American Idol 9 – Top 11 Performance – Recap

Are you all ready for Miley the Mentor? And the lamest song choice picks ever? Oh, Ken Warwick defended Miley in a statement to People magazine HERE.

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UGH. So. Much Epic. Fail. Top 11 could be the worst Idol episode ever… Miley’s advice was so contrived, it was stuff the vocal coaches probably tell the contestants every single day, “Make eye contact with the crowd, ” “throw in a few extra notes”, “push your limits.” That was awfully nice of Crystal to let Miley sign her guitar…

Here we go.

Live blog after the jump…

It’s Teen Idol Billboard #1 Hits week! Randy reminds us that the Top 10 makes the tour. Yes, it is a VERY important week. Ellen says you’ve GOT to vote. Don’t assume your favorite is safe! Now, onto some cute sparring between Simon and Paula Kara.   Simon warns Ryan to “stay where he is.”  Simon says leaving tonight is like getting 5 numbers on a six number lottery ticket.  “It could ruin your career, ” he says.

Ryan introduces the kids, they take the stage and then scurry backstage to get ready.  Chart guru,   Fred Bronson, explains a little about the charts.  The kids find out who the surprise mentor is!  Hope it’s someone good!   And it’s…Miley Cyrus? *letdown*.   Ryan assures us this 17 year old has had a lifetime of success!

Miley speed-mumbles a bunch of words.  Blah blah blah blah… Whatevs, Miley.   Miley is sitting in the audience next to the director of her new movie, Adam Shankman, who also happens to be a So You Think You Can Dance judge.   Miley says she was nervous about being nervous.  She tried to help them connect to their fans.  “The voices blew me away, ” she says.   She’s performing tomorrow night.

Lee Dewyze – “The Letter”by the Boxtops – Miley thinks Lee lacks stage presence.  Miley tells him to give them a “few notes they wouldn’t expect.”  Lee knows he’s a little reserved on stage.  This is a really good choice for him.  He sound great.  He’s trying, but he still looks a little uncomfortable.  But you, know, he’s kinda reminding me of Elliott Yamin, and I mean that in a good way.  He looks so relieved to be finished.  Oh Lee, you need to calm down!  Randy says, “You knocked it out of the box dude.” Ellen makes a pen analogy. “I’m losing my favorite pen! My favorite pen is back. that was fantastic.” Hm. Kara says, “You raised the bar, you sound better, you look comfortable, the progress is tremendous,   believe that you’re good!” Simon says, “I’m really surprised you chose that song, that was you doing something quite corny. that doesn’t define you as a contemporary recording artist.”  He says that Kara liking it means Lee should have done the opposite.  RIP Alex Chilton.  I wonder if Lee had any idea the original artist died last week? 1-866-436-5701 – VIDEO

Former Idols have earned 261 Billboard #1’s since the show started.

Paige Miles – “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins – She gets a little a little sitdown with Ryan, where she talks about her impossibly high heels. She says the atmosphere has changed this week, with the chance to tour looming, the kids are serious and quiet backstage.. Paige says Miley’s age makes no difference at all. Miley nailed Paige for being pitchy. Takes one to know one. Gah! This song is a sure fire way to get KICKED OFF THE SHOW.  She’s absolutely HORRENDOUS singing this song.  Totally off-key.  She improves when she moves into her upper register and kicks it up a notch.  Still pitchy, though. Oh dear Paige, just NO NO NO NO NO.  She’s going to get creamed. And deservedly so. Randy says, “Yo WOW. Really honestly? That was honestly terrible.  There was nothing about it that was great.”  Ellen says, “You didn’t fall down…those were high heels.  You look stunning. I’m now going to turn over the music critique to Kara and Simon” .  Kara says, “You stopped listening to what we were saying.  It was the worst vocal I’ve ever heard from you and the worst  of the season.”  Simon asks her how she thought she did.  She says she had fun, but struggled with her pitch.  He says,   “It was like there was five of you singing that song, and it got progressively worse. I think you are going to be in serious serious trouble tonight, sweetheart. And it’s like you stopped competing, you stopped believing in yourself. That song’s going to kill you.” Paige says she’s still in it to win it.  She says she struggles with song choice. Geeze Paige, you have a wide open theme? If you can’t find a song, you have no idea who you are as an artist. Bye.  – 1-866-436-5702 – VIDEO

Tim Urban – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen – Miley tells him he needs to switch it up and add some riffs. Really? Miley is all about “pushing the limits”. Hm. He’s going to move around the stage tonight. He’s lucky to be following Miley. OMG. He did this stage slide thingy. Now he jumps into the mosh pit and grabs the hands of the teenage girls. His vocals are as mediocre as ever, and the performance is ridiculous, but it’s the kind of thing that young girls will love. He knows who his audience is right now. Dude is NOT stupid. I bet he makes the tour. Randy says, “The vocals were so boring…it was like karaoke or something…” Ellen says, “You have huge fans, it felt like it was an audition for High School Musical. It was corny it was pushed too hard…I didn’t get it.” Kara says, “Little girls will love that, you acted like you already made it. You haven’t.” Simon says, “the sliding around distracted from the song, so I understand why you did that. The problem was that it was completely pointless and silly. You aren’t taking part in this. You have zero chance of winning this. You have try to become someone who is relevant. Two weeks of silly, silly song choices.” Tim said he wanted to move around and have some fun. – 1-866-436-5703 – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith – Sitting with Ryan, Aaron tells him he’s got tonsillitis. Ryan writes a note on a piece of paper, and Aaron gives him a silent thumbs up. Aaron admits that he has a little crush on Miley. She liked his version of “The Climb”. Miley didn’t realize how good he was. Holy goat boy batman! Super pitchy, terrible vibrato. STUPID song choice. This does not suit him at all. He’s better on some of the high notes. I’m sure his throat problems are contributing, but the whole deal feels ill-advised. Randy says, “There were some pitch things, thank God you came on, you were so much better than the last two…I’m a fan.” Ellen says, “That was a perfect song choice for you…I can tell you’re sick, that was amazing.” Best song choice of the night. You really know how to pick a song that accentuates you voice. More stage presence from you. Simon says, “It was very brave, You’re a little trier aren’t you, for you’re age you are making yourself old fashioned. there is zero change that you’re going home. Ryan says, “If you want to vote for David Archleta here… O rly Ryan? – 1-866-436-5704 – VIDEO

Crystal Bowersox – “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin – Miley tells Crystal to push it a little more, and encourages her to hit some big notes at the end. Crystal wonders if she can do that. Crystal lets Miley sign her guitar. This performance is terrific, as always, but I think it’s time for Crystal to take some risks. Going forward, she’s got to break out of her box a little to impress. But, best performance of the night so far. Fantastic. Randy says, “That’s what’s called being a star…that’s the way you do it…that’s what it’s about.” Ellen heard the song on the radio and hoped she’d sing it, “I was so happy to hear that…there ‘s nothing wrong with that performance, but we’re missing a bit of personality, a little more connection.” Crystal says she has big plans for next week if she’s still in it. Kara asks her if she was thinking about something like last week Crystal says no, she let go. Kara suggests she put the guitar down. Crystal indicates she’ll do that next week. Simon says she shouldn’t change a thing. He thinks Crystal’s cover is as good as Pink’s version. “It’s about finding a recording artist…I’ve seen you progress. You took a song and nailed, it and you’re only gimmick is a carpet.” Crystal and Ryan sit down on her comfy carpet as he runs her numbers… – 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEO

Mike Lynche – “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge – Miley says his voice is absolutely incredible. Mike says she has really kind eyes, and singing to her was easy. He says she’s like a little sister. Mike hopes to speak to the lovers out there. Mikes got a string section behind him. This is very pretty. He’s doing a great job. It’s very old-school, though. Nice big note. Mike knows how to connect to the audience. He’s not pushing it too hard this week. Nice, subtle ending in his falsetto. Randy says, “I don’t know if it was a perfect song choice, you know who you are…” Ellen says, “I did feel like it was sort of a safe choice, you have an amazing voice…this woman loves that man.” Kara says, “Technically it was really good, it was a bit boring and loungy at times, indulgent too many riffs. You lost your connection.” Simon says, “I kind of know what you’re saying, almost too much. It’s like you want one scoop of ice cream and you get 11. I would have just had you and the piano. It’s trying to make an old school song relevant. You’ve got to work this out. You’ve got tons of charisma and people love you.” Simon is happy NOT to be interrupted by Ryan. Funny thing is, Mike came in as a VERY current contestant, sing Mraz and neo-soul, but he got a better response from the old-fashioned stuff… – 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Andrew Garcia – “Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye – He’s embarrassed because he forgot the lyrics. Miley made him put down his guitar. Uh oh. I’m not sure how that helps him with his lyrics. Andrew doesn’t know what to do with his hands. He’s pointing to his ears. And tracing tears on his face. Er. Lame. And his vocal is still incredibly boring, lacking any kind of dynamics. His performance is not improving. He’s on pitch though, so that’s a plus. Randy says, “It wasn’t good, man. It was the wrong choice, it’s not the kind of vocalist you are.” Ellen says, “I love you, that was not fantastic, not a good song choice, I hope people vote for you.” Kara says, “I feel bad for you. You are chasing that moment, it’s messing with your head, I don’t know what to do with you.” She’s invoking “Straight Up” again. Simon says, “Maybe we just overrated that moment at that time.” Bingo. “The arrangement was horrific, you sucked the soul out of that song. You made yourself really really corny. You don’t know who you are as an artist.” Andrew insists he knows who he is as an artist, and was just trying to “have fun.” Simon says we’ve given Andrew enough chances. I agree. – 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEO

Katie Stevens – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie – Katie asks her how to deal with negative peeps. She says Miley boosted her confidence. Katie is still pitchy all over the place and she brings nothing new to this song–her performance is very karaoke. Better than some of her past performances, though. Randy says, “Pitchy here and there, but you actually listened to us, picked a younger song.” Ellen says, “I think it was your best performance so far, you’re evolving and changing. You’re like the Dakota Fanning of American Idol.”  Kara asks Simon if he thinks Katie should still go country (he said this last week) Kara gets all smug and says, “This is the lane for you, Pop with R&B leanings, this is your vibe, you still got mad pitch issues, but this is where you belong.” Simon says, “You meeting Miley was the best thing that could have happened to you, ” He’s still not sure she’s believable singing Pop/R&B and thinks Katie doesn’t seem convinced either. He thinks she’s competing in a difficult area and would have a better show in country. Huh? She would not be believable AT ALL as a country singer. – 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEO

Casey James – “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News – Casey gets a sit down with Ryan. He tells Ryan he realizes he hasn’t had much experience beyond the little bars he’s played in. He wants to stretch him self. When Casey meets Miley, he tells her he’s a big fan of…her Dad. Miley tells him to make eye contact with people in the front row. Casey plays the guitar. He sounds great! I’m liking this a lot. He still needs to loosen up on stage a little –move around. This song suits his gravelly vocals really well. Randy says, “I love you playing guitar, the best guitar player we’ve had. I wasn’t a fan of the song choice, but I believed it.” Ellen agrees and thinks it’s the best vocal of the night. Kara says, “You’re ready to make an album it’s all there. You’re in the zone now.” Simon says, “That song was old fashioned, you didn’t make it current, it was like listening to an 80’s cover band, nothing different…maybe it’s just me. I’m English.” Ryan wonders how Simon and Kara can be so far apart. The song was old fashioned, but Casey’s vocal was terrific, I can hear him on the radio right now. – 1-866-436-5709 – VIDEO

Didi Benami – “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt – Miley likes the vibrato in her voice, and assures Didi that everyone gets nervous. Ryan mispronounces her name. Brain fart. Didi begins on the steps. Hm. She’s doing a big band version of this song. It’s different. Not sure that I like the arrangement. Rickey is out front on an upright bass. Didi is channeling Peggy Lee. She’s taking a risk, mixing it up and that’s a good thing. She’s playing it slinky and sexy. Kinda pitchy, though. It wasn’t perfect, but that took guts. Randy says, “I love the idea of that, very pitchy all over the place.” Ellen says, “I don’t get the song choices tonight. I do love your voice, I didn’t get that.” Kara says “It felt like you were playing a character, it didn’t feel like it was you, it left me confused.” Simon says, “There was a certain irony, you screeching out “You’re no good, no good, no good…It was like a musical, like something you rehearsed and learned, it sucked the life out of you a bit.” He compares her to Lacey, who he felt was also acting. Didi responds, “I don’t want to be pigeonholed into one thing. I just wanted to do something different. I had a good time.” – 1-866-436-5710 – VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder – Siobhan admits that she’s rocked out to some Miley Cyrus. Miley says her voice has “swagger”. Siboban has her hair swept up into a faux hawk. This vocal is good, she’s got a powerful, soulful voice. She throws in the some scatting and then…she begins SCREECHING again. It’s a gimmick now. Doesn’t matter what she sings, either, she just throws it in.  From an artistic standpoint, it’s irrelevant, contrived. And…she gets a standing ovation for that. Randy says, “You just go for it, you’ve got so much conviction.” Ellen says, “More please, you’re just so good. I love you.” Kara says, “You express yourself…that end note was amazing” NO it was off key. Simon says, “Some people will like it, other won’t….” He tells her she didn’t hit the notes. You’ve got to start pushing yourself, you’ve got to become relevant. Those big notes are indulgent.” Simon says that except for Crystal, he didn’t like tonight’s show. He’s not alone. Siobhan admits that if she could, she’d screech an entire song. She just loves singing that way. – 1-866-436-5711 – VIDEO

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922 Comments

  1. Is it wrong that I was looking for Kris, Adam and Allison when they walked out.

    What’s with Siobhan’s hair?

  2. Simon and Randy are so right. You really need to make it on the tour.

    Or to put it more simply…whatever happened to Stephanie Edwards and Alexis Grace?

  3. guys is there some kind of live stream you can give me a link to? thx

  4. I like seeing him without the guitar – but he needs to move a bit…

  5. Eh. Not a great ending. I give it a B.

    He feels so much older than 23 to me. He feels 32.

  6. Still don’t see much stage presence but at least he’s trying hard.
    Great move to bring the orchestra and backup singers down, that should help the performances.

  7. Ugh, does Lee’s voice sound like he’s taking a gigantic crap to anyone else? At least it records nicely, and he’s outside of his comfort zone, I applaud him for that. Not too bad, though.

    Still, he’s totally freaking constipated every week. Too raspy/goaty, like Gokey. Eurgh, I hate that rasp/goat/whatever it is.

    I agree with Simon, he sounded good for the most part (seriously, am I the only one who hears the constipation? It’s kinda irritating) but it was pretty corny.

    But I appreciate a person venturing out of their comfort zone. I’ll give it a 7/10.

  8. nice dress there Miley:)! i don’t know, Lee is much more boring than Miley….but nice voice, terrible song though

  9. Lee sings well, but there’s something missing… I don´t know what it is.

  10. Lee is definitely getting better – he didn’t look nearly as nervous/petrified as he was last week

  11. Can Simon please STFU with this ‘moment’ crap? Ugh.

    I thought Lee sounded good and I liked that he was more animated.

  12. Lee makes me nervous…yes something is missing…a personality maybe?

  13. hi Kris – come back to the show – these kids coiuld learn fom you

  14. The Letter (the original) is a fav oldie song of mine. Lee did better this week, and I’m glad he’s getting more comfortable but…it was just ok for me. I want them to choose songs that they can turn into a moment (I agree with Simon on this one.)

    Oh and Miley – I love that she acknowledged how lame it will be for her to critique everyone’s singing when everyone will be doing that to her tomorrow. Here’s a Miley compliment – her eye makeup looks great!

  15. Against all odds? Seriously? this season is really funny, train-wrecky funny:)

  16. So weird that Lee was looking off to the side when singing in front of Miley… yeah, the stage presence was still not quite there. I’m starting to lose hope, dude.

    He feels so much older than 23 to me. He feels 32.

    That’s cuz this song is like 1000 years old. And I’m with Simon- he did nothing to make it sound more current! As soon as I heard the band come in with that old-fashioned arrangement I was like ugh. He sounded good at the beginning and then it fell apart a little…

  17. Lee sings well, but there’s something missing… I don´t know what it is.

    I like his voice too, I think though it’s stage presence and charisma that’s missing. Actually most are this year

  18. Eww, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber were born with each other’s voices.

    Holy pitchiness, Paige. I cringed at the beginning….. Ouch, not good.

