American Idol 9 Top 12 – Who is Going Home?

I have to say, last night during the mostly boring renditions of classic Stones songs, I lamented the loss of Lilly Scott, Alex Lambert and Katelyn Epperly. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Toddrick Hall, but even he could have alleviated some of last night’s tedium.

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Only Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus got the party started last night, and neither performance was their best.

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I wasn’t crazy about Siobhan’s take on “Paint it Black” but I thank her for not putting me to sleep.

So, who is going home tonight? Not Siobhan or Crystal. And probably not Mike Lynche, who performed first and also displayed a little excitement (albiet corny) on the big Idol stage.

Lee Dewyze’s competent and workman-like rock performances are slowly gathering some steam. The consistent Casey James is also performing solidly and is making his mark on Season 9 as the country heartthrob. Both Lee and Casey are safe.

Didi Benami is getting better, and I bet viewers felt bad about her stumble and threw her a few votes. Ditto Paige Miles who delivered one of her better performances with laryngitis.

The judges have decided to critique the children on a curve, so I think Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly are safe for another week.

That leaves Tim Urban, Andrew Garcia and Lacey Brown. Andrew continues to under-perform. And you know? I think we’ve seen all we’re going to see from Andrew. Yet, the judges are still begging us to save him. Therefore, Andrew is probably going to stick around this week.

Despite the judges’ negative critiques of Tim Urban’s totally WTF???!!!! performance of “Under My Thumb” last night, they really did not seem to get how truly ridiculous it was. A performance that mind-numbly clueless deserves no extra credit for effort! I don’t know, I still think there are people out there voting for Tim, and I suspect he’s going to become the thing that won’t go away. He’s staying this week.

So that leaves Lacey Brown, who picked the right song, but the wrong arrangement, delivering a rather odd and dull performance. Right smack dab in the middle of the performance lineup, who even remembers her? She and Didi are splitting votes, and I think those peeps were more inclined to save Didi this week.

In conclusion: I’ll be putting all my points on Lacey to be leaving us on American Idol this week.

What say you?

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128 Comments

  1. I put most of my points on Lacey, but just a few on Andrew. That performance of Gimme Shelter really was pathetic, and since it’s a bigger song than Ruby Tuesday, it was a bigger fail for me. (Although apparently some people loved it ???)

  2. Yeah Lacey is the chosen one to go.
    I just want to add. I really enjoyed the show and think it was better because of the people that left. Sorry but Alex and Lilly were a little boring imo. I was really impressed by everybody and think people shouldn’t hate on them so intently.
    My favorite was Siobhan. She is so crazy, fresh, creative and original. As long as she stays I’m happy.

  3. Also convinced that Lacey will go home, and Andrew will be bottom three. Not sure about the third bottom three.
    But is it going to be a predictable eviction or another surprise?

  4. Boy I hope it’s Andrew that goes home if not him then Lacey. But wouldn’t cry if Tim goes either. Loved Didi last night but my favorite was Crystal, and for the guy’s I liked Lee’s just wish he would get over his nerves. And liked Big Mike also.

  5. I have picked Andrew Garcia to be gone. If he doesn’t I won’t get any points!

  6. I agree that Lacey’s probably in trouble, even though she wasn’t the worst. This makes me sad:

    The judges have decided to critique the children on a curve, so I think Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly are safe for another week.

    These children need to GO! The next Jordin Sparks, Allison Iraheta, or David Archuleta they most definitely are NOT, so why are we wasting time with them? The only young guy I enjoyed, Alex, is gone, and Siobhan is 20 now, so I’m hoping against hope for no teenagers in the top 10 this year.

    MJ, quick question, will you be doing studio track reviews for us this season? I liked reading your assessments of how they varied from the live performance, etc. Thanks in advance!

  7. Hmm. I’m not counting out Lacey yet. I know a lot of people that voted for her. But what do I know?

  8. I think I’m going to end up splitting my points between Andrew and Lacey because I’m a wimp. Well, also because I can’t get the vision of that giant color “Home of Lacey Brown” banner hung in front of that church as the tumbleweeds blow by in Amarillo, TX. If her package didn’t scream “get out the hometown vote,” I don’t know what does.

    As much as I think she should (and probably will) go home this week, I’m not sure how much of America is really warming up to the guy who looks like Kim Jong-il with a neck tat, and whose former gang-member parents had dreams of him becoming a custodian. Plus? His Gimme Shelter was just weak tea. Dude looked *so* uncomfortable trying to work that mic stand. I dunno. I think at the very least, Andrew is going to see the seal tonight.

  9. Didi Benami is getting better, and I bet viewers felt bad about her stumble and threw her a few votes.

    I really like Didi’s voice, and I thought she started out strong last night. I did feel bad for her when seemed to lose it up there, and you’re right – I did throw her a few votes. My first votes of the season :).

    I like Mike & Casey because they’re good, even though they’re not off the charts amazing or anything. They’re consistent, and they entertain me. That’s good enough for me in the context of this show.

    I wouldn’t have slobbered all over Siobhan like the judges did, but I find her really fun to watch too. And, I think Crystal is an extremely talented individual. Outside of those 5 people, I really don’t care who goes home in what order. Lee is good, and getting better each week, however I like Casey’s brand of WGWG a little better.

