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2/25: Wild-card show may include folks not from the top 36, Taylor Hicks new album preview

Good news, Jamar Rogers fans: the producers may bring back folks who missed the cut in the top 36 for the wild-card round. This is how Carmen Rasmussen came back in season two. I will attach a poll of folks you might want to see again (pick more than one if you like)

In USA Today, Simon Cowell admitted the first week of semifinals came in a “bit flat” and expects better performances down the road.

Overall, Cowell is happy with Season 8, saying changes to the semifinal structure, including the return of judges’ wild-card picks, will yield better finalists. In next Thursday’s wild-card round, the judges bring back eight or nine singers — not necessarily just from the semifinals — and pick three to round out the Top 12. “I think when we put the 12 together, there will be more personality, more interest and just more diversity,” says Cowell, who wouldn’t specify standouts

Who should "Idol" bring to the wild card show who wasn't in the top 36?

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Nick Mitchell has been the typical contestant who gets ousted in front of the judges for being too over the top, too ridiculous to make it to Hollywood. But he made it to Hollywood. Even then, there was no way the judges (or producers) would place him in the top 36 (or in the old days, 24).

But here he is, ready for his closeup live tonight on “Idol.” He’s very sincere about the fact he did “Idol” as a lark. We have to wonder: will he sing tonight as his alter ego Norman Gentle or himself?

Associated Press does a story about him.

And check out Taylor Hicks’ new album The Distance.

65 comments Add your comment

Harm

February 25th, 2009
11:15 am

I voted again!

I posted something like this on the previos thread.

Our little game is turning in to quite the soap opera! Good job everyone! I went on to say that my newest scenario is that she is interning for Rodney, he is setting her up to be the next great enterytainment reporter.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
11:15 am

Rodney, D said she’d be gone until Thursday, so she won’t be blogging tonight.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
11:16 am

I like linny’s idea that she is in Hollywood and attending tonight’s live show, coming back in time to be here for the results!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
11:26 am

I voted….. :)

Wonder if D is even thinking about us? Nah, don’t think so.

Harm

February 25th, 2009
11:28 am

Bring back Jamar!!

Harriett, I get to take credit for the idol live show( sorry Linny) I was bored Sunday ,so I started naming places that she might be, I said the Oscars,idol and a Carribbean island. Lots of other scenarios have been proposed since then. Hopefully, one of them will be correct and the winner will receive a cookie!

Harm

February 25th, 2009
11:47 am

k&cfan, you could be the winner. We made her go crazy talking about grandchildren, she couldn’t take it anymore ,so off to Africa she flew to get her own grandchild. I wonder if it will be a boy or girl or even multiples?

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

February 25th, 2009
11:49 am

all credit to Harm on that one, sorry i didn’t credit you, i couldn’t remember who said it first, LOL!!! what i meant to say was that i liked that suggestion best…

although, interning for Rodney is a good idea too!!!

i voted again, also — Jamar definitely deserves a second chance IMHO

JTesla

February 25th, 2009
11:53 am

The way I read the news that “the producers may bring back folks who missed the cut” is that they know they screwed up when it came to Jamar. At least Idol isn’t such a dinosaur that it can’t adapt mid-stream.

Taylor Hicks, LOL

Harm

February 25th, 2009
12:20 pm

No problem Linny! I will have to go back and re-read all the posts after this game concludes to determine the winner! I reserve the right to award no cookie if we all are wrong! If anyone is even a little on the right track, they will still receive the cookie.

Harm

February 25th, 2009
12:24 pm

Linny, I was thinking the same thing,she could pull that off because of the connections she has. Great minds think alike. :-)

kelly&carriefan

February 25th, 2009
12:44 pm

I really wasn’t that crazy about Jamar. I’d go with Jessica Furney…her audition was amazing and it’d be interesting to see what she could do. But I think they’re amending this because they’ve seen and heard how popular Jamar turned out to be. Hopefully, whoever comes back, if they do it, has better luck than Carmen! ;)

And Harm, thanks for the vote. I really think that her out in LA watchig Idol tonight (due to “Mr. Hollywood’s” connections) would be a real treat for her. Can’t wait to see who, if anyone, is correct. Fun game. I’m guessing she’ll get a kick out of our guesses.

Lara

February 25th, 2009
12:52 pm

Hmmm, what kind of cookie? Snickerdoodle?

