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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

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

March 29th, 2010
6:36 pm

pretty well pegged most of it, Rodney.

belated Happy Birthday, RxDawg, hope it was a good one.

ok, you guys need to do a summary of how you make these neat new emoticons! i got the laughing one and the shock one, but the rest elude me!!!

JTesla

March 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

Great piece Rodney. I already made my opinion know: lamest top 10 ever.

Linny, we can’t let you hold that much power :twisted:

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

Tonigt, Rodney? Ok, so I took a 20 minute nap after work, and most of a glass of Prosecco while I fixed dinner,,, but I’m still on Monday and “24″!!

JTesla

March 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

Mercedes, that must have been some strong Prosecco, because today is Tuesday!

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2010
7:04 pm

JT – har har

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
7:21 pm

Mercedes, the article is for tomorrow’s paper. Rodney was just giving us a preview.

linny……colon mad colon

:mad:

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
7:22 pm

I don’t know how to make the devil one but it fits JT so well that I think we’ll let him keep it. :roll:

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

March 29th, 2010
7:52 pm

:mad:
ok how are you “rolling your eyes” there, girlfriend???
LOL
thanks JT, i don’t think i have a whole lot of power these days, been shackled to no-blog-at-work and youngest-son-uses-computer-more-than-i-do pillars, with no way to unlock the chains!

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

March 29th, 2010
7:53 pm

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

March 29th, 2010
7:53 pm

HAH! figured that one out…let’s see

:evil:

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

March 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

ohhhhhhhhh got it!

let’s see…

:sick:

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

March 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

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

March 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

grrr still working on the green one

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:08 pm

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Ok…how did you do JT’s?

:green:

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

Deirdre

March 29th, 2010
8:13 pm

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Children, this is SO cute!!

And so much more interesting than gabbing about the tanking Idol season…

Mercedes S.

March 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

From todat’s WSJ:

“‘American Idol’: Real Worth? The Answer for CKX Is, Less Than the TV Show Was Worth 2 Years Ago

“One Equity Partners, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s private-equity arm, is nearing a deal to buy out CKX Inc., the owner of the blockbuster television enterprise ‘American Idol’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ for roughly $6 a share, according to people familiar with the matter. Robert F.X. Sillerman, chief executive of CKX, would retain his roughlly 20,6% stake as part of the proposed deal.

“Mr. Sillerman and other insiders offered $13.75 a share for CKX in 2007, a deal scuttled by the credit crisis.

“Back then, the company’s stock hovered in the midteens. But the past two years haven’t inspired investors’ confidence in CKX. Earlier this year, Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, left CKX.”

“One issue for the company (CKX) is that it is costly to keep the talent happy. The company, for example, recently paid Ryan Seacrest $15 million to retain him for future projects and to market his name and image, according to analysts.”

Interesting take on talent…

crystal sux

March 29th, 2010
11:16 pm

omg. crystal could never make a pound in London’s subs as a busker – and new yorker subs wouldn’t give her a second sound either. she sux! WHO listens to THIS crap anymore except Woodstock mourners?

The Dow

March 29th, 2010
11:18 pm

AI not worth it used to be? Wow! That is a total shocker! Maybe after Crystal Sux wins this year they will finally bury AI and give it a eulogy worthy of a Taylor/Crystal burial!

Kara DiGarbage!

March 29th, 2010
11:32 pm

And people laughed at Constantine when we have to hear this year’s talent-less crew? This show went south once they lost Paula. Kara is a joke with that head bobbing when she delivers her feedback. Remember – this is the idiot that gave us THE song for last year’s winner to perform after winning. What song was it? It was so bad NO radio gave it play time. Get rid of Kara and Idol has a chance.

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

March 30th, 2010
12:06 am

Deirdre, sorry, i went away — drop the “D” in devil and try it again :evil:

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

March 30th, 2010
12:09 am

and i wanna know how to do the greeeeen one!!!!!!! LOL :lol:

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

March 30th, 2010
12:10 am

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

March 30th, 2010
12:11 am

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

March 30th, 2010
12:11 am

Enter your comments here

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

March 30th, 2010
12:11 am

oops sorry, hate that…. anyway…. i’m going to go find out how to do these, LOL!

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
1:22 am

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
7:20 am

Morning!

I guess we were a little bored yesterday. :evil: It IS kinda fun to have more than 2 or 3 emoticons.

Show tonight! R & B. Should be interesting. I hope!

Highlander

March 30th, 2010
7:33 am

Morning!

