Idol Headlines for 09/24/10 – The Evening Edition

Kris Allen will play a benefit concert in support of the Blackbird Academy of Arts, a music and performing arts academy in Central Arkansas on October 27 at the Reynolds Auditorium in Conway Arkansas. The goal is to raise over $100, 000. More information HERE. Tickets available for $25. Also Sponsor VIP packages for $1200.

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Which contestants benefit from ‘American Idol’ changes?

The show’s goals are different now, and so are the faces: Simon’s caustic comments are history — at least until The X Factor launches on these shores — replaced by the criticism of two singers who’ll bring their own, as yet undetermined style of judging.

So which contestants stand to gain the most under the new template, and which will find the road to the finale a harder path than ever before? Let’s take a look.

Read more at USA Today

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American Idol: Reality Rocks’ Season 10 “Lost Auditions” Episode

When I journeyed down to L.A.’s Forum this year to cover the “American Idol” Season 10 auditions, I anticipated the usual freak parade of William Hung wannabes and Tatiana Del Toro tantrums. So I didn’t just bring my camera; I brought earplugs. And mace.

But as I interviewed the “rejects” and asked them to reprise their failed auditions for me, I was surprised. None of these kids seemed too crazy–none of them were flipping off my camera, for instance, or hollering about how the judges were fools for not acknowledging the fact that they could actually sing.

Read more at Yahoo Music

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DeGarmo channels Dolly in ‘9 to 5?

Diana DeGarmo ought to know how to play Dolly Parton — she’s been studying the role since she was a little girl.

The former “American Idol” runner-up (turned Broadway belter) actually performed every day at Dollywood’s Music Mansion the summer she turned 10. DeGarmo even has her own star on the Dollywood Walk of Fame.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Dolly’s as long as I could remember, ” said DeGarmo, who gets to inhabit the size 5 ½ shoes of the Backwoods Barbie when “9 to 5: The Musical” plays at the Fox Theatre Sept. 28 through Oct. 3.

Read more at Access Atlanta

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‘9 to 5’ works well as a musical

Two performers with Nashville connections shine. It’s a pleasure to once again hear the wonderful lyric baritone voice of Mahowald (Jekyll and Hyde, Les Misérables), a founding member of Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s artistic company in the 1980s before New York beckoned, and his acting skills are strong as ever. Music City resident DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair the Musical), a season three American Idol finalist, is a hoot in the role Parton played on film. Her rendition of “Backwards Barbie, ” arguably a grown-woman sequel to Parton’s 1971 hit “Coat of Many Colors, ” is superb.

Read more at The Tennessean

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David Hernandez, Michael Sarver, Gina Glocksen and Lakisha Jones rehearse

They perform tonight at Folsom Live in El Dorado CA tonight, and in Yuma, AZ Saturday night.

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‘American Idol’ Vocal Coach Debra Byrd Talks Jennifer Hudson, Lee DeWyze and Coaching Stars

Debra Byrd may not be a household name but her work is world famous. She has worked with former American Idol stand-outs Jennifer Hudson and Lee DeWyze, just to drop a few names.

Byrd stopped to talk about her work with future stars and her instructional Star School Live, which will be held at the House of Blues in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 25.

See the video at MyFoxChicago

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas powwows with Sarah Palin on Alaska trip

t’s still not clear when Sarah Palin will make it to a taping of “Dancing With the Stars” to support daughter Bristol and her partner Mark Ballas, but doesn’t mean she can’t see the couple training. Bristol and Mark flew up to Alaska after the Sept. 21 results show — a trip Ballas actively documented on Twitter.

The dance pro met with the former governor, was greeted by local fans, encountered a grizzly bear and even performed at a local bar in Anchorage. (Ballas, after all, is also a musician.)

Read more at Zap 2 it

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Video: ‘Glee’ Cast Heads to Springfield!

Read more at Extra

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Who Gives John Stamos a Lap Dance on Glee?

According to Stamos, “My first day [on the show] was interesting, because they were shooting in the middle of one of the fantasies, and [I was shooting with] Heather Morris, who plays Brittany. I play a dentist [and] the gag was that I was in the dentist chair, and she was literally doing a lap dance on me in a mesh thing with diamonds. And that was my first day.”

