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‘American Idol’ top 11 performance recap: Motown rocks!

AMERICAN IDOL:  Final 11. Clockwise from top left: Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone, Lauren Alaina, Paul McDonald, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Naima Adedapo,  Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Thia Megia. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Final 11. Clockwise from top left: Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone, Lauren Alaina, Paul McDonald, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Naima Adedapo, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Thia Megia. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

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Motown is the salve that heals nearly all wounds.

After a mixed show last week, the cream rose to the top tonight for top 12 week, celebrating a segment of music that includes some of the most classic songs of all time. With everyone battling for a spot in the top 10 and the “Idols Live!” tour, most of the contestants stepped it up.

There was far less pitchiness than a week ago (the producers may have finally fixed the sound problems on the stage) and the quality of the songs could not be denied.

My favorites: Jacob Lusk finally dialed back the gospel excess, Lauren Alaina hit a home run with the Supremes, Scotty McCreery successfully countrified Stevie Wonder and James Durbin gave “Living in the City” a kick and then some.

My top 11 ranking: 1. James 2. Jacob 3. Lauren 4. Scotty 5. Casey 6. Naima 7. Pia 8. Paul 9. Haley 10. Thia 11. Stefano

Who will go home? My bottom three are Stefano Langone (dreck sung with great effort but no pizazz), Thia Megia (clean but theme park-esque) and Haley Reinhart (not bad for her but not good enough). It’s a close call but I’m going to say Haley goes home. Doing okay but not exceptionally great or bad can be a death knell. Thia seems to have a pre-existing fan base that might keep her around an extra week. I’d presume Stefano does, too. I’ve been on the money with my predictions two weeks in a row. It would take a miracle for me to hit it this week, too.

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My quick assessments of the 11 in order of appearance:

Casey Abrams (”I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye) – He moved around the stage well. He did a good rendition of the song, very faithful. It didn’t show off what I think is his range but it was solid,  definitely an improvement from last week’s Nirvana mess.

Thia Megia (”Heat Wave” Martha and the Vandellas) – She sang it in tune, with some verve, some style. But she just sings the songs. I don’t feel like she feels the songs. It has that very pleasant theme-park feel. (Think a better version of Lisa Tucker.)

Jacob Lusk (”You’re All I Need to Get By” Marvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell) -He has been going from 0 to 90 and staying there most nights. Tonight, he deliberately dialed it back 87 notches and it worked. He had control, he had emotion, and he had the audience in the palm of his hands.

Lauren Alaina (”You Keep Me Hangin’ On” – Supremes) -She started really strong. It wasn’t her best performance but she sprang back nicely from her illness last week and showed confidence and stage presence. She won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. (I also give her points for selecting the song I recommended on Monday.)

Stefano Langone (”Hello” – Lionel Richie) – A terrible song choice that David Cook salvaged by turning it into a rock dirge. Stefano could not salvage this. He is too internalized in his singing. As J. Lo said, he didn’t connect with the audience or the viewer. He closes his eyes too much.

Haley Reinhart (”You Really Got a Hold On Me” – Smokey Robinson) -She has a really impressive vocal instrument. But for some reason, she seems awkward on stage and a bit too studied in her mannerisms. She doesn’t seem to have an idea who she is as an artist so it just ends up being okay. If all else fails, she worked the hot pants (though not as well as that other Haley from season 6 – Scarnato).

Scotty McCreery (”For Once In My Life” – Stevie Wonder) -He really did turn this classic into a country song. Overall, it worked. Unlike Stefano, he has an immediate connection with the viewers and audience. He’s confident without being arrogant. He’s likable. He’s got enough of the “it’ factor to win this. This performance nailed it.

Pia Toscano (”All in Love is Fair” Stevie Wonder) – Everyone on this blog and elsewhere wants to see her move around the stage and do something upbeat. But no. She wants to be a torch singer. She wants to be the next Katharine McPhee. She does this well but she, like Stefano, has a bad habit of closing her eyes too much and ignoring the audience.

Paul MacDonald (”Tracks of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) – He has great poise and stage charisma. But that voice has me confused. Sometimes, when he  goes soft, it sounds cool. When he tries for any volume or range, he strains. And this is no different. It’s a good enough performance to keep him around for the top 10.

Naima Adedapo (”Dancing in the Streets” – Martha & the Vandellas) – She needed a good outing to survive. No more pitchiness! And she managed to stay in tune, staying in her lower register most of the song. She also did a little African dance that gave the song some needed flavor. Overall, she kept herself alive and showed who she was as an artist.

James Durbin (”Living in the City” – Stevie Wonder) – He is yet another singer with great stage presence, something sorely lacking a year ago. He did some fun dance moves and possessed a confidence that just reached out and grabs you. Vocally, he was spot on. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Best of the judges’ comments:

“You’re the perfect entertainer. Perfect mix of crazy out of control ego.” Steven Tyler to Casey

“I need you to dig deeper.” – Jennifer Lopez to Thia

“The great Berry Gordy is saying ‘Oh my God!’ ” – Randy Jackson to Jacob

“We want you to connect. You’re writing a letter. You’re telling somebody a story. I don’t want the intensity coming from you wanting to do well. I want the intensity to come from your heart is breaking.”  – J. Lo to Stefano

“Just like Glenn Campbell. He took country a whole different step… you know more than anybody that you can’t hit a three-point shot from under the net. You ripped it!” – Steven to Scotty (Scotty is shown doing a huge three-point style shot from the 2nd floor of the mansion)

“We’ve seen you sit there three times and do a ballad. You need to start incorporating that other dynamic.” – J. Lo to Pia

“When you sing tender, oh my God dude!” Randy to Paul

“It was my first little goosebumps of the night!” J. Lo to Naima

Cover it Live polls

Singer, % who wanted to vote, % who liked it but wouldn’t vote, % who didn’t like it

James 58, 21,21
Jacob 57, 30, 13
Lauren 57, 30, 13
Scotty 41, 27, 32
Casey 39, 57, 4
Pia 30, 52, 19
Paul – 25, 21, 54
Naima – 18, 43, 39
Thia 15, 73, 12
Stefano – 10, 42, 48
Haley 0, 48, 52

Who will be the first man to get eliminated?

Jacob -4%

Stefano -56%

Paul – 40%

Everyone else: 0%

97 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
10:47 pm

WOW! What a smoking show! I’m torn. There really were no horrible performances and I think that’s gota be a first on Idol ever with this many people still in the competition. Every show should be like that. I honestly have no idea who’s going home. I would like to hear Hailey again next week (I still think she’s on the cusp of greatness). Heck, even Paul didn’t stink. But if I had to guess at someone on the way out, I’d say Naima.

