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Japanese love Elliott Yamin; Simon, Ellen made boatloads of cash in 2010

215320135Elliott Yamin is now arguably more popular in Japan, which has embraced many an American act. He has an album coming out only in there February. Good luck, Eliott!

He will be spending next month promoting it in Japan.

- The 20 highest earning celebrities of 2010? Forbes said two of them are former “Idol” judges: Ellen DeGeneres at $55 million (No. 17) and Simon Cowell at $80 million (No.11)

- Happy birthday, David Achuleta! He’s  20 years old and no longer a teenager, though he probably will pass for one for at least another six years. (Please don’t grow a goatee!)

- Entertainment Weekly posted the top 20 “Idol” performances of all time. It’s a good list. Fantasia’s classic “Summertime” tops the list. Enjoy!

I’d have to review a LOT of “Idol” performances to come up with my own top 20. It’d take a loooong time. Kudos for them for trying!

42 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 28th, 2010
1:49 pm

Elliot’s big in Japan… who knew. I want to be big in Japan, that is my new goal and life. Yes I know that if I went there I would be “big” in Japan, but I want to be big the Elliot Yamin way.

“Summertime” – Most overrated Idol performance of all time, and yes I did go back and watch it recently.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

He stole your hat, Rodney… or at least your hat signature.

Rodney Ho

December 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

He still sings a lot better than me (though we do share the same type of insulin pump!)

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

Jon Caramanica has an extremely positive review of “Farmer’s Daughter” in today’s New York Times.
Quote:
“So while the eventual winner, Mr. DeWyze, spent last season bulking up ois rock squalls and his helpless demeanor, Ms. Bowersox remained committed to form, steadily delivering knockout performances probably not all that different from those she gave on the platforms of the Chicago subway system years before.”

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

that’s “his rock squalls”…

More from the Caramanica review: “Just as on Idol, she doesn’t really need help: she has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own. And no small part of her charm is her repudiation of ‘Idol’ streamlining. In her album liner notes she gives thanks to ‘Welfare, WIC and Medicaid’ but makes no mention of Simon Cowell. It’s a reminder that Ms. Bowersox was explicit long before she got to ‘Idol’.”

Deirdre

December 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

I have to agree with most of EW’s choices although not their order. I wouldn’t put Summertime as #1 and I wouldn’t even have thought of putting Jason Castro on the list.

Deirdre

December 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2010
5:29 pm

Thanks again, Deirdre! After checking the EW list of memorable idol choices, no way Fantasia’s “Summertime” was better than Adam’s “Mad World”. Or Adam’s “Ring of Fire”. Or Adam’s anything…

Highlander

December 29th, 2010
7:46 am

Morning, all! Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

No way I would have put Skanktasia’s “Summertime” at #1, though at the time I thought she did it very well. It was definitely HER best performance (then and since!)

I can’t really fault the list too much, although I would re-rank a quite a few. But I do fault the writer’s reference library regarding the Elliott Yamin selection. Donnie Hathaway may have recorded “A Song For You” but it’s a Leon Russell tune!

Sam-A

December 29th, 2010
8:23 am

“Summertime” – UGH! waaaay overrated. Just a whiney, lispy piece of junk. I’d have had several Kelly performances, though they did pick the very best! And for Davic C, I’d have chosen “Music Of the Night”. Constantine’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” would have been in there as well, and where is Clay’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”?

Mercedes S.

December 29th, 2010
8:30 am

Sam-A, my thought exacty, about Clay. “Bridge” was better than the one EW listed.

Morning, all!

Woodpappy

December 29th, 2010
8:32 am

As a matter of fact, I think Adam’s “Mad World” was the most memorable of all of the performancews that stand out over the years.

Deirdre

December 29th, 2010
8:41 am

Morning!

All of Adam’s performances were memorable…although I don’t think that qualifies him for the #1 spot. I’d have trouble choosing although I think Kelly’s Stuff Like That There is probably my all time favorite.

And I loved Clay’s Bridge Over… but after reviewing his performance with Solitaire, I’m gonna agree with ET.

My favorite Cook performance was Hello but I also loved Billie Jean.

Like I said before, I wouldn’t put Jason Castro’s Hallelujah on the list although I agree that, of all the Idols who have sung that song, his was the best. I would substitute Kat’s Black Horse into that spot.

Woodpappy

December 29th, 2010
8:56 am

I’ll agree with that D…

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
9:32 am

Didn’t follow the show early one to know some of those performances, so I can’t comment on all of them.

