American Idol 9 – Top 12 Boys – Recap

UPDATE: Tim Urban is the Vote For the Worst pick.

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Cast of JERSEY BOYS Performs at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!

Pretty dire night:  The best were Andrew Garcia, Casey James and Lee Dewyze.  Todrick Hall, Jermaine Sellers and Joe Munoz are in danger of going home.

Tonight, the Top 12 Boys take the Idol stage for the first time. Andrew Garcia has the pimp spot. Of course!

Randy says “the girls blew it out last night.” Well, that’s one way of putting it. Kara warns the guys to watch their nerves. Simon mumbles something about “Little House on the Prairie (??) Ellen said everything sounds way different in the studio than it does at home (NO! Seriously? *eye roll*) She says, if it sounds bad in the studio it sounds worse at home.

Simon says he saw an awful lot of nerves in dress rehearsal. If you mess up, he warns the guys ominously, you’re going home. Eep.

Live blog and videos after the jump…

Todrick Hall – “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson – Little kids sing back the song he wrote for his audition. Todrick TOTALLY re-works “Since U Been Gone” Pretty big risk to re-work this beloved song. Hm. I don’t personally like this funked up version of the song. But I gotta give him props for not doing the same ole’ same old. Ellen says, “You’re such a great performer. I love that you did something different with it..the chorus was a little rough…love that you took a chance.” Randy says, “It didn’t even sound like the same song…you never want to completely obliterate a song…I still want to see you sing…” Kara agrees with Randy, “You don’t have to arrange the song that much…it’s undeniable that you are a performer…you took a risk that’s how you learn.” Simon said, “I thought it was a crazy arrangement of the song..murdered the original song…it was verging on stupid what you just did.” Seriously, hacking up a song by a beloved Idol is probably not too smart. But on the other hand, the judges are constantly telling these kids not to be copy cats. This reminds me of Season 6 when Chris Sligh caught hell for Coldplayizing “Endless Love”…- 1-866-436-5701 – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascall Flatts – Ha ha. His last performance at Hollywood was “Angels”. Way to avoid those David Archuleta comparisons, dude! This 16 year old should have waited a few years before auditioning. He’s very unformed, and I’m not sure he’s in a position to grow over the course of the competition, like the judges suggest he will. The vocals had a couple of pitchy things in there. His vocals are strong, but I’m not seeing much charisma. Simon says, “It actually was quite a good performance…you look as if you are embarrassed to be there…you have to take control of the song…absolutely you will be here next week.” Kara says, “You have no idea what your talent is…I like the pop country lane for you…I think you did a great job…we’re going to see incredible things from you.” Randy says, “You’ve got a huge voice…dude believe in yourself…I’m a big fan.” Ellen says, “You’re going to do very well…I like how humble you are…good job.” – 1-866-436-5702 – VIDEO

Jermaine Sellers – “Get Here” by – He reviews the negative edit he got in Hollywood when he threw the band under the bus. He promises not to do that any more. Ugh. Every time he performs, he over-sings. Somebody needs to tell Jermaine that less is more. I’m not digging his trembley vibrato either. That last note was a little wonky. Ellen says, “I’m a huge fan..I felt you were singing more as a performance than getting into the song…” She tells him he was pitchy and was trying to hard. “I see you more as Maxwell, Ne-yo…the song was old for you…you were trying to do too much with the melody” says Randy. Judges, Jermaine oversings every time he takes the stage…you’re just noticing that now? “When you do those runs, make them meaningful…it felt a little old to me, ” says Kara. Simon says, “In the middle when you were trying to over-sing it…you were screaming…I think you’ve totally blown your chance with that.” The rest of the panel disagrees. Ellen says people will vote for him. When Ryan brings up the Hollywood controversy, Jermaine says “I got made out to look like a Diva…” Then, when Ryan asks if he made up with Michael, Jermain answers “Who is Michael.” Michael Orland comes up on stage for an awkward hug. Oh my. Jermaine is not reversing that shitty Hollywood edit. I think he’s gone. – 1-866-436-5703 – VIDEO

Tim Urban – “Apologize” by OneRepublic – Talks about his last minute Top 24 call back (He took Chris Golightly’s place) He didn’t tell his family he was called back, they found out on TV. We see Randy telling Tim he didn’t make the Top 24. Oh, they filmed Ken calling Tim to ask him to come back (I’ll bet that was faked). Whoa, that falsetto is rough, just like it was during Hollywood when he attempted David Cook’s “Come Back to Me”. He has some good moments, but this performance is all over the place. He’s not picking the right songs for his vocals. He needs to work around his limitations. Simon says, “We absolutely made the right decision not putting you through the first time around based on that performance.” He’s getting slammed, ‘I don’t think your voice is good enough.” Kara says, “The music just swallowed you up…here you were just buried under the beat.” “It was really the wrong song for you, ” says Randy, “None of it worked, ” Ellen says, “You couldn’t hit those high notes.” The entire panel agrees that he’ll get votes because he’s cute, but not on his vocals. Total diss. But he did suck. Tim says the song was a last minute switch. He couldn’t cut down his original pick properly – 1-866-436-5704. – VIDEO

Joe Munoz – “You and I” by Jason Mraz – He was a total fail at guitar playing during Hollywood week. Joe’s got a very nice falsetto–nice transition there. But he pitchy and nervous on the chorus. A very vibrato-y performance. This song choice is pretty boring. Ellen says, “You are so comfortable on stage…you sounded really really good.” Randy says, “Not quite the perfect song choice…singing Jason Mraz is tough…but you worked it out.” Kara says, “I liked that you picked a song I wouldn’t have…you are the best so far.” Simon says, “You have to get out of the bubble…based on that performance…an OK safe performance…you haven’t shown us that you can be a star.” Kara thinks he needs a chance. “A bit limp, a bit forgettable, ” says Simon. Is Kara playing Paula here? Ellen says he looks comfortable and is likable, but he might need to pick a better song. Joe promises to bring something exciting next week. – 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEO

Tyler Grady – “American Woman” by the Guess Who – Tyler’s got the Jim Morrison moves down pat. He’s got a good voice, but there’s something weirdly laconic about the way he wanders around the stage as he sings. His vocals are a little sloppy, especially on the high notes. But, I think he’s going to be popular. He pings that retro-vibe that a particular subset of Idol viewers just love. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t make the Top 12. I wish he’d kept the song as an acoustic blues, before he broke out the electrified funk. Simon says, “People are going to remember that performance…partly for the wrong reasons…it doesn’t feel natural…you’ve got to start changing it up.” “there’s an obsession with the 70’s…you have to do something more than the shtick…bring it into this decade.” Randy says he has to bring his act into 2010. Ellen says he’s lacking the charisma and the excitement…he has to work on the singing and forget the poses. “Be an original” says Randy. Style over substance seems to be the consensus. Tyler says he’ll make a trip to the mall to freshen up his wardrobe. – 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Lee Dewyze – “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol – On acoustic guitar. Despite some pitchy moments, Lee did re-arrange the song. It’s kind of Brit-pop goes post-grunge. He messes up some of the notes, but I like the effort. Ellen says, “I thought that was a really good song choice…until you started screaming it too much…but I like the tone of your voice..I hope people vote for you.” Randy says, “I did’n’t like the song for you…a little too rangy….you are a harder kind of rocker for me…you need something you can sink your teeth into.” “You tried to change it up, but you almost made the song unrecognizable in parts…” says Kara. Then she suggests Bad Company. What the eff? Talk about copycats. Dude took a pop song and tried to adapt it to his own style. Isn’t that what you told the girls to do last night? WTF? Simon says, “I thought this was the best performance by a mile…this guy is a naturally good singer…I fought for you to be here…don’t do bad company..do what David Cook did with Lionel Richie…I think you are going to do well in this competition…” And I agree with…SIMON! I said early on this dude would be a dark horse. I’m stickin’ to that. – 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEO

John Park – “God Bless the Child” – John wants to marry Shania Twain. Ha. John is very charming. I love John’s tone and some of his phrasing here, but he’s trying to do too much with the song, and it’s leading him astray. Simon says, “You have got to have an incredible voice to take on that song, and you haven’t…it came over as very flat…0 emotion…It was a pointless performance…a copycat Michael Buble.” Kara agrees with Simon, “There was no connection…loungy, sleepy indulgent…” Randy loved his runs…but the song made him feel old. Ellen says the song was wrong. Ellen liked the performance, but thought the song was wrong. The panel agrees they have no idea how he’d fit into the contemporary landscape. John says sang the song for his parents. Dude, you don’t pick songs for your parents! Pick the song that’s going to advance you to the next round! – 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEO

Michael Lynche – “This Love” by Maroon Five – His baby was born during Hollywood. Lets see if he can transcend his backstory. Is he playing that acoustic guitar he’s got strapped around his neck? I like the neo-soul vibe Michael’s got going on. Lots of energy, but I agree with the judges, he has to challenge himself more. Ellen says, “You have so much personality…I thought that was a great song choice…a few pitch problems but it doesn’t matter.” Randy says, “I like you, you brought the energy up…” Kara says, “It was a little depressing in here…it wasn’t outrageously great…you’re comfortable with you..but you could challenge yourself.” Simon says, “you were llike the suupport guy…it was like a vague jazzy version of that song…you’re better than that.” Ellen warns him not to be cocky, and to challenge himself. – 1-866-436-5709 – VIDEO

Alex Lambert – “Wonderful World” by James Morrison – He was in Mary Power’s nightmare group in Hollywood. Alex sounds like James Morrison, but not as good. That’s not a good thing. Dude is rhythm challenged and super awkward. He looks terrified. Simon is creaming him, “That was the most uncomfortable performance of the night…you’ve got a good voice…but if you can’t get your nerves together…I feel for you.” Kara says, “You sound so much like James Morrison..that’s a problem, but a huge compliment…it’s all there, it’s not together…” Randy says, “Try to pull it all together…I like you.” Ellen compliments him on his mullet, and compares him to an unripe banana. Alex explains that he has limited performance experience. Poor guy. He’ll probably get some pity votes. – 1-866-436-5710 – VIDEO

Casey James – “Heaven” by Bryan Adams – Sitting on a stool, with an acoustic guitar, he delivers a very sensitive performance. Casey can sing–he’s got an interesting voice, unique phrasing. He’s definitely more than a pretty boy. He also looks natural and confident, more than I can say for most of the boys tonight. He reminds me of Bucky Covington, but Casey is a better singer. Kara is swaying. ha ha. Kara says, “I don’t recognize you with your shirt on…I think you were a little pitchy.” Why are they still treating this guy like a piece of meat? Start discussing his singing! Randy liked the song choice, and his singing. Kara says, “You’re eye candy, but you’re also ear candy.” Finally. Simon says, “We were both cursed with good looks…what I really liked about you..you chose the right song…honest, likable..sincere…this was the best I’ve heard from you.” Casey says he was ready to get torn apart. Ryan says Friday is Kara’s HR meeting. – 1-866-436-5711 – VIDEO

Andrew Garcia – “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fallout Boy – So, Andrew does his You Tube acoustic guitar deal with Fallout Boy. He’s really good, but I wonder if this whole OMG Pop song turned on it’s head!!! deal is going to get old fast. Where is there room for improvement? He’s going to be an early front runner. Simon says, “I was disappointed with that…too serious, indulgent, not original enough…I don’t think tonight you took a risk..a bit forgetable.” Kara says, “It was a really strange rendition of that song….it wasn’t meant to be acoustic. (Straight up was?)” Randy agrees with Simon and Kara…”I’m a fan of you…go back to being you.” Ellen says, “I think that Paula song is going to carry you for awhile…you were too inside yourself.” Is this a new strategy? Give a favorite the pimp spot, then criticize their performance so they don’t appear to be front runners too early in the game? Hm. – 1-866-436-5712 – VIDEO

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809 Comments

  1. Geez, make them feel MORE nervous than they already are Kara. AND Simon! WTF? What is his hangup with forgetting the words anyway? Archie did it and his career isn’t over!

  2. Well I’m at work yet again, so will have to live vicariously through all of you until around midnight EST! Boo! Post some juicy details, please!

  3. Way to inspire, Simon. :)

    Toddrick, wtf? Kelly? ARe you INSANE?

    Apparently

    Because this sucks.

  4. Ok. Sorry. I’m loving Todrick. He may be a tool and singing the iconic Since You Been Gone but I really really like that.

  5. Does Todrick strike you as a little swarmy? He kinda gives me the creeps for some reason.

  6. that was ridiculous – but he can’t be accused of being a copy-cat

  7. Bahahahahah… it was kinda great in parts and kinda crazy in some others. But he’s got balls this guy. All said, kinda cool what he did. Hah. I hope he stays.

    OMG, Aaron Kelly looks petrified ALREADY. Don’t wish a trainwreck on the sweet kid, but this might be good TV if he falls apart =P. I is evil!

  8. YUCK. That was HORRENDOUS. Playing with the song does not equal destroying the song.

    I hope his 1st place position gets him GONE for tomorrow.

  9. Hmm, didn’t care for it. But you’re right, Anovich. lol

  10. That’s funny, Todrick considers himself a dancer who can also sing as well. Simon must have read that interview.

  11. LOVED Todrick!!! Fuck u judges!!! He gets absolutely no crd for what he did! Fuck this show!

  12. I think I’m going to vote for Todrick, he’s courageous or completely crazy but at least it makes things interesting.

  13. Dweia the Goddess, right in joining the live blogging.

    Todrick… ahh, there’s something about him that creeps me out. probably the eyes, he has crazy eyes. But I wasn’t a fan of that version.

  14. Todrick came out giving me hope and took it away faster than I could reach out to pick it up. Boy was rough.

  15. Todrick performance of “Since You Been Gone” was different. He completely changed the original version of that song. I didn’t like it a whole lot, but he definitely changed that song up.

  16. Heh – look at these responses to Todrick. He’s polarizing already! LOL

  17. I applaud his courage even though he totally just ruined one of the best pop/rock songs of this decade…

    Looking forward to Aaron and so glad he isn’t getting the pimp spot since I think Archie hatred is about spew for him…unless that’s already going to Katie as it seemed last night.

  18. I hope Aaron Kelly doesn’t choke. He’s just soooo young….and quiet, and inexperienced…

  19. Man, they really want Todrick out of there. Someone forgot to tell Ellen. I mean, I didn’t like it much but it was kinda ballsy. Too bad I don’t like that dude.

    Hope this kid doesn’t have a meltdown. Simon ate pissy pills for dinner.

  20. Todrick sucked, and I don’t even like the original version of that song. He strikes me as a total jerk. I don’t think change for changes sake is smart or brave. Needs to be GOOD.

  21. Whoa. Aaron sounds pretty bad. Nerves? Not a good song choice, either. Major Zzzzzzz-maker.

  22. Oh man I love this song! Good choice for young Aaron! It suits his voice quite well and man I love him!

  23. Simon must not give a shit anymore, knowing it is his last season. He’s just really saying what he feels.

    Aaron isn’t bad, but I won’t remember him. Hey, he didn’t choke!

  24. Loved Todrick! I think if he had done this drastic of a song change later in the season he wouldn’t have caught so much flack from the judges. I dunno.

  25. I didn’t think Todrick’s performance was too horrible, but since I don’t like him I hope the “death spot” does him in. Aaron-hmm, sounded nervous. He’s no Archie, that’s for sure.

  26. Aaron Kelly… I was prepared to skip your number in order to get a glass of orange juice, to me you’re just one cannon fodder and I remembered you forgot your lyrics which to me equates to not taking everything seriously….but I went back to my seat after hearing your choice, and stayed on it when I heard your voice. Stage presence, needs to improve on. But the voice and the lower register was great. Hmm….

  27. Yuck, Rascal Flatts. He’s trying to sound like that lead singer, whose voice I loathe. But he’s nervous, yikes. Pulls it off sorta.

  28. Awww, he is so scared. I think I am over Rascal Flatts songs. He’s kinda darlin in a deer in the headlights sort of way.

  29. Dude, Duke. So much hostility.

    I like Toddrick. I thought it was unique – it’s what they been asking for. But, man his teeth are so white!

    Aaron really opened up after he hit the chorus. Good job, Aaron.

  30. He did good. Not great, but very good. You could tell he was nervous, but he pulled it out. Just hope the 2nd spot isn’t the killer.

    Teen-aged girls will like him. And that’s fine…for right now.

  31. I agree that Aaron needs more confidence and had a few pitch moments but I love the tone of his voice!

  32. He’s kinda darlin in a deer in the headlights sort of way.

    Yeah – I really want to hug him so he’ll calm down and feel better.

  33. Heh, that dude isn’t going anywhere for a while I wouldn’t think.

  34. Um, I’m a little surprised at myself, but I’m rooting for Aaron! Nice job buddy!

  35. Aaron looks & sounds nervous. Still better than about 8-9 of the girls yesterday…

  36. I figure if Justin Bieber can sell out stadiums, Aaron has a strong shot at staying a while.

  37. You know, I don’t know the song, and found it a bit plain, but I think he will grow. Hopefully he takes a few risks on song choices and gains enough confidence for future performances that he emits more personality.

  38. holy shit. call me crazy but i think there was some flirting going on between ryan and aaron.

    with aaron looking up at ryan a few more times than necessary.
    potential ship.

    and i dont normally find aaron cute but he looked pretty good tonight tho def still needs more confidence

  39. Ryan’s just happy he’s taller than someone

    LOL – I have to wait till my 8pm here,I am looking forward to seeing this!!

  40. Ha ha. His last performance at Hollywood was “Angels”. Way to avoid those David Archuleta comparisons, dude!

    Different song. Archie sang Angels by that European pop singer dude. Aaron sang Angel by Sarah McLauchlan.

  41. I don’t think that Jermaine’s song choice was a good song choice for him.

  42. Oh, my ears. Painful… make it stop. MUTE. Better… phew. Bye Jermaine.

  43. Jermaine… Another guy who gives me the creeps because he has crazy eyes. I was rooting for the gentleman Purifory, Jermaine and not Sellers, Jermaine. No matter how good this guy is, and he’s not that good, he’ll never do anything to me…Period.

  44. Brothas can’t catch a break! But seriously though, Jermaine tried to do too much with that. Ellen’s critique is right on.

  45. Different song. Archie sang Angels by that European pop singer dude.

    lol… that would be robbie williams version of ”angels”…

  46. Totally agree that so far the boys have had a better performance than the girls.

  47. God…Vftw will have a hard time choosing… Maybe not as hard as yesterday, but boy, talk about mediocre all around except for a few exceptions. :-|

  48. I won’t vote for him, and I don’t think anyone else will either, unless it is pity votes.

  49. Ellen struggles with the negative critiques, doesn’t she? She can’t wrap them up and it makes me so uncomfortable.

  50. lol… that would be robbie williams version of ”angels”…

    LOL! Thanks! His name slipped my mind.

  51. I agree with Simon. Ok, enough air time for this guy, get him off the stage please! More pain…

  52. Sounded off pitch to me. Todrick has a better voice, but I hate for anyone to do poorly.

  53. I like Jermaine. His style is very popular now in R&B music. He’s very current and I think relevant. I hope he goes far in this competition. Either way, the boys have been better than the girls to me. At least I’m not bored tonight.

  54. They can all sing…which is more than I can say for Taylor Swift, but I think they’re letting their nerves take over.

    The girls were so boring last night.

  55. Ellen struggles with the negative critiques, doesn’t she? She can’t wrap them up and it makes me so uncomfortable

    Still a helluva lot better than Paula! At least Ellen gets to the point quicker than Paula ever did. And at least she doesn’t patronize them by telling them how good looking they are instead of critiquing their performance.

