American Idol 9 Top 8 Girls – Recap

UPDATE: Paige Miles is the new female Vote For the Worst pick.

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Whoa. Isn’t this the night everyone is supposed to be bringing their A game? What the hell happened?

Crystal Bowersox, in typical fashion, was waayyy out in front leading this pack of girls.  Didi Benami and Lacey Brown finally got their crap together to deliver performances that proved they deserved  a spot in the Top 24 and maybe the 12.

Lilly Scott threw her own party tonight, but forgot to send out the invitations,   Siobhan Magnus picked a weird song, then proceeded to sing it…weirdly.  Katelyn Epperly and Paige Miles got a bad case (and in Paige’s case a really bad case) of the yips.  And Katie Stevens, at this point, has no idea whether she’s coming or going.

This does not bode well for the rest of the season.  I don’t even want to think about the copious amounts of suck the guys might bring tomorrow night…

Live blog and video after the JUMP…

Eight girls…One dream…tonight they fight for a spot in the Top 12!

OMG Elen is sitting in Simon’s lap and nuzzling his face. Simon says, “It’s probably the worse night to go, because you’re so close.”

Time is tight, let’s get going…

Katie Stevens – “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson – She’s trying to be young like the judges suggest. But, she’s pitchy and unsure of herself. She looks so uncomfortable up there. This is not cutting it. So boring. Randy says, “It paled into comparison..like karaoke. Didn’t work for me.” Ellen likes that she took the judges suggestions, but, “I didn’t feel those words…I didn’t see personality.” Kara says, “I don’t think you know who you are yet as an artist….you do have that talent…you need that experience.” Simon says, “I think this has been very confusing for you…I think your issue is, you haven’t worked out the kind of artist you are…you kind of sucked the energy out of it..I got to give you 10 out of 10 for trying.” She was 8 years old when Kelly won Idol. She says she felt the song, because she is breaking away from her small town. Poor thing is just doing what the judges are telling her now, she’s completely clueless. This could be the end of the line for Katie. 1-866-436-5701VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “House of the Rising Sun” – She’s dedicating the song to her Dad, who introduced her to music. I dunno peeps. She sang it really well, but she didn’t take it anywhere. What style was that? I felt like I was sitting at a school assembly. She doesn’t have an artistic identity, at all. Randy says, “You come out every week you surprise us…you take every risk…you don’t listen to us at all keep doing that ’cause it’s hot.” Ellen says, “You are why I love music…I was captivated, you made it current you are spectacular. Kara says, “I loved the a’capella vibe at the front…you are so unique and different…I really liked it tonight.” Simon says, “I wasn’t quite a fan of that…it was all a bit weird…because you didn’t do anything with the song…there was no moment..ploddy, boring and dark…didn’t get it.” – 1-866-436-5702VIDEO

Lacey Brown – “The Story” by Brandy Carlisle – Sitting on the edge of the stage, Lacey reveals what got her in the competition. This is pretty good. Good song choice that highlights her unique phrasing. She’s got a cool alt/country vibe. I feel like I’m seeing the real Lacey for the first time. But, it’s probably too late. Randy says, “A little sleepy, but your best performance in a long time…very cool.” Ellen says, “I agree with Randy, sounds like something that was written for you…distinctive..really good” Kara says, “Performances like this are why you got here…this is the kind of record you need to be doing.” Simon says, “I didn’t love the song, but you sang it really well…like listening to something on the radio…still haven’t heard the right song connection.” – 1-866-436-5703VIDEO

Katelyn Epperly – “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King – Katelyn has great pipes, but I’m still getting a cabaret vibe off her. She should have picked a contemporary song. She looks cool playing the piano, but her vocal is nothing special. Not as distinctive as last week. Randy says, “I just didn’t feel the right connection…it felt very put on…a little boring.” Ellen says, “I don’t know that was the song to choose to wow people with. It just wasn’t enough.” Kara says, “I didn’t feel like you were competing on that stage…I just felt like you weren’t even playing…what happened?” Katelyn says she was trying to be less corny. (didn’t succeed…she’s still corny) Simon says, “It was kind of like request night on a Friday night at a restaurant….other people look like they are trying harder.” – 1-866-436-5704VIDEO

The best so far? Lacey. Seriously.

Didi Benami – “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac – She’s got her guitar this week. Good thing, because it’s really helping. A lot. She’s doing an acoustic thing here, and it’s very nice. Very unique. Very Didi. She might be back in the game. The best tonight, so far. The judges better be nice. She’s really showing off her phrasing. The crowd loves it. Didi is back. Randy says, “It was a whole lot better than last week…I’m not sure there was a wow moment in there.” Ellen says, “Yes indeedee Didi…I thought that was a lovely performance…you did a good job.” Kara says, “One of my favorite moments in the show so far this season…sometimes you can surprise us by what you bring to the song.” Simon says, “I have to agree with Kara.” Thank Jeebus! “I think that was head and shoulders above everyone…I think she had a wow moment…the whole song was wow…coming back after getting mauled last week…and getting yourself together…well done.” – 1-866-436-5705VIDEO

Paige Miles – “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin – What the hell? She really needed to pick a modern song, preferably an R&B tune, and make it her own. She’s pitchy, limp, and absolutely out of her depth. And totally NOT relevant to current music. Oh Paige. Damn girl. You could have been a contender. Stick a fork in her. She’s done. Randy says, “That’s one of my fav songs…it just didn’t work…it just went completely flat.” Ellen says, “That song was supposed to be uplifting, but it was just sad and heavy…this is the time to shine….it’s the wrong song.” Kara says, “It was all wrong, tonight was not the night to do that.” Paige says she loves the song. Simon says, “It was just a horrible choice of song…the arrangement was awful.” He likens it to a bad bar performance, “…you had so much potential..you have no idea who you are as an artist. This could be the end of the road.” She performed it because of Michael Jackson. She says she got too emotional while she was singing the song (sure didn’t feel that from her) – 1-866-436-5706VIDEO

Crystal Bowersox – “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman – Crystal rocks it out with an electric guitar. I love the way she went big on the second verse. Man, she’s got some awesome pipes right there, and she knows how to use them. Sweet, hot and bluesy, she’s amazing. Randy says, “This is what this show’s about for me…I’m a fan…that was hot.” Ellen says, “I need new adjectives for you..best performance of the night.” Kara says that she’s an example of someone who knows who they are as an artist, and she’s beginning to see what kind of record she’d make. “This is what we mean when” Simon says, “You are one million billion percent going to be in the Top 12 next week. You’ve got confidence…you are the one everyone has to beat. It’s yours to lose. – 1-866-436-5707VIDEO

Lilly Scott – “I Fall to Pieces” by Patsy Cline – You know what? Lilly reminds me of Megan Joy. She’s got that odd quirky tone, but the difference is. Lilly has the experience, and an innate musicality and rhythm that Megan doesn’t. Lilly took on Patsy, playing the mandolin. Lilly makes it work for the most part–a couple of pitchy spots here and there–but I wasn’t blown away like I was last week and the week before. I like Lilly’s style, but I don’t think she’s connecting with viewers like she should. Randy says, “I think it was hot tonight…good job” Ellen says, “Love you, love your voice, love your originality.” Kara says, “You made Patsy Cline feel current.” Simon says, “I think you’re very brave choosing that song…that didn’t have the wow factor…cute quirky…that could have been a risky thing to do.” Wow. Rushing through the judges comments to end on time! But they do. – 1-866-436-5708VIDEO

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530 Comments

  1. The link I have for the broadcast is not working… :( Anybody has any that works?

  2. What is it this year that they are choosing so many Kelly songs? It’s strange.

  3. The link I use for live streaming isn’t working either. Does someone have one that works?

  4. What is it this year that they are choosing so many Kelly songs? It’s strange.

    totally true, I dont get it

  5. That’s why contestants don’t take on Kelly Clarkson songs, it just pales in comparison.

  6. “And you kind of sucked the energy out of it.” Simon should have stopped at “sucked.”

  7. I feel bad for Katie. I really liked her Feeling Good performance, but the last two performances have been meh.

  8. Maybe Katie could be that kind of contestant that “blossoms” over the course of the season. I hope she gets another chance. She handled all of that criticism really well.

  9. Dweia ~ You are so money you don’t even know it! :)

    I missed Katie, but based on the comments, didn’t miss much.

    Note for contestants: Don’t sing Kelly.

  10. Yay Siobhan! Really like her voice. Could be about a beat faster, but she’s staying this week.

  11. Siobhan really sounds good.
    I think confidence is playing a big part at this point.

  12. Siobhan definitely took my advice and slow it down… well, i’d like to think that way

    Simon, she is weird…

  13. wow!! siobhan… Simon, she didnt’ have ONE moment she had several… I guess he got confused… lol

  14. Siobhan was amazing. I was very moved. And I was Not impressed last week so much. I actually hated that note. Simon is wrong tonight.

  15. Lacey, I think Frankie from last year sang that from the sing-off with jesse langseth…good vibe, haunting… better than last week.

  16. And for the first time I actually liked Lacey. I wonder if that’s gonna save her from elimination.

  17. Darn, I really like Lacy. I don’t who should go… There’s going to be a lot of vote splitting tonight I think.

  18. Well, it was only a question of time before we heard a Carole King song this season.

  19. I thought Siobhan looked great too. Lacey is gorgeous but I don’t think it’s enough.

  20. Siobhan did a great job. It was much better than last week for me. I don’t get the Simon diss. Oh well you can’t when them all.

    I think Lacey did ok, not great.

  21. Wow, I didn’t think Lacey was good at all. Obviously it sounded much better live, but it just didn’t come across the TV at all. I heard lots of bum notes. The girls just aren’t bringing it tonight. I thought they would really step up their game tonight. It’s been very disappointing so far.

  22. Everyone loved Siobhan, so I think Simon was just trying to shake things up. She sounded beautiful. Lacey is adorable, but I’m not so sure about that song.

  23. I loved Lacey’s Brandy Carlisle…beautiful job. Impressed again with Siobhan, too. Simon has to hate these songs.

  24. Is that her hair, or a wig, or what??? Dont like the song, or her singing.

  25. Katelyn doesn’t do anything except try to sing it exactly like King….except King is a better singer with a distinctive voice…another *meh*

  26. I don’t care for Lacey’s voice, but I do think that she has been picking songs in the last couple of weeks that suit it.

  27. I think it was a mistake for Katelyn to play piano on this. Performance wasn’t that good for me.

  28. Katelyn, I wished it wasn’t that song… I just don’t like that song, so despite singing it with the right kind of rock-y vibe, it didn’t do anything to me…

  29. Poor song choice…not good for Katelyn. She was much better last week.

  30. Katelyn sang it perfectly – not a wrong note in the song. But it just wasn’t special was it? I’m disappointed but I don’t think it’ll get her voted off.

  31. I like Katelyn…the song or performance not so much. She is still safe i think though…

  32. I really don’t want Katelyn to go, but that performance was so weak..

  33. Maybe it wasn’t the best song choice, but I certainly would not say Katelyn did bad lol. She certainly sang it well.

  34. Yes that was a really bad song choice, agree with Simon, it’s hard to impress anyone with this.

  35. Dumbest song choices in Idol History.

    In idol history…..really?!??! LOL, I don’t know about that.

  36. I’m really trying to think positive about this top 20, but….I think the last two years spoiled me!

  37. I think the problem with Siobhan right now is that she’s confusing. She’s awesomely weird, and then comes out and flawlessly belts big voice songs every. week. Which is momentarily entertaining, but not all that interesting on the whole. The a capella was cool, but why rely on vocals to get through when she could be bringing so much more to the table. Does she want to be a torch singer? She was in a punk band, wasn’t she? It’s early yet, though, and maybe this is all she needs to do at this stage to get noticed and make it through.

    Katelyn has nice phrasing, but the keyboard always look less impressive on TV than the baby grand, so that was good, but anticlimatic versus last week. (I love her hair, too, LOL.) Lacey, OTOH, might not be as talented as Katelyn, but actually improved versus last week, which might pick up some votes.

    Didi- best so far, IMO. I liked that quite a bit. She was super connected to the song and the point where the band/back ups came in surprised me a little, which was a nice moment.

  38. Dumbest song choices in Idol History.

    Wow! Different strokes…I love these songs, except the Carole King.

    These just aren’t traditional Idol singers and the songs reflect it.

  39. they are playing it tooooo safe – where is some spark, some energy, something to engage you in the performance… it’s just very flat, and beige, and colorless tonight… all these songs are sounding the same to me. just bleeding one into the other.

  40. Good move for Didi to get back to the guitar…this is right in Didi’s zone

  41. My husband loves Didi’s voice and he’s a die hard Stevie fan. She’s doing a great job. This is her wheelhouse.

  42. okay everyone, did I miss something or is the theme “songs for the 70’s?” I think Katie didn’t get the memo…

  43. Yay Didi! Great song choice and sang it beautifully. If the judges trash you this week I swear….

  44. If I don’t look at the tv, I can’t tell the difference between Didi and Lacey. The song choices are so boring tonight.

  45. Megan is up next lol

    Didi is a million times better than Megan. She was great tonight.

  46. Katelyn sang it well,but it was still very Holiday Inn.

    Still think Didi is a poor man’s Brooke, but this is a better performance compared to last week.

  47. I’m still trying to imagine one half of the tour being taken up by coffeeshop perfomers. I mean are they going to drop a curtain behind all of them.

  48. Didi, the guitar, the song… I love it and she Didi-fied it… it’s gonna be on my iPod this week… LOVE IT…

  49. Ellen gave her some great advice. I just hope people actually vote for her and don’t assume she is safe, especially since everyone except Randy is so postive towards her.

  50. if previous ppl can win idol with 3 notes, so can didi

    Thank you. I agree completely.

  51. Didi’s voice reminds me of Megans voice, not trashing on Didi.

  52. Paige – What’s with the walking up to the mic? I thought that was strange.

  53. Even tough I trashed Katelyn song choice, at least she picked a up tempo tune, these girls are putting everyone to sleep with the slow ballads…

  54. I thought Didi was good but now I think she’s being over-praised just because it was such an improvement from last week. (I think it was pretty but a little flimsy.) Still, I think she made a case for top 12.

  55. if previous ppl can win idol with 3 notes, so can didi

    Thank you. I agree completely.

    Didi, and everyone else who you might be referencing, actually have very nice ranges. I don’t want to be moderated so I won’t say what I am thinking but I’m sure there are others who are reading this who will agree with me when I say that the biggest range isn’t everything in music.

  56. Man, I love this song but I am not enjoying this. :( I like Paige, I was hoping she’d break out this week.

  57. Katie needs to send her a thank you card…. Kaite is no longer the worst of the night

  58. This show is just not fun tonight. I think it’s the song choices but something is wrong.

  59. Paige, why are you not in my iPod for the last two weeks? And considering your song choice now, you will never be in my iPod because you’re going home this week…

  60. I can’t believe Simon said Paige had the best voice among the girls, she really showed what a WEAK voice she has tonight.

  61. sr4mjc, I agree. Dull songs. Eeek. Paige and Katie are the ones leaving this week……

  62. Seriously….what’s with all of these sad, slow songs? Did someone get DQed or something?

  63. I’m listening to the online broadcast on my headphones while I’m doing other things. Paige just sounds like a hotel bar singer to me.

  64. OMB. Is everyone gonna sing a slow song tonite???? I’m falling asleep. That being said good job DIdi!

  65. So far I would toss Paige and either Katie or Lacey of the performers we’ve seen. With the girls still left to perform, I have a feeling that’s where I will end the night.

  66. What did Didi sing? I missed it. The bulldog was chewing a tweezer… *shakes head*

    OASN…Oh hon…the last thing I wanted was to smile when you were singing that… I kinda feel bad for her. That was BAD.

  67. Oh poor Paige, she was so off, I think she will be gone, and you cant just sing a song cause you love it. Simon is back in the Holiday Inn again.

  68. I agree with the consensus about Paige. I think she’s possibly one of the two girls out on Thursday.

  69. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Paige and Katie will go home this week?

    I LOVED Didi’s performance. Loved, loved, loved it.

  70. I don’t get why people complain about slow songs, I love slow songs.

  71. She’s so adorable, but her vocals were the weakest of the night. I like her though.

  72. Paige really effed up. That Kelly Clarkson song she sang last week really put her into the conversation.

    But like I was saying….dumbest song choices in Idol history. They just keep comin.

  73. Maybe I’m just an over-invested BSC idoltard.

    BUT

    after 8 years, if I was going to try out for this show I would be googling and researching and you tubing what has worked in the past and WOULD NOT be doing what these kids are doing tonight.

    Except for Siobhan and Didi.

  74. Didi reminded me of Taylor Swift tonight.

    That is exactly what I thought! The Didi she did her lashes was very Swift. Which is why I cracked up at the idea of her doing Rhiannon after Taylor butchered it at the Grammys. I really liked how Didi made it her own and even better, she stayed in key! I don’t think I’d like her upper register if she belted it because it’d be very brassy sounding, but I like how she uses her head voice there.

  75. I must be deef; I liked Paige, although she seemed nervous, tremulous.

  76. Didi always sound exactly the same. It’s like she’s singing the same song all the time. I think is funny because the last two weeks everybody kept saying she was probably done, and I kept thinking “Am I the only one that likes Didi”? This week people started liking her again, and I am over her. I think she became boring. She was never a trainwreck. But she doesn’t bring anything new to the plate ever.
    I think she deserves a spot at the top 12. But mostly because very few guys deserve a spot. This is the year I wish they didn’t have a equal number of boys and girls at the top. This is the year I wish they’ve had a top 36 like last year. The boys would be toast.
    I hope Lacey and Paige go home. I still like Didi a little. But If I had a choice, my top 12 this year would be at least 10 girls and only 2 boys (maybe Lee and Andrew).

  77. Seriously…why must the freakin audience clap during the performances…ugggghhh….just stop.

  78. Yes, Purifory come back to us… but he was in Atlanta last week… recording! :) Still loving Siobhan and Mama Sox! Lacey did good too!

  79. i like slow songs too, but geez, not one after the next, after the next, after the next… bowersox understands that… she’s injecting some personality, some energy, some spark into her performance… she is making the rest of these girls look bad…

  80. I love Tracy Chapman, and I don’t think she has ever been sung on the show before….

    I think this exact same song was done by Jordin Sparks and Kristen McNamara.

  81. gangreen29 – Jordin sang “Give me one Reason” in Season 6 semifinals

  82. There’s Crystal….and then there’s everrrrrrrrrrrrrybody else. God, that girl can SANG.

  83. Oh Paige.:( EVERYTHING about that performance was all wrong. Easily the worst of the night. Paige has punched her ticket home.

  84. Electric guitar all the way baby! First woman to play one on idol ever.

  85. I love Tracy Chapman, and I don’t think she has ever been sung on the show before….

    Not meaning an shocker for Idol, just not a shocking song choice for Crystal. She’s becoming very predictable in sound to me.

    Allison played a couple of notes on electric last year ;)

  86. Crystal….Kristen McNamara sang this Top 36 last year…somehow, it sounds different. But I’m loving it…. no more words…

  87. gangreen29,someone sang this song last year during semis. Kristen McNamara I think?

  88. I think this exact same song was done by Jordin Sparks and Kristen McNamara.

    Lol, I just remembered Jordin, which certainly wasn’t as good as Crystal, and forgive me for forgetting Kristen McNamara, how dare I lol!

  89. Ugh, the site where I’m watching the online performance is just so slow…I hope justin.tv has one again next week.

  90. Why is Simon pushing Crystal so hard? Why does he do that so early in the game when it’s not necessary?

    That said, Bowersox singing Chapman is an example, to me, of a song being almost too much in someone’s wheelhouse. Of course it’s good, but there’s nothing surprising about it and I like to be surprised.

  91. OK. Crystal is miles and miles above everyone else. She bought something different tonight than last week. I was afraid she would sound the same week after week but she proved me wrong.

  92. Can any of these contestants figure out how to add some energy to their performances? I swear, even the ones who can hold a tune still give off the soulless vibe of the undead.

  93. There’s Crystal….and then there’s everrrrrrrrrrrrrybody else. God, that girl can SANG.

    This. Love this girl. I know she won’t win, but I’m going to enjoy her for as long as she’s in the competition.

  94. Aww, white electric guitars make me sentimental. Crystal was brills, just kind of jammin out, like she could hang with BB King and Clapton.

  95. sorry crystal, ur awesome, but i saw someone just like you last year at the Vail arts and crafts fair outside…unfortunately she doesnt fit the mold and is peaking too soon in my opinion, but i think idol wants someone with didi’s “look” to win bc shes way more marketable/swift comparisons…plus if shes the one that is the best singer of the bunch thats funny bc she wouldnt even get past 6th on season 7 bc she is not anywhere near the singer carly was

  96. I’m surprised Simon liked Crystal’s song. Chapman is also low key.

  97. one thing bowersox isn’t is boring… she’s the only one tonight i’ve seen with a smidgen of that elusive ”it” factor that compels you to want to watch and listen to her… no other girl has shown that quality in their performances yet – to me anyhoo…..

  98. crystal was great–i just wish she’d stop doing that alanis morrisette twang thing she does here and there with her voice.

  99. Allison played a couple of notes on electric last year.

    Opps, you’re right, sorry! I totally forgot that (and believe me, I love Allison!).

    My brain seems to be working at the same speed of this online broadcast.

  100. HermeticallySealed:
    03/09/2010 at 8:53 pm
    Can any of these contestants figure out how to add some energy to their performances? I swear, even the ones who can hold a tune still give off the soulless vibe of the undead.

    Im serious

  101. I think this exact same song was done by Jordin Sparks and Kristen McNamara.

    It was.

  102. Why is Simon pushing Crystal so hard? Why does he do that so early in the game when it’s not necessary?

    That said, Bowersox singing Chapman is an example, to me, of a song being almost too much in someone’s wheelhouse. Of course it’s good, but there’s nothing surprising about it and I like to be surprised.

    Crystal is an example of a contestant that knows who she is as an artist. Why sing something out of your wheelhouse? So not necessary…

  103. I like Didi too – she sounds the same because of her unique voice – you know it is her when she sings!

  104. soccerboi, people clap bc Bowersox is so good that people really get into her performance…like when her competitors got into her performance when she sang “Natural Woman” in Hollywood

  105. I´d like to see Crystal sing without an instrument… and she´s so serious all the time…But I agree.. she´s the best so far

  106. Oh. Lilly. I love you, but you sound awful! Good thing Katie & Paige have guaranteed you a spot in the Top 12…

  107. I can’t take it anymore, I am against producers manipulation but they need to make these kids pick some energetic songs, I will need to rewatch some episodes of rockstar to wake up after that.

  108. There’s something about the tone of Lilly’s voice that bothers me – I know she’s talented but there’s something about her voice I just don’t like

  109. This song is showing Lilly’s weaknesses I think. Didn’t like it.

  110. Lily is the one who’s a one-trick pony to me. Every song she sings sounds the same.

  111. Gah. Lilly. that is frickin Patsy Cline. Do not quirk up my Patsy Cline.

  112. Ok, first girl ever playing the mandolin on idol…am I right on this one? :D

  113. Paige and Katie are goners, IMO. I think the others, even Lacey, have done enough to get to Top 12.

  114. She’s not going anywhere. Hah. Trust me on this. But I think Didi ran races around Lily tonight.

  115. Did anyone else notice the stank faces Katelyn is giving on the balcony? She did it during both Crystal and Lily’s performances. Someone needs to remind her that she’s on national television.

  116. She’s not going anywhere. Hah. Trust me on this. But I think Didi ran races around Lily tonight.

    THIS!!!

  117. I didn’t see Katelyn’s stank faces in the balcony, just the ones she made while she was performing.

  118. Gleeeeee!!! (even if it’s just a rerun. It’s better than a lot of other new shows around!)

  119. Well, Crystal and Siobhan are definetly safe, Lilly too thanks to the pimp spot.
    If audience votes on this week only, Lacey and Didi are making the top 12. Paige, Katelyn and Katie are in jeopardy.

  120. Lily is the one who’s a one-trick pony to me. Every song she sings sounds the same.

    Yeah, I’m beginning to think that. It wasn’t bad though, and I still kinda like her.

  121. Lily is the one who’s a one-trick pony to me. Every song she sings sounds the same.

    Yup me too.

  122. I thought Didi, Lilly, Crystal, and Siobhan were great tonight. I thought Lacey and Katelyn were good but not outstanding. I thought Katie was not so good, and I thought Paige was bad but I think there were some hijinks going on with how bad the band was.

