Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Kris Allen performs with the Berklee City All Star Band for Music Empowers – Philadelphia – Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter – Performance begins at 12:30pm
  • David Archuleta’s memoir, Chords of Strength will be released in paperback. Order it at Amazon
  • Steven Tyler’s new memoir Does the Noise In My Head Bother You is released. Order it at Amazon
  • Taylor Hicks plays in the Regions Tradition NCR PRO-AM Golf Tournament in Birmingham, AL. More information HERE.
  • Steven Tyler interview, Part Two The Today Show, NBC
  • Jennifer Hudson appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Paul McDonald, Stefano Langone and Pia Toscano are headed back to New York City to guest on the Rachel Ray Show according to a tweet from Paul.

Crystal Bowersox has been added to the Colbie Caillat show at the Hanover Theater in Worcester MA May 13. More information HERE.

Jennifer Lopez’s new album Love? is available everywhere today. Get it at iTunes and Amazon

Ryan Seacrest Promises Not to Eff with American Idol

You know how The New York Post reported yesterday that Ryan Seacrest was developing a rival singing show to American Idol for NBC? Ryan assures the Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t plan to compete with Idol:

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to host a show competing with Idol,” Seacrest said during an interview in his office in late March. “I think it’s possible [to be the face of another show in the future], but at this point I certainly have not even gone down that road because Idol is in a great place, so I think we’re just enjoying that and we want to focus on that.”

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

More Headlines after the JUMP…

David Archuleta – Hey Mama

New vlog! Happy early Mother’s day

Idoloonies: Sabotage for Haley, Bad Advice for Scotty, and…a Disney Movie for Lauren?

Who’s the real villain of American Idol‘s tenth season: Jimmy Iovine, Nigel Lythgoe, the American teenager? On this week’s installment of Idoloonies, my cohosts (including a real live high-school student!) and I ponder this important question, and assess the last five vocalists remaining in the competition.

Read more at TV Line

Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making ‘Noise in My Head,’ Aerosmith & ‘Idol,’ Johnny Depp & More

This particular judges’ panel has been very kind and positive with the contestants — and some feel too soft. What’s your take?

Y’know, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar. I think that it’s good vaudeville to shame someone and put ‘em down. The audience loves it. But it’s another thing to, if someone’s really trying to be the “American Idol” and they’re taking it seriously, to give them words of encouragement. I know J.Lo does it very well, and I think it’s because of her street and her children, and I certainly do it from my family and my kids and from how I grew up and lessons learned. It doesn’t feel good when you’re put down, and especially for no uncertain reason. You don’t tell someone you don’t like them because of the song they’re singing, you know? Well, that’s what the other guy did, on several occasions. It’s good TV. I get that… I came into this thing scared that maybe that wouldn’t work because what they did before, Simon and that type of company, worked so well. But then I thought maybe nurturing… could be the new black. Maybe compassion could be the new black instead of black being the new black, y’know?

Will Aerosmith perform on “Idol?”

Oh yeah, we’re playing the last show of the season. When I came on board, of course they were talking about, “Are you going to sing with the contestants?” I said I’ll do a song, sure, but it was always my intention, always, to get Aersomith on the show. I mean, Joe’s done it. I’m ready for it. I would love to play with Aerosmith.

Read more at Billboard

Kris Allen on Fox Philly

Via Danse4Dance

Steven Tyler to Premiere Solo Video on ‘American Idol’

Steven Tyler will premiere the video for his first ever solo single, “(It) Feels So Good,” on the May 12 episode of American Idol, sources tell THR’s Idol Worship. The song will have its debut on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning show on May 9.

The clip was shot just after Easter, on Monday April 24, by Norwegian director Ray Kay, who thanks to a client list that includes Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”), Britney Spears (“Til the World Ends”) and Justin Bieber (“Baby”), is among of the most in-demand names working in music videos today.

Read more at THR

David Cook Performs At Fresh 94.7 FM Studios

David Cook , American Idol winner, performs songs from his new album for a few lucky fans in the 94.7 Fresh FM Studios. The rock singer-songwriter visited D.C. to promote the Race For Hope May 1st in Freedom Plaza, to raise money to fight brain tumors. For more information, log onto braintumorcommunity.org

See the Videos at Fresh 94.7

Plus, David Cook Meet and Greet at the 1043 MYFM’s (KBIG-Los Angeles) acoustic gig yesterday

Via JSalow

Jennifer Hudson performed “I’m Every Woman” and “I Got This” at the 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert to Benefit FFAWN. Check out the performances at Jennifer Hudson Daily.

Casey Abrams — EVERYONE VOTE FOR HALEY

“American Idol” reject Casey Abrams has been out of the running for less than a week … and he’s already throwing his support behind one very “special” finalist … his rumored GF Haley Reinhart.

Sources close to Casey tell TMZ … Abrams has been telling his friends, family and hometown supporters in Idyllwild, CA to stay united … and use their votes to send Haley through to the next round.

Read more at TMZ

Jennifer Hudson – MET Ball 2011

Jennifer Hudson shows off her figure at the MET Ball held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 2) in New York City.

The 29-year-old singer and actress wore a silk tissue organza and French tulle confection from Vera Wang and silver top yellow gold diamond pendant earrings by Fred Leighton.

JHud looks gorgeous!

See the photos at Just Jared

Jennifer Lopez – MET Ball 2011 With Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez brightens up the red carpet at the MET Ball held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 2) in New York City.

The 41-year-old American Idol judge, who wore a stunning fuchsia Gucci gown, was joined by her husband Marc Anthony at the star studded event.

Jlo, on the other hand, is scaring me a little

See the Photos at Just Jared

Steven Tyler brings in the ‘Noise’ in memoir

LOS ANGELES — Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, that romanticized Boomer cliché, gets a booster shot of head-spinning authenticity in Steven Tyler’s brash memoir, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, out today.

In his hyperactive tone and razzle-dazzle lingo, the Aerosmith singer alternately revels in debauchery and celebrates sobriety, sharing his hectic life story of success and excess.

“I’ve always played both sides of the fence,” Tyler, 63, says of his reckless past. “I never wanted to taste honey without getting stung. I just went out too far.”

Read more at USAToday

Glee spoilers!

You might think you know everything about Glee’s New York episode because of your in-depth CIA-like analysis of the photo intelligence, but there are a few Big Apple episode details that only we can share!

Read more EOnline

 
  • tripp_ncwy

    Bigdaddysays:
    Hanging at Fox 29 Philadelphia. http://yfrog.com/h2id0zvj

    ETA: Kris is on now.
    http://www.myfoxphilly.com/subindex/video/live_news

  • CindyM

    Damn, more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else. They sure hit the jackpot, high salaries, endless vehicle for promoting their own product and no requirement to actually help the contestants by really judging them. Nice gig!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Damn, more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else. They sure hit the jackpot, high salaries, endless vehicle for promoting their own product and no requirement to actually help the contestants by really judging them. Nice gig!!

    It’s very blatant this year. No wonder both JLo and Steven wanted this job. No responsibility to actually critique anyone and a priceless promotional opportunity. Too bad that the former Idols who perform don’t get any promotion for their “products”.

  • MrDuffin

    It’s very blatant this year. No wonder both JLo and Steven wanted this job. No responsibility to actually critique anyone and a priceless promotional opportunity. Too bad that the former Idols who perform don’t get any promotion for their “products”.

    I agree….I’m still pissed that Crystal’s song got cut in half to save time!

  • lla2827

    Is Casey going to be on The Today Show and Good Day NY?
    I saw him yesterday on a show called Seven on MTV

  • Kirsten

    Damn, more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else. They sure hit the jackpot, high salaries, endless vehicle for promoting their own product and no requirement to actually help the contestants by really judging them. Nice gig!!

    Totally. Nice work if you can get it.

    I’m still miffed that we don’t get a former Idol performing this week. Just JLo. And that stupid Gaga video we are getting is the long form one so it’s going to be like 10 minutes long (did you see, the stupid song actually lost spins today on CHR).

    If the contestant eliminated this week doesn’t singout, I may just have to come back here and rant.

  • koshka

    I agree….I’m still pissed that Crystal’s song got cut in half to save time!

    I usually only tune into the last few minutes for the results. They didn’t televise her entire song? Thats a bummer.

  • girlygirl

    Tripp

    I didn’t see the interview…did you? Any good info from it?

  • TwigLA

    I’m in the camp of wanting former Idols on to perform and get REAL promotion of their music, concerts/tours, and activities. I want them all to have a sit-down with Ryan or someone or a video package of what they’ve been up to.

    I seriously have no desire to see Gaga’s video. I have zero interest in her. 10 minutes? Seriously????

  • emmuzka

    more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else.

    I guessed that J-Lo and Steven would suck as judges because viable artists just can’t appear unlikable for even a minute (I’m waiting with interest how The Voice will solve this issue), but I couldn’t have guessed the blatant and seriously off-putting way the judges use their positions to promote their own careers.

    For S11, please wipe the judges table again clean and pick judges that are searching for great singers to sell, and not there to sell themselves.

    But keep Ryan! I love Ryan. Ryan please don’t go :)

  • http://flamingnose.blogspot.com Scott

    I didn’t see this on any previous thread. It’s David Cook’s entire appearance at 1043 MYFM’s (KBIG-Los Angeles) acoustic gig yesterday, courtesy of John_Socal’s “crotch-cam” LOL. MJ, maybe you can put it in the headlines or move it to a new thread.

    http://youtu.be/hEfkrZ7mYls

    It was a wonderful event. Short but sweet. I even get a callout around 11:15 (lol, This is a Callout…). David was in great spirits and the room showed him lots of love. 30 Southern California fans – most of them diehards.

    The note he held at the end of LO was incredible. He also sang CBTM and TLG and even fellow fans who were there, for whom those are his least favorite songs, said he was amazing and they actually loved the songs performed the way he did. His guitarist Neal Tiemann accompanied him.

