American idol Top 10 Wrap-up and Predictions.

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Going Home: Michael Sarver
Should Go Home: Scott MacIntyre or Megan Corkrey

Clearly, the least talented of the soul boys he’s splitting votes with, I think Michael Sarver will be getting the boot plus the “sorry, we aren’t saving you” speech tonight.

Scott MacIntyre has had consistently mediocre performances throughout this competition, but isn’t splitting votes. He’s safe for a bit.   Ditto for Megan Joy, who is also benefiting from the Haley Scarnato/Kristy Lee Cook hot girl vote. They both deserve to go before Sarver, but if they end up in the B3 as I think they will, it’ll be a consolation.

Did anybody chuckle when Kara DioGuardi kept referring to the importance of “artistry” at this stage of American Idol, after Simon said the complete opposite a few weeks ago?   At least Simon is leveling with us.

Smokey Robinson could barely bring himself to critique the kids, I guess he’s just a really nice guy!   After about the third “keep doing what you’re doing!” he started to seem a little useless. But the guy is a legend, so I’ll cut him some slack.

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell should get a room after the show…and concentrate on critiquing the kids when the cameras are on.   The coloring book shtick with Simon was funny at first (poor Scott was clueless ..maybe not the best moment to break out the bit), but they ran the joke into the ground during Allison’s already shortened critique with the mustache antics.   Keep the focus off the judges and on the kids, please.

The contestant’s song selections were the same ole same ole, last night, but this week’s Motown theme did have several bright spots.

The best performance by far was Adam Lambert’s sensitive, heart-rending version of “Tracks of My Tears”.   Adam is playing this game well, after last week’s audacious “Ring of Fire” polarized the nation, Adam came back to show us he’s not just an empty showman–he can truly infuse a tune with feeling and emotion.   I’m loving this guy, ’cause he’s bringing the surprises every single week.

Little Allison Iraheta showed us what she’s made of last night.   Her grown-up, powerful take on “Papa was a Rolling Stone” was a bit mumble-mouthed, but she nailed the song’s message.   I felt her pain.   Thank you producers, for caring enough to save Allison by giving her the pimp spot! Not that she didn’t deserve it.

Coming out of his shell is Kris Allen, whose original and most excellent arrangement of “How Sweet it Is” recalled James Taylor, but did not imitate.   Kris rocked it up while keeping the soul vibe.   I don’t know what Simon is talking about, but I saw plenty of swagger up on that stage.   Kris is going further than anyone expected if he keeps that up.

Those were my favorites.   Taking up the middle ground were Matt Giraud, who I liked a whole lot better before he got out from behind his piano.   It got a little hammy and forced when he started working the stage, and I could hear the nerves creeping into his vocals at times.   Plus, the vocal didn’t change up much from the original.   Interesting, though, I heard two reports from the live performance that said he absolutely KILLED in person.   Still, I think the judges overpraised him last night.

I keep saying it every week–Matt’s being set up as a front runner by the judges.   But I don’t think the audience is buying it…yet.

Anoop Desai had some truly great moments during “Ooh Baby Baby,” but parts of it were soft, especially the falsetto parts.   That is a hard song to sing.   If he takes Randy’s advice and goes uptempo next week, I hope he can find a nice balance between showcasing his vocals and laying out an entertaining performance.   I like Anoop, I’m rooting for the dude.

I’m not sure taking Smokey Robinson’s advice would have helped Danny Gokey’s performance, but he needed to change something up.   I didn’t care for some of his phrasing on that song, or the way he lurched around the stage.   The performance was better than last week, but his vocals were too shouty and hoarse for my tastes.   Interesting that Danny got the negative edit last night.   Showing Danny promising to take Smokey’s suggestions and then not, (with Ryan reminding the audience to notice) makes me think Danny’s being de-pimped.   Simon telling Danny he was “clumsy and amateurish” kinda sealed the deal.

Ah Lil Rounds.   That song choice killed her.   “Heatwave” is a great pop song, but it’s not a singers’ song.   She obviously has no sense of Idol history–“Heatwave” landed Jennifer Hudson and Kimberley Locke, both formidable Idol singers, in the Bottom 3 their respective seasons. Lucky for Lil, Simon made sure to remind the viewers she was the best singer evah! Despite Lil’s shouty, frenetic performance, she’ll be spared the B3.

Michael Sarver looked completely out of his element last night.   Sure, Smokey told him to hit it harder, but Michael knocked the stuffings out of “Ain’t too Proud to Beg.”   Instead of passionate pleading, we got this forced Vegasy psuedo-soul version of the song.   It’s too bad, because I think Michael really is better than that.   His “You are Not Alone” from Michael Jackson week was heartfelt and lovely, but I think he’s in over his head.   The judges obviously want him gone.   And I think Michael is gone–except for a possible voter backlash against Simon’s blunt assessment that he can’t win the competition.

The worst of the night for me were Scott MacIntrye, who chose a horrible song, “You Can’t Hurry Love” and then sang it horribly. Everything about his   performance was wrong–the song choice, the arrangement, the cheesy piano fills.   Scott turns everything he touches into elevator music.   It would help if his vocals weren’t mediocre.   Scott is basically stunt casting. But I don’t think he’s going anywhere–he’s not splitting votes with anyone. He’s got the John Tesh contingent all sewn up.   I expect him to make it through another week.

And last, is Megan Corkrey.   A big, major WTF??!!   Just because somebody can carry a tune, doesn’t mean they should sing.   Sure, Megan is gorgeous, and she’s got that unique vocal tone, but she’s got no sense of rhythm or timing.   She’s got no sense of dynamics, or how to phrase a song.   She’s tone deaf.   She basically puked all over “For Once in My Life,” and it wasn’t pretty.

  • colette

    agree almost entirely with your assessment MJ.

    and just a note à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  no mention was made last night that one of the great Funk Brothers, the back-up geniuses who made the Motown instrumental so glorious, just passed away in Detroit à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  drummer Uriel à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Possumà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Jones.

