Season 7 Top 9 – Performance Recap

 

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Season 7 rules, y’all. This week’s performance show is a mostly entertaining–at times even thrilling–set of performances from the Top 9. I only have one question. What the hell is wrong with Simon? Did he miss a smoke break? He’s a total cranky pants.

Ryan opens with a lame April Fools joke, that I’m sure nobody bought. There’s no time for fooling around, though, because the show is only an hour. Hallelujah! On with the recap.

Oh look it’s…Vanna White in the audience. Does anyone care?

Dolly Parton is this week’s mentor. The short clip reviews her long career and her many accomplishments, before she greets the kids in the “piano room” for a little mentoring. She tells them how she wrote “9 to 5–by clacking together her acrylic nails. Weird! Then she leads the kids in a round of song. “That’s enough of that!” she stops them. She’s joking of course. Dolly’s “mentoring” during the night is all sugar. She finds something nice to say about each contestant.

Brooke White – “Jolene” – Brooke is not convincing me that she’s a woman about to become wronged. I’m guessing she’s never had anyone try to steal her man. Perhaps an R movie or two would help. The preternaturally sunny, optimistic, yet ultimately sheltered Brooke doesn’t have enough of an edge to bring the desperation this song needs. It doesn’t help that she’s pitchy, nervous and smiling in the wrong places. The result is a shaky and disconnected performance. At this point, she cannot afford a bad performance. Brooke could end up in the Bottom 3 this week, and perhaps be the victim of a “surprise” boot. We’re due for one of those. Randy thinks the performance was pitchy and felt rushed. Paula, oddly, believes she has a connection with each song that she picks. But, Simon calls it like it is. He says the song was lacking emotion.

David Cook – “Little Sparrow” – Ryan and David are sitting on stools when we get back from break. And, here it comes, the Big Talk, necessitated by the never-ending speculation on whether David’s method of finding song arrangements is kosher or not. David briefly describes how he put together his previous performances. He says he’s been really fortunate to find really good song arrangements online. He says “Eleanor Rigby” was inspired by two arrangements, from Doxology and Neil Zaza. So no, it wasn’t a note for note copy of the Doxology version, and in fact, if you listen, his vocal is completely different than Doxology’s lead singer. NOW, can we put this non-issue to rest, finally? THANK YOU. David says that he arranged tonight’s performance himself, and it’s pretty awesome. Gah, the stupid mosh pit and their hand waving. STOP IT RIGHT NOW! David’s phrasing on this song is absolutely exquisite. The song gives him the opportunity to show off his impressive vocal and emotional range and prove once again that he’s a real contender for the win. This isn’t a performance that will inspire lots of water cooler talk like “Billie Jean”, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless. Randy says, “Another hot, consistent performance.” Paula likes his hair cut. Go Paula. She’s also never heard a guy do the song. And, your point is, Paula? Simon doesn’t think the song was as good as last week. Then, he congratulates David for making a song about sparrows good. Metaphor, Simon. It’s a literary device. Idiot.

Ramiele Malubay – “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” – It’s time for Ramiele to join her bud Danny Noriega in Idol exile, but I don’t see that happening yet. Ramiele has people, and they vote for her. No excuses this week. She’s just plain proving that she’s way over her head in this competition. Off-pitch, out of breath, Ramiele bounces around the stage like she isn’t quite sure what to do next. She doesn’t have the confidence or musical chops to command the big stage. Her performance is instantly forgettable. Randy says he wasn’t jumping up and down, but “I wasn’t mad at you either.” He declares it just a’ight–a 6 1/2 out of 10. Paula says she was worried Ramiele wouldn’t connect, but feels she had a “great minute and 30 seconds.” Simon says it was forgettable, and reminiscent of what you’d hear on a cruise ship. Ramie is cute as button. However, it’s time for her to go home.

Jason Castro – “Travelin’ Thru” – Ryan and Jason read through some of his fan mail. Jason has a fan who sends many, many postcards to him via the show. To his credit, he doesn’t appear frightened. I like his performance a lot. I knew, though, as I listened to it, that he’d get reamed by Simon. Jason is most effective when he’s singing solo, without the band. Still, his most attractive qualities are on display in this performance. He’s both heartfelt and quirky singing this upbeat ditty. When the song gets spiritual at the end, I totally bought what he was selling. A solid performance. Randy says it started out a little rough, but then he picked it up in the middle. Paula thought it was one of his strongest performances. Simon says he didn’t like it “at all”, and that he didn’t get it. Simon appears to be off the Jason train, but I’m not.

Carly Smithson – “Here You Come Again” – Carly performs a very adult contemporary-ready version of this song–probably Dolly’s biggest crossover hit. Carly finishes it off with a nice glory note at the end, showing off her impressive pipes. It’s a good performance, but not exactly pop radio ready. Carly hasn’t quite found her niche in this competition yet. One week, she’s the rocker, next week, she’s all Celine Dion. One could say it proves her versatility, but it doesn’t help Carly. It just confuses the viewers, and most importantly, the money men who make the decisions. Randy thinks it will be one of the better performances of the night. Paula says it’s glorious. Then she scolds Randy for telling Carly her last note was off last week. Well it was, so STFU Paula. Simon, who hates everything tonight, thought it was good but not great. Then, Simon disses the way she’s dressed. He stops just short of calling her fat. I’m sure that’s next week.

David Archuleta – “Smoky Mountain Memories” – David’s performance of this nostalgic tune is beautiful. I’m not sure what else to say about it. The song is super schmaltzy. The old ladies at Branson would probably love it. And that’s my point. For all the salivating the judges do over young David, I can’t imagine where he’d fit in today’s pop music world. Singing Jonas Brothers type tweeny pop? He really hasn’t proven he could succeed with that kind of fare during this competition. He’s mostly performed the kind of stuff that makes yer granny weep. Not exactly accessible to the masses. At any rate, I’d love to hear David change it up, just a bit. He’s got a fine instrument, but his musical choices are kinda weak. Randy says David is back tonight and that he stands corrected, (hope you enjoyed that while you could, Carly) David’s performance is the best of the night. Paula calls him glorious. Glorious is Paula’s word of the night. Simon finally likes a performance. He says David’s song choice this week is absolutely on the money.

Kristy Lee Cook – “Coat of Many Colors” – I was sooo hoping Brooke would do this song. But, it fell into Kristy Lee’s hands instead. She could have brought more emotion to it, but it’s a decent performance that’s in her “wheelhouse” as Randy says. Kristy sits at the end of the stage in a long flowing dress and bare feet. Just like a hillbilly girl! She sounds sweet as she sings. She’s definitely done enough to stay one more week. She may not even be in the Bottom 3 this time. Randy thinks it’s a very nice performance. Paula says it’s her best. Simon thinks last week was her best performance, but this week is pleasant, but forgettable. Ryan loves Kristy’s French pedicure. He probably wants one himself. As the show cuts to break, Kristy says to Simon, “Thank you Simon! Love You!” and blows him a kiss. I guess that was  all this week. Heh.

Syesha Mercado – “I Will Always Love You” – She just had to do it, didn’t she? Syesha goes with the obvious here. That song, made famous by Whitney Houston in the early 90’s is “I Will Always Love You.” Dolly’s version, so fragile and sweet it’ll break your heart is my preference over Whitney’s overblown histrionics. Even Linda Ronstadt had a better straight-up country rock version of this classic back in the 70’s. Syesha, knowing she can’t win going full tilt Whitney style tries to weld Whitney and Dolly together with very uneven results. Sitting on a piano, dressed in yellow, Syesha begins gently. But the simple beginning has pitch and phrasing problems. When she shifts into overdrive for the ending, it comes off like sub-par Whitney belting, with Syesha once again straining past her breaking point. Man, that last note  is a killer. I mean that literally. If she were on at the beginning of the show, I’d say she was in real danger this week. Randy will have none of it. He’s got Whitney’s version stuck in his head and he can’t get past it. Paula thinks she’s growing and connecting with the audience. Simon wishes she hadn’t gotten the song, because he liked the beginning, but not the second half. He knew she couldn’t resist belting her brains out at some point during the song, and that it would pale by comparison to the Whitney version.

Michael Johns – “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” – Michael tells Dolly that her concert was his first back in ’86. He’s really a fan. Michael, where have you been all this time? This week, he proves that his last performance wasn’t a fluke. Michael, accompanied by simple piano and guitar does a grown-up bluesy take on Dolly’s song. Michael sings with a soulful conviction we haven’t really heard from him on the show before. He’s simply fabulous. If he can bring it just like this every week, he’ll give the other front runners a run for their money. Not only is this performance the best of the night, it’s Michael’s best to date. Randy says he keeps on bringing it up a notch every week. “A blazing hot performance, ” he calls it. Paula tells Michael he’s a star, a rock star, a blues star. Simon says it’s the best he’s heard Michael sing through the whole competition.

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217 Comments

  1. dang i was getting worried there for a second…dang, brooke is pitcy…wait getting better…not bad.

    btw- u think ryan wrote that opening joke..haha. the ratings would be OFF THE CHART if simon was on TMOT

  2. Performance order from IDF:

    Brooke
    David C.
    Ramiele
    Jason
    Carly
    David A.
    Kristy
    Syesha
    Michael

  3. brooke is starting to fall into the common trap of the forgetable mode…

    and tonight is only an hour?!?! Idol skipping out on more possible commercials?!?! woah, they must be making super-bank from itunes.

  4. Brooke really doesn’t seem to have complete control over her voice….on the big notes she seems tentative and usually a little off pitch…..but dig her Elvis lip sneer ;)

  5. haha i totally called it…idol always manages to skim through the controversay (ie. david cook)

  6. Can someone please just turn off the background singer’s mikes off…

  7. Good Job David C…..and GOD, would SOMEONE send Simon a fuckin’ clue about music outside of Pop…..I want to choke that bastard sometime….

  8. I likey the “Little Sparrow.” And, I am LOVING that haircut!!

  9. Ramielle, what was that? i think she just gets nervous all the time..

  10. Good Job David Cà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..and GOD, would SOMEONE send Simon a fuckinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ clue about music outside of Popà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..I want to choke that bastard sometimeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    I’ll be surprised if Simon drools over anyone tonight.

  11. jason did real good..he’s back…see what happens jason when u decide not to get blazed before the show?

  12. I like David’s hair. I was thinking they’d give him a chance to clear up the cover controversy and they did. I’m not sure that I loved the song but it was nice.

  13. I really liked Jason. What in the heck is wrong with Simon, other than the fact that he hates country music. Just listen to Leona Lewis, he loves slow, power ballads.

    I didn’t like Carly’s version of “Here He Comes Again.” Nope. Didn’t do a thing for me.

  14. WOAH Carly! amazing…especially the end…goosebumps..her best to date. i just wish she would clean up her image..i dont personally care, but i think it would suit her style more…cover the tats- whiten the teeth, lighten the hair. dude simon just embarassed the crap out of her.

  15. I have to agree with Simon about Carly’s wardrobe. I think she has the same person who dressed Kat.

  16. AHHHHHAHHHHHHAHHHHHHAHHHHHHHAHHHHHHH DAVID A IS BACK BABY

    ealbino- i kno u are as happy as me right now omfg that was redic.

  17. Wow- the first time i really liked MIchael Johns since initial audition/hollywood…amazing…

    I though David A. and Michael J. were clearly top 2 tonight….Carly close behind.
    those are my top three btw.

  18. btm 3 tommrow night- Syesha, Kristy, and if Ramielle’s pinoy vote keep sher out of the btm 3 again, i think we are going to have another Jasmin Trias top 3 shocker.

    Great Night tonight.. I’m happy.

  19. Michael was fucking fantastic. He is back to audition form. The PERFECT song for him.

    David Cook is still my favorite, and he sounded incredible tonight.

    I really liked Jason as well. Very, very good.

    Ramiele was awful.

    More thoughts later. I’ll leave you with – CCJ FTW!

  20. I’m thinking Syesha going home, even though she definitely doesn’t deserve it – the fact that no one broke out of the pack (or completely bombed) tonight makes it so unpredictable

  21. Yay! MJ did so awesome tonight! What a voice… Great song for him.

    For me it was the best performance of the night…

    I am so proud of him. He is stepping up his game…
    I like that.

  22. Ok I don’t like Syesha but I was giving her the benefit of the doubt when she started but that long note she held was just *Simon voice* self indulgent. I actually got mad. She so thought the judges would lick her toes for that you could tell.

    LOVED David A and MJ!! Oh and Jason! Oh and David C’s haircut!

  23. ealbino- i know u are as happy as me right now omfg that was redic.

    duke- Happy can’t describe how I’m feeling..I’m actually shaking…ok..I know.. I got getta grip!! LOL

    Thank you Lord.. Thank you for helping me make it to tonite…I almost threw up before the show started I was making myself so sick with worry.. But I let go…..and yup..cried when he sang…and hubby said…Ok..hon..you can breathe now..he just nailed it…

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYY :clap_tb:

  24. OMG Michael blew me away. That was fantastic. Where has that guy been hiding?

  25. Michael was fabulous. I loved David C. as well – liked his new look – VERY attractive.

    Hope David C. doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, going second.

  26. First of all, Mr. Crankypants, Simon needed to just STFU tonight. Gawd, sometimes I would love to slap him on his white sidewalls. Randy, you too.

    I am glad Ryan called Simon on his attitude tonight. Wish he had just stayed in the manse and left his seat empty for all the good he did tonight.

