Idol Headlines for 04/10/11

The American Idol Top 11 talk about the tour in new videos from AmericanIdol.com HERE.

Blake Lewis performs at the Reality Rocks Expo in Los Angeles today.

via @IdolsNow: “KEVIN COVAIS participating in Walk with the Diabetes Research Institute and Walgreens in Miami on Sunday, 8 AM – Noon EDT. @KevinCovais”

Idol Music director Ray Chew tweets, “My assistant loves country music. I’m sure she enjoy at least ONE of the group songs this week!” Producers Rock Mafia tweet, “@rock_mafia and @JDurbinAI10 making Metal for IDOL !!!! \m/”

Last night the Idols attended a party thrown by Idol creator, Simon Fuller. @AmericanIdol: “About to head into a fab party in Beverly Hills thrown by #IDOL CREATOR Simon Fuller!!!! http://t.co/VLgKHVx

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Adam Lambert – Interview with Michelle Collins


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‘American Idol': Who is the best ‘Idol’ contestant ever? The current Idols give their picks!

The contestants of American Idol still seemed to be in a state of disbelief when they showed up for our big Entertainment Weekly photo shoot (on stands now!). They couldn’t believe that the show they used to watch on TV in their living room was now starring… them! So we asked each of the Top 9 (including Pia before she was ousted) to name their favorite American Idol contestant of all-time, and the answers ranged from somewhat predictable (Scotty’s) to downright surprising (Casey’s and Stefano’s).

See the video at Entertainment Weekly

Pia & Mark — A Wrestler Hooked Them Up!

Pia Toscano was the instigator of her burgeoning romance with Mark Ballas, and she used wrestling star Chris Jericho to help her score a date.

We’re told Pia had her eye on Mark for several weeks, but needed an introduction. So Pia — who turns out is pretty resourceful — has a friend who is friends with Jericho, a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” Pia gave her friend a piece of paper with her phone number on it, who then passed it along to Jericho, who then passed it on to Mark.

Mark, we’re told, was more than receptive. Even though he has an album coming out Tuesday — he rescheduled a music video shoot so he could go on his big date on Friday.

Read more at TMZ

Queens ‘Idol’ castoff Pia Toscano gets record deal

As a little girl on 83rd Street, Pia would ham it up in front of them, belting out ballads and “playing ‘Win the Grammy,’ ” her aunt Gerry Macri told The Post. At the end of a performance, “Pia blew kisses. It’s been in her blood forever.”

But the beautiful balladeer has always been rattled by stage fright. She even concealed her powerful pipes at PS 207, opting instead to play the flute in the school band.

Read more at the New York Post

Maxim Country Club with KRU 82 Vodka, Odyssey, Lamborghini & Michelob Ultra – Arrivals (Taylor Hicks)

Singer and American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks arrives at the Maxim Country Club party on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

See the photos at Zimbio

Reality Rocks 2011: Michael Lynche is ‘Ready for Love’

Reality Rocks 2011 has kicked off in Los Angeles and Zap2it is on the scene for all your reality coverage this weekend. The first event on the agenda for Saturday (April 9) was performances from some Season 9 “American Idol” contestants.

Michael Lynche was on hand with his guitar. His first song was “Ready for Love,” which Idol fans may remember from his performance during the Top 10 R&B/Soul week. Next on tap was an original number titled “Can Somebody Save Me?” We have to say – we liked it.

See the videos at Zap2it

  • caroleinfla

    Thanks MJ. I always love to see pictures of Taylor Hicks.

  • http://www.comcast.net KAT80

    Being voted off this early in the competition may work to Pia’s advantage. She just might sell out the winner this year. Maybe she will make some music with Marc. I am looking forward to hearing what she puts out. Good Luck Pia.

  • Trina

    I don’t know whether to be skeered or excited by whatever James is doing. Bet it won’t be a song we’ve heard over and over on Movie Night though lol

    Nice to see Pia with the gang last night! What the hell is Lauren wearing?

    ETA: re: that EW piece. Can someone please hook James up with DC already? David call him!

  • halo9125

    She even concealed her powerful pipes at PS 207, opting instead to play the flute in the school band.

    Even then, you couldn’t believe the voice that came out of such a teeny little girl- she would have to step back from the microphone, lest she blow everybody out of their seats!

  • Mel1

    I wonder if the friend of Jericho is James Durbin. So Mark rescheduled a video shoot to go on a date with Pia? I hope pics turn up.

  • lla2827

    I think Mark Ballas is a very good hook-up for Pia. I bet he could teach her how to dance or at least move better. Smart

  • googletot

    Mark Ballas has a new girlfriend every season – don’t expect things to last with Pia.

  • sr4mjc

    ETA: re: that EW piece. Can someone please hook James up with DC already? David call him!

    Ewww, just no.

  • joanie

    Taylor who?

  • googletot

    Taylor who?

    The guy that’s been touring non-stop for more than 4 years, and his name is all over the place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLAMhTorPCk

  • koshka

    Idol Music director Ray Chew tweets, “My assistant loves country music. I’m sure she enjoy at least ONE of the group songs this week!” Producers Rock Mafia tweet, “@rock_mafia and @JDurbinAI10 making Metal for IDOL !!!! m/”

    I feel a headache coming on. LOL

    BTW – does anyone know which actual Rock bands “Rock Mafia’ has produced? I very familiar with The Big Bang (which is one of my favs!), but other than this my only knowledge of their production is with Miley, Selena Gomez and David A.

  • Mel1

    Isn’t it interesting James always talks about Cook, but what we’ve seen James doing is what we’ve seen Adam do: getting on his knees during or end of a song, back bends, running around the stage, wailing high notes, singing a slow song when everyone is doing an uptempo. Also, James says he dresses to call attention to himself (his tail). Adam liked to dress differently. His hair is spikey like Adam use to wear it.

    Writers always compare James to Adam. Never mentioning and comparisons to Cook.

  • Sue123

    @koshka – pass the tylenol please ;)

  • HermeticallySealed

    Isn’t it interesting James always talks about Cook, but what we’ve seen James doing is what we’ve seen Adam do: getting on his knees during or end of a song, back bends, running around the stage, wailing high notes, singing a slow song when everyone is doing an upbeat. Also, James says he dresses to call attention to himself (his tail). Adam liked to dress differently. His hair is spikey like Adam use to wear it.

    I didn’t realize Adam was the originator of all of that. Guess I just dreamed the whole 80’s rock scene. . .

  • Trina

    Yeah there’s speculation in a few places James is the friend who slipped Pia’s number to Chris. It sounds logical and would make sense. Chris even hung out on the AI set a couple of times since getting chummy with him.

    Go and watch the hundreds of AI7 tour videos. David did backbends, poured water on himself, jumped all over, climbed all over, etc. He also did similar on AI fast, slow, rinse, lather.

  • koshka

    I didn’t realize Adam was the originator of all of that. Guess I just dreamed the whole 80?s rock scene. . .

    Good news, now you can relive it every Wed. ;) Yeah, I don’t get the comparisons with Adam either. But to be honest I don’t know why James would look so much to Cook (if he even does). Cook is much more pop/rock than I think James is aspiring to and he is certainly not taking the Cook blueprint to winning.

  • tinawina

    I didn’t realize Adam was the originator of all of that. Guess I just dreamed the whole 80?s rock scene. . .

    I thought the same thing. Maybe on the show Adam was known for some of that, but off the show that’s pretty hair metal band 101. LOL

    Still, James gets the Adam references for the similar singing styles IMO, singing ACIGC, and a very very vague physical resemblance. But the question wasn’t “which Idol does everyone compare you to?” but “who’s your favorite?” so its all kind of moot, since the 2 don’t have anything to do with each other. Casey gets compares to Taylor Hicks but Adam’s his favorite, for example.

  • Valentin432

    Who knows maybee James said several names and the editors decided to put David Cook on because they already had an Adam Lambert fan.

    Lauren has said in many many interviews that her idol is Carrie Underwood and here she’s seen talking about Kris Allen who she must love as well.

  • koshka

    Valentin432 honestly, unless I actually hear the idol in a full interview talk about a past idol, it doesn’t hold much weight for me. Editors do wonders with sound bites. James could have listed off 6 or more idols and we would never know.

  • Suzanne

    Casey gets compares to Taylor Hicks but Adam’s his favorite, for example

    I don’t see Casey as being like Taylor Hicks at all. Casey has real music skills. I see Taylor Hicks as more of a straight-forward performer. You don’t see Taylor Hicks playing five instruments and doing much more than straight covers. (I like Taylor, but they’re hardly similar.) I think Casey is more like a cross between Kris Allen and David Cook with not as nice a voice as either of them.

  • Suzanne

    Why would Pia be going on a date with Mark Ballas right now? Isn’t this her week to do a press tour?

  • tripp_ncwy

    Rock Mafia is a record production/songwriting team, consisting of Tim James, Antonina Armato who are credited for contributing to some of the most successful pop and rock artists from Rock Mafia, Aly and AJ, David Archuleta, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove, Selena Gomez & the Scene, Hope 7, Vanessa Hudgens & Sick Puppies. (Wiki)

  • Indigobunting

    I can see James voice range compared to Adam, but I don’t think their style is that similar. James is true metal rock.

    Kevin Covais is awsome- he does a lot of work for diabetes.

    Always glad to see news about Taylor HIcks- wasn’t a fan during the season, but I really like his voice on what I have heard the past few years.

  • joanie

    It’s kind of funny, I like Casey alot more since his save and makeover.

  • koshka

    tripp_ncwy I know who Rock Mafia is.. but they said that they were doing metal with him. I’m only familiar with the pop & pop/rock stuff that they’ve done. I’m not aware of any actual ‘rock’ groups.. which doesn’t mean that they haven’t worked with any.

    ETA: In fact I’ll use this opportunity to pimp their song. LOL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etLRgwXmh0

  • tinawina

    Who knows maybee James said several names and the editors decided to put David Cook on because they already had an Adam Lambert fan.

    Lauren has said in many many interviews that her idol is Carrie Underwood and here she’s seen talking about Kris Allen who she must love as well.

    Didn’t Kelly Clarkson get metioned twice? I’m not going to watch it again to find out though. Heh.

    Anyway, I don’t think its that deep. They answered how they answered and it really doesn’t mean anything anyway. Idols can like who they like, what difference does it make.

    Why would Pia be going on a date with Mark Ballas right now? Isn’t this her week to do a press tour?

    They don’t do a lot of interviews at night and a girl’s got to eat dinner anyway, right? Plus she got some press out it anyway. Kudos to her for living a little!

  • Miss Chaos

    Pia and Mark look like sister and brother, maybe thats why shes attracted to him.lol

  • tripp_ncwy

    koshka, I just put it out there just in case some other’s didn’t but
    Sick Puppies is listed as rock/Alternative rock/Alternative metal.

  • koshka

    Thanks for clarifying tripp_ncwy .. I was kinda going.. “wat?” Sick Puppies has always been kinda poppy to me, though I’m not familiar with all their work.

  • CindyM

    LOL. The stuff James does is not unique to Adam. Hell, Adam talks about some of the stuff he does on stage being inspired by the “Velvet Goldmine” era.

