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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

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:11 pm

Just wish they would trim the show down a tad from 2 hours. More money I know, but 2 hours is too much at this stage.

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

Naima, I hate reggae. Hate it, there isn’t much that I hate in this world. Yogurt, and reggae. There you go, all that I hate. HOWEVER, I think it worked for that song. It’s a song that I like, and it actually sounded pretty good that way.

Formerly Bored

March 30th, 2011
11:34 pm

JTesla – do you actually watch it in real time, without a DVR? I didn’t know that was humanly possible

Gaattc

March 30th, 2011
11:36 pm

Hey Rodney,
You have Haley listed twice in the voting for the least favorite performance (no Naima listed…). Thanks in advance for fixing.

Formerly Bored

March 30th, 2011
11:36 pm

Tonight was the night that James Durbin offically became boring. He is simply no match for Adam Lambert in the big-range rock genre, and he has not demonstrated any of the other capabilities that Adam did. He is no longer a potential winner in my opinion

Formerly Bored

March 30th, 2011
11:39 pm

There are two really big voices in this competition – Pia and Jacob. After that, I really believe Haley is the best singer. But, I don’t think she can survive much longer

RxDawg

March 30th, 2011
11:40 pm

So… first the bad. Thia, Stephano, Namia, or Paul could all go home. They were bad, just bad. One of the judges said Thia picked just the right song….WHAT!? I completely thought the opposite.

Now, I’m going from wondering why Haley doesn’t get any love to giving her my full fledge support and say I think she is the best girl in the competition. Yeh, better than the other one trick pony one. She is great and has a wonderful, new, and different voice. Everyone likes to talk about how quirky Paul is. Well yeh, I guess he is but the problem is he sucks too. Haley is every bit as quirky but she’s actually good.

Casey and James were the next best. They were both great. I totally agreed when the judges (i think Randy) said that James just has fun up there. He truly does and takes you along for the rockin ride. I still think James wins this.

I’m tired of Scotty. I saw that final baritone note coming a mile away and it made me hate the entire performance because of it. Every week it’s the same thing no matter what the theme is. The sooner he’s voted off the happier I’ll be. Well…. at least after the worst 4 listed above and I actually might want to hear one of them sing more instead just so I’ll be a little bit surprised.

Pia, see above Scotty comments except I do like her a little bit more.

Lauren, she actually did very well and this was the first time I’ve ever really enjoyed her. But still, they let her speak after the performance and my opinion of her just goes away.

Jacob, he sounds like an old woman sobbing when he sings. Bleh

JTesla

March 30th, 2011
11:44 pm

Mostly real time… gives me time to go grab some ice cream. Like right now. I’m on the west coast so I still have an hour and 15 minutes.

James

March 30th, 2011
11:56 pm

Pia and James are shoo-ins for the final 2. Every time I watch Miss Jacob sing I can’t help but think he will be doing RuPaul’s drag show within the year. Final 5: Pia, James, Scotty, Lauren and Casey.

dssssi

March 30th, 2011
11:56 pm

Rodney, you were very diplomatic in your comment regarding Paul’s performance….not only did he crucify ” Rocket Man”, in my opinion, it was the single worst performance by any contestant this season. Overall a very boring night…Elton’s songs are rarely performed well by others.

Mickey F

March 30th, 2011
11:58 pm

Casey did well. This is the Casey people like. You could hear his musicanship.

I thought James was really good. I like his singing voice better than I like Pia’s actually. And he projects a lot of confidence and fun.

Pia WAS less bland tonight, and I wouldn’t call that song a ballad–more an R&B Gospel shouter. She put just a little country edge into it, too. Definitely not bland.

Thia has a really nice voice, but she’s just too young to put any real deep feeling behind a song.

That goes for Lauren in my book, too. I don’t see what people are so impressed by. She’s solid, with some sass, but I’m just not knocked out by any of her performances since her very first one, the audition.

Scotty is so solidly Scotty that he doesn’t need this show any more, and I doubt he will win it, but he is so comfortable and does his style so well (so much better than the other really young folks) that I’ve just gotta give him some credit.