Read more at EOnline

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47 Comments

  1. Anyone know someone who is at Lee’s concert tonight? How about “twitterers”? I am so excited for him and to hear some new original music!

  2. Mj is going to being putting out a link tonight for Lee’s concert on her site at 7:30 cst.

  3. Here is a radio interview from Carly Smithson that was uploaded to youtube today. It was from The Big J Show on Hot 101.9 (KRSQ).

    It is about 8 minutes long and she talks about the new Idol season (2 min) – she likes the changes; having lunch with David Cook yesterday (4 min); she says when asked that the winner makes the most money off idol – with a sad Ruben mention (5 min); and talks about playing the music she loves with her band and having great fans (6 min).

  4. Spot-on article by Mansfield. If this new Idol is as radical as Nigel and Co. are claiming it will be, no male wielding a guitar will even be a voting option. Maybe not even females wielding guitars, since we all saw how THAT panned out last season.

  5. I think it’s pretty clear that they will try to get rid of guitar players as soon as possible. I actually think that they should make sure no guitar player makes it to the voting rounds this year – they need a clear break this year and give the other types a chance.

    I’m not sure about male R&B singers. I agree that they don’t want to find another Ruben Studdard or Michael Lynche. But, I think they could be looking for someone more current like: Usher, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Jay Sean, Taio Cruz.

    I don’t think that Steven Tyler as a judge means that they will be looking for rockers or country singers. Let’s face it, rock is not a genre that sells the most music these days – Slash says it’s almost dead. That’s why Adam went pop and Allison pop/rock. Also, rock radio stations don’t play Idols. So no, don’t even think about it. And I doubt they will be looking for Daughtry/David Cook type rockers either. Those types are not doing that well anymore.

    You just have to look at the charts.

    All this talk about guest music producers makes me believe that they want to create some TOP 40/CHR singers. I think they are looking for younger contestants (under 20) and they want to mentor them. Kids will mostly just have to sing, hired producers will make sure that they will sound current. That’s about it.

  6. I was happy to read “war on wgwg”. I swear Lee was like a less talented,uber -boring Kris. And Casey country -rock wgwg, and Tim wanna be teenidol wgwg…I coudn’t take it any more! I am really curious to see this season.

  7. From the linked ‘9 to 5’ review

    Music City resident DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair the Musical), a season three American Idol finalist, is a hoot in the role Parton played on film. Her rendition of “Backwoods Barbie,” arguably a grown-woman sequel to Parton’s 1971 hit “Coat of Many Colors,” is superb.

    It looks like Diana’s a hit so far as Doralee. So happy for her.

    I also loved Diana’s quote about doing Hair’s nude scene, from the Access Atlanta article:

    Teamed up with fellow “Idol” alum Ace Young (who played the role of Berger), DeGarmo got her groove on, and (with the help of some comfortable lighting) found herself very at ease au naturel. “I thought, ‘I might as well do this now when I’m in my 20s.’ If they asked me to do it 10 years from now when things are not where they used to be, I don’t know.”

    I’m glad at least one young person recognizes that those perky body parts don’t stay perky after a couple kids and a few years in age. Take risks while you’ve still got the body for it, young lady. LOL

  8. i think we’re gonna see a lot of pimping from Idol in the opposite direction of what we were used to seeing in the past. i don’t like pimping either way so i just don’t know how much i’m looking forward to any of this….

  9. Spot-on article by Mansfield. If this new Idol is as radical as Nigel and Co. are claiming it will be, no male wielding a guitar will even be a voting option. Maybe not even females wielding guitars, since we all saw how THAT panned out last season.

    The USATODAY article really took a broad stroke approach to the WGWG brush. It’s the label the show assigned. Neither David Cook or Kris Allen hid behind their guitars. They both has a lot of performances where they did not use an instrument and Kris used multiple instruments. It can be said that some of Kris’s best peformances were without an instrument. I only remember Lee with out his guitar during Frank Sinatra night and in the finale. S9 has a lot of guitars and little variety across the board but who created that situation, the judges.

    If the producers (Ken W.) had a problem with contestants just standing around they had the power to change it. They chose not to change.

  10. tripp_ncwy I so agree with everything you say.Kris sure didn’t hide behind his guitar.One of my favorite song’s he sang on Idol To Make you Feel My Love, he did with out the guitar.

