Idol Headlines for 04/28/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Taylor Hicks performs the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom in Snoqualmie, WA
  • Bo Bice has been added performs at the BMI Key West Songwriters Fest taking place in Key West Florida. Check out the schedule HERE.
  • David Cook plays an acoustic performance at 94.7 Fresh FM studios in the DC area. More info HERE. 1:30 pm
  • Crystal Bowersox performs “Ridin’ on the Radio”  on the American Idol results show 8 pm FOX

Danny Gokey, will sing the National Anthem in honor of his charity, Sophia’s Heart, at the 12th Annual Country Music Marathon & ½ in Nashville this Saturday, April 30th. The Marathon is presented by Nissan and will begin at 7:00am at Centennial Park.

David Archuleta will be a presenter at Utah’s 2011 Entertainment and Choice Awards on May 20th at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City UT. More information HERE.

More Headlines after the JUMP…

David Cook: The Idolator Interview

Before the pop-rock singer finally got some well-earned Zs, we had the chance to talk to him about the meaning behind the title of his new album This Loud Morning, how his writing style his changed over the last three years and which Season 10 Idol contestant has got his vote. Watch our sit-down with Mr. Cook below!

Via Idolator

‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison and ‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen talk collaborating on new single, ‘Still Got Tonight’

“The funny thing is I didn’t even know he wrote on it,” says Morrison. “Steve and Andrew said they had this song and I heard it and I was like ‘Oh my God this song is incredible.’ I just put down a vocal on it. The first I heard about [Kris' involvement] was he tweeted it that he had a song on my record.”

Adds Allen, “I got an email a couple weeks ago from one of the guys and it said, ‘Hey man, we’re gonna get this new song on the Matthew Morrison record.’ And they said it was going to be the next single so it was pretty exciting.” The two singers finally met for the first time this week on the set of Glee. “He’s a really cool guy,” says Morrison of Allen. “Really kind of just down-home, a down to earth Arkansas guy.”

Read more at EW

Adam Lambert On His Season 10 Fave Haley Reinhart And Why He’s ‘Over’ James Durbin

On Haley: “I love Haley so much because musically and vocally, she’s doing things that are at a top-notch level. It’s incredible how Haley makes it look so easy and effortless. Plus, she’s having fun up there. I don’t feel like she’s working so hard to prove herself or to prove a point. She’s just singing and taking joy in music. I wish the judges gave her a little bit more praise because what she’s doing is technically superb”

On Casey: ““The thing about Casey is, the judges will go, ‘We like your quirkiness,’ and now it’s almost like he’s parodying himself a bit,” says Adam. “I think he’s so good, and then he starts grunting and I’m like, ‘Why? You don’t even need to do that.’ I get distracted by it. But I think Casey’s got vocal and musical genius in him. He’s so talented.”

On James: “I think he’s got talent and passion 100%, but I feel like he’s trying way too hard. Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that “Heavy Metal” song [by Sammy Hagar], James was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist yet. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing.”

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’ behind the scenes: ‘Idol’ coaches talk the Top 6 — EXCLUSIVE

JAMES DURBIN — “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
MO: He found a rock version of the song online. It was some obscure band that was just doing a live cover of it, and he just knew he wanted to do it like that. Originally he was going to play his guitar all the way through the beginning, and then all of a sudden he had the idea to do a cappella. It was yesterday, in the middle of band rehearsal. He just said, “Excuse me, I want to try it a cappella.” Thank God he has really great pitch and can get away with it. I love that he was so praised by the judges tonight. [The singers] all have to have that same edge as James had tonight — they got to sing like they just got voted off.

Read more at EW

Kris Allen and Music Empowers Foundation Announce May Fundraising Drive to Raise $100,000 for Music Education

NEW YORK, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Idol winner Kris Allen and the Music Empowers Foundation today announced a month-long initiative to raise up to $100,000 for the Foundation in support of music education for children. As part of this initiative, it was also announced that Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers Foundation, will personally match all donations up to $50,000.

The fundraiser will commence immediately and end May 31, 2011. The start of the drive coincides with a three-city concert tour announced earlier this month, which features Kris Allen and the Berklee City Music All-Star Band. Concerts take place May 2-4 in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The concerts are part of a partnership program between Allen, Music Empowers Foundation, and Berklee City Music Network (BCMN) to raise awareness for music education. As an additional component of the partnership, Allen and Music Empowers announced a two-year $150,000 grant to Berklee City Music and the separate funding of five scholarships for high school students in the BCMN to attend Berklee’s five-week summer program.

Donations to the fundraiser can be made directly by visiting the Music Empowers Foundation giving page or by going to Kris Allen’s Web site and clicking on the orange Music Empowers Donate button on the home page.

More at PR Newswire

American Idol’s Stefano Langone: I’ve Always Been a Flirt!

American Idol’s Stefano Langone may no longer be in the competition, but thanks to his smooth voice and his irresistible charm, the 22-year-old singer won’t soon be forgotten.

During an April 25 visit to Us Weekly’s New York City offices, the Washington native dished on his flirty reputation, his dream collaboration and his biggest Idol regret.

Read more at US

‘American Idol’: Post-Show Breakdown With the Top 6

On feeling torn between the producers’ and judges’ advice:

Lauren: “It’s ultimately your choice, but I’m just telling you what America’s gonna want” – I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that one!

On working with Jimmy Iovine:

Jacob:I felt a lot more support this go-round. I didn’t feel like it was kind of just like a snark attacking like “Do this!” It was more like “You guys are here and whether I like it or not, I love you guys and I wanna make the best out it that we can do.” And I feel like jimmy is a partner now. I don’t just see him as the guy who was just trying to be mean to us. He’s a partner and he’s trying to make it happen for us.

Read more at THR

Interview: Adam Lambert talks new album, ‘Idol’ and Adele

Hitfix caught up with Adam Lambert on the red carpet at the ASCAP Pop Awards on Wednesday night as the “American Idol” runner-up was at the Los Angeles event to present his producer Max Martin with the songwriter of the year award.

Dapperly dressed and expertly coiffed, Lambert was friendly but coy when asked about his next album, which he says he’s been working on for about two months. He was more forthcoming about his pick to win “American Idol” this season and whose music he’s really feeling right now.

Read more at Hit Fix

LEE DEWYZE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

In part two of our interview with Lee DeWyze, he recalls the night he won “American Idol” and how the “Idol” dance numbers threw him for a loop. He also talks about how he takes nothing for granted and strives to get better every day, so take a look and tell us what you think about him!

See the Video at FOX All Access

Ex-‘Idol’ Finalist ESCAPES Terrifying Car Fire

One of the Top 12 finalists from last season’s “American Idol” had to escape through the window of a burning car Tuesday night … when her GMC Envoy suddenly BURST INTO FLAMES.

25-year-old Paige Miles — who claimed 11th place on the show — was on her way home from rehearsal in Florida … when something went terribly wrong and her SUV caught on fire.

Miles, who documented the terrifying incident on her Facebook page, explained, “The electric shut down, the car doors wouldn’t open, i jumped out my window and watched my mother’s Envoy blaze.”

Read more at TMZ

FREDERICKSBURG IDOL FINALE FRENZY

The winner of the third annual ‘Burg Idol contest will be decided upon at the finale concert on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Riverside Conference Center.

All 10 finalists will perform, along with last year’s winner, Aaron Rayford, and his band Deep Space Network, together with local rappers Ja-P and Era.

And the most well-known name of all, the Velvet Teddy Bear himself–Ruben Studdard, 2003 “American Idol” winner–will be in attendance, and perform.

Studdard will also act as a celebrity guest judge for the evening.

Read more at Fredricksburg.com

From Aerosmith to ‘Idol': Read excerpt of Steven Tyler’s memoir

As front man of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler practically defined a generation of American rock music. After a fabled career rife with highs and lows, Tyler surprised his fans (and his band) and became a celebrated judge on “American Idol.” In “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”, Tyler spills the details on the ride so far. Read an excerpt.

Read more at MSNBC

New Music: Jennifer Lopez – ‘Hypnotico’

Report to the dance floor. Jennifer Lopez keeps the party going with “Hypnotico,” another club banger produced by RedOne (“On the Floor”) and written by Lady Gaga. The synth-heavy record, which will appear on her seventh album LOVE? (May 3), was originally recorded by dancehall artist Tami Chynn.

Listen at Rap-Up

Jennifer Hudson: Happy At May Fair Hotel

Jennifer Hudson waves at the cameras while at the May Fair hotel on Wednesday (April 27) in London, England.

The 29-year-old American Idol alum says she thinks she was discriminated against when she was heavier. “Last week I saw some footage of myself as I was five years ago and I was surprised. It was like I recognized myself but I didn’t. It seemed another world away. But in this slim world I do now realize I was being discriminated against. I’m offered more parts. There is much more excitement about me now,” she told Grazia Daily.

See the photos at Just Jared

  • Valentin432

    The overnight ratings came identical to last week:

    Led by American Idol, it was another easy overnight Wednesday victory for Fox, which more than doubled No. 2 CBS. A 90-minute edition of Idol stood well above anything else with a 14.5 rating/22 share in the overnights from 8-9:30 p.m., and the half-hour breakdown as follows: 13.7/22 – 14.9/23 – 14.9/22.

    Last week:

    Fox, of course, won this third Wednesday in April thanks to another 90-minute edition of American Idol, which scored a typically hefty 14.5 rating/23 share in the overnights from 8-9:30 p.m. The half-hour breakdown was as follows: 13.5/22 – 14.8/23 – 15.3/23.

  • sr4mjc

    The Gaga thread on Pulse is reporting that they have moved up the Judas music video premiere to tonight’s episode. Still looking for original source.

    NOW @ladygaga VIDEO #JUDAS WILL WORLD PREMIERE ON @AmericanIdol TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

  • J9BT

    OMG no, please let Crystal perform without the hoopla of Gaga! UGH.

  • lorismile

    The Gaga thread on Pulse is reporting that they have moved up the Judas music video premiere to tonight’s episode. Still looking for original source.

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Her song is falling on Itunes. The Glee episode of her music was lowly rated. I think they know they have to strike before it loses all momentum.

    I think America is “over” GaGa to an extent. I wonder if that’s the reason for her “normal” look on Ellen.

  • sr4mjc

    Lauren: “It’s ultimately your choice, but I’m just telling you what America’s gonna want” – I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that one!

    This makes me so sad. No wonder her confidence is shaken.

  • Elliegrll

    The Gaga thread on Pulse is reporting that they have moved up the Judas music video premiere to tonight’s episode. Still looking for original source.

    Interscope Promo tweeted it last night, but they deleted the tweet.

  • sr4mjc

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Her song is falling on Itunes. The Glee episode of her music was lowly rated. I think they know they have to strike before it loses all momentum.

    I think America is “over” GaGa. I wonder if that’s the reason for her “normal” look on Ellen.

    That’s exactly why, to both points, although I think she kept the horns. Judas isn’t exactly a flop like Xtina’s NMT, but I don’t think this era is going the way they expected and her press hasn’t been good.

    Article on Glee/Gaga episode

    http://www.businessinsider.com/glee-lea-michele-darren-criss-warblers-adele-american-idol-fox-the-voice-nbc-lady-gaga-2011-4

    Interscope Promo tweeted it last night, but now they’ve deleted it.

    ooh, interesting. I wonder what is up.

  • tinawina

    This makes me so sad. No wonder her confidence is shaken.

    I know, right! That whole article was eye-opening. Nigel is in their ear too along with the judges and Jimmy (and the vocal coaches, producers, etc), and everyone says something different, And Jacob’s comments about Jimmy… at first the kids just saw him as a mean guy barking at them. If you are not rock solid in yourself as an artist, that has to be stressful and intimidating. No wonder they were all so stiff at first.

  • Nina1

    Lauren:He’s going to love you for calling him a grandfather. Don’t get upset if you get knocked off!

    Stick it to him, dude!

  • Kirsten

    The Gaga thread on Pulse is reporting that they have moved up the Judas music video premiere to tonight’s episode.

