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2/27: Press conference with Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen & Adam Lambert

Idol had a press conference at 4 p.m. EST today for each of the contestants who made it through last night. (Ratings last night on a Thursday vs. “Survivor” suffered accordingly, at about 20.7 million. “Survivor” and “Ugly Betty” also took ratings hits.)

Allison Iraheta was up first. She’s only 16 years old and it showed. I didn’t learn much beyond the fact she’s Latino and grew up singing Spanish and English. She said she was not intimidated by the fact Carrie Underwood and others had sung “Alone” by Heart before. I asked her if she was a natural redhead. Of course, she’s not. She did say she just wanted to be a redhead but admitted that she might change her mind in two months and go purple. Ah… to be 16!

Adam Lambert was far more engaging and articulate, but he’s much older, too. I asked him if they were singing to backing tracks or a live band. He said a live band hidden behind a wall. He had no clue why “Idol” chose to hide them this year. I also asked him how he felt about being the last person up on Wednesday. “I was honored. I knew closing the show meant I’d be fresh in people’s minds when they voted. I was really really happy.”

On his musical philosophy: “I’m a risk taker. I’m not easy listening. I’m not going to be the most digestible thing for everybody across the board. I like to blow it out of the box. Either you like it or you don’t. It’s important to balance your integrity, what the audience wants and what the judge wants. I’m not planning on wailing at the top of my lungs every week. I’ll vary the mood and style of the songs I’m going to sing week to week.”

On his goth musical style: “I was dressed like that during Wicked. That stuff you’ve been seeing on “Idol” is my daily streetwear.”

On getting a lot of airtime: “It helps. It’s exposed me to people more and more. They get a feeling they know me… I’m really thankful for the producers to feature me this way.”

About being “Broadway”: Luckily, [Simon] didn’t say Broadway. It’s theatrical. I take that theatrical comment as a compliment as opposed to a derogatory statement. When you think about the pop music scene and a lot of artists are going that very theatrical route with a lot of camp and costumes.”

Who does he admire: “David Bowie has been a really realy cool artist. He took a lot of risks visually, lyrically and musically. Vocally we’re very different but I think along those lines. He’s a great model for me.”

His sound: “I’m not going for a Broadway sound. This is finally allowing me to be myself. I don’t listen to showtunes in my spare time. Musical theater was the way I was paying the bills. We have to have a job, right? I get to sing the music now I like to listen to.”

Kris Allen, though, was a bore, not terribly insightful. I asked him about how he felt about doing Michael Jackson just a week after Paula Abdul saying singing a Michael Jackson song is a “kiss of death.”

“It was a little scary,” he said, “but I was really confident about what I was doing. And I was just really really happy I didn’t get compared to Michael Jackson. Glad I accomplished that.”

That was his best quote. He mostly gave us short, dull answers. He said he and his brother both tried out, kind of like David Cook and his bro. He said it took some time to get comfortable singing without a guitar. He plans to use the guitar once he’s in the top 12. His reax to Simon saying chicks will dig him: “It probably helped. I’m not going to lie.” What theme would he love? The Beatles. He acknowledged being shocked he made it through. “I felt really really lucky,” he said.

I will update this blog entry with what info we glean from.

From the 9 who didn't make it last night, who should be on the wild card show next week? (Pick up to 3)

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Here’s Kris Allen’s “Man in the Mirror” that got him through. So much for Michael Jackson being the “kiss of death,” as Paula Abdul said last week when Stephen Fowler fouled up an MJ song.

Here are my theories on why each person got through:

Allison: She has monstrous potential, a great voice. Although “Alone” has been overdone on “Idol,” as Linny noted to me yesterday, it’s a perfect song to showcase your talent if you have it because it starts slow, then hits it big. Although Allison was shaky at points, she clearly has stage presence, an intriguing look (sure, she’s 16 going on 30 but who cares?) and a voice that can be honed. Downside: She’s only 16 and she acted rather strangely during her interview with Ryan. So how she goes forward is a major question mark.

Adam: He has been pimped big time by the producers. He was given the pimp spot. He has a great voice, a very particular glam rock look. He seems like a nice enough guy. Downside: His theatrics are way over the top. Is this all a big act? Will he grow on people enough that he can gather big vote counts down the road? Or is his appeal too narrow?

Kris: He didn’t get much airtime but made the most of it Wednesday night. Although Kara dissed him, I thought he sang “Man in the Mirror” pitch perfect. He’s a good looking dude, attracted the tween/teen vote for sure. He clearly has talent. Downside: He’s a wee bit bland, along the lines of Chris Richardson or Phil Stacey.

139 comments Add your comment

Negophobia

February 27th, 2009
1:04 pm

Deirdre

February 27th, 2009
1:17 pm

I voted before I read that we can pick up to 3. I pick Jesse, Jasmine,and Matt G.

I’m off to the vet’s, then to visit mom. Be back later! Have a good weekend if I miss y’all!

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Looking forward to the update with the press conference.

I voted Megan (eye candy and yes I’m that shallow), Jesse, and Matt the welder. At least I hope I picked the right Matt.

GAgirl

February 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

Definitely Megan. JT, I’m headed to In-N-Out Burger…can I bring you something?

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
1:38 pm

You can never go wrong with a burger and fries.

