Top 6* Performance

Jon Bon JoviCan I just whine for a bit?   I know the charity special last week raised a lot of money for people who need it.   And that perhaps it would have been some bad karma to kick an Idol to the curb at the end of last week’s Kumbaya-fest.   But DAMN.   I missed my boot.   My week is not complete until I witness someone’s dream being crushed.  And no flipping Top 5? At all?   BLEAH.   Ya  know, if it were Top 5, the remaining contestants would be singing two songs each this week.  I’m just  sayin’

Jon Bon Jovi is this week’s Idol mentor, with a little help from Bon Jovi keyboardist, David Bryan.  I’ll say up front–not a big Bon Jovi fan.   Back in the day, my tastes ran more to The Replacements, Husker Du, Elvis Costello, The Smiths–I turned my nose up at hair bands.  I was  too cool.  And look at me now.   Running an American Idol blog.  Just the epitome of coolness. *cough*

So, we’ve established that I’m not a big fan of the musical stylings of Bon Jovi.   In fact, the clips of the band back in the day, with the hair and the choreography and the cheesy pyrotechnics had me rolling my eyes.  But that Jon  Bon Jovi?  Easy on the eyes.  Why, yes he is. He’s holding up just fine, too.   He’s way better looking without all the  hair.  He’s also  a very enthusiastic and  helpful  mentor, and a very cool down-to-earth guy.  

What’s more, this week’s performances were some of the best  of the  season.  

PhilPhil Stacey  – …Blaze of Glory – Ooooh, Phil is definitely stepping it up.   Now, this is a  competition people. Maybe TPTB put him first hoping voters would forget about him, but I don’t know if that’s going to work. Simon can tell the press all he wants that Phil is in trouble–like he told Ellen DeGeneres this week–but I don’t think so.  Not after tonight’s performance.  Phil has found his groove, and he’s offering up some serious competition here.  His song choice is from the movie Young Guns.  (Classic brat pack–starring a young Kiefer Sutherland. Ha ha.)   Jon says Phil, “just knocked this one out of the ballpark.”  Phil says he’s practiced this song for 15 years, and indeed it  fits his style like a  glove.  The song is like one long glory note. It’s perfect for Phil, who shines when he’s belting.  Jon says, “A big voice, for a big song.”  Vocally, Phil is not my cup of tea–I find him generic.   But,  there’s no denying he’s finally found his groove.   After reminding the audience that he played bass on the tune, Randy  is his usual hyperbolic self.  “That was the bomb, ” declares Randy,  and, “That was your best performance ever!”    Paula thinks it’s the best opening they’ve had all season long.   Simon thinks it’s  “just OK.”   He  says,  “I didn’t hear any authenticity…in the middle you were like a bad actor playing a role.”  Nice try Simon.  He wants Phil gone, but I don’t think it’s going to work.

I’d just like to say, that I freaking hate rawk hands. Just. LAME.  That is all.  And, by the way, Gina Glocksen–in the house tonight.

JordinJordin Sparks  – …Livin on a Prayer –   OMG, did you guys know that Jordin is only 17? Har. That’s been the joke around the blog lately–that Jordin’s age is always brought  into the conversation  when it’s time to judge her.   Tonight is no different.   Jordin says her mom loves Bon Jovi, and that she grew up with them.   So, that means she’s very familiar with their oeuvre?   Why did she pick a song that was so difficult to sing? She doesn’t have the range for this at all.   Jon tries to help her change up the melody so she can sing it.   When that fails, he says, “Jordin’s only 17 years old! I couldn’t sing half that well when I was her age.”   Enough of that.   Jordin should not be awarded extra points for her youth. The song starts off rough, but then completely falls apart during the chorus, as she drops and misses some notes.   By the end, she’s shrieking.   Not good.  Paula and Randy pull the age card, but for the most part,  Simon will have none of it.   He describes her singing as “out of control” and  that it  “verged on shrieking at times.”    However, Simon adds, he thinks she was at a “massive disadvantage” because she had to sing guys’ songs.   Well, so did Kiki and Mindy, and they did just fine, no?   Purely based on her performance tonight, Jordin should be going home.   But, last week’s volume voting means this week’s performances don’t really matter that much.

Lakisha Jones  – …This Aint a Love Song – Lakisha gets to answer an audience question this week, and for once she seems relaxed.   She even cracks a smile and tells a few jokes.  Up until now, she’s been all business, to the point of appearing cold and aloof.   Cold and aloof does not translate into votes.   After a couple of weak performances, LaKisha comes roaring out of the gate this week.    LaKisha says she’s “heard of Bon Jovi ’cause I’ve seen him on Oprah.”  Heh.  She’d never heard his music, but somehow this week, for once, she manages to pick the perfect song.  While I thought LaKisha would become completely undone by this week’s theme, she actually takes that 80’s hair band song and infuses it with some real  gospel and  soul.    The judges all agree that Lakisha  is back.  Simon says, “LaKisha, I actually could kiss you after that.”  And with that, Ryan takes Lakisha by the hand and offers her to  Simon.  Weird. And they kiss, right on the lips. Really weird.  LaKisha gets pimped  this week.  Unfortunately, it may not matter.

Blake Lewis – …You Give Love a Bad Name   –   Blake decides to take a risk this week.  Jon says, “this is an adventurous arrangement, are you ready to roll the dice on it?”   He also says, “He has to sell his interpretation of a song that a lot of people know, and don’t want messed with.” Ha.   I can’t figure out if Jon is pleased or irked that Blake is messing with his precious tune.   Me?   The original song makes me want  to pluck my eyeballs out when I hear it, so I’m all for messing with it.  Blake’s got a new, darker hairstyle this week, and it suits him.    This, without a doubt is  my favorite performance of the night.   The  beatboxing is back, but it’s not just thrown into the song for effect. Blake  weaves  it seamlessly into the song.  When he’s not beatboxing, particularly on the chorus, his  voice is strong.  The effect is exhilarating.  The arrangement is cool.   He dubs up the verse and goes back to the traditional melody for the chorus. Right in the middle of the tune, he goes into an extended bit of beatboxing,  then back to the dub and then back to the traditional chorus.  It works.   Blake’s risk pays off.  And, this is why Blake is my favorite contestant right now.  He’s more than a singer, he’s a musician with imagination who isn’t afraid to go out on a limb.  I like that.  Go Team Plaid.   While the judges blew a collective cow when contestants rearranged Diana Ross back in the Top 12, they positively love the fact that Blake changed up Bon Jovi. Go figure. More hyperbole from Randy, “The most original version of a song on American Idol ever!”   Simon says, “There will be half the audience who absolutely hated it, and half the audience who love it.”   Yep, that’s why it’s awesome.

