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‘American Idol’ top 11 (redux) performance recap

In this Jan. 20, 2011 photo, Elton John poses for a portrait while promoting the new film, "Gnomeo and Juliet", in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

In this Jan. 20, 2011 photo, Elton John poses for a portrait while promoting the new film, "Gnomeo and Juliet", in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Who were your top 3 favorite performances tonight? (pick up to 3)

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After last week’s strong Motown week, Elton John night inevitably became a bit of a let down. It wasn’t bad, mind you. There were no disastrous performances. Some contestants changed things up but most stuck to their knitting, with mixed results. The first hour especially was a bit soporific.

The judges also over-praised some performances that were merely okay.

We are at the stage in the competition where some contestants are starting to bore us by not bringing anything new to the game each week. Yet others keep up the faith even when they do sing similar songs, which means they have something special about them, that they can add nuances we haven’t felt or seen before. And a few can change it up and still rock it. That, too, is a good thing.

Based on the polling tonight, we had some vast differences of opinion about certain performances (e.g. Scotty and Jacob).

My favoritesCasey Abrams redeemed himself by showing his more vulnerable side, Lauren Alaina provided multiple emotional levels and Thia Megia revealed actual genuine emotion.

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

Who will go home: Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald and Naima Adedapo will likely land in the bottom three. With no save, we know for sure a guy is going home tonight. I think it will be Paul. Naima is an acquired taste and I don’t think she has a big enough fan base to go much further. Plus, she was second up tonight and that is not a good thing.

Who were your 3 least favorite performances? (Pick up to 3)

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Quick recaps of the top 11 in order of appearance

1. Scotty McCreery (”Country Comfort”) – Scotty saw a song named “Country Comfort” from his “Tumblewood Connection” album. I’m not familiar with the original. Overall, this was a relatively safe, solid performance. It will not be terribly memorable in the Scotty “Idol” canon but he has no chance of going home.

2. Naima Adedapo (”I’m Still Standing”) – She went all reggae, even going with da Jamaican accent.  Overall, I thought she stayed in tune, showed who she was and changed things up well. It was a good performance, but perhaps not so good to generate votes. And after getting the “pimp” spot last week, she got one of the worst spots tonight.

3. Paul McDonald (”Rocket Man”) – His breathy voice is memorable but almost mockworthy. He has a decent voice somewhere there but this was not the best song for him to highlight it. I was not impressed, spending more time studying his rose-inflected suit than his singing.

4. Pia Toscano (”Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”) – We want something upbeat, anything that would get her moving. I’d like to see a different side of her. But she won’t take direct advice. She opted for yet another ballad. This song is amazing but has been sung at least a half -dozen times on “Idol.” She sang it pitch perfect but it was rote, mundane and lacking any originality.  I’m bored, Pia.

5. Stefano Langone (”Tiny Dancer”) – He finally opened his eyes! I really felt like he made an effort to connect with the audience, as J. Lo said. It worked on the most part. I enjoyed him and he was enjoying himself without over-reaching.

6. Lauren Alaina (”Candle in the Wind”) – She imprinted her own pretty, distinctive country flavor to a classic tune and I enjoyed it. She provides an underlying nuance and inflection that makes her a better singer than, say, Haley.

7. James Durbin (”Saturday’s Night Alright For Fighting”) – I wasn’t liking his voice during the verse though he was better during the chorus. I enjoyed watching him move around. That made it interesting. But as a vocal performance, I wasn’t overly impressed. He didn’t add much to the song from that standpoint.

8. Thia Megia (”Daniel”) – She has an incredibly pretty voice but has been accused of feeling robotic. For the first time in  a long time, we saw her actually emote, thinking about her own brother. The judges weren’t thrilled but I bought it.

9. Casey Abrams (”Your Song”) – He needed redemption after nearly getting ousted last week. And he pulled it off. He showed that yes, he has more than a growl in him. He can sing softly and well. He started nervously but gained confidence quickly.  Near the end, he momentarily turned on his “evil” face but it came and went in a blinnk. The warmer Casey is why we liked him early on. Keep him around!  And goodbye, scraggly beard!

10. Jacob Lusk (”Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word”) – If you close your eyes, he’s not a bad vocalist. But watching him can be a bit of an aggravation. He makes all these funny faces that distract me from the song itself.  He was fairly predictable tonight but did hold back enough to not make it too annoying.

