Idol Headlines for 03/07/12

Meet American Idol’s Finalists: Who Was in Hannah Montana? Who Collects Knives? – After a grueling, nausea-inducing Hollywood week and uneven semifinals, American Idol has chosen its Top 13, who begin the live final performances Wednesday (8/7c, Fox). TVGuide.com spent some time with the lucky 13, and learned more about the people behind those voices. – Read more at TV Guide

‘Idol’ Girls Intimidated to Honor Whitney Houston – With the American Idol competition set for another exciting round of live shows tonight, ET caught up with the Top 13 and discovered their thoughts on performing renditions of Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder songs.
“I’m kind of nervous because it’s Whitney Houston,” contestant Jessica Sanchez said. “There’s no voice like hers and people are really judgmental about covering her songs, but we’re just going to do the best that we can.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

‘American Idol’ journey is over-What’s next for Reed Grimm? – “I had some ups and downs,” said Grimm, during a telephone interview Saturday, not quite 24 hours after stepping off the plane from Los Angeles. “There were lots of emotions (Thursday night) all the while you are trying to stay in the present.” Grimm, like millions of viewers, thought for a moment he was in the top ten. – Read more at the Hudson Star Observer

Idol Contestant Haley Reinhart’s Album Drops In May – Haley Reinhart was on American Idol last year. She was called the, “jazzy flower child and the little growler that could”. Haley has now made her first single and album and signed a record deal with Interscope Records. Her first single is named “Free” and it drops on March 20th. The album comes out in May. – Watch the Video at FOX2

Pia Toscano Album Sneak Peek

Pia Toscano tweets, “Little sneak peek from my album shoot!”

After breaking with label, DeWyze insists ‘I want to work with someone who believes in me’ – Q. Let’s talk about that album you’re planning to release later this year. What can we expect? A. It’s a mix. You’ve got your folk rock, pop, and country. While there’s definitely a few songs on it that can be singles, I really do want to promote it as a whole.
Q. What was special about the process of putting this one together? A. I went to Nashville for a little while and that was cool. When I was out there, the folk rock country things really came out. It has a folky rock feel to it. I’ve kind of been through the wringer from “Idol” til now. I’ve seen how the record industry works. Beautiful side and the very, very ugly side of it. I’ve seen the best in people and the worst in people when it comes to this. My gut instinct (ultimately tells me) what I’m going to do. – Read more at the Daily Herald

Lee Dewyze Sneak Peek Cover – Somebody That I Used to Know

James Durbin — Memories of a Beautiful Disaster Track by Track Commentary Part 2

Kellie Pickler To Be Guest Bartender On Willie’s Roadhouse – BNA NASHVILLE artist KELLIE PICKLER will serve as “guest bartender” TOMORROW (3/7) on WILLIE’S ROADHOUSE on SIRIUSXM56, when she serves up some of her favorite Country songs as well as few selections from her new album, “100 Proof.” The show will run from 8p to 9p (ET) on repeats on FRIDAY (3/8) at 11p, SATURDAY (3/10) at 3p and SUNDAY (3/11) at 6p (ET). – Read more at All Access

American Idols Go to Washington, D.C. with Malaria No More to Voice American Support for the Fight Against Malaria – NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Malaria No More, a nonprofit organization determined to help end malaria deaths in Africa, will bring former American Idol finalists Jason Castro (Season 7, 4th place), Melinda Doolittle (Season 6, 3rd place) and Elliott Yamin (Season 5, 3rd place) to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to voice American support for the malaria fight and celebrate the contributions of the U.S. Government. Following a day of meetings with Members of Congress, the Idols will perform at an evening reception hosted by Malaria No More and Martha MacCallum, co-host of Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom. ExxonMobil, one of the most significant corporate champions in the fight against malaria, has generously underwritten the event. – Read more at PRNewswire

‘The Voice’s’ Jordis Unga and Brian Fuente Defend Their Battle Round: ‘It’s What We Rehearsed’ – “I was really pretty shocked by all the coaches,” Brian tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t really hear any pitch issues at all. The song was a difficult song to tackle, especially for me being a male. I’ve never heard any male artist attempt that song. It was definitely a challenge to me.” “You know what? When I watched, it wasn’t as bad as their comments led me to relive it in my head,” the L.A. singer goes on to say. “It wasn’t bad at all. It was what we rehearsed. I’m just not allowed to feel that bad about our performance when I’m watching a friend go home. I felt very bad about that.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

  • Anonymous

    WTH is Pia wearing ? I always saw Pia has having a classy, elegant style, but I guess they are going for an edgier look. Well, I personally don’t like it. 

