the wheel…”) is EXACTLY the picture the simpleton producers want to paint. (Insert Eyeroll Here — how ’bout a tad of subtlety 19E (and Fox)?)

  • SpenserJ

    Whew – I can’t read this many comments, but I really did try. My random thoughts:

    Adam cracks me up with his crazy accessories. I loved that he was cool with the fact that he was never going to Nashville. I wasn’t in awe of his performance, but it was entertaining and his vocals were good. Allison has a great voice, and she’s fun to watch, she just doesn’t move me to vote for her. I’m quite fond of Alexis, but I thought she was a bit meh tonight. Just not feelin’ it so much.

    This was the first night I really noticed Kris. Possibly because he sang a song I already have affection for. He sounded just plain lovely. I have no love for Scott or Matt. The piano boys bore me to tears, which is odd, since I typically like piano boys.

    I’m already bored with hearing myself talk about Gokey. I want to punch him – no going back now.

    Here’s where I cite my most unpopular opinions: Megan has an incredibly odd voice – but I love it. I can’t help it. Sarver seems to be a favorite online whipping boy, but I love him too. He’s got a good voice; he sang a difficult song well; and well, I have to admit, I’m just a sucker for a great smile. While I thought Lil started out pretty weak, I believe she finished strong. To me, she has a great voice, tons of a charisma and a really fun personality.

    Lastly, I thought Anoop redeemed himself well tonight. That was a beautiful rendition of that song. Vocally, he was strong, and the new haircut was awesome.

    I was quite taken aback by all of the contestant chatter tonight during the judging. So many of them seemed to do it. I was even yelling at the ones I like to just shut their stinkin’ traps. I’m starting to wonder if that back-talking/explaining is being encouraged by the producers or if it’s just plain nerves? Either way, it was weird to me.

  • skylight1219

    In Season 4, they did the “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock-n-Roll with Bo and Carrie. I guess if Danny and Adam are the final 2, they might want the angel, devil contrast.

  • http://ww.yahoo.com nailspluscross

    I think Danny won’t be in trouble this week because of his strong fanbase- The Evangelicals or faithbased folks…and I think he is just being true to His self…like Mandisa few season’s ago…

    Adam- gay communty were voting for him until their fingers bled…its their gay pride… :devil_tb:

    Anoop- gilrs were voting for him.. :grin1_ee:

    Megan- guys were voting for her because she is so stunning…huh…

    Scott- He is an inspiration whether we like it or not…this is one of the reasons why America is tuning their Tv on Fox….

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m starting to wonder if that back-talking/explaining is being encouraged by the producers or if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just plain nerves?

    I think they’re being encouraged to do it. We can’t very well eliminate them all if they all do it.

  • amnicr

    My faves of the night::: Adam, Anoop, Kris

    I felt Matt’s vocals, though heartfelt, were a bit weak… as were Gokeys. Alison did well but seemed a little shouty. I want her to tone it down some. Alexis disappointed me tonight. Scott I never felt was a strong singer whatsoever. The piano is a big crutch for him. Michael had good effort but fell flat. Megan was interesting. I didn’t mind her performance really. I kinda like her style…

    As for the 3 favorites of mine tonight… Kris and Anoop surprised me because they both finally proved that they can legitimately sing. I love Kris’s tone to his voice. It probably had to take a lot of guts for him to just come out there, no piano, so stripped down of an arrangement. Anoop on the other hand, I was so happy to hear him like that. No gimmicks, no dancing, no trying to please the crowd. Just him. It was great.

    And as for Mr. Adam Lambert……I have never been so intrigued by a contestant before. His arrangement and interpretation of “Ring of Fire” blew me away. I didn’t know if I should be freaked out by it or not, but the longer I watched him the more uh…….weirdly turned on … and impressed by his vocals I got. That kid has a range on him. It’s ridiculous. I got a definite “Muse” vibe off of the performance and it worked for me.

  • jz

    Danny is still the one to beat in this competition.
    I am a bit surprised at the size of his fanbase, though. Cleeeaaar lead on DI!

  • lg

    Allison was the best girl, but I thought she had a little too much vibrato going on in the verses. Lil was second best. I can’t believe she didn’t receive more props from the judges. I love the little shades of her gospel self that spilled over into that song. Alexis did not do justice to Jolene. Not at all. She should’ve kept with the original musical arrangement and just sung the damn song straight up; she tried to put her own spin on it, but you just don’t mess with that song.

    Once again, I think Danny Gokey was very good, but didn’t manage to outdo Matt.

    Ring of Fire by Adam Lambert…hell yeah, I’d download it.

  • http://ww.yahoo.com nailspluscross

    ANyways, in my opinion Adam is being disrespectful to Opry- He should sang a ballad and not shouting and too much belting….huh… :wacko_tb:

  • soundscene

    regardless of what you may think of adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance, his vocals were just amazing. not many singers period could do what he did tonight. the range and the absolute control.

    I think it depends on what you care about in terms of vocals. If it’s just range and control than Adam is fantastic, but I don’t care at all for his tone, or how he sounds in his upper register (which comes off as screamy). Sure, he’s perfectly on pitch and hitting the notes, he transitions from low to high very well, but I get little enjoyment from hearing it. I much prefer a rounder, fuller sound. His vocals sound thin. That, more than is tendency to go OTT, is why he’s not exciting for me.

  • bean99

    I thought Danny was okay tonight but hate the song in general. I thought Kris showed his voice more tonight but he’s still so boring and unmemorable. Michael was fine but it wasn’t the best song choice. Allison was so good and also Alexis. I don’t get the judges sometimes. Simon says she was too much like the original. Has he ever heard that song? They also said she should do what they like about her but if she did they’d say she should change things up. You can’t win and I think that’s why she’s in danger. I’d hate for her or Allison to go. I’d much rather see Megan, Kris, Michael, or even Scott who I like go before them.

    I’m actually surprised at how strangely horrible Adam was tonight. I think you’d have to be a fan to like it and he certainly wouldn’t have won someone over with it. I didn’t like Dilana’s version which was similar but at least it was just boring. :blink_tb:

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    Adam disrespected the country music genre tonight. What a rude, spoiled child he is. Having said that, I think Adam’s performance was the best thing I’ve seen on TV in years.

    I liked Alexis, Allison and Anoop very much.

    Randy Travis was a hellava good mentor. It must have been tough to work with 11 contestants. I like that Randy said he watches the show.

  • CathyMK

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m voting for Adam here, smack dab in the Mid-America bible belt buckle. But, sadly, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve received only a handful of busy signals, so ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s no surprise Dial Idol is where it is.

    I think the “record-breaking” vote totals that we’ve heard about each week are due to them having many more phone lines this year. My daughter and I have voted for the whole 2 hours on 2 phone lines each week, usually for one of the front runners, and we’ve barely gotten any busy signals. Last year I always got many busy signals, even voting for someone who went home that week.

    Kristen Miller’s arrangement of Ring of Fire seems closer to Adam’s and Dilana’s than Wall of Voodoo’s. Much more Middle eastern sounding. My husband spent the last hour listening to Ring of Fire snippets to find it!

    http://www.rhapsody.com/kristen-miller

  • mocha

    I agree with the posters mentioning the Angel vs Devil contrast between Danny and Adam. I too think that the producers are loving this and will play it up to the hilt as long as they can. Let’s face it, except for Meghan, the rest of the contestants are pretty boring personalities.

  • cookcricket

    Lastly, I thought Anoop redeemed himself well tonight. That was a beautiful rendition of that song. Vocally, he was strong, and the new haircut was awesome.

    I’m pretty sure I noticed this haircut last week. I IMO, it was the performance that made him stand out this week.

    P.S. Matt, stop ending your songs on the falsetto. However, he’s still up there w/ Kris for me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    My question, Simon Cowell, is how the HELL was Adam indulgent, but Scott and Matt weren’t? Double standards IRK me.

  • Calliope

    I am not a huge Adam fan, but I really enjoyed that. It was like he did Johnny Cash in the style of Jeff Buckley’s Dream Brother. I might actually get the mp3.

  • primeminister

    P.S. Matt, stop ending your songs on the falsetto. However, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still up there w/ Kris for me.

    I second that. His falsetto is probably my least favorite part of his voice (he never does it on key), and yet he chooses to torture us with it EVERY SINGLE FREAKING WEEK.

    Matt, I like you, but please learn. Thanks.

  • sue

    So guys who is going home?? Sarver or Scotty?
    I am torn, both of them will probably be in the bottom along with Adam and Alexis for shock value.

    Well Adam was a bit strange but I kinda like it after listening to it again. He does make you want to see what he will do next.

    I LURVE Anoopie tonight, he looked so cute too.

    Kris and Matt was pretty good too.

    Megan was the best girl tonight, she sound great.

    Lil was boring and I didn’t like Alexis nor Allison’s performance at all.

    Oh I love Scott’s comeback about “bringing the piano closer to the audience”, lol. Scott look good tonight too but he may be booted off. Hmmmm

    Decisions decisions, who will go Sarver or Scotty???

  • weareallinnocent

    I’m not a big believer in DialIdol, because if AI wanted to, they could skew it just by opening more lines for someone — DialIdol scores are drawn from a formula based on busy signals. More lines, fewer busy signals.

    That said, assuming Gokey’s scores are pure, they signal to me that the far right must believe that, if Gokey wins, they can take back the White House. What other explanation could there be? :-P

  • oceana

    Yeah, Adam is an artist, but I think I don’t care for the art that he produces. Yeah technically he can do things with his voice, but I don’t think I like what he creates.

    There’s something that seems almost evil about him when he sings. He has a sweet smile when he’s not singing, but I don’t want to go where he’s taking me.

    What he did tonight might have worked in a play where he was playing a ghost or demon, but what did it mean in terms of reaching human beings? He showed off his range and technical skills, and he definitely can shock and be different, but what is the overall effect? Creepy and strange, I think.

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  • PokeSmot

    Watching live on the West Coast and I gotta say STFU Simon!!!!

    Allrighty, I’m going to be honest and say I DO NOT like or love country music and of the five contestants that have sang tonight, I only knew Johnny Cash’s tune (pathetic, I know). So, with that said……I LOOOOOOOOVE YOU, ALLISON & for the very first time (and I kinda hope the last, cuz I don’t want to have to vote for him) ADAM!! They were both cool versions and if they came on the radio, I wouldn’t change the station. They ROCKED the Country :clap_tb:

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    If Alexis leaves, I’ll be effing annoyed. I had other stuff to do and couldn’t keep voting. Sigh.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Beauty is objective. That is, an object has a finite amount of beauty. Understanding the true beauty of an object or a song comes from knowlege. Beauty itself is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the ability of the beholder to appreciate the beauty that exists.

  • mar_4DC

    Been lurking only this season so far trying to get a feel for everybody. I have to say the only one that has caused any reaction for me good or bad is Adam, and unfortunately it’s not good. I thought his performance tonight was a train wreck, my husband was in the other room while he was singing and said OMG, WTF is that noise!! It’s nothing personal but I just can’t get past the overacting and cabaret/theatrical vibe. My measure of trying to determine the next Idol is imagining the individual recording an album of their own. When I apply that measure to Adam I come up with nothing. I had the same reaction to Taylor Hicks winning also, loved him as a person but couldn’t imagine a market for his music., jmho.

  • moody

    I don’t want to hear Adam sing that song ever again. That was all kinds of wrong.

    On the other hand there were several good performances tonight, a nice surprise.

  • sparklesgirl2

    lefty
    Mar 17th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    My favorite Kara moment of the night so far? When she told Alexis she should have picked a song with à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“more angstà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ um, could there be a more angst-filled song than à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Joleneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ?

    (Although IMO Alexis could have sung it with more angstà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦)

    Totally agree… “Before He Cheats” or “Last Name”? Throwing up in mouth. (Actually, I think Alexis did BHC in Hollywood week.) BHC is the number one karaoke song these days, at least where I go to karaoke. Kara’s idea of an angsty song = ridiculous.

    Jolene is a great song. I wanted Alexis so badly to knock it out of the park, but she was just so-so. Still doesn’t deserve to go home though.

  • silverbabe

    Few comments on Adam…

    The boy can blow…vocally, i mean..hehe.. Seriously, he’s the smartest contestant in the history of Idol. For the second week in a row, he’s the most talked about singer. Love him or hate him, everyone is talking about him. For me, his performance was sensual, sexy, smoldering..and HOTT!! I think the temperature in my apt. went up a few degrees after it was over.

    Look, he know who he is, he knows he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. He also knows that of all musical genres, country is his weakest. LIke someone else said, he’s testing the waters..pushing all Idol boundaries and probably flirting dangerously with censorship regulations. I think he’ll tone down his freak flag for a few weeks after tonight, and as the season progresses we will slowly get some glimpses of the Glam Queen that he is. Do I see him coming out in full drag, not a chance in hell..but can you imagine the ratings if he did?

    Finally (I know i’m totally rambling), I disagree with those that say he’s connecting with the performance, not the song. Look at the songs he’s sung on the Idol stage. I felt his every word of Black & White, the message he conveyed was loud and clear. Tonight, same thing. I think the smart thing for him to do is sing some sort of ballad and show how he can really connect without the visual theatrics. My absolute favorite video of him is him singing “What’s up”..check it out. The way he sang that song changed the way I think and feel about music itself. Can’t say that about any other Idol contestant, ever.

    Shutting up now….

  • abbysee

    Beauty is objective. That is, an object has a finite amount of beauty. Understanding the true beauty of an object or a song comes from knowlege. Beauty itself is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the ability of the beholder to appreciate the beauty that exists.

    Damn, that was good!

  • oceana

    I love Rufus Wainwright’s “Ring of Fire”. Tomorrow I’ll have to go on Idol and hear some of the versions mentioned here. But none of them will be as horrendous as Adam’s, I bet. :)

  • Tony

    The boy can blowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦vocally, i mean..hehe.. Seriously, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the smartest contestant in the history of Idol. For the second week in a row, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the most talked about singer. Love him or hate him, everyone is talking about him.

    Reminds me of Sanjaya.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m still scared, Terrie. Ill be voting for the next 2 hrs. Anyone one with unlimited texts find it worth it??!! i might be changing my plan to vote for the guy every week.

    Duke, I have unlimited texts and not just for AI. But it definitely does help when I vote and it’s totally worth it. No busies, every vote goes through. The only thing I hate is that the iphone doesn’t have a resend button so I have to type in “vote” every time.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    I loved Adam’s Ring Of Fire. Just watched again at Rickey’s. Vocals were on point. I think it was more Siouxsie-esque than Rufus. Just sayin.

  • weareallinnocent

    My criticism of Adam is that he’s trying too hard to learn the cameras, how to work them. He’s overdoing that, and tonight it was distracting. Otherwise, I totally got his performance and I’m enjoying watching it again on youtube. Not everyone will enjoy him, but I do.

  • BootStar

    And as for Mr. Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦I have never been so intrigued by a contestant before. His arrangement and interpretation of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ring of Fireà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  blew me away. I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know if I should be freaked out by it or not, but the longer I watched him the more uhà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.weirdly turned on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ and impressed by his vocals I got. That kid has a range on him. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s ridiculous. I got a definite à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Museà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  vibe off of the performance and it worked for me.

    Yes!!! Muse and Jeff Buckley and a little Hoosiers in there as well. Not your typical Idol fare AT ALL, but I’m guessing that performance will be getting a lot of buzz tomorrow, and that “key demographic” that doesn’t normally watch Idol will be on You Tube viewing it over and over again. My DS came into the room just to see who was singing what, and he wasn’t familiar with the original at all, but Adam definitely got his attention.

    And FWIW, I didn’t think Adam was disrespecting “country music” (which I guess deserves more reverence than Almighty God at his point, LOL) at all. Randy Travis (whom I used to love) didn’t have the most welcoming comments to make about him, so I don’t think Adam should be expected to embrace a genre that has no place for him. He was very respectful of both RT and the judges’ critiques though.

    Re Megan, she has a very cool voice but she sings off-key!!! I was cringing through the entire performance. But she’s gorgeous, I’ll give her that!

  • mahrikka

    I really had decided to take a break from AI this year. Adam is the reason I didn’t, and he did not disappoint. I’m more enchanted each week. I love music that takes me to unexpected places, and Adam gave me a taste of this tonight. I would love to hear a longer version.

  • maracaibo

    Matt G did so awesome! I felt what he was singing…

    Finally he got the credit he deserved.. I still think he is not TCO (Danny anyone?) but I don’t care. I just hope he lasts a long long time.

  • http://myspace.com hgzaj

    Can someone please tell my why Alexis Grace is on the bottom of DialIdol?!

    HELLO WHERE ARE HER FANS!!?

    I power voted hand and foot for her tonight. Apparently y’all didnt.
    I can’t believe it…..if she goes home I am going to be SOOOOOOO mad……

    The judges are most definitely being unfair to her. She didn’t give a perfect performance tonight, but last week? They didn’t give her anywhere NEAR the credit she deserved.

    Disappointing.
    And the judges should be absolutely ASHAMED if they did not use the save on her if she leaves.

  • adamandeva

    Tonight proved Adam can literally do any genre and either make it his unique own or sing the bejeezus out of it. I am dying for him to sing “What’s Up?” by Four Non Blondes. His youtube video is beautiful. OMG, and if they did a broadway night, I want to hear him just completely make “Defying Gravity” his own! An iconic female broadway tune, done by Adam Lambert. Brilliant.

    Judging by the comment count on here and on Rickey’s and other Idol sites, Adam is the most talked about. That’s what this show is about…vocal Talent and entertainment! And Adam definitely has both.

  • cheese

    I actually enjoyed that more than last week’s show.

    LOVED:
    Anoop – FINALLY! Gorgeous voice with none of that goaty, breathy, nasally stuff I hate. Thank you for calming the hell down.
    Adam – Weird and awesome. It seems I much prefer Adam in one place humping a mic stand to prancing around the stage. The shirt lifting is also >>>> crotch rubbing. Yay. This might be as subtle as Adam gets during his run. I’ll take it.

    Liked – Kris, Allison, Alexis

    Matt was OK, everyone else seemed off to me. Danny looked so ridiculous in that jacket, I sort of want him to be forced to wear it every week.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Reminds me of Sanjaya.

    Except, he can sing circles around Sanjaya, every day of the fucking week, plus 10.

    Sanjaya, while I heart him, didn’t get anywhere based on his voice. Adam is where he is because he can sing.

  • PokeSmot

    Alexis, you made that song…um, maybe, not your own….You made it CHER’s!!! :blink_tb: Really, that performance and arrangement was not very good :thumbdown_tb:

    Wow, this is getting kinda boring. I think I’ll start reading all of y’all’s comments (cuz y’all can bring the hilarious).
    ————————————-
    Peace Out Y’all & Poke Smot :smoke_tb:

  • Natasha

    Holy hell, Adam was incredible. It was exciting, it was raw, it was epic, it was radical, it was totally iconoclastic, it was sensual – and all of it was on Idol. That’s the part I can’t get over. Did that just happen on Idol?

