American Idol Season 8 – Top 7 Redux – Results – VIDEO

Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai are eliminated tonight. Joining them in the bottom 3 was Allison Iraheta. Matt Giraud avoided elimination last week after the Judges’ Save.   This week, he secured his spot in the Top 5 by avoiding the bottom 3 altogether.

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Anoop Desai is the first contestant to be eliminated after performing in the pimp spot in a single-song episode of Idol.   Melinda Doolittle was eliminated Season 6 in 3rd place after performing last and Anthony Federov in 4th place Season 4.   Both the Top 3 and 4 feature the Idols performing multiple songs.

Season 8 is the first season the Top 5 is without an African American female R&B singer.

I just saw a LIVE promo for tonight’s Idol, with Ryan Seacrest backstage flashing the elimination card…

Tonight: Get ready for a double elimination!

Videos and Live Blog after the JUMP…

David Archuleta sings “Touch My Hand” and a Disco Extravaganza featuring Freda Payne, KC and The Sunshine Band and Thelma Houston.

  • Cold Open – VIDEO
  • Group Performance choreographed by Paula Abdul – “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” by Michael Jackson –   Performance VideoPerformanceBoth
  • Ford Commercial – “I’m Good, I’m Gone” – VIDEO
  • Lil Rounds is Eliminated – VIDEO
  • Freda Payne, Thelma Houston and KC Disco! Medley! – VIDEO
  • Allison Iraheta and Anoop Desai are in the Bottom 3 – VIDEO
  • David Archuleta performs “Touch My Hand” – VIDEO
  • Anoop Desai is eliminated – VIDEO

Over 45 million peeps voted last night…best week EVAH!

Paula Abdul mentors tonight, as she puts the kids through the paces in this week’s video package.   She choreographed tonight’s giant Disco group number!

Oh, this is just awesome!   The kids are doing full-on dance moves to Michael Jackson’s “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground”   Pointy poses galore, peeps. Best. Group. Number. Ever!   And just like Britney and Madonna, the kids are lip syncing. Afterward, Paula gets flowers from the kids. Ha ha, she’s doing the pageant wave.   She says she’s never seen anyone work harder.   She’s so proud of them!

Ford Video: I’m Good I’m Gone – That’s 2 of tonight’s contestants! Ha.

The elimination begins: Lil Rounds stands up…after reciting her deets…Ryan tortures her a bit. “You really want this a lot…we need someone like you.” he says. Ryan asks her to walk to the far side of the stage. Playing games! Ryan mentions her 3 kids and calls her courageous because she’s never afraid to mouth off speak her mind.

“Unfortunately…” says Ryan, “The journey ends for Lil Rounds tonight.”

OMG Ryan just eliminated her! Just like that! No Bottom 3 for Lil! Bet she didn’t see that coming.

Lil sings out, she gives it her all, though she’s still as unremarkable as ever. Paula is up dancing!   She calls Lil “classy.” “Lil baby, you’re just on your way…just the beginning baby, ” says Randy.   Simon says, “I’m a fan but you made some bad decisions, I’m going to miss your family screaming.”   Kara says, “I think you learned something from this competition.”

It’s time for the big Disco Medley! Nobody under 40 has a clue who these people are. Freda Payne takes the stage first, singing “Band of Gold.”   Whoa. She looks good, but her voice is shot. Yikes.   She introduces Thelma Houston who sings “Don’t Leave me This Way” LOL. I bet Simon was hanging out at the discos back in the day. Thelma is slightly better than Freda. But still, NO.   You gotta give these peeps credit for singing live, even if the singing is sh*teous. KC from KC and the Sunshine Band is next. This is hilarious. What the eff is up with these danceer?   KC barely moves. I remember him back in the day behind the keyboards, singing and dancing. Check out the photo. How times have changed.

There are two more seats left in the bottom three.

Kris Allen stands up…Ryan runs his deets.   Kris and Paula is like THIS. And Kris is SAFE. Adam Lambert stands up…he says he hoped people would recognize the song after he arranged it, but after he read the lyrics, he realized as long as they were song honestly, it wouldn’t matter.   And of course, he is SAFE. Danny Gokey stands up. He’s not wearing glasses tonight. Ryan says some of the bloggers thought Simon’s “clumsy” remark was “harsh.” Uh, not this blogger.   Danny says he thinks he knows what Simon means by “clumsy” and will be able to fix it if he sticks around.   Ryan tries to badger Simon into explaining “clumsy.” Simon tells him to STFU. Naturally, Danny is sticking around. He is SAFE.

Anoop Desai stands up…He says he thought he could have done better last night, but overall he was happy with his performance. This week, Ryan gets right to it. Anoop is in the Bottom 3. Allison Iraheta and Matt Giraud stand up… Allison says she changed her song because she was afraid of being karaoke. Matt says he arranged “Stayin’ Alive” himself, trying to make it original. He watched it back, was pleased with it and had a good time. One is in danger of leaving American Idol. And it’s not   Matt Giraud. This week America decided to save him. Matt does a double take when he hears he is SAFE.

That means, OH NOES Allison Iraheta is in the Bottom 3!!! “Here it come, here it comes, here it comes again, ” Allison sings on her way to the stools.

David Archuleta performs “Touch My Hand” – Not Archie’s best vocal. Plus the song is lame. But he is adorable.   Archie walks down to greet Anoop and Allison in the Bottom 3.   He gives them words of encouragement. Very sweet.

Back from break, and it’s down to Anoop and Allison in the bottom 3…The second person going home tonight is Anoop Desai. Allison Iraheta is safe. Anoop’s singout is better than last night–he’s got some lovely moments in there. I’m going to miss Anoop. If it wasn’t for the stupid save, he’d be Top 5, but no use whining about now.

They don’t even get separate video packages!

Anoop says, “I’m so disappointed, but I look at the bright side, I’m going back to Chapel Hill.”

“My babies and my husband…I’m coming home!” shouts Lil. Anoop thanks the band, the vocal coaches and the crew, as Lil shouts “Yes, yes!” They even thank the judges…

And what the hell was that “thing that’s never been done on the Idol stage before” deal John Jay and Rich were yammering about earlier today?   Eh, they were just shilling for friend-of-the show, Paula Abul’s, turn as choreographer tonight. FAIL.

SAFE:

Kris Allen
Adam Lambert
Danny Gokey
Matt Giraud
Allison Iraheta

Bottom 3

Anoop Desai
Allison Iraheta

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562 Comments

  1. He was flashing the elimination card??? How do they know that I wonder? Why would he do that I wonder?

  2. ^ I was wondering the same thing. Did it show the results, or was he just holding it?

    Allison: “It’s Disco, and it could be a trap!” LOL.

  3. I just remembered how much I love Paula. :laugh_tb:

    ARGH. LIPSYNCHING.

  4. That was so cheesy it was awesome. And, dang, Adam can DANCE. I’m impressed.

  5. LMAO. I loved the group number, despite the obvious lipsyncing. It was so ridiculous that it circled all the way back to being awesome. Is Archie the only guest tonight?

  6. That was rough. And they weren’t even pretending to sing live. LOL à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  literally! :lol_ee:

  7. LOL. That was possibly the most entertaining thing yet this season. :lol_tb:

  8. That dance/medley was one of the best Idol moments evah!! They should let Paula choreograph the group song every week- she seemed way more alive and with-it than she usually does. I can’t believe the dance moves she got out of the guys (other than Adam)!

  9. Well thank you Paula Abdul. That was the best group number I’ve seen in a long time, maybe ever.

  10. I thought that Anoop looked really great. And I think that Adam was the best dancer out of all of the contestants.

  11. seriously, they had to really embrace that to pull it off. good for them! not a terrible dancer in the bunch either.

  12. Heheh… I rather enjoyed that dance number. I daresay it was a TRUE choreographed group dance number, as opposed to the standard “stage blocking” type of choreography.

  13. YES! LIL IS B3! And she’s going home? What? That was fast! Thank you, Ryan, for now dragging it out for once!

  14. There goes Lil. One spot in B3 down…

    Wow, that was abrupt! Yay for safe bets in the pool…

    I feel kinda bad that they didn’t give her a big dramatic sendoff…but maybe it was the kindest thing to do to get it over with fast.

  15. lykke li in the ford ad??

    also boo on ryan for saying that american idol needed someone like lil in the competition.

  16. That’s weird. She so deserved to go, but they didn’t do anything with her. It’s just, you’re going home. New.

  17. 20 points for me in the pool. Now I’ll keep my fingers crossed that America put the Go in Gokey.

  18. What??? That’s it? Lil’s out, no dragging it out for an hour? So are we going to get a true shocker later?

    Finally, I get all 20 points in the pool! Suck it, DialIdol!

  19. Oooh… good thing I changed my vote and put all 20 points into Lil.

  20. Now, that was fast. They’re not even doing the “choose the top group”.

  21. Weird… that was so quick. I mean, I fully expected and wanted her to go home, but… isn’t there usually a bigger build-up to an elimination than that?

  22. I think that if they put Lil in bottom three right away that there is going to be a surprise that we least expect!!!! me scared

  23. They didn’t waste any time with her LOL

    Thank God she’s gone and so is the save.

  24. Matt G. better go home. Please. (it better not be Allison. Or Kris. Or Anoop.)

  25. Best group number since the Season 5 finale. Yea Pauler! Do it every week Pauler! New job for you, hon. You don’t need that stinkin’ judging!

    Oh, and bye Lil. Whew…finally.

  26. I’m worried there’s going to be a major shocker later, seeing how fast they got rid of Lil.

  27. At this point, I do care who goes next. They are truly left with the six best singers out of the 13. Thank God America saw the light re: Lil.

  28. it better not be Allison. Or Kris or Adam – something is so up I think for them to take out Lil that fast, right????

  29. Wait, Lil doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get a Home Sweet Home clip package?

    Maybe they’ll play it at the end of the show? Back to back with the other contestant’s clip? That would be weird, though…

  30. Now I am thinking something bad is going to happen. This can’t be good, the way they just cut her off at the knees like that. 10 bucks Allison is going home.

  31. Oh wow…i didn’t expect it go so early! Okay well now please let Matt be safe.

  32. Damn…they wasted NO time with Lil. Makes me wonder if the next one is gonna be a shocker?

  33. Kara says, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I think you learned something from this competition.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Translated as you still don’t know who you are as an artist.

  34. They are going to create a bottom group of Matt, Anoop, and someone. The someone will be the one to go maybe.

  35. That is the big suprise, for the first time it will be a top 5 of all guys

  36. Wow! It’s the 1st time I’ve seen an elimination like that! It was euthanasia.

  37. Ugh, now we’re gonna have to wait almost 40 mins to find out who’s also gone.

  38. Man they were desperate for a singer – huh? I was alive and discoing during that era and I barely remember her.

  39. Damnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦they wasted NO time with Lil. Makes me wonder if the next one is gonna be a shocker?

    I sure hope not…….unless it’s Danny.

  40. That is the big suprise, for the first time it will be a top 5 of all guys
    I’m worried about this too!

  41. So, Zaba was at least 50% wrong, and VoteNumber1 was at least 50% right.

    I don’t think Allison would really be a shock boot- she’s already been in the bottom 3 a couple of times. Danny, who’s never been in the Bottom 3, would be a bigger shock.

  42. I’m hoping they’re saving all the drama for a shocker ….. Danny getting the boot!!

  43. I don’t know who’s this person singing… but I never wished for someone to shup up this much.
    WTF? Is this?

  44. Awwà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Please bring back Kim Locke.. The nostalgia.

    I was thinking the same thing. I love KLo, chick is FIERCE.

  45. Oh well. There’s a plus side to these gals performing… They’re gonna make Archie look super-current/hip in comparison.

  46. Wow, I have no idea who these ladies are. That first one was kind of a trainwreck… though she looked good for being a 1000 years old… oops, that was kinda mean. But c’mon, they wonder why Idol is losing younger viewers…?

  47. These ladies sound great and are going at it, but seriously, where are their stylists?

  48. Better yet, WHO are these hags letting their boobies hanging out UG

  49. WHAT ARE THESE WOMEN WEARING?

    The height of fashion at the time. Aren’t you glad you are young now?

  50. And people wanted to know why I HATE AND HATED disco so much…way too much unedible cheese!!

    I think there is a respectable time to hang up your performing hat and move on to other things…this is beyond terrible.

  51. the thing never done before was said to them with the kids only there.Cant be about the votes the top 7 didnt know then cause we were still voting then.

  52. Wow. Nice entertainment tonight, lol. They were good in their day, but today is not their day.

  53. That’s right KC – when you can’t sang no more, get dancing girls!

  54. Casey- my friend. Not even the hot backup dancers can make up for that voice.

  55. LMAO What’s happening? This is the worst and funniest thing on Idol.
    This is so bad it’s hilarious. Someone tell them it’s 2009!!

  56. Oh KC and he was so hot……..This is the future for all these current hotties – LOL!!!!

  57. They still have the bottom three chairs on the stage or did I imaging it ?

    So they still maybe do the bottom 3 with the rest and with than the chances high it is with Danny.

    A bottom 3 with two going would be boring. This would be better.

  58. Ok, what’s with seniors’ night at Idol? Freda Payne sounds terrible. Thelma Houston’s voice has aged better though still not great. KC has already seen better days too.

  59. That? Was incredibly painful to watch.

    And I thought that KC from the KC and the Sunshine Band was black. What? I’ve never seen him/them, just heard the songs. LOL

  60. Okay, so Freda looked the best, Thelma sounded the best , and KC supplimented the best.

  61. Oh, my bleeding ears! The pain! So this is Disco Hell, with the Ghosts of Disco Past…whatever is next week’s theme, it HAS to be better than this…

    Ghost of AI Future, please please please let Allison be safe…AMEN.

  62. LOL at all these comments – I am an oldie myself and I am pretty horrified at these women and the saggy boobage…..

    This is really strange entertainment tonight for sure. I don’t even know who they are?

  63. Funny how everyone piles on. I did not read any negative reviews last week when the thug yapped incoherrent jibberish.

  64. Who else CAN’T WAIT for Glee?! May 19th can’t come faster. I’m really not getting sick of these promos.

  65. And I thought that KC from the KC and the Sunshine Band was black. What? Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never seen him/them, just heard the songs. LOL

    Ha Ha, you can never tell a book by the cover LOL

  66. Who would of ever thought Kris would of made it this far, not me I’ll admit it

  67. Who else CANà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢T WAIT for Glee?! May 19th canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t come faster. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m really not getting sick of these promos.

    I want to see it so bad!

    And I thought that KC from the KC and the Sunshine Band was black. What? Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never seen him/them, just heard the songs. LOL

    Ha Ha, you can never tell a book by the cover LOL

    I thought the same thing for a few years, haha.

  68. Funny how evryone piles on. I did not read any negative reviews last week when the thug yapped incoherrent jibberish.

    If that thug returns in 30 years with a beer gut and a rap slower than molasses, we’ll mock and snark just as much. Promise.

  69. I mean Danny Gokey as to be the most annoying person i have ever seen on my tv..
    YAY KRIS!!!!!!!!!!

  70. “Kris Allen stands upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he is SAFE. Adam Lambert stands upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he is SAFE.”

    CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING – I MEAN WAILING – IN JOY !!!!!!! OH LITTLE ALI GIRL – NOW PLEASE YOU – BE SAFE!!!!!! – MJ – THOSE LITTLE POP UP THINGS ARE ANNNNOOOYYYIIIINNNGGG – BY THE WAY

  71. Omg what happened to dial idol

    The great and powerful oz finally got to it

  72. People thought Flo Rida was sucky too. But mostly we giggled over the lyrics…

    OH well, there goes my Danny shockboot :)

  73. I’m a little behind here, but I’m just impressed with Freda and Thelma’s ability to work it in those heels at their age.

    KC made me nothing but sad.

  74. Danny’s cheesy, lame self is going to be around until the finale, smirking and pelvic thrusting all the way.

  75. Oh dear, will Anoop be the first contestant to be eliminated on a single-performance final? (albeit double elimination night)

  76. SHIT!

    WHY YOU GOTTA HURT ME THIS WAY, AMERICA?!

    ARRRRRRGH!

    We’re left with either the whitest top 5 ever or the male(est?) top 5 ever.

    MOTHERFUCKERS. THIS IS NOT COOL, AMERICA. NOT. COOL.

  77. I guess it becomes obvious then, that all the remaining contestants are in the bottom 3, right?

  78. Ugh…so much for putting the “Go” in Gokey.

    I really hope Allison isn’t leaving. Grrrrr.

  79. Effing Matt. He so deserved to go home. It was just the momentum from the save last week.

    If Allison, of all people, goes home . . . ARRRGHH. That would be sick. Anoop doesn’t deserve it either, but it was bound to happen next week if not this week.

  80. If Allison goes home, I don’t know how much I’ll watch the show much longer.

  81. Sorry Anoop. You gotta go. What the hell is Allison doing in B3? Lower than DANNY?!

  82. NO! ALLISONNNNNNN!

    *kicks America*

    She better not go home. OMG. I am going to hurt someone if she does! Noooooo!

    Stupid Matt. Stupid judges. Stupid America. :(

  83. That’s just crappy……..Allison has to be safe. Sure wish Danny was there instead of her. Crap, crap, crap.

  84. Don’t like the judges save thing. Matt was not deserving. I hope Allison stays.

  85. AMERICA. In what universe is Danny a better singer than Allison? COME ON.

  86. If Allison goes and they used the save on Matttttrtt!!!!!saghadjklasdjfasdnzxcm,vn;aojf – um – I am kinda mad right now

  87. Allison does NOT deserve to be B3 tonight!!!!!!!! Please let it not be her going home.

  88. If Allison goes home I’ll be turning my hatred from Gokey to Giraud in an instant.

  89. Could we please just have a “Bottom 6” and cut everyone except Adam and Kris? Throw in Kara as well and make it 7.

  90. So that makes it an “all minority” bottom 3. Man, Elton John is about to cut a bitch!

  91. Allison’s not going home. It’ll be Anoop. He always polls higher on DI then what he does vote wise in reality. Allison is behind him, but she’s been behind him before on DI and beaten him on the show.

  92. It’s not Matt’s fault the judges saved him…it’s their fault for convincing America that Danny is a good singer and you should vote for him.