11. Haley Reinhart (”Bennie and the Jets’) – She is technically a great singer. She isn’t bad looking. Yet again, she is missing that quality that would make her a true artist. She just feels like a lounge singer and tonight, with the piano, she was an exceptional lounge singer. “American Idol”? Not so much.

BEST QUOTES

“You have seasoned so fast on this show. I felt like I was at your concert.” Randy to Scotty

“I love your reggae swag but I’m not sure this song was suited for that. Some songs aren’t meant to be flipped 360, 180. It was better an idea than payoff for me.” – J. Lo to Naima, before Randy called it “corny.”

“I wonder if you’re holding back.” – J. Lo to Paul

“The notes take us to another worldly place. I feel you trying to break through that barrier.” J. Lo to Pia

“There’s a sweet thing to your voice. You nailed it!” – Tyler to Stefano. (Tyler’s go-to phrase: “You nailed it!”

“You keep singing like that and you’ll be able to afford the rest of that dress.” Tyler to Lauren

“You have a really good rock voice. Just don’t wear out your welcome. Don’ t be up there too long. You’ll wind up like me!” – Tyler to James

“It was very safe. Don’t know how that’s going to help you with votes.” Randy, being tough on Thia

“One decision I didn’t lose sleep over was saving you.” – J. Lo, patting herself on the back to Casey

“Shout out to Tricky Stewart [from Atlanta] for that arrangement. He tailored it to you. That last note. You don’t see that every day.” – J. Lo to Jacob

“You sing sexy.” – Tyler to Haley

COVER IT LIVE POLLS
singer, % who would vote, % who liked it okay but won’t vote, % who didn’t like it
Casey: 73, 27, 0 (pity vote? I don’t think so!)
James 57, 29, 14
Lauren 56, 36, 8
Jacob, 40, 30, 30 (that’s a split vote!)
Scotty 35, 43, 22 (another split vote!)
Thia 32, 55, 14
Haley 26, 17, 57 (Not nearly as enthused as the judges!)
Pia 18, 59, 24
Stefano 16, 40, 44
Paul 15, 19, 65
Naima 3, 37, 60

Randy’s judging so far
Better: 63%
Same: 29%
Worse: 8%

Steven Tyler’s judging so far:
Fun and useful: 25%
Fun but useless: 64%
Just plain useless: 11%

Casey Abrams’ beard
Trimmed: 100%
Scraggly: 0%

Geographic study of the live bloggers
From metro Atlanta: 48%
In Georgia, outside Atlanta: 19%
In Southeast, outside Georgia: 5%
Anywhere else: 29%

Wife wanted to know: do you like me with my hat?
Yes: 87%
No: 13%

174 comments Add your comment

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
10:30 am

Smokey – NO! Pia is my favorite, with Lauren a close second.

JT – the judging, at least from ST, gets worse week by week. He simply refuses to give more than a miniscule criticism to anyone, no matter how bad they are (Naimi). Everything is “beautiful”, even the worst performances. While Simon was often waaaaay too harsh, he at least told it like he saw it. I can’t believe ST loves every one of the bad performances the way he presents his comments!

And JLo is getting too gabby – doesn’t really get to the point often. How she can brag and brag on Paul and Casey is beyond my scope of understanding. Yet, I was proud of her critique of Naimi last night – actually hit that nail right on the head!

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
10:32 am

JTesla
March 31st, 2011
10:16 am

I’ve been hard on the judges from the get-go. Not every performance is “beautiful”, “incredible”, “da bomb”, etc. On the occasion when Randy is actually criticizing a portion of the performance, JLo trys to overtalk him and contradict what he says. Score a “D” for the judges this year.

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
10:33 am

I love how Randy had to prod Steven a few times last night “what do you think Steven?” camera then pans back to catch ST waking up.

It’s not working.

smitr

March 31st, 2011
10:33 am

Welcome back Casey! I missed you. Last night he actually sang a song instead of attacking it like a werewolf. He was my favorite of the night, along with Lauren Alaina. I thoroughly enjoyed her slight country twist of Candle in the Wind. I’ll put Haley in close behind because I absolutely love her raspy voice. She looked great last night, and I loved her dress.

Pia can sing, no doubt about that, but she bores me to distraction. I actually think Thea has a better voice, but she’s also starting to bore me. I thought she had more emotion last night when she sang Daniel, which is kind of a boring song to begin with.

Didn’t enjoy Naima’s performance too much, but I think she’s got spirit, so she might stay.

James and Scotty did what James and Scotty do. Nothing out of the ordinary. I’m glad Stefano kept his eyes open tonight.