    They had to do something. For a Gaga song, that thing is tanking on iTunes. It’s spincrease isn’t matching the spin loss of ‘Born This Way” and it’s not climbing like a Gaga song.

    The press is going to start smelling blood. Interscope has got to hope for the kick-start that JLo got. She’s still doing great, but not great for Gaga. Just like AI gets bashed over losing viewers when it is still the highest rated show out there.

  • artemis

    The Fox AllAccess part 2 interview with Lee is so funny-especially where he describes his shock at finding out choreography would be involved on Idol-“It was hell.” I guess he’d never watched a results show before.
    His girlfriend is on the other side of the door-I don’t think she realised she was on camera.
    As in the first part, the interviewer tried to make fun of his Idol fans and Lee wouldn’t let him.

    I think Idol has too many really young contestants this year. I’ve always preferred the more seasoned ones with some performing experience. That’s one reason so many people are feeling so positive about The Voice contestants-most are older and more experienced.

  • Niall

    The Hollywood Reporter article completely confirmed my suspicions that they are being hectored and harassed behind the scenes more than ever. I wonder if that has been a factor in the judges being overly supportive.

    There was a quote that made me laugh. Jacob: “I love Raven-Symone. We’d have beautiful babies.” Oh Jacob, you can stop the desperate attempt to convince America you like girls anytime now, and if you really want to keep it up you’re going to have to lose the outfits (like the one from last night) and that sassy Willow Smith thing that overtakes your hips and arms onstage. ;)

  • jpfan

    Here are the ratings for The Voice on Wednesday:

    That led into a repeat of the highly-rated first episode of music competition The Voice, which averaged a 4.2/ 7 from 9-11 p.m. Considering this aired just one night earlier, a 4.2 is definitely respectable. And NBC definitely has a much needed hit on its hands. In this day and age, all a network needs is one (or two) big new hits to reverse its fortunes.

    Even though it was just a repeat from Tuesday, it did better than most of the ABC comedies on Wednesday night. Adding Tuesday and Wednesday together, I think you get a very sizeable audience for the show.

  • IndyMuse

    David Cook had a performance not listed here. Apparently the DJs were geeking out, saying it was one of the best live performances they’d ever had there:

    FoolsApril64 David Cook News/Info
    [PODCAST] David Cook w/@jackdiamond on @Mix1073 http://bit.ly/kCbMWS

  • kvwicks13

    Loved Lee’s Fox All Access interview! And how he refers to himself as a good dancer, lol! Jonna probably didn’t realize you could see her on camera through the window.

  • Joyed

    Here is most of Kara’s interview with Mix 107.3 – the DJ really compliments her on what a huge hit Sober was. Kara reveals she was a little drunk when she wrote it. She was on the phone while David was in the studio, so there was a little cute interaction about songwriting together. It was definitely a little longer on air.

    I got to tune in to part of David’s acoustic performance and I’m so sad it looks like no one recorded it. The Last Goodbye and Paper Heart were gorgeous acoustic, and the DJ gave him great (and encouraging) compliment about The Last Goodbye during the broadcast:

    “That’s a hit my friend, I’ll be honest I’ve been doing this for a long time and that is a great piece of music.”

  • Incipit

    David Cook had a performance not listed here.

    IndyMuse, the Jack Diamond 107.3 was this morning at 9AM; lots of talking, David and Neal did three songs – Jack requested “Light On” – but said he didn’t think David would do it so early, since it was a tough song to sing. The station is promising pictures, podcasts and youtubes – so far they have the “Light On” podcast up – waiting for acoustic “Paper Heart” and “The Last Goodbye”, the other two songs.

    They were indeed overflowing w/praise – for LO – (“Blown away”) “Paper Heart” (“beautiful”) and TLG, which they pronounced a hit! (Now play it)

    Also, David sat in on a chat w/Kara Dioguardi…that podcast is also up – but ??

    Perhaps a fan has it all recorded – I hope.

  • sma11ie

    David Cook had a performance not listed here. Apparently the DJs were geeking out, saying it was one of the best live performances they’d ever had there

    It was sooo good. The Last Goodbye acoustic is gorgeous! Ditto Paper Heart, and then they asked for Light On as a bonus, which David killed. All DJs gasped after every song. I’m kinda bummed they only posted Light On… which by the way, I’m ripping, because it was sooo good. I’m crossing my fingers someone ripped it from the livestream. Also, they cut out most of the rest of the David-only parts of the interview where they talked about This Loud Morning and the Race for Hope and the Concert for Hope and only posted the boring Kara part! Argh. I have a bone to pick with Jack Diamond…

    Only one blurry twitpic from one of the female DJ’s but he looks good! http://twitpic.com/4qihin

    He’s got another one of these at 1:30pm. Hope someone rips that livestream cuz I’ll be busy…

    Perhaps a fan has it all recorded – I hope.

    This wasn’t one of the fan-invited shows. Just David, Neal and the DJs. I was actually in my car listening to David live, less than a mile away from the station office (I’ve been there to pick up tickets and stuff I’ve won), and it took all my restraint not to crash the place, lol. They’d be like, SECURITY! LOL.

  • sr4mjc

    They had to do something. For a Gaga song, that thing is tanking on iTunes.

    Yep! The ‘Time After Time’ guy from The Voice is higher than Judas right now.

  • girlygirl

    I think David’s acoustic performances are just gorgeous. He’s so good at stripping songs down.

    I saw on my twitter thread that Jack Diamond was dissing Kris while interviewing Cookie? Did anyone who listened to David’s interview this morning hear that? I didn’t hear the interview myself so I’m wondering if the people on my feed are overreacting.

  • girlygirl

    Kris and Music Empowers are hoping to raise $100,000 for music education in May

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110428/pl_usnw/DC91555

  • sma11ie

    I saw on my twitter thread that Jack Diamond was dissing Kris while interviewing Cookie? Did anyone who listened to David’s interview this morning hear that? I didn’t hear the interview myself so I’m wondering if the people on my feed are overreacting.

    I tuned it right as they started interviewing David, and turned it off right after they finished the last song (Light On) and went to commercial, but I didn’t hear any Kris dissing. I heard they kept gushing after the commercial when he was gone, but I didn’t hear anything about Kris. I thought Mix1073 likes Kris…? Anyway, the Mix1073 is a big station in DC, but pop station in DC is way bigger, and they love Kris (and ignore David) so I don’t think Kris has anything to worry about there.

  • Keel

    Here’s the gushing from the DJs (on twitter). Heard they kept on flailing after David left the studio:

    @alexanderjimmy: David Cook sounded fantastic today. One of the best live performances I’ve heard in my 14 years on The Jack Diamond Morning Show.

    @jackdiamond @Mix1073 Amazing, AMAZING performance by @thedavidcook & @nealfingtiemann this morning. Did I say amazing? Amazing. Thank you!

    RT @AlyonMIX1073: @thedavidcook live in studio singing #thelastgoodbye …amazing!!! #dreamboat

    And this one’s for tierbee ;-):

    RT @ItsBrookeRyan: David Cook has one of the most beautiful mouths I’ve ever seen! #Fact

    ETA: Since smallie turned off the station right after the interview, you probably missed this:

    “We’ve had everybody from Paul McCartney on down on the show and that was one of the most impressive performances we’ve heard”

  • girlygirl

    sma11ie

    Ok thanks. :)

    Everybody might want to tune into Jim C’s Idol Party at Noon Eastern today. He’s going to have the interview he did w/ Kris AND they are going to show an interview MTV did with Adam last night on the red carpet. :D

  • SpenserJ

    The Hollywood Reporter article completely confirmed my suspicions that they are being hectored and harassed behind the scenes more than ever. I wonder if that has been a factor in the judges being overly supportive.

    There seemed to be a consensus amongst the contestants didn’t there? You might be right that it’s the reason for the judges’ over-love. I liked that interview. The contestants were so candid.

    Kara reveals she was a little drunk when she wrote it.

    LOL. I knew there was a reason I was one of the few who liked her :).

    Yep! The ‘Time After Time’ guy from The Voice is higher than Judas right now.

    This makes me feel oddly satisfied.

  • tierbee

    I saw on my twitter thread that Jack Diamond was dissing Kris while interviewing Cookie?

    The only thing he said that I guess could be a diss was something about some winners being “one and done.” The conversation if I remember correctly was about even though you’re coming off this huge show how hard it still is to get a hit after the show.

    I listened this morning sitting in my car with a huge grin on my face – fantastic acoustic performances and what a treat to get Last Goodbye, Paper Heart AND Light On! David sounded amazing, love Neal’s guitar work always… I loved how blown away everyone there sounded :) AcousticDave is my favorite, for sure.

  • Incipit

    The Last Goodbye, Live Acoustic Mix107.3 Jack Diamond Show [MP3] http://bit.ly/kyoHqq

    Thanks to @connico479 and @imogen_ph at DCO

    ETA – And “Paper Heart” acoustic

    Paper Heart, Live Acoustic Mix107.3 Jack Diamond Show [MP3] http://bit.ly/ix1xoC

    (The Cookistas to the rescue! – and the amazing CNN)

  • tierbee

    RT @ItsBrookeRyan: David Cook has one of the most beautiful mouths I’ve ever seen! #Fact

    My admiration for the lips feels a bit… validated ;)

  • songsungblue

    Apparently, Paul and Nikki are in Huntsville, Alabama – it’s either bad timing, or they planned to go when they heard about the storms:

    PMcDonaldAI10 Paul McDonald
    We are safe but please keep the families and people that were hit by tornados in your prayers! It’s a pretty rough scene down here. Thanks!
    34 minutes ago

    PMcDonaldAI10 Paul McDonald
    The tornados in Alabama were very scary last night. We literally drove through the devastation and flood waters in the middle of the night.
    35 minutes ago

    PMcDonaldAI10 Paul McDonald
    Longest day ever. LA to Huntsville, AL. Cancelled flights, rent a cars, tornados, cheap motels, yahtzee, peach cobbler..still not home.
    10 hours ago

  • sma11ie

    (The Cookistas to the rescue!)

    I love the Cookistas!

    @ItsBrookeRyan: David Cook has one of the most beautiful mouths I’ve ever seen! #Fact

    LOL, looks like she kept tweeting and gushing about him for a WHILE after the show.

    Actually, girlygirl, I wonder if the (mis?)perceived Kris diss had anything to do with this tweet exchange with one of the other girl DJs, which seems perfectly innocuous to me…?

    AlyonMIX1073 : @subdeeDC ahhhhhh i gotta go with David Cook….hes the whole package…and not married :)

    subeeDC : @AlyonMIX1073 kk, you can have Cook and I’ll take Allen <3 Hope my huz doesn't mind :D

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Adam Lambert On His Season 10 Fave Haley Reinhart And Why He’s ‘Over’ James Durbin
    The season 8 runner-up doesn’t mince words: Casey Abrams should tone down the shtick and Durbin needs to listen up, but Reinhart makes it all “look effortless.”

    Adam nails it, as always.

  • Marie23

    Mateja I was just about to come out of lurking to post that hah

  • artemis

    Matega-
    I think Adam nailed it, too. Though he might have liked James’s performance last night, where he dropped the theatrics and just sang a beautiful song that suited his voice.
    I know Haley won’t win, but I hope she gets signed.

  • sma11ie

    Matega-
    I think Adam nailed it, too.

    I totally agreed with everything Adam said in that article about Haley, Casey, and James. I don’t think Haley is AS good technically as he says she is (though getting better each week), but otherwise, everything dead on. That said, I still prefer Lauren just because I love the tone in her voice. It’s so weird, but I love her voice so much I overlook everything else.

  • lorismile

    I have no idea if Adam nailed it regarding Idol as I don’t watch the show but I appreciate the fact that he is not afraid to voice his opinions when asked. :-)

  • Elliegrll

    Casey Abrams should tone down the shtick

    This is true, but incredibly ironic.

  • Joyed

    I still prefer Lauren just because I love the tone in her voice. It’s so weird, but I love her voice so much I overlook everything else.

    Haha, that’s how I feel about her. She has the most consistent vocals of the season and her voice is lovely. I think her youth and inexperience has hurt her, but she has so much potential to become amazing.