  123. PERFECT song choice for Bowersox. Honestly, IMO, the only thing that can take this girl right now is… her teeth. Sorry for being shalow, but I think the reason the audience didn’t connect better with Allison last year was her mexican features (and I don’t mean that in the racist way, but as in a not the same beauty as a Disney princess way). But Crystal has the jugdes backing her and she deserves it. She’s my favorite this year. But she is not as pretty as Siobhan. And Siobhan is good too.

    I can see why people like Lily, but she is getting as annyoing as Didi by the minute. She sounds the same every week. Don’t like her anymore ever. But still think she deserves a spot.

    Lacey and Paige: Bye!

  124. Lilly is starting to hurt my ears.

    Siobhan and Didi were both SO good.

  125. Crystal was good tonight, but I don’t think anyone else was. To me its a toss up as to who goes home.

  126. If I were to rank them tonight, here’s my opinion

    Crystal
    Didi
    Lacey
    Siobhan
    Lilly
    Katelyn
    Katie
    Paige

  127. Vocalists who play guitar are limited in performing with feeling. I mean you can strum your guitar all day long, but you will be standing still putting me to sleep after 10 minutes. Which is the reason Adam and Allison own the stage and put people in a trance. Put the guitar down, let me see you throw it down. Let the guitarist tear it up, he/she’s better at it.

  128. I thought Crystal was the best tonight. I just don’t like her that much (yet).

  129. Performance Order of the night from best to worst…

    1. Crystal – gotta give it to her, she woke me up…that was great singing..

    2. Lacey Brown – surprisingly, because she never ranked higher than 5 in my book. but i loved her song tonight…

    3. Didi Benami – i’m glad she pulled herself back to the competition by doing something like this in tangential to her Terrified-moment in Hollywood Week.

    4. Lilly – somehow, although I love Lilly, she’s definitely a one-trick pony…her style will probably bore me 4 weeks from now.

    5. Siobhan – still love her, I just didn’t connect with her tonight though.

    6. Katelyn – love her, don’t like the song… i hope she still makes it though, her previous works were spectacular.

    7. Katie
    8. Paige – not gonna be on my iPod ever…

    Going home IMHO: Katie and Paige
    Will go home: Paige and Katie

  130. Last week I was absolutely hoping that Lacey would leave, but man…I adore that song, and she did it great.

    Told you not to count Didi out of this yet!

    Crystal keeps rocking my world, week after week.

    I need to have Lilly’s record on my headphones, asap. Love her voice and whatever she does with it. I just want her to reach the Top 10 and be able to release an indie record to iTunes. I can see her having a cult-like indie fanbase.

    the reason the audience didn’t connect better with Allison last year was her mexican features

    Allison does not have any Mexican roots. Her parents are from El Salvador. I would have loved her to have Mexican roots though, that girl would make any latin person proud.

  131. Vocalists who play guitar are limited in performing with feeling. I mean you can strum your guitar all day long, but you will be standing still putting me to sleep after 10 minutes. Which is the reason Adam and Allison own the stage and put people in a trance. Put the guitar down, let me see you throw it down. Let the guitarist tear it up, he/she’s better at it.

    Sooner or later the Crystals and Lily’s are going to have to put the guitar down. Even David Cook and Kris Allen did periodically.

  132. My top 5:
    #1 – Crystal easily the best
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    #2 – Didi
    #3 – Lilly
    #4 – Sioban
    #5 – Lacey
    #6 – Katelyn
    #7 – Katie
    #8 – Paige

  133. Crystal and Didi were the standouts for me followed by Siobhan. Really happy to see Didi return to form. I like Lilly, I really do, but in a season of unique girls, several of whom are singer songwriters, I think her turn all songs into a quirky performance style is going to get old, at least to the AI audience. She’s interesting, but I don’t exactly feel much when she sings, whereas I can and do with Crystal, Didi and sometimes Siobhan. I also like Katelyn, but I didn’t get tonight’s song choice at all. For me, Katie has sort of proven she’s not going to be able to get it together, not with several girls who are so unique. Paige blew it. And I personally just don’t care for Lacey at all. I think the bottom two girls will be come from Katie, Paige and Lacey.

  134. My rankings:

    Crystal
    Didi
    Siobhan
    Lilly
    Katelyn
    Lacey

    Big gap

    Katie
    Paige

  135. Katie – the bus came for Katie. They let her open the show with THAT song, then immediately followed her with Sibbohan. Oh, Katie. I felt bad for her.

    Sibbohan – Awesome. Simon was on crack.

    Lacey – really good. She just might steal a spot there. And she looked great!

    Kaetlyn – WTF!! She just might go home, and I didn’t even think that was possible.

    Didi – back in the game, and cried at the end to boot. She’s so top 12 right now.

    Paige – Man, that was painful towards the end. I don’t know what she was thinking.

    Crystal – I think I want to marry her. She’s on a whole other show. Judges please back off before you ruin everything. Try to smile a little Crystal, we don’t bite. LOL

    Lilly – I love that she and Sibbohan are so WTF!. That said, I think she’s going to get old after a while. But I liked it. She’s great!

    We might have us an all indie girl top 6 right here. WOW!

  136. houstonrufus23:
    03/09/2010 at 9:08 pm
    Crystal and Didi were the standouts for me followed by Siobhan. Really happy to see Didi return to form. I like Lilly, I really do, but in a season of unique girls, several of whom are singer songwriters, I think her turn all songs into a quirky performance style is going to get old, at least to the AI audience. She’s interesting, but I don’t exactly feel much when she sings, whereas I can and do with Crystal, Didi and sometimes Siobhan. I also like Katelyn, but I didn’t get tonight’s song choice at all. For me, Katie has sort of proven she’s not going to be able to get it together, not with several girls who are so unique. Paige blew it. And I personally just don’t care for Lacey at all. I think the bottom two girls will be come from Katie, Paige and Lacey.

    Wow. Ditto on everything you said except that I don’t like Lilly!

  137. I think Idol would love to see Siobhan and Crystal in the Finale. These gals are just awesome!

    I’ll repeat what I said earlier, I will never tire of the Beatles or songs from the 60s and 70s. Good night, but not for everyone.

  138. Soberba:
    03/09/2010 at 9:02 pm
    ..Sorry for being shalow, but I think the reason the audience didn’t connect better with Allison last year was her mexican features (and I don’t mean that in the racist way, but as in a not the same beauty as a Disney princess way).

    You maybe onto something. If we look at the contestants who got voted off, were minorities. Somebody said, “its the changing demographics.” Maybe, but Allis parents spoke English with heavy spanish accents, and the mood of the nation regarding the border & fences and what not? Allison advanced as far as she did was purely based on her undeniable talent.

    Having said that, Lily may take it all.

  139. My ranking: Crystal,Siobhan,Didi,Lacey,Lilly,Katelyn,Katie,Paige (I predict Katie and Paige will be cut).

  140. My assessment from just reading these comments is that Lacey, Lilly and Didi are interchangeable, Crystal is indeed the frontrunner, Paige and Katie are toast, and Katelyn is largely forgotten.

  141. Man, the show just clipped on through. It was Crystal Bowersox for me, by a mile.

    My rankings:
    #1 – Crystal – absolutely loved it!
    #2 – Didi – interesting creative treatment. loved it.
    #3 – Lilly – also interesting vocal arrangement. she’ll need to show us something else if she’s going to stay longer though.

    #4 – Siobhan – didn’t do enough with the song besides acapella and blasting. just seemed liked artificial styles placed onto the song, so didn’t do much for me.
    #5 – Lacey – much better, but I just get too much trying. I think she’d make a good host where she gets too play with her quirky fashion sense but not really much of a singer IMHO.

    #6 – Katelyn – face it. she is a corny hotel lobby kind of singer. not interesting to me.
    #7 – Paige – awful choice. awful arrangement. she just showed why she’s not ready for the big-time.
    #8 – Katie – ouch. painful to my ears. not only did she not connect to the song or bring anything interesting at all to it, she had a hard time finding the notes.

    I’d like to see Paige and Katie leave now. Please America. It’s time.

  142. Siobhan is not gonna get any Simon love no matter how good she gets. Hes so in love with Crystal, that he is gonna pimp her all season, and Siobhan is gonna get better and better. I feel like it is going to be hard to watch.

  143. Well, Simon was definitely clearing the way for Crystal tonight. Nothing like plowing under her would-be competitors. Katelyn may have been her own undoing. WTF Carol King’s IFTEM. I hated that song way back when, I hate it now. It sounded so dated. Paige, another one with a bad song choice. I’ve come to the conclusion now, if the contestants don’t know how to arrange a song, I’m not even talking rearranging, I’m just talking singing it as is, they are screwed. Rickey Minor or Michael Orland or whoever are not doing any one any favors. The arrangement of Breakaway sucked, the background singers worse. The same can be said for SMILE. Isn’t Rickey Minor in charge of this stuff? Do TPTB suggest he sabotage some of the contestants?

    I think the problem with Siobhan’s performance was that everyone was waiting for the big finish because of last week. I still love her and she has very big vocals, something Simon felt was vital last year. Katie Stevens sings well, but her vocals are not as powerful as Siobhan’s.

    I don’t feel anything at all about Lacy and Didi. They’re good singers with quirky voices. I prefer Lily’s type of quirky better. Crystal is terrific, but Simon MUST stop pimping her. Was Crystal ready to pass out? She appeared weak. Will she have the stamina to make it through this competition? Again, if Simon is looking for a top 40 artist in Crystal, I’m not seeing it yet. I think Crystal always had confidence Simon. She doesn’t come across as a shrinking violet. I pray Simon doesn’t turn me off to her because she was one of my favorites. He needs to play fair or leave the game. I seriously can’t wait for him to leave IDOL. This of course being the opinion of an independent thinker who doesn’t need Simon to show the way.

  144. Gosh I hope The overpraise overhype doesn’t hurt Crystal. She’s my girl.

  145. metsman796, I agree.(well, altho seasons 3 to 6.were somewhat zzzzz) There are only about 3 people who are keeping me watching- one being Bowersox.

  146. Its interesting to me that Lilly even with the pimp spot is near bottom on dial idol.

  147. I haven’t read the comment yet but thursday I think Katie and Paige or Paige and Lacey are out

    my opinions;

    Overall they’re getting the hang of it.good job-.nothing to make me love this season,but I like it:)

    I missed the begining and Katie to go chipotle so I’ll try to watch that on Rickey
    plus my brother and his babysitter were talking the whole time :(

    In performance order
    KATIE STEVENS-I hate her personality.plus IMO she’s not pretty enough to be a pageant girl.I’m watching her thing on Rickey rn.ill give her props for listening to MY advice (heh) an choosing a current song.I like this.I realky,really,like this.

    SIOBHAN MAGNUS-I’m meh on her.I love her song choice and thought she did a pretty good job tonight .plus she looked nice.

    LACEY BROWN-good.I like the tone of her voice.interesting.good job Lacey!

    KAITLYN EPPERLY-Ive always been meh on her.My brothers babysitter was talking but I thought thi was ok to good.

    DIDI BENAMI-OMD THIS IS THE FIRST PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON THAT LEFT ME WITH A WOW.AMAZING AMAZING JOB.it showed some of the MAGNIFICENT tone of voice she has that I FLOVED in terrified(actually that was my first wow) .There’s a reason she’s my favorite.FANTASTIC JOB DIDI!!!!!!!!!!!! I FU$@KING LOVED this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And awwwwww happy tears!!!!!!!!!!

    Paige Miles-I love this song.I thought her version was good,mostly because of her voice,an I liked the darkness of it.and awwwwww it broke my heart when she cried ;(

    Crystal Bowersox-I am NOT a fan,but this performance is REALKY REALLY REALLY GOOD.her dreads kinda creepy me out.anyway GOOD JOB crystal.

    Lilly Scott- I liked this.not even close o her other things but good.

    I’M VOTING FOR: didi.at this point in the competition I’m voting 10 (haha I know not much in idolland) times to make sure my favorite stays an we get more TERRIFIEd

    The 1 hr format was great

    Overall good show :D :D :D

  148. I seriously can’t wait for [Simon] to leave IDOL.

    I second that emotion.

  149. At the top: who else? Mamasox! She’s so hot I want to hear a longer version of whatever she’s singing, which is how I’ve felt about the last couple of AI winners. We need a new Joplin, who can really belt, and she could be it. Rocked it, rolled it, and with the poise of a pro. She has that joy in making music that just radiates out of you, and you feel you’re in good hands when she steps up to the mike. Great career ahead would be well-deserved.

    Next: Yep, Lacey surprised me too, and not just cause I heart Brandi Carlisle. Her voice was sure, phrasing right-on and she sang like she meant those terrific lyrics. Also fun to watch, with that fuschia ‘do and interesting face.

    headscratcher: Lilly. They are over hyping her to death. What was so great about taking a wonderful Patsy Cline tune built for a big, rich voice, and singing it in a thin voice, with a strummed mandolin? I think they like the way she looks, mainly, and how she sounds “contemporary” –ie, by being quirky in a less interestingly musical way than say, Duffy, or Madeline Peyroux. To get that rendition out of my brain, I gotta head straight to YouTube to hear k.d.laing sing the hellout of that song.

    worthy of most pity: Poor Katie. This kid is so well equipped vocally, and in an earlier year she might have been the Diane DiGarmo of the bunch. But they’re clearly looking for something more interesting, less “straight,” and it’s painful to watch her try to do what they tell her like an obedient wind-up doll. I hope she gets voted off soon so she can keep working on that pretty voice, finish high school, and move on to a venue that will be much more hospitable. I can see her in musical theater, and that’s not an insult.

    Meh: Siobhan. She can sing, and put her heart into the tune. But it was a very weird choice — that’s what we used to do in coffee house sing-alongs way back in ye olden days. And everybody tried, like Dave van Ronk and Eric Burden, to put some grit into it, more than this. Just blah.

    Better than Meh: Didi. She sang “Rhiannon” (which I swore I’d never willingly listen to again, after the 10,000th listen) with sincerity, and I kinda liked the arrangement of just her voice and quiet guitar and then the vocal harmony chiming in. She also articulated the words well, painting that vivid picture Stevie Nicks wanted us to see. Not earth shattering, but not bad either.

    probably getting the boot: Paige, who was just painful to watch and hear (did she have a cold or something?), and Katelyn, who fizzled entirely on the Carole King song. Either did nothing with the material, and neither have much of a fan base — though there may be some love for Katelyn because she’s such eye candy.

  150. Vocalists who play guitar are limited in performing with feeling. I mean you can strum your guitar all day long, but you will be standing still putting me to sleep after 10 minutes.

    While that might sometimes be the case, it’s not an absolute trufax kind of thing so I gotta disagree on principle. There’s strumming, and then there’s the magical thing that happens when the guitar becomes an extension of one’s….um, self. I find that infinitely entertaining. Jes saying. But yeah, the guitar girls will put them down eventually.

    Oh, and with Lilly’s super rushed barely a full sentence comments and Simon seeming like he could barely be bothered to say something useful, the sneaky show kind of gave Crystal the pimp spot without making it an obvious pimp spot, YKWIM?

    I think Lilly’s in trouble this week. That was not a do or die kind of choice…that was a I had a big moment last week and I want to show a different side of me kind of choice. It was way too early to go there, especially with people like DiDi and even Lacey trying to throw down. Still dig her, though, and hope she sticks around.

  151. wellhesback:
    03/09/2010 at 9:22 pm
    Gosh I hope The overpraise overhype doesn’t hurt Crystal. She’s my girl.

    Im afraid it might.

    People always tend to go for the underdog, its true.
    Dont we root for the seal to out-swim a Great White shark when we see it on Animal Planet, or an antilope to win over the lion. Even the underdog in a Superbowl game. All this pimping will hurt Bowesox – Adam knows it too well.

  152. Will someone explain to me why they like Lilly?

    To me her voice sounds overbearingly quirky, the lower part of her range seems very weak, and she makes no emotional connection with the songs. Which is why I thought she did so well on Fixing a Hole–because the lyrics to that song are kind of random.

    But really, I’m open! Please explain!

  153. one other thought, on the over-pimpage of Crystal. This is a danger, and I could see that Simon realizes it. It sank poor Melinda, when they literally ran out of superlatives. But the competition that year was much more intense. Right now, they could pimp Mamasox to kingdom come, and people would still gratefully vote for her….

  154. Here’s my ranking:

    1. Didi- Wow, just wow. Very creative and very authentic. She took liberties here and there but you can tell she really is an artist. That song is difficult to interpret because of its imagery, but Didi understood what the lyrics meant.
    2. Crystal – once again, a very strong performance. And this time she showed excellent phrasing.
    3. Lilly – that’s a Patsy Cline song and it’s awesome to hear a different artist cover it. Strong interpretation of the lyrics.

    4. Katelyn – I felt disconnected with her.
    5. Siobhan – the problem with Siobhan is she doesn’t know who she is as an artist. That is a very corny interpretation of the song. The song is about a person who made the wrong choices in life – someone who’s wasted and almost hopeless. There was a total disconnect between the lyrics and Siobhan’s facial expressions.
    6. Lacey – she didn’t gave Brandi’s song justice. Way too cutesy for the lyrics.
    7. Katie
    8. Paige

  155. Crystal and Siobhan are the only girls I like so far. I find Lilly to be annoying, and the other girls just bore me. I also didn’t feel that DiDi was as great as the judges thought.

  156. worthy of most pity: Poor Katie. This kid is so well equipped vocally, and in an earlier year she might have been the Diane DiGarmo of the bunch. But they’re clearly looking for something more interesting, less “straight,” and it’s painful to watch her try to do what they tell her like an obedient wind-up doll. I hope she gets voted off soon so she can keep working on that pretty voice, finish high school, and move on to a venue that will be much more hospitable. I can see her in musical theater, and that’s not an insult.

    I totally agree with you.

  157. Crystal was light years beyond anyone else this evening. She was singing in an entirely different league.

    Other than that, YAY FOR ONE HOUR SHOWS! Most girls were pretty good tonight with the exception of Paige and Katie who blew absolute chunks. Ideally I’d liek them both to go, but Katie might be saved by young vote, and Paige might be saved by the fact she is the only African American female left on the panel. I’m not pulling the race card at all, but I cant’ remember a Top 12 without an African American female. It should be about vocals and not ethnicity, but it is American Idol and a popularity contest it is.

    I’m kinda on quirky voices overload. If Lacey, Lilly, and Didi performed back to back I can’t say I could probably differentiate the nuances in their voices. All are great at what they do, but I don’t think there is room for three in this competition. Two possibly, but not for long. I think Lacey will be departing us. She was good, but maybe a little too late.

    Siobhan was good, and instead of the quirky voice we’ve got the quirky girl. I do agree with Kara(god I agree with her more and more these days…scary). That I like the Siobhan keeps it interesting, but who is she as an artist.

    Good night I was actually slightly entertained for the first night all season.

  158. Katie – lovely girl and voice, but nothing distinctive
    Siobhan – great voice (& she knows it), needed more grittiness for the song
    Lacey – I just voted for her for 10 min. straight. Her quirky voice is more pleasant to my ear than Lily’s, loved that she was sitting on the edge of the stage
    Paige – could tell she was emotional about something from the first note; great voice, but this performance may be her swan song — but how can there be no African-American woman in the top 12?
    Didi – ADORED her. So glad they did not run her off with their comments from last week. PERFECT song for her, loved the guitar. Also voted for her.
    Katelyn – to me, standing at the piano looked awkward and the song did sound Holiday Inn. Very different from last week. Too bad.
    Crystal – all the judges were grooving on her, even Simon tapping his hand on the desk in rhythm. Should be making records NOW. Just want her to stay on this show as long as possible. Three-way vote split for me tonight, have never done that in watching Idol for 6 years.
    Lily – IMO, her act is going to wear thin, a lot like Megan last year. She’ll make the top 12 for sure, but needs to change it up or she’ll be predictable.
    My pick for bottom 2 would be Katie and Katelyn, but Paige is probably going.

  159. Fine if Paige loved Michael Jackson. There are at least 3-4 songs she could have done of MJ’s. Her voice was tight and nothing came out the right way. Poor girl; they really wanted her in the TOP 12. I don’t know if the pity votes will be there for her.

  160. My Rankings:

    Siobhan – The best for me. Last week was far far from a moment, but this week it was for me. Strongly disagreeing with Simon for a change.

    Lacy – This was a very close second. She was great tonight. But she’s going to have to build a fan base from scratch at this point.

    Lily – It was nice to hear her sing a slower melody, proving to me she really has got the voice to go along with her style.

    Crystal – I know she did a really good job, but I guess I just felt I was listening to a slightly lesser version of the real thing. It didn’t do anything for me.

    Didi – I love this girl, and although this was by far her best of the competition, it still didn’t quite do it for me. It was far from a moment as Simon acted. I think he felt bad for last week. Good, but not great. Still, she was much better than my bottom 3 tonight.

    Bottom 3 (2 of these are going home)

    Katelyn – She’s done so well up to now, but this was a horrible song choice. Does she have enough fans from previous weeks to pull her through? Should have stuck with corny, as I thought she sounded and looked quite beautiful last week. If that’s corny, I’ll take that.

    Katie – This was boring, and she’s still not going for it. I think she’s just too young to compare to the older performers this year. Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t look young like Alex or Aaron, so nobody is going to cut her any slack. She’s a lot better vocally than she’s shown to this point.

    Paige – Was this a Haley impression? My god, I thought that girl was gone…It looked like she got a phone call sayin her dad died right before she walked on stage. I don’t think saying she was sad thinkin of MJ is going to tug on America’s heart-strings.

  161. All this pimping will hurt Bowesox – Adam knows it too well.

    I don’t think so, I think Crystal’s earthy personality will resonate with more people, and since she is more likable I think people won’t be so angry about the pimping.

  162. I thought Lily was more interesting than Didi, even though Didi did better than last week. Lacey did fairly well with Brandy Carlisle, but then we watched Brandy on utube right after and well…

    Crystal is and will be my favorite, but Lily and Siobhan are right up there too. I don’t care if it doesn’t seem like Siobhan has a style, it seemed to work wonders for Adam last year. I think she stood out just fine tonight and disagree with Simon.

    The only three I really care about staying are Crystal, Lily and Siobhan.

    Didi’s early pimping, imo, will serve her well.

    Does anyone know how long voting stays open?

  163. God where this season’s Sanjaya? Not that the girls are bad but they are all so drab. The show already seems like a ghost of itself.Weird.

  164. You know what’s funny to me, the fact that Paige has one bad week and everybody is saying she is done. But Lacey DESTROYED landslide and bounced around like a pixie on Kiss Me and the consensus was aww give her another chance. Interesting. I was just bored out of my mind tonight, nobody exc. Crystal and Lily were good and I think either didi or lacey have to go they are the same person. But Crystal is way above everybody. period. Everyone else is boring me to death.

  165. I don’t think so, I think Crystal’s earthy personality will resonate with more people, and since she is more likable I think people won’t be so angry about the pimping.

    gangreen, I’m hoping this is true.

  166. LMFAO will he tries too hard to be “quirky”

    I want someone to sing voodoo…how about Katie?? (J/K)

    my bro’s bbsitter said Didi looked like Taylor too.I kinda saw it but she’s too old and she couldn’t have the sane suucess her voice is too AMAZING.I FLOVE didi.

    Ughhh I have the horrible feeling crystal will win.

  167. Kastek421:
    03/09/2010 at 9:34 pm
    You know what’s funny to me, the fact that Paige has one bad week and everybody is saying she is done. But Lacey DESTROYED landslide and bounced around like a pixie on Kiss Me and the consensus was aww give her another chance. Interesting.

    Good point.

  168. Kastek421, I think it’s because it’s the last night of semis rather than the first. Paige just picked the worst night to suck. :( It’s a shame because I like her voice and I feel like she could’ve made the top 12 for sure if she’d done another upbeat song.

  169. You know what’s funny to me, the fact that Paige has one bad week and everybody is saying she is done. But Lacey DESTROYED landslide and bounced around like a pixie on Kiss Me and the consensus was aww give her another chance. Interesting.

    I personally don’t feel that Paige has only had one bad week. I think she’s had three bad to mediocre weeks, which is just as bad. Lacey, however, hasn’t really been great for me either, so I don’t think she deserves anymore of a chance to bounce back.