  93. Well, I’ll give David Archuleta credit- he seems less nervous than David Cook did, LOL.

  94. Yay Little David! He is precious! He is so much better a performer. I am proud of him!

  95. Is it just me….or does Archie sound a bit…off? I think “flat” is the technical term?

    Oh well, he’s still a cutie :D

  96. oh my poor Anoop is gone….I’m surprised with Allison being in the bottom 3…

  97. However, Ryan never said that Allison was in the bottom 2. Hopefully they’re just screwing with us. PLEEEEASE….

  98. I’m wondering what’s the difference in the votes between the two of them. I hope Allison is safe. She’s much better than Anoop (sorry to say) but if I have to choose between the two, I’m hoping it’s Anoop. Really Matt should be there instead of Allison.

  99. It should have been Matt going home. Neither Anoop or Allison should go!

    This is sickening.

  100. So we are either going to have an all white contest or an all male one…. So much for the “most diverse” season ever.

  101. ARCHIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I miss season 7 :(

  102. SHIT!

    WHY YOU GOTTA HURT ME THIS WAY, AMERICA?!

    ARRRRRRGH!

    Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re left with either the whitest top 5 ever or the male(est?) top 5 ever.

    Don’t blame America, blame the judges who chose the Top 36. Lil shouldn’t have made it this far.

    As an African American woman, I wanted to root for Lil, but she wasn’t good.

    Sadly, with her departure, AI’s ratings are going to take a major hit. African Americans won’t watch anymore this season.

  103. Archie sounds off tonight, kinda out of breath. I wonder if he’s a bit under the weather?

  104. Does anyone think the contrast between Archie and the previous performances were too huge?

  105. “It should have been Matt going home. Neither Anoop or Allison should go!

    This is sickening.”

    It should be Matt, it sure should

  106. Is it just meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.or does Archie sound a bità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦off? I think à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“flatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is the technical term?

    Oh well, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still a cutie :D

    It’s nerves, most likely. He’s not flat. That sound is what happens when you tighten your throat, usually happens when a performer gets nervous. He sounded a little shaky in the beginning, so I’m betting on nerves.

    I’m so proud of him, though. He’s grown so much as a performer and as a person since last year. It’s amazing how articulate he is now, lol :)

  107. I hope we don’t have ever have to hear an Archie fan saying the show likes to screw him or something. He even gets the video playing there. LOL All kinda of good promo.
    It’s kinda cute that the contestants get nervous when they go back on that stage. lol
    He didn’t sound very good, but I think it was nerves plus being sick (at least sounded sick). Oh, and bad AI sound, which always puzzles me.

  108. Yay! Matt is SAFE! I am so happy…
    He certainly deserved it. It was a solid performance.
    Go Matty G! Go…

    I don’t care for Allison, so I am not bothered at all.
    I think Anoop will leave now. As planned.

  109. Archie has a wonderful way of repeating himself. hahaha. he’s so flippin awesome. love that kid.

  110. I’m not seeing this vaunted improvement out of Archie. He looked as nervous and lost as he did most weeks last season. *shrug*

  111. Please let it be Anoop. We have to have one female to listen to.

  112. I thought his voice wasn’t as good. I guess singing as much as he has considering his past problems is causing his hoarseness. At least it wasn’t a ballad.

  113. I honestly do think Allison deserved to be there, that arrangement of Hot Stuff was awful. I put her in the bottom 3 with Danny and Lil. Honestly, Allison has had 2 off weeks in a row (And how strange, the judges loved both of them!). But I do have to say she’s more consistent than Anoop, despite Anoop being more my type of musician.

    I’m torn, but I would’ve chosen either of them to go over Matt. Awesome that Matt is safe.

  114. OMG, I hearthands Archie so much!!! He needs to insure that smile. I’m seriously beaming. Great choice choosing TMH, Jive!

  115. I think Anoop is a goner too. The producers will manipulate the vote so he goes home. They don’t want an all-male program.

  116. Agree with whoever said upthread that Ryan did not say Allison was one of the bottom 3 vote-getters.

    Maybe this is TPTB’s way of galvanizing her fanbase …. she cannot be going home! I refuse to believe it.

  117. Really hate that Simon said they used the save on Matt because Anoop would go home this week and they wouldn’t use it on him.

    If Matt hadn’t been saved, Lil would still be gone and Anoop and Allison would be singing for us next week.

  118. Wow! Archie was articulate! Good for him.

    Well, a lot more articulate than last season, that’s for sure. :)
    But yes, you could tell he was just as nervous as Cook was. His vibrato was off or something. But I still loved seeing him on that stage again.

    ETA: THANK GOD. Allison lives.

  119. That song was horribly cheesy. Poor Archie. He was cute though. Much better than dumbass Gokey.

  120. Pjew, I thought we’d lost Allison for a sec there. I feel bad for Anoop, though. He just never got a break.

  121. Matt really should be going home over him. stupid matt. He’s for sure going home next week, no doubt.

  122. way to go david – and david’s vocals were spot on….. he worked that stage like a pro, and looked like one as well…… time for itunes to start smokin’

  123. Thank god Allison is safe. But UGH. The fact she was even there instead of MATT and his horrible falsetto just ticks me off.

  124. YESSSS!!!! SHE’S SAFE!!!!

    I do feel bad for Anoop, though — should’ve stayed longer than Matt and Danny.

  125. Anoop looks happy. He knows America’s not going to like anything he does so he might as well go. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the last wildcard left. Not bad!

  126. Good thing it was Anoop leaving. I wonder if Allison was really B3 or they want her fanbase to vote more. Matt gotta go next week.

  127. Very nice pimpage for Archie – glad TPTB came through for him. He did sound really off to me – has his voice changed significantly in the last year? Maybe it was nerves or maybe he was sick, but in the end it won’t matter. Kellie had a great sales boost from a sub-par performance so I think Archie will see the same.

  128. noctem seizure
    Apr 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re going by votes at all this year. DialIdol was right every week except one last season. Granted, text votes do come into play, but last year the estimated statistic I saw was that text votes accounted for no more than 10% of the overall total. So, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see how that number could have climbed that much in the space of one year.

    According to DialIdol (and their often overlooked Margin Of Error), any of the contestants could have gone home. Kind of a “free” week for them, because no matter what, they’re not “wrong”.

    I think text votes are huge this year, at least they have been for Kris, imo. The last two weeks (plus this week) DialIdol showed him going home, just based on score (not taking MOE into account). All three weeks he hasn’t been in the bottom 3. I think texting has grown exponentially, and will continue to do so, eventually making DialIdol obsolete. But not yet.

    YAY! Kris is safe! Lil went home! (I get my pool points!)

  129. Looks like Archie is gaining on Ryan height-wise.

    He still looks like he’s got about 2 years before he starts puberty, poor kid.

  130. So here’s how it should go, elimination order:
    Matt goes home next week.
    Then Danny
    Then Allison
    An awesome finale would be Kris and Adam. Of course Adam would win, but Kris winning would be a lot more awesome.

    So if it went like that, I’d be pretty happy.

  131. I am transferring my Danny dislike to Matt…… he can not go home soon enough to suit me.

  132. OH wow, I logged back on and saw Allisons name crossed off, got a little sick and then saw she is safe – good

  133. That damn Miley Cyrus needs to ratchet up her Allison promotion. Twitter isn’t enough. She needs to do a damn vlog or go on Jay Leno or something. Make yourself and your annoying fans useful Cyrus.

  134. Maybe it was nerves or maybe he was sick,

    I haven’t watched yet. But Archie was really sick when in Cleveland last Thursday. Awwww…

  135. So hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s how it should go, elimination order:
    Matt goes home next week.
    Then Danny
    Then Allison
    An awesome finale would be Kris and Adam. Of course Adam would win, but Kris winning would be a lot more awesome.

    So if it went like that, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be pretty happy.

    *nods vigorously* That’s exactly what I’m hoping will happen. :)

  136. well all my Anoop votes are going to Allison now….I am soooo mad that Matt is here over Anoop….

  137. I really don’t understand how people can be so shallow as to quit watching the show because a black person is eliminated and they are black. or whatever race, creed, gender or sexual persuasion.

    I also don’t understand how people can judge a person’s singing by how “cute” they are or if they make faces or not. I have noticed how Kris’ mouth gets contorted while trying to reach those high notes.

  138. Thank Goodness the flame haired rocker is SAFE!!!!
    Anoop seemed like a nice guy, but I am glad Allison is safe. Too bad Lil is gone, and Gokey is stil in.

    Put the Go in Gokey!

  139. I’m not going to watch the show anymore. It’s set up for a Danny/Adam final.

    *YAWN*

  140. Really sad for Anoop.
    WHY HIM AMERICAAAAAA!? :glurps_tb: :thumbdown_tb:

  141. Did Ryan actually say Allison was in the Bottom Three at any point?

    ETA: Thanks, OldHag!

  142. Did Ryan actually say Allison was in the Bottom Three at any point?

    He said “Two more spots in the bottom 3”

  143. I actually think Kris could make it to the finale with Adam. It’s not such a crazy idea.

  144. from newsday….

    David Archuleta shines his way through ‘Touch My Hand’ on American Idol

    David Archuleta performs “Touch My Hand” in his return to American Idol, comes out with that big grin, and a great tone as he launches into the song.

    He’s a little flat vocally I think; the song’s sedate at the start, but starts to take off in the chorus. His voice loosens up too; he’s just enjoyable to listen to, and it makes you smile to see how happy he is singing up there.

    Ryan chats him up, David’s off to the UK tomorrow, is out of breath as always. He gives Allison a big hug and shakes Anoop’s hand. Tells them they both have awesome voices, and you don’t have to win the show to live your dream.

    He’s really a nice guy; kind of funny to hear him giving career advice, but he’s come a long way in just a year.

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/entertainment/music/idol/blog/2009/04/david_archuleta_grins_his_way.html

  145. Looks like Archie is gaining on Ryan height-wise.

    I thought–“Hey–did he gain some height?”

  146. Wow. I don’t know how it played out on TV but on paper they made short shrift of Lil. Geez.

    I can’t really argue with either ouster but it’s always sad to see them go.

  147. Man I’m so happy Allison is safe! Super happy Matt is safe!! So Sad that Anoop went home! Freaking can’t stand Gokey and hope he goes home next week!!

    I hope people don’t blame Matt for Allison being in the bottom 3! It’s not his fault. I think Allisons fans just thought she was safe. She won’t be in the bottom next week!

    My List in the order of who SHOULD go home next:

    Danny
    Matt (and he’s my favorite)
    Allison
    Kris
    Adam
    **I’m really hoping for a Kris/Adam finale!**

  148. Pjew, I thought weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d lost Allison for a sec there. I feel bad for Anoop, though. He just never got a break.

    Isn’t that the truth? Did you notice when they were giving the rundowns that they opted to air Simon’s really negative comments about him, instead of the three judges who had really positive comments? How rotten is that?

    It was about time for him anyway, but it still must smart that Matt was voted off last week and he’s going onward. Especially since Matt’s performance wasn’t all that good.

    I was sure sweating it for Allison.

  149. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not going to watch the show anymore. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s set up for a Danny/Adam final.

    It could be Kris or Allison with Adam in the end. Because Allison is the only girl, she’ll get more votes now, and people voting for Anoop who still want to vote for someone are likely to pick Kris.

  150. I think Matt will go next week, Allison will go out 4th, and it will be an Adam, Kris, Danny final three. Hopefully Danny goes out 3rd. Adam/Kris is a perfectly acceptable alternative to my dream finale of Adam/Allison, I’m realistic enough to know I probably won’t get AA in the finale though.

  151. (I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re going by votes at all this year.)

    Have they ever?

  152. I am sorry but the the integrity of this show was compromised. Matt was voted out last week. He had a weak performance and I was totally shocked Allison was in the bottom three.

    But I will truly miss Anoop! He went out in a blaze of glory. Wonderful goodbye performance!

    Jasmine was really popular overseas. I have a feeling this will be true for Anoop. I just feel all sad right now. No more voting from me. :frown_tb:

  153. Thoughts on Tonight:

    On Lil Leaving: Goodbye could not come soon enough. By far the worst singer in the top 7 by a landslide.

    On Anoop Leaving: Ah well…had to happen. He was just biding his time before the ax and he knew it. Classy kid. Cute. Smart. People like him pretty much succeed in no matter what they choose to do. I’m just glad he beat Lil out. My favorite never wins this show save last season which was pretty much a fluke for me.

    On Matt staying: The save “saved” him. He’s gone next week.

    Predicted order till the finale: 5) Matt 4) Danny 3) Allison 2) Kris (my votes go here now) and 1) Adam.

  154. So hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s how it should go, elimination order:
    Matt goes home next week.
    Then Danny
    Then Allison
    An awesome finale would be Kris and Adam. Of course Adam would win, but Kris winning would be a lot more awesome.

    So if it went like that, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be pretty happy.

    THIS. This is my perfect world scenerio, too.

  155. Put the Go in Gokey!

    I vote for that! I think it’s a darn good top 5.

    I think TPTB want an Adam/Danny final but Kris is going to be a fly in their ointment. Go Adam/Kris!!!

  156. Does it kinda bum anyone else out that both Lil and Anoop sang FAR BETTER tonight than they did yesterday?

    I mean, seriously…they both sounded really, really good. Must be the relief?

    I hate these nights, I really do.

    ETA: Oh Archie. It’s lucky you’re so cute because that was…not so great.

  157. people voting for Anoop who still want to vote for someone are likely to pick Kris.

    Seems likely – had not last week happened I would have said it would be split between Matt and Kris, but unless they were already Matt fans, Anoop fans will feel Matt stole at least one week from Anoop.

    I will vote for wild man Adam now, who I want to win so he can sing me 5 songs on tour!

  158. wish gokey had made the bottom 3. if nothing else, matt should have been there over allison. and if TPTB are setting up a gokey/adam finale – then yuckers.

    ETA: agree w/ hollygo9 on elimination order – except switch danny & matt. Wait – and an ADAM WIN.

  159. Has it ever happened that someone who sang in the pimp spot has gone home?

    I think only Anthony Fedorov in Season 4.

  160. Booo! Danny should’ve went home! (like that’d ever happen) But… it still would’ve been awesome! LOL =] Poor Anoop. I still love him though =] And Lil… I like her better now. It’s weird. I start to love the contestants I’ve hated after they’ve been eliminated. But THANK THE HEAVENS that Allison’s safe! I’m crossing my fingers for a Kris, Allison, Adam top three. DANNY PLEASE GO HOME!

  161. So great to see Archie up on stage live on my big screen again. He look so WOW. :eek_wp:

    He was so happy and I can not wait to have him walk on the big stage in Atlanta and sing it to me and all my friends.

    They shorten his song and I was sad. I wanted the whole song. :cry_tb:

    I think he was great tonight.

    Luv you Archie
    :clap_tb:

  162. Allison was indeed in the bottom 3, that’s not surprising, and she’ll probably get the boot sooner or later. This isnt about rallying fans , its about a contestant who isnt really connecting with her audience. She’s been B3 twice already, so like Anoop will be cut sooner or later.

    Anoop finally goes, he should have been gone weeks ago IMO. I se Archie’s still singing cheese

  163. Poor Anoop. He was definitely my favorite contestant this year. I love him and I will miss him. I hope that he is successful at whatever he ends up doing in life.

  164. “Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not going to watch the show anymore. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s set up for a Danny/Adam final.”

    Yeah, because last season at this point, we had no idea it was going to be a David/David finale. :wink_wp: By Top 5, the finale is usually pretty much a no-brainer. Sure, there can be twists and shocking boots. But, we usually know at least one of the two who will sing at the Nokia. This season, I really think it could be Adam with either Danny or Kris. Kris is gaining steam week by week.

  165. So they took an extremely talented kid and made him sing synthesized generic dreck. Poor Archie. Now I’m hoping Adam, Allison and Kris don’t make the final three. Just plain blech for what todays producers do to talent.

  166. So did Anoop just create history in AI for being the first contestant ever to be voted off after performing in the PIMP spot??? WOW

  167. Wonder if Ryan forgot his lifts tonight.

    Dialidol has flown the coop…I know that the Dialidol fanatics will say that they were within the margin of error….but damn if they can’t even come close its time to close up shop. Believing in them will only add to all the conspiracy theories floating about out in idolland.

    David’s voice wasn’t as good as it usual is during his live performances (from what I can tell from Youtube) and he seemed rather sedate. Doesn’t matter though, he had a lovely performance and it was LIVE and he is still cute and huggable. Hopefully much success will come his way.

    OK, Matt (through no fault of his own) is on my shit list. I’d want him out next week but I’d rather put the GO in Gokey. Man that guy is OTT arrogant.

    And my fav, the little crown prince, and the red headed rocker chick are all safe!

  168. Archie’s stage performance has improved since last year. And he looked so happy. He was articulate and his sweet pep talk was very sincere. He’s a real good egg.

    But yeah, it wasn’t the best Archie performance. At all. I wish he’d done Crush. Because that Hand song sucks. It’s treacly and awful. But Archie sang very well – not brilliant like Imagine or Smokey Mountain Memories, but those songs are amazing. The Hand song is not. Maybe the bar is higher because we remember his amazing AI performances. But, he’s targeting Radio Disney and the tweens. Competing against JoBros, Miley Cyrus, and even Taylor Swift. He out sang Miley – who was awful last week. And that’s all good. He’s going to be touring with Demi Lovato. If I had just tuned in this season to Idol, I would have thought teen star with a good/solid voice. He’s beyond Idol now.

    How cute were Allison and Archie? Two mad talented prodigies.

    The judges save sucks. Anoop deserved another week. Matt sucks.

  169. Okay, I am sure some of you have ‘heard’ me say this before, but I am still looking for an answer:

    I am convinced that cell phones and landlines are on different circuits, and therefore DialIdol does not get busy signals from cell phone traffic (and if you are like me, your cell phone rarely gets a busy signal anyway, but rather a “I’m sorry, all circuits are busy” message).

    My evidence is the fact that when I have voted with both landline and cell simultaneously, there are sometimes noticeable differences between how many busy signals I get.

    If this is true, then DialIdol can only measure busy signals from landlines. Which would mean that it is measuring an older and (perhaps) less prosperous audience.