  56. I’m not liking the judges tonight. Judge the singing and quit with deciding who will be back next week. Pitchy, off key singing doesn’t require ‘that’s okay, you’ll be back’.

  57. very good voice but not a great singer and not connecting very well emotionnally while singing

  58. Addendum to Jermaine… it was sappy, like a dog blobbered his tongue all over you sappy singing. Yep, eeeeewwwwwww.

  59. The judges were much harsher on the girls last night. Todrick, Jermaine, and Aaron have all been horrible. Ellen is making me cringe.

  60. Does anyone think that the mike is putting out odd sounds when they are singing low, I noticed it last nite too. It must be a 3 dollar mike.

  61. Kris always makes a crappy day (or show) better, doesn’t he? *bat eyelashes*

  62. I think the judges are great.I didn’t like Jermaine-lol at who’s Michael.how long do you think it will be until someone posts Aaron and todrick’s performances anywhere?

  63. are they trying to fake us out w/this ”a girl will win idol” meme they’ve been floating in the press? the guys are better vocally than the girls, and the judging is way less harsh… i wouldn’t put it past these producers to be playing the public…

  64. Apologize? Really? But if he sings halfway decently, he’ll be golden. The fangirls will eat Tim up.

    ETA: Ouch. Bad song choice, weak performance. Agree with Simon, his looks might buy him a week or two.

  65. Oh GOD. Not feeling Tim Urban one bit.

    ….Aaron Kelly has been the best so far…wow, did I just say that?

  66. This Urban kid is really cute. Weak falsetto but cute. The rest of the song is OK. These boys are so much better than the girls.

  67. Tim Urban looks like a dark haired Zac Efron, something tells me it doesn’t matter how he sings.

  68. Tim has no falsetto – what the heck is he doing singing apologize? Overall, though, I’ve heard worse on the Idol stage. He’ll stick around on his looks for a few weeks, at least.

  69. Tim needs to really attack the high parts. The way he’s backing off of them makes me feel like he’s not confident that he’ll hit them, so it kind of puts me off a bit.

    But he seems like a nice guy and he did a decent job.

  70. He looks like a puppy. Oh, and cannon fodder. And that was painful. I am sad for him.

  71. His voice is nice on the lower end, but the falsetto is not good. He’s got no range. He’s gotta pick better songs to compliment his limited range if he’s to move along. Look how far Brooke and Jason did… though I’d venture to say Brooke and Jason I think have better vocals.

  72. Seriously, Tim was the next in line to be called when they needed a replacement? REALLY?

  73. Actually, this is the Simon I love! (maybe had a fight with his girlfriend).
    I think this is why I’ve been watching all these years…always wondering what he’s gonna say.

  74. That wasn’t good at all. He’s definitely getting through to the next round though… he has so many fans for some reason.

  75. Okay I take that back. Ellen just partronized Tim about his looks. Please don’t be Paula, Ellen!

  76. They must really want Tim to stay, Ryan’s working extra hard to come up with excuses for that performance. Heh.

  77. Is Simon just extraordinarily mean this year because he’s leaving or is it because the contestants are not as good as they have been in seasons past?

  78. Wow just really really bad. I hate his hair so much, I’m kinda glad he didn’t do well.

  79. ” I’m not liking the judges tonight. Judge the singing and quit with deciding who will be back next week. Pitchy, off key singing doesn’t require ‘that’s okay, you’ll be back’.”

    I think the judges are judging based on what they have heard during Hollywood week.
    They wouldn’t have made it this far if they couldn’t sing, but they all sound AWFUL!

  80. Seriously, Tim was the next in line to be called when they needed a replacement? REALLY?

    makes ya wonder, huh? :lol:

  81. I almost felt like Ryan was saying in his head:
    “More Cannon Fodder……..after the break!”

  82. Cardinal Rule of Idol performances: Choose a song that you can sing.

    Apologize is all about that falsetto

  83. gonna have to revise my opinion about these guys if we don’t start getting some better performances… idol ain’t what it used to be….

  84. Hmmm, the orange juice I was about to get before I heard Aaron Kelly, I went to get for Tim Urban. so, did i miss anything? LOL.

  85. Ellen struggles with the negative critiques, doesn’t she? She can’t wrap them up and it makes me so uncomfortable.

    True, she struggled a bit with critiquing Jermaine straight up, but I was gonna say the good thing about her over Paula is that she’s A) smart B) self-aware, so she’s gonna watch back and realize that about herself and improve– and lo and behold, she didn’t even need to take a day at home to improve. She went straight for it with Tim- he deserved it, really, but she tempered it with humor (so he’s adorable? haha) so I thought she did well there. JMO.

  86. And again, when we came back from the break:
    Ryan: “Kara you excited about the real contestant coming up? Too bad, here’s some cannon fodder.”

  87. ggdoorsfan

    How did you quote that comment???

    cut and paste it, hi-lite it, then click on the b-quote button above the comment box… ;)

  88. Joe looks like Ben Stiller to me, random and strange, but that’s just what I see.

    He isn’t doing too bad….not great….

  89. Joe’s okay. At least he SEEMS to be in tune (yes, that’s all I ask for after watching the girls and boys so far….)

  90. Poor Joe. Not quite good enought to overcome the fodder he was cast to play. Poor Joe.

  91. Aww Joe did well. I heard a rumor that he was really good. LOL that’s the first peep we’ve heard out of him.

  92. Tim is hot. but that was pretty bad.
    I think Ryan likes Tim. trying to help him come up with excuses.

    but Aaron was totally checking Ryan out. weird crop of guys this season. lols

    oh and i hate dislike jermaine alot

  93. Forgettable definitely. Not even enough to make me watch the screen as he performs.

    YEA. There’s that “for you for me for you.”
    C’mon John Park

  94. He did a good job on a song I LOVE– but c’mon that was a soundalike performance, and he’s no Jason Mraz… and so many girls got slaughtered by the judges. for being soundalike last night. Ooh, Spanish shoutouts– hate to be so cynical, but that should curry some votes =p…

  95. Yay Joe!! I love when extremely unpimped contestants do well! I’m voting for him tonight.

  96. I don’t think that Joe’s performance is going to be very memorable.

  97. Simon is just trying to force this to be a girls’ year, come hell or high water. He’s not giving these guys any props at all.

  98. Aw, Joe seems sweet, and he’s the only one I’ve really liked so far. I might toss him some votes. I’d rather see him stick around than Urban.

  99. Joe has a really good voice and it’s a shame he hasn’t had much screen time. Hope he gets through to the next round.

  100. Poor Joe. Not quite good enought to overcome the fodder he was cast to play. Poor Joe.

    yes poor kid is being set up for the early boot

  101. Simon is just trying to force this to be a girls’ year, come hell or high water. He’s not giving these guys any props at all.

    Didi, Crystal, Lily, Katie, Katelyn, Michelle, Siobhan, and Paige all sang better than the guys we have seen so far..

  102. Thank you Tyler Grady for waking this competition up, hate it or love it.

  103. he better bring it – he’s doing the lenny kravitz version… cool… i thought he’d do the more classic burton cummings guess who version…..

  104. Tyler Grady…. you just shook me awake! Hahahaaaa, I’m awake now…. and paying attention.

  105. Aw, Joe. He at least could carry a tune. But too forgettable for a cannon fodder dude.

  106. Tyler: Not the greatest singer in the world, but he has stage presence. I think I’m awake now.

    Karaoke Idol

    Yeah, this. He needs to change it up.

  107. I like Tyler but I don’t think that his performance was very good tonight.

  108. Actually thought Joe did a good job. He and Aaron were the only ones I haven’t been embarrassed about watching thus far

  109. Tyler is entertainnig at least, but I’m not sure what this translated into the real world? I mean he could be great in a cover band but what else?

  110. Ouch. Makes me wish for Bo or Daughtry. Can you imagine Bo at this point????

  111. Tyler-

    Agree with everything Simon is saying.
    I think this is why I find him boring.

  112. I love Tyler’s speaking voice hahaha.
    But yea… I think he should def. sing something non-70sish with that smooth voice of his.

    Love Adam… But I so could see Adam singing that song.

  113. They can sing Phoenix?
    WTF! Why arent they picking Bowie and Phoenix, these contestants have poor taste.

  114. Way to restate exactly what Kara just said, Randy! Okay, I never got Tyler’s appeal. It’s kinda gross, sorry. And vocals, yikes.

  115. Tyler can’t sing so giving him pointers seems kinda….pointless.

    tony you badddddd, lolol ;)

  116. Kara said what I was thinking…he must have Jim Morrison posters all over his bedroom walls and Ellen was spot on with the “poses” comments.

  117. Tyler has a good sense of humor and he woke up this competition.

    But Jim Morrison he isn’t…

  118. Where is Kelly Clarkson????

    Who won last year? Not Adam Lambert?
    Can’t remember his name…

  119. Aw, Joe. He at least could carry a tune. But too forgettable for a cannon fodder dude.

    Hm, Tyler, that was kinda weird.

  120. Didi, Crystal, Lily, Katie, Katelyn, Michelle, Siobhan, and Paige all sang better than the guys we have seen so far..

    Agreed re Crystal, Katelyn, Siobhan, not so much the others.

  121. Based on the first half of both shows, this is indeed a girls year but the guys were a little more entertaining.

  122. Tyler is cute and I was looking forward to him. But he doesn’t have a voice and that’s so disappointing. He was my fave going in to this. He looks like a Cook/Bo/Daughtry/Adam wannabe. He could pull it off if he had the vocals they have.

  123. I was expecting better from Tyler. Lacking conviction in the vocals and phrasing … conviction in the styling though :)

  124. Lee looks stupid,I kinda like tyler and omg simin’s wearing a new shirt

    Lee does not look stupid! I think he looks hot. Then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  125. Lee Dewyze looks a little like Gokey to me – it was totally there when he was awaving at us on the way into the commercial

  126. Hmm. I really like Tyler, but that was NOT awesome. Here’s hoping Casey, John and Andrew don’t disappoint me.

  127. Tyler came off as a big poser.

    Yes, definitely verging on “poser” territory. Needs to do something different from the 70’s Jim Morrison wannabe schtick. But can he? He’ll be back next week so I guess we’ll see.

  128. This guy is like wallpaper for me, don’t know why. Change my mind, Lee!

  129. Please…..SOMEBODY…..PLEASE…..explode on stage…knock our socks off…..please….

    oops…Lee off-key….

  130. Lee does look like Gokey-ughhhhhhhhhhhh

    I can’t believe this is the TOP 24-what a snooze fest

  131. A WGWG! It’s about time. Lee’s voice ain’t so great though, drat.

  132. Lee goes from The Fray to Snow Patrol…in my book essentially the same artist with different songs.

    …and I’m not feeling it. Lee kinda strikes me as a one note.

  133. Lee just came out of nowhere and blew me away.
    He covered one of my favorite bands and didn’t suck it up. Well done.

  134. Oh Lee, I think I know what you were trying to do, but I don’t think you’re pulling it off. Maybe they need to get these guys ears for their performances?

  135. If the show had a big ole hook or gong we could at least have some good laughs.

  136. I think Lee has a cool voice, but I LOVE that song and did NOT love what he did to the melody… odd. Too bad.

  137. Lee, not a bad voice, but pitchy *sigh*…I think I may take back what I said about the guys being better than the girls…..probably equally as bad

  138. ugh, that made my ears bleed.

    What is it with Simon this season, telling singers who are blatantly out of key that they are the best singers? Don’t get it at all – think it might be time for hearing aids, Simon.

  139. oh God Lee DeWyze… I love Snow Patrol and The Fray… and he changed it up just fine. You’re starting to grow on me.

  140. Gah, can we go back to hollywood week and repick the top 24, only keeping a few of the same?

  141. Lee should be singing Counting Crows. He could do well with that. these types of songs never come off that well on Idol. He sounded fine to me, but he doesn’t have any personality yet.

  142. Season 6, congrats. You are no longer the worst.

    I know, week 7 of this year was horrible. Didn’t you hate the top 4? The finale was sooo bad! Oh wait, none of that happened yet?! Lol, just messing with you, but come on, a little patience.

  143. They’re already better than yesterday

    kara’s annoying as hell and I want to punch her when she namecheks people

    ewwwww lee looks like gokey

    but he was good-ish:)

  144. Yes, definitely verging on “poser” territory. Needs to do something different from the 70’s Jim Morrison wannabe schtick. But can he? He’ll be back next week so I guess we’ll see.

    he’d better find a new schtick, and fast… if he keeps trying to channel morrison and failing, the doorsfan’s will eat his lunch, lolol… michael hutchence and ian astbury have come the closest to getting the jim vibe right, so he’s gonna have to step it up big time…

  145. Simon is smoking crack, he was flat. But still promise from Lee. He does remind me of Cook.

  146. Simon made it obvious why he’s the only one hearing Lee as “the best of the night” – he’s the one who fought for him

  147. Lee doesn’t look like Gokey at all. I don’t see it. I just see David Cook and Tori Belleci from Myth Busters.

  148. Gah, can we go back to hollywood week and repick the top 24, only keeping a few of the same? (sorry tried to quote this. guess I still don’t know how to do it)

    Please, oh please can we? This is the first year I am so bored by the top 24.

  149. Is it just me, or do the guys all look like they’re going to cry!

  150. I liked it a lot… I’m not sure if it’s because I love love Chasing Cars. He sings it very differently but he sings it to match his voice. Also his tone and songs are similar to what I have on my playlist. ++

    Did remind me of David Cook. (appearance Gokey =( )

  151. I can see some Cook similarities, but I don’t remember Cook being this bad. I prefer Cook’s voice to Lee’s. Maybe he’ll grow on me (just like DC did).

  152. Good thing there aren’t any who look like Adam this year…that was too much ugly last year.

  153. OK I agreed with Kara about Lee. I didn’t like what he did to that song and it wasn’t the best choice for him. Oh man, David Cook namechecked twice. I don’t think he’s like DC, but he has his own thing. Aww, I kinda like him now. He had minor douche-face to me before but now he seems sincere! Okay, that part is a little bit like DC. Not the voice or style though. I hope he stays now ;)

  154. Lee doesn’t remind me of David Cook. But he does remind Simon of david Cook. Which is all he needs for a good review.

    I am personally waiting for the good stuff to start. Anytime now.

  155. Someone needs to sing I wanna Dance with Somebody. That is what this season has missed so far.

  156. Please, oh please can we? This is the first year I am so bored by the top 24.

    me 2… remember that old barry manilow song. ”trying to find the the feeling again”? that’s where i am with idol now…

  157. Is it just me, or do the guys all look like they’re going to cry!

    Haha, I’ve been seeing that too! Tim Urban especially looked like he was going to cry.

  158. yeah for the Cook similarity. Nice but average performance with 1-2 not very good moments. I’ll put that on nerves tonight. But the guy has charisma. Top 12 material in my opinion

  159. Someone needs to sing I wanna Dance with Somebody. That is what this season has missed so far.

    LOL :)

  160. They are name dropping a ton of current bands but I don’t know if they clear their songs for idol.
    I think I read that KOL didn’t clear Use Somebody.

  161. GO JOHN PARK!! High hopes for him. I want an Asian to finally do well on Idol. You can do it, John!

  162. I can’t understand what Jon is singing. I literally can’t understand the words he is saying. HORRIBLE song choice!

  163. John Park-
    I wanted him to do well, but I’m not feeling it.

  164. Oh my word…

    I didn’t even think he was speaking English at first. What a disappointment.

  165. Someone’s gotta sing Satisfaction or Stairway to Heaven (hah) or Guns and Roses……hey John Park ain’t bad…hate the song.
    Hey, I didn’t think he was singing english at first either!!..Joe Munoz the same thing.
    wrong song JOhn

  166. aaahhh…John, I had such high hopes. *sigh* Nice voice, but off-key at times….and what’s with the religious connotations on this song…

  167. Okay, I get it. They’re pulling our legs and the REAL show hasn’t started yet. These are the 24 who DIDN’T make it.

  168. ohmygod.

    John Park sucked too.

    This night is a fail…so much for high expectations. Even if the next few sing great, the night still sucked.

  169. john parks…. hohummmm. it’s a pity because I was rooting for him.

  170. Hmm, not seeing the Cook thing but maybe I will come around :). And Crankenstein is back! But dude’s video was funny at least…

    Why did they pick him if they are so puzzled where he fits in the music world?

  171. Wow, john was a big disappointment. I would love to hear a good baritone go further in this competition. Plus, Northwestern grad here! But that was weird, retro, and maybe not fully in English?

  172. Loved Lee’s performance. Would do a great duet with Crystal Bowersox!
    Wow, Simon is particularly acidic tonight. Good thing he and Ellen are on opposite ends of the table, because I think she’s getting fed up with his remarks.

  173. I don’t think that Jon did a good job. I think that song choice was not a good song choice for him.

  174. More than halfway through the show and I am voting for Aaron Kelly and Joe Munoz and that’s it. Though at this point last night, the only ppl I wanted to vote for were Lilly and Kately, so I guess the show is remaining consistent with the pacing.

  175. That wasn’t very good, though. He was like mush mouth.

    C’mon Big Mike.

  176. Michael Lynche-

    I HATE THIS GUY…
    He’s not the first guy to have a kid. GAWD AI…annoying.

    OMG i’m going to become suicidal.
    This season SUCKS!

  177. I hope John gets another shot. Have to throw some votes his way.

    Oh no, they’re talking about Mike’s baby again. Prepare for more (undeserved) backlash.

  178. That wasn’t very good, though. He sounded like mush mouth.

    C’mon Big Mike.

  179. What’s up with these guys, I thought they would be better than the girls, who weren’t anything to brag on.

  180. Don’t want to hear about that baby anymore!!!!! go away!!!!I can’t look at those muscles?? anymore. He’s trying too hard.

  181. I don’t get Big Mike, it sounds like he’s having difficulty keeping up with the lyrics.

  182. Okay, I have been privately hating on Michael Lynch b/c of all the pimping of his back story, but at least he’s delivering! Thank g*d!

  183. And people thought last night was bad? Tonight is just a joke.
    Big Mike is the only one doing something memorable so far.

  184. You know that auto-tune thing. Maybe the show made a mistake and they’re using auto-untune.

  185. Aw, poor JP.

    Weird, why is Mike Lynch playing This Love with that full band arrangement with an acoustic rather than an electric guitar? It looks like a prop. Not amazing, but at least it wasn’t bad. Kinda fun performance, lots of personality. Wow, this year is just not great, huh? My standards are lowering…

  186. Michael Lynche… the Michael Sarver of Season 9. Mediocre at his best, but he’ll soar above the competition because people don’t expect much from him, and he will surprise them everytime.

  187. Okay

    Enough with the English comments towards John Park.
    He has a slight Korean accent.
    I’m guessing he wasn’t born in this country.

    Give John & Joe a break.
    At least they made it on AI. Can a lot of people who grew up here say that?

  188. This is my first season with mj…Is this what the idols last year sounded like in the beginning? This is awful and embarrassing. Yes, Simon, I agree with you.

  189. Man, I’m not feeling season 9 so far. Like Mike, but I’ve been overwhelmed with the guys and girls so far. Good luck finding a Taylor Swift-type seller outta this bunch.

  190. The judges are being so critical and they picked this terrible (so far) top 24.

  191. did I see a half bow from Ryan to John lol?

