American Idol 9 Top 9 Redux – Performance – Recap

I’ll admit that I was hoping that when TPTB finally decided to bring an Idol on board to mentor, it would be one of the elder’s with a proven track record, like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson or Chris Daughtry.  I’d love to see Kelly mentor, but hey, this week she’s in Australia and not exactly available.

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So, in the meantime, we have Adam Lambert who is promoting his single, and still striving to make his way in the cutthroat music biz. So why not let him mentor? He’s definitely got something the Season 9 kids don’t–the ability to craft a performance that’s vocally, visually and emotionally satisfying.

The kids all can sing, but tend to crumple when they hit the big stage.  Adam was on hand to give them much needed advice in that area. And, I have to say his suggestions were smart and articulate.

Elvis proved to be too big for some of these performance-challenged kids, but not for all…

Live blog and videos, after the jump…

Tonight, the Top 9 tackle the songs of Elvis Presley. Adam Lambert brings his Idol experience, as he mentors the contestants…

This week, after the save of Big Mike, TWO contestants must fall! No backstage footage? No time I guess! Got to fit in 9 kids in 90 minutes. The judges are introduced…here comes Ryan. He’s hi-fiving the chicks in the mosh pit.

The finalists are introduced and take the stage. The Elvis Presley video package rolls. What a sexy young guy he was. But then later? EEP. The kids flew to Vegas this weekend. They saw Viva Elvis and were mentored by “one of Idol’s favorite contestants.” Adam says he loves Elvis because he was a complete showman. He tells the kids that he  knows exactly where they are right now. He hopes they give us “something to listen to look at and to feel.”

Ryan introduces Adam, and sits next to him in the audience. They talk about Adam being the first Idol to mentor. Adam says he tried to be honest, but constructive. They all have great voices, all very talented, but they had to “wake up” he says, “I want a little more energy…let’s put on a show, ” he says. Ryan quip: “My tongue isn’t nearly as talented as yours.” Erm.  If Adam was choosing an Elvis song for Idol, he would have picked Tim’s choice” “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” – VIDEO

Crystal Bowersox – “Saved” – Adam says, “Awesome voice, so authentic so real” She says she loves gospel music. Adam helps Crystal decide to pick up the electric guitar this week. She’s got the background singers on stage with her. And Crystal and her bedazzled electric guitar just took us too church. Crazy gospel rave from Crystal. Wow, she’s so good. Randy says, “That’s the way to come out and give it up. that was dope. second coming of Bonnie Raitt. I loved it.” Ellen says “Fantastic” Kara says, “Another solid performance, love the uptempo, drama..did some really good things tonight.” Simon says,   “That was a lyric I could personally relate to. (ha ha) You didn’t choose an obvious song, you put your on slant on it, you didn’t fall into the karaoke trap. Congratulations once again.”  Bejeweled guitar! 1-866-436-5701 – VIDEO

Andrew Garcia – “Hound Dog” – Andrew gets a sit down with Ryan. Adam tells Andrew he was bored and his performance needs a little more “punch”. He says Andrew has the potential, but has to step up his game. Andrew slows down the tempo, and I don’t like it at all. It needs to be bluesier. ballsier. It’s very flat and dull. Andrew is just…not improving. He takes the performance to the catwalk behind the judges. Zzz. Randy says, “That was definitely not good karaoke. It was pitchy…I didn’t like it.” Ellen says, “I wish you had put a little more swagger into it…but I thought you pulled it off.” Kara says, “It’s Elvis, you’ve got to own it. The mike was your crutch..There were some nice places, but I wanted to feel more..swagger.” Simon says, “Lazy, unpredictable…it didn’t feel like a star performance. All of your cool has been sucked out of you.” Ellen says, we all have different opinions. 1-866-436-5702 – VIDEO

Ryan is sitting next to his mom is in the audience!

Tim Urban – “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Adam thought Tim did a really good job, and liked his “pretty” guitar. He advised Tim that he stay in his head voice to finish. Tim’s phrasing is crap, but he doesn’t sound bad. He’s keeping it simple, staying in key and looks cute sitting on his stool with his guitar. So Ricky Nelson, but not as good. Tim’s golden for another week, for sure. The lighting peeps shouldn’t keep him in shadow his looks sell him. Randy says, “Believe it or not, I actually liked it.” Ellen compared Tim to Tequila– taking shot after shot until she likes it. She says, “I really enjoyed it…I thought that was beautiful.” Kara says, “Probably my favorite Tim performance, authentic, real, current, from your heart, well done.” Simon says, “You have managed to go from zero to hero in two weeks. Very clean, you’re growing in confidence, you’ve taken advice really really well.” 1-866-436-5703 Ryan dancing with a man in the background during Tim’s song and then thanking Michael Sarver for the dance? WTF? VIDEO

Lee DeWyze – “A Little Less Conversation” – Adam says Lee is great, but he needs to smile more, be playful. “If Lee smiles and connects a little bit more, he has a chance to do really well, ” says Adam. Lee’s on the acoustic guitar. The band comes in after a few bars. He’s not smiling. It needs to be more playful, like Adam says. He looks like he’s passing a stone instead of convincing a girl to go home with him. The vocals were growly and good, but he still needs to loosen up more. Randy says, “You are definitely in the zone.” Ellen says, “You made that so current…more confidence…you’re getting better and better.” Kara says, “I never seen you go vocally like you did tonight…it could have been a little bit lighter, playful…but the vocal was on fire.” Simon disagrees about the playful part. Simon says, “It was about nailing the song, it was on the money full stop.” Lee says talking to Adam helped a lot. 1-866-436-5704 – VIDEO

Aaron Kelly – “Blue Suede Shoes” Adam says he underestimated Aaron, his voice is “great.” Adam tells Aaron to grab it from the get go. Aaron doesn’t believe in himself yet, says Adam. Aaron says the song is probably wrong for him? Hm. The vocals are actually pretty good. Nice tone. But the performance is boring. He’s up on the catwalk now. I dunno, I’m not believing this. It’s better with my eyes closed. Randy says, “It started off kind of weird, but when you broke into the half time, it fit better.” Ellen says, “I thought that was a big song to take on. A for effort. You didn’t get all the way there.” Kara says, “You’re out of your comfort zone, and I really like it…it pushed you, it kept you on edge, felt more current.” Simon says, “It didn’t make you younger, it was like somebody at a high school doing a concert at the end, very karaoke…not original…dressing up for the part.” 1-866-436-5705 – VIDEO

Siobhan Magnus – “Suspicious Minds” – Ryan has a sit down with Siobhan. She LOVES Elvis. “She’s got the pipes, but it feels sleepy” says Adam. He suggests she speed it up. Siobhan is honored to be compared to him. Adam respects her quirkiness. Her lower register is flat and uninteresting, and when she abruptly shifts into her upper register, she’s pitchy and all over the place. Further proof she doesn’t have a handle on her own instrument. Randy says, “When you broke into the slower part, that’s when I liked it…that girl can sing.” Ellen says, “I liked the second half more than the first..that’s what you do best.” Kara says, “Siobhan has two voices and it’s getting confusing for me…I wasn’t crazy about it…” Simon says, “It was like you were put in a time machine, this was like a completely different person, the first part of the song was terrible, second part very erratic and screechy. Not one of your best performances.” Simon thinks she needs to choose a better song. Siobhan says she can’t pinpoint who she is, and she takes pride in that. She refuses to label herself. Eh. 1-866-436-5706 – VIDEO

Ryan just made a mean Brian Dunkleman joke! Next week is Idol Gives Back, and he announced that Dunkleman would be co-hosting. Just Kidding! Aw. Poor Dunk.

Mike Lynche – “In The Ghetto” – Adam says, If Mike finds a way to connect to people’s hearts tonight, he’ll stay in it. He really deserves it, he has a great voice, says Adam. Big Mike has the guitar back. Good vocal, very soulful, but intimate. The arrangement is more folk than big and gospely–an interesting twist. He needed to scale it back. I expected him to do this song, but not in that way. Randy says, “The song was a little sleepy, but those were hot vocals.” Ellen says, “I’m glad we saved you.” Kara says, “You definitely sang it well.” Simon says, “It was a million billion times better than last week. Judges running out of time! Short critiques from here on out! 1-866-436-5707 – VIDEO

Katie Stevens – “Baby What Do You Want Me to Do” – Katie’s been frustrated with the judges, the song is a message to them. Adam tells her to express her anger, get throatier, sell it a little bit more. Holy sh*t. Katie-bot is making a comeback! It’s Diana Degarmo all over again! The vocal is a little bit pitchy here and there, but it’s full, throaty and rich. She’s feeling it up there. Wow. She told them! Randy says, “Katie’s getting a little sassy, very nice.” Ellen says, “It was a very horny song..a lot of horns. (uh…)  Man you can sing.”  Kara says, “Katie I think you just showed us judges! Good job.” Simon says, “I just found it really loud, annoying, I didn’t like the song very much.” Kara shouts him down. Simon says, “They liked it, it doesn’t matter what I think.” 1-866-436-5708 – VIDEO

The cast of Glee is in the audience!

Casey James – “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” – Adam suggests Casey build more of an arc…more dynamics. But Adam thinks it’s cool. Casey is on a platform, surrounded by sway bots. He’s kinda back to the monochromatic performance–good vocals, but not a lot of wow. Randy says, “you’re in the zone, I wanted more, but it’s another solid performance.” Ellen says, “I love your voice, you look comfortable surrounded by woman, not as exciting as I would have liked, but you’re always good.” Kara says, “That really fell short for me.”  Simon says, “That was a wasted opportunity, but your vocal was good.” – 1-866-436-5709 – VIDEO

They rushed so fast through the critiques…now they have extra time. Go Bruce Gowers! *eyeroll*

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769 Comments

  1. They’re totally gonna have Mike go last so they didn’t “waste the save” Great. I’m bored already.

  2. ok, no real interesting outfits so far. Siohban’s looks interesting

  3. They’re totally gonna have Mike go last so they didn’t “waste the save” Great. I’m bored already.

    According to spoilers, not true

  4. Oh Adam you do not love Elvis, you’ve never mentioned him until now!

  5. “Adam continues to fascinate audiences…” ROFL! Yeah that’s about it!

  6. I’m in class! Can someone tell me the order based on the lineup at the beginning?!?!

  7. Nice little chat with Adam and LOTS of camera time for the Glee cast woot! Hhaa

  8. Crystal first in a double elimination week= TPTB are clearly not concerned with her votes total

  9. I love how they didn’t mention Adam’s sales. LOL

    They will do that tomorrow after his performance. OR, if he gets a video package as most of the contestants do they’ll do it then. Adam has a gold album and is doing well overseas. Its nothing to be ashamed of. lol

  10. Crystal is the best she has been since ever!!! that was the most excitement she has injected into a song.

  11. Another totally consistant preformance. But she is failing to WOW me, and as much as I love her, it’s starting to bug me.

  12. I can’t believe Ryan said his tongue isn’t as talented as Adams…. LOL

    He shouldn’t try humor.

  13. The front of Adam’s hair looks fine, but the situation in back is a mess.

    Crystal was right in her wheelhouse. Great performance, but nothing surprising or interesting.

  14. Loooooved Crystal today! A lot of energy. Great performance!

    LOL at the talent of Adam’s tongue…

  15. I love how they didn’t mention Adam’s sales. LOL

    And now the jabs begin!!!

  16. Adam gave great advice. Put on a show!!!! Although She should have moved around a little more.

  17. And now the jabs begin!!!1

    We almost got through one song before they begun. Thats later than I thought! lol

  18. Not my favorite Crystal performance, but should silence those who complain about her always singing a slow tempo song.

  19. That was fantastic! Great energy, and good advice from Adam to use the electric guitar tonight.

  20. No, the guitar is GLAMMED, right? Heh… That was good– still want to see her come alive a bit more somehow? I hope Andrew bombs… so sick of him..

  21. Is it bad that even though Adam is on(and this makes it slightly watchable) the crap contestants and frequent commercials are making me want it to hurry up and be over because then we can get to some real talent…GLEE.

    Adam’s got more personality than all the contestants put together.

  22. I can’t believe Ryan went there. LOL

    Crystal has a good voice, probably the best one but she just doesn’t give me the IT vibe.

  23. Crystal was right in her wheelhouse. Great performance, but nothing surprising or interesting.

    I never find Crystal surprising or interesting which is why I see her as Melinda Doolittle. American Idol voters don’t necessarily like consistency.

  24. Crystal has resumed her streak of choosing songs I don’t want to hear sung. She’s good, still isn’t connecting to me with her song choices. (I am enjoying her warm and fun performance style, though)

  25. Adam is doing great Humble, smiling, and funny. The look as his face after Ryans stupid tongue comments was priceless…..

    Crystal was the best she has ever been. She was exciting, original, and not boring. Tonight for me she had the “it” factor. I think she went from talented guitar player to a star.

  26. Grrr I missed Crystal’s performance! I never thought she’d be first…

  27. Crystal needs to push more. Solid but just that. Not her best.

  28. What a great performance by Crystal… I would buy her album tomorrow… Loved the bluesy gospel vibe… Great song choice once again!

  29. First time I liked Crystal! Energy and happinnes!
    She had that cup of coffee!

  30. MAJOR Adam pimpage… exactly in line with Warwick yesterday’s statement!

    Adam is doing well! Glad for him! Good advice to Crystal

    Crystal was very good and LOVE her guitar!!!

  31. Crystal was merely OK. She hit her plateau on day 1 and with a double elimination tomorrow, she better hope that a couple of people are either forgettable or completely suck, a la Paige.

    And she went 1st, too.

  32. Liked the Elvis intro and the Adam intro. Elvis – 1 billion records sold and still selling. AMAZING!!

  33. Wow they’re really letting Andrew grovel for votes tonight, pimping his son and his family.

  34. Andrew = no presonality. Unless he’s gonna make Danny Gokey Babies.

  35. Painful and long Andrew pimp chat…

    Sorry, still boring, and BAD. Ugh, the cheers, bringing up the dad thing again. This guy will never leave.

  36. Did Adam say that he can be straight up with Andrew? Totaly volontary or not?

  37. Yeah, Andrew made Hound dog his own…boring but not as bad as I thought…great advice Adam!!!

  38. Oh Adam was honest…..Andrew is sounding better then he has but I don’t think he listened to Adam fully.

    Randy that was not Karaoke…..

  39. well this is karaoke at its best. he’s going tomorrow….well he is actually vocally better than i thought he would be but still

  40. the mic stand is getting a ride, put it between your legs Andy!!!!!!

  41. Andrew – sadly one of his better performances vocally, but still not that interesting. Mostly cause Hound Dog is just too dated a song choice.

  42. Anyone else feel the judges have just hated Andrew since the live shows? Meh

  43. What they’re not getting to to change it but make it sound current. That was even less rock than the original.

  44. Andrew just isn’t a stage performer, he has zero charisma.

    I agree. Too bad because I liked him during Hollywood week. Wish he had chosen a different song – a love ballad.

  45. What did Randy mean when he said Simon predicted Andrew’s failure? They shouldn’t be prejudging them!

  46. Probably his best vocal. Still boring.

    I think that it was one of Andrew’s better vocals, but I still think that Andrew isn’t that good of a singer. And I don’t think that his stage presence is that good either.

  47. Andrew needs to let loose. I still feel that the contestants this year are scared to come outside themselves.

  48. Andrew and Tim in the 2nd and 3rd spots between Crystal and Lee. The producers couldn’t be clearer as to who they want gone.

  49. Just flipping thru the channels but didn’t he sing the words wrong.

    I think they are “you aint’ never caught a rabbit and you aint’ no friend of mine” not “you aint’ never been a rabbit….”

    Hope I am wrong for his sake

  50. Aww, Andrew totally knows he’s going home. I feel bad for him even though he probably deserves it after that.

  51. They shouldn’t be prejudging them!

    Simon said after Crystal that he expected a lot of karaoke performances tonight and Randy was refering to that.

  52. That was worse than I feared it would be. How could he do that to Hound Dog?

  53. Andrew just isn’t a stage performer, he has zero charisma.

    Adnrew shouldn’t go big, he should go small, do it low key with lots of details.

  54. What did Randy mean when he said Simon predicted Andrew’s failure? They shouldn’t be prejudging them!

    I think he meant that Simon had predicted that it was going to be a night of karaoke performances, since Randy went on to call Andrew’s performance bad karaoke.

  55. well He tried to take Adam’s advice. It just didn’t work well.

  56. OnePlusSix:
    04/13/2010 at 8:24 pm
    Andrew needs to let loose.

    Unfortunately, I think that’s his problem. He can’t let loose for some reason, and a performer has to do that to be entertaining. It’s risky to expose yourself like that and he just can’t.

  57. Not bad vocals (i liked the little changes) but too too too slow … the song was just loosing edge sang on this tempo especially that he was showing little energy

  58. Andrew needs to let loose. I still feel that the contestants this year are scared to come outside themselves.

    i feel the same. too tight

    eta: lookin fwd to Glee!

  59. Loved Crystal but I couldn’t understand 1/2 of what she was singing!

    I don’t get all the hate for Andrew. I thought he sounded Fantastic tonight. Sucks that the judges were so harsh on him. Yes, he could have been more energetic but at least he tried. He stepped away from the guitar and tried something different. I’ll be sad if he goes home and Tim manages to outlast the double elimination.

  60. Adam is an honest mentor. He told Andrew the truth. Andrew tried this time.

  61. Adam advizing Tim to use his falsetto? He didn’t see the first week of the semifinals apparently

  62. I think Adam is doing a great job with mentoring. It is true that the people who have gone throught the show have an idea of what works.

  63. Tim beat Andrew hands down. Should have used the falsetto at the end though :)

  64. Tim, so dreamy! And great song choice, can’t wait for studio version.

    LOL at the 2 dudes (one Ryan?) dancing in the aisles.

    Yay, thank God he didn’t take Adam’s falsetto advice. Now there’s no need to “Apologize” ;)

  65. Tim didn’t do the falsetto! Thank goodness– flashbacks of Apologize. Sorry, I’m glad he didn’t take Adam’s advice, cuz honestly, Adam overestimates the dude’s voice. He’s so staying a few more weeks.

  66. That’s the second week that Tim didn’t suck. VFTW might drop him and start voting for Andrew.

  67. Tim can’t sing that well IMO, even though I do like the song that he chose.

  68. I don’t understand why VFTW is so ecstatic about Tim, he’s nowhere near as entertaining or bad as Sanjaya

  69. Oh Tiger Beat. Clearly, we can’t seem to quit you. Sigh. Ugh.

  70. Okay, Tim was good-ish, but that wouldn’t have gotten raves in the past two seasons the way it did tonight.

  71. he did say the same thing to Anoop! boring simon…….

    i knew i heard it somewhere before.

  72. I think Timmy did fine. Andy should have done what he did with Adam in the rehearsal, he sounded good there. He just lost his confidence on stage. Too Bad.

  73. Tim did that mini falsetto in the middle instead of the end…worked great. He can do it, just has to learn when and how in a song. Thanks Adam.

  74. I think at least Tim showed some vulnerability and that’s a big step forward.

  75. Ok best Tim performance tonight. It must be nice for him to get good critiques. Booh to Ryan to have call him Turban – not nice!
    Won’t put pool points on him this week

  76. So Far Adam is doing great as a mentor and I think has given them the best mentoring of anyone this year. IMHO. Tim was very very good.

  77. Yes, Yes. I wanted Lee to sing this. Come on Lee. Listen to what Adam’s saying.

  78. Good advice there, Adam! Let’s see if Lee can follow it – he’s sounding good…

  79. Adam just stares into the contestants eyes and they can’t resist whatever he says.

    This show is great tonight. First time I’ve said this all season. Adam is the reason IMO.

  80. I wonder if they could give the guitar players head mikes so they can move away from the mike stand.

  81. Better Lee but still have a long way to go with the facial connect.

    Not to jinx anything but the contestants are doing really well tonight on the whole. He sounds good….but alas I think its him and Andrew going home.

    Aaron not the right song buddy……this to me is Karaoke.

  82. This is so Eddie Vedder lite and I’m loving it.

    I totally said Eddie Vedder lite! I called it! 1000000 points for me!