KPH

February 27th, 2009
1:48 pm

OK who voted for Nick and why? :-)

Mike S

February 27th, 2009
1:54 pm

wasn’t me. I voted for Matt G, Megan, and Jesse

KPH

February 27th, 2009
2:01 pm

Oh yes you can JT. They make you substitute blood pressure and cholesterol medications for burgers and fries later on if you eat too many. Bison and Turkey burgers arent that bad though just 86 the fries. :-)

KPH

February 27th, 2009
2:02 pm

Mike we may have a closet VFTW infiltration going on in here. :-)

kelly&carriefan

February 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Not me! My votes were Megan (I’m as shallow as you, JT ;) ), Jesse, and Matt G. I think with a better song he could do really well.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
2:11 pm

Wait a minute, this is taken from the poll: “Jeanine “Might Want to Line Up Gigs At Some Gay Clubs” Vailes”

LOL now that is classic. I can hear the tour van starting up now.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
2:14 pm

K&Cfan: I think that aside from the Kim Kardashian obsession of mine, you and I are always on the same page.

GAgirl

February 27th, 2009
2:41 pm

Ya’ll know I didn’t vote for Norman!!!! JT, I ate your cheesburger…yummy

harriett

February 27th, 2009
3:18 pm

Not I! I voted for Matt G and Megan.

Negislation

February 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

Bikini Girl.

Woodpappy

February 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

Wasn’t me, I haven’t voted !

KPH

February 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

Come on now someone voted for wiedo just admit it we will still love you. Was it you Rodney? :-)

KPH

February 27th, 2009
4:13 pm

Wierdo not wiedo.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
4:26 pm

If I had found him to be even remotely funny I might have voted for him, but I didn’t. Goodbye Nick, please don’t haunt us again until the finale and various compellation videos after that.

harriett

February 27th, 2009
4:35 pm

I found him more than remotely funny, but do not think he belongs on Idol.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
4:44 pm

One thing that I have found interesting is that, aside from Tatiana, everyone has been upbeat and positive after being eliminated. Of course next week Nathan will probably shed enough tears for everyone – regardless of the outcome, but it is interesting that they are all so upbeat. Do they think they are all going to make the wildcard round?

harriett

February 27th, 2009
4:52 pm

I think the prospect of the wild card has kept them upbeat, JT. Hope springs eternal.

harriett

February 27th, 2009
4:52 pm

And, you are right about Nataniel and the tears.

harriett

February 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

Well, it’s five o’clock and I am gone now. Hope everyone has a good weekend. They are talking about snow on Sunday! Yikes!

Anne24

February 27th, 2009
5:03 pm

I would vote for Matt B and Jasmine if that vote icon would work but I click on it and get nothing.

You know something, Lil Rounds will get the major pimping next week because if she doesn’t get through, there will be no blacks in the final and possily no minority if Lil or Jorge don’t make it and that just won’t cut it with the critics or Elton John. There will be accusations of an all white final to bring in more white viewers. And with a newly elected black president, I’m surprised the judges said such bad things about Jasmine and Stephen instead of realizing the controversy they were creating. Only one black, Lil Rounds, in the final 12? Not good.

I think Jasmine or Stephen will have to be a wild card if Idol wants to avoid being slammed. I’d like to see them both get added because I think Stephen is 5 times better than plain vanilla Kris and Jasmine will prove to be more diverse than Allison, who can’t sing Heart every week and will bomb the first time she doesn’t because she only sounds good on the chorus and mumbles through the quiet parts.

Also, Allison looked worse last night than the night before. Is that awful shade of red a wig? It looked like one last night. She is really hard on my eyes while Jasmine is beautiful.
Allison’s a mess and the judges said nothing about it yet criticized Kristin’s clothes and makeup at the mansion. Kristin’s gorgeous compared to Allison.

Is Jamar black? If so, I now believe he has a chance too because they really need more than one black in the final 12. It just can’t be a bunch of white people. Has it ever been?

Rodney Ho

February 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

Allison dyes her hair.

I updated the blog entry to include the press conference comments.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
5:23 pm

Anne24 did you watch last years finale? I didn’t hear any backlash. Or how about Season 5, considered by many to be the pinnacle of Idol? No backlash. The backlash is silly, but the fear of a backlash is even sillier.

Way back years ago, we are talking Season 3, there was a backlash because a good person got the boot before they should have. However, after it was pointed out that three individuals split a common voting block it made sense. There isn’t going to be a backlash for Idol failing to include sub-par singers. That is what America saw from Jasmine and Stephen, sub-par.

Let’s not run around panicking or making wild predictions that AI will choose a wildcard based on gender or color. I know that you have an opinion that differs from many on this board, but what you don’t seem to realize that those opinions also differ with those who vote for and watch American Idol. The minority in this case, and the resulting backlash stems from you.

KPH

February 27th, 2009
5:24 pm

When Nathaniel is told he is out next week I hope everyone on stage has on a raincoat because there is going to be projectile crying! :-)

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
5:28 pm

Allison is Latino? Didn’t know that, perhaps this is the year for someone who is Latino to break a little further into the top 10. But oh boy Rodney, you asked if she was a natural redhead? You’re killing me. Rodney, Rodney, Rodney!

Thanks for the interviews. I think Adam really knows what he is doing, and has AI pegged. Kris Allen a bore? I’ve said it before: someone needs to come in 11th and 12th.