  19. Weren’t there some billboard number one hits in the last 5 years?

    Paige is awful

  20. Paige don’t EVER sing ballads! Didn’t you learn your lesson with “Smile”?? She’s goin’ home this week.

  21. Lee looked more comfortable on stage, but that was a REALLY dated performance. Not relevant or current at all. I’d see that on a Vegas stage in the 1950’s

    Now paige is singing one of the worst songs in the history of rock and roll — and her voice sounds horrible — very shaky

  22. She doesn’t not sound good singing softly. Like she’s really nervous.

  23. If a girl leaves tomorrow night, that means there will be 6 guys on the tour and only 4 girls.

  24. Paige = PITCHY PITCHY PITCHY! She cannot sustain a low note at all! Also did not like how she blatantly sucked up to Miley in the package. This is painful…

  25. Wow. Paige doesn’t have the voice required to sing this song well.
    I think she is singing herself into the Bottom Three.

  26. Oh poor Paige this is just horrible. Bless her heart. I wonder if she can’t hear – she hasn’t hit one good note. She goes from flat to sharp. Oh my goodness bless her heart.

  27. Even Miley doesn’t like again all odds:) and the singing, time to go home….

  28. Paige…..ouch. If Simon says anything nice about this, I will official hate him forever.

  29. Paige is AWFUL!!! I am putting 10 points on her for this week…YUCK, it wasn’t like she had to choose that gosh awful song, it wasn’t that great when Phil Collins sung it…

    JUST AWFUL…

  30. This is bad…really bad. Someone needs to teach her how to pick better songs.

  31. Paige is butchering one of my all time favorite songs!!!! I listened to this song while crying over various high school boyfriends. Stop!!!!!!!!!

  32. Ellen is pulling a Paula – not touching the music, only talking about the clothes

  33. Oh wow, Ellen. It was so bad she didn’t even critique! O_O.

    That just goes to say how bad the performance was.

  34. Definitely not a good song choice and performance for Paige. I think that she’s in danger of going home tomorrow night.

  35. That was almost as bad as Smile for me. She looked so disappointed when she finished, I think she knew she really blew it. Probably going to put some points on her to go. It’s a shame, she seems like a sweetheart but she really blew it.

  36. Paige, that was not good. She has some serious problems with her lower register. I didn’t think she sounded great with Miley.

    Ellen is pulling the “you look beautiful” in lieu of a negative critique.

    Death spot + poor performance = paige gone

  37. The Phil Collins version is a guilty pleasure for me.

    Oh Paige, I think Haley sang it better in Season 6

    Her pitch and phrasing failed her on this song. :(

    Paige looked so sad in the middle of the song.

    Oh, she is admitting out loud it was bad :(

  38. Do people really want to pay money to listen to Paige during the summer tour? Miley Cyrus??? ajudge?? srsly? SERIOUSLY?

  39. Well at least the pool will be easy this week. We’re all getting 20 points!

  40. I liked the entrance – and the “this is american idol”
    This season sucks-horrible everything
    Why cant the judges shut up when theyre announced?! Pathethic
    Ryan, how dare you walk down adam’s stairs?
    I loved the Ryan-Simon-Ellen-banter.
    Kara? Not so much.
    EWWWWW i forgot about miley-OMG she’s like mini,worse Kara
    i like shankman
    I HATE HER
    Lee-I dont lile this.A trumpet player looks like Eber.Not impressed.I’ve never heard of this song.
    EWWWWWW MILEY!!! I HATE HER!!!!
    paige-miley she’s not beautiful.WTF is phil collins??!!! Ive never heard of this song.I dont’ like this perdormance

    Kinda random, but Im gonna be in LA next week, i probably won’t go, but i was wondering-How do ypu get tickets for AI??

    Tim is gonna butcher Queen.At least he’s hpt.

  41. Can we vote for who to send home rather than who to save? I would send all my votes to Paige. I don’t even need to see the rest of the night TBH. I’m just hoping that she’s the one who goes home, I’ll save Tim to do that! But of course I’ll be sending votes to my favorites Crystal, Siobhan, Aaron, and Didi >_<.

  42. Have the judges historically ever across the board said a performance was awful before??? Wow! I don’t remember critiques this bad, ever.

    Paige, get some laryngitis STAT!

  43. That was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen on Idol. Probably not THE worst (there have been a lot of trainwreck performances)…but really, whoa…that was awful

  44. Paige singing was atrocious!! there was some talking about musical instincts in the idol news page today… well based on this, Paige has just not much.

    For a 17 yrs old, Miley impresses me tonight. She’s kind of good so far

  45. If she stays tomorrow I will blow a gasket. At least everyone else can relax and know that’s the bar they have to surpass to make tour. The worst part is, Simon said she had more potential than Katelyn! Who I so wish was still in the competition at this point.

  46. With a wide open theme week picking a song you can’t sing is unforgivable

  47. I thought it couldn’t get worse than Paige until Ryan says Tim is doing Queen.

  48. Miley just HAD to hug Tim, dontcha know, it was crucial to her mentoring of him.

  49. This becomes a true test of VFTW’s influence. If they can get Paige into the top 10 after this, I will bow down before them.

  50. LOL! Miley totally likes Tim. she lighten up with tim unlike with lee and paige.

  51. I don’t understand why so many people cover this Queen song, it’s their most gimmicky one IMO, Tim is doin his better Jonas impression.

    LOL at him sliding, still doesn’t have any kind of voice but he made me laugh, he can stay (the standards are low after Paige performance).

  52. I have more faith in Tim than I have faith in Paige, TBH.

    Eek. I have to say, this isn’t horrible. Maybe it’s because it’s after Paige, but this isn’t bad…. o_O.

    Still not good, but not as terrible as Paige….. I kinda agree that the vocals were pretty boring, but after Paige, that’s like…… godly.

  53. LMAO Tim is going for a Sanjaya moment, isn’t he?! WAY TO GO! HAHAHAHAHHA. This is hilarious. AWESOME. Well played, Mr. VFTW!

  54. Tim…..reminds me of the contestant who Simon compared to a pen salesman a few seasons ago….Well, at least not as bad as Paige (no one can be as bad as Paige…)

  55. I think I’m going to cry…this season is so bad.
    Do I laugh or cry?

  56. Wow, I’m not hating Tim. Corny and dated, but at least he has lost the stiffness. He’s making the tour.

  57. Gah . Tim Urban is really cr*p

    probably a nice kid but I just want him to go away

  58. OMG I realize who Tim reminds me of…..Jon Peter Lewis.

    Come on as bad as Paige was he was spectacular!

  59. I think Paige just guaranteed Tim a Top 10 spot!

    If that happens, thats 6 guys in the top 10! so far not a girl’s year. lol But I guess people only care about the winner anyways.

  60. Come on as bad as Paige was he was spectacular!

    I hate to say this but I agree. heh

  61. Do you hear the girls? Tim’s not going ANYWHERE for a long, long time.

  62. God, that was the most boring white bread version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love I’ve ever heard.

    Tim is REALLY lucky Paige was a trainwreck…or he’d be gone

  63. Ha Miley – “But, Tim, you’re not boring at all” – what a compliment, lol.

    Also LOL at Tim being the best performance so far. He keeps picking songs that work well for his voice. Also I loved his slide on the floor, more fun than the others.

    Ha Randy trying to get him on vocals – not going to work, sir! Fun is better than trainwreck or boring.

    Ha they have all been given buzzwords to shoot him down.

    LOL Kara – can’t touch the idol audience until you’ve sold hundred millions of records. No touching the audience tomorrow, Miley!

    Simon bashing the song! (Tim definitely has more strategy than the other contestants for staying in.)

  64. Compared to Paige, Tim was good.

    Right now:
    Lee>>>>>>Tim>>>Paige

    How scary is that?

  65. The judges are brutal… even though Tim sucks, I’m still pained listening to them. Esp. Kara… he can interact with the audience if he can incorporate well. BS about not doing it just because he hasn’t sold.

  66. So, either Paige or Tim is making the tour this year… OYYYYY

  67. What’s with the beat up of him. I think he choose the perfect song for him. I am not a fan but jeez. Pickins are slim Judges. Are they trying to find a way to save Paige?

  68. You do realize with all the judges comments and his beiber-do that all the tweenies will be texting all thier little fingers to the bone..God bless them all.really

  69. This show so far is VFTW’s wet dream.

    Yes, it is, I find it quite entertaining really.

    Lee: 7/10
    Paige: lol
    Tim: 4/10 (compared to Paige, 20/10).

  70. It really bugs me how Tim always says “I just want to have fun” .. he’s there to entertain us, not himself .. if he’s just there for fun and to enjoy himself he should go on the rides at Disney the we would’t have to watch him having fun.

    He’s obviously not serious about a career in music

  71. Oh man i really was hoping good things for Paige…i dont like being disappointed…

    and i dont know whats the lesser of 2 evils..Tim or Paige on tour…

  72. I think it’s a little unfair to judge the show based only on two performers, Paige and Tim were two of the weaker ones (hopefully the two weakest).

  73. Hannah P, you’re right. The season is really bad so far . The only reason I have the TV on is for Bowersox… and I really hope she mixes it up this week bc despite the fact that I’m a fan, she is getting a little predictable…

  74. Tim was lucky to go after Paige. I’m not a fan of him at allbut I feel like I’m being easy on him vocal-wise because it was nowhere near as bad as her, and at least he was entertaining. I’d rather see him on the tour than her at this point.

  75. i really fear that tim would at least make top 6. just so wrong! but why is he still there? outlasting everyone else..

  76. songsungblue:
    03/23/2010 at 8:22 pm

    Pick a pitch, Paige. Any pitch.

    teehee.

  77. I keep waiting for Simon to wink at the camera and say, “We were kidding! Here’s your real top 12!”

    Holy smokes, it would have been awful any year, but coming off of last season it is so disappointing.

  78. Well, I guess on the plus side Tim made my husband and I laugh our butts off?! The slide… OMG. VFTW is gonna love that.

    These song choices, aargh.

  79. wow. Aaron sounds great compared to the last 2 (it’s all relative, kids…)

  80. Doesn’t someone sing this song about every year? Poor Aerosmith. Wonder if they can remove their permission to allow Idols to sing this song.

  81. This season is the gift that keeps on giving..

    so far so true (omg i dont wanna miss a thing haha)

  82. OMG!!!!!!!!

    TIM was baaaaaaaaaaaaad. Paige has no concept of music or what the heck she is doing there. I still cannot believe that America voted HER over Katelyn. TIM should not be there! The judges should’ve left him way behind during Hollywood week! The teeny boopers screaming is because of one thing, he’s a good looking kid. That’s it! Go home!!!!

  83. That’s it. Next year they can’t pick their own songs. Or a “no repeats” rule.

  84. Hate this song, but this is a reprieve on my ears after the last two. Why doesn’t he sing “baby”?

  85. Sweet potatoes, just when you think it can’t get any worse, the bottom falls out! OUCH!!!! I gotta say I feel for the contestants and I feel for the judges. It’s got to be gut-wrenching to know that you have to tell these people that they just don’t have it. Sadly enough, I have to say again what the hell has happened this year. Like Randy said “this is a singing contest” and out of all they auditioned “this is the cream of the crop”. The crop must have been poor all around???

  86. Lol, what’s that, did he go completely wrong on the lyrics? That’s a trainwreck but he’s not going anywhere I suppose because of the pity votes.

  87. This season is the gift that keeps on giving..

    LOL! Just like Paris Hilton!

  88. I’m not a fan of this song, but this is the best I’ve heard from Aaron. It seemed more believable than usual but still kareoke-like.

  89. Thank you judges for picking the least talented top ever.

    I think I’m going to turn off the tv and go listen to some Cook and Archuletta.

    Aaron was pitiful and they’re praising him?

  90. Aaron just brought this show back from falling off a cliff.
    Not a perfect performance, but miles better than the last two.

  91. Aaron sounded great compared to the last two hot messes. I’m sick of the song but that was a good choice for him.

  92. Paige is my annual Lindsay Cardinale winner. Someone I inexplicably love despite how dismissive the judges and the audience are of her. I will be sad to see her go, just like Melissa Mcghee, Haley Scarnato, Kady Malloy, and Casey Carlson.

  93. Aaron has a crush on Miley. Cute! He def blew Paige and Tim out of the water. I honestly think this song should be banned from the show since this song has been performed pretty much every season.

    He’s David Archuleta 2.0

  94. I reluctantly kinda like this kid, heh. I still maintain however that this song should be retired.

  95. The problem this year is that some people are SOOOO bad that others are getting praise because they weren’t as bad as the ones before. Compare Aaron’s performance to Paige and Tim and sure, it’s better. But was it really good? They’re grading on a curve I think.

  96. well Aaron was boring, but he has a pretty good voice and that was miles better than either Tim or Paige

  97. I was talking to my granddaughter and missed Aaron, I will watch him on the PST televised version…

  98. Come on ya’ll – Aaron just was not that good. He’s a pale shadow of Archuleta – a pale pale shadow.

  99. Did they not give the singing order so people like me would have to hang out instead of switching channels until Crystal and Siobhan sing????

  100. that…was actually good? did not expect it, but good for him

    lol at Ellen on the age thing, but I do think this kid actually knows himself better than we were led to believe but Simon is right that he needs to be more relevant and “younger” going forward

    ooh, and the Archie comparison too?!

  101. They ran out of money to arrange new songs?
    Every one of these is a hoary re-run.

  102. I like Aaron, he’s got a sweet personality. He reminds me a bit of Aaron Carter/Jesse McCartney when they were tweens/teens.

  103. this is the first time i watch this show live. after judges’ comments and the comments here, i cant believe ppl’s expectation is so low this season.

  104. The backup singers sounded really weird at one point while Aaron was singing. Maybe he was off and that’s what it was? I don’t know, I’ll have to watch it again.

    Aaron actually reminds me more of Anthony Federov than Archie.

  105. She’s going to have MILEY sign her guitar? Crystal just lost all cool points forever. Cool powerful women? WTF?

  106. Oh God, Crystal is doing this boring song. This whole night sucks. Siobhan SAVE us!!!

  107. This season really sucks. I do not believe this is the best talent in the entire United States that hosts at least 300 million if not more.

  108. Am I going to hell for so far liking Aaron’s version over David’s and Allison’s, and for thinking he was the best of the night so far? Yikes.

    LMAO @ Ellen saying he’s in 3rd grade. I almost laughed out loud. It’s sad, but this song choice….. worked for him o_O.

    I’ll give him an 8.5. Agree with Kara, but still, they’re being a bit nice.

    I thought his crush on Miley was kinda cute, and I liked that Miley really liked him. Aaron’s gonna be…. er…. really happy >_>.

    o_O @ Crystal getting Miley’s signature, and o_O @ Miley telling her to be more gospel-ly. I…. agree? I love her gospel type notes?

    LMAO @ David Archuleta comparison >_>.

    Crystal was a bit weird on the high notes, but still major AWESOME. Holy upbeatness, Batman.

    Crystal and Aaron were the best tonight so far.

  109. Classy Crystal! Getting Miley to sign the guitar. Blow us away Crystal – you know you can. Take me to church. And I love the way she looks tonight.

  110. Nice hair, Crystal! Great guitar playing, but I am still completely thinking that if I wanted to hear this song, I would listen to Janice.

    It is the same every week….yawn.

  111. Ew shut up Ryan! Archie >> Aaron oh and Aaron’s IDWMAT >>>>>>>>> DC’s version.

    Watching Miley ‘mentor’ Crystal ugh what a joke.

  112. Crystal asked for Miley signature? WTF was she thinking lol

    The young vote? lol

    That is of course if any are still watching.

  113. hahahhahahahahha – they said david’s name – dayummmmm, hahhaha… he ain’t no david, but he’s ok…. they are really pulling out the stops to get the teens back viewing this show, lol

  114. Woo! Crystal is belting that song out! Love it! She looks lovely in that dress!!!

  115. Shades of Janice, MamaSox!!!!!!!!

    Girl can sang!!!!!!! Thank you and good night!!!

  116. Crystal just said she was afraid to come out of her comfort zone…and she didn’t and she sounded like she sounds every week…I still like her as my #2

  117. She just can’t sing badly. It’s like….good god. She’s amazing.

  118. Well, she does blow the earlier performances vocally out of the water, but I didn’t like the arrangement.

  119. I wish Crystal would do a song outside of her comfort zone, because she’s getting a little too predictable. But she is such a good singer and commands the stage that that might not really matter

  120. Up tempo Crystal….. freaking WOW. That was amazing! Loved her and Aaron!

  121. Meh, Crystal sounds good, but I didn’t care the song. A bit too much of a country sound for my taste.

  122. Aaron – he did well until the middle where the edit got weird.

    Lol at Ryan calling him David Archueta. Also, haha at the music that played under Kara’s speech, like they were playing her off.