Chris Richardson – …Wanted Dead or Alive –   Ryan introduces Chris, “Say Hi to Justin Timberlake.” Chris is not amused. He answers a viewer question, “What do you tell yourself before you walk out on that stage with millions watching?”   Chris says, “Just have fun,   make like it’s the last…you know….” He pauses before he continues. The poor guy is like Dead Man Walking.  He chooses “Wanted Dead or Alive” which is one of Chris Daughtry’s signature performances from last year.  It was recorded for the Idol compilation album and  is the CD’s most popular cut.  In fact, my local radio station here in Boston had it on regular rotation last summer.  Chris D.  also performed it on the Idols Live tour.  The comparisons are inevitable. In fact, in his video package  Chris  says, “I know Chris Daughtry did it last year, but you can’t go without doing ‘Dead or Alive’ on Bon Jovi Night…someone had to do it…”   He loves the song so much, in fact, he forgets the words, not only in rehearsal with Jon, but later on when he performs it on stage.   Having said that, it’s not a bad performance.   But, in an evening where nearly everyone around him has raised their game, he does not stand out.  Randy and Paula like it.  But, Simon says, “I think you did as much as you possibly could with this style of song.  If it’s good enough to stay another week, I’m not sure.”  I don’t think it is.

Melinda Doolittle – …Have a Nice Day –   Melinda tells Jon, “I’m so bad at rock, I’m just now learning.”  And with that,  she takes the stage and pretty much blows everyone away.  Melinda, really, you must cut the self-effacing crap.  Like, now.  Jon tells Melinda he can teach her how to RAWK, but really, I have a feeling she’s known all along. When Melinda hits the stage, she puts on her best Tina Turner.  Man I just KNEW the judges would compare her to Tina, and they do.  But, it  is an apt comparison. She rips and growls her way through the song, convincing anyone who hasn’t yet been convinced that she can sing anything.   Randy doesn’t think it  is her best performance, but he likes it. Paula asks her “How does it feel to be a rock star?”  Simon says, “I thought it was like a young Tina Turner…vocally in a different league to everyone.”

The show closes with a video…of the President and First Lady thanking America for giving so generously to Idol Gives Back.  President Bush  even cracks a joke. Sigh. Note to Idol:  Please keep politicians off my Tee Vee, Ok?   If I wanted to see President Bush, I’d turn on Fox News.  Idol is my escape from the Big and Serious issues of the world. For the sake of the chillrun, I’ll forgive you the telethon, but don’t go all “IMPORTANT” on us and forget your cheesy roots.  In a world that can be cold and cruel,  we need the cheese.   Do not forsake the cheese, please.

Who should be going home tonight:   Chris and Jordin.
Who will be going home tonight: Chris and LaKisha
Final two I’d like to see: Melinda and Blake

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the show tonight. Almost everyone stepped up tonight with a hard genre for all of them.

    From best to worst:

    Blake: Absolutely loved the performance, the singing, the look. It was fun Blake once again. I know not everyone likes the beatboxing but it was time to break it out. I do think his voice is good but not conventional.

    Phil: Great song choice and really good vocals tonight. I liked his jacket, too.

    Lakisha: Best song choice of the girls. She sounded really good tonight and did herself a favor by smiling and joking a little.

    Melinda: didn’t love the song for her, everything was fine but nothing special.

    Chris: wrong song choice, not that good. Should go home tomorrow.

    Jordin: absolutely horrible. What was she thinking with that song choice? She’s lucky that she’s probably not going home after that.

    I think Chris and Lakisha will go but could be Chris & Phil.

  2. My two favorites tonight were Lakisha and Blake. Looks like she finally decided to listen to her mentor and she totally brought it. I especially loved the ending. I hope Jon is right and that this saves her for one more week. Blake just blew me away with his originality. He’s not the best singer but I think he is miles ahead of anyone else in creativity and originality. It took so much guts to mess around with such a classic song and I loved the beat box mash up.

    The worst part of the show—Bush gets the pimp spot.

  3. Worst performance of the night — Simon trying to pretend that Phil’s performance wasn’t all kinds of awesome and inferring that Phil was in the bottom two last week. Not a chance my dear British friend.

    Of course it doesn’t mean that TPTB won’t send him home, but after Phil’s performance tonight-coupled with last week, there is no way they could convince me Phil got the least amount of cumulative votes.

    Best performance: Jon Bon Jovi SQUEEing over Phil’s performance.

    Why yes I am Phil-centric … why do you ask?

  4. I’ll try to give a rundown after I rewatch. Right now I just want to keep watching Blake. So don’t expect it until tomorrow.

    First impressions:


  5. Blake blew me away. And it just keeps getting better and better the more times I watch it. I can’t wait to download the full version tomorrow. :thumbup_tb:

  6. Just rewatched the show. It was quite a night. Jon Bon Jovi is one good looking guy. Loved how he was pulling for KiKi.

    My order in which some of them are interchangeable:

    Blake-loved that he took a risk. He actually looks good with dark hair.

    Melinda-she makes me smile for some reason and the girl can sing.

    Lakisha-finally a mentor she connected with. The girl has pipes.

    Phil-he looks cadaverous but can really sing.

    Chris-sorry, i haven’t liked him from day one but he was a smidge better than Jordin who stank.

    Jordan-stank up the joint yet, dial idol has her in first place. go figure. Jordin and Chris are pretty interchangeable except that she is usually pretty good and he is usually awful.

    So based on tonight alone-bottom 2 Jordin and Chris.
    Who will go home – chris
    who should go home – jordin

  7. This was actually a great show with a terrific mentor! I know who should go home for sure, but after that, it’s up in the air.