  170. Sooner or later the Crystals and Lily’s are going to have to put the guitar down. Even David Cook and Kris Allen did periodically.

    Well, I can’t wait to see them do it – I’m bored of them both hiding behind their guitars. Crystal’s voice is at least interesting to me and I think she would be amazing without the guitar. Lilly reminds me of Scott MacIntyre though – I feel like she wouldn’t come to being good without her guitar just like Scott didn’t do very well without his piano.

  171. I like Paige. She has gorgeous eyes and sang one of my favorite songs. I hope she isn’t eliminated. She adds variety to the competition. I would rather lose one of the quirky girls. (But not Lilly.)

    From these posts, it doesn’t look good for Paige though. :(

  172. jpfan:
    03/09/2010 at 9:34 pm
    God where this season’s Sanjaya? Not that the girls are bad but they are all so drab. The show already seems like a ghost of itself.Weird.

    so true.re:ghost

  173. I’m voting for the kids from Glee – missed this show!

    I think Paige in gone. Not sure who the other girl will be. Hope the boys bring it tomorrow but not holding my breath.

  174. I doubt that Crystal or Lilly (two L’s people!) have ever performed in public without their guitars. I doubt they ever will — aside from group numbers, that is.

  175. Lilly reminds me of Scott MacIntyre though – I feel like she wouldn’t come to being good without her guitar just like Scott didn’t do very well without his piano.

    The difference is Lilly is good with her guitar, Scott didn’t do well even with his piano.

    It is looking bad for Lilly on dial idol. Strangely, although I really like Lilly I would be okay with her leaving. I am not sure how much more she has in her tank, and it would be good to leave on a high note.

  176. luvadamlambert:
    03/09/2010 at 9:41 pm
    anovich he can’t do very well with it either

    lol – I agree there – but he was better with it – I think this is a trap that Lilly could easily fall into

  177. Crystal needs to do something different – getting so predictable. I can practically predict what she’s gonna do next week. If we have a disco week again, she’s gonna small-town it too.

  178. As far as Dial Idol goes, I wouldn’t put much stock into it. Crystal is in first place but she is the only who seems to have any measurable votes (when you look at just the score) and the rest below her are at 0. Dial Idol doesn’t really seem to be good as a predictor this season.

    ETA: If you look at the raw numbers Sibohan and Crystal are #1 and #2 respectively with Paige and Lacey as the bottom 2 with Lacey at the bottom.

  179. You know what’s funny to me, the fact that Paige has one bad week and everybody is saying she is done. But Lacey DESTROYED landslide and bounced around like a pixie on Kiss Me and the consensus was aww give her another chance. Interesting.

    I disagree, her vocals were off on “All right Now” and she gave an ok performance on “Walk Away” but like every other Kelly song on this show, it came off as karaoke and not as good as the original.

    I don’t know what consensus you are talking about with Lacey, pretty much every opinion I read on both nights was that she was a goner.

  180. When looking at DialIdol I think it is better to look at the raw numbers at the beginning of the season.
    It was very close the last few weeks as all of the eliminated contestants have been right at the bottom.
    This week it looks like Lacey, Paige or Katelyn are going home thus far.

  181. Katie- I can see her in musical theater, and that’s not an insult.

    It’s an insult to people who do well in musical theatre! :)
    Actually, Siobhan is a musical theatre girl. To be successful in MT, you need a big voice and a bigger personality. (sometimes it’s a quirkiness) You need confidence and self-awareness. I don’t see any of this with Katie.

  182. As far as Dial Idol goes, I wouldn’t put much stock into it. Crystal is in first place but she is the only who seems to have any measurable votes and the rest below her are at 0. Dial Idol doesn’t really seem to be good as a predictor this season.

    Depends on how you look at it – based on raw #s, Lacey and Paige are in trouble. Based on busy percentage, Lilly and Katie are in trouble. Dial Idol score is only showing information on Crystal and puts her way ahead of the pack.

  183. Valentin432, I think the idea was that *apparently* that was the consensus because Lacey didn’t get voted off that week.

    I think both Lacey and Paige have been pretty underwhelming. But to be honest I think Lacey got the benefit of the doubt because she is cute. Don’t get me wrong, Paige is *beautiful,* but she doesn’t have that bubbly ‘awww’ factor that could save her from a bad performance.

    Just my theory.

  184. I realize that she is VERY talented, but Crystal’s take on TC for me was just a nice version of the original. My jaw didn’t drop at all.

    I second the idea that Crystal needs to drop the guitar on occasion, to showcase what she can do out of her obvious comfort zone. I am curious to see how far she will push herself during the theme weeks.

  185. the reason the audience didn’t connect better with Allison last year was her mexican features

    Allison does not have any Mexican roots. Her parents are from El Salvador. I would have loved her to have Mexican roots though, that girl would make any latin person proud.

    She sure would. She makes me, a latin woman, proud as hell. Sorry about my ignorance. But you missed my point. I wasn’t attacking Allison. I love her.

  186. I wouldn’t put too much stock in Dial Idol at this point. Dial Idol had Haeley listed fifth and she still went home. Aside from Crystal and maybe Siobhan, I think it’s a toss up regarding who goes home among the rest of the girls this week.

    You know what’s funny to me, the fact that Paige has one bad week and everybody is saying she is done. But Lacey DESTROYED landslide and bounced around like a pixie on Kiss Me and the consensus was aww give her another chance.

    I get what you’re saying, but the problem is Paige’s performance is not one that would inspire many people to vote for her. She might still make Top 12, but I’m not so sure right now.

  187. Ooooooo….can’t wait to see the videos from the sound of it! :)

    On one hand though i really like Crystal, i do hope Simon will just S-T-O-P! This was worse when he pimped Archie or Adam! It’s not even the big stage yet. Can you imagine when next week comes? From there it’s like candy for the ears for Crystal…

    I hope the boys bring it tom!!

  188. I feel bad on Paige. Last week she showed real potential for the first time. I felt tonite she sounded scared – I quit doing solos myself because of that same kind of quavery sound she had. I was just too scared, as I think she was.

    Siobhan sounded great. I didn’t get the judge love for Lacey. I guess I just don’t like her tone. Crystal was her steady self. Katelyn wasn’t as good as last week, but decent.

  189. Honestly, I have a hard time imagining Crystal without her guitar. I don’t mean that in a mean spirited way. Her identity just seems to be strongly tied to her instrument. But vocally, she is a standout, so it will be intriguing to see her just sing. I’m looking forward to it actually.

  190. BTW, Rhiannon is the name of the song Didi Benami did. I have the album! LOL

  191. It’s funny how Simon voted down David Cook in Hollywood, saying he would be vulnerable without the guitar, but not a word on Crystal about that. Actually, I think he was wrong on David and right on Crystal for this issue.

  192. Unless TPTB insist upon it, I don’t expect Crystal or Lilly, but especially Crystal, to ditch their guitars. Ever. It would be fun to see Crystal try, but I think if she did she’d still stand stock still at the microphone. I just don’t see her strutting around the stage.

  193. Valentin432, I think the idea was that *apparently* that was the consensus because Lacey didn’t get voted off that week.

    My interpratation of last week is that Michelle and Haeley were worse than Lacey, not that’s saying much but I wouldn’t read to much into it.
    First week was also a total crapshoot, Lacey was bad but there were 5 girls (including Paige) who could have gone home that week based on bad performances.

    I think both Lacey and Paige have been pretty underwhelming. But to be honest I think Lacey got the benefit of the doubt because she is cute. Don’t get me wrong, Paige is *beautiful,* but she doesn’t have that bubbly ‘awww’ factor that could save her from a bad performance.

    I don’t know how much of a factor beauty is for the girls. Ashely, Janelle and Michelle are all tall and beautifull women who got the boot in the first two weeks, I’ve read a lot of people saying that Haeley was the cutest thing ever, that (fortunately) didn’t save her.
    The people who watch and vote on idol are massively women, so I don’t expect a girls looks to give her a lot of votes.

  194. I don’t get it, Paige has one bad performance, and all of a sudden, she is gone. I mean even greats have a off night. So If Crystal or Siobhan had a bad night y’all are telling me y’all wouldn’t vote for them? If Crystal or Siobhan had a bad night, y’all would be voting y’all butts off for them, So why not Paige? Too me she seems likable and have a great personality, and even though she had a bad night, I still believe she can sang.

  195. The people I am voting for tonight are.

    Katie Upperly

    Meow girl Benimi

    Mama sox

    Lilly Scott

    Comments:

    Meow girl Benimi: That was sexy! Go Meow girl go!

    Lilly Scott: That was also sexy!

    Katie Stevens: Oh no! :( That was so very very weak sweetie! :( Wrong song for you!

    Ellen and Simon: ROFLMAOPMP! Love is in the air! ROFL! Couple name: Ellmon! :)

    The judges: I want Paula back! :( Bring Paula back and get rid of Kara so Paula can take her place. And then keep Ellen. :)

  196. Did anyone else notice that Crystal still looked sick?

    For me Crystal was the clear stand out of the night! She is so incredible. I guess I am the only one but I love her with the guitar she kills it! When I read that a person is hiding behind an instrument I become perplexed. I guess for me the instrument adds to the performance. Last season (and still now) Matt was my favorite and I could watch him sing and play the piano everyday and never get tired of it. I can see why some may say that about someone like Katelyn (was she even playing the keyboard tonight) but someone who is obviously extremely talented both vocally and instrumentally it doesn’t seem like a crutch IMO. If any of this made sense haha!

    Oh and I love Casey’s voice he is no Sanjaya IMO!

    I thought Didi was great tonight! Lacey was also better but I really didn’t enjoy any of the other performances.

    Looking forward to hearing Casey, Lee, Alex, and Andrew tomorrow!

  197. Crystal was amazing and I had been hoping she’d do some Tracy Chapman and that song in particular. She didn’t disappoint.

    Siobhan was my second fave of the night. I love the song and she did it justice. Third is a tossup between Lacy and Didi. They both did well. Only problem is I’m not connecting with either of them. They both seem too fragile to me.

    Lilly was fine. I didn’t think it was a good choice. She’s one who I feel has the look, but I’m not feeling her like some others are.

    Katelyn brought nothing to that song and it was very piano bar. She may be in trouble. Did anyone notice her watching Crystal singing? If looks could kill!

    Katie is completely out of her league. I think she needs to go.

    Paige, I’m very sorry about. That was a terrible song choice and I got the feeling it was already Thursday and she was doing her sing out. Maybe VFTW can save her.

  198. Unless TPTB insist upon it, I don’t expect Crystal or Lilly, but especially Crystal, ditching their guitars. Ever. It would be fun to see Crystal try, but I think if she did she’d still stand stock still at the microphone. I just don’t see her strutting around the stage.

    And won’t that make for an exciting tour!

  199. Valentin432, I actually agree with your assessment of why Lacey stuck around. I guess I’m just making the fairly obvious point that it helps to be good AND very cute in terms of your personality and look. (Haeley didn’t have enough of the ‘good’ part of the equation.)

    And I think you’re right that beauty can only mean so much when everyone up there is pretty damn attractive. But I suspect that female viewers care as much about the girls’ attractiveness as the male viewers–which is why they use hot women in advertisements aimed at women.

  200. Siobhan remains my favorite of the girls and Randy remains my favorite of the judges. Didn’t like her song choice tonight but her singing was brilliant and I’m hoping for great things from Siobhan in the weeks to come. I sense that I’m in the minority on this thread but just wanted to share. :)

    I cannot deny Crystal’s talent and I say “congrats” to her happy fans. To date, two things bug me: 1. The relentless pimping of her (not her fault) and 2. She has consistently seemed smug. Did she say “thank you” in response to any of the judges’ accolades tonight? :(

  201. And won’t that make for an exciting tour!

    Why wont it be exciting? Why do people need to strut around the stage lol? The best concert I ever went to was Ray Lamontagne and I don’t think he moved a damn inch. Sometimes I wonder if people have a nasty reaction towards instrument players because their favorites on idol lost to an instrument player.

  202. Katie and Paige were horrible tonight. Neither of them has had a good performance in the 3 weeks since they were named to the Top 24. Paige is basically forgettable and Katie has failed to prove she can be young or current

    No one blew me away tonight. I liked Crystal and Didi, I thought Siobhan had her moments, especially when singing a cappella. I can’t decide if Lilly’s performance was too quirky or not. Katelyn took a BIG step backwards from last week. Lacey was ok, but she bores me.

  203. Wow. I really like Crystal. First time in several years a contestant has grabbed me like that. Can’t wait to hear what she does next.

    I like Siobhan quite a bit too. Her nuttiness is entertaining, and she really has a pretty and powerful voice.

    Lilly is cool, and I like listening to her, but I don’t think anyone should change up that song.

  204. ?????!! I just saw the video of Siobhan’s performance on Rising sun and is Simon mad???? Her beginning gave me chills!!! I think for once, Siobhan emoted more emotions and kept more on key than her previous performance.

    Seriously, Simon can’t keep expecting Siobhan to have a glory note every week! She was very vulnerable tonight. He shouldn’t encourage her to keep screeching. I thought her voice tonight was spot-on. Though i do agree with Mj and Kara – i don’t know what artist she wants to be yet.

  205. Well, I can’t wait to see them do it – I’m bored of them both hiding behind their guitars. Crystal’s voice is at least interesting to me and I think she would be amazing without the guitar. Lilly reminds me of Scott MacIntyre though – I feel like she wouldn’t come to being good without her guitar just like Scott didn’t do very well without his piano.

    I don’t get the expression “hiding behind” an instrument. What do you feel they are hiding from? (It’s like when people say an instrument is a “crutch.” I don’t get that, either.) Just curious. Can you explain what you mean by hiding?

  206. She sure would. She makes me, a latin woman, proud as hell. Sorry about my ignorance. But you missed my point. I wasn’t attacking Allison.

    Oh, don’t worry ;), I know you weren’t attacking her, and it’s not really important, I just tend to clear these kind of facts as the only Mexican around.

  207. I don’t think of instruments in the hands of very accomplished musicians as crutches either. The instrument becomes like a limb, an extension and makes them more. I don’t care if Crystal never puts the guitar down. I don’t think she is hiding behind anything.

  208. I thought Siobhan did really well! That is not an easy song to sing and she nailed it. She has that spark about her. Crystal is really good, too, but I would like to see her to something a little edgier and without standing behind her guitar. Then there are the 3 girls that sing like Dido or something with that off kilter like vocal. Drives me crazy. I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart if I was just listening to their voices.

  209. will:

    “And you kind of sucked the energy out of it.” Simon should have stopped at “sucked.”

    Haha yeah I thought that is what Simon was going to say. That she sucked.

  210. Sometimes I wonder if people have a nasty reaction towards instrument players because their favorites on idol lost to an instrument player.

    Nope, nothing like that for me. Cookie plays the guitar and puts on a great concert. Just saw him back in Nov, thrilling on stage.

  211. one other thought, on the over-pimpage of Crystal. This is a danger, and I could see that Simon realizes it. It sank poor Melinda, when they literally ran out of superlatives. But the competition that year was much more intense. Right now, they could pimp Mamasox to kingdom come, and people would still gratefully vote for her…

    Melinda is exactly who I’ve been reminded of with the way Crystal is getting so pimped (I think they both deserved it but still). Didn’t Simon also tell Archie during the semis he was the one everyone had to beat? I feel like statements like that so early on could backfire. Hope I’m wrong though. And jesus she the only one I’m imagining not putting me asleep on tour.

    It’s funny how Simon voted down David Cook in Hollywood, saying he would be vulnerable without the guitar, but not a word on Crystal about that. Actually, I think he was wrong on David and right on Crystal for this issue.

    Its odd but I think the guitar really works for Crystal and I almost cant imagine her without it. I didnt mind David with the guitar but I felt he had his true breakout performance once he ditched it. I hope that happens with Crystal.

  212. why did crystal sit? is she still sick? it looks like prepared the seat in advance for her.

  213. Finally got my laptop back from my daughter (hers has a malware infection). I’m sorry I missed chat this evening.

    The performances in a nutshell:

    Katie – missed it but the comments confirm what expected. I predicted whoever went first would be who they want to go home. I think Katie is too young to compete with these other women at this point in Idol’s evolution.

    Siobhan – sounds like she has a head cold. I like her voice and liked her talking about her Dad, but this is kind of low energy.

    Lacey – Best song choice so far. Good tone, reminds me of Nancy Griffith singing Brandi Carlisle. I thought she was done but maybe this saves her.

    Katelyn – Like Hollywood week, kind of pedestrian vocals especially compared to last week.

    Didi – Risky song choice that worked! I love the tone of her voice and this was really lovely. I hope she’s safe.

    Paige – She could have sealed the deal with some R&B. This was a WTF song choice. I think she was going for soft but it sounded airy and insubstantial, not to mention stodgy. This could send her packing I’m afraid.

    Crystal – I liked her last week better but she is the class of this competition for sure. That Randy said she’ developed confidence was strange because she came in with confidence, but it was a very solid performance.

    Lilly – Great song choice and interesting arrangement, but I think she’s like Meghan Joy – not in a good way. She’s started to sound very affected to me. I think her vocals were messy but the judges gave her the pimp spot and lots of praise so she’s obviously important to them. I think she’s still one of the best of the girls, but she’s kind of losing me.

  214. Go Lacey and Didi! So glad my favorites did well tonight. I don’t understand why Lacey had to go third two weeks in a row though. Ah well.

  215. Miss Chaos:

    Suck it Simon!! Crap, he wants a high note???

    No!! No more high notes! Last week that high note hurt my ears!!

  216. Katie – Sucked. Her voice is nice, but her performances these past 3 weeks have sucked.

    Siobhan – I loved it, but I missed her crazy note :/. I have a feeling one of those could’ve fit this song. Oh well, the wail’s not always a good thing anyway.

    Lacey – I was really waiting for this one from her. It might be too little to late, but she was pretty awesome. Love her voice. Finally, we see the Lacey I like. America, keep her.

    Katelyn – FINALLY. Someone chooses a more upbeat song and someone plays the piano again. Too bad she totally failed to deliver. Ugh. Also, her hair was bad.

    Didi – SOOOOOO back in the game. Holy crap, she does SOOOOO much better with the guitar.

    Paige – lol

    Crystal – Sing it, sister. Soooooooooo awesome. Lovin’ it. LOVE IT.

    Lilly – Didn’t she sing this song 2 weeks ago? Okay, not really, but I’m getting that vibe and although I do like it, she HAS to distance herself. She has to…… Take a risk. Take a chance. Make a change. And BREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. See Katie, I could’ve floored you with that song and I’m a guy.

    Rankings:
    1. Crystal
    2. Didi
    3. Siobhan
    4. Lacey
    5. Lilly
    6. Katelyn
    7. Katie
    8. Paige (I didn’t even grace that one with a comment. It wasn’t as horrible as some of the other ones we’ve seen, but wtf).

    I’m really hoping it’s Katie and Paige who go. Everyone else has delivered well at least once in the past 2 weeks. Crystal and Siobhan were the only ones who delivered every single week (IMO). Didi and Lacey found their strides this week (As for Lacey, maybe it’s too little, too late?). Lilly was good but will get old faster than anyone else. Katelyn has delivered the past 2 weeks and just missed this week (and got uglier, but that’s personal and shallow so it doesn’t really matter). Katie’s done okay but spiraled downward heavily, she deserves to leave. Paige was good during that little moment we saw in Hollywood and her first performance was okay, but she also did not deliver last week or this week.

    Both Lacey and Didi came back from some dull performances, they definitely deserve to stay. I’m not too worried about Didi, but Lacey and Katelyn are who I’m worried about. Katelyn delivered for two weeks, but sucked hard this week. Hopefully America votes on the weeks before today.

  217. Sometimes I wonder if people have a nasty reaction towards instrument players because their favorites on idol lost to an instrument player

    .

    Or maybe it’s because people that play instruments while singing tend to lose a lot of the energy in their performance because they are trying too hard to split their focus. Some people can do an energetic singing performance while playing; most cannot. And when dealing with a lot amateurs, that shows.

  218. jinxx315: Then there are the 3 girls that sing like Dido or something with that off kilter like vocal. Drives me crazy. I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart if I was just listening to their voices.

    You must mean the three “EEEs:” Lacey, Didi, and Lilly. I know exactly what you mean. Similar to Megan Joy last year (though these three are better at the genre).

  219. Katie and Paige were horrible tonight. Neither of them has had a good performance in the 3 weeks since they were named to the Top 24.

    Disagree with respect to Paige. I think her performances until tonight have been decent if not awe-inspiring. Katie really hasn’t been bad either, just not great.

    I really don’t get all the love for Didi, and Lilly’s beginning to lose me a little bit.

  220. Or maybe it’s because people that play instruments while singing tend to lose a lot of the energy in their performance because they are trying too hard to split their focus. Some people can do an energetic singing performance while playing; most cannot. And when dealing with a lot amateurs, that shows.

    Were talking about this in regards of Lilly and Crystal, and they certainly give an energetic performance while playing instruments.

  221. The best concert I ever went to was Ray Lamontagne and I don’t think he moved a damn inch. Sometimes I wonder if people have a nasty reaction towards instrument players because their favorites on idol lost to an instrument player.

    And that would have bored me to death. People have different opinions about what kind of artists they like to listen to or watch.
    Everything doesn’t revolve around resentment from who won a past season of AI. Sometimes I wonder why people can’t dislike a certain type of singer or performer without it being linked to some underhanded swipe.
    Some singer/songwriters bore me to tears. Some I enjoy watching. Neither of these opinions directed at any of this year’s contestants have a thing to do with last season’s (or the seasons before) outcome.

  222. Meh, sometimes, but it all seem to blend in week after week. I thought their first week was pretty energetic. Last week, not so much (understandable for Crystal), this week they were good, but just seemed to be going through the motions. I just wasn’t impressed.

  223. sr4mjc:
    03/09/2010 at 10:29 pm
    WHEN IS NO BALLAD WEEK?

    Thank you!!! I can’t handle this anymore. It is beginning to feel like “Hotel Lobby Idol”.

    ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

  224. In terms of Crystal and Lilly possibly having to ditch the guitars on occasion once they get to Top 12, I’m trying to remember how much the contestants probably most connected with playing guitar on the show (David C, Kris, Jason) performed without it. Looking back, Kris played his guitar on 7 songs, played piano/keyboards on 3 songs (Top Download Week (ANS), Top 3 Week (Apologize) and Finale (ANS)) and sang without playing any instrument 4 times (not including duet with Danny — Country Week, Movie Week, Rat Pack Week, Finale (NoBo)). I didn’t watch all of Season 7, so I don’t know for sure how often David C or Jason performed without playing guitar — can anyone help me out here?

  225. Both Lacey and Didi came back from some dull performances, they definitely deserve to stay. I’m not too worried about Didi, but Lacey and Katelyn are who I’m worried about. Katelyn delivered for two weeks, but sucked hard this week. Hopefully America votes on the weeks before today.

    I’ve always wondered about this. The whole “you were bad this week so off you go”. I don’t think I vote that way. But I guess I’m not a casual voter. lol

  226. Sometimes I wonder if people have a nasty reaction towards instrument players because their favorites on idol lost to an instrument player.

    Doesn’t apply to me since the only season I had a “horse” in the race was last year and he won the whole thing. I just think that in the previous 2 years the contestants who played instruments (Cook, Brooke, Scott, Kris) were all expected to put them down at some point – in fact Kris and Scott last year had to do the group round without theirs. I would like to see Crystal and Lilly, in particular, away from their instruments and outside their comfort zones, to see how they would do. Didi wasn’t awesome without her guitar but she wasn’t as bad as the judges made her out to be. Ketlyn was amazing last week with the piano but this week she wasn’t as good, and the first week she didn’t use it at all. I just want to see these 2 change it up a bt and step away from the instruments.

  227. I’ll answer the question about “hiding behind an instrument”. And to preface I feel that instruments are the worse thing that has happened to Idol. After all, this is billed as a singing competition, and singing means just that. It doesn’t mean pounding on a keyboard or piano or playing a harmonica or strumming a guitar. Those things do not “prove” that you are a better singer.

    My prime example is Daughtry. On Idol without his now ever present guitar he was one with the music…he evoked emotion and interpreted the song not just through the lyrics but by his body language and his performance. Since he is now always one with his guitar that performance flair and ingenuity is lacking. He is just a singer and not a performer…albeit a good singer.