There are actually 2 devil emoticons. colon evil colon :evil: and colon twisted colon :twisted:

Some of you know the laughing one – colon lol colon :lol: and the rolling eyes, colon roll colon :roll:

And lastly, colon oops colon :oops:

Highlander

March 30th, 2010
7:37 am

News flash: Ricky Martin has come out. He says he’s gay! Huh, …who knew??

…Oh yeah, EVERYONE!!! :D

Yay Usher

March 30th, 2010
8:00 am

Usher will be da bomb and bring some much needed mojo to this sleeper group!

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
8:18 am

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
8:29 am

Here’s Paige Miles on David Letterman last night. If THIS Paige Miles had shown up on the show, she’d still be there! The music starts at about 2:45 if you want to skip the boring interview.

http://mjsbigblog.com/paige-miles-late-show-with-david-letterman-video.htm#more-21976

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Ricky Martin’s gay??? I’m shocked, I say. Shocked! :shock:

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Good morning! Ricky Martin gay? Old news. Ho hum.

D, thanks for the link on Paige’s performance. She really was good. Makes you wonder why she couldn’t bring this on the show.

I have all the emoticons down now, exept the green one. How do I do that? Or, is it a state secret, JT? Will you have to kill me if you tell me? :)

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
9:03 am

But we have to use our new-found powers for good, right? :-)

David

March 30th, 2010
9:03 am

haha….oh man..what are you guys going to do with your life when American Idol is gone forever….no more Rodney to suck up to for average articles…and act like you all know music…

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
9:07 am

IF it was any of your business, David, I would tell you.

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Hey y’all….

I’m hearbroken today. My dream of becoming Mrs. Ricky Martin has been shattered! I kid, I kid. Seriously, when have we ever seen a straight man move his hips like THAT? :grin:

I know what I’m doing when Idol is gone forever. I’m moving to an island in the Pacific, listening to only Idols’ music on a continuous loop, and hoping a plane crashes with some musicians so I can choose a new “candidate.”

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
9:30 am

When Idol is gone I’ll sit out on my dock with a glass of wine and a good book. What will you do, David?

clon mrgreen colon :mrgreen:

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Well, y’all know what I meant.

David

March 30th, 2010
9:35 am

haha, that sounds very nice. I hope for your sake AI goes quickly then…Oh, me, im a youngin trying to survive out here in this business world..so I’ll continue to do my routine of going to ajc.com when I get in the office and read most of the articles…even the bad ones……

LTW

March 30th, 2010
9:41 am

Crystal seems most ready to cut an album, because she has already done so. She has been recording and selling her music for years.

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
9:42 am

Well, David, that sounds a bit more friendly.

Life is like the sea, “an eternal, moving thing” that changes with time, takes shape first one way, and then the other. I find the best thing to do is go with the flow, and to keep the water metaphor going, to swim with the tide and not against it. There is always a new thing that comes along to fire the imagination. So, I am not worried about life after Idol.

**A nod to Zora Neale Hurston for the “eternal, moving thing.”

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
9:43 am

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
9:52 am

No more Rodney? Nah Rodney is forever. He’s like the Dick Clark of blog land.

Bored

March 30th, 2010
9:59 am

WHY ARE THERE 4 JUDGES? It totally slows the show down. No performance can ellicit four different points of view, so all we get is repeitive blather.

KARA IS THE WORST. I believe she probably knows what she is talking about, but her comments are predictable and way too long-winded, especially given the 4-judge format. OK, we get it, they need to “make the song their own”. fine. NEXT! The funny thing is, that Kara is actually a very attractive women, but it just takes 5 minutes of her talking to make me completely lose any affection for her.

Idol “jumped the shark” when it added Kara. I imagine Simon will come out and say this in a couple of years.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
10:05 am

I forgot to check, is tonights show only an hour? It should be, if not then I agree with Bored.

Bored

March 30th, 2010
10:14 am

RATINGS BOOSTER: Next week, they should let America vote to determine which judge to kick off the show. Now, that would break all voting records.

amber

March 30th, 2010
10:17 am

my thoughts precisely. the show is becoming indulgent(in simon’s own words). ellen was the worst pick for a new judge, she is clueless everytime ryan asks her anything, other than a joke. didni’t get her on the show.

the contestants, have no personality. maybe it will improve. the top 24 was better than the top 10, but they were sleepy. the show should have kept the dancing guy toderick.

