Spoiler Update: The Top 36 May Have Leaked!

**Update**   Now, with audition links! Also, I’ve got a page devoted to the rumored Top 36 HERE.   It’s a work in progress, I’ll be filling in more detail over the weekend

ETA: Dave from VFTW received an email tip, he and Joeplace did a little more research and Joesplace is calling it legit…

The American Idol Top 36 list may have leaked.

Check out Vote for the Worst for the list, right HERE.

I’m also going to post the list after the jump.   Felicia Barton is NOT on the list. Damn.

Adam Lambert – audition
Alexander Wagner-Trugman – audition
Alexis Grace – audition
Allison Iraheta – audition
Ann Marie Boskovich – audition
Anoop Desai – audition
Arianna Ayesha Afsar – audition
Brent Keith – audition
Casey Carlson – audition
Danny Gokey – audition
Jackie Tohn – audition
Jasmine Murray – audition
Jeanine Vailes
Michael *unsure of last name- probably Michael Bartul
Jessica Langseth
Joanna Pacitti – audition
Jorge Nunez – audition
Junot Joyner
Kai Kalama – audition
Kendall Beard – audition
Kristen McNamara
Kris Allen – audition
Lil Rounds – audition
Matt Breitzke – audition
Matt Giraud – audition
Meghan Corkrey – audition
Mishavonna Henson
Nate McGee
Nick Western
Ricky Braddy
Scott MacIntyre – audition
Stephen Fowler
Stevie Wright – audition
Taylor Vaifanua – audition
Tatiana Del Toro – audition
Von Smith – audition

  • poporange

    “damn” I agree.

  • primeminister

    So. Much. Freaking. Fodder.

    Now the audition edits Felicia and Ryan got make sense. DARN.

  • americanidolfan102

    I am actually really disappointed in this list.
    Some of my favorites are not on here
    I really hope this list is wrong
    because if Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson are not advancing to top 50 I will probably not watch until the top 50
    plus they didn’t have Rose which the judges loved
    and Tatiana del Toro is on here which REALLYY surprises me.

    But one of my favorites (Danny) at least made it =]

  • mpl009

    Put Felicia and Ryan… the list is great… but now :(

  • snuffles

    I’m looking forward to the following for a wide variety of reasons:

    Adam Lambert
    Alexander Wagner-Trugman
    Anoop Desai
    Von Smith
    Jasmine Murray
    Tatiana De Toro (muy loca!!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63800280&ref=profile gerreb

    I don’t remember who the majority of these people are. But I’m so glad Anoop is on there! And Stevie! And is that the same Megan who was on last night?? If so, good!!!

  • Lys

    So let me get this straight… Felicia’s not on the list… But Tatiana is???

    Something’s seriously messed up here. I don’t know whether it’s the list that’s fake or whether it’s the judges heads that are messed up, but something is not right.

  • paradox19

    where is Leneshe Young and Angela Martin? And Tatiana Del Torro and Von Smith [sorry fans] is part of that list? I’m sad.

  • primeminister

    So let me get this straightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Feliciaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not on the listà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ But Tatiana is???

    Somethingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s seriously messed up here. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know whether ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the list thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fake or whether ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the judges headà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s are messed up, but something is not right.

    It can happen. The golden rule of Idol semi-finals: there is always fodder.

    They do this every year. Do you seriously think Amy or Garrett were the best 24 in America last season? TPTB have a tighter hand on who advances this year, with the new semifinal format and all.

    I’m gonna wait for MJs semifinal videos. There’s no way in hell I’m sitting through probably 30 plus crap singers just to hear the few good ones.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    There is a ton of fodder on the list.

    There’s method to their madness:

    Sprinkle each performance group with their favs. make sure they get primo spots in the line up, surround them with fodder.

    If a few slip through the cracks, the judges fix it with their wildcard picks. Voila! TPTB get the Top 12 they want.

  • star

    Oh no, Felicia. FAIL. :glurps_tb: I can’t even remember who half these people are. But yay, Adam!! And I’m glad to see Kris Allen on there too. What little we heard of him, I liked.

  • IGetCranked

    Darn, I liked Ryan Johnson too.

    Totally agree MJ!

    I thought Anoop was wildly talented but I dont’ see where he would fit on the charts right now… same with a lot of them.

  • Lys

    It can happen. The golden rule of Idol semi-finals: there is always fodder.

    They do this every year. Do you seriously think Amy or Garrett were the best 24 in America?

    Yeah, I know it happens.

    But I still feel like griping about it, lol.

    And at least Amy and Garrett were somewhat likeable. I remember enjoying Amy’s audition. Tatiana on the other hand…. *cringes*

  • snuffles

    Is Kris Allen a guy or a girl?

  • primeminister

    Yeah, I know it happens.

    But I still feel like griping about it, lol.

    Yeah, I figured you knew. :) I just wanted to rant about the producer manipulation, which happens every year, I know, but will probably be extremely effective this year.

  • Jolene

    Stevie Wright and Adam Lambert! Yay.

    I can’t wait for Hollywood, the audition rounds were so tedious this year (normally, those are the only episodes I watch, but after last year I’m actually looking forward to seeing the good performers rather than the trainwrecks).

  • jersey

    I have no idea who half these people are!

  • primeminister

    Is Kris Allen a guy or a girl?

    Guy. He was in the montage with Ryan and Felicia, no?

    Speaking of Ryan and Felicia… :cry_tb: (dang, I should have listened to Sarah and pj about not getting attached too early.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Felicia Barton is NOT on the list.

    :glurps_tb: Sucks.

  • cookcricket

    Disappointed about Ryan Johnson, Felicia and Rose. I would have liked to have seen Frankie and Leneshe on there too. :(

    Happy about Danny, Jessica, Jackie and Megan! Yeah!

    Boo Tatiana! Fodder?

  • Little Boy Blue

    Arianna Afsar (16) just might be this year’s version of the nice young, talented, cute and pretty singer who just might make the finals but eliminated soon after ( she’s the one who organizes performances to cheer up the grandpa’s and grandma’s at the old folks home).

    She reminds me a lot of Lisa Tucker ( we know how far she went ).

    Listen to her sing a complete Broadway song on San Diego TV here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GztkrXA-PDc

    She has sang for the San Diego Padres many times and at age 15, won the Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition and later won in her division for the Del Mar Idol Contest ( a resume very similar to Lisa Tucker).

    Watch her tackle a Celine Dionne song — I SURRENDER here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO8cBoGvxac&feature=related

    She’s an extremely poised performer for a girl this young.

  • americanidolfan102

    I have a question…
    is Jessica the girl who auditioned in Kansas City that takes care of her grandmother?

  • Lys

    Yeah, I figured you knew. :) I just wanted to rant about the producer manipulation, which happens every year, I know, but will probably be extremely effective this year.

