Idol Headlines for 3/19/08

David Archuleta back in key on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

Last week, the Idol hopefuls sang songs from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This week, the producers went crazy and changed the theme to Beatles tunes. No word if the money for the Beatles double-header is going straight in to Heather Millsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ bank account.

Whatever the reason, the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  choice turned out to be a bad decision. The second week of the same songbook proved to be too much of a good thing, as few of the nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performances were noteworthy.


‘American Idol’: Mersey Killing

Anyone want to take a bet that right now, American Idol’s producers are wishing they’d followed up last week’s triumphant Lennon-McCartney night by taking the advice of Brooke White’s memorable number and simply letting it be? As we sat down tonight for a second helping of Beatles tunes, it was pretty clear someone forgot to refrigerate the feast over the last seven days, and the resultant 11-course musical meal mostly tasted dry, stale, and, in some cases, downright fetid.

Entertainment Weekly

Idol Banter: Guitars Gently Weep

Simon thought it was weird. Randy kept babbling about how great the songs were. Paula compared Jason Castroà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance to a polka. The surest bet in which à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  has ever invested à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ the songbook of the most popular and influential rock band in history à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ was generating flop-sweat all around. The second week of Beatles covers plunged into an abyss the first had only anticipated. What was it about the Fab Four that threw the Idols à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and the judges à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ off their game?


What you’re watching

This year however, despite an extremely fluid midfield containing a very large number of possible contenders for the finals, one cannot deny that shaping this contest is the humongous fortress looming over every inch of the battlefield, its massive cannons capable of decimating anything that moves below and striking terror into the hearts of its opponents – fortress named David Archuleta. On Tuesday night, The Chosen One reasserted himself as the prohibitive frontrunner, casting the race in terms of who will be his main opponent, ultimately, the others hope, the one who will sweep onto the field to play General Pershing and the United States to Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Kaiser Wilhelm. (And that competition itself now has a nearly prohibitive frontrunner in the person of Carly Smithson, although as the race tightens she will have to fight the incredibly strong midfield for every inch of soil she gains.)


The Final 11 take on the Beatles

Critics of the horrendous soundtrack to the even worse film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” may need to rethink their assessment now that “American Idol 7’s” final 11 have mangled songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and a single George Harrison tune. That film took a beating in the late ’70s, but nothing like the ugly stick these kids took to some of the most beloved songs or their parents – and grandparents’ – generation.

Simon Cowell rightly wondered late in Tuesday’s two hour show whether it was wise to do Beatles tunes two weeks in a row. At the top of the show, the assessments of the material at hand were appropriately glowing, but after the last singer, Ramiele, had yawned her way through “I Should Have Known Better,” Cowell decided that too many of the singers had chosen “mediocre songs.” You’d think they were doing “You Know My Name (Look Up My Number),” humming “Flying” or re-creating the laughter and applause in “Revolution No 9.” Mediocre? Them’s fightin’ words.


American Idol: Top 11 Perform

Amanda Overmyer – “Back in the USSR”
She still looks bored or as if she feels terribly out of place up on stage. That said, this is an excellent song choice for Amanda. I think her voice fits this perfectly and she pretty much nailed the vocals requirements of it. Afterward, when advised to try a ballad, she knocked the whole idea, basically saying ballads are stupid. This was a terrible thing to say and could kill her chance at sticking around much longer. Nobody likes a one trick pony. Janis Joplin rocked her ass off and still had some heartbreaking moments. It’s okay to do that.


‘American Idol’ goes to Beatles for today’s standards

After hearing the “American Idol” finalists lurch their way through a dozen Lennon-McCartney songs last week, a Beatles-fan friend of mine suggested the producers should have subtitled the show “The Butcher Cover.”

I like it.

But last week’s performances weren’t all dire, and even if they were, the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are sturdy. They’ve survived worse abuse than Brooke’s “Let It Be.” And no matter what Simon said, Kristy’s countrified “Eight Days a Week” was kinda catchy.

NY Daily News

‘American Idol’: 11 More Beatles Songs Mangled

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, the new King of All Media, gushes that this is the very first time in history the show has done the same theme two weeks in a row. Because the Beatles are Just. That. Good.

Judge Paula Abdul tells Seacrest that during last week’s Beatles Week, Idolettes with “gumption” took risks, marking the first time in the history of “American Idol” anyone has used the word “gumption.”

