American Idol 9 – Top 10 Boys – Recap

The judges were harder on Andrew Garcia and Casey Jones than I thought they deserved, and Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert could do great things if they could only get over their nerves.  Not a complete trainweck slate of guys here, I don’t think.   Although, Simon’s praise of the awkward and tuneless Tim Urban was a great big giant WTF…

Cast of JERSEY BOYS Performs at BRO...
Cast of JERSEY BOYS Performs at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!

That’s right–it’s the boys tonight. Crystal Bowersox is unable to perform tonight due to “medical reasons”–sources are reporting that a trip to the hospital today was prompted by complications from Type 1 diabetes.

At any rate, those same sources are also reporting she’ll be fine to perform tomorrow night with the rest of the girls. Get well soon, Crystal!

Now, on with the Top 10 boys. Hopefully, they bring it this week!

Recap and Videos below…

Ryan explains why the guys are performing tonight instead of the girls. Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital this morning, she is unable to perform tonight, by doctors orders.

Randy doesn’t think the performance will affect the guys negatively, because it’s the boys against the boys. Ellen makes an American Gladiators/Bewitched joke, before mentioning that she’s never missed a show. Kara on the rehearsals: She thinks the guys have improved. Simon says the girls are in the lead “by a smidge”.

Michael Lynche – “This is a Man’s World” by James Brown – Michael attended a performing arts high school AND he played football. A musical geek/athlete. He enjoyed last week’s performance, even if the judges were a little disappointed. Michael is out to prove he has serious chops. Not a powerhouse singer, Michael’s imbues the song with feeling and soul. I like the neo-soul thing he does, but I think it was necessary for Mike to showcase the vocals this week. “I feel like right now, this season is getting rolling, ” says Randy giving him a standing O. Ellen likes all his varied song choice, and says his is the performance to top. Kara says, “I did not get until tonight…you owned it…you are not the same guy. I’m feeling it.” What a difference, from a pussycat to a lion in one week…you are an old soul…it didn’t sound dated…best performance in the competition so far, ” says Simon. Mike explains they found out about the switch at 10:30 this morning. 1-866-436-5701 VIDEO

John Park – Gravity by John Mayer – Talks about his a’capella group, “Purple Haze.” He watched his performance last week and thought he was trying to hard with his voice. This week he’s going to focus on the “honesty.” English is his second language, although he was born in the US. “Gravity” is relevant to what John wants to do, he explains. Ok, this is 100% better than last week. He’s like a different singer this week. He’s got a sweet tenor, great phrasing. Still not seeing star power, but good. “You didn’t bring anything new or spicy to it..flat for me, ” says Randy. Ellen thought it was a better song choice, but thought it could have used a little more soul. Kara says, “Way better than last week….when you sing it, I don’t always believe it…you’re a little bit safe, I want you to take risks.” “I think Purple haze will get their lead singer back, ” says Simon, “..it was a “so what” song choice. I struggle with the believability factor.” Ellen and Kara try to counter Simon’s harsh words with encouragement–they both feel he has it in him, he jneeds to bring it out and WOW us. – 1-866-436-5702 – VIDEO

Casey James – “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin Degraw – Never watched AI before he was on the show. He picked the song before he realized it had been done a gazillion times already. He checked out all the performances–Elliott, Chris Rich, Bo. Casey hasn’t had a TV for most of his life. He bought and restored his own house. He’s playing electric guitar tonight… He’s a decent guitar player. Although not my fav Idol version of this song, I like this dude’s gruff vocals. Casey has confidence and charisma plus good looks. I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t make Top 12. Randy says, “I don’t know if you did the best vocal, but this is the kind of records I would make with you…that was hot.” Ellen says, “I thought you sounded great, I love you on guitar..but there’s a stiffness about you…I want to see you perform more.” Kara says, “Tonight, I got to say, you took 2 steps backward for me…you are a great lead guitar player, but everything that was distinct about your vocals went away.” Simon says, “I’m kinda with Kara here, you turned into somebody you will see in any bar in America, I don’t think you had the grit in your voice to make that work.” Hm. I disagree. It wasn’t the perfect vocal, but not because he lacks grit. Aw, I don’t think Casey was expecting to be dissed. – 1-866-436-5703 – VIDEO

Alex Lambert – “Everybody Knows” by John Legend – Alex talks about his stage fright. He’ll feel more comfortable, because he’s playing his guitar tonight. He uses a made-up language when he forgets the words. Wow, soooo much better than last week. Alex has an interesting, distinctive vocal tone that will sound beautiful recorded. On the right songs, and with more confidence, he could surge ahead of the pack. Not sure how quickly he can get it all together, though. Maybe he auditioned a few years too early. “This is such an improvement…I love you with your guitar, ” says Randy, “You’re finding your own niche…way legit.” “So much better than last week…you’re gaining so much experience so much, ” says Ellen, “Underneath that mullet you’re a little Sam Cook. You have a unique style, ‘ “There isn’t a person out there who isn’t rooting for you, ” says Kara, “You have a beautiful recording voice, you don’t even know what to do with it.” Almost fatherly, Simon gives Alex advice, “The only time you should be nervous is when you’re useless, ” He says, “And you’re not.” Simon tells Alex he has to have a killer instinct now. “You’ve got a good voice, ” he says. – 1-866-436-5704 – VIDEO

Todrick Hall – “What’s Love Got to do with It” by Tina Turner – Chat about last week’s Kelly Clarkson cover. This week, he didn’t change it up as much. He began dancing when he was 9 years old. Aw, Todd’s a dancer and he namechecks Paula. He slows up Tina Turner, and at least it’s recognizable, but I don’t really like this either. Vocally, he sounds off tonight, or the slowed up arrangement hilights some vocal limitations. Randy says, “that falsetto run was hot…I didn’t love this…just sing a nice song, just sing it.” Ellen says, “Sing and move…you should always go with your strength…it’s a hard song to sing…I don’t think that song helped you get any votes, ” says Ellen. Kara says, “We all like you…I don’t get it what happened to Todrick.” She calls his style, “crazy and all over the place.” Simon says, “Move but don’t sing…this is not working out at all for you…it’s like a theme park performance…very corny bad version of a Tina Turner song.” The problem with the song was not that he changed it too much, but that the arrangement sucked, and he didn’t sing it very well. I don’t understand why he is getting criticized for changing the song, because the judges are constantly harping on the contestants to change things up. Having said that, I think the munchkin-scamming Todrick is in big trouble this week. – 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEO

Jermaine Sellers – “What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye – Jermaine rocks his “onsie”. Uhm. OK. “Them judges were cutthroat” says Jermaine. Erm, no–you really really sucked last week. OMG. His hair looks really stupid. Bob’s Big Boy is not a good look. He’s still pitchy and warbly. The song is too big for him–he makes a bunch of senseless vocal choices, just to show off his voice, and the result is that he doesn’t. But, this is better than last week. Randy says, “Better than last week…it was so close but so far…it just wasn’t a great performance.” Ellen says, “I love your style…It just didn’t work for me, it was off a little bit and you need to pull it back.” Kara says, “You’re always doing too much…look at the meaning of the song…it just feels forced…we don’t need every trick in every performance.” Simon says, “We’re frustrated and disappointed, You watered down the song, you made it lose it’s importance, you play around with it too much.” Jermaine’s got a ‘tude, “You need to come to church with me.” Jermaine then challenges the judges to pick his song. Simon says, “I don’t know if you’ll be here next week.” Jermaine thinks God will make sure he advances to the Top 16. Sheesh. This kid is super unlikable. – 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Andrew Garcia – “You Give Me Something” by James Morrison – He’s been a break dancer since grade school. No guitar tonight. He sings a song without changing up the arrangement much. No guitar, he proves he’s got the vocal chops and confidence. Like Alex, he’s got a unique, recordable tone. Randy says, “Honestly, that wasn’t the vibe for you tonight…pitchy all over the place, ” Randy wants him to change it up, says Andrew should be doing Mraz because he’s not a sould singer like Morrison. Huh? Ellen liked it a lot, and feels he set the bar high with “Straight Up.”. Kara says, “Straight Up was so brilliant, but since then it’s been going down…you have to surprise us.” Kara doesn’t like it that he sang it straight. Simon says, “You haven’t chosen the right song in two weeks….with that song, you’re never going to look back on that song and think it’s an incredible version.” So what is it judges? Change it up? Don’t change it up? Sing a song straight? I completely understand what Andrew was trying to do here. He sang a song straight, putting the focus on his vocals. There were a few pitch problems here and there, but he did a good job. Dude can sing. – 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “My Girl” by the Temptations – He loves photography, because he can do what he wants, dammit. Backstage, Simon told Aaron he did a good job. This is a terrible song choice. Dude has NO soul. And he’s got a serious case of goat vibrato going on here. Oh that falsetto was not pleasant. Stick to modern country, kid. Randy says, “The first half of that song was brilliant…you can really sing.” Ellen says, “A whole lot more confidence, I think the song was a little forgetable, you definitely have a great voice.” Kara really liked it. “I think you’re going to get better and better.” She liked his vibrato. What? Simon says, “I didn’t like the song, it was all over the place, you went backwards.” Simon says he has to work out who he is, and that the arrangement was too old fashioned. I so totally agree with Simon.- 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEO

Tim Urban – “Come On Get Higher” by Matt He has 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He prays before he sings. It’s not helping. Guitar in hand, tries to redeem himself and…he still sucks. Not as bad as last week, but he’s still way pitchy and all over the place. Dude is cute, but he doesn’t have it. Not sure how far he can advance on his looks. Randy said, “I didn’t really get it, it was very karaoke…pitch problems everywhere.” Ellen tells him he should act. “There’s no charisma and no stage presence, but you are so adorable, ” Kara liked the song choice, but, ‘You didn’t make it your own…you look and play the part, but it’s not all there yet…it could be there. I still want to see you next week.” Simon says, “It was a marked improvement on last week, I think you listened to the criticism, you were more relevant than some of the singers we saw tonight…I’m impressed about your attitude and your work ethic, I think you did great. Tim looked absolutely shocked by Simon’s remarks. I am too. Wow. Simon. Seriously? – 1-866-436-5709 – VIDEO

Lee Dewyze – “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder – He had a rough time, getting placed in an alternative high school. A couple of teachers helped him straighten out. He knew he was pitchy last week.Oh this song. HATE. HATE. HATE. I like you Lee, but if continue to choose this crappy post-grunge dreck, I’ll be over it. Having said that, his vocals are better this week. Not too much pitchyness, except when he pushes on the high notes. Also, he looked really nervous. Did I mention that i H-A-T-E this song? Randy says, “It was a bold move, but I like that you take chances…the song had a couple of pitch problems, but I liked it.” Ellen says, “There was so much passion and intensity, it came out as a great performance, ” says Ellen. Kara says, “I thought it was a great improvement over last week…I could hear you on the radio right now.” Simon says, “Vocally you are head and shoulders above everyone else in this competition…you look terrified.” says Simon. Lee says he’s nervous without his guitar. Simon says, if he gets it together, he may be the one to beat. Do I keep saying, Dark Horse? He reminds me of Matt Giraud last year, who was also the Dark Horse who needed to get over his nerves. Matt never did. Not sure if Lee is going to be able to get it together. – 1-866-436-5710VIDEO

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694 Comments

  1. I’m surprised that they weren’t going to alternate who went first each week anyway. It seems more fair to switch it up. Can’t wait to see how the guys do tonight!
    I hope Crystal is feeling better now. Extreme highs or lows from diabetes are very scary, and can leave the diabetic completely wiped out for a while, not to mention the fact that you’re at higher risk for it to happen again for the next 24 hours. I’m glad they’re getting her the care she needs.

  2. Here’s to hoping that Kara keeps her hormones in check so that I don’t have to have second hand embarrassment.

  3. I hate it when Kara is flirty with Simon like a Paula-wannabe. Just stop.

  4. Pimp spot for Lee. Good for him. :)

    Let’s hope they suck a little less. :)

  5. Hey! Big Mike is bringing it tonite! Loving the man’s world. Yes yes yes.

  6. Kara’s hair scares me.

    Her hair is….frightening! I’m not sure what’s going on on her head tonight, but it’s not flattering.

  7. Michael: Don’t think he really felt the song, looked a little theatrical for my taste but the vocals were much better than last week.

  8. Her hair is….frightening! I’m not sure what’s going on on her head tonight, but it’s not flattering.

    I’ll tell you what’s on her head. 1 word. ROADKILL!!!!

  9. I really liked that – he’s a cheeseball but he showed another side that impressed me.

  10. Loved it! Great job Big Mike. I’ll toss him a few votes tonight.

    Allright John Park…I’m counting on you to bring it this week!

  11. Noted what Kara is wearing–did they assign her Paula’s old wardrobe?

  12. Not really feelin’ Big Mike. He’s ok…not a pop star though.

  13. Kara got Paula’s old hair and wardrobe… downgrade!

    Mike was def better than last week, but it wasn’t as great as the judges were making it to be…

  14. Not John Mayer!!!!!!! Untouchable!

    Why? There’s nothing about Mayer that is remotely untouchable. Stylistically accessible, and nothing he has is vocally too tough either. So… huh? It’s probably better than “God Bless the Child”… but let’s see if I end up eating my words. If anything, the material just won’t be strong enough.

  15. TIM LOOKS SOOO HOTTTT

    lemme just say ;I flive big mike

    Lmao Ellen

    And sadly I won’t be able to share my opinion until the end of the show,because I’m
    multitasking and traightening my hair 2nigjy :D

  16. I thought he was great. They don’t have to be pop stars. Most Idols succeed on AC anyway.

    I’m worried for Parks. They shouldn’t do really popular acts.

  17. I am looking at that Ford commercial, and that girl sounds better than anyone presently on the show.

  18. John Park needs something good to stay alive. He’s in a death spot….John Mayer better be phenomenal.

  19. Why? There’s nothing about MWhy? There’s nothing about Mayer that is remotely untouchable. Stylistically accessible, and nothing he has is vocally too tough either. So… huh? It’s probably better than “God Bless the Child”… but let’s see if I end up eating my words.
    ayer that is remotely untouchable. Stylistically accessible, and nothing he has is vocally too tough either. So… huh? It’s probably better than “God Bless the Child”… but let’s see if I end up eating my words.

    Okay then! I hope you’re right.

  20. I really want John Park to do well. He could be such a star if he could pull it all together. So much potential there.

  21. Kara’s trandformation into Paula is complete- Hair, check, wardrobe, check, useless crittiques, check, sitting to Simon’s right, check. I like her even less as Paula than I did as Kara last year.

    Big Mike was pretty average, but it was a good performance for him. The judges clearly want to prop him up so he’ll make the Top 10.

  22. John Park just has no energy. Gravity – it’s like trying to run through quicksand for me.

  23. will:
    03/02/2010 at 8:16 pm
    Jermaine has had a makeover, he looks good tonight.

    He really does – hope he sings as good as he looks.

  24. This isn’t horrible for John Park, not yet. Just forgettable.

    I think John Mayer is a douchebag, always have, so I hate the song choice.

  25. Kara’s trandformation into Paula is complete- Hair, check, wardrobe, check, useless crittiques, check, sitting to Simon’s right, check. I like her even less as Paula than I did as Kara last year.

    But she lacks the crazy, which was pretty much why Paula was there. Hmm…

  26. John Park needs to loosen up, because the performance is very stiff.

  27. JP looks nervous! C’mon you can do this… oh man. He kinda pulled it off, but the beginning was uncomfortable for sure. Yeah, no connection b/c he was so frickin nervous!

  28. OK, I love John’s voice, but he needs more oomph, more spark. I’m worried for him. :(

  29. John Park’s voice sounds totally different tonight to me. He went from a baritone to a tenor.

  30. Missed Big Mike. Waiting for Mj’s later on…

    I wanna like John Park SO bad. But he needs to spice things up, man.

  31. Too slow of a song. I don’t know, I think he needed to added more energy.

  32. I’m Korean, and I love to support Asians, but John Park puts me to sleep.

    I just don’t see him being a pop star.
    I think he could be huge in Korea…

  33. Kara’s hair is lost in the 80s and John Park was, sadly, boring. He might be in trouble.

    Here comes Goldilocks next :)

  34. I love Ellen’s judging much better this week. She is trying hard to give good, relevant critiques that these kids can understand and hopefully apply. WTG Ellen!

  35. I think I liked John Park’s performance a lot more than most people. I’ve never heard the John Mayer original, though, so maybe that affects my view. Still, I like his voice and think he should get another week.

  36. Poor John, he tried hard and he seemed so down, I am sure he doesnt know what to do next if he makes it thru.

  37. I like john but he somewhat lacks passion and the artistry that would spice up the performance.

    Michael was very good

  38. I’m so bored! I’m only watching because of the pool, I’m afraid.

  39. Ellen let the cat out of the bag.
    She said John sounded different in rehearsal and immediately corrected herself…LOL

  40. Ellen is making more sense this week, I think she was as nervous as the kids last week, she was kinda usless. I feel like she is worried about what she says and what Simon thinks.

  41. Casey: that is not company you want to compete with on this show. Period. He probably is an innocent… oh, “I Don’t Want To Be”? Good lord, he really is. Otherwise, he’d know better than that in concept.

    On the other hand, he showed serious personality. Guitar was a plus. And, from what little I’ve heard, he’s at least burying Michael Sarver. But not much more than that. I don’t remember Bice’s performance, but I bet Bice will have done it better. As well as Elliott.

  42. This song is kind of played out. I hope Casey brings something different to the table.

    Oyy…the vocals are horrible. Like the guitar though.

  43. Maybe he decided to have the guitar so he could push Kara away if she goes after him again?

  44. I like Ellen in the middle on the panel. I think it makes her more comfortable and its showing in her critiques. Go Ellen

  45. The contestants all look scared and/or depressed while they’re watching Casey, especially Alex, he looks like he’s about to throw up.

  46. Hmm, Casey isn’t bringing anything new to this song except electric guitar. Give me Bo and Elliott please, thanks. :)

  47. Casey needs to put that guitar down and concentrate on his vocals. He sucks.

  48. Wow. Probably the best guitar player ever on Idol. Singing was kinda meh…

  49. That was an incredibly likeable video package

    ITA. I love the guitar. Not so sure about the vocal.

  50. Casey really thought it was a good idea to do a song done by Bo Bice whom he compares badly to?
    Guitar was rad though.

  51. Casey is doing “I Don’t Wanna Be”? Totally called that. Apparently he sucks though?

  52. That was really meh except for the guitar playing. He was good on the guitar, though, that was cool.

  53. What a surprise – Kara is right for me. Didn’t like Casey’s performance.

  54. I absolutely agree with Kara about Casey. His vocals were weak. And to me, he is not good looking. Maybe it’s the hair.

  55. Kara’s right, the the vocal went out with the introduction of the guitar.

  56. Best part about it was the guitar playing-props to him on that. Otherwise the vocals sucked. Poor choice for Casey. Don’t get the hype with this one (although he is purdy).

  57. de-pimp him Kara. Can’t make your hubby jealous.

    ETA: Kara’s right though. shockingly she’s right about something.

  58. Man, that song needs to be retired from the Idol catalog, that thing has been done 400x. But he can play some guitar – and he could stand up there and burp and he would go through :).

    Man, did he turn down Kara’s advances?

  59. Oh, wow, I actually agree with Kara. I appreciate Casey’s effort to spice things up with the electric guitar, but I think that was pretty bad vocal, unfortunately. Very much a step back.

