American Idol 9 – Top 20 Results – VIDEO


The right people went home tonight, except for John Parks, whose sing-out was way looser and more emotional than Tuesday night. A week or two more, and he might have come into his own. He’s a better vocalist than  than Tim Urban, who hasn’t had a decent performance yet.

Michelle Delamore is a talented singer, but she picked a really weird song. Creed? Really? She needed to nail it, and she didn’t. Total, LOL to Simon and Kara backtracking on their praise for Michelle after the fact.

Thank jeebus America had the good sense not to vote Haeley Vaughn through to another week. She’s a spirited girl, but c’mon. She’s also tone deaf. It would have been cruel to prolong her run.

And finally Jermaine Sellers. Bye dude! Looks like GOD had other plans for you! Now take your onsies and your  annoying, over-singing self somewhere else.

Looking at the list of remaining girls, it’s remarkable how similar they are.  It’s a quirk-fest people!  There’s going to be a lot of cannibalistic vote splitting next week. I’m done picking Paige Miles in the pool for now. Say hello to your Season 9 Top 12 R&B diva peeps!

Lacey Brown and Didi Benami both need to step it up next week, or they’ll be walking off the Idol set together next week. Actually, I think it’s inevitable for Lacey.  I’d love for one of them to spoil the little pageant bot, Katie Stevens, chance at the Top 12. An Idol blogger can dream… Siobhan Magnus might be smart to stick to big songs for now while the singer/songwriter types duke it out for a spot.

On the guys side, Andrew Garcia and Casey James are shoe-ins for the Top 12.  If  Alex Lambert does next week what he did this week, he’ll earn a spot too.  If all were right with the world, Tim Urban will be saying bye-bye next week. But I don’t kn0w–he seems to have some weird momentum at the moment.  Todrick Hall will be headed back to munchkin land if he doesn’t make drastic changes to his strategy.  If  Lee Dewyze doesn’t ditch the nerves, and the the judges stop pimping him, he could be in danger. Are people voting for Aaron Kelly? It’s hard to tell. He might be splitting votes from younger viewers with Tim and Alex.  If Tim and Alex are safe next week, we might be saying goodby to Aaron.  Big Mike Lynche needs another good performance next week to secure a spot in the Top 12.

Eliminated tonight: John Park, Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamore, Haeley Vaughn

  • Danny Gokey – “My Best Days (Are Ahead of Me) – VIDEO
  • Group Number – “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas – VIDEO

Live blogging the American Idol Results tonight. Tonight, Danny Gokey performs his single, “My Best Days (Are Ahead of Me)

Live blog after the JUMP…

27 million votes came in this week.

Simon reveals that he gave compliments to a contestant who sounded terrible when he watched it back on television. (eta: Simon was covering his butt re: Michelle)

Tonight’s cheesy lip-synced pointy pose: “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Tonight’s choreography = awesome chaos!

Elimination time. Starting with the guys:

Tim stands up…Tim is SAFE. Todrick is next…Ryan asks him to stay standing. Michael stands up…he is safe. Casey is next…he is safe…John is next…he stands with Todrick. Randy says that both of them “lost the plot.” John Park is eliminated. Toddrick Hall is safe.

John sings “Gravity.” Singout is better than last night’s performance… – VIDEO

Lee stands up…Lee is safe. Aaron is next…he is safe. Alex is next… Andrew and Jermaine are left. Are they kidding? Of course Andrew is safe. Or he better be. Ellen is sad. She says every Thursday gets harder and harder. OMG I’m raking in the points! 2 for 2.

Oh Jermaine STFU you are sooo annoying. He sings out for the last time. Hooray. – VIDEO

Danny Gokey takes the stage to sing “My Best Days (Are Ahead of Me). Danny is doing a great job. Danny met Ellen for the first time tonight, since he didn’t get to do her show. Third place finishers really get screwed on their post-idol tour. Danny explains how he ended up becoming a country artist. Danny can’t stop talking. Ryan can’t can’t get a word in edgewise. His tour opening for Sugarland begins soon.

Back to the eliminations. Girls’ turn. Paige is next…she is safe. Katie is next…she is safe. Dide and Michelle are left. Kara says Michelle’s performance was pitchy, and thinks she’s going home. Didi is safe. Michelle Delamore goes home. Michelle says she may tried to do out. She sings out with “Arms Wide Open” (that song choice was part of the problem). Ooh Michelle, super pitchy tonight! – VIDEO

Katelyn stands up…she is safe. Crystal is next…she is safe. Siobhan is next…she is safe. Haeley and Lacey are left… Simon thinks one of them deserves another chance. Simon says it’s obvious who is going home. Haeley is eliminated. Totally got the girls wrong! But Haeley had to go. Oh dear god, they are going to make her sing again.

Katie is crying. She and Haeley must be friends. Oh God. Haeley is singing out. Please. Make. It. Stop. Yes it’s possible–her singout is worse than last night. – VIDEO

Safe:

Tim Urban
Michael Lynche
Casey James
Todrick Hall
Lee Dewyze
Aaron Kelly
Alex Lambert
Andrew Garcia
Lilly Scott
Paige Miles
Katie Stevens
Didi Benami
Katelyn Epperly
Crystal Bowersox
Siobhan Magnus
Lacey Brown

Eliminated

John Park
Jermaine Sellers
Michelle Delamore
Haeley Vaughn

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470 Comments

  1. THIS IS SO FUNNY. I can’t remember a group number this badly lip-synched.

  2. Loving the idols doing BEP! They are sooo cute. And you know they feel so cool doing it – well except for Crystal.

  3. THIS IS SO FUNNY. I can’t remember a group number this badly lip-synched.

    All my audio, judges and Ryan included, wasn’t synced with the picture…did other people have this too?

  4. I don’t know why I get so much joy from this show but I do! ha.

  5. I wonder if Simon’s coment means there is a surprise tonight, I’m kind of worried for Lilly.

  6. so far as I expected…and based on the seating arrangement I’m guessing the second guy out will be Jermaine and it’s between Todrick and John for the first one out

  7. I want Toddrick gone sooo bad I keep waisting my points on him – darn!

  8. I was hoping John Park would do better, but he has had one really bad week and a so-so week. Not a good track record.

  9. I bet Jermaine Sellers is toast. His back talk might have turned many people off.

  10. John has a great voice, too bad he never picked the right song to showcase it. It is a damn shame that he lost out to Tim Urban.

  11. John did sing better tonight. But hurray for my 5 pool points, lol. Anyway I miss the idols singing the group numbers not lip-synching. I want to hear them forgetting the words or not harmonizing correctly and sounding like ass together. DAng it! Why they have to ruin all the fun. It was still cute though.

  12. No surprise on John, Todrick is toast anyway next week.

    I’m not so sure about that. Now I’m beginning to think that he just might make Top 12.

  13. Simon reveals that he gave compliments to a contestant who sounded terrible when he watched it back on television. (Tim Urban?)

    Except didn’t Simon and Ryan say it was someone from last night? I thought they were referring to a girl. There weren’t too many compliments handed out by Simon to the guys. . .

  14. Yay I got TWO right! They haven’t even said it was Jermaine yet, but c’mon, it’s NOT Andrew!

  15. I hate having the families there and having to watch their uncomfortableness. Hate it.

  16. I only had 3 on Jermaine, I was split between him and Tim. But already 7 points which is better than 5 last week!

  17. I really wish Ryan would make it clear if the last two standing are the two bottom vote-getters. He never says that, but it’s implied.

  18. Who Hoo Five more points and ya, hes gone. I’m sad for him tho.

  19. 9 points for me! I felt bad about John but not about Jermaine, he seems like such a jerk and he was awful.

  20. Finally 5 points for me – glad jermaine is gone – couldn’t stand him.

  21. For someone who has been branded an arrogant diva, Jermaine’s exit was very gracious and classy.

  22. Mj thanks for the pool!!!!!! 10 points for me! But I’m sad for both of them.

  23. shell29:
    03/04/2010 at 8:26 pm
    For someone who has been branded an arrogant diva, Jermaine’s exit was very gracious and classy.

    Yep.

  24. I fear they are going to put Lilly in the B4 and Simon is going to tell that it’s her he was talking about. I just hope she will not be eliminated.

  25. I think Simon was talking about Michelle or Siobhan at the beginning.

  26. Very predictable so far. Johns swan song was one of the better ones at this point the competition. Still don’t think he was top 6 though. John was the 7th best guy imo.

  27. I doubt Andrew was in the bottom 4.

    The confusing thing is Ryan asks the judges “Are you surprised to see these two standing here,” which definitely implies they are the bottom two, but he never SAYS they’re the bottom two. Very confusing and unfair if they aren’t.

  28. It would be a shame for Lilly to get the boot. She is good. She is needed in the competition.

  29. If Jermaine had acted more like that the whole time, it’d been Todrick going home over him tonight.

  30. I didn’t think Lilly’s performance was as fabulous as the judges made it out to be. I don’t think she’s going home though.

  31. I agree shell29

    I’M VERY PISSED ABOUT JOHN LEAVING!!!!!! h had potential!!! So much for SAVE THE ASIAN!!! D:
    ameruca’s racist and homophobic!!!! (J/K!!!)
    but I’m pissed

    I’m meh on Jermaine leaving-good exit

    My mom btw thinks thi season sucks.I think it’s bad to ok

    that was te worst group song ever LOL

    if didi leaves,I will die

  32. I think I will probably get the girls wrong since they have Michelle sitting next to Lacey and I had both of them going. Only one of them are going, dang it. Anyway 10 points so far, plus the bonus points for the guys. :) Much better this week. I will miss Jermaine’s attitude, ok maybe just a tad.

  33. damn, i didn’t get my picks in in time. next week it’s any combination of tim, todrick, aaron.

  34. Jermaine was praying to the wrong God. He should’ve prayed to Satan if he wanted to still be in the game.

    :)

  35. Was Danny’s hair always that color? I don’t remember it being that dark.

  36. Danny trying to affect a slight country twang when he sings is slightly offputting…He sucks.

  37. Danny owns this season’s guys. I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing.

  38. See fans of other Idols can admit when other Idols do well. Danny is showing them up!

  39. My conspiracy theory is that Andrew wasn’t in the bottom two, but TPTB want us to THINK he’s in danger to rally votes behind him. His support is probably slipping and he’s one of the producers’ favorites.

  40. I know they haven’t performed yet but I predict Todrick Hall & Tim Urban will be gone next week. Tonight was definitely not a shock so far.

  41. Danny’s doing a good job of pimping out his album! I think that prediction should go up!

  42. ok, no…his interview is still as affected as ever. Somebody STOP him…

  43. Holy crap my network went out during the beginning of Danny’s performance. hahahhahah

  44. To me, Danny just comes off like such a player… sad story but I can still sing a happy song…

  45. I don’t get why Gokey bothers so many people. Is it just because his backstory got pimped?

  46. why the hell is danny gokey talking about his wife again??? wow i thought that was over..thats just sad danny. and why is he lying about country music influencing him??? he had never even heard of the freaking GRAND OLE OPRY-THAT IS THE BIGGEST STAGE IN THAT GENRE..lol whats even more ironic is that hes performing there this week lol, and dirrahea of the mouth much?? geezzz the song sucks too lol…..im sorry for the rant but JUST STOP TALKING ABOUT THE DEAD WIFE

  47. Go on Danny, that’s how you sell it! :)

    I have to admit I wasn’t completely sold on Danny going country, but I think this is going to work out for him in a big way. Loved him tonight!

  48. Good god, Gokey, shut the hell up! Another mediocre, out-of-tune, out-of-breath performance, followed by diarrhea of the mouth. Go away please.

  49. Wow! Danny sounded fantastic and looked so happy! I was going to pick his CD up at Target today – may go after the show!!!!!

  50. Holy crap my network went out during the beginning of Danny’s performance.

    Is it back on now? :-)

  51. I thought that Danny did a good job tonight. I enjoyed his enthusiasm, he seems pretty happy with the way things are going right now and I am happy for him. :)

  52. I don’t get why Gokey bothers so many people. Is it just because his backstory got pimped?

    Something about him seems so sleazy… and I know it isn’t fair to judge him by his personality but I will never shake the used car salesman vibe of him.

  53. I was under the impression that Danny went country because he really, really, really, really wanted a record deal.

  54. Danny won’t shut up :)

    I hate the song even though I own it (don’t ask)

    but it was good to see him agin without hate

    good job Danny

    great to see you again

    Good luck on the tour

  55. I think Danny did a good job. I was kind of disappointed he went country at first. I hope it works out for him.

  56. Praise God! Jermaine is gone. John is no surprise, he simply had no impact. Too bad. Girls up next…

  57. I was under the impression that Danny went country because he really, really, really, really wanted a record deal.

    Yep

  58. I really doubt there is going to be a stampede to get to Danny’s album, after that performance.

  59. I’m worried about Didi – she needs to stay!!!!

    ETA: yes – she’s safe!!!

  60. Danny won’t shut up

    Lol. Yeah, I think Danny seemed a little nervous, and couldn’t stop talking. He sounded great, though. :)

  61. I know they haven’t performed yet but I predict Todrick Hall & Tim Urban will be gone next week. Tonight was definitely not a shock so far.

    My teenage son has a Facebook with quite a few girls as friends. I check his page out occasionally and I can guarantee you that Tim Urban is NOT going home next week. :-)

  62. Glad they rectified Michelle, I really didn’t know what they were talking about.

    So Lacey is going home? Maybee Haeley but between the two I think it’s Lacey.

  63. Lol. Yeah, I think Danny seemed a little nervous, and couldn’t stop talking. He sounded great, though

    Hey, being nervous happens. I’ll be sure and check out the mvid of his performance.

    And good, Michelle is out.

  64. Futur AI contestants, please learn from Michelle: No more Creed song on the show please.

  65. aagh I wanted Didi or Paige to be gone! (sorry to there fans) *sigh* :(

  66. Hey, all you Danny Gokey fans can celebrate. :) Danny did great and even though he couldn’t shut up, you could see it was because he was so excited and happy to be where he was. This should definitely get a lot of people that were rooting for him last year to go look for his album.

    I’m not one of them and winced while he talked about how country music influenced him when he was younger…cause I remember all the interviews he did where he said country wasn’t him at all. I would have preferred him to discuss having a change of heart once he really started listening to it than say this stuff. But, whatever. I know it won’t matter to those that loved him to begin with.

    Either way, it’s good to see him happy….but the dude needs to lose the stache.

  67. I found myself hoping that Didi went home tonight (although Michelle is no big loss). She’s just a poor man’s Brooke White to me.

  68. So happy for Lilly and Didi stay, I really like them!

    Michelle Delamore is gone, 3 more points.

  69. Danny now has 6696 people on his official site. :) This is the most people he’s ever had on his site. I hadn’t seen more than 600 people on his site. Hopefully at least some of these people will buy his album.

  70. Dang, i should no better then to actually pick the singers I think suck.

  71. Jx223:
    03/04/2010 at 8:49 pm
    Danny now has 6696 people on his official site. This is the most people he’s ever had on his site. I hadn’t seen more than 600 people on his site. Hopefully at least some of these people will buy his album.

    Like.

  72. Michelle gone. Well, so much for females with an R&B vibe. Not that they were great and I’m glad Didi is safe, but I do like R&B women (guys, not so much.)

  73. lol I thought Jermaine Sellers knew god ha! Glad he’s going home tonight.

  74. SHOCKER! I did NOT think it was Haeley, I picked Lacey, and I’m sure that’s who Simon thought was “obviously” going.

    What was the stage manager screaming about?

  75. Really sad when your musical genre choice is so WTF that you have to give a rambling explanation. Clearly, despite it all, Danny hasn’t improved his social skills too much. He still doesn’t know when to shut up and let other people speak.

  76. Poor Haeley has to sing after the video clip. I don’t know how they do it.

  77. Wow, 3 African-Americans and an Asian-American, hmmm, just sayin..

  78. Haeley is a sweetheart, so sad for her but the good news I love this pool and I won my 5 points :)

  79. Glad Didi is back again, thought she was better than judges said. Sorry to see Michelle going. She’s beautiful but was just not great this week and singing any Creed song is epic FAIL.

    Haeley just lacked experience couldn’t find her key tonight.

  80. 16 is so young to be dealing with the pressure of this show. Even though some young folks have done well (Allison, David A.), I think 16 is just too young for all this criticism and pressure.

  81. Aw I know Haeley isn’t that good but she’s so sweet i feel sad for her :'(

  82. THe message of the song seems fitting. PLease let Katie or someone help her sing it. Katie seems to know the words better…

  83. So much for the power of Vote for the Worst!!! HAHAHA! They have to make a new pick!!! That makes me happy.

  84. Man! I was sure Haeley had another week left in her. Glad she’s gone, though. I didn’t get the points for her, but not hearing her sing again will be a nice consolation prize. Hope Lacey does better next week, she’s really disappointed me. Thought her audition and her song during Hollywood week were great.

  85. All deserved to go home. No surprises. Yay we dont have to listen to Jermaine’s babble and Haeley’s awful singing…

  86. Fudge!!!!!!!!!!! For real Haeley is gone…Dang it! Ok 3 out of 4 isn’t too bad. I feel bad for Haeley though, she got everyone emotional. I can see that the contestants really loved her.

  87. Whew. I’m glad I hedged my bets and put 2 pts on Haeley in the pool. 12 points is a big improvement over last week.

    Now if Todrick and Tim go next week, along with Lacey and DiDi, I’ll be pleased with the Top 12 overall.

  88. Well, that was about right, for me. Going to go see how I fared in the pool. I forget how I divvied up my points.

  89. seriously:
    03/04/2010 at 8:39 pm
    I don’t get why Gokey bothers so many people. Is it just because his backstory got pimped?

    I may be off-base here, but I think it was more because of the way it appeared that he milked it, at that time. It’s unfortunate.

  90. Awwwww. Haeley. :( I’ll admit it. I kinda wanted her to stick around for another week. She’s a sweetie. But, she was definitely in over her head. Won’t really miss the other three, though. Especially Jermaine. He had become intolerable. And John and Michelle were just way too dull.