    It’s awesome for this show

    This is not boring for me…

    surprisingly

    just bad

    And he seems like such a great guy

  192. My God Ellen, stop getting carried away over these guys sob stories.

  193. Enough with the English comments towards John Park.
    He has a slight Korean accent.
    I’m guessing he wasn’t born in this country.

    I agree, it sounds like English isn’t John’s first language. I think he’ll get another shot next week though. I don’t think he’ll go the way of Paul Kim (one of my great Idol disappointments).

  194. For a split second I thought Ryan said “next with Adam Lambert after the break”. boo hoo

  195. Enough with the English comments towards John Park.
    He has a slight Korean accent.
    I’m guessing he wasn’t born in this country.

    I don’t think Jon has a Korean accent in his speaking voice, he was just mumbling his words during the song.

  196. Is it just me noticing for the first time or has Simon aged a lot in the last year or so?

  197. Valentin432:
    02/24/2010 at 9:25 pm
    “Simon is being very harsh wow, he’s guning at everyone.”

    Simon looks like he’s bored and really don’t care.

  198. Why is Big Mike only being talked about because his wife had a baby. Oh my, this season is going down sooo fast. Where is someone for me to fall in love with and cant wait for the next week to see. I’m so sad right now.

  199. please andrew garcia bring it… somebody has to salvage this night… please somebody bring some excitement, and a real standout performance…

  200. Wow, judges were really harsh until Mike came up, and his performance wasn’t even that good. (Well, at least Ellen, Randy, and Kara seemed that way.)

  201. Enough with the English comments towards John Park.
    He has a slight Korean accent.
    I’m guessing he wasn’t born in this country.

    I’ve heard him interviewed and he sounds very American-born to me. I think he is, but have no idea. He just wasn’t understandable in that song he sang.

  202. I detected a bit of an accent when John was talking to Ryan after the performance. Still love his speaking voice, and I think he has potential. I doubt he’ll be eliminated tomorrow.

  203. Miss Chaos:
    02/24/2010 at 9:27 pm
    “Why is Big Mike only being talked about because his wife had a baby. Oh my, this season is going down sooo fast. Where is someone for me to fall in love with and cant wait for the next week to see. I’m so sad right now.”

    So far I haven’t seen anyone who could sell a hundred albums at a dollar apiece. This season is missing something so far, like spark and some real talent.

  204. OK, I was wrong: they didn’t pimp him. Good. I thought he was incredibly overrated (with his limited range throughout the entire season so far).

  205. He does have a Korean accent.
    I’m Korean.
    I can hear it when he speaks and sings.

    I think it was better to say mumbling.

    Enough of that…next contestant

  206. I didn’t think john’s problem was accent, he was mumbling.

    Why the mullet Alex Lambert?

  207. So far Lee is the best. (Alex needs a hair trim, he has a mini mullet going on)

  208. Alex, what’s with the hair? And what Mary said? You’re proving her right…

  209. Hoping this years Lambert has more class than last years….LOL

    ;)

  210. So far I haven’t seen anyone who could sell a hundred albums at a dollar apiece. This season is missing something so far, like spark and some real talent.

    Haeley Vaughn would sell a million records. I really do believe that.

  211. The highlight so far, seeing Mary in the Alex video and remembering how she didn’t make it.

    Oh, and Alex sucks.

  212. Welp, Alex, you don’t belong…. :(

    This is the worst BY FAR.

    Tim Urban was even better….and that’s saying something.

  213. Wow, Lambert is not as good as he thinks. This is painful. I don’t know how they expect ppl to tune in next week for more over-singing, pitch problems, and other general shite singing.

  214. This is my first season with mj…Is this what the idols last year sounded like in the beginning?

    Every season generally starts like this. For me, there is usually only one or two that really stand out the first week. And then completely different will stand out the next few weeks. It takes a while to get in a groove.

  215. Oh god in heaven. Please someone call the Simpsons and tell them we found the pimply faced teenager who works at Krusty Burger and he’s wandered into the wrong fox show and thinks he’s an american idol contestant.

  216. Why the mullet Alex Lambert?

    Ha! I was thinking the same! :)

    Ohh, not feelin’ this performance. Ouch. Painful.

  217. nice mullet. what is this season? please tell me it starts over next week.

  218. Why is the sound mix always so wonky on Idol? It fades in, it fades out… Alex looked scared, but he does actually have a really nice voice (surprised me).

  219. HE SOUNDS SO MUCH LIKE JAMES MORRISON!?!?!

    What are you SMOKING Kara??!?!

  220. Every season generally starts like this. For me, there is usually only one or two that really stand out the first week. And then completely different will stand out the next few weeks. It takes a while to get in a groove.

    maybe for this crop of contestants – in year’s past, top 24 night was usually the decider for me… the talent in the ones i picked for faves throughout the year was evident for me… not so with this bunch…

  221. Lol at the judges and Ryan trying to save the show, making jokes.
    I can’t believe they didn’t find better guys auditioning that many people.

  222. Alex has only played 3 times in front of an audience????God it shows…that was brutal.

  223. Bryan Adams? from Casey?

    I would never have picked that for Casey.

  224. Casey James is singing Bryan Adams??? Who’d a thunk it?

    LOL. St. Lucia, I said that because I think it’s an obvious choice for him!

  225. HE SOUNDS SO MUCH LIKE JAMES MORRISON!?!?!

    I mean…he did..He was really awkward but he sang it well. A lot of these people have great voices but have picked the wrong songs or let their nerves kill them.

  226. talent-wise this show sucks this year. It doesn’t compare to last year at all. wow. they found the most untalented 24 in American rather than the best 24.

  227. I didn’t find my Idol until a couple weeks in so I am not giving up on this yet… But hope they all shake these *really* bad nerves next week. It’s giving everyone these weird thready vocals.

  228. I don’t see how Simon is going to make it through the show. He’s already bored and over-it. I also miss Paula.

  229. It doesn’t compare to last year at all.

    you’re being generous… i’ve watched this show since season 1, and without a doubt, unless someone really steps up w/ a standout performance, this is the most mediocre group of top 24 contestants… ever. boys and girls. it’s bad….

  230. talent-wise this show sucks this year. It doesn’t compare to last year at all. wow. they found the most untalented 24 in American rather than the best 24.

    Yeah, I’m thinking I may just wait until top 12 before trying again. Feels almost like they are purposely trying to sink the show.

  231. I think there is actually alot of talent within this top 24, but the nerves are taking over this first week. I’m thinking next week will be a different show and most of the ppl will bring it!!

    I really liked John Park and Aaron Kelly…

  232. This is looking like a season 5 or 6, which is not a good thing.

  233. EW KARA. EW!!!!

    Casey should go for this schmoozing.

    I’m uncomfortable.

  234. Not a bad voice at all, but Casey James makes me want to take a shower….icky…However, I DO think it was wrong for Kara to tell him to take off his shirt. She preyed on the fact that most of the contestants are desperate and highlighted how much power the judges have over these people. It also confirmed to me how insensitively stupid she really is.

  235. And the winner of Season 9 of American Idol is Casey James!!!! (at least so far tonight).

  236. I really think these kids have been killed by nerves.

    And this dude could chant in tongues and still get through this week, lol.

  237. I’m expecting Andrew to bring it.

    lord a-mercy i hope so… i think if he doesn’t, i don’t think the show will hold my interest this year…

  238. Man, Casey is so dang hot. XD

    Not the best performance I’ve ever seen, but it was definitely worthy of him sticking around.

  239. oh good lord no . Ok if you look like that and have a guitar and I can’t dig you, you’re in trouble

  240. Okay, pretty much another soundalike, but at least the vocals are good. This is embarrassing Kara…

  241. Wow enough already Kara! Dump some ice water on your head or somethin’!

  242. OMG – this judging is ridiculous…Randy and Ellen in on the schtick – trying to replace Paula?

    ETA: Simon giving compliments!!! I think they want him on the tour because he’s a good looking guy and will attract the teens and their moms

  243. I’m expecting Andrew to bring it.

    God gosh, someone better and I’m not in love with Andrew, but my god SOMEONE HAS TO BE GOOD!

    I can’t remember a top 12 this devoid of actual talent…

  244. The vibrato was a bit out of control, which again I would chalk up to nerves. When he was comfortable, however, I loved it.

  245. The judges are not taking this seriously anymore, not that they should, Andrew could kill a baby on stage and still get through.

  246. if that was simon or randy saying those things towards a female contestant, people would be calling sexual harassment and women groups would be asking for their resignation.

    Casey wasn’t too bad. It’ll be interesting to see what he does since there’s no way he’s going home tomorrow night. lol

  247. Casey makes Kara have multi-orgasms in her chair i think. But then again, who wouldn’t? Yeowzaaa! He is so hot it’s unforgiving! He needs to be more confident cos he has the whole package and the bluesy voice but…he needs to bring it everytime!

  248. She preyed on the fact that most of the contestants are desperate and highlighted how much power the judges have over these people. It also confirmed to me how insensitively stupid she really is.

    Haha, Ryan just said her HR meeting is Friday.

  249. Tonight’s made me so sad that imma go listen to “Hello” again.

  250. lord, please, please let andrew be good… i need a little hope that this show hasn’t really gone to the dogs, lol….

  251. I think Casey could have been good, if he just would have kept that damned Tiny Tim quiver out of his voice.

    Still don’t get what’s so hot about his looks. Must be girl thing. :P

  252. Kara’s comments to Casey were just eewwwwww.

    I thought Casey did a great job though.

  253. I guess they were right – the girls are better. I was told I ridiculous for saying last night that it was the worst American Idol show ever. I now eat humble pie – I spoke way too soon – tonight is. Wow, unless something changes next week I will be checking out of this season. In all of America they couldn’t find better?

  254. Tonight’s made me so sad that imma go listen to “Hello” again.

    Care if I join?

  255. If that was simon or randy saying those things towards a female contestant, people would be calling sexual harassment and women groups would be asking for their resignation.

    I know, right! I was flabbergasted when they asked him to take of his shirt during the auditions. And then they bring it up again tonight! Crazy…

  256. Way to milk the Kara connection Casey. Seriously though, he’s certainly the eye-candy. Vocally, he is a Bryan Adam-likey though not as good as Bryan Adams. Reserving my judgment on him, want to hear more before making a decision.

  257. I so miss the last two seasons. What’s happening to Idol this year. So sad.

  258. He was a little wobbly with nerves but at least it wasn’t awful. But dude, that stuff from Kara just has to stop. It is gross.

    C’mon Andrew.

  259. Better than the girls night so far. I’m going to throw Todrick some votes. I hope he stays and provides some entertainment.

  260. Wow enough already Kara! Dump some ice water on your head or somethin’!

    That had me laughing out loud! Funny!

  261. I really do think at this time of the year people forget that half of all these contestants will be gone in three weeks. Lets say we have a top 12 of Casey, Aaron, Michael, Tyler, Andrew, Lee, Crystal, Lily, Siobhan, Katie, Michelle, and Katelyn. I would say that was a good group. I would rank it better than 3,6 and 8 right now….

  262. Wow. Tough crowd tonight. I loved Casey. I still haven’t seen superstar performances yet and I think that’s what people are expecting, often forgetting that almost never happens this early in the season.

  263. Valentin432:
    02/24/2010 at 8:39 pm

    Tim Urban looks like a dark haired Zac Efron, something tells me it doesn’t matter how he sings.

    My 11 yr. old daughter made me type this. She thinks Tim is adorable, but says he doesn’t look like Zac Efron. ;) Hee.

  264. Tonight’s made me so sad that imma go listen to “Hello” again.

    And I’m going to follow up “Hello” with “Heartless”

  265. So very much was boring tonight. Casey and Lee had the voices I liked best and are the only two I would have any interest in seeing again.

    I suspect Casey would have sounded better if Kara hadn’t been making him laugh during his performance. But OMG, when will these guys learn that Bryan Adams is a bad choice. And what’s with the judges saying it was good??? Total pimpage. I don’t get what’s so good looking about the guy, but at least he sounds pretty good.

    Really though, based on tonight’s performances so far, I have to wonder why this group was picked for the top 12.

    I’ll listen again next week. But if both the guys and gals don’t start improving, I’ll be ditching watching this show for the year.

  266. I am so praying for Andrew…Come on Garcia, you know you can bring it!!!
    Right now , i am only liking Casey…Did anyone else think Lee Dewyze was really that good?? Except for mj of cos haha…

  267. I love, love, love this song. And while I like Andrew, wish he was attacking it with a more rock edge. This song is kind of silly without it.

  268. And I’m going to follow up “Hello” with “Heartless”

    …..Neither of these performances were in the first week

  269. Yeah, Randy was right, we will have a woman winning American Idol this year.

  270. And I’m going to follow up “Hello” with “Heartless”

    i feel ya… i’m listening to david a’s top 24 performance… that was the decider for me…

  271. FOB! Gotta love Andrew just for playing them. But will the arrangement and song may be a bit too odd for mainstream America?

  272. The judging of Casey was embarrassing. The waving of arms during his performance was embarrassing. I’m glad Ellen pointed out that it wasn’t fair because I think he was right on the edge of bursting out laughing at the silliness at the beginning of his song. He got no constructive criticism.

    I don’t think Casey has the best voice but he and Michael Lynche are the only 2 performances I’ve liked so far. He’s definitely limited. What works for Casey is his apparent emotional honesty when he performs. I wasn’t sure about the song choice but he made it not cheesy so thumbs up. He and Michael are both very likable and I actually liked his Neyo sings Maroon 5 vibe. John Park didn’t get emotionally enough into God Bless The Child but he sang well. Joe Munoz sang decently. Lee was too off pitch and the phrasing was too awkward for me to enjoy him. Alex and Tim were painfully off.

    I like what Andrew’s doing with the FOB song. He’s had a couple of off moments but very good ending.

  273. There goes two hours I can’t get back. Wait, if you count last night, it would be four hours. Only one I can remember is Crystal…

  274. thank you god – a real singer…

    R u talkin about Andrew??? Is he on???

  275. I haven’t watched anything but I saw this about something Ellen said “compared him to a banana that needed to ripen”. She said that, really? And people said Paula was whacked. If Ellen is sitting next to Simon than he must be driving the women nuts to make them both sound crazy.

  276. Oh my, Kara basically said same thing I did. I feel somewhat validated, even if I think she’s a nitwit.

  277. Thank you Andrew, you’re my (male) horse in this race. I agree that it was a safe choice, but still better than anything I’ve heard tonight.

  278. I want to hear Andrew Garcia do some Sublime(that needs to be done on idol!)

    I hear a little Bradley Nowell in Andrew.

  279. I loved Andrew. I don’t care what the judges said and enough with Straight-up already.

  280. R u talkin about Andrew??? Is he on???

    yeah – but the judges are being pissy… i enjoyed him more than any others tonight…

  281. I think that Casey did a decent job tonight. He has a nice voice and I think that he could do well with the right song choices.

  282. Is it just me or is the bandzilla kinda elevator music sounding? They don’t mesh with the performances. Weird.

    That was a little weird. But I still like him best, so do better next week. I would rather hear him sans band, lol.

  283. Next to the mausoleum….I’m just a notch in your bedpost but your just a line in a song.

    Whooot. I don’t care what Simon says.

  284. Ok, now I think the judges are way too harsh, Andrew was a pro compared to the other clowns.

  285. We need Andrew to do another “straight Up”. He has potential, but he just doesn’t look like an “Idol”. Didn’t realize his voice was so high…

  286. Care if I join?

    David Cook Marathon.

    …..Neither of these performances were in the first week

    That’s true. Happy Together was first. Guess I have to cut the guys some slack.

    Do they tend to grow/get better? Or I’m just going to start missing Thursdays.

    Girls >> Boys.

  287. OMG, I think Megan or Michael would probably win this year if they were allowed to participate. It’s that bad!

  288. It is REALLY going to be hard to pick the two who are going home for MJ’s pool. YIKES!

  289. Oh my, on the play back Jermaine was even worse than I remembered. Holy crap. I wonder if the other Jermaine would have been better?

    And FWIW, Joe Munoz sounds a lot better than I remembered on the playback.

  290. Is it just me or is the bandzilla kinda elevator music sounding?

    THISX1000. They all sounded like Muzak which is why the people who had acoustic guitar only parts (Casey, Andrew, Michael) sounded best.

    I’m most disappointed by Tyler’s performance. I thought he had a better voice and I’m really surprised he didn’t more get emotionally into his song.

  291. oh gods. I can’t believe one of this 24 is going to be the next American Idol. Luckily the season gives them time to grow because they all need it.

  292. man, overall, idol stinks… by top 24 week, there is usually more excitement and glimpses of those who have it vocally, and will go the distance.. this top 24, from both groups, was just awful… you could bring back any group of top 24 contestants from seasons 1-8, and they’d wipe the floor with this year’s crop… where is the talent….

  293. This was on like page 2 but justin’s cuter than Aaron

    And to me Tim looks like Zac Efron(which is a VERY good thing)

    ewww last years champion dint say that :( although I’m so excited for tomorrow

    I’m going to vot a few times

    today was better than yesterdy

    I’m SO mad I missed todrick and Aaron -Aaron chose rascal flatts,one of my favorites made a good choice

  294. Is this a new strategy? Give a favorite the pimp spot, then criticize their performance so they don’t appear to be front runners too early in the game? Hm

    I agree Mj, is does seem like it, but what a STUPID strategy. You want to end the show on a high, with positive buzz and good energy. They actually could have done that with Andrew, but instead over criticized him.

  295. Lee and Joe Munoz, who we barely saw previous to tonight, were the two best. Bad week on Idol. Honestly even season 6 started out better. Bet some of season 8 wished they had waited a year.

  296. bridgette12:
    02/24/2010 at 9:57 pm
    OMG, I think Megan or Michael would probably win this year if they were allowed to participate. It’s that bad!

    well that doesn’t sound good for this year. You know it’s kinda funny watching the comments from you guys without watching the show.

  297. Very anticlimactic pimp performance from Andrew. Wow, this was possibly worse than last nights’ mediocre performances from the girls. I do see potential though, so hopefully we’ll weed out the worst ones quickly…

  298. Well, having now had the chance to hear pretty much everyone that’s going to be on this season (‘pretty much’ since some of it was so awful I had to mute the TV at times), I’ve reached what for me is a surprising conclusion. I’m sincerely wondering if Paula had more of an impact on choosing good talent for this show than people might have understood. Generally, by this point in the process I’ve always latched on to at least a few singers that interest me, but right now I’m looking at this and saying this looks fairly pathetic. Sure, there’s a few interesting one’s here and there, but for the most part the pickings are seriously slim, and I’m wondering if this is even going to be worth watching. Some of these singers are so bad that it’s very difficult to believe that they were chosen out of the sheer numbers of people that auditioned. This looks to me like an epic FAIL.

  299. I would pick Todrick (death spot + scamgate) & Alex Lambert as the two guys to go home tomorrow.

  300. And FWIW, Joe Munoz sounds a lot better than I remembered on the playback.

    The playbacks are from the dress rehearsal, that’s why they may sound different.

  301. Neither of these performances were in the first week

    True, but I’ll take Kris’s Man in the Mirror or Allison’s Alone over anything this week. Heck I’ll take Hero by Danny Gokey over the past 2 nights – and I felt like his voice was overly raspy on that.

  302. I’ve never had this much difficulty deciding who was going to go home tomorrow night. Usually I could narrow down to one or two….

    But with this much suck anyone is likely!

  303. OldHag:
    02/24/2010 at 10:01 pm
    “Lee and Joe Munoz, who we barely saw previous to tonight, were the two best. Bad week on Idol. Honestly even season 6 started out better. Bet some of season 8 wished they had waited a year.”

