American Idols 2010 – Portland OR

The Top 10 Idols continue the west coast leg of their tour, performing tonight in Portland, OR.

The show starts at 7:30 PDT

Check out the live twitter blog after the jump. And later, check back for VIDEOS.  If you’d like to write a recap of YOUR show, send it to mjsbigblog at gmail dot com. Also, if you’ve got photos or videos you’d like to share, bring them on.

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Videos after the JUMP…

Live Blog after the JUMP…

Late Night Sandwich

Didi Benami – Lay It On Me

Didi Benami – Terrified

Andrew Garcia – Straight Up

Katie Stevens – Here We Go Again

Katie Stevens – Fighter

Tim Urban – Better Days

Tim Urban – Viva La Vida

Siobhan Magnus – Paint it Black

Casey James – It’s All Over Now – (Credit: MishaRW)

Lee DeWyze – Use Somebody

Finale (credit: MishaRW)

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24 Comments

  1. They’ve put a lot of mileage on those buses!!! I’ll bet the novelty has worn off :)

  2. If they’re already tired of the touring at this point, hopefully they’re not planning on making a career out of this. Not saying it’s the best part of the gig, but if they’re sick of it after not quite 2 months, then perhaps they need to consider different work :-P

    The tweeter burtrosen seems to be heavy on the snark. I’m trying to figure out what he meant by the “cats per person ratio here is much higher than the general population.” Something to do with single women, especially those older than 20 or so…i.e. crazy cat ladies? If so, I take offense, I’m a 30 year old guy and I have 2 cats. I love cats. Lol…I’m special.

  3. The tweeter burtrosen seems to be heavy on the snark. I’m trying to figure out what he meant by the “cats per person ratio here is much higher than the general population.” Something to do with single women, especially those older than 20 or so…i.e. crazy cat ladies? If so, I take offense, I’m a 30 year old guy and I have 2 cats. I love cats. Lol…I’m special.

    Cougars maybe? LOL

    burtrosen is really snarky. I don’t mind him, though.

  4. I don’t think they’re tired of touring. In fact several have already started saying things that indicate they can’t believe it’s almost over, etc. And if they are a wee bit tired, then this is a learning experience for them and if they do tour in their careers, they will figure out how to make things more comfortable for themselves.

  5. Yeah I myself really can’t imagine how I would get tired of the touring – the actual traveling part of it. I’m not a city person, but I love to travel and I love seeing different parts of the country – even though you’d be performing almost daily you’re going to at least see a lot as it goes by. I would find it so much more interesting than just staying in one place (I’m one of the types that’s actually thought of how cool it would be to live in a RV and drive around the country for a couple years or something…how would you make a living though? Lol)

    Seems like regardless of who your favorite is (and everyone has them), nearly every concert has had one common reaction – how much better this group seems as a whole than people thought they’d be from seeing them on TV. I do think sometimes people get caught up in being there in person and just plain get emotional – that it’s not just about how good the performances are but about the whole concert experience. That said, it really does say something that time and again we’ve heard how impressed people have been. It really makes me wonder what they did during the season to make them all seem so unlikeable and just not interesting in general. I remember at one point having a “tinfoil hat theory” about them sabotaging this season intentionally…I won’t go into it now though, lol.

  6. jturpen saying that Crystal changed her 7 year old son’s life – how beyond amazing does someone have to be for them to have that sort of reaction at that age? Talking about how his eyes lit up and all. I like the kid’s taste :-P

  7. Crystal has a very nurturing spirit. Little kids have a sixth sense about adults. He probably recognizes the mama in her, not to mention her beautifully pure voice.

  8. Burtrosen may have been snarky during the concert but his tweet at 11.36 is impressed with the whole concert!

    burtrosen: @SueSoCal it ended up being really good. Crystal and Lee were awesome and the others were good [via Twitter]

  9. And LNS is back in force – Big Mike, Andrew, Casey, Katie and Siobhan with Lee as cameraman

    #latenightsandwich (Oregon trail edition) http://bit.ly/bAUAUe

    I think its a 20h bus trip to Denver and they’re still in Portland, so they must be flying!

  10. It really makes me wonder what they did during the season to make them all seem so unlikeable and just not interesting in general. I remember at one point having a “tinfoil hat theory” about them sabotaging this season intentionally…I won’t go into it now though, lol.