I also thought Stefano was much, much better than his last couple of performances. I could see him as a successful pop performer. This song worked better for him than the power ballads do.

I thought Paul was going to do well, he was into a convincing and moving and interesting place for the first two lines of the song, but when he hit the chorus, it disappeared. He was back to having absolutely no connection with the meaning of the song, just all over the place. Yuck!!!

I’m guessing it’s Thia, Paul, and Naima in the bottom three. Personally, I like Naima’s vibe so I hope she stays around. I won’t be surprised if it’s Haley instead of Thia in those bottom three.

Hmmmm

March 31st, 2011
12:20 am

Scotty is a country singer, period. Some of the more popular idol contestants are currently succeeding in country music…he’ll make it to at least top 5.
Naima…too weird…talented but weird. She’s going home.
Paul “I’m doing my best Rod Stewart” McDonald must be related to one of the show’s producers…he should’ve been gone by now but will last at least two more weeks thanks to Naima, Thia and Stefano.
Don’t hate Pia because she’s beautiful. She has the best voice and win or lose will probably be more successful after the show than any of the others this season.
Stefano…forgetable….bottom 3 but will make it another week before he goes home.
Still think Lauren is holding back…she’s better than we’ve seen so far.
James….there’s an 80’s cover band looking for a new lead singer….the job is yours.
Thia continues to be boring..she’ll be leaving with Naima.
Please just let Casey be Casey….go shaggy and go nuts on stage…it’s why most of us like him.
Jacob….agree he has a voice, but he looks like “Slimer” from Ghostbusters when he sings.
Haley, Carnival is calling, they’re looking for a new female lead singer.

[...] asleep during some of the performances because they were so dull. I felt like several of the cast members crashed and burned at their attempt to put their own spin on the classic Elton John songs. [...]

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
1:04 am

Best of the night: Haley! I loved that. The only flaw was the odd arm movements that she was doing. Maybe she’s been hanging around Paul a bit much.

James also impressed, and I just like Thia. She pulled through the emotion, but I like that song a bit more whimsical. Jacob and Casey, meh. Good, but didn’t blow me away. Pia, boring again. She sounds great, but is that the type of artist that she is going to be? Boring? I guess she is on track if she wants to win over the adult contemporary market.

Mary

March 31st, 2011
1:04 am

I figured out what the difference is between Thia’s recent performances v. her initial ones. She used to be more relaxed, smiled, and flowed more! For some reason, from second week on, she’s been stiff – voice still beautiful, but not like “Out Here On my Own” performances. I just wish people would stop saying she was boring because she has an old school style. Newsflash SHALLOWHEADS, just because someone doesn’t do a big performance does not mean it’s boring. Big can get played out – Thia’s voice is what you all classic.

pavel

March 31st, 2011
1:04 am

In order …

Lauren Alaina – she is cooking. perfect song for her and she nailed it.

Haley Reinhart – has had troubles finding her identify but she was sexy, exciting and on target tonight (good night for the ladies)

Scotty McCreery – Randy is right, this guy has grown tremendously in a short time. he connects so well with his songs and the audience. he will be tough to beat.

James Durbin – this is what he does … and he does it so well. will be in the top five for sure. (owns the rock fans)

Pia Toscano – i get it that folks are growing tired of her ballads … but when she smashes them out of the park you have to give her credit. look forward to the more uptempo tune she promised for next week. what a voice though.

Naima Adedapo – very brave take on a great Elton tune. i liked it a lot. she has been inconsistent but she will survive the next cut.

Casey Abrams – look, i love this guy but his performance tonight did not deserve the gushing from the judges who were trying to justify their “save” (which I totally agreed with). I’m afraid all the criticism and “advice” is starting to get into Casey’s head and effecting his music. sad.

Jacob Lusk – so inconsistent. last week was a gas. this week was a yawn. headed for elimination around number 7.

Paul McDonald – was fresh, now getting old. will he survive another week? barely.

