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Why ‘Idol’ is better this year

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 24: top row (L-R) Kendra Chantelle, Jovani Barreto, Lauren Turner, Casey Abrams, Tatynisa Wilson, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina, Thia Megia, Scott McCreery, Brett Loewenstern, Pia Toscano and Jordan Dorsey. Bottom row (L-R): Rachel Zevita, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Julie Zorrilla, Tim Halperin, Haley Reinhart, Clint Jun Gamboa, Robbie Rosen, Naima Adedapo and Ashthon Jones. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 24: top row (L-R) Kendra Chantelle, Jovani Barreto, Lauren Turner, Casey Abrams, Tatynisa Wilson, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina, Thia Megia, Scott McCreery, Brett Loewenstern, Pia Toscano and Jordan Dorsey. Bottom row (L-R): Rachel Zevita, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Julie Zorrilla, Tim Halperin, Haley Reinhart, Clint Jun Gamboa, Robbie Rosen, Naima Adedapo and Ashthon Jones. CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Here’s the column I wrote for the print edition set for Monday:

“American Idol” has aired more than 300 hours of entertainment since 2002, some of it truly enthralling and memorable. But season nine last year felt like arthritis was setting in as dull contestants and a dysfunctional judges’ panel left viewers feeling enervated and ready to ditch the show forever.

Fox knew it needed to give the show, still No. 1 in the ratings, an adrenaline boost this year. Surprisingly, “Idol”  has found its mojo again.

Here are reasons why so far:

The return of Nigel Lythgoe: though the public knows him best as the judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” he’s a crucial reason why the first seven seasons of “Idol” worked. In his absence the past two years, the show began to list. With his steady hand and eye for drama, he has righted the ship.

- No Ellen DeGeneres: Congenial DeGeneres is a natural born talk show host. But her lack of musical expertise and discomfort critiquing contestants made her a terrible “Idol” judge.

-Simon Cowell’s departure:  A key to the success of “Idol” in its early years, Cowell became disenchanted near the end of his run, and he did not hide his boredom. He chafed being a hired hand, albeit a well compensated one. He will have full control this fall when he brings”The X Factor” to Fox stateside.

- Steven Tyler: A wild-card pick by producers as a new judge, the Aerosmith lead singer has proven to be a delightfully quirky presence. He has embraced the challenge, throwing out hilarious, out-of-the-blue bon mots with abandon.

- Jennifer Lopez: While Lopez struggled at first to even say no to bad singers, she has since evolved into the heart of the trio, kind but not saccharine, smart but not dippy. During an episode Feb. 23, she added a human dimension to her carefully coiffed persona when she cried after cutting Chris Medina, whose fiance suffered a nasty head injury after a car accident.

- The talent: this is one of the strongest top 24 pools in recent history. Last year was hampered by pale imitations of past contestants and too many singer-songwriters hiding behind guitars. This year,  the ”nicer” judges sent a whopping 327 contestants to Hollywood, double the normal number. They then put them through five rounds of singing instead of three.Potential stars to watch include vocally dextrous 19-year-old Casey Abrams (who killed “Georgia On My Mind” in Hollywood), raise-the-roof R&B/gospel phenom Jacob Lusk and smooth-singing Long Island teen Robbie Rosen.

“Idol” ratings are still down about 7 percent year over year, and it’s unclear how the new judges will handle critiquing contestants live.

But the talent alone this year should help keep “Idol” on top.

RATINGS UPDATE: “Idol” from here on in will have much easier year-over-year comparisons because show ratings last year began to droop off noticeably, mostly in the 18 to 22 million range. And that’s where “Idol” is now. In fact, a year ago, the comparable show only drew 18.6 million so last night’s 21.2 million (14% better) looks great in comparison. That’s down 3 million from two years ago, though. I’m unclear if even a great top 13 will get the numbers much higher than 21-22 million a week but you never know.

118 comments Add your comment

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
11:30 am

I would go with the return of Nigel, and Steven and Jennifer not failing as being the prime things that have made it better so far. No Ellen, meh, last year had more problems than her, and no Kara is just as good.

One thing you left off, more hot chicks this season. That always makes things better. Oh and I’ll send you a donut if you use “hot chicks” in a print article.

