American Idol 9 – Top 10 Girls – Recap

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX WILL BE PERFORMING TONIGHT. Per a tweet from Ryan Seacrest. Per the leaked performance order, she was set to go first.

Crystal Bowersox will perform first tonight. She tells Ryan, “I’m a tough cookie.” Randy rates the guys, “I think a bunch of them are really trying to win this thing.’ He hopes the girls are too. Ellen says song choice is everything, then makes a joke about “Who Lets the Dogs Out”. Kara swears she’s not getting cozy with Simon. Simon says it’s crucial that the girls “throw away” the nerves.

Crystal Bowersox – “As Long As I See The Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – She has a twin brother! She says he’s a square. She’s carries good luck trinkets with her when she performs. Ah, she took my advice! Singing a guys’ song. She’s got her guitar this week. She sounds great!
Awesome bluesy, gospel vocals from Crystal. Sing it girl, she is fabulous. What a way to start the show. Randy says, “You are the truth…I just love that you aren’t trying to be anybody else…I love that girl..that girl is hot.” Ellen says, “That is pure raw natural talent…I am so glad you’re here today…please stay healthy.” Kara says, “You completely recovered from last week…you are that Americana singer, raw….effortless, centered, focused. Tonight you hit a new level.” Simon says, “What’s great about you…you didn’t play the whole sympathy thing…I underestimated you last week. the vocal was incredible…this is like the moment with Kelly Clarkson, we realized we had a really serious artist here.” Crystal was very worried she wasn’t going to be here. 1-866-436-5701. Crystal tells her fans on facebook, “Don’t worry, my ‘beetus (diabetes) is under control. Thanks for all your well wishes, thanks to the boys, and the producers!! Can’t wait to perform tonight.” – VIDEO

Haeley Vaughn – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus – She likes to make headbands and hair accessories. Aw, Haeley is cute as a button. Oh geez, this is totally the wrong song. Pitchy and plodding. This is sooooo bad. She smiles through the song like she doesn’t understand the lyrics. Ears bleeding now. Yikes. Haeley needs to pick fun songs that show off her personality and highlight her 5 note range. Randy says, “It didn’t work for me…it was excruciating…it was so pitchy and so not right for you, you had no connection to the song.” Ellen says, “you’re adorable…you didn’t connect to the song…it didn’t work out.” Kara says, “People are rooting for you at home, you’re real your smiling, unfortunately you need about a year of strengthening your instrument…pitch issues need to be worked out…you are such a great spirit on that stage.” Simon says, “It was a complete and utter mess…in theory it should have worked…” Ryan scolds Simon for harshing on Haeley. 1-866-436-5702. – VIDEO

Lacey Brown – “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer – Lacey felt bad for the guys, who had less rehearsal time. She loves referbishishing antiques. This is the song Kara suggested for her. She’s still a little pitchy. She’s got a really interesting voice. But, you can tell she’s not entirely comfortable on stage. Randy says, “I think it was a good song choice, but for most of the song, I was waiting for the words to flash across the screen.” Ellen says, “I thought it was adorable, I thought it was great…a good choice.” Kara says, “You have this very unique style, this song brought it back…but you have to step it up…you didn’t push it..step in the right direction.” Simon said, “Marginally better than last week…you are participating in a competition rather than showing us who you are.” Simon then compares her unfavorably to Crystal. Simon accuses her of doing the song to please the judges. Lacey said she’s wanted to do the song all along. – 1-866-436-5703VIDEO

Katie Stevens – “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae – She can say “Give me a kiss” in 6 languages. What a talent! I wonder if she’ll be called on doing a copycat version? It’s nice, but nothing special. She’s be a hit at her high school assembly, however. Oops. Didn’t quite hit that high note! Katie is a total pageant bot. Randy says, “There were some bright moments there…by the time you hit your sweet spot it was cool.” Ellen says, “I think you’ve got a good voice…it still feels like I want to see you younger…I don’t want to hear something I would hear in my dentist office.” Kara says, “it’s so frustrating…at the end you began to open up…you have to do that from the beginning…I’m still waiting for that moment from you.” Simon says, “If you came into my record label, I would tell you to get experience and I would ask you who you are as an artist.” Simon thinks she’ll be around another week. Katie doesn’t understand what the judges want. Kara suggest she sings a song about something she’s going through right now. Poor thing still seems confused. 1-866-436-5704VIDEO

Didi Benami – “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers – She prays and meows before she hits the stage. A surprising song pick, she’s bringing a nice soulful vibe to it. She’s another singer with a unique tone. Randy says, “I would not have chosen that soul song for you…not a great choice.” Ellen says, “I love your voice…I think you have a great presence…you tried to do stuff with it…not the greatest song choice.” Kara says, “It wasn’t good…it really wasn’t good…what I’m missing from you is consistency…it felt like a karaoke bar, we lost the uniqueness of your voice..it was all over the place…I’m still a fan of yours.” Simon says, “It was screeching, bad choice of song…it’s frustrating, you get this fantastic opportunity…and you do something generic.” Whoa. I did not think it was that bad. Didi is going to burst into tears the moment she walks off the stage. She must be very confused now. They asked her to change it up and do something unique, and still, they are criticizing her. 1-866-436-5705VIDEO

Michelle Delamore – “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed – Creed? The song pick is a little weird, a couple of pitch problems, but she’s doing a solid, if not fabulous job. Randy says, “A couple pitch problems…the outfit was hot…you didn’t do enough with the song. It fell flat to me.” Ellen says, “I felt like you did a lot with a song…for a few minutes I forgot it was a rock song, it almost worked, but not quite.” Kara says, “My favorite performance of yours ever..it may not have been technically perfect, but you felt it…you’re trying….you did something very different with the song, and I bought it.” Simon says, “I’m kind of with Kara on this, the first half was much stronger…you didn’t choose a safe song…You got 85% of it right.” Shout out to Vera Wang in the audience. Wow, Simon admitted that the judges give out contradictory advice sometimes. 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Lilly Scott – “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke – Lilly is psyched that the judges get her. Lilly’s got her 12 string, and wow…this is really good! Even better than last week. She’s got beautiful phrasing. And unlike some of the other girls, she’s self-assured and absolutely knows who she is. Confidence makes all the difference, here. Randy loves that she’s so unique, “Dude you worked it out, my favorite of the night.” Ellen says, “You have IT…I forgot you were in a singing competition. By far the performance of the night.” Kara says, “You just had your first moment. You are going to change the game…good job girl.” Simon says, “This really makes the point..how you become relevant” He likes it but thought she oversang it a bit. He thought Crystal was stronger. – 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEO

Katelyn Epperly – “The Scientist” by Coldplay – Katelyn was studying to be a recording engineer. Playing the piano this week. Much better song pick than last week, I think. Interesting take on the song, a little bit too cabaretish for me, but I can’t ignore her rich, powerful voice. Randy says, “It was nice to hear you play piano, I really liked it.” Ellen says, “I fell kind of asleep, it was so slow…way to slow….” Kara says, “I understand what Randy and Ellen are saying, but I kind of love you. You could do a lot with that incredible instrument…figure out who you are.” Simon says, “It was a smart choice of song, you’ve become quite corny when you perform…a million times better than last week, you’re back in the race.” Yeah, I’m with Simon and Kara on this one. – 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEO

Paige Miles – “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson – Paige likes to color with crayons and coloring book. Poor Paige. She’s pretty good, but she’s had so little screen time, it’s hard to remember her. She’s got some impressive vocals. Her little vocal trick didn’t quite work, but she’s got something. I’d like to see her make it another week. Paige realizes that Kara wrote the song. Randy liked it, though he wasn’t in love with it. Randy’s critique is making no sense whatsoever. Ellen says, “I loved it…thought it was fantastic, you changed just enough to make it yours, you had fun, you have one of the best voices.” Kara says, “I could see you having a hit with that song…If you knew the guy I wrote that song about…I miss the anger..you wouldn’t have been smiling…but I liked it.” Simon says, “I’m afraid two weeks in a row you’ve failed to choose the right song…you have such a strong voice, you have to nail the song…it was forgettable.” – 1-866-436-5709VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “Think” by Aretha Franklin – She used to have a mohawk. She’s just the quirkiest thing ever, isn’t she? This song is a tiny bit too big for Siobhan. She doesn’t quite hit those high notes. I liked last week’s song, “Wicked Games”, much better. I really appreciate that she’s versatile, but the randomness of her song choice smacks of not knowing who she is as an artist. That huge note at the end didn’t quite cut it. Randy says, “You were so bold and so fearless, it was dope…I loved it.” Ellen says, “I loved it too, (insert snuggie joke here) Oh man that was good.” Kara says, “I can’t get over that note…” Siobhan says she figured out how to hit that note singing Kelly Clarkson in the shower. Simon says, “Once again, you are so strange…I thought there were parts of that song that were terrible….you are interesting and very very talented. – 1-866-436-5710VIDEO

There’s time left over! And now it’s time to kill extra time. The judges think the performances improved all overall. Simon thinks Crystal was the best. Ellen sees a potential winner. Ellen didn’t see any horrific performances. There’s even time to thank the band!

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695 Comments

  1. So it looked like Crystal was getting the pimp spot, but she was last just so Ryan could talk to her.

  2. she looks ok. She was introduced last — so will she still be performing 1st?

  3. I’m so excited for Siobhan having the pimp spot…

    Although with the way the pimp spots have been going….I hope it isn’t a “meh” spot

  4. Crystal had a kinda “meh” song but she sang the hell out of it.

  5. Ellen’s so funny

    I like her personality this week,and I liked her trinket pouch thing

    I was meh-bad in the performance

    woah-randy’s being deep this week…and then he ruins it

  6. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Crystal was voted off tomorrow after all this?

  7. Don’t like the song, but it was better than what the guys did yesterday.

  8. Crystal can sing the hell out of any songs.

    Simon saying that she’s not playing the sympathy card but he’s pimping the hell out of it right now.

  9. ok not bad just meh

    Yeah,I appreciate the no sympathy thing too

    Not incredible,the vocals were good,but I didn’t like the song

    I want these contestant to sing current songs

  10. Awww Crystal, that was so beautiful :’).

    She really did look happy to be there, and it amazes me the way she tackles every song and the confidence of her performances. Bravo girl!

  11. I think it would be great to have a CrystalSiobhan finale. Kind of like a girls version of last year. White girl with guitar versus theater girl belter.

  12. I just want to buy her record and see her on tour.
    We can skip the next 9 or 12 weeks, whatever there are left.

    I also want to vote for the kid in the Ford ad.

  13. Loved her. I closed my eyes and just listened to her voice. We need her to stay. Bo..wer..sox. bow..er..sox…bow..er..sox.. Except for a couple of others, the rest are just window dressing.

  14. Valentin432:
    03/03/2010 at 8:10 pm
    Crystal can sing the hell out of any songs.

    “Simon saying that she’s not playing the sympathy card but he’s pimping the hell out of it right now.”

    Of course he’s pimping her, especially when you throw Kelly Clarkson name in as a comparison.

  15. I wonder how many girls Simon has given the “Kelly Clarkson” pimping?
    I remember Carly and Alexis but I think he said it to Kat Mcphee too.

  16. I might have to buy that one off iTunes, that was nice. I love her voice.

  17. Bowersox song was awful, but she sang the hell out of it. Wish I liked it more.

  18. I think it would be great to have a CrystalSiobhan finale.

    I’m with you on that! Of course, 2 year ago I wanted a Cook/Carly finale and last season an Adam/Allison one, so I’m not good at thinking about perfect finales.

  19. EW

    I like her but she sings Miley Cyrus eewwwwwww

    i still like he just because she’s singing the only Miley song I can stand
    it’s easy not to screw rhis up-I mean it’s mikey Cyrus

    at least it’s current

    I keep noticing her gum idek why

    Ok I FLOVE tis

  20. oh god .. ditch the homewade hairbands already .. it’s like Jasmine Trias all over again

    her singing is also as bad as her hairband

  21. Wow! Not bad…she’s a better singer than she has been before now.

  22. This made Miley(who I don’t hate entirely) look like the most brilliant singer in the world.

  23. YAY HAELEY IS SINGING MILEY CYRUS!!!! I LOVE HER!!!!!

    That was funny.

    This performance, meanwhile, is painful.

  24. BAM! Sing that Haeley! Prove the haters wrong! The Hael Storm is behind you! Where my other Hael Stormers at?!

  25. Why is she getting a standing ovation for that crap. Thank you DAWG!

  26. Joe McElderry and Aaron Kelly are the only people who can sing The Climb and have me pay attention. In fact, they kicked Miley’s nuts on this song. Haeley should be no exception and should totally fail.

    ….nobody knew Miley was a hermie?

    Anyway, so glad Crystal is able to perform tonight. Can’t wait for video!

  27. Crystal did an awesome job! As far as Haley goes, she is cute as a button but the performance was painful.

  28. Go Crystal! You’re amazing! I’m so glad you’re here/there where ever and take care of yourself!!

  29. Crystal was freakin’ awesome. Million billion times better than any of the guys last night.

    Haeley just butchered The Climb — and that’s a horrid song to begin with. She was flat the entire song and that one note at the end, WTF was that???

  30. I absolutely completely agreed with Kara. Haeley has talent there, but she has no clue how to use it. She needs some training, a year or two, to learn her instrument.

    Can we kick her out and put someone else in?

  31. luvadamlambert, different strokes for different folks! Nothing wrong with you, we all like different stuff ;) . This place would be hella boring if everyone liked the same thing.

    I couldn’t even make it through Haeley’s performance. I feel mean and horrible that she annoys me with her happy (while wishing I was that damn happy), and I don’t much care for her voice.

    ETA: I agree that she should have waited a couple years before doing this.

  32. Most unusual…Tim told singing wasn’t his bag last night and Haely tonight…I don’t think it is helpful to these kids to be strung along; it’s sad they made it this far.

  33. I wish Haley could sing, she’s so darn cute!

    My sentiments exactly. She’s so adorable, but she just not quite ready for this.

  34. Wow. Kara’s critique of Haley was the most accurate response I have ever heard Kara give anyone.

  35. Did Kara just compare Adam and Haeley? This show has surely jumped the proverbial shark.

  36. I wonder how many girls Simon has given the “Kelly Clarkson” pimping?
    I remember Carly and Alexis but I think he said it to Kat Mcphee too.

    THIS! And they’re nowhere near Miss Clarkson after their seasons were over. But I FLOVE Crystal though!

  37. Man, I should be finishing schoolwork right now but I got sucked in again (damn, gonna be another all-nighter form me later…)

    Crystal was amaze-balls! So cool, 1000% better than ANYTHING the boys did last night. I agree with Kara completely for Haeley. She needs a year. She can perform and she’s likeable, and she actually had some interesting moments of phrasing, etc. on that song, but the pitch problems were like whoa. Sads. Maybe she’s a great songwriter like Taylor Swift and it doesn’t matter… but on AI, it’s no good.

  38. I’m watching with my daughter and she thought Haeley was great. “Really really good”. So yep, different opiinions make the world go round! I actually like “The Climb”.

  39. So why the hell did the judges put Haeley through to the semifinals if they think she’s not ready??? They should be ashamed of themselves.

  40. Puhleze, Kara compared Haley to ALEX in that both are likeable, have folks who will root for them cuz of that.

  41. ..something we don’t know about her is that…she played minnie mouse at disney as a summer job…

  42. Has anyone heard of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index?

    * 1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
    * 1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
    * 1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
    * 2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
    * 2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
    * 2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
    * 3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
    * 3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
    * 4.0 Pepsis wasp: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
    * 4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like Haeley Vaughn singing.

    I am SOOOOO tempted to put that last bit on Wikipedia, but God forbid, I actually like Haeley (not her voice though). By the way, the Haeley Vaughn thing is not really on Wikipedia, it’s really supposed to say “Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.”

  43. OMGOSH….They were being so mean to Haeley, It looked like she was going to cry. I was praying she would hold it together. I admit, she singed bad. I think she has talent, I just thinks she don’t know how to use it. I felt so bad for her. But on another note, I think she song it, just like Miley Cyrus, when she was on American Idol last year at a result show. Haeley and Miley both sounds the same live…Ironic.

  44. bridgette12:
    03/03/2010 at 8:24 pm

    Did Kara just compare Adam and Haeley? This show has surely jumped the proverbial shark.

    I first thought that, but I think she said or meant Alex Lambert. Because they told Alex people would be rooting for him last night.

  45. Did Kara just compare Adam and Haeley? This show has surely jumped the proverbial shark.

    Um no I don’t think so…unless I missed it…

  46. Bridgette-Alex not Adam
    I like Lacey

    Man, I should be finishing schoolwork right now but I got sucked in again (damn, gonna be another all-nighter form me later…)

    LOL me too :)
    she’s pretty and quirky
    YES!!! Kelly clarkson and colplay!!! CURRENT!!!!

    It annoys me so much when Kara namedrops people

  47. So Ryan said Coldplay, Kelly and Aretha?
    If there’s no surprise Aretha is for Paige or Michelle.
    Coldplay could be Lilly or Katelyn.
    I think Siobhan is covering Kelly (only one who has the voice IMO)

  48. Haha they have coached the audience to show more enthusiasm. Last night they were dead.

  49. They shouldn’t put the younger girls into the top 24 and then tell them 2 weeks later that they should have waited a year until they were older. They did the same thing to Jasmine Murray last year. It would have been better to tell them to wait a year before the semi finals so they could still compete.

  50. So far this isn’t going well. Whenever Randy says “yo,” there is a problem.

  51. They shouldn’t put the younger girls into the top 24 and then tell them 2 weeks later that they should have waited a year until they were older. They did the same thing to Jasmine Murray last year. It would have been better to tell them to wait a year before the semi finals so they could still compete.

    Exactly!

  52. Do you think the contestants get as annoyed as I do that Kara insists on telling everyone who they are?

  53. So now Simon disses Lacey for taking the judges’ suggestions??? WTF?

  54. Lacey has an interesting voice, but whereas Lily also has an interesting voice, Lily knows who she is, and I don’t think Lacey quite has it figured out yet.

  55. I loved Lacey. I FUCKING HATE Randy! Last night and last week with the guys, he says “DON’T CHANGE THE SONG!” And NOW, he says “you didn’t change it…you did nothing with it!” WTF?!

  56. Aw, I had high hopes for that at the beginning but it got a little lost in the smiles and moving around. But LOL at Big Mike jamming. Lacey is really a beautiful girl, and I like her voice a lot, just doesn’t quite seem to be connecting.

  57. I think the age is perfect-everyone should have a chance even hen thy suck or rarely if they’re good see:archuleta David or iraheta Allison

    EWWWWW Katie :(

  58. I really really like Lacey for some reason. But her singing, not so much.

    I actually liked her pitchy version of Landslide much better than this, which is sad.

    If Kara hadn’t chose that song they totally would have bashed it, haha. Randy tip toed around it best he could.

    I think Lacy is gone after that.

  59. Crystal – Holy friggin God, she sang the BEJEEZUS out of that song. …..Guys don’t cry, right? Man, I feel like a woman (*ba dum psh*). My eyes watered. That was a-MAZING. I totally am on Team KellySox. To. Tal. Ly. If I don’t get to meet her on tour and tell her how amazing she is I’m gonna rip out Haeley’s nose piercing. Unless of course the beetus attacks.

    Haeley – It was actually more like a normal old bee sting than a bullet ant bite that I previously compared it to. Hmm. Except for the very last “side” note. That was kinda excruciating. Meh. It wasn’t memorably bad nor was it any good. Closer to bad.

  60. Well they made it clear who they want gone this week, Lacey and Paige will need a couple of trainwrecks from the others (particularly Lacey).

    I feel bad for her, I have the feeling that the judges were going to hate whatever she did.

  61. like Lacey voice but it’s too karaoke for me not enough her and some part of the singing was not very good

    Haeley, ewww she’s so not there yet as an artist

    Crystal… she’s her own artist as much as Kris was last year

  62. When they told Haeley she should have waited, all I can think about is Angela Martin who CAN’T come back.

  63. When they told Haeley she should have waited, all I can think about is Angela Martin who CAN’T come back.

    That crossed my mind as well.

  64. I like he package thing but I don’t like her

    she doesn’t know lacey’s name.moron.

    And she dared to sing feeling good.

    NOOOOOOO I LOOOOVE THIS SONG

    and i’m a moron lol I was reading the other thread and wondering why the comments were so weird

  65. Good lord! Why all the Katie hatred? What makes her a pageant girl? Her age? I don’t understand that at all. BTW…this a great song for her.

  66. Not bad, but another one who is undercooked and should have waited another couple of years. Now she’s just…forgettable…

  67. Katie Stevens is like the idol version of Ambien. Putting me to sleep.

  68. Crystal… she’s her own artist as much as Kris was last year

    Complete agreement – i think I’m finally onboard for Team Bowersox

  69. Ok, Megan’s version of this song last year >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Katie Stevens

    This chick is so fake, pageanty ad annoying.

  70. Well that was way better than Antonella Barba and Megan Joy at least.

  71. I think Katie has a good voice…

    Kara is a “know-it-all” and thinks she knows it all (probably because she co-wrote Strut with Adam and he is soooooooo f’ing hot)

  72. I don’t get why Katie has to sing a young song. In a way, she is an old soul.

  73. They need to get rid of some of these really young contestants.

  74. When they told Haeley she should have waited, all I can think about is Angela Martin who CAN’T come back.

    No kidding!! In my opinion, a handful of the teens allowed on this show have shown they were ready and it is no coincidence that three of those teens did very, very well (David, Jordin, Diana). They picked Haeyley over Angela and now we all have to suffer with the results.