  • Sassycatz

    Isn’t it interesting James always talks about Cook, but what we’ve seen James doing is what we’ve seen Adam do: getting on his knees during or end of a song, back bends, running around the stage, wailing high notes,

    Here ya go:

    David Cook, Hot For Teacher, Sunfest (Scaffold climbing, running around stage, rock wailing.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBunyebE3YY

    David Cook, Billiejean in Providence by your very own MJ. (Down on knees, backbends, running around, jumping off stage to greet crowd. Oddly, a commercial popped up in the middle of this video so you have to be patient.)
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ou92_billiejean-providence_music

    I don’t know that James actually knows all this, but he’s not completely off base if this is what he admires.

  • Valentin432

    Anyway, I don’t think its that deep. They answered how they answered and it really doesn’t mean anything anyway. Idols can like who they like, what difference does it make.

    IA in the sense that it won’t matter to me wheter someone likes my past favorite contestants or not (well if they say their favorite is Juanita Barber I may power vote for them), but I think it’s interesting to see who those kids remember as contestants and inspire them.

  • songsungblue

    Mark Ballas IS her press tour. LOL.

  • tinawina

    (well if they say their favorite is Juanita Barber I may power vote for them)

    LMAO! The person who says that would automatically be my all time favorite!

  • Vanille

    Lauren’s favorite is Carrie not Kris Allen.. Obviosly the editor just got tired of everyone saying Carrie’s name and asked her besides Carrie who is your favorite so she said Kris Allen…

    Scotty, Paul, and Lauren have great taste..

  • Valentin432

    James should perform Supermassive Black Hole.
    Great rock track, very current and probably easy to clear (it would be strange for Matt Bellamy to refuse since he was on the set just a few weeks ago).
    Furthemore, performing a song from Twighlight should get him tons of votes.

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  • Trina

    James has said, twice, on Twitter within the last month when chatting with fans that David was his favorite. No editing on Twitter *shrug*

  • Buffynut

    I see Taylor Hicks as more of a straight-forward performer. You don’t see Taylor Hicks playing five instruments and doing much more than straight covers. (I like Taylor, but they’re hardly similar.)

    Well, Taylor plays 3 instruments and writes much of his music and is a quirky performer. I can totally see why the comparisons to Casey. The big difference is that Taylor was on the last year that was not allowed to use instruments. I think anyone who has seen him in person might be able to see the similarities.

  • Valentin432

    The big difference is that Taylor was on the last year that was not allowed to use instruments.

    Small correction, Taylor was on season 5, instruments were allowed in season 7.
    Otherwise IA with your post.

  • gangreen29

    Metal on movie night….I wonder if he is singing a Metal song or turning a song into a Metal song. If so…Arthur’s Theme please lol!

    I do wish people would give more offbeat answers when answering their favorite idol. No one ever picks my beloved Vonzell! I would totally say Sylvia Chibiliti to mess with people.

  • alison8701

    If anyone is interested, there is a new video up on americanidol.com about the tour.

    http://www.americanidol.com/videos/season_10/contestant_interviews/

  • koshka

    No editing on Twitter *shrug*

    Well yeah.. *shrug*. Editing or not, what difference does it make?

    I was mostly thinking of James when they showed a clip of him talking about Adam. He could have easily rattled of Adam, Cook and Vonzell LOL and we never would have known. Or it could have been a leading question.

  • webster

    Isn’t it interesting James always talks about Cook, but what we’ve seen James doing is what we’ve seen Adam do

    Interesting, maybe. Surprising, no.

    If he’s just talking about a favorite, then there is no reason to think his favorite would be similar in performance style to himself. I know a classical violinist who’s favorite music/performer is Led Zep.

    And even if he is talking about musical inspiration, as a musician, he’s almost certainly looking at something less superficial than we on the outside notice to compare with (range, genre, clothes, performance persona, etc). He may be thinking of any number of other musical skills, approaches, etc.

  • koshka

    TwigLA says:
    04/10/2011 at 1:28 pm
    I hate when they put Idols on the spot like that. It only fuels fan wars and no matter what these kids answer they’ll get criticized for it.

    It’s absurd to me that their answers are being questioned.

    Oh I agree.. but I find it more absurd that it even matters. It a popcorn eating opportunity, thats about it.

  • TwigLA

    This week the theme is movies week, correct? I would love if one of them would do something from ‘The Big Chill’. I wouldn’t be surprised if James did a Doors song though.

  • koshka

    I don’t think I’ve even seen ‘the big chill’. The doors would be a good selection. I wonder how big the list actually is – all I can remember are the crappy choices from the past. Something tells me the list is short and full of cheesy songs.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    I always thought Mark Ballas was gay. Whoops.

  • sr4mjc

    I can see James voice range compared to Adam, but I don’t think their style is that similar. James is true metal rock.

    Adam’s more 70s in vocal and musical stylings, Steve Perry, Plant, Freddie, etc. At least on the show, but you can hear it in Songs Like Sure Fire Winners. Who knows what will be on the next album. James (from everything I’ve seen so far) is straight up 80s Sunset Strip, Slaughter, Warrant and every incarnation of those groups vocally. I don’t get the comparisons, they are completely different vocally to my ear.

  • Kirsten

    Didn’t Kelly Clarkson get metioned twice? I’m not going to watch it again to find out though. Heh.

    Kelly and Carrie were both mentioned twice.

    Who knows maybee James said several names and the editors decided to put David Cook on because they already had an Adam Lambert fan.

    James first tried out in Season 8. It is more reasonable to assume that he was inspired by Cook than by somebody who was unheard of at the time. Apparently, James’ was doing the rocker thing for several years, so again, I think that any commonality he shares with Adam is derived from common influences they both have.

    Lauren’s favorite is Carrie not Kris Allen.. Obviosly the editor just got tired of everyone saying Carrie’s name and asked her besides Carrie who is your favorite so she said Kris Allen…

    I see little evidence of this. Why would Lauren be the one forced to change her answer? She’s the one most likely to be influenced by Carrie and I’ve seen no evidence that TPTB don’t love Carrie. She seemed honest enough.

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

    I saw soul surfer last night and it was amazingggg <3 Carrie underwood was good too

  • milwlovesadam

    If James does ” Born to be Wild” like Adam did during movie songs week, we’ll know who his Idol really is!! TeeHee.

  • http://jgrollersellshomes.com juliegr

    I don’t see Casey as being like Taylor Hicks at all. Casey has real music skills. I see Taylor Hicks as more of a straight-forward performer. You don’t see Taylor Hicks playing five instruments and doing much more than straight covers. (I like Taylor, but they’re hardly similar.)

    Just to correct the above, Taylor Hicks plays: acoustic guitar; electric guitar; harmonica; tamborine; organ; and cowbell.

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  • Valentin432

    I see little evidence of this. Why would Lauren be the one forced to change her answer? She’s the one most likely to be influenced by Carrie and I’ve seen no evidence that TPTB don’t love Carrie. She seemed honest enough.

    I’ve seen multiple interviews of Lauren even on AI.com saying that her musical idol (not only idol contestant) is Carrie Underwood that’s why I think several contestants gave an answer with multiple contestants named and then the editors at EW.com decided to keep one of the names they mentioned.

    I don’t think for one second she lied about loving Kris, it’s just that she (and others) probably love several past contestants and that’s the one the editors choose to include.

    It’s no big deal.

  • wordnerdarchie

    It doesn’t surprise me that James would name check Cook. The first time I saw him performing on Idol with his scarf hanging from his pocket it reminded me of Cook’s run on idol. Thanks for linking the Billie Jean back bend earlier, but nothing beats Cook’s original back bend. He hasn’t done it that hard core since. (Old knee injury acted up after that.) But, it’s worth revisiting one more time, given the topic.

    Tacoma WA Billie Jean Backbend

    Water douse Billie Jean

    However, every time questions like this are asked current contestants on Idol, I wonder if they choose their answer based on which prior idol fan base they might be interested in “courting”. It gives me an idea of who might be really playing the “game”.

  • girlygirl

    Why would Lauren lie about which former Idol(s) she likes? And why would anyone tell her to change her answer? That makes no sense.

  • girlygirl

    There was a tweet I saw yesterday about James’ song choice for this week — at least about what the studio recording will be like. It said that they were “making metal”.

  • sr4mjc

    There was a tweet I saw yesterday about James’ song choice for this week — at least about what the studio recording will be like. It said that they were “making metal”.

    If they clear it, I can see anything from Iron Man 2, it’s all AC/DC.

  • Indigobunting

    Found out Danny’s private gig in Mebane NC was for a company GKN: From their website http://www.gkndriveline.com/drivelinecms/opencms/en

    GKN Driveline has 18,000 people in more than 40 facilities in over 20 countries working in partnership with vehicle manufacturers to develop driveshaft and geared component technologies for the future.

    Wow, what a great company-it looked like they had a whole private carnival for their employees, as well as the private concert with Danny. I know the appearance fees are significant.
    One very short youtube vid from a participant

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

  • doggiedr

    We’re told Pia had her eye on Mark for several weeks

    EEWWW!

  • weareallinnocent

    James continues to do nothing for me, and name-checking Cook does nothing to help. :-) This is true, particularly because he doesn’t just “admire” the prior contestant, he admires himself through the prior contestant. Example, I started off just like Adam Lambert on the show…. Now, Cook wasn’t even going to audition, and I wasn’t going to audition either.

    Sorry, but for me, James, you can’t hold a candle to either (or other “rockers” who’ve preceded you on Idol, for that matter.)

    Anti-James rant over. He brings nothing original to the table, imo, and his own comments serve to confirm this for me. YMMV.

  • Trina

    I said the same exact thing when James appeared. Not just the scarf hanging but the stupid fauxhawk like David started off with lol. Which reminds me, I swear I’ve laughed off that damn “tail” but not only did a couple of yougins show up at the Kids Choice Awards with a long scarf hanging out of their pocket but I saw a guy on the subway yesterday with one and spiked hair haha.

    rock_mafia tweeted twice last night about the song being metal (second tweet they included a pic with James), and James tweeted saying “rock mafia were awesome rockin” so I don’t know what RM considers metal.

  • Elliegrll

    Lauren’s favorite is Carrie not Kris Allen.. Obviosly the editor just got tired of everyone saying Carrie’s name and asked her besides Carrie who is your favorite so she said Kris Allen…

    It’s not hard to believe that someone would have several favorites, especially if they have or have not met some of the former idol contestants. I don’t know if I could say who any of the contestants likes or doesn’t like, especially since I’ve never met any of them.

  • girlygirl

    This might be the first — and last — Reality Rocks Expo. One of my twitter friends has gone both days and she says there are less people there today than were at this thing yesterday — and according to the L.A. Times, only around 300 people went to it yesterday. Doesn’t sound like it would be worth it to the sponsors/promoters/whoever to do this again — at least not unless they can get A list reality stars…

  • girlygirl

    Mark Ballas has an album coming out? I thought he was a dancer…

  • suenigma

    Eh, I think it is at least as likely, if not more so, that Cook is Jame’s actual favorite (seeing how he he has said it several times, and never deviated) than Adam being Casey’s fave. Has he ever mentioned him before? Are there any similarities? Who knows? I’ll take their word for it I guess.

