American Idol 9 Top 12 Guys – Recap Roundup

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‘American Idol’ Has An Awkward Night

For weeks now ‘American Idol‘ viewers have been hearing the propaganda about how this season would be won by a young lady. The judges’ comments in the run-up to the shows always had at least one statement that underscored the females’ primacy. The semifinalist pool was almost 66% women. Even Simon Cowell, Mister Shoot From The Hip, was in on the fix.

Fancast.com

Blake Lewis: Top 12 guys didn’t ‘blow it out of the water’

Wednesday night, we got our first real look into all of the dudes of American Idol Season 9. I was hoping they were all going to blow it out of the water, but it didn’t happen. I was really disappointed at all the song choices the ladies brought to the stand on Tuesday. At least last night, the guys made much better choices.

USA Today

‘American Idol’ recap: Man-ick Depression!

Two episodes into American Idol’s season 9 semifinals, and I’m ready to ask my doctor for a Xanax prescription. And once I’ve calmed my own panic attacks caused by the (mostly) subpar performances from the 24 kids competing for the right to star in an adorable 2011 Ford campaign, I’m going to be seriously tempted to administer some pharmaceutical aid to the contestants as well.

Entertainment Weekly

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‘Idol’: Must be the season of the hippie hopeful

Something we noticed as Season 9’s auditions were getting under way? The proliferation of Birkenstock-wearing, dreadlocked, folksy contenders who wouldn’t look out of place at a Phish show. Crystal Bowersox is the most obvious example, what with her whole Dylan vibe and strapped-on guitar-harmonica combo, but favorite Didi Benami, whose real name is Vered (meaning “rose” in Hebrew), also seemed to embrace her inner hippie last night with a sweater vest that looked like it came straight out of the ’60s section of the thrift shop. There was also Siobhan Magnus, sporting the classic flower in her hair. And remember Maddie Curtis from the Boston auditions and repeat customer Rose Flack, also rocking the dreads? On the boys side, Jim Morrison wannabe Tyler Grady fits the bill, and you could make a case for long-haired Casey James.

LA Times

The ‘American Idol’ Top 24, Part 2: The Boys Of Bummer

All season long, the “American Idol” buzz has buzzed loudest regarding the female contestants, with the judges declaring this to be the season when a girl would finally win after two consecutive boy-boy finales. But after Tuesday night’s first top 12 episode, all the hype now appears to be just that: HYPE. Sure, there were a few standout performances, but overall, the girls disappointed this week.

Yahoo.com

Guys struggle, so ‘Idol’ focuses on other things

Wednesday night was supposed to be the showcase for the 12 men among the “American Idol” semifinalists, and indeed, several did take the opportunity to put up some strong performances. But there was a lot more to check out in the two hours of singing and sniping than just the vocals.

MSNBC

Ann Powers: The Boys take their chances

“Dude, believe in yourself.” That was Randy Jackson, addressing one of the 12 trembling mangenues who took the stage during Wednesday’s overall fiasco of an “American Idol” episode. Dawg should write a book — a self-help book, with plenty of lists and clear directives about generating and then managing confidence — and then pass it out to the singers who filled two hours that would have been better spent watching Olympic ice sports with flubbed notes, horrific over-singing, and deer-in-the-headlights stares.

LA Times

Top 24 Guys Recap – “Ooh, I Wish It Was Riper Cause I’d Like to Eat That Banana Right Now”

I know what Idol is doing. They’re trying to throw off VFTW by making all 24 contestants so bad that we can’t pick just one. Sneaky, sneaky strategy Idol. Unfortunately, the only people that will benefit are Worsters. I mean how many different ways can the judges say, “That was a terrible performance but I like you” before people start tuning out? VFTW is going to rule this season. I hereby dub this “The Year of Vote for the Worst.” If our picks stay or go, we’ve already won, because the winner of this season will be the worst yet.

Vote For the Worst

American Idol top 12 guys – my rankings, predictions, polls

No wonder the judges are pimping the girls. The guys, overall, were dismal. This may be the weakest male pool since season three.

It’s hard to decide who will get booted because half of them could go home and I wouldn’t blink an eye.

My prediction of the bottom two: Todrick Hall (early and way too weird with that Kelly Clarkson song) and Tyler Grady (just grating). If not them, Jermaine Sellers is out for missing 87 notes in 90 seconds.