Thia Megia – totally do not get what people are hearing with this one. the judges celebrate a glimpse of emotion. really? i sleep through her sounds. Daniel is a truly great song (reportedly one of Elton’s favorites) she sucked the life out of it.

Stefano Langone – i kinda liked this guy until i saw that he can only sing one way. nice voice … no emotion or interesting phrasing. dead man walking.

Negism

March 31st, 2011
1:11 am

Neg’s Picks:

1. Scotty – Maybe my favorite performance of the year from Scotty. He was exceptionally composed, delivered perfect vocals, and the song was perfectly arranged. Outstanding.

2. Haley – LOVE THE HOT, SULTRY BABE SITTING ON PIANO!! If she stayed on that piano the entire time I’d have put her 1st. The gal is a killer torch singer when she stays in vamp mode, but reminds me of Elaine Benis from Seinfeld when she tries to dance. Think more Julie London, less Ke$ha.

3. Pia – Nice vocals, but she lacked the vocal grit to make this one memorable.

4. James – A lot of fun, solid vocals, a ton of effects and activity, but I’m growing weary of the act.

5. Thia – Dull but competent.

6. Casey – Meh. Likeable enough guy, but obviously not a real contender.

7. Lauren – After a great performance last week she returns back to her place on my forgettable list. Very prom/pageant like.

8. Naimi – This arrangement, performance and song choice was a hot mess from beginning to end.

9. Jacob – That voice of his can be so annoying when it isn’t right for the song. This was one of those times.

10. Stefano – Please, make this block of rotting cheese go away before it stinks up my living room anymore.

11. Paul – Why? Seriously, why?

Andi

March 31st, 2011
1:27 am

To Mary – newsflash for you sweetie, subtle toned down performances are exciting when the person behind them exhibits ACTUAL EMOTION AND DEPTH. When they make you feel something besides the need to sleep. No one said she was supposed to shout like Pia or James. Her beautiful voice might entertain when she has enough age and experience to convey the emotion behind the song.

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
1:27 am

Oh a list, I should do that:

1) Haley. She didn’t look as good tonight, but she didn’t need to, loved the way she did the song.
2) James, he’s growing on me.
3) Thia, I like voice, and I needed a top 3

A bunch of other people

9) Lauren, I just don’t care for her. Only redemption for her will be if she sings “Broken Wings” or eats vanilla pudding on stage.
10) Jacob, more of the same except he didn’t sound as good this week.
11) Stefano. No. Just no.

Who goes? Naima. Too early in the show and too much change to the song. She’s been flirting with getting the boot and this week, after last weeks “scare” it’s time for the bottom 3 regulars to get kicked. Which means Stefano or Haley joins her.

Quickest mind of the night: Ryan, he was very quick at plugging Coke after James said Pepsi. Great way to back a sponsor.

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
1:31 am

Another topic: Internet voting. I believe Chuckles stated last week that it would get some modification, or be looked at, something to that effect. I know that you are very knowledgeable on the topic of television, but I think you were incorrect on the assumptions regarding internet voting for Idol. First hurdle, Facebook profile. Second hurdle, a changing code that needs to be input, which has been put in place by many sites to defeat bots and macros.

No modification needed on that end.

Janey

March 31st, 2011
1:51 am

I love Elton John, yet I never was a fan of Bennie and the Jets until tonight! Haley knocked it out of the park!

Chuckles™

March 31st, 2011
2:58 am

Hello everyone!

Sorry about the lateness of the posting, but was a busy night under the Idoldome.

Note 1: Not loving Ryan’s haircut. Neither was he. Lots of fluffing tonight.
Note 2: Fire trick on stage is a rarity. Bit required special permits, and was done in rehearsals without folks on stage. Went well, but a couple of bits kept burning afterwards & were extinguished during break.

As for voting – I have some expertise in this area that I don’t want to get into, but the ability to ’spoof’ Facebook logins, IP addresses and the changing code you refer to (also known as a token) are easily spoofed if you know what you are doing. For example, there are sites that allow you to send yourself free Facebook credits, game items & plant Facebook viruses.