    Why we are all watching:

    Brooke. I liked her version of Jolene. Did not detect any real pitch problems and I loved the arrangement. I may download this one.

    David C. Awesome performance. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Nuff said. Another possible purchase for me.

    (And you know, Simon, this is THIS week. How was THIS week??? Huh???)

    Ramiele. Again, adequate. She was cute and I like her feisty attitude, but she is a bit out of her depth I feel.

    Jason. Once again. Lovely. I thought he really hit this song just right. His voice really sounded quite good and strong

    Carly. Good performance. Not crazy about the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“bigà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  ending though. (Several of the contestants did this tonight and it was not necessary with those songs.) Not crazy about her clothes either, Simon, but I am ticked off at you tonight, so not giving you any credit. I haven’t liked her clothes from the start.

    David A. OK, so Simon liked this becauseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.ta daa! He sang it like a pop song. He sounded great, but he usually does, but it was a tiny bit boring and yet another unnecessary big finish. He is one of my faves, so I was happy with his performance.

    Kristy. Well. Whadyaknow??? Not bad. She captured the essence of this song, which surprised me. I was not expecting that.

    Syesha took a chance and I felt she carried it off fairly well. That is a spectacular song, but doing that version brings on the inevitable comparisons to that Houston woman. (And we never hear HER songs on this show, right?)

    Michael. Cool! Finally Mr. Obnoxious Cowell liked something and for the right reasons. I really liked how Mr. Johns performed this one.

    Side note: That guitar player in Bandzilla is amazing. I call him The Postman because he sort of looks like my old postman. He is so deadpan and non-reactive, but he can wail and shred and play the blues and country as well. What a versatile performer! The best in Rickyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band fer sure.

    Side note 2: Love ya Dolly! Tonight proved what a great writer you are.

  27. I Loved Michael tonight. David Cook was pretty awesome. I liked Jason too.

  28. Dukester – I’m with you. I’m not a Carly fan, but I think she did a beautiful job. And Simon is a royal douche bag!

    As for Jason, I was thinking everything that Paula was saying (weird): he looked confident, his voice sounded strong and clear. Simon had it all wrong (clean out your ears Simon)!

    Why does Simon hate bird songs? I mean, get past the birds Simon. I loved LOVED David’s Little Sparrow. Every week I can more and more see myself buying David C’s album.

    Sorry Ramiele fans. I harp on her every week and this week is no exception. What is she doing there? She bores the heck out of me. I even liked Kristy (and the sweet cat claws at Simon, too). And Syesha really was going for it tonight. I could see her disappointment when Simon dissed her. She was not as bad as all that. Randy’s comments to Syesha were just plain lame.

    As for Brooke. She is growing on me. I liked this week’s performance so much better than last week. In fact, this is one of my favorites from Brooke.

    Who did I miss? Oh. David A. Another week, another ballad. His voice is good, but his performances are terribly bland. Sorry. I think this was Michael’s best performance.

  29. ealbino- haha that’s awesome. i didn’t exactly cry, but i was smiling the whole way through..and that says a lot. i wish he was my younger brother.

  30. My rankings

    David A: I almost lost it, big connection
    Carly: I loved her restraint, another big connection
    Michael: Okay, allow me a minute to get my hormones under control, he was really awesone tonight
    David C: Good,not great
    Syesha: Should have gone the entire Dolly route, but good try
    Jason: He was good, but meh
    Brook: She got one of the wow songs and didn’t wow
    Ramiele: In theory this could have been good, she just doesn’t realize what potential she has.
    KFC: She got one of the sacred cows and butchered it. This was an emotional song, but she didn’t emote. In fact at one point, she actually smiled, yep, she’s clueless

    All in all a good night, no trainwrecks. My top three hit it out of the park for me. I am throwing some sympathy votes Syesha’s way because there is no way she was worse than Rami and KLC, no way.

  31. “David A. OK, so Simon liked this becauseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.ta daa! He sang it like a pop song.”

    Umm well david a. is a pop singer…so was he supposed to put a twang to it?! didn’t understand that. but i guess when David C. sings every song like a rock song, thats ok? hm. ironic. i think he just stays true to himself.

  32. No surprise that I thought Michael was the best of the night. Loved the sexy, bluesy vibe! Did anyone catch that Dolly hopes he becomes a star so she could write some songs for him?

  33. Syesha should have stayed the course with the song. I was totally LOVING the beginning….and then the big note came.

    Ugh. Probably only 2% of the population can sing like Whitney, and Syesha isn’t one of them.

  34. I guess I just don’t “get” it. David A does not connect with me at all. Never has.

    David A. Another week, another ballad. His voice is good, but his performances are terribly bland.

    This is exactly how I feel every time. Eh, another well-sung song. Do I care? Nope, not so much. Just not a connection.

    In general, there was way too much unnecessary glorynoting on songs that did not call for it or need it (Carly and Syesha, I’m looking at you).

  35. I enjoyed tonight’s show. My Brooke loves remains in tact (I can’t wait to download her performance!). I also loved Jason (texting for him now), and thought David C did a great job. I thought Carly and David A both did fine jobs as well. They may not be my absolute favorites or anything, but I see the talent.

    Michael J. was really impressive to me tonight. That’s the most i’ve liked him all season.

    I think Syesha made a mistake with that song arrangement. And, I really didn’t like the way Simon insulted Carly’s clothes. It seemed to go past the crappy stuff he usually says and go a little below the belt. You could see her feelings were hurt, and I felt bad for her.

    KL Crap didn’t come close to doing that song justice, and I’ve already forgotten what Rami even sang.

  36. I liked Carly, Brooke, and Michael tonight. Syesha is growing on me. I am getting tired of little David Arch. He can sing but does nothing whatsoever for me. Ten seconds after he’s finished, I could not tell you what he sang.

    David C was a bit disappointing for me tonight–still pretty good not up to his usual standards.

    Kristy Lee a major disappointment tonight as this was in her wheelhouse and she did not hit a home run with it.

    My bottom group for the night would be KLC, Ramiele, and one of the non-memorables–either Jason or David A. I would send KLC and Ramiele home asap.

  37. No surprise that I thought Michael was the best of the night. Loved the sexy, bluesy vibe! Did anyone catch that Dolly hopes he becomes a star so she could write some songs for him?

    I did bean – I thought that was adorable! Dolly rules.

  38. My fav..tonite..

    David A
    Michael
    David C
    Carly
    Jason

    ehhhhhhh to everyone else tonite

  39. Michael Johns is building on his performances now and getting better each week. He’s going to be a force to be contended with. I say he’ll be top 3!

  40. Umm well david a. is a pop singerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦so was he supposed to put a twang to it?! didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t understand that. but i guess when David C. sings every song like a rock song, thats ok? hm. ironic. i think he just stays true to himself.

    Actually, that comment was about Simon, and why he liked the song, not David A.’s performance, which I liked just fine.

  41. I liked Jason, as usual. I really enjoyed Michael Johns, too. I missed the first three performances tonight so I can’t comment on them, I’ll watch those later.
    Syesha, meh.
    Kristy, meh.
    Carly sounded good and I also felt bad for her after Simon’s comments.
    David A. – not feeling the love. I agree with those that say he sings well but I don’t feel any desire to continue to watch him.
    I think bottom three will be Syesha, Rami (based on what everyone else is saying, I haven’t watched her yet) and Kristy. Any of them could go home and it would be fine with me.

  42. Country night wasn’t my favorite, but I just thought Dolly was too cute!

    LOVED LOVED Michael Johns tonight. I thought that he did a phenomenal job, where I had issue with connecting before, he connected with me tonight.

    David Cook was good as well.

    I didn’t enjoy David A tonight…maybe I’m totally in the entire wrong tonight but I just…the song didn’t seem to fit him. Maybe I’m strange, but I liked his “One Voice” song better….and he got so much flax for that. I still think the kid can sing, but you know, I just don’t buy it.

    I loved Jason actually. And I’m voting for him now, since I’m worried about him.

    Brooke was okay. SHE should have had “Coat of Many Colors” since Kristy Lee Cook made me never want to listen to the song again.

    I keep forgetting about Ramiele….but I doubt the pinoy vote forgets about her.

    I agree with SpencerJ….the comments about Carly’s outfits were a bit…saddening. Considering I think she is having issues with how she looks considering she said Spanx were bothering her last week. I felt like the comments drug up by Simon were unnecessary. I must say though, sometime I do find her tattoos distracting. I hate to say the fact that I would wish she would wear a long sleeved shirt at times.

    I didn’t hate her performance, but I didn’t love it. My dear husband spent most of it saying “I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.”

    On Syesha. It was a mistake. A big mistake. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she does go home.

    Alas, I wouldn’t be surprised if Country night results gives us some shockers.

  43. It really seems that Michael has relaxed some these past two weeks. Before it always seemed to me that he was so fearful of something(?) he just couldn’t relax and connect.

    He was the one I had the most enthusiasm for in the beginning – great looking guy, seems genuinely down to earth, great voice – I’m happy for him that he got it really right, especially tonight.

    Too bad Syesha didn’t stay soft the entire song. Why would anyone pick that song? Makes no sense. Do we think she is in her own world where she really believes she’s as good as Whitney?

    Back to voting for DC. Throwing a few Michael’s way – but I bet he doesn’t need ’em.

  44. Many are bunched together on my score card…. So I guess I ended up “playing favorites”…lol
    But here is my rankings:
    1 Brooke
    2 DavidC
    3 Carly
    4 Michael
    5 Jason
    6 DavidA
    7 Syesha
    8 KristyLee
    9 Ramiele

    Still think Ramiele has people and KristyLee will hang in there… looks like Syesha may be gone. (she is the only one who sang an old Idol Standard … heard it before…. ) Or maybe Jason… but no… I think (hope) it will be Syesha. Well, actually I hope it would be Ramiele or Kristy… but…. you know…)

  45. I’m gonna attempt to squish my thoughts into a short re-cap. Don’t know if it’s possible, but I’ll try.

    Brooke. I didn’t like this so much. I’m with Simon — having everyone on stage there with her looked a little strange. A bit of a forgettable performance for me. Here’s an almost verbatim IM I sent to a friend during her perf: “She’s in danger of being in the Bottom 3 — subpar performance, danger spot.” (B)

    Cookie. I was just a little bit disappointed — although that’s probably because I love Dolly’s a cappella so I guess I was expecting the same from him. I ended up liking his rendition anyway, though, but he needs to work on his falsetto. And that haircut…I’m probably going to get bricked, but I ended up almost wishing he’d kept the combover style. XD (A-/A; more of latter)

    Ramiele. Some nice moments and at least she moved, but I’m still not liking anything she’s been doing since her Top 24 performance. She’ll need to nail a ballad like she did then if she wants to stay in the competition because she’s talented, not because her fanbase is freaking huge. (B-)

    Jason. Well, it’s the same thing he’s been doing — calm acoustics. The song fit his voice nicely and he sang it nicely as he always does, but I’m still waiting for that one breakthrough. (B plus [stupid sign won’t show up])

    Carly. Hey, she smiled! Twice! :P Anyway, the first, quieter part was nice. I wish she hadn’t belted the last half quite as much as she did and there was her signature “screaming” in there, too, but pretty good overall. Loved Simon’s pointer, too. (B plus/A-; more of latter)

    Archie. I hate to say it since I’m such a huge fangirl of the other David, but I ended up liking this performance more than Cookie’s — not by much, but I liked it more nonetheless. Unlike some of his previous ballads, I wasn’t bored with this performance but rather compelled. Plus, he sang with emotion and as Simon said, it was the perfect song choice for him. At this point, definitely the best performance. (A)

    KLC. This week should be her niche, but I don’t think it worked out quite that well for her. Her voice and the runs she did were good, but she still sounds extremely bland to me. And it seriously would do her so much more good than bad to stop it with the eye movements. One last note — that dress was distracting. (B plus)

    Syesha. Again, I agree with Simon. I liked the first half with Dolly’s version; very soft and calming. Then I went “NOOO!” when she Whitney’d the last half. She technically sang the entire thing pretty well, but I’m still docking points for going Whitney. (B plus/A-; more of former)

    Michael. Homerun performance! Hot tuxedo! Amazing falsetto! That is all. :D (A)

    – – – – –

    Wow. Real “short”. Good job, self. *pats back*

  46. Saw your greeting from the other thread, SpenserJ! Smooches backatcha :-)

    Best By a Comfortable Mile:
    David A – Yay! My cutie knocked it outta the park!
    Michael – Very passionate performance. He’s in it to win it, y’all!

    Very Good:
    Syesha – I enjoyed both halves of the performance. She’s underrated, imo.
    Jason – He let loose and it worked. And yes, he’s still the fairest of them all.
    David C. – Didn’t go a capella, but it was his own arrangement, ahem.

    Good but not Special:
    Carly – Tried too hard to have “a moment” at the end. Otherwise, not bad.
    Brooke – Love her voice, but she didn’t do much with the song.

    Didn’t Float My Boat:
    Kristy Lee – Country nite= she should have killed, but was only adequate.
    Ramiele – No big comeback here. What a bummer!

  47. I really loved MJ. Best of the night for me. I’m so glad he’s come back the last couple weeks. Yay for my 3 favorites – Jason, Michael and DC.

    I thought everyone did ok. Overall it was a good show but felt a little rushed. I wished they had extra time to show more interaction of the kids with Dolly.

  48. I guess my favorites were
    1. Jason
    2. Cookie
    3. Michael
    4. Archie

    Pretty good show, I was expecting a little more from some.

