American Idol 9 – Top 16 Results – Top 12 Revealed – Recap

Katelyn Epperly, Todrick Hall, Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott ELIMINATED!

I don’t now what’s going on, peeps, but tonight’s eliminations were totally WACK.  I knew the iconoclastic Lilly Scott was going to have trouble further on down the line, but she had the pimp spot and still was eliminated?  At this stage of the Idol competition, has a contestant ever been eliminated with the pimp spot?

Alex Lambert soooo deserved a spot over the other boyletts, Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly.  Alex has some real vocal talent, and was ripe for a wonderful growth arc.  Tim  is just going to stank up the place.  And Aaron is too young and too unformed.  Just UGH.

And speaking of unformed. Katie Stevens? BLARGH.  She’s been consistently awful throughout the semi-finals. Please get that damn pageant bot off my TV!

I have mixed feelings about Paige Miles and Lacey Brown getting another chance. I think they both have potential, but didn’t really bring it during the semis.  Katelyn Epperly probably deserved a spot over both of them.  Surely the talented Lilly Scott did.  But, I wouldn’t count Paige or Lacey out. I hope they both make the most out of their reprieve. Ditto Didi Benami.  No more flailing and floundering around, please.  I’m looking at you Lee Dewyze and Andrew Garcia. Time to step up your game.  If some of these kids can’t get their act together, it may not be a total loss.

Oh, and Todrick Hall? Buh bye to your overwrought “arrangements” and bad singing.  I didn’t pick him in the pool, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go.

  • Group Number – Michael Buble – “I Haven’t Met You Yet”VIDEO
  • Katelyn Epperly OUT, Paige Miles IN – VIDEO
  • Todrick Hall OUT, Lee Dewyze IN – VIDEO
  • Scott MacIntyre, Matt Giraud – “Tell Her About It” – VIDEO
  • Alex Lambert OUT, Andrew Garcia IN – VIDEO
  • Lilly Scott OUT, Katie Stevens IN – VIDEO

Tonight YOUR Top 12 will be revealed, as 4 more contestants–two guys and two girls are eliminated.

Plus, Season 8 contestants, Scott MacIntyre and Matt GiraudSimon will be tickling the ivories together as they perform Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It”. Scott and Matt performed this together on the Idol tour, and it’s a lot of fun.

Next week, 19 Recording artist, and guitar goddess, Orianthi will perform on the Top 12 Results show.

Here we go…

Simon told Simon he was on his game last night…and there’s a chop of Randy in a bikini.

The Top 16 sing Michael Buble’s “I Haven’t Met You Yet”. This is really BORING. If only they weren’t lip syncing, and we could make fun of their bad singing. Oh well, there’s always bad lip syncing and terrible choreography to mock…

Ryan annouces next week’s theme: The music of the Rolling Stones.

The girls are first. Didi is called up first. She explained that she was very scared at first. Randy says consistency is everything….she made the Top 12! Siobhan is next…Ellen tells her to keep doing what she’s doing. Paige and Katelyn are called down. Simon says Paige had the most potential at the beginning of the semis. Simon thinks Paige has the most potential…and OMFG!!!! PAIGE IS SAFE! KATELYN IS ELIMINATED! Shock! Katelyn sings out. Oh noes. Katelyn is sobbing. Aw. Sads.

The guys are next. Lee, Todrick, Tim and Casey form a line. Ryan recites their deets.  Casey and Tim are in.  Todrick and Lee are left.  Todrick is OUT Lee is SAFE.  Todrick sings out. Randy says it was fantastic.  Crystal looks like she’s been kicked in the gut.

I’m going to get Zero pool points this week. I suck so much.

Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud take the stage to perform Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” on duel pianos.  Ok. That was all kinds of fun.  Nice stress reliever!  Scott pimps his album “Heartstrings” available now. Matt mentions his duet with Anna and his upcoming EP.

Crystal is asked to stand. She looks nervous, and unhappy. Of course, she is SAFE.  Michael is next.  Somebody misses their blocking. It’s cute. Michael is SAFE.  Kara over-explains why she got all teary-eyed last night.  Lacey is next.  She takes the stage…SHE’S IN!  NO POINTS FOR ME!  Aaron is next….he’s made it into the Top 12. UGH.  Alex and Andrew take the stage.  Simon says Andrew may have peaked too soon.  Andrew is IN. Alex is OUT. BOO.  Damn the death spot!  Ellen tells him he needs to believe in himself.  Lots of tears from the remaining contestants.  Siobhan is beside herself. Alex sings out.  Ugh.  I would have preferred Alex over Aaron Kelly.

Back from break, and Alex was crying.  Ryan says it was the most intense few moments on that show. I’m so pissed he’s cut!  Katie and Lilly are left. OMG if  Lilly is cut, I AM GOING TO CUT A BITCH.

GAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Lilly is cut. She says a lot of incredible talent was cut tonight (word) and she doesn’t know what America wants to hear. AMERICA HATES JAZZ! (tm Lesley Hunt).  Lilly just knows that there’s an audience who “wants to jam with me” Lilly sings out.  The video packages run, and we’re out.

Top 12

  • Didi Benami
  • Siobhan Magnus
  • Paige Miles
  • Casey James
  • Tim Urban
  • Lee Dewyze
  • Crystal Bowersox
  • Michael Lynche
  • Lacey Brown
  • Aaron Kelly
  • Andrew Garcia
  • Katie Stevens

Eliminated

  • Katelyn Epperly
  • Todrick Hall
  • Alex Lambert
  • Lilly Scott
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673 Comments

  1. I love when Ryan says there will be a surprise or two, they could say that for about 12 out of those 16 for one reason or another.

  2. any livestream sites? the 2 sites I usually check are not showing AI…

  3. That sounded great under the circumstances. And those circumstances being that it was totally lip synced.

  4. I don’t understand how the itunes lists are going to work for broad themes like country.

  5. Wow, we are going to see the actual list of songs they are choosing from? That’s interesting.

  6. I was having Lil elimination flashbacks for a minute there – so far so good :)

  7. They paired Paige with Katelyn? Hope this means Katelyn is safe.

  8. interesting pairing – did not see that coming at all – that’s one wrong for me, though I did have Katelyn on the bubble for elimination

  9. Wait, Paige is safe, OMG…..A miracle happen.

    OR VFTW voted long and hard for her!

  10. Why didn’t Ryan announce how many millions of votes were called in?

  11. As soon as they asked Simon who had the most potential, I knew I had picked wrong and that Katelyn was going home.

    Well dang, there go my pool points so far.

  12. Aww, I made a wrong call. How come Paige is safe and Katelyn leaving instead. At least I made a right call for the first bonus question with Didi as the first safe.

  13. EFF!!! Only one inconsistency and she’s out? Awww, I love Katelyn… excuse me while I go and sulk….

  14. Testing testing. None of my comments are posting, and I keep getting thrown off the site.

  15. Katelyn comes across as cold to some although I think whe has a great voice. Paige is very likeable and sweet. This is a reality show after all.

  16. Okay, I like Paige and all, But I thought she was a goner, I mean, It was a bad performance, But the Michael Jackson fans must have liked it or maybe she has a bigger fanbase than we though. Okay If she is staying, Than my Todrick better be staying.(I’m worried for him)

  17. Aww, I made a wrong call. How come Paige is safe and Katelyn leaving instead.

    Because America is tone deaf.

  18. I’m sad. I love Paige, but I love Katelyn too. I wish it was Lacey and Katie leaving.

  19. Wow. Well, I actually liked Katelyn… but she sounds worse tonight than last night, yikes! Elton will be happy lol.

    Man, my points are shot to hell. I thought Toddrick was safe after last night. Yet again, he sounds like ass for the first half and amaze-balls on the second half of that song…

  20. This is really depressing. Todrick is one of only entertaining contestants they have. It’s going to be an all-WGWG season.

  21. Todrick is gone…I’m bummed:(

    At least Paige is though and Siobhan.

  22. Lost my pool points so far(bonus points I wasn’t even close on!) I picked both Lee and Paige…

    Although as much as I’m sad about no pool points, HALLELUJAH NO MORE TODRICK!!!!

  23. Boy, this really is a popularity contest and not so much a singing contest.

  24. Katelyn leaving is really disappointing. :( Just one bad week and she wasn’t even that bad. She deserved a spot.

    At least I got 5 points for Todrick and 3 points for Didi ggetting safe’d first.

  25. OMG KATELYN EPPERLY?? Wtf, she’s so good… darn it, I’m so mad she was eliminated. Poor girl. :(

  26. Argh, I REALLY liked Katelyn. Not happy about the fact that she went home but Paige didn’t.

    Now I guess Katie will probably be the other girl that’s going to be eliminated.

  27. This is really depressing. Todrick is one of only entertaining contestants they have. It’s going to be an all-WGWG season.

    I agree Will.

  28. Really upset that Todrick is gone. Get a feeling Alex will leave too and I don’t like any of the other dudes much.

  29. Elton will be happy lol.

    hahaha

    I really tought Todrick was going to make it. But I won’t miss him

  30. This is a travesty. Todrick certainly wasn’t going to WIN AI, but he would have made it very interesting to watch for the next few weeks. Tim in the top 12 is a joke.Is the VFTW at work here?

    I’m so bummed to see my favorite show fall apart.

  31. Why oh why is Tim sitting in Tyler Grady’s seat? Feeling kind of bad about the Todrick elimination. He waited too long to have a good performance.

  32. VFTW also voted for Tim. I usually don’t have a problem with them, But my Todrick is gone. Who wants to bet a frontrunner is also leaving us tonight?

  33. If you can’t take the heat get outta the kitchen folks. This is the point where they all need to step up and show what they got.

  34. Todrick gone means that most of the guys left are all guitar playing crooners. how boring. Not only that, but most of the girls sound the same too. No diversity at all this year.

  35. Surprised about Katelyn. I liked her. Not surprised about Todrick, but dayum, why did he wait until he was booted to finally get likable? His sing out was the best he’s ever performed.

  36. I’m ok with Paige getting thru although she didnt get there based on her performances. Potential is all she has. She better kill it next week or she won’t make the top 10.

  37. After a billion times of singing this last summer at the tour, they had better be good!

  38. Matt would have been a frontrunner this year if he had waited a year to try out. So nice to hear him sing again.

  39. Ugh. Katelyn is gone. So much for a piano player in the top 12.

    Tim is still there. Grragh, after hating on Todrick so much I kinda feel like a hypocrite saying this, but I would’ve preferred him to stay over Tim, and based on last night, I would’ve taken out Lee over Todrick. Meh. Well, I did want Todrick gone, so I can’t be too dissatisfied.

    But Aaron’s probably toast. So much for “cute guy” mancrushing this season! We’ll see, hope I’m wrong. Didi and Siobhan are safe so I still have my sexy crush and my cute-quirky crush.

  40. Ugggh Scott Macintyre…blech! I’m not blind and I can see that you still can’t sing.

  41. Ugh, Paige will be the contestant I’ll be expecting to leave asap this season, I hope she doesn’t pull a Syesha.

    I really, really liked Katelyn, the first one of my faves that’s out :(.

  42. I think it’s all kind of funny. Todrick was good but he waited too late. Paige/Katelyn who cares? neither will win.

  43. My goodness. Where are the “Matt’s ” this year? The performer is gone. Shut up Scott.

  44. Ugh. Katelyn is gone. So much for a piano player in the top 12.

    Lilly plays the piano

  45. Todrick has no excuses anymore. Go get a job at Burger King and start paying those families back.

  46. Todrick gone means that most of the guys left are all guitar playing crooners. how boring. Not only that, but most of the girls sound the same too. No diversity at all this year.

    That’s what I was thinking .. plenty of stools and guitars needed from the props dept this year.

    Also it means that there’s probably going to be a lot of fighting for songs when the theme weeks start as they probably will all be after the same song .. unless the theme is “guitar playing crooners” of course .. lol

  47. Thanks to everyone who gave me livestream links… :) still sad katelyn didn’t make it though…. :)

  48. Todrick has no excuses anymore. Go get a job at Burger King and start paying those families back.

    I couldn’t agree more. I think he got what he deserved tonight imo.

  49. LOL….Matt would have probably been the hands-down favorite to win this year.

  50. Wow, Matt looks so great performing on that stage without the nerves!!! Are you taking notes Alex and Lee?

  51. Ugh. Katelyn is gone. So much for a piano player in the top 12.

    Lilly plays the piano

    I’ve read in some articles that Crystal does too, I’m not sure if that was a mistake on the press release though.

  52. Matt looked so happy to be back on the idol stage tonight. I thought the performance was pretty good.

  53. That damn Tim. Aaron better be gone. Officially nervous for Alex. I picked Katelyn to go home but was wrong about Lee/Todrick. Scott is so lame.

  54. Yay, Matty! Would’ve liked a solo original tune from her… but it was great to see him nonetheless :)

  55. Holy crap, I remember Lilly playing piano now. Ok good, hope she plays it sometime soon.

    The other girl will be Lacey, though I want it to be Katie. Other guy will be Aaron but I want Andrew gone.

  56. Did Tim just mouth ‘Are you okay?’ to Crystal? She does not look well.

  57. Todrick didn’t owe no family no money. He wasn’t with that department, He was in the creative department, like casting etc. He never saw no money, it was other people over the finances.

  58. Big Mike is in. Wooo! I’m worried about Crystal too. She didn’t look well to me either. It could have been nerves. I dunno.

  59. I’m not a fan of Micheal. Am I the only one who thinks he acts like he is entitled or arrogant? Beating your chest will not win you any votes dude.

  60. Todrick didn’t owe no family no money. He wasn’t with that department, He was in the creative department, like casting etc. He never saw no money, it was other people over the finances.

    That’s his story and he’s stickin’ to it. I think he’s full of shit.

  61. OMG – is Lilly the possible real shocker of the night now that Lacey is through.

  62. If Lilly goes home, this is the worse result show ever in the semifinals for me.

  63. I’m from Brazil and this blog is the only way I found to know the results before the exibition of the show here. Thanks a lot!!

  64. WTF? Alex is going home, he was the best of the boyish trio, I don’t get what’s going on at all tonight

  65. I’m not a fan of big mike, Liked Todrick more.

    Things don’t look so good for Garcia.

  66. Yes!!! Lambert is out!!!!!There can be no other Lambert in any top 12. He’s still a nervous wreck.
    Actually, I feel kinda bad for him, but he needs more experience.

  67. Wow how did Andrew make it over Alex? Alex was arguably the best male singer this year…WTF

  68. Dude, interesting choices America. And by interesting, I mean they seem really sucky.

  69. I hope Lilly want go home tonight. Man this elimination night is rising my blood pressure. I mean, Paige in, Todrick Out, Lacy is in, Alex gone….

  70. Organic:
    03/11/2010 at 8:47 pm
    Aaron should be out, not Alex.

    Completely agree!!

  71. With the way things are going right now, Lilly going home will be expected, this is going to suck a lot.

  72. I’m soooo disappointed that Alex is leaving. One interesting artist I think

  73. This really stinks. I liked Alex and thought he was a really nice guy. Aaron is just way too young. Doesn’t know himself well enough and not a performer at all.

  74. Man, Katelyn and Alex going home in the same night. And I wasn’t really a Todrick fan, but Tim getting in over him still sucks. :(

    If Lilly goes home too this will probably be the most depressing single elimination night ever for me.

  75. Andrew and Tim are in, Alex is out. Wow. DAMMIT AMERICA. I hate life.

    Aaron’s in so I’m good, but TIM OVER ALEX?!!!!!? Damn damn damn damn DAMN THERE IS SOOOOO MUCH WRONG WITH THAT.

    Katie should go. It’s her and Lilly, right? KATIE GO! LILLY STAY! good dog :).

  76. Been looking at Crystal too. She doesn’t look good. My prediction is that she will have to drop out. Hope I’m wrong. Remember hearing past idol contestants saying how really hard it is…That you need stamina. The show would suck so much more than is already does.

  77. Wow – I’m done. This show has gotten it wrong from start to finish. All it will take to nail the coffin firmly closed it to have Katie progress, and kick Lilly out, which I’m fully expecting to happen.

  78. So let me get this straight: in an already lackluster season, the decent ones are being sent home.

    Well shit.

  79. Tim or Aaron over Alex is a shame. But Alex is like the anti-todrick in that he is all awesome voice with none of the stage presence. Still, I’m surprised Tim made it past Alex and Todrick (even though i wanted him gone, its still a surprised Todrick was voted off)

  80. Yes!!! Lambert is out!!!!!There can be no other Lambert in any top 12.

    Of course. You are kidding. Ha ha

  81. Hopefully Alex can use this exposure to make something good happen. I’m sorry he won’t get the chance to earn a top 10 slot. I was thinking he’d benefit incredibly from the tour.

  82. VFTW us over there celebrating. They are so happy.(Yes, I do read that site sometimes) I hope Lilly isn’t gone.

  83. I can’t even imagine what the tour is going to be like. There has never been a season with this little diversity.

  84. This is definitely an interesting year. I think people are getting all of the guitar players mixed up or something.

  85. I’m gonna go crazy if Lilly is gone. Seriously, I’m worried :s. It seems that Didi and Lacey got some votes she could have used last nights…

  86. I feel so bad for Alex. But I’m not sure his nerves would have survived if he’s bawling like this.

  87. Lilly – Pimp spot, good (mildly dull performance). Katie – Death spot, suck performance.

    I like my upsets, but it’ll be a SIN if Lilly is gone.

  88. Todrick has no excuses anymore. Go get a job at Burger King and start paying those families back.

    I couldn’t agree more. I think he got what he deserved tonight imo.

    ^This. He would have been a trainwreck waiting to happen for 19E.

  89. In this house we think Alex’s name did him in. But Lilly is the season shocker, that she didn’t make top 12 is crazy.

  90. And now I think I might check out of this season. It’s like VFTW was in charge of the voting.

  91. omgosh…

    Katie Stevens has a nice voice. But she’s no Lilly Scott.

  92. Alex was the only one that I cared about, so I am glad I am not chained to this damned show anymore this year!!!!I did buy all his iTunes and will hope he does make something more in the future as well.

  93. EFFFF YOU AMERICAN IDOL…………………………. i’m so effin’ pissed right now… sorry, gotta go and sulk.

  94. WHAT!? LILY!? NO. :( I can’t believe it! I knew one of the quirky voice girls was going to go, but I didn’t think it would be Lily…

  95. Poor Alex. I think that he seems like a very sweet guy. I think that his lack of confidence help do him in, and the tweens and teens voted for Aaron and Tim. I think that Andrew should have went home before Alex.

    An already lackluster season just got more boring now that Alex and Toddrick are gone.

  96. WTF!?!?! Nooooooo….I just can’t believe this…I can’t.

    I’m glad that Lilly told it the way it is. Who knows what America wants to hear?

    You’re so damn good Lilly, so damn good…worst Top 12 ever.

  97. Man, America sucks. :( Can’t believe how bad the eliminations were tonight. I have been enjoying this season a lot more than most but it is going to be hard to enjoy next week’s show after this. I feel like the eliminations have mostly gotten it right up until now too.

    Alex leaving hurts the worst. I was so excited to hear his studio recordings and see him get his mullet cut.

  98. Wow. What a crapshoot. Soooo disappointing. Continue watching? I dunno…no Alex, no Lilly.

  99. America sucks.

    America is tone deaf.

    Boo to Katie and Aaron. Sorry, but they better not make the tour.

  100. WHO WANTS TO DESTROY AMERICA?!!!!? WOOOOOOOOO!

    Lilly being cut was not that surprising since she did kinda prove to be a one-trick pony, but I liked that trick.
    Andrew and Katie should have gone over Alex and Lilly.

    Frickin hell, America. I’m predicting that VFTW is going to have a hell of a lot more power because this season mostly fails. Except for last week, all the wrong people went home.

  101. With three similiar voices, there was bound to be vote splitting. Lilly/Lacey/Didi. And that Patsy Cline song did Lilly no favors.

  102. I’m glad that Lilly told it the way it is. Who knows what America wants to hear?

    I was proud of Lily for saying that. I don’t know if she would have won or not, but she should have at least made it to the top 10.

    I’m predicting that VFTW is going to have a hell of a lot more power because this season mostly fails

    THIS. I think I’m more ticked about Andrew going through after that crappy performance of Genie In A Bottle than I am anything else.

  103. Well that’s a bummer .. the four who went were four I wanted to see in the top 12 so I guess I won’t be bothering sitting up for the live feed at stupid o’clock in the morning like I did last season … even Casey’s pretty hair can’t make me want to watch this lot

  104. I’m in shock. I haven’t been this pissed since Melinda got the boot.

  105. yes, mj..I was kidding about little Alex. I feel so bad! He was crying. Yikes. Very nervous boy. I think he’ll be back next year.

  106. WTF Alex out Paige in. This year is becoming more and more a joke to me. Alex a least was improving and has one of if not the best tone of all the men. I really liked his voice. I am sorry Aaron should have went home. I really don’t care who wins this year. So not invested. What with the judges and their dumb remarks, the people they even put through top 24 then out of the one they did we get stuck with. Now Lilly is gone. Wow. No country stars this year at all if I am correct. That’s a first. If there is a silver lining it will come down to the top 4 of Crystal, Siobhan, Didi, and Either big Mike or Lee at this point. I would have said Alex lambert as too but that got screwed.

    Even by Dial idol standards and the picks of the experts and talk here on the blog. It should have been either Todrick, Andrew or Aaron who should have went home. No way Alex even considered. Makes you think of conspiracy.

  107. I’m seriously upset. I lost 3 of my faves tonight.

    I don’t get it, Lacey…Katie…Paige…over Lilly and Katelyn. UGH.

    I can’t remember a results night as terrible as this one.

    I just wanted Lilly to make the tour :(.

    Crystal better win this thing.

  108. To quote Supernanny, that was not asseptable. Seriously? Katie? Lacey? Aaron? Both Lilly and Alex gone? [Shakes head, walks away]

  109. If Crystal stays healthy, she’s got this thing in the bag. Sioban will provide some competition (as will Casey and Lee now and again) but basically with Lilly out I think she’s competing against herself.

  110. sheeeeshh,, Katie remaining, another generic singer. Would have love Lilly to stay. Booo

  111. This means that Katie, Aaron and Tim have a good chance of making the tour. Thanks, America! Did the voters really think these three are better than Lilly and Alex?

    Slezak must be getting drunk. And Jim Cantiello is going to the Top 12 party and he’s not happy! Here are some tweets from jambajim:

    AMERICA I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU! Lilly, you are the coolest person ever. Keep on rocking. Get new earrings though.

    Aaannnnd now I’m crying. And I’m on the red carpet for the damn Top 12 Party. This is awkward. #ItsOnlyAShowJim

    I quit. #AI9Sucks

    I concur with Jim. AI9 sucks.

  112. What was up with Crystal tonight? Acting so strange – no smiles, no reactions. Was she sick?

  113. America Idol should only allow one call from each phone and then idol loonies would have less opportunity to make the rest of us listen to bad singers. It happens every darn year.

  114. I’m totally bummed about tonight’s results! A total load of supercrap! I’m so shocked about Alex and Lilly….I really really liked Alex’s voice and was looking forward to watching him grow instead we get to listen to Tim and Aaron…BLECH! And Lilly over Katie, Lacey, and Paige…really?!? WTF? This season is getting worse and worse and it started out pretty damn low to begin with.

  115. i apologiize..i wrote a smiley face above i meant to say:
    worst. season. ever.
    =[

  116. I don’t think I’m going to watch American Idol this season anymore… maybe just clips of Crystal’s and Siobhan’s performances. I’m SO pissed off right now.

    I’m really glad that Lilly said that a lot of amazing talent left tonight and that she didn’t know what America was looking for. So true, girl. I LOVE YOU LILLY (and Katelyn and Alex, and even Todrick was good this week)

  117. OK, I don’t usually get this upset this early in the season but WTF?! I was fine with Todrick going but the rest are all wrong. And I’m more upset about Katelyn and Alex, Lilly kinda rubbed me the wrong way, she looked a bit too self-satisfied but still, ugh, Katie was not better than her. And that toddler Aaron certainly isn’t better than my dear mullet boy. I’m sad, and this Top 12 needs to make me believe because I’m starting to feel myself boarding the “this season sucks” boat and I don’t want to do that, I love this show :(

  118. I know that it sounds overly dramatic but I agree that this might be the worst elimination show ever. Seriously 3 of the 4 did not deserve to go. Toddrick did but he was the only one.
    I am just stunned that Alex went home…really America? Lilly went home, really America?

