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American Idol top 10 men recap, rankings

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After last week’s horrendous opening week, the men improved. That’s not saying much but considering they were supposed to perform Wednesday, they held up okay. A couple of early leaders disappointed and there were too many languid performances.

But a few singers rose to the occasion. Alex Lambert, despite his nerves, showed more potential. Michael Lynche really came to win. And Lee Dewyze finally picked a song that worked for him.

Who will go home? Jermaine Sellers, with a less-than-authentic “What’s Goin’ On,” should get a ticket out of town. John Park was in the deadly second spot and could be forgotten. Todrick Hall may be in trouble too. Tim Urban deserves to leave but he may have been placed in too strong of a spot (ninth) and might get enough votes to get away with another week. (Vote For the Worst has him on their payroll.)

My rankings:

1- Michael Lynche – The most confident, cleanest performance of the night. Great song choice with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” He owned the stage and opened the night strong.

2- Lee DeWyze – I’ve thought of him as a Chad Kroeger wannabe and he didn’t really change that much for me. But this is the first time I felt like he truly was connecting with the song, in this case “Lips of an Angel.” Another solid song choice.

3- Alex Lambert – He is like Elliott Yamin, someone without any stage experience but plenty of potential. He is more coffeehouse at this point than big stage star.

4. Andrew Garcia – I still like this guy. He is showing his limitations – or possibly poor song choice. He’s like a less heartfelt Danny Gokey.

5- John Park – He picked a decent song with John Mayer’s “Gravity.” He pulled back from pushing so hard and I thought it worked fairly well. Sure, he didn’t emote all that well but he was a vast improvement over a week ago. His problem: he was second up and the performance was superseded by others.

6 – Todrick Hall – I appreciate this guy’s effort to carve out originality into his arrangements. His execution is just mediocre at times, though. He wasn’t able to inject new life into “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Instead, it felt lugubrious.

7 – Jermaine Sellers – Some folks liked his version of “What’s Goin’ On’ ” but he was uber overwrought, trying too hard.

8 – Aaron Kelly – Not a fan at all. He’s David Archuleta lite and picked a lame, overdone song with “My Girl.” Snooze.

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9 – Casey James – A serious disappointment. He seemed way too laid back and lacked, as Simon said, “grit” to pull off this Gavin DeGraw song. He also reminded us of the vastly superior Bo Bice version.

10- Tim Urban – He lacked the warm tones of the original Matt Nathanson version “Come on Get Higher” and added nothing to the mix.

Here are the instapoll results based on yes voting. Nobody was willing to vote for Aaron but the demographics of the regulars here are not necessarily the typical voters, I’d fathom.

1-Lee Dewyze – 75% voting, 19% good, not voting 6% no go
2-Michael Lynche 54% voting, 46% good, not voting, 0% no go
3- John Park 40% voting, 40% good, not voting; 20% no go
4- Alex Lambert 20% voting, 70% good, not voting, 10% no go
5- Andrew Garcia 20% voting; 67% good, not voting; 13% no go
6- Casey James, 18% voting, 36% good, not voting; 45% no go
7- Jermaine Sellers 18% voting, 18% good, not voting, 65% no go
8- Todrick Hall 14% voting, 29% good, not voting, 57% no go
9- Tim Urban 7% voting, 14% good, not voting, 79% no go
10- Aaron Kelly 0% voting, 83% good, not voting, 17% no go

80 comments Add your comment

Taylor

March 2nd, 2010
11:06 pm

this is the most medicre group of male contestants i’ve seen in 7 seasons of watching this show. mike lynche had the only real standout, energetic, ”idol worthy” performance – the others were so lifeless i found myself literally bored out of my skull by the pimp spot – and that lee guy in the pimp spot was terrible… what were these judges smoking… this show is done, done, done. there is no ”there” there, and no matter how much these producers and judges try to force it, it will not work. we’ve had seven seasons of other performances to make credible comparisons, and without a doubt, season 9 , especially the guys, are the most subpar group of vocal talent ever.

RK

March 2nd, 2010
11:46 pm

Cool, everyone agrees with me. I must be right.

Jaine

March 2nd, 2010
11:47 pm

I don’t need to talk…just ditto to Taylor above…every word. Now I have NOTHING to watch on TV that I look forward to. Apparently Paula Abdul contributed more to the show than we realized – because it sure went to hell when they let her get away and added “E”…

Norman Buchanan

March 3rd, 2010
12:00 am

Jaine hit the nail on the head! The entire show just doesn’t seem to have it this year. Ellen is a complete “0″, with Simon leaving the show is over!

Negativo

March 3rd, 2010
12:26 am

The world according to Neg:

1. Michael Lynche: HUGE PERFORMANCE! Great vocals, great stage presence, great look, and great song choice. He nailed it. I hope he basks in it, too, because odds are he’ll be right back to mediocre next week, but tonight he owned the night.