  • Anonymous
  • Listening

     Looking at the pic of Pia makes me think Alicia Keys. I actually did a double take.

  • GS61

    LOL! I thought the same thing!
    I guess they started from scratch, ditched all the old songs and did a 180!
    Can’t wait to see where they are going with this!

    (She doesn’t look too thrilled. Poor Pia.)

  • Tess

    Oh my gosh, Pia….channeling Jersey Shores, are we?  You can dress up some women as slutty as possible and they still come out looking like a catholic school girl trying to dress up slutty and provocatively.  Frizzy hair, racoon eyes, thigh high boots, and a bare belly don’t an interesting and contemporary pop star make.  Come on, Pia, quit trying so hard…it doesn’t suit you.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Pia IS really bland and could probably use an image overhaul of sorts, but they could have come up with a look that’s a bit less “Ke$ha goes to Hot Topic.” 

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    Pia is so sexy. Loving the look. What a gorgeous girl with an amazing body!

  • Kesia Monteith

    Me too, I didn’t recognize her. Wow, what a change…Don’t really know what to say about this edgier look.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    I can’t stop laughing at the picture of Pia. At the bottom of the picture the ad that pops up is “looking for employment agencies.” She is a beautiful girl — I guess they are redoing her album to be more than ballads?

    On the other hand — very excited about the Casey James album.

    Dear Brian and Jordis,

    Yes, you really, really were train-wreck level horrific…and the wayback machine can’t change that….

    WSR

  • Anonymous

    That looks nothing like Pia. I actually thought it was Alicia Keys, as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There’s a Q&A with Kelly in RollingStone magazine this month.  She responds about being a mentor on The Voice and her tweet about Ron Paul:

    Speaking of religion, isn’t it sacrilegious that you’re a mentor on this season of The Voice?

    “People have given me such a hard time.  I came from a singing show, so I like singing shows, obviously.  What was the big shocker there?  I don’t know why people get all bent out of shape.”

    Your recent coments in support of Ron Paul ruffled feathers too.

    “Oh, my gosh!  I’m hanging out with my brother and my little niece, playing Barbies, and Ron Paul comes on TV.  He doesn’t BS around anything.  I was like, “This dude is refreshing.”  All I did was tweet what I thought, and people went crazy!  All of a sudden, people were like, “You hate gay people” – what?  I didn’t even endorse him!  All I said was that I like him.  I voted for Barack, so it’s not even like I”m a hardcore Republican.”

    Full article:

    http://kellypictures.net/displayimage.php?pid=30263&fullsize=1

  • Anonymous

    That is an awesome song that Lee is covering – if you haven’t heard the original by Gotye(go-ti-yay), check it out. It is in heavy rotation at my local station, but not sure about the States.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Tough Love was the only song that had  that rockin’ blues feel that I always thought Casey was. So what happened to that sound, because all I’m hearing are Kenny Chesney-esque songs. *sigh* I was the biggest defender of Casey, but I want that rockabilly blues sound that I liked on Idol. This album is still too country for my taste. 

  • Anonymous

    Pia is about as “edgy” as Susan Boyle
    What were they thinking?

  • Anonymous

    love the interview with lee. I really am looking forward to his new album. He sounds really happy with it. I can’t wait.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree and her appearance is totally different from what it was on Idol and in her appearances afterwards.  Geez.

  • Anonymous

    James looks about fifteen in that video – cute.