The best? Who knows, I’ll say Casey (just because I’m a fan), Jacob (and I’m not a fan usually), and James. I’m not saying Pia because it’s time to end the ballads.

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
10:50 pm

Oh yeh, the worst 3…. which weren’t that bad at all. Thia (just uncomfortable to me), Scotty (ditto), and heck i duno I guess Lauren (nothing really spectacular about it).

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
10:58 pm

ROHO, I disagree with your take on Scotty. He’s way to limited for me. Week after week, he fails to bring anything to the table except that excessive drawl and exact same facial mannerisms. He kinda reminds me of the Count from Sesame Street when he sings. Simply put he bores me.

KC

March 23rd, 2011
11:01 pm

were we watching the same show? James Durban was HORRIBLE, he couldn’t find a note in the dark with a flashlight and totally butchered Living For the City. Even Stevie Wonder saw how bad he was……

sandee

March 23rd, 2011
11:06 pm

James was great! & Paul has a voice all of his own..I love him. I cannot take anymore of Pia…Tia and ummm….Santa Maria…

John

March 23rd, 2011
11:07 pm

Haley is the best girl. pia just hits high notes..big deal. james durbin, thia and naima bottom three if people could hear.

Joshua Barlowe

March 23rd, 2011
11:11 pm

Scotty is a one-hit, one-style singer, and he needs to go. I don’t get the love for him. He’s a complete rip-off of Josh Turner.

Rodney Ho

March 23rd, 2011
11:15 pm

Wow! A little Scotty backlash, eh? And it appears even Haley has a big fan there in John. That proves the depth of the top 11…

Melissa's mom

March 23rd, 2011
11:19 pm

James sang off key the entire song, but I still love him. He has a lot sex appeal that will keep him around until the end. Naima was outstanding tonight. I love everything about her, from her story, to the fact that she makes all her clothes, to the song choices and her African dance. A real talent!
stefano can sing, but he’s WAY too dramatic. Not a fan of Scotty either. He’s nice enough, but his low voice is just weird.

janet

March 23rd, 2011
11:31 pm

Worst three — I’m casting two votes for Haley and one for Scotty. Paul or Stefano probably deserves one vote but Haley just irks me (her post-critique reaction was supremely annoying) and Scotty is a one-trick pony who will do fine in Branson.

Kevin C.

March 23rd, 2011
11:32 pm

To pair off the contestants:

Level 1: Great vocals, great performance, tops of the night: Jacob and James.

Level 2: Did what they could to make the song their own. Not quite at the level of the first two, but still very good: Lauren and Scotty.

Level 3: Great vocals, but lacking in performance skills, connection to the song, and variety: Pia and Stefano (though people seem to criticize Stefano a lot more for this than Pia, they’re in the same boat for me.)

Level 4: Awesome performance and stage presence, but lacking in the vocals department: Naima and Casey. (Unlike the other pairs, here I’d say Naima was significantly better than Casey)

Level 5: I couldn’t remember anything about their performance afterwards: Thia and Haley.

Paul remains unpaired due to his complete and utter uniqueness. He was my least favorite of the night, but still much better than the worst on other nights.

dnumdeFIL

March 23rd, 2011
11:41 pm

James, Jacob & Casey were great! I like Thia Megia’s performance tonight.. she did some grooves & still her voice was solid.. she’s great with Jazzy uptempo songs.. Worst performance…for me its Stefano! he definitely messed up. And what’s with the accent on the “i love u..i love u,,” part. He should definitely go home.

Mickey F

March 23rd, 2011
11:44 pm

My main impression had to do with a reality check: most of these people are much better singers than I’ll ever be, but they are not really very close to star quality at all. Sad, but I’m pretty sure it’s true. The band and/or the sound production is getting a little better, but few of the arrangements sparkled or let us really hear the vocals to best effect.

James was my star of the night. The SINGING I missed in his Bon Jovi last week was there all the way through tonight. His voice was delicious. He nailed it. And what about those dance steps???!! This WAS star quality. It moved me.

Naima was my second fave. Really solid, impressive, moving singing. Tons of presence and confidence while showing off the Afro-centric/Rasta stuff to excellent effect. Very mature. Stageworthy.

Both Paul and Scotty were true to themselves and solid. It’s like each of them is in their own separate track. This was the best thing Paul has done, for my taste. I could see how he might have a successful recording and performing career ahead of him. And as I’ve said before, Scotty already has a career in Country Music solidly in his future. He took that song and made it his own convincingly.

My two big disappointments of the night were Casey and Haley. Two weak performances in a row for Casey: thin, snarly, and lacking in the subtlety and musical taste and excellent execution that impressed me when he was singing “I put a spell on you” and Ray Charles stuff. And Haley was just a mess. It’s sad.

Pia was a bit better in terms of warmth and heart, but still on the bland side.

Thia was excellent karaoke, in Simon’s old standby shorthand.

Stefano was what JLo said.

I’m beginning to get used to these three judges, and to like the way they work together.

lalalala

March 23rd, 2011
11:46 pm

Um did anyone else even watch naima’s performance? she looked like she was having seizure on the stage, I just didn’t like it at all. everyone else did pretty good, no on really stood out. i do like haley, she has a very unique voice and casey is pretty cool too.

dnumdeFIL

March 23rd, 2011
11:54 pm

Bottom 3: Stefano, Hailey & Naima.. Going Home: Stefano

St. Patrick

March 23rd, 2011
11:56 pm

WTF was that seizure naima was having on stage? Sorry she sucks!

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Judge Judy

March 24th, 2011
12:00 am

going home? Choice between Stefano or Naima –hope Naima is OK looked like she had an epileptic fit on stage.

BrianInVegas

March 24th, 2011
12:45 am

I agree with St. Patrick, Naima is a freaking train wreck. I don’t think she sang that well, and I didn’t get the dance….sorry….she needs to be the next one gone.

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Negitismo

March 24th, 2011
1:17 am

Neg thought it was a good night considering how overplayed this genre is on Idol. On to the rankings.

1. Pia: She looked and sounded like a true star. Incredible vocals, incredibly hot, incredibly classy, incredibly sweet, incredibly sexy…and that bare back of hers was tongue dripping hot.

2. Lauren: I haven’t found a thing special about her all season until tonight. Sassy attitude, power vocals, great stage command…she nailed it.

3. Jacob: For the 1st time he showed the temperament and discipline necessary to control his voice, and it payed off BIG TIME. He completely slayed it tonight.