    Yeah, good point. Looking back, I probably should have added a third category to my little rant: either the list is fake, the judges’ heads are messed up, or TPTB are simply being the slimy gits they’ve always been, lol.

  • cookcricket

    I have a questionà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦
    is Jessica the girl who auditioned in Kansas City that takes care of her grandmother?

    That’s who I’m thinking she is. I can’t remember another Jessica, but may be wrong….

  • americanidolfan102

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s who Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m thinking she is. I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t remember another Jessica, but may be wrongà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Thanks I really hope it is because I really liked her

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Based on this spoiler list, I think this may be the season that AI finally loses me.

    ETA: And you know what? Screw TPTB. I might just have to vote with VFTW this year.

  • hardkandy

    Yay for Adam, Danny, Matt and Meghan.

    Eek for Tatiana and Von.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Wow I can’t believe Ryan and Felicia didn’t make it… wow. :(

    Yay for Anoop though!

  • chercat

    cookcricket,

    I really liked that Jessica who took care of grandma and sang Cry Baby by Janis . I recall that her last names was something like Furney(sp?) so I don;t think she’s on the list- she was really, really good .
    So,they pick people like Tatiana and Von Smith and Jessica Furney is a NO ? Weird .

    Anyway , I really like Ann Marie and LOVE ,LOVE, LOVE Danny Gokey so that makes me happy – he will be my ” Eliot” this year – hope he makes it to the Top 10 !

  • cookcricket

    chercat,

    awww, I think you’re right! :(

  • AZIdolFan

    i’m soooo excited that Anoop made it. i love him. and a super yeah for meghan. it’s cool that adam is there but not really surprised. am really surprised that alex is there. ditto for stevie. but really happy about it!

    boos for tatiana and von :thumbdown_tb:

  • sparklesgirl2

    I haven’t seen all of these auditions, I only really watched the first episode and then random parts of the others… but since everyone’s been talking about Felicia, I’m real sad we won’t be seeing her. I’m real glad to see Stevie, Lil (the new Melinda?), Adam, Alex, and Anoop. Not sure if Scott’s worth the hype… and definitely want to gag about Joanna. I loved Carly last year, but this girl seems WAY more planty. Arianna I like too, but I think she’s got the Jordin Sparks lovable factor, which kind of annoys me because I still am bitter about Jordin ousting Melinda. ;) I think I remember Alexis Grace and liking her… did she kind of have a small-town bluesy-folk vibe? And Casey Carlson, I remember her too, I think. Very sad about Frankie, Rose, and that Deanna from the first ep… oh and LENESHE. I thought she could win it all.

  • Scifisam

    I refuse to believe it. If it’s true, I don’t know if I will be watching.

    I don’t (want to) believe Ryan isn’t in the top 36.

    I call a farce. I hope I’m right.

  • americanidolfan102

    I think the last three should be removed
    and Ryan, Falicia, and Lanesha should go in there place
    and maybe take out some of the unknowns that aren’t so good and people like DeAnna and Rose through
    but if this is the exact top 36 we’re gonna see Im really really disappointed :furious_tb: :help_tb: :shock_tb: :tongue2_tb: :thumbdown_tb: :wallbash_tb:

  • hypertwink

    I have a theory why Ryan Johnson wasn’t picked. He leans towards rock and AI already has it in Cookie. This season will probably veer away from rock-oriented males.

  • NickDaddyo

    I hope the unknown Michael is Michael Castro instead…

  • Fender

    MJ, do you have any opinion as to the authenticity of this list?

  • IdolFanatic

    If this is true, then I am sad that Ryan and Felicia are not on there. But for me, it’s all about Danny and Stevie, so I’ll be watching.

  • tinydcfan

    So very happy about Adam, but where is Deanna Brown?! I loved her and can’t believe she didn’t make it to Top 36 :glurps_tb:

  • KrazeeK120

    If a few slip through the cracks, the judges fix it with their wildcard picks. Voila! TPTB get the Top 12 they want.

    Which is part of the reason I like the S4-7 method better. It allows good fodder a better opportunity to make it (Elliott!).

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Alexander Wagner-Trugman

    I liked his quirkiness, but he’s got to be cannon fodder. I hope he brings the humor cuz we’re all going to need it.

    NickDaddyo Jan 29th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I hope the unknown Michael is Michael Castro insteadà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I wish. He could be very entertaining cannon fodder.

  • Grammie Kari

    I can’t tell for sure if the gender is male or female by some of the names. I am just guessing 20 guys and 16 girls.

    I agree with many of the favorites mentioned! I am happy to see Jorge Nunez and Kai Kalama there, although I don’t know how popular they will be. I like Anoop as well. I will admit a slight swear word came out when I saw Joanna Pacitti on the list.

    There is a possibility one or two may be mistakes, but these lists from Joe’s Place are very often on the money. Right, MJ?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    MJ, do you have any opinion as to the authenticity of this list?

    I don’t know who the source is. But if Joesplace is confident, then there’s a good chance it’s legit.

  • CathyMK

    Big shock, looks like most of the plants are listed. I’m surprised Frankie isn’t there though. I guess they can always bring her back next year.

    I think about 2/3 of the people I had listed as favorites are on the list, so I’m a happy camper- but then, my expectations are pretty low! I hope Adam, Kai, Danny, and Alex at least get a decent amount of screen time before they’re cut. Yeah, I’m all about the guys!

  • golcook

    Hey MJ,

    Your blog is listed in the top 10 best american idol-related websites at number 3!!! only after americanidol.com and idolforums.com. WOW!!!

    3. MJ’s Big Blog: Don’t let MJ’s simple, low key design fool you; this site is jam-packed with news, reviews, spoilers, pictures, videos, appearances, and chart information about the show and every contestant past and present. It should be a daily visit for every American Idol fan even during the off season, and when Idol’s on the air the chat and blog comments are the place to be. MJ’s Big Blog would be at the top of this list except the server frequently goes down on spoiler days (usually Tuesday afternoon right after the performance dress rehearsals) during the height of the season, frustrating many devoted fans.

    You sure do a great labor keeping us updated day by day, thank you so much and congratulations!!!!!

    Check the full list HERE

  • JudyOhio

    Awwww, hate not seeing Ryan Johnson on that list (Ohio boy you know, lol).

  • cookcricket

    I forgot come out of the moldy closet Alex. And Matt Giraud is the dueling piano player, right?

  • itsalleternal

    Will they ever give up with the fodder???

    Last year it was great people like Brandon Green, Colton Swon, Kyle Ensley and Cardin McKinney that were denied their chance so that they could stack the deck.