    As for Simon, I don’t think he knows what the hell he’s talking about. Lol.

  • tierbee

    I still don’t know how I feel about Adam’s song but… he’s magnetic, can’t stop watching him. My husband and I both were intrigued, disturbed, and admiring him all at the same time. He’s something else. I think I might love him a little more than a little, which is how much I loved him last week.

    Kris, despite being about 1/2 my height, is adorable. And I thought he did very well tonight and just kept it simple and did a nice job.

    And YAY! My Anoop is back! Love his voice. Are his eyebrows shrinking? He’s precious.

    I went back and forth on Matt’s performance. I liked it… didn’t love it. I don’t know if it is nerves that kick him into that vibrato? It gets away from him sometimes.

    I didn’t like Michael, thought if felt like he was chasing the song. Alexis was ok, Allison did a pretty good job, I wasn’t feeling Lil but then again I adore Martina and that’s tough to live up to. Lil needs to shhhh just a bit. Though I found myself laughing at that asshat Simon’s “Little? Can I talk?” Snort.

    Scott is sweet, pleasant voice, sounds like he’s singing the same thing every week. Though his moving the piano closer comment made me spit out my drink. Thanks, Scott. That was funny.

    Megan… eh, I don’t know. My husband loves her, of course. She’s one beautiful girl. She’s definitely different.

    I know I’m forgetting a lot of people but really it was Adam in a love/hate/weirdly sexy hot sort of way, and Kris & Anoop with simple and sweet vocals that stand out for me tonight. And Kris was kinda wallpaper to me before tonight but he definitely stood out.

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    Chalk me up as another who totally dug the Velvet Goldmine meets Moulin Rouge Ring of Fire, courtesy of Adam. Honey I loved you before but that song has me completely sold. And I don’t think he showed disrespect for the Opry. I think that tone had more to do with Simon’s completely worthless advice not to go the country route.

    Danny makes me nauseated. Pimps a dead wife and Jeebus. Blech.

  • Tony

    Alexis is last on Dial Idol? Well, there goes the Final Four Fix theory.

  • New York Avon Lady

    Comment of the night was when Kara said to Matt ” there’s nothing about you that’s small “. I was like WTF Kara ??? Do you know something we don’t know ??? LOL….

  • http://absinthedreamers.blogspot.com/ Starrlight

    Gah, just saw the Muse comment! I TOTALLY agree!

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    I guess because I started off not lovin’ Adam, I’m happy with him so far. I mean, I think he’s a breath of fresh air. And because he’s not singing Cher every night, I’m impressed. He seems to have a rich knowledge of music, and pfffft to the idea that he wasn’t respecting country by re-doing the song. That’s just crazy talk, but YMMV. I know that Loretta was probably mighty happy that Jack White came along and made her relevant. Sometimes it’s good to change things up!

    ETA: I voted some for Allison and Alexis. Sometimes life gets in the way and you can’t power vote. Or, it’s just boring. LOL. I think they both deserve to stay over others. We shall see. I think the judges will save a girl.

  • bean99

    Once I saw Alexis and Allison were in trouble I changed my dialidol to both of them.

    I know you don’t all agree and it would be boring if we did but I haven’t hated a performance as much as I did Adams since KLC’s horrendous “8 Days a Week”.

  • PokeSmot

    All right, Judges… STOP THE PIMPIN! Danny was NOT good, he was not great, he SUCKED!!! Oh, Anoop Dawg is next…can’t wait…..

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Oh, and someone asked in chat why anyone would do a Nine Inch Nails version (per Randy) of Johnny Cash. Well, look in the reverse and see the beauty that is Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt.”

    I wouldn’t really call it a NIN version, though. Randy was closest, though.

    ETA:

    Alexis is last on Dial Idol? Well, there goes the Final Four Fix theory.

    How so? It’s just DI. She hasn’t been eliminated yet and they could save her. LOL.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    I think Adam keeps Bandzilla on their toes — and they must absolutely love it.

    Just as professional musicians cheered when Elliott Yamin sang Moody’s Mood for Love with jazzlike precision, Adam raises the level of musicality whenever he performs — and he’s about way more than the drama. If you listen to the arrangements they give him, there are so many instrumental flourishes that I never heard on AI before.

    Think about all the performers who had problems hearing their own voices on that stage. Then listen to the first notes of Ring of Fire before Adam begins to sing. It’s basically a very spare rhythm section with a fretless bass guitar providing the only musical tones, which makes it infinitely harder for a vocalist to find the right starting pitch. Adam made it seem effortless. His musicality is undeniable.

  • NOLA

    Menzel
    Mar 17th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    Not sure if anyone else has posted this but Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of Ring of Fire was done by Dilana on Rockstar a few years back.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whtQZJ7R3EU

    THAT’s where I’ve seen that before!!!!!!! I knew it looked familiar.
    Thanks Menzel! Loved Dilana.

  • adamandeva

    Ironically, I found Danny’s performance tonight, shouty mcshouterson and indulgent nonsense. Everything about Danny just gives me the creeps. And I think he definitely gets the most over-praising of all the contestants. More than Lil and more than Adam. And it’s totally un-deserved.

  • yummystars

    I was sure I was not going to get into Idol this season but here I am into it. I’m back on track with Anoop and I’m finally getting Megan. She is reminding me of one of the great female background singers from Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks. She’s got that cool sexy rockabilly jazzy thing all goin’ on. And sick as she was, pretty darn good.

    Adam may not be everyone’s cuppa tea but he’s a breath of fresh air IMO. And has such vocal chops, wow.

    Kris and Matt were pretty good too. Actually no one was really awful. I guess Scott would be the weakest contender but I have to say I’m glad for him that he’s there.

    If Alexis isn’t showing well on Dial Idol it’s because her performance was this uneasy blend of country and whatever else. She’s awesome but this wasn’t really her night.

  • baxter

    Well for what it’s worth I loved Adam tonight. I have been meh on him but tonight I loved it. Dude can sing. Not only that but he goes places that no one else would dare and I love him for that. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him for fear I was going to miss something. Thank you Adam for actually sparking my interest in Idol this year.

    Jesus…err…Douchbag…err..Hokey Gokey….whatever the hell his name is…just get off my tv. I noticed that after he pimped the hell out of the deceased wife he now no longer wears the ring. Thinking maybe he can steal those PYT’s from Kris now that they are all heartbroken about his wife??? He just creeps me the hell out. And that jacket…shudders. Between that jacket and Cook’s Adam Ant circa 1981 white mistake last year, if I ever see another white jacket onthis show I think I may throw something at my tv.

    LOVED Anoop Dawg tonight. Nice comeback and well deserved praise.

    I thought Lil was flat throughout most of her song.

    Alexis….DO NOT LISTEN TO KARA.

    I don’t think Pauler timed her meds correctly tonight. They seemed to wear off too soon. She was coherent until about the last 45 mins of the show. Then she went off the rails.

    I admit it. I do not get Megan. AT ALL.

    Have they told the Idols to talk back this year??? Me no likey. Shut up, take the comments (good or bad) smile, say thank you and leave.

    WOrst look of the night has to go to Randy Travis’ wife…EEK!!

  • OmahaCookie

    Question: Do 10 idols always tour? So if Alexis (just for example) were to have the lowest numbers, and the judges decided to save her tomorrow night, would 9 or 11 go on tour?

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    pj Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I loved Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Ring Of Fire. Just watched again at Rickeyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s. Vocals were on point. I think it was more Siouxsie-esque than Rufus. Just sayin.

    pj, can you believe that we finally have an AI contestant even remotely reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux or Rufus Wainwright? Maybe Morrissey will show up as a mentor during New Wave week. :happy_tb:

  • SpenserJ

    Adam disrespected the country music genre tonight. What a rude, spoiled child he is. Having said that, I think Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance was the best thing Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen on TV in years.

    I really wasn’t getting the disrespectful vibe. I thought he was totally admitting he didn’t fit in the genre and was joking about it in a more self deprecating way than in the “this music sucks so I’m not going to sing it” kind of way. Mileage varies, and it’s all good :)

    Randy Travis was a hellava good mentor. It must have been tough to work with 11 contestants. I like that Randy said he watches the show.

    Totally agree. I thought Randy was a most gracious and kind mentor. He had a lot of really good comments. Like some others seem to be, it appeared that Randy was completely turned off by the bastardization of that Johnny Cash song. And, although he let it be known that it wasn’t his cup of tea, he ended his comments with positive thoughts about Adam. I thought that was a really classy way of handling something you don’t quite like that much.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m pretty sure I noticed this haircut last week. I IMO, it was the performance that made him stand out this week.

    Thanks Cookcricket. I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes and I appreciate the heads up :lol_wp:

    Beauty is objective. That is, an object has a finite amount of beauty. Understanding the true beauty of an object or a song comes from knowlege. Beauty itself is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the ability of the beholder to appreciate the beauty that exists.

    A lovely sentiment, but alas I must disagree. You know I love ya’ MrRJ, but I’m still down with the idea of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Beauty exists where you find it, and it matters not if the whole world disagrees with you. I’m oddly comforted by the fact that others find the beauty in things that I find repulsive. It takes the pressure off of me to look for the good things, when someone else will kindly do it for me.

  • ShariG

    bean99, once again I agree with you completely. I personally think Adam was trying to do a “Billie Jean” kind of thing with “Ring of Fire”. It was risky and you have to give him props for that. It was one of those things Simon says could have been awful or amazing. To me it was awful. That does not mean I don’t like him. Just didn’t like his performance this week. He still has crazy range and is a fantastic performer. The song tonight was just creepy rather than brilliant.

    Over all tonight, I agree with several other posters who said Kris, Allison, Anoop, and Matt gave the best performances of the night. I thought the weakest were Michael, Megan, Scott, and Adam with Lil, Alexis, and Danny somewhere in the middle. Country week always seems to upset the apple cart so to speak. It will be interesting to see who goes home. If I am honest, I would hate to have Adam, Danny, Alexis, or Lil eliminated tonight because I would enjoy seeing all of them on tour next summer. If any of those four were eliminated by the vote, I hope the judges do use their save to bring them back. Kris, Allison, Anoop, and Matt all gave performances that in my opinion are worthy of the support of voters and they deserve to stay in the competition. So, I guess if someone has to go, my guess is that it will be Michael, Scott, or Megan and the competition would survive just fine without any of those three without missing a beat. It would feel like a bigger hole if some of the others were eliminated. It is the top 11 and they are all good at this point..

  • LK09

    Just finished watching on TIVO. I thought Lil was one of the worst of the night. I like Alexis, but she didn’t stand out. Anoop was much better, but I think the judges gave him more credit than they should have just because they had low expectations. Scott is sweet and I like him. He also has great piano skills, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Matt, who IMO was the best of the night. Adam…. was seriously weird, but he has a very unique thing going, as Megan does, and I could see a unique place for him in the music world. Michael is comfortable in country music, but overall, I don’t think he is that strong. Allison is strong every week. Danny was weaker in the opening of his song. I think whoever said that didn’t mean that it should be loud, but that it should be strong and have feeling. The last part was good, but as I have always felt, he doesn’t have all that much star quality. He would probably do well in Christian music. Kris is a bit of a weak singer in the lower and upper range, but he is charming and cute and had feeling in his song.

  • http://inkdbylilyanna.com carolina

    I can’t believe Alexis Grace is at the bottom on Dial Idol.

    Well, I guess I can but it’s a HUGE MISTAKE.

    (hey girls and guys ! )

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    pj, can you believe that we finally have an AI contestant even remotely reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux or Rufus Wainwright? Maybe Morrissey will show up as a mentor during New Wave week.

    Terrie, indeed! The fact that we are having this discussion rocks. :-)

    I am not ready to lose Allison or Alexis though. Sigh.

    ETA: I feel bad for Alexis. She did change the song up, but it didn’t work as well as it could have. She was still way better than some of the others (Sarver, Scott, Lil, Danny), etc. Sigh.

  • idealistic03

    megan-people are being too hard on her…i think lots of people are not yet ready to embrace “new” idol persona bcoz many still think that only belters deserve to be in the show..c’mon open up your mind…megan has a talent but it’s hard to see coz she never got any training and experience and it’s hard to see her talent bcoz people judge her before she started singing..

    matt-simon is right that he don’t get the credits he deserve..yah kara always say that he is her fave but didn’t get (OA) comments like wat she gave to adam, lil, danny…matt like megan has talent but needs to learn how to control his voice and avoid getting too much excited…

    alexis-megan is my fave for d girls but since alot of people are hating her i decided to have another bet and it’s alexis…but after hearing jolene i guess i still like brooke better…kara plssss stop pushing her to go on diiirrrrtttyyyy…she’s no christina a.,i like alexis better when she’s soulful…

    danny-no comment…never like him anyway..i’m not sold to his performance the way i was impressed with cookie and johns last season…

    adam-seems to be a good guy but not a fan…

    kris-probably the jason castro of the season…

    anoop-thank God he’s back in the competetion but i think he’s a bit arrogant probably bcoz he’s an only child…but like him anyway

  • lefty

    My husband thought Adam sounded like what Jim Morrison might have done to that song.

    That’s bizarre … my husband said EXACTLY the same thing!

    (but we hated it anyway)

    My faves for the night:

    Matt, Kris, and Anoop. In that order.

    eta: I agree with those who thought that Randy Travis was a good mentor. I was particularly impressed that he seemed to have actually watched some of their prior performances (or it seemed like he had based on some of his comments).

  • Tony

    Not sure if anyone else has posted this but Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of Ring of Fire was done by Dilana on Rockstar a few years back.

    SHHHHHH! Adam is innovative. Dilana went to the future and stole that from him.

  • http://inkdbylilyanna.com carolina

    Ok, stirring the pot —

    Danny is going to win. I.just.know.it.

  • Jackfan143

    Matt was awesome and I didn’t hear any notes out of key. Anoop and Kris rocked too but Adam was one hot mess. That was the worse thing i have ever seen. I agree with Simon what was that?

  • baxter

    Someone a couple pages back made the comment that Danny seemed to muddle along just waiting till the big finish. That’s exactly what I said in chat. The first 2/3 of the song were all kinds of pitchy and he was just getting thru it till he could hit the big notes. The entitled vibe just seems to pore off of him….IMHO….and I don’t get the justification for it.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    SHHHHHH! Adam is innovative. Dilana went to the future and stole that from him.

    I thought he said he found a different version? No, he did say that. Ahem. Perhaps Dilana did too. ;-) Either way, I thought his was way more riveting. YMMV.

  • PokeSmot

    Anoop, you wuz good, DAWG!!!

    Megan, megan, megan…I’m sssooooo disappointed. I so wanted to hear you sing Patsy, but, you sucked all the soul outta Patsy!!! I’m gonna go sit in the corner and cry!! And that dress made you look like a Hoochie!! Fire your stylist!!

    And last, but, not least, Matt G….what’s up with all the dudes singing Carrie songs? (bite him Paula) Matt, that was kinda boring; I’m changing the radio station.

    Well, this nite was very eye-opening for me. I enjoyed performers/performances that I was not expecting to like. Randy, STFU, that was not that great!

    I’m off to vote for Allison, Adam and Anoop…and, I’ll throw a couple to Kris…he was very good.

    ——————————
    Peace Out Y’all :smoke_tb:

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Hi Baxter…..You are making me fall into that ring of fire….

  • Caffiend

    West Coaster here…Wow, this was a damned fine show. Not a trainwreck performance among them. I think I might have underestimated this group. Their baseline is quite high. There’s a lot of ability here. And a lot of room to grow.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    To me Megan is to singing what a painting of Elvis on velvet is to art.

  • adamandeva

    Danny probably will win. Or Matt. I think both actually need winning this show to be successful more than Adam does. Adam just needed this bit of nationwide coverage. I think he is set for his career when the game is over, AI crown or not.

  • AnoopFan

    Matt was easily the worst for me tonight.
    I disagree completley with Simon.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Caffiend, I agree with you, the talent level tonight seemed to grow by leaps and bounds from last week.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    pj Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I am not ready to lose Allison or Alexis though. Sigh.

    My favorites are Adam, Allison and Alexis. I think Allison has been consistently excellent and I find her charming. Why doesn’t she have a ginormous fan base?

    Dial Idol was wrong last week. Maybe it’s Scott’s turn to leave?

  • kerfuffle

    My 3 favorite tonight (in first-name alphabetical order) are: Adam, Kris and Matt. I also liked Allison and Anoop (Yay!) a lot. Megan was pretty good, too.

  • Tony

    I thought he said he found a different version? No, he did say that. Ahem. Perhaps Dilana did too. ;-) Either way, I thought his was way more riveting. YMMV.

    That didn’t stop people from calling him innovative.

  • Qzar99

    Adam’s performance was ridiculous and not in a good way. I didn’t get it, but that’s just me. I admit he’s very talented, but I just don’t see him being a “superstar” in the sense of selling millions of records.

    As for Meghan, I don’t think she’s really “current” as the judges keep saying; I think she’s more of a throwback. She sounds really 1940′s to me. I like it, but she’s not my favorite.

    I heart Anoop! Haha! His style is more the style I listen to and would by albums of. Do I think he’s gonna win? Probably not, cuz I haven’t chosen a winner since Ruben. =)

  • SpenserJ

    but after hearing jolene i guess i still like brooke betterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I adore Brooke, and her Jolene still resides on my iPod, but I thought Alexis did a totally respectable rendition of the song. It just wasn’t as good as she’s previously been, so I was kind of disappointed (not however disappointed enough to be okay with her going home tomorrow!). I still want to keep her for a while. And, little Spens thinks she looks like Tinkerbelle, so she would miss her a lot.

    Danny is going to win. I.just.know.it.

    Caro my friend, please do not torment me in that fashion.

    Oh, and yes Baxter, you are correct about the Gokey. He craps his way through 2/3 of the song annoying me with his stupid glasses and hideous facial hair just waiting to give us his big moment with his awesome glory notes. That is the reason that when I do punch him in the face, it’s going to be really, really hard.

    ETA:

    To me Megan is to singing what a painting of Elvis on velvet is to art.

    As a Megan lover, I must say that’s some funny shit right there.

    Oh, and one more thing, for those of you not liking Matt ending his songs on his “falsetto”…. well, that’s because it’s not actually falsetto, but a seriously wonky note that has no business on national television. Just sayin.

  • LK09

    Although Alexis didn’t have a great standout performance, it would be wrong if she went home.

