American Idol 9 – Top 12 Girls – Recap

UPDATE: Haeley Vaughn is the Vote For the Wost pick…

My favorites tonight were Lilly Scott,   Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus.  The show was a mixed bag tonight, but it wasn’t horrible…

Here we go…first LIVE American Idol episode! Can’t wait!

THIS IS AMERICAN IDOL!!! WHEEE! Go Ryan! Ryan explains the rules for the semis…we’ll lose 4 peeps this week

Judges order: Ellen Degeneres – Randy Jackson – Kara Dioguardi – Simon Cowell That’s going to take some getting used to.

The band is back, front and center! Hooray (Last year they were hidden behind a scrim) And the kids can play instruments during the semis. Good stuff.

Ha ha! Shout out! Ryan says he saw the article in the New York Post about Simon!! I wrote that!

Awkward blah blah from the judges. Ellen says, “Don’t be mad at yourself…be everything you could possibly be right now…”

Ellen explaining awkward cakes between her and Simon–blames it on the sexual tension. She rolls that bit she ran on her talk show of (fake) Simon feeling her leg.

Recap and Videos after the JUMP…

Paige Miles – “Alright Now” by Free – Our first real look at Paige. She loves Michael Jackson. She’s wailing on “Living For the City” from Hollywood week. Uhm she’s good. Super Tina Turner vibe from this one. Why did they hide this chick? She’s freaking good. And they make her go first. Poor Paige. Simon is confused, he doesn’t realize he’s going first. “I think you have the best voice…I wouldn’t have chosen that song.” He calls it a wedding singer kind of song. “You’ve got to believe in yourself.” “You’ll be fine, ” he says. Kara really liked it and thought it was a great song choice. “You slayed it.” Randy thought she did a great job. Ellen says, “You were so there, you were so present…I did like the song…I thought you pulled it off.” They gave her good marks. Good. Paige says she’s been waiting to pee for 5 hours. Well then…go pee girl! – 1-866 436 5701 – VIDEO

Ashley Rodriguez – “Happy” by Leona Lewis – Chelsea girl! Ugh. I hate this crappy Ryan Tedder song. I hope her song choices improve. Zzzzz. She’s OK, but this performance makes her interchangeable with any big-voiced pop singer. She’s not bringing anything unique or distinctive to this performance. Kara says, “Big song…nice moments…you hit those notes…but there were moments that weren’t great…I want you to take on some different songs.” Randy adds, ‘You’re always going to be compared to those singers…it wasn’t really you.” Ellen agrees. “I’d like to see you step out and do something that’s a whole diff vibe…Take a risk” Simon says, “I thought it was clumsy…I think you are going backwards…just somebody who sings other people’s songs…I’m afraid you’re in trouble tonight.” Ouch! – 1-866 436 5702 – VIDEO

Janell Wheeler – “What About Love” by Heart – Janell wanted to impress Simon in Hollywood, and she did. More karaoke. Ho hum. The song choice is boring. Her delivery is boring (and she sounds nervous) I’m not impressed. Randy says, “Wasn’t my fav song choice for you…I like your voice…the song didn’t work for you..” Ellen liked the song choice and thought she sang it very well, liked the way she moved on stage. Simon says, “You gave it 100 percent effort and delivered 65%.” He said she went off key when she got excited. “I think you are going to survive this week”. Kara says, “The song is way too big for you…it takes everything distinct away from your voice.” Except for Ellen, the consensus is that Janell didn’t sound original on a song that did not suit her. I agree. The theme is wide open, why can’t these kids pick decent songs? – 1-866 436 5703 – VIDEO

Lilly Scott – “Fixin’ A Hole” by the Beatles – Lilly busks on the street for money. Very interesting song choice. And while Lily gets off to a rough start, sounding a bit pitchy and awkward, the performance picks up and by the end Lilly owns it. Thank you, Lilly, for not boring the sh*t out of me. Thank God somebody finally took a risk. The quirky interesting girls like Lily have a hella time translating their thing onto the Idol stage. I hope she can hang in there. Ellen says, “I think that’s what we’re talking about…such a random song choice…you have such a unique voice.” Simon says, “Definitely the best we’ve had so far…but I’m not feeling much star power from you.” Simon blames it on nerves. Kara says, “You are believable…you feel at ease…everyone is going to remember you tonight.” Randy says, “I love that you’re a real indie artist…you don’t care what people think…it’s not affected…love the honesty.” – 1-866 436 5704 – VIDEO

Katelyn Epperly – “Oh Darlin'” by the Beatles – Nice bluesy version of “Oh Darlin”, but it sounds a little cabaret to me. I’m not convinced this was the best song choice for Katelyn. Why are the girls picking such old songs? She does have a beautiful, raspy tone. Looking forward to hearing her sing something else. Simon says, “It was very messy…but I like you…quirky interesting…brave…I like you a lot.” Kara says, “You know you’re voice very very well…You know what you’re doing…you switched it up in a way…I don’t like the makeover” Kara didn’t like her red lipstick. Randy says, “You pay attention to the tone…the tone and the melody is the art of singing…I like the whole makeup thing…don’t box yourself in.” Ellen says, “It was interesting to me…you made me want to listen…I felt it was pushed, but you have an amazing voice.” Kara says Katelyn probably thought she was a bitch. Ha. Probably. – 1-866 436 5705 – VIDEO

Haeley Vaughn – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles – She got her nose pierced after she made Hollywood. A very odd but interesting arrangement of the song. There’s something compelling about Haeley when she takes the stage, even when she’s pitchy. Her charisma makes up for her vocal shortcomings. She’s not doing the pop country thing she’s done so far. Can’t quite put my finger on what this is, but I like it. Kara says, “there were some technical issues…you’re very pure…you make up for what you can’t do with your vocals.” Randy says, “I love that unpredictability….When you hit those high notes…the sound isn’t quite as pleasing as it could be…you’re so bold.” Ellen says, “You have so much presence on stage…you just shine…I think you have a great voice.” Simon says, “I thought it was verging on terrible. You were like a windup doll that never stopped shining. A complete and utter mess.” “If it was a mess, it was a hot mess, ” says Ellen. I’m with Kara and Ellen on this one – 1-866 436 5706 – VIDEO

Lacey Brown – “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac – Ohhh I do like Lacey. Nice tone, interesting phrasing and I love this song. Like that she’s performing a spare arrangement. Her vocals are front and center. She has some pitchy moments, but I like her interpretation. Randy says, “I just don’t think it was the right song for you…I thought it was terrible…it was pitchy all over the place.” Ellen says, “I think you’re better than that…there were some moments where you got lost.” Simon says, “I actually thought it was quite depressing…indulgent…you’re trying to work out who you are…it was just boring.” Kara says, “You usually hit those notes….I do hope that America gives you one more shot.” Wow I’m not agreeing with the consensus here. Lacey picked the song because she loves the song. Lacey didn’t think she was boring. – 1-866 436 5707 – VIDEO

Katie gets the pimp interview, plus she’s going last! Ryan talks to Michelle about the rehearsal schedule, which has been very busy.

Michelle Delamor – Fallin’ by Alicia Keys – Michelle is very self possessed. I’m not sure she’s bringing anything new to this tune, but she’s got a beautiful tone, she’s confident, good arrangement, she’s not missing a beat. Kind of what I expected from Ashely. Very nice. “That was fantastic, ” says Ellen. “It was safe, it seemed so easy for you…you have more in you…but still amazing, ” says Ellen. Simon says, “You’re a very professional singer…I think you need to do something to make you seem different…you’ve done enough. Kara says, “You look very profession…it needs to be immaculate…you need to make it more unique…you can get there.” Randy says, “It was a tough song to do…you do have more in you…take some risks.” – 1-866-436 5708 – VIDEO

Didi Benami – “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson – She recalls singing “Terrified” during Hollywood Week. She wants to stop being teary eyed. Good move. Didi, like Michelle is really polished and confident. Didi’s doing a beautiful job with this song. But again, like Michelle, she’ not bringing anything new to her performance. But still-very good. She’s got a lovey tone and pretty phrasing. Simon says, “I think you are a good singer…too many people trying to sing like Adele and Duffy…I’m missing a spark here…something that excites me…” Kara says, “The song is good….you at last made some changes to the original recording.” Simon says no one will remember her. Randy says, “Where is the star factor? The song is cool…you sounded great singing… but so sleepy for me.” Ellen says, “For that first impression, it was a little low-key, but you’re great.” “You’re first kiss has got to be something you’ll remember, ” Simon adds. I agree. The performance was nice, but she doesn’t stand out – 1-866-436 5709VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak – She’s an apprentice to a glass blower. Smart to pick a song originally done by a man. Too many of the girls have sounded like copycats tonight. She’s singing it very similar to Isaacs, but the male/female differentiates her enough from the original. Siobhan has a very interesting voice and vibe. She’s very intense, and I like that. She’s not boring me. Very different than the Stevie Wonder song. I hope she keeps changing it up. Kara says, “I kinda liked you on that song….it gets a little nasal at times..you’re really in the moment…it sets you apart.” Randy says, “You got these big pipes…you’ve got a great voice…I’d reach for bigger things for you.” Ellen says, “I loved it…I really liked it a lot.” Simon says, “You really are a funny little thing….It wasn’t as good as the Stevie Wonder song…it’s a very very dark song….blowing glass would make you dark.” Siobhan explains that she wanted to show her softer side. – 1-866-436 5710 – VIDEO

Crystal Bowersox – “Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morisette –  Crystal has never watched the show and didn’t think it was for her. Guitar in hand, Crystal grabs this song by the throat. Wow she’s great. Crystal sounds like…Crystal. Now she’s blowing on the harp. I really dig this girl. Good song choice, great interpretation. Can’t wait to hear more. Randy says, “You are one of my favs tonight…I just love the honesty…doesn’t even matter what the song is..you’re going to do your thing.” Ellen says, “We’re lucky you decided to audition…I’d vote for you, I want to see more of you.” Simon says, “There are thousands of you doing that outside of subway stations…you’re doing a sound alike. You have to make it your version.” Crystal argues with Simon a bit. He suggests Bowie, she thinks that’s a good idea. Then Simon adds, “I really really like you–You’re refreshing” Kara says, “I think you have greatness in you..I didn’t see it as much tonight…not be just a coffeehouse performer…you need to fill the stage..you have it in you.” I could see Crystal’s wheels turning when Simon suggested Bowie. If she’s smart (and I think she is) Crystal will pick a song from a male artist next. If she does that, she’ll get the big praise. – 1-866-436 5711 – VIDEO

Katie Stevens – “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble – Katie gets the big pimp spot! She’s hitting all the big notes and she’s very confident working the stage. She’s not going to be compared to Buble, so that’s a plus. But….Eh. She’s a kid playing dress up. She hasn’t found herself yet. Ellen says, “It was good, it was very conservative, but I want to see you be 17…a little old for you…but you’re great.” Simon says, “It was like your mom and dad had dressed you for this audition, you started to become annoying…very pageanty.” Kara says, “I’ve never heard you be pitchy…you were all over the place…but you have ridiculous chops..I hope America gives you another chance.” Randy says, “All the notes went a little sharp..” Randy compares her to Jordin Sparks. He agrees with the rest, that she needs to go young. “You are only 17 once.” he says. 1-866-436 5712 – VIDEO

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510 Comments

  1. Hey, at least Ryan said they have potential and not BEST EVAH (yet). Babbling judges to start the night…

  2. Terrible song choice for Paige Miles and this is the first (and probably last) time we’ll hear her….

  3. Aww – Paige doesn’t have much stage presence. I know she must be so nervous. She reminds me of Allison on the good notes.

  4. I love Paige’s voice, but I think that was a bad song choice. Made her seem like a wedding singer, and she swallowed her words a lot.

  5. Wow, Simon pimped her to the next round saying that she has the best voice of the girls.
    I thought it was a cool performance and she didn’t suffer that much with the Cook comparison because they have nothing in comon.

  6. That was a really odd song choice. I like her voice but… I wasn’t crazy about that performance. Sucks she had that performance going first – everyone’s going to forget her :(

  7. Dang I shouldn’t have switched my pool pick from her to Michelle

    LOL why did you make your picks already? Anyway, you can always change them, can’t you?

  8. Thank you Ashley for reminding me how mediocre you really are. She’s pretty boring/generic to me.

    But hey! That early spoiler was right!

  9. Ugh, I hate this song- Happy. I think Paige was alright (heh, get it) but they kind of overpraised her. Some of the song worked, some not so much. Ashley kinda sucked I thought…

  10. BTW the spoilers about “song themes” during semi-finals were wrong.

    Jeez, Ashley has a really strong voice. I don’t agree with any of the judges’ comments.

  11. I completely agree with what Simon just said about Ashley(except I never thought she was really that great to begin with). How will this show survive without his truth?!

  12. Really? Commercial between each? Bah. Play the Kris commercial again.

  13. Lmao @ sexual tension

    ellen’s great kara’ clueless

    Ashley has a good voice but that’s boring

    I’ll chime in l8r at the end of the show

    and btw is it just me or are they showing too many camera shots of how small the stage is

  14. I just figured out why I dislike the girl contestants as a whole… they are so *perky*

    I hope someone catches my eye this season.

  15. Janell does What About Love by Heart?
    These girls are coming with crazy song choices.

  16. You know I forget every year how stupid these kids are about song choice. They sing stuff they like and not what’s appropriate to showcase them the best. Kara just gave good critique to Janelle. Who’da thunk?

  17. wow. If this is the year of the girls they better step it up. Not at all impressed with first three.

  18. so far, not impressed with any of them…

    well, Lily was a bit more impressive – she gave the song her own unique spin, and showed good vocal control.

  19. Will one of these best eva girls from this season, PLEASE bring it. Maybe Lilly? I am so bored right now.

  20. I feel like the judges are being too harsh…I actually liked Janell and Ashley.

  21. So, the judging… am I crazy? I think they’re all doing quite well…! This is new. Relative coherent and constructive judging all around. Ellen’s influence? Hmmm… I personally appreciate the professionalism, but I gotta wonder if the general public misses Paula’s wackiness, and REALLY mean Simon…?

    Another thought about Janel, I disagree with Kara about the song choice– I think she could’ve picked that song and done well, if only she had rearranged it to fit herself rather than try to take on the big song in a big way. Like what Brooke White did with Love is a Battlefield. That would’ve been great. For now, I’m off the Janell train.

  22. What a snooze those three have been! Save us Lily!

    Ugh, commercials after every performance may kill me…

    I’m betting the Siobhan song spoiler is true now…oh please tell me she’s going to jazz it up instead of belting it….

  23. I missed seeing paige, so I’ll have to wait for a vid for her. Ashley was alright. She has a nice voice, but I wasn’t crazy about the song choice. Janell was alright, too, and while I love that song, I wasn’t blown away by her singing it. Hopefully, someone will impress me.

  24. This is not impressive so far. Come on, girls! Seems like the more wide open the song choice, the worse everyone chooses.

  25. Lilly was living in her car? Why were we spared that sob story up till now?

  26. I agree about the commercials after every performance. Just crap!

    As far as song choice is concerned, I do think that they could be smarter. We’ve seen contestants be smarter and how well it works when they are. But I’ve also heard some things where song choice is not nearly as wide open as they lead us to believe. I’ve even heard of producers forcing a song on some “fodder” contestants. But clearly, Janell is not fodder, so maybe she’s totally clueless now that the show is live.

  27. What an interesting/random Beatles song to choose! What a neat way she jazzed it up! I loved Lily!

  28. Loved Lily’s performance…. but she annoys me. I get the “Hey! I’m quirky! Look at me!” vibe I got from her. Maybe it’s the hair and washed out skin.

  29. What they loved that? The judges are trying to make up for picking the mess of girls they picked. Lilly, my husband walked out of the room with that. Just what is going on. Ug

  30. What they loved that? The judges are trying to make up for picking the mess of girls they picked. Lilly, my husband walked out of the room with that. Just what is going on. Ug

    I thought she was great….

  31. Lilly is very interesting, but if Kris was left field for Idol then I don’t know what Lilly is.

  32. Lilly was pretty good but not blow your mind good… still waiting for someone to make me perk up.

  33. Lily sounds like she should be singing “Santa Baby” in her underwear. Nice try at originality, but I didn’t buy it.

  34. Two more Beatles songs coming up? Triple Beatles…at least Lily picked a not as popular Beatles song and changed it up. Katelyn Epperly will probably sing “In my life” and make me wish mine was over. Then Haeley will follow and make me want to plug my ears….

    John and George may be rolling over in their graves and I’m going to be wishing the Beatles catalog stayed untouched…

  35. I think Lilly at least chose a song she knew she could arrange and perform in a way the was suited to her voice and that she could put a unique spin on. I like her singing style.

  36. I am going to be very surprised if Lilly is popular with the voters long range. Too much of a niche singer IMO. She may be the best so far, but faint praise.

  37. Katelyn just aged 10 years in that makeup.

    Lilly’s song wasn’t my genre. But i love her voice – the way she sings.

  38. Katelyn is great. I was surprised so many likened her to Kristy Lee Cook when she made it, I hear alot of Kelly Clarkson in her.

  39. Katelyn is absolutely dead when she sings. Words come out, but nothing else is there.

  40. Lilly is very interesting, but if Kris was left field for Idol then I don’t know what Lilly is.

    I think that Lily deserves a second week.That was OK. What interesting to me is that the judges can not build up these type of girls / singers / Andrew Garcia AND dissing Kris at the same time.
    In some way they have to acknowledge Kris talent too.

  41. Katelyn was the most professional-sounding girl so far. And I LIKE her look, Kara.

  42. Katelyn was good, she has a strong voice but IA with Kara, the makeover is a little too much.

  43. Beatles rolling over in their graves, LMAO. What else is there to do tonite. Ellen is being too nice, is is over yet. Gesh, I had such high hopes for these girls. Well there are a few more to go.

  44. I like Katelyn, but not her lipstick.

    I like Ellen the most now, she doesn’t joke around and take this seriously.

  45. I liked Katelyn, I kinda agreed with Kara though–I’m not even a dude, but I’ve thought with earlier footage that Katelyn is kinda smokin hot.. and tonight with the makeup, she looked just like an average pretty girl with a lot of make up.