  • itsalleternal

    Favorites missing: Felicia Barton, Deanna Brown, Ryan Johnson, Angela Martin, Jennifer Samoranos, Sharon Wilbur…

  • Scifisam

    I have a theory why Ryan Johnson wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t picked. He leans towards rock and AI already has it in Cookie. This season will probably veer away from rock-oriented males.

    I think you are probably right. Which means I probably won’t be watching for long. That many divas and poplets just wouldn’t be worth it without a little rock. :frown_tb:

    I guess Idol is just not for me. *sigh*

  • Dr. Tracey

    No Felicia? Booooooo

    but Anoop? YAAAAAAAAY!!

  • Tony

    Felicia didn’t make it? Outrageous :(

  • bean99

    I’m happy that I recognise some names as ones I like like Anoop, Lil, Danny, Brent, and Scott. I know I liked other girls but can never remember names. I can’t place Felicia. They’re all running together by now.

  • yummystars

    Well, I really liked Leneshe Young (I think that was her name, I mean the high schooler with the surprisingly sophisticated, light jazzy writing style), I remember her best of all because she surprised me and was different, and I really was curious to see how she was going to develop. But there must be reasons why some people didn’t make it through. It doesn’t always mean they didn’t show great potential or have great voices.

    But Hollywood Week is not just about the voice but also the ability to switch styles and to nail a song with little notice, or sometimes to get along right away working with a bunch of anxious strangers. It seems designed to test how you respond to the pressures of show business and some of these people are very young and/or inexperienced. So for some it’s better to wait than to crash and burn on national live TV later on, even if they have a great voice or style. This way, it’s okay, they got a little experience this year and some may have stayed in LA to plug away at a career, some may have gone home to try again next year, and they made some contacts and got some pointers.

    I’m just saying, don’t overjudge the judges…just yet, anyway!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I added audition links to the contestants we’ve seen. Only 9 of the 36 are completely unseen…

    Interesting.

  • Grammie Kari

    Congratulations, MJ for making theTop 10 best American Idol-related websites at number 3!

    Well, if the plants don’t get voted in, you can be sure the judges will put them them in those last 3 spots!

    Did anyone figure out how many are guys?

  • t2

    Tatiana Del Toro….Really!!!

    I guess she left the tulle at home when she went to Hollywood.

  • Grammie Kari

    Yes, I do see Lil Rounds as TOP 12. It just seems more of the guys stand out from the list!

    Vote for the Worse has photos, and I see that Mishavonna Henson is a girl!

    Now the three Wild Card choices will be from this TOP 36 list, right? I believe the TPTB want the viewers to vote Joanna in so they won’t have to select her. That would be too obvious.

  • sabby_rina

    WHAT?!?!? NO FELICIA?!?!

    Aren’t they bringing the Wild Card back? Maybe they can bring her back. Oh I hope so!

    I guess I’m rooting for Anoop, even though I have no idea how they’d market him on the charts…but I’m hopeful.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Rickey has a hunch that the list is just someone’s educated guess. He mentions the absence of Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson, too.

  • ohreli

    I dont believe this list. Besides Barton, I dont believe that these DIDNT make the Top 36: Leneshe Young, Jessica Furnay, Emily Wayne-Hughes (!!!)

  • Niall

    Rickey has a hunch that the list is just someoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s educated guess. He mentions the absence of Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson, too.

    The list may not be 100% accurate but I doubt Dave and JP would move forward with making the list public unless they were pretty darn certain and it matched up to information they already had from other sources. There are some names on there that wouldn’t have made it if we were going by pre-show buzz. Rickey might just be annoyed that he got scooped again. We shall see.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I think this list is male/female balanced. From my count, it was 18 males and 18 females. However, that doesn’t mean that the groups of 12 will be balanced. I mean, TPTB basically told us early on that they wouldn’t be.

    Males:

    Adam Lambert
    Alexander Wagner-Trugman
    Anoop Desai
    Brent Keith
    Danny Gokey
    Michael *unsure of last name- probably Michael Bartul
    Jorge Nunez
    Junot Joyner
    Kai Kalama
    Kris Allen
    Matt Breitzke
    Matt Giraud
    Nate McGee
    Nick Western
    Ricky Braddy
    Scott MacIntyre
    Stephen Fowler
    Von Smith

    Females:

    Alexis Grace
    Allison Iraheta
    Ann Marie Boskovich
    Arianna Ayesha Afsar
    Casey Carlson
    Jackie Tohn
    Jasmine Murray
    Jeanine Vailes
    Jessica Langseth
    Joanna Pacitti
    Kendall Beard
    Kristen McNamara
    Lil Rounds
    Megan Corkrey
    Mishavonna Henson
    Stevie Wright
    Taylor Vaifanua
    Tatiana Del Toro

    ETA: MJ, you have Jamar Rogers’ audition up instead of Matt Breitkze’s.

  • snuffles

    I dont believe this list. Besides Barton, I dont believe that these DIDNT make the Top 36: Leneshe Young, Jessica Furnay, Emily Wayne-Hughes (!!!)

    Emily Wynn-Hughes got cut. Probably because she’s got a drunk driving record, is on probation and is currently forced to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The list may not be 100% accurate but I doubt Dave and JP would move forward with making the list public unless they were pretty darn certain and it matched up to information they already had from other sources.

    ITA. Plus, there are always surprises at the end. Folks who should have made the list and didn’t, like Felicia and Ryan, and your WTF picks. Last year peeps were shocked when Colton and Cardin didn’t make the cut.

    Actually the list looks reasonable to me. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it turned out to be true.

  • sparklesgirl2

    I think I mixed up Jessica Furney and Alexis Grace. Liked ‘em both though, but sad Jessica’s not on here.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I dont believe that these DIDNT make the Top 36: Leneshe Young, Jessica Furnay, Emily Wayne-Hughes

    Leneshe Young: She might have choked in Hollywood. It happens.

    Jessica Furnay: Her voice was good but not great. Plus, she doesn’t have the look.

    Emily Wayne-Hughes – She was definitely cut. We knew that already. Besides getting arrested in November for DUI, I think her look was a little bit too far out there for TPTB

    Nope. It all seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    The more I look at the list, the more it screams of Simon’s “extra” influence this season. Remember how much he wanted Kyle last season and was a whiny little baby when they had to say no to him? Simon’s all about personalities (see example, Tatiana Del Toro – though, I don’t remember, did he vote yes for her to go to Hollywood?). And TPTB in general lurve controversy.

    If this list is 100%, I guess I’m pretty firmly rooting for Adam now. Unless someone else absolutely blows me away in the semis. Let’s go cannon fodder! Who’s gonna be this year’s Elliott or Jason??