  • ajsays

    COUGH COUGH :yell_tb: > CAW CAW :jittery_tb:

  • jammasta

    West coaster…

    Michael – Not terrible, but I’m disappointed. I like the guy and hope he makes it, though that seems improbable :(.
    Allison – Why is she always so low on Dialidol? She’s awesome.
    Kris – WTF, where did that good performance come from? Dark horse? Reminds me of Jason Castro in a way. Very good, one of the best.
    Lil – Not bad…. not good. Not a bad performance, but by her standards, not so great.
    Adam – What. The. Hell. Was. That?! I agree with Simon there. I was on the fence at first because he is overrated in my opinion, but then I started to like him. After this performance… Ugh, he took it too far. Creepy. But unique, I’ll give him that. Still, it was pretty crappy. At least he’s through and can pick it up next week :D.
    Scott – He was okay, kinda meh tonight.
    Alexis – I thought she was good. I’m worried about her tonight, apparently she’s in danger! NO! STAY!
    Danny – Not as bad as other people are saying. People do love to hate him and the extent of the hate comments here has me quite PO’d eople talk like they want to kill him. Seriously, what the hell?. It’s gone way too ****ing far). Sure, he was…. ick and pimped, but he wasn’t terrible.
    Anoop – He’s back and better than ever. Damn great.
    Megan – This was the Megan I loved during her audition. Great choice. Good performance. Get better soon.
    Matt – Weird choice, but the BEST OF THE NIGHT! I totally agree with Simon’s end comment, he did outsing Danny tonight. Lil/Matt 09.

    The best were Kris, Anoop, Matt, and Megan.

    Everyone else was good to meh. The worst of the night was Adam. Just too much, felt indulgent, did NOT feel right at all. If he pulls off another one of these types of performances anytime soon, I hope he goes. He can be over the top, but he went too far with this one. Lil and Danny were also not good, but only for their standards. Heh, ironic, my top 3 all kinda… sucked tonight.

    Michael, Alexis, and Scott are probably the bottom 3. I feel bad for Scott, it doesn’t seem like there’d be much else he could do other than piano and singing…. His lack of versatility may hurt him. If he stays, hopefully he changes it up next week. Michael could have been good. I wouldn’t say 1.2 out of 10, though.

    I’m still questioning Allison’s presence near the bottom of the Dialidol list.

  • AnoopFan

    Why did Matt get to go last this week, when he went second to last – last week?! Can anyone explain this to me???

  • bigepaz

    Check Dial Idol – guess who’s number 1? Yup, Danny. Wasn’t his best night, but if you don’t like him, too bad. He’s not going anywhere and that’s the way it should be. When he got to the chorus, it was amazing.

    ANOOP! So happy to see he’s back. I thought he was the best of the night. Loved, Loved, loved him! Way to just do it.

    Matt – woo hoo. Man I love this guy. I thought his performance was really nice.

    Lil – bad song. I too wish that she had done I Will Always Love You. i still love her though.

    Adam – Meh. Not my thing. I love the original and I while I love the fact that he is unique, some of those falsetto notes were horrid. I don’t care if he’s over the top, I just care if he sings well, and tonight was not it.

    Megan – great song choice for her. But honestly, sick or not sick, I CANNOT STAND HER PHRASING. Blech.

    Alison – Great performance, but will people remember her?

    Michael Sarver – the only one who really sang country tonight. I don’t like that song, but he served the genre well

    Chris Allen – this is the first time I really enjoyed his vocals. Great job!

    Alexis – ugh. Poor thing. I did not like this interpretation. Did Brooke do this last year? I seem to remember liking Jolene better last year. I like her and I hope she doesn’t go anywhere.

    Scott – I didn’t like his song choice. He’s an awesome pianist, but I just haven’t connected with him.

  • ajsays

    go megan! i knew she would do a pasty cline :) i think she is getting better each week. you can tell she is improving and learning for someone new to it all. cant wait for thee epic performance from her. i think this performance could have been better though if she wasnt sick that might have held back some notes

    so if you listen to that one note of megan’s that went totally off, you can actually hear the mucus in her voice or at least the dryness. so its not like she is faking this illness. and when you get the flu, its like you want to cough up your stomach. so coughs = norm. trust me, the flu sucks and to pull off a performance like that in front of millions? of ppl. ergo, judges gave her well deserved kudos

    i like megan because i listen to music similar to her style and let me tell you, never did i imagine someone like megan to show up on idol. but she is in her own category. so thats why im such a big fan. i understand why ppl are put off by her voice. its totally different from anything. ppl dont like that, i totally get that but im so use to different sounds and weird voices being beautiful it just sounds so good to my ear because its new its not the same cookie cutter singer. well thats enough for now

    oh oh, i liked anoop and matt tonight. and! kara on matt, “there is nothing small about you! thats for sure!” did you see how she closed her eyes as she praised him? oh she so so so wants him, haha.

    country is my favorite week because the singers with distinct voices tend to shine through despite the country label pressure, it allows them to be different… nice show tonight. i like!

  • Michelle

    okay, just finished watching on the west coast:

    top tier:
    Kris, Anoop, Allison

    meh:
    Lil, Matt, Alexis

    blah:
    Michael, Scott, Megan

    special double blah:
    put the Go in Gokey

    ???:
    Adam

    Still think Adam is good for a laugh and for shock factor but still don’t want to vote for him. I was too young for glam rock the first time around and I don’t have any urge to experience it through Adam’s cabaret/Broadway lens.

    Anoop definitely redeemed himself and Kris got himself noticed. Allison was good again but I can see her doing the same thing each week…

    Matt can be good on the right song but he was so-so tonight. Definitely got a push from the judges.

    I felt bad for Megan for being sick, but my main problem with her was her enunciation – it was weird and distracting!

    I think Michael or Alexis is in danger of going home tomorrow. It would be a shame if Alexis goes, even if she had an off night tonight.

  • houstonrufus

    jammasta, you and i are pretty much on the same page. I’d be a wee bit more generous to Adam than you, just a wee bit, but I basically agree. Very level headed take on the night.

  • AnoopFan

    Why did Scott get bashed for singing behind his piano and Matt didnt?

  • AZIdolFan

    just finished watching (DVR FTW!) and i fell in love with Kris. it was so tender, it was awesome. next in line was ANOOP. after the disaster of last week i’m so glad he sang! I love Allison and Alexis i hope they are both there next week. Matt was really good. as for adam, well he is trying to hard to have a “moment”. and i’m just not digging his voice. and Danny is a douche. i wanted to throw my shoe at him. can’t believe people love him. worst of the night for me were Michael and Lil (she was sooo unoriginal).

  • adamandeva

    Megan is called current because she has a similar throwback style like Adele, Duffy, and Amy Winehouse. They are all throwback artists but they are what’s popular in the music scene right now.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    I’ve had a rough week, and watching Adam’s song is kinda cool for me. I hope Danny or Scott goes. Not gonna happen.

  • primeminister

    To answer your questions, AnoopFan:

    Why did Matt get to go last this week, when he went second to last – last week?! Can anyone explain this to me???

    Because he went second twice already.

    Why did Scott get bashed for singing behind his piano and Matt didnt?

    Maybe because Matt’s performance worked better than Scott’s. YMMV.

  • chc

    after listening to all the mp3 i dont think matt g was the best of the night, listen to it, anoop and kris and allison had the best vocals.danys second half was good.but not the verse.
    ofcourse adam adam is a league of his own,song i dont know about song choice, but he is the most entairtaining

  • hypertwink

    Why did Scott get bashed for singing behind his piano and Matt didnt?

    IMO, when Matt plays the piano, the song gets an uplift. It becomes better. When Scott plays, it just stays the same. Blah.

  • CathyMK

    I thought he said he found a different version? No, he did say that. Ahem. Perhaps Dilana did too. ;-) Either way, I thought his was way more riveting. YMMV.

    That didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stop people from calling him innovative.

    Just like David Cook’s Billie Jean last year, Adam’s version was inspired by the others, but is not an exact copy of any of them (or at least any of the 20 unusual/alt versions my husband compared it to). And, just like DC and Billie Jean, IMHO, Adam took his version to a whole new level beyond what the other artists had done. Whether you like what he did with it or not is a matter of opinion, of course. In the context of AI, I found it exciting and interesting, and thought it showed a whole new side of Adam. Who knew he could be all tortured and smoldering?

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Thanks Cathy…you are so right on about Adam.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Wow, I just rewatched Danny, and he really sucked. Bax, you are 100% correct about crapping his way through most of the song to get to the glory note. Sorry, just don’t like his voice and don’t think the talent level matches the hype level. And the “suckit haterz he’s not going anywhere!!111!1!1!1″ comments are getting pretty funny. Heh.

    Anoop was by far the best tonight for me. I’m glad he redeemed himself. Kris was 2nd. Every week I don’t expect much from him and every week he delivers. He may be kinda bland, but that hasn’t stopped others from going far on the show. At least he doesn’t sound like he has a frog or a goat stuck in his throat. I think I finally got off the fence about this performance of Adam’s and decided I love it. He’s 3rd for me tonight. His vocals were fierce and precisely on point. Can’t wait to see what he does from week to week. Until he gets eliminated before he should, that is.

    Also, I’m just not a fan of Matt’s voice. I give him a chance to convince me every week, but he continues to fail to do so, and it’s going to take a “Summertime” type moment from him for me to forgive him for the hack job he did to Coldplay. However, it looks like the pimping has started. So, I sure hope he changes my mind or this is going to be a looooooong season.

    I didn’t see Michael or Allison, but I was disappointed as a whole with the girls tonight. Lil was meh, Alexis was good but not great, and Megan drives me nuts, because I want to like her because she has an interesting voice and is quirky, but… I dunno. Her performances always seem to just go off track somewhere. It’s just weird for me, dawg.

    Scott has a fun personality and a sweet story but doesn’t have the best vocals. Like I said earlier, if Adam is going to be called indulgent, what about Scott and Matt?

    Sigh. It is going to be a long season, isn’t it?

  • Tess

    The same over 50 fan base that propelled Taylor Hicks to AI glory and recording failure are and will do the same for Danny Gokey. It will be interesting to watch 19 recording enter the Christian music market and waste a million dollars on trying to sell someone whose fans have absolutely no interest in ever buying his music or supporting his tours. They have this thing about proving to the world that a far right Christian is the answer to all of America’s troubles in this time of economic troubles. So be it….we cannot fight with the will of the masses. That being said—-

    Adam Lambert will reap the harvest of his time on AI. No matter at what point he is kicked off the show, he won’t be kicked out of America’s consciousness. He will use AI as a stepping stone and we will hear about him for a long time to come. Others in this years TOP 10 are also much better than Gokey, and hopefully they too will have the opportunity to forge ahead in their chosen profession. I just think it is so sad that this year on Idol will end up being controlled by a fan base rather than by a performer. America has got it right a couple of times, but I think they are really missing the boat this year.

  • idolbeat

    Omigosh – I flew out last night to LA, went to the show tonight and it was the best experience ever! My daughter got to be in the mosh pit right against the stage and I sat right behind Simon.

    Matt was the best of the night live. He lit up the stage with the piano! Allison was second best IMO – she rocked the country.

    Anoop and Kris were good but Megan actually sounded pretty dang good live even sick. She is stunning – I don’t know what Simon was talking about.
    Terrie Seymour was kitty corner from me.

    Adam’s performance was crazy – people reacted with intense dislike and extreme love, calling out Led Zepplinish comments.

    More later – have to fly back out in a few hours.

  • sparklesgirl2

    pj
    Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:51 am
    pj, can you believe that we finally have an AI contestant even remotely reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux or Rufus Wainwright? Maybe Morrissey will show up as a mentor during New Wave week.

    Terrie, indeed! The fact that we are having this discussion rocks. :-)

    I am not ready to lose Allison or Alexis though. Sigh.

    ETA: I feel bad for Alexis. She did change the song up, but it didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t work as well as it could have. She was still way better than some of the others (Sarver, Scott, Lil, Danny), etc. Sigh.

    YES! I was thinking of the Rufus Wainwright comparison myself!

    AnoopFan
    Mar 18th, 2009 at 1:24 am
    Why did Scott get bashed for singing behind his piano and Matt didnt?

    I wondered the same thing… especially since it’s a little harder for Scott to be all up on the stage as a “showman” than it would be for Matt.

  • idolbeat

    not sur e if Ryan mentioned but I heard the theme for next week!

  • chc

    tess, isnt idol abut fan bases.. what show r u watching, i love adam but i think america in general is still not sure about him, when ppl like uself start mentioning the christian stuff u mentioned it bothers me, shut up and enjoy the show for what it is.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    And the theme is?

  • Michelle

    not sur e if Ryan mentioned but I heard the theme for next week!

    LOL well tell us! Just among friends, of course ;)

    eta: cookcricket, totally agree w/your comment below. Adam and Danny just suck all the oxygen out of the room imo and it seems like if you’re not a fan of either one, it’s bound to be a long season.

  • NOLA

    Over 50 fan ——– NOT voting for the Gokey.

  • cookcricket

    Well, one thing is for sure, TPTB are loving this! There is a lot of love/hate for Adam and A LOT of love/hate for Danny. BUT people are talking and to them that’s what matters…

    Unfortunately, imho, this will cause the TRUE (ymmv) artists (Kris, Matt), and the great artists (Alexis, Alison) to be overlooked this season. This is a little sad to me.

    SpenserJ, sorry about the lame comment on Anoop’s hair. lol.

    And yeah, no, Adam’s “Ring of Fire” was not = to DC’s “Billie Jean”. Again, ymmv. He may have that moment (hard for this DC fan to believe), but this wasn’t it. Even Simon who didn’t get the greatness of TWIK, saw “Billie Jean” for what it was. IMO, it takes all of the judges ‘getting it’ for that kind of moment. um…ymmv.

  • houstonrufus

    My rather large family, excluding me, all got behind Cook last year. This year, they are all behind Gokey so far. All this talk of him being a Christian singer seems a little premature to me. I don’t think the majority of his fans are voting for him because they think he’s a Christian and will record Christian music. My family likes his voice and, yes, his backstory. They don’t know anything about this assumed predilection toward a Christian music career. The judges’ endless pimping isn’t hurting either, since my family still thinks Simon always is right. By and large, most viewers don’t visit message boards and do not know as much about the contestants as those of us who comment here and other places.

    edit: keep your opinions focused on the subject NOT on the opinions of your fellow posters.

  • CRB

    This season is pretty much the suckage. All the Grand Old Opry songs and we end up with a double dose of Carrie Underwood? Please! I know pandering when I see it.

    Sarver was the worst for me. The song, the delivery….pure karaoke. Giant step back from last week.

    Matt was continues to earn some props. Definitely showing he might have been a good wild card choice.

    Megan was Megan, you either buy it or you don’t. I’m taking out a short-term lease on Ms Joy to hedge my bets.

    Lil’ was actually much better than the judges gave her credit for. I think they are playing games and Simon calling her Little was just nasty.

    Adam was interesting but not very good, he needs to prance to have full effect.

    Scott is just boring. His voice is so much better in studio. Flat liner.

    Kris was a lot spottier to my ear than the judges gushing assessment.

    Allison’s tone doesn’t do anything for me. Throaty and not pleasant. If this voice were coming out of a thirty year old you’d tell them to give up the ciggys.

    Anoop didn’t redeem anything in my opinion. The judges want him on the tour so we get a bunch of praise. Jorge would have sung this better was what I was thinking the whole time.

    I thought Alexis was good and Dial Idol has her at the bottom. Perhaps that is what she gets for not wearing a miniskirt and screaming. Poor girl needs to stay DIRTY….how silly.

    Danny talked so much that I thought he was some sort of religious white rapper. Not very good or inspirational. The judges should have crucified him but…NO!

    I forgot someone and I don’t care…I’m done here.

  • trutsayr

    Well IMO meghan is a lot more current than Anoop. He sang oldies through out the competition even now. and what are they gonna do if he wins, form an acapella group and make an acapella cd? That would be a moneymaker.

  • http://ww.yahoo.com nailspluscross

    “Adams is so gay all through out the song…” it reminds me of a Egyptian orgy….nyahhhh>..LOL….burn burn burn righ of fire….burn burn..nyahhhhhhhh….The DIVA of the season////

  • http://ww.yahoo.com nailspluscross

    huh..TESS I disagree with you……sorry….just watch and vote and buy albums…whether we like it or not..that is called showbizniz…its an experiment…

  • dreamr

    I just listened to them again and man, I am in love with Kris’ performance from tonight. As someone else said, it was so tender and sweet that I just kinda melt. XD

    I’ll definitely be getting the iTunes version of that one. And of Allison’s.

    I voted the full two hours for Allison. I really, really don’t want to see her go. :(

  • http://ww.yahoo.com nailspluscross

    at least Scott made me laugh when he returned comment to PAula….” We can move it closer”LOL :lol_ee:

  • sillypraguer

    OK, has anybody given a shout out to Ryan for using “antithetical” tonight? Before Adam’s performance. It made me laugh. I actually preferred Adam’s performance to his previous ones. Vocal ability = amazing.

    And yay for Kris! I like him and this will keep him going for a while longer, I hope.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    edit: please leave the modding to me.

  • dcisluv

    This is shaping up to be a pretty good season.

    Michael – terrible as usual. He’s a karioke bar singer and not a very interesting one at that.

    Allison – AWESOME. She rocks! I can see her going as far as top two!

    Kris – I predict him winning.

    Lil – I think she’s a mediocre singer and she didn’t do very well on this at all.

    Adam – He thinks he’s innovative but why isn’t anyone calling covergate on him? Didn’t he say he found that version somewhere? I actually like the version. His way overly dramatic performance and his whiney vocals do not impress me at all.
    Also, he has bad skin.

    Scott – pleasant but boring.

    Alexis – She’s got a good voice but that was a mess. I didn’t like her vocals or her weird performance.

    Danny – the Jacket and the lighting… very Heaven Sent… but his vocals continue to be JUST OKAY.

    Anoop – Awesome. I love him and I’m glad he showed America how well he can actually sing. Better than Adam and Danny.

    Megan – I don’t know why but I just LOVE her. I was confused by why she sounded better in the clip, but then they talked about the Flu and it was a little heavy handed but I’m glad they did it.

    Matt – Thought he was great in Hollywood Week, Think he’s great now.

    I hope America gets off Danny Gokey’s johnson long enough to vote for other, more deserving contestants or this season is going to make me very angry. Same goes for Adam Lambert. They are just NOT THAT GOOD.

  • SpenserJ

    SpenserJ, sorry about the lame comment on Anoopà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hair. lol.

    No need for sorry my friend – I’m the lame-o who failed to notice it previously.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m taking out a short-term lease on Ms Joy to hedge my bets.

    Luckily for you, in this market we’re happy to do the short term leases.

