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.
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.
” “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)