    Tim Urban should have just been kicked off after last night’s performance, but I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Yes, I think the safe money’s on Lacey, but I still think there’s a chance we’ll be surprised.

    I can’t even bear to talk about the teenagers. I really think that when Aaron sings, the judges are just hearing a completely different song than I am, and seeing a hologram of a different guy with actual performance skills.

  10. So far if I don’ change it again, I put all my points on Katie as I think she will lose the tween votes to Tim and Aaron. I worry about Didi, she did great but I think she vote splits with Crystal. I think she is why Lilly went home as people thought Lilly was safe so they voted for Didi. This is not a cut on Didi as I loved her performance.

  11. I know alot of people who voted for Andrew too….and he does have a somewhat mad fan base..so if they can save him, he won’t be going anywhere.

  12. It seems to me that if this were Hollywood week the judges could easily divide this group of 12 into two conference rooms in a hotel somewhere.

    In one room: Andrew, Aaron, Tim, Paige, Katie, and Lacey
    In the other: Crystal, Didi, Lee, Casey, Mke, and Siobhan

  13. My pick is definitely Lacey to go home – she was one of the worst of the night, and I don’t think she has the fanbase of Tim and Andrew (who I would put in the bottom with her).

  14. I’ve been predicting Lacey to go home since Top 24, but she has defied all logic (and musicality) to stay in thus far. But like a stopped clock, eventually I have to be right. Right?

    The other person in danger is Andrew. I don’t think his performance was worst of the night but the judges treated it like it was.

  15. zuper, I like your other room! Can we get rid of the first room and just skip ahead?

    I can’t get the vision of that giant color “Home of Lacey Brown” banner hung in front of that church as the tumbleweeds blow by in Amarillo, TX. If her package didn’t scream “get out the hometown vote,” I don’t know what does.

    Yeah, I mentioned that last night too! I was saying she may be safe because of that, and Texas can be a big vote– fortunately she doesn’t have the entire state rooting for her since Casey’s from Texas too and he’s definitely more popular.

    Honestly, I thought Andrew was the worst of the night. I forgot it right after I saw it. He’s been riding Straight Up way too long.

  16. On the basis of misinterpreting songs, they should eliminate Tim!, Andrew!, and Lacey (that happy chirp at the end!), but alas that can’t happen. I would pick Lacey to go, but doesn’t she have that worship leader thing going for her, and isn’t that good for a lot of votes? I’m going to pick Andrew to go, though this week Tim deserves it most for his Jimmy Buffet (yes, mj, lol) rendition of one of the meanest, most bad-tempered, most arrogant and vengeful, not to mention (secretly) sexiest songs in rockdom.

  17. I agree that Lacey’s probably in trouble, even though she wasn’t the worst.

    That’s often a recipe for disaster. People will vote for the people they liked and the people they think are in trouble. In the early rounds with so much vote splitting, that’s often enough to save you.

    Paige might have also been in trouble, but they really stressed that she was sick, so that will get her a bunch of additional pity votes. If they don’t want you to last, they won’t mention it and if you do mention it yourself, Simon will give you a disdainful “So what?”. He may also rant about how the show must go on and others are sick so you should just suck it up. In short, he’ll make you sound like a whiner who is trying to score points while everybody else looks like a trooper because they didn’t whine. I don’t know what the endgame with Paige is, but I’m pretty sure they don’t want her to win. Right now, they are treating her with kid gloves, but at some point, the judges are going to turn on her like rabid dogs. I suspect they just want some diversity for now.

    Andrew should be in trouble too, but he got some judge’s pleas and he’s probably still driving on fumes from his early pimping and “Straight Up” version. It’s kind of like when MTV used to play videos. Sometimes, you’d sit there and think “I’ll watch one more because surely after so many sucky videos, the next one has to be good”. I’m sure there are still people thinking that Andrew’s next song has to be good.

  18. I put 12 of my points on Lacey and the rest on Andrew. I really hope one of those go but it well probably be someone else and I won’t get any points again, Unless I get the bonus questions right.

  19. I hope it’s Lacey. I know there is a lot of hate for Katie, Tim and etc., but while I don’t like them either, Lacey is the one that irrationally bugs me. She’s too calculated. I hate her voice. I hate her whole affected performances. I’m hoping last night was her swan song, but she’s defied the odds before.

  20. Pragmatically speaking, I think the End Game is diversity for the tour, with both Paige and Tim. Which leaves only one more week for the Kid Glove Treatment. IMO, of course.

    I recall The Sesame Street effect that WNTS wrote an editorial about, covers exactly what you are saying about the recipe for disaster.

  21. Most of my point are on Lacey, but I have a few on Aaron. I wanted to put them all on Tim as if that would magically make him go home, but it won’t.

  22. Oh – I forgot only one goes home, my brain was thinking one lady and one man…well with that in mind the worst for me was Lacey. I love her vocal quality, but that song was not good. I would really vote for Katie, but want is the use in wasting my hopes, she, Tim, and Aaron will be around until the top 6. Why I don’t know…

    My favorite was – Nobody, but if I had to choose I would pick Siobhan.

    I am a minority here because I only knew a couple of the songs on display. I never owned a RS album, nor listened to a whole RS album…most of the music on idol is new to me, so I am listening mainly for vocal quality and wow moments.

