Idol Headlines for 11/11/10

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Lee DeWyze will be performing at the ‘Nelson, Terry & Stacey Christmas Show’ (The Buzz 105.1) in Portland, 12/13 More info HERE Via @Dweezy Signal

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Bon Jovi Lights Up Times Square With 90 Minute Greatest Hits Show

Bon Jovi–the whole group–lit up Times Square last night with a ebullient, athletic 90 minute live show from the Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater on Broadway and West 44th St.

After the show, Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Bryan headed right home. But Richie Sambora and Tico Torres headed downtown to the Waverly Inn. They took up a table for about 12 people including Little Steven van Zandt. wife Maureen van Zandt, music publisher John Titta, and “American Idol” past winner David Cook.

Read more at Showbiz 411

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Joe McElderry sings Carrie Underwood’s “There is a Place For Us” from Na

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David Cook Fans Make A Difference

The 2010 Race for Hope in Washington D.C. was another huge success this year, with over 10,000 attendees and 503 different hard-working teams collectively raising a grand total of $2,348,000 for this amazing charity.

And no team worked harder than David Cook’s 421-strong contingent, which convinced nearly 2,000 individual donors to contributed an amazing $152,306.74!

On DCO’s behalf, we wanted to recognize and thank David’s fans for their incredible generosity.

Read more at DavidCookOfficial

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Pre-CMA interview with Casey James

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First Look: Go Behind the Scenes with Carrie Underwood & Olay

via InStyle

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Gene Simmons Comes To Steven Tyler’s Defense

“Kid Rock’s wrong,” wrote Simmons. “Kid’s a good guy. Though he’s got the goods. But he’s wrong about Tyler and Amer Idol. Kid said Tyler did the “stupidest thing” re: Amer Idol. He’s wrong. Steven did the right thing. He’s going to rock the place, and it’s the best thing for him right now.”

Read more at Anti-Music

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Live It Up

Lee DeWyze’s debut album Live It Up suffers from vague production that strips his Adam Duritz-y growl of all humor, anger, and sexuality. It’s also saddled with a batch of tunes that are so totally generic, the font color for this review should be beige. Only one song here, ”Me and My Jealousy,” truly showcases the coolly disaffected potential rock star who won what’s widely regarded as the weakest-ever season of American Idol. C

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Kris Allen taped 2 acoustic numbers for the “Together for Care” Alzheimer’s telethon set to air on NBC December 4. Al Roker tweeted a cool pic of Kris Allen and Cale Mills performing.

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Andrew Garcia and his girlfriend Christine Concepcion are engaged!  Andrew tweets, “Ok. Y’all know there’s gonna be a lot of music and this wedding!!!! Hahaha!! I’m bookin all y’all!!!!!”  Check out a photo of the beautiful ring:

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Listen to a mashup of Adam Lambert and Pink singing “Whataya Want From Me”

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Carrie Underwood’s New ‘Narnia’ Song–Listen Here First!

Guess who will be singing a tune on the soundtrack? None other than a name you just might be familiar with–Carrie Underwood, who also cowrote the song specifically for the movie. A self-professed “big fan” of the Narnia series (both books and films), Underwood explains that her tune, titled “There’s A Place For Us,” speaks to the hero in all of us.

“For everybody, there’s a place where you’re powerful and where you belong,” she relates. “The movie and song are about finding that place where you fit in.”

Via Yahoo Music

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Jason Aldean has ‘really cool friendship’ with Kelly Clarkson

“Like everybody else, I watched the first season of American Idol, and I was a huge fan of her voice,” he says. “It’s so distinctive. There’s nobody else that sings like that, in my opinion.

“I liked her, but I didn’t know how our voices were going to blend. You never know that stuff until you get in there. It was pretty obvious when she came in and started singing that it was a very good call. So I was glad she agreed to do it. She loved the song. It’s gotten to be a really cool friendship between the two of us.”

Read more at USA Today

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His best days: Gokey glad to return to Wisconsin with country music momentum

Today, he’s one of “American Idol’s” most popular alums and a promising voice in country music. 2010 has been a year of firsts for Milwaukee native Danny Gokey, and if you ask him, it’s just the beginning.

“It’s been my first year going national, my first year on the scene and my first year touring. And this is just the start of more things to follow,” said Gokey, who got his first taste of stardom in 2009 when he finished third on Season 8 of the Fox reality juggernaut.

Read more at Green Bay Press

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CMA Summit tries to sell corporations on country

Former American Idol contestant Danny Gokey, right, gave a private concert to two dozen corporate executives in town for a CMA Marketing Summit. CMA brokered a marketing partnership between Gokey and Pillsbury.

See the photo at Tennessean.com

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Justin Guarini Is Happy on the Verge

Justin Guarini sure knows how to make a Broadway debut. The pop singer and season one finalist of FOX’s American Idol is making his long-awaited bow on the Great White Way as the shy Carlos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the musical version of Pedro Almodovar’s popular film, now at the Belasco Theatre. He recently spoke with TheaterMania about the experience.

Read more at Theatremania

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Fantasia keeps it real

The past few months have been painful for Fantasia Barrino, but she said she is starting to leave the baggage behind and get to that happy place.

“I’m blessed and highly favored and I have no reason to complain,” she said by phone on the day before her new tour was set to begin in Virginia.

“This tour is all my vision, it’s my first time ever putting together the whole show.”

Read more at JournalNow.com

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First Promo for Paula Abdul’s Return To Television Debuts [VIDEO]

Following Paula Abdul‘s departure from “American Idol”, television suffered from a huge void. That quirky and lovable personality that we saw encouraging nervous young singers every Tuesday and Wednesday had taken a break from the small screen, but as the months passed behind the scenes she was working returning to television and returning to her roots in dance. Now we get our first look at Paula Abdul in the all new promo for “Live To Dance”, a reality competition show in which she will join a panel of “experts” who critique the competitors. “Dance” is set to premiere this January on CBS, possibly opposite “American Idol”.

See the Video at Ryan Seacrest.com

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Lady Gaga producer confirms 8 songs for new Jennifer Lopez LP…

Lady Gaga’s producer RedOne has been busy working on the new Jennifer Lopez record in Los Angeles, which is scheduled to drop some time in 2011. “Musically, I’m trying to combine all the elements that makes her who she is” he said “We connected, and it was easy to work together. She’s in another headspace” he continued. “She’s very positive and content. She knows what she wants to do”. Source.

It has also been confirmed that the two have managed to complete work on about eight songs so far.

Read more at Toyaz World

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Lythgoe Family Productions Presents “Cinderella” – A Modern Musical Extravaganza in the Style of a Traditional London Christmas Panto

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lythgoe Family Productions, Magic Pictures International and Jason Haigh-Ellery present CINDERELLA a Modern Musical Extravaganza. The production will take place at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood from November 27-December 19, 2010. The opening night Gala will be a major fundraiser for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, recognized as one of the nation’s top after school programs.

In the style of the outrageous British holiday pantos, the Lythgoe Family brings this wild, wacky and interactive holiday event to the States. A British Panto is a British institution, it’s a modern musical play based on Fairytale stories. The focal point of a Panto is how it brings together the family by way of entertainment. Whether you are young or old, a Panto is enjoyed by all members of the family. This U.S. premiere Panto has a comical twist and incredible magic such as a pumpkin turning into a carriage with real live ponies right before your very eyes!

“Panto is for the whole family and something that truly unites family together in fun and entertainment,” says Kris Lythgoe, Executive Producer and CEO of Magic Pictures International. “It’s a must see over this holiday season. This British version of Cinderella is fun for the kids, but clever enough to delight adults, a treat for the entire family.”

Read more at PRNewswire

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See the Glee Cast in Ugly Christmas Sweaters

via E

 
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  • loveroftalent

    Love the mash-up with Adam and Pink. Would love for that to happen for real. Both their voices are awesome.

  • Kirsten

    The debacle has led to claims Simon Cowell is considering introducing a fifth judge to ensure if one of the panel refuse to vote, it would be possible to got to deadlock if the remaining four voted 2-2.

    Yep. That’s just what these Idol-style shows need. More judges. Why don’t you add 3 more judges, Simon, so you can have a lucky number of 7 judges? That way we don’t have to bother listening to the performers at all. We can just listen to judges blather on and on and on.

    Here is a quick way to resolve the problem when somebody on the panel doesn’t vote. Don’t let them not vote and fire their a$$ if they won’t. There is some drama for you, Simon. You could get an entire season of drama out of that. Just fire one of the judges who needed some time to do some other project anyway. They can come back the next season.

    I suspect that Simon just wants to give his new US XF pussycat judge some practice time in the UK before the US show starts up. He probably told Cheryl not to vote so he could create this “drama” and have an excuse to add a judge to the panel. That guy has more schemes than Boris and Natasha.

  • Joyed

    That guy has more schemes than Boris and Natasha.

    Haha, seriously! Whenever I read the articles coming out of X Factor I always wonder what Simon and company leaked to get that article written. They certainly know how to keep the sensationalism going!

  • springboard

    Nothing is what it seems on the X Factor. I wonder if it is going to be the same with the US show, and if it is, how the public would react to it…

  • Valentin432

    Wow, Slezak was very harsh on Lee, he usually gives Idol albums a positive spin but not this time.

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

    The Adam and P!nk mas-up is FU&KING AMAZING!!! :D
    CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW!

  • lorismile

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mashup with Adam and Pink. It’s awesome! Really wish we could hear it as a duet. Adam would be in his glory singing it with her!

  • Eriko

    Wow, Slezak was very harsh on Lee, he usually gives Idol albums a positive spin but not this time.

    He usually does? Examples please for someone who hasn´t seen any of them during past seasons. And are they usually so short?

  • lorismile

    My Date With Adam Lambert airs Friday Nov 12th on MuchMusic – — such cute preview videos!

    http://adamlambertfans.com/news/15951

  • Eriko

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mashup with Adam and Pink. It’s awesome! Really wish we could hear it as a duet. Adam would be in his glory singing it with her!