    Do I sense some gay bashing? As Captain Hook would sayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ poor form!!!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Yeppers, and so unneccesary. I’m with Captain Hook on this one.

  • Dlynne

    I wonder what people said about Freddie Mercury…don’t get me wrong, there will never be another Freddie but Adam does remind me of him. He’s theatrical and way over the top, but he has mad vocals and he is mesmerizing to watch. I just love him.

  • seattle_girl

    I’m worried about both my girls tonight. Alexis was not up to par and it will be a damn shame if she goes home. And something is nagging at me about Allison. I have had super high hopes for her, but the last two weeks have left me a bit….disappointed. The songs seem awfully similar, but I think the real problem is that her songs are contained within a very small range of notes and tone. With no inflection, they just end up a bit monotone and leave me wanting more. I keep expecting her to bust out and it just doesn’t happen. I’m no music expert so I’m struggling to explain what’s missing for me. :down_tb:

    Surprise highlight of the night was Kris for me, well done you sensitive man you.

    Time to send home Michael, Scott or Lil.

  • lovecert

    Wow. Dial Idol now shows all but Megan, Allison and Alexis safe.

    Allison’s and Alexis’ fans please vote. I thought they would be safe until like Top 7.

  • Deejay

    Whoa. I like Kris this week. I could listen to him sing like that all day.

    Dang.

    I need a sip of water…

  • gusher

    Good show tonight…
    Favorite vocals this week: Anoop (smooth and very articulate)
    Least Favorite: Adam (this is who Paula wants in the finals?!?)
    Best eye-candy: Megan (wow!) :devil_tb:

  • maracaibo

    Can’t wait for Matt’s studio recording.
    Sigh.. I just love his voice. He was so awesome tonight.

  • Niall

    When Simon said Adam was indulgent what he meant was “You know who you are and therefore will not fall for our ‘get in the box, get out of your box’ games. You are going to do what you feel is best each week and that pisses me off.”

    Indulgent is the new awesome.

    Poor Allison. She’s kicking ass each week and can’t seem to get momentum with the voters. I know DI is all kinds of wonky at this point in the season but there are four or five fan favorites solidifying, and if she doesn’t catch on within a week or two I fear she’s doomed to finish 7th or 8th at best.

  • movin2thabeet

    West Coaster here. Decent show. No major trainwrecks. Some risk-taking (can you say Adam?) and some misses (Michael and Alexis). Here’s my rankings:

    Top tier:
    Anoop – loved it
    Kris – tender, vulnerable
    Allison – strong, nailed it

    Mid-high tier:
    Adam – mostly enjoyed it. i wasn’t frightened or repelled at all by it. actually the beginning was a little weak. i’m not so convinced by adam when he’s doing soft. some of his playing to the camera was a little awkward. wished he engaged with the audience some. randy travis’s wife’s reaction was priceless (pouting disapproval).
    Matt – ok. why go for that last note when it’s hit or miss (and it was a miss)?

    Mid-Low tier:
    Lil – no amount of explaining covers the fact that she didn’t really connect to the song
    Danny – ah Danny. obviously not so loved here. wasn’t horrible but not great. his voice showed obvious strain. the amount of pimpage the judges are giving him is way more irritating to me than his actual performance. there’s always something about AI that leaves a nasty aftertaste for me and so far, the selling of Danny Gokey is at the top of that list. interesting that he is as polarizing a figure as Adam, and that those two are considered the top contenders. (AI loves a good fight – cue a David v. David reprise). BTW, did anybody notice how he accidentally whammed Megan on stage?
    Scott – too mundane; bored. something i didn’t see noted was his placement right behind Adam. tells me that AI doesn’t really want nor expect him to last much longer.

    Bottom:
    Alexis – my issue was that i didn’t feel a connection to the song. seemed like she was busy trying to sell it and that’s what i was aware of. too forced and not that well sung.
    Megan – i feel for her being ill but i had the same problem with her as i have every time i hear her. she’s got potential, but she has yet to show us a great performance. she always has peaks and valleys, hits and misses. it’s kind of similiar to her dancing. it’s all kind of inconsistent and ultimately not enjoyable, for me at least. but she is a cute girl.
    Michael – felt like he was running after those lyrics. also had issues with the mike. ultimately, i don’t think this was a wise song choice for him.

  • listen

    I adored Adam’s cover.

    I saw it via video and am amazed he did THAT on Idol. LOL.

    Good for him. Guy’s got guts and I am lovin’ it! :thumbup_tb:

    I really was hoping Adam would sing a ballad to show of his mad vocals, but what he did tonight was even better.

    I can’t wait for next Tuesday and another installment of the “Adam Lambert” show.

  • movin2thabeet

    Anyone else’s jaw drop at seeing Adam at the top on DI’s predictions in South Carolina of all places? Crazy.

  • Layla

    Can’t get in to see MJ’s videos…photo bucket is down for maintanance GRRRRR!

    Had to go to Ricky’s blog (ugh) and have only watched Adam so far. FLOVED it!

    Just floved it! Indulgent indeed! But I have no doubt that middle America and the bible belt were totally freaked!!! Hee!Hee! As long as he stays n the competition!

    Okay…off to see the rest.

  • Deejay

    I didn’t think Anoop was that good (sorry, everyone). To be honest, I’m not sure that he’s ready for this yet.

    Adam was weird but interesting. In a good way. I like that we’ve never seen someone like this on the show before.

    Danny…the beginning was a waste of time. He ended it well enough, but the whole thing was kind of dull. He’s not…fresh. It all feels very “been there, done that.”

    I already mentioned what I thought of Kris. :wub_tb:

    I also liked Matt. He performs with so much feeling.

    It’s sad that Allison isn’t getting more votes. Guess it just isn’t a girl’s year.

    If Dial Idol is anywhere near right, it’s kind of scary how quickly the American public dropped Alexis. If, say, Danny bombed…they’d still vote.

    Time for Megan to go…?

    Michael, Scott, Lil…eh.

  • Valentin432

    Kind of strange that 3 women are in the bottom 3 on DI, and I thought Lil was actually weaker than at least 2 of them.
    It makes you wonder what is the % of boys vs. girls voters on the show.
    Also I didn’t know there were that many people in love with men soul singers, because there are basically 6 of them in the competition and they all seem safe tonight.

  • Jlyn

    I saw Dial Idol too. It does seem that most AI voters tend to vote for who they want to be their boyfriend or son/grandson-in-law rather than their favorite singer. With the advent of texting the last couple of seasons I don’t think any girls have a chance of winning.

    I just pre-ordered a song off itunes from MJ’s, and I was wondering….. I know that itunes has been better this year at disguising the popularity bars but could MJ publish her data? Maybe give percentages of the Idol orders from the website? I understand that this may not be possible (or permissible) but it would be interesting.

  • WestiesRule

    I never liked country week and they need to get rid of it. There is plenty of time to do country like arrangements without an ear jarring 2 hours of it!

  • lovegoodmusic

    According to Dial Idol, three girls are in the bottom three, two of them sing well and the other one doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. And if Alexis or Allison gets voted off tomorrow, then the tour will only have two females that can sing. So they will either have Lil and Alexis, or Lil and Allison as the only two girls on tour that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have to lip sync live.

    I posted two weeks ago that Danny was going to sing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus Take The Wheelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , and he did. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m starting to hear a lot of vocal strain from Danny, and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s only going to get worse as time goes on. He is a great singer, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think is vocals are strong enough for this competition. Good riddance and bye bye!

    Why in the world are the judges pimping someone who was sick last night? The bad vocals are no excuse, because she sounds bad all the time. The more I watch season eight, the more I miss season seven. Most of the Idols got the flu in season seven and the best ones never complained about it. Those are the real pros. Yes, we miss you David Cook!

    Adam had the most exciting performance last night and I loved every minute of it. Go Adam!

    Kris keeps getting better, and Anoop is back, kudos to the both of them.

    Lil sang very well, and I applaud her for trying something new. And Randy was wrong to tell her that she should have sung the over sang song à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Will Always Love Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Great job Lil, you did the right thing!

  • Layla

    I have to say that I like a LOT more contestants this year than I did last year. I know I’m in the minority here, but the only contestant I really liked last year…well floved last year was DC.

    Adam: That was fuckin’ awesome!!!!! I know exactly what Kara meant with “Confused and Happy” It’like having good sex with a gay boy but knowing itwill go no where! That’s how Adam makes me feel! Love him. I thought RT’s head was gonna explode. How awkward! How awesome! Good TV!

    Alison- She did a fantastic job! Loved what she was wearing but too much make-up. She is one of the few teenage singers that I really really like. She is so bloody talented!

    Anoop- I am on the Anoop train. I usually hate it when I siger sngs one of my fave songs by one of my fave singers…but Anoop did “You were Always On My Mind” justice! He was superb. Loved his vocals and his tone.

    Alexis- I do like her but she looked awful the hair! the hair! for such a pretty girl but she totally butchered one of the few really good country songs…evah!
    Alexis, Alexis WTF happened?

    Danny- I HATE that bloody song! He is one cheesy looking smarmy fucker with pretty good vocals. I would never vote for him (if I could vote) but he will go far in the contest.

    Kris- okay vocals but I don’t like the tone of his easy listening voice. He isn’t remotely hot to me. I still find him boring to listen too.

    Lil- I actually really liked her more sorta subdued performance.3I really like her tone and the timbre of her voice. I think she did a good job and will be safe.

    Matt- Really liked his performance. He did a good job.

    Megan- She totally effed up a great song by a great singer. She is so pretty but she looked lke she was going to the prom with that hair and dress. If she stays and Alison is voted off I will be so happy for the new rule to kick in so Alison will be safe. She TALKED that song. She just cannot sing.

    Michael:
    sweet Jesus send this rough neck country boy HOME to sing in the local bar.

    Scott- Everything he sings sounds so dated- like early 80′s. He is one big snooze fest, but I really like his personality.

    Best of the night: Adam, Alison, Anoop

    Not too shabby: Lil, Kris, Danny, Matt

    Worst: Alexis, Megan, Michael and Scott

    Who will go home: Alexis or Megan

    Who should go home: Scott, Megan or Michael

  • jimmyboyd2

    Being “true to yourself” works when you have some kind of mainstream sound. That was not mainstream. He literally plummeted in the votes tonight as a result.

    Adam’s been one of my favorites all along, but if this is the “true self” that he really is, I’m not sure how long I can support him. Some of his notes are like a pig squealing.

  • Buderschnookie

    I’ve been slow to get on the Adam Train. I knew that I wanted to like him but sometimes the higher registers shriek a bit too much and I had enough of that with Axl. I could see talent, but it wasn’t always something I wanted coming into my head where things have a tendency to get stuck in an endless loop of repetition.

    But last night Adam reminded me very much of the Cirque de Soliel singer from Dralion- Erik Karol, and I adore this style of vocal meanderings and high drama.
    Like you don’t quite know what it is he is doing, but he does it very well. The first bit of the song I’m thinking WTF but as it morphed into the otherworldly type wailing towards the end there I really liked it. I haven’t
    purchased the first Idol song yet but I’m buying this one. He knows exactly who he is and what he wants to sing and I admire that.

  • jersey

    I have to go out on a limb here (at least here at MJ’s) and defend Michael a bit. Although not my favorite contestant (that would be Adam) I do like Michael’s voice alot. Last nights song choice was not a good one as it didn’t highlight his voice; but that said, I think he has the country music voters all to himself. He was the only one who went straight country, really. I really do think he did enough to make it through.

    ETA: I hate country music so I could be totally off base here, lol.

  • Layla

    Megan is called current because she has a similar throwback style like Adele, Duffy, and Amy Winehouse. They are all throwback artists but they are whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s popular in the music scene right now.

    Yeah…but the difference is is that Adele, Duffy and Amy can sing their asses off!..andMegan can’t!. She really doesn’t have a musical clue.

    When I think about it.. I thought RT’s reaction to Adam was bigoted and uncalled for….very narrow-minded.

    Fun reading through some of the comments on how so many were freaked out by Adam…My boy in remaining true to himeslf invites the controversy, and that’s a good thing.

    Funniest comment was :”Jesus hold my hair while I hurl” . Cracked me up.

  • gabam

    I enjoyed Kris, Megan, Anoop and Matt. I hope that they all stay. I didn’t care enough to vote because I still don’t feel invested in the contestants yet.

    If Allison is eliminated, all of the people on tour will be over 18 years old. No guardian needed. More freedom to party on the buses. LOL.

    If Scott is on tour, I wonder how he will handle the meet and greets and the bus stalking encounters. It’s so hectic outside with the fans, I wonder what special precautions will be made for him or if he will just skip that and stay on the bus or in the venues.

  • CFIdolsfan

    I have to go out on a limb here (at least here at MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s) and defend Michael a bit. Although not my favorite contestant (that would be Adam) I do like Michaelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice alot. Last nights song choice was not a good one as it didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t highlight his voice; but that said, I think he has the country music voters all to himself. He was the only one who went straight country, really. I really do think he did enough to make it through.

    ETA: I hate country music so I could be totally off base here, lol.

    Jersey, in spite of your hatred for country, I think you are right on, lol. I actually loved him doing the song, but I’m concerned, too, for him. Dialidol does not have him in the bottom, last I checked; but I’m a bit sad that even my country guy from season 6, Phil, thinks that he was forgettable.:-(

    I agree with a previoius poster that said that Allison can’t seem to get a break with votes. I think she was great and I don’t see a problem with being precocious. What would Simon say of Loretta Lynn, who married so very young and had several kids even before her 20th birthday? And my guy Danny did it again, I feel. I disagree with Simon that he was outsung by Matt. I feel Adam caused himself some votes. That was not country, sorry. Phil in his blog said that he is a Johnny Cash fan and lives in the area where Johnny lived. Johnny was a member of Phil’s dad’s church, so I’m sure many in that area of TN did not like how “Ring of Fire” sounded.

  • SpenserJ

    I have to go out on a limb here (at least here at MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s) and defend Michael a bit.

    You’re not alone on that limb my friend :) I even voted for him. So, when someone asks, “Who the hell is voting for Sarver”, you guys can all just say it’s me. I’ll take the blame.

    I’m also apparently one of the few voting for the girls. I like the girls. I think they’re good, and a whole lot more interesting than some of the guys.

    Honestly, other than Scott, Matt and the Reverand Creepy, I’ll be a little disappointed to see any of them go tonight. I’m enjoying this group as a whole – they’ve made for good tv.

    I do not believe that the judges will use their free pass to save one of the girls tonight. I’m 100% certain they’re saving that for their little star pupil Danny. That’s why I tend to call it the “Gokey Veto”.

  • Pixie Baker

    I really enjoyed the show tonight…..I thought Randy T was so kind and great to the kids….kind of sweet to see……

    NOW this is the strange thing for me…..I absolutely LOVE Adam….no matter what he sings I giggle and am so entertained. The strange thing is that here I am ……an older woman from the very conservative SOUTH…..and really pulling for him to win. My adult young children did not like his performance last night….go figure! Adam is creating the incentive for me to watch this year…and I needed one! Idol, for me, was getting too predictable and boring.

    Enjoyed all the comments here….thanks Mj for continuing this site! Pix

  • BlankSlate

    Has anyone found out what next week’s theme is? Thanks for the heads up.

  • Allen

    For me this week there were a number of pleasant enough performances. But not really much that rose above that.

    Michael – I missed his performance on the show, but seeing it on the web it was ok.

    Allison – Pretty good, one of the better performances of the night. Very good vocal, one of the few I rewound to see again. Her being second to the last on Dial-Idol just seems insane. Hopefully she is getting lots of text votes.

    Kris – Also pretty good. But nothing that left me with a great desire to hear it again.

    Lil – I thought she was better than the judges gave her credit for. But I think she could have really used a little more passion and just a little anger on the chorus.

    Adam – I like Adam, and it was kind of interesting. But it really didn’t work for me.

    Scott – Nice, but bland.

    Alexis – Well she did one of the songs that I said I would like to see her do, but I didn’t care for that arrangement of it. Vocal was ok, but I think she can do much better. That said, her being at the bottom of Dial Idol is just crazy to me. If she goes, this season will have gotten rid of one more reason for me to care about it at all. Also congratulations Lil if that happens, who I think will almost be guaranteed a top three spot then.

    Danny – I was kind of expecting better. That was really average for me.

    Anoop – Certainly better than he has been doing. It was nice, but again for me it was fairly average and bland.

    Megan – Megan is interesting at least. She didn’t do Crazy like I wanted, but she did do Patsy at least. I thought it was pretty good although I was hoping for better. But given having the flu, pretty good. Interested to hear the studio version.

    Matt – From the bit he was playing with Randy, it sounded like it could be good. But i was disappointed with the actual performance. Once again, it was decent. Which seems to pretty much be par for the course for me for the evening. Hoping some people rise above that though.

  • BlankSlate

    Just re-watched Kris’s video. That was very good. I have never heard that song before. Nice job. And now I know who his wife looks like: she reminds of the Season Two Sweet, Innocent Blonde Carmen Rasmussen (The Goat Yodeling Girl).

  • MaryS-NJ

    Damn. I voted for Allison and Alexis last night, got not a single busy signal and it looks like they’re both vulnerable. I love these girls.

    I think it would be sad to see 3 out of 4 girls in the B3 tonight. Frankly, I feel like Alexis was thrown under the bus because she’s the other “commercial” blonde and the judges prefer Megan. I don’t hate Megan but I think Alexis has a lot more potential and better stage presence personally.

  • bean99

    I felt bad for Megan for being sick, but my main problem with her was her enunciation – it was weird and distracting!

    I have to agree with you on that. The thing for me is that I only like Megan when she’s sounding kind of old fashioned so find it funny that they keep calling her current. Last night my hubby thought she sounded like a singer from the 1940s.

    I didn’t vote for Danny because I prefer Anoop and a couple of the girls but still I like him and think it’s probably not fair to lump his fans into certain stereotypical categories. A lot of people just like his voice and don’t really care about his religion including me.

    Before I saw Dial Idol I was thinking that for sure Scott would be going home and that still could happen. I had forgotten about texting so thanks to whoever mentioned it. That could save Allison and hopefully also Alexis.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    Could I love Adam any more than I already do? I LOVED the big “EF YOU” to Idol last night and why the hell is Sarver still there. No, why is he there at all, he should never have made it to the top 13 IMO. Garth musta eaten 10 peanut butter and banana sandwiches after hearing that mess. Oh…wait…that was Elvis.

    That 16 year old Allison is freaking awesome, she’s so talented its scary.

    Gee, Danny doing “Jesus Take The Wheel”…who woulda thought, how unpredictable.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    I loved the post by abbysee on page 9. Agree with all of it. That blind kid, Scott, is breaking my heart. There is something very sweet and obviously vulnerable about him. He should go soon and that will make me sad and then angry that the judges set him up to fail and still…. I watch this show but not with the enthusiasm I did in season 5 and seasons prior.