  91. Wow, 3 African-Americans and an Asian-American, hmmm, just sayin..

    Saying what? Three African Americans and a Hispanic American made it through. The people who left tonight sucked on Tuesday and Wednesday. No conspiracy and no racism.

  92. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Haeley. She has a great personality but in the end it’s about singing. It really would be better to not make the eliminated contestants sing. I don’t think it’s fair to put them through that after they have just been sent home.

  93. Haeley’s performance was even worse than last night’s. But I can’t even blame her. The judges put her through prematurely.

    Haeley was kinda sad? I guess? Did this whole experience even phase her? Seriously, I’m sorry Angela Martin. I’m sorry.

    http://www.myrealitybit.com/
    (American Idol recaps)

  94. It’s a little mean but I’m much more excited for next week now that I don’t have to listen to Jermaine and Haeley.

  95. along with Lacey and DiDi,

    No no, not Didi!

    Haeley’s sing-out was painful for my ears – at least we wib’t have another Megan joy situation.

  96. I am guessing it is the year when the black diva dies officially. I can’t believe I have to put all faith in Paige to get better and live up to Simon’s complement. Paige you better hit out park next week crack the top 12 or the black diva things dies officially for these season. and Michael and Todrick you guys need to represent because now it just looks like a battle between the arranging and instruments and i just feels if I assumed how the top 12 is going to be formed it will lack musical diversity. I thought the most diverse season was season 7 and that was a spectacular season. Guess I had hopes this season. I just sad right now. Maybe when the top 12 performs I be much happier and change my mind. If I can declare a winner right now it either be Crystal/Andrew/Lily

  97. racist america, that’s all I can say.

    So 2 blacks an asian and a hispanic left. So what? There’s a hispanic and blacks left. So I guess minorities can’t be eliminated even if they suck or America is racist. Thanks for the heads up.

  98. Wow, 3 African-Americans and an Asian-American, hmmm, just sayin..

    Yeah, an all minority bottom four. Not entirely surprising to me when I consider the viewership of this show, but it really was Haeley’s time to go (and I think an average performance + lack of pre-semis pimpage spelled doom for Michelle). John was so dull it didn’t even move me to bother voting to save him this week (and I liked John). I guess the viewers felt the same way.

    Wait, so who did Simon think was obviously leaving? Lacey?

    That’s what I think (and I thought it would be her too).

  99. Well, I got 14 points…I got the boys completely right and the girls completely wrong!! I also got 4 bonus points!! Yeah me!! :)But, I was glad to see (OMG!!!) Haeley…I just could not stand to listen to hear her sing!! Oh well!!

    My son is totally gloating though…he got all four right!!! I think I may have to see who he is betting on and copy….of course, this was only his first week!! :)

  100. Totally called it on Michelle. She was too pageant last week. And her fashion sense couldn’t save her, particularly when she is so emaciated. There was no sense of artistry or real musicianship about her. I don’t know what she could have done to save herself, but Creed wasn’t it. There were certainly worse performances from other girls last night, but I don’t believe she could have done much that would get her to the top ten. Thank the Lord (!) Jermaine and Haeley are gone. Perhaps that seems mean, particularly as to poor, too-inexperienced Haeley, but Jermaine was getting increasingly more obnoxious every week and Haeley more off key. It was getting hard to take. Poor John Parks. I had high hopes for him, but two weeks in a row he dashed them by boring me terribly.

  101. Well, got 3 out of 4 and the bonus questions right! Not so bad.

    I’m really starting to dislike Lacey for some reason. I just know she doesn’t deserve a spot on the Top 12, all of the other girls have had better performances.

  102. here is the prediction going home for next week: Michael, Todrick or Andrew, Paige. watch out for all white top 10!

  103. I thought it was very obvious Simon was talking about Haeley.

    Not me, I thought he meant Lacey. But who knows? I think he probably thought Haeley had more of a (tween) fanbase than Lacey, I know I did.

  104. I feel that everyone eliminated tonight deserved to go. I couldn’t see any of them being a viable recording artist.

  105. America (or Frau as vftw says) don’t really like ethnic people at all.I’m not saying america’s racist,because I don’t think this is because of racism,just an observation
    leave right now is still th worst boot song ever

    MY OPINIONS
    John Park-IM PISSED-I wanted him to stayyyyy.no Asians anymore!!! D:
    Jermaine Sellers-I changed my mind,I’m a little sad.He ha a personality,and he’s interesting.
    Michelle Delamor-I <3 Her,Im REALLY PISSED she's leaving
    Haeley Vaughn-Lacey looks like she should be named Haley.Anyway,I'm REALLY MAD.I LOVED her performance last night and she's so bubbly an dswert.and it's not torture when she sings.So UPSETTING.

    At least thank god,didi's safe!!!!!!!!

    But,because of the results.I'm very pissed OFF!!!! this just ruined my day…

    eta-LMAO.btw my mom was wondering when haeley was singing the climb why she wasn't doing the creepy Han stretching thing Miley does ROFL

  106. racist america, that’s all I can say.

    i don’t think it was an unfair elimination. If America wasn’t racist in seasons 2 and 3 when Ruben and Fantasia won, i don’t think it has changed since

  107. If America is so racist why would have African Americans won two years in a row? Plus Jordin Sparks and even Obama is bi-racial. So if America is racist that wouldn’t have happened.

    ETA: Mtlfan beat me to it.

  108. I remember all the interviews he did where he said country wasn’t him at all.

    Well, actually he never said this. That was Michael Sarver. But anyway, that’s okay. Thanks for the well wishes. :)

  109. Not me, I thought he meant Lacey. But who knows? I think he probably thought Haeley had more of a (tween) fanbase than Lacey, I know I did.

    Haeley was awful though. Much more so than Lacey. Too be fair, I thought Lacey would have been gone first over Michelle.

  110. OK, I need some hands raised on this one: who thinks they screwed up this year by insisting on a lot of very young women, including Haeley and Paige?

    I’m wondering if the fact that most of the girls were kinda ok (tho maybe not all special), then blew it as soon as they hit the stage to sing with the band has to do with their lack of inexperience, even on the most basic level of playing bars, open mikes, small clubs, even dances?

    I mean, Haeley was absolutely terrible, unlistenable. Are the judges so tone deaf that this wasn’t clear before? Or are they just “casting” young, because they feel that older, more poised and assured female contestants of the past — ie, Melinda, LaKisha, Carly Smithson — can’t be as popular as as “good investments” as the teenies, like Jordin? That, god help us, in the pop world of today they’re already OLD.

    How about some other explanations? I’m wracking my brain…..

  111. Before Danny performed there were 200 people on his official website. After the show, there are 8,732 people visiting. Danny did a great job singing and promoting his album. He’s no dummy – he knows exactly what he is doing. I love his enthusiasm and his voice – he makes me smile.

  112. A little sad to see Michelle go, but I wondered if that was who Simon was referring to from last night. He just can’t be wrong can he? LOL. I was hopeful on Todrick…

    I have no problem seeing Jermaine leave, at. all. at. all.

    I was actually a little touched by Haeley’s sing-off, the lyrics and all, y’know. ;)

    It seems this group has really bonded.

    ETA; Danny made me smile. I can’t believe that I kinda forgot how he can go on and on…:D

  113. i don’t think it was an unfair elimination. If America wasn’t racist in seasons 2 and 3 when Ruben and Fantasia won, i don’t think it has changed since

    I am not about to claim racism at all, but the viewing audience has certainly changed since season 3..

  114. So next week we get the top 12. Is this when they move into the mansion and start doing the commericals? I don’t get why they just don’t let top 12 tour, because really being top 12 isn’t that great if you can’t tour. I don’t get it.

  115. I was surprised that Hayley left tonight, I thought that she was one of the worst last night and last week, but I thought the viewers would leave her around at least a little longer. But I do believe that she should have went home.

    Also I saw that there are now over 10,000 people on Danny’s official website. I am glad to see that and hope that will definitely translate into some sales for him. :)

  116. OK, I need some hands raised on this one: who thinks they screwed up this year by insisting on a lot of very young women, including Haeley and Paige?

    Paige is actually 24.

  117. OK, I need some hands raised on this one: who thinks they screwed up this year by insisting on a lot of very young women, including Haeley and Paige?

    Paige is great, and also she is 24. Are you thinking of Katie?

  118. As far as accusations of racism go, I think it’d be more fair to level them at the judges/producers for the people went through. If say, Angela Martin had been put through rather then Haeley, I don’t think she would’ve been eliminated.

    There was something in a recent Idolatry about how Idol seems to have trouble with casting black males who are really viable contenders for the win. It’s strange, doesn’t the show have a huge African-American audience?

  119. mj, I’m glad you thought Danny did a great job. Thanks! I did too, and I thought it was cute how excited he was. He is such a sweet guy.

    Over 10,000 people on his site now.

  120. I’m racist against bad singers in a singing competition. I admit it!

  121. …crap, i forgot to register my choices in the pool.. oh well..

    John Park: Tim Urban should have gone before him. that’s all

    Michelle Delamor: Lacey should have gone before her

    Jermaine Sellers: He has certainly a good voice but it’s the kind of singing that I find annoying and the “not too good at times” runs were irritating to me. I agree with the elimination

    Haeley Vaughn: Good elimination. She’s a sweetheart but not ready for this competition

  122. There was something in a recent Idolatry about how Idol seems to have trouble with casting black males who are really viable contenders for the win. It’s strange, doesn’t the show have a huge African-American audience?

    No actually, not anymore. The African American audience has been rapidly declining since season 5.

  123. Paige you better hit out park next week crack the top 12 or the black diva things dies officially for these season.

    But Paige is not a diva (in my opinion). Not even close. “Diva” does not always equal “Black female singer” (although that’s seems to be the case when it comes to this show).

    here is the prediction going home for next week: Michael, Todrick or Andrew, Paige. watch out for all white top 10!

    Nah, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a lily white Top 12 for season nine. I was dead wrong about Haeley, but I think the jig is up for Tim Urban next week (pleease??) I think Mike and Andrew will make Top 12. I’m hoping this little bottom two scare will get Andrew to step his game up.

  124. I thought Danny was cute and did a good job. I don’t know if he wanted to do country music, but if a great opportunity presented itself I think most people would jump on it. I think he will be great at country music and he’s right – it’s about telling stories.

    I did cringe and notice the ethnic make-up of the eliminated contestants. However, they were some of the weakest. I am curious as to who Simon was referring to.

  125. UM,wasn’t there only one person tht thought racism was going on? So why the uproar…..?

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion ymmv etc ……

  126. Man, I really am doing so poorly with my picks! I just cannot remember a season that was this bad….there have alwys been a few by now that have really shown potential. I love Crystal, she is my fav!

    I am glad Danny got his chance tonight on Idol…..but once again he had to state his story and the inspirational thingy again. Humble Danny is not….I am big into believing in yourself but there is a less offensive way to promote yourself. Man I am sorry to say he does irritate me. JMHO…..

  127. I do think Tim is going to take 1 guys spot who should be in the Top6. It really could be any of the guys going home next week at this point.

  128. I don’t get why they just don’t let top 12 tour, because really being top 12 isn’t that great if you can’t tour. I don’t get it.

    Because they’re cheap, that’s why! Why pay the bottom two in the Top 12 when they most likely aren’t going to sell any tickets? And the concert would be way too long if it had 12 sets.

  129. Thanks! I did too, and I thought it was cute how excited he was. He is such a sweet guy

    I agree Josie. I thought that it was very cute how excited Danny was. I think that he’s very happy with how things are now, and happy to see where his music career is going. I think that he’s a very sweet guy too. :)

    I love seeing all those people on his official website right now.

  130. Can anyone explain to me how voters can keep Paige over Michelle??? Granted, Michelle picked a weird song choice, Creed??!! but neither did Paige pick the right song! I was in the kitchen when Paige was singing! And i do think at least Michelle has the package, looks, presence…compared to Paige.

    What’s going on?? The only thing right tonight was Jermaine and Haeley IMO…

  131. Nah, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a lily white Top 12 for season nine. I was dead wrong about Haeley, but I think the jig is up for Tim Urban next week (pleease??) I think Mike and Andrew will make Top 12. I’m hoping this little bottom two scare will get Andrew to step his game up.

    Yeah, Big Mike is going through to the top 12. Andrew too if he doesn’t screw it up next week.

    I bet Todrick makes it too.

  132. The best performance of the night actually belonged to Danny Gokey. Really reminded me what a great voice this guy has as well as his stage presence. Just went and ordered his CD.

  133. Can anyone explain to me how voters can keep Paige over Michelle??? Granted, Michelle picked a weird song choice, Creed??!! but neither did Paige pick the right song! I was in the kitchen when Paige was singing! And i do think at least Michelle has the package, looks, presence…compared to Paige.

    Paige is the best female vocalist the show has had since Carrie Underwood.

  134. Danny was good tonight and did well to promote himself. But it was a bit too much to ask for an invite on the Ellen show, isn’t it? He’s not my type of artist but I still like him with all his imperfections because he’s a good guy and I like his drive in life

  135. Because they’re cheap, that’s why! Why pay the bottom two in the Top 12 when they most likely aren’t going to sell any tickets? And the concert would be way too long if it had 12 sets.

    But then what is so great about making it to top 12. Seems like getting to top 10 would be the goal.

  136. But then what is so great about making it to top 12. Seems like getting to top 10 would be the goal.

    I don’t even understand why they have a top 12. It should be a top 10.

  137. For me, Danny succeeded where Allison and Kris did not last week. He brought needed energy to the show. For that, he deserves my purchase of his CD.

  138. But then what is so great about making it to top 12. Seems like getting to top 10 would be the goal.

    Well, Top 12 gets to go to the big theater. They get stylists and hair dressers. New round of PR. Get to be called “finalists”.

    Maybe they get paid more too? I don’t know.

    But that’s about it.

  139. Tim’s not going anywhere. I think he might even make it on tour.

  140. I’m hoping this little bottom two scare will get Andrew to step his game up.

    As I said earlier, I wouldn’t make the assumption that Andrew was in the bottom two, even though it was implied. They have never said the last two standing are the bottom two, and I believe it’s because they aren’t. Last week Didi was one of the last two standing, and I don’t think she was in the bottom two either.

  141. Top six guys…

    Casey
    Lee
    Andrew
    Alex
    Michael
    Tim

    Top 6 girls

    Crystal
    Didi
    Lilly
    Paige
    Katie
    Siobhan…though I would rather have Katelyn

    I hope the finale is Casey and Crystal with Lee coming in third.

  142. I was actually very happy Paige stuck around. No, her song choices haven’t been spectacular, but she has a damn good voice. Yes, better than Michelle and Haeley. She deserves another week or two to find her way.

  143. Well, Top 12 gets to go to the big theater. They get stylists and hair dressers. New round of PR. Get to be called “finalists”.

    Maybe they get paid more too? I don’t know.

    But that’s about it.

    I guess that makes sense. But I don’t get why they just don’t go for a top 10 or let the top 12 tour. Seems kind of strange. I wonder about this every season. I guess getting to be called a “finalist” is pretty cool for the contestants.

  144. Just when enough time passes that I start to soften on Gokey, he goes and veers back into clueless dolt territory. Geez dude, learn when to shut up. We know your wife died and I’m sure people could figure out for themselves what the song was about just by listening to it. Stop beating people over the head, moron. And maybe lay off the caffeine. Or the cocaine. Whatever it was that had you talking a mile a minute.

  145. I thought it was cute when Danny told Ellen he wanted to dance on her show. He did get screwed last year by not getting to perform on her show like everyone else after they were eliminated. Danny is Danny – either you like him or you don’t. As one of him band members said the other day when Danny performed spontaneously in a resturant for a women’s basketball team, he is BOLD. He has a zest for life and he gets very excited – his fans love that about him.

  146. For me, Danny succeeded where Allison and Kris did not last week. He brought needed energy to the show.

    Mitchell, Danny sang an up-tempo song. By definition, it got to be higher energy.

  147. I was actually very happy Paige stuck around. No, her song choices haven’t been spectacular, but she has a damn good voice. Yes, better than Michelle and Haeley. She deserves another week or two to find her way.

    They need to let us know who she is a little more. She’s pretty with a great voice, but I feel like I haven’t seen enough of her personality.

  148. Paige is the best female vocalist the show has had since Carrie Underwood.

    Whoa!! gangreen29 I assume you have some basis for saying that other than what we’ve seen on our TV’s. Paige got ZERO airtime before semifinals, and she has been completely underwhelming the last two weeks IMO.

    ETA: But I do recall one of her interview packages briefly showing one of her Hollywood Week performances, and yes, she was quite good, MUCH better than we’ve seen on the live shows.

  149. Danny can sing, but geez, I just can’t get past the overbearing personality. I had forgotten, but tonite, it all came rushing back.

  150. *

    Whoa!! gangreen29 I assume you have some basis for saying that other than what we’ve seen on our TV’s. Paige got ZERO airtime before semifinals, and she has been completely underwhelming the last two weeks IMO.

    Nope, just going by the last two performances. Her first performance reminded me of Allison, but even better, and this last time I thought she sang better than I have seen Kelly sing that song, but as always just my opinion.

  151. Stop beating people over the head, moron. And maybe lay off the caffeine. Or the cocaine. Whatever it was that had you talking a mile a minute.

    Well that made me laugh! Because I talk fast and so does my step sister. And when we get together and start going off, our parents just shake their heads in wonderment.

    But yeah, it probably does not translate well on t.v. So I get what you are saying! lol.

  152. Top six guys…

    Casey
    Lee
    Andrew
    Alex
    Michael
    Tim

    Top 6 girls

    Crystal
    Didi
    Lilly
    Paige
    Katie
    Siobhan…though I would rather have Katelyn

    I hope the finale is Casey and Crystal with Lee coming in third.