    David was as articulate as ever, and his voice was beautiful. His humor on display and very easy going. Yet, many of us remarked to each other afterwards that we sensed, perhaps for the first time, that it seems like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. So much is riding on TLM and you can tell he’s feeling the pressure. Take a listen. He talks about it. He also said he’d been fighting to do the boot song for a couple of years now LOL! He considers it a coveted gig and he’s proud of how DYFAM turned out.

  • TwigLA

    girlygirl says:
    05/03/2011 at 9:53 am
    Tripp

    I didn’t see the interview…did you? Any good info from it?

    Interview was very good. Kris and ??? (don’t know the guy’s name) talked about lack of funding in schools for music and what they are doing with Berklee and this tour. Kris talked about how important music education has been for him and that it’s what made him who he is today. Sadly they forgot to mention making donations to Music Empowers.

    They talked about wanting new music from Kris. He said he’s working on album #2 now which will be out this year. Both anchors commented on how laid back and chill Kris is.

  • tripp_ncwy

    gg, they just talked about the concert series & the benefits of music education. It was Kris & the Berklee director, J. Curtis Warner, Jr being interviewed. Of course, they ended the interview talking about idol. Kris still says his favorite AI10 idol is Haley.

  • girlygirl

    Kris is going to hold a mentoring session for some students before his concert this afternoon

    RaiseYourVoices
    Waiting for Kris to arrive for his master class with the advanced band, the class is rockin’ to LLWD http://plixi.com/p/98348495
    2 minutes ago

  • girlygirl

    TwigLA & tripp_ncwy

    Thanks! :) Too bad they didn’t mention donating to MEF — missed opportunity there

  • kvwicks13

    Heard Lee was amazing at the Wink 96.9 Spring Fling in Fort Meyers last night. Train performed as well. He’s off to Asia today. Hope everything goes well on his Asian tour.

  • Sassycatz

    The Fresh 94.7 link for David Cook is not working. I get a 404 page.

  • TwigLA

    girlygirl, I tweeted them the info and sent it to their facebook page.

  • ri

    more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else.

    i said the exact thing in a thread yesterday and not one person agreed with me so i am glad so see that there really are others who are of the same mind.

    the inadequacy of the judging actually led to serious changes in the course of the competition so even though i like Jennifer and Steven i can’t help but feel that this judging panel is a disgrace.

  • Mary102

    Damn, more and more, idol seems to have become just a vehicle for selling the judges product, rather than anything else. They sure hit the jackpot, high salaries, endless vehicle for promoting their own product and no requirement to actually help the contestants by really judging them. Nice gig!!

    I’m getting more and more pissed off at this situation, tbh. It was bad enough when Steven was COMPLETELY useless on the panel (you can’t even come up with adjectives for beautiful, dude. I’m convinced the producers are just looping the same stock footage of him at the table at this point). But to be shamelessly using the show to just promote himself WHILE being useless is just wearing at my last nerve with this season, and with the judges panel in general.

    JLo at least has given some critique, but she has been useless again recently, and she has similarly blatantly used the show just to promote herself.

    Whatever. I want them both gone next year. In fact, scrap Randy too. They’re all useless.

  • gangreen29

    Paula, Randy, Kara, Ellen and Simon have all used the show to promote their different products, and the judges on The Voice are doing the same thing, and I’m sure the judges for the X Factor will as well. I don’t really get being pissed about the situation, it is a total of 12 minutes over the whole season, but that is just my opinion lol.

  • sma11ie

    The Fresh 94.7 link for David Cook is not working. I get a 404 page.

    Looks like MJ’s hyperlink is messed up. Here’s the link:
    http://947freshfm.radio.com/2011/04/29/david-cook-performs-at-fresh-94-7-fm-studios/

    Be sure to scroll through the 4 pages.

    He also sang CBTM and TLG and even fellow fans who were there, for whom those are his least favorite songs, said he was amazing and they actually loved the songs performed the way he did.

    I saw that last night. I have to agree– I don’t even like CBTM, but he started singing that acoustic and I kinda gasped. He sounded great on that stupid song. So jealous of all the folks getting to watch David up close acoustic =P…

  • Buffynut

    gangreen29 says:

    05/03/2011 at 10:30 am

    Paula, Randy, Kara, Ellen and Simon have all used the show to promote their different products, and the judges on The Voice are doing the same thing, and I’m sure the judges for the X Factor will as well.

    I agree! I don’t see a problem with the judges promoting their product. Every guest on Idol promotes their product! Why not keep it “in the family” and have the judges do it too? I just don’t see why it’s a big deal. Celebrities self promote, that’s what they do.
    I’ll tell you who I’m sick of seeing on Idol… Gaga! Isn’t it rumored she’ll be on the finale too?

  • sr4mjc

    I guessed that J-Lo and Steven would suck as judges because viable artists just can’t appear unlikable for even a minute (I’m waiting with interest how The Voice will solve this issue), but I couldn’t have guessed the blatant and seriously off-putting way the judges use their positions to promote their own careers.

    One episode in and I’m already more interested in The Voice than the rest of the S10 season. It will be interesting to see how they handle it, but I think one thing that is helping is that they are having them coach and mentor vs being called judges. The coaches are teaming against each other to make the best group. They can be cheerleaders for their team and help them, give them criticism to help their cause, without it looking like it’s for their own cause. But once they start pairing down their groups, we’ll see if this changes. Does anyone know how the voting rounds will work?

    I also will not be shocked if the coaches start getting their own performance slots. After Bionic flopped, I have no doubt RCA is looking to get at least an EP out for Xtina soon.
    Also, I think The Voice has done a good job at finding more indie/cool/revelant talent. Some have professional background and just need another shot. I’d be shocked if any pointy poses show up ;) It’s coming across as a whole lot less cheesy.

    ETA: The Voice is using the premise of their competition show to launch some ‘second chance’ careers. Xtina’s, contestants. It’s interesting.

  • CindyM

    I thought Gaga wasn’t premiering Judas on AI anymore. Read on Pulse that Fox didn’t approve it or something. She tweeted yesterday that it will premiere on E! On 5/5.

  • Mary102

    I agree! I don’t see a problem with the judges promoting their product. Every guest on Idol promotes their product! Why not keep it “in the family” and have the judges do it too? I just don’t see why it’s a big deal. Celebrities self promote, that’s what they do.

    Of course, by all means use a great platform to promote yourself, no one would be stupid enough to turn that down, but then do your F**KING job – THAT is what is pissing me off. Sure, the other judges weren’t perfect, but even Paula and Kara were more useful than this year’s group. And Ellen got my tyrade for being useless last year too, but luckily she left which made it a moot point, lol.

  • Keel

    I didn’t see this on any previous thread. It’s David Cook’s entire appearance at 1043 MYFM’s (KBIG-Los Angeles) acoustic gig yesterday, courtesy of John_Socal’s “crotch-cam” LOL.

    http://youtu.be/hEfkrZ7mYls

    It must be said. John_Socal’s crotch has awesome acoustics. CBTM has never sounded better.

  • kvwicks13

    I have no issue with the judges promoting themselves, but the show should be doing more to allow the previous idol performers to promote their music. The show should at least mention the album name.

    When Lee was on, there was a picture of his CD behind him and he was at least able to mention his own album Live It Up on the show. Crystal was rushed and didn’t get to say anything at all.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I’m getting more and more pissed off at this situation, tbh. It was bad enough when Steven was COMPLETELY useless on the panel (you can’t even come up with adjectives for beautiful, dude. I’m convinced the producers are just looping the same stock footage of him at the table at this point). But to be shamelessly using the show to just promote himself WHILE being useless is just wearing at my last nerve with this season, and with the judges panel in general.

    JLo at least has given some critique, but she has been useless again recently, and she has similarly blatantly used the show just to promote herself.

    Whatever. I want them both gone next year. In fact, scrap Randy too. They’re all useless.

    Yeah, this is exactly what bothers me. I don’t mind that the judges use the show for self-promotion. That’s normal. Even judges in the past used the show for self-promotion. What bothers me is that they are SO DAMN USELESS this year.

  • Incipit

    Keel. Seriously LMAO at that remark. Which, BTW, is true.

    Thanks for putting up the two radio station videos, mj – but the Fresh 94.7 link just takes me to a 404 Error message on this blog.

    Isn’t this the station that promised highlights on Monday? I can chase them down, if the link is busted.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    danwootton Dan Wootton
    At the launch for Simon Cowell’s new show Red or Black? Will be giving you the full lowdown on Lorraine tomorrow. Seems huge!
    37 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    danwootton Dan Wootton
    Simon Cowell has just revealed The X Factor semis and finals are likely to be held at a bigger venue this year. Good move.
    12 minutes ago

    So, this is about X Factor UK … Now Simon, spit it out, who will be the judges on both shows?!

  • CindyM

    Here’s the Gaga tweet:

    LadyGaga
    JUDASVIDEO PREMIERE 5.5.11 on E! 7/6c + 11:30/10c. Motorcycle Fellini PopArt FantasyFilm + Haus Directorial Debut. http://twitpic.com/4sghfqabout 20 hours ago
    via TwitpicReply

  • ri

    yes the self-promo is fine BUT do not miss the point: it’s starting to look like the new judges took the job for the EXCLUSIVE purpose of promoting themselves. it is not fair to the contestants that they do not take their position as judges seriously. instead it looks like they took the gig for one reason only. and i think that kinda sucks.

  • tripp_ncwy

    PMcDonaldAI10
    Early morning workout and then on another flight to NYC with my tv buds @SLangoneAI10 and @PToscanoAI10 to do the Rachel Ray show!

    ETA: Mystery solved.

  • sma11ie

    Isn’t this the station that promised highlights on Monday? I can chase them down, if the link is busted.

    I feel invisible :(. I posted a working link upthread on page 1 of the comments. Here it is again. http://947freshfm.radio.com/2011/04/29/david-cook-performs-at-fresh-94-7-fm-studios/

    Again, be sure to scroll through the 4 pages.

  • tinawina

    Also, I think The Voice has done a good job at finding more indie/cool/revelant talent. Some have professional background and just need another shot. I’d be shocked if any pointy poses show up ;) It’s coming across as a whole lot less cheesy.

    ITA with this. Its still early, but this show already feels more modern, less “mainstream”.