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
10:34 am

I get that we’ve all b!tched and moaned about the judges (commentators, hey, Linny!), but unfortunately, it’s what we are stuck with now. I actually don’t think Kara is the worst judge, as her comments seem better than Mr. Catchprase…I do like Randy, but at this point he’s like the old blankie you don’t get rid of ’cause it’s comfortable. I just wish he had more to say that “pitchy.” 8O

JT, it’s two hours still… :evil:

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
10:46 am

2 hours!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Remember when they could fit the top 10 into one hour? Heck even during the top 24 phase where they had 10 men or 10 women a night those shows were only an hour!

Idol: first you put together the most lame, mediocre, and boring group of contestants and then you run 10 singers through 2 hours?

Now is when I start griping about the four judges, I do have to side with K&Cfan. Kara has been bugging me, but at least there are occasions where I will agree/disagree with her. I don’t mind disagreeing with her, that means that she is at least saying something. Randy doesn’t say anything to agree/disagree with.

“E what do you think?” Is about the best new thing Randy has said in three years. Boot Randy and give us back a one hour top 10 show. Give us back two songs per contestant from the top 5 on!

CBC

March 30th, 2010
10:47 am

America let the bestleave the show first!!! Jermaine should have been in the top 10!

Alex Trebeck

March 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Two words to describe this season – bo ring!

My take on the pathetically weak top 10.

10. Tim Urban: no talent, but will continue to garner votes from little girls because he’s “cute”.

9. Andrew Garcia: his look (tattoos and Sally Jessie Raphael glasses) is all wrong as are his vocal chops, but he’s the only Hispanic in the competition so he’ll probably stick around a few more weeks.

8. Katie Stevens: may be the best voice for her local high school, but her talent is very thin on a national scale. Will continue to win votes from the young texting crowd..

7. Aaron Kelly: I don’t get the love for this kid. He’s not even close to David Archuleta in terms of talent. His warbling voice sends cold chills down my spine. But like Katie, the young texting crowd will continue to move him along for a few more weeks.

6. Casey James: Would be great in a cover band, or in a band as lead guitarist. The “Kara has the hots for him” has become waaaaaaay too old.

5. Didi Benami: Unique? Yes. Extremely talented? No. May make the top 6 but wouldn’t bet on it. I just don’t think she has a huge fan base. The young texting crowd may not connect with her.

4. Lee DeWyze: I have yet to hear this guy sing on tune through an entire song. Cover bands throughout the country have better singers.

3. Michael Lynche: Good voice, smiles a lot. Ho hum. Has a newborn daughter….so do several people I know. Will be in top 5 but won’t do much when his album is released.

2. Siobhan Magnus: Biggest enigma of the bunch. Just what style of music would she record and what radio station format would play this style? She may want to tone down the “wanted my hair cut in a mohawk once in my life” clips if she truly wants to win. May be a little too over the top for the masses (i.e. Adam Lambert).

1. Crystal Bowersox: The makeup people have smoothed her “hygiene deficient meth queen” look. Very talented but aloof. Was probably one of those musical “purists” who trashed AI for years, but the chance for big money caused her to compromise.

Judging the judges:

Simon Cowell: Has to be laughing all the way to the bank. This guy makes what, $50 million per year? It’s his last year and he helped stack the deck with the weakest group of competitors yet. Ratings will continue to drop, thus paving the way for the introduction of his new talent show. If nothing else, Simon in shrewd.

Ellen DeGeneres: Has as much business being on this show as I do commanding a space shuttle mission. So she likes music. Big deal, so do I and millions of other Americans.

Kara DioGuardi: Is way too full of herself. We’ll see how valuable she is when the show struggles to survive next year with Simon’s absence..

Randy Jackson: Really adds nothing other than “pitchy”, but he’s like that comfortable pair of jeans that feel juuuuuuust right. Hope he’s banked his money because next year the show will suffer big.

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
10:57 am

People ask talk show hosts “what will you talk about now that…” Talk shot hosts keep talking.

Bloggers will still keep blogging.

David, what will you do when you don’t have this blog to come in and trash?

Bored

March 30th, 2010
10:59 am

HEY RODNEY: How about putting up a VFTW Judge Poll. So far, I think we have 2 for Randy and 1 each for Kara and Ellen.

Randy Jackson

March 30th, 2010
10:59 am

Yo dawg, yo yo yo, I’m gonna yo, like not gonna yo like this article because it doesn’t make me look like a dawg dawg.

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Is it spring break there? Doesn’t start here until next week. Seems like it, though.

David

March 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Rickster…I’ll move to the radio blog that rodney does hah..but seriously you all know that AI is done with…..its like watching Ali fight way past his prime…horrible..

