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Lilith Fair 2010? American Idol ranking, semifinal night, top 12 gals

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Night No. 1 was okay. The producers definitely put the better singers in the second hour.

And it was Lilith Fair redux with a mugful of intense coffeehouse balladry and not as much big vocal Whitney Houston-style singing.

Who will go home? My predictions: Paige Miles and Lacey Brown. Paige, for lacking distinction and having to open the show, unfortunately. Lacey muffed “Landslide” and looked hideous.

Based on the past five seasons I’ve blogged, my predictive powers are mediocre at best.

Ellen DeGeneres’ first live show? Not good. Her humor went into hibernation and what was left was comments I could have made. (Not good at all!)

My rankings for the night:

1- Crystal Bowersox. Easy pick there. She may not have broken out of her comfort zone with Alanis Morrissette but she did bring enough of herself to it to make me like her even more.

2- Siobhan Magnus – She lacked the grit and dirt of the original Chris Isaak “Wicked Game.” But she has an incredibly beautiful voice and interesting look, even if her explanation for why she picked the song was a bit garbled.

3- Katie Stevens – Wrong song (Michael Buble?) for a 17 year old, yes, we know. But she does bring enough to the stage to make you want to watch her.

4- Didi Benami – I liked her take on Ingrid Michaelson song. I can get into the coffeehouse thang – even if the judges don’t. She was comfortable and sweet.

5- Michelle Delomar – Great voice, overused song with Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’ .” Unfortunately, she’s too smooth, too professional, not raw enough.

6 – Haeley Vaughn – Okay. The “black country teen” was vocally in 17 different places in 17 seconds but somehow, I enjoyed it. The arrangement of the Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was very cool. This was one of the most divisive songs of the night. A lot of people hated it.

7- Lilly Scott – Bizarre song choice (The Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole”?), strange intonations, yet oddly enthralling. She’s a keeper in that Megan Joy sort of way.

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8 – Katelyn Epperly – She was better to me than what I’ve seen before in auditions. But she is a bit like Kimberly Caldwell– lacking that genuineness gene that makes people vote for you. Still, as Randy said, she had good tone.

9- Janell Wheeler – She’s adorable and took on a song that was a wee too big for her. Pure likability means she gets through another week. Pick a more nuanced song and she might do well.

10 – Ashley Rodriguez – I barely remember the performance two hours later. That’s not a good sign.

11- Paige Miles – Who? And after that performance, I have the same question: who? Being first means she is a goner for sure.

12 – Lacey Brown – She looked awful and she brought absolutely nothing to “Landslide,” no real feelings or connection or even the right notes at times. The nasal breathiness didn’t work. Ugh.

The poll from the coveritlive coverage, based on who got the most “I will vote for her” votes:

1- Crystal Bowersox – 56% voting, 33% like her not voting 0% no way
2- Siobhan Magnus: 55% voting, 25% liked her, not voting, 20% no way
3- Didi Benami – 46% voting 38% liked her, not voting, 16% no way
4- Katie Stevens 38% voting, 62% liked not voting, 0% no way
5- Lilly Scott – 33% yes voting, 56% like her, not voting, 11% no way
6- Katelyn Epperly – 24% voting, 59% like her, not voting, 18% no way
7- Haeley Vaughn – 23% voting, 23% like her, not voting, 54% no way
8- Michelle Delomar – 18% want to vote for her, 64% liked her but won’t vote, 18% said no way
9- Janelle Wheeler – 12% yes, 41% yes not voting, 47% no way
10- Ashley Rodriguez – 10% yes, 15% yes, not voting, 75% no way
11- Lacey Brown – 8% voting, 23% like her, not voting, 69% no way
12- Paige Miles 5% voting, 5% liked not voting, 89% no way

79 comments Add your comment

JTesla

February 23rd, 2010
11:07 pm

Glad to have Idol back! How did the live-blogging go for those that could get in? Love the polls.

Rodney Ho

February 23rd, 2010
11:09 pm

It was exhausting–for me. But I’ll try it again tomorrow if I can survive it. IMing with 25 people means comments whoosh by so quickly, it’s hard to keep your head straight!

Candlerboyz

February 23rd, 2010
11:13 pm

Rodney, as IT professionals, thanks for being forward thinkning, but a huge part of the success of this blog is not rapid fire, it is connecting with folks that may be as different as day and night, but they find common ground….not saying the new format is bad, just saying, cyber family counts. :-)

Candlerboyz

February 23rd, 2010
11:17 pm

We lurked for several seasons but finally jumped in because of Deirdra, Harriett and many others….tonight we loved our rapid fire comments but missed the folks that got us on line to start with. Anyway, much love and thanks for what you do!!!