    Now play some R&B songs, and I might be able to tell you when and if these people are f’ing things up…

  23. Most of my point are on Lacey, but I have a few on Aaron. I wanted to put them all on Tim as if that would magically make him go home, but it won’t.

    Last season, I decided I’d put all of my points on Scotty Mac, each week until he went home. That was how bad I wanted him off my tv. I went a bunch of weeks with no points at all LOL. It’s not a winning strategy.

    However, at this point I’m in 646th place in the pool. So what have i got to lose? Maybe I should just starting putting all of my points on Tim until he leaves. Actually though, I think I want Aaron to leave more.

  24. I’m a big Stones fan, but let’s face it most of the kids don’t know their songs. They may have heard of the band, but having to pick a song when you are clueless about their catalog is pretty hard. That being said, Tim Urban! WTF! Okay, he changed up the beat which really didn’t bother me, but it was indicative of his utter cluelessness about the meaning of the song. Under My Thumb is a mean song referring to a man dominating a woman but Tim sang it in the same style as one would sing about puppy dogs and lollipops. Soooooo funny! I don’t think he is that bad of a singer, but he’s not believable singing anything rough or raw and let’s face it the Stones epitomize raw. I don’t think he will go home just yet though because he’s definitely got the cute factor going on.

    Didi proved she’s not just a pretty face, I loved the emotion she put into her song. Siboian (not sure of the spelling?) is my favorite but I don’t think she will win, her voice is a little polarizing (like Adam’s) but I think she is great! For me the contest is between Didi, Siboian and Crystal although I think Crystal needs to change it up a bit. Her bluesy folk song style is a little bit been there done that. And get a new hairdo for Pete’s sake. You can be indie without looking a mess!

  25. Ask yourself folks, if you were running the show, who would you rather have on the tour, Lacey or Andrew? Who do you expect will draw more of an audience? I’m putting my money on the church gal from Texas. Andrew is going home. AI loves Bible thumpers big time. Bottom three will be Lacey, Didi and Andrew with Andrew going home.

  26. I think Lacey is going home for all the same reasons. I think Andrew is going to be bottom 3 as well, and possibly Paige.

  27. I don’t think Andrew is going home yet….He is not even last on Dialidol and that’s just calls. What if he has fans who text like crazy? That gives him another week, tops!

    I am hoping he redeems himself truly…..

  28. I think Andrew cultivated an early fanbase. And, from past experience, we all know those early fanbases can be rabid and remain loyal for a very long time. It’s possible he could go home tonight, but I’m still guessing there’s a contigent of people who will vote furiously for him for the next 2 weeks to at least get him on the tour.

  29. Leave Lacey aloooooooone!

    Tim must go……hair….reggae Stones…..changing Leonard Cohens words….enough already!

  30. I’ll be happy if any of (or hopefully all in the next 5 eliminations) Katie, Aaron, Lacey, Andrew or Tim go home.

  31. I’m still guessing there’s a contigent of people who will vote furiously for him for the next 2 weeks to at least get him on the tour.

    Sigh. I hope he’s prepared to sing “Straight Up” 50 times. Maybe I’ll go back to putting all my points on Lacey.

  32. I’m putting most of my points on Lacey, but a few on Mike as well… Honestly, his performance was forgetable, he didn’t get really negative criticism that would rally the fans, he went first… I just honestly think there’s a chance it will be him this week!

  33. I’ll be happy if any of (or hopefully all in the next 5 eliminations) Katie, Aaron, Lacey, Andrew or Tim go home.

    Same 5 for me, when they go the competition starts. Out of those, I like Lacey most, but I still think she’s going tomorrow. I was just going to listen a little to Tim’s song so I could make my choices for the pool, but I went into shock and couldn’t move to turn it off. He must stick subliminal messages in to make people vote for him.

    And I’m not sure about Paige yet, if she keeps singing like she’s ill (that sounds horrible!) she actually sounds decent.

  34. I hope it’s Lacey that goes home. Please, don’t let it be Didi!! I threw her two hours of votes last night.

  35. Tristessa, Paige would have been near the top of my list, but she was good sick, if she gets well and sings poorly again, she also needs to go home. Wow, so many I don’t think should be in the top ten….and Alex, katelyn and Lilly are not:( That’s depressing!

  36. Personally I don’t care if all of them except Crystal and Siobhan are eliminated. Those are the only two I have any interest in at all.

    I’m betting either Paige or Lacey gets eliminated tonight though. Tim was a top twitter trend last night — a lot of the Bieber fanatics seem to be on Tim’s side (UGH) as well as VFTW, of course. And katie and Aaron also have a lot o tween support, which helps them.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew got voted off. He hasn’t been good at all since Hollywood week and I don’t know if he really has a strong fanbase that could save him

  37. I don’t think Timmy is as clueless as it seems. He knew he wasn’t a Stones rocker and what better way to gain publicity and stand out then to do reggae. And if you are doing reggae to a Stones tune, go all the way and take the most offensive piece of sh*t they have and castrate it. I get it and it was hilarious!

  38. andrew isn’t going home anytime soon in my opinion. his fanbase is way too big unfortunately. it isn’t everyday a youtube singer with quite the number of fans makes it onto the idol platform. is it fair? no. but it is what it is. *sigh*

  39. There are more voters then on any blog of AI, those people that pick up the phone and dial a few times for the best singer does actually out weigh any blog/boards voters.