    THR really had some great articles this morning! I enjoy how honest Adam is and I love that he supported Haley so strongly. I think she has some great technical skills, but like all the contestants this season, relied too much on certain vocal mannerisms (like growling) to the detriment of the song. She’s so much better than she sometimes allows herself to be.

  • Elliegrll

    During his interview with Jim Cantiello, Kris Allen said that he’s heard most of David Cook’s album, and it is sick. I love when alums support one another.

  • MrDuffin

    Haley and Casey give me the same creepy feeling as Danny G. and David A. do. This is not a good group to get a good feeling about IMO.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I watched the performance videos from last night and the first thing that I registered at the beginning of James’ performance was the way he was holding the guitar. His posture and all that … It reminded me of David Cook. I don’t know, maybe I’m just overreacting, but that’s what came to my mind. And considering that David performed on the show just last week …

  • Incipit

    That whole Hollywood Reporter article about the behind the scenes sitch is just, distasteful. For lack of a better (uncensored) word.

    They cast chillrun who have yet to totally discover who they are musically, and then proceed to tell them. Which means, in effect – for most of them, we will never know.

    There’s enough pressure from being on the show without all that confusion and contradictory advice from the front of the house vs the back – with the contestants in between.

    Like they know so well what America will want to hear – some really clunky arrangements, odd iTunes treatments and bad advice has come from that Posse – not the least “pushing” Stefano to do “Hello”…and if Iovine does know so well – what’s up with “Judas”?

    The “Hands Off” policy that used to be in place, in name, if not always in practice, re contestants song choices seemed much healthier – at least they could own their own performances…whatever happened. And sometimes, magic happened.

    I think this micro-managing of the chillrun, or even casting such youngsters, has been the chief cause of my dissatisfaction – and actually, growing disinterest this season.

    I can’t even land on the judging – Nigel has left them with little of substance to critique – when song choice, arrangement, and even phrasing has all been taken over by the Producers…three areas that were, and still are, the most needful to address. I get the distinct impression that criticizing Nigels Pet Producers is verboten, so what’s left of real import for the judges to say?

    It’s all skating very close to being too, too XFactory – and I mean that as an adjective and a noun.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • sr4mjc

    I still prefer Lauren just because I love the tone in her voice. It’s so weird, but I love her voice so much I overlook everything else.

    I love her voice too, I wish she had more confidence in it.

    Haley does some crazy register shifting, ever try to sign along with her? I don’t love the growling much, in small doses, but her voice sounds amazing recorded. I think Lauren and Haley’s recorded voices are far superior to the guys right now.

  • artemis

    The judges encouraged Haley’s growling-bad advice, for a little of that goes a long way. I love the tone of Haley’s voice. While I recognize Lauren has a good voice, I doubt I’d ever buy her music; musical taste is such an individual thing. We love what we love-it doesn’t mean we are right or wrong.

    ETA-Incipit-ITA with your post.
    Nigel as done a great job with the flashier production and letting us get to know the contestants’ personalities. But they cast a bunch of youngsters thinking they could mold them into stars. I preferred when the contestants rose or fell making their own choices.

    This year’s finalists may sell better, due to the quick release of music and extra promo from UMG, which has something to prove with their new Idol contract. But whether they’ll be stars remains to be seen.

  • Trina

    Does anyone honestly believe James is going to be marketed “metal” after the show? And James isn’t stupid, I think he knows this too. He made it clear last week he needed to be more current and this week he completely went out of the “metal” zone. He reads the boards a lot and absorbs feedback, and its pretty obvious Jimmy is more enthused about him the last two weeks since the weird exchange the week he did Heavy Metal.

  • aa618892

    This is true, but incredibly ironic.

    I don’t agree but if you read the article, “shtick” was used by the writer not Adam. I do agree Adam nailed it on his critiques but I do think James stepped it up last night and I wonder what he thought. They really need to get him back to mentor, he doesn’t hold back but is still encouraging. Honest but not cruel and above all realistic. This is the kind of judging I would love to see this season. Adam has been working his butt off for the last 2 years and he knows exactly the obstacles facing these guys and would give it to them straight, without all this “you are going to be a star” BS.

  • sma11ie

    I think she has some great technical skills, but like all the contestants this season, relied too much on certain vocal mannerisms (like growling) to the detriment of the song. She’s so much better than she sometimes allows herself to be.

    That’s what I think about Haley as well.

    During his interview with Jim Cantiello, Kris Allen said that he’s heard most of David Cook’s album, and it is sick. I love when alums support one another.

    Um… SQUEEE!

    Yeah, the behind-the-scenes THR interview with all the contestants talking about being pulled in so many different directions. That bugs me too. I hope they’d just be more supportive and let them do their own thing! And maybe that would allow the judges to be less useless on camera…

  • smeggingnuts

    Mateja says:
    04/28/2011 at 1:06 pm
    I watched the performance videos from last night and the first thing that I registered at the beginning of James’ performance was the way he was holding the guitar. His posture and all that … It reminded me of David Cook. I don’t know, maybe I’m just overreacting, but that’s what came to my mind. And considering that David performed on the show just last week …

    haha it wasn’t just you alot of my twitter feed noticed the same thing…don’t worry I am sure is a week or two James will start reminding people of Archie :P

  • sr4mjc

    Does anyone honestly believe James is going to be marketed “metal” after the show? And James isn’t stupid, I think he knows this too.

    So how are they going to market him? I know Interscope is new for Idols, do they have special powers to get Rock or AAA airplay that Sony never could? If not, he’s got HAC to look forward to.

    Man I wish a girl could have pulled this season out, it’s so depressing.

  • Keel

    smallie: Yeah, the behind-the-scenes THR interview with all the contestants talking about being pulled in so many different directions. I hope they’d just be more supportive and let them do their own thing!

    As to this and what Incipit said above: Well, what do you think is gonna happen to them once they are signed to a major label? The thing is these kids need to know BEFORE they audition who they are musically and be willing to stand up for that. AI and the producers’ (both TV and record) manipulations are kindergarten maneuvers compared to the pressure they are going to be under once they have signed on the dotted line.

    And if you think it was better in earlier seasons, I think that’s just naive. I recall Cook talking about Nigel trying to talk him into singing ‘Addicted to Love’ (Robert Palmer) instead of ‘Hello’ one week, and then there was another week were they were pushing him to sing something else that I can’t recall now. I think Carly has also talked about the pressures she felt, and her regretting succumbing to some of that pressure instead of sticking to who she was musically instead of who she thought she needed to be to please TPTB. It’s not pleasant to hear, but the point is that these kids need to be able to process the feedback, take what’s useful and meshes with their strengths as an artist, and chuck the BS in the garbage where it belongs.

  • Kirsten

    I think Adam nailed it, too.

    I agree with Adam, too. I just don’t think he should have said it.

    There is no reason for him to kick sand in the face of kids still in the competition. They are growing and will grow. Adam is in the position now as an elder statesman of Idol and criticizing the newbies often doesn’t go over well. It’s like the Team Captain ripping into the rookies for the press. Sure, the chattering heads can rip apart the rookies, but the more experienced members of the team are supposed to be publicly supportive.

    Plus, he risks turning off fans. Each year, people add new Idols to their collection of favorite Idols and when an old Idol bashes their new favourite, sometimes the old Idol gets tossed on the trash heap (e.g. critizing Adam cost Clay some of his fans).

    So, great that Adam has opinions. Great that he has great advice (he should have stopped by the studio and offered it privately if he wanted to help). Not so great on the diplomacy, but that isn’t really his forte. So, nothing new.

    This is why I have long maintained that an Idol would have to be insane to ever become an Idol judge (unless they were like Tyler and said everything was beautiful when Nigel poked them awake from their nap).

  • Hazehel

    Adam is so doing to James what Clay Aiken did to him. Some people just don’t know anything about being generous.

    I guess he needed the publicity.

  • Kirsten

    Does anyone honestly believe James is going to be marketed “metal” after the show? And James isn’t stupid, I think he knows this too. He made it clear last week he needed to be more current and this week he completely went out of the “metal” zone.

    But, where do you market him? Rock radio is a no-go zone for Idols. Many have tried. All have failed (Daughtry did have a little success with a few of their early singles). Rock has this cred thing going on and doing a pointy-pose duet of a Carole King number in an ill-fitting preppy outfit is not going to earn you negative bonus cred.

    I just can’t see him going the Dance/Glam route of Adam. So, will he sell-out and go HAC? That’s so not who he is and will be a sea-change from what he presented to his fans on Idol.

    Muse clawed its way up the rock charts. They didn’t get plunked there with a song pulled from the pile of rejects after winning a talent show. I just don’t understand where TPTB are going with this guy.

  • artemis

    I don’t think what Adam said about James was remotely like the bashing Clay gave Adam. He said “I think he has talent and passion 100%.” Then he proceded to give him a critique, saying what he needs to do (and not do) to improve. He didn’t say James made his ears bleed.

  • Incipit

    Keel, I know very well that there has always been pressure – I said

    ”The “Hands Off” policy that used to be in place, in name, if not always in practice, re contestants song choices”

    (And that there were often shenanigans – well documented.)

    The difference is – this is Officially Sanctioned – no one even pretends that it isn’t.

    What these youngsters may face “if” they get as far as the real music industry is academic – first – they have to win over enough people with their own musical POV to get that contract.

    Most of them are too young to have one – and many of them have the veneer of the judges’ POV instead. It does a disservice to everyone involved.

    Since my objection is two pronged – the actual ‘kids’ being cast, and then being manuevered, it’s more about having contestants who can say “no” because they know better.

    I recall Cook talking about Nigel trying to talk him into singing ‘Addicted to Love’ (Robert Palmer) instead of ‘Hello’ one week, and then there was another week were they were pushing him to sing something else that I can’t recall now.

    Byrd didn’t want him to do “All I Really Need Is You” and Simon didn’t want him to do “The World I Know” – and David did the songs he chose, with the arrangements he chose. And he’s the one, on Larry King, who said that Idol people were not permitted to pick the songs. So he knew “no” was an option.

    It’s taken some of these kids half the season to figure that out – and some of them are still so stuck in ‘tying to please’ mode, as Carly was, that it will never happen. They are too damned unformed, musically, many of them…and impressed by authority figures.

    I know this about the music business

    “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” Hunter S. Thompson

    And I know that neophytes don’t stand much of a chance at all, if they don’t have an understanding of who they are, and where they can compromise without losing themselves.

    But, it’s all Just My Opinion, you know?

  • Hazehel

    I don’t think what Adam said about James was remotely like the bashing Clay gave Adam. He said “I think he has talent and passion 100%.” Then he proceded to give him a critique, saying what he needs to do (and not do) to improve. He didn’t say James made his ears bleed.

    Yeah, “copycat”, not an “original artist”, “kind of over” him. Great critique and advice.

  • Mel1

    Adam is so doing to James what Clay Aiken did to him. Some people just don’t know anything about being generous.

    I guess he needed the publicity.

    Several differences. Adam was asked his opinion. Clay volunteered it. No one asked him.

    I don’t see what Clay said about Adam was constructive. He also did not say anything complimentary. Adam gave Casey and James huge props. The rest was to help them, and the comments are so true. If Casey and James want to succeed, they need to make some changes/improvements.

  • mmb

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    don’t think what Adam said about James was remotely like the bashing Clay gave Adam. He said “I think he has talent and passion 100%.” Then he proceded to give him a critique, saying what he needs to do (and not do) to improve. He didn’t say James made his ears bleed.

    Ita. He complimented both Casey and James, said they were both very talented and then offered some constructive criticism- he didn’t bash, or throw sand in any way

  • tierbee

    The only thing negative in Adam’s opinion about James was he was “over him” – which can’t possibly have anything but a negative connotation. That said, don’t care, he’s entitled to his opinion :)

  • Mary102

    I liked Adam’s comments about the AI contestants, and suddenly was reminded of how great he was last year mentoring. This year, that kind of feedback has been sorely missing from either the “mentors” or the judges.

    I’d love it if he came back onto AI at some point, or onto one of these other singing shows. He really is good at the mentoring thing, and he knows his stuff.