Jacob sings like someone just killed his mama, and I think the toothpaste Paul uses has crack in it. They both need to go home.

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
10:35 am

Oh and I’ll say it again and again 11 songs in 1 hour can be done.

Woodpappy

March 31st, 2011
10:36 am

You are good Mo, love reading your old stuff… Heck some of it is so old I don’t even remember it.

Michelle

March 31st, 2011
10:38 am

I don’t think calling Scotty a one trick pony is fair. James Durbin rockifies every song he touches but doesn’t get the same critique. I hate country music but happily sit through each of Scotty’s performances with a smile on my face. He’s that good.

My feelings about Pia and Jacob are the same – I can recognize the talent but have no wish to sit through more than 2 minutes of it. They’re just boring. Naima is history (what was she thinking doing a fake accent) and I think/hope either Stefano (I’ve never gotten why he made even the top 24 cut) or Thia will go with her.

greg

March 31st, 2011
10:41 am

Stephano and Thia should go home tonight. I like Thia’s voice, but she would have been better served by waiting a couple of years before trying out. Listening to Stephano sing is painful.
I thought Haley was good last night. I really don’t understand why Pia gets killed constantly for singing ballads, but Scotty gets praised for doing the same thing every week. I happen to like both of them, just don’t understand the double standard. There continues (carried over from last year) to be an issue with people on this blog talking about JL’s sexuality when they are discussing not liking him. What the hell does that have to do with any thing? Why bring it up at all? It’s never brought up with any of the other contestants…only with the ones thought to be gay. It makes the person talking about it seem backwards and mean spirited. That said, I didn’t think he was all that last night…last week however…WOW. Lauren, Casey, James, Pia, Haley, and Scotty were all very good last night and should be safe. Not a bad show last night, but not as good as last week.

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
10:44 am

Good morning.

Interesting show.

@JTesla – I love reggae and she did a good job with that song. I think the problem I have with her is more with her mouth/teeth. She did good.

Can someone tell me why Pia doesn’t move when she sings. She stands there like a statute. No one will want to come to a concert where the person just stands there. She doesn’t even snap her fingers. Do something, chile!

And although I love STyler, I have to agree that they are sickening with their critiques. Many times way off the actual mark. This is when we need brutally honest Simon!

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
10:51 am

“I think the problem I have with her is more with her mouth/teeth.”

I made that comment once, in private, about a girl. However, I didn’t think it was something that we could share here. The blog has come a long way. ;)

Mostly Lurking

March 31st, 2011
10:52 am

I drop by occasionally to read this group’s takes on the weekly shows. Have to chime in for once, since I S-O-O-O didn’t pick up on Thia’s emotion at all. To me, she sounded wooden last night and made the melody of one of my favorite Elton songs sound simplistic. I think her voice, though, is one of the most beautiful and pure I’ve ever heard on AI.

The very first time I heard Scotty open his mouth, I knew he was a dead ringer for a recording contract, no matter how far he actually gets in the competition. In fact, there are probably several studios lined up, eagerly waiting for him to get booted off so they can sign him. Think he’ll be around until the top five, at least.

Love Lauren — think she’s got a great voice coupled with a very mature ability to interpret songs for such a young age. She could easily be one of the last two standing.

Pia, in my opinion, has the best overall voice, and I love what she did with Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me. But she will need to go more uptempo if she’s to stay in the competition beyond the top five.

Jacob is either really, really good or really, really bad. Last night he connected with me for the first time since God Bless the Child.

I may be one of the few who actually like Paul’s voice (don’t know why I do; it just appeals to me), although I think some of his performances have been lazy. Don’t think he’ll last much longer.

Casey I like sometimes, sometimes not. Do think he’ll be in the top six, though, since he seemed to redeem himself with his performance last night.

I enjoy Naima’s performances. She doesn’t have the strongest voice and gets a bit pitchy at times, but she’s enjoyable to watch, plus her smile is totally infectious. She has her own sense of style that is absolutely perfect for her. (And yes, I thought something looked different about her teeth last night. Couldn’t help wondering how the child could have fitted in some dental work into the nonstop schedule the contestants are on.)

James should be one of the top three and may go on to win it all, but he’s not my favorite, although I have enjoyed some of his performances. And last night was definitely a performance (my least favorite Elton John song, but it fit him perfectly).

To me, Haley’s voice is a musical instrument in and of itself. She has amazing control and can do things with it that most other singers can only dream about. I haven’t understood why she was in the bottom three a few times. (Obviously, my tastes differ quite a bit from a lot of you here.)