  75. This chick is so fake, pageanty ad annoying.

    If only she was as good as she thinks she is.

  76. They told Stevie Wright last season to sing young too and it was disaster. Oh man! NOW Randy’s telling her to sing a song she loves. NO! BAD ADVICE!

  77. I’m gonna pull a Simon… pageanty. I love the tone of her voice though.

  78. I still don’t like Katie though

    Kara your poutie face is creeping me outand I STILL love simon’ accent or any British accent lol

  79. Katie has a nice attitude and sings well. I hope she’s back next week.

  80. I hope Didi does Just the two of us, we have heard Ain’t no Sunshine enough last year.

  81. The judges don’t understand that this chick obviously doesn’t LISTEN to younger hipper music. She’s very old-fashioned for such a young girl

    Oh and PLEASE tell me Didi isn’t doing ANS??? Kris OWNED that song last year

  82. No kidding!! In my opinion, a handful of the teens allowed on this show have shown they were ready and it is no coincidence that three of those teens did very, very well (David, Jordin, Diana). They picked Haeyley over Angela and now we all have to suffer with the results.

    Don’t forget about Allison in terms of teens that did well! :)

  83. I don’t get why Katie has to sing a young song. In a way, she is an old soul.

    Apparently she isn’t the chosen one everyone thought she was. OR, they’re not quite ready to pimp her yet. she seems the type of contestant they would go for.

    This chick is so fake, pageanty ad annoying.

    katie is no more pageanty than Jordin was. Just my opinion.

  84. So Katie sang “Put Your Records On”? Someone said “birds” and Megan joy and I thought “Rockin’ Robin” then I saw Antonella.

    I think I’m going to hell anyway, but Katie has the same face as the bush baby guy’s friend from a few seasons ago. Figured out his name. Jonathan Jayne. He sang God Bless America.

  85. If you have to research, you don’t know who you are.

    I dont agree with this. A lot of contestants have talked about picking up stuff from youtube or whatever.

    I thought Katie actually sounded better than the judges gave her credit for…I wonder if she performed worse in the rehearsals and that is what they were going by.

  86. Oh and PLEASE tell me Didi isn’t doing ANS??? Kris OWNED that song last year

    God I hope not – kiss of death to take one of the previous winners signature moments

  87. The only teenager I enjoy listening to is Allison Iraheta, and somehow I don’t think that’s ‘who Katie is’. The advice they gave her stank….I’m feeling sorry for the kid.

  88. The perfect song for Katie to sing is JoJo’s “Too Little, Too late” thats the kind of artist that Katie fits. Yes she is a mini Kelly Clarkson but she need to sings songs by Jojo, Demi Lovato. Actually “this is me” or “don’t forget by Demi Lovato would be good for her and she can showcase her powerful vocals.

  89. Jordin was not pageanty. I think Diana Digarmo was, But she grew out of that. Maybe I’m confused on the defination of pageanty. I like Katie. Katie should do a TAYLOR SWIFT song, I don’t really like Taylor, But I do believe she is under 20, or maybe right at 20. Majority of American Idol audience love country.

  90. If you have to research, you don’t know who you are.

    Exactly. Katie is sweet and has a good voice, but she’s just a good singer who doesn’t know where she fits yet. I think that’s where others stand out is the fact that they know who they are as an artist.

  91. I think Katie is really good but looks a little too pleased with herself after she sings. She also looks like Melissa Joan Hart but with different color hair.

  92. Too many gosh darn commercials, they have more commericial’s than singing – MAJOR ROLLEYES!!!

  93. @Gleekester- I forgot about JOJO…Jojo would be a good choice, she sounds like her.

  94. Now they said to sing a song she likes, that never works, they usually say pick a song that makes you sound good and shows who you are as an artist.

  95. Oh and PLEASE tell me Didi isn’t doing ANS??? Kris OWNED that song last year

    I love Didi but PLEASE NO. That song is now untouchable, now that Kris did it >_>.

    I don’t really like Taylor, But I do believe she is under 20, or maybe right at 20. Majority of American Idol audience love country.

    Taylor Swift is 20, she’s 6 days older than me (yet she sings like she’s 5 years younger….. no offense). Katie could probably do well with her song.

    Luv, it’s jammasta. 2 M’s :P. What were you thinking that I was thinking? That Katie looks like Jonathan or that she was singing Rockin’ Robin from the comments? >_>. Or something totally different?

  96. I dont agree with this. A lot of contestants have talked about picking up stuff from youtube or whatever.

    Yes, they may have found things off youtube, but they still made it their own song. While it may have been someone’s version they knew how it fit into their style and made it their song.

  97. Didi is a beautiful girl (except when meowing). I’m still irritated about what was done to Katie..It ain’t right.

    Uh, oh. didi, no.

  98. Kris fans are all relieved right now (or they are angry that they can’t say how much Kris was better last year lol).

  99. Teenagers have been thrust into rock and pop music since it began, but we seem particularly obsessed with teeny divas and divos at the moment. Boys that can’t shave, girls who are all giggly…..sometimes it’s like a bad parody of “Glee” up there.

    I do think this year the Idol 24 and 20 have less collective professional experience, and it shows. In ways that sometime are just too cringeful and cruel! I mean Haeley……..she was chosen as an IDEA, a CONCEPT, not as a real singer — which she is NOT YET.

    It’s no accident to me that Crystal has been gigging around a lot, and that poise and assurance are there. They were with the last several winners too, whether they’d gotten anywhere or not they’d at least been very invested in music, wrote and recorded albums on their own, and didn’t totally embarrassed themselves.

    And by the way, dammit, I’m hooked again thanks to Crystal. I gotta be rooti’n for my girl after tonight….thought I might actually have a life this spring but no-o-o-o-o…….

  100. DiDi, another singer/songwriter wannabe, who’s destroying this song.

  101. Very Megan Joy’sh sound, but a marginally better singer. Dpn’t like this song for her.

  102. Yes, they may have found things off youtube, but they still made it their own song. While it may have been someone’s version they knew how it fit into their style and made it their song.

    I know, I was just saying they still had to do research..

  103. Didi reminds me of Megan Joy.

    I want to like her. The song seems kind of slow or something.

  104. i know I say this a lot but
    I FLIVE THIS<3 <3

    it is so going on my iPod(maybe :))

    another reason I hate Katie,did you see her facial expression?

    STFU RANDY

  105. Did Kara just compare Adam and Haeley? This show has surely jumped the proverbial shark.

    No she said Alex Lambert, not Adam.

  106. I thought Didi put her own spin on that! C’mon… not the best song choice for her, but it was still a good performance.

  107. *sigh of relief*

    Okay, no “Ain’t No Sunshine” tonight. Honestly, the only person I want to see sing it is probably Crystal or Haeley. Crystal could do her own good version of it, and Haeley could do her own bad version and I just won’t even bother comparing it. I don’t think my other favorite Aaron would do too great with a song like that.

    Lean on Me? I like that song for Didi, but I wanna see more energy from her.

  108. Dawg I know what’s happening, all of you judges are being forced alone with the American public, to listen to these high school glee club rejects.

  109. Kara – literally makes me sick – when I watch this on TV later this evening, I will be muting her voice…

  110. Kris fans are all relieved right now (or they are angry that they can’t say how much Kris was better last year lol).

    As a Kris fan I’m relieved she didn’t go for ANS, it’s up there with the list of untouchable songs (as is Mad World because of Adam).

    But, that was just not good.

  111. oh that was a little rough. I like Didi, but I don’t think she had a real connection to that song and it was a little all over the place. I still think potentially she’s one of the best contestants this year

  112. I know, I was just saying they still do had to do research..

    Oh sorry, didn’t mean to misinterpret. :) And I agree they probably do have to research esp. in the Top 12 weeks when they are put into styles that might be completely out of their comfort zones. (like country week for most contestants.)

  113. Oh god Didi. She’s my favorite, but horrible song choice.

    Please vote for her people, we can’t lose another of the best singers over a dumb song choice like Janelle.

  114. I meant by researching, Katie responded like she needed to research to the question of singing something current and young.

    sorry Didi, it was screechy and unpleasant.

    Creed?

    The pool is tough again this week!

  115. Ouch Didi…poor girl. I still love ya girl. I am glad they are going from Randy to Simon instead of confusing him, lol.

  116. Michelle is singing Cream? I just got really excited. Sunshine of your life? Crossroads?

  117. didi was not that great but she wasn’t THAT bad as expressed by the judges. She still has a place in my heart :)

  118. I agree with Kara in that her playing her guitar would’ve been better for this song and do not understand why Didi has dropped her guitar since Hollywood. BUT that being said, I must be watching a different show than the judges because I freakin’ LOVED Didi on that song! Some pitch issues, but seriously, it was great to me!

  119. Okay, guys, I’m on Rickey so I’m way behind.

    Lacey – This isn’t as bad as I read from the comments. Much much better than last week. However, she’s still uncomfortable on stage. Might be her time to go. But she was totally singing at Michael and Michael was totally dancing. Behind-the-scenes DRAMA! No, let’s not bring that stuff back.

    “Michelle is singing Cream? I just got really excited. ”

    tee hee…… okay I deserve to be hurt for that.

  120. Kara is cracking me up…She was trying to be all serious.
    “Didi it wasn’t any good”

    I mean it wasn’t good, I think she was the worst tonight, She seemed like she was trying to hard(indulgent)

  121. Michelle is singing Cream? I just got really excited. Sunshine of your life? Crossroads?

    Oh Cream lol! I thought he said Creed and I was like wtf?!?

  122. STFU JUDGES

    I think the judges are trying to guide these kids, but things are so dismal that they really don’t know how to get them on track in a 15 second sound bite.
    Were they all high when they put these people through in Hollywood or are the contestents just falling apart under the pressure?

  123. The contestants seem confused about who they are this season. Didi, look at Brooke White and Jason Castro, that is the kind of artist you are, but you can sing a lot better. Katie, young female artist around your age, hmmmmm….uh like Jordin Sparks. Ok maybe not. Crystal did really well but she did look like she is still a bit ill. Oh wait, Katie would of killed “The Climb”, too bad Haeley sang it.

    Haeley was awful, she just needs to go home. She will probably make the top 10.

  124. Boy, this season is pathetic. Guess Chrystal so far is the best. I didn’t like her at first, but there’ no one else.
    This could be the beginning of the end for idol IMO. Maybe one more year. So far this is without a doubt the worst bunch of contestants ever. 100,000 people and this is all they could come up with? (how many people have said this). I can hear anyone of these people in my town on a Saturday night. Remember saying this about Kris. Haven’t changed my mind. I’m sure they are very nice people but an American Idol? Not in my mind so far.

  125. CREED?! Last night it was Hinder, now Creed… ugh, I hate these bands. Michelle should’ve tried to make this a little more R&B and soulful. Meh.

    She and I think that girl who’s her sister are REALLY pretty.

  126. Michelle has a nice voice and her looks are marketable, but frankly, she sounds like lots of others. Nothing unique and not a particularly strong voice…

  127. Michelle has a beautiful- strong voice. And she’s beautiful… Don’t know what they’ll say about the break down of the song.

    On a side note. NO ONE works the Camera with his/her eyes like Adam can.

  128. This was terrible. Alicia was predictable, but she could at least sing it.

  129. I am sure they will say she was pitchy and not original…and she didn’t take a big enough risk (I’m talking about Michelle)

  130. Michelle needs to learn that in order to put soul into rock songs, the song needs to be rock in the first place.

  131. I am sorry this year the vibe is not encouraging or helpful (Paula come back). It seem to be a platform for the judges to tear about as many contestants as they possibly can.

  132. Late to the party.

    Can I just say, the only thing worse than Creed, is Creed by way of Leona Robotron Lewis. WTH was that? Bwah.

    ETA: No, there is something worse. The muthaeffing Climb. Haaaate that song. Sorry, smiley girl.

    Also, watching back, Crystal was awesome. Yeah, that’s all I got.

  133. I may have to stop watching if Randy says to change the song again after so many times of telling people not to change songs!

  134. That seemed like Michelle and the band were performing two entirely versions of the song. That was weird, and the vocal was very weak in spots

    WTF Kara?

  135. NO ONE works the Camera with his/her eyes like Adam can.</blockquote
    ruh roh I smell a fanwar

    Kara you're annoying me more than usual if that's possible

  136. Whoever said Didi was more fragile than Brooke White nailed it. She’s gonna crack.

  137. I think Simon just want to have another Leona Lewis. But Michelle was okay.

  138. Michelle didn’t do enough with it?? I thought she did a ton, sounded very different.

  139. jammasta:
    03/03/2010 at 8:27 pm

    Has anyone heard of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index?

    That was the most totally random, yet completely hilarious posting I’ve read in a loooong time!

  140. Really thought I was gonna like Michelle, loved the song choice, but she really stuggled with it, and her arrangment wasn’t too great either.

    I agree the first half was alot better than the second. But the second is what I remember.

    PS – I think if she’d just eat like 5 cheeseburgers I’d like her better :P

  141. I am sorry this year the vibe is not encouraging or helpful (Paula come back). It seem to be a platform for the judges to tear about as many contestants as they possibly can.

    I’m starting to think that Paula was a far more comforting presence up on that panel that I ever realized. Is it possible that she gave them someone encouraging to focus on so that the nerves didn’t eat them alive?

  142. At least that made Michelle stand out. I thought the band screwed up at one point, Michelle definitely shot a nasty look for a second.

  143. i’m too bored with these performances to really comment… it’s been downhill since crystal… send the rest of the girls home, and just let her compete solo against the guys, lol

  144. I am sorry this year the vibe is not encouraging or helpful (Paula come back). It seem to be a platform for the judges to tear about as many contestants as they possibly can.

    I agree, Ellen is not enthusiastic enough or warm enough to offset the tough critiques.

  145. I guess Katelyn is doing Coldplay, Paige Aretha and Siobhan is finishing with Kelly.
    This is going to be interesting.

  146. That was the most totally random, yet completely hilarious posting I’ve read in a loooong time!

    Aside from the end part about Haeley Vaughn, I totally stole it from Wikipedia >_>.

    Michelle doing Creed? Uhhh……. interesting o_O.

  147. We’re just starting to watch and Simon pulls the same old Kelly Clarkson comparison for Crystal. Doesn’t he do that every season? I will agree with him that she’s really good but maybe too early for that.

  148. PS – I think if she’d just eat like 5 cheeseburgers I’d like her better

    I don’t think you are going to hear the judges give that advice real soon. Heh.

  149. Just joining the party – had to get my hair glamified.

    Guess some of the judges heard something I didn’t with Michelle. She’s very pretty, but you know it’s not good news when they comment on your clothes. I thought that was just okay. Thought her last note was bad.

  150. When Ryan used to say “THIS is American Idol” I used to get chills. Nothing now. But of course back then I was waiting for a certain alien. I so want these kids to ROCK IT OUT!!!! Move around on the stage. WOW us. Everything is so boring this year.

  151. Michelle did pretty good, I love her outfit. She could do better. Lets hope that Magnus will bring it! Please!

  152. I think Bow.er.sox (bow.er.sox. bow.er.sox..) set the bar pretty high tonight and everyone else (so far) are either barely matching her or failing miserably…

  153. ruh roh I smell a fanwar

    Kara you’re annoying me more than usual if that’s possible

    lol. Just my opinion. A lot of the contestants are doing the camera gazes this season (agree?). But there is a natural awkwardness in theirs. Or maybe I’m just OTT biased ;)

  154. WOW..the judges seem to be stretching to try and find something postive to say…”But, I liked your outfit”??? WHAT???

    pretty dull this year…I’m just waiting to hear from Siobhan Magnus.

  155. i’m too bored with these performances to really comment.

    Commenting is a good way to overcome the boredom! It’s really helped me stay awake during these shows.

  156. A Change is Gonna Come – No one should touch that after Adam’s performance of that. Just my opinion.

  157. Michelle was amazing and she took a risk. I thing that performance was huge stand out for her shows that she is really becoming a contender for the seaoson 9 crown. Go Michelle!!!!!

  158. Wow, Simon admitted that the judges give out contradictory advice sometimes.

    I know! I about peed my pants on that one! Simon used to be a major walking contradiction, but Randy takes the cake on that this season! Randy should be fired STAT!

  159. Lol Sam Cooke made that song untouchable, not Adam Lambert, but I like Lillys version better……

  160. big risk doing a song that Adam absolutely KILLED in the finale

    But I like Lilly — she’s unique and has a cool voice

  161. Lilly’s voice annoys the crap out of me. There, I said it. And I feel better.

  162. Okay, back with more of my critiques.

    Katie – Hmm…… This was kinda boring. I like her voice, but I didn’t like the choice of song very much. I liked her dress, though.

    Didi – Weird song choice, not very oomphy, but she’s HAWT. I want her to have my children. Other than that, it was kinda…… meh. She should’ve traded outfits with Katie. Like Andrew, she kinda disappointed me the past 2 weeks. I keep forgetting she’s there, and she used to be in my ideal top 10. She could still be there…..

  163. Lily is my favorite on the night….So far. She is unique and I loved that arrangement.

  164. LOVED Lilly. I thought she did something totally different from Adam’s version so no problems there. She was awesome imo, my favorite of the night so far!

  165. I kinda *heart* Lilly. She was my sleeper pick last week and didn’t disappoint. I dig that she marches to her own beat. Also, fairly brave to sing that song that is usually a take it to church kind of song even though she’s not a take it to church kind of singer. I’m gonna disagree with Simon and say Lilly was the best of the night, but I think it’s just a matter of taste.

  166. Ellen…I love you…but are you deaf???? The best performance of the night????Pleeeease! Bowersox rocked!

  167. Wow, I like Lily, but I wasn’t crazy about that performance. I guess I’ll be in the minority.

  168. Lilly must have something I don’t see. That “it” is invisible to everyone except for the judges.

  169. I liked that. I liked Adam’s version better, but that was pretty good.

  170. I loved Lilly! So glad the judges agree with me. That was the first performance of the girls or guys that really made me sit up and take notice. (And, contra Simon, I thought Lilly was better than Crystal.)

  171. Totally different from Adam’s but that’s fine because Lilly not trying to sing it with his outstanding vocals. But she has some good, strong vocals there and she knows how she wants to sing (which involves a lot of oh-oh-ohohohs…)

  172. Organic…agree with you. Do not touch that song. Judges are praising her (producers probably told them to). Come on…not that good of a performance. Thank you Simon. Simon seems distracted…he’s in love. Yawn…think I’ll get ready for work tomorrow.

  173. I love Lilly and FLOVED that performance

    BUT

    Adam was 1000000000000 times better

    Colplay!!! If she screws this up,I will hate he even more forever I already don’t like her

  174. OOoooh, stank face when Simon said Crystal was better! Go Simon– I agree. Crystal’s more likeable to me too. She was good compared to a lot of the girls who just went, but the rest of the judging panel was too OTT.

  175. Lilly is cool, she definetly brings something different that we’ve never seen on the show (tm Randy)

  176. Lilly did a great job but sorry judges, Crystal imo owns the night so far.

  177. Lilly made the song her own but Not as good as Adam IMHO and nowhere near as good vocally. With that said she definitely stood out tonight. Oh and I agree with Simon Crystal was better but Lilly was very close second.

  178. shell29 – I’m in minority with you. The words and meaning of that song, for me, demanded a much more powerful performance. Felt it was too light for the true meaning of that song. Again, just my opinion.

  179. So singing the beatles and sam cooke isn’t acting older than 20?? How come some of the contestants have to sing Justin Bierber and others can sing Sam Cooke?

  180. I loved Lily eye roll when Simon mentioned Krystal….LOL.

    Simon has picked his favorite and that usually backfires. The only time it didn’t backfire was Fantasia and David Cook.

  181. Like Lilly but did NOT like that. Maybe I’m a purist but I don’t WANT someone changing that song up and making it their own–it’s great as it is!

  182. Pardon me Kara. Someone already did come and change the game here at Idol….it’s was five years ago (the year this blog was founded) and his name was Bo Bice. And he did inspire different people to try out that would never have considered Idol, people like Daughtry and Taylor (and Carly Smithson), who begat Blake Lewis, who begat David Cook, who begat Adam Lambert and Kris and Allison…..who are the reason that the producers have opened their minds and people like Crystal and Lilly are cast at all.
    Here endeth the lesson.

  183. Worse idol tradition ever: fans of previous contestants who complain everytime a newbee cover a song that their favorite did before.

  184. Crystal and Lily were both good-strong and confident. In a sea of meh, they shine like beacons. Nobody is giving me chills yet, though…not even a slight shiver.

  185. all i can say is that so far the girls are MUCH MUCH better than the boys…

    do we really need 6 boys? haha

  186. You know, on the girls side:
    There are some people that just know what they want, where their niche is and are not out to reinvent themselves to be someone people like. IE. Crystal and Lilly.

    ETA: Yea someone just mentioned it. It is the confidence factor. Michelle does have some of that too.

    I don’t see it from the boys yet.