    Crystal – this is her most personable performance, but again she’s not choosing songs that make me care. Still best of the night.

    Hmm, wonder what Crystal chose for next week’s theme…sounds intriguing

  123. She’s my Archie this year, the same every week. Sorry Archie, but he was the same to me all season.

    But maybe, just maybe next week she’ll do something to surprise me.

  124. Simon just said Crystal’s version was as good as Pink’s? Whoa — major compliment

  125. Geez. It’s obvious that Crystal is going to win.

    I know they all like her, but I’m not jumping up and down for her.
    She’s the best out of all the AI singers.

  126. Whilst I appreciate that Crystal can sing .. this type of music just leaves me cold

  127. I’m actually intrigued – want to see Crystal next week without her guitar…

  128. Gimmicky?
    Put the guitar down suga, but she should stay with the guitar – it could be too awkward for her. Keep the string on.

  129. Crystal using a guitar and singing Janis. That wasn’t predictable at all! And really, way to challenge yourself and us, Crystal.

  130. I liked the judges’ advice for Crystal, actually. She was great, yes, but I also would like to see her work on what Ellen and Kara said. I’m very curious about next week’s theme, now that Crystal says she has big plans… Hmm

  131. Crystal was so lovely tonight…. I kinda love her!!

    And what was the deal Ryan mentioning Aaron was David Archeluta??? He’s not even close! I don’t mean it in a bad way, they are just….different. Aaron still needs more presence on stage.

  132. Simon might as well quit trying to get Tim eliminated this week, ain’t gonna happen.

  133. Crystal to me is a one-note…Everything sounds the same. The others are just so bad. Miley-strong woman WTF…sitting on the rug..not cute.

    I am cranky tonight.

  134. Whilst I appreciate that Crystal can sing .. this type of music just leaves me cold

    I’m right there with you…

  135. LOL!! my mom keeps calling Lee Dewyze “danny Gokey”!!

    I liked Aaron…i think he is showing growth every week

    I love Crystal–I honestly forgot that I was watching American Idol. I thought I was watching a private concert…amazing…

  136. So, Lee and Crystal kicked ass while Paige and Tim fell on their asses. Kewl.

  137. Of course, Crystal is the best so far.

    Althouhg tim urban gave his best performance so far , it was still not good. AAron being called David Archuleta… sorry, it’s not close to.

    I love Crystal. She’s a very cool chick!! Love her hair tonight. The rug was a funny little thing at the end

  138. But maybe, just maybe next week she’ll do something to surprise me.

    She did say she is going to bring something different next week, but why not this week with a HUGE catalogue to choose from?

    And, sorry, I still don’t get a “I am glad to be here” vibe from her. She smiled a bit, I guess, but she isn’t that convincing.

  139. These song choices, aargh

    I agree with tierbee on this. Some one shoot me!

  140. Hate to say it but Crystal does owe Miley for her critique telling here to start it out higher which Crystal did and it worked great. Made it less formulaic and gave it the personality it needed.

  141. I thought she was going to do that song just as Janice did and you can’t do Janice (for some of us) but she changed it up and it was no where near as predictable as I expected!!!!!

    Oh!!!!Luv, a Phil Collins is a famous singer who looks like an accountant!

  142. It always cracks me up to see the certain group that is so critical of Crystal.

  143. Crystal was absolutely fantastic but I have to say that dress was not flattering. I guess the clothes she bought from Metropark is going to be used for next week theme because it is more urban. and i have the weirdest feeling Katie will have great moment tonight because personally I think she picked the best song and that is the right direction to go in.

  144. Paige and Tim both sucked in their own special way. Tim doesn’t get any bonus points for being less depressing in his suckitude than Paige. It’s too bad they both can’t be banished from the summer tour, but this tour is going to suck so hard it really doesn’t matter anyway.

    Aaron-not bad considering the laryngitis.

    Crystal-Love her, ’nuff said.

  145. Why is Mike spazzing?LOL

    I HATE MILEY CYRUS
    AAROn-i FLOVE this song!! allison kills it.he’s GREAT.Good job aaron.NOOO,you dont like miley cyrus.at all.please.Ive voted for u every week and this is how u repay me??? GAHHHHHH !! ill forgive u this time

    crystal-i know everyone’s gonna be lile that’s amzing, i didnt get it again.i hope her big plans make me a fan.

    Tjere should be a song from the 21t century theme

    EWW miley has good taste

    I HATE HER

    lol that alvin and the chipmunks movie has them singing about oral sex creepy

  146. I don’t know who has the biggest ego . Miley or Mike .. they’re both so full of themselves and over confident . lol

  147. Crystal using a guitar and singing Janis. That wasn’t predictable at all! And really, way to challenge yourself and us, Crystal.

    I second that sarcasm. I’m just really bored with Crystal at this point, I hope she does really change it up next week. And now Mike is proceeding to do the exact same thing, SO predictable and safe. UGH.

  148. luval:
    03/23/2010 at 8:58 pm

    Crystal to me is a one-note…Everything sounds the same. The others are just so bad. Miley-strong woman WTF…sitting on the rug..not cute.

    I am cranky tonight.

    True that
    within her limits, she’s alright. Same tonality across the board, but people like that I guess.

  149. These songs are directly off the CD, “Songs You Never Wanted to Hear Again, Vol 2”

  150. I have to confess a fondness for cheesy-ass Big Mike. I can’t help it, lol. And he is a big cheeseball :)

  151. I know that I´m alone on this and please don´t shoot me but I don´t care for Crystal at all. I just don´t get all this hipe for her. I think she´s just boring!

  152. Crystal is what she is. I love Tracy Chapman too, and lord knows Chapman isn’t a great personality. I’m glad Simon said to leave it be. Either take it or leave it, and I’d take it and buy it if she records it. She doesn’t have alot of personality, but I do like her singing.

  153. Michael is really underestimated IMO, he’s got a really nice R&B voice.

  154. I don’t know, what’s wrong with doing what you do well? It didn’t hurt Daughtry in the long run.

    I don’t find Crystal boring, I find her inspired. But hey, YMMV.

  155. Mike – did you just warn off Miley from critiquing you?

    Bleh at Ryan saying Mike’s the “Resident Casanova” – the dude is married with a newborn!

    He’s singing really well, but I don’t enjoy watching him sing. Still, he should easily get through.

    He sure loves falsetto – but that bit at the end was actually okay.

  156. I thought Mike did a great job. I really liked it. That was my favorite song of his so far.

  157. Mike’s personality turns me off to his singing.
    I don’t know why???

  158. I think people are underestimating Mike. I can see him going very far in this competition.

  159. Weren’t there some billboard number one hits in the last 5 years?

    I think it’s time, and much needed this year in particular, for them to provice “more” guidance when choosing songs. Maybe they can assign someone to give “more” assistance with choices instead of leaving it completely to the contestants, because evidently it shows that they are struggling trying to find songs to fit their voices and personalties.

  160. I agree with Simon. Mike didn’t make the song relavent. I do like him though.

  161. please don´t shoot me but I don´t care for Crystal at all.

    You ARE NOT alone. I don’t get her either. She can obviously sing but I find her boring and not especially likable.

  162. Michael is really underestimated IMO, he’s got a really nice R&B voice.

    Yup!!! Why are people underestimating him? Is it because its supposed to be a “girls year”?

  163. Big Mike’s got a good voice but safe song choice and not real exciting. At least he got rid of the corny gestures

  164. Simon is irrelevant. Why would anybody listen to him, nor Kara.
    Bowersox did the same!!!! But she’s glorified. What gives?

  165. Mike is such a cheese ball. But this was my favorite performance of his as he didn’t cheese up the performance itself this time. But he is very dated and predictable. and that intro was not good.

    I really liked Crystal this week – especially the end when she stepped it up.

  166. Crystal is consistent, doesn’t veer from the course much, but she doesn’t have to. She sings like a professional recording artist every single week. To me, she is already an artist. The rest of these people are struggling to figure out who they are and making it painful to listen to as a result. Ugh, every week aside from Crystal, maybe Chiffon (I mean that in good loving fun) and Lee
    (if he removes his .. from his …). That background is getting pretty crowded from these Idols this year….

  167. Yup!!! Why are people underestimating him? Is it because its supposed to be a “girls year”?

    I don’t think gender is the reason….

  168. I think Crystal knows how to play this game!! Because it is a game!

  169. I REALLY LIKED Mike!!!!

    I think they are underestimating him….he knows who he is as an artist and at least he didnt do his dance moves. He has the most charisma out of all the contestants…

  170. Simon is irrelevant. Why would anybody listen to him, nor Kara. Bowersox did the same!!!! But she’s glorified. What gives?

    The difference is they want Bowersox to win.

  171. I get the judges’ criticism (less is more), but I still think Mike is #1 among the guys so far tonight. He might be corny, but he does have a great voice. I think he should make Top 5 at least.

  172. This is the first week I loved Mike. He was better than Crystal. I think he’s never given enough credit.

    I’m irritated they didn’t call Crystal out for the same things they did Mike. Crystal was so safe and exactly like she’s been for weeks.

  173. I kinda agree about the loungey performance but Big Mike sang it well and so I give him props.

  174. Crytal is talented , definetly

    No, gangreen , its racism LOL

    Simon’s right-NOT CURRENT

    This season sucks-so far, i’m only voting for aaron

    anyone know about my tickets qyestion?

  175. As long as Chiffon doesn’t go for another cat-in-heat wail tonight. She may be able to hit those notes, but doesn’t mean they sound good.

  176. Mike’s a cheeseball for sure, but he’s just great. I thought that performance hit a ‘moment’ in the bridge and then built on it even more. Yay Mike.

  177. As long as Chiffon doesn’t go for another cat-in-heat wail tonight. She may be able to hit those notes, but doesn’t mean they sound good. She’s cool, but eeeh.

    Anyone else feel like Miley is extremely yang? I had no idea.

  178. Big Mike’s got a good voice but safe song choice and not real exciting.

    It seems like everyone (including my beloved Crystal) is guilty of that tonight though.

  179. I know that I´m alone on this and please don´t shoot me but I don´t care for Crystal at all.

    You’re not alone but even if you were, you’re entitled to your opinion. She’s not my favorite either.

  180. Andrew bad choice. Ultimate karaoke song.

    Ugh, what is it with terrible song choices tonight :(

  181. ok – give Miley credit – Andrew is much better without the guitar right now

  182. Mike, as usual, was just meh.

    And why are people not liking Crystal? I am not even a fan and i think she is just a mile above the rest! Honestly…

  183. I HATE MILEY CYRUS

    luv – you are adorable when you’re cranky. >:D

  184. I don’t think Andrew can sing. He is flat throughout this whole song. There was no punch either.

  185. Were there no billboard #1’s in the last 3 decades?

    Apparently not. Kinda sad.

  186. Finally I have to admit that Andrew Garcia is a very weak vocalist…oh well…now I don’t know who to choose him or Tim in my mens pick for 10 points…

    Miley is doing a good job thus far, I like her speaking voice, I don’t think I have ever really heard her sing, because I never thought much of her as a vocalist.

  187. I think they are all intent on making the tour. To my memory, the s**t goes down after the top ten.

  188. Now this is lounge lizardly. Oh Andrew, you used to be beautiful. :(

  189. Were there no billboard #1’s in the last 3 decades?

    Apparently not. BTW, Andrew sucked too.

  190. These songs are directly off the CD, “Songs You Never Wanted to Hear Again, Vol 2?

    And the hits just keep on coming!!

  191. Were there no billboard #1’s in the last 3 decades?

    I thought exactly the same thing. Did they drop the pages with the current songs and put them to the back of the pile?

    Bizarre.

  192. so my husband and I started out thinking, good he ditched the guitar which is his crutch, then it just got very flat and one-note (my husband was in the kitchen and asked what happened to this guy in the middle of his song)

  193. There are several contestants who should be very grateful for Paige’s performance tonight. Oh what a tour this is going to be.

  194. She did say she is going to bring something different next week, but why not this week with a HUGE catalogue to choose from?

    Maybe because she had no choice but to go outside her comfort zone next week.

    You know what that means? DISCO WEEK! lol

  195. The comments on this blog are more entertaining than AI this season.

  196. I think Crystal is one of the best they have this year, but I don’t really like the kind of music she does. And it seems she is doing the same type of song every week.

  197. Man, almost everyone is auditioning for Love Boat.

    I’m not loving Mike and Andrew — not current at all. I know these songs are major oldies but still…

  198. The tour is going to be such a trainwreck. They should think about cancelling it.

  199. And let the Bowersox Backlash begin…;)

    Well it had to start sometime. LOL

    I have been ready for Andrew to go for weeks, but DAMN he got gutted.

  200. I love Crystal, but I don’t know how well she will do on this show. She is a true musician and singer and not a TV personality – hence the reason why so many people find her “boring” or “predictable”. I personally didn’t watch last season because I couldn’t stand the theatrics of Adam and never understood the hype (still don’t). However, I think that is how AI and it’s audience has evolved (for better or worse) in seeking a “theatrical”, “whole package” or whatever you want to call it, contestant. Crystal in my perspective is a breath of fresh air and the only reason I watch (when I do).

  201. Wow Miley taught Andrew how to point and gesture awkwardly. And speak his lyrics.

    I miss Alex.

  202. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    If you want to have fun, sing karaoke!
    This is AI!

  203. Hmm, Andrew sounded like my husband there. Who is tone deaf… And I *like* Andrew but, no. That was just lame.

  204. I kind of liked Andrew. *Ducks*

    So did I. It wasn’t the greatest performance I’ve heard, not even tonight. But I certainly didn’t see it being anywhere near as bad as the judges. Course, hard to say what they hear, live music is always different in person than over recorded media.

  205. The comments on this blog are more entertaining than AI this season.

    Yep. I’m only watching this season for the lulz on the blog and the pool points.

  206. C

    Classy Crystal! Getting Miley to sign the guitar.

    Yes, that was a classy move, and her calling Miley a strong woman. Even though I think Crystal is miles above Miley, she was receptive to suggestions and humble. Makes me love her even more. Oh, and she nailed the song, too. Janis was an awesome singer, but a tragic person. Crystal, stay sweet and away from the stuff that dragged Janis down.

  207. Man, almost everyone is auditioning for Love Boat.

    Giggle…

  208. Ha.(laughing at myself) I really do think Miley is doing a very good job.

  209. You know, I’m kind of loving this season. It’s great entertainment, more so than watching Archie or Jordin in past seasons.

    It’s not great music though. I’ll say that. :)

  210. Newsflash!!! Tour cancelled, cause no one is going to show up!!!!

  211. If Bowerox lasts to, say, top 3, she would have burn that style to death. Its a huge problem.

  212. Simon just told Andrew EXACTLY what I told my family…that he sucked the soul right out of the song. Ahhh, poor Andrew. I think Straight Up was his peak. So far, I have agreed with the judges critique of all the contestants.

  213. I really do think Miley is doing a very good job.

    She really is. Shocking

  214. This is the first night that I really love Crystal. You go girl! When Simon made the carpet comment, I was like what? LOL She is the BEST so far. I like how she did let go tonight. I loved it! Lee did pretty good too but I wanted him to do a more contemporary song. Aaron was ok too, I wasn’t blown away. He is 100% NO ARCHIE. I hope Archie got some sales after that shout out though, lol. :)

    Paige, Tim and now Andrew sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andrew, you should of used your guitar. Why the fuck did you listen to Miley?

    Can’t wait to see Siobhan!!!!!!!! :)

  215. I LOVE andrew the person and was meh on the performance

    kara just screwed andrew up 4 next week

    I have to give katie bonus points for CURRENT

    I HATE MILEY CYRUS

  216. Miley is doing a good job thus far, I like her speaking voice

    Just goes to show, her speaking voice is like nails on a chalk board to me. KayGee, this is not to disagree with you at all but just to point out that people differ as to what sounds good. Doesn’t mean one person is right and someone else is wrong.

  217. arghh that was a bit painful. Danny was so much better on this in his initial audition!!
    His singing is way toooo linear.. it’s killing him now

  218. I get the feeling that Paige, Tim, and Andrew just don’t care anymore or have given up.

  219. The tour is going to be such a trainwreck. They should think about cancelling it.

    And just think – only one person is getting voted off tomorrow.

