American Idol Season 8 – Top 13 Performance – VIDEO

Some weird voice over announcer introduces the judges and Ryan Seacrest. Very odd.Simon announces that TWO contestants will go home tomorrow.

*Ryan announced a surprise change to the rules that’s about the judges….Simon does NOT think we’ll like it. I’m thinking it’s a variation on the bottom 2 singoff with the judges choosing who goes home. What do you guys think?

Alexis’ number is 1-866-436-5736

Video and Live re-cap after the JUMP….

  • Lil Rounds – “The Way You Make Me Feel” – VIDEO
  • Scott MacIntyre – “Keep the Faith” – VIDEO
  • Danny Gokey – “Pretty Young Thing” – VIDEO
  • Michael Sarver – “You Are Not Alone” – VIDEO
  • Jasmine Murray – “I’ll Be There” – VIDEO
  • Kris Allen – “Remember the Time” – VIDEO
  • Allison Iraheta – “Give in to Me” – VIDEO
  • Anoop Desai – “Beat It” – VIDEO
  • Jorge Nunez – “Never Can Say Goodbye” – VIDEO
  • Megan Joy Corkrey – “Rockin’ Robin” – VIDEO
  • Adam Lambert – “Black and White” – VIDEO
  • Matt Giraud – “Human Nature” – VIDEO
  • Alexis Grace – “Dirty Diana” – VIDEO

The Kids sing the songs of Michael Jackson.
Lil Rounds – “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Her video package features home shots in their extended-stay hotel (they lost their home in a tornado) and an interview with her husband. Very lively, engaging performance, she put a few twists in the arrangement–very nice. She’s gonna get a tongue bath. Randy says, “This is the way we kick off Season 8….you just put a whole new spin on it.” “What Lil just did, everyone’s got to be ‘uh oh’…I hope we get to hear you on the radio…sick.” Paula says, “You are a force to be reckoned with.” Simon said, “I thought it was a bit of a lazy song choice…I thought the second half was better…I hate what you’re wearing.” Whoa Simon! 1-866-436-5701

Scott MacIntyre – “Keep the Faith” – Scott’s parents talk about raising him with a visual impairment. His sister Kaitlyn is also blind. Scott goes the inspirational route, and I think viewers at home will be moved by that. The song is a good fit for his vocals, his best vocal performance to date. He’s not a dynamic singer–this is probably as good as it gets. He’s getting a standing ovation from the audience. Scott tells Kara he just learned the song on piano. Kara likes the song choice, and feels Scott is staying true to himself (she’s really kissing his ass ’cause he’s blind) Paula calls it magical and lovely. Oh, the songwriter is in the audience. Simon says, “I hated the song…nobody knows it…it’s fine being artistic, just not on this show….it didn’t do you any favors at all.” Randy says, “I liked the song….it just felt all very safe from you…I want more sparks from you.” The song was #1 in Norway! 1-866-436-5702

Danny Gokey – “Pretty Young Thing” – The video features shots of Danny and his immediate family. No footage of his church, or talk of his dead wife… The arrangement starts slow and then kicks in. Danny’s voice is really REALLY gravelly, but he’s takin’ the audience to church on this song. A very good performance. Paula says, “I think you’re on your way to the finals.” Simon starts laughing at her. Simon says, “You are one heck of a singer, however the dancing was hideous….Doesn’t matter, I really like you tonight…terrific.” Randy “When you’ve got it, you’ve just got it.” Kara says, “You have joy when you step on that stage.” 1-866-436-5703

Michael Sarver – “You Are Not Alone” – Michael visits the oil refinery. His wife says he grew up without a dad. This performance is so much better than his semi-final performance! He’s got a powerful voice and sings with a lot of feeling. Very nice. He’s ballad boy, I think. Simon says, “You’re not the best singer, you made up for it with passion, heart…you gave it 110%.” Randy says, “Your definitely one of the best tonight.” Kara says, “Tonight showed me you really can sing…you can hit those notes…you bring your game.” Paula says, “You sounded really lovely tonight.” and then some blah blah about coloring it up… 1-866-436-5704

Jasmine Murray – “I’ll Be There” – Jasmine’s family loves her–that’s her video in a nutshell. The performance is shouty, pitchy–as a singer, she’s very limited. She’s out of her depth–singing an easy song isn’t helping her, either. She doesn’t have the chops to hack it. OMG Randy namechecks Mariah.   Randy says,”You did a pretty good job on that.” Kara says, “You did it, and you sold it…great stage presence.” Paula says, “You have tremendous composure and poise…some moments you were under [pitch] at times.” Paula calling her out on her pitchiness! Simon says, “A little bit robotic at times…a little bit like a little girl acting like a grown-up.” The judges were kind, I think. 1-866-436-5705

Kris Allen – “Remember the Time.” Kris video features his musical family–Kris’s wife misses him. Kris hits the stage with his acoustic guitar. He has a pleasant, soulful voice, but he’s getting swallowed up by the band and the big stage. Eeep, he’s hitting a few bad notes, too. He’d be great in a club. Kara says, “The girls love Kris…when you play your guitar…it helps you. ” Kara says he spent time helping the other contestants this week. Paula says, “You’re engaging…and kinda adorable sexy…great job.” Simon says, “It was interesting, the guitar made it clumsy, the vocals are ok.” Simon makes a crack about the wife–that Kris should’ve hid her for awhile–and she’s not smiling. Randy says, “Very Jason Mrazy…job well done, baby.” 1-866-436-5706

Allison Iraheta - “Give in to Me” – Her video is the story of her immigrant parents. She’s all rock n rolled out in black leather. Hm not sure if this was a great song choice, but she really has an interesting sound to her vocals. The last half of the song is better than the first half.   I like her–hope she sticks around. She’s the only true rock singer in the bunch. Paula says, “OMG she’s 16!…keep doing what your doing…stay authentic.” Simon says, “We know who you are…got to lighten up a bit…very good.” Randy says, “If you got it you got it…you can sing…anything…your one to watch in this whole thing.” Kara says, “Keep being a rocker girl…great job.” 1-866-436-5707

Anoop Desai – “Beat It” – Anoop gets a pimp chat with Ryan. In Anoop’s video, we get to see him in his cultural environment and find out he’s an only child. He’s very well spoken. I know the dude’s popular, but the vocals aren’t there. Not a great song choice for him…he needed to re-arrange it to make it work. He doesn’t look comfortable at all on the big stage. I’m not liking this. Paula says, “I think the song is untouchable…anything else sounds karaoke.” Simon says, “It was all very lightweight, no aggression…trying to be like Michael Jackson, but failing.” Randy says, “It didn’t work for me.” Kara says, “We didn’t hear you sing any variation….your strength is your connection.” Simon regrets making it a Top 13 on “the back of that performance.” Ooh. The worst comments of the night! 1-866-436-5708

Ryan’s mom and grandmother are in the audience. The two unannounced special guests? Ha ha.

Jorge Nunez – “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Jorge’s video features his great big family. He’s got a big big voice, very impressive pipes. I would love to hear him sing in Spanish. Randy says, “It’s a little old fashioned…a little pitchy…nice upper range.” Kara didn’t feel the emotional connection. Paula didn’t like the song choice either. Jorge is trying to say, in a round-a-bout way that he didn’t pick the song. I’m sure he didn’t Simon says, “It was corny, it was out of your depth…I couldn’t wait for it to end.” Geez, it wasn’t that bad. Are they trying to ditch him? 1-866-436-5709

Megan Joy Corkrey – “Rockin’ Robin” – She also gets the Ryan pimp interview. She claims she’s never performed in front of an audience…NO! Megan tried out for stuff in high school, but “never made anything.” Then she decided to get married and have a kid. Well, that was different. That performance was ill-advised on so many levels, yet Megan makes sure that you don’t forget her.   There’s something interesting about her voice and the way she performs, yet she’s not very good. The bird calls at the end? Just NO. Kara says, “You have a way of putting your signature on everything you touch…we need to see your range.” Paula says, “You picked the right song, but I felt disconnected until the end.” Simon says, “What a stupid song choice…the vocals not good..dancing ridiculous…” Randy says, “the song choice…didn’t allow you to… ” They ask Gordon Ramsey in the audience what he thinks for some reason. – 1-866-436-5710

Adam Lambert – “Black and White” – Adam has a very nice family. Equality baby! You sing it, Adam. The song is kinda appropriate, no? Well, lyrically it is. Not sure I’m liking what he’s doing with this song. Paula says, “Comfortable, seasoned, you’re innate ability…blah blah blah whole package.” Paula is losing it. Adam is about to cry, he’s so moved. Simon says, “That was in a totally different league to everything we’ve seen…you’ve got to be over the top with Michael.” Randy says, “You could make a record right now…I love what you do…” Kara says, “You hit notes…I hope Michael Jackson is watching this tonight.” Paula is mindboggled! I think this performance is overrated. Sure, Adam is comfortable on stage, and he’s got that insane range, but it’s all too cabaret and stagey for me. I can’t believe Simon isn’t calling him out on that. I’m still not buying him as a pop star   – 1-866-436-5711

Matt Giraud - “Human Nature” – Matt and his Dad play ping pong…the ‘rents are getting very emotional. Matt sings sitting at a baby grand. He’s got a very current, soulful sound. I like this, except he loses me a bit when he riffs–he overdoes it. Still. Man, I smell darkhorse peeps, I’m tellin ya. Randy says, “Some pitch problems, but you are talented.” Kara says, “I hope we see you many more weeks.” Paula is blown away. Simon calls it a “meat and potatoes solid” performance. Matt got the rush job critique…they’re obviously running out of time. 1-866-436-5712

Ryan asks the viewers to get out pen and paper to write down the number for Alexis.

Alexis Grace – “Dirty Diana” – This chick can sing. Great performance. One of the best of the night.   It was a little over the top, but in a good way.   Kara, “you’re a naughty girl, and I liked it. Paula says, “fantastic.” Simon says, “very over the top.” Randy says, “I liked it.” – I liked this more than the judges did. I thought she laid it all out on the stage. 1-866-436-5736

  • Victoria

    Whoa, the judges are on the stage… fancy.

  • widz

    The entrance is like the jduges’ entrance on X-Factor..hmm..it looks cool..

  • Victoria

    The entrance is like the jdugesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ entrance on X-Factor..hmm..it looks cool.

    I think Simon is trying to turn Idol into the X-Factor.

    Kara’s going to be harder on them? Hmm, we’ll see.

    Paula is wearing feathers! XD

  • sparklesgirl2

    Is Alexis getting the pimp spot?!?! Sweet!

  • Victoria

    And Anoop’s makeover has begun…

  • sparklesgirl2

    Of course this means she could get screwed over by the phone number issue…

  • Hoppy

    You hear that America? This is your chance to get rid of Jasmine and Michael or Jasmine and Megan in ONE NIGHT!

    I have faith in you, America. But … not that much faith.

  • Victoria

    Lil did better than I expected. She has a nice falsetto.

    ETA: Agree with Simon, “lazy” is a good word for the song choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    ^so you all againts Jasmine… lol…

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

    Lil was better than last week.

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

    You hear that America? This is your chance to get rid of Jasmine and Michael or Jasmine and Megan in ONE NIGHT!

    Hear, hear!!!

  • Victoria

    “There’s a SPECIAL number for our extra contestant!”

    I love Ryan.

  • leome

    I liked Lil. She has the voice. Maybe not a memorable performance, but I thought it was good enough for her to be there next week.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Welcome back Simon!

  • dreamr

    Lil was…just alright for me, dawg. I wasn’t watching her, I was in the kitchen, but I had the volume up high enough that I could hear it and yeah, I wasn’t that impressed. The way she sang some of the words was a bit wonky. lol

  • danceinsidex3

    I just don’t think Lil is very interesting. She was a bit boring. I completely zoned out during her performance.

  • lovegoodmusic

    I hope Alexis doesn’t get the odd number. Alexis can sing anything and we need her in the competition.

  • yeahyeahsure

    Lil is not bad but I feel like I’ve seen that already. Blah.

  • St.Lucia

    Okay, I thought Lil was a bit boring too.

    I didnt’ think she deserved the drooling tongue bath from the other three.

    Simon looks like he’ll be the voice of reason tonight. thank goodness

  • soccerboi

    I just dont love her…i like her, she doesnt blow me away. I think there have been about 10 other black women on the Idol stage that have been better. That outfit was hideous!

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

    Lil is only being de-pimped. Now she’s in the Top 12, she’s on her own. She’s not the chosen one, I’m sure.

  • beesims

    Anyone else having problems getting chat to load?

  • Victoria

    Lil was just okay, but I’m relieved she wasn’t completely boring or terrible. If they’re going to compliment her, at least she did okay. Nothing special, but decent.

  • Niall

    I tend to agree with Simon about Lil but I’m surprised he said it. He’s been all over her with over the top praise up until this point.

  • dreamr

    Scott gets an “eh” from me. lol

  • Victoria

    Anyone else having problems getting chat to load?

    I can never get it to load. It’s only worked once for me.

    Scott is a good piano player. Vocally, he’s lacking. Most of it was nasally.

    ETA: Paula, it’s a singing competition, not a piano competition. Well, it’s supposed to be anyway.

    ETA2: Simon doesn’t want people to be artistic? =\ Okay, for once I agree with Randy.

  • St.Lucia

    Hey, did you know Scott was blind?

    Because I’ve forgotten that lately.

    I mean don’t get me wrong, I feel for the guy, but really he’s just not that good….

    as he kinda proved.

    Great on the piano, but the vocals are meh.

  • idolbeat

    Paula looks beautiful!

  • chicksineggz

    WTF Simon?
    You’re not supposed to be artistic?!

  • leome

    Scoot, he may not have the vocals, but I feel like he really connects with the songs, more than anyone this season (from what we’ve seen). I like to see him singing. The performance was ok, I liked how it picked up in the second half. I didn’t know that song and liked it.
    But, I really don’t think it deserves all that love from Kara and Paula.

    Simon wants personality people… not artistic people

  • soccerboi

    Not a fan of Scott…hes not great…his voice is no that strong. Out of all the MJ songs to choose…never heard of this song

  • yeahyeahsure

    DEAD at “It’s fine being artistic jut not on this show”.

  • St.Lucia

    Oh good! Danny and Michael. My two least favorites out in a 1 2 punch!

    I can handle that.

    And in the death spots too!

  • ashes07

    Is it just my tv, or are your guys’ tvs like cutting in and out with the sound???
    its really getting annoying. they really need to fix it!

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

    But, I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it deserves all that love from Kara and Paula.

    They can’t separate the emotionality from the performance. Therefore, Scott will never get an honest critique from the two. The honesty was somewhere between what Simon said and what Randy said. He’d be smart to drop the inspirational songs right about now before he boxes himself in.

  • sunchick

    WTF Simon is right. Don’t be artistic? Well, then, you just turned off a boatload of people who thought the show was finally going to acknowledge artistry a la Cook, Brook, etc. I liked Scott, and he can actually pull off inspirational without being treacly or making me break out in hives, which is no small feat.

  • anijsch

    I think Lil is nearly as bad as Danny to bring her backstory up again and again.

  • Skylark

    Gah, Kara with her “did you just learn that this week?”
    amazement was sooo condescending … yes he is blind but he KNOWS HOW TO PLAY PIANO!!

  • jz

    Lil – :mellow_tb: Okay. Funky background music, decent singing.
    Scott – :mellow_tb: Okay. Underwhelming vocals.
    I’m still waiting to be thrilled

  • Victoria

    Oh good! Danny and Michael. My two least favorites out in a 1 2 punch!

    I can handle that.

    And in the death spots too!

    Yay! I’m so happy. I think Gokey is about to be majorly de-pimped. The producers are probably sick of all the wife-pimping hate.

  • Paula

    I think Lil is nearly as bad as Danny to bring her backstory up again and again.

    I don’t think the contestants have anything to do with their backup stories now. It’s all AI.

  • houstonrufus

    What I want to know is, are they going to do that ridiculous judge entrance every week? Was that the ghost of Bert Parks doing the announcement? Weird.

  • snuffles

    Sounds like they’re treating Scott like a retard instead of a blind man. I waiting for them to talk extra loud to make sure he can understand them.

  • sparklesgirl2

    Nice to see Danny NOT mentioning his wife!

  • Victoria

    What I’ve learned tonight about Danny:

    -He has no sense of humor whatsoever.
    -He has apparently taken dancing lessons from Taylor Hicks
    -He has no falsetto
    -It sounds like the back-up singers are trying to mess him up XD

  • Lys

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fine being artistic, just not on this show.”

    :blink_tb:

    Well, alrighty then. I guess Simon must not have thought much of “Hallelujah” or “Billie Jean” or “Let It Be” or “Imagine”… You know, all those ‘self-indulgent,’ ‘artistic’ moments.

    Sorry, I know we’re not supposed to dwell on previous seasons, but I can’t help but think that Simon’s comment tonight pretty much sums up everything that’s wrong about this season compared to the last.

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

    Lovin’ Danny tonight.

  • St.Lucia

    I didn’t know PYT could be so UNSEXY.

  • janerazor

    I liked Scott a whole lot better than I thought I would. I liked the song, Simon! Yes, it was happy sappy but I was picking up what Scott was laying down, ya know? It really was in Scott’s range too. Really nice.

    Ok I can’t help it. I hate Danny, but I freakin’ love that song…sigh…I was picking up what Danny was laying down too.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    ugh that was horrid

  • jz

    LOL@ Danny dancing LOL LOL LOL
    At the very least, Gokey was entertaining. I thought he did well.

  • soccerboi

    Danny…really? I just don’t get it. I thought it was freakin horrible, just horrible!

  • lovegoodmusic

    Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re not supposed to be artistic?!

    Oh Simon can be a nut sometimes.

  • widz

    I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know PYT could be so UNSEXY.

    LOL

  • Victoria

    I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know PYT could be so UNSEXY.

    WORD.

    Simon thinks the vocals were brilliant? WHAT THE HECK?! I was just starting to like him again.

  • leome

    I think that was akward. He had some good vocals moments, but … awkward!

  • houstonrufus

    Brilliant????? I am so not getting this at all.

  • lizland

    Argh!!!! I can’t handle Kara leaning forward and yelling into the microphone. Why haven’t they told her to stop by now!

  • dreamr

    Yeahhh, I didn’t really like that. The yells were…off somehow for me. I mean, it wasn’t horrible…it was just…not that good. lol

  • idolbeat

    Why don’t I like Danny more?

  • sunchick

    ICK! Danny made PYT a church call and answer song. Hated. It. So. Much.

  • soccerboi

    Danny get the Velveeta out….uggghh cheeseball

  • Jolene

    They are never going to stop over-pimping him, are they? I’m so over Danny.

  • houstonrufus

    Why do I suddenly feel like Simon is trying to sell what by all counts has been so far a disappointing season?

  • Skylark

    I dunno … Danny just feels inauthentic to me.
    Like the anti-Elliott.

  • Paula

    I loved it — showed another side of Danny.

  • Victoria

    Why donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t I like Danny more?

    Because he’s overrated, can’t sinf or dance, and pimps his dead wife.

    Is Sarver doing okay or was Danny’s just that bad?

  • jz

    I bet Michael is going to be… “karaoke”.

    ETA: Kara’s comments SUCK. My lord.

    ETA: Wow, Sarver got good comments. I’m surprised.

  • St.Lucia

    Someone.make.Michael.stop!!!!

  • Miss Chaos

    What’s with Simon being so nice tonite!!??

  • Victoria

    Michael gave it passion and heart? When?

    Haha, Simon just called out the producers for mentioning Sarver’s job too much.

    ETA: It’s been so boring, I’ve already forgotten it’s MJ week. Can we have Adam now, please?

  • idolbeat

    Michael really?

  • leome

    I don’t understand why they pimp Michael so much. He doesn’t really ahve anything different, amazing about him. I don’t get it.
    He was good, I think he tried too hard, but to me he’s a forgettable one.

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

    Thought Sarver was boring.

  • idolbeat

    Paula is the best at commentating tonight – what is going on with this show – it is like Freaky Friday or something.

  • Miss Chaos

    HeH, Jasmine’s got a nightgown on.

  • Skylark

    They are all really overselling the songs since Kara’s comments on them vs Lill. Hope we don’t get “110%” from everyone … that extra 10% is not good.

  • latingrl2005

    So far I hate everyone. It’s going to be a long season.

    :drunk_tb: :drunk_tb:

  • soccerboi

    I liked Micheal tonight…he can actually sing…unlike Danny. I lost all respect for SImon tonight…Danny was not great tonight…judging from this forum and the countless texts I got…Im not alone in my opinion

  • St.Lucia

    ETA: Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been so boring, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve already forgotten ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s MJ week. Can we have Adam now, please?

    I still think whoever suggested 13 songs of just Adam singing Michael Jackson is a fantastic idea.

    We are 4 people in I’m bored to tears

  • widz

    Am I the only one who didn’t think Michael was as good as the judges said?

  • janerazor

    Didn’t like Michael at all. I don’t get why they are being so nice to him. Very ordinary and not pleasant-sounding in the least.

    Jasmine sounded like ass. Wow. Horrible.

    My boyfriend in college in 1986 totally had the shirt that Kris is wearing. Hmmm, didn’t really like him.

  • ashes07

    is the sound and the picture on your guys’ tv messing out for you guys? its like cutting in and out for me.

  • anijsch

    Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s with Simon being so nice tonite!!??

    It is like they just want to convince them self and the public that this are the right Top 13.

  • sunchick

    No widz, yoooooou are notttt alOOOOONE…..

  • JWalk

    Just got back from the rehearsal earlier – ran pretty late. Allison and Alexis were definitely the best – hope they deliver live as well. Wasn’t familiar with their songs, but they killed it. And Alexis’ number is 36 – there being a top 36 was the reason Ryan gave for it. Hope it doesn’t her chances.

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

    Am I the only one who didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Michael was as good as the judges said?

    Nope.

    That was a boring performance.

    For some reason they want him around.

    It’ll be a vote split for him and Danny.

    Danny is definitely the better singer, pimped deceased spouse, or not.

  • jz

    Am I the only one who didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Michael was as good as the judges said?

    You are definitely not alone,
    I don’t get all this love from the judges.

  • Victoria

    I still think whoever suggested 13 songs of just Adam singing Michael Jackson is a fantastic idea.

    That was me. :laugh_tb:

  • tinawina

    I didn’t think Danny was bad. Liked the effort and arrangement even if some notes were wonky.

    Micheal wasn’t that good.

    Lil entertained, but I think she might end up in a little trouble.

    I didn’t mind Scott, but he’s not gonna win.

    The judges are on crack tonight.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Michael did a great job. And there is something about Danny that I don’t like. Maybe I don’t care for the extra pimping on an average performance.

  • idolbeat

    Michael and Danny – blah. Nice guys but nothing exciting. I was laughing at Paula trying to dance to Danny – either she couldn’t find the beat or he was way off but they didn’t mesh.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    ZZZZZZZZZZ

  • jz

    JWalk - How did Adam do?

  • houstonrufus

    Quite frankly, I would love two girls to emerge and steal the season.

  • St.Lucia

    Just got back from the rehearsal earlier – ran pretty late. Allison and Alexis were definitely the best – hope they deliver live as well. Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t familiar with their songs, but they killed it. And Alexisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ number is 36 – there being a top 36 was the reason Ryan gave for it. Hope it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t her chances.

    Because I’m selfish in my interests, how was Adam? :devil_tb:

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    I guess Michael Saver is a gonner… byebye Michael… I can ´t said it was fun…

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

    Allison and Alexis were definitely the best

    Yes! I want them to be the final 2!!!

  • Victoria

    Should’ve known Jasmine would pick I’ll Be There… the Mariah version.

    ETA: And of course Randy is name-dropping :)

  • hypertwink

    I hated the execution but I thought the thought behind it was interesting: changing PYT into a ballad. Too bad Danny had to fuck it up by singing.

    I want people to surprise me. I mean, like Cook or Jason or better yet, Julien from Nouvelle Star who reimagined Like a Virgin into a Jazz Confection and Baby One More Time into this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hCGF4JVz3A

  • St.Lucia

    And judges why did you put Jasmine through, really? Did there really have to be another youngin when Allison is good enough for both of them?

    ETA: I could have had Jesse…and after seeing that I am whining about it!