  187. Lol Sam Cooke made that song untouchable, not Adam Lambert,

    Exactly. Only diehard AI fans even remember Adam did the song. I hate the whole “my idol did the song and now it’s off limits” crap. It’s as bad as the “nobody else named Lambert should ever try out for AI!!!” LOL

    So glad to see Lilly and Crystal, the girls who aren’t typical of American Idol, showing the other girls how it’s done. It will never happen but a Lilly/Crystal final two is just dandy with me.

  188. I thought Lily was actually way better than Crystal this week, even if I like Crystal more as an artist.

    Crystals song choice appears to be very devisive. I just didn’t care for it, even though she sang it so well.

  189. Simon has picked his favorite and that usually backfires. The only time it didn’t backfire was Fantasia and David Cook.

    And Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard….

  190. Worse idol tradition ever: fans of previous contestants who complain everytime a newbee cover a song that their favorite did before.

    Agreed.

  191. I seriously hated Lily’s performance. She reminds me of Jolie Holland. That was incredibly pretentious and indulgent. Am I missing something?

  192. I think I’m starting to “get” Katelyn. Not too bad at all. (a half beat too slow for me, but not bad)

  193. WOW! I love Katelyn! This is so her element with the piano and all. She is stunning!

  194. Katelyn is a surprisingly mature singer. She’s impressing me.

  195. I keep not liking Katelyn until she sings and then she totally wins me over. Thought she was surprisingly good last week and really good this week too. Wish I could figure out what it was about her that bothers me. Maybe it’s the annoying back story. If she keeps getting better she’ll win me over to her side though!

  196. Katelyn is doing okay, and I like her risk and I didn’t even know she played an instrument. However, I just feel every time I look at her she’s “faking it” as she sings. I don’t know. It is just never believable for me…

    Kinda boring.

  197. I’m just waiting for Siobhan at this point. I think Katelyn is talented but zzzzzzz.

  198. I liked Katelyn until the choice to glory note that last word which did not fit the song At All.

  199. Katelyn, for me, for you, that was kind of terrible. Way to bastardize one of my favorite songs.

  200. Worse idol tradition ever: fans of previous contestants who complain everytime a newbee cover a song that their favorite did before.

    Amen!

  201. I loved Kris’s version when he covered this at one of his gigs recently, so I was a little worried I’d compared Katelyn to his version. But it was way different. I liked Katelyn’s version. But I do get what Randy and Ellen are saying because it was a very slow version. She’s got a really good voice though.

  202. And Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard….

    Ruben wasn’t his favorite, He was so mad when Ruben won. Melinda Dolittle was his favorite in season 6. And he didn’t like Carrie Underwood until halfway though.

  203. Katelyn has been the only pleasant surprise of the past two evenings. I’m not jumping up and down, but I liked it.

  204. Also, I think giving how iconic the song is, and because she is a woman, she would have been fine singing it straight and not coming off as a “sound-a-like”

  205. Either the judges are smart and building her slowly as a contender, or they didn’t like it nearly as much as I did.

  206. It will never happen but a Lilly/Crystal final two is just dandy with me.

    Ditto. I think they’d like a quirky indie chick win this season, but I’m afraid Lily and Crystal might compete for the same voting block so one of them might be sacrificed for the other towards the end.

  207. Only 2 contestants left and a half hour to go. No wonder Simon told Kara to take her time.

  208. Maybe it’s the annoying back story.

    UH??? WHAT?! We haven’t heard about that since her audition! I hardly even remember it. I really hate it when contestant’s backstories are held against them even when we barely hear about them.

  209. Agreeing with Simon on Lily. She was very good but i was not riveted to this performance. I liked Kara’s comment as to there could be talents there that could say “yes, i’ll try AI” because they feel they have a special talent.

    I like much more Katelyn this week. Yes a bit too slow and i didn’t like the big note a the end but overall it was a lovely performance

  210. Oh Simon, Katelyn was NOT “a million times better than last week.” She was one of the few who did well last week.

  211. Ruben wasn’t his favorite, He was so mad when Ruben won. Melinda Dolittle was his favorite in season 6. And he didn’t like Carrie Underwood until halfway though.

    We remember these seasons waaaaaaaaay differently. lol But its cool. You’ll remember them your way and I’ll remember them mine.

    I’m probably in the minority here but no one (guys or girls) are blowing me away yet. I don’t see any of them competing with current artists right now.

  212. Oddly I agreed with all the judges on that. Love that song, but it was sooo slow I almost fell asleeep (Ellen), but I love her voice and her singing (Kara), but she’s a little corny with the camera (Simon).

  213. I thought Katelyn did a great job overall. Lily was a tough follow. She’s def safe with that though.

    And I like slow with female singers, so boo Ellen, haha.

  214. Only 2 contestants left and a half hour to go. No wonder Simon told Kara to take her time.

    Oops! Could they actually be running SHORT for the first time in history? Maybe they can throw a group number together really quick.

  215. I got chills with Lily and now Katelyn. Wow where did that come from? I really enjoyed Katelyn. I didn’t fall asleep Ellen. I really like her voice in this song. I thought she was for sure a fodder but now I think she has a chance to make the top 10. My favs from the beginning of the season are slowly shifting. They are doing a lot better this week than last.

  216. wth is with randy tonight. hes so off. grump is right.

    i liked Katelyn.

    Liked Krystal, Lily, Katie (esp at end),and Katelyn so far.

    really looking forward to Siobhan :D

  217. Ruben was indeed his favorite in my memory. He wanted nothing to do with Mr. Aiken. ;) And he f’loved Carrie! He told her early on that she would win and sell big (and so she did).

    I think Crystal has something special. I can’t look away from her. It’s…gravity. The rest of them are floundering a little. Last year, they seemed to connect with the camera more easily – this year, not so much.

    But I do get what the judges are saying. They’re saying – command the stage. Make yourself essential. A hard thing to tell someone, so they end up with change this, change that.

  218. How come some of the contestants have to sing Justin Bierber and others can sing Sam Cooke?

    It’s hard to say exactly, but there are just some songs that are harder to connect to when the person singing looks/sounds really young. I think someone like Lilly can get away with singing songs that, say Aaron couldn’t, simply cause it will be harder to be convincing. Doesn’t mean he couldn’t sing the song well, it’d just be harder to suspend disbelief.

    I mean, come on, regardless of the songs quality, does anyone really find Bieber convincing singing about seeing about girls being stood up at dinner, and how he’s going to make them less lonely? I mean, really.

  219. Girlygirl I liked Katelyn’s version. But I do get what Randy and Ellen are saying because it was a very slow version. She’s got a really good voice though.

    wrigley:
    03/03/2010 at 9:32 pm

    Katelyn has been the only pleasant surprise of the past two evenings. I’m not jumping up and down, but I liked it.

    I agree 100%….. I like her.

  220. Only 2 contestants left and a half hour to go. No wonder Simon told Kara to take her time.

    I think Simon was being sarcastic because she never shuts up.
    LOL

  221. Katelyn is TCO. Mark my words. Actually, I mean Lacey is going to win, you should all pick her to win in the pool.

  222. It will never happen but a Lilly/Crystal final two is just dandy with me.

    I think one of them will be there – don’t see both there though.

  223. That’s a cool package!

    I was meh in her last week

    I flive this song

    And I FLIVE this version

    GOOD JOB PAIGE!!!!

    I like her now :D

    she’s really rocking this..

  224. I think Paige is safe…For some reason. I mean she can sing…But IDK

  225. Wow Paige sounds a lot like Kelly. Kelly is better but its pretty uncanny how much she has Kelly vibe and quality.

    Good song!

    Shut up Randy! He is being a big A-hole tonight

  226. I’m not sure why Paige bores me. Technically she’s great. But then again I never liked Melinda Doolittle. :)

  227. Paige did a 100% improvement from last week, not my favorite Kelly song but she did it well.

  228. I think the beginning and end were good, but the middle seemed to be strained a bit. I think she’ll be fine, though.

  229. I feel like Paige just shouted at me in an empty way, like without conviction. But she has one of the better voices. Not my bag.

  230. lol gangreen

    that’s ok Randy you don’t know many words,so you dint need to hear them
    I like how they’re doing current songs
    but overall I’m
    meh on tonight

  231. Wow, WAY karaoke. She sounded nearly just like Kelly in the beginning. She sounds good, but I disagree with Ellen, cuz she didn’t change much about the song… also, good point from Kara– this song needed that ANGRY chick thing Kelly does, and she was way boppy poppy happy.

  232. How did Paige “change that song up”? It sounded exactly like Kelly’s version to me.

  233. I liked Paige, she was really enjoying herself. Good choice of song.

  234. I’m so tired of Kara tonight. She has had some great comments tonight. But I so miss Paula.

  235. Loved Katelyn, def the surprise so far this season.

    Paige is still a bit meh for me. She has one more week to change my mind probably. Ok my opinion of her is exactly what Simon just said.

  236. Why does what Kara intended for the song have to be what Paige intended for the song to mean when she sings? Paige was great, and everyone tomorrow will be acting like she was bad because Simon didn’t like it.

  237. I like Paige’s smile. Wasn’t she the girl that auditioned as a country artist?

  238. Paige reminds me a bit of Kimberly Locke…it’s her speaking voice and her stage presence.

  239. Wooo hooo, more critiques.

    Michelle – Wow, I thought this one was pretty good. Nicely done, I’m kinda surprised she actually took a risk there. Wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was still good.

    Lilly – OOOOOH. Definitely one of my favorites so far. She did have a weird “blah” note somewhere there. Man, she totally KILLED it. In a good way. Hoo boy. She’s definitely in my Top 6, but now I’m debating if I like her or Siobhan more…… we’ll see later.

  240. I’m gonna throw down for Kara here. Inappropriate smiling during an angsty song is one of my pet peeves. (Sarver, lookin at you, cuz you were King, LOL.)

  241. Time for ice cream. It’s not a good thing when you feel you should be rewarded for watching a teevee show.

  242. I like Paige. She surprise me in a good way. My girl Siobhan(sp?) is up. I hope she nails it out the ball park.

  243. Do the judges like anyone? Randy, in particular, is rubbing me the wrong way tonight. The judges are so contradictory with their feedback. From “Change it up – it’s too close to the original artist’s version” to “Don’t change it up so much, it sounds nothing like the song by the original artist” to “Move” to “Don’t be a dancer trying to be an artist” Oy! I’m really not surprised the contestants are completely confused. I know I am.

    I think the fact that Crystal was #1 and nailed her song is hurting everyone else coming behind her. I honestly think she’s unbeatable as far as the girls go. Lilly might be the only one who can give her a run for her money. I like Didi too and thought she did well tonight. To each their own, I guess.

  244. Paige has such a good voice but arghh not enough connection to the meaning of it. But musically I liked it a lot. Bravo to Kara to have written this very good song

  245. I’m so hoping for great things from Shioban. I need to memorize the spelling of that!

  246. I won’t say she’s bad tomorrow because of Simon, I’ll say it because she didn’t support her voice during the middle of the song. I’ll forgive it though, because I think she has a better voice then others tonight.

  247. From the L.A. Times

    IdolTracker The @AdamLambert fans up in arms that Lilly Scott encored a song he did last year.
    12 minutes ago via web

  248. STFU KARA

    This. I thought Paige was pretty good, although a bit karaoke. I hope she sticks around. I wish she’d ditch those contacts though.

  249. I’m just up to Didi and other than Crystal, the judges are all being ultra mean tonight. I thought both Katie and Didi sounded better than they did. For Didi it’s karaoke because she tried to make it her own but if they just sing it like Lacey it’s karaoke. I’m pretty sure some of them feel like banging their heads against the wall (or cry) afterwards. If they’re a chosen one they get a lot of slack but anyone else can forget it. Randy’s a broken record tonight about not changing up songs even when they did. It makes me want to vote for the ones that get trashed the most. :)

    I don’t think any song a previous idol did is verboten but you do risk the comparison if they did well. I don’t remember that performance by Adam but Lily’s not a guy so don’t think that should be much of an issue.

  250. I like Paige’s smile. Wasn’t she the girl that auditioned as a country artist?

    Nope that would be Haeley

  251. iluvai:
    03/03/2010 at 9:46 pm
    I’m so hoping for great things from Shioban. I need to memorize the spelling of that!

    yes because it’s Siobhan ;)

  252. What in the hell does siobahn have on???

    Oh well – I hope she sounds of the chain. I need to be blown away…becuase quite frankly there is not a one of these contestants that I would even consider downloading on itunes…

  253. I can’t believe how good Katelyn was! Before tonight I was like, eh. I agree with whoever said they underestimated her. I think she did awesome.

  254. I like Siobhan — she can sing and she’s sort of dorky/clueless in her packages which is amusing

  255. I can’t put my finger on it but there’s something missing this season. I’m hoping it’s still early and there will be a few surprises to make me change my mind, but so far these last few weeks has been one big snooze fest. Sorry! Tonight Simon looks like he has indigestion and can’t wait for the show to be over. Also, I would much rather that the judges NOT get the opportunity to see/hear the contestants rehearsals beforehand. I know they probably need to in order to keep the timeframe for the show and have their comments somewhat ready. I, for one, would love to be able to see the built-in monitors on the judge’s desk and any notes that are directed their way. So far, no one has the IT factor in my books (there is some talent) but not the IT factor…but maybe in time.

  256. I have high hopes for Siobahn. (I actually cheated spelling that!)

    And you still spelled it wrong! LOL! Sorry, I just thought that was kinda funny.

    SioBHan. I’m also really pulling for her.

  257. So a little recap…

    Crystal, Lily, and Katelyn are getting my vote based on tonight. Katie also did okay.

    And I’m voting for Didi cause I love her and she needs to stay, hehe. But, man what a brutal song choice. Good thing the judges made her cry. For shame!

    Now for Siobahn, hope I like this…

  258. Well, they’re all wowing me more than Brooke White. I started to cringe every time she appeared. I would take Didi over Brooke.

    I agree – they want an indie girl to win. They’ve stacked the deck. What’s weird is: I thought indie girls don’t sell? I don’t get it.

  259. THe girls are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the guys its not even close. I like about 5 of the girls A LOT. I dont think there are 6 guys that deserve to be in the top 12, there might be 10 girls that do though.

  260. I wish these girls wouldn’t do Aretha. No one can touch Aretha. Sioban’s not doing badly.

  261. She sounds good, but it’s a little weird – she’s not really soulful. And she awfully awkward on stage.

  262. Okay, I kinda love Siobhan, personality and singing.

    For me, it’s her, Lilly, Crystal, and maybe Paige. Don’t know in what order yet.

  263. Siobhan is definitely her own person. I like that she is from my state.

  264. Maybe that song sounded better in the studio then what it sound like on television.

  265. I thought she was good, mostly, as long as I didn’t look at her. She should have worn something different, just not that blue polka dot top, too odd.

  266. Siobhan: Jaw dropped.
    It’s not Don’t take on a big song. It’s don’t take on a big song UNLESS YOU CAN HIT THE NOTES. She can hit the notes. Nuff said.

  267. OK, now I see why everyone is jumping on the Siobhan bandwagon. I like this girl!

  268. The girls got Season 9 on track. Hip hip hooray.

    Simon is giving the same critic that he gave Adam last year on “Satisfaction”

  269. Loved Siobhan too. I am worried about Didi, I love her voice and I liked her tonight but her song choice was not great. Gonna vote for just her today and hope she gets through and brings out her guitar and picks a better song next week.

  270. There are 5 girls I think are pretty good: Crystal, Siobhan, Lilly, Katelyn and Didi — the others can just go away now

  271. That note totally saved that performance. And it was amazing. Especially to hit that well on tv recorded vocals. Impressive.

  272. rayni:
    03/03/2010 at 9:53 pm
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lily
    5. everybody else

    Yep, yep, yep. Hayley needs to go home as much for her sake as our’s.

  273. Simon is giving the same critic that he gave Adam last year on “Satisfaction”

    I thought the same thing!!!

  274. I friggin’love siobhan…she’s got balls of steel in a quirky package..love it!!

  275. I liked a lot if people tonight,slightly better than last week,I’m not voting for anyone but idi though because I’m tired
    gnight

  276. Ok – Siobahn was good…I can’t wait to re-watch this on TV so I can really pay close attention….

  277. I really enjoyed tonight. I don’t care how how bad the boys are, this is the best group of girls since I don’t know when…season three maybe?

  278. My order for the night:
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Lilly
    4. Katelyn
    5. Lacey
    6. Didi
    7. Paige
    8. Katie
    9. Michelle
    10. Haeley

  279. YeS Magnus, the real darkhorse! I love her! I think she can win this thing now. The girls were WAY better than the boys this week!

  280. I like that Siobhan I do. She’s so quirky and interesting and different. Yes, she’s a belter, but it just felt different.

  281. What a way to end the show. I agree with lovecert I am awake now thanks Siobhan.

  282. Great list!

    I would just put Katie in 5th place. I know that’s not the popular choice. It was really fun tonight!

    anovich:
    03/03/2010 at 9:56 pm
    My order for the night:
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Lilly
    4. Katelyn
    5. Lacey
    6. Didi
    7. Paige
    8. Katie
    9. Michelle
    10. Haeley

  283. HURRY UP RICKEY!

    I’m so behind, I’m still on Lilly. I really want to see Siobhan.

  284. oh noooo. Simon’s pimping Bowersox (who I looove),. She’s doomed!

  285. Ha, I like Siobhan’s offstage personality more than her onstage energy. The mohawk story was teh awesome. I still feel a disconnect when she sings, though, like there’s a thought bubble above her head that says “okay, let’s get to this part, and now this part is cool, woohoo.” I’ll be happy when she doesn’t pick a big song and demonstrates that she can connect to a tune on a more intimate, personal level like Lilly and Crystal. But she’s way fun. So yeah, self pimpage: couple days ago I predicted that this season would come down to some combo of Crystal, Siobhan, and Lilly. Damn, I’m good. ;)

  286. I’m not going to vote tonight because I think the ones I liked will still be here next week. Except for maybe Katie. We’ll see tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what every else thinks. :)

  287. Loved many performances tonight! Last night i liked 2. A girl IS going to win this year….

    My ranking tonight:
    1-Crystal
    2-Lilly
    3-Siobhan
    4-Katelyn
    5-Paige
    6-Katie
    7-Didi
    8-Lacey
    9-Michele
    10-Haeley dead last

  288. Siobahn is quirky and Lily just TRIES to be quirky…BIG DIFFERENCE!

  289. Ryan is really “snarky” towards Simon…but Simon needs it at times, but the botox comment was not really necessary, but then again, some o Simon’s comments to the contestants aren’t quite necessary…so I guess it’s turn about fair play in Idol-land.

  290. rayni:
    03/03/2010 at 9:53 pm
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lily
    5. everybody else

    Yep!

  291. So on Fox 5 NY they’re screaming “American Idol fans are in an uproar!” What???

  292. I really enjoyed tonight. I don’t care how how bad the boys are, this is the best group of girls since I don’t know when…season three maybe?

    Season 7 maybe? They were out shone by the two Davids but they were good. And let us not forget Miss Underwood.

  293. I’ll be happy when she doesn’t pick a big song and demonstrates that she can connect on a more intimate, personal level.

    Didn’t you hear her sing “Wicked Game” last week?

  294. My rankings:

    1. Lilly
    2. Siobhan
    3. Crystal
    4. Katelyn.
    5. Paige
    6. Didi
    7. Lacey
    8. Katie
    9. Michelle
    10. Haeley

    To be honest I thought everyone but Haeley was at least decent tonight. Good show overall! Just wish Didi had been a bit better cause I adore her.

  295. wow, the girls are SO above the guys this year… it’s ridiculous like if it had been planned from the start

  296. Season 7 maybe? They were out shone by the two Davids but they were good. And let us not forget Miss Underwood.

    Carrie Underwood is the best contestant they have ever had though, the other girls weren’t so hot that season. Season 7 girls were alright, but I think this group is better.

  297. Awesome, my 3 favorites owned tonight! (Crystal, Lilly, and Siobhan)

  298. Tonight was pretty dull IMO. I didn’t really like any of the performances that much, though I like Siobhan as a person and I think she has a decent voice. Everybody else except Crystal who I think gave a decent performance just wasn’t very good to me. This season is shaping up to be very lackluster and could end up being worse than season 6 for me.

  299. Mainegal:
    03/03/2010 at 10:01 pm

    rayni:
    03/03/2010 at 9:53 pm
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lily
    5. everybody else

    Yep!

    Omg me too!

    except even the mediocre were alot better than lots of the guys yesterday. Actually quite liked Paige and Katie was good at the end.

  300. So on Fox 5 NY they’re screaming “American Idol fans are in an uproar!” What???

    I saw that too! Scandal!!! lol

  301. My rankings:

    1. Siobhan

    2. Crystal

    3. Didi
    4. Katelyn
    5. Lilly

    6. Lacey
    7. Paige
    8. Michelle
    9. Katie
    10. Haeley

    3-5 were pretty much the same level, and 6-10 were unfortunately pretty much all disposable, even though I quite like Lacey, Paige, and Katie’s voices, and Michelle and Haeley are likable. The only girl I find a little unlikeable actually is Lilly. Something about how she thinks she’s more cool and unique than everyone and her stankface when Simon (rightly, IMO) said Crystal was better… yeah not lovin her. The girls overall were WAY better than the boys.