  119. Well, at least this will make for an especially interesting week on Idolatry and Idol in 60 Seconds. #silverlining

  120. WORST. TOP. 12. EVER!!! Paige, Katie, and Tim, and Andrew SHOULD NOT have made it! I am SO ANGRY right now! It’s sickening that Alex didn’t make it! uuuuuugggggh! Oh this is so wrong. If Siobhan leaves I’ll most likely quit watching and just watch the finale.

  121. What was up with Crystal tonight? Acting so strange – no smiles, no reactions. Was she sick?

    I thought she looked *really* nervous… and she looked like she was crying right after Todrick was eliminated (though I think they all cried all night).

  122. And Lilly over Katie, Lacey, and Paige…really?!? WTF? This season is getting worse and worse and it stared about pretty damn low to begin with.

    It’s like season limbo…how low can they go?

    And Todrick makes sense. But Aaaron staying? And over Alexis? What the actual feck?

  123. Pleased to see that AI sucks as much as the X Factor this past year but at east we had Jedward for a joke … perhaps Katie and Aaron can team up and do a Jedward to stop us all from falling asleep

  124. I am so bummed about tonight. :( I really like Didi and Siobhan but I just can’t get over Alex, Lilly, and Katelyn all leaving at once. This is probably the most upsetting results night ever for me. Man, I hope some of them go out for X-Factor so that I can see them on my tv again. Hope I can get some enthusiasm back for this season.

  125. Damn. Lilly…..I just can’t believe it. This is like losing Daughtry – I’m flabbergasted. WTF is up with the voting? And Crystal looked like she wasn’t feeling up to snuff tonight. Man I hope her health holds out. As I predicted – welcome to American Idol – The Lost Season.

  126. yes, mj..I was kidding about little Alex. I feel so bad! He was crying. Yikes. Very nervous boy. I think he’ll be back next year.

    He can’t come back. None of the semi-finalists can.

  127. Someone hold me! Lie to me and tell me this is an bizarro alternate universe run by daft deaf teenagers, and the real world will be back soon!
    Crimes against earmanity.

    I’m especially sad about Alex. I loved his tone & potential for growth. I’m so upset I won’t have the chance to purchase a full studio recording. Kait & Lily gone too!!! Argh!

  128. I blame all of this on those who complained about the guitar players lol

  129. I’m not upset about Aaron making it I think he’s a sweetie. But TIM??? Alex should have taken his spot.

  130. Gee…. I haven’t watch the show but I was on Chat so I know what happened. It’s really hard to keep a positive attitude towards this season with Alex, Lilly and Katelyn being voted out over Paige, Katie and Aaron. What a start into Top 12….

  131. Everyone complained last year about the system with the top 36 and then the judges getting to decide 3 out of the top 12. I honestly think that system gave us some incredible talent – think MATT – that we might not have had. Now, they went back to the old system to let America’s teenagers basically decide what the rest of us get to hear. BOOOOOO! All of the teenagers voting are clearly BORING and don’t like people who are different and interesting. So, now we’re left with two exciting singers out of 12 – Crystal and Siobhan! BOOOOOO!

  132. When I think about all the comments last year that the wildcard show was a poor system, one year later we see that America does an even worse job.

  133. Lilly had the potential to become one of the biggest Idol stars yet. Just maybe the exposure was enough to get her a recording contract. Biggest mistake since Josiah Leming was cut.

  134. I did vote for Lilly this week, so sad that she’s not in top 12.

    If Crystal leaves the show, then this really will be a disaster. Sorry but Big Mike is not going to be able to carry this show for the next 10 weeks, no matter how strong he is.

  135. This is such bull shite! Aaron over Alex?? Hells to the no! Tim over Alex? Double Hells to the no!! Lily out instead of almost everyone else?? WTF?!? America has no taste! I’m with MJ. Break out the razors!

  136. WTF is going on.. I got to listen to Paige Miles who is arguably the most boring contestant in Idol Top 12 history and Katie Stevens who is clueless about who she is instead of Lilly?? I’m quite upset right now but I guess too many people rather listen to the same mainstream crap over and over they feed us instead of someone like Lilly.

  137. I’ve never been so upset watching an elimination show. Good job America :( #AI9Sucks

  138. After Allison’s cut last year, this is the most WTF elimination I have ever seen. Even J-Huds and Daughtry did not shock me as much. Maybe is the fact that there were so many wrongs. Toddrick is the only one of the four that should have been cut.

  139. i think this season’s top five will consist of: crystal, siobhan, michael, andrew, and casey. (based on talent + ungodly fanbase)

    now these people are great but are unfortunately no: kris, adam, danny, allison, and matt.

    people on twitter want a season 8 dvd. i say idol should do it… best way to make money off the “idol” brand now that things will no doubt slow down…

  140. Paige over Lilly? Paige over Katelyn?? Maybe by the time the show is on here on the west coast – they will adjust accordingly cuz that can not be right!! The ratings will dip below 20 mil a week this year…they were already creepin’ that way.

  141. I really hope this is the last season for this show now. Can’t imagine the AI Tour being very good this year no matter who the top 10 end up being out of this group.

  142. At least I don’t have to watch now, I can just see Siobhan/Crystal’s videos here. So thank you, MJ :)

    Alex, Lilly and Katelyn all deserved spots over half the people that made it.

  143. I’m sad, and this Top 12 needs to make me believe because I’m starting to feel myself boarding the “this season sucks” boat and I don’t want to do that, I love this show

    I’m Truthiness, I’ll be your Cruise Director. Come aboard! We’re expecting you.

    Season 9 suuuckks.
    Soon they’ll be ruining another song.
    Season 9 suuuucks.
    Promises snoozes for everyone.
    Set a course on sucking
    your mind on new lows.
    And suck
    won’t just be season 4 anymore
    it’s open trip
    to a sucky shore!

    Season 9 suuuuckkks!

    Sorry, had a Love Boat moment.

  144. I’m sooo bummed. Alex, Lilly, Katlyn instead of Aaron or Tim, Paige and Katie

  145. I have to laugh. Alex and Lilly were my favorites, and they’re both gone. Cripes.

  146. Power voting is getting out of hand. That’s the only explanation I have for this WTF result.
    AI NEEDS TO LIMIT VOTES TO 10 PER CALLER/TEXTER. NOW!
    AI NEEDS TO LIMIT VOTES TO 10 PER CALLER/TEXTER. NOW!
    AI NEEDS TO LIMIT VOTES TO 10 PER CALLER/TEXTER. NOW!
    AI NEEDS TO LIMIT VOTES TO 10 PER CALLER/TEXTER. NOW!
    AI NEEDS TO LIMIT VOTES TO 10 PER CALLER/TEXTER. NOW!

  147. Do you really believe votes matter? Alex got dumped to punish him for the Youtube vid. Paige is the only minority female. Katie is a kid, and TPTB love her blank slate status. I loved Lilly’s comment that America is clueless in what they are looking for. Katelyn had no base. Todrick lost all support. This is what happened tonight.

  148. “Season 9 sucks” is starting to feel like an understatement…

  149. I think Crystal is acutely aware of what a crapshoot this really is. This is awful. Hideous. Gut wrenching, even.

  150. At least I don’t have to watch now, I can just see Siobhan/Crystal’s videos here. So thank you, MJ

    Alex, Lilly and Katelyn all deserved spots over half the people that made it.

    Ditto. I’m still fuming mad… UGH why am I so invested in this show?? Well maybe since I won’t watch it anymore, I can better prepare for SATs.

  151. I’ve never been so angry at a stupid TV show in my life. I’m so sick of 16 year olds who don’t know themselves very well, don’t know what kind of artist to be, can’t perform and have no chance of making it in the real music business getting through because they’re “cute.” Don’t mind me, just ranting. So glad Lilly had the balls to say the truth.

  152. Oh wow, I was just out shopping and missed the show and this is what I come back to?? In a season notable for a lack of talent, 3 of the few contestants with an actual smidge of talent (Lilly, Alex, and Katelyn) are cut?!! (Don’t blame me, I voted for all 3.)

    Fail America. Fail producers for picking such a lackluster top 24, which will now be pathetically lackluster. I’m not on the Crystal Bowersox love train at all, so I guess I can look forward to having my Tuesday-Wednesday nights back.

  153. I’ve never been so upset watching an elimination show.

    Yeah, this is the worst for me and I’ve watched since Season 2. And it isn’t like I’m overinvested in any of them at this point, it just *sucked* that Lilly, Alex and Katelyn went home this early, they didn’t deserve it. I probably would’ve kept Todrick, too, and sent home Tim and Aaron. At least Todrick is interesting.

  154. Ithink the worst thing Idol has done is to allow text votes. I feel a minority of voters control the results as texting is so much faster. Having both Aaron and Katie in the top twelve is a sign voting needs to change.

  155. I knew the canibilzation of the quirky Lilith fair girls was inevitable. But Lilly? She was one of the better ones! And Lacey stays? Kaetlyn was at least trying to separate herself from the pack!

    Okay, we knew there were too many guys with guitars and too many teens. But… Alex? He was the only good teen and one of the better guys with a guitar?

    I don’t even know why I want to watch the rest of it. This is going to be one of those seasons where nothing matters until the top 4 or so.

  156. Um helloooo what’s Idol without shock boots? :P

    I feel like I’m the only person who actually likes this Top 12…and it kinda ruins the fun that everyone else seems to hate them. :(

    I think the only ones in this group I don’t care for are Katie, Andrew, Casey and maybe Michael. Sure, Alex and Lilly deserved to be there over some of them…but eh. Alexis deserved to be on the tour over Sarver, and I suddenly recall people being like “omg i actually liked him!” I think this group will come into their own. The semifinals JUST ended.

  157. I changed my vote from Alex to Aaron at the last minute. I wasn’t really a fan of Alex, but it totally made me upset when I saw his reaction and then I felt bad and wished I had given him more of chance and hadn’t called him mullet at work…. He deserved it WAY more than Aaron Kelly or Tim Urban.

    Then when Lily got cut, who I ADORED and we GOT FREAKING KATIE I went from feeling sad for Alex to feeling downright pissed off.

    You’re making it really hard for me to even consider watching you anymore, American Idol.

  158. I usually don’t get into the worst Top 12 ever stuff, but I’ll say it now. Worst Top 12 ever! At least 3/4 of the people eliminated should not have been eliminated. First of all, Alex crying breaks my heart. Tim and Aaron over Alex? Really people? The fact that I will not get one studio recording from Alex? You suck AI!

    Lilly, Alex and Kaitlyn all deserve Top 12 honestly, especially over the likes of Katie, Paige, Lacey, Tim, Aaron and well, a good portion of the Top 12.

  159. No Doubt that America once again picks the wicked step sister over Cinderella.

  160. I think Crystal is still sick everyone. I don’t think she’s nervous. Poor girl :(

  161. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooo! Alex!!!!?? How can people not vote for him, he’s adorable!!! He may have been nervous but he’s way, WAY more talented than Tim or Aaron!! UGH!! I blame VFTW!!!

    Girls, i don’t care as much….actually not true…WTF??! PAIGE AND LACEY in????? They are like Idol’s HISTORY most boring and untalented singers!!!!!

    On the other hand – I am PSYCHED Andrew got through!!! His fan base is huge i think….

  162. THIS SEASON OF IDOL SUXX HUGE COTTON BALLS. Seriously, Paige over Lilly?? Seriously, America??? Aaron over Alex??? America 4 the realz??? hahahahaha

  163. Tonight was a pretty clear object lesson in a few things.

    1. At first, I thought this might be the first year when fanbase collection was somewhat more… diluted. I take that back, considering Andrew over Alex and Katie over Katelyn (yeah, I know how the two were ordered on the show, but I’m thinking demographically right now). Earlier is better.

    2. It was an even clearer picture in both answering the question of demographic appeal and that of diversity. Complaining about all of those guitar players? Congrats, we just got rid of two, over a series of inferior contestants. Thanks for that, America.

    Boo! I want Coffeehouse Idol back. Now.

    3. And… even though I thought tonight would be a mess, my prognosticator skills suck. I don’t know why I didn’t even think of Lilly tonight; it seems more obvious in retrospect.

  164. Looking ahead, because this sucks. Can anyone familiar with X Factor tell me how the voting works? Is it similar to Idol where it is pretty much up to the public and people can vote as many times as thier cramped fingers allow them?

  165. Unbelievable. Paige gets through while Lilly gets turfed? There’s got to be some unfortunate vote-splitting involved. Probably many voters who liked Lacey, Didi, Katelyn and Lilly all thought Lilly was a shoo-in while the others were vulnerable. Paige is sort of in her own little category. Same with Katie, so no vote-splitting for them.

    As for the guys, I have a feeling there was vote-splitting as well with viewers who liked Andrew, Lee and Alex. One of those three wasn’t going to make it, and unfortunately, Alex drew the short straw. Aaron had the pre-teen and grandma vote locked while Tim was probably the choice of older teens and twentysomethings.

  166. IMO, Paige and Andrew should have went home. I would have been okay with Katie going home. I am okay with Katelyn going home. Not a fan of Lily, but IMO, Paige should have went home before her.

    I don’t mind Aaron sticking around, but I would have been okay with him going home. I really wish that Tim would went home along with Andrew. I wanted Alex and Toddrick to stay.

  167. Crystal is definitely not at a 100%. I hope she hangs on and is able to finish this show, thats if America doesnt vote her off next week, since they seem to think the point of the show is to vote for the worst.

  168. I haven’t read the comments so maybe this has already been discussed but…Katie so looked like she was going home and Lily totally looked like she knew she was safe. The shock on Lily’s face was like a Daughtry moment.

    I only got 5 points this week and probably would have done better with the default picks. I am really sad about Alex.

  169. On the other hand – I am PSYCHED Andrew got through!!! His fan base is huge i think…

    it’s because of his youtube status that’s gonna keep him probably to top 3. kinda worries me how much of a popularity contest this is becoming…

  170. I’m afraid I’m going to have to agree, IF there is another season of AI, they have to bring back the wild-card round. I hate the Top 36 format, but clearly there has to be a way to correct the kind of injustice we’ve seen tonight. I’m sure the judges would have reinstated Alex, Lilly, and Katelyn into the Top 12 if given the chance. TPTB cannot be happy with this outcome.

  171. If I committed, which I don’t, the only points I would have gotten would have been for Todrick. But then I didn’t expect America to get AS wrong as they did.

  172. This voting system needs to be changed immediately. When VFTW can determine the outcome by pushing average to poor singers through and send one’s with true talent off – it is just wrong. Last season was so much better talent wise. But again, the voting system in the finals had the same problem as now. Everything feels flat this year. I really don’t care about it anymore.

  173. I am soooooooooooo pissed! WTF America! I love Alex, Lily and Katelyn! I am with you MJ, I suck at the pool. I think I have 5 points for Todrick and that is it. LOL… So let’s see, Tim got in because of looks and Aaron/Katie/Paige got in because of sympathy votes. This season is going to f-ing suck. Why the heck did boring ass Lacey make it?

    On top of it, Crystal looks really ill. I don’t know if she is going to make it the whole season. Now I should of voted for Alex, I wanted to see him grow. Why oh why was I sooooo lazy last night. It’s my fault guys, I didn’t vote. :(

    They need a wildcard week for sure. I want one of those guys back. I have no desire to see this group on tour. That is it, Siobahn all the WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Matt and Scott were fun to watch. Ok I think I am done venting………….Damn it idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  174. Thanks, will. Didn’t realize that about the semi- finalists…that they can’t come back.Thought it was the top 12.

  175. Lilly/Didi/Lacey vote split. Lilly was my least favorite voice of the three. Now Lacey can go next. But the tour with all three of them would have been too redundant.

    Crystal did not look well at all to me.

  176. Looking ahead, because this sucks. Can anyone familiar with X Factor tell me how the voting works? Is it similar to Idol where it is pretty much up to the public and people can vote as many times as thier cramped fingers allow them?

    Yes, it is. There isn’t a reason to change this. Sure, this sucks for viewers. But from a 19E marketing perspective, they now know that Lilly, Katelyn, Alex, and Todrick aren’t drawing the kind of responses needed to float a major label artist. So, from where they’re sitting, this is just good TV and controversy. For those of us who want to see a singing competition… it just sucks.

    Oh, and Vote For The Worst? They don’t have influential voting sway. No, really, they don’t. They have handful of people dialing, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t too much, or even significant. No, this was just demographic thinking. Seriously, you want to know how this happened? Look back at the recap threads.

  177. Lacy Brown sure has 9 lives. the tour this year is going to be really boring I think.

  178. On X-Factor who goes isn’t just based on the public vote, right? Tonight was a good way to sell people on that, I guess. I bet Tim is going to make the tour and more good people are going to go home. I just can’t believe how bad tonight was. :( I don’t remember so many good people ever leaving in one night. Really, all of them deserved to be there over people who made it.

  179. The most depressing thing about these results for me – at least 3 of Tim, Aaron, Paige, Lacey and Katie will be on tour…

  180. OK that effing sucks. Alex was my dark-horse favorite…grrr…what the heck. Aaron flat-out can’t sing. I cannot believe he made it over Alex. Wow. The suckiest top-12 ever….

  181. This is going to be one of those seasons where nothing matters until the top 4 or so.

    Heh, my sister just texted me that she wouldn’t watch again until the top 4, which hopefully by then they’ve gotten rid of the dead weight.

    Actually I still find some worth watching, but there are several that just need to go. I could deal with Didi, Siobhan, Casey, Lee if he quits picking frakking horrible songs, Crystal, Mike… OK, six of them. Lacey and Paige and Andrew all have voices that interested me but they have yet to come through and I can’t imagine they’ll suddenly get their shit together on the big stage on theme nights. Prove me wrong, please? I find Katie and Aaron and Tim pretty much unwatchable.

  182. I feel bad the most of Alex. The poor dude….

    Can i just ask if everyone is so pissed about Alex and Lilly, did you guys vote?? I voted for Alex….but i guess it wasn’t enough…really bummed now…..

  183. Wow, i just watched and I’m in shock. I normally don’t much care at this stage but this was really terrible. I thought Alex had the most interesting voice, even if he came across as very young and scared. Lilly had a great voice, tone, attitude, and style. Must be too nichey I guess. Katelyn had a lot of talent, she just never seemed to really care and America hates that. The judges really didn’t like her and wanted her gone too. Simon especially made that clear. Toddrick deserved to go, so at least there’s that.

  184. I voted for Alex….but i guess it wasn’t enough…really bummed now…..

    I also voted for Alex!

  185. I voted for Alex, but I voted for Didi and not Lilly because I thought Didi would need it more and I don’t like vote splitting. :( I only voted for about half an hour, I wish I’d kept at it for longer.

  186. Having such mediocre talent in the top 12 will, unfortunately, not boast well for the winner. Winner over who (or is it whom)? Not much of an accomplishment when there’s not much competition.

  187. Appalled here on the West Coast, so I’m trying to look on the bright side: The two remaining singer-songwriter gals (Crystal, Didi) will not have to split votes with the two departed ones. And there’s an awful lot of fodder (for starters, I’m looking at you Tim, Lacey and Aaron) between now and late April, when things MIGHT get interesting again.

  188. I really don’t like Lacey and am surprised that she has a fanbase.

    I have also been surprised by this even though I think she’s okay–my only guess is that it’s because Texas is a really big state lol.

  189. Wow. Right now, this show is dead to me. Lilly and Alex gone while Paige and Aaron and Tim remain? Nails in the coffin of AI.

  190. WTF? Alex and Lily were two of the better, more unique voices, and my top two faves after Crystal. I am shocked that Katie and Aaron are still there. I really thought those two had finally reached their expiration date and I put all 5 pool points on them. They are so wooden and affected and tween pageant-y when they perform. And Aaron’s eyebrows are SCARY. ICK!

  191. On X-Factor who goes isn’t just based on the public vote, right?

    It largely is. The caveat is that the judges get to pick out of the bottom two finalists. Don’t trust them to make the right decisions, because they don’t. I think, last season, they made one appropriate save that would have cause a boot on Idol. The rest were not good.

    They probably would have picked Paige over Katelyn, at the least. And possibly even Katie over Lilly. So I wouldn’t give credit to the new format for saving us from voters. who. suck.

  192. Forgot to say that I never saw the appeal of Matt G until tonight. Even on the tour he didn’t stand out for me but tonight he absoluteely rocked it out – GREAT vocals, having a blast up there, loved him!!!!! Scott was Scott. LOL

  193. Looking ahead, because this sucks. Can anyone familiar with X Factor tell me how the voting works? Is it similar to Idol where it is pretty much up to the public and people can vote as many times as thier cramped fingers allow them?

    yeah the public can vote as many times as they want but there is no free voting . whether it’s by text or normal phone you are charged for the vote (not sure if this will be the same in the US version though) .. but the judges then decide between the bottom two vote getters as to who stays and who goes .. so there is scope to save a decent act if they are in the bottom 2 .. ie the judges may have saved Alex and Lily tonight .. athough with the judges mentoring the acts they are sometimes forced to save their own act even if they think they’re crap and there have been some bad “saves” in the past

  194. I was a bit surprised by the results. I was glad Todrick is out. Although Alex did nothing for me, I wanted to send Andrew home.

    Hugs and best to our very own deer-in-the-headlights, Alex Lambert!

    Without Andrew we could once and for all move beyond “Straight up.” I guess America wants to rub him after all.

    I thought Lilly was a shoe-in based on total performances but last night I thought she chose a dud song. I’m stunned Katie hung on but she is 16 and might appeal to young voters. I thought Katelyn was doing better than Paige as well.

    Fairly controversial to admit fandom for, I was glad to see Aaron and Tim made it. I’m realistic, though, I know they’re canon fodder and expect both will vanish in the next month.

    Mike is clearly the top guy with maybe Lee as the dark horse. Crystal, if she stays healthy, and Siobahn will battle it out for the top girl spot.

    Crystal didn’t look well tonight and wasn’t particularly celebratory when she was safe.

  195. You can blame power voting or VFTW or whatever else you want, but the fact is TPTB chose this slate of contestants out of thousands that showed up to audition.

  196. I totally love how there seems to have been a major explosion of rage, and I hate rage, so that’s saying something. I’m not even being sarcastic, I really like that people are getting angry over this. I mean, sure, it’s not an actually riot-inducing activity (like I said earlier when I said “DESTROY AMERICA” >_>), but for television and music, it’s still a huge travesty.

    My favorites were Crystal, Aaron, Siobhan, Casey, Lilly, and Alex. Holy crap, now one of those is universally hated and two of those are gone. Total crap, America.

    I’m scared for my favorites, especially Aaron since he’s the “universally hated” one. I’m tempted to power vote EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for all the 11 people who I want still there. I still stand by VFTW having a ton of power this season just because it seems like everyone else thinks it’s so lackluster and is not motivated to vote.

    And I’m going to go back in time and kick myself in the crotch for hating so much on Todrick. I DO hate his arrogant personality. A LOT. In that case I’m kinda glad he’s gone. However, did he really deserve to be eliminated over Tim, Andrew, and (IMO) Lee? All three of them were pretty god-awful last night, whereas Todrick stepped his game up. Too little, too late.

    Katie was also god-awful, although for some reason the idea of a cute little innocent 17 year old girl giving me an autograph tickles me strangely. I kinda hope it doesn’t happen because that means she got on tour over someone more deserving.

    America chose Lacey and Paige? WTF?! I mean, I do like Lacey, but wow, I totally did not expect her to stay. Same for Paige, though I don’t like her as much.

    I’m beginning to wonder if I should retract my “Wait until top 10 then it’ll get good” statement. I mean, I still have faith in the season and am inexplicably deathly excited for tour still, but I think that without a doubt, this week and the first week of eliminations were probably the worst elimination weeks in Idol’s history (then again, I don’t really remember seasons before 7 that well). Last week was the only one that was mostly right, and even then I questioned Michelle’s elimination somewhat.

  197. I voted for Alex and Lilly. Unfortunately, whoever I seem to vote for this season (since I sense that they’re in trouble – I knew Alex and Lilly needed votes) gets eliminated.

  198. Owlgirl:
    03/11/2010 at 9:30 pm
    On X-Factor who goes isn’t just based on the public vote, right?

    Yes and No. The voting determine the bottom 2. Then the 4 judges get to vote on who they want to go home. If the judges tie, then the group or performer with the fewest votes goes home.

