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1/29: Idol audition recap #7 New York City, Puerto Rico

Wow. Color me brain dead! I came back from the Thrashers game last night and completely forgot about blogging about “Idol” til this morning. Sheesh!

(By the way, if you want to be spoiled, JoesPlace blog says it now has the top 36.)

Overall, this was a decent episode with a couple of interesting candidates. They did spend more time than in the past this season on the nutcases. Jackie and wannabe naked Melinda are the most memorable of the good ones. Ashley, Kendall and Kenny all sounded good but we only got small snippets.

We know only a few hundred people show up in Puerto Rico (and very little talent) vs thousands in New York, but the editors try really hard to make them comparable.

Over the house, we actually heard nine Hollywood-bound singers out of 35. That’s easily the lowest percentage so far. Nine got golden ticket from Puerto Rico and 26 in New York City. The final tally over eight cities: 151. We heard about 60 of them, right?

Adeola Adegoke from Bronx gave up her job, she’s so convinced she’s a star. Bad move, especially in this economy, as she attempts “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” She is going, going, gone. Simon calls her employer and she got her job back, at least.

In Puerto Rico, Jorge Nunez has greasy curls and a pretty darn good voice. He’s probably the best they got on the island. “Nice voice,” Kara said. “The Spanish voice I felt more.” “I thought it was brilliant,” Randy said. “The power of Marc Anthony,” Paula said. He’s a keeper.

Jessika Baier comes to San Juan from Michigan, has been in 700 singing contests. She’s overwrought and annoying. “Honestly, come on,” Simon said. “It was absolutely awful. I just can’t believe you won all these shows.” She begs. She fails. “The sound of the voice is not on point,” Randy said.

Melinda Camille from Stratford, Conn. wants to uplift humanity and likes to dance naked in the privacy of her room. A free spirit. She’s also a good singer and a fresh look. “You kind of fell off the melody but has a nice, pleasant disposition and voice,” Randy said. “You’re like a vitamin boost,” Kara said.

Jackie Tohn from Silver Lake, Calif. has a raspy voice doing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and it’s actually odd and interesting. She tries a second song and shows she actually has a good voice. “You’re unpredictable and surprising,” Paula said. “I like the tone, husky, yah!” Randy said. She’s intriguing. Then the backdrop falls. “The worst thing you should ask is, ‘Who should I be?’ ” Rumor is she goes far.

Then they show crappy singers from Puerto Rico using the song “Wicked Game” as the background. After the break, Kate Cassidy screams her way out of her audition. Carlos Santos dances his way out. Antyon Smith–ditto. Jasmine James does some step dancing, which has nothing to do with singing. Mike Perlman is a goofball. Joel Contreras pretends to be an iPod. He’s actually not bad but a bit psychotic. Okay, a lot psychotic.

They clearly didn’t get much talent because they’re wasting time with Nick “Norman” Mitchell, a comic and cabaret singer. “You get kicked sometimes,” he complains after Simon disses his ability to be funny. “I would have thought you would have quite liked that,” Simon said. “You mean the way you like it when Seacrest does it?” he retorts. He’s a passable singer but it’s all schtick, even when he does “Amazing Grace.” Kara is thoroughly entertained. “You don’t have a shot in hell but thank you!” He gets three out of four (besides Simon) and goes to Hollywood despite himself.

They show a few good ones in passing: Ashley Hollister from Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., Kenny Hoffpauer from Haverton, Pa. and Kendall Beard from Austin, Texas (right). They then show a few more with no names attached.

Home stretch people! Nicole Laraway from Northhampton, Mass. is forgettable. Mark Granata is just ugly bad. Michael Sconiers from Rochester couldn’t get past a karaoke contest. Gimmick alert: Puerto Rico’s Monique Garcia Torres, 16, brings in her nine year old brother Christopher to pimp her. “I think you’ll love it,” he says. She does “You Can’t Hurry Love” with lovely tones. Then she does “I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera. It’s not quite as good. “At your age, I’m not sure the voice is fully developed yet,” Kara said. She does need some more work. Randy & Kara said no. Paula says yes. And in a shocker, Simon says yes. Wow! “Thank Christopher,” Simon said. She has no prayer in Hollywood but she’s a nice story.

