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The lamest top 10 ever?

The print edition of the AJC wanted a story about “Idol” for the top 10. So here was my take:

Fox’s top reality show “American Idol” is struggling to maintain its footing as it muddles through middle age.

Ratings in its ninth season have slipped again. Fans are complaining about the lack of depth in this year’s lackluster top 10. Simon Cowell seemed especially peeved after last week’s poor showing by virtually all the contestants.

This top 10 is arguably the weakest since season six, which at least had Blake Lewis’s beat boxing and Sanjaya’s hair to distract us. Maybe the contestants can redeem themselves working with Atlanta R&B star Usher, tonight’s guest mentor.

Let’s review the top 10, from worst to best:

10. Tim Urban: Inserted as a substitute in the top 24, Urban sang a heartfelt version of “Hallelujah” one week but otherwise seems incapable of connecting with the songs he chooses.

9. Andrew Garcia: After an intriguing version of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” Hollywood Week, this bespectacled guitar man has proven to be a pure one-note act with limited range.

8. Katie Stevens: At age 16, she’s a bit of  a blank slate who seems more comfortable singing old classics for the nursing-home set than channeling anything remotely current.

7. Aaron Kelly: Another teen, Aaron is a lower-grade version of season seven’s runner-up David Archuleta. But he always gets an A for effort.

6. Casey James: So laid back, it’s almost like he isn’t trying at times. But his easy-going vibe and Teen Beat hot looks will keep the votes comng in for awhile.

5. Didi Benami: Her quivering, cutesy voice melds well with her quirky persona. She’s has “coffeehouse singer-songwriter” imprinted on her forehead.

4. Lee DeWyze: His on-stage charisma remains at low wattage, but he possesses an appealing modern rock voice and has plenty of room to improve, which voters tend to like.

3. Michael Lynche: This year’s velvet teddy bear, he evokes a bit of season two’s Ruben Studdard though critics find some of his affectations a bit on the Velveeta side.

2. Siobhan Magnus: Her weekly “scream” may torture your family dog, but her vocal flexibility and sweetly likable sensibility makes her a solid bet for the finale.

1. Crystal Bowersox: She may resemble those ratty guitarist subway dwellers plying for dollar bills. But she’s also the only contestant who seems ready to cut an album now as a fully-formed recording artist.

Judging the judges:

Simon Cowell: As a lame duck, he appears disgruntled and disengaged at times. But bottom line: he remain the arbiter of tough love and truth. That will be difficult to replace.

Ellen DeGeneres: She’s no music expert and it shows. Her sense of humor remains her saving grace, even if her quips are far more calculating than predecssor Paula Abdul’s often inadvertently strange commentary.

Kara DioGuardi: In year two, the outsider has become an insider, coming into her own as a judge. Her over-the-top hunger for Casey James has been a wee uncomfortable, but she brings genuine passion to the table.

Randy Jackson: Yo, dawg, you say the same six things over and over again. But there’s something oddly comfortable about your utter predictability, especially since you’ll be the last remaining original judge next year.

On TV

“American Idol,” Fox 8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 p.m. Wednesday

153 comments Add your comment

WorstSeasonEver

March 30th, 2010
3:06 pm

This is the WORST group since Season 6 (Jordan Sparks). I thought it would be tough to do worse than that season, but this year is HORRIBLE. If Michael Lynche picks one more person up or flexes his muscles, I am going to throw up.

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:06 pm

Hell all.

Alex Trebeck’s summary at 10:57 am is just about perfect. I agree 100%.

Har:riett

March 30th, 2010
3:18 pm

Made it to Greenville. Testing out the mini computer for blogging. It is much slower than the larger ones bc I have to get used to the keyboard. It is coming along now. Letters really close together. Hope I can keep up with coveritlive. Talk to you tonight. Interesting opinions today :lol:

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
3:19 pm

“If Michael Lynche picks one more person up or flexes his muscles, I am going to throw up.”

Oh yeah, the physically fit tend to make me feel ill as well. They make me look bad as I shovel in the Doritos dipped in lard while I wallow in my own filth here on the couch.

:twisted:

Get off the couch and hit the gym if you are intimidated by a man with muscles. Sheesh.

srh

March 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

A season 6 contestant got into trouble with the law… saw it on AOL. Here are the highlights:
Season 6 “American Idol” finalist Stephanie Edwards is apparently not as composed and genteel as we remember her to be. The 22-year-old “young lady” was busted last night for brawling in the streets with another woman.

Edwards, who finished in 11th place behind R&B darling Jordin Sparks back in 2007, was entangled in a fight so vicious, Georgia police had to literally use all their might to tear her apart from the other woman.

Chatham County Sheriff’s department records indicate that Edwards actually went over to the other woman’s home, because the other woman allegedly made harassing phone calls to Edwards. The young singer, tired of the repeated digs and at her wit’s end, hightailed over to the other woman’s home to confront her.

