American Idol Season 9 – Boston Auditions

2nd Update: Added links to Pre-Idol material!

Update: I’m going to keep this post pinned to the top of the page until tonight. Look for breaking Idol news below

EEP! So exciting! It’s the series premiere of American Idol tonight, featuring the Boston Auditions! A couple of things:

1, I’ve got a working chat room now. Check it out HERE.   2. I’m going to try to post some videos tonight, but I’m not promising anything. I suspect they will be taken down as soon as I put them up, but I’ll give it a shot. 2. Kris Allen’s new Ford commercial premiers tonight during the broadcast, so look forward to that!

I’ll be live blogging Idol right in this space, so keep checking back.

Want to hear something really crazy? I didn’t miss Paula Abdul. Not one little bit. In fact, I didn’t even think about her until the show was over.   Maybe I’ll feel her absence when the live shows begin.

I also didn’t think much about Victoria Beckham.   Typical of Idol   guest judges, she was pretty much a non-entity. We’ll see if some of the upcoming guest judges can change that.

And the wall? They finally gave up displaying all the winning Idols on the wall behind the auditioners.   I guess they decided sticking Taylor Hicks out in the hall with Ryan Seacrest would be a bit much, even by the standards of TPTB.

A pretty good show tonight–I’m proud to say, as a Bostonian.   The standouts for me were Ashley Rodriguez, Tyler Grady, Leah Laurenti and my favorite of the night, young Katie Stevens.

Live blog and videos after the JUMP…

The action begins with a re-cap of the Season 8 finale.   Now, a recap of the summer drama: Paula leaves, the guest judges enter, Ellen Degeneres becomes the new judge on American Idol.   “It’s a new beginning, ” says Ryan.

“Each year we get bigger and better…be prepared for this year’s talent to blow you away!”

Next, a preview of this season’s sob stories! Poverty! Sick Kids! Ordinary Americans try out for American Idol. The School teacher, the Systems Engineer, the waitress….

Season 9 starts in BOSTON!   YAY BOSTON!   MUSIC!   So happy to hear that theme song again!

Oh dear. It’s sh*tty weather in Boston.   Wall to wall umbrellas.   But everyone is enthusiastic!   Boston is a city of champions!   The judges arrive.   Introduction?   Guest judge Victoria Beckham.   She was as Spice Girl once upon a time.   Now, she’s an…entrepreneur!   And married to that soccer guy, David Beckham.

Janet McNamara – 26 – Somerville Ma – She plays the “American Idol”   video game…and mastered it! She jumps up and down and tells herself she’s awesome.   Wicked Awesome! Holy crap! She sings, and cats are dying across America “Is this window open?” asks Simon.   Wow, that game sucks! This chick totally drank, like 10 red bulls before her audition.   It’s a big fat no, of course.

Maddy Curtis – 16 – Bluemont, VA –   “Hallelujah”   by Leonard Cohen –   She’s 9th of 12 kids. She has two brothers with Down Syndrome.   She’s got a pretty good voice, but not distinctive.   She’s probably the star of her church choir.   The judges really like her though.   Victoria tells her she has a “useful” voice.   Kara calls her an “old soul” and compliments her ability to sing from the heart.   She gets 4 enthusiastic yeses, but she’s not all that. – VIDEO – Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

Pat Ford – 17 – Derry, NH – “Womanizer” – OMG, this guy couldn’t possibly think he’s good.   Hello.   He tells Simon, “You’re even sassier in person than you are on TV.”   He thinks he did fantastic. Randy tells him to stop singing forever.     After he gets 4 nos, he says, “See you next season!”

A montage of great singers.   I hate when they do this!   Show us the good singers, dammit! Jennifer Hirsh – 22 – Manhattan, NY,   Claire Fuller – 23 – Philadelphia, PA,   Jess Wolfe – 24 – Brooklyn, NY – VIDEO

By noon, only girls got gold tickets.

Amadeo Diricco – 28 – Johnston, RI – “Hoochy Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters – Oh, an Italian dude from Providence! His family looks awesome. I want to eat at his house.   Too bad his singing sucks.   Passionate, but all over the place. Victoria calls him a “nice guy”. Kara says she feels like she’s home with her cousins.   Everyone likes Amadeo.   Simon calls him sincere and likable. “You have good energy” says Simon.   Everyone says yes.   Erm. OK.   He was pretty average, but his outsized personality will propbably make for some good TV. – VIDEO

Derek Hilton – 19 –   Bellingham, MA – “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” by Elton John – “I’m really a spiritual guy” says Derek.   Derek says he sounds like Chris Brown and the Eagles. Really?   Those two are so similar!   Well, no. Nasally is a form of singing! Wow.   “That was catchy, ” Simon says sarcastically, “Lotta people you were chanelling there.”   OMG, Simon and Randy are mocking him. “Complete and utter rubish. Like there was 20 of you in there, and all of them were horrible, ” says Simon.

Now it’s time for a montage of sad, sad losers, crying their little eyes out.

Mere Doyle – 24 – Wapole, MA – “Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin – She’s an anime freak! She hand makes kimonos.   She wants to be big in Japan!   She auditions a lot.   Holy crap! Screamy McScreamerton!   “The singing was verging on terrible, ” says Simon. Everyone tells Mary she’s good!   She can’t believe the judges are scorning her.   “Singing is not your thing” says Randy. “I would love to fly to the moon, ” says Simon, “But I can’t.”   Ahhh. The judges shatter another deluded contestant’s dream…   She’s trained for 14 years.   How dare they!

Luke Shaffer 24, New York, NY and   Benjamin Bright – 25 – Rome, NY are on to the next round. – VIDEO – Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

Andrew Fenlon – 25 – Boston, MA – “House of the Rising Sun” – Andrew is rather sullen boy, lacking in social skills.   He’s in a bad mood–pissed because he had to wait all day.   His curt replies rub Kara the wrong way.   She gets into it with him:   “I am now angry at you, who I do not like at all, ” says Kara.   “You walked in quite sulky and rude, ” says Victoria, ” You have bad energy–you’re arrogant.”   He wasn’t a bad singer, but the judges are so pissed off they all say no.   Except Simon, who was probably looking forward to getting into it with him in Hollywood.   Kara tells him he needs a spanking.   The audition deteriorates with Kara and Simon yelling at each other.   Yay. Andrew leaves, bewildered.   He was actually an interesting singer, but a little scary.

ALERT:   Kris Allen Ford commercial “Alright With Me”   LOVE THAT SONG. – VIDEO

After the break, another montage of more really really really bad singing.

Ashley Rodriguez – 21 – Boston, MA –   “If I Ain’t Got You” –     Kara says she’s got the look and sound that’s very commercial. She’s a package artist!   “My favorite tonight, ” she says.   Simon tells her she has the “it” factor.   Oh, this is one to watch!   I bet she makes the Top 24.   “If that’s the bar, then everyone else should go home, ” says Kara.   Ashley is the contestant Ellen chose to showcase on her show today.   Ashley is a good singer, polished and beautiful. I’ll be shocked if she doesn’t go far. – VIDEO – Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

Tyler Grady – 19 – Nazareth PA – “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye –   He shattered both his wrists after he fell out of a tree. Simon asks him if he had binoculars around his neck. Ha.   He’s a drummer, so the accident is bad.   He really wants to be a front man. Dude’s got a 70’s rock vibe. And a very nice voice. Plus with his big brown eyes and curly mop of hair, he’s a fricking babe magnet.   Kara is SMILING.   Simon says “This will be one of those auditions I’m going to remember.”   4 yeses for Tyler. – VIDEO –   Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

At the end of day one 17 contestants have advanced to Hollywood.

Totally negative Scott Brown political commericial!   Ayla Brown’s dad is running for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. (Ayla was in Season 5’s Top 24)

Day Two in Boston

Lisa Olivera – 24 – Billerica, MA – Waitress – “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey –   Oh wow. This chick came in all confident, and then…Yikes.   Really ear-splittingly bad.   “It wasn’t good, it was terrible, ” says Randy.   “It was the craziest version of Mariah Carey that I’ve ever heard.” says Simon.   Tip: When a contestant swears she’s better than most singers on AI, and then announce they’ll be singing Mariah Carey? Cover your ears preemptively.