4. Naimi: Not sure what the f–k I just saw, but I really liked her vocals and was impressed with her moves.

5. James: Outstanding vocals, but, as Simon might say, I’m beginning to find him overly self-indulgent. Where Lauren was confident and had a little swagger, James was having a self-love fest on stage.

6. Scotty: For the 1st half of that song I thought he was singing Gentle On My Mind by Glen Campbell, which happens to be one of my all time favorites. The problem for Scotty is he predictably looked uneasy both physically and vocally trying to work the Motown angle.

7. Haley: Wow, was she ever hot with those tight shorts showing off the juicy gams. I think I’m having Scarnato flashbacks…in a good way. Nice vocals, but awkward mannerisms (seem to be a continuous theme for her).

8. Casey: My perennial favorite laid an egg tonight. Hokey, boring arrangement, forced vocals, bad dancing…not good. After slaying Nirvana with great authenticity last week, this was a big step back.

9. Thia: Blah, limp performance that didn’t hold a candle to either the original or Ronstadt’s brilliant remake in the mid 70’s.

10. Paul: Awful. Just. Friggin’ Awful. No clue how he’s still in this.

11. Stefano: A laughably sappy, overdone performance of one of the worst songs in history. How appropriate Cook will be singing him off the show tomorrow night, considering DC made his bones bringing life to that dog of a tune.

aliassasha

March 24th, 2011
2:03 am

I am so not a country music fan, but for some reason Scotty really stands out for me. Maybe it’s his confidence or perhaps his style of old time country, that my father and grandparents loved so much….but he’s one of my top favorite this season. He’s only 16, for goodness sake! He has a voice of a 30 year old, deep with experience and focus. My other favorite…closer to my tastes…is Casey. His uniqueness, style and passion for his music makes him one of the sexist males on American Idol this season.

Sandra

March 24th, 2011
2:59 am

James, good as usual. Scotty — interesting to hear him do something other than a country song. Did pretty good. Naima performed — her song was fun. Poor loud Pia — a pretty robot. Jacob, his own best performance but he is still screechy. Lauren and Haley have unique voices, both did well. Like Paul but not a fan and Thia as always — unforgettable. Most obnoxious tonight — Ryan.

ethan noble

March 24th, 2011
3:18 am

I couldn’t think of worse than that of Pia’s performance. Plain boring. and will get even horrible.. Go Home Pia!

elekTRON

March 24th, 2011
3:21 am

The best performance belongs to JAMES DURBIN. The least spectacular rendition was rendered by Hailey Reinhart.

My rankings covering tonight’s performances:
1. James Durbin
2. Scotty McCreery
3. Jacob Lusk
4. Lauren Alaina
5. Thia Megia
6. Naima
7. Paul
8. Pia
9. Stefano
10. Casey
11. Hailey

elekTRON

March 24th, 2011
3:24 am

With TOP 24, 13, 12 and 11 done, I can clearly see a JAMES-SCOTTY finale. These two gents are spectacularly amazing.

bigballs

March 24th, 2011
3:29 am

Totally missed it. Jacob nailed Motown? Cool! Sounds like Haley, Naima, and Stefano are destined to go. Pia needs to move more? Hmm.. good idea but don’t see that happening. Maybe. I’ll have to catch up. Maybe utoob?

ificoulddoitagain

March 24th, 2011
7:14 am

James is a Adam Lambert wannabee – It’s getting OLD.

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
7:41 am

Morning!

My revised and enhanced list.

1. James: The kid kept himself tight, and his vocals controlled last night. Best voice in the competition!. Saying he is a Lambert wannabe is getting old. He is talented in a whole different way than Adam.

2. Jacob: He is not now nor has he ever been my favorite but last night he proved he can sing.

3. Scotty: The kid looked scared but he pulled it off.

4. Lauren: She stepped it up tonight, although I’m still not convinced.

5.Naima: I could have done without the dance but her vocals were a lot better tonight and she did a good job with the song

6. Pia…I love this song BUT, Pia needed to go uptempo tonight. Even though her vocals are good, I’m still feeling like I’m watching a robotic version of a wedding singer.

7.Thia….went uptempo a little, like Pia should have, and it helped. Lovely voice, lovely girl, no energy, no oomph.

8. Casey…I love Casey and his style but he just got outsung last night.

9. Paul…Tracks of My Tears? Seriously? That’s like singing Summertime. I actually liked what Paul did with the song but I don’t like his voice.

10. Stefano…Oh my goodness, Stefano took a David Cook classic and poured so much cheese on it that I couldn’t taste the song. Ordinarily I enjoy cheese but I don’t want to swim in it.

11. Haley…I was hoping Haley would show herself to be a better singer but no, no, no…just…NO.

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
7:46 am

In retrospect, Casey probably deserves a higher spot on my list, maybe above Thia, but I’m annoyed with him.

iamwallace

March 24th, 2011
7:47 am

I just need Naima to go home already. I work in music and there is absolutely nothing “great” about her vocals or performances at all. Last night she was still pitchy, although a little less than usual.

Highlander

March 24th, 2011
8:03 am

Good morning, gang!

Overall, a pretty good effort by most. Naima probably saved herself this week. Thought she was very entertaining even though I don’t care much for the African dance.
Casey, for me (for you), was kind of a let down. He should have killed in this genre but I thought he fell flat this time.
Liked Lauren, Scotty and Pia’s performances. And I think Haley was better this week. Paul was okay, not great. James rocked it!
Jacob was better this week, a bit toned down (for him), but I’m still not sold on him. Thia is not long for the competition. She has “it” quality at all. As soon as she’s finished, I’ve already forgotten what she sang.

But worst of the night goes to Stefano! WTF was he (and the producers working with him) thinking. Jennifer says he needs to connect with the audience. How about trying to connect to the SONG!?! He takes a pleading, angst-ridden, tender love song and sings it like a power ballad – with a smile on his face! (Do you get the feeling I thought he sucked?)

Bottom 3 will probably be Thia, Haley and (if there’s any hope for the world) Stefano, with Stefano or Thia going home. (I think Haley deserves another chance more than the other 2.)

Highlander

March 24th, 2011
8:05 am

Re: Thia, make that she has NO “it” quality!

Ben Lurkin

March 24th, 2011
8:10 am

Ah Ha! I just discovered the Fox TV (national) site recaps the previous nights show. Just the song, no comments, 1-15 second commercial between each performance.
Comeback of the night; Jacob,
Weakest of the night; Stephano,
Most forgettable; pageant-bot Thia
Most improved: Naima-hey she can hit the notes, and put on a show
Probably going home: Haley (can the hot pants/legs make an appearance on Idol Gives Back?).
I said I wouldn’t say anything so I won’t moment; Why Paul?
Absolutely beautiful lady and voice, but boring as unbuttered white toast; Pia
Obscure observation of the night: the band totally messed up Lauren, There is a certain tempo that gives the song it’s guts and the band was a tick too fast. She tried to give it the oomph, but ended up chasing the bands arrangement.