Rodney Ho

February 27th, 2009
5:32 pm

I know JTesla. Duh… Allison is clearly a faker on the red in her hair. Very Lucille Ball! I asked it partially facetiously just to see what she’d say.

I don’t necessarily like Adam’s singing style but I do like him as a person after listening to him for 20 minutes.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
5:40 pm

You’re the journalist for a reason; you did get a good answer out of her. Let’s hope she does go purple that would be a good shade on her… as a 16 year old.

Deirdre

February 27th, 2009
6:24 pm

Back…finally. My little dog has a big ear infection. Giving him his meds for the next few days is going to be “interesting”.

So…Allison”16 going on 30″ Iraheta is Latino. That surprises me. Hubby…who actually watched last night because he was too tired to find something else to do…wondered if she was native American. Now THAT would be a first.

Anne24…I think your comments about needing more African-Americans in the top 12 is out of place. What about Latinos who have been represented very little on Idol…or Asians? To think one minority belongs there more than another is short-sighted. Maybe, just maybe, voters are picking the singers based on their abilities rather than their ethnic background. Neither Stephen nor Jasmine earned their way into the finals by performing well.

GAgirl

February 27th, 2009
6:46 pm

Anne24

February 27th, 2009
8:49 pm

Bottom line, both Stephen and Jasmine are ten times better than Kris who is nothing more than a boring singer who’s only positive is he can stay on key. You think Stephen was sub par because the judges told you he was. And Megan sounded good? Ann Marie’s Natural Woman was so much more pwerful and on key than Megan’s cute silly bubble gum performance but Idol had it’s one country winner and will make sure it never has another.

Tell me one good performance Allison had prior to Alone. She does a nice Wilson sister impersonation but will bomb when she performs other songs. The bottom line is, inferior singers are getting through and talented ones are being bashed by the judges to pursuade the voters away from them.

The show obviously wants alot of whites on this year. Watch Jorge get blasted no matter how well he sings.
And if you read my post again Deirdre, you will see that I mentioned that fact that there might be no minorities on the show so your accusation that I only care about blacks being on is out of line. I saw what happened when Jennifer Hudson and another black girl were voted off before they should have been. There was a huge controversy with Elton John calling the show racist. Idol got out of it by giving Fantasia a song that was tailor made for her style in the finale. There will be another controversy with all an white final 12. That’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it.

To JT, I in no way consider season 5 the pinnacle for Idol since I couldn’t stand Taylor. I stopped watching his performances with 8 weeks left. The pinnacle for me was season 4, the last season in which the judges actually cared about discovering the best singers. Now it’s all about personalities than singing ability and that’s why the ratings are is sinking fast. Nick would have been laughed out of the audition room a few years ago. Now clowns like him are manufactured into the stars of the show. Enjoy the crash and burn because that’s what season 8 will be known for.

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
9:40 pm

I think Stephen was sub par because the judges told me so? No I thought he was sub par because he sucked.

Oh and this show has NEVER been about finding the best singer. That is just what the judges told you, and you believed them.

linny@home

February 27th, 2009
9:49 pm

I think Allison DID show a lot of potential during the auditions, sorry Anne, LOL. Someone else made the comment to me (via voice) that it would be possible that some of the wild card call-backs might be blacks (or browns, actually, i’ve met a few folks who were CLOSE to black, but actually more of a deep deep brown…never met anyone yet who was actually “black” except my old cat…remember we are ALL actually people of color because even albinos are not pure “white” either–which thought SHOULD put to rest any accusations of prejudice, Lord willing! we sure don’t need it here!!! went through waaaay too much of that in the past!) because there wouldn’t be any — until I reminded him that Lil is bound to be in the top 3 next week unless she just totally bombs in a huge way. Even if that IS a consideration, i think that the musicality will win out over “looks” as it were. In ANY event, I’m not all that hot on some of the choices that were made for the top 36, but we’re pretty much stuck with what we have… with the possible addition of Jamar because whether you liked him or not, he was talented, and different, had a quality to his voice and tone that made him at LEAST interesting to listen to. imho of course. there were quite a few we saw that i felt should have been included well above the three clowns we got for “entertainment” and better than probably a third of the ones that were brought through. i can’t name names, didn’t write them down, but suffice it to say, hopefully MOST of the weaker ones WILL be eliminated before the end of next week, and the remaining 12 will at least be fairly good. I don’t think that the AI concept and show are dead in the water quite yet. Now that Lythgoe is out of the production end of it, they are tweeking and trying some different approaches, and it could possibly give it new life — or kill it. fame and fortune are definitely fickle!

anywho, Deirdre, hope your pup is feeling better. and glad you’re back! i’ll be going to florida myself sometime in the next month, not quite as far down the west coast as you went, but nearly. hope the weather is warm and sunny, cuz i need some layin’ out by the pool time!!!

nite y’all :-)

oh, yeah, and it’s absolutely NO surprise to me that Kris was a boring interview, Rodney! I found him boring as a singer… very very “vanilla” … no … wait …. i LIKE vanilla …. ummmmm OH! I know…. very very “tapioca”!!!!!

:P

linny@home

February 27th, 2009
9:51 pm

p.s. JT you’re SOOOO correct. It’s not “American Singer” it’s “American Idol” and that includes looks, personality, charisma, talent, showmanship, and stage presence. among other things.

duke

February 27th, 2009
10:39 pm

Anne24 is a raciest

JTesla

February 27th, 2009
10:43 pm

Fail. Nice try duke.