2. Lee Dewize: Really, really good job tonight – for the 2nd night in a row. I see something special in this guy. Full, gritty voice, very current, good looks, very strong artistically and musically, passion in his performance…I agree with Simon that he’s the one to beat.

3. Alex Lambert: Not spectacular, but his expectations were so low that he only needed to be pretty good and he’d be lavished with praise. Well, he was pretty good, and he also lost a lot of the “deer in the headlights” stage fright from last week.

4. Andrew Garcia: I’m not sure why the judges simply can’t resist ripping him a new-a-hole every time for not repeating the “Paula Song”, because I think he’s very, very good. Much better than he’s being given credit, though this one was a bad song choice. He’s just not a scarf/sport jacket crooner type, he’s an acoustic singer/song writer.

5. Tim Urban: Gigantic dropoff here. He was blah and uninteresting, but not offensive.

6. Aaron Kelly: Meh…pure cheese.

7. Casey James: Back to earth, pretty boy. Weak vocals, nervous stage presence and poor song choice. Nice guitar work, though.

8. Todrick Hall: Just stop f-ing up the song arrangements! Good voice and good stage presence, but he just murders the songs with his idiotic restyling.

.9. John Park: There isn’t one thing about him as a singer or performer that I like. Nothing. Listening to his horrible, agonizing moaning and groaning for the 2nd weak in a row got him fast forwarded away within 20 seconds…10 seconds quicker than last week’s catastrophe. He’s in way, way over his head.

10. Jermaine Sellers: Combine Erkel’s look with a screeching, yodeling voice and you have Jermaine. I pray he is euthenized, er, eliminated this week. I blame the earthquake in Chile on Jermaine’s vocals.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
12:55 am

Agree with Rodney’s top three men. My true favorite of the night: Siobhan with those over the knee stockings. Who should leave: Todrick and Jermaine the competition is a joke to them so send them packing already. Who will actually leave John Park and someone else.

Judges: I’m starting to like Ellen, she didn’t blather on too much, she fit in some humor along with some harsh and honest comments.

A quick breakdown:

Michael: great, we need another contender. Andrew, I like his sound, Lee was in the pimp spot for good reason.

Casey: he went out and dropped a deuce on stage. I understand that you might be a fan from what he has done in the past, but tonight he stunk.

John, Tim = yawn. Alex Lambert, ok but not my thing. Aaron… cheese and I typed that before I read Neg’s review. However, he is more correct as it is “pure” cheese.

Jermaine, don’t play the God card. I’d rip into him for how bad he is, but lucky for him he was after Todrick.

Todrick LOL AWESOME! The dude is a total joke. He made that song his own, I guess his own is complete and total garbage. Let’s replace a word of the lyrics: heart with eardrum… “Who needs an eardrum, when an eardrum can be broken.” Todrick should be the VFTW pick.

Jan

March 3rd, 2010
2:13 am

Pleeeeeez….No comparison with Alex Lambert and Elliott Yamin. Elliott had stage presence–even though it took a few weeks for him to really shine on stage. Elliott Yamin is a master vocalist who can sing anything without effort. His version of Moodys Mood for Love, song for You, and yes even I Dont Wanna be were excelent..In fact every song he sang was awesome. Elliott was shy at first because he had only sung at karaoke bars and he hated his teeth…but once he felt comfortable he shined big time. Alex is a young kid with a lovely voice and huge nerves. he has a lot of potential but to compare him with Elliott in anyway is dead wrong.

nl

March 3rd, 2010
3:30 am

I am not sure why people keep bringing up Arhchuleta in the context of Aaron Kelly – just because they were both 16 at the beginning of Idol? How can Kelly (who has a nice voice and I hope does well) be compared here in the top 20 week – the same week that Archuleta sang “Imagine”? Would be fun to be able to throw Archuleta Cook or Adam Lambart or Kris etc. into this week’s show to pointedly ask Idol “wth??)

TinkerToy

March 3rd, 2010
7:02 am

So much non-talent, so little time to make them talented. It is B-O-R-I-N-G.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
7:26 am

Morning!

The boys did better last night but that’s not saying much.

VERY surprised by Michael Lynche. He had the right song and the right delivery and it’s the first time I liked him. And Lee DeWyze, who has always been good, knocked it out of the park last night.

The 2 biggest disappointments were Casey and Andrew, not because they did badly but because they didn’t do nearly as well as they have before.

Todrick, Jermaine, Tim and, maybe John Park, can just head right on home as far as I’m concerned.

romeo

March 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Not impressed with any of the guys or the judges by the way did any one else see Randy Jackson teeth the bottom row are yellow and the top are white what’s up with that. Any way I thought the first guy did well nothing special I could go to any black mega chursh in Atlanta and find 5 guys that could do the same thing but here is the worse part the reast of the guys are garbage and the judges who picked these guys for the show should be fired. This show is not worth seeing I guess I don’t have to tell anyone that the show is going down faster than the Titanic I am not the capatin and I am not going down with the ship I am off the boat.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
7:56 am

Putting my ratings from last night on the blog it belongs in.