    The one that threw me for a loop was Stefano (pleasantly, because I love Jordin, and think that she is crimnally underated). That one just seems so out of left field, but it does kind of make sense.

    I actually think it is really sweet how Lauren was so conflicted and didn’t want to name a favorite (shades of Allison I. – Kelly Cook, heh). I can totally buy both Kris and Carrie being her favorites, and being 16 years old, her #1 probably changes form day to day. LOL.

  • platoken

    I’m just glad Lauren isn’t one of those tweeny boppers who has a crush on Adam because she still thinks he’s straight. She wouldn’t have been one of those screamers in the audience!

  • sr4mjc

    James continues to do nothing for me, and name-checking Cook does nothing to help. This is true, particularly because he doesn’t just “admire” the prior contestant, he admires himself through the prior contestant. Example, I started off just like Adam Lambert on the show…. Now, Cook wasn’t even going to audition, and I wasn’t going to audition either.

    Anti-James rant over. He brings nothing original to the table, imo, and his own comments serve to confirm this for me. YMMV.

    It’s what I’ve been thinking (and saying lol) all season. He’s Mr. Ripley. I’ve yet to see anything original out of James yet, but he’s a pretty good mimic. We’ve seen some of his covers already on You Tube, I’m sure there’s enough karaoke covers in his back pocket to get him through a few more weeks.

  • sr4mjc

    Has he ever mentioned him before? Are there any similarities? Who knows? I’ll take their word for it I guess.

    The one that threw me for a loop was Stefano (pleasantly, because I love Jordin, and think that she is crimnally underated). That one just seems so out of left field, but it does kind of make sense.

    This is the second time Casey has mentioned Adam and Ring of Fire. There’s no similarities, I just think he liked it. And it was a little out there, which Casey is.

    I totally got Stefano’s pick of Jordin. Pretty, no musical identity but moldable. Makes total sense to me. Not that I think Stefano has Jordin’s chops but I get his pick.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Lauren’s favorite is Carrie not Kris Allen.. Obviosly the editor just got tired of everyone saying Carrie’s name and asked her besides Carrie who is your favorite so she said Kris Allen…

    Michael Slezak does not work for EW anymore so there is no reason for them to edit Lauren’s comments to name check Kris. :D

  • Fullmoon

    Anti-James rant over. He brings nothing original to the table, imo, and his own comments serve to confirm this for me. YMMV.

    James is full of himself and very disingenuous. First time I heard him name check Cook was after his petty twitter rant telling everyone he wasn’t trying to be Adam. lol. I know in one of earlier interviews (I’m sure someone will find it) he mentions how he watch Adam in s8 and loved the whole Rock vibe he brought. It’s probably why the producers ran with the whole James/Lambert comparison and before you know every interviewee was asking him about it. Then the video were he says he wanted to do his Adam Lambert scream. lol. Eventually he got tired of the comparison. Smart for him to name check Cook it stopped the comparison very quickly. He needed to separate himself from that. Adam set the bar very high and it wouldn’t be fair to read every single article with your name along with Adams.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Mark Ballas has an album coming out? I thought he was a dancer…

    Mark is also a singer (wannabe). He & Derek Hough have a band, the Ballas Hough Band. They have even played on DWTS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HakWoElV3fc&feature=related

  • Chicagolaw

    Didn’t James say that his favorite AI performance ever was Adam performing with KISS? Not that it matters, they can like who they like. In any event, after all the “press” about Adam/James coming out of Hollywood week, I don’t think there is any way we will see James name-check Adam again, lol. He seems to be surprisingly smart about the Idol game.

    Heh, Fullmoon, looks like you and I caught on to the same thing :)

  • suenigma

    sr4mjc. I didn’t know he had mentioned Adam before – he has good taste.

    Ironically, when I first saw/heard Adam I was reminded of Cook, and when I first saw/heard James I was reminded of a combination of Cook and Adam (he’s not nearly as good as either Adam or Cook – but he has tons of potential – JMO). Next year there will probably be a Cook/Adam/James hybrid. LOL.

    I totally got Stefano’s pick of Jordin. Pretty, no musical identity but moldable. Makes total sense to me. Not that I think Stefano has Jordin’s chops but I get his pick.

    Yep, exactly my thoughts too!

  • dcglam

    Has he ever mentioned him before? Are there any similarities? Who knows? I’ll take their word for it I guess.

    This is the second time Casey has mentioned Adam and Ring of Fire. There’s no similarities, I just think he liked it.

    Who knows…… Casey may have also been returning the favor.
    Adam recently raved about Casey on Twitter. ;)

  • suenigma

    ” Didn’t James say that his favorite AI performance ever was Adam performing with KISS?”

    Kiss might have had a little something to do with it. :) My favorite AI performances of all time have been Kelly’s Stuff Like That There and Melinda’s Funny Valentine, but my favorite contestant is David Cook.

  • Fullmoon

    Didn’t James say that his favorite AI performance ever was Adam performing with KISS?

    Yes, he’s full of shit!! Maybe he seen this and said enough.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyy_1om0A6Q

  • fadetowhite

    James continues to do nothing for me, and name-checking Cook does nothing to help. This is true, particularly because he doesn’t just “admire” the prior contestant, he admires himself through the prior contestant. Example, I started off just like Adam Lambert on the show…. Now, Cook wasn’t even going to audition, and I wasn’t going to audition either.

    Sorry, but for me, James, you can’t hold a candle to either (or other “rockers” who’ve preceded you on Idol, for that matter.)

    Anti-James rant over. He brings nothing original to the table, imo, and his own comments serve to confirm this for me. YMMV

    .

    Yeah ITA.

    Smart in some ways in seemingly trying to court the fans of recent successful male AI alums. And he’s still referencing Adam, even if he is trying to distance himself: that stool performance last week was almost laughably imitative.

    But he also comes off as totally disingenuous and false and is nowhere near as talented as either Cook or Adam (whichever way your fan preferences tend to sway).

    Sad to say, so far this season of Idol, whilst not being bad in a season 9 way has offered up nothing that has excited in the way that previous seasons have done.

    And whilst James in not dull on the Pia/Stephano scale, he also has not had a real stand out moment. He’s just OK and nowhere near as good as he seems to think he is.

  • LK3

    I was checking out Paul’s Twitter list of who he follows, to see which other music artists he follows, and he’s following a few past-seasons Idols, namely: Adam, Matt G, Kat McPhee, Ruben and Diana DeGarmo.

    Lady GaGa’s also on his list :D

  • Buffynut

    girlygirl says:
    04/10/2011 at 3:32 pm
    Mark Ballas has an album coming out? I thought he was a dancer…

    You can even go see him at the Mint in LA tomorrow! Maybe Pia will be there! LOL!

  • Chicagolaw

    Well, He could have just said his favorite performance was when KISS played on the finale, but he specifically said Adam performing with KISS. Let’s just say I think he made a tactical decision to change his answer to the “favorite idol” question after all the bad press.

    ETA, Adam and David C. are my favorite idols, and I don’t think James can hold a candle to either one

  • Valentin432

    but he specifically said Adam performing with KISS

    I think the specific thing to do would have been to leave Adam’s name out of that performance.
    That would have been really bizarre.

    Also, I think there’s a difference between favorite idol moment (which is what they’ve been asked in the golden ticket interviews) and favorite overall contestant.
    So it doesn’t seem contradictory to me.

  • gangreen29

    But he also comes off as totally disingenuous and false and is nowhere near as talented as either Cook or Adam (whichever way your fan preferences tend to sway).

    I think he is better than both of them.

  • CindyM

    How could James be like Cook in not planning to audition when he audition in Season 8 too? I don’t get that.

  • weareallinnocent

    How could James be like Cook in not planning to audition when he audition in Season 8 too? I don’t get that.

    LOL I’ll just say, good point, and patiently wait for Fullmoon to weigh in with “he’s full of shit!” :-)

    … nowhere near as talented as either Cook or Adam (whichever way your fan preferences tend to sway).

    I think he is better than both of them.

    Apparently, so does he. ;-)

  • Fullmoon

    How could James be like Cook in not planning to audition when he audition in Season 8 too? I don’t get that.

    He’s full of shit and a legend in his own mind :)

  • fadetowhite

    But he also comes off as totally disingenuous and false and is nowhere near as talented as either Cook or Adam (whichever way your fan preferences tend to sway).

    I think he is better than both of them.

    Well – just goes to show that there’s no such thing as a uniform opinion.

    Which is a good thing.

    IMO, he can sing, but hasn’t shown anything out of the ordinary. But, that’s just me.

  • mmb

    I have generally liked the AI “rocker guy” contestants ( or at least what passes for rock on idol). I liked Constantine, Bo, Cook and Adam but I do not like James. At all. I just find him entirely unexciting and uninteresting despite the fact that he is a decent singer.

  • gangreen29

    Apparently, so does he.

    Good. It is good to be confident.

  • suenigma

    Just to be Devil’s Advocate, but Adam name checked Cook several times during Season 8, and there were a lot of early comparisons between the two in the media, but when asked who his favorite Idol was he said Kelly, and I believed him. David said that that he studied Daughtry’s performances to help gain a competetive edge, and said that his run had helped convince him to try out, but later said that Kelly was his favorite past contestant.

    Just my opinion, but the fact that Jame’s was initially exploiting the obvious comparisons to Adam (there is a similarity in tone and range, if nothing else), who is still so hot right now, media presence-wise, in what was clearly a misguided tactical move, doesn’t mean that he is his favorite Idol. I think he was playing the game – something that both Cook and Adam excelled at.
    His true favorite it probably Kelly. LOL.

  • tripp_ncwy

    :)

    jambajim:
    @krisallen Just heard your version of “Falling Slowly” at a fancy furniture boutique. It made me want to buy a $2000 lamp. Jerk.

  • fadetowhite

    His true favorite it probably Kelly. LOL.

    :lol 2

  • Fullmoon

    Just to be Devil’s Advocate, but Adam name checked Cook several times during Season 8, and there were a lot of early comparisons between the two in the media, but when asked who his favorite Idol was he said Kelly, and I believed him

    Yes, Adam said he likes how Cook played the Idol game but the media never compared them. Also Adam said Fantasia was his favorite Idol but he does love Kelly too.

  • Mel1

    James sings a good rock song, and when so many people thought he was better than Adam (as well as gangreen), I thought well, maybe as good. Until he slowed it down with the G. Harrison song. Not even close to how Adam can sing a slow song (nor Cook).

    That’s a good point some posters made when James started distancing himself from Adam when too many writers were comparing the two. Unfortunately, those writers did not think James was as good as Adam or saying “he’s no Adam”.

  • saga

    Just to be Devil’s Advocate, but Adam name checked Cook several times during Season 8, and there were a lot of early comparisons between the two in the media, but when asked who his favorite Idol was he said Kelly, and I believed him.

    I thought his favourite idol was Fantasia?

  • CindyM

    Just to be Devil’s Advocate, but Adam name checked Cook several times during Season 8, and there were a lot of early comparisons between the two in the media, but when asked who his favorite Idol was he said Kelly, and I believed him.