Correction: It’s the first time in the history of the Fox network anyone has used the word “gumption.” That word is at least twice as old as the Beatles, right?

Washington Post

Recap: Beatles well runs dry for ‘American Idol’

Since last week’s Lennon-McCartney Night was so successful — I’m not being sarcastic there, though I know it’s hard to tell sometimes — it’s back to the well once more on Tuesday (March 18) night’s American Idol, with a Beatles theme. Would lightning strike twice or would the second time on the huge Idol stage not be the charm? Let’s find out, shall we?


The American Idols Sing More Legendary Copyrights

Apparently there are a lot of horndogs hanging around à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  these days. Witness these quotes:

Kristy Lee Cook: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I can blow you out of your socks and you know it.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
The à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Crest to David Cook: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Let me grab you.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
Syesha: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I want to touch everybody tonight!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting hot in here, so letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s move on to the reviewsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦


American Idol: Redefining Suck

The top 11 performed songs of The Beatles on Tuesday night, proving if at first you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t succeed, try harder to royally f*** up The Fab Fourà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s magical music. And they did not disappoint.

Quick pimp notes:

Ryan Seacrest proved heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s #1 when it comes to sucking corporate c***.

The Dawg is yawn à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ass-tired from non-stop pimping Paulaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s craptacular single.

Paula Abdul is still orbiting an undiscovered planet.

And Simon Cowell doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know how to say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“litrally.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

And now à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

The Idol Top 11 Recap Quiz

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a multiple choice quiz. Remember: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“d) All of the aboveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is an optional answer for all questions.


Reality Check: Putting the Idols Back In ‘American Idol’

Maybe it’s the fact that weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re in our second week of listening to our Idol’s singing Beatles songs and everyone’s been influenced by all the screaming-girls-losing-their-minds footage from the 60s.

Or maybe the contenders this season are so incredibly cute that the ladies in the audience simply cannot stop themselves from shrieking with abandon. Whatever the reason, it’s quite clear that there are some excited fans out there.

Fox News

‘Idol Gives Back’ charities set

I made the vow last American Idol season and I’m returning to it this season: Until I make my own generous donation, there will be no mockery or joking about Idol Gives Back. The show’s producers have announced what charities will benefit from, well, the benefit.

This year’s Idol Gives Back telecast will air on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:30 (note the special early start-time) til 10. This season, the American Idol won’t even go through the ruse of pretending that amidst the altruism a contestant will be eliminated. Instead, the elimination will be held for a special Thursday episode the next night.


Jason Castro: unique and talented

We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but what about people? Some may want to turn the other way or hold their wallet tighter when they see someone with tattoos or piercings, however some of the most talented and genuine people can look very different than the average joe. Jason Castro, an Aggie known for his long dreadlocks and unique voice, is a finalist on “American Idol.”

“He is more than just a guy with dreads,” said junior Bryan Walker, a friend of Castro’s. “A lot of people could just judge him by that and stereotype him, but he’s a really smart guy. He’s more than just a unique person, he’s a really good guy.”

The Batt

American Idol: those cool Castro tees

I’ve only owned my Jason Castro T-shirt for a week now, but I’ve worn it eight times.

Pick up your Castro tee during the watch party at Lake Pointe Church on I-30 in Rockwall tonight – and you, too, can wear it Eight Days A Week


David Archuleta Likely to be Made a Big Favorite to Win American Idol Once Again

After being demoted by oddsmakers this past week, young David Archuleta will probably be made the better than even odds favorite to win this season’s American Idol yet again. By “better than even” we mean the payout won’t be as great. You’ll probably have to risk more to win less in other words. Don’t be surprised by 1/2 odds where a $2 bet wins you $1 (and you win the initial $2 back if he ends up winning).

This week Archuleta came in as a 13/8 favorite, paying just better than even odds. An $8 bet would have paid $13. Odds were available at Bodog

Gambling 911

Don’t Always Believe What Simon Says on American Idol

Part of the fun of American Idol has always been watching Simon Cowell deliver the harsh truth to deluded contestants with zero qualms about hurting feelings or crushing dreams. While Randy struggles to find new ways to string his five-word vocabulary into different comments for each performer, and Paula struggles to keep from drooling, Simon sits at the end of the judgeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s table, waiting to deliver one of his patented snarky similes that have the power to make or break someoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s career. Simon is the judge whose opinion both the contestants and the viewers value the most, because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the one who tells it like he sees it.