  46. oh dear god, someone hook Haeley off the stage.

    Ears….bleeding……GAH THOSE NOTES!!!

  47. Kara is worthless.

    I could only take a little of “I wanna hold your hand”. I thought it was horrible. Why is this Haley person a favorite?

  48. What the heck was Katelyn wearing? It kind of reminded me of Carrie’s “Cowboy Cassanova” video. lol

    I’m not sure whether I like Haeley or not. At some moments, I really liked that and at others, it was a bit screechy.

  49. I didn’t agree with Simon about Paige. She has a good voice but not the best of the girls.

    I’m not so sure the girls are better. I do like a couple of them but not more than Andrew Garcia. He’s the one everyone I know likes.

  50. OK now I see what peeps were saying about idol. This is just awful so far. UGH!

  51. Whatever, I don’t care that you all are going to hate on Haeley, lol, I LOVE HER!!! I am voting for her a million times.

  52. ouch my ears are bleading with Hayley and that flower hairband thing irritates me

  53. I am so glad she STOP! That was AWFUL! Ellen is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Simon! Haeley NEEDS TO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOME!

  54. No! That bitch made it over Tori Kelley?! Not cool! She SUCKS!!!

  55. Thank you, Simon. THANK YOU. I was thinking it. Everyone else is on crack.

  56. There’s the Simon we know! Haha, I’m liking the diversity on the panel actually.

  57. With Haeley I thought it was pretty good in the beginning… her voice went with the song. And suddenly after a climactic note… it just didn’t sound right anymore.

  58. Completely agree with Simon, this was terrible, she is the girl version of Sanjaya, VFTW will love her because she’s going for despite the vocals.

  59. Halfway through and I think tonight’s a disaster. The only one I’ve liked so far is Lilly Scott. Haley’s been the worst.

  60. Lilly was at least different… and she sounded really good after following the first three. I definitely would like to see more of her, anyway. That’s something, if enough other people feel the same… hopefully she’ll be back next week. Not feeling very motivated to vote so far, though. And ENOUGH with the commercials, good grief.

  61. Haeley sang better tonight than I’ve ever heard her. If Simon thinks she’s so terrible, why did he put her through?

  62. I’m not seeing a girl winner. They are paving the way for Andrew Garcia.

  63. I agree with Glee. Not sure if I liked Hayley, or hated it. Her performance was kinda swerving all over the place.

  64. So far Paige and Lily are ok, the rest are meh…I think Ashley can do a lot better, just the wrong song for her. I would get rid of Haeley and Janell at this point.

  65. If Haeley makes the top 12 (which she probably will because some people do like her and that whole damn charisma thing) I’ll mute her. Heck, I’m muting her from here on out.

  66. I was sure Simon would pimp her no matter what, so thanks for that anyway.

    For the rest of the panel, what the hell is up with all this praising bad vocals. Am I wrong or would these people have been criticized unmercifully any other season?

  67. Jazzy girls are the best so far, Lilly and Katelyn.
    Hoping the second half of the show is better.

  68. Late logging in here…

    Missed Paige Miles…
    Ashley was a ho-hum mediocre wannabe…
    Janell was slightly better than Ashley but she was trying too hard…
    Lilly…I love you…improve better on the stage presence but otherwise, continue choosing those kind of songs and making it your own…
    Katelyn…Hmm, Katelyn Epperly sounded good. Hope she keeps on improving, might be a fan in the future if she does.
    Haeley…Haeley’s screaming in my face! Loved her during Last Name, but became annoying after that.

  69. The first half goes to Lilly. The second half better bring it, cause there is not a winner in the first half. Its embaressing.

  70. “The first half goes to Lilly. The second half better bring it, cause there is not a winner in the first half. Its embaressing.”

    So true. I want that hour of my life back.

  71. I really like Lacey a lot– she seemed a bit nervous. I think I’m gonna vote for her… I wanna see more.

  72. I thought Lacy was the worst tonight, the only bad contestant i’ve seen tonight.

  73. Hmm. I can’t decide what I think of Lacey. I can’t decide if I liked it or if I found it off putting…I can’t figure out if I like her voice, or find it grating… Something was off.

  74. And there we have our first “IN-DUL-GENT” of the season from Simon.

  75. I’m not seeing a girl winner. They are paving the way for Andrew Garcia.

    I agree. The producers are quaking in their boots. Imagine three WGWGs in a row!

  76. Lacey…i don’t know what to make of it…loved her mini-falsettos but there were moments when it was terrible. The song choice was actually good, I love those kind of songs, but she didn’t execute the changes in the melody.

  77. I’m gonna put Lacey and Haeley in the same category…kinda. Both of their voices grate on my last nerve but I like Lacey a wee bit better.

  78. Poor Lacey. She might not make it past the first round this year either…

  79. This has been quite depressing so far – why did I think it was going to be a ladies’ season?

  80. I guess I’m tone deaf. I did hear some bad notes but I really like her voice too. She reminded me of Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer and Gwen Stephani

  81. Ya know, if they arent great and dont stand out tonite, what will happen as the weeks go by. They just will go down one, by one!!!

  82. I agree. The producers are quaking in their boots. Imagine three WGWGs in a row!

    To be fair, the third would be missing the first “W” in that. And we don’t know if the men are going to be any better (somehow, I’m imagining this is going to be a rough, rough first week all around).

  83. What is with all the Beatles song? There’s a few girls who obviously watched “Across the Universe” because their versions were very similar. Is it me? Or are the girls particularly a snooze and so far, nothing to rave about? Hope there’s a real shining star coming up because I would like to see a few girls in the finals this season and at least one to keep my attention tonight.

  84. If the girls are supposed to be so much better than the guys this year, then I’m going to need ear plugs tomorrow night.

  85. Wow, this show is putting me to sleep. I should have just DVRed it and watched the 30 minutes of show in on sitting right before bed, because it might have put me to sleep.

    Glee! commercial!!! This is the most excitement I’ve had all evening!

  86. Most boring ever.Ellen’s great,Kara sucks,randy’s a bit more articulate and Simon is nicer

    the contestants all have GOOD voices even Haley but Horrible song choices which makes them sooo boring

    I’m looking forward to the guys

    I’m really realky really excited for didi!!

    At least this solidifies Adam is my idol ;)

  87. Darn it !. I want to like Lacey. Don’t sing a song just because you love it, maybe you can not sing that song well.

    I think she deserves a second chance too. I’ll throw some votes for her.

  88. A girl this year, Randy? Really? REALLY??? Yikes..maybe DiDi and Bowersox can make me believe …

  89. What is with all the Beatles song? There’s a few girls who obviously watched “Across the Universe” because their versions were very similar. Is it me? Or are the girls particularly a snooze and so far, nothing to rave about? Hope there’s a real shining star coming up because I would like to see a few girls in the finals this season and at least one to keep my attention tonight.

    YES!!!! Haeley’s “I wanna hold your hand” is definitely from “ACross the Universe” it’s funny because it came on my ipod today to, so it was pretty fresh in my mind.

  90. Hope there’s a real shining star coming up because I would like to see a few girls in the finals this season and at least one to keep my attention tonight.

    There will be six girls and six guys in the finals.

  91. oh dear Michelle, didn’t anyone warn you Alicia Keys is a no no?

  92. Now Michelle on the other hand sings a little sharp sometimes. Nice but not special.

  93. Michele is singing the most cliched, boring song she could have possibly chosen, but she’s OK.

  94. Michelle.. hmm, she even had the Alicia Key-look to go with her Alicia-Key soundalike rendition. Didn’t do anything for me. Sorry Michelle.

    I have so much expectation for tonight. Why are they disappointing me????

  95. I’m not an Alicia Keys fan (or this type of song) but she did well. Michelle’s a pretty girl!

  96. I actually think that was the strongest performance so far, and I’m not much of an Alicia Keys fan.

  97. Ha. Kara just told Michelle she was going for the Diva spot…no kidding?

  98. Oy, I love Alicia, so I kinda hate when people do her songs and try to sound like her because Alicia has that gruffness to her voice that makes the song so much more unique. Haha, I like Kara saying “fill that diva spot” haha so true; she knows how the demographics work.

  99. To be fair, the third would be missing the first “W” in that. And we don’t know if the men are going to be any better (somehow, I’m imagining this is going to be a rough, rough first week all around).

    Good point. I forgot that…

  100. This is showcasing why theme weeks need to go i dont understand theme weeks. Its not like once there finished idol a pop singer is going to go out and sing something like countryso why do they need to showcase they can sing different generes

  101. Michelle.. hmm, she even had the Alicia Key-look to go with her Alicia-Key soundalike rendition. Didn’t do anything for me. Sorry Michelle.

    Exactly the same for me… I’ll not remember her one bit. I’ll remember Haeley’s caterwauling more.

  102. I like this song for Didi, but it’s nothing surprising. It’s good, but it too sounds like a copycat version too.

    This year is gonna blow if this is a girl’s year.

  103. Can I tell you how much I hate that awful sweater vest thingy Didi is wearing.

    Now. That’s the way to be quirky-girl. Loved Didi.

  104. I like Didi .. although from a Brit’s point of view she’s very much like a clone vocally of Duffy, Pixie Lott and Adelle

    Edit: ..lol obvously us Brits think the same Simon

  105. I just got the same thought about her sounding just like Meagan.

  106. I love this song. Whoa she sounds JUST like Ingrid… not sure that’s great. But I still love her. I love her voice. WTF is she wearing?

  107. This girl sounds like Meagan from last year.

    Yes!!! I thought the same thing!!!

  108. Didi is great, I love her too. I feel like I am watching a completely different show from some of you.

  109. Didi has Megan Joy’s voice! Same Voice Different Body! CREEPTACULAR.

  110. It’s official. I love Didi Benami. That’s all I can say.

  111. Simon criticizing the song is dumb, not surprising that the artists don’t want to clear them.

    Siobhan is going to make a big impression (good or bad) after all those jazzy singers.

  112. Siobhan is going to make a big impression (good or bad) after all those jazzy singers.

    That’s what I’m thinking….
    She’s doing Chris Isaak? Is that what it just said? Thank god that spoiler was wrong!!!

  113. Screw the judges, Didi was the only one that sounds half enjoyable so far. Ok Lily, Michelle and Paige are ok. Bowersox is going to bring it! LOL… I still love ya Didi!

  114. I loved Didi – that song was very suited to her voice, and she sang more on key that everyone else tonight. I feel like the judges decided ahead of time who they were going to pimp, and Didi isn’t on the list.

  115. I agree with most of the judges. Why are they picking these boring songs? I can’t even remember what they sang.

  116. Randy was spot on just now. NO ONE so far has any spark or star quality. They stand there like lumps. Move around already!!! Wake up!! Shoulda picked an upbeat song. A couple more left. Can’t wait for the guys. This show is pathetic. Whatever Didi had on her hips, my grandmother has on her bed.

  117. Didi wasn’t that great tonight… not her best, she’s done so much better in other performances.

  118. I kind of agree with Simon about Didi, but the judges picked all the same type of singers (indie, singer songwriter type) to the Top 24. So, it is not the fault of the singers, they are being themselves.

  119. THis Chris Isaac song is the one that Simon wanted Adam to sing if they could not get ONE cleared. I wish he had!!! He would have killed it!

  120. one of my fave Chris I ‘s songs. She’s doing ok. She will go thru to next week.

  121. I kinda like Siobhan, but girls! ENOUGH with the fucking flower in your head thing!

  122. Siobhan, wow, fantastic song choice, perfect execution. Who knew? She’s my fave so far.

  123. Love Siobhan song choice, like her low register, high register, stage presence.
    Best so far.

  124. if they say a girl is gonna win, how bad do the boys sound?

    My sentiments exactly!!!

  125. So fucking pissed! The fucking bands mike or mixing was completely off! The volume between the band and her mike was completely off!!!! Back up the mother fucking bus!!! I’ll be voting for shioban tonight. She’s gotta stay. Fucking ridiculous!

  126. Siobhan… I was worried about the spoiler, very glad it was wrong. Hmmm, I wanted her to rock it out like the Living for the City, but hmmm, I’m kinda liking her, but I need to here some more from her before deciding that. OH, and the red hair is a No-No!!

    and btw, why are all the girls singing the same slow to mid tempo song? I wanted to be blown out like Allison Iraheta did last year…

  127. A hot mess? You sure you guys don’t mean……..

    a SEXY mess?

    Okay, well, Janell went and didn’t do so well and Didi hasn’t gone yet (West Coaster, and it’s of 6:25?)

    Paige – She didn’t do the lower notes really well, she looked like she was eating something. I think she did better with her more powerful notes, and I liked that end note. Very nice soulful note there. She has a good voice, but I couldn’t understand her at times.
    Ashley – I actually really liked her vocal, although she sang with much more oomph than the band was giving her, which made it kinda boring at times. Not unique, but it was good. However, that not unique thing is gonna kill her. Her hair made her face look big….
    Janell – Wrong song choice….. I like that song, but you need more power for that song. Janell didn’t deliver…… but she’s kinda smokin’ hot.
    Lilly – Umm….. Nah, didn’t like it. Liked the vibe it gave off, but something about it was really off. She kinda sounds like Lady GaGa, but not as great a voice. Unique, though, I’ll give her that. Although she does not look good in green.

    Rickey doesn’t have the rest yet, so that’s all I have reviewed >_>. Kinda dull night so far.

  128. What the heck was up with Siobhan’s mike? Half the time it was turned up too loud, you couldn’t hear the music. I thought she sang it well, but I like the original better, since it has a haunting quality to it.

  129. Kinda liked Siobhan, too. Second favorite, after Lilly Scott so far.

    Looking foeward to Crystal Bowersox!!

  130. This is a weird night. But interesting. I like the judgng so far. Don’t shoot me. LOL. Randy actually is relevant every other contestant. And Kara has been on point mostly.

  131. There is something about Siobhan that really intrigues me. She’s like this little mystery and I don’t know what she’s going to do. I didn’t expect “Wicked Game” from her(and not because I was expecting Raining Men, even though I was,I wouldn’t have picked WG out of a lineup either), and I didn’t love it either, but it kept my interest more so than half the people so far. It felt haunting to me.

    She can really sing that Siobhan, I want to see more of her.

  132. All I’ve thought all night is that if the girls are supposed to be so great, the guys must really suck and this is going to be an awful season. At least Siobhan sounded good.

  133. Ya I thought the sound was off on Siohban’s song. I really hope she makes it thru, she was the best of the nite so far, and she’s got a lot more to give. That was beautiful. She did a good choice on song pick.!

  134. Well, if Crystal sings an uptempo song she’s going to become frontrunner by default.

  135. I think that Allison ruined it for everybody with that jailbreak “Alone” explosion last year.

  136. Alanis on Idol…now this I can deal with. Even if she sings it like shit, it’s something I can’t recall hearing.

  137. I love Crystal…..if the judges hate on her I am done with them lol

  138. EWWW bowersox!!! And Katie Stevens is going to be the pimped one- not that that bothers me, but sh has a horrible backstory and I don’t like her

    ETA-neve mind,sh whitened her teeth

    I liked Siobhan.She said surreal which is adam’s word! And she sang wicked games which Adam was rumored to sing last year top 3

    eww crystal’s from Ohio I was born there.and she’s ‘too cool for AI’.and listen lady, you can care for your kid by working at wal-mart.Not to be heartless,but yah.

    She’s doing an ok job though-but lol,she’s playing the harmonica

    But iv always liked her voice but she neede her teeth whtened

  139. Crystal has to ditch the harmonica, it’s so cheesy. And she’s had some whitening done. I wasn’t impressed with her tonight.

  140. I think Crystal is nervous, don’t feel like she’s confortable on stage. Didn’t blow me away but good enough to stay for a while.

    What it is the deal with all those mid tempo songs?

  141. Was not the perfect song but SHE came through well. BOWERSOX RULES!

  142. I’m watdhing on the computer did they already fix bowersox teeth??? They seemed a little less horrifying, or was it just bad pixels???

  143. Not keen on Crystal as I’m not keen on that busker kind of singing and the fact that she’s just there for the money

  144. Nice! Bowersox! I disagree with Simon– I think she’s better than the Subway buskers, and she sounded nothing like Alanis.

  145. WOW Simon is going to create a very big controversy with that comment.

    They can sing David Bowie? WTF!!!

  146. Hmmm, I love Crystal Bowersox, but why am I not feeling her tonight? I loved Baby Sox more than I love her singing now. I guess I expected so much from her.

    Can somebody rock it out tonight? Be like the Rocker Girl last year? I’m effin’ bored!!!!

  147. uh oh, arguing back. Mamasox has a bit of a tude, in a good way though.

    Bowie? aggggggg…….

  148. Judges were correct on Crystal. Thousands of coffee house singers like her all over the country. She has the potential but like they said…she must pick a song that nobody would expect. Hell, they all shoulda done that.

  149. Still intrigued by Crystal. Not my favorite, but it was ALanis, I liked that. I do think she has better in her. Glad to know who signed her guitar! It was bugging me. :)

    Oh time to unleash the tongue bath that will be Katie Stevens….(which I will think will be mediocre.)

    I think I like Siobhan best tonight, followed by Lily.

  150. I agree with Simon on Bowersox. Just bust out a tune in your face, man. Everybody taking it light

  151. Judges were correct on Crystal. Thousands of coffee house singers like her all over the country.

    Im sorry, but I really want to go to these coffee houses where people can sing live on american idol like Kris or Crystal, because for the life of me I don’t think they exist.

  152. None of these girls are as good as I thought they were.

    I want my money back!

  153. Crystal needs to step out from behind that guitar, and see if she can do the stage and do other song styles. I was born in Ohio too, and ya, well not my favorite now. Actually I dont have a favorite, cept for Siobhan, wish her mike was turned on properly.

  154. Not keen on Crystal as I’m not keen on that busker kind of singing and the fact that she’s just there for the money

    Yeah. She did admit she’s there for the money didn’t she? The positive spin to that is at least she’s honest. lol

    On the show tonight though, I think it was too long and too boring. I’ll wait for Katie to sing but so far only 1 contestant pipped my interest, but not enough to pick up my phone to vote. I’ll forget about it at 10:01 when the good wife comes on.

    The boys better bring it tomorrow night! I also hope they have better song choices.