    Aren´t their voices too similar for a duet? I like some contrast in a duet

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

    This is REALLY interesting!!! And it’s relevant because it talks about AI

    http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/the-reign-of-rightwing-primetime–1740

  • jennyl

    Slezak was harsh. But I’ve read reviews which are positive. In fact each reviewer named different tracks to be their fav. One is Beautiful Like You, One is Me and My Jealousy and One called A Song About Love the sickest track on the ablum. Fans love Brooklyn Bridge. So what is Slezak hearing that is different from these reviewers.

    And I thought Crystal was the best thing that happened since Carrie. Why reference it as the weakest season. I just hope listeners will give Lee a chance and make up their minds themselves.

  • Trina

    When David walked into the audition room in Omaha singing “Livin’ On A Prayer” I wonder if he ever imagined he would one day be having dinner with members of Bon Jovi?

    Slezak made no bones about not liking Lee throughout the season and adores Crystal, I didn’t expect him to love his album.

  • windmills

    You can definitely see how Carrie’s song fits the Narnia movie. I love the studio footage in the ad!

    Slezak thinks Lee should have been more rock? I actually think it’s a good thing he didn’t go that way. It doesn’t mean I’ll like his album but I’m glad he’s not trying to be Cook-lite or Daughtry-lite.

    Going to listen to Pink meets Adam on WWFM now.

  • lorismile

    Aren´t their voices too similar for a duet? I like some contrast in a duet

    I wouldn’t say their voices are similar. She has a husky/growl quality to her voice that Adam doesn’t.

  • sma11ie

    LOVE the Adam/Pink mashup! More than either singing it alone! Wanna download that, LOL.

    After the show, Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Bryan headed right home. But Richie Sambora and Tico Torres headed downtown to the Waverly Inn. They took up a table for about 12 people including Little Steven van Zandt. wife Maureen van Zandt, music publisher John Titta, and “American Idol” past winner David Cook.

    Twitpic or it didn’t happen! J/k. That’d be the day. David’s apparently decided he will only tweet about sports or watching movies on TV. He makes himself sound so boring, lol, but meanwhile, he’s been off having whirlwind trips in FL and NY with cool celebs, tennis greats, and huge rock stars.

    That Narnia spot with Carrie’s song is well-done, almost makes me want to see the movie! I loved the Narnia movies, but I was so disappointed with The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe that I didn’t see Prince Caspian. I hear with this movie, it’s a new studio, vision, etc, but I’m still very sceptical they will do those books justice…

  • Valentin432

    He usually does? Examples please for someone who hasn´t seen any of them during past seasons. And are they usually so short?

    I remember he gave a very good review of the last Jordin sparks album and also some the season 8 contestants.
    Generally, the reviews are longer than that too, so it’s telling that he didn’t wrote more than a few lines.

  • sma11ie

    He usually does? Examples please for someone who hasn´t seen any of them during past seasons. And are they usually so short?

    They usually are very short, but Slezak doesn’t review all the Idol albums. Sometimes they go to others on the staff.

  • springboard

    And I thought Crystal was the best thing that happened since Carrie. Why reference it as the weakest season. I just hope listeners will give Lee a chance and make up their minds themselves.

    Slezak isn’t a Carrie fan, but he probably thinks that Crystal is the best thing since Allison Iraheta :)

    Reviews don’t matter much, some album get bad reviews and sell bucket loads, other time it is the opposite.

  • fanaround

    For what it’s worth, last year, different people did the reviews. Kris’ album got a B- and Adam’s got a B+. In both cases, Michael also did a separate track by track analysis, but he was not the one who did the one paragraph plus grade review.

    ETA: here are the links people asked for below:
    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20320921,00.html
    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20319051,00.html

  • kvwicks13

    Wow, Slezak was very harsh on Lee, he usually gives Idol albums a positive spin but not this time.

    If you know Slezak then you know he has his favorites and if his favorite didn’t win, then its reflected in his review.

  • mmb

    I’m a little surprised slezak reviewed lees album. Last year ew had one of their regular music reviewers review Kris and Adams albums. Of course slezak reviewed allisons cd. Maybe he just wanted to stay out of the Kris/Adam fan wars last year, lol

  • wordnerdarchie

    I just did a search of the EW site, and the only “official” Idol reviews that popped up for M.S. were the ones he did for Lee and Jordin. (Cook, for ex. was reviewed by another staff member, Leah Greenblatt.) But maybe their search engine is faulty. So where are those other official music reviews that you’re talking about?

    Michael Slezak Review Search

  • artemis

    I’m surprised EW assigned this review to Slezak, who is a total Crystal fan, with predictable results.I’m sure he was really bummed out when Lee won over Crystal. I know reviews are just opinions, but this seems kind of unethical to me. The assignment should have been given to another writer.
    I’m sure Crystal can look forward to an A plus from Slezak.

  • Eriko

    Speaking of Bon Jovi, see X Factor Australia contestant Altiyan Childs perform “Livin On A Prayer”

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

    And here “Beautiful Day” (Lee, this is how it´s done :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIEJUAioQY

  • Incipit

    He makes himself sound so boring, lol, but meanwhile, he’s been off having whirlwind trips in FL and NY with cool celebs, tennis greats, and huge rock stars.

    Interesting to read this the same day the latest Idol 10 Promo surfaces – “How has American Idol changed my life? How hasn’t it?” Smallie, your post surely illustrates that. Watching the daily Headlines threads, it’s demonstrated in different ways for each of the nine winners…just how much their lives have changed.Though they come off the show with the title and the backing – it’s hard work at their craft that makes all that work. IMO.

    Hope we get to hear more about that dinner someday – ;)

  • FREIDAG

    That mash-up with Adam and Pink is amazing. Two of the strongest voices in pop singing together. I would LUV for this to actually happen.

    And a big OUCH for Lee’s review.

  • BootStar

    Love the Adam/Pink duet. Will that ever be released as a single?

  • Tess

    Wow, Slezak was very harsh on Lee, he usually gives Idol albums a positive spin but not this time.

    I don’t think Slezak has reviewed many Idol albums. The album reviews are usually passed among the different staffers. I also think that Slezak is a professional and doesn’t let his own biases taint his reviews.

    Once the reviews start rolling in it will be interesting to see how Michael’s stacks up. I have a feeling that his view will match up to the vast majority of other reviews.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    For what it’s worth, last year, different people did the reviews. Kris’ album got a B- and Adam’s got a B+. In both cases, Michael also did a separate track by track analysis, but he was not the one who did the one paragraph plus grade review.

    I think he only reviewed Allison’s last year and he gave her an A. Michael is a terrific writer and I love his recaps, but you do have to know what his biases are when reading his articles and reviews.

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  • movin2thabeet

    Yeah, David’s showing how you can keep the regular guy sensibility even when you’re leading a rock star kind of life. Connect with the mundane aspects of life that we all share, no matter how ‘exciting’ our lives may be. I love how he handles his public persona. Meanwhile, I’m digging the company he keeps – hands-on outstanding charity work and nights out with rockers and friends who know how to build a long-term musical career.

    I’m only wondering about this latest change in wardrobe toward English teacher chic. As a once in awhile thing, its cool. But if its his current settled-upon look, I think its too limiting, and not a great reflection of who he is. Might be OT, but it was something that I’ve been holding around recently, so I thought I’d share and see if anyone else felt the same.

  • Eriko

    The only review I´ve read of Lee´s Live it Up, that in my view, lives up to be one, not just a paragraph or two, is:

    http://blastmagazine.com/2010/11/08/lee-dewyzes-live-it-up-reviewed/

    I´m not speaking of the reviewers conclusion, no right or wrong there. But there is at least some effort and thought put into it, whether you agree or not with his interpretations

    BTW, he didn´t watch AI, so, unbiased in that regard

  • Trina

    Slezak, who has been rude in Idoltry to competition for his favorite..the same Slezak who uses (or once used?) a picture of himself with Crystal as his Twitter background? Riight he shows no bias. C’mon was Allison’s CD REALLY worthy of a freaking A?

    A friend on Twitter just reminded me of the TMZ video where Richie Sambora was asked if he had a favorite Idol and he yelled out “Cook”. Talk about a mutual admiration dinner last night!

    ETA: see I’m kinda digging his chic english teacher look! I noticed that suit he wore for tennis cocktail dinner was Hugo Boss. I actually love that he’s wearing well made clothes like that.

  • Lucy1234

    Happy to hear Danny’s 2d album will be out next year and that he got a marketing deal with Pillsbury. Danny has four concerts in Wisconsin next week – they love their home-state boy.

    I really like the song Carrie did for ‘Narnia’.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I haven’t seen the Allison review. Does anyone have a link? I can’t find it on EW.com. Thanks in advance.

  • sma11ie

    MJ, so sorry I was offline last night! I emailed!

  • certain1

    Danny getting a chance to help sell Country music to the non country audience sounds like a great idea. So glad the the CMA thinks so highly of him to choose him to represent the new face of Country.

    ETA: neede to clarify my post to align with the article above. :)

  • jennyl
  • LaRue

    I don’t think Slezak should have reviewed Lee’s album. I don’t think he can be truly objective when it comes to Idols. He clearly loves some contestants and despises others. It seeps into his writing and makes for uncomfortable moments.

    I haven’t heard Lee’s album, so I can’t judge it. But it’s not fair to have someone who clearly thinks you didn’t deserve to win Idol give his two cents on your work. It just looks like Slezak is throwing Lee in front of the bus because his precious Crystal didn’t win. Even if that’s not true–even if he really thinks Lee’s album is ‘beige’–Slezak is too attached to Idol to give an well-balanced review.

    The last thing any of these Idols need is a journalist claiming to be a fan of the show pushing them around. It just makes for awkward moments as the contestants make their publicity rounds. I remember Jim Cantiello mentioning that Lee gave him some funny looks at one point during last season during a press junket, because Lee had obviously heard about Jim bashing him.