  49. Bottom 3——syesha, rami, cook chick

    rudest player—-simon(insult to carly,,,not nice)

    hottest singer of the night (michael)
    cutest singer(brooke Jason)

    I enjoyed the night…….

    I believe all the mentions of Jesus threw Simon off…and I read Dolly will be singing Jesus and Gravity tomorrow——simon may call her indulgent.

    PS…..I love me some Funky Jason

  50. I think bottom three will be Syesha, Rami (based on what everyone else is saying, I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t watched her yet) and Kristy. Any of them could go home and it would be fine with me.

    Amen to that sister! The next three weeks could see those 3 leave one by one and I’d be a-okay with that.

  51. My favs remain Jason, Cookie, Brooke and Michael – but Michael had the best performance tonight for sure! I sure hope Jason or Brooke don’t go home but one of them might :mad_tb:

  52. David C. is my fave, but Michael was amazing tonight. A great vibe and very sexy performance. Loved it.

  53. WEll I actually enjoyed tonight and overall thought most of the idols did a good to great job.

    Brooke- Well I get her, but unfortunately tonight was just meh for me. And for the love of all that is holy…STFU.

    David C- Loved him. I guess he is an original. Wrote his own arragnment and showed what a great voice he has, along with fantastic control. BTW…..the cute points just went up with the new haircut…heheh

    Ramy- Go Home…..NOW!!!

    Jason- First off STALKER ALERT. What’s up with the wierd postcards. ICK!! I really thought he stepped up tonight and showed he is serious about Idol. Lat week put a scare into him and this week he did a great job.

    Carly- I just don’t like this woman. Don’t like her signing style on anything she has done. Leaves me cold every time I hear her. Maybe it’s a visual thing but ME NO LIKEY. ALso I agreed with Simon (he who has NO tact). Whoever her stylist is needs to be fired yesterday.

    David A- Great voice but damn this kid is boring. He just stands there and sings. I can get that at the performing arts highschool down the street. At least he lost the knockoff Members Only jacket circa 1984 tonight.

    KLC- Hey I am a total smart ass but I know better than to do that on national tv and direct it at Simon. Her Royal Fakeness needs to go home.

    SyNOsha- Her name says it all. She never never never should have attepted this song. Too big for her and her average voice and range. The attempted glory note was just bad in a variety of ways.

    MJ- First off…the dude is HAWT!! Second off…he sang really well tonight. Best from him I have ever heard. Third off…how come I can’t watch him perform. I veiw a performance as not only signing well but style in which it is delivered. For some reason the upper half of his body is not communicating to the lower half and he looks horrible. STOP IT. I want to look at you but your body movements ruin it for me. Work on some moves dude before I can’t even listen to you anymore. For an athlete you are completely uncorodinated

    Overall, I enjoyed tonight.
    Top 3
    David C
    MJ
    (ok maybe only 2)

    Second tier
    Carly…shudders
    David A
    Brooke
    Jason

    Get off the stage and go home…
    Ramielle
    KLC
    SyNOsha

  54. Also….Cook chick may go….you should ALWAYS wanna make Yo Momma proud, especially on Dolly night.

  55. OH! One more thing that I pointed out in chat (I haven’t written a recap yet as my fingers are too busy voting. Hee!):

    Did anyone else notice the McPhee-esque smiling in inappropriate places that Carly was doing? It was UNCANNY.

  56. My only complaint about Michael Johns was that damn neckerchief. What the hell was he thinking?!?!

    Okay. I’m so glad that I wasn’t the only one who noticed it. I thought it was horribly distracting, and I did find myself looking at it more than I wanted to. Ugh. Don’t do that again, Michael. Okay. Thanks. :)

  57. First off I thought Brook and Jason did ok not as bad as the judges said..

    I have to admit it David c did a good jog with a song i did not like..Way to go..

    David a has a good voice but is borring to me…

    Mj -is hot i thought it was not great but good did i say he was hot..

    Ramiel — do not remember her but has a huge voting

    Kristy -please go home like now

    SY- do not do whitney

    Who will go home—probably a shocker Brook
    Who need to go home-Kristy,ramile, Sy

  58. My Opinions –

    Brooke- What’s to say, she was Brooke. Weird smiling during the song. It’s not like her to be so disconnected from the lyrics. She was better than the judge’s critique. Wouldn’t be surprised if she was bottom 3 though.

    David C – Good. Nothing was going to compare to last week though. Hope this shuts Doxology up.

    Ramielle – Yikes. But she ain’t goin’ nowhere, folks.

    Jason – Good. Much more lively than the last few weeks.

    Carly – I really liked that. I wanted to punch Simon though. She looked so defeated. I mean, she just got through the pregnant thing, and now he’s slaming her looks on national TV. Ugh.

    David A. – Very good. I was kinda bored, but he sang very well.

    KLC – I was bored. She should have been better than that.

    Syesha – Those last notes SUCKED. Bye bye Syesha. That’s what you get for being so damned predictable.

    Hot Aussie – I threw my panties at the screen. ’nuff said. LOL.

    THE VERDICT: Syesha is outta here. Might throw a few points someone else’s way, but it’s Syesha’s time.

  59. My top 3, DCook, Johns and Archuletta didn’t let me down. Fabulous performances by all.

    Kristy surprised me with a pretty darn good performance.

    Syesha gets a 5 out of 10 from me tonight. The first half was beautiful and then she ruined it.

    Go home already, Syesha!

  60. michael wears the the neckerchief….so he can wipe the sweat from your brow while holding you in his arms.

  61. “Did anyone else notice the McPhee-esque smiling in inappropriate places that Carly was doing? It was UNCANNY.”

    And she even said something like “and I’m SMILING” to the judges. I think she was doing that because of the “tense” comments from Simon from last week, but forced smiling isn’t the opposite of being tense. I thought Simon was right to point out her unfortunate clothing choices, hope she takes it to heart, because it takes away from her performances. I did enjoy the first part of her song, before it got over the top big and screechy. Same with Syesha. Syesha should have stayed with Dolly’s version the whole way through the song, instead of chopping the song into 2 styles. Loved Michael tonight, and thought the rest of them ranged from very good to meh.

  62. I actually loved Michael’s neckerchief. It looks HOT on him.
    Gos, everything looks HOT on him. Hot Aussie indeed.

    Anyways, as I said, I am so proud of him..

    What a voice! It was the performance of the night IMO. I am so happy he is back to form and fighting back. Yay.

  63. Jason- First off STALKER ALERT. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up with the wierd postcards. ICK!!

    Ok – I did not like Secrest for bringing up the fact that they were all from the same person. It was his chance to associate Jason with something odd. I can’t stand the subtle little tricks they play on the finalists.

    I thought Carly’s outfit was cute enough. I don’t like tats, though, so I’d prefer some coverage. I’ve seen enough of her art for now.

  64. I thought it was a pretty good night overall.

    Brooke – Jolene – I thought she did a pretty good job with it, but I didn’t like it as much as some of her other performances.

    David C – Little Sparrow – I thought he did very well and I liked his performance quite a bit. I think he was very smart to not go with too alt-rock of a version of the song.

    Ramiele – Do I Ever Cross Your Mind – It was different hearing the uptempo version, I am so familiar with Joan Osborne’s slow take on it. Ramiele really does have a nice tone to her voice and she did sing it well. But just not enough stage presence and she needed more umph to the vocal to get a performance that stands out and that is what she really needs at this point.

    Jason Castro – Travelin’ Thru – It was nice, but I just don’t think he is that strong or versatile of a vocalist. Still, a pleasant performance.

    Carly Smithson – Here You Come Again – Very good vocal. I wasn’t completely sold on the song choice, or maybe it was the arrangement. She sang it very well though.

    David Archuletta – Smokey Mountain Memories – He killed this. Perfect song choice and he sang the hell out of it. Loved this performance, easily the best of the night.

    Kristy Lee Cook – Coat of Many Colors – Solid performance. She has a nice voice, not really a standout one for me, but nice.

    Syesha Mercado – I Will Always Love You – I liked the first part of the song. The belting was solid, but I almost would rather she sang the whole thing in a softer voice, although I guess she would have risked being forgettable. Still a nice rendition.

    Michael Johns – Its All Wrong, But It’s All Right – The best I think he has done since Hollywood. A good performance, liked the bluesy arrangment with the piano and guitar.

  65. On Dial Idol, Jason started in 5th place but now is sinking to the bottom 3.

    The top 4 have pretty much been the same since voting started:

    1. David A.

    2. Michael

    3. Cookie

    4. Syesha

    Ramiele is at the very bottom and hasn’t budged, but Hawaii hasn’t weighed in yet.

  66. David Cook is still my favorite, but I did not like the song tonight. He did it well, but it was nowhere as good as Billie Jean. Michael Johns hit it out of the park for me with this one. Tonight he was as good as David C. was last week. Oh, and I didn’t get the ascot thingy either. It was a strange choice.

  67. I didn’t see Syesha or Michael yet cause I had to leave but I really think the judges were off tonight. I thought Jason really picked it up tonight and I thought he did a get job. Also, David Cook was awesome. Did a song about a bird and made me like it. He has skilz. I thought almost everyone I have so far heard was better than their (the judges) remarks illicited.

  68. Dang i just looked at DI..they got a def. bid on Ramielle to go…thats crazy. if she isnt in the btm 3 this week then hawaii is freaking nuts!

  69. OMG now Jason’s in the bottom 2 behind Kristy Lee……FRIGGIN SIMON COWELL.

  70. Michael Johns was really sexy tonight. ’bout time!

    I just don’t get Ramielle. She has no personality!

    Jason on the other hand, is freakin adorable! I thought he connected with the song – what was up with Simon tonight?

    It’s hard to predict bottom 3 – fan bases will play a big part from now on.

  71. My fave by far – David Cook. He wasn’t necessarily the “best” but indeed is the one who catches my attention. Can’t believe Ryan had to go through the arrangement conversation at the beginning. Doesn’t matter whose arrangements he sings, he has proven he’s talented. I would think those original performers would be thrilled with the attention they’re getting.

    Thought Michael did well again this week. I don’t particularly enjoy some of his moves while he’s singing though. Carly – what can I say. She has a beautiful voice but for me it stops there. I don’t like watching her sing and I am really creeped out by the guy with the facial tattoos they show in the audience. And personally I wouldn’t mind if she covered up her arm once in awhile. Guess I’m showing my age, huh?

    Little David was back on track this week but he always seems a little tense to me. Brooke and Jason were good as well. Guess that leaves for me the bottom three being the remaining girls – Syesha, Ramiele and Kristy. Hope that’s the way it goes.

  72. No one is going to top Cookie for me, even if he has a bad night. That’s just the way it’s going to be for me from now on. I’ve gone off the fangirlie deep end for him now.

    I think he’s been reading or someone has been telling him what all the buzz is about his hair…nice change tonight, but I didn’t mind it the other way, either.

    I’m glad he got to make amends about the credit for his covers of the covers, but I doubt it will shut anyone up.

    Beyond that, I am very impressed that he did his own arrangement for this evening. Good job, David Cook! I liked it a lot. Maybe not as much as last week, but I will definitely be buying it.

    The others? Michael Johns definitely had his best performance thus far. I liked Carly’s performance (I hate to say it, but I did). Brooke was okay. Syesha is not Whitney, not by a longshot. David A. was perfect (aside from the loud breaths). Jason was sweet. KLC was dull. Ramiele’s last name tomorrow night may be Malu-bye-bye.

  73. moan & grrroan…why did I get invested this year?

    It’s going to be an Elliott-alwaysbottom3 again for Jason. Beautiful voice but no AI glory notes so not good enough. Big sigh

    Syesha is going to profit from Chickeze’s boot so no bottom 3 for her

    Rami will benefit from the phillipino mafia in LA so she’s going nowhere

  74. The year is 2014 and I am watching late night TV (on my computer I guess because TV as we know it will be obsolete in 2014) and this commercial comes on…

    “Do you remember David Archuleta, the teen wunderkind who won American Idol in 2008? Well now you can relieve all of those special, heart touching moments with this amazing K-Tel offer—“David Archuletta Sings Songs of Hope and Inspiration”. Yes, we have gathered all the songs that touched America into one amazing collection. “Imagine”, “Another Day in Paradise”, “You’re the Voice”, “Smokey Mountain Memories” “Music of the Night”, “Wind Beneath my Wings” and the beloved Idol Coronation song written just for him, “Let’s Make the World Better and Feed the Children With Our Love”, they are all here ready to download instantly.”

  75. My 3 faves tonight…Michael J. Jason C. and David Cook
    My middle 3..in order..Brooke..David A. and Syesha
    My Bottom 3..Carly Smithson..Kristy Lee..and Ramiele

  76. WHOA!!!!! :clap_tb: Michael Johns just slid into my top 5 favorite performances…….EVAH! And by far, best lookin’ guy EVAH! (Sorry Taylor)

    I really wish I could find some love for Carly – she didn’t totally suck, but her look and personality sure do for me. Still a bit too much country sound in her voice for me….

    David C was ok. I really really like him and I’m not a rock fan generally speaking.

    So, those are my top 3 tonight. And, Syesha actually sounded better than I anticipated. Kristy or Ramielle will go I think.

  77. Carly just seems determined to show off those tattoos (or is it one tattoo?) but other than that I thought it was a very good vocal.

    I think Brooke is the big loser on the evening. Jason’s pulled ahead of her as that was one of his best vocals.

    MichaelJ was the best, but kudos to the arrangement. Someone deserves a little credit

    DavidA was brilliant.