  40. Best of last night in my opinion

    Siobhan
    Crystal
    Lee
    Casey

    The rest were not good!

  41. My bottom 3: Lacey, Tim and Andrew/Paige
    Going home: Lacey
    Should be going home: Lacey or Tim

    Right now I think Tim will get to Top 10 because he is the cute one (but I don’t really see it, and I thought Kris was adorable last year). Of all the other choices, I think Lacey is in the most trouble. The judges gave Paige a chance by letting her voice issues be mentioned and Simon essentially asked people to vote for Andrew. While I think either of them could land in the bottom 3, I think (hope) they will be the one sent back to the couches, leaving Tim and Lacey on the seal. Much as I want Tim to go, it will be Lacey.

  42. MJ I really wish you would STFU about Lilly she was boring couldn’t sing and would have no doubt butchered a Stones classic with her dull indie Jazz BS, and Katelyn and Alex were completely forgettable, Todrick on the other hand probably would have brung it.

  43. I split my points between Lacey and Andrew. I don’t think anyone else is in any real danger.

  44. I totally agree with your assessment, mj. I think Lacey is toast.

    How big is Lacey’s dad’s congregation? If it’s sizable and they’re voting for her, then I think that’s pretty comparable to having your high school on your side. … I wouldn’t count on Lacey going just yet.

    I’m thinking Paige or Andrew. They are middle-of-the-packers in performance, at best, by most people’s calculation, neither falls into some traditional hot-looking category that can pull in votes and, as far as I know, neither has some institution voting for them.

  45. If it were all up to me (Janerazor Idol instead of American Idol), then Lacey would have been toast after week 1 and Alex Lambert would still be here…but since I don’t, in fact, run the show, I can only give my prediction.

    I still think Lacey is going home. She’s been pretty dull and pretty bad. And she’s not pretty herself. By my count, there are four indie-girls left, and she is the worst one. She’s not as good a singer as Crystal, not as interesting as Siobhan, and not as pretty as Didi. I’m also thinking AI doesn’t want/need her to round out the summer tour line-up.

    And if they are casting the summer tour right now, I see several double-ups that are problematic. Are we really going to have two sorta-country-bar-singer types and two tweenie-heartthrob types? Three (or God forbid, four) indie-girls? The summer tour could be as snooze-worthy as this season has been so far.

  46. Well hell all the ones that I thought were horrible end up staying.I always put my points on Lacey,Paige and Tim and they stay.I’m 805 on the office pull so I decided to put all 20 points on Lacey.*shrug* oh well!

  47. I put most of my points on Lacey but threw a few on Aaron for good measure. I’d happily give up my points for Aaron to go home. I would even prefer that Aaron go home over Tim.

  48. lol i put all my points on Lacey last night too.

    but we all know, the person who should go home, only goes home 30% of the time…so it prob wont be her unfortunately

  49. I’m thinking Paige or Andrew. They are middle-of-the-packers in performance, at best, by most people’s calculation, neither falls into some traditional hot-looking category that can pull in votes and, as far as I know, neither has some institution voting for them.

    Paige does have a traditional category that she can fill. It’s the same one that was filled by Lil Rounds and Syesha Mercado – the “diva”. As it stands she is the only one who can fit from this group.

  50. I still think there are people out there voting for Tim, and I suspect he’s going to become the thing that won’t go away.

    Tim’s middle name is Sanjaya. I bet they are kicking themselves for not choosing someone else to fill the vacant seat.

  51. Well Ryan come on and say tonite their is a big SHOCKER??? If so then I would know where to vote. Unfortunately I cant wait till the show starts lol, soooo,I guess it has to be Lacey, because I dont want to hear her screechy voice another nite, but she sure is pretty.

  52. I put my points on Lacey and Andrew…10 and 10. Honestly, who is voting for Andrew? What does he have that you can’t find better in Lee, Casey or Mike? Those who are voting for Tim and Aaron aren’t going to find Andrew appealing…I think he might be toast.

  53. I don’t think I could live through another “shocker”. A shocker tonight would be a goodbye to one of the following: Crystal, Siobhan, Lee, Casey and maybe Didi and big Mike. The rest…can go.

  54. I don’t think I could live through another “shocker”.

    God I hope not. There’s hardly ever 2 of those in a row, are there? Ugh.

  55. Miss Chaos:
    03/17/2010 at 2:50 pm
    Well Ryan come on and say tonite their is a big SHOCKER???

    Well, I’m hoping the “shocker” is early front-runner Andrew going home and not

    …goodbye to one of the following: Crystal, Siobhan, Lee, Casey and maybe Didi and big Mike.