    When you accompany yourself you oftentimes tend to loose a bit of audience interaction (though, I will say David Cook is good at keeping contact with his audience…but that is oftentimes rare. When you play an instrument, unless you are mega proficient, a Singer’s concentration just seems to be on it and they can become very mechanical. It’s the rare bird like an Elton or a Billy Joel who can make the instrument a part of them.

    If I watch a singer and the guitar or piano is distracting to me..that just means there is something lacking. And this year, the few videos I’ve watched the instrument really detracts from the performer.

  228. I really don’t get all the love for Didi

    Here’s my pitch for Didi, for what it’s worth: she has a unique voice but, unlike other singers with quirky voices, she also has an amazing range, brilliant phrasing and really soulful delivery. IMO most quirky singers don’t have those things too. She also seems like a very sweet person.

  229. Or maybe it’s because people that play instruments while singing tend to lose a lot of the energy in their performance because they are trying too hard to split their focus

    Right!
    Thats why I always favored Pearl Jam over Nirvana’s guitar playing Curt Cobain during the grunge days. I posted in one of these threads that Eddie Vedder would tear the stage up and bounce around as if he was having a seizure in tracks like Corduroy and Animal, but also in songs like Nothing Man – a ballad that would put you to tears if you saw his hand movements and facial expressions with his eyes rolling in a trance. Unreal

    Personally, I prefer my bands with a dedicated lead & rhythm guitarist to let the frontman throw it down nasty.

  230. Happy Daisy : Didn’t like her song choice tonight but her singing was brilliant and I’m hoping for great things from Siobhan in the weeks to come. I sense that I’m in the minority on this blog but just wanted to share.

    Happy Daisy, I’m in that minority, and it’s all good. Except, I liked Siobhan’s song choice, even though that’s a tough one to cut down and both maintain the rising tension line it needs, and resolve the tension, it worked. When I start cussing Idol because I can’t have the whole song, hear everything the singer would have done with it, it’s a keeper. I just posted earlier on the Power List thread what I wished for in Siobhan’s choices:

    Well, tonight I got everything on my wish list, with an capella opening tossed in for good measure.

    “After hearing what Siobhan was capable of doing with Gilbert & Sullivan, and having that finesse reflected in “Wicked Game” 2 weeks ago – It would be cool if more songs would showcase her vocals – the range, precision and control she has. Also, I don’t get the impression from her history of fronting an alt/metal band that ‘belting diva’ is anything she aspires to. Hope not, anyway – what a waste.”

    Range, precision, and control – beautifully controlled, IMO, and delivered with confidence. And that a capella? Took guts to start with that on such an important night, even if you know damn well you should be able to nail it. There was nothing ‘safe’ about that performance.

    This is the kind of artist I enjoy, and look forward to hearing more music from.

    ETA. Also. Simon speaks with a forked tongue. IMO. Of Course.

  231. Oh and one other thing that I have been meaning to mention. What the hell is with the fake boos whenever the judges give constructive criticism? You always can hear a few girls in the audience booing in a strange way. I think they have been there a few years. It’s all just very odd.

  232. Why wont it be exciting? Why do people need to strut around the stage lol? The best concert I ever went to was Ray Lamontagne and I don’t think he moved a damn inch.

    THIS! I’ve seen Ray twice, and the second time he wasn’t even standing in the middle of the stage, he was off to the side, his band was front and center in a half-moon shape with him at the end. But you couldn’t take your eyes off him, even though he stood still, without even a spotlight on him.

  233. Didi’s back!!!!!! Whoo hoo!!! Keep that guitar girl. You got my votes tonight!! MJ, I agree with all your comments about the ladies tonight. Crystal is AMAZING. I have no idea who Siobhan is as an artist. Kately kinda stumbled tonight. Paige’s song choice was just wrong. Lacey brought it tonight!! I’m just so excited for Didi right now.

    elj2005, perfect way to describe Didi.

  234. for all of you who think Lacey is still going home… don’t you wonder why she made it this far???

    even after Landslide she had a big fan base. now that she really rocked a song, it’s only growing.

    don’t count her out… i think katie and paige our out like a light.

  235. Absolutely loved Siobhan! She is this years Adam. Never sure what she is going to do. Simon also needs to stop pimping Crystal. Loved her performance but the pimping is going to backfire.

  236. Katelyn- It was weird just odd.
    Lily- Sassy as usual but ok to me.
    Katie- She didn’t sing like she meant it. :/
    Siobhan- (she’s my fave) I thought it was great but maybe I’m prejudice.
    Lacey- Sweet but slightly boring.

    that’s all I can remember. :D

  237. Crystal was amazing as usual tonight. I agree with others that have said that we probably won’t see her without an instrument but she is an exceptional guitarist and I don’t think her playing it takes anything away from her performances. She definately isn’t hiding behind her instrument, with or without her guitar, her vocals and performance skills are possibly unmatched by anyone else in the competition. She is this season’s pro. Simon’s constant pimping may harm her chances of winning but I don’t think she cares too much if she wins the entire thing or not.

  238. ^ I love Siobhan too.
    But wth was simon on…
    Is he trying to tell her to belt every week? Because that is really bad advice….

    Me thinks he might be trying to sabotage Crystals competitors because he seems to have already decided Crystal to be the winner. Im already getting sick of the pimping tho.

  239. I completely agree with Ohiobofan!! My mom even said she’s like an Adam. he was my fave last year :D

  240. I’ve always wondered about this. The whole “you were bad this week so off you go”. I don’t think I vote that way. But I guess I’m not a casual voter. lol

    That’s exactly it, the casual voters. Plus, maybe it’s just because I used to not give a damn about Katelyn, but I really worry that America will forget about her just because of one bad week. She’s converted me to a fan of hers, but I keep getting the nagging feeling people will forget about her two past performances and remember people they pimped more (like Crystal).

    Speaking of which, I hope the judges cut back. I’m a huge Crystal fan and I have a feeling that in 4 weeks, I’ll know how the Adam/Danny fans felt last season with all the backlash from other contestants because my fave was overly pimped. I get the same vibe from Siobhan, too. I have a feeling she’ll be just as “unique” as Adam and people will not get her like I didn’t get Adam last season until after the show was over (also probably had to do with him being the biggest threat to my favorite but that’s another story). She’s easily one of my favorites.

  241. I really do not like Lacey…. but somehow I feel that she might stay again. hope im wrong. I like Katie better than her to be honest. tho I dont think either have much longer staying power.

    its funny tho. A while back and we thought Katie was the TCO. lol.
    guess it really is Crystal- Simon’s new ‘susan boyle’..

  242. The guitar playing just added more to Crystal’s performance tonight. I wasn’t watching, just listening, and it surprised me when I saw that she was the one playing those notes…she is really good.

    Hiding behind an instrument would maybe apply to someone who doesn’t have great vocals (Jason and Brooke come to mind), in Crystal’s case, I find it as something else to love from her, her vocals are rich and powerful, and they would still be without a guitar around.

    Simon was right some weeks ago, infectious is the right word to describe her.

  243. Maybe they should have a singers competition separate from the singers playing instruments??? Just a thought. People appreciate different kinds of talent. I’m usually drawn to the big vocal. I admire that. But I sometimes like the singers with instruments (like Brooke White). IDK.

    Ha ha. So funny. Someone just mentioned Brooke hiding behind her instrument. :) I’m only cracking up because of the difference of opinion here. It’s funny. Someone please write a term paper on all of this…. No make it a thesis…. :)

  244. A while back and we thought Katie was the TCO. lol.
    guess it really is Crystal- Simon’s new ’susan boyle’..

    I think Kara wanted Katie to be TCO – and I think she would have been if she’d had a clue on what to sing – but she was so willing to listen to anyone and everyone there wasn’t a chance for her to figure things out. Crystal really is Simon’s new SueBo, but I can see the possibility of Siobhan giving her a real run for her money.

  245. I think Crystal has a great voice, but I wonder if people won’t tire of her and Simon’s adoration week in and week out. It seems to happen every year.

  246. I didn’t watch all of Season 7, so I don’t know for sure how often David C or Jason performed without playing guitar — can anyone help me out here?

    I can’t speak for Jason but David split his performances equally – 1/3 with an acoustic guitar, 1/3 with an electric guitar and 1/3 without a guitar. Furthermore, he was pretty strategic about when he performed with and without his guitars, bringing them in when they fit the mood he was trying to create in a song (e.g. using the acoustic guitar in Little Sparrow).

    While at this point Crystal is my clear favorite, I agree with those that have said that in order to win this crazy thing she’s going to need to show some range and diversity in her song selections and performance style. She’ll lose her element of surprise in eleven long weeks if she just sticks with what she’s done in the semis.

  247. also probably had to do with him being the biggest threat to my favorite but that’s another story

    I like your honesty jammasta! That pretty much sums up the feelings in the air of the idol fandom for 80% of the season.

    I used to criticize the guitars last year because the guy with the guitar was the biggest threat to my favorite. Now here I am, loving the girl with the guitar.

    It’s funny…if your favorite happens to be Simon’s favorite, then you’re both right and you have just spotted the biggest star because “even Simon” said so. But, if your favorite is not his favorite, then he is evil and old fashioned and tone deaf and he is trying to shove a contestant down your throat.

    History repeats itself.

  248. She also seems like a very sweet person.

    That’s really big in my book. I have to like the person and think they are sweet. Didi is definitely a sweetie. I think she will make top 12. I hope.

  249. Those were some grim song choices.

    1.Crystal: Excellent as usual, but I’m ready to hear her tackle some disco at this point.

    2.Siobhan: I just like her and I thought her vocal was beautiful. I don’t care if she’s telegraphing “who she is as an artist” at this point. I don’t think she’s really made any mis-steps and I think not being in a box might give her more freedom on theme nights.

    3./4. Lacey/Didi – I can appreciate a subtle performance, but some dynamics would be nice. The Story is not so interesting without the wailing part (although I guess I should be glad that she didn’t attempt it) Didi’s voice sounded more affected than usual (I like quirky voices, but not when they’re forced), the song choice was kind of weird to me, and I don’t think it was even close to a moment. I do agree that it was much better than last week, and she gets bonus points for singing the right notes, unlike…

    5. Lilly – This is the third week in a row she’s sounded really pitchy on any low note she aims for and I’m beginning to wonder about her. But, I’m glad they gave her the pimp spot because I haven’t given up on her yet.

    6. Katelyn – The whole thing was lifeless and dull and she seemed kind of smug afterwards.

    7. Katie – She hit maybe 10% of the notes

    8. Paige – no words.

  250. Here’s my take on the instruments: I love it, when it actually adds to a performance. Think of a Eric Clapton or Alicia Keys or Elton John or Brad Paisley, etc, etc, etc. It’s not gratuitous, in some cases, it’s the main point. But if they’re going to stand there and plunk out a few chords just because they can, it hits me as totally poserish and takes away from the performance, even if it doesn’t effect their singing. It just comes off as lame bar band and/or coffee shop: it makes sense that a bar band would have their singer strum some rhythm, because they may have someone else to do the real instrumental stuff and aren’t staffed to have specialists everywhere. But with the idol band, they don’t need the half-assed playing they’re getting from these folks, and so it comes off as stupid looking. I haven’t heard the guys, but none of these people tonight were doing anything remotely interesting on their instruments, IMO.

    It’s a good addition to the competition, but the performers need to use it wisely: think about what instrumental support the song needs, and only play themself if they’ve got the chops. This thing of just playing enough to count but not so much as to interfere with the audible band arrangement ups the joke factor of this show to the tipping point for me.

  251. Those were some grim song choices.

    No doubt. Let’s get happy people! I hope the boys are great tomorrow.

  252. I like Siobhan too, looks like she was in a band before? idk, but i can see her doing The Cranberries type of music, i think fit perfectly her powerful voice, style(pre idol stuff) and image. She’s unique, rock/metal/hunting vibe love it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

    In my opinion Katie, Katelyn or/and Paige are in danger this week

  253. – “I’m bored of them both hiding behind their guitars”

    I also don’t understand why someone is “hiding” behind their guitar or instrument!! Were John, Paul & George in the Beatles “hiding”, what about Elton & Billy Joel?
    If that’s the style these singers are going for – why try & pretend to be something they are not!! To me someone singing well whilst also playing an instrument well is only an enhancement[ of course not everyone can pull this off!]
    On the other hand I can’t stand it when some singers strut around the stage all the time as if they having an ADHD attack!! Gives me the heebie geebies.
    To me the singing is the important thing – & the emotion that’s put into it. A song can be boring with a singer prancing all over the place or it can be really interesting & moving without any movement except the strumming of guitar!!

  254. This whole chosen one theory doesn’t hold up for me this season. Personally, I find most of the kids to be mediocre at best. Crystal stands out from everyone else to me like a huge neon sign. She’s one of those rare contestants that rises above the contest level and you just feel like you’re at one of her concerts. And if you look at Idol critics reviews, that view is shared fairly universally. So what are the judges supposed to do? Pretend its more of a level playing field than it is? I don’t even know if I’d watch the darned show this year if not for her although I do enjoy a couple of the others, but so far, not anywhere nearly on the same plane. Of course, the producers set it up this way. There were way more talented kids that should have made it onto the show and could have given Crystal a run.

    I can see why Simon and the judges are excited about Crystal since this is what the show is all about – finding incredible undiscovered talent who are ready for the majors. I hope she stays healthy throughout the grind of this competition and comes out on or near the top, ready to record and tour. I can’t wait.

  255. Dang it, I miss the beginning of idol and didn’t see Ellen on Simon’s lap. Note to self, must youtube it! lol… Where the heck are the uptempo songs tonight?

    1.My favorite of the night was Siobahn. She is so much fun to watch. Her since of style is a bit weird but the girl can sing. I love her taste in music. She is definitely my favorite this season now. It has changed from Didi to Lily to now Siobahn. The girl just has “it”.

    2. Didi is back to her old self and I love it. Her phrasing is music to my ears. I love that she is emotional. It’s Brooke White all over again.

    3. Bowersox was great of course but that song has been done soooo many times. She is really good at what she does. Is she ok though? I was worried about her after the song when she had to sit down. I hope she gets her medical condition under control.

    4. Lily was good but not spectacular and I think she was a little boring this week.

    5. Lacey again was pleasant but still nothing special.

    6. Katie wasn’t as bad as the judges put it. I feel for her, they got her so freaking confused. I actually like her voice. She has so much potential.

    7. Katelyn Katelyn Katelyn, what the heck happen? I FLOVE her last week and this week she does this cheesy song. I hope she doesn’t get eliminated though.

    8. Paige was just awful and the worst of the night for me. I don’t know what the heck that mess was?

    I think Crystal and Siobhan are the only ones safe and the rest are in trouble of elimination.

    Probably going home: Katie, Paige and Lacey in any combination are most likely going home. I think Katelyn, Didi, Lily are likely safe but who knows? Gotta think about this for a little bit. LOL…Pool points are on the line. hahahha

  256. 1. Crystal
    2. Siobhan
    3. Didi
    4. Lacey
    5. Katelyn
    6. Lilly
    7. Katie
    8. Paige

    Crystal is just the best of this group by far. If she does put down her instrument, she will still be better than the rest because not only can she really play (which has been my rap against some of the other guitar players of the past who just sorta strummed along, but you really didn’t get the sense the the guitar was more than a prop), she can sing her ass off. She has the powerful pipes of some former idol winners and confident in her abilities. I am fully on team Bowersox.

    I like Siobhan, even though I thought she was a hot stinking mess last week, save for that one note she hit, she has pluck, and guts, and I like that. She interests me.

    Didi did herself proud tonight, right song choice, and execution, score!

    Lacey has a beautiful instrument, and she is an exquisite performer, I like her.

    Katelyn is a bit pagenty, and not always memorable. I can’t quit put my finger on why I am not feeling her more, because she does have the ‘package’.

    Lilly, I just don’t quite get her. So moving on..

    Katie, she’s just not ready, I feel for her, because it’s not her fault, she’s just not there yet.

    Paige, what a way to shoot yourself in the foot. It was abysmal, from the first note to the last, nothing redeemable at all about that performance, she couldn’t even play the Michael Jackson remorse card properly, total fail.

    You know I never get mad at the contestants because the judges might pimp them. It is what it is. I mostly understand why folk are pimped. I see why Fantasia and Ruben were pimped even in retrospect, they were just better at that point. I see why Danny was pimped. I originally saw what they saw, and it wasn’t the pimping that turned me off to Danny, but Danny’s lackluster performances. Danny has come a long way, the potential was always there. So they can put Crystal in the pimp spot, or call her out as the best all they want. As long as she continues to lay it down the way she did tonight, I am digging it, and her.

  257. Pool points are on the line. hahahha

    I don’t even have a guess this year. The person I think is the best is someone I’m not connecting to yet. Can’t wait to see the guys.

  258. Right now, if I was going for the likeabilty (is that a word???) factor and the voice alone, I would go with Siobhan.

  259. I’ve said this before and I’ll this again: I think this is the best season so far. Maybe it’s just me and my musical taste but it thrills me to see so many artists on the show. Gone were the days of mediocre music from wailing divas (insert: Jordin, Syesha, Diana) and cheesy balladeers (Clay, Anthony Fedorov, Archuleta). I’m glad that the focus this season seems to be on superior music. I don’t know about you mainstream people, but I can’t get enough of Dan Auerbach and Iron and Wine type of music.

  260. ersonally, I find most of the kids to be mediocre at best. Crystal stands out from everyone else to me like a huge neon sign. She’s one of those rare contestants that rises above the contest level and you just feel like you’re at one of her concerts. And if you look at Idol critics reviews, that view is shared fairly universally. So what are the judges supposed to do? Pretend its more of a level playing field than it is?

    Well, in this case, it could be that they were so gunshy from the show going off the rails last season with Kris emerging as the little engine that could that they stacked the deck with a much smaller handfull of favorites and an extra amount of obvious cannon fodder to make sure there wasn’t a surprise frontrunner. Not sure if I buy that, but it’s possible. If so, it’s a dumb move because it makes for an unexciting season. Either way, Crystal is awesome and clearly deserves her praise.

  261. the bitterbert in me hates guitars because of the end o the world

    The normal part of me also hates them because it give some contestants an unfair advantage and this isn’t a guitar conpetition

    I have no issues with hiding as long as you understand you’re not ZOMG AMAZING!!! You don’t deserve those superlatives unless you sing w/o your instruments and prove you’re more than a one-truck pony which IMHO,crystal has NOT done

  262. Crystal stands out from everyone else to me like a huge neon sign. She’s one of those rare contestants that rises above the contest level and you just feel like you’re at one of her concerts.

    *everyone* feels this way.It’s strange to me that crystal ranks pretty low on my list…

  263. Crystal Bowersox was sooooooo damn amazing.

    Sorry for saying it again, but she ALWAYS puts tears in my eyes. It’s so amazing.

  264. I like Siobhan too, looks like she was in a band before? idk, but i can see her doing The Cranberries type of music, i think fit perfectly her powerful voice, style(pre idol stuff) and image. She’s unique, rock/metal/hunting vibe love it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

    I would love if she did The Cranberries. Thats what I’ve been hoping for her to do for a while actually.. ever since someone suggested that song. I think next week she should sing that kind of more contemp rock song or even a pop-rock song, because i think what might be preventing the judges from really jumping on the Siobhan boat is that some of them (Kara and Simon) prob have no idea how they would market her. I dont think shes showed them her rocker self yet so i hope she does. but it has to be mainstream enough that they will get it.

  265. 1. Crystal
    2. Didi
    3. Lacey
    4. Siobhan
    5. Katelyn
    6. Lilly
    7. Katie
    8. Paige

    Crystal is the one to beat as she really is very good, but I think someone like Didi could catch her.

    I don’t see the guitar as a prop for Crystal because she has an incredible voice. I see her as young a Melissa Etheridge. I think the guitar has a calming effect on Didi, and it brings out her confidence, so I’m glad she plays it. I like Lilly but I don’t see her winning. I don’t think she is strong enough of a vocalist. I think Lacey is a better singer.

    There could be a backlash against Crystal because Simon likes her. That would be unfortunate, but it wouldn’t be the first time.

  266. I’m kinda glad Lilly got the pimp spot. I love her, but tonight she didn’t do anything new. I dunno who I want in the top 12/10. Personally, I really like Siobhan, Lilly, Crystal, and Didi. However, looking at those last three, having them in my top 4 girls seems like overkill. However, I do think each of them has an ability to put a stamp on their own song. It just would be huge overkill to have 4-6 guitarists on tour.

    I’m hoping it’s Katie and Paige. I want Lacey and Katelyn to survive. I have a feeling Lacey’s bad performances from the past 2 weeks will hurt her, and I have a disgusting feeling that Katelyn hasn’t connected well enough to be able to have a bad performance (once again, it’s probably the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of her in the beginning AT ALL.)

  267. I’ll answer the question about “hiding behind an instrument”. And to preface I feel that instruments are the worse thing that has happened to Idol. After all, this is billed as a singing competition, and singing means just that. It doesn’t mean pounding on a keyboard or piano or playing a harmonica or strumming a guitar. Those things do not “prove” that you are a better singer.

    Nobody is suggesting playing an instrument proves anyone is a better singer. The point of instruments on Idol is that it’s second nature for many singers to play them. AI is about choosing winners who will go out into the pop music field (or country, or rock) and have successful careers. So it makes sense that the people who compete on the show bear a resemblance to the people who are successful in the real world. These days, for Idol to ignore that, and insist that the competitors never play instruments, would basically be ignoring what successful singers are usually all about, in reality. You could have a singing competition with a lot of divas, but that wouldn’t represent popular music now, and also, you’d miss out on many talented people who don’t fall into that category.

  268. sunnysider:
    03/09/2010 at 8:52 pm
    Why is Simon pushing Crystal so hard? Why does he do that so early in the game when it’s not necessary?

    That said, Bowersox singing Chapman is an example, to me, of a song being almost too much in someone’s wheelhouse. Of course it’s good, but there’s nothing surprising about it and I like to be surprised.

    I agree with this completely. Crystal was my favorite, but the pushing by ALL the judges is starting to put me off. I agree that Crystal maybe is deserving to all the praise, but I don’t know why that her performance did not excite me.

    I’m voting for Didi, Lacey, and Katelyn who I think deserves another chance.
    The top 10 choice to tour will be brutal. I wish that at least 6 of the girls will go to tour.

  269. Simon is still playing the dark horse card with Siobhan. Unfortunately for Simon, everyone but Siobhan has failed to step into the early challenger to Crystal role.

  270. I’ve said this before and I’ll this again: I think this is the best season so far. Maybe it’s just me and my musical taste but it thrills me to see so many artists on the show. Gone were the days of mediocre music from wailing divas (insert: Jordin, Syesha, Diana) and cheesy balladeers (Clay, Anthony Fedorov, Archuleta). I’m glad that the focus this season seems to be on superior music

    .

    I’m glad they want to explore new music, clearly they aren’t searching for a Diva voice this time and i don’t think that they ever searched for a ballader, but certainly the songs made for powerfuls Diva voices and Hearful Balladers are not in a inferior musical category and is not a mediocre music either. Actually i think that they need to stop to try with another Chris D type musician…look like each year they try to find the real rocker, and after the final everybody go POP. LOL

  271. Crystal looked like she was in pain or something post-performance…very weird sitting down on her amp. Siohban’s voice was mesmerizing. Didi was so much better this week that she should be given a Top 12 ticket for sure. Lily’s shtick is starting to get a bit boring, I think that’s all she got. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the heave ho out of this lot.

  272. Crystal was my favorite, but the pushing by ALL the judges is starting to put me off.

    This is exactly what I hate about those stupid judges. I think it worked in my favor last season when people were kinda put off by the comments towards Danny and Adam and that it worked in Kris’s favor, and I was a huge Kris fan so it worked in my favor as well. Doesn’t make it right.

    I’m also a huge fan of Siobhan, Casey, and Aaron (ack *shields self*), but I think if either of them were to win over Crystal because Crystal was TCO for the entire season I’d have to rage over everything.

    By the way, if it sounds like I’m angry at YOU, sorry about that :P. Totally didn’t mean to make it sound like that if I did, it’s not your fault, it’s the judges’ fault.

    Also, energy is exactly what is lacking from this group. Lately, I think Crystal and Siobhan have shown the chops to sing something energetic (at least of the women, but that may also be true of most of the guys). I have nothing against “coffeehouse singers” (in fact I endorse them and love them over a lot of other types), but this is just overkill. When am I gonna be able to get up and feel a song? Who’s going to surprise me? Where’s the energy?