    I also think, as many others do, that they have a ton more phone lines open because I have been voting like mad for 2 weeks and not a single busy signal whereas in other seasons I could barely get 3 votes througSo when they say that they received more total votes than in any other season, well thats disingenuous. They are not telling you why.

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  • Dr. Tracey

    I love reading all these comments. Not a fan of country week but here’s my 2 cents worth.
    Michael Sarver – Sounded really weak to me.

    Allison – Loved it. I like her more and more.

    Kris – Lovely.

    Lil – Is Lil short for Lillian or Lil as in Lil’ Bow Wow? Anyway, boring and the dress was horrible, that’s 2 nasty outfits in a row, good job this is a ‘singing’ competition.

    Adam – Floved it! I LOL at Randy Travis but maybe he thought he was on Nashville Star? Seriously? And Simon? What’s Adam supposed to do? Come out dressed in dungarees and a straw hat and sing Stand By Your Man? He’s NOT country and he’d be nuts to try and be. Kudo’s to him staying true to himself and stepping out of the box, which he did, really well imo. I really enjoyed watching him.

    Scott – Awful.

    Alexis – Looked like a little miniature Dolly Parton. She was a little boring, I was disappointed plus I wish they’d quit with the dirty crap, I don’t want my kids thinking they need to be dirty, that’s not a message I want them hearing.

    Danny – Put the Go in Gokey.

    Anoop – Thank Gokey! I mean God. He was definitely vote worthy last night.

    Megan – Nice vocals, stupid dance.

    Matt – Simon was right, he out sung Gokey but for me it was boring.

  • jumpstart

    IMO, Danny was horrible last night and Lil was mediocre at best. Adam and Matt were, by far, the best of the night.

    Danny is going to win this competition and Simon will live to regret it. Adam is going to be a superstar regardless, and I’m totally okay with that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Danny is going to win this competition and Simon will live to regret it.

    Danny Gokey will not win American Idol.

  • calimari

    OK, I’m not a country fan, so that also leaves me with not knowing most of these songs, so I can’t tell if they stayed true to them, mixed it up, or totally sucked the life out of them. That said:

    Michael Sarver -à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Goinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Down Til the Sun Comes Upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  — This is, IMO, a very typical country song & the type that does not show off vocal abilities at all. I imagine Michael showed off his vocals last week, figured there were enough others to keep him safe, and decided to go for fun. He did OK. Not my kind of thing, but I don’t think he should have made it this far anyway.

    Allison Iraheta – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Blame it on Your Heartà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – she is freaking fantastic & it’s totally wrong that she is not building a fanbase. She should go on the tour but I’m worried she won’t.

    Kris Allen – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To Make You Feel My Loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – seemed OK. I like Kris & he’s my dark horse to go far, but I would like to see him do something w/ more energy.

    Lil Rounds – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Independence Dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – not going to go all R&B on country? Thanks. I thought she did better than the judges implied. She’s lucky they had this theme early enough where she could survive it.

    Adam Lambert – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ring of Fireà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Johnny Cash – OK – I know this song & it is one of very few country songs I actually like. I LOOOOOVVVVEEEED this. I’m not officially on anyone’s train, but Adam is the only one I really look forward to seeing. He was freaking fantastic. How is it that David Cook can go online & find alternate versions of a song & get a tongue bath from the judges for his unique phrasing, but when Adam does it, they are just stunned and confused? So he dropped down in dialidol – no problem – he’ll recover.

    Alexis Grace – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Joleneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Dolly Parton – I know this song because Brooke sang it last year. Alexis seemed a little forced/too hard on it, IMO. She wasn’t bad and doesn’t deserve to be so low on Dialidol.

    Danny Gokey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus Take the Wheelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I know this song as I remember Carrie singing it on the show. I hate this song. Danny did a fine job with it, but I just hate the song. Danny seemed the same as ever.

    Anoop Desai – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Were Always on My Mindà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – another country song I know! This was OK. I wouldn’t say he went from zero to hero – to me, Anoop is a nice guy w/a nice voice & nothing more than that. He is not interesting to me. But he did well enough to stay.

    Megan Joy Corkrey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Walking After Midnightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – OK, another country song I actually really like. I also assumed she would sing this as it seemed to be the best shot for her. Sorry she has the flu, and is apparently getting a free ride from the judges for that (was she about to hurl on stage there at the final pan at the end?) – but this was just so nothing special. I get she’s quirky and all that, but that also means she’s limited.

    Matt Giraud – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“So Smallà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – didn’t see anything there so deserving of the pimp spot. It was fine. Kind of dull. I almost fast-forwarded thru it.

    Scott – almost forgot him. I hated it. SOOO dull. He reminds me of Greg Brady. He is exactly the same each week.

    I’d like to see Megan go home, as I have wished every week. If not her, I’d like to see Scott go. As it stands, I worry that we’ll say goodbye to someone who should stay – Alison or maybe Alexis.

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  • Dr. Tracey

    It does seem that most AI voters tend to vote for who they want to be their boyfriend or son/grandson-in-law rather than their favorite singer.

    This makes perfect sense and made me LOL
    It explains why when I look at the DI results I more often than not go ‘Huh?’

  • Tess

    From the YouTube junkie I am:

    The views of last night’s performances are the usually. Adam is far and away the MOST POPULAR idol based on his YouTube views from last night. Whether the numbers are significant because people love him or hate him is not for me to say. But he does elicit a curiosity in people! I’m not naive enough to know that this will turn into idol votes, but it does say something about hisfuture potential for success.

  • hardkandy

    Michael – I don’t know how good his performance was but it was fun to watch.

    Allison – very talented young girl. Has a lot of promise and I hope she makes it through this week as she should.

    Kris – he sung one of my favorite songs and did a fine job. It was a bit boring but it showed off his vocals and yes, he is so cute.

    Lil Rounds – I didn’t get this. There were many parts when she was off and when she was on, it was boring. Good on Paula with the comments on the verses, she is proving very astute and helpful this year.

    Adam – I don’t know how to explain the whole thing but I loved it and I love him.

    Scott – Well Scott just bored me. But he is so sweet with that move it closer comment. And Simon is the stupid one for calling Paula stupid about the piano comment. Paula made sense, he didn’t. Paula is so on this season!

    Alexis – The arrangement was all sorts of whack but she has great vocals and I do hope she makes the tour.

    Danny – I can’t stand this guy. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

    Anoop – good, sensitive vocals. But I have fallen so far off the Anoop bandwagon, it may take some more good performances before I get back. But he is really so likable.

    Megan – she is different but her voice is just not that pleasant for me this week, kinda grating, but yeah maybe that’s coz she’s sick. Those little washing machine dance moves really make me LOL though. But wow she is very pretty.

    Matt – not getting the hype. Good performance but a bit boring and he oversang some parts. Still one of the best of the night though.

    Good night though. This group is surpassing my expectations as a whole.

  • listen

    “Over 50″ fans, of which I am one, are no more going to vote for Gokey than those under 50. :thumbdown_tb:

    Not that many of my friends watch AI, but if they did, I do know their musical tastes and preferences in musical style (ie how it is delivered and by whom) and NOT ONE of them would ever vote for Gokey.

    I don’t even watch Gokey’s videos. I saw enough of him during the early weeks and was so turned off that I don’t even bother.

    Actually, the only one I have watched so far this week is Adam…

  • jumpstart

    Danny is going to win this competition and Simon will live to regret it.

    Danny Gokey will not win American Idol.

    I hope you’re right.

  • background_noise

    Adam is far and away the MOST POPULAR idol based on his YouTube views from last night.

    And look at his other YouTube numbers too (I’m sure you have! – lol) People can’t seem to get enough of him. I love the “Demo Reel” that BestArts put up and they mentioned just recently they’re working on “Demo Reel Volume 2″.

  • Miss Chaos

    How come no one is voting for or liking Danny, and he’s first on Dial Idol? Who the heck votes on there? I sure dont, dont know how. From what I am reading no one likes Danny, or they just keep quiet about it. His performance was words can discribe, like the people who dont like Adam come right out and say.

    Adam is in first place on Vote Number One, so there must be a lot of people that like him. Anyways, going to watch Ring of Fire again, and again?

  • go dmho

    Ok, the voice of the conservative here. I can’t STAND Adam. Poor Johnny Cash isn’t just rolling over in his grave, he’s doing somersaults! Adam absolutely trashed a country classic. Even shutting my eyes didn’t help (I can’t stand to look at him). I can watch and listen to Danny or Scott all day, but I’m truly confused about all these Adam fans.

  • TylerWV

    I loved Adam’s performance last week but couldnt stand him this week. I agree with Simons self-indulgent criticism. I think he needs to dial it back a bit or he is going to get old real fast, imo. I thought Anoop was very good, I liked Megan and Allison and surprisingly Kris, who I didnt like last week. I really like Alexis but not so much this week and I’ve never liked that song Jolene. Im anxious to hear Carrie and Travis sing together. The few times I’ve heard him lately his voice seems to be pretty much gone although he sure could sing when he was so popular.

  • weareallinnocent

    So, about Randy Travis and Adam. I can see where some would say he wasn’t great to Adam, but I really saw it a little differently. I suppose the difference may be our respective expectations (fears?) You know, if you expect or fear the worst, then anything shy of that is good? :-) That takes it too far though, in my view, but you KWIM.

    Here’s what I saw. RT totally couldn’t get his head around that version of “Ring of Fire” or the performance style. And, let’s face it, RT is old, so fingerpolish on guys is netherworldish. That said, he said Adam seemed like a nice guy, which he does, and that he’s a great singer, which he is. AND, and this is a HUGE AND in my view, given my experience with, ahem, men — RT hugged Adam, and near as I can tell, RT initiated it. He did not hug all the guys, but I’ve forgotten who he didn’t.

    As for the AI performance, RT smiled and clapped and it seemed genuine. Then, and again this is my impression and I cannot read lips and there’s the whole editing thing too of course, when Simon said folks were tossing their TVs, RT seemed to me to totally disagree (if facial expressions tell the tale.)

    So at the very least he was polite, and to me, he seemed genuinely kind. Not like, say, how Andrew Lloyd Webber spoke of Jason. :-)
    Anywho. Enough on that topic from me. LOL

  • jpfan

    “Danny is going to win this competition and Simon will live to regret it.”

    Why would Simon care? If anyone else looks like they could sell albums, 19R would just sign them. And Danny could be another underperforming winner. I don’t see much commercial future in any of them but who knows. And with eight seasons, the Idol stable is probably getting full up.
    Simon looks pretty bored though. He really prefers the female singers (who sell more albums in the end anyway) and this is probably a dull season for him.

  • Lu

    I just rewatched the Adam video again. I was horrified last night and wanted to give it one more chance… It still sucked. I’m a huge fan of the Johnny Cash original version so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. I totally agreed with Simon’s comments. The top 40 morning djs here in town have been playing snippets of Adam all morning and laughing about it so appparently I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy it. The listeners calling in are pretty much overhwhelmingly saying Anoop took the night. I have to agree.

    Don’t hate on me Adam fans! I did like his Satisfaction performance but this one last night once again reminded me of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  • justshootme

    I wish Adam could have just done all 11 songs. But anyway …

    My faves this week were Adam, Anoop, and Megan. And I have not particularly cared for Anoop or Megan in the past. I think I’m starting to “get” Megan.

    The rest of them were pretty interchangably “meh” to me. Except the Gokester. Bottomless pit of “bleh”. Homely, marginally talented, skeevy praise leader. I don’t even need the whole dead wife thing to get me riled up at this point. I hate him enough without the extra ammo. Why are they still pimping this guy?

  • TylerWV

    When Randy Travis told him he had seen a guy where nail polish I sbout spit out my beer. Um Randy everyone knows your gay so donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t act like youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never seen thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦PUUULLEEEZE!

    Ive never heard that Travis is gay. He married his manager in 1991 and his bio says nothing about a divorce so where do you get your info?

  • Buderschnookie

    There have been rumors about Randy Travis’ preference for decades. Yes, he married his manager. She is 20 years his senior, and it did help squash the rumors, so maybe it served its purpose.

  • jpfan

    Even if Randy Travis is gay, I’m sure the guys he hangs with don’t wear nail polish. And there are country artists who would committ career suicide by coming out, so they are married. I have no idea if RT is one of them. But rumors swirl about some big names. That’s why the whole blue state/red state thing seems so stale to me.

  • justshootme

    I thought rumors have always been that Randy Travis is in the closet. Kinda common knowledge.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “How come no one is voting for or liking Danny, and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first on Dial Idol? Who the heck votes on there? I sure dont, dont know how.”

    I am liking Danny more but not crazy about him but I can tell you who is voting like crazy for him, my sister and all her friends in Florissant Missouri – lol – here is her review:

    http://community.myfoxyumaelcentro.com/blogs/category/ENTERTAINMENT

    Myself, I tell you I was so blown away by Adam, I tell you – his voice is so f ing amazing, he is totally always who he is and you either love or hate him, for my sister (country girl at heart) it was a wtf moment, she was speechless, didnt hate it, didnt love it but was entertained. Megan, I liked her, I liked Adam, Danny and Megan the most last night but I like different and they pretty much are. Anoop though didnt bug and was sweet, Matt didnt bug and was sweet but not blown away. Oh Scotty I could just hug you, you little angel face but arghh, not in tune. Alexis – OUCH my ears on some of those notes but still love ya.

    Oh and I have teen age sons and tons of 20 some nephews and nieces let me tell you – Adam is getting the younger voters back for AI – in droves, they get him, he IS relevant these days –

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    From what I am reading no one likes Danny, or they just keep quiet about it.

    What we read online, about Danny Gokey, or any other contestant, probably represents a very small percentage of people who actually vote.

    I loved Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance last week but couldnt stand him this week. I agree with Simons self-indulgent criticism. I think he needs to dial it back a bit or he is going to get old real fast, imo.

    I’m beginning to wonder if he wants out.

  • tmtpoole24

    RT was a goon last night.

  • tinawina

    Dial Idol hurt my feelings this morning.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m beginning to wonder if he wants out.

    I don’t think Adam wants out. But I don’t think he gives a crap about winning. Or at least winning if he has to alter his OTT Fabulous self to do it. And well, good for him.

    But he won’t win. LOL.

    Did anyone else get extremely annoyed at the judge’s insistance on shoving everyone back into their boxes HARD last night? Simon wasn’t kidding when he said you couldn’t get artistic on this show.

  • sunchick

    Poor Johnny Cash isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t just rolling over in his grave, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doing somersaults!

    You mean this Johnny Cash?

  • thedingoateyobaby

    I think I agree with Tina. I dont think Adam necessarily wants out but I dont think he will change just to stay on either. He is who he is and nothing will be standing in his way.

    That kid has a voice like no one else I have ever heard and nothing Simon or anyone else says can take that away from his over the top self and thats why i love him.

    I dont think he will win either, I think Idol will see to that but it doesnt matter. His train has done left the station and there aint no stopping it now.

    Plus, I dont like country and never knew Mr. Cash personally but from what I do know about him he was pretty damn edgy himself so Im thinking he was smiling in that grave of his.

  • jammasta

    Freakin heck, I feel like the only one who didn’t like Adam and liked Gokey. Then again, Adam’s fanbase is a bit too big. Oh well, I admit besides this week he’s been pretty damn awesome.

    I voted for Michael (since I knew he’d be in danger of elimination and I like his voice), Kris, Lil (just to ensure her there a bit…. she seemed in danger too, despite being a front runner), and Anoop. I tried to vote for Matt and Allison, but I couldn’t get through.

    I still stand by my opinion that Adam was terrible last night. Unique twist and I loved the arrangement, but the vocals just didn’t hit. A little creepy? Only at the ending. When I saw people posting that it was really creepy, I expected something way…. weird. I was slightly disappointed, the end was only way OTT. If he wins by that I’ll be quite pissed. I gotta give the man props for being unique and having a “dope” personality, but I wouldn’t mind him toning down the wailing.

    But yikes at who seems to be the bottom 3. All I have to say is that Allison BETTER NOT GO! The “more partying on the bus” thing seems kinda fun, but is it really worth not having a great singer on the tour?

    I think only Scott and Alexis can go, and I say Alexis painfully. She was really good, and she was okay last night, but of the three at the bottom she was probably the worst…. Adam, Lil, Danny, and Michael (yes, I put Michael in a group with them. Sue me. He’s not as great as them, but he’s not as bad as people say.) are allowed a bad performance, because they’ll most likely step it up the next time.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “Plus, I dont like country and never knew Mr. Cash personally but from what I do know about him he was pretty damn edgy himself so Im thinking he was smiling in that grave of his.”

    I double ditto this, he would most definitely have enjoyed Adam I do believe – we arent talking about George Jones but Folsum Prison stayin Johnny Cash.

  • Tess

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Adam wants out. But I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think he gives a crap about winning. Or at least winning if he has to alter his OTT Fabulous self to do it. And well, good for him.blockquote>

    My sentiments exactly. I don’t think there has been such an articulate contestant on AI, ever, nor one that knows themself as well as Adam does. The man is uber-intelligent (by all indications) and has self awarness that is so lacking in today’s world. He is going to be true to himself, he isn’t going to let any psuedo-celebrity posing as a judge derail him from what he believes in, but in the process he just smiles, keeps his comments to himself, and is respectful to those critiquing his performance.

    “Respect” is the operative word when describing Adam. He is respectful to himself, his chosen lifestyle, his craft, his fans and his associates. His choices may not be our choices but he has never once said anything on Idol that undermines anyone elses belief. He doesn’t preach nor does he intend to convert nor does he manipulate by trying to do or be someone he isn’t.

    We may ridicule him, judge him, make fun of him, get upset with his choices, but we can’t not respect the man. If we do, then we have our own biases to contend with.

  • Lu

    Who knows what Johnny Cash would think? I can’t presume to know. All I know is I hated what Adam did to his song. It blew chunks. YMMV

  • cheese

    I have no idea who to put my points on, but I do think a girl will end up with the lowest number of votes. Ideally, I’d like to see the judges save a girl tonight, and de-pimp Sarver AND Scott next week and send them both home.

    I’ve re-watched Adam a bunch of times and my favorite part is the bitch face on the woman sitting next to Randy Travis (his wife?) after he finishes performing.

  • Lu

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve re-watched Adam a bunch of times and my favorite part is the bitch face on the woman sitting next to Randy Travis (his wife?) after he finishes performing.

    Recognize the look… same look I had on my face! lol

    ETA: I do want Adam to stick around though. Even though I dont enjoy his singing, I’m always curious to see what he’ll do next.

  • weese

    Megan was the biggest surprise for me. I am intrigued. Her weird dancing is becoming kind of endearing.