  56. Best Stones performance….”I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”,lol…ooops that was last season.

    Seriously though, I didn’t get the praise for Michael, he was okay. As soon as I heard that initial praise, I thought, the judges & TPTB are trying to convince us with their over-praising that this season is better than it actually is. It seemed to go on for most of the first few contestants. Didi has a nice voice but I was a little bored for some reason. (Maybe it sounded better live?) Casey was in his element doing the right type of song for him, but was a little bit under the radar. Still not bad for me but again, not great. Wasn’t he also suffering with the flu and sick like Paige? Why didn’t the judges mention that like they did with Paige? Lacey’s whole performance was just wrong for the Stones but I can’t put my finger on why. Andrew is a likeable guy which will probably continue to get him votes. He is talented but I think he may not grow. He too was okay. I agree he didn’t quite connect with the lyrics. However “Give Me Shelter” is the type of song that people just like. I’m not a Susan Boyle fan, but her rendition of “Wild Horses” is better than Katie. She too, okay, nothing special. Talk about missing the lyrics and understanding music…Tim. Oy! Voice wise, okay, but it was odd. Siohban, she speaks almost monotone, robotic, like her emotions are detached. However she has moments, and is interesting to hear and watch given this group. Probably the best of the night. SHe does have that interest factor going for her..what will she do and look like next? She may be polarizing though. I think Lee can sing but he seems so anxiety ridden and uncomfortable on stage. I feel his uncomfortable-ness watching him. He seems to have more to offer but may be too nervous and under confident to bring it. This could have been his week but he didn’t deliver. Paige can sing but is another one who just doesn’t know music or have that stage experience. She was one of the better ones last night though. I say she’s safe. Aaron will also stay around. He did okay. People will throw him points for effort. Tweens will vote. Crystal does similar stuff each week but for me has the best recording voice and understanding of music. With that said, if she doesn’t change it up a bit, she may falter a little. I can’t see her going any time soon with her voice. She is very comfortable singing..it comes very easy to her, but she is weighed down by things she thinks about. That comes through when she performs.

    So, I think Tim, Lacey, and Michael may be the bottom 3??
    This season just has too many contestants with little experience, who are uncomfortable on stage, don’t know-know music or how to bring it for a performance, and are adequate, but not special singers. Some of the better singers aren’t good performers or lack experience and it shows. I hope things improve.

  57. They need to substitute the judges save with a judges’ kill and as long as we’re at it make it a multi kill. That would move this crapfest along.

  58. ah, so few eliminations, so many candidates.

    If I could personally give the hook it would go to Tim Urban (no contest) and Didi Ben Ami, who I just never believe one note from.

    But I think it will probably shake down this way: Andrew Garcia of the boys, Paige(who actually did awright last night) or Lacey among the girls.

  59. I’m all for a judges multi kill. I do not even want to see what exactly half the contestants are going to “grow” into.

  60. Today’s the day we have to pick an overall winner by 9pm! I have no clue. I think I put down Didi, but I don’t really believe that. LOL

    I think the winner will be one of the following: Crystal, Sibohan, Casey, Lee with Didi and Big Mike having an outside shot. I actually DON’T think it will be a Crystal vs Sibohan finale because I think they are both on the unusual girl side of things for Idol voters. So I think one of the boys will end up standing next to them, with the other girl going out 3rd or 4th. I have no idea who would win. What do y’all think?

  61. I think Lee can sing but he seems so anxiety ridden and uncomfortable on stage. I feel his uncomfortable-ness watching him.

    I agree a bit with this but I wonder if he and Ryan would QUIT telling us he was nervous, would we notice as much?

    But I think it will probably shake down this way: Andrew Garcia of the boys, Paige(who actually did awright last night) or Lacey among the girls.

    Are two going home? I thought it was just one.

  62. I thin the winner will be one of the following: Crystal, Sibohan, Casey, Lee with Didi and Big Mike having an outside shot. I actually DON’T think it will be a Crystal vs Sibohan finale because I think they are both on the unusual girl side of things for Idol voters. So I think one of the boys will end up standing next to them, with the other going out 3rd or 4th. I have no idea who would win. What do y’all think?

    I predict the top three will be Crystal, Siobhan and Casey…Unless Lee does something extraordinary. I need to see more to narrow down to the top two.

  63. Paige does have a traditional category that she can fill. It’s the same one that was filled by Lil Rounds and Syesha Mercado – the “diva”. As it stands she is the only one who can fit from this group.

    Yeah, that’s Paige’s only shot, all right. … Not sure Andrew has a shot at all, when it comes to any traditional voting categories for Idol.

    I was picking Lacey to go this week, but then I remembered about the congregation. I have a feeling votes are fairly thin on the ground this year, so if you have an institution behind you it can certainly carry you several weeks in, I would think, if they’re voting.

  64. Yeah, that’s Paige’s only shot, all right. … Not sure Andrew has a shot at all, when it comes to any traditional voting categories for Idol.

    And it’s why she won’t win – Fantasia was the winner from this genre. It’s why I think Lee has potential to go far but not win it all – he’s too much like Daughtry and Cook. It’s why Crystal would be a great winner for Idol, as she is likely the female couterpart for Kris because she gives off the singer-songwriter vibe. Didi could probably also fit this category. It’s why Casey would be a great winner – if he embraces his country side he could be the male couterpart to Carrie.

  65. I agree with your assessment MJ but for some reason I think something strange may happen again tonight. I have been picking Lacey to go home for weeks now but she seems to survive every single week with mediocre and dull vocals. The shocker might be that Tim or Andrew is finally sent home packing tonight. I am in 3 pools so I guess I will place one bet on each of them, lol or just split up the points. I am no where near the top of the leader boards so I have nothing to lose. The fan bases this season doesn’t seem as strong for some reason, maybe I am wrong. It could be anyone going home. Even Didi may be in trouble since she went second. It’s almost unpredictable plus Lacey is from Texas and I know my fellow Texans love to vote. This is a strange year.