  • Lu

    Sigh… cannot get into chat…

  • soccerboi

    Jasmine was not that bad tonight. Cute as pie! AND I love that MJ song! She did good I think

  • leome

    Jasmine was the most boring tonight. I was always expecting for something to happen and it wouldn’t happen.

    Great to read Allison was good. She’s the one I’m most interested about.

  • Lys

    Quite frankly, I would love two girls to emerge and steal the season.

    Hmm… now that would be interesting. :) Maybe Allison and Alexis can surprise us? I hope someone does, anyway.

  • JWalk

    I’m not a big fan – he’s too theatrical for me – but he did well and is certainly entertaining. Didn’t convert me and the loudness of the band didn’t let his voice stand out – hopefully it’s mixed better on TV. Would be shocked if he’s in any kind of danger of leaving. The high school girls in the pit adored him and he seems like a really nice guy and by far the most poised on stage.

  • beesims

    Sighà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ cannot get into chatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Me either, Lu. I was so looking forward to some good snarking with my MJ chat peeps :sad_wp:

    Goodbye, Jasmine. Don’t trip over Jesse and Felicia on the way out.

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

    Jasmine is Syesha reincarnated. Oh my gosh. She must go home tonight.

    I will be rolling in the floor if she and Megan are sent home tomorrow after they were just selected as wildcards.

    Here’s what the voters think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    I could have had Jesseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and after seeing that I am whining about it!

    I agree with you sister… Jesse please put out an album I will buy it…

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

    Quite frankly, I would love two girls to emerge and steal the season.

    So would I.

    We’ve only ever had one girl-girl finale. Alexis and Allison would be a tight matchup.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Jasmine did better than I thought she would. And Paula is on her game tonight, you go girl! Kara is a waste of show minutes, I liked her in the beginning, but she has no business sense for the music buying public.

  • leome

    Quite frankly, I would love two girls to emerge and steal the season.

    It’s funny cause someone posted in another thread that Randy named 4 people from this season that he liked and 3 of them were girls.
    I’d love to see a girl winning it this year, they haven’t got the praise they deserve.

  • Michelle

    West Coast hanging out here…love the comments so far, sounds like they will be the most entertaining part of the first hour or so :)

    Humm so if Alexis got the special number, did she get the pimp spot? Innnteresting!

  • kiwifan

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not a big fan – heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too theatrical for me – but he did well and is certainly entertaining. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t convert me and the loudness of the band didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t let his voice stand out – hopefully ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s mixed better on TV. Would be shocked if heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in any kind of danger of leaving. The high school girls in the pit adored him and he seems like a really nice guy and by far the most poised on stage

    What about Anoop? *crosses fingers*

  • jz

    Thanks JWalk, I appreciate the info!
    I figured Adam would go theatrical tonight since it’s MJ.

    Allison will be on in 5 or so minutes, I’m excited. :)

  • lizland

    Here is a quote (sorry, don’t know how to link) from this past weekends WhatNotToSing.com editorial. I think it explains the judges. Will be interesting to see what they say about Kris Allen.

    “(Incidentally, not that we are cynics or anything, but expect unusually charitable critiques from the judges over the next few weeks, Kris Allen excepted. He’s the unplanned guest in the Final 12, and the producers will likely want him out of the picture as soon as possible. Otherwise, we believe they’ll want to build up the remaining contestants strongly to build buzz. Scripting the semifinals only to rip the contestants out of the chute would essentially scream to America, “Our hand-picked plants stink! We’re total imbeciles! Why are you still watching??!”)”

  • Victoria

    Kris reminds me of David Archuleta and Jason Castro at the same time.

  • sunchick

    Jasmine *yawn*

  • yf7184

    Everyone has been exceeding my expectation. Wow. Even Jazz.

    I wonder if Simon came up with the “robotic” comment on his own, or he’s been reading stuff on line.

  • idolbeat

    Did Kris forget the words?

  • jumpstart

    I did not enjoy Chris at all.

  • tinawina

    Why can’t I hear Kris’ guitar?

  • Lu

    I loved KRIS!

  • St.Lucia

    I find Kris Allen pretty non offensive. I don’t feel strongly towards him one way or another.

    He’s just lukewarm. I don’t care if he’s around until he starts messing with places of people I’d rather have. For right now he’s not bad, he’s slightly endearing.

    He didn’t do bad, but I’m not like ready to dial fingers off for him either.

    Meh.

  • sunchick

    Do they not have Kris’s guitar properly miked? Not bad, though. Not bad at all. Just not fantastic. The girls love you is always the kiss of death.

    [QUOTE]Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve only ever had one girl-girl finale. [/QUOTE]

    ANd it was a total snoozefest and turned me off of AI for three years. Jes saying.

  • leome

    Kris is an upgrade from Jason…

  • soccerboi

    I really LIKE Kris..he does not have the perfect voice but he can entertain. I just plain like him…he makes me smile

  • houstonrufus

    Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I liked Kris the best so far.

  • Victoria

    Simon is trying to undress Paula? O.O

    Kris seems like a nice guy, and the preformance was okay. I liked that he played his guitar.

    Paula looooooooooves him.

  • Lu

    Kris has a radio voice imo.

  • St.Lucia

    Kris is an upgrade from Jasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I find Jason way more endearing than I’ll ever find Kris.

    Kris is just kinda there.

  • idolbeat

    Wait – did the tv cut out or did he forget his words?

  • Miss Chaos

    Kris! Loved him. Smiling over here!

  • St.Lucia

    Everyone has been exceeding my expectation. Wow. Even Jazz.

    You know I must say they are doing better than the train wreck I anticipated earlier, but I’m still bored to tears.

  • Victoria

    I find Jason way more endearing than Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll ever find Kris.

    Ditto.

    Simon is single? Then why was he going to dinner with Terri, hmmmm? Haha.

  • Lu

    Only 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lys

    Kris isn’t my fave at the moment, but I do have a soft spot for him. Don’t really know why. :)

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

    Kris is boring. I don’t get him at all. If I close my eyes and listen, he really is rather boy band.

  • widz

    I kinda liked Kris’ performance..

  • Victoria

    Wooooow. Allison’s hair plus outfit plus orange background = too much.

    She’s not doing so well.

  • JOJOSIE

    Kris, double yawn.

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

    I LOVE ALLISON!!! Scream!

  • houstonrufus

    Scratch that. I like Allison the best. By a mile.

  • Lu

    I thought I knew Michael Jackson’s songs… what is this stuff… hating Allison right now.

  • jumpstart

    Allison has amazing stage presence.

  • chicksineggz

    Ew. Paula just did the “16” thing.

  • Miss Chaos

    Allison Oh WOW!! She looked beautiful, her hair was fixed great too.

  • Skylark

    Oh, Allison is getting bad wardrobe and song choice advice. She could be a contender but not with
    stuff like this….

  • Lu

    only 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    a 16 year old rockstah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victoria

    Really, Paula? She’s 16?

    I did not like that at all. To me, it seems like her voice gets too low when she doesn’t have enough air or she has to go for a hard note.

  • lovegoodmusic

    I have a feeling they are looking for a female rocker. Allison is really good.

  • St.Lucia

    Allison was good, very good. I really like her voice.

    I might decide to make her my girl in this competition.

    She needs to get the hair out of her eyes though, lol.

    I liked the song but it felt like it was MISSING something. I’m not sure what. Something was needed.

    She still sang the hell out of it though.

  • soccerboi

    Allison is THE darkhorse of this whole competition. I really like her. After Adam she is one of my faves

  • sunchick

    I’m not feeling Allison. And I don’t see her as a rocker at all. Which means she’s probably the stealth TCO LOL.

  • yf7184

    Judges have been nice to everyone. I am nervous…….

  • Victoria

    Loving Anoop’s dance! :laugh_tb:

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    i love alison just awesome

  • Lu

    Anoop Dog next!!!! YAY!!!

  • yf7184

    squeeeeeee anooooooop

  • hypertwink

    I liked Kris. It was better than most of the people before him.

  • idolbeat

    I like Allsion a lot but that was heavy metalish to me – she has powerhouse vocals – didn’t like that song so much but loved her.

  • beesims

    I think I am making this girl my overall pick in the pool. She is one of the few that rises above the sludge.

  • leome

    I liked Allison a lot! Girl has the voice, has the presence, the confidence… She’s good and memorable.

    I’m not sure she can sing anything, but, to me she just needs to sing the pop/rock stuff, and she’s great at it, so that’s enough.

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

    I think Allison’s the girl rocker they’ve been looking for for 8 seasons.

    Nikki McKibbin – Nope.
    Gina Glocksen – Nope.
    Amanda Overmeyer – Nope.

    Allison could very well be a yes. Gosh, I hope so. She’s a teenager I actually LIKE.

  • St.Lucia

    Judges have been nice to everyone. I am nervousà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    THey’ll throw Adam under the bus. I’m prepared for it.

    I’m already hearing either Simon or Kara…”it was a bit too much, too theatrical.”

    Just makes people vote harder!

  • jumpstart

    Yeah, Allison is very high on my short list of favorites.

  • GeminiDolly

    I really like this Allison gal.

  • dulce

    She’s great. I just don’t know why TPTB would want a female rocker when they have one, a better one, from season one, and male rocker winner already doing well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    So is starting in Honduras… the sides in my house are like this:
    Mon- loves Jorge butn is becuase he is for Puerto Rico, she can understand what he is saying and he cried…
    Lil Sis- in Scott side… because she finds him funny and plays the piano…
    Dad-he is neutral…
    Me… hating everybody right now…

    PS.

    I hate what Lil Round is wearing, but she is not bad… and Paula ´s dress is horrible…

  • leome

    I think Allisonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the girl rocker theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been looking for for 8 seasons.

    I think she’s what they wanted from Carly last season, what Carly wanted to be but never was. Allison is good at it. She has it.

  • Victoria

    THeyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll throw Adam under the bus. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m prepared for it.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m already hearing either Simon or Karaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ it was a bit too much, too theatrical.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Nooo, Adam! You’re probably right, though. Also, I’m sure Simon has seen his pictures and will make some gay joke like he usually does.

  • mangoho

    kara really needs to stop saying ridiculous in her critiques. it’s getting old…

  • widz

    Liked Allison’s performance, didn’t like the song – but love her.
    ANOOOOP! LMAO. Thriller dance. New look?

  • lovegoodmusic

    Judges have been nice to everyone. I am nervousà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Don’t be nervous because Simon gently threw Kris under the bus by mentioning his wife. And the tweens think he is cute, but they like their male pop stars to be single.
    So Kris might lose some tween votes because he’s married.

  • tinawina

    Kris was okay. I wonder if that was enough to keep him in another week.

    Allison was good. She missed a few notes, But still… I didn’t think she could win before, but now I’m thinking she has an outside shot. She can grow into it.

  • Lu

    they’ve already got their girl rocker! they’ve got Kelly!!!

  • JOJOSIE

    Somethilng is wrong cause they have been way too complimentary to all the contestants. Maybe they’re trying to make us believe this really is a great season, but I’m not sure about that yet. Bring on Adam he’ll peak my attention.

  • CookifiedTexan

    Allison is my pick to take the whole thing. I’ve liked her since Hollywood Week, and I agree with Gwen- AI finally found an unoffensive girl rocker that could actually sell records.

  • Lu

    Anoop!!!!!!

  • Victoria

    Anoop’s hair looks funny! :laugh_tb:

  • Hannah Palindrome

    Anoop…I love this song! HaHa.
    Don’t blow it!

  • GeminiDolly

    Oh no Anoop not good

  • Lu

    anoop dog!!!!!

  • lizland

    maybe Anoop will go home. That was pretty weak. And he looked so arrogant at the end. I’m kind of sad.

  • idolbeat

    anoop – unnhhhhh – no.

  • St.Lucia

    ANOOOOP!!!!!!!!!!!

    I liked it. He didn’t do much with it, but I just like Anoop.

    It was alright.

    His video is just so gosh darn cute.

    I’ll vote and pray he doesn’t go home.

  • idolbeat

    Boring.

  • Lu

    awww anoop got a bad review… well anoop wasn’t that good… sads

  • leome

    I think Anoop was the worst so far along with Jasmine. He was flat during most of the song, and trying to hard to work the stage.
    For me Anoop only has the likable factor going for him.

  • soccerboi

    UMMM Anoooop made it over Ricky, Von or countless others…really? UGHHGHGHG

  • Victoria

    I knew it. They’re throwing the early frontrunner under the bus… or for those of you on the comments earlier, tying him to the train tracks. :laugh_tb:

    I agree with the judges, though. It wasn’t good.

  • tinawina

    Wow. I was not feeling Anoop. Uh-oh.

  • houstonrufus

    I really, really like Anoop as a person. I’d pick him as a buddy or to have a conversation any day. But I think his musical ambitions may be too large for his talent. At least based on that performance.

  • Jolene

    Wow, Anoop was so bad. SO BAD! I’m almost shocked.

    Allison was great and fun. I could get behind her.

  • Skylark

    Yeah, Anoop … everyone wants to come back next week!

  • Lu

    Kris is still my fave of the night…. can’t believe I’m saying that.

  • lovegoodmusic

    Lu: Kelly is no longer a rocker, she is being promoted as a pop artist.

  • s0x_prisoner

    aww Anoop… I can’t believe Simon said he regretted putting Anoop through! I didn’t even think it was that bad.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    OK Anoop. That was BAD.
    I hate when the singers get really excited. It ruins their performance.

    I think he is gone.

  • St.Lucia

    Wow. The American Judge bus just ran over Anoop and then backed over him again for shits and giggles.
    It was bad, but the judges have turned from too positive and upbeat to not so happy.

    This does not bode well for the remaining contestants.

  • Miss Chaos

    Oh My, Poor Anoop, What to say about that?

  • jumpstart

    I love Anoop but hated that performance. Ugh.

  • dreamr

    I’ve been an Allison fan since I first saw her. Love her voice and love her style. I think she’s great and she’s definitely got my support. I hope she goes a long way.

    Poor Anoop. I felt bad for him while he was getting his comments. Even Paula wasn’t that nice. :(

  • Hannah Palindrome

    Why can’t they just stand there & sing! UGHHHHHHHHHH

  • idolbeat

    Anoop did not show any range tonight or soul. :blink_tb:

  • Lu

    Lu: Kelly is no longer a rocker, she is being promoted as a pop artist.

    LOL who can tell the difference??? Isn’t Daughtry considered rock? He’s all over pop radio.

  • sunchick

    I liked the song but it felt like it was MISSING something. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure what. Something was needed.

    I think it was missing two things..edge and emmotional connection. Two things you need to be a rocker. Allison is no Pink. But they’ll try to convince everyone that she is. Evs.

    Annnnnd here comes the bus. Oh, Anoop. Too bad.

  • idolbeat

    Allison is looking great right now!

  • Miss Chaos

    Kris is still my fave of the nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m saying that.

    This!

  • lovegoodmusic

    I think Allisonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the girl rocker theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been looking for for 8 seasons.

    I’m still not sure about that because Simon and Kara are not convinced that rock albums sell better than pop albums.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    I think I will go with Scott this season… hate his song choice but I actually like his voice…And he since like a strong person on his own…

  • jokiebird

    Oh boy Anoop–trainwreck #1 of the night. That was so awful, I cringed all the way through. He reminds me of Sanjaya, nice guys both but just not good enough for the competition.

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

    Anoooooop!!! :(

  • AInoob

    I don’t know how but I somehow missed Kris’ packaged video so I didn’t see mention of the wife until Simon said something, lol.

    So far the only ones I didn’t really enjoy were Jasmine and Anoop and Jorge was a little boring for me. But Allison was awesome.

  • t2

    Wow — I thought Anoop was great. What a big load of baloney from the judges. Now my Spideysense is up — TPTB are up to something — are they worried about Lil?

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

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m still not sure about that because Simon and Kara are not convinced that rock sells better than pop.

    Heeehe. One of those judges doesn’t matter.

  • lizland

    Jorge is either out this week or soon. He’s boring, and his accent makes him hard to understand sometimes and I think will hurt him.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Crap. I got kicked out of chat and can’t get back in…

  • tinawina

    Jorge is off.

  • St.Lucia

    I still think Anoop will make it through.

    Even if Jorge sings better than him, Anoop has a larger fanbase.

    Remember, Michael Sarver SUCKED in semis and we still have him.

    Oh Jorge, lol

    He does NOTHING FOR ME. I have no connection to him.

    To me, he just feels kinda out of place on this show.

  • leome

    Can’t bring myself to like Jorge… he goes picks that song and does that meh, kinda lame performance… I just don’t think I’ll ever enjoy his singing.
    Bad song choice, old fashioned and all.

  • bean99

    I thought Anoop was better than the judges did but agreed that it was the wrong song choice. I thought he did fine on stage. I hope he makes it through anyway because I know he has the voice. So far Danny was the best for me. I really didn’t like Jasmine or Kris.

  • Lu

    Jorge was worse than Anoop imo… at least Anoop wasn’t boring.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Oh crap, tonight’s a double elimination? Ahh must save Anoop!

  • tinawina

    I iove that song, and I think someone could have nailed it. But it was off key. Yuck.

  • Victoria

    Wow à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  I thought Anoop was great. What a big load of baloney from the judges. Now my Spideysense is up à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  TPTB are up to something à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  are they worried about Lil?

    If they were worried about Lil, why put her first? I think they might be worried about Danny, though, because of all the backlash fromt he wife-pimping. That’s the only explanation for Simon calling him brilliant.

    Paula has mad love? I thought that was Randy’s thing!

    Oh, Simon. Simon, Simon, Simon… He’s just flip-flopping tonight. He’s hot then he’s cold, he’s yes then he’s no… Hehe.

  • St.Lucia

    And the depimping has started. About halfway point. Nothing positive has been said since Allison.

    Makes me worried about my very flamboyant Adam.

  • janerazor

    Anoop. God, that was like getting kicked in the gut.

    I thought Jorge was a lot better than the judges said. I actually liked him. I hate that covert flipping-the-bird gesture that Simon is doing this year. It’s just rude. I can see I just won’t have the emotional bank account to make it through this year.

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

    It sounded like Jorge was singing the song in Spanish. He seriously needs some coaching – if he sticks around.

  • Miss Chaos

    They could have made a Top 11 and kept Anoop and Jorge and saved the phone number problem LOL

  • widz

    I thought Anoop was better than the judges did but agreed that it was the wrong song choice. I thought he did fine on stage. I hope he makes it through anyway because I know he has the voice.

    Agree with this, although I like Kris best so far.

  • soccerboi

    Was Anoop in Slumdog Millionaire?

  • houstonrufus

    I don’t know, I thought vocally Jorge was better than I expected he’d be. He definitely can sing. Just not sure his approach is my thing. I think he needs some coaching or something.

  • Jolene

    I think Anoop was so bad it might actually save him. Anyone who likes him knows he’s a prime suspect for elimination this week – cue mad dash for the phones!

    Jorge, OTOH, is out.

  • Miss Chaos

    Adam up after Megan, wonder if she does the flapping dance again. So far Allison, for girls and Kris for boys.

  • Victoria

    Was Anoop in Slumdog Millionaire?

    :blink_tb:

  • Lu

    Jorge seems like a great guy with a nice voice but that’s about it for me.

    The judges went out and got an RV and ran over Anoop… he wasn’t good but he wasn’t as bad as they said either. I still love Anoop dog. I’m alerting all the pet rescues to save Anoop dog!

  • lovegoodmusic

    GwendolynD:

    Heeehe. One of those judges doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter.

    I agree! I wonder if she’ll come back next year.

  • hypertwink

    I hate that covert flipping-the-bird gesture that Simon is doing this year. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just rude.

    Yup, the wrietrs/consultants of “Lie To Me” have exposed that as a gesture of contempt for the person you’re talking to.

  • Lu

    Megan the arm flapper. She should sing Rockin Robin.

  • Victoria

    Megan is so sweet :)

    I hope she can bring out the MEgan we saw in her audition

  • lovegoodmusic

    Oh my God Megan didn’t even get accepted for high school plays, then what is she doing here?

  • Lu

    OMG!!!!!!!! hahahahaha ROCKIN ROBIN!

  • houstonrufus

    Megan is gorgeous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    Is Paula drinking her happy juice again?????? She sounds a little drunk… :/

  • lefty

    I missed week 2 of the semis, so this was the first time I really got to hear Kris … loved him!

    Oh, Anoop. :sad_tb:

  • jumpstart

    Ewww, Megan. Sorry but I hate this song. Yuck.

  • Miss Chaos

    Oh nooo’s Megan is singing a bird song, and she looks just like the darn bird, Simon should give her one LOL

  • aly

    What in the hell are Anoop and Megan doing in this competition?
    Very sad :sad_tb:

  • Skylark

    OMG!!! A BIRD SONG HAAAAAAAAH

  • leome

    I kinda hate myself for liking Megan… but the girl is so much fun to see performing. And I like the tone in her voice. She’s so likable to me.

    Kara was meant to be hard on the? Paula is harder on the contestants than her…

  • Lu

    yuck

  • Victoria

    Well, it was better than Put Your Records On by a mile, vocals and dancing.

    Is disconnected the key word?

    Oh, Simon has turned against his favorite!

  • St.Lucia

    MEGAN STOP DANCING.

    PLEASE.

    I don’t get her.

  • s0x_prisoner

    I thought that was Megan’s best performance. Wayy better than her last two.

  • janerazor

    I hate the song “Rockin Robin.” OMG, did she just go Caw Caw at the end? I never say this, but that was very old-fashioned.

    Why the hell is Simon asking Gordon Ramsey what he thought? What is he going to say? “It was raaaaawwwww!”

    Another OMG! Did Paula just tell Adam to “take it all in”?!?!? LMAO!

  • tinawina

    Megan looked good. I kinda liked that LOL. She found a way to make it her style. She needs to work on nailing the notes with more conviction.

  • s0x_prisoner

    NOW Simon realizes that Megan’s dancing is awkward?

  • beesims

    I’m sorry but I found Megan painful to watch (and listen to).

  • CathyMK

    FINALLY Simon gives an honest opinion of Meghan that wasn’t about her “package”.

  • St.Lucia

    ADAM!

  • soccerboi

    I really like Megan too…whutever Simon. You actually liked Danny…I thought it was fun. Whut else is she going to sing from MJ collection? Whatever…shes thru to the next round

  • Miss Chaos

    Gordon Ramsey !!!

  • Victoria

    ADAMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Entertain us, PLEASE!

    ETA: Does he wear that blue plaid shirt everyday? Lol.

  • Lu

    I’m with you Beesims…. totally agree.

  • houstonrufus

    You can take the boy out of the theater but you can’t take the theater out of the boy. Sorry, but this is sooooo OTT.

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

    Megan was simply horrible. Surprise!

    Um…Adam. Pitchy?

    He sounded good at first, actually.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Adam’s really beginning to grow on me. My favorites quota has already been filled though :P

  • Lu

    my daughters are laughing

  • jumpstart

    I’m not liking Adam’s performance.

  • Skylark

    Adam picked the best song!

  • Garnetstar

    LOL This is the first time I liked Meghan’s vocal. LOL this song was in her range which shows that she really does not have a big range. I hated her on the small stage. I found her endearing on the big stage. I love Gordan Ramsey.

  • aly

    Adam is flippin fantastic!

  • leome

    Adam has so great vocals!! Dude knows how to rock the stage and how to sing a song.

  • idolbeat

    Adam! Yes! we have a winner tonight!

  • Victoria

    I was laughing, but I liked it.

    Is about to cry? Awww, poor Adam. Such a sweetie :)

  • Tony

    God dammit. I literally had to turn away from the TV. Adam’s screaming is murder on my ears

  • lizland

    Adam is just not my thing. I would love to see him in my very favoriate stage play though – Jesus Christ Superstar. I bet he does a killer Gethsemane. But as a pop or rock singer…no.

  • tinawina

    Watching Glambert (thanks Sarah!) is like watching the movie Alien. You know the freak is in there and any moment its going to burst through no matter how much he tries to keep it in. I love that guy for the entertainment factor alone.

  • soccerboi

    YAY ADAM! UNBELIEVABLE! THENEXT AMERICAN IDOL!

  • unidentified

    Hey I liked Adam! Somebody worth listening to. I had been hating on them all.

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

    The judges are so evident tonight. Seriously. Adam was off-key.

  • Lu

    Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s screaming is murder on my ears

    yeah… that.