  60. Your next AI winner is zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This season is so boring!

  61. I miss Paula so much! How can I love Ellen and hate her at the same time. She needs to go back to her talk show.

  62. I did really enjoy Casey’s guitar playing. But his vocal on that performance wasn’t that strong. Hopefully next week he will sound better.

  63. Casey has absolutely no star quality imo. He is just kinda a wet noodle when he performs. I agree with ellen kara and simon here. He’s a good lookin guy but just not exciting

  64. I don’t know if I can bear to watch lil’ Alex Lambert. I inexplicably like him – but if he’s not light years better than last week it’s going to be painful again.

    My mother called me again to tell me how purty Casey is. Hee. He can play him some guitar, though, that was cool.

    I agree now *wow* performance yet, though I did like Big Mike and thought his was the best so far.

  65. Popping in to watch AI for a bit until Lost comes on…

    I think Casey is uber-likable and the camera lurves his face, but I also agree with Simon (whut) about the lack of grit in the vocals. If you’re gonna throw down with the electric guitar like that, you gotta rub some dirt on it. WTF has Simon been brushing up on Rock Music 101? I also agree with Ellen in that when he was singing, he was stiff. When he was PLAYING without the singing, he was more relaxed. Something was awkward in transition.

  66. Casey = 1000 times better than Bucky. Bucky may be halfway decent now, but his time on Idol was (at least vocally) trainwreck after trainwreck.

    So far: Michael, Casey, John. Though none of them were “wow-worthy.”

  67. Great guitar playing and an ok performance. Siding with Kara on that one

  68. will:
    03/02/2010 at 8:32 pm
    The contestants all look scared and/or depressed while they’re watching Casey, especially Alex, he looks like he’s about to throw up”

    Where’s the excitement at, the contestants, the audience and the judges have no spark at all.

  69. I don’t like Casey or John,sadly

    Although so far personality wise I love John,bigmike an Kiel Casey

    and for big mike, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard Simon say oh my gosh

    LOL Randy,fellow musician-just random Randy things make me laugh

    oh,so we were right English is john’s 2nd language

    lol Kara and RITFLMFAO at Simon “darling, did he nort return your calls”

    I’m gonna say in advance I don’tlike Alex or his mullet

  70. Casey, good personality, good guitar playing, singing meh, I like his comments too, well worth making it thru tho, I think he has more, he’s testing waters, not seeing the show. I must say kinda cute tonite too, I wasnt liking his looks so much before.

    And poor Alex Lambert, did look like he wanted to puke.

  71. Oh damn, I agree with Kara about something, gotta be a sign of the apocalypse. Casey isn’t a good singer. He seemed a bit out of breath. The guitar though was awesome.

  72. I don’t know why but I find him super adorable in his awkwardness.

  73. LOL, Alex singing in his made-up language. He looks about 12 years old to me.

  74. Ok, so I hear Ryan say “Lambert” and my heart involuntarily jumps a bit, then I realize it’s “Alex”. (Alex looks like one of the Beatles to me.)

  75. Omygod, Alex’s personality is about as great as his singing…

    Still think he has no business in this competition, nor does he have any business singing John Legend

  76. Love Casey – I think the judges gave reverse psychology to him – he was so popular last week, they had to take him down a little. The guitar playing was hot!

  77. I don’t know why but I find him super adorable in his awkwardness.

    I do, too. Don’t know why.

  78. Ok Alex is a likeable boy. And there is really really something about the tone of his voice I love. And now I’m pulling for him.

  79. Alex Lambert throws up before performing…LOL!
    I thought that was so genuine & honest! Loved it!
    He sounds good BUT CUT THAT MULLET!!!

  80. Casey can really play the guitar good. I liked his performance. It wasn’t Bo Bice, but it was still good. I guess the blacklash of the drooling last week make Kara and the judges change their tune. lol

    Anyways, I liked Michael Lynch, but then I’m partial to his song choice. I always loved “Its a Man World”. Christina Agruilera tore that up a few years ago!

  81. Okay, Alex’s interview and clip = adorable! He still seems really green and nervous at the start, but much better. I kinda liked it.

  82. Alex is coming off as a very likeable kid, he may bought himself one or two more weeks.
    Lol Randy.

  83. Well this is a big improvement. He has an interesting quality to his voice.

  84. I just ate my words, I actually enjoyed that.

    Well, nice to know you have it in you Alex.

  85. Aww Alex isn’t doing too badly. I do have to hand it to him, he said he’s only performed in front of people three times before this. Not many people could do what he’s doing.

  86. I thought Alex did a nice job tonight, I enjoyed his performance. I like his tone.

  87. Alex seemed kind of toolish to me due to the HOllywood group episode. But actually, he is just young I think. Really unique voice. I really hope he sticks around. Mullet has to go though.

  88. Simon’s giving Alex really good advice. It’s like he cares about him.

  89. Shut up, Simon, you’re already bringing stupid x factor here, don’t want to choose the songs now!

  90. Ellen is turning into one of my favorite judges, I’m really pleased with her so far

  91. Todrick is doing Tina Turner?!

    Is he trying to recreate his Kelly Clarkson moment?

  92. I think this is a better boys show than last week

    Alex’s haircut reminds me of the mother in the Brady Bunch

  93. Toddrick Hall doing Tina Turner. Boy, don’t know if this is going to be good or absolutely dreadful. Let’s see if he tries to do the same dance moves and if they call him on it like they did Lil last season.

  94. Todrick Hall singing Tina Turner? That is even funnier than last week.

  95. I think it’s smart for Todrick to pick a female artist’s song. He’s got the goods if he can just sell it and not oversell it. And not be a tool.

  96. Nice performance by Alex! a LOT better than last week.
    He needs to get really confident. I agree with the judges, very nice voice tone

  97. Aww, Alex is so sweet. His vocal was great this week, he just needs to work on confidence and stage presence, I’m so glad the judges were nice to him, that’ll help increase his confidence. And, Simon got in a little X Factor plug, LOL!

  98. This all was good for Alex, the whole table of judges made me laugh, and I think will help make Alex more comfortable. I hope he makes it thru, and maybe Simon can send him a Tweet of what to sing next week.

  99. Alex’s haircut reminds me of the mother in the Brady Bunch

    OMG YES! Carol Brady

  100. I hope Todrick does something interesting with the Tina Turner song like Adam did with the Cher song.

  101. I was digging Alex. The shy boy vibe actually worked to his benefit with that song. I wonder, though, if he’ll get swallowed up when they move to the big stage. But for now, very nice.

  102. What did Alex sing- MJ hasn’t put it up yet and I dont think it’s posted…anyone?

  103. Loved Alex tonight! I can’t help rooting for that kid. Gonna toss him some votes.

    ETA: thesheriff, Alex sang Everybody Knows by John Legend.

  104. I think the guys are doing much much better this week than last week. Casey’s electric guitar playing is sick. Yeah Bo Bice’s sang it way better but you know it was Bo, come on. Casey is really marketable though. Crap I might have to change my overall pick. I love there packages, what is in that box Casey? Anywho I am enjoying tonight a lot. The switcheroo made the guys sound better. They should do this every week. hahahha

    I feel bad for John Park though, he still hasn’t found his niche yet. He is probably going home. Simon is so right. I love the judges much better this week too.

    I love Alex Lambert, his voice is great, he did mumble some of the words, but still much better this week.

  105. I hope Todrick’s performance is like Camile Velasco on Elton John night.

    In other words, I hope he fails hard.

  106. Most improved….and the winner is Alex Lambert….I really think that is the biggest improvement of a performer I have seen on this show. He really does have a really nice tone and unique voice. I didn’t care about him one way or the other but now I want him to hang around for no other reason then to see his development and improvement. I like him. I agree-Mullet be gone! Who was that filling in for Simon. LOL He was so encouraging and supportive. Yuk I don’t like it. :lol: I like my Simon condescending. ;-) Anyway again Alex great job. I think he will be in for another week.

  107. Todrick is playing the game, he said all the right things in his interview.

  108. Dear Todrick, did you really think that Paula could sing? Silly man.

  109. Alex has a really nice voice and there’s so much potential there. But he needs a major makeover and a huge dose of confidence.

  110. Dear Todrick….

    Thanks for proving you are not more than a dancer. Now please get off my teevee.

  111. Todrick does have a pretty good voice, but I just can’t warm up to this guy.

  112. Todrick took all the fun out of this song. I feel like I’m in a very cheesy Vegas lounge. Even the hand gestures seem a bit over the top.

  113. Todrick is a tool, but I am glad someone has some energy tonight.

  114. See, Todrick isn’t a great vocalist, so if you take away his uniqueness and dancing and craziness, then he’s just mediocre… last week was at least more interesting IMO.

  115. LOL Paula was the very worst example he could have chosen for a “performer who can sing and dance.” She CAN’T.

    Ellen is spot-on in her critique of Todrick.

  116. Hearing this makes me only remember how fabulous the Tina Turner original was. A pale, pale imitation.

  117. I just don’t like Todrick. He does have a nice voice but he is a douchebag. Do not want him in the top 10…don’t vote him please.

  118. Todrick has the experience and the confidence but when you listen to his voice, nothing special at all.

  119. Todrick cannot change these songs up ugh. I don’t think people realize how hard that really is to do and perfect.

  120. Aww, Alex did so much better this week – that was great. What a cutie. I liked him last week when he was awful and I was skeered to watch this week but he done good. He seems like a sweet kid, so green, if he can keep improving he might stick around a bit. LOL, mullet and plaid.

    I won’t comment on Todrick because I’m predisposed to think he’s douchey so I know I won’t be fair. So, zip goes the lips. Fingers?

  121. So Randy tells Todrick to just sing the melody and Kara tells Todrick to do more riffs, etc. I can see why the contestants get so confused and mixed messages.

  122. Oh well, I liked Todrick! He’s doomed, but it’s not because he can’t sing.

  123. I can’t help rooting for that kid. Gonna toss him some votes.

    I know, me too. He deserves to be back next week. He’s so precious.

  124. So Randy tells Todrick to just sing the melody and Kara tells Todrick to do more riffs, etc. I can see why the contestants get so confused and mixed messages.

    Wait, what? I thought Kara basically just told him to sing the melody, too, by comparing it to his first song which had a simple melody and all.

  125. Uh oh, Todrick’s gettin’ a little salty there…don’t think there’ll be a “next week” for you buddy.

  126. I like Todrick’s arrangement, I just wish he had given it to John.

  127. This is what they needed to say to Todtrick: It’s not a matter of changing the arrangement or not, it’s a matter of having the musical instincts to know what works and what doesn’t. That was better, but still didn’t have that “Wow, this is such a cool version of that song!” factor.

  128. Please please America, vote off Todrick. Most annoying Idol contestant this year by far.

  129. Randy is an idiot– he needs to articulate this Toddrick arrangment problem better– it’s not changing a song too little or too much, it’s changing it in a way that sounda good versus changing it in a way that sounds bad! What Chris Cornell did to Billie Jean wasn’t changing it a little– it was a HUGE change, but it sounded good so it didn’t matter! Toddrick made the Tina Turner song sound boring. And then he also, like Ellen said, performed it boring and stiff.

    So Randy tells Todrick to just sing the melody and Kara tells Todrick to do more riffs, etc.

    No, Kara was saying he was riffing too much and to stick with a simple melody.

  130. Organic:
    03/02/2010 at 8:58 pm
    “So Randy tells Todrick to just sing the melody and Kara tells Todrick to do more riffs, etc. I can see why the contestants get so confused and mixed messages.”

    These contestants are being screwed by all of this counter-productive advice. If I am going to listen of this four, it would be Simon before the three stooges.

  131. Ilike almost all of them,even todrick

    SHOCKER I kinda liked Alex

    Is it jut me or when todrick said just sing,that reminded me SO much if mad world?

    And I did t like todrick’s performance but I thought I felt some star power at the begining,or maybe I just sneezed.lol:)

  132. Well it really pisses me off when they do this to them! The judges tell them to make a song their own and then when they do, they get crapped on for it! It wasn’t THAT different you asshole, Randy?!

  133. ITA sunchik. If you want to change the song a bit, fine, but what he did to SUBG wasn’t all that great.

  134. Kara always bugs me.Ellen and Simon are the only useful judges and simin’s leaving

    is it just me or did they blur kara’s arms at the begining?????

  135. And I did t like todrick’s performance but I thought I felt some star power at the begining,or maybe I just sneezed.lol:)

    Todrick is a very compelling person definitely, whether you love him or hate him lol.

  136. Does Alex remind anyone else here of a certain age of Paul McCartney around ’65? Something about the bangs hanging in the big eyes. Can hardly believe this is the same kid as last week. Did a wonderful job with that song, love his voice.
    Casey plays a blistering guitar—maybe he can do a John Mayer or Eric Clapton song.

  137. I like Todrick, Him and Alex are my favs so far tonight. I think the judges just want him gone. Cause I thought they were def going to give him good reviews, It was so much better than last weeks. I didn’t see anything wrong with that performance. It was better than John Parks and Casey James.

  138. Mark – guess I misunderstood what Kara said – which happens to me alot.

  139. This week’s show is SO much better than last weeks. I’m starting to like these kids.

  140. Jermaine who? …and why does keep showing up on my TV?? (Does he know he’s on a singing competition?)

  141. Awww, nobody rocks a onesie like Mark Kanemura from SYTYCD. Also, Marvin=big shoes to fill.

  142. I liked Kris’s version last year from F2 – I feel like Jermaine doesn’t really understand this song and what it is about it.

  143. Todrick and Jermaine can both leave my television this week and I’d be delighted.

  144. LOL, I don’t like Jermaine’s singing but his video packages crack me up. He was rockin’ the onesie, hee.

  145. OH jeez….you know the judges can be so inconsistent and confusing. Up until this the top 24 they were telling the contestants to take songs and make them their own. To rearrange them and ect. Now one may not like his arrangement but to go and say no don’t rearrange the song is completely the opposite of what they have been saying for 8 seasons. He at least tried and it was not Karaoke. His voice is better then Simon was given him credit. He seems like a nice guy. I think they are def trying to get him taken out. I kinda want him to stay. There are worse.

    So far Big Mike and Alex Lambert are my favs tonight. The rest meh. (Tod the best of the meh)

  146. jermaine cost me 5 points last week, he better make it up this week!

  147. Ouch! Why must contestants from season 9 massacre songs sung by last season’s winner?! (Tim Urban last week with Apologize and now What’s Going on – both sung ably last season by Kris Allen?) It’s bad enough to suck, but why invite the contrast?

  148. Not diggin’ Jermaine either…wow can’t believe Alex has been the best of the night ….who woulda thunk it?

  149. Alex Lambert really won me over this week. I like his performance more and more when I think back to it, I’m definitely going to get it off itunes. I wasn’t into many of the guys this year but I think I’m a fan now. Hope he survives a little longer! Want to keep see him improving.

  150. get. this. guy. off. my. tee. vee. now! you don’t even attempt to go there w/marvin gaye dude… and if you do, please have the chops to bring it. marvin gaye’s songs are pretty much untouchable, and sorry jermaine – you got 2 go.

  151. Jermaine should have left last week. He was much better, but he just doesn’t have what it takes.

  152. Todrick and Jermaine can both leave my television this week and I’d be delighted.

    THIS.

  153. Yah, I luv Alex Lambert’s voice. He sings and speaks in the same gorgeous tone. Dump the doo, pooh.

    Mikey..we like our idols humble and you aren’t. Watch the posing, dude.

  154. Am I going crazy or has Kara pretty much made sense today? (The crap hair and fake flirting with Simon aside…)

  155. Too much lounge lizard song styling from Jermaine. Good advice from Kara. He has no understanding of the meaning of that song.

    OK STFU now Jermaine.

  156. I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for these contestants (and I’ve never felt like that before). It’s like no one knows what they’re doing. Trying too hard or something. Instead of just singing from their heart and performing for America, they’re singing like they are in a contest. And that’s a problem.

  157. Well I shockingly agree with every word of Kara’s critique of Jermaine! Randy as usual can’t articulate what he’s trying to say, just rambles, but Kara made perfect sense.

  158. Aw, I thought Jermaine was much better this week. I thought he showed more restraint this week. Disagree with the critiques, I might have to give him some votes in protest.

  159. Ellen is, at least, being constructive.At least it helps to suggest some music.

  160. Thank you Simon- being useful! Yes, that is not church singing, cuz church singing gets you. WORD. Like Kara said, all the vocal tricks = you lose the meaning. Jermaine’s speech was really odd too… I didn’t think the judges were allowed to choose their songs. I guess they could suggest. Whatevs.

  161. i think mike lynche has been the best so far – the closest any of these guys have come to marrying chops, energy and generating a little excitement. not impressed with anyone after him. i hope someone does do something to bring some energy back – the majority of these performances are lifeless. i’m finding the pre-performance packages more entertaining, as a whole.

  162. See, Todrick isn’t a great vocalist, so if you take away his uniqueness and dancing and craziness, then he’s just mediocre… last week was at least more interesting IMO.

    Yup!!!!

  163. Am I going crazy or has Kara pretty much made sense today? (The crap hair and fake flirting with Simon aside…)

    She’s kinda rocking the best critiques of the night, actually. (And she wasn’t actually doing too badly last week, either, if you omitted any song suggestions she made) Simon, whose appeal I’ve never completely gotten, has totally stepped up his critiques tonight as well.

    Actually, I only want to kick Randy off the panel tonight. Ellen is a little hit and miss, but still worthy enough to be there.

  164. These kids need help with choosing songs, don’t they get advice from their voice coach.

  165. Ellen is hitting it out of the park. Good or bad tho, these judges are confusing me and these kids. Jermaine is a douche, but I find myself falling into his douchness, IDK.

  166. shell29:
    03/02/2010 at 9:10 pm
    Aw, I thought Jermaine was much better this week. I thought he showed more restraint this week. Disagree with the critiques, I might have to give him some votes in protest.

    Yeah, me too.

  167. Arguing back never works. He and Todrick can go home this week. I’ll suffer through Tim Urban one more time for that.

  168. Just me or was Todrick’s mic not turned up until he took it out of the mic stand? Anyone else catch this?

  169. Oh god make him stop!

    that was the definition of sacrilege, lol. dude, you just didn’t murder marvin – no, no, no :wink:

  170. Is it me or is this show more about constructive judging this year???

  171. Aw, I thought Jermaine was much better this week. I thought he showed more restraint this week. Disagree with the critiques, I might have to give him some votes in protest.

    I completely agree. I am actually a bit grossed out by how the show has treated Jermaine.

  172. kara’s hair is skeery

    Todrick=not good,but I love his disbelief( not on a mean way)

    Yay, Andrew…

    I’m waiting for Tim and Aaron…

  173. Jermaine sang it like a crooner. It was total disconnect from the social message of the song. Oh Kris, missing you on the show!

  174. I don’t see what’s so “douchey” about Jermaine. I like that he stood up for himself a bit. It’ll probably earn him some backlash, but oh well.

  175. I don’t know why, but the guys are rubbing me the wrong way this year. So far, with the exception of Alex, I don’t want to hear them say another word.

    Note to the boys – Do not sing songs performed in a finale episode by a winner, runner up or anyone else.

  176. If this show is supposed to show us the guys are improving I am not seeing it yet. Saying they are better than last week isn’t saying much. And you don’t sing songs the winner sang last year this early in the competition. Who is advising these guys????