  66. I have a feeling votes are fairly thin on the ground this year,

    The fan bases this season doesn’t seem as strong for some reason, maybe I am wrong. It could be anyone going home. Even Didi may be in trouble since she went second.

    Honestly I believe both of you may be right. We could be in for a wild season.

  67. Are two going home? I thought it was just one.

    You are right, only one is going home tonight. Maybe the previous poster was thinking about bottom 3. Anyhow it’s a toss up between Andrew, Lacey, Paige, Tim, Aaron and Didi. Good luck, lol. Dialidol of course is no help at this point. I don’t think a lot of people are voting yet. People are just watching and saying whatever happens happens.

  68. It’s almost unpredictable plus Lacey is from Texas and I know my fellow Texans love to vote.

    Texans love to vote (although they have a lot of people to vote for, which could defeat even Texans, maybe?), and churches love to vote for their pastor’s sweet little girl, I expect. …. So I have a feeling Lacey may last for some weeks yet.

  69. Lacey 10, Andrew 10. Lacey has beautiful eyes, but can’t carry a tune, Andrew has a nice dad/story but is boring now.
    The light manager obviously loves Siobhan, I did not like her. I’m not impressed by a succession of “glory notes”. I listened to her once more, there’s some good stuff there, but the glory notes killed it for me.
    My favorites are usually Crystal and Lee, but for this time, don’t shoot please don’t, after watching the show only once (like most random viewers) I was more entertained by Casey and Paige.
    I am not entertained, amused, willing to wait for improbable improvement from Katie and Aaron (there were so much better 16 in the past)
    Tim bllbbaaaahhhh, etc. but the girlies are going to vote for him, lets not waste too much time commenting!
    Now, who am I to judge them, I can’t sing, not even under the shower!

  70. I put my points on Lacey and Andrew…10 and 10. Honestly, who is voting for Andrew?

    Me?

  71. They need to substitute the judges save with a judges’ kill and as long as we’re at it make it a multi kill. That would move this crapfest along.

    Amen hicksaholic.

  72. I agree a bit with this but I wonder if he and Ryan would QUIT telling us he was nervous, would we notice as much?

    Exactly. Their goal is to make sure he doesn’t advance too far and spoil their plans. Lee has the most potential for growth and the judges are out to make sure we don’t get too invested in him. Same deal with Casey. Nervous but with an interesting voice I want to hear more of beats over-confident and entitled in my book any time.

    I am surprised more people don’t want pageant girl Katie gone.

  73. 2.0 implies an improved version. I’d take the original version any day – no “upgrade” for me thank you.

  74. andrew, mamasox, siobhan, and didi are the ones that should stay. i dont care who else stays….the rest of them suck.

  75. I am surprised more people don’t want pageant girl Katie gone.

    Katie may be in trouble too but she got the split screen treatment from the producers. I think they love her. She wasn’t terrible this week so it may buy her some time to make it to at least the top 10. I think she is just a normal teenage girl that is trying to fit in. I love her grandma though. :) lol

  76. 2.0 implies an improved version. I’d take the original version any day – no “upgrade” for me thank you.

    Very true, very true. Kradam .5 then.

  77. I can only hope that mj is right about Lacey going home. It should be Tim for that truly dreadful, absurd performance. This is a song about a guy who basically has total control over the girl in his life. Did Tim read the lyrics at all? No, he sang it in this absurd, sing-song reggae style that destroyed the song, obliterated it completely. If life was fair, Tim would be going home. But I have a bad feeling that he is going to stick around.

    If Andrew has a big enough fan base, then he will survive. But he is in real trouble, struggling to find the right song, kind of clueless and lost now. I think Paige and Aaron were surprisingly good, so they should be safe. Lee has to start stepping it up more. Remember Alex! Come on, start performing and connecting with the audience.

    And yes, I did miss Alex, Lilly and Katelyn.

  78. Who’s going home? Probably the person you wouldn’t expect, if we are following last week’s trend.

    Anyway, I suspect it will be Andrew, although I believe he should outlast Tim and Aaron.

  79. Siobhan , Didi, and Aaron BETTER stay
    I know a lot of people hate Aaron his performanc was the only one I remember .It’s stuck in my head
    That and under my thumb lol.UMT kinda reminds me of the little mermaid o_0
    IDK maybe Lacey Paige Andrew….I don’t know….urghhhgh

  80. Based on everything I’ve seen, I’d rank the contestants as such:

    Not Going Anywhere: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus

    Probably Safe: Casey James, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens (urge to kill…rising…)

    In Danger: Lacey Brown, Tim Urban

    Your Bottom Three, America: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Paige Miles

    Who’s Going Home?: I have a gut feeling that we say goodbye to Andrew tonight, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Paige went home. Both of these contestants will be on the receiving end of America’s scorn for last week’s eliminations, and neither can rely on VFTW to save them this week.

  81. i know i’m being shallow but i dont want tim to go (firstly he keeps the VTFW guys up and running and its hilariously hilarious over there. they call him Helmet Hair Vader Tim Urban) haha. and secondly he is just so darn cute.

    i really want andrew to go (plain boring) or katie (plain boring-er)..still feeling the loss of alex, lilly and katelyn.