    I think Adam’s favorite idol was Fantasia. He said that in many interviews and in his AI q&a. The idol performance he would always remember was Kelly’s Natural Woman.

  • Mel1

    When Adam name checked Cook, it was always in reference to the strategy Cook used (which is still a compliment).

  • webster

    jambajim:
    @krisallen Just heard your version of “Falling Slowly” at a fancy furniture boutique. It made me want to buy a $2000 lamp. Jerk.

    LOL. That’s what he gets for hanging out at fancy furniture boutiques.

  • suenigma

    Fullmoon: Yes, Adam said he likes how Cook played the Idol game but the media never compared them.

    LOL. Oh yes they did. It was pretty ubiquitous in those first few weeks. I will see if I can find some links.

    Sorry about the Fantasia/Kelly mix-up, but my point still stands.

  • Fullmoon

    When Adam name checked Cook, it was always in reference to the strategy Cook used (which is still a compliment).

    It is a very nice compliment and when it comes from these guys you believe it but with James is just not believable because of how the events played out. Any way just for accuracy sake Adam and Cook where never compared in the media. Both guys are way different but both brought their own originality to the stage. No where in the Adam Lambert archives(videos, articles,review, google) is their a reference to their similarity which is why they are unique to Idol.

  • tinawina

    I can’t believe all this deep analysis of a silly EW puff piece. But then again, I’ve done worse on here. Heh. Carry on peeps!

  • suenigma

    Am I weird? Cook is my favorite, and Adam is in my Top 5, for sure, but I still really like James too? Is that even allowed? LOL. He lacks vocal control and bit of finesse, but he has such beautiful tone and excellent range. And he just has “it” – charisma. I enjoy his joyfulness and how much fun he is having with the whole thing. Even his cockiness doesn’t annoy me, but rather, seems par for the course as a young, brash rocker.

  • suenigma

    I can’t believe all this deep analysis of a silly EW puff piece. But then again, I’ve done worse on here. Heh. Carry on peeps!

    We are very silly, aren’t we? LOL

  • fadetowhite

    Am I weird? Cook is my favorite, and Adam is in my Top 5, for sure, but I still really like James too? Is that even allowed? LOL.

    Hell no!

    I think it should be added to cardinal sins of the AI internet fan straight away. Along with…

  • Fullmoon

    Am I weird? Cook is my favorite, and Adam is in my Top 5, for sure, but I still really like James too? Is that even allowed? LOL.

    eh, we’re just pasting time on a lazy sunday ;) No harm done. We are also allowed to like more than one Idol but we can also call out a bullshitter too. :)

  • tinawina

    We are very silly, aren’t we? LOL

    Probably, but it makes it more fun! :D

  • webster

    James sings a good rock song, and when so many people thought he was better than Adam (as well as gangreen), I thought well, maybe as good. Until he slowed it down with the G. Harrison song. Not even close to how Adam can sing a slow song (nor Cook).

    I love Adam when he rocks out, but he still sometimes sounds a little like someone doing a rock song in a musical, not a real rocker. James has, for me, a slight edge. This holds for rock ballads, too. Adam has a lot he does better than James that sometimes more than makes up for the slight lapse of authenticity, for lack of a better word.

    Of course, Adam sings many genres James hasn’t touched on the show, and may not ever sing, so it doesn’t make sense to compare him there.

  • weareallinnocent

    LOL You like who you like, suenigma. I do find it quite telling that you’re questioning it, however. j/k

    I think lots of folks like all of them. For me, with James, “there’s just no there there.” Who knows though, maybe I’ll come around. MJ did, so I suppose it could happen to anyone. :-)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I have to admit that I also think James is mimicking Adam. But Adam is a better singer. James’ performances are rather solid, but I just can’t bring myself to care (and he makes me uncomfortable). Oh and Adam is my favorite Idol contestant ever.

    Similarly, Cook reminded me of Daughtry (also one of my faves) during season 7, but I never really got into Cook’s performances …

    *sigh*
    I’m not really listening to rock music that much and I was hoping season 10 would bring some viable pop singers … Didn’t happen, once again we pretty much got same old types singing same old songs. I like Scotty, Lauren and Haley. Young, fresh faced, good singers.

  • HermeticallySealed

    eh, we’re just pasting time on a lazy sunday ;) No harm done. We are also allowed to like more than one Idol but we can also call out a bullshitter too.

    Kind of hard to call them out, when we really don’t have enough information about any of them to do so. It’s not as if most people don’t have multiple favorites of, well, just about anything.

    Everyone I know is unable to give a consistent statement about their favorite movie, or singer, or food; their answer changes often just depending on their mood. It’s not because they’re pulling some bullshit over on others; they just don’t have a clear cut favorite that stands above the rest.

  • Buffynut

    but he has such beautiful tone and excellent range. And he just has “it” – charisma

    That’s what makes the world go round! “Viva La Diference!” I think James tone is horrible and all I see is cocky, no charisma at all. He grates on my nerves. But I like Haley, so go figure! LOL!

  • tinawina

    I like Scotty, Lauren and Haley. Young, fresh faced, good singers.

    I think Scotty and Lauren are easily the most marketable of who’s left… maybe Paul as the frontman for his alt/country/folkie band. My only concern with Scotty and Lauren is that I don’t know if they’ve really fully grown into their talent yet. I worry they’ll end up getting put out there too soon. But both are very charismatic IMO.

  • Truthiness

    How could James be like Cook in not planning to audition when he audition in Season 8 too?

    Yeah. Odd that.

    And I really like the song “Supermassive Black Hole” despite being associated with, ack, Twilight. So no way do I want James and his voice, anywhere near it. *shudder* I do like the idea of subverting a cheesy song like the Christopher Cross song for Arthur. That would be interesting, and something I would probably enjoy more from James. And more importantly, it keeps him away from myMuse.

  • fadetowhite

    But I like Haley, so go figure! LOL!

    Hey – I like Haley too!

    Maybe we could do a study. Are people who don’t like James predisposed to like Haley and visa versa?

    Of course I am white, female and (only just) 40, so I am already rebelling against my demographic (gulp) in supporting a gal here.

    And anyway, I’m sure that Suenigma is just going to blow my latest theory out of the water by claiming to like Adam, Cook, James and Haley (and probably Kris, Lee and Crystal too).

    And then where will we be!!!!?????

    Chaos will follow, mark my words.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I think Scotty and Lauren are easily the most marketable of who’s left… maybe Paul as the frontman for his alt/country/folkie band. My only concern with Scotty and Lauren is that I don’t know if they’ve really fully grown into their talent yet. I worry they’ll end up getting put out there too soon. But both are very charismatic IMO.

    I have no worries about that. From what I’ve seen and heard on the show and heard from their studio recordings, they are ready to record an album. Sure, they both need strong label backing and hopefully they get good songs for the albums. But they are ready – they have everything a contestant from a show like Idol or X Factor needs – good voices, musical identity, youth, personalities, charisma. For everything else, they need a label and management to get through the first few years. They will learn.

  • saga

    I’m not really listening to rock music that much and I was hoping season 10 would bring some viable pop singers

    Yeah! Where are the pop-singers with interesting and cool phrasing? With fun stage personality? Lots of energy? *looks around*

  • suenigma

    That’s exactly the way I feel HermeticallySealed. And why is James somehow being dishonest, while everyone else is telling the truth? They like who they like – however bizarre it might seem. And James liking Cook the most actually seems kind of logical to me – heh.

  • fadetowhite

    Oh – and I’ve got to say this.

    I do not get the Scotty love. Do not get it at.all.

    Is it a ‘the.UK.is.not.a.country.music.loving.country’ thing?

    He really does seem like the cheesiest of the cheesy to me.

    And yes, he has a good voice, but – honestly – if he reminds me of anything it’s Val Doonican (ancient UK reference that probably only ancient UK residents will get).

    I find it hard to believe he’s only whatever teenage years he is.

  • Fullmoon

    I love Adam when he rocks out, but he still sometimes sounds a little like someone doing a rock song in a musical, not a real rocker. James has, for me, a slight edge. This holds for rock ballads, too. Adam has a lot he does better than James that sometimes more than makes up for the slight lapse of authenticity, for lack of a better word.

    Wow this is how I feel about James but I guess it just goes to show how we hear things differently. For me Adam is a throwback to the classic 70’s rockers who brought a flair of theatrical to them. Mercury, T Rex. etc etc.. I’m not a fan of 80 or grunge rock so maybe that’s it. I do love Green Day for their theatrical flair but Billie Joe does loves Adam so there you go. Similar vibe. I find Adam the real deal. James not so much.

  • webster

    This is the second time Casey has mentioned Adam and Ring of Fire. There’s no similarities, I just think he liked it. And it was a little out there, which Casey is.

    Yeah. It’s my favorite performance, and believe me, it’s not because I think I have any similarities to it or Adam.

    That said, there’s a long history of taking blues and blues-influenced music, like rock, and infusing it with eastern tonal and rhythmic systems, like Indian or Arabic. So I can totally see Casey being interested in a country song given that spin. And I can totally see him trying something similar on a jazz tune. From a purely musical stand point, ROF was a very interesting performance.

    Makes me wonder if something like that would fly this year.

  • Fullmoon

    ROF is one to remember I tell ya. It was the first time I said WTF but I loved it. The studio version is also great

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

  • webster

    For me Adam is a throwback to the classic 70?s rockers who brought a flair of theatrical

    Oh, I totally agree on that, and that’s my favorite stuff he does. It just, every so often, it felt like he was playing a rocker in a musical, not really rocking out. I’m talking when he was on the show, since the main point was about James, who we’ve only seen on the show.

  • sr4mjc

    I can’t believe all this deep analysis of a silly EW puff piece. But then again, I’ve done worse on here. Heh. Carry on peeps!

    Ha, we’re bored. And I won’t miss a chance to snark on James. Last year it was Lee who pushed my snark button with his Key of Lee.

    IMO, I honestly can’t understand anyone who likes Adam and Cook liking James. He’s done nothing remotely as interesting musically or vocally as either of them. With Cook and Adam, there is a ton of pre-Idol footage and recordings to see depth of musical knowledge. With James there is Dio karoake done badly. And wrestling tweets, fans have fun with that.

    I LOL’d so hard when he said he worked on his cover of WMGGW for 5 years. Seriously, what will he do post idol?

  • suenigma

    FadetoWhite. I do like Haley, so there you go. The only contestants I’m kind of meh about are Jacob and Stefano (pretty voice, but he seems so incapable of interepreting a song in an interesting way), although Paul is starting to wear out his welcome for me too. I even like Lauren now, but I wish she had waited a few years.

    I love Chrystal, and I like Lee and Kris, FWIW. :)

    ETA: James isn’t my clear-cut favorite. I like a lot of them, and it really is a week to week thing for me this year.

  • SpenserJ

    Of course I am white, female and (only just) 40, so I am already rebelling against my demographic (gulp) in supporting a gal here.

    We should start a club :).

    I personally don’t think James is as good as either Adam or Cook, but I like him. I enjoy his performances. He’s not my favorite of the season, but I find him entertaining.