Stefano has a good voice but needs to work on stage presence. I think he does have some swagger inside that’s bursting to get out, but he’s been a little afraid to let it go. In looks, he reminds me a good bit of Kris Allen, so the teener and tweener vote may keep him around for a couple of weeks.

Ciao!

srh

March 31st, 2011
10:53 am

I hope Casey goes home, but I don’t think he will. Also tired of the judges comments – Tyler must have said “beautiful” over 50 times yesterday, and JLO kept saying “amazing”. I still think Scotty has the best shot at long-term success in the business. I can’t see Casey as a successful perfomer at all. This happens every year – the critics and board followers go ga-ga over someone, and that person may win, but we don’t hear much from them later. I love a confident singer, but to me Casey has always seemed arrogant – the sneer, leer, growl, so unappealing. Please go home!

G

March 31st, 2011
10:54 am

My favs for the night:

1.Jacob – He is/has been the most versatile singer on the show. So what if he makes faces, most singers do (i.e. ST, Mick Jagger, Patti Labelle, etc.) He’s shown he’s got control, power, range in upper and lower registers, controlled dynamics, and personality to boot. I think the bottom line for those that don’t like him, just don’t like his style of singing. The guy has serious pipes. He’s really more of a gospel singer (not r&b), which is more flexible to different styles of vocalist.

2.Lauren – Solid performance. I usually don’t rank her this high. She’s much better than Scotty in the country dept. because she has more range in voice and genre.

3.James – He had the most entertaining show of the night. There were way too many ballads and he woke us up. However, he’s still bailing himself out of the high registers by screaming. If it doesn’t work for Jacob, it shouldn’t work for him or anybody. Let’s be fair people.

4.Casey – He did a better job last night. I think he was a bit off key at the end of the song, but overall a good performance. I think people like his style of singing and personality. At this point, I would be fine if he stays or goes. His performances are not memorable.

5.Pia – She beautiful with a hot body. However, I’m bored with the ballads and the pageant style of singing. I’m not fooled by the big push notes at the end of songs to bail. She’s a solid singer, but I need more. The show needs more. Also, I get the sense that she’s becoming a bit arrogant too.

6.Naima – I like the fact that she brings something different, and it works for me. She’s the ant-Scotty in that respect. She brings more to the stage than a song, she brings a performance. My honest opinion is that her shows are more afro-centric and unfortunately, that’s not “AI-friendly”. Also, she still needs to work on her breathing. If you like to move around, you still must sustain notes at the end of phrases. I have a pet peeve about that.

7.Scotty – The guy is a natural born country singer. He sings in low registers only. Whatever the genre, he will switch it to country and get away with it. Thank you very much and goodnight.

8.Thia – Her stage presence is horrible. She did a good job with Daniel, but she is not getting better. I think she’s reached her ceiling and is hanging on. She is lucky to still be on the show.

9.Stefano – This guy should be singing for his life every week. I believe he should do more up-tempo material. He should switch songs up to what suits his voice the most.

10.Haley – She’s a cutie-pie. However, I just think of a high school musical when she performs. The “growl” is overrated. She is no Janice Joplin or Gladys Knight. Just a pip trying to make it.

11.Paul – Much like Haley and Thia this stage is too big for him. Like Scotty, his range is limited. I would definitely enjoy Paul performing at the tavern, but I wouldn’t pay a wooden nickel to see him.

Rodney Ho

March 31st, 2011
10:55 am

RXDawg. I enjoyed Thia’s performance. Obviously, based on the poll, I was in the minority there. Being heartfelt matters more to me than perfect pitch all things being equal. I mean, isnt’ that why folks like “Just a Friend”? :)

I think the polling, as I noted earlier, proves the depth of this year’s top 11. There’s a lot of talent there from top to bottom and it is indeed hard to see who will make the top 3 at this stage. That’s all good.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
11:05 am

Here’s my take on the contestants, in no particular order:

Thia – beautiful voice, but absolutely no stage presence whatsoever. I attribute that to her age.

James – good performance last night. Glad to see he didn’t pander to the audience afterwards.

Haley – for the first time I understand how the judges could say she has a good voice. I thought her performance was one of the top 2 or 3. Seems comfortable in front of a camera but not in front of an audience.

Paul – I now understand why he has spent YEARS traveling the country in a beat up van. Very limited talent. The “quirky” factor has just about run its course.

Naima – I cannot for the life of me understand how she is in the top 11. Out of the hundreds of thousands of potential contestants, she’s one of the best 11? No way.