Police were summoned at around 10:00 p.m. to break up the fight, which had spilled in to the middle of the street. Both women were arrested and taken to a local jail.

Edwards has since been released. Both women sustained minor injuries.

Jason

March 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

Maybe check for spelling and grammar errors next time?

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

LOL!

That was supposed to be *Hello* all.

:evil:

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

I also agree with the previous comment (I’m too lazy to search back and see who posted it) that it seems like AI has gone way too political correct. It’s like every race must be represented by someone. Out of thousands and thousands of people that auditioned, the talent should of been better.

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

:mrgreen:

I had to try that one.

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:44 pm

RxDawg

March 30th, 2010
3:44 pm

3rd take…

:mrwhite:
:mrblack:
:mrpink:
:mrred:
:mrbrown:
:mrpurple:
:mrblue:
:mryellow:
:mrfusia:

Just curious

BIG DAWG

March 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

Harm

March 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

BIG DAWG

March 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

BIG DAWG

March 30th, 2010
3:47 pm

Jose

March 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

Crystal is good but not very commercial. Who likes that hippy-chic, coffee-shop, bohemian crap?

Harm

March 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

I had to try the emoticons out too!

BTW Happy Belated Birthday RxDawg!!!

:devil:
;devil;

Harm

March 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Jose

March 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

WorstSeasonEver: agree with you, Jordin Sparks AKA Sasquash sucked and still sucks!

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

Even if I didn’t have a meeting tonight… I wouldn’t watch tonight’s show. I might check back in tomorrow night at 10 minutes till to see who gets voted off.

We oughta have a “How Lame Is This Top 10?” contest!

“This Top 10 is so lame, they all have to take the tage in wheel chairs.”

“This Top 10 is so lame, they’re searching the religious channels to find someone who can heal them.”

“This Top 10 is so lame, Randy’s run out of meaningless, nonsensical, cliches that mean nothing to anyone but him.” (Oh wait… that’s pretty much standard Randy. Never mind.)

Jose

March 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

LOve me so Siohban!

Harm

March 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

I”m through playing now! I’m off to try some one handed mopping now!!!

Jose

March 30th, 2010
3:52 pm

Randy seems to be cracked out this season. He makes no sense. In general, all judges are super passive-aggressive this season.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

Katy Perry is engaged to Russell Brand! What? Whatever good things I thought about Katy just got beat up, Stephanie Edwards style, by that one bit of bad.

Speaking of Stephanie Edwards, I haven’t read the article, but I don’t think I’d want to tangle with her. She probably has good reach.

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

:twuisted: Lesson to y’all, don’t mess with Stephanie Edwards! :lol:

:cry: :tear: :oops:

Jose

March 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

Michael fit???!!! He is a porker!

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
3:57 pm

8O JT, Russell Brand, ick. He always looks like he needs a shower…

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
4:13 pm

For me(for you)Idol still tickles me. It evokes emotion. this year the emotions happen to be anger and disgust. ;-) And the poster who said Idol will stay as long as the ratings are good is absolutely correct. Unless the powers-that-be decide to pull one of those “leave ‘em wanting more” stunts, Idol will stay until it falls out of the top 10 ratings.

Try to imagine what Fox is thinking right now. Idol on Mondays and Wednesday. X Factor on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Their eyes are bugging out of their heads right now with the pure joy they feel. All they have to do is find a great replacement for Simon and they’re back in business.

And what happens to us? The blog becomes X Factor Idol Buzz and we spend 4 nights a week b*tching about the latest talent. :lol:

Truth B. Told

March 30th, 2010
4:18 pm

The dilema this season — Even if they went on the road for a tour —- WOULD YOU SPEND MONEY TO SEE ANY OF THIS GROUP?

And the winner — whomever it will be — I CAN’T SEE MY SELF clicking over to itunes to BUY anything they put out.

SOMETHING HAPPEND this SEASON — maybe with PAULA gone, and the imminent departure of SIMON –something in the AI formula — went totally sour….and it is showing up in the product.

TOP 10 SINGERS — and only 1 can really sing—- and everybody else……….. YAWN.

And Bowersox — is not somebody that is commercially ready — she is also not the type to change into a “pop star” and a little sex tart…..so where is the SELLING POWER of he albums?

Truth B. Told

March 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

oops ….her albums (sorry)

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Googled Stephanie Edwards, looked at her picture and can’t remember a thing about her. I draw an equal blank on LaKisha Jones, Chris Richardson, and Brandon Rogers, Steph’s team mates from Idol 6… which had LESS interesting people than the current season is offering!

Some samples from a Q&A with Stephanie back in the day:

Do You have any formal singing training?
Yes. I worked with a vocal coach for a month.

