Idol Headlines for 03/26/10 – The Evening Edition

CKX Deal: What’s American Idol Worth?

A lot less, it appears, than what it might have fetched two years ago.

Robert F.X. Sillerman, chief executive of CKX Inc., the owner of the blockbuster television enterprise “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance, ” is nearing an offer to buy out CKX for roughly $6 a share, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

Sillerman and another insider offered $13.75 a share for CKX in 2007, but the deal was scuttled by the credit crisis.

Back then, the company’s stock hovered in the mid teens. But the past two years have not inspired investors’ confidence in CKX. Earlier this year, Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol and head of 19 Entertainment Partners, the company’s television unit, left CKX.

Wall Street Journal

Gokey coming to town for eyewear commercial

Danny Gokey, Milwaukee’s first shot at “American Idol” fame, will be in town for two days next week to shoot a commercial for a local eyewear firm.

Gokey, 29, who has been living in Nashville pursuing a career in country music, will be in town Tuesday and Wednesday at an undisclosed location to make the commercial for New Berlin-based Wisconsin Vision. No public appearances or performances are planned while he’s here.

The singer, known for his distinctive glasses, made it to the top three during Season 8 of “Idol” last year. His debut CD, “My Best Days, ” opened at No. 3 on Billboard’s country albums chart earlier this month.

JSOnline.com

Underwood driver ID’d as Conn. truck crash victim

STONINGTON, Conn. — A truck driver killed in a fiery crash on a Connecticut highway has been identified as a Kansas man hauling concert equipment for singer Carrie Underwood.

Connecticut State Police say 48-year-old Robert Allen O’Bleness (Oh-BLEH’-nes) of Wichita died in the March 20 crash in Stonington. His tractor-trailer went off Interstate 95 and down an embankment. The vehicle caught fire when its fuel tanks ruptured.

The man’s identity was released Friday after being confirmed through dental records.

Associated Press

More Headlines after the JUMP…

‘Idol’ Casey James — The Brad Pitt Effect?

“American Idol” contestant Casey James may have an unfair advantage in the competition — his hotness!

The “Idol” was at the Grove in Hollywood yesterday — and we asked if his Pitt-esque looks are getting him all the ladies’ votes, he flashed a smile, slipped on his shades and gave us an unassuming “No”.

Kara DioGuardi would probably say otherwise.

TMZ

Why Andrew Garcia can’t get his mojo back

American Idol Season 9 poses more than its share of perplexing stumpers. For starters, is this really the best talent that turned up at last summer’s auditions? Why can’t more than three or four of these finalists sing in tune on a given night? Why does Ellen DeGeneres seem so much more uncomfortable on Idol than she does on her own show? Who let Paige Miles think singing Against All Odds was a good idea? What is Tim Urban still doing here?

Perhaps no question, however, is more mystifying than this one: What in the world has happened to Andrew Garcia?

USA Today

Adam Lambert: ‘If I Had You’ is Next Single!

Adam Lambert: ‘If I Had You’ is Next Single!

Adam Lambert keeps it fierce as he leaves a bowling alley in London on Friday (March 26).

The 28-year-old singer is across the pond promoting For Your Entertainment! Adam also made stops at Heat magazine offices and Mirror Group Newspapers during the day.

Just Jared

DeWyze Balancing Fun, Focus In Hollywood

“When I have a little down time, it’s nice, ” Mt. Prospect native and American Idol contestant Lee DeWyze told the Journal in a telephone interview from Hollywood this week.

DeWyze, who has advanced all the way to the top 10 of the FOX television singing competition, said he’s not exhausted, but admitted that being a contestant can be hectic at times.

“We move really fast and we go from one thing to another. It gets tiring, but what we are doing is so huge, ” the 23-year-old said. “You never think how tired you are, you just have to remember why you are here, and this is a good reason to be tired.”