    Phil: what a great performance! Listening to the compliments he received from Jon and Randy had to make his night.

    Lakisha: what a great performance she gave. Imagine Jon Bon Jovi inviting you to be in his group!

    Blake: a truly unique performance. This song should be included in the Season 6 CD.

    Melinda: didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t love the song for her and it seemed a bit too low key range wise.

    Jordin: absolutely horrible. Couldn’t she tell Jon was trying to steer her away from the song?

    Chris: wrong song choice, not that good most of the season. Should go home tomorrow.

  8. My rankings

    1. Blake!! Excellent, edgey, authentic. Love him in black hair.
    2. Phil – deserves to stay another week at least
    3. Lakisha
    4. Melinda – Sounds the same every week. Rock theme didn’t suit her.
    5. Chris
    6. Jordin – Terrible. Like bad karaoke in a Halloween costume.
    Horribly oversung.

  9. Phil à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Blaze of Gloryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - Simon should have saved his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re a kitten trying to be a tigerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  for Phil. Randy and Paula loved it but I thought it was a karoeke mess.

    Jordin à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Living On a Prayerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - Most difficult Bon Jovi song to sing. Dressed the part. I liked seeing her have fun, but clearly she picked a song that was too big for her. It was a mess. She can afford a bad week after last week. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it was as bad as the judges thought.

    LaKisha à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a love songà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – Her best performance since à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“And I am telling youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . She did amazing and the judges love it. Great job. Better than Bon Jovià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version.

    Blake Lewis à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You give love a bad nameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - Changed up the arrangement, beatboxed. Really quirky and original version. I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like it but the judges went googoo over it and praised him with comments.

    Chris Richardson à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dead or Aliveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ This song should be off-limits after Chris Daughteryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version. Once again, Paula and Randy loved it. Simon told him it was as good as he could do with it. I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like it at all. I guess I have higher standards when it comes to these songs than the judges. Maybe because Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve heard of them before.

    Melinda Doolittle à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Have a nice dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - Upbeat, typical Melinda performance. However, like the typical Melinda performance she sang a song that is not very popular and that I have never heard before. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know if Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever heard any song she has sung before other than Heaven Knows. Simon called her a young Tina Turner.

    Bottom 3: Jordin, LaKisha, Chris

    Going Home: LaKisha and Chris.

    I think one of the divas is going home.. However it is convenient that they picked the night most people vote, the Idols give back week, as a week tailor made for the divas. Then followed it with a non-diva friendly week. Still, LaKisha kicked butt and it is going to sad to see her go

    Random thought: Laura Bush at the endà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. I think she gets botoxà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ and is on Xanex

  10. Lakisha – Made me stand up, walk around the couch, say ‘yes’ out loud to no one, have chills and cry. WOW WOW WOW. Awesome performance.

    Blake – Made me stand up and walk around. I was juiced with energy. I’ve always liked Blake but tonight I respected him as an artist. He OWNED tonight.

    Phil – This man has the chops and he burned it down! I don’t know what Simon’s problem is with giving him half-azz compliments because Phil is clearly the best male vocalist and one of the most sincere performers.

    Melinda – I agree with Randy. She has a zesty Tina Turner thang going on and I’m liking it. She always does a great job!

    Jordin – My ears bled.

    Chris – My ears bled.

    Another post concerning Jordin to follow.

  11. Jordin is a sweet girl and can sing fairly well but she had a horrible night tonight. The competition has taken a serious turn as most of her peers upped their game yet Jordin went back a thousand steps.

    I don’t think Jordin is ready for this stage of the competition. Jordin really needs to make better song choices and be careful because her voice has a tendency to quiver and flatten when she is nervous. And, also, when she’s nervous, her vibrato can go ‘Belinda Carlisle’ from the throat instead of the abdomen. Plus, she can be screechy and shouty at times.

    At this point, she cannot afford any imperfections.

    This is who TPTB want in the finale?

    They may want to re-think this angle.

    AI has a reputation to consider.

  12. giggy,
    the sad thing is that dial idol has her in first place. she has tons of votes from the tweens. If there were a final right now between Jordin, Melinda, and LaKisha, Jordin’s inexperience would really show. I’m hoping that dial idol will be wrong again because she was truly awful tonight and does not deserve to be getting the most votes. Melinda, Blake, Phil, and LaKisha totally outsang her tonight.

  13. I think Jordin just had a bad night. She’s come leaps and bounds in this competition and I think she’s allowed an off night. Chris has them every night in my opinion, but he’s still around. I respect that Jordin admitted that she didn’t think she did well. She knew it was difficult for her and she went out there and did it. Does she deserve the most votes this evening, no. I do think that she’s the only young contender that is left in the competition which helps boost her vote totals to a higher amount.

    I personally prefer Jordin to Lakisha. Jordin has so much life, and she can express a song so beautiful, whereas I think Lakisha lacks that ability. Lakisha can probably sing circles around Jordin, but she never emotionally connects to many songs, whereas Jordin does every time. She’s only seventeen and I think she does a much better job than Lakisha.

  14. I loved Blake last night. Everyone was good except Jordin. And, unlike most, I actually thought she was bad last week, too. I thought she screeched through her performance last week. However, even though I think she deserves to go home, I think it will be Chris (who also deserves to go home) and Lakisha.

  15. It was a great night. The six performed their best though despite the genre being outside their comfort zone.

    Blake stole my heart. He was great tonight. His version of one of Bon Jovi’s trademark songs was awesome. After a few weeks, it’s only now that I can say I love this guy. His versatility and artistry in making popular songs into his own style is just amazing. With his charisma, he is definitely AI material. :clap_tb:

    My guess? Top 3 are Blake, Phil and Melinda. I feel it’s the end of the line for Chris and Lakisha. Jordin messed up quite a bit tonight, but she has more appeal than Lakisha.

  16. Can I first say that I liked Chris’s version? It wasn’t amazing like Chris D’s but it was good.
    my top 3 – Blake (WOW!), Phil Chris
    my bottom 3 – LaKisha, Melinda, Jordin (with Jordin at the bottom)
    All in all they all did well except Jordin.
    I hope Chris will last another week but I am not holding my breath. I say bye bye Lakisha and Phil but they both had a good week so who knows?