  199. This was absolutely bullocks! Alex? Lilly? even Todrick who blew it away tonight. Aaron, Tim, Katie and Paige simply do not deserve those seats, unless we’re choosing the least artistic person and least ready for the big stage. And now the tour is going to feature these kids over those with real talent. I’m just sick about this. Lilly was right. She was clearly engaging, interesting and a solid performer. What does America want? Well, if this is a result of kids gone mad with texting, then this show is going to go even faster down the tubes than it already was. It’s almost like they should just rename the show Vote for the Worst, and get it over with. Did you see how miserable Crystal was? I bet its hard to keep on selling yourself to a public that votes like this? Its almost like why bother? I’m absolutely disgusted right now. I’ve been watching this show since Season 1 and I can’t remember a worse elimination night. Sure there have often been horrible eliminations, but that was usually 1 bad call, not 3 or 4 in one night. I’m furious.

  200. Unless something really unlikely happens…this will be the worst season of AI ever!!! :(

  201. Tour numbers will be way way down this year. Alex and Lilly had unique voices which would have helped just a little.

  202. No offense here…..but Paige is really, REALLY unattractive!! And she didn’t live up to her big voice!! Why is she still here??? I thought all the African-American votes would have gone to Big Mike by now..

    Maybe it was all her crap about liking the song cos of Michael Jackson blah blah…

  203. Aaron, Tim, Katie and Paige simply do not deserve those seats, unless we’re choosing the least artistic person and least ready for the big stage.

    I so agree with this.

  204. I actually really like Paige… but I thought she should have gone home.

  205. So sad and I blame myself for not voting this week esp. on the girls’ night… Only consolation is that Todrick is gone and Crystal, Siobhan, Didi and Casey are still around.

  206. One of those three wasn’t going to make it, and unfortunately, Alex drew the short straw. Aaron had the pre-teen and grandma vote locked while Tim was probably the choice of older teens and twentysomethings.

    I think that this is what happened as well. I had thought that Aaron and Tim would probably be saved, that Andrew would be going home and that either Alex or Lee might get caught in the crossfire. Except I was leaning more towards Lee , who I think has less of a distinctive voice than Alex. And I thought Alex might have stayed because of his good peformance the week before last.

    I’m sorry to see Alex go. The only person left that I care about is Casey.

  207. Aaron Kelly, Tim Urban, and Big Mike over Alex Lambert!

    Alex was my favorite male contestant!
    WTF???

    Aaron Kelly?!?
    Andy Garcia? What?

  208. Wow, Lilly goes home? Really? With all the judges’ praise? I’m surprised… but not shocked. She’s an acquired taste and I was starting to think her more affected than authentic so I can see where she may have been polarizing. Oddly enough, Paige staying is less shocking. Katelyn was inconsistent of the WGWG and not as good this week as Didi and Lacey when it counted most. Paige may have gotten the pity votes this week because she has potential but was so off the wall bad this week. Maybe she only lasts one more week but it’s not totally unsurprising.

    Of the boys only Michael was safe so this isn’t that surprising. I like Alex better than Aaron and Tim but it’s none of them I think Todrick will find happiness on the stage and Alex has potential as a singer… if Simon likes him well enough maybe he’ll get one of those sooper sekrit record deals that won’t be disclosed until sometime after the season ends.

  209. Did anyone really think they would let someone with the name Alex Lambert make it to the top 12. I knew from the first time I heard his name he was a goner. I am sorry to see Lilly go – I liked her. Didn’t really care for Katelyn or Todrick. Not really into the show this year – it is so boring without an Adam or Danny. AND what is wrong with Crystal – is she really sick? Anyone??

  210. I think Alex just needed a little more time. I’d take bad nerves over some of the other singers anytime. I was so sad to see him go, really liked his voice and humbleness. Then when he was crying, gah! Thankfully Siobhan didn’t go, too, with such weird results happening.

  211. I can’t believe this s**t. I have watched Idol since the 2nd season and never has elimination been so wrong. My sister and I usually pay scalper prices for first or second row seats but that won’t happen this year. There is no one i would be willing to pay that much money for. I am so pissed that Alex was eliminated. I hope that something else opens up for him. Katie and Paige should have gone home as well.

    Oh does anyone know if Kristen has commented?

  212. Well, it makes sense this season will suck…AI3 sucked, AI6 sucked, and now AI9 sucks.

  213. I think that this elims proves the show ain’t fixed – no way the producers would’ve let this pass if they fixed the results.

    Never thought I’d say this, but I truly wish they’d kept the wildcard round this season!

  214. No offense here…..but Paige is really, REALLY unattractive!!

    Wow, I completely disagree. Her eyes are so beautiful. Stuff like this makes me want to powervote for her.

    I think something people need to remember is that Scott finished 8th last season. Scott finished 8th….that guy we watched tonight who sounded like a dying animal……finished 8th last season.

  215. Thankfully Siobhan didn’t go, too, with such weird results happening.

    If that had happened… I, too, would have lost all capacity for critical thought. I’ll just have to walk away with that assuring little bit.

  216. Huckleberry,
    You’re right. Alex shouldn’t have sang Trouble. No where near as good as Taylor’s. But he still desrved to stay over Aaron and Tim. Some of these singers are not that talented. You almost have to wonder if the votes were fixed. Wasn’t it not in line with Dialidol which is usually a good predictor?

  217. They should’ve brought up that Alex’s name was so close to Adam’s. Sure, some people will probably hate him for being compared to their favorite, but I think even more would’ve paid more attention to him and realized he was good >_>.

    Although I think the thought is silly.

  218. This year sucks.I didn’t watch all of the episode and when I did I didn’t focus becasuse I got in a fight with my fDad and he almost turned off cable.Anyway i’m pissed so sorry if this sound b**chy.this season sucks.Kara is a moron.all the good judges are leaving,except Ellen .season 9 sucks..again.ah,Scotty it’s always a pleasure to see you but Id rather hear about your culinary tweets than hear you sing-heartstrings haha.worst album title ever.I still like Matt.What a disgraceful Top 12!!!!! Almost NO talent.
    My opinion on eliminations-
    Todrick-meh
    Katelyn-even more meh
    Alex-WTF??!!! I wasn’t a fan but I know SO MANY people who like him.So many of my fiends will be crushe and devastated.Plus,he seemed sweet,
    Lilly-Even more WTF???!!!!! I really really really liked her!!! She had an amzing voice and was one of the few bright spots in a dreary season.SO DISSAPOINTING!!!
    And Lilly (with 2 i’s!!!! LOL will) was quirky!! She would have done something intersting with the rolling stones.

    Ok.I know I got the bonus questions wrong but I think i EPIC FAILED in the pool .damn you, Paige..

    Anyway,this season sucks,the top 12 sucks,and the end.Now,If you’ll excuse me,I have to get back to yelling at my parents.

    (but scottymac rocks!!! Haha I’m like his biggest psuedo-fan EBERRRRRRRR lol)

  219. monleo1705:
    03/11/2010 at 9:41 pm
    No offense here…..but Paige is really, REALLY unattractive!! And she didn’t live up to her big voice!! Why is she still here??? I thought all the African-American votes would have gone to Big Mike by now..

    Maybe it was all her crap about liking the song cos of Michael Jackson blah blah…

    YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR OPINION, BUT I’M REALLY SICK AND TIRED OF READING ABOUT HOW ONLY BLACKS VOTE FOR BLACKS, OR ONLY ASIANS VOTE FOR ASIANS, OR ONLY WHITES VOTE FOR WHITES.

    I WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICANS CAN VOTE BASED ON TALENT AND NOT RACE OR THE CUTE FACTOR.

    THIS IS WHY THE TAYLOR HICKS OF THE WORLD WIN AI!
    THE ONES WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TALENT WILL WIN AND WILL NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN…

  220. Never thought I’d say this, but I truly wish they’d kept the wildcard round this season!

    So we could, um, have the crew bring back and put through Haeley, which they probably would have done? No thanks.

  221. I wonder what Tim and Paige will sing next week.

    It it’s Rolling Stones week, god knows .. someone’s bound to do Wild Horses (the Subo version … lol)

  222. I’m so mad about Alex leaving!! He was my favorite of the guys, and, in my opinion, was the best singer of the guys as well. I guess Casey is my favorite guy now, since I’m not the biggest Big Mike fan, even if he is one of the better ones, and nobody else can stay on pitch. I’m also mad about Lilly, though I’m glad Crystal, Siobahn, and Didi are in the top 12! Tim and Katie and Aaron need to leave!!

  223. I think something people need to remember is that Scott finished 8th last season. Scott finished 8th….that guy we watched tonight who sounded like a dying animal……finished 8th last season.

    I am not a Scott fan at all but while he was singing I was thinking he sounded better than some of the top 16 this year.

  224. Well, it makes sense this season will suck…AI3 sucked, AI6 sucked, and now AI9 sucks.

    The multiples of 3 curse? It’s real.

    Can I vote for Matt Giraud next week? He was better than 11 of the current top 12, and didn’t even make the finals last season.

  225. I think Crystal is still sick everyone. I don’t think she’s nervous. Poor girl

    I think you’re right, she looked downright comatose tonight. If she leaves due to illness that will be it for me. I won’t watch anymore.

  226. I am not a Scott fan at all but while he was singing I was thinking he sounded better than some of the top 16 this year.

    Nope, not a single one. Tim Urban on Hallelujah was better than Scott ever was.

  227. I am really pissed about Alex….I don’t even feel like watching anymore.

  228. Yay I LOVE orianthi

    I think Paige is pretty

    janerazor:
    03/11/2010 at 9:44 pm
    Well, it makes sense this season will suck…AI3 sucked, AI6 sucked, and now AI9 sucks.

    IKR? I’ve been saying this forever…curse of the three’s

  229. BTW, I did vote for Lilly but split votes between Crystal, Lilly and Didi, albeit increasing my frequency of votes for Lilly when it became clear that she was in trouble. I too am wondering how many of the posters here are really voting.

  230. Why is she still here??? I thought all the African-American votes would have gone to Big Mike by now

    I know, I thought all the white votes would go to Crystal, so I’m really surprised to see that there’s more than one white contestant in the top 12.

  231. The most mystifying result tonight was Paige. I mean, seriously, this girl had NO fanbase going into the semi’s given her total lack of screentime, and she gave three awful performances, each one worse than the last. I really think VFTW has minimal effect on the voting, but I can’t think of any other plausible explanation for her. Did Howard Stern tell his listeners to vote for her? Did Crayola mount a campaign on her behalf? There has to be a reason!

    Oh God, are they ever gloating over at VFTW. I think even they are shocked by tonight.

  232. karenw:
    03/11/2010 at 9:48 pm
    I wonder what Tim and Paige will sing next week.

    It it’s Rolling Stones week, god knows .. someone’s bound to do Wild Horses (the Subo version … lol)

    I actually meant to say Tim and Lacey. sorry about that.

  233. So we could, um, have the crew bring back and put through Haeley, which they probably would have done? No thanks.

    Hmm….. If they had a wild card round (and has a top 16 >_>), I would see Simon picking Alex, Ellen picking Ashley (or Janell), Kara picking Tyler, and Randy picking Lilly. If they really have a say. And honestly, I think those wild-card round picks would be pretty good…..

    Also, Didi is back as one of my favorite girls. So Crystal, Didi, Siobhan, Aaron, and Casey are the ones I’ll be watching for.

  234. Ithink the worst thing Idol has done is to allow text votes. I feel a minority of voters control the results as texting is so much faster. Having both Aaron and Katie in the top twelve is a sign voting needs to change.

    ITA-At least having to phone it in one vote at a time, there was a better representatation of what the AI viewing audience wanted. The voting is just too skewed by text voters IMHO. I think Aaron, Paige, Tim and Katie should have gone home today.

    I hope Simon allows Alex to try out for X-Factor. In fact, if he gets to go on X-Factor, this might be the best thing ever. Alex needs to hone his performance skills over the next 6 months by playing as many gigs as possible. I also think Alex might benefit from being in a band.

    I am disappointed that I won’t get a studio recording of Alex. I was really looking forward to that. I really like his voice. I don’t anticipate watching AI now until the final four or until Adam Lambert performs.

  235. I didn’t think Alex could win the whole thing but I so wanted him in the top 10….he would have so much to gain by being on that tour!

  236. I think Crystal is still sick everyone. I don’t think she’s nervous. Poor girl

    …and the season only get more grueling as it does along. AI is toast if she drops out, she’s pretty much all they’ve got going at this point.

    I guess in retrospect Katie and Paige had voting blocks to themselves while Katelyn and, to an even greter extent, Lily were vote splitting but what a crappy outcome. Expected Todrick to go, but kind of amazed Alex lost to Tim/Aaron. Good hair triumphs with tween voters?

    1 for 4 on the pool, dang. Looking forward to my lecture from Ryan next week on the important of voting!

  237. this is WRONG, Alex Lambert deserve his place in the top 12 ,he is a 100% better than Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly who until now don’t show anything new or different not even o good Hollywood Week (i mean they don’t even show his complete performance in the HW because were so bad) , but of course Disney and Idol business…i’m upset right now :(.

  238. and she gave three awful performances, each one worse than the last.

    People can keep saying this but it doesn’t make it true. Her first two performances were great. The band really fucked with her on Tuesday night. Paige is going to surprise.

  239. will:
    03/11/2010 at 9:52 pm
    The most mystifying result tonight was Paige. I mean, seriously, this girl had NO fanbase going into the semi’s given her total lack of screentime, and she gave three awful performances, each one worse than the last. I really think VFTW has minimal effect on the voting, but I can’t think of any other plausible explanation for her.

    Much like Syesha in S7, and look how far she got.

  240. Peeps, this was bound to happen. It’s called vote splitting, and sorry Sir Elton – it is not an indication of anything except that they stacked the deck this year.

    You want quirk? Choose your team. Team Lily lost.

    Katelyn failed to be really memorable. I thought her personality was kind of blah, actually. It’s a waste of some gorgeous hair.

    It’s not surprising that Team Tim got more votes than Team Alex, is it? The power voters and texters are the tweeners. And the place where the most voting occurs is the middle of the country, where Aaron and Katie reminds them of that sweet kid in church who always gets picked on.

    I think Toddrick’s stank tude did him in, and I think Lily’s might have been done in by that too. That doesn’t mean they were ACTUALLY stank, only that the camera perceived them that way, you know? It’s TV.

    It will be kind of interesting if this comes down to Siobhan and Crystal. [Big Mike? Please.] I actually think they want Siobhan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – she’s way more efficient a package. They’d like the new Taylor Swift/Kelly Clarkson. Personally I find her kind of boring. Still, I think she’s the pony to bet upon.

  241. Lilly/Didi/Lacey vote split.

    I think that Crystal, Siobhan and Lilly split the vote. They’re all hippie chicks, there wasn’t enough hippie vote to save all three.

  242. Yes, I would’ve been thrilled if Alex had finished in 10th. I just wanted him to make the tour. I hope so much that he shows up on X-Factor. I want to hear him sing again, and I want more of him on my iPod. :(

  243. I thinks that Crystal, Siobhan and Lilly split the vote. They’re all hippie chicks, there wasn’t enough hippie vote to save all three.

    Probably true, they were my 3 favorites. I only voted for Lilly though, since I knew Crystal and Siobhan had more fans.

    Okay wtf, why am I still commenting? I need to study.

  244. And the place where the most voting occurs is the middle of the country, where Aaron and Katie reminds them of that sweet kid in church who always gets picked on.

    I live in the middle of the country, I don’t go to church, and I voted for Alex.

    And I agree that text votes need to go. As long as there is text voting and only by AT&T, no coaster stands an ice cube’s chance in hell of winning this thing.

  245. I hope Simon allows Alex to try out for X-Factor. In fact, if he gets to go on X-Factor, this might be the best thing ever. Alex needs to hone is peformance skills over the next 6 months by playing as many gigs as possible. I also think Alex might benefit from being in a band.

    I hope, i have the impression that the boy don’t have many contacts in the industry at all, he is for real the talent waiting to be polish. I can,t get ovet about the fact alex is out!

  246. I really think VFTW has minimal effect on the voting, but I can’t think of any other plausible explanation for her.

    It really scares me to think that VFTW could have such an impact on votes…Can’t AI do something?? This is almost illegal!!! VFTW have screwed so many talented people over!! Tim over Alex????! Paige over Lilly OR Katelynn??? COME ON! Can’t even imagine the future when the competition builds up even more…

  247. I actually think they want Siobhan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – she’s way more efficient a package.

    Songsungblue, just curious to know what makes Siobhan more efficient a package? She seems like a kind of messy package–but I’m clearly not understanding the concept like you are.

  248. So on VFTW. There’s a story circulating that someone twittered a bunch of Michael Jackson fan groups and told them the judges were unfair to Paige and encouraged them to vote hard. I think that could have had a bigger impact. But that sucks, because it means people who didn’t even hear the jackhammering of a Sinatra standard voted off one of the best jazz singers Idol’s seen.

  249. THIS IS WHY THE TAYLOR HICKS OF THE WORLD WIN AI!
    THE ONES WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TALENT WILL WIN AND WILL NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN…

    The irony of this shouting rant is that Taylor Hicks would pwn a lot of the “singers” in this top 12. And I know this without ever even watching season 5.

  250. Just a thought, with everyone worrying if Crystal is going to make it through the season: Forget the season, how is she EVER going to make it through the tour??

  251. Bleh, pageant bot continues on. MJ seems to have had a melt down. On a bright note, Matt and Scott sounded really good. They’ve improved by miles in the past year. Comfortable and fun performance. Great for them.

  252. I am really upset about Alex being cut and Todrick too. I don’t really like any of the other guys much. Mike is good maybe him or Aaron. I liked what Lily said about America’s choices. It was fitting.

  253. Let’s step back and take a deep breath. IMO – Katelyn, Toddrick, Alex, and Lilly wouldn’t have even made it to the top 4 so does it really matter. Oh, I know. . . the tour. Well, “the tour” is pretty much so going to suck anyway and none of those 4 would have sold a ticket for me. Like I said, IMO.

  254. The band really fucked with her on Tuesday night. Paige is going to surprise.

    I’d be amazed if she does, considering that she continuously is off pitch, and fails to be aware of such on her sustained notes. Seriously, I don’t know anyone who has had even one lesson in music where multiple people are involved that isn’t told to stay aware of the those around you to maintain pitch control.

    Once, even twice I can understand, but this is a constant problem with most of the contestants this year; no awareness of their surroundings, musically.

  255. water_sprite:
    03/11/2010 at 10:03 pm
    So on VFTW. There’s a story circulating that someone twittered a bunch of Michael Jackson fan groups and told them the judges were unfair to Paige and encouraged them to vote hard. I think that could have had a bigger impact. But that sucks, because it means people who didn’t even hear the jackhammering of a Sinatra standard voted off one of the best jazz singers Idol’s seen.

    Omg….you are so joking…???? Are VFTW that desperate??? I mean, i always thought they were doing this out of pure fun but NOT to the extent of totally swaying votes and ruining other contestants true chances out of malice!!! This is ridiculous!

  256. Much like Syesha in S7, and look how far she got.

    Say what you will about Syesha and her 300 fans, but the girl was never the bottom of the barrel performance-wise (I know she was in the bottom 3 vote-wise a few times) during the season. She was always at the middle of the pack or better vocally, until she gained momentum beginning at Top 6 night, and then she really began to get her groove.

    Paige, on the other hand, has been at the bottom or damn near the bottom of the barrel as far as performances go each and every week. A 50% average on hitting the notes you’re actually trying to hit is pretty embarrassing for someone in the Top 12. Just sayin.

    Season 9: Still suckier than Season 6.

  257. Honestly, I think something is wrong…I just can’t believe Alex was sent packing…

  258. I’d be amazed if she does, considering that she continuously is off pitch

    Go back and listen to her first two performances. She wasn’t off pitch once

  259. omg… wtf… holy wow….

    the only correct elimination was todrick. and even then he wasnt the worst last night…

    WHY ON EARTH ARE AARON AND LACY STILL HERE? They cannnot be on the tour. at least tim would be pretty to look at but he sure as hell better leave soon after………… i will only watch here from now on. and thats for Siobhan and … yea basically Siobhan. Crystal too sometimes maybe. well at least now i can focus on my exams and getting into uni.

    once again.. omg. WTH AMERICA!!!

  260. People can keep saying this but it doesn’t make it true. Her first two performances were great. The band really fucked with her on Tuesday night. Paige is going to surprise.

    Nah, All Right Now was weird and uneven, and Breakaway was fine but karaoke and paled in comparison to Kelly’s rendition. And of course Smile was terrible. I think she got sympathy votes for the MJ-inspired emotion reference, tbh. (ETA: OMG, if that VFTW MJ story is true…!)

    The most mystifying result tonight was Paige. I mean, seriously, this girl had NO fanbase going into the semi’s given her total lack of screentime, and she gave three awful performances, each one worse than the last. I really think VFTW has minimal effect on the voting, but I can’t think of any other plausible explanation for her.

    Much like Syesha in S7, and look how far she got.

    No, Syesha had plenty of screentime in Hollywood and she did really well in the semi’s and was tauted at times as a frontrunner. Say what you will about Syesha, but she came into S7 fully formed, had a cool look, confidence, hot vocals, changed up the songs she covered… she was MILES ahead of Paige at this point. No comparison at all, IMO. (ETA: or, what Keel said)

    And yeah, I’m pissed about Alex and Lilly. They weren’t my faves, but they are interesting and had potential, and the competition just got even MORE boring.

  261. I FAILED;I only got 5 points

    hey,surprisingly,or the girls at least dial idol was right!!

    Does that mean we get to cheat now???

    And from now one person leaves every week right?

  262. If it weren’t for Crystal I wouldn’t even tune in anymore this season. When she goes, I go.

  263. What was THAT? Color me surprised on a couple of these. I didn’t want Lilly to go, but I’m kind of not surprised. I think for much of the general public several of these girls are interchangeable. People are mentioning vote splitting and I think that is what happened. Maybe that is what happened with Alex, too? I seriously thought Aaron and Katie were gone, but I think they have a niche and aren’t really competing as much for votes. I don’t know who is voting for Paige though. That was the most shocking for me. Weird, weird night.

  264. I really enjoyed thinking about the potential of Alex and Lilly in the hands of the right producers. I did vote for them a few times, but I’m not going to sit there and text hundreds of times.

    If two more talented kids get cut next week, they need to go ahead and book theatres, not arenas, for the tour. What! Do I think I am a “tour expert” or something? Ummm…Well, yes I have studied the touring industry for many years. The ticket prices from last season are not going to fly for this Season 9 group.

    Maybe someone will step up so far in future weeks that they will become a big draw, but I am very doubtful at this point.

  265. Just downloaded all the songs from Alex, Lilly and Katlyn… that’s the least I can do to show my supports for them…

  266. I could see Alex in the top 4 easily :(

    Simon told Simon he was on his game last night…and there’s a chop of Randy in a bikini.

    Ewwww!! I’m glad I missed it

  267. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR OPINION, BUT I’M REALLY SICK AND TIRED OF READING ABOUT HOW ONLY BLACKS VOTE FOR BLACKS, OR ONLY ASIANS VOTE FOR ASIANS, OR ONLY WHITES VOTE FOR WHITES.

    I WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICANS CAN VOTE BASED ON TALENT AND NOT RACE OR THE CUTE FACTOR.

    ?? Why are you even talking about race voting now? Chill.. The truth is if Paige was someone like Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson, i would totally say she deserved to be there. Heck, i voted for Hudson! But considering Paige is just not up to par and isn’t really the whole package, WHILE Big Mike gave an awesome performance, he should have gotten most votes, be it from his minority race or from the general public. No harsh meaning there.

  268. I still like Crystal and Siobhan, but at the rate we’re going Crystal isn’t even going to make it through the season or tour. She does not look well.

    Alex was the only guy this season I could ever see myself buying music from, so pretty much no interest in any of the remaining guys.

  269. I don’t think vftw has an effect

    I totally agree. Most of America has no idea what this is. I think all of you conspiracy theorists give this site way too much credit.

  270. Can I vote for Matt Giraud next week? He was better than 11 of the current top 12, and didn’t even make the finals last season.

    Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta or even Danny Gokey would win or be in the finale if they were on this season.

    I thought Alex was great, and I hope someone in the industry will take an interest in him and give him a shot. I’m not as upset about Lilly because I do think she was a bit affected rather than authentic and her song choices were kind of off-the-wall in their own way. Katelyn only had one real stand-out, which was last week. The only one to leave that I called was Todrick.