    This would explain why people like Lil and Danny are so much higher on Dial Idol, but Kris is always safe. If this is true, then as more people use cell phones, Dial Idol will be less accurate.

    I agree with those who say that it cannot be explained only by text messages; the landline / cell phone theory makes sense. Can anyone confirm that it is correct?

  170. I’m done with Idol as of now.

    I’ll be buying Anoop’s music & seeing him in his own concerts for many years to come.

  171. Noop sure did look relieved. I’ve never seen him perform so relaxed. LOL
    He really is a class act. Archie was right. It doesn’t matter which position you reach on Idol, if you have talent, you will be rewarded.

    Love ya, Noop!

  172. Did I miss it?? What was the big surprising thing that happened that has never happened before?

    I am thinking they meant Paula Abdul choreographing a dance routine for them. I don’t think the DJs and contestants realized that people already knew about it.

  173. Poor Anoop. He was definitely my favorite contestant this year. I love him and I will miss him. I hope that he is successful at whatever he ends up doing in life.

    TBTH, I think we will see more of him in the public eye, maybe not as a singer, but in another field.

    As for the rest of the show, I don’t hold out hope that Allison will make the final two. Kris is doing well, but I don’t see him in the final either unless Danny makes a huge mistake.

    Matt is a dead man walking.

  174. So did Anoop just create history in AI for being the first contestant ever to be voted off after performing in the PIMP spot??? WOW

    He is the first contestant in a pimp spot to be booted in a single-performance finals.

    Both Melinda’s and Ant Fed’s were multiple-performances finals.

  175. Sorry to say but I’m glad that Lil and Anoop are gone, they’re the only two contestants left whom I’ve never really liked. I wish them the best of luck with life away from Idol though.

    I’m glad that Danny, Kris and Allison all made it! And Adam too since he did awesome last night, although I pretty much only like it when he does slow songs on alternate weeks lol.

  176. I actually think Kris could make it to the finale with Adam. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not such a crazy idea.

    Yep, very probable if he can shake off Gokey. Adam doesnt have a lock for he finale so it could be anyone. As long as I have at least an Adam or an Allison in the Top 3, then it will be bearable to watch. i cant imagine sitting through 3 songs each of Kris Allen or Danny gokey on top 3 night without at least Adam or Allison providng some entertainment

  177. No shocker this week, and I think next week it’s gonna be Matt. After that if we get Adam-Kris-Danny-Allison it’s gonna get tough

  178. I can confirm that dial idol had everyone in yellow which meant the order listed meant nothing and everyone was in danger of going home

  179. The right people got the boot….after Alexis’ early exit the voting has pretty much been right on target…except maybe last week which is why the stupid save is there. This is the right Top 5, for me anyone could go at any time, I personally would love to see a Kris/Allison finale but that’s highly unlikely.

  180. Did I miss it?? What was the big surprising thing that happened that has never happened before?

    I think it was the Paula doing the group thing.

  181. sucks that anoops gone, but i hope he has a successful career , dude has alot of things going for him and if record labels were smart they would snatch him up. ahhh if matt left last week, then lil could have gone this week, and anoop would have been top 5! that would have been enough for me if he was top 5. ahh anoop i love you and ill miss you sweet tender vocals! i think matts out next week cuz anoop fans might vote for kris!

    on another note i loved the group performance, i though anoop would bomb on the dancing but that hands down goes to gokey haha no rythm wat so ever!

  182. Hehehhe I got all the points in the pool, I’m so happy. lol I love Archie but he did not sound good. Was he sick? I know Cook didn’t sound good either when he was on. He should of sang ALTNOY, why did Jive make him sing TMH??? I didn’t like the cheese at all and the shorten version was not good. He is still adorable and I still love ARchie. He just had an off night.

    I am happy with the results. It was Anoop and Lil’s time to go. Lil did sound good tonight, weird. I love the group dance with Paula, they were great. LOL

  183. That was one fun group dance. Good job Paula! They can all get down! Nobody stuck out like a sore thumb. Why was Adam the only one not wearing shades.

    Thelma – that was one of my fav disco songs. And KC, haha.

    I can’t hate on Matt. They were all in on the “save” chant. He benefited from the drama but it’s not his fault. I agree he’s probably next to go.

    Lil and Anoop both had really good sing-outs.

  184. With Anoop gone, at least no more power voting, frees up time to switch to dancing with the stars. At least there are no stupid judges and a SAVE farce to keep their favorites around. Will take some time to digest Matt was saved to send Anoop home sooner than his time. Anoop was a class act, no easy experience for someone that has excelled at most everything in life, to ne humiliated on national tv for no fault of his. I hope he gets a good record deal so his soulful voice brings peace and joy to many. Stupid Simon, you cannot escape bad Karma

  185. By Top 5, the finale is usually pretty much a no-brainer.

    Remember what we thought three years ago at this time? Hmmm . . . will it be Chris and Katherine or Chris and Taylor?? Stuff happens.

  186. Bummer. I liked Anoop, bought a couple of his tracks. I want Danny gone so bad now. Danny is unlistenable for me, third-rate Michael McDonald.

  187. Okay now I officially resent Matt. I always found him innocuous enough, but he really should have gone home last week when he sucked it big time. That meant Lil would have gone this week and Anoop could have had one more week. I know he never would have made it past 5th place, but he deserved that much. Go ‘Noop! — I know you’re the type who always lands up on your feet. Adam all the way now….

  188. I just don’t see Danny going anywhere. In fact, I see him taking the crown.
    Adam would do better getting out quickly. He is such a free spirit that doesn’t need the Idol Albatross hanging around his neck. They would surely tone him down and ruin his spirit. I see it happening already.

  189. chipmunk – everyone will be cut à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“sooner or laterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ !!

    I know that, just emphasising why I dont get all the surprised reactions that Allison was in bottom 3 or that Anoop got dropped.They both have been skirting there for a while, just a matter of time

  190. I can confirm that dial idol had everyone in yellow which meant the order listed meant nothing and everyone was in danger of going home

    So they can put the smiley-faced thumbs-up thingy next to Lil tonight! Even though they had her just below Adam by a couple of percentage points! Whoohoo!!

  191. Again, keep in mind: Ryan never said Allison was in the bottom anything. The upshot is that we have no idea where ANYONE finished this week, other than Lil and Anoop. Allison could have been first, for all we know.

  192. Well, at least Archie sounded better than KC. :happy_tb:

    Seriously, not his best vocal at all but he sure looked happy to be back, and that was nice to see.

    How cute were Allison and Archie? Two mad talented prodigies.

    very cute.

    Sad to see Anoop go, but not surprised. He suddenly looked all handsome to me tonight too. What was it?

    On one hand, Lil got the shaft; but on the other hand, she didn’t have to suffer through the suspense.

  193. Not a big Matt fan, but he had me cracking up in the pre-group sing vid when he downloaded his own song for his ringtone…LMAO!!!

    That was the bestest cheesiest pointy pose filled group number EVAH…and I loved it. And Danny….no you are not a good dancer…sigh. Did Pauler forget her pants???

    Congrats to Archie for the improved stage presence, but DAYUM that song sucked large….and he sounded bad. Funny thing, but that ad at the upper right of the page for the Today Show flashes a picture of that little 12 yr old kid from Britain’s Got Talent and I keep thinking its Archie….oops!!

    ETA…Jersey…I didn’t think I could laugh any harder tonight than I did after the group number, but you my friend laid me out in chat!!! I bow to your greatness!!!

  194. Well I am a huge Anoop fan and I am sad right now!! However, there is no denying his voice and having some sort of career….that being said if i even decide to vote or watch the show for that matter it will be for Allison….I dont think I will watch the show with such intensity anymore…prob just catch the video clips here….

  195. Ka know, wasn’t a big fan of Archie last year but I did buy his album ok I’m showing my age). I really liked it. also bought Cooks’ Cd as well. It usually works out that I like the underdog, never the winner. I did grow to like Cook. My alltime favorite Idol is Elliott and we know he didn’t win but has gone on to do well for himself. I was so proud of him with WFY. This year really like Kris, I liked him way back in the beginning. But we know Adam is going to win. So i’m just hoping he would finish 2nd ahead of Danny ( who i don’t like).

  196. I am sure I am repeating earlier comments, but don’t care (this time): That Group Performance was the most AWESOME Cheesy Goodness! Pointy Poses galore!

    Paula really did a great job with the choreography.

    WHOOT WHOOT

    ETA: that was one of the funniest chats ever.

  197. It was great to see Archie back on the AI stage — his smile is to die for!!!

    He did seem a little nervous at first but I still loved his performance. Although TMH is not one of my favs–it has grown on me– IMO, it is definitely not a lame song. I thought when he was talking after performing with Ryan, Allison and Anoop, he sounded a little hoarse or nasily like if he was a bit under the weather. Hope he gets some rest… hear he has a 15 hour flight ahead of him.

    Luv you DAVID!!!!!!

  198. That was probably the worst performance vocally Ive ever heard from Archie boy. He has improved on working that stage though.

  199. LAME! Matt shouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve went home.

    He will. He will.

  200. “LAME! Matt shouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve went home.

    He will. He will.”

    Probably next week.

  201. Anoop…

    Go round up some of your cute Clefhanger buddies and present yourself to 19E. I know that you can HAVE A GREAT CAREER as the lead singer for a great R&B (soul) singing group. You excell and your wonderful voice really takes off when you have the guys around you. Besides what in the heck does someone due with a Masters in Folklore? Luv ya, guy. I really enjoyed having you around.

  202. Okay now I officially resent Matt.

    This is exactly what I said about the save when they first announced it. There was bound to be backlash against the contestant who got saved. If Matt were in a position to win (and I don’t think he is), the win itself would be questioned forever, ad nauseum.

    I like Matt most of the time, and I actually liked his performance last night, so I think he deserved to stay this week. And I sure don’t think it’s his fault for being saved. But this kind of reaction was inevitable.

    eta:

    That was probably the worst performance vocally Ive ever heard from Archie boy.

    It’s funny because that’s the one thing I never worry about with Archie. Stage presence? yes. Articulating his thoughts? yes. Pitchiness? never. Go figure that’s the problem he’d have tonight.

  203. I didn’t get to see the group performance. The show began, Ryan came on, the camera turned to the judges and the video on our local channel froze. I had to sit there for 25 minutes and look at a frozen pic of the 4 stooges. At least the audio was there; but that sucked gutter water.

  204. With Anoop gone, at least no more power voting, frees up time to switch to dancing with the stars. At least there are no stupid judges and a SAVE farce to keep their favorites around. Will take some time to digest Matt was saved to send Anoop home sooner than his time. Anoop was a class act, no easy experience for someone that has excelled at most everything in life, to ne humiliated on national tv for no fault of his. I hope he gets a good record deal so his soulful voice brings peace and joy to many. Stupid Simon, you cannot escape bad Karma

    The bad Karma on Simon’s part is that more people know who Susan Boyle (the lady from Simon’s “Britain’s Got Talent” show) is than any of the five finalists left.

  205. Maybe Danny will finally go next week. I wish… But it’s not going to happen.
    Is anyoned game now, well except Adam.
    He WILL be in the finale… I know..

    With whom? It’s up in the air.
    I think all Kris, Matt, Allison can have great performances.
    And it’s going to be two performances each.. So we will see.

  206. No, my Anoop votes are not going to anyone. Actually think number of votes will drop significantly with both Lil and Anoop gone.

    Sad that we won’t have any more Anoop downloads and no chance of hearing him until he records which will most likely be at least a year (think Kristy Lee Cook was the only one to throw out a fast cd and we know how well that worked!).

    Really not interested in placement of last 5 and don’t see how they’re going to add any suspense to eliminations.

    So, love and kisses to Anoop Dawg – thanks for putting up with all the crap.

  207. Ok, song selection apart, sorry Archie love you but TMH ain ´t my cup of tea, it wasn ´t as bad as some comments made it see… wasn ´t his best and I ´m going to take the liberty to blame AI sound system…but not bad at all… I actually kind of like it…

  208. I think Anoop left on a good note though and that will work wonders for him. Look at how many are doing well from last year, and (mileage varies) this year is so much better than last. There’s room for many of them. I think Anoop will get a record deal. He was so cute (coming from an Adam fan I know how close they were and Anoop was super cool and caring to Adam. I know I’ll check out what Anoop does) I think Matt staying hurts him a little. Especially if he stays next week.

    It’s funny how the Idols sound so much better during the season when we’re all into them as artists and people. When they come back they sound….well, like many of the artists that come back to Idol and try and sing. Neither Cook or Archie were as good as I remembered. But even people like Dolly Parton didn’t sound good. The Idol stage is a hard place to sing.

    I think Kris easily can win Idol. I don’t see how Danny or Adam have a lock on anything. Allison really does have a hard time connecting to an audience. If Kris wasn’t there I think she’d do much better with the teens, but he’s stealing her thunder. However, being bottom 3 really helps her so she’ll be fine next week.

    Nobody can say “so and so fans will vote for so and so”. I mean on one Scott board they were loving Adam and some voted for him! Go figure. And I know several Allison fans that say they’ll vote for Danny if she goes. Kris is beginning to get some backlash from people thinking Danny has deeper/better tone and is more talented. It works ALL ways. I think all the fans will support different people.

  209. Did Ryan announce next week’s theme? Someone at Rickey’s posted that a Kalamazoo radio station announced it would be “Jazz Week,” which is supposedly Matt’s forte.

    I dunno … has there ever been a Jazz Week before?

  210. Maybe by “jazz” week they mean standards, ala Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

  211. Okay now I officially resent Matt.

    Yup. And now, he’s the villian. Matt makes the top 5…but he shoulda gone out 7th.

  212. David A is such a good singer. Why did he sound so . . . not so good

    I thought he might be sick or perhaps his voice is changing. Or maybe it’s just the crappy AI sound system. His performance was cute though and he seems to have matured quite a bit since last May.

  213. Ok, so why did Lil get to hear nice words of encouragement from the judges but Anoop didn’t? I kept waiting for Ryan to say “Randy, any words for Anoop?” like they did for Lil but he didn’t. I just feel like Anoop got shafted again. I guess he got some words of encouragement from Archie but I was kind of hoping to hear something nice from Simon just to kind of make up all the harsh words he’d been getting recently.

    This was my first time hearing Touch my Hand and while I wasn’t too impressed with the song, it was kind of fun watching Archie. He just seemed so happy and joyful. So unlike last year. I remember the comments about him being “robotic” and tonight there was none of that. He just seems like a really good kid and watching him put a smile on my face.

  214. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this person singingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ but I never wished for someone to shup up this much.
    WTF? Is this?

    There are some young people on here! LOL Believe it or not, these two ladies were big disco stars in their day! They’re both pushing 70 – not too shabby!

    How embarrassing if Matt had left. Unfortunately, he may be next.

  215. Ok, song selection apart, sorry Archie love you but TMH ain ´t my cup of tea, it wasn ´t as bad as some comments made it seeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ wasn ´t his best and I ´m going to take the liberty to blame AI sound systemà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but not bad at allà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I actually kind of like ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I know how you feel about that song, so that’s saying something. :)

  216. No, my Anoop votes are not going to anyone. Actually think number of votes will drop significantly with both Lil and Anoop gone.

    Sad that we wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have any more Anoop downloads and no chance of hearing him until he records which will most likely be at least a year (think Kristy Lee Cook was the only one to throw out a fast cd and we know how well that worked!).

    Really not interested in placement of last 5 and donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see how theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re going to add any suspense to eliminations.

    So, love and kisses to Anoop Dawg – thanks for putting up with all the crap.

    I’m not that bitter about his departure but you’re right. The show lost a lot of class with him leaving. Not that the other contestants, well maybe Danny, didn’t have any class but still.

    I’ll definitely miss the downloads as well. He was the ONLY contestant that I downloaded.

  217. OK….we all have 20 seconds….name a current jazz artist and the name of their song. Ok a little easier….name a jazz artist (that sings) from the last 20 years….ok lets try last 50 years. Now we need to come up with 10 songs that show the diversity for 5 singers.

    Oh this theme, if true, should be real fun!!

  218. Maybe they’ll fly the Idols down here to New Orleans for a taste of jazz. Yeah, right.

  219. That was probably the worst performance vocally Ive ever heard from Archie boy.

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s funny because thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the one thing I never worry about with Archie. Stage presence? yes. Articulating his thoughts? yes. Pitchiness? never. Go figure thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the problem heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d have tonight.

    Lol. I know, right? And he usually nails that song live. Like this. Or this. Or even this… Sorry, MJ, I’ll stop now.

  220. But, yeah, that was one of the worst vocals Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever heard from DA. Even last year when he was frequently boring when he was up there singing, he was nearly always pitch-perfect. Maybe it was the sound-system because the aging disco artists in the medley all sucked too.

    I don’t think it was the sound system because Anoop sounded good in his singout. I think, just like the disco singers earlier in the show, the kid just stunk the joint up.

  221. Well I for one am extremely happy that Matt was safe. IMO he was deserving of the save and it’s hardly his fault that the judges decided to save him. IMO he is mad talented and the best musician left on the show.

    Sorry to see Anoop and Lil leave but they just don’t have as much talent as the five contestants left standing (IMO). I wish them well and hope they both go on to have successful careers.

    GO MATT!!

  222. Baxter is back! They don’t let me into chat for some offense in a prior life.

    I am happy with the elininations tonight. Adam can dance! Gokey can’t dance!
    Kris looked like George Michael used to.

  223. “‘ Okay now I officially resent Matt.’

    This is exactly what I said about the save when they first announced it. There was bound to be backlash against the contestant who got saved. If Matt were in a position to win (and I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think he is), the win itself would be questioned forever, ad nauseum.

    I like Matt most of the time, and I actually liked his performance last night, so I think he deserved to stay this week. And I sure donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s his fault for being saved. But this kind of reaction was inevitable.”

    The point was that there never should have been a Matt performance last night. The whole point of the judges’ save was to reverse a gross miscarriage of voter justice a la JHud and Daughtry; it was not to save a sentimenal favorite who delivered a sub-par performance. Matt did not deserve the save last week, and he was no great shakes last night either. Color me bitter…

  224. cay: Allison really does have a hard time connecting to an audience.

    Yeah, I guess that’s why she got a standing ovation last night….