Coyote

February 23rd, 2010
11:18 pm

It was a very underwhelming opening night for Idol. Crystal Bowersox is the only one that really has a chance to make it in the biz. The rest are talented singers but very forgettable.

JTesla

February 23rd, 2010
11:22 pm

Ashley Rodriguez HELLO!

I hear you with keeping up on the chat, back in the day I used to hit IRC chat rooms. Chaotic, but worth it if you can keep up.

Negativo

February 23rd, 2010
11:52 pm

This season, all Neg’s rankings will be on a first name basis, in the third person, while drinking a beer.

1. Lilly – She absolutely killed it. Just friggin’ killed it. Neg loved everything about her performance – the voice, the song, the authenticity, the guitar, everything. Fantastic.

2. Siobhan – After a very rough opening that was too deep for her range, she just got lost in the song and killed the higher registry. Haunting and powerful.

3. Crystal – Really tough song, but she pulled it off. Great harp/guitar combo, and very good vocals. A real pro. Bonus points for whitening those dark yellow teeth, too.

4. Katelyn – Outstanding vocals and confidence on stage. A bit too made up – like Olivia’s Sandy doing the “bad girl” number in “Grease” – but very cute and very talented.

5. Didi – Not sure why the judges slammed her, because I thought she was very original, gave a very good vocal, and looked friggin’ HOT! Of course, we all know Simon hates blondes, so his attack was predictable. Did I mention she’s HOT?

6. Katie- Her voice and tone reminds me a lot of Carrie’s. I agree that she’s too cutesy to pull off a vamp song, and there were times she seemed to be forcing it vocally. Still, huge chops on that girl, and she’ll be back for sure.

7. Michelle – Took on a gigantic song, and sang it nicely enough, but a bit too safe and restrained. Very polished…maybe too corporate.

8. Janell – Looked good enough, sounded good enough, but very vanilla. She’s probably on the bubble.

9. Lacey – Idiotic song choice (did she not see what happened to Taylor Swift when she tried to sing Stevie Nix?) that really came back to bite her. She’s on the bubble, but she’s so damn likable I say she stays.

10. Ashley – Woefully boring song with a bad arrangement and worse performance. Only saving grace is she has looks and style, but that was really bad. She might just be gone, and if so she deserved it.

11. Paige – Speaking of wrecks, that was brutal. Awful song choice, worse arrangement, bad vocals, and terrible energy. The judges transparent pimping will not be enough – this girl is toast.

12. Haeley – WTF was that? LOL!! Retarded outfit, irritating lisp, and I actually think I heard some yodeling at one point. Ouch. I was embarrassed for her, and if America has a heart they will euthanize her from the show at once. Sweet girl, but she’s gotta go.

Negativo

February 23rd, 2010
11:57 pm

One more point: Though I bashed her ruthlessly in Hollywood week, Kara was easily the best judge of the night tonight. She was the true pro we hoped she’d be when they signed her last year, got to the point, and I agreed with everything she said. The “BITCH” line was friggin hilarious, too! Cheers to Kara!

Negativo

February 24th, 2010
12:35 am

Haeley is the first Vote For The Worst of the year, and boy is she ever deserving. I’m still reeling from that mess.

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
1:01 am

Kara finally started to pull her weight. Ellen fit in nicely, her role is different and she fits it well. I’m still anti-four judges so jettison Randy. He did well tonight, but sorry someone has to go.

Ashley Rodriguez got the SHAFT, at least in the West Coast playback, at the end of the show. The sound was way down until the last two words. Granted it didn’t hurt the one asset that she’s bringing to the show, but still.

1) Siobhan Magnus: what a weirdo, did great with that song. Odd choice, but she pulled it off. She might be my favorite. Yes Randy, she can blow. Is that a tarot tat on the arm? What is that? JTesla’s pick for best of the night.

2) Lily Scott: this is what Idol is about. She should be able to coast through to the top 12 with that.

3) Katie for the pimp spot. Idol even gave her some pimp time in the middle of the show. She’ll make it to the top 12, doesn’t need any more pimping because she is talented. Precocious and talented.

4) Crystal Bowersox: didn’t blow me away, maybe next time she can strap a drum to her back and have a string run from her ankle to the mallet. Sure it was decent, but it wasn’t anything different vocally.

5) Ashley Rodriguez: she doesn’t need to sing.

6) Michelle Delomar: or is that Alicia Keys with a wig? This early in the competition sounding just like the original is ok, some eye candy that could make it to the top 12.