Another underwhelming night from the guys that continues a season of underwhelming nights. I mean honestly, let’s look at what we have seen so far this season: Nobody, guys or gals, stands out as someone I would have even given a shot at top 3 or 4 on any other season.

There was one breakout performance tonight, and 3 decent performances; but beyond that were a series of boring blah singers who could honestly leave at any point and not be missed.

I guess I have to rank them in some order, so here is my best guesstamit:

1. Michael Lynch – This is a Man’s World – This was Big Mike’s world tonight. This was by far the best performance by any contestant yet this season. I won’t go as far as saying Mike is a front runner now, but at least for one night he was king of the hill by a mile.

2. Andrew Garcia – You Give Me Something – Andrew gets my second spot mainly because I like him, I like his voice and style, and he has wowed me in the past. But, this could just as easily be 3rd or 4th tonight. I consider 2-3-4 as interchangeable.

3. Casey James – I Don’t Wanna Be – Loved the guitar playing, but this was below Elliot and Bo’s versions if I am being honest. Good, not great. Still waiting for the Casey from Hollywood Week.

4. Lee Dewyze – Lips of an Angel – The rasp is growing on me. Was not a fan of the song, but I dig Lee’s voice and he is slowly moving himself up the ladder as a dark horse.

THE REST OF THE WORST!

5. Alex Lambert – Everybody Knows – Loser #1 but not as bad as the rest of this group. I do see some potential in Deer in the Headlights boy. Was a ton better than last week, but to be honest he could have sung Doe a Deer and been better than last week.

6. Todrick Hall – What’s Love Got to do With It – This was not bad to be honest, but it was not great either. There is something about Todrick that makes you want to like him, but at the same time there is something that makes you want to hit the shower to wash of the sleaze.

7. John Park – Gravity – Picked a dog of a song to begin with, and then performed it mediocre. He was not horrible, but Simon was dead on with his assessment, by the end of the show I had completely forgotten what John had performed.

8. Tim Urban – C’mon Get Higher – UMM yeah. Not horrible, but really this is barely above High School talent contest level. Tim is a likeable kid, and that may save him, but Simon is right again, he is out of his league in this competition.

9. Aaron Kelly – My Girl – Call the cops because this clown just murdered a Temptations classic. I really do not get any of the love anyone, judges and bloggers, is giving this loser. He is nasally, off key, screechy, whiney, and just plain out and out pathetic. To put in succinctly, he SUCKS.

10. Jermaine Sellers – What’s Goin On – What’s goin on is Jermaine Goin home! As pathetic as Aaron was, Jermaine was 100 times worse. This may just be the single worst performance in Idol history. Just flat out painful to listen to.

Should go Home – Jermaine, Jermaine, Jermaine, Jermaine and Jermaine. My personal choice after that would be Aaron, but it could be any one of the bottom 6 and I would not care. They all suck in one way or the other.

Will go home – Jermaine and John. Jermaine because he was horrid, John because he went second and was forgettable.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
7:58 am

I just hope that Crystal doesn’t have to drop out of the competition.

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

Morning all! Good thing about watching a recorded “Idol”: you save so much time. Unbelievable amt of commercials! Bad thing: you miss the insta-blog action.

Maybe we’re missing the point of Idol which is to watch the contestants grow. The boys were way better than last week,especially the shy, nervous ones, like Alex Lambert. He looks like a young Paul McCartney, btw.

Big Mike was a terrific starter. Football and musical theatre fan…GLEE!

Jon Park is losing me.

Casey James, bitter disappointment. Was it Kara who said “it’s not Guitar Idol”? Well put.

Todrick Hall was better to, but should stick to plain delivery. At least we could tell what he was singing this time.

Jermaine Sellers…boring.

Andrew Garcia – why are the commentators so hard on him? Is he being held to a higher standard?

Aaron Kelly, another shy one coming out of his shell. But why”My Girl”?

Tim Urban and seems intelligent and funny. Cuteness alone will carry him through.

Lee Dewyzee – my new male favorite. Don’t we all like to see “a troubled kid” who “made bad decisions” succeed?

Highlander

March 3rd, 2010
8:08 am

Morning. all!

Just finished watching the show on DVR (work schedule is really interfering with AI this season!) and I have to say that, other than Michael Lynche, there weren’t any stand-out performances last night. Thought Lee was okay (definitely DO NOT agree that he’s the best singer in the group, though), Andrew took a step back and Casey fell down! (He needs to stop clipping off the end of every lyric!)

John Park or Todrick should go, but worst by far was Jermaine. He chooses to sing ‘What’s Going On’, one of the best Soul anthems in history, and somehow manages to take ALL of the Soul out of it!!

Harriett

March 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Not much time, but I wanted to say good morning. I agree with most here that Mike had the best performance last night. And, I did not care for him before, but Lee is growing on me. After those, the rest failed to impress. I wonder where the real Andrew has gone, too.