Ajc

‘Idol’ judges jeer male semifinalists

LOS ANGELES — Tim Urban tripped up his second shot at “American Idol” fame.

The shaggy-haired 20-year-old singer, who served as a last-minute replacement for 25-year-old shoe salesman Chris Golightly in the top 24 semifinalists, was derided by the Fox singing contest’s judges for his screechy rendition of OneRepublic’s “Apologize” during Wednesday’s episode featuring performances from the top 12 male semifinalists.

Washington Post.com

‘American Idol’ Top 12 Men Have A Rocky Live Debut

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

MTV

‘American Idol’ Recap: Michael Lynche Can’t Salvage Sub-Par Night

When Simon Cowell said before this week’s performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was just trying to stir the pot. Silly ol’ Simon, creating controversy for controversy’s sake.

I was wrong.

Probably due to the aggressive mist we had in L.A. last night, the signal kept on going in and out for our Fox affiliate. I was apoplectic about it as the show started. Now it just seems like the fates were trying to be merciful.

Billboard.com

American Idol Recap: Never Rework a Hit Song, No Matter What the Judges Tell You

The top twelve male finalists took the stage on last night’s American Idol, attempting to disprove the judges’ decree that the ladies shall inherit this season. Overall, the menfolk turned in fair performances, but in true Idol fashion, those savvy hopefuls who actually listened the night before to what the judges had claimed they wanted to hear were roundly chided for their attempts at individuality. Even though the judging panel repeated their “make a familiar song your own” mantra on Tuesday, they seemed flabbergasted and annoyed when Todrick Hall and Andrew Garcia actually did so, offering quirky, unexpected recastings of popular songs. Big mistake, guys: You actually think Randy and Kara remember what they said the night before? And incidentally, when Simon exhorts you to find your voice, he means your ready-to-shrink-wrap-and-sell-at–Best Buy voice.

NY Magazine

American Idol starts the judge shenanigans to compensate for weak singing

If something doesn’t change soon, this is going to be a long two and a half months. The American Idol 9 men’s performances weren’t much better than the weak performances the women gave Tuesday. As with the women, there were a few stand-outs, and perhaps there were a few more attempts at originality, though the always-frustrating judges thought it was too original for, say, Todrick Hall to rework a Kelly Clarkson song.

Reality Blurred

You know I’m not a fan of yours: AI9 Top 24 (Guys)

Tonight is when the dreams of many a frau begin — it’s the Top 24 GUYS NIGHT on American Idol!

The judges’ babble makes me yawn, but really, Simon? If any of these guys lose it tonight, their careers are over? Is this so? Ah yes. I forgot. Because it’s a girl’s year.

(Oh. And what was that I saw? PAY THE FRAK UP! I told you Andrew Garcia would be in the pimp spot tonight. TOLD YOU SO!)

Top Idol

American Idol: The Lost Boys

Here come the men! Well, boys, I suppose. Young men? Whatever they were, they sang last night. And, after the fairly disastrous ladies, hopes were high. Were they satisfied? Ohhh. I don’t know. I don’t think so?

Early this morning I got my favorite kind of recap-related email, egarding yesterday’s writeup of the Fabulous Ladies, who all sing beautifully and have winning personalities.

Defamer

‘American Idol’: In First Look, the Men Underwhelm

There were no winners — no survivors, even — on “American Idol” on Wednesday, when this season’s top 12 men took to the stage for the first time. It was, politely, a blood bath, certainly the least promising group ever selected by the judges. It was bad enough to raise the question: Simon sabotage?

NY Times

‘American Idol’ Top 12 Men’s Report Card

Call it a case of nervousness on the first day of class, a failure to study hard or a bunch of students in over their heads. Whatever the case on Wednesday’s “American Idol, ” the top 12 men arrived for their first live show test and promptly flunked. At least, most of them did, especially when compared to the top 12 women the previous evening. So, who surprised us, who disappointed us and who’s in danger of going home? Let’s take a look at the top 12 men’s report card. (And don’t miss Jim Cantiello’s review in the Newsroom.)

MTV

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28 Comments

  1. I have to agree that this is the worst pool of men that has ever been on American Idol. The women were a little better, but that’s not saying much. All of these kids could have used a tranquilizer to get rid of the nerves, because the nerves were running rampant on that show. Some of them were acting like they have never sung before a live audience before. I am praying to God that they don’t have a Michael Jackson or Rock week, because what would total train wreck.