Crazy woman Alexis Cohen from Philly last year said she has mellowed. “I thought I was funny,” she said a year later. No more middle fingers. Just thumbs up! “A whole different vibe,” Paula said. She tries “Like a Prayer” and it sounds, um, ridiculous. There’s something absurd about her performance. “That was fairly horrendous,” Simon said. “You actually got worse.” “I don’t know what else to do but give you the finger,” she said.

The final singer of season eight auditions is out of Puerto Rico. Patricia Lewis Roman ends with no back story. She does a passable Whitney Houston. I’m not all that impressed, actually. It’s hard to exceed Whitney. “I don’t think you were good enough,” Simon said. “You can definitely sing. That was disappointing.” She goes with a softer Spanish song. I’m really on the fence with her. Randy says yes. Paula says no. They don’t show it but Simon must have said yes.

And in other news, congrats to Brooke White for getting a record deal with indie label Sanctuary Records, with credit given to Randy Jackson for making the connection, according to Entertainment Weekly.

91 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
5:34 pm

Bring on Puerto Rico!

Congratulations to Brooke, but who is she? ;) She’s going to have to work!

KPH

January 29th, 2009
5:37 pm

JT I think there will be some HONEY’S auditioning in Puerto Rico.

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
5:53 pm

KPH, I think only 4 people tried out in Puerto Rico, but I’m going to look forward to the 10 minutes of air time it receives. Maybe they sent a film crew down to the beach, you know to show us the sights.

KPH

January 29th, 2009
6:02 pm

Only 4 WOW! Right I think they should go to the beach most of the show I mean it IS so beautiful down there. In fact they should just hold the auditions on the beach that would without a doubt increase viewership. :-)

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
6:10 pm

Well, to be honest, the turnout was around 300, compared to other places that is pathetic. Maybe AJC could send us to the beaches of Puerto Rico to investigate why the turnout was so poor?

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
7:18 pm

Fantasy Island! :-)

JJ

January 29th, 2009
7:24 pm

JT – I would be sooooo willing to go down there….eye candy goes both ways!!!! ;)

Looking forward to seeing tonight’s show, will be on later or tomorrow morning. Enjoy!

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:06 pm

Ok…I’m going to admit right up front that I thought Norman was hilarious and I don’t blame them for sending him to Hollywood even though he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

I liked Jackie Tohn. Her voice and style are really unique.

Liked Jorje a lot.

And I truly believe that the human ipod might come from this blog in the form of…he who must not be named.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:09 pm

Other than that….I wasn’t all that fond of the Age of Aquarius nudist. Monique(with the little brother who started to border on obnoxious toward the end) was ok. The 3 singers that we only got glimpses of all sounded good. And 26 out of NYC is a pretty high number.

Notice how they never showed the “crowds” in San Juan?

JTesla

January 29th, 2009
9:17 pm

How would you rank it, more San Fran or more Salt Lake?

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:19 pm

D, Norman was, indeed, hilarious. He got to Simon, too, and that was worth watching. He reminded me of a cross between Jerry Lewis and Paul Lynde. From the quick promo for Hollywood week, it did not look like he was a hit there, but I am glad they put him through. Not a bad voice at all, either, but he just couldn’t be serious. The comedy circuit is calling him.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:20 pm

JT, I would say more Salt Lake, but not by much. I did not like the nudist woman all that much, but she could sing.

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
9:20 pm

Well, that show was underwhelming to say the least. A couple good ones but over all BLEH! and how ridiculous is it to give NYC only about 45 minutes of air time when they send 26 people to Hollywood.

AI shot thier numbers to hell tonight as we only saw a patry 25% — 9 of 35 golden tickets. That makes it 60 of 148 through the 7 audition shows.

Jorje – I really liked him. I think if he puts some marc Antony, Santana, Richie Valens etc out there with a mixture of latin rythm, spanish and english he could go far in the competition.

Melinda – very soulful voice. I complete and utter nutjob, but a decent voice.

Jackie – Sorry D, I was not impressed at all. She did have a little rasp that could portend some potential, but her audition was just a MEH! for me.

Norman – well, he was funny and likable, but as Kara said “you don’t have a chance in hell”. but he should be good for some levity during Hollywood week.

Ashley – I saw some potential in the few seconds we got of her.

Kenny – nice smooth voice from the snippet we saw

Kendall – She is on the Top 50 spoiler list, and from what I saw and heard she is this season Blond country singer. Definate potential to be in the voting rounds.