    As was DavidC faced with the difficult task of following up on a standout performance. Which he did while putting to rest a mild controversy. Thought he could have been a little more acoustic.

    And to see Syesha voted off after that performance. What a way to go. I thought she was great. Did Dolly then shifted to Whitney. Nailed the first half of that song.

    Kristy was all right but that was the song Brooke should have done from behind the piano. That would have been magical.

  78. I’m worried for Jason. He and Ramiele are the only 2 who got bad reviews from Simon tonight. Those of you still able to vote, please vote for Jason!! I voted for the whole 2 hours and according to Dial Idol, he’s at the bottom with Ramiele.

    Ramiele has zero which means nobody with Dial Idol is voting for her, so we don’t know how well she’s doing tonight.

  79. I was so nervous about tonight but was much better than I thought. I’m not going to rank them. I thought Michael was best and Ramiele was worst and should go home but it will probably be Kristy or Syesha.

    Brooke: I thought it was a good choice and a nice version but not all that special. Should be safe even so.

    David C: The advantage when you’re a frontrunner is that they give you a chance to clear up the cover controversy. I think he sounded really good but didn’t love the song. I do think the new hairstyle rocks.

    Ramiele: not memorable at all and should get her a ticket home, if only…..

    Jason: better than last week and not as good as others but a decent performance that should make him safe

    Carly: loved her voice but thought she made the song too slow for my taste. I still rank her pretty high for the night. I don’t think Simon should have been so rude about her outfit but she needs help picking more flattering clothes

    David A: decent vocals and I’m sure his fans are happy but it was just alright for me.

    Kristy: probably her best performance but that’s not saying a lot. I’d be happy if this was her week to leave even if it should be Ramiele

    Syesha: I thought at first that she didn’t blow it and try to sing Whitney’s version but she couldn’t resist. As usual I think they should ban any song that Whitney’s ever sung.

    Michael: What can I say? :wub_tb: He really brought it again this week and it was probably a better fit even than Queen. I’ll repeat my earlier comment, he brought a sexy, bluesy vibe that I loved.

  80. I don’t like Carly’s style and I don’t like her yelling, but I have to say I enjoyed her arrangement of “Here You Come Again”. I’ve never heard it slow, but I liked it.

    Did she get that from someone else, do you think?

  81. I have to admit to freaking out just a *teensy* (HUGE) bit about Jason! I voted for two hours solid for him – and he’s in the bottom two!! Do they Not Know Who I AM?!!!

    C’mon Jason!!!

  82. 4got Apr 1st, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    moan & grrroanà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦why did I get invested this year?

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be an Elliott-alwaysbottom3 again for Jason. Beautiful voice but no AI glory notes so not good enough. Big sigh

    I feel your pain. I feel the same way. I need to emotionally detach.

  83. Well I’m going to chip in my two cents as well…

    My favorite by a mile tonight was Jason. I thought he picked the perfect song, he did something uptempo, and his voice sounded quite strong. Unfortunately, he’s not a pop singer, and thus not to Simon’s taste. I don’t really think Simon and I were watching the same show tonight at all, actually.

    Who else I thought was good…Carly (although I don’t think it was her best), Brooke (again, not her best), David C., David A., and Ramiele (although David A. and Ramiele were both a bit boring). I guess David A. is probably the true pop singer in the bunch, plus he’s young and adorable, and thus gets the praise from Simon. Even though he’s boring. Oh yeah, I thought KLC actually did pretty well tonight too.

    Syesha…oh Syesha. You would think these people would learn by now not to do anything by Whitney (even if it was originally done by something else). She should get kicked off just for that (although I think she will probably get kicked off anyway).

    And the worst…by about 1,000 miles…Michael. I was watching the show with my parents and we were all almost to the point of covering our ears by the end of that one. We all thought it was horrible. Plus, no matter what he’s singing, he CONTINUES to look constipated, which is almost more annoying than Little D’s lip licking. I think he’s a huge wannabe. But really, his biggest problem is that David Cook is better than he is.

    I’m a little bit sad because it seems like TPTB want Brooke and Jason off the show…Brooke keeps performing early in the show, and what was up with that weird postcard thing? Is that really the most interesting thing they could talk to Jason about? They’re not typical pop singers that can be molded by Simon and crew…which is why I like them so much. I love the type of music they sing and I don’t WANT them to change. Maybe they’ll be better off without Idol anyway. We’ll just have another generic cookie-cutter Idol. Oh well.

    Oh yeah, and all of this is just my opinion. No one has to agree with me…and that’s fine. Obviously, there are a lot of people who don’t agree with me or the results would be different most weeks!!!

  84. Good show… loved Dolly Parton with the Idols. No one sucked, although Ramiele came close! What I love about this season is that different people seem to step up each week, and even if I don’t really like some of them, I can appreciate these performances on an individual basis. I haven’t been blown away by MJ, but tonight he was really good. I find David A a bit robotic and annoying most of the time, but loved his performance tonight. I don’t want to like Carly, but tonight, she was one of my favorites. And it goes like that every week. David Cook has been consistently good, though – he’s kind of the one constant.

    Ramiele should go this week. I can’t see any other outcome that will satisfy me. Syesha is so much better than Ramiele, as was Chikezie, and it’s just wrong that Ramiele continues on. I want her gone.

  85. Jason got shortchanged by the judges, except for Paula. I loved his performance tonight. Simon probably tuned it out when he heard the name of Jesus mentioned.

    My theory is that Simon is frustrated that Carly has failed to deliver on her “potential” this season, so he’s trying whatever he can to try and get her on track. He crossed the line, or what would be the acceptable line for most normal people, when he commented on her clothes. The sad thing is I agree with him, she’s not doing herself any favors, but that was cold. Surely he could have phrased it a little nicer. But then, that’s Simon, and yeah, he’s quite the fashion statement himself.

  86. I feel your pain. I feel the same way. I need to emotionally detach.

    Ahhh me too. Elliott was my favorite during Season 5 and he gave me so many heart attacks!

  87. Yes, Krazee, they definitely want Jason off even though he sells more on itunes than most of the others.

  88. Yes, Krazee, they definitely want Jason off even though he sells more on itunes than most of the others.

    While I wish that’s true, it’s not. He’s about the 5th highest selling at this point.

  89. longsong Apr 1st, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I have to admit to freaking out just a *teensy* (HUGE) bit about Jason! I voted for two hours solid for him – and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in the bottom two!! Do they Not Know Who I AM?!!!

    Cà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢mon Jason!!!

    Hi, longsong! Glad to see you’re a Jason fan, too.

    When you were voting for him, how were the busy signals?

    I voted for Jason last week from SoCal and kept getting either busy circuit messages or busy signals, even more than when I voted for Elliott on AI5 top 4 night when Daughtry fans defected to him — and yet Jason was in the bottom 3.

    Very strange, huh?

  90. I’ve noticed that Michael always seems to take what the judges say and just smile and nod and then thank them. I like that about him.

  91. After all the filler we’ve been subjected to in the past weeks, tonight felt like AI on speed. Hurry up and sing! I laughed when Paula said she’d talk fast at the end then continued to ramble. LOL

    It was cute when Dolly said Kristy Lee took the song and “made it her own”. Kind of like saying bless her heart.

    My bottom 3: Ramiele, Kristy Lee, Syesha, with any one of them going home. Please, please don’t let it be Jason. I did what I could and voted for the first time since the semifinals.

  92. Too many busy signals for Jason but he was in the bottom 3. I thought that was peculiar but I thought something was wrong with my line. Glad someone else noticed.

  93. Overall, a good night!

    Brooke – She’s no doubt my favorite female, but how can you smile and sing Jolene? Her voice was lovely in a very Brooke way, and I think I would have liked it better if I was just listening and not watching. I can tell she’s trying not to talk will receiving the judges comments, but she still needs to work on that- it’s a little off-putting.

    David Cook – I really like the new look and with my imperfect eyesight, I see a resemblance to Brad Pitt. Yes, you read that correctly. His vocals were strong as usual, and I loved seeing this more tender side of him. However, I think I would have preferred an a cappella arangement- he missed a chance to have a moment. Still, one of the biggest contenders to win and definitely one of my favorite contestants.

    Ramiele – Enough about her being little! Her performances never fail to take me back to the early seasons of Idol when good karaoke singers were in. Didn’t feel any connection at all. And, Ramiele, don’t steal Jason’s “freaking out” line.

    Jason – I wouldn’t dread to do those locks at all, Dolly! heh. He did try something different this week. The quirky vocals are back and I’m LOVING it. I actually listened to audio before watching the video and I thought his vocals were spot on. Simon? If this was the first time I’ve heard you critiquing Jason, I would think you were the bogus judge and Paula was the smart one. Unfortunately for Jason, the American public does listen to Simon. He’s second to last on dialidol, falling behind Kristy Lee Cook…gah, I’m worried. VOTE people!

    Carly – The vocals were good, I prefer Clay singing it though. If her way of lightening up during her performance is to smile at weird breaks in the song, then I have doubts her “more fun side” even exists. Randy’s clearly all about the vocals. She looked visibly hit by Simon’s attack on her outfit. Maybe if she didn’t try to kiss the judges butts by talking, I would have felt some pity for her.

    David Archuleta – I felt the emotional connection he had with the song. His vocals were beautiful, although I much prefer his normal and lower register to his higher one. When he reaches for the high notes, I start to wonder if he’s still going through the awkward stage of puberty when your voice doesn’t have that normal voice vs. falsetto distinction yet. Otherwise, it was one of his strongest performances to date. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of the highest top-getters tonight.

    Kristy Lee – “I’d rather impress her than my mama at this moment?” WHAT. THE. HECK?!….Anyways, other than the bare feet, she looked beautiful. Her singing? It was pretty good. I think the people who voted for her last week will do so again tonight (but I would love to be wrong). She needs to ditch the (fake) attitude though, it gets on my nerves.

    Syesha – Why is she smiling like that? The beginning was lovely (and I was glad she went for Dolly’s version) but when the wannabe-Whitney came out, it went all Katharine McPhee on me. It went from a beautiful tenderness to a woo!-hear-how-loud-I-can-belt!! fiasco. Unfortunately, performing towards the end with a song like that will probably save her. Funny moment: she looked surprised when Simon said he wished she hadn’t gotten the song. heh, out of all the contestants, I think Syesha’s the least intelligent when it comes to the Idol game.

    Michael – It was precious to see how big of a fan of Dolly he was. I LOVED his take on song; it actually reminded me of the emotional aspect that Taylor brought in his slower songs during Season 5. Michael the Soul Singer does more for me than Michael the Rock Singer– I love how much he’s stepped up his game. Best performance of the night. (So much for Paula talking fast. LOL)

    My Top 4 for the night: Michael, Jason, David A., David C. (okay, I just like all the guys..lol)

  94. my DVR cut off- what did Simon say about Michael Johns? I quite liked him for the first time since auditions!

  95. Michael Johns delivered with some scorchin’, white-hot blues, finally. That’s what I’ve been waiting on, I am now firmly in his camp. Yes, move it on over, Taylor Hicks. (sorry, but DAYUM that was good!)

    Brooke White’s Jolene was dull. She would’ve done much better with Coat of Many Colors, imo.

    David C did not disappoint, 2nd best of the night for me. I do believe that boy’s got the blues, too. My two girls lurve the new ‘do. (me too! big improvement).

    Ramiele – started off surprisingly good, but lost her footing along the way. Too bad.

    Jason – cute as ever, but meh on the song.

    Carly – great vocal, prolly the best female of the night. But, I felt her pain when Simon dissed her look. He could’ve commented without crushing her spirit. Prick.

    David A – very, very good. I connected with this song cause I love my Tennessee home.

    Kristy – little countryesque squeaks do not a country singer make. She is completely unoriginal and a poseur – GO HOME!

    Syesha – good start, but the Whitney bent was horrific. But I’d rather see her stay than Kristy effing Cook.

    It was a joy to see Dolly again in all her sweet sincerity. All in all, a great night for music. I look for Michael, David C and David A to place in the top 3.

  96. I loved Dolly Parton and the songs were a pleasure. This was my favorite night of the whole season probably because it was only an hour and I didn’t watch it live and could FF the dull spots. I thought everyone except RAmiele was decent. My favorites were David A and Aussie guy. Carly is just too over the top and ruined a really fun song.

    Prediction: Ramiele or Kristy leaves. Although we’re due for a shocking elimination so maybe Brooke?

  97. Terrie: Hi! Actually, I live in the middle of nowhere in Iowa, and I didn’t get a single busy signal – but then I don’t think I would for anybody – even David ArtThouChose-A.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that he’s SAFE. I don’t even want him in the bottom three! I haven’t voted this hard since Taylor. C’mon Jesus!! (good enough for Jason, good enough for me)

  98. First off I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Lawrence for all the videos he gives to MJ. And so dang fast to boot. Thanks Lawrence for everything…..YOU RAWK!! :)

    I am really enjoying this year with the Idols playing instruments. I think it really adds to the “flavor” of the show and shows us what the Idols are all about, beyond an ability to sing.

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  100. I was really looking forward to Dolly night and it didn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for Neil Diamond.

    As usual, Brooke, Ramiele and Syesha were ok. Why, why, why would anyone ever sing a Whitney or Celine song on this show? They are always slammed. I suppose either Ramiele or Syesha will hit the bottom three. But there might be a surprise with Brooke in the bottom three. Female Cook had a beautiful dress on, but, other than that, I really don’t pay much attention to her.