Journal Topics

Carly Smithson and We Are the Fallen on Fox Philadelphia
Aired: 3/26/2010 9:40AM EDT

CELEB PlayBlogger Ace Young: March 26

It’s been a real pleasure being able to not only get to know, but get to work with my fellow “American Idol” alum Diana DeGarmo. After learning the show with her, I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else. And, it’s an amazing thing to be part of the first show to have two “American Idols” on a Broadway stage. So if you’re a fan of Diana’s or a fan of mine, or just a fan of the show, we hope to see you at Hair.

Playbill.com

Birthday partys and more!!

Good morning everybody! Well I had a wonderful birthday yesterday… being out of the country and jet lagged ever since didn’t leave a whole lot of time to plan anything so I had to throw a last minute birthday party! I woke up around 4pm and texted all my friends and family to come over and have a tennis tournament! Haha random right? Only until you find out that I got a new tennis racquet for my bday! I plan on taking my tennis game on the road so I needed to gear up! The tournament never really got started.. haha but everybody played and we had a blast.

JasonCastromusic.com

Syesha Mercado Interview with Good Day LA

In Carrie Underwood’s Own Words

I know I say this every time another Carrie Underwood cover story hits the newsstands. But this time, I swear she is opening up like never before. This story in Allure magazine really gets to the heart of who Underwood is and who she is not. Like when she talks about how she’d gladly go back on American Idol even though she’s not contractually obligated to do so. “Of course, I will, because I’m not a little snot, you know?” she said.

CMT

Simon Still Won’t Sign

SIMON Cowell has still not signed his new £12million contract with ITV – putting a question mark over this year’s X Factor.

The music mogul was expected to tie up a two-year deal in January, just as he announced plans to take The X Factor to the US.

Simon is expected to start filming this year’s UK show in just three months time.

Insiders claim he has agreed his personal fee – believed to be around £6million a year – but is holding out for an extra £3million production budget to make The X Factor.

The extra cash would mean £300, 000 more for each of the 10 live final shows.

A show source said: “Simon is committed to the show but only if ITV will pay up.

The Sun

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52 Comments

  1. Quite a nice-sized crowd at Danny’s outdoor concert tonight in Jacksonville FL. Danny is headlining, Steel Magnolia was the opening act.

    http://twitpic.com/1b57on

    Danny Gokey is even better live than on Idol!

    Danny on Fox 30 earlier today performing I Will Not Say Goodbye.

    http://www.fox30jax.com/content/actionlocal/story/Danny-Gokey-sings-for-Somer/NhHsvmPkTEm9e49xYfcFvg.cspx

    Apparently Danny dedicated a song at his performance tonight to the same little girl.

    Today, March 26, 2010, 9:43:10 PM |
    JaxLanding (Jacksonville Landing)
    Danny Gokey just dedicated a special song to the family of Somer Thompson. What an amazing guy!

  2. steph:
    That is a very nice size crowd! Was this a paid event or a radio event? How much were tickets? (not that it matters-just wondering) It looks like it was packed.
    Danny will be performing at a casino near me soon. (in Tunica) How are tickets selling for that concert? He seemed very popular at the AI tour in Memphis and this is “country music territory”. LOL

  3. richard rushfield weighs in on the current season of idol… more at the link…

    Idol Inferno: Worst Season Ever? Calm the H- Down People
    March 25, 2010

    -snip-

    We of Idol Nation are passionate folk, but perspective and chilling-the-f-out are not are strong suits. All this, however, we have seen before and likely will see again. A show however, such as this week’s sends heads exploding across the Idol punditry. Here then are your AM talking points on this Worst Season Ever talk, which I hope can help screw some of those heads back on:

    http://www.entertainmentinferno.com/2010/03/25/idol-inferno-worst-season-ever-calm-the-h-down-people/

  4. tiger92, this one is an open air radio event, part of a concert series sponsored by the 99.9 Gator Country station in Florida. They just tweeted this from the show

    Danny Gokey still on stage… even a better show than the Mavericks one a few months back!
    7 minutes ago via SocialOomph

    I think tickets are still available for Tunica, do know of a number of people who are planning to go. Danny also has just set up an arrangement for m&g tickets to help fund the music and arts programs for kids his non-profit is launching in Milwaukee & Nashville this spring. That seems to be for shows like Tunica where Danny is the headliner and can do what he wants, not sure if he’ll be able to do that with Sugarland.