    The bottom five of season 8 are looking like superstars compared to the twenty four of season 9. I think right now Simon is probably saying to himself, “thank God I am leaving this show, these people stink”.

  304. People are being a bit dramatic. I would say three people over the whole 2 nights were trainwrecks (Lacey Tim, and Alex)

  305. Well, having now had the chance to hear pretty much everyone that’s going to be on this season (‘pretty much’ since some of it was so awful I had to mute the TV at times), I’ve reached what for me is a surprising conclusion. I’m sincerely wondering if Paula had more of an impact on choosing good talent for this show than people might have understood. Generally, by this point in the process I’ve always latched on to at least a few singers that interest me, but right now I’m looking at this and saying this looks fairly pathetic. Sure, there’s a few interesting one’s here and there, but for the most part the pickings are seriously slim, and I’m wondering if this is even going to be worth watching. Some of these singers are so bad that it’s very difficult to believe that they were chosen out of the sheer numbers of people that auditioned. This looks to me like an epic FAIL.

    u are so on point….

  306. jermaine needs to go please. and also tim urban should technically leave (worst vocal) but something tells me the tweens and fraun may keep him in…

    meh i dont mind. hes cute. but lee? wth i dont get why simon thought he was good at all. kinda ruined one of my favorite songs imo.

  307. ewww.. disappointed with the overall performances tonight and it’s really a girl’s year for me.

  308. True, but I’ll take Kris’s Man in the Mirror or Allison’s Alone over anything this week.

    I wouldn’t, especially Kris’s man in the mirror. I would take Crystal, Andrew, Siobhan, Casey, and Katelyn over those two.

  309. I am still voting for Andrew. Come on, out of this whole bunch of males, the only ones who have best potential is Garcia (no.1), Casey (no.2) and maybe Lee.

  310. I forgot about little Aaron. Now having seen the whole thing he was good. Slim picking… Lee, Joe, Aaron…. and that’s about it. Just like last night, I want other options.

  311. i don’t think anyone who’s watched this show from the way back is being overly dramatic about what they’ve seen so far in the top 24 week… this is where you have to really begin to bring it, and that spark of energy, of excitement, the watercooler moment hasn’t happened for anybody, imo…

  312. Casey, Andrew and Michael were my favorites. Barely recall the others. Going home – Tim U and Jermaine S

    After now hearing all of the 24 contestants, Andrew still remains the standout for me.

    Tonight’s judging (especially after Casey’s performance) really makes me fear Simon leaving the show. He’s truly the only judge with any credibility.

  313. I think right now Simon is probably saying to himself, “thank God I am leaving this show, these people stink”.

    The problem is, he chose them!!! I’m thinking whoever said Paula had an impact on who got through to this point might have hit the nail on the head. Either that or nobody with any talent bothered to audition.

    Wait. I know. They’re trying to make sure that all the contestants have that story arc of them improving during the season so they purposely picked bad songs for them all.

  314. Better than the girls night so far. I’m going to throw Todrick some votes. I hope he stays and provides some entertainment.

    I agree. He has promise and he’s a performer. I’m partial to performers so I hope we get to see him a bit longer. Plus, his voice isn’t bad.

    People are being a bit dramatic. I would say three people over the whole 2 nights were trainwrecks (Lacey Tim, and Alex)

    Ha! isn’t that the point of an idol blog? :)

  315. I still much much prefer the Top 24 to the Top 36 format from last year. I remember thinking that last year’s semi’s were the worst I’d ever seen – and I still think that even after the last 2 days. There may not have been any “moments” in the last 2 nights, but there were very few truly horrendous moments like last year.

    It would be interesting to go back to the comments for the Top 24/36 from the last few seasons and see if this is always the first week lament.

  316. Next year, they should so do an all star idol show. Take 24 random top 10 – 3 who don’t have contracts from previous years and invite them back. Couldn’t be any worse than this.

  317. Montage: If I just tuned in without watching the whole performance, stand-outs would be Aaron Kelly, Casey James, Andrew Garcia, Lee Dewyze and Tyler Grady.

    Thoughts: I lowered my expectation because I got disappointed last night with the girls, so, I’m not disappointed now. :)

    Performance by order (best to worst)
    1. Lee Dewyze – sorry, I’m just an alternative girl and I dig his music and the changes in the melody to a song I liked, so plus points for him.

    2. Tyler Grady – vocally, he’s weak, but he shook me awake when I was snoozing from the bore-fest, so plus points for him. The guy worked the stage, but he really needs to work on his vocals

    3. Casey James – simply because he performed safely, didn’t take risks, but worked on what he has and who he is. He’ll probably bore me if he keeps on doing what he’s doing but for tonight, I’m impressed.

    4. Andrew Garcia – I love this guy, rooting for him (ain’t everybody?), but that Fall-out Boy song wasn’t made for Acoustic. If he acousticized any Greenday song, he probably would have been my number 1.

    5. Aaron Kelly – hey, if I thought you were cannon fodder and I was about to get my orange juice while you were performing and yet, I sat down when you did perform, orange juice forgotten, then plus points for you, dude. Vocally, his lower register is good. If you’re not looking at him and just hear his song, he’s really good. but alas, the stage presence is lacking and awkward, and he really needs to work on that.

    6-9 (in any order) John Park, Michael Lynche, Alex Lambert, Todrick Hall
    10.Tim Urban – only because he looked like a puppy dog and my heart goes out to him (for some unknown reason, and pls don’t ask me to explain because I can’t).

    To be Voted Off:
    11. Joe Munoz – sorry. Cannon Fodder in every sense of the word.

    12. Jermaine Sellers – over the top much?, creepy, has crazy eyes, tool-looking (for me) and I can’t forget the group song, and the Michael who… Also, cannot forgive the fact that Purifory was passed over for him.

    Results night tomorrow! See ya, ayt, i’m signing out…goodnight y’all!

  318. I’m desperate, I would take scottymac instead of this!!

    Wow, you are desperate Luv! LOL :)

  319. lorismile:
    02/24/2010 at 10:01 pm
    bridgette12:
    02/24/2010 at 9:57 pm
    OMG, I think Megan or Michael would probably win this year if they were allowed to participate. It’s that bad!

    “well that doesn’t sound good for this year. You know it’s kinda funny watching the comments from you guys without watching the show.”

    It’s not good and I am hoping Adam didn’t watch tonight, because I would hate for someone to ask him what he thought about the talent for this year. It’s just shocking that you don’t have at least a couple of people standing out. The crowd didn’t seem to be to be into the performances. The Judges chemistry is not right, something is just not clicking with them.

  320. The judges must have seen SOMETHING in these kids to have picked them.I wanna see what they saw to pick them, I dont think many of them had much experience maybe that is what is wrong, other years were more experienced people. Nothing wrong with that, these kids just need a lot of help, evidently the judges liked their voices. But it was with songs that they practiced with, this week not so much.

  321. this is where you have to really begin to bring it, and that spark of energy, of excitement, the watercooler moment hasn’t happened for anybody, imo…

    And what gave that in the top 24 of season 7 for example? Was it KLC singing rescue me? Joanna Boregella singing I say a little prayer? AMy Davis singing Where the Boys are? Kady Malloy singing Groovy kind of love? Colton Berry singing suspicious minds? Jason Yeager singing Moon River? Garrett Haeley singing Breaking up is hard to do? Heck, was it David Cook singing Happy together or David Archuleta singing Shop Around? I don’t mean to seem like I’m ranting, but it is complete revisionist history to act like the top 24 performance is always this great show with lightening performances. There is a ton of fodder, and people can give mediocre performances who will later give amazing ones.

  322. Again, I missed mostof the show and just caught Andrew and the recaps. Holy moly. Some of the recaps seemed horrible – Tim Urban, Tyler, Toddrick looked pathetic.

    I refuse to believe this is all the talent they could find. Scary.

  323. I can’t believe how bad everyone is for a top 24 week. These are the 24 best out of tens of thousands? Be it nerves, inexperience or whatever, I don’t believe I have ever seen a season start like this. It was pretty much uncomfortable to watch. The song choices were just meh too. I’m sure they will get better, but this week was just sad.
    I would definitely say the girls are better.

  324. Tonight was very odd! What is happening?! I am in the twilight zone!!! Why? You will find out. First I should say who my favorites are.. My favorites for the men are.

    Lee Dewyze

    Michel Lynch

    Aaron Kelly

    Who I am voting for.

    Tim Urban

    Tyler Grady

    Casey James.

    Comments:

    Aaron Kelly: Yikes! That wasn’t good. Wrong song for him. Just no.

    Lee Dweezy: Yikes He was so off key. Or as the judges say, pitchy. Even Kara and Randy told him he was pitchy tonight.

    Jermaine Sellers: Was there something wrong with his Mic? I could barely hear him in the beginning.

    Casey James: That was HOTT!!!

    You see!?!?! Twilight zone!! I vote for the people who aren’t my favorites and don’t vote for my favorites!!! That has never happened before!!! BAH!!

    Side note: Simon winking at his girlfriend. Awww! Happy And is Kara turning into Paula?

  325. It would be interesting to go back to the comments for the Top 24/36 from the last few seasons and see if this is always the first week lament.

    I’ll save you the trouble, it’s always the same.
    But even if I try to stay optimistic, this night was awfull, last night was average top 24 talent, tonight was like S6 top 24 guys all over again.

  326. It’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited. Is anybody really excited by even one performance?

  327. I chock this week up to nerves. Remember Cook said that during the break they had to blow dry his armpits. LOL Gross.

    Wasn’t Jason yeager season 6?

    Nope. Season 7.

  328. No, people are not being over dramatic. Some seasons were better than others. Some didn’t have enough variety. Some seasons, I wasn’t happy with the outcome. But I am a regular viewer of Idol and tonight and last night are the only two shows I can remember that were not fun to watch. No joy from the contestants, the critiques from the judges seemed forced, even the response from the audience seemed very subdued. Very bad start for season 9.

  329. It’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited. Is anybody really excited by even one performance?

    Nope!

  330. Wow. You know, I have really been looking forward to this season. Especially since I didn’t really get into last season. Added to that is the fact that I am a huge fan of singer-songwriters, so I was (and still am to some degree) excited about several of the girls. But I have to say I’m kind of shocked by the lack of really solid vocal talent. Look, I’m all for encouraging people to stand out with arrangements and interesting back stories. But was their search a little too narrow? Because all that creativity and quirk isn’t worth much if good singing isn’t kept front and center as a priority. Exceptions to this tonight for me were Andrew and Lee. And while I liked the girls more and saw more potential there, I’m sad to not have more really good singers to look forward to listening to every week.

    All I know is about an hour and 15 minutes in I couldn’t believe the show wasn’t over yet. Not a good sign. Thankfully, we’re only one show in. Or, yikes, we’re only one show in??!! haha! This may be one of those seasons where I wish we could just skip to the top 5.

  331. all i can say is…

    i can not wait for X Factor… PLEASE

    Oh and it was a HUGE MISTAKE to cut Tori Kelly.

  332. Wasn’t Jason yeager season 6?

    Nope, I just copied off the season 7 wikipedia lol

  333. Interesting point about Paula’s influence on the selection process-something sure went wrong this year. Just no “sparks” anywhere.

  334. And what gave that in the top 24 of season 7 for example? Was it KLC singing rescue me? Joanna Boregella singing I say a little prayer? AMy Davis singing Where the Boys are? Kady Malloy singing Groovy kind of love? Colton Berry singing suspicious minds? Jason Yeager singing Moon River? Garrett Haeley singing Breaking up is hard to do? Heck, was it David Cook singing Happy together or David Archuleta singing Shop Around? I don’t mean to seem like I’m ranting, but it is complete revisionist history to act like the top 24 performance is always this great show with lightening performances. There is a ton of fodder, and people can give mediocre performances who will later give amazing ones.

    i feel ya… but ok, one example of a top 24 performance from top 24 week, s7, that, imo, brought it… excitement, watercooler moment… foreshadowing the finale… i may be biased, lol, but compare this to what you saw 2 nite….

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

  335. For the most part, the judges were overly negative tonight. I just listened to bits of them as they were bringing me down. I liked several singers tonight. Tim, Lee, John Parks, Tyler Grady, Big Mike, and Casey (best). I was disappointed by Andrew, not as good as I expected, mostly because I don’t know the song and didn’t care for what I heard, but I expect him to come back next week stronger. The first night’s always hard.

    I’m surprised Casey could ignore the distractions of the judges but he stayed focused and did good. Love that song, and he sang it well. The judges were, well, “self indulgent,” but it’s okay when they do it apparently. (Simon, look in a mirror to see self indulgent, lol.)

    I liked about 5 or 6 women and the same with the men, I think the top 12 will be pretty strong. I guess Crystal and Casey stand out the most for me so far. I’m enjoying it but the pause or fast forward buttons are my friends and make it palatable.

  336. according to dial idol. it seems that Tim U will be staying. even tho that was absolutely horrendous. well hes cute.. .

    sad that john might be leaving :(

  337. i feel ya… but ok, one example of a top 24 performance from top 24 week, s7, that, imo, brought it… excitement, watercooler moment… foreshadowing the finale… i may be biased, lol, but compare this to what you saw 2 nite….

    sorry, but all I remember about David singing Shop Around was how many people disliked it and were shocked how pimped he was by the judges. But you have to admit, David got MUCH better after that, and I think people need to be open to that, especially considering how good people like Casey, Andrew, Didi, and Crystal were in hollywood.

  338. It’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited. Is anybody really excited by even one performance?

    Nope.
    The best of the night have good performances but nothing I will remember tomorrow. Not one stand out.

  339. Is this a new strategy? Give a favorite the pimp spot, then criticize their performance so they don’t appear to be front runners too early in the game? Hm.

    They want a girl to win remember? Oh yeah, they did this w/ Katie last night too. Hmmm is right.

    I’m starting to think the new pimp spot is 11th. Or next to last?

  340. ms:
    02/24/2010 at 10:10 pm
    Wait. I know. They’re trying to make sure that all the contestants have that story arc of them improving during the season so they purposely picked bad songs for them all.

    These people are going to need a lot of improvement. My goodness, Lil, would look like Patti Labelle compared to these people.

  341. The good thing about the Top 36 was, you didn’t have to hear some of the really bad people more than once. And now we do! More than I ever want to hear some of these people ever again.

  342. I just listened to bits of them as they were bringing me down.

    I really do think it is the judges attitude that is bringing the whole vibe down. If they can get excited over Megan Joy and Lil Rounds their first performances they can show a little more excitement for genuinely good performances like Crystal and Andrew

  343. Man, I am so disappointed! This is the worst Idol I have watched….there is not one singer I really like. I think this will be a long season for me….in fact, giving up five hours this week for this was a big waste. Not too sure if I will hang in there and watch…*sigh*

  344. I’m calling this the Brooke White Learning Curve and throwing this week out. They all were too nervous/trying too hard/playing it safe. Let’s hope for a “You’re So Vain” or “Hello” next week before we totally tank the season…

  345. jpfan:
    02/24/2010 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited. Is anybody really excited by even one performance?

    Nope. Not me. I kind of like Lily Scott because she bored me the least. But she doesn’t make me feel excited either. It feels really weird not having anyone I really want to see move on. I totally identify with Simon’s comment about liking some of them simply because the ones that came before (and after) were so horrendous.

  346. Okay, retracting my Joe Munoz Cannon Fodder comment. He’s moving to 6-9. and my number 11 would be Alex Lambert.

    For some unknown reason, still something I can’t explain, I went to Rickey.org and re-listened to Joe Munoz’ Jason Mraz You and I and I liked it. So, I’m moving him up. :)

  347. Okay, so first week live is ALWAYS forgettable. Pitch problems abound, and getting used to the live band and background vocals is rough. Every year I am amazed at how some just grow and surprise the heck out of us at the end, just as David Cook and Kris did. Please don’t be impatient. Still think this 24 has a lot of potential. Overall, a much more likable group than I can remember. No Sanjayas at least!!

  348. You make a great point gangreen. I do think there is a tendency at times to look more fondly at past seasons especially if they happen to produce one of your faves. Looking back at season seven’s Top 24, it started off pretty rough too. I ended up becoming a fan of both Davids, but I hated Cook’s performance and I thought Archie’s Shop Around was a bit of a mess and didn’t quite understand why he was being pimped so hard. Overall I’ve been overwhelmed with the guys and girls so far, but it’s still early. I’m not ready to declare season nine the “worst season evah” just yet. There are still bright spots, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from Andrew, Crystal and some of the others.

  349. Are these people actually going to sell somethiing on itunes? I wouldn’t buy a thing that this top 24 put out. They need some serious time with a voice coach.

  350. I can count on one hand how many contestants are SOMEWHAT decent. What I think happened is this: Simon who is a shrewd businessman threw AI under the bus, giving his new show in the Fall top billing and the end of American Idol.

  351. No, people are not being over dramatic. Some seasons were better than others. Some didn’t have enough variety. Some seasons, I wasn’t happy with the outcome. But I am a regular viewer of Idol and tonight and last night are the only two shows I can remember that were not fun to watch. No joy from the contestants, the critiques from the judges seemed forced, even the response from the audience seemed very subdued. Very bad start for season 9.

    I’ve been watching since day one and would have to agree with this. It’s not THAT much worse than some previous seasons, but something is very off this year.

  352. sorry, but all I remember about David singing Shop Around was how many people disliked it and were shocked how pimped he was by the judges. But you have to admit, David got MUCH better after that, and I think people need to be open to that, especially considering how good people like Casey, Andrew, Didi, and Crystal were in hollywood.

    of course my memory is different, lol… this was when it was evident to many viewers, and the media, that david a would be a force to be reckoned with, and the next week, the ”imagine” week, it was clear he was going all the way… if the judges ”pimped” him it wasn’t without good cause, after this performance… i take nothing away from cook’s progression from week to week, but one can’t deny from this top 24 performance that he was someone to keep your eye on… no harm

  353. Remember not being able to hear yourself can kill even the most talented vocalist. No ear pieces.

  354. I am baffled by what I have watched these last two evenings. The judging is odd, the performances are odd. Odd, odd, odd.

    Simon’s too harsh. Randy’s too lucid. Kara’s a damn bobblehead, and for the most part my beloved Ellen is out of her depth. I think her critiques have been weak, and almost painful. Only one of them I expected to be the way it is. Simon eviscerated too many of these contestants but for the most part he was correct. Kara got in a few good points, but sometimes her flirtation with the guys is a bit too damn icky for me. Randy is at his best, witch is a pleasant surprise. He has actually shown why he’s been a successful producer in the past, he actually gave some good pointers tonight, who’da thunk it?

    Okay, I like Lee, Andrew, and Michael, even though superficial me, I can’t reconcile his size with that little damn guitar, lol. I want to see more of Todrick, Alex and Aaron Kelly, especially Todrick because I think he could really make it interesting. He’s got a good sound.

    I hope Tim goes home, not sure who else.

  355. Give a favorite the pimp spot, then criticize their performance so they don’t appear to be front runners too early in the game? Hm

    That is exactly what I said I bet they would do when I heard that Andrew Garcia would be getting the pimp spot and after what Katie went through last night. Well on another board I said that. No offense guys, but you aren’t as fun to ‘watch’ Idol with as they are. It’s not an Idol board, and only one other person is in the bubble there. Really, no offense. It’s not you, it’s me. We can still be friends though, can’t we?

  356. I think that Joe and John will be gone tomorrow. They were completely forgettable and had no star quality at all…buuuuuhbye!