    Criticism is going to be thrown Lee’s way. I’m sure he gets that. But when someone like Slezak plays favorites, then he doesn’t stand a chance with that particular publication–in this case, EW. I don’t think it’s right.

  • Incipit

    But if its his current settled-upon look, I

    movin2thabeet, I really don’t think WTF!Cook has one of those – he plays with looks, as he plays with beards, mustaches, and hair styles. By the time I could work up any concern, the look would have changed, IMO. He’s only done the shirt, tie and sweater twice recently for public appearances, ratio to shirt, tie and vest is lopsided, and tee shirt, with or without vest seems to be the front runner. The Season 10 FOX promos have shots of both – I’m not seeing a preponderance of evidence. *wink* KWIM?

  • Tess

    The hardest thing, with regards to the internet, is that it is sometimes hard to differentiate between legitimate “mainline” media sites from blog sites and to tell the difference between bloggers writing a review and professional reviewers writing one.

    I’ll wait to make judgment on Lee’s reviews until the mainline media and professional reviewers rate his album.

  • jewels

    Aren´t their voices too similar for a duet? I like some contrast in a duet

    I don’t think similar sounding voices are a problem for duets, I appreciate that you like contrast, so do I, but I also like close harmonies. Two voices that compliment each other perfectly can produce magic. Think Simon and Garfunkle or the Carpenters (yeah I know they are old acts, but they are my all time fav ‘close harmony’ duos).

    Did you actually listen to the mashup and decide it wouldn’t work? IMO, it is beautiful, two of the best pop/rock singers of this generation singing an amazing song in close harmony. This would KILL live. Shame it wont happen.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Here is the link to Allison’s review by Michael. He gave her an A-

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20322505,00.html

  • wordnerdarchie

    movin2thabeet, I just think Cook is dressing for the occasion. Tennis charity fundraisers & NYC RMDH event? More highbrow than normal, so it’s wise to dress in a way similar to whom you will be meeting and performing for, imo, but I’m a conservative old-schooler. ;)

    ETA: Thanks, undercooked, that’s a remarkably favorable review.

  • steph6449

    Won’t comment on Michael’s review of Lee’s album, since not much of a fan of either. But it did strike me funny last year when he “reviewed” Allison’s album after having been such a total Allison fanboy all season 8 :)
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    That’s nice about Danny doing the CMA / corporate showcase this week. He looks good in the photo, as do Jamie (Carrie’s bg singer who also sometimes tours with Jamie) and Brandon Fraley.
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    Another of the AMA promo clips up with Danny and his fellow pre-show co-hosts

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5gu7NuzeE0

  • Eriko

    I’ll wait to make judgment on Lee’s reviews until the mainline media and professional reviewers rate his album.

    I´m not familiar with the mags or people who have some cred in the reviewing dept. But this one did read as such to me. Am I wrong? Just another blogger with limited experience and know how in the music department?

    http://blastmagazine.com/2010/11/08/lee-dewyzes-live-it-up-reviewed/

    Personally, I haven´t heard the CD and have no opinion about it

  • Keel

    I’m only wondering about this latest change in wardrobe toward English teacher chic. As a once in awhile thing, its cool. But if its his current settled-upon look, I think its too limiting, and not a great reflection of who he is.

    I remember when he wore something similar during one of his shows on the Neverending Tour in 2009 and we all wondered when he enrolled at Hogwarts. :)

    But I think this whole v-neck sweater with shirt and tie look that he’s been sporting lately just has to do with the fact that he hasn’t gone home since he left for that tennis celeb weekend a week ago. In other words, it may be more a laundry issue than a conscious change in style. He’s a dude. What are you gonna do?

  • Tess

    A good rule of thumb when reading on-line reviews is to check the site’s archives to see how many and for how long a reviewer has been there. Also, just google the reviewer’s name. This will usually give you some insight as to who they are and how long they have been “reviewing” and whether they work for the publication or are just free-lancers.

    I’m not saying that “bloggers” can’t write legitimate reviews, after-all it is an opinion, but I do like to read reviews from people that have been in the business for awhile and aren’t just fans (or in some cases non-fans).

  • TheRedBeanie

    Someone who is not a fan, who hates Lee actually, bothered digging up some random review, trying to prove how terrible Lee is? I don’t get this mentality. Why don’t they just focus on their favorites? Hating on someone gives you some sort of satisfaction? That’s what it is?

  • Elliegrll

    http://blastmagazine.com/2010/11/08/lee-dewyzes-live-it-up-reviewed/

    It’s hard to take this reviewer seriously, since he thinks Simon Fuller owns RCA. But, he and Slezak do seem to agree that the album contains too many clichés, but I think that this is to be expected from an album that was written in such a short period of time. As the reviewer said, it’s the type of album that you would expect from an AI alum, and it covers the usual themes that AI debut albums cover. While I mostly love Kris’ cd, I wish there were fewer AI type songs on the album, but in a way, given the huge lifestyle changes that take place for these people over the course of a few months, it is understandable that songs like Lifetime, Let It Rain, and Live It Up, would make the debut albums, since they reflect what these people are going through.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    All reviewers have some sort of bias just as we all do. I try to read critics who I usually agree with because I know that those critics have similar tastes as me. I tend to agree with Peter Travis’ film reviews in Rolling Stone so I will take his opinion into account when deciding whether to fork out $10 at the movie theater.

    Also, there are certain writers out there who really just do not like idol and will always give a negative review. It’s really hard to judge a review if you don’t know the history of the critic and where his/her tastes lie.

    Now having said all of that, I haven’t listened to Lee’s album so I don’t know what to think. Michael could be spot on. It’s just hard to say.

  • Trina

    BTW stupid question, but why are so many people on Twitter referring to Lee’s show tonight as his CD release party? Did I miss something where it was officially mentioned as being just that? I know David’s Hard Rock show was pretty much advertised as his release party and there were RCA logos on the posters. This is all IHR right?

    My final comment on these reviews is that the best type of person to review Idol CD’s are those who never watched Idol, much less those who have personal favorites.

  • LaRue

    Trina:
    11/11/2010 at 11:12 am
    Slezak, who has been rude in Idoltry to competition for his favorite..the same Slezak who uses (or once used?) a picture of himself with Crystal as his Twitter background? Riight he shows no bias. C’mon was Allison’s CD REALLY worthy of a freaking A?

    IIRC, he was nasty towards Danny because he got in the way of Slezak’s precious Kradison Top 3. *roll eyes*

    If he doesn’t like you while on Idol, Slezak will rip you to shreds afterwards. That’s not journalism, that’s fanboy-ism. Everyone has preferences, but they shouldn’t override your ability to do your job in a fair, balanced manner.

  • sma11ie

    But I think this whole v-neck sweater with shirt and tie look that he’s been sporting lately just has to do with the fact that he hasn’t gone home since he left for that tennis celeb weekend a week ago. In other words, it may be more a laundry issue than a conscious change in style. He’s a dude. What are you gonna do?

    That’s what I thought, until I saw this pic from the RMH gig:

    http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20440921_20874675,00.html

    Yes, he’s wearing a sweater, tie, and shirt like he did in FL, but it looks like a different shirt, tie, AND sweater? Y/y?

  • wordnerdarchie

    smallie, a few of us discussed that on twitter in the wee hours. The consensus of opinion was that the shirts, ties, & sweaters are different.

  • glamertitis

    My final comment on these reviews is that the best type of person to review Idol CD’s are those who never watched Idol, much less those who have personal favorites.

    Exactly. The idoloonies are just good entertainment :)

  • standtotheright

    Yes, he’s wearing a sweater, tie, and shirt like he did in FL, but it looks like a different shirt, tie, AND sweater? Y/y?

    Packing cubes. Much easier to keep similar garments packed together to avoid creasing. So sure, a couple of dress sweaters, collared shirts and ties, packed together, to make his life easier. He already had to pack the suit separately; why add more stress?

    I’m just not reading anything into these wardrobe choices.

    Besides, sweaters have a fine indie-rock pedigree (see Yo La Tengo’s Autumn Sweater, the L.A. area Christmas Sweater Festival, and of course, Weezer’s The Sweater Song [from back when they were actually still kinda emo]).

    As for reviews, the only somewhat objective review metric is the overall score at Metacritic, and even that has its own biases, as the panel doesn’t cover all the publications where these albums will be reviewed. But I’d still say wait for enough of them to show up that Metacritic can actually generate a score.

  • Incipit

    Yes, he’s wearing a sweater, tie, and shirt like he did in FL, but it looks like a different shirt, tie, AND sweater? Y/y?

    Well, it was 99 degrees in LA when David tweeted from the airport. If I was going from that to East Coast weather in November, I’d bring a few sweaters too. Even FLA wasn’t that hot. Sometimes a sweater is just a way to keep warm…and not worry if the shirt has a few packing wrinkles. KWIM?

    Still amusing though – IMO. (we really needed those music crumbs!)

  • druzilla

    X-Factor winner Joe McElderry sings new Chronicles of Narnia theme “There’s A Place For Us” for the UK release. He sang it live the other night. YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYgBpkBwNkE

  • Keel

    As for reviews, the only somewhat objective review metric is the overall score at Metacritic, and even that has its own biases, as the panel doesn’t cover all the publications where these albums will be reviewed. But I’d still say wait for enough of them to show up that Metacritic can actually generate a score.

    I tend to agree. Do we know what their criteria is for ignoring some publications while counting others?

    My personal take on music reviews is similar to undercooked. I just go back to reviewers or publications I’ve agreed with in the past, and give those the most credence (because it’s all about me always being right, don’t cha know ;)). And then after that, it’s really about paying attention to actual publications (virtual or otherwise) I’ve heard of, seen in the newsstands, heard on the radio (NPR), actually subscribe to (Slate), and is generally wide known/circulated, and didn’t just happen run across in some random google search.

  • Eriko

    Elliegrll:
    11/11/2010 at 11:50 am

    http://blastmagazine.com/2010/11/08/lee-dewyzes-live-it-up-reviewed/

    It’s hard to take this reviewer seriously, since he thinks Simon Fuller owns RCA.

