Idol Headlines for 03/10/11

Today’s  Idol Appearances

  • Scott MacIntyre MC’s and performs at “ASU’s Got Talent” competition finals. Gammage Auditorium, Tempe AZ.
  • Melinda Doolittle performs at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry SC. 8 pm.
  • Lee DeWyze to perform at the Viper Room in Lincolnshire, IL for Fresh 105.9
  • Casey James opens for Sugarland, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC
  • Adam Lambert sings an acoustic version of “Aftermath” on the American Idol results show tonight. After, his club remix will be available for download at AdamOfficial.com /w proceeds going to the Trevor Project.

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Chris Daughtry, on his way to the studio, continues to tweet and drive. WATCH.

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Jacob Lusk tweets, “Good Morning all…Last nite was not my best performance…BUT I PROMISE IF I MAKE IT THROUGH I WILL MAKE IT UP TO YOU GUYS!”

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THR reporter, Shirley Halperin watched Idol last night at Blake Lewis’ house, with Brandon Rogers, Todrick Hall and Antonella Barba, “Surreal-at @BlakeLewis’s house and he’s singing @therealjordin’s “No Air” with @brandonrogersLA @toddyrockstar. I really am an #Idol groupie…Damn, ex-Idols are almost as catty as the bloggers!…No surprise here, the guys are feeling Pia. But @BlakeLewis also has a man crush on Casey…”Everything on that face works, but that’s a lot of red lipstick!” Who’s @brandonrogersLA talking about?? Love this picture of Antonella Barba and @brandonrogersLA http://yfrog.com/h68e9rj

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Jimmy Iovine: Last Night’s Show Felt Like an Award’s Show

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The Top 13 ‘Idol’ Finalists Discuss Their Dream Duets…With Each Other!

Last night the “American Idol” top 13 competed together for the first time, and afterwards some lucky press folks, including myself, were ushered backstage for some face time with the contestants. The camaraderie between the finalists was truly adorable to behold; when these guys raved about being the best of BFFs and feeling no sense of cutthroat competitiveness between them…I actually believed them!

Read more at Reality Rocks

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Casey James, far from typical ‘American Idol’ finalist, will open for Sugarland

“Everybody in my family plays (an instrument) or sings,” James said. “My mom, my dad, my uncle, my aunt, my cousins, my brother — literally everybody, I could go on and on.”

James, however, set himself apart by finishing third in last year’s “American Idol” competition and earning a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville.

A seasoned singer and guitarist who had played clubs in his native Texas since he was a teenager, James was initially reluctant to participate in “American Idol.”

Read more at GroupState.com

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Program Announced for Star-Studded Event Celebrating President George H. W. Bush and Volunteer Service

ATLANTA, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Points of Light Institute today announced a star-studded line up for the upcoming March 21 event celebrating President George H. W. Bush’s leadership in promoting the value of service and volunteerism in American life.

The line up will bring together some of the biggest acts in country music, soul and rock in a unique program celebrating the powerful role voluntary service can play in overcoming the challenges our communities face in the 21st century. Taking place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “All Together Now – A Celebration of Service” will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Read more at PR Newswire

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Robert Plant, Peter Frampton top Ravinia 2011 concert schedule

For the “babies,” Ravinia’s offerings include Chicago singer-actress Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 (two shows), Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Guster and (taking the “babies” remark literally) 11-year-old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho. Yes, of course there’s a BoDeans show.

July 16: Jennifer Hudson, Sept. 4: Carrie Underwood with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra For more information, visit ravinia.org.

More at Chicago Sun Times

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‘American Idol’ behind the scenes: ‘Idol’ coaches dish on the Top 13 — EXCLUSIVE

For ten seasons, American Idol associate music director and arranger Michael Orland and vocal coach and arranger Debra Byrd have been on the front lines with the contestants, from Hollywood week to the grand finale in May. Orland and Byrd work with the wannabe superstars on their respective songs, helping them shine on the big Idol stage and in front of a national TV audience. With the revamped judging panel, “the show feels brand new,” says Orland. “The kids are totally supported every inch of they way.” Adds Byrd, “I love this season because there are So. Many. Excellent. Singers.”

EW

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‘American Idol:’ Post-Show Breakdown with the Top 13

After a quick post-show dinner (20 minutes to be exact), the Top 13 sat down with reporters for a quick recap of performance night. In one corner, teen hopefuls Lauren Alaina and Thea Megia leaned on each other for emotional support. In another, James Durbin (his dream theme: 80s night!) and Casey Abrams looked relieved following their turns on the big stage. The chattiest of the bunch? Stefani Langone, Karen Rodriguez and Ashthon Jones — no surprises there. Their thoughts on the first finalist showdown, which was taped on Tuesday and aired Wednesday? Read on…

On working with professional producers…

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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Tim Halperin satisfied with ‘Idol’ run, which ended in top 24

TCU grad Tim Halperin wasn’t on American Idol very long this season — he made the top 24 but was cut in the first results show — but if you’re familiar with his offbeat singer-songwriter style, it might be an even bigger surprise that he was on the show at all.

“I don’t really see myself as an American Idol type, either,” Halperin said Monday during a brief phone interview. “But there are some people that I really respect in the music industry, and one of those guys gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, American Idol is working with Interscope, and that’s a very reputable label. They’re doing MySpace auditions this year, and I know you’re busy, but it’ll only take you five minutes to put a MySpace video online.’”

Read more at the Star Telegram

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Interview: Catching Up With Tim Halperin, Part Two

In the first part of my chat with American Idol season 10 Top 24 contestant, Tim Halperin, we touched on the earlier rounds of his Idol journey, from his initial audition in front of the judges in L.A. to making it into the Top 24.

During the final part of my interview with Halperin, we talked about Top 24 from his song selection to the Wild Card round, what he took away from his American Idol experience, and what lies ahead for his music career.

Read more at Blog Critics

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American Idol Top 13 Contestant Paul McDonald Was on a Paste Sampler

We’ve finally got a dog in this fight. Paste hasn’t maybe paid as much attention to American Idol as some other pop-culture sites out there, but we’re in it to win this time. We just found out that Top 13 contestant Paul McDonald is the Nashville singer/songwriter who fronted the band Hightide Blues, who appeared on Paste Sampler #56 back in September of 2009. Hightide Blues became Grand Magnolias before McDonald was selected for the show.