    I honestly have always thought we had a GREAT Top 24. A great set of talent. It was difficult to choose who to root for based on their voices. However, once the live shows kicked in, that totally changed. Few were actually able to USE those talents really well and stand out with energy. I dunno, maybe I’m totally wrong and our Top 24 is really not that talented, but I always felt that this group had potential to be so amazing based on who was in it, but many of them just did not live up.

  273. After rewatching the performances, I feel like the show as a whole was less than the sum of its parts. There were quite a few good performances but most of them (Siobhan, Lacey and Didi) were on very slow ballads and since 3 other songs were also ballads (Katie, Paige and Lilly), the whole evening was lacking a lot of energy.

    I also feel like they need to move a little more around the stage to add some new element to the performances, all of them stay still on their spot with or without an instrument.

  274. Haven’t read the comments yet but I’d say that Crystal, Didi, Siobhan, Lacey and Lilly all did great, more or less. Katelyn was just ok and it’s unfortunate because she may not end up in the top 12, where I think she belongs. After tonight, I would like to see Paige and Katie go.

  275. My rankings for tonight:

    1. Didi
    2. Lacey
    3. Crystal
    4. Siobhan
    5. Lilly
    6. Katelyn
    7. Katie
    8. Paige

    What an odd season this is shaping up to be. Is it possible we have gone three weeks into the semi-finals and not one woman has sung Celine, Whitney, Mariah and Christina (I guess it is up to Todrick to step up to the diva plate). Of all the quirky, indie, singer songwriter vibe girls, I like Didi the best. She blew me away with the subtlety of her version of Rhiannon and didn’t make me compare her to the incomparable Stevie Nicks, which is quite an achievement in my book. I also heart Lacey but I fear that her lovely, quavering version of “The Story” came too late in the game to erase the meh “Kiss Me” and the mess that was “Landslide” (which I think was mostly nerves). Lilly kind of bores me. I am on the fence about Siobhan so far. Chrystal is great but I always root for the underdog and resist excessive pimping. Katelyn really did make a big misstep with her song choice and choosing to play an electric piano standing up for no good reason. I am hoping that it is Katie and Paige who get the boot. Paige seems destined for cruise ship, theme park or singing to what Simon refers to as the “peanut” crowd and Katie just isn’t ready for prime time yet despite having great pipes.

  276. I have to wonder – is this really one girl who goes back and changes clothes and makeup??? At least half of them sound/seem the same to me.

    Siohban is my girl….because I don’t like boxes. Cheese said it best up thread.

    Crystal is quite talented but her personality is just really cold to me. She doesn’t blow me away but I agree, she’s confident and it seems it’s hers to lose. Will the majority rule of this blog become the “Crystal is the bestest ever” this season?? Can’t wait to find out…

    Sure hope Lee lost his nerves this week!!! Bring on the MEN!

  277. If that’s the style these singers are going for – why try & pretend to be something they are not!! To me someone singing well whilst also playing an instrument well is only an enhancement[ of course not everyone can pull this off!]

    Right. On the show, people need to be pretty close to who they intend to be as professional artists. If Jason Castro intends to play guitar in the real world, for example, it wouldn’t make sense to present him on Idol without one. And if Adam Lambert intends to be the type of artist who, in the real world, relies on costumes and lighting and staging to create his magic, then Idol should present him that way. In each case the artist is presented in a way that gives the audience a fairly accurate idea of who they will be when they leave the Idol stage to persue their careers.

    Really, I think people who don’t want intruments on the show just don’t like the style of music performed by singers who play instruments.

  278. Katie: Pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. I wish she would have stuck with trying to be Rachel from Glee, cause the whole pop thing just isn’t working for her. I kind of hate to agree with Kara, but she has no idea who she is and what kind of artist she wants to be. And that’s OK, ’cause she’s 17, and that’s really, really hard to figure out. Sadly, she’s (probably) gone.

    Siobahn: Loving the acapella. I also love her control, when she goes slow and dark and understated but she still has this awesome voice underneath it all. I’m not exactly buying the “female Adam Lambert” comparisons yet, but when she does this type of stuff it reminds me of Adam’s Mad World, which was powerful because of its understatement. It was pretty good, but it seemed very old Idol to me, very season 4/5. I don’t know if I need to know what kind of artist she is right now though. She ticks off the good singer and personality boxes, and thoes two together can normally propel someone into the Top 12 easily.

    Lacey: Good song choice, straight off my favorite Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack. It suits her voice perfectly. This is the Lacey that I love… just wish we would have heard it last week! Ug, Simon, don’t diss her like that. I would throw her some votes if the lines weren’t closed… can someone on the West cost do me a favor please? ;-)

    Katelyn: All I could think of during that preformance was Brooke White. And that I wish she wasn’t playing the keys on this. Good vocal… just no WOW factor. Totally get the “request night” thing Simon was talking about. She needs to come out and kill every night, and connect big time because she can. The corniness whill fade with experience.

    Didi: I really shouldn’t read what MJ writes before I watch these cause now I am just excited for good Didi and not suprised by it. She’s so good though. Beautiful tone and great connection… but for some reason I’m just meh about it. Maybe it’s the abundance of the girls that sing exactly the same way. They all pick an indie-ish song and sing it in and indie-ish way with a cute tone and a musical instrument and great connnection and it all sounds the same. Didi sounds exactly like Lacey and Katelyn. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a top 12 filled with some interesting singer/songwriter girls, but geez, any variety here? (I don’t mean to pick on Didi. She was good, and probably better than Lacey and Katelyn, she’s just the third in line and I’m just a little over it.)

    Paige: Smile? Really? This is the song you pick to try to make it into the top 12 and rectify your poor song choices (because you’re trying to sing pop/rock when you have no real rock edge to your voice)? Now I’m just confused. And she doesn’t get the song. (Inspiring! Perservering! Not dwelling in the sorror!) Not to pull out another Glee refrence, but Rachel sang just two lines of the song and you got it and exactly what she was feeling at the moment. Ok, so I sort of get that she’s trying to show off her “great voice” but this just is not working. Sorry, hun.

    Crystal: I love this girl, I love this song, I love her voice on this song. She really is THAT good. I don’t like the pimping, I’m scared that she will be Daughtry/Melinda 2.0, but I am so excited to see her take on the theme weeks. I kind of want to see her do something just a little bit different. She needs to pull a “Billie Jean” out of nowhere.

    Lilly: I was scared that the “bluegrass” she tweeted about was going to be all sorts of scary and wrong, but she is so good too. She needs to watch the vocals, but I’m suprisingly OK witht the bum notes. It kind of fits her cool indie rock vibe. And I don’t put her in the same category as Lacey and Katelyn and Didi because she screams *real* indie artist as opposed to a Dufy/Amy Winehouse lite -esque “indie” artist that’s really more mainstream. She does need the wow type preformance.

    Paige will be gone, VFTW be dammed. Katie should be gone, but Lacey might not have the votes after two bad preformances. I’m expecting a “shock” boot, though. I really don’t think there will be five singer/songwriter WGWG-ish types in the top 12.

  279. Well if you felt a little tremor—it wasn’t a Peruvian aftershock–it was Patsy Cline turning over in her grave. That was aweful.

  280. At this point, Crystal’s overrated. Sorry, but that was a forgettable performance, and she’s not half as good as they’re making her out to be. They really want to pimp the “we don’t do pageant girls anymore, here have a REAL SERIOUS MUSICIAN she even has bad teeth” angle don’t they? But Crystal can’t last if they keep overhyping her like this. (Although she may. You all seem to love her, for one thing. If the rest of the Idol world is anything similar, she could be this season’s Adam).

  281. I wasn’t all that impressed with Crystal’s take on Chapman. I just watched it on DVR and was a little underwhelmed. I was really looking forward to it because it seemed like such a perfect fit, but she revealed nothing new about the song or about herself as a vocalist or performer . . . except maybe that she’s not as much of a joke on the guitar as the other women. (My husband looooves her though, so she’s definitely winning her share of fans.)

    I liked Didi best tonight. My hubby thought there was something off with the rhythm of the song, but he liked it . . . eventually once he got the hang of what she was trying to do.

  282. But Crystal can’t last if they keep overhyping her like this. (Although she may. You all seem to love her, for one thing. If the rest of the Idol world is anything similar, she could be this season’s Adam).

    You have to be joking. lol!!!

  283. I see it coming already with Crystal – the usual “arrogant” “screaming” “pimped”. I think it just comes with the territory.

    I watched the show back and it wasn’t nearly as good. Funniest part was watching Katelyn’s sour puss face when crystal was singing. Her dress was all messed up. I’m sure she was just sad at her performance and didn’t realize she’d be on the air but everyone else was dancing along.

    I guess Siobhan is the most “Adam” of the season. If she does even remotely move around the stage she’ll break out of the pack.

  284. Actually – I’ll take Jordin’s version of Give me one reason over Crystal’s. Yeah, that’s right, JORDIN’s! Sass and conviction.

  285. Simon is still playing the dark horse card with Siobhan. Unfortunately for Simon, everyone but Siobhan has failed to step into the early challenger to Crystal role.

    I think he sees Lilly as an early challenger. since shes quite similar to Crystal. But i dont think shes catching on as much, and will probably be the first ‘shocker’ boot. I think once we get to the top 12 tho the first 2 eliminations will probably be guys. well i hope. since i see very little potential in that pool.

  286. You could have a singing competition with a lot of divas, but that wouldn’t represent popular music now

    Right now popular music includes divas like Rihanna, Pink and Beyonce. Ke$ha is also hot right now…I guess she’s a trashy diva. LOL Although Lady Gaga is an EXCELLENT piano player, she is known more for her performance skills. Her concerts are designed more around her artistic vision and dancing than sitting at the piano. So, there is a place for singers without instruments.
    There is also a place for NON-SINGERS with instruments, like Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus. LOL!

    I’m also a huge fan of Siobhan, Casey, and Aaron (ack *shields self*), but I think if either of them were to win over Crystal because Crystal was TCO for the entire season I’d have to rage over everything.

    You might want to start preparing yourself for this. Crystal is not going to have the “growth arc” story. People are already complaining about “the pimping”.
    Like Simon said on Leno- It’s a popularity contest. In the long run, it doesn’t really matter. Runners-up can do better than the winners. Third and fourth place finishers can still have promising careers. It always works out in the real world.

  287. I got busy with other things after the show and forgot to vote. Oh well. Let the chips fall where they may.

    And Ellen, please stay out of Simon’s lap. That was gross.

  288. Except for Paige and Katie, the girls were all at least good. Crystal is exceptional, like she’s a pro who’s been performing for decades. Siobhan has a fabulous voice, and she’s always right on with her arrangements and pitch. Katelyn wasn’t up to her standard of the last two weeks, but she’s too good to let go. Did and Lacey stepped it up and good for them. Lilly has a certain place in my heart because my eyebrows still haven’t come down since I saw her bit of Lullaby of Birdland. But I didn’t want to hear Change is Gonna Come (agaaaiiin…?) last week and I didn’t like I Fall to Pieces much. She’s interesting, though, and it would be a shame to lose her when Katie needs to go back to school and mature a bit and Paige has had her shot and missed.

  289. Siobhan is my favorite at this point, and has been my only favorite, really. She seems like an interesting person, too, and has that surprise factor. I love her look (although I could do without the nose ring), and it seems like there might be an interesting story in her. There’s just something about her. And wasn’t her Dad cool looking? I thought her a capella was simply beautiful & amazing – what a neat idea. I loved how she performed that song. It was so so cool and, I thought, creative. Granted, Crystal is obviously good, and can sing great, but I’m just not really feeling her and her singing style that much. And I just want to wash her hair. Sorry. I think Katie needs to go home for sure. Katelyn redeemed herself with me last week, but for me this week, she’s a contender to go home. I don’t want to see Paige go yet – I think she has a really good and strong voice. Would like to see her stick around this week.

  290. Here are my thoughts on tonight’s performances.

    Katie – Trying to be Kelly Clarkson isn’t a smart thing to do. The girl is just clueless as to who she is as an artist, what to sing, what she is doing. I think being first and coming across as a third rate Kelly could spell the end for her.

    Siobhan – This girl gave me chills with her performance of “House of the Rising Sun”. Somewhere, Eric Burdon of the Animals is smiling. This girl has an unbelievable voice. The way she transitions from her high notes to her lower register, without missing a beat or going off key, is amazing. I am blown away by her. Let me second the thoughts of those who are also happy that this girl can’t be put in a specific category or typed. Good for her! True, she doesn’t know herself as an artist yet, or even how to use her fantastic vocal instrument, but I like to think that this competition is a journey. I want to watch this girl grow and find herself. She is simply extraordinary!

    Lacey – The girl stepped it up. I have to give her credit. I thought she was a sure thing to go home this week, but I am not as sure after she pulled off her best performance. However, if she does make it through, I don’t see her voice standing up to the rigors of the weekly themes. She has a unique vibrato and different sound to her voice, but I just don’t think there is enough voice to hold up in the finals.

    Katelyn – This was a big disappointment to me, especially after last week’s wonderful version of Coldplay. I didn’t feel any of the connection and emotion that she showed in that performance. I am not sure that this was the right song choice for her. I thought she was a lock for the finals, but now I am just not sure. I still want her to get through, because I think she does have a great voice, but I just don’t know.

    Didi – Way to go, girl! I said that song choice would be crucial for her and she got it right! At first I thought this could well be a disaster. Singing Stevie Nicks isn’t a walk in the park. But she did it in her own unique, different way and showed off a lilting, lovely bit of phrasing and some great vocals. This could well be enough to get her into the finals.

    Paige – This was just plain awful. “Smile” is one of my all time favorite songs, very special to me and she just butchered it. I didn’t get any sense that she understood the words and meaning of the song. Why pick an old standard classic that has been sung by some of the greatest voices that ever lived? Why not go for something more contemporary, kind of r&b/pop? I was actually embarrassed for her. Another girl who simply doesn’t have a clue who she is as an artist. This should send her home.

    Crystal – I see that she is getting all of the early hype from the judges, which can be the kiss of death. But this girl has a quiet, inner confidence that just comes through when she sings. She knows who she is as an artist and has a beautiful tone in her voice. I am not a big fan of Tracy Chapman, but she made me enjoy it a lot. The girl’s voice is for real and she could probably sing anything. She and Siobhan are the two best pure singers in this group.

    Lilly – This girl just loves to take risks by singing signature songs of great icons. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I thought last week’s brave take on Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”, was very well done. She held her own and as someone who grew up young listening and worshiping the great Sam Cooke, that is high praise. But this week I don’t know that she did as well with another incomparable singer in the great Patsy Cline. I kept hearing Patsy’s version of “I Fall to Pieces” as Lilly was singing. That is the risk in doing something like this. The girl seems fearless, has her own style and original sound, but you don’t want to make a habit out of trying to sing great songs by legendary singers. I think she did enough to get into the finals.

    I think it should be Katie and Paige going home this week. But with this show, you just never know.

  291. Wow. Crystal is one million billion percent guaranteed to be in the top 12 next week. The judges are pushing that girl hard (the judges didn’t even give Danny Gokey those odds last year, and they were pimping him pretty transparently). Crystal gave a tremendous performance tonight, no question. But aren’t the judges building her up to almost superhuman expectations? Given that she is a bit on the cold side, personality-wise (sure didn’t hurt Carrie Underwood, though, did it) could this and viewer revolt at all the OTT judges’ pimping maybe hurt her in the home stretch?

    Didi Benami shocked me tonight with her memorable performance of “Rihannon”. I wasn’t expecting it. And she found a way to sing it so beautifully and gracefully in her own style, without copying Stevie Nicks. She bombed last week, so that’s why I was surprised. I hope she makes it through, because she sure deserves it.

    Lacey Brown had another impressive performance tonight with “The Story”. She really got into the song, and I bought it. She finally put it all together with song choice and performance, and it all somehow fit her personality. She’s a little quirky, but she made it work for her this time. Good job.

    Crystal was great too, but we already knew that. The judges remind us 4 times every show.

  292. Crystal has natural talent but I completely love when someone sings with passion like Siobhan did tonight. LOL @ Simon not understanding it.. Whatever Simon! Siobhan was incredible and I hope he goes home to watch how it appeared on TV because it was captivating.

  293. i dont mind the judges pimping when they are somewhat on the mark…example: simon crowning crystal the best tonite. yeah, she, along with didi, did have the best vocal from start to finish. of course, i do hope that when crystal starts bombing, they will have the balls to set her straight. an example of complete and utter BS: when they tell someone like gokey after singing a karaoke version of MJ that he is sailing to the finale. crossing fingers history doesnt repeat itself. some of these girls are really talented and they deserve that spot at the kodak in may.

    Didi and Crystal really shined tonite, for me.

    Katelyn, Lilly were good enough. i dont think you can be spectacular every single time, its unrealistic. however, they must step up their game next week if they want to remain relevent in the judges’ eyes.

    lacey brown was bland, nothing special. she seems uptight during her performances and i understand nerves play a big part, but there is nothing charming about it. plus her face bugs me :)

    paige, buh bye. i thought she wanted to stick to pop/rock songs, so why switch it up to a slow ballad? why not try to give it a rock/pop twist to suit her voice more? i disagree, the R&B thing was not her vibe, she never once gave that impresion. its kinda lame that some people keep pushing her towards that label.newsflash, black women arent required to sing r&b. ugh.

    katie, good voice, but lacks maturity. her performances come across as very very miss teen usa. why isnt anyone telling her that? she seems to enjoy soulful pop songs, and they could fit her voice. however, she needs to be likeable and natural on stage, and right now, she’s not.

    i’ll predict we say bye to lacey and paige. (possible shocker boot Lilly or Katelyn moreso than Katie….seems the blondies are sharing fans and that could spell trouble)

  294. chessguy99:
    03/10/2010 at 12:24 am
    Simon is still playing the dark horse card with Siobhan. Unfortunately for Simon, everyone but Siobhan has failed to step into the early challenger to Crystal role.

    I TOTALLY agree with this statement. No way he doesn’t realize how special she is. It is like Archuleta and Cook redux. Notice he didn’t critique her singing, just her style and persona (“wordnerd/no charisma” anyone). Next week he’ll call her “brave” and the “Dark Horse” – MARK MY WORDS. He’s just building audience empathy for her right now, because he knows she isn’t in danger. There is a reason why he critiques last.

  295. i forgot about siohbhan. umm, good voice but now that the judges/media/fans pimped her glory note, she is making TOO much of an effort to throw it in her peformance. annoying! she will eventually have to show viewers who she is as a singer/artist. the show has really evolved since season 1 and this type of karaoke singing wont cut it anymore.

  296. Wow, looking at that heading photo, it looks like they have positioned them strategically to easily airbrush Katie, Paige and Lacey out. LOL.

  297. thesheriff:
    03/10/2010 at 12:58 am
    Actually – I’ll take Jordin’s version of Give me one reason over Crystal’s. Yeah, that’s right, JORDIN’s! Sass and conviction.

    Me too. I was rooting for Jordin the rest of the way after that performance.
    Anyway, I still like Crystal, did not mean to sound that I don’t like her or anything like that. But I hope that the judges will give
    some “constructive criticism” to Crystal and not just praise & praise her because that would be boring and bad for her. She won’t try anything different at all and just play her guitar and sing the same way. Why fix something that is not broken.

    I can’t wait for the guys tomorrow because they are not all good, so the potential to see improvement is bigger, and that is more exciting for me to see.

  298. But I hope that the judges will give
    some “constructive criticism” to Crystal and not just praise & praise her because that would be boring and bad for her.

    Crystal has nothing to worry about from the other contestants. Her only worry should be that the judges might Gokey her.

  299. i bet there are a lot of confused/pissed of season 9 auditioners sitting at home thinking THESE WERE THE BEST THEY COULD FIND??

    i used to not find the instruments annoying – i liked them actually. but now i think the addition of instruments takes away from everything.

    i miss when this show was about finding an IDOL. a STAR. not a singer/songwriter…

    this whole season is a snooze.

  300. she is making TOO much of an effort to throw it in her peformance. annoying!

    Really, wand3rful? Not in that song. In fact, I had the opposite impression. It sounded like Simon was disappointed because Siobhan ‘didn’t’ end with an American Idol Glory Note. He was complaining about the lack of a ‘moment’. She certainly could have, the sustained note near the end was nowhere near as high as she can go – instead, she chose to end the song on a minor note. Just because one ‘can’ glory note doesn’t mean it fits the song – for her – it didn’t, so she didn’t. Poor Simon.

    The ‘moment’ that even Ryan recognized, that was about as far from karaoke or glory noting as one can get, was the a capella opening – can’t be karaoke, since there was no music at all, just the pure voice, right on pitch, throwing down.

    I see her versatility as an asset for the ‘lovely’ theme weeks, but more importantly, I like that distinctive voice, and how she doesn’t fit into a box, with a label.

  301. I might be loving this season as I really like singer songwriters, every girl’s night has been like a mini audition for Lilith Fair with judges :D.

  302. suenigma:
    03/10/2010 at 2:30 am

    “Wow, looking at that heading photo, it looks like they have positioned them strategically to easily airbrush Katie, Paige and Lacey out. LOL.”

    Okay, so I don’t know how to do a real quote, but I looked at the photo after you mentioned this, and it made me laugh that they might be trying to save a buck on photo shoots. Katie, Lacey and Paige are in darker light in the photo, and the other 5 are in a perfect pyramid. LOL

  303. Lacey needs to tone it down on the makeup. She looks too old (or is she caking it on to look younger)? More is less. It’s distracting.

    Katie threw her hometown base under the AI bus when she said she was “trying to breakaway from her small town.” Good luck with all your locals now Katie who will be turned off from your diss. P.S. I know Connecticut and while it’s not Manhattan, saying “small town in Connecticut” doesn’t cut it. It’s not exactly a state known for its little innocent country small-town girls going down to the store to buy her first $5 dress! (I can’t remember the contestant’s name but you all know who I am thiking about. The one that took her first flight to Hollywood on “that thar air-o-playne!” and sat on the wooden porch with her mama watching trucks and life pass her by…)

    Crystal is getting the judges’ love and she deserves it. Gokey got it and didn’t earn it. And he was hokey. And working the dead wife scene and man he still milks it. He became unlikeable. Crystal seems like a true blue sweet ol’ young soul. Gets out there on the stage and turns it ON. I like it. A lot.

  304. Just wanted to say that a moment doesn’t always mean a second or two. It’s bringing drama and excitement to the stage through a surprising song choice, a new arrangement or just getting deeply into the emotion of a song.

  305. In Crystal the judges are pimping someone who lives up to the hype, in contrast to last year, when Gokey blew a song and the judges said he got A-plus anyway (what a knee-slapper that was). And people came to dislike him it’s true — much of this was his own fault — and I think he lost votes to Kris and maybe Adam.

    Crystal won’t be losing votes because she became unlikeable, because she is sweet and likeable. The only thing she has to worry about is the judges’ overkill and laying it on too thick. That is always going to be a risk, because the viewers are the ones who get to vote their opinions — which they are entitled to — and some voters will get sick of being programmed and the judges treating them like morons and robots. Even if the judges are technically correct in every single word they say about Crystal.

    The other thing Crystal might have to worry about is our love of the underdog. You know, contestants like Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta, whom the show gave zippo face time to, and basically ignored until, say, the last couple of weeks of AI8.

    The judges better watch it, because right now they are Gokeying Crystal big time, and she deserves better than the potential backlash they are unnecessarily creating.

  306. Although I think Crystal is way ahead and from the looks of things may very well stay there….I listened to Siohbhan a second time and I have to agree with the non-Simon judges–it was a remarkable performance–actually quite restrained and really riveting. What Simon said about “all” of Didi’s performance being “a moment” I think equally applies to Siohbhan. Having said that, I do agree (like Kara said) that she is not well-defined as an artist….but artist she is!!

  307. StevenD:
    03/10/2010 at 3:07 am
    Just started my own bog and posted my review of tonight, Please let me know what you think

    Nice blog Steven. Liked what you wrote. I won’t need 3D glasses to see Lacey’s eyes, heehee

  308. Siobhan…Siobhan… Siobhaaaann!!!
    Crystal is great, but Siobhan is FASCINATING!

    Please, America, make it right this year!

    Or at least bring those two true talents to the FINAL and let them relish our senses and soul with their breathtaking performances all the way ’till the end!