    He played on the original à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Too Proud to Beg,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and in the great documentary à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Standing in the Shadows of Motownà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he helped recreate that Temps original with Ben Harper doing a killer vocal on the tune. RIP, Uriel. And Ben à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  show Michael Sarver the way to slay this puppy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVOEC8MwUks&feature=related

    Just for good measure, Joan Osborneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fab version of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Heat Waveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with the Funk Brothers from the same film. OK, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a tough song to sing. But the right singer can make it a scorcher:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTKFR3ra2ts&feature=related

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Collette: Actually, I saw that news item and meant to mention it. Maybe they’ll pay tribute tonight. I hope so.

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

    “Megan puked”…..I like the sound of that.

  • colette

    But one quibble — can Megan actually “carry a tune”? I’m not convinced….

  • jpfan

    I put my points on Sarver but I’d be happy if Scott went. He’s really bad. I hope Meghan stays even though she’s also pretty bad. They’re overloaded with guys already.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    I’m not either, Colette, and I’m getting really tired of her murdering some of my favorite songs as she did last week and this. I agree Michael is probably going to go but I would SO much prefer that Megan be the one to leave, even though that leaves us with only two females.

  • SpenserJ

    Collette: Actually, I saw that news item and meant to mention it. Maybe theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll pay tribute tonight. I hope so.

    That surprised me too that they never mentioned it.

    Last year, I bought “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” (DVD & Soundtrack) for my mom for Christmas. She loved it far more than the laptop we bought her the year before LOL. (The moral to the story is…. your mom loves you even when you get her cheap gifts – so why bother with the expensive ones).

    Everything about the Funk Brothers is awesome.

    Scott MacIntrye, who chose a horrible song, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Hurry Loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and then sang it horribly. Everything about his performance was wrongà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’the song choice, the arrangement, the cheesy piano fills. Scott turns everything he touches into elevator music.

    Brilliant assesment.

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

    I can’t take another week of Scott being trampled in his sincerity. He isn’t that good. He needs to go. He wants so badly to be there. I’m a mess when it comes to him.

    Megan should definitely go tonight. However, I don’t want her butchering Stevie Wonder tonight, especially not when he’s supposed to be performing. My fear is that she’ll stick around a little longer, then she’ll do well on Broadway or Standards week, and we’re stuck with that earbleed mess longer than we should have to tolerate. Ever since she sang that bird song, she sounds like she’s always squawking.

    Interesting that Danny got the negative edit last night. Showing Danny promising to take Smokeyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s suggestions and then not, (with Ryan reminding the audience to notice) makes me think Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s being de-pimped. Simon telling Danny he was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“clumsy and amateurishà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  kinda sealed the deal.

    They want Matt instead. It’s really quite clear. First, Matt gets “you outsang Danny” last week, then he gets “you’re now a frontrunner” last night. Simply put, to get a strong, competitive foothold, he needs the soul-boy votes. Those would come from Michael Sarver and Danny Gokey.

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

    Actually, I didn’t think Scott had a bad performance, at least not compared to Megan (lack of)Joy and Mr Sarver. Whoever stuck Scott with the backround singers should be sacked however. He is a nice guy with an AC voice and he can stay too more weeks because it seems to mean more to him than to others.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    They want Matt instead. It’s really quite clear.

    Yep. Except I don’t think the audience is buying it yet.

  • cheese

    I put my points on Sarver, but I’m really tempted to change to Scott. Out of Megan, Scott and Sarver, I think only Megan has the potential to eventually sing something that I might sort of enjoy. Megan is low on DI, but I suspect she has a lot more text votes than Scott and Michael.

    Maybe she’ll get lucky and the theme next week will be “songs requiring a four-note range.” (Scott would benefit from that theme, too)

    These 3 should finish 8-9-10, I don’t really care what the order is.

    ETA: I agree that TPTB want Matt, but America seems to love Danny almost as much as Danny loves himself. I would really love to see him finish 5th.

  • beesims

    Thank you so much for sharing those videos, Colette. Watching those versions makes me so aware of how a great artist can make it look so effortless as opposed to Sarver, Danny and Lil Rounds who made me painfully aware of their exertions and contortions to “make the song their own”. I think the Idol that best personified “effortless” was the great Melinda Doolittle. Whether she was tackling Tina Turner or Irving Berlin, you always got the sense that she was utterly herself and comfortable on stage.

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

    OK, I know the difference between too and two….the computer and I fought over the editing tool and the computer won…..(hiding head)

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Adam, Kris and Allison are my favorites at this point also – Scott should just go – I have been hoping for Megan to bring it, I love her tone, I found her interesting and different – I do – but enough is enough – last night was just awful – Of the bottom three you mentioned I hope hope hope it is Scott but I dont really care which one goes. My sister pretty much agreed with you – but shoot, she is still lovin Gokey (not as much as she did though), I did enjoy him last night but he came in after my top 3 but not invested in him at all.

    http://www.myfoxyumaelcentro.com/myfox/

  • Natasha

    I want to like Megan but I have to agree that she’s tone deaf. She has no musicality at all. I wish Felicia and Jesse had gone through instead of Megan and Jasmine.

    Scott and Michael seem equally useless right now. I wish Ricky Braddy had been put through over either of them.

    I like Anoop but the thought of him going up-tempo scares me a little after ‘Beat It’.

    I agree Danny got a negative edit. It sure seems like a step in the depimping direction. Dare I hope?

    My favorites were Adam, Allison and Kris as well.

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

    So, what if Michael is the lowest-vote-getter, and they tell him, “Don’t even bother singing. We already told you we wouldn’t save you last week.”

    They want Matt instead. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really quite clear.

    Yep. Except I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think the audience is buying it yet.

    Not yet. They still want Danny, Matt, Michael and Anoop. Can’t have ‘em all.

  • cakeymakeybakey

    This whole discussion is truly making me wish that the wildcard votes had been used to put Mishavonna or Jessie or Ricky here. Any of them would have killed Motown week.

    My vote is for MOR Scott to go.

  • CookorHubbyHmm

    See ya Sarver!

  • colette

    beesims — yes! Melinda really could sing “the phone book” or the laundry list or whatever. Do you remember when the top girls in her season got together to sing “Midnight Train to Georgia” with Gladys Knight? And when Ruben and Jordan did a sizzlin’ version of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell song “You’re All I Need to Get By”?

    Hey, the young’uns can sing this stuff if they’re good enuff.

  • sayxwhat

    I love Megan’s personality, and she’s really pretty… but like, seriously. Everytime I watch her it’s… how do I describe it? :wallbash_tb:

    Haha, that’s how I feel when I watch her =]

    I don’t get why people like her. It seems as if the “unique” sound she has is forced; not something that’s natural.