    The m&g tickets are through sophiasheart.org for $25/person, not sure but possibly some or all of that would be tax-deductible.

  5. thedavidcook: Watching the office. Really want megadesk.
    about 1 hours ago via mobile web

    Megadesk

    I gotta admit that is some desk. heh

  6. I loved this part of Richard Rushfield’s article, it perfectly explains why I don’t stress or freak out over bad seasons like they are the end of idol.

    The contestants. Not all baseball or football seasons are created equal. Sometimes you end up with a classic world series. Sometimes its a one-sided blowout between two teams you wonder how they got there in the first place. Sometimes you have seasons with a great breakthrough phenomenon – like the home run race – that reaches the casual audience, and sometimes there is not much of a story anywhere. But baseball persists because there is a general affection for the game that carries it through until the next breakthrough phenomenon appears. And it always appears sooner or later. Maybe not this season, but next or the one after, because the world is filled with great stories and inevitably, they surface.

  7. Steph, Danny’s performance dedicated to that little girl at Fox30 was beautiful and very touching. I hope it was a comfort to her family.

  8. Boy Richard Rushfield sure is bouncing around these days, wasn’t his last Idol article for The Daily Beast?

    Female TMZ paparazzo (paparazza?) to Casey James:

    “So are you looking for work? You got kicked off, right? Unfortunately?”

    Nice.

  9. Josie, I thought so too.

    Looks like Danny is doing m&g’s tonight

    Just met @dannygokey. He’s as charming and loving in person as he comes across. Believe the hype. He’s a good one.

    funny from the man at Jacksonville who took that crowd pic, tweeting back to a Danny fan who commented about it to him. guess he wasn’t initially realizing that hardcore fans often have avi’s of their faves ;)

    great crowd tonight. @dannygokey was putting on an awesome show. R u his brother?
    oh ok… Your pic looks just like him.
    sweet. I feel like an idiot now. Lol

  10. great crowd tonight. @dannygokey was putting on an awesome show. R u his brother?
    oh ok… Your pic looks just like him.
    sweet. I feel like an idiot now. Lol

    How funny! I guess he doesn’t do Twitter; or he would realize the masses of avi pics floating around with fans hugging/snuggling up against Danny!

    Glad he seems to be a new fan of Danny after the show tonight :)

  11. The man’s identity was released Friday after being confirmed through dental records.

    That’s sad that they couldn’t even tell by looking at him.

  12. Glad he seems to be a new fan of Danny after the show tonight :)

    He and 7000 of his closest fans possibly ;)

    That seems like a huge number, wonder who made that estimate. Haven’t seen anyone on twitter disagreeing though, they all seem to say there was a big enthusiastic crowd.

    If the crowd was even 25% of that, awesome for Danny.

  13. I got back a little while ago from Carrie’s concert! I’m in awe. What an absolutely amazing show she put on. It was visually stunning and she sounded incredible. Videos do it no justice. She did tonight Sweet Child O Mine. Awesome! Love when she rocks out. I took a bit of video but I’m not sure how it came out..will check in the morning. Next up, tonight – Daughtry! Woo!!

  14. That USA article on Andrew Garcia is such a heartbreaking one… It is a mystery and quite saddening to see how a contestant ever had such frontrunner status only for a fleeting second and fall immediately right after that. I think it’s not his Straight Up that will go down in Idol history but the mystifying puzzle behind his rise and fall that will probably be one of Idol’s question marks.

  15. Adam is #1 again on VH1 top 20 countdown that is his 5th time at #1. None of them being consecutive weeks and the last two times was more for his Acoustic version of WWFM from the VH1 acoustic gig he did. Yeah and congrats to Adam…Kris was #4. Yeah for Kris!