Otherwise, it is now up to talent to keep Idol up.

Sam-A

February 25th, 2011
11:30 am

The crazy gal a couple seasons ago – cannot remember her name to save my soul – was latino. Had a really good voice but was totally loony. Someone (K&CFan) help with her name. From Puerto Rico.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Her name was Tatiana “The Greatest Love of All”) el Toro. How could ANYone forget her and that hyena laugh?

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
11:38 am

She could actually sing… and wasn’t unattractive. But she was annoying as all-get-out.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
11:41 am

And she was so full of herself!

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
11:43 am

Rodney, I’d add a second “blue” to STyler’s “out-of-the blue” bon mots…

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
11:44 am

typo – sorry

Tatiana del Toro

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
11:44 am

Full of herself… the seventh timer last night was even more so.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
11:45 am

Tatiana La Tora sounds good too.

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
11:47 am

Great points Rodney.

-I didn’t think Ellen was “terrible”. She was far from great, but she wasn’t bad. I remember getting some pretty good laughs from her actually. I think her one and done was perfect. She didn’t really bring a lot, but I didn’t think she brought it down either.

- Your last point is by far the biggest one. I really can’t understand why we were subjected to such mediocre talent last year. I knew out of all those contestants we had to have some better singers than what we got.

Honestly, this show works itself. If you’ve got talent out there, it’s going to be hard to mess up. If the contestants are good and entertaining we will tune in and watch. It’s the biggest take home point. The drama/story/crazies they continue to put in? Maybe a few people out there like it, but I really don’t think it’s necessary.

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
11:51 am

“Full of herself… the seventh timer last night was even more so”

Man you ain’t kidding. Glass half empty anyone? Judges ruined your birthday? Honey you just got a free trip (I guess the Hollywood trip is paid for by Idol) to Cali. I’d say that’s a pretty decent B-day present from some people that owe you nothing. With that attitude it’s amazing she made it that far.

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
11:58 am

Yeah, the 7xer was pitiful and unprofessional giving the bird to the judges and the show. Her next bday its her fault if she continues to blame the judges for messing up her bday. She should have done a bangup job with her performances ensuring the judges would pick her and given herself THAT as a bday present.

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

Maybe for a birthday present someone will buy her clothes that fit, because only someone that is full of them self would look in the mirror and not recoil in horror with the realization that the clothing on the body was not made for that body. I don’t mind a little muffin-top, heck some people do it justice, but she’s left the muffin department and gone into the realm of cakes and pies.

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

I was told early on in life that enough people are saying the same thing about you, there’s probably merit there. She was given a “NO” 7 TIMES!!!

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
12:11 pm

JTesla, you are a hot mess…that was funny!

Magoosan

February 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

I still don’t understand why the talent seems so much better this season with far more depth. At this point in past seasons you might pick 2 or 3 who could go all the way. This season you could almost make an argument that any of the 24 could do it. It always baffled me in the past why they couldn’t come up with 24 really talented people out of a 100,000 or so. Have they screened differently from the start, are the judges just better, what’s going on??

Norman Buchanan

February 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

As much as I disliked Ellen I would take her 100 times over steven tyler! The fact that he is “bleeped” so much tells me all I want to know!

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

Well Norman, he is a former drug addict and a long withstanding rock star. I’d say he’s doing pretty well conforming to TV standards when considering who he is. But then again, I’m guessing your standards of being offended are probably way higher than mine.

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Great question Magoosan. I think that drama, fishing for something new and quirky, or perhaps a Machiavellian scheme to craft a specific winner may have had something to do with it.

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

Oh no, we have a naysayer in the midst (lol).

delois

February 25th, 2011
1:00 pm

I love Steven Tyler being on and also Jennifer Lopez. Never thought about them that much before seeing them on Idol. I quit watching after Daughtry lost but decided to see how the new dynamic would work this year and so far I am really enjoying the show. I even like Randy better this year. And they have some great and diverse competitors. Should be a fun season.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
1:07 pm

I do hope Norman didn’t read my recommendation of “Hall Pass” yesterday – he’d be way too sensitive for that moron comedy!

K.