  155. Kara accidentally said something valuable. As refreshing as Bowersox is, if she sticks to coffeehouse type music, she won’t last.

  156. Simons comment to bowersox = ultimate facepalm.

    It’s week ONE! come on give her a break.

  157. None of these girls are as good as I thought they were.

    I want my money back!

    me too!! they did not live up to their hype at all!!!

  158. Seen more contestants on Rickey!

    Katelyn – I thought it was GREAT, though I don’t really agree with the “pretty girl” assessment, like, at all. I dunno, I’m sorry for being a shallow guy, but I really don’t think she’s that great looking…. Other than that, I really liked her performance.
    Haeley – I’m going to hell for saying this, but it wasn’t HORRIBLE. Does she deserve to go another week? Probably not. I liked the beginning and I liked when she wasn’t shouting, although I can see the parallels to a cat looking for some “love” in her voice.
    Lacey – She kinda looks like my anatomy professor. That’s all I’ll remember about this :(. I liked her, but this performance was pretty messy.

    Yawn…… The only one I really liked so far tonight was Katelyn. So far, it feels like Haeley and Lacey are going home.

    Once again, I’m on Rickey and he just got to Lacey.

  159. So who is the girl that Simon thinks is going to take it all? Haven’t seen one that blew me away at all. Siobhan and Bowersox were the best with Lily Scott in third. That Katie better be really good or I’m writing off the girls.

  160. Siobhan is the only one I would vote for if I were voting, but I’m not going to bother.

  161. Uhoh! Feeling Good curse going to come into play already?

  162. Sorry Katie – after Adam’s strut down the stairs, there’s just nothing you can do with this song that will do it justice.

  163. Good god, are they making it dramatic enough for Katie? Pimp spot indeed.

    Although she’s not worthy of it.

  164. she has a good voice but Feeling Good seems way too old and cabaret for a youngster to sing ..plus I miss those pink stairs and the strutter .. lol

  165. This song is sultry. You are not sultry Katie. You are a puppy dog. Boo to the song choice. And pitchy too.

    I like her though. She can sing, but this was not her night for me.

  166. Hated this last chick….get off the stage. Like someone just said…no one but Adam can do this song..not Michael Buble…not anyone.

  167. No Katie, see, the problem is this. I’ve been listening to Adam’s version for MONTHS now, and um, No, you just don’t even begin to hold up. Sorry.

  168. Liked Crystal Bowersox, Lilly Scott, and Siobhan. Katie Stevens was ok. The rest were pretty much forgettable.

  169. This night SUCKED SUCKED SUCKED.

    I mean there was good, but nobody made me want to pick up the phone. I still liked Siobhan though.

  170. PLEASE don’t try to strut Katie

    God,I’m going to have to listen to the real( Adam :)) felling good …:/

    Randy…Except I don’t hate jordin and she doesn’t have an annoying backstory

  171. Crystal was the frontrunner for me, but I did like Didi, Siobhan and Lilly as well. Michelle was at least on pitch, unlike a lot of the others, and the first few were just terrible.

  172. Oh, look! How nice that they actually managed to get finished before time was up!

  173. I actually really liked Katie.Even though feeling good as been down to death on idol I liked that version the most(besides buble’s) and thought she had nice stage presence. JMO though.

    that last note was off though.

  174. Very dull night for sure. Kinda liked the judging though. Katie took the critiques well, good job.

    I might vote for Lacey cuz she needs it and I wanna see more. And Didi if I have time. I think Crystal will be fine.

  175. I liked Katie, Ashley, Paige, Lily, Katelyn, Didi, Crystal, Haeley, and Michelle tonight. I thought the judges were way too harsh, but it did sound like there were problems with the band tonight.

  176. WHOA!!!!! AUDIO FAIL!! The RECAP JUST RUINED Paige and Ashley’s recaps! NICE.

    Can i just say, I’d forgotten all of that first hour except Lily because it was good and Haeley because it was terrible.

    I take that back. That was an insult to the terrible amongst us. My apologies.

  177. so many were so bad that its hard to say who’s going home thursday night.

  178. And this is a girls year? Yikes. So I guess I should skip tomorrow’s guaranteed horror show then?

  179. I already have favorites and they are,

    Lilly Scott

    Katie Epperly

    Didi Benimi

    CBS (Crystal Bowersox)

    Katie Stevens

    Comments:

    Lilly Scott: I wanted to wait until today to hear her sing. During her audition it was quick and the end of the show. So now I have heard her sing all the way through! I have fallen in love with her. She is one of my favorites now!! :)

    CBS: WOOOOOOOO GO MAMA SOX! She has a great voice! She can play Harmonica and her guitar at the same time!! Fantastic!

    Katie Stevens: I didn’t hear her being pitchy. I just heard her strong voice. :)

    Ryan and Simon: Simon tells him that Ryan goes both ways.. ROFL!

    Ellen and Simon: That video they showed with Ellen and Simon, they showed it on Ellen’s show! ROFL ROFL!

    Michelle Delemore: I really love her hair.

  180. Hmmm, Katie…. Not a fan. She has a very good lower register, can change up the melody of the song and with good execution. She just don’t do anything to me…

  181. I’m not voting

    Watching back I liked Ashley lily Janell didi Michelle (this isn’t in order) Siobhan

    God,I want terrified (didi ) on my iPod so baaad

    Overall very boring

    Damnit Katie,you’re supposed to hold that night for AT LEAST ainute and a half

    BOOORING!!!

    I can’t wait until tomorrow

  182. Crystal needs to watch her ‘I’m too cool for this’ attitude a bit. Her singing is fine though.

  183. I really think this may have been one of the worst nights on American Idol ever. It is the worst I remember, although there were some icky nights in season 6.

  184. The guys must be totally confused, sitting through this mess. They are either scared thinking ‘am I going to be that bad, too”. Or they may be elated thinking ‘I know I’m better than that’.

    Two things that surprised me most was they admitted neither Haeley or Katey was very good.

  185. Wow! I’m really underwhelmed by the girls. The only ones I liked a bit were Crystal, DiDi and maybe Lacey. The others were really disappointing.

    I’m expecting great things from Andrew Garcia tomorrow night. I think he’s going to take the whole thing. (Jermaine Sellars was my favorite at the start, but his attitude has turned me off. Still, I can’t deny he’s talented though.)

    Andrew for the win!

  186. I have a DISGUSTING feeling I’ll be strangely pissed or displeased with how much Adam will be namechecked this season. I’ll be doing my part and trying NOT to compare any performance this season with those of Adam or Kris.

    So dammit, Katie, it’s all your fault I’m so distressed! >:O

  187. Randy is a fraud. the girls stink, unless they’re looking for the next Taylor, then its all good.

  188. How in the world do you manage to write such intelligent critiques/recaps while the show is going on MJ? I can barely get it together to write one-sentence comments. My hat’s off to you!

  189. LMAO that Randy and Simon think a girl will win this year. Wow, they have to be the worst crop of girls ever. Bring on the boys!!!

  190. Oy, today was weird… some very good performances (Lilly, Siobhan), some good, and rest were okay… way lower than my expectations.

    Katie’s performance was kind of weird. I absolutely loved the beginning, but when it got to the upbeat part it was just off.

  191. so many were so bad that its hard to say who’s going home thursday night.

    The worst of the umpimped. LOL. Or those who went early and were meh… and unpimped. Hmm….

  192. I think I understand why they’re pimping Katie Stevens, but I’m not wild about her. and I hate extra special pimping.

    What’s wrong with coffeehouse music?

    Love Bowersox, but she needs to show she can bring it without the guitar (like Cookie did).

  193. Poor Paige…no pre-semis pimping, death spot, plus the sound was wonky during her recap snippet. Yeah, they want her gone ASAP.

    This is a girl’s year? So far, I’m underwhelmed.

  194. Saying things like this was the worst episode ever or that these are the worst group of girls in my opinion is ridiculous. There were two performances the whole night I would say were arguably bad (Haeley even though I liked her, and Lacy). It always amazes me how much sway whatever crap the judges say has. Simon is obviously trying to tank this season.

  195. I’m still trying to understand how they all disliked Katie so much. It was my favorite performance of the night even though I did agree that it was too old for her. Overall the evening was a bit meh and it’s hard to see a girl winning at this early date.

  196. I miss season 8 too. The producers must be dyin’ right now. But I’ll hold my judgement any further and see what happens tomorrow night.
    btw…nothing wrong with coffee house music.

  197. Hmmmm, I have a feeling that the two standing at the end of the season will be Katie Stevens and Crystal Bowersox. May I now say what I’ve been thinking a little bit. Katie = female archie, Crystal = female cook.

  198. Eh. I’m not panicking yet. Let the girls get their legs under them… most of them we’ve seen do better before. I expect some improvement next week. This is the whole reason I advocated for the top 24 in the 1st place… to give good people an extra week to work out the nerves.

  199. With so much one note snoozing out of these 12 girls how on EARTH am I’m going to decide who is going to get kicked off for the pool?

    What’s worse, forgettable or just plain bad(Haeley, Lacey)…

    Decisions, decisions!

    Way to suck tonight ladies!

  200. Montage: For me, Lilly, Katelyn, Didi and Siobhan stands out if I just tuned in and didn’t see the whole episode.

    Thoughts: Dull night for me. Aint anyone beating the Group 2 of Top 36 last year for the best night coz a lot of people blew it outta the box. Somebody should have UPPED the tempo and would have been the Star of the Night. I was expecting it to be Siobhan, because of the spoiler, but, as Glee said, we can’t always get what we want.

    Order:
    1. Lilly Scott
    2. Siobhan Magnus
    3. Didi Benami
    4. Katelyn Epperly
    5. Crystal Bowersox
    6-9.(in any order) Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown, Michelle Delamor, Janell Wheeler
    10. Haeley Vaughn – only you will remember her smile even if she was a wreck. Hell, you can remember she was a wreck rather than remember Paige Miles..

    To be Voted Off:
    11. Paige Miles
    12. Ashley Rodriguez

    I will lower my expectations for the guys so I won’t be disappointed. Haven’t these contestants know the drill after 9 Seasons? You gotta be different, you gotta play the game. If everybody is slowing it down, tempo it UP. If everybody is uptempo, slow it down. Choose another gender’s song…or make a different arrangement of the song that nobody has heard in AI before.

    So, Dweia the Goddess is saying goodbye for the night. over and out.

  201. Cookcricket I would ie if that happend

    Tony:
    02/23/2010 at 9:58 pm
    And this is a girls year? Yikes. So I guess I should skip tomorrow’s guaranteed horror show then?

    Probably.and I have a feeling the olympics is going to beat AI again,.

    boooring
    anyway gnight…

  202. Saying things like this was the worst episode ever or that these are the worst group of girls in my opinion is ridiculous.

    MHO only and it has NOTHING to do with what the judges were saying but what my ears were telling me. There were three decent performances but the rest left a lot to be desired. Part of the problem for me is that I have heard over and over again something along the lines of “These are the best batch of girls” or “A girl is going to win.” It has not lived up to the hype.

  203. I only caught some of the last hour but the recaps at the end have made me decide not to bother watching. Every single clip was either a horrible vocal or a horrible song choice or both. What a disaster start. And the vibe in the theatre seemed horrible for the few I did watch. Ellen should work on being funny. The season will need a few laughs.

  204. I liked Siobhan the best tonight. Crystal was very underwhelming with such a disposable and forgettable song and too much time on the harmonica. I liked Paige’s song choice, but I thought she over-melisma’d it.

    I find Lilly’s voice rather annoying – not a fan.

    I see that the “get out of your box, get back in your box” mantra was in full force tonight.

  205. Reminder:

    Deleting posts that aren’t focused on Season 9. Let’s stick to the topic please.

  206. The night was crying out for some personality. And I’m tired of nose rings and tattoos. I know that’s shallow but it’s true.

  207. Janmasta,I totally get it.sorry, I’ll *try* not to.In fct, I’d probably feel the same way if it wasn’t …nevermind

    lol, I appreciate that (and I’m sure there will be others who will), but I’ll also have to face the fact that a lot of people do love Adam (which does include me to a degree) and will be missing him so much that they’ll want to name check him, and it’ll include the judges. luvluvadamlambert :P.

    And I hope I’m not being an ass, but it does bug me a bit that people are saying “Girls sucked TONIGHT, so much for girl’s YEAR.” There’s something slightly wrong with the amounts of time. While I do agree that so far tonight has been underwhelming, I don’t think it’s too indicative of how the rest of the year will go. Tonight’s the first live show, so it’s not surprising that it’s so underwhelming. There’s nerves, the fact that it’s something different, etc. In other words, I’d relax a bit and give the rest of these girls a chance.

    Come on, Rickey! I really wanna see Siobhan, Didi, and Crystal!

  208. My husband who I can very rarely get to watch AI with me liked Haely Vaughn tonight. Interesting…..

  209. My favorites tonight were Lilly Scott and Siobhan Magnus. I never thought I’d say this, because she was my initial favorite, but Crystal turned me off with her attitude tonight. It was like, “This is beneath me, and I don’t want to be on this show, but sit and listen while I give you the privilege of hearing me sing.” I don’t feel motivated to vote for her, to be honest, because her performance was good but didn’t blow me away.

  210. For comparison purposes I fired up “Alone” from last year and Simon’s “by a clear mile..” comment, and boy, I can see why most of the comments are negative. Tough act to follow.

    I bet tomorrow there wont be another “Satisfaction” type of performance either, but I’ll wait and see.

    eta. Having said that, we’ll keep it in season shall we.

  211. I think that for the most part the girls from this season aren’t very good or interesting. The best girls tonight IMO, were Siobhan, and Crystal. Lily and Didi were okay. And I have liked some of Janell’s performances, though I don’t think her performance tonight was very good. But the rest of the other girls either weren’t good or not memorable.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a girl’s year. I think that some of the guys could give them a run for their money, depending on how they do like Andrew, Casey, and Tyler. Big Mike might outlast some of the girls as well, because IMO, he is likeable, and his voice is decent.

  212. I agree, need a week or so for them to get going or go home. If they sing a few different kind of songs, we will know if they have it or they dont. There really are no big voices out there, but I thought what everyone wanted was the jazzy type singer now, ie Brooke White, and thats what most of them are. Its really hard to pick who will go home tho. Waiting for tomorrow, for the boys. Boy hope they will be better.

  213. Unimpressive show. Too many not-ready-for-prime-time singers, karaoke, cabaret performances or just bad song choices.

    The only standouts for me were:
    1. Lily Scott – A little slow out of the gate, but then got her legs and it was good. Original.
    2. Didi Benami – I liked it. She put her own spin on the phrasing. Not wow, but very solid.
    3. Siobhan Magus – A bit of a sleepy choice, but interesting.
    4. Crystal Bowersox – Love her voice and vibe. Points for bringing the harp onto the Idol stage.

    Who I believe should leave this week: Paige, Ashley, Janell or Lacey.
    Think it will be: Paige and Lacey.

  214. movin2thabeet:
    02/23/2010 at 10:16 pm

    Unimpressive show. Too many not-ready-for-prime-singers, karaoke, cabaret performances or just bad song choices.

    The only standouts for me were:
    1. Lily Scott – A little slow out of the gate, but then got her legs and it was good. Original.
    2. Didi Benami – I liked it. She put her own spin on the phrasing. Now wow, but very solid.
    3. Siobhan Magus – A bit of a sleepy choice, but interesting.
    4. Crystal Bowersox – Love her voice and vibe. Points for bringing the harp onto the Idol stage.

    Who I’d believe should leave this week: Paige, Ashley, Janell or Lacey.
    Think it will be: Paige and Lacey.

    wow i completely agree with you. Way to many meh performances. Lacey was terrible.
    I also liked Michelle and Katelyn tho. Crystal was good but not my type.

  215. The thing is, a lot of the girls are singer/songwriter indie chicks with soft voices, which on their own stand out, but when lumped together in a big group of singer/songwriter indie chicks you get one big pile of meh.

    Megan Joy, love her or hate her, stood out last year because she was really the only indie singer/songwriter one of the bunch, and her voice was different than say Allison.

    I understand what they are trying to get to win idol this year, but the lack of variety is desperately needed because while I favor singer/songwriter stylings in music myself, listen to three singer/songwriter artists in a row I’ll probably zone out. There are a lot of “quirky” voices this year.

    We just don’t have very many big voices, or many different stylings in this year’s girls. We have majority singer/songwriter, and then we have some just singers but voices like Ashley and Michelle are falling flat when performing isn’t helping either.

    Variety is the spice of life…or at least American Idol. :)

  216. I think all of you are being a little too critical of the girls. There were some really stand out performances tonight. If you think back to prior seasons how many were really awesome…um not many if you remember correctly. It is tuff the first few shows…give them a chance to get their legs. Geez.
    For me tonight the top 3 were: Crystal, Lilly and Didi and i still think Katie is going to the final 4.
    Lighten up people its the first night. You can expect far more train wrecks tomorrow night.

  217. movin2thabeet: completely agree and i think well get the same 2mrrw night as i think the only guy that has shown he is any good is andrew garcia. Hopefully its just first week nerves as how many are good first week. Right now id still say didi crystal and andrew are top 3

  218. OMG!17!!1!! – check. Pimp spot – check. I thought Katie looked awkward and was trying to hard, but she’s a shoe in.

    I thought Siobahn was really interesting, chose a great song and she didn’t make the distracting faces. I voted for her.

    And I voted for Didi and Lilly too. Didi did sound a lot like Ingrid but I like her vibe. I missed most of Lilly’s performance but I liked the little bit of quirkiness and think she’ll be fun to watch.

    I thought Katelyn was better than I expected based on her audition and Hollywood performances – at least compared to some of the other girls. I liked her song choice but I don’t think there’s anything unique about her.

    I think Haeley is adorable and has mad potential but she’s really screechy on those high notes.

    I hate to say it, but I agreed with Simon about Crystal. She has a great voice but she needs to find some way to change what she sings and plays that will set her apart. She better not get into a habit of arguing with the judges… even if she is right.

    I thought Lacey was boring. I love that song too and understand why she likes singing it, but it didn’t stand out and sounded tentative. x

    Ashley bit off more than she could chew and I have a feeling she thinks like all those contestants who think “must sing [insert Diva] song!” It was forgettable and pitchy.