  2. Thank you, Ann Powers, for calling out Kara on her inability or unwillingness to control her hormones. For a fleeting moment last night even Kara seemed to get it, when she apologized to her husband. She seems to think her sexual harassment is adorable, but it’s not. Hope they have that HR meeting and she stays chastened. Doubt that she will, though. She just seemed completely out of control to me, and it was far from the first time. And just when Tuesday made me want to give her another chance.

  3. They didn’t need a tranquilizer, they were a tranquilizer. And Kara is just plain squicky and annoying.

  4. Kara was ridiculous last night and the way the judges were part of that stupid moment was not funny at all. I didn’t like her last season, I care far less for her now. What’s with the continuation of the cougar attitude? She was completely way out of line. Casey was simply playing along, what the heck was he supposed to do? He was put on the spot, yet again. I’m older than Kara and YES Casey is a very good looking guy and super HAWT. But, give me a break! He could be my son. She needs to control herself and stop all this nonsense. It was cute with the banter between Victoria and Kara during Casey’s first audition but her behavior last night is so childish and creepy.

  5. What was Kara thinking? Is she consciously sabotaging herself of is she just a dumb b***h?

    My guess is option two. Dumb *arrogant* b***h, I’m thinking.

    I mean, if she wants off the show, I’m sure she could find some way out of her contract that would carry fewer future repercussions than sexually harassing contestants does. I doubt that reputation would do her much good in her other gig, as an A&R person. And I think she’s loving the spotlight — not to mention the cash — too much to want to leave it. Seems to me that she’s also trying to be the new Paula-who-gets-lots-of-camera-time-by-flirting-with-Simon as well. Early on last night there was a substantial time when he was talking and she had her face right up against his shoulder, staring up at him, willing him to look at her and flirt, but he didn’t. It was almost as creepy as her behavior with Casey.

  6. breakdown:
    02/25/2010 at 8:51 am
    “They didn’t need a tranquilizer, they were a tranquilizer. And Kara is just plain squicky and annoying.”

    Thanks for correcting me, because you are correct, they were a tranquilizer. It’s bad when both the men and the women are so bad, that the only thing you have to look forward to is watching the reaction of the judges. Last night, Ryan was doing his best to move the show along and make small talk with the Idols, but even he was thrown off by how bad these guys were. It was just one bad performance after another. Simon don’t care, not only because he’s leaving, but he’s simply not excited about any of these people. Ellen, I love her, but she’s totally out of her comfort zone. She’s just rambling on and on and saying nothing of any importance. Kara is simply continuing her idiotic behavior from last year, I was surprised she didn’t strip down for Casey last night. Randy knows it bad and he’s just going through the motion. This show has jumped the shark and countdown has started on it’s demise. But having said all of that, I am going to watch every minute of it, because it’s like watching a train wreck, you can’t look away.

  7. Kara was just joking…..it really isn’t that serious.

    I know a lot of people think this, and you may be right. But honestly it just doesn’t read that way to me. To me, it reads that she really is getting out of control being hot under the collar. Hard to say which is the case, of course. You pick up the clues and see it one way, but repeatedly it reads to me as the other. I especially was struck by her demeanor when she said, Honey, I love you! or whatever to her husband. To me that read as if she realized that she’d been carried away and was — finally — trying to rein it in.

    But whether she’s out of control or just joking, I still don’t think it’s right at all, and I do think it’s serious for some of the contestants. Frankly, I think she had a hand in messing up Casey’s performance last night. He seemed very distracted and half laughing to me, and then Ellen apologized to him for having to sing while “all this was going on over here,” or something like that. Whether it’s a for-real case of being unable to control yourself or a deliberate joke, as a judge you really have no right to put any contestant in that position, in my opinion….. If one of the men did that to a female contestant, I suspect a lot more people would consider it quite serious, whether he was joking or not!

  8. If one of the men did that to a female contestant, I suspect a lot more people would consider it quite serious, whether he was joking or not!

    But Randy and Simon make comments like that all the time towards women they find hot. I don’t think Kara finds casey attractive at all, i think she just gets sucked into the gimmicky ideas of the producers

  9. But Randy and Simon make comments like that all the time towards women they find hot.

    Yeah, I know they make comments. But I don’t see them melting (either fakely or for real!) into apparent pools of moisture and fanning themselves and swaying with orgasm-looks on their faces the way she does! … To me, it’s that acting out — which I see, but I know that others don’t! — that takes her stuff (real or feigned) over the line for me.