  • JudyOhio

    The show last night wasn’t much to write home about. Don’t know whether to blame it on the theme or the contestants, or maybe I’m idol weary (yawwwn).

    Danny – His high point was the chorus, but then he went on to mess that up with over singing at the end. I see him as a little fish in a big pond.

    Adam – I’m on the side of did. not. like. Although, I haven’t checked him off “my list” yet. Black and white was killer. They need to watch the lighting with his skin. It was sooo bumpy when the light hit the side of is face while he was singing. I’m pretty sure he has a diagnosed skin condition.

    Michael – He’s had 2 shots at the fast songs, failed to impress on either. Last weeks song was beautiful. Unfortunately for him, he won’t be able to sing slow songs every week (fans of the show won’t forgive him if he does that).

    Kris – Cute enough, sings well enough, but I can’t see him as winning the whole thing yet. He’s sort of like a place holder and stays under the radar.

    Matt – Nice voice, skilled on the piano, but I have a problem with the big head, shiney face, strategically located zit or two, little teeth, and the showing of a lot of gums (ok, call me shallow).

    Scott – What a sweet man. His blindness tugs at my heart. He’s hard to watch for me because I feel myself inside going awwww (maybe he could try the sunglasses, but I don’t think that is his style). His voice tends to only come through in the chorus of a song. Another talented pianist.

    Anoop – I had all but written him off until last night. What a pleasant surprise. I thought he was superb.

    Lil – A really good singer, but hasn’t had a real “moment” yet. Chooses gorgeous dresses. I liked her earlier more subtle personality more than the sassy one that she has gotten into. Don’t see her leaving any time soon though.

    Allison – I really like this girl. Everytime she performs I feel entertained and feel she does a great job. It’s still to be seen if she is going to remain consistent. I hope she’ll get the chance to continue on the show for awhile.

    Megan – She has a “something” in her voice that I like, a little cracking of the voice or something that makes her sound unique, but she seems self-conscious to me, like she’s not sure she belongs. Even so, I don’t think I could take a whole album of her, lol, and I don’t think she will stay long. As a matter of fact, I think she could go tonight.

    Alexis – I hope she doesn’t feel she has to dirty it up for acceptance with the judges. I wasn’t crazy about that arrangement, but I felt the band let her down a bit with Jolene also. She has a good voice.

    The contestants with the best vocal chops in this bunch (imo) are Adam, Allison, Anoop Alexis.

    Sign, I clearly don’t have a horse in this race yet, lol……

  • thedingoateyobaby

    I think thats why I like Adam so much, at least one of the reasons. He makes you talk about him. You will either love him or hate him, there will be no in between. He’s up front and in your face. he wont allow you to be ambiguous about either his performance or his personality.

    Me? I think he has an amazing presence and voice and I think he’s really beautiful. Im a sucker for that tall dark and handsome thing.

  • justshootme

    That’s one of the things I love about Adam. He knows some will love it, some will hate it, and he’s cool with that. That’s art. He just puts it out there. He’s seems totally bemused by the whole judging thing. I know he probably won’t win, my faves never do.

    And yeah, I never met Johnny Cash, but from everything I know about him, I doubt he’d have a problem with Adam’s version.

    ETA: Sorry to be redundant dingo, you type faster than I do! Great minds and all that.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Johnny Cash was punk country before there was punk rock. He’s probably amused.. :-)

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    I thought Adam killed it last night. I could totally hear that song on the radio. Even my baseball coach of a husband agreed. If you listen to bands like Muse or 30 Seconds to Mars or Mars Volta, you can hear similar elements. And, you’ll realize just how contemporary and relevant Adam’s music is. I think he is completely in a league of his own. I LOVE him.
    That said, I split my votes between him and Matt. I think I voted a few more times for Matt. I finally felt like Matt shared more of himself last night. He seemed so uptight last week. I was really excited that he got the pimp spot and nailed it.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve re-watched Adam a bunch of times and my favorite part is the bitch face on the woman sitting next to Randy Travis (his wife?) after he finishes performing.

    Yes. That’s his wife/manager (long story about that–Travis moved in with her and her husband when he was just a teen. She’s 16/17 years older than him. Eventually, the husband left, and then in the early 90′s amidst rumors that Travis was gay, they married)

    Travis’s wife was clearly not happy with Adam’s rendition. LOL.

    Next week is Motown week.

  • Lu

    I really appreciate having the vids to go back and watch again. thanks MJ! I’m still sticking with my personal top 3: Matt, Anoop and Kris. I thought they were all awesome last night. So glad to see Anoop do his thang. He was the best for me last night. Though I’m not a huge Megan fan, good on her for being able to perform last night… Ummm… sure hope she wasn’t contagious!

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    go dmho Mar 18th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Ok, the voice of the conservative here. I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t STAND Adam. Poor Johnny Cash isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t just rolling over in his grave, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doing somersaults! Adam absolutely trashed a country classic. Even shutting my eyes didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help (I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stand to look at him). I can watch and listen to Danny or Scott all day, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m truly confused about all these Adam fans.

    (emphasis mine)

    Another conservative here — and Adam is the contestant for whom I have waited for 8 seasons. To me, he plays his voice like Hendrix did the guitar.

    I don’t hate any of the contestants, but I am indifferent to most of them. I genuinely feel for Danny and Scott, Lil and her family, the single moms, etc. But the only contestants who inspire my musical passion are Adam, Allison, and Jesse Langseth.

    Johnny Cash’s albums with Rick Rubin featured dozens of covers by cutting edge artists far outside of country or top 40 music. Johnny and June are gone now and we can’t know what either would think. I thnk Adam’s rendition of Ring of Fire was actually very reverent of the lyrics’ pain. Even if the arrangement was different and unexpected, not one note was false or flat.

  • jpfan

    “Smiling from his grave” is sort of creepy. Who knows what Cash would have thought? Maybe he’d be watching DWTS?

    Adam is fun on the show but he’s becoming one of those controversial “novelty acts” on Idol. Guys that are different for Idol but just sink in the “real world.” He’s a much better singer than Blake or Taylor but I just can’t imagine him as a recording artist. But I’d be perfectly happy if he wins the whole thing. Kind of doubt it though. He’s too polarizing and is probably already losing votes to the “cute” guys – Kris and Anoop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    I floved Adam ´s version… I actually think it sounded so sexy…

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    I thought it was sexy too! I think he even deliberately showed a little tummeh!!! Adam is fierce!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Next week is Motown week.

    This should be a good one. I can’t imagine any of these not being at least above average next week.

  • Trina

    How come no one is voting for or liking Danny, and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first on Dial Idol? Who the heck votes on there? I sure dont, dont know how. From what I am reading no one likes Danny, or they just keep quiet about it. His performance was words can discribe, like the people who dont like Adam come right out and say.

    YouTube views and what is said on message boards isn’t always an indicator of how casual voters or Middle America will vote. Adam may have the most rabid fans and might be getting the most attention but it doesn’t mean he’s the ones that’s actually getting the lions share of votes. I’m guessing LOTS of people are voting for Danny even if they aren’t all over boards boasting about it.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    >>Another conservative here à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and Adam is the contestant for whom I have waited for 8 seasons. To me, he plays his voice like Hendrix did the guitar.>>

    Ohhhhhh terrie, that was gooodddd. What a great interpretation and thats how I feel too. I thought I had been waiting for taylor but pffffftttttt, this guy puts everyone I ever heard or saw on idol to shame for ME. Its jmho but you hit the nail on the head.

    OK, so Im a carrot eating liberal here but man I love this guy. I love the intensity he brings with him when he steps on that stage.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    ” Kara is impressed that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s singing with the flu. Paula says she wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t at the run through because she was at the hospital”

    I really like Megan, I do, and not to bring up last year, but, yes I am – remember when Jason was sooooo sick and had a shot right before going on, not one word from the judges on how sick he was, right? They really want Megan there, as do I but still, I thought that a little odd

  • weareallinnocent

    Thanks to all for educating me on the rumors about RT. Guess there’s a period of my existence when I lived under a rock. LOL

    I totally agree with those who note Adam’s artistry, relevance, musicality, and amazing vocal abilities. Not to mention his courage. While I agree he doesn’t want to leave, and he is who he is, I’m not yet completely convinced he possesses a “devil may care” (pun, sorry) attitude. I think he totally knows who he is as an artist, but I still think he longs for broad acceptance. I think he probably has haunting doubts and fears when he takes himself out there, and he’s pleasantly surprised and grateful when at least some folks “get” him. He is human, and it shows in his eyes during the few seconds post-performance as he sees the crowd and waits for the critiques. At least that’s the vibe I’m getting.

    It’s possible I’m projecting though. LOL

    Bottom line, I agree with Tess, Terrie, sunchick, dingo, et al. :-)

    ETA: My theory on DialIdol (which is worth about nothing) is that, while a representative sample of sorts, it skews toward the more organized block-voting fanbases who push folks to use that service. I know they have a formula and an impressive track record, but at this stage of the competition, a gaze at the raw counts can be pretty telling too. I think Gokey has a lot of church voting blocks who are serious about getting him to the win, for whatever reason, and many are using the DialIdol service at this early stage when other contestants’ fanbases just aren’t that organized yet.

  • Lu

    I thnk Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s rendition of Ring of Fire was actually very reverent of the lyricsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ pain.

    ITA: Yes… it was very painful! :)

  • Layla

    It’s funny (as in strange) that Adam is the only sexy male on the show and he is gay. Kinda reminds me (when he’s performing) a little of Brian on QAF.

  • redge_dc

    First time posting about S8.

    Thinking about Kara’s words about Adam. She’s probably confused because Adam makes her girl-parts happy but that performance just reinforces that he’s gay (or bi at least)…:)

    I like Adam, he’s one of the few people (the other one is Allison) I look forward to every week. I wanna see and hear what he’s going to do next. But, his performances do sometimes make me uncomfortable, in a way that makes me think about my prejudices and biases. I can watch a woman playing off of her sexuality and not be uncomfortable or think it’s unusual. Although, I sometimes think it’s too much. But a man playing off of his sexuality, be he gay or straight or bi, is not something I’ve seen a lot off. Because it’s new to me, I sometimes find myself feeling uncomfortable watching him. And, for me, instead of shying away from it, I find myself wanting to watch more and seeing how far he can take me for the ride.

  • jan

    I don’t know if I like or don’t like Adam’s rendition or Ring Of Fire. I sure do like to watch him though. He is extremely entertaining. I hope he stays on AI for a long time. I might tune in just to watch him.

  • justantonio

    Michael Sarver – I thought this was alright. He looks in place with the music ..i think he could do well in country

    Allison Iraheta – this had some moments…missing that thing that makes performances great

    Kris Allen – I like this alot…picking the right songs and doing the right thing with them.

    Lil Rounds – not as bad as everyone makes it out to be…she did well enough to be safe

    Adam Lambert – i love adams voice but i did not like what he did with the song. The guy is still a star though. I like that he is taking risks and not being the same boring guy every week

    Scott MacIntyre – I have not liked him since the beginning..he’s not good enough…but i did like his outfit..sweet jacket

    Alexis Grace – Only Dolly parton should be allowed to perform this song..just take it off the lists..only the songwriter can put the desperation and passion this song needs

    Danny Gokey – I like his voice but only with some power..when it sounds like its straining…second half was good..

    Anoop Desai – beautiful…guy has a great tone..im happy he used the buble arrangement.

    Megan Joy Corkrey – I dont know why Megan is still in? She should not have made it past hollywood

    Matt Giraud – this was pretty good..one of the better of the night…the only problem is that i get a douchbag vibe from him..hopefully that goes away

    going home-..hopefully Scott …likely to go…Michael

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “To me, he plays his voice like Hendrix did the guitar”

    Dingo DOES type faster than the rest of us, she already agreed to this, but perfect Terrie, that is it. He plays that voice. side note to Terrie(check your email & space)

  • silverbabe

    You know, regardless of Adam’s sexual orientation, I (Being a female) found his performance sexy and sensual, something entirely new to the Idol stage.

    I think many people found it uncomfortable because they may have been slightly turned on by it, as I know I was, and didn’t know how to handle a family-friendly program giving them these feelings..

    Either way, Adam is the only reason to watch AI this year. The rest are zzzzzzzzzzzzz… complete snooze fest. Take Adam out of the equation and the rest of the contestants are on a level playing field.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I think many people found it uncomfortable because they may have been slightly turned on by it.

    Wow. Really?

    :lol_wp:

  • maracaibo

    I am still listening and watchng Matt’s performance He is soooo good!

  • Duke

    OK- so i just watched Adam’s performance back- My favorite performance this season. What a fucking artist in a sea full of karaoke.

  • Natasha

    Another conservative here à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and Adam is the contestant for whom I have waited for 8 seasons. To me, he plays his voice like Hendrix did the guitar.

    I’m not a conservative at all but I agree 100% with you. The whole performance was a revelation for me. It was unbelievably sexy and subversive. The vocals were just beautiful. It was one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen on Idol. I’m still astonished by that aspect of it.

  • tinawina

    I am going on record to apologize to all those who were not fans of the Davids last year. I think I’m starting to feel your pain. LOL. I like Adam but I’m not a huge fan. If he left tomorrow I’d be more disappointed over the lack of AI entertainment factor than anything else. But man, there are a sea of Adam Lovers around the internets, and it is something to behold. He always takes up half the convo in these threads. I’m not complaining, but its interesting to be on the outside looking in this time. Heh. Carry On.

  • Duke

    Yes. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s his wife/manager (long story about thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’Travis moved in with her and her husband when he was just a teen. Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 16/17 years older than him. Eventually, the husband left, and then in the early 90à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s amidst rumors that Travis was gay, they married)

    Oo! Maybe that’s why Randy Travis was so uncomfortable around Adam?!?!

  • weareallinnocent

    LOL tinawina, so true. I’m a Cook fan, and now an Adam fan, so I’m not yet in your shoes. I probably never will be either, because I had no plans to watch this season having never watched before last year. But vids of Adam mesmerized me, and yeah, here I am. Maybe not such a bad way to go. :-)

  • Layla

    I think many people found it uncomfortable because they may have been slightly turned on by it, as I know I was, and didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know how to handle a family-friendly program giving them these feelings

    Thank you silverbabe! You hit the nail square on the head! I think it made those who are uncomfortable with Adam’s sexual orientation and the fact that perhaps they are “Christdian”, and/or watching the show with their children or parents VERY uncomfortable Adam is damn sexy!

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Plus, I dont like country and never knew Mr. Cash personally but from what I do know about him he was pretty damn edgy himself so Im thinking he was smiling in that grave of his.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I double ditto this, he would most definitely have enjoyed Adam I do believe – we arent talking about George Jones but Folsum Prison stayin Johnny Cash.

    Triple ditto! I think Johnny Cash, despite his country beginnings was a man of the world….unlike probably most of his fans. I think he would have thought Adam just awesome.

  • cheese

    I am going on record to apologize to all those who were not fans of the Davids last year. I think Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m starting to feel your pain. LOL. I like Adam but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not a huge fan. If he left tomorrow Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be more disappointed over the lack of AI entertainment factor than anything else.

    This is where I am with Adam right now. I loved Adam’s performance, but I don’t think it was the most brilliant piece of art I’ve ever seen or think he’s the next big thing. For me, it was highly entertaining, and a big improvement upon Dilana’s horrifying version of that song, if that’s where he got the idea, and that’s about it. I didn’t even want to have sex with him! (maybe after he dips his face in a vat of makeup remover) He does have balls though (hell, maybe he’ll flash those, too before the end of the season) and he’s a good antidote for the large amounts of blah most of the others are bringing. I just don’t see myself following his career post-Idol.

  • Michelle

    Ahh, lol, I’m not turned on by Adam. I get what he’s trying to do. It’s not working for me. It’s like, layers of varnish and paint and hairspray and vocal gymnastics and eyefuck, but it’s all PERFORMANCE, where is the person? It’s good for getting a reaction but doesn’t touch me at all. jmo.

    and not that I think it matters, but I’m as liberal as all getout. for those keeping a tally.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    sumidol Mar 18th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To me, he plays his voice like Hendrix did the guitarà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Dingo DOES type faster than the rest of us, she already agreed to this, but perfect Terrie, that is it. He plays that voice. side note to Terrie(check your email & space)

    Hi, sumidol! :clap_tb:

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    nvm

  • oceana

    Well I’ll bite. To put it briefly, I didn’t like Adam’s performance and I’m not religious, not homophobic (quite the opposite), and don’t watch the show with my parents or children. That is, as mj points out, the problem with generalizations. (I can’t deny that I probably have an inner parent that didn’t approve, but I like to think most of my opinions are my own.)

    I think it’s this: I don’t enjoy horror films, or exceedingly “dark” music or movies. I don’t enjoy creepy. I don’t enjoy shock for shock’s sake. People who enjoy that will like Adam, I think.

    Now if Adam was playing a role in a horror musical, that would have been a great performance. Maybe that’s what he’s going for.

  • CRB

    For me, Adam is just an extension of the Constantine-like, theater-based Idol archetype with more stylized, over-the-top performances and vocals. As an amusement, a diversion on a reality show, he is moderately entertaining, as a recording artist or a drawing card on Broadway, I have zero interest. I know that a lot of people would “but it” though.

    As a singer, and judging strictly from Youtube videos where conventional singing is front and center, I don’t find his style or tone particularly interesting. Adam’s good, to be sure, but hardly the vocalist to reorder the musical world.

  • cat

    For those trying to determine how Johnny Cash would feel about Adam’s performance or telling us that we cannot know how he feels, I might offer a little (very little) insight that most peeps don’t have.

    I have worked with Mr. Cash (lol, how he would hate being called “Mr. Cash”) numerous times. I’ve partied with him after the gig.

    Cash was one of the most “out there” of all of the country artists from the time he started (as a rockabillyish guy) till the day he died. Few people realize that back in the day, he was looked down upon by the country establishment for his “rock” take on music, for his refusal to wear sequined suits and big ol hats, for his excessive partying, drug use and drinking (that put the regular country drunks to shame) and his problems with the law.

    Whoever said that he was “punk country” had it exactly right. He was waaaaay outside the envelope in his early days, and he never lost his sympathy and respect for musicians who take risks and who refuse to be put in a box. He always remembered how it felt to be excluded from the club and he always went out of his way to hold out a hand of friendship to those who were different.

    He was an incredible artist, an incredible person and the world is much poorer for the loss of his ongoing talent. And he would have looooooooved Adam’s take on his classic hit, and he would have laughed his ass off at the way Adam consistently puts himself RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. He did that. He did that all the time. It paid off for him, and I hope it does for Adam.

  • Layla

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this: I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy horror films, or exceedingly à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  music or movies. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy creepy. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy shock for shockà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake. People who enjoy that will like Adam, I think.