  • IndyMuse

    Has anyone heard the 2nd acoustic from David today yet?

  • Mary102

    The only thing negative in Adam’s opinion about James was he was “over him”

    I can see where he’s coming from with that though. James actually started out kind of promising way back during Top 24 and Top 13 week. But during most of the middle rounds (with the exception of last night, and even that had its flaws) he’s been throwing a lot of flash on stage without as much substance or artistic depth. Like putting in all the bells and whistles to hide messy vocals, or what not. So I felt the same way since that early promise he showed.

  • aa618892

    I guess he needed the publicity.

    Considering Adam gets 2 days worth of news cycle over growing a beard I don’t think he is hurting in the publicity department, lol.

    He gave several of the contestants some very insightful critique and advice along with props for what he likes about them. It will not affect Adam one bit how well or not any of these contestants do in the real world (and don’t forget that real world is still waiting with a some sharp utensils and a napkin waiting to eat them up). Adam is working on his second album and will probably be promoting that album World Wide by the time these poor kids are struggling to get signed and/or get radio play even. I doubt very much he has any ulterior motives, he is just being honest and maybe they should listen since he is coming from a very well earned point of view after what he has been through that is very specifically similar to what they will have to face.

  • Studio57

    I think Adam said he was “over” James because he was initially in his corner, which people seem to be forgetting.

    I feel the same way he does about James. I started off loving him, but his refusal to believe that heavy metal is dead is really frustrating to me- he has to show something more that he can do and these damn cheerleader judges need to stop being soft on him. And a scream is not needed in every song.

    As far as Clay- saying someone makes your ears bleed is not an opinion- it’s a diss, plain and simple.

    Adam had great things to say about James too- unlike Carrie Underwood who said Scotty doesn’t know who he is ( Huh? I’d say out of all of them, Scotty definitely knows who he is as a singer, lol) and Gokey saying Scotty is “hurting my cause”. ????

  • cheese

    Adam did make a good mentor, but his off-the-cuff opinion about the Idols is no more valuable than any other Idol watchers, imo.

    As far as James goes, well, to me he sounds a lot like Adam at times, esp. when he’s not using his “metal” voice. Not quite as original with his arrangements or polished in his vocal technique, but he has a lot more authenticity in his rock performances and a great energy.

    No way will he be doing metal. The only way I could see it happening is if he got booted out this week or next and some band happened to have an opening. He’s versatile enough – if he were to win and, say, got a great leftover song from Pink’s album thrown his direction, he could probably have a hit with it. He proved last night that the he can do pop-rock. There are worse things than HAC. No one goes on Idol to become a metal singer.

  • GreenHippo

    I so think Adam should have been a judge on Idol. He is honest without being really bashing anyone. I am a Dubinator – LOL – yes a James fan and also an Adam fan, and I do believe there was no bashing here. It was all constructive critsism.
    But I also do worry where James would fit on the radio, radio which refuses to play rock (unless classic or alternative). I love KROQ here on the West coast, but after about an hour they seem to repeat everything over and over and seem to be unwilling to branch out a little more, which fustrates me. Radio in general frustrates me, but since I am Nifty-fity my opinon doesn’t count anymore anyway :(

  • tierbee

    I can see where he’s coming from with that though.

    I can, too, but when you say you’re “over someone” that doesn’t really qualify as constructive criticism. Like I said, don’t care. But that’s just a negative opinion, which he’s entitled to.

    I think Adam said he was “over” James because he was initially in his corner, which people seem to be forgetting.

    Nope, didn’t forget. Clearly “I’m over him” means “I once liked him and now I don’t.” My point was the comments weren’t *all* constructive mentor-ish criticism… I don’t feel the need to defend either of them so I’m just giving my unbiased opinion ;)

    I doubt very much he has any ulterior motives, he is just being honest and maybe they should listen since he is coming from a very well earned point of view after what he has been through that is very specifically similar to what they will have to face.

    I don’t think he has an ulterior motives either, he’s an unfiltered sort of guy. Which is fine – I mean, if you don’t know that by now, you haven’t paid much attention to him. Though I certainly wouldn’t be thinking if I was James, “Oh, he said he’s over me! Let me go ask him for advice.” He certainly does have advice to offer, as does anyone who has successfully navigated the Idol gauntlet. He also has every right to say he’s over James, of course.

  • sr4mjc

    I don’t mind any Idols giving their criticism, props and advice to contestants. They’ve been there. I like hearing all their comments, good or bad. No one knows what it’s like in their shoes, except those who have gone through it. And they know what it’s like out in the real world afterwards. The judges blowing smoke all season is of little use once the bubble pops.

    ETA: That being said, like any interview, once you give an opinion, you are open to criticism of said opinion. That’s cool. Carrie and Danny gave opinions on Scotty and we picked that apart too ;)

  • tripp_ncwy

    EW: Glee star Matthew Morrison & American Idol winner Kris Allen talk collaborating on new single ‘Still Got Tonight’
    http://bit.ly/iWWWio

    ETA: This article gives more detail on how Matt got his hands on the song. It was the other writers, Andrew & Steve.

  • windmills

    EDIT: That EW article confirms Still Got Tonight will be Matt Morrison’s next single. All this publicity isn’t an accident. How cool for Kris, hope for his sake and Matt’s sake the song does well!

    Studio57: unlike Carrie Underwood who said Scotty doesn’t know who he is ( Huh? I’d say out of all of them, Scotty definitely knows who he is as a singer, lol)

    Huh? She didn’t say that.

    Here’s what I assume you’re talking about from the OC Register

    Q. What do you think of Scotty’s voice?

    A. I would love to hear him sing something different to find out who he really is.

    Q. You don’t think this is who he really is? How could he be anything but a country singer with that voice?

    A. He’s so good at that, but I don’t want to be confused about anyone I hear on the radio.

    Q. You’re the biggest person in the field he is about to go into. Do you think in terms of him being the next big thing?

    A. It’s so hard to predict that. I’ve known writers who tried to get into singing and couldn’t make it, and I wonder how they’re not kicking all our butts. For some reason, the chips fall where they may. Do I think I’m the best out there? No way. Not even close. But things are falling my way.

    Q. You didn’t even have a learning curve?

    A. I know. Part of that is “Idol.” But it’s not all perfect. Even my album sales are going down each time. The whole music business is down. Everybody’s struggling, so God help these kids on the show.

    She said she’d love to hear Scotty sing something else so it didn’t sound like him channeling Josh Turner or another male country singer. She said SHE wasn’t sure who he really is not that he isn’t sure. The reporter obviously misunderstood her initial comment and thought it was about genres but it was about a specific identity as an artist.

    That having been said after last night I really think Scotty knows who he is but doesn’t know his voice and what it can do. Babyface getting him to start higher in his range instead of resorting to the typical deep voiced stuff was a GREAT move. It would help Scotty to develop more of his own style if he worked more in that range.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s taken some of these kids half the season to figure that out – and some of them are still so stuck in ‘tying to please’ mode, as Carly was, that it will never happen. They are too damned unformed, musically, many of them…and impressed by authority figures

    .
    I agree, and I feel that Lauren is pretty much in this situation, which is too bad, because I think that she’s got a great voice and tons of potential, but is too anxious to please others instead of herself.

    As much as I’m not a fan of Casey, he seems to have his own musical “vision” and even though I dislike him, he’s willing to do his thing and be accepted or not based on that, which I respect. James also seems to have his own vision and I like how some of the contestants are standing their ground against Iovine/producers. The difficulty is knowing when to take advice and when to go with your own instincts and vision. I thought that it was interesting that after Scotty got his first negative comments from the judges, suddenly the next week the weird mic holding and a lot of the facial mugging was gone, so he may have realized that sticking to those things wasn’t beneficial for him in the larger picture.

  • Kirsten

    From the EW Coach’s article MJ has linked above:

    [When did she get the idea to bring a boy onstage?] When she was rehearsing, she said, “Scotty, come over here!” She made Scotty come up onstage and be that boy. She kept putting her fingers through his hair, and they were all laughing at Scotty. They were like, “Scotty, what’s the matter? You don’t like her doing that?” And he was like, “No, she’s messing my hair!”

    Ah-ha! I called it. Brett was a Scotty stand-in. Why can she only sing well when Scotty or a clone is up there? Girl needs some confidence. That must have been the rehearsal picture we saw (I was trying to figure out where that would have gone in the duet, but it was her practicing her solo).

    Did you notice that the [way he holds the microphone] changed a lot? That’s something that [vocal coach] Peisha McPhee has been working on with him a lot. And so have the sound people, because you don’t always get the optimal sound when you [hold the mic sideways]. These mics are unidirectional, and you need to [hold it vertically].

    Okay, I never thought I would say this, but: Go Mama McPhee!

    He found a rock version of the song online. It was some obscure band that was just doing a live cover of it, and he just knew he wanted to do it like that.

    Better hope that Blake doesn’t know that band because he’s going to make sure they get their credit for that arrangement.

  • artemis

    I agree Adam would make a great judge-he would say things helpful to the contestants instead of blowing smoke like the judges do this year.
    Adam comes from the world of theatre, where the director gives notes after the performances. For dancers, being singled out for criticism by the artistic director is considered a great compliment. I don’t think he was being meanspirited in telling James to avoid copycat performances-James needs to establish his own image if he’s going to make it in the entertainment world.
    When Adam was asked during Season 9 who were the best singers, He named Crystal, Lee, Casey J and Big Mike (Crystal was his fav). They turned out to be the Top 4. He’s a good judge of talent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Several differences. Adam was asked his opinion. Clay volunteered it. No one asked him.

    I’m about the furthest thing from a fan of Clay’s, but when he gave his opinion, he was responding to tons of questions from his fans on his fan club Q&A thread about what he thought of Adam (which may have colored the tone of his response). His response was confined to a post on his fan club site (accessible only to paying members), but managed to get out to the press. I believe that he was being brutally honest in his comments about Adam though and based that comment on only one performance (ROF).

    I don’t see what Clay said about Adam was constructive. He also did not say anything complimentary. Adam gave Casey and James huge props. The rest was to help them, and the comments are so true. If Casey and James want to succeed, they need to make some changes/improvements.

    I agree that what Clay said about Adam was not constructive, but he wasn’t being asked in an interview by the media either, where he may have been much more PC in his opinions. I have no problems with anything that Adam said about any of the contestants, and I think that he framed his comments as constructive critiques, not simple bashing. They are his opinions, and people can like or dislike it as they please. Adam has shown that he owns whatever he says or does, and I like his honesty, even if I disagree with his opinions at times.

  • windmills

    Speculation: May 12th AI results show performers will be Steven Tyler singing his new solo single and Matthew Morrison singing Still Got Tonight to promote his album which comes out May 10th.

    Crazier speculation: Kris could join Matthew Morrison for his performance but in a way that goes over way better than Pat Monaghan and The Truth. Or maybe Kris could just be there in the audience.

  • Trina

    James isn’t going to just stop liking metal if that’s his taste, but what has he done lately to show he refuses to acknowledge its dead? I admit I may sometimes have fantard blinders on but I didn’t see an ounce of “metal” last night. Zero.

    I had read he had dinner with some rock DJ last week btw. The name is slipping my mind. Jericho knows the guy though and he thanked James for bringing real rock to the Idol stage.

  • sr4mjc

    She said she’d love to hear Scotty sing something else so it didn’t sound like him channeling Josh Turner or another male country singer. She said SHE wasn’t sure who he really is not that he isn’t sure. The reporter obviously misunderstood her initial comment and thought it was about genres but it was about a specific identity as an artist.

    This is what I’ve been trying to say about James. James did a copy of Judas Priest and Sammy Hagar. I have those two songs in my library, there’s no need for a lesser version. Make them different, make them current. Fine if James wants to stay in the metal genre, but do something original with it. I still have no idea who James is and I find him a good mimic.

    This is what I keep hearing about Scotty and Josh Turner. I don’t have any Josh Turner music, so I wouldn’t know the difference. But because I am metal fan, I can hear it.

    And Lyndsey Parker is delusional if she things James will be successful putting metal back on the map if he wins.

  • Incipit

    Has anyone heard the 2nd acoustic from David today yet?