  177. I think they are all trying to be too much like last season’s contestants….trying to rearrange like Adam, but without his understanding of what suits their voices…trying to sing with ‘honesty’ and rock the guitar like Kris, but the nerves are standing in their way.

  178. Ryan, so far, why would I WANT to download the this week’s songs from ITunes???

  179. Jermaine sang it like a crooner. It was total disconnect from the social message of the song. Oh Kris, missing you on the show!

    This!!!! Last week Tim Urban showed how much Kris owned Apologize. This week Jermaine shows how much Kris owned What’s Going On.

  180. That mike has a life of its own, I noticed the same thing last week.
    It gets louder of softer at will.

  181. Jermaine you may be God fearing but God does not vote.

    I assume God has neither an iPhone or AT&T unlimited texting.

  182. I like Todrick, Him and Alex are my favs so far tonight. I think the judges just want him gone. Cause I thought they were def going to give him good reviews, It was so much better than last weeks. I didn’t see anything wrong with that performance. It was better than John Parks and Casey James.

    If you throw in Jermaine with John and Casey, I’ll cosign that.

  183. man, that kind of arrogance bugs me – what, God loves you more than the other contestants Jermaine?

  184. Note to the boys – Do not sing songs performed in a finale episode by a winner, runner up or anyone else.

    Jermaine sang it better than Kris….

  185. I think the judges have hit on something that is missing from S9. Where is the emotion and connection to songs that we have seen in the past. They are just singing to show they can change a song without singing and making an emotional connection to the song.

  186. ooo I love this James Morrison song .. actually he sounds a lot like James Morrison (although not as good) .. but I like this

  187. I’m officially off the Andrew train. This is terrible. The other guys must be thrilled.

  188. Andrew’s voice is okay. No stage presence w/o his guitar, tho. Had such high hopes for him…

  189. Andrew Garcia is reminding me why I thought he was never all that….

    He sounds AWFUL.

  190. not feeling andrew… i’m disappointed… i’m beginning to get sundance head vibes from him…

  191. gangreen29:
    03/02/2010 at 9:17 pm
    Note to the boys – Do not sing songs performed in a finale episode by a winner, runner up or anyone else.

    Jermaine sang it better than Kris….

    Jermine was all bout the runs and trying to glorify his voice and didn’t seem to get the message of the song. Kris was about the meaning of the song and the message being portrayed.

  192. Well you know what? Andrew just isn’t that great a singer. He kind of sucks actually, especially without the guitar.

  193. Do not like the neck tat – it’s so distracting.

    Second year in a row Randy is comparing someone to Mraz – both were off. And they need to stop with the Paula Abdul song – that’s over and done with

  194. Andrew Garcia is not doin it for me, yet again. Odd song choice and arrangement again.

  195. Jermine was all bout the runs and trying to glorify his voice and didn’t seem to get the message of the song. Kris was about the meaning of the song and the message being portrayed.

    Sorry but I think that is crap. Jermaine sang it better, therefore Jermaine did better on this singing show.

  196. I really liked Andrew early on, but he’s been disappointing these 2 weeks.

  197. Hmm, that was kinda all over the place. One trick pony, maybe? I liked his one trick, maybe he should just stick with that trick until it’s beat to death. I like him better with the guitar. Is he sick? His voice sounded really wobbly and he looked all serious and sad. Of course I could be completely projecting that, lol!

  198. I never saw Andrew during Hollywood Week, so whatever appeal he had is completely lost on me. The last 2 weeks he has not been good.

  199. useless ,
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  200. They are confusing the hell out of me. I wasn’t jumping up and down, but I liked Andrew.

  201. Sorry but I think that is crap. Jermaine sang it better, therefore Jermaine did better on this singing show.

    That’s a tautology, but it premises itself on Jermaine having sung better, which the quoted clearly didn’t think (and, for what it’s worth, I also disagree, but that’s beside the point).

  202. the judges are soooo contradictory. They tell Todrick and Jermaine to “tone it down” (I personally thought Jermaine was A LOT better this week), but yet Andrew sings it straight and he’s told to change it up.

  203. Can someone tell me how to quote another comment? Please?

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  204. I think the reverse psych is in full effect with Andrew & Casey. They trended higher then American Idol all night last week. If the plan is for a girl to win, then bring down the top guys and say the girls are better.

  205. all of us who thought Andrew had a real shot of winning it all, we were wrong.

  206. Stop cussing talking about Straight Up. Gosh darn it.

    Heh, I know – drop it, Kara, we get it. He’s probably sick of hearing it, too. If he did something like that every week they’d tell him he had to change it up.

  207. I love Jermaine’s spicy persona but boy did that suck. Todrick was ok, I kind of feel bad for him.

    Is Andrew going to have the Michael John’s “I peaked in Hollywood” dilemma? LOL… Last week wasn’t terrible but this weeks song choice was not good at all Andrew. I think he will still make the top 10.

  208. Sorry but I think that is crap. Jermaine sang it better, therefore Jermaine did better on this singing show.

    Not a fan of Jermaine’s constant runs so I don’t think he sang it better.

  209. useless:
    03/02/2010 at 9:21 pm

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  210. I’m curious to see how they treat the girls tomorrow – they are definitely pretty hard on the boys. Simon is a bit less Grinch this week, at least. Last week he was Mr. Nasty.

  211. That’s a tautology, but it premises itself on Jermaine having sung better, which the quoted clearly didn’t think (and, for what it’s worth, I also disagree, but that’s beside the point).

    No, people are saying Jermaine didn’t “feel” the song, so it doesn’t matter if his vocals were better than Kris. I am sorry but if Jermaine was a cute white boy I think everyone would think he “felt” the meaning of the song better.

  212. Now the American Judges is telling Andrew to CHANGE IT UP, But didn’t they just tell Todrick(sp?) and Jermaine to KEEP IT THE SAME?

  213. Give me some James Brown, Tina Turner, and Marvin Gaye amy time, any where, and I am diggin’ it. The thing is that Todrick and Jermaine have an inferior voice when compared to Michael. He would have taken those songs and blown it away.

    A classic is a classic and a terrific singer would have done just fine. Todrick and Jermaine aren’t terrific singers.

  214. Im kinda thinking that Andrew has lost all his appeal too. I really thought he was THE frontrunner in a competition full of just average singers. This show is so wide open this year…seriously if Alex keeps geting better who knows he could win this thing…ok that’s a stretch but his last name is Lambert! So I like him!

  215. I think it’s important to listen to the judges and make small adjustments in your performance, but these contestants seem like they’re doing everything they can to please the judges instead of being who they are as artists. Some are changing up things radically. They need to remember who they are (if they know) and do what they do; America will like them or hate them, but if they try to please the judges every week they will fail miserably, because we all know the judges are schitzo.

  216. Michael – Actually good this week. Huh, I really adored his voice. Still, the performance lacked “oomph”. Still very entertaining.

    John – Same thing as Michael, though not as good. I sincerely hope he’s staying. He’s got the voice.

    Casey – Kinda boring today, but some pretty cool guitar skills. I totally called that song choice. However, it didn’t really work out well. Kinda disappointed in myself :P. However, this kind of music is his type. Wow @ that guitar solo at the end.

    Carol – Hmm. I thought this was guy’s night. Why is Carol Brady there? Wrong time era, wrong gender.

    Alex – Okay, seriously. He’s actually really good tonight. REALLY good. He has a pretty good voice, was a million times more comfortable….. I wouldn’t mind him going into the top 10, but he does need to lose the Carol Brady hair.

    On Rickey >_>.

  217. No, people are saying Jermaine didn’t “feel” the song, so it doesn’t matter if his vocals were better than Kris. I am sorry but if Jermaine was a cute white boy I think everyone would think he “felt” the meaning of the song better.

    Can’t speak for everyone else, but honestly… no. Especially yours truly, who keeps wanting to like Jermaine despite hating his singing style, despite his personality too. Probably ’cause I like his sense of style. But it just didn’t sound good; I thought it was vocally inferior.

  218. Sorry but I think that is crap. Jermaine sang it better, therefore Jermaine did better on this singing show.

    YMMV of course, but I thought Jermaine sounded like shit. Kris’ performance of the song wasn’t my favorite, but light years better than what Jermaine just did. Jermaine has nothing engaging about him.

  219. Now the American Judges is telling Andrew to CHANGE IT UP, But didn’t they just tell Todrick(sp?) and Jermaine to KEEP IT THE SAME?

    I think because Todrick and Jermaine just did tooooo much

  220. gangreen29:
    03/02/2010 at 9:26 pm
    That’s a tautology, but it premises itself on Jermaine having sung better, which the quoted clearly didn’t think (and, for what it’s worth, I also disagree, but that’s beside the point).

    No, people are saying Jermaine didn’t “feel” the song, so it doesn’t matter if his vocals were better than Kris. I am sorry but if Jermaine was a cute white boy I think everyone would think he “felt” the meaning of the song better.

    That’s not how I feel about it at all. I didn’t like Jermaine last week because of all the runs. I didn’t like him this week because of the runs. I don’t care if he is black, white, red or purple – even if I hadn’t been looking at him I would not have liked this version of the song.

    ETA: Thank you St. Lucia – agree completely.

  221. the kid is so freaking cute and he doesn’t sound so bad (nerves are hitting his voice & someone should teach him to perhaps warm up beforehand?)

  222. I like Aaron! :)

    Except he needs to control that vibrato….I don’t need to hear goats on my teevee.

  223. useless:
    03/02/2010 at 9:21 pm
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  224. Kid is gonna be good some day. Think it may be a little soon for him.

  225. a little too goaty for me too. He needs control lessons and a few more years under his belt.

  226. Not my favorite song – but he’s doing a nice job with it – I think he s moving up in the pack and I think he was one of the best of the night

  227. Useless…My way you don’t hafta highlight it.

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  229. Sorry but I think that is crap. Jermaine sang it better, therefore Jermaine did better on this singing show.

    That’s a tautology, but it premises itself on Jermaine having sung better, which the quoted clearly didn’t think (and, for what it’s worth, I also disagree, but that’s beside the point).

    100% agree with Mark. Esp the part where Jermaine sounds like shit… oh wait, he didn’t say that exactly =P. Well I do!

    Aaron sounds pretty good, but his movements are kinda awkward. None of these guys scream star or are blowing me away with their vocals.

    LOL, does he like Justin Bieber. He would lose SO many votes if he said no!

  230. He’s SOOOO cute!!!

    And lol at that was awesome!!!!

    I live this song!!!! and he’s killing it!!!! BEST OERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT (that’s bot saying much but this is good)

    He’s tied with mike for best

    (and he’s cute;))

  231. I never understood what people meant by someone sounding goaty. Listening to Aaron, I hear that goatyness. And that is in spite of liking him.

  232. How many times are we going to hear this song on Idol. Aaron was just okay.

  233. I don’t get Aaron at all, his voice is just average for me. Of course they are praising him to high heaven, tsk.

  234. I’m sorry, but I didn’t like Aaron. Sweet kid, but wasn’t feelin’ it.

  235. Aaron is so much better than Justin Beiber….Or at least have the potential to be better.

  236. Now that was the most entertaining moment of the night – Ryan asking Aaron if he likes Justin Beiber and Aaron stuttering and not answering the question!!

  237. YEAH JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~3 <3 <3

    I <3 HIM

    CUTEST singer EVER(cutest not hottest)

    LOL RYANNNNN

    Yay Tim urban.hotness!!!

  238. Justin Beiber, stay away from Idol.
    Tim Urban… I don’t want to jinx you, but there’s realy nowhere to go but up.

  239. <blockquoterayni:
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  240. Why must Ryan insist I hang tight for Tim Urban? Does he hate me that much as a human being? What did I ever do to him?

  241. ”my girl” was not a good song choice for him – it takes somewhat of a vocal showman, with some organic soul in their delivery to make it believable… it wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t the right song for him….

  242. How many times are we going to hear this song on Idol. Aaron was just okay.

    He just needs to ripen a little. Like a banana. A banana in a bag.

  243. Simon is right, that song was too old for him, but this show is wackadoodle tonight.

  244. <blockquoteValentin432:
    03/02/2010 at 9:32 pm
    I don’t get Aaron at all, his voice is just average for me. Of course they are praising him to high heaven, tsk.

    That’s what I am trying to figure out, why are they praising that average, boring performance.

  245. I totally called the Country Justin Bieber before Simon! Def. the angle they are playing up!

  246. I think if Aaron sang a Justin Beiber song, he would kill it! My Girl is one of my favorite old songs. It’s so ingrained in my brain with the original. I thought he did pretty good. He should shoot for more current songs.

    My faves so far are Alex, Aaron and Mike.

  247. They’re comparing my favorite guy to Justin Bieber?

    Kinda makes me want to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtMO-omeo5s (I advise low volume speakers >_>)

    Also, how can Aaron Kelly be Justin Bieber? Justin hasn’t even hit puberty yet, at least Aaron Kelly has a pretty deep voice for little stick of a kid.

    *godpleasemakeaaronmaketouralongwithmamasoxandsiobhan*

  248. No, people are saying Jermaine didn’t “feel” the song, so it doesn’t matter if his vocals were better than Kris. I am sorry but if Jermaine was a cute white boy I think everyone would think he “felt” the meaning of the song better.

    sorry, Kris vocals were great on that song and he showed 1,000X more artistry on it beside really ddigging and delivering the message of the song

  249. Eh Aaron…too old a song for you…sing a relevant current song dang it. Your smile is only gonna get you so far but it definitely gets you thru to next week.

  250. useless:
    03/02/2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yikes, Marly5. Still can’t do it right

    Don’t worry, I didn’t do it right the first couple of times, I think maybe this time you forgot to click on b-quote again, at the end of the quote.

  251. Aaron, “Do you like Justin Beiber”? God uncomfortable!!!!!!!!!!

  252. I think it’s important to listen to the judges and make small adjustments in your performance, but these contestants seem like they’re doing everything they can to please the judges instead of being who they are as artists. Some are changing up things radically. They need to remember who they are (if they know) and do what they do; America will like them or hate them, but if they try to please the judges every week they will fail miserably, because we all know the judges are schitzo.

    Junior, this is such a good point – there is some useful information in the feedback, but the contestants can’t just let themselves be yanked back and forth by the inconsistent feedback they get week to week. I think part of the problem is that not many of them have a clear enough view of who they are as performers yet.

  253. Goaty is why I can’t stand that Rascal Flatts singer’s voice, and unfortunately, even though I like him, Aaron seems to be going for that sound.

  254. I goofed Useless. Highlight line you want and hit control + C.
    Go to box.
    Hit b-quote
    Hit Control + V
    Hit B-quote again.

    PRESTO!

  255. Oh, I picked this for Alex, I think he would have done it better.

  256. He found what seems an appropriate song…so far it’s actually pretty good

    ETA: and now it’s going downhill

  257. Forget what I said about Jermaine and Todrick, one of them can stay.

    I’d rather have Tim Urban gone.

    Better than last week, but still so horrible it makes me want to hit mute.

  258. oy. Tim should have been thrown off last week and the little guy (can’t remember his name) should’ve been given another chance

  259. He really needs to front a Boys Like Girls type pop/rock/emo band.

  260. if I was 13 I might like Tim to. But I’m not. And he’s kinda creeping me out with the staring.

  261. No uptempo tonight. Man, the girls better bring it tomorrow!

  262. …but Alex has an ugly mullet…..

    besides all these people are waaay too old lol :)

    Anyway

    I FLOVED that-.even though there wasn’t the strongest vocals .it was special-stfu judges

    nanananananannaaana I can’t hear you,judges!!!

    I don’t even know what they’re saying-i’m just too busy staring at him

    Although I have to admit bad vocals

  263. lol – Simon, it’s not hard to be better then what he did last week

  264. What I like about this year so far is that we don’t (yet) have a judge going on and on and on without making sense…(even Randy sometimes makes sense)

  265. I missed part of the end, but what I heard wasn’t bad. He is REALLY cute. I may be biased because of that LOL.

  266. ellen just told tim urban in a nice way he doesn’t belong on American Idol.

  267. Yea Simon it was a “marked improvement” for Tim, but that’s not saying very much. It was still NOT GOOD. Ellen’s right, he should try acting, he’s not a singer. VFTW is right about him.

  268. LUV, you need to listen to Simon. I think he is very ill…and Alex is not old, he just needs a new doo. You can fix him. ;-]

  269. lol – Simon, it’s not hard to be better then what he did last week

    LOL…exactly!

  270. I agree with Simon. He wasn’t that bad. Should he be in the top 12? nah. But Todrick and Jermaine were just as bad and had horrible skank attitudes.

  271. Why, Simon, must you hate me? Why must you praise such a performance? Why must Tim not disappear this week forever? (Unless this psyches out the public. But I somehow don’t think it will)

  272. Luv, you’re too old to like Justin Bieber. Didn’t you just turn 13? Stick with Aaron Kelly and ditch Tim Urban :P.

    What did Tim sing, by the way?

    Lee DeWyze has the pimp spot? I dunno, I don’t see much in him…. Last week was so pitchy, I don’t get why Simon loved it. Hopefully he can deliver this week. However, I’m looking for the fifth person in my Top 5 guys since Tyler got cut, and I think Lee has potential to be the fifth, and I think Michael Lynche and Alex Lambert proved themselves to be fitting of that fifth spot too.

  273. Andrew Garcia is trending again on twitter this week. 2 weeks in a row!!

  274. I’m actually liking Ellen comments. I can totally see Tim on Glee. Tim eyes was alittle watery at one point, glad he held it together. I think Tim will be back again, cause he did pick a song, that most people his age knows.

  275. Tim was better than last week. Still not great (or even remotely in that neighborhood), but he better than several tonight (Todrick, Jermaine) so he could justifiably survive another week.

  276. Simon is so devious

    lol .. yeah good old Simon and his reverse Psychology .. he does it on the X Factor all the time . he knows a bashing gets the sympathy vote

  277. One thing I disagree with….Is that Toddrick sang wayy better than Tim and had more stage persona, But they riped him to shreads.

  278. I liked TIm this week…he’s not as bad some of the others. He’s gonna be safe this week. John and either of the Jermaine and Todrick are gonners.

  279. Did people really hear pitchyness in Tim’s performance? Must be my bad speakers or weak soundcard on my computer then because I thought his vocal sounded strong and clear. sure there might have been one or two notes, but I thought it was quite strong. Very strange.

  280. No way was Tim better than Todrick or Jermaine. Todrick & Jermaine can sing at least (even if they’re OTT at times or try to do too much). Tim sounds like crap most of the time, but because he’s “cute” (and I’m starting to buy into gangreen’s theory) he gets a pass.

  281. MJ – you are just TOO funny! Have you ever thought about doing stand-up comedy? “He prays before he sings. It’s not helping.” Hahahaha!

  282. Simon is so devious

    lol .. yeah good old Simon and his reverse Psychology .. he does it on the X Factor all the time . he knows a bashing gets the sympathy vote

    yep that was Simon making way for Tim getting the boot

  283. Did people really hear pitchyness in Tim’s performance? Must be my bad speakers or weak soundcard on my computer then because I thought his vocal sounded strong and clear. sure there might have been one or two notes, but I thought it was quite strong. Very strange.

    In a word, yes.

    Wow, some good honesty from Lee about his performance. Hmm.