Sam-A

March 24th, 2011
8:11 am

The judges and I are so far apart, we could be in different countries! I abhored Jacob – cannot stand the tone of his voice – like nails on chalkboard! Naima can barely sing, and that “dancing” (really?) She needs to be told she’s not auditioning for a 50’s Haiti Zombie movie – looked like some voodoo ceremony. I thought Haley was also bad – her worst so far – just a bunch of screeching – ear-splitting.

Thia was ok – did what she was told. Scotty – meh! Pia – perfect voice, but she should have done an upbeat fun song. Still my fave, but losing a little luster, always with the big ballads. Loved Lauren – thought she was teriffic. James ok. Paul – better than last couple of weeks, but I still DON”T GET HIM! Stefano – forgettable. Casey – better than last couple of weeks, but I’m really tired of the big growl&scream bit!

DC

March 24th, 2011
8:16 am

Ya…naima showed who she was as an artist…crap…seriously Ho, you thought it was good?…all she does is easy songs…I mean anyone can sing a Rihanna song…even Rihanna…

TiffTaff

March 24th, 2011
8:18 am

I must say that I really enjoyed Naima’s performance. I think she was the only one that actually put on a show last night. Will she make it a few more weeks probably not.

There are three that annoy me every time they take the stage.

1. Pia-She is so boring to watch and her voice doesn’t hold much variety

2. Scotty-He has become or always was a one trick pony and I am tired of the act

3. Jacob-He, much like Scotty tends to sound the same with every song he sings. The sad part about it is that I love gospel music. I would just like to see something really different from him.

Who should go? Well it’s a toss up between Haley, Pia or Scotty for me. Just for the entertainment value Haley should stick around…the lipstick the awkward movements it’s so entertaining.

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
8:22 am

I think we’re all falling into the trap of comparing this week to the weeks before. If I was going to pick which singers are the best so far…overall…it would be a different list.

However, I also think it’s important to judge each singer by each performance…which is why one of my least favorite singers is near the top of my list. I am not a Jacob fan, he belongs in the gospel genre and maybe not on American Idol…but, he was good, entertaining and fun last night.

Harriett

March 24th, 2011
8:33 am

Morning everyone. Another busy day on tap, but just wanted to join in for a minute or two. Last night I loved Jacob and James. However, I agree with Neg’s assessment of James’s self-indulgement. I thought he carried it way long last night. Randy did not even have time to comment after James took up so much time indulging himself in the afterglow. No other contestant had that much stage time. And, his winking and pointing to people in the audience is bordering on arrogance. I liked him much better when he had a little humility and trepidation about him.

And, Scotty is making me tired with his sameness. Every song he sings seems the same to me. I know this is not a popular opinion, but it is mine. ;) Paul should not have done a song that Adam slayed two years ago. Evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c4s2JfBj-M Ditto Stefano and the David Cook performance of “Hello.” Evidence again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpR0uunWmGQ

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
8:43 am

I think the winking and pointing(something Scotty does as well) is a nervous reaction.

As to the time spent on James…I’m pretty sure it was because they still had a lot of time left in the show and James was the last singer so…it stands to reason that the producers told Ryan and the judges to take their time.

I thought the people coming up to hug Jacob was a little over the top. We finally get Jacob calmed down and then rile up the audience.

Deirdre

March 24th, 2011
8:53 am

Another thing we tend to do is blame the singers for the show’s indulgences. A 2 hour show is too much time but the producers have to be careful and end up giving the last singer more time that the others. Not the singer’s fault.

The host invites people on stage to hug Jacob and it almost gets out of hand…not Jacob’s fault.

A theme is totally out of a singer’s wheelhouse…not that singer’s fault even though it could get him/her eliminated.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
8:57 am

Highlander, I like how you described your bottom 3 in Thia, Stephano, and Hailey. I too think Hailey deserves it over those 2. I still don’t quite understand the hate she gets.

And Queen D, the Adam/James comparisons are getting old. They both can hit high notes… and that’s about it. To me James has a much better voice over Adam. He also has a lot more edge and rock vibe to him.

Harriett

March 24th, 2011
8:59 am

But, D, that is what I loved about the original Idol shows. Everyone had to get out of their comfort zone from time to time–everyone.

Woodpappy

March 24th, 2011
9:05 am

I can say that I really enjoyed the show last night. For me about 6 or 7 of the contestants are better now than the winner last year. The stage presence is so much better than last year. I was so impressed with Jacob’s rendition. He was the best performance last night in my opinion. I really like James because he can even do it with his handicaps, and do it well.
As for the one going home I think it is a toss up between Hailey and Paul.

G

March 24th, 2011
9:08 am

My top performers of the night: 1) Jacob 2) Naima 3) James 4) Lauren 5) Thia 6) Pia 7) Haley 8) Casey 9) Paul 10) Stefano. Bottom 3: 1) Stefano 2) Haley 3) Naima. Stefano may have a bit of a latino push to save him for one week. Haley may have squeaked through with a decent performance and she was cute last night.

Naima will probably be the one to go. I just think people have fallen out of love with her. Maybe it’s her personality, pro-african displays, bigger stage, I don’t know but it does seem its something. I love Naima, and I think the exposure on AI is all she needs anyway to help her career. If she hooks up with the right people, I could still see her being successful on the “neo-soul” circuit.

GG

March 24th, 2011
9:15 am

Jacob was the best to me. He didn’t take it to church. Good job.

I love James and his story. He seemed comfortable and in control and happy.

Naima is a true artist. She designs. She sings. She performs. You have to give her credit for that because not everyone is really challenging or pushing themselves.

I like Pia but I want her to step out of the ballad box.

Thia moved more…good. Her voice is so mature for someone her age. I like to hear her sing.

Stefano is cool but…I don’t think he’ll make it to the finale.

Paul and Casey are talented but I’m not a fan.

I like Scotty. But he didn’t do it for me last night. I think my attention went elsewhere.

If I could vote to send someone home it would be Haley. She just doesn’t do it for me.

Lauren…I loved that dress and I want to know where I can get one just like it. She was her usual self to me. I think she’ll be around for a few weeks as it’s clear she has a strong following. She’s sweet and innocent. Who doesn’t like that?