  • poporange

    Your right AI wants Matt to be TCO. iF Server gets voted off Mat ,Danny ,Kris and Anoop wil be vote spilting?So will Anoop or Kris be next ?IMO Matt seems to be grasping at giving that one preformance to seperate himself but missing for now..He also to some degree using the piano as a crutch .

  • colette

    sorry to keep piping up, but had to also second MJ’s “artistry” comment. this from Kara, the “you’ve got the whole package” and “you could be commercial” compliments. OK, Kara, so which is it? The wrappings or the goods?

  • star

    I agree about Matt…tptb are trying to make fetch happen with him, and it’s not happening. I don’t like his voice, and I don’t see any charisma coming from him. I’m not sure if Kris is lumped into the soul boy catergory, but I vastly prefer his sweet tone and simple style to Matt’s runs and nasal sound. And Kris has this endearing quality about him when he performs. He always looks so happy!

  • SuzieQ

    I agree that Allison has a great big voice, especially considering her age, but I think she needs to get out of this one-dimensional “big soul/rock song voice” style. I don’t think I’ve heard her do a ballad yet (correct me if I’m wrong) or a song where she wasn’t so “loud”, for lack of a better word. People harped on Carly and her big voice for shouting on certain songs but she also killed it on the vulnerable beautiful ballads. I have yet to see that with Allison.

  • dante

    lol Gwen!

    My favs are Adam, Allison and Kris too. Adam is in a class of his own IMO.

    I really like Michael’s personality and sadly I think he will be the one going

    only

    since Megan will get votes for her stunning beauty (wow – she is just so uncoordinated up on stage – and soooo pitchy)

    and

    Scott although boring did change up his tempo and will still get some sympathy votes.

    I just don’t think Matt is as good as the judges praise AND I don’t get the Lil love at all. She does have fabulous vocal ability, but she just hasn’t delivered. Who is voting for her?

    It will be interesting to see if Kris, Matt or Anoop can keep improving and make this more than a 2-3 person race.

    But I still wouldn’t watch if not for Adam – the judges are ruining the show – so ridiculous to spend so much time listening to Kara go on and on – and Paula and Simon – just NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • maracaibo

    I agree in some cases, but I still think the best last night were Matt and Adam.
    Matt was awesome.

    I loved his performance, don’t know what you are talking about. He has an incredible voice and I think he needed to get up from the piano a bit and mix things up. I am rooting for him, because he is so overshadowed by Adam and Danny that I hope he can prevail in the end.

    I think Matt’s main problem are his nerves but if he manages to control that as the season goes along he will definitely go far.
    I just don’t see Allison or Kris’ appeal sorry.

  • leome

    Yep. Except I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think the audience is buying it yet.

    No, the audience isn’t. They’re trying to make the audience love Matt a bit too hard, it’s becoming annoying. He’s overpraised, he gets the frontrunner comment when he isn’t one and he has kinda done the same thing for the past three weeks (or 4?), which is something that has cost other contestants criticism but not him. I hope they don’t start throwing Kris under the bus so Matt will get Kris’s fanbase votes (I think they share some audience). I’m expecting Kris to get the pimp spot next wee *fingers crossed*, cause I believe he deserves it, even though I’m no big Kris fan. I just think he has done more and better than Matt.

    I hope Michael or Scott go. I kinda like Scott a bit more than Michael, but to be fair, Michael is much better. But the one not going this week will probably go next week anyway.

  • sunchick

    Last week I put my points on Alexis and jumped like 100 places ahead in the pool, all based on gut instinct. This week I put them on Sarver out of principle, and it will probably cost me. But dayum, dude, you committed the hugest sin a singer can commit, at least in my book….worse than pitchy, worse than forgetting the words….

    THE INAPPROPRIATE SMILE. :ohmy_tb: There is nothing I hate more than somebody smiling through a performance when the lyrics are like the antithesis of smiley. Smokey told the dude to imagine he’s making one last gasp attempt to keep his woman from leaving, just laying everything on the line in desperation cuz he AINT, oh no he AINT too proud to beg….

    and this dude is Smiley McHappypants. Oh hellllls no. :nono_tb:

  • thedingoateyobaby

    OK

    It’s happening to me all over again. Just when I thought THOSE days were gone (you know what days ahm talkin’ ’bout), this Adam somethin’ or other comes along and just like that, Im obsessed all over again. I have watched his you tube vid of last nights performance a dozen times now and with each view he pulls me in and there is something there, something I cant put my finger on that is magnetic to me. I bring this up because its the exact same feeling I had watching season 5 when T did “Levon”. Saying at the end of that performance……I gotta have me more of THAT except this kid is so much more talented IMHO. Coming from me thats a lot to admit.

    Its been a few years now since I have been rocked to my music core but this kid has the magic and I hope people dont think Im being dramatic (thats just programmed into my gene pool) but he makes me want to smile and cry at the same time when I see the video.

    Anyone can walk on stage and give a good performance, there are thousands of people out there with great voices but its the rest of the package that matters and Adam has the voice and the presence and that ability to make me think he is baring his soul. It might even be a little of that “mothery” thing going on but Im sooooo done….put a fork in me.

    I will DIE, DIE,DIE should he be voted off…..EVER.

    Once again I have found a performer who makes me feel alive again.

    So I dug up all my voodoo dolls and the batcave and the secret de-coder ring to ward off all the evil doers who would try to have him snuffed.

    I LOVE this kid. Long live black nail polish. This is the first time I ever wished I was a young man.

  • dante

    I LOVE this kid. Long live black nail polish. This is the first time I ever wished I was a young man.

    you and me both!!!!

  • SpenserJ

    He has an incredible voice and I think he needed to get up from the piano a bit and mix things up.

    I find Matt’s voice to be marginally good, his stage presence kind of lame, and his falshitto makes my ears bleed. I’m confused about what the judges see in him that they’ve now decided he’s their soul-boy horse.

  • KrazeeK120

    I had an interesting discussion with a friend today…neither of us is really jumping up and down about Matt (I can’t stand his personality, personally), but we agreed that the style he seems to be going for is most like anything either of us would buy in the store. Maybe the producers are sensing that Matt does have potential (which I think he does if he’d stop being a jerkface Justin Timberlake wannabe). I really liked his performance last night and that’s saying a lot, coming from me.