  284. I like Lee. Think he deserves to make it through to top 12. (At least with this group of guys.)

  285. #TeamAaronSox

    …..What?

    Anyway, judging from MJ’s comment and some reaction on this site, being an Aaron fan on the Internet might be a kick in the balls. It’s such a good thing I also like Crystal and Siobhan. Unlike S7 when being an Archie fan was a kick in the balls and I wasn’t really as invested in anyone else….

    Anyway, Simon o_O. First he’s the only one who likes Lee’s performance last week (Although it wasn’t terrible, but it was pretty annoyingly pitchy), then he says Tim did excellent….. What’s his M.O.? Getting Tim kicked off through reverse psychology? Though I admit that’s only based on what I’m reading, haven’t seen it yet….

  286. Cool beans, this guy is good. There is some really unusual tone in this season’s show. Ouch, Lee, what did you just do? Yowsa, this song is not your best. Yike.

  287. I love Alex and Todrick. Lee is sounding Ok. Tim did better this week.

  288. Lee is the new front runner after this performance. His voice is so current. He’s going a long way imo.

  289. I don’t know how I feel about Lee.
    Edit: I wish he wasn’t so pitchy and then I’d LOVE him.

  290. My husband just came in from the other room – says this was one of the best of the night

  291. I still can’t find anyone to root for yet…this season is terrible…never had trouble getting into Idol like this season

  292. OK, this is much more like it. I like Lee’s scratchy quality, and he’s much less pitchy than he was last week. This song suits him.

  293. Dude is cute

    Hellz yeah he is!!

    I was listening to this song today

    Lees REALLY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually like him now

    Way better than last week for everybody:)

  294. Man, I wanted to like Lee last week, and I’m glad he admitted last week’s pitch problems, but FUCKING Hinder? Fucking Lips of an Angel?! I LOATHE that song… so I can’t vote for him on principle. Even though he sounds good and I like his voice. I may be back next week though.

  295. Lee’s OK, he just sounds very ordinary, like a hundred other singers.

  296. Wow, pimp spot complete with pimp lighting for Lee. Hmm…still not crazy about his vocals. Don’t get the Cook comparisons with this guy at all. Not a bad performance though.

  297. I liked Tim Urban’s performance. I don’t think it was as good as it could have been, but I did like it.

    There’s definitely something about him though makes me want to see more (apart from his looks).

  298. Ugh. I turn on the TV and the first thing I see is Lee singing the skeeviest song in the universe. I can’t hear him past the disgust.

  299. The pimp spot obviously means nothing this season.

    Lee is much better, but still not good. He’s very generic to me. He sounds like he could be in a Daughtry, Nickelback, Creed like band.

    I hate all those bands.

  300. WHY am I supposed to love this guy? Lee might remind Simon of David Cook, but you wanna know who he reminds me of? SUNDANCE HEAD.
    The End.
    No Ellen, it was NOT great.
    Gokey 2.0 indeed.

  301. Lee was good but he and the producers were going for a moment with this one and it didn’t come through for me.

  302. I like Lee . I don’t think his look makes him stand out but vocally he’s current and very good

  303. Mike – Smooth R&B. Very nice, good stage presence, funny intro.

    John – Better song choice, good voice but not distinctive arrangement. He’s a cutie though.

    Casey- My favorite of the guys but his vocals aren’t as clean as last week. Looks like he’s in the moment with that guitar and okay, he’s freaking hot. He needs to not lose sight of the vocals.

    Alex – I knew it! This kid has mad potential! So much better than last week and I like his tone a lot.

    Todrick – He sounds like Tina Turner but this was better than last week. That’s all I got.

    Jermaine – Drama king. Way over the top for this song. Marvin Gaye is bitch-slapping him from the grave.

    Andrew – I liked it. It wasn’t as much different from the original as some of his song choices but it sounded good to me. I’m puzzled that the judges seem to be de-pimping him heavily.

    Aaron – I groaned when I heard his song choice but he’s “made it his own” with a nice pop country inflection. Good job! I think Simon’s wrong about it being old fashioned. I think it’s an updated version of that song. My daughter wants to play with his hair.

    Tim – My daughter says: “Eeeeee!!! He’s so cute!” I say: He looks a little like my stepson when he was about that age. Cute kid. This performance is better than last week but he’s still an imitator compared to the others. He didn’t try to hit the high notes which was smart. I agree with Ellen that this kid could be a huge Disney star – IF he can act. He’s out of his league on this show.

    Lee – I hate those stupid hats. But I really like his voice. I’m not in love with his song choice, but he sings from the heart. Simon is really pouring on the praise. I’m surprised.

  304. No way is he Gokey 2.0. He’s a Cook and Allen love child.

    Also a little bit of Adam Lambert in there – he’s one of the best of the night

  305. omg Lips of an Angel! That was my favorite song like 4 years ago.

    Oooh, Simon laying on a lot of praise for Lee! definite dark horse right there.

  306. Why are they pimping him so hard? He’s isn’t THAT good. Am I missing something? Best voice of the men? Now I gotta go back and watch.

  307. Kara why do you annoy me so much???

    Um I couldn’t hear anyone on radio u less they’re rapping about “14 rapes under their belt” or singing about “short skirts and t-shirts”

    and even if they are I don’t take the would be successful

    lee,you’re making me dislike you again,STFU and sing!!!

    I’m voting once for each person I like tonight

    LOL I was JUST about to comment about the pants move

  308. Already Lee is “the one to beat” Simon?! Really!? He’s better than most of this bad bunch, but I still don’t think he’s that great despite the pimp spot and pimp lighting.

  309. My favorites of the night were Michael, Casey, Alex, Jermaine, Aaron, and surprisingly John was my favorite. I think he was vastly underrated by the judges.

  310. These review clips are making them all sound not bad at all .. it was a wayy better show than last week but still no wow factor from anyone

  311. Lee, Michael, Aaron and Alex definitely staying. The rest…*meh*..

  312. Kara you are hearing Nickleback.

    THANK YOU. I agree. And God, do I hate me some Nickelback. Worst.Band.EVER.

  313. The way I feel about Lee, I felt this way about David Cook too. I didn’t know I liked him for the longest time untill he did Elenor Rigby (I wasn’t even sold on Hello! lol). I just want something more from him. The baby blues are slaying me, though.

  314. I love Simon’s judging most of the time. I don’t get it with Tim tonight though. Well, it was great that Tim sang a current song.

    I think Lee was pretty good.

  315. Lee, Michael, Alex, Aaron and Casey can all stay – the others I don’t care if they stay or go

  316. This must really be a “girl’s year”, ’cause none of these guys are really blowing me away. I’d put Mike, Lee and (surprisingly) Alex near the top of the pack tonight, but nobody really grabbed me. Hope the girls bring it tomorrow.

  317. Please quit with the Gokey comparisons. Lee is so much better than Gokey…I hated him. Ugghh…Lee is at least likeable…Gokey not at all.

  318. I can’t believe I am writing this as I watch the playback but my fav for the night was Mullet boy AKA The Anti-Lambert. If I shut my eyes there is a very unique quality to his voice. I think the losers tonight are Jermaine, Todrick and John Park. Tim Urban sucks big time but I think the pretty boy looks and Simon’s endorsement may save him.

  319. The biggest thing I’m going to remember about tonight was how very very bad Andrew was. He was even worse in the wrap-up recap from the dress rehearsal. How the mighty have fallen. I actually think he deserves to be voted off, just based purely on the last two weeks, but “Straight Up” will still keep him safe.

  320. I’m getting back to watching the performances.

    Todrick – Holy crap, this sucks. I miss Kradison. Either one of them three would do this song much better. Actually….. now I kinda wanna see one of them do it. But otherwise, Todrick…. go away.

    Jermaine – Why is he smiling in the beginning? He looks kinda freaking scary. I can see Rihanna pulling off that hair style. Kris’s performance of this wasn’t my favorite, but it was miles better than this. Once again, he reminds me of what I didn’t like about Adam Lambert and makes it 50x worse. I’m through with the “don’t compare to other seasons'” thing, but I’ll try to be careful not to dwell on them….. Jermaine, it’s ASKED, not AXED. Plus, you remind me of why I’m slightly embarrassed to be a religious person. Once again, I’m comparing him to last season, but Kris was a Christian and he kept it mostly under wraps.

    Rickey hasn’t uploaded anyone past Jermaine yet >_>.

  321. I think Todrick and John will go home, but it should be Tim and Todrick.

  322. Lee, Michael, Aaron and Alex definitely staying. The rest…*meh*..

    Those were my faves tonight. I hope you’re right!

  323. Again, no one blew me away. If I cared, I might vote for Alex, and Tim. Alex cuz I like him and his voice. NGL,Tim mainly cuz he improved, and he’s really cute hah. Haha, luv, you and I can go start our Tim Urban is HAWT fanclub =P

    I like Lee’s voice, but hate that song way too much. Skeeviest song indeed. Who will go home? I’m thinking John Park and either Jermaine… or maybe Toddrick. Maybe Toddrick, cuz Jermaine was annoying, but I can’t even remember what Toddrick sang.

  324. The way Simon was piling it on reminded me of how excited he started getting from David’s “Hello” and on. I like him and all but I don’t think he’s THAT good quite yet..holy pimpage though batman!

  325. Holy crap all these guys are horrible. There wasn’t one performance that was better than mediocre. If I had to pick, I’d say Alex was the best of a very lame bunch.

    But now I see why the judges are sure a girl is going to win this year, because these guys are just not good. Pitchy, lame arrangements, lack of stage presence, you name it. Oh and Lee? Sounds like every other Nickelback-lite impersonator — there are all ready far too many people who sound like that on the radio — and Nickelback is a crap band to begin with…

  326. I think Todrick and John will go home, but it should be Tim and Todrick.

    I agree. Tim’s looks will save him for one more week, I think. John’s performance did nothing to inspire me to vote for him.

  327. Holy crap all these guys are horrible. There wasn’t one performance that was better than mediocre.

    I think that is way too harsh. I would say Alex, Casey, John, and Michael gave very good performances.

  328. These review clips are making them all sound not bad at all .. it was a wayy better show than last week but still no wow factor from anyone

    Odd, I thought they messed up Alex’s voice big time.

  329. I like John and his voice. I just didn’t like his performance tonight. Hopefully he gets another chance.

  330. Aaron is a cutie, but I thought I heard a bit of the ‘goat’ type of vibrato. A classic is a classic and the bit of a twang in My Girl threw me off a bit. I still think he’ll be back. Gotta love his response to the question about Justin. LOL.

    So far, Michael, Lee, and Casey are lookin’ good.

  331. Lee was pretty good. There’s just nothing that makes me really care if I hear him or not.

    I don’t really get why, since there’s no doubt the guy can sing really well.

    The guys that I liked best tonight were Alex, Andrew, Aaron and Tim.

    Tim wasn’t the best, but there’s just something there that makes me like him. Some of the tonality in his voice is really refreshing. He needs to learn how to control his voice better, but there’s definitely something there apart from his looks.
    It’s hard to explain, but certain portions of his performances make me want to see more. I want to see him grow.

    Kind of felt the need to justify why I mentioned Tim as one that I liked best. Since I doubt everyone hears what I hear at certain points, as I see a lot criticism’s.

  332. My rankings tonight:
    1. Alex Lambert
    2. Lee Dewyze
    3. Michael Lynche
    4. Casey James
    5. Aaron Kelly
    6. Andrew Garcia
    7. John Park
    8. Tim Urban
    9. Jermiane Sellers
    10. Todrick Hall

  333. girlygirl:
    03/02/2010 at 10:04 pm
    Holy crap all these guys are horrible. There wasn’t one performance that was better than mediocre. If I had to pick, I’d say Alex was the best of a very lame bunch.

    I don’t think all of them were horrible, just some of them. A few were average, no one was really good.

  334. Surprisingly, I liked Alex the best. I also liked Mike and John Park (despite the judges conspiring to convince me that John Park sucks).

    Jermaine and Todrick can go home now. Terrible performances and I have no hope they can change (plus Jermaine seems like a tool).

  335. Andrew – Hmm…… He’s definitely in the top 10. Judging from the past 2 weeks, I don’t know if he deserves that spot anymore. His singing was just okay. I totally called the “no guitar” tonight, though that was kinda predictable.

    Aaron – Hmm. A little bit of an odd song choice, but I still really liked it. One of my favorites tonight. I am not hearing the goatiness at all. I really like this kid’s voice. So much more puberty progress than the Fetus with Hair.

    Michael, Aaron, and Alex are my favorites tonight (so far. Hurry up Rickey!). Of these, only Aaron was in my top 10. Hmm.

    Once again, Todrick and Jermaine can go.

  336. Well, I predict that John Park will get the least amount of votes tonight and Jermaine will get the second least votes (his asking the judges to tell him what to sing showed too much insecurity and his thinking God will keep him on the show wasn’t cool)

  337. Like voices on Michael, Alex, Casey, Lee, Andrew. Can tell Big Mike is gonna be a persona problem, though. Nice that the Good Wife’s hubby is watching gorilla boy on reality teevee.

  338. Kara Dioguardi is full of crap on Casey James. He took two giant leaps forward tonight. The problem with the vocals was minimal. Finally, someone on the show who can tear that guitar up!

    However, I do think Kara was spot on in her assessment of Todrick Hall. Just bring back that sweet and simple gospel melody and quit trying to re-invent every song.

    Michael Lynche effing rules. That is all.

  339. I like Tim Urban and hope he can pull it all together for another week. Funny, David Cassidy was on the Today Show this morning, and I am still getting that vibe. Now, what Tim should do is look back over some tapes of the Partridge Family and learn how to relax and relate.

    The clips were all so much better than the performances!

  340. Just came on so I haven’t read everyone’s thoughts. Mine? The only performances I liked tonight was #1 Michael Lynch and #10 Lee Dewyze. The rest were various state of tolerable (John Park, Casey James, Alex Lambert, Todrick Hall, Andrew Garcia, Aaron Kelley) to bad (Jermaine Sellers, Tim Urban).

    Enjoyed:
    Michael Lynch – Loved his tone, how he owned the song, making it contemporary, and how he owned the stage
    Lee Dewyze – Nice voice, but looks very uncomfortable on stage.

    Tolerable:
    John Park – Much better but his ‘trying’ overpowered any natural stage charisma
    Casey James – As I’ve long suspected, the guy is a better guitarist than singer. He has a problem finishing his lines. I don’t think he added anything vocally to the song, although I liked his guitar licks.
    Alex Lambert – Much better. He possibly has a good voice but hes so uncomfortable on stage that it makes it unpleasant to watch him. I think he came on the show too soon.
    Todrick Hall – OK. I suspect he’s covering the fact that he only has a passable voice. He obviously feels very comfortable on stage, made more noticeable by the fact that this is a rare occurrence this season.
    Andrew Garcia – Didn’t work for me. Just not interesting or engaging performance for me.
    Aaron Kelley – Seemed like a Up With People kind of performance. Not relevant.

    Bad:
    Jermaine Sellers – Just weak. Maybe his confidence in church singing just doesn’t translate. I don’t know.
    Tim Urban – They never should have let him on the show. He can’t really sing very well. I can’t believe Simon gave him props. This guys cute factor might keep him on though, and that does not make me a happy camper.

    BTW, I absolutely love the new Coke commercial. So creative.

  341. “He reminds me of Matt Giraud last year, who was also the Dark Horse who needed to get over his nerves. Matt never did. Not sure if Lee is going to be able to get it together.”

    My God. You read my mind! Funny, Lee is my favorite this season, and Matt was my favorite last season. I have a preference for nervous singers, apparently, haha.

  342. Alex was really impressive tonight and deserves to be at the top IMO
    1. Alex Lambert
    2. Casey James
    3. Lee Dewyze
    4. Andrew Garcia
    5. Aaron Kelly
    6. Michael Lynche
    7. Tim Urban
    8. Todrick Hall
    9. John Park
    10.Jermiane Sellers

  343. Finally, someone on the show who can tear that guitar up!

    But it’s not a guitr contest!

    anyway I’m *actually * goingbthis time.gnight …

  344. Kara Dioguardi is full of crap on Casey James. He took two giant leaps forward tonight. The problem with the vocals was minimal. Finally, someone on the show who can tear that guitar up!

    I kind of agreed with Kara tonight. I like Casey, but then I was sort of expecting more from him tonight. I didn’t feel like the vocals were any better than last week.

    Casey does have mad guitar skills. That was awesome to watch for that reason, but other than that… eh. I guess I was just disappointed that the voice wasn’t there to go with that awesome guitar playing.

  345. The people who I am voting for tonight are

    Casey James

    Aaron Kelly

    Comments:

    Casey: Casey!! If you keep doing what you are doing then you will be one of my favorites! THAT WAS AN AWESOME PERFORMANCE!! :)

    Aaron Kelly: YEAH!!!!!! That was fantastic! He has got the confidence now!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :)

    Big Mike: Awww dude!! That wasn’t your best. Tonight was just Zzzzzzzzz. Get it together! You can do it!

    Jermaine Sellers: He is rockin the onesie! ROFL! He is so funny! ROFL!

    Lee DeWyze: Yikes. He was very nasally.. And be one with the mic Lee!!! :) Don’t be afraid of it.

    Simon on Tim Urban: Wow Simon liked it. I thought he wasn’t going to.. Very suprising.

  346. Ok- so i got my iphone recently and i am power text voting for the first time tonight,…welll oddly enough, i got a retorn text saying THAT I JUST VOTED FOR DIDI lol. im assuming they forgot to change the voting numbers from the chicks after crystals dibacle so i can say its a good guess to say that the order the girls are in tonight via text messages is the order they will perform tomorrow…& i cant wait to hear everyone bitching tomorrow about this…anyway, maybe we can compile a list of the performance order tomorrow?

    so far, i have Didi performing 5th tomorrow night

    oh about about these guys- i dont really think any of them are that great. i like todrick. thats about it. but im not getting attached bc simons main goal seems to be to get him the fuck off the show for some reason…

    OHHH! and regarding voting via texting- does the word VOTE have to be in all caps?!?!?!?! and i can vote as many times as i want right?

  347. So far, here’s how I’d rank the guys tonight.

    1. Alex Lambert
    2. Aaron Kelly (Mostly because the song choice was pretty odd, and he is pretty hard to look at sometimes because he’s so nervous :P)
    3. Michael Lynche
    4. Casey James (It was mostly the guitar playing. The vocal wasn’t that stellar but the guitar was fantastic. Make tour please).
    5. John Park
    6. Andrew Garcia
    7. Todrick Hall
    8. Jermaine Sellers

  348. Where did they get these guys – they are just not memorable at all.

    Top
    1. Lee Dewyze
    2. Alex Lambert
    3. Michael Lynch
    4. Casey James
    5. Andrew Garcia

    Bottom
    1. John Park
    2. Jermaine Sellers

  349. I’m tossing some votes to Alex (loved that boy), Mike and Jermaine. I didn’t think Jermaine was as bad as they made him out to be, and I have a feeling there’s nothing he can do in the judges eyes that will earn him a favorable critique. I think Todrick’s in the same boat, but I get why they want him gone ASAP. In Jermaine’s case, I get a sense that the producers only have room for one “token” Black guy in the top 12, and that’s Mike.

  350. Ok, more full criticism from me:

    Michael: I was simply bored. Really, there wasn’t much to say about that, other than his stage mannerisms continue to bother me. Still, it could have been a whole lot worse, so I shouldn’t be too harsh. But, for Idol, this wasn’t really thought worthy.