And, if you think about it, you can’t cast negative votes. You can only shift the voting towards someone. So the effect is really to pollute the voting process to where it becomes the opinion of the folks who qualify & disqualify votes, rather than factual vote counts. And that’s not new at all.

Since day one of Idol, the votes for all Idol contestants have been evaluated to determine if they were ‘power votes’ or legitimate votes cast by the public. The voting company delivers the totals based on their opinion of which votes qualified based on their own internal rules as to what votes are legit. Add to the hundreds of million of votes a year that they evaluate a completely separate group of votes that either add to the raw totals, or, as is rumored, is a percent of the vote. If that is the case, Internet based votes can push some folks up, which leaves others down.

All I know is, they are looking at the overall impact of the Internet voting colsely.

juanita

March 31st, 2011
4:10 am

Naima is not on the second list you have Haley listed twice

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
4:37 am

Astute poster noted “Elton’s songs are rarely well performed by others.” Amen to that. Plus, as someone unfamiliar with most of Elton’s songs, imho, they are not that instantly hummable or likeable. I think that’s why I was so bored by the show last night. The material just wasn’t that inspiring.

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
4:48 am

Even so, some of the contestants managed to make a connection to their Elton stuff, which helped their performances a lot. Like Lauren and her “Candle”, which didn’t make me think of Diana at all, and Thia and her “Daniel”. Haley was surprisingly good; finally “got” what the panel sees in her. Even dairy-infused Stefano (”butter” and “cheese” always comes to my mind when I hear him) had his moment.

JASon

March 31st, 2011
6:28 am

“She provides an underlying nuance and inflection that makes her a better singer than, say, Haley.”

You nailed it brotha- you’re dead on with this assessment.

JRev

March 31st, 2011
6:41 am

I love reggae, but, um, I HATE fake accents. Naima, you can sing reggae without doing some silly, fake, cheesy Jamaican accent. That was like nails on a chalkboard, although I still liked it better than the last couple of weeks. And those who call Haley’s performance loungy are dead wrong. No lounge singer in the world can sing like that. That was probably her best performance so far. Randy was actually dead on and called it right. I agree with others though, that the judges were way too kind last night. At least Casey is back!

Idolshoppa

March 31st, 2011
7:23 am

Rod, I’m not getting your infatuation with Thia. She’s got a great voice but she’s not top 10 material (this year) I would rate any of these 11 over David Archaletta. This is probably the most talented group ever at Idol. And for you to dis Pia….dude, are you listening? The judges even agreed she nailed another ballad. Would like to see both Scotty and Lauren get further, however, I believe the country vote may get split between them.

Alex Trebek ™©®, Esquire

March 31st, 2011
7:29 am

I really didn’t enjoy Casey’s performance. Growling and leering is his schtick and I don’t believe a tender ballad suited him. “Your Song” is a quietly sung love song yet near the end Casey went “Chucky” on us, gritted his teeth, eyebrows in the angry position, and growled “I hope you don’t mind, I HOPE you don’t mind….”. What in the world? I normally envision a guy holding his girl and singing this to her tenderly. With Casey, I imagine him “hearing voices” and strangling his girl while screaming “I hope you don’t mind, I HOPE you don’t mind…”. Geez.

Joe

March 31st, 2011
7:42 am

James Durbin offically became 10 times better then Adam Lambert yesterday. I totally liked him better each week, definitely a front runner. Voted for Scotty and Lauren, Casey is back! I choked when Randy said Haley was the best of the night, not in my book. I agree with Rodney’s bottom three.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
7:54 am

Morning!

I really enjoyed the show last night and encourage anyone who has been disappointed in it since coveritlive began to return to the old school method of blogging. It allows you to actually pay attention to the show instead of the “quips” being typed during performances.(seriously, how can you fairly judge a contestant if you’re busy typing instead of listening?)