  • Kirsten

    “People have given me such a hard time.  I came from a singing show,
    so I like singing shows, obviously.  What was the big shocker there?  I
    don’t know why people get all bent out of shape.”

    I’ve been reading over on a few Voice threads on other sites and the Voice fans that comment on Kelly being on the show gleefully proclaim that it is a big middle finger to Idol. So, it’s not just people who get bent out of shape that think it’s a diss of Idol.

  • Anonymous

    I’m loving Lee’s cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know”-that song is right in his wheelhouse, as Randy would say.
    He talks about his dealings with RCA in the article, all the ups and downs he’s been though since winning Idol. He seems really happy now. 
    I can’t wait to hear his new music, whenever it’s released, and coming up much sooner, the vids from the Viper Alley concert.

  • Chris

    Is everyone trying to release a spring album? Carrie, Casey, Haley, Pia, etc …. it sounds like a lot of competition for attention. Yes, different genres so that helps but we’ll see which ones survive.

  • Anonymous

    HeeJun’s interview includes this - ‘Once in My Life’ covered by Stevie Wonder is my favorite song.”.  Hmm.  Think we’ll hear it tonite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wui-Zhuan-Lim/777616348 Wui Zhuan Lim

    That pic better not be Pia’s album cover…hopefully just a pic in the inlay…

  • Anonymous

    I like what they’e done with Pia’s look on album.  IMO they needed to get rid of that pageant, starlet look, and they did.  Still very beautiful, but not so “corny”.

  • Chris

    A lot of current female artists are “slutty”. If you remember Christina Ag. she was barely recognizable after she went “Dirty”. Shame but that’s what sells.

  • Anonymous

    why’d pia have to skank it up like that?

    The little TV guide article was cute

  • Anonymous

    I agree Pia needs to appear current less pagent like.  This Pic is not great but I like the idea hopefully her sound will go along with that edgy look.  She has to
    re-event herself which should be OK what fans she has retained they will stay with her and she will have a better chance of gaining new ones. 

  • s k

    A lot of current female artists are “slutty”. If you remember Christina Ag. she was barely recognizable after she went “Dirty”. Shame but that’s what sells.

    That isn’t what sells.  Adele is the most successful artist of the last few years and she’s hardly slutty.  Good singing sells.  Down to earth attitudes and fun personalities sell. 

    Pia is trying to fit into some stereotype of what she and her label think will attract attention and I think they are going to find they are wrong. 

  • TwigLA

    I think I’ve been playing Hidden Chronicles too much. I almost missed Pia in the photo, but I found the candelabra, the pitcher, the electric fan, the mirror, the cat, and the tennis racket. The timer ran out before I found the books and I still don’t know where they hid the cigar.

  • larc

    Pia looks like a street walker in that pic.  Does it really take that kind of thing to sell records these days?

  • Anonymous

    I think they are trying to make Pia appeal to the r&b/pop audience. She looks fine — I don’t think she looks “slutty”. She can’t sing boring divaish ballads if she’s going to dress like that, though :)

  • Anonymous

    it’s a viewpoint maybe convenient to people who needs to assert the superiority of The Voice over AI. For me, Kelly grabbed an opportunity because she liked the idea and if The Voice wanted her, it’s more complimentary to AI than anything else.  It’s silly to make the whole thing an antagonistic stand against AI, but there are some silly people out there

  • Anonymous

    Pia’s new look doesn’t seem sincere.

  • Chris

    Adele is the exception not the rule. That is what makes her stand out. Rihanna, Nikki, Keisha, on and on go the sexy route.

  • Anonymous

    not all of them are coming out at the same time. For example, Casey’s comes out in 2 weeks, Carrie’s in early May, and we don’t even know when Pia’s will be out — probably not until summer, though.

    and there’s always going to be competition — it’s hard to find a week when there aren’t albums coming out

  • Anonymous

    Sex sells! Have you seen Carrie Underwood’s (the standard for all that is good and pure)new album cover? ;)

  • Anonymous

    I think Pia looks fine. However she needs to be more hip and dynamic in her singing to fit this imo 

  • Chris

    And Adele has talked a lot about not caring what she looks like but at the Grammys, it was easy to see she has lost weight. It’s very hard to be in the public eye and not cave a little to expectations.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but look at the difference between Pia and Rihanna/Nikki/Kesha. Those girls all have outgoing, rebellious personalitles, but Pia can’t pull off that image. 