The rest:

Didi Benami: sounded fine, but no shine, no star quality. Agree with Simon and Randy.

Janell Wheeler: forgot her already.

Haeley Vaugh: I still like her, but she needs to do something that isn’t so off the wall. I still don’t know what that was.

Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly: meh. Song wise I’m indifferent. Look wise I’m indifferent.

Lacey: worst of the night. I prayed that a landslide would crash through the back wall of the studio and wipe her out. However, she has green eyes so she gets a pass. Unless they are fake and then give her the boot.

Who will get the boot? Two girls. To be more specific, two girls that we will forget about two weeks from now, that might save Haeley. She may have been bad, but that badness is her salvation even without VFTW.

Eddie Cook

February 24th, 2010
1:27 am

I was very impressed with five ladies tonight:

Didi Benami (for me she was the best), Crystal Bowersox (great performance, but if Didi was copycat, so we all of my top five), Katie Stevens (I really liked her performance), Lilly Scott (the first girl to really impress me tonight), and Michelle Delomar (excellent performance).

I disagreed with the judges on many of their analyses of these girls performances especially Didi Benami and Katie Stevens. I thought they were excellent.

In the next group I rank in order Siobhan Magnus (I’m not as high on her as many seem to be), Katelyn Epperly (I agreed with Kara’s assessment of the make-over – I too liked her better when she was not made up), and Janell Wheeler (okay performance).

In the last group I rank in order Lacey Brown (I did not think she was as terrible as the judges or Rodney thought she was), Paige Miles (unfortunately she had the opening slot tonight), Ashley Rodriguez (pretty girl, I just didn’t feel it from her tonight), and Haeley Vaughn (I really felt she did the worst job tonight; she was all over the place; she does have a strong likeability factor working in her favor).

My predictions for who will be going home are Paige Miles and Ashley Rodriguez.

Tom Hill

February 24th, 2010
2:04 am

Am I the only one who couldn’t hear the band? A very unenjoyable show without the band being loud enough to fill in the blank spots. The sound mixer messed up bigtime.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
7:15 am

Morning!

First I’d like to give my opinion of the coveritlive evening.

Gotta be honest! I hated it. Here are my pros and cons.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
7:18 am

Pros:

1. I really liked seeing so many newbies(except I almost fell off my chair when one of them “welcomed” Harriett!)

2. Pacman is thwarted. this is a biggie and may be what sways me in the other direction.

3. It certainly works better for large groups of people.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
7:22 am

Cons:

1. I think I looked at the tv a total of 3 times. I almost lost track of the show thanks to the speed of the posting.(I did NOT like that)

2. Some of our regulars couldn’t(or wouldn’t)get in. That’s not fair!

3. It’s tooooooooo FAST! Sometimes speed isn’t necessarily a good thing(it’s hard to believe that coming from Atlanta and hitting at least 80 on the interstates most of the time)

4. I had a headache when we were finished.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
7:25 am

Bottom line: I lost all the warmth of our blog and fell into techno hell. I think I’ll stick with the old format tonight just so I can watch the show. Pacman may be a huge pain in the behind but he’s family.

OH!!! Con #5. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get to read all the posts. They whizzed by so fast…and when I tried to go back and read them they kept popping away because of new posts.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
7:40 am

Good Morning!

Deirdre has valuable pros and cons. Initially, I hated coveritlive, then I got the hang of it and thought it was great fun. Forget about deep, insightful postings though, you only have time for a quick remark and it better be clever. Suggestion: record the show, so you can watch it in peace and quiet later (and come up with your lengthier analyses then, for posting on next day’s thread).

I barely had time to look at “Idol” last night, busy as I was trying to keep up with who was who of the girls AND coveritlive (AND spelling); guess it was the same for everybody else… and maybe that’s why we were so critical. Not being able to look at “the whole package” (whitened teeth, done hair, outfits), we concentrated on the vocals… and found many wanting.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2010
7:44 am

Felt a bit let down by Bowersox; the girl can not play the harmonica. My new favorite is Siobhan. If she lasts in the competition I might one day be able to pronounce her name. Paige for sure a goner. Second auf girl – there are many candidates.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
8:22 am

1. Crystal Bowersox. I was a little taken aback by the “street-girl” trappings: loose bohemian style clothing, one-girl band equipment, and slightly psycho appearance…but the VOICE! She is talented!

2. Siobhon Magnus. She really surprised me. Her song started off a little weird but once she got going…wow! That was good!