  220. If I hear the words “Straight Up” one more time…

    As long as Andrew is in the competition (which probably won’t be for much longer), you will hear the words “Straight Up”. Kara will make sure of that.

    Andrew has given up.

    If I were him, I would just stick with his comfort zone at this point. If he lasts for another week, he should just go with what feels right to him and forget about what the judges say. In spite of what he says, I still think he is trying way too hard to please the judges, but he needs to realize that ship has sailed.

  221. Wow! What a bummer so far. The only decent ones so far Lee and Cryrstal. This season stinks!

  222. Katie wins = only because she went current with Fergie. Absolute bonus points to her even if the rest sucks

  223. claudette:
    03/23/2010 at 9:18 pm
    Ha.(laughing at myself) I really do think Miley is doing a very good job.

    Ha! Me too. She’s very confident and sure of herself.

  224. Were there no billboard #1’s in the last 3 decades?

    Apparently not. BTW, Andrew sucked too.

    Were there no billboard #1’s in the last 3 decades?

    I thought exactly the same thing. Did they drop the pages with the current songs and put them to the back of the pile?

    Bizarre.

    I just have to say thank you for all the posters here because it sure is a lot more fun reading the comments than watching and seeing this season.

  225. Katie is the first person to pick a #1 song from this decade. Good for her!!

  226. If Bowerox lasts to, say, top 3, she would have burn that style to death. Its a huge problem.

    Could be. I always feel the same with country artists (Aaron), southern rock (casey), R&B, etc.

    Hey, a song from this decade!!!! Katie gets extra points just for that. And she isn’t terrible.

    ETA: not great, but not terrible!

  227. Miley is doing a great job as mentor. This is my favorite Katie performance so far.

  228. The worst thing about tonight is that Katie is probably garanteed to last several more weeks and I can’t even say she doesn’t deserve it.

  229. Tim – see that little boppin’ to the beat Katies does? You can do that too!

  230. I can’t believe it, Katie is one of the best ones tonight. The bar is SO low.

  231. Wow, Katie is good this week.

    I looove Crystal, but I wasn’t very impressed with her performance this week.

  232. Katie – I actually really like this song choice. Finally a recent song!

    She looks beautiful tonight, and young!

    Go Katie! First time I’ve really enjoyed her on the show since her audition. :)

    And she’s performing the song, not acting like a stiff robot! My fav tonight so far.

    ETA: WTF Simon, she should think about going country for the loyalty? When it isn’t what she sings! I can’t believe he out and out said it!

    Also – I guess Casey is now this season’s official “rocker.”

  233. Whaat??? Katie! In tune during most of the song ???!!! …wait…has hell frozen over??

  234. Andrew hasn’t sounded that good vocally since the semifinals began this season. I think that he peaked early and is now lost and not quite sure what to do. I don’t think that he needs to go back to what he did in Hollywood with “Straight Up”.

    I think that he needs to go back to singing when he first auditioned for the judges. Because I think that his audition of “Sunday Morning” was the best he’s sounded so far and that type of music suits his voice the best.

  235. Not sure about Katie’s vocals this week…but the audience is screaming for her…

  236. Katie wins the night – she went current and she did it well…she is actually showing she can fit into the current music scene like this

  237. Did I misunderstand the theme? It’s Billboard #1’s from ANY year, right? Then why is almost everyone singing such old songs? And why do so many of them sound so bad?

    Sorry … I need another drink. End of rant.

  238. I really do think Miley is doing a very good job.

    Yep. People (like me) are inclined to dislike her, but the truth is, she’s doing as well as any mentor. It’s funny; J. Lo was like that, as well, in that no one thought anything of her and yet she did far better than the more credible mentors by a long shot. It’s almost like music credibility is inversely proportional to the ability to critique on this show. (OK, not really. But she’s doing leagues better than, say, Smokey Robinson last season. Or Queen in Season 5. And on, and on.)

  239. Katie was at her best tonight. Definitely a big improvement than past weeks.

  240. lol @ Katie from MASSACHUSETTES going country. Simon, you are an idiot.

    But Kara is correct… middle of the road pop with room for R&B/standards type vocal stylings is where she belongs. Maybe Natasha Beningfield with a bit of soul.

  241. Has Idol lowered their standards so much that Katie can get away with being so pitchy throughout the entire performance but it doesn’t matter at all? Because she listened? Wow.

  242. How bad is this season……the judges all say Katie is pitchy and they still praise her.

  243. That was her best performance. I don’t like Fergie or that song, but she was quite good. I’m with Kara, this is a good vibe for her, and her only shot at being current. Simon’s conversation about the crowded marketplace in pop/R&B versus country… well it’s probably true but that’s such a strange critique for American Idol audiences… just, odd that he said that.

  244. Katie is so damn pitchy that it’s unbelievable. It’s almost like there’s a disconnect between her brain, her ears and her voice. SHE CANNOT STAY IN KEY.

    Having said that, she still has a decent voice.

  245. I was glad to see Katie minus the pageant bot performance and making an attempt to do something current but vocally it was a bit of a disappointment.

  246. Liked Katie this week, and may I go to hell for saying this, but Miley was not a bad choice for being the mentor, she made the show more current, even for all the bad singing and song choices.

  247. not a fan of Katie, but 2nd best performance for me tonight. It says a lot ablout this season..lol

  248. Aint that nice, treating a minor this year, as bad as Katie was, with love. CHILD PLEASE, she sucked!

    I actually enjoyed Allison talking back to Simon last year. You go girl.

  249. I am just waiting for Siobhan and Didi now. The rest were sleepy.

  250. I think Miley has no credibility as a music artist. But she certainly has a lot of experience on how to sell all the non-vocal stuff, and that is the advice she is giving so well.

  251. It’s on the ground – with the pants.

    LMAO! You are on fire tonight.

  252. Katie was ok, it was not terrible at all.

    LOL – and I think that’s the standard for this year. Not about being great, but about not being terrible and hitting most of the notes.

  253. The comments on this blog are more entertaining than AI this season.

    I think that’s one of the only reasons I’m still watching, because reading the comments on the blog and twitter

  254. It’s on the ground – with the pants.

    That was brilliant. Hee! I give you mad props. It’s true though.

  255. Katie was pitchy FOR SURE, but…..she wasn’t that bad. Kudos to her singing a current Fergie song.

    Tomorrow’s results is going to be interesting……….

  256. The bar is SO low

    It’s on the ground – with the pants.

    HA! Hilarious!

    And Casey sooo looked like Bucky right before the break.

  257. How do you quote here? To the person that said Andrew, Tim and Paige have given up it seems…I agree. I was thinking the same thing. I’m sorry (not really), but Katie was too sharp on that Fergie song, to me.

  258. My gawd…how many “singers” are there left??? This show seems sooo long …and dull!!

  259. HaHaHaHaHa – Yeah Casey – “I’m a big fan of your dad’s.”

  260. I have no hope that Katie will ever understand the concept of making a song her own, but that probably was her best performance and one of the better performances tonight (which says more about this night).

  261. So the best way to show how you can be a contempary artist is to sing 20-30 year old songs?

  262. To the person who brought up where Katie’s from being a reason not to go country, Taylor Swift is from Pennsylvania. Keith Urban is from Australia.

  263. Casey! Giving Bowersox a run for her money with the vocals! (although the song sounds exactly the same as the original..)

  264. I am really liking Casey, he’s looking really confortable on stage and his voice sounds good on that song.

  265. I still think Casey could sell a lot of records. But he needs to move dammit! LOL. Step away from that mark on the floor.

  266. I love what Crystal does with music, I reckon she always goes the safe way, but at least her safety zone amazes me, her voice is just so warm and nostalgic.

    It’s funny how my favorite from last year (Adam) and my favorite this year are so different from each other. Adam was all about crossing idol boundaries, hearing thunders and climbing mountains, while Crystal is a safe, nice and cozy shelter in the middle of a storm.

    But isn’t that was is great about music? Having different genres, voices and rhythms to hear for all the different moments of your life?

  267. Finally somebody that sounds decent other than Crystal…Go Casey (and I am not a major Casey fan)

  268. Boy is pretty. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

    [Remembers she is married. Heh]

  269. Rickey minor is dropping the ball big time – throwing a horn section in a decent rock tune.

    I say dethrone Minor and bring in Paul Schaefer(sp)

  270. Casey still has to look down at his guitar. He said he wanted to connect with the audience, here’s an idea: DITCH THE DAMN GUITAR.

    Gee he sounded JUST like Huey Lewis. Is this one of those Las Vegas Legends shows?

  271. So the best way to show how you can be a contempary artist is to sing 20-30 year old songs?

    Depending on who you are yes.

  272. Is it me or is Casey’s singing really abrupt?? He seems to stop short all the time….but i love the tone of his voice.

  273. Casey’s song was bad. He sounded like Huey, but come on, it’s Huey. He needs to shake it up – he is boring.

  274. I think Casey could make a Keith Urban type album – a little bit towards coutry, a little towards rock

  275. I don’t understand what everybody has against Miley, i think she’s really good at what she does. i’m actually waiting for her next album, i was stoked about the last one.
    Casey….bit boring

  276. Andrew was just trying a different take on a classic. He was good, not great, maybe, but good. Too many others out and out stink. Voters are idiots if they let their opinions be swayed by the judges. ANdrew does not belong inthe bottom three. Paige, Katie, Aaron and Tim do, though.

  277. To the person who brought up where Katie’s from being a reason not to go country, Taylor Swift is from Pennsylvania. Keith Urban is from Australia.

    Yeah, and they also come across like country artists. Taylor has a twang. LOL. Katie is a stone cold New Englander, there is nothing at all country about her. AT ALL. Is that girl going anywhere near cowboy boots? Nope.

  278. Smooth, Casey…”I’m a huge fan of…your Dad”

    Wow he sounds a lot like the original at the beginning…

    Not really current feeling, but he’s singing it well.

    I can’t imagine wanting to download any song I’ve heard tonight…the iTunes sales must be dismal so far this season.

    ETA: Katie is from Connecticut. I’d be shocked if she listened to any country based on her song choices.

  279. I’m a big fan of your DAD. Okay, best line of the night.

    That was brilliant .. Miley is so full of herself lol

  280. Casey is much better this week, but down Kara-it wasn’t that good.

  281. Simon is so afraid of Lee and Casey. How can you criticize Casey after some of the other performances tonight?

    I am so wanting a guy to win this season just to screw with Simon and TPTB.

  282. I don’t understand what everybody has against Miley, i think she’s really good at what she does.

    Miley is the least of this night’s problems. She gets a pass, it’s not her fault.

  283. Casey stepped up the presence and vocals. Good job. Didn’t like the song though. Heh, he brought out the band on the stage. That helped it look a lot more like a legit band performance, I think.

  284. I still think Casey could sell a lot of records. But he needs to move dammit! LOL. Step away from that mark on the floor.

    I think that’s his biggest problem. He’s a likable guy that can sing but him being a little bit animated would help him go a long way.

  285. Casey is good, he would be a good recording artist, but I’m so bored with his song choices. At least I can stand the sound of his voice, which I cannot say about Katie. I think I’m voting for Paige as well, would rather see her on the tour frankly, then katie or Garcia.

  286. This season is so bad that the first decent song that comes along is considered to be so amazingly spectacular and is blown completely out of proportion.

    Casey was OK.

  287. Hmmm…Simon says that Crystal (playing it safe, singing well, but not reinventing songs) shouldn’t change a thing, but Casey (playing it safe, singing well, not reinventing songs) needs be different?

    I don’t understand…

  288. I couldnt for the life of me remember who was left other than Siobhan…well it’s almost over for the night…I hate the 1 song 15 commercials format that they use.

  289. Are you all on crack? Crystal boring and predictable? Yes, if “boring and predictable” means consistently good, then I guess so. She only seems predictable because everyone else is either dejected, deluded, psychotic or a trainwreck. Thank God Simon is maintaining his sanity about her.

  290. I LOVED that Casey greeted Miley by giving props to her dad–hilArious.

    I’m usually bored by him but I thought he was really really good tonight.

  291. Give me a break Ryan “But does he deserve to stay another week?” comment. With what came before him…little bit of a no brainer here.

  292. Casey confuses me. What kind of sound is he going for? Last week it was a Southern Country rock. I liked that sound much better for him than what he did tonight.

  293. I just realized who Katie sounds like. Crystal Gayle! You know, “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Now I get why Simon thinks country artist. She sounds like those throwbacks from the 80’s. They were sort of country popish.

  294. I am so wanting a guy to win this season just to screw of Simon and TPTB.

    Yup!!! I’m with ya! Their scheme is very transparent. I will laugh tomorrow night if a girl goes home for the 2nd week is a row. That means 6 guys and 4 girls left.

  295. You know it’s a bad year when a folk singer is billed as the rocker. Lee DeWyze anybody?

  296. LOL about Casey…”I’m a big fan of your dads!!” That was great, Casey!! :) I thought he sang really well…I missed the excitement of the song, though. I feel like one of the judges tonight. *sigh*

  297. I agree with Simon, that was not a current sound. Sorry, there was very little deviation from Lewis’ version. As for his looks, just not seeing it, but then I hate long hair on guys; looks ridiculous, and always appears dirty. Meh, TETO I guess.

  298. Ok…many many times in the past it has been pointed out that this is a singing competition. Tonight Katie was pitchy to the extreme. Yet because she chose a current song and wore an overly desparate attempt at young clothing she got praise?

  299. Crystal completely changed that song. You tube it. She really did.

  300. i hate miley

    i hate casey

    simon i know your enflish-i obsess over ur accent
    LMAO even my dad who watces like 3 episodes every season is like” last season was so much beter these ppl have talent they wouldnt even make the top 50 last year”

    i FLOVE DIDI

  301. I think I’m voting for Paige as well, would rather see her on the tour frankly, then katie or Garcia.

    Well she’ll be getting one vote anyway, good for her!

  302. So she’s singing to herself “You’re No Good”? That’s what it sounded like she said. LOL

  303. Isn’t this supposed to be a current theme night???? What’s with all the old songs????

  304. I like Didi but she sings identical to the like’s of the UK’s Duffy and Pixie Lott

  305. Rub: Rickey minor is dropping the ball big time – throwing a horn section in a decent rock tune.
    I say dethrone Minor and bring in Paul Schaefer(sp)

    This. I have thought that Minor was dropping the ball from the very beginning and that a lot of the criticisms from the judges was because of his arrangements. Paul Schaefer would be awesome.

  306. Didi surely knows her strengths. A jazzy, sexy vibe for second week in a row…I’m digging it.

  307. I like Didi. And she didn’t sing the song with a big fake smile on her face. She changed it up, has a unique tone. Kind of Duffy like, but still unique. Could be my fav this season, when I thought it would be Crystal or Lee.

  308. I think the thing with Didi is – if you like her, you like her. She’s got a very particular vibe. But it does feel weird to hear the song this way. It’s very Jenny Lewis or something.

  309. DiDi – is just so so too…this season is really not that great, DiDi has pitch problems just like the majority of the other barely singing people…but for some reason she is well received, is it because people think she is pretty.

  310. My family is comparing Didi to Megan Joy. But they all think Megan Joy was better.

    Simon, I luv u!

  311. I want next week’s theme to be “Any Song Not 10 Plus Years Old”.

  312. she only seems predictable because

    Crystal seems because she is predictable…or has been until point.

    The guitar + the slightly disinterested vibe + the coffeehouse singer/songwriter-style + safe songs in a familiar arrangement = predictable = yawn.

  313. I was expecting them to kill her, even as she was singing, I knew they were going to kill her…why not comment on the fact that her vocal was good, even if it wasn’t her best song choice

  314. I should like Didi but I don’t think her voice is strong enough and she was pulling faces, IA with Kara, it didn’t feel natural.

  315. Didi Benimi – did we just learn Ryan’s pet name for Didi?

    Another poor song choice – but Didi is so pretty and I really enjoy how she sings.

    She is at least charismatic to me.

    I don’t think she’ll be doing this – but could this be one of the worst singoff songs ever…”you’re no good”

    Why do the judges think everyone is so pitchy? It sounds better on my TV.

  316. I liked it more than they did. She was not terrible at all, and if she goes home tommorrow I am going to be really really pissed at the judges.

  317. I wanted to like Didi, but sorry Didi, I have to agree with the judges tonight. I think she’s in the top 10 though.

  318. Aw c’mon judges, she wasn’t that bad. They are really throwing Didi under the bus.

  319. LOL wtf, Simon can’t remember Lacey’s name?

    I didn’t think Didi was THAT bad… not good though.