    MJ…In my personal opinion, you went too easy on Gokey. I found his performance tuneless and out of breath, not to mention he ignored what Smokey told him. Bad bad bad. I can’t imagine that there are many people out there who would buy his music.

    I thought Scott did not-very-well, but I didn’t think he was the worst. He hit most of his notes…it was pretty boring but at least he attempted to supplement the song by playing the piano and having the backup singers on stage with him (as opposed to dancing around like he had ants in his pants like other contestants who shall remain nameless).

    I agree with the assessment of Allison…I thought she was the best of the night, actually. I think the judges were kind of rude to be playing around and coloring on each other instead of critiquing her, but such is the nature of the show. I thought the worst was Megan…I think she hit about 3/4 of her notes wrong and her phrasing was beyond terrible. It’s actually starting to be painful for me to listen to her.

    I do think that Sarver will be the one going home. He, Megan, and Scott will be gone over the next three weeks and I guess the order doesn’t really matter too much.

    ETA: The thing that annoyed me the most last night? The fact that we have a judge who can’t count to 8.

  • BootStar

    Thought you were pretty much spot on, mj, although I must take exception with the following:

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got the John Tesh contingent all sewn up. I expect him to make it through another week.

    Mr. BootStar (my much older DH) loves himself some John Tesh and thought Scott was godawful and off-pitch. Mr. Boots loved Adam last night. He loved Carly and Cook last year, too. Don’t go stereotyping the old geezers, mj!

    Scott, unfortunately, can’t even sing elevator music on-key. I don’t care what anybody says, though, I LOVED his salmon slacks (prounounced with the Pickler “l”).

  • kiwifan

    They still want Danny, Matt, Michael and Anoop. Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹em all.

    I agree Gwen. I think the competition really starts to get interesting in 2 or 3 weeks time, when we’ll start to see resolution of the Anoop, Kris, Matt vote split and who the beneficiary will be.

    I think the winner of this will have the potential to make top 3 and I don’t think it will be Matt, no matter how much they pimp him. It seems that he’s still struggling to get that connection with the audience and I don’t see that changing versus Anoop/Kris who both have it.

    Anoop & Kris also split the teen crush vote as well and I think whoever lasts longer out of these two will pick up a big boost from the other.

    going to be an interesting few weeks. I think it’s Anoops to lose from these 3 but it will all come down to song choice for him.

  • kbr

    I mostly agree with you MJ, but I really like Matt (even though nerves do get to him). I loved that he stayed away from all the runs this week and I like his style–I think I would actually listen to his music.

    I will say Adam was first last night(which I still can’t believe because normally he’s not for me) with Allison running a close second (honestly she was incredible and if she just enunciated a little more she would have been my #1). Then for me Matt then Kris, then Anoop (even though it was pretty sleepy). Everyone else I was either disappointed with or expected to be that bad.

    It’s so hard because the talent this year is really rough and there are just so many I want to leave, but this week it has to be Scott. He is terrible…can’t sing in tune, his music is clearly directed towards those who spend a lot of time in elevators, and it’s just no good. Do I feel a little guilty about saying this beacuse he is super sweet and blind? Yes. But after all this is a singing competition still in my mind (despite what Simon says) and he can’t sing.

    I think this should be Scott’s week to go, then Sarver, then Megan. Honestly though, I am totally ok with getting rid of all 3 of them right now and bringing back Felicia and Ricky!

  • Qcloud9

    Did anyone else notice when one of the judges told one of the contestants (don’t remember which one) that they should “fire whoever is giving you advice”? LOL, I thought to myself, “HUH? :confused_wp:Did you just tell them to fire Smokey”?!!!

  • flicker

    Matt has been my favorite since Hollywood group auditions. I’ve hoped his fanbase would grow, but I’d much rather it be organic growth instead of being manipulated.

    Some of us really do like him more than any other contestant, and always have, even pre-pimping.

  • Carlaria

    I guess I’m just a Matt girl at heart. I liked him from his audition, and even through the disastrous Coldplay debacle – I wanted him to get the wild card spot to redeem himself. Since then he’s been constantly improving. I’m really annoyed that TPTB are suddenly showing interest in him, though, since that will probably be the kiss of death for him!

  • sunchick

    I LOVE this kid. Long live black nail polish. This is the first time I ever wished I was a young man.

    Word. Except for the young man part, because *singing* I enjoy being a girl.

    I find Mattà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice to be marginally good, his stage presence kind of lame, and his falshitto makes my ears bleed. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m confused about what the judges see in him that theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve now decided heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s their soul-boy horse.

    So much word. Word to the power of word. All the soul-ish worship leader-ish peeps (I lump Kris in there too with Matt, Danny, and Anoop) were mildly depimped last night EXCEPT for Matt. I don’t get it. He’s got skills and I respect his musicianship he but lacks charisma in a big way. I thought it interesting that Simon pointed out Kris’s lack of superstar power, but not Matt, because I think they both have the same handicap in that respect, Matt to me moreso than Kris, and Kris has the better voice. Matt might do okay on the radio, but in concert, he’d bore me. Meh.

    If Adam is the TCO, I expect them to repimp Danny at some point, because I think Adam can beat Danny in a showdown of early judges faves. In that situation, Adam picks up the bulk of the discarded contestants’ votes. If he’s not, then we might see Adam/Allison or Adam/Matt, and I have a feeling the bulk of the discarded contestants’ votes will go to the person who wasn’t one of the early favorites in a spite kind of thing, and then either Allison or Matt will win.

    My dream top three is either Adam/Kris/Allison (group two represent) or Adam/Kris/Anoop (if he finds the joy again.)

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    ‘He has an incredible voice and I think he needed to get up from the piano a bit and mix things up. I am rooting for him, because he is so overshadowed by Adam and Danny that I hope he can prevail in the end. ‘

    I thought Matt’s getting up from the piano might help but he just looked akward and the boys got a big ole butt, he needed to sit back down on it – he doesnt have the package deal that Kara wants at all. He can sing, cant deny it but he is not as good as they are trying to make us think, even he looks a bit surprised by the ott praise from them.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    As much as I hated what Adam did last week, is how much I loved what he did this week. I agreed with Smokey when he said that of all the people that have covered that song, Adam’s interpretation was the first time I heard it sung without it building to a crescendo at the end. I didn’t think it was going to work but it sure did.