3. Lilly Scott. I guess I’m a fan of Lilith Fair…who knew!

4. Didi Benami. Again, I like the laid back singing. the quiet-ness, the warmth. Maybe I was just trying to escape techno-hell>

5. Katelyn Epperly. this little girl surprised me. Liked her a lot.

6. Michelle Delamor. Michelle is gorgeous and has a good voice. Not sure if it was that good or if it was just a relief at that point to hear a good singer.

7. Katy . I like her…I don’t love her…not yet anyway.

8. Janell. This year’s Haley Scarnato might stay for awhile but I don’t think she should be in the top 12.

9. Ashley. Not a good performance.

10. Lacey. I see Lacey’s potential but last night was just bad!

11. Haeley. this was a mess!!!!

12. Paige. Weak vocally. she doesn’t belong here.

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
8:31 am

Hey y’all,

Well, I think the pros and cons of coveritlive are pretty much on. But I definitely enjoyed it! No constant refreshing and…NO PAC MAN! Y’all, that alone sells it for me.

Overall impressions & rankings:
1. Crystal – perhaps a bad song choice, but I like her vibe. I do think that she needs to raise her game a bit.
2. Didi – What is wrong with the singer/songwriter dealio? Ingrid Michaelson was definitely an original choice. I like that. No Heart *ahem* or any of the overly done Idol staples. And being pretty doesn’t hurt her.
3. Katie – She’s adorable and can definitely sing.
4. Katelyn – I was definitely surprised, but could’ve done without the hooker lipstick. (Agreed with Kara, oy.)
5. Siobhan – Love her voice, but I’m not feelin’ her look.
6. Lilly – She’s different, yes, but I wasn’t feeling it.
7. Michelle – For you….for me….it was ai’ght.
8. Janell – You might want Gator Nation to vote for you, that *might* be your onjly saving grace. Yes, she’s pretty, but also dull.
9. Lacey – Meh. That is all.
10. Ashley – Oh, Ashley. Really? Tackling a song from Simon’s stable? That’s just not a smart plan. She stunk.
11. Paige – She wasn’t as bad as some of the later ones, but I didn’t remember her and still won’t.
12. Haeley – perhaps now we know why she wants to be the AA Taylor Swift?

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
8:33 am

Sorry I am posting this so long after the show. I am taking classes on Tuesday nights this year and as a result have to watch the show after most everyone else. I have not looked at anyone else’s comments, so I am sure my ratings are probably far different from most.

I was not overly impressed tonight to be honest. It seemed to me that most of the girls mailed it in and played safe. There were some very talented singers, and some bright spots, but not a single “WOW” moment.

Enough rambling, on to the rankings and my excessive rambling there!:

1. Crystal Bowersox – Hand in my Pocket – First, Crystal is in a completely different league musically than any of the other female contestants. She is miles ahead in knowing who she his, performing, etc. However, as we have seen in the past, that can end up being a liability later in the season as she does not have a lot of room to grow, and historically the winner is someone who gets better and better each week. Now, this was not a blow your socks off performance by any means, but crystal showed that at least for now she is the best of the group.

2. Soibhan Magnus – Wicked Game – Soibhan really blew me away with this performance. She was already on my radar as a dark horse, but in my opinion she firmly stamped herself as one of the ones to watch tonight. Absolutely wonderful.

3. Michelle Delamore – Fallen – the surprise of the night for me. She has an extremely beautiful voice and the ability to use it. She is the complete package – looks, talent and charm. Michelle will be one to watch as the season progresses.

4. Katie Stevens – Feeling Good – A 17 year old sweetheart with a 30 year old voice. Was not totally blown away, but Katie has a lot of room to grow into that great voice. She is exactly the type that ends up going very far in the past. As she gets more and more comfortable I see her becoming a huge threat to win as the season progresses.

5. Katelyn Epperly – Oh Darling – Another pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure what we would get from Katelyn. Wasn’t digging the look a whole lot, Kara was right on that, but vocally she was wonderful.

6. Lilly Scott – Fixing a Hole – She is this years ‘Unique’ performer. I can see Lilly fast becoming a Love her or Hate her contestant. I love her voice, but her quirkiness will keep her from advancing too far.

7. Didi Benami – The Way I Am – I really wanted to rate Didi higher. I absolutely love her voice, but I am sorry this song blew huge chunks of horribleness. Her performance was solid and I really dug her, but the song – oh god what a horrible song. Does anyone actually like this crap????

8. Haley Vaughn – I wanna Hold Your Hand – I loved the arrangement Haley did, I loved her bubbliness, but let’s be honest, she is a 16 yr old with a 16 year old voice. Best by far in a High School talent contest, but not ready for American Idol.