  17. Well. Whatdoyaknow? Jovi Night actually made me get off the Team Indifference Bench and get in the game. Finally a non-boring night.

    Oh, I am still not voting, because I have no favorite, just one or two less-favorites.

    Chris R. Go home. Your time is up. Dumb song choice. And your attitude’s all wrong. Best moment: Ryan calling him Justin Timberlake. Hee!

    Jordin had a bad night, but she should last longer.

    (Poor Gina. Sitting in the audience with her red-streaked rocker self, looking so depressed by not being up there, uh, rocking Jordin’s song.)

    Everyone else really went above and beyond. Lakisha was great. She looked fantastic and really came out of herself on her song.

    Blake looked like Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon (NOT a bad thing!), and threw in a sort of “The Reflex” reverb which I enjoyed. His whole performance was just lots of fun for me from the scratchy record right to the end. Loved the play off the drums. Truly a unique moment on Idol.

    Phil. Nailed that song. Cannot stand looking at him. He is this year’s Daughtry to me. Great voice. Off-putting looks. Blech!

    And Melinda. Who knew? The ultimate professional. But much fun last night.

    I hope Chris R goes and Phil, just because I am tired of his bald head.

    Back to the T.I. bench …. maybe.

  18. Does anyone know what songs are on this year’s Idol CD? Usually by now the songs have leaked out or been posted.

  19. Blake rocks, I love him I think he should win because he is very original..and to be that different is special ..ex) madonna , Micheal Jackson,Bon Jovi etc.
    We may not like these people personaly but they are different and that is what made them a star !
    Blake has that!
    Even though

  20. I am tired of Phil’s bald head but I can see why he shaved it. Girls Talking Smack have pictures of him with hair. Kind of reminds you of Barney Phife. I agree with the person who said that Jordin was screechy on AIGB night. A couple of times it sounded like brakes squealing and last night she was abysmally bad. I doubt if she will go home, though, because she has obviously inherited Sanje’s voters. Chris (who should go) and Lakisha (who shouldn’t) will probably be the two to go. According to Dialidol Melinda is in third spot and only had a smidgin more votes that Lakisha. This year, I think that TPTB are manipulating the votes a bit, so no telling who will go home.

  21. Melinda was once again phenominal.
    Blake-I love the original version, but I give him credit for being gutsy. I didn’t hate his version.
    Lakisha-Although I think the tone deaf voters who made Jordin #1 on dial idol will cause her to go this week, she did a great job.
    Phil-He is growing on me, but I think it may be too little too late for him.
    Chris-I don’t think it was as bad as many say. On an average night, he’d be middle of the pack, last night, aside from Jordin, everyone had strong performances.
    Jordin-WTH, this is the 2nd clunker in a row, and people are still voting for her. Mark my words, her album sales will not equal the pimping, she is good, but over-rated.

  22. Hey, this is a night a really enjoyed. Bon Jovi is THE rock idol of the 80s era, my favorite music era. Everyone put on their rock face and everyone actually did very well in my opinion.

    Phil sang “Blaze of Glory”, a song I don’t really like (as with “Bed of Roses” or “Always”). But hey, Phil really has the best vocals among the 3 guys left in competition.

    Jordin sang “Living On a Prayer.” She always has trouble with her low notes. And the verses of this song were really too low for her. When she hits her high notes, she was shaky and shrieky again. The look tonight was not too good as well. She was wearing very high heels as if she was not tall enough, awkwardly drawfing her guitarists! On the positive side, she was quite energetic and positive in this number, despite her obvious struggle.

    LaKisha sang “This Aint A Love Song.” Very soulful and well sung. She really needed to nail it today and she really tried very hard with this song. That attitude towards the ending inspires applause.

    Blake…Wow! Bon Jovi said Blake was going on a leap of faith, and that he did. Blake sang “You Give Love A Bad Name” with his trademark vibe and beatboxing. Very original and interesting to hear. Not the best vocal, but the artistry was there to carry the performance through.

    Chris sang “Wanted Dead or Alive.” This is the one number I really did not like.

    Melinda played coy doing the rocker hand signal and was funny. She took on a new Bon Jovi hit “Have A Nice Day.” You know she was out of her comfort zone, yet her vocals were again in a league of her own. Another amazing performance.

    Two Idols will be out by tomorrow. I definitely believe Chris will be one of them due to his weak vocals. I think the other one may be LaKisha, because of her lack of charisma.

  23. Top 6 Again – Bon Jovi Night

    General Comments

    1. How unfair is it that Phil has gone first three times and Melinda last three times? Phil has never gone last in the finals.

    2. How unfair is the vote roll-over? People who did well this week could still go home because of last week and the double boot.

    Performance Comments

    1. Phil – “Blaze of Glory” – Phil had another great start to his song. I’m glad to see he has figured out how to fix that. He’s also learned how to connect with the audience and the make-up artist has learned how to make him look less freakish. He seemed a bit over-dramatic at times, but I think that it would have looked better with a rock band on stage with him. His voice is in fine form. One of the Idol Chatter coaches (Don) recommended this song for Lakisha and said that Randy would comment that he had played on it. Heh. Simon tries to rally the troops by predicting he will go home (before anybody else sings)

    2. Jordin – “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bet Bon Jovi felt great being told that “My Mom is such a fan”. Jordin starts off terrible. Dull as can be and trouble staying on pitch. She should have changed the key. Shouty. Stomping isn’t helping. Is she sick this week? This is the song that she snapped up? She should have picked another song. She did better before on rock. What happened? I don’t agree with her that this is the only rough week she has had. Is this thing scripted?

    3. Lakisha – “This Ain’t a Love Song” – A stylist somewhere needs to be shot. Bon Jovi likes her. Lakisha found a great song for her. Well done. A few little bobbles in the start, but she really connected with the song and had a great ending. Lakisha just disproved what they said about Jordin. A girl can sing Bon Jovi.

    4. Blake – “You Give Love a Bad Name” – Well, he does know how to take risks and make a song his own. It’s also a great way to hide the fact that he doesn’t have the range to sing that song. Lots of pitch issues, but protools can fix it. It was adventerous and fun. I bet this song shows up on the tour.