  11. Sorry, but it’s stupid to try and get rid of guys (or girls) with guitars — so someone who could possibly someday be a talent along the lines of someone like Billie Joe Armstrong or Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen or Paul McCartney or Keith Urban or Garth Brooks (just to name a few WGWG) shouldn’t even be allowed to compete?

    The audience should be allowed to vote for whatever kind of contestant they like — no style should be eliminated simply because TPTB feel the last few winners have underperformed in terms of sales

  12. I would like to see the best singer win for a change. This would mean a change to the voting process. Both are on my wish list and link together totally.

  13. Huh, well. I like singers who are also guitar players, or pianists or whatever instrumentalists. I think it adds another element to the music and I don’t think it’s hiding if s/he can really play. Does this mean there won’t be anymore instruments on Idol?

  14. It looks like Diana’s a hit so far as Doralee. So happy for her.

    I am so happy for Diana and her latest success. She certainly deserves it nad has such a powerful voice. Good for her!

    Seeing David Hernandez have success and working with other Idols is great. He really should have been on the Idol Tour. I am happy he is doing a job he loves.

  15. Sounds like Kris might have done some work in the studio today?

    From FB: me and madison just met American Idol Kris Allen @ the recording studio…way cool…he was very nice

  16. The show needs diversity, and they need to get back to making viewers feel that anyone can win, no matter what race or gender they are. The producers are responsible for the train wreck that was last year’s top 24, the small amount of diversity that was present in that group either wasn’t good enough to make the top 12 over anyone who made the cut last year, or they didn’t show that they were good enough in the semi final round. But, there were some people who were clearly good enough, but for whatever reason the producers didn’t put them in the top 24. The producers micromanaged the top 24 last season, and gave us a very weak group, and they will probably do the same next season.

  17. Neither David Cook or Kris Allen hid behind their guitars. They both has a lot of performances where they did not use an instrument…

    tripp_ncwy – This cannot be repeated enough! Yeah, I’m a David Cook fan. He’s not just a WGWG.

  18. Well if they’re bothered by the last few winners sales then I cant wait to see the season 10 winner and how he/she does. Cuz I strongly suspect even if they find the second coming of Bieber or Taylor Swift that person wont crank out Carrie/Kelly numbers given how sales just keep plummeting. Lets say they get their ultimate winner/non WGWG that they’ve been wanting and said person doesnt become some huge superstar? Who will Nigel blame then?

  19. When Ken talks about hiding behind guitars, it seems to me he is specifically speaking about S9, which was such a disaster. I really don’t think he is including Kris or David, but I could be wrong.

  20. The show needs diversity, and they need to get back to making viewers feel that anyone can win, no matter what race or gender they are.

    ITA. I love Cookie and Kris. I’m on the fence with Lee. But there have been 3 white guitar playing rock guys winning in a row. Its just not good for the show. This trend needs to die.

  21. Yeah, I’m a David Cook fan. He’s not just a WGWG.

    Just to throw some stats behind this, four out of Dave’s top five performances were sans guitar (Billie Jean, Music of the Night, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, and Eleanor Rigby). The guy has a terrific voice.

    When Ken talks about hiding behind guitars, it seems to me he is specifically speaking about S9, which was such a disaster

    I would guess this as well. I’m a fan of instruments on the show, I think when used properly they can add a lot to a performance and the overall interest of the show. But things really got out of hand last season. Twelve contestants in a row using guitars is as repetitious as twleve contestants in a row just standing there belting. I’d be fine with the show putting some limits on use of instruments but am hoping they don’t throw them out entirely.

  22. Those two wankers disgust me – intoning their disingenuous little mantra about ‘hide behind guitars’ – effectively trying to use that to deflect from the fact that the Producers picked an inexperienced, lopsided cast, for “radio voices” not TV performances, last season…and the audience voted for who they wanted… gee – shock surprise, That’s what a voting audience does – whether you or I agree with them – and certainly, TPTB ought not to be surprised….or be whining at the choices made from what they offered the public….which was lots of guitars.