Sam Sung

March 31st, 2011
7:54 am

JRev…I completely agree on Naima. She was out there imitating a reggae artist and not staying true to the artist she is. For that and the fact that it was not even a good imitation, I have to rank her performance at the bottom. I think Stefano and Naima are gone this week. Paul should be close to going home as well, but i hope he stays as I’m very interested in what song he will butcher next…I find it oddly entertaining.

Rodney Ho

March 31st, 2011
7:56 am

Fascinating the vast disparity in opinions this year. That’s a good thing.

Laurie

March 31st, 2011
7:59 am

I truly do not understand why everyone thinks Casey is so wonderful….just don’t get it!!! Just my opinion. Pia is the one to beat! I think she will break out of the ballad box next week, and she will nail it as usual. She just has such a beautiful voice.
Lauren is wonderful…what a breath of fresh air….of course she can be a little silly….thats her age showing. But when she sings…..no way do I think she is a teenager….
Paul needs to go….I feel like I am watching a garage band singer with him.
Jacob……………..can’t stand to watch him sing….and I don’t think he sings that well anyway.
Scotty will go far whatever happens…I am tired of the baritone in every performance.
Same for James…..we know he can screech but I don’t like it.
Naima….love her story…want her to do well and pull her self up from where she came and her situation….she already has but I don’t think she’ll go much further on Idol.
Tia has a beautiful beautiful voice…..I can see her singing Disney ballads for their movies…..and maybe thats where she needs to start for her age. She has gotten timid.
Stefano has a very good voice…needs to work on his stage presence….don’t think he’ll win but he will somewhere in the music biz.
Hailey……………I just feel like I am sitting in a bar watching a local band perform when she sings. I don’t care for her type of voice anyway. I thought she would have gone two weeks ago.

Oh, and I hate Elton John week in general….always boring in my opinion. Same with the Beatles week.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
8:07 am

Here’s my list:

1. Casey: He’s back with a wonderful version of Your Song which was heartfelt and loving. His gentle interpretation was lovely but with enough “quirk” that his personality still shone through. He gets what Paul has been trying to do and showed him how to do it.

2. James: He is a terrific rocker. I really enjoyed his version of Saturday Night’s Alright

3.Lauren: I like her toned down. She did a nice interpretation of Candle in the Wind with just enough country flavor to make it interesting.

4. Scotty: The kid will get boring soon but you can’t deny that voice.

5. Pia: I saw genuine feeling from her this time instead of pageant-bot emotions.

6.Haley: She STILL looks like Elaine Benes when she moves but she threw herself into this song and it was an improvement. But best of the night???? What’s Randy smoking?

7.Naima: Sorry.but I enjoyed her raggae song

8. Jacob….He did a good job with the song but when a last note makes my shoulders come up, I know there’s something wrong with it.

9.Thia: I saw genuine emotion from Thia. She did a good job with the song but she’s too young to convey what she was feeling.

10. Stefano: Typical 10th place performance.

11. Paul: No

GG

March 31st, 2011
8:23 am

Team Jacob Lusk all the way. He nailed it!! Lol

Casey made it worth the save. Awesome.

I want Paul and Haley (she really doesn’t do it for me) to go home and watch the rest of the season with the rest of us.

I just like Scotty but I won’t be surprised if he’s in the bottom 3.

Not a huge Stefano fan but I thought he did well.

Naima. Naima. Naima. I like that this girl takes risks. I like that she’s a performer. I like that she’s true to herself. I like the twist she put on the song. I thought she deserved better comments from the judges. If you can look beyond Scotty’s country then you can look beyond Naima’s raggae. She did good.

Pia CAN sing but I’m too sick of her singing ballads. I doubt she’ll be in the bottom because she can sing but I’d like for her to be in the bottom as a scare so she’ll take it up a notch.

Thia has such a larger than life voice for someone so tiny. Love her.

James and Lauren are safe. I like them both. Lauren is so sweet and innocent. Unless she totally messes up, she’s going to be around til the end. I can say the same for James.

SN: How many times did Randy say ‘dude’ and/or ‘man’ last night? Anyone keeping count? Lol

breezy59

March 31st, 2011
8:25 am

I loved Casey selecton. I thought Lauren did well. Jacob still needs to dial it back a few notches.