  83. Lee! He was way more animated, kinda reminded me of some of Kris’ more bouncy acoustic numbers last year. Nice! Good advice from Adam

  84. lol…nothing going on right here. Ohhhhh he’s priceless

    This guy didn’t do too bad but honestly, another guitar player!

  85. ok adam, wtf? way to kill off andrew… LOL

    as for tim… not a good singer at all, but definitely a personal best, kudos…

    oh and bowersox rocked that, thats the first time i’ve like her….

  86. I would be shocked if Simon acknowledges Adam at all!! They should be all thanking Adam for his great advice.

  87. Lee = okay. Not my style of song, so I stopped paying attention after 30 seconds and didn’t even realize it! However, his tone was definitely decent on this song.

  88. I thought Lee did good. It did sound more current than some of the others

  89. And Simon gives Kara grief again. “Skipping around the stage” lol.

  90. that little half smile thing he does makes me all mushy on the inside.

  91. Kara is taking Adam’s critiques to a new level. lol

    I’m glad Lee liked Adam’s advice. Yea!!!

  92. So far Adam got the kids to change it up, they just held back still a little too much. I love Adam. Can he just win this year???

  93. I love that Ryan said “find out which track Tim went with after this” and yet Adam revealed it in his intro chat with Ryan.

  94. Lee pimping Adam. Interesting.

    Or maybe he just liked his advice. LOL

  95. I’m on the west coast, so can’t watch Idol for another 2.25 hours, but I’m sure likin’ the looks of stuff like this on twitter…

    jacobjunior7 OK @AdamLambert is proving me wrong. He’s actually a pretty fucking great mentor. less than a minute ago from web

    By the way, Adam is the #1 trend on twitter right now.

  96. Or maybe he just liked his advice. LOL

    I don’t doubt that. No worries. =)

  97. It could be helping some of them because it isn’t as intimidating coming from someone who had been on the show and is just starting out, rather than a producer or someone who has been in the business for so long. Kind of like peer counseling.

  98. the second part is kinda interesting. but it came a little too late.

  99. Miss Chaos:
    04/13/2010 at 8:41 pm
    So far Adam got the kids to change it up, they just held back still a little too much. I love Adam. Can he just win this year???

    Didn’t you know that is what this whole show is about. Rewriting idol history and making AL the winner.

  100. THAT WAS AWESOME. I freaking LOVE Aaron for some ridiculous reason and I would be really really really sad if he left.

  101. Did Aaron just forget the words?

    No, I thought so for a second, but it was just a transition in the song.

  102. Why are they dissing him? It was GOOD.

    Aww he looks like he’s gonna cry!!! Were my ears broken or something? Cause that was just as good as some of Casey’s or Lee’s preformances, and wasn’t out of tune at all, and he’s got such a great gritty country voice for someone so young. I just think they want him gone and they’re commenting as such.

  103. Lee is looking votes from Adam’s fans lol

    I think Lee was just happy he did so well and wanted to thank Adam for his help. Don’t think he was thinking anything else – votes or anything.

  104. I thought Aaron would do worse picking that song, the long note at the end was unecessary but that’s what he likes to do.

  105. Ha, I kinda agree with ALL three of the judges divergent opinions, re: Aaron. Good vocal, but not sure what I think overall…

  106. Is it just me, or has Simon lost a little of his meaness? Maybe he has been saved!

  107. Aaron needed a little more energy and confidence, but I think he is adorable.

  108. I think Lee was just happy he did so well and wanted to thank Adam for his help. Don’t think he was thinking anything else – votes or anything.

    I was being snarky. ;-)

  109. I’m loving Adam as a mentor (shocker!). He’s taking it seriously and giving good and honest advice, and you can tell that he really cares about the performances. And he looks gorgeous while doing it.

  110. Andrew and Aaron are being set up to go home tomorrow…. hopefully America can stir things up because I’d love to see Tim or Kate go home in replace of either Andrew or Aaron.

    But it looks like Andrew’s going home for sure huh? Even with his huge fanbase…

  111. That was worse than I’d feared. How could he do that to Blue Suede Shoes?

  112. Adam is doing really well. The Idols are more alive tonight. I commend them for the risk taking, even if the result isn’t perfect.

  113. Oh btw extra points for Lee for giving Adam a shout out for him doing better. My vote goes to him…He really doesn’t need it but hey he earned it… LOL

  114. *please don’t scream please don’t scream please don’t scream*

  115. It could be helping some of them because it isn’t as intimidating coming from someone who had been on the show and is just starting out, rather than a producer or someone who has been in the business for so long. Kind of like peer counseling.

    ITA.

  116. “Karaoke” should also be banned from the Idol lexicon. Such a lazy, meaningless, overused cliche, ugh.

  117. He is telling the Idols what we’ve been saying every week here on MJs. Andrew is boring, Lee needs to perform and not just sing, Tim needs to understand what he’s singing and be believable.

  118. I have to post my opinion early,because my parents rigged my wi-fi on my itouch to stop working at 9:30 PM.I’ll post more thoughts later (Picture  this in all bold and caps lock,but I don’t want to be
    moderated,so…).

    Aww Andrew looked like he wa gonna cry-I floved it

    Oma adam’s eyes!!
    An during andrew’s performance his eyebrows wrinkled! So cute !! I love his hair!!

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Adam looks gorgeous as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is the most perfect human being ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The advice he gave everyone was so helpful.I think he was the best mentor ever!!!! He is incredible!! When I saw him,I literally started screaming at my TV :) This is an Adam dream come true.Now,all I need is SNL and World Domination ;) Did I mention he looks hot? And gorgeous.And amazing, WOW.I think performances have improved just because of him.I’ve been looking forward to this all week and it more than exceeded my expectations.and OMFA Adam lambert is on my television again! I haven’t seen him on my tv since his SYTYCD performance.It feels so awesome to like “see” him again.
    LMFAO @ the toungue comment
    I FLOVE his hair
    HELL,I FLOVE ADAM MITCHEL LAMBETY
    Well anyway Im like exploding with happiness right now.I am freaking the hell out,seeing him come full circle is so cool. As usual he was the most articulate person (or alien) ever.It simply doesn’t get betterer than Adam F$&king Lambert.

    I am like dyingggggggggg right now srsly

    Adam is genius

    I f$&king love Adam lambert :D :D :D

    I know this sounds BSC,but I’m crying right now..I was looking forward to this so much and wow

    I got chills from just seeing him.He is …electrifying.

    OMFA SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE FLAIL ADAM LAMBERT IS ON MY TV FLAILFLAILFLAIL SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

    :D :D <3 :D :D  

  119. I’m wondering what the articles will say about the mentoring tomorrow.

    The main problem I have this year is too many playing guitars. It’s just too much of the same if that makes any sense.

  120. Everyone’s talking about Andrew going home so maybe a better performer might get lost in the conversation.

  121. So far, for me, they’re a lot better than other weeks(not fabulous or super exciting) they still have a long way to go…but slow and steady wins the race.

  122. an ok performance for Aaron, but seems to me he was trying to fit the song (without meh success) rather than fitting the song to him. He’s a young puppy

  123. unique28v:
    04/13/2010 at 8:48 pm

    Adam is doing really well. The Idols are more alive tonight. I commend them for the risk taking, even if the result isn’t perfect.

    Agreed….and even though two of them missed the mark they were better just for the fact they tried and were not boring. I guess that is the big difference tonight though some did not perform well none are really boring.

  124. Is it me or does Siobhan have a really odd voice? And why is she dressed like my fifth grade teacher?

    I guess I don’t like how she showboats but doesn’t communicate anything. JMHO.

  125. I love Suspicious Minds. Siobhan sings this like Rachel on Glee would :/ I wish she had time to break out of her musical theater box.

  126. Adam’s advice is right on target with these kids, and the ones that are taking it are doing well.

  127. Siobhan and Adam were cute together!!

    It could be helping some of them because it isn’t as intimidating coming from someone who had been on the show and is just starting out, rather than a producer or someone who has been in the business for so long. Kind of like peer counseling.

    I totally agree.

  128. Am i just excited or are they kinda good tonight???? Good job Siobhan!!!

  129. Hey that´s Adam´s stairs. I liked her but no need for the scream in the middle!

  130. I didn’t care for Siobhan’s arrangement but the girl surely has pipes!

  131. Oh man, I was encouraged by the mentor clip, but the performance itself was all over the place. Siobhan, slowly falling out of love with you… :(

  132. Love it. Less screaming, more actual note hitting, very very good.

  133. I didn’t think her voice sounded that good….wrong key or something in the first half.

  134. There trying to get rid of Siobhan she was not bad She sound great….only critique is she slowed it down too much IMHO

  135. oh sh*t now i know why i cant stand siobhan….cause cause cause,

    she sounds like she’s one of the LAWRENCE WELK SINGERS!!!!!!
    yuuuuuuuch…. muahahahahaha… ohhh crap, do people even sing like that anymore…. oh sorry sorry… my bad….

  136. vocally I think Siobhan is all over the place .. and she looks like Mrs Cunningham from Happy Days tonight

  137. There’s no comparison to Adam. People are so quick to compare to something thats not there. Just because she screeches doesn’t warrant comparison. Now she believes it – a lie. so wrong

  138. This was the third piece of bad advice I think from Adam. Tim was right to not end with the falsetto because his falsetto is bad. I hate when Aaron does the growl, it feels really artificial, and I hate Adam encouraged him. Siobhan was much better on the slower parts, I think speeding it up made it cheesy.

  139. Would someone watching the show live please mention the song titles in their comments? It is difficult for us on the west coast to follow along with the live commentary without knowing what the contestants are singing. MJ does post them up top eventually, but it would be nice to know the songs while reading the live commentary. Thank you. :)

  140. That was worse than I’d feared. How could she do that to Suspicious Minds?

    p.s. Talking back? Pre-planned and not cool.

  141. Okay, not sure how I feel about what she said. Part of me is like, yes you go girl, don’t let Kara and Simon try to label you and box you in… and part of me is like, WTF girl, are you saying you have NO idea who you are? Adam was a lot of things too, but he still had a musical identity…

  142. Sorry but I just don’t like Siobhan. She tries to have staqe presence but I just don’t see it.

    She should have kept it either all fast or all slow.

  143. This was the third piece of bad advice I think from Adam.

    I think Adam’s advice has been spot on. lol

    There trying to get rid of Siobhan she was not that bad

    I don’t get the two Siobhan’s and Kara is wrong. Siobhan didn’t scream at all. They’ve switched to Lee and maybe Casey now to be in the final with Crystal.

  144. Siobhan, just no. not being able to pin point who you are is not something to take pride in at this point in the competition/show. you can be quirky and versatile while still having artisitc integrity. she needs to figure out who she is or people are going to get bored with her. i know i already am

  145. like much more the second part of the song than the first one. She seems to me artistically dispersed, for me it’s her biggest flaw

  146. I’ll give them credit for trying to at least make it more interesting but I’m not really loving it tonight. I liked Crystal as usual but oddly enough my 2nd favorite was Tim. Heh. He might not have much range but he’s learning to work with what his voice can do and it is working for him.

  147. I think Adam is giving so much great advice in a kind, constructive way. I LOVE what Siobhan did with that song…and I thought Aaron sounded good. Simon is being way too negative. Good for Siobhan for speaking up for herself!

  148. I would like to hear Mike sing Peace in the Valley – Elvis put out many gospel albums. But I’m sure he won’t.

  149. I expected this site to be crashing tonight, but it hasn’t so far, yay! Maybe everyone who said they were boycotting Adam kept their word.

  150. I like the fact that Siobhan stood up for herself and doesn’t feel like she should be labelled as one type of singer. She’s young, still finding herself and likes the diversity of many genres. Looks good on you Siobhan. I hate it when they try to put people in a box. This is the twenty-first century people!

  151. Voters don’t like backtalk.

    This is true. I think Siobhan will lose more and more steam every week. I doubt she’ll go home tomorrow though.

  152. I think Siobhan is takig the Adam comparisons too seriously .. she’s even stolen Adam’s line about not being put in a specific box vocal genre wise .. what she was saying was as if she’d lifted it from an Adam interview

  153. Siobhan was never as good as she was on Rolling Stones week. I’m trying really hard to keep loving her, but she doesn’t show the same potential she had on top 12 week. She’s about to lose her place as my second favorite to Casey. I’m starting to like Lee too (doesn’t hurt that he mentioned that talking with Adam helped him – I’m a sucker for anybody that likes my Adam).

  154. Uncalled for to Siobhan, why is Simon so off on her? Why does she need to defend her self, they are cruel to her, there was no screaming, Oh man

  155. I wish someone would help Aaron with song selection. He has a nice voice but he doesn’t showcase it well.

  156. Maybe everyone who said they were boycotting Adam kept their word.

    Hopefully! Then we can have a positive Adam-gate thread for once. lol

    I’m actually enjoying the show for the most part tonight. Moreso than other weeks.

  157. I hate little boxes. Some of my favorite preformances are when the contestants stepped out of their little box and did something totally different and unexpected. So stop trying to box them up!

  158. LMAO Brian Dunkleman!!! HAHHAA… Ryan embracing the douchebaggery these days..

  159. Yeah, I’m starting to think that they think of Siobhan as Crystal’s competition and hope to sway the public with their critiques to try and weed her out.

  160. So Siobhan sang the first part softly, and changed it up in the second half. SO WHAT? I don’t get the “confusion” at all. If she had sung it the same way all the way through they would have said she was boring. GEEZ!

  161. Mike has a good voice. And like that he’s not doing falsetto tonight.

  162. I love this song, but I don’t like Mike’s arrangement of it. Way too ballad-ish for In the Ghetto – no soul.

    And…of course the judges will all rave about it, since they saved him last week.

  163. Mike is amazing!!!!

    Yes!! Mike has one of the best voices in the competition and he almost always sings on key. he’s fabulous to me.

  164. I expected this site to be crashing tonight, but it hasn’t so far, yay! Maybe everyone who said they were boycotting Adam kept their word

    Too bad for them, this is finally a really good episode. Peeps are bringing it!

  165. All I have to say is that Adam is a GREAT mentor…he has made such insightful suggestions to all of them.

  166. I don’t think that Siobhan sounded that good. I do think that she has been losing steam the past couple of weeks.

    I think that Mike did a decent job.

  167. “A million billion times” should also be banned from the Idol lexicon.

  168. … they’ve got 20 minutes. How many more commercials?

    CASEY got the pimp spot? YES!

  169. “I missed Adam’s advice to Mike. Did he give him any?”

    Adam said it was a little slow but the vocals were amazing.

  170. OH I am loving this from Michael…..He is doing superb IMHO…..Interestingly Michale is the one contestant that I think it is better he has the guitar and is stopped from moving around so much. He is big and the less movement the better.

    Randy WTF is it with the BS saying it was lazy….I say get rid of all the judges next year and bring back a whole new bunch.

  171. Wow, Adam stands up for big Mike. Sorry Adam, but I just don’t like him. I don’t know what it is. The vocals were good, but I can’t get into him.

  172. They’re getting so nervous about running over because Glee has to start at 9:28, come hell or high water.

  173. …he has made such insightful suggestions to all of them.

    You can’t ask more than that from any mentor. Then it’s up to each Idol to bring it.

  174. it’s still early in the game. losing stream, flying low may not e a bad thing as long as you can pick it up later on.

  175. Speaking of banning words….”I had fun” should be banned from Idolspeak…Surprisingly Mike sounded really good. So far it looks like it’s Aaron’s and Andrew’s last week on Idol…

  176. I correctly predicted that Mike would be going home last week.

    I think he did a good job redeeming himself tonight. He’ll be here for at least another week. I think this performance resonated with the voters a lot more. For starters, it wasn’t an overdone mess like last week.

  177. Good old Mike. Standing O from Adam! Mike sang it well but i find nothing original about him artistically or his voice tone

  178. I think she needs to look forward to a career on Broadway… That way she doesn’t need to pigeon-hole herself… she can just be whatever the script requires… Her voice is certainly strong enough and versatile enough… Like Kristin Chenoweth.

  179. WWFM has gone from #28 to #24 on itunes since the episode started.

    Great!! Hopefully tomorrow night will make it go up even higher.

  180. Is katie 17? or 37? Honestly she looks like a mid 30 year old mother…

  181. Katie sounds good (again with these dated song choices, though)

    I do enjoy her neck swiveling, it’s kinda funny.

    Still, these contestants need to ignore the judges. Just sing a good song, well!

  182. Mike has the prettiest voice. I liked him tonight. Katie sounds good, but I REALLY hate the neck-swiveling she does. Attitude and swagger and soul does not mean side-neck action and bending your knees… I still like the voice, still don’t buy the act…

  183. Well Katie is trying trying trying….and it’s kinda good…it’s so wrong for all these 17 year-olds to sing those songs.

  184. it’s so wrong for all these 17 year-olds to sing those songs.

    I was thinking the same thing. LOL

  185. What is with Simon and the lack of killer instinct? How much more Idol? Bring on the Glee!

  186. Dear Idol: If you didn’t have 8 commercial breaks, you might be on time.

  187. adam is doing soo god!!! actually meaningful advice for the first time this year lol even aaron was watchable lol

  188. Don’t beg Katie. That’s not cute.

    I agree with Simon. She was annoying.

  189. Allison would have owned that song. Katie just doesn’t have the attitude for it. It’s not her age that’s the issue.

  190. I think Simon was off base on his comments to Katie. She was entertaining like Randy said and her vocals were great!

  191. Vocally, Katie was a trainwreck. Way too much band. I wasn’t feeling that, even though the introduction provided as a GREAT set-up

  192. Sheesh. The show’s at a 100 mph pace now in these last minutes! Like will said, got to make that 9:28 Glee start time!

    Not fair that some contestants get much feedback and some get almost zilch.

  193. Not still a Katie’s fan but she did better at putting life into the lyrics than what she usually does. Nice vocals too

  194. I just think it was the wrong song for Katie. She was good but she needed a “younger” Elvis song, whatever that is.

  195. I don’t think Mike is arrogant… I don’t see that at all from him… I think he really wants this… I see it in his face every time… that and how grateful he is to be in the competition… I really see that in him more than anyone else… Adam was full of himself every week when he competed… and I still like him LOL!

  196. What is with Simon and the lack of killer instinct?

    He’s in love. :-)

  197. soccerboi:
    04/13/2010 at 9:06 pm
    All I have to say is that Adam is a GREAT mentor…he has made such insightful suggestions to all of them.

    Oh yes!!! Absolutely the best person who has ever mentored!!! You can tell he spent the time and said what needed to be said in a way the contestants understood! Kudos Adam!!!

    But I still don’t like Big Mike….

  198. Boy if you arent Crystal and you are a girl, Simon is gonna rag on you big time. Simon you should go home. Katie did good, she had confidence,

  199. izzitme, to compare Katie with Chenoweth is so wrong on so many levels!!! Cheno is a goddess!

  200. Mike listened to Adam and told a story. Vocals were great and was very moving. Adam gives great advise. It is up to the performer to put it on the stage. Some have and some have not.

  201. People who so breathlessly repeat the claim that Sioban “doesn’t know who she is” are really meaning to say that they don’t know how to label her. You see, it essentially becomes all about them, not her. And tonight, Sioban called these people out. Big time.

    If I were advising her, I’d tell her to ignore Simon and Kara and go with her gut. Go back to the old Sioban perhaps with a smarter, more focused eye on arrangement and finesse. Otherwise, labels be damned and I hope she continues to openly defy all attempts from others to label her.

    As for the vocal, I thought the second half of her performance was bordering on brilliant. I absolutely loved the head voice, operatic note near the end. Such clarity, such control. Remarkable.

  202. MMMMM….Glee and Adam on the same night….mmmmmmm maybe something will happen

    Adam is definitely showing he knows what he is talking about and knows music. Great advise for Casey and Casey seems to have taken his advise.

  203. No Adam fan by a long shot, but seriously, he’s been an awesome mentor.

  204. Useless I wasn’t comparing Katie GASP! I was comparing Siobhan…

  205. Boy if you arent Crystal and you are a girl, Simon is gonna rag on you big time. Simon you should go home. Katie did good, she had confidence,

    Yup!

  206. No Adam fan by a long shot, but seriously, he’s been an awesome mentor.

    yea!! A convert!! lol

  207. Fun night. Adam did great!

    Crystal – she was having so much fun. Loved to see that.

    Andrew – nice arrangement, badly sung.

    Tim – Didn’t sound as good as they said he did.