    Here’s what I think:

    Top six guys…
    Casey
    Lee
    Andrew
    Alex
    Michael
    Aaron or Todrick

    Top 6 girls
    Crystal
    Lily
    Paige
    Katie
    Siobbhan
    Katelyn

  153. I was no fan of Danny but tonight he was good, as long as he was singing. Once he opened that trap, dammit, stfu for at least a minute, lol. Anyway, Danny can sing, and I wish him luck.

    Well I did guess correctly that Haeley and John were leaving, but I figured the hatred folk seem to have for Todrick would catch up to him before people realized he is actually talented. Frankly I am glad because he’s got something and I would love to see him outlast a few of the guys who I think are getting by on pecs and hair instead of ability.

  154. Danny is Danny – either you like him or you don’t

    I definitely think this is the case with a lot of people on the internet regarding their reactions to Danny. Outside the internet, I believe that most people don’t have a problem with him, just like most people don’t have a problem with almost all of the Idol contestants.

    And fortunately for him he does have a lot of people that do love him and his zest. His personality tonight was bigger than 100% of the contestants from season 9. It filled the whole stage. People will say what they want about him, but he continues to stays true to who he is and I love it. :) And I am glad to see that there are a lot of other people that feel the same way.

    I think that he was very excited tonight and that is why was asking about appearing on Ellen’s show. I think that he was just thrilled to be back on the Idol show promoting his music.

  155. gangreen29 I’m glad Paige has made you a fan. She needs all the fans she can get at this point!

  156. Just when enough time passes that I start to soften on Gokey, he goes and veers back into clueless dolt territory.

    Totally made me think of The Office (I think it has a new episode tonight, so thank God Idol is at 8:00).

    Jim: “You know, when I saw Dwight, I realized how stupid and petty all those pranks I pulled on him were. And then he spoke.”

    Group number = lol. Cheesy but cute. Why the hell does Casey look so bored doing these numbers? It’s kinda annoying.

    Casey
    Lee
    Andrew
    Alex
    Michael
    Tim

    Top 6 girls

    Crystal
    Didi
    Lilly
    Paige
    Katie
    Siobhan…though I would rather have Katelyn

    I’d replace Tim with Aaron and Paige with Katelyn. Aaron stands out more than Tim (and in a good way) since Aaron probably has the teen+jammasta vote (not that I count for tons of votes) and stands out more from Lee, Alex, and Casey than Tim does. and Katelyn has been delivering strongly week by week. Paige is great, though.

    Ideally, Katie would be replaced by Paige, but that’s not gonna happen. However, I do kinda like Katie.

  157. I think Todrick is very talented too. Todrick and Siobhan have fantastic stage presence, Mike Lynch is OK in that area. Todrick has a good voice too. I know some of his arrangements were a bit out there, but at least he didn’t try to present someone else’s arrangement as his own most likely. I don’t see him as overly arrogant,he even said if I am back next week last night. I am hoping Alex makes the top 12,after seeing John eliminated before Tim. I can see the same thing happening to Alex or Aaron and Tim making the top 12. I would have rather seen Tim go home than John or even Jermaine.

  158. If America wasn’t racist in seasons 2 and 3 when Ruben and Fantasia won, i don’t think it has changed since

    We’re a long way from season two and three and the viewership of this show has changed a lot since then. I don’t think “America” is racist, but at the same time I’m convinced that a young Black male R&B singer (a la Chris Brown, Jason DeRulo)will never go far in this competition. Middle-aged White women (which make up a huge chunk of the Idol viewing audience) just don’t go for that type of singer. They go for the Adams, Cooks and Taylors (for the most part). They might embrace the “teddy bear”-ish Black males (although since Ruben, we haven’t seen too many of those advance in the competition either). Part of that is the producers’ doing (only casting one Black male in the Top 24 in seasons five and seven), but I just think the viewership doesn’t embrace the Black male contestants as readily as their female counterparts. We’ve had plenty of Black female finalists in the past few seasons.

  159. Once again MJ, thank you for posting the videos so ever efficiently!! xxxooxoxoxooxoxoxo :D

  160. Danny succeeded where Allison and Kris did not last week. He brought needed energy to the show.

    You can’t really bring energy when you’re singing “Let It Be” for earthquake victims. Just a thought.

  161. tinawina Well our lists are pretty close. We shall see next week who is right LOL.

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks this but I love this season of Idol. I think once the top 12 starts there will be some amazing performances. Top 24 is always a little rough. We have to get rid of the fodder first. IMO this season as a whole is more talented than last season. Last season was of course my favorite because of Matt but really over all it was terrible. Matt was the only Idol I really loved. This season I love quite a few. Casey, Crystal, Lee, Alex, Andrew, Lily, and Didi.

  162. monleo1705:
    03/04/2010 at 9:25 pm
    Can anyone explain to me how voters can keep Paige over Michelle??? Granted, Michelle picked a weird song choice, Creed??!! but neither did Paige pick the right song! I was in the kitchen when Paige was singing! And i do think at least Michelle has the package, looks, presence…compared to Paige.

    What’s going on?? The only thing right tonight was Jermaine and Haeley IMO…

    Paige is more likable. No way, though, that she has the best voice of the girls. Not by a long shot. But so far the voters are either believing that or just like her. Last week her joy at being in the top 24 and her eagerness to perform, and not giv ein to nervousness, was endearing. I actually voted for her a couple of times this week. But I won’t next week unless she does something really good. She’s pretty good and better than Lacey, maybe Didi and maybe less boring than Katie, but she’s not great. Not yet.

  163. Well, Top 12 gets to go to the big theater. They get stylists and hair dressers. New round of PR. Get to be called “finalists”.

    Maybe they get paid more too? I don’t know.

    But that’s about it.

    All of that is nice, but only the top ten get to go on tour, and from what I’ve heard, the tenth place finisher gets paid at least $100,000.

  164. I’m glad to read that Danny’s performance came across to most here well. He definitely brought a lot of energy into that performance, and I thought he sang very well. I hope sales of his album and single get a huge boost.

    And yes, Danny got kinda excited and chatty with Ryan, lol–but I’d rather have him doing that and trying to communicate to people and promote himself, than going too far in the other direction. For Danny, not sure how many are following him but this was his first time back on a national-level television format of any kind since he was on Larry King Live with the rest of the top 10 way back in May after the finale? No wonder he was a bit high on adrenalin when the song was finished.

    I hope Danny does get to visit with Ellen’s show, as Danny missed most of the customary talk-show appearances after leaving AI last year. It would mean more to him now to be able to do them with his album out, and Danny is someone who can very very consistently deliver a well-sung performance for shows like that. I remember seeing him on Regis & Kelly or the Fox morning show, and it was visible how the audience responded to hearing someone like that who can really sing, doing a pretty big emotional song (he did What Hurts the Most at all those stops).

  165. racist america, that’s all I can say.

    I don’t know about the rest of America, but it’s not a stretch that other people are like me… and didn’t vote for them because they sucked. I don’t care what color they are – purple, green, black, white, rainbow – Haeley and Jermaine made my ears bleed, and John and Michelle were boring.

  166. Well, 3 out of 4 ain’t too bad. I really think John Park deserved to stay at least another week if not longer. His singing and musicality is way better than at least a couple of the others. His primary weakness was stage presence and that’s something that can be improved fairly quickly, while the voice, not so much. He does have a subtler kind of vibe that maybe folks didn’t appreciate. I want to go on record here as saying I did very much enjoy his style. Basically, Tim Urban for sure does not belong on that stage. Get him a gig as a pretty face on some kids show, but not a music competition. It gets me a bit steamed when he takes much more talented kids places. Well, at least Haley finally left, and for that I’m grateful. Man, that had to be one of the more painful leaving songs on AI. Ouch squared.

    On other subjects, Crystal still looks a bit weak to me. I hope she gets back her health and strength quickly. And Simon’s comment – very interesting. I think it was about Michelle. Maybe he heard me, and probably many others, screaming at him, and came to his senses.

  167. How on earth did Lacy outlast Michelle?? Wow… Michelle was not the worst last night!

  168. Barf….ohh my. That group performance was baaaaaaad. What’s the producers thinking??

    Here’s to hoping the RIGHT people get into Top 12 next week…Damn! It’s actually next week, that was fast!!

    Boys-
    Andrew
    Casey
    Lee
    Michael
    Alex
    Aaron

    Girls
    Siobhan
    Katelynn
    Didi
    Crystal
    Lilly
    Katie

    Pleasse people…no matter even if Tim gives another sub-par performance next week, let’s not vote him in and ruin weeks of our Idol enjoyment. Plus, VFTW will be having a field day celebrating.

  169. As I said earlier, I wouldn’t make the assumption that Andrew was in the bottom two, even though it was implied.

    Oh, I don’t think he was actually in the bottom two either, just like I don’t think Katie was in the bottom two last week. But I do believe Andrew thought there was a good chance he was a goner tonight. My hope is that it will motivate him to really bring it next week. I still love this guy’s voice (although I wasn’t crazy about his performance this week).

  170. tinawina Well our lists are pretty close. We shall see next week who is right LOL.

    Probably you. lol

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks this but I love this season of Idol. I think once the top 12 starts there will be some amazing performances.

    I wouldn’t use the word love, more like really like, bit I agree with you.

  171. That’s my pick too, if I could add Paige.

    Here’s to hoping the RIGHT people get into Top 12 next week…Damn! It’s actually next week, that was fast!!

    Boys-
    Andrew
    Casey
    Lee
    Michael
    Alex
    Aaron

    Girls
    Siobhan
    Katelynn
    Didi
    Crystal
    Lilly
    Katie

  172. I’m not a Danny fan, but I think he did a good job tonight singing. He can be overbearing with his chatter, but I actually appreciated his enthusiasm, especially this early in the season when the show needs a few bursts of excitement (imo). Or maybe it’s just me because I watch the show somewhat academically and I needed to lighten up, lol. Is Danny tickled pink or what?, lol

    (Got 19 pts tonight….and rank 26 for tonight and 63 overall…not too bad Jude!)

  173. Danny is Danny – either you like him or you don’t

    So true! His fans see his excitement and and almost child-like enthusiasm/energy level and love him for it. Non fans find him extremely annoying. But Danny is Danny.

    Also true that Danny wouldn’t shut up. But he has not been that way on the frequent interviews he has been doing since Idol. This was the first time on National TV post tour and I think he was just a wee little bit excited!

    He definitely has a big personality, is not boring and I would venture to guess the Idol people were glad to see him back.

  174. Danny sang great and looked great. It was cool seeing him on the show again. I think he will have big album sales and touring with Sugarland–huge! His oral diarrhea was kinda funny. :)

    The right people left tonight. Sooo glad Haely is gone. She should never have made the top 24. They picked her over someone like Angela Martin??? But anyway…That red head should go next I think.

  175. MJ – Will you have Hailey’s sing out? I missed the song last night.
    I actually like John but I am thrilled Jermaine is gone. Im the sing out video, Michelle sounds awful. Was she that bad last night?

    ETA_ DUH.. I see the Haley vid. Thx MJ.

    Oh my…please tell me hailey didn’t sound this bad last night! Guess it is good she is gone – I can’t spell her name.

  176. Well, Lu, I thought so. And apparently at least Kara and maybe Simon did as well after reviewing the tapes. Their comments last nite got me all riled up when they praised her after a performance teaming with off notes. More of the same tonight.

  177. Aw, I think John Park could have been a contender but he needs to find his musical voice. The others were straight up fodder.
    and Season 9 is still failing to bring the excitement. Must remember that I felt this way about seasons 7 and 8 at this stage also.

  178. Danny was FANTASTIC!!! Yeah, a little chatty. I got a chuckle out of it. As others have said, this is his first time back on TV since the end of last season. He brought much needed excitement to the idol stage. Maybe this season’s contestants can pick up on that energy and light up the stage next week. :D Bottle that energy top 16 and bring it next week!!

    As for the eliminations, I expected John, Jermaine and Haeley. I wasn’t expecting Michelle to go.

  179. I found Danny endearing tonight and his enthusiasm was fun to watch. I think it’s crazy to expect the guy to never talk about his wife’s passing. It’s not like he lost his pet goldfish. Good for him for wanting to talk about how music has helped him get through the grieving process. There might be others who are going through a similar experience that might be inspired by him and take something positive from the message he’s trying to put out there. He only mentioned it briefly in explaining the inspiration behind his single-not exactly what I would consider beating the audience over the head with the “dead wife”. In the long run, I think most of the viewers had no problem with him or his performance so he’s in good shape.

  180. I avoid results shows because they’re painful exercises unless there’s somebody I like performing. Not the case tonight so I skipped out. Pretty good results IMO. Haeley and Jermaine definitely deserved to go. I would’ve traded John Park’s boot for Tim Urban’s but I didn’t see John Park lasting too much longer on AI anyway so no big loss. Michelle’s one of those unfortunate cases where she’s a talented singer but with limited star appeal and not interesting enough to spur a big fanbase.

    Crystal, Siobhan, Lilly, Katelyn, Didi, and Paige are the ones I’m rooting for to make the top 12. I’d guess Paige is least likely to and even if she does I doubt she’ll make the tour. Out of the guys I don’t care as much but it’d be good seeing Big Mike, Casey, and Andrew in the top 12. I can take or leave Lee but he’s probably through. After that it’s more about who I don’t think deserves top 12 than about who I think deserves top 12. Todrick’s the most interesting and daring guy but the Oz scandal makes me not root for him. Aaron’s not ready. Tim, just no. As long as 2 out of those 3 guys don’t make it then that’s fine and I hope the top 6 girls outlast the weaker guys.

  181. I mean, Haeley was absolutely terrible, unlistenable. Are the judges so tone deaf that this wasn’t clear before?

    In Haeley’s defense, they made her wait until the very end of the show to tell her she was going home. Then they played an emotional video package that generated a lot of memories and tears. Then they handed her the mic and said “sing.” That was a tough spot to be in for someone so young. I felt for her. True, she wasn’t the best singer, but that was raw emotion choking her vocal cords.

  182. Dang! I got 3 out of 4 right on the pool. I had Lacey going home instead of Hayley. Not sorry to see her go though!

  183. Kate8:
    03/04/2010 at 9:49 pm
    I think Todrick is very talented too. Todrick and Siobhan have fantastic stage presence, Mike Lynch is OK in that area.

    They are all musical theatre people. LOL

    I’m not a big Danny fan, but I think he was very comfortable on stage and was enthusiastic. He felt the words of the song and did a good job with the delivery. He certainly got a bit of promotion in there- good for him.
    BTW, his cd was completely sold out at my local Target and Walmart yesterday.

  184. I guessed pretty good this week, only Lacey keeps tricking me! (But good for her.)

    I was worried the first week about the season, but this week I really heard a lot of potential, especially with the girls. I’m also really enjoying a lot of the personalities. You can tell that a lot of them are still really innocent about Idol and I find it endearing.

    I’m also really loving some of the song choices – I can’t wait to hear what their studio versions sound like :)

  185. I’m actually surprised anyone thought that Danny’s performance was fantastic. Ugghh. It was not even in the “good” realm. I got 3 texts during his performance from friends laughing or mocking him.
    One even commented that he seemed high because he was so chatty. He did seem a little odd tonight…just sayin’.

  186. I hate that at this point the itunes songs are still just the live performances. I would have liked to hear how Haeley sounded in a studio recording.

  187. TheRealJordin: Oh, @dannygokey, you are so awesome! Congrats on everything. No less than blessed sir! :)

    Aww, that’s nice.

    And I just saw that MTV News put up a favorable article about Danny, not even a bit of snark (?). Miracles happen, lol.

    dannygokey: Wow I was so happy to be on A.I. tonight!!! It brought back so many memories. Sorry if I got a little carried away I was kinda excited!! ;)
    16 minutes ago via Twitterrific

    More aww. It must have been hard for Danny to leave AI and go immediately to another location, he was due for a m&g / autograph session and possibly to sing tonight also–hard to keep track as he has so many stops these days.

  188. Group singing: Very strange ROFL! Sidenote: were they lip syncing? :)

    Meow girl Benami: YAY SHE IS SAFE!

    Michelle Delemore’s hair: Goodbye.. :( I will miss you. :(

    Gokey: WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He was so great! He is so passionate on things. :) I love it!

  189. I thought Danny did a great job tonight. He seemed giddy – LOL – when he was chatting afterward.

    The group number was heinous. I felt like I was watching the gong show.. Chuck Barris… where art thou?

  190. Danny tweeted about being back on AI tonight:

    Wow I was so happy to be on A.I. tonight!!! It brought back so many memories. Sorry if I got a little carried away I was kinda excited!! ;)

  191. Yeah right. Like God was going to eliminate Andrew over Jermaine. Buh-buy Jermaine.

    Anyway, i noticed Andrew and Lee are pretty close. Did you see Lee’s face when Andrew and Jermaine were waiting for their verdict? Awww…i like them brotherhood.

  192. LaurelG:
    03/04/2010 at 10:30 pm
    That was a tough spot to be in for someone so young. I felt for her. True, she wasn’t the best singer, but that was raw emotion choking her vocal cords.

    Darn…I thought my mind control/force choke was working.

  193. They need to let us know who she is a little more. She’s pretty with a great voice, but I feel like I haven’t seen enough of her personality.

    I agree with that, but damn, that “I like to color” backstory did not help her.

  194. Yeah right. Like God was going to eliminate Andrew over Jermaine. Buh-buy Jermaine.

    I like Jermaine, but this is hilarious.

  195. Glad to hear Danny’s CD is selling out, hopefully stores will restock and he’ll keep selling.

    His team may have been smart after all to just do AI this week, and not hit the other shows we think he’s booked for (Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, unknown others). Maybe they can space them out and gain more benefit that crunching them all in the same short period of time.

    Giddy seems a good description of Danny in that last interview segment. He did seem so darn happy, as well as chatty. Lol.

  196. I know this is random, but I think I know the song for Katie: Umbrella by Rihanna. It’s young but kinda ‘good girl gone bad’ like Katie wants to be, and she could probably change it up so the chorus isn’t so droning. Katie! If you’re listening, seriously!