    David Cook did a great job. I don’t like that song, but I still enjoyed his performance.

    Little David had a good night and sang perfectly, but hell if I can remember what he sang. He just doesn’t do it for me.

    Carly actually started off well until she had to go and hit those unending glory notes – she always overdoes it and never learns from her previous week’s performance. She is still coming off as desperate, inappropriately smiling and so unrelaxed and uncomfortable. Her outfits are horrendous and she needs to use up some of that AI clothing allowance, but I’m not sure if Simon the asshole had to totally humiliate her. Usually when he comments on the clothing, he makes some kind of joke, but he was just plain mean tonight. This is not his first low blow toward her. She seems to bother him in some way – maybe the same way she bothers me – but I’m not into watching a person humiliated on national television even if I find them unlikable. And someone needs to stop putting all that eye shadow on her.

    Jason was good, but no breakout performance. I fear he is headed to the bottom three again. He is still so cute.

    Michael Johns was the star for me tonight. I think he did a fantastic job of taking a country song and turn it into a great bluesy performance. I thought it was outstanding. I haven’t bought any of the songs this season from itunes, but this is one is going on my ipod.

    I still see little David winning no matter how great anyone is. that’s just the way it is.

  101. According to soonerlover, Jason’s girlfriend/good friend:

    OK now that my voting time is past I will just hop on here to say that first jasons edit with Dolly was pitiful She really liked him alot and said they could make duets together but apart from that I just want to say that Jason feels really good about his song and performance and he hopes that the dreadheads feel the same way

    Nice editing there, PTB. Now the public thinks that all Dolly had to say about Jason was that he’s funky looking. Way to push your own agenda.

  102. beesims- Now that is what I call funny. Bless You!!! ANd guess what…I still wouldn’t buy that damn cd even from the bargin bin!! :)

  103. Okay, here are my thoughts:

    1. Michael – Really turned up the heat and brought it tonight. The bluesy/soulful thing is where he needs to stay. He sounded great, and the arrrangement fit his style perfectly. The best he’s been since his audition. Fantastic. Far and away the best.
    2. David Cook – First I have to say – I DO NOT like the hair. I’m sorry, I just don’t. That said, I really liked this performance. It was nuanced and very well sung, and not only did he ARRANGE IT HIMSELF (*ahem*), he kept it pretty true to the original but was able to put his mark on it – without rocking it up and appearing one-note. Good move, DC, good move. Stay a step ahead. ;)
    3. David Archuleta – As I’ve said, very well sung, but I just can’t make myself care. I cannot make an emotional connection with him at all, and all these ballads are not helping that.
    4. Jason – Thought he sang very well and connected to the song. I just love his vibe and style.
    5. Brooke – She’d be farther up if I felt she really connected to the lyrics, but I didn’t get the sense of pleading and longing from her that they lyrics of this song seem to require. Still love her though and she’s definitely my favorite girl, by a LOT. But she has GOT to STFU during the judges critiques.
    6. Carly – Lots of unnecessary glorynoting and smiling in inappropriate places.
    7. Kristy – Eh. Bland and forgettable. And her little comment to Simon at the end was just stupid and bitchy.
    8. Syesha – See Carly. Also, Lakisha Jones did this song SO much better on last year’s summer tour.
    9. Ramiele – Totally out of her league.

    Also, I just talked to PJ in Puerto Rico. :) She got to watch the show and says her fave tonight was Michael by a mile. She found that she liked David A more when she wasn’t watching him. She thought David C was good but felt like the background singers were doing a lot of the heavy lifting on the high notes, BUT that she loved that he sang “Little Sparrow” (which is one her fave Dolly songs) and thought that was a more brave choice than “Billie Jean.” (yes, she really said this, I am not making it up! :)) She also said that she loves her Jason – thought he connected with the lyrics and sounded really good. :) And she hated what Carly did to “Here You Come Again.” Nuff said.

  104. Overall, I’m very impressed with tonight’s performances. They knocked ‘Dolly’ week out of the park, which rather surprised me.

    I’ll just say off the bat, Rami (God love her) just isn’t Idol material. It’s not that she botched up her song tonight, either. She just seems (and I don’t mean to be rude but…) more like a secretary for a record company and not the one singing on the records. IMO.

    I don’t get Jason but I’m older so that’s probably why. He has OK vocals but nothing major going on IMO.

    Syesha did rather well with the song, so I thought, but I just don’t see her as the next big thing. I did at first but she is becoming invisible.

    Kristy did impress me for the first time tonight. That girl is a country singer period. Thing is, it’s the only genre she does well and she is going to run into major problems in the weeks ahead. And, let’s face it, she’s kind of a Haley. She won’t make it past 8th.

    My favs: Brooke, David C, Carly, David A and Michael.

    Brooke didn’t do as well with the song as I had hoped. She did fine but maybe because she went first she didn’t put as much into it. IDK. It was, as Randy says, alright. I agree with other posters. Had she aligned her emotions with the song and connected, it would’ve been much better.

    Carly blew me away with her rendition of ‘Here You Come Again’. I thought she knocked it out of the park. Period.

    David C – I’m probably the only one but this guy in some ways is reminding me of Daughtry. I really, REALLY like his style and vocals. He did GREAT tonight.

    David A – This little man can take a tender song and pierce your heart with it. Problem is, not much room in the Top 40 genre for what he is doing on AI. If he continues to go this route, I see him going the way of Clay Aiken (Josh Groban, etc.). Time will tell.

    Michael Johns – He just flat out took that song and made it his own tonight. GREAT energy and GREAT vocals! Brooke and David C have been my front-run favs but this guy is growing on me fast. However, I heard Paula say he has ‘soul’ and ‘blues’ (something er other). AI will NOT invest in another Taylor. Just sayin’.

  105. First I have to say – I DO NOT like the hair.

    THANK YOU. I’m finally not the only one who thinks the hair looks weird on him.

  106. primeminister Apr 1st, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    According to soonerlover, Jasonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s girlfriend/good friend:

    OK now that my voting time is past I will just hop on here to say that first jasons edit with Dolly was pitiful She really liked him alot and said they could make duets together but apart from that I just want to say that Jason feels really good about his song and performance and he hopes that the dreadheads feel the same way

    Nice editing there, PTB. Now the public thinks that all Dolly had to say about Jason was that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s funky looking. Way to push your own agenda.

    This is definitely Castro De-Pimping, Week 2.

    Seeing as how there’s some overlap here in the Elliott/Jason love, I bet you Yaminions remember the edit of David Foster’s intro clip on top 5/Classic Love Songs week when E finally got to sing “A Song for You.” They showed Foster acting impatient and hypercritical with Elliott. Afterward, however, he said of Elliott, “He sings really, really well.” Then the audio was cut off, but we could see him mouth, “He really, really does.” Of TCO Chris Daughtry, Foster predicted, “If he delivers the performance of his life, he’ll do amazing. But…” The “but” could not be heard and the video ended before Foster could say anything less than completely idolatrous.

    Same playbook, different season.

  107. TMZ is reporting David Cook was taken to the hospital after tonight’s show.
    Wasn’t sure where to put this. sorry if wrong place.

  108. Nice subdued night. Dolly is fabulous and I loved her.

    1. Brooke – I know Paula said “You’re Brooke White!” but I’m not so sure Brooke White was all there tonight. For some reason, I thought she would connect with the song better. I did listen to her whole song, which is more than I can say about the other girls.

    2. David C. – Hated the stupid interview, loved the singing, the falsETTO and the arrangement, loved the stubble, loved the hair, loved the white shirt and mist of spray tan. Yum. Not a “wow” like last week, but probably the best he could possibly do on Dolly night, and so different from last week that there was no need to compare the two performances. I hope the thief remarks and the Daughtry comparisons can both be laid to rest.

    3. Rami – I honestly don’t remember anything but, like, suspenders and shorts, or something? I think it was because I couldn’t hear her and didn’t know her song.

    4. Jason – that was probably the most energy he’s put into a performance, his guitar playing seemed better than last week, and his vocals were the usual Jason vocals, so all in all, it was an above average performance for me. Not a fan of the song, but he sold it well.

    5. Carly – Technically good as usual. I don’t care.

    6. David A. – See Carly.

    7. Syesha – Enjoyed the beginning. Pressed mute and listened to David sing “Little Sparrow” (thanks for the quick mp3s Rickey!) when she started the Whitney

    8. Michael – is hot. Well, he looked hot AND the singing was hot, but like someone else upthread, I can’t watch him sing because he’s doing goofy things with his face and/or body. But that’s fine – I think I’m in the minority on that one. He probably had the best vocal of the night and should stick to the soul/blues stuff to stand out. Personally, I would like him to go back to trying to rock and hopping and flailing so he doesn’t knock my boyfriend out of the competition. Thankyew. ;)

    Hmm, I guess KLC probably sang too. I liked her dress?

    I think Rami’s turn to celebrate herself home, but I’d prefer KLC or Syesha to go.

    ETA: OMG! David! Please be OK!

  109. but he can wail and shred and play the blues and country as well. What a versatile performer! The best in Rickyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s band fer sure.

    Yes, I agree, Ladybug. Ricky’s guitarist started the season seemingly a bit tentative, but look at him now! He’s def got his mojo workin’ :) The drummer is outstanding too.

  110. Longsong, I live in the middle of nowhere Iowa also. I did get some busy signals tonight but I was voting for Michael, Carly and David C. I think I had more busy signals and nonconnects tonight than any other night this season. Maybe it’s depends on your carrier or how busy your area code is. Glad to see another Iowan on here, and by coincidence I was(and still am) a Taylor fan . I’d love to see an all guy top three.

  111. TMZ is reporting David Cook was taken to the hospital after tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show.
    Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sure where to put this. sorry if wrong place.

    …wait. For what? This is getting me freaking worried. AWOEIAWOI. *flocks over to TMZ*

    ETA: Oh my gosh, I hope he’s okay. Let him rest if he needs to. I would go into such a long state of depression if he needed to be at the show and collapsed because of it.

  112. TMZ is reporting David Cook was taken to the hospital after tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show.
    Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sure where to put this. sorry if wrong place.

    Why did my heart just absolutely drop out of my chest??

    OMG. Now I’m effing WORRIED. Forget about song choices and performances. I hope he’s okay. :down_tb:

    ETA: Here’s the link. http://www.tmz.com/2008/04/01/a-i-contestant-cook-rushed-to-the-hospital/

    OMG. I hope he’s okay.

  113. TMZ is reporting David Cook was taken to the hospital after tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show. Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sure where to put this. sorry if wrong place.

    This is scary. stuff. Hope he’s okay.

  114. “A.I.” Contestant Cook Rushed to the Hospital
    Posted Apr 1st 2008 11:45PM by TMZ Staff

    TMZ has learned that “A.I” contestant David Cook has been taken to the hospital after experiencing heart problems during tonight’s show.

    We’re told Cook’s heart was palpitating at a high rate and his blood pressure was high as well. Producers wanted him to go to the emergency room before the show ended, but David wanted to stay until it was over.

    He is at the hospital now, condition unknown.

  115. This show is like a bad boyfriend that I keep breaking up with and getting back together with, repeatedly.

    Every year I say I won’t watch again, but I do.

    My 3 favorites are David C., Brooke, and Jason (although I do like many of the others). I’m not one of those crazy people who thinks my favorite is perfect every week and thinks the others are horrible. I try really hard to be objective when watching the show.

    I’d have to say that Elliott Yamin is my favorite Idol contestant of all time, easily. He was my favorite from top 24 week on. I always felt that TPTB treated him horribly. I was so happy that he got all the way to 3rd place and a gold record to boot.

    I feel like I’m having deja vu with Jason. It’s like Elliott II. Like someone before pointed out…why did they edit the mentor segment to make it seem like Dolly only thinks that Jason is quirky looking? Seriously. I hope he can pull an Elliott and get far in this competition.

    I’m starting to get really annoyed and I WILL NOT WATCH NEXT YEAR!! (or so I say)

    And on a completely unrelated note…I sincerely hope that David C. is alright…

  116. Oh God I hope he is ok. I was hoping ( that sounds wrong I know) that is was a stomach virus or something like that. Holy Shit not heart problems.

    Dude…get better soon.

  117. Aw, poor David, one would never have known he was having problems given that great performance. I wonder if this was precipitated by all the media hoopla of late. Hang in there dude!

  118. Oh God, I just realized — if Cookie had gone during the latter half of the hour-long episode, he might have just collapsed on stage, right then and there, since he’d reportedly started having problems at some point during when the show was still airing. Oh, God…

  119. Just finished a rewatch. I like watching the show once and just listening on the second time.
    Brooke-wasn’t her night. she seemed clumsy and didn’t connect with the song, at all.

    David C-I think he can sing anything. A song about a bird and I loved it. He wasn’t an early favorite of mine, but he has me hooked now.

    Rami-she is a little bundle of cuteness but she gets lost on the stage. she moves in fits and starts. she isn’t on the level of some of the others but she has a huge voting public and may end up getting much higher than her performances deserve.

    Jason-think he picked it up a notch tonight. He is a sweet guy and I love his voice but it isn’t on the level of the Davids, Michael, or Carly. He may last a few more weeks but I don’t see him getting past 6th. That’s pretty darn impressive though for cannon fodder. Is there a place to see his audition song? If so, I would love to see it.

    Carly-awesome, awesome voice. Simon was too hard on her. Amazingly, Paula seems to really like her. Pauler doesn’t usually root for a girl. Her voice is amazing. Try just listening to her and not watching. Amazing.