Scotty – solid performance but I just don’t see a country singer winning AI. Now before you go and throw Carrie in my face, she came across as a cross-over artist. I remember her taking on Heart with the big 80s hair and she was incredible. I don’t think Scotty can cross-over.

Pia – the best voice in the competition. People may be getting bored with her, but she possesses the best voice in the competition. (I intentionally said that twice)

Stefano – may have bought himself another week, but he won’t go much longer.

Casey – I just don’t get the teeth-gritting, eye piercing anger in every performance. He even did it in a soft love song last night. His ticket may be the lead in the Broadway version of Shrek. He could growl, nash his teeth and get angry all he wants.

Lauren – solid performance, but I haven’t been overwhelmed with her performances. Should easily make the top 5.

Jacob – when I see the contortions his face goes through during a song and I hear the tone of his voice when talking and singing, I envision Eddie Murphy as the grandmother saying “Hercules, Hercules, Hercules”.

Who should go home? Naima and Paul.

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

I don’t understand the dislike – no, hate, for Thia. The kindest thing said about her today was “her youth is her problem”. “Idol” lowered the age limit to find people like her. She has a magnificent voice, and with age, maturity and experience she will be able to make a song “speak” to an audience. Jordin Sparks was equally immature during her “Idol” run, yet I can’t remember this kind of harsh age criticism for her.

confused

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

Rodney….I think it is unanimous that James is going to be in the top 3. My instincts say Pia, Lauren and Scotty are the 3 candidates for the other 2 spots.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
11:09 am

confused
March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

I think you are spot on.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
11:10 am

Mercedes S.
March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

I actually like Thia much better than Jordin.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
11:14 am

“Just A Friend?” I LOVE that song!! :-D

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
11:14 am

If you doubt my take on Jacob, just watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CCOufrvFBc

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
11:14 am

“You….. you got what I need…” :-)

confused

March 31st, 2011
11:17 am

Oh Baby You……. ;-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
11:17 am

Biz Markie should be the next American Idol! :-D

FF

March 31st, 2011
11:24 am

Pia Toscano- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me- Pia, you better start listening to the judges and really switch it up. Nobody under the age of 40 is buying an album full of ballads; your refusal to switch it up each week either shows your ignorance or your arrogance and neither are attractive. Your voice is gold girl but look at our other golden voice (Aguilera)– the voice will only take you so far after that you start to have to make good decisions. The only highlight of your performance was you promise to do River Deep, Mountain High next week– does that mean we are having a Tina Turner week? If so, HELL YEAH! more review http://bit.ly/f6Yzih

Smokey's Mom

March 31st, 2011
11:27 am

Yes, Scotty is going to get a recording contract so can we just send him home now? Please?

Rosita

March 31st, 2011
11:31 am

“Aunt Minnie’s slipcovers,” lol, Mo!!!!
This season is the best in my memory.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
11:34 am

Can we get through the day without Michael Slezak’s hilariously snarky review?

http://www.tvline.com/2011/03/american-idol-recap-top-11-elton-john-this-is-how-haley-does-it/

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
11:42 am

Favorite line so far:

Things got so heightened with Jacob’s fluttering eyes and trembling lips and downturned mouth that he might just as well have performed in full “sad clown” makeup and costume.

ChopFan

March 31st, 2011
11:43 am

Am i the only one not feeling Jacob? The judges criticize others for being “pitchy”, then this dude comes out, screams for 90 seconds, hits notes nowhere near what they should be, and then gets praised. Sorry – but loud does not equal good.

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
11:45 am

@G – dang, you nailed it with your recap.

Gee

March 31st, 2011
11:48 am

@G…Best recap of the day! I absolutely agree!

dimples

March 31st, 2011
11:51 am

I like Pia, but with her singing another ballad.. I just got totally turned off with her. She just stands there and pour all her notes in that song. I saw a lazy, coward contestant. While others changed their styles and showed they have other talents… this Pia showed nothing. We all know she sings great in ballad. Period. But this is a showcase of what you’ve got! Hello Pia, is that all there is? If I were to watch a concert and Pia will sing to me more than 3 straight ballads, I would ask for a refund. Pia girl… you are just so misguided. and my blood just boiled watching you again and again…same thing.

bulldogmaniac

March 31st, 2011
11:51 am

Haley is beautiful and I for one like the raspy voice.
Pia has a great voice but like all of you, I am ready for something other than a slow song
If it were Rod Stewart night Paul would kill it but it wasnt, it was E john night and it stank
Jocob – sucks
Scotty – I am SO SICK of you making every song sound the exact same! The judges get on Pia for singing slow songs but say nothing to Scotty for turning EVERY song into a country song. I do not like him.
Thia – Bye
Naima – Bye

Mo Schriebman

March 31st, 2011
11:53 am

Can anyone stop long enough to please tell me how to wash raspberries without out them turning to mush in the process? My doctor told me to eat more fresh fruits. Blueberries I can clean with no problems but these raspberries if I should want perserves I will buy Schmuckers instead.