Monique – I thought she was much better than the judges gave her credit for. I think she has the potential to go far in the competition even at 16.

Patricia – I liked her voice, was surprised to hear Paula say no. Does she have the potential to win, probably not, but she deserved to go to Hollywood.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:21 pm

JT..I’d put it closer to Salt Lake than San Fran but not as good as Kansas City or even Phoenix

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:28 pm

MikeS, I can’t help but feel a bit shortchanged by not seeing more of the ones they put through. I know they think the bad singers and idiots draw more folks, but I think they are wrong to place as much emphasis on them, even though it was toned down from last year. You are right about proportion, too. PR sucked, and did not deserve half the air time they gave it. Ok, show some scenery, a couple of bad ones, the very good ones, then off to NYC.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:33 pm

I’m going to say that they did better with the audition shows this year than in the past. True, we saw a small percentage of good singers and I would prefer it to be more but, they didn’t dwell too long on the ridiculous and actually showed some pathos for those who honestly thought they could sing but couldn’t. The best part is that the auditions are now over…even before I started screaming and trying to tear my hair out. That’s a definite improvement.

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
9:34 pm

SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Joe’s Place Blog has the Top 36 list out. They are standing by it and have confirmed with multiple sources. They had the top 24 dead on last year.

Anyway here is the link and some numbers from the cities I just put together:

http://www.joesplaceblog.com/2009/01/28/top-36so-far/

Pheonix – 4 of the 10 we saw made top 36
Kansas City – 8 of 12
San Francisco – 4 of 7
Louisville – 5 of 9
Jacksonville – 2 of 6
Salt Lake City – 2 of 7
NY/San juan – 3 of the 9 we saw made top 36

So we have seen 28 of the top 36 so far.

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:37 pm

I know it’s early but I have a cold so I’m going to go tuck myself into bed with a good book and a bottle of Nyquil. I’ll be back tomorrow when and if I wake up. :-)

Deirdre

January 29th, 2009
9:39 pm

Interesting list, Mike. This just might be a very good year.

Mike S

January 29th, 2009
9:41 pm

OH, I have to add this for my fan club (LOL!!) – THE SWAMI WAS DEAD ON AGAIN! Everyone I specifically tagged for the top 36 made it to the top 36. I know Gilldude wanted to hear that news so badly.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:45 pm

Thanks, Mike. I did not look at the list, but I liked seeing the numbers.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:47 pm

Look at the Salt Lake numbers. Last night we were all talking about how many good ones there were, and only two made it.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:50 pm

And, we all thought San Fran was awful, but over half made it to the 36.

harriett

January 29th, 2009
9:59 pm

I am going to sign off for tonight and watch ER at 10 PM. It is the last season, and I have been an off-and-on viewer. However, they are bringing back the old cast in several vignettes and cameos, so I got interested again. Night, everyone. Talk tomorrow.

Justin

January 30th, 2009
12:04 am

I know it’s late and the last comment was posted almost 2 hours ago, but based on tradition, I’ll post anyway.

My thoughts are definitely out of order, but I didn’t get to see the show til later, so I see the auditions as they were availabe as videos online.

1. Norman, Nick, whatever- There was no reason for him to make it through, even though he wasn’t horrible. There are MUCH better people who get cut. By the way, why is this song And I Am Telling You referred to as Jennifer Hudson’s if it’s not her song…?

2. Monique- She was ok… I mean she was pretty good, but probably not good enough to outsing hardly anyone in her upcoming competition.

3. Patricia Roman- She’s very good. Very strong… Simon apparently didn’t like it. Paula said no!? What in the world? Shocking! She put Monique through but not Patricia?! Crazy… what did she sing after that? A Spanish song? Hope they don’t do that on the live shows… I don’t know.. I thought she deserved the shot.

4. Ashley Hollister- Think I’ve seen her name somewhere as well. She was ok.

5. Kenny- I like that song. Pretty good.

6. Kendall Beard- She was good. I was surprised they zoomed through her. She’s gotten pretty good talk lately. If she sings a song like that on the show though, boy will it get boring, fast.

7. Jorge- He was good. But let’s not turn this into Spanish or whatever Idol.

8. Jackie Tohn- She was pretty good.

9. Melinda Camile- Dances naked? That’s a bit… disturbing. I actually liked her. I haven’t heard anything, zip, about her up until now, but she was good, so hopefully she’s given a fair shot. I kept my promise and so far didn’t look at the entire top 36 list. I peeked at it, but that’s all. I covered it up just so I could see the first letter only, scrolled to the M’s and there is no Melinda on there. Oh well.

