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What are the biggest flaws of the remaining six contestants?

crystal-bowersox

Sure, this is one of those “Idol” years that has made a lot of people decide it was time to watch “The Biggest Loser” or “NCIS.”

But thank you blog fans who are still with me on this. Let’s pick apart what we like least about the remaining six contestants, because it’s always about focusing on the positive, right?

Crystal Bowersox: She may have this competition in the bag, but she is unlikely to become a superstar a la Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. She will probably fall into the category of Taylor Hicks. Her style is reminiscent of Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. I’m sure 19 Entertainment will have a tough time marketing her or coming up with an album palatable to her and the label execs.

And while the fashion and makeup folks have done their best to doll her up, she still evokes a bit of that hippie-I-may-have-taken-a-shower-this-week ouvre. I can’t ever see her being comfortable hobnobbing on a red carpet.

Plus, there are plenty of folks who aren’t enamored by her style, or feel she seldom stretches herself.

Lee DeWyze: He sometimes seems like a weak cross between David Cook and Kris Allen. He could potentially generate a few radio hits, but he’s far more entertaining if you close your eyes. In other words, excellent voice, leaden stage presence. While his stagecraft has improved a bit since the Hollywood round, he started from a very modest point and has a long way to go. He often fails to “connect” either with the song and/or the audience. Plus — you can only manufacture so much charisma.

Casey James: He’s boring. He’s a glorified cover-band singer with a cute smile and great hair. His vocals are okay but nothing special. He lacks sparkle, Kara’s crush notwithstanding. I don’t even feel like writing anything more about him.

Siobhan Magnus: She’s hard to read, her persona fluttering around like a butterfly. She looks and acts quirky and odd with her clothing and hair choices. She has a bit of Adam Lambert in her with that screech. Sadly, it’s hard to tell what her ultimate “sound” is. Does she want to be Mariah? Does she want to be Pink? Sure, she is Siobhan, a unique entity but all past winners had a solid persona at this point. She lacks a concrete persona to me that tells me who she is. Another sign of her problems: Vote For the Worst has picked her after Turban left. That shows some folks are really having a hard time taking her seriously as an artist.

Michael Lynche: Michael has a good voice but he has reminded me of a faux Ruben Studdard from Day One. While I’m sure he’s being sincere when he talks and sings, he lacks a certain genuine air about him. And when that happens, the word “cheese” creeps in. It’s as if he has studied all the best R&B singers out there (Luther Vandross, Maxwell, Marvin Gaye) and apes them but adds nothing new to the equation. That dooms him to Nowhere’s Land once he leaves the “Idol” bubble.

Aaron Kelly: He more John Stevens meets Anthony Fedorov than David Archuleta. In other words, he has a decent voice, a cute look and an earnest approach to his work but he lacks a graceful ease or a memorable stage presence, that extra something that can make him a star. He can develop to some extent given his age but his future is more Lisa Tucker than Archuleta.

- No surprises in the betting circles on who will win: Crystal. Lee is the only realistic person to have a shot at beating her at this point. As for who will get eliminated, the current bet is Aaron next, followed by Michael, then Siobhan, then Casey.

-L.A. Times reports that Lee, Siobhan and Michael all got new tattoos on Friday. Where was Aaron?

-I’m not that familiar with Shania Twain’s album cuts so most of these songs are not ones I know. But here’s the list of pre-approved songs the “Idols” could choose from:

“All Fired up, No Place to Go”
“Amneris’ Letter”
“Any Man of Mine”
“Black Eyes, Blue Tears”
“Come On Over”
“Crime of the Century”
“Dance with the One Who Brought You”
“Don’t!”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“(Don’t Gimme That) Once Over”
“Forever and for Always”
“From This Moment On”
“God Bless the Child”
“Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)”
“Honey I’m Home”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“If It Don’t Take Two”
“(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“I’m Holdin’ On to Love (To Save My Life)”
“I’m Jealous”
“It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”
“It’s Alright (Club Mix)”
“Ka-Ching!”
“Lost My Heart”
“Love Gets Me Every Time”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
“Nah!”
“No One Needs to Know”
“Party for Two”
“Rock this Country!”
“She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”
“Shoes”
“Thank you Baby! (For Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“There Goes the Neighborhood”
“Up!”
“Waiter! Bring Me Water!”
“Whatever You Do! Don’t!”
“What Made You Say That”
“When”
“When You Kiss Me”
“When You Kiss Me (Green)”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“Wild & Wicked”
“The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”
“You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me”
“You Win My Love”
“You’re Still the One”
“You’ve Got a Way”

96 comments Add your comment

Janet

April 26th, 2010
2:00 pm

It frightens me that Shania recorded “God Bless the Child.” Hope Billie Holiday doesn’t have to hear it from whatever heavenly dive she’s hanging out in. I’m figuring under 15 minutes playing back the DVR’d show this week.