FF

March 31st, 2011
11:59 am

Jacob Lusk- Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word- It’s no secret that I don’t like Jacob. Jacob needs to say he’s SORRY for ruining my favorite Elton John song. Please be in the bottom 3 tonight. Please. http://bit.ly/f6Yzih

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

Just rinse them under water. You don’t have to squeeze them.

DMBeethoven

March 31st, 2011
12:00 pm

Goodbye Naima and Thia

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
12:01 pm

Mo, dab them with a damp paper towel.

Pia: hey at least she wore something that looked decent. The last few weeks her wardrobe has been laughable.

confused

March 31st, 2011
12:02 pm

ChopFan…I don’t feel him either…and don’t want to.

Mo Schriebman

March 31st, 2011
12:07 pm

Pitchy and JTesla, no soap is needed?

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
12:12 pm

I’m laughing too hard..no soap. Also, there’s a fruit rinse you can buy in most grocery stores. I know you’re kidding (I sure hope so)!

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

ChopFan – believe me you are not alone! Terrible to watch, and irritating tone with both speaking and singing voices – If I could, I’d just erase him from my tv screen.

Mo Schriebman

March 31st, 2011
12:18 pm

And drink almond milk my doctor told me if you do not want unpleasant effects afterwards. So where was he when I was nursing? So I will try it without the soap. The raspberries I mean.

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
12:19 pm

Pray tell, what other fruit do you wash with soap?

Nutmeg

March 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

I’ve been listening to the studio takes. Enjoyed the live chat last night and am looking forward to tonight. This would be my order:

Casey: Lovely. I don’t get the vibe that some people do of him being dangerous/threatening. It’s intense, not scary. He’s clearly a musician–reminds me in that of Kris Allen (underrated as a musician) and David Cook in that. Excellent arrangement last note.
Lauren: I almost “get” her now. It was a nice version. The studio version feels even more countrified, so it left me even more “meh.”
Paul: I just adore him. I don’t tend to love “big” voices; I like intimate voices. I’d rather hear James Taylor over Mariah Carey any day. Maybe there’s space for a modern Rod Stewart in the touring world. I hope so.
Thia: Nice, spare piano opening. She records well. The arrangement is slow, but it doesn’t feel like it drags. Actually I love it more and more as it goes on–it’s got a nice modern base kick beat under it, which modernizes it.
James: Not bad. I’d rather hear Michael Johns. I don’t hate him.
Naima: I like a little reggae. The accent doesn’t sound affected to me, although it’s weird to hear her suddenly drop into it. She’s got quite a lovely voice, which I think is overlooked. The studio version is fun. I wonder if I don’t mind the song arrangement because I don’t know the original?
Pia: The studio version is plodding. I get it. You have a big voice and you can hit a high note. Congrats? Meh.
Jacob: failed to sing Levon. What do you have to do to make me love you? Sing Levon. Same story with him week after week: fabulous voice, and I love it as long as I don’t look at him. When I look at him–well, some have called him Slimer and some have mentioned fish face… maybe a fish-faced Slimer. Not good.
Haley: I think I’d like her if she’d do a song that didn’t make me want to spit. Bennie and the Jets ranks as my least favorite Elton John song–by a factor. Agree that she has amazing vocal control. Voice sounds like a spunky Adele. Is the world ready for a spunky Adele? Maybe not. Not sure I am.
Stefano: Better on the recording than live, maybe? This song’s melody is terribly repetitive. Never realized this until I heard four minutes of it with Stefano.
Scotty: I feel about him the way some of you folks feel about Paul. Yuck yuck yuck get him off my TV. The first line of the recording sounds pitchy to me. I’m sure my in-laws from upper east Tennessee would love him. I do not.