  • St.Lucia

    Can we just end the show NOW!?

    THAT WAS BRILLIANT.

    I’m biased though, he’s my Adam! Time to hit rewind on the DVR!!!!

  • laura11383

    I cannot stand Adam’s voice, I’m sorry. I don’t find screaming to be a form of music. But that’s just me.

  • Miss Chaos

    Adammmmmmm!!!!!!! He can do no wrong, I was entertained and had tears in my eyes like he did. Just Wow!!!

  • Victoria

    I would love to see him in my very favoriate stage play though – Jesus Christ Superstar.

    He has been, I think.

    Ahh, I just love him.

  • idolbeat

    I feel bad for Matt having to follow Adam after the praise that just went down.

  • lefty

    Adam seems like a really nice guy, but…

    he makes me feel angry when he sings. And I don’t anger easily. His voice and my ears just can’t be friends.

  • GeminiDolly

    ADAM WAS FANTASTIC. WOW. THAT WAS ENTERTAINING.

  • windmills

    Adam has balls. Emphasizing the world “equality” in his song had to be a message. The vocals weren’t as good as the judges thought and the performance went a little too OTT. But awesome of him to pick a message song and he did the best job tonight by far. I’m not a big fan of any of these people but he’s distancing himself from the others and it was sweet that he was teary up there with the judges comments.

  • aly

    I’m glad Adam got the praise he deserved

  • Paula

    I laughed at him and can’t stand that screaming.

  • jnd1221

    I thought Adam was fantastic. Dammit I swore I wouldn’t have a favorite this year!

  • chewsday

    I agree with Tony and lu. Adam just made me throw up in my mouth a little. So OTT….

  • dreamr

    I still don’t like Adam’s voice. It just grates. But he is entertaining. lol

    Randyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s mom and grandmother are in the audience. The two unannounced special guests? Ha ha.

    Don’t you mean Ryan’s mom and grandmother? :P

  • Jolene

    Well, IMHO the judges comments were very fitting for Adam’s performance – both were way way over the top.

  • sunchick

    Adam! :clap_tb: Finally, somebody who can work a stage and rock the shit outta some MJ. God love him. Scratch that, god has nothing to do with that. Ha, you go, theater boi. :smoke_tb:

  • Victoria

    Uh oh. Matt has to go after Adam. Poor guy! Haha.

  • Trina

    I don’t know how many more weeks I can tolerate of Adam’s screaming and the judges fawning ugh.

  • manny

    Love Adam to death!

  • St.Lucia

    Okay Matt that high pitched thing you were doing kinda ruined the song…. and I was kinda grooving to you until that.

    I’m sorry you had to follow Adam.

  • idolbeat

    Mattttttttt!

  • background_noise

    Adam = Awesome

    Triple A season for me: Adam, Allison, Alexis all the way!

  • Victoria

    Matt did well. Not particularly exciting, but really good.

    Paula seems to like all the guys guys this season. Hmmm, lol.

  • houstonrufus

    I think this performance was overrated. Sure, Adam is comfortable on stage, and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got that insane range, but it was all too cabaret and stagey for me.

    ^^^ THIS.

  • s0x_prisoner

    MATT!

  • leome

    I think Matt sounds so bland when he sings… obviously the judges don’t agree.
    I also fail to see what’s so Justin Timberlake about him.

  • tinawina

    Is it still blue eyed soul if you’re part black? LOL.

    Interesting arrangement. I liked it until he oversung the end.

  • janerazor

    Was not a fan of Matt’s arrangement of “Human Nature.” The judges are lickin’ him up and down. Hmmm, he is this year’s Ace. Be careful, Matt, the judges love you now, but the bus will come for you midseason.

    Do not ask for whom the bus rolls…the bus rolls for thee.

  • jz

    Since it’s MJ Week, I will give Adam the pass on being OTT.

    Because if MJ isn’t sung OTT, it’s, as all the other contestants have shown, EXTREMELY boring.

  • houstonrufus

    Matt was better than I expected. A little dull, but he was good. Course anyone would be dull after Adam.

  • idolbeat

    I love Matt – he can play, and the young picture of him looked like Elliot – I swear!

  • yeahyeahsure

    I LOVE YOU MATT. Win American Idol, please? :wub_tb:

  • GeminiDolly

    Ive got to say tonight was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

  • dreamr

    Okay Matt that high pitched thing you were doing kinda ruined the songà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. and I was kinda grooving to you until that.

    Yeah, I agree. It was okay until all that meowing at the end. XD

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

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know how many more weeks I can tolerate of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s screaming and the judges fawning ugh.

    LOL. I feel you. I’ve never had the judges lick the booty of someone whose singing I couldn’t feel. It should be interesting.

    Of Adam and Matt, Matt had the best vocal. Adam could probably sing circles around Matt, but I haven’t seen proof of that yet. He threw too many vocal gymnastics into “Black and White.” It doesn’t take all that.

    Sure, Adam is comfortable on stage, and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got that insane range, but it was all too cabaret and stagey for me.

    I know I ain’t crazy.

    Hehe. I can’t wait to read what Slezak has to say about this!

  • AngC30

    OMG!!! I am in LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE with Matt G!!!!!

    that is all………

  • Victoria

    Alexis. Will her fans vote for her or Hot Horny Girls? ;)

  • hypertwink

    I like Kris and Matt tonight.

  • idolbeat

    Tinawina what do you mean?

  • soccerboi

    Wow..too bad some of you dont like Adam…u might want to get used to it though…hes gonna be around til the end

  • dreamr

    I’m loving Alexis so far!

  • lefty

    Adam picked the best song!

    … which made his performance that much more painful for me.

    *off to listen to original*

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

    Alexis is my pick to win it all.

    She’s like a “skinny” Dolly Parton.

  • Lu

    I like Kris and Matt tonight.

    Yep, me too.

    Alexis was awful imo.

  • Victoria

    Alexis is rushing the end of some of the lines.

    I don’t think this is a good choice for her. She doesn’t have enough power. the chorus is a shouty mess.

    Her little kid is ADORABLE.

    Ryan: “Dial carefully. VERY carefully.” Haha.

    NO NO NO NO! I think they’re doing the judges-select-who’s-going-home thing! ARGH.

  • soccerboi

    YAY…ALEXIS! My #1 girl! Hands down! Whutever Simon,,,,you lost my respect when you thought Danny was good

  • Lu

    run to the phone boys…

  • houstonrufus

    I thought Alexis was brave for picking that song. I think it got away from her, especially at the end. But it was pretty good. Like I said, I’ll give her props for taking it on.

  • St.Lucia

    Okay with that little announcement with Simon saying it involves us….

    I’m totally betting votes don’t count shit after tonight.

    We are going for the SYTYCD elimination style until halfway?

    Just speculating.

  • tinawina

    Alexis. Didn’t know you had it in you girl. She’s still a bit awkward, lost a few notes, I liked her. SHe does have an ego though.

    I have to think carefully about my pool pick.

    Oh man, The judges are gonna pick who goes home. Very very bad.

  • Miss Chaos

    The judges are full of it on this one, Alexis, Love You!!!!!

  • Victoria

    I agree with you, St. Lucia. I’m almost positive that’s it.

  • dreamr

    I think the first half of Alexis’ song was a lot better than the second half. The second half was just shouty and her voice kinda reminded me of Nikki McKibbin from season one (and no, it wasn’t the hair XD).

    And uh oh, Simon said it includes the judges…soooo it seems that whole sing off or the judges getting the final say in who goes home is likely.

  • St.Lucia

    Alexis was good, but not great.

    Not many greats tonight.

    Michael Jackson should have been left alone.

  • jammasta

    “YAYà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ALEXIS! My #1 girl! Hands down! Whutever Simon,,,,you lost my respect when you thought Danny was good”

    As awesome as it is that you like Alexis, the second thing is really…. wrong. An opinion on who is and who isn’t a good singer does not warrant a complete loss of respect.

  • sunchick

    LOL. I feel you. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never had the judges lick the booty of someone whose singing I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t feel. It should be interesting.

    Really? Meanwhile, I have a long list of examples. I hardly ever feel the judges uber-pimping..there was a few times with Kelly…..um, Blake’s YGLABN. Cook last season, pretty much every time. And Adam tonight. That’s about it.

    Matt was pretty good, not jumping out of my seat or anything though. But I kind of mentally compare all jazzy soulful piano people to Jamie Cullum, who was insanely awesome live, and maybe that’s not fair.

  • GeminiDolly

    I am so loving the Double A’s….Adam and Allison.

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

    Man, I smell darkhorse peeps, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m tellin ya.

    Sniff, sniff.

  • leome

    Last year was double D, this year is triple A.

  • soccerboi

    I am all about the triple A’s…
    ADAM
    ALEXIS
    ALLISON

  • megkat

    Alexis was great! I thought it was a good way to close the show

  • jz

    Allison is in BAD shape on dialidol…

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

    Really? Meanwhile, I have a long list of examples.

    Never. Even if the pimpee wasn’t my number one pick, I could tolerate them. Carrie is a perfect example, but I couldn’t deny her vocals. Archie’s another one. The boy can sing, though. Adam flat-out makes me want to stab a needle in my ear. I don’t get it.

  • NOLA

    Loved Adam.
    Hated Matt.

  • sparklesgirl2

    I am a little miffed at the tongue baths that Danny and Adam got because it meant Matt and Alexis got like 10-second critiques from each judge. Not fair, and Alexis is at a disadvantage anyway due to the changed phone line. GRR.

  • ziggy

    If they screw with whoever goes home — I’m pretty much done.

    I guess they are tired of their marketing plans for any given year going to hell.

    I don’t trust them, they will shake it, dice it, twist it, bend it over backwards until they get the result that they want.

    And it won’t be what America wants.

  • Trina

    I don’t think DI is going to be terribly accurate tonight between the different phone number and so many people but I like seeing Danny on top :)

  • St.Lucia

    dialidol is fascinating to watch…

    Gokey is kicking butt.

    That won’t last long.

  • luci

    I loved alexis. those judges don’t know what they are talking about.

  • Niall

    I’m pretty sure the judges and producers have often been the ones who decided who goes home. The only difference now seems to be that they are finally being up front about it.

  • kiwifan

    Allison is in BAD shape on dialidolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I know!!!

    But if the judges are getting to decide the two that go home tomorrow out of the bottome 3, then she isn’t going anywhere and people might just thank the judge’s vote system.

  • primeminister

    I can’t decide who to choose for my overall pick! After tonight, I’m down to Adam and Matt. Hmm…

    If Paula’s right, and it comes down to a DANNY vs. ADAM finale…I’ll HATE HATE HATE Idol. Ugh.

    Like others here, I find Kris and Matt to be the most “current.” But whatever, it seems like the judges aren’t really gunning for that this year.

  • jz

    If you’ve seen X-factor, I believe the big “twist” is going to be like what they have on Simon’s British show: a sing-off and then the judges pick who goes. This system may last for one round, a couple rounds, but should stop at around the top 5 (like they do on X-factor).

  • Trina

    Never. Even if the pimpee wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t my number one pick, I could tolerate them. Carrie is a perfect example, but I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t deny her vocals. Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s another one. The boy can sing, though. Adam flat-out makes me want to stab a needle in my ear. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it.

    ITA.

    But that’s fine because if the judges are going to pick who goes home that’s when I finally stop watching. Let them handpick their winner. I just don’t have to watch.

  • sidewalk

    HATING the idea of the judges picking who goes. I hope there’s a huge fuss about it. TPTB have got it coming. They’re screwing the show up so bad this year.

  • jumpstart

    Allison is in BAD shape on dialidolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Hmmm, that just won’t do.

    *runs to vote*

  • lefty

    I kind of mentally compare all jazzy soulful piano people to Jamie Cullum, who was insanely awesome live, and maybe thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not fair.

    Oooooooooh, Jamie. :wub_tb: To be fair, no one can compare to him. At least not in MY heart (totally jealous that you’ve seen him live, btw).

    I liked Matt a lot tonight, and he chose another one of my favorite MJ songs. Not TOTALLY feeling him, but he was one of my favorites. Matt and Kris, to me, seemed the most current tonight.

    At the least, I think tonight gave us a lot to talk about, and aside from Anoop :sad_tb: there were no major disappointments. Could have been much, much worse.

  • Phoenix

    Thi may sound pathetic but I am watching D.I. (like I always do) and seeing Allison just staying at the bottom is making me tear up a bit. =( Please vote for Allison!!!

  • http://myspace.com hgzaj

    MJ- you gonna give your review on Alexis?

    I thought she did a wonderful job…if the judges can’t praise that, then what else will they praise from her? That was real real good.

  • sav129

    I think Anoop was totally thrown under the bus! His performance wasn’t that bad. For whatever reason AI has…He’s getting the shaft!

  • ziggy

    Why would you waste your time voting???

    Why would you waste your money?

    Let them just pick who they REALLY want!!

    I won’t be watching either.

  • maracaibo

    Matt was amazing!
    I loved him.. And he looked so much better.

    Very very talented guy. I am rooting for Matt.
    I think Adam is great but way over the top.
    But he is for sure TCO.

  • Hoppy

    Well, as horrible as the “judges picking who goes home” twist might be, the one positive is that the hour results show won’t be all filler. We get performances from Kelly, Kanye and a sing-off… that’s better than 30 minutes of wasted time every results show.

    That being said… I still HATE this idea.

  • Suzanne

    So–is everyone thinking that the big twist is that the Judges get to pick the two who leave, possibly from a bottom four, or something like that? I really hope it’s not something that absolutely kills the usefulness of voting for the audience.

  • houstonrufus

    Didn’t hear anyone yet that makes me want to vote or root or cheer, but the show overall was a hair better than I expected. Best of the night for me were Allison and Matt. Alexis was a close third for me. Based on vocals, would like to see more from Danny and Jorge. I found Megan rather charming. Not sure it was such a great performance though. Felt bad for Anoop. I’ve seen videos of him doing the Boyz II Men type stuff and he was much better at that. I’m not sure he quite understands his limitations. All the others and even some of the ones above blend for me. Adam, definitely stood out. I think he will always have a career as a performer. I do not think he is as original or current as the judges seem to think. They need to get out more. His vocals can’t be denied but I wonder if he is going to be OTT on every song. Does he know another gear?

  • longsong

    Ugh! Does Adam remind anyone else of of a combination ofthe character Birdie from ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and Hitler from ‘Springtime For Hitler In Germany’ of The Producers? UGH!!

  • kathrynTX

    Wow so many comments already! I didn’t read them all, just chiming in here…I FLOVE ADAM! I actually tried shutting my eyes and just LISTENING to several performances tonight because I was so uncomfortable watching them onstage. I liked Kris a lot, actually. But Adam is my fave! There was such conviction in his performance, in his voice alone when I wasn’t watching. He sings in a bit higher range than I normally like male voices, but day-um can he sing.

    I thought Adam toned things down a LITTLE bit…didn’t he? I just don’t get all the comments about him being OTT. I didn’t think he was any more OTT than even Gokey – whom I found EXTREMELY uncomfortable to watch. Listening was OK but I sure didn’t expect that song from him.

    Actually, I didn’t know all of these songs! I’ve never been an MJ fan (well just OUR mj here!) anyway, so there ya go.

    I didn’t see anyone sing BILLIE JEAN…DAVID COOK FTMFW! Oh sorry, that was last season…still stuck on Cook!

  • jz

    Soà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’is everyone thinking that the big twist is that the Judges get to pick the two who leave, possibly from a bottom four, or something like that? I really hope ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not something that absolutely kills the usefulness of voting for the audience.

    Well, on the X-factor, the bottom two vote getters have to perform a sing-off. If the judges get deadlocked on who to send home, then whoever got the lowest votes ultimately goes home.
    So… audience votes are not totally useless.
    (Not that I support the use of this “NEW TWIST OMG!!!” system)

  • jammasta

    As long as Adam gets far, but doesn’t win. He seems like the rocker guy this year. Having two rocker guys win in two consecutive years would be terrible for me.

    But do the judges really get to pick one of the two eliminated? That might be bad…..

    Call me stupid, but what does TPTB stand for?

  • GeminiDolly

    That would suck if Allison goes home. I think they said 2 go home tomorrow, correct? I thought she was Top 5 for sure.

  • soccerboi

    “Ugh! Does Adam remind anyone else of of a combination ofthe character Birdie from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Bye Bye Birdieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ and Hitler from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Springtime For Hitler In Germanyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ of The Producers? UGH!!”

    Uh no…lemmee guess Danny fan?

  • tinawina

    Tinawina what do you mean?

    idolbeat, I answered you before but i think it got eaten. If you mean what I said about Matt… his mom is black or at least biracial. So the judges may need to lose that Justin Timberlake reference with him, like it ever fit in the first place. I hate how they pull out those stupid stereotypes anyway… like referencing every gay performer known to man when they talk to Nate or Adam, and referencing Kelly Clarkson for Alexis even though she sings noting but soul music. LOL.

  • longsong

    TPTB = The Powers That Be

  • jpfan

    If the judges pick who goes home from a bottom 3 (similiar to SYTYCD) this show is done. Basically, they can make all the decisions. I think that would almost be a death blow to the show.

    I can’t imagine Danny winning (not commercial) or Adam winning (too OTT).
    I could see Matt G. or one of the girls winnng. Although even Robin Thicke isn’t selling albums so I’m not sure Matt G. will do much better. Plus it’s going to piss me off if an inferior Elliott clone wins when the original crispy version didn’t.

    What an effed up season. Oh yeah, Anoop was terrible.

  • soccerboi

  • sparklesgirl2

    I feel like Jorge, Anoop, and Megan were all thrown under the bus tonight. I thought that was the best vocal Megan’s ever given, and she made the song her own despite a wonky arrangement and crazy lighting. Jorge gave a very nice vocal and was definitely better than Michael, who got majorly pimped despite being pitchy, and Jasmine, who was given a gift from god not to be chastised for that performance. And poor Anoop… I’m not worried about him, though. I think Kris was also much better than the judges gave him credit for. I like his style.

  • lovegoodmusic

    A show with a predetermined winner is not fun. Simon Fuller created the best interactive show in American history, and now Simon Cowell is destroying it.

    We have minds of our own, and we like to make our own choices.

    Cowell needs to wake up, and realize how passionate the American people are when choice is taken away. I don’t like the judges picking who goes home.

    Bring back Simon Fuller and Nigel!

  • hardkandy

    Wow..I don’t think I’ll be watching AI anymore…after that twist. I just… wow. I have no words for how appalled I am by this. Why don’t THEY just pick who they want to win and not make these contestants jump through all these hoops only for them to bend things whichever way they want. It’s so sickening.

  • jz

    His vocals canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be denied but I wonder if he is going to be OTT on every song. Does he know another gear?

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Adam wanted to go ballad-y and nice and toned down on us this week, but since it was MJ week… you know, it ain’t a good idea to be soft and sweet with MJ (see: all other contestants that bored us to tears). Gotta bring the fire with MJ!
    So Adam went with dramatic and super high-charged vocals, lols.

    He DOES know another gear though, of that I’m 100% sure.

  • cookcricket

    Allison is in BAD shape on dialidolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I noticed this too! She’s too good to be voted off this week. However, who knows what’s going to happen with the judges…

  • earthy

    What is the big deal about Adam? He over screams? He can hit a screaming note that sounds quite awful to my ears?

    Adam has definitely pushed Gokey aside for Most Over Rated but I actually liked Danny tonight.

  • Hoppy

    I’m not much of an Allison fan, but I wouldn’t worry for her too much yet. The show hasn’t even aired on the West Coast yet, and Allison is a West Coast girl. She’s likely to get a big push from out this way.

  • sparklesgirl2

    I think maybe Allison’s comment about not being depressed, “it’s not like I cut myself or anything”… probably was NOT smart. Eek.

  • Suzanne

    Ugh! Does Adam remind anyone else of of a combination ofthe character Birdie from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Bye Bye Birdieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ and Hitler from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Springtime For Hitler In Germanyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ of The Producers? UGH!!

    Weren’t both parts played by 60s actor Dick Shawn? (I’m heading over to IMDB to figure it out right after this.) I do think that Adam looks a little like Dick Shawn. (You’ve got quite a memory.)

  • Grammie Kari

    Now, I understand why they MUST select who is going home. They are fearful that Alexis may not get enough votes because she’s got the #36. So, maybe they feel if she is voted in the bottom two, they can save her this way.

    So, it seems it will be a Bottom 3 sing off, right? So, they can put Alexis back in there. I think she did a good job and doesn’t deserve to go home. I have been voting for Anoop, but the judges made their feelings about him known.

  • soccerboi

    “What is the big deal about Adam? He over screams? He can hit a screaming note that sounds quite awful to my ears?

    Adam has definitely pushed Gokey aside for Most Over Rated but I actually liked Danny tonight.”

    Anyone who actually thinks that Danny was better than Adam tonight…u have got to be kidding me! Overrated my A$$…he is a star! MJ would have been proud after Adams performance…Im sure he was cringing after PYT…pretty yuckin terrrible!

  • Jolene

    Seriously? Gokey is still in the lead? Ugh.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I tried to post this earlier but could not get on. I want to apologize to MJ in front of everyone for posting what I heard on The View this morning. With the exception of the songwriter and Randy’s family (LOL) I don’t think anyone qualified as a guest, unannounced or not.

  • cookcricket

    Kris and Matt are my choices at this point.

  • dbt

    I kinda hate myself for liking Meganà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ but the girl is so much fun to see performing. And I like the tone in her voice. Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so likable to me.

    I agree. I know Megan doesn’t have a huge range, but I love the different tone to her voice. I think she could make some really nice songs. I enjoy someone different from the usual pop singer or big belter. I hope she hangs around.

    Liked Alexis also. My faves so far are Megan, Alexis, Matt … and Adam is entertaining, but I wonder if all his songs are going to sound the same.

  • itsalleternal

    Simon Cowell needs to be FIRED as both a judge and producer.

    I personally think there is a fraud going on in his business as well that needs to be investigated.

  • longsong

    Werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t both parts played by 60s actor Dick Shawn? (Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m heading over to IMDB to figure it out right after this.) I do think that Adam looks a little like Dick Shawn. (Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve got quite a memory.)

    Wow, were they? Interesting….

    And Soccerboi, I’m a blind guy fan here – not that that’s either here nor there.

  • star

    I’m so enamored with Adam…but I don’t think his performance tonight was worthy of all that praise. He’s capable of better. It was kind of all over the place. I loved the breakdown part the best — so fierce. Oh well, I won’t complain too much about the pimping. I’m happy for him! But for me personally, that performance was a B-.

    I thought Allison was great, but I hated her song. And I floved Alexis.

    Danny, ugh. Kris Allen is sooo much better than him. I wish they’d given Kris more props! He was great.

    And yeah, they’re so doing the X-Factor singoff thing.

  • sparklesgirl2

    However, I actually liked Allison tonight when I didn’t before, so I hope she is safe.

    Does anyone know how many seasons Idol is contracted for? I wish they’d shut off the ventilator now.

  • hardkandy

    Now, I understand why they MUST select who is going home. They are fearful that Alexis may not get enough votes because sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got the #36. So, maybe they feel if she is voted in the bottom two, they can save her this way.

    But is it only for the top 13 or for the remainder of the season up until top 5 or something?

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    I am voting for Alexis. I think she would have been better, but she had to scream above the band.

    LOVED Adam’s performance.

    I think I’ll vote for Jorge for a while since he’s a nice guy, and we know he can sing.

    Allison was awesome.

    I liked Danny’s dancing, but not the vocals at all.

    Kris’ energy was nice to see.

    I liked Lil’s outfit a lot.

    My friend said Megan dances like she’s stuck in one of those tube slides at a McDonald’s playground and she’s trying to wiggle out.

  • Danica_K

    Despite the enthusiastic comments from the judges, tonight wasn’t great. Why would they do Michael Jackson on the first night on the big stage? Weird choice.