CFPhilfan

February 27th, 2009
10:49 pm

Phil Stacey does not come across to me as bland. Check out some of his more recent youtube videos, where he is shown leading worship in churches. He sang “Where Are My Angels” on the holiday cd of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and was the highest rated performer on that cd. He also delighted the servicemen and women in Italy back in November of ‘08, to where a youngster said that he rocked. No blandness at all.

Anne24

February 27th, 2009
11:22 pm

JT, you are what VFTW calls a Sheeple.
When you trust your own judgement of talent, you will stop being Idol’s puppet.

The fact is, Kelly, Carrie and Rueben were the best singers of their seasons. Now, if another country singer came along as talented as Carrie, she would be told she’s forgettable or chose a song too tough for her or needs to sing young, then when she does, be told she needs to sing older. That’s because Idol has agendas now. Categories to fill. The single mom, the handicapped guy, the clown, the drama queen, the tween idol, the blue collar guy. It doesnt matter how well people sing anymore.

Sorry to tell yo this JT, but Idol was an honest show once until they discovered how easily the sheeple like you can be brainwashed. Just remember, while you were voting for Taylor, I was voting for Daughtry. 4.4 million cd sales later, who was right? I was outraged when Jennifer was mysteriously sent home in 7th place. Grammy and Best Supporting Actress later, who was right?

You heard it here, Danny will fall flat on his face when he goes out on his own and doesn’t have the judges creating the illusion that he’s Elvis. And Allison will bomb in her very next performance. And Kris and Michael will be forgotten by April never to be heard from again. But keep voting for them until the judges tell you not to because that’s how the sheeple do it.

See ya, I’m heading back to VFTW where they don’t need an arrogant Brit, a drugged up lip synching has been, and a ghetto talking marginal bass player to make their minds up for them.

Anne24

February 27th, 2009
11:39 pm

Linny wrote: p.s. JT you’re SOOOO correct. It’s not “American Singer” it’s “American Idol” and that includes looks, personality, charisma, talent, showmanship, and stage presence. among other things,.

Lmao!! All the things the judges told you Taylor had. His first cd didn’t even sell a miliion copies and his new one will sell less!!! He CANCELED HIS TOUR due to lack of ticket sales! I hear Broadway calling you back Taylor!
Rock on Daughtry!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! SHEEPLE!

p.s. Linny – So according to you the millions of people who have referred to Obama as a BLACK president are racist?
They should call him brown, or light brown? LMAO!
You SOUND LIKE THE RACIST! Then again, should I expect anything different from white Georgians? Keep waving that Confederate flag!

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
12:06 am

It seems to me that the only Sheeple is you Anne24. Not because you trust the judges, but because you can’t read, learn, or grow. Reading comprehension is an important skill, you might want to develop it a little. You have insisted that we only listen to the judges, but you completely ignore that many of us have at times fast forwarded through of the judge’s comments. But no matter how much we disagree with what the judges have said, it does not matter, because the arguments you put forth show that you are really only debating yourself. When a point is made, you completely ignore it, you don’t let little things like facts get in your way. You want so badly for us to fit your mold of blindly following the judges that you missed out on the very fact that we were in many ways agreeing with you. You so desperately want a fight that you have resorted to twisting and ignoring what is being said. Stop twisting our words Anne and you will find that many agree with you.

Let’s delve a little deeper into the Stephen issue. You seem to not like that I think of him as sub-par. You ignore the fact that I came to that conclusion without the judges, you ignore the fact that Kara pimped him, you ignore all that because you can’t see things outside your own little meadow. Those are the facts that just get in the way, and are casually tossed aside by you. However, when it comes to Stephen being sub par don’t take my word for it. Let’s take the word of someone who posted the following last week:

“Stephen – MJ couldn’t make that song enjoyable so how could he? Similar to Lionel’s campy Celebration. Post disco pop doesn’t cut it on Idol. Still sounded like the most soulful male with off pitch moments mixed in. Deserves the chance to build on his talent.”

Sound’s like a sub par performance to me, who made that statement, why it was Anne24!!! I actually agree, his performance “doesn’t cut it on Idol”, “campy”, “off pitch”, but “deserves the chance”. However, as you have ignored, I feel there are too many people fighting for those three wild card spots. I’d rather see Anne Marie get it then Stephen, but feel free to ignore that point because it doesn’t fit your fantasy argument.

If VFTW is so quick to label people Sheeple when all evidence points to the fact that a person doesn’t blindly follow the judges then I’m glad I avoid that place. You go and enjoy following the other Sheeple that blindly ignore that they are nothing more than ewe’s desperately seeking attention by casting unwarranted labels and blinding ignoring things like facts and reason.

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
12:15 am

Anne24 regarding your 11:39 pm post Taylor who? When were we talking about this Taylor person? Oh that’s right, more fantasy arguments on your part.

As for the rest: Are ad hominem attacks all that you can muster? Listen if you can’t craft an intelligent enough argument to prove your points, I understand. It seems that the best you can offer is to mimic arguments you read on VFTW, I pity you.

Nameg

February 28th, 2009
12:59 am

Since they couldn’t advance Norman or Tatianna despite major drama, its time to call VFTW overrated and ineffectual.

Deirdre

February 28th, 2009
8:10 am

Morning!

So sorry I crapped out on the discussion last night. My mother was taken ill and I spent most of the night with her. She may have to go to the hospital today…not sure.