Simon Says

March 30th, 2010
11:12 am

Contestants about the same, actually better then last season. Bringing on Ellen hurt a lot, people right off the bat said they were not going to watch because they hired her. Other gave her a shot, but realized after watching her it was not talent that got her the job but media propaganda.

Anyway to 10 is never that great, there are always about 3 or 4 that stand out, same this year.

Buster

March 30th, 2010
11:12 am

Y’all REALLY need to get a life.

Alex Trebeck

March 30th, 2010
11:13 am

David
March 30th, 2010
11:07 am

I also believe AI is in decline. They now seem to be in a politically correct mode with every race, creed, sexual orientation (Ellen), et al, being represented rather than focusing on music.

Here’s something that would make things interesting, even if just for a week. On a given show, maybe the top 6 or so, have each contestant sing the same song. Each contestant would be given the choice of singing the song in its original arrangement or change it to their liking. I think it would be great. Try to imagine Katie, Aaron, or Michael singing “Paint it Black” by the Stones. Hilarious.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
11:15 am

Two hours equals 12 minutes per contestant. You know they aren’t going to be singing 12 minute songs. We’ll get 30 minutes of songs and 90 minutes of JUNK! And that’s being generous considering the group we have now.

That’s it. I’ll read the blog opinions and FF to the ones I’m interested in. Which means I’ll probably watch Andrew and Tim for train wreck reasons, Siobhan because I like her, Didi because she is easy on the eyes, and that’s it. The rest I’ll cover by watching the recap.

David, I read Rodney’s TV/Radio blog, but I always thought it was a wasteland as far as people commenting. This blog is so much better.

blkshepherd

March 30th, 2010
11:19 am

Comments always amaze me on here.

A serious question. What does Ricky Martin have to Do with American Idol? What does Ricky Martin coming out have to do with the Lamest Top 10?

Now, Sticking to the Topic,

..Going to be interesting seeing my girl DiDi tackle a R&Bs tune I know she dont have a chance in hell of winning or even being in the top 5 but I still enjoy her little voice an quirky moves. I am sure Michael will be right in his comfort zone and ought to be one of the best tonight if not the best. As for the screamer, the screams may finally come in handy..depends on which R&B tune.although I wish she would quit it altogether as its not really needed. Her voice is fine without it.

eagle

March 30th, 2010
11:27 am

It’s a TIVO night! JTesla said it right. Alotting 12 minutes from one performance to another means fillers, fillers and more fillers. It’s like those nasty boxed off-brand beef patties you can get at the grocer. Less meat but mostly ground hearts and scraps. Ugh.

eagle

March 30th, 2010
11:36 am

Crystal will probably do something easy like Midnight Train to Georgia. She will not take a risk with a Jill Scott or Eryka Badu choice – it would showcase her inability to deliver emotion. It’s not enough to just hit the right notes. That’s what I like about Mike. This is his week for the taking – a lion in a cubs den.

violet4ever

March 30th, 2010
11:39 am

Good list order Rodney – I agree. Especially after some lists I have seen. I saw one today where the writer had Andrew in second place, right after Crystal. I am not kidding.

Harriett

March 30th, 2010
11:53 am

I am off to the netherlands of upstate SC. Talk to everyone tonight.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
11:55 am

Wow, it got busy here while I was taking mom to the doc.

Agree that 2 hours is too long.

Agree that 4 judges is a total waste of time.

Agree that the show is doomed sometime in the next 3 years. But, seriously folks, what show isn’t after 10 seasons?

Welcome David.

Alex, I’m just amazed that you remembered the name “Sally Jessie Raphael” I usually just think of her as the red glasses lady.

Rickster

March 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

An Old West bounty hunter goes to the sheriff in a small town ans asks if there are any outlaws that need rouding up so he can collect the reward.

Sheriff says, “Yup. There’s one fella we’re looking for. He’s called the “Paper Bandit.”

“Paper Bandit?” the bounty hunter asks? “Why do you call him that?”

Sheriff replies, “Practically everything he wears is made of paper. His hat, his shirt, his pants, even his boots. Only thing not made out of paper is his gun and belt.”

“That’s the darndest thing I ever heard” says the bounty hunter. “What’s he wanted for?”

The sheriff replies………. “rustling.” :shock:

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

So, does anyone besides me still like American Idol??? It’s hard to tell by this blog anymore, y’know.

Guess they just need to give Crystal the title (no cd purchase by moi!) and turn out the lights. Then we can get the “life” we are so often accused of not having. LOFL!