    5. Chris – “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Sang that really well, but could have dug a little bit better. Kind of pales in originality compared to Blake. If he had performed this before Blake (or away from Blake), it would have seemed better.

    6. Melinda – “Have a Nice Day” – Melinda is one of the contestant actually tries to learn from the coaches. Flawless vocals, great attitude and really worked the rock vibe. I also liked that she connected with the guitarist rather than just have a musician on-stage as a decoration.

    Top 3: Melinda, Phil, Lakisha
    Bottom 3: Jordin, Chris, Blake

    Who Should go Home: Jordin and Chris
    Who Will go Home: Chris and Lakisha

  24. this IS still a singing competition

    This was in the last thread but I wanted to address it somewhere where people would find it.

    I disagree that this is a singing competition. IMO, this show is and always was a popularity/voting one. It’s a contest to see who can do enough to motivate someone to pick up the phone and advocate on their behalf. If it was a true singing contest, it wouldn’t be left only to the popular vote. They would do it like they do on DWTS.

    The motivation to vote can come from anywhere, not just the singing. Some people may vote based on vocals – good for them. But a lot of other people pick random things to base their decision on – personality, background, relatability, overall talent, etc. Nobody should be put down for their reasons of why they support or not support someone (there was a bit of that going on when some said they couldn’t vote for Jordin based on her beliefs); it’s everyone’s right to have their own reasons for voting or not. If I want to vote for somebody because she was entertaining even if she didn’t sing the best, I’m gonna do it. There are plenty of people like me. Thus, this is not a singing competition; it’s a voting one.

    As for last night, I enjoyed everybody but Jordin. I even liked Chris but in a week of truly great performances, it was clear that he was just okay. Any other week, he may have been upped to good.

  25. As a big Jordin fan, I can admit that her performance last night SUCKED…but I don’t feel that she will go home tonight – her votes from last week could almost be enough to sustain her. And I don’t think it’s unfair that because of last week’s non-elimination two people are going home, even if they didn’t cut it last week but did cut it this week – those are the breaks, the competition is about consistency and there are a handful of contestants that have been consistent – they should stay.

    For the most part, I enjoyed the show – Lakisha stepped it up and I thought did a fantastic job – hard to say if it’s “enough.” Phil completely blew me away – he could remake that song today and have a number one tomorrow – great voice – who cares about the head. Melinda was Melinda – to me, she’s WEIRD and should talk to Lakisha about “upping” the personality factor – lose those annoying goofy facial expressions! I’ve never been a huge fan of Chris R., and I think he’s doomed anyway – but I do commend him for taking the risk.

    Now, as for Blake (and I know from what I’ve seen so far I am in the minority – but I HATED BLAKE’S PERFORMANCE. I thought he took it way too far and destroyed a once classic rock anthem. I also didn’t agree with what Paula thought was going through Jon Bon Jovi’s mind when he was talking about Blake – to me, he looked appalled and almost offended. It’s obvious that TPTB want Blake to move on and Phil to go home, but on a vocal level – Phil wins hands down!!!!!!

    IMO – Chris and Lakisha will go home tonight.

  26. St Lucia:

    Is is OK when Lakisha has an off night? Or would it be OK if Phil had an off night? Or would they, in fact, be OUT?

    Just sayin….

  27. 2. How unfair is the vote roll-over? People who did well this week could still go home because of last week and the double boot.

    Truer words never spoken, Kirsten. What I thought would happen DID happen this week with Lakisha, who was outstanding last night.

    Oh well……one thing Idol is unwavering about is being both biased and often unfair, and, of course, inconsistent. So there you have it.

  28. Phil was terrific! Beautiful tone. Why was he first? Unfair! At least Randy had to like it because of his past associations with Bon Jovi.
    Melinda was also terrific – you could tell she was in the zone from the first note.
    Jordin and Blake were all kinds of awful. Did they think Jordin is so far ahead from last week that they could *egads* actually admit she wasn’t good?
    Blake – it was different – but tonight I didn’t want to hear different. I wanted him to rock out, but obviously he doesn’t have a strong enough voice for that.
    Lakisha – better than usual, had a spark of life in her eyes, but I put her mid pack, not great enough to get a kiss from Simon. What’s with that? A last minute pitch to save her?
    Chris – I almost never like his voice and performance, so what’s new? I didn’t hate it as much as last week, but that was absolutely atrocious.

  29. First of all, for the first time I know ALL the songs sung last night. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll always remember Bon Jovi as the first concert that I went to back when I was 13.
    – Blake à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ simply RAD! Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not just a mere singer, but is a true artist. Great twist on a great song. Also, the man versus machine thing (Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s beatboxing vs the drum)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦awesomeness!
    – Jordin à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ cause of the bad hair, whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up with that??
    – Lakisha à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ I still donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get why Simon did that. The performance wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t THAT good. I prefer the original version.

    Going home: Phil and Chris (hopefully).

  30. Phil – I haven’t liked him at all but think this was his best night. Good enough to stay? I don’t know. He didn’t bring it in the early weeks & was in the bottom 3 more than once.

    Chris – Ditto.

    Blake – took a risk/loved it. Best he’s done in a few weeks.

    Jordin – her first big failure. I think she’s TCO, but this was a bad night for her. Still, other nights she was excellent or at least better than the boys, so I doubt she’s going anywhere on one bad night. Other AI winners also had one bad night.

    Melinda – did better than I expected for this genre. Didn’t know the song but thought she brought the right attitude with it.

    Kiki- FINALLY! I thought the stylist did wonders with her. Nice to see her in jeans & joking about “her slim side.” Finally some personality. She nailed the song. Would be sad if she left after that, but with a double elim, pairing it w/ last week, which I don’t even remember, anyone could go.

  31. Ok.. so my favorite IS going home tonite.. Chris – He didn’t sound bad… just meh..

    Lakisha – loved the personality and vocals this time around but still feel she is going home tonite with Chris.

    Melinda – Reminded me of Tina Turner, loved it.

    Phil – vocals were great. Should put him in Final Four.