Except so far this season, Simon hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t been telling it the way I see it. In fact, there have been moments in recent episodes where Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve feared that the cranky Brit has been sipping from Paulaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Coke cup.

Simon Reveals His Top 5 A.I. Picks

There’s still a long way to go until a new American Idol is crowned, but that hasn’t stopped Simon Cowell from picking his personal top five favorite contestants. Talking to Extra correspondent and girlfriend Terri Seymour, the acid-tongued judge conceded he doesn’t remember the hopefuls’ names until “the following season,” leading him to list his favorites as:

OK Magazine

Is Simon’s Mood Caused by Bad Journalists?

tà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been five whole days since the last episode of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and we can feel the withdrawal. To help us all make it to tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s episode, Gil Kaufman offers a behind-the-scenes look at a Simon Cowell interview conducted just before the season started.

Since heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s never given us a teary tell-all interview with Barbara Walters or a lengthy ghost-written à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“my mother never loved meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  autobiography, weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never learned why à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  judge Simon Cowell is such a meanie. But sitting in on a teleconference with other journalists to talk about the seventh season of the ratings juggernaut, I got a very good idea of one possible reason.


David Hernandez Comes To Access

If you happened to catch David Hernandez’s performance on our show last night (or, you can watch it HERE —, then you know that his elimination from “American Idol” was unjust. The boy can sing. Last season, when we had the Top 12 perform on our stage, many times I would snicker to myself or gossip with others about how bad several of them actually sounded. This was not the case. He sounded every bit as good singing “Midnight Hour” as he did during Hollywood week.

Access Hollywood


Curtain Call Volume 2 reintroduces some of American Idol?s most talented young performers with 12 original songs. Here?s your chance to discover what these vocalists have been up to since they left the show.
A joint venture between Artists – Addiction Records and Rocket Science, the Curtain Call series is available exclusively through Wal-Mart and iTunes. Volume 2 of the collection will be released March 18th.
Each installment of the Curtain Call series will present four Idol finalists performing three original songs. Volume 2 features Alaina Alexander, Rudy Cardenas, Sarah Mather and Gedeon McKinney.

Top 40 Charts

Review: Daughtry holds his own with Bon Jovi

On Sunday night at the Greensboro Coliseum, Chris Daughtry à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the Triad’s own homegrown rock star à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  performed a confident, feisty set as the opening act for veteran Jersey rockers Bon Jovi.

But he wasn’t done yet.

As if kicking it hard at a sold-out show of 22,115 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the fourth largest concert attendance in coliseum history à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  with his own band wasn’t enough of a buzz, Daughtry later got called onstage to trade vocals with Jon Bon Jovi on “Blaze of Glory.”



EVER the professional, American Idol’s first winner Kelly Clarkson made a cutesy reference to how this stage isn’t her usual size and, gosh, everyone à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ her whole entourage of band and backing singers à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ are up there with her. All of which might roughly translate as, “I’m one of the most famous people in the world. Why am I not in an aerodrome?”

Yet if Clarkson has let it go to her head that a worldwide audience hungrily feast on every song she happens to release it didn’t show. She is friendly and likeable, which is why she won the world’s biggest talent show, after all.

The Scotsman

The final showdown between Jordin Sparks & Blake Lewis, with guest singer Chris Daughtry!

Tonight the remaining 11 Idol hopefuls for the seventh season return to the stage, trying to dazzle Simon, Paula, Randy and all of you! Last season, though, the show came down to Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, and we’ve just gotten word in that you can enjoy that final round on DVD this May 13th

Thanks to our friendly retail sources (who provided the information upon condition of remaining anonymous), we’ve learned that Koch Vision is preparing a 2-disc release on that date of American Idol – Season 6 Finale Performance Show: The Top 2. Here is the studio description:Relive the drama and magic of the finale performance show when Blake battles Jordin as the top two finalists. Then. go behind the scenes and learn all the secrets behind successfully auditioning for American Idol ®. Bloopers, Backstage and much, much more!

Perfectly timed to release on May 13, 2008, just one week ahead of the highly anticipated current Season Finale’s nationwide broadcast on FOX on May 21st.