Read more at Paste

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Listen to FULL STREAMS of songs from Jennifer Hudson’s upcoming album, I Remember Me at Amazon.com. “Where You At, “I Got This”, “Gone” and No One Gonna Love You” are available now.

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Tim Urban covers Justin Bieber’s “Baby”

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Melinda Doolittle on music and love

Doolittle has a lot of things to love. The most obvious is that she has enjoyed success since finishing third on the sixth season of “American Idol.” The post-“Idol” climate, particularly for recent winners, has been cold.
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Melinda Doolittle performs at Newberry Opera House tonight.

Her 2009 debut, the lovely “Coming Back to You,” earned solid reviews from several publications including the New York Times. Doolittle, who mixes soul, jazz and R&B, has a skilled vocal presence, something she learned while singing background for Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald and Aaron Neville.

Read more at The State

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Catching up with former American Idol contestant George Huff

Before the bright lights and glitter on TV, every year, American Idol holds auditions in various states, in search of the next big superstar. Millions of people looking to give the world their talents turn out for the auditions at stadiums and arenas. This year was no different with a different judge line-up and more raging talent the show took to the streets once again.

Read more at Pegasus News

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Burn the floor: Dancing here in studio!

Anya and Pasha were burning up the dance floor on the hit FOX show then, and now, they’re here in Boston with a sizzling performance in “Burn the Floor.” Check out their performance on the FOX 25 Morning News for more.

Burn the floor: Dancing here in studio!: MyFoxBOSTON.com

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X Factor’s Simon Cowell brands Sir Elton John as ‘money-grabbing’

And the X Factor mogul claimed Elton is “only worried about himself”.

His furious outburst reignites the long-running, increasingly catty feud between the stars, with Cowell, 51, accusing his rival of being more concerned with money than helping discover new talent.

Asked about Elton’s suggestion that X Factor hinders mainstream artists, Cowell said: “Well, look. This is somebody who charges what, a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself – maybe he is.

“But they always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance.

Read more at the Daily Mirror

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GLEE – Never Have I Ever Part 2

  • steph6449

    Danny & some of his band at the leadership conference event where they performed yesterday

    Danny Goeke at #theforum great singer! http://t.co/zZi6pS

  • Kirsten

    From the Idol Coaches comments on EW:

    I thought what [Ashthon] had against her was she had a song that not everybody knew. [Exec producers] Ken [Warwick] and Nigel [Lythgoe] love the song — it was a big hit in the U.K., it was not a big hit here

    Hmmm…Don’t listen to Ken and Nigel, Ashthon.

    Meanwhile, Debra had this to say about Jacob:

    I was saying to Michael Orland, it’s the same thing we had to do with Fantasia and with Adam Lambert: Teach them how to pull it back for TV. The thing that we said to all of them is you’ll feel, as a singer, as if you’re not doing anything at all because you’ve got so much more to offer, but you don’t have to do it on this stage. I’ve told Jacob this — it served Fantasia well, it served Adam Lambert well, and it is serving him well.

    Listen to the Debra and Michael, Jacob.

  • Valentin432

    The overnight ratings are up and they are higher than last week:

    American Idol (Fox)
    8:00 p.m.: 14.8/24 (#1)
    8:30 p.m.: 16.0/25 (#1)
    9:00 p.m.: 16.2/25 (#1)
    9:30 p.m.: 16.6/25 (#1)

    Last week:
    American Idol (Fox)
    8:00 p.m.: 14.2/22 (#1)
    8:30 p.m.: 15.2/23 (#1)
    9:00 p.m.: 15.6/23 (#1)

  • Elliegrll

    Listen to the Debra and Michael, Jacob.

    Amen to that. He’s talented, but he has to realize that he only has 90 seconds to show people what he can do, and he can’t use that time singing for three seconds, and screaming for the other 87. He’s probably just doing what he knows, and what he’s either done or seen in church, but that’s not going to work on AI, or if he plans on becoming a professional artist.

    I’ve used the example of Fantasia in the past, and Jacob may be trying to imitate Fantasia, but she didn’t win AI by screaming and over singing, and she certainly doesn’t have 11 Grammy nominations because she did those things.

  • BootStar

    That was a great article, Kirsten. Thanks for linking to it. I always enjoy hearing from the voice coaches (especially “Byrd”) more than just about anybody. I wasn’t going to buy any of the singles this week, because I think the production on them is lousy, but her comments about Naima were enough to make me want to hear the full version and own it.

  • windmills

    Valentin432: The overnight ratings are up and they are higher than last week:

    Probably helped by ABC being in repeats but still, wow!

    Kirsten: Listen to the Debra and Michael, Jacob.

    Yes please and thank you.

    Kirsten: Hmmm…Don’t listen to Ken and Nigel, Ashthon.

    LOL.

    I don’t know why but I hadn’t realized Naima wrote that interlude. I figured somebody did it for her. But good for her!

  • tinawina

    Most interesting insights from the EW article Kirsten posted:

    1. The contestants did pick their songs. They met with the production team after the song had been selected.

    2. Lauren was unsure and seems like she doesn’t have that inner confidence in herself as an artist that Scotty has. She’s toast.

    3. The arrangement of Umbrella was Naima’s idea, and she wrote the reggae part herself. That makes her one to watch in my book.

    4. Reading between the lines, I think the producers were more focused on making an interesting recording as opposed to a good live performance, and it showed.

  • Kirsten

    The overnight ratings are up and they are higher than last week:

    Here are the ratings compared to the first night of finals last year (a week later and on a Tuesday).
    American Idol (Fox)
    8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 20.50 million (#1), A18-49: 7.1/22 (#1)
    8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 22.49 million (#1), A18-49: 7.9/22 (#1)
    9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 23.24 million (#1), A18-49: 8.2/21 (#1)
    9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 24.05 million (#1), A18-49: 8.6/22 (#1)

    Here is compared to a Wednesday a year ago (Top 8 Girls):
    FOX: “American Idol” (20.5 million, 11.7/19)

  • Valentin432

    I went back to look at the overnights for the top 12 episode from one year ago:

    American Idol (Fox)
    8:00 p.m.: 14.0/22 (#1)
    8:30 p.m.: 15.1/23 (#1)
    9:00 p.m.: 15.2/22 (#1)
    9:30 p.m.: 15.5/23 (#1)

  • Tess

    Probably helped by ABC being in repeats

    Since the networks are on the same time tables most years I would guess that ABC may have been doing repeats. Besides gaining back a couple of million fans is no small feat…especially when a show was all but dead last May.