    – Lil was good. Not great, not bad, but Simon was right about it being a safe choice.
    – Scott is endearing but boring.
    – Danny is skeevy, and was very shouty. Didn’t like the drunk dad dancing.
    – Michael Sarver had, to quote Randy, “some interesting note choices”, and was boring to boot.
    – Jasmine – well, I don’t even remember what she sang.
    – Kris is a cutie and did pretty well. I like him much better with his guitar. Man, his wife looked pissed at Simons comment. Heh.
    – Alison was great vocally, but there’s … something missing here. I’m not sure what it is but it all seems a little vacant, maybe?
    – ANOOP! God, the judges really bagged on him. It wasn’t great, but at least it wasn’t boring. Dude, PICK BETTER SONGS! Your voice is pretty awesome, show it off. Sheesh.(P.S. Nice wax job on the brows!)
    – Jorge is sweet, but that was … bad. What was that, even?
    – Megan bwahahahahaha! Did she *crow* at the end of that song? Wow. I’m sorry, but I sort of love her.
    – Adam has a voice alright. Too bad he uses it to scream at me. Talented? You bet. He’s really a performer. But the screaming, oy. Not for me.
    – Matt was much better behind his piano, but he got a bit wonky in bits. I sorta dug his performance but am not sold on his ‘tude yet.
    – Alexis. W-a-y overbaked that song trying to be dirty and nasty. Did not like. Who is she trying to be, exactly? I don’t get it and her voice isn’t all that either. WTF?

    So my favorites of the night are probably the least popular, but I dug hard on both Megan and Anoop (!!). I can’t help it, I just love both of them. They’re real. They’re fun to watch and have, in my opinion, the most potential to grow over the series. They both get my votes tonight.

    I hate the judges. If they get the veto power over who goes home tomorrow, I’ll be pissed x100. Will viewers still tune in if it goes this way? Probably, since they’re already invested in their favorites. You know, I just realized that’s probably why they didn’t mention it before because if the judges have all the power, then folks won’t watch.

    I never thought I’d say it but BRING NIGEL BACK.

    P.S. Sorry for the novel but I had to get that off my chest. ;)

  • LaurelG

    Adam really worked that stage, didn’t he? And the roar from the crowd was deafening and sustained. I would have loved to have been there right at the edge of the stage. He did look emotional during the judges’ comments. Awww. Such a sweet guy. Love. Him.

    Matt was good too. I just like the smoothness of his voice. I would buy a CD of his for sure. Lil was solid and Alexis did oversing. Allison was great again but I think she will start to sound very one-dimensional after awhile. All of her songs will start to blend together. Poor Anoop. For me, his was the worst performance of the night, but I think his fans will save him. According to Dial Idol, he’s not last.

  • St.Lucia

    I know this is all speculation until the official announcement but….
    let me get this straight…do votes matter tonight, really? I mean the bottom 3 will probably be the worst(minus Anoop) adn then tehy’ll have to sing for their life and technically the lowest voted person might not even get kicked off because the judges may choose anyway?

    Am I understanding that right?

    Because if that’s right…I don’t know if that’s going to fly too well. While we can’t do much about it, we can turn the channel….

    That might be enough…

  • hypertwink

    There are earlier seasons when AI hopped over an aquatic animal but for me, this is probably the time when they brought out the shark and The Fonz.

  • s0x_prisoner

    I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t decide who to choose for my overall pick! After tonight, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m down to Adam and Matt. Hmmà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Yep, same. A couple of weeks ago, I had Matt as my pick, but then I changed it to Adam. I’m not sure whether or not I should switch back though..

  • beesims

    My faves tonight were Matt (until he did all those runs at the end) and my darkhorse girl, Allison. The worst for me were Jasmine and Megan with Anoop, Scott and Michael trailing behind. I think Anoop is a likeable guy with a modicum of talent but he is really out of his depth here, maybe more so than Jorge who is a much better singer but saddled with the burden of the accent and not being very current. Scott is sweet and sincere and I think the overcoming adversity story will keep him around for a few more weeks but I don’t think America is going to let blindness trump boring and this guy is boring. Michael did a lot better than his one semi performance but it was all so meh. Kris had a nice performance but nothing to put himself in the front runner pack with Lil, Danny, Adam and Alexis. I agree with MJ about Adam being too stagey and cabaret; his every gesture and vocal embellishment seems so calculated and over-rehearsed, but I give him props for taking command of the stage and being entertaining. I think Lil and Danny did what they needed to stay ahead of the rest but didn’t deliver a water cooler performance. I had mixed feelings about Alexis; it was risky and riveting at times and at other times it seemed strident and shouty. I do think she has the potential to win the whole thing.

    I am thinking that Jasmine will be one of the ones going home but I am having a hard time picking the other—maybe Kris or Jorge?

  • dbt

    On SYTYCD the 2 lowest vote getters have a dance-off and the judges decide which is going home. They do that for the earliest rounds .. but as the field narrows, the contestants are just eliminated by the votes.

    I wonder if they’ll do the same thing on AI.

  • JOJOSIE

    I’m not getting the comments about Adam being over the top tonight as it was Michael Jackson night and Michael is about as OTT as a performer can get. I thought Adam was just about right. Matt on the other hand was under the top. Too many runs and the falso at the end was hard on the ears. He needs to stay away from that. Poor Anoop, that was a train wreck, I hear he has a big fan base but he’s going to have to do alot better IMO to stay in the contest. I think Michael S showed more than Kris tonight, altho neither was too impressive. The girls I’m not too sure about. Allison and Alexis are the only ones I remember. I still have hope for the season.

  • savgal

    Whoa, all the twists and changes this year remind me of when I have had numerous new policies and procedures thrown at me on the job. Much better to implement them little by little, otherwise it is too much to digest. As a longtime AI fan, am feeling a bit dizzy and overwhelmed (same way I feel when I look at that new stage, with the screen built into the floor and other monitors all over the place). Sensory overload.
    Definitely agree that Jorge should have sung “She’s Out of My Life”, with a charming accent.
    Mr. and Mrs. Kris Allen are the most adorable newlyweds — very cute. I am voting for him for that reason.
    So Adam is OTT, and the judges think that is the only way to sing MJ, but Alexis oversang???? Am voting bigtime for her, for that reason and because she got the weird phone number AND I loved the little clip of her singing with her hippie-ish dad’s guitar playing.
    Lil can work a stage!! She was the perfect one to open tonight.

  • Grammie Kari

    I think this change is only THIS week. Now, there is still the possibility that Alexis will clear right through – but it seems they are not taking any chances.

    Why Anoop picked “Beat It” is beyond me. He has the talent to be in the TOP 10. I hope this has nothing to do with his religion and the fact that Murdoch (conservative Christian) owns the station. The judges slaughtered him.

    Also, I had the feeling Jorge was telling us that he didn’t pick his song. Then I feel Paula did the zipper mouth thing and he backed off.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Also, I had the feeling Jorge was telling us that he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t pick his song. Then I feel Paula did the zipper mouth thing and he backed off.

    I got that feeling too. It felt like they were backing up the truck over Jorge. He wasn’t that bad.

  • Trina

    Anyone who actually thinks that Danny was better than Adam tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦u have got to be kidding me! Overrated my A$$à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he is a star! MJ would have been proud after Adams performanceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Im sure he was cringing after PYTà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦pretty yuckin terrrible!

    Well we’re all allowed opinions here. The world would be boring otherwise. No one should be put down for it.

  • longsong

    If they’re going to have four judges, I wish they’d at least stop the round robin stuff. “No”, Paula says to Simon, “It’s YOUR turn” “No it’s yours!!”. Kara just likes to listen to herself talk.

  • weareallinnocent

    Honestly, I really don’t get the Gokey. Not at all. Guess I’m missing an important part of my DNA or something. He looked totally out of place trying to perform, and he doesn’t impress me vocally. It could be my sound system, but it runs through the stereo so I’m not thinking that’s it.

    Anoop was not great, but Simon c’mon. No need to be cruel, particularly when we all know Anoop was NOT contestant 13.

    I think Allison is a forced to be reckoned with, and I too liked Alexis more than the judges did. Matt was good tonight, I agree. Very talented, but I’m waiting to hear original.

    Adam was fantastic in all respects in my view. And, I adore and I’m totally on board for this, his version of a message song. LOL Perfect song choice for him lyrically, imo, perfect. If the praise was too high — I don’t think it was but YMMV — I think it was the message, lyrics, essentially Adam’s response to the media nonsense and perceived judgment that may have evoked that response. It certainly had that effect on me. (I also think Paula pointed to Adam in a “you go” type gesture after he sang the “equality” verse.) Oddly enough, I thought he pulled back vocally tonight, which frankly, I don’t want to see but I understand why he did (if he did.)

    Everyone else is a blur, though I do recall thinking Lil gave a good show opener and looked really good to me, too.

  • jz

    So Adam is OTT, and the judges think that is the only way to sing MJ, but Alexis oversang????

    I thought that comment was really unfair as well.

    In my effort to put some sense to it, maybe the judges were saying that Adam was OTT but pulled it off and Alexis did not? Or maybe Alexis’ voice is too small for that song?

    Whatever, Alexis will be safe. She definitely did enough to earn her place.

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

    Allison is in BAD shape on dialidolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Actually, any of the bottom 10 could go home.

  • sidewalk

    Despite the enthusiastic comments from the judges, tonight wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t great. Why would they do Michael Jackson on the first night on the big stage? Weird choice.

    – Lil was good. Not great, not bad, but Simon was right about it being a safe choice.
    – Scott is endearing but boring.
    – Danny is skeevy, and was very shouty. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the drunk dad dancing.
    – Michael Sarver had, to quote Randy, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“some interesting note choicesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , and was boring to boot.
    – Jasmine – well, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even remember what she sang.
    – Kris is a cutie and did pretty well. I like him much better with his guitar. Man, his wife looked pissed at Simons comment. Heh.
    – Alison was great vocally, but thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ something missing here. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure what it is but it all seems a little vacant, maybe?
    – ANOOP! God, the judges really bagged on him. It wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t great, but at least it wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t boring. Dude, PICK BETTER SONGS! Your voice is pretty awesome, show it off. Sheesh.(P.S. Nice wax job on the brows!)
    – Jorge is sweet, but that was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ bad. What was that, even?
    – Megan bwahahahahaha! Did she *crow* at the end of that song? Wow. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry, but I sort of love her.
    – Adam has a voice alright. Too bad he uses it to scream at me. Talented? You bet. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really a performer. But the screaming, oy. Not for me.
    – Matt was much better behind his piano, but he got a bit wonky in bits. I sorta dug his performance but am not sold on his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹tude yet.
    – Alexis. W-a-y overbaked that song trying to be dirty and nasty. Did not like. Who is she trying to be, exactly? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it and her voice isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t all that either. WTF?

    So my favorites of the night are probably the least popular, but I dug hard on both Megan and Anoop (!!). I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help it, I just love both of them. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re real. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re fun to watch and have, in my opinion, the most potential to grow over the series. They both get my votes tonight.

    I hate the judges. If they get the veto power over who goes home tomorrow, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be pissed x100. Will viewers still tune in if it goes this way? Probably, since theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re already invested in their favorites. You know, I just realized thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s probably why they didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mention it before because if the judges have all the power, then folks wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t watch.

    I never thought Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d say it but BRING NIGEL BACK.

    I completely agree with absolutely everything you said.

  • houstonrufus

    I guess my OTT observation re: Adam may be unfair. Except that he was OTT in both Hollywood rounds I saw and on Satisfaction. Seriously, how was his performance tonight any different than the one on Satisfaction? Lots hamming it up and big big flourishes at the end. Yes, MJ is OTT, but this is the first week he’s done MJ. Granted, the crappy semifinal rounds have given us a limited view on what these contestants can do. I think Adam is brimming with talent. And I really hope he sticks around until the final weeks. Just trying to keep all this praise in check, that’s all. For myself if no one else.

  • sunchick

    Never. Even if the pimpee wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t my number one pick, I could tolerate them. Carrie is a perfect example, but I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t deny her vocals. Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s another one. The boy can sing, though. Adam flat-out makes me want to stab a needle in my ear. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it.

    I guess the difference for me is that a) I figure everyone who gets to the top 12 can sing to varying degrees b) I insist on being entertained or engaged emmotionally (too picky that way) and c) I can’t get into a singer on AI who is technically very proficient but would never be someone whose music I could see myself buying in the real world. So when the judges go gaga over someone like, say, Gokey, who I think just made a terribly ridiculous decision to perform a song about pretty young things like he was a gospel preacher, no matter how well he pulled off the vocals, they lose me.

    Oooooooooh, Jamie. To be fair, no one can compare to him. At least not in MY heart (totally jealous that youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen him live, btw).

    It was the only time I’ve ever flown to another state just to see a concert. Well, I did visit a friend, but still, it was mostly for the concert. He’s amazing and hawt and amazing. And he jumps over the piano, which is a bonus. I wish he’d tour the US more often.

  • leome

    I can’t get Danny at all too, but the truth is that he went third, many other were pimped a lot after him too and the guy is still the one leading.
    I guess we will see him till top 2…

  • aly

    I wouldn’t worry to much about Allison. The producers would
    never let her go home tomorrow.

  • abbysee

    My favorites of the night were Allison, Adam, and believe it or not Danny! Allison was just the whole PACKAGE, she sang a rather obsure MJ song and hit a triple for sure. Danny just on pure vocal alone was really great. I hate looking at him dance though, painful. I just love Adam period. He and Allison where the only one who didn’t seem karaoke to me. Lil was pretty good as well. I wasn’t bored at all.

    Not bad was Jasmine, and Michael. Jasmine is toast, but she acquitted herself well imho. Michael can sing, but he is so milquetoast I almost took a little nap.

    Scott is Scott. I didn’t really like it, but he is going to be hard to criticize.

    Decent was Matt. I mean we’ve been down the timberlake road before, and I don’t think he has a shot, but he’s safe for now.

    Alexis was awful, I don’t like her looking like a Sally Bowles refuge. I know they wanted her to be edgy, but panties are underwear, not outerwear. She was all over the place, and I was not impressed. Anoop, I am crying because he was just horrible, and I love him, but it was like high school musical, and that’s just bad. Jorge, was just too cheesy and he picked one of the worst songs of the evening, worst choice was Megan wind me up Joy. Did she chirp or caw at the end? She’s beautiful so she will get a pass, she shouldn’t but she will. And I just didn’t like Kris. The guitar limited him. He has great dance moves and the guitar tied him to the mic, and it just wasn’t very fun to watch.

  • sparklesgirl2

    hypertwink
    Mar 10th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    There are earlier seasons when AI hopped over an aquatic animal but for me, this is probably the time when they brought out the shark and The Fonz.

    hahahahaha! I love this! So true.

    Here’s my opinion on Adam… I do enjoy him, I like his originality and what he brings to the stage and the show, but he didn’t really deserve quite the tongue bath. I liked thought Danny had a better vocal tonight, and at times I really hate Danny.

    I think my main issue with Adam is that it seems there’s so much fan love and judge love that flaws in the performance are not even apparent. He did have some off moments and his high register did not sound THAT great tonight. He is definitely a rock star but he didn’t connect to the performance for me. I thought his Stones take was much better.

  • jz

    Actually, any of the bottom 10 could go home.

    I’m well aware of that, but was giving any Allison fans on here a heads up.

  • bean99

    So Adam is OTT, and the judges think that is the only way to sing MJ, but Alexis oversang????

    That’s what I was thinking. I loved Alexis and think she could go a very long way. So much better than the over-rated Adam tonight. I don’t get why the judges just fall all over themselves praising him without once pointing out that he sings just like it’s musical theater. I don’t get the current comments at all.

    I thought Lil was good, Danny was my favorite along with Alexis, liked Scott and Matt, didn’t like Michael’s song although he sang it well, Allison was good but not as good as the other week, Jorge was okay but boring song, and still like Anoop even if the song choice wasn’t the best (although not nearly as bad as the judges thought). The worst for me were Megan (hated it), Kris (yawn), and Jasmine. I’d like the 2 going home to come from them.

    The clues sure sound like the judges pick who stays out of the bottom 2 or 3. That definitely won’t be popular and I’m not liking it even though it may have saved a couple of my favorites over the years.

  • Dr. Tracey

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m thinking ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a variation on the bottom 2 singoff with the judges choosing who goes home. What do you guys think?

    I think you’re right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    .(P.S. Nice wax job on the brows!)

    lol

    Nobody made me want to pray for their safetyness tomorrow, I can ´t vote so all I can do is pray ;D… but I want Jasmine, Jorge and Megan do go home… Anoop really screw up, in the words of my little sister: “Even Fall Out Boy can sing that song better than Anoop”…

  • Lu

    Kris and Matt were hands down my faves tonight. I’m still sad about Anoop because I love the guy. My prediciton is that the two going home are Anoop and Jasmine.

    I understand why those that love Adam thought Adam was great but I felt like he was screaming at me. I also felt like I was watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show while he was on stage. I was just waiting for him to burst into the Time Warp. He’s definitely not my cup of tea but I get the fact that he’s entertaining to some.

  • Lino

    I hope this twist is something that can bring Ricky Braddy back. He should be in this top 13. There are lots of bad singers there!

    I agree with MJ. I really liked Adam’s performance but i don’t think it was as good as the judges said. And i think Alexis performance was better then the judges said. But… Simon said the same thing he said to Alexis to DC when he sang his second beatles song (“I think you weren’t as good as you think you were”).

  • sparklesgirl2

    At least no one sang “Thriller” or tried to replicate “Billie Jean.” I hope everyone knew better than to touch that one! That’s going to be like Fantasia’s “Summertime” or Carrie’s “Alone” (but hey, no one DOES seem to know better on that).

  • sparklesgirl2

    Can anyone explain to me the love for Michael Sarver? To me he’s only a mediocre singer, he’s boring, and he has NO star power. Furthermore, I CANNOT envision him on the tour.

    I hope it’s Jasmine and Michael going home tomorrow because they’re snoozeville for me. At least everyone else is interesting.

  • adamandeva

    I personally felt so much connection when Adam sang ‘Black or White’. He really believed every note he was saying. The equality line really hit close to home with him I felt. Yes, he’s an over the top entertainer. But I think for him it works so well. I see Adam going far in this. I’ve watched this show since season 1 and I agree with Paula, I have never seen anyone so comfortable with the stage as Adam was. He was brilliant. His notes were fantastic. And he made an iconic MJ song his own.

  • lg

    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think Danny was probably the best of the night. Matt G was great, just didn’t care for the song. Adam was terrific as usual. Alexis was good, but the outfit was just slutty.

    I think Pauler had a little extra sumthin in her Coke tonight.

  • catdog

    Boy there’s a lot of Danny hate on this board!!!LOL

    Adam may be a screamer but he certainly can work that stage! He looks so comfortable. He’s one of those entertainers that you either love him or hate him. And you know what, he’ll be standing there at that finale – probably next to Danny! LOL

  • widz

    I think Pauler had a little extra sumthin in her Coke tonight.

    I think ALL the judges had something in their Coke tonight.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    I’ll need to rewatch, but I really loved Alexis and Allison. Kris was the only one who TRULY did something different with his song. I couldn’t take my eyes off Adam, but the praise was OTT. I liked Anoop, too. How can you not? I felt bad for poor Jorge Fodder Nunez. Danny, he can’t redeem himself in my eyes. I will rewatch and see if my impressions hold. Matt G bored me. As did Scott. Megan was ridiculous (and not in the slang way), but her vocals were better.

    The judging sucked ass tonight. I will be the first to boo if they have a sing off to choose who stays and who goes. Why bother voting?

  • Danica_K

    I completely agree with absolutely everything you said

    Sidewalk, I’m glad someone does. I was fearing the flamethrower coming my way. :)

  • sparklesgirl2

    Did anyone think Paula looked strange tonight? Like she burned her face in a tanning bed and had a collagen injection in her lips? Poor Paula. God love her. I’ve actually felt her judging was more honest than anyone else’s this year.

  • oceana

    Jorge was great! The judges were way too hard on him. And way too easy on some others who weren’t nearly as good.

    Adam is clearly in a league of his own. And yet … for some reason he doesn’t reach me when he sings. Too much high-pitched shrieking I guess. But he’s sweet and a great entertainer.

    Allison also great – a real talent, a diamond in the rough.

    Kris – better than I thought he would be, but still not that good.

    Anoop – really bad. No matter how nice and cute he is, he doesn’t belong on the show. But neither does Michael, whose ballad was so old-fashioned, while the original was a beautiful vulnerable song.

    Megan – worst song choice ever, ever, ever. Truly stupid song. I’m over her.

    I really like Matt. He’s got something. A little bit Jason Mraz, a little bit Cold Play, give him time to get his confidence and some experience, the kid is kind of special.

    Again, Jorge was one of the best tonight, and I’ll cry if he goes home. It would be so unfair. The judges were completely unfair to him.

  • sidewalk

    I don’t understand why TPTB are purposely doing something they know (per Simon at least) we won’t like. It doesn’t make sense. I bet Nigel is shaking his head right now.

  • dreamr

    Ahhhhh. I’m voting for Allison but DialIdol still has her at the bottom. Nooooo! I can’t believe she’s even below Jasmine Murray! WTH!?

    She can’t leave! Vote for Allison! lol

  • Lys

    Kris and Matt were hands down my faves tonight.

    Same here. Well, based purely on the audio, anyway. :) I couldn’t get to a TV tonight, so I’ve been listening to the mp3’s that Rickey’s been posting.

    Based on the comments here, I expected Anoop’s performance to be horrible, but I thought it sounded okay. Not fantastic, but okay. Apparently he was trying too hard to work the stage, though…? I wouldn’t know, lol.

    Surprisingly, Danny was somewhat bearable tonight. As was Adam. Like someone else pointed out, Adam gets a pass for being OTT on this particular night, because it was, after all, an MJ song. And I didn’t even have to suffer through watching Adam strut, wink, snarl, or pose, so that was a definite plus.

  • sma11ie

    My faves were Matt, Danny, and Adam. I think in that order…? It’s a subjective thing. Danny surprised me, didn’t like him before, but liked it a lot tonight. So did Adam– didn’t like his singing before and liked it a lot tonight. Jasmine, please leave my screen now! Allison underwhelmed me. Poor Anoop… just, nevermind. Kris was quite good in parts, but I felt like the backup singers were terrible for his song– totally messed him up I thought.

  • bean99

    It was kind of funny that Simon said that Kris shouldn’t have shown his wife yet because I said the same thing to my dh. He didn’t sing well enough to get new fans and I think it was the young girls that got him here.

    I’d hate for Allison to go so hope she’ll be safe. I think Jorge’s problem was that he picked a boring song although I think the same thing about Michael and Kris.

  • beesims

    Part of me is thinking that the decision to have a top 13 may have really been a last minute curve based on the fact that they are getting rid of two of them right away and on the IDOLS-13 porn line screw-up. I am thinking that Jasmine was a mandate for diversity and they really couldn’t decide between Matt and Anoop. Whatever their motivation to have 13 sing just seems pointless like so many other decisions this past season like having to sit through 4 judges critiques.

  • primeminister

    ^^ the judges will save Allison anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. No need to worry.

  • sue

    Uh who hack the funofficepools site? I can’t get on it, dang it. I haven’t gone through the 435 post yet but all I have to say is Adam is “it” this season. I LURVE his performance.

    Anoop was entertaining too but the song didn’t show his vocal ability at all. The judges basically threw Jorge and Anoop under the bus which was not expected. Matt G. was really really good too. Alexis and Allison were the top two girls tonight follow by Lil. I didn’t enjoy Megan’s performance at all, ewww. Kris Allen was fun to watch also. Danny was forgettable for me, I don’t even remember his performance, except for his terrible dancing. Sarver wasn’t bad. Jasmine was just meh. Scott wasn’t bad at all, I kind of enjoyed that.

    I think that Jorge, Jasmine, Sarver, Anoop and Megan are all in danger of elimination.

    I hope it is Megan and Jasmine going but that probably won’t happen.

  • Grammie Kari

    I thought Anoop was better than the judges did but agreed that it was the wrong song choice. I thought he did fine on stage. I hope he makes it through anyway because I know he has the voice.

    I wish he had sung a ballad; however, after this performance, he has plenty of room to improve. I have not encountered a busy signal yet.

    Danica, your post cheered me up.

    MJ, did you notice the zipper mouth for Allision when she started to say something about “not slashing myself”. She’s something else. She’s also very talented.