  • Buffynut

    fadetowhite says:
    04/10/2011 at 5:27 pm
    But I like Haley, so go figure! LOL!

    Hey – I like Haley too!

    Maybe we could do a study. Are people who don’t like James predisposed to like Haley and visa versa?

    Of course I am white, female and (only just) 40, so I am already rebelling against my demographic (gulp) in supporting a gal here.

    That’s funny, because I also am a white female and voted for a woman last year and this year. My favorites have been Naima and Haley. I get a little upset when I hear the cougar excuse for the past 3 winners.
    I love Cook and Adam, but can not get on the James bandwagon. It also irritates me that the judges have not been calling him out on his vocal problems. Of course, they haven’t been calling out anyone, except for maybe Naima on the first 2 shows and Stefano a little bit.
    It’s just a weird year, for me. I am liking it way better than last year, but still do not find myself invested in anyone, not like I was with Cook and Adam. I mean, even though I am voting, no one’s elimination is going to upset, surprise, or shock me. I am looking forward to the summer tour, I think it will be a very entertaining show. But, I don’t know if I would go see any of these people on their own tour. I am really, really looking forward to Cook’s album promo tour though! :)

  • fadetowhite

    Suenigma – I like Crystal, Kris, Cook (who is fairly obviously my favourite!)and Haley (and Kelly, Fantasia, Melinda D and Carrie oh and Allison). Funny – there are more girls there than guys now I come to think about it :lol I like some of Jordin’s singles too. My favourite contestant has won in 4 of the 6 seasons I have watched and cared about (seasons 3 through to eight) and in Kris’s case, I was fine with him, Adam or Allison winning. ETA: Season 5 was my only disappointment. And which season was Elliot Yamin – 5 or 6? Because he was my pick that year.

    So, I’m just messing around.

    I don’t like Lee or James (and am presently somewhat bemused by the success of Scotty).

    And I admire Adam’s vocal talent and performance skills, rather than liking what he does.

    But really – what does it matter at the end of the day?

    ETA 2:Oh: and ITA on Stephano – don’t get him at all. Jacob I thought was brilliant in Hollywood week. And I see hints of brilliance in him now too, but he doesn’t know how to control his voice or performance and, since the live shows started, he’s been all over the place. It’s a shame.

    ETA3: We all need to start a white, female, over 30 and not braindead club – defintely! :lol

  • saga

    Makes me wonder if something like that would fly this year.

    I am not sure it even did fly in S8, lol! I think you have to really go for it if you’re gonna do something like that on AI, be totally convincing, no self-doubt or second thouhts.

  • webster

    Maybe we could do a study. Are people who don’t like James predisposed to like Haley and visa versa?

    Sorry, I like them both. They are probably my two favorites, switching places from week to week.
    I like Casey, too, as a concept, but hope he forms a band and hires a singer.

    I like Scotty as a phenomenon to puzzle over.

    Paul, too, except his voice is just so annoying I can’t actually stand to listen to it. I’m hoping when he gets booted off, he’ll get signed by Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • Buffynut

    sr4mjc says:
    04/10/2011 at 5:42 pm
    I can’t believe all this deep analysis of a silly EW puff piece. But then again, I’ve done worse on here. Heh. Carry on peeps!

    Ha, we’re bored. And I won’t miss a chance to snark on James. Last year it was Lee who pushed my snark button with his Key of Lee.

    IMO, I honestly can’t understand anyone who likes Adam and Cook liking James. He’s done nothing remotely as interesting musically or vocally as either of them. With Cook and Adam, there is a ton of pre-Idol footage and recordings to see depth of musical knowledge. With James there is Dio karoake done badly

    Well said!
    And those moments, like we had with Cook, Adam, and even Kris are what’s been missing the past 2 seasons. And, we’re not just talking one moment. Cook had several as did Adam and Kris. I think I can remember thinking Crystal had a moment too, but right now I can’t remember even what it was. But with Cook, Adam, and Kris I can name 3 for each of them!

  • sr4mjc

    I love Cook and Adam, but can not get on the James bandwagon. It also irritates me that the judges have not been calling him out on his vocal problems. Of course, they haven’t been calling out anyone, except for maybe Naima on the first 2 shows and Stefano a little bit.
    It’s just a weird year, for me. I am liking it way better than last year, but still do not find myself invested in anyone, not like I was with Cook and Adam. I mean, even though I am voting, no one’s elimination is going to upset, surprise, or shock me.

    This is me. I liked Naima and Pia for completely different reasons, I voted for them too. Love Casey’s personality and a few of his performances and Paul makes me laugh, although I find his voice horrible. I do love Scotty’s voice and don’t like country music so I don’t know what to think about that. I know, shocked me too! I love Lauren’s voice but don’t want her to ever talk, like Allison. She starts talking and I get nervous, lol.

  • lovingadam

    It seems that Adam was partying with Rihanna yesterday night

    RT @LasPalmasNights: So fun with @rihanna @adamlambert @MDMOLINARI @MELLYJHART last night!
    rihanna Rihanna
    Thanks to my bffs I’m leavin the club in a brand new white dress, accessorized with red wine stains!!!! Don’t u HATE that???
    MDMOLINARI MARKUS MOLINARI
    @adamlambert you’re everything!

  • gangreen29

    But with Cook, Adam, and Kris I can name 3 for each of them one of them!

    Because you are a fan of all three of them. I would reluctantly name Billie Jean a moment and that is it. I’ve liked several performances of Jacob and Lauren more than anything the three of them ever did.

  • fadetowhite

    I LOL’d so hard when he said he worked on his cover of WMGGW for 5 years. Seriously, what will he do post idol?

    :lol

    Now, that’s kind of mean, but soooo true.

    Especially as he didn’t seem to have done much to it!

  • SpenserJ

    And which season was Elliot Yamin – 5 or 6? Because he was my pick that year.

    Season 5.

    And those moments, like we had with Cook, Adam, and even Kris are what’s been missing the past 2 seasons.

    I’m getting pretty desperate for a moment too. I’m enjoying this season, and it’s weird that I haven’t found anyone to hate yet LOL. Usually I have a nemesis by now. Haley’s my favorite at this point, but that could still change. There’s a pretty level playing field (in my head) right now.

    While I always pick a favorite, I’m not one to really get invested in these people. I feel better that way. Otherwise, I think I’d just be infuriated all the time :).

  • sr4mjc

    It seems that Adam was partying with Rihanna yesterday night

    Yet not one photo! Damn it.

    My Favs over the seasons, Kelly, Clay, Daughtry, Carrie, Carly, Cook, Matt, Adam, Allison. Skip S9 and my fav potential from S10 didn’t make it, Lauren Turner. And I’m very interested in hearing Kimberly Caldwell’s album that’s coming out, I really dig her voice.

    Even though I hate Fantasia’s voice, I can recognize Summertime as a moment.

  • Buffynut

    gangreen29 says:
    04/10/2011 at 5:56 pm
    Because you are a fan of all three of them. I would reluctantly name Billie Jean a moment and that is it. I’ve like several performances of Jacob and Lauren more than anything the three of them ever did.

    That might be true, but if it is, a hella lot of bloggers and press agree with me!
    I like Jacob but don’t think he’s had a moment since that solo in Long Beach on the Sing for Your Life day. Jacob is my favorite guy and it is based soley on his voice.

    ETA: Not a big Kris fan, btw, but I can acknowledge that Ain’t No Sunshine and Heartless were moments. Probably even Falling Slowly.

  • girlygirl

    If you go on the American Idol website, they still have bios up for the contestants from the past seasons. And on some of those pages they have who their favorite Idol is. For example, Adam said Fantasia. Kris said Kelly. Who knows whether they would give the same answer now as they did back then? So maybe David Cook is currently James’ favorite former Idol. Or maybe he just didn’t want to say Adam and have people start with the comparisons.

  • girlygirl

    Was Adam partying with Rihanna? Or was he at some big event where they both happened to be? If it’s the latter, there may not be any pics of the 2 of them together.

  • gangreen29

    That might be true, but if it is, a hella lot of bloggers and press agree with me!

    I don’t really let bloggers and press influence my personal opinions.

  • suenigma

    Apropos of nothing, here is a new picture of Cookie and the current love of his life (heh).

    http://twitpic.com/4je76n

    ETA: How can a man who lives in LA possibly by THAT pale.

  • SpenserJ

    ETA3: We all need to start a white, female, over 30 and not braindead club – defintely! :lol

    Fabulous, I’ll start working on the bylaws. And, our no cougars allowed sign :).

    I love Lauren’s voice but don’t want her to ever talk, like Allison. She starts talking and I get nervous, lol.

    She’s just still so young. She looks and sounds beautiful on stage while performing, then she speaks and I’m all “uh no, keep that shit to yourself” LOL. She needs a lot more polish. She probably did this a little too soon.

  • Buffynut

    gangreen29 says:

    04/10/2011 at 6:05 pm
    That might be true, but if it is, a hella lot of bloggers and press agree with me!

    I don’t really let bloggers and press influence my personal opinions.

    Of course, not. But you said I saw the moments only because I was a fan of those 3 (and as I said, I am not a Kris fan.) I think the press can be objective when they talk about moments. I think I can be objective too. I find saying I can only see moments of people I am a fan of insulting.

  • fadetowhite

    How can a man who lives in LA possibly by THAT pale.

    :lol I was wondering whether it was a contrast error in the camera when watching vids from this weekend, but when he’s that pale on every vid (not that I have spent much of the day watching them, of course!) I have to conclude that, no – he has no tan.

    Maybe that stuff about staying at home, when not in the studio was right. Either that or he only goes out at night?! But then what about all those twittered frisby/softball competition thingies…

    It’s a mystery, that’s for sure.

  • gangreen29

    I think the press can be objective when they talk about moments. I think I can be objective too. I find saying I can only see moments of people I am a fan of insulting.

    I didn’t say you only see moments in people you are fans of. What I was saying was if you are a fan of theirs you are more likely to remember there performances and consider them moments. I’m not a fan, so I don’t consider them moments. I’m a fan of Lauren and Jacob, and think they have had several moments, even if others don’t agree. As the press being objective, I completely disagree. Most idol bloggers seem to have the same preference for HAC leaning white males that the audience does. They certainly aren’t objective.

  • webster

    I am not sure it even did fly in S8, lol! I think you have to really go for it if you’re gonna do something like that on AI, be totally convincing, no self-doubt or second thouhts.

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

  • suenigma

    Maybe that stuff about staying at home, when not in the studio was right. Either that or he only goes out at night?! But then what about all those twittered frisby/softball competition thingies…It’s a mystery, that’s for sure.

    Hahaha. No kidding. And he claimed to have run 8 miles the other day. I want the name of his sunscreen.

  • sdmama

    Wasn’t Casey absent when Adam came to the result show? It makes me sad that he didn’t get to see him.

  • saga

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    Ah, I see what you mean. I think Iovine would veto it. They’re very professional this year but they sure tend to be on the bland side.