JT…you said it all but let me add that, even though Anne24 said that minorities were not represented(my mistake, I apologize) she DID say that there were no minorities, so far, in the final 12. Since Allison is Latino, that’s not exactly true.

And I, too, voted for Daughtry until he was eliminated. Then I voted for Kat and Taylor…..not exactly what the judges wanted.

Jasmine sang great during the early auditions but, her performance was lackluster and bland…much the same as Kris(I didn’t vote for him either). Stephen was not good at all…couple that with his crash and burn in Hollywood and people weren’t happy…for one thing, he should never have made it over Jamar…..who didn’t crash and burn in Hollywood.

Seems to me that you’re looking for trouble(or maybe looking to start trouble). I think most people vote based on the most recent performance(until they have clear favorites). That being said, Kris and Michael’s inclusion in the top 12 is not what I voted for…but, we don’t always get what we want..majority rules in this country.

Nana

February 28th, 2009
10:18 am

Good morning. What a messy rainy day in Georgia. Everyone ready for the projected snow to start overnight?

Only will make one sentence about what took place on here. One troublemaker has been replaced. “(

On the redness of Allison’s hair, I am a TRUE redhead and I could tell from the start that she definitely was not. One can tell a natural red from a bottle red.

Since yesterday, I have become a year older, and that is a good thing. I consider my b’days as another year that the good Lord gave me when he didn’t have to. I’m glad I’m still breathing and having them.

Deirdre, please keep us posted on your Mom. My prayers will be with you and her.

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
10:42 am

Happy birthday Nana. There is nothing wrong with bottled red because let’s face it, not everyone can be born perfect.

Sorry to hear about you mom Deirdre.

You know, what’s funny about Taylor is that he proves my point that this is not a singing competition. He wouldn’t have won if it were only a singing competition. Jordin wouldn’t have won if it were, and I’d go so far as to say that Kelly wouldn’t have won if it were only a singing competition. Luckily for us it is not a singing competition and AI was able to find one of the greatest new artists of the decade. Of course they also found a big turkey, but let’s face it this is a TV show. Ratings and advertising dollars are king not the post TV success of the winners.

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

February 28th, 2009
10:58 am

now i’m being called a racist because i point out that the term “black” is a misnomer??????? helLO?????????????? I’ll bet dear Anne is just looking for something to harp on, so, in the words of our delightful friend Deirdre … i think it may be time to IGGIT. When the discussion devolves into name-calling and personal slurs, it’s no longer a “discussion” — it’s become an attack.

JT, if Anne COULD read, she’d see that i said that ALL of us are “people of color” since there is no pure black NOR pure white skin tone. Pardon me if i’m wrong, but doesn’t that imply that i don’t SEE skin color as a definitive marker, since we’re ALL “of color”???? Skin color is like eye color or hair color — it’s a PART of a description of a person. Since The African-Americans don’t prefer the use of the term “Black” anymore, why should i hold that term sacred??? Of course, African-American is often a misnomer as well, since many many of the people who are darker in skin tone actually came from ancestors who were from somewhere OTHER than africa, but that’s really totally irrelevant.

the point is — the competition isn’t, and shouldn’t be, about who is what race or ethnic background, any more than the Presidential race is about those things, or that the local beauty queen is about those things.

and believe me Annie dear, you didn’t find ME voting for Taylor either. I’m not QUITE as avid a “forgetter” of Taylor as JTesla is, but I was never particularly a fan either. For that matter, I was NEVER a fan of Fantasia except the ONE night when she did Summertime. Having said that, a few friends and relatives can attest to the fact that I said, the first time I saw her in auditions, that Fantasia would be the one to beat that year, regardless of who else made it into the finals. I don’t have to LIKE someone to recognize that they might succeed. Duh. In the 60’s i wasn’t a Beatles fan, I preferred the Animals and Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and Quicksilver Messenger Service and so on… but it was easy to see that those boys had something sell-able, and they were extremely successful.

now… as for American Idol — it’s a competition to see, on behalf of “19″ who can POSSIBLY become a star and make the company — and the singer — money. But the word “IDOL” by itself denotes MORE than “Just a Singer” — and that’s why people vote, to choose someone, hopefully, that THEY would pay to hear on the radio or in concert. Simple as that.

For the life of me, Anne, i don’t know why you would be so disagreeable to everyone, but hey, it’s your choice. I recommend you keep it respectful, however. Not too hard to ask for is it?

bless your heart.

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

February 28th, 2009
10:59 am

OH! And Nana, happy birthday!!! If I’d known, I’d have bought your lunch last week!!!! Here’s to many many more!!!

Nana

February 28th, 2009
11:43 am

Thank you JT.

AI like any other tv program is seeking ratings and dollars. That is the main focus and bottom line. Ratings and dollar signs will make or break a program. AI is still making people into idols or whatever label one wants to put on them, and they doing it the way the producers and powers that be want it done. If AI has turned into a side show with contestants that aren’t worthy to be on, they know what they are doiong, I think. IMO, after 7 years, they just about have to relign and have a new format in order to create better ratings. Have they done this so far this season? I don’t know, it’s to early to say. I think the changes gave been better and they are bringing on more controvsial contestants, but I think it makes the show more interesting. The ones that are in charge of the show are in no way dumb or stupid. If not, AI would not have lasted as long as it has. It just needed a makeover, and this is exactly what has been done. There are still some good singers in the top 12 and will have even more of them next week. Putting aside race, ethnic background, the AMERICAN people voted for the first top 9, so people deal with it.