    Lee – great arrangement! Missed a few notes, still fun. Wished he ended it better.

    Aaron – Weird. Could have pulled it off with more conviction maybe, but it didn’t work.

    Mike -prettily sung, but it was a bit cliche for him to sing THAT of all songs.

    Siobhan – I didn’t hate that. I get it was a bit schizo, but they do seem to be depimping her.

    Katie – Eeh. She didn’t move me.

    Casey – Good, missing some oomph.

  208. Excellent advice for Casey to create an arc– his problem was giving competent but fairly flat performances. Not that I thought he achieved the arc, but it was good advice theoretically, haha.

  209. Bearcatgrad9912 – that’s awesome of you to say that. I think he’s doing really well too.

  210. Favorites:
    Crystal, Lee, Big Mike and Casey

    I thought they were very good:
    Tim, Katie, Siobhan

    Didn’t like them:
    Andrew and Aaron

    Great show today.. The contestant did a really good job today (for a second week) and the mentor was excellent. I Loved the show tonight!!!!!

  211. I thought that Casey did a solid job tonight.

    Overall I think that Adam did a good job as a mentor tonight. I think that he gave good, constructive advice to the contestants. :)

    I think that Andrew and Katie might go home tomorrow. I think that Aaron could end up in the bottom three, but that those two might go before he does.

  212. Meh, Casey….for the pimp spot? Still, it will save him. Good-bye, Andrew and Aaron.

  213. Casey is one of the few contestants who seems to do whatever he wants and it seems to work! He doesn’t play to the judges. And he and Adam thought alike.

    Adam did a terrific job tonight. Blah to the naysayers.

  214. Based on tonight only, I’d say Andrew is definitely going home. The 2nd person I’m guessing is Aaron.

  215. Tonight was so freaking forgettable. I’m actually sad about that. The only ones I remember are Tim’s, Lee’s and Aaron’s.

  216. Lee’s been my favorite from the start and he continues to take the lead. What a voice! Mike’s long been my second favorite. Especially after tonight, I still can’t believe he almost left the competition last week. He deserves to stay for much longer. I love Casey’s voice, but his choice tonight did nothing for me.

    Adam did an excellent job mentoring. I knew he’d come through despite all of the controversy.

    Kara continues to be annoying. I can’t stand her. Paula, please reconsider returning.

  217. I think Katie would have done better had she taken Simon’s advice and chose Country music… As a pop star she will be lost by better performances, but as a country music star she will garner a bigger audience… she definately has the look!

  218. Casey keeps up his choosing songs I don’t want to hear streak, but I think he did well enough. I simultaneously understand why his fans like him, but he just never connects with me.

    Overall, wish they all made better song choices. Oh well, different week, same wish. Tim had best song and vocal of the night, IMO. Yes, seriously. It’s not enough to sing well, you need to pick songs that connect!

    While I haven’t agreed with all of Adam’s advice tonight, he did well as a mentor. I think it is because he can relate as a former contestant and especially because these kids have been dying to get advice from former contestants.

  219. Crystal was the best tonight. Lee did a good job too.

    Adam was fantastic. Can’t wait to see him perform tomorrow.

  220. Top 3:
    #1 – Crystal
    #2 – Lee
    #3 – Casey

    Going home:
    Andrew and Micheal hopefully

    AND Adam was an AWESOME mentor…

  221. Geez I forgot…two going home tomorrow. Still wish Adam was singing an Elvis song.

  222. Listening back to the recap, I think Lee and Siobhan were the best. Tim and Andrew the worst.

    But they all did a good job. Nice show!

  223. I hated this season….The only reason I tuned in was because of Adam. My two bottow performers…..Andrew and Casey. I love my Adam and he was fantastic.

  224. Yes, best show of the season. Adam was so honest and helpful, even if some of them didn’t take his advice.

  225. I think Katie would have done better had she taken Simon’s advice and chose Country music

    And Elvis had some good country songs too.

  226. I think tonites Idol ratings loses to DWTS – marking my words…

    Idol loss to DWTS the past 2 weeks so I doubt this week would be any different. lol

  227. Oh that was too short! I love Adam so it’s naturally I loved him as a mentor tonight. I think he really wanted to help them do well since he’s been in their shoes. I think the only one he stood up for was Mike.

  228. Casey was one of the BEST!!!! I think he has gotten on fire since last week. And I like how he has so much confidence and swagger in himself and performances. He knows who he is. Er, know what i mean Siobhan?

  229. It was alright. Adam came across as a very nice guy. Sadly instead of him making the S9 peeps exciting, they made him come across as a little dull.

    I was hoping someone would rock the Elvis look but it was still singer/songwriter night. I guess it’s Andrew and Aaron’s time to go.
    Maybe tomorrow will be more fun.

  230. Rub:
    04/13/2010 at 9:22 pm
    Elvis was overated

    I think a billion records sold is not overrating.

  231. I can see Crystal, Lee and yes…Tim Urban going far. This show just seems lost to me this season. And Ryan was terrible tonight.

  232. Bearcatgrad9912:
    04/13/2010 at 9:21 pm

    No Adam fan by a long shot, but seriously, he’s been an awesome mentor.

    Yay! Posts like this make me happy! Thanks for saying that bearcatgrad9912.

  233. Adam was a really good mentor — gave some good advice and was honest. So why did so many of the contestants totally fairl to take his advice?

    No one had a train wreck performance tonight (Andrew was the closest), but no one really stood out with a memorable, really interesting performance, either. It was all very meh. Casey and Lee I cannot support until they start showing some actual stage presence. Neither one of them knows how to loosen up and command the stage. Crystal’s performance was solid but didn’t come off as current at all to me. Siobhan REALLY should have gone uptempo like Adam said. I liked Big Mike’s vocal, but the performance was a little sleepy (at least it wasn’t corny). katie I don’t get at all and Aaron was right about that song not fitting him — it wasn’t convincing at all.

  234. unique28v:
    04/13/2010 at 9:30 pm
    I think tonites Idol ratings loses to DWTS – marking my words…

    Idol loss to DWTS the past 2 weeks so I doubt this week would be any different. lol

    true
    from here on out, Idol viewers are mostly women. MLB and NBA are hitting hard now – all the boys are busy.

  235. think tonites Idol ratings loses to DWTS – marking my words…

    Idol loss to DWTS the past 2 weeks so I doubt this week would be any different. lol

    I know I don’t expect that this week’s ratings will be any different than the last two weeks. I know! It’s like I think Adam will be a non-factor. Sorry Ken, and take your swaybots with you.

  236. People who so breathlessly repeat the claim that Sioban “doesn’t know who she is” are really meaning to say that they don’t know how to label her. You see, it essentially becomes all about them, not her. And tonight, Sioban called these people out. Big time.

    well she shouldnt have bothered, cause reverse psychology doesnt work on adults… we know what we know…. it stank….

  237. I truly feel that Adam added something this week with his mentoring. From the snippets they showed, I thought he gave some good advice. But let’s remember that you can lead them to water but you can’t make them drink. In the end, it’s in the contestants’ hands to bring it to the stage. In saying that, however, I thought this week was somewhat better than past ones…still has a long way to go to have me say “Wow, what an exciting week!”. Here’s hoping.

  238. Organic:
    04/13/2010 at 9:32 pm
    Rub:
    04/13/2010 at 9:22 pm
    Elvis was overated

    I think a billion records sold is not overrating.

    You may be right, but I never got around to the hype. Im an 80s buff, you know. I can tolerate the Stones though.

  239. And Elvis had some good country songs too.

    Kentucky Rain would have been great for Katie — very country.

  240. Kara acts depressed and Simon seems like he has totally lost interest in the contestants and the show.

    Adam was awesome!!!!!!

  241. Idol loss to DWTS the past 2 weeks so I doubt this week would be any different. lol

    I think the person was referring to the Tuesday night result show of DWTS beating Idol. You are thinking about the Monday telecast having more viewers than the Tuesday night broadcast of Idol.

  242. So instead of these olden goldies night e.g Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis… what about let’s say we do one for the famous people of this decade?? Lady Gaga theme/night anyone?

  243. It was alright. Adam came across as a very nice guy. Sadly instead of him making the S9 peeps exciting, they made him come across as a little dull.

    Maybe TPTB thought they needed to knock a little glitter off his shoulders, given what Ken said. ‘Like he was before’ . I was hoping he’d share some spark with the contestants too. oh well. Some were better tonight!

  244. I think Tim and Andrew are in danger tonight. I don’t think Tim actually has many fans based on his talent, and with him getting really good reviews tonight I think that will neutralize the voters who vote to “stick it” to the producers.

  245. I’m getting a little nervous. I keep getting through for Crystal. No busy signals!

  246. Adam was a really good mentor — gave some good advice and was honest. So why did so many of the contestants totally fairl to take his advice?

    lack of experience maybe?

  247. At what point people will figure out that singing a ballad while playing its guitar isn’t that big of a deal? Can’t believe how they overpraised Tim and Michael did what he had to to stay in the competition.

    IMO, best of the night was Lee, still way too stiff and not enough performance but the vocals were very good.
    Crystal is in the Melinda Doolitle spot, we know what’s coming and we already know the judges criticism before they begin to talk, I hope she’s voluntarily coasting right now and has some cards on her hand to play later when she will need it.
    Siobhan second hald of the song was great I loved it but she the first half when she was going down the stairs was boderline trainwreck.
    Casey is a good bar singer, and a very good guitarist, don’t know if this combination leads to a recording carreer tough.
    Aaron and Katie never really interested me.

  248. I am totally over Siobhan! “I’m so incredibly unusual and different, that not even I understand the depth and wonderfulness that is me! So how can you mere mortals?”

  249. Sadly instead of him making the S9 peeps exciting, they made him come across as a little dull.

    Other than performing for them what else could have Adam done?

  250. well she shouldnt have bothered, cause reverse psychology doesnt work on adults… we know what we know…. it stank….

    Why so cynical? There is no way Sioban is even capable of such games. “Reverse psychology??” How ’bout she was just telling it how she sees and feels it?

    And honestly, anybody who thinks her mid-range belting is “screaming” really have no clue about singing. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, while Sioban did scream a note or two in the past, all of Kara’s and MJ’s attempts to basically label anything above her lower register as “screaming” are, in my opinion, nothing less than intentional smears aimed at putting her into a pine box (as far as Idol goes) down the river of defeat. And, clearly, it’s working. For now, Kara routinely and generically labels a mid-range chest belt as “screaming” (and I believe she knows it’s not true) whilst shaking her head in a disapproving manner. Whilst repeating the smear again and again. I’m not buying her act, but clearly others are. How predictable.

  251. Crystal is in the Melinda Doolitle spot, we know what’s coming and we already know the judges criticism before they begin to tal, I hope she’s voluntarily coasting right now and has some cards on her hand to play later when she will need it.

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who sees Crystal in the Melinda Doolittle spot.

  252. Why so cynical? There is no way Sioban is even capable of such games. “Reverse psychology??” How ’bout she was just telling it how she sees and feels it?

    I do agree Siobhan was just frustrated and saying how she truly felt. No harm done. I thought her reply had more punch than her performance to be honest! I miss the old Siobhan….where she didn’t care, was smiling all the time and just screamed when she wanted to. LOL…

  253. Crystal going would be unfair, but you have to admit, it would be REALLY funny if she went after the judges used the save on Mike.

    I mean c’mon. That would be lulztastically GREAT!

    Oh and I’m rooting, in my own not really caring way, for Andrew and Aaron to be outta there.

  254. I am totally over Siobhan! “I’m so incredibly unusual and different, that not even I understand the depth and wonderfulness that is me! So how can you mere mortals?”

    hahaha. I got a bit of this vibe too.
    People are labeling others all the time, so she should get used to it, not that it isn’t wrong at times but because it’s just like that.

  255. Crystal going would be unfair, but you have to admit, it would be REALLY funny if she went after the judges used the save on Mike.

    It would make for FANTASTIC TV thats for sure!

  256. I thought there was some excellent music tonight and Adam played a big part in the contestants “stepping it up.” Lee was very good and even smiled (a little), as was Katie who told the judges to shove it in the nicest possible way. You go, girl, you did good and your age is not relevant – I momentarily forgot it. Casey’s song was disappointing, a bit off….seemed in trying to get an arc, the song became utterly shapeless. Casey is still quite good. Siobhan is not; she is disappointing, but, all in all, an excellent night on the Idol stage. Thanks Adam, you were a good and helpful mentor.

  257. The people who I am voting for are,

    CBS

    Lee

    Katie

    Comments:

    Guitars: BAH MORE GUITAR OVERLOAD! *Chucks the damn guitars out the window then closes and locks the window*

    Brian Dunkleman: Ryan was talking about Brian being back. For idol gives back? Right? Damn Ryan was joking! ROFL! To bad.

    Ryan’s mama: Awww! :heart: He looks like her.

    Lamby: My first thought when I saw him tonight was, he really wants to sell his album? But as time went on he actually gave good advice. :) I changed my mind about him being a mentor. :)

    Big Mike: Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Forget Simon! Be theatrical!!! :) Lamby was when he was on AI. :)

    Mama Sox: WOOOOOOOOOOO! I am still so torn! I love love love her voice but I still wish she would move!!!!

    Lee: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :)

    Katie: Damn! A little attitude in her singing. ROFL! She was great!!!

    Andrew: Yikes! That was bad. And what was with him and Aaron walking while they were singing? Don’t walk off the stage! Dance off the stage!!! :)

    Tim Urban: Meh! But wait is Ryan dancing?! ROFL! He is!!! Hahahahaha! And there Tim goes smiling again! :) Love it!

    Siobhan: First half zzzzzzzz second half very good. Lamby you did a good job with her. :)

  258. I wish Adam had Just done an Elvis concert tonight and had all the contestants watch a real talent perform.

  259. Loved Crystal, Casey and Lee! Thought Mike’s version of ITG was lovely (Taylor’s will always be my favorite) also Tim. Siobahn has lost me. Katie sang a song way too old for her, and Aaron was kareoke.
    Andrew’s was loungy.

    Okay, Adam was a great mentor. He started off by saying “I’m just starting my career so what do I know, right?” I liked that he got that and that he could offer constructive criticism. Very well done.

    Back to voting now…

  260. I wish the mentor could pick the song or at least have some say. Doesn’t x-factor work that way? If so , I’m look forward to it.

    Should be interesting tomorrow night.

    eclipse coming…I’ve been saying this for days. Adam should have done an Elvis song.

  261. If Crystal WERE to be kicked off at this stage, she could count on a very solid career. Look at what’s-his-name “Daughtry” guy!

  262. I wish the mentor could pick the song or at least have some say. Doesn’t x-factor work that way? If so , I’m look forward to it.

    Yes. Thats how X Factor is.

  263. I think Tim and Andrew are in danger tonight. I don’t think Tim actually has many fans based on his talent, and with him getting really good reviews tonight I think that will neutralize the voters who vote to “stick it” to the producers.

    I disagree, I think he has a big fanbase, yes they might be teen girls(whats wrong with that?) but its big. I think all fans are voting hard tonight. I actually thought he did great.

    Also I think Crystal going first is her punishment for mentioning she likes VFTW. They did the same thing with Chris Sligh in season 6.

  264. Ok this was the first episode of this season that I wacthed (because of Adam of course). Although there were some good performances (Lee and Crystal) still, I wasn´t moved by it. I´ll watch tomorrow (because of Adam of course) but I won´t be tunning in next week, mainly because some of the contestants are bad, some of them are ok. That´s not enough for me!

    And by the way! Adam was a great mentor! Spot on!

  265. I wish the mentor could pick the song or at least have some say. Doesn’t x-factor work that way? If so , I’m look forward to it.

    The judges, who are assigned as mentors to the different groups, pick the songs. It is my least favorite part of X-Factor, it leads to very obvious song choices.

  266. Crystal is in the Melinda Doolitle spot, we know what’s coming and we already know the judges criticism before they begin to tal, I hope she’s voluntarily coasting right now and has some cards on her hand to play later when she will need it.

    Because she’s not changing things up every week and just getting ‘that was great…’ critiques? It’s been a while, I’m trying to remember. I just remember Melinda always being so shocked they liked her every week.

    Loving this Hello duet on Glee. Jonathan and Lea back together.

  267. I disagree, I think he has a big fanbase, yes they might be teen girls(whats wrong with that?) but its big. I think all fans are voting hard tonight. I actually thought he did great.

    Tim Urban right now has a huge amount of votes on dial idol, but VERY few busy signals. That is usually a very good indicator of low vote totals.

  268. Crystal – Hmm, I didn’t really like the beginning because she was singing in Japanese. I liked the idea, and I loved when it kicked in.

    Andrew – Okay, I just heard the first five seconds and I already wondered what it was like to drink from a toilet because both are equally terribad.

    Tim – MJ is right, his phrasing is freaking terrible and that’s what kept this performance from being awesome. I like, he’s improving. Still hope he goes tonight >_>.

    Lee – It still sounds a little bit like he has saliva in the back of his throat, combined with the sound that’s like he’s trying to crap a pineapple while simultaneously passing a kidney stone, but he’s getting better about it >_>. Needs more Treat Her Like A Lady treatment.

    Aaron – I don’t care about what anyone says, that was awesome, and if he goes home I am auditioning for the lead role in Ninja Assassin 2 and DOMINATING THE EARTH WITH MY NINJA POWERS! Also I will defeat Tim Urban in battle. Although yeah I kinda heard the constipated notes. I think he did a good job of stepping out of his shell. Might have been a bit too far out of his shells, but I thought he did just fine. Last note went on a little long and strained a bit.

    Siobhan – Huh, she pulls granny hair and makes it look good, LOL. WTF is with all these song transitions? They kinda disturb me. It’s like….. yikes. Also, what’s with everyone hitting notes that sound like they’re taking a crap? Laxatives in the food? Does Adam’s mentorship have a laxative property to it? Anyway, back to Siobhan. I liked it, I think she’s back. She wasn’t way too screechy with her big notes. She still needs to be “fully back”, if that makes sense. But seriously, at least once during Aaron, Lee, and Siobhan’s performances, I could swear I just heard a little “plop” in the toilet.

    Michael – For some reason, this is kinda boring me. It’s pretty good, though. I dunno why, maybe I’m just in a bad mood (I kinda have been in a bad mood for a few hours, which is why I’m kinda hateful, going off on tangents, and am probably about to be on the warpath if I see Aaron leave tomorrow…. TEN-HUT!) This performance felt really short…. Pretty, but somewhat boring and short. Better than last week, though.

    Katie – Holy f*cking Diana DeGarmo, Batman! rofl I totally heard “You got me peeing” or “You got me peepee”. Heh, totally have toilets on the mind tonight. Damn, I kinda love this. SOOOOOO much better than she’s been normally. Actually, one of my faves of the night! Felt just as short as Michael’s. Maybe time’s just going fast?

    Casey – First of all, I wanna say that that song title is so unnecessarily horrible. Lawdy? God, no. What the HELL is Clawdy supposed to mean? Claudia? WTF? And OMG more “pineapple crap” notes! A goaty note! Is it so wrong that I’m loving this? I mean, it’s actually…. GOOD. Very nice despite the pineapples and goats.

    Rankings:
    1. Crystal
    2. Katie (WHAT. THE. HELL?)
    3. Casey
    4. Aaron
    5. Lee
    6. Siobhan
    7. Tim
    8. Michael
    9. Andrew

    Hmm, I thought we had 2 good weeks in a row! Tonight wasn’t as good as last week, but man. Tim was good AGAIN! Still in 7th, though.

    Who will go home: DEFINITELY Andrew. That was just horrible. I’m just glad he performed before Lee, Siobhan, Aaron, and Casey, otherwise the toilet metaphor would’ve been infinitely worse. The other person going home, IMO….. Nobody. Even Michael, who I put in 8th, was pretty good.

    Seriously, B3 should probably be Siobhan (just so she can get the heads up and perform to my liking again), Michael, and Andrew.

    Tim and Aaron both do not deserve to go, IMO.

    And obviously tonight’s theme was Elvis on the Toilet. So much “I’m pooping a pineapple!” notes.

  269. So instead of these olden goldies night e.g Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis… what about let’s say we do one for the famous people of this decade?? Lady Gaga theme/night anyone?