    Okay, there were a few times I felt that the “powers to be” were sabotaging this season also. Not sure why. I really think the contestants seemed really lost during the TV show, like they weren’t being given enough direction as to how to translate their musical talents into the format of the show. And after I saw them live, I really began to believe that even more.

    At first I felt maybe they had talent but not enough “performance” experience, however that wouldn’t really be true after you hear their musical journeys. Siobhan, Lee, Casey, Crystal and even Aaron had lots of performance experience. (Mike too, but he performed very confidently on the show.) So it’s perplexing to me why they seemed so much better live than on the show, but the difference was definitely remarkable. Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see the live show should try to, because it’s pleasantly surprising and very entertaining.

  11. Okay, there were a few times I felt that the “powers to be” were sabotaging this season also. Not sure why. I really think the contestants seemed really lost during the TV show, like they weren’t being given enough direction as to how to translate their musical talents into the format of the show.

    I don’t think anyone intentionally sabotaged anything (well, except perhaps Simon given that he is setting up a rival show) , I tend to place blame on stupidity and fuck-ups rather than conspiracy theories when things go wrong. A lot of the contestants were indeed very inexperienced (Alex Lambert, Tim Urban, Paige Miles, Haeley Vaughn for example), and I do think Lee did get overly anxious when on the big TV stage which affected his performance (really his pitch problem is largely absent on the tour). Compared to the Top 24 nights when large number of the contestants had that deer in the headlights look, most of them did improve later. Last year some of the contestants also performed better on the tour than they did on the show (Matt and Anoop for instance), so contestants performing better while on the tour is nothing new.

    I suspect someone had given them the wrong advice on the show. I’m never quite sure for example why Michelle Delamore on Top 20 chose a rock song (and got promptly eliminated) when her forte is clearly diva songs. Why can’t someone simply tell them to concentrate on what they are good at? They will be theme nights later and they will be forced to show how versatile they can (or cannot) be, why go outside of their genre when they don’t have to? It’s just stupid.

    But things like that (contestant choking, choosing the wrong songs, not being given a fair break unlike the pimped contestants, or just being unlucky) happen every year, the main thing that went wrong was the producers wanting particular kinds of girls to win, the big problem with that is that those kinds of girls aren’t very interesting to AI viewers. And if the ones who were supposed to make the viewers interested cannot do so, then the show would flop. In short, it’s the stupidity of the producers for failing to see that simple point.

  12. But things like that (contestant choking, choosing the wrong songs, not being given a fair break unlike the pimped contestants, or just being unlucky) happens every year, the main thing that went wrong was the producers wanting particular kinds of girls to win, the big problem with that is that those kinds of girls aren’t very interesting to AI viewers. And if the ones who were supposed to make the viewers interested cannot do so, then the show would flop. In short, it’s the stupidity of the producers for failing to see that simple point.

    I do think some of the top 24 contestants seemed more “green” and nervous (with a few exceptions) than they appeared in previous seasons or not as familiar with American Idol (like Crystal and Casey), but yeah, I had the distinct feeling that something was amiss with the production this season. I mean, how hard can it be to bring a show to a finish on time?

    For one thing, I thought the stage set was “colder” – more vacant-looking, if that makes any sense. The band was up above and separated from the stage out of the way which made things feel more remote. It didn’t have the warmth of previous seasons and it wasn’t the contestants who are in fact warm, friendly people.

    Maybe it was the judging panel as well. There was so much emphasis on “relevance” (commercial saleability) and Kara flat-out said they cast “radio voices” this season. It seemed so clinical, and it was too much about the judges and not enough about the contestants’ actual performances. I also think there is less actual singing since they added a fourth judge to the panel; fewer numbers and shorter duration to accommodate extra judging time.

    I guess it felt a bit like American Idol lost its heart this year.

    Oh, and there’s the Glee factor. I wonder if Glee is reducing interest in Idol. For viewers who want to watch kids singing and performing, maybe they don’t care that the actors who are performing on Glee are lip-syncing and the routines are choreographed or that the show is prerecorded. Maybe they just want the entertainment value more than they want to see live singing.