9. Lacy Brown – Landslide – this really tears me up to rate her this low. I thought parts of this performance were absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately there were a couple parts that were sheer torture, and as a result she is near the bottom this week.

10. Janell Wheeler – What About Love – Another one that had some great moments, but you could hear the nerves in her voice, and she never really brought in home. As a result she could be going home.

11. Paige Miles – All Right Now – this was just like the title, All Right. Not great, not horrible, but I am rating her here because she got the kiss of death at the end of the show, by the time the show was over I had already completely forgotten her performance. That does not bode well for Paige.

12. Ashley Rodriguez – Happy – this was just flat out bad. I found myself just wondering when the torture was going to end.

SHOULD GO HOME: Janell, Ashley

WILL GO HOME: Ashley. The second vote off will probably be Paige, but Janell, haley and Lacey all need to sweat it out.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
8:41 am

Re coveritlive: Bottom line is I want to watch the show. When it’s on, not as an after-thought. The blogging took precedence..for me…last night. My typing skills aren’t good enough to comment as often as I want to comment. My reading skills aren’t good enough to read ALL the comments. I felt rushed and stressed and very sorry that I didn’t give the singers as much attention as I should have.

I’ll try again tonight but if I’m still having trouble, I’ll just move myself over to the regular blog. Me and Pacman will have a nice time.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Wow, after posting and then reading the comments, I am surprised to see that I really wasn;t as far off from everyone as I thought I was. we all seem to agree on there being 7 Solid performances, and 5 that were not so good. Maybe a little different ranking of the top girls,but for the most part it seems everyone was in agreement that the top 7 are crystal, Soibhan, Didi, Lilly, Katelyn, Katie and Michelle. Will be interesting to see which one does not make top 12 or if one of the bottom dwellers (Jannell on looks maybe) steals a spot.

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
8:58 am

Mike, nice commentary…and I’m one of those who “like that crap.” ;)

BTW, I should point out that Lilith Fair actually is coming back this year. It’ll be in ATL this summer.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
9:04 am

For all the hype of this being “the women’s year” – I was underwhelmed by most of the performances.

I was sitting at home thinking to myself, how many of the contestants were sitting up in the red room thinking “Phew! ‘So-and-so’s’ performance just increased my odds of making it next week.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
9:05 am

K&CF – What is wierd is I completely loved Lilly doing “Fixin a Hole” and yet thought the song Didi picked was horrible. go figure. That said, I love both girls and even though I had them ranked 6-7 I hope they both make it to the top 12, they are different and a breath of fresh air along with Crystal.

Highlander

February 24th, 2010
9:13 am

Finished watching the show on DVR this morning. Can’t say that I was really overly impressed by anyone. Thought Did was good, thought Crystal should forgo the harmonica (especially when you only have 1:30 to spotlight your SINGING talent – this IS a singing competition), liked Michelle and Lily. But, again, no one really blew me away.

And if they’re already going to start pimping Katie, she better get her sh*t together! Last night’s performance reminded me of John Roberts (I think that was his name.) 17 going on 40! I agree totally with the judges. She should act her age ’cause there isn’t a great demand for 17 year old lounge singers right now! :-)

Highlander

February 24th, 2010
9:14 am

After last night’s show, I’m not so sure this is the year of the girls!

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
9:16 am

“For me,” Emmylou Harris set the standard for the girl with the guitar thing. I love Crystal, but she’s trying too hard to be “hip.”

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
9:20 am

Deirdre, ditto everything you said about coveritlive. I will just watch the show tonight.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
9:22 am

My favorite from the beginning has been Siobhan, and Crystal is second. Whoever said Michelle was too polished (Rodney?) had it right. She doesn’t have enough of an edge, but she is drop-dead gorgeous. Lilith Fair won the evening, as I liked Lilly, too.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
9:22 am

Rosita! We were calling you last night. I even yelled, “Rosiiiiita!”

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
9:24 am

I’m waiting for tonight before we make the assessment that it’s not the year of the girls. Can’t rememeber being TOO impressed with the guys other than Andrew.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:25 am

Highlander…the interesting thing for me last night was, with the exception of the first couple of singers…I found myself agreeing with the judges on almost everything, Even when the judges disagreed, I saw validity in both sides. What’s up with that?

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
9:25 am

K&CF – Andrew, Casey, and maybe Big Mike are the only guys that really grabbed me in the try outs. I know there were one or two other pretty good performances, but the fact I cannot remember thier names shows that they weren’t that memorable.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:26 am

Rosita…you and I can hang out in the technically challenged area tonight. We’ll be like the “special kids”!