    John: Unlike those that think Mayer is untouchable, I think the opposite is true; this was way the heck safe. John at least wasn’t hugely abusing the song, but it’s impossible to get excited about “Gravity”, in my opinion. Maybe he should have sung Sara Barellies’ “Gravity” instead; a much better, more dramatic ballad. And that’s the thing; it’s not that he sung a ballad, he didn’t sing anything with any dramatic rise or fall. Mayer’s “Gravity” could have that, but you really have to toss a lot at the song for that to work in terms of vocal performance, and John doesn’t have that. So disappointing.

    Casey: I addressed this up-thread, but what the heck with that song choice? You don’t want people to YouTube Bice. That said, the guitar? Totally worked. And the vocal wasn’t that bad by comparison to, say, Michael Sarver’s oxygen-challenged version last year. I think the vocal was at least OK. And he did have a little bit of the grit in it, but not quite enough. So this was… OK. But nothing exciting.

    Alex: The consensus has been more positive on this performance than I get. Yes, he has an interesting tone. That said, every end of every line dragged like a thud. As I listen to him sing, I feel like there are lead-chains tying down the phrases down, causing them to trip and fall with thuds. That’s weird imagery, but that’s what comes into my mind. Further, in a night in which singers were universally critiqued from being distant from their material, Alex maybe sold his song the least. That said, I feel like I should compliment him for at least sounding OK. And he sounded “OK”, but it was entirely skating on the quality of his tone.

    Todrick: Lounge singer is absolutely the correct term here. That term gets thrown around a lot, and yet this was probably the most appropriate it could have been. Oddly, Jermaine got a “watered down” critique from Simon, but I think it should have been handed to Todrick. Yes, dude has an instrument. But between his “genius” and his complete overestimating his abilities as a musician (his musicality is just not there), he’s not doing anything with it that would make me want to buy anything he sells. Plus, could that package have been more clinical?

    Jermaine: Look, something in me really wants to like Jermaine. Perhaps it’s because, despite the oversinging, I actually liked his audition after all. And maybe it’s because I like his sense of style. Ok, I don’t know why I want to like Jermaine. But his singing style is abhorrent to me. That said, he was so much better than he was last week. So I’m getting kicked and not stabbed, but still! However, he’s not selling his materially that well musically in favor of the largest bag of tricks (vocally) this season has… and it’s not working. Personality is not going over well either.

    Andrew: This was similar to John’s performance, really, except Andrew had better material. But I think this continued to cement my thinking that, for all of the love of his “Straight Up” cover, Andrew has his limitations as a musician. Kara could not have said it better when she pegged him as a rhythmic singer. That’s absolutely correct. However, his abilities, when the rhythm slows down, he doesn’t know how to inhabit a song vocally or even sound that good. Shades of Danny Gokey, really (except, ahem, Danny had no rhythm to speak of).

    Aaron: There was a lot wrong with this. What I didn’t mind, I’ll say, was the vibrato; goat vibrato seems to be OK with me right now, I guess. However, yes, the song was too old-fashioned, and also very Season One of Idol. Don’t ever pick a song which makes me think of Season One as an entity, ever. Secondly, this song really requires the singer to go out of the way to sell the song both with some flirtation and conviction, and Aaron doesn’t know how to do that. It was so flat; not vocally, just emotionally.

    Tim: Ok, Tim. Congratulations on not choosing a song with falsetto, and from further avoiding high notes you simply can not reach. However, this performance was stale, awkward, and had any number of pitch problems. I do not care that you are cute to some teenagers. Please go directly to Nickelodeon, do not collect 200$, or whatever the show might possibly have paid you to be on here, because that feels mean to the producers.

    Lee: Oh, Lee. The song choice wasn’t great. Not only is it by Hinder, but it’s another ballad that doesn’t give much feeling. I don’t feel the kind of artist you want to be is the kind of artist I want to buy. That said, your pitch problems were significantly reduced from last week, and admitting you found issues with your performance was very good of you. So, please, stick around.

    The show: Despite all my rants about the contestants… the show was so much better than the other men’s show. And I actually liked the judges! Randy even made a little sense at certain points (but I still want him gone). I liked Kara (but she needs to stop playing up the cougar, please), Ellen was OK (be more specific at points), and Simon (what is up with your newfound appreciation for grit? Seriously? I’m going to start liking you, and then you leave? And I wanted you to go before!). Lots of forgettable performance, but it felt like something I could sit back, watch, and not feel like I wasted an hour, despite Ryan Seacrest, who privately hates me.

  351. 1. Lee Dewyze
    2. Alex Lambert
    3. Andrew Garcia
    4. Aaron Kelly
    5. Casey James
    6. Michael Lynche
    7. Tim Urban
    8. John Park
    9. Todrick Hall
    10.Jermiane Sellers

  352. Michael – Really impressed tonight. Didn’t like him at all tell this performance.

    John – Didn’t get it for me.

    Casey – Vocals were pretty weak tonight. Maybe I expected more from him since I liked him so well last week.

    Alex – Probably best of the night. Knew I was right about this kid.

    Todrick – Much better, but still kinda blah.

    Jermaine – Pretty sure he’s gone.

    Andrew – Not his best. He just doesn’t want to wow us again until the Top10. Learned his lesson on peaking to early :p

    Aaron – I liked him despite his flaws tonight.

    Tim – Think he bought himself another week. Wasn’t that good, but he did enough to stay.

    Lee – Still really love his sound. He didn’t have a moment, but it was certainly a good performance.

  353. I thought overall that the guys did a much better job this week than the last, especially Alex! I muted the TV half way through his performance last week, but I actually kind of enjoyed it tonight.

    The voting is not working for me. I texted in votes for Lee, Alex, Aaron, and Casey but got back texts saying that I had voted for Siobhan, Katelyn, Lacey, and Katie (Well, at least I like those four! My multiple votes for Alex and Casey went to Lacey and Katie though. My least favorites of those four girls. Boo).

  354. Hmmmm. Marginally better than last week. I have to say Alex does really have an interesting quality to his voice, at least compared to most of the others. I thought he and Andrew were the best if not spectacular. I sort of like Lee, but I think the judges are being way forgiving on his singing. Makes me realize what a really good singer Cook is. If I haven’t mentioned someone, I didn’t care much for his performance. Jermaine has. got. to. go. It’s been a while since I’ve genuinely disliked someone on the show. He is obnoxious. Again, surprised with how unimaginative some of these guys are with song choice.

    All in all, this week didn’t do much to warm me more to the season.

  355. i think mike lynche has been the best so far – the closest any of these guys have come to marrying chops, energy and generating a little excitement. not impressed with anyone after him.

    I agree with that. I was shocked by how good Mike Lynche was.
    Also can’t help liking Jermaine, even though his What’s Goin On was not goin on.
    Still like Andrew and was also impressed with Lee.

  356. LOL, Duke!!! So now we know Didi doesn’t get the last spot. :( Wonder if anyone else is getting “girl” confirmed texted. We may be able to figure out the line up. LMBO!!!

    Anyway, I really liked Michael, Alex and Lee tonight. Aaron, Casey, and Andrew were “just OK”, to sound like Randy. Didn’t care at all for the other 4.

  357. This must have been the order if girls had sung tonight. AT & T forgot to change the message for text votes.

    Crystal, Haaley, Lacey, Katie, Didi, Michelle, Lilly, Katelyn, Paige, Siobhan

  358. I think admitting to liking Nickelback is the new anti-establishment move.

  359. OMG Shiobahn must really bring it then to get that pimp spot!!!! WHOO!!!! FOR ME, IF SIOBAHN BRINGS IT TOMORRW NIGHT, SHE COULD be the new front runner- honestly, shes the only thing keeping me on the edge of my seat for this season as far as “icant wait to see what she does”

  360. Ok maybe horrible is overstating it a bit. It wasn’t as much of a train wreck as last week, I guess. How about bland? Bland, boring and unoriginal?

    Sorry, none of these guys impress me right now. John Park bored me to tears and so did most of the rest of them. Casey is a better guitarist than he is a singer. Andrew had pitch problems and looked lost without his guitar. Lee shouts more than he sings. Jermaine turned one of the greatest songs of all-time into weird elevator music and has a bad attitude. Aaron had way too many runs in his performance, etc.

    Tim and Alex stood out mainly because they weren’t nearly as paralyzed with fright as they were last week. I actually like the tone of Alex’s singing voice but could he be any more awkward? And he lacks any semblance of stage presence.

  361. Well it sounds like they have royally screwed up with the text voting tonight. I wonder how that’s going to play out.

  362. Kind of felt the need to justify why I mentioned Tim as one that I liked best. Since I doubt everyone hears what I hear at certain points, as I see a lot criticism’s.

    Vital, I understand what you are saying. I agree and am voting only for Tim because I want to see another performance. I know my comparison to David Cassidy sounds weird, but honestly I feel it. Then to actually see clips today of David on the Today Show blew my mind.

    Also, most of the viewing public have not seen Tim in a bathing suit. My 14 year old niece thinks he’s hot! :wink:

  363. Alex. Best of the night. My new favorite.

    This was a way back, but me too! He has a really nice voice.

  364. Jermaine: Look, something in me really want to like Jermaine. Perhaps it’s because, despite the oversinging, I actually liked his audition after all. And maybe it’s because I like his sense of style. Ok, I don’t know why I want to like Jermaine. But his singing style is abhorrent to me. That said, he was so much better than he was last week. Ok, so I’m getting kicked and not stabbed, but still! However, he’s not selling his materially that well musically in favor of the largest bag of tricks (vocally) this season has… and it’s not working. Personality is not going over well either.

    i think you nailed it. these are my thoughts on him exactly.

  365. Yeah,I’m back;)

    Alex was good but he’s not even close to my favorite

    Am I the ONLY ONE who thought they blurred kara’s arm at the begining or am I going crazzzzy?

  366. Michael – impressive, compared to last week. With the wife and baby due in Friday, this guy is going to be a lock for the tour.

    John – can’t recall what he sang. I wonder if the Northwestern student body and alumni will be enough to keep him in. Very much in danger.

    Casey – Wicked guitar dude! The vocals weren’t there. He’s still the best looking guy that isn’t a teen. Safe.

    Alex – I don’t like his vocal style, but he did very good. Safe.

    Todrick – That was so bland I was hoping he’d break out into a rap at the end, just to make it sort of memorable. Very much in danger.

    Jermaine – Thought he was doing well, until he couldn’t resist that run. Then it all went south. He still doesn’t get it. I’d say he was in danger, but he should have been gone last week.

    Andrew – Lost the guitar, and with it everything that was interesting about him. Vocals were way off. If it wasn’t for Hollywood week, he’d be in danger. Still riding that Straight Up performance, he’ll be safe.

    Aaron – If your a country singer and the show gives you a chance to sing a country song, you sing a country song. Wrong song, cheesy performance, and he’ll still be safe.

    Tim – Was actually good, mainly because there was not much that was good tonight. With VFTW on his side and girls screaming every time he goes on stage, he may actually make the Top 12.

    Lee – Interesting song choice. I liked it, but the confidence level is low. Still he’ll easily be back next week.

    Overall, the guys are really flawed this season. It is entirely possible we may have a 6-4 girl/guy split on the tour.

  367. HATE “Lips of an Angel” with the heat of a thousand suns, but liked Lee’s voice. Cracked me up that he hitched up his pants several times! Also liked the bit about the teacher in the alternative school.
    Maybe I’m crazy, but I liked the country version of “My Girl” by Aaron. That kid can really sing, and he looks so relaxed doing it.
    Glad that they called Jermaine on the poor interpretation of “What’s Going On”. At least Kris last year had the right vibe in his version.
    “It is entirely possible we may have a 6-4 girl/guy split on the tour.”
    Wasn’t it 6-4 guys/girls split last year? For the life of me, can only remember Lil, Megan, and Allison from the tour.

  368. JermaineSellers approached it like a church singer. I appreciate that, but Mainstream America? They don’t know about that.

  369. Does anyone else see right through Simon’s silly little plan to pimp X-Factor? All his emphasis on song choice and saying he wished he could pick a contestants song, and saying he wants to mentor Alex…Okay I see what you just did there Simon.

  370. gangreen29:
    03/02/2010 at 10:40 pm

    Does anyone else see right through Simon’s silly little plan to pimp X-Factor? All his emphasis on song choice and saying he wished he could pick a contestants song, and saying he wants to mentor Alex…Okay I see what you just did there Simon.

    He sure did! I noticed that too!

  371. Am I the ONLY ONE who thought they blurred kara’s arm at the begining or am I going crazzzzy?

    No I saw it, I thought it was her breasts for a split second lol.

  372. I’m voting for everybody BUT Casey,todrick,Jermaine,Alex(good performance,but I just don’t like him),an lee(ditto) .3 times each…

  373. I already critiqued, now rankings:

    1 – Alex
    2 – Michael
    3 – Lee
    4 – Andrew
    5 – Aaron
    6 – Casey
    7 – Tim
    8 – John
    9 – Todrick
    10 – Jermaine

    I think John and Jermaine are in trouble, but who knows. I think the top 6 were way better than the bottom 4. John has the most ability to have drastic improvement next week, if he makes it.

  374. Shiobhan is really interesting with a very nice voice! Cute girl.
    Tomorrow should be fun!

  375. Another issue I had is that every single guys picked a ballad, or did a slowed down arrangement. Even Lee’s Hinder song is a tock ballad. Maybe the only exception could be the gavin DeGraw song? But that’s not excatly a peppy number either. Resulted in a lack of excitement across the board.

    And I like Michael and am glad he got away from the whole Mayer/Mraz thing for a week, but James Brown is iconic and I found that version too mellow to hold my interest, although he sang it pleasantly enough

  376. Okay, Lee still sounds Adam Duritz-ish to me, and I think he’s picking the wrong kind of rock tunes. I don’t think he’s got a power rock voice and should emphasize tone and color more. But, I like him. Of the guys, I liked Alex and Lee the best.

  377. John has the most ability to have drastic improvement next week, if he makes it.

    After tonight, I doubt this. I just don’t think John has it in him to bring some spark to his performances. He’s good for his acapella group, but that’s about it.

    Andrew disappointed me the most tonight. I really hope this guy doesn’t turn into another Michael Johns for me (great audition, but consistently underwhelming performances from the semifinals on). I still think he’ll make Top 12 easily, but he needs to step it up.

  378. Savgal
    Last year’s tour was 7 guys to 3 girls. I could see that ratio reversed this year, although I’m not thrilled with the girls in this year’s season either

  379. Wasn’t it 6-4 guys/girls split last year? For the life of me, can only remember Lil, Megan, and Allison from the tour.

    It was 7 guys and 3 girls on tour last year. The top 13 included 5 girls but Jasmine and Alexis were gone before top 10.

    This year with top 12 being 6 guys and 6 girls, the most lobsided it could be in top 10 would be 6 to 4 ratio.

  380. The more I see and hear of this season, the more I wonder what in the heck is going to happen with the tour. Most of these guys are either uncomfortable on stage or no better than karaoke singers. It seems what they’re selling this season is potential and looks. Talent? – not so much. For the life of me, I cannot picture filling arenas with 10 of these kids. Not only can I not picture paying a cent to see these guys in concert, I’m noticing how little excitement about this season is out there. And what happens to Idol if they can’t generate sales for a tour?

    I’m hoping the girls bring something more interesting than the guys brought tonite, although I only see a couple of girls with the potential to do so.

  381. Top 3: Lee, Alex, Big Mike

    Bottom 2: John, Jermaine

    Biggest Surprise/Pleasure: Alex. He’s Matt .10 I really really want him to get over his nerves, so we can see on TV what Matt ended up doing on tour. Hang in there, baby! (and #signmattgiraud!)

    Lee was my fave. He’s got a good vibe and a nice rasp, and but he can’t get cocky. There were a few seconds when I got the impression he was believing his press. Just keep it real, dude. (And don’t hitch up your pants. You know, Ryan isn’t as doofy as a lot of people want you to think he is. Listen to him.)

    Casey’s almost there, but I look into his beautiful (really beautiful) blue eyes and I see…nothing. Ellen touched on it when she said he’s stiff. I wouldn’t normally recommend this, but he needs to go watch YouTubes of our Pocket Idol. When that boy is on stage, it’s just him and the music and it’s beautiful. Do that.

  382. OK, quick recap before I get back to work – Idol is such a distraction ;)

    Michael Lynche – I liked this, thought he did well to do something different from last week. He’s a little bit of a cheeseball with his expressions and gestures, but it’s all good, he had good vocals this week.

    John Park – The guy has a nice voice but he’s just so, so boring.

    Casey James – His vocals seemed wobbly tonight, but it was still a good performance, I thought. And he’s a pretty damn good guitar player, to boot. I think he could not even sing and still get through, he’s purty.

    Alex Lambert – I like this kid. I actually liked him last week despite his dreadful performance and was rooting for him. He’s adorable, and has a really nice voice. Hope he can keep it together.

    Todrick Hall – I again just won’t bother to critique him because I’m predisposed to not like him by what I’ve read. So I’ll leave it at that. The only neutral thing I can say is his eyes are pretty.

    Jermaine Sellers – LOL at the onesie. I liked his video package but… I just do not like his singing, he’s all over the place, with extra runs that he didn’t have the voice for in the first place. He can go Thursday, that’s fine by me.

    Andrew Garcia – I’m not writing off my boy Andrew yet. He’s a talented dude. But what is up with the judges – change it up, don’t, you changed it too much, you didn’t change it enough…

    Aaron Kelly – Aw, he’s a cute little guy. He was ok, he hit some bum notes and was kinda all over the place at times. Still, can’t imagine he’s in trouble.

    Tim Urban – Puppy! He’s an adorable kid, just not a very good singer. MUCH better this week, though, it was actually decent.

    Lee Dewyze – Ugh, I HATE that song. HATE it, just… no. I guess I sorta see the Cook comparison but he certainly doesn’t have Cook’s confidence/stage presence. We’ll see if he gets it together, he’s so darn nervous. I like him, though. But if he insists on singing Hinder again, I might have to hand in my potential-fan card.

    MUCH, MUCH better than last week. No “WOW” moments, but it was watchable and vastly improved.

  383. bridgette12:
    03/02/2010 at 8:32 pm
    Casey needs to put that guitar down and concentrate on his vocals. He sucks.

    Did you see how stiff he was on the group number last week ?
    I bet he’s going to have a guitar every time.
    So I guess Andrew Gracia & Lee D are without guitars today. Good, versatility a little bit. We’ll see if Casey can do that.

  384. Andrew disappointed me the most tonight. I really hope this guy doesn’t turn into another Michael Johns for me (great audition, but consistently underwhelming performances from the semifinals on). I still think he’ll make Top 12 easily, but he needs to step it up.

    I think Michael Johns is a great comparison. Once the luster is gone from a frontrunner you aren’t getting it back. Unless he blows it out of the park next week he will have the stain of stagnation on him.

  385. Only two performances stood out to me: Alex (I close my eyes and listen); and Lee (like his gravel-voice, his story, his demeanor).

  386. My faves of the night were (surprise) Alex and John…Michael was okay, but I see his cheese becoming annoying really fast!! I said last week that if Alex got some confidence, he could start tearin’ it up…he was really good…and I love his tone…

    I really like John, too…not a big Mayer fan, but I thought he did a nice job!!