    However, I could see Pia having a look more like Beyonce or J-hud, the sexy but chic look. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Its a fuzzy pic from a weird angle that looks like it was taken with a cell phone. Can we see Pia’s actual professional shots before we declare her a wanton whore? LOL. I bet there’s more than one outfit involved. ;-)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “For me, Kelly grabbed an opportunity because she liked the idea and if
    The Voice wanted her, it’s more complimentary to AI than anything else.”

    I agree.  For me as well, it was just a simple decision that she was asked to be a mentor on a show that she loves.

  • Mateja Praznik
  • Anonymous

    Wow, they’ve really tried to change Pia’s image, haven’t they? I do kind of agree with lili_anne7, that a chic urban style may suit her better. She’s a very pretty girl to be sure, but this look seems a bit dissonant with her persona and performance style. I’m not going to judge just yet. Better wait and see the final product, album, and performances.

  • larc

    Sex sells! Have you seen Carrie Underwood’s (the standard for all that is good and pure)new album cover? ;)

    It’s possible to look sexy without looking like a cheap whore.  Although there may be a fine line, Carrie knows how far to go without crossing over to the Dark Side.  Many either can’t finesse that or don’t bother to try.  Pia for one, judging from her pic.  Or at least whoever came up with the idea for that ridiculously out-of-character getup for her.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on the fence about Pia.  I like her, and if she produces music I like, I’ll buy it.  I always love to support any of the former contestants who put out music that I enjoy.  That said, I am losing a bit of respect for Pia, as I’d rather see her choose a style that really reflects who she truly is, musically, and do a great job selling that.

    On Kelly, why in the world wouldn’t she act as a mentor on The Voice.  She has so much to offer, I’m really pleased to see her there.  Idol could have asked her, but they didn’t, instead going another direction and getting a relatively unproven contestant to be the first and only former Idol to mentor.  I don’t blame her at all for accepting this opportunity on The Voice.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think either one of them look like a cheap whore, but I consider a dress that is blown open to the point of almost showing your undies to be more sexual than 2 inches of tummy. Carrie and Pia are both talented, beautiful, confident women who have gorgeous bodies.

    Why are people so hung up on women and their legs, tummys, boobs, butts, etc.? Why is it if a woman dresses in a sexy way or shows some skin, she skips to a cheap whore or a street walker?

    Kind of like when a woman speaks up for woman’s health care needs, and becomes a slut or a prostitute. We have a warped view of women and sexuality in this country!

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Pia looks smoking hot. 

  • windmills

    Tinawina: Its a fuzzy pic from a weird angle that looks like it was taken with a cell phone. Can we see Pia’s actual professional shots before we declare her a wanton whore? LOL. I bet there’s more than one outfit involved. ;-) 

    ITA. I was taken aback by the pic because it seems like such a departure and it seems more edgy rocker than Pia. But, maybe it fits the music. Or, maybe it’s random! I don’t know, and I’ll wait to judge.

    It seems to me the Idol releases will be pretty well spaced out and in different genres, targeting different media outlets as far as TV, radio, and internet. It’ll make for an even more hopping numbers thread!

    Carrie’s in LA doing another Vitaminwater shoot today according to this tweet and a tweet last week from the same guy. It’s not known whether this is a photo shoot or a video ad shoot. If it’s a video ad shoot I’m hoping for more randomness a la the  miniature horse whispering commercial they did a few years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sru_8iMeTxA

  • Anonymous

    We haven’t seen the rest of Pia’s photos.  Let’s calm down with the cheap whore mantra.  None of us know her like THAT.  ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s a lot in the Idol bubble too, not out in general.  It’s the good little boy and girl image that the Idol bubble wants these kids to remain in, even after the show is over.  And that’s part of the reason I think they have such a hard time shaking the Idol stigma too.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, yes, Tinawina. The voice of reason. ITA.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Lee’s interview was interesting. I wonder who the label is that he’s negotiating with? I’m glad he’s doing his “thing” without the pressure of making music that’s designed for the pop/HAC market. He’s an indie through and through IMHO

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t think either one of them look like a cheap whore,

    I definitely don’t think it’s about looking like a cheap whore, but about not looking like *you,* or at least the you you’ve been presenting to the world.