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
9:28 am

Thanks, Harriett! I called back, “Harrrrrrrrrrriett! But no one heard me . . :-(

kool$kat

February 24th, 2010
9:28 am

Hi guys, I only comment here occasionally, but I read this blog weekly. Not a live participant, cuz I work nights and DVR the shows. My 2 cents:
Sha Bon Bon!! Siobhan Magnus doing Wicked Game was smokin’ – She’s kinda got that Ally Sheedy in th Breakfast Club vibe.
Krystal doing the Dylan/Neil Young guitar/harp thing was gutsy and cool.
Didi, Katelyn and Michelle didn’t disappoint, but everyone else did.
I think Haely and Lacy go home, and I will miss Lacy!

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
9:29 am

Thanks, Deirdre! Rodney, a question: will tonight’s window say “Top Ten Gals”?

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:30 am

Mike and k&cf…I’m waiting to hear the guys, too. Big Mike has not impressed me yet. In fact, the only guy who has my attention at the moment is Andrew Garcia.

As far as I can see, we have at least 7 girls, maybe 8, who could fit right in to the top 12. To me, that’s pretty darned good. Last year we couldn’t even get 6 girls on the list and most of them were gone early.

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:31 am

kool$kat…I LOVE Sha Bon Bon!!!!!!!!

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:33 am

It’s snowing at my house!!!!!! No, I’m serious! It’s snowing….AGAIN!!!!!!! When will this winter END!?

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
9:39 am

Year for a girl to win it? Remember the people who said that are the ones who stacked the deck. Tonight might be really painful.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
9:42 am

My favorite guy is John Park. Andrew Garcia is beyond good, but I like Park.

Rosita, I am sorry I did not hear you last night!! :(

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
9:43 am

SNOW? OMG! Did they predict it, D?

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
9:46 am

I’m wondering if any of the guys are going to ask Rickey Minor if it’s too late to choose and arrange a different song. Any contestant who watched last night’s show now realizes that they need to hit the stage in a big way each and every time.

No one last night made me think they could win it.

I’m really not looking forward to seeing the Jim Morrision wannabe tonight.

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
9:47 am

Your highness… be glad you don’t live in the northeast! They’re expecting a “Hurculean” storm up there in the next 24-36 hours.

That’s (I think) the third one just this calendar year.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
9:48 am

Well, we will see what tonight brings, but I can easily see this season being a reversal of last season. At the moment, and this could change based on tonight’s performances, I can see real possibility of the top 5 being 4 females and one male where as last season in was 3 Males 1 Female 1 ADAM.

Rosita

February 24th, 2010
9:55 am

I wasn’t even whelmed, let alone overwhelmed, by any of last night’s performers.

I still like Siobhan the best, and agree that Crystal is great but could be too developed to do much growing during the show. Lacey Brown blew it but I think she has a lot more than we saw.

And Paige. . . why did Simon comment that she had the best voice? I didn’t hear that at all.

For me, Ellen was just great last night b/c she put aside the humor shtick to give earnest and sincere feedback, all of which made sense to me, even though I thought she “had a heart too soon made glad.”

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
9:57 am

I’ve only heard John Park sing once. Can’t decide anything based on that.

I used to live in the northeast, Rickster and have been through my share of “herculean” storms. That’s why I like Georgia!

Harriett….the weather guys mentioned that the northern suburbs of Atlanta may see some snow. I’m on the southside.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
9:58 am

Well I have to share this picture of my grand-daughter Elly. She is now a life loving 19 month old perpetual motion machine. You can alse see the new Mike S road rocket in the back ground. hehehe

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1128285&id=1137660570

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
9:59 am

To be honest, I liked Paige’s performance the best – which says alot about the lack of quality of the others.

And I wasn’t impressed with Ellen’s performance at all. “For me” she really brought nothing to the (judges) table. It just wasn’t “dope” enough for me.

And the stupid “Simon wants me” gimmick? bleh.

Mike S

February 24th, 2010
10:05 am

True dat Rickster. Now I could believe it if she said Simon wants Porche. LOL

Actually I liked Ellen’s comments, she was commenting from the perspective of a fan and that was refreshing compared to the critical nitpicking of the other judges.

Like a few others though, Kara was the one that surprised me last night. It was by far better than any night last season.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
10:11 am

Rickster, I am with you on the Ellen thing. I just don’t get her here. I have said before that I love her on her show, but not on Idol. Also, I read just now where she is pushing Idol’s producers to have Portia on as a guest judge at some point. Guest judge? We’ve already got four. Here is the link to that story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35550380/ns/entertainment-gossip/

Deirdre

February 24th, 2010
10:14 am

I saw improvement in Kara as well.