  82. I think Andrew’s going home. Definitely don’t get the Lee love — he’s boring and dull to me and has no charisma whatsoever.

  83. Me?

    No disrespect meant Ross. Happy someone likes him, I’d hate to see him live life as a custodian.

  84. Katie may be in trouble too but she got the split screen treatment from the producers. I think they love her. She wasn’t terrible this week so it may buy her some time to make it to at least the top 10.

    That dress she wore last night was screaming to every 8-10 year old little girl out there…VOTE FOR ME, VOTE FOR ME….and they probably did for a little while, anyway.

  85. Definitely don’t get the Lee love — he’s boring and dull to me and has no charisma whatsoever.

    i think i love the idea of what lee can become (if he can somehow lose the nerves, pick a killer song, rock out on stage and lose the goatee). i’m hoping he overcomes his non-charisma-ish thingy he is portraying to show us some genuine personality beneath the goatee and the blank look.

  86. i think (hope) its lacey or paige, blah peformers with blah voices that outlasted far superior talented (and interesting) peformers. tim urban is sticking around folks, at least til the 8th or 9th spot. which leaves us with big mike and andrew in danger for the boys. sorry, being fat and jumping around on stage doesnt equate to having personality. and andrew, never as good as the judges have pimped him out to be. he has made horrible song choices EACH week and does nothing w. his phrasing.

  87. sorry, being fat and jumping around on stage doesnt equate to having personality.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I were a R&B singer, I wouldn’t bother trying out for Idol anymore. Very few people will like you and take whatever style you have as being overwrought and non-charismatic. It’s not worth the hassle of trying to win over the 14 people who might give you a chance.

  88. My prediction – lacey goes home. I’m also predicting Lee wins. Yep – I know it’s a long shot but…

  89. Okay, well. Merv Griffen had a theory, a big head theory, that posited that people with big heads were more successful in the entertainment industry. Lacey stays.

  90. SAFE Siobahn, Crystal, Michael, Casey, Lee, Katie, Aaron, DiDi, and Paige.

    Bottom Three Tim, Lacey, and Andrew

    Going hooome Lacey.

  91. On our TV, the general consensus is that Andrew came across well. Didn’t hear pitchy. His voice is beginning to grow on me. He was better and more interesting than Lee. He’s not the best, but then the most interesting male, Alex, is gone.

  92. Okay, well. Merv Griffen had a theory, a big head theory, that posited that people with big heads were more successful in the entertainment industry.

    David Cook anyone? huge skull!!! LOL.

    Lacey stays.

    Her head is not that big.

  93. I hope Andrew leaves. He’s never gotten over “straight up”(which wasn’t that great and a note to note copy he tried to pass off as original) and every pick has gotten worse and worse.

    Fall out boy = ridiculous and way to serious.
    2nd week(so bad i can’t for the life of me remember it) = bad vocal.
    Christina = bad vocal/bad arrangement.
    rolling stones = bad vocal and faux rocker.

    As I’ve said before, you are the weakest link, goodbye.

  94. Oh dear, I thought two were going home — thanks for the corrections.

    It was wishful thinking, I guess……

    That leaves me with — who? I’d still say, Lacey, Paige or Andrew….

  95. Ack. I had my points on Andrew and Lacey thinking two were going home, too! As if I haven’t watched this show religiously for years now and know better! Changing things around and put 15 on Lacey and just a few points on Andrew. :)

    Can’t decide who deserves to go more.

  96. FYI – Shirley Halperin just said in her Live Chat that Kesha was pre-taping tonight, not guesting live, and she didn’t know when that performance was going to be shown.

    About the elimination tonight – IMO, pick your worst three, and throw out the bottom two – their fans will have scrambled to the rescue.

  97. My prediction – lacey goes home. I’m also predicting Lee wins. Yep – I know it’s a long shot but…

    i think lee’s got a good chance of winning. look at our two previous winners, david cook and kris allen. both were viewed by the judges as “lacking confidence, lacking starpower, etc.” however, they were likable and their growth was amazing to see and america loves to see contestants grow.

  98. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I were a R&B singer, I wouldn’t bother trying out for Idol anymore. Very few people will like you and take whatever style you have as being overwrought and non-charismatic. It’s not worth the hassle of trying to win over the 14 people who might give you a chance.

    But Mike isn’t an R&B singer! LOL His audition, Hollywood week and first week songs were all rock/pop infusion. Yet midway he decided to give his performances an r&b twist, maybe sensing there was a niche for that style in this year’s competition. There isn’t anything r&b about his voice or performance style, its all high school musical, fake azz, corny shyt.

    if you want to blame anyone for the lack of good r&b representation, look at simon and co for cutting Jermaine Purrifory, and not the voters. His only advantage is his daughter (he’s a dad! awww how cute) and his big size (he’s brawny yet friendly! awww, how cuddly). Whatever, it has nothing to do with voters not getting r&B…Mike just doesn’t have a good (recognizable) voice.

  99. 2.0 implies an improved version.

    Not necessarily :P. Like Disney sequels.

    2.0 is appropriate. Though tbh, I’d compare them more to computers. Kradam is the desktop, Davids are the laptop, and Bowernus/Magsox/Crystal and Siobhan/Crystahn/Soxnus is the netbook. One for each of your needs.