    Carrie doesn’t look like herself at all and it’s not about her revealing clothing or how she’s standing, because she’s certainly had revealing clothing on before and stood provocatively in them. It’s that the features on her face literally look as if the photographer took a photo of another woman.

    As for Pia, after a year of appearing fairly “modestly” dressed in cocktail dresses and gowns, she’s now being photographed looking like a character in a Lifetime Made for Television Movie for Women. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition between the biker chick attire and the middle class fireplace and bookshelves facade, with chair rail. Ya gotta wonder what *that’s* all about!

  • s k

    Sex sells! Have you seen Carrie Underwood’s (the standard for all that is good and pure)new album cover? ;)

    I’ve seen it and to me it doesn’t even look like Carrie.  She does have nice legs though. 

  • Anonymous

    I see what you are saying, but is there really just one “you” in each person?

    Just like all women, Carrie and Pia have many sides to them and they are changing as they get older, gaining more experience, and learning more about life. Maybe women will relate to that? IDK?

    Someone made the comment in Carrie’s thread that this wasn’t “daisy in the hair Carrie” anymore. I kind of love that part of it! I do wish it looked more like her in the face, but I can still appreciate an artistic picture.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Just like all women, Carrie and Pia have many sides to them and they are
    changing as they get older, gaining more experience, and learning more
    about life. Maybe women will relate to that? IDK?

    You mean, women who get facelifts to the point that they’re unrecognizeable? ;-)

  • V Jemmy

    Considering all of the flack that went around over Adam’s “Michelin Man” photo from his first album shoot (and the fact that the outcome of the product was perfectly fine and fit with the album), I’m going to give Pia a by on the candid shot while we wait for the completed package.

  • V Jemmy

    Yes, but look at the difference between Pia and Rihanna/Nikki/Kesha. Those girls all have outgoing, rebellious personalitles….

    I could be talking around my foot here (as I don’t follow her), but everything that I’ve read about Rihanna is that she is very shy and the outgoingness is her stage personality.  I have heard of other artists who are similar.  Pia might be able to learn that….

    Or she won’t and she can fall into HAC and try to be the next Celine.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure the person you are describing is Beyonce. From what I’ve seen, Rihanna is not very shy, she’s pretty outgoing. 

  • Mateja Praznik

    IMO, with Pia, Interscope is learning that  at the moment, Idol’s chances of producing a popstar are pretty bad. On paper, someone like Pia should be the perfect candidate to be molded into a pop diva. But Interscope’s first attempt, “This Time”, didn’t work out and I think they realized that the problem is pretty deep. And this is not just about Pia. It’s Idol’s problem in general.

  • windmills

    I guess this is where I step with the suddenly controversial opinion that I don’t believe there was much of anything done to Carrie’s features on her new album cover, it’s the heavy eyeshadow and liner that is making her look different. I’ve seen that look (or something close to it) in a previous photo shoot for Allure (link). 

    My favorite look and what I consider Carrie’s signature look? No. There’s an obvious shift from her previous album covers to do something more stylized and to put her into a scene that is apparently readily identifiable based on the title track of the album. But is it completely different from what she looks like to the point of looking like somebody else? IMO, no. 

    I totally get several of the critiques about the execution of the album art. But, I don’t think this is as radical a departure from Carrie’s physical or stage persona as some seem to. It probably helps that I’ve seen how she’s staged a number of high profile TV performances and I saw how her costuming and stage design evolved for the Play On tour. She’s gone for some pretty dramatic looks and this to me feels like an extension of that. I guess it helps to have context.