  357. Lera:
    02/24/2010 at 10:28 pm

    I can count on one hand how many contestants are SOMEWHAT decent. What I think happened is this: Simon who is a shrewd businessman threw AI under the bus, giving his new show in the Fall top billing and the end of American Idol.

    im thinking the same thing…. but to be honest i like the concept of x-factor better than idol anyways. It has more leeway to make a star, because a big part of it is performance skills along with singing. and i feel with this crop the lack of performance skills is really showing. They are SOOO awkward on stage, and that does not translate well. no stage presence= forgettable and boring

  358. Darn Adam…what have you done!! Idol cannot even keep me interested…the guys weren’t much better than the girls and I don’t see anyone jumping out and screaming Superstar at all!! At least Allison and Kris will be on tomorrow…that is something to look forward to at least!

  359. I enjoyed the guys night more than the girls night. Although I like several of the girls. I wish there was a spark among the judges. Something seems off.

    I do have hope that by the time it’s down to the top 12, things will pick up.

  360. At least Allison and Kris will be on tomorrow…that is something to look forward to at least!

    Really??? That’s good news. Everyone will be reminiscing. :)

  361. It’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited. Is anybody really excited by even one performance?

    Lee Dewyze. He’s my early pick. This was the point where I picked both Cookie and Kris, and after tonight I think Lee is a guy I can get behind.

    My picks to go: Jermaine Sellers and Alex Lambert

  362. To be called out as the front runner at this point, it’s the certain kiss of death. People get tire of the early hype and buzz.

  363. Lee Dewyze. He’s my early pick. This was the point where I picked both Cookie and Kris, and after tonight I think Lee is a guy I can get behind.

    That is EXACTLY how I feel. Word for word.

  364. At least Allison and Kris will be on tomorrow…that is something to look forward to at least!

    This is funny.
    It’s kind of word for word exactly what people were saying last year when Carly and Michael John came back to perform on week 1 rsesult show.
    I think that’s what they said on idolatry too.

  365. it’s not that most Top 24 performances are good but there are usually a few standouts that get people excited.

    that’s what i’m saying… no spark, no excitement, no ”woah” moments the last two nights….

  366. I’m not a conspiracy theory kind of person. So I’m not buying any sort of meta plan other than they were going for a certain type but but failed to keep good singing, and I mean solid, technical singing front and center. Bad singing is worst than boring. And I heard an awful lot of it tonight. And last night, too.

  367. I don’t think the judges were too harsh, at all. Wait till they hear what we heard (or had to mute, or fast forward, as the case may be). Absolutely no one blew me away but the majority of them stunk up the place for me. I definitely felt the girls outshone the guys this week, even though they had a sketchy time of it as well. So everyone hung out at the lower end of the rung for me. Some were so bad they were stuck underground. (And BTW, this is NOT always the case with Idol. I went back to watch David Cook’s Top 24 performance of Happy Together, and while not a standout compared to the rest of his Idol performances, it was a good solid rock performance, confidently sung). I’m wondering if these weak performances this week is a result of keeping to a storyline this year of picking folks with very little actual stage performing experience.

    Does anyone know who, besides Casey, actually has a good couple of years of stage performing experience (with a band) under their belts? (Not busking or solo coffeehouse gigs).

    Highest of the lows:
    Casey
    Big Mike

    Mid run:
    Lee
    Andrew
    Joe (I think he’s getting a kind of biased rap here, to tell you the truth)
    John
    Tyler

    Near bottom:
    Aaron
    Toddrick

    Underground:
    Jermaine
    Alex
    Tim

  368. that’s what i’m saying… no spark, no excitement, no ”woah” moments the last two nights….

    I disagree, Siobhan was really good and promising with Wicked Game, Katelyn was a good surprise and Didi, Crystal and Lilly were all good.

    They all can do great in the upcoming weeks.

    On the men side, Andrew has potential and Lee/Casey/Aaron will do decent

  369. that’s what i’m saying… no spark, no excitement, no ”woah” moments the last two nights….

    I don’t expect one yet. At this point I was still like Cook who??

  370. if the judges ”pimped” him it wasn’t without good cause, after this performance… i take nothing away from cook’s progression from week to week, but one can’t deny from this top 24 performance that he was someone to keep your eye on… no harm

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the pimping of Archie at that time was completely without merit, it’s just that I didn’t see what all the fuss was about after Shop Around. But after Imagine, I could see it a bit more, and he certainly grew as a performer over the course of the season. But looking back, I don’t remember any performances from season seven’s Top 24 that really grabbed me. Even my pre-semis favorite Michael Johns underwhelmed me (and would continue to do so until Top 9 week). It took a week or two for things to get cookin’, so I’m going to cut the season nine crew some slack (for now).

  371. I think that Joe and John will be gone tomorrow. They were completely forgettable and had no star quality at all…buuuuuhbye!

    who? seriously, I would have to go look them up. this season is depressing

  372. Well, I was hoping for the guys to be better….but! I went back and listened to them with just the audio and I think Casey definitely had the better voice. Surprisingly, I thought Aaron was good, also. If he can cure the nerves thingy, he has potential.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Idol was a radio show and you could only judge by their voices!

  373. WOOHOO!! I LIKED tonight! Reading some of the comments here, that’s how I felt last year (poet, don’t know it) because I didn’t have anyone to root for then. NOW I do!! Enter Blonde Maroulis!! Plus, also, he can sing! YIPPEEE!!!!! SO nice after a “drought” year, because I know there are those who like him, but any year that what’s-his-name won like last year, so bland, so indistinct, you KNOW it was a dull year.

    My favorites (and I’m willing to spend a few more performances getting to know them) are Tyler Grady (interesting!), John Park, Andrew Garcia, and the one I will vote my fingers to the bone for, Casey James.

    I have an instant dislike for Aaron Kelly, he appears to wax his eyebrows and I dislike that with a white hot intensity of a thousand suns, and Alex Lambert – I could hear past his unfortunate mullet that has that “just cut” look.

    Regardless, IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!! IDOL’S BACK, BABY!!

  374. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the pimping of Archie at that time was completely without merit, it’s just that I didn’t see what all the fuss was about after Shop Around. But after Imagine, I could see it a bit more, and he certainly grew as a performer over the course of the season. But looking back, I don’t remember any performances from season seven’s Top 24 that really grabbed me. Even my pre-semis favorite Michael Johns underwhelmed me (and would continue to do so until Top 9 week). It took a week or two for things to get cookin’, so I’m going to cut the season nine crew some slack (for now).

    of course our perceptions are going to be skewed to reflect those faves we eventually backed, and that’s ok… i, and countless others, saw something totally different, and it played out according to the script, lol… i’m going to try to give them more slack, but just speaking for me, and my previous idol season’s of watching, i could determine and pick a standout by the 1st night of viewing top 24 week… not so much tonight…

  375. wow everyone on twitter is ripping american idol a new one tonight…it was just god awful. where is the star quality? everyone is just mediocre to bad. if no one has good performances next week, idol is in trouble

  376. wow everyone on twitter is ripping american idol a new one tonight…it was just god awful. where is the star quality? everyone is just mediocre to bad. if no one has good performances next week, idol is in trouble

    Um Casey and Andrew are both trending with mostly positive comments. People tend to see what they want in twitter comments…

  377. People have too high expectations.

    [ryan seacrest voiceover] this…. is american idol! – it’s par for the course, lol

  378. Audition not whatever the hell I typed lol :)

    VFTW is going to pat themselves on the back when Tim stays.yknow,now that I think about it, he’s REALLY cute.like zac efron but not…..

    I still think aaron’s cute though

    I still have to see Aaron and todrick’s performances

  379. I felt bad for Alex Lambert. They were really kind to him for some strange reason. Little performance experience? See Castro, Jason. Daydream. Never seen before, probably fodder, but he delivered when it mattered.

    We’ve had no moments yet, have we?

    Sometimes it’s bad to peak too early. Ace Young with Father Figure comes to mind.

    Right now, I like a few, but am not crazy about any. I like Lee, Big Mike, Casey and Andrew (in no particular order).

    Not inspired to vote yet.

  380. seriously:
    02/24/2010 at 10:41 pm

    that’s what i’m saying… no spark, no excitement, no ”woah” moments the last two nights….

    I don’t expect one yet. At this point I was still like Cook who??

    That’s funny. S7 was my first full yr. of watching from top 24 on and DC has been the only one to this point to really stand out to me the first night. However, I agree with what you’re saying because although Kris didn’t stand out the first night, I saw huge potential, but wasn’t overly excited until later on.

    I believe it will get better. And perhaps on the bright side it can’t get worse? Hee! It’s going to get better y’all!!

    ETA: Funny thing, on dial idol it’s as if people are saying, okay who performed last? I’ll just vote for that person.

  381. Casey James was not THAT good.

    None of the guys were really that great. I think vocally John Park was one of the stronger guys, he just picked a lame song. I also liked Joe Munoz.

    The deck is definitely stacked for the girls, eh…?

  382. Must not be a lot of people voting. Dial Idol depends on busy signals to compile tallies and it’s having a hard time!

  383. Wow. I didn’t think it could get worse than the girls last night. Boy was I was wrong. They really do want a girl to win this year don’t they? That can’t possibly be the best 12 guys that auditioned across the country. I’d rather keep 2 and send the other 10 packing tomorrow night.

    The only so-so performances were Joe, John, Casey, and Andrew. The rest were dreck.

    Overall, one of the worst beginnings for Idol I can recall.

  384. I’m voting now :D

    bye peeps;)
    I.CAN.NOT.WAIT.FOR.ALLI.AND.KRIS.I FLOV THEM. BOTH SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! OMA &OMK ;)

    last tear my order was Scott (j/k I think y’all know who it was-Sarver!!! LOL ) ,Allison,and kristipher but I liked Kris more post-idol and they’re albums are about =.

    SO IM REALLY REALLY EXCITTTTTTTEEED!!!!!!!!

    …and I’ll try to calm down now =.=

  385. I don’t think the girls are that much better than the guys this year. I see two or three girls I like – Krystal, white hair chickie and glass blower girl (still learning names), but I like just as many guys.

    I predict it’s going to be a guys year! Or a girls!

  386. I don’t think the girls are that much better than the guys this year. I see two or three girls I like – Krystal, white hair chickie and glass blower girl (still learning names), but I like just as many guys.

    White hair chickie – Lilly ???
    glass blower girl – Siobhan Magnus H

  387. Must not be a lot of people voting. Dial Idol depends on busy signals to compile tallies and it’s having a hard time!

    Look at any top 24 episode from the past….It is exactly the same way!

  388. But looking back, I don’t remember any performances from season seven’s Top 24 that really grabbed me. Even my pre-semis favorite Michael Johns underwhelmed me (and would continue to do so until Top 9 week). It took a week or two for things to get cookin’, so I’m going to cut the season nine crew some slack (for now).

    I totally agree. Now if we get a couple weeks in and they still are all shaking and warbling through songs… fine, this year sucks. But right now, too early to tell. We’ll get four of them out of the way who did poorly (I would think), and then we’ll see how things go the next few weeks. (FWIW, my mother and my friend both called me raving about Casey, lol. And they also love Andrew.)

  389. Funny how on dialidol the people in the pimp spot are the only two that are safe. Seems the pimp spot is aptly named. I agree with an earlier poster who called second to last the new pimp spot – oh sure, they’re not safe on dialidol, but they’re both my favorites, Krystal for the girls and Casey for the boys.

  390. adamlambert

    Bout to watch Idols top 12 dudes!!

    jambajim

    @adamlambert DON’T! PUT THE REMOTE DOWN! 2 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK. TRUST ME ON THIS ADAM LAMBERT. TRUST ME. DON’T WATCH!

  391. Just like last night, totally underwhelmed. Even Andrew Garcia wasn’t that good — and yet he was still the best of the bunch.

    Can we just bring back the Season 8 or even the Season 7 people? Because they would totally kick the Season 9 people’s asses off what I’ve seen so far.

  392. jambajim

    @adamlambert DON’T! PUT THE REMOTE DOWN! 2 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK. TRUST ME ON THIS ADAM LAMBERT. TRUST ME. DON’T WATCH!

    rotflmao… u tell ’em jambajim…

  393. The one thing I like about AI compared to X-Factor is the fact that the contestants have to pick their own songs. And based on tonight’s show, they just couldn’t.

    -Jermaine S: I don’t like him at all. Too bad because I LOVE that Joan Osborne song for his audition.
    -Tim Urban: Poor guy. Why did you choose Apologize ?. That song is sung only when the judges force you to sing to sabotage you, so that you don’t go to the final against their favorites.
    -Lee D: I was excited for Chasing Cars, but he changed it too much
    -John Park
    : I like his feature, he was funny, but the song ??
    -Casey J:I think Kara should excuse herself from judging him. Really. I don’t like it at all. I don’t want to see that for months.
    -Andrew G: Dissapointed w/ the song.

    I really, really , really miss Kris Allen.

  394. My dialing is working! Casey is getting a measurable number on dial idol! It feels good to WANT to vote again, I hadn’t voted since Jason. WOOHOO!!

  395. I can’t remember a single Top 24 performance from any season that completely blew me away so for now I’m going to cut these people some slack. I won’t be buying anything on iTunes but I’m going to hope things get better as the weeks go by. Gonna keep in mind ‘Hello’ didn’t happen until the last week of the semi’s. Which btw I had no idea that performance had that much of an impact on Simon, considering this is the 2nd year in a row he singled it out.

  396. Didn’t care for his performance but voted several times for Tim Urban and here’s why: the show invited him back and then beat him up. The judges were merciless to that poor 20-year-old, standing there by himself on live national TV. For enduring that, Tim deserves another week on the show (if he wants it).

    Same for Casey — for the way the show treated him, though I think he’s miles more talented than Tim and I’d vote for Casey anyway (way boring song, though). They went over the top on the “objectification” of the poor guy. He deserved so much better than that.

  397. Hoo boy, I do agree people are being dramatic here…..

    Well, I’m a West Coaster so I’m watching on Rickey.

    Todrick – Uh…… Wow. It reminded me of Haeley last night. I liked the arrangement in a way. However, like Haeley, it was pretty disastrous. However, unlike Haeley, it doesn’t seem like it was so horrible that he’s gonna leave. I’m pretty interested in what this guy has up his sleeve, but at the same time, he should not be murdering songs like this.

    Aaron – I thought it was really nice. Love this guy. Pretty big voice for a little guy. However, his nerves sucked and he looked like a freaking dying robot. I kinda had to turn away. Give him a while, because I really loved his voice and I love his style. Also, he falls into the “sweet and clean guy” category that I tend to like for whatever reason.

    Jermaine – The higher notes, for the most part, reminded me to wear an athletic cup when I sing in case some demonic hand tries to make me hit a really high note. You know, the lower parts of it weren’t that bad, but the rest of it…… Ow, my male parts. I appreciate a guy who sings R&B in the same style Jermaine does, but he just doesn’t bring it enough. And to those saying “that’s how church singers sing”, I didn’t know there were churches in Hell where they mess with your nerves so you permanently feel like you’re getting castrated.

    Tim – Is it wrong that I’m kinda annoyed with people finding these long haired guys cute? I dunno, it annoys me when guys grow their hair out and women are all “OMG HAWT”. I think it’s part due to jealousy because I will never grow out my hair for any woman……. Whoa, totally forgot he sang. I thought his performance was memorable. Memorable as one of the WORST EVER! Huge fan of the fake-out.

    Joe – Oh wow, I was pleasantly surprised. One of the best of the night so far. Really liked his voice. Did Jorge, David Archuleta, and Anoop have some sort of weird freakish affair or something?

    Tyler – Good voice, but pretty disappointing. I expect so much more from this guy next time. Wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great.

    Lee – Kinda surprising, I bashed this guy earlier, but tonight I see potential in him. However, there were some extreme pitch problems in his performance. Very flat on some notes.

    John – Wow, his voice is fantastic when it’s good. This performance, however, doesn’t do a good job of expressing it. I still see him in my ideal top 10, but this is kinda boring. I saw Simon do a little frustrated gesture sometime in the performance. I really REALLY hope he stays.

    Michael – I really like his voice, but that song choice was so wrong, this performance is really boring. Like John, I see some potential and want to see him go on. But they better not be pimping him the rest of the season.

    Alex – CUT. YOUR. ****ING. HAIR. Other than that, decent voice, not good performance.

    Casey – Holy crap, I’m feeling a Corey/Paula controversy coming along. Once again, his hair is kinda weird on him. See, I have a feeling that despite my hatred of long hair, he can pull it off in some way. However, tonight he just looks like Brooke White with facial hair. Finally, a decent performance after 3 performances I didn’t care too much for. However, it was pretty schmaltzy…..

    Andrew – Pretty underwhelming for a pimp spot, but I still thought he was decent. Overrated, but decent.

    I dunno, I think people are being WAAAAAAAY too over dramatic. True, we haven’t had a real Kris, Adam, Allison, Matt, or hell, even Danny, and the season did not start off very well; however, it’s a bit annoying to have to read a lot of “Tonight sucked. It’s the end of Idol. Idol sucks.” Jeez, people, it’s just the first day. I’d wait until top 12 kicks in to be really definite about this season being bad. Even if we had good talent in the Top 24’s previously. I’m not saying I disagree that tonight and last night were underwhelming (actually, in fact, I do agree), I’m just saying people need to relax a bit.

    Here are my picks from tonight:

    1. Aaron
    2. Casey
    3. Joe
    4. Andrew
    5. Tyler
    6. Lee
    7. John
    8. Michael
    9. Todrick
    10. Alex
    11. Jermaine
    12. Tim

    I think Tim and Alex have the highest chances of leaving tonight, but as much as Alex’s look pisses me off, I think he should stay. Jermaine should be the one going.

    Wow, I feel like a total jerk tonight with some of my comments. Come on, Top 24! I have faith in a lot of you!!!!!

    If I had to vote, I’d throw some to Aaron, Casey, John, Joe, and Alex. The only reason I’d vote for Alex is because I totally agree with Simon, he has a great voice but has terrible nerves and I think he deserves another shot. Same for John and Joe, for the most part.

    Aaron, as much as I did like him tonight (actually I loved his performance a lot), will need to get over his nerves a LOT. He’ll most definitely be sticking around for a long time, and I do want to see him make tour, but he’s so nervous he looks like a robot.

    I feel kinda bad for Adam for having to watch these 12 guys, lol. I wonder what he’ll say about Alex Lambert since they have almost the same names.

    Hey luvadamlambert and I like the same guy.

    My top 2 for this season so far? Crystal and Aaron.

  398. I agree with Ratna 12, Kara should be excused from judging Casey. Blech! COUGAR!! I can take that cougar….

  399. My dialing is working! Casey is getting a measurable number on dial idol! It feels good to WANT to vote again, I hadn’t voted since Jason. WOOHOO!!

    I’m actually very happy for you. Such a great feeling to be excited
    about a contestant.

  400. I guess here’s how I saw it (threw some random stuff out during the show while my iPod was still working – then I had to charge it, lol):

    Todrick Hall – Well… that was ballsy, I’ll give him that. I wonder what I would think about him if I didn’t read the bad stuff about him beforehand? He is a bit offputting, but I do give him credit for taking a risk. Because that was nuts (didn’t work for me, but nuts for sure).

    Aaron Kelly – Aw, he’s kinda adorable, just looks utterly shell shocked. Not sure he’s got a whole lot of personality, has a nice voice. He’ll hang out a while I would think since he’s precious.