    BTW Gaga was #2 with Telephone (biggest gainer of the week) Daughtry was #14 3 idols on countdown. Really great gentlemen.

  16. Adam is #1 again on VH1 top 20 countdown that is his 5th time at #1

    Wow….I didn’t think there would be any chance of him getting back up to #1 again!! That’s great!

    I have no idea what impact videos have on sales, but it looks like they’re definately going to be a strong suit for Adam. He’s so fun to watch visually. Can’t wait to see what he does with IIHY.

  17. Idols on VH1 Countdown this week.

    Adam Lambert (Unplugged) #1
    Kris Allen #4
    Daughtry #14

    Daughtry’s video has been on the countdown now for 16 weeks, Kris’s for 17 weeks, and Adam for 10 (if you combine his two versions). Unless Kris plunges rapidly over the next 3 weeks, his video could possibly make it to the special list of videos that have been on the countdown for 20 weeks. (Daughtry has made that list in the past.)

  18. monleo1705:
    03/27/2010 at 2:28 am
    That USA article on Andrew Garcia is such a heartbreaking one… It is a mystery and quite saddening to see how a contestant ever had such frontrunner status only for a fleeting second and fall immediately right after that. I think it’s not his Straight Up that will go down in Idol history but the mystifying puzzle behind his rise and fall that will probably be one of Idol’s question marks.

    The same thing happened to Latoya London back in season 3. She sang All By Myself in one of her first weeks and never could recapture that. I think with Andrew it is also that he is compromising too much. He should have just kept doing his thing no matter what the judges said. And no he shouldn’t give up the guitar. The guitar is a part of him just as it is Crystal. His version of Sugar We’re Going Down and Genie In A Bottle were good, but he let the judges bring down his confidence and started jumping through hoops for them.

  19. And no he shouldn’t give up the guitar. The guitar is a part of him just as it is Crystal.

    Only from Idol fans do you hear a statement like “X is hiding behind his/her guitar, he/she needs to put it down”

    It’s statement that makes absolutely no sense out in the real world of music. And since these kids are supposed to be representing what kind of artist they’d be out in that real world, doesn’t it make sense they’d perform with their instrument?

    His version of Sugar We’re Going Down and Genie In A Bottle were good, but he let the judges bring down his confidence and started jumping through hoops for them.

    Same thing happened to Carly. She got stupid, conflicting critiques from the judges and let them get in her head. Andrew has got to zone them out and keep doing his thing.

  20. he let the judges bring down his confidence and started jumping through hoops for them.

    I’ve said this so many times before, but it is so true and I can’t understand why the contestants don’t get it. There has never been a winner of Idol who got there by listening to the judges. You have to know who you are as an artist and pick the songs that compliment your voice. The judges have never given good advice but this season their advice is not only not useful, it is often harmful.

    Some of the contestants this season are so green that they are just unable to perform under the pressure. Garcia has enough experience that he should have known better.

  21. Oh, yeah- Carly was a good one. Of course no wonder the poor girl got so confused- remember when Simon said she shouldn’t sing about birds or something?

    And when Miley Cyrus tells you to put down the guitar, well that should be your first clue to pick the damn thing up.

    Andrew’s pre idol videos have hundreds of thousands of hits. The guy is good, he just needs to not listen to the judges. The idol crowd might not get him, but he definitely has a large audience, I imagine it’s college radio.

    Judy L- sometimes I think the judges are just playing mind games for shits and giggles this year.

  22. It’s statement that makes absolutely no sense out in the real world of music. And since these kids are supposed to be representing what kind of artist they’d be out in that real world, doesn’t it make sense they’d perform with their instrument?

    Mj I gotta disagree with you. My issue with the guitar is not that they are hiding behind it, but that it is distracting. I noticed, especially with Didi (at least in past episodes) they would do cut screens to show the guitar and the her singing. That is one factor. My other issue is that in the real world most people don’t see the artist, but hear them on the radio, so you never see the guitar. The guitar takes the focus off the voice. I think if you are voting for the best artist, maybe the guitar is just fine, but if you are voting for the best new soon to be recording artist, then you need to hear just the voice. That is what is ultimately sold, not really the package deal.