  309. I still don’t get Siobhan. Good voice but I just don’t know where to put her. I don’t think she showed yet that she knows what music she wants to do. But definetly going to top 12.
    I feel sorry for Katie. This week she was off pitch and picking Kelly’s song wasn’t the smartest thing she could do. I’ll repeat what I already said about her. She is to young. She has potential but should have waited a few more years.
    I really liked Crystal, Didi and Lilly but neither of them gave the performance where I’d say, see here’s a winner. I think all 3 will go to the next round.
    Lacey was a surprise today. I like her voice, just fear that it was to little to late for AI. But a huge imrovement from last weeks.
    Paige at this point should really go. I don’t doubt her voice is great but she didn’t show she has what it takes to advance in this show.
    Katelyn. I liked her last week. But now I’m starting to wonder if last weeks performance was really as good as I thought or was I totally biased because of my love for Scientist.
    In danger of going home: Paige, Katie, Katelyn, Lacey.

  310. Interesting reading everyone’s comments. I haven’t tuned into AI during audition rounds for YEARS. Usually the first time I turn the tv on is the top 10, anytime below that is a waste of time & I’m beginning to understand why I;ve done it like this.

    My perspective on this is a little different than most I think. At this point all I want is the cream to rise to the top, because the reality is that there are more train wrecks and derailments ahead for these folks. With the pressure, the extra practice for group numbers/commercials and not to mention THEME weeks – we will see many crash and burn within a few weeks. For me, Siobhan sounds nasally, Crystal and Didi are one trick ponies so far… but even that doesn’t matter. We will see a whole new side of them when they do disco night. LOL Everyone think back to Gokey, a front runner with a good voice and back story. He failed to bring it as the themes really started to take off. He is talented, but had difficulty adapting. We may see this again. Actually I have not doubt we will… but will it be didi, crystal or sibhan?

    However for right now, I feel like once the gals were all finished, I need to walk up to a counter somewhere and order a latte. It really is all a little boring and predictable. All I can say is bring on the guys, I need to get some sleep tonight.

  311. You know… I know that Crystal and Lilly and Siobhan are good, but I’m finding all the girls, I dunno, boring?

    I think that’s summing up this season so far – boring.

    I’ve only watched since season 6, where the progression was 8 > 7 > 6… 9 seems to be a huge step backwards somehow.

  312. Re: Crystal, she may turn out to be the Daughtry of this season. She has had so many good performances, a little later in the season the voting public may think she’s safe and throw votes to their second favorite instead of her. That, and if she has an off night (which would still be stellar but would seem “off” because she has set the bar so high), the judges will give her a hard time and she’ll go out in around fourth place in a shocker. The ensuing hue and cry will catapault her into a solid career, and she’ll be a media darling.
    In reality, I want her on the show as long as possible, because I enjoy her so much.
    I have no doubt she could stand in front of a mic and do big band, disco, or whatever is thrown her way, a’ la Kelly.

  313. Why all the knocks on Gokey in a thread about S9 girls. Oh yes, he was kind of memorable even if polarizing. I wonder if S10 folks will be saying a contestant was Momasoxed. Kind of doubt anyone will remember much about S9 other than how blah it was.

    You know Siobhan and Crystal could easily be the final two and both get to put our their snoozy albums. It’ll be win/win. They’re talented singers but what a boring night.

  314. Please no comparisons to Daughtry. That season was full of real contenders where everyone stood out in various genres. It was kind of battle of the titans compared to this snoozefest. Who’s going to know Crystal out? Another girl who sings in her genre? One of the lame guys. She’ll get booted only if she bores people.

    And if the TPTB like her, they’ll sign her anyway. Just like Allison.

  315. I agree with Silver wings. While a few of the girls are very talented, overall they are rather boring. It might be the song choices. Few are choosing upbeat songs this season so far…same with the guys. Most are choosing rather slow and mellow songs which can get boring.

  316. I am not sure which two will go: It could be Paige, Katie, Katelyn..2 of those 3. I just wish Paige could have picked better songs as she is more talented and her voice is much better than what we have seen thus far. It is a shame as I really like her and I think the judges and fans had higher hopes for her.

  317. i love crystal and didi. but especially crystal.

    I hear and see alot of “she isnt doing anything different”. Do artists do that? Or do we just expect contestants on this show to throw away who they are for the ravening hordes? I’m glad Crystal and to a lesser extent didi continue to shine doing what they KNOW they can do. Look at poor katie.. she has no clue who she is as an artist and keeps coming back and changing it up according to the judges whims (can’t say criticisms cuz they are so all over the place) and falls flat. I feel sorry for her as she seems out of her depth.

    Go CRYSTAL!! and go Didi!

  318. I hate to be a *debbie downer* but man this season is so hard to watch! Other than Crystal, I see little talent. Many have good voices…many need so much help. Auto tuning will be their friend if they get very far.

    Not too sure if I am off the mark here but last night Crystal sang great but I think she was…is ….not well. She seemed like that song took every ounce of energy she had….I saw her resting on the post in the upper balcony during the final performance….something seems wrong here. Also, I do like Paige but I think she was so hoarse last night…she seemed sick. If she was, she seemed determined not to use this as an excuse. I could be way off the mark here with my observations….maybe I am so bored that my momma radar was on watching for injured singers….teehee!

  319. Why did Crystal look kinda grumpy during the judges evaluation?? And why was she sitting on the subwoofer??

    After watching all the performances, seriously and I am not really complimenting the girls overall when i say this, but SERIOUSLY, i only sat up for Crystal’s, Siobhan’s and Didi’s performances. And they are not even at their best! Yikes. Looks like the guys aren’t the only ones with a small pool of talent. I know some people like Lilly and thinks she is talented – but i sorta have no excitement from her. And i fell asleep during Katelynn’s performance. I mean – WTF? She literally just SANG the song.

  320. And if the TPTB like her, they’ll sign her anyway. Just like Allison.

    And we’ve seen how well that has worked out despite her talent. If Crystal leaves early and was the last marketable singer left in the season, then she will do well getting signed and do WELL despite not making it to the top 2.

  321. dancin:
    03/10/2010 at 7:28 am
    i love crystal and didi. but especially crystal.

    I hear and see alot of “she isnt doing anything different”. Do artists do that? Or do we just expect contestants on this show to throw away who they are for the ravening hordes? I’m glad Crystal and to a lesser extent didi continue to shine doing what they KNOW they can do. Look at poor katie.. she has no clue who she is as an artist and keeps coming back and changing it up according to the judges whims (can’t say criticisms cuz they are so all over the place) and falls flat. I feel sorry for her as she seems out of her depth.

    Go CRYSTAL!! and go Didi!

    Well I think ‘not’ doing anything different is fine for right now.. that will have to change come theme weeks. So for me, its ok they are not changing it up. I just wish their song selection was a little more thought through. I think that will come too as they get comfortable. I am expecting more from our top 3-4 girls.

    ETA: Pixie – try the youtube vids without looking at the screen. You really can hear a difference, afterall you won’t see them on the radio, just hear them. I found that I dislike Siobhan more than I thought I would.. I like Didi’s vocals, but I think visually I get stuck on her taylor look alike (I’m so over taylor) and Crystal sounded as good as I expected. I guess what I’m not getting from anyone is the “IT” factor. Maybe a little from Crystal. I like her attitude and stage presence.

  322. Why do I get the feeling that I have never yet heard Siobhan sing the way she actually, you know, sings, in her real life? Last night I thought she did finally show a *little* bit of the subtlety and expression that I’ve heard zero of in the two previous weeks. But she still sounds to me as if she’s just decided that she’s going to do the whole show showcasing her big voice and technical skills and not reveal one jot of what her art actually is…. I don’t like that.

    Welcome back, Didi! Great. Loved that. What an excellent example of being yourself in a song. Making it your own without actually doing some kind of very unusual rearrangement.

    Also, welcome back, Lacey! I’d love to see her stay because I think she’s got a slightly different vibe from some of the others, and she actually seems to be a good song picker. I doubt that she’s done enough so far, though, to get the votes. And she was probably too low key last night to bring over any new voters, I suppose.

    Katelyn … sounded to me like a very good contestant at a high school talent show, who’ll be a terrific artist in two or three years. And as if she kind of phoned it in. Why the heck would you phone it in on final eight night?

    Lilly — Well, I liked that. She has a real musicality, plus the ability to give her own take on a song, that I enjoy. On the other hand, am I going to get tired of her way with a song by three weeks from now? It’s pretty … um … specific. On the other hand, I’ve never gotten sick of Blossom Dearie’s way with a song. Lilly, will you be my new Blossom Dearie?

    Crystal — goes without saying. That song seems to work well on Idol. …

    Paige — yikes. Poor Paige. Never go on a television or into a contest of any kind singing a song that makes you cry *while* you are singing it.

    Katie — Quadruple yikes. Kelly Clarkson? Really? Breakaway? Really? You really *felt* the song? Really? I don’t think Katie yet knows what it means to feel the song. Will take her several years — if ever — to drop the pageant-bot thing. And I so don’t want her to spend any more time not doing it on my tv. Please get her off now. Unfortunately, I fear she’ll stay. The teen with a pretty voice thing may be just too strong. Plus, I expect she’ll get sympathy votes for being without a clue. … I feel sort of sorry for her too — seems clear that she just doesn’t *get* it. But watching her not get it is very very not entertaining.

    *If* Katie leaves, I guess either Paige or Lacey will join her. I’d like to hear what Paige really can offer and I like Lacey’s vibe and would kind of like to hear more of it, too. But I’d rather have Jessie Langseth than either one of them, so I guess the departure of one is okay. Not both, though, please.

  323. I thought it was a really bad and boring night. Katie was off-key and got away lightly. Siobhan I thought was pretty good, if a little dirge-like. I thought Lacey would get slammed for doing the exact same arrangement as Brandi Carlile,but not as well. But she didn’t.
    No matter how much I like Didi, the song just droaned on and on. I couldn’t believe they gave good comments. Katlyn hopeless, Paige – bad song, delivered very jittery. Crystal stood out,naturally. I thought Lilly was the only lively one of the bunch — and the judges didn’t care for her too much.
    What’s with this season so far?

  324. There were no standouts at all. Crystal was like more of the same, not like that’s a bad thing, but even steak every night can get boring. Yawn. Siobhan was “interesting” in an odd way which made her performance noteable, not bad, not good. Lacey sounds like a 10-year-old girl. Didn’t like Lilly’s take on Patsy Cline. Katelyn was like a girl that got a new keyboard for Christmas, played it, and phoned in the singing. Didi did pretty well I guess. Katey doesn’t have a clue. Paige put me to sleep. An overall boring show tonight imo. I’d like to see Katey and Paige go home. And that’s pretty much my take on it. Hopefully, the guys will entertain us tonight at least. Guess we’ll see.

  325. Lacey needs to tone it down on the makeup. She looks too old (or is she caking it on to look younger)? More is less. It’s distracting.

    I was particularly distracted by her lipstick…it looked like it was glowing…I have to agree, she needs less makeup or at least more natural colors, she’s pretty and doesn’t need it. She kind of reminded my of those girls at makeup counters trying to sell cosmetics.

    I also think Lilly needs her makeover right away…it could save her. Get rid of that hair color!!!!

  326. gmusic:
    03/10/2010 at 4:38 am
    Siobhan…Siobhan… Siobhaaaann!!!
    Crystal is great, but Siobhan is FASCINATING!

    Please, America, make it right this year!

    Or at least bring those two true talents to the FINAL and let them relish our senses and soul with their breathtaking performances all the way ’till the end!

    I really, really like Crystle. That girl can sang!! She is also
    reliable and predictable. I love her look and the fact that she writes original songs and has the qualities to carry a large ROCK
    BLUSEY FOLK fanbase.

    That Said I still love the quote above. “SIOBHAN”!!
    I have totally loved every quirky thing she has done so far. This
    girl has a very interesting personality and she chooses to be who
    she is, which is quite difficult to BOX. I rather think we are going to get “THE COMMENT” from Simon “That was just self indulgent” …..waiting for it!
    I feel sure there are others who are slightly mesmerized besides
    the couple on this page. Tonight she did HOTRS and I usually cringe
    as it has perhaps been done too many times on Idol auds and shows.
    I felt her voice was so clear and pure and while it might have felt
    long to some, I was blown away… stunned, and had to remind myself
    to breath……..That was indeed WOW!

    Didi also gave back, and totally redeemed herself for the top 6 girls. Lilly was, as usual, no slouch (very few people do justice to
    Patsy Cline,( except for KDL),She brought it into this century.

    So who is going to round out the top 6. My guess is Katelyn and
    Lacy. One felljust short and one showed she could!

    The sacrificial Lambs,I believe, will be Katie( so emotionally young)as in young soul, and Paige who sadlly never lived up to
    Simons billing. I recognize both these girls have big voices but they so far have no clue (Paige seems almost as young as Katie), but she must have lived a very sheltered life….Not a bad thing, but it will not serve her as a singer unless she goes Disney!!

  327. No matter how much I like Didi, the song just droaned on and on. I couldn’t believe they gave good comments.

    Well, at this point I think they’re trying to save their show by saying that everything is hunky dory. …. And I think maybe they do believe in the potential of some of these people….

    For me, the girls were good enough last night for me to begin looking forward to seeing more of them — because I think quite a few showed enough flashes of potential that we could see some nice growth arcs. And I’d enjoy seeing a show in which a bunch of people actually learned to fulfill their promise as singers and performers. I’d like to watch that process.

    On the other hand, of course, it’s perfectly possible that none of them *will* grow from here. … And, if one is looking for a show that provides a fair number of great, fun, riveting performances to enjoy each week — Well, this top 24 is not for you!

    I’m looking at it more like America’s Next Top Model or Project Runway when they have to make clothes out of items from the produce department. I actually enjoy watching people struggle to learn that way — Despite my thinking that Idol has seldom actually had an ugly-duckling-slowly-becomes-swan story line for the winner, I would enjoy watching a season that did! That’s probably too music-geeky to get really good ratings, though, I expect.

  328. I’ve been trying to remember who Siobhan reminds me of and it finally came to me while rewatching the video: Linda Ronstadt. She’s like a thoroughly modern take on Linda Ronstadt. I love Linda Ronstadt so I think this is a good thing because that woman can sang. This was a good performance and one of the best of the night.

    I rewatched Lily too and I have to say I liked her schtick up until this week. She’s got interesting tastes in music and ideas about arrangement but I think her vocals are messy and she’s using quirks to cover her vocal flaws. I think the praise she got was way over the top for that performance.

    Didi was my favorite of the night. I think she made Rhiannon more current without losing the melody and she does have a pretty, jazzy tone. I’m not sure she’s going to come through with the front runners but I’d like to see her stay for awhile.

    Crystal is just Crystal. She’s definitely got the confidence and sense of who she is an artist. I wasn’t in love with this performance as much as last week but in comparison to the others she’s consistently the best. I think the overpimping is becoming really annoying. Is Simon trying to sabotage her with praise? Let her singing speak for itself.

    Lacey was better enough that she may squeak into the top 12 over Katelyn.

    Katelyn did nothing special with her cover. She’s really pretty but I’m not sure if “America” will vote for her or Lacey this week.

    Paige – Really blew it with this song choice. She needed a safe R&B or pop tune and she sang something that has been the death of at least one previous contestant (Gina Glockson, who sang the hell out of Smile). Simon raves about her vocals but she didn’t show it off this week.

    Katie – They did her no favors putting her through to the semis. She’s just not ready. She may stay in because of the begging at the end and because the big ol’ mean judges picked on the lass and some folks will feel pity for her.

  329. Not a whole lot to add on the performances that hasn’t been said but I can’t believe no one has mentioned the red lighting. Go back and look at Katelyn’s performance particularly. I think they wanted her to impersonate a clown.

  330. I voted for Siobhan. Crystal and Didi were good too. Didn’t like Didi at first but she is growing on me. I feel bad for Katie and Paige, but unfortunately I agree they will probably go home or interchange Katelyn with one of them. Lacey got lucky and had a decent performance after her last two bad performances. Someone that doesn’t get voted off after bad performances like her and Tim actually have a shot of going far.

  331. I am tecnically challenged, of course!
    Too long for a do over…sorry!

  332. Not too sure if I am off the mark here but last night Crystal sang great but I think she was…is ….not well. She seemed like that song took every ounce of energy she had….I saw her resting on the post in the upper balcony during the final performance….something seems wrong here.

    Pixie Baker – ITA. I observed the same thing. She definitely looked unwell – off – low on sugar – something. My husband wondered why she wasn’t smiling when the judges were giving her such praise and I told him she looked sick. Ryan sat next to her on the subwoofer rather than telling her to stand up, so he probably sensed something was wrong too. Oh, I hope she is able to make it through the rigors of this competition. I love her right now – she’s my favorite.

  333. I’ve been trying to remember who Siobhan reminds me of and it finally came to me while rewatching the video: Linda Ronstadt.

    Sioghan puts me in mind of Ally Sheedy in a way. (from The Breakfast Club…..when she was young).

  334. I’m late to the party – sorry! Here is my quick reaction to the contestants in my ranking order:

    1) Crystal – she sounds like she should be on the radio right now. Love her.

    2) Siohban – I have a tie for 2nd – I just love her even though her song choice was weird and I don’t exactly know what type of music she would sing. I’m with Ellen – I love watching her perform and love her voice.

    2) Lilly – tied for 2nd – she would have been 2nd alone because I love her voice and style, but I didn’t like her song choice as much this week. If she makes it through and messes up with song choice again, she’ll drop on my ranking.

    4) Katie – don’t shoot me, but I actually think she has an awesome voice and is listening to the judges too much. She’s a teenager and a student, so she’s probably used to being told what to do and doing it. Her voice is very rich and soulful, so she needs to pick songs that will highlight that quality (if she’s here next week). Also, I’m a little biased because my pre-teen daughter loves her and will be totally crushed if she is voted off LOL! (I’m preparing her for this.)

    5) Katelyn – I like her voice too but think she picked the totally wrong song this week. I also found it awkward that she was standing while playing the piano. She definitely needs to sing something more current if she is here next week.

    6) Didi – I know she has a nice voice and did much better this week, but I’m just not connecting with her as a performer. She definitely picked the right song, though.

    7) Lacey – she did a good job with her song this week, and I must say she has killer eyes, but I’m not a huge fan of her voice/style.

    8) Paige – WHAAATTTT WAS SHE THINKING????? She could easily have ranked 5th or 6th on my list, but not only did she pick the wrong song, she sang it poorly – very poorly. At least last week Didi sang well even though it was the wrong song.

  335. It’s funny to see all the different spellings everyone has for Siobhan. I have to double check every time I type it to make sure it’s correct. We need a nickname or something to help us all along…

  336. JudyOhio:

    Sioghan puts me in mind of Ally Sheedy in a way. (from The Breakfast Club…..when she was young).

    Oh my gosh! You are right!!! :)

  337. “i miss when this show was about finding an IDOL. a STAR. not a singer/songwriter…”

    I don’t understand- why can’t a singer /songwriter be a STAR & an Idol as well!! Actually to me they are more of a star as not only can they sing other people’s songs in their own style but write their own as well – that’s talent!!

  338. I think those moving on from last night should include Siobhan, Crystal, Lily, and (hopefully) Didi. The worst of the night for me were Paige, Katie, and Katelyn but think Lacey’s at risk. She’s probably going home with one of the other 3.

  339. I adore Brandy Carlisle. For those who heard the song for the first time last night and liked it, please check out Brandy’s original version. It is so much more intense and gritty. I was not impressed with Lacey’s version at all.
    Honestly, all these girls defined by their quirky tonality are wearing thin with me. Didi/Lilly/Lacey are becoming a giant mishmash of bleh. I liked Lilly alot at first, but her Lillifying is turning classic songs into jazzy fluff. Same with the Didifying. At least one of the 3 needs to leave this week. If I’m already getting annoyed with it three weeks in, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel by May. I just don’t see a lot of potential for growth or variety in these girls’ performances. And sorry, but I kindof consider Crystal to share this problem also.
    I voted for Siobhan last night. I think she at least has that potential for growth. And she can friggin sing. I am soooo unimpressed with this season so far. I fear a Crystal, Lilly, Didi, Casey final four. And they can all sit around the campfire trading verses of Kubaya. I will not be watching however.

  340. I adore Brandy Carlisle. For those who heard the song for the first time last night and liked it, please check out Brandy’s original version. It is so much more intense and gritty. I was not impressed with Lacey’s version at all.

    Thus, the problem with doing a contemporary song.

    I agree with you about the original version.

    Nevertheless, it seemed to me that Lacey last night for the first time in the semifinals showed her ability to use her own voice in her own way in a more contemporary style than some of the others (like Katelyn, Paige, and Katie) and did so pretty convincingly. So even though her style is softer and more childlike than Brandi Carlisle’s and thus might be kind of an unpleasant shock if you have the original version strongly in your head, I thought that Lacey’s version showed that she may have a bit of potential to develop herself as an actual contemporary singer through the season.

    At this point, potential is all I’m looking for! From Lacey, I’d like to see her do more with her style and show more intensity (though I imagine she’s going home tomorrow, actually). And from Siobhan, whose *potential* I also admire, I’d like to see her put the big voice and the technical tricks in service of whatever her style and her art actually are — because while I’ve heard her vocal skills, I don’t think I’ve heard the real Siobhan the musical artist yet. (Or, if so, I’ve missed it…)

  341. Thus, the problem with doing a contemporary song.

    I don’t think the problem was that she covered a contempory song, it’s that she sucked all the original grit and emotion out of it. I’d be just as turned off if she did it on a cover of old Emmilou Harris or Janis Joplin for example. And it was also the problem I had with Lilly’s cover of ACIGC last week. And that song’s not exactly contemporary.

  342. I wonder if some juice may come back into the season once the boy/girl split of the semifinals is over.

    If you have a dynamic like the long ago Season 3, where some of the male singers are grabbing votes on the basis of “just ok performance/but is likable boy” and “technically better performance/but girls are vote splitting”, things could get unpredictable. If you have to give up a promising mid-pack girl like Katelyn or Didi for a totally crap Tim Urban, that will sting.

    Although we might also see a problem arising of the aging show: “all of this has happened before, and all of it would happen again.” In the Season 3 case, one felt *all fired up* when Fantasia, Latoya and JHud were in danger while the wishwashy teen boy of the year was safe. This time around, the drama may have faded…

  343. I still don’t get Siobhan. Good voice but I just don’t know where to put her.

    Why does she need a box? That’s why I like her. I hope she does pull out some of the punk band stuff that’s in her background. Liven things up a bit!

  344. Thus, the problem with doing a contemporary song.

    I don’t think the problem was that she covered a contempory song, it’s that she sucked all the original grit and emotion out of it. I’d be just as turned off if she did it on a cover of old Emmilou Harris or Janis Joplin for example. And it was also the problem I had with Lilly’s cover of ACIGC last week. And that song’s not exactly contemporary.

    I don’t know. I agree that you can go wrong with either age of song. But to me the situations are quite different.

    Contemporary songs as sung by the original artist are just too much in a lot of people’s minds. So “pale karaoke” is about the only impression you can give unless you really twist the thing up and do it in a quite different way — in which case people who have the original song very strongly in their heads may just hate your version for changing the thing too much. … With Lacey’s version last night — Lacey’s *not* a really intense performer as Carlisle is; her schtick is more of a sweet, understated, quirky (which I admit is getting to be a drag with all these singers this year) singer, and I truly think that if a lot of us didn’t have Brandi Carlisle’s voice in the song pretty strongly in our heads right now, we could have bought her version is quite palatable. It was way different. But Lacey isn’t a grit-and-emotion kind of gal. …

    Whereas the older songs have so many versions floating around that I think it’s a lot easier to get away with doing a *quite* different version from the original — even a much less intense one — or even doing a version quite similar to the original ,while still totally avoiding the risk of being called “pale karaoke.” (at least among the audience for whom Janis or Judy or Joni or whoever isn’t their favorite singer of all time, that is). With a lot of versions of a song out there already, I think *most* (although certainly not all) of the audience isn’t deeply wedded to one single version, so your version has a shot (if it’s good, of course.)

    So much of the way we respond to these singers is through comparison, I think, that I truly believe there’s a different basis of comparison for songs of which we really only *know* one striking version and songs of which we know many many versions, so we’re not greatly attached to one version to the point that most anybody’s different version would pale by comparison.

  345. Why does she need a box? That’s why I like her. I hope she does pull out some of the punk band stuff that’s in her background. Liven things up a bit!