More and more really bad singers…

Mike Davis – 18 – Boston – “Yesterday” by the Beatles – Dude is a Codzilla driver–a crazy tourist boat that does 360 turns in the water. He does a very nice job with “Yesterday”. Simon calls him confident without being obnoxious.   Kara likes him too. “I like that you’re emotional, ” says Kara.   Now, the judges are talking over each other, and Simon gets pissed.   He says yes and leaves the room. Randy says no. “I’ll leave it up to you girls, ” says Randy and HE leaves the room.   The girls say yes, and Mike is on his way to Hollywood. – VIDEO

Mike was the first golden ticket of the day…

Katie Stevens – 16 – Middlebury, CT –   “At Last” by Etta James. – Comes from a Portuguese family.   Katie is very close to her grandma, who has Alzheimer’s.   Her grandma taught her to speak Portuguese. Katie sings to her.   “She’s probably not going to be here for much longer, ” , says Katie, “I want her to see me succeed in my dream before she forgets who I am. She’s very good.   Very mature sounding. Beautiful phrasing. Wow. Definitely Top 24 material. Kara calls her amazing.   – VIDEOPre-Idol Preview, including You Tubes HERE.

Joshua Blaylock – 28 – New York, NY – “God Bless The Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts – Dudes got a nice voice, and he’s easy on the eyes. But, right away, Simon decides to give him a hard time.   “No presence, no power, forgettable, ” says Simon.   They think he’s to nice, and bait him into telling Simon to shut up. It’s not very convincing.   Randy says he could be in a group like Spandeaux Ballet.   Paula left Randy her stash, obviously.   He gets 4 yeses anyway.   Joshua has been featured in commercials. He seems like a really sweet guy. – VIDEOSeason 9 Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

After the break…more terrible contestants.

Justin Williams – 21 – Sandy UT – “Feeling Good”   – Got cancer when he was serving a mission in Spain. Multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. Now he is cancer free.   Justin made Hollywood in Season 8. He was part of the “White Chocoate” group with Kris Allen and Matt Giraud.     Kara says, “I am going to remember you.”   Well you should! You’ve seen him before! Many times.   Why are they pretending they don’t know him? – VIDEO
Pre-Idol Preview, including You Tubes HERE.

Norberto Guerrro – 18 – Reading, PA –   “Everytime We Touch”   – He’s the nutty guy with the crazy mullet we way in previews.   The guy’s so nervous, he keeps forgetting the words. “You sing like a 3 year old, and you’ve got a beard, ” says Simon.   Randy is laughing. Kara, feeling bad, says, “Sorry no, honey.”

Bosa Mora – 22 – Columbus OH – His parents are Nigerian and very proud.   They wanted to pursue music themselves.   Bosa’s mom is very colorful in a bright orange tribal outfit with a big crazy headress.   Bosa’s got a decent voice, but like Simon says,   “Good but boring.”   Victoria disagrees with Simon (and me).   Victoria finds him heartfelt. Simon says no. Victoria, Kara and Randy say yes.     And Bosa’s on his way to Hollywood. – VIDEO – Season 9 Pre-Idol Preview HERE.

Leah Laurenti – 22 – Medford, NY –   “Blue Skies” – Her religious family would not let her listen to much secular music.   She becomes very emotional speaking of her goal to become a singer.   Wow, she’s got a powerful, jazzy voice.   “One of the best I heard today” says Randy. “You are a very good sing…emotional, ” says Kara. 4 yeses.   She’s on her way to Hollywood. – VIDEO

32 Boston auditioners advance to Hollywood!

About mj santilli 33693 Articles
Founder and editor of mjsbigblog.com, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!

240 Comments

  1. Yay for Kris’s new Ford Commerical.

    And double yay for going back to being indifferent about Idol. Phew! this caring thing was a lot of hard work.

  2. Everyone has to re-register for chat…it was cleaned out. (It is quick and easy though)

  3. I totally knew that first chick was a train wreck. I sooo heard fireflies. Bizarre. Lol

  4. I can’t get a live stream. Does anyone have one that works?

    Pretty please? Of all times for my TV to falter…

  5. Maddie wasn’t bad but wasn’t that good at all. Don’t get the love from the judges. Sometimes I’m like, why 4 judges when it’s t’s always group think for these auditions? Also why did they do away with the headshots of all the Idols on the poster? I love seeing DC and Kris, but I liked seeing the others, too…

    Jennifer Hirsh was interesting, pretty cool. Claire Fuller was just aite, not great, Jess Wolfe seemed good.

  6. I thought that Claire and Jess had nice voices. I thought that Jennifer was okay.

  7. They’re only showing us women who can sing. It’s so obviously biased. This is exactly why I try not to care for at least a few weeks.

  8. I really really liked Jess Wolfe. Jennifer Hirsh’s audition song was a stupid choice…

  9. I love seeing DC and Kris, but I liked seeing the others, too…

    I’m pretty sure Carrie is to Kris’s left and I think it might be Jordin on Cook’s right – like a guy/girl balance or something.
    ETA: Guess not, I thought I saw that somewhere on there though.

  10. I think that Amdeo(sp) is a nice guy, but I don’t think that his voice is that good.

    I was hoping Derek would sound good, but he didn’t.

  11. I feel like getting a restraining order against the last guy. I don’t want him to touch me.

  12. terps
    01/12/2010 at 8:27 pm

    surprisingly victoria isn’t that bad so far

    I’m not at all surprised. This is one of my favorite things ever. She fucking rocked (her husband was clueless). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P842Tmi6lrc sorry I can’t take the time to make it pretty, but it’s so worthwhile.

  13. Is it me or are all these people are just okay no one has been great so far and these bad auditions are not even entertaining or funny I’m actually getting bored watching this

  14. Jx223
    01/12/2010 at 8:46 pm
    IMO, Luke is cute and he has a decent voice.

    I agree with the former :) but IMO it seemed liked no one has ever told that shouting isn’t a technique.

  15. I want to marry the dude with the beanie already. Luke? Was that his name?

  16. “you need a spanking”

    damn it Kara keep it in your pants.

  17. Oops, the bene guy was called Luke, not Chris. I liked him. Andrew was a douche, and I gotta agree with what Kara said– spot on. He wasn’t terrible though, stayed in tune. But came off very angry even in song.

    More sob stories to come, woot (um… not really, we’ll see)

  18. Yeesh, Kara. She asked a question the guy answered. She’s in the position of power, no need to rake the kid over the coals.

  19. I’ve found the same thing happening that has happened to me almost every year at auditions. I really don’t care. I actually stopped watching within the first hour. Ultimately there’s nobody who ever impressed me at auditions that I ever ended up really liking in the end. Well maybe Melinda Doolittle impressed me until she was ousted, but the only contestant I truly cared about and voted for week after week religiously (David Cook), I can’t even remember his audition. I was overwhelmed at All Right Now and had to vote for him to the end as much as I could. When it came to Hello which got most people voting, I was just like, well duh!

  20. What is with me and beanie guys? Seriously somebody tell me.

    I walked out of the room for 1 sec and miss Kris’ comercial. Darn.

    Ashley is good.

  21. http://www.myspace.com/3rdson

    Well color me shocked!!! The ring barer(sp?) from my wedding went through tonight!!! My hopes are not too high, but from what I understand he’s pretty amazing. No back story connection, just a quick flash audition. I haven’t seen him for years.

  22. seriously
    01/12/2010 at 8:50 pm

    I want to marry the dude with the beanie already. Luke? Was that his name?

    Um, seriously that was my ring barer…:D.

  23. Aww, I liked Katie. Somewhat manipulative sob story, but she was too cute, as was grannny.

  24. Joshua had a nice voice, but boring audition, but the whole too-nice banter made him way more interesting haha. He was kinda cute with the whole banter with the judges. Ooh, Eric Hutchinson playing, nice!

  25. Is Justin Williams the guy in Matt and Kris’ group last year during Hollywood week? He’s good.

  26. I HATE Justin. HATE. He is a horrible amalgamation of Adam, Kris and Danny. He is the season 8 Frankenstein.

  27. Thanks for the updates..It’s funny chat does not know “username” instead of “password”.I am ok with that things happen not in the cards..

  28. This is moving a little slowly. Sorry for the double post/comment.

  29. Awesome then. Your ringbearer is hot, excuse me while I jump in the shallow end. Seriously, Cookcricket. That’s awesome.

  30. I have never tried to follow Idol, real time, through MJs. And, I don’t think I’m going to be able to do so. I spent the entire — I mean, THE ENTIRE — two hours of that show trying to open the comments thread and then trying to log in to this page to comment. I doubt it’ll get any better. I don’t know how people have done it in seasons past. This was excruciating. Back to TWoP, I guess.

  31. I HATE Justin. HATE. He is a horrible amalgamation of Adam, Kris and Danny. He is the season 8 Frankenstein.

    …did he tear out your soul and eat it in front of your corpse?

    Katie is the girl from your previews who sang Bubbly, right? She was really good. I’m a West Coaster so I still have another hour.

  32. I doubt it’ll get any better.

    I’m working on the issues. But, have fun at TWOP. I used to post there.