    I’d say for the most part, the professional critics have been more positive than negative and many have noted that these 10 are as talented as Idols from any other season and better than they looked on the show. I think the Idol kids are almost always better when the restraints of the competition are off.

  13. Oh, and there’s the Glee factor. I wonder if Glee is reducing interest in Idol.

    I do think Glee has really cut into the idols’ downloads. I can’t remember when Glee started, but I think Season 9 really felt the impact of Glee in regards to single sales during the season.

  14. I’m so glad to hear they may be flying into Denver because after a 20 hour bus ride they were going to hate it here! lol

    Not sure where to put this but I have one extra ticket to the Denver show on Monday. Not sure if anyone reads here from Denver but contact me (my name here at yahoo) if you are interested. It is row BBB and I’m not interested in getting much in return for it, just want to get it to someone who may not have otherwise gone to the show.

    I’m going to try to tweet some and write up a recap.

  15. I was at the show last night and have to say it was a great concert and a fun time. This is my second AI concert, having been last year in Portland as well. Overall as a group, the season 9 group put on a better show. (granted season 8 started in Portland and season 9 is near the end of it’s tour.) It was almost a full house and the crowd was lively!

    Didi looked great and sounded lovely. Terrified was the better of the 2 songs. She got a very nice reception. Andrew has some smooth velvety vocals and had people bopping their heads to his songs. Katie looked great (the boots were on) and she kicked butt with Fighter. She sounds MUCH better live.
    Tim had the girls screaming. He sounded as good as his hair looked! He has gotten way better.
    Siobhan rocked the house and her visuals were psychedelic. Worked for me. My mom (70) loved her!! ?the new Lady Gaga? Maybe not, but very fun.
    Aaron sounds great and country seems like the right place for him. He still needs to work on owning the stage.

    The climb sounded lovely.

    Big Mike sounded good, but I was never a big fan. He got a warm welcome from Portland. Casey was awesome on the guitars and Don’t sounded great. He got a lot of Portland love.
    Crystal has an amazing and beautiful voice. She is quite laid back on stage. I would prefer a little more energy. Highlights: What’s up and Up the Mountain. Her song choices are not for me but her voice is gorgeous.

    Lee closed it out with lots of energy. To me, he is the most dynamic on stage. (disclosure: I voted for Lee) He got a great reception.
    Highlights: Rocket man (great vocals and I like the arrangement) and Hallelujah. On Beautiful Day, his mike was set very loud and they seemed to have fixed that. THLAL was fun.

    Then my mom and my kids (11 and 8 ) set out for the barricades. Lee and Andrew were out first. I got Lee to sign my Slumberland CD and he took pics with my kids. My mom wished him lots of luck with his career and he leaned over and gave her a big hug! Very sweet. Go mom! We then met and took pics with all of the other idols. They were all out and so nice. Tim let my daughter sign his hand with her name and Katie gave my kids a little something she had with her. Wonderful to see all of them in person:) It was a great night!!

  16. Erizin, I’m so glad you had a good time, thank you for your recap. I loved the positive comments. Sigh, I’m going to miss it when the tour is over. This is the first year I’ve followed the fan blogs and it really has been fun. I’ve been watching since season 5 and each year I’ve had my favorites, but I must say, this year has been very enjoyable because it’s been more of a shared experience thanks to fellow fans. (ut oh, feeling misty-eyed). Thank you everyone!!

  17. erezin, it sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing.

    I liked that review, even if the writer thinks Casey is a girl and doesn’t like THLAL (how can you not like THLAL????) because even though he said flat out that he isn’t a country fan, he still had great appreciation for what Aaron can do. I wish more critics could learn how to do that.

  18. erizin, thank you for the recap! I enjoyed reading it.

    I’m going to miss this tour, too. This is the first year that I’ve really kept up with it. I lost interest by the middle of the tour for the other seasons. I think Twitter has had a lot to do with keeping my attention. Someone is always posting a new video or interview and great photos. Plus, LNS has been hilarious.

  19. Holy hell, MJ found my tweets (miss_leahg). I will be submitting a recap that hopefully MJ will put up soon. I plan on providing deeper explanation of my tweets, and photos. Stay tuned!

  20. Erizin, thank you for the recap. Glad to hear you had fun. I enjoyed reading it very much. :)

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