    I don’t think she needs a box, but I’m kind of surprised that I don’t feel I’ve heard *any* of this “punk band” thing so far. That puzzles me. All I feel I’ve heard is a very skilled singer, and while I certainly want her to stick around for quite a while, I still am not sure that I’ve really heard her express herself *as* *Siobhan,* rather than only as “very skilled, very big-voiced good singer.” … That said, last night came closest to sounding to me like Siobhan being Siobhan, of the three nights.

    I guess I hope/expect her to be more like Daughtry and David Cook. They brought their rock sensibilities to every song. (and exercised their big voices on the songs as well). I would love to see a punk girl doing that, but I see Crystal being more punk-y at present than Siobhan is. … But maybe punk isn’t who Siobhan is either? But just a type of band she’s sung with? … I’d like to know, but I feel that I really haven’t found out yet … at all.

    (Wicked Game really disappointed me because I had thought that, as a presumably punk singer, she would have brought some kind of major dark energy to that song, but I didn’t feel she did. All I heard was her big, rangy voice doing the vocal acrobatics the song calls for…That’s fine, but I would like to hear more of the emotional, art side of Siobhan, which I presume is there.)

  346. Crystal is very good- song choice, voice, stage presence- but I’ve lost interest in her as a contestant. She’s so clearly polished with a musical identity already. She doesn’t need AI for this. Not sure where else she could go at this point.

    Siobhan– she reminded me a bit of Linda Ronstadt on this song (that’s a good thing), especially at the end. Good vocal control. I’m glad she didn’t try to sing with loud belting and high notes like last week.

    ETA: MaryS-NJ I just saw your post. Glad I’m not the only one with the Ronstadt comparison.

    Didi– very clever, the way she tweaked the melody line like that. Really nice phrasing and nuance.

    Lacey– I liked this. The song suited her voice and she sang well.

    Katelyn– she needed more energy in this performance- it sounded like she was reciting the lyrics than singing them. Still, her voice was decent enough, I think she’ll squeak by.

    Bottom 3:
    Lilly– this was cute and enjoyable, but Lacey sang country better, and following Crystal the performance wasn’t too impressive.

    Paige– very disappointed. Bad song choice and vocals. I don’t think she’ll make it this week.

    Katie– wow, that was stilted, awkward, glum and pitchy. Couldn’t wait for it to end.

    Going home: Paige (unfortunately) & Lilly in a shock boot (Katie should go, but I think her fans will save her. Plus there are already too many indie-type contestants, and compared to Didi, Lilly wasn’t as distinctive).

  347. I think it’s the judges sucking the fun out of the show so far. They are being so deadly earnest and serious, they aren’t having fun so why should we? They’re being too p.c., too careful to say the right thing.

    I love singer/songwriters and indie singers, but these songs don’t have the same wow factor as a belted-out diva-ish song does. The wow factor is more subtle, and it often goes over the judges’s heads if it’s not screamed or shouted at the end of a song.

    Simon is so dour this year. “No wow factor” with Didi’s performance last night? I was going “wow” all the way through, but he doesn’t seem to hear subtleties.

    I think the talent is superior to most of the last season’s, people like Anoop, Lil, Scott, etc. These women can really sing, but the format of the show is not favoring them correctly.

    There’s definitely a pall over the show, but it’s not because the singing isn’t good. It’s because the judges aren’t enjoying it, imo.

  348. I think it’s the judges sucking the fun out of the show so far. They are being so deadly earnest and serious, they aren’t having fun so why should we? They’re being too p.c., too careful to say the right thing.

    Well, I actually love the deadly earnest and serious part. (not so much the p.c….) But to the extent that they’re actually trying to give serious critiques instead of just being vacuous and silly and playing around, I like it. It’s certainly a different type of show than we’ve seen in the past, but as a music geek, I am beginning to really enjoy it. Watching these people try to figure things out — *and* having so many people who have their own special quirks so that, if they do figure it out, each singer will be a bit different from all the others — is getting to be kind of fun for me (if a different kind of fun than the show has usually provided in the past). … Am I the only one? If so, not good for ratings!

  349. Pixie Baker – ITA. I observed the same thing. She definitely looked unwell – off – low on sugar – something. My husband wondered why she wasn’t smiling when the judges were giving her such praise and I told him she looked sick. Ryan sat next to her on the subwoofer rather than telling her to stand up, so he probably sensed something was wrong too. Oh, I hope she is able to make it through the rigors of this competition. I love her right now – she’s my favorite.

    I’m not sure Crystal will make it through the competition. I just have this sinking feeling that she will end up dropping out due to health reasons. I mean, they’re only in the beginning stages and it just gets more physically draining as the weeks go on with … studio recordings and commercials on top of the group numbers and photo shoots. She looked exhausted last night after her song was over and I give Ryan credit for being low-key about it and just sitting next to her. Adam has talked frequently about how the pace and workload of the show surprised him and he came from a theatre background of 8 shows a week.

    I feel bad for her. Her performance last night was a one of the highlights for me.

  350. I’m not sure Crystal will make it through the competition. I just have this sinking feeling that she will end up dropping out due to health reasons. I mean, they’re only in the beginning stages and it just gets more physically draining as the weeks go on with … studio recordings and commercials on top of the group numbers and photo shoots. She looked exhausted last night after her song was over and I give Ryan credit for being low-key about it and just sitting next to her.

    I think so, too. She looked exhausted. In her case, though, since she’s already such an accomplished musician with a clear view of her own niche, I would think that a few more weeks could give her enough national exposure to help her get a decent recording deal with somebody. Maybe that would be a better outcome for Crystal than ending up as a top-placing finalist or winner on the show, actually. I can’t see her health or her style making her happy leading that summer tour. But her songwriting ability, performance chops, and voice can still find some great outlets in the industry, I think.

  351. I love love Didi’s voice….
    A little A Fine Frenzy, Gwen Stefani. Awesome stuff… I can buy her singles whether she wins. She probably won’t win though since she doesn’t have a winning voice – not consistent.

  352. Strange night. My take:
    Bestest:
    Siobhan: I love the control she has over her vocal gymnastics in this performance. It’s not overdone, but very dramatic, full of emotion. Oh yeah, I hear the Linda Ronstadt thing…and that is a huge compliment. I’d love to hear Siobhan take on “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me.” I’d mark Siobhan as one of the best female vocalists AI has had in a long time.

    Very Good:
    Didi: I’ve always liked her vocals, and I really like that she made this Fleetwood Mac oldie sound cool and current.
    Crystal: I’ve always thought of that song as sort of a throw-away tune, but she did manage to give it some bluesy power.

    Just Barely OK:
    Lilly: As much as I like Lilly, I didn’t like her style for this song. I just didn’t think her girly-indie-voice meshed well with the lyrics.
    Katelyn E: OK, I adore this song, so she gets points there, but she made it sound very hotel lounge-y to me. And her vocals weren’t totally consistent, either.
    Lacey: Better, but I still found her subtle style a bit too weak for my tastes. Also, I heard some pitchiness.

    Seriously, WTF?:
    Katie S.: Wow, that was bad. I think it was just almost entirely out of her range. Pitchy, pitchy, pitchy.
    Paige: Why would you pick that song? And there was something really wonky about the arrangement. Like there was a weird percussion thing going on that was just…off. The tempo was screwed up. And Paige sounded weak during the whole performance. Very effed up.

  353. Ok, my two cents:

    * Should be going home = Paige and Katie
    * Will be going home = I predict Paige might actually be safe till Top 12 at least, so I’m going to pick her to stay. I’m betting Katie leaves, and the second elim is either Lacey or Katelyn. Everyone else did a very good job and deserves to stay.

    That said, the song choices were all so boring and (mostly) low key – everyone seemed to drag the energy down, rather than be more upbeat and exciting. Only Crystal seemed to find the right mix of a more energetic song, combined with a solid, confident delivery.

    That said, I totally see Crystal in her wheelehouse on the show – Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, etc – but I don’t see that style of singing REALLY taking her to the title – it should take her far, but I’m not sure if she’s gonna win, just because of her genre of music and how it fits on the show. IDK, just a weird sense I have.

    Siobhan was the only other really really promising singer – IMO she has the best, most consistent, and most versatile voice of the bunch. But I agree with Simon about the song – WAYY too slow, depressing, and durge like. She would have done better to keep the brilliant a capella opening, but then turned the tempo and energy up a notch when it builds later on. That would have worked really well. Also, she still comes off as way too meek to me. Something about her personality is very distant and closed in – IDK. She’s sweet, but remote. Still, she has an awesome voice.

    Didi was very strong too – great song choice (finally), but damn, I’m getting so sick of her emotional rollercoaster – WAY too much imo! She’s just too emotionally unstable to really seem like a strong contender.

    Lilly was ok, but her voice and song choices can be a little inconsistent. Sometimes she kills it, sometimes it’s pretty blah. I still have her as my 3rd fave girl after Crystal and Siobhan.

    Katelyn definitely took a big step back – last week she was easily one of the best, but this week there was no emotional connection, no excitement about the song – like she was just going through the motions for a very paint-by-numbers rendition.

    Katie was pretty awful – she used to sound good, and like a true contender – but I don’t even think it’s her song choices that are hurting her. She just lacks any emotional connection to the songs, and her voice is not consistent or strong enough. It really showed on Walk Away.

    Paige – imo the worst of the night. She just seemed too nervous, the song was so depressing and slow, and her voice was cracking and weak throughout. It reminded me of the performance you give after you’ve been eliminated. That is NOT a good sign. But I still predict she’s safe (I think her dejected, emotional response to the judges will help earn her pity points too).

    Lacey – better than before, and her voice kinda reminds me of Lilly’s – a light, breathy, very unique quality to it. But she is kinda forgettable. Her look is striking and quirky and fun, but I just get nothing from her performances. And can never really remember them after.

  354. judes:
    03/10/2010 at 8:37 am
    “i miss when this show was about finding an IDOL. a STAR. not a singer/songwriter…”

    I don’t understand- why can’t a singer /songwriter be a STAR & an Idol as well!! Actually to me they are more of a star as not only can they sing other people’s songs in their own style but write their own as well – that’s talent!!

    I agree, but just because you hold a guitar, doesn’t make you a song writer. I can’t believe all these folks with instruments are song writers. We don’t really know their capabilities as songwriters right now.

    I think it is really tough to find someone with the IT factor, can sing, have the right marketable look, can speak in complete sentences, play an instrument, write songs, & have the right marketable sound. From what we’ve had come off the show, I’ve only seen 2 or 3 that have ALL of this. Its a tall order. Most of what we have seen past and present can’t even come close to checking all the boxes.

    From my perspective, I don’t care if they write their own stuff or not.. I just care how they sound on the radio, because after all I and the public as a whole will have to hear them over and over. (thinking of my bleeding ears and Taylor Swift)

  355. I think it is really tough to find someone with the IT factor, can sing, have the right marketable look, can speak in complete sentences, play an instrument, write songs, & have the right marketable sound. From what we’ve had come off the show, I’ve only seen 2 or 3 that have ALL of this. Its a tall order. Most of what we have seen past and present can’t even come close to checking all the boxes.

    Very true. IMO it is hard to find someone with ALL of those characteristics. Many have some of them, but not all. For instance, Haeley, imo, had a bit of the IT factor going for her, personality-wise, but voice was so wack there was no way she was ever winning. Similarly, someone like Siobhan, imo, has an amazing voice, but doesn’t really GRAB the stage as completely as I’d like her to.

  356. Is Lilly’s hair premature gray or does she actually dye it gray? Makes her look washed out.

  357. Crystal-very good as expected. I think, because they love her so much they will try to help her manage the AI schedule. Let her skip PR shoots and things like that. At least I would hope so.

    Didi-She gave the performance she needed to stay in this. I liked this a lot.

    Siobahn-still not performing what I want her to but what she did was very,very good. I’m hoping these song choices are some kind of strategy leading up to something surprising.

    Lily-Nice. But Simon was right. Not a pimp spot performance.

    Lacey-Nice. Not memorable enough to save her.

    Katie- Liked her as a person more than at any previous time on the show. She is really trying to understand and change but she is just too young to have that kind of growth curve.

    Paige-Very sad about this. She has potential and it really seems like this may have been a last minute song change. They band was so horrible that one feels like they never played it before.

    Katelyn-Hated this. Feel she should go because of it. Susan Dey on the Partridge Family-that’s what it made me think of.

    Should go–Katelyn, Katie
    Will go–Paige, Lacey

  358. Oh, I also have to give Siobhan extra bonus points for consistently choosing unexpected songs that shouldn’t really work for her, yet actually kinda do – call it the “Kris Allen She Works Hard for the Money” award :-)

    This song and Wicked Games were surprisingly great choices! I like that sense of “what will she do?” that she brings to the game. This is kind of in contrast to Crystal, who picks very very smart songs for her style, but ones that don’t necessarily stretch her that much from what you’d EXPECT her to sing.

  359. I think Katie and Paige should go, but since I don’t vote, I can’t complain when they choose the wrong girls.

    I was really not happy with Simon’s critique of SIOBHAN he was soooo not right, I guess he wants the viewing audience to not like her.

    CRYSTAL was sooo deliciously good on that Tracy Chapman song, (I couldn’t tell what changes she made, if she made any) her vocals are really good, but as Kara said that is the kind of artist she is going to be, so tell me – where is Tracy Chapman???

    I still love LACEY’S voice, and I heard KATELYN being awful with my own ears, but I want them to stay.

  360. JudyOhio:
    03/10/2010 at 10:13 am
    Is Lilly’s hair premature gray or does she actually dye it gray? Makes her look washed out.

    I actually like the hair, but I’m not a fan of the eye makeup – makes her look very old imo.

  361. Lucy, I am so on the same page re: Siobhan.

    I don’t think she needs a box, but I’m kind of surprised that I don’t feel I’ve heard *any* of this “punk band” thing so far. That puzzles me. All I feel I’ve heard is a very skilled singer, and while I certainly want her to stick around for quite a while, I still am not sure that I’ve really heard her express herself *as* *Siobhan,* rather than only as “very skilled, very big-voiced good singer.” … That said, last night came closest to sounding to me like Siobhan being Siobhan, of the three nights.

    Exactly. She’s got killer chops and isn’t afraid to take a bite out of a vocal challenge. Last night it was almost there for me and I was *thisclose* to finally connecting with one of her performances, but not quite. I like her in the context of AI and want her to stick around, but I’m wondering what the hell to expect from her musically beyond the show, and if I’m even interested enough to care. Conversely with, say, Crystal, who has also been killing it on the show so far, I know that she’s got a strong artistic identity which is consistent in her pre-AI stuff. I’d totally want to check out her album after the show. And then there’s someone like Lilly, who I could say I’m at least interested enough in musically to check out an album she might put out, even though in the context of AI she’s not shining as much as she could be and might even be an early boot.

  362. Mary102:
    03/10/2010 at 10:15 am
    Oh, I also have to give Siobhan extra bonus points for consistently choosing unexpected songs

    This song and Wicked Games were surprisingly great choices! I like that sense of “what will she do?” that she brings to the game. This is kind of in contrast to Crystal, who picks very very smart songs for her style, but ones that don’t necessarily stretch her that much from what you’d EXPECT her to sing.

    This nails it for me. This is exactly my opinion. I think the charm of last two season (some of S6) is the sense of not knowing what was going to happen next. Unfortunately without lots of variety among the contestants, it really does seem like more of the same. I generally don’t like Diva voices, but they really could have used one or two really good big voiced singers to create a balance. Despite how my ipod reads, I’m kinda done with the singer songwriters unless someone really pops out. I’d love to see a POP singer rather than a strummer win.

  363. David Cook and Adam Lambert got more and more daring as the season went on. They tested what America was willing to accept and kind of led us where they wanted to go. I’m hopeful this is what Siobahn is doing. And if she is, it is smart.

  364. David Cook and Adam Lambert got more and more daring as the season went on. They tested what America was willing to accept and kind of led us where they wanted to go. I’m hopeful this is what Siobahn is doing. And if she is, it is smart.

    I would hope this is what she’s doing. But, honestly, in my view she’s just barely *started* doing this …. when it comes to really being herself in her performances, anyway.

    I agree that she has been daring when it comes to choosing songs that are technically very varied and call for different singing skills. But last night was the first time for me that I actually saw her make what seemed to me to be an emotional and artistic commitment to a song, in addition to showcasing different aspects of her very powerful, adaptable voice.

    Hope she absolutely goes the David/Adam route of increasing her artistic daring as well. If she does, that will be well worth watching. I’m still not convinced she can replicate their runs, however. Would *love* to see a girl do this, though!

  365. Exactly. She’s got killer chops and isn’t afraid to take a bite out of a vocal challenge. Last night it was almost there for me and I was *thisclose* to finally connecting with one of her performances, but not quite. I like her in the context of AI and want her to stick around, but I’m wondering what the hell to expect from her musically beyond the show, and if I’m even interested enough to care.

    ITA – this is my take on Siobhan as well – I really have no sense of her musical identity from the context of the show.

  366. Kara- She talks with her neck and I don’t find it endearing. She uses terms of endearment in condescending ways. She gives the impression of a know it all, which maybe she is, but I think she could present her views more palatably. I know she is very bright, very accomplished, and has meaningful viewpoints but I sense a lack of maturity.
    Ellen- Love her. Often says what I am thinking. Wish she had someone on that panel to riff off of but they all seem uncomfortable with her style of humor. Gay jokes and cougar jokes aren’t really Ellen’s forte.
    Randy- Was better last night than last week. He is the least predictable right now. He has some good moments and lots of useless ones.
    Simon-I thought he was off last night. His obsession with “wow” moments is getting old. We see them once or twice a season. It doesn’t make sense to mention it after every performance.

  367. Kara- She talks with her neck and I don’t find it endearing. She uses terms of endearment in condescending ways. She gives the impression of a know it all, which maybe she is, but I think she could present her views more palatably. I know she is very bright, very accomplished, and has meaningful viewpoints but I sense a lack of maturity.

    Exactly. Best summation of Kara I’ve seen. Terms of endearment used in condescending ways. Not something I want to see from *anybody*. And it must especially grate for the contestants struggling in this pressure cooker, I would think.

    Paula, for all she was nuts, and drunk, and off-topic, and famewhorish, and whatever else, never sounded condescending to me in her endearments.

  368. Oh Katie Stevens. Begging us to vote for her, all cutesy, holding up her finger, miming “Vote 1.” Okay, Katie. Just because I’m feeling a little loopy, let’s say we did listen to your pleas, and robotically dialed 1. Let’s say we did this the rest of the way through. You won. Congratulations. Now what? Bottom Line, sweetie. You ain’t ready, honey child. And unless an Adam Lambert fairy (no pun intended) visits you at night and sprinkles some star dust on your sleepy little head, I don’t see you being ready any time soon. Aaand, moving on. Let’s discuss someone who does know thyself, albeit, a bit funny.

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

  369. Oh Katie Stevens. Begging us to vote for her, all cutesy, holding up her finger, miming “Vote 1.” Okay, Katie. Just because I’m feeling a little loopy, let’s say we did listen to your pleas, and robotically dialed 1. Let’s say we did this the rest of the way through. You won. Congratulations. Now what? Bottom Line, sweetie. You ain’t ready, honey child.

    And I think it’s even worse than this, actually. Not only is she not ready, she has absolutely no idea that she’s not ready and no idea what she needs to do to become ready. That won’t be pretty if it goes much farther.

  370. And I think it’s even worse than this, actually. Not only is she not ready, she has absolutely no idea that she’s not ready and no idea what she needs to do to become ready. That won’t be pretty if it goes much farther.

    Yes – I get this sense too – a bit of “un-self-awaredness” (not a word) coming across.

    Katie’s a weird one. With all the heavy early pimping, I easily had her pegged as a judge’s darling, and, with some pretty impressive Hollywood Week performances, she seemed like a strong early favorite. But wow – pretty much all of the last three performances have been pretty bad. Just very dated performances and song choices – no sense of musical identity, and no real connection to any song.

    No way I can see her lasting much longer than this week, if that. She’s kinda become the Lil Rounds of the season – as an early favorite who fell fast because of a lack of musical identity.

  371. If you have a dynamic like the long ago Season 3, where some of the male singers are grabbing votes on the basis of “just ok performance/but is likable boy” and “technically better performance/but girls are vote splitting”, things could get unpredictable. If you have to give up a promising mid-pack girl like Katelyn or Didi for a totally crap Tim Urban, that will sting.

    I can easily see that happening, that’s for sure. And unfortuantely, with so many similar women, many of them will split votes and get kicked off too early (Didi vs Lily, for instance).

    And the guys, well, despite the almost universally bad voices, they sometimes offer something more to latch on to, in terms of what the (more female) audience sees: Tim is a cutey, Aaron is a cutey for the tweeny boppers, Casey is a cutey for, well, I guess everyone else, Lee has the “not as good but kinda sorta David Cook” vibe going on. Big Mike has lots of personality. Alex is clearly being molded into the “diamond in the rough” role (or as my mom called it, “cubic zirconia in the rough” – lol)

    So, despite the women being so much stronger, I still think we’ll see quite a bit of gender equality in the ranks up until at least top 6 or 5.

  372. At this time, I think Siobhan is simply showcasing her vocal range and ability. I’m not sure what kind of album she’ll make, but I am confident her vocal chops will allow her to go in whatever direction she chooses. The girl is quite talented, and I look forward to her performances each week. So far, I haven’t found her to disappoint (no matter what Mr. Simon says).

    ETA: Regarding the judges…..Have yet to warm up to so-full-of-herself Kara. Ellen is okay but doesn’t add anything special. Randy is Randy. Simon is Simon. And for the record, I think I officially miss Paula by now.

  373. My favorite is Lilly, who I think is a close second, and then Didi, who I’ve liked all along and really loved last night

    Well, I actually love the deadly earnest and serious part. (not so much the p.c….) But to the extent that they’re actually trying to give serious critiques instead of just being vacuous and silly and playing around, I like it. It’s certainly a different type of show than we’ve seen in the past, but as a music geek, I am beginning to really enjoy it. Watching these people try to figure things out — *and* having so many people who have their own special quirks so that, if they do figure it out, each singer will be a bit different from all the others — is getting to be kind of fun for me (if a different kind of fun than the show has usually provided in the past). … Am I the only one?

    You are not the only one, Lucy. I’m enjoying it a lot and I agree with your reasons.

    My favorite girls so far have been Lilly, Didi, and Crystal. I think Crystal is by far the best singer and the most confident, polished performer. She already seems professional. Her taste in music and mine doen’t really coincide, though. Still, objectively, she’s the best.

    Siobhan’s voice isn’t very pleasant to my ears, but then she’s being compared to Linda Ronstadt, and her voice isn’t my thing, either. Actually Siobhan sounds like she’s isnging through a stuffed nose, or something, some other problem. It’s an odd tone, to me.

  374. Siobhan had the right formula. Personal meaning of the song (her Carlos Santana-esque dad used to sing it to her, aw) + Fearless Nature (I don’t know if she is just clueless and doesn’t care or is simply genius, but what does it matter?) + acoustic start = an Idol Moment.

    My one critique of Siobhan’s performance didn’t have anything to do with her … but something with that other judge. After Kara sung her praises, Simon dissed her. After Simon dissed her, Kara did an about-face, interjecting “I don’t know what kind of artist she is.” Well, I don’t know what kind of judge you are, Kara! What are YOU trying to say? How ’bout them apples?! (I got your back, Siobhan.)

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

  375. This does not bode well for the rest of the season

    I don’t understand this thinking MJ. To me, if Katie and Paige go home as expected tonight everyone but Lacey has had a moment on the show, which means they have the potential to have a moment in the finals too. Even frontrunners have some clunkers in the semis. I think Katelyn made a mistake this week but her performance last week showed she has some great ones in her. Didi last night proved she still has the potential to put on great performances. Crystal has been steadily outstanding. Siobhan makes quirky choices but has the voice that you know she is going to eventually connect on a choice and hit a homerun. Lilly has also been consistently good, and it truth I barely see her making the tour so I would say she ranks up pretty high for 9th or 8th place finishers.

  376. This does not bode well for the rest of the season. I don’t even want to think about the copious amounts of suck the guys might bring tomorrow night…

    LOL – I’ll admit I’m very nervous for tonight ;-) Almost wish they’d flip nights again this week, so we’d have the crappy guys on before the (better) girls.