RxDawg

April 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

Crystal – A tad on the predictable side. She also lacks that strong upper range. The only time she struggles is when she tries to hit higher notes than she should.

Lee – A good voice if the raspy sound is your thing, but he’s a horrible singer. The absolute most overrated contestant left.

Shibonbon – Can sound nasaly. Started off unbelievably strong and then somewhere got shaken up. She picks self indulgent singers songs. Luckly this is something that can be easily fixed.

Aaron – Just annoying. Yet another naive, supper happy, supper innocent, child trying to perform with grown adults. The only way he could be successful in the competition is to have skill and vocal ability that’s perfect. He doesn’t.

Casey – Boring, predicatable, doesn’t stand out at all compared to any bar singer I’ve ever seen. Any other year full of decent contestants he would of been long gone.

Mike – For a new dad with a great background story, he’s hard to like. Why? His attitude, his non chalantness(sp?). The biggest thing I remember about him is how he puckered up his lips and nodded his head up and down repeatedly when the judges saved him. Ever since then I’ve waited for him to get voted off again. He’s not not pleasant to listen to. Challenges Lee for most overrated.

Nathan

April 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

I want to hear someone try to cover “Waiter! Bring We Water!” Who came up with THAT title?

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

No time to rate right now. Have a meeting. Talk tomorrow.

Mercedes S.

April 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

Before I get involved with Rodney’s thoughtful blog entry – thank you, RoHo, good subject! – Rickster, please check end of previous thread where I answered your comment re “Tudors”.

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

The biggest flaws of all the contestants? Lack of talent.

Thanks for the reply, Mercedes.

kelly&carriefan

April 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

Great entry, Rodney. Here’s my take:

Crystal – As much as I like her, I don’t think she’d be such a clear cut winner in any other season. I do think she’d be a bit more successful than a Taylor Hicks, tho. These says the singer/songwriter has a slightly bigger reach. But if we’re going to base success on radio airplay, then…it gets dicey. But I mean, Melissa Etheridge and Janis didn’t do too bad.

Lee – Probably the more commercial guy, but I think his winning would be a less-talented repeat of Cook, or even Daughtry. I like him, but I don’t fee he add anything new.

Casey – nailed it with the cover band guy. I think he might have more success as a guitarist than a lead singer.

Siobhan – I had hopes for her, but she never seemed to live up to her potential. It seems that she lost her way at some point, or maybe once the other girls left, she tried to be all things to all? She lost me when she started screeching, and hasn’t really gained be back. Not sure she will.

Big Mike – I want to like him, really, I do…but I don’t. He’s too Roooooben light for me. Ruben had charisma without being cheesy. Mike’s voice makes me feel like I’m listening to a singing Mike Tyson.

Aaron – He’s a cute kid. Should have waited a bit to audition, but here he is. I think he has a decent voice but is sorely missing a personality.

All in all, I think that our complain of needing contestants who weren’t so self-aware sort of backfired. This crop was too green when we started and I don’t think will have ripened before running out of time. You know, like bananas. ;)

PS. Rodney, name dropping Federov, John Stevens AND Lisa Tucker? Impressive! Ha.

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

Great entry Rodney, you’re back on top of your game, and of course you can’t be voted off the blog, because I’ve been power texting every week to keep you in the competition!

Flaws as I see them:

Crystal: her target audience doesn’t watch or respect Idol. Her Idol watching fans will be quick to move to the next flavor of the month.

Lee: quite forgettable, he’s even more forgettable than Elliot Yamin who he reminds me of, but I can at least remember Elliot. I doubt I’ll be able to say the same of Lee a few years from now.

Casey: that annoying smile thing that he does through the whole song.

Siobhan: I think she ate some paint chips as a child. Either that or her mother did when she was pregnant. The slow cadence of her conversation and the odd glasses kill it for me. Oh and the bad hair styles. Yep, kills it.

Michael Lynche: who can say anything bad about Michael Duncan Clarke? Nobody that’s who. Oh wait, Big Mike isn’t Michael Duncan Clarke, that is his problem, he loses the comparison game on all fronts.

Aaron Kelly: He’s still here? He’s doomed to the land of Idol obscurity, why not make it to 3rd the place known as the land of obscurity for Idols.

Neg knows

April 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

Crystal: Teeth still not right, but everything else is there for her to be the most successful winner since Carrie. Her pure, singer/songwriter style should translate to huge recording success in the mode of Amy Lee, Jewel and Natalie Merchant.

Lee One-note-wonder with no charisma who will be forgotten lickity-split once the competition is over.