  • sunchick

    Adam was fantastic in all respects in my view. And, I adore and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m totally on board for this, his version of a message song. LOL

    Excellent observation. I liked that he went with a song that kind of made a statement, but didn’t hit us over the head with the message. Instead, he hit us over the head with his command of the stage. Michael in his heyday was larger than life when he performed, and Adam brought that to the stage more than anyone else. I think it will get old if he does that every week, and I hope he can strip it down and learn how to work the cameras and the TV audience as well as he works a live audience. That’s the one thing that, say, Cook or Kelly seemed to master innately, that Adam hasn’t figured out yet. He’s still mostly playing to the live audience. But these past two weeks he tackled big OTT performance tunes by an iconic rock band and an iconic pop star and didn’t get swallowed up by the material, which is no small feat.

    I think my favorites of the night were Adam..then Matt…Scott and Kris? Allison and Alexis were decent too.

  • St.Lucia

    Adam was fantastic in all respects in my view. And, I adore and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m totally on board for this, his version of a message song. LOL Perfect song choice for him lyrically, imo, perfect. If the praise was too high à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it was but YMMV à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  I think it was the message, lyrics, essentially Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s response to the media nonsense and perceived judgment that may have evoked that response. It certainly had that effect on me. (I also think Paula pointed to Adam in a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“you goà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  type gesture after he sang the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“equalityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  verse.) Oddly enough, I thought he pulled back vocally tonight, which frankly, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to see but I understand why he did (if he did.)

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • Grammie Kari

    I just wanted to add that I did enjoy the Michael Jackson theme night!

  • lovegoodmusic

    Between Megan and Jasmine, I would rather see Megan go home. Jasmine has potential and sings better than Megan. So if they want a pretty girl, why not keep the one that sings better?

  • sparklesgirl2

    Grammie Kari, I noticed the zipper mouth too! I couldn’t believe she said that – I’m worried it may have cost her votes! She’s a really awkward girl, but as my mom said, “she is 16. All 16-year-old girls are awkward.” She’s interesting and quite the performer too. I couldn’t believe she performed in a furniture store! That was awesome.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    Does anyone think Danny looks like Seth Rogan or is it just me?

  • MaryS-NJ

    Simon had a sunburn. Paula brought her pet parrot to work. Kara must have had a massive hickey on her neck or something because she had the bow from hell wrapped around it. Randy… yo dawg, dude. Here’s the thing, dawg. What happened to the actually English comments you were giving in the semis? We’re back to dawg-ese again. Ryan’s granny seems like she’d be fun to hang out with at the diner.

    I loved Alexis and Allison tonight. Neither performance was perfect (I didn’t like Allison’s song choice) but I like these little girls with huge personalities and voices.

    I liked Adam and Danny quite a lot. Adam’s performance skills are impressive. I’m not sold on the voice though. I like Danny’s voice although he sounded a bit hoarse or like he had a cold or something tonight. I liked both performances.

    I like Matt’s voice when he doesn’t overdo the runs. I like Jorge but he seemed uncomfortable with that song.

    Kris is adorable.

    Megan is quirky. She confuses me. There’s something about her voice, but underneath it isn’t…good.

    Lil was meh.

    Jasmine, Michael and Scott were bland.

    Anoop chose poorly.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Watching it on the west coast and waiting for Adam, Danny just finished. For the first time since his Hollywood group gospel-flavored arrangement of Sombody to Love, I see what the hype is about. Even if I don’t flove a contestant or their style of music, I always appreciate true vocal musicality — and Danny has that, as does Adam Lambert.

    His song choice and performance were surprisingly fun. If he was looking to separate himself from the back story buzz kill, PYT was a smart pick. Based on his intro clip, maybe TIIC got the message, too.

  • hardkandy

    Does anyone think Danny looks like Seth Rogan or is it just me?

    Well definitely see that resemblance more than the RDJ one which I just can’t onboard with.

  • SparklesATL

    sparklesgirl2 said” Did anyone think Paula looked strange tonight? Like she burned her face in a tanning bed and had a collagen injection in her lips? Poor Paula. God love her. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve actually felt her judging was more honest than anyone elseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this year.

    The thing I hate about HDTV is you not only see every pimple on every face, you see every blackhead, every hair follicle, every scar and who’s wearing a rug and who isn’t. On the other hand, maybe I love it.

  • anijsch

    Does anyone know if we get studio versions this year?
    I don’t got the whole show, but I only remember Ryan mentioned to buy the performance on itunes.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    primeminister Mar 10th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    ^^ the judges will save Allison anyway, so it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really matter. No need to worry.

    See, this is the downside of the bottom two sing-off. If Allison lost votes tonight because viewers think the judges will save her, for example, her total might be so low that the judges decide she’s a lost cause and cut her loose.

    Manipulating the vote with a sing-off will have all kinds of consequences, if this is the change they desire — and I think the net result will be damaging to the show.

  • oceana

    It seems likely now that the “twist” is what everyone thinks, a sing-off and the judges choose.

    I’m not sure I like it, but I’ll keep an open mind. It might work out. It could save someone like Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson from leaving too early. (OTOH there is no Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson this year, unfortunately.)

    We’ll get mad and throw things at the tv if the judges pick against our choices, but we’ll love them if they save our favorites. So instead of being mad at the voters, or that amorphous entity called “America,” we can blame the judges.

    But your votes still matter because you want to keep your favorites out of the bottom 2.

    The show’s been around so long, might be time to try something new. This season’s pretty dismal overall. one thing’s for sure, there’s no David Cook on this show (or Jason Castro or Brook White or Syesha or David A or Carli or MJ … sigh … )

  • sparklesgirl2

    SparklesATL
    Mar 10th, 2009 at 10:52 pm
    sparklesgirl2 saidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Did anyone think Paula looked strange tonight? Like she burned her face in a tanning bed and had a collagen injection in her lips? Poor Paula. God love her. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve actually felt her judging was more honest than anyone elseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this year.

    The thing I hate about HDTV is you not only see every pimple on every face, you see every blackhead, every hair follicle, every scar and whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s wearing a rug and who isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. On the other hand, maybe I love it.

    Hello, other Sparkles!

    I don’t even have HD and I saw Paula’s craziness. Poor thing!

  • madmike2276

    Lil Rounds - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Way You Make Me Feelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . I really like her, but this was not her best performance. It just was above average for most of the song. The end was far better than the rest of the song.
    Scott MacIntyre – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Keep the Faithà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I like this song. I didn’t love Scott’s performance. It was “OK” but I give him credit for trying a song that is not well known in the US.
    Danny Gokey - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Pretty Young Thingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I must admit that I am not a Gokey fan, and I say that so people on the board don’t tell me my opinion is biased against him, but his performance was not bad, but I don’t see what the judges do.
    Michael Sarver – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re Not Aloneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – At least Danny didn’t perform it. Again, some of the notes were screamed.
    Jasmine Murray – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Be Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – She had a pleasant voice, but it just seemed very safe to me.
    Kris Allen – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Remember the Time.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Love the song, love the guitar. Hated the vocals.
    Allison Iraheta - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Give it to Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – LOVE HER!
    Anoop Desai – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Beat Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Ouch! I wouldn’t want to leave and have to sing “Beat it” on the way out. The jokes write itself.
    Jorge Nunez – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Never Can Say Goodbyeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – See above. I would not have chosen that song either. The irony again, writes iteself.
    Megan Joy Corkrey - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rockinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Robinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  -I don’t get why she made it through over Jesse. This was quite awful. Her little cawing at the end was just wrong. Total hot mess.
    Adam Lambert - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Black and Whiteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – SHOWSTOPPER! Performance of the night!
    Matt Giraud - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Human Natureà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Love that he worked with the piano, the vocals though were hit or miss at times.
    Alexis Grace - à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dirty Dianaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Good performance, solid. I liked it more than the judges did, but it was not the best of the night, but it was up there.

    Judges:
    Paula was spot on tonight. As loopy as people thinks she is, she tends to be the most accurate and has so throughout the AI series.
    Simon seemed beyond bored, more so than usual.
    Kara seems forced
    Randy….was he there?

  • Grammie Kari

    Yes, Paula looked strange around her eyes. I hated the over dramatic behavior after Danny and Adam sang. Paula has decided who will be in the finale and it’s the first week. Calm down, girl.

    I hope to see Anoop make it to the tour. His performance was not boring and after hearing his performances on YouTube, I know the boy can sing. It seems the judges want him out OR want his fan club to vote like crazy.

  • tierbee

    My non-Idol-loving husband actually watched the whole show with me tonight… interesting. I thought Danny did a good job… I think I love Adam a little bit… Jorge definitely wasn’t *that* bad and I thought too that he was saying he didn’t get to pick his song before Paula zipped him (lol). Michael Sarver had my mom calling me to tell me that she “didn’t know he could sing that well” so maybe it was a good choice for him, though boring. I can’t even remember was Jasmine was singing. And sniff, my Noop Dawg… that just wasn’t very good. I still love him, however. Alexis was good, I thought, though it was almost like there were so many words that she couldn’t get them all out and her phrasing was weird. I liked Matt G (so did my husband). I can’t really remember Kris though he’s really adorable (and small!). My husband loves Megan, of course. Though he found her cawing a little scary… Allison’s voice is great, doesn’t seem like that voice should come out of that girl for whatever reason but I love the deeper, raspy voices (hmm, probably because I have a deep voice myself).

  • tinawina

    I dunno, I’m going to have to watch this again, but…

    to me, some people were very good, but nobody was an Idol, you know?

    Like, there’s a type of voice that always wins… I don’t know how to describe it… but strong I guess, clear, wielded with confidence, solidly hits the notes with maybe an exception or 2… charisma… and nobody had all those things for me. Some came close, but nobody had The Voice.

    Adam is strong, clear and in control of his instrument but his tone is annoying after a while, and he’s way too polarizing. Alexis and Allison don’t have the control yet. Danny has some of it, but he’s not quite there, and I think he’s been singing long enough that if he really had it we’d have heard it by now. Matt is all over the place and I’m not getting the charisma. Scott ain’t got it vocally. Lil COULD have it, but I think she’ll end up polarizing too. The rest… ain’t gonna happen.

    I mean somebody’s gotta win this thing, but none of them seem quite up to par. Like this year there will be a default winner. I mean they are talented, but the whole package? I dunno.

  • Caffiend

    Cannot understand the tongue bath for Danny. Am I the only one who thought he hit a ton of bad notes? I just don’t get it.

  • catdog

    You can almost see Simon drooling when he announced the possible new rule changes. They want to have more control over the show at this point in time – they have watched some of the winners die and wither away with poor sales and in their small minds they think America might agree with them.

  • yummystars

    Kris, Megan, Scott, shoulda been Junot, Felicia, and Ricky.

  • BootStar

    I don’t have time to read through all the comments tonight, but I’ll just say that I floved Adam. Thought he was awesome, and I didn’t find him to be “too theatrical” tonight. At all. I thought he looked and sounded great. I was entertained!!

    Didn’t hate Danny and, in fact, rather enjoyed him! But if you’d powdered his head, I would have sworn that was Taylor Hicks singing and dancing up there.

    I thought Alexis was the best female and don’t understand why they ripped into her at the end. She wasn’t OTT for me at all. She was doing Michael friggin’ Jackson. They’d just gotten done saying you have to do MJ OTT.

    Based on what I saw of the pimpage and performances tonight (Megan and Anoop are so not COs!): I think the F3 will be Allison, Danny and Adam.

    Honorable Mentions: Matt, Kris and Lil. They all exceeded my expectations.

    Hated: Scott, Michael, Jasmine, Megan and Jorge!

  • maracaibo

    I agree with the judges having the final word.
    Sometimes the popualrity of a contestant doesn’t match his chances to succeed in the real world.

    I really loved Matt’s performance tonight. It was subdued, but it was so nicely done.

  • widz

    I agree with you, Grammie Kari..

  • TreeFrog

    If it turns out the judges have the final say in who goes home then I know of two things that will happen. One, the current ad at the top of this page that says “You Be The Judge” will be deliciously ironic. And two, I will stop watching, and I’ve been tuned in since the season one premier.

  • stelladallas

    It seems likely now that the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“twistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is what everyone thinks, a sing-off and the judges choose.

    “Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure I like it, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll keep an open mind. It might work out. It could save someone like Daughtry or Jennifer Hudson from leaving too early.”

    This is why I don’t think the judges should mess with fate. History has shown that Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson have been better off (probably) without the Idol crown. They seem to have wonderful careers. I mean, winning grammys and an academy award ain’t too shabby!

  • NOLA

    I still think they may do as they did on “The One” and after the sing-off, the contestants vote off one of their own.

  • thesheriff

    My virgin Season 8 episode…please someone, get that new judge off my TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Top 2 for me are Danny and Allison. Honorable mention is that little Lil.

  • jammasta

    So far…..

    Lil – She started the Top 13 really well. She was my favorite at the auditions.
    Scott – He was a good piano player. Singing was pretty good, too.
    Danny – My other favorite did awesomely, but his dancing was strange and hilarious.
    Sarver – I really don’t get the “meh” comments. I thought he did really well. Then again, I’m a sucker for ballads.
    Jasmine – Once again, I don’t really get the hate. Granted, she’s not the best, but she shouldn’t be the one going after that. But lol @ her awkward introduction after Sarver’s performance where she was still being made up.
    Kris – I admit I didn’t pay attention because I was taking care of something, but what I heard was good.
    Allison – Once again, I didn’t really pay attention, sadly. I only heard the beginning, which was a little disappointing, but picked up. I love this girl and hope she gets through. Props to being El Salvadorian, my first best friend was from there too. But a big NO to that arm wrestling cheat. Kris wasn’t paying attention! :P.
    Anoop – OH dear God. Okay, so it wasn’t terrible. Not good. But he’s staying. Very difficult song to sing well.
    Jorge – I was kinda bored….
    Megan – Okay, her song choice so far is terrible… It sounds pretty awkward. Trying too hard. And that whistle thing is annoying. It sounds tacked on. Blah. I think she’ll be the one to go. Sad, I kinda do like her. CAW! CAW! XD. That was so weird.
    Adam – Despite being vastly overrated, overall great. However, sorry to vent, but I. HATE. WAILING. SO. FREAKING. MUCH. Seriously, if he wins being OTT I will fight someone to the death. But he seems to be cutting down on the OTT-ness, which is a great thing.
    Matt – Great performance, so glad he got back. Simon really pisses me off when he brings up other contestants in his comments. Like when he brought up Danny a few weeks ago against someone and when he brought up Adam right now.

    I actually really like this group of people. The only one I really don’t want to win is Adam because having two rocker guys in a row, once again, would be awful for me. Everyone else is good. Very few are really “Idol” good. Last season, so far, has been a lot better. We got great talents, and I miss every single one of them, even DC. I hate man rock (Weird term, but I mean guys who rock. Allison and Gina Glocksen were awesome. Not so much Daughtry or Cook).

  • Madcap Jester

    Hate Gokey, will always hate Gokey, will never stop hating Gokey no matter how much the judges praise him. I really hope he doesn’t win, although that seems all but inevitable, considering that his main competition are either incredibly polarizing (Adam) or just SUUUUUUCK (Anoop, damn it!).

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

    Adam is my winner this season. He can make it and not be another one of those winners that fall off the map. I’d spend money on him.

    Danny has a great voice but he bores me to death – when I am not finding him f’in annoying.

    Matt I like quite a bit and I thought he was great tonight but he followed Adam and that was a hard spot to be in. I’d spend money on him as well.

    I also like Alexis a lot.

  • idolbeat

    My rankings:

    Adam – worked the stage like MJ, had energy and sounded great.

    Matt – While I thought he would sing I Want You Back and dance, I wasn’t prepared for the crooner – loved his piano playing – to me he could make a cd with relevant songs where I can’t see Scott doing that ( he did play well too)
    With the right song, Matt could “Have the Moment” like Simon says.

    Allison – hated the song but it showed her grit, range – she needs to get out that angst!

    Danny – The first part of PYT – slowed down was beautiful but I was thinking about Junot, singing the slowed down version of HTD and got distracted. He did pretty good but I don’t think he has the soul Matt does. I see him going the route of Chris Sligh – wanting to be mainsteam but in reality, what he does best is gospel music/comtemporary Christian music.

    Alexis and Lil were about equal for me – wanted more from them because I know they have it in them.

    Anoop – love him but for some reason, weird al yankovich came to mind singing this song. He’s not going anywhere tomorrow – he will redeem himself.

    Kris, I loved the guitar playing, loved the song, but it should have been better for some reason. Not sure what was missing.

    Megan is beautiful. She’s not Haley Scarnato – Haley worked the stage, but she might not have to – the camera loves her face. I cracked up at the CAW CAW! I can’ t beleive she actually made crow noises! I don’t think she has any range – but she sounds decent in what she can do.

    Scott, Michael, Jorge and Jasmine were just ok.

  • Natasha

    I just saw Adam and he was incredible. He’s just a born performer and his voice is amazing. I’m looking forward to him singing a ballad so people who don’t get him might see a different side to him though.

  • sue

    Ok I watch Kris Allen’s performance again and I actually really like it, he has a lot of potential and he id really growing on me. I might have to replace my love for Anoop with Kris, lol, already. Ok I still love Anoop but what is up with him and poor song choices? At this point he will be lucky to make the tour. :(

    I still love Adam’s performance and Alexis is growing on me. I hope the final two isn’t Danny and Adam because that is way too predictable. Let’s hope one of the girls rise up to the occasion or Kris makes it into the finale, lol, I know that is a stretched. It was a pretty good start for the top 13. The WORST performance for me has to be Megan, wtf was that, and wtf was she doing at the end of that song?

  • gusher

    Overall, a good show. I thought they were a bit harsh on Anoop and gushing way too much on Adam (his voice sounds shrill to my ears). The surprise performance for me was from Alexis. Never really cared for her, but she impressed me tonight.

  • Kirsten

    General Comments
    —————-

    1) Michael Jackson as a theme night? This could go very badly.

    2) What a weird way to introduce the judges. Why does Simon look like he just strolled in from cleaning out the garage?

    3) This introduce the judges bit is going on FOREVER. Way to kill the momentum.

    4) Sending two people home sucks. Way to continue to ruin the season you a$$hats.

    5) I like that we can see the band a little bit this year.

    6) That is one sharp suit that Ryan is wearing.

    7) OMG! Did Simon honestly just say, “It’s fine to be artistic, but not on this show”? He’s being so honest this year. Throw the producer mask off, Simon, and let the manipulation all hang out.

    8) I do not like the TV screen in the floor in front of the judges that shows the Idol singing. That just seems wrong.

    Performance Comments
    ——————–

    1) Lil – I like this song better when it’s more funky and less belty. I got a little bored. She’s so pretty (but I’m not liking the pants). (7/10)

    2) Scott – He’s good on the piano, but his voice isn’t all that great. And the arrangement is very 80s. This reminds me of the television show Fame. Too bad the boring drone of music will not suddenly swell into a big production number. Kara needs to cure that verbal diahrea. Here try some Immodi-shut-up (5/10)

    3) Danny – Wow. That family room looks like they just chased the Extreme Home Makeover crew out of there and the paint is still drying. Weird. This guy is a super tool, but I cannot deny he finally got this show going. He can’t really dance, but he can definitely sing. I cannot deny that was fun. Earth to Paula, this is the finals. (9/10)

    4) Michael – Dude has a great voice. He is showing off his pipes tonight (much so than in the semis). Still, I think he should try to nab the country vote. That is a strong demographic, he has the look and he needs to stand out from the other R&B guys. (6/10)

    5) Jasmine – She is just gorgeous. Her singing is not. Oh, man. She should have picked something more up beat so we wouldn’t have been tortured with the off-key glory notes. She really needs to go home. This is three crappy performances in a row for her and I don’t think it’s ever going to get any better. Shut up about Mariah, Randy. LOL Kara slyly points out that she only hit a few notes. Heh. Good comments Paula (1/10)

    6) Kris – What an adorable couple. Bandzilla ate this performance. He might have been playing air guitar for all the difference it made. It started out kind of bland, but picked up some energy near the end. Dumb song. He seemed to have fun. Um, Kara, he wasn’t allowed to use the guitar last time. Kris does not know how to react to Paula. Ooo! Wifey shoots daggers at Simon. LOL (6.5/10)

    7) Allison – It’s spooky how much she reminds me of Kelly Clarkson. Although, her voice isn’t as good as Kelly’s (and Kelly doesn’t pull as many strange faces). I thought she might be a one hit wonder, but this was really good. That is one husky voiced 16 year old. Randy should be banned from mentioning people’s ages. (8/10).

    8) Anoop – His parents are great. AI has a new Matrix screen saver. Anoop doesn’t have enough of an edge to make this arrangement of the song to work. And that jacket is not working on him. When a jacket makes a guy that thin look fat, it needs to be burned. Oh, some bad notes. This was a terrible choice. Paula got booed. Heh. (2/10)

    9) Jorges – Good vocal, but the arrangement was very Princess Cruise Lines. Simon was a little harsh (6/10)

    10) Megan – She is beautiful, but needs to wear sleeves. Maybe a straightjacket so that she can’t dance. This girl has no range. None. And this arrangement is straight from the sample disk that comes with a karaoke machine. And this is very fairgrounds talent show singing. Did she caw? Oh, thank you for Simon for finally being honest (1/10)

    11) Adam – Well this guy certainly makes this song his own. Wow, did the lighting crew finally show up? They are doing a major job on the pimp lighting. Ah, those little producer manipulation tricks are so cute. Is this the chosen one? A tad theatrical and over-rehearsed. LOL Paula almost makes him cry. (8/10)

    12) Matt – I really like what he did with the chorus. He needs to tone down the vocal tricks, but they guy has mad talent. (8.5/10)

    13) Alexis – Looks like a Goth Tinkerbell. Hot vocals. Not sure that was totally in her wheelhouse, but that was fun. The beginning didn’t quite work. (8/10)

    Who Should Go Home: Jasmine or Megan
    Who Will Go Home: Allison?

  • Grammie Kari

    I would feel much better about the contestants voting off two from the Bottom 3 (with a secret ballot) than for the judges to select the two to go home. This could be a real mess for AI. This may be their WORSE move yet!!

  • adamandeva

    If you noticed Adam is slowly toning down the falsetto notes. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting less and less. But still, his vocal range wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t go away, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a part of him and his style. Like Adam said, you either love him or you hate him. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a matter of taste. But even the haters canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t deny his vocal talent and showmanship.

  • primeminister

    Now that Kristen has written her review, I don’t feel the need to write mine because it’s basically the same. I’d rate Kris a little higher and Danny a little lower though. Thanks, Kristen!

    :)

  • shimmeries

    Does anyone think Danny looks like Seth Rogan or is it just me?

    Yeah, maybe. Like a skinny Seth Rogen. I think Seth Rogen is a stone cold fox, though. I mean, Danny’s attractive, but not as much of a fox as Seth. Perhaps I just have weird taste in men.

    Well definitely see that resemblance more than the RDJ one which I just canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t onboard with.

    Someone I work with keeps saying that. I do not see it at all.

    Anyway, I’m gonna give a few point on what I though about everyone:

    Lil: I thought she was pretty good. Good way to start the show out. I thought she did set the bar, although she didn’t exactly amaze me.
    Scott: Scott is so much better when he plays the piano. It makes him much more comfortable, but that might just be ’cause he’s a great pianist. I thought he did nice. The song was nice, it sounded nice. It was nice. But that’s it.
    Danny: I don’t know why Danny gets so much hate. I like the guy, I thought he did good. I don’t think he was as incredible as the judges said, but I thought it was a good performance, aside from his silly little dance moves. They were cute, though.
    Michael: Michael also reminds me a little of Seth Rogen, but more cleaned up. I think Michael’s a stone cold fox, too. As for actual performance-wise… I like Michael. I dunno. He just seems like such a sweet guy, and when he sings I’m just like “Awww, he seems so nice” and I always want him to do so good. But he’s always just good. I think if he added a little sumpin’ sumpin’ or changed the songs up a little bit, put a little twist on them, made them his own, then he’d have potential to go pretty far. But for right now, he seems pretty in the middle. But I like the guy.
    Jasmine: I think she always picks crappy songs for her. It’s not even about her age so much, either. Her and Allison are both 16, but they’re different types of girls. Jasmine needs to sing fun, sweet songs, because she’s a fun, sweet kind of girl. And even ignoring the actual choice of song, it was too high for her. She was shouting half of the time.
    Kris: He reminds me of my step-brother. I thought he did alright. He’s kind of in the middle, too, I think. Also, I had pretty much the same look on my face that his wife did when Simon made that comment. That was pretty f’ed up.
    Allison: I pretty much always like Allison, but I liked her better last week.
    Anoop: He’s another one that I always want to do good. He’s likable, but he just wasn’t good tonight. And he seemed a little over-confident at the end, what with the whole smug “What, bitch?” look he gave to the camera. That sort of turned me off a little.
    Jorge: Aww, I like Jorge. He’s so emotional when he sings. He seems like such a nice guy, and he’s a good singer, but I just can’t see him being a superstar.
    Megan: I dunno, I actually kind of liked her. Thing is, though, Rockin’ Robin is one of those songs that pretty much everyone can sing, so it didn’t really do anything special for her.
    Adam: Okay, look, regardless of if you like his voice or not (I happen to love it), you can’t deny that the guy has unbelievable stage presence. He knows how to work a crowd like he’s been doing it since birth. He’s got moves and he uses them, he uses the stage to his advantage, and he gets involved with the audience. Watching him almost seems like watching Adam Lambert sing a song during the Adam Lambert concert. He’s an awesome performer. And I think he’s got some serious pipes.
    Matt: See, I like Matt, but I always forget about him, and it bugs me. I don’t know why it happens. I like the bluesy, soul timbre he’s got to his voice, and if he ever tries to sing something like Coldplay again like he did last week, I may scream.
    Alexis There is something really freaking cool about her, and I think she’s great.