  302. I absolutely love Lilly’s voice. I’m afraid I’m going to end up being bored by her, though. Hope I’m wrong!

    Siobhan sounds exactly like McPhee.

  303. My ranking tonight:

    T1:
    Lilly
    Crystal

    T2:
    Katelyn
    Siobhan

    T3:
    Katie
    Didi – Please vote for anyway!
    Paige
    Lacy
    Michelle

    T99999:
    Haley

  304. For me even the package videos for the girls were better. its just the guys are so… boring…..

  305. Haeley Vaughn is worse than Sanjaya. Far worse. It’s like giving the mic to a toddler…it’s cute and funny at first, then it gets awkward and then you start to get pissed. Mama…grab your kid!!!

  306. Gee. I loved tonight! So much better than the guys and promise for real talent. I liked most of them.

  307. My theory about the uproar mentioned on Fox 5 is the removal of the twitter and facebook

  308. My order for tonight:

    1. Lilly
    2. Siobhan
    3. Crystal
    4. Katelyn
    5. Paige
    6. Katie
    7. Didi
    8. Michelle
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

    Even though I put Didi near the bottom, I hope she sticks around.

  309. Didn’t you hear her sing “Wicked Game” last week?

    Yes, and if you read my commentary, I said I felt a disconnect when she sang it, and that song is a fave of mine. Siobhan is an odd thing for me because OFFstage, she’s interesting. On stage, musically, she’s kind of going the vacant big voice route right now. If she can translate more of the off stage Siobhan to the onstage Siobhan, I’d get behind her more fully. Lilly is kind of the opposite for me…she becomes way more interesting when she performs, but offstage she’s kinda chill and low key. I think MUSICALLY, Lilly is authentically offbeat and cool but maybe not an interesting TV personality. As a TV PERSONALITY, Siobhan is very amusing, but when she steps on stage, everything that is awesome about her drains away, and it’s just ZOMGVOICE!

    My rankings…

    1) Lilly
    2) Crystal
    3) Siobhan
    4) Katelyn

    everyone else

    9 and 10) Michelle and Haley, for picking crap songs

  310. Overall, tonight was soooo much better than I expected. JMHO but here is how I would rank them…

    1: Siobhan
    2: Lilly
    3: Crystal
    4: Katelyn
    5: Michelle
    6: Paige
    7: Katie
    8: Didi
    9: Lacey
    10: Haeley

  311. So on Fox 5 NY they’re screaming “American Idol fans are in an uproar!” What???

    What a ridiculous statement from Fox 5. Anyone’s allowed to sing what they want. I’m an Adam fan, and I’m not in an uproar. It’s a free country. I can always change the channel if I wanted to.

  312. I think Lacey and Michelle both are in trouble. I thought they were both decent, but not great, and not very memorable/don’t think they’ll get the votes.

    Haeley was terrible but I think she’ll make it at least one more week. A lot of people hate her but she definitely seems like she has some fans, plus she has the VFTW support. I don’t think there was anything redeeming about her performance this week though, I at least thought the arrangement was okay and there was something interesting about her last week even though her singing was dreadful.

  313. My rankings:

    1. Crystal / Siobhan
    3. Lilly
    4. Katelyn
    5. Didi
    6. Paige
    7. Michelle
    8. Katie
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

  314. Katelyn – Huh, she got pretty this week. I really did like that. I do agree that it was pretty slow, but it was still a very nice vocal. Also, totally appreciate the piano.

    Paige – Hmm, the screen time is doing her in. I thought she started off weird and too happy. Once she hit the bridge, it went off like a rocket. Loved that part. It was pretty good.

    Wow, tonight is shaping up to be pretty good.

    Although someone’s clearly under the influence if Haeley is 2nd on DI and Lilly is last. WTF man.

  315. I too think this is the best girls year since season 3. My favs are Lilly and Crystal. But I like Didi too. The last girl is cute but I think I like her better than she as a singing artist.

  316. Yay! My favorites did awesome again tonight (Siobhan, Crystal, Lilly). Plus I really liked Katelyn tonight.

    They all had some good moments. I at least thought that everyone had at least a few good moments. Haeley, poor thing, still wasn’t great but I personally saw at least some improvement (I muted my TV last week).

  317. I hope Haeley will not make the tour. Painful. She got to attain some artistic togetherness and maturity before

  318. The only girl I find a little unlikeable actually is Lilly. Something about how she thinks she’s more cool and unique than everyone and her stankface when Simon (rightly, IMO) said Crystal was better… yeah not lovin her.

    O man…I completely AGREE with this! I feel like everything from her white hair to her wannabe-ish annoying tone of voice is so manufactured to try and come off as unique. I can see right through her.

  319. What a ridiculous statement from Fox 5. Anyone’s allowed to sing what they want. I’m an Adam fan, and I’m not in an uproar. It’s a free country. I can always change the channel if I wanted to.

    Hmmm, I doubt that’s what they’re referring to….I’ll let you know once they air the story.

  320. Siobahn is quirky and Lily just TRIES to be quirky…BIG DIFFERENCE!

    You nailed it. That’s EXACTLY how I feel. Something put on I get from Lilly. Not getting all those OMGZ so authentic notes about her. She’s still one of the better performers in the competition though. I just threw Didi a bunch of votes. I love her and hope she brings it next week and doesn’t fall apart emotionally…

  321. Ok maybe I need to go switch my overall pick now from Lee to Siobhan. LOL… I shouldn’t of picked so quickly. hahah dang it! Idol is finally becoming enjoyable and fun to watch.

    Best to worst:
    1. Siobhan (OMG, I am loving this girl more and more each week.) What a surprise.

    2. Lily (Another one that had me intrigued tonight.)

    3. Katelyn (Yes, Katelyn, the fodder that just won me over.)

    4. Crystal (She was good but she still seems kind of ill to me, get some rest girl.) We need ya mamasox.

    5. Paige (Very good vocally but she is kind of boring personality wise, that may hurt her.)

    6. Katie (It wasn’t great but it was pretty good.)

    7. Michelle (Another one that is vocally talented with a dull personality.)

    8. Didi (What happen girl? She was my favorite from the beginning of the season and now she is sinking like Andrew.) I might have to save her this week.)

    9. Lacey (Boring as heck! I love that song but I don’t know Lacey, not that great.)

    10. Haeley (Poor girl does not know how to sing at all, she does not belong there.)

    Hopefully going home:
    Lacey and Haeley

    Probably going home because of lack of personality or screen time:
    Lacey and Michelle or Lacey and Paige

  322. anovich:
    03/03/2010 at 10:10 pm
    My theory about the uproar mentioned on Fox 5 is the removal of the twitter and facebook

    The idea of twitter and facebook for the contestants was the worse idea anyone could have ever initiated. It was a fail from the get-go.

  323. My rankings:
    1. Siobhan/Crystal
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lilly
    5. Paige
    6. Didi
    7. Katie
    8. Michelle
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

    I voted for Katelyn because I think she needs more help than Crystal and Siobhan. She seems to be flying under the radar. And, I threw in a few for Didi because I’m still having faith she’ll pull another Terrified…plus I feel bad that she was about to burst into tears with the critique. Come on Didi…I know you have it in you!!

  324. star:
    03/03/2010 at 10:07 pm
    I absolutely love Lilly’s voice. I’m afraid I’m going to end up being bored by her, though. Hope I’m wrong!

    I agree, star. I love her right now but I think her style would get old pretty fast.

    Love, love, love Crystal.

  325. After reading some of the rankings I thought people got way off and was not be objective.
    To rate the performance
    Crystal
    Lily
    Sibohan
    Michelle
    Katelyn
    Katie
    Didi
    Paige
    Lacey
    Haeley

  326. Dialidol is really wacky tonight and I don’t trust it at all…I hope Lacey and Didi or Michelle go home, but I think it is Paige and Lacey unfortunately. I think Paige is great, and it makes me sad she is probably going to be voted off.

  327. Thanks Will, I’m curious what it’s about.

    I really liked Siobhan. She’s different and quirky. Seems like a good soul. Hope she goes far in the competition.

  328. That was actually a pretty good night – better than the poor guys.

    So…

    Crystal – yeah, I’m on Team Bowersox. That was awesome. I love her voice. Hope she can stay healthy and stay in this.

    Haeley – I couldn’t even make it through the whole thing. The poor chipper little thing just is not a very good singer right now.

    Lacey – I thought it started off with some promise and then derailed a bit, her voice just kept getting lost for me.

    Katie – I don’t know what it is about this one that I’m just not buying into, I liked her personality on her video package. I can see why she’s confused though – don’t sing an old song! Sing a new song! Don’t sing a new song, since a YOUNG song! What do they want her to do, sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?

    Didi – Just before she went on, me to my husband, “Bill Withers? Oh, man, I hope she’s not doing ‘Lean On Me.'” That said, she was way better than the judges gave her credit for. That wasn’t a bad enough performance to get ripped up like that.

    Michelle – Uck, Hinder yesterday and Creed today? LOL. This girl is gorgeous and clearly she can sing- she did take a bit of a risk here and it wasn’t bad, just not fabulous.

    Lilly – Really liked this, I like that she is who she is. And I like her voice.

    Katelyn – The tempo was a little slow but I thought this was a really nice performance. She looked great, and she has a really nice voice.

    Paige – Aw, I like Paige, but she’s not at all memorable. She has a nice voice, though.

    Siobhan – I agree with Simon on this one, I thought parts were pretty bad and then parts were really good. I like her, she’s a quirky girl with a great voice. Curious to see what she does next week, would like her to find a little more of an identity musically (though unlike Kara I don’t presume to tell her who she is, lol)

  329. The people who I am voting for are,

    CBS

    Katie Stevens

    Didi Benami aka Meow girl! :)

    Lilly Scott

    Katie Epperly

    Comments:

    Katie Stevens: She is so adorable! :) She can say kiss me in a lot of languages! :)

    Didi: Meow meow meow meow! :)

    Ellen DeGenerous: ELLEN! ROFL! Katie Epperly didn’t use the guitar!! ROFLMAOPMP!

    Kara and Simon: What the heck is going on with these two? :) Is Kara trying to be Paula? My mom told me she notices that when Kara likes a performance her nostrils open up. :) I never noticed that. Has anybody else?

    Michelle Delamore: I have a girl crush on her hair!!!! :)

    Meow! :)

  330. Yep the Fox story sounds like it’s the Twitter/Facebook thing. “What I just found out that will change the way you get to follow your favorite Idols.” Oh my, what an uproar! Idol fans are RIOTING IN THE STREETS!!!!

  331. um everyone else is like “yay the season started” or “I <3 crystal".I STRONGLY disagree…I'm seriously begining to think there's something wrong with me

    (sorry I can't resist doing this….)

    I can see right through her.

    you see the fake in/everything that is real

  332. For those complaining that Lily isn’t quirky enough…

    Siobhan is not quirky. She’s flat dab crazy, there’s a difference. I love her and all, but she’s a crazy lady!

    Lily is just your typical girl with a “quirky” style and sound. She’s def not tryin to be somethin she’s not. Really not seeing were your getting that. She’s more herself than pretty much all the contestants.

  333. I’d say Lacey and Paige are leaving tomorrow night.
    For the guys, Jermaine and John.

  334. I didn’t hear Ryan mention any special guests for tomorrow night. Does anyone know if there will be any guest singers tomorrow, and if so, who?

  335. Finally! Some good performances that make me want to watch the next week. I liked, in no particular order, Crystal, Siobhan, Paige, Katelyn, and Lilly. I also liked Didi more than the judges did. Yeah, maybe it wasn’t the best song choice. But she still sounded good, at least to my ears, and I want to see her do other things.

    Honestly, the girls I mentioned above almost completely erased any memory I have from the boys last night, bad AND almost good.

  336. but I think it is Paige and Lacey unfortunately. I think Paige is great, and it makes me sad she is probably going to be voted off.

    i think paige will be safe actually. she’s in the 2nd last spot, ppl will remember her. michelle/haeley/katie/didi are risk, lacey almost for sure. technically haeley should leave with lacey based on vocals but shes vftw pick and she is likeable meaning that ppl might remember her more than say the more middle pack performances.

  337. Siobhan – HOOOOOOOOLY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. Wow….. Someone topped Crystal tonight! My only nitpick is that she sounds a little sleepy/congested….. But man, I never thought I’d like the wail, especially after the Lambert overload last year that I often complained about. Siobhan NAILED it. Totally on team Alex/Aaron/Crystal/Siobhan.

    Rankings for me tonight:
    1. Siobhan
    2. Crystal
    3. Lilly
    4. Katelyn
    5. Michelle
    6. Didi
    7. Paige
    8. Katie
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

    Wow, tonight was pretty impressive IMO. Surprising. After tonight, I think this will actually be a pretty good season.

    My top 10 now goes as follows (in no order)

    1. Aaron (the teens and me will love him!)
    2. Casey (Kara’s second husband is a good vocalist)
    3. Michael (America is a sucker for backstories. Plus, he’s soulful)
    4. Lee (Dark horse)
    5. Alex (Amazing voice, terrible hair)
    6. Crystal (Duh.)
    7. Siobhan (Quirky dark horse)
    8. Didi (Pretty and a good singer)
    9. Katelyn (She plays piano, adding a bit of variety….)
    10. Lilly (Indie chick. Amazing)

    The room for error I’m seeing is Katie and Andrew, both of whom I like and can see in the top 12, but ideally won’t make tour. Michelle is also really good IMO, so if anything I’d put Didi/Katelyn as one of those whom she replaces if anything. If Andrew has to replace someone, I’d say Lee. I think we have a talented top 10 there (albeit a bit lacking in the variety department, which is what worries me).

  338. Mj’s you forgot to bold Michelle’s and her last name is Delamor not Delamore just to note. But keep up doing the great work for our idol fixies!!!!

  339. will:
    03/03/2010 at 10:24 pm

    Yep the Fox story sounds like it’s the Twitter/Facebook thing. “What I just found out that will change the way you get to follow your favorite Idols.” Oh my, what an uproar! Idol fans are RIOTING IN THE STREETS!!!!
    #

    You have to be kidding me??? They must be desperate for news! Who cares about the twitter/facebook thing.

  340. Also in regards to Siobhan- who I FLUVE OMG :D
    i think she is very much comparable to an arts major. haha
    and love her for that :)

  341. My order:

    1. Lily
    2. Siobhan
    3. Crystal
    4. Katelyn
    5. Didi
    6. Katie
    7. Lacey
    8. Michelle
    9. Paige
    10.Haeley

    I don’t have a clue who will go. I’d like Haeley to go but she probably won’t. I like Lacey but she could be at risk. I hope Didi makes it. I still really like her but wish she could do another performance like she did at Hollywood.

  342. I don’t think Lilly is trying for anything really. For me she is who she is, she’s doing her thing, she is an indie sorta alternative artist, I appreciate that about her. I don’t think she’s very likeable, which will ultimately hurt her in the competition, but I don’t get that vibe that she’s trying too hard to be quirky because she isn’t.

  343. Does anyone know if there will be any guest singers tomorrow, and if so, who?

    Danny I think.

  344. Haeley needs to go…she’s just not ready for this level of competition or to be a professional recording artist.

    If it were up to me, I’d boot Katie out as well. But I could see Paige, Michelle or Lacey being the one to get the boot. I think the others are safe.

  345. The exercise (the sound she was doing with her mouth) that Siobhan was doing in her package presentation is the very same exercise that Celine Dion has been doing for years to develop her voice strenght and keeping it in shape.

  346. I hope it’s Danny on tomorrow night. Haven’t seen him in a long time and will look forward to his performance. I do think Ryan should have mentioned that at the end of the show though. That would’ve been a considerate thing to do.

  347. I’m actually curious-can someone please explain to me what was so amazing about crystal an Siobhan?

    Because last year (my favorite,but in previous years too) Norman gentle would give a much better performance than the “good” S9 people…

  348. I hope it’s Danny on tomorrow night. Haven’t seen him in a long time and will look forward to his performance. I do think Ryan should have mentioned that at the end of the show though. That would’ve been a considerate thing to do.

    And to think, last year, Danny had online hatred with a white hot fire so intense, it could blow up the earth. It’s funny how things change so drastically once they are off the show.

  349. The L.A. Times idolchatter person tweeted that fans were in an uproar (probably on twitter) about Lilly singing the Sam Cooke song, because Adam sang it last year. Is that what Fox 5 is talking about?

  350. Danny I think

    Ick. I’m not ready to see Danny back on my teevee again. But the sad thing us at this rate, he could show those boys a thing or two.

  351. Dial Idol isn’t showing anyone safe at this point, but Lily is sitting at the bottom. :( I want to get votes in for Crystal, Lilly, Sioban and Michelle.

  352. Siobhan is not quirky. She’s flat dab crazy, there’s a difference. I love her and all, but she’s a crazy lady!

    I think I like flat dab crazy!

  353. Okay, I found someone to root for!! Siobhan is it for me (for now). She’s got a good voice and the girl is just plain bat shit crazy and has a terrific sense of fun. I love it. I love that her song choices are all over the place. I love that she seems like she’s stoned in all her interviews. She’s definitely adding some energy to the season. I just hope she keeps it up.

  354. At least Siobhan has shown that she’s interesting to watch and that we may be surprised by a performance from time to time this season. Nothing more boring than being predictable.

  355. I don’t think Lilly is trying for anything really. For me she is who she is, she’s doing her thing, she is an indie sorta alternative artist, I appreciate that about her. I don’t think she’s very likeable, which will ultimately hurt her in the competition, but I don’t get that vibe that she’s trying too hard to be quirky because she isn’t.

    Yeah. I don’t think she’s very likable either. I also think she needs to stop singing really old songs. Its going to eventually catch up to her.

  356. Does anyone know if they’re doing the “Judges’ Save” thing this year? I haven’t heard them mention it.
    (If Lilly got voted off, I feel like they would save her.)

  357. The L.A. Times idolchatter person tweeted that fans were in an uproar (probably on twitter) about Lilly singing the Sam Cooke song, because Adam sang it last year. Is that what Fox 5 is talking about?

    Adam doesn’t own that song….it’s Sam Cooke’s and his alone but I think Lilly did a good job with it…..

    I actually think that was one of Adam’s weakest (and most unnecessary over-the-top) performances….

  358. Um,I just searched Twitter and found nothing compaong Adam with Lilly AT ALL,unless of course,you want to count topidol.But if you follow her blog,(she’s hilarious,I live it!) she is definetly NOT an Adam fan.

  359. I LOVE lily and hope she goes far but I hated her acigc tonite. Haeley is not ready for the big stage and needs to go. Once again, no one blew me away. Crystal katelyn and lily are the best girls imo, but don’t get a star vibe from any of them

  360. OK, the Fox story is that right before tonight’s show started, TPTB pulled the contestants’ Twitter, MySpace and Facebook accounts, because they considered it unfair to show how many followers or friends each contestant had.

    What a complete bait and switch, there was NO mention of a “fan uproar” AT ALL in the story!

  361. TO luvadamlambert

    I was not impressed with Siobhan tonight untill she hit that note at the end. She was maybe 4th best of the night. Liked her last week a lot better. So if you didn’t love her this week I’d understand.

    I also did not care for Crystals song tonight, even though she sang it well. I still ranked Crystal pretty high because I try to take my personal preferences out sometimes when I realize she still did a really good job.

    In general, I think most remember there past year idols as much better than they actually were at that time (Adam Lambert perhaps the exception). But Kris last year was all over the place until like 3 weeks before the season ended. Carrie Underwood, one of the best current vocalist in her genre was just okay to me in her season of idol. Could say the same about Kelly Clarkson. MOst of these people have really improved sense then, skewing our judgment.

  362. The problem with Lilly I think is that she’s so out of place in AI….she is more indie/alternative…so why is she in this pop show?(I get it when Crystal says she wants to provide a good life for her son….but Lilly?)….That’s why I think eventually, this show cultivated by America’s pop culture will catch up with her…no matter how good she is….

  363. I don’t think Lilly is trying for anything really. For me she is who she is, she’s doing her thing, she is an indie sorta alternative artist, I appreciate that about her. I don’t think she’s very likeable, which will ultimately hurt her in the competition, but I don’t get that vibe that she’s trying too hard to be quirky because she isn’t.

    Ditto. I dunno, I get the feeling that if you, say, sat down with Lilly and talked music, she’d have something worthwhile to say. It’s not like you can fake playing a twelve string, and musically, her choice was actually the most daring. People are expecting A with that song and she gave them Z, and yet it worked. But she’s not gonna entertain America with a true story about whacking off all her hair with clippers on a whim, and she doesn’t seem entirely comfortable on camera when she’s not performing.

  364. I don’t know anything about her other than watching her on Idol but, based on what I’ve seen of this season so far, right now I think there’s a very good chance that Siobhan will be the Season 9 winner.

  365. jga94:
    03/03/2010 at 10:46 pm

    The problem with Lilly I think is that she’s so out of place in AI….she is more indie/alternative…so why is she in this pop show?(I get it when Crystal says she wants to provide a good life for her son….but Lilly?)….That’s why I think eventually, this show cultivated by America’s pop culture will catch up with her…no matter how good she is….

    Yeah, but in the meantime she (1) provides some variety to the show which is good for me as an audience member and (2) has a chance to gain a fan base and possibly a recording contract from her time on the show.

  366. I just read your recap MJ. Super great. I like reading your opinions even when I don’t agree. I often don’t! But I often do!