    Or they’re parts of an outfit. Kradam = Shirt, Davids = pants, Soxnus = shoes. That would imply that you need each of them to complete an outfit, and I don’t really think there’s that much of a connection between the groups. Or primary colors red, blue, yellow.

    Uhh, anyway, I’m probably going to be fixing my points. I knew 1 was going, but I didn’t put all my points on anyone, I had my bottom 4 to 5 points each. The bottom 4 would most likely consist of Tim, Lacey, and Andrew. I put Lee in there, mostly because for a dark horse I find him overrated, I dunno if he’s shown as great an amount as people are noticing. That’s just in my opinion. If I had to take someone off my bottom list, it would be him. Ideally, Katie should be there instead of Lacey, with Andrew going. Dunno what the chances are.

  100. i think lee’s got a good chance of winning. look at our two previous winners, david cook and kris allen. both were viewed by the judges as “lacking confidence, lacking starpower, etc.” however, they were likable and their growth was amazing to see and america loves to see contestants grow.

    Yes, I agree. I like Lee a lot and he has the most growth potential. Biggest problem is he lets the judges get to him. Kris listened politely and ignored them. David C. only had to learn how to adjust his persona just a little because some thought he seemed a little cocky. Lee, unfortunately, is just not as quietly confident in himself as these two. I want him on the tour to see him grow as a performer.

  101. Well, according to dialidol Lee is in the lead this week (w/Crystal and Siobhan). Their bottom 3 are Aaron, Paige and Andrew (with Andrew being the lowest).
    I am OK with these, except Paige shouldn’t be there based on her performance this week……last week and the week before YES, so I am ok with her being bottom 3. The surprise to me is that Katie is in the top half:(

  102. I say we forget about calling in and just pull a name out of a hat on Wed. nights.

  103. i think lee’s got a good chance of winning. look at our two previous winners, david cook and kris allen. both were viewed by the judges as “lacking confidence, lacking starpower, etc.” however, they were likable and their growth was amazing to see and america loves to see contestants grow.

    I like Lee best too, and David Cook and Kris Allen are two of my favorites. I do think that they did have more confidence than Lee does though. And I think, especially with David, I did see more starpower, I could see his personality and sense of humor early on, even before the judges were saying it. Anyway, I have seen growth in Lee and heard some of his original music and liked it. He seemed less nervous this week and I liked what he did. I think that’s the main thing with him, he just needs more confidence

  104. I say we forget about calling in and just pull a name out of a hat on Wed. nights.

    :) It would probably yield the same results. Urban and Katie in the final! :)

  105. Last night was a snooze fest. What?? It was the Stones! Somebody should have been rocking out hard, but they pretty much took the molasses approach. Way to turn a 2 hour show into a pile of you know what.

    Siobhan is unusual, but I don’t really like the tone of her voice. Those high notes are high, but not without a manic and shrill glass breaking quality. I don’t feel her star power and think she is overrated. Crystal has cool confidence, she is natural, but I worry that she may not show enough range and that could hurt her chances. The rest of the crew I can’t even picture in my mind at this point.

  106. Is anyone picking up the phone to vote? Just curious. Haven’t heard Ryan announce the vote totals. That coupled with the comments I read about “I-Dull” leads me to believe people aren’t excited enough about what they’re seeing and hearing to vote.
    That may lead the tweens left to vote and if they are the dominant voters, who stays and goes may be more easily explained. Let’s see what happens.

  107. After last week, I am not sure who will go home.

    I am thinking Lacey or Andrew but one never knows as I would have never thought Lily or Alex would go home last week.

    But I am guessing Andrew, Lacey for the bottom 2 and i have no idea who the other one will be. As I think the tweens like Katie and Tim and they seem to have some solid support at this point, unfortunately.

  108. I’m basing it again on the Geo Predictions at DialIdol, which have been pretty accurate. If I’d followed them with my pool picks I’d have done better. So..tonight I’m going with Geo Predictions and putting all 20 pool points on Tim Urban. Go big or go home baby. LOL

  109. Bowerbahn?

    Lol, that means something like “farmer’s lane” in German, if it were spelled right (bauer).

    Can someone tell me how long from now the results show comes on? With the time change in the US I’m confused.. it changes here in a few weeks. An hour from now?

  110. Bottom 3:

    Tim, Paige, Lacey (maybe Andrew replacing one of the 3)

    Going Home:
    Lacey

  111. Please let it be Lacey. I just can’t take that anymore.

    I can’t take Katie or Tim either, but effing tweens make me doubt that they’re out.

    I agree on the weird Tim Urban cover and that was before Slezak pointed out the lyrics in his recap. Yiiiikes!!

    GONG!!

  112. Can someone tell me how long from now the results show comes on? With the time change in the US I’m confused.. it changes here in a few weeks. An hour from now?

    Yes, Tristessa – or 45 minutes, now.

  113. My pick is Andrew. The performance was so cruise ship revue. Lacey at least had a string section with her. Plus, Lacey’s church-based following will pull her through a couple weeks. I think Andrew Youtubers have gone back to searching for the next big thing.

  114. Either Lacey or Andrew. Paige may have saved herself and even go on the tour.

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