    I am going to so out on a limb and say that if this show works, it still won’t effect Idol too much. I think Idol will keep its “family show” crown… The Voice still doesn’t feel like an all ages, generalist show, it feels like a show for lovers of current music, as opposed to Idol which is more about of a variety show big tent enough to include an audience who stopped buying records years ago and just like hearing people sing.

    I think The Voice is going to take a huge chunk out of XFactor. Its basically XFactor without the cheese. The thing about XF to me is that is serves an aesthetic that feels like its about to be out of style. That big flashy OTT pop star thing looks to be on its way out IMO, while a more authentic, rawer sensibility is rising. And Simon’s tastes, which definitely lean towards the Spice Girls end of things – that kind of blandly pretty w/blandly serviceable voice stuff… I don’t see that being the wave of the future. The other things he likes are classic R&B divas and OTT personalities he can make fun off, like Tatiana… is it me or does that seem passe?

    Anyway, this show just seems cooler. And I can see both American Idol and the Voice co-existing well, especially if they don’t overlap timewise all that much.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    RE: The Voice. I watched the first episode online last night and it was hella fun. I had a smile on my face much of the time. I can’t wait to see it again tonight. Part of the fun is seeing the judges vying for the contestants to be on their team. LOL.

    As for appearing unlikeable, I don’t think that’s the issue with J-Lo and Tyler. I think a few things are going on:

    1) they are artists, not business people (like Simon). They want to support fellow fledgling artists.
    2) stuff sounds way better in the studio than on teevee. I went to a dress rehearsal during season 8 and they all sounded great (even Gokey)

  • sma11ie

    I think The Voice is going to take a huge chunk out of XFactor. Its basically XFactor without the cheese.

    I’ve actually been thinking the same thing since I saw part of The Voice. I feel like it vibes more similarly to X-Factor than with Idol at all, and The Voice got the first-mover advantage AND the more current/relevant judges. X-Factor has been trying to differentiate from Idol as the “cool” show, what with its stylized ad campaign, etc., but it’s actually really cheesy (Simon, Paula and Cheryl Cole, c’mon), whereas The Voice actually seems cool. American Idol hardly tries to be cool as Nigel is the king of cheese… and the wider family audience seems to love it and seems to be going nowhere.

  • larc

    Buffynut says:
    I don’t see a problem with the judges promoting their product.

    As long as they don’t do it too often or take up time that should be used for an Idol performance, it’s OK. If a judge performs on Thursday night, that should count as the evening’s pro performance.

    I’m not as interested in careers of judges as I am in careers of the Idols. After all, JLo and Steven are just hired help. ;)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Commenting on the commenters here is ALWAYS OFF TOPIC. That I am deleting posts by commenters who aren’t newbies is frustrating.

  • Trina

    I blame Gaga’s longass video sucking up more time than JLo performing. I blame Gaga for taking up a spot that can go to a previous Idol. Does this woman need any more promo? Shes bordering on overexposure and has every other imaginable platform in the world to promote herself.

    I dont really consider it fanwarring, but I DO think complaining about every way such and such an Idol is presented is bizarre. Just being given the opportunity to be asked back on the show and sing is HUGE and the producers arent obligated to do it. Regardless of whether or not the person was rushed or Ryan didnt spell out info about an album out, promo is promo. It doesnt take much for viewers to see that Idol, be reminded they exist and decide to check out if they have new music out.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I fixed the link to the David Cook performances. BTW.

  • tierbee

    So jealous of all the folks getting to watch David up close acoustic =P…

    Shakes fist at useless surveys about dwarf conifers and curtains!

  • tinawina

    As for appearing unlikeable, I don’t think that’s the issue with J-Lo and Tyler. I think a few things are going on:

    1) they are artists, not business people (like Simon). They want to support fellow fledgling artists.
    2) stuff sounds way better in the studio than on teevee. I went to a dress rehearsal during season 8 and they all sounded great (even Gokey)

    Yeah, ITA.

    Also, I don’t mind one of them playing the role of “nice” judge, since we’ve always had a nice judge and I think its helpful to the contestants to have at least one person on the panel who is consistently supportive. So if, say, Steven wanted to stay the same I would be fine with it. Let JLo go back to her sweet constructive criticism role and Randy resume bad guy duty and everything would be fine IMO. She can even mostly make comments on stage presence like she was doing before and I’d be fine with that. They can sound great in the studio and it will still give her something to say. They just can’t ALL be Steven. And someone *coughRANDYcough** needs to say something when people are obviously off pitch. We know he hears it at least sometimes because often he’s the only one who calls out pitch issues.

    But anyway, I do agree that they hear something different that what we hear on average.

  • tierbee

    It must be said. John_Socal’s crotch has awesome acoustics. CBTM has never sounded better.

    LOL! Truth! And I am not a big CBTM fan (though it seems to me that anytime it’s played at a show evvverryybody sings along) but this acoustic performance is just beautiful.

  • sma11ie

    That I am deleting posts by commenters who aren’t newbies is frustrating.

    Sorry, MJ, I wasn’t intentionally commenting on commenters! I was just trying to respond to the idea that AI alumni should not guest on results shows anymore, because I think a lot of casual fans enjoy them.

    Anyway, I for one saw JLo’s new video, and while I like On the Floor, this one, not so much. I’m not particularly looking forward to this week’s results show for the first time in a while…

  • BootStar

    it’s starting to look like the new judges took the job for the EXCLUSIVE purpose of promoting themselves.

    I thought it was pretty clear since the original announcements made about JLo and Steven signing on that it was all about self-promotion. They’re really just two additional “product placements” (albeit walking, talking ones!) added to a show already crammed full of them. It’s actually becoming a bit of a joke, no? Maybe koshka can make Steven’s and JLo’s new singles her avatar for a week each. ;-)

  • girlygirl

    Kris’s tv interview in Philly from this morning (he likes Haley and Lauren)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNiDt-4mlo8

  • larc

    sma11ie says:
    I was just trying to respond to the idea that AI alumni should not guest on results shows anymore, because I think a lot of casual fans enjoy them.

    My feeling is that an Idol performance should be requisite for results night. Idols are what the show is — or should be — all about. The non-Idol pros should be secondary in consideration, even if they are judges.

  • plays strings

    For me the show lost a great deal of entertainment value with the departure of Casey Abrams. He probably wasn’t going to win the power voters but he was fun to watch. Maybe James or Haley can fill some of the void.

    With the judges, I was really annoyed the way they sat there for Crystals performance. Cutting her short apparently wasn’t enough for Idol. I wonder what kind of info the judges were fed? She has been very supportive of the new format so it seemed like a strange reaction.

  • koshka

    I thought it was pretty clear since the original announcements made about JLo and Steven signing on that it was all about self-promotion. They’re really just two additional “product placements” (albeit walking, talking ones!) added to a show already crammed full of them. It’s actually becoming a bit of a joke, no?

    Its been a joke for me for the last few year… only with the addition of our two new products its even more in your face. The artist product placements haven’t bothered me as much in the past, mostly because the viewers get something in return, usually in the form of a performance. Now this year we have whatsherface’s clothing line, JLo, Rio, Steven, plus the AI tourmobile plastered with Ford, At&T and Coke. Oh and iTunes. I wouldn’t be surprised if their outfits on tour have names plastered on them like race cars. ;) I’m sure there are more that I’ve tuned out. AI has pretty much whored itself out. I don’t usually use this kind of language, though in this case it seems to fit the best.

  • Valentin432

    My feeling is that an Idol performance should be requisite for results night. Idols are what the show is — or should be — all about. The non-Idol pros should be secondary, even if they are judges.

    For most of AI run, result shows were all about the current contestants, they were 30 minutes long and didn’t drag on with random fillers.

    The fact that it’s now seen as “mandatory” and people complain because no former idol is being featured is annoying and just adds to the constant streamline of bitching about the show and the “lack of respect” for someone’s former idol.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    My feeling is that an Idol performance should be requisite for results night. Idols are what the show is — or should be — all about. The non-Idol pros should be secondary, even if they are judges.

    I like the idea of having two performances… one idol and one not. If it were only past-Idols, it would seem less relevant than it already does. What’s wrong with having established, successful artists perform?

    I don’t know if having particular guest artists affects the ratings, but I can only see it helping the Idols that perform on the same show.

  • Mel1

    Aren’t idol alumni on the results show when they have a single or charity single to promote? I think that should have priority over judges. If the judges are bumping any idols, then that is wrong. Actually, weren’t Archie and Brooke on last year when they didn’t even have singles to promote?

  • tinawina

    For most of AI run, result shows were all about the current contestants, they were 30 minutes long and didn’t drag on with random fillers.

    I would like that more than anything else. We just don’t need an hour of this. As it is I tape it but rarely watch it back, I just go online near the end and see who got bounced. :D That way we could have one celebrity performance, a cheesy group song and a boot… end scene.

  • Keel

    With the judges, I was really annoyed the way they sat there for Crystals performance. Cutting her short apparently wasn’t enough for Idol. I wonder what kind of info the judges were fed? She has been very supportive of the new format so it seemed like a strange reaction.

    Why would the judges be “fed” any type of information? Are you suggesting that they were told that Crystal doesn’t like them or she’s a bad person and, becasue of that, Steven, Jennifer and Randy decided not to applaud or react to her performance? And even if someone cared enough to let them know that Crystal was really supportive of the new format, how much would that really affect their reactions? I just think that last week’s results show was really tight in terms of time and the judges were told that, so there was no effusive or extended applause. They were all (judges and Ryan) probably on strict order to move things along.

    Anyway, do the judges’ reactions to the guest performers really matter? I mean, they’re not judging the guest performers so I don’t think the audience is really looking to the judges to see what they think.

  • Trina

    The judges didn’t even stand for Kelly who is one of the rare superstars this show discovered, I wouldnt expect them to stand for Crystal. I don’t think they stood for any of the returning Idols.

  • mmb

    I’m in the camp of wanting former Idols on to perform and get REAL promotion of their music, concerts/tours, and activities. I want them all to have a sit-down with Ryan or someone or a video package of what they’ve been up to.