  225. re: adam winning…

    is it possible to win and not sign a contract? or is the idol entry contract basically you signing on? i think it’d be amazing if adam won and was like…NOPE!

  226. edit: this thread is NOT ABOUT SEASON 5. Please do not attempt to hijack it. If you aren’t into Season 8, stay out of the thread.

  227. Yup. And now, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the villian. Matt makes the top 5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but he shoulda gone out 7th.

    Exactly… and I think I also read before that how much you get paid on the tour depends on where you place. That’s kinda unfair.

  228. If they are doing jazz they need to have Jamie Cullum mentor. (sorry, just living in my own perfect imaginary world) But really, they need someone who can show them how to make it current.

    If it is “jazz” it’s bound to be a very, very loose interpretation of the term.

  229. Well, I’ll certainly miss Anoop. My votes and viewership leave with him.
    I look forward to whatever he does in the future!

  230. Phew! I got the Top 5 I wanted! Sortof … Anoop and Matt switched places periodically (I like Anoop’s voice better, but Matt’s style more), and I keep hoping for an early exit by Danny so we can avoid the predestined finale, but basically … I got the Top 5 I wanted! :biggrin_wp: Now if only I could get the Top 3 I want (Allison/Kris/Adam). My wish is for an Allison/Kris finale, but I know that’s a super extra long shot seeing as no one is taking down Adam.

    Oh adorable Archie, how I’ve missed you on my TV. However, that’s only the third time I’ve heard that song, and now I remember why I hate it so much. Besides being generally lame it, does not display his vocals well at all. ALTNOY would have been sooooo much better, but his performance skills have improved so much! Yes, his vocals were off, but he can work a stage 90% better than he used to! It was so cute when he started jumping up and down. :D His speaking skills are so much better too. I think I developed a reflex from last year of tensing up anytime he has talk time with Ryan (and having him talk to the bottom contestants was totally awkward when he’d never been there himself :dry_tb:), but he actually answered the questions directly and barely rambled or repeated himself … I know, he still did a little, but it’s a huge improvement! He’s much more articulate now. I love Cook just as much, but I think it made me happier to see Archie because it’s wonderful to see how much he’s improved since his time on Idol (whereas Cook’s always been well seasoned and ready to go).

    It just makes me realize how crappy this season has been remembering how awesome last year was. :sad_wp:

  231. I only caught the last 20 minutes of the show. Well, I actually cried. I didn’t think I would because I know it’s just a TV show, and I’m old enough to not be so emotional, but I think Anoop was really something special.
    He put up with a lot of crap on this show, and had more talent and class than any other contestant.

    I will probably write more later, but I have a thesis to defend tomorrow. This sucks.

    LOVE YOU ANOOP!

  232. :clap_tb: Archie was awesome!! He looked great and was soooo happy! I’m so proud of him…his stage presence has greatly improved since last year and his confidence has grown as well. :clap_tb:

    :frown_tb: I will miss Anoop but I’m glad the home state boy, Matt, is safe. I hope that Kris wins it all. Unfortunately, it’s looking like Fantasia….oops, I mean Adam, may take it. What a downer for a boring Idol season. :tongue_rolleye_ee:

  233. lefty: If it is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“jazzà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s bound to be a very, very loose interpretation of the term.

    Hey, isn’t “loose interpretation” what jazz is all about? :wink_wp:

  234. I just went to the AOL Idol poll and, oddly enough, it was still accepting votes for your favorite of the top 7. The two lowest people were Anoop and Lil.

    Have they been accurate? Or was this just a fluke?

  235. Wow, somebody forgot to auto tune Pinocchio.
    ===============================
    Who is Pinocchio? :)

  236. Hey, isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“loose interpretationà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  what jazz is all about?

    touche (sorry I don’t know how to do that little accent over the “e”) :wink_wp:

    Actually, I love jazz, but I think they’ll have to give the kids a wide berth to make it work.

  237. That was probably the worst performance vocally Ive ever heard from Archie boy.

    I know.

    Neither Cook or Archie were as good as I remembered.

    Lil and Anoop are out, but I feel worst for David. Access to 25 million people (or so) may not come again for years or ever. He was hoarse on notes he can hit easily and his pitch was flat. I think he has a cold and he couldn’t hear very well. But the excuse really doesn’t help at all–he probably didn’t win many new fans tonight, which sucks. I just hope that he doesn’t consent to be a seat filler at the AI finale this year like Blake Lewis did last year.

  238. i think it would be funny if anoop blew up and became famous after idol..and they used that save on matt. i dunno i like matt and all but there already is a justin timberlake and robin thicke and they do it so much better plus their hotter and they also play the piano, and i’ve seen robin thicke in concert and he sounds amazing, plus when matts bad hes really bad, but i like matt better than gokey at least

  239. Well Archie seemed much more poised, but it was a weak vocal on a just aweful song. He really is a nice kid.

    Where in the world has Baxter been?
    She is the vermouth to my gin.

  240. i think it would be funny if anoop blew up and became famous after idol..and they used that save on matt.

    I have a feeling you may be right. We shall see! :smile_wp:

  241. lol I love Archie but he did not sound good. Was he sick? I know Cook didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sound good either when he was on. He should of sang ALTNOY, why did Jive make him sing TMH??? I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the cheese at all and the shorten version was not good. He is still adorable and I still love ARchie. He just had an off night.

    I honestly think coming back to the idol stage somehow psyched them both out. I’m thinking it’s done this for other past idols as well. Kelly C. wasn’t at her best either from other performances I’ve seen of her. This is why I was so very impressed with JHud when she performed a couple of weeks ago.

  242. from neon limelight….. seems the press is having a different take on da’s performance than many ‘idol insiders’… different strokes, ymmv and all that jive….. :cool1_tb:

    http://neonlimelight.com/2009/04/22/david-archuleta-performs-during-american-idols-results-show/

    The historic American Idol save was cashed in last week and all of America waited to see if Matt Giraudà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s luck had run out during tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s results show. But before all the drama unfolded, last seasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s second place finisher David Archuleta hit the stage.

    David performed his third single, the infectious Touch My Hand and sent the audience into a swooning frenzy. Archie stepped up his stage presence x50! No surprise with the vocals, darn near perfect as always.

    Archuperfect also gave the bottom two contestants some great advice and briefly talked about his tour with our other favorite youngster Demi Lovato before leaving the Idol stage.

  243. Was it me, or was Archie off during his performance. I don’t know if it’s the fact that this is the first time I’ve heard the song and am just not familiar with it, but his voice seemed off. IMO.

  244. i like matt and all but there already is a justin timberlake and robin thicke and they do it so much better plus their hotter and they also play the piano, and ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen robin thicke in concert and he sounds amazing, plus when matts bad hes really bad,

    Plus, Justin and Robin don’t have a nipple growing out of their forehead.

  245. If this is true, then DialIdol can only measure busy signals from landlines. Which would mean that it is measuring an older and (perhaps) less prosperous audience.

    Wow! Lots of false generalizations here. I don’t know how older gets morphed into less prosperous. I think the opposite is probably true. And lots of “older” people, including me, use cellphones. I even know how to text, duh! Music is the universal language, and it’s risky predicting someone’s favorites according to the age of the viewer. As for the remaining contestants, I rank them in this order:
    Adam, Allison, Kris, with a toss up between Matt and
    Danny.

  246. Oh please. Look, Kelly was flat on her performance, Kellie was flat on hers, Cook was flat on his (and looked depressed). Jennifer’s performance was a bit snoozy. I skipped Ruben’s, so I don’t know. For at least Cook’s and David A.’s the band was too low, but you know what? None of them were terrible, as reading comments after each elimination show would have you believe.

    David A. was nervous (he even says so on his blog that frogcooke just posted), so his voice was a bit shaky, but he was only off pitch on a few places. Online Idol fans are generally hyper-critical–it’s our nature to be so. People watching at home aren’t going to be as critical. They aren’t going to pick up on every flaw. That’s why Cook still sold a bunch more albums.

  247. Maybe a jazz theme? Oh, that would be too awesome. Kris would definitely shine. I think he has a few toes in that pool already.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that one.

  248. “Plus, Justin and Robin donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have a nipple growing out of their forehead.”

    Lmao that was hilarious hahahahaha soooooo true!

  249. I honestly think coming back to the idol stage somehow psyched them both out.

    I just watched that vlog that frogcooke posted and he said that he was pretty nervous being back. It must make them feel like they are getting judged all over again.

  250. I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see Danny going anywhere. In fact, I see him taking the crown.
    Adam would do better getting out quickly. He is such a free spirit that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need the Idol Albatross hanging around his neck. They would surely tone him down and ruin his spirit. I see it happening already.

    No. Adam does need the crown. They all need the crown. That is why they are there. If he didn’t want to win American Idol he wouldn’t have auditioned. I trust Adam knows what is best for himself…

    As far as the person said that Allison got a standing ovation last night, well they are do/did. Whats a standing ovation if it lands you in the bottom 3 the next night…..

    I’m going to miss next week’s show due to a political debate. Do they sing 2 songs next week or just 1??

  251. No, my Anoop votes are not going to anyone. Actually think number of votes will drop significantly with both Lil and Anoop gone.

    That’s what people always say when their favourites leaves, like last year when Jason Castro fans were going on and on about how the show would drop in ratings and viewership after he was eliminated.It didnt happen and it never will, because people move on to next week, and the show goes on. There wont even be a blimp in number of votes next week, in fact it may even go up as we draw close to the finale

  252. BTW, I think it sucks that David A. had to cut out an entire verse of that song.

  253. Based on tonight, either Matt or Allison is going home next week, which is fine with me since Adam, Kris, and Danny are my top 3. I have a feeling based on votes that is the top 3 too since they were all sitting on that bottom couch together.

  254. WOW…he had to cut out an entire verse….THANK GOD …or the suckage would have lastest longer…IMHO

  255. sweetie99v: As far as the person said that Allison got a standing ovation last night, well they are do/did. Whats a standing ovation if it lands you in the bottom 3 the next nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    We don’t know if it did. Ryan didn’t say she was in the bottom three. We don’t know where any of the top 5 finished this week.

  256. No. Adam does need the crown. They all need the crown. That is why they are there. If he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to win American Idol he wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have auditioned. I trust Adam knows what is best for himselfà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I respect your opinion; but I disagree. They are here for the exposure. It doesn’t matter who wins this silly show. If Adam were to win, they will never allow him to be Adam. He will be just another Idol clone. I hope he goes soon.

  257. Again, keep in mind: Ryan never said Allison was in the bottom anything. The upshot is that we have no idea where ANYONE finished this week, other than Lil and Anoop. Allison could have been first, for all we know.

    Thats not true. Ryan said “lets complete your bottom 3 America!” This is the 3rd time Allison’s in the bottom 3. Based on tonight’s votes, she’s going into next week as the 5th place contestant. she needs to knock Matt off OR Matt needs to keep her below him.

  258. ppwars: Blues? Why not blues? can u imagine how pissed lil would be?

    And how awesome our girl would be? Now that would be sweet!

  259. Sorry to the Anoop fans on here. And Lil’s.

    Paula did a great job on the group number – loved watching them but I don’t think Danny is teachable. Matt, oh the other hand, can move!

    I think Matt did a great, energetic performance last night. He took a huge risk singing that song too and it paid off for him. I’m glad he stood up for his arrangement even though Randy didn’t like it. Jazz theme will help Matt – especially if goes Buble on it.

    Actually, I think they all can shine with Jazz.

  260. I watched Archie’s performance with my family and we thought he was great. I guess we didn’t focus much on his vocals cuz he looked so happy lol.

    And thank god Matt is safe. Love him.

    edit: don’t criticize your fellow poster’s opinions. ppl get to be ‘harsh’ without you commenting on it.

  261. Dear Anoop,

    If you could have been as relaxed all season as you were when you sang your goodbye song tonight…and shown America your great personality more often, you would not have been in the bottom three these past few weeks. You are incredibly talented, so take Archie’s word to heart! This is NOT the end; it is the beginning for you. My bet is that you are only going back to Chapel Hill for a long visit. :)

    Dear David,

    I MISS YOU ON THAT STAGE, but as someone said above, you have moved beyond AI! I am so very proud of you and the growth you have made this past year! Oh, and we, your fans, love your compassion and heart for those who are suffering!

    Dear AI,

    Thanks for finding such great kids each year!

  262. socalfan: Wow! Lots of false generalizations here. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know how older gets morphed into less prosperous. I think the opposite is probably true. And lots of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“olderà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  people, including me, use cellphones. I even know how to text, duh!

    Oops, you misunderstand me, socalfan. I was not sufficiently clear. I meant “older” and “less prosperous” as two separate categories of people who probably use landlines over cell phones. You are obviously right that, generally, older people have more money.

    My only argument (which I am still hoping someone can confirm) is that cell phones are on different circuits from landlines, and therefore yield different busy percentages. DialIdol can only measure landlines, and therefore their samples are skewed toward contestants who are more popular among the landline voting audience.

    lol, okay, I am guessing no one knows the answer to my question, so I’ll stop asking it now. But it would be helpful to know!

  263. BTW, I think it sucks that David A. had to cut out an entire verse of that song.

    Thank God for little mercies

  264. I strongly believe Archie was still feeling the effects of his illness from last week. He was out of breath throughout “Touch My Hand”, an easy mid-tempo song that he’s sung effortlessly dozens of times on tour. Even after the performance, when he was talking to Ryan, Lil and Anoop, he was still quite short of breath.

    But as the saying goes, the show must go on, and I commend him for taking the stage even when he knew his health wasn’t 100%.

  265. WOWà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦he had to cut out an entire verseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.THANK GOD à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦or the suckage would have lastest longerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦IMHO

    On the plus side, he only had one big time baby pooping in his diaper moment and only spit on the microphone twice!

  266. OKà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.we all have 20 secondsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.name a current jazz artist and the name of their song. Ok a little easierà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.name a jazz artist (that sings) from the last 20 yearsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.ok lets try last 50 years. Now we need to come up with 10 songs that show the diversity for 5 singers.

    Amy Whinehouse, she might be f’d up but she has won grammy’s and is a jazz singer

  267. Are you kidding me? Try

    Nat King Cole
    Natalie Cole
    Louis Armstrong
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Peggy Lee
    Bing Crosby
    Harry Connick, Jr.
    Michael Bublà ©
    Diana Krall
    Ray Charles
    George Benson

    please may I add

    Jamie Cullum
    Jamie Cullum
    Jamie Cullum

    (sorry. I’m a little bit of an uberfan)

    Very nice list though!

  268. We donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know if it did. Ryan didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say she was in the bottom three. We donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know where any of the top 5 finished this week.

    Allison was in the Bottom 3

  269. BTW, I think it sucks that David A. had to cut out an entire verse of that song

    Was it the part about touching his hand?

    Touch My Hand is a favorite guilty pleasure song of mine, sort of like Open Toes.

    Well, I’m a bit pissed about the whole save thing. Yes, Matt, Lil and Anoop were always going to finish in some configuration of 7th, 6th and 5th, but that should have been the actual order. I really find it hard to believe that Matt was 4th in voting last night. Maybe the douche hat has magical powers. The save deprived me of two more iTunes downloads from Anoop! (and Simon was wrong – they wouldn’t have had to “waste” the save on Anoop this week because he would have made the Top 5 anyway)

    I’m not sure of Anoop’s chances in the industry, but I love that kid’s voice and I hope he gets a chance to record something. If he does Ne-yo on the tour, I might have to go. At least he sounded better than Archie when he did his sing out tonight. (Archie was adorable, though)

  270. Online Idol fans are generally hyper-criticalà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s our nature to be so. People watching at home arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t going to be as critical. They arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t going to pick up on every flaw. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s why Cook still sold a bunch more albums.

    I thought Archie was great and hit it out of the park. It was fun, he had great energy, and most of all GREAT presence and ease. I’ve seen some clips since AI 7 so I know he’s improved his performance skills, but seeing him on that stage again really hit that home. He wasn’t vocally perfect for every single note, but omgz he’s not in competition anymore, so it’s no big deal. It was more of a dancey song, so no one in the real world expects those songs to be perfect vocally. Lady Gaga’s vocals were not perfect as soon as she ramped up her choreography, and she still rocked that performance. Anyway, I’m sure that song will shoot up on iTunes if it hasn’t already.

  271. After reading some of these comments, I was nervous about seeing David and I must say I am very relieved. He is sick, and I think the mike system was interesting, but I thought he sounded good (not his best because his best is brilliant and he looked so happy and showed his moves. I am so proud of him!

  272. I honestly think coming back to the idol stage somehow psyched them both out.

    I think that they were both just dog tired. They’ve been hustling non-stop for the last ..what..two years? That’s got to wear a person down.

  273. re: adam winningà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ is it possible to win and not sign a contract? or is the idol entry contract basically you signing on? i think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be amazing if adam won and was likeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦NOPE!

    Hee heeee! I don’t know if they’re locked in or not, but MAN that would be funny. That’s kind of what I’m hoping for (because I’m sure there is no shortage of interest from plenty of labels), as I’m a tad afraid that TPTB will want to turn Adam into a Stepford Idol Robot like the rest of them (I can’t understand WHY they would want to do that, and I truly hope they don’t, but I’m still a bit worried).

  274. ITUNES STUDIO TRACKS ARE UP! ADAM HITS ANOTHER ONE OUT OF THE PARK! BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE THE STUDIO BETTER THAN THE LIVE! HE CAN MAKE A HIT ALBUM NOW! GAH! I’M MELTING!

    I say bullocks to anyone who thinks Adam is contrived this pure heartwrenching emotion…and it’s a studio recording! stunning.

  275. After reading some of these comments, I was nervous about seeing David and I must say I am very relieved. He is sick, and I think the mike system was interesting, but I thought he sounded good (not his best because his best is brilliant and he looked so happy and showed his moves. I am so proud of him!

    LOL. I know. It hasn’t aired yet, but I watched it online. I thought, “wow, he must have been really off,” but he actually wasn’t. That song is odd because of the way the vocals curve in the verses. There’s a lilt to them. I think if you don’t know the song you may think he’s flat. But he wasn’t (well, yes, he was flat a bit in parts, but not much). Shaky due to nerves, but overall pretty on pitch.