What are your personal goals in life?
To life a life that I won’t regret after I’m in Heaven.

What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
Winning the title of Savannah Star 2005.

What has been your toughest obstacle in life?
Deciding what to go to college for, since I’d rather sing.

She made it into Top 11, even though she forgot the lyrics to Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover”.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
4:30 pm

Deirdre, I was under the impression that X-Factor would be a fall show. So from September through May Fox would have singing domination.

I don’t think that Idol will fade before I do. I will move on to X-Factor, and continue to follow the Idols from the seasons I watched, but Idol will keep churning them out. As long as there are numbers, there will be Idol.

Charles De Gull

March 30th, 2010
4:31 pm

Idle is a colossal waste of time.

Cookie Crumb

March 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

Cookie Crumb

March 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

yeah, ya learn something new every day :lol:

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

“Idle is a colossal waste of time”

Absolutely correct, fortunately for us we are discussing Idol.

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hmm, Truth B. Told, you are on to something, but “little sex tart?” I mean, I guess….out of the female winners the only one who would qualify as that is Carrie, imo. :mrgreen:

And Fox better not have X Factor and Idol on at the same time. I think it would just lead to an even more rapid decline for the oldie. I know I’m 98% sure I would not watch both if that were the case. I mean, love y’all, but there’s more than singing competitions to life. Oh, wait. I forgot…I don’t have one. Y’all are stuck with me, then! :p

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
4:58 pm

:lol: JT!!!

Idol’s biggest problem right now is finding the right replacement for Simon. At that point, no matter how good the replacement is, the ratings will start to fade.

I remember Stephanie very well…one of those girls with lots of potential who never clicked with the audience. LaKisha came in 4th that year didn’t she. Definitely talented. And Chris Richardson was the Justin Timberlake wannabe who told Simon that “Nasal” was a singing style. I’ll never forget him!

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

The reason I remember Stephanie is ’cause she was “pimped” as a Georgia girl…and Brandon Rodgers was the really nice guy who was a backup singer.

Highlander

March 30th, 2010
5:27 pm

Truth B. Told and K&CF, my thoughts exactly! Who among this top 10 are truly “marketable”? We have a couple who are good enough to have a career in a minor niche but no real break-out stars, IMO.

At this point, I predict the summer tour will tank!

And speaking of Justin Timberlake, D, don’t you think Simon is hoping he can promote Justin Beiber into Timberlake v2.0? …Never gonna happen! :roll:

Highlander

March 30th, 2010
5:37 pm

However, I don’t think this is THE lamest top 10 ever. That dubious title still belongs to Season 6. You know, the one where Blake Lewis (who???) made it to the final! THAT’s embarrassing! :oops:

And, Jose, you need to rethink your opinion of “fit”. Most NFL linemen could probably outrun you and have better cardio than you (besides being able to pound you to dust). Meanwhile, most marathon runners look like anorexics!

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

March 30th, 2010
6:18 pm

ok. you guys will be chatting live…but i still have not figured out HOW to connect to that…. so i’ll be over on the slow side with Deirdre, if i can wrestle the computer away from the kids! :mrgreen:

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

March 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

oh yeah, and no, Crystal would never be a pop sexy diva wannabe who can’t sing. She can sing. She can play the guitar and the harmonica and other things… she’s a throwback to the 60s and 70s, yes, but she IS marketable in that niche, and there are LOTS of us (not just older folks, my KIDS like that music too) who like it and look for it. frankly if there were NEVER another britney-madonna-gaga wannabe i would be absolutely THRILLED! or timberlake-etal clones either for that matter! talk about boring!

:oops: :mrgreen: :lol: :evil: :roll: 80

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

March 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

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

March 30th, 2010
6:22 pm

oh yea and my newest :twisted:

john dixon

March 30th, 2010
7:43 pm

Idol didn’t give the best male vocal singer they had a chance who was the one and only Jermaine Sellers point blank period go to his facebook and listen to his music

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
7:49 pm

Thanks Jermaine… I mean “john dixon” wink-wink

petey

March 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

ya your right. no real standouts this season. the best moment was when DiaGuardo came out in a bikini.

John

March 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

Rodney, dude, you’ve got to proofread these blogs before you publish them. In your remark about Didi, it should say “she”, instead of “she’s”. The remark about Simon should say “remains”, not “remain”. In your remark about Ellen, you misspelled “predecessor”. I quit reading after that.

Pen

March 31st, 2010
10:22 pm

I think Lee has a future. Crystal, not so much.

Felisha

April 1st, 2010
9:59 am

Felisha

April 1st, 2010
10:00 am

B) glasses :) lol.jk

Kaleb Hildebrand

June 17th, 2010
10:47 pm

this is a load of crap. Lee, Crystal, and Andrew are some of the best. Tim, Michael, and Siobhan were some of the worst. America does not know what real talent is.