    Also, can someone please explain how DialIdol works? Like how does Allison have the second lowest DialIdol score when in terms or raw votes, she’s the highest?

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    I actually think Megan sang better tonight — and not just since she picked the only MJ song that came close to fitting her limited style, as I suggested several threads down. She changed up the melody a bit and had to work harder for this theme, showing she has more musical character than I gave her credit for. Mea culpa, Megan.

    Conversely, Matt’s vibrato reared its shaky goathead again. My DH calls Matt the lost Neville brother. I think he has potential but some habits he needs to shed STAT. At this stage, I prefer Kris Allen to Matt.

    I think we have one male superstar, Adam, and one gifted male vocalist, Danny. The rest are flawed, disappointing or uninteresting.

    In this Season of the Dominant Male, I can name more gifted girls than boys — Alexis, Allison, Lil and possibly Megan.

  • PokeSmot

    The best of the night for me were Allison and Kris. :clap_tb:

    Special Shout-Outs and “Good Lookin’ Outs” to those most funkiest of white peeps: Disco Danny and Jammin’ Joy (Megan) :lol_tb: :lol_tb: That was the most FUN I’ve ever had watching Idol. (I wanna hear Megan sing some Patsy Cline; she has that old fashioned country sound to her voice.)

    I don’t know what the judges are thinkin with the OTT praise of Adam…did they learn nothing last year????? Go ahead and make everyone hate him…yeah, soon no matter how good he is, no one’s gonna WANT to vote for him. :nono_tb: Oh, and Adam, you be screachy!!!!

    Anoop Dawg….WHY? WHY? WHY?….Did you lose a bet?? Oh, wait; I forgot, Jorge said he (i.e., probably they) didn’t really have a choice. I bet TPTB only cleared 13 songs and gave their Chosen Ones first pick…Naw, Anoop just wanted to JAM!! Only, DAWG, you CANNOT jam with that SHITTY BAND!! Man, they SUCK!!! What happended to Ricky Minor?

    Everyone else was Kareoke and didn’t leave a lasting impression.

    I’m off to vote for Allison, Kris and maybe Danny and Megan (if I can stop giggling long enough). :lol_tb:

    ————————-
    Peace Out & Poke Smot :smoke_tb:

  • Natasha

    This twist can only be one thing – the judges are going to decide who to send home from the bottom three. Simon looked pretty smug so I don’t know what else it could be.

  • Kirsten

    Also, can someone please explain how DialIdol works? Like how does Allison have the second lowest DialIdol score when in terms or raw votes, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the highest?

    She has the second lowest ratio of busy signals to voting attempts. That indicates that it is likely that her phone lines are not maxed out (if the line is maxed out, she’ll get more busy signals).

    DialIdol is a voluntary poll. So, you can get a high raw score if lots of people who happen to like using DialIdol also happen to like you. The raw numbers are interesting in that they indicate how big the sample size is. The bigger the sample size (more voting attempts), the more likely the statistics are representative.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    In other words… Dial Idol is a decent predictor of who is safe. Not too much else.

  • shimmeries

    I think Jasmine should go home for sure. After “Reflection” I don’t even think she should’ve gotten the wild card, especially since Ricky Braddy didn’t get a wild card (and oh, he should have). I thought Jasmine was good during audition weeks. I don’t think she’s improved since then, and at this point I am underwhelmed by her.

  • Buckeyegirl

    While Jorge said he didn’t have a choice in songs, he kept on talking and tried to say why he picked that particular one…the way his conversation went, I thought he was trying to say it was different from his previous weeks (Hollywood, PR, etc) in that he couldn’t pick something that was “him” or his style, but had no choice but to pick an MJ song.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Tonight Paula predicted a Danny vs. Adam finale. Early predictions seldom come to fruition, but both performers already have formidable fan bases.

    Without exception, the AI winner is always the one who benefits the most from the transferred allegiance of fan bases from previously eliminated contestants. For example, Taylor Hicks’ lopsided victory owed much to Elliott Yamin’s fan base — and the perceived friendship between the two men.

    In the case of a Danny vs. Adam finale, which contestant is most likely to attract or inspire those floater voters? The conventional wisdom might suggest Danny, but this could be an unusual year in many ways.

  • Deejay

    I confess: I actually enjoyed Danny’s performance. A lot. He totally worked the crowd, and I just love PYT, so…yeah. Good lookin’ out, Danny.

    I actually didn’t think anyone was bad tonight. But Jasmine and Megan were the least impressive.

    ETA: Oh, but Danny reminded me of Taylor Hicks. Hmm…

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Jorge definately said he had no choice, and then backpedalled. I’m thinking he was told what to sing. It wouldn’t be the first time. I also think he’s toast. No wonder the stylists didn’t mention giving him an eyebrow wax job.

    I don’t think DI is a big enough sample, which is why they do the whole busy signal thing. BUT, I also think busy signals seem to reflect local dialing and connections.

  • CRB

    Pretty horrible show, which, to be honest, isn’t a surprise with this weak of a cast.

    A few words on the actual theme before I comment on the performances. Micheal Jackson’s songs, at least the ones presented tonight, are hard to capture without stylizing the vocals and most people tonight didn’t have a clue of what to do with these songs. Some of the songs were just not great either, so that hurt as well.

    Who did I like? . . . Well, nobody would be too easy so I’ll take a position. Who did I think sang above par, how about that as the criterion?

    Adam, obviously, did a very good job with his rendition of Black and White. All the strutting and preening leaves me a bit miffed but his singing is pretty good.

    Matt G., I thought parts of this were sensational and parts, especially, at the end where it went off the rails were poor. All in all, for me, this was a good one.

    Danny did well, I thought the opening was definitely rough and some of the big notes were a bit off pitch. I think he came out and appeared to have fun and brought the audience with him.

    Who surprised me, in a good or bad way?

    Megan was much, much better at staying on pitch tonight then she had been, I figured the in-ear monitors would help her and they seem to have. Moreover, her quirky weirdness was kind of endearing and cute. The “crow call” at the end was a bit gratuitous…we get it you’re a strange bird…Just, please, stay away from my windshield.

    Jasmine was about as close to a train wreck as we had this evening. I thought she hit more bum notes than anyone else. Honestly, I’m not sure what the judges saw in her that Jesse or Tatiana or Ricky couldn’t have brought to this show tonight.

    Alexis wasn’t as good as I though she should have been. She seemed to shout rather than sing the second half of the song.

    A few words about the rest:

    Lil’ Rounds – pretty solid opener but pretty boring too.

    Allison – Her raspy voice and faux-rocker dress up couldn’t cover a mediocre song

    Kris – I didn’t think he did anything particularly memorable except his guitar was so oversized that he looked like a child.

    Jorge – He came perilously close to pulling a Tatiana and telling the truth about the “song choice” lie on Idol. I look for him to be shown the door for his trouble.

    Scott – I think he sang more in his comfort zone and didn’t overcook the vocal like he did with Mandolin Rain last week. Hopefully, he won’t let the judges convince him to do something silly like “test his range”.

    Micheal – A pleasant surprise and a much better job than his Top 36 showing. Sarver seemed to be struggling for air in the last third of the song, just like last performance, this may be a recurring thing with him.

    Anoop – better than the judges said but that song, Beat It, is so popular that just doing it almost means you go through. I think the judges rode him for the spectacle, they knew he wasn’t in trouble and want to save pimpage for another night.

    Whoops, sorry about the book.

  • adamandeva

    I wonder how America will take it if the twist really is that the Judges get the final say. It seems to work on other reality competition shows without any problem.

    Maybe the reason that the judges want to do this is to correct à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“mistakesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by mob rule. They want to fix problems in early eliminations of producer or large fanbase favorites. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the positive of this possible twist.

    The negative is that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s undemocratic of course, something American viewers value and also ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s messing with fate as was previously mentioned.

    Which is why I want Adam Lambert to make it far but not to win. If he can get to 4 or 3 or even runner up Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be happy. If the judges new possible twist helps him advance and he wins because of their help than he could be stuck in making a crappy album that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really understand who he really is an artist (aka Taylor Hicks).

    We shall see what the public opinion is on the rule change. I guess the show just stopped caring about ratings and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s more about selling records in the end now. The producers and judges know the show probably has two seasons left anyway so they will do whatever they want to spice things up at the cost of the loyal fans from the beginning.

  • bigepaz

    MJ – you do have the best comments!

    I loved (not in any particular order): Lil, Matt, Danny, Adam, and Alexis – great song selections for all. I’m particularly fond of Matt. I was a big fan of Yamin and Archuleta and my husband says Matt is a combo of both of them *swoon*

    I disliked: Jorge and Megan

    Disappointed with: Anoop

    Going home: Jorge and Jasmine

    Overall, I really enjoyed this week! I thought a lot of the contestants were better than average. I wasn’t sure this season was going to be exciting or not, but I’m starting to turn the corner in a positive way.

    Also, what is going on with Paula? Is she really off her meds? Wow, she was funny and calling everyone “sexy”. Ha Ha.

  • Niall

    Danny didn’t mention his dead wife or his church tonight, or his intention to motivate, inspire and give us all hope. By my estimation that made him about 50% more tolerable tonight. I was almost neutral on him rather than hating him with the fury of 1000 angry ninjas. Good job Danny!

    Allison has to be safe. She’s a great little singer and her cutter remark showed she not only is on top of teen culture, she also knows how to bring the funny sometimes, probably unintentionally. I think the audience must have gotten complacent and assumed she was safe. If the judges get to openly decide who stays and who goes, she should be safe.

    Should go: Scott and Jorge
    Will go: Jasmine and Jorge

  • lakerchristinee

    Slight stumble for Anoop–he’ll redeem himself and hopefully this was a lesson learned. It’s good to get your bad performance out of the way early on, since there’s so many others to take the bullet. I wonder how he would’ve sounded with something more soulful like PYT…excellent, i presume. Kris DID resemble a bit of jason mraz AND castro–loved it! Megan = Kristy Lee Cook. Impressed with Matt, entertained by Danny, enjoyed Allison and Alexis. Good group we have going on here! Now, Adam lambert. Boy can sing, but i ain’t ever gonna like it. Don’t like hearing him, don’t like looking at him. Nada.

  • seattle_girl

    Late to the party here again on the west coast. Overall, I was surprised at how entertained I was tonight.

    I’m back on the Gokey train. Kinda forgot I liked him, it’s been so long. I liked his vocals and even the awful funky dancing. I appreciate the organic feel of it, awkward as it was. And the guy does have a sophisticated musicality that I’m digging. Kris was a pleasant surprise, I want to see more of him. Finally, a white boy who’s got a groove. Love Alexis (YES to the goth Tinkerbell comment above!), even if it was a bit shouty on the back end. Allison was good, but the song didn’t do her any favors. It had such a limited range of notes that it seemed monotone ~ I was waiting for her to hit something in the upper range.

    I find Megan adorable and appreciate her unique tone. Gotta lose the animal sounds though sweetie. Anoop hasn’t proven to me that he really deserves to stick around much longer. His talent isn’t quite up to his likeablilty factor

    I admit that Adam is entertaining and he seems like a pretty nice guy. I just don’t care for his vocal tone nor the screeching. And the fact that he said he had to rehearse so much to get the performance he wanted sums it up for me ~ I like my singers honest and stripped down. He’s a little too…contrived for me.

  • neontiger

    Week #1

    Best – Adam, Allison, Danny.
    Memorable performance – Adam.

    Who will be in the bottom 3 – Jorge, Michael and Scott
    Who should be in the bottom 3 – Jasmine, Scott and Anoop.

    My 2 cents.

  • http://www.AuthorsTeam.com ghostwriter

    Okay, loved Adam, though he seemed boring and unreal at the beginning.
    Danny Gokey suddenly had a much bigger voice than ever before.
    I liked Allison way more than the judges did. And I liked everybody better than I had previously except Anoop and Megan– though i thought her corkscrew dance reminded me a bit of a bird, so i liked that. The song was too silly for the gravitas of her voice.

    I think it’s going to be a good season. The semi-finals had way more pressure– you had to be in the top 25%– now you just need to avoid being the bottom two.
    This may be the best first night of the finals I’ve ever seen on Idol.

    And i guess we’re getting the SYTYCD thing with the judges deciding who to kick off the show out of the bottom two or three starting tomorrow. That will eliminate the shocking eliminations– hope they only do it till halfway through, just like on Nigel’s show.

  • movin2thabeet

    My take on the night:

    Lil: OK, but didn’t grab me.
    Scott: Too old-fashioned? Boring.
    Danny: Well, at least it woke me up. Good solid performance.
    Michael: Uneventful.
    Jasmine: No.
    Kris: Lightweight, but enjoyable.
    Allison: Dynamic, although I’m feeling this girl has only one dimension to her.
    Anoop: Wrong song choice but liked the audience interaction. Not bad. Want to see more.
    Jorge: Who?
    Megan: No way. Ridiculous song choice. Nice tone, but no range. She’s there for the quirky and fun eye candy element.
    Adam: Blew everyone else away. Incredible performance.
    Matt: I wish I liked it better. Was spotty for me. Liked some parts, couldn’t stand others.
    Alexis: I don’t think she had control of the song. At all. In the beginning her phrasing was all off. I had been a fan of hers, but I did not like this performance. And don’t like the slutty look. Going way too far down the dirty road.

  • Deejay

    I thought Jorge sounded great. He has a fantastic voice, and I actually thought the song suited him. He was definitely better than Jasmine, Megan, and Scott. But it sounds like I’m very much in the minority opinion.

    Btw, I had a feeling Adam would sing “Black or White”!

  • ajsays

    Hello! I love this site so much, such good quality videos.

    edit:please don’t lecture posters. welcome to my site, but you must read my guidelines before you post again

    She could be one of those contestants who gets better each week, she is raw natural talent in the coal waiting to shine. She is not pageant-trained or karaoke, she is unique and real (which is why I am really fond of her). On top of that, she really does have a great voice! Like Kara said before, she just needs that right song. She is like the baby of Regina Spektor and Feist, you know? And those two artist are amazing and I mean amazzing singers. I think Megan could be like them, if not, better. If only Megan could be given the opportunity to sing one of those songs… but alas, this is American Idol. (sorry I forgot for a second) I’m just saying Megan is my favorite, American Idol needs that quirky-indie-folk -bird. I can already hear her records.

    Also I thought the cawing was brilliant. This show has this cookie cutter expectation of a “glory note” at the end of every song, this her was to add her “that’s so Megan”. Her song was about birds folks, do you expect her to growl at the end like other contestants? Nah, she got style and humor, and I like it a lot. And if you listen, really listen to her singing, she has something you cant really put a finger on. I don’t think AI has ever had anyone like her yet. Go Meg. (:

  • magnolia

    totally agree with ajsays, megan’s performance tonight was a huge improvement than last week, for a girl who never had never experience of performing before, she definitely has some raw talent, i liked her audition a lot back in Jan, and i’m still waiting for the similar greatness she showed at her audition, give this girl some time, she will surprise us.

  • Blast Borbor

    I loved Adam! You can see he was dialing down a notch on his OTT-ness. Hope he sings a slow song next week. Still not sold on Danny but in fairness to him, he did sing well. I find him to be a little insincere… there’s just something about him that I can’t put into words. Like when you see a car salesman or insurance guy (sorry Danny fans! and probably car salesmen and insurance peeps!)
    If the judges decide who will go I will really be irritated… to think they stopped airing Fringe to give way to AI…hmph.

  • Layla

    okay…I’m just gonna say it…I prefer these 12 contestants as a whole over the 12 from last year. With the exception of DC, I wasn’t overly impressed with most of the top 12 last year.

    Lil: nice stage presence. Did a good job-not one of my faves tonight. 6/10

    Scott: snooze fest. Don’t like his tone and he is a very mediocre singer. 3/10

    Danny: really liked his video. No mention of that blasted church and his late wife. Loved the arrangement. That boy rocked that song. Loved the performance and the vocals. 10/10

    Michael: snooze fest. 4/10

    Jasmine: very pretty cionfident girl. Okay singer. She tried. 4/10

    Kris: WTF was that with the guitar. Completely agree with Simon. It was clumsy and awkward. Cute. Okay vocals. 6/10

    Alison: LOVE her tone. A reall rocker. Thought she did a great job. 9/10

    Anoop: Good Lord! What the fuck happened? Agree with judges on this. 4/10

    Jorge: eyebrows continue to freak me out. Was surprised that I liked his vocals. Disagree with judges. Fist time I’ve liked one of his performances. 7/10

    Megan: Megan, Megan Megan. I hate your contrived quirkiness. Horrible song choice. Go home. Best part of her screen time was my man Gordon Ramsey2/10

    Adam: That is one hot sexy gay boy! He’s the type that women will lust after even knowing he’s gay. Oh hell yeah! LOVE him!. Love how he commands the stage. Love his “prowl” walk. 10/10

    Matt: Love his tone and how he changed up the song. He did a really really good job. 9/10

    Alexis: This chick can sing! Forgot I was watching American Idol! I have a girl crush on her when she is performing. LOVED her! 10/10

    Best of the night: Adam, Alexis, Alison, Danny and Matt. Hope they all make it through!

  • Valentin432

    I mostly agree with you Layla, I was really entertained last night, I loved the people who didn’t play safe and made a ballad version of a MJ song.

    Adam: I had such high expectations and he was fantastic. I had butterflies at the end of the song. I don’t think the judges were overpraising him, the room went nuts at the end of his song.

    Danny: Like most Adam fans, I had a really poor opinion of the Gokey coming into this. But the guy is smart and experienced, he didn’t took a ballad like everyone else expected and did a good job with PYT.
    It looked a little bit amateurish but I am not pissed at him anymore which is kinda incredible.

    Alexis and Allison: I put them in the same category, talented girls who could be dark horses. I think Alexis may be more versitale than Allison but Allison has the bigger voice.

    Matt: Smart song choice, a little bit of a safe performance. He’s like Adam and Danny in the sense that he’s experienced and knows how to perform.

    Wasn’t crazy about anyone else, they were ok/boring, Megan is interesting but after 3 songs she doesn’t show a strong enough voice.
    Special mention to Anoop for the trainwreck of the night. He’s really popular and he’s a likable guy but he’s way over his head here, I just hope his fanbase doesn’t stick too much time with him at the expense of other more talented singers.

  • Rea

    Allison is still my favorite. I love her voice. She is also singing the style I like so she will probably stay as my favorite. Maybe not the best song choice this week. Megan is also kind of singing a style I like but she is not singing it well. She is there because of her looks. I keep hoping that she would sing well but she keeps disappointing.

  • Danica_K

    After thinking about the hot mess that ensued last night, this is why I support the old semifinal format.

    If the contestants get a few weeks to perform on the smaller stage, they tend to do better on the big stage. This year we’ve got some seasoned performers (Adam, Alison) and some used to leading worship in their churches (Kris, Danny, Sarver), and some who’ve never been on the stage alone (Megan).

    I don’t know. Last night still felt like the semifinals to me, only on the big stage.

    Urgh. The producers on on my hit list, they are totally screwing the pooch this year.

  • myra

    MJ, you’re probably right about that rule change. That’s how it works in the UK’s X Factor until the last couple of weeks or something.
    My first reaction was, “HELL no!” … now it’s … “actually, maybe its a good idea.”

  • ettacandy

    I teach on Tuesday nights, and miss the performance shows… ARGH! But, I’ve watched most of the video (minus comments and intro packages). I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the performances.

    FWIW, here’s my take:

    Top/Best Performances: Adam, Danny, Alexis, Matt

    Bottom: Jasmine, Scott, Kris, Megan

    I think Scott has a lot of public support, and won’t be voted off. I have no idea who to put my points on tonight!

    ETA: another big THANK YOU to MJ, for the blog as well as the video!

  • sillypraguer

    I was pleasantly surprised tonight. I think AI is more relevant than ever because live performances are so much a part of the music business today, and always becoming moreso. If albums are becoming just a way to boost ticket sales, someone like Adam Lambert could do great. He’s a fantastic live performer. The face of the new music scene.

    A couple of disappointments tonight — I thought Alexis was off her game. As someone else said, her phrasing at the beginning was weird (nerves?), some of her note choices were strange. But many others stepped it up tonight, including *gulps* Danny Gokey.

  • Valentin432

    Prediction for tonight:

    Safe 4 sure (thanks DI):
    Danny
    Adam
    Lil
    Alexis
    Anoop (beurk! WTH?)

    Really Hope go through:
    Allison
    Matt

    Don’t mind if they stay:
    Scott
    Megan
    Kris

    Bottom 3:
    Jasmine
    Michael (even if he did ok)
    Jorge

  • mitten

    Just my 2 cents

    Best of the night (10/10): Allison, Kris
    Pretty good (8/10): Danny, Lil, Michael, Alexis
    meh (6/10): Matt, Scott
    Not my cup of tea: (3/10): Jorge, Adam (sorry, I’m not a fan of his theatrics or vocals)
    Trainwreck (0/10): Meghan, Jasmine, Anoop

    Overall I thought tonight was pretty good, better than I expected.
    And Goshdarnit Kris is cute, and Danny and Kris have cute brothers ;)

  • gingerly

    Lil – bores me to death
    Scott – wanted to like this more than I did
    Danny – wanted to like this less than I did – please don’t dance…please
    Michael – boring
    Jasmine – say no to stylists who let you wear nightgowns on stage
    Kris – say no to stylists who let you wear guitars on stage
    Allison – sometimes it’s best to stfu (I, too, will learn this someday)
    Anoop – not surprising to me, I’m not on the noop bandwagon
    Jorge – what I expected of him too, not loving it
    Megan – again, as weird as I expected
    Adam – killed it, in a good way, as I expected
    Matt – guess what, about what I expected, soulful and pretty
    Alexis – ummm not what I expected…want to hear what else (if anything?) she can do

    Overall a better night for me than I expected. I’m so not a Michael Jackson fan and never was. Best of the night were Adam and Danny. Worst were Megan Anoop and Jasmine.

  • bean99

    There was a post upthread about who would get more of the voted off idol’s fans out of Danny and Adam. I believe that Danny or any of the others who might go far (Alexis probably) will probably do better because with Adam it seems like you either love him or hate him or in my case like him but hate his performances. That’s not to say Adam can’t go far or even to the f2 but it’s too soon to tell. There’s always someone at this point who the judges rave about (Melissa for one) early on who doesn’t make it there.

    I’m torn on the judges picking who goes home but hope they don’t pretend it’s from a singoff because you can’t tell me they won’t already know ahead of time. I do think it’s a mistake to introduce this in the 8th season and should have done it much earlier if they wanted the control.

  • kbr

    Well we knew Michael Jackson night was going to be tough–unfortunately I didn’t think most succeeded, even my favs. I think most of the Idols had trouble on the high energy songs. It’s not easy to move around on the stage, keep the energy high, and stay in tune. Of course then the people with the slower songs were a little more boring and forgettable. I just think so many people chose the wrong songs.