By the way, that Jessika girl the bigger girl in pink, white, black, yanno. I thought she was pretty good but she didn’t make it through. Heh.

Justin

January 30th, 2009
12:13 am

Yeah, so, pretty boring show all in all from what I saw. No one, no one stood out really. Well, I mean out of all i’d say Melinda was probably the best.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
12:26 am

Interesting show, but let’s move on to Hollywood. I kind of liked the nudist girl, not sure why. She looks good, and meh she stood out among the mediocre. No one’s vocals really stood out tonight for me, and there weren’t any good story hooks. I liked seeing middle finger girl, and I’m glad they didn’t give her too much more air time. That is about all I can take of her.

For the most part I spent the night wanting to see more of Rose. I like her, which is odd considering my loathing of all things hippy. Present company excepted of course.

The highpoint: the 15 minutes of Hell’s Kitchen that I watched. Love that show.

GAgirl

January 30th, 2009
12:40 am

Norman really got on my nerves. I found him to be annoying and don’t think he should have gotten through. Liked Jorge.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
12:45 am

Norman was the guy that was not funny, but they kept saying was funny? I chalk that up to some bad editing, because I just didn’t see it.

JJ

January 30th, 2009
6:24 am

Good Morning All!!! It’s Friday and we made it through another week. :)

I thought, as well, that this show was ho-hum. Boring. Anyways, like most of you, liked Jorje. Liked Monique. That’s about it. I am also in agreeance with most of you….San Juan should not have gotten as much air time as it did. But it was a good travel commercial for it.

Nana

January 30th, 2009
7:39 am

Good Morning and Happy Friday. Well, we made it through another week and all is well, except for Deirdre. Feel better soon my friend.

Today’s Quote: “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”

Wasn’t able to see Idol last night. Met my youngest daughter at the ER where she had a kidney stone attack. Her hubby is out of town and I had to get her twins. She’s fine for now, medicated, but less pain.

From the posts, I didn’t miss awhole lot. I did take a peek at the top 36 list and was surprised to not see David Osmond’s name or Rose Flack. I hope this is not accurate. Can;t wait for next Tuesday.

In other idol news, I heard on the radio this morning, that Kellie Pickler is on tour and opening for Taylor Swift beginning in May. Those two will have a blast touring together. What a concert they will put on. They will be a lot of fun.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
8:12 am

Morning!

Aside from the sneezing and coughing and nose blowing, I’m fine! :-) Thanks for the good wishes, Nana. I think I caught harriett’s cold.

I tried to stay away from the top 36 list but, as soon as Mike posted a link, I clicked. Very good names on the list and some very good people missing from the list. Maybe the Hollywood shows will tell us why. There’s usually a pretty good reason.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
8:21 am

Has anyone else noticed that Rodney has not yet done a recap of last night’s show? Hmmmm

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
8:22 am

Well now that Nana let the cat out of the bag a little. I too was surprised to see David O, Rose and especially Frankie Jordan not on the top 36 list. Also looks like jason’s lil bro did not make it.

But the ones who did all had very strong auditions (the 28 we did see), and this actually looks like it could be a really good group of singers. I am sure a Danny/Sanjaya/Chicken Little type will emerge and torment us well into the finals, but just an initial glance from the auditions doesn’t show one really standing out as oh god not that one yet.

Nana

January 30th, 2009
8:25 am

Sorry Mike S. I didn’t mean to let the cat out of the bag. :(

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
8:27 am

no problem Nana, I am sure everyone has clicked the link anyway. I had just decided not to actually mention any names until someone else said some of them. :-)

I got yelled at by a couple people last year for actually posting the whole top-24 list when they didn’t want to see it.

Nana

January 30th, 2009
9:13 am

Well, if they hadn’t want to know, they shouldn’t have clicked on the link and looked. Right? Then had the audacity to yell at you, why they had some nerve.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 30th, 2009
9:28 am

morning gang, didn’t get to the ‘puter last night, and am just creaking by sneaking in here for a second… pretty much agree with most of the comments, figure norman was for comic relief, agree not sure WHY… sorry to hear that apparently rose doesn’t get through, i liked her… how about that alan jackson guy we kept hearing about from the j’ville auditions? i can’t go click now or i would, LOL

looking forward to h’weird week. but meanwhile, i gotta get busy!!!

peace!