  367. Why wouldn’t people vote for Lilly? Because she sang Change is Goin’ Come?

  368. saved me the need to respond.

    oh, I didn’t even read the conversation.it’s just that after reading here so long,opinions just triggers something in my brain.

  369. The L.A. Times idolchatter person tweeted that fans were in an uproar (probably on twitter) about Lilly singing the Sam Cooke song, because Adam sang it last year.

    Really? I thought that was one of Adam’s weaker’s performances last year…

    Luv, I’ll try to explain my Siobhan and Crystal love. I thought Siobhan’s performance just woke me up after a snoozey night overall and ended the night on a high note. It was fun, it was energetic but not karaoke or cheesy, her voice rocked, IMO, and most of all she infused the whole performance with massive attitude which was really cool. That was the problem with Paige, who sang Walkaway well, had fun with it, but lacked that attitude Siobhan had. As for Crystal, I just think she sang great and felt really authentic, and picked a good song that was really her vibe and believable, and she was at ease on that stage and not worried about the cameras like so many other girls were. She didn’t have some of those odd vocal moments and weird camera looks that Lilly had. That’s just me. I’m pretty hopeful that my ideal top 6, who are all quite good/promising, will make the finals… but I wouldn’t be surprised if we get Haeley (interesting but weak vocals) and Michelle (good vocals but uninteresting) instead…

  370. tinydance:
    03/03/2010 at 10:52 pm

    Why wouldn’t people vote for Lilly? Because she sang Change is Goin’ Come?

    I would certainly hope that would not be the case. She is a whole lot better than most of the girls.

  371. Lilly had one of the best performances of the night…I’m not sure why people would be in any kind of uproar. All this chatter is silly.

  372. I think siobhan’s not interesting at all,just quirky and crazy,but almost all my friends are like that so I don’t think it’s anything special.JMO( I know many people disagree,please don’t kill me)

  373. oh, I didn’t even read the conversation.it’s just that after reading here so long,opinions just triggers something in my brain.

    I know what you mean! :)

  374. The L.A. Times idolchatter person tweeted that fans were in an uproar (probably on twitter) about Lilly singing the Sam Cooke song, because Adam sang it last year.

    hmmm well he doesn’t own that song. She had a different spin on it.

  375. The L.A. Times idolchatter person tweeted that fans were in an uproar (probably on twitter) about Lilly singing the Sam Cooke song, because Adam sang it last year. Is that what Fox 5 is talking about?

    People just want to start some controversy talking about Adam again since this year’s contestant’s are so boring. Its kind of pathetic to me. Katie Stevens sang a song Adam sang, etc. A lot of contestants this year are singing past idol songs. I think the Fox 5 story is about the contestant’s twitter/facebook pages anyway.

    There was an LA Times twitter that was saying Lilly sang A Change is Gonna Come better than Adam. I wonder if this is the same one? If so, its probably just a way to start some controversy again.

    Sam Cooke is the king of that song anyways. No one is touching him with a million foot pole so I don’t understand why the comparisons occur anyways.

  376. there is no uproar…check Twitter where this ” uproar” is reported to be…nothing…sometimes facts are important(not that it’s a fct there’s not an uproar,just that at whatever time I searched ” lily Scott” on the 1st 2 pages there’s nothing about that)

    I think dialidol is screwy

  377. Siobhan Magnus – “Think” by Aretha Franklin – She used to have a mohawk. She’s just the quirkiest thing ever, isn’t she? This song is a tiny bit too big for Siobhan. She doesn’t quite hit those high notes. I liked last week’s song, “Wicked Games”, much better. I really appreciate that she’s versatile, but the randomness of her song choice smacks of not knowing who she is as an artist. That huge note at the end didn’t quite cut it.

    Ooh I have to disagree with you MJ. I’ll listen again, but it sounded like she nailed the high notes to me. And she said in her package that these “big” songs are what she considers to be her strength and what she loves to perform the most. So that’s the kind of artist she wants to be.

    I remember her belting a big song for her last Hollywood Week performance, and she sounded quite strong then too. Just because she’s a “funny little thing” doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the pipes, as we heard tonight!

  378. but I wouldn’t be surprised if we get Haeley (interesting but weak vocals) and Michelle (good vocals but uninteresting) instead…

    I hope not. Lovely girls, but I didn’t get them.

  379. Um,just wondering,before a fanwar starts *sigh*,where did this idol chatter get it’s “uproar”?

    Their mind probably. :)

  380. One thing to keep in mind, DialIdol does not measure text votes. At this time in the game, it tends to be off more often than not.

  381. Yeah, I’m still bored silly here. Absolutely none of them say “star” to me, either. My only standouts are Crystal, Siobhan (“unique” is definitely the word for her) and Lilly…Not sure what the judges liked about Michelle’s performance; I didn’t like it all. I do think Katie, Paige and Katelyn have great voices, but 2 seconds later I forget who they are…Katie couldn’t think of one artist she admires under 20 (as an Archie fan, I was hoping she’d say David), so IDK how she expects to be a current recording artist…Haeley and Lacey really need to go home. See, I couldn’t even remember Lacey’s name there for a second.

  382. also,I googled idolchatter twitter and got nothing.an who writes it? Brian Mansfield? nothing in his twitter about this either.can the person that opted that info please post the original tweet? Thnx

  383. I’ve lurked on here enough it’s time to leave a comment :)
    Siohban- MY FAVE OF THE NIGHT!!!
    Haeley- might go home :(
    Crystal- Fab! she’s stayin’.
    Katelyn- Snoozefest but I want her to stay.
    Paige- I don’t care for her but that’s me.
    Lilly- Too Indie for my taste :\

    and that’s all I can think of :D

  384. My opinion – anyone has a right to sing whatever song they want no matter who sang it previously – but be prepared to be compared to others who sang it before. No one can sing a Whitney Houston or Celine Dion song without being compared to them. So they better be sure they can sang before they do it. That’s the nature of the beast. And everyone and his mother will have an opinion – and all are entitled to have one.

  385. I like Lilly but she seems 40 instead of 20…that will work against her.

    Yeah. Brian Mansfield said something to that effect. I agree.

    Overall, I think the girls were better than the boys this week. But I’m still not convinced a girl is automatically going to win.

    I think the girls in danger of going home tomorrow night is between Lacy, Hailey, and Didi. I think it will be 2 out of those 3.

  386. Ugh…is Haeley going to be around another week? The judges should learn from the past. Bashing her like that will get votes. They should just say something simpler…”it was OK, not great but OK.” When they go on and on they (for good or bad it seems) they sway the vote in the opposite direction.

  387. Dial Idol is way off at this stage of the game. Just look at last weeks results on their site and you will see that their predictions and the actual results were way off.

    Their accuracy gets much better as time goes on and there are less contestants.

  388. I want to like Crystal, I really do, but something about her just doesn’t set right with me. It’s something in the way she carries herself, or maybe her expressions. Whatever it is, it’s making it hard for me to like her while looking at her.

  389. archiedoll, I’m with you except you forgot Didi! I know she’s not as popular as the others, but personally I love her and would put her up there with Crystal, Siobhan, and Lilly as my top 4 to make the finals. Despite my reservations about Lilly, I give her props and she belongs in the top 12 no doubt about it. I’ll put Katelyn slightly above Paige and Katie, just cuz she seems like she knows herself a little better musically. Yeah, I liked Lacey, but she is definitely in over her head compared to the rest. Ditto Haeley. I think Haeley will be safe though… if that’s the case, I’d say it might be Michelle’s time to go. She seems sweet and has a nice voice, but Creed is like a total dealbreaker for me. I can’t root for any contestant who makes consistent bad/dumb song choices. Katie is on thin ice in that regard =P. So is Lee with Hinder. Ugh. Casey, ditto– dumb choices.

  390. Lilly pwned Adam on that song. I thought she was really good.

    I liked Crystal too.

    The girsl are so much better than the boys.

  391. crystal, siobhan, lilly, katelyn, didi, and paige are all great.

    TPTB, gotta hand it to ya. good job stacking the talent this year in the girls’ favor.

  392. Dialidol has never seemed to be all that accurate from what I remember.

  393. sallysimmons:
    03/03/2010 at 11:17 pm
    Lilly pwned Adam on that song. I thought she was really good.

    I liked her too!! She’s my boyfriend’s favorite

  394. Siobhan, Katelyn, Crystal, Lilly, were the best of the night. The rest, besides Haeley were OK. Haeley would have been gone last week if not for VFTW. That note Siobahn hit was insane on a HQ audio. Overall, the girls slammed the guys.

  395. These girls are so damned cute, it’s hard to focus on their performances sometimes. (Of course, one could argue that if their pipes were truly stellar, they could look like Charlize Theron and focus still wouldn’t be a problem. But I digress…)

    My Top 3 were Crystal, Paige and Lilly, with Siobhan just a (dark horse) hair behind our platinum blonde. Unless your name’s Aretha, you gotta have balls of steel to try that song, and she did a nice job on it. I also liked Didi a helluva lot more than the judges did (more on her in a sec), and I enjoyed Katelyn too.

    Bottom 2 for me were Haeley and Michelle. I’m not feeling the Haeley love, though she’s adorable enough to make a tribble cry. But she and “proper pitch” need to get on muuuuuuch better terms than they are now, before I will feel that she belongs here.

    One disturbing thing I’ve noticed from their film clips (and I’m not naming any names) is that several of these girls need to be sure they get really good, trustworthy management if they’re going to try and make it in The Biz, because I’m not real confident they’re singing with a full orchestra, if you know what I mean.

    (And back to Didi…I suspect if Ryan had a Pee-Chee folder, he’d be scrawling “Didi Seacrest” all over it. But maybe that’s just me.)

  396. Lilly pwned Adam on that song. I thought she was really good.

    I personally appreciate both of their interpretations. :D

  397. I just went back and listened. Didi was much better than I remembered. I really liked what she was doing at the beginning of the show, I think she thought she really had to push it though and when she stretched the song out she fell a bit flat.

  398. Uh-oh….Haily is doing well at diallidol.

    VFTW peeps vote through DialIdol, so their picks will register higher than they actually are. At least during these early rounds when their small number of votes are more relevant. (In other words, they’ll probably be able to keep both Haeley and Tim afloat until next week. After that, it will be a little tougher.) Plus, DialIdol’s obsolete. It was worthless last season. People have figured out that texting is the way to go. *shrug* All good things come to end. The website – Vote1America or whatever it was called – was much more reliable.

    My faves are Crystal, Lilly, Siabhon. I know Katie is destined for Top 12, and probably Katelyn. If I could choose the 6th person it would be Paige.

  399. I just joined the conversation and (thankfully?) missed any earlier drama. For me, it was all about Crystal and Lilly, and that’s who got most of my votes. In my opinion, Crystal and Lilly are both artists with clear musical visions, and I love that about both of them. I thought Didi had that too but she stumbled tonight. I do think she deserves another chance.

    The worse performances by far for me were by Haeley, Lacey and Michele. I do hope that two of these girls goes home tomorrow, especially Haeley. That girl has way more cute factor than musical skills at this point. Please America!!!

    The rest were somewhere in the middle for me, although I would characterize many of the girls performances as somewhere between karaoke, overreaching, indistinctive, and pageanty. I was fine with the judges comments with a couple of notable exceptions, the biggest one being on Michele. I was shocked at Kara and Simon’s comments. Sure I applauded her stepping outside the box, but she also needed to deliver with the vocals, and IMHO, she clearly did not. And Siobhan? I wanted to like her. I voted for her last week. But I did not like that performance and found the high notes, unbearably screechy. If that’s the kind of artist she wants to be, I’d have to say ‘No Thanks’. But who knows? The girl is definitely quirky and likes to mess around.

  400. You know, I’m watching the show here and I’m starting to think that there are too many judges. It’s giving me a headache. It’s kind of too serious. And I miss Paula. It was a great chemistry between Randy, Paula & Simon. (in the earlier days anyway). I think it was a mistake to add a 4th judge. They spend too much time analysing performances.
    ETA: and I’m having a slow start on this season, having a hard time warming up to it. Good thing Crystal is there.

  401. You know, I’m watching the show here and I’m starting to think that there are too many judges. It’s giving me a headache. It’s kind of too serious. And I miss Paula. It was a great chemistry between Randy, Paula & Simon. (in the earlier days anyway). I think it was a mistake to add a 4th judge. They spend too much time analysing performances.

    It’s way too serious, it would be nice to have a light moment here or there.

    I know it’s not about the judges but they do kind of set the tone.

  402. Oh, vids for the girls today eh. Thanks MJ, we are soooo spoiled. I like that you give us the entire video with the package. I like to see their personalities before they sing. If only I can find Michael Lynche’s vid of him bench pressing Aaron, I will be a happy girl. It is probably in the youtubiesphere somewhere. LOL. I have to say that I really really really enjoy the show tonight. The girls killed it with the exception of a few. Yeah I miss Paula too. She was just so much fun to watch and she just brought that element of surprise and at the same time sincerity. I don’t like the stupid flirting between Kara and Simon. Hello Kara, you are married and Simon you are engaged, WTH are you two doing. It’s stupid! I think Kara needs to sit next to Randy and Ellen should be next to Simon. It works better that way. Waiting for Siobhan’s package before I call it a night. Man the girl is fun to watch. I think she can only get better.

  403. About Lilly, I don’t like her voice. It’s too girly somehow. It’s like she’s whining. I like her personality but not her voice. I much prefered her during Hollywood week when she sang that jazzy song with a low tone… It was great. She was amongst my favs. I was really surprised when the judges liked her signing last week and I’m surprised again this week that she’s one of the few who got good comments. Yes, she’s very unique but she’s signing funny, imo.

  404. Here we go…

    Crystal: You know, I actually preferred “Hand In My Pocket” as a song choice. And she sang it with a lot more flavor (for lack of a better term) than “As Long As I Can See The Light”. But she sang the heck out of the latter, too, even if I found the whole thing to be a bit too musically even, especially for a contestant who against the typecast for this show. And after what she’s been through, singing at all is more than enough for me. So good for her!

    Haeley: Ok, so I forgive the song choice. It’s young, she’s young (not, notably, just in age, but in personality), and it’s the right vibe for her intended target. In other words, I would not criticize this performance for what it is… if the vocals were there. But they’re not; her instrument is just not strong enough, and too many of the notes were outright painful to possibly enjoy that as a performance. Even if the artistic choices were right for what she wants to appeal to, and I can appreciate that.

    Lacey: I want to like Lacey; she has an interesting tone. But (and, shockingly, Randy not only got this right, but said it correctly, too!) this could not have been presented in a more karaoke fashion. If you’re not going to change an arrangment or the vocal presentation, you definitely, at no point, should consider getting up on stage and bopping around; that she did so made what already was going to be an unpleasant affair much worse. The vocals were shaky enough to be troublesome, but the performance values dragged the whole thing down to a new low.

    Katie: Hmm… I liked Megan’s better last season, and I didn’t exactly regard that as a masterpiece. Even though Katie sang competently on a song which can absolutely sound young, she still wasn’t compelling. Part of it is that Katie gives me the vibe of a performer who approaches performance for the sake of performance rather than delivering the message of a song. Plus, unlike Megan or, say, Alex Lambert from last season, Katie cannot skate on her tone. It’s just not that interesting. She’ll need to find some other way to step it up to keep my interest.

    Didi: Well, I give her credit for picking an artist she wouldn’t be quite karaoke on (like last week). However, it’s “Lean on Me”, and she didn’t do enough with the singing to distance herself from the basic overall bore of a song choice that ultimately is. I don’t get the sense that Didi can really sell a song dramatically (and I don’t mean that because she has a small voice; it’s about presentation and use of that instrument, but I don’t think that’s quite in her musical repository). Given that; she’ll need to find more unique material to highlight her stylistically that will make her interesting. That said, the judges were much harsher on her than I would have been; it was totally competent and enjoyable.

    Michelle: Is a lame song choice lame if you don’t sound like the artist in question at all? Hmm. I would prefer that Michelle avoid artists like Creed from here on out, but I wasn’t egregiously offended by the choice. That said, I felt like it cemented my thoughts on Michelle; she’s a competent singer, but not anything more than that. If she took a song that different, sand it differently, and still failed to pique my interest at all? Not a good sign.(OK, maybe Creed had something to do with it after all?) (Also; is it wrong to ask if the lyric changes imply that she wants a girl, not a boy, kid for a start? Just asking)

    Lilly: First of all, tangent; still don’t believe in the “Idol X did it, so you shouldn’t” thinking. Ever. Period. (I also don’t believe in the “X artist is untouchable” rule, too). That established, I loved Lilly. I loved how her voice handled the changes in tempo, and how she so effortlessly yet fascinatingly handled the emotional intensity. Compelling, yet never overbearing.

    Katelyn: First of all, given that I complained about her outfit last time, let me say she completely struck the right look this week. I actually loved the glacial pacing of this song. It felt so… mesmerizing. Her tone sounded better, more mature on this than what I’d heard before; she seemed really engaged with the material. It wasn’t as great as Lilly or the best this night, as some minor things didn’t quite click (add more? Add less? I don’t know, it seemed stuck in a middle ground a little where it shouldn’t have been, arrangement wise), but it was absolutely worth listening to.

    Paige: I didn’t like the beginning; it seemed excessively awkward. It picked up, but while she had some serious vocal ability demonstrated on the number, the intensity wasn’t quite there; there was nothing gripping about the number. That said, I would have praised this a lot more if it had been, say, on one of the boys nights, or even last week. Again, competent… but not exciting.

    Siobhan: Oh, Siobhan. I’m not sure I liked that you used that huge note. And yet I’m not mad at you. That, from a sign, is a sign of a fan brewing in me; I don’t typically enjoy melisma like that, but you sold every second (yes, including that note) with so much intensity it was easy for me to forget that you were actually using it. It just seemed to… fit. Wow. If you can subvert my normal musical tendencies (and change my opinion of you from what I had in Hollywood) in two performances, I have to give you serious credit.

    The show: This was great. Totally enjoyable. Judges were harsh tonight, but I’ll take “harsh” over “you’re filled with special sauce!” type critiques any day of the week. The vast majority of performances, I enjoyed. Season 9 may well be underway, as I thought it would. (I’ll just summarily ignore the guys)

  405. Hmm, that was also underwhelming. Did I maybe like he guys more this week?

    Crystal: She sounded great, but I don’t like CCR and I don’t remember anything about it really. She was still the best of the night.

    Haeley: If you don’t have anything nice to say… Oh, wait. She looked less ridiculous this week.

    Katie: I don’t get her, but she does sing much better than her male teenaged equivalent. I love how she said she would have to “research” how to come across as a young person.

    Lacey: It was nice to hear that song again, but I think I’ll stick to the original with all the right notes and stuff.

    Lilly: I love Lilly and her vocal style. However, I did not understand Lilly’s song choice and I was missing a connection with the lyrics, and I didn’t like her quirky vocals on this particular song (there were a few too many bum notes in there too). I was kind of scratching my head when she got slobbered on by some of the judges. She’s still one of my favorites.

    Michelle: Creed in an elevator? No thanks!

    Didi: I think it was pretty pathetic and shrill, but I hope she gets one more chance.

    Paige: It’s a shame, because I think she’s probably good enough to sing some Kelly song, just not that one. She sounded great on parts of it. I hope she wasn’t sucking up to Kara by picking this song because Kara already has all the ego she’ll ever need and then some.

    KatelZzzzz: You know what I love about “The Scientist?” The melody! Which is exactly what was missing from Katelyn’s version. She sounded good, but I was cueing up the original to listen to during the commercial break. She’ll probably win this year if Crystal doesn’t, sigh.

    Siobhan: I loved her package so very much. I don’t know what she was thinking with the song choice, but her “Think” had its moments. She’s memorable at least.

  406. Most people were really tired of all the clowning around between Paula and Simon, and Ryan and Simon and just wanted to hear constructive criticism from the judges

    I don’t know. Something is missing. But I thought the girls were very interesting and enjoyable.

  407. Lilly: I love Lilly and her vocal style. However, I did not understand Lilly’s song choice and I was missing a connection with the lyrics, and I didn’t like her quirky vocals on this particular song (there were a few too many bum notes in there too). I was kind of scratching my head when she got slobbered on by some of the judges. She’s still one of my favorites.

    ITA-I was expecting to be blown away from reading the blog, but when I heard it I didn’t really dig it, although I like Lilly. I too think it wasn’t the right song choice.

    Crystal, so far, has been the best of the night. By far.

    Haeley needs to have a Disney sitcom. I can see her doing really well in a Hillary Duff kind of way.

  408. “Where’s your coloring book, Paige?”

    Book. Paige. Get it?

    I laughed extremely hard at that LOL. Wow. I think I need some sleep >_>.

  409. I really liked Siobhan again this week…so far, the two I liked last week did fairly well this week too…Alex and Siobhan. They have so much potential and it will be really interesting to see them grow, as long as they are voted through to the next round…I think I would like to hear Siobhan sing a Paramore song…I just got the Hayley Williams vibe from her…I don’t know. :)

  410. Second night in a row that I didn’t vote. I’m just not crazy about anyone so far this year. I’m not sure if it’s the people, the voices, or just the songs, but so far…nothing has really grabbed me enough to make me want to vote. I hope that changes soon.