Harm

February 25th, 2009
12:56 pm

The winner gets to choose the cookie. Lara, was it you that said Brave’s traing camp?

Harm

February 25th, 2009
1:02 pm

Nevermind Lara, it was Harriett.That is exactly why I have to re-read all the posts, I have to give the cookie to the right person. Lara, would you like to give us your best guess?

flbravesgirl

February 25th, 2009
1:03 pm

She’s one of the samba queens on a Carnival float down in Rio?

Harm

February 25th, 2009
1:12 pm

I wish I was on a Carnival float down in Rio!!! Now, I’m thinking she has won a multi-million dollar lottery somewhere and she is off claiming her prize and taking this time to put all the safe guards in place to protect it. I wonder if she will be generous and share with all her blog friends?

KPH

February 25th, 2009
1:12 pm

Harm Rodney said that they were only get to keep the last 100 post until Wordpress could get a hold on the post vanishing thing. I dont know if they have it straightened out yet and are keeping more than 100. You may have to use the honor system to get the winner or just get 10 or 15 dozen cookies. :-)

KPH

February 25th, 2009
1:14 pm

That should have been (getting) to keep. Damn stupid fingers.

Harm

February 25th, 2009
1:16 pm

KPH, the posts on the previous threads are still there, I have no problem with using the honor system.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
1:19 pm

I like Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies. Anyone have any? I want a cookie.

Harm

February 25th, 2009
1:24 pm

I got it! She is in Hawaii on the set of LOST! She wants answers now!

KPH

February 25th, 2009
1:34 pm

Cool Harm they must have gotten the problem repaired. I havent had a problem the last couple of days.

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harriett

February 25th, 2009
1:51 pm

Harm, sorry not to credit you with the idea. I was just following linny’s logic about D’s “connected” son, so thought it originated with her. Any student would certainly be in trouble for not citing a correct source, so I have to obey the same rules!

KPH

February 25th, 2009
1:56 pm

I listened to Taylor Hicks new CD and liked all the songs but 2. I think he put forth a nice CD.

Harm

February 25th, 2009
1:58 pm

No problem Harriett! It’s all in good fun, but there is a cookie at stake. I may have to give out cookies as consolation prizes too, it has been fun seeing what everyone comes up with!

flbravesgirl

February 25th, 2009
2:04 pm

Nana, I feel your pain. I’m trying very hard to forget that I have Samoas & Tagalongs in the freezer. Diets really stink.

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

February 25th, 2009
2:12 pm

in “richer” times we would buy a case of thin mints and tagalongs and put 11 boxes in the freezer — open 1 of each immediately of course — then each month we would take out 1 or the other (2 times a month total) and have a treat all year long till the next sale …. alas, those days are long gone — costs have almost doubled on the cookies, and income has reduced by at least 1/3 since i quit working in atlanta… now it’s a box or two at cookie sale time and sad to say, no more no more no more no more …

harriett

February 25th, 2009
2:13 pm

flbg, you are so right! I have been back on the South Beach Diet since Saturday. It is not too bad, as far as it goes, but this first two weeks is not fun.

KPH

February 25th, 2009
2:16 pm

MMMMMMMM Samoas… a box of those things and a large glass of milk and i’m in heaven. Too bad I cant eat them anymore. I had to substitute Zocor for Samoas and it STINKS!

flbravesgirl

February 25th, 2009
2:18 pm

Harriet, I just try to keep in mind the success my mom, sister & several people we know had on this program. I’ve lost 20 lbs. but it feels as if I’ve been dieting forever.

Lara

February 25th, 2009
2:19 pm

Well, I think she may be in Florida, Walt Disney World – trying out for the new American Idol Experience!

Harm

February 25th, 2009
2:22 pm

Good guess Lara! It is warmer there than here!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
2:27 pm

flbg, what one is that?

Mike S

February 25th, 2009
2:35 pm

Have not had a chance to check out Taylor’s CD yet. Can’t wait to be able to buy it though, I am sure it is great.

HMMm Looks like Paula is feeling a little squeezed and has the claws out for Kara. Also it sounds a little like she might be setting up her own exit from the show.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499954,00.html

flbravesgirl

February 25th, 2009
2:36 pm

Take Shape for Life,Harriet. Low-carb, mostly soy-based. I hate to sound like a commercial but it does work. My mom’s a health coach with them, if you want info.