Nana

January 30th, 2009
9:35 am

I hit the refresh and the whole format changed. What happened?

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
9:51 am

Umm an all caps “SPOILER” should work. Really!!!!

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
9:56 am

Linny owes me a beer the next time I’m in Atlanta.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 30th, 2009
10:07 am

you’re ON, JT, except you’ll need to come 60 miles northeast to Athens for it :-) i’ll even show you around the Classic City and all the good ol’ bulldawg stuff. as if you couldn’t find THAT for yourself, LOL!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 30th, 2009
10:08 am

wait … i certainly will buy you a beer or three, but…. why do i owe ya?

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
10:10 am

I don’t remember if I posted a SPOILER ALERT last year or not.

But just to be clear, people got upset last year because I posted the whole list not just the link, that is why I went the link route this year.

ANyway, water under the bridge now.

Linny, I don’t remember seeing Alan’s name on the list

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
10:12 am

Annnndddddd I have found our annoying Snajaya/Danny “fingers on a chalkboard” contestant — everyone’s favorite Nanny laugh sounding Latin Beauty queen Tatiana Del Toro is in the Top 36.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
10:13 am

Well I don’t mind spoilers about who made it, but seeing who didn’t was a surprise. It’s ok though, I don’t take the show too seriously. However I am serious about my beer :)

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
10:15 am

mmmm Beeeeerrrrrrrrrrr

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
10:22 am

JT, I live close to the airport so I’ll buy you the beer if linny can’t make it…but I’m curious why linny owes you a beer.

Mike, I don’t remember anyone yelling at you for posting the list. I personally cannot resist spoilers…no willpower at all!

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
10:25 am

To tell you the truth…I was a little surprised to see the blind guy on the list…he didn’t impress me all that much. But, Hollywood Week always manages to separate the strong from the weak so we’ll just have to see how it went and who, despite how good they first sounded, faltered.

rho

January 30th, 2009
10:33 am

Sorry about the belatedness of my commentary. I included photos, too, of some of the more, um, notable Hollywood bound folks, folks we might be seeing more of next week.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
10:35 am

Well my reading skills aren’t that great this morning. This morning I actually told someone “good night” as I was getting off the train. What a morning. It seems that Mike owes me a beer too, I read his 8:27 post wrong. At first and thought he was talking about people who did make it. Missed the key word “not.”

Well I need a beer now to cry in. MY GIRL doesn’t make it? Awww man. So what do I have to look forward to anymore???? OH YEAH, bikini girl crashing and burning! Please don’t tell me bikini girl makes it, I don’t have anything else to look forward to ;)

Daxter

January 30th, 2009
10:37 am

Hate to crash the party, but I was not able to see the show last night. In the previews, though, it seemed that something happened to the glass wall behind the judges. Sure looked pretty scary, though I’ve not seen anyone comment on it. Was it just a prop? What happened?

THANKS for letting me crash your party!

Dax

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
10:37 am

Very true Dierdre. How many of us were totally convinced Sundance would be a contender for the title a couple years ago, and then he totally crashed and burned Hollywood week (although he was selected for top 24.)

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
10:41 am

Daxter, I think it was a filter they had put up to block some of the direct sunlight. It happened at a comedic time, but it wasn’t anything big. It was one of those things that they spliced into the previews to lure you in. Nothing much to discuss about it.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
10:50 am

Dax…join us any time..we love party crashers. It was something like a screen that fell…it was big but not particularly dangerous…like the guy who said Be Careful…he wasn’t threatening anybody but Idol made it seem like he was.

Daxter

January 30th, 2009
11:14 am

Oh…..much ado about nothing, eh? Should’ve guessed. I read your blogs from time to time — y’all are a hoot!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

January 30th, 2009
11:15 am

hey Dax, crashing allowed! come on in, the party’s fine!!! bigger deal about the screen/filter falling than reality, but hey, it’s alllllll drama anyway, isn’t it???

harriett

January 30th, 2009
11:26 am

I will add my welcome, Dax. Glad to have you here!

KPH

January 30th, 2009
11:37 am

Good Morning Good People.

Whew I’ve been busy this morning!