At the risk of being called prejudiced again… no way that Fantasia and “The Guy Who Came In Second To Kris Allen (You know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”) deserve to top that list.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
9:41 am

I’ve said before that I think that “The Guy Who Came In Second To Kris Allen (You know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”) is arguably the most vocally gifted contestant AI has ever seen. He hits notes that other people can’t even dream of.

My problem is that he, like other singers (Mariah Carey comes to mind) do these mindless runs up and down the scale for no other reason that they can regardless of whether it actually adds anything of value to the song. They’re basically showing off.

I listened to “The Guy Who Came In Second To Kris Allen (You know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”) for the entire season, and didn’t hear him perform a single song that I’d want to hear again

The only thing that made “Ring of Fire” memorable to me was Simon’s “What the #$%% was that?” response.

Diedra

December 29th, 2010
9:42 am

Fantasia should have been #1. She sung that song and nobody, not one of the othe Idols topped that. Even Simon said it was the #1 in his opinion. And we all know, Simon knows what he is talking about!

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
9:44 am

And please don’t get me started on Fantsleasia “Squeaky” Barino.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
9:51 am

The most overrated, non-deserving winner in AI history.

Deirdre

December 29th, 2010
9:51 am

Rickster, I agree with you about Adam. His voice is so good that he really doesn’t need all the fancy stuff. Just sing the song!!!! And I really like Kris’ voice as well. I voted for Adam because I could NOT ignore the talent. We had a really talented and diverse group during season 8.

If we take into account that Fantasia probably won the season based on Summertime, then, yes, it was a major performance coup. However, imo, that’s the only song she did really well during the entire season. Her votes, again imo, were based on the emotional energy she put into her performances.

DJPCPS

December 29th, 2010
10:01 am

Bo deserves the #1 spot just for pure ballsy-ness. No one before and no one after has done acapella on the Idol stage.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
10:04 am

I voted for Kris because I liked the way he sang… and I could see myself listening to his songs on the radio. I couldn’t say the say for “TGWCISTKAYKKTGWAW?”

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
10:07 am

Sorry… I was trying for a shortcut. “TGWCISTKAYKKTGWAW?” just doesn’t work as well as “The Guy Who Came In Second To Kris Allen (You know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”)

sakura

December 29th, 2010
10:08 am

Good morning everyone!

Elliott Yamin popular in Japan? nope dont think so. not for me at least.

I would choose any song David Cook (especially Billy jean w/c is my fave) sang over Fantasia’s Summertime. No way it should have topped that list.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Heck… I’d choose “Straight Up” by Andrew Garcia over “Summertime.” :-)

And good evening to you, Sakura.

gagirl

December 29th, 2010
10:15 am

I can vividly remember sitting in front of the tv the night Fantasia performed “Summertime”. Her rendition was pitch-perfect and sent chills up my spine. I knew then she had sealed the deal. Even Simon knew that “something” happened on that stage that night.

Justin

December 29th, 2010
10:19 am

@ gagirl

I totally agree. Fantansia’s version was truly inspiring and her pitch was magnificent!

sakura

December 29th, 2010
10:27 am

Good evening to you too Rickster! Advanced Happy New Year as well. nice to be back on this blog..

JTesla

December 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Why does something Simon said in Season 3 trump everything he said in the 6 seasons after? Just curious.

miko.wade@gmail.com

December 29th, 2010
10:49 am

Simon Cowell made $80 million? WoW! well he better be glad he got out because A.I is starting to lose its star power.

Thanks,

http://www.the404list.com

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
11:17 am

Simon should make $100 – $125 million once X-Factor hits the airwaves in the US. The $15 million or so he made from AI will be dwarfed by the income from X-Factor.

Deirdre

December 29th, 2010
11:17 am

Was Bo’s performance the only a capella performance ever on Idol? I’m just not sure.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
11:30 am

I agree with JT. After all… in season 4 he said Carrie would outsell all other previous Idols.

If she’s not already there, she’s well on her way to proving him correct.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
11:31 am

I guess I should elaborate that by “he” in the above post, I meant Simon, not JT.

JTesla

December 29th, 2010
11:36 am

Deirdre, do we count crying boys dismiss-the-band-melt-down? I’m also not sure, I think someone else did it a season or two ago.

Elliott Fan

December 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

You need to watch the below Elliott performance from Season 5. One of the greatest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol4LRdpA9jo

Watch the difference from the practice to the performance.

bob

December 29th, 2010
12:49 pm

War Eagle!!!

Deirdre

December 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

The only other acapella reference I could find was Kat singing the first quarter of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Rickster

December 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

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December 29th, 2010
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Rickster

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Rickster

December 29th, 2010
3:55 pm