G

March 24th, 2011
9:25 am

I think most performers last night were true to themselves in their performances. Meaning, they didn’t succumbe to the genre if it exposed their weakness for a lack of range/versatility. You can look at it three ways: 1) cheating 2) smart 3) creative (only if it works).

Which brings me to McScotty. We all know that his identity is a country singer. He’s not pop, r&b, or rock. He knew that succombing to the genre would expose a weakness. I’m not surprised he flipped it to country. I actually called it. I guess if you’re a country music fan, and/or Scotty fan, it probably works for you. I would like to at least try to go outside of the box. So what if he bombs? His fan base is strong enough to hold him up.

Personally, I have more respect for artist that are versatile than those with limitations. It’s fine if that’s what you are, and you can be very successful at it. I think that Scotty, along with Pauly and a few others, are one-way singers. The ceiling is very low, but in AI, we all know that doesn’t matter.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
9:28 am

Woodpappy, I think I’M better than the winner last year :lol:

Homer

March 24th, 2011
9:32 am

This year being the best group of talent ever. The ones we’re talking about going home could have won last year. But with that being said here’s my review of last night’s performances.

1. Jacob: He has the chops and reminds me (and many others) of Luther Vandross. I still have him projected in the top 5.

2. Lauren: Feeling better from the illness she returned to her standard of performance. She has the voice and the star quality. Another top 5 projection.

3. Pia: Definitely star quality vocals and looks. She needs to learn how to perform to a live crowd and get out of “audition” mode.

4. James: He was solid tonight and did a nice job of connecting with the audience..

5. Scotty: The kid has the voice and the appeal. Just needs to change his vocal style to match the song. He could listen to Garth Brooks for lessons on how to do this.

6. Casey: Not crazy about his interpretation of the song but it was a solid performance.

7. Thia: Glad she finally went up-tempo. It did her good and it was a better job than last week. However she didn’t fully meet the potential of that song. Disappointing.

8. Paul : Bad song choice. it wasn’t bad – but it wasn’t a song that he could excel with.

9. Stefano : Terrible song choice. Almost no way to keep from bombing with that song. The difficulty of pulling that song off is SO high. Also, after all the criticism of needing to connect with the audience and making eye contact, he didn’t. He TRIED – but alas he fell back into his comfort zone which is to close his eyes. If he stays, he needs a good song, some good coaching, and a great performance.

10. Haley: I keep wanting to like her but she keeps letting me down. She keeps having “almost good” performances, but I am afraid it’s going to cost her.

11: Naima: Vocally she has disappointed every week. This week she decided to do some freaky African dance as part of the performance. Extremely bad idea! She’s my “go home” pick.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
9:34 am

“Lauren…She’s sweet and innocent.”
And she acts like a blonde bimbo. I haven’t quite figured out if it’s an act or she’s really kind of dumb… but either way it turns me off. Not to mention she really hasn’t ever wow’d me with any of her performances. I’d rather see Hailey perform next week than Lauren.

Alex Trebek ™©®, esquire

March 24th, 2011
9:38 am

Just my thoughts in order of performance:

Casey Abrams: I’ve resigned myself to the fact that he will now leer and growl his way through every song. Not a bad performance, but will be remembered as a better musician than singer. I don’t understand the lovefest for him.

Thia Megia: Excellent voice, excellent singer, but I don’t think she’ll connect with the masses. Won’t make the Top 5.

Jacob Lusk: Nice performance, but he needs to ditch the queen act. 50/50 he’ll make the top 5.

Lauren Alaina: Not bad, not great. May be one of the last two girls remaining, but I’m not “getting” her.

Stefano Langone: Average performance. Not a fan of any of the wild card contestants, but he should stick around longer than Naima.

Haley Reinhart: The background singers drowned her out at the beginning of the song. She eventually became the dominant voice, but I’m not so sure the background singers didn’t sound better. Seems very awkward on stage, but never forgets where the cameras are.

Scotty McCreery: Not his best performance to date, but what can you expect from a country singer singing Motown.

Pia Toscano: Flawless performance, but she better be careful or she’ll be considered a cardboard Barbie. Needs to do something to connect with the audience or the votes will dwindle.

Paul MacDonald: I’m already tired of this guy, but hey, his teeth are in a “white” category all to themselves. Okay performance.

Naima Adedapo: The dancing was painful to watch. Much like Karen, who defined herself as the Latino contestant, Naima has now officially defined herself as the afro-centric contestant. It won’t buy her much more time. Here’s hoping she goes home tonight. Stefano next week. Get rid of the wild card contestants.

James Durbin: Best performance of the night. Needs to dial back the audience pandering after the song.

Looking forward to the results show tonight.

Homer

March 24th, 2011
9:45 am

‘Dawg, we differ on Lauren and Haley. While I do think Haley has talent, she continues to have amateurish performances while Lauren clearly shows that she has star quality. However, we can agree to disagree. :-)

Sticky

March 24th, 2011
9:50 am

Still don’t understand the Haley “hate.” She has such a powerful voice and great range. She could sing anything she wanted.

I thought last night was awesome! There was really no performance I didn’t like. I don’t prefer Naima or Stefano in general, but at least I wasn’t fast forwarding through their performances last night like usual.

Glad to see Thia do something uptempo and to see Jacob restrained…first time I’ve enjoyed him since the beginning. Casey seems to be getting comfortable in his little bubble of greatness, but it’s starting to get boring/predictable (regarding song choice and delivery).

Ellen Fix

March 24th, 2011
9:56 am

Naima is highly over-rated (as are a few others in this year’s competition). She has verve and pizzaz, but her singing voice is mediocre. It ust doesn’t have a beautiful tone, it doesn’t resonate or touch any emotion. Has it dawned on any other viewers this year that the high degree of behind-the-scenes vocal and performance coaching that apparently is deemed necessary, indicates that not one of the performers is truly a natural-born star? Listen to all the negative comments made by that coaching producer back stage, and you’d think these were a bunch of beginner-class vocal students.

Sticky

March 24th, 2011
9:57 am

I’ve never voted for her and probably won’t (I’m spending all my energy keeping Haley in the competition), but Pia is the only one I make my husband listen to because she is just that good. Her voice is so beautiful and her star quality is rocking. She truely reminds me of Celine Dion and I think she’ll go far, with or without Idol’s help.

Was anyone else thrown off by Scotty’s weird head jerking towards the end of his performance? Just wondering….

AtlantaFan

March 24th, 2011
9:59 am

I don’t have much to add that hasn’t already been said. It was a GREAT show. I have never liked Jacob that much, but after he sang last night, I got up off the couch and started clapping spontaneously. Wow, with direction he really did it. I also clapped for James. Also enjoyable were Lauren Alaina and Pia. As a country music fan, I am not that enamored by Scotty, but I do agree he has crowd appeal. He should improve with age and experience, but that will not happen on this season of Idol.

