Janerazor’s American Idol Tour Minnesota Recap

For reference: 42-year-old woman who has been an AI fan since season 4 and who has now attended AI tours 5 through 8.

I work a block and a half from the concert venue. When I was out getting lunch the day of the concert, I noticed buses lining the street and a group of people who would scream at seemingly random intervals. Hey, the infamous AI buses! I walked by and managed to catch glimpses of Matt and Michael. Matt, wearing a hat, was all smiles. Michael, who looked a lot bigger in person, was dressed very casually (ummm, I think he was even in sweats) and was waving and pointing at one of the other buses. Not sure what that was about. I couldn’t stay for more than a few minutes, since I had to get back to work.

Fast-forward to about 6:50 pm, and my 11-year-old daughter and I are taking our seats. I’d gotten the tickets on eBay last week for a few dollars shy of face value, so I was thrilled to find out just how good they were. We were in section 112, row 1, seats 11 and 12: basically, one riser up from the floor and one section away from the stage, about even with the seats in row 9 of the main floor.

We then heard some murmuring that ‘Casey Carlson is right there!’  Sure enough, Casey the Bubble Tea Maker herself was standing directly in front of us. Wow, is she ever gorgeous and tiny! It was all I could do not to try wrapping my hands around her waist to see if my fingers would touch! In the ten minutes she was there, a steady stream of people were asking to take pictures with her. To her credit, she was very polite and upbeat and happily accommodated everyone. Someone must have asked her about Adam, because I heard her saying that Adam had been ‘wonderful, very professional, and a complete gentleman.’  During the concert, one of the idols gave Casey a shout-out, but I’m blanking on which one did it. I only recall it was one of the guys.

Though I was kind of hoping for a group number to start the show, Michael did get things rolling with a lot of energy. He got the entire audience (from main floor to nose-bleed) on its feet and even said that it was the first time all tour that everyone was standing for the start of the concert. But maybe he says that at every venue, you never know. Michael, as I noted previously, was so much bigger than he looked on television. And he was very handsome in that big-guy oil-rigger kind of way. I enjoyed his performance a lot more than I thought I would, and my daughter liked him too.

One thing about the format that kind of bugged me was how they introduced each singer. So for Michael, it was just some video of Michael on the big screen, flashing lights, and an obviously recorded voice blurting out ‘Michael.’  It was the same for Megan. I don’t know; it made it feel a bit like an American Idol assembly line. I thought the singers deserved more than that.

Wow, Megan was certainly all dolled up, wasn’t she? She came across so much better live than she did on television. She seemed very comfortable strutting and sashaying around the stage. And I only noticed that weird shimmy thing a couple times. I love the song ‘Tears Dry on Their Own,’  and Megan sang it really well. Again, both my daughter and I were both surprised at how much we enjoyed Megan.

And Scott. OK, Scott was, for me, kind of like he was on television: engaging, smart personality, with a good voice’ ¦but not a lot beyond that. I did appreciate his joking with the crowd between songs, and he certainly did get a lot of love from the Minnesota audience.

And then there’s Lil. I hated her outfit. There are parts of Lil that aren’t particularly lil’, if you catch my meaning, and her clothes were not doing her any favors. Lil’s performance reminded me of Rami last year: she has a strong voice, but somehow Lil just doesn’t command the stage. She did get the crowd going for ‘Single Ladies,’  but I think that was more the song (which is, as my daughter says, ‘silly but catchy’ ) than anything else.

It was around this time in the concert that I noticed a group of women in the section next to us who were dancing and bopping around like total goobers. They looked like they were having a blast, but OMG their dancing was hilarious. Every once in a while during the concert, I’d look over at them, and sure enough their arms and hips were still flailing about aimlessly.

Anoop was my favorite from last season, and I just love his smooth-as-silk-easy-as-cream-drenched-in-melted-butter voice. The boy had some moves on stage too! His performance skills translated really well up there. ‘Always on my Mind’  was just gorgeous, and I thought ‘My Prerogative’  was excellent.

I wasn’t a big Matt fan on the show, but I have to say that he won me over in concert. He was as cute as a pair of puppy noses and appeared so happy to be on stage. The crowd was loving on him too. ‘Hard to Handle’  was an eye-opener for me; I just didn’t expect that kind of energy from Matt. My daughter is a fan of the Fray, so she liked Matt singing ‘You Found Me.’ 