    I don´t see how a reviewers knowledge of Simon Fuller has anything to do with reviewing a CD. That the reviewer had also no knowledge of Lee during the show, however, makes his observations IMO more credible and unbiased. Not that I would necessarily agree with him, had I taken the time to listen to it myself, which I haven´t.

  • windmills

    This is too adorable! Brad Paisley’s wife Kim Williams-Paisley tweeted

    Huck’s assessment of the CMA awards: “Can Daddy bring Carrie Underwood home sometime?”

    This might make more sense to the people who watched Brad & Carrie’s pre-CMA press conference. Huck is such a cutie and he totally cracks me up. Carrie needs to go see him.

  • Indigobunting

    Former American Idol contestant Danny Gokey, right, gave a private concert to two dozen corporate executives in town for a CMA Marketing Summit. CMA brokered a marketing partnership between Gokey and Pillsbury.

    Ah! Now Danny fans know why he dressed down for the BMI awards ceremony.

    All kinds of speculation on why he didn’t wear formal attire (although he looked quite fine!) for the BMI event.

    Now we know; he was photographed in the same outfit; he must have given the private performance at the CMAs, then rushed right to the BMI awards ceremony.

    And how cool the CMA facilitated that! I wonder if it is just promotional for the CMA in general or if he gets anything for Sophia’s Heart Foundation?

  • wordnerdarchie

    The 2010 Race for Hope in Washington D.C. fundraiser is done for 2010 with over 10,000 attendees and 503 teams raising a grand total of $2,348,000 for this terrific charity.

    David Cook’s team, composed of 421 individuals, convinced nearly 2,000 individual donors to contributed an amazing $152,306.74! Way to go David Cook and team members and thank you.

  • Elliegrll

    I don´t see how a reviewers knowledge of Simon Fuller has anything to do with reviewing a CD. That the reviewer had also no knowledge of Lee during the show, however, makes his observations IMO more credible and unbiased.

    I don’t know what makes a reviewer credible, that’s probably something that doesn’t exist, since taste is subjective, but I do expect music reviewers to be aware of the industry. Just like I expect sports reporters to be knowledgeable about the sport that they are covering, I would think that someone who is writing about music would know who’s who in the industry.

    By the way, several things that that reviewer wrote makes it seem like he has a bias against AI, and that colored how he viewed Lee’s album, so he does have his biases too.

  • MonochromaticFriend

    I really like what I’m hearing on Facebook. LIU sounds like a fun, sweet album that showcases Lee’s voice. I think I’m going to be really happy with the whole thing. That being said, it’s not really an album that your average, cynical music critic is going to go gaga over. The bad reviews bum me out, honestly, but good reviews weren’t going to make Lee sell like David Cook. I still hope the higher profile reviewers don’t drag the CD through the mud the way some of the semi-pro idol bloggers might and will. (I don’t want to paint all idol bloggers with a broad brush, but AI associated writers aren’t afraid to get really nasty).

    Also, why is Michael Slezak writing a music review? I thought he was AI and TV only. His recaps are often entertaining and he uses some hilarious similes, but I think he lost me as a reader somewhere along the way. For me, his tour review was the equivalent of reading a movie review from a somewhat respectable source where the critic’s like “this movie kinda sucks, but actor X is AMAZING”…then going to the critic’s twitter page and seeing that critic and actor X arm in arm. I admire his support of past idols, especially the ones that still fly under the radar. I don’t care for his diminishing level of professionalism.

  • Eriko

    By the way, several things that that reviewer wrote makes it seem like he has a bias against AI, and that colored how he viewed Lee’s album, so he does have his biases too.

    I agree, that could bring biases into the picture, especially if no former Idol has received positive reviews from him.

    But knowledge of the industry, statistics, who is who etc. has nothing to do with music. Almost think it´s a plus. I don´t have any knowledge of the industry, and it´s not affecting how I rate the music I listen to. IMO, it´s the “suits” who do know everything about the industry, that do the most damage to us music lovers

  • Q3

    It’s hard to take this reviewer seriously, since he thinks Simon Fuller owns RCA.

    I believe the reference to Simon Fuller’s RCA Label — is a reference to 19R that is badly worded since it is a Sony-19E JV Captive — vs. insulting all of RCA’s work. Just my guess.

    Clearly this reviewer has a bias against anything associated with Simon Fuller and the his process for creating hits. He is not alone and AI give people the benefit of a large fan base, instant fame and a big check. But it also means that these Idols all have to prove themselves by putting out good work and preforming above expectations.

    ETA: But can’t see this review means much because I think just about anyone can blog for Blast.

  • Powter48

    Slezak is a biased joke and so was his so called “review.”

    The biggest joke about that review is that Slezak only liked one song (M&MJ) and yet still gave the album a C?

    A gentleman’s C no doubt.

    You can keep your C Slezak, and your biased, completely unprofessional review.

  • larc

    Every reviewer is only one person. The ultimate “review” of Lee’s album will be the peeps who buy it. Good review if it sells a lot, not so good if it doesn’t.

  • SashaB

    Also, why is Michael Slezak writing a music review? I thought he was AI and TV only. His recaps are often entertaining and he uses some hilarious similes, but I think he lost me as a reader somewhere along the way. For me, his tour review was the equivalent of reading a movie review from a somewhat respectable source where the critic’s like “this movie kinda sucks, but actor X is AMAZING”…then going to the critic’s twitter page and seeing that critic and actor X arm in arm. I admire his support of past idols, especially the ones that still fly under the radar. I don’t care for his diminishing level of professionalism.

    Just because he didn’t like DeWyze’s album, his professionalism has been diminished? Um, okay then.

    Slezak reviewed Kris Allen’s album and Allison’s last year. He has interviewed Kris, Cook, Allison this year to talk about their music careers and albums. He clearly has the “Idol” beat.

  • kokko

    Speaking of Michael Slezak, I totally have no respect for this guy – yes you can have your favorites, but at least when you are providing a “review” try to be as objective as possible.

    We all know how he & his sidekick at EW treated Danny in S8, I remembered he did attend a S8 Tour concert, I would not expect him to say something very nice about Danny’s performance, but I did expect if he could be objective, might be he would talk about the audience reactions etc when Danny performed – and he could fanboy all over his favorites all he wanted.

    However, his only comment after seeing Danny performance? “I don’t know what kind of appeal this guy has” Was he blind to the fact that Danny was getting the third sometimes the second biggest applause out of the 10 performers, and was he also blind to the fact that Danny was the only performer who managed to get almost the whole audience to waive their hands in sync when he’s singing the last part of “My Wish”?

    Danny was and still is a popular contestant from S8, if the reviewer is objective and professional, he/she may not like the contestant, but he/she needs to acknowledge the popularity (which he saw in the concert) and provides his take on why – despite his personal preference.

    I don’t like Taylor Swift, and I find her live singing cringe-worthy but I can understand what her the appeals are.

  • koshka

    loveroftalent:
    11/11/2010 at 9:20 am
    Love the mash-up with Adam and Pink. Would love for that to happen for real. Both their voices are awesome.

    WOW, that was really good… I actually like it better than either of them singing it solo.

    Mj thanks for posting this, I never would have seen it otherwise.

  • Keel

    I think Slezak is quite good actually. I think he does some pretty good interviews with Idols. As for album reviews, why get so hung up on them? He’s an Idoloonie after all, not the actual EW music critic, so you have to take that everything is filtered through the AI lens with him. Which is what I expect, and why I find him so entertaining.
    “I don’t know what kind of appeal this guy has” Was he blind to the fact that Danny was getting the third sometimes the second biggest applause out of the 10 performers, and was he also blind to the fact that Danny was the only performer who managed to get almost the whole audience to waive their hands in sync when he’s singing the last part of “My Wish”?
    The fact that Danny can appeal to a ton of people and do all of the above still doesn’t mean that Slezak should “get” what his appeal is. I see quite a few people on this blog (many of whom I respect) giving lots of updates about Danny’s career and obviously are fangirls/boys of him. But that doesn’t mean I “get” why Danny appeals or what his appeal is. Because I honestly don’t. I just chalk it up to one of those tiny little mysteries in life. But hopefully, that doesn’t mean that just because I don’t get him I can’t be respected.

  • jersey

    I love Slezak and Jim. I love their idol interviews and I appreciate their reviews based on their bias. It’s their opinion. There is no right or wrong. That’s true of all reviewers, especially reviewers of the arts, both visual and performing. Besides, the only “good” review is the one I agree with! :-)

  • Q3

    Regarding Michael Slezak — I only found one prior review by him of an Idol album — his way too positive (IMHO) review of Allison’s album. It was by far the best review she got. Slezak reviewed Allison because he was her #1 fan.

    In this case, Lee’s album was review by an Idol promoter but one who is on record saying that Crystal should have won Idol. Frankly, EW should have had a real reviewer review this album.

    A lot of Idols have gotten C’s from EW. Here are several of the EW reviews they have given for Idol debuts and the Metacritic scores (where available). Note: if you take out Allison’s EW review from Metacritic Score, it drops to 62.

    Allison 66 A- Reviewed by Michael Slezak
    Jordin 67 B+
    Adam 71 B+
    Jason 72 B+
    David Cook 61 B
    Kris 52 B-
    David Archuleta 58 C+
    Katharine C+
    Taylor C
    Carrie C
    Blake C

    I doubt many real reviewers believe that Alison’s debut was the best Idol debut album ever. Similarly, Carrie’s debut was rated as a B or equivalent by most reviewers.

    We’ll see how it plays out but I am not expecting great reviews for Lee’s album. Because even though Slezak preferred Crystal, he is an Idol promoter and this may have been a better review than Lee would have gotten from the other reviewers.

  • artemis

    Songwriter Universe Magazine has an interesting interview with Lee:

    http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/lee-dewyze-123.htm

    Slezak spent Season 8 mocking Danny Gokey to a degree that really made me uncomfortable, though I am not a Danny fan- he was just hateful.When I went to the Season 8 Idol concert, I was surprised to see that Danny had a large number of fans-the audience response was huge. The crowd loved him. I never would have expected that from what I read on the internet.