Rickster

March 31st, 2011
8:39 am

Scotty: This boy is ready for the Ryman Auditorium
Naima: I don’t know if she’ll be standing after tonight.
Paul: I still don’t “get it.” But he should be safe another week.
Pia: She’ll get by on looks alone. Not a great performance, but not as ballady as others
Stefano: Technically a great singer… but just brings no soul to the stage.
Lauren: Wouldn’t have pick this song for her… but she did a great job with it.
James: Seems incredibly smug. I don’t like smug. Would Kelly have needed a flaming piano? Ummmmm no.
Thia: Still one of my favorites. Great voice. Stefano needs lessons from her on bringing emotion to a song.
Casey: Finally! A return to the “Georgia On My Mind” Casey. Was in danger of being this year’s Kim Jung Il
Jacob: “For me” – it was just a’right.
Haley: Don’t understand the “mad love” for Haley. B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets? B-B-B-Boring. B-B-B-bye!

In trouble: Thia, Naima, Stefano, Haley.

Rickster

March 31st, 2011
8:40 am

Sorry… forgot to close the bold. Ignore the one above & try this one.

Scotty: This boy is ready for the Ryman Auditorium
Naima: I don’t know if she’ll be standing after tonight.
Paul: I still don’t “get it.” But he should be safe another week.
Pia: She’ll get by on looks alone. Not a great performance, but not as ballady as others
Stefano: Technically a great singer… but just brings no soul to the stage.
Lauren: Wouldn’t have pick this song for her… but she did a great job with it.
James: Seems incredibly smug. I don’t like smug. Would Kelly have needed a flaming piano? Ummmmm no.
Thia: Still one of my favorites. Great voice. Stefano needs lessons from her on bringing emotion to a song.
Casey: Finally! A return to the “Georgia On My Mind” Casey. Was in danger of being this year’s Kim Jung Il
Jacob: “For me” – it was just a’right.
Haley: Don’t understand the “mad love” for Haley. B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets? B-B-B-Boring. B-B-B-bye!

In trouble: Thia, Naima, Stefano, Haley.

Jazzin

March 31st, 2011
8:44 am

Haley Reinhart’s mock growl and adolescent warbling during “Benny and the Jets” should have landed her last in the rankings. What the judges heard and saw must have been influenced by the Kool Aid in their cups.

Jacob needs to subscribe to the Scotty and Naima school of thought, and just be himself. That said, why the double standard; Scotty gets accolades while Naimia gets slammed.Going to a concert is a heck of a lot more expensive than downloading a song, and I’d pay to see Naima perform, and would not hesitate to download a Scotty single.

Stefano and Thia need to go home tonight.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
8:44 am

Rickster, you left out the sssssss! B-B-B-Bennie and the Jetsssssssssss

Kiki D

March 31st, 2011
8:45 am

@ GG…I totally agree about Naima being a good performer. Who would entertain you more? Imagine sitting at a venue and Pia is just standing there like a wooden pole in a Miss America pageant, always wearing an evening gown, performing ballad after ballad that each starts out slow and by the end of the song it is loud and vibrato, her mouth wide open, head thrown back while she sings that last note that will not end. You get to watch and listen to this snoozefest for an hour. Then out comes Naima! Lights are flashing, she’s all over the stage, throws in some pretty cool African dance moves, throws in some R&B, then reggae, only one ballad and then whatever else to energize her audience. The hour would be gone before you know it! Lee was god-awful pitchy last year during at least HALF his performances and won so I don’t get the criticizing of Naima’s sometimes off-pitch performance. There is no denying that Naima delivers entertainment.

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
8:45 am

The only one who has changed my opinion at all last night was Stefano – for the very first time, I thought he did a really good job.

Hated Naimi as usual – has anyone else noticed they’ve already fixed her teeth? Noticed last week, but waited to make sure. They were really scary, especially from the side, at first, but now all white and no big gaps.

Loved Pia’s gorgeous voice – still waiting for the fast one, but last night was lovely with one of EJ’s best.