    Ita with this. I have no beef with jlo, Tyler et al hawking their wares on the show. But it seems like the show does a much better and more thorough job of pimping it’s judges and their products than it’s alumni and their products. Maybe tptb just don’t care much about the alums. It is a tv show first and foremost. But I still think it’s a lost opportunity

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

    I have reached a saturation level with “JHud” I would never advise anyone to go to “Weight Wachas” due to her. She irratated me on Idol and now has reached a new level of irritation with her choosing to not clean up her diction and posing. OK, she lost weight…..In two years when it comes back, I will laugh myself silly.

  • Indigobunting

    Was Crystal’s song really cut in half? It seemed fairly long to me -the song is a little repetitious on the studio version; I liked the live performance better. I did think it was a bummer she didn’t get to talk and Ryan didn’t even point out her album (even though it was on the screen behind).

    And the judges definitely looked bored. I noticed they looked pretty bored during Adam’s performance too. And if I was watching or they were shown, I wouldn’t be surprised it they acted that way for everyone. Don’t expect them to give a standing ovation but they could put forth a little effort- smile at least!

    I don’t mind them self promoting- but think there should be an AI alum every week- very irritated about no alum on this week-JLo already got to pimp herself earlier.

  • BootStar

    Wow, just listened to that acoustic Cook show. He sounded AMAZING. And I don’t care what anybody says, I like “Light On” (but, boy, that song must be a bitch to sing live!). Thanks for the video! He’s clearly promoting all his singles (old and new), which is smart since it was a radio show. I thought they all sounded much better live (and acoustic) than they do recorded. Neil is a terrific guitarist. I guess I may have to spring for that acoustic package on the new record after all. (How much to upgrade to that? So confusing!)

  • Mel1

    I don’t think the judges are told anything about idol alums, and it is probable that Tyler and J-Lo are hearing them for the first time. My feeling is that Tyler thinks no one (male or female) is as good as he is, so he won’t get excited over anyone.

    Crystal was her usual great, so I wouldn’t read into how Tyler reacted (or not reacted). Tyler had a sour puss face when Adam performed. Thank goodness at least J-Lo looked enamoured.

  • MrDuffin

    Was Crystal’s song really cut in half?

    I did not time it but the part in the middle of the song that was left out changed the entire end of the song and made for an awkward transition from the left out part on…so in my opinion it still sucks they left out the middle of the song. IMO

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

    The judges are so bad this year that even the botoxed Donnie from “Dancing with the Stars” would be an improvement.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Cowell: ‘X Factor USA lineup revealed this week’

    Simon Cowell has revealed that the X Factor USA lineup has to be confirmed this week.

    Speaking at the launch of his new ITV1 gameshow Red or Black, Cowell said that the full panel of judges would be required by the end of the week to begin filming.

    Exclusive: Cher Lloyd album ‘like Fergie’s solo record’

    Savan Kotecha has likened Cher Lloyd’s debut album to that of Black Eyed Peas star Fergie’s first solo record.

    The songwriter is currently executive producing Lloyd’s debut album, which is due to be released later this summer, after meeting the 17-year-old on The X Factor, where he served as the show’s vocal producer.

    Speaking to Digital Spy, Kotecha explained how he called upon his hitmaking friends RedOne and Max Martin to work on the record and give the album a plethora of different sounds.

    “It’s such a blend of different things. Each song is so different from the other, but it’s her. The only way I can describe it is that it’s like Fergie’s solo album, where ‘London Bridge’ was completely different from ‘Clumsy’, but then you also had ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, but Fergie was still the red thread throughout it all – that’s how Cher’s songs are,” he revealed.

  • sma11ie

    For most of AI run, result shows were all about the current contestants, they were 30 minutes long and didn’t drag on with random fillers.

    I don’t think AI will give up the however many million in extra ad revenue they get for making the results a one hour show anytime soon, so if we must fill it with two guest performances, I like the one-AI alum, one outside guest system. I think a lot fans who bother to watch the results shows to begin with enjoy seeing old Idols. It’s only a 5 minute segment, max, so it’s not a major focus or anything. Those who just want the results skip the Thursday show entirely or just tune into the last few minutes.

    I guess I may have to spring for that acoustic package on the new record after all. (How much to upgrade to that? So confusing!)

    It’s like $25 or something for the package with the CD, DVD, and acoustic EP? I think if you originally preordered, you can find the email to upgrade to one of the packages in your inbox. And yeah, LO sounds so good acoustic. And CBTM. Dammit, I don’t even like those songs!

  • CanadianFan

    I think that the judges’ reactions to some of the former-idol performances kind of reflect the quality of the songs they return to idol to perform. They have great voices, but the songs often aren’t noteworthy. As an Adam fan, I cringed with embarrassment that he sang Aftermath. The idols need better songs, in my opinion.

  • TwigLA

    I just picked my jaw up off the floor. check out @JivePromo twitter page.

  • tierbee

    It’s like $25 or something for the package with the CD, DVD, and acoustic EP?

    Yeah, I think that included shipping, too, it wasn’t bad. My husband ordered it for me for Mother’s Day (isn’t he a peach? he fears I fling bras on stage, yet he still buys me David Cook music…) and he was happy it wasn’t very expensive lol.

  • Mel1

    As an Adam fan, I cringed with embarrassment that he sang Aftermath. The idols need better songs, in my opinion.

    I love the acoustic version of Aftermath. I think the album version was overproduced, as did many other people. Fortunately, Adam got really good reviews after his AI performance, critics saying, “now that is how it is done”, making a point of his incredible vocals. It is very gutsy for any singer to perform a song acoustic on live tv, as it will reveal any vocal flaws. Even Adam had a wobbly note in the beginning, but his vocals were flawless for the rest of the song.

  • idolhound2011

    I guess Crystal did not make BB top 200.
    Also, what I read is that people who do alot of drugs
    have a form of mental illness. Thats what I thought of when ST said he had voices in his head.To me he does not have control over how he acts. I hope he takes his meds.

  • Mtlfan

    Crystal’s song was cut like Kris’ ‘the truth’ was cut last year. So nothing new under the sun.
    Can’t believe they do that though

  • sr4mjc
  • meme4cj_

    WFMS 95.5 posted a video interview with CaseyJ. from the Country Music Expo. event this past weekend > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfmchz9E7mE&feature=youtu.be
    Also some new video performances :
    Small Town Saturday Night http://youtu.be/8aOB_ryriEE
    Polk Salad Annie http://youtu.be/MGVaE_ArBpw
    Wayfaring Stranger http://youtu.be/e_XDge1KSdU
    Sorry if this is the wrong thread :)

  • Trina

    Jimmy didn’t say anything these kids won’t hear once they’re signed. If Simon was here he’d probably be dishing out much worse. Even the “family dog” comment I swear I can almost hear Simon saying. and Haley didn’t even get the worst of it so I’m not buying he was trying to sabotage her.

  • sma11ie

    Yet, many of us remarked to each other afterwards that we sensed, perhaps for the first time, that it seems like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. So much is riding on TLM and you can tell he’s feeling the pressure. Take a listen. He talks about it.

    I was just thinking about this—I am getting my radio station Q&A’s jumbled, but I think it was the Baltimore one where he talked about how he’s been out of the limelight for a year and a half, and especially in this current environment where everyone is putting out songs every 2 months, he wondered whether people will still remember who he is, and went on about how touched he was in particular that his fans still rallied behind the Race for Hope charity and dug deep and donated so much money… I was really struck by that comment. I mean, it’s like he really thought maybe this year he wouldn’t be the top fundraising team again, or even make his goal for the first time, because people have forgotten about him! I think you’re totally right that he feels the pressure. David Cook (and I love him for it, fellow overthinker that I am) is nothing if not self-aware– kinda like that lyric he wrote, self conscious to a fault. He is totally aware of the sophomore slump for Idols not named Kelly Clarkson, and that he’s been out of sight/out of mind for a lot of people, and man, that must be scary prospect to face head on and to put himself out there. But like I said in the Concert for Hope thread, while I have no idea what will happen commercially with TLM, I’m really happy about the songs we’ve heard so far, and I think he’s happy with the record as well, so at the end of the day, we’ll have that. So I guess I’m not really worried- he’s always got good perspective. And I’m also happy to hear from the LA Q&A that this job, while wonderful, does not define him. Good stuff.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Questioning the motives of posters, putting words in their mouths–particularly if it’s in drippingly condescending manner, is going to get your post deleted.

    Again, deleted a post (and all the followups) from a commenter who should know better by now.

  • HotHotHot

    Looking forward to The Voice tonight!!

  • Mel1

    Wow! Watching Slezak’s whatever you call it… Jordin Sparks really was that good. If you ask me, she blows Lauren out of the water.

  • BootStar

    It’s like $25 or something for the package with the CD, DVD, and acoustic EP? I think if you originally preordered, you can find the email to upgrade to one of the packages in your inbox.

    Thanks! Just fished it out of the my “deleted” box. (Thank God I wait a while to empty my trash!)

    Eh, I love Adam’s acoustic “Aftermath,” although I wasn’t wowed by that particular performance on Idol. Still, I wouldn’t read too much into Steven’s or Jennifer’s reactions. I think half the time they don’t even know who the former contestants are.

  • Anmor

    Count me with those who dislike the current lack of judging. I used to wait with baited breath for the judge’s comments, whether I had a favorite or not; now I start yawning as soon as the camera goes to the judge’s table. The poor judging has really reduced the suspense and drama of the show. I wonder why Nigel, who is so alert to opportunities to up the drama, doesn’t realize that.
    I also agree with CanadianFan about Adam singing Aftermath. Don’t like the song, but in addition that was not the kind of dramatic performance a lot of people hope to hear from him in a one-off performance.

  • sma11ie

    I guess Crystal did not make BB top 200.

    How do you know this? I thought that came out tomorrow.

  • tinawina

    Haley didn’t even get the worst of it so I’m not buying he was trying to sabotage her.