I like the “Simon Wants Me” bit because she was also quietly mocking Simon’s inability to keep his hands off Paula.

Negativo

February 24th, 2010
10:20 am

Rodney, loved the “Lilith Fair” comparison! LOL!! If you like folk/acoustic rock you loved last night, if you don’t you probably hated it. I happen to be a big fan of that sound, so for me it was a big win. Of course, these girls will begin to cancel one another out, kinda like the black soul diva’s did 3 years ago when Jordin won out over top 12 powerhouse vocalists Melinda, Lakisha and Stephanie.

RxDawg

February 24th, 2010
10:21 am

I thought that Siobhan Magnus and Lilly Scott were by far the best two of the girls. I think the rodriguez girl and the one that sang Landslide are gone for sure.

I’m not understanding all the Didi love. I think she would make a good studio singer, but her live performances are suspect.

RxDawg

February 24th, 2010
10:25 am

“7- Lilly Scott – Bizarre song choice (The Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole”?), strange intonations, yet oddly enthralling. She’s a keeper in that Megan Joy sort of way.”

WOW! Man I have to disagree with that assesment by a long shot. Megan Joy couldn’t hold Lilly’s bra strap. Megan was a horrid singer and really shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as Lilly.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
10:33 am

To me, Simon is way better than he’s ever been. He is direct, a bit sharp in his criticism, but has tempered almost every negative remark with a comment that eases the blow. How many times already this season has he said “I really like you,” even to some whose performances left a lot to be desired?

Rickster

February 24th, 2010
10:33 am

Ellen always has that “deer in the headlights” look to her. Her eyes are unusually wide. Her comments were – at best – marginally insightful. Other than the ‘trophy wife’ (another way I’m like Ellen) that we may get to see in future telecasts, “for me, dawg” she brings nothing to the show.

kelly&carriefan

February 24th, 2010
10:39 am

RxDawg, I’m a sucker for a girl with a guitar, I’m readily admitting that. Perhaps that explains some of the Didi love. PS. “Megan Joy couldn’t hold Lilly’s bra strap.” Ha. One of the guys is going to run with that…

But back to they guys, Casey James. *That* was the other guy…he surprised me in Hollywood, but I guess after “Stripping gate” during his audition, I didn’t have high expectations!

JTesla

February 24th, 2010
10:39 am

Harriett, spot on regarding Simon. This season we may get the best of Simon. Although I liked Ellen last night, I’m still withholding final judgment. Kara started strong last season then became a dud, just to emerge last night as an actual judge, so I won’t be as quick to love/hate Ellen.

I still hope that next week Crystal straps a drum with cymbal to her back with strings attached to her legs so she can stomp around and act as her own band.

Swami

February 24th, 2010
10:41 am

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Swami

February 24th, 2010
10:43 am

Aaah…I see many have joined my predictions for Lillly Scott. Seems my crystal ball was rather clever as we had not seen the live performance. My crystals also are vibrating to Siobhan Magnus. I do not see Crystal Bowersox in my tea leaves as the winner.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
10:49 am

K&CF, take a look at the one who set the standard for the girl and the guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTry1yKvxZM

Negativo

February 24th, 2010
10:57 am

Gotta say, for the first time maybe ever, the judges all are tight this year.

Here’s Neg’s judge judgment:

Ellen – Clearly is out of her league on the technical aspects, and I’m happy that she doesn’t try to act like she knows more than she does. She’s giving the opinion from an everyday fan’s perspective, the voter at home, is a beneficial addition to the show. Hopefully she doesn’t overstep that role in the future.

Randy – More legitimate input than I’ve seen from him in years. The over-aggressive pimping and repetitive lingo has been replaced with some quality “biz” perspectives. Still high on the “teddy bear” likability, too.

Kara – WOW, WHERE HAS THIS BEEN?! She just blew me away last night with her straight talk and spot-on advice. She really looked at home on the show, finally, and seemed to be a good counterpoint to Simon. Communicated clearly, really knew what she was talking about, and explained her opinions very well for both the contestant and the audience.

Simon – Glad to see Simon Scowl back. He offers the brutal, unfiltered slam role the show really needs. Still seems to get lost in thought at times and needs to watch the pimping, but he is the black hat the otherwise “happy smiley” show really benefits from whether you agree with his opinion or not.

OVERALL: I can’t believe it, but based on the first night, I think they’ve got the 4 judge format down. It’ll be interesting to see how they do on time when they cut the show down to 1 hour, but they were all really concise last night.