    A pile of wishful thinking about avoiding guitar players of either sex, even though the audience obviously likes them, doesn’t march well with their prediction that Steven Tyler will be supportive of rockers. What do they expect them to play, the harpsichord? Maybe they just won’t put any through – although, that was always in their power.

    David and Kris performed with and without an instrument – no one had to tell them – they could make a musical choice themselves, as to what would serve the song. A Kris fan listed his performances without guitars in the comments on that site.

    David Cook had 20 performances – 10 without a guitar, including- “Eleanor Rigby’, “Billie Jean” , ABMB, “Music of the Night”, “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, And U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” That would be screaming proof that there was no hiding behind a guitar nonsense going on….and some of those are his most memorable performances.

    The other 10 performances, 7 were electric guitar, and 3 were acoustic…so it was split right down the middle – 10 and 10.

    TPTB were the ones who allowed instruments, after all, and some people used them. Last year, they put through lots of people who used them…What did they expect? Now TPTB want to blame the cast and the voting audience for how they cast Season 9, and drag in winners from the past two seasons to try to back it up? Geebus.

    They are so full of stuff.

    IMO. Of Course.

  23. I agree that David Cook didn’t hide behind his guitar, and I don’t think Kris did either. Both did some performances without instruments. And I think what WGWG really means is musician, and not only a vocalist.

    The thing is, they list them in who wouldn’t benefit from the changes, but when they get to the part of who will benefit, 3 out of the 4 things they list describe exactly the type of contestant that David Cook was. Rocker who takes risks and grew from week to week. And most rockers do play guitar.

    Another thing is, about Carly’s interview, I like her a lot, and liked her on Idol. I keep thinking that David Cook did the same themes that she did when she was on Idol but was able to show who he was as an artist despite having themes that were outside of his genre.

    I do agree that the show might have to go in a different direction, but the producers should not have to put down previous winners to do so.

  24. Lets say they get their ultimate winner/non WGWG that they’ve been wanting and said person doesnt become some huge superstar? Who will Nigel blame then?

    Exactly.
    Maybe with the absence of those “boring” guitar players, Idol will be super exciting next year.
    Nigel is just throwing darts and see what sticks.

  25. When Ken talks about hiding behind guitars, it seems to me he is specifically speaking about S9, which was such a disaster. I really don’t think he is including Kris or David, but I could be wrong.

    I totally agree. I just remember the top 4 last season being nonstop acoustic guitar and it was so dull. I don’t think he was referring to Cook or Kris.

    And I have to say, Idol needs to lower its expectations of these contestants. No one, NO ONE in this economy and state of the music industry will ever come close to Kelly and Carrie sales. Even if they are the best contestant to ever be on the show. Yet they expect every winner to be just as successful no matter what genre. It is crazy and impossible to live up to these standards.

  26. Just a thought, and yeah I’m sure I’m completely wrong, lol, but maybe America wants to hear more WGWG on the radio and that’s why they keep making them idols. IMO, two awesome musicians that know music and one with some potential. Maybe POP needs to fall in line w/ AI winners and not the other way around. Yeah, I’m wrong, but a girl can dream and think of what her made up world would *look like.

    ETA: I guess I should say *sound like. Also love Crystal and Michael Franti , as well as Allison as a rocker (not current pop so much). In other words, I’m ready for auto tune and any artificial background music to go away.

  27. I don’t think whether or not someone can play an instrument is the problem. Katie Stevens didn’t play an instrument on the show, but she suffered from some of the same problems as Lee and everybody else in the top 24. And people like Keith Urban, John Mayer, and even David Cook and Kris Allen have shown that someone can play an instrument, and still connect with the song and the audience.

  28. cookcricket:
    09/25/2010 at 1:19 am
    Just a thought, and yeah I’m sure I’m completely wrong, lol, but maybe America wants to hear more WGWG on the radio and that’s why they keep making them idols. IMO, two awesome musicians that know music and one with some potential. Maybe POP needs to fall in line w/ AI winners and not the other way around. Yeah, I’m wrong, but a girl can dream and think of what her made up world would *look like.

    I think there might be some truth to this. I think it is a valid type of artist and music, and one that always has had a big audience, but there are very few on the radio now, and when they are they are mostly on AC. Their music leans towards rock or at least to soft rock which in the past has been much more represented in pop.