  197. Yeah right. Like God was going to eliminate Andrew over Jermaine. Buh-buy Jermaine.

    LMAO!

  198. Katie reminds me a little of Allison with this great big voice, but where do you channel it? Like too amazing before their time and they have to grow into it.

  199. I have to admit I wasn’t completely sold on Danny going country, but I think this is going to work out for him in a big way. Loved him tonight!

    Me too. Not a country fan and I thought WTH is a soul singer going country sound like?

    But after I heard his album, it clicked and I am loving it. <3

  200. Paige is the best female vocalist the show has had since Carrie Underwood.

    Okay, I think I’m going to have to change my viewpoint on Paige, because I thought Michelle was pretty amazing when she covered Alicia Keys. Maybe a little stiff, but her vocals were great to me. Am I missing something here?

  201. Ok, so listen to this. MTV gave Danny a good write-up re his performance on AI. And MTV has usually gone of their way to not like Danny. They said among other things, how the newly departed Idols can learn a thing or two about My Best Day’s inspirational message – and from Danny himself.

  202. @Iluvai, I know what you mean. Though I felt like Allison had a clearer sense of herself as an individual, and a better voice. But yeah, I think Katie is really good and that hasn’t been channeled in the right direction yet.

  203. No surprises tonight. Our Chicagoland guys got wiped out tonight with John (Northbrook, IL) and Jermaine (Joliet, IL) booted out. Leaves us with just Lee (from Mt Prospect, IL) and Crystal, who lived in the city for some time.

  204. @ ejl2005: ITA. Allison seems to know who she is. No doubt. I think she will grow into her talent. I think she is awesome!

    Katie seems to also have this great voice, but not an identity with her singing. (Kind of how I imagine Adam was at age 16). I hope Katie does well though.

    Lightbulb! I guess that may be why Katie gets the pageantry comment.

  205. Ok, so listen to this. MTV gave Danny a good write-up re his performance on AI. And MTV has usually gone of their way to not like Danny. They said among other things, how the newly departed Idols can learn a thing or two about My Best Day’s inspirational message – and from Danny himself.

    So, um, does that mean that a semi-final boot equals superstardom in the eyes of MTV? Recognition that a nationally televised singing competition should, in fact, not dominate your life forever and for always? Has the end package of the episode inspired me to paraphrase Shania Twain songs, except not really? And does MTV as an organization really even care that much about Danny Gokey ?

    As to the performance… I don’t particularly like Danny, but it was pretty good for him. Not my thing, but I think those who were into that would be appreciative. That said, he needs to lose the exploitative-sounding speech. Immediately.

    As to the boots… well, none of them really upset me (unlike last week, where I missed two of the contestants). Would have preferred to see Todrick leave over John, and Lacey over Michelle, but considering that there wasn’t anything egregious… I’ll be OK. At this point, I’m actually getting worried about the results shows a bit; getting to a point where I’m liking enough of the people at least in a cursory way to not want any of them to get the boot, with some I’m becoming a big fan of.

  206. Danny’s song “My Best Days” is getting a nice boost on Itunes because of his AI performance tonight. It is currently ranked #53 on the Top 1000 songs chart on Itunes and #4 on the country songs chart on Itunes. Hopefully it will go up some more after his performance airs on the West Coast.

  207. Another boring show for Season 9. I think we should just crown Crystal Bowersox and get it over with.

    The highpoint was definitely Danny Gokey. He has really grown from when he was on the show. He sold be on buying his CD.

  208. Watching Danny perform and last week Allison & Kris plus Adam yet to come; I’ll tell you what, that last year’s Top 5 was one serious juggernaut. We didn’t know it then. I don’t know about season 7, I didn’t watch it then.

  209. Another boring show for Season 9. I think we should just crown Crystal Bowersox and get it over with.

    I’m starting to get into S9.

  210. I think the reason Michelle got voted off is because she got lost in the shuffle, I don’t think alot of people remembered her, I literally had to think who is Michelle, and it took a while. I think people remember Paige. I love her personality, and I do think she has a better voice than most girls their.

  211. Watching Danny perform and last week Allison & Kris plus Adam yet to come; I’ll tell you what, that last year’s Top 5 was one serious juggernaut. We didn’t know it then. I don’t know about season 7, I didn’t watch it then.

    the top 5 of season 7 –

    david archuleta
    david cook
    jason castro
    syesha mercado
    brooke white

    formidable. i’d match them head to head against any season, all of them :)

  212. I liked Jermaine. I wish him success.

    I don’t get the appeal of Michael and Andrew. Andrew is over rated IMO.

    Tim Urban should have been the first one out of the boys. He is portraying the poor puppy and America has played right into his hands.

    Now Siobhan Magnus for the win!!!

  213. I was sad to see John Park go as I like his voice. I was hoping Tim would go instead but I have this feeling Tim will make it into the top 12. I am reading too much around the internet that the young girls like Tim and Aaron because ” they are cute”. It is this way every season with some of the boys.

    I think Katie is getting a lot of votes from her high school and I also think she may make it into the top 12 as she will now be the last teen girl left with Hayley’s departure.

    I hope Todrick gets it together with song choice and performance as he does have a Broadway background and I see tweets from some singers who know him or have worked with him cheering him on and talking about his ” mad talent”. We have yet to see it and I am thinking he has one week to get it together or he may not make top 12.

  214. ejl2005:
    03/04/2010 at 10:45 pm
    I know this is random, but I think I know the song for Katie: Umbrella by Rihanna. It’s young but kinda ‘good girl gone bad’ like Katie wants to be, and she could probably change it up so the chorus isn’t so droning. Katie! If you’re listening, seriously!

    A lot of people hate that song. It’s also hard to do without being compared tor Rhianna, corny or just bad. If she sings it, it will be buh-bye, Katie. Anyway, AI probably doesn’t have the rights to it or it would have been done to death by now.

  215. I was never very kind to Mr. Gokey last season (with good reason). I have to confess that I liked the performance tonight and I enjoyed his energy. Perhaps the lack of energy of this years group, except for Michael, makes me like even Gokey energy special.

  216. ggdoorsfan, I think S8 got you beat pound for pound. Alli alone takes all the girls and a couple guys, and will let Danny clean up. Adam and Kris wont even break a sweat.

  217. KK: I agree about Michelle. She got lost in the shuffle and she recveived less audition coverage and Hollywood week coverage than many of the other contestants. We see this every season where those with less coverage before semifinals are often eliminated early. The big exception was Kris Allen who we saw very very little of before semifinals but he seemed to click with audience right away.

  218. S9 is kicking in, I think. Finally.

    Also, the past two seasons have had powerhouse top 5’s. I don’t doubt that this season will. Hell, I think this season might have a strong top 10. Last year, the tour was a surprise hit. I’m keeping faith in S9 based on last year.

    I’m a little sad about Jermaine, tbh. I used to have him and Mallorie (who….. totally disappeared during Hollywood week) in my top 5. Jermaine didn’t live up to my standards after that, though. He has a good voice, I think. He’s just not a great singer. He should’ve gone last week. However, I did tire of him talking about God all the time. I mean, it’s not a bad thing, but he seemed very preachy and holier-than-thou about it. He kinda seems like the type who would be institutionalized if he found out there was no God >_>. But I think the dorky teenage hip-hop look is so dead. Too flashy, no substance.

    Hmm, I kinda miss Danny Gokey. Congratulations, universe. You win. Then again, last season I missed S7. I predict next season I’ll miss Simon and S9.

    Holy crap Danny Gokey snorted something strong, he’s channeling both Tatiana del Toro and Randy Jackson, and he’s channeling the type A stressed out guy with the coked-out friend having a conversation. Huh, why doesn’t he just be Danny?

  219. Ummmm was Danny Gokey drunk or high or something? His chat with Ryan after his performance was totally overwhelming! He seemed like he was talking 100 miles a minute and jumping from topic to topic so strangely.

  220. I finally got a chance to watch Danny’s performance (well, the video) – he did a good job. And reminded my mom and sister that he exists and they liked him – bet they pick up his CD.

  221. Yeeks! Just re-read MJ’s post. Excellent.

    I think Danny is channeling super excited dude and maybe his inner valley guy. lol

    I relate so I’m kidding. I’m a girl. I sound just like him when I’m excited.

    :)

  222. I had read on Twitter that Danny will be on Ryan’s show tomorrow. And his album is now the #1 Country album on both the Itunes and Amazon sales chart. And the #3 album on the overall charts on both Itunes and Amazon.

  223. Awesome Danny’s album is doing so well on itunes and Amazon. :D This is exciting!!

  224. Just saw Danny vid. Hated him last yr, but this time have to give him “props”. He sounded good and it’s a nice pop/country song.

  225. ggdoorsfan, I think S8 got you beat pound for pound. Alli alone takes all the girls and a couple guys, and will let Danny clean up. Adam and Kris wont even break a sweat.

    if you say so :) the proof is in the pudding, out in the real music business now, so i’ll be content to let that be the decider – oh no, did i just channel george bush ”facepalm” :)

  226. I think Danny is channeling super excited dude and maybe his inner valley girl/guy.

    Lol. I hadn’t thought of that. He was ueber-excited for the interview, have to say. But it was good to see him so happy to be there, and he had to have been pretty hyped coming off that performance after all the build-up for it. Since Danny hasn’t done any national-level tv at all since the AI finale, and tonight was probably a key date in his label’s rollout strategy for him, I can easily imagine why the adrenaline was running on overload there for a minute or two.

    I just saw on twitter that Ryan will have Danny on his radio show tomorrow at 8 am. I’m sure Danny will have calmed down a little by then :)

    Tweeted by the LA Times IdolTracker:

    One more pic of @DannyGokey – making one sick little girl’s day. Good guy, that Gokey. http://tweetphoto.com/13285067

  227. They’ve got to change the result announcements up because right now if you are called first in your row, you know you are safe.

    Haley’s final swan song was utterly painful. I know why the other contestants were crying: think how much it hurt to hear that voice up close! I was shocked the producers did NOT cut out early. Which reminds me: what did the stage producer scream out?

    You knew that Kara was covering her *ss when she told Michelle she didn’t sound that well on TV playback. I could have told you that last night, Kara so… which begs the question: who wrote your script and told you to like her performance Wednesday night??!

    I should have made that bet I wanted to make: $1000 if Gokey mentioned his dead wife. I didn’t think he would dare to do it and THEN HE DID. Unbelievable!

  228. Watching Danny perform and last week Allison & Kris plus Adam yet to come; I’ll tell you what, that last year’s Top 5 was one serious juggernaut. We didn’t know it then.

    “Dont it always seem to go; you don’t know what you got until gone”..
    I miss them all too! They were a great bunch and had a lot of fun together; esp if you followed the tour.

    Re; the Danny high or drunk comment (but you know he is a total boy scout, right?!)
    LOL! It would seem so or he drank 10 Red Bulls! Actually; I think Danny is just high on life right now. His extreme down two years ago has given him a new appreciation for everything (kind of like cancer survivors) and he has so many good things happening for him. He was just very excited; but yeah, poor Ryan hardly stood a chance!

  229. steph:

    I’m glad you got what I said. I was excited (yes!) to see Danny perform tonight! He did a great job! :)

  230. I’m glad I deliberately avoided looking at the results beforehand, because I was so surprised that Haeley is out. I thought Dialidol got her cleared early on. Yeah, I shouldn’t trust it after last year.

    The way Ryan called out the people who is out is very underwhelming to me. Did you see when the girls line up and Katelyn was first called out , that she heaved a sigh of relief ? (and me too by the way since she is my favorite now). The first 3 people called are safe. I wish that he called people and told them to stand somewhere, that way even the first people called out can be gone.

    And please let those people sing LIVE on the group number. They have to practice when they go on tour or even the final final. I’m sure none of those will be lip synched.

  231. They’ve got to change the result announcements up because right now if you are called first in your row, you know you are safe.

    The results seem so predictable.

  232. I am not a fan of his genre, but I think that Danny did a very good job. He is growing into an artist with a strong identity, and he has a good voice. He’ll do very well. Finally, a season 8 guest performer with character.

    I think that Season 9 is very promissing in terms of having a whole bunch of interesting contestants.

  233. lovecert:
    03/04/2010 at 9:32 pm

    Tim’s not going anywhere. I think he might even make it on tour.

    I have a secret, I almost hope he does for my daughter’s sake. No, I won’t vote for him unless for some strange reason he starts showing some singing ability. My favorites won the last two yrs., since our family started watching AI together, so the least I can ask is for fav. to make the tour.

    I don’t think it will happen, and I only ask it doesn’t happen at the expense of Aaron, Andrew, Alex and maybe Casey. OR at the expense of Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan or Katelyn if he makes top twelve.

  234. lovecert:
    03/04/2010 at 9:32 pm

    Tim’s not going anywhere. I think he might even make it on tour.

    Ugh…PLEASE No. Just for the sake of our ears. Even this week he was extremely wobbly.

  235. So far, I have been really disappointed with this season. I do like Crystal, Lilly, Siohban – but that’s about it. I think Lee and Andrew are way over rated. They have decent voices, but boring personalities.

    Watching Danny Gokey perform tonight reminded me of the caliber that Season 9 has to live up to. And for most, they have a long ways to go.

    I agree that Danny indeed was the best thing about tonight. The guy was in his element. And I just listened to his new CD – and I have to say – I am liking it.

  236. ai_fan:
    03/04/2010 at 9:40 pm

    Danny can sing, but geez, I just can’t get past the overbearing personality. I had forgotten, but tonite, it all came rushing back.

    See, I’m the opposite. I don’t mind his personality. I believe it’s fairly sincere, and thought there was something to the story re: the songwriter and understand why this struck something in him, however, I’m just not crazy about his voice (perhaps the tone, idk) and noticed the breathing issues. I do have to admit though he didn’t seem to have the nerve issues past idols have (excluding Kris last week).

    I hope all goes well for him and I’m glad people are drawn to him and his music.

  237. Jim: “You know, when I saw Dwight, I realized how stupid and petty all those pranks I pulled on him were. And then he spoke.”

    So yeah, this made me literally LOL. I love The Office!!! I love every single character on the Office!

    Anyway, since this was in response to a comment re: Danny I also wanted to mention that I personally have never seen a returning Idol address the judges. Has this happened in the past? I was a little refreshing to me. LOL.

  238. Here’s what I think:

    Top six guys…
    Casey
    Lee
    Andrew
    Alex
    Michael
    Aaron or Todrick

    Top 6 girls
    Crystal
    Lily
    Paige
    Katie
    Siobbhan
    Katelyn

    Me too tinawina, although I’d guess Aaron might be battling it out more with Tim than with Todrick. Paige will probably get a lot of love from the judges next week to avoid an all white girl top 12. Lacey better darn well go home next week, I’ve lost 5 points on her 2 weeks in a row!

  239. Anyway, since this was in response to a comment re: Danny I also wanted to mention that I personally have never seen a returning Idol address the judges. Has this happened in the past? I was a little refreshing to me. LOL.

    All of us Danny fans absolutely knew he would address the judges, lol. He sees them as friends and people and he really treats everyone the same; that’s why he wins fans over when he meets them in person. Wish he would have had more time to give Simon a little grief though, lol! I know he would have, and it would have provided some entertainment in the otherwise boring show.

  240. You know what is interesting to me, there has been a big deal made about how the women this season don’t have the biggest voices, but thinking it over is that really true? Lets say Lacey and Didi leave next week, and that leaves us with Katelyn, Crystal, Siobhan, Paige, Katie, and Lily which I think is a definite possibility. Of that group, I really would only say Lily has a thin voice. The others I would say, especially Katelyn, Siobhan, and Paige have pretty powerful vocals. Certainly a quirky group, but one that I would say is definitely musically diverse with the ability to belt it out.

  241. I liked that Danny was speaking to the judges, and Ryan, though he did go just a teeeeny bit overboard possibly, lol. I would have been enjoyed it if the judges were able to speak and ask Danny questions, that would have been interesting also. And good for Danny to put in a plug for his website where people can find out about his album and tour dates.

    I think Allison for one might have gained more interest from her performance last week, especially with that particular song, had she had a little more to say when Ryan spoke with her.

    Now, there is a happy medium, of course ;) In all seriousness, Danny is usually pretty good with interviews these days. But most of them aren’t after he just came off a stage with some tens of millions watching.

  242. I just saw Danny sang and talked to sell his album.

    Is it wrong of me to wish for Kris to have a little tiny miniscule bit of Danny’s ability to talk / sell his album ? Just a tiny bit. Come on Kris, sell that album, mention it when you get interviewed.
    Your album is so great, don’t be shy.

  243. I thought Danny did a good job with his song although it was a little pitchy in spots. He was really excited to be back, wasn’t he? It was like he had drunk several cans of Red Bull or something. But good to see him so happy. And both his album and single have gotten a nice boost on iTunes from his appearances — album is at #2 overall now and the single made a big lap, sitting at #39. It was in the 300’s (I think) this morning.

  244. springboard

    Huh? Are you implying Kris and Allison lack character? I don’t understand your comment

  245. Yesterday, March 04, 2010, 11:34:01 PM |
    mandisaofficial (Mandisa)
    RT @Cindy_Swanson So what did you think of @DannyGokey?!// WONDERFUL AS ALWAYS! HOPE EVERYONE GOT HIS ALBUM!

  246. “A lot of people hate that song. It’s also hard to do without being compared tor Rhianna, corny or just bad. If she sings it, it will be buh-bye, Katie. Anyway, AI probably doesn’t have the rights to it or it would have been done to death by now.”

    Umbrella has been done on Australian idol by Natalie Gauci who was the eventual winner a couple of seasons ago.
    She cut out all the annoying “ella’s ” & made the song her own- something some of this years idols could learn from!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZtmacqT4d4

  247. Danny and band have been on a health food kick lately (they say, not sure how that squares with the Chick-Fil-A tweets). Maybe he was hyped on organic tea or something ;)

    I thought Danny did really well, and I always love how he totally commits to his songs usually. Makes a big difference in how they come across. He’s been doing several performances a day for quite a while now, I’m not sure his voice was as rested as it could have been.