As for who should go home, I think Jermaine and Todrick should go, but Todrick will probably stay on in favor of John leaving.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

D, I am hoping Crystal is ok too. I guessed what was wrong when they announced the switch last night. She is a type-1 diabetic and is on an insulin pump like Elliot Yamin. her blood sugar cratered yesterday morning and she ended up in the hospital.

My M-I-L is type one and has this happen to her occassionally too. she is always fine by the next day, so I see no reason for Crystal to have to drop out.

That said, she needs to keep a more vigilent watch on herself. I am pretty sure that the change in location, stress, lack of rest and probably a completely different diet contributed to the problems. it may take a few more weeks, but she should eventually get her med levels adjusted and be fine. That is the wonderous thing about an insulin pump, if your needs change, the pump can be adjusted to fit.

Harriett

March 3rd, 2010
8:15 am

Mike, Rodney knows about those insulin pumps. I do hope Crystal will be good to go tonight, too. My favorite of the girls is Siobhan so far, with Crystal a second “for me.”

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Maybe they can put Lee in a corset for a few days to improve his posture.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

My neighbor with pancreatic cancer died yesterday. She fought long and hard and was rewarded. In the nearly 3 years since her “6 months to live” diagnosis, she welcomed her first grandchild and celebrated that child’s first birthday. She would have loved to live long enough to welcome grandchildren numbers 2 and 3 who are on the way but she delighted in sharing the joy with her daughter. This woman was a wonderful neighbor whose cinnamon pecan sticky buns graced our Christmas morning table for many years. We will truly miss her.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

Morning, everyone.

My favorite two of the night: “Big Mike” Lynche and Lee Dewyze. At the risk of incurring the wrath of JT (or possibly invoking the Zombie Apocalypse) – I liked Michael Sarver’s version of the song Casey sang. Casey was so into showing his guitar prowess, he didn’t pay enough attention to actually singing the song.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Sorry for your loss, Deidre. Sounds like she was an even warmer person than those delicious sticky buns.

mugglemikki

March 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

Mike S and Taylor, I agree with you wholeheartedly. This has to be THE worst group of top 24 contestants in Idol history! Totally boring, no star power or charisma. The girls aren’t that much better either. American Idol SUX this year!

blkshepherd

March 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Never thought Any one could do ANYTHING with its a Man’s Man’s World my one and only favorite by James Brown. Thats a 1966 forgotton song that Most folks who watched it never heard and wasnt even born. I was only 10yrs old myself when it came out on the radio and I thought it was Amazing then especially the band. Who ever the band is on AI, was on cue, the vocals were perfect and the most interesting performance I seen so far. To bad I dont think when they change the genre (country etc,) Mike will be able to pull it off with as much eaze. The wrong song choice can definately end any of the contestants stint no matter how good they performed the week before. Will say one thing about AI. never cease to amaze me. Just when you think some one is the One. AI comes back with a suprise. Last night as far as performance..Michael was the Adam Lambert(minus the screaming, but when hes singing softly has a beautiful voice). Big Mike owned the night. Next genres of music will tell the story of his true talent. The others yawn* not impressed.

Nana

March 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote; “Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on whether we think of it as “What can I spare?” or as “What can I share?”

I thought the talent last night last night was less than sub par. No one stood out as a possible winner. Lee and Michael were the best, but just mildly. As far as who goes home, I would have to guess it will be Jeramine and Todrick or John. The guys just haven’t impressed me much. I hope they will only get better as time goes on, as I don’t think they can get worse.

Hopefully, the girls will do much better than the guys. I do hope that Crystal will be able to perform. Being diabetic, she really needs to watch her blood sugar, diet, and make sure she eats reguarly, as I’m sure she does. Diabetes can be very serious if one doesn’t be proactive and do what they need to control it.

Lara

March 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

YAWN!!! Now, why did they change nights, I didn’t catch that.
This is the most boring group of contestants….Big Mike seems to be the only one with a personality at all….

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

I’m diabetic myself–and changes in stress can have huge changes in blood glucose levels. I would think being on Idol would be pretty much the definition of stress.

I know that DioGuardi said it’s not Guitar Idol, and I think most agree… But I wonder if other people feel like I do? It might come from having played the piano for 30 years, but the moment a contestant breaks out a musical instrument and demonstrates mastery, that contestant moves up in my estimation. Happened with both Cook and Allen, and it’s the main reason I didn’t fully get behind Adam Lambert last year (although I recognize that he’s actually studied his voice as an instrument, unlike most Idol contestants). In fact, it wasn’t until Cook’s year that I started watching Idol, largely because I am a snob about music and don’t give a lot of credence to “musicians” who haven’t studied music.

And James *played* that guitar last night. That was some mad shredding, and yes, it bumped him up in my estimation. We knew he could sing, but who knew he could play *like that*? I did not; now I do; point to him. If he survives this week, which he should easily, he doesn’t have to do that again, because he’s made his point.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Lara – crystal Bowersox had a diabetic episode yesterday morning and was hospitalized. The doctors said that they did not want her to perform last night, so the guys agreed to switch nights so she did not have to drop out of the competition.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I should add–when I say studied, I don’t necessarily mean formally. Studied and/or practiced might be better phrasing.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

mugglemikki! How nice to hear from you again!