  • Niall

    Is it true that the top 12 isn’t necessarily going to be 6 guys and 6 girls and they are going back to the way it was for seasons 1-3? If that’s the case I could see a top 12 top heavy with the guys and maybe two or three girls.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    The last top 50 list posted at Joesplace on January 26th included Felicia and Ryan but not Deanna, FWIW. The name that makes me suspicious is Tatiana’s.

  • Duke

    NO FELICA!!!!

    I SWEAR TO GOD, IF SHE DIDNT MAKE IT, I WILL DISOWN THIS FUCKING SHOW!!!!! BULLSHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

  • ohreli

    I dont believe that these DIDNT make the Top 36: Leneshe Young, Jessica Furnay, Emily Wayne-Hughes

    Leneshe Young: She might have choked in Hollywood. It happens.

    Jessica Furnay: Her voice was good but not great. Plus, she doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have the look.

    Emily Wayne-Hughes – She was definitely cut. We knew that already. Besides getting arrested in November for DUI, I think her look was a little bit too far out there for TPTB

    Nope. It all seems pretty reasonable to me.

    NOT EVEN ROSE FLACK???

  • Duke

    Seriously, if Tatiana makes it over Felicia, there is no justice in the world. I DO NOT BUY THIS LIST. I understand the concept of upsets, but not like this. There is no way. And how did “Nati” girl not make it either? Sorry, i don’t buy this list. MJ, please tell me there is a chance that this list is not accurate?… I will die if this is the list. DIE. I have been looking forward to these spoilers and now i am regretting seeing them. OK, the only thing im pleasantly surprised is Alexander is on the list! BUt like GOD, this list is soo hard to digest.

    ETA: Yeah, all that pimping, and ROse doesn’t make it? Granted i wasnt impressed with her voice, but i thought they’d throw her in the top 36

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    MJ, please tell me there is a chance that this list is not accurate?

    Sure there’s a chance. :).

  • JJ123

    Like everyone else I’m shocked about some names not on the list and very happy with some. I do think this is a believable list, like every other season there’s the cannon fodder and the ones that make people freak out that they didn’t make it. Based on the little we’ve seen of everyone I think the talent is looking pretty good and diverse. I’m totally curious to see how Tatiana does in Hollywood cuz she was pretty awful in the audition.

  • hardkandy

    Aww I didn’t bother checking for Leneshe’s name coz I just assumed she was in. Now this makes me sad :( She’s my favorite female, along with Meghan, from the auditions.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The last top 50 list posted at Joesplace on January 26th included Felicia and Ryan but not Deanna, FWIW. The name that makes me suspicious is Tatianaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s.

    Remember back in Season 5, there was that really obnoxious contestant–Brenna Gethers….

    But she was all personality and very little vocal talent. That’s where they are going with Tatiana.

    Simon has been promising more personality this year, and that’s what we are getting. Not surprised at all if Tatiana is in the Top 36.

  • Lisa

    Drats no Frankie. Figures.

  • Joanna S.

    There is a ton of fodder on the list.

    Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s method to their madness:

    Sprinkle each performance group with their favs. make sure they get primo spots in the line up, surround them with fodder.

    If a few slip through the cracks, the judges fix it with their wildcard picks. Voila! TPTB get the Top 12 they want.

    I believe the TPTB want the viewers to vote Joanna in so they wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have to select her. That would be too obvious.

    I agree with all of this. If the major plants like Joanna make the Top 12 even if they are voted off, then we will know for sure this show is rigged, especially if someone better is rejected because of it. Maybe they can’t rig the voting but they can do it in other ways. IMO, they are already being too obvious, especially with Joanna–first the staged audition, and then both Kara and Ken Warwick coming to her defense. Give me a break!

  • sillypraguer

    Can’t wait to see Tatiana during the group round. Hehe! They did say the group round is back, right? I bet Anoop rocked it, with his group experience.

    I totally agree that this list seems quite reasonable — very similar to past years in terms of surprises. I hope that those 9 we haven’t seen get at least something during Hollywood week. It’s such an advantage to have fans before the first performance. But, we’ll probably just get lots of footage of Joanna. *sigh*

  • jimmyboyd2

    From what I saw, Tatiana was a good singer who just needed to develop her own style. I think people just get annoyed by her, but she can sing. Every note was spot on.

    Felicia has a cool vocal tone, but her control is suspect. Her voice cracks alot, and she didn’t nail all the notes in the YT performance that I saw.

  • paradox19

    who is Michael Bartul, Nate McGee and Nick Western?
    was able to see this specific link with the list of Hollywood Contestants:
    http://www.americanidol.com/hollywood_week/kr_n/
    and i cannot find those three people.
    so if the spoilers are true, then how come i can’t find them in the list from
    from the american idol site itself.

    can someone shed a light on this one?

  • t2

    I have only watched the auditions and not watched any of the additional music from the “hopefuls”, so maybe that’s why I found Felicia Barton generic — because I only saw three second of her. Very surprised not to see Ryan Johnson’s name on there though. I guess AI has had it’s fill of white soul singers?

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Is it true that the top 12 isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t necessarily going to be 6 guys and 6 girls and they are going back to the way it was for seasons 1-3?

    Yes, according to what Ken Warwick said several weeks ago, this is true.

    ITA. Plus, there are always surprises at the end. Folks who should have made the list and didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t, like Felicia and Ryan, and your WTF picks. Last year peeps were shocked when Colton and Cardin didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t make the cut.

    Actually the list looks reasonable to me. I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be surprised at all if it turned out to be true.

    Exactly. I’m agreeing with you that this is probably the right list. Doesn’t mean I’m HAPPY about it, but it happens every year. Really talented people get cut at various points in favor of those who are there more for the backstory or personality aspect.

    With some of the marginal talents on this list PLUS the way the semis are going to work, looks like TPTB have no intention whatsoever of not getting the top 12 they want. We may have only NOT seen 9 people on the list, but some of those that we have seen are as much fodder as the ones we haven’t seen, imo.

    I remember last year when the top 24 list was released how upset people were, too, because to some extent, I was one of them. I loved Colton and was piiiiiiiissed that he was passed over for top 24 in favor of some of the other guys.

    Felicia has a cool vocal tone, but her control is suspect. Her voice cracks alot, and she didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t nail all the notes in the YT performance that I saw.

    There were about 7 or 8 more youtubes out there that have since been taken down. I’m guessing that those of us who have been singing her praises for so long (no pun intended) actually saw those back in November. I know I did, and believe me, *I* wouldn’t love her so much if she hadn’t given me actual reason to.

    BTW, I listened to Tatiana’s stuff too, back then. And just, no.

  • sillypraguer

    Re: names on american idol’s site, looks like they’re missing all of the Ns. And since the list wasn’t certain on which Michael it was, could be any of the 3 AI is listing … although spoilers say Castro is out.