  23. wordnerdarchie:
    03/27/2010 at 8:03 am
    Idols on VH1 Countdown this week.

    Adam Lambert (Unplugged) #1
    Kris Allen #4
    Daughtry #14

    Daughtry’s video has been on the countdown now for 16 weeks, Kris’s for 17 weeks, and Adam for 10 (if you combine his two versions). Unless Kris plunges rapidly over the next 3 weeks, his video could possibly make it to the special list of videos that have been on the countdown for 20 weeks. (Daughtry has made that list in the past.)

    That will be interesting to watch. If they release a new single, then they should pull the vid. I’d expect that. It would be cool if he stuck around for 20 weeks.

  24. I like to see the singers with instruments not use them, sometimes so I can focus on their voice more. Andrew definitely does better with the guitar though and needs to bring it back. I think too when the instrument is not being used you can see how the contestant works the stage more. I actually prefer Lee and Didi’s singing without their guitars.

  25. The guitar might be a distraction when watching some contestants (i.e., the ones who can’t really play and use it as a prop) but if a contestant is so uncomfortable performing without it that they can’t sing or perform their best, then they need to keep it.

    I didn’t love any of Andrew’s performances, but he sounded much better singing rearranged songs on acoustic (with the exception of the rubbing song) than he did trying to sing the Rolling Stones or James Morrison straight up. Lee is kind of the same way – he distracted me with his crazy flapping hand last week. Someone needs to show these guys how to work a mic stand.

  26. I don’t really feel too sorry for Andrew he has had like 4 bad performances in a row IMO, none of the other contestants would have survived that. I think he is lucky that people were impressed with his Straight Up and youtubes.

  27. trying to sing the Rolling Stones or James Morrison straight up.

    LOL at Andrew not being able to sing straight up ;)

    I understand the point that if you are better playing with guitar you shouldn’t put it down. My caveat to that is that you better be able to mix it up enough stylistically that it doesn’t detract and make your performances blur together.

    I also get the point that you don’t see them playing their guitar on the radio – but you would see the guitar in concert. Idol is a funny competition where you compete to hopefully become a radio star, but are really only judged on your live performances. Over the past decade, those two things have gotten further and further away from each other to the point where it is amazing if you can get the live performance feel to translate to a studio version.

    I read Rushfield’s article and agree on many things. I get frustrated when people think the show can’t survive without Simon – I’m like, it seems to have worked okay in other countries without him (obviously, though the success level varies in those countries, but still).

  28. Andrew’s voice is only mediocre, but his guitar playing and arrangements were able to hide that. He really does seem uncomfortable without it. The problem is that on Idol, one of the things people like to see is versatility, so if you play the guitar every week, you can get labeled as a one-trick pony, as playing it safe, or as boring (something that is start to happen a little bit even with Crystal now). So does Andrew stick with what makes him most comfortable, or does he try and step outside his comfort zone? It’s a hard choice.

  29. Kris is in Rwanda now. He tweeted about his arrival…

    KrisAllen

    Woke up in Rwanda. Watched the sunrise and some big birds walk around right next to me. Think Im falling in love with this place already. about 8 hours ago via web

  30. Congrats to Adam for being #1 and to Kris for being #4 on the VH1 countdown. Both videos have made a resurgence — especially LLWD, which looked like it was going to fall out of the Top 20 a couple of weeks ago (I voted this week for both guys, but only 1 time).

    I read on twitter that LLWD was also #10 on American Top 40? Did anyone listen to the show? If so, is that correct? And where is WWFM on the countdown? Yay for Kris if it is correct…

  31. Only from Idol fans do you hear a statement like “X is hiding behind his/her guitar, he/she needs to put it down”

    It’s statement that makes absolutely no sense out in the real world of music. And since these kids are supposed to be representing what kind of artist they’d be out in that real world, doesn’t it make sense they’d perform with their instrument?

    mj, I totally agree.