  • Q3

    Slezak reviewed Kris Allen’s album and Allison’s last year. He has interviewed Kris, Cook, Allison this year to talk about their music careers and albums. He clearly has the “Idol” beat.

    Yes, he is on the Idol beat but is not usually a reviewer. Michael only reviewed one Idol album prior to this — Allison’s.

    Kris’ debut was reviewed by Whitney Pastorek.
    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20319051,00.html?xid=rss-music-Kris+Allen

    Leah Greenblatt reviewed Cook’s album.

  • LaRue

    The fact that Danny can appeal to a ton of people and do all of the above still doesn’t mean that Slezak should “get” what his appeal is. I see quite a few people on this blog (many of whom I respect) giving lots of updates about Danny’s career and obviously are fangirls/boys of him. But that doesn’t mean I “get” why Danny appeals or what his appeal is. Because I honestly don’t. I just chalk it up to one of those tiny little mysteries in life. But hopefully, that doesn’t mean that just because I don’t get him I can’t be respected.

    That’s not the point. We all have our favorite Idols. The difference is we’re shooting the breeze on an Idol-centric blog. Slezak is supposedly a professional writing for a nationally distributed magazine.

    Slezak doesn’t have to get Danny’s appeal, but he does need to respect that the guy has fans and just because he doesn’t get Danny doesn’t mean someone else won’t.

    All anyone is asking for Slezak to be objective and do his job. It’s what he’s paid to do. If he can’t do that, if he can’t be professional enough to put his likes/dislikes aside when writing a review: then PFFFFTTT! to him. He’s wasting his time. . .and ours.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    This is kind of funny, not idol related but…

    From the CMA’s last night, a voice that shouldn’t have been heard I guess?? Stage Manager audio leak when Taylor Swift was finished performing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhQ0VgamGW0&feature=youtu.be

    ETA: I feel that another “I’ve been done wrong by a mean man” song may be coming soon. :)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Sorry about disabling comments! The train has dog-slow wireless, and it’s screwing me up…

  • windmills

    CindyM: I will be VERY surprised if that YT you posted is anything other than a joke by the country DJs who posted it ;) It’s funny though.

    Good interview with Casey. I’d love to one day see Casey play with Marty Stuart since he’s such a fan. That’d be terrific.

    Brad Paisley talks about the CMAs:

    Regarding the new song, Paisley said, “When I start an album, I start thinking about, ‘What haven’t I said that I really want to say?’ You get to know these people. You get to be buddies with guys like Keith Urban, and we jam on the guitar periodically. And you become great friends with Carrie [Underwood] and do things like this [co-hosting the CMAs] and we have a great chemistry. And then there’s Jimmy Dickens and Bill Anderson and that generation that I have been lucky enough to get to know. So it’s all about finding inspiration. That’s my inspiration.”

  • 123abc456

    The RFH fundraiser news is very nice. It is a good cause and I am glad David’s team did so well. Glad David got to see BonJovi and meet the guys. :)

  • Elliegrll

    I doubt many real reviewers believe that Alison’s debut was the best Idol debut album ever. Similarly, Carrie’s debut was rated as a B or equivalent by most reviewers.

    What’s a real reviewer? Reviews are just the opinions of the people who write the review. Everyone has their biases, favorite types of music, favorite performers, and everything else that goes into how they view a song, so Slezak’s opinion isn’t more right, wrong, or legitimate than anyone else’s.

  • pattycake

    Wow that Slezak review looks like it was done on an iphone at the bus stop. I always liked his blogs and videos. But I must say he lost some respect with that, not because it wasn’t positive, but it had no insite nor did it appear he even listened to the record. I am no Lee fan but if you are going to review someone’s first album for a major publication give them an hour to listen and form an opinion based on the record and disect the opinion for the reader.

  • tierbee

    Speaking of Michael Slezak, I totally have no respect for this guy – yes you can have your favorites, but at least when you are providing a “review” try to be as objective as possible.

    But is there really an objective review? A review is your opinion – which is entirely subjective. I actually love Slezak and Jim because they are snarky and funny and smart; I am not too concerned what they think about my favorite’s album. It’s their opinion, they are entitled to it.

  • standtotheright

    Everyone has their biases, favorite types of music, favorite performers, and everything else that goes into how they view a song, so Slezak’s opinion isn’t more right, wrong, or legitimate than anyone else’s.

    Of course they do. But if I know someone has taken classes in music theory/been a musician themselves, currently listens to lots of music, and expresses their insights and views in a clear and coherent way, then yes, I will take their opinion more seriously than, say, that of a random coworker. (I’m not saying that all major media reviews meet this standard, for the record. But they are more likely to simply because of the competition to get those kinds of jobs.)

    If that makes me an elitist, so be it. But I think careful criticism is something worth appreciating, even if I don’t always agree with the critic in question.

  • Elliegrll

    Wow that Slezak review looks like it was done on an iphone at the bus stop. I always liked his blogs and videos. But I must say he lost some respect with that, not because it wasn’t positive, but it had no insite nor did it appear he even listened to the record. I am no Lee fan but if you are going to review someone’s first album for a major publication give them an hour to listen and form an opinion based on the record and disect the opinion for the reader.

    All of the EW music reviews are short. They only have so much room in the magazine, so it’s not like they are going to take up a full page for a new artist with no buzz. So far, the only regular AI reviewer who has paid as much attention to Lee and Crystal as she did to Kris, Adam and Allison, has been Lyndsey Parker. Jim Cantiello tweeted that since he usually doesn’t do album reviews, he might just tweet his reaction to Lee’s album. Since he hasn’t written about him a lot, if at all, since the show ended, I don’t think Slezak’s review of Lee’s album was part of his AI duties.

  • kvwicks13

    Casey James is looking pretty bad in the above video!

  • songsungblue

    I completely agree Standtotheright. There ARE standards, and a reviewer should know them, and readers should understand them. After 50 years of writing and watching movies, Pauline Kael was a reviewer I respected. I didn’t always agree with her, but then a difference in taste is not the issue.

    You may enjoy reading the Twilight Series, but no one is going to convince me that they are beautifully written. You know?

    From what I’ve heard of Lee’s snippets, I might download a couple, but I wouldn’t buy the album. The lyrics are cliched, I don’t think he has anything new to say. So I tend to agree with US and with EW. On the other hand, I think the rush it out tendencies of Idol recording is the real culprit. Maybe Lee is the next Dylan, but the process won’t allow it.

  • koshka

    What’s a real reviewer? Reviews are just the opinions of the people who write the review.

    While I agree, you are right. However I generally prefer reviewers to have some sort of historical perspective and depth of knowledge when it comes to writing reviews, otherwise the review is no better than one can expect from an examiner article. Slezak, JIm or anyone have more than a right to write a review, but it completely lacks credibility to me.

    But is there really an objective review? A review is your opinion – which is entirely subjective.

    I actually don’t believe in objective news reporting either, then maybe I’m just cynical like that. ;) The album could very well be a “C”. None the less, I’d hope that AI bloggers such as Slezak could put aside whatever his issues are to review and write with an open mind. However, to be honest, I don’t know if he really could. Either way.. no big deal really. AI albums will sell or not based on their own strengths. It’ll be interesting to see if he calls out the production on some of Crystal’s music or if he’ll declare the release day as an official holiday. *snark* That dude is a bundle of emotion.

  • Valentin432

    EW best and worst of the CMA’s

    Kelly and Jason duet is now n°28 on itunes, Carrie’s “Mama’s song” is n°69 and “Song Like This” is n°571

  • Keel

    I have to say that you guys’ discussion about losing respect for Slezak directly led me to developing a whole lot of respect for Lee fans. Six pages of comments on that EW so far and growing . . . *textual wink* Though I’m sure some crazed Cook fan somewhere is gonna chime in any minute now and say that when his EW review was posted, there were 10+ pages of comments at this point in time. And then, some Adam fan will post that he had 25+ pages of comments within 3 hours of his reviewi being posted. And then the Cook fan will say, that Adam’s case is different because his review was posted just XX days before his album drop, whereas Cook’s review was ZZ days before his album drop, so it made sense that there was a lot less fan activity, etc., etc. And then it will go on and on and I’m sure a Kris fan will also chime in and then we’ll all keep going . . . and then mj will tell us to knock it off and it’ll be dinner time and we’ll have to wait till Crystal’s album drops so we can do it all over again.

    After these many seasons in the Idol fandom, I don’t doubt anymore that someone somewhere in each fandom is keeping track of every type of data that can be kept. Heh.

  • luly

    While I might read reviews- just because some reviewers didn’t liked an album, it doesn’t mean that I won’t like the album. Plus, not all reviewers actually listened to the entire album and almost every reviewer has a bias.
    And sales are also far from being an ultimate review- not many people buying an album doesn’t mean that an album is bad. Just like selling a tone doesn’t necessary mean that an album is a masterpiece.

    A video from before the telethon that Kris participated in yesterday:
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/stars-rally-at-the-2010-alzheimers-association-rita-hayworth-gala_video_1259644

  • ross

    Regarding Michael Slezak — I only found one prior review by him of an Idol album — his way too positive (IMHO) review of Allison’s album. It was by far the best review she got. Slezak reviewed Allison because he was her #1 fan.

    In this case, Lee’s album was review by an Idol promoter but one who is on record saying that Crystal should have won Idol. Frankly, EW should have had a real reviewer review this album. [...]

    I doubt many real reviewers believe that Alison’s debut was the best Idol debut album ever. Similarly, Carrie’s debut was rated as a B or equivalent by most reviewers.

    Q3, I’m sorry but I think you’re making an incorrect assumption that people like Leah Greenblatt and Whitney Pastorek are “real reviewers,” vs. Michael Slezak, because I’m pretty sure they all function at EW in the same way – sharing Popwatch articles, reviews, and so forth.