    I saw him Monday night when he was in northern Virginia and he seemed a little tired then, even before two more days of promo and one or two stops today before he hit AI (and one or more after). Maybe that would explain mainlining the Red Bulls ;)

  248. Just like Kris and Allison did last week, Danny tonight again showed that Season 8 top contestants >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Season 9

  249. I think Tim will make the top 12…maybe 10…because this is an “Idol” competition…not a singing competition. Part of the reason we like and vote for these people is we like their personality, looks, “hotness”…you get the idea. The past has indicated that being a great singer is only part of what moves you forward. I think Tim is improving as a singer…don’t write him out yet!

    BTW…we buy their albums for the same reasons whether we want to admit it or not.

  250. Umbrella has been done on Australian idol by Natalie Gauci who was the eventual winner a couple of seasons ago.
    She cut out all the annoying “ella’s ” & made the song her own- something some of this years idols could learn from!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZtmacqT4d4

    That was awful. Katie, don’t do anything like that lol!

  251. Danny was a breath of fresh air tonight.

    Ryan hasn’t learned by now that Danny can be long winded?
    “Why did you decide to go into country?” LOL

  252. Huh? Are you implying Kris and Allison lack character? I don’t understand your comment

    Totally, in my opinion.
    Allison is fine for her age, but compared to, for example this year girls, she doesn’t measure up, and I think that she would have benefitted from trying idol a few years later.

  253. girlygirl, must disagree with you, with apologies.

    Should be: ” Just like Kris and Allison did last week, Danny tonight again showed that Season 8 top contestants >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Season 9 ”

    Sorry, but there are some really dismal-to-excruciating performances after Hollywood Week. We’ve seen plenty of uneven ones in earlier years, but some of them are so bad this year I really wonder how the people even got past the auditions. Surely there must have been stronger candidates.

    Frankly, I think both Matt and Scott can blow a lot of the AI9 competitors out of the water next week if they do what they’re capable of.

  254. Just like Kris and Allison did last week, Danny tonight again showed that Season 8 top contestants >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Season 9

    I don’t agree at all. Crystal>Kris, Siobhan>Allison, Katelyn>Danny. I actually thought all three performed pretty bad considering they were singing songs they probably had rehearsed dozens of times.

  255. Oh I just have to add[ can’t edit on the above post] that comparing Season 8 performers now with Season 9 performers is really not fair as the ones from last season have had so much more experience now & confidence with being on the stage.
    What should be done is compare the same week’s performances [ or there abouts as they had a top 36 last year]on video – that would be a fair comparison!

  256. He, one year ago people were talking about Michael, Carly and Brooke being >> any S8 contestant when they came back to perform on semi-finals.

    The bananas are still green guys, they need time!

  257. Personally, I’m anti-Tim because he doesn’t add much to the style he’s going for, and he seems to be a big threat to Aaron, who I love about as much as Crystal/Siobhan and can see being my favorite later on (and I can also see myself eating a whole lot of “BLARGH TOOOO YOUNG GO2HELLARCHIE2.0” cake and getting whipped to death by a bunch of people who hate tween appeal people). I’m not holding it against Tim if Aaron goes. However I might be anti-American for a while (like when David Cook beat David Archuleta and I wanted to become a dictator for a while after that…. thankfully Cook is now my 2nd favorite winner after Kris and I’m not nearly as insane as I used to be). Tim and Todrick need to go NEXT WEEK.

    Also, I might be totally lying when I say I’m not going to hold it against Tim. I might accidentally take it a step too far and take a martial art based on how much anger I’ll have at Tim. I’m being about quarter-serious there >_>.

    …..Aaron hasn’t even had a huge moment yet. I just really like him and see potential.

    I also don’t know why, but I have a strange vendetta against long-haired guys. I’m not even attracted to men.

  258. What should be done is compare the same week’s performances [ or there abouts as they had a top 36 last year]on video – that would be a fair comparison!

    Absolutely. We can’t fairly compare season 8 top 5 after a year of experience to season 9 top 20 on the second show.

  259. For me, Danny succeeded where Allison and Kris did not last week. He brought needed energy to the show. For that, he deserves my purchase of his CD.

    Kris couldn’t be energetically happy singing a song with a backdrop of Haiti’s devastation & pleas for help.
    Hopefully he’ll come back to sing his own song in the final.

  260. For me, Danny succeeded where Allison and Kris did not last week. He brought needed energy to the show. For that, he deserves my purchase of his CD.

    Kris couldn’t be energetically happy singing a song with a backdrop of Haiti’s devastation & pleas for help.
    Hopefully he’ll come back to sing his own song in the final.

    I have to agree with the second part. You can’t really sing up beat with Let it Be and the earthquake situation.

    Also Scars is not FIBOU, which is an upbeat fast song, and Scars is a slower mellower song.

    And Danny song is upbeat and he sure did bring it this week. Hoping it really helps his CD sales.

  261. Jammasta brought up the frenetic Ms. Tatiana earlier and BOOM– the light bulb went on over my head. Now I know what’s been bothering me. KATIE reminds me of Tatiana.

    That is NOT a compliment. Ahem.

  262. Not in relation to Kris’s performance last week specifically, but you can still put through a lot of energy on a ballad — in a different way than for a very upbeat song, of course, but you can still do it.

  263. Idolnewby:
    03/05/2010 at 1:13 am
    I think Tim will make the top 12…maybe 10…because this is an “Idol” competition…not a singing competition. Part of the reason we like and vote for these people is we like their personality, looks, “hotness”…you get the idea. The past has indicated that being a great singer is only part of what moves you forward. I think Tim is improving as a singer…don’t write him out yet!

    BTW…we buy their albums for the same reasons whether we want to admit it or not.

    I agree. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We make decision in life this way too, I think; not everything is so clear cut. BTW: when I watch DWTS, same thing; I don’t care how good the couple is, if I don’t like the personality of one of the couple, that’s it – no vote. Since in voting, I use my own time and energy , I better vote for someone that I like (in every way).

  264. first thing i did today, after brushing my teeth, is check this site out. i didn’t want to endure the whole ryan treatment of elimination. bad for my nerves and heart! (not that i’m really old or anything…but mid 20s can be quite stressful).

    i predicted john park will be leaving but still kinda sad he left. so he had a good final performance? thats good but i dont think anyone will remember him cos his performances were so damn forgettable. why john, why? you had good screen time and had early fans. wasted opportunity, thats all i got to say.

    and phew! thank god jermaine is out. i dont wanna be mean on a lovely Friday but that dude looks annoying, sounds annoying, speaks annoying, and sings annoying. and me being shallow, i think he’s the least good-looking person out of all the guys. thank god his reign is over.

    onto the girls. i know i’ll miss hailey. poor smiley. was she still smiling that ever incessant smile when she got eliminated? i’ll miss her. and i wont miss michelle and her boring performances. but michelle seems like a nice person. i guess now she can go back to her children’s choir teaching thingy again.

    Kris couldn’t be energetically happy singing a song with a backdrop of Haiti’s devastation & pleas for help.

    i agree with this comment, and for me, it was a really heartfelt performance, with every bit of emotion being poured into the song. and the performance per se was heads and shoulders above any of the s9 performances so far. am yet to see danny’s performance. but judging from the comments, glad he did well.

  265. I actually agree with mj’s thoughts. I was quite upset that Tim Urban survived last week, but have now become resigned that the tweens adore him. He seems to have that cuteness factor that they love, even if he can’t sing to save his life. I was quite happy to see Jermaine (God) leave, thank goodness! He still couldn’t shut up even as he was on his way out the door. What sanctimonious nonsense he was spouting. John Park was a bit of a disappointment. I thought he had potential and his farewell performance was much better.

    I see Alex getting in if he turns in another good performance. I like Andrew, but he is killing himself with bad song choices. I also am impressed with Lee Deweyze. I am not sure why, since I don’t normally go for that kind of raspy, soft rock voice. I see a lot of potential in him, but he’s been rough around the edges. I don’t know about Aaron. He also has that cuteness thing going on, but I don’t know that his voice is strong enough. Michael did well with that James Brown song. He has to watch out with that whole attitude he’s got going on. Sometimes I think he gets too full of himself and comes across slightly arrogant. But I believe that he deserves to be in the top six.

    Let’s see – Lee, Alex, Andrew, Michael. I guess that Casey is indeed a shoo-in, although I am unimpressed so far. He is going to be this season’s Ace Young. Todrick better get himself together and pick the right song. That version of Tina Turner’s signature song was awful.

    As far as the girls, my top four are easy – Crystal, Lilly, Siobhan and Katelyn. Then it’s a battle for the final two spots. Didi has to step it up big time. She has a unique, interesting voice, but so do the others. That Bill Withers “Lean on Me” performance was bad. She needs the right song to show off her quirky voice. There are other girls who know who they are and don’t have a problem finding the right song. I can’t see Lacey getting into the top six. Not nearly good enough. I am with mj in hoping that Katie Stevens doesn’t make it to the top six. She’s too young, doesn’t have a clue who she is as an artist or what she should sing. So it’s between Didi, Paige and Katie. Paige hasn’t shown me much, but she seems to have a good voice.

    I was happy to see Haeley go home. It was an act of humanitarian decency. She is SO not ready for this competition. I am okay with Michelle going home, too. I had no idea why Simon and Kara were giving her such fulsome praise last night. That was an awful song choice and she was off pitch all through the performance.

  266. danny was great….for danny. he’s improved his dress style and stage presence but he’s still super cheesy. and man oh man, does he grate the nerves when he opens his mouth to talk. dude, just stick to singing and you should be fine. i wasnt crazy about the song as it was very generic. but i loved his fake azz bs story of why he went into country. mucho entertaining! :)

    btw, since when is Paige an R&B diva? she has sung only rock/pop songs and expressed that’s the type of artist she wants to be. come on MJ, dont pull a Kara on us! not every black singer is alica keys 2.0 ;)

  267. Idolnewby:
    03/05/2010 at 1:13 am

    I think Tim will make the top 12…maybe 10…because this is an “Idol” competition…not a singing competition. Part of the reason we like and vote for these people is we like their personality, looks, “hotness”…you get the idea. The past has indicated that being a great singer is only part of what moves you forward. I think Tim is improving as a singer…don’t write him out yet!

    BTW…we buy their albums for the same reasons whether we want to admit it or not.

    Yeah, Idol seems to be a popularity contest in ways. So, I agree with this.
    Tim’s vocal tone is nice though, and how his attitude about the competition is I have a feeling there is definitely room for improvement with him.
    I didn’t think his performance last week was that bad, but he does need to work on stepping it up.
    I guess I can’t help but admit, he is really good-looking (even with short hair seen in some older pictures of him).
    He’s my favorite at the moment, since there’s something about him and not just his look.

    Other contestants I’m watching for are Alex and Katelyn. Though other singers typically will grow on me as the competition goes on. Not always, but that happened last season.
    In one way or another I feel in love, with the top 5 at least, on AI Season 8.

    I guess I wasn’t too thrilled that John went home, since John sang pretty well. I really liked John, but maybe others will surprise me next week that I would have rather seen go than him.

    I also wanted to comment that I liked Danny’s performance tonight. I’m not a big country fan or a Danny Gokey fan, but he did a good job. As far as the interview goes, it sounded like he was being himself (there could have been some nerves there, but I’m not sure). And him being himself is a good thing I think. :)

  268. Long-time lurker, but just had to make this observation slightly echoing one of Kara’s comments. If Lilly, Siobhan & Crystal (the best 3, IMO) make the top 3 or close, this could potentially transform AI from a perceived pop-music factory to a truly unique and refreshing showcase of original, eclectic, and even quirky talent. It could be the best thing to happen to AI at a time when some pundits are questioning how much longer it can remain relevant. Now people from all walks of life would say, “Maybe American Idol HAS room for someone like me,” as Crystal once was contemplating.

    Also, this is one season where a Wild Card round might have been nice, allowing an extra girl or two in the Top 12. Too bad they can’t look at their final pool of contestants each season and THEN decide what would give us the strongest Top 12, the Wild Card approach or the current 6 boys/6 girls one.

  269. If Lilly, Siobhan & Crystal (the best 3, IMO) make the top 3 or close, this could potentially transform AI from a perceived pop-music factory to a truly unique and refreshing showcase of original, eclectic, and even quirky talent.

    I agree, and I would even add some of the guys to the list. Alex has huge potential in my opinion, and also Lee if he looses his nerves, possibly others.

    I usually make up my mind about the contestants by listening to mp3s of their performances. For the last two seasons, there was just one or two per week that I enjoyed enough to play more than once. This year, for both weeks, I have got a collection, even with the pitch problems.
    I am so far, very happy with season 9.

  270. btw, since when is Paige an R&B diva? she has sung only rock/pop songs and expressed that’s the type of artist she wants to be. come on MJ, dont pull a Kara on us! not every black singer is alica keys 2.0 ;)

    This. Paige is about as much of an R&B Diva as Haeley Vaughn was.

    I think I might take up Paige and Alex as my pet fan projects. I going to be powervoting for them in hopes that they at least make the tour. Paige is like the “little fodder that could”, and I think the tour will do wonders for Alex (that sweet mullethead-can’t wait for the stylists to get a hold of him).

  271. In 10 years, chart-topping music has diversified; IMO, Idol used to look for the singer who could sing anything, then fit the singer into a popular genre. Rockers, beat-boxers, acoustic guitar singers… would not have gone far – actually, would not have gone at all – up until a few seasons ago. I think it seems to be the popular vote over the past few seasons that seems to have influenced the Idol machinery to diversify the contestant mix.

    I see the word quirky used a lot this year, but these performers aren’t just quirky; the contestants making the biggest impact are contemporary and distinctive, which is a breath of fresh air. But they still have to be “good singers” in their whatever their style is. I think the difference is that in previous seasons, their styles would have been continually compared to the the big-voice “power singer” and not appreciated for what it is. Crystal, Lilly, Didi, Lee would not have had a chance against the 21 Katie Stevens… and Siobhan, who does have the big singer skill set, is so amazing because she has the “quirkiness” of the Crystal, Lilly, etc. group and is so amazingly interesting so far.

    Who would have thought that the judges and viewers would be trying to figure out where Katie Stevens fits in at this point – ! She is one of the best singers – but this year it is about “style,” not just the ability to bring the same vocal performance to country week, movie week, r & b week… I can’t wait to see what Lilly, Crystal, Siobhan, etc. bring to the “themes” – I expect no less than what have turned into the most memorable, contestant defining hits of S8 that took the contestants style and met the genre, not the other way around (Ring of Fire, Falling Slowly – or even those that didn’t push it but had the contestant’s style like P.Y.T., Papa was a Rolling Stone…)

    Yikes, that was long winded!

  272. I think all the boots were relatively predictable. I only missed Haeley in the pool, I really thought Lacey was toast.

    MJ PLEASE tell me you have video of the awesomeness that was “I Gotta Feeling”!

    ETA: I see it’s already posted! Yay! I could watch it over and over and LMAO!

  273. I was pretty okay with the results tonight. I got Michelle wrong, but other than that it was what I expected. I would rather have seen Michelle another night, but she wasn’t going to win. I am really happy about Siobhan, Crystal and Lilly, and glad to see Did and Paige again. John was boring. Jermaine drove me nuts. So okay.

    I was not a Danny fan at all last year, but I thought he was great! He was so happy, it was impossible not to be thrilled for him.

  274. I hope the record labels were listening to Haeley’s singout last night. If so she will have secured her spot as the black Taylor Swift.

  275. I would have preferred Michelle to stay an other week, but it was not like she was going to win it. Same with John – I thought he did better than a few of the other guys. It was definately way past time for Haeley to move on – I can’t believe she made the top 24 over that poor girl who tried out 3x who’s mom is missing. I was touched by Haeley’s sing out because she is young, she was obviously trying hard to sing while completely choked up, and she stepped up to the plate to try to leave graciously. That says a lot about her character. However, aside from her pitch problems, that lisp needs to be corrected.

  276. See, I’m the opposite. I don’t mind his personality. I believe it’s fairly sincere,

    I think it’s sincere.

    But I also think that he probably needs to zip it a bit — to me he came off as veering perilously close to presumptuousness in his comments about Randy Travis and Ellen, coming off as sounding like he thinks they’re his buds, which wouldn’t necessarily be bad if they weren’t so much *older* than he is and if he’d actually met them for more than 10 seconds. I know he’s just excited about his new career, but I think he’d be well served to practice reining it in a bit from time to time because he may run across some people in power who don’t take to that.

    Funny that Kris is so low-key and Adam, Danny, and even, to some extent, Allison all may tend to say a bit too much for their own good at times!

    Danny’s song sounded good, though, I thought.

    As for the eliminations — Well, I wish Michelle had been able to knock off Katie, who I don’t think will ever be anything but Miss Pageant, no matter how long she stays on the show this year, and I hate that. I don’t think she has enough time on the show to learn that you place the beats a lot differently in pop than in the singing she’s apparently used to. Great voice, but she’s one of those people that I really wish had waited to try out. But there’s no denying that Michelle was way off through much of that dumb song. … I actually admired her for trying to do what she did, and I kind of think that it *could* have worked. But she really had problems with it. Glad that Haeley’s gone — she’s always so hopeful and happy seeming that it would have gotten more and more painful to hear how much her voice is unequal to the task.

  277. Calimari I agree with you. Hayley was not ready for this competition & I think it was Allison that you were talking about [the one on Ellen who Ellen & Kara are helping out] she definitely should have been put through- its her last chance & Hayley is young & could try again [ don’t think she can now though!!]
    I’m happy enough with the ones that went out.

    Oh & I quite liked Danny’s song although a bit too country sounding for me. He really was enthusiastic wasn’t he – actually took over from Ryan , demanding to be heard.