    Mj I gotta disagree with you. My issue with the guitar is not that they are hiding behind it, but that it is distracting. I noticed, especially with Didi (at least in past episodes) they would do cut screens to show the guitar and the her singing.

    koshka, not me. It doesn’t distract me. I can listen to someone’s voice whether they’re playing an instrument or not.

    My other issue is that in the real world most people don’t see the artist, but hear them on the radio, so you never see the guitar. The guitar takes the focus off the voice. I think if you are voting for the best artist, maybe the guitar is just fine, but if you are voting for the best new soon to be recording artist, then you need to hear just the voice. That is what is ultimately sold, not really the package deal.

    I see what you mean, but I guess I don’t agree. In the first place, the instrument doesn’t take focus off the voice, for me. I never said about Stevie Wonder, “His piano playing was so distracting, I could hardly listen to his singing.” Or “John Mayer needs to stop playing guitar so I can concentrate more on his singing.” The artist is a singer, and they’re communicating vocally with words and music. The instrument doesn’t change anything about that for me.

    I don’t really see a distiction between best new artist and best new recording artist, either. An artist becomes a recording artist when they get a record deal. When most artists get record deals, they’re already comfortable with their own performing styles. I think we should look at artists on Idol basically the same way.

    ETA: How do people here get the VH1 results so early, before they’re announced on the website or the TV show?

    And Joyed, really good post. I’ve thought a lot of those same things myself for a while and have had trouble expressing them.

  32. I was just about to post Kris’ tweet too, girlygirl :)

    That’s very cool that Adam, Kris, and Daughtry are all still on the VH1 countdoun. Super cool if Kris can hit the 20 week mark. I rarely vote, so it’s great to see they all do ok without me.

    On the guitar issue, I’m with MJ. For those who the guitar is part of their act, they shouldn’t put it down unless if feels right to them with the song they are doing. Songs on the radio aren’t a cappella. I’m not just listening to the voice, I’m hearing the music too.

    These people will be SEEN in concert and in TV and radio web appearances. How they come across visually when performing is part of the package. If they connect better to what they are singing by accompanying themselves musically, they should do it.

  33. ETA: How do people here get the VH1 results so early, before they’re announced on the website or the TV show?

    I believe there is an early morning show of the coutdown at approx. 2:00 am EST

  34. The Bridge 2 Rwanda folks tweeting about Kris.

    @B2RBreakingNews #KrisAllen is in Rwanda to promote the Toms shoe drop with the help of http://www.bridge2rwanda.org. Thank you Kris and #Tomsshoes!
    4 minutes ago via web

    @B2RBreakingNews @KrisAllen – we are @b2rbreakingnews on Twitter. Seeing the children in Rwanda receive shoes is so amazing – enjoy your journey.
    9 minutes ago via web in reply to KrisAllen

  35. Andrew is a gonner for me. Never lived up to his type. Crystal is also a one trick pony so far…maybe just not my cuppa, I think she is very talented, but who in 2010 wants to listen to a coffee house/semi-JJ songstress? Maybe for a song or two, not a concert.

  36. ohmyra:
    03/27/2010 at 2:10 pm
    “Andrew is a gonner for me. Never lived up to his type. Crystal is also a one trick pony so far…maybe just not my cuppa, I think she is very talented, but who in 2010 wants to listen to a coffee house/semi-JJ songstress? Maybe for a song or two, not a concert.”

    Poor Andrew, he needs to go home, because he hasn’t sung anything that come close to sounding good. As for Crystal, I am so bored by her. I just don’t get the impression, that she really wants to be there. Yeah she can sing, but I feel she’s so predictable and would much rather be some where else, than on the idol stage. This season just plain lacks “passion and interesting performances and people.” I don’t know, maybe I am just disappointed in the lack of skill these contestants have, compared to Season 7 and 8.