    That’s why I’m reserving judgment on the Pia shoot. The look doesn’t fit the context we’ve had on her to this point, but it’s possible it will make more sense based on the music. Whether Pia can pull off that look and persona is left to be seen.

  • Elliegrll

    IMO, with Pia, Interscope is learning that  at the moment, Idol’s chances of producing a popstar are pretty bad. On paper, someone like Pia should be the perfect candidate to be molded into a pop diva. But Interscope’s first attempt, “This Time”, didn’t work out and I think they realized that the problem is pretty deep. And this is not just about Pia. It’s Idol’s problem in general.  

    Pia has the looks to be a pop act, but her style of singing and carrying herself doesn’t fit as well.  I don’t think it’s an AI thing, aside from the fact that pop PDs aren’t jumping at the chance to play music from those who are fresh off of the show.  With the right song, Pia can be taken seriously as a pop singer.  The song leak from a few weeks ago was a step in the right direction.

  • BonnieDee

    Heejun Han’s fun fact was hilarious:  “I can switch my kidneys.  There.  I just did it.”  ROFL!!

  • Mateja Praznik

     I agree that she has the looks and she can sing well. but as you pointed out, her style of singing and carrying herself is not right. After last season, it seemed Pia would be one of the first to release her album, but all we got was “This Time” and now she is in “artist development” stage.

    The problem is that when I look at season 11 female finalists, I don’t think there is anyone that would have a lot more popstar potential than Pia. Maybe Jessica – her stage presence is better. But otherwise, more of the same problem. Idol’s producers know what their TV viewers want or at least tolerate. That’s why we get a lot of safe, good looking  and technically good singers and some quirky types. But popstar potential is always more or less absent.

  • Anonymous

    I am not always the most rational person in the world, and when I heard that Kelly was going to be on the voice, my irrational, gut reaction was”Well that is a slap in the face of Idol”.  My rational side talked me out of this feeling, but that was my first reaction.  O course, Kelley has every right to take any opportunity that she wants, but I can see why some people would feel she was sleeping with the enemy.  These shows are in a not very friendly competition, and Kelly is Idol’s biggest star.

  • Chris

    Beyonce can dance, Pia can’t so at best a
    she can be a cross between Mariah and other pop divas that can blow, pose, look pretty.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is that when I look at season 11 female finalists, I don’t think there is anyone that would have a lot more popstar potential than Pia. Maybe Jessica – her stage presence is better. But otherwise, more of the same problem. Idol’s producers know what their TV viewers want or at least tolerate. That’s why we get a lot of safe, good looking and technically good singers and some quirky types. But popstar potential is always more or less absent.

    This^^^
    Other than Jessica and Skylar(in country), I can’t see where any of the girls might fit in on the pop charts at this current time. Forget the Adele meme, because that isn’t happening! Unless we have a young girl with something very unique about her that can write songs that are lyrically brilliant, you just have an Adele copycat.

    On the guys side, who is the most relevant? Deandre? I don’t think AI voters are going to get him.

    I agree with you on some of the problems AI is facing. The Idol producers have to offer up the “good girls” and “good boys” that the aging, loyal AI viewers want to see, but that isn’t what is popular in the pop world. They have more luck with the country contestants, where the whole good girl or guy image is welcomed more, especially with their young artists.

  • http://twitter.com/lila_825 April

    I have no problems with Pia changing her image. The only thing is, it just doesn’t seem like this image fits her at all.  Honestly, I cant even figure out what image direction they should take her in. I am thinking the nicole scherzinger direction, but if I am not mistaken she is also under 19 and maybe they dont want another one. Interscope has their work cut out.  I like Pia, but I think she is going to be hard to market. 
    Also, some of you guys are going way to far with the cheap whore comments.

  • Anonymous

    Pia looks a little like favorite idol reject Jessica Cunningham in that pic:

    http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy302/clubbie11/4277_113988235168_621870168_3045555.jpg

  • Mateja Praznik

    Check out Russia’s Eurovision entry! It’s … a girlband. Sort of.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0vQ9_BhU1M

    I guess Russia’s girls and UK’s Engelbert will party all nights in Azerbaijan.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget Kris and Adam.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

      On paper, someone like Pia should be the perfect candidate to be molded into a pop diva. 