    Indymuse - looks like that was a closed show – I took the fork out of my ear @2:15, in the middle of “Fireworks” – nothing was online except the DJ talking about meeting David and how nice he was. Meanies. *wink* They have a whole page on their website for the Race – I know they’ve been supporting it…but no David on air today…

    We are now at the mercy of the station and/or attendees, if they want to share anything with the public.

    Thankfully, the Cookistas got us the acoustic downloads from this morning, so they rock! And also 107.3 rocks, for sharing the Cookie Crumbs.

  • tierbee

    Better hope that Blake doesn’t know that band because he’s going to make sure they get their credit for that arrangement.

    I laughed out loud for real. Hee.

  • tinawina

    Crazier speculation: Kris could join Matthew Morrison for his performance but in a way that goes over way better than Pat Monaghan and The Truth. Or maybe Kris could just be there in the audience.

    Now that would be awesome. I miss Kris.

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh wow, so I wasn’t the only one thinking James was channeling David Cook last night? That, seriously, was my first thought, even the clothes he was wearing.

    I honestly don’t know how they are going to market this guy. Rock is out. Metal is out unless he joins an established band. HAC isn’t going to be believable and is going to feel an awful lot like selling out. Actually, given the disclaimer he tweeted about this week being for new fans and “grandmas” (or something along those lines), I don’t get the sense he wants to do stripped down HAC stuff.

    My biggest issue with James is that I don’t know who he is. Is he truly a metal rocker? And if so, was he aware of the Idol cred problem? Does he want to go the theatrical CHR route? Does he want to be the next WGWG on HAC? And where does the guy who likes to write “songs about whores” fit in. I have absolutely no idea of who he really is at this point.

  • CindyM

    The longer it goes on, the more I think he’s just trolling with the facial hair. Lol, he just re- tweeted this:

    Polly2101
    http://twitpic.com/4qlqin http://twitpic.com/4qlm3o#russberts #glamberts#glambeards @adamlambert <326 minutes ago

    Retweeted by adamlambert

  • tierbee

    My biggest issue with James is that I don’t know who he is. Is he truly a metal rocker?

    I don’t know him at all but I think if he could be a metal guy he’d be a metal guy. He sure seems to enjoy it :)

  • sr4mjc

    The longer it goes on, the more I think he’s just trolling with the facial hair.

    He’s totally trolling, Kesha was right there with him trolling with her gold tooth last night.

    Cookie had his full beard and glasses between eras that we enjoyed cracking on, Adam’s latest trolling is the hideous goatee. And he’s laughing his ass off. Hope Sauli likes it, lol.

  • Kirsten

    My biggest issue with James is that I don’t know who he is. Is he truly a metal rocker? And if so, was he aware of the Idol cred problem? Does he want to go the theatrical CHR route?

    Maybe he heard that Constantine got passed over for a roll in “Rock of Ages” and considers Idol his audition for the part?

  • Chicagolaw

    But, James seems like a smart guy. Or at least he has done some AI research, because he gets how to play the game. He had to know that AI is a huge obstacle to gaining any rock cred. And is appears to be something of a deal-breaker when it comes to rock radio. I would love to be fly on the wall during some of the conversations with Jimmy Iovine. Because you just know Jimmy and team have to be pondering what to do with this guy after he (probably) wins.

  • Sue123

    I really enjoy James and thought he was amazing last night. I put that performance up there in my Top 3 favorite performances ever on Idol.

    Adam’s comments – well, I’m not sure. They seem a little harsh toward James, I wonder if he’s irritated with the comparisons? That happens every year to all of the successful Idols. One thing about it, the competition never ends for these kids!!!

    As far as Clay’s comment – his comment was made after Idol was over (although he was asked several times by the press, he never offered his opinion while the competition was going on). Also, I just want to point out that Clay was asked – several times – on his private fan site. The blog he wrote was private and a direct response to those questions posed by his fans.

    (and completely random) This is the first time this season that I have a true favorite and that favorite would be James!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris & crew are almost to AR. They are currently in Dallas.

    brianpomp brianpomp:
    DFW

    ETA: Kris’ sound guy

  • Eileen99

    Speculation: May 12th AI results show performers will be Steven Tyler singing his new solo single and Matthew Morrison singing Still Got Tonight to promote his album which comes out May 10th.

    Crazier speculation: Kris could join Matthew Morrison for his performance but in a way that goes over way better than Pat Monaghan and The Truth. Or maybe Kris could just be there in the audience.

    I firmly believe your speculation that Matt will be on the results show the week his album drops. The publicity the song has gotten keeps growing & growing so the timing would be perfect. It seems like a no-brainer *fingers crossed*. Summer Rain has peaked on radio and it’s time for the new single.

    lol about Kris joining Matt to sing the song? Please no. But Kris in the audience is OK with me.

  • Mary102

    Does anyone honestly believe James is going to be marketed “metal” after the show? And James isn’t stupid, I think he knows this too. He made it clear last week he needed to be more current and this week he completely went out of the “metal” zone.

    So, this one week now indicates a complete shift in music style from him? After, every other week, he kept going on and on about bringing metal back, and that being his niche, and doing the Heavy Metal song BECAUSE that’s who he is?!? Yeah, you can’t just turn on a dime like that.

    I agree with Kirsten – unless he wants to sell out to HAC and go a Cook route (and again, very similar to the last 3 WGWG we’ve already had), pulling for him to win this year and be a viable post-idol winner is beyond me.

    If I were TPTB I’d be putting everything behind Scotty or Lauren -because they are the only two I can see bringing in the money and being marketable right off the show – Lauren more so because she is a young likeable girl who is easily moldable into a new TSwift type.

  • IndyMuse

    Intel from JeannieL at DCO about the 94.7 performance, which was private:

    Supposedly the station will be putting up the videos and pictures later. The show is still going on. He has done at least CBTM, Drive, and LO – don’t know what he did before CBTM. He was talking about the RFH and his involvement, started to talk about losing Adam the night before his first participation in the Race… and he started to cry. Really cry. He talked about how he watched the video back a few months later, and when he heard the collective gasp from everyone after he said he had lost Adam, it spoke volumes to him about his fans. Then he cried some more. The entire room was silent.

  • Elliegrll

    Crazier speculation: Kris could join Matthew Morrison for his performance but in a way that goes over way better than Pat Monaghan and The Truth. Or maybe Kris could just be there in the audience.

    In some ways, I think it would just be better if they mention that Kris co-wrote the song. It’s Matthew’s song, so they should be careful about pulling a Pat Monahan, and making it too much about Kris, because that could backfire.

  • CindyM

    I agreed with Adams assessment of James until last night. He’s still not my favorite, but last night he impressed me.

  • fadetowhite

    Oh wow, so I wasn’t the only one thinking James was channeling David Cook last night? That, seriously, was my first thought, even the clothes he was wearing.

    :lol

    Well, actually, it’s the first performance of his that I’ve liked! So maybe there’s something in that…

  • smeggingnuts
  • tinawina

    My biggest issue with James is that I don’t know who he is. Is he truly a metal rocker? And if so, was he aware of the Idol cred problem? Does he want to go the theatrical CHR route? Does he want to be the next WGWG on HAC? And where does the guy who likes to write “songs about whores” fit in. I have absolutely no idea of who he really is at this point.

    I feel like I know who he is. Its pretty obvious to me. He was in a hard rock band before Idol. His stage movements, singing style, etc are all very reminiscent of hair metal types. I think he’s just that guy. Like I said before… he’s made for loud obnoxious un-PC rock. LOL. Its his wheelhouse.

    Now, that is not what’s hot on any mainstream charts. I think James knows that and that’s why he chose Muse to sing last week. Muse is not douchey like some Metal, but they have the theatrics, assertiveness and a similar singing style to his homebase so it makes sense. The only other route would be to do something in the brat-rock realm (like 3Oh3) but that seems like its too pop for James, and its kind of over as a pop niche too.

    He’s probably at least going to be in the finals so TPTB will have to start figuring it out fast.

  • tierbee

    unless he wants to sell out to HAC and go a Cook route

    That would *totally* suck to have a platinum album and singles ;) James should avoid that like the plague!

    He was talking about the RFH and his involvement, started to talk about losing Adam the night before his first participation in the Race… and he started to cry. Really cry.

    Caught a little snippet of video of that and it made *me* cry. Goodness.

  • Joyed

    David Cook’s tracklist has been posted!

    Tracklisting:

    1. Circadian
    2. Right Here, with You
    3. We Believe
    4. Fade Into Me
    5. Hard to Believe
    6. Take Me As I Am
    7. Time Marches On
    8. The Last Goodbye
    9. Paper Heart
    10. 4 Letter Word
    11. Goodbye to The Girl
    12. Rapid Eye Movement

    ETA. Some credits (Here’s my resource):
    Fade Into Me (David Cook / Kevin Griffin / Jamie Houston)
    Four-Letter Word (David Cook / Claude Kelly / Matt Squire)
    Goodbye to the Girl (David Cook / Neal Tiemann / Andy Skib)
    Paper Heart (David Cook / Julian Emery / James Lawrence Irvin)
    Right Here with You (David Cook / John Rzeznik / Gregg Wattenberg )
    The Last Goodbye (David Cook / Ryan Tedder)

    Hard to Believe (Jess Cates / David Hodges / Lindy Robbins) – I think it was considered for the 1st album

  • Trina

    So, this one week now indicates a complete shift in music style from him? After, every other week, he kept going on and on about bringing metal back, and that being his niche, and doing the Heavy Metal song BECAUSE that’s who he is?!? Yeah, you can’t just turn on a dime like that.

    No, not at all. But I dont think its so far fetched to believe he finally bought a clue and realized he cant bring metal back or try and go in a metal direction. I sensed a change the last 2 weeks (my opinion of course). Maybe Jimmy or the producers sat him down and had a good talk with him, who knows? Jimmy seemed especially annoyed the week he did Heavy Metal, so yeah I can believe he spoke to him more firmly than what we saw on TV. Many contestants come into the show with set ideas, but they change and grow and learn new things.

    ETA: Oh shit a Claude Kelly track made the cut?!!?

  • tierbee

    I feel like I know who he is. Its pretty obvious to me. He was in a hard rock band before Idol. His stage movements, singing style, etc are all very reminiscent of hair metal types. I think he’s just that guy. Like I said before… he’s made for loud obnoxious un-PC rock. LOL. Its his wheelhouse.

    I should just let you speak for me, because as usual I agree. He is like a kid in a candy shop when he gets to do metal. That’s his thing. What TPTB is going to do with that, I don’t know. But James is a metal dude in his heart, I do believe.

  • sr4mjc

    He was talking about the RFH and his involvement, started to talk about losing Adam the night before his first participation in the Race… and he started to cry. Really cry. He talked about how he watched the video back a few months later, and when he heard the collective gasp from everyone after he said he had lost Adam, it spoke volumes to him about his fans. Then he cried some more. The entire room was silent.

    Ok, that just made me teary. Aww.

  • MrDuffin

    To me James is so much as an Adam-wanna-be it’s embarassing. It don’t matter if James has sung this way forever..Adam did it first on AI so now James is a far-off copy.

  • tinawina

    started to talk about losing Adam the night before his first participation in the Race… and he started to cry. Really cry. He talked about how he watched the video back a few months later, and when he heard the collective gasp from everyone after he said he had lost Adam, it spoke volumes to him about his fans. Then he cried some more. The entire room was silent.

    Oh goodness. I don’t even know what to say.

    David Cook’s tracklist has been posted!

    ETA: Oh shit a Claude Kelly track made the cut?!!?

    **dead**

  • HermeticallySealed

    I feel like I know who he is. Its pretty obvious to me. He was in a hard rock band before Idol. His stage movements, singing style, etc are all very reminiscent of hair metal types. I think he’s just that guy. Like I said before… he’s made for loud obnoxious un-PC rock. LOL. Its his wheelhouse.

    Pretty much agree with this. Never understood the whole “poseur” comments from people. However, i think it’s pretty natural that people tend to automatically label anyone on a talent show as a poseur, because surely a real (insert genre here) artist has no need for alternate routes to success.