    Here is a Whitney Pastorek article from September asking why Carrie Underwood has been snubbed by the CMAs for Entertainer Of The Year. Since she did a pro-Carrie article, is she disqualified from reviewing her albums? Probably not. Just because Slezak seems never to have reviewed an Idol album prior to Allison’s doesn’t mean he won’t do more in the future. He does do other Idol-related reviews (he reviewed Glamnation, for example, as well as Fantasia’s video). Just because Greenblatt and Pastorek are not known Idoloonies doesn’t mean they aren’t big Idol fans and have favorites. We really don’t know.

    I don’t think all is fair in the entertainment business and reviews especially are impossibly subjective, so I take most of what I read with a grain of salt anyhow.

  • LaRue

    I can’t speak on anyone else’s behalf, but I’m not a Lee fan. I’m neutral on the guy. I don’t think he’s great, but there’s a lot worse out on the music scene. He’s a capable singer, IMO.

    For me, it’s about being fair, about showing some objectivity. Slezak, IMO, can’t be fully objective about Lee, or any Idol, for that matter. He likes the show too much, he develops favorites and will gush over them ad nauseum while stomping on anyone he doesn’t like.

    I have no problem with Slezak writing general articles about Idol, but stay away from reviewing anyone’s album. He simply can’t give an Idol-related album the unbiased listen it deserves. It’s not fair to the Idols, and it makes Slezak look unprofessional.

  • anovich

    I think Slezak is entitled to his opinion as much as anyone. Yeah, he has his biases and they will come out in his writing, but so do other reviewers. There are always going to be reviewers who like an album and those who don’t like it. Last year I thought a lot of reviewers were overly harsh on Kris’s album, and I’m sure there are those who thought reviews for Allison and Adam were overly harsh as well. People are saying Lyndsey Parker has been objective in her coverage of Lee and Crystal, but I have no respect for her since after the Season 8 finale she wrote a piece about the voters getting it wrong because she’s a huge Adam fan and was upset Kris won. So just as Slezak has biases that seem apparent in his review of Lee, all the idol journalists seem to have their favorites and biases. This is just the obvious bias we are seeing right now because Lee is the newest Idol and his release is imminent.

  • Trina

    OMG ROTFL Keel! Its hilarious how accurate your whole post it.

    Of course reviews don’t impact sales. I seem to remember Daughtry’s debut getting some bad reviews, ditto for Some Hearts, DCTR, etc. My huge issue is Slezak often let’s personal bias’ show. I don’t really care about reviews and never pay attention when the subject is someone I’m gonna purchase anyway. But I’ll bet right now Crystal gets an A just like his other favorite Allison got. No biggie. I’m sure it will be his personal little way of cheering on who he felt was the rightful winner. Slezak I think made it clear Cook was his favorite of the David’s, I would have been equally annoyed if he reviewed Archie’s albums and trashed them. YMMV.

  • smeggingnuts

    So it boils down to

    Reviews are just someone else’s opinion. And everyone has their own opinion of what makes a good reviewer.

    Well you know what they say about opinions…. :mrgreen:

  • windmills

    ross: Maybe the way people would distinguish is to say: does Slezak usually do album reviews other than the Idol ones he’s done? Whitney Pastorek and Leah Greenblatt do and they have for years at EW. Whitney’s done a lot of country music coverage. I think Slezak started out as a pop culture and TV guy and now maybe his role is expanding. IMO at his best he’s a good writer who’s very passionate about music. He’s been known to ask great music-based questions and notice details about Idol performances and music growth that more trained and experienced music critics haven’t. But he wasn’t as inspired by s9 and it showed because his writing wasn’t as good and he wasn’t as insightful.

    It’s definitely true that all critics have their biases and they don’t have to be known Idoloonies to write like haters. I didn’t think Slezak’s review of Lee’s album was hateful. Let’s keep in mind that EW probably edited down his review so it could fit into the limited space they gave it in the actual magazine. He probably wrote a longer review.

    Just as an example I remember recently there was a review a guy wrote of Carrie’s Hollywood Bowl show. It first appeared in the Hollywood Reporter and came off curt and snide. It turned out that a lot of it was because of editing because a lot of the positive things the guy said were edited down for length. The only reason we ever found that out is because a longer review ended up on Reuters that got spread all over and it was constructive pointing out things Carrie does well and aspects where she can grow.

  • windmills

    ross: Maybe the way people would distinguish is to say: does Slezak usually do album reviews other than the Idol ones he’s done? Whitney Pastorek and Leah Greenblatt do and they have for years at EW. Whitney’s done a lot of country music coverage. She’s respectful of Carrie but Carrie’s definitely not one of her favorites.

    I think Slezak started out as a pop culture and TV guy and now maybe his role is expanding. IMO at his best he’s a good writer who’s very passionate about music. He’s been known to ask great music-based questions and notice details about Idol performances and music growth that more trained and experienced music critics haven’t. But he wasn’t as inspired by s9 and it showed because his writing wasn’t as good and he wasn’t as insightful.

    It’s definitely true all critics have their biases and they don’t have to be known Idoloonies to write like jerks. I didn’t think Slezak’s review of Lee’s album was hateful. Let’s keep in mind that EW probably edited down his review so it could fit into the limited space they gave it in the actual magazine. He probably wrote a longer review.

    Just as an example I remember recently there was a review a guy wrote of Carrie’s Hollywood Bowl show. It first appeared in the Hollywood Reporter and came off curt and condescending. It turned out that a lot of it was because of editing because a lot of the positive things the guy said were edited down for length. The only reason we ever found that out is because a longer review ended up on Reuters that got spread all over and it was constructive pointing out things Carrie does well and aspects where she can grow.

  • tinawina

    The reviewer discussion again! I guess its about that time. :)

    I’ve never been able to figure out how much reviews actually matter, other than for awards season. I change my mind every year.

    I do think the All Music Guide one is kinda important, since that one usually ends up as the ITunes official review. And the AP one, since that gets reprinted like crazy. What else will get seen alot? Yahoo? EW? People? Rolling Stone? Um… I dunno.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Well Jim Cantiello got his copy of Lee’s album today and is tweeting about right now. He will probably post a recap.

    jambajim
    3 songs in and so far only one misheard lyric: “As I ate up off the carpet.” Whoops. Clean your ears, Jim. #LiveItUpLiveTweetz

  • Q3

    People are saying Lyndsey Parker has been objective in her coverage of Lee and Crystal, but I have no respect for her since after the Season 8 finale she wrote a piece about the voters getting it wrong because she’s a huge Adam fan and was upset Kris won. So just as Slezak has biases that seem apparent in his review of Lee, all the idol journalists seem to have their favorites and biases. This is just the obvious bias we are seeing right now because Lee is the newest Idol and his release is imminent.

    Lyndsey Parker wrote a preview of Adam’s album — and reviewed some songs before release BUT I do not recall she ever did a formal review of his album.

    Slezak did a formal review of two albums for EW — Alli which he over rated and Lee’s which may be accurate or not. I haven’t heard the album yet so I do not know. However, I do not respect or trust Slezak so his review has no meaning to me. I own Allison’s album. It is not an A- album, more like a B- album. And his review for that was so OTT that it was laughable.

    With 11 different producers for 13 tracks, you’d think 17-year-old Allison Iraheta would need a miracle to create a cohesive debut disc with Just Like You. But nope, the muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties, from the relentlessly propulsive ”Holiday” to the ’80s-influenced ”D Is for Dangerous” to the soaring ”Don’t Waste the Pretty.” Meanwhile, ballads like the understated ”Scars” and the bluesy ”Trouble Is” separate Iraheta from questionably abled Miley/Selena contemporaries. Girl. Can. Sang! A-

    Even if you love Allison, there is no way this album is a collection of first-rate songs. DWTP soars nowhere. Sorry, but anyone who writes a review like that does not deserve to be respected as a music critic.

    I think it is fine for Michael to review all the Idol albums — like he reviewed Kris’ (all OTT about that) — in his column. But he should not be doing the official, graded EW reviews. That should be left to EW’s music reviewers. JMHO YMMV.

    But from the moment he wrote that there was something wrong with America because Kris’ album didn’t have a Top 5 debut, I knew his reviews were actually fanmail.

    Prediction — If he gets to review Crystal’s album it gets at least a B+. It may well deserve it but it will not matter to Michael — she is his this year’s fav.

  • tripp_ncwy

    After reading Jim Cantiello’s tweets as he listens to Lee’s album. I guess he will be the next one to get no respect for his opinion.

  • smeggingnuts

    haha Jim’s tweets

    jambajim Dear Isabelle, Hey There Delilah called. She wants her cellos back. (Pretty song!) #LiveItUpLiveTweetz

    jambajim BEAUTIFUL LIKE U: obligatory “Idol didn’t write this but they should have let him cuz ish is generic” song. #TruthPart2 #LiveItUpLiveTweetz

  • Indigobunting

    But is there really an objective review? A review is your opinion – which is entirely subjective.

    You are correct; but there are some reviewers that are just obviously (like the NYT critics) more knowledgeable and can discuss production, lyrics more objectively even if they don’t like them. That is why Brian Mansfield gets my respect; he tries to review an album from the view point of what he thinks fans will get out of it, as well as some more objective musical parameters.

    And I’ve seen reviewers who don’t even like a genre (like some who reviewed Danny’s album admitting they don’t like it because they weren’t country listeners but they could see where country listeners would like it).

    There ARE standards, and a reviewer should know them, and readers should understand them

    Yes.

    Slezak spent Season 8 mocking Danny Gokey to a degree that really made me uncomfortable, though I am not a Danny fan- he was just hateful

    Yes, even many non-fans were pretty sick of it by the end. I love my snark and some of it was funny, but he went over the line, and knowing how he worshiped Allison, I doubt his motivations. It was so viscous and misleading that many fans were shocked when they found out Gokey was actually good; and people liked him.

    So, if I was a Lee fan, I would not be upset by a bad Slezak review ;) IMO, it means less than other reviews.