  • webster

    Since we’re having such a pleasant, lol-ling conversation about this crazy show we all are intrigued by, may I just drop in a video link to a song that I keep being reminded of. It’s not Idol related, except that it, too, recognizes that people who love music will continually get caught up in music and the people who make music in ways that are inexplicable to everyone, including themselves. The “caught up” here, is more romantic, not fandom, but still. It, like, this afternoon, is pleasant and lol-ling.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU0VzSH9vqY

  • Incipit

    I’m getting pretty desperate for a moment too.

    SpenserJ, I agree, although ‘resigned’ to not getting one is closer to my feelings. Maybe it’s been ‘mentored’ out – maybe the chillrun just don’t have the capacity, but no one surprises me (in a good way) on that stage this year.

    Don’t tell TPTB about the missing moments, though – or they’ll try to make one – not with anyone’s vocals or interpretation of a song – just FX…although after you set a piano on fire, what’s left to try? Gospel Choirs are just so mundane. *wink*

  • fadetowhite

    Hey – they’re good!

    Another band, another set of guitars I haven’t heard of before.

    And it looks like they’ve got a new album out.

    Thanks for the link!

  • fadetowhite

    Don’t tell TPTB about the missing moments, though – or they’ll try to make one

    Isn’t that a lot of the problem? These ‘experts’ appear to believe that ‘moments’ can be/are manufactured, when actually they just happen when the right act meets the right material at the right time with the right feeling.

    There just doesn’t seem to be any connection between the singers and what they’re singing this season – which makes me think they’re not that connected to the material that’s being chosen or the way they’re being asked to sing it.

    You can see it in their eyes sometimes in the interview segments pre-song – or maybe that’s just me reading into things. But sometimes there seems to be a look of ‘I don’t really believe in this, but the experts have told me that this is what I need to do, so I’m going to do it.’

    Only connect.

  • JOJOSIE

    A big Adam fan here who also liked Cook and now likes James. Yes there are a few of us, in fact I think there are quite a few. Not a BSC crazy fan but I do look forward to his appearance each week. No One this year has really stolen my heart yet. I say yet as the season is still young. I will say my 2 very favorite Idols, Adam and Taylor had me at audition. Cook and Fannie took a little longer. You can see I like singers that are also performers. On with the show.

  • suenigma

    OMG Webster. That is hysterical.

    They are pretty good They remind me of a few local Vancouver bands from the 90’s. Remember the Odds Kirsten?

  • CindyM

    adamlambert Rakastan!!! 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    Rakastan is “I love” in Finnish. :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    ETA3: We all need to start a white, female, over 30 and not braindead club – defintely! :lol

    Fabulous, I’ll start working on the bylaws. And, our no cougars allowed sign :) .

    Soooooo. . . . any woman over 30, who likes one of the male contestants over a female one is a cougar and braindead? Hmmmm. . . .

  • Trina

    Not that I can remember a ton of moments from last year or the year before but people tend to look back at an entire season and compare to where we are now. Season 5 and 7, my faves, I can’t remember THREE moments that came from my fave at this point. The whole season? Yes. Not by the end of Top 9 week. In fact didn’t the infamous Mad World and Summertime happen Top 8 week?

    Gotta say I LOVE that my fave this year inspires this kind of passion whether you love or hate him. Beats the hell out of being boring! And yep I like James, David and Adam. Hell I like Scotty too. No explanation should be necessary. We like who we like. FTR I personally found Maybe I’m Amazed to be better than some of the “moments” from other seasons that are often cited.

  • webster

    They are pretty good They remind me of a few local Vancouver bands from the 90?s. Remember the Odds Kirsten?

    The Rainmakers were somewhat big here in the 80’s and 90’s, more success abroad. The new album is a reunion album, I don’t know if it’s any good. This video is 15 years old, give or take. But their lyrics are usually wry, topical and to the point. With a lot of good natured humor and occasional well-deserved bite.

  • fadetowhite

    Soooooo. . . . any woman over 30, who likes one of the male contestants over a female one is a cougar and braindead? Hmmmm. . .

    .

    Uh – no.

    I don’t think that was the point that anyone was making at all.

    Especially not as many of us have at least one male contestant who is/has been our absolute favourite in at least one season.

    Just saying that liking one (white) male contestant (or even two or three) does not mean that a woman is incapable of liking any other kind of singer/artist/contestant or is a slave to her hormones.

    And trying to do it in a jokey fashion (and failing – clearly :lol).

  • Incipit

    Isn’t that a lot of the problem? These ‘experts’ appear to believe that ‘moments’ can be/are manufactured…

    Fadetowhite, it’s the whole problem, and for once in my life, I guesss I wasn’t snarky enough – cause that’s what I was saying. *wink*X2

    When they have also convinced the chillrun that this is where moments come from – instead of risk taking and confidence in knowing what one can do – then the season comes out bland – like a carton of soft-boiled eggs, and no salt, even. Just a synth soundtrack with ‘beats’.

    Make a liar out of me, Idol – I’ll be fine with that.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • dcglam

    Rakastan is “I love” in Finnish.

    Thanks, Cindy!
    I was scratching my head trying to figure that one out…… ;)

  • JudyOhio

    It’s not Idol related, except….

    Seems idol related enough to me webster! Just change one lyric line to ….la la la ….not another white guy with another guitar and change the title of the song WGWG…. Enjoyed the video, was good and thanks! :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    And trying to do it in a jokey fashion (and failing – clearly :lol).

    Ah, I see. The whole “Women voting for men are all cougars ruled by their hormones (except for those enlightened few on the web)” meme comes up so often, at times it’s hard to tell. my bad. ;)

  • CindyM

    LOL Michelle Collins interview with Adam backstage at the NNN awards.

    http://www.logotv.com/video/misc/641078/backstage-at-the-2011-newnownext-awards-adam-lambert.jhtml

    He confirms he’s dating Sauli.

    After his earlier tweet of “Rakastan!!!”, its now trending and he followed it up with:

    adamlambert I love my fans!!! Ya’ll RAK STARS
    2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • fadetowhite

    Fadetowhite, it’s the whole problem, and for once in my life, I guesss I wasn’t snarky enough – cause that’s what I was saying. *wink*X2

    Hey no – I’m just slow on the uptake and in ‘I will make obvious points repetitively even when other people have already made them’ mode…:lol

    I’ll blame it on the late hour (here) and being in a slightly too euphoric mood at the sudden break in the Cookian firewall of silence yesterday.

  • Valentin432

    Altough IA that there hasn’t been a “signature performance” (I’m tired of the M word), there are several that have come pretty close to my mind.

    Most importantly tough the lack of those type of performances hasn’t hindered the ratings.

    Both Season 7 and season 8 saw a substantial decline in the ratings from the previous year.

    Right now, the number of people watching this season is higher than last season which hasn’t happened since season 6. The top 9 performance show attracted 23,133 million people vs 20,836 last year.

    My theory is that “signature performances” do create a bump in the ratings (Billy Jean and Mad Wolrd both had a significant impact in the ratings the next week) but an overall good show is very important which is what I think this year is bringing on a very consistant basis.

  • lla2827

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    This is what I have been saying. We are not going to be seeing these great “moments” because Jimmy I and his team have their fingerprints over everything. It’s taking the creativity that we might have seen out of the contestants hands. The producers are just concerned with getting the itunes recording. Performance is now secondary IMO. Really too bad

    I loved when Adam did Ring of Fire. I thought it was really cool. It will be an idol moment that I will remember. (I liked the Kradison trio that season–but supported Allison cause the judges were horrible to that talented young girl.) I can understand why Casey likes it–he is a jazz musician and would appreciate it. This EW thing is not the first time he has mentioned it.

    I think we do tend to remember the moments of our faves. I watched seasons 4 and 5–but never really had a fave or voted. In season six–loved Melinda and remember My Funny Valentine very well. She was so good. Season 7 I recall the moments from Jason and Brooke more–because that is who I liked the most. Season 8–ROF and Allison’s sing out–so awesome. Season 9–remember lots of Crystal. Loved her and almost every week was a moment for me–LOL!

    This season I love Casey–and I think that both the Hollywood and Vegas songs are moments I will remember as well as I Put a Spell on You. For me (for you), he is the one who has the most musicality. He knows how to phrase and interpret the lyric and makes interesting melody choices. It’s rarely pure karaoke out of him. He also has a distinctive voice. I look forward to seeing him every week.

  • Incipit

    I’ll blame it on the late hour (here) and being in a slightly too euphoric mood at the sudden break in the Cookian firewall of silence yesterday.

    *Chuckle* – Hey – that explains anything and everything. Nuff said!

    ::nods in emphatic agreement::

  • sr4mjc

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    Sadly, I agree with this.

  • saga

    This season I love Casey–and I think that both the Hollywood and Vegas songs are moments I will remember as well as I Put a Spell on You. For me (for you), he is the one who has the most musicality. He knows how to phrase and interpret the lyric and makes interesting melody choices. It’s rarely pure karaoke out of him. He also has a distinctive voice. I look forward to seeing him every week.

    I think Casey is interesting but even he has been smoothed out by the Iovine team… they feel like creativity killers sometimes in the pre talks. Overall we dont see really bad performances but we don’t get the suprises either with this mentoring.

  • Valentin432

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    I’m Still Standing the reggae version is as or more daring than ROF the oriental/rock version who had already been done in another show (ETA: and very well received)
    So no I don’t think they’ve been put boundries in what they can to do.

    ETA: not comparing the quality of the performances per say. Just the degree of originality in both of them.

  • webster

    Seems idol related enough to me webster! Just change one lyric line to ….la la la ….not another white guy with another guitar and change the title of the song WGWG

    Well, that line is the one that keeps popping in my head when reading about every other thread. Of course, the WGWG issue isn’t at all about the romantic challenges of being a starving musician. But glad to share a good song.

  • fadetowhite

    My remembered individual performances – leaving Cook out of it, because I remember all of his performances, though I do think Billie Jean was a genuine ‘moment’ – are:

    Fantasia – Summertime (I still remember getting chills from this).
    Brooke – Love Is A Battlefield
    Jason – Hallelujah
    Syesha – A Change is Gonna Come
    Adam – Mad World
    Kris – Ain’t No Sunshine

    There must have been many performances I loved from Carrie, Elliot, Melinda, Allison and others too, because I remember enjoying them on the show and supporting them, but these are the actual performances that stand out in my memory. I think there are more from season 7, because that was the season where I really got involved and paid attention – because of Cook.

    Of these, I think Summertime, Billie Jean and Mad World (ETA: and possibly Ain’t No Sunshine, in a lower key Kris kind of way) were genuine show ‘moments’ because a large number of viewers remember them as songs that stood out, whether they are fans of that particular performer or not.

    That is what defines a ‘moment’ to me: a performance that is widely applauded, beyond fan group boundaries (not universally acknowldged of course, because that, quite frankly, is not possible).

    I know there will be others – from Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry and others – but these are the ones that I remember.

    And I haven’t seen/heard anything from this season yet, that has made waves or attracted the kind of widespread response that these performances did. These are performances that turn someone into a genuine contender/potential winner.

  • dcglam

    JOJOSIE~
    I love your post, and I also love singers who can “perform” as well as sing. These are the artists who truly “grab” the audience (as well as me).
    Yes, James definitely has our attention for this reason. For his sake, I hope he can make it true to himself for the remainder of Season 10.
    I feel he is very talented, but needs to focus his performances on HIM — as to what makes him unique. I’m still waiting to get that from him.