    Oh that’s just way too current and relevant for Idol. So how about Madonna? If Glee can buy her songbook, why can’t freakin AI? Honestly, these oldies nights are SO tedious, there’s no way for the contestants to sound contemporary, as much as Simon pleads with them to. They’d better do something more interesting next week or this show is done for.

  270. Casey’s song was disappointing, a bit off….

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way. There were moments when I thought he sounded like a sheep bleating. Just an opinion and just for tonight.

  271. FYI for any Siobhan fans–I’ve called about 50 times, and haven’t gotten a busy signal once.

  272. I’m not sure I can remember a vocal as bad as Tim’s was tonight get so pimped on this show by all four judges. I just don’t get it that was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard on Idol at this stage in the competition in the history of this show.

  273. At what point people will figure out that singing a ballad while playing its guitar isn’t that big of a deal?

    This isn’t a diving competition. Nobody cares about degree of difficulty. Either the music moves you, or it doesn’t.

  274. I don’t care what the judges say, Siobhan was GREAT! I loved her performance. Stop confusing Siobhan! She can sing whatever way she wants to sing. Her voice was spot on, I like the way she build the song. She was very confident and I like that she told the judges how she felt. I like artist that have many sides.

    So tonight’s order for me:

    1. Siobhan (Yes, I think you are back!)

    2. Lee (Loved the vocals and performance and I don’t care if you smile or not.)

    3. Tim (Yes, Tim, lol, because it was memorable and heartfelt.)

    4. Crystal (Great as usual but nothing special.)

    5. Mike (Also memorable.)

    6.Katie (Very good but I am still not a fan.)

    7. Casey (Good, but forgettable.)

    8. Aaron (Vocals were actually pretty good, I kind of like it.)

    9. Andrew (The worst and hopefully going home.)

    Adam was great as a mentor.

    Going home :
    Andrew and Aaron or Andrew and somebody???

  275. My favorites tonight were Lee and Casey. Crystal was pretty good. I did not think Tim was anywhere near as good as the judges did unless it was reverse psychology. Very mediocre.

    As mentors go, Adam was decent but still didn’t think he should have been asked. As my dh put it, it’s not different from having a season 9 idol doing it. Maybe next week can be Lilly. :)

  276. Aww, Tim. You totally took my psychic advice and did the teen heartthrob thing. I can’t wait to download that one. Darn you for making me care about this season!

  277. FYI for any Siobhan fans–I’ve called about 50 times, and haven’t gotten a busy signal once.

    I been trying to call here in Florida and it keeps giving me the all circuits are busy… I hope she is safe.

  278. The Aussie soap star left DWTS. (I hope I’m not spoiling the surprise for anyone.) I don’t usually watch DWTS but Idol is meh so I find myself…switching over alot. It’s like this season DWTS is in color and Idol is in black & white or something.

  279. Honestly, I can’t imagine any of the contestants making it far last year. It’s too bad Allison didn’t try out this year instead of last year. The great ones are just great in the context of this year IMO.

  280. Aww, Tim. You totally took my psychic advice and did the teen heartthrob thing. I can’t wait to download that one. Darn you for making me care about this season

    I know. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t care about this season at all. Also continue to vote.

  281. Some of them did bad because you can only do so much.. If they dont have much of a personality, well, you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. looks like some went shopping with Adam! some did take Adams advice and you notice they got way better compliments from the judges.. and Eff that kara saying shes’ confused coz Shiovhan has two voices coming out her mouth, YAY for Siovhan telling her dont put her in a box (JUST LIKE ADAM WOULD HAVE SAID) She was on cloud 9 being by Adam, and then being shot down like that. sheesh.

  282. I don’t care what the judges say, Siobhan was GREAT! I loved her performance. Stop confusing Siobhan! She can sing whatever way she wants to sing. Her voice was spot on, I like the way she build the song. She was very confident and I like that she told the judges how she felt. I like artist that have many sides.

    Thank you, couldn’t have said it better myself! Her line is completely open right now, hmmm.

  283. I don’t understand why everybody thinks Andrew’s performance was terrible. I thought it was really good! maybe I am just not old enough?

  284. you notice that Adam as usual looked the part. he was a bit elvisy looking with his hair and suit. he reminded me of when he did Feeling Good.

  285. The Aussie soap star left DWTS. (I hope I’m not spoiling the surprise for anyone.) I don’t usually watch DWTS but Idol is meh so I find myself…switching over alot. It’s like this season DWTS is in color and Idol is in black & white or something.

    Simon should leave before the finale. It already seems like he’s kind of checked out (to me anyway.)

    Thanks for the heads up and I have to agree with your comments regarding color versus black and white. I couldn’t have said it any better. Also, Simon does appear to have checked out of the show right from the get-go this season…Too bad actually!

  286. Wow!
    Just WOW!
    Idol sucks this season!
    I am not a troll. Actually, other than local news, Idol is the only program I regularly watch on TV. I am just pissed that my favorite TV show sucks. At shows end I find myself saying: there goes another 2 hours of my life.
    With the exception of Crystal (and to be honest, at this point I don’t know if she is really that good, or if she just looks good within context), this season is a snoozefest.
    Bye Idol. Bye MJ, you have been awesome.
    Love,
    LoveDaRocker

  287. Andrew – please go home.
    Katie – you were not authentic but I did believe that I was on a cruise ship.
    Chiffon – you are all over the place. Get grounded. This isn’t working for you.
    Mike – boring slow stuff, despite great vocal control, without a doubt. You need to speed it up though.
    Casey – eeeh
    Lee – f-ing SMILE!
    Aaron – there is more lurking in this young person. I just wish he would tap into it.
    Crystal – the rock, albeit steady and predictable. I’ll take steady over the rest of the mess this season.
    Tim – a tad better this week but still lame and a long long long lost Jonas cousin.

  288. This isn’t a diving competition. Nobody cares about degree of difficulty. Either the music moves you, or it doesn’t.

    It’s a singing competition and of course difficulty counts. If you hit all your note but sing in a 4 to 5 note range, it’s not that impressive, if you just stay in one spot focusing on your vocals it’s normal that you sound better than if you’re moving and trying to entertain the crowd.

  289. earthy: I’m not sure I can remember a vocal as bad as Tim’s was tonight get so pimped on this show by all four judges. I just don’t get it that was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard on Idol at this stage in the competition in the history of this show.

    Thank you. Agree 100%

  290. Ok I don’t know what show some people were watching but I for one did not think there was a bad performance tonight. The weakest one for me was Andrew then Aaron. The best was Casey, Lee, Tim, Crystal, Siobhan.

    The show moved much better then any previous show. I could not believe it was over. Any previous week I was feeling like the show dragged for ever and ever and ever.

    Adam was far from dull….he was honest and did not sugar coat any comments or suggestions. Too bad the contestants did not take his advise all the time. I think Tim should have done the Falsetto for the end of the song it would have been a lot more vulnerable. It does not always have to be perfect singing. Andrews problem was he sang well but did not listen to Adam about Attacking the song and owning it. He was hesitant and did not fully commit to it and that was his down fall. It was the difference between the song being ok and Great. I think Mike Listened to him the most and did the best. Lee and Casey were great too. Crystal was super and actually feel it was her best performance entertainment wise.

    Felt Ryan and even Ellen were both inappropriate with the sexual comments and innuendos.

  291. stewardone1

    we know what we know…. it stank….

    Excellent wisdom – Thank you :)

  292. earthy: I’m not sure I can remember a vocal as bad as Tim’s was tonight get so pimped on this show by all four judges.

    Like all art, music is subjective. I love Tim. I also love Sondre Lerche, Jack White and Aqualung. Those guys wouldn’t win the Throat Olympics TM either. There’s a quality about a voice that you enjoy or you don’t.

  293. Oh that’s just way too current and relevant for Idol. So how about Madonna? If Glee can buy her songbook, why can’t freakin AI?

    AI has tried to clear Madonna songs in the past and she has said “No!”. On the other hand, she is a Gleek and was happy to clear her songs.

    So AI PTB get a pass on this one from me. It would be a great theme though.

  294. Its come down to the Crystal and Lee show, just crown Crystal Idol queen right now and the season can be done. Everyone can fade back into obscurity. These two have the only radio ready vocals – I can’t picture any of the others on the radio, much less people buying their albums.

  295. The comparison with DWTS was spot on. black and white vs color. Why is that I wonder? although the DWTS lighting can be kinda creepy.

  296. Like all art, music is subjective. I love Tim. I also love Sondre Lerche, Jack White and Aqualung. Those guys wouldn’t win the Throat Olympics TM either. There’s a quality about a voice that you enjoy or you don’t.

    The guy can’t sing. He has no sense of rhythm. It’s not art. It’s torture.
    Commercially sponsored torture.

    Speaking of commercials, anyone else notice who was conspicuously absent tonight from the Ford commercials?

  297. Ugghh, it’s only 7:20 pm on this part of the universe. Looking forward to my Tim-mmee, my dark alpaca!

  298. Felt Ryan and even Ellen were both inappropriate with the sexual comments and innuendos.

    I agree. What the hell was the tongue comment Ryan made in the beginning? Are you in middle school Ryan? Adam handled it with class, unlike Ryan. And Ellen with the horny comment? Ryan and the judges need to get over themselves and put the focus back on the contestants. I enjoyed Adam’s intelligent comments. He obviously took this mentoring job seriously and really tried to help them. He truly has a gift for music and his people skills are outrageous. He communicates very effectively. Too bad a few of them chose to ignore him. Looking forward to tomorrow’s performance!!

  299. Can someone explain the Crystal/Melinda comparison?

    Very good performances from week to week and always the favorite from the judges. Predictable, a little old fashioned and not the commercial package (=not pretty enough to make it on their own without idol).

  300. So fall the consensus online on blogs and articles that have written about tonight already is that Adam did a really good job mentoring!!

  301. As far as Tim I felt like he was talking the song, does that make sense. And Crystal and Mike are in the green tied on DialIdol, if it is right and makes any sense. Andy should go home, along with who else, IDK. They are doing a cool Vogue song on Glee. Black and White.

    And love Adam tonite, he was wonderful. Cant wait for tomorrow. Ryan asked what he was singing, Adam said tune in tomorrow, then WWFM came up, who said it, Ryan or Adam?

  302. Casey, Crystal & Lee all entertained me tonight. I thought Mike had a great vocal, even if the arrangement wasn’t my favorite. I really couldn’t care less about the rest of them. Siobhan is way too all over the place for me, and a lot of that performance was just too boring.

    I’m going to guess the 2 going home as Andrew & NOTArchie. I thought Andrew was terrible (and from the look on his face, I think Adam agreed with me). And, NOTArchie is just so not ready for this. He’s awkward with no performance style, plus he looks absolutely terrified most of the time.

    I thought Adam did really well as a mentor. He seemed to listen to them all pretty intently (I like when the mentors show actual interest). And, I thought a lot of his advice was very constructive (and in some cases, exactly what I was thinking).

    Ryan was kind of cracking me up tonight with his odd behavior.

  303. Can someone explain the Crystal/Melinda comparison?

    Melinda was also consistently great every week, to where people just took it for granted that she’d do well every week.

    Then in the top 3 week the Jordin Sparks fans frantically voted for her to guarantee a Jordin/Melinda final, the Blake Lewis fans frantically voted for him to guarantee a Blake/Melinda final, and Melinda ended up eliminated.

  304. I agree about Crystal that she is another Melinda Doolittle. I didn’t get Melinda and I don’t get Crystal.

    Aaron is like a 16 years old boy in the body of 30 years old man and singing like a 40 years old.

    Last week when I knew Tim was saved, I hope that he can sing the younger song but because of this theme … I hope he save and be able to sing the young and current song because I like his voice.

    I’m not a fan of In The Ghetto until I caught the lyrics … and I like Taylor Hicks sang it. Big Mike make the song slow down too much until I didn’t find the song beautiful anymore.

    Andrew was just worst. Never like his voice, not a fan of Gokey, but his voice is like 10x better than Andrew.

    I think Lee ,Casey Katie and Siobhan were always overrated.

    Eliminated will be/hopefully Andrew and Aaron.

  305. Siobhan = Kathy Lee Gifford

    Too funny and so true!

    Tim Urban right now has a huge amount of votes on dial idol, but VERY few busy signals. That is usually a very good indicator of low vote totals.

    How do they measure the votes?

  306. I call bullshit on the whole current music stuff.9 It isn’t the lack of GaGa or Madonna night. Ain’t No Sunshine and Tracks of my Tears are old songs and Kris and Adam made them sound current. The songs aren’t the problem, the contestants are the problem.

    Can you honestly see any one from S9 singing Poker Face or Bad Romance?

  307. In my opinion, Crystal and Melinda have very little in common except a certain steely professionalism. I hate to say it, I know she’s all kinds of sweetness n’ light – but I couldn’t stand Melinda’s ho hum personality and her. very. distinct. phrasing. Ugh. Also, she was fug. Sorry, but in the world of The Industry – she is.

    Crystal is sparkling and funny and beautiful. She has less precision in her voice than ache. If anything, she’s the most like Kelly of any contestant I’ve witnessed. Nough said.

  308. sr4mjc: Crystal and Melinda comparaison. Melinda was the best vocalist on AI season 6 but was appealing to a specific crowd and as contestants got eliminated their votes went to different people but not enough went to her so she was eliminated Top 3. Same than last year Gokey votes probably went to Kris and very few to Adam. When Tim, Andrew, Lee, Kathy, Mike, Aaron, Casey or even Siobhan get eliminated I am not sure that many of their votes will go to Crystal as her style does not fit the demographic of the people voting for them so eventually she may not make it to the final by not getting enough new votes from eliminted contestants.

  309. earthy: I’m not sure I can remember a vocal as bad as Tim’s was tonight get so pimped on this show by all four judges. I just don’t get it that was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard on Idol at this stage in the competition in the history of this show.

    I’m sorry no disrespect but I 100% disagree. Tim vocals were not bad at all and in some parts were very strong and his best and one of the better ones tonight.

  310. And love Adam tonite, he was wonderful. Cant wait for tomorrow. Ryan asked what he was singing, Adam said tune in tomorrow, then WWFM came up, who said it, Ryan or Adam?

    Asshat Ryan squealed Whataya Want From Me.

    Sorry…I’ve just so had it with that man. I thought he used to have a little class. He just seems to have stepped off the deep end out of some need to remain relevant or something. I’m not sure he’s even real anymore…are we completely sure he’s not some plastic robot programmed by the producers?

  311. What the heck is the difference between Crystal, Lee and Casey? Close your eyes and all you hear is raspy, slightly melismatic wailing. Dare I say “screaming?” Oh, but I dare not, for that term is reserved for Sioban! Now, open your eyes and see them strumming the guitar whilst moving…uh…nowhere about the stage.

  312. FYI for any Siobhan fans–I’ve called about 50 times, and haven’t gotten a busy signal once.

    I voted about 30 times for Lee and got through every single time.

  313. Adam’s best line was admitting he’s new to the biz, but, he told it like it was, which is better than sugar-coating, even if, I didn’t agree with all of his opinions.

    Siobhan & Katie pleading for votes – bugs me.

    IMO, the only thing pretty about Tim’s performance was the guitar. It always seems as if, he’s doing a poetry reading of the lyrics, rather than singing them.

    Only Crystal, Lee & Mike stood out for me, tonight. Casey stepped down a notch from what he did last week.

    Andrew needs to go tomorrow. I’d prefer Tim joins him, but, Katie is fine, too.

  314. sr4mjc:
    04/13/2010 at 10:22 pm

    Can someone explain the Crystal/Melinda comparison?

    There is no comparison, Melinda pwns.

  315. Tim Urban right now has a huge amount of votes on dial idol, but VERY few busy signals. That is usually a very good indicator of low vote totals.

    That’s because a larger proportion of VFTW peeps use dialidol. In fact, those dinosaurs may be the only ones who have land lines left, no doubt to power vote. Not that they care about Idol. ;-)

    DI has been useless as a predictor for years. That’s why it never predicts if you look at the margin of error.

    So I wouldn’t predict Timmeh safe or gone by DI.

  316. Sorry if somebody already made this comment…but in my opinion Ryan was really disrespectful during Tim Urban’s performance. I was really disapointed with that odd dancing :(

  317. Loved the theme! Best performances of the night Crystal, Mike and Siobhan. Siobhan has *star* written all over her. Tim did better in the short clip with Adam than he did on stage. Nerves getting to him, but I think he’ll be safe.

    Adam did a nice job, and my favorite part was when he and Siobhan met. You can tell he really liked her!

  318. thanks for the Crystal/Melinda explanations. I remember very little of that season, it wasn’t my favorite.

    Siobhan is reminding me more and more of Sheena Easton each week.

  319. Whew, I was relieved when Tim didn’t do the falsetto at the end of his performance. That would have had some serious train wreck potential. As it was, I think he did well enough to survive into next week – not great, but serviceable.

    Everybody else was a big pile of meh. I want to get excited about somebody this season but it’s just not happening.

    Crystal is headed one of two directions: 1) untouchable frontrunner who leads in the votes throughout the competition (i.e. Carrie), or 2) vulnerable frontrunner who starts to become “boring” due to consistency and general sameness to all her performances (i.e. Melinda). In almost any other season, I would say Crystal is definitely the Melinda, but I’m not sure there is anybody strong enough in this crop to overtake her. The judges have been pushing Lee in the last few weeks, but he’s like a poor imitation of David Cook and I can’t see them pushing him all the way to the win.

  320. Jumping in here.

    If I were advising her, I’d tell her to ignore Simon and Kara and go with her gut. Go back to the old Sioban perhaps with a smarter, more focused eye on arrangement and finesse. Otherwise, labels be damned and I hope she continues to openly defy all attempts from others to label her.

    Yes, I agree. I think her biggest problem at this point is that she’s allowing the judges to get to her.

    Big Mike didn’t do much for me tonight, although he never has.

    I don’t like seeing him right up there with Crystal on dialidol.

    Loved Crystal tonight! :D

    Adam did a nice job with the mentoring. He was pretty spot on with each of the contestants and as I thought, really didn’t have much advice for Crystal.

    Lee still has to loosen up. Casey too. I keep rooting for Aaron, but if he does go home, I understand. He has a great voice though.

    Poor Andrew. Katie may be in trouble as well. I liked her attitude tonight, tbh.

  321. longsong:
    04/13/2010 at 9:42 pm

    I am totally over Siobhan! “I’m so incredibly unusual and different, that not even I understand the depth and wonderfulness that is me! So how can you mere mortals?”

    If Siobhan actually said that I’m completely over her too.

    But I’m guessing it’s a fabricated quotation.

  322. IMO, the only thing pretty about Tim’s performance was the guitar.

    I beg to differ. His face! His hair! His EYES! I got lost in them. Whatever was coming out of his mouth was irrelevant.

  323. Ryan was really disrespectful during Tim Urban’s performance. I was really disapointed with that odd dancing

    Ryan didn’t get the memo that the over-the-top disrespecting of Tim makes him look like a douche and a bully. The judges table got that memo last week.

  324. Lee was the best of the night, maybe the best of the season. I actually liked Turban for the first time – “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” had an updated and contemporary feel. Big Mike was great, if only the tempo had been faster but oh well he deserves to stay and I’m voting my fingers off for him.

    Andrew and Siobhan can leave now.

  325. student_Inlove:
    04/13/2010 at 10:42 pm
    Sorry if somebody already made this comment…but in my opinion Ryan was really disrespectful during Tim Urban’s performance. I was really disapointed with that odd dancing

    Ryan was acting really strange tonight and I agree with you ..

  326. Adam was a really good mentor — gave some good advice and was honest. So why did so many of the contestants totally fairl to take his advice?

    lack of experience maybe?

    Their mistake.

    But, seriously, AI contestants tend to ignore the advice of even the most seasoned and successful veterans. Why believe it would be different with Adam? To me, his advice was spot on, and I loved the standing O (from Adam) for Mike — even though I’m not a fan and wasn’t totally moved by the performance. Glad it was great in the studio though, and I’m really happy that Siobhan got credit for steering Michael to the “perfect song” for him. Tells me a lot about her.

    Siobhan did well tonight, imo. Her comments were, to me, genuine and true. That Simon conceded her point speaks volumes. Kudos to Siobhan. During the judges’ critique of her, though, I couldn’t get past the gut feel that it may be easier for a guy than it is for a girl to be theatrical, change it up, and be undefined on AI.