    I feel sort of the same about Janell. She chose a big rock song and tried to slow it down but just stripped all the oomph out of the song.

    I give Paige props for choosing a classic rock song. I wont be surprised if she goes home but I appreciate that she went for it.

    All in, it was kind of so-so…

  219. I think Lily was my favorite tonite, but I was really underwhelmed. I like DeeDee and Janelle, but not really their performances tonite. Sadly, it’s anyone’s guess who might be leaving.

  220. oh and i also liked Haeley. theres just something so likeable about her. I know i should be mad at her for taking Tori’s spot, but really there were worse girls tonight in my opinion. Theres just something about her vibe.

  221. The night was crying out for some personality.

    jpfan, so true! The night was completely lacking in personality. No one showed any star quality.

  222. Wow. OK, that was not a good way to start the competition off. I understand that it’s the first night & everyone’s nervous, but I was bored out of my mind. Absolutely none of them “brought it.” I do think most of them will listen to the judges, though, and do much better next week. My choice for “originality” goes to Lilly. If I just went by vocals, my standouts would be Paige, Katelyn, Siobhan and Katie. My choice for going home Thursday: Ashley, Lacey and/or Haeley.

    Note to Michelle: This is how ‘”Keep On Fallin'” is done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6fKno0FVkY&feature=related

  223. I don’t understand how Katie got the pimp spot and got negative reviews.
    I thought that the pimp spot was given to the ones that the judges like after they’ve seen the rehearsals. I always thought that was how they determine that.

  224. Rankings based on tonight for me:
    1. Siobhan
    2. Bowersox
    3. Didi
    4. Katie Stevens
    5. Lily

    Deserve another shot:
    6. Michelle
    7. Paige
    8. Lacey
    9. Katelyn
    10. Ashley

    Could go and I would careless:
    11. Janell
    12. Haeley (PLEASE go, please, lol. I know she will probably make the top 10. OH well.

    Bottom 3 will probably be:
    Paige (since she went first), Michelle and Ashley

    I better go vote for Magnus since she is near the end of dialidol. Overall the 1st show usually is disappointing every season. I bet the girls will improve next week. I think it was all nerves.

  225. Well, I’m up to half the performances on Rickey’s (another West Coast kid here!). So let’s see here…

    Paige: It’s strange. I’ve never felt anyone hit the marks of having a good stage presence so much and yet not quite have too much of it. She didn’t bring the necessary intensity with the vocal, which probably dragged the whole thing down. However, girl has pipes; I’d love to see her stick around. The end note was a bit much.

    Ashley: I’m not a fan of “Happy”, so strike one on the song choice. The vocal was completely uninspired, which was lethal considering her tone is absolutely nothing to talk about, and worse not even competent, especially in the beginning. The look was also just all wrong.

    Janell: Ok, so this was also karaoke, but I enjoyed it significantly more than Ashley. She has a good presence (not perfect; she seemed nervous), and I think if you’re going to go the karaoke route, the Heart song was a better choice than the Leona Lewis song. Plus, unlike Ashley, Janell has a tone I genuinely like. Unfortunately, the vocal had its issues.

    Lilly: I really, really liked this performance by Lilly. What an interesting vibe she has! And the song choice was cool. I particularly loved how Lilly controlled the song with her vibe and quiet musical persona rather than trying to throw up any unnecessary fireworks, and it worked all the better for it.

    Katelyn Epperly: Ok, this wasn’t a disaster, but I’m not sold yet. She has a raspy tone, but it overall came off as uninspired in the face of a much stronger interpretation of a Beatles song. Plus, the look was dramatically off for who she is; she’s far too much like a young girl by attitude and demeanor to be truly sexy, so it’s not worth the effort. Trying for elegantly beautiful may be the way to go?

    Haeley: Haeley has some great presence, and she does in a sense light up the stage. Unfortunately, the vocal is simply not there. It wasn’t so amazingly painful that I had to hit mute and regain my sense of the universe, but it was painful nontheless. She seemed to be a young girl (about 12) playing the role of a star singer really well rather than actually being a musician or performer in her own right.

    Lacey: Hmm… wow. It didn’t work at all, but I think she has promise. I think I like her natural instrument, if she can get it under control, but I can see why they’d pick Megan over her now; she, like Megan, is quirky but can’t seem to quite back it up with substance. Plus, Landside is a song I absolutely love, so it hurts me when that song gets abused, and Lacey was completely lost heading into taht beautiful, sweeping chorus.

  226. Compared to some of the train wreck/unmemorable performances I had to listen to during last season’s Top 36 rounds, I was pleasantly surprised. No one got me leaping out of my chair excited but there was enough to keep me interested. It seems that Idol is finally moving away from the Mariah, Whitney, Celine and Christina paradigm and actively courting what Simon calls the Adele/Duffy artists (Is it just me or does her name check those two because that’s as far as his musical knowledge extends in the realm of contemporary singer songwriter indie artists?). Three or four seasons ago you would never have someone picking an artist like Ingrid Michaelson or singing such an obscure Beatles song as “Fixing a Hole” or “Oh Darling”.

    My likes: Crystal, Didi, Lilli, Siobhan
    My Dislikes: Ashley, Janell, Katie
    My Mehs: Paige, Michelle, Katelyn
    My WTF but liked in a way I can’t quite explain: Haley and Lacey. There were some bad notes in there but both of them kind of kept me riveted to the screen by their bravery.

    Who do I think is going home: Unfortunately I think that poor Paige will be going home. She opened the show. She didn’t get much screen time before tonight and on top of that, the sound was all screwed up on the final playback when they showed her numbers. I also think that Ashley and Michelle are in danger, Ashley for being boring and not that good and Michelle for not getting enough screen time.

    Overall the judges didn’t piss me off as much as in past seasons. I am still on the fence about Ellen. She had a few good comments but there was too much “that being said I think you’re great” every time she had a less than complimentary comment. Randy managed to offer some decent criticisms and was less reliant on his usual pat remarks. Kara, eh. Just don’t like her and I think she is trying too hard to be the new Paula. The biggest improvement was the pace of the comments–short, concise and not too much arguing and mugging.

  227. Katie Stevens didn’t deserve the negative comments she got from the judges. I thought she did pretty good and was my second favorite after Siobhan.

  228. Hmmmm, I have a feeling that the two standing at the end of the season will be Katie Stevens and Crystal Bowersox. May I now say what I’ve been thinking a little bit. Katie = female archie, Crystal = female cook.

    i could see them trying to manipulate or try to duplicate the kind of excitement the davids brought in s7, but you can’t have lightning strike twice like that… lord knows they are desperately trying to sell aaron kelly as david a v2.0, but that’s a transparent ploy to try and lure back the younger viewers and voters… i put nothing past the idol producers, so let the games begin…

  229. one word to describe tonight…BORING!!! i felt like the two hour show couldn’t end fast enough. i had somewhat high expectations for the girls, but most of them disappointed me. none of them really showed the charisma and likability that i look for. i’m really hoping that the guys deliver tomorrow, otherwise this show might not be worth following :( …at this point, my vote is for Aaron Kelly, and he hasn’t even performed live yet!

  230. I enjoyed the show, but I miss seeing Adam and Allison.

    Let’s see, I liked Ashley, Janell, and Lacey after their auditions, but I didn’t like the performances from them tonight. Boring.

    I want to like Katie. I think she is very good, but Adam’s version of the song gave me chills. Nothing can really compare to it.

    I liked Paige, Lily, and Crystal. I actually hadn’t heard/missed anything from Siobhan so she was a nice surprise for me. I guess if I had to choose a favorite, it would be her. Just because she gave me a somewhat similar feeling that I got with Adam of “What is she going to do next?”

  231. I really don’t think anyone was terrible… My favorites were Lilly, Katelyn, Didi and Crystal. I liked Siobhan too. Janell wasn’t good tonight but I loved her “American Boy” so I hope she’ll be back next week. Paige was forgettable, especially being in the death spot. Ashley and Michelle are blurring together in my head, both of them singing pretty sound-alike diva songs. I liked Lacey in Hollywood and I think she could do a lot better but I’m nervous for her after tonight. I like Katie, but I’m afraid of what could come of them telling her to be young… Remember Stevie Wright last year with the Taylor Swift song? Haeley is my least favorite. Her lisp is distracting and her voice is almost annoying to me. I did however like that arrangement of the song though.

    My picks to go home: Paige and Haeley
    Who probably will go home: Paige and Lacey

  232. oh…and i forgot to mention that Haeley was EXTREMELY annoying! i really hope she doesn’t make the cut. however, i have this funny feeling that she just might make the top 12. don’t get me wrong; she seems nice, but i really couldn’t stand watching her week after week.

  233. The show was not great but not that bad either. First night of the semifinals are always tough for the kids, they need to get used to the stage.

    Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

  234. I didn’t watch much of the auditions this season. I’m tired of lame back-stories. So this is supposed to be a girl’s year? I’m afraid to hear the guys tomorrow night.

    Top 3 – Siobhan, Crystal, and Michelle
    Middle of the pack (better to worse) – Didi, Katie, Lilly, Janell, Ashley, and Katelyn
    Bottom 3 – Haeley, Page, and Lacey

  235. I’m mad at the producers for not injecting more variety into the show. Why do we need 8 indie type girls in one season. They all look like they need a transfusion or some vitamins. Why not throw in a country artist, a rocker, a gospel type. Just to make the show more fun. The guys will be better because they’ll have more variety in their genres. If they’re not, even Simon’s last season won’t keep me interested this year.

  236. The show was not great but not that bad either. First night of the semifinals are always tough for the kids, they need to get used to the stage.

    Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

    Exactly!

  237. So much for being a girls year …
    Crystal, Didi, and Katie were the best tonight, in that order. Didn’t care about any other performance.

  238. Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

    Every year at the beginning, you always hear “This is the Worsest Year Ever!1!”, so I’m not surprised I’m hearing that refrain. And, yeah, semi’s are generally rough at the beginning or, in the case of the years that aren’t grouped through three weeks by gender, all the way through. It’s too early to condemn this crowd, and I’m seeing a lot of promise.

  239. We just don’t have very many big voices, or many different stylings in this year’s girls. We have majority singer/songwriter, and then we have some just singers but voices like Ashley and Michelle are falling flat when performing isn’t helping either.

    Variety is the spice of life…or at least American Idol

    I agree that the lack of variety is hurting the girls as well. There are way too many singer/songwriter type of girls, and also IMO, too many Kelly Clarkson lite/Jordin Sparkish type of girls. Most of the girls IMO from this season fit into either one of these categories and it most of them boring.

    Looking back at seasons when the guys were favored there was more of a variety among the male singers. Season 8 was a guys year, and you had Adam, Danny, Kris, Matt, and Anoop all doing their own thing, and who were different enough from each other.

    In season 7 the most popular guys, David Cook, David Archuleta and Jason were all different from each other. If they wanted a girl to win, they should have put more variety in the type of girl singers and not just mostly two types of girls singers. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of girls from this season cancel each other out. And making it easier for some of the guys with personality to make it far.

  240. I’m at work and can’t watch anything! Someone please tell me, did Crystal get her teeth fixed, or are they still yellow????

  241. Nitpicky here… but I have to sigh when “Feeling Good” is attributed to Michael Buble.

    I dunno who’s going. I didn’t watcht he auditions with any regularity, so I don’t know the backstories. I would guess Janell, Paige, Ashley and Lacey are in danger.

  242. HeH, Crystals teeth looked partially fixed, at least they werent true yellow.

  243. They whitened Crystal’s teeth…Yay! It was hard to watch her before…

  244. Well, this is still Top 24! I’d be worried if this was a Top 12 night.

    Crystal rocks my world. I like her taste…Sheryl, Alanis, good stuff!

    Siobhan might enter my group of favorites.

    Lilly is awesome!

  245. Oh Katie, silly girl picking Feeling Good. Doesn’t she know it’s AI cursed?

  246. Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

    Around this time last year, I was rooting for people like Anoop, Matt, Jessica Langesth, Mishavonna Henson, Nathaniel, Ju’Not Joyner. I also thought Adam and Danny had good voices. And there seemed to be a lot of people with more personality last season at this time.

    This season I just don’t feel that way about really any of the contestants. I think that Andrew and Casey are talented, I like Big Mike and Tyler, but I don’t feel the way about anyone that I felt about people like Anoop, Danny, David Cook, Blake, Chris Daughtry, etc…

    There’s not really any contestant, that I feel is really “special” and that I connect with a lot. That could change with one of the boys like maybe Casey, I think that he might be able to throw down some special performances depending on his song choices. But I don’t know if this season is really going to end up being very good.

  247. I’m going to borrow a Simon word here….and that is forgettable.
    I liked Siobhan and Bowersox tonight. It wasn’t that the rest were all that bad or anything, they just didn’t stand out tonight (therefore, forgettable). It was sort of a snooze fest (to me).

    I didn’t like Haeley’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at all.

    The girls need to bring it a little more next week or they aren’t going to get that girl winner they want. The guys will have to be extremely underwhelming tomorrow night to come out behind the girls for this week.

    Maybe there are just too many to sort through right now, but I do hope they (the girls) demonstrate, in a big way, what brought them to this point by next week.

  248. I have decided to not read any opinions here before I give mine…..

    ….I really liked the judging tonight! I am really liking Ellen especially…she said things I was thinking! It was a long night for me. I sure hope this gets better because no one is standing out for me. My least favorite are Haley and Ashley. I almost crawled out of my skin when Haley was singing…..I have to give her credit for trying though being only 16. My fav???? probably Crystal and Siobhan but not too sure about them. I will say that I don’t think Crystal will ever be chosen as the winner….she reminds me too much of Taylor (even the harmonica playing)…her music will not sell on the radio. ( I think Simon may be thinking this)…..but we will see! I am so not good at picking though………*sigh* Pix

  249. I’m mad at the producers for not injecting more variety into the show. Why do we need 8 indie type girls in one season. They all look like they need a transfusion or some vitamins. Why not throw in a country artist, a rocker, a gospel type. Just to make the show more fun.

    Maybe because it’s eight time their chance to get a singer/songwriter girl that America can like. I know, one might think it would spread out the votes and lessen the chance, but not if they’re going up against crappy other singers. Plus they might the plan might be to get a bunch of them, and find a few that stick and back them to the win.

    I’m trying to think both super sneaky and super obvious to put myself in the AI PTB mindset.

  250. I was pretty much bored tonight. I also felt like they weren’t judging tonight’s performances so much as what they invision for these girls. I liked Haley alot, and Bowersox, and Epperly and Sioban (sp), but I am not jumping up and down because even Crystal wasn’t as charismatic as she has been in the past. It’s odd they jumped on Haley’s vocals but gave Katey and Ashley passes. Are we judging tonights performances or past performances. If so Katey was off the entire song, and she was pagenty and robotic, and just not good. Nobody stunk up the joint. If they had, it might have been fun, this way almost everyone was meh, so I was bored through most of this too long show. I also think we were sold a bill of goods, because if there is one good guy in the bunch, he will beat almost any of these girls from what I’ve seen so far.

  251. I have a great idea, pretend that there werent any other seasons to compare this one too. Then you cant be disapointed with anyone, by comparing them to your favorites from previous seasons. So maybe it makes some of them better than you first thought of. I was hoping to find a STAR, that I really loved, but maybe they will come out in the weeks to come, or maybe the STAR is in the guys. Who knows.

  252. honestly.. i liked that they mixed the girls and the guys last year.. i like the top 24 format though.. i really wish it’d be 6 guys and 6 girls each night.. with the bottom 2 from each group going home

  253. Well, I phoned in a few votes, but no one really made me want to vote the entire two hours like I would usually. Hopefully, that will change either tomorrow night or next week.

  254. Miss Chaos:
    02/23/2010 at 10:36 pm
    HeH, Crystals teeth looked partially fixed, at least they werent true yellow

    Thanks!! I’m looking forward to seeing for myself when I get the chance!

  255. PS. Can someone please tell me how to do block quote??? I keep messing up!!! Sorry.

  256. Well that was a whole lotta awful and a little bit not bad. The worst of the night was the judging. Best part of the night was watching the boys watching the girls sing — seeing the boys faces move between “oh no, that can’t be right” and then switching the heads to look at the band and then go “oh no, that can’t be right”. BWAH, good stuff.

    As far as the contestants go:

    Beyond awful:
    Haeley Vaughn — this girl is so bad, it’s unbelievable that she made it to the top 12 girls.

    Laughably bad:
    Unfortunately Lacey Brown — I wanted her to do well
    Paige Miles — that song choice was so wrong I was crying by the end of it.

    Dull:
    Siobhan — she took the haunt out of that song
    Ashley
    others

    The only ones I remember without cringing or laughing or sleeping:
    Didi
    Lilli
    Crystal (can’t wait for her to go all Amanda Overmeyer on them. It’s gonna be a heckuvalotta fun
    Katie Stevens (who, yeah, I’d like to see her sing young people’s songs, but she nailed it.)

    I thought Ellen might add something to the judging after watching her very carefully editted Hollywood week — nope — Ellen was the biggest letdown of all.

  257. The show was not great but not that bad either. First night of the semifinals are always tough for the kids, they need to get used to the stage.

    Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

    Yeah, pretty much that. And the first week is *always* shaky – seriously, go back and watch some of the past years. I remember Season 7’s first week being a bit of a horror show too. I’m still intrigued by some of them, and that’s good. I do think they put too many similar girls in there, which makes it silly for them to them criticize that nobody stands out. Of course they don’t, there are a herd of quiet-voiced indie-style singers!

    That said – first of all, TOO many fracking commercials. Though my kids like the Kris ones, they love “Allright with Me.”

    The judges were fine, a little awkward now and then but they were fine. Didn’t bother me as much as they have in the past, heh.

    Paige – I like her voice, but the song wasn’t right for her and I just wasn’t crazy about her performance. Though admittedly I was never going to be fair because my own favorite did that song in the past and, well, she was going to have to really blow me away on that. So there is my disclaimer: I probably wasn’t going to like it. It’s too bad she hasn’t much chance to stick around, though, I do like her voice and would like to hear more.

    Ashley – I believe my comment was that the song is boring so please make it not boring… well, it was still boring. And wobbly. Just not very good.