  • Elliegrll

    People are saying Lyndsey Parker has been objective in her coverage of Lee and Crystal, but I have no respect for her since after the Season 8 finale she wrote a piece about the voters getting it wrong

    I don’t know if you are referring to what I wrote, but I wasn’t talking about Lyndsay being fair, just that it seems like she’s the only regular AI reporter who’s written anything about Lee, and in comparison to last year, all the AI regulars have been pretty quiet about Lee and Crystal. Believe me, nobody can have less respect for Lyndsey Parker than I do.

  • koshka

    ^^^ LOL I forgot about that Allison review!

  • tinawina

    Uh… I liked Allison’s album. I thought it was really good. I no longer have respect for myself. :D

    LMAO @jambajim!

  • Elliegrll

    You are correct; but there are some reviewers that are just obviously (like the NYT critics) more knowledgeable and can discuss production, lyrics more objectively

    I don’t think the NYT critics are objective. One, JON CARAMANICA, goes out of his way to degrade anything that is popular, or being played on mainstream radio. If he reviews Crystal’s album, he might give it a positive review just because it might not be radio friendly, or he could trash it because she’s on a major label. I guess it’s good that he makes his hatred of mainstream music be known, but on objective reviewer wouldn’t be predisposed to disliking everything that is popular.

  • Q3

    Of the three “Idol Guys” I have no respect for Rickey’s opinion. Slezak I take with a big grain of salt. But Jim usually separates his fan beliefs from his critical opinion.

    ETA: I do not put Mansfield in this category. I respect him, although I rarely agree with him and think he is biased against Adam. My favorite headline type — “Daughtry almost sold enough to take the number one spot this week”. Then buried in a footnote, in small print is that fact that Adam outsold him. :)

  • luly

    A reviewer can be knowledgeable and still biased. Even if someone decided even before hearing an album if they like it or not they can still write a review that will look as if they tried to be objective- doesn’t really make their review objective. And even if someone really tried to be objective- that still won’t make his review objective, since an opinion by definition can never be truly objective.

  • Q3

    tinawina:
    11/11/2010 at 4:37 pm

    Uh… I liked Allison’s album. I thought it was really good. I no longer have respect for myself. :D

    But best Idol debut ever is different than liking an album. It’s pretty good but some of the material is just not great.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Of the three “Idol Guys”

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

  • ross

    It’s kind of funny because it’s obvious that a lot of the pro- or anti- bias towards reviewers is simply based on whose favorites they have loved or dissed.

  • Trina

    I have more respect for Jim since I don’t recall him ever being partial to Lee or Crystal so if he doesn’t like something, no problem. But last I checked he didn’t use as his twitter background a pic of himself with the person Lee beat. I know he’s a huge Kris fan but hasn’t he also been good to Adam? And for gods sake that Allison review is laughably OTT.

    I don’t like Lindsay Parker, at all. But at least she had the decency to be nice when reviewing the 4 Lee songs she heard. She even admitted to going into the listening not caring for him. She listened with an open mind though.

  • poster

    Lee will get good and bad reviews – gotta have tough skin to be an Idol. A lot of reviewers don’t like anything to do with Idol, so there’s a bias right from the get go.

    Having put out 2 previous CD’s on his own and trying to make it as an indie artist, I’m sure Lee expected there to be some fans and some haters. All artists have this. He just needs to keep doing what he’s doing, working with good people and making music he’s proud of, and the rest will take care of itself.

    Also, Slezak likes to create buzz. Especially now when the new season of Idol is imminent, needs to get his name back in the forefront of the blogs, etc, so he’ll get hits on his internet site. He knew the reaction his review would get. He’s no dummy. And it worked.

  • Indigobunting

    I don’t think the NYT critics are objective. One, JON CARAMANICA, goes out of his way to degrade anything that is popular, or being played on mainstream radio.

    I agree they aren’t completely objective (no one is) but they are musically knowledgeable.

    I guess I don’t agree about Jon Carmonica- I saw him really diss Shooter Jennings album (that is definitely not popular music!) yet give Danny’s album (a lowly american idol singing pop-country)a pretty decent (for him, lol) review- and even the negative comments were intelligent enough that I could see his point.

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    I disagree MJ; you are simply way above Rickey’s level.

  • tinawina

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    You do not belong on any level with Rickey. Just no.

    But best Idol debut ever is different than liking an album. It’s pretty good but some of the material is just not great.

    I honestly thought hers was one of the better ones. Maybe it really was the one he liked best. **shrugs**

    I just don’t think there is such a thing “objective” reviews or a mythical reviewer who will satisfy all idol fans. It just seems that people get upset with some Idol media person every year for not liking someone and we get back to the same discussion on what is or is not a proper opinion, you know?

    It’s kind of funny because it’s obvious that a lot of the pro- or anti- bias towards reviewers is simply based on whose favorites they have loved or dissed.

    Exactly.

  • Elliegrll

    And for gods sake that Allison review is laughably OTT.

    The difference between the two reviews is that the Allison one was obviously AI related, Slezak was being an idol loonie, and writing the review for those in the idol bubble. But, his review of Lee’s album was meant to be more serious, a review of Lee the artist, not just Lee the reality show contestant (which is a good thing, and something that more reviewers should do), and seen by people who aren’t just fans of AI.

  • Q3

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    OK — you have me there — and ITA that he is useless. All three cover Idol and all three are completely different in my book.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 Rickey gets a -100 from me. This is the guy who only posted 2 reviews of FYE and declared Adam essentially dead on 11/18/09. One of those two reviews was from that august critical journal VFTW with IMO is a comedy site.

    Jim has earned my respect over the past couple of years but being mostly fair-minded. I give him a 6.

    But Michael lost my respect for how he treated Danny — utterly mean and uncalled for (and I am not a Danny fan and feel this way). Then he sealed the deal by his completely biased reporting on other Idol topics. He never demonstrated that he can separate his personal opinion from an evaluation of the quality of the music. No he is not in Rickey’s league — but he is a 0 in my book and I would never consider buying or not buying something because of his opinion.

    Of the three — if Jim C wrote that something deserved a listen, I would give it a fair-minded listen.

    ETA: MJ you are not in the same league with Rickey in any way!! Just no. You actually easily could be the least-biased significant Idol blogger online. Rickey — urgh!

  • Q3

    The difference between the two reviews is that the Allison one was obviously AI related,

    It is the official EW.com review and was printed in the magazine. Michael’s review of Kris’ album was just his column and an Idol report. Not the official review.

    The Lee review is the official, graded review and that is the grade that will be printed in the magazine. It is the one “real” people will read.

  • Eileen99

    Slezak did a formal review of two albums for EW — Alli which he over rated and Lee’s which may be accurate or not. I haven’t heard the album yet so I do not know.

    LOL, you will decide if Slezak’s review is “accurate”? I thought reviews were opinions.

    Regarding Mansfield’s headline that Daughtry almost outsold Adam, why does that indicate bias? It’s simply reporting the “story” of the week within the numbers.

  • Imkhemari

    Latest tweets from @jambajim re Live It up

    @jambajim
    Done! Verdict: Lee DeWyze fans will love it to death. Tailor-made for lite-rock radio. Way more upbeat than I expected! #LiveItUpLiveTweetz

    @tmg84
    @jambajim that’s great, but is it a strong enough effort to give him a chance of gaining a lot of new fans?

    @jambajim
    @tmg84 For sure! If given the proper push, I could totally hear it fit into a radio playlist next to Kings of Leon, Train & DMB.

    Seems positive.

  • loveroftalent

    I don’t know why anyone would want to go to Rickey’s site or VFTW. They write horrible stuff on there. I don’t mind snark at all, but the things they write is downright mean. I guess I just don’t understand how people can be so mean to others. I have my favourite, but wish all the idols well. I have just started posting on MJs but have lurked here for a long time, and have read alot of really mean things written.

  • crankypanky

    has anyone heard “Dear Isabelle”? Found what sounds like an entire song of Dear Isabelle plus lyrics here!

    there’s something not quite right with this song! it sounds sweet and romantic and all but did Lee just change his accent/tone for this song? he ALMOST sounds like a brit trying to be american sounding, the way he enunciates the words then it gets to the chorus and he’s Lee again then he goes back to sounding different. is it just me?! if you’re a lee fan, obviously you’d say the entire album is perfection and there’s nothing wrong with this song… :)

  • steph6449

    he ALMOST sounds like a brit trying to be american sounding, the way he enunciates the words then it gets to the chorus and he’s Lee again then he goes back to sounding different. is it just me?!

    Didn’t listen to your link, but funny, I had exactly the same reaction to Lee singing Beautiful Day. Seemed to me it was sort of a faux-British enunciation, didn’t care for it.

  • mozart4898

    larc:
    11/11/2010 at 1:01 pm
    Every reviewer is only one person. The ultimate “review” of Lee’s album will be the peeps who buy it. Good review if it sells a lot, not so good if it doesn’t.

    QFT. People can argue until they’re blue in the face but when it comes down to it, if it sells, it sells…and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Goes for all artists, as well as all movies, books…what have you.

  • tinawina

    there’s something not quite right with this song! it sounds sweet and romantic and all but did Lee just change his accent/tone for this song?

    I think that’s always been there.

    That song sounds like Plain White Ts. But it’s nice.

    ETA: I just realized what it is with Lee for me. Everything so far is pleasant… but that’s it. His voice is more compelling for me when its applied to deeper subject matter. Like his voice was made for a bluesier sound or more profound lyrics. The material is okay, but I don’t think it matches him… it is blander than him or something. I don’t know if that makes sense.

  • cheese

    “Dear Isabelle” is one of the Lee songs that I’ve heard the whole way through. I thought he sounded really odd and weirdly accented on parts of it, too. Not bad necessarily, just not like the normal squawky Lee that I’m used to. I could never listen to the whole album (like most Idol debut albums) but I heard one or two songs I kind of liked based on the snippets.