  271. I just finished watching. F this f’ing show. I’m not even invested in this season but Lily and Alex getting cut is just so wrong. Such a lackluster season so far, but Lily was so different and quirky. Alex has such a beautiful voice and I really wanted to see how he developed as a performer. The last time I was this pissed was when Melinda got cut. Or maybe the night the Simon told David Cook that Archie had “crushed” him. I just don’t get it.

  272. The judges(think Ellen here)screwed this up for Alex. It was between Alex and Tim and the judges fawning over Tim(I don’t know why) bolstered his chances.

    Aw, Alex ..he’s very good .. and I hope he does land on X-Factor.

  273. I have a question. This is the first time I’ve watched before the top 12 were picked, has there ever been such a surprise before the top 12?

  274. I’m probably grasping for straws, but I don’t think Ellen should have gone on stage and hugged Tim. I thought that was kind of OTT.

  275. Its almost like this show is taunting me to stop watching it. Every week there are less and less reasons to do so. The idea of sitting through a show of Rolling Stone covers without Lilly, Alex, heck even Todrick and Tyler for the energy level they would bring and instead getting Aaron, Tim and Katie actually makes my skin crawl. This is all kinds of wrong.

  276. I wonder what Alex will do now?

    Simon seemed to take a real interest in Alex. In fact, I’ve never seen him act so paternal. I hope Simon takes him under his wing or at least tells him to try out for X-Factor in a year.

    But having said that Alex needs to start doing gigs. He needs to get out there and perform every weekend. He needs to conquer his nerves. I listened to the one original song he wrote (provided by MJ) and I thought it was quite good. He might be a very good songwriter. I’ve give up on the voting with AI because it’s just too weird. I can see why the judges did the wild card last year because perhaps they were sick of good people being losing to inferior singers because of text voting.

    Alex was the only guy I was excited about because I really like his voice and I was looking forward to his progress. I think he really is a diamond in the rough.

    I agree, this is going to be a tough tour to sell. As good as Crystal is, I wouldn’t call her exciting. Ditto with Big Mike.

  277. And I agree that text votes need to go. As long as there is text voting and only by AT&T, no coaster stands an ice cube’s chance in hell of winning this thing.

    I just hate the fact that you have to have AT & T to vote by texting!

  278. Just wanna back up Smallie on Syesha. She got her share of criticism like everyone else, but I think she earned her placing. Also, she was never the worst or the one people thought would go home in any given week until top 3 night. Unless I’m remembering wrong. Plus, I saw the girl on the tour and she was good. Her performance of Listen was a total showstopper.

  279. Never should brought Tim back…I hate that people might vote because someone is cute, or cuter.

  280. Lost my favorite guy and my favorite girl tonight. I really can’t believe that Alex and Lilly got cut over some of the others that made it through. Really? This season just lost the little bit of appeal it had for me.

  281. I wonder what Alex will do now?

    Me too. Maybe if Crystal has to leave the show, they’ll retrieve him.

  282. YAY – video of the dualing pianos! WHY in the world did they cut that from the finale last year????

    It was great to see Matt. He was my absolutel fave last year – loved him. He seened relaxed on the AI stage (finally!). That duet was all kinds of fun – even though I could have been quite happy with just Matt.

    Did Mamasox really look that bad tonight?

  283. WORST TOP 12 EVER. I didn’t vote so I probably shouldn’t complain…but I will. Paige, Aaron, Katie and Tim are in but Alex, Lilly and Katelyn are out? Seriously, WTF???

  284. ejl2005 – I mean that she’s easily molded to whatever they believe will sell/promote the show [I actually believe that selling the show is far more important to them than selling CDs. First, she’s very young and pretty, but she needs a stylist. They have stylists. She’s quirky in a funny way, like the girl who takes off her horn rimmed glasses at the end of the movie! She doesn’t seem to have a specific musical category to plug into – they can give her one! She has great pipes. She reminds me of an indie Kelly Clarkson.

    Now Crystal is a fully formed musical personality, and you like her or you don’t. Siobhan is just a big pot of gooey potential. Given the winners of this show, I think voters tend to go more for that. They can cast their musical tastes on a blank canvas, if you will. You could say that Carrie was an exception, but Bo was far more “set” than she was. The only real exception I can think of is Fantasia, and I think she was an incredible performer. [I saw her on stage, and she is a force of nature.]

    So that’s why I think it will be Siobhan. I think viewers like to see growth, and the winner has to appeal across the spectrum. Crystal may be a little too niche to get there.

    Just my opinion, of course. :)

  285. have a question. This is the first time I’ve watched before the top 12 were picked, has there ever been such a surprise before the top 12?

    The only thing that comes to mind here is when Sundance Head was out at this same point in Season 6.

  286. I have a question. This is the first time I’ve watched before the top 12 were picked, has there ever been such a surprise before the top 12?

    Sabrina Sloan season 6? Kady Malloy was way better than Ramielle and Amanda but that wasn’t really a surprise…

  287. All the warnings were there when Tyler didn’t make it past Top 20. I’m really confused about who is voting for some of these terrible contestants.

  288. I really would have liked to have seen Alex in the top 10. I think the tour would have been great experience for him. Damn.

  289. No. It’s not Ellen’s fault. She was a very strong supporter of Alex. They didn’t call Aaron or Tim out on poor performances. They rallied Andrew’s already large fan base. They overpraised Todrick and Mike.
    I think Casey and Alex got fair but understated assessments and Alex got lost in the #2 spot.

  290. The most depressing thing about these results for me – at least 3 of Tim, Aaron, Paige, Lacey and Katie will be on tour…

    And Aaron and Tim have the teen girls mega-texting. Consider them a lock for the tour.

  291. I’m really confused about who is voting for some of these terrible contestants.

    I wish I knew. I voted about 25 times for Alex and Alex only. I didn’t get a busy signal one time. 25 is a lot for me, I really am not going to devote more time than that to voting. I think it is a reasonable number, in fact it is probably on the higher side of reasonable. ugghhh

  292. Scott MacIntyre: YAY SCOTT!!!! Oh he stands up to play piano! Turning into Jerry Lee Lewis? Burn your piano! ROFL!

    Mama Sox: She looked so nervous and scared while she was waiting for Ryan to tell her if she made it or not! BUT SHE MADE IT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :)

    Casey James: HE MADE IT YAY! I want to know what is in his box!!! :) He said he would tell us what is in his box when it makes it to top 12.. :)

    People going home:

    Katelyn Epperly and Lily Scott: They were my favorites! *crying*

    Lambert #2: He isn’t my favorite but hey listen to Ellen!!! :) Great advice she gave.

    Points: Hey! I won 4 points! :) I got the points from Todrick Hall. :) Bye bye Todrick.

    The top 12

    Okay people! You all made it! Congratulations! Now you are going to be in a bigger stage. NO MORE GUITARS! I don’t want to see them. I won’t be very happy if I do. You should entertain. Move around. Dance. seduce the camera if you have to. :) Just entertain! Watch season 5! Watch Taylor’s and Kelly Pickler’s performances. :) Let them inspire you. :) And don’t be a cocky banana ROFL!

  293. Looking back, maybe the fact that Angela Martin didn’t make it onto the show, and Tim Urban did was a sign that this show was going to go quickly down the tubes. Pity.

  294. I have a question. This is the first time I’ve watched before the top 12 were picked, has there ever been such a surprise before the top 12?

    Well, I was surprised last season when the producers just out-and-out dropped five contestants into the finals without letting us vote.

  295. Well, I was surprised last season when the producers just out-and-out dropped five contestants into the finals without letting us vote.

    really? did any of those five get far?

  296. Really sorry about Alex and Lilly. alex would be sooo much better than Yim Uran who really thought didn’t do well last night. And poor Lily. Killed off by a bad song choice. I would trade her for Lacy any day. Kinda glad Paige got a second chance since she seems to have a good voice. I think she is sort of boring though.

  297. MJ seems to have had a melt down.

    LOL…. Mj seems to have gone quiet…I think she was really rooting for Lilly. Sigh, Lilly and Alex were the biggest mistake..

  298. I still can’t get over the fact that we’re not gonna be getting even one, ONE damn studio recording from Lilly Scott.

    Lilly Scott has been one of the coolest contestants ever on this senseless show.

    I hope the attention she got was enough to get her a recording contract, I don’t care how indie the record label is. The more indie, the better.

    Dear Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, get ready for your songbook to be butchered next week.

    Gah indeed :(.

  299. really? did any of those five get far?

    You saw Matt tonight – he’s one of the 4 and he finished in 5th. Anoop finished in 6th, Megan finished 9th, Jasmine was the first elimination

  300. If it weren’t for Crystal I wouldn’t even tune in anymore this season. When she goes, I go.

    Ditto.

    I still can’t get over the fact that we’re not gonna be getting even one, ONE damn studio recording from Lilly Scott.

    Lilly Scott has been one of the coolest contestants ever on this senseless show.

    Also ditto.

    NO MORE GUITARS! I don’t want to see them. I won’t be very happy if I do. You should entertain. Move around. Dance. seduce the camera if you have to.

    NOT a ditto. Bring on the guitars, guitar people. Guitar America until they can’t stand it anymore, and then guitar them some more until they pick you off one by one. And then they’ll be left with a top four of Paige, Aaron, Katie, and Lacey Brown, and it would serve them right.

  301. I really hope this is the last season for this show now. Can’t imagine the AI Tour being very good this year no matter who the top 10 end up being out of this group.

    Hope this (and other stuff) is not a part of a plan to get people ready to bid good-bye to AI and ready to welcome the X-Factor. Sorry, but I’m not planning on watching X-Factor. I’m not a Simon C. fan.

    Any conspiracy theorists out there? :) This season is makin’ me wonder….

  302. I have no desire to see this group on tour.

    Just wondering if there will be any sold-out venues? Sure doesn’t sound like it this year. There is not one left that I would pay to see in concert.

    The fine folks over at VFTW are now calling the show “American Idull” and at this point I think I have to agree.

  303. Songsungblue, thank you so much for explaining! Love the theory. I guess this means that, in the final analysis, they might NOT want a contestant to “know who they are as an artist,” even though the judges are always talking about that. They might want them to stay fluid instead. That even fits with what Ellen said to Siobahn tonight: instead of advising her to figure out her identity (which is what I totally expected her to say), she just told her to keep doing what she’s doing.

  304. My Tuesdays and Wednesdays are suddenly free again. Alex was the only contestant I cared about seeing progress week to week, and I did vote for Alex. MamaSox ain’t enough to hold my interest even though I like her and the only girls that had potential for me were also cut. WTF!

    Congratulations to AI for finally shocking me during a results show, but you also lost my reasons for turning in next week.

  305. Wow! What a shocker. I was hoping that Alex would make it to the top 12 and that it would be Tim going home. I crinched when Ryan called Alex & Andrew, they are friends.

    As for Lilly! Double shocker! OMG! I’ve liked Lilly since I saw her first audition. She has tremendous talent and potential. On AI there is a thread that mentions she was arrogant. ???? I did not get that at all from her. She simply stated that 3 talented singers were going home and that she knows there is an audience that would appreciate her talent (or something close to that). I wish Lilly the best!

    If there was someone besides Tim that I would’ve preferred to go home tonight, it would’ve been Katie.

  306. Hmmm . . . I’m with the folks from two nights ago who said that Lilly didn’t really get the pimp spot even though she went last because they really rushed her critique, and that essentially Crystal got the pimp spot because they took their time lavishing her with praise. Poor Lilly.

  307. This season is too meh for me to get bent out of shape one way or the other.

    Awful singer beats mediocre singer and mediocre singer beats reasonably decent singer. UPSET!!

  308. Awful singer beats mediocre singer and mediocre singer beats reasonably decent singer. UPSET!!

    lol

  309. On AI there is a thread that mentions she was arrogant. ????

    She was just being her awesome self saying out loud the things a large part of the audience was thinking.

  310. Well, Simon said it on Leno…it’s a popularity contest.

    well if you read this blog Alex sounds pretty popular.

  311. Well, Simon said it on Leno…it’s a popularity contest.

    As a quip, that’s cute. As a statement of the show, it’s an inherent aspect, hardly anything to get upset about. More frustrating, for me, about the format is that there is that it, in no way, takes into account hierarchy of popularity per voter, which leaves some poor performers going before anyone thinks they should.

  312. Wow really shocking night. Did anyone get any points in the pool this week? I only got 5 on Todrick. this night sucks poor lily and alex

  313. The fine folks over at VFTW are now calling the show “American Idull” and at this point I think I have to agree.

    What are they complaining about?? I blame them for making it American IDULL, ugh, they are the ones screwing up the votes..well, at least to some extent.

  314. Wow really shocking night. Did anyone get any points in the pool this week? I only got 5 on Todrick. this night sucks poor lily and alex

    sounds like everyone only got Todrick points.

  315. Any conspiracy theorists out there? This season is makin’ me wonder….

    At this point it would be very easy to convince me of that. People I know who don’t watch “Idull” have tried to tell me that since S1. Kinda makes you wonder why the worst season ever is also Simon’s last year? Or is it just a coincidence? lol

  316. Dear Season 8, I miss you.

    Dear Season 7, I miss you too.

    Started watching in Season 6 and I still think this one will be better than that one, but no way it will be as good as 7 and 8 (nevermind the previous seasons that I don’t know about).

  317. I am sad that Todrick is out but I don’t really care about the other 3 (snooze fest!) I don’t get why people are crying over Alex. He has a raspy voice but nothing special. he sings with no facial expression, and his song choices were SO BORING. Actually he was so pitchy last night I stopped watching half way through his performance, it was THAT BAD. Andrew has a much better tone in his voice than Alex and has a more interesting personality too. I am relieved that he is still in!

  318. You saw Matt tonight – he’s one of the 4 and he finished in 5th. Anoop finished in 6th, Megan finished 9th,

    And I’ve liked some songs from Megan, Anoop and Matt that they recorded post Idol and even some of their performances during the show. I can’t speak for the show yet, obviously. Much less recording. But yeah, I think that Anoop and Matt both gave some good performances during the show and wouldn’t have been chosen without the wildcard. Jasmine is the only wasted choice. But then I always thought that. I would have chosen Jesse or Mishovanna over her.

  319. Well this was kinda shocking, i’m not gonna lie! This season is such a trainwreck!

  320. I had Lilly pegged for TOP 5 with her unique singing and immense talent. This is a major disappointment and Idol’s lost. Perhaps some thought she was going to make it and didn’t need the votes? She’s had a rough life and I hope being on the show makes a difference. Her exit song was perfect. How could she not be in the TOP 12?

    If Todrick had not had the scam background, I think he might have made TOP 12. He was also unique and never boring. Oh well….

  321. Aww, I kinda like Todrick’s sing-out, and honestly he’s not as much of a bitch as Ashley was when she was eliminated.

  322. Tonight’s show was kind of disappointing. At least I’m most upset about Alex Lambert going. I’m sure there’s more in him, so I hope this isn’t the last we hear of him. I really was hoping Aaron would’ve left tonight, since I can’t see him improving on the show much at all.

    I really liked Katelyn too. So I’m sad to see her go. I would rather that Paige go, even though I’m sure Paige is better than what we’ve seen so far. I guess I get a Kelly Clarkson and Allison Iraheta vibe from Paige, but definitely not as good (at least based off of what we’ve seen on the show).

    Who knows. Maybe Aaron and Paige will surprise me. I have my doubts though.

    I’m glad Didi and Tim are still in. There’s something about both those two that I like.

    Tim is my favorite as much as he gets criticized. At least I’m hoping he continues to improve, which I think is very possible.
    I really think his vocal tone is pleasing, and love his style.

  323. What a lame Top 12. Ugh. So much mediocrity across the board. Season 9 snatches the title from season 6-“worst season evah”. Katie is so winning this thing.

  324. Well, I was surprised last season when the producers just out-and-out dropped five contestants into the finals without letting us vote.

    really? did any of those five get far?

    They were Matt Giraud and Annop Desai (Good – 5th and 6th place) and Jasmine Murray and Megan Joy (Bad – 13th and 9th place).

  325. Lilly looked so sad when she got eliminated. I’m not going to lie. Seeing that made me want to cry really badly. She should sooo have moved on….. I feel bad for calling her a “one-trick pony” the other day. I don’t really retract it, I still agree, but I did like that “one-trick” she knew…..

    Holy crap, I just looked in the mirror and noticed that my eyes got pretty red and puffy after thinking of Lilly being gone. Wow. Thanks for that one, America. I’ll remember that when I become the dictator of the world. I just have to remind myself that real men cry.

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever kinda been hit hard by a reality show (well, actually, when David Cook beat my favorite Archie, I was pretty ticked, but I was over it in….. uhh…. a few months :P. Lilly, however, did not make it nearly as far as Archie, so now I’m sad). FML.

    Alex’s elimination sucks too, he was one of my favorites…. Lilly’s just….. hits me really hard.

  326. Well at least Alex Lambert is trending on twitter. Glad that he is getting some attention.

  327. Too many people in the same genre will knock each other out. I’m not surprised those twos girls left. It’s a TV show and people want variety. If there were six girls singing country, two would have gone even if the rocker chick was a bad singer.

    Too bad Todrick left. At least he wasn’t another white dude playing the guitar. It’s hard to imagine anyone actually selling albums. From a reality TV show point of view, the one with the most potential is Katie. If she could get act her together or Aaron or Tim.
    I think they could be marketed if they could sing. Big IF.

  328. Well at least Alex Lambert is trending on twitter. Glad that he is getting some attention.

    Gosh I hope he find his way to this blog…lots of love here for him. He looked really torn up.

  329. sounds like everyone only got Todrick points.

    Not me, I switched my pick from him to Lee late today. I figured that Todrick, filling a unique this niche this year, wouldn’t be splitting votes with anyone else the way the WGWG’s would.

    If Todrick had not had the scam background, I think he might have made TOP 12.

    Doubt that had anything to do with it. That story really didn’t break out of the blogosphere bubble the way I thought it would after the AP filed its story.

  330. I know that most people in the US didn’t like last season with a Wildcard night but we have had a Top 24 [ or 36] with this for a few seasons of idol in Australia. The public votes the best 8 ones to go straight through to the Final 12 & then the judges choose which of those left will go onto the Wildcard show & then 2 are once again voted by the public & 2 by the judges to go through.
    I really think this is the fairest way as we have not had any major eliminations with this system.
    If we had gone with your system some winners & runners up would not have gone into the top 12- just like what is happening now!!
    Also we are not restricted to having equal guys girls either – makes for a stronger Top 12!!

    So I can’t believe that Paige & Aaron made it through. Tweenies obviously just voting to keep the teenagers in the show!!!
    The ones I like made it, Casey & Crystal but its not going to be a strong Top12- Top 5 might be okay [ although last years will be hard to beat!!]

  331. Well pffffft, I have my crabby face on! Alex is gone. Booooo!
    And he was tearful, awwwww. Hated to see him leave.

    I got zero points in the pool. I should have thought further into the manipulation aspect of the thing. Four blondes w/guitar, needed to move some of them out, results: exit Katelyn and Lily.
    Need teen singers, results: two stayed. Balance the tall, short…country, pop, alt, r&b, etc…6 boys, 6 girls…varied skin tones….represent varied hair color…blonde, brunette, black, redhead, and gray. include the more experienced and the less experienced…..hmmmm, did I miss anything?

    Oh well, on with the show!

  332. carolinacharms:
    03/11/2010 at 10:52 pm
    Please save us, Sioban!!

    I couldn’t agree more! If she’s gets booted off I most likely won’t watch the rest of this season and only tune in for the finale.

    p.s I miss season 7! with Cookie, Archie, and Castro. :( good times :D

  333. I would buy an Alex album.

    Alex has a really stand out voice, especially for recording and he has something to him that makes me believe a real artist is hiding in there. I always make sure to just listen to the audios back to back of everyone through quality headphones, and Alex just knocked me over in the audios. I wish more people who voted listened to the audios only through headphones, I realize performance skills are important, but the audios really give a fresh perspective.

    I can get why people think Alex did not look a star, but he sounded like the real deal. I am sad.

  334. I think the big stage might swallow some of these people up. That will keep me tuned in for next week.

  335. Katelyn: “This is pushing me to do more stuff.”

    Yeah, like try to live in LA to be a star and failing miserably and growing up to be a saggy-skinned old lady with no music future, which makes me totally sad because I thought you deserved one of those spots along with Lilly.

    God. Even if I admittedly didn’t like Todrick too much, I thought ALL 4 were robbed by votes for Tim, Paige, Katie, and Andrew.

  336. It was a shocking results show, I thought. It has been a while since a shocking results show for the top 12. Has there been one this shocking this early on in the show? I cannot think of one before the top 12 started.

    I thought Lily had more of a fanbase since she seemed to be one of the early favorites. I thought nothing would shock me about this show anymore and that I was immune. I admit Lily leaving shocked me.

    Katie seemed to gain a fanbase during the auditions and Hollywood week as on early postings on other sites, Katie was mentioned as a being a top frontrunner. So perhaps that accounts for Katie staying and Lily and Katelyn not..and also I notice the teens tend to stay on the show longer with their entire school district and surrounding areas voting for the kids..kids voting for kids is a huge part of this show.. ..but sooner or later, that no longer works as it gets down to fewer contestants.

    Now it is no longer voting twice a week for girls or guys..now Katie and Aaron may split some of the vote as they are somewhat alike and the same age too.

    I noticed on Twitter that Paige has fans who have been listening to her via You Tube and Itunes. Apparently she is much, much better in recordings than her performances. That might help in addition to Simon saying she had the best voice of all of the girls early on. That got her attention from fans who wanted to learn more about her and listen to her music online.

    Matt and Adam both said on Twitter that Todrick had great vocal skills and I think what hurt him was song choice and people researching his background and some controversy.

    I am one of those who does not care what a contestant has done and I do not care one bit about their personality. I just like or dislike their performance. So I would rather Todrick and Alex stay over Aaron and Tim.

    As far as the girls, I much preferred to Katelyn and Lily to Katie or Paige.

  337. Alex’s elimination has to thank to Kara. Kara said he will be winning this competition and himself is the barrier between him and the title. Not a fan of Alex but Aaron should go, he has a scary eye brows.

  338. I’m so done with this show!!! I was so looking forward to seeing Alex grow and to have some of his performances on my ipod. While I like some of the girls that are left I don’t like them well enough to rush home to watch Idol. I’ll DVR it an may or may not watch it. On the bright side at least we don’t have to see Randy in that bikini Simon promised for next week.

  339. boooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooo

    i didn’t even watch the show this week but i had this strange feeling that Alex will be eliminated this week :'( i am totally annoyed now. all i can think of is of “conspiracy theories” and how alex was sent home to make sure the votes dont get skewed. man, i loved loved loved his voice. what’s wrong with you America????

    and as for Katelyn? another favourite of mine (and dad’s gonna be devastated to find out his favourite has left). urrrggghhh

    i’m gonna focus all of my chai on crystal to save us from AI boredom during the next few weeks.

  340. I don’t think it was personally between the pairs listed:

    Katelyn and Paige; Todrick and Lee; Alex and Andrew; and Lilly and Katie.

    They never said these were the bottom two in each pairing, right??

  341. This is really sad. I’m especially sad about Lilly (who I put in several votes for) and Alex (who I could kick myself for not voting for).

    Having said this, I hope everyone trending on twitter and calling foul re: Alex Lambert voted for him, because otherwise there is no reason to call foul. Complain, fine. But don’t call foul unless you voted. :(

  342. They never said these were the bottom two in each pairing, right??

    No they didn’t, and I think the pairings, this week especially, were random. I wish they’d clear up that confusion. Even in the finals, it’s not always clear if the last two standing are indeed the bottom two.

  343. I don’t think it was the bottom two in each of the eliminations. They never said that,right???

  344. Sounded like Ryan said “Feeling a stool”. Gross but appropriate.

    Tim has the hair of a douche and the buggy eyes of a person who was just electrocuted, and to top all that off, he sucks at singing.

    Andrew had Straight Up and nothing else at all. His Youtube and trending crap better not save him.

    Katie had Hollywood week and nothing else at all.

    Paige was decent the first two weeks, but terrible last night. Kinda like Katelyn, except Katelyn was extremely good for two weeks (IMO) and terrible last night. Katelyn deserved that spot more, as did Lilly.

    Aaron got lucky, but I support him. Can’t imagine going on Idol blogs for a while because people will be kicking him where it hurts and it won’t be fun to read at all. Or I could just…. skip over comments about Aaron. I think I’ll do that.