TV Shows on DVD

‘Idol’-izing ice cream

American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will be in town today, but it won’t be to talk music. It will be ice cream on her mind.

Doolittle, who placed third on last season’s American Idol, will be at the Winn-Dixie at 11701-10 San Jose Blvd. from 3 to 5 p.m. to promote new Idol-related flavors of Edy’s ice cream. The company has five flavors vying for a permanent spot in its lineup.

There will be taste-testings, the chance for one fan to win a private performance that night and probably a little Idol chatter.

Catch The Bus To ‘Idol’ Camp

The competition is getting fierce as the 11 remaining contestants on “American Idol” battle one another for that once in a lifetime chance at super stardom. But for a handful of the 30 million fans, watching and voting for the next Idol is simply not enough. For these lucky few, their “American Idol” journey starts this summer when they attend the Idol Camp in the Pali Mountains of Running Springs, California.

“Last year was a great experience,” says Micki Simmons-Cooper, 14, from the Bronx, who attended the camp last year when it was located in Massachusetts. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had.”

NY Post

Clay Aiken Drinking One for the Team

He sings, he dancesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he drinks tap water?

Longtime UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken is urging New Yorkers to participate in The Tap Project à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  a US campaign to help UNICEF provide safe drinking water to children around the world.

The Tap Project will take place in select New York City restaurants during World Water Week (3/16 – 3/22). During that time, restaurants will ask their customers to pay $1 for each glass of water that would normally come free with the meal. That dollar will then be donated to UNICEF where it can provide safe drinking water for a child in a Third World country for 40 days.


Jefferson County Fair entertainment is announced

Jefferson County Fair organizers were all smiles this morning during a press breakfast at the Comfort Suites conference rooms, during which they debuted entertainment for summer 2008. The fair runs July 9-13.

Jefferson County Fair Park Superintendent Roger Kylmanen, along with fair Secretary Gail Zastrow, informed members of the media and fair sponsors of the entertainment lineup, which includes ’70s rock icon Eddie Money as well as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  singer Bucky Covington. Also on the musical menu are Watertown’s seasoned rockers the Screamin’ Night Hawks.

Money is scheduled to perform at the grandstand on Saturday, July 12, with the Night Hawks opening. Covington, with Madison County in support, will perform on Friday, July 11.

WD Times

Harvest Jubilee summer concert tickets on sale

June 13 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Singer Songwriter à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Phil Vassar with his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Shaken Not Stirredà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Tour. Phil known for his hits of Carlene, Six-Pack Summer, Just Another Day In Paradise and In a Real Love, will headline the June 13th show which will also feature opening act à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ favorite Bucky Covington. Advance Ticket prices for the Vassar/Covington Concert will be: Reserved Seats $35 each and General Admission (lawn) $20 each.

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  • jpfan

    I know it’s TMZ and they’re useless but this feature on the “diva” personalities of this year’s crew kind of goes with all that backtalk from last night:

    I guess some think they’re big stars already. Wake up call straight ahead.

  • Kirsten

    I always find performance order interesting. Although TPTB seem to have mucked up the pimp spot this year (what happened to ending on a big note, Nigel?), the performance spots can still be used to emphasize and protect certain contestants. People very rarely get eliminated from the pimp spot (but it does happen. Melinda from last year and Anthony from season 4).

    Anyway, I find it interesting that they this week, they basically flipped the performance order with a few tweaks. They couldn’t let Syesha go last because she’d been last two weeks ago. Normally, you go last one week and then first the next week and then get shuffled back into the pack.

    The other exception is David A. This year, every singer who sang last one week has sung first the next week with the exception of two people. Chikezie sang last on Top 8 Boys night, but did not sing last on Top 12 night. The reason for that is that is the week of the merge. There were two pimp spot singers during Top 16 week. Chikezie and Syesha. So, on Top 12 Night, Syesha went first and Chikezie went second which is as close to fair as they can get.

    On the other hand, David A has sung last twice and has yet to sing first once (Amanda was pulled out from the pack to sing first this week and Luke was kept at the front of the order during Final 16 night). They did the same thing with Jordin last year. She never once sang first in the finals (but she did sing first the second week of the semi-finals).