    Personally, I have always found that line of logic a bit of a failed reasoning.

  • tierbee

    He talked about how he watched the video back a few months later, and when he heard the collective gasp from everyone after he said he had lost Adam, it spoke volumes to him about his fans.

    That was absolutely and utterly heartbreaking. I think how fricking brave he was to be out there made me cry even more. I wondered if maybe part of his lengthy out-of-sight-ness (during said out-of-sight-ness) was just taking time to deal with everything. He never did come off the road really after his brother passed away, and I’m sure it hit him hard once he was in one place for a while. I know he’s said there are “open wound” moments on the record. I bawled my eyes out when I heard Permanent the first time from the last round. I’m thinking he’s probably going to get me again somewhere on this album.

    Wait, wait, tracklist! I just saw that as I scrolled up before I finished typing. Woooo!

  • sr4mjc

    Which is the Claude Kelly track?

  • tripp_ncwy

    David Cook’s tracklist has been posted!

    Kris said in the idol party interview with Jim today that what he heard from David’s album was “sick”.

  • HermeticallySealed

    To me James is so much as an Adam-wanna-be it’s embarassing. It don’t matter if James has sung this way forever..Adam did it first on AI so now James is a far-off copy.

    Because Adam is the originator of the whole rock wail in all of music history?

    So if someone dares to do country, has always been country and wants to go into that genre they’re automatically a Carrie wannabe? Seriously, how is this even remotely fair to anyone?

  • jeff2683

    Mel1 says:
    Several differences. Adam was asked his opinion. Clay volunteered it. No one asked him.
    04/28/2011 at 1:56 pm

    Adam is so doing to James what Clay Aiken did to him. Some people just don’t know anything about being generous.
    I guess he needed the publicity.

    Nah – in his Q&A thread, he was asked over and over what his opinion of Adam was. He only answered after idol was over.

    He also said this – But of course no one remembers it –

    He could not have gotten on Idol (nor made it as far as he did) without an immense amount of talent. He surely doesn’t need my approval to know he has a gift.

  • tierbee

    ETA: Oh shit a Claude Kelly track made the cut?!!?

    Whoa, what, really? That is exciting! Now can I have a little temper tantrum that we have to wait until the end of JUNE!?

    No, wait. I have a show to go to tomorrow. And an amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting event to participate in on Sunday. I’ll save the temper tantrum for the end of May when I want it to be the end of June maybe. :)

  • Tamarynd

    Joyed says:
    04/28/2011 at 3:29 pm
    David Cook’s tracklist has been posted!

    Tracklisting:

    1. Circadian
    2. Right Here, with You
    3. We Believe
    4. Fade Into Me
    5. Hard to Believe
    6. Take Me As I Am
    7. Time Marches On
    8. The Last Goodbye
    9. Paper Heart
    10. 4 Letter Word
    11. Goodbye to The Girl
    12. Rapid Eye Movement

    Aww, too bad “Mouth Breathers” didn’t make the cut. I was curious about that one. Maybe as a bonus track.

  • tinawina

    Which is the Claude Kelly track?

    4-letter word.

  • sr4mjc

    Cool, thanks! I like Claude.

  • Trina

    Oh ok the DJ James had dinner last week is Eddie Trunk.

    Also, he tweeted the other night randomly asking if there were any 30 Second to Mars fans. I wouldnt be surprised if hes thinking of doing one of their songs..

  • smeggingnuts

    HermeticallySealed says:
    04/28/2011 at 3:34 pm
    I feel like I know who he is. Its pretty obvious to me. He was in a hard rock band before Idol. His stage movements, singing style, etc are all very reminiscent of hair metal types. I think he’s just that guy. Like I said before… he’s made for loud obnoxious un-PC rock. LOL. Its his wheelhouse.

    Pretty much agree with this. Never understood the whole “poseur” comments from people. However, i think it’s pretty natural that people tend to automatically label anyone on a talent show as a poseur, because surely a real (insert genre here) artist has no need for alternate routes to success.

    Personally, I have always found that line of logic a bit of a failed reasoning.

    James is alittle odd for me. He does have the metal history and its what he loves and all. But his “metal/rock” performances come across as a 10 year old listening to the radio and singing in his house when no one is watching. (I do have to give him props for last night it was his best performance..until he screamed that is). And speaking as someone who listens to and goes to rock/metal concerts I wouldn’t go to his show for free. He brigns nothing to the table you strip him of his drumline, flaming pianos or Zakk its just meh. And those were the only things I remembered from the performances was the extra spectical.

    But I thnk if he gets signed that he should definatly make what kind of music he wants. No point in making music you don’t like (see Britney) you do what you love and if it doesn’t work out at least you were true to yourself.

    But just because you love it doesn’t mean your good or can make a living off of it. But hell don’t not try…
    IMHO of course

  • aa618892

    Adam is so real, he would make a fantastic judge. He has a kindness in him that softens even a harsh critique, but he is so articulate and interesting.
    I could care less about Matt Morrison but I hope this song translates to big success for Kris.

  • Mary102

    Many contestants come into the show with set ideas, but they change and grow and learn new things.

    Yeah, but to do it so suddenly, and especially after being so firmly Metal, it comes across as very fake. The “Cook-esque” performance everyone pointed out – if he really keeps it up and goes in that direction, it seems very sell-outy, as well as very WGWG (which has kinda become a big problem for AI in the first place).

  • sunchick

    Oh damn, I don’t know where to start. I can’t even, Cook. You know I still feel slightly guilty about having such a kickass time at Sunfest, knowing that he heard about Adam soon after. Acoustic Paper Heart from earlier today, I have no words, so: <3 <3. I'm tellin y'all, the imagery in that song guts me, it just does. And not only because the first rainy Race For Hope flashed to mind briefly. LO and TLG were also pretty killer.

    Tracklist in a nutshell….
    Fist pump: looking forward to everything except Hard To Believe, but especially GTTG and Four Letter Word, just cuz I wanted to hear that one
    RCA You're Dead To Me Again: Hard to Believe? Isn't that…Is there another song named Hard To Believe? Did Cookie rework that piece of shit Hodges tune or something? Because I thought he wrote on the WHOLE album.

    Elliegrll says:
    04/28/2011 at 12:41 pm
    Casey Abrams should tone down the shtick

    This is true, but incredibly ironic.

    LOL, kinda. Adam’s first FYE performance on the AMAs veered into self parody, but he worked it out eventually. As for James, since I doubt what Adam says will change the voting in a significant way, it’s just an opinion. James veers toward fakey fake sometimes for me, too, which is why I haven’t really taken a long ride on the James train. He seems most authentic with the metal showboating, not so much with the heartfelt stripped down stuff. And though Casey is my favorite this season, I said the same thing Adam said about Casey earlier in the season, re: tons of potential and musicality but veering into uncomfortable self parody. I actually think he’s has done a decent job of dialing it back since the save scare, though. I kinda get a kick out of the occasional growly face in moderation. Haley and Casey are like the opposite for me: Haley has good vocal instincts but doesn’t really impress me musically, Casey has good musical instincts but runs into trouble with his vocal choices sometimes. Maybe that’s why the compliment each other as duet partners.

  • windmills

    Eileen99: lol about Kris joining Matt to sing the song? Please no. But Kris in the audience is OK with me.

    Elliegrll: In some ways, I think it would just be better if they mention that Kris co-wrote the song. It’s Matthew’s song, so they should be careful about pulling a Pat Monahan, and making it too much about Kris, because that could backfire.

    It’d definitely be tricky. Like, you could have Kris sing backup vocals but that might not be the message AI wants to send. Or you could have Kris sing a verse but that’d be too Monaghanish and you run the risk that he’d outsing Matthew Morrison. I was just trying to figure if there was a way to include Kris in the performance so the Idol quotient for that day was fulfilled :P Maybe Kris could play piano for the performance or something and they’ll have a nice broromantic hug after the performance.

    tinawina: I feel like I know who he is. Its pretty obvious to me. He was in a hard rock band before Idol. His stage movements, singing style, etc are all very reminiscent of hair metal types. I think he’s just that guy. Like I said before… he’s made for loud obnoxious un-PC rock. LOL. Its his wheelhouse.

    Haha I was calling it “douchebag rock” in my head but ITA.

    sr4mjc: That’s interesting to know. I’d assumed not that much originality on the big production screechers (like Uprising I didn’t think was original in the way he sang it) but I wasn’t anywhere near as familiar with the originals of the other ones as I’m familiar with Josh Turner’s music.

  • Keel

    Goodbye to the Girl!! Woooooo! And that Claude Kelly co-write is gonna be fun. I know it. (Kinda wished Mouth Breathers was on the list as well. Also? With Me Empty. Oh well.)

  • soverymel
  • CindyM

    I like the song title “Fade Into You”! I’m glad the Claude Kelly song made it on the album, I really like his writing. I loved Adam’s “Can’t Let You Go” written by Kelly. Well, I loved his voice on it, the production…not so much.

    Pre-sale snippets on Amazon soon maybe now that the tracklisting is up??? Also, Itunes presale should begin soon too!

  • tinawina

    Pretty much agree with this. Never understood the whole “poseur” comments from people.

    Oh no, I get that. Its a very anti-corporate, anti-establishment genre… all about f*ck the man. No self respecting metalhead would be on American Idol. Of course he will be called a poseur.

    But just because you love it doesn’t mean your good or can make a living off of it. But hell don’t not try…

    Yeah, its totally who he is as an artist, and where he wants to be.. but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to be a metal superstar yet.

    if he really keeps it up and goes in that direction, it seems very sell-outy, as well as very WGWG

    He kind of already is a WGWG :D, but I agree aiming for the HAC market will not feel authentic at all.

  • Mary102

    That would *totally* suck to have a platinum album and singles James should avoid that like the plague!

    It’s a sell out to go the Cook route because that’s never been anything like what James has professed to be on AI before. That’s my point. Not that Cook’s route is bad for Cook (because clearly he is doing just fine it).

  • HermeticallySealed

    Which is the Claude Kelly track?

    4-letter word.

    LoL, for a second there I thought you were describing CK’s song.

  • sr4mjc

    RCA You’re Dead To Me Again: Hard to Believe? Isn’t that…Is there another song named Hard To Believe? Did Cookie rework that piece of shit Hodges tune or something? Because I thought he wrote on the WHOLE album.

    I feel there is a story here I haven’t heard about this song..

  • Chicagolaw

    Yay for the Claude Kelly track making Cook’s album! I’m really excited to hear what direction they went in. I have a feeling it will be one of the harder rocking tracks.

    Has Summer Rain peaked already? It seems like Matt was just interviewed on my HAC station (and got a first spin) just a few weeks ago. Of course, that was on WTMX…
    ETA—I thought it was a horrid song, so maybe it just had a short shelf life

  • Keel

    It’s also possible that it’s another song called Hard to Believe. Remember how Kevin Griffin previously wrote a song called Avalanche and the song KG co-wrote with David was a totally different song also called Avalanche.

    ETA: Or it could be a massive rewrite of the original . . . .

    ETA: LOL, or as tinawina put it, a Beyonce special . . .

  • sma11ie

    The Cook news? I’m just gonna quote tinawina here:

    Oh goodness. I don’t even know what to say.

    David Cook’s tracklist has been posted!

    ETA: Oh shit a Claude Kelly track made the cut?!!?

    **dead**

    Caught a little snippet of video of that and it made *me* cry. Goodness.

    WHERE?!

    I wondered if maybe part of his lengthy out-of-sight-ness (during said out-of-sight-ness) was just taking time to deal with everything. He never did come off the road really after his brother passed away, and I’m sure it hit him hard once he was in one place for a while.

    He implied as much in the interview where he said when he finally got off the road, he had to deal with the things he put on a backburner, and everything hit him “like a ton of bricks”, and that lyric from R.E.M of “Give me one more quiet night before this loud morning gets it right and does me in” was about those mornings when he couldn’t get out of bed. As someone who’s grieved before… yeah, that’s pretty true.

    Hard to Believe (Jess Cates / David Hodges / Lindy Robbins) – I think it was considered for the 1st album

    I thought David cowrote everything… wonder if he changed it and got credit?