    Casey and Aaron sounded like goats…sorry, but I just don’t dig them.

    And, Tim was actually better, but Ellen was sooo right on with her critique!!

    Holy crap…they just mentioned Adam Lambert on the wrestling show my husband is watching!! :)

  387. Casey’s almost there, but I look into his beautiful (really beautiful) blue eyes and I see…nothing. Ellen touched on it when she said he’s stiff. I wouldn’t normally recommend this, but he needs to go watch YouTubes of our Pocket Idol. When that boy is on stage, it’s just him and the music and it’s beautiful. Do that.

    OMG, that would help him so much – especially the recent videos from the Asia trip when the boy went crowd-surfing.

  388. A black male soul singer has not won Idol since Ruben, who was a dream on TV but not so hot afterward IMO.

    But if things don’t drastically improve for a few of these guys tonight, Mike can take it all home to the baby — unless Crystal, Lily or Siobhan really step it up. Mike has sturdy pipes, good presence, means what he’s singing, exudes some soul. So where is his competition?

    Makes you wish they could eliminate five or six guys this week…..and I’m not an Idol conspiracy theorist (usually. well, OK, maybe one or twice a season), but what up with these guys as the best they saw over thousands of auditions? Puleeze. Were they so desperate to “cast” a girl that they brought in a bunch of lackluster fellas as Idol fodder?

    The problem is not just bland song choices & arrangements, and pitchy parties everywhere, but just BO-RING. When Adam performs he is going to burn the joint down with his pizzaz!

    But I had to laugh when Ellen told Casey (who I’d say is right under Mike, tho that’s not saying too much, in my ranking) that he was too stiff and has to become more of a showman. I recall when Simon told Cookie he had no sex appeal, and Khris he looked like he was standing around at a bus stop. Big difference: Cookie was HOT, vocally & otherwise. And Kris had just sung the hell out of “How Sweet It Is,” in a really creative arrangement entirely unlike the Motown original, and made Smokey shout for joy.

    Crystal: take care of yourself, baby! DC overcame his high blood pressure issue that sent him to the ER and won it all!

    Meanwhile, could this all be Simon’s revenge? I’m going, and taking with me any past excitement or real competition Idol used to have? All the best are just going straight to X Factor now?

    Say it ain’t so….

  389. The general quality of the judging has improved over last season, things are not rushed, and there’s a nice amount of time being given to each contestant. Unfortunately, the cast of contestants is quite boring. Maybe next season we can have both good judging, nice time management, AND intriguing contestants?

    That said, I don’t think Ellen adds anything to the judges’ table. She lacks expertise on music issues, but I thought she would bring a lot more comedy to the show. In addition, I was so glad that the Paula-Simon show was gone but now I see the Kara-Simon show underway. Ugh.

  390. I’m curious about the goat term…. I don’t know what that means. I saw it a lot tonight. Can anyone explain??? Thanks!!!

  391. iluvai:
    03/02/2010 at 11:00 pm
    I’m curious about the goat term…. I don’t know what that means. I saw it a lot tonight. Can anyone explain??? Thanks!!!

    There’s a fine line between vibrato (a good idea unless you’re insanely on-pitch) and bleating (which is what a goat does). Folks seem to feel a few of our fine contestants crossed that line tonight.

  392. Still waiting for anything to spark me this season. It would be so easy to quit this show if it continues in this vein. Come on — one you guys/girls has to do something to get me rooting for you.

    Please?

    (Apparently I want to maintain my addiction to AI)

  393. gangreen29:
    03/02/2010 at 10:40 pm
    Does anyone else see right through Simon’s silly little plan to pimp X-Factor? All his emphasis on song choice and saying he wished he could pick a contestants song, and saying he wants to mentor Alex…Okay I see what you just did there Simon.

    Totally! Simon’s just itching to get his hands on a moldable kid and micromanage his/her performances into a glossy sheen.

  394. My order:

    Michael
    Alex
    Lee
    Andrew
    Casey
    Aaron
    Tim
    John
    Todrick
    Jermaine

    Overall, much better. I feel much better about watching this week than last week.

    What will we do without Simon? The three others liked Aaron’s My Girl! Insane. Who ever really needs to hear that song again?

  395. There’s a fine line between vibrato (a good idea unless you’re insanely on-pitch) and bleating (which is what a goat does). Folks seem to feel a few of our fine contestants crossed that line tonight.

    Thanks! :) laughing…

  396. My top 6: Michael, Alex, Lee, Andrew, Casey and adorable Tim :)

    Going home before top 12:Jermaine, John,Todrick and Aaron (maybe Tim goes and Aaron stays)

  397. I’m happy my faves seem to be on the top half of many peoples’ lists tonight.

    But I wish there was a little more drama (not drama– excitement??) and some surprises. Maybe there isn’t enough diversity among the guy singers? IDK. Probably just me.

    This Idol group is making me look forward to DWTS. Ha ha!!!

  398. Tim – I can’t look at him. I dunno what it is, the stupid hair or the freaky buggy eyes. Definitely not as bad as last week. The chorus was pretty rough, but SOOOO much better than last week. Still not great, but better. I hope he stays another week over Todrick/Jermaine.

    Lee – My first criticism, Now is not pronounced NAWH. :P. However, like Tim, a pretty big improvement from last week. A little too pitchy at points, and here’s where I’m seeing the hoarseness goatiness that people are seeing in Aaron. Reminded me a bit of Gokey. However, still a marked improvement over last week. Dark horse? Maybe.

    So here’s how I’d rate them.

    1/2. Alex Lambert/Aaron Kelly (I’m really switching on the two of them. Alex was pretty fantastic tonight, and I felt Aaron was really good too. A few flaws on both, but nothing glaring).
    3. Michael Lynche
    4. Casey James
    5. Lee DeWyze
    6. Tim Urban
    7. John Park
    8. Andrew Garcia
    9. Todrick Hall
    10. Jermaine Sellers

    I really hope it’s Todrick and Jermaine that go. I think Tim and John deserve another chance. However, I am losing faith in John being in the top 10 like my ideal top 10. Now I can see something more like Michael Lynche, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, and Lee DeWyze (Alex Lambert would make top 12, either he or Lee would not make tour). I think the only variable is whether Lee or Alex makes it. Michael has the backstory (and he proved to me tonight that he can sing well), Casey has Kara, good vocals, and the guitar skills, Aaron has the teen+jammasta vote (Hey, I’m a 20 year old guy, I’m no longer a teen), and Andrew has the Internet following. Lee and Alex, it’s a toss-up. I certainly wouldn’t mind either, though from tonight I’d prefer Alex.

    I think that would be a great top 5 guys.

  399. “He reminds me of Matt Giraud last year, who was also the Dark Horse who needed to get over his nerves. Matt never did. Not sure if Lee is going to be able to get it together.”
    My God. You read my mind! Funny, Lee is my favorite this season, and Matt was my favorite last season. I have a preference for nervous singers, apparently, haha.

    Matt was my fave last year too and I do like Lee’s voice, but nerves aside, Matt eventually proved himself to be a great musician and to have arranging skills and good taste in music. My problem with Lee at the moment is that his taste in music and instincts may not be so good if this Hinder bullshit song choice is an indication of what’s to come… and I simply can’t vote for someone who sings crap like that!

  400. Tim – I can’t look at him. I dunno what it is, the stupid hair or the freaky buggy eyes.

    I agree. He really annoys me, too. He doesn’t seem sincere. I think he’s calculatedly humble, or something. I just don’t buy it. And he can’t sing and has no sense of rhythm.

    The only one I’m actually into is Alex. I voted for him a lot last week since I wanted him to stick around. This week he proved why. I like his unassuming, laid back personality and the way he seems to connect when he sings. I’m not super crazy about his voice. But he has a good singing style.

  401. I am happy to see Alex getting some love here….I really liked him tonight.

  402. Where’s tinawina??? Sorry – but I’ve been LMAO ever since I read her post in the “What should the guys sing?” thread this morning, and I was LMAO through the entire show thinking of her comments as the guys were performing. Apparently some of the guys listened to her suggestions, and some didn’t. I’m copying it here so I can LMAO again!

    “tinawina:
    03/02/2010 at 10:20 am
    I have no idea what they should sing. But that has not stopped me from ass talking before, so here you go:

    Aaron – Country or something midtempo popish that lends itself to a twang. Sing on key. And make a play of the love of tweens everywhere by looking in to the camera all doe-eyed while emitting wholesomeness. They love that crap.

    Jermaine – a simple R&B song, stick to the melody for most of the song and build to the runs… don’t attack the entire thing. It’s not like its trying to steal your wallet.

    Big Mike – Don’t strap that guitar on again… you look like a sumo wrestler playing the ukelele. Just pick something in your range and sing it – some John Mayer type pop/folk/rockish stuff would be good for you. Don’t be a dick as soon as you stop singing.

    John – Sing midtempo R&B. Pick something by a female singer that lends itself to a key drop so you can milk the baritone. Go for romantic. And don’t bore me.

    Casey – This would be a good time for a moment. Pull out whatever the showstopper is in your repertoire. I know you have one, you’ve been singing forever. Do not make eye contact with Kara.

    Andrew – Could we not do acoustic again? Try to surprise us. You have a repertoire if standbys too, just like Casey. Just sing whatever has the most YouTube views and let the band play it.

    Lee – Ignore Kara. Rock up a pop song and don’t go off key. Try not to look constipated. Look surprised and humbled when they compare you to David Cook. You know they are gonna do it and so do we, but the Idol audiences likes surprised and humble even when it is totally insincere.

    Todrick – You are such a douchnozzle you might have to pull a Kristy Lee Cook and sing something patriotic or about loving your mama. Seriously. You can sing and perform though, just find a way not to make everyone nauseous afterward.

    Tim Urban – Take of your shirt. Sing on key but jump around the stage like a moron to make VFTW happy. Embrace the Sanjaya.”

    tinawina – thanks for all of the laughs today!

  403. OK, I realize that as a David Archuleta fan, the bar’s been set really high for me. But I still don’t see any of these guys showing me they have what it takes to be a star…There is something about Lee that I like, so he’s my favorite right now. He’s gotta work on his pitch problems, though…And Alex. I think he does have the best voice of the guys, so I’m rooting for him as the underdog. But he’s got soooo far to go as far as stage presence and confidence; IDK if he can get that far by season’s end…Casey, Aaron and Andrew disappointed me. The vocals just weren’t there, and I know they can all do better than that…All the rest of the guys just need to go home, PLEASE.

  404. West Coaster here.
    OK, I’m voting for Alex Lambert. I can’t believe the guy barely ever perform in public and he is here on idol in front of millions. That is just nuts. So, I want to see more and I think that he’ll definitely improve and will be more confident.

  405. I am so glad Alex and Lee are in most top 3s. They’re are on my list of top 6 guys….I can’t figure out the 6th. But Lee, Andrew, CAsey, Alex, and Mike ’bout has to be 5 of em. My top two fellas are Lee and Alex.

    It will be fun to see if Alex gets a big Taylor Hicks level re-do on the hair-do.

  406. That was…slightly less depressing than last week. Yay?

    I really like Alex and I’m glad that he was able to conquer those nerves somewhat. Love his voice, I hope he can somehow squeak into the Top 12. I recommend that he keep the guitar but attempt to stand up next week. Baby steps, ha! They seem to want him to stick around.

    I want to like Lee because I always like at least one guy, and really, how long is cute little Alex going to last? Lee has one of the potentially more interesting voices of the guys, but why waste it and sing Lips of an Angel. Ugh! I listened to a couple of his songs on YouTube and they were pretty good, and absolutely nothing like what he’s attempting to do on the show. I think he’s more of a Kris Allen than a Cook/Daughtry. I get a really sincere vibe from him. Even through the nerves, I feel like he’s passionate about what he’s doing, much moreso than some of the others. Go shopping for pants that fit, tie the wallet chain around Jermaine’s neck, shave that stuff off your chin, sing a different kind of song, and we’ll talk.

    The biggest shockers for me tonight were Casey and Andrew. I thought they were both on the bad side of meh. Loved Casey’s guitar work but the vocals were oh so bland. The whole time Andrew was whining his way through You Give Me Something, I was thinking that Alex should have picked that James Morrison song last week instead of Wonderful World. His voice was just really thin and unpleasant, with pitch problems on top of it.

    I didn’t dislike Aaron as much as I did last week, which I think is really just a testament to how much I hate Rascal Flatts. I thought he did a couple of things that worked but the goat vibrato and “growls” need to go. ” The song choice sucked, but it might appeal to some older viewers? I don’t think the tween girls are voting for Aaron anyway….

    I think telling two singers in one night that they don’t belong in a singing competition (Todrick & Tim) is probably a first for the show! They do realize that they picked these guys, right? I thought Tim was much improved, but still not exactly good. I don’t think he’s really capable of much better. I feel like Jermaine and Todrick are getting dicked around by the judges but I don’t really care that much. I don’t get their song choices at all. I think the reason we don’t get contemporary R&b singers on Idol is because they choose to sing stuff that’s 20-40 years old once they’re in the competition. Here’s a hint for you guys: N.E.-Y.O.

    I missed John and Mike. Based on the replay, Mike has a better voice than I thought and John should not sing John Mayer.

  407. After re-watching Alex’s performance, he totally killed it tonight. Amazing. Alex, Aaron, Casey, Michael, and Andrew are my top 5 guys (admittedly, Michael’s only there because he’s popular and he has a high chance of being there, but he proved he can sing tonight. If not him, then Lee DeWyze. But for a dark horse, I find him kinda overrated.)

  408. I like Lee so far. I was rooting for Tyler, but that ended last week, unfortunately. & is it just me, or does Alex remind you of Josiah? I don’t know, I got that vibe from him tonight.

  409. tinawina – thanks for all of the laughs today!

    Oh my goodness! That was unexpected. No problem! Thank you for the shoutout. :) I am watching it back now on DVR… so far no one took my advice. Well, Big Mike lost the guitar. Yay.

    Its going to be hard picking 6 guys this year. I’m not feeling it yet. I’ll weigh in once I get through all this.

  410. Edited to add: I know, you’re thinking “who is this person posting this very long review” considering I think I’ve posted all of 3 times. But I’ve been reading here regularly for 2 years, so I feel like one of the family! I’m the quiet one sitting in the corner, until all of a sudden you can’t get me to shut-up. Kinda like freaky girl from the Breakfast Club. That’s me, minus the nymphomania and pathological lying. LOL OK, carry on!

    Alright, just finished watching. Gotta say, way better than last week. Not that that’s saying much.

    Michael: He was alright. Not really my thing this week (I liked him better with other song choices), but he say it well anyway. I definitely liked that he ditched the guitar this week.

    John: Eh, it was passable. Boring as hell though. But he can come sing at the Jamaican piano bar I’ll be hanging out in at the end of the month. He’d sound great as background music. lol

    Casey: Aww, why’d you have to go and do this song? Nice guitar skills though. And I enjoyed the vocals, but why this song? It’s been done to death! But he’s still one of my favs.

    Alex: Where’d this dude come from? I actually really liked this! Nice! Way to set the bar super low then psych us out with a good (and totally different!) performance. Now if he’d just loose the mullet we’d be in business.

    Todrick: *yawn* I’m not a fan of this song. And he’d didn’t do it any favors either. That rearrangement might have been the bomb around about 1986, but now? Not!

    Jermaine: Ewww! Couldn’t even make it through.

    Andrew: I really like him, but this song seriously bored the hell out of me. Damn. I was a way bigger fan of last weeks choice.

    Aaron: Could they try any harder to push this guy into the Archie demographic slot? That was truly awful! And I mean both vocals and song choice!

    Tim: Ok, I actually was pleasantly surprised by him. I mean, granted, he set the bar so low that he pretty much could have tripped over it and done better, but still. I didn’t think it was half bad. And I thought he kinda make it his own. Which is probably why I could tolerate it, because I can’t stand this song normally.

    Lee: Awww, MJ, we totally can’t be friends. I love this song! But I also love what you refer to as crappy post grunge dreck. lol I was totally feeling this performance though. Even if he did look completely petrified. Somehow he made that come across as passion. I like him! I think he’s my fave, and I’m not saying that just because of his performances on the show, but more because of THIS. Dude is good! And I’m thinking I should buy this before it goes the way of Analog Heart.

  411. Here’s a hint for you guys: N.E.-Y.O.

    Not a huge fan of Ne-Yo, even for a current R&B singer I don’t find him fantastic/amazing. Personally, I want a throwback to 90s R&B if any at all, back when it was more soulful. However, do I think any of these guys have the chops for that? Probably not. I think the closest thing I’ve found to an R&B guy this Idol season is Alex Lambert. And I’m totally fine with that, even though I’m a big R&B fan.

    I’d go so far as to say that Alex’s performance was probably the best of the Idol finals so far. Based on that, I’m totally on TeamAllysoxnus (Alex Lambert + (Aaron) Kelly + (Crystal) Bowersox + (Siobhan) Magnus). Only thing I don’t like about him is that stupid Carol Brady look.

  412. Jermaine – oyy ! and I love his audition. Loved it.

    I have to rewatch Kris’ performance on my DVR to erase that picture and sound from my memory.

    Either this week or the next, Todrick and Jermaine have to go.

  413. Weird, my sister liked Jermaine. He’s not a terrible singer, but he’s just sooooooo OTT. I didn’t think it was too terrible until that run at the end, but at the same time, yeah, I think he should be going home.

  414. Only thing I don’t like about him is that stupid Carol Brady look.

    haaaahahahaha

  415. This is a hard group to find 6 out of. I am shocked how some (most) of these guys got this far. Aaron Kelly sings through his nose and actually lost the beat of “My Girl” Alex Lambert got way over praised for a limp performance and an aweful ending note. Michael,Lee, Andrew, and to some extent, Casey have a shot. The rest are as they say “cannon fodder”.

  416. Rewatching Andrew and Jermaine, they weren’t as bad as I thought. I thought Jermaine scaled it back a bit. Maybe not enough, but I think he does know he oversang last week. I just don’t feel comfortable with the whole God thing, and I’m Catholic.

    #TeamAlLySoxNus

  417. Jermaine sang it like a crooner. It was total disconnect from the social message of the song. Oh Kris, missing you on the show!

    Yes, missing Kris. And after Jermaine finished singing, 3 minutes later there was a Kris’ ad with “the leaves”.

  418. I love Idol and I”ll always watch because it is fun. But it’s a little refreshing to not care enough to vote. I did think it was better than last week, but there’s no one I’d be really sad if they left. I do think many of them have the potential to get better!

  419. Aaron: “The camera catches everything.”

    Taken out of context, this could be strangely ominous coming from a little kid. I don’t think I’ll ever do anything illegal or immoral again. However, I do applaud him for having a statement that will make me think twice before doing something I might regret…… “the camera catches everything….. hehehehe….. *Aaron smile with evil brows*”. Woo, Aaron Kelly is the next Hannibal Lecter.

    However, I did like that vocal a lot still. I liked it as much as I liked Alex. Go Aaron and Alex!

    I think I’m gonna go to bed, I don’t feel the need to re-watch Tim or Lee. Not because they were horrible, but I don’t think I missed anything watching them the first time.

  420. Aaron Kelly – poor guy . He was trying to be non offensive to the Justin B question, so he won’t push away the tween’s votes.
    I think he is too young to know what kind of artist he wants to be.
    I think the guys should audition for idol after they are 22 at least.
    Maybe the girls mature faster and know faster what they want to be (Diana de G, Jordin, Allison).