    Granted, Adam’s talent and performance gift far surpasses Siobhan’s, imo, but he truly was different every single week, and no way could you conclusively label him. Nobody tried, because it obviously couldn’t be done. Maybe the difference is that you have to be as good at it as Adam to get away with it, and Siobhan isn’t. But I just cannot imagine a female pulling off what Adam did last year, the way that he did.

    Interesting… Musings over, carry on…

    I enjoyed Lee and Crystal. Casey’s fell way short for me, as did Mike’s. Tim was good, but I wish he’d followed the advice he received. I’d love to hear how that changed the song, probably for the good, if he’d pulled it off. I think he punted, and so, no points from me. :-)

  327. OMG…When it comes to who is the best singer on AI-so MANY experts!…lol…I’m dumb- I just like who I like cause I like them and everyone else is just WRONG!!!!…simple.

  328. Weareallinnocent, you are absolutely right. The message that Siobhan should be hearing is not “get in your box”, it’s “wow us.” She ain’t wowing me lately, I’ll tell you that much.

  329. Ryan didn’t get the memo that the over-the-top disrespecting of Tim makes him look like a douche and a bully. The judges table got that memo last week.

    I don’t get what Ryan is doing this season. He apparently didn’t get the memo that it’s not cool to be a douche and a bully in general either, because he’s been acting that way every week. His joke about Brian Dunkleman was a low blow – the proverbial kicking of somebody when they’re already down. Dude, you already have all the jobs, let it go. /tm Joel McHale

    I used to hate Ryan in the early seasons, and then somewhere around S7 I decided I secretly loved him, and now I’m back to hating him again. Blech.

  330. will:
    04/13/2010 at 10:47 pm

    IMO, the only thing pretty about Tim’s performance was the guitar.

    I beg to differ. His face! His hair! His EYES! I got lost in them. Whatever was coming out of his mouth was irrelevant.

    ROTFLMAO……right there with you Will….. :lol:

  331. I loved Crystal tonight, just want to put that out first. Didn’t like Mike’s ITG, didn’t like the arrangement, took almost too much liberty with it but the vocals were nice as usual. I still can’t get into Lee, more than likely because he still doesn’t look all that comfortable to me and seems to be forcing himself moreso than anything coming natural….so can it be sustained. Would love Andrew to kindly leave my TV screen tyvm. I liked Siobhan tonight because I’m a fan of hers and am biased I suppose. I just don’t think she deserves such sharp critiques from Kara and Simon. The judges loved “the note” and the “screams” early on and then switched up how they felt about that. She changed for them, they still no like. Wish she’d just go with her gut, her strengths, and let the chips fall where they may. Aaron, Katie, Tim, Casey still all blur together for me with a collective grade of “C”.

    ETA: Adam did a good job.

  332. That’s because a larger proportion of VFTW peeps use dialidol. In fact, those dinosaurs may be the only ones who have land lines left, no doubt to power vote.

    I still have a land line. Kindly refer to me as “T. Rex” from here on in.

  333. The song selections sucked, as per usual. And it always irks me to see “Suspicious Minds” sung with a smile. Ugh.

  334. Maybe Ryan is sensing a sinking ship and he’s trying to get fired. LOL

    the only star I see in Siobhan is on Broadway. I thought Tim and Lee did well tonight.

  335. Ross can’t say I even noticed until you said something.

    Truthfully, the Kris/Ford commercials have been one of the few things I’ve enjoyed about this season, so I noticed when they weren’t on tonight.

  336. ross:
    04/13/2010 at 11:01 pm

    That’s because a larger proportion of VFTW peeps use dialidol. In fact, those dinosaurs may be the only ones who have land lines left, no doubt to power vote.

    I still have a land line. Kindly refer to me as “T. Rex” from here on in.

    Me too……I guess that mean people should start referring to me as “Old bastard” for now on…..lol

  337. Ryan was acting really strange tonight and I agree with you ..

    I think Adam makes him sweat.

  338. Are we going to see a “Fantasia effect” with Mike? By that I mean, after Fantasia was almost eliminated in season 3, her fanbase rallied and stayed with her for the rest of the season. (She also picked up some of Jennifer’s votes as well).

    After Mike’s close call last week, surely his fans will rally.

  339. Me too……I guess that mean people should start referring to me as “Old bastard” for now on…..lol

    LOL!!

  340. Loved- seeing Sue and mr. Shue sitting behing Simon. Sue’s chin hit the ground when he was dissing Andrew.

    Hated- Ryan he was EXTRA douchey tonight! From calling Tim turban to dancing during his perfomance, to making the rude tongue joke while Adam’s sitting beside his mom and the mean Dunkleman joke.

  341. the guitars are still a crutch.. please hear me out on this. while they are playing they are concentrating on the guitar. they cannnot interact with the audience, at least not yet. they cant walk and chew gum at the same time so to speak. they are holding the guitar and cant handle moving around and all the elements you need to do to actually PERFORM. someone else said up here that they need to sing a song that you can FEEL,, the singer has to FEEL THE SONG. and then transmit that onto you so that you feel it too, which is called “connecting”. with the guitar, they are connecting with the guitar and lose their eye contact with the audience. thats part of the problem. curse the day when they allowed instruments on. in the past people used it sparingly, now it is all some of them know. professional singers know how to work a guitar and perform, think about Elton John for example, or Little Richard playing their pianos and performing wildly!!!

  342. I LOVED Adam mentoring. Yes, I am biased but I am just starting to look at the reviews and it looks like I am not totally off my rocker. He got those kids to MOVE!

    Ken Tucker from EW:

    http://watching-tv.ew.com/2010/04/13/kfc-double-down-american-idol-lambert-elvis/

    Sunny2- I noticed that with Sue too! They are way too hard on Andrew- he really did have some swagger with that song and I personally have never heard that arrangement so it was new to me.

    Another thing- that was the very first time Siobahn screamed in tune and all of a sudden the judges hated it? WTF?

  343. Where the heck are the videos? I didn’t watch the whole show and I count on this blog to provide them! Now post them now!

  344. I really got steamed up when Ryan tried to make a joke about Dunkleman. He forced Brian out, then still wants to gloat after all these years. I don’t like the way Ryan has been acting this season, and I can’t stand much more of him.

    Adam was a big asset this week. I wish he could have spoken a few encouraging words to the other Lambert (Alex) earlier in the season.

  345. Hated- Ryan he was EXTRA douchey tonight! From calling Tim turban to dancing during his perfomance, to making the rude tongue joke while Adam’s sitting beside his mom and the mean Dunkleman joke.

    The “joke” about Brian Dunkleman was mean. What was supposed to be funny about that?

  346. Adam was the best part of this show although I did like Crystal and Mike. Casey is eye candy. Can we just vote for Adam tonight?

  347. Truthfully, the Kris/Ford commercials have been one of the few things I’ve enjoyed about this season, so I noticed when they weren’t on tonight.

    Yeah, I noticed they didn’t show any tonight. Is this the first week they didn’t have one?

  348. I LOVED Adam mentoring. Yes, I am biased but I am just starting to look at the reviews and it looks like I am not totally off my rocker. He got those kids to MOVE!

    I think for some it worked, and for others (Andrew, e. g.) it didn’t. I thought Adam was good overall, but I also thought he was telling some of them how to do it more like him. Which isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone.

  349. What was the joke about Dunkleman? (I was putting my kids to bed.)

    My list:

    Crystal
    Big Mike
    Lee
    Casey
    Katie
    Tim
    Aaron
    Siobahn
    Andrew

    Although my personal bottom two are Andrew and Siobahn, I think Aaron will join Andrew leaving tomorrow.

  350. Me too……I guess that mean people should start referring to me as “Old bastard” for now on…..lol

    and

    I still have a land line. Kindly refer to me as “T. Rex” from here on in.

    LOL. I’m possibly older than both of you. But do you use DialIdol? My main point was to say that VFTW has a disproportionate amount of DI users than the general public. That, coupled with texting, makes DI irrelevant except in terms of who’s safe. Even DI knows that.

  351. Yeah, I noticed they didn’t show any tonight. Is this the first week they didn’t have one?

    I saw one during 24 last night. I think it’s cool to see them on other shows.

  352. Yeah, I noticed they didn’t show any tonight. Is this the first week they didn’t have one?

    Yeah. Last week they had fewer, I think — maybe two, instead of three or four. But this week was the first time they didn’t have one.

    Haha. If they bring them back next week, I’m going to be suspicious!

    One was on 24? Cool, it’s nice to see them being used on a lot of other shows now.

  353. Well, I love Crystal and I love Adam, so it was a good night for me.

    Is it just me or do they seem to be picking any old random Idol to go last this season? I think that’s a bit unfair to the contestants. The audience has certain expectations of the Idol who gets the pimp spot. They are almost being judged on a higher standard. I was thinking of that tonight when I was watching Casey. Not his best performance, not the best of the night. Had he been in the middle of the pack, I probably would have said, “Oh well. Kinda boring, but a good vocal.” Instead, I was really disappointed as I thought they should have ended the show on a bang.

    Siobhan has lost me. The girl has a great voice and quirky style, but I think she’s too young and inexperienced. Or something. It’s like she tosses in random big notes just because she can.

    Anyway, I liked Crystal, Lee, Tim, and Big Mike.
    Didn’t like Aaron (poor kid. He seemed defeated before he even started) and Andrew.

    I was meh about Casey, Katie, and Siobhan.

    Adam did a great job. They really, truly need to consider using a former Idol as mentor at least once per season if not more. Hell, I wouldn’t mind if they did it every week. I don’t care how successful you are in the recording industry. There’s nothing like what these Idols go through with the judging and the voting and the audience expectations.

  354. Nobody sing Elliott’s song for the Elvis theme. Both Christ D songs, Taylor’s and both of Kat McPhee’s.

  355. Siobhan has lost me. The girl has a great voice and quirky style, but I think she’s too young and inexperienced. Or something. It’s like she tosses in random big notes just because she can.

    See, but I don’t think she “can”. When she went for those notes, for me, she fell short of them.

    Slezak’s article made me laugh. . .

    most of the evening had the distinctive scent of a Bounce fabric-softener sheet. Which is to say that the telecast was tailor made for folding the laundry.

    That’s exactly what I was doing during the show tonight. lol.

  356. Well, just want to say that I was very proud of Adam’s mentorship tonight – I thought he did a very good job. He was serious and sincere, which I knew he would be. And, he looked so beautiful! So tall, thin, confident and gorgeous. BTW, I’ve got my new Adam EP playing in the background – the remixes are amazing and Voodoo might be my new fave :)

  357. I missed it. What did Ryan say about Dunkleman?

    Ryan was joking that Dunkleman would be at the other theater for Idol Gives Back co-hosting with him that night. It was basically a slam on Dunkleman, cocky much Mr. Seacrest? Ryan seem desperate to create spark with the contestants, which really didn’t work.

  358. The “joke” about Brian Dunkleman was mean. What was supposed to be funny about that?

    I know. Ryan is really bothering me this season. Something seems off with him.

  359. Maybe Ryan just had one too many glasses of bubbly in his trailer and his true personality revealed itself? ;-) That said, he’s still a pro at what he does most of the time.

  360. I were advising her, I’d tell her to ignore Simon and Kara and go with her gut. Go back to the old Sioban perhaps with a smarter, more focused eye on arrangement and finesse. Otherwise, labels be damned and I hope she continues to openly defy all attempts from others to label her.

    This is so true. Kris has basically said that he ignored Simon’s negative comments and just continued to be true to himself. I think you only get one of those rareidol “moments”, when you choose a song that means something to you as opposed to choosing a song you think the judges want to hear.

  361. this crew is not good at all. i really dislike Siobhan’s singing. i wish she and andrew would be eliminated. Lee was good, crystal was ok, and katy and casey were ok. but no matter what, whoever goes or stays, i cannot imagine buying a ticket to see the top 10. IMO, this has to be the worst top 10 ever. I went chris daughtry and katherine mcphees year and of course i had front row seats to see adam…i think they gave up this year and really didnt care about talent, because i cannot believe that these ten were the best of the billions of ppl that auditioned. not possible.

    oh, and ryan was just bizarre tonight…he was all over the place.

  362. Brooke and some guy will be doing If I Can Dream tomorrow.
    That was one of Elliott’s songs on Elvis night. By the way he’ll be in the audience because they’ll be showing some IGB footage of him and Kara on results night.

  363. I thought Adam was a good mentor because he gave the contestants some good advice and also Adam knows how it feels to on Idol being a former contestant himself. I would like to see more former Idol contestants as mentors. As they understand the pressures and the expectations that go with being on the show. And they know what the judges and the fans are looking for in a performance.

    I thought Ryan was particularly snarky tonight and stranger than usual.

    My favorite performances were Crystal, Mike, and Lee and I was surprised that Tim has improved over the past few weeks. He might even make the top 5 if he continues on like this but I think he will need to keep improving each week in order to do so.

    I am not sure who will go home as I have not done well predicting that. I am thinking the following could be in trouble based just on tonight but the way this season has been going as the fanbases of idols the judges did not seem to like the performance , seem to rally for their favorite. So it is hard to tell but I will go with any of these being in trouble: Andrew, Aaron and maybe Katie. I think Tim saved himself, Mike. did a great job, and perhaps Siobhan is in trouble but I think she has build a large fanbase, but not sure..I thought that about Mike too.

    I would be shocked if Crystal, Lee , Michael or Tim went home based on what the judges said..I guess anyone else could go and it would not be a big shock. And I think Casey has a huge fan base so he will be staying.

  364. I’ve been watching the playback of the show on youtube the last 2-3 weeks because of the timing conflict of DWTS results and the AI performance show. I’ve just finished seeing the performances and these are my observations.

    Top tier:
    Crystal
    Casey (even though I thought last week was better)

    Middle:
    Katie
    Big Mike
    Siobhan
    Lee
    Tim

    Bottom 2 (going home)
    Aaron
    Andrew (He is so toast tomorrow)

  365. Ryan was joking that Dunkleman would be at the other theater for Idol Gives Back co-hosting with him that night.

    For me, it was even worse because it sounded like Ryan could have been serious about the co-hosting thing. I was thinking, “Huh, that is kinda cool for Idol to have Brian Dunkleman back on their charity show.” And then Ryan was like “Haha, no, it’s really Queen Latifah.” Dick move, Ryan.

  366. Ryan’s been off his game this whole season. I don’t know why. Maybe he has just run his course on this show and should leave too. I don’t know if the fame has finally gone to his head or what the deal is. Maybe he has been doing this so long that the Idol stage has become too comfortable for him and he just doesn’t respect the show anymore. Or maybe its just that he has more personality than any of the contestants this season so he looks really out of place. Whatever it is, it’s anoying.

  367. I don’t know much about Dunkleman, but I thought he quit? Either way, you have to have a thick skin to be in Hollywood, and I guess this is part of it. That’s the whole premise of Simon being the bad cop, isn’t it?

  368. I have to say that I adored Adam as a mentor. He almost tried to sing it for some of them to show them how it should be done. IMHO he could’ve knocked every one of these songs out of the park tonight. My favorites of the night were Lee, Crystal, Katie and Casey, pretty much in that order.

    Also, I have to agree…Ryan seems very awkward with is improvising this year. His jokes are not connecting. Every time he opens his mouth and is not reading the prompter I feel like he is sticking his foot in his mouth. Strange…..

  369. My rank would be :

    Lee- Had a much better connection to the audience
    Katie- wow- really came out of her shell
    Tim ( IKR?)- favorite Elvis song- he did do the falsetto but I think he chickened out at the end
    Mike- always loved Taylors rendition but when I played it back for friends discovered I loved Mikes more
    Crystal- loved the glitter guitar
    Casey- still needs to move more, but captured that bluesy Elvis like I knew he would
    Andrew- once again, thought the judges underestimated him
    Aaron- too green
    Siobahn- totally overrated and not even close to what I thought she was capable of.

    It will probably be Aaron and Andrew but it should probably be Siobahn in place of one of the guys.

    What a brilliant idea to have Adam as a mentor- he really did fuse some life into them- and yes- i know all will not agree but I am one happy camper right now.

  370. Thanks sue! Did he say Queen Latifah would be co-hosting? Have they ever had a co-host on IGB before?

    I started noticing Ryan being too big for his britches at the end of last year and on the off season with interviews…personally I’m starting to wonder if he’s finally gotten to the point where he’s bitten off more than he can chew career wise. How’s that for a cliche ridden post?

  371. With Simon leaving, I think he mentioned he would like to get Paula as a judge on the American Version of the X Factor starting in 2011 and I think he mentioned he would love to have Ryan as the host.

    I know Simon, Ryan and Randy are good friends and hang out together and even go on some vacations together as they have mentioned in articles. So I am guessing Simon wants Ryan and who knows, maybe Ryan is thinking of leaving after next season to be on XFactor or maybe he will try to do both shows if Idol is Ok with that as they will not be competing..one will be Spring, one will be Fall.
    ?????I have wondered this season if like Simon, Ryan is either tiring of the show or feeling more confident and more free with his huge raise to say more or less what he wants. ???

  372. My favorite performances of the night were by Crystal and Mike – by far. I thought they both brought a soulfulness and aliveness to their songs, fully inhabiting them. Bravo!

    After that, I thought Lee and Casey did serviceable jobs. I found both of their performances lacking in dynamics though. For Lee, I thought the arrangement was kind of tepid. Either that or he just doesn’t have much of a range. It stayed in the same place most of the song, and I was bored. Casey continues to prove to me that he’s more of a guitarist than a singer. He reminds me of a great small club singer doing country/rock/blues, but I don’t see him stretching far beyond that – yet.

    Tim, Aaron, Siobhan and Katie fell short for me, all for different reasons. Tim – the guy has very limited range and musical skills, and is skating big time on his cute factor, his hair, and his toothpaste-selling smile. Aaron is so over his head. He has a nice voice but doesn’t have the power and confidence to totally sell it. I kept on feeling transported to a cruise ship while listening to his song. Siobhan – sigh. She has style, she has balls, but I think she doesn’t really have the voice to match. First part was soooo slow and boring, and the second part came alive, even as she missed some of the punch notes. Katie is pretty good but I still get too much of a whiff of pageant to satisfy.

    Without a doubt, the dungeon is where Andrew belongs – pretty much for the last couple of weeks. I don’t think he’s all that good a singer or interpreter of songs. Please leave – now. I have no idea who will accompany him, but I’m hoping its Aaron.

  373. OMG…..she is hilarious. Her best line: “For all those who didn’t think Adam was a suitable mentor, ps, f*ck off. He’s given better criticism to these kids than most if not all the other mentors.”

    She’s a hoot.

    That’s interesting, but I’m not so sure people were mainly arguing that he wouldn’t be a good mentor…

  374. I don’t know much about Dunkleman, but I thought he quit?

    Dunkleman says that he quit because the show was so mean-spirited.

  375. My husband noticed that with Ryan too and he is usually very lenient with hosts and partial to DJS as he was once was and that is how Ryan started. But I do think Ryan may have taken on too much as he has that radio show in the morning and then off to do his E show and then he has America’s Top 40 and then Idol and a lot of other irons in the fire. It is like he is drinking too much caffeine, he is jumpy and acting hyper and almost like he has been drinking before some of the shows.

  376. I read an article last year where Dunkelman says he now of course regrets his decision seeing the success of the show and the huge paycheck that Ryan is getting. But he said at the time, he felt he needed to leave as the show was so mean to the contestants. He was not comfortagble with the show and he admitted he did not think the show would last that long or be that popular either.

  377. That’s interesting, but I’m not so sure people were mainly arguing that he wouldn’t be a good mentor…

    Note she said “suitable” not “good”.

    Edit: Re-read your post, not sure what you meant. :)

  378. I agree with those of you who said Ryan has started to go off his rocker. It’s like he’s desperately trying to bring up ratings all by himself, and failing miserably.

    I thought Crystal was absolutely fabulous tonight – her vocals, the song, performance, her pants and the electric guitar! She should have ended the show this week.

    Lee was also a stand out vocally for me. I must admit that I really laughed when Adam said “there’s nothing going on up here” and moved his hand around his face when talking about Lee performing – so true!

    I actually thought Katie’s vocals were great, even though she was lacking a little bit in performance. Big Mike had awesome vocals too, and I think did well, but the slower paced songs this week just didn’t seem to jump out at me for some reason.