    I don’t know about Jimmy, but this week’s Idoloonies makes a good case for just how much the producer’s don’t like her… by pointing out that she’s the only contestant left who has never had a pre-performance sit-down, and the only one who has had not even a piece of background story revealed, or a memorable moment shown to highlight her personality. All we know is that she tried out last year and was told to come back. That’s kind of stunning when you think about it. I’m not even sure where Haley is from! Is she in college? Have they ever shown her family? Besides not making it through last year we have the supposed romance with Casey – which may have been leaked more for Casey than her.

    I will laugh my butt off if she makes the finals.

    He is totally aware of the sophomore slump for Idols not named Kelly Clarkson, and that he’s been out of sight/out of mind for a lot of people, and man, that must be scary prospect to face head on and to put himself out there.

    Indeed. That has to be stressful for all of them I think. The second album takes most of them down. I can’t even imagine what that’s like. I mean he’s set up to be okay whatever happens, but still…

  • BootStar

    WFMS 95.5 posted a video interview with CaseyJ. from the Country Music Expo. event this past weekend > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfmchz9E7mE&feature=youtu.be

    Also some new video performances :
    Small Town Saturday Night http://youtu.be/8aOB_ryriEE
    Polk Salad Annie http://youtu.be/MGVaE_ArBpw
    Wayfaring Stranger http://youtu.be/e_XDge1KSdU

    Was just coming to post those videos, too, since the CaseyJ thread rolled off the front page.

    Also, the best version I’ve seen yet of his new song “Show Me A Bridge.” The lyrics are really good, and I sense this song is more than a tad autobiographical.

    Show me a bridge, and I’ll show you a fire
    Bound to burn us both with my selfish desires
    Girl, my whole life has been a path of lonesome nights and smokin’ tires
    Show me a bridge, and I’ll show you a fire

  • SpenserJ

    I’m so out of step LOL. I was actually feeling pretty grateful for the abundance of alumni they were bringing back this year. It felt like more to me than previous years. Perhaps I was imagining that?

    I’m also not one to believe that everyone deserves to come back all the time. They should have something new to promote or one of those charity singles (which limits the number of alumni they can bring back anyway).

    And, after all AI has done to launch them in the first place, they should be grateful to come back at all – regardless of whether or not Ryan remembers to pimp their album. There’s a lot more to promo than a single visit to AI and sitting around waiting for that morning after bump.

    I do like to see them back. It’s always nice to see how they’re doing. But, it’s not a big deal for me if we don’t get a former contestant every week. I actually think the show has a pretty good balance of showcasing previous contestants vs. the judges vs. this year’s contestants.

    If a bunch of other non-idol-related artists get to debut their stuff on the show, it really doesn’t bug me if the judges want to do it too.

    If you’re not fond of Steven or Jennifer, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. They only signed single-season contracts, and neither of them has started clamoring to come back next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had 2 new judges plus good old Randy Jackson next year.

  • sma11ie

    That’s kind of stunning when you think about it. I’m not even sure where Haley is from! Is she in college? Have they ever shown her family?

    Wow, I haven’t watched the latest Idoloonies, but that’s true! Who is Haley? I have no idea, lol. And not necessarily in the way Jimmy means, either! Int-eresting.

  • meme4cj_

    BootStar says:
    05/03/2011 at 2:09 pm
    Was just coming to post those videos, too, since the CaseyJ thread rolled off the front page.
    Also, the best version I’ve seen yet of his new song “Show Me A Bridge.” The lyrics are really good, and I sense this song is more than a tad autobiographical.

    Then , Glad I posted them! :D
    Those lines from the song are on my sig at Shari’s new forums & also IdolForums :)
    Casey did an amazing job with an acoustic set all by himself! the guitar work was genius! :D I love the new songs & the awesome choices of covers!

  • Mel1

    That recent Idoloonies is a real eye opener. It does look like AI is trying to sabotage Haley’s chance of going far. Isn’t it interesting that several idol alums pick Haley as their fave? Must be a reason for that. Maybe because they think she is the most talented of the ones who are left?

    Why, why, why do the producers not like Haley? Because they want a teen? What don’t they see in her? She is really attractive. She has stage presence. She is a hella singer. What more do they want?

  • idolhound2011

    I thought BB came out on Monday. Didnt see anything. Sorry about the post. Its the nursing in me.

  • Valentin432

    Michael and his producer are as found of editing and using selective information as the producers are.

    Haley has had more screentime before the semifinals than several top 5 contestants.
    We got to hear her audition, hollywood week and Las vegas performance before the semifinals.
    THey put her in the pimp spot during a double elimination week when everybody had her going home.

    So labeling her “the biggest underdog ever” seems to be cheap manipulation for weak minded people, if you take his videos for more than just 20 minutes of entertainment.

    Idol is not the search for “the next big underdog”.

  • sma11ie

    I’m so out of step LOL. I was actually feeling pretty grateful for the abundance of alumni they were bringing back this year.

    No, I think a lot of people enjoy it, too. S7 was the first season I watched, and even back then, I remember AI brought back a lot of alumni. I had never watched the show before, so it was cool for me to see these little intro packages on Bo Bice and Kimberly Locke, and get to see Kat McPhee and Kellie Pickler. I also remembered little clip packages on Idols in Nashville that talked up Bucky and Phil and some other folks, and wasn’t there also some video of Idols on Broadway that included Tamyra Gray and Clay Aiken? I must be odd, but I liked all of that, even though I didn’t know much about any of these people. It made the show seem like it had some history. Unlike the new singing shows cropping up, AI really has been around for years, and it’s
    neat to remind people of that.

    Nowadays, we have more of a dangling performance situation without a lot of intro, since they seem to have to rush more, which is a shame, but still, it’s still nice to see the alumni, at least for me, personally.

  • tinawina

    Wow, I haven’t watched the latest Idoloonies, but that’s true! Who is Haley? I have no idea, lol. And not necessarily in the way Jimmy means, either! Int-eresting.

    I had to go up to mjs links and look at what had been broadcast about Haley. I looked at her Green Mile… they showed her audition, showed her messing up in Hollywood, and then showed her “redemption” as 2 clips of her solos both full of growls and not much else. She’s the one where Steven said after they told her she was in ‘she looks happy” JLo replied kinda sarcastically “she is, for now”. Ouch. Basically she got the fodder edit. LOL

    I did look at her interviews and here’s what I learned:

    1. She’s from Chicago! I do remember her mentioning that Lee’s from her neck of the woods.

    2. She’s been singing since she was 8 with her parent’s band, who are lifelong musicians

    3. Described herself as soul/blues, but she likes to keep it funky.

    4. In another video, says she sees herself more like Lee/Crystal in the bluesy soul rockish place. Also name checks Siobhan.

    I kinda get why she cursed Jimmy Iovine now, even if I don’t think she’s done a good job of defining her place for the viewers. She clearly has a strong idea of who she is as a singer.

    Haley has had more screentime before the semifinals than several top 5 contestants.
    We got to hear her audition, hollywood week and Las vegas performance before the semifinals.
    THey put her in the pimp spot during a double elimination week when everybody had her going home.

    She only had more semi time than Jacob, and then only sorta, since Jacob emerged from Hollywood with a full-fledged moment under his belt plus Randy telling him he had the best performance on Idol ever in his Green Mile segment. Haley had a couple of growly clips and a dismissive comment from JLo. And yes she had the pimp spot last week, except sorta not since Jacob & James went last. In any case, I think it is really hard by any objective measure to say that Haley is anything close to a producer favorite, and I’m not sure you need to be weak minded to see it. LOL. I don’t know if she’s the biggest underdog ever but they aren’t exactly giving her the James treatment either. Now that may be reflective of the vote totals but that doesn’t mean its not happening IMO.

  • windmills

    BootStar: Also, the best version I’ve seen yet of his new song “Show Me A Bridge.” The lyrics are really good, and I sense this song is more than a tad autobiographical.

    I was raving about this song over the weekend. The lyrics in the chorus are fantastic. I love how they take the idea of burned bridges and wrecks but have a different way of talking about them. There were already a bunch of CaseyJ original tunes I was really liking but this one is special. CaseyJ’s album needs that song. It’ll be a Jealous Guy-like moment if it doesn’t get overproduced.

    SpenserJ: If you’re not fond of Steven or Jennifer, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. They only signed single-season contracts, and neither of them has started clamoring to come back next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had 2 new judges plus good old Randy Jackson next year.

    Steven’s on a multiyear deal. He confirmed it in his preseason press conference. It’s also what EW says:

    (Fellow newcomer Steven Tyler is signed for more than one season and is expected to return).

    As far as J-Lo it seems like Simon Fuller’s her manager now and they have this other new show they’re doing together. Unless she changes managers again I see her coming back too.

    I like having an Idol back each week. I just do even though it’s not always one I care about seeing back. I don’t feel entitled to having an Idol back to perform each week but I’m big Idol nostalgia person and the show’s been on so long, I like peeks back into its history.

  • Elliegrll

    IMO, Lauren was the only female contestant who received a lot of attention between the audition and semi final rounds, which is why we lost five straight girls in a row, and why Lauren is still around, despite not delivering any memorable performances. People could relate to the guys, because they knew more about them.

    I do think that the producers attempts to show Haley as been awkward, not too bright, and lost has helped her up to this point. People see her as an underdog, and someone that they want to protect from having Ryan Seacrest spit on his finger to remove lipstick from her face. This image of her might hurt her chances of winning, but the way that people took to her, gave her time to improve, and idol voters love when someone gets better over the course of a season.

  • HotHotHot

    HAHA! GQ-Gate! GQ dissed Adam and he got snarky on Twitter!

  • Pam

    I don’t know about Jimmy, but this week’s Idoloonies makes a good case for just how much the producer’s don’t like her… by pointing out that she’s the only contestant left who has never had a pre-performance sit-down, and the only one who has had not even a piece of background story revealed, or a memorable moment shown to highlight her personality. All we know is that she tried out last year and was told to come back. That’s kind of stunning when you think about it. I’m not even sure where Haley is from! Is she in college? Have they ever shown her family? Besides not making it through last year we have the supposed romance with Casey – which may have been leaked more for Casey than her.