    And to be honest, this year, I actually like more people than I did in Season 7 and Season 8. At this point the past two seasons, I was settled on one or two, but this year, I’m settled on 5. Objectively, however, they’re nowhere near as good.

  345. Yeah, like try to live in LA to be a star and failing miserably and growing up to be a saggy-skinned old lady with no music future, which makes me totally sad because I thought you deserved one of those spots along with Lilly.

    WTF? I mean I know it’s a little sad today but that is a really gloomy scenario.
    There are worse things that being a gorgeous talented 19 year old girl with college education. Ditto for Alex and Lilly.
    Todrick will definetly still get musical theater jobs after this.

  346. DLee:
    03/11/2010 at 10:46 pm
    Well, Simon said it on Leno…it’s a popularity contest.

    well if you read this blog Alex sounds pretty popular

    ITA. But, there is a whole big world out there. People outside the bubble vote and buy records also.
    Case in point- Danny was the most hated contestant in idol blogsphere last year. However, he had a lot of fans at the tour this summer. Danny is doing much better in album sales/concert sales than you would have suspected if you looked at his popularity on AI blog sites.

    This is the idol bubble. Most AI viewers never even go on the internet to check for news on contestants. (past or present)

  347. WTF? I mean I know it’s a little sad today but that is a really gloomy scenario.
    There are worse things that being a gorgeous talented 19 year old girl with college education. Ditto for Alex and Lilly.
    Todrick will definetly still get musical theater jobs after this.

    Yeah…. Sorry, I definitely went a little far with that one. I kinda felt that gloomy when Lilly got eliminated.

    But I’m partially over it. I’m not too worried about Todrick. I don’t know about Alex, Lilly, or Katelyn, but I gotta hope.

  348. Ugh, now I am really not invested in this season. Lilly was not near the top of my favorites, but seriously Paige and Pageantgirl remain? That fucked up. Sorry, but it really is. Tim and Aaron get to stay and never on pitch Lee (I sorta like him, but I’m just keeping it real). If one of the raps on Todrick was his singing, what about Lee? Isn’t one of the criteria for a decent singer his relationship with pitch? Just sayin’. I know that Alex wasn’t perfect, but I was most excited in seeing him grow over the next few weeks. Not I am left with Siobhan, who is talented, but she’s a bit flighty….save us Mommasox. I will be in your debt if you just run wire to wire a la season three’s Fantasia. At least I will have a body of work at the end of the season to keep me happy. I like some of the others, but potentially this could be lethal.

  349. Todrick will definetly still get musical theater jobs after this.

    Absolutely. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up on Glee.

  350. sunchick:

    NOT a ditto. Bring on the guitars, guitar people. Guitar America until they can’t stand it anymore, and then guitar them some more until they pick you off one by one. And then they’ll be left with a top four of Paige, Aaron, Katie, and Lacey Brown, and it would serve them right.

    ROFL ROFL! Guitar overload! And then yeah pick them off one by one! :)

  351. I want Alex and Lilly to form a band. Lilly can get a mullet and he can put a peacock feather in his hair, and they can make beautiful music together. I didn’t expect either to go really far, but I really wanted studio recordings from both of them and thought they deserved to make the tour over about at least 6 of the others. Good luck finding a pageanty Rolling Stones song, Aaron and Katie!

    Katelyn and Todrick are also much better and much more versatile than several who stayed. The whole thing was effed up and just sad.

  352. Oh, poor Alex. I think he had/has great potential. He just needs to build his confidence up as Ellen so kind-heartedly pointed out. I love him and trust his short run will open some doors. And really sad to see Toddrick go. Love him too, scams be damned. We don’t have all the facts on that situation, so I will hold out hope that he is an honest and upright person.

    Really shocked over Lilly, good luck to her. Paige deserved to stay…I agree with gangreen, this girl has got it, and when she finds her footing, she will be a contender.

    Meanwhile: Big Mike, Bowersox and Casey James, let’s go now!!

  353. WTH ?? I avoided the internet for 3 hours for that ?
    The 2 people I voted for the past 2 weeks Alex and especially Katelyn :(

  354. wow. wow wow wow. i had lilly chosen as my winner. there goes the pool, i guess!

  355. Having said this, I hope everyone trending on twitter and calling foul re: Alex Lambert voted for him, because otherwise there is no reason to call foul. Complain, fine. But don’t call foul unless you voted.

    I voted my fingers off for Alex. I tried. :(

  356. Wow!! Really surprised about the results show tonight. Of all the four that were eliminated, I had picked Todrick to go but Lilly, Katelyn and Alex deserved to be on the Top 12.

    I’m not feeling it this season. It wasn’t like seasons 7 & 8 when I got so excited when I heard David Cook sing “Billie Jean” and Adam Lambert singing “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” and I couldn’t wait to rave about them to my co-workers and couldn’t wait to find out what they’re going to sing next. I was invested ’til the end.

    I find myself watching AI recorded than live this season. I just forward it to the singing and judges’ comments and that’s about it. And connecting to MJ’s blog on what happened before I even watch it. Sad…I know. I’m just not impress with anyone this year. Not the same talent as the last two seasons, IMHO.

  357. I am a broken record….voting rules liiting votes to 5 per phone line are nedded. Especially at this stage a few power voters can make waaaay to big of a difference. Is it just me or do you all want to shave times head?

  358. wow. wow wow wow. i had lilly chosen as my winner. there goes the pool, i guess!

    I think you can change your overall-winner pick, for less points. But I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it.

  359. Where’s edit? Changing the overall winner is quite simple actually, I just did it. Picked Siobhan.

  360. I didn’t watch AI this evening after reading this blog, because I just didn’t want to watch the horror. I did see a picture of Crystal over at Top Idol. She looked very upset. I think she just had a realization that she just sold her soul to the devil. If the likes of Tim and Katie can get more votes than Lilly and Alex, it’s got to make you wonder who is voting.

  361. One thing that confuses me is that everyone has been talking about how much Alex could have grown. While I completely agree…does that mean that singers like Aaron or Tim can’t grow? Aaron has a certain maturity to his voice that really intrigues me. And Tim has already grown through the semifinals.

    Sorry…I don’t like my seasons to be filled with contestants that don’t have room to grow. Probably part of what I didn’t get with Adam. Adam was already amazing and didn’t have anywhere to go from there. Kris and Allison needed to build through the season, and they had to fight to stay there every week. THAT’s what I love about this show. And there’s no doubt that pretty much everyone who isn’t Crystal will have to do that.

  362. Aww shit.

    Just….aww, shit.

    Two of my top four gone in one fell swoop.

  363. When the girls gathered around Katelyn right after she was eliminated, Crystal patted her on the back and I distinctly saw her say, “This is so f*ked up.” So, in my world, her demeanor tonight was the result of bad results, and not health issues. I’m waiting to hear the results of Jim C’s interview with her (first time the phrase “twitter.com” has ever been typed into my browser).

  364. Sorry…I don’t like my seasons to be filled with contestants that don’t have room to grow. Probably part of what I didn’t get with Adam. Adam was already amazing and didn’t have anywhere to go from there.

    Sorry I have to completely disagree. The Adam you saw on the finale was soooo much better than the Adam that sang “Satisfaction.” He grew each and every week. Now he is so much better than finale night it like a different person was on that TV screen.

    None of these 12 have that in them, Crystal will win if her health holds up but will make a completely forgettable album. If any of them make albums they will be completely forgettable. Talk about a lame AI9 tour. Talk about complete suckiness = AI9.

  365. I am a broken record….voting rules liiting votes to 5 per phone line are nedded. Especially at this stage a few power voters can make waaaay to big of a difference.

    Power voting does is does no one any good.

    1) It exhausts the voter
    2) It gives a false sense of how big an idol’s fanbase is
    3) It allows for the advancement of inferior contestants

    Greed is what is destroying AI. AI won’t give up it’s AT&T sponsorship, which is the root of the power voting fiasco.

  366. Lilly peaked in Hollywood with the Ella fitzgerald song…she never did anything as good since…..unfortunate about Alex and Toderick…I liked them better then Aaron and Tim.

  367. I think the Idoloonie in me died tonight. Just the fact three of my favorite contestants are gone (Katelyn, Alex & Lilly) and not one, not two but FOUR of the worst contestants I’ve seen in YEARS (Katie, Aaron, Tim & Paige) are in the Top 12 is just enough for anyone to say “I give up!” I’m starting to think Simon knows what he’s doing because, after tonite, the Idol ship will be sinking fast. Abandon ship!

    PS: Having said that I’m still rooting Crystal, Didi, Siobhan, Andrew & Lee. With so much crap this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the Top 5.

  368. While I completely agree…does that mean that singers like Aaron or Tim can’t grow? Aaron has a certain maturity to his voice that really intrigues me. And Tim has already grown through the semifinals.

    I think people just like different kinds of singers. Alex is about as raw as they come but his voice is one of the most appealing and unique I’ve heard on the show in 9 years. Some people don’t hear it, but I think I would really love whatever he grew into. To me, Aaron sounds like a fetal version of that Rascall Flatts singer I can’t stand and Tim sounds like a high school talent show runner up. I don’t know if I’m interested in the end product with those two. Obviously, that’s what American Idol voters prefer, so….

    Anyway, Jim C’s tweets from the Top 12 party are cheering me up. I hate posting twitter messages, but I can’t resist just one:

    This just in: Andrew Garcia did not realize that his “Genie in a Bottle” asked America to give him a *Happy Ending.* #YesIWentThere

  369. I want a do over please. Lets just have them all sing again and vote for different results. Mainly, Alex (especially Alex), Kaitlin, Todrick and Lily stay, and Aeron or Tim or Paige or Katie or Andrew go.

  370. I’m so upset with AI tonight!!! Alex!! That is wrong!!! So many people complaining about that !! I for one voted at least 50 times for him last night. Can’t understand it. Even the local tv idol watcher is puzzled about it. As for Lilly, she was another one of my favorites and Katelyn too. Todrick I expected, but he wasn’t boring for sure. What’s going on? Thank goodness for Siobhan. If it’s all Crystal and big Mike, we’re gonna die of boredom for sure. Tim? Come on!! Andrew has so disappointed the last few weeks. I took a look at dialidol predictor graphs and let me tell you, what took place tonight was not what shows up there. Todrick, Paige, Lacey and Tim were down there at the bottom. This show seems so fixed, it’s unreal!!! I bet Ellen brings Alex on her show. The same thing happened with Angela Martin, who was so much better than several of the 12 girls. That’s why Ellen and Kara were upset. Something to do with the producers. Which means all our voting matters nothing to what their agenda dictates. Sorry, just really ticked off tonight!!!

  371. I took a look at dialidol predictor graphs and let me tell you, what took place tonight was not what shows up there. Todrick, Paige, Lacey and Tim were down there at the bottom. This show seems so fixed, it’s unreal!!! I bet Ellen brings Alex on her show. The same thing happened with Angela Martin, who was so much better than several of the 12 girls. That’s why Ellen and Kara were upset.

    It’s the text voting. It doesn’t show up on dial idol. People who can’t text can’t compete with those who can text 10 votes every 5 seconds. The power text voting is what is ruining AI.

    I hope Ellen does have Alex on her show and I hope she guides him into a music career. She is well connected, as is Simon, so I hope one of them works with him.

  372. Oh, forgot to add. Siobhan may really be the dark horse. Dialidol had her pretty close up there with Crystal.
    I’ll bet they must have crossed Alex’s lines with Andy’s or Tim’s. haha. Still majorly ticked off!!! Sulking, pouting,frowning, and everything else in that genre!!! :( :( :(

  373. I am very sad that Alex and Lilly went, sad for Katelyn and would have preferred Todrick to stay.
    I knew that Tim would make top 12, he had to in order to keep the teens happy and he is going to make the tour.
    Alex got the death spot and got squeezed between two contestants he was competing with, Lee for nice vocal tone, Tim for teens votes.

    Sigh..he wasn’t part of top 12 casting..

    Lilly was though, as she got the pimp spot. It is a shame that she didn’t have a bigger impact on voters.

  374. It must be VFTW in action again, but I wouldn’t lower myself to go there to look.

  375. rayni:
    03/11/2010 at 9:08 pm
    What was up with Crystal tonight? Acting so strange – no smiles, no reactions. Was she sick?

    I still have the DVR from when the top 24 are called. After Katelyn got the news that she was in, she came out, talked to Ryan and she ran to hug Crystal that was still sitting on the chair.
    So, those two were really close, I guess.

    Katelyn was my favorite, even more than Crystal / Didi.

  376. Well, there were a lot of surprises, that’s for sure! Interestingly, Alex is the one elimination that upset me the most. I didn’t realize how this kid grew on me every week. I thought he had a distinctive, raspy tone in his voice and lots of potential. I just kept hoping that he would loosen up a bit and let go. I got tears in my eyes when he sang his farewell performance. I was thinking – Oh, Alex, if only you had sung this way last night, then you might be in the finals! Somehow his sadness and disappointment finally enable him to let it all out. That was such a powerful, emotional performance from him. All the things I was so hoping to see. It’s such a shame.

    Lily was the icing on the cake, on what was a show of horrors. I had this weird premonition as soon as they came back from the commercial break to announce who would fill the last spot in the finals. I said to myself – oh no, Lilly’s leaving! I don’t know why or how that happened, but it didn’t do anything to lessen the shock. I know she was kind of a niche singer, jazz style, different, but that is what it should be about. So two of my top four women didn’t make it! Who’d a thunk it?

    Aaron and Tim over Alex! Paige and Katie over Katelyn and Lilly! I still cannot wrap my mind around it. Thank goodness that Crystal and Siobhan made it to the finals.

  377. Everyone whoever heard Patsy Cline sing that song will hate Lilly’s performance, she just did not even come close to the beauty of Patsy’s singing. If she sang a different song, she might still be there. If you listen to Patsy sing that song you’d understand;
    Alex, gosh, his voice, vocal tone -to me- to soooo ugly-like someone all stuffed up with a head cold. Absolutely glad to see him go. Same with Katelyn, ugly singing voice, no beautiful resonace, too flat.
    Todrick might be good in a musical production, singing lyrics for a story, not for a recording artist.
    I didn’t vote, and won’t because I lost confidence the voting system, but I agree with tonight’s results.
    Naturally, others have their opinions as well.

  378. Alex being gone = me being seriously disappointed in this season. I’ve been defending it for weeks, but I feel like I just can’t anymore… :(

  379. Definitely Tivo with S9 from now on to fast forward to only the ones I want to see. I guess I have to find something else to watch live at that time. So bummed about this season already and it’s just begun. To lose 3 of your fave five before top 12 is outrageous!!! Good thing I wasn’t in a betting pool. Would have lost my shirt, pants,shoes and knickers!!! I like Crystal, but I also like being surprised and Siobhan is the only one right now to expect the unexpected from. Can save my tour ticket money this year for sure. No way Jose.

  380. I didn’t vote, and won’t because I lost confidence the voting system, but I agree with tonight’s results.

    Oh you’re the one!

  381. Those who were cut didn’t cpme across great on TV, but I blame the judges for the results. I like Alex, but didn’t want to hear that song. And his voice seemed a bit nasal. Ray LaMontagne has written many fine songs. Don’t sing that overdone thing. The judges didn’t trash him, but then they put forward Tim Urban, and his Hallelujah was not good. Tim was better than he had been before and mostly in tune, but I didn’t want to hear him destroy that song. Aaron was so bad, so off-key–why not point that out? Todrick was good, but wasn’t connecting with the TV audience. Some people are great on stage, but are too big for film. But Todrick too certainly was better than Aaron or Tim. But, oh, the female eliminations. Katelyn and Lily were in my top 4, of all the contestants. Their going home when Paige and Katie were so horrible on Tuesday is just ridiculous. And to think of what that Top Ten is going to look like. Good Lord, it will be so bad maybe they’ll have to pay off the Top Ten and cancel the tour.

  382. Todrick might be good in a musical production, singing lyrics for a story, not for a recording artist.

    Because he’s too out of the box and dramatic for a recording artist? That’s ridiculous. “Too theatrical for a recording artist,” the same thing has been said about Lady Gaga, about Queen. I generally equate “too theatrical” as “too interesting”… which for me is never a problem.

  383. know that most people in the US didn’t like last season with a Wildcard night but we have had a Top 24 [ or 36] with this for a few seasons of idol in Australia. The public votes the best 8 ones to go straight through to the Final 12 & then the judges choose which of those left will go onto the Wildcard show & then 2 are once again voted by the public & 2 by the judges to go through.
    I really think this is the fairest way as we have not had any major eliminations with this system.
    If we had gone with your system some winners & runners up would not have gone into the top 12- just like what is happening now!!
    Also we are not restricted to having equal guys girls either – makes for a stronger Top 12!!

    The problem with this last year and in the first few seasons when they did this is someone only needed one good song to make it to the top 12. And some groups are weaker than others, so the top 3 of certain groups were better than others. Though, are you saying though that they just had the 24 sing and didn’t have groups, then just take the top 8? I could see where that might work better than having groups. And also the public didn’t get to vote on the wildcards last year.

    The thing about the way they are doing the weekly eliminations this year is that in order to get into the top 12, they have 3 performances, and 4 before they get into top 10. It did seem to work better in the past. There were some incredible performances during most of the season they did it this way that would have been missed by only having them doing one song to get into the final 12.

    Last year I think there were some contestants like Jesse Langseth that would have gone further under this system because she might have made it at least for the first couple of rounds. She did get to do 2 performances, but the audience didn’t get to vote on the second. I feel more strongly about her not making it to top 12 than I do about the ones from this year and feel that she should have gotten through over a couple of others.

  384. Can someone please do a background check on Katie Stevens? Who did Her People pay off?! Seriously. She’s a joke. AND HOW many damn shots of her doing the fake weepies did we have to endure? There was even a shot of the boys getting eliminated from her perspective on the 2nd level of the stage. She knows someone. She has to. It’s embarrassing to think she thinks she belongs there.

  385. I still have the DVR from when the top 24 are called. After Katelyn got the news that she was in, she came out, talked to Ryan and she ran to hug Crystal that was still sitting on the chair.
    So, those two were really close, I guess.

    it was actually lilly that she hugged. lilly seemed very upset when katelyn was eliminated. and Katelyn gave a shock upset face when Lilly was eliminated. I think those two were besties.

    In terms of more relationship speculation,
    Siobhan seemed particularly close to Alex and started crying when he got eliminated. but she was noticeably puffy eyed already when Katelyn was kicked.

    There was another girl who was crying as well but i can’t recall who.

    Overall it seemed Lacey was the most distant/unaffected. Perhaps this is my bias but she always seems too happy on elimination nights- prob only thinking for herself..

  386. Well, I’ll echo the general disappointment…
    Was it like this last year? I remember people being upset about Jesse Langseth and Matt not getting into the finals, but then Matt got into the wild card. I don’t remember so much disappointment though.

    Jim’s tweet from the Top 12 Party was interesting @jambajim All very sweet contestants who are eager to step up their game. (They know they’re a mess.)

    Obviously they read the internet…

  387. <blockquoteDear Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, get ready for your songbook to be butchered next week.

    Gah indeed

    Four Words that should NEVER be Together:

    1:Katie 2: Stevens 3: Rolling 4: Stones

    I just got a rash on my stomach thinking about this.

  388. Watching again some bits of the show through the videos, I definitely believe Crystal looked way too pale, I don’t wanna speculate but it’s a bit worrying.

  389. Can someone please do a background check on Katie Stevens? Who did Her People pay off?! Seriously. She’s a joke.

    I think the main reason that she is still there are the sympathy and pity votes.

  390. Katelyn and Todrick are gone? Well, now my interest in season 9 is completely gone too. Last week I had two female favorites: Katelyn and Michelle. Then Michelle was voted off and now the same thing happened to Katelyn. I still like Paige, Katie, Siobhan and Michael, but not as much as Katelyn and Todrick. Crystal is good, but I don’t like her style.

    I’m done with this season.

  391. it was actually lilly that she hugged. lilly seemed very upset when katelyn was eliminated. and Katelyn gave a shock upset face when Lilly was eliminated. I think those two were besties.

    Katelyn did run to Crystal when she found out she was on the Top 12, tonight she went to Lilly.

    Again, it’s all speculation, but I got the vibe that the 3 of them were close, as an overinvested idol fan I had noticed it on the typical seconds of backstage goodness we get to see very now and then. Even on the cute video of Crystal and Katelyn dancing with Lilly at their side.

    If Crystal hadn’t watched the show before, I can see how she thought this was f$%#ed up, she is not used to the lack of good taste of the voters.

  392. I like Andrew Garcia’s voice the best of all the boys, and I really liked his rendition of Christina Aguilera. But I worry his Gokeyesque look coupled with the neck tattoo and stoic personality are not very winning. I think his early “peak” was largely due to the emotional connection people felt when he sang Straight Up because it is Paula’s song and a lot of people miss Paula a lot (me for one). It got people to an emotional place and allowed them to get past his look and really hear his talent.

    Right now a lot of the herd seems to be lowing against him, but I’m still a fan. :)

  393. martha,

    The one area of agreement I have with you is Lilly doing such a bad version of the great Patsy Cline. She managed to do a decent job with Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”. I almost refused to listen, because Sam Cooke is my idol and no one can touch him. That was his last song and it is always so hard for me to hear him sing it. But somehow I thought she did the song proud and gave her credit. Of course, it can’t compare with Sam Cooke, no one can, but I thought she did pretty well. I was quite surprised.

    Maybe taking on two iconic singers back-to-back wasn’t a smart thing to do. That interpretation of “I Fall To Pieces” was a travesty. The first time I heard it, I thought she pulled it off again, but listening to it a second and third time, I realized just how bad it came across. No one can touch Patsy Cline and to sing one of her greatest songs, was a bad move.

    As you said, if you have heard Patsy Cline sing that song, then you will hate what Lilly did. All the time she was singing, I kept hearing Patsy Cline’s voice in my head, singing the song the way only she could possibly do it. Some songs and artists are just untouchable. They cannot be redone, improved, revised or reinterpreted. I can’t say for sure if that is the reason why Lilly is no longer in the competition, but it sure didn’t do her any favors.

  394. I think the main reason that she is still there are the sympathy and pity votes.

    What do you think people felt sorry for her about? The grandma has Alzheimers thing? Eeeeu. This reminds me of of that crazy, cruel SURVIVOR contestant who tried to gain sympathy by making up a story about a dead grandma… The only one not sympathetic to that one was his very live grandma!

    I’ve got more problems than I care to admit. I also can’t sing.

    Blank Slate for AI Season 9 Winner! :}

    I am having a hard time remembering how to use the quote feature. Forgive me (and as your future American Idol, I presume you can). Ho ho hoo (Laughing as I cry thinking about the travesty and tragedy that is the Junior Miss Connecticut…)

  395. WTF! I’m with Lilly that I don’t know what America wants to hear. All 3 nights Lilly was far better than Katie and Paige, even Lacey. On 2 nights she was far better than Didi.
    Te top 12 is weaker than it should be. And this year (as opposed to season 8) there is no blaming the judges or the producers for it.

  396. Katie got a lot of audition exposure and Hollywood week too as she seemed to be one of those very early favorites if you check around the internet. I was not one of those fans and I do not get what they like about Katie. Also she is a high school student whose entire school district rallies around her and perhaps votes for her for hours. And it all depends on her hometown area too, if they are the types who watch the show and will vote repeatedly. That could have a lot to do with it as we find this every year.

    I am thinking Tim , Aaron and Katie could be the Sanjaya, or Camille or JOhn Stevens of Season 3: where they last much longer than the judges want to see them stay. But they get sympathy votes or some other block of votes. There are one or two of those each season..except last season, I do not remember many who fit that..but most years, there are one or two.

  397. Matt Girardi had tweeted last night that he was so looking forward to meeting Todrick and he admired his vocal skills. Adam tweeted a few weeks ago that he thought Todrick ” had mad vocal skills” and that Casey was authentic.

  398. I apologize for repeating my posts from the previous page. As the post would not go through originally and then it did. I am trying to delete my last 2 posts but I cannot.

    I agree with those who say that power voting gives a false impression of how big the fan base is. It just tells us who has fans who will power text and call repeatedly on several phones for 2 hours.

    I wish we knew how large the fan bases were like some other reality shows like DWTS which only allows 10 votes per person.

  399. Again, it’s all speculation, but I got the vibe that the 3 of them were close, as an overinvested idol fan I had noticed it on the typical seconds of backstage goodness we get to see very now and then. Even on the cute video of Crystal and Katelyn dancing with Lilly at their side.