February 25th, 2011
1:18 pm

Best thing to happen to Idol is the departure of Kara as well as Ellen but especially Kara. All of the present judges are terrific and are probably the reason for the amount of amazing talent this year. And it was time for Simon to go as well as it was so obvious he was not happy last year and was actually quite boring. I am going out on a limb and predict the last two standing will be Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk! WOW, two fantastic talents.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

I’d like to know SImon’s reaction to all the love for Idol 10!

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
1:47 pm

I can’t say what his reaction would be, but I think love for Idol 10 will equate to love for X-Factor. If Idol 10 tanked people might view the premise and formula as being stale and old. However, with this brand of reality show given new life, a show that comes months after Idol finishes has a greater potential to capitalize on those good feelings.

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
1:52 pm

STyler is the bomb diggity!

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
1:58 pm

Is that how they say it, bomb diggity???

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
2:06 pm

K. I disagree about Lusk. I just don’t think his style will generate a lot of votes. I respect him, but personaly he just doesn’t do it for me. His singing borders on comical/silly to me.

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
2:08 pm

JT, I actually heard a radio interview with Simon this morning and he pretty much said exactly the same thing as you. He said he’s glad Idol is doing well because it otherwise might be percepted as being a stale idea. And then he also proceeded to, in his own special way, explain that the X Factor would simply be better. Well no one ever accused Simon of lacking confidence lol.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

Channeling my inner Simon (by Mercedes’ request)

Look, it’s not because I left. It’s because Nigel came back. That had more to do with it than anything. And let’s face it…that Tyler fellow is a train wreck waiting to happen. People can’t help but look – kinda like folks who slow down going by a vehicle wreck hoping to see some blood and guts. I certainly don’t envy the fellow that has the bleep button now that we’re heading to the live shows.

And that J-Lo girl… she’s eye candy. Sure, she’s endeared herself to the contestants and viewers because of her emotions, but she’s there for looks. You can’t mollycoddle these contestants.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

February 25th, 2011
2:17 pm

There’s a newness and freshness to Idol this year. And I think having more early rounds has made for a better Top 24. So, honestly, I think the move of sending so many folks to Hollywood has paid off so far. And I go back to the camaraderie between the judges as another key factor.

Oh, and the Latino Idols. It’s hard to gauge, I mean, are you going to base it only on last names? But y’all forgot about Archie! He’s half Latino and sings in Spanish. In any event, here’s the list as best as I have it: AJ Gil, Vanessa Olivarez (?), Mario Vazquez, David Hernandez, Rudy Cardenas, Danny Noriega, Jason Castro, Tatiana Del Toro, Jorge Nunez, Joe Munoz, Andrew Garcia and Allison Iraheta.

Deirdre

February 25th, 2011
2:20 pm

Morning!…well, afternoon for most of you and almost afternoon for me.

I have a long story to tell but I’ll get to it at another time.

Lucas Anthony was born by C-section at approx. 1am pst this morning. After 22 hours of labor including the last 4 hours being totally unproductive, my d-i-l finally said ok to the c-section.

Do I have to tell you that he’s PERFECT???????

Haven’t read anything or even seen last night’s show so I have some catching up to do but no time to do it at the moment.

I’ll pop in when I can. (btw, “sunny” California is cold and dreary!)

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

Congrats, Your queeness! Welcome to the little prince! :-)

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
2:27 pm

Congratulations Deirdre!

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

Congratulations, Deirdre! Babies are precious gifts. I love them.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

February 25th, 2011
2:34 pm

Awwwwww, D! Congrats on the arrival of Lucas. SO happy for the good news of his arrival. :D

O.K> then

February 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

Whatever happened to Scooter Girl? Did she make it. I missed a couple of seasons.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
2:43 pm

Front page link, folks – right next to a rather unattractive picture of Steven Tyler.

Sam-A

February 25th, 2011
2:43 pm

Rx – I agree completely about Lusk – a big blubbery joke, who almost comes off as a simpleton. I like a pure strong great voice – that is certainly not this boy!

K&CF: I KNEW I could count on you. Don’t know how you do it, unless you have a photographic memory! Pretty cool head for remembering details.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
2:44 pm

“unattractive picture” + “Steven Tyler” = “Sorry.. I was redundant.” :-)

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Rosita

February 25th, 2011
2:46 pm

Wow, D, congratomundos!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

February 25th, 2011
2:48 pm

Grats D! The birth of my little girl 1.5 years ago went along a similar manner. Mom just didn’t want a C-section at the time. But after 17hrs of labor, she had a change of heart!