    David A-this boy is so sweet. His voice is incredible and he is so likeable but he is also a bit boring. I want to take him home and show him that he is loveable just like he is and he doesn’t have to prove anything to his dad. He is already a winner to keep going with the pressure he is under.

    Kristy-she can sing. She really is a country singer and that suited her. Good job for her. She just might last another week or two. Her weird giggling at things is just whacky. She laughs at her own comments and it wasn’t funny the first time.

    Syesha-I honestly thought that it wasn’t bad at all. She took an incredibly difficult song and did pretty well with it. Just a caution-don’t do Whitney, and don’t wear yellow dresses;)

    MJ-I’m probably the only one that didn’t really love for the perfomance. He sounded great, but there is a disconnect with his singing and his movements. Don’t know-but something was wonky with that. Sounded great without watching him.

    Rankings based on tonights performances only:
    Upper ladder rung:
    David C, David A, Carly, Michael (without watching)

    middle rung:
    Jason, Syesha, KLC

    tows touching the water rung:
    Rami and Brooke

  120. Sorry, it’s not a joke gang. It’s the top story ‘exclusive’ on TMZ.

  121. General Thoughts
    —————-

    1. For Simon, Busking is the New Broadway. Or is it the new Wedding Singer? It appears to be gaining ground as the putdown of the season.

    2. Simon is insulting the looks of a band member? He better hope he doesn’t have to go under the balcony to leave the stage area. Otherwise, somebody is going to hock a loogie on him next time he goes for a smoke break.

    3. I think that Simon was attacked by a bird as a child. Probably a small bird. I suspect it was sparrow.

    4. One hour is not enough for 9 performances. Ryan was talking faster than an auctioneer by the end.

    Performance Review
    ——————

    1. Brooke – “Jolene” – Return of the box drummer! They must have been keeping him in the back with choir. The song seemed a bit bouncy to me, but the ending was perfect. Nice capturing of the feel of that song. That was enjoyable. Simon didn’t like it because the band, whom Brooke did not hire, is not attractive enough? Wow. He’s reaching. (7.5)

    2. David C – “Little Sparrow” – Time for damage control. Will Doxology FINALLY shut up? (see, it wasn’t entirely their version and the other source isn’t whining). I’m hoping David’s hair is a work in progress. I remember Dean saying that he would gradually change a hair style so that it didn’t seem too shocking. Like the person had suddenly gone Hollywood. So, baby steps. Oh, right, he sang. Very well done and nice job of mixing it up. He was getting to be a one trick pony, so it was nice that he didn’t go straight to the emo rocker version. He seemed a bit tenative tonight. Either he doesn’t like his new do or he’s feeling the heat from the SCANDAL THAT JUST WON’T DIE. BTW I once played a Dolly song on a guitar so I think he should have given me credit for his inspiration. I wouldn’t say “No” to a set of tickets to the Finale either. (9)

    3. Ramiele – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Do I Ever Cross Your Mindà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – The clothes stylist has been fired, right? They haven’t hired a new one, right? Okay. That makes sense. This was SO much better than last week. Easily her best performance in weeks. (6)

    4. Jason – “Travelin’ Thru” – Poor Jason has a stalker. Ryan should not encourage them. I pity the Idols. The freaks are going to blanket them with postcards now. I also pity the poor mail sorters at Fox studios. Jason is a sweet guy. He’s charming. I’d sit and listen to him for an afternoon at the coffee house. It was a good song for him, but he just doesn’t have the voice. He’s not big enough for the stage. He needs to practice more. I don’t know. I think he’s shown us all he can do. (5.5)

    5. Carly – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Here You Come Againà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Paul! Woo. That guy is getting more stage time this season than the fodder. Carly is mixing it up the arrangement. Simple instrumentation with her power vocals. It wasn’t working for me. It was like she was clubbing poor Paul over the head with that song. Stop Cruelty to the Band! Oh, and please, just once, could she cover up that stupid tattoo? It’s like she’s wearing the same outfit every freakin’ week. I know, I’m shallow, but she could wear a sleeve every once in a while. Paula is wrong. That last note last week was hideous. And Simon is right. That outfit was a trainwreck. Of course, he just insulted another member of the crew. I can do that because I’m sitting in my living room 100s of miles away. Simon is going to end up with Ex-lax in his muffin. (5)

    6. David A – “Smokey Mountain Memories” – He’s so earnest. He’s emoting to the back rows of the theater. Problem is, the camera is right up in his face and it seems too rehearsed that close up. I LOVED it when he was singing for Dolly. He captured the feeling of the song so much better. It enveloped him. His tone was perfect and he totally connected with the song. Amazing. Performance (8.5) Dolly Rehearsal (10)

    7. Kristy – “Coat of Many Colours” – Dolly said Kristy made the song her own? Yep. She ruins every song she sings. LOL. Okay, I’ll give her a chance. But wait! I was right in the first place. This song is supposed to be wistful. Not a flirty song. It’s like she doesn’t understand the words. Maybe she needed the Coles Notes for this song in order to understand it. This girl couldn’t connect with “Mary Had a Little Lamb” if she had a herd of sheep on stage with her. And that outfit did not suit the song at all. Here, let me wear my tiara while I sing about how I was once poor. Oh, that passive-aggressive crap act she did with Simon sucked. That’s going to cost her a rating point with me. (1)

    8. Syesha – “I Will Always Love You” – I’m not hearing any of the Dolly version here. Whitney started her version of simple, too. It’s like she blunted the Whitney version in attempt to prove she was “making it her own”. There were a few bad notes and that glory note was pointless. It’s like holding a note to just to see how long you can do it. No aristry. No reason for it. It takes you out of the song. Poor Syesha. With a bit more guidance she could be better. If David C makes near flawless song choices and arrangement decisions, Syesha is his exact opposite. (4)

    9. Michael – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s All Wrong, But Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s All Rightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Michael has finally found his groove. While last week his performance was good, it was a bit karaoke. Tonight, he was off the charts. That was amazing. That was clearly the best of the night and Michael’s best performance on AI. Bluesy. Connected with the song. Smokin’ hot performance. (11)

  122. The story came in 15 minutes before midnight. I’d highly doubt it was more to fool us than to make us worry.

  123. I was surprised how good the show was tonight. Normally, country night isnt the best for idols. I was also surprised at some of the songs chosen since dolly has so many great ones and some of the choices, imo, weren’t so great.

    For me, MJ was superb! A smoking hot performance!
    DC – absolutely hated the song, dont like the haircut, he sang it well but why pick such a nothing song?
    Carly did a good job. Her wardrobe, particularly tonight, was subpar but simon didnt have to diss her like that.
    DA Loved the song and he really connected with me. I think he is a young 17, a person with deep emotions. Thats why he emotes so well.
    Brooke – missed her performance but she just doesnt do it for me.
    Syesha – first half superb but she doesnt have the fan base to stay long
    Rami – will be this years Jasmine Trias and stay way beyond her time.
    Jason – cute but bores me to tears when he sings.

    Simon is always extra cranky on country tonight. He was a jerk tonight. Randy kinda fades into the background. Of all the judges tonight, Paula actually made more sense and was constructive in her criticism and understandable lol. :)

  124. Ok, am I the only one here who didn’t like either David C. or MJ tonight? Sorry, I just didn’t care for either.

  125. primeminister, what a terrific recap! You were right on with your evaluation. I also enjoyed all the males, but it was a good night. I am also fearful for Jason. Ramiele has a very strong fan base. Why did Brooke smile when singing Jolene? I still hope it is Kristy who goes home.

    “Nice editing there, PTB. Now the public thinks that all Dolly had to say about Jason was that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s funky looking. Way to push your own agenda.”

    I knew there were more words that Dolly spoke about each singer. She was still talking about Michael when the video ended. I would have loved to hear her tell Jason they could make duets together.

    I know what has been missing – mentors. Dolly is just so loveable and quite accurate in her evaluation of the contestants. She has been watching the show. Good for her!

    I hope David Cook is going to be fine. Oh my…

  126. It just occured to me that Brooke would be fantastic as a country artist. She’s definitely not typical like Kristy and a sleuth of other now popular country artists. Brooke has a distinct voice, is beautiful and has that happy ‘put me on the Grand Ole Opry stage’ persona that would make her soar in the genre.

  127. What I find strange about that TMZ article is that if he was that sick and the producers wanted to take him to the hospital but DAVID wanted to stay. PULLLLLEEEEEEEZZZZZEEEE. Those Idols are nigel and Simon’s meal ticket. They say he goes then he goes. None of this waiting around till the end of the show.

    Then again people have commented he looked like he had color ( mystic tan) on his face. Sure sign of a blood pressure issue.

  128. @Kirsten -“Dolly said Kristy made the song her own? Yep. She ruins every song she sings. LOL.”

    I can hear Dolly now, “Well Darlin’, bless your heart! You messed on that song of mine so bad…here, it’s all yours now.” LOL

    I think when Dolly said Kristy’s mom was going to love it she meant it was a performance only a mother could love.

  129. @Kirsten -à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Dolly said Kristy made the song her own? Yep. She ruins every song she sings. LOL.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I can hear Dolly now, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Well Darlinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢, bless your heart! You messed on that song of mine so badà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦here, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all yours now.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  LOL

    I think when Dolly said Kristyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s mom was going to love it she meant it was a performance only a mother could love.

    LOL. Yeah, that was hilarious, Kristen.

    KLC’s mom isn’t even going to vote for her tonight after what the unappreciative girl said.

  130. OK, I’m older also and LOVE Jason’s manner/voice/style.
    Also, David C. AND absolutely love the change in his hair. I had said previously I don’t care what weird thing he does w/his hair, but that it needed to not be the combover look or dirty looking. Goin’ in the right direction David C.!!!!
    I think re Jason..and Brooke that not every singer has to be a belter, glorynote’r or rock out to be good, entertaining and a star or a hit. But they do need to communicate something and have an appeal some way and something in their voices… which both of these have. I can hardly believe what I see on dial idol as I think Jason has a bigger fan base than that????

  131. IF you’ll all remember, Bo Bice was terribly sick on the night before the finale, I believe,,and, wasn’t rushed to the hospital either. Sources say he was throwing up right before he took the stage, and, that was the reason he missed his cue and ran to the microphone.

  132. TMZ is reporting David Cook was taken to the hospital after tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show.

    Okay, now I feel like an a$$ for saying he was “tenative” tonight. Dude is having heart palpatations, of course he’s “tenative”.

    I’m off to send David C 100 post cards with the following advice:

    “Don’t drink or eat any food intended for Simon Cowell again. The crew is out to get him.”

    Do you think I should send the puppy post cards or the kitten ones (or a mix of both)?

    In all seriousness, I hope he’s okay and this is much ado about nothing.

  133. Kirsten,
    I’m guessing puppies and kittens, but not “war kittens.” sorry, i love that commercial. the tmz update says that he suffers from high blood pressure. I didn’t know his brother was sick. That is a lot of pressure to sing under.

  134. Jason- First off STALKER ALERT. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up with the wierd postcards. ICK!! I really thought he stepped up tonight and showed he is serious about Idol.

    OK, on the main website there has been a move to send Jason as many postcards as possible. The fact that all 9 arrived the same day makes it noteworthy. This week alone, Jason got more than 500 postcards. This has been going on for more than 2 weeks, so he had to know about it. Tonight acknowledged Jason’s fans.

    Oh, I hope they will be rewarded. I want him to be there when Neil Diamond mentors!

  135. Jason totally got screwed over by the thing with the postcards, by them not showing what Dolly thought of him and by Simon being anti-Jesus (but why didn’t he dis-like Archuleta?). Jason already had a strike against him in the mind of Simon before he even started singing, I can’t remember WHERE I saw it, but I know that I saw earlier this week that Simon said whoever sang Travelin’ Thru should leave Jesus out of it because they would otherwise look “indulgent”

    weelassie Apr 2nd, 2008 at 12:19 am
    Is there a place to see his audition song? If so, I would love to see it.

    No, because he sang “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, and they wouldn’t give AI permission to air it on the show (same goes for some of the other people who sang that song in Hollywood week, and supposedly did really well). I hear that he really impressed the judges. You CAN, however, see a video on YouTube of him singing that song at a bar in Dallas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd2ymoNXPC4

    Also, I hope David Cook is ok. How scary to have heart problems at such a young age! TMZ says it’s because he’s been stressed out because his brother has cancer.

  136. @weelassie: WOW. This guy is a master at keeping himself looking under control and completely calm during the show’s tapings. If it weren’t for those stories I’d have assumed everything was pretty fine with his brother, much more him.

    That being said…I hope he’ll be able to keep maintain his composure for the remainder of the season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up just really breaking down at one point. Hope his brother will be able to pull through, to give him the confidence he’s going to need to be okay.

  137. Yeah weelassie, his brother was first diagnosed with cancer when David was about 16, I think. Then it came back in 2006. Then, there were rumors that his brother was sick again around top 20 or top 16 week. So I’m not surprised that the stress is getting to him.

    God, I’m so worried about both of them… the stress of the competition combined with the stress of a sick family member – no wonder his blood pressure went up and he was having heart palpatations.

    Prayers still going his way.

  138. joydrop
    thanks so much for that link. too bad he couldn’t get the air time for his audition. I thought anything went during the auditions but I guess not. he did a nice job on that.

  139. If Jason should’ve left Jesus out of his song, then that goes the same for David A. Simon the hypocrite! Jason is used to singing in church, and, that song probably felt very comfortable for him.