    It’s also an uptempo song and he was jumping around–nobody is going to be perfect when jumping and moving around. His mic was way too high and his band was way too low, so everything he sang was amplified. It’s what I was worried would happen after seeing the other guest performers. For a singing reality show, Idol has a crappy sound system for its guests.

  276. Touch My Hand is a favorite guilty pleasure song of mine, sort of like Open Toes.

    I keep sayin’, for 12-minute milers like me, it’s the PERFECT running song! (I’m not being sarcastic. I really am that slow, and it really is a good running song.)

    That song has totally grown on me. My hubby likes it, because he doesn’t pay attention to lyrics.

    I think that they were both just dog tired. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been hustling non-stop for the last ..what..two years? Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got to wear a person down.

    I’m sure you’re right.

  277. Upthread, Tess asked what Anoop could do with his folklore degree. It suddenly occurs to me that he could actually be in a position to write a seriously awesome book on the AI phenom…perhaps even all of reality TV. Or beyond. After the tour, of course.

    Anoop, you’re a gentleman. And you’re from the south, so you know that’s high praise indeed. Good luck to you.

  278. I was shocked that Archie barely sounded better than the disco peeps, who sucked large. Ouch. He’s a cutie and so sweet, but no. I doubt he’ll get a lot of downloads from that.

    I’m pissed that Matt is still there when America voted him out a couple of times already. Kara, I’m looking at you.

  279. I respect your opinion; but I disagree. They are here for the exposure. It doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter who wins this silly show. If Adam were to win, they will never allow him to be Adam. He will be just another Idol clone. I hope he goes soon.

    You state this as fact. He sure seemed happy enough doing that cheesy disco number tonight. I think it’s pretty presumptuous of anyone to assume what Adam really wants or what will be done to him if he wins. I don’t think that he would have auditioned for AI if he wasn’t in it to win it. He’s watched the show for 7 years. He knows what it’s all about.

  280. Ok, so why did Lil get to hear nice words of encouragement from the judges but Anoop didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t? I kept waiting for Ryan to say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Randy, any words for Anoop?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  like they did for Lil but he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t. I just feel like Anoop got shafted again.

    Right. And he had to share his boot package with Lil. He still went out in style even if tptb and Simon were pushing him out the door. I’m bummed that Anoop is gone but once I saw it was between him and Allison it had to be him going or he’d be the goat. I had hoped it would be Matt instead. I will still watch and my votes are going to Allison.

    Simon must be happy. He got what he wanted, Lil and Anoop going tonight.

  281. Boy, they got rid of Lil fast. Kind of rip off the band-aid way. Lil you’re going home.

    Then some grandchildren somewhere were getting embarrassed by their grandparents up there singing and dancing. You know there is gonna be some teasing tomorrow at school.

    It was good to see Archie. He has gotten taller. His voice sounds like it’s gotten deeper. Maybe it’s changing. Still sounds good though. I’m not crazy about that song. But he performed it well.

    Anoop has gone home, probably should of been Matt, or maybe not. Glad it wasn’t Allison though. I diffidently am gonna vote for her next week. She’s too good to be in the bottom 3.

  282. ^^^Sparkles, he’s going to be playing at Carnegie Hall soon. In my imaginary life I’m going, so if you’d like to join me…

    Sorry. Back to real life. And the topic of this thread.

    I have to say that I can understand why fans are mad about Matt staying, but I do think he’s got more potential than Lil or Anoop (*ducks flying tomatoes*) so I’m not mad at him for getting saved.

    eta: I’m cracking up at the observations that DA has gotten taller. I never notice those things (including with my own kids).

  283. Nope don’t know the song….and if I never hear it again….WOOO HOOO. ANd I could care less about curve and lilt. TO me he sounded bad regardless of the special guest mic and sound of the band.

  284. I was shocked that Archie barely sounded better than the disco peeps, who sucked large. Ouch. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a cute and so sweet, but no. I doubt heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll get a lot of downloads from that.

    Uh… Cook got downloads from his. Kellie from hers. Seriously, the general public doesn’t usually think like uber-online-Idol fans.

  285. I doubt heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll get a lot of downloads from that.

    pj, you are right. If the song was placed there for more sales of the song or album, the night was a failure for Archie.

  286. I think that they were both just dog tired. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been hustling non-stop for the last ..what..two years? Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got to wear a person down.

    Word.

    Both of the Davids had to come back and sing while sick. Cook had a 2 week long cold which then became the flu, and had to fly across the country to tape his performance. It seemed obvious to me that Archie was also sick, and sounded very short of breath as exemplified during his conversation with Ryan. But they were both professionals, sang their best under the circustances, and made no excuses, unlike some other people on Idol this year and last. Kudos to both of them.

  287. Hmm… after watching Archie’s performance back (thanks for that video, MJ!), it sounded a lot better than I initially thought. The nerves were definitely there and in full force, but his pitch was actually solid, he worked the stage, and I liked how he played with the melody towards the end of the song. Maybe I was just expecting too much, since his solo tour performance of TMH is still fresh in my head.

  288. Archie’s voice was surprisingly low. Either he had a cold or he experienced a last surge of puberty.

  289. Oh! Sorry SparklesATL. I missed your message.

    Your answer is helpful, but I still have questions about how the circuits work and whether DialIdol is getting an accurate representation of cell phone “traffic”…but I’m guessing this is not the best place to delve into circuitry questions. I hope I can get DI to address this question eventually, however, because I really don’t think there are enough text messages to fully explain why their results are so skewed against Kris and others.

    Anyway, thanks again.

  290. rewatched the group performance… haha why does danny think he could dance? is it me or does he move like a bear? haha not attractive gokey.

  291. Ciao Anoop. We’ll miss ya. Thanks for the good times. Hey Matt – guess what? You’re next buddy!

    Nice to see Archie have so much fun performing – but damn that song sucks. Seriously cheesy lyrics. I didn’t like it any better tonight than when I saw it in the video. So, I guess it’s just not ever going to grow on me. And, oddly, he sounded worse ptichwise than I think I’ve ever heard him. But, he looked like he had a good time.

  292. Thats not true. Ryan said à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“lets complete your bottom 3 America!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  This is the 3rd time Allisonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in the bottom 3.

    When did he say that? I re-watched from the end of Archie’s song, which was when they started going through the final 6. At that point, Ryan said, “There are two more seats left in your bottom 3,” which doesn’t say that both stool-dwellers were B3. Can you point me to when he said, “Let’s complete your bottom 3, America”?

  293. Jastro, I found a job for Gokey. Gokey could play Smokey as a dancing firefighting bear. Dear US Forest Service…..

  294. The best part of this show was Archie’s return. I love him! He’s a ray of sunshine, period. Second best thing, Paula may be nuts, but she’s a freaking choreographing nut, in the best sense. That was effing awesome. I did notice a pelvic thrust, by the Gokey, but he can’t help himself. They all did really well.

    I will miss Anoop. He is a class act, and a great singer. The save was not the best thing for him, as he would be in the top 5 as he deserved and earned the right to be. That save must die with this season.

    Okay, so Freda looked the best, Thelma sounded the best , and KC supplimented the best.

    Uh-huh.

    So that makes it an à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“all minorityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  bottom 3. Man, Elton John is about to cut a bitch!

    :jittery_tb:

    Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really a nice guy; kind of funny to hear him giving career advice, but heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s come a long way in just a year.

    The advice was kind, just like David, and the hug had me thinking about shipping him with Allison. I mean she said she was looking for hot stuff!

    Matt is a dead man walking.

    Now if we can just kill that damn falsetto, I’d be a happy woman.

    Adam would do better getting out quickly. He is such a free spirit that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need the Idol Albatross hanging around his neck. They would surely tone him down and ruin his spirit. I see it happening already.

    Do you really think that no matter where Adam finishes, that idol will let him go with someone else? They have their tentacles in him, and that is fine with him because this is what he signed up for. He is in it to win, and I am going to do my part to help him win. I have never believed it’s better to not win.

  295. Hmmà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ after watching Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance back (thanks for that video, MJ!), it sounded a lot better than I thought it did. The nerves were definitely there and in full force, but his pitch was actually solid, he worked the stage, and I liked how he played with the melody towards the end.

    I just watched his performance again too, and I agree with you and soundscene; it was better than I remembered. He did seem to be nervous as you mentioned, but IMO it was no different than any of the other past Idols who have performed this year, including DC and JHud!

  296. Did anyone else think the uber-abrupt Lil elimination was a giant bitchslip given to DI annnd VFTW all in one giant swing of the TPTB’s pimp hand? No, just me? Cuz I heard a thwack!

    please may I add

    Jamie Cullum
    Jamie Cullum
    Jamie Cullum

    (sorry. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a little bit of an uberfan)

    You and me both chica. Jamie is the shit, seriously. And you know who else is a Jamie Cullum fan, apparently? Kris Allen. Coincidink? If he’s a stealth TCO I will hand it to TPTB, cuz that was pretty damn stealthy. Although I gotta say the choreographed group routine did Kris no favors, hee. Adam rocked it. And I loved me some Paula choreo when I was a kiddie. She made tap look cool, which is why I think I cut her some slack on the babbling nonsense thing.

    Minority opinon I’m sure, but I’m kinda sad for Anoop. I don’t think Allison out performed him last night.

    This is why I was so very impressed with JHud when she performed a couple of weeks ago.

    I thought J Hud sucked, but it looked like she had earpiece problems or something. Cook for me was the best of the returnees so far even though that’s not his strongest live tune in his vast repertoire by any stretch of the imagination, or maybe Carrie even though her music isn’t my bag. It’s all subjective anyway, and there’s some major tech issues this season in general. I mean, trouble mic-ing guitars and such even with the regular contestants. There were times you couldn’t hear Kris’s guitar, which is really unforgivable considering they should have been used it to it after last year with Cook and Jason and Brooke’s guitar playing. FAIL, producers.

    Well, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a bit pissed about the whole save thing. Yes, Matt, Lil and Anoop were always going to finish in some configuration of 7th, 6th and 5th, but that should have been the actual order.

    Yeah, I said last week that using the save on Matt really seemed like a last ditch effort to get him to the top five, and it worked. Somebody behind the scenes loves them some Matt, methinks. Besides Kara, natch. It’s fine, though, I guess, cuz I’m only really entertained by Adam and Kris anymore anyway.

  297. At that point, Ryan said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“There are two more seats left in your bottom 3,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say that both stool-dwellers were B3. Can you point me to when he said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s complete your bottom 3, Americaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ?

    I got the feeling that by the bottom 3 seat thing, Ryan meant that the people actually sitting on those seats were the bottom 3. I don’t know – it seemed pretty clear to me.

  298. Since next week is Jazz week, I think allison would do incredible with Amy Whinehouses back to black

  299. I wouldn’t call that Archie’s best performance but I still love him. He’s such a cutie. I kind of doubt we’ll see him as a seat filler like Blake. He’s doing fine.

    Is jazz the theme next week? Is there a mentor?

  300. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m pissed that Matt is still there when America voted him out a couple of times already. Kara, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m looking at you.

    She’s probably hitting on him. I have never forgotten the young boy that Kara came on to on “The One.” He fell for her hook, line and sinker. It was disgusting the way she flirted with him.

  301. The advice was kind, just like David, and the hug had me thinking about shipping him with Allison. I mean she said she was looking for hot stuff!

    :lol_tb: that’s probably the healthiest ship that’s sailed thus far!

    And you know who else is a Jamie Cullum fan, apparently? Kris Allen.

    sunchick, you just made my night right there. Now I can spend the evening obsessing about which JC song would fit KA best before finding out that the ACTUAL theme is something totally lame.

  302. Allison was in the bottom 3. She has a devoted (Slezak) but limited fanbase so far. It could grow as time goes on.

    My poem fell on deaf ears
    I am so close to tears

  303. Both of the Davids had to come back and sing while sick. Cook had a 2 week long cold which then became the flu, and had to fly across the country to tape his performance. It seemed obvious to me that Archie was also sick, and sounded very short of breath as exemplified during his conversation with Ryan. But they were both professionals, sang their best under the circustances, and made no excuses, unlike some other people on Idol this year and last. Kudos to both of them.

    wordnerdarchie, actually, I’m thinking that they may have recovered from their respective maladies and to casual observation, they would have seemed fine. However, after a respiratory ailment, even something mild, your lung capacity and vocal cords are hardly at their ideal state. You can’t quite hit or hold the highest notes with the same level of force or confidence. Just like an athlete wouldn’t be able to manage a top performance just after getting over an illness.

  304. Yes…I agree. Internet idol fans uber critical. After Cook’s performance I heard how awesome he was from casual fans. All they kept talking about was how handsome he looked. Archie looked very cute. I’m sure he had the girls swooning, and compared to Miley, and JonalBro’s on their best day, Archie sounded awesome. I’m sure he will get a nice sales bump. I hope he was sick, and is not wearing out his voice too much.

    This season is getting really boring. Adam needs to come out and do the performance that he has always dreamed of. Now, if after that, he still came out on top…then he would be deserving of the American Idol title. Now he is playing a dangerous game. Does he realize what he is getting into if he wins?

  305. You state this as fact. He sure seemed happy enough doing that cheesy disco number tonight. I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pretty presumptuous of anyone to assume what Adam really wants or what will be done to him if he wins. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think that he would have auditioned for AI if he wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t in it to win it. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s watched the show for 7 years. He knows what ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all about.

    OMG, I forgot to add that it was JMO. My bad :)
    lolol

  306. SpenserJ: I got the feeling that by the bottom 3 seat thing, Ryan meant that the people actually sitting on those seats were the bottom 3. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know – it seemed pretty clear to me

    See, that’s the thing. There have been cases in the past where they have definitely given that kind of impression without actually saying it. And, based on what I heard, anyway, this is another case like that.

  307. You state this as fact. He sure seemed happy enough doing that cheesy disco number tonight. I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s pretty presumptuous of anyone to assume what Adam really wants or what will be done to him if he wins. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think that he would have auditioned for AI if he wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t in it to win it. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s watched the show for 7 years. He knows what ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all about.

    I agree. I’m not going to presume I know what’s better for him than he does.

  308. Rickey Minor is a big Matt fan and I think the back up singers are too. I think it started with Georgia – I loved the back-up singers reaction! They looked like they had fun with Matt last night too!

  309. After listening to MJ’s clip of Archie, I think he did ok. There were a few wonky notes but overall it was good. I think the teenage girls will love it and buy buy buy, lol. I am so proud of Archie regardless, he has already surpassed a lot of the 2nd place finishers. Well at least he isn’t dropped yet, lol…:) He has been touring nonstop so that is a good sign. Yeah “ALTNOY” would of been better but it’s all good. I was even hoping they would release “Barriers” as the third single.
    Jive wanted “TMH” in the beginning so I guess they are going to get to release it as a third single. Thanks again MJ for all your hard work.

  310. Aww, I love Matt! It’s not his fault he was saved. =P
    Anyways, if there’s any justice in this world, then Danny should be leaving next week, not Matt.

    Jazz week? That’s awesome!!!

  311. I’m so glad Allison was safe! I was afraid she may have been a shock elim. As much as I feel sorry for Lil, I’m glad she went because it was getting uncomofortable.

    I loved seeing David back on stage! I wish the sound would have been mixed better as you could barely hear the band. It made it to where you could hear his nerves but other than that, his performance skills have really improved. It’s amazing to me how he went straight from stage to vlog and talk about a charity. He has a good heart.. puts me to shame.

  312. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think that [Adam] would have auditioned for AI if he wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t in it to win it. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s watched the show for 7 years. He knows what ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all about.

    Very well put. Not only has he watched, but he’s watched with the eye of a seasoned performer. He’ll be fine, he’ll have a blast, and we’ll all have the privilege of watching.

    But I am worried about a world that would call Amy Winehouse a jazz performer. If that’s the case, I have clearly spent the last 30 years listening to something besides jazz. Are you messin’ with me, Terps?

    (But if they do pick jazz, Allison’s tailor-made for the fabulous catalog of one June Christie. I’m thinking “Just a-Sittin’ and a-Rockin’…and yeah, I know about the whole clearing-music thing, and the fact that the chances of 19 having ever bloody heard of the Misty Miss Christy are two: slim and none. But I can dream, can’t I?)

  313. I hope he was sick, and is not wearing out his voice too much.

    Nah, he was sick. Really sick, actually. He was at a signing in Columbus last Thursday and he looked near dead in the videos. Still smiling, but looked like he was about to fall over (there are videos). It was at an amusement park and he later blogged that he was too sick to ride any of the rides–so he was bummed. I think he’s over the worst of it, but what was said earlier was true–after getting over an illness you’re not going to be 100% right away. David actually sounded a lot like he did during top 16 and top 12 nights last season, when he was also very sick. It was never mentioned on the show, but his voice wavers in his lower register.

  314. Serious question. Did they announce a theme for next week. I switched off before the show was over so I have no idea.

  315. I did notice a pelvic thrust, by the Gokey, but he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help himself. They all did really well.

    You are very forgiving, my dear.

    I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t call that Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s best performance but I still love him. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s such a cutie. I kind of doubt weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see him as a seat filler like Blake. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doing fine.

    Honestly, I am happy for Archie, but he’s not burning up the charts. He could get a small bump from this, but I doubt much more. If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly admit it. :)

  316. I just watched that vlog that frogcooke posted and he said that he was pretty nervous being back. It must make them feel like they are getting judged all over again.

    I would imagine this is true. During the season, their entire focus (for the most part) is the competition and they’re going to be at the top of their game week after week. Then, they go on tour and the attendees (again for the most part) are huge fans that love them to death no matter what. So they can relax some and be themselves. THEN, in the middle of these tours, they come back to the place it all started for them, see the stage, and bingo, the nerves strike. I know I’m making a lot of assumptions, but I know they’re probably worn out and both had been sick the week or so before…when I do the math(I like this kind of math,;) ), it makes for raw nerves, etc. I actually think they were both great!

    Onto season 8, Anoop sounded really good on his song tonight. I guess the nerves let up some…

    Finally, I’m fine with this top 5. I think I’ve finally accepted that Danny probably won’t be going any time soon. At some point earlier, my top 5 was, Kris, Adam, Allison, Matt and Anoop. Danny and Anoop then became interchangeable for me. This should be a pretty interesting next few weeks. I’d love a Kris/Allison/Adam top three and then a Kris/Adam top two.