  • Incipit

    4. Reading between the lines, I think the producers were more focused on making an interesting recording as opposed to a good live performance, and it showed

    Somewhere in that performance thread I agree with this. Whatever they were bringing to the table, they spent it on the iTunes songs. Eh. If they don’t pay attention to the stage performance, there is no ‘hook’ to buy the iTunes version – seems a simple connection.

    There’s a random drum track in one song that’s just so wrong and intrusive – I don’t know what someone was thinking. The arrangements were, for the most part, really uninspired to bad. I think they used old Henry Mancini sheet music for “Smile”, for pity’s sake.

    If the contestants truly picked those songs – they really, truly need a better list – WNTS gave last week a 45% average on older songs, and said it was about par for Idol. This week’s editorial could be interesting.

  • sma11ie

    4. Reading between the lines, I think the producers were more focused on making an interesting recording as opposed to a good live performance, and it showed

    What they did with Stefano and Thia were much better in theory (and I assume on record) than live.

    Go Naima! Hope the -36 number didn’t hurt her.

    Kirsten: Hmmm…Don’t listen to Ken and Nigel, Ashthon.

    NEVER listen to Nigel’s song suggestions. Every single song I’ve heard him suggest has been awful. So glad David Cook didn’t listen to him his season.

  • cwm

    Interesting EW article on Debra Byrd’s perspective on last night’s performances. Thanks for posting it, Kirsten.

  • idol23

    I wonder if Casey will perform a new song for this weekends shows?
    So far, I have loved all of the songs that he sang for the Sugarland shows. Music is what I was hoping it would be! :)

  • Joyed

    Valentin432 and Kirsten – thank you for putting the ratings in context. It is really fun to see how well the show is doing. Especially after a summer full of people thinking the show would crash.

    Loved that interview with Byrd. I really hope the producers start understanding that they need to help the contestants sound good live too. Byrd’s tone about Stefano’s song changes were hilarious – I think that was the worst production choice of the night. And he sounded nice, so it made it sadder.

    Love that Naima came up with that arrangement. I kind of adore her and really want her to last as long as possible in the competition.

  • gangreen29

    If the contestants truly picked those songs – they really, truly need a better list – WNTS gave last week a 45% average on older songs, and said it was about par for Idol. This week’s editorial could be interesting.

    What do you mean by older songs? All I know is that WNTS gave the different semifinals some of the highest rated scores of any semifinal show ever last week.

  • gangreen29

    It will be interesting to see the numbers when they are adjusted up for DVR and everything. Season 8 top 13 night had 25.7 million viewers. I wonder if Season 10 might come close to tying that? That would be quite the feat after the last year of eroding ratings.

  • Mel1

    Amongst all the great, positive articles regarding Adam’s appearance tonite, there has to be one negative one. From who else, of course:
    http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2011/03/adam-lambert-returns-to-american-idol-tonight-why.html

    “So why does he feel the need to go back to “Idol” to promote his new product? It can’t work both ways – if he wants to leave “Idol” behind, he can’t be coming on every year.

    When was the last time Carrie Underwood promoted a product on “Idol”? Or Daughtry? Or even Kelly Clarkson?”

  • windmills

    The line up will bring together some of the biggest acts in country music, soul and rock in a unique program celebrating the powerful role voluntary service can play in overcoming the challenges our communities face in the 21st century. Taking place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “All Together Now – A Celebration of Service” will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

    Excited about this! Awesome bipartisan event to be a part of with 4 former presidents attending and as a bonus:

    NBC will broadcast the celebration on Monday, March 28, from 8 to 9 p.m.

    Yay!! This should be a great show to watch!

  • sma11ie

    From EW: I remember when she was on the wild card [show], and I thought they were going to take Kendra [instead]. I remember looking at the monitor and I said, “Her song next week is so good! Oooh, it’s too bad!” Because we had already worked on it.

    I’m glad Naima made it, but I really thought Kendra deserved it as well. Ashton was a HUGE mistake. We need more strong girls this year and Ashton was a waste of a girl slot, IMO.

  • Chicagolaw

    Chris Daughtry comes across as something of a jerk. Guess I really shouldn’t be surprised by this.

  • tinawina

    “So why does he feel the need to go back to “Idol” to promote his new product? It can’t work both ways – if he wants to leave “Idol” behind, he can’t be coming on every year.When was the last time Carrie Underwood promoted a product on “Idol”? Or Daughtry? Or even Kelly Clarkson?”

    Thus is pretty hilarious, since Carrie is on EVERY SINGLE YEAR, sometimes twice, and I’m sure both Kelly And Daughtry showed up promoting their last albums.

  • aa618892

    Mel1:

    Moser is so transparently and consistently negative toward Adam it is actually amusing. I see a few posters have set him straight on just how many idols have gone back to perform and why so I didn’t bother. I just think it is funny.

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh my gosh, that quote came from a Moser article? I should have known.

  • Mary102

    “So why does he feel the need to go back to “Idol” to promote his new product? It can’t work both ways – if he wants to leave “Idol” behind, he can’t be coming on every year.

    When was the last time Carrie Underwood promoted a product on “Idol”? Or Daughtry? Or even Kelly Clarkson?”

    Lol. What a douche. Yeah, hello Kelly and Daughtry on just last year! And he’s criticising Adam promoting a CHARITY SINGLE FFS!!! Ugh.

    Plus, when has Adam ever really said he’s distancing himself from AI? He’s tweeting about the show right now, and he’s always been nice about the show, saying good things about it. Sure he doesn’t always want to be known as JUST AI runner-up Adam Lambert, but distancing himself is NEVER anything he’s said. Jerk.

  • SpenserJ

    I’m glad Naima made it, but I really thought Kendra deserved it as well. Ashton was a HUGE mistake. We need more strong girls this year and Ashton was a waste of a girl slot, IMO.