  140. Just for fun, iTunes Pre-Order Rankings:

    1. David A.
    2. Michael
    3. David C.
    4. Jason
    5. Carly
    6. Brooke
    7. Syesha
    8. Kristy
    9. Ramiele

    I got this by doing a search of the Top 9 and then clicking See All. The albums show up roughly in order of popularity.

  141. Hisaki
    glad he is out of the hospital. i hope they will keep a close eye on him.

  142. If Jason shouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve left Jesus out of his song, then that goes the same for David A. Simon the hypocrite! Jason is used to singing in church, and, that song probably felt very comfortable for him.

    “Oh sweet, Jesus…” was probably my favorite part of the song! :)

  143. @weelassie: I guess he made a conscious decision to de-associate himself with any “sob stories”. Smart move — people end up admiring you when the story surfaces because you’ve kept it hidden so well and always seemed to be okay, and of course, they also feel pity. Likewise, someone who comes out early with a sob story (*coughKLCcough*) and keeps dragging it on their sleeve tends to get butchered for their story as early as the audition rounds.

    Stay strong, Cookie!

    ETA: @primeminister – Wow. Totally shows how extremely inferior the girls are to the guys this year.

  144. @weelassie: I guess he made a conscious decision to de-associate himself with any à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“sob storiesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Smart move à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  people end up admiring you when the story surfaces because youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve kept it hidden so well, and of course, they also feel pity. Likewise, someone who comes out early with a sob story (*coughKLCcough*) and keeps dragging it on their sleeve tends to get butchered for their story as early as the audition rounds.

    Stay strong, Cookie!

    Yeah, DCook’s decision to leave out the sob story is admirable. I hope both he and his brother will be ok.

  145. David C and brother are in my thoughts and prayers. I, too, have serious heart problems so I know what it is like to get stressed out and have to hit the nitro and/or lie down and sleep to quiet my heart.

    Having said this and having been in the media, this bit of news will shine the spotlight on David C. This is exactly the type of story AI will spin to endear him to us and I, for one, am glad. If DC has to suffer at least it pays off in some way that will be good for him.

    I don’t mean to sound jaded so don’t take it the wrong way. I’m just being a realist and calling it like I see it.

  146. sarah
    thanks for telling me about David’s brother. I had no idea. I really feel for them. That kind of pressure makes things so much harder. Cookie will need to be real careful having high blood pressure at his age. (of course, that is waht TMZ reported and who knows how true it is) I hope he is vigilant about keeping it watched.

  147. skylight1219 Apr 2nd, 2008 at 12:57 am

    If Jason shouldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve left Jesus out of his song, then that goes the same for David A. Simon the hypocrite! Jason is used to singing in church, and, that song probably felt very comfortable for him.

    My thoughts exactly. And I wish I could find that quote from Simon.. gr.

    As a fellow Christian, it’s nice to see Jason doing a song that you know he can probably really relate to, plus I think he kind of stepped out of his comfort zone as far as the arrangement is concerned.

  148. THAT site says David’s dieting did something to his blood pressure. I hope he recovers soon.

  149. 4got
    i read all the reports and didn’t see anything about his dieting. where did u see that?

  150. Sources tell us Ryan ran into a wall and smashed his knee.

    I’m sorry, but that made me laugh. Hard. XD

  151. You’re welcome, weelassie.

    This really hits home with me, because in the past 2 years my dad has had a bout with cancer and my mom had a quadruple bypass. They’re both doing well now, but still it’s stressful and not fun at all. It just puts everything else in perspective.

    And if David’s having as much trouble dealing emotionally with his brother’s illness this time around as I’ve read that he did the first two times, being away from him at this time can’t be easy. My heart goes out to him.

  152. DC is one hell of an actor because you would be hard pressed to see the stress show while he is up on stage. This has to be unbelievable difficult for him to deal with on top of the pressure that show puts on you. I hope he gets better soon and that this doesn’t effect him physically.

    God Bless Ya DC!!! Stay Strong

  153. I loved Jason’s and David A’s songs and performances. Can’t wait to buy them.

    I wish Syesha would have sung her song in the gentle Dolly-like manner all the way through. It started out beautifully and then she tried to be Whitney and failed. Too bad.

  154. Sarah,
    you are so right. when family members are hurting-it sure puts things in perspective. glad they are doing better. hugs!

  155. I do not know why compare MJ to Taylor Hick why not ElliottY both were regarded to as such by Paula?(tired of the Taylor or Elliott yad yada negetive stuff) MJ is Mj thats all…………

    MJ –was nice loking but not the wow preformance most say he had. He was off at some points and got the pimp spot which helped.
    Brook- was fine but seems to be trying to hrd to go out of the box -just go back keep it sinple -you are onot a rocker or belter.
    Jason-did better than the jugdes said also-have to keep to you not what the judges want. (personaly think both know they will not win)
    Kristy–did do her best and she is country- still wondering how she got this far
    Ramiel–You are cute
    David C- some part of you was not thier when you sang and no I did not like the song..you did a good job
    CArly- has a nice voice but founf the song borring..
    Davis A- the same as aboce
    I think either jason or Brook will leave.Do I want them too no way..I want to leave Krist but has more lives than a cat, or Ramile wjo has a ton of voters…

    David C feels better and no I hope AI does not use it to make people feel sorry for him..pitty votes..I think in 5 it happened also ..I also think Daivd does not want your pitty ,your prays and support yes pitty no…..

    (ps I am interested in both E and th cd is like )

  156. Yeah, stay strong David C! My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family.

    Thanks weelassie. I’m very much an “identify with people” kind of person, so when something hits this close to home, it really affects me.

    Now, since it’s about 2 hours past my bedtime, I gotta get to sleep!! :)

  157. I just finished voting for Jason in the 714 area code in Southern California. This week I kept a tally, as follows:

    Out of approximately 960 non-stop phone calls over 2 hours, I cast exactly 117 votes for Jason, which averages about 1 per minute. That leaves 840 or so busy signals over 2 hours or an average of 7 busy signals per minute.

    The Jason total of 117 is about 90 fewer votes than the total I cast over two hours for Elliott during top 8 week in 2006 when Dial Idol placed Taylor and Elliott in the top 2. Furthermore, my total at that time was less than half of the votes I normally cast for Elliott. How do I know? I blogged about it here.

    What does this mean? Are there more votes being cast overall this season? Are the phone lines different than in 2006? I don’t know.

    Despite the unusually higher rate and total number of busy signals I encountered, Jason remained in the 8th place position on Dial Idol throughout the Pacific Savings Time voting period and his DI percentage remained in similar proportion to the contestants above him in 5th through 7th place. I sure would be interested in knowing the vote totals for all contestants.

    Here is my prayer for David Cook and his family:

    May the peace of God comfort and carry them through this challenge. As a cancer survivor in remission from metastasis (recurrent spread) to three different areas, I believe there is a plan for everyone and we have to trust in the one who knows all and sees all. Sometimes we are healed in this life, but we can all be healed in the next.

  158. According to TMZ, and someone named Jenna on david-cook.org, he’s fine.

    Jenna wrote:
    FYI to all of David’s concerned fans, I have just talked to him and he reassures me that he is perfectly fine, he was indeed taken to the hospital due to a blood pressure spike, however all tests have come back fine.

    No worries, everyone, David is fine. We’ll all see him dancing around the stage tomorrow night, just as always.

    Thanks for everyone’s concern.

  159. I loved my pony, David C. I will happily download his song, yet again.

    My DH’s pony, Carly was fantastic. Her voice gives me chills. Still don’t want her to win, but I look forward to her performance every week.

    Thought MJ was the best of the night. Now THERE’S the bluesy cool vibe that I loved in the auditions. Fantastic!

    I am not a fan of Archie, but have to say that his voice is beautiful. I don’t like his performance style at all, but WOW! That was a pretty vocal tonight.

    Oh, and Dolly is the bomb! Am looking forward to her performance tomorrow.

  160. Giggy Apr 2nd, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Carly blew me away with her rendition of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Here You Come Againà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢. I thought she knocked it out of the park. Period.

    Except for the unnecessary glory noting at the end, it was Clay’s jazzy version that Carly sang. Clay commissioned David Foster to come up with that arrangement for his last CD. Of course no credit was given to either David Foster or Clay.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9BWXjpbac

  161. I loved Syesha’s beginning. It was beautiful. I wish she would have sung the whole song that way. Her Whitney version was not terrible, but it was not as good as Whitney.

    I really connected with Jason tonight for the first time since he sang Hallelujah. Simon may not have gotten it, but I was on the same page as Jason tonight. I really liked it.

    David A, David C, Michael Johns all had good performances.

    Carly was forgettable and looked gothic tonight. I agreed with Simon on his comment on ‘whoever dresses her’…

    Rameile and Brooke seemed horribly off pitch tonight. Wayy off key.

    Paula was absolutely drunk tonight. Was I the only one that caught that??? My goodness….They try to make her go to rehab and she says No, No, No!

  162. undecided – since I can’t sleep, I took your challenge, listened to Youtube Clay link and then clicked on mj’s home page and listened to Carly again – which was painful because, if asked, I’d say send her packing tomorrow.

    The opening, 20 seconds of her presentation, was verbatim but after that she took it higher and belted a bit, not that I like Carly belting – don’t. She has a fine line between singing and skreeching. I agree that the rythm throughout was very close to Clay’s.

    So, yes to you with reservations.

    And, David Foster is a pompous a$$. If there was really any encroachment he’ll be sure to blow it out of proportion and ALL the Nigel’s will be on their knee’s.

    Glad to hear that David C. is back and healthy. He obviously internalizes his stress. He needs to take up kickboxing or just smack Simon. He’ll feel better.

  163. I just want to say, that MY HOT AUSSIE KICKED ASS LAST NIGHT!!!! A nice bluesy rendition.

    I thought David A, sucked again, but I am the minority of David A haters.

    Ramiele is adorable, but has anyone noticed the size of her legs????

  164. enjoyed nearly everyone tonight, some more than others. Dolly a great mentor, just love her so much, so glad AI was able to have her on, she made the show for me tonight.

    David A- the song was beautiful, and his singing with that pure angelic quality in his voice is stunning. I thought he connected with the lyrics and did justice to the song.
    by far best vocal of the night
    Loved Michael J and David C tonight as well, Michael more than David as he is surprising me now, and he is bringing his A game, love the competition. David Cook was good, but a bit good emo for me.
    Brooke did not connect with her song,in the least, she felt rushed, smiling in this song is just wrong, wrong. Jolene is taking your man, get a backbone already Feel she is a limited singer for the most part.
    Jason better this wk, but I find that the blue eyes are going only so far, my mind was wandering in the song, and I felt the need to have a expresso.
    hoping little Ramiele or Kristy go home this wk, could easily skip them both at the tour for the concession stand

  165. First, I want to whine some more about Jason being in the bottom 2 on Dialidol, which more than likely means he’ll be in the bottom 3 tonight.

    I cannot TAKE that suspense! Gosh, this is going to be Elliott all over again!

    *needs to detach* I said I wasn’t going to get invested this year!

    I know JAson will go sooner or later(hopefully the later) but I will be PISSED if KLC has stayed longer than him, as well as Syesha and Ramiele.

    I voted for a very long time for Jason last night, so I hope my diligence at least saved him for another week.

    On a less whiny note: Stunned to hear about Cookie! Poor guy. Sounds like he’s dealing with a lot and the extra stresses of AI I’m sure don’t help. I’m glad he’s doing okay. We would have never known otherwise. I love his choice NOT to make this a sob story because (dear KLC, take note) that it so easily could have been. I so, so respect that.

  166. Here is what happened last night.

    Brooke- She is way to overrated. people need to see that her voice is not good at all. It cracks, is hoarse, and not pleasing to listen to. Last night was not good. (3 of 10)

    David C- For the first time I was impressed with him. He did a great job. (8 of 10)

    Ramielle- Well, I didn’t love it, but it was better than Brooke. Much better. (5.5 of 10)

    Jason- Words can not express how bad of a singer I think he is. He would be good in a coffee house and that’s it. Girls need to stop going crazy. He can’t sing and was terrible last night. (2 of 10)

    Kristy Lee Cook- She was okay, but is still probably the worst girl. The performance wasn’t good, but wasn’t bad. (4.5 of 10)

    David A- He has a great voice, but can’t sing uptempo songs. Last night was a perfect choice for him. Great! (8.5 of 10)

    Syesha- Syesha can not be compared to Whitney. She just can’t. I thought the first half of the song was superb and the second half was superb. She is by far the best female singer and I don’t get why America doesn’t see that. (9 of 10)

    Michael Johns- Excellent job. Like a professional. (8 of 10)

    Oops… I forgot Carly Smithson. Well that says it all. She was forgettable (5 of 10)

    My top 3 in order: Syesha, Michael Johns, David Archuleta

    My bottom 3 in order: Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White, Jason Castro

    Who needs to go home: Brooke White or Jason Castro

    Who will go home: Kristy or Ramielle

  167. Thank you for the update on David Cook, undecided.

    I’d imagine he’s not “perfectly” fine, as he insists, but at least he’s gotten some medical attention. You just can’t mess with you health. Period.

  168. For the Jason fans who are also Elliott fans, I feel your stress-filled pain today. I hope Jason’s safe. I voted like crazy. Flashbacks of season 5.

    With Season 6 last year I didn’t care enough to vote. I was indifferent and stress free. LOL.