  • jimmyboyd2

    Yeah. It is doubtful that no one with an “N” name made it to Hollywood. Those profiles were apparently left out, possibly even to narrow down the list of suspects in case of a leak (figuring that only a limited number of people would have access to all the names unless a contestant specifically memorized everyone’s first and last name).

  • St.Lucia

    Man is there some cannon fodder up in that Top 36. Wow.

    I’m upset I don’t see some of my favorites up there(Ryan Johnson, Felicia Barton, heck even Rose Flack who held my interest long enough to want to see more of her). I definitely see some names I don’t like. I’m not surprised by any of it though. I’ve watched this show long enough to not be surprised by blatant manipulations.

    I can almost look at that top 36 and predict who a good chunk of the top 12 will be. Not completely because there are always surprises, but for the most part I can because some of the cannon fodder up there is enough to make you scratch your head and go what the hell were they thinking(see, Tatiana).

    I do like some of what I see(Anoop, Danny, Megan, Adam) so at least I have some people to look forward to.

  • beachn

    No Rose Flack
    No Frankie Jordan
    Wahhhhhh…….

  • primeminister

    If the major plants like Joanna make the Top 12 even if they are voted off, then we will know for sure this show is rigged, especially if someone better is rejected because of it. Maybe they canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t rig the voting but they can do it in other ways. IMO, they are already being too obvious, especially with Joannaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’first the staged audition, and then both Kara and Ken Warwick coming to her defense. Give me a break!

    ITA. I hate the plants (Joanna) even more now.

    Ryan and Felicia should have left home, lived out of their car, and cried about a relative’s death. Seriously.

  • tinawina

    The thing is, the audition tells us only part of the story. We’ve seen good people tank in Hollywood before. We’ve seen people whose audition voices were barely memorable rise to the occasion. I’m not going to be mad at the list until after I see Hollywood week.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Tatiana del Toro? Tatiana del Toro? Tatiana del Toro?

    If I say her name enough, maybe the reason she’s on the list will make a lot more sense.

    Felicia Barton is NOT on the list.

    This sucks. Majorly. Major suckage.

  • leome

    Jackie is the one I really wanted to see in that list, so yay.
    Good to see names like Adam, Joanna, Stevie, Anoop, Danny, Ann Marie, Jasmine, Brent… Those seemed to have great voices.
    All in all, does not seem like a bad list.
    Also, nice surprise that Alex is in there. He may not be what this show is looking for, but I liked him and I was nto expecting that voice from him. Good luck to the boy. Even though I don’t believe he’ll make top 12.

    I wonder why the Osmond guy didn’t make it… too old fashion?

  • ozarka

    MJ, thanks so much for putting up the TOP 36 page. It’s so nice to put a face to a name. It makes these discussions so much easier to follow.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    I’m really disappointed Felicia and Deanna aren’t on that list. They were two of my favorites. I hope we at least see why the ones that most of us expected to make it didn’t. I hope it isn’t just one of those group dismissals with little to no explanation.

  • J.S.G.

    Of course, none of the auditioners that I was drawn too made the list. I am just such a loser with this show.

    But my devotion to AI is unconditional and there is enough talent in the top 36, espcially among the males to keep me glued to the television and the internet for the next few months.
    The indie singers that typically interest me do walk a fine line that does not easily convert to different genres.
    And the Felicia Barton’s of the world can audition again next year.

    But the tendency for AI to gravitate toward the 16 year olds who have the vocal chops, but not the experience does annoy me. Another year of unwarranted parental interference. Oh joy, oh bliss.

  • jumpstart

    I was lost last night when they said they saved the best auditions for last. Really???

    I seriously hope that they don’t believe that because wow … just wow.

  • weareallinnocent

    Rickey might just be annoyed that he got scooped again.

    This. And, he ranked just below VFTW on the “Top 10 American Idol related websites” list recently posted by a blogger. LOL(BTW, both ranked below mjs — yay, mj!) J/k Rickey, ya know we luv ya!

    I think the list leaves room for error, what with the unnamed “Michael” and all. ;-P

  • gabam

    Each year it becomes obvious pretty quickly what type Idol the TPTB is looking for for that season. I wonder what they are going for this year.

    I hope some of the cannon fodder will be good because I was not really fond of the people on that Top 36 list who were shown during the audition rounds. My two favorite Idols’ auditions were not shown during the audition rounds and they ended up Top 3 and Top 4. Maybe there’s hope.

  • folk

    i am going thru the videos….i like that alexander wagner-trugman. the ingram song was good and his dry wit funny. lol.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Remember back in Season 5, there was that really obnoxious contestantà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’Brenna Gethersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    But she was all personality and very little vocal talent. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s where they are going with Tatiana.

    Simon has been promising more personality this year, and thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what we are getting. Not surprised at all if Tatiana is in the Top 36.

    MJ, I understand your point and wondered about it myself.

    I always assumed that so many lesser talents — like Brenna Gethers, Mikalah Gordon, Antonella Barba, Haley Scarnato, etc., etc., etc. — made it to the top 50 because they were better than those who were rejected. I’m pretty cynical at times about this cheesy show, but I never seriously considered that the AI crew would reject genuine, marketable talents in favor of no-talent personalities.

    As you point out, we don’t yet know how those whose names didn’t make the VFTW list performed during Hollywood week. However, thanks to the abundance of spoilers and videos and personal web pages, we get to learn more about the potential contestants than just the AI edit. The process is not pretty — like watching sausage being made.

  • sunchick

    Wow, kind of shocked at the lack of that Ryan guy, who early rumors pegged as doing well in Hollywood. Maybe there was some conflict with his band or he was too chill for TV or something. It dawns on me that the one AI staple that last season kinda lacked was a “villain” storyline that really caught on. You know, the person who has a gimmicky performance schtick early on which eventually gets old while they inexplicably overstay their welcome and frustrate the judges, blah blah blah. They tried for it with Christie, maybe, but she pulled her stuff together, and later with Jason, but it didn’t really stick. Hallelujah and SOTR were too memorable. Maybe that’s why I liked last season so much…nobody really became a big punchline. I’m wondering if some of these choices might be a case of them lining up some future trainwreck/love-to-hate potential. Like that Tatiana chick.

  • primeminister

    According to Joesplace, Jessica Langseth is the younger sister of JONNY LANG. Wow.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    From what I saw, Tatiana was a good singer who just needed to develop her own style. Every note was spot on.

    Not what my ears heard…. I heard a bum note not even five seconds into her audition. Hollywood should prove why she’s here…or not?

  • Trina

    Anyone remember David Brown from season 4? He had what may have been one of my all time favorite auditions, he became an early favorite going into Hollywood and the judges loved him. He totally choked in Hollywood but the judges gave him another chance and put him through to the semis (Randy even tried to get him to talk about what may have went wrong in the chair episode). Then he choked even harder once the semi-finals started. Proof that even the most fantastic audition doesn’t necessarily mean much once pressure hits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63800280&ref=profile gerreb

    According to Joesplace, Jessica Langseth is the younger sister of JONNY LANG. Wow.