I’m hoping, if the boys improved last night, then the girls will improve even more. They are clearly more talented than the guys this year…at least some of them are…and they have had an extra day to either improve or get way more nervous.

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

I’m just going to copy my post from last night here.

I can’t believe how many guys swapped positions for me this week. Strange week, but overall the guys up’d their game tremendously.

1. Alex Lambert – very good voice. very different voice. I loved the song and I’ve never even heard the song. That tells me he was very good. A lot potential in this guy.

2. Michael Lynche – I’ve never thought Michael belonged here…until tonight. Great song choice. Great job. He looks more genuine singing James Brown then he does singing Maroon 5.

3. Tim Urban – I agreed with Simon and was actually amazed the other judges were giving him a hard time. He wasn’t pitchy (randy) hardly at all and in fact sounded quite nice. I was really curious to how he would do this week because when he sang One Republic last week he wasn’t that bad, not until he hit the fauceto (sp?) stuff. He has a nice clean voice. Great attitude as Simon pointed out too.

4. Aaaron Kelly – My Girl, seriously? Again? He actually pulled most of it off quite nicely though. I was dreading hearing this song again but found myself actually enjoying it. County should be his gig though.

5. Casey James – hes makes it here only because of his guitar playing, which wasn’t quite as good as the judges made it out to be. Vocaly it was very meh. He also is way to tight when he performs. It’s uncomfortable and I think it will be his downfall eventually because I don’t think he has the body rhythm to change it.

6. Lee Dewyze – I probably should of put him 5th. In fact, he is 5th and Casey is 6th now. I’m still not as high on him as a lot of people, especially Simon (the one to beat, really!?) He is way to pitchy for me, BUT he did very well this week. It was a genuine performance and a fantastic song choice. I think too good of a song choice, he may run out of great songs suited for him.

7. Andre Garcia – come on Drew! The only good thing about this was watching him do the break dancing before he sang. What’s really sad is he actually said this is the kind of artist he want’s to be. Wrong

8. John Park – Man I love this song, but yuck. It’s funny how he said he was going to try and not do too much before he sang. Because I felt like he exactly did too much. Great song, but not for a singing competition. He’s in danger.

10. Jermaine and Todrick – Garbage. I like both these guys, but terrible singing. Nothing pleasant about either performance.

Jermaine and Todrick should get the boot in my opinion, but since they are both so similar I think only one goes (I’ll say Jermaine) and then probably Jon Park.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

NGTUMUN, I agree whole-heartedly on the Casey James/guitar thing. The boy flat out wailed on that thing last night. But, since you used Cookie as a good example – David Cook could sing rings around Casey’s performance last night. I like Casey, and think he will go far in this competition, but last night he made a bad song choice vocally and it diminished the performance.

I think there are plenty of songs out there that he could pull off brilliantly with both his voice and guitar, but that was not one of them, especially when he was going against performances by Bo Bice and Elliot Yamin that totally owned that song.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

dialidol is saying that not a single guy is safe although Lee DeWyze is the only one with a measurable vote difference.

Tell me, dialidol, will you claim this as proof that you get it right every year?

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

D – I am definately looking forward to tonight. Am wondering what gems Lilly, Didi and Crystal will find in the stack of songs, and can’t wait to hear Soibahn and her beautiful voice. PLus it will be intersting to see if Katie picks up her game a little, and if Michelle can back up last weeks performance with another solid one.

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

One more comment for kicks. I really really really don’t get the love for Lee Dewyze.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

I never pay any attention to DI until later in the season. They have been notoriously out of synch in these rounds in the past, and usually until the top 8 or so.

Plus, last year their lack of tracking TEXT votes really began to show through. it became very obvious that the text voters were voting for completely different contestants than the landline users.

To be honest, I think Dial Idol has been passed by technology, and is not no better than an anecdotal tool to give a general idea of where votes are going. Not totally useless, but much much less useful than years past.

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

RX- Resistance is futile! Fear the RASP!

Woodpappy

March 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Last night’s performances made me seriously think of turning the channel. That would have been the first time since Idol has been on that I even fathomed that thought. The wife actually fell asleep on the couch and when I woke her she asiked if “it” wasn’t over yet. Geez what’s going on this year?

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

dialidol is almost always successful when there’s only 2 contestants left. The rest of the time it’s just amusing to check their stats.

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

“Morning all! Good thing about watching a recorded “Idol”: you save so much time. Unbelievable amt of commercials! Bad thing: you miss the insta-blog action.”

I’ll second that Mercedes

dexter

March 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

Where to start with this? Kelly’s performance last night should put an end to the Archuleta 2.0 crock of crap the producers were trying to foist onto the public this year. it was a nonstarter to begin. After watching his and the other guys performances last night, that ship has sailed. At this same point in top 24 week in Archuleta’s season, he brought us ”Imagine”. Revisit that performance video, then compare/contrast Kelly’s performance, or any of the guys from last night, then tell us with a straight face any of them should be allowed to even carry Archuleta’s microphone.