  278. I’ll be glad when we get down to 12 people or so. There are just too many to keep up with now. I guess the right ones went home. Glad Danny is doing good with country. He’s not my kind of singer, reminds me of Taylor Hicks. But country seems a good fit for him. There is no shyness in him for sure. Season 9 people need to take notice.

  279. I like Michelle, but she made a mistake with her song choice. Her voice is made for diva type songs, it is just silly to try and do something which isn’t her forte. Some people have the knack to taking an unusual song choice and made it their own, but she doesn’t. Contestants should really play to their own strength, certainly at the beginning when they are trying to win over the public, and not try to do something they aren’t that good at, even if the judges are always telling contestant to change up and song and make it their own. Contestants should not do things just because they think the judges might like it.

  280. It looks bad when all those sent home are minorities but Haeley and Jermaine were the right ones to leave. I’d have rather Tim gone than John but song choices did him in. Michelle shouldn’t probably have gone yet but am happy Didi stayed.

    I really liked Danny’s song but did he have too much caffeine? He couldn’t shut up, lol.

  281. I did not like Danny’s song. thought it was mediocre.

    I am also glad Hailey is gone. I had a hard time with the harsh judging of her this week and it would have gotten worse. This is the only time I can recall thinking please remember she is only 16.

    John, Jermaine, Michelle were the right people to leave. I think, unlike Hailey, they will be forgotten quickly.

  282. I was never a Danny fan, but I actually thought his song and his performance were both very good. Then he started to talk. And talk. But I thought, well, at least he won’t mention his dead wife anymore. And then…

  283. Unidentified,
    I don’t see the comparison to Taylor. Taylor was always comfortable in front of the camera. Danny seems uncomfortable to me. This time he masked it by talking nonstop. I do think Taylor could have done a good job on Danny’s song.

  284. Was it just me or did Danny perform better than every contestant this year so far? I thought he was amazing last night.
    It will for sure get his name back out there abs boost his CD sales.
    Yes he talked alot, but honestly would you rather hear him or Ryan?

  285. I don’t usually look at the TV and think about performers as minorities, or not, but rather focus on their skills/performance. Since someone brought up this as an issue, I’ll comment. I’m the standard profile viewer of AI, and my favorite IDOL of all time is a minority (Melinda Doolittle). She’s the only IDOL ever who grabbed me from the 1st audition right to the last performance.

    I think the producers picked the wrong Jermaine to be part of the Top 24. The other Jermaine (P) has a great personality, a great voice and is good looking. I hope he comes back next year, because he was one of my favorites. I’m really not sure what they were thinking with that choice, unless they felt he would be too much competition for the girls, who they want to win – LOL. John has a nice voice, but did not have a personality on stage, which is absolutely a requirement to become America’s favorite singer.

    Haeley was horrible. There is no other way to describe her performance. Michelle had a nice voice, but didn’t stand out in the talented crowd with either her voice or personality.

    I think Paige is good – not awesome (yet) – but she has a great voice, great personality and is very beautiful. I can see her doing well in the competition now that I’ve actually gotten to see her. Big Mike was impressive this week, although I think his physique is intimidating (I feel like he’s going to grab me through the TV and squeeze me to death – LOL). I wonder if other people find him intimidating and how long he can stay in the competition (maybe it’s just me).

    Andrew Garcia is very talented, and a frontrunner in the competition. I think he has as good a shot as anyone to win, as long as he doesn’t screw it up by picking the wrong song again.

    Todrick is very entertaining, but has been making some very bold and strange choices. That could be a good thing for him – at least he’s interesting – or it could backfire. There’s always child-gate too which could rear its ugly head.

    I don’t think this season will be like Season 6 (where 3 of the top 4 contestants were minorities), but I do think a couple of these kids have a very good chance of doing very well.

  286. And finally Jermaine Sellers. Bye dude! Looks like GOD had other plans for you! Now take your onsies and your annoying, over-singing self somewhere else.

    Wow. I’m all for snark, but this is REALLY harsh and pretty personal, even by Idol blog standards.

    S9 girls will cannibalize each other the way S3 girls did. Except now we have the quirky, coffeehouse type instead of the gospel-influenced divas. 2-3 will be knocked out early as a result.

  287. Jx223 just noticed that too!!!! So exicted

    I am excited to see his album at #1 on Itunes too. :) And I am also glad to see how much his song “My Best Days” has moved up the chart since his appearance on Idol.

  288. Very happy to see Danny at #1 on the overall iTunes chart :)

    http://twitpic.com/16qjxs
    http://twitpic.com/16qjh2

    Danny normally has been pretty collected in interviews. He’s had several on GAC and a whole variety of radio and Fox affiliate morning shows. He was just pumped with adrenaline on AI last night, or as someone suggested in a comment elsewhere — maybe one too many Red Bulls ;) It was funny to see, but I can’t fault him under the circumstances.

    And I like that he gave his music/website a big ol’ plug while he was on AI and had the opportunity. It’s good for him, and a lot of casual Danny fans who saw him last night I’m sure did want to know where to find out more about his CD and tour plans.

  289. I did not like Danny’s song. thought it was mediocre.

    I am also glad Hailey is gone. I had a hard time with the harsh judging of her this week and it would have gotten worse. This is the only time I can recall thinking please remember she is only 16.

    John, Jermaine, Michelle were the right people to leave. I think, unlike Hailey, they will be forgotten quickly.

    Agree on Gokey’s song. I don’t like Gokey. But, he seems very happy and has so much passion about his music career and life in general. He lost weight. Anyhow, congrats to him.

    I disagree about Haeley. I liked Haeley but she does not have the vocal chops for this competition, it has nothing to do with that she’s young. Allison Iraheta was 16 when she competed on Idol. Jordin Sparks was also 16 (I believe). You either have the vocal chops to sing or not.

    I think the right people went home last night as well. Except for John. I agree with MJ. It should have been Tim leaving tonight. It’s obvious people are voting for him because of his good looks. He does not have the vocal ability or talent to perform as some of the other guys. It’s just a matter of time with him, IMO.

  290. In 10 years, chart-topping music has diversified; IMO, Idol used to look for the singer who could sing anything, then fit the singer into a popular genre. Rockers, beat-boxers, acoustic guitar singers… would not have gone far – actually, would not have gone at all – up until a few seasons ago. I think it seems to be the popular vote over the past few seasons that seems to have influenced the Idol machinery to diversify the contestant mix.

    I see the word quirky used a lot this year, but these performers aren’t just quirky; the contestants making the biggest impact are contemporary and distinctive, which is a breath of fresh air.

    Have you looked at Top 40 radio recently? Because, frankly, I don’t see any of the styles of these quirky contestants represented there. For an idea of what is considered “contemporary,” look at the top 30 songs on the Billboard 100. You have:

    Hip Hop: Jay-Z, BEP, Ludacris, Timbaland, Young Money, BOB, New Boyz

    Female Pop: Ke$ha, Lady GaGa, Rihanna, Beyonce

    Male Pop: Trey Songz, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Iyaz, Jay Sean (I’m looking at YOU, Todrick – pick a current song next week!)

    Tween Beat: Justin Bieber (Hello, Aaron!)

    Misc: Lady Antebellum (country); Train, Script, One Republic and Boys Like Girls (all four are groups, not solo performers); Orianthi (one shot wonder) and Michael Buble (I don’t think a pop career is his bread and butter).

    And you have Kris Allen and Adam (ha), both of whom benefited from having the Idol machine behind them. Kris will rise or fall on the strength of his second single because right now he’s singing a Script song in the Script style (and it’s a good song). Adam, well, I’m a huge Adam fan so I’m biased. But Adam has a very eclectic album and WWFM represents only one of his sounds. Something like IIHY (which will likely be his next single) skews younger and more poppish and is sort of a male/female pop hybrid.

    Anyway, the point is that I don’t see a ton of quirkiness represented on the current charts. HAC maybe, but not Top 40. Which is fine, but the problem is that the show tries to portray itself as a Top 40 starmaker and, for the most part, it’s not.

  291. I disagree about Haeley. I liked Haeley but she does not have the vocal chops for this competition, it has nothing to do with that she’s young. Allison Iraheta was 16 when she competed on Idol. Jordin Sparks was also 16 (I believe). You either have the vocal chops to sing or not.

    I’m kind of remembering that Jordin may have been barely 17. Nevertheless, the not singing well enough is the point — Paris Bennett, Lisa Tucker, Diana DeGarmo, in addition to the two you named. None of them may have been one’s cup of tea musically, but they were all good enough *singers* to do songs credibly and needed no excuses at all made for them on that score. Haeley just isn’t, at this point. She needs training badly, if she’s going to really do music, I think — either that, or she needs to start writing pop songs that compete with Taylor Swift’s, in which case I guess she won’t need to sing well. She’s just not soup yet, by any stretch of the imagination, at this point.

  292. Btw, Danny now offically has the number ONE overall CD on iTunes and his song is number 31

    Aw, good for Danny! My sister texted me last night that she loved how *happy* he was.

  293. I don’t think Hailey had the voice for this competition either. Ususally I don’t care how old someone is and hate it when they mention “youre only 16”. I don’t even think Hailey was too fragile to take the criticism but for some reason this time I just didn’t want to see them piling on her. I guess I admire her spirit. Genuinely positive people seem special to me.

  294. You either have the vocal chops to sing or not.

    But that suggests that she can’t grow as a singer. At 16, she certainly does the time to do so. Some voices mature faster than others, in the vein of Jordin or Allison. Haeley is never going to be a powerhouse singer, but with some good instruction, she can certainly improve.

  295. I’d have rather Tim gone than John but song choices did him in.

    Does John have much experience as a solo singer or has he mostly been in groups?

    To me, a big part of his problem was that he didn’t know how to take control of the stage and really project an image of himself as a singer of songs the way a solo singer has to but had a too subdued approach, in persona and singing style, the way you have to do as a group member (even if you’re the lead singer, really). I like his voice, and I liked having somebody with a somewhat lower range in the competition. Too bad that he wasn’t able to get farther.

  296. I thought Danny did very well last night, and all the plugs for his album were nice to see, especially during his release week. I’m glad he’s getting the expected sales boost, and I expect he’ll have good first week numbers as a result.

    Now, he definitely was in a full-fledged mania phase :-) but I’ve seen others hyped on adrenaline for their (his) first national TV performance and they (he) didn’t keep it in check (or sing) any better than Danny did. Heh. So kudos to Danny.

    But yeah, as is typically the case with Danny, the stories of spousal loss and getting chummy with Randy Travis were a bit much for me…

  297. Danny now has the #1 album on the overall albums chart on Itunes. :)

    kudos to danny – that’s remarkable! he and his team deserve props for everything they’ve done up to this point to launch him into the industry. don’t know how many sales on itunes this will account for, but you can’t take anything away from him, and being in the number 1 spot. i wish him continued success as he begins touring and gaining more traction in the country market.

  298. Obvious now they just didnt want Tori Kelly to dominate like she would have if she was in the top 24… They knew Haeley would be eliminated.

  299. I love Danny. He is a candid person, no posing, no nonsense.

    Some may not like him, but hey, vive la différence!

    Sounds like he isn’t too worried about what others think of him, as his music occupies top chart positions, and he travels around the country in his private jet on national tour. So why should I?

    Just means better seats for myself and other fans on that national tour.

  300. But I also think that he probably needs to zip it a bit — to me he came off as veering perilously close to presumptuousness in his comments about Randy Travis and Ellen, coming off as sounding like he thinks they’re his buds, which wouldn’t necessarily be bad if they weren’t so much *older* than he is and if he’d actually met them for more than 10 seconds. I know he’s just excited about his new career, but I think he’d be well served to practice reining it in a bit from time to time because he may run across some people in power who don’t take to that.

    While fans think he is adorable and love his child like enthusiasm, I see your point.
    He is definitely very poised and collected in recent interviews he as done; I think he was just so pumped at being back on AI. At least it made for interesting TV and talk in the AI blogosphere.

    I think it is great he promoted himself; a Third placer has a tough row to hoe, not getting the PR right after AI is over; and not getting all the PR the top 2 (or even Allison has had) have had.
    This was his first national PR that would let him inform fans he even has an album out.

    And at least his nerves came out as chattiness; and not OTT performance or messing up his song. Bloggers have said he sounded very good. IMO, that wasn’t his best performance by a mile of that song I’ve seen; but I guess it was good enough- he’s getting his deserved chart boost from it.

  301. Ok, about last night’s show – haven’t read the comments yet, but my whole family was commenting about the people who got eliminated. Maybe I’m just putting an unnecessary conspiracy theory on this, but 4 minorities getting eliminated in one show…not cool. Especially when the safe include the likes of Tim Urban and Lacey Brown. And now this makes 6 minorities in two shows.

    Oh, well – I was surprised to see Haeley go, not that she’s good at all (and she should have tried out a few years from now imo), but I thought her bubbly personality would get her through farther. Michelle sounded TERRIBLE performing last night (I missed her singing Wednesday) – very pitchy throughout.

    John Park was my only legitimate eye candy for the season, so I’m sad to see him go (though his performances weren’t exactly stellar on the show, but with an especially weak guys field, I could have seen him making it through further). Jermaine – not really surprised he left – too old fashioned with his singing style imo – should have patterned himself more after current R&B artists.

    As for the safe people, I can see Big Mike grating on people’s nerves after a little while – he is a little too arrogant, and that will ultimately hurt him – though he should safely make the tour.

    And I was mildly annoyed at the Katie Stevens pimp-camera throughout the night. Seriously, TPTB seem to love her way more than the average viewer, jmo. There are a bunch of girls who are better than her, but people like Crystal and Lilly may be too “edgy” for tptb to completely be behind 100%.

    I like Siobhan a lot – her voice may be the best of the bunch, but her personality and style are very off-putting – way too timid and bizarre – there’s something sweet, yet strangely distancing about her demeanor. IDK. I still hope she goes far.

    And now Danny: well, first the positive: his voice showed why he, and most of S8, continue to rule S9 – just leagues better than most, if not all of this year’s crop. It was the first time I’d heard the song (not a big Danny fan here), and jmo, but it DID NOT sound country. It was like, they used country instrumentation, but his voice just didn’t jive with the country vibe, which made it forced and weird to me. IDK – he doesn’t sound country to me, and no amount of banjo or whatever the instrumentation was behind him could convince me otherwise.

    Also, his speechifying was beyond annoying. Wow. He always has to bring up his poor late wife, and that just came across, for me, as exploitative. Again. Seriously, like he felt he needed that hook to sell albums. IDK. Just rubbed me completely the wrong way. And even Ryan seemed vaguely annoyed by it. JMO of course.

  302. Danny Gokey needs to have his meds checked and good thing all those Seacrest touches and arm movements were done in a “Godly way” or I might start to wonder about the man with the fancy glasses.

  303. If Lilly, Siobhan & Crystal (the best 3, IMO) make the top 3 or close, this could potentially transform AI from a perceived pop-music factory to a truly unique and refreshing showcase of original, eclectic, and even quirky talent.

    “Maybe I’m just putting an unnecessary conspiracy theory on this, but 4 minorities getting eliminated in one show…”

    Yes, you are, The only way to stop minorities from being eliminated is to not have many on the show. Possibly, they could have selected better minority contestants??? That the “vote” went as it did domonstrates to me that a lot of conspiracy theories are just that – theories.

    I am just loving that this is happening. Loving, loving, loving, loving it. I wonder if this is in conscious anticipation of Simon leaving. Whatever, Idol could foster amazing new talent after years of showcasing a lot of talent which oftentimes was quite similar and, so, often dreary.

  304. Um, my last post reads soooo wrong in so many ways. I can’t move the paragraphs to where they are supposed to be in edit. Needless to say, bottom P goes with highlighted quote.

  305. Ok, about last night’s show – haven’t read the comments yet, but my whole family was commenting about the people who got eliminated. Maybe I’m just putting an unnecessary conspiracy theory on this, but 4 minorities getting eliminated in one show…not cool. Especially when the safe include the likes of Tim Urban and Lacey Brown. And now this makes 6 minorities in two shows.

    I imagine it represents the demographics of the voting audience, mostly. Not that people are racists but that many are drawn more to people just like them — especially romantically, which I think has a *huge* amount to do with the voting, even though many of those who vote on that basis probably don’t even realize it themselves — ….

    I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the demographics of the voting audience dumps quite a few superior women in favor of less superior men, once the top 12 emerges, too!

    All of this bugs me, but I’m also not sure what they could possibly do about it.

  306. And at least his nerves came out as chattiness; and not OTT performance or messing up his song.

    I agree.

  307. Yes he talked alot, but honestly would you rather hear him or Ryan?

    Umm, you need to ask? Ryan, anyday. Sorry, Danny. Performance was great, but he still needs to just STFU sometimes.

    Have you looked at Top 40 radio recently? Because, frankly, I don’t see any of the styles of these quirky contestants represented there.

    I tend to agree. The style I’m getting from a lot of this year’s group, especially the girls, is contemporary, but more in the indie artist vein (Lilly, Crystal, Siobhan). I can see them trying to make Katie into a pop princess/Taylor Swift type, but IDK if she has the personality and musical maturity to pull that off. Not to mention her musical style tends to veer more old-school jazz than pop.

    As for the guys, I can see Lee fitting a KoL-type vibe, but to me he remains a weaker David Cook. The other’s I mostly see as not very contemporary at all. Toderick could step it up, but so far I’m not seeing it from him either.

  308. Um, my last post reads soooo wrong in so many ways. I can’t move the paragraphs to where they are supposed to be in edit. Needless to say, bottom P goes with highlighted quote.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s having trouble with paragraphs! Everything I post lately has the quote where the non-quote should be, and vice versa. And, of course, I can’t edit it….. I used to be able to do this right, but I seem to be losing my grip — or the blog program is…or something.