Betta

February 25th, 2011
2:49 pm

Love the new judges – Steven is the man! J-Lo adds so much more than whats-her-name, and Randy is just Randy. The quality this season is out of this world good! Gonna be a fun season to watch!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

February 25th, 2011
2:52 pm

Sam-A, I wish I did have a photographic memory! I was able to recall most of them, but I did verify some names via google. :)

Potential bad news: Casey is still in the hospital and might have to drop out. It’s being waited until the last minute. More details via TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/25/casey-abrams-american-idol-finalist-hospital-stomach-pain-cbs-television-city-sick/

joe

February 25th, 2011
2:54 pm

I believe the improved talent this year is due in part to the more positive approach in the early rounds. Let’s face it, the judges only see a small fraction of those stadiums full of people. By sending in fewer train wrecks, the judges got to see more people with talent. That left more highly talented people standing after the weed out rounds.

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
3:18 pm

More channeling my inner Simon

And another thing. People accuse me of being bored the last two seasons. Well who wouldn’t be? With the dearth of talent and the large number of side-show performers the screeners put through to us… can you blame me? Did they confuse us with America’s Got Talent?

I mean… really. What does it say about the state of the show when the highlight of the season was that “pants on the ground fellow?”

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

Yeah D…! Nothing like grandbabies !!!

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

And if Casey Abrams can’t go… do they bring back Chris Medina? Or do they bring back John Wayne Schultz?

Or who would you rather see come back?

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

We can only hope Casey can crawl out of the hospital, croak out a song and stay in the competition. He has four hours to make it to the rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. PST.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2011
3:33 pm

John Wayne would be my preference but it wouldn’t shock me if they gave Chris another chance. Problem: how would they judge him? Would that other person have to perform, say, on Monday, and they insert it in later?

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

John Wayne Schultz should come back.

Will his deep country singing out the side of his mouth find a market (?) Can’t think of his name.

Idol Chatter

February 25th, 2011
3:42 pm

I’m impressed with Steven Tyler. He is bringing some wit and humor to Idol. Simon’s schitk was getting old. J-Lo is a good addition. More of her is better. Randy is being more assertive. It’s a good mix. I’m ready to get rid of all the drama and let the singing competition start.

JTesla

February 25th, 2011
3:43 pm

Why do they need to bring back anyone? They are going to ax 6 males next week as it is, if Casey is out just cut 5. Wait, what am I thinking, this is Idol they need the drama of bringing someone back, it would give Ryan something to hype up week after week.

DVR Addict

February 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

I agree 100% with Magoosan. The talent this year is WAAAYY better. I actually didnt think I would like it as much with the new crew, but they are thinking about the choices more or something. Love Casey!! Love Rosen and love the guy with the red hair! Anyway, was it me or did that Ashley girl that got married seems like she was on some kind of drugs…?

lwa

February 25th, 2011
3:51 pm

I love this season. I was a fan Seasons 1 – 7 and then dropped off.

I like the additional rounds in Hollywood. True talent will stand the test of time.

Steven Tyler is sooooo funny! Jennifer is doing better than I would have thought. I think this is a good mix.

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
4:00 pm

@Iwa – it is a good mix so naturally someone is going to come along and mess it up. Whether it’s some big wig in the industry or someone one getting a petition together to ask STyler to clean up his mouth. So what he’s being bleeped. Does it matter how many times. No, it shouldn’t becuase you can’t hear what he’s saying.

Pen

February 25th, 2011
4:01 pm

Huge improvement this year in keeping the wackos to a minimum. It turned the tide on the – “let’s make fun of the delusional people” tactic that has caused me to despise the audition episodes. I LOVE that the new judges are not insulting, although Randy is still too blunt sometimes, I think he is learning from the newbies to soften the blow.
They are MUCH more focused on letting us get to know the good contestants. I noted that most of those who went home this week didn’t get as much airtime as those that made it to the 24,
They judges seems focused on talent AND stage presence. Hopefully this is eliminate a lot of those who “lose it” due to stage fright. It gets to be boring watching them get picked off while we wait for it to boil down to the more seasoned performers.