  • fadetowhite

    Just listened to the acoustic Cook performances from this morning and they were stonking!

    Even The Last Goodbye was stonking acoustic.

    I’m beginning to think there is not a song this man could sing acoustic that I would not like…

    And now I need to see what the ‘Hard To Believe’ panic is about. :lol

  • tinawina

    I feel there is a story here I haven’t heard about this song..

    There was a teaser video a while back on which DC was shown laying a few bars of vocal tracks for a song that the super-sleuth fans eventually figured out was “Hard To Believe”… a track David Hodges wrote that’s on YouTube, and many people did not like it. LOL. I think the assumption was it didn’t make the album since the press release said DC co-wrote everything on the record. But that is not so apparently. So either he re-worked the song or got the Beyonce special on it. LOL

  • Mary102

    There is no reason for him to kick sand in the face of kids still in the competition. They are growing and will grow. Adam is in the position now as an elder statesman of Idol and criticizing the newbies often doesn’t go over well.

    His points though were pretty constructive, and considering the total lack of feedback, constructive criticism, or help this season on idol, probably a good thing for them to hear (if they ever hear it).

    Plus Carrie made similar comments about Scotty.

  • fadetowhite

    Oooh – Tracklist…

    Alot of the intruiging ones we’ve heard of seem to have made it.

    I’m too pleased/excited to get bummed out about Hard To Believe.

  • pattycake

    Did I miss something. Where is the tracklist coming from? Where is Take Me Empty??? Why so many songs with “Believe” in the title?

  • sr4mjc

    There was a teaser video a while back on which DC was shown laying a few bars of vocal tracks for a song that the super-sleuth fans eventually figured out was “Hard To Believe”… a track David Hodges wrote that’s on YouTube, and many people did not like it. LOL. I think the assumption was it didn’t make the album since the pres release said DC co-wrote everything on the record. But that is not so apparently. So either he re-worked the song or got the Beyonce special on it. LOL

    oh, I do remember that! And remember not liking the you tube. Interesting, I wonder what it will sound like and if it’s the same song or not.

  • Trina

    Maybe David had a talk with him? Like after he sang or rehearsed his poppy Ryan Tedder song last week he got James on the side and was all “good luck with that rock thing in the future” lol

  • fadetowhite

    Oh and – it hit home, the report from the concert this afternoon. I guess returning to the race is emotional, but his ability/willingness to share that with the crowd/his fans is moving.

  • sr4mjc

    Pretty good article on Max Martin, Dr. Luke and ASCAP awards last night. Song mentions, Kelly, etc..

    http://bit.ly/jxP5sF

    And for every spaced-out, Spears-like pop puppet, there’s an Adam Lambert, Perry and badass Pink (who are very involved in the creative process), retaining an edge even while backed by the corporate marketing machine.

  • pattycake

    Maybe David had a talk with him? Like after he sang or rehearsed his poppy Ryan Tedder song last week he got James on the side and was all “good luck with that rock thing in the future” lol

    Interesting comment about David and James b/c someone I follow on twitter is a david/band friend @danielisrad tweeted he would be interested in being in Durbin’s band, but that auditioneers didn’t like him. Are there already auditions for Dubin’s band?

  • jpfan

    Is Adam auditioning for a job as an Idol judge? ;) Such detail about what he likes and doesn’t like. It’s a little unusual to go into specifics about what you don’t like. Plus there are the usual zombie fans who follow the advice of their fav Idol to the T and that can affect the voting. Fortunately, that’s a very, very small number.

    I was surprised when Carrie commented negatively about Scotty as well. She’s usually too PC to do that. Maybe the lack of any judges criticiques is getting to them.

  • Keel

    Just listened to the acoustic Cook performances from this morning and they were stonking!

    Even The Last Goodbye was stonking acoustic.

    IKR? So soooo good. Pretty sure I played acoustic PH approx. 2983459278326 times. HEH.

  • windmills

    Here’s a shiny new post about the tracklist for ‘This Loud Morning': http://mjsbigblog.com/david-cook-this-loud-morning-tracklist-revealed.htm :)

  • smeggingnuts

    I was surprised when Carrie commented negatively about Scotty as well. She’s usually too PC to do that. Maybe the lack of any judges criticiques is getting to them.

    Maybe its a country thing…maybe Scotty isn’t helping Carrie’s “cause” like he is hurting Gokey’s… *snerk*

  • smeggingnuts

    RCA just tweeted tour dates for Lee…did we know these?

    RCAPromo RCAMG Promo Dept
    Lee DeWyze @LeeDeWyze tour dates are out! Check out where & when you can go see our reigning Idol! http://bit.ly/lt0jcw

  • aa618892

    Haha! From the Russian Glamberts. Their take on the goatee, lol. Adam retweeted it.

    http://twitpic.com/4qlm3o
    http://twitpic.com/4qlqin

  • Trina

    Yeah there was some chatter on Twitter earlier about that danielisrad tweet. I don’t know what he meant or if he’s ass talking.

  • aa618892

    sr4mjc says:
    04/28/2011 at 4:04 pm

    Pretty good article on Max Martin, Dr. Luke and ASCAP awards last night. Song mentions, Kelly, etc..

    http://bit.ly/jxP5sF

    And for every spaced-out, Spears-like pop puppet, there’s an Adam Lambert, Perry and badass Pink (who are very involved in the creative process), retaining an edge even while backed by the corporate marketing machine.

    I like this part too.

    Luke and Martin seem to only enhance what unique artists like these three already bring to the table.

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    She had spent this week under 24-hour care but is now convalescing at home after being discharged yesterday.

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    He is also lead vocal coach on the X Factor UK. He is American so I guess it’s possible he could work on X Factor USA this fall.

  • windmills

    smeggingnuts: Maybe its a country thing…maybe Scotty isn’t helping Carrie’s “cause” like he is hurting Gokey’s… *snerk*

    LOLZ.

    No but I was definitely surprised too. Most of what Carrie said about Scotty was framed positively but still.

  • stargazed

    I really enjoy James and thought he was amazing last night. I put that performance up there in my Top 3 favorite performances ever on Idol.

    Adam’s comments – well, I’m not sure. They seem a little harsh toward James, I wonder if he’s irritated with the comparisons? That happens every year to all of the successful Idols. One thing about it, the competition never ends for these kids!!!

    As far as Clay’s comment – his comment was made after Idol was over (although he was asked several times by the press, he never offered his opinion while the competition was going on). Also, I just want to point out that Clay was asked – several times – on his private fan site. The blog he wrote was private and a direct response to those questions posed by his fans.

    (and completely random) This is the first time this season that I have a true favorite and that favorite would be James!!

    It’s lovely that Adam is over James because James is going to be all over the charts in the not too distant future and will be in direct competition with Adam. From what I’ve seen on Idol this season, James can sing anything and can sing it well. He has a wonderful bell tone to his voice that I seldom hear. I haven’t been this excited about an Idol contestant in a long, long time. I won’t be comparing James to any Idol because I think others would fall short.

  • Chicagolaw

    Honestly, what Carrie said about Scotty caught me completely off-guard. But, since I have never heard her say anything the least bit negative before, it was kind of refreshing :) And it also made me wonder if she was possibly echoing some of the thoughts of the country community.

  • cfletch

    Adam had great things to say about James too- unlike Carrie Underwood who said Scotty doesn’t know who he is ( Huh? I’d say out of all of them, Scotty definitely knows who he is as a singer, lol) and Gokey saying Scotty is “hurting my cause”. ????

    What the heck did Gokey mean that Scotty is hurting his cause? Does he feel threatened by Scotty? Gokey has his fans, I’m not one of them, but, geesh, there is some petty jealousy among the former idols after reading these comments.

    I think they should just wish them all well and keep their thoughts to themselves. And, for Carrie to say Scotty doesn’t have his distinct voice, I’d have to say, she sounds like a few others on the radio too.

    None of the former idols have been in the business long enough to be experts. They have opinions, like the rest of us. Sure, they’ve been through the idol grind, but, some like Bo and Taylor, were out there for years struggling and they knew the ropes. So, I’d put a little more credence into their opinions. I’ve noticed that neither have had one this year, as far as I know.

    I really wish I liked Carrie more, but, she seems so plastic and aloof to me. Its probably just her personality, but, a definite turn off, IMO.

    I hope James is successful. Not my cuppa, but, he has a little boy to support, so, yeah, I hope he does well for himself.

  • sr4mjc

    It’s lovely that Adam is over James because James is going to be all over the charts in the not too distant future and will be in direct competition with Adam. From what I’ve seen on Idol this season, James can sing anything and can sing it well. He has a wonderful bell tone to his voice that I seldom hear. I haven’t been this excited about an Idol contestant in a long, long time. I won’t be comparing James to any Idol because I think others would fall short.

    You’re the first vote I’ve seen for James going electropop/rock on CHR.

  • CindyM

    Exclusive: Savan Kotecha writes original song for ‘Glee’ finale
    Savan Kotecha co-wrote Glee’s original song “Loser like me”, Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You”, half of Westlife’s discography, many Britney Spears tracks and also AI season 4 coronation song and these Idol and X Factor artists: Allison Iraheta, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, JLS, Alexandra Burke, Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson, Cher Lloyd, etc.

    Adam just start following Savan Kotecha on twitter. Wonder if they have some writing sessions coming up!!

  • sma11ie

    There is no reason for him to kick sand in the face of kids still in the competition. They are growing and will grow. Adam is in the position now as an elder statesman of Idol and criticizing the newbies often doesn’t go over well. It’s like the Team Captain ripping into the rookies for the press.

    Hmm… you have a point. My initial response was, yeah, Adam was dead on. But I can see how for the contestants, they’re getting so much crap said about them everywhere that they probably don’t need to hear stuff like “I’m over so and so” from the alumni.

    I don’t mind any Idols giving their criticism, props and advice to contestants. They’ve been there. I like hearing all their comments, good or bad. No one knows what it’s like in their shoes, except those who have gone through it. And they know what it’s like out in the real world afterwards.

    I think that’s why David Cook said recently that yeah, he was rooting for Stefano post-Idol, and that yeah, he roots for everyone on that show, because he knows firsthand how hard it is. With that in mind, knowing how hard it is, it’s probably the kindest to stick to saying nice things about the contestants, and if offering any critique, to couch it as gently as possible. What Adam said about Casey counts, and is constructive, IMO, but SOME of what he said about James, though I agree, maybe not so much on the constructive side. But at the end of the day, this is how I feel about the whole thing:

    Adam has shown that he owns whatever he says or does, and I like his honesty, even if I disagree with his opinions at times.

  • stargazed

    I agree Adam would make a great judge-he would say things helpful to the contestants instead of blowing smoke like the judges do this year.
    Adam comes from the world of theatre, where the director gives notes after the performances. For dancers, being singled out for criticism by the artistic director is considered a great compliment. I don’t think he was being meanspirited in telling James to avoid copycat performances-James needs to establish his own image if he’s going to make it in the entertainment world.
    When Adam was asked during Season 9 who were the best singers, He named Crystal, Lee, Casey J and Big Mike (Crystal was his fav). They turned out to be the Top 4. He’s a good judge of talent.

    I keep reading that Adam would be a great judge. Does the guy need a job?

  • Fullmoon

    I don’t think what Carrie or Adam said was anything but constructive criticism. Think of what a “real” judge would say, first you give them the positivity than you give them the negativity. As for the statement of being over James, I heard it as James doing the same thing over and over again and we know how bored Adam gets easily. I also think that Carrie and Adam are at a level now where the media wants to hear what they “really” think as real artists outside the idol bubble. There was a time when Adam mentored the media was so pro Adam becoming a judge and if that should ever happened I wouldn’t want him to blow smoke up anyone’s butt.

  • aa618892

    It’s lovely that Adam is over James because James is going to be all over the charts in the not too distant future and will be in direct competition with Adam.