  33. It’s great to have the show back on and I am glad that they didn’t focus too much on posh spice, they made her tolerable.

    My favorite was Leah even tough she struggled a little bit at times.

    IMO Leah, Ashley and Tyler have potential to go far (top 12) and some of the other could sneak up into the top 24.

  34. Mike Davis and Ashley Rodriguez were the only two that stood out with any kind of star power for me. Cancer Guy really rubbed me the wrong way. Everyone has overcome some sort of adversity in their lives, but that doesn’t mean you have to exploit it on national TV to give yourself a leg up in the competition. Italian Guy will fill this year’s blue-collar Sarver spot, I bet he makes it into the Top 12.

  35. Wow. Negative. I’m working on the issues. But, have fun at TWOP. I used to post there.

    I went on twitter trying to see if there was any message about problems. I saw nothing and everytime I tried to log on, all I saw were the numbers of posts by others accumulating. So, all I could only believe, since no one else said a peep, is that I was the only one having difficulties. I would love — love — to contribute during the live show, but I’m finding it just too hard technically. I’m sorry that you’re offended by that.

  36. I’m already forgetting most of their names. But the ones that went through to Hollywood (that had back stories) seemed really nice. Just like Adam and Kris and the whole S8 gang.

  37. Other than lag, i really didn’t too much problem, so it could just be a matter of processor or bandwidth. Don’t you just love technology?

  38. Of course I’m rooting for Luke Shaffer, but don’t have my hopes up too high! I just can’t believe it! seriously, the last time I saw him he was a little boy :D. He was a sweetheart even then. Did they show him singing? I had the TV on mute and it went by so fast!

    I bought tickets to a show he was at recently (but didn’t know he was going to be there), but missed it. :( Argghhh!

  39. I went on twitter trying to see if there was any message about problems. I saw nothing and everytime I tried to log on, all I saw were the numbers of posts by others accumulating. So, all I could only believe, since no one else said a peep, is that I was the only one having difficulties.

    Sorry, I’m just really busy while I’m live blogging. So, I didn’t update twitter. I wasn’t even aware folks were having problems…I was that busy.

    I have a new server host who is very responsive. We’ll be tweaking the setup, hopefully the issues will be worked out soon.

    Anyway, I edited my post. It was rude. I’m sorry. I’m now going to put myself in moderation. :).

  40. That show made me really, really miss Boston. I was actually surprised by how much.

    I liked the sorta curvy girl with the glasses and fluffy hair in one of the early montages, the 16 year old with the Portuguese family, and the very last girl. The rest were okay to good, but I was entertained nonetheless.

    Simon looked into it for once.

    I liked when Kara went ballistic on that guy. She went on a bit too long, but I was laughing anyway. It made me like her a little more.

    Rocco (?) from Rhode Island made me homesick.

    That is all.

  41. Thanks jersey!!! The peeps who made it to the show I missed had nothing but great things to say about him!

  42. It does get worse during the live shows, Sassycatz. I’ve given up many times.

  43. Things seemed slow right before the show so I didn’t follow along live. Maybe I should have tried because I ended up falling asleep before the last segment started. I saw a big buildup of some girl and then….. ZZZZZZ. :lol: So was it all hype with no chops to back it up or was she actually good?

  44. What’s happened to the edit function? You mean I have to read my post before I hit Submit? I made another boo-boo, I meant to say Tyler Grady, NOT Mike Davis, in my post.

  45. Ok, so this was actually the first full audition episode I’ve seen. (Usually, I make a point of trying to be objective in the voting rounds for at least starters, but this time ’round I knew I’d have opinions considering I’ve been sampling contestants. So I took the plunge) Really. I’ve usually just picked up on some auditions after the fact, so this was kind of experience.

    After dinner, I had to go back and remember names. The only two I remembered were Joshua (the forced banter? Was painful TV), Justin (more on that in a second), and Ashley. I guess of all of the contestants, she stood out the most, which surprised me; I didn’t think she would have at the time of the audition. Of course, it’s always important to remember that the auditions never quite indicate full potential, so I’m not ruling anyone out. (Thought this episode’s pimp spot was ultimately a bit of a dud, though)

    Thought it was strange that they tried to pretend like Justin was a newbie. Especially considering that Kris Allen fans are bound to remember him from White Chocolate. I see potential backfire potential there.

  46. I like that they showed more good singers and fewer train wrecks. Kara was getting on my nerves calling people “old souls” and “honey” and “sweetie”, until she blew up at someone, then I also liked her more. After that she was fine.

    Victoria Beckham was cooler than I thought she’d be.

    Simon’s usually nice at the auditions (the past few years) and then turns mean overnight when the actual show starts, I think he thinks it’s expected of him.

    The “sob stories” are irrelevant and emotionally manipulative, I hate when they do that. I fast forward through them. It’s a singing compettion, not queen for a day.

    Atlanta looks like it’s going to be more annoying than Boston. Boston was pretty mellow. Overall it was pretty boring to me, but I’m getting jaded. Hollywood is when it all gets interesting.

  47. Did anyone record the Kris Ford commercial? I’m abroad now, and the episode will be shown on TV here tonight, but they never show the Ford commercials…

  48. Ashley and Tyler were the most memorable, imo. Did not like Justin’s vocal stylings at all, and, yeah, considering he’s from Utah and was auditioning in Boston, he seemed like an obvious plant.

    Can I just say how beautiful Boston looks on tv? I love our fair city. <3

  49. Sigh…no one caught my interest. I thought it was all boring and repetitive. I think I’m just going to wait until Hollywood.

  50. My take on obnoxious Andrew Fenlin – he’s an actor playing a part; and not all that well. I think he’s a 19E plant to add spice to the Boston audition.

  51. Avril Lavigne kinda looks like Katy Allen to me.

    It just started in the West Coast. EEP!

  52. Kara was getting on my nerves calling people “old souls” and “honey” and “sweetie”, until she blew up at someone, then I also liked her more. After that she was fine.

    Yeah, I kind of prefer Kara playing the heavy. Bitchiness works for her.

  53. So I missed like 10 minutes of the whoooollleee show… and I miss Kris’ commercial. Figures!

    Now I remember how I watch this part of the auditions every year… as sort of background noise while I clean or whatever. If someone looks/sounds interesting, then I’ll watch. Considering I missed Cookie *completely* in the audition rounds in S7… I don’t worry too much if I don’t find someone that I’m crazy over in the audition rounds. I think last year I really liked Anoop but that was because of the YouTubes that had surfaced of him, not what was on the show.

    Looking forward to Hollywood Week, that’s when I really get interested. Oh, and I actually really liked Victoria Beckham, I think she’s kinda precious ;)

  54. Holy crap, those “I’M THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL” sayings sounded robotic.

    EWW I SAW SIMON NIPPLE!

  55. Looking forward to Hollywood Week, that’s when I really get interested. Oh, and I actually really liked Victoria Beckham, I think she’s kinda precious

    You know what? Victoria wouldn’t have actually been a bad member of that panel. She was pretty decent, especially for a guest judge. Waiting to see how the rest turn out.

    And I actually kind of liked Kara this episode. Though I actually missed the first few auditions, so she may have been more annoying at that point (seems that way, anyhow). But after the “confrontation” with the anti-social guy (who was a total set up), she was mildly entertaining. Randy and Simon were both total white noise to me this episode.

  56. Victoria Beckham was smiling. I don’t think she ever smiled on Project Runway. She looks so much prettier when she smiles and she really is a pretty woman.

  57. Huh, gotta say it was kind of nice to have the old girl back again. :) I enjoyed the show for the most part. Saw several girls with strong voices. None of the guys really stood out for me except for the guy with floppy, curly hair, but that was less for his singing than his overall look and personality. Posh didn’t annoy me as much as I thought she would–I found her rather endearing.

    I tend to not comment on the canon fodder–I usually skip all the auditions because I hate all the nonsense. All the news about Simon leaving and Ellen joining got me interested early, I guess.

    What was up with Randy and the Spandau Ballet reference? Good lord. How ridiculous and irrelevant.

  58. Sassycatz
    01/12/2010 at 10:07 pm
    I have never tried to follow Idol, real time, through MJs. And, I don’t think I’m going to be able to do so. I spent the entire — I mean, THE ENTIRE — two hours of that show trying to open the comments thread and then trying to log in to this page to comment.

    I was having the same problem. I found that if I logged in first (from the register button on the home page) I could then get into the comments fwiw.

  59. well, chat won’t let me in, but know I heart and miss a bunch of you guys! Going in for the start of S9!

  60. I know we’re not supposed to talk about the blog on the blog, but it’s heartening to know that I’m not the only one who could not access the comments sections.

    Over the last few days, I have not been able to access the comments section of most threads. I get a blank screen when trying to do so.