    Janell – Again, wrong song, and she just didn’t sing it very well. She sounded absolutely terrified.

    Lilly – Hey, at least she was different. It wasn’t fabulous, but compared to the first three… at least she caught my attention.

    Katelyn – Did anyone else expect her to start doing like… can-can kicks? It was the combination of the outfit and song. I may be the only weirdo who thought that, but there you go. Nice voice, not the best song choice, I don’t think. Interested in hearing more of her, though. T

    Haeley – I feel so *mean* that her smiley-ness annoys the crap out of me. Maybe I’m just getting old. She seems really sweet and she’s different but some of those notes made my cat want to forget she was spayed and look for love. My kids who are my baby Idol buddies did not like (they did like Katelyn). I didn’t think she was terrible, and she’s definitely unique, but just not my think.

    Lacey – I really, really like her voice, I just don’t think the song was quite right for her. But I’d love to hear her again. She reminds me of the Sundays-type music, which I love, so… there you go. Sing next week, please.

    Michelle – Beautiful girl who can sing, she did fine, just nothing new to that at all. We’ll see what she can do next week, can’t imagine she is going anywhere. I agree that she was professional, just show a little more… sparkle? Something.

    Didi – She really did sound like Megan, except I think she sings a lot better. Like Michelle, she is a beautiful girl who can sing, she did fine, just a bit copy-cat and nothing new. But interested to see her again as well.

    Siobhan – You know, I kinda like this girl. She has a really nice voice, and at least it was an interesting song choice. Would like to see her back again next week.

    Crystal – Mamasox! I think she’s pretty awesome. Don’t really care if she’s doing this for money for her kid, I’m sure she likes music just fine, too. At least she’s honest :) . I am looking forward to seeing what she does next week. There’s definitely something very real about her.

    Katie – MJ, I totally agree that she was like a kid playing dress up. It made me uncomfortable, I couldn’t tell you if she sounded good or not. Just didn’t really want to see it, as soon as she started singing and was all… precocious and stuff… that was it for me. I mean, the girl has a nice voice… we’ll see what she comes up with next week.

    Looking forward to the boys – hopefully tonight won’t make them even *more* nervous!

  258. I have a great idea, pretend that there werent any other seasons to compare this one too. Then you cant be disapointed with anyone, by comparing them to your favorites from previous seasons.

    I mean, one episode in we shouldn’t be comparing them to your favorite who you had a whole season to learn to love anyway. How many of you were blown away with David Cook at this point? How many thought Kris was destined to win? Off the top of your head what did Jordin or Carrie sing the first week of semifinals? I thought there were several good performances tonight, and maybe months later we will be talking about how underrated Katelyn or Michelle were tonight.

  259. Paige Miles was NOT good and I was shocked by the praise. Overall this was a very disappointing group of gals. 2-3 were pretty good. Nobody blew me away. I hope the boys are better.

  260. I was hoping to find a STAR, that I really loved, but maybe they will come out in the weeks to come, or maybe the STAR is in the guys.

    Sometimes it takes a while for these kids to get their footing. Way too soon to throw the season away – I bet someone will start to shine soon enough.

  261. I thought it was a very boring night. I miss personalities like Adam, Allison, Matt and Anoop from last year. And I miss the great voices of the year before.

    Katie does not have the voice of Archie (or Adam or Allison). I did love Crystal and Siobhan. I guess Crystal could be the “David Cook”. The rest of them are sort of generic and run together.

  262. This season I just don’t feel that way about really any of the contestants. I think that Andrew and Casey are talented, I like Big Mike and Tyler, but I don’t feel the way about anyone that I felt about people like Anoop, Danny, David Cook, Blake, Chris Daughtry, etc…

    I’ll give you Daughtry and Danny (although I didn’t like him) because they definetly made their impression early in the competition but the rest?

    Anoop disapointed a lot of people exactly at this stage of the competition singing that boring/with pitch problem Angle of Mine song, he didn’t get through despite having one of the biggest fanbase coming in (same could be said for Matt G.).
    At this time, D Cook sang a strange version of Happy Together and was completly UTR.
    Blake was one of the few good performances in what is now known as the weakest group of guys in AI 8 seasons (with season 3). Was he better than the good performances tonight? I don’t think so.

  263. I mean, one episode in we shouldn’t be comparing them to your favorite who you had a whole season to learn to love anyway. How many of you were blown away with David Cook at this point?

    Yeah, I was going to make that point as well – it took me a couple weeks to fall for Cook and I know other folks were in that boat. At this point I thought he looked like the Joker… So give it time, peeps, give it time. It’s a tough crowd tonight, lol.

  264. West coast, Rickey is up to Didi. Things are picking up here.

    Crystal – LOVED it. Nothing wrong with coffeehouse. She cleaned up well. Still hate her piercing but she looked decent tonight. Favorite tonight. So far, the only performance I found myself cheering for.
    Siobhan – Once again, she could do away with the piercing. We NEED to see more of her. Second best tonight. I loved it.
    Michelle – A little underwhelming, but I thought it was very nice.
    Didi – Pretty. A little more low-key than I like (and I did LOVE Kris….. sorry for bringing him up), but nice. They did seem to save the best for the later ones.
    Katie – No offense, but the “No, Adam Lambert did it so much better” stuff is freaking STUPID (For the record, I do agree that Adam did it better, but that’s not what I’m gonna hold against Katie.) I’m keeping previous seasons out of my mind unless the two are extremely SIMILAR. Adam’s was his own, Katie’s is hers. That said, what I do hold against her is that it was quite pageant-ish and too old for her. Average.

    Here’s how I’d order it.

    1. Crystal Bowersox
    2. Siobhan Magnus
    3. Didi Benami
    4. Michelle Delamor
    5. Katelyn Epperly
    6. Katie Stevens
    7. Paige Miles
    8. Ashley Rodriguez
    9. Lilly Scott (Ouch….)
    10. Janell Wheeler
    11. Haeley Vaughn
    12. Lacey Brown

    The top 4 there coincide with my ideal gender balance tour girls, but the 5th spot could go to either Lilly or Katie. Based on tonight, I’d put Katie there, but I think Lilly had a more impressive Hollywood week, it’s too bad I didn’t like her very much tonight. That’s just based on tonight.

    I really hope Haeley and Janell/Lacey go home. Haeley doesn’t belong there (although I do applaud her for her arrangement, just not the vocal). Lacey was horrible tonight, but I still think she has potential. I loved American Boy, but Janell is so outclassed by Didi/Crystal, IMO.

    I don’t think I have time to vote.

  265. I tuned in late so I only saw everybody from Katelyn on. What I saw was a lot of girls overthought their song choices while a couple (Michelle and Katie) didn’t try hard enough with theirs. I thought Siobhan, Crystal, Katelyn, and Michelle sounded very good but none of them blew me away. I agreed with the critiques all of them got except that I thought Crystal wasn’t just trying to be Alanis. Didi was just OK – she sounded too cutesy IMO and I’d like to hear her just sing a whole song straight instead of jazzing it up. A little bit of that style goes a long way. But it was a pretty good song choice for her. Katie’s got a beautiful tone but she pushed too hard and it was a princessy performance.

    Haeley went from infectious to affected pretty fast and though she wasn’t as off key as I’d expected she was still off. I couldn’t figure out what Lacey was trying to do with Landslide.

    IMO the judges were trying really hard to be coherent and constructive. I thought they gave very good advice. Kara made me cringe hard with the Katelyn moment (Kara has still got to learn when to shut up) but overall she showed some good musical knowledge and gave good technical critiques. Randy was better than usual. Ellen had some moments where she obviously wanted to say something constructive but couldn’t think of anything. She did a good job focusing on how the singers were connecting with an audience. She seemed nervous. I liked when she was commenting how she could understand one person’s song choice if it was in the middle of a set but not as a 1st impression here. Simon gave Crystal good advice and pretty good general critiques. It helps that they had the time because of the 2 hours.

  266. I thought Ellen might add something to the judging after watching her very carefully editted Hollywood week — nope — Ellen was the biggest letdown of all.

    I couldn’t agree more. Ellen added nothing to the panel. She needs to be next to Simon and they need to go in order like they use to. Stop trying to be like Canadian Idol or something. Just go in order from Randy to Simon. Simon has to have the last word, it works that way, stop confusing the man, it’s his last freaking season. I hate to say this but I kind of like Kara’s critiques tonight. She was better than Ellen and Randy and sometimes better than Simon. I miss Paula’s enthusiasm still. Dang it!

    The ones that got the least screen time, the fodders will probably go. I bet it will be Paige and Michelle going, even though they weren’t that bad.

  267. Ok, the second half of the show…

    Michelle: This is really the first time I’ve heard Michelle. I appreciated the song choice, but it seemed to highlight her tone in all kind of unflattering ways. Maybe I just don’t like her tone, then, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Still, it was competent enough, I suppose, and I appreciated how she tried to sell the song vocally.

    Didi: I would have called this copycat, but I think Didi maybe upped the original artist on this song (don’t shoot me!), though for the most part they sounded pretty damn similar. It was sung well technically, and the phrasing was pretty good. However, that’s just not a song that sells itself all that well, really, even if I like a choice by a contemporary artist of that genre on this show, though like Lilly Didi’s musical performance is enough to pull the song through. I need to see more.

    Siobhan: Hey, hey, hey! I really dislked her in Hollywood week (I mean, really disliked her), but that was an awesome song choice, sung well, and her presence was absolutely on point. We make a big deal of people being “quirky” whenever they are essentially jazzy, even if those quirks are more or less the same (and thus, are they really quirks at all?). Siobhan, however, is genuinely quirky to me, with that kind of presence, both on stage and artistically. And if she continues to avoid trying blasting me to death with her upper register, she may in fact become my favorite. My one complaint is that she needs to make sure not to sing out of her nose.

    Crystal: I loved this song choice too (overall, actually, I think these girls have made better song choices than not). And Crystal sold the song well, has a really distinctive voice, and commanded the song well without outright throttling it, In other words, probably the best of the night. However, I would prefer that she ditch the harmonica from here on out. What I don’t care about, however, is that she argued with Simon Cowell. Look, anyone who gets these judges to be more specific deserves an immediate standing ovation, even if they had to beat it out them with a frying pan. The “sound-alike” critique was outright insane. And it wasn’t defensive for defensive sake. I was much more bothered by Lacey’s “I don’t think the I was boring!” bit.

    Katie: Look, I am not a fan of the thinking “so-and-so did it, so no one else should!”, with perhaps a few exceptions (things like “In A Dream” where you are sure no one would have heard for the song had it not been preformed on Idol). So I don’t mind the song choice for that. However, Katie’s interpretation just didn’t seem to get the song; far more cumbersome for me than any perceived age dichotomy is her seeming inability to grasp the core of a song. So, while competent, it was completely off. Plus, I don’t like the sound of her voice all that much. Also, that song is cursed; she’ll probably avoid it, but it’s not an auspicious song to debut on.

  268. Perhaps in the past nobody came off as a “star”, but every single season there has been people that at least intrigue me. Grab you a little bit. Not so tonight. Crystal is very talented, but something rubs me wrong about her personality and I don’t think I care enough to vote.

  269. Off the top of your head what did Jordin or Carrie sing the first week of semifinals?

    Is it unusual that, without looking at anything, I can identify the former’s as Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and the other as Tiffany’s “Could’ve Been” (which probably was Carrie’s best performance on the show, IMO)?

  270. I have a great idea, pretend that there werent any other seasons to compare this one too. Then you cant be disapointed with anyone, by comparing them to your favorites from previous seasons.

    I always begin each season of Idol with the thought that the current season could be better than the previous season/previous seasons. No matter how much I may have loved contestants in previous seasons. When Season 5 was going on that was my favorite season of idol at the time and Chris Daughtry was one of my favorite idols ever.

    And then Season 7 came along and was my favorite season and David Cook became my favorite idol. And then I ended up loving Season 8 even more than Season 7 and loving Anoop and Danny even more than David Cook. (Even though I still love David Cook).

    So I am open to possibly loving this season, a contestant/contestants from this season. But so far it’s been lackluster for me and Hollywood week and auditions were lackluckster for me as well.

    I normally have at least one favorite by this time each season, sometimes more than one favorite. But right now I am just not really feeling this season. Maybe that could change, but I don’t know if it will.

  271. I’m trying to think both super sneaky and super obvious to put myself in the AI PTB mindset.

    Ditch the sneaky and go with obvious!

  272. I wouldn’t still be watching this show if I couldn’t get into someone besides the years previous personal favorite. The reason I didn’t like Katie’s feeling good was because she didn’t sing it well. She as Randy so aptly pointed out, she was sharp throughout. She has impressed me in the past, tonight, not so much. I found many of them underperformed tonight, or were sound alikes. That doesn’t make good teevee.

  273. Crystal (can’t wait for her to go all Amanda Overmeyer on them. It’s gonna be a heckuvalotta fun

    LOL

  274. Oh Katie, silly girl picking Feeling Good. Doesn’t she know it’s AI cursed?

    He. It was even X-Factor cursed! But the girl seems to be breaking that curse.

  275. To Rank the Performances
    1)Lily
    2)Crystal
    3)Michelle/Didi
    4)Siobhan/Katelyn
    5)Katie
    6)Haeley
    7)Asheyl
    8)Paige
    9)Lacey

    This week was just testing the waters, but I happy that Michelle did well tonight and made impact that will give growing.

  276. Had to check DialIdol and Katie is the only one in the green. Crystal is next and then a sea of utter meh. I still remember top 12 night of S5 when Elliott did a Stevie Wonder song and Daughtry did Hemmorhage. What an awresome night. So yes people have given memorable performancess this early in the season.

    I don’t want to compare seasons but I haven’t seen a night so meh since S6.

  277. I am not giving up yet. It wasn’t spectacular by any means, but I will give the kids a chance to find their footing. I know this early in seasons past have given some great performances, but typically it is weeks 2 and 3 where those standout ones really start to kick in. I’m thinking a lot about Season 7 since that was the last season to have this Top 24 format: David Cook with Hello, David Archuleta with Imagine, Brooke White with Love Is A Battlefield, etc.

  278. My favorites tonight were Lilly Scott and Crystal Bowersox

    I totally agree. Those two were far and away the best & most interesting to me. That being said, I didn’t feel like I saw the Season 9 winner tonight.

  279. Ok, quick summary of tonight:

    Fav was Siobhan – I think she has the best vocals of the bunch, and Adam-esque vocals at that (especially from the Hollywood week solo). I liked her song choice too. Unexpected yet convincing.

    Other tops are Lilly and Crystal – Crystal is not really my style, but she has a ton of musicality, instinct, and stage presence – very very polished and confident on stage.

    Many of the other girls blended together and were pretty forgettable.

    Haeley – dear god, AWFUL voice. Sorry.

    Didi and Janell look like twins. Didi has the better voice. Reminded me of a better Megan Joy.

    Most song choices were terrible. Everyone chose very flat songs – no build, no excitement. Just kinda there. Even the Beatles songs were bad choices.

    Katie – oh, Katie. I knew she would get the pimp spot, but those vocals were not impressive (compared to some of the other girls), and the song was just all wrong for her. Not to mention the immediate Adam comparison – where’s my glowing staircase and glory note, damn it? :-) Completly agree with Simon that she seems like a pageant contestant singing a song her parents asked her to sing. She never seems really genuine to me, especially compared to many of the older contestants.

    Most of the others were pretty forgettable. I agree with Simon that there was no real “star” appearing on stage – personality-wise they all seemed too shy and even self-conscious, imo. Crystal probably had the best confidence and presence. Haeley has some of the best too, but that voice isn’t going to cut it.

    Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing a lot with Kara – I thought she made some great comments. Didn’t like Ellen as much – thought she was a little too nice and light-weight.

  280. You know what I found myself thinking after tonight – last year, for all I complained about the Top 36 format, sometimes it’s not really that bad to just get rid of 9 at one time and keep three :-)

  281. Crystal is very talented, but something rubs me wrong about her personality and I don’t think I care enough to vote

    TBH – I feel a bit of the same thing. I love her confidence and musicality, but I feel she’s a little too cool for idol school – especially when she admitted she had never watched the show before.

  282. honestly.. i liked that they mixed the girls and the guys last year.. i like the top 24 format though.. i really wish it’d be 6 guys and 6 girls each night.. with the bottom 2 from each group going home

    I agree. A mix of boys and girls would have been more interesting.

    I really liked Crystal during the auditions, but I didn’t like hearing her disdain (dissing)of the AI route. I don’t hold it against her though. I think she probably realizes what an awesome opportunity this is.

  283. Some people need to rewatch those season 8 semifinals, the level wasn’t any better.

    True dat. I recently rewatched it, and about 9 people in each group deserved to be cut, much like tonight. Which is what makes me think Top 36 is not so bad after all. Higher stakes, at least, and it would get me voting earlier.

  284. Nothing exciting or even interesting tonight. I was already teetering, but this show tonight has cured me, I think, of any real desire to keep watching. Maybe I will tune back in sometime later in the season.

  285. You know, after re-watching Lilly’s performance, I’d bump her up a few spots.

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

    Wasn’t my favorite of Lilly’s, though. Still good…… Lilly Allen? What? But I love Lilly. She’s definitely taken Katie’s place in my ideal top 5 for the women. I also think Crystal, Lilly, Didi, Michelle, and Siobhan are a pretty diverse group of women, even though there are 3 WGWG’s there, and I’m almost certain there’s gonna be 2 other guitarists….. I think Crystal, Lilly, and Didi, despite being guitar girls, each have a distinct style. Crystal’s more edgy, Lilly is bluesy, and Didi is soft. Michelle is the R&B diva (and the better of the two divas, IMO), and Siobhan is the surprise contestant. Katie is more likely to be there (I have no issue with that since I do like Katie, but I want to see more of the other 5 girls). I wanna see more Siobhan and Katelyn (as much as I bashed her earlier).

    Also pleasantly surprised that my dad liked it, since he’s a Beatles fan. Kara needs to stop stealing Ellen’s jokes, holy crap she butchers the delivery so badly.

    Not liking the font at the bottom of the screen very much. I kinda miss the font last season.