  320. Boy, this reminds me of the first live shows where everyone bombed. It’s really quite depressing.

  321. Talking back to Simon…oohhh bad choice. And to defend a crappy performance.

    Have these people not watched this show before? Bad idea.

  322. No, no, no….do not ARGUE with the judges.

    And for the love of God, people – please stop telling us “you’re having fun.” We need to have fun! Not you! Not you!

  323. I want next week’s theme to be “Any Song Not 10 Plus Years Old”.

    I second this motion!!!

  324. I can’t say Didi was the best of the night, but I think she was trying and no I don’t think she deserved the slamming she just received from the judges.

  325. WTF is up with Siobhan’s hair, lol. The girl is so funny. I hope she brings it. Didi wasn’t that bad. I kind of like it. The judges are just being bitches.

  326. You know that the show has hit a new low when a greenhorn like Miley is deemed qualified to be a mentor. Only watch the show once and I like Crystal Bowersox. Hope that another musician will win once again. That will be three in a row!

  327. I deserve to be punished for saying this, but Miley isn’t terrible tonight.

    I adored the segments with Aaron and Crystal. I can’t believe Crystal got Miley to sign her guitar because she’s a “powerful woman”. Err, what? I disagree with that, Crystal, but if you can show that kind of humility, I totally respect you, so I really loved that even though I didn’t really….. agree >_>.

    Aaron must feel like a man tonight >_>. To be honest, I thought “Huh, hopefully laryngitis is an STD and Miley gets it from Aaron”. That was kinda a horrible thought. Eugh. But I did find that segment cute.

  328. And for the love of God, people – please stop telling us “you’re having fun.” We need to have fun! Not you! Not you!

    Amen to that!

  329. And for the love of God, people – please stop telling us “you’re having fun.” We need to have fun! Not you! Not you!

    Good point!

  330. Okay, Siobhan. You get one last chance from me. Don’t blow it, okay? Because frankly I find you a little annoying. You’re like a character from the Breakfast Club. Ugh.

  331. the show seems incredibly long tonight.

    Thats because its incredibly bad.

  332. Siobhan finally next. I’m falling asleep and my ears are bleeding and feel grumpy. What a season….

  333. I actually thought Didi was decent – on the same level as Lee and Katie. None of them were great, but only Didi was savaged which I don’t understand.

  334. To be fair to the other bad performances tonight, the judges should have ended each critique with ‘But of course you were much better than Paige’.

  335. I actually want to vote for Didi after that. Why do they always go so hard on that girl? It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible. If Paige, Andrew and Katie make this tour while she goes home that will piss me off big time.

  336. Do the judges enjoy making Didi their punching bag? She wasn’t that bad to deserve such extreme harshness. She was definitely better than Paige, Tim and Andrew, IMO. And maybe even better than Mike.

  337. Actually I like Didi performance. I think she was showing a different side of her and it wasn’t karaoke. tought she was showing musical styling here. I don’t get the judges on this one.

    I would say best 2nd performance after Crystal and that was more interesting than Casey perfomance for me

  338. i FLOVED didi
    i love how she didnt praise miley
    I HATE MILEY
    And Shut Up random audience member, no one give a shit what you think!!

    WTF IS UP WITH SIOBHAN’s hair???? not edgy—ugly!!!!

  339. I wonder if viewers could choose between reruns of last year and these new shows, how wide a margin would the repeats win by?

  340. I’d say chances are good that the judges won’t be using the “Save” at all this year.

  341. Props to the idols in trying to mix it up to sound different, to stretch themselves, but they are not believable or current. They are not selling themselves are recording artists.

    Casey was the same as last week – sang reasonably well but still stiff. Didi was all right, but it was so sleepy and repetitive. She sucked the angst out that song.

  342. I actually want to vote for Didi after that. Why do they always go so hard on that girl? It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible. If Paige, Andrew and Katie make this tour while she goes home that will piss me off big time.

    ITA. I’m not even a fan of Didi, but she was nowhere near as bad as they made her out to be. I think she’ll make Top 10 though.

  343. Yeah, yeah – you’re different. You’re different. Whatever.

  344. I don’t care for her hair. Reminds me a bit of when Tamyra Grey did something similar. And please don’t scream.

  345. I thought that Casey did a decent job with his performance tonight. I think that he sounded like Huey on the song.

  346. If this is what they saved for the pimp spot, the season is doomed.

  347. Siobhan is my favorite quirky girl and my favorite tonight! She’s so good. Not loving her hair. But I could listen to her over and over.

  348. Prediction: Siobhan will win Idol. She mixes it up and has the personality. Bowersox will come second (even tho she has the best voice) and Casey will be third.

  349. They better call her on that screaming or they will lose all cred that they likely never had.

  350. This isn’t as good as I thought it would be – not really liking it, and she needs to not scream in every song – at least Adam would wail on pitch and in tune las year.

    Tongue bath in 3,2,1…

  351. Okay dude, you cannot scream every week. Come on now.

    I still like her though. This was not pimp spot worthy.

  352. Siobhan’s hair tonight seems like an absolute statement: she’s Adam 2.0.

  353. Siobhan is under acheiving tonight also, this was just a wasted Idol night…she didn’t need the big note tonight soooooooo unnnecessry…oh well, tonight goes to Crystal (who didn’t want to leave her comfort zone) and Casey…

  354. Last week… the note was bum but she was cool.
    This week, bum note again.

  355. Siobhan – Miley’s favorite

    That hair! She stands out by a mile this year.

    Just an okay vocal for me, but I think it mostly due to another poor song choice.

    Oh no, now she thinks she has to do the schreech every week :( Stupid show not giving the contestants the right criticism.

    C’mon contestants, pick better songs. I can’t believe Katie had the best song choice this week.

  356. Ick…I’m so not liking this season at all. I’ve been tryin’ to give it a chance. There’s no excitement.

  357. when you work that hard at being quirky, you’re not really quirky. And she screamed again.

  358. I didn’t care for that Siobhan song either. The screech was at least in tune this week. But it was kind of boring. And that end note was predictable. At least it wasn’t super slow like the last few weeks. She looks good though.

  359. We should have kept the theme to TEEN IDOL week!!!!

    Psh! Then they would have been picking Frankie Avalon, Brenda Lee and Kieth Partridge.

  360. I did not care for Siobhan at all tonight, and she was my fave. Now I have no horse in this race, except for the pool points.

  361. Ahh, there’s that trademark Siobhan scream! I was hoping she would avoid that this week. If Crystal is “one note”, then Siobhan is becoming “one note” with the big “scream” at the end of every performance. Still like her though.

  362. I’m not an Adam fan, but I will take his scream/wail/shreak over what Siobhan did any day. Sorry, but when Siobhan did it on the Aretha song the other week, it worked. Last week it worked. This week – not necessary at all.

  363. I didn’t love the screaming, but this girl has personality and talent.

  364. I’m so glad Simon finally said that about Siobhan. And he’s right. The whole night as a whole sucked.

  365. Oh Simon I adore Crystal too but stop the freaking pimping already…I don’t mind, but idol viewers obviously do.

  366. I wish Siobhan could do at least one song without the high pitched screech because she really can sing.

  367. I disagree with Simon. No one was great tonight, including his favorite pet Crystal. Even the people who were good tonight played it too safe (and too old-fashioned).

  368. Crystal seems because she is predictable…or has been until point.

    The guitar + the slightly disinterested vibe + the coffeehouse singer/songwriter-style + safe songs in a familiar arrangement = predictable = yawn.

    Adam = over the top outfit + rock wail + lots of make-up + theatrics = predictable

    It’s really all a matter of perspective and personal taste. Crystal’s “predictability” is part of her attraction – you know what you are going to get week in and week out. I don’t want to see her doing disco or attempting a rock wail – that is not the type of artist that she is. Which is fine by me.

  369. I haven’t watched beyond Paige yet, but Siobhan is screeching AGAIN? Yikes…way to wear out the novelty of your own self. I don’t look at her as anything but obnoxious, honestly. Jason Castro was delightfully clueless, but she is no Jason Castro.

  370. I did not care for Siobhan at all tonight, and she was my fave. Now I have no horse in this race, except for the pool points.

    lmao.
    I want to like Siobhan… but can’t justify it until she starts hitting the notes because if she doesn’t hit them, then it’s really screeching, screaming.

  371. Why are all of these songs old? Could they not have picked from the current billboard charts? I’m mean come on.
    And what happened to the one who sings last then sings first? Guess we got rid of that. Will Crystal ever be first? guessing not for a while.

  372. They should have a bottom 5 or 6 this week. I mean, the worst episode I’ve ever seen, and I have watched almost every episode of all 9 seasons.

  373. As a group, this is the pitchiest bunch we’ve ever had. Crystal and Big Mike are the only ones that are consistently on key.

  374. Hate to say it but there wasn’t one performance that I’ll remember tomorrow, very uneventful. However, I will say that this site and the comments are great.

  375. The screech was at least in tune this week

    It was????? Not on my tv set it wasn’t. Thank God Simon mentioned the repeated ending with screaming. Not a good trademark, especially when not in key!

    Adam was called out by some people as a screamer–it was more of a wail and pitch perfect–but he also didn’t do it every.single.song!

  376. Love Siobhan, hated everything about this-the hair, the outfit, the tone Ugh. Crystal takes the night. Mike Lynch was pretty good, Casey good but boring. Since I want Paige on the tour, guess I’ll vote for Paige! (That makes sense huh?)

  377. Even Siobhan is doing a hackneyed, overdone song. Geez, I give up.

    Didn’t you see the fine print at the end? “Tonight’s song choices were brought to you courtesy of Vote For the Worst.” ;-)

  378. Tim is so cute. That’s about the only positive comment I can muster at this point, now I’m going to pretend it all never happened. Good night!

  379. The only thing that distracted me from Siobahn’s hair was that ear splitting yell at the end. I did not like the arrangement at all but she did work the stage better than most.

  380. Good job Miley. Didi, Tim or Andrew, bye bye.

    Siobhan, Aaron, Katie, and Mike were my faves.

  381. Watching the recap, the harshness to Didi pissed me off all over again – I’ve found at least 4 people who were worse then her, and only 2 of them were as harshly critiqued. These judges suck so bad this year.

  382. this is the performance i liked least from Siobhan. She sings good (no really off key moments except the scream that was so-so) but I was bored with her approach of the song. Kind of draining the energy of it and beside she could have picked a better song

  383. It’s going to be EPIC tomorrow. Betcha the results show is going to be more exciting than tonight’s performance show.

  384. Crystal and Casey best of the night. Can’t stand that screaming by Siobhan.

  385. Whether Idol gets the ratings tonight or not, personally, I think the show was an embarrassment to what it was suppose to be and especially at this stage of the competition.

  386. Watching the numbers package, Simon was right after all, Crystal was truly on a league of her own.

    This will go down on history as one of the worst idol nights ever, unless these kids manage to out-do themselves and keep getting worse.

    Where are you when we need you Lilly and Katelyn?

  387. Based on the vocal performances alone tonight, Paige should go home this week.

    I was very disappointed at Siobhan. Terrible song choice. Not a very good performance. She didn’t deserve any Adam Lambert comparisons this week.

    She and Crystal are still my favorites, but I expected more from both of them. Both of them did the same old same old.

    The problem this season is that not even the better singers know how to mix things up and surprise the audience. Tonight was all so predictable.

  388. Siobhan’s hair tonight seems like an absolute statement: she’s Adam 2.0.

    Adam 0.2 you mean…she´s nowhere near Adam..

  389. Is anyone having trouble getting through on the phone.. I’m getting something weird.

  390. siobhan,FAIL at screaming.that’s adam’s thing.meh.

    OVERALL TONIGHT SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!

    majorly

    CURRENT PEOPLE!!!

    Paige is leaving

    And fianlly i got to say, in case u didnt know ,
    I F$@KING HATE MILEY CYRUS

  391. I disagree with Simon. Crystal did not sing a current song or even dress appropriate for her age. She looked more like Susan Boyle Then a young female singer. (One cat lady is enough) Don’t get me wrong she sang the song great but the same criticism he gave Siobhan is exactly what he should say to Crystal. Yes he told Crystal not to change a thing.

    I thought Didi sounded good.

    The ones who should be in trouble are Paige and Andrew,

  392. Will Crystal ever be first? guessing not for a while.

    She did already, on week 2 of the semi finals.

    On the other hand, Siobhan has performed last twice.

  393. For me, best of the night were Crystal, Casey, and (gulp) Aaron. That kid is really growing on me. Great voice and just seems like a sweet young guy, not all professional like Archuleta struck me.
    Besides him, Crystal and Casey are in another league, with their musicianship. Really tantalized by Crystal saying she might lay the guitar down next week. I’m actually having trouble getting through for her right now, lots of busy signals.

  394. siobhan,FAIL at screaming.that’s adam’s thing.meh.

    OVERALL TONIGHT SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!

    majorly

    poor vftw; everyone sucked; worst season eberrrr

    im voting for tim (hot), AARON (amazing), and didi (ditto)

    songs sgould be
    CURRENT PEOPLE!!!

    Paige is leaving

    And fianlly i got to say, in case u didnt know ,
    I F$@KING HATE MILEY CYRUS

  395. will:
    03/23/2010 at 9:16 pm

    The tour is going to be such a trainwreck. They should think about cancelling it.

    You will be able to hear birds & crickets chirping during the tour instead of cheers…

  396. This will go down on history as one of the worst idol nights ever, unless these kids manage to out-do themselves and keep getting worse.

    Is that even possible?

  397. I thought that the best performances tonight were from Casey and Crystal and Lee. I thought that Aaron, Mike and Katey were okay.

    I think that Paige was the worst of the night, followed by Tim.

    I think that tbe bottom three might be Paige, Tim and Andrew. And that Didi might end up there instead of Andrew or Tim, if one of their fanbases is large enough to keep them out of there.

    Overall this season is still the worst season ever for me and a very mediocre, lackluster season.

  398. Good god I did not like Adam last year but this group, especially Siobhan’s constant screeching is making me miss him.

  399. I’m pissed for Didi… not one good comment from the judge; it feels unreal.

    My preferred performances:
    1) Crystal
    2) Didi
    3) Lee
    4) Siobhan
    5) Casey
    6) Katie
    7) Aaron
    8- Michael
    9) Andrew
    10) Tim
    11) Paige

  400. Rub:
    03/23/2010 at 10:02 pm
    alright errbody, its a deal, lets all vote for Paige.

    Might as well. And MJ, aren’t the phone numbers “436” and not “437”?

  401. I’m not getting an American Idol message on Casey line… is anyone else having trouble?

  402. I love you Siobhan but that was not good. I agree with Simon. That was NOT really great or relevant. I want you to go back to your “Wicked Games”/ “The House of the Rising Sun” side. You were better there. I still love ya girl.

    From Best to Worst:

    1. Crystal (She blew me away!)
    2. Casey (Wow! He was great!)
    3. Lee (Good but boring song.)
    4. Mike (Very good vocal but old fashion.)
    5. Aaron (Not bad considering his voice issue.)
    6. Didi (Good vocal to me.)
    7. Siobhan (Why did you do that girl, I was so disappointed and she is my favorite.) Dang it!!!!!!!!!!!
    8. Katie (Ok tonight, at least it was good song choice.)
    9. Tim (VEry gimmicky and it may just work.)
    10. Andrew (You need your guitar boy!)
    11. Paige (That was just painful.)

    Overall it was up and down tonight. My favorite didn’t deliver and I got some surprises. I am in love with Casey and Crystal right now.

    Going home: Andrew, Paige or Tim

  403. So sick of the Adam comparison being brought for the most random thing like hair style.
    Siobhan was in a punk group before Idol, she had a mowhawk way before Adam appeared on the show, this has nothing at all to do with him…

    I wish Siobhan could do at least one song without the high pitched screech because she really can sing.

    Maybee you missed the semifinals, but I didn’t hear any of those during Wicked Games or House of the Rising Sun.

  404. siobhan,FAIL at screaming.that’s adam’s thing.meh.

    The funny thing is that I don’t remember Simon ever calling whatever Adam did “screaming”. I’ve felt lukewarm towards Adam lately, but the truth is, he barely ever missed a note (before NoBo at least).

    What Siobhan does, is somehow very unpleasant.

  405. And fianlly i got to say, in case u didnt know ,
    I F$@KING HATE MILEY CYRUS

    luv, I think we got it ;)

  406. She looked more like Susan Boyle Then a young female singer. (One cat lady is enough)

    Crystal is beautiful. I think it is so unfair that the women get judged so harshly on appearance on this show but there have been some pot bellied pig of a man contestants that were fawned over as sex symbols.