Siobhan Utterly irrelevant outside of being a wardrobe novelty act. Voice much more suited to theater, which is where her only hope for a musical career lies.

Mike Will return to personal training within 2 years. Decent vocals without anything creative or unique to offer means only local/small time opportunities will await.

Casey Still stiff as a board, and not much more talented than your average bar-band lead singer and guitarist. He’ll be back to being a local watering hole performer soon enough.

Aaron Cheese boy has no shot. The world is not calling for a teenage balladeer with a twang, so it’s back to high school for you.

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

Interesting, I can’t point out that I had Michael Duncan’s name incorrect.

decatur mom

April 26th, 2010
3:37 pm

This is my very first season watching ‘Idol’, and I’ve enjoyed your blog. Since I really don’t have a feel for what ‘Idol’ is looking for, I appreciate your insights!
Recently I watched some Adam Lambert ‘Idol’ performances on YouTube and I was really impressed with his charisma and stage presence. I don’t really see that in any of these contestants. That said, I really, really like Crystal. I like indie/acoustic/singer-songwriter types (I really liked Andrew Garcia early on for that same reason) and I think she has a great voice. I always assumed that ‘Idol’ was looking for the most mainstream sound and look, but I don’t think Crystal is mainstream in any way (which is a good thing, as far as I’m concerned). I would have thought ‘Idol’ was looking for someone completely bland and likeable like Aaron (but with more maturity).
As far as the others, I have to agree w/whoever said Lee Dewyze is overrated – I do like him, but when Simon raved about him having the best vocals on the show, I wondered if we were listening to the same person.
I think Siohban has a good voice, and I like how she seems completely unflappable, but her singing style leaves me completely cold. I haven’t liked any of her performances.
Casey is cute and has a good voice also, but is unremarkable.
I have a soft spot for Big Mike ever since he sang ‘This Woman’s Work’ the first time, but don’t see him going much further. He seems to have a lot of haters!
Honestly, I thought Lily Scott would still be here at this point and I’m sorry she’s not.
Anyway – will continue to follow your blog for the rest of the season.
PS – I watch ‘Biggest Loser’ also – thank god for the DVR. ;-)

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

Meeting cancelled, and I’m back. But, rating this bunch is difficult. I don’t know when I have been so disappointed in a group of contestants, even including Season Six. Well, here goes:

Mike: I like Mike and have from the beginning. But, I must qualify that statement by saying I don’t think he comes close to being in the top finishers. I just enjoy hearing him sing, and enjoy him much more than any of the others.

Crystal: She has great talent, but in my opinion she is not going to be a great success. She is too much in the vein of the Indigo Girls, and the like. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Indigo Girls, etc, but they are not tearing up the charts. Crystal won’t, either, imo. There is something slightly annoying in her manner “for me.” Seems disconnected until she starts singing. Guess that is it.

Siobhan: Biggest disappointment in my opinion. She started out so great, and then lost herself. Where is the girl that sang “House of the Rising Sun,” and “Wild Horses?” She was once my favorite, too. Should have stuck with what got her to the dance in the first place.

Casey: ZZZZZzzzzz. Rodney pegged him.

Lee: Someone I want to like and do at times, but not consistantly. He is all “bunched up” and hovers over his guitar while singing, mannerisms which I find mildly annoying. But, his singing is good sometimes and bad others. Like him one week and not another. Biggest knock against him is he is not David Cook and never will be as good. For instance, can you imagine Lee singing “Music of the Night?”

Aaron: Song choices have annoyed me, but more than that, he just needs seasoning.

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
3:44 pm

Welcome, decatur mom!! Stick around with us.

RxDawg

April 26th, 2010
3:46 pm

I guess I’ll throw out the customary welcome to the blog mom!

And dear god I agree with you so much about Lilly. How I miss thee Lilly. What was America thinking??? The producers should of just kept her in and covered it up.

RxDawg

April 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

“Where is the girl that sang “House of the Rising Sun,” and “Wild Horses?” ”

I saw this once before and let it slide. But I’ll go ahead and correct, Shibonbon didn’t sing Wild Horses. Katie did.

coldsooner

April 26th, 2010
3:55 pm

I read two blogs, and this one is a keeper. I’m an older Idol viewer, and this year has got to be the worst. Still, it’s FUN to read this blog, and watch the show. Rodney does such a great job. If not for the blog, I might have blown off the show this year. No turning back now though. I might add that although I don’t write much either, I do enjoy reading what the other comments are here. If others read this, congrats to you for your comments.

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
4:00 pm

RX, you are right. I have made that mistep twice. I mean to say “Wicked Game.” Don’t know how I got stuck on “Wild Horses.” :roll:

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
4:01 pm

coldsooner, older Idol viewers welcome here. You will be in good company.