    My question is, are any of these people PIANO players? Besides Katelyn, I don’t remember seeing any others play the piano, and Katelyn’s was only that little blurb, if that’s what you call it.

  286. UPDATE: Haeley Vaughn is the Vote For the Wost pick…

    That means they want to keep her because they think she was the
    worst, right?

    I thought she was kind of cute in a Miley Cyrus sort of way. Sorry if I already said that.

    Not my fave though, but she seems like a sweetheart.

  287. I came in here to say I liked Crystal, but I didn’t know she was too cool for idol school. Oh well…there’s always the boys.

    (I kept thinking about Allison’s performance last year. She would have blown them all away tonight.)

  288. Maybe because it’s eight time their chance to get a singer/songwriter girl that America can like. I know, one might think it would spread out the votes and lessen the chance, but not if they’re going up against crappy other singers. Plus they might the plan might be to get a bunch of them, and find a few that stick and back them to the win.

    I’m trying to think both super sneaky and super obvious to put myself in the AI PTB mindset.

    Yeah, my take is – they want a Taylor Swift-style young, singer-songwriter, so they’re stacking the deck with a ton of them, hoping one will emerge victorious. Very very similar styles from a lot of the girls.

  289. Again, I am very impressed with the contestants this year. I like Didi, Crystal, and Lily because they’re so artistic and they understand music in a deeper level. I feel connected to them. The songs they sing holds a deeper meaning when sung by them.

    The others are meh. Just another pop/diva singer.

  290. That means they want to keep her because they think she was the worst, right?

    In a word, yes.

  291. Well I finally went back and watched the DVR to see the girls I missed. If I had to sum up the night it would be:

    pretty girl, nice voice, stupid song choice

    That’s it in a nutshell.

    These girls can sing for the most part but nobody totally brought it. The scary part is only 6 of them are going through to the finals so there are some rough cuts ahead.

    I will say this though… WAY too many indie type girls. That heard is getting thinned.

    I think Paige and Lacey are toast. Michelle and Ashley are in danger too. I think Haeyley might make it through on past pimpage and VFTW support.

  292. I will say this though… WAY too many indie type girls. That heard is getting thinned.

    Oh I can never get enough of indie music. My ipod is full of them.

    But I always get into a bad mood when I hear a diva/pop song. In a perfect world, only rock and indie get played around.

  293. I love indie singers and singer/songwriters, so I liked about 5 of the women tonight very much. Lilly, Didi, Crystal, Sibobhan, and one other whose name eludes me at the moment.

    the judges were trying to be constructive, which I appreciated. But Simon seemed to get a hair up his ass about indie singer/songwriters. If that is a problem, then why did the judges put them into the top 24? How annoying for him to whine about that, and not judge them based on how they sang, rather than for being who they are. If they are indie singers, they can’t change that and they shouldn’t change it.

    Since I like that type of music, I am liking this better than last year. About half of the women were good, about half can go home right now :) All in all, watching 12 singers and listening to 4 judges critique each one just gets exhausting. I better go back to fast forwarding through most of the judges’ comments. I can judge for myself what I like, I don’t need them to tell me what to think. Basically, I heard 5 women that I really like, and I hope they make it into the top 12, and I look forward to the men tomorrow night. Now back to the figure skating Olympics.

  294. Oh I can never get enough of indie music. My ipod is full of them.

    I hear you. But too many of one type on Idol usually spells doom.

  295. I think Paige and Lacey are toast. Michelle and Ashley are in danger too.

    I think those 4 and Katelyn are the pool of possible cut contestants. Katie, Lily, Didi, and Crystal are obviously through because Lily Didi and Crystal were the best and Katie had the pimp spot. Haeley is going through because there have not been people with as engaging of a presence as her since season 5, and she is going to skate to the top 16 on her presence. Siobhan was interesting and unique so I would say she made it through. I think Janell will be saved by her past appearances and the fact she sang probably the most uptempo song besides Paige. I think it will be Paige and Lacy in the end, which is sad because I really would like to hear her again. If I was deciding I would cut Lacy and Janell.

  296. pretty girl, nice voice, stupid song choice

    That pretty much sums it up for me, too, for many of them.

  297. After watching Haeley again, I agree with you, MJ. I’m kinda on the fence about her leaving. I mean, I kinda do agree that it was a mess, but I can’t deny that for a really strange reason, she’s really compelling. Maybe it’s just because she’s young, but she certainly looks so much happier up there than many other singers, and I think that’s helping her presence.

    I’m kinda half-way between Simon and Kara on this one. On one hand, I thought there were some really TERRIBLE parts of that song, but I do give her points for the arrangement (I thought it was cute, nice, and unique) and for being really happy up there. It’s too bad she’s not a great singer. It’s painful to watch her, because I like HER, but not her singing. Needs more refining.

  298. the judges were trying to be constructive, which I appreciated. But Simon seemed to get a hair up his ass about indie singer/songwriters. If that is a problem, then why did the judges put them into the top 24? How annoying for him to whine about that, and not judge them based on how they sang, rather than for being who they are. If they are indie singers, they can’t change that and they shouldn’t change it.

    Exactly! And there’s nothing constructive about Simon’s critiques. All he wants is for these artists to compromise and become cheesy pop singers like what you hear on radio. Part of me wishes these contestants didn’t have to enter Idol in the first place. They’re the poets of our generation and it’s sad to see them sink to this level just to have a shot in the industry.

  299. Simon wanted a Taylor Swift. So now he has Haeyley.

    Likeable girl, star presence, can’t sing live for shit.

  300. Crystal is very talented, but something rubs me wrong about her personality and I don’t think I care enough to vote

    I like Crystal. The only think that I don’t like is the feature thing when she said she was doing this for money. I’m sure so many people are doing it to support the family thing, but it seemed like she never thought of idol before and now she is doing it just for the money. Again, I still like her, it just came up the wrong way, I think.

  301. I wish AI was just about the singing. But after a year enjoying and being educated on this site, it seems like there is something else going on with AI (i.e. the casting of a show). I wish they would just let great singers come through– no matter the backstory, gender, looks, etc.. And I wish they weren’t trying to judge who the public will like. A fantasy I guess! I did like some of these girls though. Tomorrow should be fun.

    Being an avid fan of season 8 makes it hard to adjust to a new season. But I’m hoping I will be cheering for someone soon.

    I also agree with some posters that the judges seem focused and quite articulate. That’s refreshing. But I miss Paula! She’s emotional like me. :)

  302. pretty girl, nice voice, stupid song choice

    Ingrid Michaelson, Beatles, and Alanis Morisette songs are anything but stupid. You know what’s stupid? That Leona Lewis song. Seriously, why pick such an insipid, divaesque song? So tasteless.

  303. Lily can go home NOW! She’s way too affected for me. Oddly, Randy felt she was honest, but something about her bugs me. Like I said before, she’s got that perfect voice to sing Santa Baby in her underwear; and like another poster here said, she seems to scream with desperation “LOOK AT ME! I’M QUIRKY!” The white hair and sickly sweet mousy sounding soprano voice is all just BLECH to me!

  304. But I miss Paula! She’s emotional like me. :)

    I have been saying all along that I wouldn’t miss Paula, she didn’t add anything, she was just a distraction, and tonight for the first time I realized I miss Paula. It just felt like even when the judges were making compliments they were still so serious, Paula brought a joy to the panel that was really missing tonight, and I think she was always a big part of bringing the energy up which the show could have used tonight.

  305. Oh I can never get enough of indie music. My ipod is full of them.

    I hear you. But too many of one type on Idol usually spells doom.

    Yeah – my problem with this year is that there are way too many of them – way too heavily weighted in that one genre. Give me a healthier mix, please!

    I said half way through the show that Haeley had some of the most charisma and personality on stage. That will keep her on the show for a little while. Kara was constructive by telling her she needed to step it up technically.

  306. Ingrid Michaelson, Beatles, and Alanis Morisette songs are anything but stupid.

    They are if they don’t fit your voice. And if they won’t showcase you well in 90 seconds.

    You know what’s stupid? That Leona Lewis song.

    I agree. But I bet that is exactly who she wants to be… big voiced diva like Leona. Still, that song is a hookless screamfest. Blech.

  307. I liked Lilly and Crystal, although I had high expectations for them and they both kind of underwhelmed me just a little bit.

    Didi was good, but I’m afraid she’ll sound like Janell did on the Heart song if she ever attempts to sing a bigger song. I liked Siobhan quite a bit and find her to be a charming weirdo. I think Haeley had the worst overall vocal, but she does have some natural charisma and I’d rather watch her screech and wail her way through another song than listen to another bad Leona cover or a pageant girl.

  308. Ingrid Michaelson, Beatles, and Alanis Morisette songs are anything but stupid.

    But see, I completely agreed with the judges that the song choices didn’t create that great first impression, that “wow” moment. The songs are great on their own, they’re strong songs, but in terms of the competition, and what you’re trying to do, to stand out, to create a moment that people remember, I think the songs didn’t serve that purpose. Many of them had no build-up, imo. They just kinda sat in one place.

  309. I guess in Crystal’s defense, at least she’s honest about not really watching the show before. I almost think she could benefit from going back and reviewing some previous seasons if she has the time. To me it is refreshing that she’s not in it to play the idol game, but I think she wants to go far. I’m looking forward to see what she does next week.

    I liked Lilly tonight as well! She definitely stood out to me. Another one that stood out to me was Michelle. She’s generally not my type of singer, but there is something about her I like. I hope she can find her own voice. Siobhan was good too.

  310. I liked Siobhan quite a bit and find her to be a charming weirdo.

    LOL, me too. She’s such an oddball. But she’s got quite the voice on her, too.

  311. the girl i liked the most tonight was Siobhan, she’s not a boring singer for sure. I love her voice. Next I like a lot Didi, Crystal and Paige. Lily is an intersting contestant, i like also a lot her rendition. Janell disappoints me with the song choice; I liked a lot the bit of ‘house of the rising sun’ she sung during her audition but tonight grrr.. song was not suited to her voice. It’s sad because she got a very pretty voice.
    Lacey is interesting too but I’m not getting her totally at this point.
    Healey has much spunk and i liked some of her singing. she might survive tonight i think (with the aid of vftw?)
    Michelle, Katelyn and Katie came across as boring for me. Katie has a very good voice but her artistic persona is meh
    Not very good song choices tonight except for Siobhan, Didi, Lily and Paige.
    think that Ashley will go home.

  312. To me it is refreshing that she’s not in it to play the idol game, but I think she wants to go far. I’m looking forward to see what she does next week.

    Good point. That could be interesting to see how she works within the idol framework as the weeks go by. She definitely has that “rebel” vibe. Though, sadly, I think there’s some truth to needing to study the AI game a bit to really do well in the competition, especially after it’s been on so many years.

  313. Based on a combo of the preliminary WNTS scores and prior airtime, I think Ashley and Lacey are toast. It could be any number of people to go first, though, so it’s hard to tell for sure.

  314. My guess is Paige definitely goes home – not very memorable, zippo H-wood screentime, and she went first. Second person to go home could be Ashley or Lacey.

  315. geez, Katie Stevens is #1 on dialidol followed by Crystal. Score is zero for all the rest of the girls at this point

  316. geez, Katie Stevens is #1 on dialidol followed by Crystal. Score is zero for all the rest of the girls at this point

    That pimp spot can sure be a powerful thing!

  317. Could dialidol be right???? Even the busy percentages are lackluster for all but Katie. Maybe not many people are bothering to dial in a vote, hmmmmm.

  318. An overall bad week for all of them, no really stand-outs, but some of them were definitely better than others.

    – Siobhan:
    Great song choice, that falsetto was awesome, she didn’t oversang the song like I thought she would (after seeing her in hollywood week), by far the best.
    – Katelyn: She had a better voice than what she showed in hollywood week, strong performance.
    – Didi: I love her voice and phrasing, she wowed me with terrified, here… not so much, still a solid vocal performance.
    – Crystal: I loved her during holywood week, she didn’t put so much to this song. She also lost so much voice-time over the harmonica.
    – Lilly: I agree with Simon, this song showed exacly the artist she is, but didn’t make her shine. Good vocal and interpretation.
    – Janell: She shoul’ve sticked to the singer-songwriter vibe. This song was way big for her.
    – Michelle: Predictable song choice to its best. She sould stop singing diva songs.
    – Paige: David Cook fashbacks! David did this sooo good. She was clever by choosing a male song, unpredictable choice for sure, I still think it wouldn’t compensate her no-air time.
    – Katie: Great at the lower register, fell short on the high notes. Meh song choice. Good for her she had the pimp spot, otherwise…
    – Ashley: Her worst vocally. Wrong song chioce, I mean terrible!
    – Haeley: Damn, that was high. She sould start learning to restrain herself for shouting every single note.
    – Lacey: OMG the worst by a landslide (couldn’t resist). She didn’t sing one note on pitch, it was painful to hear.

  319. That pimp spot can sure be a powerful thing!

    With that difference? You’d have sworn they tossed in some “Vote for Katie Stevens” subliminal messages for good measure. She is clobbering everyone out there… and yet nothing about that performance could explain the difference, or even the pimp spot itself.

  320. Was that show only 2 hours? It seemed longer…zzzz. Even my 15 yr. old daughter didn’t care enough to vote, altho she liked Lily the best. I threw a few votes to 8/12 but wasn’t majorly impressed. Ashley and Lacey were my bottom two, and I also didn’t vote for Haley and Didi (idk, her voice just annoys me). Can’t wait to hear what the boys bring tomorrow!

  321. 1st off….still think Crystal is by far the most talented of any of the girls-I may include the guys in that after tomorrow night also.

    “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble – ?????????? What is that about. that is not Buble’s song…he may have done a cover of it, but the list of artists doing a cover of that song is as long as that song is old. I don’t understand?

  322. I think its funny that some folks are saying there are too many indie singer/songwriter types. In fact, you could also make the argument that there have been way too few in the past, and they’re finally balancing the show out. What has been the dominant theme on Idol was rewarding big blasting diva singers, which I think is a formula that has long played itself out. Its those contestants that seem the least interesting to me at this point. Maybe Simon was never on board for those changes as he’s got his eyes now on his next project. It was pretty clear he’d never heard Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am”, which I think Didi actually improved upon.

    I think Didi, Crystal, Lili and Siobhan are quite different singers. (They also happen to be at the top of my list as seems to be a pattern with many). I hear Didi as closest to the kind of female voices you’ll regularly here on your local AC/HAC stations. Lili has a more unique, jazzy voice that it remains to be seen how both popular, versatile and commercial it can be. Siobhan is a wild card in that she seems to have a well-defined sound that is quirky and covers alot of turf. It should be interesting to see her develop on Idol and what kind of choices she makes. And Crystal? Well, the girl obviously knows herself well, has loads of confidence and seems pretty chill. I love seeing her do her thing on the show. I hope she stays on at least into the top 10.

    As far as Haeley goes, I think she has that intangible charisma and she really shines on TV. Unfortunately, neither her voice nor her sense of musicality are anywhere near the level of her personality. I don’t know if she can develop those skills in time or not. I suppose she’s a draw regardless of her musical skills.

  323. The worst for me – Haeley’ then Sioban and a close 3rd is Lacey. Thank goodness for the fast forward option – after 15 seconds, I couldn’t listen to anymore of it – Simon was the only one being honest about Haeley – she is like the Sanjaya of Season 9 to me. To me there is zero presence and I suppose this is the first time I agree with WFTW. Plus she was dressed horribly. Ugh. I couldn’t even watch her facial expressions.

    Sioban killed that song and not in a good way and another one with gorky facial expressions that are annoying.

    The best – Lilly and Michelle. Lilly was unique and Michelle is lovely with a great voice and not going to for the “diva” role, thank goodness. Last thing we need is another poser like Lil Rounds.
    Crytal saying she was only in it for the money for her son is going to cost her. Were her teeth whiter tonight?
    And the first one changing her mic back and forth drove me crazy! Can’t remember her name. Oh, yeah, Paige Miles.
    Ok, I am joining the pool for sure next week! lol

  324. movin2thabeet, your post is spot on. It’s about time we introduced real music to the general public. It’s been said before that pop music has largely contributed to the dumbing down of our society and I’m glad to see soul being slowly brought back on radio. I couldn’t be more satisfied with tonight’s show. In fact, this is the best group of girls we’ve ever had. Crystal, Lilly and Didi deserve to be heard by many people.

  325. Lilly was unique

    Lily is NOT unique. There’s a million singers out there just like her.

  326. Lily is NOT unique. There’s a million singers out there just like her.

    Maybe. But you rarely hear them on radio which is the big problem. It’s about time people start listening to artists like her rather than blasting out senseless music by Gaga, Beyonce or Mariah.

  327. What has been the dominant theme on Idol was rewarding big blasting diva singers

    Remember seasons 3 and 6, during which the show had “too many black divas”? I made the same argument then that you are making now… that they were only similar on the surface, that these girls were in fact very different, etc etc. Didn’t stop people from voting off some of them early on.

    There are too many. Most of them are good. But because there are too many, they will split the votes of the people who like that kind of singer, and some of them will go home too early. I will bet you money on that.

  328. I thought Siobhan was the best singer, hands down. I guess I’ll watch until she gets the heave ho this year. The lower range at the front seemed a bit shaky, other than that crystal clear & lovely. Simon was calling her “funny” (shades of Gedeon McKinney anyone?) and mocking her profession so I guess it won’t take very long. I still kind of like Didi too but that wasn’t a very good song choice. She actually reminded me a bit of Megan Corkery Joy with that vocal.[shivers]

  329. For this show, Lilly *was* unique and original tonight.
    Everyone else was very predictable or awful and in that sense, Simon was spot on with his comments on most of them being dull and lacking star qualities. No one really stood out with a show stopping performance tonight. I am looking forward to the guys tomorrow! :)

  330. Remember seasons 3 and 6, during which the show had “too many black divas”? I made the same argument then that you are making now… that they were only similar on the surface, that these girls were in fact very different, etc etc. Didn’t stop people from voting off some of them early on.

    There are too many. Most of them are good. But because there are too many, they will split the votes of the people who like that kind of singer, and some of them will go home too early. I will bet you money on that.