    I think we’re dealing here with the thing we’ve argued to death about Adam’s sexual portrayal on the AMAs versus, say, Shakira’s — Somehow, when the women act out physically, most people don’t seem to notice or care, while if the men did, I believe people *would* notice and care! Mileage obviously varies a *lot* on this point, however!

  10. Kara is much older than the contestants and in a position of power as a judge. I am not a Casey fan, but she shouldn’t force the poor dude to have to flirt with her. I like her comments related to singing and performances better.

  11. Something went horribly wrong with the casting for this season. Maybe things will turn around, but right now I can’t imagine what the AI tour will look like next year. And I can’t imagine any of this group being successful in the industry. Maybe one of the girls could find a kind of “Colby Caillet success,” but I don’t think that is what AI had in mind.

    And maybe Kara was just trying to inject some fun or energy or something into the show and it just fell flat.

  12. I thought Kara was hilarious last night. It’s kinda like the uncomfortable humor of Meet the Parents though, so maybe not for everyone. I laughed a lot and didn’t think it a big deal, and I’m really surprised that people are taking it so seriously. But I do hope they ditch it from here on cuz it’ll get old soon.

  13. It isn’t fair to Casey for so many reasons. One being people like me are inclined to turn off the t.v. when this behavior gets over the top. Kara–stop it.

  14. I thought Kara was hilarious last night. It’s kinda like the uncomfortable humor of Meet the Parents though, so maybe not for everyone.

    Yeah, I get what you’re saying. I love uncomfortable humor usually, but only when I feel that the uncomfortable humor is the point of the exercise!

    In this case, I think that I just identify way too much with the contestants — who I see as desperately trying to get careers for themselves in the ultra-tough universe of the art that they love — to have patience with judges (or producers, or whoever) who think the show should be about themselves or be a laugh-fest or a satirical social commentary on sexual relations or whatever! This is kind of a life or death struggle for those kids, in my eyes, and I don’t really think that the show should be turned into a fun-with-satirical-humor-fest, for that reason. You may be right that that’s not the case and that I’m just taking it too seriously, though!

  15. Kara did the same crap last year with Matt. It wasn’t funny then and it isn’t funny now. It’s just offensive. And it has to make these guys uncomfortable, because they don’t really have the option of telling Kara to back the f*** off. Simon and Randy have made comments about some of the girls’ looks before, but I don’t remember them ever going this far over the line. It’s one thing to make a comment along the lines of “the girls love Kris” (which was heard a few times last year) or so-and-so is “adorable”. That’s ok…it’s an innocuous remark about someone’s appeal. It’s another thing to objectify the contestants, treat them as a piece of meat and basically make yourself look like an idiot by hitting on them (whether jokingly or not).

  16. Meanwhile, all the yammering about this group having the most talent of any AI season ever? Um, no. Season 7 and Season 8 both had way more talent than what AI9 has shown so far. You can blame some of the last two nights’ disaster on nerves, sure, but not one person stood out. In earlier seasons, even on the first night of the live performances there have always been at least a few people who really stand out. I’m sure in the next couple of weeks there will be 2-3 who pull away from the pack, but right now I’m really not feeling any of these people as potential star recording artists.

  17. In this case, I think that I just identify way too much with the contestants — who I see as desperately trying to get careers for themselves in the ultra-tough universe of the art that they love — to have patience with judges (or producers, or whoever) who think the show should be about themselves or be a laugh-fest or a satirical social commentary on sexual relations or whatever!

    I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think she would do it if she thought it would cause the contestant discomfort or anything. Casey was clearly totally cool with it. And I actually think Matt was amused by it and at times appreciated the support. It wasn’t the same with Matt though– she didn’t outright hit on Matt the way they were playing up the Casey thing last night. Anyway, if the contestant was uncomfortable or looked like he felt objectified, I’d think they’d stop. That said, I do think they should stop now. If they do this with Casey every week, I’ll start complaining.

  18. Haley Vaughn: Incoming!!! We have a hot, Sanjaya-esque, country mess on our hands (if such a package is even possible). Somehow, Haley manages to fulfill all of those adjectives and somehow, she has managed to break the Top 12. (Somewhere, there is Angela Martin, petting her Haley Vaughn voo-doo doll, waiting for the right moment to save us all from this God-awful screeching. One pin prick to the jugular, Angela. Please!!”)

    and the guys?!