Now the group medley: I love seeing the idols sing together! I wish there had been more of this!

When Lil and Megan were singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’  either Megan messed up or she saw something really funny, because midway through, she started giggling like crazy and could barely sing her part of the song.

And gosh almighty, I loved loved loved Scott and Matt on dueling pianos. I know it will never happen, but they could totally team up and perform together. I could see them doing their dueling piano routine in Vegas. Hey, don’t laugh, I’ll bet those guys make a good living!

I couldn’t figure out why Michael got his own little snippet of ‘Suspicious Minds’  instead of singing with someone as everyone else did. He sounded nice, though.

‘Beggin’  was really well done. Everyone seemed to be working that choreography. Great way to close out the first half.

Twenty minutes for intermission is very long.

I was excited to see Allison, but, unfortunately, I didn’t love a lot of her performance. ‘So What’  just didn’t fit her voice (though I did enjoy her marching to the beat’ ¦very cute). ‘Cry Baby’  felt a little screamy to me. ‘Barracuda’  was great. But I just got the sense that Allison is young and kind of inexperienced and is trying very, very hard to make this all work. I mean, kudos to her for her energy, and she does have a nice voice. I just think in five years she will be ‘ready,’  and she isn’t ready now.

Danny: I don’t mind flirty performers, and I don’t mind take-me-to-church performers, but somehow the combination of the two in one performer ooks me out something fierce. And that, in a nutshell, is Danny. My daughter thought he was cheesy. I liked ‘PYT’  and could kind of enjoy the hip-swiveling ‘Maria Maria.’  But his preachifying before ‘My Wish’  made all the leering and flirting with the audience beforehand feel icky. Oh, also, he kept doing this sideways dance move, and it made me a little sad, because it reminded me of the move Bucky Covington used to do. Aw, Bucky was so adorable’ ¦.

And now for the NC-17 portion of the show: Heh, I kid, but’ ¦yeah, parts of Adam’s performance made my daughter look at me with mouth agape and a look of shock and horror on her face. When Adam straddled the mic stand and then stroked it? Maybe was a bit much, lol. Of course, the women behind me panting and screaming ‘We love you Adam!’  probably didn’t help. Later, my daughter said Adam’s performance had been ‘kind of inappropriate.’  Also, the light show Adam got was too much for her eyes. She did like ‘Starlight,’  however. As for me, on an adult level, Adam was a ton of fun to watch. He is a superb performer. I’m not sure what his future holds’ ¦I still think he’ll do best on Broadway, because I’m not sure how he might translate over the radio. One last note, I’m hoping beyond hope that Adam doing Bowie on tour means maybe we’ll get a Bowie night for AI next season.

Oh, almost forgot: yes, Adam got the loudest cheers of the night, hands-down.

Kris is the performer who, during the season, I kept on having to remind my daughter who he was. I think by maybe top-5 she was beginning to remember him. Last night, I was thinking that Kris is the ‘Accidental Idol.’  We’re not really sure how he ended up there, but since he is there and nice enough and not bad, we’ll give him a little love. I did enjoy his set, and the concert venue allowed Kris the Musician to shine so much more than he ever did on AI. His version of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’  was great’ ¦very moody and almost gothic. Heh, I hope Bill Withers is collecting a nice royalty check. ‘Hey Jude’  was fun when the other singers joined him on stage, though I wish they had joined him earlier in the song.

The final group number was really nice. Again, we were treated to a little of the dueling-piano duo of Scott & Matt’ ¦performing nightly in the main-floor lounge of the Flamingo at 9, 11, and 1! OK, I made up that last part, but I can dream, right? I honestly think it would be a great gig for them. There are worse ways to make a living.

All in all, the concert was great. My daughter came away really loving Megan, Michael, and Matt. I enjoyed those three too, though Anoop is my boy.

If I had to rank the AI concerts I’ve seen, I would have to do it like this, from best to not-so-best: AI 6, AI 8, AI 5, AI 7. Funny, AI 6 was probably my least favorite season, but their concert was top-notch.

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  • mitchellvii

    If you want to hear how Adam will translate to the radio, give a listen to “One” on iTunes.

  • luvadamlambert

    Thnx.matt gave casey the shout out .:)

  • Jayd

    Twenty minutes for intermission is very long.