    That’s true. I guess the question is more that of when. In S6, the girls who got the “black diva” label finished something like 16th, 11th, 4th, 3rd, and 1st. And S3 was 7th, 4th, and 1st (am I forgetting any? Those were the big three, in any event). If there’s a trend, it seems to be that a few get picked off in the bottom half of the finals or even earlier, and a few more go onto the end. Given that, I worry about Lilly. She’s good, but perhaps not more broadly popular enough to beat the trend; even with a solid line of performances, I might guess she gets a mid-season finish (though we all know a lot can change between here and then). Lacey’s going to be gone soon as well, but it’s not an entirely unjustified boot.

  331. Are Lilly and Crystal “unique” in the strictest sense of the word? No, there are indeed others like them out there. Having said that, I’m glad two girls like them are potentially getting a break. Crystal is the first AI contestant to say she’s never watched the show and my BS meter didn’t go into overdrive. I like her, a whole lot. Lilly too.

    I’m hoping Michelle wins the “diva” slot over Ashley. And I hope Katie Stevens earns the teen girl slot over Hayley.

    I predict Ashley and Lacey will go home.

  332. Mark, I think we’ll lose at least one or two in the semis and at least one before top 10.

    What worked in season 6, IMO, was that Jordin worked to seperate herself from the others early. She stayed away from old soul & r&B songs. If one of them can find a way to stand out then that person is sticking around I think.

    I think Lacey might be the first one down too. And I agree she’ll deserve it.

    After that it gets fuzzy. So we have Lilly, Crystal, Didi, Sibohann, and Janell left. That’s 5 of the top 6 spots. Of the others, I think Katie is a given unless she crashes and burns. I think it is a stretch that all 5 remaining indie girls will make it to the Top 12 myself, and that NONE of the other girls after Katie will squeak in there. But I guess we will see soon enough.

  333. Since I live on the West Coast, I have to wait until tomorrow for you East coasters to see the show. I chose then NOT to read anything first so I would be surprised. I am going to read some of these comments after I am done here. I also watch it recorded so I can ffwd through the commercials.
    I REALLY liked Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan and Lilly, I also kinda liked Paige and Lacey. The worst for me were Ashley and Janell. The Rest were blah and blend into one boring lump.
    SO now I am going to read what Y’all thought :-)

  334. I think of the ‘indie’ type girls: Siobhan and Crystal have the biggest voices, Crystal and Lilly know who they are the most, and Didi to an extent. If Siobhan is able to stick around long enough she will learn who she is. I’m not so sure Janell knows at all, she needs to find a niche and stay there the best she can if she wants to stay.

    I agree that Lacey is in trouble, which makes me sad. I also agree that Ashley is as well. I’m just sad for her because she really wants to be the idol ‘type’. (Which is not my type.)

    I hope both Crystal and Lilly were able to truly gain something from the judges tonight.

  335. Mark, I think we’ll lose at least one or two in the semis and at least one before top 10. What worked in season 6,

    IMO, was that Jordin worked to seperate herself from the others early. She stayed away from old soul & r&B songs. If one of them can find a way to stand out then that person is sticking around I think.

    I think Lacey might be the first one down too. And I agree she’ll deserve it.

    After that it gets fuzzy. So we have Lilly, Crystal, Didi, Sibohann, and Janell left. That’s 5 of the top 6 spots. I think Katie is a given unless she crashes and burns. I think it is a stretch that they will all make it to the Top 12 myself, and that NONE of the other girls left will squeak in there. But I guess we will see soon enough.

    Well, it’ll be interesting. It’s unclear how Janell is going to sell herself on that stage. Is she going to continue to try and sing like she did this week with Heart? Then I’d probably consider her in a different category. But if we go back to her Hollywood-week type performances, I see why she’s included.

    And I had omitted Siobahn, and I don’t really know why. Do you think she’s pulling the same kind of vibe (and thus, voter) as everyone else? It’s not clear to me yet that she is, though I am seeing her listed in personal top 4’s with Didi, Crystal, and Lilly, and she is definitely quirky, so maybe so. She might be distinct enough to avoid comparison on the whole, though. We’ll have to see. Her performances were so different in Hollywood week that she’s still an enigma to me.

    For me, I have an easy time lumping Lacey, Crystal, Lilly, and Didi together. Of those four, I don’t think we’ll lose two before the finals, but we’ll lose at least one; Lacey’s weak performance, or at least that perception (opinion varies, obviously, but she’s tanking on WNTS, and I don’t mind using that for auguries) will make that easy unless she turns a 180. After that… if I would bet on a similar voting pattern to the past, it would be S3, with Lilly getting the J-Hud boot and maybe Crystal getting the LaToya boot (and I’d be really pissed if that happened). I think the Top 12 could take those three, and the other three are more of a toss-up (though Katie Stevens seems to be a mortal lock). But maybe Lilly gets the boot even earlier?

  336. I really don’t care if there’s gazillions of indie singers out there. The world needs it.

    oooh, I like this statement, I agree 100%.

  337. I also thought that Lilly and Crystal were the most interesting. I’m not attached to anyone yet by any means, but those two at least made me curious to see what they might do next.

    I think Ellen is doing well so far. I like her. The judge panel in general tonight was better than it has been in the past, in my opinion.

  338. Totally underwhelmed. No one was great tonight and only Siobhan, Crystal and Lilly were good. Those 3 and Didi I could see making tour. The others, not so much. And could Katie Stevens be more annoying? Her video package was too cutesy and her whole presentation was very pagenty. Not to mention the way she sang Feeling Good made me think she was channeling a middle-aged lounge singer at some 3rd rate hotel. Bleech.

    Maybe it was just nerves, but not impressed at all. Hope the guys are better tomorrow.

  339. Fine. Lily might be unique to the show but sounding like mickey mouse on helium is not an attractive vocal quality.

  340. Did anyone else think the last girl sounded like Katherine McPhee with a lower range? We already have one of those! Is the pimping due to the fact that “she is only 17”? We’ve had two of those also.(who had better voices, IMO)

    Didi’s voice sounds very constricted to me. I don’t get the appeal. Groovy vest, though. :)

    I love Ellen, but she was a disappointment.

  341. I love Ellen, but she was a disappointment.

    Why? I thought she offered very solid critiques, even when I disagreed. What did people expect her to do – a tap dancing comedy routine? She’s SO much better than Paula who took a half hour to critique one contestant.

  342. Why? I thought she offered very solid critiques, even when I disagreed. What did people expect her to do – a tap dancing comedy routine? She’s SO much better than Paula who took a half hour to critique one contestant.

    I can’t quite put my finger on it. I was really looking forward to Ellen being on the show! She is one of my favorite celebrities/comedians/talk-show hosts.
    I found myself missing Paula and I’m surprised by that also.
    I don’t care if I agree or disagree with Ellen, because I never agree with any judge 100% of the time. There was just something missing. :(

  343. Forget the hype about how they gotta have a girl, the girls were so great, so much competition between ’em blah blah.

    This is, so far, not a stellar bunch. and judging from his reaction, not even Simon is feeling it yet despite his obvious hankering to market a femme next.

    Lily and Crystal are, I agree, the most interesting. But even they did not pack much of a wallop. There just wasn’t the adrenaline to really sell it, y’know what I mean? And I worry that Lily’s voice, while quirky, is not very flexible or powerful for those weeks and themes when she’ll need it.

    Ah, this is probably rosy hindsight, but I’m remembering how Taylor threw it down with “Takin’ it to the Street,” LaKisha’s “I am Telling You,” Cookie’s “All Right Now,” Bo Bice’s “Drift Away,” Fantasia’s “Something to Talk About,” and of course Kris’s “Man in the Mirror….” They all just jumped out of the pack at you, and poured it on — vocally and in terms of showmanship.

    I didn’t see anything like that tonight. The timidity was deafeaning.

    And I gotta believe the boys are going to go for it more boldly…..

  344. Crystal and Didi were the best of the night, no doubt. Surprisingly, Katelyn was pretty good…probably a bit better than Lilly. The rest….eh, please go home. Siobhan has some potential.

    Sorry Lacey Brown has an aweful, FLAT voice….wow, no wonder she did not make it last year. Surprised they gave her another shot. I had high hopes for that girl, but she is not a good singer.

    And Gizmo..I mean Haeley? Sanjaya 2.0…..pitchy, annoying, and dare I say, ugly.

  345. Colette, the comparison I thought of tonight was Melinda Doolittle. Just WOW. Nothing like that tonight.

  346. Overall improvement of the show. To me none of the girls stood out but many were good. It’s only the first show, so there is time for outstanding performances.
    And the judges were way more coherent then in the last season.

  347. All of the performances were decent. 8 of the 12 are worthy of being in the top ten. The Didi person was my favorite of the night up to the point of her performance, and I’m partial to Lily and Crystal Bowersox (which has to be one of the greatest names ever on this show). What’s wrong with the judges? But don’t know the song she sang, so I don’t know if it was “sound alike”, but it was excellently done. Great tone, always on key. I bet that those 8 are better than most of the boys. None of the performances were oh my God I love love love it. But in spite of my partiality to Crystal and Lily (and maybe Siobhan), I think that Didi came across best — on my TV anyway.

  348. wand3rful:
    02/24/2010 at 3:18 am
    Crystal and Didi were the best of the night, no doubt. Surprisingly, Katelyn was pretty good…probably a bit better than Lilly. The rest….eh, please go home. Siobhan has some potential.

    Sorry Lacey Brown has an aweful, FLAT voice….wow, no wonder she did not make it last year. Surprised they gave her another shot. I had high hopes for that girl, but she is not a good singer.

    And Gizmo..I mean Haeley? Sanjaya 2.0…..pitchy, annoying, and dare I say, ugly.

    Hey, That’s not nice. I thought she was cute. You might have noticed by now, no one gets to the top 24 or 36 unless he or she meets a minimum (i.e., good) standard of attractiveness.

  349. Yeah some mean girls do cohabit this site!

    My Favorites top to bottom.
    Siobhan Magnus. Brilliant song choice.Could have built the second verse up ending with a soft “I don’t want to fall in love”.
    Katelyn Epperly Nice take on “Oh Darlin”. IA with Kara,Love her
    softer look without the red lipstick!
    Crystle Bowersox Very credible performance of Alanis Mooriesett(sp?).She is a good musician, and Charismatic singer.Not her best choice!
    Paige Miles was the secret weapon (ist pimp spot)Big voice.
    Katie (2nd pimp spot). ITA with Judges remarks, and another BIG Voice.
    I think both of these girls practice on the phone book!!

    My middle girls and to bottom in order, Lacey,..Didi,..Lilly,..
    Michele,..Haley…Ashley…and Janell!

  350. ladies night was underwhelming to say the least. IMP no one had a break out performance. Probably liked Lilly and Crystal the best, but nt particularly excited about either one. Love Ellen to pieces but she had absolutely nothing to add to the judging panel. And she seemed increasingly uncomfortable as the night went on as it seemed to dawn on her that maybe this judging thing isn’t so easy and she “as a lover of music” does not have much to add critique-wise. anyway ymmv

  351. Someone mentioned earlier that Crystal was the first person to say they didn’t watch the show and the bs meter didn’t go off. I totally agree. I hope she’s got a good friend that has previous seasons on DVR and can share them with her stat though…

    You should not go on this show without watching previous seasons because you end up doing something you think is unique and it’s been done a hundred times before. Of course singing in key and not annoying me was enough to be unique last night…

  352. Siobhon, Lilly and Crystal were the best of the night. Haeley, Ashley and Lacey were not good, and risk going home.

  353. And they pimp the girls to win this season. From what I saw the top 12 girls, I am not impressed. Lots of picthy and boring contestants. Only 2 stand out for me. Siobhan and Crystal.

    Maybe at the final 12, the producer will ask the judges to pimp out all the girls contestants so they can have a girl winner this year. I am not impressed after all the praise the judges lavish on the girls.

    But it still early and they had room to improve. Lets see what the boys offer tomorrow.

  354. I love Ellen, but she was a disappointment.

    Wow, I really didn’t think so …. I guess because I felt as if her fundamental seriousness of purpose about the whole thing was probably inspiring the others to be sensible too — for a change! Specifically, this is the first time in a *long* time that I’ve had high hopes for Kara as a judge, as I did when she was on the show at the very first…and even Randy seemed to be trying to be sensible instead of brain-dead, and Simon had no one to play stupid (wicked) games with. Thanks, Ellen.

    Like others, my faves — by a very very long shot — were Lilly, Siobhan, and Crystal. … I do agree with some of the judges’ comments that there were at least minor song choice issues with Siobhan and Crystal, though. (and I almost never agree when they talk about “song choice” because most of the time it seems to me that when they say it they’re just being lazy and picking an easy comment on which they don’t have to expand.)

    Siobhan did a great job with Wicked Game — but I think it might have been a better choice for a bit later, when the audience knows *her* better, because when you do a song that’s that stylized in and of itself it’s pretty inevitable that some hearers are going to think of the original singer rather than you, and I kinda did. Nevertheless, it showed that she’s an impressive singer. … And I agreed with Kara that Crystal didn’t take us on as much of a “journey” as she’s capable of, with Hand in My Pocket. She still sang the heck out of it, though. So both those thoughts are pure nitpicking.

    Wonder if any of the others will step up as we go forward.

  355. Interesting night. Haely was fingernails on blackboard bad; I do not think she had any “shine,” but feel Siobhan Magnus did. Both are “fresh-faced,” Siobhan has a killer smile and a great stage name (now that I know how to pronounce it). Lilly and Crystal have a bit of a “been around a while” tough edge to them which I think will ultimately do them in. Crystal’s comments about not watching Idol may kill her off sooner rather than later. Too bad. Someone needs to tell her not to talk to the judges just yet; Right now, they are the stahs. Love Crystal, Didi and Siobhan. Have a feeling Lilly is going to grate as the season progresses.

  356. #I don’t want to compare seasons but I haven’t seen a night so meh since S6.

    Me, too, I’m sorry to say.

    Such a lot of “competent but way underwhelming” and “doesn’t know who she it musically.”

    They’re awfully pretty, though, which is part of what the producers were going for, I’ll bet. … And that’s different from Season 6, which I think of as the plainish-Jane season.

  357. this is the first time in a *long* time that I’ve had high hopes for Kara as a judge

    I thought Kara’s critiques were right on point last night; very professional. Simon, though, seemed to read my mind.

  358. I really like Crystal. I can’t believe some of the stuff said about her teeth…c’mon – easy to fix once she has some money. If we are going to be shallow…my son referred to Lilly as “the one with gray hair”…it does look gray. I think she would look better with jet black hair…honestly any color would look better than what she has.

  359. I thought Kara’s critiques were right on point last night; very professional. Simon, though, seemed to read my mind.

    Yeah, I had the same reaction. Of course, when he’s being serious, Simon’s responses often are kind of in synch with mine. This is the first time in ages that I felt I was hearing sensible, thoughtful stuff from *all* the judges. …. Makes me wonder whether Paula’s nearly constant empty sweetness just made the others figure, Hey, why bother? I credit Ellen with the change, really.

  360. Crystal’s teeth just may be something that defines her ( and I mean that in a compementary way ) like Jewel, who has also taken flack for her teeth. I think it adds to her natural attractivness, makes her seem approachable,and if she’s still there in 3 or so weeks I’d be willing to bet no one even notices them anymore.

  361. I haven’t seen all the performances yet. Only watched the first hour and Lilly Scott was the only one who stood out. I’ll watch the rest later to see if anyone else sparks my interest.

    Congrats, MJ, on the shout out about your Post article!

    ETA: Okay, watched the rest. I also liked Crystal and Didi. That’s pretty good for me. I rarely like the women on the show. Female voices don’t do much for me generally. They only woman I liked in the past was Brooke White.

  362. I like Siobhan Magnus a lot…

    I think she is the best among the girls…

    She has great vocal range and unique style…

    anyway,

    No offense meant…Sorry…

    But I think, Crystal is not as good as what most people think…

    There’s nothing extraordinary about her voice…

    She just played gitar and strangely blew a harp…

    But there’s nothing special about her voice…

    Siobhan Magnus is the BEST!!!

  363. LOL. Same as mj, I liked Lilly, Crystal and Siobhan the best.

    Didi to me is a cross between Brooke White and Megan Joy. Something about her bugs me.

    Haeley, even tho her vocal was pretty bad, had really good energy. To me, she comes across as really likeable. I’d rather see her stick around than some of the boring ones with better vocals

    Katey absolutely reminds me of Diana Delgarmo. Young pageant type to the max. DNW.

  364. I’m loving Siobhan, Didi and Katelyn surprised me – in a good way. I am so hoping Horrible Haeley is sent packing tonight. She was a trainwreck last night. Stage presence and personality can only take you so far – you need to be able to SING – something she just can’t do.

  365. Someone mentioned earlier that Crystal was the first person to say they didn’t watch the show and the bs meter didn’t go off. I totally agree. I hope she’s got a good friend that has previous seasons on DVR and can share them with her stat though…

    Yes. I think the reason they told her she was a “sound alike” is because she knows who she is and chose a song that is most like her own style. Not watching the show, she probably thought that was the best way to represent who she was. Instead it came across as copy cat (although a nice copy). Someone please give the girl a hand and show her the “tricks” of Idol.