That said, I’m sure Paul’s in trouble tonight, with Naima and possibly Stefano. Haley had the last spot and judge love; she’ll be fine, although she shouldn’t be. Scotty’s probably fine given his rabid fan base. Pia is adored by people who Really Like Lots of High Notes, and apparently there are plenty of them. Lauren and James put in good performances and shouldn’t be in trouble. Same with Casey, plus any of Casey’s fans will be uber-motivated by the scare. Thia might be in trouble; her live performance wasn’t as good as the recording.

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
12:24 pm

@Nutmeg – here’s your $1,000 fine for that long post (lol).

Mo Schriebman

March 31st, 2011
12:31 pm

All of them that you do not have to take apart to get at like bananas. Speaking of soap I need to get a shower and be some place. I will try the dabbing as JTesla suggested and let you know.

Love it!

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that the producers are giving Naima a short stick and she’s still in there!!!!! Haley – If the recent book is an indication, she’s sleeping with a producer. Last slot? C’mon!

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
1:15 pm

Everybody gets a shot at the last slot, Love it. Does that mean everyone is sleeping with a producer? I think they gave it to Haley this week because they may not get the chance next week. Although, I think she did ok and may have saved herself.

Naima’s personality is carrying her. Her voice is fine but not great.

G

March 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

Just a couple of brain farts:

So far, my personal favs in the top 11 are Jacob, Naima, and Lauren (home girl). Naima is slipping, but I’m confident she has the exposure she needs to be successful past AI. She doesn’t need to win AI to have success, much like Jacob and Scotty.

My guilty pleasure is Pia, for obvious reasons. All she needs to do is humble herself to change it up a bit. If she keeps it sexy and jig a lil bit, a mid tempo would suit her well. She’s got more votes from me waiting on her. Until then, she won’t get the majority of my votes. Also, it would be funny if she got voted off before she got a chance to switch up. Lessons learned early pay off.

The best opportunity for a recording contract should go to Scotty. If I was a country fan, he would be my guy and I would probably buy his album. He’s better off losing AI at some point, so he doesn’t have to worry about the crossover pressure. Feeling’s probably mutual because AI would have a headache trying to market him to a larger audience. Maybe throw James and Naima in this mix. I think Naima would be a great neo-soul fit, especially with a bit of reggae tossed in. James seems performance ready. A little more vocal training and he’s good. Surprisingly, Stefano would work in today’s pop genre. Think Jay Sean…..

Sorry, but the rest can go in the lost and found box. Yes….that includes Casey.
Outside of Lauren, I don’t see any of my favorites winning AI.

Andi

March 31st, 2011
1:49 pm

Well as I’m looking through the comments there seems to be one central theme. With a couple of exceptions, most of them have anywhere from decent to great voices.

Last couple of seasons I found it tough to find more than 2 or 3 that just had voices you looked forward to hearing. At best. And only 2 or 3 that had any interesting personalities, that sparked any discussion. Plus the majority could not find their own style, no thanks to the judges either. I think more of our comments were on the judges than the singers.

This time around there is a much higher ratio of good voice vs. cringeworthy. But the running variation of commentary is almost strictly personality, style, and stage presence.

Examples:

Jacob – can sound decent, but can’t stand to look at him
Casey – facial expressions

Pia – beautiful voice, same style, sings like a pageant bot.
Thia – beautiful voice, no emotion or stage presence
Haley – nice voice, tries too hard to sex it up
Scotty – sounds good, bored with the same style

Etc….

Anyway, I just find the shift interesting. It’s great to have a barrage of good voices, but all voice and no personalities is boring, not so much in the reverse. What makes the season so much better for me is the odd mixture of both. Last two seasons we had little of either. I find this refreshing for a change

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
1:51 pm

I find it interesting that not that many people think Paul is going home. I thought there would be a landslide for his going home after the way folks don’t like him much here and his ill-chosen song last night.

KPH

March 31st, 2011
2:05 pm

I would love to hear them get to sing a complete song even if it took three hours.

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

Deirdre, what time are you taking off?

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

I don’t mean exact time, but afternoon or night?

ChopFan

March 31st, 2011
2:45 pm

KPH – If they’d cut all of the excess crap, each contestant could easily sing an entire song. Think about it – in the 2 hour show last night – there was 16.5 minutes of singing – the rest was filler, commercials, and Ryan and the judges inflating their egos. Thank God for Tivo. Don’t get me started on the results show – 30 minutes max.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
2:47 pm

Early evening. Hubby gets to stay home on Maggie duty.

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
2:49 pm

I know you will have a glorious time with little Lucas!

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
2:50 pm

Dierdre: How is little Maggie doing? Behaving with all that “quiet time”? It’s so hard to keep the little ones still so their bones can heal. Have a fun trip (assuming you’re headed back to the new baby).