Barker

February 25th, 2011
4:08 pm

Last year just seemed so negative, I think that some of it was a carry over from some of the things that happened after season 8, as well as Simon and Ellen checking out early, and a lack of diversity among the contestants. The producers tried to over manage things last year, probably because they didn’t get their way during the 2009 season, but the result was that we were stuck with contestants who just didn’t care.

One big change that helped this year is that showed a lot more of the contestants’ performances than they had over the past two or three years.

Barker

February 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

Rodney, EW is reporting that Casey will make the taping, but he’s going back to the hospital after that.

bmchast

February 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

In the beginning I loved American Idol and there would have to be an emergency for me to miss the show. Then the show lost its flavor when they changed the age requirements and allowed so many older singers, not to mention dreadful singing.

Now for the first time in 3 years I will be watching Amerian Idol at the start of the show. I love the connection between the judges (a definite refreshing combination). My only hope is that Jennifer will not ruin the show with all that weeping.

Also, the contestants seem sincere in their quest to be the next American Idol. I hope this year’s show will be captivating like my other favorite show “The Amazing Race.”

wreckedpizza

February 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

Congrats, Deirdre! I know you and your kids are tickled at the baby’s arrival. Hope all goes well for everyone.

Not gonna reveal my favorite(s) so maybe they can avoid the wreckedpizza kiss of death. However I do hope Gamboa and Durbin are gone soon. They just don’t do it for me.

And where are all the “Idol is dead” folks now???? HA!

Jasmine

February 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

I like Idol better this year because the judges are nicer to each other than in previous years. I was sick of Paula’s attacks on Simon as well as her fumbling with her words. Don’t get me wrong, I like Paula as a singer and dancer but not as an American Idol judge. I was glad to see her leave. This is just my own personal opinion..

Pitchy ™

February 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

bmchast ~ love, love Amazing Race. I want to go on, but am a little scared!

MyPatootie

February 25th, 2011
4:52 pm

It would be interesting to know which city auditions has the most in the final 24. I know of at least 3 (probably more) from Nashville and all 3 could easily take the title. Watch out for Paul McDonald. He is a darkhorse, but what a UNIQUE voice(no I am not a friend nor do I even know him).

Rickster™ © ®

February 25th, 2011
5:02 pm

Have a great weekend everybody!

exactaman

February 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

Ellen was just plain lost last season. She didnt have a clue. Kara tried desperately and shamefully to attain a relationship with Simon so as to replace Paula, but he didnt respond. The talent really sucked and ugly girls. the talent is good this year, J Lo is great, and Steven is just crazy out of his gord which is fantastic.

Mercedes S.

February 25th, 2011
5:38 pm

Congrats, Deirdre!

Sharon

February 25th, 2011
5:57 pm

I think the judges are doing a great job–Randy has really step up to the plate–Now if they would get rid on Ryan and get a decent host.

James

February 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

I think the new judges are the best thing that could have happend to AI. I have a whole new respect for J Lo, and Steven Tyler cracks me up,. Love Randy too. Top 5: Tim Halperin, Lauren Brewer, Casey Abrams, Paul McDonald, and Lauren Alaina. Definitely the best talent ever this season. So glad Simon, Paula, Kara and Ellen are gone.

Evon

February 25th, 2011
6:33 pm

Idol is 100% better without S.C and his insensitive, inhumane manner.

Allen

February 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

The most talented 24 ever!!! . . . and some great personalities. Lots of reasons to watch Idol this year. Some of the performances I’ve seen have been off the chart. Can’t wait ’til the real competition begins. Kudos to the new judges, J-Lo and Steve Tyler . . . nice additions . . . and thanks to Randy for sticking around to give us a familiar face.

cadilac

February 25th, 2011
6:54 pm

How about Chris’s song released today; What are Words; I think it will hit number one very soon. I really think he is on his way; also on Leno tonight.

