Andrew Garcia, Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert Thank Fans Via You Tube

UPDATE: Aaaannnd…The video is gone. Of course. What was Andrew thinking? I’m actually on the producer’s side on this one. Tech-savvy contestants shouldn’t be allowed to promote themselves outside of the show. In case you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve got a vid from a fan who re-uploaded it to her account…

Andrew Garcia, Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert thank fans and pimp the AI9 social media sites in a video uploaded to Andrew’s personal You Tube.

I suggest watching it NOW before the producers ask them to take it down.

Uploading messages to You Tube while the contest is still underway is…unprecedented.

Video after the JUMP…

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65 Comments

  1. OMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! They are just too cute and adorable, i love them!!!! Thank you so much MJ for putting this up! I hope they won’t get into trouble with the producers though…So sweet, they melt my heart just to see them sticking together. Brothers!!

  2. i believe david cook once mentioned that during the auditions,hollywood week and semis, the most talented kids tend to gravitate towards each other. (think of last yr, kris with matt and adam, etc). thus I find it cute that the top 3 boys (IMO) are close buds.

  3. Cute, but hope they don’t get in too much trouble for putting it up. Though really, considering how weak the boys field is these are probably not the three they would really punish. LOL.

  4. Let’ the bromances begin.

    Alex and Andrew = Aldrew or Andex?

    Alex and Lee= Alee?

    Lee and Andrew = Andlee?

    The three of them combined = ala or aldrewex

  5. I’m just afraid they’ll get in some kind of trouble…..but.maybe not. :(

  6. Love the Andrew, Lee, Alex combo – you’re right @wand3rful the most talented certainly do gravitate toward each other! They’re definitely the top 3 guys, for sure.

  7. That’s cute. I like those guys.

    since the last American Idol in 60 seconds, I think Jim Cantiello has jinxed me into thinking of Kim Jong II when I see Andrew. lol

  8. Andrew seems like a really nice guy. I notice he is very supportive of the younger contestants like Alex.

  9. Very interesting. A lot this year seems unprecedented. It should be a fun ride.

  10. I like these 3 guys. I like Alex the most, he surprises me last week. He has this raw talent(like a banana,lol) that I think will ripen as the show progress. I would add Aaron and James and I think we have top 5 boys.
    Aaron is good for his age but I think he needs couple of years to develop his voice and stage presence to compete and do good on idol stage.
    Lee, James and Andrew are already ripe, IMO.

  11. Aaaand, it’s gone. Haha. I was leaving a comment when it said it was removed and it looks like Andrew’s channel he submitted it on is gone too, maybe.

    Why are TPTB so weird about this? Since they stopped allowing Twitter so fast, what harm is one little video going to do? It was nice of the guys to make one for the fans.

  12. Why are TPTB so weird about this? Since they stopped allowing Twitter so fast, what harm is one little video going to do? It was nice of the guys to make one for the fans.

    I’m actually with the producers on this one. It’s not fair to the other contestants. If one contestant uploads a video, the rest will feel compelled to do it too. And what about the kids who aren’t as tech savvy?

    I know the playing field isn’t fair to begin with considering producer pimping, etc. But, kids should be concentrating on their performances rather than campaigning outside of the competition.

  13. TPTB made a conscious decision to delete the contestants’ individual Twitter and Myspace accounts, which they presumably did because they didn’t want it to be evident to the public which contestants were getting the most hits, comments, tweets, etc. So for these guys to put up a YT on their own was pretty stupid, since it courted exactly what the producers were trying to avoid.

    In their defense, they spend most of the video pimping the show as a whole, but they still thank the fans (“We wouldn’t be here without you”) which is another way of soliciting votes for themselves.

    I’m sure they will be reprimanded for this, but given the paucity of decent male contestants, they probably won’t be DQ’d. Although that might be one way to make doubly sure that a girl wins….

  14. I’m with you MJ. I do think it’s actually fair to keep the Idols from promoting themselves via videos and the like while on the show. What I think is stupid is when TPTB start pulling videos the Idols make during tour–which I’m not sure if they did in S8, but they seemed to during the S7 tour a whole lot.

    Like I said before, hopefully they don’t get in too much trouble but it probably helps that it’s three of the males that at least have some buzz around them. Though I would imagine Andrew will get the brunt of it since it was uploaded to his account.

    I did notice on last week’s results show that Alex seemed to lean over and chat with Lee a lot, despite the fact Aaron was between them. LOL.

  15. Okay, seriously? What were they thinking? These are the only really viable male contestants, too. It’s not like it was Todrick or Tim Urban. Dumb.

  16. I’m actually with the producers on this one. It’s not fair to the other contestants. If one contestant uploads a video, the rest will feel compelled to do it too. And what about the kids who aren’t as tech savvy?