    Not if you have to go to the bathroom, and you happen to be female. The lines at Target Center were loooonnng.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    Loved the review! I laughed out loud about the description of other people dancing.

    The description of Anoop’s voice is perfect! couldn’t have said it better myself

  • alison8701



    “I kept on having to remind my daughter who he was… Last night, I was thinking that Kris is the ‘Accidental Idol.’  We’re not really sure how he ended up there, but since he is there and nice enough and not bad, we’ll give him a little love.”

    that’s how I feel about him too. So forgettable, but nice enough to not really mind, I suppose, if you don’t think about it too hard.

  • poster

    I enjoyed your recap, and I’m with you about the group numbers. A lot of people hate them, but I really enjoy them. And the dueling pianos was my favorite part of the concert….along with Matt!! Hope we get to see more of him after the tour.

  • Candice

    “Adam was a ton of fun to watch. He is a superb performer. I’m not sure what his future holds’ ¦I still think he’ll do best on Broadway, because I’m not sure how he might translate over the radio.”

    Adam is so versatile that he could do Broadway but could still do pop music.

  • zzatrms

    And now for the NC-17 portion of the show: Heh, I kid, but’ ¦yeah, parts of Adam’s performance made my daughter look at me with mouth agape and a look of shock and horror on her face. When Adam straddled the mic stand and then stroked it? Maybe was a bit much, lol. Of course, the women behind me panting and screaming ‘We love you Adam!’  probably didn’t help. Later, my daughter said Adam’s performance had been ‘kind of inappropriate.’ 

    I think someone wrote about your daughter in a previous recap. The description sounds the same.


    Good recap! Sounded like you and your daughter had a lot of fun! Thanks!

  • janerazor

    Thanks for everyone’s comments. Yes, my daughter and I had a really great time. Adam was a little too out there for her, but her whole take on what is “inappropriate” or not is sort of a joke between us.

    I also just wanted to say that while I think Allison isn’t quite “ready,” as a performer, it’s clear that she is very generous and strives to give a lot of herself to her audience, and that is something to be appreciated about her.

  • listen

    THanks for the recap.

    Interesting thoughts about Allison… I have not seen her live, but I loved her voice on the show.

    Adam is my boy, but always nice to hear from fans of “the others” ;-)

  • kradamour

    I really enjoyed this – thank you. You had a nicely different perspective – I like the recaps that make me think a little bit, and yours did. I agree that Alison is not quite ready for prime time – but if handled well, she definitely will be.
    Thanks for writing!

  • cher

    Thanks Janerazor for a very honest review. Enjoyed it very much. Pretty much agree with you about all, except Adam. He’ll do just fine on radio. Listen to his studio versions from the show. As for your daughter, tell her my friend just took her 11 year old daughter to a Jonas brothers concert and nearly died of boredom while the “tweens” were screaming away.lol
    Could be payback for you.

  • http://www.GuanacosOnline.org/roquesite roquemocan

    Thanks Janerazor for your addendum about Allison, she pours her heart out in her performances, and hopefully will get good advice by her people.

  • justjude

    Thanks Jane razor Good review! It was fun to hear of your young daughters reaction to Adams moves……It kind of reminds me of, just, what I felt at that age, whenever I saw a suggestive or slightly overt action between my parents….UGH!,UGH!UGH!!! Totally normal and, I believe is mother natures way of protecting the young from wanting to go there.!
    I think I like more about some of the idols than you but we all have our preferred singers and you were mostly kind. I love the Kradison and Matt and believe others have some redeming qualities.
    I have to admit to being slightly over the moon and and looking for the
    Planet Fierce Man, who has absolutely incredible recordings all downloaded
    to my I pod. When I am listening to him, the 45 minute workout…..gone
    too soon!!!!!!!!!!He will be a superstar and one day your daughter will say, I saw him back when he lost Idol and became a Superstar. LOL!!! LOL!!!!!

  • AuntTine

    Fun to read someone else’s perspective! I’ve never been to see an Idol Tour, but drove over four hours (dragging along non-Idol watcher best friend) to see this one. What struck me – how much fun everyone had and how happy they were to be there. I disagree on Megan – she looked very uncomfortable in those shoes and out of sync with the others in group numbers. Matt was my biggest surprise – he was electrifying on the piano and connected with the audience very well. So agree with your view there and also your thoughts on group numbers – they were fun. Adam was not a surprise, expected to be thrilled and was not disappointed! I’d drive back to see him any time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Grammie Kari


    Anoop was my favorite from last season, and I just love his smooth-as-silk-easy-as-cream-drenched-in-melted-butter voice.