Kate

February 25th, 2011
7:11 pm

I agree with the talent portion being better this year but that’s about it. I actually can’t stand the new panel. Tyler’s constant screeching (which I love when listening to Aerosmith) during contestant’s songs is not only distracting – it’s rude and disrespectful. His leering at pretty girls isn’t much different from Simon but for some reason it seems to bother me more. Don’t know why. Lopez has never been a favorite of mine. She is gorgeous and has a great sense of style but I can’t buy in to the sympathetic bit. She is a self-absorbed diva and all her antics on the show reek of phoniness. I am glad that Kara is gone. Even though there were times I agreed with her comments, she was just divisive and prone to favorites. Ellen didn’t have a lot to offer in terms of musical expertise but I took her as the judge that was there to determine the whole “showbiz” potential of a performer. I did really enjoy Siimon from the beginning and I loved that he told it straight and didn’t lead people on; however, I agree with the boredom that he showed the last two years. I was also so over the whole banter between Simon and Ryan. I was hoping to like this season but I just can’t handle the panel. Even Randy seems deflated, although it is nice that he’s toned down the “Yo, dawg” bit. I now watch the talent but rush to fast forward past the judge’s comments. I’ve never missed a season but I will say that the only thing keeping me is the talent. If that falls flat, I’m gone.

Nana ™

February 25th, 2011
7:26 pm

Congrats Deirdre. I saw Lucas’s picture on facebook and he is such a beautiful baby!!! Your family has received a special gift from God.

Now the next blog baby that is due is Harm’s granddaughter.

KA

February 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

I love the judge change this season and Steven Tyler makes it extra special. I think the contestants’ talent is far above last season

Harm

February 25th, 2011
7:49 pm

Hey Nana!

Congratulations Deirdre!!! You didn’t have to tell us that Lucas is perfect, we already knew that! All the babies that belong to this blog are perfect!

bigballs

February 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

200% improvement over last season for sure.

no comment

February 25th, 2011
9:42 pm

Very good write up/review

I haven’t watch Idol in years (tuned in a little last season but not much) I came back this season cause I LOVE all things J Lo. I love Ellen but she didnt fit on Idol and I was NOT a fan of Kara at all.

The talent this season is very GOOD I was sad Jacee didnt make it last night. I hope he comes back next yr.

I have a few favs this season already I hope they dont let me down once the season really kicks off next week *fingers crossed*

Nana ™

February 25th, 2011
10:16 pm

Hey Harm!!!

Have they named the baby yet since they know she’s a girl?

Fruit Fly

February 25th, 2011
11:26 pm

Does anyone watch this stupid show anymore? I think they have Keith Richards’ double,
Jennifer Dopez and some fat black guy as judges.

Shageen

February 25th, 2011
11:36 pm

Simon wasn’t bored.. he’s doing the exact same show as Idol just with singing/dancing/juggling and all other crap. He saw this as an opportunity make more than he could at idol. He would control everything.

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

February 25th, 2011
11:44 pm

I honestly believe that one major reason for the drop in talent was Simon’s insistence on eliminating anything that didn’t fit *HIS* idea of a good singer. Look at this year, more country-rock-pop sounds, more jazzy sounds, more innovation in performance… and FINALLY they are NOT saying “it’s a singing competition” they are being MUCH more honest and are saying “it’s the whole package”…sure you have to be able to sing, but you also have to be able to give a good presentation WITH the singing. So we can see performers instead of singers. There are a gazillion people out there who sing quite well, but if you put them on a stage they’d look like zombies or robots or clowns. The perfect example of that is Casey. That rendition of Georgia on my Mind with the standup bass was unfreakingbelievable!!!

I agree the return of the genius of Nygel is key. I also agree that no Ellen is key, but paired with the absence of Kara who was a bit of a prima donna, and the lack of childish bored playtime by and with Simon…and now Randy doesn’t have to show HIS childish side, booing every time Simon’s name is mentioned. And no BICKERING….god i LOVE that !!!

But the talent pool in the final cuts can ONLY be blamed on the judges … so, these three have not only redeemed themselves with their attitudes and actions within the judges’ panel, but with their thoughtful choices of those who are to move forward. They reiterated consistency, while having a little bit of common sense about potential when consistency was a little short…. they encouraged the contestants to give it their all, be unique, but not to go too far out into silliness or controversy. They gave everyone we saw relatively good criticisms, without being ugly (most of the time anyway).

I’m impressed and I was TOTALLY ready to be very UNimpressed.