  411. The girls are way better than the guys.
    I like:
    Crystal– great job, but I think she still looked pale. Keep healthy.
    Didi – The judges were too harsh on her. I’ll throw some votes
    for her. Maybe her song was just too familiar for idol.
    Lilly – good, but I think she’ll be too quirky.
    My absolute favorite is Katelyn – I think the 3 guitar girls will cancel/ split votes and Katelyn can go far. Her song tonight is too slow though. Love Kris when he covered it on the guitar.

    I did not like Siobhan this week, since I hate screamers. I like her last week though and like her personality. Never like Aretha Franklin. I hope Haeley is voted off, if not she’ll be another Sanjaya and she’ll stay around till top 7.
    And I hate Kara, she is too flirty with Simon. Like she doesn’t want Simon to get camera time alone.

  412. mj. your remarks on “now it’s time to kill time!” cracked me up. and thx again for providing that space and for posting all these videos in such an organized manner ( they are easy to navigate and find though not as easy to retrieve a few weeks later).

  413. For me it’s Crystal and Lilly all the way. I can understand though how they might not be everyone’s particular cup of tea. But they’re definitely mine. Do I like some of the others? Sure. Lacey Brown and Didi Benami also have a unique tonal quality to their voice – but it’s unformed. Katelyn Epperly and Siobhan Magnus interest me – but I’ve no idea who they are – what kind of music they’ll make. With the guys –I have to say I adore Andrew Garcia – though he’s not as riveting as Mamasox (Crystal). Lee Dewyze has a good rock voice – but so far he’s done nothing to distinguish himself from a host of other rock boys Idol has spawned. Think of him – then remember how David Cook sounded around week two. Made you sit up and take notice didn’t he? Lee’s get a long way to go to get there. So. Crystal and Lilly for me are all-round best. I do hope Crystal makes it through the show. Diabetes is no joke.

  414. oh, and i also love that u give us the entire package– the artist before, the show, and the judges comments. there is really no reason to watch the show on tv and suffer through the commercials.

  415. I just figured out who Siobhan reminds me of.

    Whenever she talks she reminds me a hell of a lot like David Archuleta. Sleepy and kinda congested and dorky. I like it.

    I’m too busy to vote, but just so I can say I voted, I’m throwing one vote each for Crystal, Katelyn, Lilly, Siobhan, and maybe a pity vote for Didi.

    Crystal is, of course, a major powerhouse this season. She had me at Natural Woman, and ever since then I’ve been a huge fan.

    Katelyn just has surprised me every week. Then again, going into the top 24 I did not care for her at all. But last week and this week, I really really liked her. Although I don’t think she’s a dark horse, in my eyes she’s been surprising me every time.

    Lilly is similar to Crystal, but at the same time unique. Very indie, very soulful.

    Siobhan…. I don’t normally like weird, quirky, or different. Siobhan pulls it off so amazingly though. She totally rocked that pimp spot HARD.

    Didi was one of my earlier favorites, but I feel like she’s being outclassed a lot lately. Also, she was judged way too harshly tonight. Also, she’s the only one of the girls who I’d consider a “looker”. I know I shouldn’t be this way (can’t help it, maleness), but I have a crush on her based on her looks >_>. And she’s actually a good singer. Why has she not brought the guitar, though?

    I wish I could vote for the guys, too. I think I might need to save Aaron >_>.

  416. finally, it’s over! I love love love Siobhan’s oddness!! Though I didn’t “think” the performance was that great. I probably was with Simon on that performance. I still hope she’s top 6 overall. Crystal was good but I wish she had some quirkiness in her.

    I always will think Taylor Hicks owns Change is gonna Come as it relates to Idol performances…even though it wasn’t full length, he was the first.

    Yay!! How many shout outs to Kelly were there tonight!? The OG Idol!

  417. archiedoll, I’m with you except you forgot Didi!

    Smallie, you’re right; I did forget Didi. I’m on the fence about her performance, though. She’s a sweetheart and attractive, and I like the passion that she put into that song. I just don’t like her voice with that song…And I have to be honest about Katelyn. I’m from Iowa, about 2 hours from where she lives. Not alot of Iowans make it big, so I want to be able to root for my “homey.” But her personality just rubs me the wrong way. I feel like she thinks she knows it all, and needs to be taken down a few notches. Then maybe I’ll be able to relate to her more.

  418. First time this season watching a competition show live…Woo!

    General Thoughts:
    —————–

    1) Wow. They sure put a lot of mileage on the bus tonight.

    2) Good to see that my friend Bruce is up to his usual standards of excellence. Seriously, Emmy Academy?

    3) Ryan truly sounded annoyed with Simon after Haeley’s critique.

    4) The judges had better hope they don’t run into Haeley’s Grandma after the show. That women looked severely p*ssed.

    Performances:
    ————-
    1) Crystal – Excellent performance. She just connects so well to the song. I love her tone and I one can just sink into her singing. That said, they need to dial down the pimping to no more than 11. And, Simon, she doesn’t have to mention she was sick when every one of you mentions it. And the Kelly Clarkson comparison in case it wasn’t clear. Sigh. And then Simon bashes every good performance that follows it by saying that whoever isn’t Crystal. WE GET IT. SHUT UP SIMON.

    2) Haeley – Bless her heart. She’s so charming and cute, but she hurts my ears. A lot. She needs to stop singing. Still, she could be the next Taylor Swift if she can write a hook.

    3) Lacey – Why don’t they just make her wear a t-shirt that says “cannon fodder” so that nobody gets confused? I don’t know why I bother reviewing her because if she stays much longer on this show, they’ll just turn off her mic. She has a lovely voice, but she just isn’t special enough to overcome the anti-pimping. And she has a wicked case of the nerves. She seems to have a very pleasent personality though.

    4) Katie – Sometimes it’s really hard for these kids. They get the mistaken impression that they are a chosen one by the special pimping that they get in the audition/Hollywood rounds. Then, when they think they are safe, a bus sneaks up behind them and runs them over. Then it backs up and runs them over again. It’s pretty confusing for the poor contestants. They are giving her 70 different kinds of bad advice. Singing current songs is really hard if you don’t want to sound karaoke. And they want her to sing younger? Something from the Sesame Street Collection perhaps? Ignore them Katie and you might make the tour. She has a nice voice, but she really should have waited a couple of years before trying out.

    5. Didi – I love the tone of her voice and I think that she did some interesting things with the song. The judges are way too harsh for that performance. Are they trying to make her cry? Didi, just ignore the judges and sing us something you love next week if you survive.

    6. Michelle – She’s a little old-fashioned. Very early Mariah with her singing style and movements on the stage. Still, she took a risk. She would have killed on this show in the earlier seasons, but I’m not sure she fits in with how the show has evolved. I think that Randy must have inherited Paula’s pill collection. I might not have thought the song was all that special, but how can Randy hear that version and think that she didn’t do much with the song? I’m not be familiar with the Creed version, but I suspect they sound nothing like Michelle. I don’t recall them being big on runs. Hint to Bruce: Vera Wang is not Michelle’s Mom.

    7. Lily – Ah, that was perfection. I love that Lily isn’t afraid to end the song gently and quietly.

    8. Katelyn – Two good performances in a row. Yay! I loved what she did with the song. She’s no piano virtuoso, but it was nice to see her try. I didn’t like Simon’s tone when he dismissed her as copying Natasha’s version. There are ways to spin things and Simon wants to spin her off the show.

    9. Paige – There is one reason Paige is on this show and it’s not to win. She’s there to provide a cushion lest one of the contestants they want on tour falters out of the starting gates. Gives them room to find their footing. Paige has a great voice, but there is just no “It” factor going on. And she’s kind of boring. And the bit about the colouring books did her no favours. At least, far in the future, she’ll have some great stories to tell her grand-kids about how she was once on television.

    10. Siobhan – This is one quirky chick. What is in that glass she blows? Like we haven’t heard this song before. It really needs to be retired from the song list. She does a serviceable version of it and does hit a glory note that would have made her a legend back in Seasons 1-3 (although, I think people like Kim and Jennifer would have held that puppy with a richer tone and wouldn’t have been a tinge off-key). I’m just not convinced yet.

    Who Should Go Home: Haeley. Twice
    Who Will Go Home: Lacey or Paige (possibly one of the BWG (blondes with guitar))

    Best Performance of the Night: Lily, Crystal, Katelyn, Didi

  419. Siobhan’s and Crystal’s are the only one’s I’ll remember 2 years from now. Not that that’s a bad thing, next season is a long time. I’ll also remember Lilly and maybe Katelyn’s performances tonight.

    I’ve watched Siobhan’s performance over 10 times. Woooo

  420. There is something just too sterile about this year…..I can’t put my finger on it exactly. The lighting is brighter…the microphone that was too hot last year is too cold…there is a real lack of chemistry amoung the judges.

  421. Siobhan’s my girl and I liked her Think, I’ll always remember Katharine McPhee doing it right around this time, perhaps this same week in season five. I’m a fan of CCR and thought Crystal was good but hardly the homerun the judges were calling. Paige and Katelyn were my other two standouts tonight, loved both of those for totally different reasons. Didi ( who I like) was pretty much a train wreck, I have no clue what she was thinking with that song. Haeley Vaughn gets the Boobie prize as the worst of the night on my score sheet.

  422. MrRJ:
    03/04/2010 at 1:19 am
    There is something just too sterile about this year…..I can’t put my finger on it exactly. The lighting is brighter…the microphone that was too hot last year is too cold…there is a real lack of chemistry amoung the judges.

    ITA. I remember last year at this point watching Kradison. Allison would get so lost in her performance that she admitted to not knowing what she just did on stage. Adam would visibly “snap out of it” at the end of a song. He fought back tears when praised after Black & White. Kris would get so lost in his song he would forget to open his eyes for the camera. In other words, they were emotional and filled with passion for their music.

    The contestants are all playing for the cameras. They seem to be too aware that they are performing. I’m sure they will get better with time, but some of the contestants in past seasons were already there by their 2nd performance. (and some by their first) I’m thinking of Latoya London, Fantasia, Taylor, Melinda, David, Kradison, etc.

    I’m not looking for everyone to be at this point, but it wouldn’t seem so sterile if 2 or 3 of them were totally getting lost in their music.

    I think the judges are contributing to this environment. Paula’s role may have been an important one. Something definitely seems to be missing.

  423. siobhan (that note!)
    crystal

    katelyn
    lilly

    Didi
    Katie
    Paige
    Michelle

    Lacy
    Haeley

  424. (possibly one of the BWG (blondes with guitar))

    Who do you mean? Surely not Lilly or Crystal?

    I rewatched Didi’s performance, and I stand by my original reaction– it was not bad! It was an odd choice for her, but the judges were way too harsh. MJ, are you posting Siobhan’s performance? I loved it and I want to watch it again to make sure I still do.

  425. Crystal and Siobhan: The girls are alright! Lilly (or is it Lily?) is very good, but I never want to hear this song again. I don’t care who sings it. Make it stop. Katelyn: Better be there next week. The judges are on crack. Paige: Deserves another chance. Other than that: Good voices, don’t care.

  426. You know, there have been a lot of complains about how the judges talk about this season as the girl’s season.

    They are completely right!

    Consistency, week after week is the one thing that matters the most for a contestant that has the material to make it to the finals. So far, I’ve only seen consistency in Crystal(Yay! This is why we need you around girl), Lilly (best version of ACIGC ever! Sorry Glamberts), Katelyn(Chills!), Siobhan and to a certain degree Lee.

    Didi…it must be awkward to be sitting with her when she starts meowing O_O. Anyway, I was expecting so much more from her. But I’m starting to think that her comfort zone is too narrow.

  427. OK. Watching the videos one by one.

    Crystal: AMAZING. I’m so glad she got to perform tonight. Girl can pretty much do no wrong in my book. And she admitted that her brother was a square on national TV. There’s really not much else to say after that. :)

    Haeley: This might be cause I’m holding her to the Miley/ Taylor/ Demi Lovato standard, but it wasn’t THAT bad. Her lisp is annoying as hell and she didn’t really connect to the song, but girl’s got a distinct voice and good stage presence and she could possibly be good. In a year. Or three. If she makes it another week, she needs to do Taylor. Our Song, maybe? It’s cute and young and smiley and country pop and has no range. I don’t know why I care so much about her, though.

    Lacey: I love her accent, and her hair. She killed everything I liked about that song. Poor girl, I really want to like her.

    Katie: Oh, Katie. I’m embarrassed too. But she’s good. I can’t deny it. But there’s something about her that bugs me. Like that girl in high school you hated cause she was mega smart and talented and nice and popular and it all seemed so EASY for her. I like what Simon said, that she needs to know what kind of artist she wants to be. (and don’t treat it like a research paper, please.)

    Didi: I love this girl’s tone. When she got into the more up-tempo parts she kind of lost it, but the first half was so pretty. Kara was right but mean. Simon was just mean. Poor girl. I really hope she makes it, pulls out the guitar and does something like Paperweight by Josh Radin and Schuyler Fisk (It was the main song in Dear John if you happened to see the movie.)

    Michelle: This song? Why this song? I understand the risk, but… It’s missing that anthemic feel and the force (I think that’s the 20 percent Simon was missing?) But she’s becoming more likeable-ish.

    Lilly: I love how real she is. Love the moog and the 12 string… seriously gorgeous instrument, especially live. She’s already got what the judges want from the other 19 (ish) contestants – the ability to make an old song seem brand new. She does have IT. I’d shell out 30 bucks to see her live. Beautiful.

    Katelyn: I will probably be biased, ’cause I LOVE this song. Love the make under too, she didn’t need all that makeup. Serious chills. Amazing connection. She kinda lost her tone but it didn’t matter cause she connected SO WELL. SHUT UP THIS WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. Who cares if it was slow, I was riveted to every note. (Then again, BIAS.) Aside from that, I really do like her a lot more every week.

    Paige: I wish she liked to color outside the lines. But honey, you are no Allison. The band is ruining this song more than Paige is. I see the flashes of brilliance in her voice but she’s not exactly a rock singer. And girl needed to get more mad. She’s fifty percent good, and 50 percent isn’t good enough.

    Shibhon: I can’t spell your name and I know exactly how much that dress cost at Forever 21 (is that the only place they let the girls shop? I could seriously play a drinking game with the number of items from that store on Idol. I need a new job.) Her speaking voice is so slow but she is so funny and strange and interesting. I never expect that voice to come out of her and I flove it. OMG THAT NOTE. She’s so quirky and endearing, and quickly becoming one of my favorite girls.

    Wow, I typed a lot. Quick ranking:
    1.Katelyn (BIAS.)
    2. Lilly
    3. Crystal
    4. Shibhon
    5. Didi
    6. Katie
    7. Paige
    8. Michelle
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

    Going home? Someone in the bottom 4 of my ranking, probably not Haeley. Lacey and Paige? No idea. I hope there isn’t a huge surprise, though.

  428. BTW MJ, I had to find the link to Siobhan’s video on your user’s page, as the link is not on the post, just thought I’d let you know in case that wasn’t intentional.

  429. Haeley: This might be cause I’m holding her to the Miley/ Taylor/ Demi Lovato standard, but it wasn’t THAT bad.

    Yeah, actually, it was. Whatever judge said it was right: She just isn’t ready. Young artists like David Archuleta and Alison Iraheta, who are ready at 16, have been performing since they were 10 or 11 or 12. Haeley has potential, but I don’t think that I can take another week of her on AI —and I bet she can’t either. She needs time to grow.

  430. The best of the night were Crystal, Lilly, and Didi. Once again, they delivered that soulful/folk vibe reminiscent of the 70s. WTF were the judges’ comments about Didi? The truth is, Didi has the most amazing tones in this competition and I’m sorry they missed out on that. And she’s authentic. I’m really digging that kind of music.

    The worst of the night were Siobhan, Paige, Michelle, Haeley, and Katie. Ugh, I’m just not into that kind of style. So diva for me. Nothing really special about it.

  431. Was an interesting night. I really enjoyed Katelyn on the piano. I don’t know what is off with me this year but my interest hasn’t really yet been engaged. I’ve been a huge fan since I started watching in Season 4 and it just hasn’t kicked in yet this year. I kind of like Lilly but something is off there too. I think maybe it is her hair color that washes her out and makes her look older than she is. I would love to see her with a rich hair color like a honey-toned brown or an auburn. Plus her hair is very dry like Bo Bice’s was before the stylists taught him about conditioner. By the end of the season his hair was bee-u-tee-ful! On the other hand, sometimes I’m just nuts and this could be one of those times. ;)

  432. I think the judges were trying to throw Didi under the bus because her style is a bit similar to Crystal and Lilly’s and they’re worried they’re gonna cancel each other out when they reach the top 10. But c’mon, she totally didn’t deserve that. She sang the song soulfully, and her tones kill me (in a good way). I hope she survives this week and delivers a show-stopping performance next week.

  433. I didn’t like Didi’s and Lilly’s performances at all. Their voices are just … ugh.
    Didi seemed completely lost. I liked that she tried something different this week, because the whole singer/songwriter thing with the guitar is getting old, but this performance just didn’t work at all.
    Lilly wasn’t so lost, but I didn’t like her version and her vocals just aren’t my thing.

    Crystal was better, more pleasant for my ears. I’m not really a fan of her style and to me she sounds the same every week. So yeah, I hope she plans to do something different before May.

    I thought Siobhan was good and I really liked Michelle. I know nothing about the Creed and their music, but I liked what I heard.

  434. Yes, and if you read my commentary, I said I felt a disconnect when she sang it, and that song is a fave of mine. Siobhan is an odd thing for me because OFFstage, she’s interesting. On stage, musically, she’s kind of going the vacant big voice route right now. If she can translate more of the off stage Siobhan to the onstage Siobhan, I’d get behind her more fully. Lilly is kind of the opposite for me…she becomes way more interesting when she performs, but offstage she’s kinda chill and low key. I think MUSICALLY, Lilly is authentically offbeat and cool but maybe not an interesting TV personality. As a TV PERSONALITY, Siobhan is very amusing, but when she steps on stage, everything that is awesome about her drains away, and it’s just ZOMGVOICE!

    So much WORD on this post! You totally get it. I love Siobhan’s personality, it’s quirky and weird and different. But all of that is lost when she opens her mouth and sings. It’s like she transforms into a totally generic diva that we have seen and heard before. I hope she can bring some of that quirkiness into her performance. At this point, I just don’t think highly of her as an artist. I think she is just one of those ordinary singers who can belt.

  435. After rewatching the performances here is my take from best to worst:

    1) Siobhan: IA with mj she was not perfect technically but she is the one I have the most fun to watch, I smiled all the way through the song. You can feel her personality through her performance.

    2) Katelyn: this was just mesmerizing live and still great after rewatching it. The slown down version worked for me because she has a gorgeous tone and phrasing. Doesn’t hurt that she’s very pretty.

    3) Crystal: Powerfull vocal performance, another one you can feel the kindness through her singing. My only problem is that I’m not that in love with the song or the taking to the church arrangement.

    4) Lilly: The last of the great performances of the night. She has a lot of charisma and I don’t think she’s a poseur, she really knows and loves her music.

    5) Paige: There’s a substancial gap between the first four and her, but I enjoyed that. A little karaoke but she did a good job with the song and it’s not easy when it’s Kelly (Lisa and Todrick will tell you that)

    6) Katie: IMO Katie’s problem isn’t the vocals, she just lacks musicality or any sense of who she wants to be as an artist. Again, the performance seemed a little awkward and robotic.

    7) Lacey: I really like Lacey and would like to see her another week but she failed to deliver twice now and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. She just couldn’t make anything different with that song and didn’t even sing it that well.

    8 ) Didi: Biggest disapointment of the night. It sounded like she was singing way too high and struggling with the notes. I felt for her because you can see how much it pained her when Simon said she waisted a great opportunity.

    9 ) Michelle: That was horrible. I don’t know what, Kara and Simon were drinking. The whole concept of a soul singer taking on a rock song is great when there is actually soul in the song. That Creed number is just garbage and should stay that way. I hope the last two nights are not an indication of more post grunge rock in the future. One Daughtry apparition per year is enough. Oh yes, the singing was really bad too.

    10) Haeley: Not much to say here, just a horendous vocal performance of a Miley Cyrus song, is there anything worse in the world? Haeley is a pretty and sweet girl tough.

  436. Did Ryan even mention Danny was performing on the results show? I know he did for Kris and Allison after the guys performed last week.

  437. First Haeley and Katie. I didn’t think Haeley was as bad as people seem to think (for a general idea what people liked I usually look at http://www.whatnottosing.com. )
    I remember Myley(sp?) doing this song on Idol and I don’t think last night version was worse (of course I’m in the Myley can’t sing camp:)). Katie has a great voice but picks wrong songs. Either they’re to old or to simple. These young contestant should have more guidance or even better wait a few years before they audition because I think they just don’t have the experience needed for this competition and aren’t sure yet who they want to be as an artist.
    I loved Crystal. She appears real and has a great voice. I doubt she will be able to win this competition but if she continues as she began she will make it far and go away with a contract.
    Lily was also very good tonight, Didi didn’t impress me.
    Katelyn was far better than I thought she can be. Now I actually want to see more of her.
    Shioban. No doubt she has a great voice. But to me the song didn’t sound current.
    The ones I didn’t mention fall under the forgetable category.