    Jordin – Cute girl, bad beginning but finished strong. With vocals like “I who have nothing” and Broken Wings” she deserves to stay and even be Top two.

    Blake – Took a Bon Jovi song and MADE IT HIS OWN – without taking away the familiar sound everyone loves. Should put him Top two in my opinion. Z100, NY’s biggest radio station played a piece of last nite’s performance. They commented on how GREAT it sounded. I have no doubt he will translate well into Pop sales. Not the best vocals but very entertaining.

  32. There is this tiny range of a desperate woman who is both indignant and wants her man– where Lakisha is a brilliant actress. That song was right in her sweet spot and she hit a home run.

    Loved Blake. The beat boxing made him unique.

    Loved Jordin’s post performance. Totally disingenuous.

    Phil was good– but easy to forget compared to Blake, Lakisha, and Melinda.

    Melinda reminded me of Tina Turner doing a second rate song. But the good news– that was the most contemporary thing she has done on the show. I could imagine her doing an album like that and actually selling records to the non AI crowd. Go after Kelly’s Since U Been Gone vibe.

    Bad news– she moves her hands and head exactly the same way on every single song. I liked how she turned her back to the audience after the chorus.

    Chris– boy band rocker. Not enough gravitas for the song. Reminded me of Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War.

  33. So many have summed up what I thought about last night, so I’ll just make a couple of comments:

    1. Yeah, when I realized exactly how the vote rollover was going to happen, it occurred to me that it’s pretty stupid. And unfair. And totally pointless, after all is said and done. Which is exactly how I feel about Idol, yet I’m completely addicted.

    2. Don’t care what the naysayers say, I’m volunteering to have Blake’s babies. Sure, they’ll be the noisiest damn things, but it’ll be so worth it.

  34. Just how many “beat box” CD’s were sold in the recent past?

    Blake will be lucky to get a major record deal….even if the studio fixes all his shortcomings and lack of a good voice.

  35. That was Blake’s best performance since British Invasion week and earlier, when he sang “Somewhere Only We Know.” Dare I say it, that was the most entertaining performance on Idol this season. Good for you Blake! Liked the hair too.

    Maybe Jordin is suffering from being seventeen and “no one can tell me anything” syndrome. Also not experienced to know that telling Bon Jovi that she had been listening to him since birth is not flattering. Unfortuantely, immaturity always comes through sooner or later. There is a reason why the teenagers never win Idol.

    I have never gotten Chris, and that did not help.

  36. Nostradamus, I don’t think Blake would beatbox on each of his future cd tracks. I looked at his past performances before AI on youtube and those were some awesome stuff, not all of them got the beatbox stuff.

    Another thing, that beginning part of Blake playing a record, should be on a Coke commercial or something.

  37. Jordin’s Mom grew up listening to Bon Jovi?? Either I’m REALLY old or Jordin’s Mom gave birth in her teens.

  38. Here’s my recap of the show, from best to worst:

    Melinda – amazing, as usual. And she really took a risk by completely going out of her comfort zone. Yet she managed to pull it off with ease. There’s just nothing bad you can say about any of her performances. She’d better win, that’s all I can say.

    Lakisha – I have not been fond of her performances lately but this one was one of her best. For Lakisha, it’s all about choosing the right song. When she does, she totally blows it right out of the water.

    Phil – I actually really liked this. I know the judges (especially Simon) are always trying to rip him apart, but I thought his vocals were very strong. He looked like he was enjoying himself as well.

    (Bottom three were hard to determine, all were equally bad to be honest)

    Blake – has good performance skills, but his singing literally sucks. It’s too weak for rock. Luckily for him, he knows that beat boxing will distract (most) of the audience from his lack of vocal chops. Too bad he’s just a one-trick pony.

    Jordin – definitely not the right song for her. Too “big”, too challenging. Definitely Jordin’s worst performance so far.

    Chris – can he please just leave already? Now, I was definitely not a Chris Daughtry fan last year (and still am not) but his performance of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” was a billion times better than Chris Richardson’s.

    SHOULD GO HOME: Blake and Chris
    WILL GO HOME: Either Lakisha and Phil or Lakisha and Chris

  39. Diana–her dad was born in 1969, making him 15 when Bon Jovi’s first album came out and 21 when Jordin was born. Assuming his wife is about the same age, then yeah, she can probably claim she “grew up” on it. I don’t remember much about music before I was in my teens, so anything I was exposed to then is what I consider the music I grew up to.

  40. Blake’s voice really shined last night.
    It was not only the beatboxing he belted out those high notes and he did a GREAT JOB!


    Go Team Plaid!

  41. So I’m in the minority thinking Jordin wasn’t that bad! I enjoyed it but did notice some nervousness. Loved Blake’s performance and Lakisha did step it up last night. Looks like it was for naught since all indications say she’s going home along with Chris.

    Wish I could like Melinda & Phil better. Even when they do okay I just don’t care. Still, last night was more entertaining than AI has been for most of this dreary season.

  42. If anyone cares to remember, Elliott had more trips to the bottom 3 last year, and, could’ve taken up permanent residence. But, he stepped up his game, and, came in 3rd. He was the dark horse, much as Phil is this year. My faves last night: Phil, LaKisha and Melinda. I’m sick of Jordin. she is overpimped, and, copping an attitude with her fake nose scrinches. I want her to go. She probably won’t, but, hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  43. I truly hope Phil stays. I think he has really come far where others have not gotten better. Tt’s like Melinda does not have to try. I guess I love routing for an under dog. We all know he will be getting a record deal after American Idol ends on country radio. I guarantee he will be one of the first signed after this Idol season ends.

  44. Kirsten: How unfair is it that Phil has gone first three times and Melinda last three times? Phil has never gone last in the finals.

    Agreeance. Nigel is still trying to tell me who to vote for, and being a little too obvious about it.

    Last night was just OK for me. A bunch of not-bad-but-pretty-generic rock songs sung by a bunch of non-rockers. Not the total trainwreck it could have been, but fairly meh overall.

    Phil – one of the better efforts last night, but in some danger of going home.

