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‘Idol’ judges talk to press in Vegas; reviews of Crystal Bowersox’s ‘Farmer’s Daughter’

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To drum up more publicity, the “Idol” judges and Ryan Seacrest gabbed briefly with the press in Las Vegas at the Mirage, revealing nothing we already know apparently. And lots of spin.

Yes, there are 60 contestants set to perform this week using Beatles songs heard at Cirque du Soleil’s “Love.” Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine and top-notch producers are there to coach the newbies on the ways of the music business. Of those 60, 20 will be cut and we’ll have 40 ultimately to choose from.

Jennifer Lopez said there was deeper female talent. (No clue if they will force a 50/50 split male-female among the 40 or not.)

I have this sneaking suspicion we’re going to miss Simon Cowell even more than we expect.

- Reviews for Crystal Bowersox’s ‘Farmer’s Daughter,”out yesterday, were a mixed bag.

Here’s a more positive one:

“When the production and the outside songwriters stay out of her way, Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country. Though typecast as a Janis Joplin-like shouter in the early stages of the “Idol” competition, her best moments are far more subtle, with a touch of twang and fragility.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune (3 out of 4 stars)

Here’s are three lukewarm ones:

“Her scrappy but underwhelming debut, “Farmer’s Daughter,” is proof that the “Idol” machine is better at minting stars than it is at making albums.” - Allison Stewart, Washington Post.

“While Bowersox’s character may require no shaping, her songs certainly do. There’s a bar-band mediocrity to her melodies. Many sound like lesser Melissa Etheridge numbers – which is lesser indeed.” – Jim Farber, New York Daily News. (2 out of 5 stars)

” “Farmer’s Daughter” is a country album, and a comfortable one at that. Bowersox sounds at home in the genre, but the production brings the album down several notches, ruining songs that could have been standouts and making filler tracks sound even more pointless.” – John Downey, 411Mania. (5.2 out of 10)

22 comments Add your comment

Harriett

December 15th, 2010
11:29 am

Rodney, you posted the note about the new blog entry, just as I hit the send button. I am re-posting from the previous thread:

Morning, all. Back from warm and toasty San Antonio. It was 80 when I landed on Saturday and was in the high 60s yesterday morning when I got on my plane to return.

Mo, John Ireland caught the eye of Tuesday Weld, too, but then she was really quirky too.

My favorite tv doc was Ben Casey. I went for the dark, smoldering types

JTesla

December 15th, 2010
11:37 am

One word about that promo shot… tacky. Or how about hideous, actually more like embarrassing.

Mo Schreibman

December 15th, 2010
11:48 am

If it is my heart you want to rip out you can just asked wife where she keeps it if you are going to bring up Tuesday Weld.

Rosita

December 15th, 2010
11:59 am

wreckedpizza

December 15th, 2010
12:03 pm

Well, gosh JT, whattaya want in a promo shot; everyone in business suits staring blankly into the camera?? This is “Idol”, dammit,and we got spunk! 8-) !

Let the new season begin!

Light

December 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
12:19 pm

The promo shot….I thought I was looking at an ad for a new version of the Wizard of Oz.

I like the first crushes discussion! Tuesday Weld……she was a pretty good actress as well as being gorgeous…and quirky.

JTesla

December 15th, 2010
12:57 pm

I think what kills it for me is Jennifer Lopez trying to look like a 16 year old. Odd that whatever Steven Tyler is doing didn’t kill it for me, but that is kind of what I expect of him. And Randy… dawg, no.

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
1:07 pm

JLo=Dorothy
Ryan=Scarecrow
Randy=Tin man
Steve=cowardly lion

How can it NOT be The Wizard of Oz!?

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
1:07 pm

JT…tornadoes in Oregon…welcome to our world.

JTesla

December 15th, 2010
1:17 pm

Deirdre, I’m with you on the Wizard of Oz bit.

Yes tornadoes, reminds me of my days in Kansas, except for the fact that it is not constantly windy here, the lack of temperature extremes, and oh yeah the presence of mountains and trees. Otherwise, just like Kansas. The good news is that the tornado got the local media to stop airing stories about the local terrorist attempt from a few weeks ago.

Deirdre

December 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

A tornado will do that for you.

Harriett

December 15th, 2010
4:47 pm

Everyone disappeared, me included. Time to wrap up for today. Mo, sorry about the heart-ripping thing.

Mercedes S.

December 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

Humor headline: “Mike Vick Wants a Dog”

wreckedpizza

December 15th, 2010
11:29 pm

I see no humor in that headline; a lot of irony but no humor.

What is also ironic is that after all the Crystal love no one is commenting on the reviews of her album which was one of the topics Mr. Ho presented to us today. Strange…

Deirdre

December 16th, 2010
6:21 am

Morning!

I’m up early this morning. Hubby is at the airport picking up Mr and Mrs Silicon Valley. Can’t wait to see them.

As for Crystal, while Neg is a true fan of Ms Bowersox, my personal feeling is that I was rooting for her because she was so much better than just about everyone else that season. That didn’t necessarily mean I was a fan or would be buying her music.

Mercedes S.

December 16th, 2010
6:22 am

Good Morning… and I hope it will be one as soon as the sun hits the nasty black ice which seems to have closed down Atlanta.

WPizza, we discussed Crystal’s reviews on previous thread…Mr. Ho adding a few more above.
Also, WP, I was going for alliteration, not sadness.

Deirdre, your Oz comments are spot-on!

Deirdre

December 16th, 2010
6:40 am

I think ‘pizza’s question about our not talking about Crystal after favoring her last season opens a discussion of why we pick an Idol.

Neg always reminds me not to speak for everybody so I will just tell you that I pick based on voice and performance. Doesn’t matter to me what genre the singer will eventually represent. Doesn’t matter to me what the singer looks like(although I will admit, a pleasant appearance is helpful). Doesn’t matter to me what the future viability of the singer may be.

Because of this, I’m often left with my favorite in second or even third place…so if you want to pick a winner, my opinion may not be helpful. ;-)

Harriett

December 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Morning. That certainly holds true in my case this past season, Dierdre. I was the odd person out in my liking of Michael Lynche. He was the only one who caught my fancy in the least. I did download all of his performance songs onto my IPod, and I have enjoyed having them. It would have to be a really killer album for me to purchase one, though I doubt that will ever happen. Had the talent level been even half of say, season 5, he would not have been my choice at all. So,I guess I fit into ‘pizza’s critique here.

Rodney Ho

December 16th, 2010
9:29 am

It’s a really quiet time for “Idol” isn’t it? New blog entry is up. I am on vacation for a week starting tomorrow. There’s a new rule that I am not allowed to blog during vacation so I will have a bunch of “canned” items set up. So feel free to feed fresh news in the comment section.

wreckedpizza

December 16th, 2010
10:10 am

Jumping back to this thread for a moment…

I, too, usually pick someone that has NO chance of winning. That’s just me. I just found it odd that no one was praising or deriding the reviews after Crystal was praised as the front-runner nearly all season by Rodney and our blog. Then came Lee’s win and the fallout from that.

I know our topics wander the spectrum so I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised, huh? ;-)

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
4:52 pm

With Randy’s expression, I picture a thought bubble over his head that reads “Holy @#%! My right hands’ stuck to J-Lo’s butt!

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

:-)