    Jermaine Sellers – Eh, that was a bit of a mess, all over the place. Didn’t like it.

    Tim Urban – Poor puppy. He just looked like a kicked puppy. He’s cute as can be, not much range and picked the wrong song. But I was sad for the guy.

    Joe Munoz – Cannon fodder with a capital C? I’d already forgotten about him before I sat down to write this, had to look up the names. I can’t imagine he’ll stick around.

    Tyler Grady – Well, he’s different anyway. I don’t think that quite came off, but he’s interesting enough where I hope he’s back next week.

    Lee Dewyze – I wasn’t crazy about it, but will be interested to hear what he does next week. Seems like a nice enough fellow. If nothing else, was fun to get a Cookie name drop. Heh.

    John Park – His video made me laugh out loud, if nothing else. I wasn’t really feeling him during auditions so no shock I wasn’t crazy over his performance here. He was kinda hard to understand and that was just a weird song choice.

    Michael Lynche – I like Michael, he’s got a cool groove about him. But I see where they called him out on being safe/confident. We’ll see if he has some depth to offer.

    Alex Lambert – Aw, am I only the one who found him kinda precious? No, wait, my mom called me and she did, too. The mullet… no. But he has a good voice, he was just so fricking terrified and I can’t imagine he can pull it together and hang in very long.

    Casey James – First of all, this guy would be back next week if he had sung the alphabet for real. But pretty face aside, he really does have a good voice, interested to see what else he comes up with. Got two phone calls tonight about how hot he is. Kara needs to STOP, it makes me uncomfortable.

    Andrew Garcia – I thought he did fine, I just think that everyone was expecting something so *wow* that it didn’t quite deliver. I like this dude, threw him some votes. Looking forward to seeing what he does next week.

    I really think nerves *killed* everyone this week. I hope they do better next week, there are some kids here that interest me. Step it up, peeps!

  401. Well, that was a long two hours. I feel like Casey and Andrew are the only ones who are already fully formed, so if I don’t like them now, I probably never will. Pity for me that I don’t already like them.

    The ones I could potentially like are probably Lee (I thought the verses of Chasing Cars were pretty nice, but I could do without the offkey growly mess that followed), and the mulleted unripe banana that is Alex Lambert was not bad if you didn’t look at him. I love James Morrison’s voice to the point where “like James Morrison but not as good” is still 1,000% better than, say, Jermaine Sellers. He should have sat on a stool and done The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore with a guitar rather than attempting to move. Oh, and Joe was OK even if it didn’t always sound like he was singing words.

  402. The judges were merciless to that poor 20-year-old, standing there by himself on live national TV.

    Aw, I know, Tim looked like a kicked puppy.

  403. Thanks, iluvai! I feel for the people who aren’t finding any spark this year. I certainly know what THAT’S like!

  404. Hey luvadamlambert and I like the same guy.

    that’s surprising.I think it’s the first time…

    I know I’ve already said it but I would *die* I I got didi singing terrified on my iPod

    Poor Adam.BB,you’ll be ok…(maybe!)

  405. mulleted unripe banana that is Alex Lambert was not bad if you didn’t look at him.

    Ha! That cracked me up :)

    I was really surprised that Alex was one that my mom was talking about when she called me. She liked his potential. Now I gotta give mom props because S7 she started liking Cookie before I did. And then she gave him to me and I’m not giving him back ;). Her favorites were Casey and Andrew. I love my post-Idol phone calls with moms, lol.

  406. I’m on the west coast so AI is just starting. I have to give it to Todrick, I think he deserves to go through to the next round for taking a chance with that song.

    Now the kid is on, kind of country. Ok they just flashed his name, Aaron Kelly. He really needs to go the Disney route. He’s a sweet kid.

  407. Jammasta:

    I agree with most of what you wrote. Nice and thoughtful post. I’m excited to see what happens when it comes down to the top 12. I think Aaron has “something” going on for sure. He just might be a bit young to handle this competition. He is so likeable and I would trade him for a Justin Beiber personality any day. (JB fans, no offense, including my own daughters.)

    It seems like they are really going for the inexperienced performer this year. I’ve seen a few other posts mention this and I agree.

  408. The ones I could potentially like are probably Lee (I thought the verses of Chasing Cars were pretty nice, but I could do without the offkey growly mess that followed), and the mulleted unripe banana that is Alex Lambert was not bad if you didn’t look at him. I love James Morrison’s voice to the point where “like James Morrison but not as good” is still 1,000% better than, say, Jermaine Sellers

    Cheese, we all need a little potassium in our diets. ;-)

    Really, I was just about to post that as of now, I think Lee is my fave. I liked his song choice and he’s cuter than Andrew. Casey looks too much like Bucky to take seriously. There’s only room for one Bucky in this world. Don’t tell Rocky I said that.

  409. There were a lot of weak performances. Lee stands out for me at this point. He would sound good singing a duet with Crystal.

  410. iluvai,
    normally when I see something like that I argue about how I like “experience” or something, but Aaron’s so cute I’m going to have to say my arguing for later ;)

  411. Now the kid is on, kind of country. Ok they just flashed his name, Aaron Kelly. He really needs to go the Disney route. He’s a sweet kid

    .

    He has a good voice and I see all the young girls loving him.

  412. Yikes. This whole group is weak sauce. Andrew Garcia is the best singer, and even he wasn’t that good tonight. And he can’t keep falling back on the Kris Allen crutch of strumming a song on his guitar every week – that’ll get old really fast.

    Ok, so most guys underwhelmed. I think they were all very nervous, so maybe they will calm down over time. But this time last year, there were some people who tore it up on stage – this year, not so much.

    And Simon’s judging was whack – Lee and Alex were pitchy and weak (though Lee has potential as sort of a weaker David Cook) yet Simon loved their vocals – WTF with that?

    Casey is ok, but that eye candy shtick is old, Kara, and even Casey seemed really pissed when she kept at it. He’s essentially the Ace Young of the year.

    Aaron was better than I expected, and he will go far just based on being the cutey-patootey Archuletta (but with weaker vocals) of the group.

    John Park underwhelmed – but he’s got potential. Both he and Joe (aka Jorge 2.0) reminded me a bit of Anoop – I think John will grow into an Anoop-style balladeer.

    Todrick comes off as a bit of a jerk – not a fan.

    Tim – it was nice knowing you – thanks for playing our game. He might coast by on looks, but otherwise, weak voice and stage presence.

    Wow, yeah, both the guys and girls are very underwhelming this year. IMO TPTB really screwed up by having so many similarly styled artists this year. They really want that Taylor Swift type, and so give us too many to make sure one of them sticks, and as a result, we have no real diversity – no rockers (boo!), not even much country. This could get real old, real fast if everyone just strums Jason Mraz songs on their guitars all season.

  413. Watching the show now…

    Todrick: I genuinely liked the arrangement, actually. Ok, so you can’t hear much of the original in it (in particular, he didn’t pay any attention to the melody of the original), but that’s often true on some of these Idol performances go, and still get praised for it. It was never going to be an arrangment, however, that would please a whole bunch of people. That said, what ruined it for me was that the vocal was really subpar (don’t make it sound like you’re trying to use a bag of tricks, dude), and the way he worked the stage was off-putting in so many ways. If he had reigned it in a bit with the gestures, I might have liked this. But… no.

    Aaron: The vocal had some really rough moments to it, for starters. He didn’t have much presence on stage; it actually seemed to make him much younger than his actual age by a solid year or two. And I’m not convinced he has much of a musical imagination to keep me interested. So it wasn’t great, and yet I’m not totally hating on this performance. Though he didn’t always highlight the best parts of his tone, there were some quick moments where I saw some promise. Still, he’ll probably never be a personal favorite.

    Jermaine: Seriously, reign it in. The vocal was really rough, and I feel like I was being physically flogged by those runs. And here’s someone who maybe doesn’t know how to highlight the better elements of his voice at all. Seriously, the beginning and the very, very end moment were actually kind of nice, but those elements of his upper register were outright painful. It doesn’t feel like he’s so much listening to his own singing as trying to make a lot of noise. That’s not what I want in a singer at all.

    Tim: Yikes! First of all, from the opening note, the arrangement was way off. And then he started singing, and just… wow. His falsetto is really ugly whenever he used it (and sometimes he used it in places that I thought made no freakin’ sense at all), and the rest of it just landed with a thud. What was that? None of the girls were close to this bad, even Haeley in all her pitchiness.

    Joe: Joe’s voice is actually very pretty. Really. I’m not sure that he’s the most inspired competitor here, and the choice wasn’t great(as well as the way it was styled), but I could listen to him for a few more weeks. I hope he sticks around a little bit longer. (Watch the more shrill parts of the upper register, though)

    Tyler: This guy reminds me a whole lot of a certain UK X-Factor contestant. The moments where he projects he can do so (albeit sloppily), and everything else is just a bit of a tragedy. He’s another one whose stage mannerisms I could more than do without. He had a pretty dynamic show, and yet he was as energizing as Joe. Not a trainwreck, but I could see him go away, and sooner rather than later.

    Lee: Personally, I feel Lee missed the point of the song with that vocal. It’s a song whose power is in its quiet, the moments where it floats along, mesmerizing, tantalizing. And yet Lee kept a good deal of it at a pretty high volume, and it didn’t work. Staying on key might have helped. Worse, the beginning was really breathy. Plus, he sings way too close to the mic. That said, I think his attempt at the arrangement had some real promise, so I’m more than open to giving him another chance.

    John: Oh, John. Why the song choice? The melisma in the song didn’t work with your voice, but it’s that kind of song, so I can’t complain about it, given the choice. And your tone has some nice elements. But, ugh, why the choice? If I didn’t hate this performance (and I guess I didn’t), it’s despite the pick.

    Michael: I don’t really like a good deal his vocal affections; he needs to know when not to be so vocally strident, in my opinion, and let the verses glide a little. But the acoustic guitar was a nice touch. And I appreciated that he tried to do something kind of interesting with it. But it didn’t really work. Still, I feel bad complaining about this performance; it wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the first half stuff.

    Alex: *gulp* This didn’t work at all, from start from finish. His tone is just awful, and he didn’t really hit any of those notes. It sounded outright pathetic. Seriously, it sounds like he’s shooting some of those right out of his right nostril. It is not a wonderful world on Idol tonight…

    Casey: No, no, no. Don’t pick a Brian Adams number, please. But I guess if you’re going to, Heaven is the way to go. That said, he has a nice voice, and I thought it worked reasonably well with the song. (A little rough in the upper register, but nothing truly toxic). Further, I thought his stage presence was actually on-point to night; meaningful and not overplaying himself. But that might be because I still feel bludgeoned by Tyler and Todrick.

    Andrew: Frankly, the arrangement didn’t bother me as much as it could have, unless you count the fact that the pace required him to oversing some of the notes (though I loved the slow ending). And I’m not at the “Kris Allen did it, so it’s dead to Idol” thing, yet. (I mean, how many years has this show been bathed in total melismatic insanity, y’all?) However, he didn’t sing this well. Doing this kind of arrangement accentuates what works and doesn’t about your voice, and his voice felt frequently strident. An acoustic arrangement is only amazing when it’s done well, intelligently, and highlights the singer’s voice, even if that voice isn’t the biggest instrument out there. This… was not that.

    Ok, so I spent all yesterday saying “don’t judge the girls, it’s early in the season, they’re getting their legs, there’s lots of promise”. And I hold to that… with the girls. The boys are all but practically dead to me right now. That. Was. Awful. The S6 males were maybe even better than this bunch.

  414. I missed Toddrick and Aaron Kelly (wasn’t there another guy in Season 4 hollywood that sang with Bo with the same name?). I was going to make them my picks in the pool. Guess I should wait to see the vids.

  415. Interesting point about Paula’s influence on the selection process-something sure went wrong this year. Just no “sparks” anywhere.

    Agree with you. She had big flaws as a judge but she has good taste in artists

  416. excerpted here, more at the link….

    Feb 24 2010 11:09 PM EST
    ‘American Idol’ Top 12 Men Have A Rocky Live Debut
    Casey James emerges as one of only standouts during the boys’ first performance night.

    After a number of uneven, forgettable performances by the top 12 ladies Tuesday night, it was starting to feel like Simon Cowell’s prediction that a female would win this year’s “American Idol” was a bit premature. And then the men took the stage Wednesday night (February 24), and for most of the two hours, well, they seemed determined to prove Simon right.

    From poor song choices to shaky vocals and clear nerves, one by one, the guys got hammered by the judges, with even front-runner Andrew Garcia drawing some fire for his somber Fall Out Boy cover as pinup cowboy Casey James appeared to slip into the pole position with his mix of good looks and strong vocals.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1632603/20100224/story.jhtml

  417. Agree with you. She had big flaws as a judge but she has good taste in artists

    LOL. The producers pick the top 24. No doubt about it. Pauler’s influence was limited at best.

  418. Tierbee:“Lee Dewyze – I wasn’t crazy about it, but will be interested to hear what he does next week. Seems like a nice enough fellow. If nothing else, was fun to get a Cookie name drop. Heh.”

    Yeah! Both Randy and Simon talked a lot about David Cook during their review of Lee. Lee should be very grateful for this. :)

  419. luvadamlambert:
    02/24/2010 at 11:09 pm

    I just saw todrick and Aaron on Rickey.

    Rodrick was ok,but OMA AARON IS AMAZINGGGGG

    I agree luv! He impressed me. :) I’m rooting for that little cutie!

  420. Winners of the evening: Aaron, Lee and Casey
    Losers of the evening: Tyler, Jermaine and Todrick

    Best judge commentary of the night: Tyler Grady, cliche(Simon), shtick(Kara), poser(Ellen).

    Could be the worse performance night of Idol I ever watched. I didn’t see season 3 group 2 night, which I have read is the only night that is worse than this one.

    This does essentially confirm its a girl’s year.

  421. It was pretty much all Casey and Andrew all the way in my mind. Tim Urban and Jermaine are the two going home.

    Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the singing tonight. My choice was to watch this, or learn to trade stocks. I think I made the wrong choice ;-)

  422. What I saw tonight was a bunch of boys who watched David Cook and Kris Allen and said, “Oh, all I have to do is something odd with a really famous song, and I’m golden.”

    What they haven’t figured out yet (it’s something David knew instinctively and Kris even more so…and don’t get me started on how much I love David Cook…) is that it has to be the *right* famous song and they have to do the *right* odd thing. But the night was not without potential. I think the next few months will be interesting.

    My favorite performance was Casey, and FWIW I don’t find him at all attractive (minus a very sweet smile). He had by far the best song choice of the night. Good job.

  423. I just think this top 24 kind of blows chunks… at least so far. There have definitely been seasons when I’ve been wowed by contestants in the top 24. So far? Nada. Plus I miss Pauler – don’t ask me why – and I agree with PJ that Casey = Bucky. I’ll keep watching and waiting to be wowed.

  424. chessguy99: Winners of the evening: Aaron, Lee and Casey

    Interesting. I love the song “Here Comes Good-Bye” and having a 16-year-old (Aaron) sing it did not work for me — at all.

    ETA: MJ’s recap suggests that Aaron sang “Angels” (an Archie trademark song) during Hollywood, but I think it was actually Sarah M’s famous song “Angel.” Easy to mix up with similar titles.

  425. The ones I liked the most tonight were:
    1) Casey
    2) Lee
    3) Andrew
    3) Tyler
    4) Joe
    5) Aaron

    mary102, hmm.. Kris had 4 performances without an instrument and 3 at the piano. It was not every week he had the guitar. And why do you call that a crutch? it’s his accompanying instrument! Would you say that Elton John’s piano is his crutch?

  426. I went wandering back to What Not To Sign to try to refresh my memory from S7 (since last year was a different format) about the top 24 week. Check out the girl’s list there – none of those performances stand out in my mind except Amy Davis’ because it was so very bad (sorry, Amy):

    http://whatnottosing.com/episodes.asp?id=99

    Here are the boys, they weren’t exactly thrilling either:

    http://whatnottosing.com/episodes.asp?id=98

    Anyway, I guess my point is (other than that I like that site?) that it’s too early to completely give up on this year. Now S7 (again, only referencing that because it was the same format) you got good performances from Brooke & Carly on Top 20 week but the rest were pretty forgettable. The boys you got Archie’s Imagine, David Hernandez’ Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and Cookie’s All Right Now (I did kinda notice him there for the first time, wasn’t sure I liked him yet). So maybe next week we get a few breaking out? If we don’t I’ll start getting worried, for sure.

    (And I do agree that the judging is a bit disjointed)

  427. I think the judges going in different orders each time, taking turns as to who goes first, also adds to the disjointedness. Go in a row same order every time! Oy!

  428. the reviews keep coming… more at the link… i’m outtie – ciao!

    Feb 24 2010 11:00 PM ET

    American Idol’ Semifinals (Night Two): How many of the top 12 guys can we send home tomorrow?
    by Michael Slezak

    Okay, so I know it’s only week one of the American Idol semifinals, and I’m aware that patience is a virtue, but yikes! I’m slightly scared (possibly even scurr’d) that the first 24 performances of season 9 are an omen of 13 long and arduous weeks ahead. [Minor SPOILERS ahead, so west coasters may want to cover their eyes and/or run screaming from the Internet.]

    I mean, seriously, when the judges are scrambling to heap praise on hapless Alex Lambert — possibly the most petrified Idol contestant since Garrett Haley (click here if you don’t remember him) — you know there’s been trouble in casting paradise. And with Jermaine Purifory, J.B. Ahfua, Angela Martin, and Tasha Layton watching from their couches, is it possible we’ve accidentally stumbled into casting hell?

    And yet I know in the back of my brain that we dance this dance every Idol season: Staring deeply into our television sets and wondering “How many seasons can this show sustain before it all goes kaput?” But the cold hard evidence tells us that even standout Idol contestants sometimes need a one-week pass before they really bring the brilliance. Look back at season 7 of Idol: David Archuleta didn’t break out “Imagine” till week two. In season 4, Bo Bice didn’t really look like a true contender till his sophomore effort, the Allman Bros’ “Whipping Post.” Ditto for season 5’s Chris Daugtry, whose maiden voyage of “Wanted Dead or Alive” paled in comparison to his followup, Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).”

    So even if the “good” performances tonight lacked the basic snap, crackle, and pop of Allison Iraheta’s “Alone” (yes, I went there, obvs), I need to remind myself to just chillax and repeat my daily anthem: It’s only week one, it’s going to be okay. It’s only week one, it’s going to be okay. It’s only week one, it’s going to be okay.

    Of course, if week two is this much of a hot, buttered wreck, then I’m hitting the panic button. What did you think of tonight’s performances? Who was your favorite? Who’s on the chopping block? Post your thoughts below, then come back to EW.com in the morning for my full TV

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/02/24/american-idol-top-12-guys-ellen/#more-54569

  429. Either there are a lot of short guys this season or Seacrest is wearing higher lifts.

  430. I do have some favorites for both the guys and the girls.Just not really impressed with this group of top 24 I liked last years group better..Hopefully it is just the bad case of nerves and will get better eventually..I do think Casey does also remind me of Bucky..The judging seems a little more serious this year..

  431. I’m kinda glad nobody is jumping all on Aaron’s case yet. I remember when it was kinda a kick in the balls to be any American Idol site. I should probably buy an imaginary jock strap just in case……

    So is anyone else a Crystal/Aaron fan? If I had to pick two more from either side, I’d choose Lilly/Siobhan and Andrew/Casey.

    So THAT’S what Ken Warwick looks like. Can I call him Cue Ball? He’s kinda large.