  421. Yes, missing Kris. And after Jermaine finished singing, 3 minutes later there was a Kris’ ad with “the leaves”.

    yeah what was that commercial about anyway? I looked up and bam, Kris was talking leaves or something. I was like WTF?

  422. My family didn’t get to watch tonight because we weren’t home. We were pulling into the driveway around 9:35 EST and I mentioned we could catch the end. My daughter said Tim! (Even though she knows he can’t sing, she adores him.:D). I said, “Oh honey, he won’t be on this late.” Guess who we saw as soon as we turned on the TV! LOL!

    I’m glad he’s improved. Oh, she completely called what Simon would say. (Again, I told her it wouldn’t happen,lol.) My mother’s heart is so happy for her. She got vote for 15 min. before going to bed.

    Anyway, apparently from some of the comments I’ve read, most were better this week. I like that. I’m glad they have peeps on there that we can see improve from week to week and don’t already come out looking like a stah! This makes me excited to watch from week to week to see their improvement. And now even though I haven’t watched anyone but Tim and Lee, Jermaine and Todrick can just go home.

    Those I believe I def. want to see stay, (again w/o watching) are Aaron, Alex, Andrew and Casey. Lee is more than likely safe which is good and I want Tim to stay at least one more week for my darling daughter. ;) (BTW, when Tim goes and, if Aaron is still there, he’ll be the next on her list.)

    ETA: wow, absolutely no one is safe on Dialidol.

  423. Fusion Hybrid uses growing leaves to show that you are using the best high milage driving techniques.

  424. The only three guys I want to see again are Alex, Tim, and Lee. Everybody else can go home now.

    I can’t wait to see Alex and Tim get a makeover.

  425. This week imo:

    Good……
    1. Alex Lambert
    2. Lee DeWyze
    3. Michael Lynche

    Fair…..
    4. Casey James
    5. Andrew Garcia
    6. Aaron Kelly

    Unsatisfactory…..
    7. Todrick Hall
    8. John Park
    9. Tim Urban
    10. Jermaine Sellers

  426. I thought Alex Lambert was the best tonight with Michael coming in next. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t get the Lee love. He was better tonight than he was last week, but I’m just not feeling it. This season sucks so far. I miss Paula. At least she was entertaining in her crazy drunken ways.

  427. This year’s crop is an abomination! We have taken 2-3 steps backward. Cook+Archie+Adam+Kris just PWN these jokers all day and night. Period. NEXT!

  428. That said, I don’t think Ellen adds anything to the judges’ table. She lacks expertise on music issues, but I thought she would bring a lot more comedy to the show. In addition, I was so glad that the Paula-Simon show was gone but now I see the Kara-Simon show underway. Ugh.

    I think Ellen will get better, show legitimacy and funnier w/ time. But yeah, I agree on the Kara-Simon show, and ugh!!!!!!!

    IMO, Simon cannot keep his thoughts to himself. He needs to talk to someone and Kara is eating it up. Kara, I had higher hopes for you this season.

  429. After watching Idol tonight, I watched Jay Leno. Viva La Difference after hearing Adam. And then last week, hearing Kris on the Results show also reminded me the difference in talent between this year and last year. If these same guys were in the semifinals last year, the would have a Much Harder time getting into the top 12.

    I think the overall talent was much better last year: Kris, Adam, Allison, Matt, and yes even Anoope could sing circles around these guys we saw tonight on Idol.

  430. Carolina: Imagine a variety show like they used to have in the 60s and 70s starring: The 2 Davids, Kradison hosting the show.
    It would be amazing music.

  431. Oh one other thing about Casey James.. What is in his box?!!?! ROFL! I want to know so he better not be voted off! :)

  432. My top 6:
    1. Lee
    2. Alex
    3. Michael
    4. Casey’s guitar
    5. Tim
    6. Andrew

    I do not get Aaron sounding like a goat in parts. It was baaad

  433. jambajim
    # Kris Allen should not be driving his Ford while high on the marijuana. #FordCommercial about 3 hours ago via we

    LOL

  434. OK, so I read a few interesting observations around here about Tim Urban. You know, the un-singer. My take on him is that he’s the least sincere of the bunch. Precious, in fact. Fake, for sure. It’s mostly in the eyes. He averts them with great frequency. Additionally, Tim’s body language and facial expressions don’t seem to match what’s coming out of his mouth. He seems to be continually searching for “right” words—the words he thinks we want to hear..

    And the hair?? LMAO. Yeah, Tim’s draping himself in that ridiculous, Sampsonesque mane is but a sign of his vanity. Simple as that.

    Finally, what’s with those silly pecs pics of “Model Tim” spreading all over the internet this week (and, yes, he does look good http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2010/03/01/america-idol-finalist-tim-urban-of-duncanville-%E2%80%94-shirtless/ )? Not hard to guess that Tim is likely used to getting what Tim wants…and to people (mainly girls) fawning all over him. Indeed, Tim’s probably had it pretty darned easy in his 20 short years on this Earth.

    Earth to Tim: All good things must come to an end.

  435. Carolina: Imagine a variety show like they used to have in the 60s and 70s starring: The 2 Davids, Kradison hosting the show.
    It would be amazing music.

    Yes!!

  436. That sixteen year old singing the Motown stuff was not good, irrespective of what the judges said. I expected so little from these guys that this show was better than I anticipated. I found that quite a few performances tonight ran out of steam about half way through. I don’t care enough to do a rating. Garcia definitely was less interesting, it might have been the song. I thing Lee is getting seriously overpimped, what are they going to say when he actually sings a good song well?

  437. Alex and Lee gave the best performances tonight, then Michael. With Alex, you think he’s got a lot more talent bottled up in there, and if he can just stay conscious long enough and not pass out from stage fright, more of his talent will be revealed. He proved tonight that he is almost guaranteed to get better each week, if only because he will become more relaxed. He also sang from the heart tonight. There was emotion there, as if he had somebody in mind as he sang.

    I just don’t get Lee, but I did like his performance tonight. As with Alex, he emotionally connected with the song. As I watched him sing, I thought, “Where is this coming from?” I don’t know, the dude just pulls it out of the sky I guess. But he delivered.

  438. While the boys showed improvement tonight, that was mostly because they set the bar so damn low last week. A couple had some nice moments within their performances, like Big Mike and Lee. But none of them actually held my attention for the full 90 seconds. Man, when 90 seconds starts to seem long you know there’s a problem.

  439. Alex and Lee gave the best performances tonight, then Michael. With Alex, you think he’s got a lot more talent bottled up in there, and if he can just stay conscious long enough and not pass out from stage fright, more of his talent will be revealed. He proved tonight that he is almost guaranteed to get better each week, if only because he will become more relaxed. He also sang from the heart tonight. There was emotion there, as if he had somebody in mind as he sang.

    Your comments about Alex’s voice are right on target. I honestly think that Alex has the best voice ever of any male idol, mainly because it has a great combination of tone and timbre. Yes, it’s weaker than say, Elliott and David Cook, but it’s much more listenable because of its crazy tone. I can listen to him all day.

  440. I can listen to him all day.

    Alex’s voice is unique and a pleasure to listen to. This kid has so much potential. And because he’s so laid back and shy, you look forward to his next performance, and would like to know more about him. It is obvious that Alex has talent in addition to the God-given voice. What isn’t so obvious is what will happen next, although I’m pretty sure he will improve each week.

  441. Yes, missing Kris. And after Jermaine finished singing, 3 minutes later there was a Kris’ ad with “the leaves”.

    yeah what was that commercial about anyway? I looked up and bam, Kris was talking leaves or something. I was like WTF?

    According to nightline:
    Ford has a 43% year to year spike of sale which is more car sale in a month than GM since 1998.

    And… Kris ad started about a month ago. I say that it is all related and Ford should televise Kris ads more. :)

  442. I didn’t know the Everybody Knows song, so I looked it up to hear what it sounds like. I honestly think Alex did a better (and much more interesting) version than the original. Yeah he’s still really nervous, but it’s so charming and if he can break out of that he’ll be fantastic. By far my favorite guy.

    Actually, skimming through the performances again, he’s the only guy I like. I really wanted to like John, but it’s just not happening with these songs. I don’t get Lee and a few of the other favorites. I love the grunge sound but his voice doesn’t appeal to me, he’s picking awful songs and when he’s off it’s really noticeable.

    I have an odd urge to see Andrew Garcia do something by Regina Spektor. I might like his voice if he goes quirkier with his song choices.

  443. MrRJ:
    03/03/2010 at 12:44 am
    Fusion Hybrid uses growing leaves to show that you are using the best high milage driving techniques.

    Its great until you are driving on the freeway behind someone “maximizing” their mileage. :)

  444. is it only me, or does anybody else miss Paula? I don’t like this judge panel so much :(
    Simon is like one foot out of the door already, Ellen is just boring and Kara annoys the hell out of me :/

  445. saga:
    03/03/2010 at 5:36 am
    Is there any video out of the performances?

    Hopefully later? I need ot go back and look at the performances. People commenting on Alex, but I didn’t see it at all. They all sucked as far as I am concerned.

    Re: paula. I don’t miss Paula because Kara keep trying to channel her presence. She is coming off very fake. I was giving her a break last year, but between her and Randy gaming for top spot with Simon’s departure, its disgusting.

  446. koshka, I totally agree with you – at least Paula was sincere and “funny” crazy, Kara is just, I don’t know…. calling everybody sweetie and trying to be nice, but not really. I really don’t like their judging – they keep contradicting themselves :( I am really starting to worry what will happen, when Simon leaves……

  447. This is the perfect way to follow the show. I can’t watch it on TV so I’m getting the fist with the comments. I just save two hours of my life. I don’t “miss” Paula but Ellen is boring and some missing ingredient is gone from the show. It’ll even be odder without Simon.

    I check Dialidol and so far the last person to perform has been the only one safe. Everyone else barely registers a blip. And if you go too early no one can remember you.

  448. Without the edit, I’m dangerous. I’m getting the gist obviously…….:)

  449. I like Lee but I’m with MJ.. I HATE that song too.. It gives me the shivers. Boy he was nervous tonight. Had to laugh though when he pulled up his jeans mid song.. :lol:

    Jermaine is a total pain, :roll: he needs to go very, very quickly.

  450. I have to say, my impression was that Simon is putting more thought and care than usual in his critiques. In past season he seemed to barely be paying attention to the performers and his reviews were nearly identicial throwaways, “Boat cruise performer. Sorry!”, this year it’s as if he’s really listening and trying to give useful information.

    What bothers me is Kara’s always trying to insert herself into his critiques. Shaddup Kara! You already HAD your turn!

  451. “I like Lee but I’m with MJ.. I HATE that song too.. It gives me the shivers. Boy he was nervous tonight. Had to laugh though when he pulled up his jeans mid song.. :lol:”

    Ha, – I love the song [ thought it suited him much more than Apologise]& like Lee as well. Even though he was nervous he was so much better than last week. I liked Casey ,Andrew & Alex as well – thought big Mike sang well- just don’t like his style !!

  452. is it only me, or does anybody else miss Paula? I don’t like this judge panel so much

    Yes! I said as soon as the “No Paula” announcement was made that probably her biggest contribution was the early identification of talent in the auditions. She immediately identified some of our best finalists, while Simon wasn’t an early fan of many of them. I honestly think that’s a reason this season has been terrible so far.

    I also was one who loved her comments. I think Kara is very erratic and Randy’s comments are so bleh. Ellen is doing the best she can for what she said she would represent (the viewing audience), and Simon is OK, but I am definitely missing Paula.

  453. I keep reminding myself that neither Cookie nor Kris had my attention after the first two songs but man, i’m not even finding these fellas likeable.

  454. Loved Big Mike tonite, Lee and (oddly) Alex Lambert. Jermaine’s gotta go. I do think Tim Urban is really cute. It struck me, he looks like a young Michael J. Fox. The one from TeenWolf with those rosy cheeks. Anyone? Anyone?

  455. I am glad people are liking Alex more hopefully that translates into votes. I want him in the top 12, he could be the real underdog. I like Todrick alot too, but am getting worried about his song choice selections.

  456. “Yes! I said as soon as the “No Paula” announcement was made that probably her biggest contribution was the early identification of talent in the auditions. She immediately identified some of our best finalists, while Simon wasn’t an early fan of many of them. I honestly think that’s a reason this season has been terrible so far.
    I also was one who loved her comments.”

    THIS!
    Paula did recognize talent (last season especially) and did make pertinent comments and give the contestants encouragement which may have helped lessen nerves.
    Kara seems to be pressing and trying too hard to come off as an expert of sorts. She’s like a cross between Simon and Paula,lol! Ellen is not offering much. When they showed the boys interviewed last night, some referred to Simon one way or the other. The boys seemed to most concerned with what Simon said whether it was positive or negative. Interesting.

    I liked Alex and Lee best last night sound wise. Andrew is one dimensional for now but has a nice voice. Haven’t seen many mention Casey like they did last week. I still like him too but he fell a bit under Alex and Lee for now.

    Still not feeling it like I did last season. No star power or anyone I am attached to as I was last year at this time. Oh well, still holding out hope!

  457. I’m not missing Paula but I do think the judges just went on and on tonight. Way too much. They even went back to them for more comments after they had all finished judging each person .. Grrr.. I would love to have timed how much was actual singing versus how much was judging. I know which one would be the winner. ;)

  458. Well, they were *much* better than last week. And Mike did show that he can give a pretty focused performance, and Alex and Lee showed that they do, indeed, have very very nice tone to their voices. But we’re in the second week already, and in my opinion we still haven’t had one single performance from the guys that was actually solidly *good.* I do think a lot of them have potential. But they sure as heck are not realizing it.

    And, Casey — If you see any other song on the list and find out that it was sung by Bo Bice and/or Elliott Yamin, let alone both? … Don’t pick that song. Through his whole performance I kept hearing how one or the other of those guys hit a particular phrase with meaning and rhythm and intensity while last night the same phrase just lay there, hardly even twitching.

    I feel sorry for this group, really. To this point not one of them seems to have the confidence and performance chops to just inhabit a song and put it fully across to the audience in a believable way. That’s something a person with good tone and such can improve upon, of course. But they’d better start improving really really fast. Time’s slipping away here. I wonder how much of the problem is lack of solo performing experience.

  459. I do think the judges just went on an on tonight. Way too much. They even went back to them for more comments after they had all finished judging each person .. Grrr..

    Yes they did! I think a better use of that “extra” time would have been for Ryan to plug the Idol Gives Back itunes charity single, Let it Be. Viewers should have been reminded that the song is available on itunes for 3 more weeks with 100% proceeds going to Haiti. Much more worthwhile information than what we got out of the judges.

  460. Paula did recognize talent (last season especially)

    Yeah, she did. Even in Season One — I don’t know how serious Simon was in his repeated rejection of Kelly C, but he certainly did keep saying during the Hollywood rounds that he wasn’t impressed by her and couldn’t even remember her day to day, while Paula pressed and pressed for her. Paula had a definite eye for talent.

    And am I the only one who can really really really live without Kara continually rubbing her shoulder against Simon and giving him those meant-to-be-enticing googly-eyed looks that he keeps ignoring? Give it up, Kara. Just sit there and judge and stop trying to make your tv moments of cute flirtation with Simon happen.

  461. I love Ellen. She reminds the kids that they have to appeal to the voters as well. I think her voice is new and useful to the contestants. Kara says valuable stuff but the way she presents herself really bugs me. Simon is right on (except well the Tim Urban comments for which he must have some motive). I actually think he used Tim to let the others know how disappointed he was in them. Randy isn’t as useless as usual so all in all I don’t think the judging is bad.

    Alex and Lee, my guys from last week, are still my guys. Agree Lee must pick some good music soon. Missed Joe. Looking forward to Siobhan tonight.

  462. I like Ellen, but she comes off much nicer and comfortable on her own show – maybe it will change in time…
    I CANNOT stand Kara – she just has no class whatsoever, she is trying too hard to be hip and she ain’t…. The way she sexually harrassed Casey last week – WFT??? Thankfully Ellen told her to tone it down. If Simon or Randy did that to a girl???? come on, AI would have a sexual harrassment suit on their hands…….

  463. at least Paula was sincere and “funny” crazy, Kara is just, I don’t know…. calling everybody sweetie and trying to be nice, but not really. I really don’t like their judging – they keep contradicting themselves :( I am really starting to worry what will happen, when Simon leaves……

    I don’t think we have to wait to worry. It’s happening now, and it isn’t good.

  464. I thought the guys were a lot better last night. Mike was probably the best so was a good way to start. My favorites, Andrew – Casey – Lee all did well enough but could have been better. I was impressed by Alex last night. I like the tone of his voice. I really think Tim should go home because he just doesn’t have a very good voice but people may feel sorry for him or the girls may save him. I don’t care for him, Todrick, Jermaine, or Aaron.

    Judging seems strange at times. I really hate when they pick at some for messing with the song and others for being karaoke when they don’t. Still not missing Paula. I like Ellen so much more and things move faster without her.

  465. I liked Alex Lambert’s version of Everybody Knows. The phrasing is different from that of John Legend (whose usual performance is I think a little more theatrical) but it worked. It was pretty nice and would probably sound even better on the record (like Wonderful World last week). The nerves are still showing, though, but they would probably be gone after a few more performances (I hope). I’m really liking this kid.

    I didn’t catch Casey’s performance on TV so I’m waiting to watch mj’s video. So Casey has sung Heaven and I Don’t Want To (Wanna?) Be, so far…Elliott Yamin, is that you? :P

  466. Aaron, you like justin bieber? hahaha… i think that was the first time i LOL’d alone while watching idol. can’t remember last time that happened.

    Didn’t find Andrew’s vocals that good. I think he was trying to find his moment by immersing himself in the song, sans guitar. Didn’t work that well though.

    Lee needs to overcome his nerves. I think he can be very good. He has a good voice (IMO).

    Tim – well, at least he improved. Funny Ellen, straight out telling him to just learn acting. Ouch.

    Jermaine – WTF? Todrick – still not getting it. Still ho-hum on John Park. Casey and Alex Lambert? – I still need to see. I missed their performances. Which one am looking forward to? Lambert – based on the posts so far.

    ;)

  467. I have to say, my impression was that Simon is putting more thought and care than usual in his critiques. In past season he seemed to barely be paying attention to the performers and his reviews were nearly identicial throwaways, “Boat cruise performer. Sorry!”, this year it’s as if he’s really listening and trying to give useful information.

    And he’s had on dress shirts both weeks so far- that’s like finale attire.
    Something’s weird.
    The judging is odd IMO because they are not judging- they are constructing comments to try and invent enthusiasm for someone/anyone. Not that it’s ever been anything but contrived, it’s just that this year they are reaching too deep to try and get the audience invested in some way and they don’t care how.
    Even Ryan seems hard pressed to look like he cares, and he’s usually the most dependable and professional of the bunch.

    I don’t know- for me the whole show seems to lack any sort of spark this year- it’s as if something is sucking all the energy out of the room. The stage is dull, the contestants are dull, and the performances are dull. Even the very few I kinda sorta like I like in a “yeah, ok” sort of way. There is no one I am dying to see every week, my heart would not sink if my Tivo screwed up, and no worry over someone getting through until next week. Certainly no one who, if heard from another room, would cause me to run in to see who the hell is that??