Andrew garcia is edging closer and closer to becoming this season’s Sundance Head than Kelly is to becoming the next Archie. Tim Urban, Alex Lambert, Casey James are there for eye candy, as musical chops, personality and charisma is lacking. Todrick, Jermaine, John Park have no chance – they aren’t cute, puppy dog eyed white guys who will cause the idol voter to forgive their obvious vocal deficiencies, and the rest is just meh. Lee Dewyze was so pitchy and undeserving of the pimp spot it made my head hurt. Mike Lynche was the only bright spot last night, showing us glimpses of what a good performance on idol should be.

These guys, as a whole are subpar compared to past male contestants, as is idol. I think the show is done, because the girls aren’t that much better.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Mercedes, by calling them ‘commentators’ – you just scored big points with Linny!

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Not Going To Use My Usual Name – In the way your a music snob, I’m more specificly a guitar snob. I have to disagree that Casey just shreded the the guitar last night. It was fast yes, he certainly didn’t suck yes. My beef is it wasn’t smooth. It felt tight and just a hair off rythym. Me thinks the combobnation of guitar playing, singing, and stage nerves got the better of him. If he would of just sang, or just played guitar (I know he can’t do that on idol), then he would of sounded much much better.

That said, I do agree with you that when a contestant shows me that they are a “musician” that really increases their stock.

bgf

March 3rd, 2010
9:18 am

Please , let’s talk about the confusing Judging that theses guys are getting this year!! I am so…..! confused, so I know they are! 1st they say Change up the songs, then when the guys try to change up the songs the judges say!” too much of a change” the juding needs to get it together! all last season we heard ” mix and change up the melody- EXP-Allen Lambert!1
and thet the judges LOVED IT!! Until now this year!! Please let this season be the end of a long run of this “who do we like best” NOT! a talent show!! The only person who is honest with his comments is Simon!! He is the only person that can pick out a ture singer of this time ! the rest are either hitting , lusting for the singers, are joking , are just a go with the ride follower!! Judge the show and base it on the talent that is heard ! not how a person looks, or because you LIKE him!!

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

Mike S – I fear the bad notes!

I feel like a lot of people are loving Lee’s style and genre of music, not the true singer. But, every year there is always someone I like a lot at first that most don’t and there is someone that everyone likes a lot that I don’t. Although, just to toot my horn a tad, last year the person I liked a lot that most didn’t (at first) was Kris Allen :)

Disappointed!

March 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

Wow! I normally do not post on blogs – but the show has dropped to an all time low! How did these 24 make it to the show? Sure, there are a few that are really talented and deserve the chance to receive the vocal training and exposure, but the majority of these persons should have been cut!! Nothing short of a miracle to get a solid 1-2 hours of entertainment from the show this year! Thankful to have Tivo!

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

“Lee Dewyze was so pitchy and undeserving of the pimp spot it made my head hurt”

dexter, I agree completely. The fact that he’s the #1 voted spot on the blog tells quite a lot about this group of guys as a whole.

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:24 am

“combobnation” geesh. That’s a funny typo.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

Was there any explanation as to why they swtiched up the seating? (With Randy in seat 1.)

It seems to me that Kara and Simon are seated together because they are the only two who have a clue as to what’s going on. They give more relevant feedback than Randy (”for me, pitchy, dawg, just a’right”) and Ellen (”I like you… but I just didn’t like that”)

Ellen is totally out of her league – as are most of the remaing 20 contestants

KPH

March 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

I have to agree with most everyone on the blog that this year so far has not had that wow performance from anyone. That being said I thought Big Mike became the front runner last night. Not a wow performance but much better than anyone else so far.

Here is to hoping for some nice surprises and a full recovery for Crystal tonight. :-)

kelly&carriefan

March 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

Hey y’all,

Well, I agree with most of the assessments already stated. “Jermaine, Toddrick, John and Tim…exit, stage left. Goodbye!” What? We can’t get rid of four? Dang it!

RX, I feel the same way about Big Mike. I soooo don’t get the love. He’s somewhat middle of the pack for me.

Girls night! Yaaaaay! Um, I mean, cool.

DG

March 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

I thought the same about A. Lambert being similar to Elliott Yamin….but went back and searched Elliott’s top 24 and top 20 week performances. In the Top 24 week, Elliott sang a Stevie Wonder song and got the “best male vocals in idol history” accolade from Simon. In the Top 20 week he sang, “Moody’s Mood for Love” which remains one of the most memorable idol performances of all time. Both of these moments were WOW moments. I venture to say that NO ONE this season has given us a WOW moment. Not even A. Lambert.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

dexter…sorry..I think Todrick Hall is VERY cute and definitely has “puppy dog eyes” I just don’t like his singing! And i got a big kick out of Jermaine’s outfit last night. If he can’t make himself stand out with his voice he might as well try dazzling us with unique clothing. As for John Park, after his original audition, I thought he would be a front runner. Nope!

mugglemikki

March 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

I agree Woodpappy…definitely a snoozefest!