    I just logged in through the registration button (after reading old posts on MJ’s twitter looking for clues) and that’s how I could access this page.

    Thank you.

  61. No more edit function? I have not posted in a few weeks. Is there someplace where we can read about the latest changes and what to do/what not to do when posting/not posting? I guess I’ll hold off on posting for the time being — I don’t like posting without the security of that edit button!

    This blog is the best place for Idol news, thank you.

  62. Wow. I can see the comments again. Logging in was key.

    Posh spice was actually sweet. The night felt mostly like cannon fodder with just a couple standing out. I was surprised to see the contestants weren’t very edge. It felt like a “back in the day” edition of Idol.

  63. I fell asleep somewhere in the first hour. Of course I did that a lot last season, at this point, too.

  64. Which one was Luke. Aside from Tyler, I can only remember cancer guy and Mr. Nice guy. From the girls I remember girl with brothers with Downs and Alzheimer’s grandma. And the one that seemed very sultry and Lea. But I wouldn’t say anyone grabbed me with their audition.

  65. I’ve been out of town today and just got home. I see talk on twitter about Kris being in a commercial tonight. Has anyone seen the link? I thought it would be up on MJ’s.

  66. I’ve been out of town today and just got home. I see talk on twitter about Kris being in a commercial tonight. Has anyone seen the link?

    via twidroid.com by @jenlar – TwitVid

  67. I think there was some Top 24 potential in this group. I could see Leah, Ashley, Tyler, Justin, and Katie potentially making it, especially Ashley and Tyler. I wouldn’t worry about not seeing any knock out talent yet, it seems like every year they air the auditions as a sort of build up of talent, I just looked at the old post from here and the best people from the premier last year were Sarver and Scott.

  68. Which one was Luke. Aside from Tyler, I can only remember cancer guy and Mr. Nice guy. From the girls I remember girl with brothers with Downs and Alzheimer’s grandma. And the one that seemed very sultry and Lea. But I wouldn’t say anyone grabbed me with their audition.

    That sums it up for me!!!!! When does Ellen join the panel???

  69. FYI, for those of you who had difficulty – try the chat. Worked great and there were 50+ people chatting.

  70. Which one was Luke.

    Luke was a quick audition. I posted his myspace back on pg. two, I think. I knew him when he was a little boy. :D

  71. It feels so good to have a clean slate!!!! Can’t wait to see more auditions!

  72. Gotta love Jim- always positive!!

    “New Ford Commercial played Kris Allen’s “Alright With Me.” Please tell me that’s single #2, cuz that sounded effing AWESOME on TV tonight.”

    I can’t view the twitvid [ thanks though Ross]- have to wait for a You Tube link!!

  73. I don’t recall seeing this Cook tweet posted yet:

    thedavidcook: New AI season tonight. If you look at it like a family tree, does that mean I’m about to be grandpa?!? I’M ONLY 27!!!

  74. LLWD is now #20 on iTunes — that’s its best ever rank. And Kris’ album, which was #112 (& #956) this morning is now at #84 (and #841)

    So maybe in part because of the Idol premiere?

  75. What did the intro package say when they showed Kris’ picture? An idol _____? Did it say “a star is born” when Adam’s picture was shown?
    The into package was evenly divided: Adam, Kris, Judges.

    I liked the Tyler kid and the last girl.
    I didn’t care for the Luke guy’s tone plus it was the same ole same ole.
    Why were they making poor grandma go up the stairs. Take the damn keyboard downstairs! Geez!
    I missed Paula. I think Simon leaving is really going to hurt the show.

  76. Thanks, Idol, for making me feel guilty for watching! I have a mental image of AP’s out in the waiting area shouting out, “OK! Anyone here been treated for mental illness? Got any terminal diseases?? No? Any relatives dieing??”

    I love to be entertained. I especially like singing. I am so PISSED that this “talent show” refuses to entertain me with singing. Ugh.. I need a shower.

  77. thedavidcook: New AI season tonight. If you look at it like a family tree, does that mean I’m about to be grandpa?!? I’M ONLY 27!!!

    That is too cute!!! Hee!

    “New Ford Commercial played Kris Allen’s “Alright With Me.” Please tell me that’s single #2, cuz that sounded effing AWESOME on TV tonight.”

    Go Jim!!! Cute commercial, btw, it was almost as long as we saw him on audition!! LOL, just a little joke.

    Thanks girlygirl for the itunes news!! :)

  78. What’s up with the judges acting like they haven’t seen Justin before?

  79. Hm. Interesting night.

    We haven’t gotten to Justin yet.

    My favorites are Tyler and Katie so far.

    I take back almost everything I said about Tyler in his preview comment, though I do think he’s pretty odd-looking and that’s putting it nicely. But man, he KILLED that song. In a good way. It was a pretty awesome audition.

    Katie was pretty cute, I liked the cheesy “sing to Grandma to audition” thing they did, it had an effect on me. To top it off, she sang really well.

    I also liked Luke, Joshua, and the boat driver guy (Randy seemed really pissed at him for some reason o_O). But man, they totally botched the ages on boat driver and Joshua. They should trade ages. Seriously, boat guy (sorry I’m forgetting his name!) is YOUNGER than me? WTF? He looks at least 5 years older than me! Maybe I’m getting old.

    See, the thing that annoys me about what they’re doing to Justin is that it’s like he never auditioned. Um…. what? He’s pretty good, but after he was in that awesome White Chocolate group, you can’t pretend he was never there. I can’t hold it against him, I rather liked it so I hope he gets somewhere. But ugh, I’m incredibly PEEVED! Wonder if Kris is thinking anything fishy.

  80. What did the intro package say when they showed Kris’ picture? An idol _____? Did it say “a star is born” when Adam’s picture was shown?
    The into package was evenly divided: Adam, Kris, Judges.

    “A new Idol was crowned. A new star was born.”

  81. “Go Jim!!! Cute commercial, btw, it was almost as long as we saw him on audition!! LOL, just a little joke.

    Thanks girlygirl for the itunes news!!”

    Lol Cookcricket – Ah memories!!

    Great news girlygirl about LLWD being Top 20 – seems the AI show has had some effect!

  82. I can’t believe it, I liked Posh Spice. She was often concise and coherent. A rare thing on the judging table. Sure, she focused a bit too much on looks, but that’s part of being a recording artist these days. And for somebody who is accused of having a plastic face, it sure telegraphed what she was thinking of each contestant. She can come back and judge again.

    Meanwhile, I didn’t miss Paula at all. In fact, it was pleasantly less strident. And far less drama. When Kara blew up at Mr. Grumpy-Pants, I didn’t even mind.

    Some interesting contestants tonight and I think they balanced the show nicely between people who can sing and people who should not (although, I only watched the middle hour). And it was cool to see some of the people from the spoilers show up. Idol should just give up on all the secrecy.

  83. I also liked Luke, Joshua, and the boat driver guy (Randy seemed really pissed at him for some reason o_O). But man, they totally botched the ages on boat driver and Joshua. They should trade ages. Seriously, boat guy (sorry I’m forgetting his name!) is YOUNGER than me? WTF? He looks at least 5 years older than me! Maybe I’m getting old.

    FWIW, he’s only two years older than me. And I’m Allison’s age, apparently. So he’s two years older than Allison. That kind of does give one pause.

  84. Bah, edit. I said two, and then looked at the number again. 18?!?!? Make that one.

  85. I haven’t seen anyone who has blown me away, although I saw a couple who were good.

    I liked Kris’ commercial, although it was way too short

    Kris is going to be on the L.A local Fox news after this, they just teased…

  86. Does anyone have a link for submitting questions for the Good Day LA interview? I still have my list that you guys helped me compile!!

  87. Funny what DC said! …grandpa! lol

    Felt slightly irritated by the presentation (“A new Idol was crowned. A new star was born.”thing..)

    the one that got most my attention like many was Tyler .. he showed much character in his singing and i like his song’s pick.
    the last girl has a heck of a voice. I’m looking forward to hear more from her too

    thanks ross for the link! cute Ford video with Kris. Love the idea of having AWM forever on a car…lol

    thanks girlygirl for the itunes news. Love this new ranking for Kris!!! YAY

  88. I can’t believe it, I liked Posh Spice. She was often concise and coherent. A rare thing on the judging table. Sure, she focused a bit too much on looks, but that’s part of being a recording artist these days. And for somebody who is accused of having a plastic face, it sure telegraphed what she was thinking of each contestant. She can come back and judge again.

    What a beautiful woman, but so anorexic. It’s very sad.

  89. cookcricket
    Cute commercial, btw, it was almost as long as we saw him on audition!! LOL, just a little joke.