    John Park: We opened by learning that Shania was the best part of Park’s Idol experience thus far. That little Shania package was funny! It was lively! “You have a beautiful bottom end.” “Marry me, Shania.” “It was the proudest moment of my life.” All good stuff. And then we got to his performance. “God Bless The Child.” Boy. What a fun ruiner. Snooze ALERT!!!

    http://www.myrealitybit.com/

  19. I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think she would do it if she thought it would cause the contestant discomfort or anything. Casey was clearly totally cool with it.

    Yep, it’s all about our different perceptions. I thought that Casey looked distracted during his song because of it and, while tolerant, not especially thrilled with the whole thing afterwards! And I read Kara as being so caught up in her own stuff (whether real or performed) that I think she seldom stops to think whether anything she’s doing could be a problem for a contestant or not. No way of knowing which perception is right, obviously!

  20. I thought that Casey looked distracted during his song because of it

    I thought this too!! I was getting mad. I felt he was able to control the distraction a little more in the second half of the song…but the stiff smile throughout the song, I felt, was because of the judges.

  21. DLee, Slezak thought that Casey botched his song opening because of the judges’ nonsense as well (see the EW piece above): “It’s just a shame that while Casey was one of the few guys to make the telecast worthwhile, he didn’t wind up getting any real respect from the judges both during and after his performance. Kara and Randy — apparently filled with the burning desire to prove that they can easily assume the imbecilic mid-performance shenanigans once associated with Simon and Paula — locked arms in a ridiculous swaying motion that caused Casey to nervously laugh during his opening verse.”

  22. from http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/….night-on-a.html

    The TV Column
    by Lisa de Moraes

    Downhill event men’s night on ‘American Idol’
    If you watched the Olympics on NBC Wednesday night instead of “American Idol,” you made the right viewing choice. Even if they brought back ice dancers dressed as Aborigines for an encore. Compare any of these guys to any performance of Adam Lambert’s last season — it’s like speed skating vs. curling.

  23. i dont know how i survived the previous season’s without reading all these recaps. love mj’s, michael slezak, jim cantiello and of course, VTFW, which i think is so hilarious that i find it more entertaining than the show itself.

  24. The bloggers all seem to have interesting and divergent views on the guys abilities. I guess that’s expected when you don’t have a lot to judge on.

    I really don’t want to see the judges except in the background when the idols are singing….especially with the scene that Casey was having to endure.

    A lot of obvious nerves last night, but even so the underlying singing talents of some could be seen. After the bashing the girls got, nerves could be expected. Hopefully, the ones with singing ability will make it through. I lean a little country so I hope Aaron makes it. Tim was a disaster but, given how he got there, maybe he can turn it around in a week.

    Maybe they should pay Kris Allen or David Cook to come in and counsel these guys!

  25. Maybe they should pay Kris Allen or David Cook to come in and counsel these guys!

    I kind of think they’d counsel many of them to get a little more experience before they do this. Aaron’s a cute kid, but it looks to me like he would have benefited from waiting a couple of years to be on the show. He seems awfully unformed and kind of softly unfocused, at the moment. Of course, I can understand their motivation for being on now, since with each year that passes it’s less likely that the show will be around in future seasons. The 12 guys skew very young this year, I’d say. And males just don’t turn into adults as fast as females, on average, it seems.

  26. Kara was dead serious with her flirtation. Any woman or man could clearly tell that she was Blushing. You do not blush like that if you are kidding around or scripted. She was SERIOUS and it was totally unfair and she should be reprimanded and apologize not only to Casey but to the Audience tonight.

  27. I think we’re dealing here with the thing we’ve argued to death about Adam’s sexual portrayal on the AMAs versus, say, Shakira’s — Somehow, when the women act out physically, most people don’t seem to notice or care, while if the men did, I believe people *would* notice and care! Mileage obviously varies a *lot* on this point, however!

    Well, I’m not sure that’s quite the fair comparison. Honestly, it has a lot more to do, IMO, with there being a more violent history of sexuality regarding men-towards-women than women-towards-men, so there’s a different sensitivity to it (in regards to sexual harassment). That’s wasn’t quite the issue at the AMAs.

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