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
3:15 pm

Mo and raspberries: just putthem in a strainer and rinse.
Fruit I do wash with soap: melons, before cutting into them.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
3:39 pm

Maggie is having stomach issues at the moment. I don’t envy my husband the next couple of days.

Lucas has started to smile so my visit will be very nice.

Pitchy ™

March 31st, 2011
3:59 pm

Yes, forgot about the strainer.

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

And après strainer, let dry on paper towels

silent Jay

March 31st, 2011
4:26 pm

To begin with, it’s “Tumbleweed Connection,” not “Tumblewood.” I think you were honest enough to hint that Elton doesn’t interest you and that your knowledge of his work would almost fill a shot glass. For that, you’ve my thanks.

The album never had a Billboard hit, but was a FM rock staple in the early 70s. I’m sorry you’re unfamiliar with “Country Comfort.” Rod Stewart thought enough of it to cover it on “Gasoline Alley.” Which brings us to this: if Rod can barely cover Elton John, what makes anybody think these kids can? Last night was like being trapped in the lounge in a airport Holiday Inn.

The kid who did “Your Song” should have been put to death.

blkshepherd

March 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

hmmm..
It may be me but, the Judges dont appear to be giving an Honest critique. Was not impressed with any one last night and I am a Huge fan of the Rocket Man’s Music.

I’m still standing Is one of my favorites by EJ. but that Namia contestant didnt do it for me. Matter of fact why is she still there? There were people much better than her during the auditions…

The girl that sang Dont Let the Sun go down On me..maybe she should. not good.

But I wont be too hard on them because EJ songs are Not eazy to sing. Much like Beatles songs.

I like Jacob, but that last scream made me shiver. and not with delight either( I got a problem with very very loud shrill notes. dont care who’s mouth its coming out of.

Poor Namia..I hope she left her suit unpacked..some how I dont think shes going to be around too long. that was not good last night. I hope next week be better. Last night just didnt keep my attention..didnt help being on the phone during the show either. But I will say..no matter how great the voice..the wrong Song selection at this point will send you packing.

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
4:39 pm

I will see y’all tonight. D won’t be there for the slow blog, so I might have to join coveritlive. I miss some of the folks on there, anyway. Bye!

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

b-shep…is that you…with paragraphs? Thank you!

Annie R

March 31st, 2011
5:11 pm

The song that Scotty did was from TumblewEEd Connection, not TumblewOOd!!! LOL i must be really old, i have that album along with the rest of Elton’s albums up till the mid 70’s.

Bud

March 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

I would really like to see Paul, Haley and Jacob go. In that order. Every week Paul has me wondering why he is still there. I don’t get it. Haley can do her growly lounge act thing that some people like, but I just don’t care for it. There is no talent in that. Jacob can just go away. Lot of negative vibe toward Naima, But I do like her for the fact that she is probably one of the most creative and entertaining and I hope and believe she will do well after she gets let go. She’s not idol material.

Who ever goes can take Randy with them. I have grown tired of his Dog,Dude,Man lingo and name dropping personality. I miss Simon.

Gary

March 31st, 2011
5:56 pm

Sorry, but some of you guys are way off. Though not normally a Thia fan, she did a wonderful interpretation of Daniel, one of my favorite Elton songs. I still don’t get the love for Casey, he will never be a star, no matter how much the judges pimp him. I actually found most of JLo’s comments to be on target, but Randy must have been watching a different show. Time for that clown to move on.

Bozo

March 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

Hey Chuckles…what…are you a clown?

You folks saying stuff about EJ are tuneless. This guy, along with his songwriting partner, is one of the most prolific artists of the last 50 years. He might look goofy but he writes incredible music…go listen to some of his stuff before you judge.

Highlander

March 31st, 2011
7:41 pm

It does seem the judges have gone overboard a bit on the “positive reinforcement” side. There has been a definite change since Hollywood week. I still like the panel this season, but all 3 need to start giving more honest critiques.

I mean, c’mon! Would any of them actually have paid to see and hear Paul rip the heart out of ‘Rocket Man’ last night?!?

Simple Man

April 1st, 2011
5:04 pm

Ima get Thia to sing at my birthday party. she’s so purdy. Ima get a haircut and get my teeth whitened and lose 15 lbs before then. When she sees me she won’t care about the age difference (age is just a number). She’s gonna be like “hey, sir, why don’t you hold these for me while I sing, and feel free to put that anywhere.”