    No one else really stood out to me. Andrew was horrendous. Aaron was barely tolerable. Timmeh was tolerable and did another song that I could sit through on tour, so that’s a plus.

    The disappointment for me was Casey. His dress and performance overall was too casual for Elvis night. He should have worn something like he wore last week to stand out. It looked like he picked out a shirt and pants from his closet, pulled his hair back and walked on stage. Weird, because last week I was getting a vibe from him that he could win the whole thing.

    I’m missing someone, which isn’t good. Oh, Siobhan. It’s obvious she has vocal chops, but I hated the song she chose. She did not make it sound at all current. I honestly don’t know what type of album she would put out, which is kind of what she was saying, I guess, and that’s not good.

  379. This is hilarious!!!

    http://www.bestweekever.tv/2010-04-13/american-idol-liveblog-of-mics-and-mentor/

    American Idol Liveblog: Of Mics and Mentor
    By Michelle Collins
    Tonight’s American Idol is a very special one, as it features Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert as a real life mentor. I think we can all agree that this season’s Idols have a lot to live up to. For example, hitting more that 2 out of every 5 notes.

    We’ve had two glasses of wine at Grand Lux Cafe and bring you this liveblog from the “comfort” of my parents’ bedroom in Miami. In other words, it’ll be a sh*tshow. Here we go!

    8 PM: Seacrest sounds drunk. And we just remembered Michael was saved last week. Well, worse case scenario, if he gets booted again he can always create a brand of lip balm made out of his own saliva.

    8:04: Lambert got a hold of the side-hair laminating machine. My mother things he looks fabulous, but I can’t help but be distracted by Matthew Morrison of Glee’s fedora in the background. If Carmen Sandiego is still where in the worlding, we found her.

    8:05: “My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours.” — Ryan to Adam. Seacrest is throwing his balls high in the air tonight. American Idol is back people, and it is gaayyyy! We love it.

    8:06: Crystal Bowersox is starting the show tonight, meaning it’s all downhill from here.

  380. That’s interesting, but I’m not so sure people were mainly arguing that he wouldn’t be a good mentor…

    True.

    In my opinion he had some good tips, but he basically gave them all the same advice. The best mentor I ever saw on an Idol show was Anne Murray on Canadian Idol. Her advice was very specific and I even remember her showing one of the contestants how to breathe properly.

  381. Well, I think most top finalists on the show would be suitable. ;) I also thought Adam was good.

  382. I have to say that even though I’m not a big fan of Adam Lambert, he did a decent job at mentoring. And I loved how he gave big Mike a standing O and said he could make it all the way to the top (if it was a singing competition). I agree.

  383. I even remember her showing one of the contestants how to breathe properly.

    A mentor did that with Daughtry in season 5. Sad, isn’t it? That’s vocal 101. They teach that in jr high choir.

    Maybe Ryan just had one too many glasses of bubbly in his trailer and his true personality revealed itself?

    I think he’s turned to drinking this season out of shear boredom! That, or Paula left her stash behind and he found it.

  384. I thought best week ever was supposed to be funny? That could be written by any adam fan girl. I don’t get how you can be on a show snarking on pop culture and then act like such a fantard.

  385. Why didn’t anyone mention about Siobhan helping Mike choose In the Ghetto? I thought it was real sweet of her to suggest to other contestants what song would suit them, especially her being an Elvis fan. And with Mike’s pretty decent performance on that song, if he stays, he should give some credit to Siobhan I think :D

  386. gangreen29:
    04/14/2010 at 12:06 am
    I thought best week ever was supposed to be funny? That could be written by any adam fan girl. I don’t get how you can be on a show snarking on pop culture and then act like such a fantard.

    I find her hilarious. I guess humor is like music and art, it’s all subjective.

  387. Maybe Ryan just had one too many glasses of bubbly in his trailer and his true personality revealed itself?.

    Next week he needs to share a few glasses with Lee. Dude needs to relax.

  388. I finally realized why Ryan is acting all rude and weird. He is trying too hard. It’s like a host knowing the party is kinda lame and trying to liven it up and failing.

    I think the votes coming in this season are really low and Ryan knows this first hand and is getting nervous. I have watch all seasons and I have to say this one is pretty sleepy. I can’t imagine people scrambling to catch this summer’s Idol concert.

  389. Michelle Collins is the bomb.

    Monleo- I have kind of mixed feelings about a white chick telling a black dude he should sing In The Ghetto. Thankfully- he sang the shit out of it, but the word “ghetto” is so dated to me. JMHO

    for the record- I don’t think anything sinister about Siobahn suggesting it- just kind of- IDK- naive.

  390. I don’t get how you can be on a show snarking on pop culture and then act like such a fantard.

    Lol She is indeed a fangirl! Michelle Collins’ interviews with Adam are the best! She actually embarrasses him sometimes.

    Michelle is to Adam what Slezak and Jim are to Kris. :)

  391. A mentor did that with Daughtry in season 5. Sad, isn’t it? That’s vocal 101. They teach that in jr high choir.

    Yeah, it is kind of sad, on a singing competition, I agree.

    With Anne Murray, though, it was cool the way she actually had the guy lie down on the table that was in the room, had him sing, and she showed him the places where his muscles tensed, and so forth. It was fascinating. And after he followed her advice, he instantly sounded better. She was great with all the contestants; she was able to pinpoint where they had been going wrong, in a lot of ways (she had been watching the season). This is where a mentor with a lot of experience can be great, sometimes.

  392. How I think the voting will go (not necessarily how I think it SHOULD go)

    1. Crystal
    2. Mike
    3. Casey
    4. Lee
    5. Tim
    6. Siobhan
    7. Aaron
    8. Katie
    9. Andrew

    Mike totally redeemed himself. Not only did he capture the “OMG we have to vote harder Mike” panic vote, but he was very good and captured the vote of casuals watchers. It wouldn’t be that far-fetched to believe that he was #1 in votes.

    Crystal. *yawn* Whatever.

    I think Siobhan is slowly waning as far as appeal is concerned. I never liked her in the first place but she is definitely losing whatever steam she had. I think she did just enough to stick around for another week; she’s being powered by fumes at this point.

    Andrew was bad, cheesy, AND boring. We’ve already seen that he is more than capable of being voted off (with him being in the bottom 2 last week) and he did NOTHING to redeem himself. Absolutely nothing. He’s the no-brainer.

    Aaron was pretty lame and forgettable but has a decent enough voice to capture SOME casual fans, plus his fanbase is going to be going nuts trying to save him. Plus, the judges kinda liked it (except for Simon) and maybe voters were swayed to vote for little Kevin Covais Part II. Aaron seems like the obvious choice to join Andrew though.

    Katie….unfortunately, this was not as good as last week. Her vocals were all over the place and it was one of those cheesy “band” performances which makes it even lamer and less alluring. I don’t think she really has a huge fanbase so last week’s performance was just a big heap of casuals voting for her because she was so good. Unfortunately for her, Aaron probably edged her out in votes ever so slightly.

    I’ve been right for 4 straight weeks (even picked the shocker Michael) so….here’s to a 5th week of being right! :)

    And WTF is going on with Ryan? That Dunkleman joke was so lame. I thought he was serious initially. Ryan is getting to be really annoying.

    BTW, if I had my way, here’s how the voting breakdown would be (just for this week):

    1. Mike
    2. Casey
    3. Lee
    4. Crystal
    5. Tim
    6. Katie
    7. Siobhan
    8. Aaron
    9. Andrew

    ETA: I moved Tim up to 5th and Siobhan down to 6th.

  393. houstonrufus23:
    04/13/2010 at 11:29 pm

    Praise God. Is it over yet?

    No it’s not and for taking His name in vain you are sentenced to six (?) more weeks of purgatory, er, rather, Idol season nine. :) Enjoy!

  394. Lol She is indeed a fangirl! Michelle Collins’ interviews with Adam are the best! She actually embarrasses him sometimes.

    Michelle is to Adam what Slezak and Jim are to Kris. :)

    I know, and I think it is lame when they all do it. I love to read snarky things about idol, but commit to the snark. Don’t snark on almost everyone and then hyperbole fuck your favorite. It just takes the humor out.

  395. Here we go
    1. Lee-Ive got one foot on the train
    2. Mike-solid
    3. Katie-girl has some pipes
    4. Crystal-Im getting bored
    5. Tim-not a trainwreck..wow
    6. Siobahn-UGH, I dont get the hype
    7. Casey-ZzZzz
    8. Aaron-LMAO
    9. Andrew-he is still here because….

  396. Is there just no love or interest in hearing a singer who has total voice control and can do whatever she wants,however she wants with it? Siobhan has such control of her voice, she is head and shoulders the best voice on the females, best vocals, and best control. She won’t win AI. I would like to see her top 3 though, she will make some hits down the road like Kelly..

  397. I think for some it worked, and for others (Andrew, e. g.) it didn’t. I thought Adam was good overall, but I also thought he was telling some of them how to do it more like him. Which isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone.

    I thought Adam was a good mentor, but several didn’t take his advice, such as Andrew, Lee, and Siobhan. I thought his critiques and suggestions for them were right on. Lee still did a good job, but I think the performance would have been better if he had been a little more playful and smiled once in a while.

  398. Gemini, what hype? She’s been depimped by everyone related to american idol, including the blog owner here who has an axe to grind or something.

  399. With Anne Murray, though, it was cool the way she actually had the guy lie down on the table that was in the room, had him sing, and she showed him the places where his muscles tensed, and so forth. It was fascinating. And after he followed her advice, he instantly sounded better.

    Yep- that’s vocal class 101. In jr high, the choir director had all the kids lie on the floor the first week with textbooks on their stomachs and sing through the songs. If your textbook wasn’t rising and falling at the right time- you were singing incorrectly.

    I know, and I think it is lame when they all do it. I love to read snarky things about idol, but commit to the snark. Don’t snark on almost everyone and then hyperbole fuck your favorite. It just takes the humor out.

    Oh well- different strokes and all that jazz. I find her to be hilarious and I love her interaction with Adam. Her comments on Ryan and some of the contestants had me LMAO.

  400. Thanks sue! Did he say Queen Latifah would be co-hosting? Have they ever had a co-host on IGB before?

    Didn’t Ellen co-host it one year from a different venue .. I seem to recall her introducing people like Il Divo and Annie Lennox

  401. With Ryan, it could be that the contestants this season has shown as much personality or sense of humor for him to play off of, so it comes down more to him to make something out of it. It showed to me how much better his interview with Adam was, and if I look at past season shows, the interviews seemed easier. Much of this years seems to be how nervous they are. He probably is also aware that there isn’t as much interest and voting as in past years.

  402. Thanks sue! Did he say Queen Latifah would be co-hosting? Have they ever had a co-host on IGB before?

    Didn’t Ellen co-host it one year from a different venue .. I seem to recall her introducing people like Il Divo and Annie Lennox

    Ellen co-hosted the first IGB, from the Disney Hall in downtown LA.

  403. Ever since the season started, I’ve been trying to figure out why I can’t stand Siobhan’s singing and I think I get it now. First of all, her slow-mo motone speaking voice drives me crazy. Also, imo she sounds like a classical/musical theater singer trying to be a pop singer and it’s not working for me at all.

  404. I guess humor is like music and art, it’s all subjective.

    Music and art aren’t all subjective. Neither is humor.

    There is an element of subjectivity, yes. But if they were all subjective then you could say “all opinions about music, art, and humor are equally valid,” and that’s not true.

    For example, I could say that Stephenie Meyer was a better writer than Jane Austen and that could be my subjective opinion, but it’s clearly not as valid as the opposite view.

  405. wow i just read this? from M.J

    ABOUT (Siobhan) from “M.J” “Her lower register is flat and uninteresting, and when she abruptly shifts into her upper register, she’s pitchy and all over the place. Further proof she doesn’t have a handle on her own instrument.”

    OMG..Fail

    I don’t even know what your hearing? I record singers for a living! that being said…This girl is a dream come true for a producer/engineer/musician & let me add she is wonderful to look at. :)..yeah i had to add that:)~

    -So M.J if you can talk about her as a Judge..ill Do the same to you if you don’t mind ?-

    I ,Like you love Bowersox shes real, her voice sounds familiar? that’s why we like it! It has that old hometown rock feel but like simon once said..he could hear her on any corner….that’s true…..I know 20 women you can sing just like her & with more balls!…thats what Bowersox is missing…shes all most there….if you M.J need to hear what im talking about? Watch Siobhan when she hits the raspy parts of her song tonight…. btw she wasn’t flat! ..I think you need to take a free online class to help you with your ears….if your gonna Judge Vocals??.One other hint ill give you is…..You need to start listening to the why IDOL mixes Each contestant..different?!…hmm…….It will open up a whole can of worms, anyways…

    I dont like your input on the singers…most of the time its wrong! (Well wrong to what im hearing). But I love your blog… Just not your incite into what you think is Pitchy or flat…most of the time you are wrong.

    Thats what I Think.

  406. Agree w/ the consensus about everything tonight!
    Kept thinking to myself that Ryan is pressing too hard, possibly to keep ratings up. He’s been more snarky, and the “Brian” comment was unnecessarily mean spirited.
    Thought Adam did a decent job but some didn’t take his advice. Maybe they were uncomfortable being more playful, & energetic..stepping out of their own comfort zone? Maybe they thought his advice wasn’t right for them and more effective for him? I don’t know. Adam is going to give advice IMHO that worked for him, and advice is subjective…you draw on what you know, your perceptions, etc. He loves to perform and bring it and it was Elvis week after all the king of great performers!
    I liked Lee the best, Crystal is always solid and stepped a bit out of what she normally does by upping the tempo & w/ the bejeweled electric. I agree w/ Simon about Casey 100%. This was his theme week and he blew an opportunity but was vocally solid, not great, as the potential was there to be. Katie, sounds good. She seems to have confidence which is resulting in a bit of swagger. Sometimes though she looks and acts with her facial expressions as a kid playing an adult which sometimes is a bit weird for me. Aaron can sing but he lacks the wow in his voice, and performance. Now that the word “energy” was used by Adam, I think that is one of the issues with this group overall. Mike was good and much in the way Kara touted Kris last year for helping Allsion (MJ week) someone should have given Siobhan kudos for helping Mike. Obvious choice of song for him, and he sang it well. Andrew, poor Andrew. Needed to listen to Adam and then some. I didn’t dislike it as much as most of the judges did, but he’s in trouble, maybe not tomorrow, but sooner than later. Tim, was good enough to hang in there another week. Could be Aaron, Andrew and Siobhan in the bottom three with Aaron & Andrew going home? Who knows anymore? I just hope the save wasn’t done too early and there’s no surprises tomorrow night like Crystal, Lee or Casey leaving with the judges regretting their decision.

  407. Yep- that’s vocal class 101.

    Maybe, but she was regarded by everyone as a great mentor that season. This, for instance, was very good advice (at 5:05) —
    When she says to Mitch MacDonald, “You have to take a phrase, breathe at the beginning, and then, finish a thought, then you take another breath.”

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6jubm_ci6-top4-part1-mitch-macdonald-cana_music

    Often good advice is very simple, but effective. A lot of mentors don’t focus on details at all. Anyhow, I thought she was great.

  408. I have only watched a few of tonight’s performances so far. I can’t bring myself to sit down and watch a whole episode.

    The ones I have watched so far:

    Tim– It was nice- not the best vocals I have ever heard at all, but he is nice to look at and charming. If he stays in and keeps improving, he has some potential.

    Aaron- He sounded good on that and even seemed to show some more confidence and even attitude, but I think Simon had it right that it was Karaoke– just trying to imitate.

    Krystal- is a consistent and very good singer. Don’t shoot me but she just doesn’t seem very exciting. Maybe it is the personality.

    Katie- she has a nice voice and did show some attitude but I don’t feel like it is anywhere near enough to go really far in the show.

    That’s it for now.

  409. Maybe, but she was regarded by everyone as a great mentor that season.

    What??? I don’t really care if she was a good mentor or not.

    My point was- why are contestants on Idol (in any country) having to have basic vocal training that they teach when you begin choir or vocal lessons. It is sad that ANY mentor has to teach an idol contestant such a fundamental element of singing correctly.

    Tim was that overused word “pitchy”. I am shocked he got praise. He also did not listen to Adam. I can’t stand that mop-headed for another show…

    I’m afraid Timmy boy might be here to stay for a while. I think he put a little head voice part into one of the lines before the ending. Actually he was almost decent tonight, but I don’t really care if he stays or goes.

  410. Tim was that overused word “pitchy”. I am shocked he got praise. He also did not listen to Adam. I can’t stand that mop-headed for another show…

  411. Sherena! Love the lit-crit!

    Interesting how every week I say I’m over this season (and maybe Idol in general), and every Tuesday I gotta be sure to be home to watch it or remember to tape it. Hope springs eternal!

    Andrew is gone. It’s torture watching him try to be something he really cannot be. Ever. I hope he has a nice life and does well by his family.

    I’m either getting senile, or just more fond of Tim and Aaron. The A-man really was like a cute kid in the high school variety show, as Simon snarked. The cute, talented kid who doesn’t know what he’s singing about when he does “Blue Suede Shoes.” Love ya cutie, but Shalom, Farewall, Auf-weidersein adieu!

    Tim is either one sly cookie or actually improving. Or both. He is still a very, very limited singer, I mean you can see the strain it costs him just to try and stay on pitch or sustain a note. But he knows he makes the little girls scream and shout, whoa those biceps!, and he’s figuring out how to do songs that let those puppy-eyes shine and don’t tax his very limited range too much. Funny, when Adam encouraged him to end with his head voice…..he knew, in my dreams buddy!

    But actually, the one I’d like to go first (or second, with Andrew) is Siobhan. I’ve never been on the bandwagon, and the comparison with Adam now strikes me as ludicrous. I mean, I don’t like it when he screams either, but the guy has more genuine charisma and musical dynamism in one of his black-painted pinkies than she does in her entire, weirdly-clad body. She’s a decent singer and poured it on tonight, in the second non-somnamublent portion, but it was the wrong song, a very weird look (Tammy Wynette crossed with Bjork?) and besides, I do not believe people from other planets should be allowed to run for president or win Idol.

    Casey, sadly, cruised tonight and didn’t do himself any favor. He’s got the goods, and is obviously a very seasoned musician, but not the imagination and my hopes that he’d turn out to be this year’s Bo Bice are fading. Ah, Bo. There was a guy who deserved much better after-Idol life…

    So now we get to the good stuff.

    Big Mike sang “In the Ghetto” so beautifully, soulfully and honestly it allowed me not to compare him to Taylor on that tune. Look, whatever personal mannerisms he has that come across as arrogant or whatever, the man is a fine singer, who can shape a phrase and has a lovely falsetto. I’m glad he’s there, and hope he remains.

    I love hearing Crystal wail! I get that some people are bored with her, but she is who she is — yes, possibly, the second coming of Bonnie Raitt (did Randy actually say something that insightful?), and that’s plenty. Take her on her terms or leave her alone, but the girl can do her thaing.

    Go Lee! He rocked my world with that number. He still looks like he’s waiting for someone to put out the cane and drag him offstage, and he may never mature into the kind of showman they want him to be. He’s a treat, though, especially in this bunch.

    It’s still such a weak year, and it may kill off the franchise to not have anyone with half the appeal of a Kris, an Adam, a Cookie, a Taylor, a Fantasia, hell even a Jordin. But given the circumstances, it looks right now like a Chicago two step at the end, between Lee and Crystal. Though I might be surprised…

  412. Loved seeing Adam mentor tonight. The show was pretty much meh for me. Crystal continues to steamroll the competition, and her pants were rad, as was the bejeweled guitar. Simply awesome, she’s a bad biotch! Siobhan had me interested a few weeks ago, now she’s just a quirky girl, with an interesting fashion sensibility, but there is something about that voice that when she isn’t belting seems weirdly old fashioned and dull. Casey didn’t quite break out enough tonight like he did last week. Katie just doesn’t do it for me. I didn’t like DeGarmo on the show and I don’t like DeGarmo2010. She isn’t quite ready to prime time imho. Neck snapping might fool some, but that doesn’t mean crap to me, it’s just an affectation to denote attitude, so her neck might have it, but her voice certainly didn’t. She’s just still there because everyone she’s not the worst, just close.