  438. Where the heck has the joy gone from this show? It used to be so much fun, even when the judges were annoying and some of the contestants were such obvious fodder. Randy is the only one who hasn’t changed but that just means he’s still useless. Ellen saying that was bad but I still like you is silly. Simon critiques are pretty accurate but he seems so disinterested. I didn’t like Kara last year but I had no idea just how irritating she could actually be. Even when she has decent criticisms, the drama, the head bobbing, hanging on Simon, etc. just drives me nuts.

    Too many of the contestants this year want the judges to define who they are as musicians. It is so important to choose a song that suits your voice but too many this year can’t do it even when the field is wide open. There are exceptions, of course, and these are the ones doing best, so far.

    Well, it’s early in the season so I’m still hopeful.

  439. The Katie Stevens girl must be the most annoying 17-year old on the planet. she will sooo go home soon. She’s terribly unlikable.

  440. I like this season, the talent is spread out whereas last year it was concentrated on one or two.

  441. MrRJ:
    03/04/2010 at 1:19 am
    There is something just too sterile about this year…..I can’t put my finger on it exactly. The lighting is brighter…the microphone that was too hot last year is too cold…there is a real lack of chemistry amoung the judges.

    I noticed that last night too! there is an “energy” or something missing. the studio audience response to the performances has been pretty restrained. you can hear a pin drop between the judges comments (which seem to go on forever now)….even last night when there were some better performances, something is missing — call it energy, excitement, hotness. It is palpable. Also, IMO Ellen completely sucks the energy out of the judges comments portion because she has nothing to add. When she starts talking technique I don’t believe her because she has no background in the music business — and then she just keeps saying how she loves the kids and thinks they are great. neither interesting nor helpful nor entertaining for the audience

  442. I thought Crystal, Lily and Siobhan were really good. I liked Crystal best, last week I didn’t like her performance and thought Siobhan was the best.

  443. Who I would like to see in the top 12:

    Lily
    Crystal
    Katelyn
    Didi
    Siobhan
    Michelle or Katie

    Once we get rid of the “chaff” and if we get the best 6 of the men and women, the top 12 and especially the top 10 should be pretty good – if they keep improving.

    Didi should not try to do what the judges want, should listen to herself. She was great last week, despite what they said. She shouldn’t try to sing soul. She should be a singer/songwriter which she is.

  444. Does anyone know what the gray bar means on diallidol and what the yellow part means?

  445. What’s with the trashing of Didi? I think she was pretty good. She has an ‘ethereal’ presence. Kind of reminds me of Brooke White. I liked her and I voted for her.

  446. Who I would like to see in the top 12:

    Lily
    Crystal
    Katelyn
    Didi
    Siobhan
    Michelle or Katie

    Once we get rid of the “chaff” and if we get the best 6 of the men and women, the top 12 and especially the top 10 should be pretty good – if they keep improving.

    Didi should not try to do what the judges want, should listen to herself. She was great last week, despite what they said. She shouldn’t try to sing soul. She should be a singer/songwriter which she is.

    When did the judges tell Didi to sing soul?

    Seems to me that they’ve told all of them the same thing — You know (presumably) who you are as a singer, where your sweet spot is, you know your voice, your kinds of phrasing, etc. You know what kinds of songs make an impact when you sing them. Take a song, preferably a not completely expected one, that fits those things that you know about your voice and performance style. Study its lyrics, feel them, and prepare to express them. Then just sing that song to us, in the special way that *you* sing songs, with as much intensity and focus as you can muster.

    I’ve heard that in all their comments to everybody, and of course it’s the best — and only — advice they can give, since that’s what all good solo singers do.

    Seems to me that Didi and many many of the others (i.e., most of the guys) are either too rattled or too inexperienced or too accustomed to singing in choirs or bands where instead of being true solo singers they have to accommodate themselves to others’ vision to understand that that’s what the judges are saying.

    But, to me, they’re saying it darned clearly, over and over and over again. And in no way was their advice to Didi last week — Pick a soul song and sing it in a way that doesn’t in the least come naturally to you. “Be original,” as they’re repeatedly saying, means “Be you,” in whatever song you sing, not “Copy some style that’s completely foreign to your singing niche,” which seems to be the way Didi and a bunch of others are taking it.

    I feel bad for her and the others whose lack of experience or whatever keeps leading them astray like this. But since that’s happening to the extent it is, I can only assume that the producers/judges have put through a bunch of people who, despite a lot of talent, aren’t at the point in their singing lives where they actually understand what it means to be a solo singer. (Something tells me that striking beauty and adorability played a much bigger role in the selection process than they should have, too.)

    I would say that’s the show’s fault, not the kids’ fault. But I also would prefer not to have any of the people who don’t get it in the Top 12, because, like Lil last year, if they don’t get it by the end of the semis, they’re probably not going to get it as the weeks go on either. And that is always monstrously depressing to watch and listen to.

    To me, at this point, the three girls who most seem that they aren’t getting it are Didi, Katie, and Haeley. I like Didi and also think that she’s probably the most likely to see the light, since she’s a bit older and seems to have more brains than ego, so I hope she stays until next week and then over the course of the week the penny drops and she gets the point. But I don’t know that she can command the votes that the two teens may be hauling in at the moment, so I think her number may be up tonight.

  447. Kirsten:

    …And they want [Katie] to sing younger? Something from the Sesame Street Collection perhaps? Ignore them Katie and you might make the tour. She has a nice voice, but she really should have waited a couple of years before trying out…

    I said in chat last night that Katie is 17 going on 29. I think the problem with her isn’t her voice or song choices (although Feelin Good WAS too old) but the fact that she has no clue how to perform in a way that’s age appropriate. She slinks, she smirks, she makes awkwardly come-hither glances, none of which look right on a sweet OMG!17!!! girl. I think she’s confused by the judges’ comments because they’re telling her to sing younger songs which isn’t the biggest problem, and they’re not telling her to stop performing like a teenage temptress and start singing like a fresh, sweet teenage pop singer.

    Haeley does have that fresh, sweet teenager vibe but the trouble is she’s like 16 going on 11. She’s almost too young with her giggles and hair bows and definitely a green banana. She should have had a year or two longer before trying because she’s not ready… that is the judges’ fault, not hers. She’s out of her league in the way that Tim Urban is vocally but both of them have Teen Nick/Disney appeal and maybe they could be on an after school TV series as actors, not singers.

    Michelle has a lovely voice but is bland as vanilla custard. It’s worse to be boring than bad on this show and she could be in danger this week for that reason. I did not like the song choice at all.

    Paige fills an important American Idol niche. She sings BIG, although not soul/r&B. She does have a good voice but is suffering from lack of preseason exposure. Her performance was pretty good, but she’s no Kelly. Still, I think she deserves to be safe.

    Siobhan also sings BIG but she’s got “quirky girl” appeal in spades and a unique personality and look. I thought she was very good last night, and she’s the one girl who has really grown on me this season. I can definitely see dark horse appeal with her.

    I like Lilly because she’s different and interesting (by AI standards). In some ways though, she’s losing sight of the vocals in an effort to “perform”. Overall it works, for now, but in a competition where voices are being judged, she needs to show off her pretty voice and not just her quirky girl-appeal.

    Crystal did have the best, most soulful (Eva Cassidy-ish) performance of the night. She seems to have Simon rooting for her but I think she’ll be this year’s Elliott/Melinda or Chris Daughtry if Simon continues to overload the praise. Voters get complacent. I think hers was the “moment” last night, not Lilly’s.

    Katelyn is growing on me. I kinda liked her performance although I completely agree with Simon that parts of it were corny (I said “schmaltzy”) but her voice is much better than I remember from H’wood week. She’s also beautiful which doesn’t hurt her chances, although I’m trying to imagine her headling the AI tour and can’t see the star power – yet.

    Didi and Lacey are the WGWGs who are underperforming from their previous auditions/H’wood week performances. Given Crystal, Siobhan and Lilly’s consistency and/or ability to stand out, I think both are in danger of being forgotten. Truthfully, I liked what Didi tried to do with her song but it was a little shakey. Lacey was kareoke.

    My order:
    1. Crystal
    2. Siobahn
    3. Lilly
    4. Katelyn
    5. Paige
    6. Didi
    7. Michelle
    8. Katie
    9. Lacey
    10. Haeley

    Going home: Lacey and Didi

  448. I said in chat last night that Katie is 17 going on 29. I think the problem with her isn’t her voice or song choices (although Feelin Good WAS too old) but the fact that she has no clue how to perform in a way that’s age appropriate. She slinks, she smirks, she makes awkwardly come-hither glances, none of which look right on a sweet OMG!17!!! girl. I think she’s confused by the judges’ comments because they’re telling her to sing younger songs which isn’t the biggest problem, and they’re not telling her to stop performing like a teenage temptress and start singing like a fresh, sweet teenage pop singer.

    Does anybody know what Katie’s experience has been? To me, her singing style suggests that she hasn’t done much but maybe pageants, contests, and show choir. And in all of those you have kids singing like very very conservative, middle-of-the-road 50-year-olds with a lot of experience in the Sweet Adelines. … If that’s the case, it would explain both why she comes across to the judges — and to me — as so “not young” *and* why she doesn’t get what they mean, since I’m sure she’s received tons of strokes for singing just exactly the way she does.

  449. Does anybody know what Katie’s experience has been? To me, her singing style suggests that she hasn’t done much but maybe pageants, contests, and show choir

    Bingo on the pageants. I saw some picture of her at some Miss Teen something or other.

  450. Bingo on the pageants. I saw some picture of her at some Miss Teen something or other.

    Then she must go. Please don’t put a pageant girl on my screen for months. *So* unlikely she’ll ever figure out how to sing like an actual singer in a month. Katie and Haeley — out of there now.

    And speaking of Haeley — I couldn’t believe it when Kara was telling her she needed a year of very basic *voice* lessons before she could do the show! Why the heck did they put her *on* the show then?

  451. Is it me or does it seem that the judges keep throwing Didi and Andrew under the bus alot?? I understand to a lesser extent why they say those things to Andrew as he can definitely do better, but Didi was great last night!! What the heck???? is this some new strategy from TPTB? Those 2 were the strongest in hollywood week!
    I voted for both Andrew and Didi like crazy!! hope they are safe…

  452. It was a good night but I’m no longer loving any of them. Siobhan was my favorite and still is but I loved the song she chose last week and if she turns into a belter of standards I am going to lose interest very fast. I just don’t want to hear Think again no matter how well it is done. Go back to picking more obscure stuff and sing the hell out of it.
    They want Katie to be Hip(Randy’s word) but she just isn’t. You can’t really ask someone to change their taste in music overnight and then “feel it” when they are performing.
    For me, Kara is the problem at the judging table. Turn the sound off and just watch her. Ugh. I would mix up the judging table and keep her away from Simon. Move her to Randy’s end and put Ellen next to Simon for a few weeks. I think Paula’s presence kept Kara from trying to be the girly one . It seems so fake. Her expert opinion, while relevant at times, is annoying.

  453. is this some new strategy from TPTB? Those 2 were the strongest in hollywood week!

    No, it is not a new strategy. It’s a tried and true strategy called de-pimping.

    Andrew got more popular than they thought he would and they do not want a male winner. I’ll be very surprised if they don’t want a Blonde Girl With Guitar winner this year (there are like 70 million of them in the semi-finals). Didi is not the one they want, so they over-criticize her as well. I’m not saying that either of them had the best performance of the week, but the criticism they received is more than a tad harsh when Tim-never-met-a-note-he-can-sing-on-key-Urban gets praise like that from Simon. They know that they can get rid of Tim later on when the start pointing out that the dude cannot sing and this is a singing competition (it will be something else when they need it to be).

    I think Casey is getting the de-pimp as well (BTW Did anybody else think that Simon looked a little disappointed when Casey took the criticisms so well? Casey is so affable that he’s going to be a tough nut for them to crack).

  454. Why is Simon pimping the hell out of Crystal? Does he WANT her to go home?

  455. I think Casey is getting the de-pimp as well (BTW Did anybody else think that Simon looked a little disappointed when Casey took the criticisms so well?

    Yes. I noticed that as well.

    Andrew got more popular than they thought he would and they do not want a male winner. I’ll be very surprised if they don’t want a Blonde Girl With Guitar winner this year (there are like 70 million of them in the semi-finals).

    I agree!!

  456. I’m reading on some blog sites and on twitter that Lilly tweeted something that started a debate comparing her version of A Change is Gonna Come to Adam’s. Did anyone see this too or is it just another dumb internet rumor to start up some controversy again?

  457. Is it me or does it seem that the judges keep throwing Didi and Andrew under the bus alot??

    It kind of seems that way to me, but I suspect that they’re not really throwing them under the bus so much as they’re feeling very frustrated that those two — who seemed to have *so* much potential earlier on — are not coming across all that well, so the judges are sort of frantically trying to figure out why and to get through to them with potential solutions.

    Or maybe I just think that because that’s the way I feel about Didi and Andrew. I was prepared to love both of them, and when they’re talking I love them a lot. But then they keep kind of semi-crashing in their songs, and I get the sense that neither of them quite gets what they ought to be doing, and it makes me kind of want to hit them upside the head, because the solution seems relatively simple. On second thought, I still believe that this is what the judges feel, too. Despite the mess the judges’ table is currently, I am still getting the feeling that they’re actually trying to help the situation and not just be idiotic (except for Kara’s incredibly infuriating clumsy attempts to be Simon’s new little girlfriend … yucch blech and yucch again on that crap.)

  458. I have to go back and read everyone’s comments. But before I do, I must say the girls were better than the guys for me. Stronger voices overall, and even their failures were interesting.

    Loved Crystal! Scared of the peaking too early/overpimping effect with her.

    Didn’t quite get into Lily as much as the judges – she started out well but brought way to much quirk to the song by the end. That song is almost spiritual, it just felt wrong to me.

    LOVE Kaetlyn’s voice, I think she’s a bit of a dark horse – she just has to work out the kinks.

    Sibbohan is weird but lovable. Think was not the right song for her IMO, but she was interesting to watch.

    WTH made Paige think she could sing a Kelly Clarkson song on Idol? Don’t do that again. But she can sing.

    Didi is floundering. I didn’t like that at all. She is having some major issues with song choice.

    Michelle is a non-entity. Even when she sings well I don’t care.

    Katie – that song should have worked for her but it was like she had no clue how to phrase it… it was like the rhythm was off or something. She kept trying to sing it like it was a jazz standard.

    Haeyley. Totally adorable personality, totally not ready for this. She needs to go home.

    Lacey – did okay, looked like she had never been on a stage before in her life.

    The girls pulled me back in to the season.

    Going home: Lacey, Michelle, maybe Haeyley or Didi if the tears didn’t save her

  459. I’m reading on some blog sites and on twitter that Lilly tweeted something that started a debate comparing her version of A Change is Gonna Come to Adam’s. Did anyone see this too or is it just another dumb internet rumor to start up some controversy again?

    I would go with “dumb internet rumor to start up some controversy again”

    Evidence:
    1) Lilly does not seem like a stupid girl that wants BSC fans on her a$$

    2) Why would anybody do that to any other Idol contestant? That’s never going to end well.

    3) The Season 9 Idol account is http://twitter.com/ai9contestants. The only thing posted by Lily in the last 16 hours is
    Lilly Scott: My heart goes out to the students and staff at my former middle school Deer Creek in Littleton. My hometown has experienced significant tragedy but peace will overcome! My song tonight goes out to all of you…
    This is in reference to a school shooting. I’m not sure that there is any way you can twist that as being a slam against Adam Lambert

    Prior to that, her account was http://twitter.com/LScottAI9 and I really don’t see anything that could be remotely related to Adam.

    4) Every year, a few Idol fans become enraged when somebody dares to sing the song their favourite sang previously. The list of approved songs is short, so I’ve never understood this.

  460. A quick review
    1. Crystal She sang ok, still looked pale, poor kid, but she is kinda boring, something doesnt grab me about her. Top 2 or 3 in final.
    2. Haeley Being mean tho, I just can’t look at her lip above her gums not moving, and she cant sing, needs to go this week.
    3.Lacey Beautiful girl, love her hair makeup, that was a bad song she tried to hard, just dont like her high voice, I think shes gone this week.
    4. Katie Shes too pageantry, is that a word, when you have to look up on the internet who you like, and what to sing, Whoa! May make Top Ten
    5. Didi I just can get thru her squeaky high pitced voice. Maybe it was the song, but never want to hear it again. Shes too fragile and has reason to be, but needs to sing a song more suited for her range. May make Top 10
    6. Michelle I like her she gets it, I like her Vera Wang style, did she really make that outfit?? IDK, I liked her take on Creed, made it her own, altho nothing special. Should be Top 10.
    7. Lilly Oh Lilly, why was she so big in her package then totally different looking in her show appearance. First of all I like that she plays all the instruments. She knows who she is. But when she steps on stage shes got this fake twang in her voice that I hate. Secondly, her hair! Not the blond color, god my hair was like that when I was young lol, but she needs to go on the Shear Genius show and let them style and fix the straw look maybe just some of that Frutius Shine stuff they were using to advertise on the show a couple of years back. She should be Top 10, but too much stuff to fix.
    8. Katelyn I loved her performance, it just seemed kind special. Now something more upbeat next week.
    9. Paige She did ok, nothing special and I thought a little off in the middle, dont know if she will make it after next week.
    10. Siobhan Why did your parents name you that, I have to look up the spelling everytime I type your name. And I should try to memorize it cause its gonna be there for a long time. I like her singing the song, not necessarily the song, but love how she threw the NOTE in there. HEH shes so unique, I just love that. Hugs Siohban.
    I see a Top 2 Final same as last year. What you say, 2 boys again?

    Nooooo, Crystal– Kris, Siobhan–Adam Winner?? Well see in a couple of weeks.
    On the judges, is Ellen turning into Paula, calling the Piano the Guitar, as she saw in rehearsals.
    This is just all my opinion of course

  461. I can see myself not liking Crystal if Simon continues to push her. I felt the same way with the judges and Adam last season.

    I completely understand why there’s so much confusion on what the judges are telling them. I wish they wouldn’t harp on them so much (esp Randy) about changing up songs. I think it’s better for them to sing the heck out of songs that showcase their voices in their style. What happens is that they change songs so much in order to make it their own that it’s unrecognizable and will get slammed for that. What I’ve noticed is that chosen ones can get away with anything and those who aren’t get criticized.

  462. I am in lurve with Siobhan. I want to have her self-mohawking, glass-blowing babies. She’s the one I’m interested in seeing next week. Favorite judge’s comment …

    Simon: You’re such a strange person.
    Siobhan: I get that a lot.

    I would like to at least have an inkling what kind of an artist she is outside AI. I wonder what kind of band she was playing with in those mohawk photos. Anyone know?

    Every year, Idol fans become enraged when somebody dares to sing the song their favourite sang previously.

    Honestly, I see more comments expressing disgust with the “rage” than I see comments expressing “rage” with the song choice.

  463. I think Casey’s version of Gavin Degraw’s song really exposed how weak a contestant he is. It helps us to weed people out when they choose repeat songs.

  464. Once again I thought Crystal and Siobhan stood out the most. They seem the ones likely to go far in the competition. Crystal is really good, maybe too good. She could end up being this season’s Melinda Doolittle- she already has a fully-formed musical identity and that might make her look predictable. Siobhan seems more of a wild card- in a good way- and she hasn’t formed her musical identity yet, so her figuring it out during the competition might give her the edge in the long run.

    Didi– didn’t understand why the judges hated it; I thought she did a really good job. Liked the song choice and nuance in her voice.

    I had the opposite reaction to Lilly– didn’t like that performance at all. Her vocal style was completely wrong for that song. Of the course the judges loved it.

    Paige is starting to grow on me. She has a good voice, and the performance wasn’t bad, though it got frantic and forced at the end. But it was solid.

    Katelyn– in some parts her voice was really lovely, in others it sounded flat. The pace was too slow and it dragged a bit. Still, this was interesting. Nice piano playing too.

    Haeley– surprisingly, I thought she sounded better this week. The song choice was smart- at least it was more in her limited vocal range.

    Katie– unremarkable and forgettable. She has a decent voice, but she’s trying too hard.

    Michelle– her vocals were weak in this performance. That’s too bad, because her song choice and arrangement were interesting. But she’s bland and mediocre, especially compared to Paige.

    Lacey sounded a lot better this week, but that song didn’t do anything for her chances. She didn’t make much of an impression.

    The judges’ critiques were weird and all over the place; I’m not sure what they were hearing. And I really hope Kara stops with the bizarre antics with Simon. (She probably won’t.)

    Bottom 3: Michelle, Lacey & Lilly
    Going home: Michelle & Lacey

  465. I completely understand why there’s so much confusion on what the judges are telling them. I wish they wouldn’t harp on them so much (esp Randy) about changing up songs.

    I actually get where the judges are coming from with this in most cases. They want you to re-arrange the songs, but they also want you to do a good job of re-arranging them.

    Singing the songs like the original makes you sound karaoke. Why should I bother with you when I can just buy the original? The original version will at least not feature bandzilla.

    But, you just can’t re-arrange a song any old way and get credit for it (“8 Days a Week”, anybody?). You get bonus points for re-arranging a song so that sounds current, fits your vibe and doesn’t butcher the original. It’s a lot more difficult to quantify this, but I often agree when they say that somebody hasn’t done a good job on re-arranging. It’s like if you renovate your house. It can look great or it can look like a hot mess. Or you can remake an outfit and have it look cool, but if your remake consists of bedazzling it, it probably won’t look so cool (Kristy bedazzled the sh*t out of The Beatles).