  407. siobans scream tonight=danny croakey’s infamous “dream on” killing cats blood scream

  408. Hey everyone. Look at the ridiculousness over at Dial Idol.

    Heh. I’m paying more attention to the raw numbers because looking at the actual scores is just baffling to me.

  409. Didi always gets graded on a HARDER curve. It wasn’t that bad but she gets torn apart every time she doesn’t do awesome, hmph. That was my least favorite Siobhan performance and it was overpraised. Hope she doesn’t suffer from that.

  410. I’ve felt lukewarm towards Adam lately, but the truth is, he barely ever missed a note (before NoBo at least).

    What Siobhan does, is somehow very unpleasant.

    This…I was not an Adam fan last season because I was a Kris-tard, but I do think what he did seemed more relevant then what Siobhan did tonight.

  411. “For a charge of $5.49, please have a pen ready…” this is the message I’m getting on Casey’s line. What the Hell?

  412. Heh. I’m paying more attention to the raw numbers because looking at the actual scores is just baffling to me.

    And the raw scores make more sense as well. The Paige thing reminds me of what happened with Lil towards the end of her run.

  413. I like Siobhan, but this seemed phoned-in. Sad thing is Ricky Braddy’s ‘Superstition’ wasn’t good enough to get in last year?

  414. I don’t really understand the hatred people have for Miley. I’m not exactly a fan myself, but why can’t people just ignore her? That is what I do. At least she wasn’t as bad as Joe Jonas’s “judging”.

    I agree though, tonight was blegh. I mean there was some good ones. I liked Crystal and Casey. I like Siobhan except the screaming is becoming annoying. I think she has some great range but just…not the screaming.

    I don’t know…I’m just bored. That felt like a waste of time. I’m not inspired enough to vote for anyway except maybe Crystal a few times.

  415. Paige only has such a high score on dial idol because she has 35 votes and 2 busy signals, so those 2 busy signals are waited very heavily.

  416. I think it is so unfair that the women get judged so harshly on appearance on this show but there have been some pot bellied pig of a man contestants that were fawned over as sex symbols.

    Yeah really. Crystal is good just the way she is to me. Like this season wouldn’t go straight to hell without her, no matter what the hell she has on. LOL

  417. Siobhan was in a punk group before Idol, she had a mowhawk way before Adam appeared on the show, this has nothing at all to do with him…

    …Adam never had a mohawk…?

    Alxsavage,people called it ” screaming and screeching”

    luv, I think we got it

    Sorry,I just really, really, really hate her..but I promise not to complain anymore…

    I HATE MILEY CYRUS

    *starting now*

    :D

  418. Adam’s cringe-worthy shrieks were at least in pitch and had some sort of….identifiable tone to them, even though I couldn’t stand it. Siobhan just can’t do it….and a lot of the time she cracks.

    I’d say it’s like being double-jointed. It’s gross to some but not everyone can do it.

  419. Not a good night with the exception of Crystal. Truly phenomenal! Very real and authentic compared to Siobhan who was way too slick. Her reaching for the big notes at the end of every performance is getting a bit predictable and tired. Her mincing around the stage didn’t help.

  420. Has Siobhan done even one song from this decade? Or the last 2 decades? And except for last week they’ve been completely open choices. I have no idea what kind of artist she would be. At some point, that has to hurt her in the competition.

  421. My summary of the show:
    Ten people participating in Wayne Brady’s “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”, and Crystal is the guest star.

  422. OK, so I’ve not been a big fan of the “worst season ever” stuff… but tonight was a huge letdown. Perhaps the producers could retire the “current songs” night unless A. it is current, but of a particular style or B. by a particular current artists. “Top Downloads” last season was on the whole awful with a standout, I don’t remember season 5’s similar night being different (in fact, with no standout in mind, it probably was worse)… and this was far worse than both of those.

    And WTF? with the judges and Didi. She definitely, definitely deserved better praise than she got tonight. And, on this night, hacking Crystal apart for being predictable is just uncool. Let’s reward those who give listenable performances on a night of suck, shall we?

  423. Alxsavage,people called it ” screaming and screeching”

    I remember! It was the #1 thing that the anti-Lambert people would go to. I just don’t remember Simon ever calling it that, as he did with Siobhan tonight, and I understand why.

  424. After tonight it has become clear to me that Tim is the savviest contestant on the show.

    My ranking

    Top tier
    Crystal
    Siobhan
    Katie
    Mike

    Middle
    Aaron
    Didi
    Lee
    Tim
    Casey

    Bottom
    Paige
    Andrew

  425. Has Siobhan done even one song from this decade

    I know this sounds like Im a hypocrite,because im shouting current songs, but adam never did, and he sold 198 K…

    I don’t really understand the hatred people have for Miley
    She’s like the Anti-Christ.She’s the human version of everything that’s wrong with the world…

  426. “For a charge of $5.49, please have a pen ready…” this is the message I’m getting on Casey’s line. What the Hell?

    I just got a bogus message too. Crap.

  427. 1. Miley, if you insist on chewing gum on national tv, keep your mouth closed while doing it.
    2. Crystal is clearly the only one who belongs on stage.
    3. If one more contestant says “I had fun”, I’m gonna barf.
    4. Tim reminds me of Peter Brady. Please get this guy gone. And if he stays, please, stylists, cut his damn hair.
    5. Chevon or whatever your name is, stop trying to be Adam–you’re not Adam. Not even close.
    6. Each week I keep coming back to watch hoping to see an Adam or a DC or something that blows me away and gets me as excited as I have been about Idol for the last two years. You’re losing me Idol. I’m bored & disappointed and I blame the judges because they picked this bunch.

  428. Just to clarify it wasn’t current song night it was billboard #1 and they could go all the way back to 1958. Jeez am I the only one who watches the opening packages anymore :-)

  429. Ya’ know, I think Siobhan has talent, and she’s kind of interesting. But, tonight I sort of decided that she’s just too damn strange for me. We’ll see if I change my mind next week.

    I thought Crystal & Casey were both great tonight. Really fun to watch. Mike did a good job as well, but the performance was a little ho hum. I liked Lee tonight more than I have in the past. He’s growing on me.

    The rest were pretty meh. Except for Paige – who was an actual horror show. That has to be one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen on this show. And, Tim isn’t seriously competing anymore is he? This is all just a joke, right?

  430. MaryS-NJ:
    03/23/2010 at 10:11 pm
    “For a charge of $5.49, please have a pen ready…” this is the message I’m getting on Casey’s line. What the Hell?

    Are you using MJ’s numbers? Yeah, it should be 866-436 not 437! I tried it too and realized something wasn’t right =P. MJ you might wanna change your post.

  431. Superstition is one of my favorite songs ever and I wanted Siobhan to kill it but, no. She sang it well (I actually thought the main scream was on pitch), but she doesn’t have any kind of soulful vibe at all, so her doing a soul masterpiece (while all done up like a punk princess) was just freakin weird.

  432. She’s like the Anti-Christ.She’s the human version of everything that’s wrong with the world…

    Luv, I don’t agree with you at all, but I love that you think that!

  433. Let’s reward those who give listenable performances on a night of suck, shall we?

    With due respect, listenable is in the ear of the beholder. She was in tune, and sang it nicely, but yaaaaawn, I left the room.

    Predictability is uncool, IMHO.

  434. 1. Miley, if you insist on chewing gum on national tv, keep your mouth closed while doing it.

    LMAO

  435. Crystal did not sing a current song or even dress appropriate for her age. She looked more like Susan Boyle Then a young female singer. (One cat lady is enough)

    Yes, my daughter said she looked “frumpy”. I totally agree.

  436. Thank you Simon Cowell for finally calling Siobahn Magnus out. Three weeks in a row with that damn Gokey scream. Stop trying to be a female Lambert. She’s not. Adam would never resort to doing the same thing every week, and he could have actually pulled it off. She has completely ruined everythinng I loved about her by trying so hard to imitate him.

    I have never had a favorite female contestant on American Idol, but Crystal Bowersox gives me chills every time she sings.

    I have heard pre idol stuff from Lee and I wish he could come out of his shell and show what he’s got but he hasn’t yet.

    My early favorite, Andrew Garcia lost himself by listening too much to the judges and trying to conform. There is an up and coming singer named Mike Posner that Garcia reminds me alot of, but Posner is much better.

    This year really, really sucks. Goodbye Paige.

    ETA: I can’t believe I finally had tickets to this weeks show and THIS is what I would have see. Thank God i didn’t pursue it.

  437. Lee—-very good
    Paige—-disaster
    Timm—-Freddy just turned over in his grave
    Aaron—-Reached to high and failed
    Crystal—-very good, but very predicatable…I am waiting for a theme week to test her
    Mike—-it was ok…the big stage makes him over-emote
    Andrew—-how did he get here again…that was painful
    Katie—-the girl can’t stay on tune or keep with the beat
    Casey—-weak voice
    Didi—-enjoyable but flawed
    Siobahn—-fawning over miley was disgusting…first half of song very good until the forced out of place screech

  438. Crystal is going to burn her style by TOP 8. She needs to mix it up to gain more votes. Same style week after week, not to mention that linear vocal tone – no embellishments or exquisite phrasing. Nothing to whet my tonal senses and musical palate.

  439. Thanks sma11ie! I think I accidentally signed up for an mobile app – lol! Off to vote!

  440. why does Didi have the same raw score as Tim? Seriously America? Tim Urban is as good as Didi Benami? And Tim Urban is better than Mike Lynche? We’re going to be stuck with Tim forever, aren’t we?

  441. With due respect, listenable is in the ear of the beholder. She was in tune, and sang it nicely, but yaaaaawn, I left the room.

    Have to agree. It wasn’t that she was bad, just not interesting for me at all. Hate acoustic guitars about 90% of the time I hear them, hate country “twang”, and just not a fan of the way she sings. She’s got talent and i understand how some can like her, but it just not talent I care to hear.

  442. I’m sure there are a lot of complaints right now about Miley. I thought she did a great job mentoring!! She challenged Crystal on more big notes and it paid off!!!

    Crystal was amazing tonight!!!! I saw a big difference in her from last week, even though I loved her last week. She was looser and I saw her responding to the audience.

    I don’t understand why nothing was said to Casey about losing the guitar. He still pretty much just stood there. He sounded just.like.Heuy Luis, but that song needs energy.

    I give Tim some credit for his energy.

    I’m having trouble with the phone lines. I’m going to read what some of the others of you all have to say.

    Paige needs to go home, btw.

  443. She has completely ruined everythinng I loved about her by trying so hard to imitate him.

    I think she’s doing what the judges told her… didn’t Simon praise the screaming on Think? Then she got praise again for it last week. I don’t think this is an Adam thing.

    This chick has always been out there, so I’m thinking its all her. She is an oddball. That’s who she is IMO.

  444. I like Paige even though I cringed during her performance. I hope Tim goes home. I’m disappointed my 14 year old likes him. Yikes!

  445. songsungblue:
    “”03/23/2010 at 9:54 pm

    If you screech, it’s over. OH MY GOD. It’s over.””

    songsungblue – you have been cracking me up all night! (loved the ‘Pretty boy’ comment too.)

  446. This year really, really sucks. Goodbye Paige.

    Why do I have the feeling we won’t be saying “goodbye” to Paige this week? I mean, we really should have been saying bye to her after “Smile”, yet she somehow slipped into the Top 12. I don’t know, but her “Against All Odds” has to be one of the all time worst Idol performances evah.

  447. I didn’t think it was possible to have 7 of the most overplayed songs in the history of idol all in one show: Superstition, Against All Odds, Heard it Through the Grapevine, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, When a Man Loves a Woman, Superstition, Me and Bobby McGee, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. I was so stunned by the lame song choices tonight that a Huey Lewis or a Fergie song seemed like pure genius. Add the crappy song choices to performances that ranged from abysmal to mediocre and Miley Cyrus for a mentor and you have Season 9 in a nutshell.

    TPTB, what have you done to my favorite guilty pleasure? I think the only pleasure I get now is seeing how Tim Urban can top himself each week with the WTF song choices and performances.

  448. Oh, and the only thinng I could think of when Siobahn had her hair up was the key Of Awesome Adam Lambert WWFM parody:

    “Do you like my hair up? Or does it look better down?”

  449. People who I am going to vote for.

    Lee DeWyze

    Tim Urban

    CBS

    Big Mike:

    Comments:

    Voting: Okay first of all what the hell!!?! With Tim’s line I keep getting a message about comcast! With Big Mike’s line It sounds like someone is saying the word beep over and over again!!!! And the rest are busy! What is going on?!!?!

    The announcer: Okay you can stop introducing the judges. I know who they are.

    Mentor Miley Cyrus: Oy!

    CBS: She has such a great fantastic voice! I am getting sick of seeing her guitar tho. *grabs her guitar and throws it out the window! :) She says she has something big planned next week! Is she just saying that or does she really have something big? :)

    Casey James: He said he was going to move! But he didn’t! I’m so disappointed. :(

    Tim Urban: Tim did you watch Taylor Hicks’s performances? ROFL! Good job tonight Tim. :)

    Lee DeWyze: I loved it! It was a jazzy souly performance. Nice job!

    Siobhan: BAH! Stop screaming!!!

    Ryan and Ellen = Love ROFL!

  450. The weird – Lee – loungy, and one jazz hand and a wallet chain and what? That was odd. I’m still processing.

    The bad – Paige, Andrew

    The entertainingly bad – Tim

    The verging on bad but praised anyway – Aaron, Katie

    The meh – Didi, Casey (dude has no range or power)

    The good but boring – Mike

    The not as good as the judges said for 2 weeks in a row – Siobhan

    The Good – Crystal

  451. I think the problem with this season is that these are ‘pre-season 4’ contestants. They are operating like this is a straight singing competion a la star search and not a search for someone with some artistry and some flair. And is it my imagination or are do so many of these kids feel like warmed-over rehash?
    Ruben + personality = Big Mike
    Lee = David Cook – Swagger/Daughtry – anger
    Tim = John Stevens/Kevin Covais/Sanjaya
    Aaron = Archie-lite only slightly less awkward
    Crystal = Kelly – the sassy mixed with Allison
    Casey = Ace + a guitar mixed with Bucky
    Adam G = Danny without the soul
    Sioban = Adam Lambert with less glitter

    This season feels like a reality show cast and not an idol competion.

  452. What the heck happened to this show? There is no way that these kids were the best of the best. I’ve been an Idol-looney for the past 8 years, but tonight was a nail in the coffin. I no longer care to bend over backwards to watch this pitiful show. This is the worst Idol season of all.

  453. I finished the night thinking how awful it was, but when I actually broke the evening down, I found that fully half the contestants were good. The awful ttend to”suck the air” out of the good (thank you, Simon). Crystal was, of course, excellent and I really liked Casey, also. I never liked this song and I didn’t think he would be able to pull it off, but he did…in tune and with personality. Very nice. I thought Siobhan was excellent, even the screech, which she changed up a bit. She truly is in her element on stage; however, if she doesn’t do a scream revision next week, she may not have a stage to enjoy. I’m glad she got the word from Simon, although she enjoys the big note so much, she just might do it anyway.

    I even liked Mike Lynch tonight, perhaps because I avoided looking at him. Didi was good and I wonder if that quirky voice is harder to keep in tune. Seems no one manages it well consistently. I liked what Didi did with the stage and, given no one else moves at all, I thought the criticism of her totally unwarranted. So what if she was acting?

    Biggest laugh of the evening: Casey saying he is a fan of, er, Miley’s father. Awkward and pretty funny. I like him; he could take this contest. Really.

  454. Superstition, Against All Odds, Heard it Through the Grapevine, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, When a Man Loves a Woman, Superstition, Me and Bobby McGee, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

    What are you even talking about? I think Me and Bobby McGee was on performed once on the show, Amanda Overmyer in Hollywood. How does that make it overplayed on idol?

  455. Adam sux too, he played out his own style – the screech king.
    He’s got nice jackets though.
    Big Mike FTMW

  456. Tim entertained me, unlike most. Casey, Crystal and Big Mike were pretty good. I like Didi, too. Sib also entertained.

    I would prefer to see Paige or Andrew leave my teevee. Or Katie and/or Aaron. Both are snoozefests and too young.

  457. but it just not talent I care to hear.

    That’s it exactly. She obviously can sing,there’s no denying it. But all of her efforts–so far at least–sound like a well-sung covers of the originals. Nothing different, nothing interestingly rearranged, nothing inspiring, nothing that takes my breath away.

