Idols Talk About THE BLOGS at Reality Rocks Expo

Season 9′s Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Michael Lynche, Tim Urban and Paige Miles took part in an American Idol Panel moderated by THR’s Shirley Halperin yesterday. Check out some highlights of the discussion HERE.

One of the questions posed by Shirley was about the blogs, whether the contestants read them during and after their run on Idol, and if so, how what they read affected them.

We get a little namecheck here. Thanks Paige! *waves* (So does VFTW).

Sure, I pick apart the Idol’s performances in my show blogs, but there isn’t an Idol I haven’t both criticized and praised, depending on the performance.  I’m not really out to get anybody (despite what a some OTT stans may believe).

The Idol producers give the contestants good advice at the beginning of each season: Don’t read the blogs.  Seriously. What I or anybody thinks doesn’t matter in the long run. We’re just a tiny subset of opinion, hardly perused by the vast audience of viewers who tune into Idol every week.

We’re uberfans amusing ourselves, basically. Nothing to see here, Idols. *smiles*.

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  • Valentin432

    Come on Paige, “Against All Odds” really? You read the blogs and you pick the one song that should never be picked on idol.

  • jammasta

    They’re from season 9, crappiest season ever, they don’t have souls, nothing they say matters.

    I’m kidding, really, ’twas a great tour despite how much the season sucked. I actually wonder if Paige read comments about Against All Odds.

  • Elizabeth Lemon

    If I was on Idol, I would never read the blogs…. well maybe I’d take a little peak at MJ’s live blogs on performance night, but other than that I would try to stay away.

    I will say though, if a hardcore Idol follower or blogger ever did actually become a contestant on the show, it may help them out. Not because they know what people like or don’t like, but because Idol bloggers tend to understand the “big picture” of the show more than a casual viewer who auditions for the hell of it. I don’t have anything against Paige, but I feel like everyone that comments on this site knows full well that “Against All Odds” should never ever be sung on Idol again and thus doubt any of us ever would have chose it.

    I try to be constructive when I comment on sites, because in the back of my mind I know that some of the Idols may read it and I feel sympathetic to reading something unsatisfactory about yourself or performance.

  • weareallinnocent

    Ok, Tim, I’ll give you what you’re looking for. Dude, say what you have to say and elaborate, but don’t repeat the same exact thing using the same exact words over and over and over again! :-)

  • tripp_ncwy
  • Kitwana

    A reality show convention is such a great idea! They should take the show on the road to fans across the country. Hopefully the contestants make some good loot for the appearance. I’ve always wondered how former Idol contestants who decide to pursue a music career manage financially. I doubt that what they made from being on the show or even going on tour would be enough to get them through the time they need to launch their career. I follow Ramiele Malubay and its seems like she has been working on music for the past 3 years. According to her vlog, an EP is coming out very soon. Even assuming she made $100,000 before taxes from Season 7 and the tour, how could this possibly last 3 years? Is she back at the Sushi restaurant? Maybe conventions like this will provide a steady stream of income so contestants do not have to work. I doubt it would be enough if they lived in LA though. A $2000 appearance fee may not be enough for a month’s rent.

  • Miss Blue

    If I ever made it to AI, I would most definitely read the blogs. Frankly, I think they’d get more helpful advice from the blogs than from the producers or judges.

    Song suggestions, performance suggestions, clothing suggestions – they can find all of it on the blogs. Sure you’d have to put on your thick skin, but if you strictly focused on the suggestions while skimming the name-calling, I think you’d end up going a lot farther in the competition.

    MJ gives more constructive criticism in a 2-line live blog on performance night than the judges give all season. That can’t help but improve performances.

  • jammasta

    If I ever made it to AI, I would most definitely read the blogs. Frankly, I think they’d get more helpful advice from the blogs than from the producers or judges.

    Song suggestions, performance suggestions, clothing suggestions – they can find all of it on the blogs. Sure you’d have to put on your thick skin, but if you strictly focused on the suggestions while skimming the name-calling, I think you’d end up going a lot farther in the competition.

    MJ gives more constructive criticism in a 2-line live blog on performance night than the judges give all season. That can’t help but improve performances.

    I totally agree. I was trying to figure out how to say it without sounding odd :P.

    My skin’s not the thickest, but if I ever did try out I would look on blogs (not VFTW, though I would probably think what they would be saying about me would be kinda funny). It would be helpful, I think, as long as I don’t let it get to me or make me compromise myself.

  • Nina1

    I think I might check Mj’s briefly on performance night. Other blogs are just vicious, and while opinions here differ and sometimes the contestants suffer, it is nothing compared to other nastiness. First impressions on performance night are good; after a while some people may unconsciously bandwagon. If I were an Idol, I would check this very thread.

    ETA: I lied. I would be devastated. I would throw away my computer. :-)

  • gangreen29

    I might read what Mj had to say if I was a contestant, but no way would i read the comments anywhere. Too many conflicting opinions, too much BAD advice lol.