Harriett

March 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

I have to be out of touch today. Talk to everyone tonight!! Yaaay!

KPH

March 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

Dierdre I am sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor. I just got the news this morning about a long time customer of mine that passed last night from lung cancer. She was a great lady and will be missed.

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

D, I kind of agree about Todrick. He’s got everything it takes to be a star…except a voice.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 3rd, 2010
9:55 am

Rx, I will defer to your guitar expertise. I could tell you that MacIntyre and Giraud were both very good pianists, and Allen is a mediocre-at-best pianist, but I couldn’t tell you about solid vs. great guitar. Mike, you make an excellent point. David Cook remains the standard, and Casey James is not near him vocally. One thing James does have is a “softer” ballad style; even when Cook does a ballad, he still has that gravelly quality.

Michael Lynch didn’t do it for me last night, but I think it’s purely a genre thing (and an “I HATE that song” thing). Same thing for Aaron Kelly. I think the Archie comparisons are apt in some ways, particularly in personality. Both of them are so “golly gee whiz! Can you believe it? There’s like a stage here and people want to hear li’l ol’ ME! Gosh!” that it’s grating. And doesn’t Kelly look like one of those kids on Malcolm in the Middle? I barely know that show, but I think he does.

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Hmmm, my first experience with Pacman in a long time…

Rosita

March 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

bgf: I agree w/you that the judges are sending mixed messages. “Change it up/Don’t mess it up/Make it yours/Keep it simple” — why?
Randy seems to have lost any ability to critique, just tries to echo others. Simon & Kara trying to hold it together but just barely succeeding.
Ellen — she means well.

Rodney Ho

March 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

I’ve stopped looking at Dialidol because it lacks texting capability. It’s not as accurate as a result. New blog entry about Danny Gokey if you’re in the mood.

wreckedpizza

March 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

Man, I think the judges should just say “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. Their critiques are more “all over the place” than some of the contestants’ songs. They can’t be helping anyone it seems to me.

And poor Andrew Garcia must be viewing his “Straight Up” rendition as a blessing AND a curse. The “commentators” can’t seem to move past it and let him do other things.

Rob

March 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

I too am frustrated with the mixed messages from the judges. So I know the contestants have to be confused. And I fear I will wear out the “mute” button on the remote. I mute Ellen 99% of the time and Randy 50% of the time. Then turn the sound back on for Kara and Simon. They seem to be the only ones with anything meaningful to say. I miss Paula…

flagon

March 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

”Michael Lynch didn’t do it for me last night, but I think it’s purely a genre thing (and an “I HATE that song” thing). Same thing for Aaron Kelly. I think the Archie comparisons are apt in some ways, particularly in personality. Both of them are so “golly gee whiz! Can you believe it? There’s like a stage here and people want to hear li’l ol’ ME! Gosh!” that it’s grating. And doesn’t Kelly look like one of those kids on Malcolm in the Middle? I barely know that show, but I think he does.”

the only comparisons apparent to me regarding kelly and archuleta are their ages at the time of competition… come time to bring it vocally, archuleta brought it – something kelly really has not been able to do. there are excuses made left and right for plenty of other personality deficiencies some see in the contestants – i found blake, gokey, and daughtry’s and a few others perceived personalities on the show personalities irritating, but they more often than not brought it. talent, like having a lot of money, will cover a multitude of perceived ills… so far, kelly, and the majority of these guys have nothing to fall back on, or cause a lot of us to give them passes on things that don’t matter much in the long run, anyway… ymmv.

ugaaccountant

March 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

That was awful. I’d let 3 of them stay, the rest should leave now.

Casey – He’s ready to do a live tour in a way that none of the rest are remotely close to. His guitar work is good, his singing is good, he knows what he’s doing on stage. Amazing what years of practice can do for your preparation.

Andrew Garcia – Bad night, but I’ve seen enough bits and pieces of good decisions in his arrangements to respect his ability to record some good songs.

Big Mike – Solid performance. He’s good enough to remain on a tv show, although I think his career will be very “opening act” level like Simon said.

The rest range from forgettable (Dewyze) to shockingly ignorant and ego driven (Sellers). Sellers has vocal ability, but he’s been the biggest loser on the show. He can’t seem to understand how to sing. And he quite possibly just gave the worst Christian testimony i’ve ever seen on tv. Inviting Simon to church while disrespecting all of the judges. He could not have ignored what they were saying more if he tried.

It’s shocking that Sellers is coming across that poorly given his age, experience on tv, and experience performing for a crowd. But he’s just not doing this right at all.

chanceman

March 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

I agree that it is majorly boring…but it sure would help if they didn’t try to use 2 hours to spread out 10 songs. WAAAAAAYYYYYY too many comercials and I think that adds to the boredom.