    I know the playing field isn’t fair to begin with considering producer pimping, etc. But, kids should be concentrating on their performances rather than campaigning outside of the competition.

    I do agree it is unfair, but it can sometimes help in outsmarting the producers. We wouldn’t have known about people like Paige Miles if it weren’t for other findings anyway.

    If they do one though, everyone should have to. Otherwise it is not fair.

  17. I think Jim Cantiello has jinxed me into thinking of Kim Jong II when I see Andrew.

    AH-hahaha!!! I’m with you on that one!

  18. Thanks hpman for putting it back up – they are so cute. Alex Lambert is a cutie just nodding and chewing his gum. They are just kids – I forget that sometimes.

  19. I think this was not only a dumb move, but a classless one. Sure you’re going to bond with some people more than others in a group, but in this stage of the game you just look like jerks (to me) by singling yourselves out. As if they’re saying, hey look at us, we’re special & better.
    But anyway, what MJ said.

  20. I don’t see it as classless. I doubt the guys were thinking about it that deeply. Stupid, yes. Classless, no. They spent most of the time talking about the overall Idol networking sites.

  21. I know the playing field isn’t fair to begin with considering producer pimping, etc. But, kids should be concentrating on their performances rather than campaigning outside of the competition

    That’s true. I didn’t consider how it could be an unfair advantage.

    Plus, it never has been allowed, right? It probably doesn’t make sense to start considering making exceptions now, haha.

  22. We’ve located the three dullest tools in the kit here. I suspect that these three are penciled in by the producers for the touring group this year so this won’t matter one whit at the end of the day.

  23. This was really stupid. It’ll be interesting to see what Idol does in reaction.

    This has never been allowed. Idol axed the individual Twitter and Facebook accounts which read like hostages following a script.

    With pre-Idol stuff having been exiled, it’s hard to see how they thought this would be allowed or are they the type who think they can get away with things being the ‘popular’ kids?

  24. Alex and Andrew = Aldrew or Andex?

    As long as it is not Andrex – it’s the name of a brand of toilet paper in UK.

  25. OH GIVE IT A REST….
    obviously you missed the article in the wall street journal, where they said andrew was one of the most important new contestants since adam lambert, maybe even more.
    and they were right, andrews million mark hits on u-tube started long before american idol, and its time, said the article, that idol got into the mainstream of technology, and branch out to all the facebook, bebo, myspace, ect ect ect sites… its an untapped market, and the web is world wide, and many viewers from around the world, are only able to see it on the web…
    and they talked about how andrew and many other aspiring singers, have been honing their skills, and creating new styles thru utube channels. and its about time some of them get the shot they deserve. thats how snow boarding and other new extreme sports found world wide recognition… by inovative people and networking off the grid….

    SO STOP WHINING, AND EMBRACE THE NEW INTERNET AUDIENCE OPEN TO IDOL…

  26. All I want to say is that Alex is super cute and my definite fave. After Tyler and John were kicked off, I found Alex. :D

  27. Alex and Andrew = Aldrew or Andex?

    As long as it is not Andrex – it’s the name of a brand of toilet paper in UK.

    ah, but the possibilities with Andrex (the two ply version of course). I can see the jokes now – Andrex really “wiped” the floor with the competition. Andrex-they really know how to “absorb” new material. yuk, yuk. :)

    it’s hard to see how they thought this would be allowed or are they the type who think they can get away with things being the ‘popular’ kids?

    I suspect this was Andrew’s idea as he is the oldest at 25. Lee is 23 and Alex is the youngest at 19. When did Alex graduate high school or is he still in high school? In his bio he is listed as a high school student. I know with boys, sometimes they repeat pre-k/kindergarten if they are not emotionally ready for kindergarten/first grade. When is Alex’s birthdate?

  28. SO STOP WHINING, AND EMBRACE THE NEW INTERNET AUDIENCE OPEN TO IDOL…

    You totally missed my point, of course. lol.

  29. Well, I don’t get the Alex love at all. His bubblegum chewing is really annoying(not to mention the mullet, worst idol hair style since Sanjaya). But I guess I’ll rather see him on the Top 12 over Todrick or Tim.

    Very smart from them, way to play the right cards for the female audience! Girls love to see guys being nice buddies.

  30. eh, they’ll get a good talking to and that will be the end of it. I think they should ALL be allowed to post youtube vids (approved by the producers, of course).

  31. ah, but the possibilities with Andrex (the two ply version of course). I can see the jokes now – Andrex really “wiped” the floor with the competition. Andrex-they really know how to “absorb” new material. yuk, yuk.

    Just hilarious!