  317. See, thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the thing. There have been cases in the past where they have definitely given that kind of impression without actually saying it. And, based on what I heard, anyway, this is another case like that.

    I’ve seen those cases in the past. I’m just thinking this one was more specific. I like Allison a lot, and I’m glad she’s still with us. But, I’m pretty certain she was really in the bottom 3.

    On another note – that group number was awesome. Nice to know Paula can still do the one thing she was good at in the first place. Matt’s got some moves on him. And clearly, Adam has executed choreography before. My mom was here and she rarely watches the show. She said “who’s that boy with the silly high hair? He’s really good at this”. LOL – so, she liked the dancing, just not the Jimmy Neutron ‘do.

    The entire Chez Spens was awash in good natured laughter. We all loved that cheesy goodness. Sorry former disco greats – you got bitchslapped by the pointy pose!

  318. Sparkles, I’m in!

    Seriously, I just went to the AI page for the first time this season. If I’d known that Kris listed Jamie Cullum as his favorite male artist I would have secured him as a favorite long ago rather than waiting until last week to take the plunge.

  319. But I am worried about a world that would call Amy Winehouse a jazz performer. If thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the case, I have clearly spent the last 30 years listening to something besides jazz. Are you messinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ with me, Terps

    lol no, She is classified as like Jazz/Soul. AMy live is a scary sight but her studio recrodings are great!

  320. Is Jazz for real? It’s gonna be tough for the kids to pick TWO!

    And yeah, Jamie Cullum would be awesome, if only cause Kris would freak out :D

    I think Archie sounded fine…maybe this is a case of overly nervous fans like when DC came back. And none of them sound as good when they come back as they do when they were originally on the show, cause for one they’re usually in the middle of promo (of which the Idol appearance is a part) and are worn out, and another in the “Idol mode” you are paranoid about hitting each note pitch-perfect and pretty cause you are being judged on it. Once out in the real world they probably aren’t so highly tuned about that.

  321. Archie wasn’t that bad.. He still managed to bring out the hooks of the song.

  322. Thank you soooooo much for the videos. Again my VCR cut off, this time right after the group dance number. Thank goodness for this website. I thought they did a great job on the dance. So happy Kris is safe for another week. Danny, Adam, and Kris are the only three never to be in the bottom three yet, but as I recall Michael had not been either the week he was eliminated, so that is no guarantee. I would love it if these were the final three though. Both Allison and Matt have been in the bottom three more than once, but Syesha seemed to live in the bottom three there for a while and ended up third, so who can figure. I think the only thing certain about season 8 is that Adam is going to win it. The rest is up in the air. I would love for Kris to be in the finale with him because I love his voice, but Danny is good, too. I know Danny doesn’t get much love on this blog, but he is a talented guy and seems really nice in my opinion. Allison could also be in the top three. I hate the elimination between three and four so that you don’t get your home town celebration. I am really thinking Matt has to go next week. I like him, but he just isn’t as strong as the others. I actually thought he would go this week rather than Anoop. I was sorry to see Anoop leave. It was time for Lil though.

  323. Honestly… I don’t think it matters if Adam is #5 or #1, he’ll be signed by one of the usual labels no matter what. So, if the result is the same, at least let him win the show.

  324. Anoop deserved a better goodbye with the way AI has been treating him!
    Lil had a chance for the judges to speak to her after the sing out, why not Anoop? Plus the poor guy had to share his exit video.

  325. Is Jazz for real? Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gonna be tough for the kids to pick TWO!

    that’s a good point. would they really pick jazz as a theme for a two-song night?

    (oh who am I kidding? of course they would)

  326. Not fond of Archie or his song. Sweet guy, but never cared that much for his style. I hope that David Cook comes back for an actual live performance perhaps during the finale. I hated that his guest shot was pretaped. It is nice to see some of the “friends” from Season 7 guesting on season 8 though. I really liked everyone in the top 10, possible exception of Ramielle, and also liked David Hernandez. Wish he had been on the tour. I wonder what the tour format will be like this year. They seem like such a close knit group, I’ll bet they have a ball.

  327. Paula should choreograph a dance routine every year, although I’m not so sure that the season 7 group would have looked this coordinated! That was really fun to watch. Surprisingly, I thought Matt looked the most natural of the guys dancing onstage, but they all did very well. I’m happy to see Matt perform for another week, even though I’m not sure he deserved the save…I just find him more entertaining to watch than Lil or Anoop.

    I just watched Archie’s performance and it was a lot better than I expected, based on the comments. TMH is not the kind of song that allows someone to shine vocally live and I thought that Archie did a decent job with it (I felt the same way about Cook’s song choice two weeks ago too). I think it’s harder to pull off an average pop song live than the kind of power ballads that the contestants get to sing on Idol. I also think that the casual idol viewers will be very impressed by how far Archie has come in terms of stage presence. Go Archie!

  328. Do you really think that no matter where Adam finishes, that idol will let him go with someone else? They have their tentacles in him, and that is fine with him because this is what he signed up for. He is in it to win, and I am going to do my part to help him win. I have never believed ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s better to not win.

    This. This post FTW.

    Adam is not going to sign outside of the 19/Sony/whoever ring at this point, no matter where he finishes. So why not win.

    I hate this damn argument. It comes up every year regarding frontrunners. We may have our Jennifer Hudsons and Chris Daughtrys, but we also have our Rickey Smiths and Vonzell Solomons. That’s right… who?

    ETA: Also, pointy pose FTMFW. That was cheesy fun goodness. Loved loved loved it. That, people, is why the group song exists. Best group song since the “chest bump” one last year. Flove. Made me nostalgic for my high school showchoir days. Heh.

  329. Dear Jive, (aka Hi intern)

    I know I have being giving you hell lately, sorry, I still don ´t get why you picked TMH when Barriers, Your Eyes Don ´t Lie and My Hands are still untoched… but, oh well!!! your are the mastermind in this plan… I wanted to said that even when TMH isn ´t my favorite song in the album, I though the performance was good….

    Some Love for you today,
    Celeste.

    PS.
    There is some love for Azoff too…

    PSS.
    Take care of our boy in UK, and while you are at it make him drink some hot limon tea whit honey…

  330. I just watched the group number, and it was hilarious. Adam and Lil were the only ones that looked right. Haha! Danny was not so good but funny to watch.

  331. I did notice a pelvic thrust, by the Gokey, but he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help himself. They all did really well.

    You are very forgiving, my dear.

    Yeah, I can’t give him a pass on the air humping – especially the way he just randomly threw it in there.

    Nah, he was sick. Really sick, actually.

    I was actually guessing some kind of technical problem. In the middle he seemed like he got back to his old voice that I was used to. He didn’t seem sick to me. Either way, I don’t know the cause of the problem. And, most of the viewers won’t go looking for a reason – they’ll just remember that he was pretty flat.

    Since it was his first appearance back, I think he’ll still sell some downloads. That initial, “oh yeah, that guy” usually seems to bring in a few sales. But, that song is the suckage. I had suspected it would come across better because of the reaction by fans in his concert video. But, I guess I suspected wrong.

  332. Adam is not going to sign outside of the 19/Sony/whoever ring at this point, no matter where he finishes. So why not win.

    I hate this damn argument. It comes up every year regarding frontrunners. We may have our Jennifer Hudsons and Chris Daughtrys, but we also have our Rickey Smiths and Vonzell Solomons. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s rightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ who?

    I hate the argument as well. I think Adam wants to win and I think he’ll do well if he does. That said, I think he’s pretty much secured himself a great career regardless.

    I want both of my faves to reach the top. Feeling pretty good for power voting for Castro last year. Looks like I’ll be getting an album.

  333. Bummed about Anoop, who really felt the shaft of the judges’ save deal. Well, at least his sing-out sounded great. Will miss you, Noop Dawg!

    I know it’s not Matt’s fault for being saved, but I’m now officially predisposed to hating whatever he does the rest of the season.

  334. I loved the group performance. Watching the idols grapevine, etc., was a hoot! Where was some of this spirit last night? I wish Paula would choreograph all of the group numbers, but there probably isn’t enough time every week. I would love to see this number during the AI tour.

    It was nice to finally see a former Idol bring some joy to the stage. I am glad Archie’s career is going so well. Allison seemed like she is a fan.

  335. adam dancing FTW! the group number was awesome!!!! reality tv at its best

  336. Few more thoughts….

    Anoop should have sang that song for MJ week, because he sounded pretty damn good. Probably would have helped his momentum a lot, too.

    Danny did not have a solo during the group routine, and Matt had two. Maybe that’s why Pokey Gokey was pelvic thrusting for attention. *cough*

    Adam is the best dancing/singing combo I think AI’s ever had. I really think if he wins, he’ll put out some dance tracks. Still think the ‘do is more Dragonball than Neutron, heh.

  337. I watched tonight’s show with my husband, who is a dedicated Idol viewer but a rather casual fan of even his strongest favorites. A few weeks ago, when David Cook performed, I read a lot of online conversation about his lethargy. My husband’s comment? He really liked the song.

    Tonight he said he loved the chorus in Touch My Hand and thought it was cool to hear a song from the performer’s perspective. No mention of nerves or pitch problems. He noticed the jumping and the improved chit-chat.

    Most casual viewers don’t have reason to actively dislike a performance/performer, and would probably expect to see some nerves.

    I’m proud of David. Loved his vlog, too.

  338. MJ, thanks so much as always for the videos – I had missed the group number and… haha, that was just awesome! Go Paula! Even though I think that it was fair for Anoop to go now, I was sad anyway, I love Anoop! I thought Archie was absolutely adorable, has grown up so much and his stage presence is way, way better (he moves!). I don’t like the song, though, and his vocals were ok. He definitely makes you smile, though, and I’m sure he’ll get plenty of downloads, if nothing else because I swear people forget these guys exist until they come back on the show again.

  339. Why have themes if they are not going to sing the damn theme. The insane judges praised
    the rearrangements, then criticized the ones who kept true to the theme. They might as
    well start calling it rearrangement idol if that’s all they’re going for. It takes
    performance experience, and not everyone can do it. this especially hurt Lil, and
    judging from the declining positive comments for Danny, he may be next. Lil is the
    person that I think the judges have screwed over the most. They keep telling her to sing
    certain types of music, and when she does they slam her. She does not have the seasoning
    of some of the other musicians/stage performers on the show, and they keep judging her
    against that. I’m sure if she could come out with a guitar and have the musicality to
    slow down a Donna Summer song she would, but she can’t. She’s just a mom who happened to
    have a nice voice. She should not be anywhere near the same stage as Adam, who has been
    performing on a big stage for years. The two most successful Idols (Kelly/Carrie) actually
    sang the songs from the themes that were for each week. Carrie did not countrify
    everything, and Kelly Clarkson could basically sing anything. Now the more seasoning
    and experience you have the bigger also the advantage. Not necessarily a bad thing for a
    performance show, but judge with open eyes,or don’t even advance non-pros.

  340. Ok, KC is up. I’m on the West Coast. As I said in an earlier post, I saw him at a convention in Atlantic a couple of years ago. I think he was more energetic at that performance, or I had a lot more to drink and had my beer goggle eyes and ears on. I swear he was all over the stage.

    I thought the disco gals were pretty good, especially Thelma Houston.

    Adam looks good, love the dancing. Paula is really good at this. She should do it every year. I will say this top group is a good looking one and they all seem like they can move.

  341. Okay, I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve now watched that group performance. Seriously, that is so much fun. Must. stop. watching.

  342. What did i think of tonight’s double elimination? Let’s see…

    Lil finally got the boot – well deserved!!
    Anoop – gone? NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! What is this world comin to ??!! It didn’t make sense at all!! Of course, i wouldn’t rather have Allison leave too…but come on! Matt and Danny?? Still there??? Anoooooooooooop….you were the reason i watched and voted…ain’t voting for anybody now… :sad_tb: :nono_tb: :cry_tb:

  343. [Lil] does not have the seasoning of some of the other musicians/stage performers on the show, and they keep judging her against that.

    I couldn’t agree more, egghead. Adam is out front because he is so amazingly head & shoulders above anything this show has seen certainly this year, and maybe any year. (I’m only on my second season, so I may get myself corrected on this, but that’s certainly the vibe I’m getting from the sites I visit.)

    Kris is sneaking up from behind because he has some serious chops, even if it took a lot of folks a while to notice that–myself among them. Matt has also shown moments of brilliance (my iPod frequenly-played list will show “Part Time Lover” out front, and “So Small” was just plain lovely).

    Allison’s got the “mygodshe’sonly16” vibe happening, and I don’t know what Danny’s doing, although I have my theories. But all Lil had was her voice. And her ‘tude. Which worked both for and against her.

    But if I read the runes aright regarding this show, “seasoning” and “musicality” can be seriously important. I’m 99% sure they’re why David Cook won last year. And that makes sense. These kids are wanting to make their living in a seriously scary and intimidating world. They need all the knowledge and skill they can get. Pop music has never been completely about the voice. It’s the whole package.

    But, you know? The mainstream media bloviate on and on about how much these kids love each other and how amazing that is, since they’re all allegedly “competing.” But I think the kids know something they don’t, and Archie put it surprisingly well: they have an amazing platform to launch from here. They’ve already “won.”

    If you’re in the Top 10, and you go on that tour and get the exposure both the tour and the final weeks of the show offer you, and you still don’t “Make it”? Then it just wasn’t meant to be. And that’s ok.

  344. egghead, the re-arrangement kick grabbed hold of many competitors because the judges keep complaining about “karaoke” performances during their critiques. Last year’s winner was praised to high heaven for using alternate arrangements in most of his performances. So what are the Idol wannabes supposed to do if they want to get similar recognition from the judges?

  345. Some observations while watching Idol tonight ( l read thru most of the posts, but there’s a lot, so if I’m a post-repeater, please forgive)

    1) Anyone notice that Adam was the only one not wearing sunglasses during the group dance? I tend to be hyper-aware of Adam at all times, lol.

    2) Love the growl on “want ya” (by none other than- see above) He sounded like he could have been one of the Jacksons, other than being, you know, pigmentally challenged. (No disrespect intended.)

    3) I’m not entirely sure they were lip-synching. Unless the mics were for show..

    4) Lil was kicked to the curb quite quickly. Stand up, you’re out, exit stage right.

    5) I wonder if Paula still wants to squeeze Archies head until it pops off? Is he adorable or what? I’m happy to read that I’m not the only one who thinks he was a little off. (Still a thousand times better than Miley!)

    Looking forward to the upcoming jazz thread. I don’t listen to jazz, so I have no idea at all what they’d sing.

    ADAM= :king_tb:

  346. David is about as tall as Ryan. He has grown!! I already commented on his performance, but I have to say that I love the skinny tie and button down shirt look!! Woohoo! Cutie!

    Spencerj- I also love the group performance. Adam seriously has some moves!!! I do hate the lip syncing.

  347. Everyone knows that David Archuleta can “sang”. That is a given and he has nothing to prove in that area. What was so great about the Touch My Hand performance tonight was the confidence and joy he showed on the stage. He really drew you into his performance. I can’t believe he is just 18. I think he has a pretty bright future ahead of him.

  348. Okay, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve actually lost count of how many times Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve now watched that group performance. Seriously, that is so much fun. Must. stop. watching.

    SpencerJ (wasltp) witha post like that, how can you wonder why you are my heroine!

  349. JohnM

    Blues would be a sweet spot for Allison. BUT, if jazz is the genre, there is plenty of blusie jazz, don’t you think? She also needs an adviser who knows some shi… oops… stuff. Tweaking a very few things for TV broacast would pay off big. She has done a pretty good job without me, tho!

  350. It’s weird reading the blog first and then watching the show. I thought Archie sounded great. I guess I was expecting him to be bad based on some of the comments. And I like this song. Did I vote for him last year? No, I voted for Cook, but I will say, I have enjoyed Archie’s post Idol album more than Cook’s, which I wasn’t expecting. I think Archie is here for the long run.

  351. Is Jazz for real? Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gonna be tough for the kids to pick TWO!

    Jazz is for real…

    Actually, it’s “Jazz Standards”‘ so I think that eliminates the new stuff.

    Check out my new post…

  352. I was just over at The Boogie Board (a Taylor Hicks fan site) as they have an active Adam thread and they are hoping Taylor will perform on the 29th as he is listed as not performing in Grease that night and he’s been rumored to be on the show this year. His fans,and I’m one, would be thrilled if it’s true. Anyone heard anything about who’s one next week? Kudos to Paula as she did a great job.

  353. What was so great about the Touch My Hand performance tonight was the confidence and joy he showed on the stage.

    Yeah, he was so joyful. I don’t think he looked that way at all last season after Shop Around. Tonight he left me grinning. His smile is contagious.

    Did Allison compliment his tie?

    eta: MJ, thanks for confirming the theme. Jazz Standards will be more manageable, but more boring too IMO.

  354. Archie is a really good person. He’s being so nice to Allison and Anoop.

  355. Wow Archie was worse than I expected from your comments. He had so many bum notes. That was awful. The song was horrible in general. I was amazed at his speaking ability now. He was so much more articulate than before. He has really matured.

  356. I’m a Cook fan but I want to say I think Archie looked and sounded great. He had such a winning smile tonight. It’s great to see him relaxed and enjoying himself.

  357. I might actually download that group number, and I have never, ever considered doing this before. GREAT JOB PAULA!!!!

    Wowza, if there was any question before (and to me there wasn’t) Adam can dance! Matt was lookin’ good on the floor too. LOL. Kris, you need to start thinking you’re 12 feet tall (tm DC). It’s okay to do that when your gifted, really! You’ll be fine though with the singing, imo. I’m rooting and cheering for you all the way to the finals!!!

  358. Though it’s not my favorite song, I thought Archie sounded pretty darn good singing TMH. About 100x better than Miley, that’s for sure. Anyway, unlike some of his more pageanty songs from last year, TMH was not designed to show off his voice to OMG!ThatVoice! levels, but I thought he worked the song and the stage just fine. Plus, he was very charming which is what counts when you come back as an alum. I’m sure he’ll sell a buttload of singles off that performance.

  359. Anoop looks relieved. He’s going on tour, and he will make an album, plus he will finish his Masters. He is going to be one successful dude.