  37. Same thing happened to Carly. She got stupid, conflicting critiques from the judges and let them get in her head. Andrew has got to zone them out and keep doing his thing

    I must be the only person in the universe who actually thinks Andrew’s voice is very nice. I looked him up on YouTube after reading about his videos. Not bad at all. I think he can come back. To me, last week’s song was boring and repetitive, but I didn’t think his voice was terrible. Paige’s voice was terrible and Katie seemed almost, but not quite, in key throughout.

  38. I never said about Stevie Wonder, “His piano playing was so distracting, I could hardly listen to his singing.” Or “John Mayer needs to stop playing guitar so I can concentrate more on his singing.”

    Those artists are also doing more than plunking at the piano or strumming a guitar. They are master musicians. The contestants on idol have never been at the level these guys were at their same age-none of them!

    I guess the best pianist has been Scott w/ Matt next, Cook on guitar, and Taylor on harmonica. (although we didn’t get to hear his playing during the show :( ) Randy says that Casey is the best guitarist the show has ever had. My friend who teaches guitar at the university here agrees with him.

    Many of these “musicians” are plunking and strumming. It’s not really adding that much to their performances. They can continue to play- doesn’t bother me. But it doesn’t make them amazing like Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mayer or Keith Urban.

  39. Poor Andrew, he needs to go home, because he hasn’t sung anything that come close to sounding good. As for Crystal, I am so bored by her. I just don’t get the impression, that she really wants to be there. Yeah she can sing, but I feel she’s so predictable and would much rather be some where else, than on the idol stage. This season just plain lacks “passion and interesting performances and people.” I don’t know, maybe I am just disappointed in the lack of skill these contestants have, compared to Season 7 and 8.

    Ehh, I guess mileage varies, because I think no one on this show has ever sung with as much passion as Crystal. I guess some people just need flashy lights and shiny suits to be impressed.

  40. gangreen29
    “Ehh, I guess mileage varies, because I think no one on this show has ever sung with as much passion as Crystal. I guess some people just need flashy lights and shiny suits to be impressed.”

    There are several people on this show that has sung with more passion than Crystal and certainly more skill. Just to name a few Melinda Doolittle, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Cook, Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

  41. There are several people on this show that has sung with more passion than Crystal and certainly more skill. Just to name a few Melissa Doolittle, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Cook, Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

    Lol, no. Cook and Daughtry?!??! I think you are confusing loud and passionate. Jennifer and Fantasia come close, and I’d love to hear this Melissa Doolittle to see how good she is.

  42. Ehh, I guess mileage varies, because I think no one on this show has ever sung with as much passion as Crystal. I guess some people just need flashy lights and shiny suits to be impressed.

    Not so here. I loved Cook and he wasn’t lights and flash. Crystal – meh – doesn’t do much for me. She used to be a fav of my, but between the pimping and the weekly sound-alike, she has lost some of her shine for me. I’m hoping she can show something new next week.

    I think she is *good* in a sea of weak talent. I wouldn’t categorizer her as anything more at this point. Hopefully the theme weeks can pull something unexpected from her.

  43. I guess by flashy lights and shiny suits, you meant Adam? Cuz I loooooove Adam Lambert and Crystal is the first girl ever on this show to give me goosebumps when she sings. Go figure, lol.

  44. The guitar takes the focus off the voice. I think if you are voting for the best artist, maybe the guitar is just fine, but if you are voting for the best new soon to be recording artist, then you need to hear just the voice. That is what is ultimately sold, not really the package deal.

    Idol is no longer merely a vocal competition. With the introduction of instruments it has morphed into something else.

    In my opinion, we ARE voting for the best artist. YMMV

  45. I wonder if anyone who doesn’t play a guitar on AI will ever be able to win, so far it hasn’t happened since instruments have been introduced. Some of the guitar playing isn’t so great though, my sons have played guitar for 5 or 6 years and are better at it than half the contestants on AI.