    And holy crap, Kris and Archie are rolling in their graves….. Wait, they’re not dead yet. But if they were, they’d totally be rolling. Holy crap, Tim, I think there’s a pineapple in my bowels now.

  432. OMG….Adam Lambert has broke AI for me, cause all these guys and girls kinda suck! :) Totally Boring.

  433. What they haven’t figured out yet (it’s something David knew instinctively and Kris even more so…and don’t get me started on how much I love David Cook…) is that it has to be the *right* famous song and they have to do the *right* odd thing. But the night was not without potential. I think the next few months will be interesting.

    wjmtv, love your comment. And yes it will be inteeresting. I wonder if Tyler is going to change his thing up, if Lee is able to really deliver great performances and if Casey can sustain and improve his performances (i must give him a lot of credit to have remain focus while there was buffoonery at the judges table)

  434. These people are going to need a lot of improvement. My goodness, Lil, would look like Patti Labelle compared to these people.

    LMAO!

    There is usually at least one or two stand out performances during the first week. This season reminds me of season six.

    That Aaron Kelly kid checked all the right boxes tonight. Grandmas? check Tweens? check Country-crossover? check Humble and soooo sweet? check “Growth-arc” storyline in place? check

    The blonde eye-candy was just that. I can go for a little shallowness during two straight hours of ho-humness.

    Tim is cute, but he was horrible.

    Hubby liked the Lee guy. (surprise!) He thought he sounded like Dave Matthews in spots. Anyone else hear that? Hubby also liked Casey. (WTF?) He thought he sounded like Bob Seger. I didn’t really listen that close, I just thought he was hot. (just kidding…sort of)

  435. And he can’t keep falling back on the Kris Allen crutch of strumming a song on his guitar every week – that’ll get old really fast.

    Apparently it worked for him since he won.

    :)

    I noticed that this year the majority of the singers played guitar at several points of their performances, from the auditions to Hollywood week to now.

  436. was i the only one who didnt like lee….?

    I didn’t dislike him but I didn’t like him either – meh? I think I called him wallpaper, lol.

  437. Am I the only one who wants Jermaine to get another shot? The judges kept saying how Andrew bought time because of his ‘Straight Up’ thing in Hollywood (which I agree was amazing)–but similarly, I’m stuck on Jermaine’s original audition, where he sang ‘What if God Was One of Us.’ It was *awesome.* I really hope he sticks around.

  438. The judging seems a little more serious this year..

    Too serious. I don’t get it.

  439. There is usually at least one or two stand out performances during the first week. This season reminds me of seeson six.

    yay – i thought i was alone in thinking this, lolol… nite 4 real…

  440. Too serious. I don’t get it.

    The judging seemed unduly harsh for some of the contestants, especially since this was the boys’ first night and these judges selected these folks. I expected much more humor from Ellen than we’ve seen. On a positive note, it is so nice not having to put up with the Paula-Simon show. SO NICE.

  441. Great recap MJ!

    Random (in context of the other posts) as my kids would say. But I just thought about it. It was really good. Last night too.

  442. mary102, hmm.. Kris had 4 performances without an instrument and 3 at the piano. It was not every week he had the guitar. And why do you call that a crutch? it’s his accompanying instrument! Would you say that Elton John’s piano is his crutch?

    I didn’t actually mean it as a slight against Kris. He did it well last year (with SWHFTM, Heartless especially) and mixing it up with the piano definitely helped too.

    Andrew, however, isn’t showing that kind of versatility – I’ll wait and see how he mixes it up, but right now all I’m seeing is that guitar as a crutch, and for me if he keeps performing mellow arrangements of uptempo songs with guitar, I’m going to get really bored. That’s just not my thing.

  443. I noticed that this year the majority of the singers played guitar at several points of their performances, from the auditions to Hollywood week to now.

    Yep. And it’s just overload imo. This season is sorely lacking in variety.

  444. The judges didn’t like Tyler Grady– or I guess they didn’t think he was original. I don’t know. But I liked hearing that kind of song. I hope we get a little more rock.

  445. Many of these contestants seem very amateur too. That’s another one of my pet peeves. I don’t need them to be perfect, ready-to-record artists, but even youngsters like Allison last year had SOO much charisma and stage presence, lots of confidence when they performed. Most of these performers just seem to get swallowed up by the stage – especially the guys.

  446. Tyler Grady’s hands look really big. Maybe it’s the camera angle, but I kept thinking about it the whole time he was singing.

  447. Andrew, however, isn’t showing that kind of versatility – I’ll wait and see how he mixes it up, but right now all I’m seeing is that guitar as a crutch, and for me if he keeps performing mellow arrangements of uptempo songs with guitar, I’m going to get really bored. That’s just not my thing.

    ah ok I see. It’s ok for me whether there’s a guitar or not but it has to be interesting and artistic. I agree with you that Andrew’s performance was ordinary and I wouldn’t watch a show full of this

  448. Kara first liked Tyler’s 70s look and persona all the time…and then blasts him for it on the show.

  449. tinydance:
    02/24/2010 at 11:39 pm

    Either there are a lot of short guys this season or Seacrest is wearing higher lifts.

    My daughter kept watching for who looked taller the singer or Ryan. LOL, at one point one of the singers looked taller and then when I looked back Ryan did. Maybe he has some lifts positioned around the stage. Hee!

  450. Hubby liked the Lee guy. (surprise!) He thought he sounded like Dave Matthews in spots. Anyone else hear that?

    My 17-year-old daughter, who isn’t even that much of a DMB fan, immediately suggested him. And I agreed. Wouldn’t mind hearin’ Lee cut loose with some “Crash Into Me…..” :)

  451. Tyler Grady’s hands look really big. Maybe it’s the camera angle, but I kept thinking about it the whole time he was singing.

    Haha, I was totally distracted by Jermaine’s long lady-fingers ;)

  452. Tim – Is it wrong that I’m kinda annoyed with people finding these long haired guys cute?

    Someone back a page or two had that comment. I. A. GREE.!!!!

    I was wondering if Run DMC or a more current choice, Jay Z, should do American Woman with Tyler….It could have a rap vibe mixed in it, I think, a la Walk this Way circa 1986.

  453. So far Jermaine was the tallest, but they all appear to be about the same height as Ryan.

  454. I think they really want to throw Toddrick under the bus. Maybe it is the child-scamgate thing.

  455. ummmmmm yeah…

    i dont like a n y of the girls…. cheesy love boat singers for me…

    i guess i will have to rate andrew, lee and casey as my only possibles this year…

    but thats just me…

  456. I think they really want to throw Toddrick under the bus.

    That’s what I thought, too – they really want to be rid of that guy. First put him in the death slot, then rip him to shreds.

  457. BTW, do we know what the good-bye song is yet? Would it be played tom. night or not?

  458. I agree with Simon and Ellen on Lee…Yay for the Chicago guy!

    eta: and MJ, I agree with her too!

  459. BTW, do we know what the good-bye song is yet? Would it be played tom. night or not?

    I think during the semifinals there is a guy elimination song and a girl elimination song, and then we get the good bye song for top 12

  460. I’m Korean too, and John Park definitely has a slight – very slight – Korean accent. More the way he clips his words. He’s probably a “one-and-a-halfer” (generation), i.e., came over from Korea when he was a kid. Poor song choice, but he was far from the worst of the lot.

    I’m a huge David Cook fan and I see a bit of Cookish quality in Lee, too. His performance was uneven, but he’s got potential.

    While I do NOT think Casey James is hot – not my type at all, he was very, very good. Probably the best overall tonight. (But for the love of jeebus, Kara, wipe that drool off your chin.)

    Did not care for Todrick’s retooling of “Since U Been Gone.” However, he has a good voice and real talent so I’m not ruling him out yet.

    Underwhelmed by Andrew Garcia, but not giving up on him yet either.

    Most underrated: Joe Munoz. Kid’s got really smooth vocals, a couple of shaky places but overall very easy listening. (Maybe too easy listening.) Needs more snap & spark to stand out, but he was miles better than most of the other guys. Unfortunately, that might not be enough to keep him around.

    Everyone else was mediocre to awful. Jermaine was the most painful to listen to; I swear at times he sounded like a cat yowling.

    Also, I HATE the song “Apologize.” Hate it hate it hate it. And Tim’s rendition was even suckier than the song.

    Tim and Jermaine should go, but Tim’s cuteypie looks will probably keep him in.

    Imma be seriously pissed if John and Joe get voted off…it’ll just confirm something I suspect about what people vote or don’t vote for on Idol. This is not the place to elaborate on that, however.

  461. I like some of the contestants, but am not luvin any of them. Yes, last year’s contestants may have killed it for me this season. I wanted to tune in each week (especially to see what Adam would do, but enjoyed the whole top 5!) Seems like anyone in the top 5 S8, could have won over any of these guys…but it’s early yet. Let’s see how it goes. I’m still holding out hope!

  462. Imma be seriously pissed if John and Joe get voted off…it’ll just confirm something I suspect about what people vote or don’t vote for on Idol. This is not the place to elaborate on that, however.

    i agree and completely know what ur talking about. most ppl wouldnt admit it tho

  463. So is anyone else a Crystal/Aaron fan?

    At this point Yes! I’m pretty solid with Crystal, not fully committing to Aaron yet, but he did impress me tonight. Love his voice.

    Having said that, I hope Crystal learns how to play the AI game.

    ETA: thanks gangreen, I wondered how that worked.

  464. I thought Lee was very good and I expect him to improve over the season as he gets more relaxed. He has very pretty eyes.

    So far, Todrick and Lee were the best for me for different reasons. I really want to see Todrick do some serious dance moves as the competetion goes on. I like Lee as I think he has a good voice and a nice vibe.

    Ok John is up next.

  465. Imma be seriously pissed if John and Joe get voted off…it’ll just confirm something I suspect about what people vote or don’t vote for on Idol. This is not the place to elaborate on that, however.

    My friend says that too. He thinks Simon has thing about Asians, which includes South East Asians.

    But I think John picked the wrong song was really off. I think John chose a song that was too old for him.

  466. Anyway, I guess my point is (other than that I like that site?) that it’s too early to completely give up on this year. Now S7 (again, only referencing that because it was the same format) you got good performances from Brooke & Carly on Top 20 week but the rest were pretty forgettable. The boys you got Archie’s Imagine, David Hernandez’ Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and Cookie’s All Right Now (I did kinda notice him there for the first time, wasn’t sure I liked him yet). So maybe next week we get a few breaking out? If we don’t I’ll start getting worried, for sure.

    (And I do agree that the judging is a bit disjointed)

    Ok, I guess in truth I actually agree with this. And I was all for that after the girls. But the guys… with all due, the difference is that few of the boys proved so much to be competent. The girls, I thought, last night did that. And when we talk about Kris, Cook, Blake… yeah, they all took a few weeks to warm up, but those starting performances were on the whole more competent than the vast majority of this crowd at the least.

    So, while I’m not giving up quite yet or anything truly dramatic if I’m being honest… tonight genuinely hurt, and I seem to have a decently high threshold here.

  467. Most underrated: Joe Munoz. Kid’s got really smooth vocals, a couple of shaky places but overall very easy listening. (Maybe too easy listening.) Needs more snap & spark to stand out, but he was miles better than most of the other guys. Unfortunately, that might not be enough to keep him around.

    I liked him. He was new to me though (i.e. I don’t remember that much about him from the past shows). I hope he makes it through. He has a nice voice and a nice smile. Very cute and talented.

  468. I am sick of the Michael Lynche baby-drama. I also didn’t like his performance.

  469. I liked Lee the best. Alex’s voice was different/unique in a good way (sort of), liked it, but don’t like watching him AT ALL. Casey sounded/looked pretty good, but I hope he doesn’t let his vibrato get away from him.

    For MJ’s pool, it’s going to be hard to choose the worst 2 from either the girls group OR the boys group. I could easily pick 6 from each group that I’d like not to see again already, lol.

  470. Oooo…Michael Lynche did not like that when Simon said that…lol

    I agree with Simon. I didn’t like him.

  471. Lee, I agreed most with Ellen, it wasn’t bad, but I don’t really agree with Simon that it was amazing. It was decent.

    But are we criticizing looks? Todrick has brush hair, Aaron looks like a stick version of Taylor Lautner at times, Jermaine looks like Kermit, Tim has awkwardly huge eyes, Joe looks like Jorge is his mom and Archie is his dad, Lee has an unhealthy amount of neck fat, John kinda looks like my mom, Michael looks kinda unhealthy for a personal trainer, Alex got hit by a lawnmower in the face, Casey looks like Brooke White with facial hair, and Andrew Garcia kinda looks like a Buddha statue.

    And what’s up with these judges? Kara stealing from Ellen and Simon, Randy still using “for you for me” is the most annoying phrase ever, Ellen “I hope people will vote for you and you stick around”, and Simon…. being Simon. I think it mostly has to do with the contestants, but there’s some sort of chemistry missing here.

    There’s a huge case of nerves in this top 24, and even Ellen is showing a huge case of nerves. I am actually interested in her as a judge, but she’s already repetitive. Although I thought her comment on Michael’s backstory was very interesting.

    Oh god The Mullet of Doom. My mom said he looks like the mom from Brady Bunch and I say I agree.

    My mom’s favorite is John Park now. Hmm, I’m not seeing what Kara and Simon didn’t see in it, I thought it was pretty good. Maybe not the best ever, but good. He’s still in my top 10 this season.

    My mom’s also liking Ellen and Randy, she doesn’t like Kara or Simon that much.

    Am I the only one excited for next week? I mean, I don’t really care how many bad performances I saw this week, I want to see these contestants get another chance. I’d bet a dollar that most of the bad tonight was nerves and that most of the good contestants will find their comfort zones next week. Sorry for betting a dollar, but first of all, I’m broke, and second, I could be totally wrong.

    Did anyone else like Ellen’s critique of Alex? I felt it was very Ellen.

  472. Just adding to the Lee D. comparisons. I saw a kind of Daughtry/Cook thing going on. Not so much in their voices, just the look, maybe a little in the voice and style. He surprised me; I kind of like him.

  473. I am getting the ‘David Cassidy’ vibe from Tim Urban, and I do find him adorable. I didn’t like Simon’s comments about him not belonging there. I hope he makes it through.

    The best singer of the night has to be Lee Dewyze; I do see him in the TOP 12. I wish John Park had done better, but his fans should get him through this. I liked Joe’s performance but he had virtually no screen time, and that may hurt him. Yes, I wanted to hug Alex Lambert.

    I laughed about the whole circumstances with Jermaine Sellers. I’d rather see him on the tour than Michael. You see, Blake Lewis spoiled me when he sang that song. There’s too much hype over him. Tyler Grady did a pretty good job. Am I the only one who thinks he needs to put on some weight?

    Yes, Casey James is mighty attractive, and he is getting the Ace Young/Michael Johns sexual appealing tratment. However, I wish they would back off on this thing with Kara. Also, I would prefer to see him clean shaven. He has a pretty good voice. Aaron is cute, isn’t he?

    Todrick can get off my tv permanently.

    I think I enjoyed the girls’ performances better, but then that was what TPTB wanted.

  474. Imma be seriously pissed if John and Joe get voted off…it’ll just confirm something I suspect about what people vote or don’t vote for on Idol. This is not the place to elaborate on that, however.

    I get what you’re saying too (and I’ll add that I won’t be surprised if we lose two of the African-American males tomorrow night). But if John, Todrick or Jermaine were to go home tomorrow night, I can’t hold them completely blameless. I like John and threw some votes his way because I think he deserves another shot, but he picked the wrong song and his performance was competent but boring. I give Todrick points for trying to do something different, but his performance wasn’t all that great. Jermaine was just over the top and a mess, but I kinda hope he gets another chance too. I don’t think he’s the “diva” some are making him out to be.

    The only one I’ll truly feel sorry for if he’s eliminated is Joe. His performance was actually pretty good-I didn’t find him forgettable at all. If he goes home, he’ll be the victim of getting lost in the performance order shuffle along with lack of pre-semis pimpage.

  475. I hope Alex Lambert can survive to top 12, because he has got the most makeover potential. What a great head of hair but the mullet must go bye bye. He also has alot of potential to grow over the season. He does have a good voice and I think nerves really got to him.

    On a side note, is Simon wearing a flesh colored type t-shirt under his white shirt, or is that his real chest?

  476. Oh god The Mullet of Doom.

    I liked the mullet. LOL! That’s one thing that guy owns! Other than that, he was cute and has a decent voice. I hope to see more w/ improvement from Alex.

    ETA: Oh um, I wonder why Ellen likes bananas of all things. (Sorry).

    EETA: “””””Did anyone else like Ellen’s critique of Alex? I felt it was very Ellen.”””””
    I didn’t see this before. lol.

  477. Hmm, I’m also hoping to see more improvement from Alex. I see some potential in him…..

    I’m sticking with my original top 10 for the most part. As of tonight, it’s Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan, Michelle, Didi, Casey, Andrew, Aaron, John, and Tyler. After tonight, I think the weakest link for the girls is Didi (I have a feeling she could get annoying despite my love for her) and for the guys it’s probably John (As much as I do like him, I don’t see him going far), and in those cases I’d choose Katie (who will probably actually replace Siobhan, I see people not connecting with her :( ) and Lee (which I certainly wouldn’t mind at all).

    I don’t usually like judge banter, but I chuckled at the banter they did when Casey came on.

  478. Before everyone jumps on the “Worst Season Ever” bandwagon, lets take a moment to recall some of our fallen Top 24 contestants of past years—Garrett Haley, Amy Krebs, Colton Berry, Ariana Afsar, Jeanine Vailles, Nicholas Pedro, Stevie Wright..
    I assume you are all scratching your heads and saying “who the hell are these people”. Yes, there was a lot of suckitude tonight but I don’t think it was dramatically worse than past seasons. And I am so tired of hearing about how Adam Lambert and David Cook emerged as fully formed superstars the minute they took the stage. Overall I did feel that the guys were weaker than the girls and there were some really bad and lame performances that made Haeley Vaughn’s bizarre version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” seem inspired, but I am not going to throw in the towel on Season 9 just yet. There is the chance that Casey James will take his shirt off again.

  479. Yeah- the ethic boys have it rough on here…

    my six boys are:
    Lee
    Andrew
    Casey
    Alex
    Mike (he’ll be voted off quick though)
    and…your favorite goes here

  480. Ok Andrew Garcia is up. He was good. Probably one of the best of the evening. I see he’s getting a lot of criticism. I still think he is a lock for the top 12 and probably top 4.

  481. I dunno, I’m still really on the fence about Lee. Something about him just…. bores me. I mean, I see dark horse potential, but as many moments as he had in that song, the pitchy notes were just really blatant.

  482. Funny series of tweets. First:

    @adamlambert: Bout to watch Idols top 12 dudes!!

    Then:

    @JuNotJoyner:@adamlambert DON’T WATCH DAMMIT!!! DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
    @jambajim: @adamlambert DON’T! PUT THE REMOTE DOWN! 2 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK. TRUST ME ON THIS ADAM LAMBERT. TRUST ME. DON’T WATCH!

    Some unhappy viewers tonight thoughtfully advising Adam not to waste his time – lolz!

  483. I noticed that this year the majority of the singers played guitar at several points of their performances, from the auditions to Hollywood week to now.

    Yep. And it’s just overload imo. This season is sorely lacking in variety.

    I kind of wonder if part of the reason is that the show is attracting more musicians than it used to because the past two winners were musicians. I think the lack of variety is also because they are all playing about the same kind of music, especially the women, and not as much that they are playing instruments. None of them are really doing rock, at least not yet.