    I hope someone is working with Allison to help her with her enunciation. She really needs to work on that.

  • poporange

    boys got a big ole butt, he needed to sit back down on it

    lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    I would SO much prefer that Megan be the one to leave, even though that leaves us with only two females.

    Well, since we’re going to probably end up with zero females in the final the way things are shaping up anyway, I say take her out now.

    With sadness, I put all my points on the Roughneck going home tonight.

    And can I just say that when dingo posts, it makes my day!?

  • JudyOhio

    THE INAPPROPRIATE SMILE. There is nothing I hate more than somebody smiling through a performance when the lyrics are like the antithesis of smiley. Smokey told the dude to imagine heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s making one last gasp attempt to keep his woman from leaving, just laying everything on the line in desperation cuz he AINT, oh no he AINT too proud to begà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    and this dude is Smiley McHappypants. Oh hellllls no.

    I SO totally agree with that sunchick!! Michael did not feel those lyrics at all. I like the guy in general, but that was a BIG no no in my book too!

  • JOJOSIE

    Thedingoateyobaby and dante can I be on your team? I find myself looking at Adam videos over and over. I was (and still am) a big Taylor fan and also voted for Cook last year but I’ve really got it bad this year and the seasons young. I have a new appreciation for black hair dye, flat irons, black nail polish, smokey eyes, etc, ect. and he looks real good in a suit too but it’s his vocal technique and performance skills that make my heart beat faster.

  • JOJOSIE

    Thedingoateyobaby and dante can I be on your team? I find myself looking at Adam videos over and over. I was (and still am) a big Taylor fan and also voted for Cook last year but I’ve really got it bad this year and the seasons young. I have a new appreciation for black hair dye, flat irons, black nail polish, smokey eyes, etc, ect. and he looks real good in a suit too but it’s his vocal technique and performance skills that make my heart beat faster.

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

    Sorry to all my chat friends, but I am just not a Matt fan. The *only* time he’s ever really impressed me was with the group number in Hollywood. He was better last night than the past few weeks, but certainly not in the top tier of performers. His falshitto (LMFAO spense, that’s perfect!) was still there even though the goat vibrato wasn’t, and it’s not so pleasing to my ears. I’m sure TPTB love that he has a good recording voice, but srsly. Not getting the love from the judges. I prefer both Anoop and Kris far, far more.

    My favorite is definitely Adam, and has been since his initial audition. Like Dingo said, there’s just something about him that makes me want to hear more. I don’t know who said it (I think it was here, in last night’s thread) that it just doesn’t seem like the past 4 performances have all come from the same person. He’s showing that he’s so very versatile, but at the same time is tying all the performances together. He’s such a dynamic performer; I absolutely love watching him, and his studio recordings are really great too. I. Love. Him. I totally want him to be my bff.

    I could see myself buying a Kris album too. He does kinda have that Jason Mraz/Gavin DeGraw/John Mayer thing going on that I absolutely love, and I’ve been really liking his performances. He records well too. I just wish TPTB would realize that he’s the best of the blue eyed soul guys.

    I like Allison a lot. She’s definitely my favorite girl, and in my top 4 faves. But I agree that she’s going to need to pull what Adam did this week, and just sing a heartfelt ballad and show her softer side. Everything has been very similar in style, tone, and volume. I really want to see a “Here You Come Again” type performance from Allison. I think she can do it, and I won’t be convinced that she’s versatile until she does.

    My top 4 have very clearly become Adam, Allison, Anoop, and Kris (Alexis was in there too, in my top 5 :sad_tb: ). It’s been that way since the top 13 started and has remained that way for 3 weeks now. I don’t see it changing.

    Lastly – Dingo, I heart you. :)

  • background_noise

    I wonder which Adam will show up tonight? Emo-rocker boi or the new Motownized dapper dude. I’m hoping for something in between.

  • ladymadonna

    But dayum, dude, you committed the hugest sin a singer can commit, at least in my bookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.worse than pitchy, worse than forgetting the wordsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    THE INAPPROPRIATE SMILE.

    Word. Brooke White, who I loved initially, was pretty much dead to me after Dolly week last year for grinning her way maniacally through ‘Jolene.’ And coincidentally, both Brooke and Sarver have a penchant for the other unforgivable Idol sin: THE BABBLING BACKTALK. Dudes. Do NOT interrupt to explain, deny, or contradict the judges. I don’t care how ridiculous their comments are. Listen, make eye contact, nod in understanding, and smile pretty while Ryan reads the numbers. Please don’t prolong the agony. Shut up shut up shut UP.

    It should be Scott’s turn, but my money’s on Sarver tonight.

  • solitaire

    I want to like Matt, I really do. I normally love the soul boys, and I voted for Taylor in S5 til my fingers were bloody. But, meh. There’s something missing here, he just doesn’t have that star quality for me I guess. I have a hard time even keeping attention when he’s singing. To me, Taylor was so much better at the same genre, and look what’s happened to him after AI.

    Agreeance that the de-pimping of Danny has begun. It’s about time. To the Danny lovers, I don’t hate him, I actually kind of like his voice, but the OTT pimping and the (to me) douchey personality just won’t allow me to root for him.

    I would like to see Scott go tonight, he was worst last night to me. He’s been worst every week to me. I get the sympathy, and he seems like a real sweetie, but come on people, would you really pay money to listen to that? I can’t tolerate it on tv, I’m sure as heck not gonna shell out money for it.

    Michael isn’t that bad, he’s just been choosing the wrong songs and not singing them well, lol. It shouldn’t be his turn tonight, but I’m afraid it will be.

  • BootStar

    dingo, loved your comments!

    I think part of the reason I was looking forward to this season so much was because I have never gone gaga over an Idol contestant the way I did for Cook last season. Still love him, always will, but I have plenty of room left in my heart for another very special boy (already got two at home, not counting my furry one and Mr. BootStar). I believe in spreading my love around, but I’m very selective. This pays off when one of my boys does something to break my heart too.

    Adam is so special, in so, so many ways. Just can’t help myself. Tried to resist his charms, but it’s hopeless.