    If Crystal hadn’t watched the show before, I can see how she thought this was f$%#ed up, she is not used to the lack of good taste of the voters.

    Those 3 were close since Hollywood week, you could see them hang around each other. Talented people naturally attract to each other, you could also see Siobhan hugging Katelyn during her pre performance video last week.
    It was funny to see people speculating about Katelyn being a bitch because of the faces she made when Crystal was performing last night, but that’s just human nature.

    Katie is performing well with the votes because she has a regional fanbase, it seems like she is kind of a celebrety in her hometown. Add that to some portion of the tween votes and she had enough votes to overcome 3 mediocre performances.

  400. Well, our family wasn’t really feeling the love for Alex, but we are totally shocked about Lilly. She so totally deserved to stay. Way way way more than Katie. And in spite the scandal, I kinda liked Todrick. Can’t believe Aaron and Tim are still there.

  401. No….!! lilly’s so talented and deserve to be in top 5. thank god crystal is still there, cause i don’t know who else to pick from the girls.
    i do prefer andrew than alex. but based on last performance, andrew should have gone home.

  402. I admire Lilly for saying what many of us were thinking when she said a lot of incredible talent was going home. Good luck with that tour AI.

  403. Lu:
    03/12/2010 at 5:01 am
    I admire Lilly for saying what many of us were thinking when she said a lot of incredible talent was going home. Good luck with that tour AI.

    What Lu Said.

  404. I’m not in the pool but I’ll predict who will get voted off next week before they even sing.

    Tim and Lacy

  405. I cried the first time I saw Alex get eliminated….he was so emotional. And now I am re-watching back MJ’s videos of Alex elimination again…..and i am STILL crying. Why am i doing this to myself???!!!

  406. I don’t think we’ve ever seen the show come back fro m a commercial and still have the grieving ousted contestant center stage like that. You could even see Ellen running back to her chair… What sad melodrama.

  407. soccerboi:
    03/12/2010 at 6:05 am
    Ok so I slept on it. And I’m still PISSED!

    I’m still crying like a 4 year old girl.

  408. Wow, I thought for sure that Katie and Aaron would both go home. I’m glad I was wrong though.

    I just wish Paige or Lacey had gone home over Katelyn, then I would have been perfectly happy with the top 12.

  409. Oh, thats right- it is just a tv show! I almost forgot, thought somebody important died? I shed no tears over last night. So, some folks went home earlier than some folks wanted….Guess what- 11 more people will go home and most likely 95% of the folks on chat sites will not be pleased with those 11 going home. It is called AMERICAN IDOL!The concept I love myself. No particular elite groups can control the outcome. The outcome is controlled by the more! If there are millions of vote, then American has and will decide who is the “idol”. It is not just my fav or your fav or a few hundred bloggers banding to say who is or is not talented…it is a much bigger picture! And that is why I love American Idol! I think the top 12 are just fine. I also see exactly happening what I predicted in my earlier post at beginning of show-Katie Stevens is the Kat Mcphee of years ago! She is a talented and attractive young women and not so “indie”,the chat lines will hate her! If only she would dye her hair pink and purple,wear clothes made of 100% cotten and that look oversized,put a tattoo on her forehand,throw in a nose ring or 2, stand and sing like a zombie and not smile -damn, she would be PERFECT! Except she can only sing, poor girl does not play any instrument. What will she do on a show considered a SINGING contest?

  410. Anybody else notice that Crystal looked like she was going to vomit the entire time. She looked so distraught for the contestants who were leaving that she did not even crack a smile when she was safe. I can imagine that she never has had to put up with the kind of shenanigans that are the “drama” of results night….Also, It is an absolute crime that Lily and Alex get the boot and Paige and Aaron get to stay. So sads that I may watch with a disinterested eye the rest of the season.

  411. Still depressed this morning… I can’t decide if I’m sorrier about not getting to see three of my top 6 – Lilly, Katelyn, and Alex – perform over the next 12 weeks, or if I can’t bear the thought of watching Katie, Paige, Lacey and Andrew week after week. And oh no, they’re starting with the Rolling Stones… definitely watching via DVR.

  412. BTW, I did like Lilly…BUT-I did not like her attitude to discount the talent that did stay and not go home by her comments. That was enough to make me glad she was voted off when originally I wanted her to stay!

  413. i am disappointed about todrick, i wanted him to stay.

    i hope that it gets better once they hit the big stage because this season, for me, is not looking too entertaining. i cant imagine what will happen next year without simon, who IMO is the only thing worth watching. between the contestants and the judging panel, the only way to go is up.

  414. This comment is just for fun!(just laugh with me folks) I had better get the razors out. I mean, I don’t think I can live through it all. IMAGINE- 11 other talented folks will eventually get voted off. American Idol is just so unfair. Everybody doesn’t see it the way I do…I don’t understand how they could get rid of them over whoever will eventually win! All those millions of folks not seeing the way I see it and I knowing who really is the most talented. They just don’t get it…I can’t take it, just all to much and not right.

  415. Crystal must be so bummed now that both her buddies, Lilly and Katelynn are gone. Probably can’t see herself hanging out with Miss Disney Katie Stevens. And Paige just looks so out of place.

  416. Since I first tuned in this year I’ve been telling myself that the show is flat and uninteresting. The contestants are only “meh”, my friends are better when we play Playstation Sing Star. There isn’t anyone with the WOW factor and forgive me for saying this but I’m so tired of guitar-playing performances, they’re a dime a dozen. The judges are somewhat of a circus,Ellen’s trying hard to fit in, Kara’s busy trying to prove herself from last season, Randy needs a new vocabulary boost and Simon is there in body only waiting for the show to end. Every night has lacked luster and there’s no “star-quality” to be seen or heard.

    The most entertaining part of Idol this year is the chat boards. Now that’s where the drama is…people pitting others against each other, taking sides, downplaying this one and elevating the other. If I didn’t know any better, I would say the Idol show was a matter of life or death for some of the posters. As ray1 stated, this is only a show and trust me everything you hear and see is orchestrated to be just that – what the producers want to give you to suck you back each week. Do you think that coming back from the commercial last evening with the tears/drama still ongoing was a fluke, oh no my friends, again playing to the viewers emotions and by the comments on this site, it worked big time.

    In closing, I will say thank you to MJ and to the posters here (pros and cons) for the entertainment that you afford each time I peruse the site, I’ve had many a chuckle.

    To IDOL I hope that eventually, sooner than later, that they pick up their game and we will see a butterfly emerge from the cocoon. As of now, there isn’t one there that I would pay money to see/hear.

    For those of you who have already invested, I applaud you, however, I need someone with the IT factor to make me want to invest my time and money, especially since there are so many already on the market.Keep enjoying though and I’ll keep hoping.

  417. Wow.. I really wanted Alex to stay so I could see his “makeover”. Do you think the powers that be would be so kind as to auto tune the top 12 so I can stop putting my hands over my ears when I watch?

  418. Crystal will win if her health holds up but will make a completely forgettable album.

    Sorry, but I can’t imagine anything by Crystal being unforgettable.
    I could not believe these results when I got home last night.
    Tim seems like a nice guy, but him over Alex? IMO, Ellen going up and giving Tim a hug is what made him last over Alex; that, and the tweeny vote. Lilly was not my cup of tea but Katelyn seemed very talented and I cringed when she was doing the Carole King song because it just seemed like the wrong song for her.
    I hope Ellen has these kids on her show, as she did Angela Martin.

  419. Haven’t read through the 546 comments yet, but does anyone else feel a grassy knoll that TPTB eliminated Lilly so no one would take any of TCO Crystal’s votes?

  420. This show is way too much of a popularity contest and the results definitely reflected this

  421. Was it like this last year? I remember people being upset about Jesse Langseth and Matt not getting into the finals, but then Matt got into the wild card. I don’t remember so much disappointment though.

    I think this was because last season although there were a couple of people that didn’t get through over someone else, there were more really good ones that did make it through to the top 12. I think it is more disappointment over most of the top 12 as a whole.

  422. So thoroughly disgusted by last night’s results – particularly Katelyn and Lilly. Lilly was one of my absolute favorites and I was really hoping she’d make the tour. Katelyn had so much to offer. Particularly when you realize Paige and Katie were kept?

    Other than the eliminations one other moment stood out to me. Ryan asked Ellen what she would advise Siobhan to do to help her grow. Ellen’s answer? Do exactly what she’s doing. Growth? Stay exactly as you are! That statement, in and of itself, shows what a joke Ellen is as a judge on this show.

    It is very sad to me, but I fear this show is on the verge of turning into a complete farce.

  423. Last year I think there were some contestants like Jesse Langseth that would have gone further under this system because she might have made it at least for the first couple of rounds. She did get to do 2 performances, but the audience didn’t get to vote on the second. I feel more strongly about her not making it to top 12 than I do about the ones from this year and feel that she should have gotten through over a couple of others.

    I agree completely in general and specifically about Jesse Langseth. The Top 24 format leaves the final choice up to “America” and gives the mid-pack contestants a second (or third) chance to build support. The first week is often buckets of nerves even for more seasoned performers.

    As for this week’s result… at the risk of being pelted with mushy bananas, I think Lilly was more style of substance. Listening just to the vocals, she was doing what Megan Joy did last year putting on the affect and sacrificing tone. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t good or worthy of a spot in the top 12 because I think she was. She was interesting and different and current but not every old song adjusts well to being reworked that way. I LOVED her Lullaby of Birdland but thought it was her MOMENT like Andrew’s Straight Up. and I liked Lilly’s semi performances but didn’t think she sang them as beautifully. even though I like her, I thought but she was kind of gimmicky and could where eventually she would quirk herself out of the competition. It just happened sooner than I thought.

    As for Alex, he’s the one I feel had the most potential for growth in the competition. But again, his voice is unconventional by American Idol standards and I happen to love the tone of his voice (like Ray L, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, etc.) but he and Katelyn did the same thing. Both were hit-or-miss and had best performances in the middle week and so-so or unmemorable performances this week as compared with their competitors.

    I think Todrick had his best performance this week honestly, especially after playing it back. I think it was too little too late.

  424. I just can not get into Season 9 yet, but I remember feeling like that last year all the way up until the Top 9. Then Kris sang “Ain’t No Sunshine” and the season became exciting to me. I imagine it will be the same this year (I hope).. I am interested in seeing what Big Mike & Crystal brings to the table each week. I usually like the GWG (guys with guitars) but I am not overly impressed with any of them yet this year.

    I think the only person I am slightly disappointed that went home last night is Alex. I really like his voice, but he was painful to watch at times. However, I was looking forward to seeing him grow. It seemed to me that he was really disappointed in himself and knew that his nerves blew it for him. It was really sad to see him so upset.

    As far as Tim goes, I think he is the one that has the “dreaded” preteen vote. People can say whatever they want, but at the moment, that is the market that buys ALOT of music (i.e., Justin Bieber) so I doubt TPTB are too upset over that. My son (17) had his back to the TV when Tim was on and said he sounded like a Jonas Brother..

    I am just hoping that everyone who made the Top 12 realizes how lucky they are and steps up their game next week. (oh & I hope Paige either gets herself under control or goes home–I really can’t believe she is still there).

  425. I don’t think TPTB really has the power to eliminate anyone. They can manipulate and suggest, but it was all America. Funny how Lilly didn’t appeal to them… guess maybe they preferred Crystal more.

  426. It is very sad to me, but I fear this show is on the verge of turning into a complete farce.

    on the verge? lol, the send key was pressed on that email many, many seasons ago, it’s taken this long for the recipients to receive it in their inbox.

  427. Karen:
    03/12/2010 at 7:20 am
    Haven’t read through the 546 comments yet, but does anyone else feel a grassy knoll that TPTB eliminated Lilly so no one would take any of TCO Crystal’s votes?

    I don’t think TPTB really has the power to eliminate anyone. They can manipulate and suggest, but it was all America. Funny how Lilly didn’t appeal to them… guess maybe they preferred Crystal more.

  428. I knew one of the guys I liked was going but didn’t think one of the girls would. I didn’t mind so much about Todrick or Katelyn. They were both better than some of those who stayed but I didn’t particularly like them. Out of the 2, Todrick had a better performance this week. Both Katie and Paige should have gone before Lilly. Katie was good in Hollywood but has been a mess ever since. I think what hurt Lilly is that there are a few quirky girls and I guess she was the one who got lost in the shuffle. Too bad.

    Alex going is the one I’m most disappointed in. He’s by far the best of the 3 young guys and that Tim especially lasted past him is laughable. I didn’t think Tim should have been in the top 24 let alone top 12. Aaron is slightly better but Alex had so much more potential. What’s really sad is that he won’t be able to be on the show again.

    I was really nervous about Lee & Andrew and think they may have been at risk for leaving so they’re going to have to step it up. I do think Andrew has been better than the judges make out. They’re being extremely tough on him imo. I was happy that Didi made it. I was pretty confident about Siobhan who’s my other favorite of the girls. Now I have to keep my fingers crossed that my favorites make the tour because that’s where the money is.

  429. Has anyone noticed if Rayn said how many votes were cast? He usually brags about that. This may be the reason things came down like they did. The voting could have gone haywire because people didnt vote for their favorite, or maybe people just didnt have a great favorite yet because no one stood out, I wish they would show the voting breakdown, and not the stupid DI, it may have been close between all the kids.

  430. I was really nervous about Lee & Andrew and think they may have been at risk for leaving so they’re going to have to step it up. I do think Andrew has been better than the judges make out. They’re being extremely tough on him imo.

    I am with you on that. It’s that damn genius Straight Up. I swear everytime Kara praises something, it just goes to the shit! See how she said Katie could win too….look at her now.

  431. I wasn’t surprised that Katie stayed — she was the only non-quirky female singer of the bunch. The only points I got this week were for picking Kaitlyn correctly. I thought Paige would be the other girl to go. As for the guys, I would have preferred Todrick to stay. At least he is entertaining – hey, I LIKE Broadway! I thought Aaron or Andrew would go.

  432. Well this should inspire one HELL of an Idolatry episode. Cue up the Jaws theme — although I think somebody is going to need to coin a new phrase because “shark-jumping” doesn’t begin to describe what happened last night. It was more like a scene from Carrie.

  433. Has anyone noticed if Rayn said how many votes were cast? He usually brags about that. This may be the reason things came down like they did. The voting could have gone haywire because people didnt vote for their favorite, or maybe people just didnt have a great favorite yet because no one stood out, I wish they would show the voting breakdown, and not the stupid DI, it may have been close between all the kids.

    OK, last night I was speechless due to being in shock and couldn’t comment. BUT – ITA with you and was wondering the same thing. For me, I voted only for the girls (didn’t care enough about the guys yet), and split votes between Crystal, Lilly and Siobhan, along with throwing in a few for Katie because she’s my daughter’s favorite.

    This early in the game I didn’t want to assume Crystal would get the most votes because I do feel people are sometimes complacent, and the fact that Ryan didn’t mention the total votes like he did last week tells me they weren’t impressive, and possibly lower than last week.

    Someone may have commented on this already, but is this the first time in IDOL history that someone getting the pimp spot went home???

  434. I wasn’t surprised that Katie stayed — she was the only non-quirky female singer of the bunch.

    Katie is my daughter’s favorite, which makes sense when you think about the group of female contestants. Pre-teens aren’t generally going to be attracted to the guitar-strapping, laid back style that many of the Top 8 ladies have. I also am not sure they’d be drawn to quirky type styles like Siobhan and Lacey, so Katie seems to be it for the mainstream tween on the ladies side of the house. How that plays out when the boys get mixed in remains to be seen.

  435. Ray LaMontagne has written many fine songs. Don’t sing that overdone thing.

    I would like to hear some of his other stuff, too. But I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that this is the only song of his that’s cleared for this kind of use.

    … On the eliminations: argh. While I don’t think that Alex and Todrick are the second coming of anything, they really both are *so* much more interesting than either Tim or Aaron. I know that Todrick’s singing isn’t the best, but is Tim’s? And really I think Todrick’s problem is that he just tries too *much* — and, to me, it can be a lot easier to tone yourself down from over-the-topness than to pump yourself up when you just kind of lie there….. (Next week’s AI: The Rolling Stones!: An Evening of Lullabies!)

    And while I think Aaron’s got a lot of potential, I would say that the fact he’s had three chances now and hasn’t really changed an iota that I can see, I don’t really see how he’s going to develop much of the confidence and such that he needs to maximize that potential over the next month or so. To me, this year he should have been a “throw him back — too small” candidate during the audition rounds.

    On the girl side, the Lilly eject devastates me. I have always kind of wondered whether her schtick would get on my nerves after a while, but she’s a very talented musician and pretty solid as an artist, I think, and I really really wanted the chance to find out if I’d get sick of her! (Incidentally, I love Patsy Cline, but I wasn’t in the least offended by her version of I Fall to Pieces, which is one of my favorite songs. It was a different interpretation, is all — and all I ask of a different interpretation is that the person do that interpretation *well,* and I think she did do it pretty well … I’m thinking that they must have known that she was already in deep vote trouble and that’s why they gave her the pimp spot, though …)

    I’m of two minds about Katelyn — I kind of think she was the one of the Katelyn/Lacey/Paige group who should have stayed, if we could keep only one. But then again, although she’s done the best performance of the nine we’ve heard from those guys so far, it’s still only one performance, and I do think that the others, Paige especially, also have potential. … I would like to see more of Katelyn, but I think I probably won’t still be thinking about her a couple of weeks from now, wondering what she would have done with song a or song b, as I think I will be with Lilly, and even Alex and Todrick, and as I did last year with Jesse Langseth, for example.

    As for Katie. Well, here comes Lil 2.0, as others have said. I’m envisioning week after week of her just not getting it and singing everything in what she thinks is a pop or jazz style of some sort and just having it be pageant/contest/show choir all the way. And, like Lil, she’ll keep looking puzzled and hurt when the judges call her on it, because she *just* *won’t* get it. … If she were going to get it, she would hvae gotten it already, as far as I can see, *and* she would have had an answer when Ryan asked her what contemporary music she loved.

    Cripes. Katie, Aaron, and Tim do the Rolling Stones.

  436. Oh … I would kind of like to wring Katelyn’s next for, I thought, sort of phoning in her performance of the probably ill-chosen I Feel the Earth Move on Wednesday. Had she not phoned it in, I think she would have stayed. … I wonder whether she knew it looked phoned in?

  437. Cue up the Jaws theme — although I think somebody is going to need to coin a new phrase because “shark-jumping” doesn’t begin to describe what happened last night. It was more like a scene from Carrie.

    LOL, that’s an apt description. It really was a horror show!

    I hope the show next week is good. I need Big Mike to step it up again and Crystal to keep kicking butt but look a *little* healthier doing it so I don’t worry so much about the girl. Have some moments, people. Have some moments! And let one of the tweenie baits cancel themselves out (Aaron or Tim, they are a toss up to me).

  438. I’m following the season mostly via this blog, but I think Katie and Tim will stay longer than people expect. And I can see the following leaving before people expect: Siobhan, Crystal, Andrew, Lee. It’s not really a singing competition. Lots of other stuff like image and back story factor in.

    If Crystal doesn’t start smiling she’s toast. Crap like that matters on this show. And ladies ditch the piercings.Won’t help either. Is it too late to join the pool?

  439. The results suck! Except Todrick going. (He’s the only one I would have gotten right in the pool if I hadn’t fallen asleep while watching his video to finalize my pool picks.)

  440. And I can see the following leaving before people expect: Siobhan, Crystal, Andrew, Lee. It’s not really a singing competition. Lots of other stuff like image and back story factor in.

    ITA-I think we can all point to several seasons where the stronger singers went home too soon, or lost.

    In regards to the text voting, I do think that is a problem because if not everyone can text vote, then no one should be able to text vote.

    Also, it is tough for contestants who do not come from the south or midwest to win, as a a rule, because I just don’t think people in the coastal areas power vote in the same way. There isn’t that homestate pride thing going on.

    But having said that, we have a lot of boys from Texas this year, including Alex, and I think those votes got split.

    I’m going to DVR the season and watch if I have time. Crystal is my favorite, but I don’t see her winning. She isn’t mainstream enough for the AI viewing audience. I hope I am wrong, but I just don’t see it happening. Casey may win based on what I believe the AI voting audience likes.

  441. Casey won’t win until he starts washing his hair. Again stuff like that matters. I could see someone Didi, Big Mike, Katie, Tim benefitting from votes from more conservative folks. No piercings or kids out of wedlock, some Christian connection etc.

  442. Haven’t read through the 546 comments yet, but does anyone else feel a grassy knoll that TPTB eliminated Lilly so no one would take any of TCO Crystal’s votes?

    Not at all. This is all a natural consequence of there being too many quirky blondes with guitars. Or just plain quirky singers. The audience for any one type of artist is only going to be so large. When you saturate the Idol market with artists of a similar type, some of them are going to go home early.

    Crystal appears to be TPTB favourites so the audience gets a lot of positive reinforcement for liking her. So, she’s safe. Didi had a bit of a moment this week and came back from a mauling last week. Idol voters like it when you show improvement, so that made her safe. Katelyn and Lilly had to have been sharing at least part of their audience with those two. Lilly was also likely sharing an audience with Siohban who has cemented her position as favourite quirky girl (and people probably thought Lilly was the safer one with the pimp spot, so they likely rallied around Siohban if they thought she was in trouble from the judges comments).

    Meanwhile, the other 3 girls that survived all had their own niche. Katie had a strong backstory and fills the pagaent-girl tweens-want-to-be-like her niche. Paige is trying to be the big voice in a sea of Indie-Alt girls. Lacey had an improved performance and the people who visit Branson probably love her.

    So, in a way, it kind of makes sense. I kind of thought Katelyn would go home this week (meh performance in the middle and too many similar contestants), but I’m kind of surprised about Lilly. But these things happen when Idol stacks the deck with foils. Too much vote splitting.

    I know, I know. There will be people that say “I loved Katelyn and hate Didi, so I don’t think that they were splitting votes at all.” I hear you. I’ve been in that spot before (but I’m not going to bring up examples from past seasons becaues this is a thread for this season and I don’t want to re-ignite any fan wars), but if I step back, I can see them sharing a pool of voters and not appealing much to people who like different kinds of artists. Sure, most people like a variety of different artists, but I do think contestants split votes.

  443. My picks for who should/would go were Todrick and Tim, Katie and Katelyn. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get MJs pool to work for me. I have no idea what is recorded for me. It really annoys me that Tim and Katie are still in it and will more than likely make top 10 and the tour.

    The one I’m most disappointed about leaving is Alex. I really liked his voice and I think he has potential. He was growing on me. I felt terrible for him and how sad he was. Nerves ate him up. I was worried about him singing ‘Trouble’ because I remember how Simon trashed Taylor Hicks for doing that song. At the time, I don’t think Simon had a clue who Ray LaMontagne was and what a great song it is.

    I wanted Lily to stick around a bit longer. I’m not as enamored of her as some others. I think she’s mostly look. Paige stank this week, but I do think she has potential and I want to get to know her a bit better. Not the coloring book stuff though. That’s right up there with featuring Hayley making tacky headbands.

    I didn’t vote. I rarely do this early. Had I voted it would have been for Crystal and Big Mike so I don’t think anyone missed my vote.

  444. Someone may have commented on this already, but is this the first time in IDOL history that someone getting the pimp spot went home???

    No, it has happened before, but never during this format of the semi-finals. Usually it happens when there aren’t many contestants left.

    In Season 4, Anthony got the boot at final 4. In season 3, Melinda got booted from the pimp spot during final 3 night. Both Clay and Archie failed to win despite winning the pimp spot for final 2 night. The earliest prior booting of a pimp spot singer was Anoop getting the boot on the second final 7 night. They booted two contestants that night because of the judges’ save the week before.

  445. Lucky for me, I’m not a gambler. I would be dead in the water as I
    picked a completely different bottom 4 to go!
    I had picked Paige and Katie for the girls and Aaron and Andrew for the boys but I felt Tim and lacey could factor as a second choice.
    I have no choice but to blame the “tweeny vote”, as I cannot bear to think that logical adults could be that lacking in taste, or just need Hearing Aids!
    For Lilly a travesty. for katelyn a lost opportunity for redemption.
    For Todrick a verdict without a trial! For Tim a magnet for hormones but no harmony from him!

    I am ,at least glad that my favorite girls are still there but for
    how long before they are devoured by las ninas poquitas?
    Forgive me I do not speak spanish!