The thing that differs this year other than production quality is the direction that contestants are getting from seasoned producers. This certainly makes their performances on Tuesday nights better. My guess is that Stefano or Haley will go home tonight.

Woodpappy

March 24th, 2011
9:59 am

RxDawg haven’t heard you sing yet but I’m sure you are right.

nonya

March 24th, 2011
10:00 am

Love Paul! James sings fine, but I can’t help thinking about Sloth from the Goonies when I watch him. I think its the ears.

Mickey F

March 24th, 2011
10:04 am

I really didn’t connect with Jacob’s performance last night. Am puzzled what so excited the judges, and seemingly the audience. It must have sounded different in the theater than on TV. I couldn’t hear a lot of what he was doing–lost in the mix of too much band.

I also don’t see what was so exciting or right on in Lauren’s performance. In its own way it was as as white-bread as Pia’s–excellent karaoke, but still karaoke.

People’s comments here on Naima’s dancing are beginning to verge on racist, IMHO.

dawgfan

March 24th, 2011
10:04 am

I like Thia because she’s not obnoxious, cheesy, and annoying like 90% of the contestants who have ever been on that show. Stefano needs to be singing on a cruise ship and not on American Idol. What a cheeseball. Casey is good but not as great as he obviously thinks he is. Naima simply cannot sing. How in the hell she made it this far is the miracle to end all miracles. I really don’t dislike her she’s just not that good. Pia can sing her pants off but is as boring as watching paint dry. She could easily win and be a star if she would just loosen up a bit.

Thanks.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
10:13 am

“James sings fine, but I can’t help thinking about Sloth from the Goonies when I watch him. I think its the ears”

LMAO nice!

I think of predator when I watch Naimi.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
10:15 am

“People’s comments here on Naima’s dancing are beginning to verge on racist, IMHO.”

Nah. You can disagree with someone or not like a style or perormance without being racist. It’s very much seperated.

reader

March 24th, 2011
10:24 am

Paul is a joke. Who would want to listen to that whining for 2 hrs. Get real. He stinks.

Dr. Voodoo

March 24th, 2011
10:28 am

Naimi was performing a voodoo ritual dance to put a hex on the other competitors –Really WTF was that last night? Goodbye and good riddance

DMLK jy

March 24th, 2011
10:31 am

@ Mickey F –racist –really –get a Fu@#in clue your one of those fools that has no clue what the definition is -just because she’s black and people don’t like her singing and dancing fools like you auto pilot it into racism -a big FYOU to you!

Pitchy ™

March 24th, 2011
10:31 am

Her name is NaimA.

Somneone last night sounded just like Taylor Hicks. Let me scratch my head to figure out who.

Alex Trebek ™©®, esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:34 am

Sticky
March 24th, 2011
9:57 am

Yeah, I noticed Scotty’s weird “gyrations” and said something to my wife. Looked contrived.

Sam-A

March 24th, 2011
10:39 am

There’s a new subject open now.

Alex Trebek ™©®, esquire

March 24th, 2011
10:44 am

The best, worst, whitest, and other awards:

Took the biggest chance award: Scotty. A white country boy taking on Motown’s Stevie Wonder. Who would have thunk it?

The best voice of the night: Pia. Get used to it. She has the best voice in the group.

Best dance award: Naima.

Worst dance award: Naima.

Only-dancer-of-the-night award: Naima

Whitest teeth award: Paul, in a blowout

Growl of the night: Casey. He has won this award each week so far.

Queen of the night: Well, I need say nothing more

Cheesiest of the night: Stefano

Worst performance of the night: As usual, the judges.

Pitchy ™

March 24th, 2011
10:47 am

BTW, Alex, esquire should have a capital “E”

smitr

March 24th, 2011
10:53 am

For the most part, I don’t get Paul and think the only reason he’s there is to be a pitch man for Crest White Strips; but last night, the last few notes of his song were really good. I’d love to hear him sing a whole song like that, and not sing like he usually does, all weird and pitchy, restrained and awkward.

No doubt Pia has an amazing voice, but she is sorely lacking in the personality department and needs to step it up about 10 notches and start moving from the spot on the stage she seems to be very fond of. Yes, Neg, the dress was hot.

Thia did step it up a few notches, but I don’t think she’s there yet.

James stepped it up a few too many notches, and his arrogance might get the best of him if he’s not careful. He needs a lesson in humility about right now. Still think he’ll make top 3.

Scotty tried to mix it up a bit, but I think he’s just too uncomfortable singing in a higher range. It’s his wonderful Josh Turner-like voice that got him into the competition, and he just needs to stay in that range. As I’ve said before, I don’t think he’ll win, which will probably be a good thing for his career.

Lauren was really good last night, and I thought she looked great too. I think she’ll be in the top 5 for sure.

I absolutely love Haley’s voice, but she needed to slay it last night, and she didn’t. I fear for her safety at this point.

Stefano didn’t listen to the mentors at all and kept his eyes closed practically the whole time. I’m not a fan of the song anyway but thought David Cook did a much better job with it.

Jacob managed to reel himself in somewhat last night, but I still think he’s much better suited to a gospel choir.

Naima definitely showed she can sing last night, and I thought she was way better than in previous weeks. I think she’ll be safe this week.

Casey, Casey, Casey. I loved you from the very beginning, but you’re angry growling voice is getting on my nerves. Where is that voice that sang Georgia on my Mind so beautifully that my family listened to over and over again. I haven’t heard that since.

My bottom three this week: Stefano, Haley and Thea. As much as I hate to see her go, I think Haley will be saying goodbye.

p59w

March 24th, 2011
11:07 am

My list is different if I Watched TV, versus just listening. While listening you get the music – while watching you get the package. It was said in the show, cutting the record and singing live are two different skills and the difference between their Itunes tracks and performances are a clear example. And the difference in watching a performance and listening is as well.

Yes, is a singing competition, but as the judges say, its a whole package competition, and I have trouble watching Jacob without FF. He was much more in control and you could recognize the song and it was quite good when I “watched” the repeat with my eyes closed. Once I realized that, I repeated AI, but listened only to performances.

I’m not a James Durbin fan, but he did a good job, until the self-congrats fest after his song – which turned me off – how you act on stage is part of your overall act.

People always want singers to make it their own, and then sometimes blasting them for doing so.