    How nice to read a recap from another Anoop fan. I love the unique descriptions of his voice, and this is another favorite for me!

    Isn’t it great to share this experience with your daughter? Memories to cherish. It is interesting to note her reaction to Adam. :smile:

    I also liked your description of others around you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Great recap!

  • tpk1987

    Did this person accually GO the the Minnesota concert??….This is a very Biased review IMO… No credit where credit was due…Heres a MUCH better Review

    American Idol Tour 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota

    ~Michael Sarver~
    What a perfect person to start off the tour…Energetic…Great vocals…Personality, what more do you need? Michael in every way was much better then I remember. He had also said during his set that this was the first tour stop that every single person was on there feet. Go Minnesota!

    ~Megan Joy~
    I’ll start off saying she looked very sexy in her pink dress…but unfortunatly thats all there was to offer, she got minimal cheers, her hair looked rediculus and she was just as average as she seemed to be on the show. Unfortunatly both of her song were boring too. Also during the first half group performance she had about a 15 second laughing fit where she couldnt even sing….it was really embarrassing and uncomfertable(poor LiL).

    ~Scott Macintyre~
    Im gonna start off by saying scott surprised me a lot, sounded very good and was really good with the audience. I went into the tour with scott being in my bottom two favorites….not anymore, scott can REALLY sing, A Thousand Miles was awsome,scott playing the piano is like magic. Well done scott.

    Lil definetly rocked and sounded really good. She was definetly not in my top 5 or 6 fav performers but she still held her own pretty well, not much to say other then that.

    ~Anoop Desai~
    What can i say, i thought anoop could sing on the show and he definetly sang excellent on the tour. I enjoyed Always on my Mind and My Prerogitive….expecially My Prerogitive. Mad i didnt enjoy too much but all in all he was great

    ~Matt Giraud~
    WOW…..Now more then ever i cannot even comprehend why Matt hasnt been signed yet, matt was so good from start to finish, and Minnesota definetly showed him love. I think Matt’s a little ahead of scott in the piano playing. He was in my top 4 Fav performers on the tour, i would buy his CD in a heartbeat.


    ~Allison Iraheta~
    I’ll start out by saying i loved Allisons whole set, but if i had to pick one song i liked the least of hers it would be So What. I like her bettter running and dancing around the stage. I can decide whether i like Cry Baby or Barracuda, they both rocked the house!

    ~Danny Gokey~
    OK. lets be honest i’ve not been very shy about my disliking in Danny, but when i met him it almost all went away, he was way cooler then i ever expected. Danny started out with a bang very energetic P.Y.T., but then he does Maria Maria….really bad choice IMO but i will say the dancing in the end of that song was excellent! What Hurts the most was VERY good and his last song My Wish gave me chills…i can now officially say i am becoming Danny Gokey fan.

    ~Adam Lambert~
    Immediatly as Danny song ends there is a long stretch of loud cheers and roar…why u ask? Cuz its Adams turn. Right when u hear the beginning music of Whole Lotta Love u just know ur going to be in for a great set. Then can starlight which was really good, then it was Mad World, my favorite part of his set. Then he talked and then introduced his “Little Sister” Allison Iraheta and they both did AMAZING on Slow Ride. I wasn’t a fan of the David Bowie medly, but thats ok cuz the rest of his set was so good it didnt matter. Also Adam echoed really bad for some reason.

    Just when i thought Kris couldn’t get better…He does, let me tell you if you loved kris on the show, hes even better on the tour. When he starts heartless it was so incredibly loud in the arena. All the thing I Have Done was a smart choice for replacing No Boundaries. BrightLights was very good as well…i know this has been said time and time again but going from rocking out with Adam to being chill and listening to the smooth amazingly sung lyrics of Kris is so perfect. Next was Aint No Sunshine, yet another huge hit, love hearing kris play the piano twice. Then Hey Jude which i dont think there was a single person not singing the song with him…then the rest of the idols come out and rock out with this seasons winner. They finish hey jude and go to Dont stop beliveing.