    :lol:

  90. My favorites are Tyler and Leah so far. The best part of the show for me, however, was Posh and her interaction with Simon. I love that she called him on the eye roll.

  91. Jim’s latest tweet re: the Kris commercial/AWM:

    jambajim Heard from Team Allen. Alright With Me in Ford ad was just a cool thing. No bigger significance. Still no decision made re: single #2. :)

  92. I loved tonight’s show! I think it’s one of the best audition shows they’ve ever had. It was edtied well too. The history lesson was funny and Simon trying to understand the Boston accent was hysterical.
    The damn ending made me cry. Watching the excitement of those kids.
    My favorite of the night was Ashley Rodriquez.. I loved everyhting about her, even her look. Second favorite was Justin – he’s gorgeous!
    Other standouts, for me:
    Luke Schaeffer
    Tyler Grady (Young rocker)
    Katie Stevens, 16 year old that reminded me of Kat.
    Joshua, the guy they said was too nice. I see him as a country singer. He’s adorbale.
    Leah.
    Was not crazy about Amadeo’s performance, although he seems like a great guy. I want to go eat at his house! I thought they were going to crush poor Ryan!
    Loved, Victoria’s dress on the second day. She did good!

  93. “judes, here the YT of the Kris commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov30HGuL_IA&feature=player_embedded

    Thanks so much Diane – yeah short & sweet. Hey that’s a great feature to have BTW. I’d love to record my favourites & have them stored in the car- & I thought having an i-pod connection in the car was cool!!

    I still can’t view this episode for another 2 hours but its interesting looking at everyone’s perspective on the auditions so far!!

    [BTW MJ I’ve been to Boston & I loved it- very much like an Aussie city!!]

  94. “A new Idol was crowned. A new star was born.”

    Wow! I like it!
    Thanks :) I didn’t record the show.

    Victoria Beckham needs to eat a hamburger.

  95. i’m seeing LLWD at #15 overall !!!

    I think Victoria was a good judge, very composed. Good at getting at Simon’s eyes roll!!
    I like the clip with Amadeo, like others i want to go eat at his house.

    Is it me or they showed more good auditions than in the past? still too much crap at my taste though

  96. I thought Ashley’s last name was Makailah but it is Rodriguez lol. I guess Makailah is her middle name. Anyways I started the fansite w/vids including her audition tonight so people can see the pics/videos and comment. here’s the link http://www.ashleymakailah.com

  97. Couldn’t edit –

    Jim’s latest tweet re: the Kris commercial/AWM:

    jambajim Heard from Team Allen. Alright With Me in Ford ad was just a cool thing. No bigger significance. Still no decision made re: single #2. :)

    Ha- not giving anything away are they- you just never know it could be the one — or not !!

  98. I also liked Leah, she was a great ending.

    Wow, I liked almost everyone who got through! Most of them were standouts, but everyone who got through was at least decent for me.

    Tyler Grady (Though TBH I wouldn’t mind him getting a drastic makeover.)
    Luke Shaffer
    Ashley Rodriguez (She’s probably a bit overrated, but she’s pretty good)
    Mike Davis (That’s his name! 2 years younger, looks 5 years older o_O)
    Katie Stevens
    Joshua Blaylock (8 years older looks 6 years younger XD. The banter was hilariously uncomfortable. Kinda like The Office except not really. But I liked him :P)
    Leah Laurenti

    My parents hate Kara so much. She is wordy, but I don’t see much problems with her. I liked her being a bitch to that guy. I try to be nice to those people, but I don’t need a jerk ruining my day like that.

    But why the hell did they start with Janet McNamara and Pat Ford? God, I HATED those auditions. So. Much. Although to be honest a lot of it had to do with Janet’s shirt being too short. Pat just annoyed the living bejeezus out of me.

  99. There was plenty of Top 24 potential on display, more of the semi-final cannon fodder types with a few Top 12’s. They are starting out with a heavy emphasis on the teens. But then, teens provide more than their fair share of semi-final cannon fodder each year.

    I was amazed how much better the show played out tonight than previous season audition shows. Interesting what you can do in the editing room when your not completely positive who will make the semi-finals. Still, we only got to hear maybe half of the gold ticket sing, and then some of those only in a montage.

    Of the gold tickets shown, Justin and Ashley look to have Top 12 potential. The rest need to show me more in Hollywood.

  100. I liked the show tonight but as always I don’t like when they show the deluded contestants… aren’t they already enough miserable (re. being deluded as for their talent) without having millions of people laughing at them?

  101. i really liked Tyler….his voice, vibe and look. overall he probably impressed me the most. Katie has a fantastic voice, look forward to seeing her peform more. i was not a big fan of Ashley…yes, packaged artist, but boring. She had a good voice but there was nothing disctinct or interesting about it. Something was missing….she has the looks but there seems to be an emptiness behind it. Hope to be proven wrong in hollywood week. Maddie was interesting…she had a good voice and seems very raw. Hmm, i could see her developing as the show progresses. The rest were so so…..as is the case with most auditions. Can i just fastforward to Hollywood Week? To me, its then when i see people rise to the occasion and really stand out.

  102. iluvai, i kind of miss Paula too. I like much how caring she is.

    Diane, could you give me your adress feed for itunes. Mine doesn’t show the ranking numbers and it’s annoying

  103. btw, i did NOT miss Paula. it actually felt nice without her predictable banter. kara has enough hate for simon to keep things spicy on the panel. my fave part was when posh commented that she didnt like simon’s eye rolling….and kara chimed in “ohh, you noticed that?” LOL

  104. the kris segment just aired on the local LA fox station…nothing much to report. he’s nervous for the contestants, thinks ellen will bring something diff to season 9, said its always nice to get a good comment from simon (although he didnt get many during his idol run, LOL…love how he always points that out), still keeps in touch with the other contestants (mentioned danny and adam) and then gave a silly update on his twittter posts (he makes a rule not to tweet what he is doing at that exact moment). thats all folks :)

  105. “Go Jim!!! Cute commercial, btw, it was almost as long as we saw him on audition!!

    So true.
    Did any other idol got a Ford commercial like that before ? I’ve never paid that close attention before Kris.

    The bad thing with this season idol audition is that I’m stuck watching them just to see the great looking background picture. Usually I just fast forward till the people with the Golden Ticket sing.

    Just saw Kris’ at the Fox news. Hopefully there is a link somewhere.
    Talking about going to the Phillipines in Feb, that he still has the time to watch the current AI season, how the contestant wants good comments from Simon. Kris was laughing and said that he did not get too many good feedback from Simon. He is still keeping in touch with former idols. He is big at tweeting and he tweets stupid craps .His last tweet is that his favorite movie is “the Black Dynamite” which he hasn’t seen yet. And that he won’t tweet what he is doing at that exact moment.

  106. yeah same here! I DID NOT miss Paula. I totally forgot about her watching the show and just remembered afterwards that “oh yeah paula isnt here” i really expected to miss her since shes been on the show so long. i think everyone’s gonna feel it during the live shows tho.

    Also i gotta say my favorite audition was the MJ, and Adam inspired Latoya Jackson with a beard, Noberto, LMFAOO that was EPIC. Simon’s comments were a WIN. I dont think MJ or Adam would approve of that complete joke of an audition hahahah HILARIOUS

    so far im not really feeling any of the contestants but i can tell they’re really pushing the female contestants.

    and interesting that they had a whole segment of supposed musical theater auditioners. I thought they didnt like the musical theater/broadway type of voices? i guess Adam helped change their minds?

  107. The bad thing with this season idol audition is that I’m stuck watching them just to see the great looking background picture.

    Welcome to my world, circa January 2009. Heh.

  108. MJ, I’m guessing you’ve never heard a blues shouter. :) Amadeo was actually excellent at that sort of style

  109. You should give Ayla Brown the good press she deserves for the outstanding music she has recorded while attending college, and playing D1 basketball.

  110. Well it starts again. The crowd scenes – reshot about a million times: the goofy white guys that dance like zombies: the feel good backstories with folks who’ll be devastated during Hell Week when they have to perform with strangers and no sleep. Yep, it’s Idol season nine.

    But it feels different. Yes, the look is more like the American Idol set in Orlando (my daughter tried out last October & won her semi – finished second to a young man born without arms who sang like Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts). And the vibe between the judges seems a bit more cordial, perhaps a bit more laid back.

    But knowing what we know about the show now, with the implosion of the judging situation, and the lack of success from a sales standpoint of any of the more recent Idol winners, it seems a bit less vibrant or hopeful.

    I believe that the prize needs to be changed, since it is now obvious that it doesn’t matter who wins, as long as you finish in the top 10 you have a decent shot at a career of some sort. Perhaps a cash prize? I’m not sure.
    I think this show may end up having to morph into more of a performance show (like it did after season 6 when the Wednesday show had current artists performing their current stuff and making the results seem a little less important).