    What? Really?? I know someone who dated her for a long time…..and she goes by Jesse. And went by Lang, not Langseth, as far as I know.

  • janerazor

    According to Joesplace, Jessica Langseth is the younger sister of JONNY LANG. Wow.

    Holy buckets and pass the hot dish, Minnesota in da house! You know, I think I saw her sing (as Jesse Lang) a while back at a local dive here in Minnesota called Bogarts. I don’t remember anything at all about her singing…the only reason it stuck in my mind at all was the fact that she is Johnny Lang’s sister. FWIW, I don’t remember her sucking or anything like that.

    As for the rest of the list: Glad to see Danny, Anoop, Stevie…looking forward to seeing what Meghan does. And Tatiana, aka the new Brenna Gethers? Yuck.

  • ohreli

    Look at Rose Flack’s audition—the judges thought she was the next superstar. What could she have possibly done so horrible that she would have been cut in Hollywood??!!

  • whosefanryou

    Even just in the short Hollywood previews, Rose Flack looks highly stressed. I didn’t think she had the voice to compete with a lot of the others we’ve seen anyway. She did have the “it” factor, certainly, but that wouldn’t save her if she choked on the vocals.

  • primeminister

    What? Really?? I know someone who dated her for a long timeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..and she goes by Jesse. And went by Lang, not Langseth, as far as I know.

    You know, I think I saw her sing (as Jesse Lang) a while back at a local dive here in Minnesota called Bogarts.

    Y’all are right. “Jesse Lang” turns up so much more information. She was “nominated “Best Female Vocalist” for the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards.” (http://minnewiki.publicradio.org/index.php/Jesse_Lang)

    http://www.mnblues.com/review/2005/jesselang05-ms.html

    It looks like she, like her brother, is a blues artist.

  • sillypraguer

    Remember Jordi from season 6? The judges looooved her singing ‘chains’ in her audition. But she was part of those six girls who were cut first thing in hollywood. She didn’t sing badly … so anybody can go. I bet Rose just didn’t have the vocal stamina, due to lack of training. I think the judges don’t even remember most of the auditioners by the time it gets to hollywood anyway. Oh, who knows why they do things. Just to make good tv.

  • itsalleternal

    Post-Idol though, the fodder contestants are usually more forgotten than those who were robbed in Hollywood week or on the Chair of Death…

  • JudyOhio

    Y’know, there’s something about Alexander Wagner-Trugman that I like too. I’ll be interested to see what he does next. Not sure how his quiet little verbal jabs are going to go over with Simon if he continues that, but for now it’s kinda fun.

    And Tatiana, if you just look at her face and listen to the vocals, not bad and probably worthy. However, those GIGGLES and the OTT drama are hard on the ears and eyes. The outfit she chose also set her up as a joke! Well, we shall see on this one!

  • janerazor

    Yà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢know, thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s something about Alexander Wagner-Trugman that I like too. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be interested to see what he does next. Not sure how his quiet little verbal jabs are going to go over with Simon if he continues that, but for now ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s kinda fun.

    I’m hoping beyond hope that I am wrong (because I liked his audition), but I am getting shades of Chris Sligh from Alexander…good audition and fun snarky nature giving way to mediocre performances and awkwardly smug douchebaggeriness. Alexander’s comment to Simon about singing “God Save the Queen” (or something like that) wasn’t funny and didn’t even really make sense if it was meant to be a funny slam on Simon. However, I did like Alexander’s audition and his story about the closet…so…we shall see.

  • t2

    Forgot to mention, Tugman cracks me up “I can sing God Save The Queen” BWAH! Between him and Anoop, this should be a good year for banter.

    I think the women are very strong this year. Some of them actually stand out, as opposed to the blonde blahness they normally saddle us with. Yeah for Ann Marie Baskovitch and Stevie Wright. Loved, loved, loved her version of At Last.

  • Michelle

    janerazor, I agree he dances on the edge of douchiness…only time will tell.

  • t2

    Can’t wait to see the “Happy Dances” of Trugman, Del Toro, Noop Dawg, Von Smith, Adam Lambert….heh…

  • Niall

    It shouldn’t be a big surprise that audition favorites like Felicia, Deanna, and others don’t make the Top 36. Hollywood week is about more than a good singing voice. Maybe they didn’t handle the pressure as well as others or maybe they just flat out didn’t seem marketable. The judges are looking for more than a voice, hence the appearance of Tatiana in the top 36 (although I suspect she was deliberately over the top outrageous in her audition and will settle down a bit in Hollywood. We shall see).

    I think a couple dark horses from the Top 36 will be Kris Allen from the guys and Kristen McNamara from the ladies.

  • colette

    Glad Lil Rounds is in there.

    I randomly checked out the websites of a couple people, and we got a Valley Girl true blue in Mishavonna. From her site:

    “I live in a dual world made of fast technology and old-school values. I am the kind of girl that rides a horse on the beach, while texting her best friend with her cell.

    Gag me.

  • milajoy

    Rickey has a hunch that the list is just someoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s educated guess. He mentions the absence of Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson, too.

    MJ knows the details on the list. It wasn’t and educated guess. It was a gift from the Gods. lol

    JoesPlace

  • http://www.joesplaceblog.com milajoy

    who is Michael Bartul, Nate McGee and Nick Western?
    was able to see this specific link with the list of Hollywood Contestants:
    http://www.americanidol.com/hollywood_week/kr_n/
    and i cannot find those three people.
    so if the spoilers are true, then how come i canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t find them in the list from
    from the american idol site itself.

    can someone shed a light on this one?

    I can. AI just didnt list the N’s. lol If you click on the pin in Upstate NY you will see Nate and if you click on Orlando you wil see Nick. Nick is Nick Hendrix. Western is a “Stage name”. Nate is Nate M. Marshall.

    And I’m now say Michael is either Sarver or Tristan.

  • St.Lucia

    According to Joesplace, Jessica Langseth is the younger sister of JONNY LANG. Wow.

    ohmy! I haven’t heard her sing yet, but that just made her suddenly REALLY appealing to me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jonny Lang. His “Wander this world” album ranks in my top ten favorite albums ever….

    If she’s got half the talent her brother does….

    ETA: My internet connect was rude. Anyhow, if she has half the talent her brother does maybe she’ll be like my Jason Castro or Elliott Yamin, my darkhorses who come out of NOWHERE and surprise the hell out of me.

    Oh I love surprises!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    MJ knows the details on the list. It wasn’t and educated guess. It was a gift from the Gods. lol

    Yep. It’s not an educated guess. It’s the real thing.