    Ditto that. Kendra would definitely have been my wild card pick. Not only do I think Ashton is just plain boring, I think there’s just something unlikable about her. Weird attitude or something – I can’t quite put my finger on it. I would bet money that she’s going home tonight, so it was even more of a wasted slot.

    I think Naima was a great WC choice. She’s been entertaining to watch, and I think she’s so darn creative that she could have a really interesting career. I hope she sticks around for a while. She’s the only one of the ladies that I find even remotely interesting.

  • suenigma

    As you can see, Moser just LOVES Cook too. lol. Same article:

    Speaking of hanging onto “Idol” apron strings, season 7 winner David Cook has recorded the farewell song for the this season, which should be played for the first time tonight.

    I wouldn’t take it too seriously – he just likes the hits he gets when he mentions Cook and Adam. I don’t even bother responding in the comments, because that’s exactly what he wants. What an unecessary article.

  • Mary102

    We need more strong girls this year and Ashton was a waste of a girl slot, IMO.

    IA. Lauren T or Kendra should have been picked instead.

  • Mary102

    1. The contestants did pick their songs. They met with the production team after the song had been selected.

    Ahh, interesting! And TBH, kind of more troubling, lol. I was gonna blame tptb for saddling them with those lame predictable choices, but this lack of creativity and “thinking outside the box” could be even worse. Yikes. If Pia is really picking All by Myself all on her own? Oh lordy… lol

    Other than Naima though, I’m thinking the producers mostly came up with the arrangements though, and some of those were attrocious.

  • windmills

    Tess: Since the networks are on the same time tables most years I would guess that ABC may have been doing repeats. Besides gaining back a couple of million fans is no small feat…especially when a show was all but dead last May.

    True about the year to year comparisons. I was thinking about the week to week ones when I mentioned this week’s ABC repeats. Either way, ITA this week’s ratings look like something to crow about.

  • Valentin432

    Yeah, hello Kelly and Daughtry on just last year!

    Kelly wasn’t on season 9.

  • tinawina

    Either way, ITA this week’s ratings look like something to crow about.

    True. But the question is… did the kids do enough last night to sustain those numbers going forward? I think we need one or two of them to really bring it home next week to keep things moving.

    I wouldn’t take it too seriously – he just likes the hits he gets when he mentions Cook and Adam.

    I’m ain’t mad at him. He likes who he likes. It’s his opinion. Don’t care.

    We need more strong girls this year and Ashton was a waste of a girl slot, IMO.

    I was all for Ashthon last week but honestly, I would have preferred Lauren T. I don’t think Ashthon can step it up, she has zero song picking skills and will KEEP selecting things that make her voice sound worse than it actually is. I would have liked Kendra over Perpetual Drunk Girl Impersonator Haley but I still think Kendra had a good voice but a forgettable stage presence and was destined to go out early anyway no matter how well she sang.

  • Mel1

    I wonder if the producers thought Lauren was getting backlash for being “the favorite” so they had the judges get harsh on her. It seemed to come out of nowhere, even tho her performance was bland.

    Randy finally is getting his rocker. I think he will back James throughout idol and after he puts out an album (if he gets the opportunity). Randy backed Adam until the release of his album, and he was really disappointed it was more “pop” than “rock”.

    Wasn’t Bo Bice a rocker during his season, (now turned country).

  • JJ123

    I’m pretty sure Daughtry has been on every season since S6….well maybe they skipped S7 but I don’t think so(I’m almost sure they promoted Over You that year), I know for sure they were on for 6,8,9.

    Chris Daughtry comes across as something of a jerk. Guess I really shouldn’t be surprised by this.

    See I thought it was hilarious that he tweeted again while driving! For people who aren’t fans of Chris’ I guess they can see a few things and he can come off as a jerk but he’s actually not jerky at all, of course that is completely biased opinion :D

    It’s so weird that the former contestants all hang out together and watch the show…it’s like once you’re on you become part of a subculture for life.

  • MaryS-NJ

    I wonder if the producers thought Lauren was getting backlash for being “the favorite” so they had the judges get harsh on her. It seemed to come out of nowhere, even tho her performance was bland.

    My theory is Laurenalaina is getting the Jordin Sparks edit. Pimp, pimp and some more pimp, slightly depimp then next week “OMG! You’re back!!!”

    We can test this theory next week.

  • Mary102

    Kelly wasn’t on season 9.

    Wasn’t she in the “parade of winners” thing in the finale? I think only David Cook wasn’t there for that.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    If the contestants truly picked those songs – they really, truly need a better list – WNTS gave last week a 45% average on older songs, and said it was about par for Idol.

    Wasn’t the 45% for songs that had appeared on Idol previously? From last week’s WNTS essay:

    (Incidentally, the Repeat Factor for the two shows, which reflects the percentage of songs that had been performed previously on AI, was 45.8%. That’s almost dead average for semifinal weeks, and we’ll root for it to drop as we go forward.)

    That supports the notion that Idol still isn’t great about clearing newer music, though average song age in Top 24 was down from some prior years (23 for men, 20.1 for women).

  • tinawina

    My theory is Laurenalaina is getting the Jordin Sparks edit. Pimp, pimp and some more pimp, slightly depimp then next week “OMG! You’re back!!!”

    They didn’t say anything to her last night that she didn’t deserve IMO. If anything, I think she’s in danger of drifting into Lil Rounds/Carly Smithson territory… people who start strong, get freaked out by criticism, get stuck in their own heads and proceed to give increasingly anxious, uncomfortable performances in an attempt to please the judges. That girl needs to learn to suck it up and keep it moving, stat.

  • sma11ie

    I would have liked Kendra over Perpetual Drunk Girl Impersonator Haley but I still think Kendra had a good voice but a forgettable stage presence and was destined to go out early anyway no matter how well she sang.

    I’d rather put in someone with cool musical instincts and strong and unique vocals (Kendra) over someone with a lot of stage presence and a cool look but shaky vocals and bad song choice instincts, because you can improve stage presence a lot more easily than those other things– besides which, I don’t see Kendra’s stage presence any more lacking than Thia or Karen.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I just posted a Jimmy Iovine interview with Ryan Seacrest from this morning. The guy is full of more bull than Nigel. lmao.