  377. I don’t understand this thinking MJ. To me, if Katie and Paige go home as expected tonight everyone but Lacey has had a moment on the show, which means they have the potential to have a moment in the finals too. Even frontrunners have some clunkers in the semis. I think Katelyn made a mistake this week but her performance last week showed she has some great ones in her. Didi last night proved she still has the potential to put on great performances. Crystal has been steadily outstanding. Siobhan makes quirky choices but has the voice that you know she is going to eventually connect on a choice and hit a homerun. Lilly has also been consistently good, and it truth I barely see her making the tour so I would say she ranks up pretty high for 9th or 8th place finishers.

    I agree – as seasons go, we at least have pretty strong talent at this point in the game (at least on the girl’s side). My biggest complaint with last night was the song choices, many of which were so laborious and slow, and without the “wow” moments Simon mentioned.

    In defense of last season, I’d say that, just counting the Top 36 rounds, we had several WOW moments to pull from at this point in the game – Allison killed it, Alexis, Lil, Adam all had “grab the stage and grab the audience” thrilling moments on stage.

    In contrast, I wish the girls this week (and guys last week) would stop picking so many ballady, slow-paced songs. Bring a little fire to the stage instead! Even if you’re not the most amazing talent ever, at least it keeps the energy level up!

  378. Ohh, totally just realized I had a Kara moment on my earlier post, and said Katie sang Walk Away instead of Breakaway – my bad! Too many Kelly songs with the word “away” in them, I guess ;-)

  379. Ohh, totally just realized I had a Kara moment on my earlier post, and said Katie sang Walk Away instead of Breakaway – my bad! Too many Kelly songs with the word “away” in them, I guess ;-)

    Didn’t somebody else do Walk Away earlier? Can’t remember who it was — but I seem to remember somebody falling short on it ….
    Or am I hallucinating? If someone did, then the problem is not just that Kelly has too many songs with “away” in the title, but that too many of this year’s semifinalists are singing them!

  380. Here’s a thought – This year’s winner may not be Crystal or even Siobhan altogether. Last year, the Top 2 so highly pimped, praised and hailed as a showdown for Finals were Danny and Adam. In the end, quiet and confident Kris swooped in and stole the hearts of many in America, week after week.

    This year may just prove to be…the winner may be someone totally understated and ignored right now….till the last few weeks.

  381. LOL, lucy – yes, Paige did Walk Away last week :-)

    ETA: And FWIW – I personally find Kelly songs VERY hard to sing well. I don’t know what it is about her voice that is hard to replicate, but I would stay far away from them on AI if I were these girls (or guys, since Toderick did the weird Since U Been Gone earlier too)

  382. LOL, lucy – yes, Paige did Walk Away last week :-)

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if both Katie and Paige walked away and broke away this very week, lol.

    Actually, I would be surprised — but pleased — if Katie did. I expect to see Paige and Lacey go.

    But given that Paige nearly broke down in the middle of Smile while singing it last night, I hate to think of the ironically sob-wracked performance she’s likely to give of it during her singout. Yikes. Poor woman.

  383. This year may just prove to be…the winner may be someone totally understated and ignored right now….till the last few weeks.

    I kinda already see Siobhan in that Kris role this year – she (like him) is consistently good each week, but not getting the huge PTB pimping week after week (definitely not from Simon).

    Otherwise, I can see Alex being another dark horse on the guy’s side, though I personally cannot understand the judges’ praise of him. His voice and musicality just aren’t strong enough to merit a lot of the praise he has gotten (though he was much better last week than the week before).

    Still, I think TPTB love their “growth arc” – and he is their guy for it this year.

  384. But given that Paige nearly broke down in the middle of Smile while singing it last night, I hate to think of the ironically sob-wracked performance she’s likely to give of it during her singout. Yikes. Poor woman.

    That’s actually one reason I’m predicting Paige won’t be going home – she may get cut after Top 12, but for some reason I think she earned enough pity points for her choked up reaction to the judges comments, as well as how much the song meant to her, to stay another week at least.

    I’m guessing it will be Katie and Lacey.

  385. Otherwise, I can see Alex being another dark horse on the guy’s side, though I personally cannot understand the judges’ praise of him. His voice and musicality just aren’t strong enough to merit a lot of the praise he has gotten (though he was much better last week than the week before).

    Still, I think TPTB love their “growth arc” – and he is their guy for it this year.

    If Alex can be consistent from now on, I would agree he could be a really, REALLY silent, dark horse. But everything now is too soon to tell. That’s why I said, it will only be the last few weeks. Kris only stole my heart when he performed Falling Slowly. And that was weeks into the competition.

  386. Simon will pimp the person he wants to win and thinks will be the most commercial but he is always kind to these young men who have great talent and lack confidence. Up until the final three, he encouraged Elliott every week. I expect we will see him trying to help Alex with very meaningful advice until Alex starts to threaten Crystal.

  387. You are not the only one, Lucy. I’m enjoying it a lot

    Me too. The show’s vibe isn’t as snarky, but the judges were never funny anyway – just immature. I am enjoying this whole season; I like the music, which I would actually buy, and all of the singers aren’t afflicted mith melisma miasma. I would rather an in key ballad than an all over the place power song. There are many wonderful voices this year and the year isn’t r and b heavy, which I have thought in the past.

  388. Simon will pimp the person he wants to win and thinks will be the most commercial but he is always kind to these young men who have great talent and lack confidence. Up until the final three, he encouraged Elliott every week. I expect we will see him trying to help Alex with very meaningful advice until Alex starts to threaten Crystal.

    Yeah, Simon loves the commercial, but he also does love hotshot vocal talent and great, interesting voices, and he tries one way or another to boost talented people’s confidence, on the whole, I think. Honestly, last year when so many perceived him as bashing Allison because of his comments about her lack of connection with an audience, I saw him as mainly trying to nudge her to do something to build that connection because I thought he really admired her vocal talent. Ditto — though more clearly — with Elliott and Melinda, for example. When it doesn’t threaten his wallet, he is a sucker for a great vocalist. That’s probably why he got into music in the first place. But then, once he’d become a bazillionaire, the money kind of took over his judgment.

  389. this is where my biggest disconnect comes in with this season of idol…. take a look at Top 40 radio, billboard magazine, and look at the artists that have been shaping and ruling the pop charts the last several years – kelly clarkson, katy perry, beyonce, rhianna, lady gaga, britney spears, groups like the black eye peas, alicia keyes, hip hop and rap acts, a rock act thrown in here and there. not colbie caillat. not sara bareilles. not kate nash. i have nothing against them, but guitar strumming, lilith fair type artists are currently passe.

    i’m not saying that top 40 radio, nor the artists that currently rule it are all that, because they’re not. autotune, centralized playlists and other things are and have taken a lot of the enjoyment out of pop music, and listening to mainstream top 40 music. idol has sold itself and the viewing public on the premise that they want to find singers on this show who would be ”relevant” in today’s music market. none of these contestants have shown me evidence of a sound that would translate out in the current market, imo.

    if idol is searching for the best niche artist, or the best folky/indie, quirky non-mainstream non-commercial artist, this is the perfect group for the show. if idol’s and 19e’s premise is still valid, and they want singers who can go from their stage out into the current music biz and sell, [they are a business and in this to make money] i’m not certain this is the group to pull that off.

  390. Did Crystal Bowersox get engaged this week? I noticed an engagement ring for the first time … maybe I missed it before?

  391. Adult Alternative is the vibe most of these girls have and that genre is not the best selling. But it may be the audience they are trying to attract to the show this year. Also it is a genre that would prevent a new idol from competing for sales with a previous idol.

  392. ggdoorsfan (BTW – I was listening to a Doors cd this morning – great way to start the day :-) ) – I think they’re trying to fill the Taylor Swift/Colbie Callait-type spot right now. They want a woman to win (hence the weak guys), and have chosen women who are predominantly guitar-strumming “singer-songwriter” types in that HAC vein right now.

    When Didi sang last night, she actually reminded me (in looks, and style a little), of Taylor (though not in voice – she’s way better than Taylor!)

  393. i’m not saying that top 40 radio, nor the artists that currently rule it are all that, because they’re not. autotune, centralized playlists and other things are and have taken a lot of the enjoyment out of pop music, and listening to mainstream top 40 music. idol has sold itself and the viewing public on the premise that they want to find singers on this show who would be ”relevant” in today’s music market. none of these contestants have shown me evidence of a sound that would translate out in the current market, imo.

    if idol is searching for the best niche artist, or the best folky/indie, quirky non-mainstream non-commercial artist, this is the perfect group for the show. if idol’s and 19e’s premise is still valid, and they want singers who can go from their stage out into the current music biz and sell, [they are a business and in this to make money] i’m not certain this is the group to pull that off.

    Well, maybe because the show has only produced one winner so far who’s been a really chart-topping pop artist; because it *has* produced, both as winners and runners up, successful country artists, at least one quite successful urban artist in Fantasia, and one kinda-sorta rock artist; and because the voters for the last two years have kind of emphatically turned down two potential top-40 artists — Archie and Adam — in favor of two quite non-top-40 guys, Cookie and Kris, they’ve sort of decided that pop isn’t necessarily what they’re striving for — since, no matter what the music market wants, pop doesn’t really seem to be a winner with the AI voting audience?

    And this season I think the voters may have played some role already in turning the show away from pop and toward other things. I’d say that Michelle was probably picked for her pop potential, and she’s gone; and Haeley was picked for her teen-ieness that seems to push a lot of people up the pop charts, and, thanks largely to her lack of sufficient vocal skills at this point, she’s gone, too. …. They’ve still got Todrick, though, and while he’s been having problems, I think he’s definitely got the pop thing going — so I would think that they *did*, in fact, still choose at least a small group of the semifinalists for top-40 appeal.

    Besides, most of today’s pop depends so much on arrangements, and is in a lot of ways at least as much a producers’ and dancers’ medium as it is a singers’ medium (and strong singing really isn’t needed, for the most part, or rewarded …) So I think they run into kind of a disconnect between what the show needs because it’s what the tv audience wants and what the music industry is looking for in a pop artist right now.

    I don’t really know how they can bridge this other than finding performers who fit the pop bill — but since so many of the current top *pop* people don’t actually *sing* very well, and especially don’t sing very well *live*, I don’t know whether they can do this. They would have to look for that “it” factor and the dance ability and looks and attitude that make a pop star, but then how would they fit a person who mainly had those traits into a singing contest? The people who have current pop sensibilities, *and* the right looks, *and* the right attitudes and vibes, *and* the right dance and stage ability, *and* the musical skill to help mold something from each week’s song list into a convincingly contemporary-pop performance, *and* brilliant live singing voices are exceedingly few and far between, I expect. I mean, Miley sells a lot at pop, as do Taylor Swift and Jason DeRulo. But no way can they do all this stuff.

  394. Adult Alternative is the vibe most of these girls have and that genre is not the best selling. But it may be the audience they are trying to attract to the show this year. Also it is a genre that would prevent a new idol from competing for sales with a previous idol.

    the idol machine is all about the benjamins, and pushing the majority of the artists into the more commercially viable pop route… carrie has been really the only anomaly in this, by hitting it big in a genre other than pop… we found out how pop centric idol is the hard way, with their handling of the first genuine rocker on the show, bo bice. granted, his brand of southern rock was not and has not been commercially viable for quite some time, but it still remains, for me anyway, a travesty how they tried to bleach all the rock out of him by shoehorning him into recording a pop debut cd… the money it seems for them is in pop, and perhaps some of these contestants will step up their game down the line, because ”pop” is more than likely the direction they will be steered into after the show.

  395. (BTW – I was listening to a Doors cd this morning – great way to start the day :-) )

    anyday is a good day to listen to the doors :-)

  396. not colbie caillat. not sara bareilles.

    Seriously? While I agree that the list of names that preceded these two definitely gets significant airplay, I cannot turn on the radio without hearing colbie caillat, sara bareilles and, similarly, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift ever. So to say these understated singer/songwriters strumming guitars are passe in favor of the beyonce’s and rihanna’s seems like a woeful or willful misread of what’s been happening in popular music the past 2 years. The AI producers sensed this change in the wind, coupled with their awareness of how the show was becoming a stale parade of hits and misses at technical proficiency and decided to allow instruments in S7. Then they watched as the musicians resonated with the voting public, occupying 3 of the top 5 slots in S7 and then winning the thing in S8 and so stacked S9’s deck accordingly. It’s not a stupid accident that 8 of this season’s T16 have each had at least one guitar-based performance that has rallied the voting public and/or the blogosphere. But bliss is where one finds it, I suppose.

  397. if idol is searching for the best niche artist, or the best folky/indie, quirky non-mainstream non-commercial artist, this is the perfect group for the show. if idol’s and 19e’s premise is still valid, and they want singers who can go from their stage out into the current music biz and sell, [they are a business and in this to make money] i’m not certain this is the group to pull that off.

    I think siobhan may surprise us. I suspect she hasn’t tapped into that part of herself yet. Although she is quirky, I can see her as a pop star rather than an HAC star. There are a good number of quirky top 40 stars. Its still iffy for me, but it is imaginable.

    the money it seems for them is in pop, and perhaps some of these contestants will step up their game down the line, because ”pop” is more than likely the direction they will be steered into after the show.

    I agree and I can’t blame TPTB. The money is in the pop star, not the HAC star. We’ve talked a lot about the expectations for the winners, thats because there is a whole machine running behind the artist that costs money and 19 wants its return on investment. Sure the adds that run during AI pay for the show production costs, etc., but once the lights are down which budget line number is all the associated costs coming from? At some point the winner’s sales need to break even with costs. So, yeah, talent aside, I can totally understand why they want a Top 40 star. The only problem with this is that their audience is more HAC than Top40.

    Its going to be tough to do that this year. I think TPTB are trying way too hard. This is pretty evident in the way they casted the show. Their over thinking might put a nail in the show coffin.

  398. Seriously? While I agree that the list of names that preceded these two definitely gets significant airplay, I cannot turn on the radio without hearing colbie caillat, sara bareilles and, similarly, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift ever. So to say these understated singer/songwriters strumming guitars are passe in favor of the beyonce’s and rihanna’s seems like a woeful or willful misread of what’s been happening in popular music the past 2 years.

    Taylor is a top 40 smash, more than I can say for the other artists listed. For my area and for my satellite radio, these are HAC artists. That not to say that they are not excellent artists, I love myself some Jason Mraz. :) The difference in audience impressions and # of spins is pretty significant. Just comparing spins.. the #1 Top40 song right now is getting 9600 spins a week, compared to 4200 for HAC. Spins & audience impressions translate to $$ from purchased singles and influenced album sales.

  399. I cannot turn on the radio without hearing colbie caillat, sara bareilles and, similarly, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift ever.

    are you listening to top 40 radio, or hac? this is the current top 10 chart, based on airplay for top 40 radio…

    1. LADY GAGA Telephone f/Beyonce
    2. KE$HA Tik Tok
    3. ORIANTHI According To You
    4. BLACK EYED PEAS Imma Be
    5. LADY GAGA Bad Romance
    6. YOUNG MONEY Bedrock f/Lloyd
    7. JASON DERULO In My Head
    8. LADY ANTEBELLUM Need You Now
    9. TIMBALAND Carry Out f/Justin Timberlake
    10. DAVID GUETTA Sexy Chick f/Akon

    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pop&action=display&thread=62030&page=96

    kris sits at number 11, knocking on the gate, but if you went back a year, even a couple of years it would look pretty much the same. i find my bliss wherever i can, i really do, but i also seek facts and data to shore up what i’m trying to relay. there is nothing wrong with hac, it’s a popular and growing format, and there are other formats out there to suit anyone’s flavor, but it’s the larger top 40 audience where i think most labels, especially the ones connected to idol, seem to want to be successful in. airplay is airplay if you’re getting it consistently, but getting substantial top 40 ”pop” airplay remains in the mind of many, american idol and 19e notwithstanding, the ultimate goal.

  400. but it’s the larger top 40 audience where i think most labels, especially the ones connected to idol, seem to want to be successful in. airplay is airplay if you’re getting it consistently, but getting substantial top 40 ”pop” airplay remains in the mind of many, american idol and 19e notwithstanding, the ultimate goal.

    I agree that, in principle, this is what they want. But do you think it’s possible they figure that the older-skewing Idol voting audience is just plain not going to vote for people who really connect with the actual outside-the-bubble audience for this genre, so they figure that the fallback plan is to each season hope at least to produce a few strong niche players who may be more likely to do well in their more limited-selling niches?

    I look at the last two years, and see that the real top-40-looking pair, Archie and Adam, were pretty decisively voted down in favor of the way-more-HAC-looking pair, Cook and Kris (and, yeah, I know that Kris has a top-40 hit but I still don’t really believe he’s altogether a top-40 guy, long term).

    I mean, while a top-40 *hit* is definitely better financially than an HAC or other niche hit, a niche hit is probably better financially than a top-40 *miss,* and, aside from Kelly, I think that they’ve mainly had top-40 misses, haven’t they? They’ve poured a lot of promotion into Jordin, but to me her album sales and apparent lack of ability to move tour tickets and such show that she’s really a miss, though somebody who has been able to sell some singles. …. And aside from that, their big successes beyond Kelly C have all had a non-top-40 focus — Daughtry, Carrie, Clay, Jennifer H, and Fantasia (who’s certainly been a critical success if not necessarily a big sales success).

    Since they have only actually produced as a winner one person who really connects at top 40, isn’t it possible that they aren’t trying as hard to get a top-40 person anymore. A buck in the hand actually is worth 10 bucks (or more) in the bush, right?

  401. hi lucy – i think the idol machine’s ultimate goal is making money – period. i don’t know what their overall strategy is for the contestants post idol, but it doesn’t seem they are immune to slotting them in genres or musical directions where they think they will get the most return on their investment. the disconnect in the music tastes or preferences, vis a vis the average age [40] of the idol viewer, and the reality of what sells once these contestants get out in the real music world can be eye opening. it also kinda plays into the notion that idol really isn’t all that interested in finding that ”star” they proclaimed in the early years, but rather the contestants are another ”commodity” they will pimp and promote however and wherever they can to increase their bottom line. it’s all about the benjamins.

  402. it also kinda plays into the notion that idol really isn’t all that interested in finding that ‘’star” they proclaimed in the early years, but rather the contestants are another ”commodity” they will pimp and promote however and wherever they can to increase their bottom line.

    I agree. However, I’d say that the “star” that they originally were looking for was only desired because he/she was considered to be a source of benjamins, also, and would have been pimped for that purpose as well, just in bigger venues! … And, as you’ve mentioned, the very *biggest* benjamins — *if* you can find that star! …

    Currently, my bet is that since they haven’t been very good at finding a star, they figure that a surer source of benjamins might be several smaller but successfully rotating planets!

  403. Since they have only actually produced as a winner one person who really connects at top 40, isn’t it possible that they aren’t trying as hard to get a top-40 person anymore. A buck in the hand actually is worth 10 bucks (or more) in the bush, right?

    they could very well be shifting focus or direction in what they are now seeking on idol, but top 40 success is still kinda the arbitrary benchmark, outside of the idol bubble, and this is where these contestants will eventually have to cut it, for ”success”. there are and will continue to be those singers who will never have a top 40 hit, and those who may never find a significant presence on that format. it in no way means they have failed, or don’t have an audience for their style of music. as long as they are sustaining themselves and making their living via their music, they’re better off than 99.99 percent of us. in my head, when i hear the judges harp on these contestants about ”being relevant”, singing songs that are relevant”, it’s relevancy on top 40 that i assume they are talking about.

  404. Currently, my bet is that since they haven’t been very good at finding a star, they figure that a surer source of benjamins might be several smaller but successfully rotating planets!

    as bad a shape as the music industry is in, i don’t think many of these labels and music companies are taking any source or avenue to generate revenue off the table – fo’ real, lol. it’s harder and harder for the artist in this environment to see any real money – most of their compensation comes from touring, the sale of merchandise, other branding or endorsement kind of deals, so i’m always for what makes the artist some cash. ;)

  405. Mmmm hmmm. I’ve thought for a while that maybe AI should just shoot for a Michael Buble/ Harry Connick Jr. type winner. Where the middle-age female fanbase that comes with AI would be a natural fit and not considered an albatross. In retrospect, they probably should have gone that route with Taylor Hicks. Of course that would be giving up on the whole Top 40 thing. Oops, off topic.

  406. you’re totally in the pocket justshootme – i’ve wondered as idol has ”aged out” why they haven’t actively tried to find someone in that vein… susan boyle may be scoffed at and derided for the style of music she sings, but her success points to a large, untapped market of music consumer that apparently has been underserved. who knows what they will be looking for next year, but if someone like boyle comes along with another massive seller… look out! perhaps simon and the ”x” factor will find someone to exploit and serve this area of the market. i would laugh myself silly if the x factor finds better success doing just that.

  407. Well, I don’t think Idol necessarily has to be HAC idol, but I’ve said before they’d be better off looking for a niche performer (Country, HAC, R&B, etc) with the potential to get a crossover hit or two. To me, they have a few people like that this year (Didi, Casey, Alex, maybe Lee or Sibbhoan) but I don’t know how likely they are to win. There are some potential pop types to me in Kaetlyn and Tim, but does anyone think they are going all the way? I don’t see 19 signing a whole bunch like last year this time around.

  408. if idol’s and 19e’s premise is still valid, and they want singers who can go from their stage out into the current music biz and sell, [they are a business and in this to make money] i’m not certain this is the group to pull that off.

    Average cost of a 30 second ad on Idol: 623,000.

    That’s about how much they invest in a typical signed contestant’s whole album process.

    The $$$$ are in the show itself, not the artists it produces. It needed successful winners in the past in order to maintain the credibility of the show over time, but since it’s probably getting cancelled soon even that doesn’t matter anymore.

  409. It needed successful winners in the past in order to maintain the credibility of the show over time,

    but since it’s probably getting cancelled soon even that doesn’t matter anymore.

    … i believe you are right. i ain’t mad at ’em, idol has been a great source of enjoyment over these many seasons. it introduced me to several singers i still keep my radar attuned to, the majority nonwinners, so when it comes to its inevitable end, maybe x factor or some other similarly music themed show will strike the fancy of the american public. and it will begin all over again, lol…

  410. ” judes:
    03/10/2010 at 8:37 am
    i miss when this show was about finding an IDOL. a STAR. not a singer/songwriter…”

    I don’t understand- why can’t a singer /songwriter be a STAR & an Idol as well!! Actually to me they are more of a star as not only can they sing other people’s songs in their own style but write their own as well – that’s talent!!

    I agree, but just because you hold a guitar, doesn’t make you a song writer. I can’t believe all these folks with instruments are song writers. We don’t really know their capabilities as songwriters right now. “

    I was actually answering your question in bold where you were mentioning about a singer/ songwriter – that doesn’t have to include instrument playing. You could say now that Adam is a singer/songwriter after co-writing some songs on his album & he plays no instrument!!

    I also wasn’t saying that all of the idols who play instruments are s/s but we do know that Crystal is & I believe it does set her apart from some of the others!!

    It will be interesting in the Top 12 when “Theme” weeks are introduced -who are the artists who can adapt the theme to their style like Kris Allen did so well last year!!

  411. I was just listening a second time to the performances and I would LOVE to hear Siobhan sing Kat McPhee’s new material.

    I also skipped Katie, Paige, and (i hate to say it) Katelyn.

  412. Judes.. I wasn’t the original poster. My bit starts with “I agree…” Sorry my rant wasn’t really targeted at anyone’s post, just sort of a rant. S/S gets bantered around so much when there is really little to back up the ‘writing’ part. I know folks are generally talking about a vibe, however often I think people forget that the term means more.

    As far as Crystal goes, we know she has the capability of writing, but a 1/2 dozen songs, even if they are good doesn’t convince me. YMMV For me if a person can sit down and create a hit all by themselves without a co-writer or someone reworking the music, then I’ll call them a singer/songwriter. By my own definition Cook and Kris are still working on this to some extent. I’m interested in what they put out for their second albums.

  413. koshka, I feel your pain. For my own sanity’s sake, in the context of AI contestants I now translate “singer/songwriter” to “vocally limited guitar player”. You’ll need to come up with a definition that works for you.

  414. justshootme:
    03/10/2010 at 5:58 pm
    koshka, I feel your pain. For my own sanity’s sake, in the context of AI contestants I now translate “singer/songwriter” to “vocally limited guitar player”. You’ll need to come up with a definition that works for you.

    LOL I actually started writing out a long definition and stopped myself. I dig your definition, I may use it. :)

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