    Some Stats:

    Singing order this week (singing order last week in brackets):
    1. Amanda (9)
    2. Kristy (11)
    3. David A (12)
    4. Michael (10)
    David H (8)
    5. Brooke (7)
    6. David C (6)
    7. Carly (5)
    8. Jason C (4)
    9. Syesha (1)
    10. Chikezie (2)
    11. Ramile (3)

    First to Sing (Death Spot)
    Week 1: David H/Kristy
    Week 2: Michael/Carly
    Week 3: Luke/Asia’h
    Week 4: Syesha
    Week 5: Amanda

    Never Been First: Brooke, Chikezie, David A., David C., Jason C., Ramiele

    Last to Sing (Pimp Spot)
    Week 1: Michael/Carly
    Week 2: David A/Asia’h
    Week 3: Chikezie/Syesha
    Week 4: David A
    Week 5: Ramiele

    Never Been Last: Amanda, Brooke, David C, Jason C, Kristy
    Been Last Twice: David A

    BTW David C should get 6 tattooed on his finger because he’s sung 6th for the last 3 weeks.

  • Former_AI_Junkie

    Very interesting Kirsten. However, I remember working out the odds once (yeah I’m a geek) and in fact being 2nd is worse than being 1st … which means Kristy is more likely to go home (we can only hope …)

    Also, the order from the top 4 onwards isn’t statistically significant.

  • Kirsten

    However, I remember working out the odds once (yeah Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a geek) and in fact being 2nd is worse than being 1st à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ which means Kristy is more likely to go home (we can only hope à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦)

    Yes, second is a pretty deadly spot. Singing first used to be the alternate pimp spot, but in Season 5, the spot seemed jinxed so it earned the name the death spot. Second is a bad spot because it is early in the night, but not as memorable as starting out the show.

    Also, the order from the top 4 onwards isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t statistically significant.

    I would agree with that. Once you are singing multiple songs the order is less relevant (which probably contributed to those pimp spot bootings).

    Here are the performance order boot stats so far this season:
    1 – 2 eliminated (Luke, Asia’h)
    2 – 2 elminated (Joanne, Kady)
    3 – 1 eliminated (Danny)
    4 – 1 eliminated (Robbie)
    5 – 1 eliminated (Amy)
    7 – 2 eliminated (Jason Y, Alaina)
    8 – 2 eliminated (Alexandrea, David H)
    9 – 1 eliminated (Colton)
    10 – 1 eliminated (Garrett)

  • dukesterathlete

    I can’t believe this didnt make the headlines- Melinda Doolittle is coming to my Winn-Dixie today to serve ice cream…haha, I’m almost too emberassed* for her to go. poor melinda, she deserves better- but once again…MARKETABILITY!

  • dukesterathlete

    Kirsten- i think people look wayyy to into that stuff…yes i think the first/last spots are bad/good…but can you honestly tell me is Davaid Archuleta would have went first last night it would have made any difference in the voting?????

  • Kirsten

    Kirsten- i think people look wayyy to into that stuffà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I always love being called insane.

    I just like stats. Nothing else to it. A little odd, yes, but it’s hardly a new thing with me.

    yes i think the first/last spots are bad/goodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but can you honestly tell me is Davaid Archuleta would have went first last night it would have made any difference in the voting?????

    No, I wouldn’t. I think that instead of having David A sing, they could post a picture of him lying drunk in a gutter (or booting a puppy or having 12 items in the 9 items or less checkout line) and he would still get more votes than any of the other contestants. David A has a rabid fan base and he could sing in any performance slot and still get votes.

    That’s why I don’t get why they seem to be protecting him from singing first. Maybe they just like generating fertilizer for the Grassy Knoll. Nigel is secretly a fan of conspiracy theories. It gives him something to read when he’s not counting his money.

  • ealbino

    Kirsten – LOL

  • Lu

    Okay… I’m home sick and running a fever so forgive me for this question if it seems crazy but
    Did anyone else feel like Chickezie was a bad imitation of Taylor last night? The hard, the dincin… I don’t know. maybe it’s the fever.

  • moody

    I like the stats too but then I think numbers are my friend so what do I know.