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

February 28th, 2009
12:06 pm

Nana

February 28th, 2009
12:13 pm

OMG!!!! I just reread my last post and butchered the English language. For that, I do apologize. While I was typing, hubby was talking to me and I got some words wrong. Nonetheless, I think I was still plain enough to make my point.

The bottom line is, was and always will be all about ratings and $$ signs for ANY TV show, broadway play, big screen movie, etc. They market what will sell.

Thanks for the B’day wishes linny.

Deirdre

February 28th, 2009
12:46 pm

Happy birthday Nana!

KPH

February 28th, 2009
12:51 pm

Happy Birthday Nana!!!!! :-)

GAgirl

February 28th, 2009
6:18 pm

Nana,
Birthday greetings from me as well!!!

Harm

February 28th, 2009
7:50 pm

Nana,if you would’ve told us it was your birthday,not only could’ve Linny treated you to lunch last weekend,but the rest of us could’ve thrown you one heck of a shin-dig! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :-)

I hope your mother is well Deirdre.

I wonder if a certain blogger is a former blogger re-incarnated?

My prediction for tomorrow’s weather is that we get minimal or no snow or we get an all get a blizzard.

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
8:21 pm

Harm, I would have to say no. Too smart, and that is saying something, also far more literate.

Are you guys as done with snow or the threat of snow as I am? Give me some spring. 45 days of drizzle is fine with me, but warm up a little. I love the snow, but enough already.

Harm

February 28th, 2009
9:15 pm

We are not tired of the snow because we haven’t had a measurable amount in a long time and yes we are tired of the cold! I miss summer!

I guess that I thought we were going to get to vote for the three wildcards! From what I gather, we don’t! That’s not acceptable!

linny@home

February 28th, 2009
9:26 pm

Unfortunately, Harm, no, we don’t get to vote for them. There have been so many different theories and “leaks” about how the wild card will be done, i don’t know what to think. From Mike’s research, and he’s usually pretty good at finding out these things, it looks like there will be a couple of people picked to come back by each judge, and whether that will include jamar or not is still up for grabs…then those will perform, apparently, and at the end of the show, the judges will confer and decide which 3 made a good second-chance showing.

I would have preferred a fourth week of finals, with them bringing back a dozen to re-compete, and letting us vote, again, as we will have had a chance to do the first 3 weeks of the finals. but since i’m not running this thing… hmph. they’ll just have to muddle through without my wisdom, i guess … *snicker* :P

linny@home

February 28th, 2009
9:26 pm

and JT, you answered Harm’s other question almost exactly as I was going to, LOL! Way too verbose and intelligent, albeit a bit caustic in attitude. No way it’s our former nemesis!!!

Harm

February 28th, 2009
9:36 pm

I wasn’t referring to a specific former blogger, more along the lines of an (exile) blogger.

The last time a meteorologist said my side of Ga. would get three inches of snow was March 13th,1993, he was wrong! I got three inches of snow in one hour, as the day progressed those three inches turned into feet. That little snowstorm turned out to be pegged The Storm of the Century, I heard that there could be thunder with tomorrow’s snow, that kinda concerns me because the last time I heard thunder during a snowstorm we had a blizzard! Oh Yeah, the winds will be howling tomorrow too.

Harm

February 28th, 2009
9:41 pm

Linny, If I was running the show I would do exactly what you said, bring back 12 and let America vote.

linny@home

February 28th, 2009
9:56 pm

Harm, LOL, i misunderstood!!! But now that you mention it… there IS a possibility!!! At any rate, I’m not too worried about it … i’ve maintained, along with most of the crew here, that with courtesy and respect, we can discuss most anything. some people didn’t believe that was true. I guess some people will still try to incite bad feelings and tempers; hopefully MOST of us here are above lowering ourselves, but i’ve learned that at least once in a while, i have to say my piece, just for peace of mind (mine!) i’m really enjoying the diversity of personalities and opinions we have this year! And while the wordpress format DOES have it’s drawbacks (i really REALLY prefer the newest comment on TOP, instead of having to constantly go to the end of the last page once there are more than 50 comments.

RODNEY! Can that be done, like we did on the old test blog, reverse the order so that the newest posts stay on top???? anyone else prefer that?

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
10:04 pm

JTesla

February 28th, 2009
10:11 pm

Or I should say… my answer is still no and that’s a pot that I won’t be stirring.

Harm

February 28th, 2009
10:20 pm

I would prefer that, but it is not a biggie.

I wish other people would accept each others opinions as just that, their opinion in which they are entitled to, There is no need to get your feather’s in a ruffle if someone doesn’t agree with you. I have a family member that you can’t disagree with, claims they are entitled to their opinion and could care less about anyone else’s. My thing is that you don’t have to agree with someone to get along with them. Live and let live.

Deirdre

February 28th, 2009
10:45 pm

Friendly disagreement is not where this country is headed at the moment. We could all take a lesson from Mary Matalin and James Carville. They are polar opposites when it comes to politics but are still a happily married couple. There are very few people left who believe that different philosophies do not have to create enemies…that legitimate discussion of opposing viewpoints is stimulating, educational and gets the creative juices flowing. And wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles…you don’t have to walk out angry….you don’t have to take your toys and go home….you can stay, have fun, learn something, teach something and friendship can continue.