  360. Just watched Archie here on the West Coast. He was really cute. The AI sound really seems to suck. You can never seem to hear the performer’s band. I remember the same problem with Cook and his band. They seem to have the sound turned down on them or something. Nice performance though.

  361. Wow, Archie learned how to use the stage o_O, but lol @ after, he’s still the same awkward Archie I voted for last season :D.

    His song was pretty…. dumb, to be honest. The falsetto parts were actually good, but it took a while to pick up. Not his best performance on the Idol stage, but still decent. I wish he was older, because in my opinion most of the teen stuff sucks major… stuff today. Demi Lovato? No thank you. The only one who is passable today is Miranda Cosgrove.

    You know, seeing Lil really saddens me. She went from a star in the beginning to drop like a steel ball during top 11 week and never going back up. I’m pretty sad to see what happened to her. Not her elimination, but she totally devolved.

    I would’ve chosen Allison to leave after last night’s performance, but Anoop was done….. I’m kinda sad about that too. Oh well. Kris is still there, all is good. Hey, Kris made a fan tonight in my cousin, who used to say she hated him for some reason but just said she really liked it.

  362. I personally think Kris = Elliot, Adam = Taylor and Danny = Katharine, not in singing style, but in perception and “role” in this idol drama. A talented dark horse against a fan favorite online (and on this site, lol) and an early judge favorite (who is mostly disliked on this site). While Kris is very talented, I just don’t see him overwhelming all of Danny’s fans. I could be wrong, but this season just seems similar to that Top 3 storyline.

  363. mj Apr 23rd, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Is Jazz for real? Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s gonna be tough for the kids to pick TWO!

    Jazz is for realà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Actually, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Jazz Standardsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹ so I think that eliminates the new stuff.

    Check out my new postà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    As I think, Allison may get an edge here. She can nail notes that I can’t hit with a sledge hammer. Earlier above, someone had a slate of possibilities.

  364. Thanks for that video elephant1212. That would definitely fit in with top 40 radio. He’s going to be a star!

  365. If there is any justice, Elliott Yamin should return to sing “Moody’s Mood for Love” during Jazz Standards Week.

    Is anyone else getting a Paula-and-Simon farewell tour vibe? They’re like a dysfunctional couple on the verge of divorce, realizing how much they really care for each other.

    I’m really sad about Anoop. I still flove his Usher cover and he was great both nights this week.

  366. oooooooh I love me some disco dancing cheese! That was the biggest Kraft American Singles Fest on Idol in a loooooong time. It was just unbelievably crassy ridiculously nuts! And thank heaven. Bad taste is one of the things this show should have going for it…..

    And with the disco oldsters? I thought I was in a casino showroom on ’70s night!

    Thelma H. can still really blow. She showed Lil how to do it up, oldschool…

  367. ppwars: Blues would be a sweet spot for Allison. BUT, if jazz is the genre, there is plenty of blusie jazz, donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you think?

    Indeed. I’m hoping for a mid- to up-tempo bluesy thing and a lowwww, deep, rich, alto torch ballad. Ahhhh…. Oh! Um? Uhhhh, did I nod off there?

    She also needs an adviser who knows some shià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ oopsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ stuff. Tweaking a very few things for TV broacast would pay off big. She has done a pretty good job without me, tho!

    LOL!

  368. Alison seems to be this year’s Carly Smithson…super-talented and marketable, but just doesn’t seem to be catching on to the general public like the front runners. Although she could pull a Syesha and end up in 3rd place….

  369. I think this season is still ok in terms of pimping wise. There are certainly worse seasons that this year’s.

    The passing of baton for the pimp spot has been largely fair so far, much like Season 1 and 4 (that’s Carrie’s season).

    If Adam gets the pimp spot again next week, now that’s really pimping. It would have been his 3rd time.

    Stepping in TPTB’s shoes, I cannot figure out why they are delaying Danny’s pimp spot appearance. It’s the same confusion I had during Carrie’s season when Carrie didn’t had one until the Top 5.

  370. You can never seem to hear the performerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band.

    Mac- I so agree! DA’s band is so good and they are usually much closer to him. The combination of his and his band are fantastic, and the sound system was so bad tonight.

    I felt the same way about Cook’s band on AI. Their bands are a major part of who they are and it is too bad they can’t do a better job.

  371. Allison (my 3rd favorite) was indeed in the B3. Earlier in the show, shortly after eliminating Lil, Ryan said words (not a quote) to the effect of still needing to complete the bottom 3. I paid close attention to the wording, to see if there was any “wiggle room” in Allison‘s placement, because I read people questioning the fact on here, since I’m in the Mountain time zone, and already knew all the results (sweet relief) before watching the show. No wiggle room.

    I thought Archie was fun tonight. The past disco stars … not so much.

    I thought Matt (my 4th favorite of the 5 remaining) was the best (by far) dancer in Paula‘s routine. Adam was also very good, Kris was cute, Lil was good, Anoop was a’ight, Danny made my eyes bleed. Again.

    I’m so happy I can still fantasize about my Dream Top 3: Kris, Adam/Adam, Kris & Allison.

    ETA: Does anyone remember if at Top 5, they stop showing a Bottom 3, and switch to Bottom 2?

  372. While these are not the best singing Top 7 ever I would say they may be the best dancing Top 7 evah. That group performance was really good. Even Danny makes up what he may lack in rhythm with shear shamelessness. (and for once I don’t mean that in an insulting way.) Wow, is Matt much better on Memorex than live. He can actually hit those falsetto notes. Just not when it counts. I don’t like Danny, but I do think America got the Top 5 right on the basis of talent.

  373. oh, forgot to mention, when Ryan was talking to DA after his performance, he was acting all, “what-are-your-plans-for-the-future-young-man” fatherly crap. He looked like he was interrogating him (at least it looked that way from where I was sitting…) All-business Ryan? what’s up?

  374. Random thoughts about tonight (as viewed from the videos on MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s blog):

    Group Dance Number à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ really well executed and from what I have read, the best part of tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show

    Paula à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ nice choreography, kudos to her

    Adam à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ boy can dance ! and Matt was decent, too

    Archie à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ cute as always, great smile, missed some notes (which is shocking :eek_wp:), song TMH: not so great. Sweet guy, hope he gets an Idol bump from his appearance…

  375. How much fun was THAT medley!!!! Yep…over 40 here! I remember seeing KC on Jay Leno a couple years ago- he’s hilarious and he even made fun of his weight gain.

    Allison is the new Nikki from season1.

  376. Jazz Standards à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_jazz_standards

    I’ll vote my fleur de lis off for anybody that does “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In!” LOL

    I see a trainwreck week coming.

    I forgot… Props to Paula. That was a fabulous group number!!! I also loved Archie last night. He is growing up so fast.

  377. Its time for allison to put her hair the way it is in her (take it or leave it video)and go more pop then rock

  378. Well, I’m currently in grief. I knew Anoop was seriously in jeopardy, well, ever since Matt’s save last week. Because it wouldn’t look good for the show if Matt only delayed the obvious for a week. As many here have said, that save was plain wrong, even if it did fill some folks need for high drama on the show. It was just a way to get Matt (undeservedly) into the Top 5. And don’t even get me started on the undeserving Danny, someone who I originally kind of liked. I don’t know why the show had such a need to diss Anoop, but the dissing went all the way to the end, where the judges didn’t even have parting words for the guy.

    Anoop – I will miss your beautiful downloads and smooth musical stylings on the show. I’ll miss your intelligence, your wonderful smile and your obvious enjoyment of your fellow contestants. The good thing about this is that Anoop will return (hopefully for just a visit) to Chapel Hill, where he is well-loved and will no longer have to put up with being the go-to punching bag on this show. I deeply hope that he will be given the chance to make a record, with or without the Clef Hangers. We need this guy’s beautiful voice out in the world.

  379. Woah Archuleta sounded like hot buttered ass tonight. It wasn’t the mix, it was him, and that super cheesy song didn’t help. Thank God he didn’t get another verse to croak and gasp about how much he wants to touch our hands. I didn’t see much difference in his stage presence. He looked nervous, he looked robotic (a robot trying to look like they aren’t a robot)…just because he didn’t trip over his shoelaces and fall off the stage that doesn’t mean he’s suddenly less awkward, god bless him…

  380. With Anoop gone, at least no more power voting, frees up time to switch to dancing with the stars. At least there are no stupid judges and a SAVE farce to keep their favorites around. Will take some time to digest Matt was saved to send Anoop home sooner than his time. Anoop was a class act, no easy experience for someone that has excelled at most everything in life, to be humiliated on national tv for no fault of his. I hope he gets a good record deal so his soulful voice brings peace and joy to many. Stupid Simon, you cannot escape bad Karma.

    Why couldn’t they have shown Kara’s comments about Anoop after what Simon said. Talk about being ran over by a bus. Anoop’s final performance was terrific. Proves how dumb Simon really is. It also proves that Simon does indeed have the power in this show.

    You are so right about watching the Result Shows for DWTS. I won’t be voting any more.

    The SAVE option was never used before. So sad that Anoop had to be its victim. TPTB don’t care what we have to say, but Matt deserved to be eliminated before Anoop!!

  381. Adam, “If I can’t Have You” i-tunes…..is simply fantastic. (wiping a tear from my eye)

  382. Yay! Matt is in the top 5 where he belongs. I am also sick of this he was voted out a few times no he wasn’t. the viewers were only going to pick 9 the judges the rest. Matt wasn’t even voted out last week. If not for vote for the worse voting for Lil it would have been her. Matt is so talent but so is the top 5. For me it now about who does best. Not who the judges pimp or give good comments to because they are their favorites. Even if the song isn’t as good and Alison was ok but not great the last two weeks but got great comments. Adam i didn’t like at all this week. Kris well he just keep making people love him and Danny was just average but they always pimp them or say nice thing no matter what. They are invested in them and its not right. The person going home next week should be who really doesn’t deliver not who the judges decide to prop up and if that is Matt who doesn’t then so be it. America saved Matt so he has a right to be there.

  383. Grammie, the Noopster will be just fine. He’s going on tour and will wow em.

  384. I take back what I said about next week being a trainwreck. I think we may see some “moments” made. Adam, Kris and Matt should have no probs at all. Danny should be able to do well. I’m not sure about the little red-haired girl, though.

  385. is it just me or did all the idols look bored (except for Allison) when Little David was performing?

  386. Thanks ppwars! There are a lot of good songs to choose from. It will be this theme for both songs, right?

    Has “(The Ballad of) Mack the Knife” (“aka Die Moritat von Mackie Messer”) been overdone? Seems like something Adam or Matt would do.

    As many here have said, that save was plain wrong, even if it did fill some folks need for high drama on the show. It was just a way to get Matt (undeservedly) into the Top 5.

    movin2thabeet, your entire post was so heart felt. Matt is going to have nigthmares after this. It isn’t his fault TPTB screwed up the elimination process, but Anoop deserved to be in the TOP 5.

    Thank you, NOLA! I appreciate the sentiment.

  387. They should definitely have Paula choreograph a dance every season (assuming she’s around for more seasons!) For that matter, why don’t they get a choreographer for all their performances a la X Factor? Although that caused some roller-skating-circus-performers strangeness, it’s definitely more entertaining.

    Lil did a good job on the group dance!

    I’m excited for Jazz Standards because it’s a genre I love. I actually think it’s a pretty open category and they’ll be able to pull out some amazing songs. I mean, they’ll be able to use everything from the big band era plus a bunch more. I think Allison’s going to be great! I’d love to see her do something in a more classic style, just to give some variety to her performances. Her voice will add a unique quality no matter what. Much as I hate to say it, Danny will probably shine this week, since he often adds a jazz feel. Kris, check. Adam, can do anything, check. Matt? Really hope you’re going home — not that you haven’t been a fun contestant, but I’ll be sad if you outstay Allison!

  388. Just a thought…will they bring Taylor back on the show this season? Sure hope so!

  389. Mac- I so agree! DAà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band is so good and they are usually much closer to him. The combination of his and his band are fantastic, and the sound system was so bad tonight.

    The Hawaii feed just ended and on HD the mix was far better. The imperfections I thought I heard watching it online weren’t there when I watched it with good audio. Yeah, he still have a few off notes, but overall he was much steadier and his voice was stronger. My mom didn’t notice any off notes at all (she said “he was perfectly on pitch,” actually). She’s just a normal person who wasn’t looking to hear imperfections. Most people are like that.

    Sound plays a HUGE roll. And I’ll say this, if I had watched Cook’s performance live on my TV instead of online, I might not have had the same reaction to his vocals.

  390. that group number was super…….loved it. Pauler did a great job. Adam and Matt are good dancers. Pauler was so excited to see them perform her number that she left the house so quickly that she forgot to grab her pants.
    Good job Pauler:)

    Ok, I believe that the top 10 (might be 12) all sign contracts giving 19 first rights to sign them. None of them are able to sign with other companies unless 19 passes on them. It will not help any of them to try and come in 2nd or 3rd instead of win it. If 19 wants to sign them, then they are contractually obligated to honor the contract that they signed.

    Lil sounded so much better on her sing out. If she had done that all season, she might not have been voted off.

    Anoop also sounded great tonight.

    You still have some great moves Pauler!!!!!!!!!! Hope she does this again. It would have been even better if she got up there and danced with them.

    As an aside……..i kind of like Adam’s dragonball hair. I like it down better but it doesn’t bother me sticking up.

  391. David is about as tall as Ryan. He has grown!! I already commented on his performance, but I have to say that I love the skinny tie and button down shirt look!! Woohoo! Cutie!

    awwwww I know…. I keep remembering his Shop Around performance… I will said he has grow like 3 inches… I feel like and older sister…. he is too cute for words… :glurps_tb: :wub_tb:

  392. VOTE FOR ALLISON PEOPLE!!!
    She needs to be in the finale with Adam!!
    ..and possibly win!!! ;)

  393. That group number was very entertaining. Props to Paula and the contestants. It would have been interesting if Paula had done that in prior years. I just laugh when I imagine Elliott, Daughtry and Jason doing the dance moves the Idols did tonight. LOL.

    I was pleased to see Lil leave Wednesday night. I was sorry to seen Anoop go but would have hated to see Allison go. I was kinda expecting her to be in the bottom three. She is the second or third favorite of a lot of people but a lot of those people voted for their primary favorite and did not split votes in fear that they would lose their primary favorite.

    It was good to see Archie on the AI stage again. He looked happy. I never voted for him but I kinda liked him last season and have come to like him even more after Season 7 ended. I’ve heard most of the songs from his CD and some bonus songs. A lot of them are pretty catchy. I really like “Works For Me” and that song where he jumps a lot. (Not sure of name of the jumping song. I followed a link posted here by one of his fans.) Neither song is on his CD so I guess that’s why he didn’t do either of them on AI Wednesday night.

    Someone mentioned not voting again this season now that Lil has been eliminated. I’ve watched the show since Season 1 and before last year, that statement would have been confusing to me but now I understand. Last year after my favorite left, not only did I not vote after he left, I didn’t even watch again until the night of the Finale. I just didn’t care what happened with the last ones standing and found other uses for my time those weeks. This year I don’t have a horse in the race but I like most of the ones in the Top 5. Maybe it’s just easier to watch when not invested in any of the contestants.

  394. Maybe ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just easier to watch when not invested in any of the contestants.

    I know what you mean. It has been much more fun for me to just watch.

  395. I will miss Anoop. He is a class act, and a great singer. The save was not the best thing for him, as he would be in the top 5 as he deserved and earned the right to be. That save must die with this season.

    The save won’t die. It caused controversy and discussion, both of which Idol thrives on.

    You know, I’m a fan of Anoop’s but I seriously think it was time for him to go. I think he has potential but he needs to grow and work out who he is and needs help with song selection and it just wasn’t happening on that stage. I think he’ll do much better being out from under the double threat of the judges with their dammed if he does/dammed if he doesn’t attitude and the constant threat of elimination. He’s seem so stifled in his body movements while singing this week and in his comments that he could really risk alienating people instead of drawing them in. He needs to have performance venues where Anoop can be Anoop instead of what he thinks the judges want him to be.

  396. The group number was fun. The reason it was never really choreographed before was because the emphasis was on singing, not dancing. I’m sure that previous season contestants were good dancers too, but they weren’t lipsyncing, they were singing and nobody choreographed a dance number. Kind of hard to sing and dance both which is why people like Madonna and Brittney Spears have help with backup vocals while they dance.

    I think the right two went home last night, and the 5 most talented are left. I was afraid it would be Allison and breathed a huge sigh of relief it wasn’t. She looked really pretty last night on the results show. I think they are finally helping her with her style.

    I’m not a David A fan per say, but it was great to see him last night. Like a breath of fresh air, he reminded me of last season when we had so many talented people. It was nice to see how confident and polished he has become in the past year. His singing was excellent and though the song didn’t do much for me, he sang it well.

    Next week is standards, those are some great songs, they were old fashioned even when I was a teenager, which was a long time ago, but they are awesome songs and I wish Adam had saved his slow pretty song for next week, and done a wild disco number last week instead. But I do hear that his download is pretty so I’ll buy it along with Allison and Kris.

    Now that the 5 most talented are left, the show should get more interesting.

  397. Has à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“(The Ballad of) Mack the Knifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ aka Die Moritat von Mackie Messerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ) been overdone? Seems like something Adam or Matt would do.

    I would say yes. That song and Route 66 (“Get Your Kicks,” not the TV theme song) are the “Against All Odds” of standardsworld.

    This would be a fabulous opportunity for Adam to work that mid-register and mid-tempo a lot of fans have been clamoring to hear. “S’Wonderful” would be a lovely one for him.

  398. Kris should do great with standards, as his favorite artist is Jamie Cullum. I just looked him up on itunes and bought a few of his songs, he does jazz/pop and also standards.

    I’m really curious to see what allison will do with standards. I think she’ll rise to the occasion.

    It took me awhile to appreciate Kris but I really do now.

  399. This show has jumped the shark in so many ways — so glad you recap everything and post video MJ, cuz that way I can pick and choose what to watch without having to actually watch it and increase their ratings.

    I will watch the result show next week to see Taylor and to remind PTB he really was America’s idol. Other than that, I think I’m done. If I want to watch a show where I can accurately predict the outcome and there are no more surprises, I’ll go back to scripted dramas.

    For everyone’s sake, I hope the “surprise” boot at number 4 is not Kris.

    t2 — over and out.