    Performance order may not matter to someone like little David but it can make or break the contestants on the bubble. Based on last night’s show, I have to think the PTB decided they’d rather keep Syesha and Ramielle around than Kristy Lee and possibly Amanda, unless they were checking to see if she has a strong enough following to survive going first. The results may or may not go the way they want but it doesn’t stop them from trying every trick in their book to get it.

  • poporange

    Yes Lu he seems like he was…I feel like crap too..
    I also feel Divid C is channeling Daughtry and Blake but does not have too. Be david C that is all.

    I still think Brook and Jasom are genuine sweet I am gratefull. They both remind me of elliott in that manner.I have a feeling AI producers will get rid of them as not a threat to their chosen ones.How nervous or to make a point do not talk back to the judges…Still disapointed in thier prefromances I wonder if I could blame nigel?

    Lu come to chat maybe later if you feel good..(afternoon or early evening say the time)

  • J.S.G.

    I thought ‘She’s a Woman’ was a parody of Taylor, making it a parody of a parody, but fortunately Chickezie was saved that time by a brilliant arrangement.

    I’ve just heard that Simon has approached the TPTB board of directors demanding the title of show be changed from American Idol to David’s Vocal MasterClass.
    And if Sinmon doesn’t get his way, he won’t be back next year.

  • jpfan

    I thought “She’s a Woman” felt more Taylor-like. I have to admit that Taylor would have brought a lot more fun/entertainment value to Beatles Night 1 and 2 and I’m not being snarky. Chiceze brought some joy to the show and I think Taylor would have done the same.

    Perez Hilton interviews Kim Locke and Elliott for his VH1 show and Elliott does the pointy pose and the eye thing.

  • dukesterathlete

    I second the Jacuzzi did a bad imitation of taylor thing. plus i think taylor already is a bad impersonator of everything he does so i really think jacuzzi did real real bad…and i dislike his personality, just not for me.

  • pj

    I hated the harmonica, but I didn’t feel like Chikeze was imitating Taylor. When did Taylor ever do a mashup of r&b and bluegrass?

    Also home sick. Something must be in the air!

    I finally bought Hot Aussie’s studio version of “Across the Universe.” It’s lovely.

  • sciencefan

    Great articles. I especially liked the one from The Batt which is apparently the A & M Aggie student newspaper.

  • Lu

    Wow – just read over my post where I meant to say harp and dancin I typed hard and dincin. Fevers suck…lol

  • SpenserJ

    Hi MJ Peeps! It’s been a while – sorry for being a stranger. I tried to quit this stupid show, but that was a pointless effort. I missed my MJ friends way too much and my little guy forced me to start watching again. So, I’m back. And, I’m pretty much all in. I’ve watched performances repeatedly, I’ve purchased downloads, and this week I even voted.

    I’ll try to visit in chat this week (little league baseball pretty much owns my life right now – so I can’t make any promises.)

    But I just wanted to say hi and let you all know I was thinking about you :biggrin_wp:

  • Caffiend

    Thanks for the Elliott vid. He is so cute. Kim Locke = Diva.

  • Lu

    Yay! Welcome back Spenser!

  • SpenserJ

    Thanks for the welcome Lu! So, in order to make my post even remotely relevant to the show – I’ll go ahead and give my summary of how I feel about the contestants so far:

    Lots of Love for: Brooke & Jason
    In definite Like with: David C., Carly (I know I’m supposed to hate her, but I just can’t), Chikeze (dude cracks me up), Michael J. and Amanda – cause that b*tch is crazy and I like the crazy.
    Couldn’t care less about when they go: Rami, Syesha.
    Reserve all of my venom for: Kristy Lee
    And my feelings on the one who already has it in the bag: Archie definitely has a great voice, I’ll give him that. He’s just too young and stage-trained for my taste. Like the boy version of Jordin. I have a feeling in about 10 years once he lives a little, I might really like him. But that voice was built for soul – and he doesn’t yet own any.

  • meme

    Lu I have had that mystery fever for the last two weeks. :laughing_tb:

  • purplesmile

    I finally bought Hot Aussieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s studio version of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Across the Universe.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s lovely.

    Oh, isn’t it, pj? :wub_tb:

    Lu, get well soon. Welcome back, Spenser! :)

  • pj

    Spenser!!!!!! :clap_tb:

    Awesome to see you! I hope Roundhead pimps some Ice Cream near you. :-)

    Yes, Purps. Got it and “If I Fell” on repeat. :-)

  • judy

    I love the WaPo columnist, Lisa DeMoraes, and her take on AI. Chiquita BaNanny – that is funny. I couldn’t help but think of Mary Poppins when she skipping across the stage during her woo moment.