Instead, we live in a “my way or the highway” world.

Mom had a miserable stomach bug…couldn’t hold anything down, not even water….she has improved a little this evening. Tomorrow we hope to get some crackers in her. Thanks for asking…and thanks for expressing your opinions thoughtfully and kindly. :-)

Harm

February 28th, 2009
10:55 pm

Good to hear Deirdre! Hope she continues to improve! I don’t think it is any of my concern as to what others think or do as long as they are not harming others.

Mike S

March 1st, 2009
8:12 am

LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!!!!

Wowo, Snow in Montgomery, AL! LAst night I was grilling Burgers and Brats in shorts and a tshirt, this morning it is snowing like crazy and already an inch or so on the ground. Unbelievable

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
11:54 am

Snowing pretty hard at my house now. The dogs don’t like it one little bit!

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
11:59 am

And thunder…its also thundering. Interesting combination.

Jill

March 1st, 2009
11:59 am

I voted for Nick! I think he’s the most “entertaining” thing we’ve ever seen on Idol. I love, love, love the way he gets under Simon’s skin, and the way he plays with Ryan! He brings out such a fun side in the girls (Paula & Kara)… and aside from that, he really CAN sing… if he doesn’t go further in this year’s competition, I sure hope somebody gives him a venue… I’d pay to see him in concert… can’t say that about too many of the others I’ve seen so far here… JMHO…

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
12:01 pm

Jill…I get it! I thought Nick was really funny and he can sing…not great but ok. I don’t think he needs to go any farther on the show.

Mike S

March 1st, 2009
12:15 pm

I fully expect to see Nick popping up somewhere soon – very possibly Saturday Night Live or maybe Mad TV (is that still on?).

I could also see fox trying to milk it and getting him cameos as Norman Gentile on a couple of thier sitcoms.

Harm

March 1st, 2009
1:23 pm

Be carefil tomorrow! Thr worst is yet to come, the dreaded black ice! :-(

Harm

March 1st, 2009
1:25 pm

I noticed that I can’t seem to spell simple words today. :-(

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
1:30 pm

If anyone is interested in what Nathaniel sounds like when he’s not being a drama queen, try this video that I got from mj’s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agvd2fqZzho

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Meh.

Megan was panned on here for the tat, I don’t think Nathan will fare better with facial hardware.

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
2:08 pm

I admit to being put off by the facial hardware but, to me, there’s nothing worse than watching someone hit a glory note and getting a full on view of their tongue stud….yuck!

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

Glory note? heh… umm… I won’t say anything else.

everett

March 1st, 2009
3:55 pm

linny & JTesla – thank you. I admire your ability to stand up. I’m baffled by the constant references to race or skin color in our culture.
And kudos to the person who mentioned all the great 60’s groups – what a lot of fun.
Dierdre, I took your words to heart. I’ll stop lurking and get actively involved in the blog again. Well…on a three hour time delay..but as active as I can be.
Thanks to all of you for your respect, humor and thoughtful comments.

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
4:45 pm

Everett, the three hour delay sometimes is a bummer, but it just means that we get the last word in when it comes to the performances.

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
5:08 pm

Stay close, everett…this season has a long way to go. Our west coast contingent is much respected and we love to hear your opinions. JT never sleeps so the 3 hour delay means nothing to him…and GAgirl usually manages to make us feel like she’s in the same time zone. There will always be some late nighters hanging around!

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
5:58 pm

everett wrote: linny & JTesla – thank you. I admire your ability to stand up. I’m baffled by the constant references to race or skin color in our culture.

Actually, I’m baffled by the constant racial and skin color discrimination in our culture. I’m also baffled by people who step on other’s constitutional rights to free speech in our culture. I’ll state it again because the constitution allows me to. There should be more than 2 minorities in the final 12 and Lil is not a guarantee if she makes a bad song choice, just like Matt G. and Jasmine weren’t guarantees. Alright linny and JT, now stand up to my horrible racist statement and receive everett’s shallow praise.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
6:12 pm

One other thing everett. You say you’ve been lurking. But what one issue finally motivated you to post again. Was it AI, the contestants, the judges, the performances? No, it was a reference to race and skin color. That’s the one thing that interested you enough to respond to. But keep telling you’r baffled by references to race and skin color. LOL!

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
6:25 pm

Anne24, please read the Constitution before falling for the “free speech” argument. Here let me quote the relevant portion of the 1st Amendment: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” The last time I checked I am not Congress, nor am I a state government which has had the 1st Amendment applied to it by use of the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment. Therefore, your claim to free speech is just silly.

As I’ve said before I welcome your opinion, but it is obvious that you do not value differing opinions. Instead of welcoming discussion you wish to level personal attacks and claim some higher authority (free speech) while denying those same “rights” to others.

I’ll also point out that I have not referred to you as being racist, and in fact I used some veiled criticism against Duke when he tried to make that accusation. I may not agree with you, but that doesn’t mean that I start throwing the “racist” attack around, the ad hominem attacks are more your thing remember?