Neg The Magnificent

April 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

Coldsooner, all you really need is to read Neg’s posts and all will be well in the world.

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Since I’ve been doing my “American Idol Auditions we wish we had seen” (since the day started slowly) – can anyone remember more than one audition from any of the top six?

Casey’s is memorable for reasons other than music.

Other than that… none for me.

Maybe I should start “American Idol Auditions we wish we could remember.” :-)

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

Rick, don’t we all remember Clay Aiken’s?

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

Not me. I wasn’t watching that season. :-)

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

K&CF? Click on any of the ‘video’ links from the AJC.com main page. :-)

Harlow

April 26th, 2010
4:30 pm

Siobhan Magnus is the best technical singer of the bunch. She’s gorgeous, quirky, and just plain adorable. Vote For The Worst chose her because she is wacky and fun and they want Simon to be VERY unahppy when she derails his chosen two – Lee and Crystal. Oh, and they feel EVERYONE else is boring EXCEPT for her. Just watch – she WILL win. ;)

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

I hate to say it.. but I think we all remember the really bad auditions more than the good ones.

William Hung, The “Like a Virgin” dude. “Let my people gooooo” dude. “You are my brother… my best friend forever” dude. The girl that flipped off and cussed at the judges.

I don’t remember that many good auditions.

KarasBoy

April 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

1 issue – none of them look as good as Shania Twain.

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

Vanessa

April 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Siobhan Magnus – This girl can sing anything from opera to punk rock. She has the “star quality” that the others don’t have. Each week we have a viewing party and she’s the ONLY one who people can’t wait to see each week. She is a phenomenal singer with the “it” factor. I 100% believe she can take it all the way.

Crystal – Crystal wanted off the show and I wish she had left. She is painfully boring. Her range is non-existent and when she tries to stretch herself, she sounds like a sick chicken. I just can’t see any commercial success with her, like I can see with Siobhan. Maybe a few old-timers will buy her CD. Maybe.

Mike – Cheese fest.

Lee – Couldn’t stay on key if his life depended on it.

Casey – Gorgeous guy. That’s about it.

Aaron – Cute kid with a decent voice.

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

True, KarasBoy… so true.

Rickster

April 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

Thanks Harriett!

Harriett

April 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

’bout time for me to leave this place for the day. Talk to everyone tomorrow. Newbies, stick around. We are a fun group, for the most part ;)

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

I don’t know, people may be thinking Lee vs. Crystal, but Siobhan is the one with the rabid fans. They might push her to the top 2, then when she loses the finale those rabid fans will blame it on 45 million votes comeing from a small southern state.

Nah that would never happen.

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

comeing… nice. Learn how to spell jerk!

There I saved someone the trouble.

kelly&carriefan

April 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

LOL, Thanks, Rickster….*off to check out the ad again* :shock: :mrgreen:

Rosita

April 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

J-E-R-K
You’r welcome, JT ha ha

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

I thought that there would have been a C in there someplace. Good catch Rosita ;)

Highlander

April 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

Even with Crystal in the mix, it’s kinda obvious that AI isn’t going to capture that “lightning in a bottle” this season in terms of album sales. I guess it just stands to reason that you’re not going to get a Kelly or Carrie, Daughtry or Cook, every season.

No matter how hard they try to get the ‘judges’ to load the demographics with the final 24! You know, this one’s the diva, this one’s the gospel singer, this one’s the teen idol, this one’s the “artist”, etc.

Highlander

April 26th, 2010
7:08 pm

The only thing I can really say good about Aaron (and Mama said you should always try to find good in everyone) is that at least he’s better than Justin Beiber!

Of course, that’s such a back-handed compliment that he’s now crumpled on the floor with a quickly blackening eye! :shock:

JTesla

April 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

Thanks Rickster, but I watched a little too long and saw “Snooki” who I’m convinced eats billy-goats that cross her bridge.

Deirdre

April 26th, 2010
9:47 pm

Sorry guys…way more off than on today. I think I hit a wall.

I think we can chalk this season up to be a yawner. I think Crystal is really talented but she’s not A.I. material. We like our Idols more mainstream and I think the producers decided to shake us up a bit with non-mainstream performers. They need to chalk that up as a failure because it has hurt the show more than helped it.

Also, many of Idol’s regular viewers started the season with the attitude that this was the year that Idol would go downhill. We may be watching a self-fulfilling prophesy in motion. Are these singers really that bad or have the viewers just decided that they should be?

Lurkinator

April 26th, 2010
11:42 pm

Welcome decatur mom!

Although I agree that this year’s crop was as bad – if not worse – than seasons three (Fantasia) or six (Taylor Hicks) – I am going to throw in my $0.02. I duplicated many of your comments too – thanks! ;o) (And sry 4 long post!)