    I look forward to MJ’s insightful posts, and watching the stories unfold.
    Perhaps they’ll show more behind the scenes stuff (like the goodbye dinner at Buca Di Beppo’s that used to have after the results show to say ‘goodbye’). :-)

  111. do you know what song is being played on background after Ashley Rodriguez got 4 yes?

  112. Thank you, MJ for a great summary.

    For me, the contestants are the most important part of the show. What a great start to the new season. So much talent, along with the sob stories – but we do get to know the contestants better.

    Of the gold tickets shown, Justin and Ashley look to have Top 12 potential. The rest need to show me more in Hollywood.

    Word. It will be good to have a Latina with so much talent, plus she has the “IT” factor going for her. Yes, I was impressed with Justin. His background is one of bravery and survival. In addition, he is handsome seems like he has a good personality, has a beautiful voice, and is from Utah. The Mormons are very supportive and will vote.

    I also liked Katie Stevens and Leah Laurenti and can see them in the TOP 24. Now contestants like these can get Season 9 off to a good start. Kara did a nice job and overall it was a good show!

  113. It’s been a few hours since I watched the show and Katie and Leah are the only two I really remember.

    Well, I remember Ashley, too, but I wasn’t that crazy about her. Maybe it was her song choice and I’ll like her better when I hear her sing something else.

    Katie’s song choice was over done, too, but I’ll forgive her. This time. lol

    As far as the no-Paula thing goes, I didn’t think about her being gone either. Then again, I usually just rolled my eyes at the things she said anyway, so not having to do so was a nice change. I hope that this season will be really good and remind me of all the reasons I fell in love with Idol during season one. Cut down on the judge shenanigans and focus on giving us some good contestants.

  114. “Perhaps a cash prize? I’m not sure.”

    That has happened on Australian idol- $200,000 in fact was given to the winner Wes in 2008, not sure about in 2009 – however there is a rumour that Oz idol might not happen this year due to lower ratings [& maybe less cash]?

  115. thanks MJ for the recap. the show is airing tonight where i live so i’m gonna come back here tonight to catch up on the comments.

    love kris’s AWM and happy that it got featured in the Ford vid and really really hoping its the next single

  116. The two who stood out for me were Ashley Rodriguez and Katie Stevens, especially Katie. I checked out some of her Youtube videos and I definitely think she could go far (that is, if she at least made it to the Top 24)

  117. I think they have a much stronger start than last year. Some very good voices. I also like that they toned down the crazy candidates a bit. They’re ok as a filler in between some good singers but they overdid it last year, so hoping from the first episode that this year will get focused on real contestants and not judges/the comedian/bikini girl etc..

  118. I wasn’t able to see the whole program but from what I did watch I wasn’t missing Paula either.

    It was nice to see Simon paying attention, unlike most of last season. I can handle his criticisms since that’s his role, but his complete disinterest and lack of focus really bothered me.

  119. I found an error in your blog post at the end. 31 advanced to Hollywood, not 32.

    Nope, mj is right. It was 32.

    Enjoyed having the show back last night. I liked having most of the focus on the contestants and not much judge stuff, although I think that was in part because Posh didn’t have much to say (I seem to remember reading that back when the Boston auditions for the judges happened). I still find it hilarious that they pretend that the judges are there the same day as the huge lines, even when it was pouring down rain the day of the huge lines, but clear and sunny when the judges were there. Why do they continue with that charade?

    Liked a lot of the girls–Katie, Ashley, Jess (I think that was her name, who sang the wicked witch is dead?). I also liked Tyler and Luke. I am not sold on Justin Williams. I hate them using the cancer story to pimp him. Interesting that he got sick on a mission trip to Spain just like Kris Allen did (Kris was actually on the trek into Morocco after finishing up in Spain when he got sick, but he almost died–and yet he didn’t pimp that story out). Also interesting that, even though he was part of the best group performance in Hollywood (the weakest part, but still) last year, they are pretending like we’ve never seen him. I had to laugh out loud at Kara saying, “I’m gonna remember you.” Really? Then, why don’t you remember him from last year?

    Anyway, a good start. Not too many deluded people, and a number of good ones.

    I loved seeing Kris in the Ford commercial, and was so psyched that they used Alright with Me. I love that song! And I have been one who makes fun of Kris’s “acting” in the past, but he was just fine! Good for him, snagging a major commercial for him and the song.

  120. Justin Williams is hot. lol. I thought the first episode had a lot of good talent. Can’t wait until next week now hehe. The roller coaster begins!

  121. I endured this last night just for the home town connection. Never watched or liked this part of the show. I work with the brother of Mike Davis, he was pretty good, but I thought the judges were really rude to walk out on him even though he still made it through. Anyways, that’s it for me, I’ll probably watch when Hollywood week start to see how Mike does and that tall one who sang Let’s Get it On. He wasn’t cute or anything but he had style and swagger.

  122. Thanks for providing the vid clips. Every year I try and watch the audition episodes and every year I just get irritated enough to change the channel. This year I lasted an hour then wondered how I’d get that hour of my life back. I’m glad you guys enjoyed the auditions *absolutely no sarcasm intended*

    Does anyone know when Katy Perry or NPH will be one, or what cities they were at. I think I’ll just try those episodes otherwise I’ll wait until Hollywood Week.

  123. I thought Katy Perry ended up not doing it due to a scheduling conflict.

  124. iluvai I missed Paula as well.

    I thought that Victoria Beckham did a nice job as guest judge. I wouldn’t mind seeing her be the fourth judge instead of Ellen. She was nice enough and she doesn’t have a personality that would distract away from the contestants. Her personality isn’t so overwhelming that it made her seem really out of place with the other judges. I think that she could have fit on the panel fine as permanent judge.

  125. I think my favorite of the night was Luke Schaeffer. I didn’t miss Paula one bit.

  126. i really liked Tyler….his voice, vibe and look. overall he probably impressed me the most.

    Me too. I liked his personality too – seemed comfortable/confident but not pompous. He has a nice voice.

    As an accountant, it was very painful to watch Janet McNamara bounce around like a complete idiot.

    I also liked Leah, but am not sure she has the wherewithall to make it very far in the competition.

  127. I haven’t read through all the comments so I don’t know if this was mentioned….did anyone else notice Kare and Victoria’s body language while Luke was singing “a girl like you is impossible to find”? LOL…he definitely woke them up!! I don’t know if he has what it takes to go far in the competition but he’s got a little somethin somethin going on for him cuz he sure did jumpstart my parts :P

    Tyler was very cool and memorable and I also liked the Portuguese girl and and the last one…ummm…Leah, she was pretty good too. It’s so strange to not have any spoilers while watching the auditions…..I don’t like it haha.

  128. JJ123, I noticed because I watched his audition over and over. :) I missed it on my TV because I had it on mute. I said this earlier, but I was shocked to see him! He was the ring bearer in my wedding!!! (mumbly, mumbly yrs. ago, lol).

    I agree that I’m not sure he has what it takes, but I hope to at least catch another glimpse in Hollywood. He’s grown up to be a fine and fine-looking young man.

  129. oh wow…how very cool that he was your ring bearer!! That had to be wild seeing him on TV unexpectedly like that. Well if he doesn’t do well on the show I hope he ends up being one of those people that we hear about succeeding later and laugh at Idol for passing them up!

  130. In the end, I have a rather love/hate relationship with the auditions. I hate that they show back stories. I hate that they show people who (for whatever reason) actually thought they had a chance and had their hopes dashed on mainstream TV. I love that it’s the start to a new season. I love American Idol but can count on one hand how many hours I’ve voted for any contestant who wasn’t named David Cook. I’m never about choosing a favorite during the auditions. I actually can’t remember David Cook’s audition (if I even saw it) making an impression. I honestly can’t remember having a favorite from the audition during any season.

  131. No edit function so I wanted to add that Victoria Beckham has all the attributes I like in a judge. She doesn’t talk just to talk. She didn’t ever make it about her (one of the things I find distasteful in Simon and to a lesser extent in Paula).

  132. Yikes! After suffering extreme Adam withdrawal (watching all Season 8 Fox reality shows leading up to last night) I was mildly entertained and thought that the premise and “artistry” was better this year UNTIL that one guy sang Feeling Good – then this incredible sadness came over me – where is Adam?? He should be singing that song! That thought led to the realization – we can no longer look forward to seeing what new creation Adam will come up with every week. I don’t know wtf is happening to me with all these emotions.