  446. I’m not really happy at all with this year’s pool. I’m a bit bored. I like Crystal but geez…she needs to learn to smile – she looks miserable. I think Katie should have gone and I’m from Connecticut. She doesn’t get it – too young. Tim may surprise us all and I think it’s because he appeals to the ones that like the clean-cut type boys. Casey does nothing for me–I always detect a quiver in his voice that I can’t tell is from nerves or it’s just his sound. I agree on whoever said to get rid of the face piercings.

    As to who gets the most votes from any season and whether they come from the south or not, it’s too bad the votes don’t turn into
    album sales.

  447. In regards to the text voting, I do think that is a problem because if not everyone can text vote, then no one should be able to text vote.

    ITA. When I figured out how many text votes someone can send in two hours over how many phone votes, I stopped voting. Via phone, you could do maybe 200 or so…and I’ve done that, and it’s boring and a pain in the ass. Text voting? Much easier, and I’ve seen numbers thrown around like 2,500 votes in two hours.

    At the end of the competition, power text voting may or may not make that much of a difference. But early on, when each contestant is getting a smaller percentage of the voting pie, I think it makes a big difference.

  448. So sad to see Alex go. Judging from the contestants’ reactions, he must have been popular. His singout was terrific.

    Crystal still looks like she’s not feeling well- when she was named to Top 12 and went to sit down with the others, I thought I saw Tim Urban asking her if she was OK.

    Not surprised at all with the other eliminations.

    Really enjoyed that Scott / Matt piano duet- that was better than I expected.

    Congratulations to the ones who made Top 12- good luck to them!

  449. Well I don’t know if it’s any comfort to him but all the comments on utube for Alex are so complimentary…maybe that makes the upset seem worse, I don’t know. It makes you wonder why it happened this way, the number of comments by people who are upset are way outnumbered by those that could care less. IDK

  450. I have AT&T, so I’m not complaining and I did text vote for Alex. I guess just not enough. I still think if not everyone can text votes in then no one should be able to text votes in. I don’t think one carrier should get to monopolize the text voting.

    This sums up my beef with it. AT&T sucks were I live, you couldn’t pay me to keep them as a carrier.. they are the reason I don’t have an iPhone.

    It would be interesting to set up a pool that prioritized by 1) talent & then 2) southern contestants. Can I still join the pool? Maybe I’ll do this.

  451. I’ve been up for three hours and I’m still not over this. As others have said, I also need a studio recording of Alex. I didn’t see most of the men/boys Wednesday night, but didn’t like “Trouble” on my computer later. It doesn’t matter; this kid has displayed killer vocals that I have wanted to buy for a while now. I thought Lilly made a mistake with Patsy Cline, but I would also like a recording from her so she doesn’t wind up with a career singing voiceovers to commercials. I like her spunk and appreciate what she said last night. I didn’t think she was going to get far, as her vocals are too unique, but thought she, with Alex, would at least make it to top ten. I just want to see these people get contracts, not win. Siobhan and Crystal are now my only reasons for watching…Big M drives me bats, so I may tune in for pecking order and favorite vocals only.

  452. Well, Ellen just said she was going to have Lilly and Alex on her show. Thank God they have a platform!

  453. lol @ the southern jokes!

    Alright, I slept on it. If Lilly couldn’t secure her place with the damn pimp spot AND judges praise every week then maybe she needed to go home. There I said it. And I liked Lilly.

    I don’t think this is a “dumb voters” thing, I think this is a too many of the same type thing. This has happened before, only this time it seemed especially shocking because the person in question seemed pretty safe.

    Ditto Kaetlyn and Alex. I really, really, really like Alex. I wanted to see him grow. But there were too many guys with acoustic guitars and too many tween bait males, and he lost the vote splitting sweepstakes.

    I do think Idol has just reinforced its image as a factory for bland cheese, though. That’s nothing new.

    As far as this being a singing competition… it never was that, so I don’t get why people get huffy every year. They are supposedly finding a star… so its more like looking for an appealing, likeable performer who happens to sing well than it is a pure singing contest. As I say every year, if that was the case, they would just sign up all the graduates of Juliard and Berklee and pick one.

    This is going to be a long, hard slog to the top this year.

  454. ITA. When I figured out how many text votes someone can send in two hours over how many phone votes, I stopped voting. Via phone, you could do maybe 200 or so…and I’ve done that, and it’s boring and a pain in the ass. Text voting? Much easier, and I’ve seen numbers thrown around like 2,500 votes in two hours.

    We’d already decided not to play the game this year. Idol is back to being a spectator sport at our house.

  455. I’m not over losing Alex yet either. It’s weird in that I’ve only ever really been invested in one Idol, which is Jason, but I wasn’t upset at all when he was eliminated because he had his time and was more than ready to go. But Alex being tossed before Top 12 has totally thrown me for a loop.

    It’s so stupid, but I just really wanted to see Alex get a chance to grow and at least get to go on tour, which would have been great for him. I firmly believe the guy has more musical talent, even if it’s undeveloped on some level, then the rest of the guys combined.

    Thrilled to hear though that Ellen will have Alex and Lilly on her show.

  456. They are supposedly finding a star… so its more like looking for an appealing, likeable performer who happens to sing well than it is a pure singing contest. As I say every year, if that was the case, they would just sign up all the graduates of Juliard and Berklee and pick one.

    This is going to be a long, hard slog to the top this year.

    Yes on both counts. I’ve never understood the complaints about it being a popularity contest (that includes you, Simon). Of *course* it’s a popularity contest! Everything in Hollywood, on Broadway, and in the recording studios is a popularity contest. People have to like you, and you have to have talent. Well, ok, maybe not always *cough*JustinBieber*cough* But most of the time.

    And it’s going to be a verrrry long slog indeed. I’m done watching. I’ll read MJ’s recaps and watch the folks she approved of. That’s it. And I’ll add Alex to the list of TV people I’m keeping an eye on after they go back to a quieter life (a list currently of one: Eli Mattson).

  457. It is strange feeling so upset this early in the competition. I usually could care less who leaves at this point cause I have invested so little. Usually pick people who last at least to the top four. I have never been so wrong about who could win. I did pick Siobahn to win the whole thing but Alex was the guy I wanted to do it.

  458. Lilly was also likely sharing an audience with Siohban who has cemented her position as favourite quirky girl (and people probably thought Lilly was the safer one with the pimp spot, so they likely rallied around Siohban if they thought she was in trouble from the judges comments).

    I saw it differently: to me Siohban came off as a quirky person, but Lilly is a quirky singer. I responded really differently to their music.

  459. I firmly believe the guy has more musical talent, even if it’s undeveloped on some level, then the rest of the guys combined.

    Yup. You know, Van Morrison had such bad nerves when he started performing he sang with his back to the audience (or so the myth goes).

  460. This could be. In the Northeast confessed AI watchers take a lot of ridicule.

    They must go to the concerts with paper bags over their heads because year-after-year, the Idol tour consistently gets their highest turn-out in the North East. The numbers they pull in there are amazing.

    Wow, where does a discussion about the bulk of AI winners coming from the south and midwest turn into the trashing of southern people?

    Because this debate has been raging in the Idolsphere for years and it usually devolves into insulting Southerners.

    Coming in second is as good as winning and certainly there have been lots of runner-ups from the “hip” non-AT&T portions of the country. For instance, two from LA and one from Seattle. So, it is posssible for fans of people not from the South to figure out how to vote and vote like fiends.

  461. I don’t think this is a “dumb voters” thing, I think this is a too many of the same type thing. This has happened before, only this time it seemed especially shocking because the person in question seemed pretty safe.

    I agree. Not a “dumb votes” issue. Too many in similar styles, especially when most of us aren’t too sure how we feel about the talent of *any* of them yet. … I figure that not a lot of people are voting, *and* there’s lots of vote splitting among the genre-similar people. And that’s really where you get the “shock” ejections. This could be a big season for those.

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    chuffed as I am one of the northern Colonials.
    So Whatcha got on the pig spite. You gota quit burnin the possoms
    till their too tough to rip with yer tooth,
    Sorry fer yall having to still read those old books by the man and
    he was a man! Boozer, Womanizer but could tell a story. I think I saw it in the out of circulation books at the library….but I did
    see some old movie in black and white as a little kid and I remember my gramps given me a History lesson on the tough times and
    ruthlessnes of life in the olden times. Glad to see you are keeping
    up with the times!!

  463. Dillitant :) I’m glad the “yokels” voted off some of the “better” folk. In a dull season, it’s more entertaining to keep the potential train wrecks. Remember Sanjaya was the star of S6.

  464. They are supposedly finding a star… so its more like looking for an appealing, likeable performer who happens to sing well than it is a pure singing contest.

    It just feels like this year “appealing, likeable” is stomping all over “sing well.” There have always been WTF contestants. But how many have made it into the top-12 this time? To my ears, Lee, Casey, Aaron, and Tim are all at best marginal singers. Barely passable. I don’t dislike them personally; they seem like nice fellas and all, but I really don’t think they sing well. The ladies have more talent, I think, but still, Paige and Lacey are WTF for me. So that’s 6 of the 12 who, IMO, can barely sing in tune. Wow.

  465. Tess: And don’t even get me started on AT&T text gate that really puts the “power” in the hands of a few dillitants from Southern states who love their local yocals.

    I think the word is “yokels,” but regardless, I found it disparaging(and I’m from Mass). Seeems to be a put down, to me, I don’t know about you.

    I think I focused on the words “a few” so I didn’t see it as making a swipe at the entire region. Again, born in Texas here, grew up drinking sweet tea and Fresca and eating fried chicken cooked in an iron skillet, and I didn’t take offense. :)

    Again, to me, it’s not the voters fault, it’s AI’s fault for having a flawed voting system. But, hey, what’s new? We have this discussion ever year.

  466. As far as this being a singing competition… it never was that, so I don’t get why people get huffy every year. They are supposedly finding a star… so its more like looking for an appealing, likeable performer who happens to sing well than it is a pure singing contest. As I say every year, if that was the case, they would just sign up all the graduates of Juliard and Berklee and pick one.

    I’d agree with everything you said here… I’d just add.. southern appeal. Also nothing wrong with that. If the south are power voters, then they heavily influence the vote. *shrug* No biggie. My beef is also with the how the show uses its sponsors. The AT&T, coke cups, ford commercials and car give away. It gives me a gag reflex. The irony in all this is that I worked for 15 years in marketing, you’d think that I’d be all thumbs up about it. LOL

  467. jpfan:
    03/12/2010 at 9:39 am
    Dillitant I’m glad the “yokels” voted off some of the “better” folk. In a dull season, it’s more entertaining to keep the potential train wrecks. Remember Sanjaya was the star of S6.

    LOL Sanjaya is the reason I stopped watching S6.

  468. They must go to the concerts with paper bags over their heads

    Heh. Heh. Yup, that’s us. We slink around until safe among our own.

  469. I still am sad about Alex, lol. Stupid show. I kinda would like to fast forward to top 5 or so assuming people I like are there :). But I rarely get to watch tv and Hubby and kids respect my Idol time on Tuesdays so I am sure I will continue on. Unless Crystal goes and then…

  470. I guess I am in the minority, but I was not sad to see Lilly or Alex go. I found Lilly’s voice and facial expressions to be really annoying, and I did not like the tone of Alex’s voice or his look. I also feel the need to stick up for Katie. She has a beautiful voice, and I think she would definitely be a draw for tweens to attend the summer tour. Of course I do get what everyone is saying about her pageant-like style, but I still think she has a voice deserving of a top 10 spot.

  471. I sense a lot of resentment boiling up toward the likes of Aaron, Tim, Paige and Katie….they better get ready for some really harsh judging.

  472. I don’t thin there is anything wrong with the voting system or the text messaging voting option. As long as cell phones are widely available and everyone and their mama knows how to dial a phone, then it is fair IMO. The option is open to anyone. Its up to the performers to inspire the kind of passion that gets an audience to use the tools available.

    The coffehouse style prevalent this year is not a mass market genre. And Lilly is extra-quirky. So it is totally possible that of the coffehouse girls, Lily had the least mass market appeal. Aaron was very Matt Nathanson. Matt has a moderate hit but he’s not a household name either. On a show that is all about appealing to the most people possible, I guess that hurt them. It’s not about their talent, its about whether their type of talent has wide appeal. And perhaps the answer is no.

    There have always been WTF contestants. But how many have made it into the top-12 this time?

    Well it has happened before IMO, just not in a while. I don’t like it either. But I don’t think one of those people will win. A good singer will win. But we will be tortured along the way. Heh.

  473. The irony in all this is that I worked for 15 years in marketing, you’d think that I’d be all thumbs up about it. LOL

    Why yes, I *would* think you’d be thumbs-up. That’s pretty funny.

    I don’t mind the product placement so much (esp. since they’ve proven it doesn’t work) but AT&T’s monopoly does bother me a great deal. The show is called AMERICAN Idol. That means everybody should get a say–them stressed-out New Yawkers and Angeleno tan-bunnies as much as us midwestern Lutherans and the frito pie contingent. ;)

  474. Coming in second is as good as winning and certainly there have been lots of runner-ups from the “hip” non-AT&T portions of the country. For instance, two from LA and one from Seattle. So, it is posssible for fans of people not from the South to figure out how to vote and vote like fiends.

    But why don’t the contestants NOT from the South/Midwest ever win? So if you have two contestants left standing in the finals, and one is from the South/Midwest and one is from one of the coasts, if you had to bet, who would you put your money on? So should contestants not from South/Midwest resign themselves to the fact that they will never win? I guess it doesn’t matter as far as success goes, but it should matter for the integrity of the show.

  475. I don’t thin there is anything wrong with the voting system or the text messaging voting option. As long as cell phones are widely available and everyone and their mama knows how to dial a phone, then it is fair IMO.

    You are aware that only people with AT&T are allowed to text votes in? I have AT&T but I still think that it is unfair that my Verizon/Sprint/Team Mobile friends can’t text in their votes.

  476. I hope Tim Urban has in some way broken his contract agreement and has to be disqualified and then Alex can come back and take his place….please make it happen.

  477. Sometimes these things are simpler than they seem. Lilly was the least attractive (and this week, the worst) of the 4 sound-alikes; she simply got the short end of the lilith fair vote. Alex sounded like Kermit being strangled. Paige had the R&B vote all to herself. Epperly didn’t really evoke a positive or negative reaction out of anyone – she just was. Indifference cost her. Big Mike was so good that Todrick lost any possible votes to him. Kinda shocking someone in the pimp spot went home, but they were rushing so fast to finish the show, that Lilly got very little judge comments (although they were positive) and seemed to get cut off for the sake of the show. No one ever said this competition was fair.

  478. Reminder

    STAY ON TOPIC. Not watching this Season? This is not the thread for you.

    Re-hashing last year’s voting “controversy”? OFF TOPIC.

    Deleting posts now

  479. You are aware that only people with AT&T are allowed to text votes in? I have AT&T but I still think that it is unfair that my Verizon/Sprint/Team Mobile friends can’t text in their votes.

    No I didn’t know that. But unless AT&T’s demo is skewed to a particular bias, it would still be pretty fair.

  480. Re-hashing last year’s voting “controversy”? OFF TOPIC.

    I didn’t think the discussion was focused on last year’s voting controversy, but rather, how do good contestants get voted off? This always sparks the the topic of AI’s (as I believe) flawed voting system. Someone also brought up that it looked as if Alex was safe according to dial idol, and of course one must factor in the text votes, which takes us down the AT&T text voting monopoly path. Historical references were brought up in an effort to show a voting pattern. AT&T coverage geographical maps were cited. From looking at that information, some of us perhaps thought we could glean what we might expect this year.

    But anyway, I will refrain from that discussion.

  481. I didn’t think the discussion was focused on last year’s voting controversy, but rather, how do good contestants get voted off?

    The first post I deleted was from somebody who isn’t even WATCHING this season, but took the opportunity to dis the voting system anyway, while taking a swipe at southerners in general. I deleted everything that came after it.

    If you can keep the voting discussion relevant to the current season,it’s OK, if it veers into griping about the results of past seasons, I’ll be deleting that stuff.

  482. Both guys eliminated last night are from Texas, so the regional power voting reasoning doesnt make a lot of sense, to me. Seems more like when people don’t like the results they blame something that can’t really be proven.

    The Top 12:

    Didi (California; orig. from Tennessee,), Casey (Texas), Tim (Texas), Paige (Texas; orig. from Florida), Lacey Brown (Texas),
    Katie (Connecticut), Siobhan (Massachusetts), Aaron (Pennsylvania)Lee (Illinois), Crystal (Ohio), Andrew (California), Michael (New York; orig. from Florida)

  483. Alright, I slept on it. If Lilly couldn’t secure her place with the damn pimp spot AND judges praise every week then maybe she needed to go home. There I said it. And I liked Lilly.

    I don’t think this is a “dumb voters” thing, I think this is a too many of the same type thing. This has happened before, only this time it seemed especially shocking because the person in question seemed pretty safe.

    Ditto Kaetlyn and Alex. I really, really, really like Alex. I wanted to see him grow. But there were too many guys with acoustic guitars and too many tween bait males, and he lost the vote splitting sweepstakes . . .

    As far as this being a singing competition… it never was that, so I don’t get why people get huffy every year. They are supposedly finding a star… so its more like looking for an appealing, likeable performer who happens to sing well than it is a pure singing contest. As I say every year, if that was the case, they would just sign up all the graduates of Juliard and Berklee and pick one.

    Word to all of that, tinawina.

  484. Ok, finally getting to weigh in on last night. Wow. My twitter feed EXPLODED after those results. I haven’t seen so much gratuitous use of the F word in I don’t know how long.

    I was pretty ambivalent about all these guys – I always personally thought Alex was WAY over-rated by the judges, but he seemed to be popular among fans, and was only growing in popularity in the last few weeks, so I definitely didn’t see that one coming. And Lily – she was definitely the other big shock, though, tbh, her reprise of Fall to Pieces was really really pitchy – and she has been inconsistent. But her voice and style are very unique.

    So, I guess my biggest gripe with the results would come down to the fact that all 4 of the people cut were better than at least 4 others who could have (and should have) gone in their place:

    * Katie
    * Andrew
    * Lacey
    * Paige
    * Tim
    * Aaron

    The above are the weakest, at least in terms of their performance level and consistency not just this week, but throughout the semi-finals. And so, the list of eliminations SHOULD have come from that group. That, imo, is the real shame with the eliminations. Not so much that I really expected Lily or Alex to win this thing, but that the Top 12 is even more ridiculously weak and diluted considering that the likes of Tim, Aaron, Paige (maybe she’ll improve upon this week…), Andrew (maybe he’ll recapture his past glory), Katie (uhh, nope, I got nothing) are there instead.

    MJ, completely agree with your twitter sentiments: WORST TOP 12 EVER!

    At this point, I feel there are 3 that deserve to make it all the way – Mike, Crystal, and Siobhan – the rest can go.

  485. Oh, and just throwing it out there – but THIS is why maybe Top 36 and the Wild Card is not such a bad thing after all.

    TBH, I kind of like how, on SYTYCD, the judges get the final say in the early rounds about who stays and who goes. People can just be so stupid and petty about why they vote (or don’t vote) for certain people in the early rounds (hello, Tim Urban six pack abs!!)

    At least with the wild card, the judges could make sure some actually good people who missed the voting cut (Matt and Anoop definitely deserved a place last year) still made it to the top 12. These results were even more uneven than usual, with more weak people continuing on.

    But, I have to say, for all the complaints about Top 36 format and judge manipulation last year, we wound up getting a pretty kick ass Top 13 (well, not counting the likes of Jasmine and Jorge, and maybe Megan).

    Still, 3 missteps is much better than what we have this year. I’d count about 6 or 7 duds in this bunch, at least.

  486. So, I guess my biggest gripe with the results would come down to the fact that all 4 of the people cut were better than at least 4 others who could have (and should have) gone in their place:

    * Katie
    * Andrew
    * Lacey
    * Paige
    * Tim
    * Aaron

    FOUR of these get to go on the tour!!!! I guess I hope it’s Lacy and Andrew….on second thought, couldn’t care less…I won’t be spending the money on that this year.

  487. The Top 12:

    Didi (California; orig. from Tennessee,), Casey (Texas), Tim (Texas), Paige (Texas; orig. from Florida), Lacey Brown (Texas),
    Katie (Connecticut), Siobhan (Massachusetts), Aaron (Pennsylvania)Lee (Illinois), Crystal (Ohio), Andrew (California), Michael (New York; orig. from Florida)

    Damn! That’s a lot of Texas! lol

  488. Alright, I slept on it. If Lilly couldn’t secure her place with the damn pimp spot AND judges praise every week then maybe she needed to go home.

    Well, to be fair to Lilly, Crystal really had the pimp spot, for all intents and purposes. Lily was rushed on and rushed off like an afterthought and the judges barely spent five seconds with her after she sang. I said that night that I thought she could be in trouble because of it. Heck, even someone with mega buzz like Adam had the pimp spot once when they ran out of time and rushed his critiques and he ended up in the bottom. As for the praise, when they got to Simon, he always brushed over her performances and qualified the other judges’ pimping with stuff like, “It wasn’t as good as Crystal” and never straight up gave her an in depth critique. To this day I have no idea how Simon felt about Lilly, and that’s a problem. Although if she had done something outrageous performance wise this week that MADE the judges spend time with her instead of being merely solid and pleasant and better than the trainwrecks like Paige and Katie who got through, it wouldn’t have mattered, so ultimately it’s on her. This early in the season, people remember three things when they go to pick up the phone: standout performances that are praised to the hilt, trainwreck performaces that are trashed, and human interest backstories (which includes being the hot boy the tweenies love.) Lilly didn’t fall into any of those categories this week and didn’t have a huge fanbase to carry her through, so I think it was just a matter of falling through the cracks. I do think, though, that if she would have stayed she would have found her groove and outlasted some of the tween magnets, as voters do tend to remember people who are consistent as the show goes on and throw them some more support (see: Syesha) while people who are inconsistent see their votes start to errode (see: Michael Johns.)

    I don’t think AI jumped the shark or any such thing. I’m just annoyed because Rolling Stone week would have been much more entertaining for me with Lilly and Alex and Katelyn and Toddrick even still around, and without the likes of Aaron, Katie, Aaron, Paige, Lacey, Aaron, and did I mention Aaron?

    In a dull season, it’s more entertaining to keep the potential train wrecks. Remember Sanjaya was the star of S6.

    Ha, I thought about that this morning. They do so love the villain storyline, the person who inexplicably sticks around despite massive suckage. We have, what, four candidates in Tim, Aaron, Katie, Paige…maybe even Andrew if he continues with the “coasting by on memory of Straight Up” meme. Better to have America pissed off than bored?

  489. Oh, and just throwing it out there – but THIS is why maybe Top 36 and the Wild Card is not such a bad thing after all.

    Why, because Scott, Jasmine, Matt, Jorge, and Megan are so much better than Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim? I don’t really think that is true. Someone like Lilly or Alex probably wouldn’t have made it in the top 36 format either.

  490. FOUR of these get to go on the tour!!!! I guess I hope it’s Lacy and Andrew….on second thought, couldn’t care less…I won’t be spending the money on that this year.

    Yep. S6 repeat for me. I watched and enjoyed that whole season, but more as a diversion than as anything I really got invested in – and as soon as the finale was over, I didn’t care about anyone, and didn’t see the tour.

    I guess I’m split about that – on the one hand, it can be really really fun to stan these guys, really get invested, have that affection for them and keep following them in the months and years after the competition. The tour last summer was beyond awesome for me – in terms of all the people I met who loved these guys as much as me!

    Then again, I’m still so completely invested in certain S8 idols ;-) that it’s kinda nice just to continue investing everything there, and revel in the new shows and appearances and news that will come from that!

    Yeah, I’m pretty happy in my little S8 stan zone right now ;-)

  491. Of course I do get what everyone is saying about her pageant-like style, but I still think she has a voice deserving of a top 10 spot.

    Well, it is true that she *has* a voice. Unlike Tim, for example.

    With Katie, what I fear is watching a Lil-style trainwreck — a person with an undeniably good voice who simply *cannot* figure out how to sing in a pop style that sounds like *her* rather than a pageant queen. And progressively freaks out about this more and more because the judges keep saying it in different ways and she simply *does* *not* *understand* what they’re saying. … Saw this last season with Lil and it is not a continuing drama of a kind that I care to watch ever again!