  • SpenserJ

    Right back at ya PJ!!!! Tee Hee – Roundhead – oh how I’ve missed him.

    Nice to see you too Purps.

  • Rebecca Rose

    Showing another side to the idols, particularly David Cook.

    I came across this video story on Fox 13 out of Tampa Bay.

    The guy who works for the station gives his opinion on the top 12 and then includes a story about David Cook and the guy’s daughter Lindsey Rose who is fighting cancer.

    The original url from Fox is really, really long and I was concerned it might disappear today so I uploaded it to mediafire. It is a 10 MB flv file of the broadcast.

    (Note David did nothing to publicize this – that all came from the Fox Network dad in Tampa Bay.)

    In any case, hope you consider this worth watching – I did.

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  • Rebecca Rose

    How do you edit posts? (Got this to work finally.)

    Clicking on name did not work for me – clicking on comment finally did – sorry

    Now is there a way to delete posts?

  • Rebecca Rose
  • Chicago-sally

    This is cool — MSNBC meter to rate the singers. So far, David A. has the most votes and is leading in ratings.
    Chikezie has 9,900, not good
    KLC is 9,100
    And Syesha & Rami are the lowest votes

  • sciencefan

    It’s kind of annoying that iTunes isn’t posting the Idol performances until tomorrow.
    If they posted them right away, we could get a feel for who was most popular last night.

  • Chicago-sally

    Go to and listen to them again. He has a link to the Itunes download.

  • jpfan

    Preliminary Nielsen ratings for Tuesday night
    TIME NET HH A18-49 Viewers A18-34

    8-10 FOX 15.1/23 10.3/25 27,005,000
    8:00 FOX 14.8/23 9.7/26 25,958,000
    8:30 FOX 15.8/24 10.5/27 28,443,000
    9:00 FOX 15.2/23 10.5/25 27,271,000
    9:30 FOX 14.7/22 10.5/24 26,348,000

    I think that’s the first time this season, the numbers went down in the last 1/2 hour. These aren’t final numbers but the same night S6 had 30 million viewers. So maybe doing Beatles night again wasn’t such a great idea.

  • Sarah

    That may have a little to do with the fact that both Dancing with the Stars AND Big Brother were on during the second half of AI too.

    I had to not record Big Brother because AI and DWTS were recording on my dvr.

    But I do agree that they shouldn’t have done Beatles night again. And Simon was pissy, so that just contributed to the overall suck of the night. Anyway…

    Thanks for the stats, Kirsten!

    And WELCOME BACK, Spense!! :thumbup_tb: I think one of Roundhead’s stops on the Dreyer’s/Edy’s tour is Tampa, you know. ;)

  • primeminister

    If they posted them right away, we could get a feel for who was most popular last night.

    I think the search results for pre-ordering come out in order of popularity:

    David A.
    David C.

  • Sunny D

    I felt bad for Michael with missing that note badly and then changing the lyrics to something nonsensical. It might have worked for David A last week but no one is giving Michael any slack. Hmm, maybe that onion shot puts him in the top ten.

  • SpenserJ

    And WELCOME BACK, Spense!! I think one of Roundheadà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s stops on the Dreyerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s/Edyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tour is Tampa, you know. ;)

    You know I’ll try to win that – and if I do – you’re coming over!

  • Sarah

    Oooooh… I heart Spense! I’d love to see my boyfriend again. It’s been a while. ;)

  • sciencefan

    Funny that the judges didn’t notice Michael forgot the words.

  • pj

    And WELCOME BACK, Spense!! I think one of Roundheadà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s stops on the Dreyerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s/Edyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tour is Tampa, you know. ;)

    You know Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll try to win that – and if I do – youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re coming over!

    And I’ll be a jellus h8er from afar. LOL. :-)

  • Rebecca Rose

    Since I can’t seem to edit I will post this new link here for Tampa Fox 13 – their reviewer rates the top 11 in this video and thanks David Cook again for week 2 of the orange bracelet. Scroll down the page a bit for the video link entitled Idol Chatter: Idols take on the Beatles