  46. I never said about Stevie Wonder, “His piano playing was so distracting, I could hardly listen to his singing.” Or “John Mayer needs to stop playing guitar so I can concentrate more on his singing.”

    Those artists are also doing more than plunking at the piano or strumming a guitar. They are master musicians. The contestants on idol have never been at the level these guys were at their same age-none of them!

    I guess the best pianist has been Scott w/ Matt next, Cook on guitar, and Taylor on harmonica. (although we didn’t get to hear his playing during the show ) Randy says that Casey is the best guitarist the show has ever had. My friend who teaches guitar at the university here agrees with him.

    Many of these “musicians” are plunking and strumming. It’s not really adding that much to their performances. They can continue to play- doesn’t bother me. But it doesn’t make them amazing like Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mayer or Keith Urban.

    That’s interesting, but my post was in response to a post from someone who thought that playing an instrument distracts from listening to singers on Idol. While your post seems to be about some of the contestants on Idol not being as good as the people I mentioned. Not sure I see your point, or what it has to do with my post, but I have to ask: Why do people on Idol have to be “master” pianists or guitar players when the instrument is used for accompaniment? They’re not soloing on the intruments. They’re singers.

  47. I think the instruments are ok to add, but I think contestants should be required to perform at least half the time without an instrument. I think Bo is a pretty good guitar player, but he didn’t need the guitar to go far on AI. He made it to number 2 just on his vocals. I think if you are the real deal, you can do just fine without an instrument. I didn’t watch Taylor’s season, but he seems like a pretty good guitar player as well (as noted when he appeared on S8). By the way, I think Cook always performed best when he performed without his instrument. Billie Jean, Always Be My Baby are probably his top performances.

  48. Instruments, no instruments, blah blah blahcakes. I think that whole debate is pointless and missing the mark. IMO this season is plagued by a lack of performing experience, overabundance of nerves, and chronic overthinking. Too many green bananas who aren’t ripening very well. When you step onstage, just be confident in your abilities (whatever they are) for cripessake and show some decent artistic instincts, kthx.

    Only from Idol fans do you hear a statement like “X is hiding behind his/her guitar, he/she needs to put it down”

    It’s statement that makes absolutely no sense out in the real world of music. And since these kids are supposed to be representing what kind of artist they’d be out in that real world, doesn’t it make sense they’d perform with their instrument?

    Exxxxxactly. You don’t hear critics saying Ryan Adams needs to stop playing his guitar, or Alicia Keys relies too much on her piano, or at the other end of the spectrum, Beyonce booty pops too much when she performs. It’s silly. But Ryan Adams and Alicia Keys and Beyonce know who they are as artists. You vote for the person whose music you could see yourself buying in the real world, right, so I agree that the kids should do whatever most accurately represents the kind of artist they would be outside of the confines of the show and let the chips fall where it may. If you dig musician singers, vote for one. If you dig belty belters with copious diva hand action, vote for that. Personally, the ones who make me uncomfortable are the ones who try way too hard to perform for votes rather than performing for themselves. The vague air of desperation aint pretty. And Simon blathering on about making every performance a “moment” doesn’t help. I mean yeah, some songs won’t play well on TV and that has to be considered (just ask Lilly :'( ), but you can’t manufacture those big moments, you know? They just happen when something intrinsically clicks with the song and the performer. If this season has taught us anything, it’s that choosing a song like that and knowing what to do with it is harder than it looks. At this point I think the kids need to do figure out what feels right, artistically, and do that, and let the chips fall where they may. And if they approach every week like a continuation of a concert set or the track list of an album, the versatility thing should take care of itself.

    Lol, no. Cook and Daughtry?!??! I think you are confusing loud and passionate.

    LOL, whut? While passion or lack thereof can be argued, there was nothing loud about Cook’s Little Sparrow or The World I Know. The last of which is for me is Cook’s most memorable AI moment in a season of big moments, and not once did I stop to think about whether or not he should have sung it with the guitar because I was sucked into the performance.

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