    And I have a really hard time seeing any other scenario developing here — unless the judges go whole-hog with one of their interesting choices this season: pretending that a lot of the performances are way better than they actually are. I guess I’ll have to start hoping for this, because I don’t like to watch the progressive contestant emotional meltdowns when they don’t. Don’t want to watch a high-school kid being one of those having the meltdowns, especially.

  492. But there were too many guys with acoustic guitars and too many tween bait males, and he lost the vote splitting sweepstakes . . .

    I’m not sure that’s really it.

    I don’t know if Todrick is tween bait, but he’s not a guy with an acoustic guitar and he also went home.

    I actually think Alex (my favorite) went home because he was one of the weaker ones on Wednesday night. Tim was probably on the verge of being eliminated, but with his “this time it didn’t suck” performance, plus the judges’ endorsement, he got votes. Casey, Lee, and Andrew are more or less front runners, so the elimination of any one of them would have been surprising. By general consensus, Michael gave his best performance so far. That leaves Aaron. I would have hoped Alex had more fans than Aaron, but probably not. Aaron is much more middle of the road, he doesn’t have an especially current sound, and he probably has more cross-generational appeal — plus, he’s country, which is popular.

    I don’t actually think too many similar guys (acoustic guitar players) split the vote. Because they really aren’t similar. At least, to me.

  493. Why, because Scott, Jasmine, Matt, Jorge, and Megan are so much better than Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim? I don’t really think that is true. Someone like Lilly or Alex probably wouldn’t have made it in the top 36 format either.

    I’d say as a whole we got WAY more variety and superior performance ability in the Top 13 last year. Sure, there were some weak ones, but without digressing into a one-on-one comparison of each person, I stand by that opinion.

    Not to mention, considering the number of bum notes to come out of the people you mentioned above (Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim) vs even some performances of Jorge (sleepy, but at least he hit the notes), Jasmine, or even Scott – not to mention the bum notes consistently spewing from higher ranked contenders like Lee, I’d say what we got last year was much much stronger and more consistent.

  494. I just rewatched some stuff from last night. The most boring group number ever. If that was done so that crystal didn’t have to be dancing on stage and could just walk around I’m ok with it but otherwise it was a gloomy intro to a gloomy evening.
    I hated the Matt and Scott thing. It was disconcerting –yes i want to listen, no I want to turn this off, yes I want to listen. Matt would not have been cast this year, Scott would have been.

  495. Why, because Scott, Jasmine, Matt, Jorge, and Megan are so much better than Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim? I don’t really think that is true. Someone like Lilly or Alex probably wouldn’t have made it in the top 36 format either.

    Christ, yeah. Matt’s better than all five of them.

  496. Both guys eliminated last night are from Texas, so the regional power voting reasoning doesnt make a lot of sense, to me. Seems more like when people don’t like the results they blame something that can’t really be proven.

    The Top 12:

    Didi (California; orig. from Tennessee,), Casey (Texas), Tim (Texas), Paige (Texas; orig. from Florida), Lacey Brown (Texas),
    Katie (Connecticut), Siobhan (Massachusetts), Aaron (Pennsylvania)Lee (Illinois), Crystal (Ohio), Andrew (California), Michael (New York; orig. from Florida)

    Wow, so you’re saying that *four* guys out of the top eight were from Texas??? Cripes. That being the case, I don’t see that the double-Texas-elim tells us much of anything about regional power-voting. I’d think that regions could power-vote as much as they want and still not have enough votes to put through *four* local boys all at the same time! To do that, they’d have to out-vote the whole rest of the country many times over, for multiple contestants!

    That and … What do they put in the water in Texas?

  497. With Katie, what I fear is watching a Lil-style trainwreck — a person with an undeniably good voice who simply *cannot* figure out how to sing in a pop style that sounds like *her* rather than a pageant queen. And progressively freaks out about this more and more because the judges keep saying it in different ways and she simply *does* *not* *understand* what they’re saying. … Saw this last season with Lil and it is not a continuing drama of a kind that I care to watch ever again!

    Yep – this is exactly what I see with Katie. She has the talent and voice – but, not unlike Andrew, she got in a rut by not knowing how to work the show, week after week, and both have a tendency to over think things – trying too hard to please everyone, and in the end pleasing no one.

    It will be interesting to see how things pan out now that they have a bigger stage, and set theme weeks. I think the really polished, confident performers (Crystal leading the pack in that category), will really shine because of their ability and instinct. I think some of the weaker contenders who don’t have that experience to be able to pick the right song and imprint their personality within each genre, will really really struggle.

    Saying that, Andrew may actually be able to pull himself back up – because I do think he has a lot of innate musicality. Others, like Katie, though, I fear falling into the Lil Rounds over-thinking rut.

  498. Oh, and a shout out to Matt and Scott – because I thought they were awesome in that performance! Matt’s voice sounded great! He killed it on tour, and I think singing songs like that, in his comfort zone, and away from the boxed in show mentality, really helped him shine! And Scott sounded surprisingly great too! Loved it!

    Way to own S9, guys! :-)

  499. Big Mike was so good that Todrick lost any possible votes to him.

    Why would these two be splitting votes? Their styles don’t seem all that similar to me. … Just because they sing in different styles than most of the others?

  500. Why would these two be splitting votes? Their styles don’t seem all that similar to me. … Just because they sing in different styles than most of the others?

    I assume the poster meant Todrick lost the “black vote” to Mike.

  501. Well, to be fair to Lilly, Crystal really had the pimp spot, for all intents and purposes. Lily was rushed on and rushed off like an afterthought and the judges barely spent five seconds with her after she sang. I said that night that I thought she could be in trouble because of it. Heck, even someone with mega buzz like Adam had the pimp spot once when they ran out of time and rushed his critiques and he ended up in the bottom.

    I see what you are saying. But I do think that Adam’s performace last year actually ran overtime, which is different that Lily who was actually aired before 9. And I do think she has been one of the most praised performers of the semis, Simon or no.

    I’m not sure that’s really it.
    I don’t know if Todrick is tween bait, but he’s not a guy with an acoustic guitar and he also went home.
    I actually think Alex (my favorite) went home because he was one of the weaker ones on Wednesday night.

    Well, I think we’re both right. He was one of the most meh of the acoustic guys (not an outright trainwreck, not fantastic), so he went home. But Todrick is beside the point I think.. I’m not arguing that vote splitting is the only way people get voted off, but it is a common occurance IMO when you have a lot of people in one genre.

    Why, because Scott, Jasmine, Matt, Jorge, and Megan are so much better than Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim? I don’t really think that is true. Someone like Lilly or Alex probably wouldn’t have made it in the top 36 format either.

    Yeah, this format has yielded some pretty awesome top 12s in the past, so I don’t think its the format. Plus the to 36 format favors the pimped, the bombastic and the cute boys. I don’t know if Lily or Alex would have survived.. especially not Alex. Do you remember what his first performance was like? That would have been his only shot.

  502. I guess I am in the minority, but I was not sad to see Lilly or Alex go. I found Lilly’s voice and facial expressions to be really annoying, and I did not like the tone of Alex’s voice or his look.

    I wasn’t sad to see them go either. I agree that this is the worst top 12 ever BUT the inclusion of anyone that was eliminated last night would not have changed that for me. Lily is a horrible singer. Just horrible. I fast forwarded through her Tues. performance because it was painfull. And her attitude when she realized she had been eliminated was ugly. She isn’t a good sport. At. All. She “doesn’t know what America wants”? LOL Clearly Lily, we don’t want you and your pitchy caterwauling. Love her complete disrespect of the other singers by saying talented singers had been eliminated. She needs to just STFU.
    Alex sucked all kinds of a$$ on that song. Again, I fast forwarded. I was able to tolerate about 10 seconds before my thumb took action. He isn’t an entertainer. He isn’t a good singer. His pathetic blubbering was embarrassing.

  503. I also see exactly happening what I predicted in my earlier post at beginning of show-Katie Stevens is the Kat Mcphee of years ago! She is a talented and attractive young women and not so “indie”,the chat lines will hate her! If only she would dye her hair pink and purple,wear clothes made of 100% cotten and that look oversized,put a tattoo on her forehand,throw in a nose ring or 2, stand and sing like a zombie and not smile -damn, she would be PERFECT! Except she can only sing, poor girl does not play any instrument. What will she do on a show considered a SINGING contest?

    You have a point here. I don’t care for Katie at all, but my mom just loves her. She doesn’t understand what the judges want from her. “They are confusing the poor girl.” She never did get Lilly and thought what she did with Patsy Cline was awful. Simon might have been right after he told Lilly that song choice could have hurt her. I also suspect the tweens like Katie. I actually think her song choice helped her. Tweens aren’t going to get Lilly singing a Patsy Cline song.
    My mom also didn’t get Alex. She hated his haircut and thought he sounded weird. I bet the teens are more into the eye candy of Tim. I suspect the tweens love Tim and Aaron. Tim does look like someone you would see on High School Musical. Oh, and my Mom has loved little Aaron from the start.
    Siobhan needs to continue to keep her quirkiness to her fashion choices and continue to power out the vocals. Casey needs to continue to pull his hair back and countrify as many songs as possible. This week Didi sang a song that Taylor Swift sang (BADLY!) at the Grammys AND she looked like Taylor Swift- Didi needs to continue with this look and sound.
    I think the tweens, Grandmas, conservatives, and country music listeners have a huge impact on who gets put through every week…and on who wins. We might as well buckle in and get ready for it.

  504. This early in the season, people remember three things when they go to pick up the phone: standout performances that are praised to the hilt, trainwreck performaces that are trashed, and human interest backstories (which includes being the hot boy the tweenies love.)

    Sunchick – this is spot on! Even later on in the competition (heck, I think Daughtry got eliminated because of this!) this holds true. That’s why I personally predicted Paige would be safe (tears are always a plus). And not too surprised about Katie (though I thought both deserved to go).

  505. I assume the poster meant Todrick lost the “black vote” to Mike.

    Yikes.

    Well, I guess that saves me the energy of trying to figure out why the R&Bish guitar player would votes with Mr. Broadway. …Although, come to think of it, I guess they are both on the more dramatic side (and certainly are way different from the rest of the top eight guys there) *and* both move around the stage, differentiating them again …. Heck, maybe they *are* in the same genre as opposed to the rest.

    Wow, never occurred to me until just now that one thing that seems strange and one-note about this season’s show is that almost everybody stands or sits still the whole time they’re performing practically every song. We’re deep in the standing-absolutely-still genres, apparently.

  506. I don’t think AI jumped the shark or any such thing. I’m just annoyed because Rolling Stone week would have been much more entertaining for me with Lilly and Alex and Katelyn and Toddrick even still around, and without the likes of Aaron, Katie, Aaron, Paige, Lacey, Aaron, and did I mention Aaron?

    ITA! As my family was comparing this season to S6 last night, I mentioned Sanjaya, and my family cringed, but I reminded them – even though he was atrocious, it sure was entertaining to have him around to liven things up!

    I think people like Todrick would have been way more interesting (even if it was a trainwreck every now and then) – than dull as dirt Tim, or Aaron, for instance. I think Lily, similarly, would have been quirky and unique, if not always the best vocalist.

  507. Christ, yeah. Matt’s better than all five of them.

    Matt Sarver?

    gangreen29 – are you confusing Matt Giraud with Michael Sarver? Your original list of mediocre S8 contestants had Matt – maybe you meant Michael – because Matt was one of better S8 vocalists.

  508. gangreen29 – are you confusing Matt Giraud with Michael Sarver? Your original list of mediocre S8 contestants had Matt – maybe you meant Michael – because Matt was one of better S8 vocalists.

    Ahaha I am dammit, I thought it sounded weird. See, he was so bad I don’t even correctly remember his name lol.

  509. Why, because Scott, Jasmine, Matt, Jorge, and Megan are so much better than Lacey, Paige, Andrew, Katie, and Tim? I don’t really think that is true. Someone like Lilly or Alex probably wouldn’t have made it in the top 36 format either.

    Scott wasn’t a wild card choice. It was Matt and Anoop. Yes, I believe Matt and Anoop are better than all these people put together.

  510. I also see exactly happening what I predicted in my earlier post at beginning of show-Katie Stevens is the Kat Mcphee of years ago! She is a talented and attractive young women and not so “indie”,the chat lines will hate her! If only she would dye her hair pink and purple,wear clothes made of 100% cotten and that look oversized,put a tattoo on her forehand,throw in a nose ring or 2, stand and sing like a zombie and not smile -damn, she would be PERFECT! Except she can only sing, poor girl does not play any instrument. What will she do on a show considered a SINGING contest?

    Kaetlyn was a talented attractive non-indie girl that people generally liked.

    Sibohhan pretty much stands there and sings.

    Katie can sing, but she hasn’t done so particularly well since the semis. And she ain’t that cute, at least not Kat McPhee cute. So that’s not it.

    Sometimes its not a “jellus h8ter snobby elitist female” thing. The chick is underperforming IMO. YMMV.

  511. You have a point here. I don’t care for Katie at all, but my mom just loves her. She doesn’t understand what the judges want from her. “They are confusing the poor girl.” She never did get Lilly and thought what she did with Patsy Cline was awful. Simon might have been right after he told Lilly that song choice could have hurt her. I also suspect the tweens like Katie. I actually think her song choice helped her. Tweens aren’t going to get Lilly singing a Patsy Cline song.

    Yeah, speaking with coworkers, Katie seems popular with a lot of the more middle America, older audience of AI. My coworker really likes her, though I personally think she has struggled to connect with songs, find the right song, or really create a memorable performance. But I agree that that sweet, young, talented persona attracts a lot of your typical AI audience.

  512. Ahaha I am dammit, I thought it sounded weird. See, he was so bad I don’t even correctly remember his name lol.

    LOL :-)

    Though I still think even Michael was better than many of the guys this year – that’s how bad it is for me this year ;-)

    I think I’m just pissed that none of these people can stay in tune. Every other note is a bum note. Michael Sarver at least mostly stayed in tune. Crystal, Siobhan and Mike are the only ones who seem to do it consistently this year.

  513. Anyways, I am going to stand by my bottom of this year is not much worse than last year, and now here is my comparison between how I think the top 5 will end up

    Kris Siobhan- I was not an Adam fan, and I like Siobhan’s quirkyness, but I do have to admit that Adam gave more dynamic performances

    Danny Casey- I think Matt when he is on is much better than Casey, but Casey also has not had the really bad performances Matt had like Viva La Vida and You Found Me.

    I find that it is not a runaway for season 8, but I understand that if Adam or Kris was your all time favorite you might not agree with me. I do think both seasons are on the lower end of the scale though.

  514. Scott wasn’t a wild card choice. It was Matt and Anoop. Yes, I believe Matt and Anoop are better than all these people put together.

    But Scott was a Top 36 choice, who made it because of the pimping, someone like him would not have made it through the top 24 format I don’t think.

  515. Well, I think we’re both right. He was one of the most meh of the acoustic guys (not an outright trainwreck, not fantastic), so he went home. But Todrick is beside the point I think.. I’m not arguing that vote splitting is the only way people get voted off, but it is a common occurance IMO when you have a lot of people in one genre.

    I don’t happen to think they’re in one genre, though. “Guy with an acoustic guitar” isn’t a genre. Also, it’s not a singing style. At most, it’s a performance style. But it’s not usually an intentional “style” thing. It’s just a choice some singers make, a choice of accompaniment.

    But Andrew and Casey, for instance? Not the same type of singer, not the same style, not the same genre.

  516. My post above came out way messed up for some reason. Anyways, basically I said Crystal is better than Kris, Adam is better than Siobhan, Mike is better than Danny, Allison and Didi are equal, and Matt is better than Casey. I can elaborate more if people want but I don’t want to write it out again lol

  517. I don’t happen to think they’re in one genre, though. “Guy with an acoustic guitar” isn’t a genre. Also, it’s not a singing style. At most, it’s a performance style. But it’s not usually an intentional “style” thing. It’s just a choice some singers make, a choice of accompaniment.

    But Andrew and Casey, for instance? Not the same type of singer, not the same style, not the same genre.

    I agree with you, much in the same way “big voiced black diva” is not the same genre. But I do think that on this show, contestants who are similar on the surface get lumped together by the viewing audience. And a lot of these people are sitting on stools holding guitars and singing in an interpretive, non-bombastic style.

  518. I loved Lilly. I prefer authenticity and heartfelt performances over technical merit and pageantry. I also like Alex for the same reason. Alex’s voice is in a class of it’s own. Aaron and Katie aren’t pleasurable to watch or listen to. I feel like they’ve both been given way to much slack just because of their age and subsequent inexperience. This is going to be the worst Idol tour in the history of Idol tours. For once, I will not be going.

    Side note: I found Matt Giraud’s performance to be my least favorite side of him. I like that he was confident, but I don’t like it when his vocals are rushed. Too frantic for me. Loved him on Idol Tour though. He was pretty incredible. Scott…meh.

  519. What I find sad about this year is just how bad the weaker performers are. This is only my third year watching, but so far I’ve had Season 7 where I liked Cookie and Brooke (Jason grew on me after the show), and Season 8 where I liked Kris, Adam, Allison and Matt. And I watched every episode, because the rest of the top 12 were ok enough that I could stand to see them on my tv every week.

    This year I’m actually interested in the most contestants of all: Didi, Crystal, Lee, Casey, and Andrew. But Tim, Lacey, Aaron and Katie are *so* bad, that I won’t be watching except on YouTube unless something really spectacular happens to change things up.

  520. But Scott was a Top 36 choice, who made it because of the pimping, someone like him would not have made it through the top 24 format I don’t think.

    Katie and Tim have made it through 3 rounds. If they did it, Scott could have done it. He did make it to the final 8 last year. So, he made it for 5 weeks. He could have made it to the final 12 from this voting format this year.

    I agree with you, much in the same way “big voiced black diva” is not the same genre. But I do think that on this show, contestants who are similar on the surface get lumped together by the viewing audience. And a lot of these people are sitting on stools holding guitars and singing in an interpretive, non-bombastic style.

    Exactly! They are all canceling each other out. The ones staying in will have a “back story” or appeal to the tweens, conservatives, grandmas, or country music listeners. Is Tim Urban some junior youth minister or something? If he has huge religious ties, we are stuck with him for awhile.

  521. First and foremost, American Idol is a TV show. Its purpose is not to find a recording artist or international star or the best singer; its purpose is to get top ratings to pull in advertising dollars, as well as sponsors who will spend big bucks for product placement, i.e. Coca Cola, Garnier, and AT&T. They want to appeal to as many viewers as possible.
    If you believe that voting has any effect on who stays and who goes, I have some swampland in Florida I’d like to sell you. Voting merely gives the show some idea of who is popular, just like iTune sales and the comments on the AI boards.
    I knew Paige was safe. In the previous 8 seasons, there has been at the very least one female African American contestant. No way was she going home. Each top 12 features at least two African Americans, and another minority, whether that is Hispanic or Asian or Philippino or Middle Eastern. You also will find certain styles of music represented as well, i.e. the “rocker chick” “singer/songwriter” “vocal diva” and also an under 18 singer. The only remaining female contestant under 18 was Katie (17), hence she was staying, also the reason Aaron got a pass, he’s 16. Once I got a look at the demographics, I knew why Andrew was staying.
    This season is chock full of “Indie” artists, so Lily was pretty much excess, besides, her performance style is very close to Crystal’s. They have Didi and Lacey for quirky artists, and Lacey is different because, like Siobhan, the vocalist, she doesn’t play an instrument. Katelyn was excess, a vocalist who plays an instrument just like Lilly.
    They want a girl to win and so the show has stacked the top 12 with male vocalists who will struggle musically. The only one with any vocal chops whatsoever is Mike, who I believe will end up in the top four, if not three. The others are all interchangeable and none are memorable in the least.

  522. I agree with you, much in the same way “big voiced black diva” is not the same genre. But I do think that on this show, contestants who are similar on the surface get lumped together by the viewing audience. And a lot of these people are sitting on stools holding guitars and singing in an interpretive, non-bombastic style.

    Okay, tinawina, I see what you’re saying. You’re probably right.

  523. Okay, tinawina, I see what you’re saying. You’re probably right.

    Yeah, I don’t think we’re talking about anything nearly so sophisticated as “genre” here. We’re just talking about — To the casual eye, this little bunch of people kinda seem the same and are thus kinda interchangeable. It’s a tv show, after all, not a music critics’ convention.

    That was certainly the case in Season Three when Fantasia, Jennifer, and Latoya were sort of considered to be “competing divas” while Jasmine and Diana, for example, both of whom probably fit more closely with LaToya’s actual *genre* than Fantasia ever did, in my opinion, were not considered to be in that slot.

    It’s not genre so much as, At a quick glance and listen, who seems to be kind of alike. … On that basis, a country singer and a jazz singer could easily be put in the same slot if they both were, say, women with blonde hair and somewhat smaller voices who both played instruments, for example. … Notice how none of these slots ever seem to include people of both genders — and we know that the *genre* groups on the show *often* include both guys and women — but in the voting I don’t know that we *ever* say that a male and a female are in direct competition for a bloc of votes.

  524. gangreen29:
    03/12/2010 at 12:33 pm
    My post above came out way messed up for some reason. Anyways, basically I said Crystal is better than Kris, Adam is better than Siobhan, Mike is better than Danny, Allison and Didi are equal, and Matt is better than Casey. I can elaborate more if people want but I don’t want to write it out again lol

    LOL – this is why I avoided a one-to-one comparison ;-) Personally, I’d have:

    Adam vs Crystal (early front runners)
    Kris vs Siobhan (sorta dark horses)

    Agree with the other two comparisons – but I’d have Allison is LEAGUES above Didi (vocals aren’t even in the same class, based on how iffy Didi tends to be).

    But, for the others, I won’t even offer comparisons, because it’s all a matter of taste. I’d personally have Adam and Kris above Crystal and Siobhan, but I’m sure many people would say the opposite, based on preference.

  525. First and foremost, American Idol is a TV show. Its purpose is not to find a recording artist or international star or the best singer; its purpose is to get top ratings to pull in advertising dollars, as well as sponsors who will spend big bucks for product placement, i.e. Coca Cola, Garnier, and AT&T.

    Except for the fact that Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment who has a very vested interest in recording artists beyond Idol.

  526. Yeah, I don’t think we’re talking about anything nearly so sophisticated as “genre” here. We’re just talking about — To the casual eye, this little bunch of people kinda seem the same and are thus kinda interchangeable. It’s a tv show, after all, not a music critics’ convention.

    Just to be clear, here, tinawina originally said the guys were all in the same genre. I said acoustic guitar playing isn’t a genre. You adressed your comment to me as if I was the one claiming it’s a genre. (Confused.)

    Notice how none of these slots ever seem to include people of both genders — and we know that the *genre* groups on the show *often* include both guys and women — but in the voting I don’t know that we *ever* say that a male and a female are in direct competition for a bloc of votes

    .

    I don’t know. You’re right up to a point, but I’m pretty sure last season a lot of people said Adam amd Allison were in direct competition for the “rock vote.” Maybe I’m mistaken but I seem to remember that.

  527. Just to be clear, here, tinawina originally said the guys were all in the same genre. I said acoustic guitar playing isn’t a genre. You adressed your comment to me as if I was the one claiming it’s a genre. (Confused.)

    Sorry, ross. I knew that! I wasn’t so much “addressing” as just musing, taking off from where you left the thought, sort of. Confusing! — which is why you were confused!

    And I guess I did hear the Adam/Allison thing said once or twice. But I don’t think it ever became much of a theme with anybody — just as two country people or R&B people or other rock people have seldom been said to be rivals when one’s male and one’s female, as I recall anyway… Like, I can’t remember anybody ever talking about Amanda Overmeyer and Carly Smithson (at least a rock aspirant, despite having put out a pop album) having to split their votes with David Cook, for example. As if “female rocker” is one genre and “male rocker” is another. When actually they’re more like tv voting categories.

  528. Like, I can’t remember anybody ever talking about Amanda Overmeyer and Carly Smithson (at least a rock aspirant, despite having put out a pop album) having to split their votes with David Cook, for example. As if “female rocker” is one genre and “male rocker” is another. When actually they’re more like tv voting categories.

    Oh, yeah, that’s definitely a good point, and I agree.

  529. #

    First and foremost, American Idol is a TV show. Its purpose is not to find a recording artist or international star or the best singer; its purpose is to get top ratings to pull in advertising dollars, as well as sponsors who will spend big bucks for product placement, i.e. Coca Cola, Garnier, and AT&T.

    Except for the fact that Idol is