    I will be curious to see what she can do next week as she has said she might put down the guitar. That will be interesting as she may finally step out of that same realm she has been in week after week And despite what Simon says (!), I think she needs to.

  458. team #SaveTurbansAbs lol Because this season is so full of fail may as well vote for tim. Paiges line was busy when i tried it. Turbans wasnt.

  459. I strongly suspect that the producers had some serious problem this week with the theme and the contestants had to change their songs at the last minute.
    Only that can explain the awfull overplayed song choices.

  460. If tonight is the best most of them can do …. it’s gonna be a long summer. Has a tour ever been canceled ?

  461. I even liked Mike Lynch tonight, perhaps because I avoided looking at him.

    Yes, this is key.

  462. @frogcooke I want to see Tim on the tour. He was freaking hilarious. Go WASP Sanjaya!

  463. I find it amusing that we are now describing both “screams” and “secondary screams”. Let me get my music dictionary! lol.

  464. I decided to review Idol’s worst show yet! :)

    1. Crystal (7/10) – Very satisfying performance. Despite her being absolutely predictable week after week and doing the same coffee house musical numbers, she’s still good.

    (tie) 2. Casey (6/10) – Vocally very pleasing. Definitely has some gruff in his voice and uses it appropriately. I don’t think he can do much better because I’m still not blown away.

    (tie) 2. Mike (6/10) – Poor man’s Ruben, I’d say. Very smooth vocal, although he stayed in the same low octave the whole way through. He definitely should have kept the arrangement simple and intimate by ditching the band and staying with the piano (as Simon suggested). Also, when he tried to get higher in key, it sounded incredibly forced.

    (tie) 2. Didi (6/10) – Meh…even though she was very pitchy, it was kind of a cool song and her tone always makes everything she sings kind of interesting.

    (tie) 5. Lee (5/10) – Very middle of the road. Just OK.

    (tie) 5. Aaron (5/10) – See above

    (tie) 5. Siobhan (5/10) – Very strange song choice. I definitely think that she was lacking the soul power required to pull off that song. It was OK but the screams aren’t pleasing at all. Overall, I think that she’s incredibly overrated.

    (tie) 5. Katie (5/10) – P-I-T-C-H-Y. From the first note to the last note. If she didn’t have a distinctive tone and a sort of big voice, she’d be a lot worse. Fortunately for her, it creates a great distraction.

    9. Tim (4/10) – I didn’t see his entire performance but what I did see was pretty bad.

    10. Andrew (3/10) – Abysmal song choice; definitely didn’t suit him in any fashion. He appeared drunk through most of it, stammering and stumbling during the performance literally and vocally.

    11. Paige (2/10) – Certified trainwreck. Everything was just horrible. Can it all be attributed to her recent bout of laryngitis? Maybe but it definitely took a toll on her voice this week. No redeeming qualities about this performance whatsoever. The in key notes could be counted with one hand.

  465. Gangreen- i don’t know what the original post said that you are refering to, but the thought I had about the song selection was that they were either totally played out ( Against All Odds, Heard It Through The Grapevine, The Letter) or they were “old” songs that people in season 1 or 2 would have sung back when the song selection was miniscule ( pretty much the rest of the songs).

  466. Crystal did not sing a current song or even dress appropriate for her age. She looked more like Susan Boyle Then a young female singer. (One cat lady is enough)

    Ita…she looked…bad

  467. MJ: Just read your recap and I love it! Now I need to go vote. I’m hoping sweet little Aaron makes the tour.

  468. I wonder if the song choices were so weird because of the last minute theme change. It’d make sense for them to go with this if they could only choose number ones that were already cleared. I’m hoping we’ll find out more about it from whoever gets eliminated this week.

    It was a pretty meh night overall, but looking back, I liked Lee, Crystal, Casey, Didi, and Siobhan minus the screech. I thought Aaron and Mike were decent and at least Tim was entertaining this week. I wish they’d stuck with the Teen Idols theme, it would’ve been a lot more interesting.

  469. I actually am a fan of the Siobhan screech( but don’t think she should do it every week). Also, I thought Miley did a decent job as a mentor. Those two sentences probably put me in the minority here, lol.

    bye bye to Paige or Andrew.

  470. Tim will survive and bless us on tour. I’m guessing it’s the end of the road for either Paige or Andrew. Unless it’s a shocker and Didi goes. Gotta figure out who to put my points on…

  471. The entertainingly bad – Tim

    I did Lol after I saw him slide across the floor. And like Simon, I also understood why he did that. Tim is not a good singer,but I think that he knows that, so I believe he’s just kind of do whatever he wants until he gets voted off. I could see him making the tour over Paige, maybe even Andrew if his fanbase is bigger than Andrew’s is.

  472. The chance that Aaron won’t make the tour are -1 on a scale on 2 to 10! It was obvious he had throat problems and still sang OK.

  473. Andrew reminds me of Danny …. and I’m not a fan of Danny.

    I think Andrew Garcia wants to be like Danny Gokey. Except that Danny is better looking, has more stage personality – and is a much better singer.

  474. I wonder if the song choices were so weird because of the last minute theme change. It’d make sense for them to go with this if they could only choose number ones that were already cleared. I’m hoping we’ll find out more about it from whoever gets eliminated this week.

    I really think this is what happened. My theory is Miley’s people balked at the last minute having her mentor teen idols theme because they are trying to move her past that concept, and the show wanted to keep her so they scrambled picked songs they knew were cleared and the band had performed before.

  475. Has a tour ever been canceled ?

    If they don’t cancel this season, they probably will at least make it a very short tour. No way will they attempt the (I’m not sure of the number) 55 or so shows and sometimes adding dates. And the tour has been a big money maker for Idol in the past.

  476. Paige’s “soft voice” is absolutely horrendous. She can’t blame it on MJs death this time. Everyone and their dog may have sung “Against All Odds,” but to my knowledge MJ never did.

  477. Where did they find these people this year? I can’t believe they spent so much time audtioning and this is what they ended up with? Can someone please explain it to me!!!??????

  478. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige??? Seriously may i ask why we should be keeping these trainwrecks, even though they are entertaining to laugh at (only Tim, not Paige, she is just plain dull)??? We are ruining the essence of the competition and making a mockery out of it by keeping them in! Wait – i think it has been ruined.

    Sigh, fine peeps vote for who you all want. I have totally lost it with this season… I keep putting my bets on my faves but they keep playing out on me, it’s like i feel cheated by a boyfriend!

  479. I think, now that there are enough of them, that the mentors should be the past Idol winners. At least, the most successful ones. Not only are they qualified musically, they know what it’s like to go through the AI process and could give more pertinent tips.
    Really, it only makes sense.

  480. What the heck happened to this show?

    I’m kind of feeling sorry for Ellen, who has sort of committed to showcasing the cast-offs every week. Unless the good go first, her ratings may tank. Um, Letterman’s too.

  481. magenta:
    03/23/2010 at 10:50 pm
    Paige’s “soft voice” is absolutely horrendous. She can’t blame it on MJs death this time. Everyone and their dog may have sung “Against All Odds,” but to my knowledge MJ never did.

    I find this hilarious, and true.

  482. really can’t believe this Mike-hate is unfathomable to me. If Casey or Didi or Lee performed like Mike everybody would be singing their praises but Mike goes up there every night and slays it and he can’t get a little credit, I’m calling B.S.

    I think Mike is fine, just not my style.

    The same can be said about the way the judges treat Didi. If Paige or Andrew or Katie did as well as Didi on the stage, the judges would be all over them heaping on praise, while Didi gets trashed for no good reason.

  483. OMG Lee killed Alex Chilton! You bastard!

    Tonight’s theme was indeed the lamest songs of all-time. “Against All Odds”? “Power of Love”? I’m surprised no one pulled out some Ray Stevens…he had a #1 with “The Streak” after all. But I digress. Here’s my take.

    Very Good:
    Crystal: One of the few not-lame songs tonight. Her vocals were solid and soulful. Enjoyable.
    Siobhan: She changed the song up enough that it was interesting. Good command of her vocals. But, Siobhan, please do not scream at me every week. Thanks.

    Fair to OK:
    Didi: Did Ryan really just mess up on her last name? It looked like it. Anyway, I do kinda like that song, and I actually kinda dug her bluesy sultry take on it. I think she will survive the week.
    Aaron: I hate that song. I never want to hear that song again. It’s boring and pointless. But, eh, Aaron sounded OK. I wasn’t throwing up listening to him. That’s probably the best I can say.

    OK to Meh:
    Andrew: Picked a song that has been done to death and been done better. His voice sounded fine, I guess, but the way he moves on stage is just strange.
    Lee: Now we know what killed Alex Chilton. I guess Lee’s voice was fine…but it all felt very blah and pointless. I really don’t find anything special about him at all.
    Casey: Yeah, I have to agree with Simon that was pretty note-for-note Huey Lewis…and on a dumb song to begin with. Very average voice, but, hey, he’s kinda cute, no?

    Mid-Meh:
    Tim: Simon, don’t be dissin’ Queen…you know, I dunno, I thought this was kinda fun. At least he didn’t make me want to gag.
    Mike: Really gotta stop just picking random peeps up, Mike. It’s just rude. And not cute AT ALL. I’m not a fan of Mike’s voice. I don’t like the falsetto. This was very cheesy.

    Bad:
    Katie: She sounded sorta OK on the verses, but the chorus sucked hard. Pitchy!

    Holy Shyte!!!:
    Paige: Not a single note was right on that one. She just can’t do that soft breathy stuff. It was just horrible. One of the worst ever on AI.

  484. If they don’t cancel this season, they probably will at least make it a very short tour. No way will they attempt the (I’m not sure of the number) 55 or so shows and sometimes adding dates. And the tour has been a big money maker for Idol in the past.

    I have a few favorites, but no one is drawing me in like last year. So unless my kids break me down, I’m not planning on going to the AI concert.

  485. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige??? Seriously may i ask why we should be keeping these trainwrecks, even though they are entertaining to laugh at (only Tim, not Paige, she is just plain dull), we are ruining the essence of the competition and making a mockery out of it. Wait – i think it has been ruined.

    Well, my five votes for Tim aren’t going to make or break him. ;-)

    Perhaps you should ask the producers why they put them through. They always throw in some riff raff, but this season more than ever. Tim is far better than Aaron to me. My reasons may not mesh with yours, though.

  486. My theory is Miley’s people balked at the last minute having her mentor teen idols theme

    I thought that might be it too!

  487. Tim is far better than Aaron to me.

    Aaron is adorable and thank you for reminding me to go vote for him! lol

  488. Seriously may i ask why we should be keeping these trainwrecks, even though they are entertaining to laugh at (only Tim, not Paige, she is just plain dull), we are ruining the essence of the competition and making a mockery out of it.

    ITA. I don’t like the idea of someone as awful as Paige making tour money.

  489. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige???

    I prefer Tim over Didi, Katie, Aaron, Andrew and Paige. I don’t think he’s the awful vocally, just inexperienced.

  490. Aaron is adorable and thank you for reminding me to go vote for him! lol

    Knock yourself out. I’m not invested at all. Can’t imagine I’ll go to the tour, either. ;-)

  491. Well, my five votes for Tim aren’t going to make or break him.

    Five votes can make Tim the next Sanjaya…Lol. But it’s really a matter of preference anyway and yes, you are right! I blame the producers!! Dang, can you imagine if Golightly had not been DQed, or if Angela Martin was here, or if Jermaine Purifory made it through or Charity Vance etc….

    I have never been so disappointed in Idol in my life….maybe it’s cos last season S8 really created the benchmark for this show. Kris, Adam, Danny, Allison, Matt, Anoop….Need i say more?

  492. I think they are going to have a tough time selling tickets to this tour.

    Don’t you just wonder if Michael, Anoop, Matt, Scott, Lil or maybe Allison are asking themselves why they didn’t wait a year?

  493. Yikes. Looking through a few pages of comments and reading MJ’s recaps it sounds like I’m glad I elected to watch Mad Men instead.

    I figured it would be a trainwreck, but I kinda was hoping some wouldn’t suck AS HARD.

    I’ll have to catch the videos later.

    Disappointed to hear Siobhan screeched again…I like her but that’s just not necessary….esp. if it was Gokey-ish. Glad to hear Simon called her out on it because otherwise I fear it would have become a constant thing.

  494. The thing that I do like about Tim Urban is that he has no pretenses that he is this great singer. He probably is happy to get this opprotunity. Whereas Andrew Garcia thinks he is all that and more – but he doesn’t have the goods to back it up.

    Personally, I would rather see Tim make the tour than Andrew.

  495. ITA. I don’t like the idea of someone as awful as Paige making tour money.

    If Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre can tour I don’t see why Paige being there would be some huge embarrassment. I get it, she was bad tonight, but this piling on like she is the worst thing since John Stevens seems unfair to me. She has had three great weeks, and two bad ones.

  496. can they just let everyone go home and declare a do-over? i wonder if the idol tour will even sell any tickets this year.

  497. Shudder – I got a flash of Sanjaya as they panned by Siobhan…..

  498. As far as I can tell, we have:

    Fake Bucky (who I kind of dig)
    Archie 2.0 (Archie 1.0 suddenly seems like a genius)
    A Kat/Ayla hybrid in Katie. *Shudder*

    Big Mike is okay, but makes me miss Chickese. I’d be impressed if he could pull off something like “She’s a W oman.”

    Crystal is good. Sib is interesting.

    Tim is like the WASP Sanjaya, like Tinawina said.

    Final four: Sib, Crystal, Mike, and Casey

  499. Crystal has fans, Siobhan has fans, Didi has fans, Lee has fans, Casey has fans, Aaron has fans, even Tim Urban has fans, I am sure some people will go to the tour, but I am sure 19E appreciates all of your concerns lol.

  500. I haven’t picked up the phone to vote for anyone this season. Maybe I need to throw some to Lee since he went first. It would be funny if Lee went home over Andrew and Tim tomorrow. LOL… I am still kinda disappointed in my girl Siobhan. It was good until the screech. Why girl? Why?

  501. How they let Paige into the top 24 baffles me. Her performance was a trainwreck that could be seen in the very first auditions rounds. How could they let Paige through but not Angela Martin!?

  502. Siobhan’s screams are not anything that should be compared to Danny Gokey. She has the chops and charisma to pull it off where he didn’t and looked like a fool instead. And seriously MJ, off key? Yeah no. Everyone else was kind of blah except for Paige who really needs to go home.

  503. If Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre can tour I don’t see why Paige being there would be some huge embarrassment. I get it, she was bad tonight, but this piling on like she is the worst thing since John Stevens seems unfair to me. She has had three great weeks, and two bad ones.

    The biggest tour disappointment for me was Paris Bennett. She was awful trying to do Beyonce, but she was pretty good on the show. You never can tell.

  504. Ya’ know, I think Siobhan has talent, and she’s kind of interesting. But, tonight I sort of decided that she’s just too damn strange for me. We’ll see if I change my mind next week.

    You know, she isn’t exactly strange, she is just very verbally slow. I am beginning to wonder if she is mildly developmentally disabled. (On the other hand, it could just be she is brilliant.)

  505. I have noticed that a lot of the contestants this season often sing off pitch. I think that the only ones that consistantly sing on pitch are Crystal, Mike and Casey most of the time.

    Don’t you just wonder if Michael, Anoop, Matt, Scott, Lil or maybe Allison are asking themselves why they didn’t wait a year?

    Not only them, but other talented people from season 8 like Jessica Langseth, Mishavonna Henson, Nathaniel Marshall, Ju’Not Joyner, and Ricky Braddy who are way better than this season’s group of contestants. A lot of the people from last season would have had a much better shot of winning Idol this year against a lot of this season’s contestants.

  506. So the show is just starting here. Can’t wait to see Lee. But from all that has been said I have one observation…

    Am I hearing that Crystal already assumes she’ll be back next week? Of course she will, but for me, there goes her sale on she’s doesn’t think she’s got it in the bag thing.

    I know she’s talented but I feel like I’m on the NOrth Pole watching her. Siobhan may drop down a notch on my love scale after I hear the scream.

  507. Archie 2.0 (Archie 1.0 suddenly seems like a genius)

    can i give you a hug, lol… well since you mentioned it, michael orland, idol’s musical director had something to say about that…

    translated from People en Espanol, july 2008…

    “The show wasn’t easy for him, but he made it look easy” Said Michael Orland, musical director of AI. “He came as a genius and left as a genius. All the contestants wanted to reach his level”.

    http://davidarchuleta.multiply.com/photos/album/89/Da

  508. If Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre can tour I don’t see why Paige being there would be some huge embarrassment.