Again, please read what is being said and stop relying on the fantasy argument that is happening in your head. Reading comprehension is a good thing. Seriously, try to keep up.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
6:28 pm

The last sentence should read “but keep telling us you’re….”
This forum could use an edit feature.
Okay I’m through b****ing unless someone else makes me mad like everett did.
And thanks to those who referred to me as smart, literate, and intelligent. Not sure if verbose was a compliment. I like wordy posts, providing there are paragraphs.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
6:43 pm

I comprehend just fine JT. I comprehend that you believe you do not have to abide by laws passed by Congress because you are not a a member of Congress. Therefore why abide by any law passed by Cngress since, accordng to you, only Congress members have to follow them? You now have me more baffled than everett.

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
6:57 pm

Anne24, please take my advice and read the Constitution.

Let me try to break this down for you so that you can understand. The Constitutional right which you referred to prevents federal and state governments from denying you your freedom of speech. Those same protections do not exactly apply to oh say… the AJC board that we are on now. They can edit, delete, and deny you from speaking here. No law broken, therefore the claim of freedom of speech to type here on this board is silly.

As for me, well I still haven’t tried to stop you from speaking, and since I do not own the blog I cannot stop you even if I wanted to (which I don’t)

Perhaps we should just focus on Idol.

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
7:01 pm

Anne24, I find it humorous that Deirdre, myself, and others can have a discussion for and against the wild card picks being based on gender with no personal attacks leveled. Everyone states their opinion, and moves on. Yet a very similar discussion involving you needs to devolve into this quagmire, this fantasy where one person needs to lash out against everyone and then try to play the victim by implying that there rights are being denied. Puzzling.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
7:15 pm

You know after reading your post again, it seems you believe that although Congress can’t pass a law abridging freedom of speech, you can abridge it arbitrarily because you aren’t a member of Congress. But since this forum is linked to AJC, a publication that embraces and survives on freedom of speech, should it be denied here?

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
7:20 pm

Anne24… Are you suggesting that anyone here is denying you the right to say what you want to say? Cuz I don’t actually see that anywhere. I see people disagreeing with you, which I believe is their right. I see people a little disturbed by your insistence that minorities(at least 2?)should be included in the final 12. I don’t see anybody disagreeing with having minorities in the final 12…IF they earn their way there either by the voters or the judges wild card picks.

I have seen on this blog, lots of Anoop fans, lots of Jorge fans, lots of Adam fans(he’s somewhat androgynous, does that qualify as a minority?). I also have very little doubt that Jasmine will be included in the wild card show. But I have not seen ANYONE other than you object to Anoop, Stephen, or Jasmine not making the first cut due to their minority status.

IMO, they did not live up to the high expectations that Idol already put on them by featuring them prominently in the audition and Hollywood shows. Two people who made the finals, Allison and Kris, had very little expectations put on them since Idol virtually ignored them during the preliminary rounds. They impressed voters because we hadn’t heard them before.

Before we jump, once again, on the racist bandwagon, let’s think about OTHER reasons why one person didn’t get as many votes as another.

Regional: Voters sometimes vote for people from their own area.

Friends and Family: Sometimes voting blocks are organized to vote for a specific person.

Familiarity: Sometimes works for you as in the case of Danny..sometimes works against you re those expectations not being met ..as in Jasmine or Stephen.

VFTW…they’re not as strong as they used to be but they might still be a factor.

Race: NOPE…I don’t see this as a factor considering that, in it’s 7 years, Idol has had 2 African American winners and 1 mixed race winner.

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
7:29 pm

Perhaps I should change my name on here to “JTesla the great denier of freedom of speech.” I don’t recall ever telling someone they couldn’t post here, I actually welcome it. So why this divergence into the realm of Constitutional rights? Oh that’s right, someone wants to play the victim card and therefore attempt to silence the speech of others.

Meh, care to discuss Idol? Because you are failing on the Freedom of Speech front.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
7:34 pm

JT wrote: Anne24, I find it humorous that Deirdre, myself, and others can have a discussion for and against the wild card picks being based on gender with no personal attacks

I didn’t read any comments like “uncalled for” and “out of line” or “I commend you for standing up” as were posted in response to my opinions. It’s hypocritical for Dierdre to tell me I was “out of line” after she suggested two girls should be added to close the gender gap. She thinks the racial and ethnic makeup is irrelevent, but the gender gap is relevent. That’s totally hypocritical.

Anne24

March 1st, 2009
7:42 pm

Dierdre wrote: Race: NOPE

harriett

March 1st, 2009
7:44 pm

Wow, I just peeked in, thinking I’d hear about the snow in GA or about the latest Idol news, and here we have this!

harriett

March 1st, 2009
7:46 pm

JT, you’re my hero!

Deirdre

March 1st, 2009
7:50 pm

Anne…I didn’t say 2 girls SHOULD be added…I’d rather they DIDN’T add 2 girls…I like the guys better. What I said was that Idol will try to balance the gender gap, if it isn’t balanced after this next show. I think Idol will also try to add minorities which is why I said I was pretty sure that Jasmine will be in the wild card group…a sort of 2 for 1: minority female. Why do I think Idol will add a couple of minority contestants? 2 reasons. 1. They want to appeal to a wide audience. 2. A couple of minority contestants are very talented but had poor showings on the elimination show.

Aw come on Anne…I wrote more than Race: NOPE

JTesla

March 1st, 2009
7:50 pm

Anne24, regarding your 7:34 post: close, but yet again you seem to be relying on personal attacks. You have the ammunition, lots of it, to formulate an intelligent argument which supports your opinion without having to label someone a hypocrite, please do so.