    At this point if they didn’t even do a tour it wouldn’t surprise me because there aren’t 10 people there who can hold an audiences attention IMO- maybe not even one.

    I think that finally their insistence on “casting” the show as opposed to putting through the best performers has bitten them on the butt. Sure they have all the necessary “types” this year but they are all as dull as dishwater.
    I’d love to be wrong here, but damn, that show last night was bad.

  468. This week was better than last week, but not by much.

    Alex– although he sounded shaky at times, he really improved this week. Good song choice and he seemed more comfortable with the music and the band. His voice stands out here. It’s possible Alex could become a dark horse.

    Michael– He sang well enough, just didn’t grab me. I like his voice, but it’s that generic R&B style that not’s very memorable. The vocals at the end were muddled.

    Aaron– he improved too. His voice was more distinctive this time and he brought some energy to his performance. Not bad.

    Casey– good he picked a rock song. Good guitar player. Nothing wrong with his voice, but the performance wasn’t convincing- his vocals weren’t tough enough for this song.

    Andrew started off really well, then halfway his voice seemed to lose sync with the music and band and his voical went all over the place. Strange.

    Lee lost his dark horse cred with me with this performance. What a terrible song choice! Didn’t matter if he has a good voice, it sounded like mediocre karaoke. Don’t get the judges’ praise. Not impressed.

    Todrick‘s voice stood out more this time, but the song arrangement was too slow and it dragged at the end.

    Jermaine did sound less cheesy and he has a decent voice, but Michael and Todrick seem to be better at the performances.

    Tim– even improved, he clearly has a weak voice and is in over his head. Still, he may stay another week because of Simon’s comments.

    John– weird song choice, so slow-paced, the performance just dragged on and on. Very disappointed.

    Ellen and Kara made some decent critiques. Randy and Simon went back to their old habits- Randy forgot his vocabulary and just repeated the same phrases; Simon made baffling critiques that didn’t relate to the performances.

    Bottom 3: John, Todrick & Jermaine
    Going home: John & Jermaine

  469. So Casey has sung Heaven and I Don’t Want To (Wanna?) Be, so far…Elliott Yamin, is that you? :P

    it’s definitely not, lol

  470. Heheh Mj – did you put Casey Jones up there on purpose instead of james.. Tonight i guess it was overall an improvement for the boys on a whole but for my 2 faves, Andrew & Casey, i was kinda down cos they were so hard on them. Especially Andrew. This is the 2nd week he is given such strong critiques. Maybe it IS because he really did set the bar too high or they just see too much potential in him that they expect alot.

    That said i still voted like mad (186x) for Andrew!!! and maybe a few for Casey.
    Looking forward to Siobhan and the girls!!!!!

  471. I think that finally their insistence on “casting” the show as opposed to putting through the best performers has bitten them on the butt. Sure they have all the necessary “types” this year but they are all as dull as dishwater.
    I’d love to be wrong here, but damn, that show last night was bad.

    This.

    And also amen to that — They’re trying to drum up enthusiasm for someone, anyone, by any means necessary. Yes, indeed. Depressing to watch, actually.

  472. lucy, budershnookie, since this is the third season I am watching (and the first one from the beginning), was there any other season so boring? After last season, which was great, with so many different talents (Adam, Kris, Allison, Danny (at least in the beginning) and Matt, this season seems awfully dull, plus with no Paula and Kara being worse than last year – just bleh :(

  473. lucy, budershnookie, since this is the third season I am watching (and the first one from the beginning), was there any other season so boring? After last season, which was great, with so many different talents (Adam, Kris, Allison, Danny (at least in the beginning) and Matt, this season seems awfully dull, plus with no Paula and Kara being worse than last year – just bleh :(

    Season Six was pretty boring, to me. On quite a few performance nights that season, I said afterward: Doesn’t anybody want to win this thing? … and that’s what I’m saying now, too. …. Nevertheless, even in Season Six, by two weeks in, there had been at least a couple of totally knock-out performances, including Lakisha’s And I Am Telling You that I’m Not Going, Melinda’s Funny Valentine, and even Blake’s Somewhere Only We Know. … So unless about three girls hit it out of the park tonight, for me, anyway, Season 9 will remain totally alone at the bottom of the pack.

    I know a lot of people found Season Three pretty boring, too, but while it wasn’t the greatest talentwise, it also had some people that I found consistently very intense and entertaining. hard to compare the semifinals there because they did the top 36/wildcarding format. … But by the time people had all performed once, we’d already had Latoya London’s All by Myself, for one thing, which is among the top Idol highlights of the whole nine seasons, for me!

    So, girls, you’d better bring it tonight or, wow ….

  474. Just looking at the picture of this group is kinda depressing. Can’t even imagine what the producers were thinking.
    I am all for Tim staying this week. Why not. At least he’s cute and improving. I predict Alex will get a contract based on that performance alone. They may have Lee front a band–I’m thinking college campus tours like Cook rather than the Daughtry route–but I don’t think he is a given yet. I’m not seeing any promise in the others at all. Hope I’m wrong and someone unexpected emerges.
    I am glad Ellen is not too comfortable. It shouldn’t be easy telling people they suck.

  475. The judges aren’t bad until you start watching previous seasons. When Paula was alert, she was a GOOD judge. Her comments were right on. I sense that Kara is trying to duplicate the chemistry that Paula had with Simon, but it’s not working because Kara is newly married and Simon is ‘engaged’.

    I still believe there will be a season 10, but without that magical judge, I don’t see how it can last. I prefer the three judge format.

    I haven’t given up on Season 9 yet, but something has got to give.

  476. I have a feeling this season will be alot less predictable at least with the men. They seem to have alot of people who are less experienced performing and arranging songs than other years and might really improve especially the younger men Alex,Aaron,John and maybe even Tim. I think finally an actual underdog and somewhat unexpected male might get in the final 2, but feel a girl will definitely win. I think there is some talent in this season. I kind of miss some of my season 8 faves,but am sure they are glad they aren’t competing for our votes anymore.

  477. I have a feeling this season will be alot less predictable at least with the men. They seem to have alot of people who are less experienced performing and arranging songs than other years and might really improve

    yeah, I agree. If we’re going to get any excitement out of the guys this year, I think it’s going to have to come from some sort of blossoming and transformation process.

    That’s not something that’s happened all too often in the history of the show so far, I must say. Maybe Jordin and Elliott come closest to that kind of story for me over the years.

    Everybody else I’ve found to be pretty wow at the end has actually been pretty wow all the way through the show, for me, or at least extremely solid and pretty mature all the way through. And even with Jordin and Elliott, they both had excellent vocals from the beginning but were just lacking some in focus, presence, maturity, confidence, etc. …

    Unfortunately, I can think of quite a few people who started out kind of wow and then went straight backwards, however!

    And this year, while I’m seeing some vocal tones and styles I like among the guys, I can’t say that I see any Jordin- or Elliot-level vocal abilities and skills yet. Not even close, actually. Oh, well. It’ll at least be interesting to see *if* somebody is able to have a big growth spurt and emerge from the pack. (if nobody does, that’ll make the feats of people from the previous seasons more impressive in my eyes, certainly …)

  478. It’s a good thing Kara turns 40 this year so anyone who she sexually verbally harasses next year will be able to say “Shut up grandma”.

    Lee sounds a bit too much like a rocker version of goaty karaoke Danny Gokey with Lil Rounds’s pitchy-ness. No wonder Simon loves him. Still, he was better than a lot of the other guys last night, and he HAS been reducing the pitchy-ness (though I do think his pitchy notes are the most blatant of all the guys). I would not be surprised if he starts becoming the favorite over Andrew Garcia (who disappointed me enough times to the point where I am totally down with that). And Lee is totally a dark horse, I love those types. So Lee is now in my ideal Top 10 guys. Alex, Aaron, Casey, Lee, Michael.

    I wonder if the teens will save Aaron, he’s in a fairly low position on DI (along with the other people who didn’t do so well). I don’t have as much time to vote so I can’t save him! He’s not a country Justin Bieber, he’s hit puberty. Also, I wonder what he was about to say when Ryan asked if he liked Justin Bieber. I think that’ll have me wondering until the end of the season. Or until Justin Bieber loses popularity or hits puberty himself.

    Alex replaces Andrew in my 6 favorites (Alex, Casey, and Aaron for guys, but it’s still Crystal, Siobhan, and Lilly for the girls).

  479. jammasta:

    It’s a good thing Kara turns 40 this year so anyone who she sexually verbally harasses next year will be able to say “Shut up grandma”.

    ROFL! I’m sorry why would she be called grandma? :)

  480. ROFL! I’m sorry why would she be called grandma? :)

    40’s not mega old but calling her Grandma could keep her in check. Hence, someone calls her Grandma before she blathers her cougarness all over them.

    Except she has a killer body for a Grandma……. >_>.

    I kinda hate having 3 shows a week, I wanna watch tonight and find out who got eliminated.

  481. well, I just got back home and could finally watch the recaps and I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY – KARA IS A TOTAL B……h. The way she criticized Casey – it was a revenge, not a critique at all!!!! I don’t think it was his best performance, but she was waaaaayyyy offf, like last week – she just does not know what the hell she is doing – I REALLY DISLIKE HER NOW…..

  482. The picture is interesting – top row has 5 of the 6 who will be in the final 12. Todrick should be sitting in the bottom row because all of those guys are a toss up for who’ll join them.

  483. ^^^^ In the picture, send Todrick to the bottom row and Alex to the top row…and tada!…there’s your top 6 guys on the top row!

  484. The picture is interesting – top row has 5 of the 6 who will be in the final 12. Todrick should be sitting in the bottom row because all of those guys are a toss up for who’ll join them.

    I can’t quite grasp Aaron’s appeal and think he could get booted before Top 12, but yep, you’re probably right. I have a bad feeling that Tim will be the one to sneak in there unless he gets an unfortunate haircut or something. Although if Jermaine somehow survives again, we might have to assume he’s an unstoppable force.

  485. Well nobody stands out big like a David Cook or Adam Lambert, but I do love Casey and like Lee. I wanted Alex to go home next week, but this week I’m glad he stayed, he impressed me. I’m still interested in Andrew Garcia. I like Todrick’s theatricality. Jermaine is a good singer, I’m not into r&b but those who are might vote for him. I like Tim, he reminds me of the Brady Bunch. He should definitely hang around a bit. John Parks is cute and likable, but hasn’t had a wow moment yet. I think Casey is the most charismatic so far.

  486. I think that finally their insistence on “casting” the show as opposed to putting through the best performers has bitten them on the butt. Sure they have all the necessary “types” this year but they are all as dull as dishwater.
    I’d love to be wrong here, but damn, that show last night was bad.

    Your point is brilliantly correct!

  487. I have a bad feeling that Tim will be the one to sneak in there unless he gets an unfortunate haircut or something.

    Aw. Gah, I feel weird ’cause I like Tim. And it’s not because of his looks. There’s something else there.

    Watching the clip back of his video package, performance, and the judges comments I still feel like there’s something about him.
    Maybe I have a feeling that there’s a good room for improvement with him that I’m not getting from any other contestant?

    Simon definitely had it right on the attitude portion. Tim’s attitude about the judge’s criticism’s is a good one to have. You could tell he did listen too, since he didn’t try to be something he wasn’t (and you could pretty much tell he avoided having to sing any really high notes in that song).

    Also, I like how Tim chose a song that’s current and a song that allows you to see what artist he could become.

    There’s something that makes me want to see more of him, and he’s one of the two I cared go back to and to watch from last night (I also watched Alex’s performance). I noticed a few others feel this same way, though not many at all.

    And maybe I’m one of the few here that might think he’s the type of guy that could get his head shaved and still look charming. I guess saying that I hope I’m not prejudiced. Typically my favorite isn’t the good looking guy though (if it makes a difference to say that). My favorite last season wasn’t even a guy. ;p

    Anyway, I guess to sum this up I see room for improvement with this guy as time goes on. All I know is that right now I want to see and hear more of him.

  488. Aw. Gah, I feel weird ’cause I like Tim. And it’s not because of his looks. There’s something else there.

    Aw, you like Tim because you see *potential.* Don’t feel bad about that! I actually see potential in a bunch of the guys — voices, attitudes, creativity, ability to do vocal tricks, little extras like the ability to move or play an instrument, willingness to take risks. …

    It’s just that to me Tim, and all of the rest of them, seem to be a lot farther from realizing their potential than any of the show’s past *stars* seem to have been at this point in the show. They all sound like the guys with potential from previous seasons who crapped out in spots 10 through 36, basically. If they’re going to make it past that, they’ll have a hard climb, but maybe Tim or somebody else will show us a meteoric rise. That would be fun.

  489. Last week the geo predictions on DialIdol made me think Tyler was at risk. If the same pattern holds true, Todrick is a goner this week. Not much of a shocker this week though. I think everybody expects some combination of Todrick, Jermaine, or John Park to get eliminated.

  490. I’m going with Alex, Lee and Tim for my favorites. None of them drive me wild, but at least they’re all current sounding. Which, is about the best I can hope for at this point with these guys. I’m reading lots of knocks at Tim, but I could definitely see him doing Plain White Tees or Cary Brothers kind of stuff. And he certainly looks the part of a teen heart throb. Lee’s got the post grunge thing covered. And Alex has a great voice for radio. He actually improved on the original John Legend tune. He reminds me of the raw talent that Jason Castro showed a couple of seasons ago. Andrew is not doing it for me. I love James Morrison and that cover was just bad. And Casey has given me the creeps from day one. Unfortunately it looks like he may be the last man standing.

  491. Aw, you like Tim because you see *potential.* Don’t feel bad about that! I actually see potential in a bunch of the guys — voices, attitudes, creativity, ability to do vocal tricks, little extras like the ability to move or play an instrument, willingness to take risks. …

    It’s just that to me Tim, and all of the rest of them, seem to be a lot farther from realizing their potential than any of the show’s past *stars* seem to have been at this point in the show.

    Ah, yeah. I do think that Season 8 set the bar pretty high. Both the guys and the girls (although maybe fewer of the girls). I sort of fell in love with a lot of the contestants that season. Some of which took longer to grow on me than others though.

    This season seems good though. There is a potential for contestants other than Tim. But there’s something about Tim that makes me like him the best.
    Alex also catches my attention somewhat. I guess I’ll see as time goes on, since I’m sure other contestants will grow.

    At the beginning of this season I was really into Andrew (who is still pretty good I think), but at that point I really hadn’t seen much at all of Alex or Tim.
    I’d watched a lot of Andrew on youtube, and he seemed to be shown more on the show as well.

    I’m reading lots of knocks at Tim, but I could definitely see him doing Plain White Tees or Cary Brothers kind of stuff. And he certainly looks the part of a teen heart throb.

    I agree with this. I was seeing a Plain White Tees thing with him.
    And you have to admit he’s really good looking, and no doubt that helped him last week.
    But I like how he seems to see that he has to step it up.
    I really think if keeps sticking to who he is he really has a shot. Or at least I’m hoping so.

    And Casey has given me the creeps from day one. Unfortunately it looks like he may be the last man standing.

    Day one I was ok with him and kind of wanted to see more of him in a way. Something about him isn’t doing it for me though. I don’t really want to see him stay very long, but who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind if he stays another week.

  492. And Casey has given me the creeps from day one. Unfortunately it looks like he may be the last man standing.

    Please, no. Do you really think so? He hasn’t exactly given me the creeps, but he actually seems more lackluster to me, vocally, than just about *any* of the others. And last night when he was covering a song also covered by both Bo and Elliott — Lord, what a difference. He sounded like a dead person singing it, by comparison. Are some people really finding him good-looking enough to overcome that? Because he sure doesn’t seem all that good-looking to me.

  493. What is going on here? Kara giving solid critiques? Andrew Garcia drowning fast? Underdogs like Dewyze swooping in and taking my top Garcia spot in a week’s time? But, I suppose that is what is making this season interesting. Because right now, what is becoming evident to me this season (besides its overall depressing nature), is that this really does seem to be anyone’s game (well, maybe not Jermaine Sellers’ – my pick for elimination). (And oh yeah, the boy who will put you to sleep at the drop of a note, John Park .. what have you done Shania?) (And let us not forget, good ol’ Haeley Vaughn. Bets on what color her headband flower is tonight! I’m feeling purple!)

    Elizabeth
    http://www.myrealitybit.com/

  494. This morning, I couldn’t even recall what Andrew Garcia sang. Um, wasn’t he someone I was super excited about this season? Now ask me what Adam Lambert sang at any point in time last season. Even what hairstyle he sported or whether he wore nail polish … I could tell ya. Somewhere, somehow, at some point in time … something has gone woefully askew. (There’s a word Ellen. I love ya, but you gotta give me something more than “great” or “pushed.”)

    Really though. Where’s the passion? Where’s the fun? Where’s the STAR power?

    http://www.myrealitybit.com/
    (American Idol recaps)

  495. eliz, I could not agree more – I really want to get invested in contestants, but for now – just bleh……
    I truly believe that they selected an ordinary bunch of guys so that a girl could win this season, but it might just bite them in the butt in the long run……

  496. @Lucy: Well, from what i read online anyway, Casey is quite popular. Not with me. And his vocals last night? Sounded like your average bar band singer. I could care less if he played guitar. He could have been JUGGLING guitars for all I care. The singing was just not good. Anyway, I think he started bugging me when he seemed so amenable to undressing at his audition. Um no thankew. I really just don’t like the way he’s being portrayed, which is not entirely his fault of course. If his vocals were better I could get past it. But they’re not.

  497. @Lucy: Well, from what i read online anyway, Casey is quite popular. Not with me. And his vocals last night? Sounded like your average bar band singer. I could care less if he played guitar. He could have been JUGGLING guitars for all I care.

    I’m sorry to hear that he’s developing such a fanbase! … On the other hand, I was so desperate for entertainment that during yesterday’s show I probably could have gotten into a little guitar juggling. Something. Anything.

  498. I think Casey is a better guitar player than singer. He seems like a nice enough guy and should make the top 12 for sure.

  499. Aw. Gah, I feel weird ’cause I like Tim. And it’s not because of his looks. There’s something else there.

    I definately agree, Tim has something and I hope he can find his footing before its too late. He reminds me of a young David Cassidy who wasn’t great at singing but was irresistable. Go Partridge!

  500. He reminds me of a young David Cassidy who wasn’t great at singing but was irresistable. Go Partridge!

    So true. The hairstyle is like David Cassidy. Those photos on the Internet of Tim with his shirt off are getting lots of hits, if that means anything (it probably does).

    I thought Simon’s critique of Tim’s singing last night was exactly right, and Ellen’s was embarrassing and insulting.

    I think this year there are going to be lots of surprises. Tim’s big comeback performance last night is just one of what could be many.

    Maybe the best performance of all was Alex though. What a voice!

  501. Last week, when I told my husband I like Tim and Alex the most, he rolled his eyes. This week, I don’t think I am minority.

    This is not a singing competition and we are not grading. If I were to vote, I would vote for people I want to hear more. People I want to know what else they can do, and want to support. That’s why these two would get my vote (if I bothered) My teenage daughter love these two, too. Both have nice distinctive voice, singing style that appeals to me, charming personality, and cute as a button.

    It is obvious to me which three should be gone next. Now, if I want to keep Tim in top 12(Gasp!), who does he need to take over? Somebody getting boring, I think.

    I can’t believe I am watching AI this year again.

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