    Top 3 performances:
    Allison
    Danny (not a big fan personally but he performed well)
    Matt G

    I know Adam’s not there and probably should be, but he is polarizing and I can recognize he is a technically good singer, but I really just don’t like his voice or the performance style (although it does fit with last night). Seems like a nice enough guy but I just prefer something more low key.

    Bottom 3 performances:
    Anoop
    Jasmine
    Scott

    Now I don’t think the bottom 3 performers will necessarily get the least votes just as my top 3 won’t get the most votes. Tomorrow is tricky because we have had so little time to get to know people and they have never all competed against each other for votes. I really don’t know who’s in the bottom 3, however I do think Jasmine was forgettable enough she will be gone.

  • t2

    I want to thank Paula for letting me know who’s going to be in the finale. The other contestants must be thrilled to find out on national tv that they are fodder so early in that game.

    If the judges pick who is going home — we can all be certain that !!Gokey!! and Adam are the final two right now, so what’s the point of watching? Seriously, Biggest Loser is more suspenseful.

    Adam was seriously sharp his whole performance, and since the judges didn’t call him on it, he is definitely the Alternative chosen one. !!Gokey!! being The chosen one. Alexis got hit with the frying pan of manipulation last night — she was better than everyone but maybe !!Gokey!! , so I have to think they really want Lil and not Alexis in the top 3 or 4.

    If the judges get to pick who goes out of the bottom X, then these kids really have no chance. I did not mind on Rock Star when the judges picked because they were looking for a member of a band, so the “judges” should have some level of say in who stays in that case. American Idol is supposed to be America’s most popular singer, so it should be based on America’s votes — not the judge’s votes.

    On the other hand, I guess the severe manipulation that occurs on this show will at least be out in the open….

  • justshootme

    I haven’t had time to read all the comments yet, so sorry if this is redundant. Or not.

    Megan, Jorge, and Anoop were basically the same last night as they were last week. If the judges loved them last week, they should’ve loved em this week. If they thought they sucked this week, they should’ve felt the same way last week. Like they JUST noticed Megan’s limited range and awkward dancing? They should’ve gone with Jesse. Morons.

    I’m thinkin they’re still semi-pimping Sarver so he can *suddenly* emerge as this year’s country singer GOO week. Then they’ll stuff him into that box.

    Matt was better than Gokey and Scott combined. Times ten. And I haven’t even been a Matt fan. I guess now I am.

    Adam was over-pimped. And he’s my fave. Please judges, tone it down. You’re ruffling my anti-establishment feathers and making my head hurt.

  • http://cookiesanon.livejournal.com BuckeyeGal007

    I think the voting off changes are going to be like on SYTYCD. America will vote and the bottom three or 4 will be picked that way, but up until maybe the Top 5 or 6, the judges will have final say on who goes home via sing off or whatever. I feel mixed about this because it’s good in a way if someone lands in the bottom who doesn’t deserve to go home (ie Michael Johns, Chris Daughtry) won’t go home over someone who does (ie Sanjaya, Kristy Lee Cook). However, you know if Megan lands in the bottom every week, the judges will never send her home and someone else, at least one week, will go home over her.

    I smell shenanigans….

  • Dr. Tracey

    Lil – Boring and over sang.

    Scott – So overrated. Sounded better this week but still boring as mud.

    Danny Freaky Grin Gokey – Sounds like Michael McDonald, dances like Taylor Hicks, not liking him at all.
    Why didn’t they mention his church or his wife??!?! Did he ask them not to or are the producers trying to trick me into forgetting. Either way I don’t care, I don’t like him.

    Michael Sarver – I thought he did better but not well enough to keep him in.

    Jasmine – zzzzzzzzz

    Kris – Cute. Loved him and his guitar dance, don’t think he stands a chance.
    Was Simon trying to sabotage him with the wife mention? So what, Chris Daughtry has a wife and it didn’t see to bother his fans.

    Allison – Rocked it but everything she sings sounds like Heart to me now. I like her though.

    Anoop – I find him so entertaining and he seems very relaxed and comfortable to me but I don’t think he’s gonna last long. Shame that ‘cos I really like him.

    Jorge – Ughh.

    Megan – She picked the perfect song for her arm flapping dance however robin’s do not caw honey they tweet. I like her singing though, strangely enough.

    Adam – I loved it. I ‘might’ jump on the Adam wagon………maybe.

    Matt – I don’t see what’s so wonderful about him, he’s just another Billy Joel. Good but boring to me.

    Alexis – I like her voice but I don’t like how Kara is making her all slutty. STFU Kara.

  • yf7184

    Paula—She has stepped up her “seeing the future” capability this year. Yay! She knows who’ll be in the finale.

    Simon—WTF? You (and TPTB) put Anoop through all the extreme dramaz two nights in a row last week, and come back 4 days later to tell the poor guy that he regrets putting him through? That’s plain mean even after the performance that was not very well connected.

    Kara and Randy—I can’t remember what they said about any of the contestants at all.

    Most of the performances bored me to death. In fact I had more fun reading chats and comments on line so I hardly looked up at the TV screen. The only times I was actually watching AND listening to TV was during Anoop (cuz he’s my boy), Adam (cuz he is interesting to watch), and Kris (cuz I liked the performance—Oh yeah NOW I remember one thing Randy said—“Jason Mrazy” to Kris which I agreed.).

  • grayhound

    Yep – I am a certified Gokehead.

    I really loved his performance, love his voice, and think he’s a good-looking guy.

    Also loved Adam – such a talented guy. You can tell he’s had experience, knows how to work a stage.

    eta: others said it above – I also thought Danny reminded me of Taylor Hicks.

  • ordinarygirl09

    okay so who cares if they do a “sing off” for the bottom two.

    did you see dwts? they are doing a new twist this year with a dance off. I watched it for the first time monday and I was sorry I did.

    So I think it would be cool to have the judges pick the one who stays that way we get rid of the bad singers faster.

    In my opinion. Anoop was HORRID (i still kinda like him). I was embaressed for him. Alexis was also really really bad. Jorge was not as bad as the judges sad but i get he emotion thing Kara was talking about.

    I tend to agree with only Kara and Simon. Randy is alright but Paula trys to sound articulate and fails every time. I wish they could vote her arse off. Hey maybe that’s the twist!:) :clap_tb: just kidding!

    My bottom 3:

    Scott
    Anoop
    Alexis/kris

    Americas bottom 3 (probably):
    Anoop
    Scott
    Jorge/Jasmine

    Lil’ Rounds should have a covo with who ever is dressing her she looked God awful last night! She is a person that needs to stick with light colors on the bottom. I think she was okay tonight not nearly as great as the judges thought. and LOL at what Simon said to about taking “5 min”.

    I used to like Allison until I found out she was on a spanish AI (and some people say she got 2nd place or won) now I dont think she deserves to be in the competition. I was kinda turned off when she said “im not dark I’m not cutting myself” :sealed_tb: I infact am not a cutter but I know people who took great offense to what she said. Shes kinda getting a little cocky.

    We will see how it goes.

    Btw Ryan is sexy. :wub_tb: Am I the only one who thinks this?

    Oh can I say Danny is SO over rated. I just dont see it. I cant stand the guy. :wallbash_tb: I do however feel bad that he lost his wife:(.

    and I cant wait to see Kelly on the show tonight!!! That will be the best part of the show! :jittery_tb:

  • justshootme

    I think maybe Allisonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s comment about not being depressed, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not like I cut myself or anythingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ probably was NOT smart. Eek.

    Yeah. You know it’s a bad sign when PAULA gives you the “zip your lip” move.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    Oh boy, I am sooooo on the Adam train. I voted about 20 times and got through almost every single time. Thats so unlike past seasons when I had busy signals consistently.

    Anoop is starting to get on my nerves. He’s very cute but I get a feeling that he knows it and that he thinks he can get by on that cause he sucked last night IMO.

    I would rather eat glass than say this but…Gokey was very very good and I really liked the gravelly style to his voice but damn, I dont like him at all.

    And finally I dont like the way this is starting to sound re the judges interference with who stays and who goes. There has always been manipulation but I see a huge decision being made by the judges if one of their pets doesnt get enough votes which of course defeats the whole point of the show.

    Kara sucks, the whole 4th judge thing stinks.

    ETA that I really like that Megan chick and i dont know why. Im oddly drawn to her voice.

  • calimari

    Just pure logic, to me, dictates that since the public did not vote the wildcard folks in, that the wildcard folks will be the most likely to leave unless they deliver a killer song & someone else crashes & burns. Honestly, I expected a lot of crash & burn last night, but it seems they put some effort into it and they didn’t do as badly as Group 1 of the semis.

    Lil Rounds – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Way You Make Me Feelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . She has a really good voice, but no better than Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha or other women w/ strong voices in previous years. She did what I expected, so it didn’t blow me away.

    Scott MacIntyre – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Keep the Faithà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I thought he sounded better here than on any previous performance. That said, I do not think he has a strong enough voice to make it into the Top 6.

    Danny Gokey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Pretty Young Thingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Glad the wife & church was avoided in his home package, not that he has much control over that. I thought this was his BEST performance to date. I am a big Taylor Hicks fan, and it seemed to me he was taking that approach to the song. I seem to remember reading his wife was Hicks fan? Dunno. Anyway, it seems like he just tried to lay it all out there, and I liked it.

    Michael Sarver – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re Not Aloneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – He did better than I expected, but he just has no personality for me. Reminds me of that marine from Season 2 who went country.

    Jasmine Murray – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Be Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – She did not do well in Group 1 semis, she did not do better in the wildcard round, but they still picked her. She still has not improved. She should be in the bottom 3.

    Kris Allen – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Remember the Time.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I can’t put my finger on it but there is something I’m liking about this guy. He just seems so darn happy to be there. I think his performances so far have been “middle of the pack” so I’d like to see where he can go from here.

    Allison Iraheta – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Give it to Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – LOVE HER!

    Anoop Desai – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Beat Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I know he’s got a big fan base, but every song he has done has been, for me, very dull. This wasn’t dull, but it was NOT a good choice for him. Should be in bottom 3.

    Jorge Nunez – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Never Can Say Goodbyeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I actually thought he did very well on this song. I don’t know the song, I don’t know what problems he had finding a song to sing (was the list short?) but I thought he did much better than the judges gave him credit for.

    Megan Joy Corkrey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rockinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Robinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  -Her semis performance was awful. Wildcard was better but she was not as good as others who should have gone thru. She’s there for the hot & quirk factor. The thing w/ a quirky voice is that it’s very limiting in this sort of format. This was probably the best song choice for her, but she still didn’t sing it well. And that CAW CAW – has she ever heard a robin? It’s not a crow. Ridiculous.

    Adam Lambert – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Black and Whiteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Best of the night. No denying his stage presence & voice. I do want to see a soft, sweet side to him at some point.

    Matt Giraud – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Human Natureà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – He has potential. Didn’t like this nearly as much as last week’s, but he’ll definately stay.

    Alexis Grace – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dirty Dianaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – The look on her face tells me she knew she didn’t nail it – maybe did better in rehearsal? Still, solid performance.

    Best girls: Allison & Alexis. Best guys: Danny & Adam. Who I want to go home in no particular order: Scott, Anoop, Jasmine, Megan.

  • hardkandy

    Oh dear God.

    I love Adam Lambert.

    I don’t wanna watch this show anymore but Adam… he just pulls me in and won’t let go.

  • flicker

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like Megan, too. She is my second favorite girl. I really, really like Allison, and I LOVED her comment about “I’m not cutting myself”. Love her.

    Again, Matt was soooo good for the first part of his song. I can’t get it out of my head. He’s really deft, if I can use that word to describe singing. He can skip around those notes and make it seem light and easy. The first part was so pretty. Then he starts riffing… I honestely believe (and hope) that part of the problem is that he’s nervous, his voice is tight, and falsetto becomes screech. He loses his way in the riffs, and overdoes them.

    I’m hoping he lasts long enough to improve, because I think he has great potential. He’s still my favorite, by a mile.

    I enjoyed the whole show; it was much better than I expected it to be.

  • May

    If anything, I think this episode showed that Michael Jackson is not a good choice and does not bring out the best in contestants.

    Alexis: Best of the night for me. I thought she was much better than Adam and Danny who were pimped more than I thought possible.
    Lil: She sounded very good IMO but it was not very exciting
    Adam: Great stage presence but his voice wasn’t doing it for me.
    Megan: She has a very cute personality and she is definitely very pretty, but I thought that performance was dreadful. Her voice is interesting but she has no clue how to move on stage. I’m guessing the cuteness factor will save her. Didn’t anyone tell her that Simon hates songs about birds?
    Scott: Just OK.
    Chris: He has nice stage presence and the guitar would have been a great addition except I couldn’t hear it. Voice was OK. I liked that he tried to put his own twist on the song but it didn’t exactly work.
    Jasmine: I don’t get the Jasmine hate. Her voice is not fantastic (but I could say the same for a lot of the contestants) but she isn’t awkward on stage like some. Anyway, it’s just a matter of time before she gets booted.
    Allison: I did not like this performance.
    Danny: He reminded me of Taylor Hicks.
    Anoop: Sigh. I really like Anoop but this was not his most shining moment. However, I think the judges overdid it with the critiicism. I found most of the night very boring so at least I was briefly entertained.
    Matt: Once again, nice that he used the piano…except I couldn’t hear it well so it was a bit strange. For me, his voice was good but nothing special.
    I’m sure I’m missing a few people…oh yeah: Michael: zzzzzzz. Jorge: Bad song zzzzzzz.

    Other more thing: I guess it’s good that Paula is trying to be more critical but I think it was nice to have an encouraging judge around who saw the positive in all of the contestants no matter what. They all seem the same now.

  • Buckeyegirl

    Ken was just on with Ryan (am thinking it was taped last night)…and he said the twist is a new rule tonight put in place b/c of a problem since season one….and that this new rule has been tried & was a success in France…anyone watch the French version??

  • Tess

    I’m probably odd girl out but I’m hoping the judges do get a say about who actually goes out from the bottom vote getters. At this stage, this is not a singing contest but a popularity contest. I would think that most viewers have a favorite due to back stories, or where they are from, or how they sounded on the you-tube videos they have been watching, or the singer’s ethnicity, etc. Someone like Allison is going to have a hard time because she is a female rock singer and in 8 years of idol that genre has never done well, also she is from a metropolitan area instead of “small town USA” where the voters are more vested in the local talent.

    I don’t really think that people determine their vote on the song, or the performance during these early rounds. As the contestant pool gets smaller and Fan favorites are eliminated then people are more inclined to vote on how someone did on a particular night. Having the judges make the desisive decision will help eliminate a “very good” contestant from getting the Axe and will send home those less skilled…mark my words. John Q. Public is not always right!

    That being said I thought that Adam blew everyone out of the water. I’ve always loved OTT performers, I was raised during an era where a singer or group had to be bigger than life to insure yourself a Fan Base. I judge someone not on how they may sound on the radio (since CDs are so over produced) but how they sound in a concert. That is why I’d have a hard time voting for a Danny or a Scott or a Megan or a Jasmine. I want to be entertained, to have someone sing so that I get out of my chair and move with the music and the emotion an entertainer brings to a stage. And, I get tired of contestants who don’t have charisma, and charm and stage presence.

  • justshootme

    Without exception, the AI winner is always the one who benefits the most from the transferred allegiance of fan bases from previously eliminated contestants.

    Which definitely makes me think Gokey is TCO and this thing is his to lose. He’ll inherit Scott’s, Matt’s, and Michael’s votes (at least) as they’re voted off.

    Oh, but Danny reminded me of Taylor Hicks. Hmmà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Absolutely. I was waiting for the “drunk uncle at a wedding” comment that never came.

  • cheese

    I just wrote up something for all 13 and then realized that I didn’t really enjoy anyone except for Allison and Alexis, so why bother? Random thoughts:

    I was disappointed in the arrangements – the only one that seemed really different was the beginning of PYT, but since Danny just sort of grossly moaned his way through the slowed down part, it was more off putting than interesting. Although, thank goodness the whole thing wasn’t upbeat or he would have been even more sweaty.

    I’ll give Anoop one more chance to redeem himself – there is actual pre-Idol evidence out there that he can really sing. Beat It was such a dumb song choice. I swear TPTB told him to bring the “energy” because they want him to be Sanjaya or something. Sigh. I’m having flashbacks to being a JPL fan, lol.

    Overall, I have never seen such OTT praise for contestants in the history of Idol. It was ridiculous.

    I keep seeing Kris compared to Jason Castro or Jason Mraz, but Kris is lacking the interesting quality in his voice that those guys have, imo. He’s sort of charming, but really generic sounding to me.

    Caw! Caw! (just had to let that out)

    I think the judges will choose which two to send home from a bottom 4 tonight, but I don’t think they’ll have a singoff. I think they’ll send Anoop and Jorge home if they’re among their choices.

  • http://faridwidjaya.com widjayaman

    Hey there peeps! First time commenting this season. I must say that the great thing about the show is watching how people gush over certain contestants and hated others and this board is a great example about that. Plus all the talk and hate of TPTB for manipulation and such, this is what make AI the show that is.

    The thing that I find funny is that the contestants themselves probably have NO control over what’s being packaged up about them, yet we still choose to hate them.

    Anyways, I must say I really enjoy this group. It helps that I like most of the songs tonight. However I would group them like this:

    Contestants I love to watch
    This was Taylor hicks to me in S5. He didnt have the best chops but was he damn entertaining or what. These guys dont have the best vocals but they have something that makes me want to watch.

    Danny – To me personally Danny is like Taylor with better vocals. So I like him. And I like him a lot tonight.

    Kris – I like chris alot. Hope he sticks around. He’s like Jason castro with better vocals. It helps that he sings my 2 favorite MJ songs in a row!

    Scott – He clearly isnt in the same league vocal-wise with most others, but his passion just seeps through when he sings. Lovin the piano too and he looks a lot more comfortable on it than not.

    Adam – His vocals arent great (try listening to him eyes-closed) but I love watching him perform.

    Matt – Props for the runs tonight, and the Piano! Randy’s right – Robin Thicke should be his territory.

    Megan – I hope she’ll be around a few more weeks because I love watching her perform.

    Anoop – Hated the song but hope he sticks around and redeem himself. I start to think the stage might be too big for him.

    Contestants I have respect for
    I dont really root for them, but they sure can sing.

    Alexis, Allison, & Lil Rounds

    Contestants I dont care about
    Michael, Jorge and Jasmine

  • Tess

    The judges this series were eligible to exercise a veto power on one eliminated contestant at any given point of the competition and spare them from elimination. The power was exercised in the very first live programme when Kristov received the least amount of votes and thus no-one was sent home the first week.

    The above quote is from wikepedia concerning Nouvelle Star, the French Idol show. So it looks like a judge can veto the voting public…so I’m thinking that each judge has one veto to be used only once during the competition. Guess that would mean that if 2 are supposed to go off this week and, say one is saved, then next week 2 would have to be voted off to keep the eliminations within the time frame set by idol. I think this would be SUPER!

  • Buckeyegirl

    Oh…thanks Tess…I would really prefer this to a weekly sing-off and Simon decision! Hope this is it!

  • Dr. Tracey

    Guess that would mean that if 2 are supposed to go off this week and, say one is saved, then next week 2 would have to be voted off to keep the eliminations within the time frame set by idol.

    Well that’s sort of interesting.

    Personally I think the judges, tptb or whoever have enough control already and I think they had their turn with the initial top 36 and then the WC round. Seems to me that this is just another way to ensure the winner is who they want. Leave it alone now and leave it up to ‘America’ or at least let us think you are.

  • justantonio

    Lil Rounds – was ok..nothing special

    Scott MacIntyre – i think he is terrible and should not have made it this far

    Danny Gokey – he was good…though he has a shady background, he is one of the best

    Michael Sarver – i thought this was good…but forgettable

    Jasmine Murray – I don’t think she should have made it into the top 13…i really dont see anything special about her

    Kris Allen – I like what he did with the song…and good song choice…one of the best of the night..minus the screech

    Allison Iraheta – she looks like a superstar when performing…today was a little boring at parts

    Anoop Desai – entertaining…was good, not great…totally did not deserve the trash from the judges

    Jorge Nunez – boring…if you have a boring song and a great voice ….just do what you can to highlight your voice/power

    Megan Joy Corkrey – i thought she sang it well…she has a better voice then i thought..she could have done a different song
    Adam Lambert – the guy can do no wrong…i didnt really like the song choice….but so far whatever this guys does is gold

    Matt Giraud – that was not very good..i just wanted it to end…i like his voice but needs songs with better melody

    Alexis Grace – great song…but i dont think she could handle it…that sounded kareoke

    Simon this season is more cocky then usual..talking while the other judges are giving their opinions…pretty much playing god…the new power is going to his head

  • Valentin432

    Ken was just on with Ryan (am thinking it was taped last night)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and he said the twist is a new rule tonight put in place b/c of a problem since season oneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.and that this new rule has been tried & was a success in Franceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦anyone watch the French version??

    I am french and I give my theory in the comments section of todays headline.

  • Duke

    I had no internet connection last night and it was KILLING ME.

    I knew the twist was going to be this last week. With Simon Coweel having more control and calling more shots, and it being the first season of x factor that they had the ‘btm 2 singoff judges eliminate 1 person’ format, i figured it would be it.

    Anyways, my ranking:

    1) Adam – lyrically, perfect song choice. great vocals (i expected a bit more on vocals, but i mean its top 13 night-cant blow it out too early, eh?). and um, hello stage presence. Good Lord thank you for adam. I know the guys got waaaay more, an im glad he is saving it for later in the competition because we all know u dont want to peak too early.

    2) Megan – I’ve always liked Megan, but she was never super high on my list bc of her vocals. But tonight, i thought she was brilliant. why? because she’s 3 for 3 on song choice- who in the hell would have guessed that someone would sing Rockin Robin on michael jackson night?!?!- probably the only song in his catalogue that she could do well. Best outfit of the night, and i love her quirky nature. Why the judges sabotaged her? no clue.

    3) Scott – loved the piano playing. first time i have been impressed with scott. he reminded me of a bbilly joel/elton john (i got to see them last week- amazing!) the way he plays (i think he is just as good) and i think he is unique because his voice doesnt have a whole lot of tone, and i think in this competition that helps him stand out. he just sings. hes old school.

    4) Matt – again, love the piano. these 2 gyus put brooke’s and DA’s piano playing to shame haha. like his voice a lot. i think comparing him to Jt/Robin is a wee bit too much, because altho i like matt, if hes gunna use his false like that, i wish he would be a little bit more precise with it instead of just running all over God’s creation with it. but none the less, Me Gusta!

    5) Alexis – no idea why the judges bagged her. did everyone know this is Alexis’ 3rd time trying out for the show?!?!!?! just goes to show ya… i thought she delivered, this is the song i wanted Adam to sing (that or Bad) but Alexis was awesome. some phrasing issues at the end but who cares. nicely done.

    6) Allison, Danny, LiL – i appreciate them. they gave good performances. didnt do a whole lot for me but yeah.

    7) Everyone else – yeah. Anoop u should be going home, sorry. that blew.

    Oh, and can someone tell Paula to STFU so all contestants gets equal camera time at the end and aren’t rushed through. thanks, id appreciate that.

  • TreeFrog

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m probably odd girl out but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m hoping the judges do get a say about who actually goes out from the bottom vote getters. At this stage, this is not a singing contest but a popularity contest.

    Yep. It stopped being a singing contest a long time ago, what with the endless pimping, back stories and “casting” as Simon accidentally or on purpose admitted in the wildcard round. If it was still just about singing, Ricky, Felicia and Ju’Not should be in the finals. And who knows what other wonderful singers we are missing because they got cut at various stages along the way because they weren’t considered pimpable. I don’t think giving the judges veto power is about saving a great singer. It’s all about the drama and keeping Simon from being bored.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Oh wow, Adam really was amazing, Danny was wonderful, I loved Allison and Alexis, my cutie pie Megan was just that but I hope to hear more from her. Anoop – ugh, Lil, Kris, whats his name, the NOT even remotely resembling Justin Timberlake guy, swear I cant remember his name – boring, Jorge – awww he didnt deserve that much slack – anyhow I bet the judges will save someone they like tonight and the only saving grace I can see in that is to maybe difuse stupid sites like VFTW that like to just riducule people – pretty good show and no really big stinkers.

    http://community.myfoxyumaelcentro.com/blogs/category/ENTERTAINMENT

    Duke, no way who’d a thunk it, we are on the same page along with my sister this year! (except for Matt, thats his name)

  • Jx223

    My favorite performance from last night was Matt’s. I really liked his version of Human Nature, it was a soothing performance.