  484. He pings that retro-vibe that a particular subset of Idol viewers just love.

    That would be me. I like Tyler but he really does need to put on some weight. He has a good chance of making TOP 12.

    I think probably nine of the guys did not like Simon’s comments. He has been quite brutal even though honest in his opinion. I wanted to give Ellen a chance, but she is not doing that well. Anyone of us could make the comments she’s making. I like her, but she has lots of room for improvement. Yes, she appears nervous.

    Seems like anyone in the top 5 S8, could have won over any of these guys…but it’s early yet.

    I’d like to add Anoop and make that the TOP 6. Too bad Simon couldn’t have given him more support.

    I almost felt that John was tearing up as he spoke of his parents. A lot of people will like that if they noticed. Yes, I also get the feeling Simon does not see $$$ when looking at an Asian male.

  485. I have no idea who is going home tomorrow? Anyone with a clue? lol
    Anyway I have to say that I enjoyed the guys more than the girls. A lot of the guys showed more potential than the girls. I am thinking a guy may win again. The judges are being a bit more serious this season until Casey came on the stage and the show was fun again. I can’t believe I am saying this but I really liked Casey tonight. He has a really pleasant voice.

    Rankings for me tonight:

    1. Casey (I really like his voice.) (I love seeing the judges having fun but they almost made him laugh.) LOL….Kara was blushing.

    2. Lee (He is definitely the darkhorse.) He has a lot of potential and he can possibly win it all or make it to the final 5.

    3. Andrew (I like it but I didn’t love it, but I know Andrew can bring it next week.)

    4. Aaron (The boy can sing, he just needs to calm his nerves down a bit. He is no Archie but he has potential to be a popular country male/pop artist.)

    5. Alex Lambert (I was pleasantly surprise by his voice, but he is another one that needs to relax and just have fun.)

    6. Big Mike (Not bad but I wasn’t that impress.)

    7. Joe ( He is soooooo going home, or maybe not. I like his voice but his song choice did suck.)

    8. Tyler (I kept hoping Bo Bice would pop out somehow and show Tyler how it is done.) :) (He also has potential and I say screw the judges, do what you want, rock on!!)

    9. John Park (I still don’t know how Park is an Asian name but anywho, I won’t go there. I am Asian by the way. That was totally the wrong song choice. He is also potentially going home.)

    10. Todrick (He can go home too, that arrangement was a mess but the boy does have a good voice under all that.)

    11. WTF was that Tim Urban? (He may get votes anyway but that version of “Apologize” was awful. I get flashback of Archie’s awesome rendition of course.)

    12. Jermaine Jermaine Jermaine, you are a DIVA! LOL and not good at it. Less is more!

    I have NO IDEA who is going, so I guess I will go with Jermaine and Joe for now. Who knows? At least I was a little entertained tonight.

  486. Interesting, Adam just tweeted that he likes Todrick, Casey and Andrew. That’s some good publicity for those guys. It could be fun if Adam’s willing to be a cough potato commenter this season! He sure has the 20/20 perspective, and the witty lack of filter.

  487. Okay some final (I think) comments.

    Casey was pretty hot tonight. I think the vibrato was due to nerves, but not sure. I thought this whole (Kara) thing was hilarious.

    Nothing has connected with me yet w/ Lee, and I’m a huge Cook fan. I was a fan from top 24 for him. However, I’m open to see if he has the musicality to bring it from week to week. We’ll see.

    John Parks was good, imo, but I wish he would have picked a better song. This may be his doom, sadly.

    I hope Tyler makes it another week, I like this guy, but definitely saw the lack of charisma tonight. The judges focused on the whole “moves” thing when they put him through so I can see why he went w/ that tonight. C’mon Tyler I rooting for you!

    I honestly don’t think Andrew Garcia was as bad as the judges made it seem. Love this guy’s phrasing. I don’t know the original song, so I truly thought it was interesting in a good way, not a weird way as the judges made it seem. I’m rooting for you too Andrew!

    I’m definitely rooting for Aaron, which was a surprise for me tonight! Go Aaron!

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Todrick Hall or Jermaine Sellers go home. Neither impressed me. I think they’re both Adam wannabe’s. JMO.

    I liked Alex and want to see him back next week. Mullet and all.

    My daughter alone may have kept Tim in for the next week. LOL, poor guy. She has a decent ear, but she’s 11 and thinks he’s cute. She does like Aaron too.

    I like Mike Lynch’s huge lovable personality. Joe, is cute and seems to have a decent voice, but his performance seemed off to me from the beginning.

    No voting for me tonight. IMO, come what may.

  488. cookcricket:
    S7 was my first full yr. of watching from top 24 on and DC has been the only one to this point to really stand out to me the first night.

    Ditto, though for me it was Cook and Castro who both stood out right away. And MJ was pretty good too, I think. He sang the Doors, right? Didn’t Castro do Daydream for Top 24? It was charming, as I recall. Anyway, Happy Together was very much a “this Cook guy is so a diamond in the rough” type performance for me, unfortunate flatiron accident and all. He had me at micstand twirling.

    I agree with everyone else that it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to be amazing this early, but there should be something that sparks a little curiosity at least. I didn’t really get that from any of these particular guys. Two to three of the girls, def, but not really any of the guys. I dunno, I feel a strong cannon fodder vibe from tonight which I guess is the point if they want a chick to win.

    Everyone was raving about Andrew Garcia’s Straight Up cover, so when I saw he was covering FOB, I was stoked to hear it. Meh. And it’s not necessarily because it’s a bad idea to do a stripped down version of Sugar. Case in point: FOB rocked it. I have acoustic versions of their tunes on my iPod. I just think there was something weird going on melodically and rhythmically with AG’s version. He turned it into a musac version or something. But I applaud the cajones to attempt it, I guess.

    Best of the night was probably Lee Dooby, or whatever his last name is. Seems like a nice guy with a decent voice and that was a respectible enough cover.

  489. 9. John Park (I still don’t know how Park is an Asian name but anywho, I won’t go there. I am Asian by the way.

    Park is a fairly common korean name.

  490. Okay, I am up late because I am anticipating a snow day from work tomorrow and I made a list of songs I think everyone should sing next week from the list of approved songs at idolforums. I think it will produce two much more interesting shows.
    Haeley-Me and Charlie Talking-Miranda Lambert
    Alex lambert-I wanna dance with somebody-Because I really want someone to sing it
    Katie-A Thousand Miles –vanessa carleton
    Lacey-walkaway joe-trisha yearwood
    Jermaine-nobody knows it but me Tony Rich project
    Tyler- you really got me kinks
    Didi-heavenly day patty griffin \
    Siobahn-peace train-the Natalie Merchant version
    Casey-the first cut Is the deepest cat stevens
    Todrick-twisting the night away –sam cooke
    Tim urban-maggie may -rod stewart
    Janelle-white horse taylor swift
    Crystal-we belong-pat benatar
    Andrew-miss independent-neyo
    Lee-better days goo goo dolls
    Michelle- No more drama-mary j blige
    Ashley-vision of love-mariah carey
    Lily-When will I be loved-linda Ronstadt
    Joe- angel jon secada
    Aaron-I can love you like that-john Michael montgomery
    Michael-Let her cry-hootie and the blowfish
    Paige-don’t let go- en vogue
    Katelyn Angel from Montgomery.-john prine but the bonnie raitt version
    I have no idea for John…his voice is very strange to me

  491. Adam just tweeted that he likes Todrick

    Do you think that this blatant failure of a statement will negate any performance he ever did at the AMA’s? Not that he’s not allowed to have opinions, I mean, he is….

    Andrew Garcia’s son is adorable :3. Holy crap I might vote for him just because of that >_>…

  492. OK, here’s my two cents. I’m trying to be objective, but absolutely none of the Top 24 seem to have any star quality to me (save one), and I’ve been bored out of my tree for 4 hours. I KNEW David A was a star from the moment he came on stage with “Shop Around”. Why? Because he commanded the stage and had a fierceness that said, “I absolutely love what I’m doing. I want this more than anything, and I’m going to let y’all know it.” David C didn’t do my favorite song, but he had the same air of confidence; the same drive that let me know he belonged there and really wanted to make this work. Same with some of the others who’ve had successful careers post- Idol.

    That’s what I feel is missing from this group. Charisma and ambition. It’s not so much that they’re not talented (OK, for some of them it is), but they’re not doing anything that makes me want to vote for them over anyone other act in America. They’re not doing anything that says they’ll take that extra step to prove themselves, or try to hold my interest. It’s almost like: (1) they don’t believe in themselves enough to step out of their comfort zones, or (2) they think that what they did before Idol will be good enough to get them through.

    The only standout for me tonight was Lee. Not so much because of his voice, but because he’s the only one so far whose shown me how much he wants to win. If David A, David C and Lee were able to tell me in one episode what sets them apart from the others, then so can everyone else. If they REALLY want to do this for a living, then I’m giving them one more week to prove it.

  493. long lines at the cannons this week….

    I wouldn’t mind if we shot a few of these contestants out of cannons this week…

  494. No voting for me tonight. IMO, come what may

    That’s my stance too. I’m not sure who I would vote for at this point. Can’t wait for tomorrow night’s results.

  495. Ditto, though for me it was Cook and Castro who both stood out right away.

    You’re right! Loved Daydream! Yeah, it took a few weeks for me to stop voting for Jason and vote for DC exclusively. MJ was alright for me, just love the song. :D

  496. Holy $hit, NOW I’m excited. That’s more like it. Just getting off the West Coast wrap-up high and I am STOKED about Lee Dewyze and Casey. Thrilled that there’s some real talent to watch. Girls? What girls?

    LOVE LOVE
    Lee – love the raspy tone!
    Casey – boy can def sing, clear pleasant tone. And he actually knows how to play that guitar.
    Andrew – still hanging on even with tonight’s less than stellar performance

    WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE
    Alex Lambert – who the heck expected I’d like his James Morrison-esque tone? but I do!
    Joe Muniz – even though he’s ultimately doomed as fodder

    ENOUGH TO HANG ON
    Big Mike – he bores me vocally, but he’s got a fun personality
    Aaron – potential, but just not mature enough
    Tyler – surprised at how unimpressed I was tonight

    SCRAPING BY
    John – good tone and lower register, wayyy bad song choice
    Tim – a nice enough guy that puts him barely ahead of the last two

    NEEDS TO GO HOME
    Todrick – wow did he sound flat in the recap, but it’s more the skank personality
    Jermaine – more is definitely not better for this dude

  497. Park is a fairly common korean name.

    OK thanks! LOL..I didn’t have any Korean friends with that last name so I was curious. hahahha.. Anyway I don’t think any Asian guy has done extremely well on idol so I don’t expect John to go that far. I hope he gets another shot though, he has a lot of potential too.

  498. Why are peeps comparing Lee with Cookie? It’s annoying. They are trying to put Lee in a box. Sing Kings of Leon. How annoying.

  499. Before everyone jumps on the “Worst Season Ever” bandwagon, lets take a moment to recall some of our fallen Top 24 contestants of past years—Garrett Haley, Amy Krebs, Colton Berry, Ariana Afsar, Jeanine Vailles, Nicholas Pedro, Stevie Wright..
    I assume you are all scratching your heads and saying “who the hell are these people”.

    Is it sad that I remember most of those fodders? lol. I actually really like Colton Berry’s “Suspicious Minds”, hows that for memory? LOL..Anyway I get what your talking about. hehehee I think this season has potential. These guys just need some time to evolve.

  500. I really feel sad. I didn’t feel much of anything tonight. No one I would invest my time in to vote for and help make a star. I didn’t feel any stars up there. Tyler and Casey were the only ones who caught my eye– but less for what I heard and more for what I saw.

    I don’t like Kara pretending to have this whole slobbering thing for Casey. If one of the male judges were to do that with one of the girls, we’d be marching on Washington by tomorrow.

    :}

  501. carolinacharms:
    02/25/2010 at 1:01 am

    Tonight was forgettable.

    Yep, all of the 682+ and still going comments on here seem to have forgotten about tonight. (Hee! nudge, jk!;))

  502. I don’t mean to seem like I’m ranting, but it is complete revisionist history to act like the top 24 performance is always this great show with lightening performances.

    Well, I’m not one of the peeps here who immediately got on the correct bandwagons during S7 by spotting the two Davids right away, but I do recall being very, very impressed by Ramielle’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. It was the last time she was ever that good but I thought she just had the best voice based on that one performance. Also, I was really taken with Jason’s Daydream. Listening to him just made me feel really happy and mellow; put a smile on my face. So yeah, there were some really freaking good performances during Top 24 of S7. Also? The ratio of suckage to non-suckage was much lower in S7 — unlike tonight. I know I’m not citing the big stars of S7, but A’siah Epperson (IIRC) was highly praised by Michael Slezak for her Top 24 performance and Alaina Whitaker didn’t suck either. Michael Johns was actually quite highly rated also — though he quickly faded in the subsequent weeks.

    On a separate note, I’m actually fine with the judges this season. I know peeps are not liking their seriousness, but I get seriously annoyed when the judges can’t even pay these poor kids the courtesy of paying attention during what amounts to some of the biggest moments of their young lives. Last year’s Simon/Paula antics made me want to punch them in the face repeatedly.

  503. Is it sad that I remember most of those fodders? lol. I actually really like Colton Berry’s “Suspicious Minds”, hows that for memory? LOL..Anyway I get what your talking about. hehehee I think this season has potential. These guys just need some time to evolve.

    I liked Colton on that song too but he had fodder written all over him. When they announced his name I said “Who?” because I’d never heard of him. That Garrett kid was another one with zero screen time and Simon calling him a “haunted shut in” or something. This show is just silly at times.

  504. Just watched the last half of the show…

    So far no one is really jumping out at me though I enjoyed Casey the most. There has not been a “moment” yet, but I don’t think this season is any worse than previous years. If there’s no breakout performances in the next couple of week then that opinion will change.

    I don’t know if it is just me, or the Ellen influence, the extra time but the judging is so much better than previous seasons. Constructive and rational criticism that for the most part I agree with (except for the foolishness they exhibited during Casey’s performance. They are actually giving believable explanations of their opinions. Hopefully Ryan’s HR comment will put an end to that nonsense).

  505. I’m sure I wasn’t the only to think: out of alllllll the thousands of people auditioning for this season, THIS is the best they came up with?

    Has AI had too many seasons? Are all the good ones taken?

    Edited to add: Is it just me or did anyone feel the total DISS from Both Randy and Simon toward Ellen? Didn’t they “forget” to give her time to judge 2x before the AI music began? One time she started to talk although she looked unsure. She looked toward Simon and said “Me?” as in making sure it was her turn to talk first. As she proceeded, Randy made the weirdest eye roll. I didn’t like that at all.

    :}

  506. gangreen29:
    02/25/2010 at 1:20 am
    “Also here is the link to cleared songs but I think you have to be a member of idf to see it because it is in the spoiler section.
    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=640504

    Just looked at the list, it has over 1900 songs. It’s no wonder why they have problems picking a song.

  507. Man, I am soooo disappointed. The boys really stunk. I thought the girls were bad yesterday, but all of a sudden they shined. It was bad. I didn’t even want to pick up the phone and wasted my time re-dialing. What happened? I don’t think this is just my impression, reading through some of the comments here….. :(

  508. cookcricket:
    S7 was my first full yr. of watching from top 24 on and DC has been the only one to this point to really stand out to me the first night.

    sunchick:
    Ditto, though for me it was Cook and Castro who both stood out right away. And MJ was pretty good too, I think. He sang the Doors, right? Didn’t Castro do Daydream for Top 24? It was charming, as I recall. Anyway, Happy Together was very much a “this Cook guy is so a diamond in the rough” type performance for me, unfortunate flatiron accident and all. He had me at micstand twirling.

    Double ditto for me Sunchick. Archie and MJ were my favorites from hollywood week, but I was a bit disappointed top 24 week (Archie was okay, but it wasn’t until Imagine than he blew me away). Jason’s performance of Daydream was my water cooler moment that week – I thought it was fantastic. I didn’t know who Cookie was and thought that his hair was creepy and that he was way too cocky and smug – but I had to begrudgingly admit that his vocals on Happy Together were excellent and that his performance was exciting and professional. If I’m honest it kind of annoyed me that he was so good, LOL.

    Seriously, although there was lots of cannon fodder in season 7 (like there always is), and although the early performances were not necessarily perfectly polished, at least 50% of the boys and girls had good singing technique and sound vocals. There is definitely something off this year for me. Maybe they really are looking for the next Taylor Swift.

  509. OK, this soggy outing made me pine for…..Danny Gokey!! That’s how unimpressive it was, because when I start missing Gokey, something’s not clicking in Idol-land.

    here’s what the best have done at this point in the competish during other seasons: 1) seized the day, took the bull by the horns, and showed they were “in it to win it” by being bold; 2) sang songs that had a beginning, middle and end, some actual emotion, and told a story; 3) changed things up in terms of rhythm and style for a familiar song, but WITHOUT DESTROYING THE MELODY LINE.

    So here’s my ranking—

    The young adorables

    Aaron — sweet kid, good voice, and utterly green onstage. Yes, Carrie was a little awkward too, but her voice was amazing. don’t know if this kid can grow up fast enough to stick around.

    Alex L. — sweet kid, interesting scratchy voice, but zero vocal technique and deer-in-the-headlines terrified. painful….

    Tim Urban — total train wreck. They did the poor kid absolutely no favors bringing him back, just to humiliate him. And it’s not as if he showed any great potential during Hollywood week. Also, didn’t anyone warn him off “Apologize”? It’s a two chord wonder that goes nowhere, and you need a really solid vibrato for it. I remember Kris grimacing his way through it when Kara foisted it on him during judges’ request week. But at least Kris could sing it.

    Joe N. — zzzzz…..oops, excuse me, nodded out there for a min. Cute, likable, decent voice for a school dance. Next!!

    Disappointments

    Toderick — he’s great-looking, flirtatious and moves like a dancer (gee, I wonder why). And he murdered “Since U Been Gone,” changing the melody for no good reasons and ornamenting it with a lot of vocal bric a brac he didn’t really have the chops for.

    John Park — Definitely one of the best sets of pipes on the show this season. BUT — what was he doing with “God Bless the Child”? It’s a moody, poignant Billie Holiday classic. LaKisha sang it raw and angry, which worked too. But this was a jazz-loungy version. And when he mentioned his family’s money troubles, and the camera panned to his proud parents’ suddenly stricken faces……eep. I hope the guy recovers, because he can do better.

    Tyler — dude, you may dress like Jim Morrison, and love Jim Morrison songs, and glare like Jim Morrison, but you ain’t no Doors singer! I like that ’70s swagger too, but with Adam there’s a great voice and a lot of genuine attitude behind it. Here, it was almost like a teenage boy posing in the mirror and lipsyncing in his bedroom.

    Jermaine — Vocal geegaws galore, pitchy as hell, and why does he come off so smarmy? won’t be around much along, IMO….

    Andrew — way better than most, but he’s gotta get off the jammin-on-youtube mentality and turn into a commanding stage performer who ventures out of his musical comfort zone. he’ll be back, and let’s hope all that natural talent grows some stage presence.

    Not Bad

    Casey — reminds me of Kris in the sense that he doesn’t seem to know, or wallow in, how drop-dead pretty he is. That aw-shucks charm gets me everytime. But the guy also really sounded sweet on that number, and has made some shrewd choices. Love that well-cont