  • suenigma

    My theory is Laurenalaina is getting the Jordin Sparks edit. Pimp, pimp and some more pimp, slightly depimp then next week “OMG! You’re back!!!”

    Hah! I think you may be right. But TPTB are taking a serious risk here, because Lauren is no where near as likable (or talented, IMO) as Jordin. That stank eye she gave last night when getting her very gentle criticisms may have done her in. Not that she will get voted out anytime soon, but I don’t think that she can win.

  • Mel1

    They didn’t say anything to her last night that she didn’t deserve IMO. If anything, I think she’s in danger of drifting into Lil Rounds/Carly Smithson territory… people who start strong, get freaked out by criticism, get stuck in their own heads and proceed to give increasingly anxious, uncomfortable performances in an attempt to please the judges. That girl needs to learn to suck it up and keep it moving, stat.

    I know Lauren thought she was cute and adorable when she made a pouty face, but to me she acted like a four-year old.

  • koshka

    Randy finally is getting his rocker. I think he will back James throughout idol and after he puts out an album (if he gets the opportunity).

    James and karen were casted as Mini-Me(s) for Stephen and Jlo.

  • koshka

    mj:
    03/10/2011 at 12:24 pm
    I just posted a Jimmy Iovine interview with Ryan Seacrest from this morning. The guy is full of more bull than Nigel. lmao.

    Excellent! Last night my husband said, “who is this idiot they keep showing on my screen? I don’t care about the producers.”

    ETA: Jimmy is spinning this so hard. He equated last night’s show to an awards show!! LOL Good point awards shows have been sucking lately. He is so full of shit.

  • Valentin432

    Wasn’t she in the “parade of winners” thing in the finale? I think only David Cook wasn’t there for that.

    Yes you’re right, didn’t count that one.

  • Valentin432

    Excellent! Last night my husband said, “who is this idiot they keep showing on my screen? I don’t care about the producers.”

    Jimmy Iovine is one of the biggest A&R out there. He has a way better track record than Simon Cowell.

  • BootStar

    I think somebody besides Jimmy Iovine should judge the live performances, LOL!

    If they’re really going to try remake songs “into something entirely new,” they’re going to have to let the contestants sing full songs. These 1:40 edits (although that’s 10 seconds longer than previous seasons) didn’t work for far too many contestants last night. I anticipate a season-long tension between what Jimmy wants to hear in the studio and what the judges (and producers) want to hear in the live performances.

  • tinawina

    I’d rather put in someone with cool musical instincts and strong and unique vocals (Kendra) over someone with a lot of stage presence and a cool look but shaky vocals and bad song choice instincts, because you can improve stage presence a lot more easily than those other things– besides which, I don’t see Kendra’s stage presence any more lacking than Thia or Karen.

    Good points, but honestly, I don’t see Karen or Thia going far either. That hurts to say because I really liked Karen from the beginning, and I love the idea of having a Boricua Idol on tour LOL, but none of that good energy and bubbly personality is making it to the stage. On stage, she is deadly boring, as is Thia, and I don’t think either can pull it together in time to last that long. That’s really how I see Kendra.. good singer, lots of musicality, totally forgetable. They are all in the class of people who will be gone before the top 5 not matter what else happens IMO.

  • just missed the train

    I don’t trust Jimmy Iovine. I didn’t see anything to get excited about last night when he was coaching the kids. I want the guest mentors back

  • koshka

    Jimmy Iovine is one of the biggest A&R out there. He has a way better track record than Simon Cowell.

    Oh I know exactly who he is.. my husband doesn’t watch the show & tends to listen to Jazz. I like top 40 music for the most part, but I’m not impressed with Jimmy either. There is a lot of subpar music that is floating around.

  • Chicagolaw

    Jimmy is full of it. It will be interesting to watch him get all caught up in the Idol bubble over some of these people, then be scratching his head after it’s over and he can’t understand why radio isn’t embracing them, and the public isn’t buying albums.Wasn’t Jimmy’s heyday back in the 70′s (or early 80′s)? I know he had a fling with Stevie Nicks while producing one of her albums. This will be interesting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I just posted a Jimmy Iovine interview with Ryan Seacrest from this morning. The guy is full of more bull than Nigel. lmao.

    ITA. Mj

  • sma11ie

    That’s really how I see Kendra.. good singer, lots of musicality, totally forgetable. They are all in the class of people who will be gone before the top 5 not matter what else happens IMO.

    Oh yeah, I’m not saying Kendra’s a contender for top 5, but she would’ve made the competition more interesting to me for a few more weeks I think, if only for the fact that I might’ve looked forward to her choices a lot more than someone like Ashton, or the voted in Karen or Thia. Karen, Thia, Ashton won’t win either, but I’d have enjoyed Kendra for longer, I think, probably because musicality is something I enjoy seeing on Idol. I was really looking forward to having more strong and interesting girls on the bench for longer this season. I think the season would’ve benefited from that.

  • Elliegrll

    Wasn’t Jimmy’s hey day back in the 70?s (or early 80?s)? I know he had a fling with Stevie Nicks while producing one of her albums. This will be interesting.

    Interscope had the best year of any label last year. Of course some would say that a lot of their artists sound the same, and that they were just lucky that that sound was “in” last year.

  • tinawina

    Oh yeah, I’m not saying Kendra’s a contender for top 5, but she would’ve made the competition more interesting to me for a few more weeks I think, if only for the fact that I might’ve looked forward to her choices a lot more than someone like Ashton, or the voted in Karen or Thia. Karen, Thia, Ashton won’t win either, but I’d have enjoyed Kendra for longer, I think, probably because musicality is something I enjoy seeing on Idol. I was really looking forward to having more strong and interesting girls on the bench for longer this season. I think the season would’ve benefited from that.

    ITA. She was a good singer, and more importantly, a smart one… I think she could have kept it more interesting.

    Its like a cruel twist of fate that almost all the Top 24 girls who made interesting choices *and* seemed to “get” the craft of singing… Rachel, Lauren, Kendra… are gone. Even Julie, who was the only non glory note girl, got the boot. Naima is now the last one standing.