    ETA: I agree that TPTB want Matt, but America seems to love Danny almost as much as Danny loves himself. I would really love to see him finish 5th.

    Bwaah, cheese! Yes, I picked Danny to win it all, much as I’d love to be proven wrong. I would take Adam, Allison, Kris and Matt over him, without reservation (and possibly Anoop, but he’s been a bit of a disappointment for me thus far).

    I do wonder if it’s the nerves thing with Matt that is undermining him. As somebody who suffered from terrible stage fright, I have great empathy for Matt, but he’s got to get past that if he really wants to make a go of it. I do think he’s the TSCO in case America can’t get past Adam’s “flamboyance.”

  • Natasha

    I’m jumping on the Dingo love train too. Great post and I completely agree.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Dingo train – here I come toooooo!!!! I stutter and stop when I try to write sometimes, I will let you do my writing for me – K?

  • saramcvt

    Wow! MJ, I agreed 100% with everything you said!

  • AnoopFan

    Anoop has the bigger fanbase – out of matt, kris, and him

    going to be an interesting few weeks. I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Anoops to lose from these 3 but it will all come down to song choice for him.

    IA!

  • Miss Chaos

    There is a Top Five, and a Bottom Five, can we get rid of the junk, and have a real show?, Adam:), Allison, Kris,Matt, and Anoop, Top Five, the rest need to go home now, and the rest can each do 2 songs. Micheal going home this week tho.
    And may I say that Adam’s mother is beautiful! :smile1_ee:

  • Ladybug

    Whoo. The Dingo is BACK. And certainly speaking for me. I want to be surprised and delighted and entertained each week and I have not found that someone since Taylor went nuts on “Takin’ It To The Streets” (even though he had me at audition) in Season 5.

    Each week, I am SO excited to see what Adam will bring — vocally and visually. And he has not disappointed yet.

    I believe, overall, he is one of the most talented individuals to ever grace an Idol stage.

    Makes me manage to ignore the ridiculousness that are the judges and the silliness that surrounds everything about this show, for the most part, now.

    I do hope he lasts until the end, though I honestly do not think he will win. One can always hope, though.

    What do I love about him almost as much as his unpredictability? The obvious warmth of his personality.

  • gingerly

    I actually find Matt to be the most commercially viable. I’m not into that kind of music but many, many people are. I’m not a big fan of his but I’m not a big fan of any of them this year

    SuzieQ
    Mar 26th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    I agree that Allison has a great big voice, especially considering her age, but I think she needs to get out of this one-dimensional à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“big soul/rock song voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  style. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve heard her do a ballad yet (correct me if Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m wrong) or a song where she wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t so à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“loudà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , for lack of a better word. People harped on Carly and her big voice for shouting on certain songs but she also killed it on the vulnerable beautiful ballads. I have yet to see that with Allison.

    I agree but I also I don’t think Allison has shown much range in addition to always seeming to sing the same style of song. She really hasn’t much impressed me. I guess we are in the minority here.

  • oceana

    I’m trying to remember if Kelly Clarkson sang a soft ballad in Season 1. I can’t remember one. I don’t think it’s essential for everyone to do that. (I’m thinking of Allison, and not thinking it’s absolutely necessary. Did Daughtry do one? I don’t think so. Not everyone does “soft” …) Also I don’t think Allsion is anything like Carly. Very different voices. Carly was shrill, Allison is husky and deep. But I think Allison has it in her to do a ballad, just hasn’t been the right time yet with the right song.

    If Danny is being de-pimped, THANK GOD!! (no blasphemy intended)

  • ShariG

    Dingo, another huge Cook fan here, still am, always will be.

    I am really hoping that the one going home tonight will be Megan. Matt Sarver is a lot easier to listen to than Megan.

    I agree with those who are not excited about Matt. He has moments in every song that are really outstanding, but they are overshadowed by the off pitch moments. I just have not been a fan from the very beginning and he hasn’t done much to change my mind.

    Regarding the Danny thing, I don’t understand the animosity. I guess I just don’t see him as arrogant or anything. He seems to be a good guy to me and he has a beautiful voice. Is he better than Adam, no, I wouldn’t say so. I agree with the previous poster that says the over pimping hurts the contestants. I wish AI would treat all of them somewhat equally in terms of air time and attention.

    Of this year’s group, Adam is the stand out, but I am voting for Kris as long as he is there. I just like him. I find him much more likeable than Adam and I like his less produced kind of sound. However, the Adam from last night was brilliant.

    Unless there is a huge change in the next few weeks, I don’t see anyone beating Adam and predict the runner up will be Danny or Allison. I would love to see Kris fourth, but as long as the invisible Lil fans are voting, it will probably be Lil. After Adam, Danny/Allison, Lil, Kris, I would put Anoop or Matt next in one order or the other. If Scott and Michael do not go home tonight, they will in the next two weeks. The weakest three by a mile are Scott, Michael, and Megan.

    I didn’t think I would actually enjoy Idol this season. I still miss Cookie every week, but I am enjoying this season primarily because of Kris, Adam, Danny, Allison, and Anoop. All talented kids who could have careers in one genre or another.

  • cheese

    There’s a rumor that next week’s theme is “iTunes” which seems a bit vague. I’m assuming they mean Top 100 songs or something (of which they will clear 12 for the 9 contestants). It sounds pretty sketchy, but I guess we’ll know in 90 minutes.

    Link to lesser blog

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

    Daughtry did do a soft ballad. Twice, at least. The two I remember are “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban on country week, and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong on standards week.

    I didn’t watch season 1, so I don’t remember all of Kelly’s performances. But not everything was the same style, tone, and volume with her. Maybe her soft ballad equivalent in this case (aka something different from the norm) could be her star-making performance of “Stuff Like That There” on Big Band week.

  • ShariG

    Wanted to add that I agree completely with MJ regarding Paula and Simon. That was over the line into just plain rude last night with the goofy mustache thing going on during Allison’s feedback. It was rude to Allison and also the Kara and Randy.

  • jpfan

    Dingo – Have you forgotten Normund so quickly?

    These fickle Idol fans :biggrin_wp:

  • chewsday

    Oh, Dingo! I’m so disappointed! I felt as though we often thought alike about music, but your Adam love has me shaking my head in dismay. More power to you – and the rest of you Adam lovers – but I will never understand what you like about him (or why he turns my stomach and makes my ears bleed.) I’m going to go wash the sound of his simpering voice out of my ears by listening to TH’s version of Indiscriminate Act of Kindness.