    On what paper, I wonder. The girl finished 9th, she was simply boring. So boring that even the Idol bubble – fans of safe and traditional – rejected her. 

     The only thing is, it just doesn’t seem like this image fits her at all.

    a chic urban style may suit her better.

    Fortunately for Pia, the world at large has no clue who she is and they don’t know what image would suit her. She’s got about as much chance with the biker look as with chic urban style. At least the look can be spiced up, if not personality.

  • Listening

    Ummm I think there’s a bit of over-reacting going on all Pia has done is show her belly. I’m sorry but I think it’s a little dark ages when showing your belly is sexing it up it’s just a belly. I don’t know what the rest of her pictures from her photo-shoot look like but if the extent of it is just more belly shots that’s not sexing it up it’s tame. Like some else said that’s just becoming edgier. Also in regards to Carrie I wouldn’t call her album cover sexing it up either that’s a tasteful bit of leg i’d call that romancing it up. (Now is that album cover all awkwardly pieced together to make an ill formed image you bet ya.)

    When I think of sexing it up my mind goes to Rihanna, Brittany, Lady GaGa and at times Beyonce  etc in the way they dress and act. Hot pant’s and skimpy outfits that’s getting sexy with it not a shirt that shows your belly and a long dress w/ your leg sticking out.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    These days? It’s always taken more to sell pop records than jeans and a t-shirt. It helps to give people something they don’t experience in every-day life.

    Besides, what’s wrong with a streetwalker look, even Pia actually did look like one? Other than not appealing to Idol fans, who didn’t like her anyways, even when she was being a good girl?

  • Anonymous

    “And Adele has talked a lot about not caring what she looks like but at the Grammys, it was easy to see she has lost weight. It’s very hard to be in the public eye and not cave a little to expectations. “Or it could be that she lost the weight due to the fact that she had surgery on her throat and it was difficult to eat, or that she is happily in love now and has other priorities … who knows?

  • iani

    Man, I can’t stop laughing, thanks Mateja; forget the fricking Swedish songwriters I was expected to write for some countries, we go back to the roots this year! From this goo.gl/KLyQw to Mateja’s video. Hopefully everything goes well and all to be alive by May, available for Engelbert too.

  • Anonymous

    Haha….In the EW video, they paired Heejun (Mr. funny man) with Elise (Ms. Serious). When his joke was dragging on, she interrupted with a “Well anyway!…” before getting the interview back on track. They are true opposites.

    …a couple of observations from the TV Guide interviews:

    [blockquote]Jessica Sanchez: “I’m a perfectionist, so I want everything to be perfect. And the judges’ criticism I don’t take very hard because I can fix what I need to fix, [which is] my vibrato. In the past rounds they’ve told me that my vibrato was a bit thick, so I’ve been working on that.” [/blockquote]

    Um…I’m glad someone told her about that. I don’t know why the producers edited out constructive feedback like that.

    [blockquote] Elise: “I chose that Adele song first. And then Jen [Hirsch] had a different song and the producers didn’t like the way it was sounding. They asked her what other artists she likes and she said she loved Adele. She sang a little bit of it and they said, ‘Do it.’ She wasn’t really 100 percent sure that I was doing it, though, in her defense.[/blockquote]

    Very, very interesting. So this is proof that it’s the producer’s fault so many Adele songs were selected. If they listened to Jen before advising her, then they MUST of known that Eben and Haley would be a train-wreck. It true the contestants picked their own songs, but TBTB obviously manipulated song choices to their advantage.

  • judes

    I love hearing the background behind artists songs. Thanks for the James video MJ its good to hear him explain about his songs.