    Oh God, good luck with that. You do know what is playing on Top 40 right now, don’t you? As far as direct competition, first Adam is 2 years into his career after Idol. We are still in Top 6 of the competition let alone ready to make chart predictions. I like James but first he has to make music that will sell and that is a long, long way off. People can and do buy from more than one artist in the big world of music. Just because I love Adam doesn’t mean I won’t buy James music if I like it. A little constructive criticism never hurt anybody, people not buying your music will.

  • Trina

    David wrote with Savan in Sweden IIRC, the guy is a riot to follow on Twitter.

  • aa618892

    I keep reading that Adam would be a great judge. Does the guy need a job?

    I guess he does since he has to go all the way to Moscow to do a performance, lol. And those boots he likes aren’t cheep!

  • smeggingnuts

    I guess he does since he has to go all the way to Moscow to do a performance, lol. And those boots he likes aren’t cheep!

    Gotta do what you need to do to keep your boot fetish funded!

  • artemis

    “Does the guy need a job?”

    Well, Adam has plenty of work to occupy his time, but being a judge might be a good gig for him-being an Idol judge sure hasn’t hurt JLo’s sales.

  • stargazed

    It’s lovely that Adam is over James because James is going to be all over the charts in the not too distant future and will be in direct competition with Adam.

    Oh God, good luck with that. You do know what is playing on Top 40 right now, don’t you? As far as direct competition, first Adam is 2 years into his career after Idol. We are still in Top 6 of the competition let alone ready to make chart predictions. I like James but first he has to make music that will sell and that is a long, long way off. People can and do buy from more than one artist in the big world of music. Just because I love Adam doesn’t mean I won’t buy James music if I like it. A little constructive criticism never hurt anybody, people not buying your music will.

    I guess we’ll know more when Adam’s sophomore cd drops and when James’ first cd drops. Adam hasn’t set the world on fire but, perhaps, James will. One never knows what an Idol will record fresh off the show. It’s always exciting to wait and see.

  • lorismile

    I have to say, it’s interesting how everything Adam says and does, what he wears, his hair, etc, are all over the news still – 2 years after being on the show.

    Adam is in the position now as an elder statesman of Idol and criticizing the newbies often doesn’t go over well.

    Adam has been nothing but completely positive about his Idol experience. He’s been a great “elder statesman of Idol” and quite frankly the judges should be saying these things to the contestants. And criticizing the newbies not going over well – he did alot of criticizing when he mentored and all anyone said was what a great job he did. It didn’t hurt him then and I don’t think it will hurt him now.

    I’m sure if asked about the gospel singer dude he would’ve said he was over him too. I remember him praising him alot at the beginning of the show but he doesn’t say anything about him now.

  • Elliegrll

    It’s a sell out to go the Cook route because that’s never been anything like what James has professed to be on AI before.

    James wouldn’t be the first person to have one style on AI, and then adopt a more commercial style after the season is over. I recall many people thinking that Adam would release a rock album, and not one that’s very mainstream pop.

    If Interscope wants to make a commitment to James, there’s a way to adapt his style to a genre that’s more commercial right now.

  • Fullmoon

    I guess he does since he has to go all the way to Moscow to do a performance, lol. And those boots he likes aren’t cheep!

    God I wish I can be at that concert from their website Adam will be among great company:

    Participants of the festival would be unprecedented and will include the most relevant representatives of Western and domestic music industry.
    The first confirmed their participation world stars, cult American nu metal band from Bakersfield (Calif.) KoYan . Also said to participate in the Rock Festival Maxidrome 2011: The Killers, The Prodigy, Rammstein, Daft Punk, 30 seconds to mars, Brainstorm, Muse.

  • Mel1

    Adam hasn’t set the world on fire, but maybe James will.

    James should only hope to be as successful as Adam and get as much respect from the industry.

  • tls62

    I guess we’ll know more when Adam’s sophomore cd drops and when James’ first cd drops. Adam hasn’t set the world on fire but, perhaps, James will. One never knows what an Idol will record fresh off the show. It’s always exciting to wait and see.

    So true. He just might go country like Gokey. One never knows.

  • lorismile

    Adam hasn’t set the world on fire,

    Maybe not a forest fire yet, but the two sticks he’s rubbing together seem to have ignited a spark.

  • Chicagolaw

    Well, according to his twitter, James is also a Born Again Christian…are there metal bands in CCM?

    Honestly, I think most Idol fans wish success for everyone. It only helps the brand to have Idol alums making moves in the industry. :)

  • Fullmoon

    So true. He just might go country like Gokey. One never knows.

    Remember that bastard album? I bet those country fans brought it. 75,000 copies piggy backing of his name isn’t too bad.

  • jpfan

    I didn’t know James was a born again Christian. Daughtry was in a Christian rock band before Idol (yes such thing exist).

    I don’t argue with Adam’s critiques but saying “you’re over” someone comes across as kind of harsh.

  • girlygirl

    what did Adam say about James that has got some people all riled up?

    Jim C asked Kris who his favorites this season are, and he said Casey, Haley and Lauren. But he didn’t elaborate. Probably just as well…

    EDITED – nvm

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Adam’s comments – well, I’m not sure. They seem a little harsh toward James, I wonder if he’s irritated with the comparisons?

    I don’t know, but the comparisons seem to be continuing. Melinda Doolittle wrote this about James’ performance last night:

    The beginning was beautiful. I didn’t even mind the rock beat coming in. I am, however, having a hard time crowning this the winning performance of the night as the judges said. Sometimes, I feel like his pitch and his voice get away from him a bit. It’s probably my fault for comparing him to Adam Lambert, though. Not saying they have the same voice, but there are definite similarities. The difference is, Adam has uncanny control over his instrument and maybe when James is his age, he will have the same thing.

  • lorismile

    Adam has uncanny control over his instrument

    True. Unless he’s performing at the AMAs. ;-)

  • jpfan

    Melinda is entitled to her opinion (I agree with some of it) but if she was critizing someone who was seen as another Melinda Doolittle and then said she was “over” that artist, people might be calling her jellus (not me ;) )

    I think the horrible judging this season is turning everyone into a critic. Carrie is the biggest shocker. She usually NEVER says anything remotely critical of country artists on the show. For her to criticize Scotty is kind of amazing plus as a superstar in her genre, she could actually hurt him on the show.

  • Teri63

    In both cases, I say, YIPPEEEEE, we have two confident alums who feel free to be themselves rather than towing the company line. I don’t know a lot about Carrie’s personality, but I’ve been following Adam daily since day one of his Idol year, and I would have been terribly disappointed had he compromised his own beliefs just for the sake of being PC. The thing is, these contestants KNOW that by signing up for the show, they’re signing up for close scrutiny and possible criticism. I stopped watching this season a couple weeks ago because I wanted to puke at how the judges seem to kiss nearly every contestant’s ass. Since I don’t feel the judges are doing their jobs, I’m glad there are related professionals out there to give their input because constructive criticism, which I believe Adam gave, will help these kids grow into better musicians. Better for them to hear some of the negatives now than to think they’re the best there is (based on the current judges’ ridiculous biased flattery) only to tank once they hit the public sector.

  • smeggingnuts

    Chicagolaw says:
    04/28/2011 at 5:23 pm
    Well, according to his twitter, James is also a Born Again Christian…are there metal bands in CCM?

    Well there is a differance between being a Christian Metal band and being christian and in a metal band. One of the guitarists for Slipknot (Donnie Steele) is christian. Lol though he did deside to leave the band due to his beliefs.

    But here is a wiki list of Christian Metal Bands

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_metal_bands

  • cfletch

    I’m not a Durbin fan, but, if it came down to choosing between an Adam song and a James one, I would choose James. Of course, I’d stop listening before it ended to protect my hearing. I don’t like the screams.

  • CindyM

    I think the horrible judging this season is turning everyone into a critic. Carrie is the biggest shocker. She usually NEVER says anything remotely critical of country artists on the show. For her to criticize Scotty is kind of amazing plus as a superstar in her genre, she could actually hurt him on the show.

    I think you’re right. The judging this year is not helping these contestants to grow and expand their musical talents. I think that some of the contestants could get a harsh wake-up call when the show is over and there are no judges blowing smoke, just a highly critical media and public.

  • lorismile

    I think that some of the contestants could get a harsh wake-up call when the show is over and there are no judges blowing smoke, just a highly critical media and public.

    I don’t think Idol or the judges care. First and foremost, this is a TV show and the ratings are showing most don’t care if the judges aren’t giving critiques.

  • JazzRocks

    I don’t know, but the comparisons seem to be continuing. Melinda Doolittle wrote this about James’ performance last night:

    The difference is, Adam has uncanny control over his instrument and maybe when James is his age, he will have the same thing.

    Melinda is one of the best vocalists to ever appear on the show so I completely respect her opinion. Perhaps she doesn’t realize that Adam had uncanny control when he was even younger than James. Remember this from Brigaddon? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYyqzUr6jU

  • JazzRocks

    Sorry messed up the quote. Can’t seem to edit.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Melinda is one of the best vocalists to ever appear on the show so I completely respect her opinion. Perhaps she doesn’t realize that Adam had uncanny control when he was even younger than James. Remember this from Brigaddon? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYyqzUr6jU

    I agree. Adam’s breath and vocal control in that song was remarkable!

    As far as James’ commercial potential, it could very well be that he already knows that UMG has an interest in signing him, and given that he has a family now, he may be willing to compromise to have a recording career that will bring him some financial security. As I recall, in his backstory, wasn’t there something about not being able to afford diapers for his son? I’m not going to criticize him for “selling out’ in order to ensure some security for his family.

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  • windmills

    Chicagolaw: And it also made me wonder if she was possibly echoing some of the thoughts of the country community.

    What Carrie said has been the buzz on Scotty in Nashville. It’s like Brian Mansfield said, Scotty’ll be very good in a few years but he needs some time to find his own voice. Actually even Josh Turner kind of said the same thing though he was very supportive.

    jpfan: I think the horrible judging this season is turning everyone into a critic. Carrie is the biggest shocker. She usually NEVER says anything remotely critical of country artists on the show. For her to criticize Scotty is kind of amazing plus as a superstar in her genre, she could actually hurt him on the show.

    LOL. The interview was a few weeks ago and it hasn’t hurt Scotty at all. To think it would hurt Scotty on the show you’d have to ignore that Carrie also said he was really good. Besides, look at how Scotty came back this week after being criticized by the judges – he made some adjustments and did a great job which I really respect him for. That’s the kind of work ethic and attitude he should keep up and I think he will after the show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lorismile says:
    04/28/2011 at 6:12 pm

    I think that some of the contestants could get a harsh wake-up call when the show is over and there are no judges blowing smoke, just a highly critical media and public.

    I don’t think Idol or the judges care. First and foremost, this is a TV show and the ratings are showing most don’t care if the judges aren’t giving critiques.

    I think that you’re right. Idol is probably ecstatic at the ratings and that they can continue to charge $485,000 for a 30 sec. ad. Earlier, it was posted that the Idol tours in S7 and S8 eached grossed around $30 million. It’s interesting to compare that to the $38 million that Idol reaps in ad revenue for each 2 hr show. No wonder the TV show is priority #1 for them.

  • Moria Polonius

    I wish I can be at that concert from their website Adam will be among great company:

    Participants of the festival would be unprecedented and will include the most relevant representatives of Western and domestic music industry.
    The first confirmed their participation world stars, cult American nu metal band from Bakersfield (Calif.) KoYan . Also said to participate in the Rock Festival Maxidrome 2011: The Killers, The Prodigy, Rammstein, Daft Punk, 30 seconds to mars, Brainstorm, Muse.

    My eyes just popped when I saw the cast of that festival. Oh why is Moscow so far away.

  • Keel

    Chicagolaw says:
    04/28/2011 at 5:23 pm
    Well, according to his twitter, James is also a Born Again Christian…are there metal bands in CCM?

    Of course, has no one heard of Landry Clarke and Crucifictorious? Christian Death Metal FTMFW! *FNL inside joke*

  • sr4mjc

    moving to evening..

  • Mel1

    The other thing is Adam mentioning Casey and James puts them in the news too. It gets a dialogue going.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    nevermind

  • TwigLA

    Reading about David talking about his brother, Adam, just tore my heart out. It hits me in a very personal place. That had to have been rough to relate.