For the Friday song of the day how about some Bill Withers?

Use Me

My friends feel it’s their appointed duty
They keep trying to tell me all you want to do is use me
But my answer to all that “use me” stuff is…
I wanna spread the news that if it feels this good getting used
Oh, you just keep on using me until you use me up
Until you use me up

My brother sit me right down and he talked to me
Well, he told me that I ought not let you just walk on me
And, I’m sure he meant well, yeah, but when our talk was through I said, brother…
If you only knew you’d wish that you were in my shoes
You just keep on using me until you use me up
Until you use me up

Girl, sometimes, it’s true you really do abuse me
Well, you get me in a crowd of high class people and then you act real rude to me
But oh baby, baby, baby, baby, when you love me I can’t get enough
And, I wanna spread the news that if it feels this good getting used…
Oh, you just keep on using me until you use me up
Until you use me up

Talking ’bout you using me, well it all depends on what you do
It ain’t too bad the way you’re using me ’cause I sure am using you to do the things you do

Use Me

KPH

January 30th, 2009
11:50 am

Welcome Daxter!

JJ

January 30th, 2009
11:55 am

Good Afternoon all!!!

I can’t believe that annoying “I do suh Whitney” girl made it in!!!!! Yikes! I am really disappointed to see her there and not many others that are a lot more talented than that. Oh well, it happens, doesn’t it?

Anyways, have a great weekend all, if I don’t get back on before then. Work is crazy, but I am just glad to have a job.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
12:10 pm

JJ…we start voting soon…..if she stays as annoying as she was during her audition…I don’t see her making it to top 12.

I went out to run some errands…it looks so warm and it’s soooo cold!

KPH

January 30th, 2009
1:25 pm

It’s sleepy in here this afternoon. :-)

Cold

January 30th, 2009
1:31 pm

Thanks for the so-called “list of 36″ with plants included. I believe it. I have highlighted the “plants” so I can root (vote) for anyone except them.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
1:41 pm

I’m confused Cold….plants?…..could you elaborate?

harriett

January 30th, 2009
1:42 pm

Yeah, Cold. What do you mean by plants?

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
1:48 pm

I wonder if it is related to a topic that we have discussed several times over the years. The ideas is that the judges purposefully put bad people in with the ones they like so that the ones they like will win. It makes for a decent conspiracy theory, but completely ignores the alternative of the judges offering a variety in the hopes of capturing the latest trend.

Of course he could be talking about pod people, maybe Cold knows something we don’t or maybe everyone on this blog has already been turned into a pod person. Cold I’m with you buddy, the pod people aren’t going to get me!

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

lol!!! You know I love conspiracy theories but if the judges had that much control, how do you explain Taylor Hicks? Simon hated him, still does! I suppose Taylor could have been a “plant” but there was obviously some real talent there or he wouldn’t have captured the hearts of so many people.

Now bikini girl and annoying laugh girl would be excellent “plants”. And that theory could go a long way in explaining Kevin Covais and Haley Scarnato.

Harm

January 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

I didn’t abandon the blog! I had too much fun babysitting Asa yesterday,then off to the vet with two of the dogs For routine stuff.

Nana,sorry to hear about your daughter’s kidney stone. My daughter also suffers from them and I believe they are contagious,her husband just had surgery to remove a really bad one. I also believe that Deirdre could have caught her cold from one of us on this blog.

As far as Idol is concerned,I think we have a diverse group this season.I’m not going to try and pick my favorites until they are narrowed down some, I’ve already forgot some of them that werte showed first. JTesla, I watched Hell’s Kitchen too,I couldn’t stand the one whiny girl and the cooking instucter seems to want to challenge Gordon too much.(not too smart on her part)

Harm

January 30th, 2009
2:06 pm

I need some advice, is it too early to make the customary milk and bread run at the grocery store? Better yet, are any of you psychic? Is it going to snow or not Monday?

JJ

January 30th, 2009
2:08 pm

Well, remember that people are going to vote for who they like no matter what. And yes, I will not be voting for Beauty Queen or bikini girl. I just wish that people would remember that this is a talent and not popularity contest, but unfortuntely, many things turn into popularity contests….even regular politics. But whatever.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
2:11 pm

Way too early for the bread and milk run. Sometime Sunday afternoon would be best…that way you won’t miss the crowds and you’ll be able to witness the selves emptying at an amazing speed. I, for one, prefer beer and soup runs when snow is predicted. That way you can get your nutrition and have some fun at the same time.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
2:13 pm

EVERYTHING is a popularity contest, JJ. We’re a nation of sound bites and appearances rather than substance.