  29. Elliegrll:
    09/25/2010 at 3:26 am
    I don’t think whether or not someone can play an instrument is the problem. Katie Stevens didn’t play an instrument on the show, but she suffered from some of the same problems as Lee and everybody else in the top 24. And people like Keith Urban, John Mayer, and even David Cook and Kris Allen have shown that someone can play an instrument, and still connect with the song and the audience.

    And Adam Lambert doesn’t play an instrument at all, but was able to connect to the song and put originality into his songs on Idol. I think it has more to do with performance experience, confidence, and knowing who you are as an artist and what kind of music works best for you.

  30. Money is the bottom line. People might want to hear WGWG on the radio but they sure the hell aren’t buying their records, with the exception of a couple of acts. Pop is where the money is at, specifically hip hop or girl pop acts.

    Having said that, I am personally hoping that the Cruz, Derulo, Sean, Kingston reign has seen their best days. The Nickelbacking of all these acts is tiring.

  31. Studio57:
    09/25/2010 at 5:21 am
    Money is the bottom line. People might want to hear WGWG on the radio but they sure the hell aren’t buying their records, with the exception of a couple of acts. Pop is where the money is at, specifically hip hop or girl pop acts.

    But maybe people do want to buy that kind of music, but it isn’t being promoted as much as what they are condering to be pop now. I think there is a lot of control by the record companies and radio stations about what is considered to be pop. Rock is being discouraged for not making money, but the rock that is allowed is mostly watered down or derivitive, though I think some is better than others. I’m sure there is someone out there that is doing what would revolutionize rock but they will not be signed by a major label the way things are now, at least not as a pop act.

    The thing is that through AI there are artists that are successful that probably never would have gotten a major label record contract. And given there is audience involvement, that there is enough interest in different kinds of music.

  32. sounds like Chris D. and Adam are having a great time in Singapore…Daughtry tweeted that they had the concert of their lives (i can’t seem to cut and paste the tweet itself), Adam plays later tonight but was presented with a platinum plaque for his FYE cd…

  33. NO ONE in this economy and state of the music industry will ever come close to Kelly and Carrie sales…It is crazy and impossible to live up to these standards.

    No one will ever sell 7 million albums but it is still possible for someone off Idol to have a #1 album or a #1 hit. That’s what they haven’t had in five years and that’s what they sorely miss. I don’t know if they’ll ever find that person again either.

    Right now the Idol audience is ladies over 40 and girls under 20. Everybody else seems to have moved on. That’s another big problem.

  34. i agree with whoever said they didn’t think Warwick was referring to Cook or Kris when he made his hiding behind guitars comment…neither one of them were surgically attached to their guitars,and even when utilizing them were engaging performers. I think he was specifically referring to the Season 9 folks, many of whom did seem to be hiding behind their guitars. And the blame for the parade of overly nervous contestants hiding behind their guitars falls squarely on the judges and the producers. I also don’t think they are saying “no more wgwgs”…i think they are just saying they don’t want 12 of them as finalists– it makes for bad tv when everyone is the same

  35. They are def saying no more WGWG. There are already four WGWG in the Idol pool: Daughtry, Cook, Kris, Lee. Only so much promo, opportunity around for folks in the same genre.

    19 needs a minority male or a female to win desperately. Unfortunately the voting audience probably won’t go along for the ride.

  36. I definitely won’t be watching. The contestants who were able to play instruments & use their own arrangements in songs were the only thing that made this show interesting. Sounds like it’s now back to determining which person has the “biggest, loudest voice.” BORRRRRINNNNGGGG!!

  37. The contestants who were able to play instruments & use their own arrangements in songs were the only thing that made this show interesting. Sounds like it’s now back to determining which person has the “biggest, loudest voice.” BORRRRRINNNNGGGG!!

    I agree Jasmine- I hated Fantasia’s season where all of them seemed to be female belters in the end!!All they needed to do this next season was to make sure they have a variety if acts-not to totally discard very talented people who can sing & play an instrument!

  38. Yep When they started having them play instruments the show started getting alot more fun and different.I think what they should do is let them play instruments but limit how many times they can.Maybe until top 6 and then from 5 down they have to just sing.Some of my favorites played them.Brooke,David C,Matt G,Kris just to name a few.I also liked some that didn’t,Adam,Danny,Allison,David A to name a few.