Pen

February 24th, 2010
10:58 am

I really liked the alternative coffeehouse vibe of Lily, Crystal and Didi, but the fact that there are 3 of them in this category means they aren’t really alternative. Of the three I like Didi best. She is the most normal in appearance and I really like her voice. So glad to see Crystal put on some makeup, can wait to see if she lets them touch her hair. Not diggin’ the homeless street performer look. Lily’s hair color just bugs me. It screams “cheap dye job”.
I liked the arrangement of I Wanna Hold Your Hand, but Randy was right that her high notes weren’t pretty. I didn’t like watching her sing.
Lacey Brown really deserves another chance, that arrangement blew, sounded like the background singers were coming in at the wrong time and it made the whole thing sound disjointed and choppy.
Paige and Ashley were totally ripped off on the wrap up playback. I have to say that the sound editing was the worst in Idol history. Paige was far from the worst, BUT going first and the snippet of at the end of the show sealed her fate.
As I am typing this the next day, I remember the following performances the most. Siobhan, Didi, Michelle, and Crystal. My personal favorite was Siobhan with Michelle as runner-up. Michelle needs a little originality but she is gorgeous, polished inside and out and has a fantastic voice. Unfortunately for her, that doesn’t always work out for the best on AI. Think Jennifer Hudson, Latoya London, and Melinda Dolittle. Hmmm. I wonder…can she act too?
My picks for the top 12 are Shiobahn, Michelle, Didi, Crystal, Lily, Katie and Janelle or Katelyn (I completely missed Katelyn’s performance so I’m trying to be fair.)

sam

February 24th, 2010
11:00 am

Beatles music is my religion, so I was offended by Lilly’s “Fixin A Hole”, mad as he double l with Haeley’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, but actually kinda liked the bushy-haired (name??) gal’s “Oh Darling”, which is a really hard song to sing and one of my faves. She at least respected the melody and sang it the way Paul meant it to be sung (well, mostly).

Agree 100% with Rodney’s top 3. I love Crystal’s voice, was knocked off my chair by Siobhan’s voice (somehow don’t remember her from the auditions) even though I don’t like country music. Katie was my #3 – just such a poor (and old and drippy) song for a young girl (or anyone else – who listend to Michael Buble anyway?).

Some of the others were ok, some pretty bad. Still not familiar with all the names – hard to put some to the faces/performances.

I really would like to see Haeley go tonight – just haven’t enjoyed a single thing she’s done this whole year.

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
11:06 am

Lilly’s hair = Mary Travers

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
11:07 am

timthebrave

February 24th, 2010
11:27 am

1. Crystal Bowersox 2. Didi Benami 3. Siobhan Magnus
4. the rest
11. Lacey Brown-bad-really bad
1200. Haley Vaughn, how did she even get into the top 12 with that 5 year old singing? and lisp? I can see it now.
Producer-we never had a black country singer..come on guys let her in
Simon-as long as I get to make fun of her that’s fine with me

Harriett

February 24th, 2010
11:34 am

New thread up

Norman Buchanan

February 24th, 2010
1:29 pm

AI was flat out dull this past evening! Ellen was a total waste as a “judge”. When Simon leaves the show is over, at the risk of showing my age it will be a poor rehash of the “Ted Mack Amature Hour”

Jussie

February 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

I thought Haeley was so bad that I went to another channel until she finished her performance. She should NEVER have been put in the top 24. These 12 girls are not as good as past seasons

Ms Chelle

February 24th, 2010
3:27 pm

I didn’t enjoy AMERICAN IDOL at all! It was like sitting through a ’silent movie’ BRING ON THE MEN :)

Gman

February 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

Crystal is a pro. The other 11 are the worst I’ve ever heard on TV.

Austinn

February 24th, 2010
7:13 pm

Paige wont be gone. Simon said so LOL.

sometimer

February 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

I watched idol for the first time in years and I have to agree with Rodney on most of his picks.. The would like to see Haeley Vaughn go first.. Horrible outfit.. horrible hair.. HORRIBLE SONG CHOICE and HORRIBLE vocals.. she was all over the place..

on Ellen:
I love Ellen.. but she did HORRIBLE as well.. Rodney is right.. her personality went right out the door… it’s like she was nervous too… but really.. what qualifications does Ellen have to judge a singing competition? Since she has none and just a love for music one would think that she would fall back on what she does best.. make people laugh… Try that Ellen… I think I’ll tweet her that..

heno

May 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

ellen is the best at amaracan idil shes beter than puala shes funny and truful shes good and i love simon hes so funny this was the beast year i saw yet