  169. The story about David’s brother hits home with me. My sister has terminal cancer and right now is closing in on her final stages. She’s a go getter, but she is deteriorating.

    Now a lot of David’s responses make sense to me. When some see him as smug, it’s probably stress. I know there are days when I’m angry from all the stress and can be quite bitchy when that’s not my normal way. I can’t fathom the stress of being on AI and having to deal with this too.

    If AI treats him any other way than with respect I’m going to be so pissed.

  170. GMA is going to do the “story” of the “singer (David A) at the center of AI” in a few minutes. Sounds like they’re going to do a mini-bio on him.

  171. David’s friends say there is really nothing to say about the father…..any father would tell their kid to practice…vocal coach knew he had something special at 12….said he had a virus that attacked vocal cord and paralyzed it…David never fully recovered which is what gives his voice its texture.

    He is honest, unassuming, humble per vocal coach. He is what brings his friends together.

    Diane Sawyer said he was “something special.”

  172. I agree with St. Lucia re Jason. I have no delusions that he will actually win this thing. But I love watching him sing. And I actually like his voice alot. I find it soothing. I will, however, be pissed if he goes before KLC, Ramiele, or Syesha.

  173. Brooke really disappointed me last night. I love her but she rushed “Jolene” and smiled through it. Definitely odd.

    Although I’ve enjoyed Jason prior to this, I thought he was fantastic last night. The lyrics fit what I perceive his personality to be and it felt very real and honest to me.

    I’m glad they gave David C a chance to address the cover issue and hope that we never need to hear about it again. Although last night wasn’t my favorite of his performances, I really thought he did a terrific job – even more so now that I’ve read what was going on with him. He and his family are in my prayers. I understand those feelings and am even more impressed that he performed the way he did while going through all that.

    Carly has a nice voice but I didn’t like her take on that song at all. Simon has got no tact, but I agree with him about the way she’s been presenting herself. Her clothes are awful and I am sick to death of that stupid tattoo. I’m beginning to believe she doesn’t own anything with sleeves.

    I thought Ramiele and Kristy both did decent performances but nothing to get excited about. I had had hopes that Syesha might do the Dolly version but when she broke into Whitney-lite, she lost me.

    David A’s song choices bore me to tears. I feel as if he’s preaching every time he opens his mouth. He is 17 and I really would like to hear something younger and upbeat. He just feels, to me, as if he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and at his age, he shouldn’t be.

    Michael did a song I really like and he did okay. I can’t stand watching him (and the neckerchief was SO affected!) and I didn’t enjoy the change in tempo on that song. His voice sounded great though.

    I love Dolly and found myself wishing, for the first time in ages, that they actually had a bit more time so we could have heard more from her. All in all, a really enjoyable show.

    Oh, I forgot……Blake just showed up on my TV screen. He’s on GMA this morning.

  174. Brook White -I like her style of singing but the girl seems nervous and no she does not have the grearest range in the world. The judges or the band is swallowing her up But I still like her . The same applied with Jason Castrothat is my take other have different ones.
    What I am tired of—
    -Taylor bring him up about his music because yes I am interested and so am i with other bands you have not heard of…
    – Elliott- when braught up about music…yes he is a good singer wonderful guy ,,I just am not into how he is the greatest singer ever ..some are also in the same boat which left the blog because of it..remember not all think the same.
    -“blank” is not good or as well…”blank who” this is so immature will will jump off a cliff if others do it? Wait it maybe someone you like in the future
    -Finally –remember MJ.Kristy Lee Cook and Carly were looked at by labels so they probably were good or had something they liked.. The same with David A..So them being good not really surprising…

  175. Why the rant because I see the names about comaparing both positive and negetive w/ Elliott and Taylor. Two years ago and thier still reletively knewor have been out long enough…..I want to move on…..Even Drake Bell has more cds and owns his own label than these two ……………….Same old record w/ season 5 I am tired of it .

  176. It seems some of the contestants wanted the same songs. I doubt that “Jolene” was Brooke’s first choice. I really hoped she would do “Here You Come Again” and of course “Coat of Many Colors” would have suited her perfectly. Still thought it was OK though.

    Simon gets paid $$$$ because he says things everyone else is thinking but won’t say….what he said to Carly was mean but needed to be said (perhaps off camera would have been kinder). The girl looks atrocious. Get “What Not to Wear” already. If you are worried about your weight, you do not wear skin tight leggings, you wear an a-line skirt or wide-leg pants. She should never ever show the tattoo.

    Syesha will, I think, be the one going home. It’s the Whitney curse.

  177. Sometimes, Simon says what he thinks, not always what America thinks. How can a Brit know the minds of Americans?

    I just re-watched David A., and, Jason Castro. Both sang songs very near and dear to their hearts. For one, it was – “I didn’t get it,” but, for the other, it was “right on the money.” And, yes, I heard some pitch problems with Archie, but, overall, he sang very well. Jason stepped outside of his box a little, but, not one of the judges commented on that. He isn’t TCO, and, they are very obvious in their attempt to derail him. Simon’s ploys aren’t new. Same thing, different year.

  178. First off, I’m not a country fan, and the only song of these I’ve ever heard before was the Whitney version of IWALY. So, I can’t tell if they stayed true to the original, made it their own, or anything. Going into this, my 2 favs are Brooke & Jason simply because I love folk singers, and it’s nice to have a switch from the usual power-belters. I do also appreciate David Cook, he’s really impressed me, and MJ is finally coming into his own.

    Brooke White – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Joleneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I didn’t think she did a bad job, but it did seem to be a song where she could emote a little more of the sad side, like with Let It Be.

    David Cook – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Little Sparrowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I liked it and thought that Dolly has written some really pretty songs.

    Ramiele Malubay – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Do I Ever Cross Your Mindà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Wasn’t she wearing bizzaro shorts last week? Simon should comment on whoever dresses her as well. Seems like she sang it well, technically, but it seemed like a “fluff” song compared to the others so far. I don’t really understand why she’s still here.

    Jason Castro – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Travelinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Thruà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I thought he stepped it up and I really enjoyed him here. He does not have a power belter voice but he did sing with more strength. I am in no way a Jesus fan, dislike most religious music or anything gospel, but I thought this was really sweet and could sense his connection with the Jesus aspect of the song. If it didn’t bother me, it shouldn’t bother Simon.

    Carly Smithson – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Here You Come Againà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – It was OK. Simon has commented on clothes before & it has really helped some folks out (LaKisha). Hope it does the same for her.

    David Archuleta – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Smoky Mountain Memoriesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – he nailed it, but I’ve finally figured out that it’s not his youth, it’s not that he doesn’t seem to have his own style, it’s not a matter of connecting to the song, it’s not that he’s a ringer – I finally figured out I just don’t like the tone of his voice. It has a husky deepness to it that just turns me off. I think like how some didn’t care for Taylor’s voice due to the gravelly sound of it, I don’t care for the husky tone.

    Kristy Lee Cook – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Coat of Many Colorsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I think she has peaked and still vote her off about 4 weeks ago. I would like to hear Dolly’s version of this song as what I heard of the lyrics I found quite touching. Should Ryan know what a French Pedicure is? Really?

    Syesha Mercado – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Will Always Love Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Who didn’t see this coming from a mile away? The first half was fine, but then she went where no Idol contestant should go. Also, it seemed like the song had 3 distinct sections, and it didn’t flow. Like when MJ did “day in the life.”

    Michael Johns – à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s All Wrong, But Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s All Rightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – I think this was his best performance yet and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think Taylor should have picked this song for country week as he could have nailed it as well. I love me some bluesy soul, so this worked for me on many levels, except for the ascot.

    Jason should NOT be showing 2nd to last on DialIdol. If he’s bottom 3 again, I hope he get sent to the chairs first. He needs to outlast Rami, Syesha and Kristi if there is any justice.

  179. My top 3 – Davids C & A and Michael
    My middle 2 – Jason and Carly
    My bottom 4 – Brooke, Ramiele, KLC, and Syesha

    Bottom 3 tonight – Brooke (SHOCKING!), Jason, and Syesha
    Going home – Syesha

    On the happy side, the group medley should include the cheesetastic Islands in the Stream, 9 to 5, and Two Doors Down. I wish Dolly would join them!!

  180. I hope there is a group sing tonight. With both Dolly and the Clark Brothers performing, plus the video package on Bucky, Bo, and Phil, will they have time for a group sing?

  181. I only just got to watch the show and I liked the performances of Michael, Carly, Jason, David A, and David C. It did not seem like Dolly Parton did any real “mentoring,” did she? The kids, ready with their songs, just sang before and with her. Of course, that could just be the edit…

  182. Sometimes, Simon says what he thinks, not always what America thinks. How can a Brit know the minds of Americans?

    To quote Simon, “sorry”…but this makes no sense to me!!
    Just because someone is another nationality, he/she cannot relate to the people of another country? Especially a country where that person has resided for the last 8 years? That’s totally silly.

  183. Ryan loves Kristyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s French pedicure. He probably wants one himself.

    :laugh_tb:

  184. Damn. I’m on a Mac and I did my windows cutting and pasting and it didn’t work. Sigh.

    Anyway, thanks for relaying my thoughts last night, Sarah. It’s raining here in paradise, so I had a chance to rewatch the vids online (thanks MJ and Lawrence!).

    I stand by my statement that “Little Sparrow” was braver than a rockish cover of “Billy Jean.” For the first time, Cookie showed some vulnerability. I knew he had it in him. (Stay well, David.)

    Jason is still my hands down fave. He was even better than I thought last night. He’s not going to change for Simon. I love him for that. He won’t win, but he’ll make top 6, I’m guessing.

    ETA: Great recap, MJ.

    I’m still not digging Carly’s version of “Here We Come Again.” It’s not an effing Celine Dion song. She has no idea who she is as an artist. Great voice, but I’m left cold.

    Brooke has never had her heart smashed to pieces, has she?. That’s great in the real world. In music, not so much. Great song for her voice, but not for her overall.

    Michael… still my fave performance of the night by a wide margin.

    David A… he sounded fine while I was doing dishes and not watching. I guess I’m still just not that into him.

    CCJ FTW!

  185. EW has up their report from last night

    Other than D’Archie, the only other Idols who won spontaneous standing ovations — you know, the kind where you’re lifted to your feet by an awesome act rather than pulled onto them out of some kind of “I’m on a TV show” obligation — were Carly after that beautiful final high note and Michael Johns after he raised the sexual temperature in Studio 36 about 20 degrees.

    :laugh_tb:

  186. I enjoy reading your recaps MJ. You’re good. :)

    Michael was hawt last night in more ways than one.

  187. MJ, you write the best short sentences and recaps in the AI blogosphere.

    Metaphor, Simon. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a literary device. Idiot.

    Can I add my own P.S.?

    Country, Simon. It’s a musical genre. Snob.

  188. Thanks for the recap, mj!

    Simon appears to be off the Jason train, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not.

    Yeah, that’s really too bad. Now it’s back to saving the intended fodder- a difficult position for fans to be in, but so rewarding…if you have Elliott-like results.

  189. Great recap, MJ. It isn’t helping me with my pool picks though.

    I am probably in the minority here, but I loved Carly’s version of “Here You Come Again” up until she threw in the OTT glory note at the end. I listened to just the audio portion of all the performnances at Rickey’s and this one really benefits from not seeing the facial contortions. I think I remember reading a review where they called her voice “wine dark” and that seems to be an apt description. At first I was put off by her reek of desperation and need to be validated by Simon, but I am developing a soft spot for her especially in light of Simon’s rude dig about her wardrobe and the Spanx admission from last week. The sad fact of the matter is that unless she finishes in the top 3, what record company is going to take a chance on another Carly CD?

    I would hate to see Jason and Brooke out of the competition before Kristy, Rami or Syesha but I think that idol is not a competition which places any value on subtlety and nuance. I loved Jason’s version of “Travlin’ Thru” and really felt his connection to the material. I had him to win the whole thing in my office pool, but I don’t see that happening anymore. I still love Brooke but agree with MJ that Jolene was not one of her better moments.

    And what can you say about Cookie and his new improved hair—the guy has amazing pipes, makes great song choices and loves crossword puzzles. He is like Daughtrey with good taste in music.

  190. Did anyone else notice that there was no arm waving during MJ’s performance? (thank gawd!) I didn’t until I rewatched it. Wonder who payed them off??? There was clapping but no arm waving.

  191. * He is like Daughtrey with good taste in music.*

    Bees- This is the quote of the day!!! :)

    And I too am on the DC bandwagon.

  192. Bees- I also loved Carly’s performance (until the OTT note).

    I feel that Syesha, KLC and Ramiele should be the next three that go, BUT when has the “offing” order ever been right on AI? Much as I love David Cook and really like Michael Johns, I am going to be really sad to see Carly, Brooke or Jason go before Syesha, KLC or Ramiele. Ugh! (I like David A too, but loathe his song choices.)

  193. David Cook all the way…rocking…haunting…perfect pitch…beautiful tone…he just gives one hot performance after another. Simply the best.

    Being a sucker for hot men, I rank Jason and Michael next. My girl (and I know I stand alone) this week was the barefooted Kristi Lee Cook, who brings her own seat for the execution and smokes her last ciggie only to last another week once again.

    Prove them wrong, Kristi, just sing it and get your country contract. A beautiful voice, a snarky sweet attitude, she takes her lumps, expects the worst and lasts and lasts.

    If I’m loving her in NYC, I’m hoping the South and the West are voting all night for her. Just throw in a vote for Mr. Cook, I hope he is the winner. He deserves it, IMHO.

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