  309. Not that people are racists

    I think this country may not be post-racist, but the music buying public pretty much is. I did not notice my own selections to go home last night were black until I started to put them on paper. Then I went uh-oh, there could be a problem tonight. Minorities are incredibly successful in music, if not in other forms of entertainment, like film. I tend to think women suffer in these contests, because not so many women crush on them, but I could believe that just because I am one. Gotta watch the paranoia.

  310. lucy, I think so too – I think even more than in years past, AI’s audience is skewing more white now – to put it bluntly. I personally know a lot of my african american friends who aren’t at all into the show, and in fact last year made a comment about how no minorities made it far on the show anymore.

    ETA: Oh, and just to clarify about my earlier post, I don’t actually believe it is any conspiracy about who got eliminated, just that it is sadly representative of how minorities seem to be doing on the show the last few years. And I think lucy’s comment about the changing demographics of the show is the main cause of that.

  311. I used to be able to do this right,

    I have no idea how that happened. Sure did read bad, though. Ouch! ;-(

  312. I tend to think women suffer in these contests, because not so many women crush on them, but I could believe that just because I am one. Gotta watch the paranoia.

    No, women do suffer success on this show, and the proof is that some people are still insisting they want a guy to win over the girls this year, even though this group of girls is by far the best group they have had in awhile. I think with the current audience that idol has right now there is still a chance a guy could sneak a win, and if you redid season 1, 4, and 6 you would have a Justin Bo and Blake victory.

  313. Listening to Danny talk is hilarious. Good god, he redefines self-absorbed. Guess what, Danny? When someone loses their wife and writes a song, the poor woman didn’t die to provide you with a hit! As bad as this season is, at least there isn’t a Danny. Could you go have your best days somewhere else, please?

    I wish John Park had stayed around (my hubby looks a lot like him), but the rest can go go go. I couldn’t believe that Michelle was praised for that Creed song. That last note was ear-splitting. And she KNEW she biffed, too. The look on her face when she was praised was, well, astounded.

  314. No, women do suffer success on this show, and the proof is that some people are still insisting they want a guy to win over the girls this year, even though this group of girls is by far the best group they have had in awhile. I think with the current audience that idol has right now there is still a chance a guy could sneak a win, and if you redid season 1, 4, and 6 you would have a Justin Bo and Blake victory.

    I see this season turning out a lot like S6 – lots of strong female singers, way weaker male singers, and a woman just naturally winning in the end because there were no real strong guys to stand up by the end. Andrew, Casey, and Lee are the only possible spoilers imo. And each of them will have to grow a lot to overcome the women.

    Andrew has to show more versatility and prove he’s not just a one hit wonder, Casey has to take more risks, and Lee has to learn to sing on pitch and gain some more confidence.

    Crystal being on a “Kelly” path could help her to a victory (unless she peaks too soon and doesn’t keep wowing us enough later in the competition).

    It may be too early to read into this (or maybe I just permanently have S8 on the brain, lol), but I almost see a repeat of Adam vs Danny being established with Crystal vs Katie. TPTB love both, but Crystal is sorta the alt., edgy contestant to Katie’s homespun Americana vibe.

  315. I haven’t read everything here, but my gosh.. I feel like I’m in the minority when I say that Danny Gokey was horrible!!! I didn’t see any talent in the singing.. he sounded better on the show last year, in fact. And that song was horrific. And the talking afterwards? I couldn’t stand it so I forwarded through the rest. That was so painful on all levels for me, from start to finish.

  316. Is it possible that AI is not putting through the most talented African American singers because they win and then marketing them is just not 19E’s strong suit? I feel like they put through a representative group with above average talent but not the great ones who could win anymore.

  317. I tend to agree. The style I’m getting from a lot of this year’s group, especially the girls, is contemporary, but more in the indie artist vein (Lilly, Crystal, Siobhan). I can see them trying to make Katie into a pop princess/Taylor Swift type, but IDK if she has the personality and musical maturity to pull that off. Not to mention her musical style tends to veer more old-school jazz than pop.

    As for the guys, I can see Lee fitting a KoL-type vibe, but to me he remains a weaker David Cook. The other’s I mostly see as not very contemporary at all. Toderick could step it up, but so far I’m not seeing it from him either.

    I actually agree with this. I think TPTB looked at the pop charts, saw a diverse group of women with strongly defined personalities/niches (Beyonce, Taylor Swift, GaGa, Katy Perry, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$sha, Rhianna, Miley Cyrus) and said – well that’s what we have to get! A woman with a unique stamp! Only they went and got a bunch of girls who have the wrong brand of “uniqueness’. LOL. Most of these girls have nothing to do with what is going on at pop. Maybe Kaetlyn could work. Bowersox could make a hell of a record if they leave her alone, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a pop record. Katie – I’m not feeling it yet with her either. So no.

    On the boys side, I agree about Todrick having possibilities. His arrogance will not hurt him in the R&B/pop market at all, it will actually help him there IMO. But he’s not going to win. I think Casey is quite marketable though. And maybe Alex. Tim too, unfortunately. But again, are those guys gonna win? Nope. The only one with a shot to me is Casey.

    Perhaps things will shift on the radio, or something surprising will happen when the winner records, but I’m not seeing a big pop star in this bunch yet. But its early! You never know.

  318. Bowersox could make a hell of a record if they leave her alone, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a pop record

    I can see a Kelly Clarkson vibe in her. That would be the direction I’d go with her.

  319. Is it possible that AI is not putting through the most talented African American singers because they win and then marketing them is just not 19E’s strong suit? I feel like they put through a representative group with above average talent but not the great ones who could win anymore.

    Well, I think that they aren’t putting through the strongest singers *period,* on the whole, because they’re trying to “cast a tv show” — as many of the alums have kept reminding us over the years — instead of really running a competition from day one. … So it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they put through fewer or worse singers from some genres because of who 19 and Sony believe will be their strongest upcoming marketing niches. I’m sure they do this, in fact. They definitely want the top people to be ones that they believe *they* can sell and make money off of.

  320. ^^Weese, I somewhat agree with Idol’s relationship with Black diva singers… Fantasia’s marketing was somewhat of a problem but I think a lot of other factors played into her track record since the win. Jennifer Hudson seems to be the Go-to example when the fans or press talks about race and voting. But if u really go back -JHud is not all that successful on the charts; she went out in 8th place on her season. She got a part in the right movie, with a director who produces 80% of the Oscars, and during a slow year for female movies. I like her but she doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning again, offtopic I know. And her album is barely platinum with one “hit” single IIRC. They may just want to work with pop or country singers, ie Paige or Haeley. I don’t really think Idol could produce a Beyonce or Rihanna, maybe (a big maybe) if they fronted a girl group.

    I see the Anti-Danny vibe is alive and well. Geez, i thought i was a non-fan. I’ve turned around in my feelings about him since the season, I enjoy his new song but that’s because I haven’t heard it much on my country radio. Ouch, there I go again. I think he was somewhat funny and endearing last night. I’ve been using this line all day: “Hey Ryan, check this OUT!” lol. And then nothing follows it up. :)

  321. Bowersox could make a hell of a record if they leave her alone, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a pop record.

    I so fear what they will do to this woman if she lets them. I almost hope she loses along the way and someone “steps up” to produce and sign her. She may well not buckle enough on some song night and end up gone anyway, but…… Pink, Kelly, etc., all strong women. MamaSox would fit right in. I sense she has come from some bad stuff and tough times; it would be nice to watch her become her best dream, which I don’t get is pop goddess.

  322. I don’t really think Idol could produce a Beyonce or Rihanna, maybe (a big maybe) if they fronted a girl group.

    Oh, I disagree. They could surely get a charasmatic, attractive black female singer who can move on stage… in fact, they’ve cast people like that before, they just haven’t had one click yet. Syesha did go to third place though. :) The girl’s personality was just a bit off. Anyway, I do think it is quite possible, with male singers too.

    The show is capable of it, but will they do it? That is the question. Its one of my big frustrations with Idol actually.

  323. I’m gonna go with the ethnic topic and say I think it’s just a coincidence that those 4 had bad week(s) and they *just* happen to be minorities. John Park never made an impact, showed a lack of personality as well. Unless you watch his interview package over &over, which the regular viewer does not do. It was certainly Jermaine’s time. Haeley, I’m not sure would benefit that much from waiting a couple years. Michelle and Ashley were older and musically educated and still sounded verging on awful…

    Michelle seemed spacey to me, idk. During taped interviews she would say the right thing but during the performances, she had no connection at all. Maybe a consistency issue, I really see her as a backup singer. So glad my Didi didn’t go, I was sooo scared y’all! Heh. She needs to change up the coffeehouse/songwriter vibe or peeps are gonna get bored and forget to vote.

    but I almost see a repeat of Adam vs Danny being established with Crystal vs Katie. TPTB love both, but Crystal is sorta the alt., edgy contestant to Katie’s homespun Americana vibe.

    I see the two different ‘lanes’ these girls occupy but I don’t see anything edgy about Crystal. I still haven’t been able to get on her side since she said in the chairs ep I believe, “I’m doing this to provide a better life for my child.” I hate this line of thinking with a passion. And a Crystal vs. Katie final would be the most boring thing EVER. I don’t think the producers would push for that, as talented as they are. I would go on record and say that would bring in a record of LOW votes.

  324. tinawina – I agree. This is a niche I’m surprised AI hasn’t tried to capitalize on and fill. I think one problem may be that a lot of black female singers on AI have tended to either be ONLY R&B, or to do more christian music. Finding someone who has a big personality (very key imo – someone who is confident and fun, but not arrogant), plus more of a pop/R&B leaning.

  325. Oh, and I am glad Paige is still there. She is the only one I really care about so far. I made a comment yesterday somewhere that she seems to actually have a spark of joy when she performs. I seem to have a theme going with that. ;)

  326. Oh, I disagree. They could surely get a charasmatic, attractive black female singer who can move on stage… in fact, they’ve cast people like that before, they just haven’t had one click yet. Syesha did go to third place though. :) The girl’s personality was just a bit off. Anyway, I do think it is quite possible, with male singers too.

    Hmmm. Idol certainly wouldn’t mind someone like that. In the last years I think that the balance has really shifted in favour of songwriters/rockers/alt vibe. A charasmatic, attractive black female as you said, who wants to become next Beyoncee, would really have to be exceptional to overcome the teen votes calling for guys and apparently another big portion calling for songwriter types. Not impossible but I haven’t seen somebody like that in the last few years (including this year). Maybe in 2011:)

  327. I see the two different ‘lanes’ these girls occupy but I don’t see anything edgy about Crystal. I still haven’t been able to get on her side since she said in the chairs ep I believe, “I’m doing this to provide a better life for my child.” I hate this line of thinking with a passion. And a Crystal vs. Katie final would be the most boring thing EVER. I don’t think the producers would push for that, as talented as they are. I would go on record and say that would bring in a record of LOW votes.

    IDK why I keep using the word “edgy” with Crystal, but, maybe compared to the rest of this year’s contestants, she seems like one of the more edgy singers. And I agree that I was also put off by her comment to the judges about not knowing the show, and just doing it for the money. My first thought with that was that she seemed too cool for idol, but since she has some of the strongest talent this year, I guess I’m being a little lenient about it now.

    And I’m not a fan of Katie myself (my mom said she reminded her, in looks, of Tatiana, and I can’t get that image out of my head now), but I DO think TPTB love her a lot, and want her to go far. Look no further than the many many camera shots of her during the results show, when there was no real reason to show her that much.

  328. I’m gonna go with the ethnic topic and say I think it’s just a coincidence that those 4 had bad week(s) and they *just* happen to be minorities. John Park never made an impact, showed a lack of personality as well. Unless you watch his interview package over &over, which the regular viewer does not do. It was certainly Jermaine’s time. Haeley, I’m not sure would benefit that much from waiting a couple years. Michelle and Ashley were older and musically educated and still sounded verging on awful…

    I think that most of us will never know what *actual* internal responses to who people are and what they look like, racial, ethnic characteristics, looks, etc., are really really playing into our judgments about how well people perform.

    Many psychological studies for years have shown this — that race, gender, plainness vs. handsomeness, tallness vs. shortness, etc., *all* play huge unconscious roles in how virtually all people judge things completely unrelated to those qualities, such as whether somebody has a good or bad resume or has the experience suitable for a certain job or is likely to be a bank robber or a bank president.

    I think you could make the exact same argument you’re making for these folks being the right ones to dump for quite a few of the white folks as well — For example, Katie, Lacey, Didi even, Aaron, Tim, even Lee with his extreme pitchiness, all have shown musical and performing weaknesses at what I would argue is a very equal level to the weaknesses you’re describing among all these people of color.

    A heck of a lot of these kids have been far from perfect (far far far from it) and the question of whose particular blend of strengths and weaknesses actually make them “best qualified to continue” is far from some rock-solid idea based on any facts at all, but rather something based pretty much entirely on judgments whose basis I’d argue we don’t really understand.

    Why do we value Lee’s rock persona and kinda convincing rock style with all its pitchiness and hesitance and lack of stage presence (and its choice of a crappy song) over Jermaine’s way over the top and kinda silly but also quite accomplished vocal gymnastics? Can anybody be 100 percent sure that a white audience wouldn’t tend to favor Lee and a black audience to favor Jermaine, based on underlying feelings about race that neither group is even vaguely aware of.

    In short, I think the argument that undeniable higher quality remains on the show while undeniable inferiority has left the show is pretty impossible to make, given the variety of weaknesses and strengths all of these contestants (ejected and kept) have exhibited up to this point. So I can’t really imagine how anybody could logically rule out the idea that factors like race, gender, sexual attractiveness and probably more actually underlie the ejections to at least some degree.

  329. In short, I think the argument that undeniable higher quality remains on the show while undeniable inferiority has left the show is pretty impossible to make, given the variety of weaknesses and strengths all of these contestants (ejected and kept) have exhibited up to this point. So I can’t really imagine how anybody could logically rule out the idea that factors like race, gender, sexual attractiveness and probably more actually underlie the ejections to at least some degree.

    Yep. My thoughts too. What struck me was that so many minorities got voted off at once, while they were decidedly not the worst talent (they weren’t the BEST, but there was certainly worse, at least for some of them). That’s what I thought about the results last night.

  330. Never been a Danny fan, BUT I appreciated his energy and enthusiasm last night. Man it was nice to see someone on that stage that didn’t look terrified (yes Kris and Alisson accomplished that too). That isn’t the type of music I listen to, but he sounded good singing it.

    As for Danny mentioning his deceased wife(yet again). He needs to realize that just because people connect him with his “back-story”, it doesn’t define him. Really, does he want to be known as an artist who has had life struggles or as “the guy whose wife died that sings”? Danny, you can stop publicly mentioning your wife and still love her. I won’t buy his album, but he is from my hometown and I know plenty of people that will. I hope he finds happiness and success.

  331. I see the Anti-Danny vibe is alive and well. Geez, i thought i was a non-fan. I’ve turned around in my feelings about him since the season, I enjoy his new song but that’s because I haven’t heard it much on my country radio. Ouch, there I go again. I think he was somewhat funny and endearing last night. I’ve been using this line all day: “Hey Ryan, check this OUT!” lol. And then nothing follows it up. :)

    Charismatic people like Danny and Adam will always get slammed. But that is what makes them not boring, entertaining, and gets things done for them.

    I’m one who found it endearing, not odd how touch feely Danny was with Ryan. That is just Danny. He hugs people instead of shaking hands (many a lucky fan has been the recipient of a famous Danny hug). He truly loves all people and is not afraid to get close, and show them he appreciates them.

    Re the racist accusations; I find them untrue. Jermaine was doomed to be voted off after his dumb comments about God getting him through the voting. And Haeley was bad. I think her sing out showcased that. I do think Lacy should have went before Michelle.

  332. I was suprised to see Michelle go. She can sing equal to most, better than many, has great fashion, nice stage presence, and is absolutely beautiful. IMO, that was too early of an exit for her.

  333. Very well said Lucy. I wasn’t speaking on any logical evidence about why I think contestants were voted for or not voted enough for. Viewers like different types of singers and may certainly vote based on pre-conceived notions, “I’d turn it up on the radio if I heard it”, gut feelings on someone’s personality or a combo platter of backstory + judge praising (either in favor of it or to retaliate). Some people may not exactly make ‘excuses’ for sub-par performances, voting in spite of it, but may not have the musical knowledge or ear to discern when something is terribly off.
    In many cases, last season and this (and just in general pop music performances, concerts, talk shows, etc.) other people hear something I don’t catch onto.

  334. zuper – I agree about Michelle, but she kinda missed the bubble with her singing style. She reminds me of Leona Lewis. Leona is known in the US, just not that popular. This type of ballad singing, big voice diva style, to me, doesn’t have a big place in our music industry right now.

  335. I haven’t read all the comments, but just a few thoughts, now that the competition is finally getting interesting.

    I love, love, love Crystal Bowersox. She leaps off the screen for me when she sings, just like Allison did last year, even though they are *completely* different kinds of singers. What they both have is authenticity and honesty, IMO, and I love that. I don’t think CB has topped her “Natural Woman” performance yet, and this week was no exception, but I bet she will eventually.

    For the other people who are staying, the only one who interests me is Mike Lynche. I thought he did well this week, but if you want to talk about racial issues, I thought the fact that he had to go neo-James Brown to get back in the judges’ good graces was very telling, and not in a good way. I *loved* the indie-folk approach he was taking before, with his guitar strapped over his chest looking like a ukelele. I loved his voice on those earlier songs and I loved the obvious joy he took in singing them.

    Why can’t someone who looks like Mike Lynche be Jason Mraz-like if he wants to be? Why does he have to go the soul route, even though he can do it very, very well? Because that’s what guys who look like Mike Lynche are pigeon-holed to do in today’s commercial music business? Bah. I thought it was pathetic at how *relieved* the judges were that he switched over to something they can visualize him doing because that’s, well, how they visualize him. No imagination, and no small amount of unconscious stereotyping, if not racism, operating there. Sorry to rant, but that really bothered me, more than the racial makeup of the eliminated contestants. OTOH, I will keep pulling for Mike to do his thing and hopefully not get pulled into a direction he doesn’t want to go to succeed. I like him and I like his voice and stage presence.