  • webster

    I’m Still Standing the reggae version is as or more daring than ROF the oriental/rock version

    I think there are a lot performances that are more musically innovative than Adam’s ROF. But there was something about it that caused a lot of people to consider it an afront, in a way that we didn’t hear this year. It’s hard for me to judge, since I liked it so much, but I remember comments about Johnny Cash rolling over in his grave, people all over Nashville throwing their TVs out (a joke, of course).

    Maybe it’s because it’s two years later or it’s because Elton John is still alive and not needing fans to speak on his behalf, but Naima’s performance didn’t seem to cause the “outrage” that Adam’s did (in some, small quarters). Again, I don’t know what people were picking up on, but I wonder if the producers would have had that same reaction: “no, you can’t do that to a Johnny Cash song. I don’t care if it’s been done before.”

    I say this, because the producers seem to be fairly reactionary.

  • webster

    I’m tired of the M word

    OH, GOD, THANK YOU!!!!

  • sr4mjc

    I love Michelle Collins.

  • progression

    Going by What Not to Sing, the profile of the top 10 performances has been remarkably similar the past five seasons. The #10 performance of the season has always been in the 83 to 85 range (which means nine performances have rated higher than that), and the top 10 performances have been given by four (S5, S6, S9)to six (S7) contestants. I think what makes a season good TV is that next tier of performances – how many average to below average performances do we have to sit through to get to the good stuff. By that standard I think S10 is doing really well. This is my favorite group over all in years, even though I expect it will not have as strong of a top 4 as S8 and S5 or top 2 as S7.

  • Buffynut

    saga says:
    04/10/2011 at 6:22 pm
    Ah, I see what you mean. I think Iovine would veto it. They’re very professional this year but they sure tend to be on the bland side

    Yes! And the poducers and judges homogenizing everyone is the one problem with this year. (Still better than S9 though.)

  • Valentin432

    Maybe it’s because it’s two years later or it’s because Elton John is still alive and not needing fans to speak on his behalf, but Naima’s performance didn’t seem to cause the “outrage” that Adam’s did (in some, small quarters). Again, I don’t know what people were picking up on, but I wonder if the producers would have had that same reaction: “no, you can’t do that to a Johnny Cash song. I don’t care if it’s been done before.”

    I say this, because the producers seem to be fairly reactionary.

    I do think that some of the outrage came from the fact that it was a fairly sexually charged performance at least for the AI stage.

    The comments were ignorant at the time because they had a lot to do with the image that Johnny Cash was some of kind of conservative musician who would have hated that arrangement (which any Johnny Cash fan would have laughed at) and the last thing anyone can say about Elton John is that he’s a conservative artist.

    However, the discussion seemed to be about what these kids can and can’t do musically compared to previous years, in that sense I don’t think they are more limited.

  • dcglam

    sr4mjc says:
    04/10/2011 at 7:30 pm
    I love Michelle Collins.

    I ditto that!
    Thanks, CindyM, for the link……. :)

  • Kirsten

    I wonder if the producers would have had that same reaction: “no, you can’t do that to a Johnny Cash song. I don’t care if it’s been done before.”

    Probably not. Just this week, the producers had no problem encouraging Paul to turn another Cash classic into an upbeat jamboree (even though it features lyrics about killing a man just to watch him die). Read the behind the scenes report from Debra and Michael. Paul was a little concerned, but the Iovine and the producers were not.

    ROF flew in S8 in the sense that he got to perform it. I’m wondering if this year, it would have gotten mentored out of him.

    Ah, I see what you mean. I think Iovine would veto it. They’re very professional this year but they sure tend to be on the bland side.

    I have to disagree with this. I may think the producers have a few odd choices, but they are trying new things. I don’t think I can recall a single time that Idol has featured rap in a performance night show. And those rap words were written by the contestant herself. Am I correct in saying that is the first time any original composition by a contestant has been performed during a competition round?

    The producers were okay with Scotty turning a Stevie Wonder into a country song. They supported the reggae Elton John. They tried to convince us that Pia wasn’t singing another ballad by inserting a dance beat. Casey did a jazzy-ish version of CCR.

    I’m not going to claim the producers are perfect, but they seem to have been willing to try ideas that are brought to them. If Naima can do it, are we seriously claiming that Adam would have wilted in front of the producers? I’m no fan of Adam, but I’m sure that he would have had no problems getting his RoF ideas to the stage. It may be that this year that some of the contestants are cowed by such famous producers, but we’ve certainly seen lots of examples of contestants getting their way (Scotty with his Grandma verse, everything Naima did, Jacob not singing “Let’s Get it on”, James and his flaming pianos, Pia and her ballads).

  • Tess

    Sometimes “moments” are a result of lots of mediocre to bad performances during the night and then someone stepping up to the plate and reeling the audience back in. Would these performances be considered especially good if they were part of an over-all really, really good night? Not as likely, in my opinion.

    And as to why AI never finds a pop singer to compete. Mainly because pop singers are about the material and not about the voice or the talent or the skill level. Unless someone is doing “pop” material they aren’t “pop”. If someone can “define” what a pop voice is then I will stand corrected…..and no fair using examples or songs.

  • lovingadam

    Adam interview with Michelle Collins (YT preview)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJGKEt1tXRM&feature=player_embedded

  • saga

    I have to disagree with this. I may think the producers have a few odd choices, but they are trying new things. I don’t think I can recall a single time that Idol has featured rap in a performance night show. And those rap words were written by the contestant herself. Am I correct in saying that is the first time any original composition by a contestant has been performed during a competition round?

    I dont think the ROF controversy was solely due to the musical arrangement, I think it was a lot of factors. I think as a whole, including presentation and arrangement, that performance would have been deemed too risky to fly on S10. They’ve tried new things musically this season but they’ve never been provocative imo.

    But who knows… maybe Jimmy would jump up and down of joy for a ROF kind of performance!

  • Valentin432

    You guys realize that Jimmy Iovine is the A&R that put Lady Gaga on the map?
    I have a hard time thinking that he wouldn’t be on board with weird and out there ideas.

  • webster

    And those rap words were written by the contestant herself. Am I correct in saying that is the first time any original composition by a contestant has been performed during a competition round?

    All good points, Kirsten. I do think the producers are stepping up the production values all around and allowing considerable creativity. (Though I don’t think simply speeding up or slowing down a song to a different beat really falls there – the changes Paul made to Folsom Prison are ones you could easily imagine Cash doing himself as a change up. Not so with Adam’s performance – but I imagine he would have found it entertaining.

    But there is a predictability setting in, despite the relative freedom the producers are allowing, and I think it’s this: they are really encouraging the contestants to find out who they are and grow into it. They’ll let Scotty turn anything into country, and they’ll let James rock out anything. And they’ll support those contestant ideas that play into that.

    Maybe it’s a good thing for the contestants. Probably is. But I wonder if it stifles some, too. Back in S4, would we have seen that Carrie can rock, or would she have been led into countrifying everything?

    Who knows.

  • Valentin432

    Maybe it’s a good thing for the contestants. Probably is. But I wonder if it stifles some, too. Back in S4, would we have seen that Carrie can rock, or would she have been led into countrifying everything?

    We’ve seen Casey (trying) to rock out to Nirvana, Jacob (trying) to sing Heart, Lauren doing two fairly straight RnB/soul covers, Haley yodelling through a country song, etc.

    I really think that all this debate is embelished memories from previous seasons which happens inevitably every year.

  • jammasta

    WNTS seems to have given some pretty odd scores this season, particularly to Jacob and Pia. I sometimes wonder if the judges gave them these ratings :P.

    I don’t think the producers would have had much issue giving Adam his flavor if he were on this season. He was a favorite and he had really interesting ideas (whether we liked them or we didn’t. I hated a ton of them, but they were at least interesting.) I half think he would make a pretty interesting producer here :P.

  • lla2827

    Probably not. Just this week, the producers had no problem encouraging Paul to turn another Cash classic into an upbeat jamboree (even though it features lyrics about killing a man just to watch him die). Read the behind the scenes report from Debra and Michael. Paul was a little concerned, but the Iovine and the producers were not.

    But, this was the producers idea–not Pauls idea. I wonder if he really even liked that idea.

    I don’t think it is particularly innovative letting Scotty putting a country spin on every song–that is just what he is going to do. Pia is a ballad singer–so nothing creative there. She didn’t do anything innovative during her stay.

    The only one who stepped out of the box quite a bit was Naima with the Elton John song. Really haven’t seen anything else flipped on its ear.

    Remember when Jason Castro did I don’t wanna Crysong during Mariah week with the Latin vibe? That was very creative IMO. I thought one of the best “make it your own” arrangements of that season. I pretty positive that he didn’t get it from another artist’s version either. That was from him.

    That is the kind of stuff I would love to see more of this season.

  • Kirsten

    Sometimes “moments” are a result of lots of mediocre to bad performances during the night and then someone stepping up to the plate and reeling the audience back in. Would these performances be considered especially good if they were part of an over-all really, really good night? Not as likely, in my opinion.

    Actually, that is a very good point. Moments do not exist in a vacuum and often it is somebody getting the show back on track that has them.

    And as to why AI never finds a pop singer to compete. Mainly because pop singers are about the material and not about the voice or the talent or the skill level.

    I think another problem is that pop is in the moment. It is hard to switch a pop song from yesteryear (especially if it is from some specific genre like Disco or Hard Rock) into a pop song of today. Singing a pop song from today is rarely allowed and would only sound like karaoke anyway. Add in that pop songs are very stylized today (think about how OMG didn’t work at all and Umbrella had to be radically altered to somewhat work). It’s all about the beats and the autotune effects and repeated words. There are a few pop songs like those from Bruno Mars that might work, but most must be switched into something else (like Heartless) to work and then they aren’t really pop anymore.

  • Valentin432

    Actually, that is a very good point. Moments do not exist in a vacuum and often it is somebody getting the show back on track that has them.

    Altough IA that previous and subsequent performances influence the way a performance is perceived, this theory doesn’t seem to resist a small empirical analysis.

    Stuff Like That There, Solitaire, Summertime, A Song For You or Billy Jean were all performed during a strong night overall.

    I think these type of performances stand out wheter or not the night was good.

  • Mel1

    I love Adam when he rocks out, but he still sometimes sounds a little like someone doing a rock song in a musical, not a real rocker.

    On tour, Adam sang several rock covers that were very well-received. As a matter fact, every time he introduced a new rock cover, the press picked it up, even posting the performance.

  • SpenserJ

    Soooooo. . . . any woman over 30, who likes one of the male contestants over a female one is a cougar and braindead? Hmmmm. . . .

    LOL – no. I was just joking around. And, I hate the word “cougar” and would never actually refer to any woman with such a sexist and derogatory term.

    Sometimes “moments” are a result of lots of mediocre to bad performances during the night and then someone stepping up to the plate and reeling the audience back in. Would these performances be considered especially good if they were part of an over-all really, really good night? Not as likely, in my opinion.

    Interesting theory. Possibly true for some of the “moments” on this show. Although, I think there have been several genuine ones.