Crystal – probably will win this season. I like her and may even buy a couple of her songs on iTunes, and as long as she doesn’t slam Idol or her label, she should be able to avoid Taylor Hicks’ unfortunate ending.

Lee – has the only real shot to beat Crystal. I like him and fully expect to see him sign with a label as part of a band, a la Daughtry. I would probably buy a few of his (or his band’s) songs on iTunes also. I’d love to see him do a ballad – did he sing “Have You Ever Relaly Loved a Woman?” I think he’d do it justice!

Casey – has the upset factor. He’s cute and will carry the fangirl vote after Aaron is gone. I also foresee him signing a record deal as a frontman and not as a solo artist. I’d buy his stuff – or at least listen to the Top 40 station that plays it in their rotation that repeats every 4 hours.

Siobhan – is Adam Lambert minus 50% of the talent. She is pretty, seems nice, has a style fit for the fashion mags, and has a voice fit for Broadway. I hope she considers theatre – I feel she’d do well, especially with her thick-skinned attitude. I personally feel she picks overindulgent songs and sounds very much like a great karaoke singer. Who are you, Siobhan?! She will probaby get a record deal with an indie label and build a small cult following (as will Lilly Scott).

Michael – is a less appealing version of Ruben, although I wasn’t a fan of Ruben since he stole the crown from my Clay. He seems egotistical and overconfident of his abilities, although he makes good song choices and has good stage prescence compared to some of the others. He may get a one-record deal, but I see him fading…

Aaron – needs about 3-4 more years of vocal training… and a sandwich! The kid looks like he weighs 90 pounds soaking wet! He’s got potential – I kind of wish the producers had passed him over and said, “If you skip the next few seasons, we’ll put you right in Hollywood week!” But of course they realized how small the talent pool was this year (and that there won’t even be an AI show in 3 years!), so here he is. He may also get a one-record deal, but he will also fade. Maybe “America’s Got Talent” will let him audition? Or he and Chicken Little can do spots on TV Guide Channel’s “Idol Extra” show!

Quick Rick

April 27th, 2010
12:19 am

If I have to See Big Mike wave with both hands again, I might vomit.

Chuckles™

April 27th, 2010
12:40 am

Ok…

If by “… in the category of Taylor Hicks…” you mean the last Idol to REALLY sell over 750,000 copies of his intro album (and not get a 250,000 boost like some did by 19 begging Target to float some inventory), or Adult Contemporary performer that sells out 2,500 seat venues 100 times a year while doing the job he loves, then that’s a fair comparison.

If you mean a guy perceived to be a know-it-all loser who ignored the braintrust at 19, made enemies with TPTB on the show so they don’t book him unless they can’t avoid it, or the typical entertainment reporter meme that he’s the contestant that showed Idol had ‘jumped the shark’, then I disagree.

He’s a real guy. Nice, humble, shy (yes, really shy), smart and driven. Any dude that knows where to get 2 for a dollar hot dogs or 24 hour truck stop exits off I-20 memorized for 4 states has paid his dues. He works as much as he likes, gets to tour like he always wanted, has lots o’ cash stashed in the bank, and sells 75-100,000 CDs a year from his own label. If you told him that willing Idol would get him that, he would have said you’re crazy, it wouldn’t be that good.

Pick on a different Idol.

Black tanning lotion

April 27th, 2010
3:25 am

She has some serious talent, I just don’t enjoy watching her like I do some of the other contestants.

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mick

April 27th, 2010
7:14 am

come on guys, siobhan has the best voice, best control of her voice, then anyone on that stage. This ‘I don’t know who she is’ garbage, give me a break. JUST LISTEN to her, she knows who she is, don’t try to catergorize her, JUST LISTEN.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
7:34 am

Morning!

Lurk….Taylor Hicks was season 5 and one of the best Idol seasons EVER! Not because of the winner but because the talent level was so high. Sort of the opposite of this season. #5 had Taylor, Kat, Elliot, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Paris Bennett, ok I’m starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here What other season had 4 possible winners plus 2 more serious contenders?

My contention is that season 9 is only slightly worse than season 1. The show was shiny and new then but there were only 3 real contenders. Kelly, Tamyra and Justin.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:15 am

Here’s an interesting article from msn.com on grading the show at midseason:

http://tv.msn.com/american-idol-midseason-report-card/story/feature/?GT1=28103

I have to agree with just about everything it said.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:37 am

Morning. Me, too, D. I read that as soon as I opened up my computer this morning. And, all things considered, and you know I love Mike, I think Siobhan has the best chance of upsetting things–IF, and it is a big “if” she can regain her lost self in time to remind people why they loved her in the beginning. That is mostly agreeing with what JT said last night. :)

Rosita

April 27th, 2010
8:58 am

Good morning. Nice post, Lurk — keep dipping your toe in.
The MSN article struck me also as being essentially on target — especially the “odd pall” over the commentators and host.