    Jordin – the one real trainwreck of the night. Probably safe because of the combo with last week’s votes. (And Dial Idol shows her incomprehensibly at the top for last night – so she’s apparently safe.)

    Lakisha – good for her. The best she’s been in weeks. Still in danger, though.

    Blake – I liked his arrangements on Diana Ross night and British invasion night. Not feeling the same love for last night’s effort. Add beat boxing to a bland song and you get……a bland song with beat boxing. Still – it was shrewd. It covered for the fact that the song was too big for his voice, and it impressed the panel. Smart boy.

    Chris – Not a bad effort. He didn’t add any vocal runs. And it wasn’t as nasal as usual – it was sort of nasally growly screamy instead. A meh song when sung by JBJ, a meh song when sung by DAUGHTRY, and there was only so much Chris R could hope to do with it. Probably going home tonight.

    Melinda – competent as ever. But her heart really wasn’t in it, and as a result, neither was mine. She should be safe – but Dial Idol says maybe not. So who knows.

  45. I think dialidol was including last week’s votes and this week’s so their numbers didn’t change a whole lot. You have to figure that a whole lot more votes were cast last week so Jordin not being her best this week probably won’t hurt her. She picked a good week to have a bad week.

    I would be shocked if Chris lasted beyond tonight. As for the other going home person, I would guess LaKisha but, truly, it could be almost anyone.

    I think Phil is really coming on strong. All along, I’d assumed that Blake, Melinda, and Jordin would be the top 3 but I can see Phil giving one of them a run for their money next week.

  46. Shasti-

    I completely disagree with you. Jordin was terrible last night, and contrary to popular belief tend to get winded midway through most of her performances. Go to and listen to mp3s of her and the others. Jordin continously gets winded and out of breath.

    I find it suspicious that you think Jordin did well, but have little regard for Melinda and Phil…the two who have far more vocal ability than her. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  47. FOTIAI-
    Thank you! Blake was suck-tastic! Boy cannot sing, and beat-boxing went out about 15 years ago so i don’t understand the whole “you’re so fresh and original comments”.

    I have a 16 yr old, I am 39, and i grew up on bon jovi, didnt like him but, but he was there!

  48. Well Last night was definately different, I kinda enjoyed it in a way, because I also grew up listening to Bon Jovi…Well I was in 8th grade when they released “New Jersey” so I was very familiar with all of the songs….might I say that Jon looks awesome!!! LOL!!
    anyways, I think that this Genre was out of ALL the contestants comfort zones, but they did their best with what they had, and overall did a pretty good job!

    here is how I rate the performances:

    Phil: Was absoulutely awesome!!! best male vocal of the night, yes he is a little creepy to look at, but ya know what, that boy can sing!!! I enjoyed his performance he looked like he was having a blast and he did well! I hope he sticks around this week, he deserves it, but WEAR A HAT!!!!

    KIKI: Did very well, best female vocal, she actually looked like she was having a good time and showed some personality, she made me feel the song, sadly I dunno if she is gonna make it another week, but she should be pround of herself!!!

    Blake: Umm well, I am gonna be nice I know there are a lot of team plaid on this site, so I’ll say this…I didnt really dig the performance, but I give him many many kudos for taking risks and making the song his own…he did a good job given this music is totally out of his style…

    Jordin: WORST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT!! It was God Awful….but yadda yadda she is this years TCO so she isnt going anywhere…look for her in the finale…I really do believe she is going to win this year…heck I would put money on it…..I don’t really get the hype for her but its okay, she seems like a pretty nice girl so best of luck to her….

    Chris: I cant help it….I really like him!! I think he did well last night…I know I know he is going home tonight so it really dosen’t matter what I think…but he will do well in the business…I will just miss his cute face on my screen!!

    Melinda: she is lookin so much better lately with the longer hair!! she also did well last night….I have come to the conclusion that she can sing ANYTHING!!! she is very versitile even when she is out of her comfort zone…I see 3rd place finisher here and she will do well in the business…

    so to sum it up…..

    for me:(based only on last nights performances)

    Best Male: Phil
    Best Female: KIKI/Melinda
    who is going home:Chris,Lakisha
    who should be going home: Chris/Jordin

    the way it will all end up:
    6th place: Lakisha
    5th place : Chris R
    4th place: Phil
    3rd place: Melinda

    Blake and Jordin with Jordin winning AI 6

  49. First time poster, long time lurker! Just had to say that I always enjoy everyone’s reviews! Decided to post simply because I just 100% loved Blake’s performance last night. I know that some people hated it, and I completely respect that, because it was one of those things. For me though, it was probably the most exciting thing this season, and for me, ranks as one of those “moment” performances. That being said, I love Melinda and Phil is growing on me too-he shouldn’t have had to go first again AT all.

  50. Chris: I cant help ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.I really like him!! I think he did well last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦I know I know he is going home tonight so it really dosenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter what I thinkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦but he will do well in the businessà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦I will just miss his cute face on my screen!!

    yay… That makes 3 of us on this board.. LOL.. you, me and Shannon..

  51. Another great review MJ….

    finally got to watch the videos, And I agree with Simon about Phil, there was absolutely nothing original in that performance.
    Maybe I need my ears cleaned but Jordin wasn’t great, but was she really that bad???? For TCO, I guess but she did she a lot of class with the critiques.
    Last night Blake was the most memorable. The reaction on the internet to his performance is astounding.

  52. How accuarte is dialidol? Because I don’t understand the whole process. They have Jordin and Blake in the top as safe, but everyone else at risk to go home?

    Any feedback to get would be great. Thanks

  53. MJ, I totally agree with your review. I think the only place my opinion of last night differs is when it comes to Phil. It was a good performance…for him. He’s just not as talented as the others and doesn’t deserve to be in the top 4 at all.

    Blake is INCREDIBLE. There have been some great vocal performances throughout idol, but I don’t think there’s ever been a performance-performance quite so good before. He’s incredibly dynamic.

    I like Jordin, but I didn’t like her this week. She shouldn’t have picked Living on a Prayer.

    Lakisha was great and I loved that she showed a little sass too. She needed to show some personality for sure.

    Melinda was fabulous. I usually find her boring as heck, but last night she was great and I was very entertained.