    Wow tinawina after seeing your comment and then watching the 3-part idoloonies segment, I think Slezak using the word sabotage was a very dead on accurate description after you see the piece that Slezak put together in that last segment of the judges comments (especially Randy), the lack of sitdowns with Ryan, and especially the comments with Jimmy. That segment basically confirmed my POV of what I’ve been seeing since the week after Pia was eliminated. It just seemed so obvious to me anyway. It’s like the show just wants you to know as little about Haley as possible. She’s not my fave but the treatment she’s getting is beyond ridiculous. imo

  • tierbee

    I was just thinking about this—I am getting my radio station Q&A’s jumbled, but I think it was the Baltimore one where he talked about how he’s been out of the limelight for a year and a half, and especially in this current environment where everyone is putting out songs every 2 months, he wondered whether people will still remember who he is, and went on about how touched he was in particular that his fans still rallied behind the Race for Hope charity and dug deep and donated so much money…

    I know at Busch Gardens he seemed honestly surprised and so, so grateful that people came out (and lots of them!) to those shows, since he’d been gone a while. I don’t think he’s a guy who takes any of this for granted. Heh, he reminds me of me, my siblings… whole family of “I think too much” people. He can keep on doing these little acoustic thingies and Q&As, though, I love to listen to him talk AND I love acoustic performances so win for me.

    On another topic completely, I am looking forward to The Voice. Will see if it sucks me in as completely as it did last week!

  • sma11ie

    I’m big Idol nostalgia person and the show’s been on so long, I like peeks back into its history.

    Heh, that’s what I was trying to say with about 1000% more words =P

  • BootStar

    There were already a bunch of CaseyJ original tunes I was really liking but this one is special. CaseyJ’s album needs that song. It’s his Jealous Guy.

    That’s exactly what I thought when I watched him peform it. So much emotion behind it. I don’t think a lot of people realize he’s divorced and clearly has some baggage. There’s a lot of personal pain that he conveys in those performances.

    I kinda get why she cursed Jimmy Iovine now, even if I don’t think she’s done a good job of defining her place for the viewers. She clearly has a strong idea of who she is as a singer.

    I totally get why Haley cursed Jimmy after that package. She’s incredibly versatile vocally (a distinct advantage to earlier successful contestants on this show!), and he implied she had a lazy work ethic in an earlier clip this season. This chick can growl AND yodel. How many previous female contestants aside from Carrie Underwood had that kind of artistic range?

    I’m not saying Haley has been perfect. She bugged the hell out of me early on, but she’s really grown on me, and I think she’s amazingly talented AND entertaining. Definitely my personal favorite of who’s left, even though I think Scotty is slaughtering everybody in the voting.

    What I really don’t get is why TPTB would throw ANY of the female contestants under the bus at this point. I get that they’d prefer Lauren to win, but if Lauren fades, do they really want another white rocker DUDE to win? I loved Cook and Kris Allen (couldn’t stand Lee for the most part), and I really like James, but do they REALLY want that guy to win it all? I just find the whole thing baffling. Need to revisit the Knoll to see what the conventional wisdom is. :-D

  • HermeticallySealed
  • windmills

    sma11ie: Heh, that’s what I was trying to say with about 1000% more words =P

    Haha, what’s neat is we came to the same idea with different AI experiences in that I’ve been watching since s1 and you started watching in s7 :)

    SoundSpike has a late Stagecoach review. I liked this part about Carrie’s set:

    And watching the reactions of Underwood fans as they sang along with virtually every word of her set, the high points of the show are those very cornerstones. For opener “Cowboy Casanova,” Underwood stalked the stage with the confidence of a prize fighter, brimming with vocal swagger and plenty of grit.

    That she can pull off the tenderness of “Temporary Home” and the Olympian-belting of “How Great Thou Art” in the same show as the angry “Before He Cheats” — and credibly convey all the nuance to play those roles vocally — is quite a bit of range to pull off. A strong performance.

  • tinawina

    What I really don’t get is why TPTB would throw ANY of the female contestants under the bus at this point. I get that they’d prefer Lauren to win, but if Lauren fades, do they really want another white rocker to win? I loved Cook and Kris Allen (couldn’t stand Lee for the most part), and I really like James, but do they REALLY want that guy to win it all? I just find the whole thing baffling. Need to revisit the Knoll to see what the conventional wisdom is.

    I am a firm believer that its not that deep with them… they just tend to follow the vote totals. Early on there is pushing of the favorites, but after a while they just sort of line up behind whoever looks like they are pulling ahead in votes. It is one of the reasons why I think James is gearing up to win. I think his pimpage suddenly went into overdrive for a reason. They are probably trying to get Lauren in finals with him as opposed to Scotty, but that’s about it.

    windmills and bootstar, I have really been trying to stay away from Casey J stuff but you are making it hard. I wanted to wait for actual recordings, but you are making this song sound really good. Stop it. LOL

  • Valentin432

    She only had more semi time than Jacob, and then only sorta, since Jacob emerged from Hollywood with a full-fledged moment under his belt plus Randy telling him he had the best performance on Idol ever in his Green Mile segment.

    There’s always going to be someone with less screen time than others.
    But there’s a huge difference between someone like Kelly or Elliott or Latoya who had no screentime or barely any screentime coming into the semifinals and Haley.

    If Jacob had more momentum coming into the semifinals it’s because a lot more people liked his performance better than they did Haley’s, not because she didn’t get a fair amount of screentime.

    Haley had a couple of growly clips and a dismissive comment from JLo. And yes she had the pimp spot last week, except sorta not since Jacob & James went last.

    I said that she got the pimp spot during Elton John week when there was a double elimination and almost everyone had her at or near the top of the list for people going home.

    In any case, I think it is really hard by any objective measure to say that Haley is anything close to a producer favorite, and I’m not sure you need to be weak minded to see it. LOL. I don’t know if she’s the biggest underdog ever but they aren’t exactly giving her the James treatment either

    But that’s exactly what Slezak is arguing here that she’s somehow the biggest underdog ever, and we forget about things like pre semifinals edit and pimp spots and focus on another random cirterium for “underdog” status like Seacrest pre performance interviews.

    Meanwhile, Jason, the editor, likes to push the vision of the producers wantign for Scotty vs Lauren finale while you could say the exact opposite just using things like what Iovine said to Scotty or the fact that Lauren goes early in the show most often than any other contestant.

    THey are just manufacturing another “underdog” story because that’s what their show thrives on.

  • pattycake

    I was just thinking about this—I am getting my radio station Q&A’s jumbled, but I think it was the Baltimore one where he talked about how he’s been out of the limelight for a year and a half, and especially in this current environment where everyone is putting out songs every 2 months, he wondered whether people will still remember who he is

    That comment struck me as well. It seemed a lack of promo commentary. He only had 2 singles off his album and they were 6 months apart. The time between album 1 and 2 is not unusual for most artists, but usually there are more singles too keep the artist in people’s minds. He has been off the radar since 3/2009 when CBTM was released. He has a big task in front of him to get back in the race, I believe he can deliver, but I don’t have the confidence in RCA to push his music, and his comments made me think he doesn’t either.

  • koshka

    It is one of the reasons why I think James is gearing up to win.

    Could be why Jimmy is steering him towards HAC.

  • Mel1

    HermeticallySealed says:
    Speaking of Aftermath, guess music can motivate people. Don’t think I saw this before, so I apologize if it’s a repeat.

    http://www.outsports.com/os/index.php/component/content/article/54-coming-out-stories-that-have-appeared-on-outsports/375-college-soccer-player-tells-his-coach-i-am-writing-a-coming-out-story

    HermeticallySealed, thanks for posting this. I had not seen this before. What an inspirational story. I’m only quoting a tiny part of the article:

    The song “Aftermath” from his first album would change my life; it was the first “coming out” song I had heard. The more I listened to it, the more I realized I had to take control of my life for the first time.

    This is exactly why Adam released this song as a charity single. If it helped this one person, how many others are there? He also quotes these verses in the article and says he played the song over and over:

    Wanna scream out
    No more hiding
    Don’t be afraid of what’s inside
    Gonna tell ya you’ll be alright
    In the aftermath

  • BootStar

    Early on there is pushing of the favorites, but after a while they just sort of line up behind whoever looks like they are pulling ahead in votes. It is one of the reasons why I think James is gearing up to win.

    For me it seems like they’ve been uber-pimping James since very early on, and I just find it hard to believe he was leading in the vote totals back then. Maybe you’re right and they feel he’s the only guy left who can knock off Scotty?

    windmills and bootstar, I have really been trying to stay away from Casey J stuff but you are making it hard. I wanted to wait for actual recordings, but you are making this song sound really good. Stop it. LOL

    First of all, there’s no guarantee ANY of these songs will make it on his album, which at this rate won’t be out before fall anyway, but more importantly, for me (for you???), there’s nothing better than a live acoustic performance. Just listening today to Cook’s acoustic peformance of his three singles (none of which, to my knowledge, has gotten rave reviews as recorded) just confirms my suspicions that these one-off performances may be the best stuff we EVER see and hear for any of these guys.

    The bonus, too, in Casey’s case, is that he’s fan-fricking-tastic on the guitar. I love when Neil accompanies Cook on acoustic guitar, and Casey’s every bit as impressive IMHO.

  • windmills

    tinawina: I am a firm believer that its not that deep with them… they just tend to follow the vote totals. Early on there is pushing of the favorites, but after a while they just sort of line up behind whoever looks like they are pulling ahead in votes. It is one of the reasons why I think James is gearing up to win. I think his pimpage suddenly went into overdrive for a reason. They are probably trying to get Lauren in finals with him as opposed to Scotty, but that’s about it.

    ITA. Early on the producers want to make sure they have enough stories to make for good TV and they’ll showcase their good TV contestants because they want a few of those to be on the show deep into the competition but not necessarily winning.

    The sudden talk about James possibly winning’s QUITE significant. Either it’s because he’s pulling ahead in the vote totals OR they’re resigned to the Scotty-James final and want people to think it’ll be a competitive. I definitely don’t think it’s a coincidence that Scotty had his best performance of the season but was immediately followed by arguably James’s best performance of the season with the winner talk from the judges and Jimmy Iovine going nuts about him. Jimmy’s reaction seems more based on the idea of seeing James doing something Jimmy could hear on a mainstream radio format but the judges had something else going on.