I’ll remember this season as the one with the most contradictory and irritating feedback from the “judges,” and the one in which Ryan came untethered.

Maybe our angst over the final 6 is attributable in part to the above factors. There’s talent there, and dynamism, but also victimization — poor Siobhan in particular, who seems to have lost herself in trying to find their approval.

I think Lee is improving and will be a commercial performer, and maybe Aaron as well. They both have the emotional connection that makes me want to hear them.

Believe I was the first to call Mikey a faux Ruben — not that it matters — and I think Crystal is just too much herself to have broad appeal even though she is talented. Casey — eye candy with good guitar licks and great backup potential. Who(m) have I forgotten? Ah, that would be telling. . .

JohnsCreekMommy

April 27th, 2010
9:16 am

Crystal needs to take the dreads out and wash her hair. It has to be stinking by now. And, her teeth must be fixed,

No one is even close to having the talent of Adam Lambert. It is a very disappointing season.

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April 27th, 2010
9:30 am

Morning,

In a rush, so I’ll be quick.

Crystla has a limited appeal. Yes, I misspelled Cruystal, but I think Crystla fits her better. Her persona is so from Grandma’s closet.

Lee… if there is a self he’s hiding it. Too much Springsteen and Cook wannabe.

Casey… recommend uitar playing and modelling underwear.

Bik Mike… cheesy and karaoke-y

Aaron… expect great future things from him

Siobhan… best of the bunch. Amazing how well she stands up to onslaught from the three old judges. Only Ellen sees her potential!

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
9:31 am

My fingers have mental block re Crystal. Crystla.

Rosita

April 27th, 2010
9:31 am

Chanal? Oh, yeh, those are real!

wreckedpizza

April 27th, 2010
10:01 am

D- I agree with a lot of the msn.com article as well. But NOT with the caption under the contestants photo that identified Big Mike as Michael James. Don’t think he and Casey are brothers or are married! God, where are the proofreaders for publications today???

wreckedpizza

April 27th, 2010
10:09 am

Regarding the topic of this blog (much better, Rodney—we’ll keep you around after all): the biggest flaw of all of these remaining six is they are not Kelly, Carrie or Katie. (okay, that last one was just for me.) No matter who wins, I see no ‘pizza dollars going to their music. Sorry.

Rodney Ho

April 27th, 2010
10:37 am

I have interviewed Jason Castro (coming to Vinyl May 4) and Carly Smithson (coming to Center Stage May 3 w/ We are the Fallen)> Which interview should I post today?

wreckedpizza

April 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Entry 3 of 3-

Don’t know how the top six will do, but I’m looking forward to Shania tonight and Hilary Scott tomorrow night.

wreckedpizza

April 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Bonus post:

Go with the Carly interview, Mr. Ho. Please.

JTesla

April 27th, 2010
10:48 am

Rodney: Amy Lee! Ooops sorry I mean Carly.

Alex Trebeck

April 27th, 2010
11:11 am

Here’s my take:

Crystal – lack of pizzazz

Siobhan – lack of identity

Casey – lack of presence

Lee – lack of pitch

Mike – lack of humility (Cheese Puff Daddy needs to go home)

Aaron – lack of believability

Alex Trebeck

April 27th, 2010
11:12 am

Rodney, did you ask Carly how many more tattoos she’s sporting these days? Even worse, how many more tattoos does her husband have?

JTesla

April 27th, 2010
11:18 am

Alex Trebeck, the answer to that last question is zero, the dude couldn’t find any more space for new tattoos.

I wonder if Carly regrets getting that tattoo of Amy Lee on her arm. “Geisha” yeah right.

Rickster

April 27th, 2010
11:19 am

CARLY!! We’ve seen enough about Jason.

But that’s just me.

Rickster

April 27th, 2010
11:27 am

Rodney… one possible topic for a future thread.

How poorly have the judges done? They’ve given conflicting advice all season long so that the contestants don’t know what the heck the judges want. Poor Katie was blasted for not sounding young enough, then when she pick a current, ‘younger’ song, they blasted her for that.

I think the judges have been sub-par (which is great in golf, but nowhere else) all season. Ellen’s been pretty much useless.

Shrimp'n-Grits!

April 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Well now. Crystal will definitely end up at the bottom of the barrel as most forgettable with Taylor Hicks. I don’t know of anyone who sits and listens to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge except a VERY small, specific, niche. Did I say “small?”

Truly she will relegate to small venus of 2500 so that it sells out and appears her fan base is off the chain! But face it guys! Can she REALLY sellout 13,000 seats at Gwinnett Arena?