    Chris was just ok, and I’d be fine seeing him go home this week.

  54. I thought Blake’s performance was decent. I was entertained by it but I doubt it is something I would listen to repeatedly. I thought his voice was stronger than it has been on the verses and I liked the percussive beatboxing he was doing alternating with the drums. The little turntable-skipping sounds I did not care for at all. He was also the best at looking like a rocker as far as stage presence last night (although Melinda was pretty close).

    I think the whole “being brave to take a risk like that” is a bit overdone though. Yeah, it was something of a risk, but in my opinion not doing it would have been a bigger risk. Bon Jovi songs (especially the ones that you are likely to hear done on Idol) tend toward the big voice power rock ballads. And Blake just doesn’t have that big of a voice, but 4 of the remaining 6 contestants do. If he had just done the song straight, he would have been trying to compete directly in that style and he would have looked weak in comparison. I definitely give him props for doing the smart thing and changing it up. As Simon said, probably some loved and some hated it, but everyone remembered it.

  55. I am praying for the MOST SHOCKING ELIMINATION EVER:

    George and Laura Bush are sent home!

  56. Jordin was awesome. The judges just felt like they had to say something bad about her because it looks like TCO… And Jordin’s mama had her before she was 20 so she did grow up listening to Bon Jovi.

  57. I am stunned that Melinda reminded so many people of Tina Turner. Not sure if that’s indicative of so few black women in “rock” music or if people feel a need to pigeonhole something new into what’s familiar. Like calling Chris Richardson “Justin Timberlake.” From her wigs to her mini-skirts and energetic dancing, Tina Turner was a sexy, mature woman who was every bit a survivor and all that was laid bare in every performance. Seeing her in concert solo or back in the day with Ike was a revelation. Tina was also a great song stylist but not the most talented or versatile of vocalists. I think Melinda is a very good singer and loved her performance last night. Her original performance of “Since You’ve Been Gone” remains youthful, sassy and flat out amazing. I hope she wins the whole shebang. But Tina Turner she is not.

    Personally, I’m a little tired of Jordin. I haven’t seen any real growth from her since British Week. But it really does look as if she could coast to victory at this point even with subpar performances.

    Lakisha was looser and more relaxed than she’s been in weeks and weeks. She didn’t try to imitate another singer’s signature song. For the first time, she was able to take a song and put her own stamp on it. I still think she’s going home since her votes from last week were probably low. But I also think she has accomplished what she set out to do. She’ll get a recording contract. And with some actual marketing, I think she’s going to have a fine career for herself and her daughter.

  58. MJ: And no flipping Top 5? At all? BLEAH. Ya know, if it were Top 5, the remaining contestants would be singing two songs each this week. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just sayinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    SO MUCH word to this, MJ. I really enjoy the multiple performance weeks, and I regret the loss of one.

    On the other hand – a respectful disagreement about Blake’s performance. Still sounded like a bland song with beatboxing to me, no matter how skillfully the beatboxing was integrated. However – I’m glad it seems to have been such a hit for him, as I’m hoping to see Blake in the finale. Blake v. Melinda or Jordin would be far more interesting than Melinda v. Jordin.

  59. I absolutely loved Blake last night — does anyone have any links to the internet reaction of his performance. Also, where are peoople viewing and downloading the video and audio? Sorry – I’m clueless.

  60. diana,
    search blake lewis you give love a bad name
    just watched it, unfortunately

  61. I am soooo disappointed in Randy. He should have stuck up for his people and bashed Blake when he had the chance. Blake is the only thing standing between a black vs. half black half white Finale for the first time ever in AI History!!!! It would guarantee a person of some color winning. However, I fear that Blake will rob Melinda or Jordin of the spot in the final 2. Randy should have told him it didn’t work and he shouldn’t have changed the song so people wouldn’t have liked it as much.

    It would be so awesome if this year we had two black coaches in the Superbowl and then two black people in the finals of AI.

  62. I am praying for the MOST SHOCKING ELIMINATION EVER:

    George and Laura Bush are sent home!

    As long as they take Cheney with them! Otherwise, I’ll take the lesser of two degenerates.

  63. I am soooo disappointed in Randy. He should have stuck up for his people and bashed Blake when he had the chance. Blake is the only thing standing between a black vs. half black half white Finale for the first time ever in AI History!!!! It would guarantee a person of some color winning. However, I fear that Blake will rob Melinda or Jordin of the spot in the final 2. Randy should have told him it didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t work and he shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have changed the song so people wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have liked it as much.

    It would be so awesome if this year we had two black coaches in the Superbowl and then two black people in the finals of AI.

    Please tell me this is sarcasm. You think a judge should show racial favoritism? If you are serious, may God stop you from ever judging anything of substance. You don’t have the moral character.

  64. I am stunned that Melinda reminded so many people of Tina Turner.

    Me too. Here is an early video of Ike and Tina, no shy little butterfly here. Tina was strong,aggresive and magnificent. Here is the reminder of how NOT like a young Tina Turner Melinda is.

  65. I’m very disappointed in Jordin. I used to want a Blake/Jordin finale but now think she’s just too up and down. When she’s good she’s really good but when she’s bad she’s really bad. I haven’t agreed with the judges about how great she is every week although this is the worst. Now I’d like to see a Blake/Melinda finale. I think Blake going 2 or 3 would be perfect because if he won, there’d be all that criticism about his voice.

  66. I am soooo disappointed in Randy. He should have stuck up for his people and bashed Blake when he had the chance. Blake is the only thing standing between a black vs. half black half white Finale for the first time ever in AI History!!!! It would guarantee a person of some color winning. However, I fear that Blake will rob Melinda or Jordin of the spot in the final 2. Randy should have told him it didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t work and he shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have changed the song so people wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have liked it as much.

    It would be so awesome if this year we had two black coaches in the Superbowl and then two black people in the finals of AI.

    Are you serious? You can’t be serious. Race has nothing to do with Idol success. For one, I am Black and I only vote for Blake. I like the AI ladies, but what do they have to offer that is not already on the market? Nothing!! I personally wanted Stephanie to win. I think she could have been very very successful. Now its up to Blake. Blake has this Black girl’s vote.

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