  • Ladyhelix

    I remember Adam saying in an interview that he read them all the time during S8, that he considered it “market research”, and found them very helpful. As you’ll recall he was also the target of some pretty heinous attacks. So I think it’s a maturity issue. There are some very young people on this panel, so I understand their responses.

    I was also disappointed – but not surprised – with the many gross generalizations about “all the blogs….”. Makes me SO glad that I’m here!!

  • abbysee

    I remember Adam saying in an interview that he read them all the time during S8, that he considered it “market research”, and found them very helpful. As you’ll recall he was also the target of some pretty heinous attacks. So I think it’s a maturity issue. There are some very young people on this panel, so I understand their responses.

    If Miss Alaina is reading here it could explain the puddle of mess she seems to be, on the other hand Scotty is so self possessed he would give a shit (and will continue to hold his mic like a flute, lol), so I totally agree, it’s a maturity issue.

    I wouldn’t read everything. It’s just too frakking brutal. i would read the what should they sing blogs though. I think that most err on that if anything else, they pick the shitiest songs. Paige, you redeemed yourself at the finale, I believe it was, but seriously Against all Odds and Smile? We could have given you some better choices. That being said, those songs should have never been on the damn list anyway. Tptb set those kids up for failure.

  • Nina1

    If Miss Alaina is reading here it could explain the puddle of mess she seems to be,

    I think the best idea is to have a first degree relative read the blogs for you. I think if Lauren didn’t read them, someone close to her did. Some changes in her seemed to come right off the blogs: She hasn’tbeen called Cowboy Barbie in a while.

  • ri

    They’re from season 9, crappiest season ever, they don’t have souls, nothing they say matters.

    LOL. i’m not sure why this struck me so funny….well, on second thought, maybe i do.

  • Ladyhelix

    I think it must belong in one of those “other” blogs that the S9 folks were talking about.

  • Landmd

    Comments should never be read from any site! While its not too bad here it can get bad. I have more than once felt bad about what I was reading and hoping none of the contestants were reading it. People can really be nasty online, not just with idol.
    I would rank VFTW and American Idol’s own forums to be the worest of the bunch. IMO

    ETA I dont read any other boards but MJ’s now. So there maybe others that are worse!

  • wolfsbane813

    oh if i were an idol contestant, i would definitely be checking out the blogs. some of the negative, hurtful things would definitely suck, but i think i would have a thick enough skin to deal with it, plus i would be in the mindset that what i was reading would be constructive to making me a better contestant and artist (adam had it right). i think with the right attitude, checking out the blogs could be beneficial… almost like an unofficial mentor, because in reality, there are some really helpful things out there, even if at face value, they appear mean.

  • blmetsfan

    I’d stay away. Hell, when my favorite Idol gets trashed, I barely can read it! lol

  • jammasta

    I’d stay away. Hell, when my favorite Idol gets trashed, I barely can read it! lol

    I was like that with David Archuleta and Kris Allen. Not so much for Crystal Bowersox, Aaron Kelly, Siobhan Magnus, Scotty McCreery, and James Durbin (although sometimes it seems like some comments go way out of hand and I really have to restrain myself :P).

    Would be kinda different if it were me, I’d think it would be helpful.

    I really don’t think any of the Season 9 Idols should look at blogs. EVER. The amount of Season 9 hate will make them wish they auditioned for a different season, lol.

  • movin2thabeet

    If a contestant can handle it, I don’t think its a bad idea to check out some blogs. Holding it in context, though, is critical. Idol blogs, like all other group connections, tend to be overly critical and also overly generous with critiques. The anonymity of this type of communication makes it soooo easy to pass judgment. And I notice that folks generally coalesce over easy snap judgments that build steam over the season. Definitely happened to Mike here. He was pegged, id’ed and marked as a goner from the get go. The only reason for contestants to come here is not to get suggestions on performance, but to get a read on what the Idoloonies are saying. To cater their performances on what this small sect of folks are saying would be crazy, and deleterious to their long-term prospects, IMHO.

  • SuperNut

    If I ever made it to AI, I would most definitely read the blogs. Frankly, I think they’d get more helpful advice from the blogs than from the producers or judges.

    Song suggestions, performance suggestions, clothing suggestions – they can find all of it on the blogs. Sure you’d have to put on your thick skin, but if you strictly focused on the suggestions while skimming the name-calling, I think you’d end up going a lot farther in the competition.

    MJ gives more constructive criticism in a 2-line live blog on performance night than the judges give all season. That can’t help but improve performances.

    Well, people are saying that Jacob’s probably reading the blogs and that’s probably why he made that comment that aired before his performance.

    I’d stay away. Hell, when my favorite Idol gets trashed, I barely can read it! lol

    I’ve learned to roll my eyes at whatever people say about my favorite. Especially this season. Not just for Idol, either.