    I’m not 100% certain that Iovine would be vetoing a truly creative idea. He seems to have some pretty clear opinions, but I’m just not sure that he’d absolutely say no to something that they really wanted to do.

  • webster

    I really think that all this debate is embelished memories from previous seasons which happens inevitably every year.

    I think you’re probably right. I think it takes being involved in a season to really think any of these performances are better than average. I wonder which, if any, of the so-called moments, were actually good enough to make a significant impression on the general world of music lovers? I remember Mad World being talked about, but would it have been, if it hadn’t screwed up the tv schedule.

    I didn’t watch S7, and had actually never listened to Cook. With all the talk today of Billy Jean, I decided to watch the video. As someone not into that season at all, I have to say, I don’t see what the big deal is over that performance. Neither the voice or the arrangement strikes me as anything special. But had I seen it in the context of the season, maybe I’d feel totally different.

  • SpenserJ

    I remember Mad World being talked about, but would it have been, if it hadn’t screwed up the tv schedule.

    Hmm, I don’t think I can answer this. I actually liked two of Adam’s performances better than that one, so I can’t even agree on what his moment was LOL.

    I didn’t watch S7, and had actually never listened to Cook. With all the talk today of Billy Jean, I decided to watch the video. As someone not into that season at all, I have to say, I don’t see what the big deal is over that performance. Neither the voice or the arrangement strikes me as anything special. But had I seen it in the context of the season, maybe I’d feel totally different.

    I remember being surprised by it, and thinking it was very good. But, I don’t actually remember the performance anymore at all. I’m not sure what I’d think about it, if I watched again today, without the context.

  • Mel1

    Why do you think Adam said he loved his fans? Do you think he was trying to throw them off after he said “Rakistan”? I think his followers probably figured he was talking about Sauli.

    Since Sauli’s show is on the road now, he is able to see Adam. He will have to go back to Finland if he wants to continue on the show. Another separation. Tough on the relationship.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I remember being surprised by it, and thinking it was very good. But, I don’t actually remember the performance anymore at all.

    I’ll be happy to refresh your memory. Everyone was expecting to hear MJ’s version, instead they got one that the viewing audience might not be familiar with – Chris Cornell’s arrangement.
    His fans thought that Chris was not credited for the arrangement (it was) and there was a lot of buzz about it. The videos went viral. (Most were later taken down.)

    Billie Jean

    To compare: MJ’s Billie Jean

  • lorismile

    The interview with Michelle is hilarious!! She has the greatest interviews with Adam. Can’t wait for the whole thing!

  • saga

    I have to admit that Pia Toscanos “All in love is fair” was actually a moment for me. I thought that was excellent vocals, excellent arrangement. A song that is a ballad but without too much typical Diva phrasing and cheezyness and also she used lots of mixing between heast and chest voice, which I love. But since she was coming from an endless string of ballads that performance seemed to not stand out for her.

  • sr4mjc

    Why do you think Adam said he loved his fans? Do you think he was trying to throw them off after he said “Rakistan”? I think his followers probably figured he was talking about Sauli.

    Why would he want to throw them off? I think it was getting a lot of love and support back, with Rakastan trending. He’s so happy in that interview, I can’t wait for the album. Seems like he’s in a good place right now.

  • Fullmoon

    I love Michelle’s interviews with Adam, she makes him crack up all the time. I can’t believe she went there with the “slalom” question. lol

  • Ratna12

    jambajim:
    @krisallen Just heard your version of “Falling Slowly” at a fancy furniture boutique. It made me want to buy a $2000 lamp. Jerk.

    LOL. That’s what he gets for hanging out at fancy furniture boutiques.

    He was probably hanging out too many times with Martha Stewart.

  • Mel1

    Why would he want to throw them off? I think it was getting a lot of love and support back, with Rakastan trending. He’s so happy in that interview, I can’t wait for the album. Seems like he’s in a good place right now.

    Adam has absolutely been beaming the last few months. He and Sauli look so cute together, and I love the way they look at each other.

    Adam has everything to be happy about these days, so yes, he is in a good place right now.

  • suenigma

    Wordnerdarchie. Thank you so much for that beautiful refresher course on David Cook’s Billie Jean – High Def no less. And yep, still freaking epic! I remember at work the next day everybody was buzzing about it. The studio version is awesome too – more haunting.

  • Garnetstar

    I’ve watched idol since Season 1 but didn’t watch Season 2, 3, or 4 and was in and out of 8 an 9. But I still knew when there was a moment from each of the Season’s I missed. It was talked about everywhere was posted on blogs made the morning recaps. And also most idol blogger’s do a recap at the beginning of the year were they come to a consensus on past great moments or worst moments. I guess if you never read the blogs than yeah, you might not know about them. But they exist. Even if I didn’t care for a particular contestant I knew if they gave a moment.

  • Mel1

    Adam and Sauli look so natural together. I hope we start seeing more young girl/girl, boy/boy couples together and looking happy and in love like hetero couples.

  • Fullmoon

    LiamMcEwan
    We want Adam to call The Flea FM! Spam him and sonymusicnz ! Include the email adamontheflea@live.com so they can get in touch!!! :)

    LiamMcEwan Liam McEwan
    Will try and get a podcast of the show up within the next week!

    This is from the DJ from NZ who played 3hrs straight of Adam’s music. Did you guys also know he’s only 15yrs old and loves Adam. He’s also a big MJ fan

    http://www.youtube.com/LiamMJMcEwan

  • limi

    so let’s change the discussion to Adam’s new (really old) hairstyle!
    http://bit.ly/hqemAJ
    Yeah for the Emo hair, he looks so young here!

  • girlygirl

    I like Adam’s hair down like that the best, I think. Sauli is a cutie, too. It’s nice to see Adam so relaxed and happy and having fun.

  • girlygirl

    I like Michelle Collins’ interviews with Adam, but I have to admit I did facepalm a time or two at what she asked him. He took it all in stride, though :)

  • limi

    The most important question is- did he borrow that plaid shirt from Kris?

  • CindyM

    Why facepalm? I love that Michelle asks him stuff about his relationships, she asks it of others too and she and Adam obviously enjoy each other :). That’s not the whole interview, by the way, Michelle Collins tweeted that it’s just a preview, more during livestream tomorrow!!

  • Dakota01

    That interview is so funny. I want to see the whole thing. I wonder what Michelle asked him before “slaloming”. Adam said “I’m not answering that either”. Haha Can’t wait to see the rest of it.

    And I love hearing him talk about the new album. He’s so excited.

  • Montavilla

    I remember Mad World being talked about, but would it have been, if it hadn’t screwed up the tv schedule.

    I think so. I didn’t even know it went overtime because I was watching the show live and it was chill-inducing.

    Plus, Simon gave it a standing ovation — although perhaps he wouldn’t have done that if the show wasn’t running long.

    I remember liking a lot of contestants a lot, but I do blank on their moments. The ones I do remember, without even having to youtube them are Kelly’s singing “That Stuff There” (or whatever it’s called), Fantasia singing “Summertime,” Archie singing “Imagine,” Cook singing “Little Sparrow” and “Music of the Night,” Adam singing “Satisfaction,” and “Mad World,” Kris singing “She Works Hard for the Money,” Allison singing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” Danny singing “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and Crystal starting to cry after singing her inspirational song (again, don’t remember the song, but I remember the moment).

    I also remember Clay doing a terrible job on “Vincent.” I don’t know why I remember that one all these years later. But I liked Clay very much that year and I love that song, so it was a big disappointment. It’s the one bad performance that I remember vividly from ten seasons.

  • springboard

    S7 moments were the classics for me: Hello, Billie Jean and Hallelujah.
    But Adam’s moments were Track Of My Tears, Feeling Good and A Change Has Gonna Come rather than Mad World or Ring Of Fire.

  • fadetowhite

    I think you’re probably right. I think it takes being involved in a season to really think any of these performances are better than average. I wonder which, if any, of the so-called moments, were actually good enough to make a significant impression on the general world of music lovers?

    I don’t disagree with that at all, because, IMO, whatever a moment is, it’s ephemeral. And context is a big part of that.

    It may well not hit in the same way, taken out of that context years, or even months later.

    I still remember Fantasia’s Summertime, but I doubt it would have exactly the same effect on me now. I still love Cook’s Billie Jean – but the effect when I do go back and watch it occasionally is somewhat different.

    What counts is the effect it has at the time – the water cooler effect, as someone else said. It’s a live (or livish) performance, with a live captured moment in time, when everyone sees something for the first time, together.

    There’s still time for season 10 obviously – and I think the contestants are talented enough for it, but I can’t shake the feeling of too much control/too much manipulation and no ‘water cooler’ moments that have got pretty much everyone talking (apart from Pia’s boot; ETA: not a performance of hers, notably).

  • sagi

    I always find it funny when I hear about the controversy of Adam’s ROF. Johnny Cash made a video of his interpretation of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” (which I found quite haunting and reflective) which caused a bit of controversy with NIN fans. Its hard to deny, for whatever reason, Adams performance was a “moment” :)

  • Nina1

    I like Casey, too, as a concept, but hope he forms a band and hires a singer.

    This has got to be right up there in the pantheon of back-handed compliments. :-) But I sure do agree.

  • springboard

    I like Casey too since he has stopped growling. He has a nice tone and excellent phrasing. Considering how much support he receives from TPTB, I am wondering how good he is as a songwriter. If he is excellent, it could make up for the lack of outstanding vocal ability.

  • Avari

    That was a fun thread to read. This comment is late, but I’d also like to join the “I’m a huge Adam-stan, but have a soft spot for James too” club. Yes, it is possible. :-) I just really like James, more for his chutzpah than anything else, maybe. Oh, and if it won’t cause hell to freeze over I’d like to say that David Cook is amazing as well…

    I feel like we quieter Adam-fans need to dispute the Glambert image every once in a while…we’re not all BSC nor completely Adam-centric, LOL.

  • koshka

    I feel like we quieter Adam-fans need to dispute the Glambert image every once in a while…we’re not all BSC nor completely Adam-centric, LOL.

    Well generalizations suck don’t they? Believe it or not people not being a fan of James may have very little to do with Adam. LOL Just like Kris fans not getting on board with the Key of Lee. One may not have anything to do with the other.

    ]My current frustrations/dislike of James has nothing to do with Adam. In fact I was one of the earliest and vocal supporters of James when his pre-idol music came out, especially in on particular vid where he was hamming for some radio contest. Maybe my expectations are too high for him? I think he worries to much about his stage performances and over shadow the work that needs to be done on his vocals, somewhat similar to Naima. He needs to flex some nuance in his performances and do it successfully, I just haven’t seen it yet. Plus to be honest, I dislike 80’s rock. I love rock from the 90’s & 70’s, just not a fan of 80’s. I’d love to know what type of music he’d want to record after AI. He won’t record 80’s music (since it is no long the 80’s), so what is it going to be? Time is starting to tick away and I keep hoping he will pull out something amazing…

  • googletot

    Don’t these people realize they’re doing Pia more harm than good: http://www.tmz.com/2011/04/10/american-idol-idol-pia-toscano-stefano-langone-voting-elimination/