  • tinawina

    I agree that Matt has little charisma. Perhaps he delivers live but on camera? It ain’t happening. BUT he does have a good recorded voice.

    Allison is my favorite. I think she needs to learn how to sing softer songs, but I just like her for the raw talent factor alone. And the fact she is has no showbiz sheen to her… yet.

    Danny is not as bad to me as everyone says. He was ok last night. He can sing, and I like the sandpaper edge to his voice. The problem with him is he never rises above good. And he has cheesy instincts. I feel like he’s coasting a bit.. I see no evidence he’s learning anything for the vocal coaches and the judges, he keeps practicing the same bad habits every week. If he tried, he could go from a 7.5 to a solid 9.

    Anoop is just fun to watch because he’s so likeable and comes across as a real normal guy. But with each week that passes it become clear he’s not going to win and he’s not going to be current. But he could sneak into the finals, along with several other contestants this year.

    Lil is losing me. But I do think she could sell records.

    I have yet to really get into Kris. I don’t hate him, I think he’s commercial, but he still seems a tad bland.

    Adam is very interesting. He clearly, to me anyway, has the best voice of everyone. In terms of pitch, phrasing, control, you name it… Adam knows what the hell he is doing. He also seems to be, with the exception of maybe Kris, the most musically intelligent. And forget the performance skills.. off the chart. But he is polarizing. I really didn’t think he had a chance to win, but after last night… I’m not so sure. If he keep playing the game like that, he just might pull it out.

    I’m already over the rest. I don’t care who goes home tonight.

  • kerfuffle

    The best:

    My favorites last night (and I believe they’ll stay that way for the rest of the season) were Adam and Kris (no particular order). I voted for Kris because checking DialIdol confirmed Adam didn’t need my votes.

    The pretty darned good:

    Next I liked Allison and Anoop a lot.

    The good:

    Then came Matt.

    The a’ight:

    Last night was my favorite performance from Danny – but it was just a’ight, to me. Not great.

    The bad:

    I didn’t like Lil and Scott‘s performances.

    The dreadful:

    I freakin’ hated Michael‘s and Megan‘s performances. Megan was the worst – actually physically painful to listen to, though I forced myself to listen to the bitter, bitter end. I must be a masochist.

    So, it sounds like the consensus here (and most other places I’ve read) is that the faves (in varying orders) were: Adam, Kris, Allison, Anoop and Matt. The Middle of the road (in varying orders) were: Danny and Lil. The bottom three (in varying orders) were: Scott, Megan, and Michael. Going home is Sarver.

    kerfuffle out. :)

  • KrazeeK120

    Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a rumor that next weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s theme is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“iTunesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which seems a bit vague. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m assuming they mean Top 100 songs or something (of which they will clear 12 for the 9 contestants). It sounds pretty sketchy, but I guess weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll know in 90 minutes.

    Really? I heard that they’d clear 9, 6 of which will be rap/dance/foreign/relatively unknown and give the other 3 to Danny, Adam, and Lil.

  • freestate

    I agree pretty much with the post. I loved Adam and Alison then Kris. I think Megan should be going but Michael will go (both him and Scott would be going in the next three weeks anyway).

    I started out really liking Danny – however he has long since lost me. He just seems so cocky/smarmy and he is not versatile at all. That being said I think he will make it to the end – Born Again Christians love him and will vote for him weather he is good or not.

  • lizland

    I was watching Idol Tonight, where Danny says he “wants people to look at him and start dreaming again.”

    Yuk. I don’t hold his backstory or the pimping against him, actually. But this kind of self importance is really unattractive to me.

    I still don’t like anyone this year. This could end up being like most Idol season for me. I don’t really like anyone, and in fact get so bored by the end I don’t even bother with the finale like seasons 3, 5 and 6.

    But Adam definitely is the best reason to tune in each week. Even if I don’t like his vocal style and stage performance, he keeps it interesting.

  • kerfuffle

    Born-again Christian here. Not loving Danny. At all. Loving the adorable, talented, self-assured-but-not-conceited Kris, and Adam, the gay boi with the mad skillz.

  • dahirsh

    Really? I heard that theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d clear 9, 6 of which will be rap/dance/foreign/relatively unknown and give the other 3 to Danny, Adam, and Lil.

    I think Adam would be fine with any of the above.

  • oceana

    Daughtry did do a soft ballad. Twice, at least. The two I remember are à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Making Memories of Usà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Keith Urban on country week, and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“What a Wonderful Worldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Louis Armstrong on standards week.

    Thanks Sara. Did he sing them “soft” though? I can’t think of him doing soft, even with a ballad. But I might have forgotten. I don’t think of him as having a soft voice.

    Anyway, it’s early in the season, last night was just the top 10, so Allison has time to show what she can do, but she might be less versatile or experienced than some others have been. It will be interesting to see what she can do, but for me I’d love her rocker vibes every week. I haven’t tired of it yet. I love that she’s so rough, fun to watch her evolve.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    >>Dingo – Have you forgotten Normund so quickly? >>

    LOL jp, I am pretty fickle at times and yeah, I did forget about my Normund but thats cause Adam has the power. Now Im all melancholy over Normund, I loved him and I so wanted to hear him sing cause I know he had a decent voice underneath the schtick but comedy is where his heart is and music is where mine is. We had to break up.

    Thank you to all who enjoyed my post, there are fewer compliments to be made imo than those who read the words you type and respond to them.

    As for Adam, its a strange thing this whole Idol business. I am easily exciteable but rarely am I moved. By that I mean it takes a somethin’ special to really touch me, to move me and to make me sort of wake up from this life that sometimes I feel as if Im sleep walking through. For me its in the music and if your lucky, every now and then a singer/musician/performer comes along and knocks you off your feet, throws you off your axis and shakes you up in a good way.

    Maybe its the long cold winter, maybe its just life doing its thing, maybe Im bored with my own life but whatever it is Adam makes me feel alive and he makes me want to watch and the anticipation of what he might do on stage is almost thrilling. Plus, for me, there is something in his eyes thats a little sad. Im sure he has had his share of “obstacles”. We all have, its just that he’s just a kid and as a woman my mothery instincts want to come out and do some protecting whether he needs it or not.