Nana

January 30th, 2009
2:18 pm

Welcome Dax. We’re always glad to have newbies come and join-in. Also welcome to Cold.

What did you mean “plants” Cold? Do you know something we don’t? If you do, come on now and spill the beans.

Harm: Thanks. From what I seen her go through with the stones, they are very painful to be such small things (at least some are small).

Harm

January 30th, 2009
2:23 pm

I’ll wait until Sunday,I wouldn’t want to miss the massive crowds,I’ll be ready for combat,keeping in mind that it’s also Superbowl Sunday,the stores should be extremely crowded. Go Cardinals!!!

It is most definetly a popularity contest. How else could Melinda Doolittle not win? Yes, I’m still bitter over that one.(I have nothing against Jordan Sparks though)

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
2:34 pm

I’m with you, Harm! (on Melinda , that is)

Nana

January 30th, 2009
2:51 pm

I’m headed to my Dad’s for the weekend. Ya’ll have a great weekend and I’ll chath with ya later.

Be safe, be happy, and love the ones you’re with. But please, drive careful.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
3:03 pm

Same to you, Nana.

everett

January 30th, 2009
3:03 pm

Of COURSE I checked the top 36 list last night – then the heavens sent a 4.6 earthquake to Seattle this morning. Coincidence? Payback? Whaddya think?

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
3:19 pm

everett…I think Southern Cali is grateful that you’ve taken some pressure off! :-)

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
3:28 pm

Cold is referring to “ringers” that the producers have “Planted” in the competition. They are the ones that they hope will win.

Last year Carly was considered a plant because of her previous recording contract, the same with Michael johns and Kristy Lee Cook.

This year everyone assumes Joanna is a plant because she had a previous recording contract and actually knows Kara.

But, all the blogs were calling Frankie the main plant, and she didn’t even make the top 36.

Mike S

January 30th, 2009
3:31 pm

Everett, it could be worse, you could be in Alaska waiting for Mt. Redoubt to blow it’s top.

Glad the shaker was only a 4.6 though.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
3:54 pm

So the fate of last year’s plants wasn’t enough to quell the whole plant theory this year?

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
4:02 pm

Apparently there is another list of top 36 out there. Joesplace, the list that Mike gave us is probably the accurate one. She’s VERY careful about the info she puts out, but people cannot believe that Tatiana would make it that far(gotta say I agree with them) So, for another perspective:

http://www.starmometer.com/2009/01/30/american-idol-season-8-top-36/

everett

January 30th, 2009
4:19 pm

Deirdre, thanks for the new site to check out. Since I’m a person who always reads the end of a novel first, I’ll be visiting the starmometer.
Have a great Super Bowl weekend, everyone…root for the Steelers and stay safe! See you on Groundhog Day and hope you don’t have to suffer through a snowstorm then.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
4:23 pm

Just something to play with, everett…I trust joesplace more that the other but it’s interesting to see another perspective.

Snow “storms” here usually amount to a couple of inches but, since the state doesn’t waste good money on snow removal equipment, 2 inches can play havoc with us. We just hunker down and wait for it to melt.

harriett

January 30th, 2009
4:40 pm

It never snows here when they predict it. Our best snows occur when least expected. Of course, I am talking Columbia, SC here. Atlanta gets a bit more than we do.

harriett

January 30th, 2009
4:51 pm

I am heading home now and will be traveling to Charlotte, NC in the morning to visit my 88 year old aunt. She is the last of that generation in my family, and she is so precious to me. Hope everyone has a great weekend. No computer where I am going, so I will see y’all when I get back.

Deirdre

January 30th, 2009
5:09 pm

According to TMZ, Frankie Jordon says that she is still on American idol and hopes to win. This happened today and they have it on tape. She’s not on either list.

JTesla

January 30th, 2009
5:23 pm

Well it’s always good to have a little mystery. Even if the spoilers are 100% accurate, there will be that little bit of doubt as we watch next week.

Loulie

January 30th, 2009
6:01 pm

I haven’t looked at the Spoiler List but intend to asap, but I gotta know if all those sob stories made it. I don’t remember names, so can somebody tell me?