  400. I’m really sorry to beat a dead horse, folks — hopefully I can shut up about it after this — but:

    kerfuffle: Allison (my 3rd favorite) was indeed in the B3. Earlier in the show, shortly after eliminating Lil, Ryan said words (not a quote) to the effect of still needing to complete the bottom 3. I paid close attention to the wording, to see if there was any à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“wiggle roomà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in Allisonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s placement, because I read people questioning the fact on here, since Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m in the Mountain time zone, and already knew all the results (sweet relief) before watching the show. No wiggle room.

    I re-watched the whole thing this morning, and Ryan didn’t say anything about the B3 until he started telling the final 6 whether they were safe. As he started that process, he said: “There are two more seats left in your bottom 3. Let’s find out who goes where.”

    So yes, there was wiggle room as I initially thought. He didn’t say that both of the stool-dwellers were actually in the bottom 3. So no, we don’t know who was just above Lil and Anoop.

    Nit-picking: It’s what I do. :rolleyes_wp:

  401. Group number = FAB-U-LOUS. :clap_tb:

    Disco oldies = :surrender_tb:

    Archie = :unsure_tb: Sounded off his game to me…and no-one should attempt falsetto in the presence of the Lambert. Sorry, kid. :wink1_tb:

    I thought Matt might get a bounce vote after last week and I can’t really say I’m sorry. Lil has been dreadful all season and absolutely needed to go and Anoop has been boring the whatsits off me for long enough. Adios to the pair of them. I’d rather have Matt for one more week whether he “deserves” it or not.

    “Rat Pack” for next week? Hmmm….can see Kris and Matt having good times with that. Gokey will sound exactly the same as every week. Allison…don’t know really…could go either way. Adam can sing anything but the bar is now so ludicrously high for him I’m beginning to get worried. Maintaining such a consistently high level might, bizarrely enough, hurt him in the long run because he’s not being seen to improve – reality teevee lurves a “journey”. I’m hoping he still has something left in his bag of tricks…

  402. While these are not the best singing Top 7 ever I would say they may be the best dancing Top 7 evah. That group performance was really good.

    Agreed!!!!
    Gosh, if they would do that dance on tour, I’d go more than once! How cute was Kris in the silky shirt? They all had moves! Enjoyed their dancing 1,000 times more than the foursome around KC (of the Sunshine Band). Only thing missing was the pole, for them.

  403. Anoop Desai is the first contestant to be eliminated after performing in the pimp spot in a single-song episode of Idol. Melinda Doolittle was eliminated Season 6 in 3rd place after performing last and Anthony Federov in 4th place Season 4. Both the Top 3 and 4 feature the Idols performing 2 songs.

    Haven’t had a chance to read through the six thousand pages of comments, but should it be noted that they didn’t normally eliminate two contestants this late in the season? So it’s not an exact comparison, is it? I know they eliminated two after the first Idol Gives Back, but aside from that, it’s normally just one contestant at a time. Anoop would be back next week if they hadn’t used the save last week.

    I officially HATE that “save” option. May it die an ugly death along with the fourth judge (make Kara the BTS mentor).

  404. Archie = :unsure_tb: Sounded off his game to meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and no-one should attempt falsetto in the presence of the Lambert. Sorry, kid. :wink1_tb:

    I actually think the falsetto is one of the best parts of his performance. It was solid. And, the falsetto in that song existed even before Lambert appeared on Idol lol.

    Best Vocal Performance for Past Idols award goes to…. *drum roll* Carrie Underwood. Hands Down

  405. I re-watched the whole thing this morning, and Ryan didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say anything about the B3 until he started telling the final 6 whether they were safe. As he started that process, he said: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“There are two more seats left in your bottom 3. Letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s find out who goes where.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    So yes, there was wiggle room as I initially thought. He didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t say that both of the stool-dwellers were actually in the bottom 3. So no, we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know who was just above Lil and Anoop.

    Well I don’t know, I thought he meant what he said, “there are two more seats left in your bottom 3. Let’s find out who goes where.” I assume that meant that Allison was in the bottom 3 again. I don’t think he was trying to be sneaky about it, though it’s not beyond the producers to do that.

    I can entertain the idea, though, that if Matt was in the bottom 3, they wouldn’t want to show that, because then people would say “see, he should have left last week, then Anoop wouldn’t be gone,” etc. So maybe you are right after all. If so it would make me mad, using Allison that way.

    In the end it always amuses me every year how excited we get about who goes home in which order, when it doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference if you’re in the top 6 or 5. But then again maybe it does, as it gives you a chance for one more performance.

  406. It occurred to me this morning that Anoop has another reason to be upset about the save having been used last week. IIRC, the kids are paid on tour in order that they went out so the kid leaving next week will make more money for each show than Lil and Anoop will. That really sucks!

    I’m glad Allison was safe. Love the theme for next week and think it could be a really good show. But, of course, I am most excited about seeing Taylor back on Idol. And doing one of my favorite songs!

  407. Anoop – I will miss your beautiful downloads and smooth musical stylings on the show. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll miss your intelligence, your wonderful smile and your obvious enjoyment of your fellow contestants. The good thing about this is that Anoop will return (hopefully for just a visit) to Chapel Hill, where he is well-loved and will no longer have to put up with being the go-to punching bag on this show. I deeply hope that he will be given the chance to make a record, with or without the Clef Hangers. We need this guyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s beautiful voice out in the world.

    Well said, Movin2thabeet. I loved Anoop’s parents and are glad they’re there to give him some support. They can be very proud of their son. I don’t think Anoop’s going away. He may get some offers inside and outside of music. I was sad to see him go but think it was possibly for the best because I just couldn’t stand hearing Simon dismiss him yet again. He’s going to love the tour with no judges to worry about.

  408. It was good to see Archie on the AI stage again. He looked happy. I never voted for him but I kinda liked him last season and have come to like him even more after Season 7 ended. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve heard most of the songs from his CD and some bonus songs. A lot of them are pretty catchy. I really like à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Works For Meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and that song where he jumps a lot. (Not sure of name of the jumping song. I followed a link posted here by one of his fans.) Neither song is on his CD so I guess thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s why he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t do either of them on AI Wednesday night.

    He co-wrote both of those songs, as well as several others that were bonus songs. Fans would have loved having him sing Zero Gravity (the jumping song), but since it wasn’t even a bonus song, it wouldn’t have made sense, unless they released it as a single.

    Here is the “jumping song”, Zero Gravity In Columbus, Ohio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ila-GjzyXbo

  409. I didn’t watch this last night, so thanks so much MJ for always coming through with the videos. I heart you!

    I’m ok with who left. I was never in either Lil’s or Anoop’s camp. I don’t spend time before the season checking out their history so Anoop’s days with his a capella group meant absolutely nothing to me. I always found him hit or miss on Idol. Lil, on the other hand, never did one thing I even remotely liked. I’m not actually a huge Matt fan either although I do think his recorded voice is amazing and I find him more current than the other two.

    I thought Archie did ok with a less than amazing (read velveeta) song. He has upped the stage presence ante but then there was only one way to go. I think there were numerous mitigating circumstances with both Davids’ performances. They were both sick, they were both tired, it was their first time back to the scary stage, their arrangements were changed from how they typically perform the song (well I know this to be the case with Cook, but I honestly don’t watch any Archuleta performances). Ultimately, they are both great guys and America doesn’t obsess over their every note. Archie will be fine.

    Loved the group number except for the Gokey dancing. It could have been cheese whiz on a stick if not for that damper.

    I’m still hoping for a Adam/Kris/Allison final 3. I would be delighted with any of the 3 winning. I’m just not that invested this year.

    ETA: Thanks for the Mini Sirloin Burgers commercial, Terri. We don’t have Jack in the Crack in Chicago. I almost miss it….almost.

  410. I hated everyting about last night’s show except seeing David Archuleta back on stage. Even if it wasn’t his best performance, it towered over the the other performers. Someone called me and left a funny message about AI scraping the bottom of the barrel. That was such a terrible show last night. It was uncomfortable watching the seasoned, but well past their prime entertainers. The show just seems to have taken a nose dive in terms of good production and being able to get top notch entertainers as either mentors or guest performers. Ultimately the producers themselves are going to kill their own show. The fact that they are allowing lip synching, and bad lipsynching at that has really turned many viewers off. The show was a trainwreck last night.

  411. I was sooooo happy with the outcome of last nights results show, I could have switched out Matt for Anoop but after the dance last night, wow, the boy can move and oh my can Adam dance. They all were very good – Archie was just adorable but what happened with his singing, he was reaching for those high notes, oh it was a cringe worthy performance but I still like him, ha – wrong song choice most definitely.

  412. How entertaining this result show was! One of the best they have had! Thoroughly enjoyed that!
    It was great watching the older “disco stars”do their thing. You can see why Disco was so popular and fun.
    The older gals, I thought at first,
    “Oh no,this is hard to watch”.
    But as I watched them just completely immerse themselves in the performance and just let go, it was entertaining. They didn’t seem to give a care how they looked or what anyone thought. They just danced unashamedly and sang even if out of breath. KC was cool too!
    Archie is so cute! He has really grown in performance ability and communicating. I enjoyed his song. He still excels so many others with his voice, even if he was having voice problems. Great falsetto!
    Yay! Glad to see Taylor (the forgotten stepchild) next week!

    The group number was really good! They ALL had some good dance moves.
    I think Danny is a better dancer than he gets credit for. I’m not crazy about “pelvic thrusts” either, but in fairness, they all did some of that,including Adam. Also Adam has some great dance moves, but some of his dance moves were kinda funny looking on the parts where he was lumbering across the stage in the long strides. But then again, these dance moves are not so easy.
    They all deserve props for this performance. You know they all worked hard on it in the short time they have for practice. Paula is really great at this! I was impressed!

    Lil and Anoop did better on the farewell performance than their live performances. I think we have the right top 5.

  413. Late to the party…

    Finally watching Anoop’s final farewell song, it hit me. He’s this year’s Archie. Smooth, clear sounds, struggles when upbeat, awkwardly moving about at times, great slow sweet ballads, but risks being boring. Archie had the so young, just an adorkable kid thing going for him. Anoop did not. So it was odd to me to hear them within minutes of each other on that stage. And I’m sure I’m the only one that sees a resemblance between those two. :-)

    Not an Archie here, but I thought his performance was good. Didn’t like the song at all, but whatev.

    And, yeah, I’ve watched that fabulous group number more times than can be considered healthy. LOL Very well done!

  414. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve watched that fabulous group number more times than can be considered healthy.

    Guilty. :thumbup_tb:

    MJ, could you give us a link from the front page to that video for the rest of the season?

    Um, wait. That might not be good…

  415. HEY, JohnM

    Your bottom 3 proposition never crossed my mind. BUT, let me add this hopeful thought: the production wants Allison in the final so they place her B3 to garner the sympathy vote and to get her base out furiously banging their phones.

  416. I haven’t read any of the posts yet, but just want to say:
    1/ Best group dance. I knew they would get better once Scott was gone, and Paula did a good job. Adam is by far the best dancer in the group.

    2/ What graveyard did they dig up those disco stars from? The first woman – gotta give her credit for the moves, but who did her face lift? Why isn’t she wearing a slip? What was big bird wearing? You don’t wear a dress to show off your legs if you don’t have legs worth showing off. What happened to KC? He looked like his wife made him put on a fresh shirt after mowing the lawn so they could go to Olive Garden.

    Allison shouldn’t have been in bottom 3, but glad she’s safe. Next week, Matt or Danny should go. I want Adam/Allison/Kris top 3!

  417. ACK: I don’t like the RAT PACk standard. All men, adored by all women; and there go the older female votes in a wave of nostalgia.

    Sadly, many of those gals are either dead or senile, but it will soften the blow.

  418. Indeed Noctem

    “True, but what Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m saying is if you go back to last year, almost every week the person with the actual lowest DI number was also the person eliminated.”

    I followed Dial Idol pretty closely last year and there was only one week that didn’t happen, can you guess which week?

    I’m not that interested this year so I haven’t been following DI but the peeps that do are saying to me it is way off this year – not sure what has happened, are less people using the DI software, are more people just texting. I heard that TBTB are ticked off about DI so maybe they found a way to sabotage them.

    Has TIVO said anything this year? They said they were having a pretty good prediction rate last year going by the number of times people would rewatch a particular performance, don’t ask me how they know this stuff and again can you guess the one week TIVO was off? Fluttering eyelashes coquettishly. Bwah.

  419. Agreed. Best.Dance.Number.Ever on AI. Paula still got it.

    The Golden Oldies of Disco – oh KC – just a reminder, kiddies, we all get older unfortunately. What Donna Summers was booked!

  420. Oh there was at least one unofficial female member of the Rat Pack, her name was Peggy Lee.

    “You give me fever” [snap those fingers]

    Etta James is not too shabby either but I suspect her Vegas was a different Vegas than the Rat Packers.

  421. Oh there was at least one unofficial female member of the Rat Pack, her name was Peggy Lee.

    Actually, I think there were several unofficial female members. Legend has it that Lauren Bacall is the one who coined the term “Rat Pack” in the first place. Although, I have no idea if that’s true.

  422. ppwars: Your bottom 3 proposition never crossed my mind. BUT, let me add this hopeful thought: the production wants Allison in the final so they place her B3 to garner the sympathy vote and to get her base out furiously banging their phones.

    Yes, that’s actually the best-case scenario, and the one I’m hoping they’re engaging in.

    I wouldn’t want our theory to be spread too widely, so that it doesn’t diminish the sympathy vote. But I figured the few of us here at MJ’s might be able to take a bit of comfort in it.

    ACK: I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the RAT PACk standard. All men, adored by all women; and there go the older female votes in a wave of nostalgia.

    I suspect that the theme is actually much broader than “just a bunch of songs by guys” (assuming that’s what you meant), because it seems like Sinatra sang pretty much everything written over about 30 years, including “girl songs” like my current favorite for Allison, Someone To Watch Over Me.

    Sadly, many of those gals are either dead or senile, but it will soften the blow.

    And speaking of being dead….

    What do you do for guest appearances on the results show when everyone involved in the theme is long gone? I’ve been wondering if they might drag Ol’ Blue Eyes out of the grave and prop him up on the stage on Wednesday night!

  423. I found it completely adorkable how excited Allison was to meet David Archuleta. I am liking her more and more each week. I would love to see the top 3 be Kris, Matt, and Allison. I also want a pony, and I know that’s not gonna happen either.

  424. Loved seeing Archie perform. I agree that his vocals–usually spectacular–were a bit rough. So nice to see him working the stage though, dancing and having fun.

  425. The only thing wrong with David A’s performance…IT WAS TOO SHORT! If I had to suffer thru Pickler and Miley, which seemed like eternity, at least I would have liked the full 4 minutes of TMH. But, there are many full TMH perfs on YT from David’s solo concert.

  426. I would honestly like to see Allison make top 3 but I’m not sure that it’s going to happen. Something tells me it’s going to be a Danny/Adam/Kris final 3. Allison & Matt will go out 4th and 5th depending on the performances.

    Since I’m not usually a big fan of the male singer seasons the past two seasons haven’t been all that interesting for me. All but two runner-ups have been guys. I’d like to see another girl runner up but I don’t think Allison has the fan base to overtake Gokey, Kris, or Adam.

    So I guess one good thing about this season for me is now that TPTB have had THREE white male winners (effectively 4 counting Archie) they will finally shut up about the winners not being balanced.

    Bring on the girls next year!

  427. Finally watching Anoopà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s final farewell song, it hit me. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Archie. Smooth, clear sounds, struggles when upbeat, awkwardly moving about at times, great slow sweet ballads, but risks being boring. Archie had the so young, just an adorkable kid thing going for him. Anoop did not. So it was odd to me to hear them within minutes of each other on that stage. And Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m the only one that sees a resemblance between those two. :-)

    I agree with this assement. Anoop had smooth vocals but not the “it” factor that David Archuleta has and still has. I supported Anoop all the way until his ouster last night, probably will continue to do so if and when he puts out an album.

    I was giddy with excitement to see David perform last night admirably too with his being sick and travelling with hardly a day off…and damn if he does and damn if he doesn’t with “Touch My Hand”…I love the song, it’s catcy and danceable…at least he didn’t sing “ALTNOY” last night that in previous post many were grumbling that he better not sing that song, he didn’t yet he still get’s slammed for singing what I don’t consider a “cheesy” song…oh well, David can’t please every one, but he does certainly light up a stage, something that’s missing with this season albeit Adam and Kris have been terrific vocally, but David has that spark that Simon often talks about…and it was wonderful to see David back on the Idol stage…that made my night…for that I thank David Archuleta….. :wub_tb:

  428. “Archie = Sounded off his game to meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and no-one should attempt falsetto in the presence of the Lambert. Sorry, kid.”

    I agree to this, he was not on yesterday but I dont think they were saying Adam is superior to Archie, that is like comparing apples to oranges, Adam just has more range one way, Archie another. Archie is great and what he is doing now is exactly right for a young kid, going Disney and opening for a Disney star. Archie is adorable and I think doing the right thing with his career.

  429. But, donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t try to imply that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s superior to the depth of talent of the season seven field.

    Actually, I did no such thing. I said “no-one” meaning, well….no-one, anywhere on the planet :tongue1_tb:

    …which I hoped would be enough – plus the wink smiley – to indicate that it was NOT a serious comment. How could it be when I’ve encompassed every singer in the world? :laugh_tb: Ah well…the joys of internet mis-communication. I will keep my jocular asides to myself in future. :smile1_tb:

    (and FTR if Adam ends up on Broadway I for one do not see that as a disaster. My father was a professional singer who managed to make a reasonable living in the music industry and considered himself extremely privileged to have been able to do so. It’s a very crowded profession so anyone who can do it as a sole occupation and never has to put aside their dream and wait tables or stack shelves is doing well in my book. A Broadway career is surely nothing to be ashamed of. YMMV, of course.)

  430. “A Broadway career is surely nothing to be ashamed of. YMMV, of course.)”

    ^^^^^

    Anyone should BE so lucky

  431. Did anyone catch Matt telling Allison somethig like “Wait, I had a dream last night, it’s going to be okay.”? It happened when he hugged her after she found out that she was in the bottom 3.

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