  466. I actually get where the judges are coming from with this in most cases. They want you to re-arrange the songs, but they also want you to do a good job of re-arranging them.

    I wish they’d–Randy in particular–actually say “that wasn’t a very good arrangement” instead of “you shouldn’t have changed it up” which sounds contradictory and confusing.

  467. I wish they’d–Randy in particular–actually say “that wasn’t a very good arrangement” instead of “you shouldn’t have changed it up” which sounds contradictory and confusing.

    Very true. That’s why I always have to have my Randy Translation App dialed up to 11.

  468. Last night was the 1st night of AI that I was really motivated to watch from start to finish and I really enjoyed. The only performance I didn’t like at all was Haeley’s for obvious reasons. I’m not into Katie Stevens either and she needs to do some figuring out fast about what kind of recording artist she’d be that would have any relevance. What does she bring that others don’t? She’s got a beautiful voice but she’s not connecting.

    IMO the judges were way harsh on Didi and I hope it doesn’t shatter her confidence. It was definitely the wrong song choice, she needed to pick something that isn’t seen as hokey. She didn’t sound too bad though so I don’t understand why the judges were hating. I get that they’re disappointed though.

    IMO the best song choices of the night were Crystal’s and Katelyn’s. They are smart girls with great voices and I love em for it. I almost think Katelyn doing The Scientist would’ve worked better in the finals than the semifinals because of the staging. I liked Siobhan but she had some really off moments there. Those 4 girls can sing all of the guys under the table IMO. I hope Didi joins them in the finals. As far as the 6th spot I’m rooting for Michelle or Paige. Michelle would be fodder because IMO she’s got the same problem as Katie as far as not connecting. I don’t know if Paige would make the tour either even if she made top 12. It’s 1 of those things where I can see some bad performances from the worst guys outlasting some better performances from the last girl who makes it in.

  469. I completely understand why there’s so much confusion on what the judges are telling them. I wish they wouldn’t harp on them so much (esp Randy) about changing up songs.

    I believe the issue is this: They actually aren’t asking for “rearrangement” of songs necessarily. What they want is for them to know themselves well enough as singers and artists to have an instinctive feel for the particular way in which they would sing a song. And then they want them to pick songs that they feel they can do well and connect with strongly and just sing the heck out of them in their own special way. That’s what “be original” means in this context, I think. It means “be you.”

    The problem is that a lot of these kids are too inexperienced — or have the wrong experience, such as a lot of choir or band or contest singing where you’re following other people’s musical bent and not your own — to either a) know that this is what the judges mean or b) know themselves well enough (or be developed enough) as technical singers and as creative artists to follow the advice.

    So they then interpret this actually very good and apt advice as random stuff like “always rearrange” or “pick songs way out of your comfort zone in an effort to be original” etc. And get confused.

    If you’ll notice, very few of the really well developed folks on the show (old or young, with or without actual *professional* experience) have had very much trouble with this advice, which the judges give every year (although often expressing it clumsily, I guess). Among the youngsters, David Archuleta and Paris Bennett come to mind as ones who really didn’t have a problem with the advice because they were both pretty well developed both as individuals who knew how they expressed themselves and as technical singers. Ditto Elliott Yamin as somebody with hardly any professional experience but somebody who’d sung so much in the shower and the stockroom for many years that he, too, knew who he was as a singer.

    They’ve picked a lot of pretty but kind of inexperienced people this year (well, they always do when it comes to the semifinalists anyway), and many of these are just not developed enough as singers and artists to understand the message, I think.

  470. There is something just too sterile about this year…..I can’t put my finger on it exactly. The lighting is brighter…the microphone that was too hot last year is too cold…there is a real lack of chemistry amoung the judges.

    WORD. Honestly, I think it’s the absence of Paula. I think for all her loopiness as a judge during the season, Paula was the one who liked to chose contestants who connected with the emotions of the songs they sang and could make the audience feel it. She was the heart of the judging panel in a way that neither Ellen nor Kara are. I’ll never forget her comments to Elliott Yamin as she tearfully said “You move me”.

    In contrast, Simon is the brains and Randy is the Mouth…piece of the judging panel. Simon see Dollar $ign$ and I think he makes logical (clinical?) decisions about who to put through based on what sounds current and sellable in an Idol winner in context of whatever is current musically, although he does seem to have a soft spot for Crystal (and Melinda in season 6).

    Kara is like a combination of Randy (name dropping, musical technique-speak, etc.) and Simon’s interest in “commercial” “package artists”. She a successor to, but not a replacement for Paula on the panel but she’s not able to articulate the desire for emotional resonance in the same way that Paula did. She told Katie to sing something about how she feels now, but it took 5 minutes of the judges’ blathering to get to that point.

    Ellen just wants to be entertained. I respect that. I think she has interesting musical tastes and enjoys and appreciates a good performance. I hope that she is the one who will start to talk about emotions becuase otherwise there are going to be a lot of pretty, souless performances this season and a lot of confused contestants trying to figure out what the judges really want.

  471. WTH made Paige think she could sing a Kelly Clarkson song on Idol? Don’t do that again. But she can sing.

    Why can’t she sing a Clarkson song????? Paige was pretty good. Although she should’ve smiled less and feel the song from a darker, unpleasant experience. Maybe she should have thought about her ex, lol!

  472. I noticed alot of contestants are choosing songs that were sang by previous idols fairly recently is this pretty usual. I didn’t notice this as much with Season 6,7 or 8.

  473. I noticed alot of contestants are choosing songs that were sang by previous idols fairly recently is this pretty usual. I didn’t notice this as much with Season 6,7 or 8.

    I’ve actually been noticing it in the past few years, especially in the semis.

    I think it’s probably partly that, by now, that list of pre-cleared songs that they hand them has been pretty well picked over, especially the better and more popular songs on it, so repeats are just getting more likely.

    Plus, I think you have two groups this year who are especially likely to pick very standard songs: 1) indie types like Lilly who specialize in changing up old songs and 2) not terribly confident inexperienced types (like a whole bunch of these) who feel more comfortable with a very well-known song and/or don’t have the nerve to fight the power and go out on a limb by strongly requesting a song that hasn’t been pre-cleared for fear they’ll end up having to switch their choice at the last minute.

  474. Coldplay’s The Scientist is up to #27 on i-Tunes. Lips Of An Angel’s at #48. Come On Get Higher’s at #65, Everybody Knows is at #67. The Climb is at #100. Natasha Bedingfield’s version of The Scientist is at #125. Put Your Records On is at #133. With Arms Wide Open is at #152. I Don’t Want To Be’s at #170.

  475. Why can’t she sing a Clarkson song????? Paige was pretty good. Although she should’ve smiled less and feel the song from a darker, unpleasant experience. Maybe she should have thought about her ex, lol!

    I think if you are going to sing a song by a powerhouse like Kelly Clarkson on the show she came from, where she is still beloved… well, then you better bring it. Show me something different. Make me forget the original, or at least put your version up there with it. But this just made me think of all the ways Paige is not Kelly Clarkson.

  476. I think Didi did poorly with Lean On Me but did very well on The Way I Am. But, the judges give the most awful criticism possible and I believe that resulted in Didi’s mess this week. None of the judges on the panel show any sign of competence and really need to be replaced. They throw around contradictory statements, bring up people who are completely irrevelant, and use imaginary words.

  477. Coldplay’s The Scientist is up to #27 on i-Tunes.

    Katelyn gave them quite a nice boost from yesterday’s performance. The other 3 stand out performances did not benefit as much because at this point who doesn’t have A change is going come or Think? The CCW tune may not even be on itunes lol.

    Like every year, it’s very popular to say what is wrong with this season so I’ll try to stay positive, FWIW I like that they mostly have struck the right mix between new and old songs even if it means hearing Hinder and Creed on my television.

  478. Song Clearance is an area where contestants are treated so unfairly. Idol has to really like you to bother getting new songs cleared at your request or you have to be connected and ask for clearance directly from the artist. Artist themed nights are another story, if they don’t like you, you end up picking your song last.
    We have seen some of these songs done so many times. The judges keep asking these kids to sing current music but I wonder how many current songs are actually on the availability list.

  479. I personally could do without Randy “Pitch Patrol” Jackson as well as Kara “Who You Are As An Artist” DioGuardi on the judging panel. They are RUINING this season for me. Honestly, the constant contradictions along with the old and tired cliche phrases are not helping the contestants at all. People keep harping on the inexperience of this season, but why is that a bad thing? Look at how much hell the more experienced Idols got in past seasons such as Season 7. I didn’t mind that so much, but isn’t the purpose of this show to give less experienced singers a chance at stardom? And do they really have to know exactly who they are as an artist before they even audition? I mean really. Why must they know that already? Isn’t that what this show is for…to help them grow and develop as artist? Part of that process includes figuring out what direction to go in. When they become too defined, they get bitched at for being boring and doing the same thing every week. When they show versatility, they get bitched at for not being defined enough and being “all over the place”. I’d be ready to throw my head throug a window if I were the contestants this year. To me, this season is lacking good guidance and judging, not good talent.

  480. but I wonder how many current songs are actually on the availability list.

    I’ll bet we’ve probably heard all of them by now — a couple of times each, for the most part.

    I still don’t think it matters, though. For one thing, as I know I keep saying, but I think it bears competing — It’s *awfully* hard to take a song that’s already in a contemporary style and change it up sufficiently to make it sound non-karaoke. (although I do think that Katelyn and Lee did this this week, while Lacey failed to do it and Didi pretty much failed to do it last week).

    At the same time, if you’ve sufficiently honed your singing and you know exactly who you are as a contemporary singer, then you can make an old song sound contemporary. Plenty of people, on and off Idol, do this all the time. It’s your *job* as a solo artist to do it. Plenty of Idols have done it, lots of times, both by rearranging — like Cook, for example — or just by being who they are here in the 21st century, singing an old song but in their own, new-style way — like Kelly C, for example.

    The issue here, really, to me is just that these are a bunch of amateurs. And, that being the case, some of them are mentally, physically, intellectually, artistically, and emotionally ready to become contemporary solo artists right now this week. And many of them aren’t.

    And for those who aren’t, if they sing contemporary songs, they’ll sound kind of karaoke, and if they sing old songs, they’ll sound old-fashioned. Those who are ready will mostly avoid those pitfalls. I think we see this every year and are seeing it again, just maybe with a group that has fewer fully-formed people in it, perhaps, so they haven’t produced standout performances yet.

  481. And do they really have to know exactly who they are as an artist before they even audition? I mean really. Why must they know that already? Isn’t that what this show is for…to help them grow and develop as artist?

    With you on this. Totally. Though I do think if you come in there with a clue about what you’re doing, the panel and my ears will give you a stand-up ovation.

  482. Initially I was a Lily fan she reminded me of Allison. I have liked her performances would rank them 2nd or 3rd of the night in general out of the girls. Her personality turned me off, though when she made a comment to Ryan about how short he was. I am only 5 feet tall and about 100 lbs, and have a short husband 5’3″ and some of my kids are short, so it was a turnoff. I know it isn’t a personality contest,but unfortunately I haven’t voted for her since.

  483. People keep harping on the inexperience of this season, but why is that a bad thing? Look at how much hell the more experienced Idols got in past seasons such as Season 7. I didn’t mind that so much, but isn’t the purpose of this show to give less experienced singers a chance at stardom? And do they really have to know exactly who they are as an artist before they even audition? I mean really. Why must they know that already? Isn’t that what this show is for…to help them grow and develop as artist?

    I honestly don’t believe it’s possible to learn and grow enough in the hothouse, pressure-cooker atmosphere of this show to really become a solid contemporary professional entertainer by halfway through (which you’ll need to do if you’re going to survive) if you haven’t, by some manner of means, already gained the experience, self-knowledge, and well-honed solo vocal skill to largely know pretty securely who you are before the show begins.

    I can’t think of anybody in the eight previous seasons that I’d really say came in not knowing themselves as either technical singers or artists and yet came out as a formed artist who could give consistently impressive performance after performance.

    Not Elliott, despite his lack of professional experience — he knew exactly who Elliott was and how Elliott sang before the show began. Not Jason Castro — because even though he may not have known his voice technically all that well he clearly knew from day one exactly who Jason Castro is and always sang that way.

    Jordin is a possibility for an example of somebody who has done it, I guess. But Jordin was *very* well formed and also knowledgeable about her technical abilities before the show began, I think. And, frankly, I think her lack of ability to sell albums rather than singles since the show may have a lot to do with her *still* being unformed and a bit unaware of who she is as an artist.

    I’d love to hear an argument for being able to come in unformed and whip yourself into shape as a formed artist over the course of Idol. But I’ve racked my mind for examples and so far haven’t come up with any. Also, from my own relatively extensive musical experience, the task just seems impossible to me, given how fast it goes by and all the constraints that are put on them! I know for an absolute certainty that I couldn’t accomplish such a transformation in those circumstances, so I guess that makes me very skeptical that anybody else could. Too many factors you’d have to get a handle on in the very very fast-moving, chaotic, and distracting atmosphere, to me.

  484. Lilly Scott: My heart goes out to the students and staff at my former middle school Deer Creek in Littleton. My hometown has experienced significant tragedy but peace will overcome! My song tonight goes out to all of you…
    This is in reference to a school shooting. I’m not sure that there is any way you can twist that as being a slam against Adam Lambert

    Awww, really? Interesting that the show didn’t bring it up but mentioned Crystal’s illness a bazillion times, LOL. Not that I care-Crystal still rocks- but still, LOL.

  485. I have a new girl-crush. Her name is Katelyn. haha. I still loved Siobhan but Katelyn is really giving the gals a run for their money. GO GIRLS!!

  486. Interestingly, Danny Gokey went into last season as soul singer and now is being marketed as a country artist. The fact that he so completely changed direction could show a lack of knowing who he is as an artist. And yet, I think he will be able to pull it off.

  487. I’d love to hear an argument for being able to come in unformed and whip yourself into shape as a formed artist over the course of Idol. But I’ve racked my mind for examples and so far haven’t come up with any.

    I think “having a musical identity” as a concept on the show is an overrated idea. Did Kelly have a musical identity? She sang ballads and big diva songs, but then her success came in pop rock. Jordin sang overwrought ballads and her success was in pop/light r & b. David Archuleta tried bubblegum pop on the show and was not so successful at it, but has done well with it off the show. Adam sang mainly classic rock, but has done well with his dance pop music. Allison still doesn’t seem to have a musical identity but it didn’t make her a bad contestant on the show. I think musical identity is something that can be figured out after the show. I think growth however is important, and that is what the previous poster was getting at. Coming into the show as an already polished performer means that there is no room for improvement later on. People like to watch someone evolve into a better musician right in front of them.

  488. think “having a musical identity” as a concept on the show is an overrated idea. Did Kelly have a musical identity? She sang ballads and big diva songs,

    I actually think Kelly had a very strong musical identity, as did the others you mentioned!

    The thing is, we’re defining “musical identity” differently. I’m not defining it by “genre of song sung” at *all.* And I don’t think the judges on Idol are defining it that way either, for the most part. I think they’re defining it largely the way I do: — Knowing your own very individual vocal, mental, imaginative quirks and preferences and how they work with your individual voice — How you phrase and express and tinker with (or not) a song when you sing it, no matter what genre that song originally came out of. … It’s not anything nearly so blunt or definable as a genre.

    Are you a singer? I think maybe you have to be, or at least have to have worked with singers as a fellow musician or performer, to really get what I’m trying to say here. On the other hand, maybe this is just me and other singers don’t agree with it either. Do you have thoughts on this from that perspective?

    But, to me, there was never any doubt on the show that Kelly and Adam, for example, knew very well who Kelly and Adam were as singers and performers before the show ever started, and *therefore* were able to sing Stuff Like That There and Ring of Fire, which were not in their chosen *genres* at all, *completely* like Kelly and Adam. In fact, they couldn’t have sung those songs *not* like Kelly and Adam, most likely ….

    I’m not talking genre, in other words. I’m talking a very personal individual “who you are” as a singer. For some people genre is a significant part of that, as in Elliott, for example, who has R&B/jazz in his style very strongly. But for other people genre has little or nothing to do with it. And even when genre is a part, it’s far from the whole thing, and not really the essence, mostly, I’d say.

    When Adam picks up a song to sing it, the song comes out Adam, and he knows it will. When Katie Stevens picks up a song to sing it, it comes out as an amalgam of stuff she’s learned from her pageants and the show choir, and when they tell her to be young and be herself as a singer, she can pick up any song in the world and have no idea how it will come out as *her* because she hasn’t found herself as a musician yet, to me. … That’s what I’m seeing, anyway.

    And it’s not really a matter of being polished — It’s just knowing who you are so you can get polished. For me, two examples are: Katie Stevens, quite polished but has no identity as a musician; Elliott Yamin, extremely unpolished but knows his identity pretty well. …

    The unpolished person can get polish in the course of this show. I’m not convinced that the “i don’t know who I am” person can get that over the course of the show. The learning curve for that is too intense, most likely, I conjecture.

  489. I actually think Kelly had a very strong musical identity, as did the others you mentioned!

    Pretty much everyone in gangreen’s example I would agree with you with, in terms of vocal performance style and self-knowledge as an artist (that’s not about genre)… but let me play devil’s advocate on Kelly, even if I might actually agree with you there too. Maybe I haven’t looked back at her performances on Idol that much (I was pretty young when I saw those), but it seems like a lot of her vocal stylings and especially her tendencies with melisma really changed from albums one to two. Comparing “A Moment Like This” to, say, “Breakaway”, I get the feel of a very different singer, genre aside. Is the retained element just bombastic tendency, which seems far too general?

  490. I thought Sioban killed 90 percent of “Think.” And “the note” was phenomenal. Crystal won the night. The others were just ok. And we’re at page what about now? LOL. A weak crop, on the main.

  491. I don’t know if you can judge Kelly “musical identity” on what she did during the show.
    At that time the song selection was probably ten times worse than today and forced her to pick diva after diva every week. The mantra of the show at the time was to find the next big voice singer in the direct line of Whitney, Celine and Mariah.

  492. David Cook and Simon Cowell created the concept. Everything changed with Billy Jean.

  493. I don’t know if you can judge Kelly “musical identity” on what she did during the show.
    At that time the song selection was probably ten times worse than today and forced her to pick diva after diva every week. The mantra of the show at the time was to find the next big voice singer in the direct line of Whitney, Celine and Mariah.

    To be fair, we did see at least a genre contestant (albeit, she was Nikki McKibbin, so she wasn’t very good). So it wasn’t beyond the pale of just genre. Kelly’s choices seemed to be more in that diva, bombast line of singing, in terms of choices. At least as far as I could tell. Now, how forced that direction was… hard to say, of course. Same with the first album, really.

    That said, if I was to compare her to Katie Stevens… she definitely at least seemed more concentrated than that. So I’m not saying with any certainty that she didn’t. And the game has changed a lot since; it’s hard to say that Kelly would be received in Season 9 as Kelly (or that Kelly wouldn’t have been just different). The “musical identity” critique does seem to be a valid one, for me.

  494. Lilly Scott: My heart goes out to the students and staff at my former middle school Deer Creek in Littleton. My hometown has experienced significant tragedy but peace will overcome! My song tonight goes out to all of you…
    This is in reference to a school shooting. I’m not sure that there is any way you can twist that as being a slam against Adam Lambert

    Were people really harassing her? That is embarrassing. Why would anyone be offended by someone singing something that Adam sang? Are these the same people harassing the radio stations? VERY shallow end of the gene pool methinks. Poor Lilly!

  495. Maybe I haven’t looked back at her performances on Idol that much (I was pretty young when I saw those), but it seems like a lot of her vocal stylings and especially her tendencies with melisma really changed from albums one to two. Comparing “A Moment Like This” to, say, “Breakaway”, I get the feel of a very different singer, genre aside. Is the retained element just bombastic tendency, which seems far too general?

    Well, I’m not saying that you can’t *change* your musical identity, either, or highlight different parts of it on different songs and albums. I think her bombastic tendency does remain throughout all her stuff! But also a lot of more specific things such as some phrasing and the ways she approaches certain notes or melodies of certain shapes, the overall balance between being a power singer and being a bit lyrical. I know there are differences, too, but I honestly believe I hear very similar ways with melody and vocal tics with which she expresses certain things on My December that I heard when she was on the show. (Or maybe I’m just kidding myself that her basic approach retains strong similarities! — wouldn’t be surprising!)

    I wouldn’t argue that you can’t evolve your musical identity, especially by adding more facets to it over time or dumping tricks you did earlier. I do think she’s done that and continues to do it. So, yeah, she was more unformed on the show than she is now. But not nearly as unformed as a lot of people — that’s all I’m saying. I think there’s a lower limit of unformedness that makes it next to impossible to progress far enough during the show to succeed, and I see a lot of people in this year’s top 24 — perhaps more than usual — who I believe are probably below that limit, including some who are clearly very talented.

    I think you’re below the limit if you aren’t confident enough in the identity you’ve developed up to that point to be able to just pick up a song and sing it in a style that’s clearly you-at-the-moment. (see Lil!) Or if you’re pretty confident in a style but the style seems more like something you