  32. Since they were allowed and encouraged to put things up on the web for a while, and Andrew and Lee were used to putting up videos whenever they felt like it preIdol, I can see why they might not have realized that this video wasn’t okay, especially since they didn’t make Andrew take down his Youtube channel. They all seem like nice guys, and it’s sweet of them to thank their fans. I don’t think it’s that big a deal. They’ll get a talking to, and maybe whatever little pay they get will be docked. I didn’t see anything douchey or unclassy happening in the video, and it’s not like they broke any laws.

  33. Awwww TPTB should eliminate them.. then it could REALLY be a girl’s year. LOL

  34. Big deal. They wanted to thank the fans. They didn’t realize they shouldn’t put the video up, now they do. Total non-event.

  35. its an untapped market

    It’s not an untapped market, not as far as Idol goes. They’ve had years and years of experiencing the growing influence of Internet fan group activity on their show.

    The problem is that Internet fan groups take on lives of their own (here we are!) that doesn’t correspond to the radio-listening and record buying and tour ticket buying tastes of the larger public.

    Justin Bieber fans have their huge thing going on on Twitter. But as a record seller he’s no more (and in many cases a lot less) of a success then other teen stars. One could name a host of Idol alumni who have or had a vociferous online fanworld, but only middling actual sales.

    Same in other media. You could name a host of cult TV shows that have passionate online fandoms and poor ratings.

    Idol is trying to walk the line between having lots of online excitement (which can be good) versus letting the contest be totally swayed by web fandoms to the point where contestants just weild their internet fans to battle it out and the larger pop culture doesn’t care (which is bad, though possibly inevitable).

  36. Much ado about nothing IMO. Considering two of the guys involved have been heavily pimped by the producers, I doubt these three will get in serious trouble for uploading a youtube video to thank their fans for their support. I agree with JohnM, this is a nonevent.

  37. I can see why they thought it was okay, since they started out with their own myspace and facebook and twitter or whatever. The producers opened a can of worms with that move, before they took it back. So the boys should be told what’s what, and move on, no harm done.

  38. I can see why they thought it was okay, since they started out with their own myspace and facebook and twitter or whatever.

    Removal of facebook & myspace = YouTube is OK?

    Errrrr…..either they suffer from short-term memory loss or they aren’t too bright.

  39. Removal of facebook & myspace = YouTube is OK?

    Plus, contestants ARE told to take down their you tube and social media as soon as they make the Top 24. Fact. So, I’m not sure where the misunderstanding comes from.

    I doubt the boys will suffer any negative repercussions from the incident, so no big deal at this point.

  40. Smart of the guys even if the vid got taken down. Now they will stand out a bit more from the other contestants. It’s all about popularity and getting votes more than talent anyway. Not saying talent doesn’t play a roll and a big one, but you all know its about getting fans interested and invested and riled up enough to send all sorts of vote your way. So kudos for them taking a little initiative even if the move was nixed by tptb. And I like Alex a lot. I want people to get behind him. Does Andrew remind anyone else of Gokey? LOL!

  41. IMO there’s another, different issue with the social media. AI wants to keep a tight reign on content. They probably aren’t prepared to have to screen vids, tweets, etc. from all the contestants. What if one of them says/posts something inappropriate? Or makes an inappropriate gesture? These guys are part of a cast now, and that cast is one that AI is heavily invested in. They aren’t going to take risks with that investment and will keep the cast tightly controlled.

  42. I don’t get it. I don’t see how any of these 3 is getting pimped as the early favorites, etc. Granted each are decent singers, but IMO, none have any stage charisma or personality – or are unique enough to stand out.

    I think this season belongs to Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus, Lilly Scott.

  43. TPTB did these guys a favor taking this down IMO. None of them came off looking much better than used car salesmen. Shilling for votes (or iTunes sales) under the guise of *thanking* fans would probably turn off more people than not.

    Also, given that the contestants aren’t even allowed to use the restroom without permission I’m pretty baffled as to how they could have thought this would be OK with the show.

  44. But, kids should be concentrating on their performances rather than campaigning outside of the competition.

    anyone who is tech savvy can make and upload a video to youtube in matter of minutes. i highly doubt this took up much time or effort. its like those damn bubble vids on twitter, can be done rather quickly

    was it unfair to other contestants? yeah

    did producers do the right thing by removing it? of course

    in the end, could this buzz possibly translate to more votes ? maybe

    im sure the producers will punish their performance order, but really, its not a big fkin deal. actually, i give andrew props for being savvy enough to recognize this loophole. very Man in Black (ref for you Lost fans out there LOL)

  45. Also, given that the contestants aren’t even allowed to use the restroom without permission I’m pretty baffled as to how they could have thought this would be OK with the show.

    Seriously??? Like they HAVE to ask for permission to use the restroom?? Isn’t that kinda crazy on TPTB”s part? I mean, they aren’t Elton John or Madonnas, why would they need such tight reign or security. But it would make sense the only time they need to ask for permission to use the restroom should be during rehearsals. Then, i would believe so. But not 24/7.