  • Tess

    I’m definitely not a prude and have no trouble with tits and ass…and a bare belly isn’t a problem.  My problem with this photo of Pia is that it looks like she is just trying way to hard to “create” a hard and edgy image and it just falls flat and so becomes borderline “streetwalker” rather than pop relevant.  Its like the old adage that woman should wear the clothes…not the clothes wear the woman, and Pia is absolutely letting the look wear her.

    Its like the “IT” factor…you know it when you see it but you can’t formulate it into words for others to understand.  Some women are just effortlessly sexy, whether wearing a gunny sack or a string bikini…other women are by nature more regal looking, others more natural and earthy.  None of the looks are bad or good.  But to try and force yourself from your look into someone elses…just doesn’t work.  That is why many top models are pretty bland when they aren’t all dolled up for work…their look is a blank canvas that is easily manipulated.  Most of us just aren’t that fortunate….and Pia is one of the “less” fortunate.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The Idol producers have to offer up the “good girls” and “good boys”
    that the aging, loyal AI viewers want to see, but that isn’t what is
    popular in the pop world. They have more luck with the country
    contestants, where the whole good girl or guy image is welcomed more,
    especially with their young artists”

    Exactly.  With the AI viewing/voting demographic as it currently is, there’s very little chance of Deandre getting very far.

  • Kesia Monteith

    So they can make the contestants that want to go far, go far. That’s what I have assumed. 

  • Chris

    I don’t think it’s the belly, we got into that argument with Lauren in the Georgia Peaches video. Nothing wrong with belly, etc.. these days that is tame. Its the combination of belly, pulling down a bit on the pants, thigh high boots, and dark eye shadow with tossed hair. They are going for a sexy grunge look that doesn’t appear authentic. (Or maybe it is an she was just holding back on Idol.) It reminds me of some suburban, middle class kid trying to pose as a rapper from the “streets” when he really only is pretending. As someone else posted, we need the whole picture of where her management is going.

  • Anonymous

    that’s not a bad review at all. 

  • http://twitter.com/lila_825 April

    Yes, the large world does not know Pia, but the large world can tell if an artist is not comfortable with how they are being promoted or if something doesnt fit a person. I dont think Pia can pull this image off and make it believable. Her songs would have to match her look,style, and personality. From this pic it seems they are going for a more edgier look. I can not see Pia being able to pull off an edgier song.  She barley pulled off a song like this time.

    What they really need to do is get her in the dance studio, so she can learn how to dance, and promote her the nicole scherzinger direction.

  • Elliegrll

    Exactly.  With the AI viewing/voting demographic as it currently is, there’s very little chance of Deandre getting very far.  

    Deandre’s biggest problem is learning how to best utilize his voice.  It will be his over reliance on a shaky falsetto that will cause his downfall.  People can say it’s other things, but his semi final performance was painful, while his sing for your life was over indulgence at its finest.

    Deandre also likes songs from the 1950′s and 60′s, and has said that the year of your birth theme week will cause some problems for him.  His look is modern, but that doesn’t mean that his sound is.
    Deandre has a look that people would vote for, he just needs to get everything else in order.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Deandre has a look that people would vote for, he just needs to get everything else in order.”

    To teens/tweens and regular listeners of top 40 perhaps, but not the AI viewing/voting demographic.  With really young contestants on AI, they have to be like Archie or Eben to have a chance.

  • Elliegrll

    To teens/tweens and regular listeners of top 40 perhaps, but not the AI viewing/voting demographic.  With really young contestants on AI, they have to be like Archie or Eben to have a chance.

    Eben wasn’t voted into the top five guys, but Heejun and Jermaine were, so there were people who would have backed Deandre, if he didn’t have such an awful performance.  

    Being able to sing has to play a role in why people vote for someone.  Naima would have gotten more votes, if a lot of her performances weren’t total train wrecks.  

  • http://twitter.com/jlmontana9 Jim

     You really get it Elliegrll.  Pia is going in the hard pop direction with driven music and the image to match. But not to take things too seriously, I think of this photo portraying Pia as a kick ass woman who will vanquish the doubters, blowing them away with her music and voice. Check out her original songs at piafans.net to hear her original edgy stuff!!