    Isn’t that a generalization as well? :devil_tb:

  • weareallinnocent

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this: I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy horror films, or exceedingly à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  music or movies. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy creepy. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy shock for shockà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake. People who enjoy that will like Adam, I think.

    You were saying? You know, about generalizations? LOL Cuz ya see, I don’t enjoy ANY of the things you mention, with the exception of, you guessed it, Adam. And, I enjoy his music, voice, art, and person very much.

    Honestly, I think he and his performances defy generalizations, so it only follows that those who appreciate any given performance of his can’t be stereotyped either. I guess no one can. But, yet, we all do it, or try. Why is that? (serious, yet largely rhetorical question)

    ETA: Layla, I like the way you think, but you type too fast! :-)

    ETA Again: cat, thank you for your insights. I teared up a bit reading them. No idea why, but thank you!

  • Layla

    ETA: Layla, I like the way you think, but you type too fast! :-)

    :smile_wp:

  • msergio

    I really really don’t get Adam. I can’t even stand to watch him. He is SO OTT and into himself it’s disgusting. The make up, hair, wardrobe. I’m sorry but I just don’t like people that are so over indulged in themselves and the worst part is that HE KNOWS people are loving and talking about him. The song last night was just plain horrible and strange.
    I am a huge David Cook fan not only becuase he happens to be the hottest guy alive but because he was different and knew how to do arrangements and change up songs but still look presentable. Adam doesn’t even come close. And why the judgemental remarks about Danny Gokey. Danny is really good and a very down to earth guy.

  • Layla

    Cat,

    Love what you wrote about Johnny Cash!. Knew there was a reason I have always found him unique.

  • Lys

    I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I dislike Adam’s performances so much. (Other than the sleazy costumes, the creepy glances, and the intermittent wailing, that is.) And I think that the bottom line is this: Adam Lambert comes across to me as fake.

    Not really sure why. He seems genuine enough when he’s not singing – in fact, his pre-performance interview with Ryan, his video clip, and the way he handled Simon’s ascerbic comments endeared him to me a little bit – but somehow, I think he loses any and all transparency the moment he gets on stage. Everything becomes an act. There’s no honesty, no openness. It’s like that “invisible wall” that Cook talked about last season – anyone remember that? Adam hasn’t quite cracked that wall yet. If he does, though, I think the results could be amazing.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this: I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy horror films, or exceedingly à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  music or movies. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy creepy. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoy shock for shockà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake. People who enjoy that will like Adam, I think. ”

    I never EVER watch horror movies, I do NOT enjoy creepy, I do enjoy music with a message and if I am sad they just might be a little “dark” but this statement just offends me to no end. I love life, my children and different types of music so yes to classify someone who likes Adam as a horror movie watcher or creepy is offensive – and I hope no offense is taken from me to those that like those types of movies because people just like what they like for whatever reason. I am as surprised as all get out to find my fav so far is Adam, my favorite and still favorite last year was Jason. They are sorta like night and day. So, it is not a matter of creepy people liking Adam

  • weareallinnocent

    And I think that the bottom line is this: Adam Lambert comes across to me as fake.

    That is a very interesting observation to me, even if only for the fact that I feel exactly the same way about Gokey. :-) Seriously. But, performance-wise, I totally get what you’re seeing, even if I see it totally oppositely.

    Maybe that’s the art speaking. I don’t know. I’m just completely intrigued that people can see (feel?) such diametrically opposite things, ya know? I would love to hear an expert psych and/or artistic and/or philosophical analysis!

    So interesting these discussions. Thanks MJ, for the forum, and thanks to all the thoughtful folks who think and post!

  • Miss Chaos

    I never EVER watch horror movies, I do NOT enjoy creepy, I do enjoy music with a message and if I am sad they just might be a little à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but this statement just offends me to no end. I love life, my children and different types of music so yes to classify someone who likes Adam as a horror movie watcher or creepy is offensive – and I hope no offense is taken from me to those that like those types of movies. I am as surprised as all get out to find my fav so far is Adam, my favorite and still favorite last year was Jason. They are sorta like night and day. So, it is not a matter of creepy people liking Adam.

    “This”
    I liked Jason the best last year too, and found myself voting for him for 2 hours, and even making my husband vote too! Thus I am finding myself freakin loving Adam, they are so different but both so unique, I guess that’s why. And as theaterical Adam is when he is singing, it is an act by the way, others could learn from that, he was the only one that didnt back talk the judges, just smiled and acted polite.(Just like Jason last year) I found myself screaming at the TV to everyone else, Just STFU!!!

  • Lys

    That is a very interesting observation to me, even if only for the fact that I feel exactly the same way about Gokey. :-) Seriously.

    Oh, I completely hear you on that one. :) If we’re talking Gokey, that man is as fake as they come. YMMV, of course. If [insert name of favorite singer here] is a Coke, then to me, Adam is a Coke Zero, while Gokey is a fizzed-out Diet Cola that’s been left open in the sun for three days.

  • LakesideUK

    There are two things that get me going in music: heart and virtuosity. I’m not getting a great deal of the former from Adam but he has the latter in spades.

    His mastery of his vocal instrument is something that as a singer myself I can only marvel at. He seems to do things that shouldn’t even be possible – never mind his voting number, they should be flashing a “Don’t try this at home!” banner whenever he sings.

    So that’s the main hook for me. Yeah, his appearance and performance skills are striking, but it’s his off-the-scale vocal skills that do it for me every time and I hope he keeps on doing what he’s doing even though I know it will probably mean handing the title to Mr Snoozefest Gokey :sad_tb:

    As long as he stays true to himself I think he’ll land on his feet no matter where he finishes in the competition. If the recording industry can find no place for someone with his level of talent then I genuinely despair…

  • justshootme

    Speaking of fakeyness…. that whole pre-performance bit with Gokey, where he acted like he couldn’t get the words?, melody?, whatever?, right. It felt completely phoney to me. Like he was making some weird attempt to amp the drama? Came off as very childish and transparent to me. I really gotta start FFing through this shit.

    OTOH, I love Adam, but I do get the criticism of his being more of a performance artist than a more “organic” performer. I think that kindof goes with his style.

  • Tess

    Since I will never be able to explain why I like milk toast David Archuleta, hated Taylor Hicks, thought Elliott had potential, tolerate David Cook, enjoy Carrie and Kelly, can’t fathom why anyone ever thought Fantasia or Clay or Rueban were AI material, etc. I guess I just have to go by gut feelings. Either I like someone or I don’t, and I don’t think that anyone is going to sway me to give up my gut feelings just like I don’t think I can sway anyone else.

    After reading several boards, including this one, I am trying to understand how “country” music became a “sacred” thing and that anyone not worshiping at its alter are being disrespectful. They aren’t saying you need to like country music, they are saying that you cannot manipulate it in anyway. I just don’t understand that concept. Would someone explain it to me…like I’m a Kindergartner. Thanks.

  • dreamr

    My conservative and/or liberal views have nothing to do with whether or not I like Adam. I wasn’t even watching the TV and was instead simply listening to all of the performances and man, that performance was a total mess. It reminded me of the part in that Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore movie, “Music & Lyrics,” where they go to see “Cora Corman” because they wrote a song for her (a pretty ballad) and she’s like “let me show you what I’ve done!” and she starts gyrating provocatively to a middle eastern tinged completely out there version of their song and Drew is about to have a fit.

    Cora Corman – Way Back Into Love

    That’s what I was thinking about the entire time I was listening to Adam. I sooo felt like Drew Barrymore in that “WTH!?” way. XD

    Maybe Hugh’s character said it best: “Don’t speak. Don’t say anything.” lol

    Oh, and I have to say that “it burns, it burns” made me laugh out loud. XD

  • geekygirl

    Just read MJ post next week is Motown? What a shame if Alexis goes home tonight as I think that would have been her week.

    Haven’t gone thru all the performances, I hate country, but I think Anoop was great, Matt was great and Adam was riveting! I personally loved it, just let go of the fact it was country week and the song was Ring of Fire and just watched it as a performance piece and an incredible vocal masterpiece. Wow, I can see why it has stirred up so much controversy! But then I am a BIG fan of Muse and like that kind of singing.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Oh I sure hope Alexis does not go home tonight, I enjoy her also – dreamr – LOL – my sister is two hours ahead of me and sent me the funniest texts during Adam, she is a big time country lover, has loved Adam in the past but this one was a WHAT was that for her too – weird is how she saw it but couldnt deny the strength of his vocals, so, my powers of persuasion in regards to Adam wont work on some people? Thats ok – but seriously I cant shut up about it, ok ,well now I better, my boss is coming down the stairs

  • jpfan

    Oh boy, so it’s either Adam or Danny. I guess you can’t like or dislike them both. It’s an either or situation.
    Idol producers, you’ve done your job well. And if I like Danny I must be a God fearing Christian from a red state. If I like Adam I must be a pinko lib from San Francisco. And if I dislike Adam, it must be because of some threatening sexuality issues I have. And it must have something to do with him being gay.Or not. Or something to do with Christianity or the devil. Or not.

    Since I think both Adam and Danny are talented but don’t really care about either, I just find all this stuff funny. I must not be buying into the fake drama this year as usual.

  • Lu

    After reading several boards, including this one, I am trying to understand how à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  music became a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“sacredà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  thing and that anyone not worshiping at its alter are being disrespectful.

    I can’t speak for others but I certainly don’t feel this way. I really dont like today’s country music but I do have an appreciation for people like George Jones and Johnny Cash. My take is that I just hated Adam’s version of a Johnny Cash song that I love. It isn’t sacred and no one needs to worship… I just didn’t like it. It’s just like other songs that are sung on idol – we either like what people did with them or we don’t.

    I don’t personally dislike Adam at all and I think he is hands down the best performer on the stage this year. I just don’t like how he sings (or screams). I don’t have a clue what poor dead Johnny Cash would think about Adam. For me personally, it was painful.

  • Layla

    I hope Alexis stays too…I think she has a hell of a voice. She just needs to find herself…her own identity, and stop listening to Kara who wants to make a ‘ho out of her. She doesn’t need to go that route.

  • Layla

    After reading several boards, including this one, I am trying to understand how à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  music became a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“sacredà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  thing and that anyone not worshiping at its alter are being disrespectful

    I think it has a lot to do with the sterotyping of people who like country music (which I think is true to a great extent):

    You are not a god-fearing loyal Apple-pie eating BBQ loving American if you don’t like country music.

    I personally thing, that aside from the greats (who are effin’ awesome) : Dolly, Hank Williams, Cline, Cash, Willie Nelson and a few others…country music is a gimmicky shallow genre of music. I think that it doesn’t take much to please country music lovers. The new stuff makes me want to bleach my ears…thoroughly.

    .

  • listen

    weareallinnocent
    Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:12 pm
    LOL tinawina, so true. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a Cook fan, and now an Adam fan, so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not yet in your shoes. I probably never will be either, because I had no plans to watch this season having never watched before last year. But vids of Adam mesmerized me, and yeah, here I am. Maybe not such a bad way to go. :-)

    Wow. That is. me. ^ ^
    Never watched ’til last year and wasn’t going to ever again, ’til Adam’s tubie vids hooked me.

    I don’t know that Adam can win, but not sure if he should. Unlike Cook, who I always thought should win to further his career, with Adam, I am not so certain. I wonder what the popular thought is on that.

  • whosefanryou

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m still scared, Terrie. Ill be voting for the next 2 hrs. Anyone one with unlimited texts find it worth it??!! i might be changing my plan to vote for the guy every week.

    I’m sort of late responding to this, Duke, but I definitely recommend AT&T’s unlimited texting plan. I have their unlimited family texting plan which is $30 a month for our 4 cells. No big expensive bill in the mail that way if the kids go over their texting limits, and Idol voting is a breeze.

    And you’re welcome, Adam and Allison, for the many, many, MANY votes we sent your way last night. :)

  • movin2thabeet

    I’ve been following the discussion here and thought I’d throw in some additional perspective. I think performing on stage is a mix of acting, technique, projecting, and showing emotions. Some singers base their performing persona on showing vulnerability and openness, others have more of a shock and awe, in-your-face kind of approach. There’s no real right or wrong as long as you’re moving folks. Of course, there are wildly different audiences for say Nine Inch Nails versus Michael Buble. (A big LOL)

    Comparing Idol contestants who have wildly different approaches to performing is an exercise in futility to me. Sure, they’re on the same stage and in a contest but I think you’re either moved or you aren’t. Expecting Adam to be more toned down and vulnerable is as ridiculous as expecting Kris to flame it out more. I judge these kids by a combination of their performing skills, they ability to move me, and also how well they’re able to execute what it looks like they’re shooting for. For me, Adam fell a bit short on that last criteria last night. But given the line he has to negotiate to even stay on the show, I cut him some slack. More so than the others who are all obviously well within AI and America’s comfort range.

    As American Idol is aging, I think they’re stretching out the diversity of types of performers to feature. It’s not just the country, r&b, diva and middle of the road rock. Last year, they stretched further to include David Cook, the rocker with an analog heart, Jason Castro, Brooke, etc. Putting Adam Lambert in the mix this year widens the arena out even more. Since the show is allowing a greater range of genres on the show, of course there’s going to be huge disparities on who folks perceive as good or not.

    I think AI was smart in giving Adam the green light this year because it brought it more of the youth vote that AI needs to continue. The show was beginning to grow stale and one of the reasons is the audience was stagnant, older and not much in tune with where the music industry is heading. Lose touch with this and the show is toast. This year they’re obviously making much greater efforts to get in the ballpark of contemporary music relevance. They might still have a ways to go there but having Adam in the mix is definitely a good start. Megan would be too if she was more skillful at what she is shooting for. I think with her, people are giving her a huge pass based on her beauty and skipping from that to her potential. Of course, YMMV.

  • primeminister

    I was going to switch my overall pick to Adam before last night’s performance. Now, I don’t know. He’s still the most discussed but can he win it?

    HELP!!

    (I’m definitely not picking Gokey. Out of principle.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    It reminded me of the part in that Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore movie, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Music & Lyrics,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  where they go to see à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Cora Cormanà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  because they wrote a song for her (a pretty ballad) and sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“let me show you what Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve done!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and she starts gyrating provocatively to a middle eastern tinged completely out there version of their song and Drew is about to have a fit.

    Spot on comparison. That is exactly what it was like. Hehehehe…!

    And if I like Danny I must be a God fearing Christian from a red state. If I like Adam I must be a pinko lib from San Francisco. And if I dislike Adam, it must be because of some threatening sexuality issues I have. And it must have something to do with him being gay.Or not. Or something to do with Christianity or the devil. Or not.

    Well, heck. I like Kris, Matt and Anoop. Where in the world do I fit in?

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    edit: Don’t question the motives of your fellow posters.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just confront the pink elephant in the room and call it like it is. Some people are disgusted by Adam and his sex-drenched performances and at the same time, they canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t ignore the little tingle that they feel when they watch him. He makes you feel dirty and instead of embracing ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦some go to the extreme opposite opinion.

    Isn’t it simply possible to not like the way he sang the song? I recognize the fact that Adam has talent, am not homophobic and do not harbor any feelings that I have to safeguard the sanctity of country music. Johnny Cash is still one of my favorite singers and I have no doubt he would have been intrigued by the interpretation.

    I do not understand why anyone has to ascribe a motivation to someone who just didn’t like the way he sang the song! I agree with Simon – it was “indulgent rubbish.” I would have been much more excited by watching Adam sing a piece of country music AS country music or at least a reasonable facsimile of same.

  • Duke

    thanks whosefanryou, im looking into it right now!

  • Michelle

    I dislike both Adam and Danny. FIGURE ME OUT, AI!

  • bean99

    Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of Billie Jean just as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s take on ROF? I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t hear similar backlash then. Oh rightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s because DC is not openly gay like Adam. Letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just confront the pink elephant in the room and call it like it is.

    I was one of the few who didn’t like DC’s Billie Jean. I don’t care about Adam being gay, I still don’t like his performance style and this was the worst of all for me. I happen to like the original ROF but that’s not even why I don’t like this. It just wasn’t good, artistic, or even interesting to me.

  • cheese

    Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of Billie Jean just as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“darkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s take on ROF? I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t hear similar backlash then. Oh rightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s because DC is not openly gay like Adam.

    I don’t see any similarities between Billie Jean and Ring of Fire and I don’t know what Adam being gay has to do with it. The arrangement of Billie Jean made me listen to the lyrics of the song for the first time (which are sort of dark), but there was nothing dark or subversive about David’s presentation of it. It was moody and haunting at most.

    Adam’s presentation was over the top in a way that was bound to rub some people the wrong way, and it’s unfair to assume that he “makes people feel dirty” simply because he’s gay. I don’t generally want to watch some flat-ironed 27 year old guy (gay or straight) slinking around in shiny clothes, nail polish and makeup touching himself on American Idol, but I still liked his take on this particular song (his previous performances, not so much). I think he’s at least 5 years too old to successfully sport his current “look.” BUT Adam has a choice in how he presents himself. It’s not like he’s wearing the officially sanctioned “openly gay” costume and has to dress and perform in a certain way because of his sexual preference. A straight guy with the same performance style would be just as controversial, imo.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    >>I like Adam, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the few people (the other one is Allison) I look forward to every week. I wanna see and hear what heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to do next. But, his performances do sometimes make me uncomfortable, in a way that makes me think about my prejudices and biases. I can watch a woman playing off of her sexuality and not be uncomfortable or think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s unusual. Although, I sometimes think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too much. But a man playing off of his sexuality, be he gay or straight or bi, is not something Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen a lot off. Because ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s new to me, I sometimes find myself feeling uncomfortable watching him. And, for me, instead of shying away from it, I find myself wanting to watch more and seeing how far he can take me for the ride.>>

    Redge-dc….I think I love you. THAT WAS AN AWESOME POST. Thank you for your honesty. I must admit that when I watch him I definitely get excited. I dont think its in an erotic way but I cant wait for next week to see if thats what the tingling was. I always love a great performance and its rare that I get to see or hear that many of them in a lifetime much less on an Idol stage.

  • Natasha

    I’m a Cook fan so I never thought I would see a performance I liked better than Billie Jean but Ring of Fire surpassed it for me. It was much further out of the box than Billie Jean and much more sexual. Since I’m into that sort of thing I enjoyed it and thought it was gutsy but I can understand how it would be considered too much by some. Cook just didn’t push things as far. I don’t think the gay issue has much to do with it.

  • dante

    I LOVED Adam’s performance !!! So OTT and brilliant IMO. At work today, peeps either LOVED it or HATED it (as I expected).

    I haven’t read any of the comments yet but I was so happy that Anoop, Kris and Matt raised their game.

    I am not feeling even a little love for any of the girls. I prefer male voices – still I am surprised that I don’t enjoy even one girl.