    As for the eliminated contestants, I will miss John Park. He wasn’t much of a singer, but he was cute, cute, cute. (Yeah, Shania has nothing on me.)

    And finally, for Haeley Vaughn, if I were a talent agent I would snap her up right now, if that’s legally possible. No, she can’t sing, but she is a live wire — so cute, so personable — and I really do think she could be something special given time and some intensive training. I wouldn’t wish being a Disney Princess on anyone, but Disney is the only outfit I can think of that might be set up to make that sort of investment in her. If the old Hollywood studio system were operating (and okay, if we lived in an alternate universe where the studio system wasn’t a bastion of institutionalized racism), Haeley is *exactly* the sort of girl they would sign in a heartbeat to be their next starlet-in-training. I hope good things happen for her, because darn it, I like her.

  336. Re the racist accusations; I find them untrue. Jermaine was doomed to be voted off after his dumb comments about God getting him through the voting. And Haeley was bad. I think her sing out showcased that. I do think Lacy should have went before Michelle.

    For my part, they’re not “racist accusations.”

    They’re just a statement of established fact from about a million psychology studies that we *do* make tons and tons more judgments than we imagine we do based on completely unconscious feelings about surface qualities such as race, gender, and all aspects of looks, and that most of us are much more drawn to people who look like us and tend to judge such people more favorably than people who don’t look like us.

    Having your decisions driven by underlying preferences and biases that you don’t know even exist does not in the least make one a conscious “racist.” I never said it did !

    If you want to write off decades of psychological findings just because you’re unwilling to acknowledge that all of us make decisions on many superficial grounds that we don’t even realize we’re using, then go ahead. I would say that science pretty clearly proves you wrong, however!

  337. I felt so bad that so many very indie-vibing women had to be put thru that Black-Eyed Peas song last night. That must have been like torture for them, it was such a horrible choice for the type of contestants they have right now, with one or two exceptions.

  338. And finally, for Haeley Vaughn, if I were a talent agent I would snap her up right now, if that’s legally possible. No, she can’t sing, but she is a live wire — so cute, so personable — and I really do think she could be something special given time and some intensive training. I wouldn’t wish being a Disney Princess on anyone, but Disney is the only outfit I can think of that might be set up to make that sort of investment in her. If the old Hollywood studio system were operating (and okay, if we lived in an alternate universe where the studio system wasn’t a bastion of institutionalized racism), Haeley is *exactly* the sort of girl they would sign in a heartbeat to be their next starlet-in-training. I hope good things happen for her, because darn it, I like her.

    As someone else has mentioned, I think they saw the black Taylor Swift in her! … However, Taylor Swift wouldn’t do any better on American Idol than Haeley (well, maybe a *tiny* bit better, because of the blonde thing — but this show demands *singing* not just adorableness, or songwriting) — that’s where their judgment failed them, I think!

    While I do think they might be able to produce a major pop star at some point (though they probably won’t last much longer), I think they’re handicapped in doing that because singing ability is what the show demands but pop stardom demands quite different things as they very *top* priorities, with singing ability only a minor factor.

  339. steph6449:
    03/05/2010 at 1:58 am

    Not in relation to Kris’s performance last week specifically, but you can still put through a lot of energy on a ballad — in a different way than for a very upbeat song, of course, but you can still do it.

    I’m so glad you qualified your statement by saying this was not in relation to Kris’s performance last week, because the way he sang last week was near perfection imvho. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about what he did with the song and how he sang it.

  340. And Tim Urban must be their vision of Zac Efron. Cute, can sing well enough to be on High School Musical but how do they get him far enough in the competition to be marketable.

  341. I often forgive lackluster performances from some of my fave artists, some who have even come from Idol, and I don’t get super passionate/upset and want to revoke their ‘artist’ card…
    Can’t edit, but wanted 2 add:
    I don’t vote with my white brain but I enjoy singers from a lot of different backgrounds and genres. Don’t wanna sound trite and say, “I have a black friend,” or “I just picked up Jason DeRulo’s cd.” tho I did, ;)
    I’m not sure why Tim Urban is still there, I didn’t think teen mass voting meant much or really kicked in this early… He might actually be close to the bottom for all we know. Andrew Garcia is not Wonderbread and he’s still in the competition, but he has a big built-in fanbase (some of which may be too cool to vote 4 Idol, that may hurt him) AND talent, sometimes not knowing how to showcase it in the right way. If the show was filled with Didis, Katies, and Aarons, I’d be worried what the voting public actually wanted. But it’s certainly not “Whitewash Hour with Pat Robertson.”

  342. I want to know who’s genius idea it was to force these kids to sing “I’ve Gotta Feeling” when we all know that for 4 of them, it’s their swan song. I know TPTB can be evil but that seemed an especially cruel irony.

    In other news, I am THRILLED that Haeley went home. It was time. And it reinforces my theory that the minimum age needs to be raised. The whole Idol experience is a lot to ask of a 16 year old.

  343. Bowersox could make a hell of a record if they leave her alone, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a pop record.

    If Bowersox makes to the F2, she’ll be forced to make an album similiar to Bo Bice’s debut.

  344. lucy:but this show demands *singing* not just adorableness, or songwriting) — that’s where their judgment failed them, I think!

    Oh, you are absolutely right, and I wish I could go back and edit my comment, because what I was thinking was that Haeley could do well maybe as an ingenue actress or entertainer of some type, but I agree and doubt she’ll ever be a good singer. At all.

    With training (and autotuning, heh) she might reach competence — certainly at the low bar set by, say, Miley Cyrus. But given that she is *miles* more personable and likable than Miley, IMO, I do think she could have a shot as a teen actress/singer, with emphasis on the actor as personality-type career.

  345. I’m not sure why Tim Urban is still there, I didn’t think teen mass voting meant much or really kicked in this early…

    Don’t you get the feeling that maybe even fewer people than usual are voting during the semifinal rounds this year? That’s kind of the feeling I get from the tone of comments around here, anyway — this group may not be inspiring that many people to vote….

    And when fewer people vote, small but determined voting blocs can have more clout than at other times, certainly…. And I can easily imagine Tim inspiring a pretty fervid crush-on-Tim bloc to form and vote like mad.

    Of course, Haeley was the Vote for the Worst pick, and so that bloc didn’t work its will — That might be just a sign that their numbers are waning, though, perhaps.

  346. Oh, you are absolutely right, and I wish I could go back and edit my comment, because what I was thinking was that Haeley could do well maybe as an ingenue actress or entertainer of some type, but I agree and doubt she’ll ever be a good singer. At all.

    With training (and autotuning, heh) she might reach competence — certainly at the low bar set by, say, Miley Cyrus. But given that she is *miles* more personable and likable than Miley, IMO, I do think she could have a shot as a teen actress/singer, with emphasis on the actor as personality-type career.

    Well, given that current very low bar– and the ubiquitousness of autotune and such, I think maybe Haeley could make it as a singer, too! Look at Taylor.

    But I agree that I can see her as a smash hit starring on one of those mega-popular kiddie or tweenie shows because she definitely has the personality for it — and she already has her costume (the flowered head bands) and an adorable prop (the guitar, which she can even sort of *play*). Maybe she’ll get some calls … Megan Joy seems to be attracting some interest, as a girl with one of those desirable images, so why not Haeley?

  347. Don’t you get the feeling that maybe even fewer people than usual are voting during the semifinal rounds this year? That’s kind of the feeling I get from the tone of comments around here, anyway — this group may not be inspiring that many people to vote….

    And when fewer people vote, small but determined voting blocs can have more clout than at other times, certainly…. And I can easily imagine Tim inspiring a pretty fervid crush-on-Tim bloc to form and vote like mad.

    Of course, Haeley was the Vote for the Worst pick, and so that bloc didn’t work its will — That might be just a sign that their numbers are waning, though, perhaps.

    Its possible, but somebody like Tim (or his female equivalent) hangs around too long every year IMO. I think since all you have to do is not come in last – and there’s so many people to spilt votes among – niche people make it through every year. All you have to do is stand out in some way, even if that way is not singing. LOL. Bland is worse than bad at this stage to me. Tim is arguably the best looking guy this year and he’s tween friendly, and kinda likeable to boot. So he stays. I think anyway.

    I do think it will be interesting next week because Alex and Aaron might be overlapping a bit with Tim’s audience. One of them might have to go. I hope it’s not Alex. :(

  348. That final clip of the four, departing amigos staring into space
    (ostensibly at the big screen) was an incredible TV moment. I have nothing else to add.

  349. Its possible, but somebody like Tim (or his female equivalent) hangs around too long every year IMO. I think since all you have to do is not come in last – and there’s so many people to spilt votes among – niche people make it through every year.

    True.

    I would be shocked if Tim leaves before eighth place or so, actually.

    I do think it will be interesting next week because Alex and Aaron might be overlapping a bit with Tim’s audience. One of them might have to go. I hope it’s not Alex. :(

    Yes, please not Alex.

    I’m not sure he’s going to bring in the li’l-cutie vote the way Tim and Aaron are, though. And that scares me. Crap. I guess I’ll have to start voting next week.

  350. I am very concerned that Tim will take a spot that Alex or Aaron deserves next week. I am hoping that Todrick and Alex and Aaron all make it, especialy Alex and Todrick. I think Casey,Andrew,Lee and Michael are guarranted a spot even if they put on a completely crappy performance next week. I am going to vote for a girl and a guy each week when it is down to the top 12, cause I don’t want a two guy finale after having that 2 years in a row.

  351. Listening to Danny talk is hilarious. Good god, he redefines self-absorbed. Guess what, Danny? When someone loses their wife and writes a song, the poor woman didn’t die to provide you with a hit! As bad as this season is, at least there isn’t a Danny.

    One of the country blogs today had an article about the songwriter Kent Blazy who is behind Danny’s single My Best Days, and whose story Danny mentioned last night. I think it pretty much speaks for itself why that story resonates with Danny and he is passing it on, and how Kent himself feels about Danny performing the song and telling the story of what Danny and he have in common in their experiences and outlook. (And country music, among other things, is all about stories…?)

    “After he lost her, Blazy nearly stopped writing altogether. “I was here at the house by myself day after day and night after night,” he said. “I started just writing songs about what I was feeling and all these songs came out.”[..] The process was therapeutic and at the end of it, he was ready to start writing with co-writers again. Marv Green was one of the first people Blazy called. The first song they wrote together was “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

    “It’s making a statement of what I choose my future to be,” said Blazy. “That song honored her because of how she gave me more faith. After she died, I looked at my life like the Big Bang theory. What I had up until then was an amazing life, but it’s not my life anymore so I have to reinvent myself, and I can be anything I want to be.”

    When Danny Gokey heard the song, he felt the hope Blazy and Green wrote into it. “That was exactly the message I wanted to put out there,” Gokey said of “Best Days.” But even after Gokey recorded the song, the men didn’t know of their shared bond. Blazy read a magazine article that detailed Gokey’s loss and immediately knew he had to reach out to the American Idol alum. When he did, Gokey was shocked.

    “I’m a person who was raised in church and (me recording this song) goes far beyond destiny or luck,” Gokey said. “It’s God.” Now the men share hope that “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” will touch others in the same way. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, your best days can still be ahead of you,” Blazy said. “But if you feel like, ‘I’ve lost my spouse, my life is over,’ then that’s what you’re going to create. My motto is I’m going to be me, be happy and change the world.”

    Danny met Kent Blazy last week, and it was pretty clear from the pic taken of Kent giving Danny an enormous bear hug (lol, but it’s sweet really) that Kent is happy someone like Danny is taking on his song and giving it life. If Kent feels that MBD honors his late wife, and certainly Danny feels that way about almost everything he does in his career and charitable efforts, I’m happy for both of them.

    http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/photos/85722722.html?index=3

  352. I disagree with the idea that there’s any type of racial discrimination here. Those who went home last week and last night went home because they’re the worst singers of the bunch and don’t possess the qualities necessary to be a star. It really is that simple.

    Janell and Tyler were two of the first to go…If Andrew gets his ducks in a row, I believe he’ll still go quite aways…Jordin won, Fantasia won, Archie (whose mother is Honduran) did very well and still has tons of adoring fans like me…I do think that Mike and Todrick should go home next week (along with Tim,Lacey and Didi). Not because of who they are, but because they simply aren’t that good. I don’t see an issue here.

    And sorry, but I did think Danny was pretty annoying myself. I understand that he’s excited about having his dreams fulfilled, and he’s an animated guy. But the part about Randy Travis made him seem slightly conceited. And as soon as he mentioned his wife, I had to flip the channel. It just somehow made me uncomfortable, like national TV was maybe not the right place for that particular conversation, and to be interrupting Ryan and messing up the schedule.

  353. I do think it will be interesting next week because Alex and Aaron might be overlapping a bit with Tim’s audience. One of them might have to go. I hope it’s not Alex.

    I’m having the same thought. However, Alex might attract an older audience (myself included) who appreciate his decent taste in music. I don’t really want to hear a 16 year old sing My Girl and Rascal Flatts with goat vibrato, but I am interested in a nervous kid with a really cool voice singing James Morrison and John Legend. And I have it on good authority (12 yr. old daughter) that Aaron isn’t even slightly cute.I wonder if the producers will pick their favorite young guy for the pimp spot to get the one they want into the Top 12?

    RE: Danny. I thought his singing was tolerable with a couple of cringe-worthy notes (no better or worse than it was on Idol), his wallet chains and bedazzled glasses were ridiculous, and his “enthusiasm” was OTT. His explanation for randomly deciding to be a fake country artist was lulz and he came across as too giddy about finding more guys with dead wives. I know he didn’t mean it that way, but that’s how it came across. That whole thing was really weird, but it’s probably the last time I’ll ever see Danny on TV or hear his mediocre song, so whatever.

  354. Blog tale from a young woman who won tickets to see the show Thursday through a country radio station promotion involving Danny. (Her AI9 fave is clear, lol.)

    Danny Gokey came out about two minutes prior to his performance. [..] the crowd was great. He looks slimmer. Anybody else notice that? Ellen seemed excited to see him as well, as this was their first meeting. I could see Danny grooving with Ellen on her show. I loved this moment. He could not have been more excited to be there. He’s got great energy and those three minutes were awesome! Danny Gokey, you are spectacular. He was bombarded by the judges during the commercial, so the audience get neglected but still I was about 8 feet away from him… (teenage fan moment). My conclusion, if Danny was on this season, he would win … if it wasn’t for Lee DeWyze

    That’s sweet that Danny was “bombarded” by the judges during the commercial break.

  355. Don’t you get the feeling that maybe even fewer people than usual are voting during the semifinal rounds this year? That’s kind of the feeling I get from the tone of comments around here, anyway — this group may not be inspiring that many people to vote….

    And when fewer people vote, small but determined voting blocs can have more clout than at other times, certainly…. And I can easily imagine Tim inspiring a pretty fervid crush-on-Tim bloc to form and vote like mad.

    I had that thought too about the voting. I don’t think Ryan announced the number last week, but he did this week. Still, when he didn’t mention it last week, I thought about how the number might be low and might mean weirder results because a lot of people have very close vote totals.

    TBH the Top 36 format makes me actually vote during these semi-final rounds. The stakes are just naturally higher, with only 3 going through in each group, so I’d vote each week for the one or two who were really strong. This year, and with Top 24 in general and less at stake in these rounds, I feel less need to vote this early.

  356. Charismatic people like Danny and Adam will always get slammed. But that is what makes them not boring, entertaining, and gets things done for them.

    I can accept that Adam is charismatic, but Gokey is about as charismatic as my beige living room rug with that little worn spot my older dog has drooled away. That s**t eating grin of his....ugh. Gives me the creeps.

    Good for him if he has fans. It's not like I want the guy to suffer or die some fiery death or something. I'd just prefer he stays off my tee vee. Heh.

    There's always a few people who seem to have been cut too soon. It's true every season. But when it comes right down to it, they aren't going to win. So one week or two week before the Great Tour Cut? I don't know, doesn't feel that important. It's the top ten that's the heartbreaker. I'm still sad that Amanda didn't make the tour. Her solo album was shockingly good.

  357. Weird. Paragraph switch there. The blue is me, the unquoted was what I quoted. :)

  358. Charisma:
    1 : a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader)
    2 : a special magnetic charm or appeal

    Understand tastes vary, etc. and Danny’s appeal is of a very different nature than say, Adam’s (my top two AI8 favorites) — but just saying, lol.

  359. Gender and race don’t enter into MY preferances. Music genre does. I absolutely love Motown, but you will never find me listening to any Rap music. Jermaine has a decent voice and a nice package, but his personality was determent for success.

    I can’t help but wonder if Michelle had previous screen time, would that have helped? Yet, I see Paige going into the TOP 12 and she had none. Is it possible Todrick may sneak into the TOP 12? I hope not, but it is possible.

    I post on a political forum, and several of the participants’ teen daughters are supporting Tim. Go figure.

  360. that story resonates with Danny and he is passing it on

    I have no problem with Danny and the songwriter’s story resonating. I have a big problem with a tragic dead wife story being used in a commercial to sell a cd. Tasteless and beyond-the-pale self-aggrandizing. I like Danny’s voice, and whenever I forget what disgusts me about him, he goes and shoves it in my face. Despite professing to be a Christian, he seems to have no moral or ethical boundaries or bearings. It would be like Travolta using his son’s death to sell a movie. It’s just repulsive.

  361. Reminder: Please keep this thread focused on Thursday’s results show. Headlines and media belong either in the headlines thread, or a contestant’s thread.

  362. Why do we value Lee’s rock persona and kinda convincing rock style with all its pitchiness and hesitance and lack of stage presence (and its choice of a crappy song) over Jermaine’s way over the top and kinda silly but also quite accomplished vocal gymnastics?

    Simply, Lee has been pimped pretty heavily by the judges and Jermaine has not. It’s not a matter of race if you’re comparing the two, imo.

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