    Good point.

  509. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige???

    I’m curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for ANYBODY?

  510. Man…I know all the shortcomings on Dial Idol, but I’ve never seen such a wide spread in the raw numbers which…this year…I think are more believable than the predictions.

  511. Did someone scream out the F word when the judges were talking to Didi? Sounded like it. I DVRed the show and saved myself alot of grief and zoomed through the really bad stuff. The lamest song choices in history. Mind numbingly terrible. Crystal doing Janis Joplin was a tad lame to me. Even Didi who I usually like was really bad. Yikes.

    It’s going to be a slow death march to the finale. I just don’t know what they can do to save the season. I’d have very strict theme nights though. These kids can’t pick songs to save their life.

    I’d kick off Andrew, Paige and Tim tomorrow if that were possible. Why make the audience suffer.

  512. Ooooh,I don’t usually post, but I’m going to tonight:

    (1) Ryan- You need to find the nearest chalkboard and write 500 times “Aaron is not Archie”, “Aaron is not Archie”. Get my drift?

    (2) I missed 1/2 of the performances. But of those that I saw, I was impressed with Lee and Aaron the most. Lee really listens and tries to follow advice; I thought he did so much better tonight. I’ll never be impressed with Aaron’s voice. He warbles over and under the pitch and can’t stay on one note for more than .02 seconds. He also mumbles and I can’t understand his words. But…he does have very good stage presence and puts some emotion into the songs.

    (3) I also thought Katie did much better this week, and chose a song that worked for her. I liked Siobhan and Didi’s performances, but they made poor song choices.

    (4)OMG what happened to Tim, Andrew and Paige. Terrible. Just not good AT ALL. Paige is toast.

    (5) My mother doesn’t watch AI, and watched this season for the first time tonight. She missed some performances, but of those she saw: She LOVED Crystal, liked Casey alot, thought Didi was “pretty good”, and couldn’t believe Tim and Andrew were even in the competition.

  513. If Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre can tour I don’t see why Paige being there would be some huge embarrassment. I get it, she was bad tonight, but this piling on like she is the worst thing since John Stevens seems unfair to me. She has had three great weeks, and two bad ones.

    If you would read the post I was responding to, people voting for Paige because they think it is a joke since she is so bad, that makes no sense to me. Better not to vote at all IMO.

    Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre weren’t good but they were never as bad as Paige was tonight.

  514. If Paige went home tomorrow. wouldn’t this be the first top 10 without a African American female? correct me if i’m wrong.

  515. Seriously, Siobhan needs to stop the screaming, because that’s all it is. She’s not hitting those notes, there are no actual notes when she’s doing that. It’s not some rock wail, which if done right, is still in tune. It’s just screaming when she does it and she needs to stop doing it.

  516. I’m curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for ANYBODY?

    I have to agree.

  517. Kristy Lee Cook and Scott Mcintyre weren’t good but they were never as bad as Paige was tonight.

    But they also were never as good as paige has been.

  518. First time I voted this season. I feel like Lee’s in trouble since he went first. If he goes home. I’ll be pissed!

  519. I’m wondering about the overall pitch problems. Are they wearing the ear-thingies? Or is it nerves? This has got to be the worst season for staying on key.

  520. Am I hearing that Crystal already assumes she’ll be back next week? Of course she will, but for me, there goes her sale on she’s doesn’t think she’s got it in the bag thing.

    She said “if I *do* make it to next week.” Crystal may have some image problems to deal with after the top 16 elimination night, but himility isn’t one of her problems.

  521. It was a strange night. I agreed with the judges at times but heard something completely different at others. Simon seems to have decided that Crystal has already won and seemed to pick on almost everyone else.

    Lee: I really liked it. I thought he also looked great tonight, nice hair and outfit.

    Paige
    : I have liked her previously but this was horrible. Too bad but she should be at risk of going home after that.

    Tim: Not good at all. This song really highlighted his poor vocals. I really blame the judges for letting him in the top 24 and then the young girls who are keeping him here.

    Aaron: Better than Tim by a mile but so boring. I had to agree with Simon about him being old fashioned. My dh didn’t get the Archuleta reference so had to explain.

    Crystal: Probably the most I’ve liked her but the judges (especially Simon) are turning me off her more and more.

    Mike: I really liked Mike tonight. I think he’s got a very good voice and a great personality.

    Andrew: Oh Andrew, what happened with you? I’ve been hanging on as a fan and didn’t hate it as much as the judges but his song choices have done him in. I do hope he makes the tour for the sake of his family but I feel he’s squandering his big chance.

    Katie: Probably the best she’s done since Hollywood but still doesn’t do anything for me. She kind of seemed like a pretender with the hair, clothes, and song choice.

    Casey: I always like Casey and enjoyed the performance but think he should find a way to move around a bit.

    Didi: I really liked her performance tonight, in fact she was probably my favorite. I was kind of shocked that the judges thought she did badly. I was wondering if she sounded different live. Hopefully she’ll make it through because she’s one of my favorites.

    Siobhan: I liked it but think she’s got to lose the screech. I liked it last week but don’t want to hear it in every song.

    Other than Andrew, my favorites all came through and hopefully won’t be at risk. I hate to split my vote but think I have to.

  522. gangreen29:
    03/23/2010 at 10:10 pm
    She looked more like Susan Boyle Then a young female singer. (One cat lady is enough)

    Crystal is beautiful. I think it is so unfair that the women get judged so harshly on appearance on this show but there have been some pot bellied pig of a man contestants that were fawned over as sex symbols.

    LOL. Now WHO might you be referring to Gangreen? I actually do agree that the women are held to a far higher standard, appearance wise (eg. Melinda D.). Although Fantasia was not a tyical beauty.

  523. I actually voted for Lee and Didi tonight. Lee might have issues for going first. Didi was harshly, and IMO unfairly, criticized tonight. I also think they both have huge potential. I’ll probably also throw Aaron a few votes because he has a nice voice and I think he can do well.

  524. Wasn’t season the season 3 tour the worst selling one? I predict this one will take over the honor of the worst selling tour. Yes obviously all of them have their share of fans or they wouldn’t still be here, but I can’t see a strong level of devotion to the point all that many people will plunk down money to see these people. Hell as much as I like Crystal I have no desire to see her in a live setting.

  525. I liked the Lee performance – it just finished. Reminded my of the blues brothers and he is from chicago (as am I). So I kinda dug it on many levels.

  526. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige???

    VFTW has always tried to make a mockery of American Idol. But now even fans of the show are voting for the worse because the show is such a disappointment to them this season. Really sad IMO.

  527. And can we just stop the Lee and Elliott comparisons please, Just youtube a song for you by Elliott and you will see that it is just silly to compare the two

  528. What was with the panel tonight. Last week they had the memo to be nice to everyone as maybe that could convince the audience that the players are better than we think. This week the memo was to beat the crap out of all but the top 3. Brutal and in some cases like Didi’s completely untrue.

    So far the show has totally been about how terrible the panel was in selecting the top 24 to choose from and secondly how wildly the panel can swing from week to week.

  529. I never thought Miley would actually be an welcome relief on this show – well, she was to me. At least, it was time we didn’t have to sit through some of the most awkward, boring, karaoke or downright bad performances of the season. I got my sighs going tonight, that’s for sure. I willed myself not to hit the fast forward, just in case something interesting happened. No such luck. My verdict – this season blows – with very few bright spots to make it barely watchable.

    My rankings – best to worst:

    Top Tier
    #1 Crystal! – very good, but still needs to loosen up and connect more to the audience
    #2 Mike – old skool, but nice. enjoyed it.

    Middle Tier
    #3 Casey – I agree with Simon that it was like an 80’s cover band performance, nothing groundbreaking or interesting, but good for what it was. Its increasingly apparent to me that Casey is a better guitarist than singer, but his good looks mask his weaknesses so girls don’t notice.
    #4 Siobhan – I can’t stand the screech. If not for the trademarked screech, the stairs and the whole cool hair, outfit thing, she wouldn’t be that exceptional. Her screech is her thing, so she’s not mine.
    #5 Lee – Too uptight for me to enjoy. Also uninventive or outright bad arrangement – either way, it was a lost opportunity in my book. I love that song, and didn’t think he did anything with it, except maybe coast on neutral.
    #6 Katie – Middling High School Musical # – Hobbled along.
    #7 Aaron – Middling High School Musical # – Hobbled along.
    #8 Didi – Sigh. Well, she took a risk and She Was No Good. And I wanted to like her. Again, sigh.

    The Basement
    #9 Tim – Boring High School Musical # – complete with nifty floor work??!! LOL. But the little girls seemed to love it.
    #10 Andrew – Oy. The guy had one card in his deck, and I agree with Simon, it really wasn’t all that. This was an embarrassment, and that’s saying alot considering the dreck of the evening.
    #11 Paige – The dreckiest. Horrible vocal performance.

    Oh well.

  530. I’m curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for ANYBODY?

    Lol.

  531. Okay first of all… how tall is Miley Cyrus? Half the guys looked puny next to her and only Mike and Casey were taller.

    Second, Crystal is a class act… asking Miley to sign her guitar like other strong women. Crystal’s a diplomat.

    Third, “I’m a big fan… of your Dad… LOL! Oh Casey!

    Fourth, the song choices sucked all around! What sort of song list did they have? There are a bazillion chart-topping songs and they picked some overplayed or outdated choices.

    Fifth (of vodka), Miley’s advice wasn’t terrible – at least not Gwen Stefanian level – I just find the whole idea preposterous.

    Sixth, I was struck by the irony of Simon accusing…Katie? of sucking the soul out of her song when his protegy Susan Boyle sucked all the soul out of Wild Horses.

    The performances:

    Lee- I kinda liked the big band arrangement. At least he didn’t look like a singing zombie and he’s got a really good voice there with only a couple pitch problems. Not bad but not something to write home about.

    Paige – A trainwreck. Made mile sound great by comparison. She sounded defeated when she met with Miley and honestly I wondered if she got saddled with that bag of cheese because on the the producers recommended it… I really have a hard time imagine anyone choosing that song on purpose. Anyway, no commitment and this week she sounded sicker than last.

    Tim – Okay, I lol’ed. But it was a good natured lol. My 14 year old daughter was squeeeing with un-ironic delight and wants to go to the Idol tour next year to see him. I think Timmeh has embraced his inner Worster.

    Aaron – Pulled it off, barely. Another overdone song. Not that it was memorable or anything but compared to some of the others it was passable. Kid gets pass because he’s obviously sick, but he won’t get any pity votes from me.

    Crystal – Yes, yes she’s great. She’s wonderful. I love her. But I didn’t think this was her best performance. She definitely fit the Earth-muffin role perfectly and I love Earth-muffins and could see her at Lillith someday- hopefully, but Simon is pushing her a wee bit too hard. It’s starting to bug me – and I like her. Oh, and her up-do was AWESOME.

    Michael – Lovely and perfectly serviceable version of another song that’s been done to death. He’s a nice guy with a nice voice. That is enough, I think, to keep him in the game for a while.

    Andrew – This was very disappointing because I think he really has more in him than he’s shown. Week after week of being battered by the judges has sapped his confidence. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went home although he wasn’t the worst this week.

    Katie – talks like a Stepford teenager when she’s interviewed. This is probably the only song of the night that isn’t overdone on this show – yet. It was a pageanty, Mini-McPhee performance. She clomped around the stage but she looked cute in her little outfit.

    Casey – I. Hate. This. Song. I hated it then and it will be perpetually stuck in 80’s. That said, Casey sang and performed it great and it was marginally more interesting than the original, it’s still a crappy song. I will nevertheless vote to keep Casey because his was the second best of the night for me and the only guy that interests me at all at the moment.

    Didi – Oddly enough I like this particular overplayed song. I also like the jazzy tone of Didi’s voice but she went way over the top with the sultry, pouty actressy-ness. Her vocals were like Megan Joy tonight and not in a good way. I get what she was trying to do but it was too much.

    Siobahn – I didn’t like Paint it Black last week. I was prepared to feel the same way about Superstition but I have to say at least she’s not boring and hit most of the notes until that last dreadful screech. I realize she likes doing that but blegh. Less is more.

    All in all, a weird, crappy night.

    Bottom 3: Aaron, Andrew, Paige
    Should be Eliminated: Paige

  532. thesheriff:
    03/23/2010 at 11:08 pm

    Am I hearing that Crystal already assumes she’ll be back next week? Of course she will, but for me, there goes her sale on she’s doesn’t think she’s got it in the bag thing.

    I don’t think that mentioning that you’ve got something planned for next week equates to thinking you’ve got the show in the bag. If I’d performed after Paige tonight, I would have assumed that I was going to make it through to next week at least – that is, if the contestants could actually trust that the public votes for the best contestants.

  533. Lee isn’t as distinct a singer as Elliott but he does have the ability to sing on key. And he’s very, very nervous. So they do have that in common. I thought he was decent tonight which actually is a big compliment on a crappy night.

  534. That was horrible. I miss Alex. And Kradison. And Season 7!!!
    Crystal was the best, Siobahn’s still my favorite though she needs to not scream every week. Didn’t think Didi was THAT bad. Everybody else is horrible and/or is boring/corny. Tim was actually kind of entertaining, even though he was bad. Miley’s annoying.
    The best part was new Glee commercial!!

  535. Ugh! Why does everyone think that Crystal is so great? Everyone keeps saying she’s going to win. I do not like her at all. There’s just something about her that annoys me. Like Simon building her ego up too much or something. It drives me bonkers. This is my first season watching this show and I already don’t want to go through it next year. It’s terrible! The people that don’t have any talent made it to the top 12?! With the exceptation of a few people. Is the U.S. crazy or something? Putting people through like Tim, Katie, and Andrew?? Something about Didi just annoys me too. Her voice isn’t pleasing at all to me. But thats just my opinion. Same with Crystal, she’s so bland to me and does the same thing week after week. She’s not keeping my interest at all.

  536. WEll, after reading many post- I have decided I must have no musical knowledge and strange hearing? I find this season much more interesting than any since Season 5….The last few years have been boring to me. I rather enjoy this season and see it as getting better. But, I do like female singers and this season has a diverse group-all very different. The guys just suck to me or seem like copycats of previous seasons….Guess I just don’t get it!…Main thing I DO NOT LIKE about this season is the judges…seems they all are hung up on a fews words like “pitchey”,”a moment”, and “corney”!…I thought this was a search for new, growing talent and not “we want a packaged perfect ready to sign #1 singer that already knows everything and does not need any growth or improvement thru the weekly process”!…Why even let us vote? Why even have a competition of diamonds in the rough if you can’t deal with the weekly growth process? From the very first season, I seem to remember it was a journey that happens….oh well, what do I know!

  537. I am curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for Tim or Paige???

    I’m curious as to why some people are still picking up their phones to vote for ANYBODY?

    Amen.

  538. I have never been so disappointed in Idol in my life….maybe it’s cos last season S8 really created the benchmark for this show. Kris, Adam, Danny, Allison, Matt, Anoop….Need i say more?

    I think a lot of people would disagree with you on that. Love Anoop, Allison, & liked Danny & Matt but that’s about it for me. I think if I had to pick it would be season 7 but all seasons had a mix of good and bad. I really don’t think this season is as bad as a lot are saying. I like more than I don’t like and just hope they will start picking songs better.

  539. I think Crystal is beautiful and looked great tonight. Simon is going to do all he can to get a win for her and that is bugging me too. He’s so mean to others who don’t deserve it.

    I LIKE Siobhan more than any of them, but hate the scream. I do think she is talented and can make a career out of being young and quirky. I voted for Didi, Casey and Mike. They motivated me to pick up the phone.

    My Order:
    1. Didi
    2. Mike
    3. Casey
    4. Crystal
    5. Siobhan
    6. Aaron
    7. Katie
    8. Lee
    9. Tim
    10. Paige
    11. Andrew

  540. Well, HAH! I picked up the phone and voted for Casey because I like him, so um, HAH!! He cracked me up with his, “I’m a big fan… of your dad”. I think he was referring to little Miley’s age. It would have been weird to me to be getting advice from a 17 year old.

    Crystal’s a natural born performer and I love her to smithereens as well. Didi’s doing what Meghan tried to do last season, and doing it much more successfully.

    There’s a lot of ballast to get rid of, but Paige should go NEXT. That was HORRIBLE.

    And with the bad song choices tonight, I’m surprised no one picked, “Open Arms”, surely the worst song ever written (poor Elliot).