    I love Adam, but I don’t think that his performance was quite as good as the judges said that it was. I think that “Satisfaction” was better.

    I love Anoop, but I’m worried about him. I think that he might end up being a victim of bad song choices, and could end up being like Sundance Head. I hope I’m wrong, but Anoop really needs to pick better songs. And he needs to focus on the singing and not so much on the peforming aspect. Last night he said he wanted to bring the energy, but didn’t really say much about vocals.

    Bringing the energy isn’t going to mean much if the vocals aren’t that good. I wish he would have done what Danny did, and just tried to bring it as best as he could.

    I’m not a fan of Danny, but I felt like Danny gave 100% and I enjoyed his performance. Not a fan of Lil either and not a huge fan of Michael Sarver, but those two did almost the best that they could do. Heck if Anoop, had just did what Sarver did, which was sing a ballad and do it well, it might have been kind of boring, but he would have outsung a lot more people than he did last night. Anoop has a nice voice, but he didn’t really showcase that last night.

    Also, I’m getting the feeling that the judges aren’t really loving that much right now and that they don’t think as a group that he’s a very good singer. Simon mentions how he was casted, and Randy told him last night that he can do a little bit better than what he did.

    I think that he can do considerably better than he did last night, but I don’t think that the judges feel that way. I don’t want Anoop to be the guy, that starts out well, and then falters because of poor song choices, like Sundance did.

    Also, I didn’t really like how Simon, mentioned how he regretted making the top 13, after Anoop’s performance. I believe that Simon knows that the 13th slot was created so that they could have more girls in the top 12. I believe that they wanted Anoop and Matt into the finals, but had to add the extra spot to get more girls in.

    I thought that Alexis did pretty okay. Not wowed by Allison. I think that Kris is cute and seems like a sweet guy. His “Remember The Time” wasn’t that bad, even though I couldn’t hear his guitar.

    I don’t think that Scott is a very good singer. I don’t really think that Megan can sing that well. And I don’t really care for Jasmine as singer. I think that Jorge is better than these three but that he probably will go home, before at least two of them do. And I also got the feeling that Jorge really didn’t have a say so in what song he sung. Maybe they offered him the song that he sung, and “Bad” and he decided to go with the one that he did last night. He didn’t mention how he didn’t want to choose “Bad” by Michael Jackson.

  • hapi

    Checking in late:

    Lil… have high hopes for her but this wasn’t it.
    Scott…he’s just ok and others shouldve had his spot in the top 13
    Danny… I actually REALLY enjoy this guy’s singing/performing. In my top 3 for tonight. I like the gravelly growly stuff. Loved this performance!
    Michael…I don’t get the raves for this guy. Likeable guy and good on the glory notes but just average singing for me otherwise.
    Jasmine… Not quite there. Maybe will improve.
    Kris…Slightly lightweight but good. Very likeable and fun. Like him.
    Allison…Like her a LOT but this song/performance didn’t show her stuff for me. Like her voice qualities.
    Anoop…Like him a lot but not this, and not sure if his singing is great for me beyond fun and really good “at times”.
    Jorge…Want to hear more of him, something in his voice is very appealing.
    Megan…hmmmm, as Simon said last week “We’re casting a “stage”” In other words, characters for a show. This is one. Dang! and we could’ve had Jessie instead of Megan. Boo.
    Adam….a WOW of course, but something doesn’t quite connect for me, but definately a fantastic performer and had my attention all the way!!
    Matt… want to hear more because I normally love his voice. I didn’t find this displayed the sounds I like the best in his singing. I guess I favor more bluesy type than the Timberlake styles, although those are ok for me. But that’s just me. Come on Matt…be different!
    Alexis…so far I have REALLY liked this girl, but this song and performance was a bit over the top for me and I also don’t like her going too far in the low down girl direction either. But I think she’s going to do great and is one of my favs.

    What’s with Simon saying so many times that the music/song choice was so old fashioned, old songs…uhhhhh ….those songs are, well…a bit “older”.

    I think Jasmine and Megan should go first followed by Michael Sarver.

  • maracaibo

    Matt was better than Gokey and Scott combined. Times ten. And I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even been a Matt fan. I guess now I am.

    Hey… I love him too. He was sooooo good, very smooth current sound.
    He is such an underrated contestant at this point, I really hope he lasts many many weeks and keeps gaining fans. He has so much potential. I know he won’t win or anything, but at least I hope he does well.

  • hapi

    At this point my guess for who ends up in top 3, barring the shocker elimination:
    Danny, Adam and Alexis.

  • folk

    danny looked and danced like hicks last night.

    if simon thought taylor was not marketable…i have no clue what he is thinking about gokey.

    most people LOSE weight when they go on this show…gokey…h elooks like he GAINED 20 lbs…

    i said it last night in chat…he looks like a professor who escaped his office, got drunk and went on a karoake spree.

  • LoveU

    Here’s my take on Adam:

    He is a perfectionist, and pays attention to every detail of his performance. That is why his performances look so polished and (as Ryan said) effortless. He also knows what looks good on him.

    I likely would not go to his concert or anything, but he is TOTALLY entertaining and captivating and I am rooting for him 110 per cent.

    It would be smart for him to change it up from week to week, though.

    Also, he seems like a VERY nice guy!

    Paula: What happened to her face? It looked all puffy and chipmunky.

    Kyraor whatever her name is–she does not add anything to this season.

  • primeminister

    Matt was better than Gokey and Scott combined. Times ten. And I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even been a Matt fan. I guess now I am.

    Heyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I love him too. He was sooooo good, very smooth current sound.
    He is such an underrated contestant at this point, I really hope he lasts many many weeks and keeps gaining fans. He has so much potential. I know he wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t win or anything, but at least I hope he does well.

    With more showy voices on Idol this year, Matt will probably be shut out of the finale; I’m just hoping that he manages to do as well as Elliott. That would really make the season for me! :)

    On second thought…I’ve decided to make him my overall pick. (WHAT THE HECK am I thinking?!)

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    I really shouldn’t say anything anymore because I feel like I have completely misjudged some of the contestants. I’m just going to try and start over or just cut myself slack because week to week these kids change a ton!!!

    I think Michael Sarver would be an AWESOME country singer and I really enjoyed his voice. The camera was a bit close, but that’s not his fault.

    Anoop completely lost me.

    Adam was a bit overrated, but he keeps things interesting and he is dependable for a great performance. I can’t shake the “hair band” kind of feel that I get from him, but I think I kinda like it!!!

    Alexis was good, but I like her toned down and bluesy rather than angsty rocker. I think that genre is reserved for Allison who is just a total pro.

    Matt was great. Perfect song choice. He seemed disappointed by his performance. There was something going on with his energy that was a little off. I think he over does it at times with all of his riffs. I think his talent is really effortless, but he is used to competing with bar noise and needs to tone it down for the Idol stage. I hope he does.

    Megan…loved her intro. She’s so gorgeous. A stunning beauty. Rockin’ Robin? No, no, no. I still love her and want her to stick around.

    Danny was good but I was surprised that Simon didn’t call him out for being “shouty.” Sometimes the inconsistencies in their judging makes me feel like they’ve been encouraged to be harder or softer on certain people. I just don’t know how he can be so inconsistent when he seems so perceptive. Hmm.

    Jasmine…meh. I’ve never felt anything from her…from her audition to now. She just doesn’t do anything for me.

    Scott…I like Scott. He can stick around for as long as he wants. He’s cool and I just can’t squash his dream. Talk about pure joy.

    Lil…she was good. She’s dependable. I didn’t like the outfit either.

    Jorge…I’m over him.

    Kris…less is more honey. You’re so cute…just do less. Don’t go for the notes outside of your range. Really…you don’t have to do much. Look how far Jason Castro got just by staying safe and looking really cute. (Aside from Hallelujah of course)You don’t need great vocals, you just have to put out the vibe, man!!

    BTW…what the hell was up with those feathers in Paula’s face…and what did Gordon Ramsey say? I love that guy. He should guest judge.

  • justshootme

    if simon thought taylor was not marketableà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦i have no clue what he is thinking about gokey.

    Thank you. And it’s not even like Gokey is a new improved Taylor 2.0. He’s just Taylor’s skeevey bible thumping widower cousin. I don’t see him as any more marketable. At. All.

  • Dr. Tracey

    Paula: What happened to her face? It looked all puffy and chipmunky.

    O.K I thought it was just me but I was noticing that too.

  • oceana

    i said it last night in chatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he looks like a professor who escaped his office, got drunk and went on a karoake spree.

    LOL this made me laugh and is so right on.

  • JudyOhio

    Tough call on who’s leaving tonight.

    Who will stay:
    Adam
    Matt
    Lil
    Gokey
    Scott (should go, but has sympathy vote)
    Michael
    Alexis

    So that leaves:
    Jasmine
    Kris
    Megan
    Jorge
    Anoop
    Allison

    They probably think there are too many guys, so I think they will keep the girls, so that leaves 2 of the 3 guys following to go home:
    Kris
    Jorge
    Anoop

    Ok, and at this point, I think ya just flip a coin, lol….

    Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I’m going to say Anoop will go home (based on Simon’s dislike of him.) As for Kris and Jorge, I could make a case for either of them to stay, so that one is a little harder for me to call. And with that, I’m off to place my points in MJs pool…………………….

  • Jolene

    he looks like a professor who escaped his office, got drunk and went on a karoake spree.

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just Taylorà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s skeevey bible thumping widower cousin.

    LMAO. So true.

  • Tess

    Going home….

    Jorge for sure
    Jasmine or Allison (the voting public just doesn’t buy into rocker chicks, and especially 16 year old ones)

    Anoop is safe, he has a really big fan base.

    If it’s Jorge and Allison they probably split the hispanic vote, and that’s sad.

  • RemusL

    I’m late to the party but here are a few of my thoughts on last night’s show:

    * I generally enjoyed this show and there were a few fairly good performances. No one was really as great or as terrible as the judges made them seem.

    * I think it’s highly disrespectful of the judges to show such obvious favouritism to 1 or 2 competitors so early in the competition, especially after seeing only a handful the night’s performances.

    * Simon’s joke to Kris Allen about keeping his wife hidden for a few more weeks went over like a lead balloon.

    * Paula actually believed what Simon told her about a song being #1 in Norway?

    * Most of these kids still don’t know how to pick songs.

    * Here are my rankings, taking into account vocal quality, stage presence and song choice.

    01 Adam Lambert – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Black And Whiteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  26.5/30 (vocals – 8.5, stage presence – 9, song choice – 9)
    02 Lil Rounds – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Way You Make Me Feelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  24/30 (vocals – 8, stage presence – 8, song choice – 8)
    03 Danny Gokey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Pretty Young Thingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  23.5/30 (vocals – 8.5, stage presence – 6, song choice – 9)
    04 Alexis Grace – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dirty Dianaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  22.5/30 (vocals – 8, stage presence – 7, song choice – 7.5)
    05 Allison Iraheta – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Give In To Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  21.5/30 (vocals – 8.5, stage presence – 8, song choice – 5)
    06 Matt Giraud – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Human Natureà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  21.5/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 7, song choice – 7)
    07 Scott MacIntyre – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Keep The Faithà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  21.5/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 7, song choice – 7)
    08 Kris Allen – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Remember The Timeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  20/30 (vocals – 8, stage presence – 7, song choice – 5)
    09 Anoop Desai – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Beat Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  19/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 7.5, song choice – 4) - why this song??? Weren’t you once the music director of your a capella group at UNC?
    10 Michael Sarver – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Are Not Aloneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  18.5/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 6, song choice – 5)
    11 Jorge Nunez – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Never Can Say Goodbyeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  17.5/30 (vocals – 7.5, stage presence – 6, song choice – 4)

    12 Jasmine Murray – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Be Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  16.5/30 (vocals – 6, stage presence – 6, song choice – 4.5) - she must think she’s in the talent competition of a beauty pageant
    13 Megan Joy Corkrey – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rockinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Robinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  13/30 (vocals – 6, stage presence – 5, song choice – 2) - she would have been great on Sesame Street

  • jersey

    I didn’t get to watch last night but I just finished watching MJ’s vids (thanks, MJ) – or at least the ones I could get through. The only thing I have to say is Go Adam! I am totally and completely in the Adam camp at this point.

    Of the others, I like Matt’s and Michael’s voices alot but I think they need to do more to stand out. The only girls that interest me even a little are Megan (though I’m not sure why) and Alexis.

    I never really got the Anoop love and there’s no chance of that now. I think he and Jorge are most at risk tonight. I saw someone up above said that they think Anoop will be safe because he has a huge fan base but I can’t see him pulling in any casual voters at all with last night’s performance – and he may have lost some pre-existing ones! Jasmine really should be going home but I think she’ll be safe one more week.

  • folk

    one last thought….where in the world does gokey get the money for new versace glasses EVERY WEEK????

    i mean my frames cost me $500….but every week??? that life insurance money must have been high.

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    folk…I was thinking the same thing about his glasses! Surely AI foots the bill for those.

  • folk

    i seriously doubt AI is buying him glasses weekly.

  • Hannah Palindrome

    CookorHubbyHmm Mar 11th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    “Adam was a bit overrated, but he keeps things interesting and he is dependable for a great performance. I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t shake the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“hair bandà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  kind of feel that I get from him, but I think I kinda like it!!!

    Matt was great. Perfect song choice. He seemed disappointed by his performance. There was something going on with his energy that was a little off. I think he over does it at times with all of his riffs. I think his talent is really effortless, but he is used to competing with bar noise and needs to tone it down for the Idol stage. I hope he does.

    Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦less is more honey. Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re so cuteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦just do less. Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t go for the notes outside of your range. Reallyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have to do much. Look how far Jason Castro got just by staying safe and looking really cute. (Aside from Hallelujah of course)You donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need great vocals, you just have to put out the vibe, man!!

    BTWà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦what the hell was up with those feathers in Paulaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s faceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and what did Gordon Ramsey say? I love that guy. He should guest judge.”

    I Agree. I hate when they do too much. I think they get caught up with the screaming crowd. I think they also have to remember that one day you’re on Idol & the next you’re serving fries. Tone it down. Relax. Sing. If you win…Riff all you want.

  • Jocelin

    And ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not even like Gokey is a new improved Taylor 2.0. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just Taylorà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s skeevey bible thumping widower cousin. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see him as any more marketable. At. All.

    This makes me wonder..who is marketable? Maybe Matt, Allison, Kris and Lil? Who knows? I think tptb don’t care anymore; they just want the loud, the OTT, the desperate, the back story to keep viewers.

    I liked Allison and Alexis only. This season? zzzzzzzzzzz so far.

  • Victoria

    danny looked and danced like hicks last night.
    if simon thought taylor was not marketableà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦i have no clue what he is thinking about gokey.
    most people LOSE weight when they go on this showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦gokeyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦h elooks like he GAINED 20 lbsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦
    i said it last night in chatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he looks like a professor who escaped his office, got drunk and went on a karoake spree.

    I agree with this entire post, and the drunk prof thing made made laugh! :lol_tb:

    one last thoughtà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.where in the world does gokey get the money for new versace glasses EVERY WEEK????
    i mean my frames cost me $500à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.but every week??? that life insurance money must have been high.

    Also, his pastor wears one of the (edit: much, much, MUCH) more expensive types of Rolex watches. I think it’s supicious. I mean, he’s a music director at his church! I for a fact they do not make a lot of money. My friend’s dad does that (and he sings better than Gokey. HA!). I’ve looked into his church and it’s not a normal Christian church, at least not by my standards. It’s one of those megachuches that believes you are pleasing God if he gives you money or you get rich or something. Plus, they had some wierd event that required all the men to crossdress. The ‘type’ or church is hard to explain, but it looks a little shady to me. Pastor and music directors don’t make that kind of money. We know he didn’t inherit it, since he said in his video package he didn’t have much growing up, right? And I doubt it was life insurance, since his pastor is rich too.

    Phew! That long. I hope it made sense.

  • SOcal_idol

    Everyone dissing on Kris!.. I think he brings something new for this season. Yeah he doesn’t have a big vocals like the other guys, but thats what makes him.. him!! I hope people dont think oh yeah the only reason why kris is in is becaues the girls think hes cute!!(i hate it when i hear that)… Thats just what i think.!

  • hou2llrlin

    Anoop Desai is refreshing and a good asset to the show. He is a manly man and this is rare on the show. He is very charming and talented. Please keep him on the show. The women in my office also love Anoop Dog! I really watch it because he stayed. I think keeping him on the show was one of the best choices the judges could have made to keep the excitement in the show.

  • Victoria

    Everyone dissing on Kris!.. I think he brings something new for this season. Yeah he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have a big vocals like the other guys, but thats what makes him.. him!! I hope people dont think oh yeah the only reason why kris is in is becaues the girls think hes cute!!(i hate it when i hear that)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Thats just what i think.!

    I don’t think he did great last night and he’s not one of my favorite, but he seems like a nice person. He’s one of those people who I wouldn’t buy his album, but I wouldn’t mind at all if he stuck around for awhile. He’s one of the few contestants this year who I can see being a part of this year’s little Idol ‘family’ if that makes sense.

  • kerfuffle

    The standouts for me were Kris, Adam, Matt, Allison and Alexis. I have a soft spot for Kris because he got NO PIMPING (as in: “Kris, who???”) leading up to the Top 13. (Plus, he AND his wife are freakin’ adorable.) Allison was also quite unpimped. We saw a little bit of Alexis – but really not much.

    Adam is actually not a favorite of mine, but I have to admit to looking forward to what he’s going to do each week. I think he’s got mad vocal skills, and I really WANT him to be a favorite – but he keeps screaming at me. Maybe next week will be different. (I said that last week, btw. And, in fairness, this week was less screamy.)

    I was entertained by Anoop, and at the same time … disappointed. He was fun to watch, but the vocals weren’t [understatement alert] all that great. Jasmine came on the show too soon (young). I think she’s going to be very good one day. Not today. She’s lovely, though. Lil was very good, but I don’t feel any connection with her. I liked Jorge a lot, until last night. I was not feeling that song from him. Megan I’ve not disliked. I find her interesting vocally, and I like “interesting.” When I heard she was doing “Rockin’ Robin” I thought: Excellent choice! I was wrong. Hated the Caw! Caw! most of all. I kind of hope she gets another chance – but just one. Michael seems to be a heck of a nice guy, with a really “nice” voice. He should go the country route (1. To be “different” in this pack; and 2. Because I think it suits him) if (Big IF) he gets to stick around. Scott (another nice guy) underwhelmed me.

    Danny (TCOs automatically get their own paragraphs – it’s in “the rules”. See Adam, above.) was okay. I wasn’t jumping up and down for joy, or turning the sound down.

  • SpenserJ

    Anoop is safe, he has a really big fan base.

    But, apparently not a big enough fan base to keep him over Michale in the finals. So, I”m not so sure. I like Anoop, but he hasn’t performed well. I won’t be surprised at all to see him go early.

    I still love Megan, even if it’s getting lonely. I’m pretty fond of Alexis as well.

    I do not see the appeal in Matt at any level. And, Scott is not good enough to me to be here, but I can see why America likes him.

    Jasmine is simply not ready for this. Both Michael & Kris have good voices, I’m just not sure either is interesting enough to hold the public’s attention long-term.

    I think both Lil and Alison are quite good, and I’d enjoy seeing more of them if they make it through tonight.

    I still can’t stand Danny. And, yes Folk - he is quite doughy and squishy and looks to be getting bigger each week LOL. Also, it’s easy to afford new $500 glasses each week when you run a fake charity. But, I have to admit that although he was quite dorky last night, he probably sounded good to those viewers who do not already hate his guts like I do.

    Adam wasn’t his best, but he’s still far more interesting than most of the rest of these people. Jorge is sweet, but he’s not going deep into this competition.

  • CRB

    SpenserJ Mar 11th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I still love Megan, even if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting lonely. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m pretty fond of Alexis as well.

    I like both of them.

    If Megan can stay on the notes I like her quite a bit and if she can’t then she shouldn’t be on American Idol. Last night she was good.

    Alexis was a bit over the top for me, I’m not sure that wail and squat performance is were she should be as a performer. And her Dirty Diana “choice” in conjunction with the judges telling her to “dirty it up” and Alexis’ face when she finished (not happy) makes me think she got a producer forced song, a la Jorge, rather than any kind of choice in the matter.

  • Victoria

    I still love Megan, even if ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting lonely.

    I think she seems like a sweet girl, but I just don’t like her voice. I wish I could, but I want the Megan that we saw in her audition, not the one that can’t hold a note for more than 2 seconds.

    But, I have to admit that although he was quite dorky last night, he probably sounded good to those viewers who do not already hate his guts like I do.

    My parents don’t hate his guts and they still thought he was terrible. I do hate his guts and thought he was terrible too.

    I think it sounded like he drank milk before he sang. he had that weird gargling sound you get when you have some kind of dairy product and then try to sing. It really messes with your voice. I’m not making excuses for him, though, because I don’t like his voice even when he doesn’t sound like he just drank milk.

    Ugh, I can’t stand him. If commercial is the key word this year, why do they like him? He’s got to be the least commercial contestant in the entire group!

  • Layla

    Just got home and decided to rewatch the videos.

    Honest to freakin’ Jesus…Megan should be sent the fuck home for singing that song and doing the crow caw. (wrong damn bird!) And she CAN*t sing worth beans!

    Jasmine wasn’t as bad as I thought at first….a bit flat but she’s not the worst singer there. Don’t think she should be sent home.

    I don’t think Jorge was that bad either.

    One of the following should get the boot: Megan, Scott, Kris or Michael….please.

  • Layla

    oh gawd…add Anoop to that list!

  • karenc

    Here’s my 2 cents:

    Overall, I thought the show was better than I thought it would be

    Lil Rounds – Liked her, thought she did a good job

    Michael Sarver- was better than I thought he’d be, better than he was on the semifinals

    I thought Danny Gokey’s vocals were good, but for some reason, I started laughing at his dancing. I don’t know why.

    Allison- I thought she was great, one of the best of the night. I also liked Alexis.

    I liked Adam best going into this week, and I still do out of all of them. But I have seen some of his performances on youtube that I like better than what he has done on AI so far. THough I thought he did give a terrific performance.

    Rest were just ok.

    All that being said, because it was a Michael Jackson week, after the show, I felt like watching David Cook’s performance of Billie Jean, and liked it better than anything I saw on last night’s show. Though there were some good performances last night with some originality, I don’t see myself still listening to them a year from now. Of course, it is early in the season, and I didn’t think I would still like David Cook so much this time last year. I tend to like rock and alternative rock, though, which is why I like David Cook so much. I don’t see anyone fitting into that this year, except maybe Adam. But as I said, it’s early in the season, and it is shaping up better than I thought it would during the semifinals.

  • Grammie Kari

    Some people are saying that it is Allison that is in danger, not Alexis. That messes up my voting. So, if the judges use a veto method, she would be saved.

    I just don’t like what I think is coming.

  • flynnsgirl

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s highly disrespectful of the judges to show such obvious favouritism to 1 or 2 competitors so early in the competition, especially after seeing only a handful the nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performances.

    They did the exact same thing last year with little David, it made me nuts because I was on the Castro train. So if it’s your pick it’s ok, if not, not so much. At this point in the game it’s anybody guess, so I guess it’s just wishful thinking on the judges part.

  • Grammie Kari

    Oh boy, was I ever off on why they came up with this new rule. So, did they save Megan or not?

  • Grammie Kari

    I believe that they wanted Anoop and Matt into the finals, but had to add the extra spot to get more girls in.

    Simon implied that Anoop was the 13th contestant, which is far from the truth. They just don’t want any more girls getting eliminated. I still think Jesse would have done a better job than Jasmine.

    JX223, I like the comments you made regarding Anoop. It’s do or die next week.

  • LaurelG

    I still canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stand Danny. And, yes Folk – he is quite doughy and squishy and looks to be getting bigger each week LOL. Also, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s easy to afford new $500 glasses each week when you run a fake charity.

    He he he! I’m laughing as I type this. Too funny.

  • GlamGirlLee

    Still waiting for Adam in California. Getting all tingly…

  • honowoowoo

    The show just started here in Hawaii!! Adam! Adam! Adam!