  • Valentin432

    My problem with the “Slezak is biased against Lee” story is that he never really showed any bias against Lee during the season. Compared to other Idol blogs, I would say that he was even slightly on the positive side, saying before the finale that Lee was no doubt in the top 2 most talented of the season and if he was better than Crystal on top 2 night, he deserved to win.
    Way different than a Danny Gokey scenario.

    He does support his favorite, but I’ve always seen him as first and foremost a fan of idol, and I would think that he would like Lee to succeed so the show is still relevant. After all, his job partly depends on it.

  • sr4mjc

    ‘squawky’ ! That’s a great word for Lee’s voice. The word ‘doing’ in the song sounds a little painful like he’s going to crack and lose his voice. The song it’s is very ‘Hey There Delilah’ but not as catchy. I can see why it gets the comparisons though.

  • artemis

    Jambajim wound up being fairly positive about Lee’s album. Slezak can be meanspirited, but Jim is usually just silly. I love Adam, but I thought Jim’s glambert6969 character was hilarious last year.

    Lee’s voice on Dear Isabelle is his normal singing voice, the same as on his preidol albums.He uses the rougher voice when he sings bluesy songs; there is some of that on the album. I’ve heard five full songs because AOL Radio was playing them yesterday just for that day, and Lee has written some gorgeous songs, especially Brooklyn Bridge and Me and My Jealousy-the song even Slezak liked.

  • koshka

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    Words out of my mouth.

    Eta: read this sort of wrong. MJ sorry Hun Rickey is not even close to your league. The man wore a bra on his head for crying out loud.

  • steph6449

    Update on the children’s cancer fundraising event for which Kelly, Kellie, Danny, and Melinda signed “Chemo Ducks” to be auctioned off. Sounds like it went well.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/11/11/prweb4779024.DTL

  • smeggingnuts

    Jim is usually just silly. I love Adam, but I thought Jim’s glambert6969 character was hilarious last year.

    haha me to I was sad the day that Jim killed glmabert6969

  • Jae

    mj:
    11/11/2010 at 4:49 pm
    Of the three “Idol Guys”

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    MJ, please think better of your self…Ricky=bottom feeder. You are wayyyy beyond him.

  • Indigobunting

    haha me to I was sad the day that Jim killed glmabert6969

    Oh no! I didn’t realize that. That bit was so witty and funny. I loved the “urinating” episode, lol.

  • dana80

    All this talk about reviews got me thinking – are they really that important? I didn’t buy a lot of albums but not one of the purchases was based on a review. And I don’t see how a positive review is gonna make me buy a record. There are not enough positive reviews in the world that would make me buy, for example, Speak Now or anything by Beiber. JMO, of course

  • tigervixxxen

    even the negative comments were intelligent

    That is what I’m looking for in a review. I understand it is a critic’s job to be critical and they are there to articulate the strengths and weaknesses in the material. What I don’t like to read is reviewers who bring their preconceived notions to the table based on the Idol label or the genre the music is in. It frustrates me to no end that rock material is much more heavily criticized than fun pop material. I also hate the word “generic” in a review. Hinging an entire opinion on that statement to me is lazy and “generic”. Use some actual descriptive words and show me the opinion isn’t completely founded in the overzealous hate for commercial rock leaning music.

  • jpfan

    People like/dislike certain music and aren’t that affected by other people’s opinions. Some reviews are well written, funny, informational etc. but I doubt they affect sales much. Although if every review is an A, an album will get great buzz. The opposite is also true.

    I’d get used to seeing the word “generic” though. It comes up alot in Idol reviews. ;)

  • tigervixxxen

    Yeah I know, which is why I’m sick of it. Generic doesn’t mean anything, it is an empty and lazy critique.

  • zzatrms

    mj:
    11/11/2010 at 4:49 pm
    Of the three “Idol Guys”

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    MJ wash your fingers with soap! Rickey is nowhere near your high level.

  • koshka

    I’d get used to seeing the word “generic” though. It comes up alot in Idol reviews.

    LOL sooooo very true.

  • koshka

    I didn’t buy a lot of albums but not one of the purchases was based on a review. And I don’t see how a positive review is gonna make me buy a record.

    Truthfully.. I do make purchases, especially new artists (not AI artists), based on reviews. A well written review with descriptions will prompt me to try something new if it sounds in line with the types of music I like. This is especially true of music from the UK. Often there are popular artists that I’d never heard of until reading the reviews. I’ve purchased scouting for girls and the XX within the last 6 months – albums that are now in my top 10 rotation.

  • Jae

    I am with Koshka. I do pay some attention to reviews. I will check out a new band or singer in a genre I like if I see good reviews all around for the most part. With an establish artist that I am already into, I usually just sample the album first before I get it. The reviews affect me less. I do read them though. I read the reviews of Daughtry’s current album and they were pretty lackluster and addressed the points that I would have been looking for in his second album. I have not bought his album to this day. So I do think reviews count to an extent. Maybe not when you are sixteen though. LOL!

  • steph6449

    I find reviews interesting to read, but they won’t make me buy something I wasn’t leaning to consider checking out anyway. I probably put more weight on what people I know with similar interests say, than professional reviewers as sometimes their tastes are pretty slanted.

    Where I do think (reputable) CD and concert reviews help, is within the music industry which is an important audience for any new artist trying to get established and gain some professional credibility.

  • AIaddict

    So, if I was a Lee fan, I would not be upset by a bad Slezak review IMO, it means less than other reviews.

    All I could think about today after I read Slezak’s review is what an ass he is.

  • HR

    Opinionated reviews count more with award committees.

    The average consumer in my experience doesn’t care. Exceptions to the rule but if reviews made or broke people certain acts would never have success. Certain genre’s wouldn’t even exist if some critics had their way despite popular appeal.

    Crystal and Lee will rise or fall based on how big their fanbase is and how well the public receives their material. It’s the way it’s always been with Idol alums and will be no different with them.

  • http://flamingnose.blogspot.com Scott

    You consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    OK — you have me there — and ITA that he is useless. All three cover Idol and all three are completely different in my book.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 Rickey gets a -100 from me.

    Can we not slam Rickey here. He’s a personal friend of mine and I don’t think MJ really appreciates blogger-wars and more than fan wars (MJ, correct me if I’m wrong!).

    Reviews are totally subjective. I haven’t liked anything that Rolling Stone has raved about in five years – with the exception of Vampire Weekend. No one has the right to question anyone’s credibility. Reviews are a guide. I say listen for yourself and decide.

  • Keel

    I buy albums/music based on word of mouth and my subsequently researching/listening to the particular artist’s music — given that music is pretty much readily available online anyway. If I like, then I buy (as outdated as that may seem) and if I don’t, I shrug and wonder what everyone else (critics and friends) heard that I didn’t. And sometimes, I buy just based on the fact I’m a repeat customer (so damn the reviews) and I’ve always liked a particular band and they’ve built a lot of goodwill with me.

  • Jae

    Scott:
    11/11/2010 at 8:47 pm

    Can we not slam Rickey here. He’s a personal friend of min

    Rickey made his own bed and must lay in it. No offense meant to you but opinons are not wars. But this thread isn’t really about him anyway. We are just letting MJ know how we see her since she made that comment.

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

    you consider Rickey an “Idol Guy”? No disrespect, but I’d put him on my level–an amateur who blogs from home…

    ITA–worse than you tho

  • loveroftalent

    Can someone please tell how to take what someone says to include it in your posting. I don’t know if I am explaining myself well, (I know I tend to ramble) lol. but like the above post where Jae is referring to a post from Scott and includes it in her post.
    Thanks

  • sagi

    copy and paste the comment(highlight then right click/copy) hit b-quote above comment box, then right click/paste. Then hit the b=quote again then you may type whatever it is you have to say after that! :)

  • loveroftalent

    Thanks so much sagi. Now I have to try it and hope to get it right.haha. You guys are all pro at all this quoting and linking and stuff. I’m just a newbie.

  • weareallinnocent

    Not to change the convo topic, but the most interesting thing to me about the Adam/P!nk mash up is that they both recorded the song in the same key. :-)

    Back on topic… Nope, mj, sorry but you’re SO NOT on Rickey’s level — which is subterrainian, if I recall correctly. ;-)

  • artemis

    Just saw this on twitter:

    rickey @mjsbigblog and I are friends again.@leedewyze brought us back together. Yay!@jambajim

    They are in New York at Lee’s concert tonight.

  • sagi

    @loveroftalent you are welcome :) Hope it works for you, I am not that great at explaining things in text form!

  • loveroftalent

    I tried it, but for some reason my comment was highlighted, so i tried deleting it, but it still shows up. Maybe it just shows up to me. Hopefully it does not show up to you guys because I feel like an idiot. lol

  • leome

    there’s something not quite right with this song!

    The fact that it sounds like he’s falling asleep in parts? There’s no life in his voice.

  • Keel

    Not to change the convo topic, but the most interesting thing to me about the Adam/P!nk mash up is that they both recorded the song in the same key.

    The interesting question is who recorded it first — because it was obviously to the same backing track.

  • iluvai

    I tried it, but for some reason my comment was highlighted, so i tried deleting it, but it still shows up. Maybe it just shows up to me. Hopefully it does not show up to you guys because I feel like an idiot. lol

    Some of us have been there before. :) So what I just did was copy and paste your comment. Then I highlighted it and clicked b-quote. The funny thing is, it didn’t work at first. I had to do it twice.

    You will get the block quote symbol on both ends of your pasted quote if it works right.

  • iluvai

    The Adam / Pink mashup is awesome. Adam is prettier though! :)

  • iluvai

    Isn’t there another song, There is a place for us”??? I was ready to have a tear jerker moment. But not the same song! That’s good. :)

    Carrie’s song sounds really nice.

  • loveroftalent

    Some of us have been there before. So what I just did was copy and paste your comment. Then I highlighted it and clicked b-quote. The funny thing is, it didn’t work at first. I had to do it twice.

    You will get the block quote symbol on both ends of your pasted quote if it works right.

    Thanks iluvai, I am trying it again.

  • loveroftalent

    Yeah it worked…thanks so much!!!

  • iluvai

    hooray! :)