Is it better to stand still and sing or wander around the stage like you are deranged? I agree that people who seem to be in their own world or ignoring song or audience can be a turn off. I saw almost as much as that from Pia than Stefano yet one gets raves and one gets boos. Also Stefano changes the microphone from hand to hand too much – it is distrcting.

In watching a television show preference (best to worst)

1) Lauren
2) Scotty
3) Casey
4) Thia
5) Naima
6) Pia
7) James
8) Haley
9) Paul
10) Stefano
11) Jacob

“Watching” TV with one’s eyes closed (best to worst)

1) Pia
2) Jacob
3) James
4) Scotty
5) Lauren
6) Stefano
7) Casey
8) Thia
9) Naima
10) Paul
11) Haley

KPH

March 24th, 2011
11:16 am

OK last night James Durbin convinced me he is the best vocalist in this competition. They all were good last night except Paul who sounds like he is singing with a clothes pin on his nose. I think he should be the one to go home.

sharon

March 24th, 2011
11:27 am

I love Haley but she needs to work on her stage performance.I hope Stefano goes home. Pia is so stunning. She looks like a star. Thia is cute and sweet but too boring. For the first time I enjoyed Jacob. He gave me chills. I hate it when Jennifer Lopez interrupts Randy’s critique! So childish and disrespectful.

G

March 24th, 2011
11:51 am

A Jacob and Scotty comparison. I noticed a few similarities in Jacob and McScotty. You have two singers that are obviously comfortable in their respective genres (gospel and country). Early on, Jacob would bail himself out in songs with runs. In which later on, that tactic ran out. We see that Scotty bailed himself out of a whole genre, by changing the arrangement and interpretation of the song to suit his needs. The difference is that Jacob made the adjustment to his singing and was successful. This can possibly be done to whatever genre is thrown his way. Scotty adjusted the song, and kept his singing the same. So, is it safe to assume that Scotty adjusting every artist song and every genre night to country is going to work for weeks to come? Would like to see how Scotty, Pia, and James handle disco night!

One last thing on Jacob. I’ve been a fan of his talent. As you saw last night, he’s a dangerous contestant when has a bit of guidance. I simply think he has the best range of all the contestants on the show. However, the diva thing is a problem. It works better in the gospel setting than the secular. JMO. If Adam could keep it together…….he should be able to do same.

Jenn

March 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

I absoultely love this group of “idols” this season. Last night’s show was amazing entertainment from start to finish minus a few bumps in the road i.e. Paul “can’t carry a tune in a bucket” McDonald, Thia zzzzzz Megia and the growling hot mess that is Haley.

What I love about them is they are all SO different! They each have their own distinct genre that they can build a career in.

James: ROCK…Total rockstar in the making. He had so much charisma with the audience, he comes alive on stage, he knows where the camera is and he works it. I see him as the lead singer in a band after this. He’s like the next Bret Michaels of Poison meets Pat Monaghan of Train.

Lauren: POP COUNTRY…She’s a more fun and more talented version of Taylor Swift. She could do well on her own as a bubble gum crossover or if she gets in a country duo or group.

Pia: Total ADULT CONTEMPORARY artist. Her music would be played by Delilah on 98.5 or something like that. She is breathtakingly gorgeous and sounds amazing. I have yet to see if she will be like a Kelly Clarkson because she does not show any emotion when she sings. Just stands there behind a mike and blows. If she proves that she can actually be an entertainer I will start to like her more.

Scotty: OLD SCHOOL COUNTRY. He is a throwback of the good ole boys. It totally works for him. He is a younger and cuter Jamey Johnson. He could tour with George Strait, Alan Jackson, those iconic country artists. He has so much natural ability it oozes out of him when he performs. He doesn’t just sing the songs he performs the songs. He tells a story and that is what the greatest country artists do.

Jacob: GOSPEL there is no doubt in my mind he would be sucessful in that field. I don’t see him on Top 40 radio. Ruben tried it and did not succeed until he switched to gospel. I am still on the fence about him. He is way too “over the top” for me.

Thia Megia: DISNEY. Only place where I think she can do well. Zzzzzz she puts me to sleep I am so sorry. She is a lovely girl but if there is a place for her it is Disney. If she can learn to act she can do well on a little show where she can sing and get a record like a Selena Gomez or a Demi Lovato.

Naima: I don’t know where she fits. Is she R&B is she African tribal music is she pop is she jazz I just have no idea. She lifts right out.

Paul: FREAK…I am not even dignifying him with a description or his quote unquote “music”. Awful. Horrible. Creepy. Weird. Trying too hard to be unique which misses the point of what unique actually is.

Haley: N/A that’s all I have to say about her. Hope she’s packed.

Casey: He is indescribable. He cannot be pigeonholed into a category, He is just Casey. He is fearless and has so much more talent in his little finger than the last three peope I just mentioned. Excited to see what he does week after week!

Jenn

March 24th, 2011
12:05 pm

Wow…that is only 10 who did I forget? Oh yeah Stefano…oops I swear it was not intentional……..

timthebrave

March 24th, 2011
12:09 pm

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pebblebeach

March 24th, 2011
12:10 pm

PIA….hands down again…love this woman in every way imaginable…

timthebrave

March 24th, 2011
12:13 pm

My top 3 and bottom 3
1. James-good on an ok night for me
2. Paul-I normally don’t like him but liked the arrangement and it was unique
3. Pia-Looked and sounded beautiful but I was a little bored

9. Stefano-he thinks that acting like a mexican soap opera star helps convey emotions….sorry just bad acting
10. Jacob- I just don’t get it
11. Hailey-Better to look at then listen to

FF

March 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Casey Abrams: Heard it Through the Grapevine
Casey is fast becoming this seasons Taylor Hicks to me. Last week’s performance was indulgent and this week’s performance seemed liked a drunk guy who had a decent voice doing karaoke; the last notes he tried to hit were like hitting the bottom of the Jack Daniels bottle. I swear as every week goes by I just think we should vote him off and let him sing the True Blood theme song for the upcoming season.

more review here: http://bit.ly/hn8dA5

FF

March 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Lauren Alaina: Keep Me Hanging On
Every week I’m going to say it. Kelly Clarkson. Lauren brought some confidence back to the stage last night but wish she would have brought a little more twang to the song. Reba sang this song in 1995 and Lauren could’ve had a better performance with a little more attitude. I was happy to see her work the crowd and judges. I know she is young but if she will grow out of this immaturity I think she has about her, she’ll be great.

more review here: http://bit.ly/hn8dA5

FF

March 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

Jacob Lusk: You’re All I Need
I think I am in the minority when it comes to Jacob Lusk as well. I don’t understand all the praise for this guy. He murdered Alone and his rendition of I Believe I Can Fly can ultimately be linked to the thousands of birds dropping from the Arkansas sky in January. While this performance was slightly more subdued, I couldn’t hear Jacob over the background singers during the chorus. And what was up with ALL the screen time and inviting Justin Beiber’s fan club on stage to hug Jacob? I think Jacob and James need to have a wail-off and Jacob and Scotty need to have a corny facial expression contest. Ultimately though Jacob, you belong in a movie with Madea. . . maybe y’all can put together a broken church choir or rob banks.

more review here: http://bit.ly/hn8dA5

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
1:53 pm

Jenn, I like your take on them. I pretty much completely agree with you except with maybe Hailey. I see some potential in her (but it won’t be reached within the scope of the remaining few weeks for her). But for the rest of em I think your spot on.