  • http://thescraploft.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    My husband was watching last night’s show I recorded for him and he went to high school with Jackie Tone. Kinda cool. I am pulling for Matt G.

  • sciencefan

    So, mj, Sharon Wilbur has definitely not advanced?
    Or maybe she has and we just don’t know it yet?

  • JOJOSIE

    I’m hoping the Michael is Sarver, the guy with the dangerous job and the soulful voice. I’ m really eager for the real contest to get started. So far my favorites are Adam and and Danny but there’s lots of singing ahead and someone like Cook could start out slow and win it all.

  • primeminister

    I’m starting to wonder if Jessica Langseth is really Jesse Lang. Take a look at the following pictures…

    A picture of Jesse Lang and the audition photo of Jessica Langseth.

    …same person?

    ETA: Oh, I just checked her VFTW thread, looks like the same person. They posted a link to her music as well.

  • Grammie Kari

    I hope Lenesha Young takes the coming months to fine craft her art and songwriting. Kara was so impressed with her, I can’t believe this will be the last we see of her.

    Sarah, thank you for answering my question about gender balance.

    What I would like to know is why we didn’t see 9 of the 36 contestants? Maybe there is a folk or folk rock singer amongst those 9 contestants? I cannot believe TPTB wouldn’t capitalize on Jason and Brooke’s popularity.

  • v4802

    I can’t believe it, they cut out Leneshe Young and Cody Sheldon!! Two of my favourites. I also like Adam Lambert and LOVE Kris Allen. I have some others backups as well. But c’mon, the Nati girl, or Natty however you spell it. And the Danny Noriega look alike. Well the judges have bad taste anyway : [. I’m really dissapointed that those two didn’t get through. Their much better than heaps of those people on the list.

  • geekygirl

    I am sad about Leneshe, I thought she was a breath of fresh air and I liked her original song. Maybe she was too young emotionally, or maybe there are some back deals going on. Hmmmmmm. I can’t believe they would let someone as talented as her go.

    This list is interesting, it is the first time I have seen Kai’s name on a list of spoilers, I was sad he didn’t make it but I guess he did!

    Well time will tell if it is accurate or not.

  • americanidolfan102

    I guess I have to tell you guys that Adam can win the entire thing
    Almost every former David Cook fan is willing and is supporting him
    I myself don’t really like him so much but I will give him a chance, he could pull a David Cook on us.
    And so could many of these contestants, so going to give them all a chance
    Even though I still can’t get over Ryan and Felicia

  • weareallinnocent

    Almost every former David Cook fan is willing and is supporting him

    LMAO :wacko_tb:

    While we’re making crazy broad claims, I’ll simply add that there is no such thing as a “former” David Cook fan. LOL

  • americanidolfan102

    While weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re making crazy broad claims, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll simply add that there is no such thing as a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“formerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  David Cook fan. LOL

    OH I’m sorry thats not what I meant, I meant current David Cook fans.
    SORRY if that came across wrong I meant former as when DC was on AI

  • Hannah Palindrome

    I really like Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, and Alexander Wagner-Trugman. I don’t think Alex will go far, but I really thought he had a sweet genuine personality. I just don’t see him having “star’ quality.

    I’m not a big fan of the women this season.
    Joanna Pacitti didn’t really impress me. I was surprised to read that she had an album out.
    I don’t care if some of the singers have albums, but I think it tells you that maybe they just don’t have that “wow” factor.
    She really didn’t leave an impression on me. I thought her voice was ok.

    Ann Marie Boskovich ANNOYED ME! She came across as very Fake.
    I wish she said she liked Kari’s singing & stopped speaking. NO. She had to demonstrate by singing the song Kari sang…almost waiting for the judges to say wow you have a great voice. It came across very phony.

    I really hope viewers will vote based on talent.
    I never liked Taylor Hicks or Jordin Sparks. Ho Hum…Boring. Where are they now?

    I hope Anoop & Matt Go Far!!!

    MJ-Great Site! I found it while looking for AI Videos.

  • anijsch

    A picture of Jesse Lang and the audition photo of Jessica Langseth.

    Now I am intrigue with her.

    Imo the hair color change is a very smart move. As a blond girl on Idol you have to stand up against very big shadows from the past.

    In her Idol photos she comes across as a normal girl from the neighborhood.

    Is there still music from her somewhere access able on the net?

  • hardkandy

    Ann Marie Boskovich ANNOYED ME! She came across as very Fake.

    Yeah I didn’t like her either. And that whole skit they did with sending her out to come back with more star quality was so WTF to me. She’s nothing special, for sure.

  • leome

    I guess I have to tell you guys that Adam can win the entire thing
    Almost every former David Cook fan is willing and is supporting him
    I myself donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really like him so much but I will give him a chance, he could pull a David Cook on us.

    LOL!I wouldn’t say every fan, but I can see where that would come from.
    Actually, I remember seeing a picture of Adam where he reminded me of Cook. Something Emo about them, and Adam is kinda of a rocker too, seems to be original. But maybe the similirities end there.

    I think the women are very strong this year.

    I think so too… so far. For some reason te judges seem to be more behind the boys.

  • bean99

    I don’t see the connection between Adam and DC. Adam is way too theatrical in his singing for me and didn’t like his audition at all. I feel the same way about Von Smith.

  • cheese

    Yeah, I’m not seeing the Adam and DC connection. Maybe a slight physical resemblance because Adam’s audition hair resembled one of David’s many hairstyles. I like male singers with grittier, more masculine voices, so I don’t see myself being into Adam no matter how many octaves he sings in. I hope he’ll be entertaining for other reasons though.

    I definitely need to hear more of everyone to pick a favorite or a couple of favorites at this point.

  • reinharv

    Yeah, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not seeing the Adam and DC connection. Maybe a slight physical resemblance because Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s audition hair resembled one of Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s many hairstyles. I like male singers with grittier, more masculine voices, so I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see myself being into Adam no matter how many octaves he sings in. I hope heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be entertaining for other reasons though.

    I definitely need to hear more of everyone to pick a favorite or a couple of favorites at this point.

    Sorry not seeing the Adam and DC connection whatsoever!! Not even close–more like Clay Aiken fans liking Adam.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/fearbear24 hardkandy

    I don’t see the Adam-DC connection either, in their musical styles that is. But I think that’s actually a good thing because I don’t think people from the same style/genre can win this thing twice in a row.

    Adam is different to AI and I’m definitely excited to see what he brings.

  • weareallinnocent

    Ok, I just watched Adam’s audition, and I see *some* of what may be Cook-like, but really nothing competition relevant, if that makes sense? Like, his speaking voice has a familiar tone and he showed up with his Mom. :-) Maybe the way he faced the camera as he left the building and said, “I’m going to Hollywood,” but that’s it really (for me.) Cook presented in a much more understated way, and Adam is OTT.