  133. Any news on the ratings for the show? I’m guessing they were down from last year. I think the bloom is off the Idol rose. For some reason this year more than most, it doesn’t seem like they can make stars. And this show really, really needs a star.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I liked Victoria Beckham as well. She didn’t talk too much and wasn’t a drama queen. But she seems plugged ii to what current in fashion and I guess music to a degree.

    I still think Kara is a big problem. She’s just very abrasive and not very appealing.

  134. PS My favorites from last night were Katie S., Amadeo – who reminded me of the Car Talk Bros. and Luke.

  135. I enjoyed the premiere – lots more focus on actual good singers, which was refreshing.

    So far, possible contenders to me include:

    * the 2 16 year olds (second one had a better voice, but the first one had the more “tug at the heartstrings” backstory)
    * Amadeo (love that he is like, Sopranos-Idol – that’s a new one – lol)
    * Tyler (aka Jim Morrison look-alike)
    * Justin (was he really in white chocolate? – too funny!)
    * Joshua (reminds me of an older archie with his mannerisms)

    The last girl was not quite as good as the judges gushed about, plus she seemed to be an emotional mess from the beginning. On the fence about that one.

    I think a woman will definitely win this year – gut feeling.

    BTW – do we know why only Kris and David were on the background banner? Don’t they usually have all the winners?

  136. jpfan
    01/13/2010 at 9:30 am

    I still think Kara is a big problem. She’s just very abrasive and not very appealing.

    Maybe they’re setting her up to be the next Simon. Unfortunately, I think that for some people she comes off as an ungrateful bitch who is whining because she didn’t get what these kids have a chance to get.

  137. I actually enjoyed last night’s Boston show. Usually, I hate the audition rounds. But this year, at least in that episode, there weren’t as many bat crazy people being displayed. I agree, jpfan, Victoria Beckham did very well as a guest judge. I was not prepared for that. I thought I was going to hate her. LOL!

  138. Didn’t miss Paula.
    Glad that he judges seemed less mean to the poor singers.
    Agreed w/ MJ’s evaluation on all the singers. Several of the ones who seemed really good now, are only really good in comparison & crash in Hollywood. There are a couple here I think will go further.
    Gloomy guy w/ glasses – I would have liked to see him sing a 2nd song and see what else he could do.

  139. Gloomy guy w/ glasses – I would have liked to see him sing a 2nd song and see what else he could do.

    He didn’t have the best voice, but he wasn’t an awful singer. I think they were more turned off by their I thought that he had a gloomy Clark Kent look going on, LOL.

  140. calimari
    01/13/2010 at 9:43 am
    .
    Gloomy guy w/ glasses – I would have liked to see him sing a 2nd song and see what else he could do.

    Not me. If you can’t sit there for 5 or 6 or 10 hours for your chance to get fame, I’ve no use for you. There’s so much more of the process that will piss you off. If you can’t deal with the first crap, you’ve no right to deal with the rest. Now I understand that it was the judges who showed the clip in this light, but there had to be at least something there for them to show it that way.

  141. I thought Katy Perry ended up not doing it due to a scheduling conflict.

    I’m pretty sure she didn’t do the Boston one, but ended up judging a later audition.

  142. Day One and the producer manipulation starts already. White Chocolate was epic last year, there is no way the judges didn’t know who Justin was, but let’s pretend he’s someone new (cancer guy). Oh brother.

    Two beautiful backgrounds last night. Boston behind the judges and
    Kris’ picture behind all the contestants.

    Also, didn’t miss Paula one bit!!

  143. NYC, I’m way late to posting here, but I too noticed the first minutes when they directly slapped Kris as the winner, by saying one was crowned, and showing Adam and saying “and a star was born” WTF? Wonder what their definition of a star is, exactly? Don’t think Adam is there yet….

  144. I actually enjoyed last nights Boston audition show more than most audition shows. I was happy to see a good number of decent audition. My favs were Luke and Tyler. Ashley was also very good, but as per usual, female voices aren’t what I prefer to listen to (I think I only have about 3 female artists on my ipod).

    Amadeo seems like a really likable guy but wtf? in putting him through? If Taylor wasn’t a pop star, I feel pretty confident in saying that neither is Amadeo. I’m sure he’ll bring the laughs during Hollywood week, though – so hopefully we’ll get some good tv from him. I don’t think his voice is good enough to be this years Sarver, though.

  145. I don’t think his voice is good enough to be this years Sarver, though

    I agree, he seems like a sweet guy, but I don’t think that his voice was good enough for him to make it through to Hollywood.

  146. Not me. If you can’t sit there for 5 or 6 or 10 hours for your chance to get fame, I’ve no use for you. There’s so much more of the process that will piss you off. If you can’t deal with the first crap, you’ve no right to deal with the rest.

    Totally agree. If he can’t deal with the Idol audition process, how the heck is he going to deal with Hollywood week or the competition? The Ford videos? The recording? The dress rehearsals? The group numbers? Everything! The guy would get permanent scowl lines before he made it out of the semis. There is so much hurry up and wait with producing a television show, he would have been a royal pain in the ass to everybody.

    Here is his shot at making it to the big leagues and he chose to cop an attitude about having to wait a few hours? Seriously? And way not to do your research. Anybody who knows anything about Idol knows you spend a LOT of time waiting to audition. Immature git. Might as well get rid of him straight off the bat.

    LOL. Can you imagine if he won and had to do 500 interviews in one day with them all asking the same question? Oh my.

  147. So far, the only two I like are Katie Stevens and Luke Shaffer. She seemed genuinely sweet and had a gorgeous voice for someone her age; he had a nice tone and picked something that we haven’t heard 100000 times on Idol before – yeah!

    The fact that Justin Williams was the most searched on Google after the show completely bugs me. He’s completely overrated. While he sang his audition song pretty well, his “White Chocolate” performance really showed the limitations of his voice, IMO.

  148. Gloomy guy w/ glasses – I would have liked to see him sing a 2nd song and see what else he could do.

    Not me. If you can’t sit there for 5 or 6 or 10 hours for your chance to get fame, I’ve no use for you.

    LOL – yes to this! Plus, my sense from the guy was that he had terrible musicality – it was almost like speak-singing.

  149. I saw a lot of promising contestants just in Boston. It will be interesting to see what we get for the 24 and then the final 12. Please go lightly on the cannon fodder. I want all serious contenders.

    They seem to have learned that the AI audience were pretty ticked with last year’s nonsense. Hope it holds.

    I didn’t miss Paula, as much as I like her as a person. I was surprised that Victoria Beckham was good as a judge … but man does she look skeletor. I’m looking forward to the guest judges and I think that was a good move.

    Yay for Kris’ Ford commercial. Shame they cut away mid phrase of AWM. Great song.

  150. TwigLA
    01/13/2010 at 10:59 am

    I didn’t miss Paula, as much as I like her as a person. I was surprised that Victoria Beckham was good as a judge … but man does she look skeletor. I’m looking forward to the guest judges and I think that was a good move.

    I have issues with this. I obviously don’t know her situation but I’ve been dissed so much for my size. I’m 5’4″ and weighed 103 lbs. until I was over 50 years old. I was a size 0 or 2. I always ate what ever I wanted to. I’d guess I’m more unhealthy than some bigger women because I could eat stuff they couldn’t, and heart disease knows no weight. I just really despise judging people on size, any size.

    Now that I’m older and have more weight (omg! 120 lbs), nobody cares what I look like, but you know, I really don’t feel as healthy as I did then.

  151. I like Luke for the boys and Jess for the girls.

    Amadeo is a hoot–great personality–maybe an actor? Something he said in his interview, don’t remember exactly what, sounded like he was taking a page from Adam’s book and just doing this to raise his profile.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Josh open a can of whoopass on everybody (I mean as a singer) after what they did to him. That would be fun.

  152. Yay! I had so much fun watching last night.

    I didn’t miss Paula. Barely noticed she wasn’t there. Although, I did think the audition rounds last night went more smoothly without her. Less ridiculous tormenting and teasing from Simon. (Maybe that’s why he’s leaving. Without Paula as his foil, his schtick doesn’t work quite as well.)

    The Andrew bit cracked me up. I was secretly hoping that Randy and Simon would team up and put him through to Hollywood just to piss off Kara and Posh. Plus, his interactions with Ellen would probably be priceless. No such luck.

    As usual, my heart hurt a bit for the auditioners who are a bit “off.” The anime girl – you could tell by the expression on her mother’s face when she was talking about her mother goes everywhere with her to auditions that there’s something not right. And Mom was definitely hustling her out of the place to get her away from the cameras so she couldn’t do anything else mock-worthy. And the poor guy with the long black hair the high voice, as well as the Asian guy who was obviously put up to it. (Why do the producers put through people like him to be mocked? Hate.)