    IA the producers’ and Jimmy’s preferred final would actually be LaurenA-James. I don’t think Universal’s going to be upset to work with Scotty though, it’s just Jimmy’s not interested in Scotty’s style and the show wants a winner who would work with Interscope.

    BootStar: I totally get why Haley cursed Jimmy after that package. She’s incredibly versatile vocally (a distinct advantage to earlier successful contestants on this show!), and he implied she had a lazy work ethic in an earlier clip this season. This chick can growl AND yodel.

    IA. My only thing with Haley is IMO she’s had a lot of performances where she didn’t put together a coherent interpretation of the song. But she’s gotten better about that lately. I don’t know if that’s what Jimmy was picking up on with his comment and wording it badly OR if he’s just revealing that HE has no clue what to do with her as an artist. I think it’s more likely the 2nd and if that’s the case then we should hope Haley doesn’t get signed because Interscope would have no clue what to do with her.

  • tinawina

    There’s always going to be someone with less screen time than others.
    But there’s a huge difference between someone like Kelly or Elliott or Latoya who had no screentime or barely any screentime coming into the semifinals and Haley.

    I’m not disagreeing with that… but that’s not what’s being argued here, I think. What we are talking about is what kind of screentime has she gotten compared to the ones that are left. Have the producers labored to show her in a favorable light?

    If Jacob had more momentum coming into the semifinals it’s because a lot more people liked his performance better than they did Haley’s, not because she didn’t get a fair amount of screentime.

    I don’t think you can just count minutes shown, you also have to look at what was shown during that time. If that was the case, then Jordan Dorsey and Clint Gamboa started at an advantage because they got lots of screen time. But that really wasn’t the case IMO. Jacob got his breakout performance shown with lots of time for judges reactions, and got one judge telling him it was the best ever performance on Idol. We got to see him do the happy dance and be all around endearing. We saw him cry and hug his family in Hollywood, looking grateful and humble. It wasn’t just a driveby clip of him singing a couple of bars.

    Now, the TPTB certainly turned on Jacob lately, but that has nothing to do with him coming into the semis in a better place than Haley.

    But that’s exactly what Slezak is arguing here that she’s somehow the biggest underdog ever,

    I never heard him arguing she was the biggest underdog ever… more like he’s under-appreciated by the producers and doesn’t seem to get edits in line with her talent… in his opinion. She got a good edit for Benny and the Jets I think. That’s the only time I remember TPTB making her look good. Moanin’ did not come off like it was planned.

    In any case, I don’t think the girl is close to being a favorite at the moment. Maybe things will change tomorrow.

  • meme4cj_

    Oh!! this is interesting about CaseyJ’s manager , I hope this means that he will be on! :) http://networkedblogs.com/hpuhZ

  • BootStar

    koshka, LOVE your latest avatar. Did you do one yet for JLo? I hate to think I missed it. Maybe something with a Louboutin (sp?) in it? ;-)

  • sr4mjc

    I don’t know if that’s what Jimmy was picking up on with his comment and wording it badly OR if he’s just revealing that HE has no clue what to do with her as an artist. I think it’s more likely the 2nd and if that’s the case then we should hope Haley doesn’t get signed because Interscope would have no clue what to do with her.

    That may be true and also they already have their plans for Pia.

    #TeamHaley because Jimmy is a douchebag :) Slezak got it right about her edits.

    And nice memory lane with Jordin. Did everyone see her bikini pic she tweeted? Damn girl!

  • Fullmoon

    That’s a great inspiring story by that soccer player. There is nothing more satisfying then when an artist music truly means something to someone. The fact that Adam wrote the song from a place that is real to him is what being a songwriter is all about. From the heart. Kosha, your avatar is hilarious.

  • tinawina

    For me it seems like they’ve been uber-pimping James since very early on, and I just find it hard to believe he was leading in the vote totals back then.

    I agree that he’s always been pimped, but I think windmills just summed it up for me:

    Early on the producers want to make sure they have enough stories to make for good TV and they’ll showcase their good TV contestants because they want a few of those to be on the show deep into the competition but not necessarily winning.

    But I do think that its suddenly gotten more pointed, and so I take it to mean he’s a real contender. He’s getting the “You’re gonna win you breakout star you!” treatment now. LOL

  • meme4cj_

    BootStar , I’m trusting CaseyJ regarding the production! he is playing the lead guitar on all the songs , not just writing them & also arranging the whole! and we all know Casey’s ability on that! :D
    I’m VERY curious to know who is(are) producing his album! :)

  • koshka

    BootStar says:
    05/03/2011 at 3:31 pm
    koshka, LOVE your latest avatar. Did you do one yet for JLo? I hate to think I missed it. Maybe something with a Louboutin (sp?) in it?

    Last week was J Lo in bling font.

  • saga

    But I do think that its suddenly gotten more pointed, and so I take it to mean he’s a real contender. He’s getting the “You’re gonna win you breakout star you!” treatment now. LOL

    We also see a change from non-mainstream songs/performances to something that could work on radio today, starting with Uprising. It could mean that Jimmy realises James might make top2.

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

    haha nice avatar koshka! :P
    sooo glad ryan’s not leaving!
    why cant AI be today?? D:

    I LOVE adam’s tweets (for once ITA)-gq deserves ir haha

  • aa618892

    HermeticallySealed says:
    Speaking of Aftermath, guess music can motivate people. Don’t think I saw this before, so I apologize if it’s a repeat.

    http://www.outsports.com/os/index.php/component/content/article/54-coming-out-stories-that-have-appeared-on-outsports/375-college-soccer-player-tells-his-coach-i-am-writing-a-coming-out-story

    Thank you so much for posting this. A very beautiful and moving story. So happy to see how Adam inspired and encouraged this young man.
    On a lighter note there is a very funny exchange between GQ magazine and Adam on twitter. I am still laughing but I don’t know the best way to bring the exchange over here not being on twitter. If anybody else would it is a hoot!

  • Trina

    I think the James pimping went into overdrive when they realized he wasn’t boring and makes for good TV, not because he’s gotten a huge surge in votes. He said as much on Twitter when he said he asked for all the special staging, that the producers will provide if you ask because they love that sort of stuff. Like the dude in Idol-loonies said, he felt like last week was the first time someone could stop the Scotty train lol so if anything they don’t mind making it look like its an actual competition while someone more subtle (tm. Jimmy *snort*)is running away with it.

    I think Idol has been MORE than obvious they want a Lauren/Scotty finale and IMO theyre probably worried because Haley is taking attention off Lauren. Plus they’re going to be promoting Pia soon and Haley would be competition.

    ETA: last week is the only week I think James may have got more votes than Scotty and that being the combo of the storms in the south+James’ best performance. I don’t believe its a trend though.

  • windmills

    meme4cj_: Oh!! this is interesting about CaseyJ’s manager , I hope this means that he will be on! http://networkedblogs.com/hpuhZ

    I expect that event’ll be pretty Shania-centered. She’s promoting a new book and a TV show.

    BootStar: First of all, there’s no guarantee ANY of these songs will make it on his album, which at this rate won’t be out before fall anyway, but more importantly, for me (for you???), there’s nothing better than a live acoustic performance.

    tinawina: ^ are all good points :) ;)

  • meme4cj_

    windmills says:
    05/03/2011 at 3:55 pm
    I expect that event’ll be pretty Shania-centered. She’s promoting a new book and a TV show.

    I’ve read about her coming back! & I’m happy for her! I really like her! :)
    What’s interesting for me is that Jason Owen is a member of CMA! so I’m hoping that Casey will be announced performing there too!
    Also! windmills , have I mentioned that I’m a big fan of reviews ( especially the CaseyJ’s new songs related ) ?! :P

  • BootStar

    BootStar , I’m trusting CaseyJ regarding the production! he is playing the lead guitar on all the songs , not just writing them & also arranging the whole! and we all know Casey’s ability on that!

    I’ve just learned to keep my expectations low! As long as Matt Serletic isn’t producing it, I won’t panic. :-)

    Last week was J Lo in bling font.

    Dang! Missed it.

  • Fullmoon

    On a lighter note there is a very funny exchange between GQ magazine and Adam on twitter. I am still laughing

    Ha Ha, How long do you think it will be before GQ will be looking to do a spread on him? I see Steven Tyler is on that list so take it as a compliment Adam, no Chinos please.

  • tinawina

    I think the James pimping went into overdrive when they realized he wasn’t boring and makes for good TV, not because he’s gotten a huge surge in votes.

    That’s possible as well!

    BootStar: First of all, there’s no guarantee ANY of these songs will make it on his album, which at this rate won’t be out before fall anyway, but more importantly, for me (for you???), there’s nothing better than a live acoustic performance.

    tinawina: ^ are all good points :) ;)

    True!

  • sr4mjc

    @JoeyTube Post-Idol singles already in the works for Lauren Alaina & Scotty McCreery …

  • Pam

    Just watched Archie’s vlog. Seriously, how sweet is he? I hope his mom gets to view it. I think it will make her very proud.

  • heartly

    After a ton of speculation, it’s finally confirmed that one of the duets Kelly recorded for her album (still to be seen if they make the cut) was with Chris. Richard Marx co-wrote it and it’s called “One More Yesterday.”

    In addition to his own songs, Richard has had a very successful career for the past 15 years or so writing songs for other artists. He confirms that he’s more recently co-written a song called “One More Yesterday” that Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry have recorded as a duet. Kelly has stated publicly that her new album contains a duet with someone that fans have wanted to see her sing with for quite some time, so it’s possible that the track will appear on her upcoming album. Richard says, “I’ve heard the rough mix of it, and the singing can’t be beat, between the two of them.” Richard says he will also collaborate with Chris on Daughtry’s forthcoming CD.