  • koshka

    Chicagolaw – I completely agree. I don’t even think it is just the idol bubble that he is in… I think it is the Muzic ;) Biz bubble that he is in. The big honchos are a little out of touch with what people are willing to buy vs listen to on the radio. As far as THIS show goes, people generally look for one of two things. 1) a performance that emotionally moves them even if they are not technically spot on 2) Technically great singers, but not void of emotion. The sweet spot to big Post Idol sales finding someone that has both AND some charisma.Selling a new artist to AI audience =/= selling to the Traditional Music Audience. I think Jimmy has a rude awakening coming. Sony got lazy, but UMG has a big learning curve.

  • 123abc456

    All previous Idols are karaoke singers? Okay Mr. Iovine you are so wrong. What a jerk.

  • BootStar

    I know Lauren thought she was cute and adorable when she made a pouty face, but to me she acted like a four-year old.

    That only works if you look four. Lauren Alaina looks and dresses like a 35-year-old mom getting ready for a night out with her girlfriends. Seriously, I’m starting to wonder if anybody has ever given that girl any criticism.

  • BigNLiddle

    Idol should have gotten David Foster ;) LOVE him.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    If they’re really going to try remake songs “into something entirely new,” they’re going to have to let the contestants sing full songs. These 1:40 edits (although that’s 10 seconds longer than previous seasons) didn’t work for far too many contestants last night.

    To be fair, in playing the “rearrange into something new” card, Iovine’s at least trying to draw on an aspect that’s used to explain the popularity of some former contestants. (This is where I’m supposed to wave my Cook fan card, but I can think of earlier seasons that had showstoppers in this vein, so someone’ll just have to snatch it from my hands and burn it for me.)

    I did some scattered dipping into Youtubies last night (though I think I missed McCreery) and… the only performance I got all the way through was Naima Adedapo’s.

  • car3278sweet

    So Jimmy I is pimping Pia, Casey and Naima today. Interesting.

    I liked the article about Casey J. The guy is such a good fella – he ends the interview promoting his mom’s record instead of pumping himself up. What a sweetheart. I’m looking fwd to vids from his show tonight. Rumors are running he’ll play some different songs.

  • car3278sweet

    Oh! Forgot to mention… there’s Timmy again, playing away for… what? What result? Maybe he and Alex L. should get together and just play for each other.

  • BootStar

    To be fair, in playing the “rearrange into something new” card, Iovine’s at least trying to draw on an aspect that’s used to explain the popularity of some former contestants.

    Oh, I totally get that, but Cook (since you cited him) generally rearranged his own songs or borrowed somebody else’s rearrangement, modified it for himself, and then came up with an abridged version for performance night. No easy feat, but at least he was following his own instincts, and it still could be problematic. (That night he had to be taken to the hospital with elevated blood pressure I believe was at least in part due to his stressing over whether or not he was going to forget the lyrics to the abridged version of “Little Sparrow.”)

    Last night, with the exception of Naima (who knew exactly what she wanted to do), the songs that had been heavily rearranged seemed to have originated with the producers and not the contestants themselves, and I think that’s why a lot of them looked and sounded so uncomfortable. Thia and Stefano, in particular, seemed ill-served by those truncated arrangements. Stefano managed to keep control of his train, but poor Thia went right off the rails.

  • Incipit

    “Wasn’t the 45% for songs that had appeared on Idol previously? ….
    That supports the notion that Idol still isn’t great about clearing newer music, though average song age in Top 24 was down from some prior years (23 for men, 20.1 for women).”

    Yes, it was, Eilonwy, I wasn’t clear in my post. They still need better songs on the list, IMO. Many of the songs that were chosen, over and above the repetition factor, seemed to have a chorus that could be repeated over and over, and I was really disappointed in the high number of not just Randy’s “pitchy” – but truly off key moments in the performances.

    I read Byrd’s interview, it was almost like damage control…I haven’t heard Iovine’s opinion yet – but I will – dashing in and out. *wink*

  • ptslittlecomment

    My theory is Laurenalaina is getting the Jordin Sparks edit. Pimp, pimp and some more pimp, slightly depimp then next week “OMG! You’re back!!!”

    We can test this theory next week.

    Well, when Stephen Tyler was on twitter last night praising her as “the best” while votes were being cast, I think the proof is in the tweets!

    (posted last night sorry for the repeat – of corse delete if needed MJ)
    IamStevenT Steven Tyler
    My hair all in Bradies&- TONIGHT I WATCH THE BEST- LAURENS A NATURAL NO MATTER WHAT SHE SINGS-FROM HERE ON OUT THOUGH THE SONGS GOTTAROCK)

  • BootStar

    A seasoned singer and guitarist who had played clubs in his native Texas since he was a teenager, James was initially reluctant to participate in “American Idol.”“For years and years, I would tell people, ‘That’s not my style,’ ” James, 28, said.Instead, he was focused on what he describes as “Texas music.”“In Texas, you’ve got a lot of different vibes going on,” James said. “You’ve got some great red-dirt music and Texas country, and you’ve got the Texas blues thing, which is worldwide.“There’s also a big folk movement and a lot of bluegrass going on.“There’s just a ton of stuff happening, and we kind of do things our own way. And all that stuff has been a heavy influence in my life.”

    So far, based on the songs Casey has debuted, it sounds like he’s ticking off a lot of the styles he mentions in the interview. Can’t wait to hear the “folk” and “bluegrass” ones!

    The guy is such a good fella – he ends the interview promoting his mom’s record instead of pumping himself up.

    Her album really *is* good! And Casey’s playing on the album is fantastic. It’s what made me more than a fleeting fan of him.

  • Elliegrll

    Last night, with the exception of Naima (who knew exactly what she wanted to do), the songs that had been heavily rearranged seemed to have originated with the producers and not the contestants themselves, and I think that’s why a lot of them looked and sounded so uncomfortable.

    I agree, and I hope someone tells the producers this. Stefano’s arrangement had nothing to do with him, his vocal strengths, or what he was bringing to the song. The arrangements should be changed to fit the singers, that’s what Cook, Kris, and others have been praised for in the past. They just didn’t change a song for the heck of it, they changed it so that it sounded good, and so that it worked for them.