  39. I don’t know if the changes being proposed by Idol will help or not. I agree with JPfan that some of the problem is the make-up of the viewers of the show. My own personal opinion is that they need to make the show more hip and fresh. The talent on the show is not diverse. The songs the contestants have to sing are appealing mostly to the over 40 crowd.
    The question I would be asking is, how can the program put forward a winner or top 3 that actually sells?
    Maybe the American Idol brand has run its course.

  40. The only WGWG that I am a fan of is Daughtry and he was thankfully not allowed to play instruments on Idol. I’m from Slovenia and Idol is not broadcast here. I think I first saw Chris performances from Idol on YouTube. Great voice and great stage presence. Then I found out he finished in 4th place and I immediately searched the web to see who won. I was shocked to see someone like Taylor win American Idol. And I wasn’t surprised when Daughtry had so much success after the show and Taylor soon lost his major label deal.

    Then season 7 came along and I wasn’t happy to see instruments introduced. I thought David Cook was musically pretty close to Daughtry, he just wasn’t as good as him. I didn’t like season 7 group that much. I would say Archie was my favorite because I loved some of his performances: Imagine, Angels, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me …

    Adam was my season 8 favorite from the moment I first saw him. I loved all his performances. Allison was my second favorite. I loved most of her performances, but she wasn’t as polished as Adam. Matt was my third favorite. My fourth favorite was Danny. He could sing without a doubt, but he behaves as a jerk sometimes. Kris was always somewhere in the middle of the pack for me. His performances were all okay, but nothing special or memorable. His voice was only so-so for me and I was surprised that he made it to TOP 13. He was always very averag and no arrangement or instrument playing could change that.

    Season 9 was a total trainwreck from the beginning. I liked the semifinalists that didn’t make it to the TOP 12 as a group way more than the final 12. I somehow knew that Lee would win as soon as I first saw him, before he sang a note. He was just the kind of contestant that Idol voters go for. So predictable. I was never impressed by him. I didn’t like Crystal, either. She peaked in Hollywood week as far as I’m concerned, but she still crushed Lee in the final. And it didn’t matter at all. I don’t know how Casey made it to 3rd place. I would send him home in Hollywood round. Big Mike had some great performances on Idol, but he had no chance to win.

    I believe that Idol needs changes. Producers know that, too.

  41. Two major problems stand in the way of AI crowning and successfully promoting a new “pop superstar”. First, the viewer demographics are mainly not regular listeners of Top 40 radio. Second, the voting method is a joke and until they decide to limit the number of votes from a source, the results will never come close to representing the actual popularity of a contestant.

  42. TPTB were the ones who allowed instruments, after all, and some people used them. Last year, they put through lots of people who used them…What did they expect? Now TPTB want to blame the cast and the voting audience for how they cast Season 9, and drag in winners from the past two seasons to try to back it up? Geebus.

    They are so full of stuff.

    I so agree. Nigel’s and Warwick’s comments running down the idols on a show Warwick produced is so classless. If they want former winners/contestants to sell better, then give them some promotion on the show. We all know about the “idol bump.” As soon as AI stops making money off the idols after the tour and the proceeds go to the record companies, they do very little to help them, preferring to sweep them out of the way so they can pretend the next season will be the brightest and best.

  43. I do think that to some extent that what is happeneing with Idol does reflect what is going on with pop. Other than the autotuned singers and rap and hip hop stars, generally who else has been popular? Really, the singer songwriters like Cobie Collait, Sara Barelis, John Mayer, Taylor Swift. Or the alternative rock bands like Train or Kings of Leon, and even Daughtry. Or the pop stars like Lady Gaga, Pink, Beyonce and Katy Perry. Or the teen stars, like Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez. Even many of those do not sound as good live.

    So, from Idol, the singer songwriter type is represented by Kris Allen, Lee Dewyze, Brooke White. Somewhere in between the rock bands and a solo artist is David Cook, and Daughtry. The closest Idol has had to a pop star like Lady Gaga is Adam Lambert, also Kelly Clarkson, and Jordin. And David A as more of a teen star. Other than that, it’s really country. Other than that there isn’t really a lot of types of music in the top 40 that stresses vocals.

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