LULA

March 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

@Chanceman, I agree, too many commercials.
I adore Ellen but I don’t think she makes a very good judge. She is not given constructive criticism. Basically she’s not saying anything..babbling is all.

ASHLEE WRIGHT

March 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

I love everything about Andrew garcia. he is very unique i would purchase anything with his
voice on it.he is great he is the next big thing!

Matt

March 3rd, 2010
2:36 pm

Jermaine needs to go just based on smugness alone. I hate it when people claim to “know” God as if they are destined to do whatever they want based on their beliefs. Sadly, he’ll probably get a bunch of votes because he said that by the same kind of people.

Loved the onesie though…

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

I rocks the onesie!

Alex Trebeck

March 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Okay, here’s my take

1. Alex Lambert – this guy has to lose the mullet to stand a chance.

2. Michael Lynche – He’ll stick around a little while longer, but please, no more shots of his flexing his muscles or lifting weights.

3. Tim Urban – should drop out to play Troy in his high school’s production of “High School Musical”.

4. Aaron Kelly – his warbly voice has me breaking out in pimples again.

5. Casey James – needs to either (a) play lead guitar in a cover band, or (b) do toothpaste commercials.

6. Lee Dewyze – I don’t get his guy. He hits more off notes than Lucy Ricardo, but has “the look”.

7. Andre Garcia – tattoo on neck and oversized nerd glasses. Nuff said.

8. John Park – he lost me when he gushed so much over Shania Twain.

9. Jermaine Sellers – hercules, hercules, hercules.

10. Todrick Hall – Put on a single white glove and apply for work at a theme park.

Alex Trebeck

March 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

ASHLEE WRIGHT

March 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

Thank you Andrew’s mother.

Miss G

March 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

The only one that was not HORRIBLE was Mike. Please do not compare Alex to Elliott Yamin. I don’t think Elliott EVER sang a bad note and although Elliott did not have much stage experience, he pulled off every performance like a STAR and grew each week. After watching and listening to this very bad nervous group, it is even more apparent that what Elliott did on the show, was simply Amazing.

Haider

March 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Is no one going to mention the weird face Lynche was making? It made me feel uneasy. Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert, in my opinion, were the best and are now my favourites. Jermaine, Todrick, John, or Aaron should leave. Aaron probably won’t but deserves it. The judges are sucking up to him or something because his performances are NOT good. Even though I like Lee and Alex, I still think a girl should and will win. My favourites there are Lilly and Siobhan. Hopefully they do well tonight.

Haider

March 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

ALSO, Garcia should get out right now. His voice is annoying, if you took a look at his YouTube videos before it got taken down, you’d have found out that he’s EXTREMELY rude and racist. Plus, he doesn’t have the look and would not go big. He will be like Danny Gokey; will go far in the competition but will be unheard of after the season is done.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
4:56 pm

Haider, you realize that Danny Gokey just released an album and is getting airplay and TV time right?

Fail.

OpenMinded

March 4th, 2010
8:09 pm

These conetestants really have the potential..Michael Lynche..Aaaron Kelly..Jermaine andan idol produce other talents,,esp simon i think he likes male contestants with the likes of cooks.. the rest are just common,,ordinary talents you can see anywhere..their voices are not that remarkable..but i think think the judges are not basing their opinions on the contetants talents but on how they will market them after the competition..i really dont enjoy alex lambert perfromances,,his voice is very common and not that good really..and for lee i wonder y simon like him,,does the looks counts more than the talent?duh,,this guy sucks big time..but i guess the judges already have their own list of winners,,and they are manipulating peoples mind by rippin good singers and by building alex/lee..again my top 3 are michael,,aaron and kelly..and the rest are common,,ordinary voices that you can hear everywhere..

OpenMinded

March 4th, 2010
8:15 pm

These conetestants really have the potential..Michael Lynche..Aaaron Kelly..Jermaine .. the rest are just common,,ordinary talents you can see anywhere..their voices are not that remarkable..but i think think the judges are not basing their opinions on the contetants talents but on how they will market them after the competition..i really dont enjoy alex lambert perfromances,,his voice is very common and not that good really..and for lee i wonder y simon like him,,does the looks counts more than the talent?duh,,this guy sucks big time..but i guess the judges already have their own list of winners,,and they are manipulating peoples mind by rippin good singers and by building alex/lee..can idol produce other talents,,esp simon i think he likes male contestants with the likes of cooks..again my top 3 are michael,,aaron and jermaine this guys are awesome..and the rest are common,,ordinary voices that you can hear everywhere..

Frank Sinatra

March 5th, 2010
10:57 am

This is the worst Idol ever .America needs a new show. Ellen Degenerate has to go .

molly

July 27th, 2010
11:29 am

lee dewyze was the best american idol ever . and yo haterr …. frank sinatra …. no 1 cares wat you say . ur just mad cuz u dnt hav a near good voice and wil nvr make it 2 american idol . soo stop hating . and i love ellen she makes the show funny . soo shut up .