    Kelly and Chris are pretty much the only American Idol alumns that Richard is a fan of. He doesn’t have much use for the show at all, even though the Grammy-winning song he wrote for Luther Vandross, “Dance with My Father,” was performed by Jacob Lusk on the show a few weeks ago. Richard says, “I don’t think anyone is gonna sing that song and make me think about anything but just how much better Luther did it.” He adds, “Nothing against the guy who sang it…it’s just sort of my issue with Idol overall…it’s all karaoke. There’s nothing original…about that show.”

    http://wplj.com/Article.asp?id=2176816&spid=36851

  • BootStar

    He adds, “Nothing against the guy who sang it…it’s just sort of my issue with Idol overall…it’s all karaoke. There’s nothing original…about that show.”

    Oh, dude, get over yourself. David Cook’s “The World I Know” and Casey James’ “Jealous Guy” were so not karaoke. And there are plenty of other examples too. (Unless of course Dolly Parton singing “Shine” or Johnny Cash singing “Hurt” were karaoke too.)

    Seriously, nobody would love to hear a Kelly/Chris duet more than I would, but some of these self-important industry people just nauseate the hell out of me. Why do I think Kelly and Chris were the only former Idols who recorded this guy’s songs?

  • Mel1

    On a lighter note there is a very funny exchange between GQ magazine and Adam on twitter. I am still laughing but I don’t know the best way to bring the exchange over here not being on twitter. If anybody else would it is a hoot!

    People are noting that Adam was the only one GQ tweeted. Possibly because he was the only one who might respond?

  • rayni

    BootStar says:

    Oh, dude get over yourself.

    For real. You think he wouldn’t bust a gut to get there if they offered him a mentoring/performance slot. Pffft.

  • djafan

    Great vlog from David A. So genuine and real. I love his impromptu singing.

  • sma11ie
    I don’t know if she’s the biggest underdog ever but they aren’t exactly giving her the James treatment either

    But that’s exactly what Slezak is arguing here that she’s somehow the biggest underdog ever

    Heh, IMO, if you’re not a fan of crazed-fanlike hyperboles, then Slezak is not for you. But just because the guy is uber-passionate and presents every potential producer manipulation travesty in hyperbolic terms doesn’t mean there isn’t usually some truth to his claims. I tend to like hearing his perspective, and I also tend to take it with a grain of salt.

    Early on the producers want to make sure they have enough stories to make for good TV and they’ll showcase their good TV contestants because they want a few of those to be on the show deep into the competition but not necessarily winning.

    I think that’s true. Early on, they pimp for good TV, then when it gets to the wire, they pimp more according to vote totals…? I’m not a huge knoller.

    I’ve just learned to keep my expectations low! As long as Matt Serletic isn’t producing it, I won’t panic.

    Aww, I don’t think the production on TLG is that bad… and I have high hopes for TLM’s production value based on David’s answers thus far (children’s choir, theremin, organ?). Have you heard the two new songs yet? Time Marches On and Take Me As I Am both have very interesting instrumentation live—I hope they don’t mess it up in the studio!

    I’m gonna have to check out the Casey J stuff too… I think Jealous Guy and Don’t were among the best performances from last season, and I always felt like he didn’t get to show his full potential on the show.

  • Fullmoon

    He adds, “Nothing against the guy who sang it…it’s just sort of my issue with Idol overall…it’s all karaoke. There’s nothing original…about that show.”

    He has a point and Idol is getting worse and worse. Can’t wait to hear Kelly and Daughtry. Two of my favs.

    People are noting that Adam was the only one GQ tweeted. Possibly because he was the only one who might respond?

    Free publicity.

  • sr4mjc

    With the exception of a few performances this year, this season has been very karaoke. Hell, more performances over the 10 years have been more karaoke then not.

  • BootStar

    Have you heard the two new songs yet? Time Marches On and Take Me As I Am both have very interesting instrumentation live—I hope they don’t mess it up in the studio!

    Oh, I loved what I heard of both of them from the show the other day. I’m nervous about how they’ll sound on the new album though. I genuinely HATED “The Last Goodbye” until I heard that acoustic version this morning. And then I LOVED it. He “Cookified” the rank thing. :-)

    Sorry, I hate to be negative about anything David does, and I truly don’t get the hate for “Light On” (although “Come Back To Me” is pure ick), but I don’t think I’ve ever been as disappointed in something David’s put out as I was when I heard the new single. Honestly, I was ready to completely write him off (his music, not him personally). Fortunately, I listened to his live performances the last few days, and I’m back on board. I’m still really worried about the new album though. Sounds like David is too!

    I’m gonna have to check out the Casey J stuff too… I think Jealous Guy and Don’t were among the best performances from last season, and I always felt like he didn’t get to show his full potential on the show.

    This person has the best video I’ve seen from his Indiana show. She even got the banter, which is pretty funny.

    With the exception of a few performances this year, this season has been very karaoke. Hell, more performances over the 10 years have been more karaoke then not.

    Well, of course they have. No arguments from me in that regard. But this Richard Marx person wrote off EVERY performance from the show as if they were all equally unoriginal. That’s a ridiculous argument to make, unless you maintain that every cover song ever recorded is karaoke. Was Kris Allen’s “She Works Hard For The Money” karaoke? Or Crystal Bowersox’s “No One Needs To Know”? Pshaw. I bet this dude never even watches the show.

  • heidijoy

    Love David Archuleta’s Vlog. He is so thoughtful to keep fans informed and so thoughtful to remember his Mom and all other mother’s and mother figures. Enjoy it when he sings a tune!
    Glad he is getting out to concerts and of course so great @ charities and causes.

  • Hazehel

    Have the producers labored to show her in a favorable light?

    Oh poor Haley, and to think that the producers gave her the pimp spot before our golden girl Lauren, and then again the last solo last week if you don’t consider the duet a pimp spot. How they must have hated Haley. I guess they must even hate the crown prince Scotty more that they never even consider him for the pimp spot. I wonder how Stefano must feel being loathed by the producers not being considered by the pimp spot as well.

  • sma11ie

    Oh, I loved what I heard of both of them from the show the other day. I’m nervous about how they’ll sound on the new album though. I genuinely HATED “The Last Goodbye” until I heard that acoustic version this morning. And then I LOVED it.

    Good! I think unveiling TMO and TMAIA early at the Concert for Hope was really the one smartest thing above all else that he could’ve done to calm a lot of fans’ minds. It seemed to pretty much have a universal effect calming effect, particularly on fans who hated TLG :). I personally enjoy TLG, particularly how fun it was live at the concert (everyone was bouncin!), but yeah, the acoustic version does make me appreciate it even more.

    It just seems to me that as usual, David’s strongest songs will be album cuts. I hope there are ways that casual fans will be reached to hear them, because I feel the strength of these cuts will be what sells the album in the long run, not singles like TLG (which, again, I personally do enjoy).

    Ooh, looks like part 1 of Lyndsey Parker’s interview with David is up.

  • girlygirl

    here’s the video interview Kris did with OK! Magazine yesterday — Zorro, music education, girl singers, his new music, tattoos, etc. He may be getting writing credit on yet another (UK) artist’s album as well…

    new tattoo???!! :)

    http://www.okmagazine.com/2011/05/kris-allen-talks-to-ok-about-music-empowers-matthew-morrison-a-new-tattoo/

  • SuperNut

    Kirsten says:
    I’m still miffed that we don’t get a former Idol performing this week. Just JLo. And that stupid Gaga video we are getting is the long form one so it’s going to be like 10 minutes long (did you see, the stupid song actually lost spins today on CHR).

    If the contestant eliminated this week doesn’t singout, I may just have to come back here and rant.

    Which would be perfect if Jacob got the boot since the producers hate him so.

    Now that Lambert and Kris are stumping for Haley, I’m sure their fans will vote for her and she can break into the top 4.

  • kmd

    I love Archie’s vlog. He is starting to look a little older. I like that he was at LA’s ASCAP Expo and was with some great songwriters there. Also love him singing some of Kayne West’s “Hey Mama” song.

  • tinawina

    Oh poor Haley, and to think that the producers gave her the pimp spot before our golden girl Lauren, and then again the last solo last week if you don’t consider the duet a pimp spot. How they must have hated Haley. I guess they must even hate the crown prince Scotty more that they never even consider him for the pimp spot. I wonder how Stefano must feel being loathed by the producers not being considered by the pimp spot as well.

    LOL. You are so sarcastic. You always make me laugh.

    I don’t know how Stefano comes into this, since the point I was making was that out of the top 5, she’s not a producer favorite, along with Jacob. Also, she can be under-appreciated separate and apart from how another contestant has been treated. Finally, lots of people get the pimp spot – in fact, it usually get rotated around a bit – but that is not the only way to highlight a contestant as has been detailed. There is also how their packages are edited, the kind of comments they get from Jimmy, the types of activities they are shown doing on the results night packages, etc. If you go by the content of Haley’s spots, she’s a girl with a work ethic issue that doesn’t know who she is as an artist, can’t put her lipstick on straight and sings sexy sometimes. Oh, and Casey might have a crush on her. LOL. As opposed to Lauren, “the very awesomely talented girl who just needs to believe in herself”, James “the exciting superstar in the making who has overcome so much”, and Scotty “the good old boy with the out of this world bass voice who sticks to his guns and teenage girls love him!”.

  • http://MJO judes

    As long as they don’t do it too often or take up time that should be used for an Idol performance, it’s OK. If a judge performs on Thursday night, that should count as the evening’s pro performance.

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    I agree- so we can have Steven this week & no Lady Gaga – therefore they could slot in an ex- idol’s performance.
    I really enjoyed Crystals performance but I didn’t notice she was cut short- all I remember was thinking that she performed really well.

  • TrudyFOD

    I love David Archuleta — and his vlogs always put a smile on my face and make me feel so happy. I love when he randomly sings…and how nice to show his love for his mom…and appreciate all moms. David just continues to amaze me at how nice a person he is and how much his fans appreciate that he takes the time to do vlogs for us. He is such a talented singer/songwriter…and I hope he can go on tour this year. Thanks also for the heads up that his book is out on paperback — will be getting a copy for sure.

  • rhed31

    David A must be one of the sweetest ppl on the planet. Loved his vlog.