    And, of course, I was a sucker for the sweet girl with the brothers with Down’s, and the girl with the grandma with Alzheimer’s, and Amadeo who was just too fun. But, that’s only for now. Once the Top 24 starts, screw that! No backstory. I want talent.

  153. I’m going to sound like a puppy kicker, but I did not like Katie. I thought she over-sang, big time. She sounded better singing with Grandma, so we’ll see how she does going forward. Leah was quite good, but seems a bit emotionally fragile. I predict a meltdown for her, come Hollywood.

  154. Wait! Sorry to double post, but I forgot how much I loved the girl who sang “Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead.” Who was she???

  155. I’ve decided that I do not like Katie Stevens. I watched the videos she posted in her youtube account and musically, she is McPhee 2.0.

    Over the Rainbow by Katherine McPhee – Yeah, someone covering Kat isn’t going to cut it musically for me.

    The Prayer by Celine Dion – Like Kat, Katie has a beautiful lower register but an awful upper range. She doesn’t sing the bridge in the original octave and she sounds shrieky when she attempts any high notes.

    Watch her other videos also made me realize that one of the reasons why I don’t like 16 year old Idol contestants is because most of them haven’t learned to add an originality to the song they cover.

  156. Oh, I just read the pre-Idol write-up MJ had about her – seems like I wasn’t the only one who got a McPhee vibe, heh.

    I do like the person Katie was portrayed as on the episode, but I guess she’s just not my cup of tea musically.

  157. I seem to be in the minority, but I DID miss Paula, esp. with the contestants that are there just to be made fun of. Paula at least always looked embarrassed to be laughing at them.

    Interesting, with Paula gone, SIMON almost seems to be the kindest person on the panel. And I’m beginning to truly hate Kara. She’s inarticulate and mean.

  158. Jennifer Hirsh! LOVE the jazzy style. Also I’m really feeling Jess Wolfe and Bosa Mora. After Kris’ win, I’m totally not underestimating anybody, even if they’re one of those little clips.

  159. Ah! Thanks, sleeptalker. I remember I really loved her, then promptly forgot about her. I hope she does well in Hollywood so we see more of what she’s capable of.

  160. Bad singers got tons of screen time. Wasting time.

    This is the thing that really bothers me. When these audition shows are edited, they know who got gold Hollywood tickets and shouldn’t waste time on anybody who didn’t get one. Showing all those pathetic losers who clearly didn’t merit getting past the initial screening robs us of seeing auditions by some potential finalists. It happened that way with Kris Allen last year. :mad:

  161. Here’s Jim C.’s recap in 140 characters:

    IDOLin140 Ep901/902 Boston had Posh not Paula, 16yr old girls w/sad homes, Codzilla, cancer, African hat + a guido. Clark Kent=entitled ass. Holler! about 5 hours ago from web

  162. LMAO at the LION KING music played as the soundtrack to the BOSA MORA audition! Sometimes American Idol can be so embarrassingly “white”. Kinda like subtitling Allison Iraheta’s dad even though he was speaking English. I wonder, did they play Ravi Shankar citar music during Anoop’s or Sanjaya’s audition?? ;)

    BTW is it just me, or does Bosa look like a young Seal (minus the scars)? He even kinda sounds like Seal, minus the flair.

  163. That thought led to the realization – we can no longer look forward to seeing what new creation Adam will come up with every week. I don’t know wtf is happening to me with all these emotions.

    Welcome to withdrawal the season after you find “your” Idol! Many of us have been there, and many more I’m sure are right there with you this year :)

  164. Glad I wasn’t the only one who liked Amadeo, even though I do agree that he wasn’t the best singer. Him winning and his family rushing for Ryan afterward made for some good TV.

  165. I totally agree about not missing Paula. In fact, I thought the show moved along a lot better without her. I will miss her banter with Simon, but the show is still fine without her. For the performances, I enjoyed Boston’s Day 1 more than Day 2, even though my favorite of the group was Leah.

  166. I actually missed Paula somewhat. Oh well.

    My vote is for Tyler and Katie to go to the Top 12. Joshua will probably get cut in Hollywood but I liked him so I wouldn’t mind him going farther. Luke, we didn’t see enough of but he was awesome too. Ashley was too orange but she’s at least top 24 material, but I see her making one or two slip ups for some reason. She still has potential, although I think I wanna see more of her to be sure. Leah was really good, too.

    My only gripe is Tyler’s clothing, but ya gotta look past the weirdness sometimes :P.

    Am I the only one hoping to see Emily Wynne-Hughes again?

  167. Bad singers got tons of screen time. Wasting time.

    I’m not sure they’ll try and pull a S8 this year, but if they are the bad audition pile-up does serve a purpose, as it means they have to highlight as little of the talent they don’t want to highlight as possible. But I could be overreading; that really worked better with the Top 36.

  168. “I think a woman will definitely win this year – gut feeling.”

    Its obvious the show wants a woman to win this year, but I’m not so sure. Unless they stack the top 24 with guys who can’t really sing.

  169. I really like Tyler Grady and Ashley Rodriguez so far. The 16 years old’s all seem to be pretty good too.

  170. Just curious… When somebody gets to go to Hollywood, is it on AI’s dime or do they have to pay their own way? Assuming an average of about 30 per for the 7 audition locations making it through, that would amount to more than 200 people. Round trip airfare alone for so many could amount to a hefty chunk of money. And there are still hotels and meals.

  171. OH and I did like Joshua and felt they played with him too much because he really is nice and did not get their snark..

  172. I don’t get the hype from Tyler. He’s like a clone of Justin Guarini.

  173. The only person yesterday, who caught my eye and more my ear is Luke Shaffer, he’s the only one I even remember by name. The rest all blend together. I also FFWD through all the bad auditions, I don’t even bother.

  174. I posted this question in another thread…is anyone else having trouble either logging in or staying logged in?

    thanks.

  175. Izzieq
    01/13/2010 at 7:45 pm
    I posted this question in another thread…is anyone else having trouble either logging in or staying logged in?

    thanks.

    Yes!

    Couldn’t log in and then sent for password because it wouldn’t take. Now it is. Weirdness. I don’t need a new password now.

  176. Yes ^ after several attempts, I finally got logged in.

    I was awestruck by how stunningly beautiful the city of Boston is. And I flove the accent of the natives, could listen to them talk all day. Bostonians (or is it Bostonites?) should be proud. I think this premiere was the best I’ve seen in my Idol watching years.

    I really like Victoria B. She is quite articulate, sincere, and seems to be nobody’s fool. She has the most beautifully expressive eyes and is much prettier without the heavy eye makeup.

    Early fave is Tyler, who I knew was a musician as soon as I laid eyes on him….should be interesting. Liked Katie and Leah too.

  177. Just curious… When somebody gets to go to Hollywood, is it on AI’s dime or do they have to pay their own way? Assuming an average of about 30 per for the 7 audition locations making it through, that would amount to more than 200 people. Round trip airfare alone for so many could amount to a hefty chunk of money. And there are still hotels and meals.

    Although that seems expensive by normal business standards, American Idol pulls in the most expensive ad rate on television for each minute of advertising. While putting on the cattle calls and Hollywood week are doubtless expensive, it’s still a small amount compared to what they make.

    The contestants are also not paid in the audition and Hollywood rounds. At a later point, not sure if it’s Top 24 or Top 12, they become considered “performers”, and have to join the union AFTRA, which is for people who perform on TV but are not actors, including everyone from announcers and game show hosts to reality show stars and children’s television personalities.

    After that point the top contestants get paid for each episode they appear in. Still, nothing like the salaries of actors on popular comedies and dramas. Even with Hollywood week, American Idol is cheaper to put on then a major drama like Lost. Which is why it’s sooo darn profitable.

  178. And the poor guy with the long black hair the high voice, as well as the Asian guy who was obviously put up to it. (Why do the producers put through people like him to be mocked? Hate.)

    They think it’s good TV but a little of that goes a long, long way.

    Just curious… When somebody gets to go to Hollywood, is it on AI’s dime or do they have to pay their own way?

    AI pays, it’s part of the production cost which is expensive but not compared to a regular program… Reality TV is cheaper, that’s why there is so much of it.

  179. Hey guys! I cant believe I actually love another Idol than Adam Lambert (kind of feels like cheating on him lol) Im a big ashley fan myself and actually started the website http://ashleymakailah.com. The good news is if you like her, you have a family member (regular) here from MJ’s running the site! Let’s all wish her luck, she really is such a sweet girl, and her vocals are immaculate!

  180. Just curious… When somebody gets to go to Hollywood, is it on AI’s dime or do they have to pay their own way?

    It’s not AI, but my friend was on Survivor. He didn’t come close to winning, and yet he told me that he could have taken half a year off work. (He got paid a LOT.)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.