    I really like this kid. A lot. And Im always greatful to the fates that they have allowed me to enjoy this kind of talent because in my musical lifetime, I have been blessed to have had many outstanding singers rock my world and Im happiest when Im being rocked.

    To those who disagree with me on Adam, thats ok, its hard for me to explain what it is that draws me to him or what it is that makes me feel as I do about him. Thats part of the magic. We each have that soft vulnerable spot in us that attracts us to different people for different reasons. Its all good.

  • Grammie Kari

    He played on the original à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Too Proud to Beg,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and in the great documentary à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Standing in the Shadows of Motownà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he helped recreate that Temps original with Ben Harper doing a killer vocal on the tune. RIP, Uriel. And Ben à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  show Michael Sarver the way to slay this puppy!

    Colette this is sad news. Mr. Jones was scheduled to speak about the film and the history of Motown at a venue in Michigan on April 18. The event has been canceled. There are only four of the Funk Brothers alive. I hope he’s passing away will be mentioned.

    We know that the mentor sessions are edited, so there may be more critiques we didn’t see. Smokey really is the nice guy we see.

    I suppose getting rid of two girls two weeks in a row may be a bit too much. However, Megan needs to go home.

    Thank you, MJ for your review!

  • Victoria

    Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a rumor that next weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s theme is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“iTunesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which seems a bit vague. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m assuming they mean Top 100 songs or something (of which they will clear 12 for the 9 contestants). It sounds pretty sketchy, but I guess weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll know in 90 minutes.

    Really? I’ve been hearing next week will be Broadway Week. Either way is fine with me.

  • holeighannie

    Really? Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been hearing next week will be Broadway Week. Either way is fine with me.

    Yes please! I want to hear Adam in all of his musical theatre glory! :D

  • Victoria

    ^ My thoughts exactly! My only worry is that he will be deemed “too musical theatre” or something. They have been fine with him being theatrical, but there is a fine line between that and musical theatre. Doing Broadway songs could result in him crossing it. Other than that, he would own Broadway Week.

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

    Here’s links to Daughtry’s “softer” performances. Yes, he sang them softly.

    What a Wonderful World (it should be noted that he did end up in the bottom 2 during this week, alongside Ace, though a lot of people don’t think he was really in the bottom 2. Bottom 3 yes, but a lot of people think it was probably more for the shock factor and/or to exploit his bromance with Ace.)

    Making Memories of Us

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    Anybody know why the Idols singles from last night’s show are only available to pre-order rather than download immediately?

  • holeighannie

    Victoria: I completely understand what you’re saying re: Adam perhaps crossing the line in the judges eyes in that scenario, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it, haha. I think he should be able to do whatever the heck he wants with Broadway Week, if it does indeed happen. That’s the one night where the restrictions on drama and OTT should be gone. :)

  • Grammie Kari

    I had to double check, and indeed Danny says (about Smokey), “He’s been in the industry longer than me and I trust him.”

    Sure, Danny trusted him and didn’t use the good advice. Result: a lousy performance.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “Danny is not as bad to me as everyone says. He was ok last night. He can sing, and I like the sandpaper edge to his voice. The problem with him is he never rises above good. And he has cheesy instincts. ”

    You hit it right on the noggin with the cheesy remark and that is why he has been such a front runner this year, so far(not so much on Mj’s but he’s got some big fans out there somewhere?). This show is and has always been all about the cheese (for the most part) It IS a cheesy show then along comes those that just go against the grain of it, like Adam this year – and oh gosh a whole lot of people are up in arms, he is not a good role model, yadda yadda yadda – this is not Miss America but American Idol and I hope that Adam can break the mold and not be hated for it, he sure has the potential to go far and I hope that he does.

  • maracaibo

    I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just a Matt girl at heart. I liked him from his audition, and even through the disastrous Coldplay debacle – I wanted him to get the wild card spot to redeem himself. Since then heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been constantly improving. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really annoyed that TPTB are suddenly showing interest in him, though, since that will probably be the kiss of death for him!

    Heh me too. He is soo talented. And sorry he has tons of star quality, last week when he did So Small he looked like he was performing at an awards show rather than a reality competition.
    I am worried about this pimping though, poor guy with all my luck he is going to be the shock boot this season. Sigh.. My favorite never wins anyways.
    I think Adam is a shoe-in for the finale The question is with whom…

    If they let Danny into the finale they want Adam to win. If they let Matt in there he is the only who could challenge Adam and that would be much more interesting.
    In any case I pray for Matty that he stays for a long time and keeps proving he is so deserving of praise.
    The problem I have with Adam is that I wouldn’t buy a record of his ever. He is soo Broadway and I never get a feeling of a real persona with him.
    One week he is all weird and egyptian and full makeup and the next he is all toned down and looking like Elvis.
    Anyways, in the end the producers will get what they want Adam versus Danny I am sure.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, Michael did SOOOO much better on that song tonight than last night. I hope he was encouraged by the fact that the judges were still debating after he finished. That boy can sang under pressure! imo. Alexis couldn’t pull that off last week.

    He’ll be a great opening for the tour.

    I have been a Matt fan all along. I was shocked he was in the bottom two. Somehow he has not connected with the tv audience. Also, because I thought he was safe (although not on top) on DI, I voted more for Kris last night. Having said that, there is some reason I have been calling Michael – Matt. He just hasn’t stood out enough for me to remember his name and face for some reason. (hubby keeps correcting me, lol). I believe Matt has a fabulous recording voice and has done a great job on the show. What’s lacking? IDK.

    Megan or Scott should have gone home, imo. I almost wonder if the judges considered saving Michael (see I almost called him Matt), so they could send those two home next week.

    Me thinks Kris is forming a fan base and I like that!!!!!!;)

  • SL

    Thanks for the summary and commentary MJ. Always a fun read.

    I’ve never been on the Adam train, but dude! I floved everything about his performance this week. I didn’t know he had that in him. Brilliant stuff.

  • abbysee

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s such a dynamic performer; I absolutely love watching him, and his studio recordings are really great too. I. Love. Him. I totally want him to be my bff.

    That is all!

  • Michelle

    omg, I got max points on the pool this week. woohoo! (too bad i am so far behind already, lol.)