    I am not a Danny lover or hater, but I wasn’t impressed with him last night. He and Adam have been my favs.

    Scott was boring – same sound as last week.

    Next week will be most interesting…..

  • Jocelin

    I haven’t liked Danny or Adam’s performances thus far and it has nothing to do with my religious/cultural stances at all. Really. It’s not as if I dislike them or find them distasteful. It is what it is. In various ways, I find them both to be rather old-fashioned.

    Oh, and the scroll bar is my friend.

    Allison may be my pick for the season, depending on if she even makes it to another week or not.

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    edit: one more like this, you go into moderation.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    >>He seems to do things that shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even be possible – never mind his voting number, they should be flashing a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t try this at home!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  banner whenever he sings.>>

    LOLOLOL!! That was damn funny.

    Im really not even hoping that Adam wins this thing, in fact I hope he does not for obvious reasons. I just want him to make it to the finale or close so I can watch him week after week. WTF would Idol do with Adam? He wont fit into any of their molds.

    He’s kinda dangerous with those menacing eyes of his. He makes me a little skeeeeeeered every time he walks out on stage.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    My AI favorites have been all over the musical map — Clay Aiken, Elliott Yamin, Chris Sligh, Jason Castro and Adam Lambert. But then again my music collection is eclectic. There is always a personal element to my attachment to these kids, but for me music is the alpha and omega.

    I have long since come to accept AI on its terms. It’s a top 40 show and I’m not a top 40 fan, so I just try to enjoy the talent and not bristle at how carelessly it’s handled.

    I still wish the AI stage were truly a foundation to elevate talent and help it soar, but it’s actually more like a theatrical diorama — a box with a low ceiling. The show’s creators do not aspire to discover and nurture talent but to build an audience for radio-ready performers and plug them into already lucrative niches.

    Do you remember Paul Potts, a contestant on another Simon Cowell show, Britain’s Got Talent? Despite Cowell’s cheesy foray into light opera with Il Divo and the U.K.’s tradition of a more diverse top 40 than ours, classical opera still occupied a marginal space in the music market. Yet Potts brought his audience and the judges to tears, became an overnight sensation and won the 2007 contest.

    In the same way, Adam Lambert may have a talent big and bold enough to break out of the AI box — and maybe even create his own radio niche. So what if he doesn’t play the AI game to win if it means having to compromise his musical and dramatic vision. He has too many natural gifts not to be noticed by the right people. In its first seven seasons, AI has really produced two successful winners, Kelly and Carrie. Maybe this will be the Year of the Anti-Idol.

  • Lu

    Isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it simply possible to not like the way he sang the song? I recognize the fact that Adam has talent, am not homophobic and do not harbor any feelings that I have to safeguard the sanctity of country music. Johnny Cash is still one of my favorite singers and I have no doubt he would have been intrigued by the interpretation.

    I do not understand why anyone has to ascribe a motivation to someone who just didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the way he sang the song! I agree with Simon – it was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“indulgent rubbish.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  I would have been much more excited by watching Adam sing a piece of country music AS country music or at least a reasonable facsimile of same.

    Thank you Bobbi. This is EXACTLY how I feel. I have no hidden agenda. I just did not like the interpretation of the song and I don’t care for his voice. I have enjoyed one performance of Adam’s (Satisfaction) and that is it.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    >>Do you remember Paul Potts, a contestant on another Simon Cowell show, Britainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Got Talent? Despite Cowellà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cheesy foray into light opera with Il Divo and the U.K.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tradition of a more diverse top 40 than ours, classical opera still occupied a marginal space in the music market. Yet Potts brought his audience and the judges to tears, became an overnight sensation and won the 2007 contest.

    In the same way, Adam Lambert may have a talent big and bold enough to break out of the AI box. >>

    OMG Terrie, Im telling you you better be careful cause I think I love you. YES YES YES!

    I watch the youtube of Paul Potts performance that night and I weep. Yes, thats the kind of thing I feel for Adam as well. Its very odd. The emotion very raw.

  • dante

    I may be completely off base, but my guess is Adam Lambert gets signed by TPTB no matter whether he wins or goes out in the next few weeks ( which I highly doubt). Bet they are rubbing their sweaty hands with glee….

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I have no hidden agenda. I just did not like the interpretation of the song and I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care for his voice.

    Well, I don’t know.

    Suddenly, I’m a sexually-repressed, Bible-thumpin’, Jesus-lovin’, red-state dwellin’, homophobic female who loathes pink elephants.

    If nothing else, this season has been very therapeutic. I’m finding out all sorts of unknown facts about myself, and we’re only at Top 11.

    Thank you, Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey.

  • tinawina

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know that Adam can win, but not sure if he should. Unlike Cook, who I always thought should win to further his career, with Adam, I am not so certain. I wonder what the popular thought is on that.

    Well, as someone not yet invested in him, I don’t think winning AI is in his best interests. I think he can sell records, but only if the music really fits him. And he is an updated version of glam rock to me if there ever was one. He sings with a kind of abandon, and he needs to sing material that lets him cut way, way loose, and be as overwrought as he wanted. And I think he needs to be able to be just as OTT in his look and stage presentation, at least sometimes. He’s also very sexual in his presentation. Maybe he could fit in the dance/electronica word too.

    AI is none of those things. They are all about the safe. They would give him some blanded out emo-by-committee songs. No way can he do David Bowie or Freddie Mercury or Axl Rose kinda OTT stuff. He couldn’t sing some banging sexy club tracks. I mean, he’s cute and all and still might do ok, but it would be a big old waste.

    It would be similar to what happened with Fantasia, who is really like Patty LaBelle’s love child, but Simon keeps insisting she should be singing standards. They gave her warmed over adult R&B for her first record and she made it work, but it wasn’t really her.

  • primeminister

    Trust meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦there are LOTS of people in this board and everywhere else who want to point to Adam as a bad role model, disgusting, a phony and it all correlates to their opinion of his sexuality. Not everyone is as open minded as you might be. And those people need to be called out. IMO.

    That’s like saying people have to be called out for racial bias if they don’t like Lil Rounds. Or “sight-impairment bias” if they don’t like Scott. LOL.

    I completely disagree your statement that “there are LOTS of people in this board and everywhere else who want to point to Adam as a bad role model, disgusting, a phony and it all correlates to their opinion of his sexuality.” Just because some Johnny Cash lover is completely disgusted with how Adam interpreted “Ring of Fire” does NOT mean that he or she is a homophobe, who should be “called out” as you believe.

    And shouldn’t tolerance go both ways?

    It is one thing to articulate reasons why he is not your cup of tea. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s another thing to passionately dismiss his talent and label him a hack. He is very deliberate in his choices and they are not for our benefit. It is who he is. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t understand why people cannot accept that.

    I’ve read through the comments here, and it seems a majority of posters here at least accept Adam’s song choices as a part of him, and even give him props for staying true to himself in terms of his performance decisions.

  • jersey

    Excellent post, pm. And LOL Gwen.
    Adam is my horse this season, and while I appreciate last nights performance, it was my least favorite of his. It was a bit too out there for me. It is possible to like a performer and not like everything they do.

    Talent, in many ways, is subjective. It’s not fair to call out someone as being prejudiced just because they don’t agree with my assessment of talent. Some above have said that if you don’t admit that Adam is talented, it must be because of some underlying fear, or bias – I just don’t think that’s true. If everyone saw the same ‘talents’ there would be no reason to have audience voting shows because everyone would vote for the same person!

  • LoveU

    Ummmm…

    Does anyone else think that Kara is just WASTING more time?

    And WHY WHY WHY does she want to turn Alexis Grace into a slut?

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    I really hope that you are all right. I live in California and am still reeling from the debacle known as Prop H8. I really hope that you’re right and that my panties are in a bunch over no good reason. I hope that tolerance is the theme and that the playing field is equal. MJ’s is the most tolerant, but there are some CRAZY things being said about Adam today. People, EW, everywhere. It’s sinful. And not in a good way! My soap box is securely stored and I will concede that MJs is a most tolerable environment. I truly, truly hope so.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    YES – LoveU – now we have to wait thru 4 opinions, I just want to get to the Idols please. Gwen – very funny, you really dont need a therapist when you have all of us, see? Mj’s is much cheaper by far. I have found out because I do like Adam that I am now a creepy horror movie lover, I never knew?!

  • Lu

    Trust meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦there are LOTS of people in this board and everywhere else who want to point to Adam as a bad role model, disgusting, a phony and it all correlates to their opinion of his sexuality. Not everyone is as open minded as you might be. And those people need to be called out. IMO.

    Dang… and all this time I thought we were just supposed to be having some fun ( maybe snarky at times) about American Idol. Didn’t know we were supposed to be calling people out. Wow.

  • weareallinnocent

    Terrie, fantastic post!

    Art is so subjective. It’s nice to try and understand how others view a piece I love (or not), whether they agree or not. But, I can’t really do that if I’m listening only to my own beliefs about what they think instead of letting them tell me themselves.

    P.S. Gwen, I always knew all those things were true about you. I’m so glad you now know them too. ;-)

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I have found out because I do like Adam that I am now a creepy horror movie lover, I never knew?!

    NO!! But, then I should like Adam because I love creepy horror movies. So. Confused. More therapy, please.

    Does anyone else think that Kara is just WASTING more time?

    I’m just waiting for her to swallow that microphone.

    P.S. Gwen, I always knew all those things were true about you. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m so glad you now know them too. ;-)

    Umm hmmm. Well, so am I. I plan to sleep well tonight.

  • LoveU

    And as theaterical Adam is when he is singing, it is an act by the way, others could learn from that, he was the only one that didnt back talk the judges, just smiled and acted polite

    ABSOLUTELY!!
    Adam strikes me as the most professional, the most polished.

    Why, if what Adam does is an act, is that a bad thing? Most great entertainers put on an act when they go on stage. Elvis. Elton John. Kiss. Neil Diamond. Etc., etc., etc.

    It is a performance on a stage. He wears a costume, if you will. He wears a persona. That does NOT make him a fake. That is just his stage character.

    And out of stage character, he seems totally charming and not as sterotypical as you might expect.

    And for the person who wrote that Adam is “so into himself”….you know this how??

  • RemusL

    I guess I’ll weigh in on this “respect for country music” issue. Personally, and this applies to ALL music genres, whether on Idol or just in the general music scene, I don’t see any point to singing a song the same way as the original unless you’re a cover band or unless you can do a better job than the original artist. Everyone should strive for his/her own interpretation, which can vary from very similar to completely different. Which isn’t to say that re-interpretations are always a good thing. However, most copycat performances tend to be judged “karaoke” for good reason.

    * Here are my rankings, taking into account vocal quality, stage presence and song choice.

    01 Anoop Desai – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Were Always On My Mindà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Willie Nelson) 26.5/30 (vocals – 9, stage presence – 8.5, song choice – 9) – Now THIS is the Anoop that I’ve come to admire from the UNC Clef Hangers! What’s more, I know he can do even better.

    02 Adam Lambert – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ring Of Fireà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Johnny Cash) 25.5/30 (vocals – 9, stage presence – 8.5, song choice – 8) – A virtuoso performance with some incredible vocal control!

    03 Kris Allen – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To Make You Feel My Loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Garth Brooks) 24.5/30 (vocals – 8.5, stage presence – 8, song choice – 8) – Wonderful simple heartfelt performance with some very nice vocals.

    04 Matt Giraud – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“So Smallà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Carrie Underwood) 23/30 (vocals – 8, stage presence – 8, song choice – 7) – I guess I don’t really “get” country music cuz I personally think this popular Carrie song, though it has some deep lyrics, is fairly melody-challenged; however, Matt sang it really well with lots of emotion.

    05 Allison Iraheta – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Blame It On Your Heartà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Patty Loveless) 22.5/30 (vocals – 8.5, stage presence – 9, song choice – 5) – Great vocals but wrong song to showcase them.

    06 Scott MacIntyre – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wild Angelsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Martina McBride) 21/30 (vocals – 7, stage presence – 7, song choice – 7) – Very pleasant rendition but I agree with those who think he’s delivering the same performance each time out.

    07 Megan Joy Corkrey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Walking After Midnightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Patsy Cline) 19.5/30 (vocals – 6.5, stage presence – 6, song choice – 7) – Amazingly, she made the most of her limited vocal range. It wasn’t terrible.

    08 Alexis Grace – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Joleneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Dolly Parton) 19/30 (vocals – 7, stage presence – 6, song choice – 6) – Very very pale imitation of the original – what one would term “karaoke”.

    09 Lil Rounds – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Independence Dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Martina McBride) 18.5/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 6, song choice – 5) – I didn’t particularly care for the song when it was sung by Martina McBride. I liked it less when Carrie sang it, and even less now. A very unconvincing performance. She should have tried an R&B version instead, or better yet, picked a different song.

    10 Danny Gokey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jesus Take The Wheelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Carrie Underwood) 18/30 (vocals – 6.5, stage presence – 7, song choice – 4.5) – Another popular Carrie song for which I’ve never cared – and Danny sang it quite poorly here. Tuneless intro, shouting through the second half, lots of missed notes and pitch issues.

    11 Michael Sarver -à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Goinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Down Til The Sun Comes Upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Garth Brooks) 17.5/30 (vocals – 6.5, stage presence – 7, song choice – 4) – Really dumb song choice which also means he can’t showcase any vocal range. And if you’re going to talk back, make sure your comments are witty at least – “country music is supposed to be fun”? Bleh!

  • LoveU

    You know, amid all this discussion about Adam and HIS sexuality, I cannot get over how Kara keeps wanting Alexis to slut herself up.

    What, is this 1962?

    Kara should be ashamed of herself.

  • LK09

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s kinda dangerous with those menacing eyes of his. He makes me a little skeeeeeeered every time he walks out on stage.

    :bigsurprise_ee: lol

  • dante

    I hate it when the contestants talk back to the judges.

    I have NO idea who to pick in the pool to go off tonight – I do think it will be one of the girls though……

  • Tess

    This season of AI is not only entertaining me…but it is teaching me (a very difficult concept for me) tolerance, patience, introspection, and verbal expression because of this web site. Thanks, MJ. I am learning (slowly) how to express myself in the terms of opinions not facts. Sometimes, as many of us do, I take liberties and will embellish the truth to get my point across, but I hope that these liberties are viewed as sarcasm or irony, not FACT.

    MJ is amazing at keeping me from baiting and jumping to the bait. We all have opinions, and those opinions have value. I may not agree with them but I am learning how to debate the issues using facts, instead of immediately dissing anyone who doesn’t think the way I do. And then it is really nice when someone posts a comment that totally expresses the way I feel and gives me validation.

    This year is very polarizing….but it is fun and enjoyable, at least to me.

  • silverbabe

    I was bored at work so I ran a quick informal experiment. I went to People.com and tallied up all the comments that mentioned Adam. Here’s what I found:

    Out of 240 comments that were displayed:

    89 were positive towards Adam
    90 were negative

    So..it looks like we’re 50/50 on him. But, you can’t dispute the fact that almost 75% of the comments were about him..and fiercely opinionated may I add.

    The boy’s got buzz, and that’s exactly what AI needs right now as their ratings are hurting. He’s not going anywhere for a while, polarizing or not.

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    Good recon silverbabe!

  • Qcloud9

    I love the smooth, soulful sound of Anoop. Everything about his performance of “Always on my Mind” is perfect. I thought that was exactly the right kind of performance he needed to do last night. IMO, Anoop is the best by a mile. I look forward to his performance every week. It’s exciting to see him reveal his talent to millions of people & see their reaction. I already knew he had the talent, but now he’s starting to show everyone his amazing vocals, and I’m thrilled to watch him reveal more and more each week.

    I purchased the video of Anoop’s “Always on my Mind” and I pre-ordered the single on iTunes. WOW, his voice is amazing & I love the video.

  • karenc

    I liked Adam the best this week. I thought it was interesting that Paula said that it sounded like Kashmir, because when he was performing, I was thinking that it sounded similar to a Led Zepplin song.

  • CRB

    Kara says, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very interesting. All a little strange. But I kinda liked it. It left me confused and happy.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Not coincidentally that was Kara D’s exact reaction to riding a horse bareback at her equestrian summer camp between seventh and eighth grades. :devil_tb:

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    OK, I’m skimming through some of these messages and it appears I need to post some reminders.

    1. Post your opinions on American Idol and the subject of this post. Posting opinions on your fellow posters opinions is OFF TOPIC

    2. Knock off the generalizations please. The “Danny fans must like him because….” and the Adam haterz don’t like him because…” posts are ridiculous. Don’t ascribe motives to your fellow posters. It’s rude, and again TOTALLY OFF TOPIC.

    3. Meta remarks like “gee I’m just sittin here observing all the posts in this thread, and you all seem to be….blah blah blah…” Also OFF TOPIC. And arrogant. Stop it.

    4. It’s really simple. Keep your remarks focused on the subject of the thread and OFF YOUR FELLOW POSTERS. If you don’t like reading negative opinions on your favorite. Stop reading the thread.

    Folks who keep ignoring the guidelines EVENTUALLY GET BANNED.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I hope that tolerance is the theme and that the playing field is equal. MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s is the most tolerant, but there are some CRAZY things being said about Adam today. People, EW, everywhere. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sinful. And not in a good way! My soap box is securely stored and I will concede that MJs is a most tolerable environment. I truly, truly hope so.

    You are really really close to being put into moderation. READ MY GUIDELINES BEFORE YOU POST HERE AGAIN.

    If you can’t handle criticisms of your favorite, you need to stop reading these threads NOW.

    http://mjsbigblog.com/?page_id=1172

  • Niall

    I liked Adam the best this week. I thought it was interesting that Paula said that it sounded like Kashmir, because when he was performing, I was thinking that it sounded similar to a Led Zepplin song.

    When Paula is lucid and focused she actually gives some really good critiques and can be very musically inclined, either with her suggestions or her observations. Many of her valid points get lost in her rather flowery and clumsy style of speaking. It’s too bad because she’s much more valuable on that panel than Randy Jackson.

  • Sydia

    I have heard all of the top 13. I like rocker strong voices, so of course I love Allison. Other that that, I don’t hear any great voices. Adam has a powerful voice, but its tone isn’t pleasant to me.

  • Grammie Kari

    He was an incredible artist, an incredible person and the world is much poorer for the loss of his ongoing talent. And he would have looooooooved Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s take on his classic hit, and he would have laughed his ass off at the way Adam consistently puts himself RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. He did that. He did that all the time. It paid off for him, and I hope it does for Adam.

    Thank you, Cat. I appreciate the details you shared about Johnny Cash. In many ways, he was a rebel. This seems to be a bit of what Adam attempts when performing. Your insight helped.

    Whew! Lots of debate on Danny and Adam recently.