American Idols Live 2010 – thefilmqueen’s Los Angeles Recap

Read thefilmqueen’s recap of the Los Angeles Idols Live show below. And do not miss her high quality videos of Crystal Bowersox (her entire set!) and Casey James, and her photo gallery, all posted after the jump.


AI Season 9 didn’t really grab me although I watched every week and voted dutifully for my favs – Crystal, Casey & Aaron – with a few votes early on for others like Lilly Scott & Andrew Garcia. Many others seemed really promising but once the top 10 were selected they seemed to suffer either an identity crisis (Katie Stevens) or not live up to their potential/hype.

I am not a fan of country music – at all – so liking Aaron was a revelation to me. He is the epitome of what AI is all about – finding an unknown (and a young one at that – similar to Allison Iraheta) who gets better and better every week. Forget the nervous microphone hands and hip-sway, he’s a natural as the concert performance proved. Casey is the ultimate musician (rather than a singer) but was amazing live and seemed to enjoy just being there. Crystal had me from her audition, I loved everything about her – especially her so-called “talking back” to the judges (love unabashed honesty), and her voice is like her name – Crystal-clear, pure, just lovely and heartfelt. Her concert presence and performance was giggly, fun, and soulful.

Aside from those three, nothing about the concert surprised me in the least. Didi was pleasant but unimpressive, Andrew was down to earth but unimpressive. Katie, oh dear. OMG did I hate her outfit – it looked cheap and I kept thinking of what Michael Kors would have said if someone made the dress on Project Runway “Well, we wanted her to dress younger, but not like a young streetwalker.” She also sounded really, really angry, like she was shouting her songs. I think she could be a Broadway star – she’s got the voice, but what a mixed message. Tim was much better than on the show, in tune, comfortable on stage, engaging, but nothing unique or memorable.

Siobhan…hmmm…don’t get her…PIB fine, Spiderweb seemed unfocused and didn’t work, Stockholm Syndrome – eek – glad I’m seeing Muse in September! Mike was out of tune on his first number, his falsetto was all over the place, and his presence is simply problematic for me. It’s not a size/weight issue, he’s just odd. His duet with Casey, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman, was excellent, much better than on AI. Lee – not a fan. Don’t dislike him as a person, but couldn’t get into him on the show; all those out of tune performances and he was never believable as a performer, looking either terrified or zombie-ish. While his concert performance was “okay”, much more relaxed for one thing, he seemed to be shouting rather than singing, just not my thing.

As I was leaving I took the opportunity to say hello to Lyndsey Parker who happened to be sitting near me – that was a real highlight of the evening, and got to hear her assessment before reading her blog the next day.

Enjoy the photos and vids – I’d appreciate any feedback on the vids, recently learned to compress them before uploading and I’ve received inconsistent comments on quality. Thanks.

Photos on Photobucket: (No Crystal, only videoed her)

Vids on my YT channel “thefilmqueen”

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  1. Thank you. Does Aaron still flip his microphone from hand to hand and stick his fingers upward all the time? I found it annoying

  2. Great review, Filmqueen. I totally agree with you on Crystal: She had me at hello, and I haven’t stopped loving her since. Not as impressed with Aaron as you were, and thought Andrew and Lee were better than you gave them credit for, but overall I agreed with your recap and thought it was very nicely written.

    Also, your videos were awesome – especially those of Crystal. Thanks!

  3. Filmqueen, thank you for a good review. I haven´t been to a concert, only seen the youtubes, which in my view, can never come close to capturing a concert. But according to the show, we share a lot more views than not. I don´t see Katie making it on Broadway, but I certainly see Siobhan being a big success there. Feel she´s almost tailored for Broadway.

    Regarding Crystal´s „Crystal-clear“ voice, I certainly agree. That being the case, I want to ask the same question I asked in the other recap, but with no reply so far. Hopefully someone will reply.

    Linda Perry tweeted Crystal the following: „@crystalbowersox great to meet u the other day I listened to some stuff u did & wow what a voice I love ur cigarette whiskey tone Awesome :)” Isn´t it obvious with the “I love ur cigarette whiskey tone Awesome” part, that she´s joking, and meaning the opposite? That is, Crystal-Clear, or is she referring to something else? Anyone please?

    Btw, loved your video´s, very good quality I encourage everyone to see and hear. Unfortunately, most video´s of Crystal on tour, have lacked video and sound quality, these are very good

  4. Thank you for sharing your concert experience! Your pictures are quite amazing; they’re so clear and close! Looking forward to watching your vids after work!

  5. Thanks filmqueen for your recap! My camera broke during this particular event so I can appreciate your pictures too. I wonder if you can tell me what camera you have since I am in the market for a new one.

    MJ, I know you were wondering if any stars showed up. I didn’t see any major stars and I sat in the middle of the floor. I did however see Alex Wagner-Truggs (not sure of spelling) and someone yelled out, “That’s Andrew’s dad!” We all looked to see Mr. Garcia taking a picture with a fan. Just quiet observations.

    One other incident at Staples was a near brawl during Siobhan’s set. A man in our section had downed a couple 12 oz beers and decided to pull on another man’s collar to sit him down. Apparently the man in front was a big fan of Ms. Magnus and stood up to record her entire set. People behind were screaming for him to sit. The drunk man pulled the fan down with such force that we were getting ready to watch a bar room brawl instead. SIOBHAN, I bet you had no idea what happened in the middle of your set! I’ll have to go back and watch YT. Oh, and the drunk dude was taken out by security, whew!

  6. I don’t get how casey can be the ultimate musician (rather than a singer). That to me is pure bs. He still hasn’t proven himself to be called a musician. The only thing I know so far of him is that he can barely hold a note but can play guitar. That is not the definition of musician for me.

  7. Hi – it’s me thefilmqueen (post as trillian) – here are responses so far:

    To glamertitis: yes, Aaron still does the mic thing – annoying!

    To Eriko: I saw that tweet from Linda Perry too and I wondered as well. Crystal at times has that raspy, gravelly quality, but I most enjoy this pure tone. Whatever – she’s great!

    To all who mentioned them: thanks for vid comments, I have a really slow DSL connection and can’t play anything back at 720 w/o it stopping every minute – but 480 looks okay so I’m happy. Heard from some regarding my vids of Glamnation concerts that they were choppy – don’t see it here or on those when I watch them via YT so thanks for confirming.

    To CandH: camera I used for vids is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7. It’s really small, takes nice HD vids and auto-focuses while you zoom! Takes decent pics during the day, but doesn’t take pics well in low-light w/o flash, w/flash is fine.

    To whatever4444: I called Casey a “musician” because I used to be one professionally – just made a distinction between playing an instrument and being a singer. I wasn’t impressed with Casey’s singing on the show, but I did enjoy him from a “musician” standpoint. He is however, as I said, much more impressive live.

    Glad I missed the brawl! It was tween-city up in front where I was sitting except for one crazy woman. Got my ticket 2 days before on StubHub, 2nd row, for less than face value…not a good sign for the tour, but good for me.

  8. Fabulous review. I was there and you are spot on. Thanks for the pictures and videos…great quality.

  9. Short recap but thanks for sharing. Your video are great. Very good quality. Though her songs are not my type, Crystal sounds fabulous.

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