The only person left worth winning is Siobhan. The best talent in Lily Allen was voted off before her time and feel she would be sitting where Crystal is now, except getting a lot more love. The girl was super contemporary and as equally talented. Which leads to my next statement. How DO you market Crystal? Woodstock no longer exists, except in the minds of those who still try and relive it. There, she WILL have success.

Nana

April 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Hey everyone.

Just wanted to drop by and tell ya’ll that I’m still around. I have been in touch with Deirdre and Harm, once or twice in my absence, and they did post here saying as much. For you regulars, just a short synopsis of where I have been. Had to have emergency surgery for a reptured bleeding ulcer. Had to have 5 pints of blood before they could do the surgery. Hopefully, this will not happen again, as this was the second time this has happened. Doing much better, and recuperating nicely.

I haven’t read the previous threads that I have missed, but plan on doing so later.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

Nana, you have been sorely missed. So sorry about your health issues. I know you have not been having much fun. Lots of love and prayers for a speedy recovery from here in SC.

JTesla

April 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

Glad to hear that you are recuperating nicely Nana. You’re in my prayers.

DeAnna

April 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

This year is American Idol’s downfall for a talent contest.

–One, Simon is leaving.
–Two, Just the same old music every year.
–Three, The voting process is flawed.
–Four, It has lost it’s originality.
–Five, Viewers are tired of mediocre talent.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

One: Simon is leaving
Two: Paula is gone
Three: Ellen is here
Four: Kara is no Paula
Five: Ryan has lost it
Six: Adam Lambert/Kris Allen are not here
Seven: Neither is anyone like David Cook/David Archuleta

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
12:57 pm

Nana, so good to be hearing from you! This is not how a retirement is supposed to be enjoyed. Hope you are better and feel up to blogging again soon.

I like the theme of judgning the judges.
And I’d like to read about Carly. For me, for you, enough Castro for the time being.
Agree with DeAnna’s assessment of Idol’s downfall. With the MAIN problem being the voting system.

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

Harriett too makes sense.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

Good to hear from you Nana!

I don’t see how anyone can call Ellen useless without mentioning the 8 years of useless from Randy.

At least Ellen helps with the void left by Paula by being kind to the singers.

Rosita

April 27th, 2010
1:04 pm

Nana, I didn’t want to ask what was happening, so I’m relieved that you’re back and okay. Thanks for the update; you’re in my prayers.

Woodpappy

April 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

Hey Nana, glad you are recuperating nicely. When you retire there is No time to be sick…Too much fun stuff to do!

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

I could just have easily, instead of Ellen is here, said the fourth judge is here.

JTesla

April 27th, 2010
1:32 pm

Fourth judge and a two hour show when only one hour is needed. Oh and that whole Ryan out… of his mind thing. Dude needs to reel it in.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

Kara will always be the 4th judge to me…unless the get rid of her(please!!!!) Ellen is Paula’s replacement. I just don’t like Kara I guess. She’s wordy, confusing, and while she makes some good points occasionally, she also is directly responsible for throwing Siobhan off her stride.

To be fair, if Siobhan can be thrown off her stride that easily then maybe she doesn’t belong in the business. But, imo, we have 2 really strong voices left in this competition and they are both female. The guys are just ok. Yes, they can carry a tune(at least Lee can most of the time now)and yes, Mike sings really nicely and emotionally but his voice is still not all that for me.

Speaking of Mike….OUR Mike has been missing in action for over a week now. Did I miss a vacation announcement? Does anyone know what’s up with him?

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

MikeS is probably studying for exams this week. It is that time in academia. Classes at U of SC were over yesterday.

Neg The Magnificent

April 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

Wow, scary stuff, Nana. You know the way to avoid stress-induced ulcers is to stop holding back the desire to blast your true opinions out without any sugar coating. In the past I was once able to coerce you into letting it rip, and will dedicate my efforts to help you do more of this in the future. It’s cathartic!!

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

I think Negativo the Magnificent sounds more like it :roll:

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
2:11 pm

Nana, so sorry to hear about your health issues. I do hope you’re back on your feet and joining us soon. Prayers, happy thoughts, etc. are sent your way and the way of R&R.

Rodney, A Carly interview would be nice! :mrgreen:

DeAnna, welcome to the blog. You basically nailed it, imo. Still, some of us are sinking along with the Titanic….

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
2:18 pm

kcf, count me among those hanging in there. I am disappointed, but still a fan to the end.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
2:26 pm

I’ll be back next year with high hopes. This year I’m just along for the ride. More like the merry-go-round than a roller coaster this year but I still enjoy it.