    I’m sure the contestants have their free time, and i just hope that they didn’t get into much trouble. Honestly, these rounds of idols we got are very tech/social media savvy, so i would understand if they just had an automatic reaction to reach out via their private sites. It was nothing malicious.

  46. Mitchel, I agree. These ladies have the talent over everyone else. Having said that, I don’t think any contestant should be allowed to vlog. Apparently, they are not really allowed to talk to the press. This is not much different.

  47. Re: looking Paul McCartney-ish, behold the link above.
    Definitely does, around 1965.

    Savgal, I’ve been saying ALex looks like a young Paul McCartney from the start. I’m glad some others see it.

    Not surprised this video was pulled. I wonder how hard their fingers were slapped and how much they explained the rules. THough I think they make them up as they go. They started them out with their own twitter, facebook, and myspace. Easy presumption to make thinking they could upload to youtube.

  48. Plus, contestants ARE told to take down their you tube and social media as soon as they make the Top 24. Fact. So, I’m not sure where the misunderstanding comes from.

    When you say “take down,” does that mean that they have to DELETE their accounts? Because that would kinda suck. Would it ever be permissible to maybe “hand over” their accounts? (or, for instance, during the handover, make the youtube accounts private to insure that no data could be culled from the videos–like view count and stuff).

  49. I personally think the video was more a turn-off than anything else. Personally, I am looking forward to when each of them gets voted off.

    Mitchel, I agree. I also don’t get how these 3 are that great. Lambert hardly said anything in the video. I don’t think he even thanked anyone. And he has very little stage presence. Dewyze was shaking like a leaf last week – not good for someone who wants a career in front of an audience. And Garcia basically has one emotion – and that is to stare blankly in space. I hope they don’t show pics of his kid again. Way over kill.

  50. Removal of facebook & myspace = YouTube is OK?

    Errrrr…..either they suffer from short-term memory loss or they aren’t too bright.

    that’s the thing, they didn’t have facebook/myspace removals this year — they were simply given new ones by the AI producers! This is the first year contestants have been allowed to interact with fans through the internet. And no, it is not that big a leap to assume that you can youtube if you can tweet/fb, etc.

  51. Alex sort of resembles a young combo of McCartney/Lennon. I noticed that early on. He just has a Brit look if you will (whatever that is supposed to look like, lol).

    By now, it’s beginning to appear that Andrew was overrated. Lee needs to look a little more put together or polished. He’s kind of frumpy. Pulling his pants up TWICE was not good, lol. Alex – like his voice. Anyway, putting this video out there was probably no more than bad judgement and hopefully the kids won’t make that mistake again.

  52. Since Andrew is doing most of the talking, this little stunt was probably his idea. If he had done this video on his own, he would probably be disqualified. It was smart of him to get the other 2 guys on board. TPTB couldn’t possibly disqualify all 3 of them.

  53. Anyway, putting this video out there was probably no more than bad judgement and hopefully the kids won’t make that mistake again.

    I seriously hope so too…for their sake. I believe they were just out and about doing their own thing and had a little bit of free time and thought – “hey let’s thank our fans!” Little did they know, TPTB came crashing down on them like a ton of bricks. Poor things…

    If anything, i don’t think they had a clue or were deviously trying to do it on purpose, I do hope they are ok and do not get thrown under the bus during their performances….We’ll see….

  54. Since Andrew is doing most of the talking, this little stunt was probably his idea. If he had done this video on his own, he would probably be disqualified. It was smart of him to get the other 2 guys on board. TPTB couldn’t possibly disqualify all 3 of them.~~Ozarko

    Perhaps they won’t, but they could find Andrew most culpable: He was the ringleader, he did most of the talking, and he is the uploader, no?

  55. Has anyone noticed before that Lee’s 2nd CD is being linked next to one prominent Idol news article? It was an article (sorry, don’t have the link) about how Idol is now going for individualists over big voices, and cited Katie Stevens as being confused by this. CD Baby was openly advertising Lee’s CD in a link on the same page. I’m very surprised this is OK. I know Idol has had a varied reaction to prior CD’s (Cook’s had to come down, Brooke’s and Carly’s did not)being available for sale, but advertised? I imagine Lee can’t control this, but that seems like even a step further into unfairness. It’s one thing for folks like us to give links in an Idol-centric blog; I think it’s another to have links on a general news article.

    I do think none of the 3 came across very well in that. I think they hoped it would up their votes, though. I can’t believe they would think this was OK after the social media were all revoked.

  56. Well I don’t think any of the three deserve to be DQed for this. I think Idol sent missed messages this year to the contestants by letting them use facebook and twitter.

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