I agree that the deeper pool of those who made it to hollyweird helped the ultimate top 24, top 40, even top 60. And 5 rounds of auditions to move up instead of 3 was beautiful — i loved the addition of a “theme” night in a special setting, with smaller pairings or trios after group night. And the “sing for your life, whatever you want” 5th level HAS to be Nigel’s baby… reminds me of the dance for your life part of SYTYCD.

all in all, REDEMPTION!!!

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

February 25th, 2011
11:50 pm

Also, about Casey –which show was it, Idol or SYTYCD, where there was to be the first two shows, first gals, then guys, then elimination, and they swapped the nights, having the guys go first, then the gals, to give an injured/sick contestant one extra day to recover. I see absolutely NO reason they could not have done that, or delayed the guys’ taping until tomorrow, since WE won’t see it till tuesday in ANY event! Or heck, they could tape the guys, and then splice in the tape of Casey later, before tuesday night.

just sayin’

Nana ™

February 26th, 2011
5:40 am

@linny: That was idol when Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital that they switched the boy/girl night.

Jethro Bodeen

February 26th, 2011
7:24 am

Much better show! More talent!

Rodney Ho

February 26th, 2011
7:59 am

Fortunately, Casey was able to perform last night.

wreckedpizza

February 26th, 2011
8:05 am

That is indeed good news, Rodney. Would have been a shame for him to have to drop out.

Lenita

February 26th, 2011
8:10 am

I agree with the article. The talent is phenomenal. For a while there it seemed like everybody only sang country or rock. This year is represented with various genre and very strong voices. The judges are very good.

Mo Schreibman

February 26th, 2011
8:28 am

I went yesterday to watch the repeat even though it is not yet summer of the Idol television program Green Mile episode but instead they were showing a prison motion picture about a mouse and people eating flys. I got up to change the channel but my wife insisted she wanted to finish watching it so I let her. We have a Philco in the bedroom but the aerial does not pick up so well because of the trees even if you roll it over by the window. The UHF works better but there was nothing on anyways so I ran the lawn mower over the driveway to blow away the trash from the storm.

Mercedes S.

February 26th, 2011
8:43 am

To Kate, of 7:11 ;ast night:
You write, “His (STyler’s) leering at pretty girls isn’t much different from Simons, but for some reason it bothers me more.” Funny… Simon leered and forced on the show pretty girls who could sing (Carmen Rasmussen and the Caw Caw girl), while STyler may flirt with them, but says ‘no’ if he sees no talent in teh cute ones.

As for your harsh words on Lopez (”she is a self-absorbed diva and all her antics on the show reek of phoniness”)… sorry, I’ve seen none of that.

And the love for Simon – “I really did enjoy Siimon (sic) from the beginning and I loved that he told it straight and didn’t lead people on.” Lead people on is exactly what he did last season, when he told the contestants to change whatever they were doing, only to tell those same contestants the next week that they should have stayed true to themselves.

Your summation, “I now watch the talent but rush to fast forward past the judges comments”… then how do you now the judges leer and act divaish and reek of phoniness?

Mercedes S.

February 26th, 2011
8:46 am

EEK – this comes from not reading through posts before clicking “submit comment”- of course I meant to say about Simon that he forced onto the show pretty girls who could NOT sing. NOT, people, NOT!

MTer

February 26th, 2011
8:58 am

Was bummed out the last couple of years but started watching this year thinking perhaps might be good. I was blown away. Lusk is outstanding, love hearing him. He might come across as sorta a simpleton but his pipes speak for him. I think the talent this time is so much more than all the other 10 years and I have watched most. Just think, this week we get our fix 3 times!

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Al sharpton

February 26th, 2011
10:39 am

Blatant racism, they not be enough black faces on the show !. It’s racism I say damnit. They be telling us dere ain’t enough black folks that can sing? I will sue this show and make dem put more black faces on the stage.

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

February 26th, 2011
11:14 am

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

February 26th, 2011
11:15 am

they’re baaa-a-a-aaaack

Mo Schreibman

February 26th, 2011
12:30 pm

If you really are Al Sharpton then you should be ashamed but if really are Al Sharpton then you have no shame so what does it matter anyways so please do not waste our time either way.

JTesla

February 26th, 2011
1:12 pm

wreckedpizza

February 26th, 2011
1:49 pm

Let’s get it to page 2. Why the heck not?