    Lee was awesome, and when he can radiate the same kind of joy that jumps off Crystal when she sings, he’s gonna be incredible! They are two peas in a pod though. Their personalities are so mature and serious outwardly, seemingly aloof. Doesn’t matter to me as long as they still bring the vocals every week, and they do.

    Mike was great, as he is when he doesn’t ham it up. He’s better sedate, which may be a problem later, but now, he’s golden. The kid who is not Archie, bores me. He just bores me… Garcia is toast. He’s so damn cheesy, and not like a nice Brie, or Camembert, but like Velveeta, fake cheesy….he can leave now, and take the kid with him.

    Tim is suddenly making it quite clear that he’s smarter than he looks. Not a great performance by any means, but his fanbase is gonna love that, and vote until their fingers bleed.

  413. I would say that Lee and Tim (WTF!) did the best tonight. Crystal was good too and Casey, although something was missing in Casey’s performance and it seemed to me that Crystal was shouting the song a bit. And I would go as far as saying that something was missing too in her performance. I’m just not really excited this year same as all of you and I’m having more fun posting about it than watching the actual show.
    I found Mike a bit boring, even though I liked that he chose that song. His performance seemed shorter than the rest of them and it’s always tricky when one chooses a song that a previous idol sang before. Inevitably you ended up comparing the 2 and no way it was better than Taylor’s. I’d like him to stick around longer though even if I’m not on his train. He’s just one of the better singers (if not the best) and he deserves to stay.
    As Ellen said, I would give Aaron A for effort. I think that Aaron is talented but he’s too young for the show and needs to mature as a person to have more meaningful performances.
    I found Siobhan erratic and all over the place tonight. It looked like the song had 2 distinct parts that didn’t mesh together somehow. Katie has a good voice but is too pageant for me. I can’t warm up to her and that bugs me when a contestant begs for votes (Siobhan did that too at the end of the show).
    If Andrew doesn’t go tomorrow, he’s got an amazing dedicated fanbase. I have no idea who the other booted one will be.
    Adam was a great mentor and I forgot how genuine he actually is as a person.

  414. Shuey, I heard what MJ heard. Pitch in her upper, flat in her lower. It isn’t the first time either. Her song choice also didn’t reflect any of what she has represented herself to be. She was dressed like Bjork more prim little sister, but sang like Doris Day. When she made her soliloquy about not being pigeonholed, I just wanted to say, you wouldn’t be called on it if you sounded good. Sadly, she did not.

  415. The performance I enjoyed the most? Tim’s.
    Everyone else was so so..

  416. Andrew and Aaron should be the ones to leave this week, but even if Aaron’s performance was karaoke, you’ve got to remember that he’s teflon coated and will probably be around again next week.

    I just got word that my friend’s daughters (9 and 11 years old) were thrilled by Tim’s performance and probably voted like crazy for him. Tim is noticeably better, that’s for sure.

    American Idol Season 9 has been losing viewers big time the last few weeks, 5 million in the previous 2 weeks alone. If the free fall in viewer loss has been stopped, then I think Adam Lambert gets the credit.

  417. Oh yeah, and as much as I can’t stand Adam, he proved to be an incredibly competent mentor.

  418. O

    h yeah, and as much as I can’t stand Adam, he proved to be an incredibly competent mentor.

    It seemed to me like he said everything the judges have been saying right along. I think the producers told Adam what they wanted him to say, and he parroted it back.

  419. American Idol Season 9 has been losing viewers big time the last few weeks, 5 million in the previous 2 weeks alone. If the free fall in viewer loss has been stopped, then I think Adam Lambert gets the credit.

    That’s a lot of pressure and expectations for someone who was just on the show last year. I’m not expecting a ratings increase.
    Adam was very kind, constructive, insightful and fair as a mentor. I enjoyed having him back on AI. My whole family sat down and watched the show together for the first time this year and a couple of friends who hadn’t been watching for the past few weeks called to discuss the show.
    It felt like Tuesday nights a year ago. Sigh.

  420. For me, it was even worse because it sounded like Ryan could have been serious about the co-hosting thing. I was thinking, “Huh, that is kinda cool for Idol to have Brian Dunkleman back on their charity show.” And then Ryan was like “Haha, no, it’s really Queen Latifah.” Dick move, Ryan.

    That gave me flashbacks to season 7 when Michael Johns was voted off. Ryan mentioned that in season 6 no one was sent home during IGB week and for a brief moment when Ryan paused I thought they were going to “save” Michael and then Ryan pulled the “but tonight we say goodbye to Michael.” I thought that was a pretty crappy move to get Michael’s hopes up like that.

  421. h yeah, and as much as I can’t stand Adam, he proved to be an incredibly competent mentor.

    It seemed to me like he said everything the judges have been saying right along. I think the producers told Adam what they wanted him to say, and he parroted it back.

    We’re talking about the guy who french-kissed a guy on prime time, right? LOL. I don’t think Adam is the parroting back type. Besides, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what these hamsters are missing. I’m pretty sure I would be a great mentor, and the only thing anyone’s said about my singing is to please stop. :)

    It’s interesting that Siobhan defenders [Siobafenders?] keep insisting that other people don’t “get” her. Maybe they’re right. Maybe there’s a performance art aspect to what she’s doing that is beyond the likes of my mortal ears. But shouldn’t it be pleasant to hear at least? I’m not a big fan of the glory note, and it must be said that I can’t stand the Mariah Carey school of “Hit That Glory Note in the Key of High K” – but I’m just not enjoying Siobhan on the level of listening. I think she’s trying too hard, and I don’t find her charming. I did at first, but now she’s gone from Willow to Tara – if that makes any sense.

  422. Right, Adam was a great mentor, and if only some of the contestants had listened to him, especially poor Andrew, they might have had more successful performances.

    Katie did listen, and she sang her best. She’s just not connecting with me, and I don’t know why. I want to like her, but I just feel blah about her. I almost feel guilty about it.

    What hurt Casey tonight was that the song he did was just fine, but it was a flat tire compared to his compelling, unforgettable performance last week. Last week, I thought the finals could be Crystal and Casey. Now I’m not so sure.

    I liked Tim’s performance best tonight. He continues to show improvement, and he’s so likeable. Adam didn’t have to tell him to smile, either. Tim doesn’t suffer from personality deficit disorder.

    I’m putting my money on Crystal and Lee in the finals. He continues to get better every week too, more confident that is. Crystal has been great since day one, but I understand what people are saying when they say she lacks some kind of wow factor or something. On the other hand, her talent is so OK as is, I wouldn’t want her to be a phony and change herself either.

  423. ABOUT (Siobhan) from “M.J” “Her lower register is flat and uninteresting, and when she abruptly shifts into her upper register, she’s pitchy and all over the place. Further proof she doesn’t have a handle on her own instrument.”

    “OMG..Fail

    I don’t even know what your hearing? I record singers for a living! that being said…This girl is a dream come true for a producer/engineer/musician & let me add she is wonderful to look at. :) ..yeah i had to add that:)”

    I’m sorry, I have been studying music for decades and MJ is right on point. Her lower register is flat and upper is completely all over the place. And this isn’t subjective at all, even a kid can hear that. A producer could fix these problems in a couple minutes, sure, so it doesn’t really matter if you record voices because even Ryan singing could sound amazing after some computer work. This fact doesn’t mean MJ isn’t right.

  424. Best performance of the night: Tie: Crystal and Michael. I was pleased to see Adam pimp Michael. Maybe he’ll have a shot at that Top Three, where he belongs. Lee was good; I thought the song needed to be slowed down, bluesy and sexed up to make it more interesting (and different). Casey was pretty good, but no arc (Adam was right-on). Katie’s voice sounded good, but I didn’t get any emotion there. Siobhan’s song was half-good, the last half. First part, not good, second half, very good. Extra points for talking back to Simon. Andrew, okay. I really like his voice, but this format just isn’t working for him. Aaron: No. Tim, good song, arrangement okay, but: No.

  425. I like Siobhan a lot and I think that she’ll do great in musical theatre, but I don’t see her as a recording artist anymore.

  426. I loved Adam as a mentor, he was honest and he gave good advice. I liked him much more than the other mentors, he tried to help them get outside their boxes, and he seemed to pick up on their strengths and weaknesses really quickly and efficiently. I still think he was kinda a desperate choice of mentor, though >_>. Still fantastic.

    Holy crap, did Siobhan get a streak in her hair? Can she be my wife? HAWT. And she showed that she’ll probably still be hot at 50 with her granny hairstyle when she sang…… >_>. Loved her part with Adam, she was so humble, it was cute ^_^. Might be a bit too freaky for me but whatever, gotta be open minded

  427. I know why?…its because this year..the only 2 stars on this silly show are bowersox & Sionham…the rest can go home….

    this is about making (MONEY)! Not if you can sing? If it was ?? siobhan would win…yes like Melinda doo-little….She killed everyone!..Its not about singing…kids…to put it blunt this years a flop outside of Sox & The real singer :)

    Go Tim..what a joke!…

  428. You know, I think Siobhan can sing. She just isn’t doing it very well currently. I didn’t care for Melinda, but she sang well every week, no lie. But Siobhan is no Melinda.

    To be fair, I think she desperately needs training and guidance. But “weird” is not a medium or a style. It’s just…weird.

  429. Siobhan is no Melinda..in her soul singing vibe youre right!..but…The thing people are missing about siobhan is…she can sing anything..and do it well…hmm..

    bowersox..sings the same crap every week!..its old hat!..but she sings it well! so what to do with that? well…just put on a janis joplin record…bowersox who? you get my point?? Kris WHo? lol Adam what?

    I LOVE BOWER SOX!…(i do)…shes like a old shirt you ware all the time…:) But Siobhan Magnus is a ODD BALL!…one who sticks out like a sore thumb in a good way :) its the Einstein’s that move the world not the copy cats!

    GO TIM….

  430. I think you folks who like Tim to listen back. It was NOT sung well. The guitar playing was fine. The singing was a C-.

    I know some folks a great deal like Siobhan. I like them and her too. Liking her and liking her whole performance tonight are two different things. The motown sylings of the song at the end were good. If she had listened to Adam, the whole song would have been at the faster tempo and it would have gone much better.

    To repeat…Tim is not, nor will he ever be, a good singer. Tonight was not a disaster, but it was far, far from good.

  431. Btw…if Andrew would only sing (Roxanne) by the police in his own way….he could make a come back LOL?//// He could..

  432. I don’t think these contestants know how to dance.
    #
    lorismile:

    Well , Kris was able to connect with the audience last year without dancing around.To me , dancing is not the be all & end all for a performance- connecting with the song is!

    I think for some it worked, and for others (Andrew, e. g.) it didn’t. I thought Adam was good overall, but I also thought he was telling some of them how to do it more like him. Which isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone.

    I haven’t seen the show yet- but after reading the comments of what Adam said- I agree Ross – it does seem that Adam was trying to get them to do it “his ” style. This is why I think having a mentor with more experience works better , as they can actually disassociate themselves & concentrate on what works best for each performer [ & not necessarily what is their own personal preference!]

  433. BTW I get what you mean when she sings in a low register,,,it doesn’t come over well…on T.V…in the studio it would…ill leave it at that,,,when I say Go tim…lol…im…lol…he is still on the show…:)

  434. I have to say that it absolutely amazes me that some people can go after Siobhan for supposedly being flat in her lower register and pitchy in her upper register. Of all the people I heard tonight, Siobhan is the last person I would accuse of doing that. I must be hearing something else entirely.

    I don’t think there’s any point in getting into an extended discussion, especially when you have other people giving such vocally deficient performances. Casey was off pitch throughout most of that song. He was really struggling and it just did not work. This was not last week’s Casey, who managed to stay on pitch and bring some real soul, emotion and power to his vocals.

    Tim is a whole other case altogether. I can see why some people like him as a nice, wholesome, happy kid who just sits there and smiles and does his thing, but goodness he just took the heart out of that song! If you listen to the words, it’s supposed to be a beautiful love song, but he made is positively insipid and banal. I have nothing against the kid, he stays on pitch mostly but does go off in places, has a nice lower register and just sounds kind of nice. But a real singer? No way! The phrasing was awful and that was part of what ruined the song. I know what I want from a performance and he just doesn’t have the goods.

    What bothers me is that the judges sounded almost canned in their responses, as though they had their minds made up before the show even started. Katie and Siobhan aren’t going to get any love from them, because the judges want Crystal in the final. That’s it. If I could, I would love to ask Kara – what is it that you don’t get about Siobhan? She said it last week when Siobhan gave a wonderfully restrained, stripped down performance. So what on earth does she want? Nothing Siobhan does will ever appeal to them. I am glad this girl spoke up for herself, because I think this whole thing is rotten.

    I understood what Siobhan was trying to do in that performance. She started kind of subdued and then started building to a crescendo, which I thought was magnificent. Her lower register isn’t flat and her upper range isn’t off pitch. I know what others have said, but I trust my perfect pitch.

    As for Crystal, I think she is playing it a bit safe at this point. But she could stand there and sing scales and the judges would love it. Before someone blasts me, I am talking as someone who likes Crystal as well as Siobhan. I thought it was a good performance, but not her best. Nothing near as good as “Me and Bobby McGee”. She loses the lower notes and sounds breathy. But she has never given a bad performance.

    I loved Mike and thought he did exactly what he need to do right now. It was simple, no frills, scaled back, stripped down and heartfelt. For me, if you compare Mike and Tim, they are just miles apart. Mike can sing and interpret the words of a song and tell a story. His vocals are always spot on and technically great.

    Lee was much better this week. I thought he was more on pitch. My problem is that I have never really liked this song, even when Elvis did it. I am not sure if Lee rearranged it, but it sounded strange in parts. If he could just relax more and smile and look more animated, as Adam suggested, it would enhance the performance value.

    I think we are headed for the inevitable Crystal and Lee finale. That’s exactly what the judges want.

  435. Hmmmm…

    I think my spousal unit might be onto something.

    He thought Tim’s arrangement sounded like a version U2 performed during the Zoo TV tour.

    I found this clip, and I think he might be right. (and NO NO NO, Tim does NOT come even close to the divine Bono)

    But the brief pauses after some of the words, the guitar, and placing the falsetto in the middle versus the end? Seems to mimic what Time was trying to follow. And the length of the U2 version is probably pretty close to Tim’s. Maybe Tim rehearsed the U2 version, and didn’t feel comfortable trying to move the falsetto to the end.

    Or, I might just be blowing smoke.

    Anyway, here it is.

  436. i like soibhan,but her problem is she never lesson.she dont have balance in her voice,in the begining she slow it down,i didnt like it because adam said speed it up,she goback to her voice again.i think she need vocal trainer for her voice.when she slow it down ,its very sleepy.i loved her paint it black voice.shes more tendish rocker to me.shes cute too,i love adam alot.

  437. bakyspritz:
    04/14/2010 at 12:13 am
    I finally realized why Ryan is acting all rude and weird. He is trying too hard. It’s like a host knowing the party is kinda lame and trying to liven it up and failing.

    I think the votes coming in this season are really low and Ryan knows this first hand and is getting nervous. I have watch all seasons and I have to say this one is pretty sleepy. I can’t imagine people scrambling to catch this summer’s Idol concert.

    Couldn’t have said it better. It’s a hard season. He’s got the job to spice it up and he’s faltering.

  438. Nativenewyorker: i love u

    Kara wants a pop tune..a la la la tune…lol…thats what sells!…& I like kara dont get me wrong…she can sing her ass off!…i love her stuff…but its hooky pop crap!…(Siobhan like Adam think outside the box)…Thats why I love them…

    people in the Idol world listen to over produced music & think its art….when most of the KIDS singing it? DIDNT EVEN WRIGHT IT…LOL…

    Cash Cow

  439. if this year seems odd..like ryan being the star of the show? He is just making it a show…..thank God! its funny shit & you all make a fuss about it!

  440. Elvis was not just a great singer but a great performer. Like Adam said. He made that stage move. The camera ate him up alive. Even if the songs were slow, he roared.

    So that being said, I was sad I was bored and distracted for most of the performances this evening. I expected ELLLLL-vis. We got.. EH-lvis. :{

    I perked up before each performance because I knew we would see Adam. I looked forward to hearing what he was going to say to each contestant.

    I shocked myself by totally enjoying Tim’s performance the MOST. Yes. I said the most. He really is current and appealing and compelling to look at. I’m not 18 or even 23 but I can spot a hot number in all the right ways. Good job.

    As for the rest, I -wanted- to like them but… I walked away with little to sing about. I adore Siobhan and I want her to do well but her performance was not memorable. SHE is. But not this performance. I feel someone is giving her less than stellar advice. She is a pretty girl but they are overdoing HER and making her look OLD and too manufactured. Keep her hair down. Straight and natural. Easy on the plastered hair and face. Her voice is her gift. I want to hear that and all her natural quirkiness.

    I’ve never heard of the song SAVED that Crystal sang. Why didn’t MICHAEL sing that??!

    Crystal’s cool and great but the song itself is not something I would run out to buy on iTUNES.

    The only one I would listen to again is TIM. I cannot believe I am saying this but he is the only one who made me FEEL the song.

    Adam Lambert is just a cool cat and a dynamic person and a star. HE was this show for me.

  441. OK…..I re watched crystals tune…i thought it sounded like week one? All her tunes sound the same? ARE You gona listen to 12 songs that sound the same? :p

    Shes only a weAk Janis Joplin at best…PEOPLE GET REAL…

  442. omg…you were so right on everything up tell…:He really is current and appealing and compelling to look at.: lol..i wouldNT play TIM again,,,IF YOU PAID ME…Fail!

    I hope tim getS on GLEE! :) i DO…HE WOULD WORK ON THAT SHOW!..HINT!

  443. Shes only a weAk Janis Joplin at best

    Well, she is good but she is a generic folk singer for me, and yes she sounds like Janis with the greatness removed.

  444. I thought Adam was an okay mentor: he gave good advice to some, bad advice to others.
    Casey would’ve benefited from what he said, and so would have Aaron. I think Andrew was actually hurt by listening to Adam, and I am VERY glad Tim decided to stay away from the falsetto!

  445. OK..now u make me want to defend her lol….I like her I do…i was so into her at the start….i was like wow…real old school in your face stuff!…then she Got a bit safe for me…its the same crap every week….get her ass off the guitar…walk around the stage and let it out…IF you have it?

    Crystal?

  446. Okay, Shuey – you win. Siobhan is the greatest artist ever born! She will sell MILLIONS of albums! ;)

    But not to me. Frankly, I hate how affected she sounds. Potential does not equal skill. And Crystal doesn’t really sound much like Janet. She sounds a lot like a really great Crystal.

    JMHO.

  447. The performance I enjoyed the most? Tim’s.
    Everyone else was so so..

    Yeah it’s a bad night. I totally agree.
    I don’t remember anybody but Tim.
    At least he entertained me. Sigh

  448. Shuey, I just had a chance to listen to these, and after reading so many opinions, I didn’t know what to expect – but hey – open mind, and like that. I’m old enough to have heard “Suspicious Minds” when it first came out in 1968 – sung in a sexy baritone at Elvis’s Comeback Special, I was in my twenties – I’m also old enough to trust my own ears, and to trust years of singing experience, even if I never had Siobhan’s range.

    I didn’t hear flat notes, at all. I don’t regard ‘scream’ as a technical term any more than I would use the term ‘pitchy’ and expect it to have a precise meaning. I like to listen to people who love music for the sheer joy of making it – and there are four people on this season who demonstrate that quality, Siobhan, Crystal, Casey and Lee. IMO, of course.
    Crystal and Casey are incredibly competent, talented, solid performers, always reliable. Casey’s first allegiance is to his guitar, and yes, he could use a few performance skills, Crystal’s is to her voice, and she is true to the style that works for her. Lee is in a transition from a shoegazer to a performer – with a lot to learn and confidence to gain – but there’s potentially an on-key singer in there. Not always, but potentially.
    Because Siobhan is not so easy to quantify, I see lots of labels being used that don’t stick, for me. I guess people find labels are easier to handle. The absolute freedom from expectations with which she approaches any thing she sings- this I like. Lots of people likely won’t. She remains the only contestant whose iTunes I have bought, and if other people hear flat notes where I do not, or hear ‘screams’ where I hear a solid high note being hit dead center, then they won’t be enjoying her performances as I do.