    It’s funny that Jimmy used the word karaoke to describe previous performances, since the definition of karaoke would fit someone like Naima who changes who she is as an artist from one week to the next, without showing any concern for how she sounds vocally, and it would fit the producers not arranging the songs to fit each individual contestant.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    BootStar: Last night, with the exception of Naima (who knew exactly what she wanted to do), the songs that had been heavily rearranged seemed to have originated with the producers and not the contestants themselves, and I think that’s why a lot of them looked and sounded so uncomfortable.

    Incipit: Many of the songs that were chosen, over and above the repetition factor, seemed to have a chorus that could be repeated over and over

    Okay, I’m not imagining it! What bored me with the clips I saw last night was (a) feeling like I was hearing the same chorus of a song repeated forever and (b) a sense that the “updating” was a matter of remixing with a fresh backing track rather than re-imagining the song.

    Since it’s only Top 13 and I’ll cop to skipping some of the performances that got mostly negative buzz, I’m not ready to assume this pattern will define the season, but I’m not as excited as I’d hoped to be, either.

  • BootStar

    I was just listening to Paul McDonald’s track on iTunes and comparing it to “Sing Out,” one of the best tracks from that Grand Magnolias album, and I think the nodule he’s dealing with has really f–ked up his voice. I’d be shocked if it holds up deep into the competition, although based on the reaction I’ve read to his performance last night, I have a feeling it will be a moot issue. It’s too bad; he’s really talented.

  • sr4mjc

    I just posted a Jimmy Iovine interview with Ryan Seacrest from this morning. The guy is full of more bull than Nigel. lmao.

    LMAO.

    It’s so weird. S9 fell flat for me soley on casting and S10 is pissing me off and it has nothing to do with the kids. Not that I love them all, but between the judges who won’t give real criticism, the lack of live shows, and now Jimmy, I am growing weary already.

  • Elliegrll

    Okay, I’m not imagining it! What bored me with the clips I saw last night was (a) feeling like I was hearing the same chorus of a song repeated forever and (b) a sense that the “updating” was a matter of remixing with a fresh backing track rather than re-imagining the song.

    Someone in the recap thread mentioned that one of the onsite reporters felt that Jimmy Iovine didn’t like Scotty’s performance, possibly because he didn’t use the upbeat dance like backing track that they wanted him to use.

  • Mel1

    Well, when Stephen Tyler was on twitter last night praising her as “the best” while votes were being cast, I think the proof is in the tweets!

    (posted last night sorry for the repeat – of corse delete if needed MJ)
    IamStevenT Steven Tyler
    My hair all in Bradies&- TONIGHT I WATCH THE BEST- LAURENS A NATURAL NO MATTER WHAT SHE SINGS-FROM HERE ON OUT THOUGH THE SONGS GOTTAROCK)

    Lauren did say she was going to use her southern charm to win people over. It worked on Tyler, her pouting and apologizing to him. People compare her to Kellie Pickler. I liked Kellie and thought she was cute and funny. Nuff said.

  • sma11ie

    Its like a cruel twist of fate that almost all the Top 24 girls who made interesting choices *and* seemed to “get” the craft of singing… Rachel, Lauren, Kendra… are gone. Even Julie, who was the only non glory note girl, got the boot. Naima is now the last one standing.

    Omg, you’re right! That’s sad. Too soon to be depressed about boots on AI though! Holding out hope the remaining girls will surprise me. If Pia switches it up next week I’m getting on her bandwagon.

    Stefano’s arrangement had nothing to do with him, his vocal strengths, or what he was bringing to the song. The arrangements should be changed to fit the singers, that’s what Cook, Kris, and others have been praised for in the past.

    Good point. Though putting a jazzy twist to Thia’s song should’ve worked in theory. I have to say Naima’s worked for me because she seemed to know herself though- like she was the one steering, not being steered.

  • blissful

    I have to say Naima’s worked for me because she seemed to know herself though- like she was the one steering, not being steered.

    Naima’s worked because she wrote it, but she couldn’t quite pull it off.Totally agree she is the only girl standing that can make interesting choices (but I think Pia has a couple of tricks left) — can she play an instrument?

    Actually can any of girls left play something? It seems the only instrumentalists are guys.

  • jericho

    See I thought it was hilarious that he tweeted again while driving! For people who aren’t fans of Chris’ I guess they can see a few things and he can come off as a jerk but he’s actually not jerky at all, of course that is completely biased opinion

    As far as I’m concerned, if he tweets while driving, he’s a complete ass. Private driveway, rural road, I don’t give a crap.

  • Marie Ruffin

    I think they should shut the twitter accounts down. Anytime Steven can go on Twitter and pimp ONE artist….that’s unfair. I know this is a competition, but damn! It should be fair. Can you imagine the pressure on these (young) kids to perform and come out on top?

  • Marie Ruffin

    Wasn’t Jimmy Iovine hooked up w/ Nichole Scherinzer of the Pussycats? He was their producer, I believe. Oh well, all these producers have a trail long of lovers in the music business.

    someone made a good observation: the kids are working with producers of “recordings” and that’s what they’re being mentored for….not so much stage & tv performance.

  • girlygirl

    Naima is the only girl I have any interest in as a possible future recording artist. Does she have the best voice? No — but she’s fun, she’s different and she seems current. I keep hearing that Pia has original songs that are more interesting and more relevant to what’s happening in music now that the diva ballads she’s singing, so if she can show me tht she can be a relevant artist, I might get on her bandwagon since she does have a very good voice. The others? Yeah, no thanks.

    The guys have done a better job of holding my interest. I don’t see any future stars in this bunch (well, maybe Scotty once he gets a little older), but they are both better performers and more distinct in style than the girls. I could see myself having at least some interest in checking out Paul’s, Casey’s, James’s and Stefano’s post-Idol music, although I’m not invested in any of them to the point I could say I would definitely buy any of it.

  • girlygirl

    As for working with the producers? Many of the arrangements last night were not good. I wonder how much of a voice the contestants have in changing up the arrangements? It seems like Naima had a lot to do with her song. But what about the others? They have to be willing to speak up and let Iovine and his producers know if they don’t like what they are coming up with — and understand what battles they should choose to fight…

    oh…and Iovine came off as an ass in that interview. Way to not only insult every former Idol with a blanket statement about being “karaoke,” but also potentially alienating a chunk of the AI fanbase.