  366. Paige Miles – “Alright Now” – I liked her “Living for the City” clip, but I thought this was a hot mess. I couldn’t believe the judges like it. I do not see her as top 6.
    Ashley Rodriguez – “Happy” – this did not stand out for me. Even now, I can’t even visualize her.
    Janell Wheeler – “What About Love” – pretty shaky, IMO. Still, it was better than I expected for her, oddly enough. I am wondering how they are picking their songs by now.
    Lilly Scott – “Fixin’ A Hole” – I liked this girl from Hollywood week. I love the Beatles, so I wasn’t really keen on the song choice. Yes, she was kind of wonky at the start and improved as she moved on, but she seemed somehow kind of “affected”, as Simon might say. I didn’t get all the goo goo eyes she was making. However, after watching all the others, and then getting the short reminder clips at the end, it was obvious she has the voice & I see her as making top 12 easily.
    Katelyn Epperly – “Oh Darlin’”- one of my favorite Beatles songs, and I thought she did a good job with the raspy, bluesy tone the song calls for. Did not like the claw thing on her head or her “look” tonight. Solid middle of the pack – may make top 12 or not.
    Haeley Vaughn – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – I don’t know what to make of this. There were moments where she showed some creative and interesting phrasing, but her vocals were not on. Even though it was odd, I don’t see her leaving yet.
    Lacey Brown – “Landslide” – in all the years that Simon has called someone “karaoke”, this was the epitome of that tonight. It sounded to me like she was just trying to imitate Stevie Nicks. The girl can sing, so I hope she gets another shot, but this didn’t wow me at all.
    Michelle Delamor – Fallin’ – I thought this was the best so far of the evening. Yes, she might not have done anything new/different/interesting w/ the song, but it is the first night on the idol stage. At this point, all she has to do is sing better than 2 others, and she did that by far.
    Didi Benami – “The Way I Am” – I dozed off. Obviously, she did not capture me.
    Siobhan Magnus – “Wicked Game” – I agree the Stevie Wonder song was better, but I thought she did a very good job on this. Definitely top 6, IMO.
    Crystal Bowersox – “Hand In My Pocket” – she has consistently been my favorite so far, and that didn’t change tonight. I like her voice, I like her singer/songwriter vibe, I like that she plays an instrument, I like her stage presence. The only thing that might hurt her is that she hasn’t watched years of Idol and may not know common pitfalls. On the other hand, Taylor Hicks had never watched Idol and he learned how to play the game well enough.
    Katie Stevens – “Feeling Good” – Risky move to do a song that Adam did in such a memorable way last year. She has a great voice –she’s cute – she’s Jordin Sparks. Definitely top 6 – definitely won’t win. But she did a good job on the song overall.

  367. Best of the night for me was Crystal and Siobhan– Crystal’s so engaging and natural on stage and her voice is great; thought Siobhan had good vocal control on her song and I like her mysterious stage persona.

    Lilly‘s and Didi‘s voices were good, but they didn’t grab me- couldn’t get into them.

    Katelyn was a surprise- decent song choice and she didn’t sound too bad.

    Michelle and Katie– competent, but forgettable.

    Didn’t like Paige, Ashley, Janell and Haeley– thought their vocals were all over the place.

    Lacey– the performance was terrible, but I really like her and hope she doesn’t get cut.

    The judges were good with their critiques- not as much silliness like last season. I thought Simon’s comments on Crystal, Lilly and Didi were interesting.

    Bottom 3: Janell, Paige & Lacey
    Going home: Janell & Paige

  368. Okay, I Lost track of AI this season (ha ha, get it…Lost final season and all) but thanks to the magic of MJs I went back and watched the videos. Quick first impressions…

    I enjoyed Lilly Scott the most. Interesting voice, great interpretive skills. And with that hair she could totally play Jem if they ever do a live action movie. (What? It’s bound to be better than the Josie and the Pussycats movie, right?)

    Crystal Bowersox was also interesting, but I remember JD Fortune covering that song on Rock Star and this paled a bit in comparison a bit to his adrenaline fueled arrangement. But still, I liked it.

    That Siobhan chick has a great voice and lots of stage presence, but I think by powering through Wicked Game she totally stripped away the haunting quality. It would have been a lot more powerful if she had dialed it down a skotch and really thought about what she was singing. I didn’t believe her in the moment, YKWIM? She needs to connect more.

    Everyone else kind of blends together for me.

    Oh wait, the best thing I saw was Simon busting on Battlefield. Ha ha ha! Simon, I feel ya. So what is with that girl who apparently sings only the bad Ryan Tedder songs? Battlefield is a magnum opus compared to Happy. Just no.

  369. Someone get Crystal a copy of Taylor Hicks season! I just love her, but the minute she gives up her precious air time to playing the harmonica…all is lost!! She has a great voice and presence but please someone help her….I agree with an earlier post…her “wheels” were turning when Simon suggested Bowie…Let’s hope she is as smart as she seems!!

  370. With that difference? You’d have sworn they tossed in some “Vote for Katie Stevens” subliminal messages for good measure. She is clobbering everyone out there… and yet nothing about that performance could explain the difference, or even the pimp spot itself.

    My knollish thought is that by criticizing Katie (fairly, IMO), those viewers who feel protective of the OMG!17!!! year old girl and the “loving Granddaughter” will vote for her because the mean man was mean to her and she went last with a bombastic performance on a somewhat lackluster night. Also, the fact that she sang an old song probably works to her advantage with the same demographic.

    That has to be it because she just wasn’t that good, or fresh, or “commericial”, or “radio ready” or a “package artist”.

    Someone get Crystal a copy of Taylor Hicks season! I just love her, but the minute she gives up her precious air time to playing the harmonica…all is lost!!

    At least Taylor can play a harmonica well (and he didn’t get to play any instruments during the competition… oh yeah, and he won his season). Crystal’s harmonica playing was very amateurish, like a throw-away to show that she could play more than one instrument, which distracted from her singing performance which was quite good and her guitar playing which is adequate.

  371. There is a reason Crystal’s wheels were turning when Simon suggested Bowie. Crystal is from the area here in Ohio where I live. The news had a piece on her last night and said that if the opportunity presented itself, that she would love to do some Bowie this season. So I think there was already some behind the scenes discussion about it.

  372. That Katie was weird. I really hated her performance. I do agree with what was said, she is good, blah, blah, blah, but it looks like she is trying too hard to be something she isn’t.
    I liked Crystal. She was my favorite. I think once she realizes how to make herself work in the show, she’ll be the best female in the competition. I also liked Siobhan, I think she’s got a future on the show.

  373. My favorites from last night were Siobhan, Lily, Crystal, Didi, and Katelyn.
    I thought it was great how Siobhan sang her song so controlled and poised. Lily just is unique and is great with the guitar, as well as Crystal. Didi is like a way better Megan Joy and I loved her outfit. :) Katelyn surprised me totally and busted out, “Oh Darlin'” by the Beatles is a powerful, soulful way. I hope they all make the top 12.
    But I have to say…I was shocked how the judges liked Michelle. I thought she did not hold a candle to Alicia Keys at ALL! And I’m so sorry…..but Haeley…that was atrocious. :(

  374. forgot to vote, but my favorites are Lilly and Crystal, followed by siobhan. I can’t stand Katie, and hopefully the outright pimping will work against her.

    It’s really a shame that they did not tell Haeley Vaughn to take some voice lessons and audition next year. I felt bad for her last night, because i do think she has potential, but she’s not going to make it far this year.

  375. I think next week will be very interesting. People will have their first week jitters out, and most of the complaints I have heard are about song choice, not vocals (except for Haeley and Lacey and I think Lacey will be gone) so there is a good chance everyone will improve dramatically next week.

    After thinking about it last night, the one performance I think so far that has been drastically underrated was Katelyn. She sang it real well, and in fact despite the show making it seem like she had a lackluster hollywood she hasn’t had a bad vocal yet. I think she could be a real dark horse, especially if she gets to break out the piano.

  376. tammyinohio, I wonder if we’re neighbors!! I read the same piece in the paper. I have a feeling Crystal has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

    Katie’s performance was awkward to watch. Ellen was right on the money. She needs to go out on the stage and be young and sweet. None of this making sexy, flirty faces at the camera.

    Poor Haeley. At least she’ll get some love from VFTW. ;)

    BTW, is it my imagination or were the judges pretty much spot on last night? Even Randy. As entertaining as Paula could be, it was nice to have the focus be on the CONTESTANTS for a change. Without her antics and Simon’s constant attempt to feel her up, things moved smoothly in terms of judging.

  377. My favorites tonight were Lilly Scott, Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus.

    Haven’t read the 500 comments yet, but those were my three favorites, too, and I actually picked up the phone and voted for each a few times. I had no intention of voting for anybody this early, but I really want the three of them to continue on.

    All in all, that may have been the best Top 12 girls’ performance I can recall from any year I’ve tuned in.

  378. I actually picked up the phone for Didi, Siobhan, and Katelyn. I like Lilly but I wasn’t impressed by her last night at all. Bowersox has a clear voice and a good tone but nothing about her Alanis cover jumped out at me, kinda sleepy in my opinion.
    I had to rewatch Paige and Ashley cuz I thought they were both awful the 1st go around. On second viewing, Paige suffered from her own arrangement I think.

    I wasn’t expecting Ashley to wow me at all and alas, she didn’t. I expected good enough vocals but she was all over the place. She killed me with song choice alone, even Leona shouldn’t sing Leona.
    Janell, Lilly…forgettable. Katelyn woke me up. She didn’t knock my socks off but I was pleasantly surprised. Before the judges made their comments, I said to the tv “you can now officially peel off that ‘canon fodder’ label.” I was glad they didn’t drum up any family drama with her in the video package (my parents are divorced. wahh). I watched the Access or ET in/vw with her and she came across as likeable I thought. Loved how she talked about her family alot. I woulda been pissed about Kara saying she didn’t like the makeover too…how bout commenting on the singing lady (which was good!)or are you sitting in the Paula Abdul Memorial Chair tonight??

  379. My first shallow thought, one of many, is that Janell has the best teeth of the girls and can we get those over to Crystal??

    I’m diggin’ Crystal and Siobhan. Crystal for the talent but she’s a little bland on personality. Siobhan- love the quirkiness and her voice.

    I really like Michelle but hope she’s got more in her. She’s probably the one with the magazine cover looks. That’s before airbrushing….she won’t need it.

  380. Haeley, after that performance I don’t think she deserves a spot in the Top 12 (or 16 for that matter). Too much squealing and screeching. I can see why she’s a VFTW pick. Awful, her smile didn’t charm me and her video package was grating (side note: great parenting Mom). My bf saw the playback at the end of Haeley and almost choked from laughter. The girl is cute, but she could benefit from more training, Idol can’t give that to her in 12 weeks. Just my opinion… I really wanted to love Lacey, she was shaky yes. I think she gave a solid effort, I’d be interested in hearing the studio version.
    Michelle needs to do something to set her apart from the pack (if she even has a 2nd chance -I think Ashley probably has a bigger fanbase). She’s gotten like zero screen time apart from the named commercial promo back in Jan., but honestly no one remembers that. Soul, pop, r&b, pick one. She’s boring right now.
    DIDI DIDI DIDI!! On this one I got up and got a pen to note her #. I enjoyed her performance from start to finish!! I was on the Didi train before and now I feel like the conductor. She made me fall in love with this song again.
    Siobhan the glass-blower. Nice job, I actually would have traded Ellen’s comment to Didi for this performance. Wicked Games was a nice performance, but nice doesn’t always get votes. Not a strong, blow us outta the water impression. Yes, for tour, no on a first wk voting competition. And kudos to her for choosing a guy song. She has either gotten good advice or she has great instincts.

    I think I said before that Crystal didn’t blow me away. I don’t dig her yet, but her baby is adorable. I loved her line to Simon “they don’t allow originals on this show.” But she needs to take a page from David Cook or Kris Allen with the arrangements.

    One of the earlier comments asked why Idol called it Buble’s song for Katie Stevens. He’s on the charts right now so they wanted to remind us she can be current, -hey, she picked a guy that’s still alive. ‘Ignore the fact that the song has been around forever…’
    I thought Katie was kind of lounge singer-ish. On any other night I wuld have been annoyed at the winking and super smiley poses, but I think Katie knows how to play the game.
    Who’s leaving: Janelle and Paige, tho I think it should be Haeley and Janelle or Ashley. Excited for tonight!

  381. I liked Crystal in her auditions and Hollywood round but something about her attitude struck me the wrong way last night. ‘Too cool for school’ and pretty arrogant. Maybe it was the way she already was talking back and raising her eyebrows at the criticism. Gotta learn how to play the Idol game!

    I didn’t care for Lilly either, her voice is too helium and affected for me. I did like Siobhan, she’s interesting and a little quirky.

    Katelyn has potential. And Katie needs out of pagent singing. Janell and Didi are completely interchangeable so far for me.

    And Haeley, ouch.

  382. After going back and watching the clips, my favorites are Paige, Siobhan and Michelle. They all have great voices and a little something extra, especially Siobhan who has a real intensity and does seem to lose herself in her performances.

    Katie Stevens is way overrated. I think the producers have visions of Miley/Selena/Demi in their heads. But the vocals were uneven and the delivery was just … awkward.

  383. Didn’t like: Haeley, Janell, Lacey, Paige.

    Did like: Crystal, Lilly, and Siobhan.

    I dislike Katie but have resigned myself to her being around for a good long while. I’m torn on what to think about Didi. I like her style and I love her voice, but her constant crying, exploiting her friend’s death for sympathy votes, and the fact that she found a Kara song to perform just to suck up is all extremely off-putting.

  384. Katie Stevens is way overrated. I think the producers have visions of Miley/Selena/Demi in their heads. But the vocals were uneven and the delivery was just … awkward.

    I think that is what the show wants you to think right now, but I really believe she is a fake front runner. She is a Lakisha or Carly who is going to be getting some nasty critiques later down the road. In no way do I think they want her to win.

  385. Thanks for the videos, as usual, mj. I missed the show on my local TV (again).

    My early favorites Lilly, Crystal, and Didi remain my faves although none of them blew me away this time.

    The surprise for me was Siobhan. I had never seen or heard her before and I thought that was a great introduction. Interesting girl and very beautiful.

    I never paid much attention to Haeley before but I really enjoyed her performance (technical deficiencies, of which I know nothing much about, really, notwithstanding). She seems like such a happy girl and I like happy girls. :p

    I wasn’t looking at the video of Lacey when it was playing but I was listening and I liked (most of) what I heard. It would be a pity if she goes home at once.

    I thought Katelyn (who was also an early fave) was good, too. I like her voice and the fact that she gave it her all in that performance (although I agree with Kara she looks more beautiful without all that make-up and that get-up).

    (I have to say these girls are a pretty bunch.)

  386. I’m kind of shocked that Didi got a luke warm reception. Don’t immaculate vocals trump gimmicky smiling and up tempo oldies tunes? That song choice was in her wheel house, she knows who she is as an artist and she made some great melodic choices that strayed from the original. Isn’t that EXACTLY what she’s supposed to do? Rant over.
    Loved Lilly too. I’m still pulling for Janell, but I’ve got one foot out of the bandwagon. WTF with that song choice? Seriously? Lacey and Haeley were God awful. Haeley’s voice since day one causes ringing in my ears. Randy nailed it…it’s such a displeasing sound. No ear candy time for me!

  387. I’m kind of shocked that Didi got a luke warm reception. Don’t immaculate vocals trump gimmicky smiling and up tempo oldies tunes? That song choice was in her wheel house, she knows who she is as an artist and she made some great melodic choices that strayed from the original. Isn’t that EXACTLY what she’s supposed to do? Rant over.

    Yeah, I didn’t understand the negative comments she got. I thought it was such a cool, low-key performance that’s all about singing. I actually think it’s the best of the night followed by Crystal and Lilly’s performances.

  388. I’ve watched some you tubes of Siobhan singing, and she has got serious pipes. Not sure if that’s fully evident yet, but her vocal ability is outstanding. I’m hesitant to throw it out there, but you can find some vocal similarities between her and Adam. Personality,style, not so much. We’ll see if she makes it through and what she can do.

  389. Siobhan was pretty amazeballs during Hollywood week but she sounded like a chick that was trying to sing like a dude last night. It was just NOT the right key for her. I hope she sticks around. She’s got chops.

  390. Haeley’s definetly going to stay and vftw(which I like btw.I know I’m heartless) will be patting them selvebd on the back thinking they did it.yeah,right *eyeroll*

    ok.my life compared to other people’s in really good and compared to Haiti it’s nothing.But,my grandpa has alzhrimers,Parkinsons,and is blind and my other grandfather just passed away(my favorite person ever).
    I’m not trying to get sympathy , I’m just saying Katie’s story is NOTHING

    plus she seems prudish and old and boring (plus she the untouchable song.and I can’t believe Randy compared her to jordin sparks.I mean,really,when she sings that song it’s natural for her to be compared to the alien who sang that and strutted last season.)

    plus there’s tons of peoe with that voice

    \rant end

  391. Okay, don’t kill me, because my opinion might not be very popular around here …

    My favorite performances last night?
    Katelyn Epperly, Michelle Delamor and Katie Stevens.

    “Girls With Guitars” and “Indie/Alternative” clubs just weren’t that good in my opinion. I think the change from the audition room and Kodak Theatre just took away something from Lilly Scott, Lacey Brown, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami, even Crystal Bowersox. Okay, Crystal was still good, but I hope she stops playing the harmonica and focuses on singing. I admit, I just can not imagine Lilly, Lacey, Siobhan or Didi win AI and release a mainstream album that would be popular with the audience. It’s not that they were all bad, it’s just… We will see how will they do on theme nights. They seem very “niche” artists/singers to me.

    Haeley Vaughn needs to go home. Sorry.

    I think Ashely Rodriguez has the voice, but “Happy” was a bad song choice for her, she sounded and “looked” kinda karaoke to me. I hope Paige Miles and Janell Wheeler stay on the show.

    I just don’t know, I think the “classic” AI types did the best last night. And I only want to hear some good singing in the semifinal rounds because I believe contestants need some time to adapt to the whole thing.

  392. Wow…what a swing and a miss…don’t see a “star” in any of them so far. A big ‘maybe’ for Didi, Crystal and Siobhan….BIG maybe.

    What the HELL happened to Tasha Layton (Leighton?) ?!?!? I had BIG hopes for her. Great tone, timing, stage presence, cute enough, did good in Hollywood…WTF?!?!?

  393. ^ Tori Kelly too. Tasha and Tori and Angela all should have been there over some of these boring contestants. Tho I have a funny suspicion Angela wasn’t there mainly because the producers have a certain agenda and Angela’s backstory would threaten this.

  394. my favorite DIDI BENAMI she reminds me of my super favorite idol in S7 (she has a resemblance with didi)….i hope didi makes it through the top 12 and top 5 atleast…yay…

    i’m not into lily and crystal..crystal gets into my nerves whenever she talks back at the judges…lily might struggle with weekly themes if ever she gets to the top 12 (just like brooke & megan)

    katie is the girl counterpart of david archuleta..her parents seems to decide whatever she will do in idol…too bad coz i really think she has a nice voice…

    i feel bad for lacey…michelle?well i’m tired of seeing idols like her you know the typical diva like…unless she truly is a diva

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