    The last thing I would ever wish is for that individuality of approach to be ‘trained’ out of her – but considering how very young she is – I expect her choices will mature as she does, and as she gains opportunities. So cool, I want to hear what that sounds like too, with none of the edges sanded off, please and thank you. Other people may prefer a more predictable voice, a more traditional approach – this is the sort that works for me. Long way around of saying I agree with your assessment.

    The usual disclaimers apply – YMMV, etc.

    ETA: Nativenewyorker – what you said. – “Nothing Siobhan does will ever appeal to them. I am glad this girl spoke up for herself, because I think this whole thing is rotten…..
    Her lower register isn’t flat and her upper range isn’t off pitch. I know what others have said, but I trust my perfect pitch.”
    ~

  449. its how will work:mentor give advice but contestent never lesson because the have the own thing.look it all season past year,all mentor give advice,again they go back doing they own thing like tonight.aaron didnt lesson,casey ,katie,soibhan,mike,lee,andrew.aron he didnt smile or connect to people,casey dont connect,mike doing theatrical and dont connect,andrew dont connect.they just move around or standup and stick to the mic.

  450. I dont like your input on the singers…most of the time its wrong! (Well wrong to what im hearing).

    Siobhan has zero control over her instrument, she’s all over the place, and I’m sticking to that.

    But good for Siobhan for having such an, erm, devoted fanbase. Should keep her in the contest at least for a few more weeks, no matter what she sounds like…

  451. thats why its boring season.siobhan not all time good,she like (alice in wonderland)she full of surprices but sometimes shes trap ,dont know what to do,how todo,she keep doing what she want todo without lessioning,thats put her in trouble.for me she doing the samething over and over :she give highnotes in every performer,she tune down her voice then give high notes again.simon want his other talent.you all forget what he say to adam:dojent rubbish in ring of fire,he showed hes lower voice .

  452. I love the way so many one here can articulate them self’s in a good way….grats to u all…I don’t have that gift lol…maybe its called gab. :)

    Incipit:: you are so right…Siobhan, Crystal, Casey and Lee…& let me add lil katie…she can pull it off…trust me. :)

    if only lee had some balls!..we cant have it all can we? Well…not true.. Adam does ;p & A extra pair…poor guy…

  453. ok…M.J…ether i’m off my rocker..& you’re gona fall in love with her wackiness…or …Tim is gona win :) u pick…

  454. Finished watching the perfhing the performances.

    Can’t blame the judges, it’s hard not to sound like a broken record this season!

    BOW-ER-SOX keeps being great week, after week. I actually saw more energy than ever from her tonight, being playful, smiling…I have a feeling that she is a smart girl, and is really trying to overcome the stoicism she had been accused of having, I also felt she valued Adam’s advice.

    Speaking of Adam…I eat my words. It was fantastic to see Adam as a mentor.

    I love Siobhan, her words to Adam were very sweet and humble, her personality is just endearing. Unfortunately, her performance felt, extremely old fashioned, I love that song, she had some pretty cool moments, but the arrangement ruined it for me. Her response to Simon was great though, and I still want her to reach Top 2 along with Crystal no matter what.

    Maybe I’m wrong for liking someone only for their personality, but some contestants are disliked just because of it, so who knows?

    Adam was so damn right on his advice to Lee. When I hear Lee with my headphones, without watching the video, I love it, but if I’m seeing the performance I find him boring. He stills needs to add more life to his performances, who says you shouldn’t be a good performer even if you are a WGWG? Go ask Kris about it, he is so damn fun to watch getting all possessed by music and lyrics while performing. People complain about Katie being robotic, Lee isn’t far from that.

    Andrew, ugh, another horrible arrangement from him! Way to loose steam…

    Tim is such a smart guy. A good game player. Knows how to make lemonade out of the lemons he’s been given.

    I’m glad Big Mike is still around! In a season such as this one, he’s needed.

    Is every performance among the swaybots destined to suck? Yes it is. Thanks for proving the point Casey!

    I don’t care enough about Aaron or Katie to see their videos, so I’m just not gonna comment on their performances.

    What’s happening to Seacrest lately? Seems like he could use some vacations.

  455. shuey what do you mean by adam what?
    adam :never say bad to adam,hes workhard last year,he disorve to be mention as the best one,from vocal,performance,play game for everyweek to week.hes diffrent its not easy.adam and siobhan they more alike:they weird,diffrent, stylish.but america wont let them.
    siobhan she sell well,shes americas sweetheart.adam is man with guyliner for some people is difficult to get and gay which make it harder and style people freak out about him.so i love what hes do,its rare to see adam doing all as man singer.

  456. ok first off…the cam back stage…is cool…if you think its not…your not into good tv,,,needed to get that off my chest! I want cams on them 24/7…its good tv…HINT! please///

    What’s happening to Seacrest lately?..its called…OMG..THE SHOW SUCKS ASS..HELP…ok…ill..see what i can do….

    Seacrest out!

  457. Siobhan has zero control over her instrument, she’s all over the place, and I’m sticking to that.

    I agree with that when it comes to her lower register. Her voice should be steady and not breathy or shaky when she is singing any octave. I think she has a lot of potential. Control is something easy to fix.

  458. tuti: i love Adam…too much…lol…all good here…i just wish he did a rock record…no the umm…3 tune mess he did ;p

  459. MJ: Siobhan has zero control over her instrument, she’s all over the place, and I’m sticking to that.

    I kind of agree with you; she has definitely sounded like this as of late… I feel like earlier in the competition she showed a lot of control (like in House of the Rising Sun)… What is happening to her? :/

  460. I liked Lee more when he wasn’t himself, because I was hoping he had hidden personality somewhere. Since he is relaxed and confident, I know that he hasn’t got any.

  461. Just because someone can sing does not mean they can mentor.Carrie is a fantastic success singing country, but in the interview with Queen Latifa at Sports event, she was too shy to give opinions that were competitive.
    You’re not an Adam fan, that’s okay, but the American Idol staff are better qualified than you or me or any of us in determining who would best mentor these contestants.
    Adam was right on target and edgy enought to be direct and specific, yet remain pleasant and personable, He has excellent communication skills. (No hidden agendas,either)

  462. Siobhan? What is happening to her???? SHE is listing to the judges too much….what she was doing worked? ….that’s what got her here..NO?..not the crap they say!….SING ALL THE HIGH CRAP YOU WANT……KILL IT…

  463. springboard: LOL….U HAVE A POINT! LOL

    I liked Lee more when he wasn’t himself, because I was hoping he had hidden personality somewhere. Since he is relaxed and confident, I know that he hasn’t got any

  464. Just my opinion on the performances:

    Crystal: It was good, but not one of my favorites. She seemed to mumble the words, and that was strange. I didn’t think she needed the guitar at all. Maybe moving around the stage would have made it better.

    Andrew: I didn’t know what to think at first, but I started to kinda like it when he started getting gritty. That lasted about three seconds and it went back to being boring.

    Tim: I didn’t like that he sang some of the song in his lower range. His higher voice was absolutely beautiful. He should have sung the entire song like that. It was a very unexpected and good performance.

    Lee: IMO this was Lee’s best vocal performance. He wasn’t very pitchy tonight. I wish he had picked a different song because that one has been covered by rock musicians a million times. I had a hard time being impressed because it has been done so often, but good job.

    Aaron: Poor Aaron. He looks like such a sweet kid. But he reminded me of a kid playing dress up. There was no authenticity about his song. I think he will be going home.

    Siobhan: I didn’t like the beginning at all. Lower register doesn’t suit her. I didn’t mind the rest though. I thought it was a powerful second half.

    Mike: He had one of the better performances. God, I like him so much more when he isn’t being so cheesy and stomping one leg up and down. He was much more simple and not OTT. Kudos.

    Katie: Katie almost had me believing her song. I thought she was kinda pitchy, so Randy of course, thought she was great. ( Every other time he says that w/contestants when it isn’t true) I like the song choice for her and I liked her performance. She had moments of “You go girl!” so I think she’ll be safe.

    Casey: I don’t even think he was trying this week, and that was weird. I kinda zoned out on his performance. hmmm…

    I think Andrew and Aaron will be in the bottom three, but I predict an upset. No one is safe anymore, and some of the top contestants didn’t do as well. Aaron obviously has a strong following. I think it will be Andrew and mystery contestant #1 that goes home.

  465. martha? Should he have worn a Bowersox cape? lol….he should of :)~ like katy perry…did for him

  466. I think I read this on the EW.COM site first but the comment is right on: Katie thinks soul and getting into it is to do her head-neck jig jags with her little bounce of her hips and knee. Oh yes. That’s SOUL like I am an opera star. She is SO annoying.

    And Lee. Oh Lee. You ARE a bore. I cannot imagine anyone paying money to see you. He always looks like he is going to throw up. He has a miniature-Rodney Dangerfield look to his face. Alas, that is NOT a compliment.

  467. And Lee. Oh Lee. You ARE a bore. I cannot imagine anyone paying money to see you. He always looks like he is going to throw up.

    Maybe he actually WILL one of these days. American Idol gone South Park…

    martha? Should he have worn a Bowersox cape? lol….he should of ~ like katy perry…did for him

    I’m still crossing my fingers for tomorrow’s performance! :D LOL

  468. Cari:
    04/14/2010 at 3:02 am

    “I thought Adam was an okay mentor: he gave good advice to some, bad advice to others.
    Casey would’ve benefited from what he said, and so would have Aaron. I think Andrew was actually hurt by listening to Adam, and I am VERY glad Tim decided to stay away from the falsetto!”

    Andrew was hurt by listening to Adam? Adam said it was boring, change it up!! Andrew hurt himself by keeping it boring. Tim did use some falsetto in the middle of the song. Don’t think he wanted to chance it at the end in case it bombed. Loved Crystal’s guitar and she seemed more unrestrained and happier tonight. Lee was pretty good vocally and I never really got him before. Needs to lose the stage fright. Still miss Alex Lambert. Wonder what he would have sung tonight? Not a bad night overall. A bit livelier for sure. I would never try to predict who’s leaving tomorrow night. I’m usually wrong. lol Looking forward to Wednesday night’s results and performances.

  469. shuey:
    04/14/2010 at 2:12 am
    …its because this year..the only 2 stars on this silly show are bowersox & Sionham…the rest can go home….

    Time will tell, of course, but IMO, nobody this year is going to be a major star. Crystal can be counted on to give a high quality performance, but can you honestly say: “I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do this week”? I think she lacks the personality that would give her the devoted fan base a performer needs to be a “star”.

    Siobhan can possibly attract the kind of listeners that Ke$ha gets,because she’s quirky and can sing, but it all depends what kind of songs she’s going to record. I get no sense of what kind of artist she would be.

    There’s a lot of competition out there & I would not pay to go see either of their concerts – just like I won’t be buying a ticket to go see AI on tour this summer.

  470. Wow, looks like Timmy is no longer down the well! That was lovely.

    Feel like I am in Bizzaro world, everything is backwards! The bottom were at the top, and the top were at the bottom! (except for Crystal and Andrew)

    Elvis night always has the danger of being Karoke, I mean how many times have these songs been covered and sung? So it was a mixed night, thought there were some terrific performances and some please get off my screen!

    Will be interested to see who goes home!

  471. Good grief, another night of torture. Crystal is a huge bore. Sounds the same every week and for the life of me, I cannot remember what song she sang – and I don’t care to know either. I think she has more range and is never encouraged to use it. Andrew – get off my TV. Mike – something in his voice is super annoying and I ended up fast forwarding through the performance. Casey sounds like a goat. Aaron is cheesy and needs to stop that weird crouching down thing he does. Tim was okay and to Simon – sorry I don’t think he is listening to a word you say. Love Siohban and she needs to stop listening to those idiot judges. Lee is a waterdowned Cook. Katie needs to go try out for some pageant. Results should be interesting.

  472. How Tim has turned into one of my favorite performers is weird, but there you have it. His “All My Loving” ITunes recording is highly listenable and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – really enjoyable in its simplicity and slight change-up. Last night the same – when I was hoping for some OTT performances by any of the others. Good advice on the upper register – and I bet he uses it on the studio recording – but glad he didn’t attempt it during the performance as it almost sank him in those early weeks when he was trying to figure out what he was doing. This year my ear is going to Lacey, Didi, and the new Tim; no belters, no shouters this year. Who’d have thunk it…

    Adam Lambert gave some excellent advice. I hate seeing anyone from Season 8 on Season 9 as it reminds me how little emotional investment I have this year compared to last year…

  473. Twit from allison :

    AllisonIraheta @adamlambert… always so damn amazing at givin’ advice..!!

    I like it that he tells it like it is, but nicely and still managed to give encouragement to the contestants.
    I love siobhan, but I’d put her and Andrew at the bottom two. I just didn’t enjoy their performance

  474. Adam was right on target and edgy enought to be direct and specific, yet remain pleasant and personable, He has excellent communication skills. (No hidden agendas,either)

    The dude did his homework. Its appears to me that watched all the prior performance clips.

    Oh and WTF Ryan? Last year the season was about the judges.. now you are trying to fill the role with your attempts at making the contestants cry and juvenile jokes.

  475. Watching the show right now.. Andrew is singing.. gosh.. these ppl have no energy at all.

  476. My Timmeh did well! *sniff* lol at him being at top of the raw numbers.

    My prediction from last night before I even looked at DI:
    -Andrew please pack your knives bags.
    -Goatboy I dont want to see you wagging those hips at me again. I asked nicely and you still did it. May you go join the loney goat herd.
    -Third slot in bottom 3 is iffy, but Big Cheese, my grater awaits you.

    I wanna like Siobhan but I. Do. Not. Like. what she does with her voice. Its like she sings out of her nose or something, and has two voices. Its hard to explain what I mean though. Its like when you have a sore throat and you talk funny so it doesnt hurt as much. Thats the sense I get when I hear her. DNW.

  477. i think adam now talking to contestence,like siobhan that you are amazing ,dont let them put you in box like they try to did that to me last year,do your thing ,you be succesful the way you are,be your self.
    i think siobhan is best contestent in season 9.adam and siobhan cute couple.

  478. Will be interesting to see if there is an Itunes bump for Adam. Looks like WWFM has already started. Yesterday it was at #28:

    Adam is trending on Twitter again this morning at #8

    On Itunes:
    Remix- #12
    WWFM #22
    Voodoo- #134

  479. Yup….I think he’s getting a boost already. Even on Amazon, his CD is higher. :-)

    Forget ratings bumps, the only bump I was interested in were sales bumps (even if it is short term).

  480. And that is BEFORE his performance Lorismile!

    Happy Adam Wednesday!

  481. Thought Adam did great as a mentor last night. He gave cogent, honest critiques but was also really supportive. And he contestants seemed at ease with him, like they were having fun. I was laughing that he was telling these S9 kids the same things that people on this board and elsewhere have said — Andrew is boring, Lee sounds great but needs to be more loose and animated on stage, Casey needs to build more interest into his songs, all of the kids need to loosen up and have more spark and energy in their performances. Some of the kids could execute the advice, some of them couldn’t. Seacrest has gone completely off the rails. What is going on there?

  482. He did a good job mentoring last night and the reviewers so far seem to agree. :-)

    Can’t wait for tonight’s show!

  483. Adam was a good mentor. But it bothered me to see an Idol as mentor. I like having big stars and established artists in that slot. I don’t think that Adam has achieved the track record to fill that position. He gave good advice though. Great “pimp spot” for him, great exposure.

    I’m uninspired by most of the contestants. Crystal is frumpy and boring. She sings gospel/blues and it’s not a genre that I’m interested in purchasing or listening to. Siobahn is immature as an artist and is often out of tune. She has raw talent but has a lot of learning to do before she’s a viable artist. Andrew is a disappointment, his taste level is questionable, he chooses corny songs and sounds like a lounge singer.

    Katie is like a little girl wearing her mother’s clothes, musically speaking, she imitates other singers but has no identity of her own. Aaron is a corny novelty act, like Chicken Little.

    The only ones I enjoy right now are Casey, Lee, Tim, and Mike. I’m glad that Tim weathered a couple of bad weeks and is doing better. If he goes home now, it will be on a high note and not as a “joke.” I’ve always thought he had something, and he does. The week of Under My Thumb he was not bad, he attempted something different (arrangement) and the judges lampooned him, he became a joke after that, even though the week before he had been excellent with Hallelulah. I respect how he has endured under the harsh criticism and ridicule.

    Casey is my favorite, he’s so darned cute, confident, and happy, it’s a pleasure to watch him. He’s not a great vocalist but he’s a decent singer/musician and I see him as a country star with crossover appeal.

    Did Kara really say that Blue Suede Shoes made Aaron seem current and contemporary? What is she smoking?

  484. Ryan’s gone mad! What the hell was he doing dancing while Tim Urban was singing?!?! and Turban!??? He’s the latest douche seriously!

    And Bunkleman.. who is that? I didn’t get the joke at all.

    As for the singers, I thought Tim wasn’t bad. Atleast Siobhan and Katie were watchable, they were dressed up and looking nice. And i liked Katie’s singing.

    Rest.. dunno.. boring! Even Crystal didn’t rock my boat. She may have sung well, but I didn’t find it fun. I think AI8 has set the bars too high.

    Edit: Oh I like what Siobhan said about not wanting to be labelled. You go girl! Must be Adam having that effect on her.

    Over all Adam was the best part of it all! :)

  485. Crystal can be counted on to give a high quality performance, but can you honestly say: “I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do this week”?

    Actually, I say that every week, and said it last night. I think Crystal is a great performer and has star quality.

  486. Ryan’s gone mad! What the hell was he doing dancing while Tim Urban was singing?!?! and Turban!??? He’s the latest douche seriously!

    I had to LOL at ‘Turban’ because I’ve been calling him that for a while, only recently calling him Timmeh. hahaha

  487. And Bunkleman.. who is that? I didn’t get the joke at all.

    Brian Dunkleman was cohost (with Ryan) on the very first season of American Idol.
    He quit, voluntarily, to pursue an acting career.
    It’s widely regarded as one of the most boneheaded moves ever by a television host- career suicide.

  488. Adam was right on target and edgy enought to be direct and specific, yet remain pleasant and personable, He has excellent communication skills. (No hidden agendas,either)

    I have a mixed review of Adam. As others have said, I think part of the problem was that he approached it as “What would I do?” rather than “What should this person do?”.

    His advice to Andrew was excellent. The way he was singing “Hound Dog” was terrible and needed some spicing up. Unfortunately, the only spice in Andrew’s cupboard appears to be some expired parsley, so we didn’t see much spice added to the mix. That arrangement was something Barney the Dinosaur would have rejected as too lame for his show. Barney would have been on the phone yelling for the head of whoever arranged it and demanding they stop taking sleeping pills. Seriously, Andrew, what is wrong with you?

    Ahem.

    His advice to Aaron was also good. He needed to dig down and find the grit. Sadly, Aaron has terrible stage fright and seems unable to dig into a song on national television. I keep hearing that his rehearsals go great, but he gets too jittery on stage. Aaron did get better as the song went on. He’s like Matt was last year. He needs to lose the stage fright, stat.

    Where Adam’s advice was less than perfect was to Tim and Katie. I’m thinking Adam didn’t watch Tim’s semi-final performance of “Apologize” or he wouldn’t be suggesting he use his falsetto. Despite his sometimes vacant looks, Tim is a quick learner and he knew not to try that again. I must say that Tim really has figured out his audience and what he can do with his voice. So, good for him. He’s not going to win (he may not even survive this week), but at least he’s going out on a high note and recovered from the “how is this guy still in the competition?” reputation he had. People two years from now will be complaining about some other contestant that “He’s no Tim”. He’s a sweet kid and I wish him luck. Disney should have him on speed dial.

    Katie. Katie. Katie. And Adam, WTF? One of the things I’ve been hearing all week is that Adam can bring something no previous mentor has ever brought: experience with being an Idol competitor. Why wouldn’t you have told the cameras to stop rolling and dragged Katie off to a corner to tell her that dissing the judges gets you absolutely nowhere with the voting audience? Sure, use the judge frustration as your motivation, but tell the cameras that you are frustrated with something else. An old boyfriend. The cost of tomatoes. A hangnail. Anything but the judges. America loves to rag all over the judges, but the contestants aren’t allowed to do that. But he encouraged her to delve into that and she ends up loo