  • tierbee

    Someone just uploaded the Street Corner Symphony performance of Jeremy’s song “Shooting Star” from last weekend. I loved this one – love Jeremy’s version, love the version they’ve worked up for the group.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12uwrH3bIkU&tracker=False

    :)

  • Indigobunting

    I agree about Naima Girlygirl. There is just something about her.

    Lol, Danny tweeted:

    @dannygokey: Cops sent me a picture of me speeding through a red light, so I sent them a picture of a check. Hope we’re even.

  • Mary102

    girlygirl:
    03/10/2011 at 4:09 pm
    As for working with the producers? Many of the arrangements last night were not good. I wonder how much of a voice the contestants have in changing up the arrangements? It seems like Naima had a lot to do with her song.

    IA. This worries me a lot too. I think it’s pretty telling that the most unique and memorable arrangement (for better or worse, lol) last night was Naima’s, and hers was done by herself. That’s what we need more of this year, not a paint-by-numbers corporate committee fitting little cookie cutter backing tracks and lame dated arrangements to the singers.

    I also miss the weekly mentors. With little sense of what they’re doing to help these guys, plus the judges being next to useless, how is anyone expected to learn and grow? And more importantly, to take risks, experiment and use a little creativity.

  • koshka

    Danny LOL

  • CindyM

    Getting excited for Adam’s performance tonight!!

    corylive: At #AI watching my boy adamlambert SLAY his rehearsal 4 tonights results show!! Gonna b FIYAH!!!

    I take it to mean his rehearsal went great, not that Adam got his long wished for flaming headdress.

  • Incipit

    It’s funny that Jimmy used the word karaoke to describe previous performances

    Maybe Iovine is an asshole – IDK – Maybe he has asshollian tendencies to go along with his hyperbolic tendencies – since he can say, in Season 10, that he’s never “seen anything like this on television.”

    But what he actually said was in relation to the auditions, not past performances; “In the past, it felt like they were looking more for Karaoke singers.” That’s the quote, so I have to cut some slack, based on the facts.

    Of course he also perpetuates the myth that the judges went through all the “tens of thousands” auditioners personally, Which – not.

    But hyperbole and spin is their language. Like Ryan “for the first time in Idol history” stuff – where he acts like they didn’t put up the songs and performance videos each week on iTunes before.

    Fact is – they didn’t do it so quickly, it could take a day or two to get the studio songs – and they didn’t do a weekly compilation album, that’s new – but he leaves out the missing performance videos for each one – which I have not yet seen – not so far, anyway. And I can’t imagine a season where I would want a record of ‘every’ singer on an episode – personal preference is what the individual selection is about.

    JMO. Except for the fact part. ;)

  • koshka

    I take it to mean his rehearsal went great, not that Adam got his long wished for flaming headdress.

    Bummer ;)

  • saga

    I also miss the weekly mentors. With little sense of what they’re doing to help these guys, plus the judges being next to useless, how is anyone expected to learn and grow? And more importantly, to take risks, experiment and use a little creativity.

    I think the vocal coaches and arrangers like Orland still do most for these kids. I really miss Ricky Minor though, I think he did a lot to help them with LIVE performance arrangements.

  • Incipit

    Saga, It’s time with the voice coaches and arrangers that many of the cast needs right now, and I agree – the weekly mentors in the past spent a few hours w/the contestants – not all week. Their contributions were spotty – most were there to perform and plug a product.

    I don’t miss them, because I have yet to see where they were valuable. Byrd, the other voice coaches, and Orland – and Ricky Minor, in the past – their worth can be measured and evaluated.

    IMO. Of Course.

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

    SOOO psyched for Adam!!!!!!!

    I think iovine is a douche

  • gangreen29

    If they’re really going to try remake songs “into something entirely new,” they’re going to have to let the contestants sing full songs. These 1:40 edits (although that’s 10 seconds longer than previous seasons) didn’t work for far too many contestants last night. I anticipate a season-long tension between what Jimmy wants to hear in the studio and what the judges (and producers) want to hear in the live performances.

    It was very curios to me how the judges had their little spiel about the short performances at the end. With the schedule MJ posted a few weeks ago of no hour shows until the finale they are going to have a lot of extra time on performance nights. I feel like they were setting us up for down the road full performances.

  • dcglam

    Well, when Stephen Tyler was on twitter last night praising her as “the best” while votes were being cast, I think the proof is in the tweets!

    Ugh! Although I do admit that Lauren has talent (I do like her singing), I am very quickly becoming NOT a fan due to her continuous sucking up to Tyler. Now these tweets from Tyler……… He is just feeding into it all. Such a disappointment for me as a big Arrowsmith fan from years past!

  • gangreen29

    Actually can any of girls left play something? It seems the only instrumentalists are guys.

    Karen plays guitar, Ashthon plays piano, and Thia plays both.

  • Keel

    Such a disappointment for me as a big Arrowsmith fan from years past!

    Are you sure about that?

  • sma11ie

    Are you sure about that?

    LOL…

  • Incipit

    the judges had their little spiel about the short performances at the end

    I thought that was pretty funny, Gangreen. For nine years, the contestants were obliged to condense a song into 90 seconds, and now we’re supposed to feel admiration for the producer crew, who get a whole extra 10 seconds each to work with. Right. The difficulty level went down, not up – even if it’s only by 10 seconds. Now that they have taken over what the contestants used to do, they suddenly notice that either one is still too damn short, but it always was. *snerk*

  • dcglam

    Are you sure about that?

    Ha! Are you referring to the disappointment part, the Arrowsmith fan part, or both?
    Whichever way, it’s all good! ;)

  • girlygirl

    oops never mind — I guess that is a fake twitter account — not Scotty’s real one. oh well :)

  • jericho

    Arrowsmith does not equal Aerosmith

  • Keel

    dcglam, it was the “Arrowsmith” part. Ignore my snark. I was in a mood earlier today :P

  • dcglam

    Hey Keel…….
    Thanks for the explanation. No prob — I’m good!
    Gotta run…….. Have a TV show to watch. ;)