RxDawg

March 24th, 2011
2:07 pm

I got a theory about Casey. Wanna hear it? Well here it goes..

Casey is one of the most musicaly intelligent contestants to ever grace Idol. He’s a master musician. Kris Allen also was vastly underrated in this same department but it was something I picked up on very early that season. And I think it was the tipping point that allowed him to win. Now, Casey came out so strong that now he’s letting everyone down so to speak just because he’s doing some different kind of things. Well, maybe he’s doing that because he knows he can right now. It’s not like he’s being threatened by anyone right now to be removed from the show. So now would be the time to showcase some different stuff. Take HUGE risks, cough Nirvana cough. Why? Because he safely get’s to show how versatile he is. When the talent and competetion weeds out the wannabes then he can go back to doing what made us all love him to begin with. It’s actually not that far fetched at all and would be quite brilliant because it could give him momentum towards the end. I know it’s something I would do as an early front runner.

skico

March 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

Pia has an amazing voice, but is one of the stiffest singers I have ever seen. Last night her arms reminded me of one of those animatronic Santa Clauses you see at Home Depot around Christmas. Up… down… up… down… Too bad she didn’t twirl while she sang. The back of the dress was SMOKIN’!!!

Mickey F

March 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

I like RxDawg’s Casey speculation. I hope it right. Casey is an incredibly talented musician, as shown by his bass playing and by the way he sang Georgia on My Mind and I Put a Spell on You. These last two weeks have been interesting side trips. Both songs were outrageously bold choices, but there was no way he was really gonna be in the same league with either Curt Cobain or Marvin Gaye. I hope he starts showing more of the subtle, jazzy, tasty, interesting stuff he was doing earlier.

greg

March 24th, 2011
3:35 pm

Don’t post very often, but last night demands it! There were no really bad performances. That said, the boy that JLO is in love with has to go (the one that sang “Hello”). It was AWFUL!!! There were 3-4 performances that were better than anything last season. Jacob was AMAZING! I’ve watched it again today, and that was just an incredible performance. I love the gospel/Luther sound of his voice, but alway thought he could rein it in a little. Well, last night he did. It was a star making performance. The Georgia girl (Lauren, I think) was also good last night. Casey is in very real danger of falling off the map. I really like him, but the last two weeks haven’t been very good. Please, please someone take Scotty off the show as well. It was not good. One of the judges mentioned Glen Campbell, and they were right…sorry that is not a good thing imho. He is a one trick pony and it’s already old. I don’t get the negativity towards Pia. Is it jealousy because of her beauty? Just not sure. She was great again last night. The vocal was near about perfect. Her voice is a thing of beauty. Could she mix it up a bit? Yep, but you can’t deny her talent…

Just my two cents

MTer

March 24th, 2011
3:56 pm

Mickey F, I was not in the audience either last night, just watching TV and Jacob is blowing it out of the theater much less on my TV. You might out to get your sound checked out, you think? As far as the haters here about Naima, my dislike for the dance had nothing to do with her personally, just did not care for it just like I was sooooo glad they got rid of all the guitars the performances were using over the past few years. I’m an equal opportunity hater.

Mickey F

March 24th, 2011
4:05 pm

I watched (and listened to) Jacob again on youtube. I just don’t get what’s so great about his performance last night. The verses all sound the same; he starts low and goes up almost like singing a scale and the sound of it is kind of wobbly with pitch sliding in unmusical ways, and it doesn’t go with the meaning of the words. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s awful. He’s got an impressive instrument. I just don’t think his interpretation of this song had any heart or even any focus to it. Energy, yes, but even that was unfocused. That’s my impression, and I’m stickin to it.

Highlander

March 24th, 2011
4:50 pm

RxDawg, I understand your theory about Casey but I think (if true) it’s kinda foolish for any contestant to think of themselves as safe. You just never know for sure how the voting might go.

Remember what happened to Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry. …Not that it hurt either of their careers. Especially JHud’s!

Pitchy ™

March 24th, 2011
4:53 pm

Chris Daughtry is doing pretty good too!

Highlander

March 24th, 2011
5:01 pm

One disparaging note about last night: I think the judges (primarily Jennifer and Randy) had way too much time to ramble on. Keep the critiques short and sweet. Steven, on the other hand, seemed kinda bored and has started repeating himself more. His “beautiful” is getting as repetitive as Randy’s “pitchy” or “dawg.” (Although, as Ryan jokingly pointed out, Randy didn’t use “pitchy” last night.)

If AI has that much time for judge’s babbling and audience participation (the hugs for Jacob, the overly-long ovation pumped up by James), then you have enough time in a 2-hour show for 11 singers to sing an entire frigging song!!

Marcus

March 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

Come on guys, give Haley a break. Her stage presence may be lacking, but she can flat out sing. On the other hand, Naimi can’t sing a lick and her dancing is all over the place – please, please stop. Naimi (or Stefano) should be the one packing it in tonight!

mommi_shan

March 24th, 2011
5:44 pm

thia has DISNEY written all over her. my 11-year old loved her. you know how pre-teen fans can be, totally addicted.

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

March 24th, 2011
5:45 pm

skico, my opinion of pia is that she was trained from a very early age to be a pageant winner. She’s beautiful. She’s poised. She’s got a tremendous voice. She’s got style. But it’s all very VERY surface, except the singing talent. She actually CAN sing, technically, quite well. But they pegged it with NO connection. Think about it, a pageant contestant has to be perfect for a few moments in a variety of areas. I can almost see the “pageant queen wave” from her…

Billiegeen

March 24th, 2011
7:33 pm

Scotty has it hands down. love to hear him sing. Jumping up and down and screaming is not singing, and Scotty stood there and belted the songs out week after week like a singer should do. Scotty will be on a stage a year from now, how many others will be? I doubt not many. He carries the notes to perfection and you can understand what he is singing. Most enjoyable!