KPH

February 25th, 2009
2:44 pm

Mike you may have noticed there is a link to Taylor’s new CD in the body of Rodney’s thread at top of this page. It has all the songs on it. By the way what did you do with Deirdre? :-)

flbravesgirl

February 25th, 2009
2:46 pm

Sorry I wandered off-topic, y’all.

Mike S

February 25th, 2009
2:47 pm

It’s a secret KPH. heheheheh

Actually I am as curious as everyone else. Personally, I would bet it has something to do with son in Hollywood, and probably getting to meet some one or get to stay on a movie set or something, and she can’t say anything until she gets back.

I have no access to the link from work, have to wait until I get home.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
2:48 pm

Where ever D is, it is a much needed vacation and I hope she comes back feeling exalted.

Been at the office since 5:45 am so I’m hitting the road and heading home. Getting up at 3am does make a long day.

Everyone be safe, be happy and be careful on the highways and roads.

See all of you tonight as we watch the second group.

Still want a thin mint….. :(

JTesla

February 25th, 2009
2:49 pm

Mike S: What I found interesting in that article is Paula’s statement that “It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show”

After the first elimination week I felt that the ONLY judge who run on a bit long and therefore slowed down the pace of the show was none other than Paula. I welcome that exit!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
2:53 pm

flbg, I am gonna stick with this for now, but if it doesn’t work, I will let you know! Mike! Welcome back!

Harm

February 25th, 2009
3:00 pm

I’ll talk to you folks later. I need a nap. One more day until we find out her whereabouts.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
4:14 pm

I’m gone, too. See everyone tonight! Can’t wait!

Anne24

February 25th, 2009
4:26 pm

If four judges is too many, as much as I dislike Paula, I’d rather Randy be the one to go (this will not happen, of course) because his destruction of the english language really gets on my nerves. How many times do you think he says dawg, man, and yo in a two hour show. It would be shocking if anyone kept count. I sure hope Kara comes back next season. I don’t agree with her alot but at least I enjoy watching and listening to her.

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

February 25th, 2009
4:27 pm

D’s gonna love all the attention ;)

i like this quote by the way: “The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none” – Thomas Carlyle.

i’ll TRY to catch you guys online tonight, if i can get the computer away from the kid, LOL! otherwise, see youse guyz tomorrow.

Lara

February 25th, 2009
4:44 pm

I think Anne has an idea for a new American Idol drinking game based on what Randy says…

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

February 25th, 2009
4:59 pm

Lara, i don’t think i can HOLD that much!!!!

The Truth Comes Out

February 25th, 2009
5:34 pm

LOL! Moderation Linny. Little sips. :-)

JTesla

February 25th, 2009
5:58 pm

Alright everyone for tonight: one shot for every time Randy says “dawg,” one shot for every time he says “yo,” and two shots for every time he says the phrase “that was just all right for me.”

That should numb the pain of having to endure Paula… who I will now be more harsh towards seeing as she likes to throw people under the bus.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
7:20 pm

JT will sips of tea count? I will keep score with pen and paper just to see how many times he will say those words. Anne24 gave us a good idea. Thanks Anne. Ohhhhh, this should be a fun night. Hope everyone is ready. I know I am, just as soon as I take a shower, put on my fuzzy PJ’s and grab my glass of tea.

JTesla

February 25th, 2009
7:46 pm

Ready… I have three hours to go. I won’t be reading the blog again until after the show starts airing out here in the west. Hopefully the different pages of blog comments indicates that the 100 limit has been fixed. Otherwise, we’ll only see comments regarding the first Paula flub.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
7:57 pm

Rodney, are we blogging from here or are you giving us another thread for the show like you usually do?

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:06 pm

Bad song choice. Yikes.

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
8:07 pm

This chick is goooone.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

Jasmine was not good

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

Hey all, I like Jasmin but she was very pitchy

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

For her age, she has poise and maturity far more than some whom are older. I didn’t care for her song choice.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

New blog entry up for live blogging the performance show tonight!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

Too bad, because she is a good singer

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

On the count on Randy, he used the word “Yo” three times with Jasmine.

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

She’s not blown a way? I didn’t feel a breeze

Justin

February 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

I hope they don’t bring people back that weren’t in the top 36, especially with the limited amount of spaces- 8??

It’s so easy to predict who the judges would put through and it’d be 3 guys especially if they brought people back…

It’s just stupid………
Idol’s got’s some’s dumbz ideas’z this’z year’s… that’s fer sher.

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