For me, I’m gonna enjoy as Katie turns it up tonight and continues her march to victory. Really.

In closing, Diana DeGarmo wrules!

freebird

March 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Siobhan is way overrated IMO I haven’t been impressed with anything she has done yet, it’s like people are just clinging to the idea of her and her supposed yet seemingly contrived quirkiness. Crystal has absolutely ZERO chance of winning regardless of her talent. Didi is a much better all American Idol, I’m almost certain that she’ll win and power through the current front runners. Ladies and Gents Didi is your next American Idol

eagle

March 30th, 2010
12:21 pm

Does anyone have a spoiler list for tonight’s song choices? I’ve tried to google any info I could find but unsuccessful.

eagle

March 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

Freebird – I disagree about Didi. If anyone can sneak past the older fan base who is voting for Crystal, it will be Mike. JMO.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

You both have it wrong, while the others duke it out Aaron will win it all. It will annoy me to no end, but that’s how it is. :)

Wreckedpizza, I still like Idol, but I don’t know how much more I can take. I think next season I’ll try skipping everything until the top 12 phase, if I even bother with next season.

wreckedpizza

March 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

Well I hope you bother with next season, JT. Surely things will be better. I know this is a down season talent-wise but I still believe there are talented individuals out there waiting their chance. Maybe I am too optimistic but that’s my opinion.

Also, I still admire anyone who can perform for millions of tv viewers and a live audience. That’s something I could never do. Nope, no way no how.

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

I like he idea of everybody singing (make that TRYING TO SING) the same song!
Harriett, unexpected sunshine today… and I got five tulips!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & TIred

March 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

Maybe I’m missing the big picture, but I am NOT AT ALL impressed with any of the vocalists on this years AI except for Crystal Bowersox. There had to be some other contestants that were better than the ones that were selected to be on the show (Top 24). If not, then this should be the last year for AI.

I totally agree with Rodney’s assessment of Ellen on the show as a judge. She has absolutely zero credibility as a judge on the show when it comes to experience in the music industry.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

eagle, the spoiler lists do not show up until after the dress rehearsal which should be about 6 pm edt.

Rodney posted the list that the Idols must choose from in a previous blog titled R & B Songs Idol Contestants Can Choose From…or something like that. Look on the right side up near the top and click on the appropriate title.

Deirdre

March 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

‘pizza…I still like American Idol. Good singers or bad singers, the show is still a hoot to me.

coldsooner

March 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

Two guys, two girls in the final four. That might make it worth watching. When this is over, I think I’m going to jump ship with Simon and watch his other show. “Sorry.”

Ashley

March 30th, 2010
1:20 pm

I wonder how the summer tour is going to sell out – how many cities won’t sell and how many will??

Big Dude

March 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Yo Dawg,
Your critics are a little “pitchy” to me. Come on, try to be more original…

Quake

March 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

I like ellen, just not on Idol. She’s clearly uncomfortable judging and that make’s me uncomfortable. That said, this years idol has been like nails on a chalkboard. There’s a couple of people on the show that can sing Michael and Chrystal will be in the finals. God help us getting there!

Charro

March 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

end it quickly – give it up for Crystal.

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Deirdre, I guess I’m more with you than with my “I don’t know if I can take it” rant. The show is still a hoot, I even enjoyed the laughably bad that was last week. It was entertaining. My problem is that I just don’t want to keep doing three hours a week. I know that I don’t have a life, I’ve been told so many times, but I still don’t want to spend two hours watching thirty minutes of singing.

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2010
1:58 pm

JT.. If it wasn’t for this blog, especially the insta-blog on Tuesdays, I’d just record Idol and FFW all the nonsense, including Kris’s nasal Ford ads.

Huh

March 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

Huh

March 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

JTesla

March 30th, 2010
2:21 pm

kelly&carriefan

March 30th, 2010
2:36 pm

I love Idol, I still do. But I feel like it went from being out on a hot date to dinner with the family. :roll:

I’m with Mercedes, if it weren’t for coveritlive, I probably would record it and watch it later.

Mercedes S.

March 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

k&cfan… how about breakfast with the family, on a weekday – everybody is tired, no one cares to make a fancy dish from scratch, like pancakes or waffles, so people just reach for the cornflakes and milk…and discover the milk is off.

Nathalie

March 30th, 2010
2:48 pm

For me Kara was the best thing to happen on Idol! Kara are great judge !

Ratings Rule

March 30th, 2010
3:03 pm

It’s all about ratings. Idol still gets them, everyone makes tons of money and the producers are happy.

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.