Rickster

April 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

I’ll hang in till the end of the season… then I’ll jump on the USS X-Factor! :-D

Black tanning lotion

April 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

I can’t wait for tonight though. I must say though that the season has not been the same without Paula Abdul. http://blackenedtanninglotion.com

Rodney Ho

April 27th, 2010
2:53 pm

Just posted a new blog entry–I’ll wait on Carly til tomorrow or Thursday. It’s not as if I got anything that was news breaking…

Rickster

April 27th, 2010
2:54 pm

Nana, I hope you continue your recovery to full health, so you can get back to enjoy your retirement and your grandbabies! :-)

Art

April 27th, 2010
6:44 pm

Great blog Rodney! I normally camp out over in Kessler’s backyard. I think you’ve got this year pegged. Whereas we used to watch Idol religiously twice a week, this year we haven’t felt the urge and in fact, have missed it a few times. What’s the reason? The judges for one. Randy and Simon just don’t seem to be into it the way they used to be and the women… well one’s way too authoritative and the other’s just not as funny nor as knowledgeable. I also think this year is a bust when it comes to the talent and I firmly blame the judges and the producers for that. Idol has had a great run and it’s made Fox and Simon and pretty much everyone else a butt-load of money. Next year will be it’s last… I will not miss Seacrest…

quint

April 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

I still think that Shiobhan is the most marketable singer in the group, but she has lost her way. The JUDGES caused her to lose her way. First they love her and tell her that she is unique. Then, they tell her she is not stretching herself and her talents. The judges are part of her problems, I believe. Go back and listen to House of the Rising Sun and Wicked Game. She was awesome. Then, it is almost like the judges decided to undermine her confidence. I think they have done a fine job of it.

Cheryl K

April 28th, 2010
12:36 am

For those that think Casey is just a pretty face maybe you should just listen to him sing with your eyes closed. He had me right from the start and I could care less if he is good looking or not. I think Casey will have the biggest career of all these hopefuls. Yes, he could be the lead singer for a band, because yes, he does have the right look. “The IT Factor” He’ll be taught to have better stage presense. I think he has a powerful voice and love the quiver factor!!!! Actually, I think he does his best when he just sings with his acoustic guitar. He doesn’t need to strut! I think he fails to consistently pick good songs. I loved him with “Don’t”
Crystal-has great talent but I believe she’s a little full of herself. I have never seen a bad performance by her. I agree she may go down like Taylor Hicks.
Siobhan-did I spell that right? I really liked her in the beginning of the competition when Simon thought she was a funny little thing. However, she has lost me since then. I don’t like most of her clothes and hate the streak in her hair. She’s way too skinny and somehow dresses to emphasize that.
Lee-I think he’ll go pretty far in the competition because the judges seem to be pimping for him. I have no idea why. He is consistently off-tune!!! His best was “Treat her like a Lady”
Big Mike-I want to like him but every week I feel bored. I think he lacks a certain charisma that’s mandatory for any singer to really make it.
Aaron-a cute kid and doing better sometimes but I think he’ll survive this week because Tim’s fanbase will probably flock to him.

So who do I think will be the final 2? Probably Crystal and Lee (and Lee because of judge pimping) but I would love to see a Casey/Crystal finalee!
Just having my say and we’re all entitled to our opinion.

Surfrat

April 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

“Siobhan Magnus is the best technical singer of the bunch. She’s gorgeous, quirky, and just plain adorable. Vote For The Worst chose her because she is wacky and fun and they want Simon to be VERY unahppy when she derails his chosen two – Lee and Crystal. Oh, and they feel EVERYONE else is boring EXCEPT for her. Just watch – she WILL win.” – Harlow

Harlow, Dude freakin’ ‘EH!!!!!!! i really hope Siobhan advances and picks things up quick, I expected more last night and really considered last night’s opportunity to be paramount for her – unfortunately she did not nail/kill it and she should of – really had to! I’m a huge fan, however she seems to have lost her way from early in the competition. Her performance at hollywood Week, of Stevie Wonder’s, Livin’ In The City,was absolutely amazing and after watching it I became a die-hard devotee, she did good with Wicked Games, Think and I guess The House of The Rising Sun was pretty good, but since then it’s been shaky and inconsistent. If she kills it the next few weeks, she still has a chance, but she has to be the best she’s ever been. Crystal Bowersox’s “Golden Labrador Retriever” appeal is growing and it really is all about the fans. I hope Siobhan can have an epiphany or something – QUICK!!!

Traci

April 29th, 2010
1:46 pm

This is just an awful season. So bad — that all of the contestants need to voted off.

Can’t they just decide NOT to have winner this year? That would send the rating through the roof. — IDOL SHOCKER — NO WINNER THIS SEASON – EVERYONE VOTED OFF

Traci

April 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

If any of these guys make it this season – then MELINDA DOLITLLE got robbed!

She was AWESOME