    Just an opinion…. :kiss_tb:

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    So, mj, Sharon Wilbur has definitely not advanced?
    Or maybe she has and we just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know it yet?

    The list is the list. Anyone not on it has not advanced to the Top 36

  • savgal

    So glad mj posts the auditions for those I might have missed or forgotten! Have to say that Tatiana’s laugh reminds me of the character in “Oklahoma!” that Ali Hakim married at the shotgun wedding — same seriously annoying cackle. I think diva is a good word for her. Will make Hollywood week interesting….also cannot wait to see/hear Jessica Langseth, since cannot find her audition. He bro Jonny is an amazing singer.

  • sylvanaire

    I just sat through all the AI “Introducing…” video clips of the Hollywood hopefuls, and the thing that I got out of it all, was about 85-90% of the contestants listed R&B/Pop/Soul/Blues as their favorite type of music. Very few said Rock, or Folk/Singer-songwriter, or even Country, so it will be interesting to see if that is what tptb are looking for. We know that with this being the 50th Anniversary of Motown, that that will be one of the theme nights anyway.

    I personally, am very disappointed that Deanna didn’t make the Top 36. I really enjoyed her voice. In her little video clip over at AI.com she mentioned that this was the third time she had tried out for AI, so she may not try again. Boo hoo.

    I’ve seen people here mention that Colton didn’t get through to Top 24 last year, and that Simon was upset about it, but wasn’t it Politician Kyle that Simon wanted to give another chance? And I remember Colton Berry(Ellen Degeneres look-a-like), not Colton Swon, were there 2 Coltons?!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen people here mention that Colton didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get through to Top 24 last year, and that Simon was upset about it, but wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it Politician Kyle that Simon wanted to give another chance? And I remember Colton Berry(Ellen Degeneres look-a-like), not Colton Swon, were there 2 Coltons?!

    Colton Swon was a country/rock singer who made the Top 50. There was lots of music out on the net from him, and he developed a fan base before the Hollywood Rounds were aired.

    I don’t think Simon cared one way or another, but there were a lot of disappointed fans when he didn’t make the cut for the Top 24.

  • abbysee

    Anyone remember David Brown from season 4? He had what may have been one of my all time favorite auditions, he became an early favorite going into Hollywood and the judges loved him. He totally choked in Hollywood but the judges gave him another chance and put him through to the semis (Randy even tried to get him to talk about what may have went wrong in the chair episode). Then he choked even harder once the semi-finals started. Proof that even the most fantastic audition doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t necessarily mean much once pressure hits.

    I remember him, he was adorable and he had a beautiful voice, but choke he did, as I am sure that some of the favorites mentioned did in Hollywood this year. A good audtion nor a few you-tube performances are not enough to get me on or off anyone’s bandwagon, as a matter of fact there was only one person that made me want to see his videos and that was Anoop. Don’t know what that means, but I’ve not seen anyone elses, so pretty much blank slate for me in Hollywood.

    I do have one question about the wildcard. Must it be from those not chosen out of the 36, or could Leneshe and Felicia be chosen?

  • elisad

    Almost every former David Cook fan is willing and is supporting him.

    What??? I’m in a MSN group of David fans. Not single one of us liked Adam. I can’t see ^that happen at all.

    Anoop & Megan FTW~

  • itsalleternal

    The Starkville Daily News leaks that Jasmine Murray is in the top 36 – hopefully Jasmine didn’t give them the information!

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I’m a DC fan, and I love Adam, but yeah – what a broad generalization, especially when there really is no obvious connection there.

    I’ve said it before – Adam’s success on the show will largely depend on how much he’s able to toe that line between letting his freak flag fly and being himself but also being approachable to the “median” AI viewer. If he’s really watched all the seasons and knows how to play the game, he knows that. So he’ll be interesting to watch. Plus I think he’s got one hell of a great voice and I can’t wait to hear him tackle the challenges of theme weeks – cause with this list, I’d say that unless he majorly tanks in the semis, he’s in the top 12, no questions asked.

    The girls as a whole are probably stronger, but there are about 4 really strong guys on this list (Adam, Brent, Danny, Scott). FWIW, I’m basing “strong” on either talent, ability to build a fanbase/have an existing fanbase, or both. I can see what Kara and Simon were talking about in their pre-show press about having several really strong guys, and looking at the list, my mind immediately goes to those 4.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen people here mention that Colton didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get through to Top 24 last year, and that Simon was upset about it, but wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it Politician Kyle that Simon wanted to give another chance?

    Yes, Simon wanted Kyle in the top 24 and was all whiny pissy baby about it. Most fans didn’t really care one way or the other. But like mj said above, there were a lot of fans (I was one of them) who were upset that Colton Swon didn’t make top 24.

  • sylvanaire

    Thanks, mj and Sarah, for the clarification on Colton Swon. I didn’t know anything about AI internet sites at this time last year. It was only through my obsession to know all things about David Cook, that I discovered your lovely blog, mj! So this is the first year watching AI that I even knew about a spoilers list, or paid attenion to anyone before the semifinals, and I am enjoying the heck out of all the behind the scenes info, so thanks for your hard work in providing it!

  • itsalleternal

    Yeah, there was way too much cannon fodder especially among the guys in the top 24 last season. We definitely should have had, at least, Colton Swon, Brandon Green and Kyle Ensley in the top 24 instead.

  • Grammie Kari

    ITA. I hate the plants (Joanna) even more now.

    It also bugs me that these people do not stand out with the thousands who endure rain, wind, cold, extreme heat, etc. These so called, last auditions of the day are sometimes arranged in advance. You didn’t see them in the cattle call.

    Also, how can they be really nervous if they have almost been guaranteed to go to Hollywood. When I watched the first season, I never imagined this could happen. :mad_wp:

  • BrettC

    I don’t know if I really believe the PLANT theory. Sorry guys…. I think it’s common knowledge that you DON”T have to wait in the cold, rain, overnight, etc. You can walk up 5 minutes before the cattle call audition, and they’re STILL gonna let you audition. You won’t see them on the tapes then, cause, well, they weren’t there. They were resting their vocal cords at home in bed, instead of under a tent.

    Can’t fault anyone for that………

  • Hannah Palindrome

    I really don’t want to hear the SAD stories. This is a singing competition. Everyone has a story! I have a SAD story. You have a SAD story. Who cares!
    Please AI…

  • janerazor

    I finally saw Jackie Tohn (thank you, tivo). OMG, she is horrible. I can’t belive she even made it to Hollywood. She’s like a bad Amanda Overmeyer, but with an annoying personality to boot. Oh please please let her be a one-and-done.