Loved Lauren – what a beautiful interpretation of a beautiful song.

James, James, James – you were going so good until the end – there was that dam(n) scream.

Thia – such a beautiful voice. Thought at first she was doing inappropriate (for this song) smiling, but have decided that’s just the way her large lips do over her large teeth. Thought it was quite good.

Casey – nothing to say except at least he actually sang instead of scaring everyone.

Paul proved once again he has one of the most unpleasant voices in the history of Idol.

Scotty – just more and more of the same ole……. – I’m already bored with this child

Jacob – fell asleep in the middle of this dweeb’s boring performance, which led to…..

Missed Haley completely – woke up at 10:10 – Thanks Lusk for another disasterous “sleeping pill” performance!

Bye Bye Naimi, next week Paul, then Jacob!

Highlander

March 31st, 2011
8:47 am

Good morning!

D., agree with you regarding Jacob. Also, I can’t stand to watch him sing. He just makes too many goofy faces. I also enjoyed Naima’s performance because that’s what it was, a performance. It was entertaining.

Bottom 3 for me (for you, for me – loved the way Ryan slagged Randy again tonight!) should be Thia (sorry, needs seasoning), Stefano (just doesn’t connect) and Paul (WTF was he thinking?). And it doesn’t really matter to me which 2 leave.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
8:49 am

Sam, Two people leave tonight due to the save last week.

Speaking of tonight…I just remember that Fantasia is a guest tonight…..and I’m going to be in a plane flying across the country…..dang! ;-)

timthebrave

March 31st, 2011
8:52 am

To me there were no great performances but there really weren’t any bad ones either. I think Naima and Jacob should go home. Naima was so fake and I just don’t get the overdramatic Jacob. Thia was the best for me last night and I usually think she is boring but she sang well and with a lot of emotion.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
8:54 am

How lucky can you get, your queeness?

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
8:55 am

There were a couple of times during Haley’s performance that I was reminded of that time I had to replace the starter on my car.

Kiki D

March 31st, 2011
8:55 am

Deirdre you could always sneak into the lavatory and stream it through your I-Phone. Of course you might expect handcuffs awaiting your arrival at the air terminal upon landing but then you’d make the evening news and become a celebrity in your own right.

Hank Williams Jr.

March 31st, 2011
8:56 am

Kiki, how ya doin?

Rodney Ho

March 31st, 2011
8:58 am

Just got confirmation to interview Simon (again) tomorrow at 10:53 a.m. for seven minutes. We’ll see if this one works out.

Highlander

March 31st, 2011
8:58 am

“Scotty will go far whatever happens…I am tired of the baritone in every performance.” – Laurie, 7:59am

Uh, have you heard the kid speak? …That’s not some affectation. He IS a baritone. While I’m not a great fan of the “older” Country singing style (George Strait, Alan Jackson, George Jones, etc.), I respect the fact that this young kid knows who he is and what he wants to do musically.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
8:59 am

grrrRRRrrrrRRRRrrrrrRRRRRrrrrrRRRRRR

Homer

March 31st, 2011
9:00 am

1. Lauren: I agree with Jennifer as “best of the night”. A tasty performance of Candle in the Wind. One of the few to get away with doing an Elton song.

2. Pia: Another impressive performance. But I too am becoming impatient with all the ballads and the fact that she seems to be chained down to one spot on the stage. Needs to get out of “audition mode” and into “live performance mode”.

3. Jacob: Thought he might stumble this week but “Baby Luther” did a nice job. Yet another one who got away with doing an Elton song. Nice arrangement.

4. Casey: Nice bounce-back with Your Song which was impressive with the lack of growling and grunting. Also a nice note at the finish that most competitors as well as fans do not understand.

5. James: Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting was a perfect choice for him. However, I was disappointed in the performance. He could have hit this out of the park but it was a ground rule double. Let’s try a little less showmanship and more emphasis on the vocal performance next week.

6. Haley: She actually impressed me this week. They did a good job of tweaking the song to match her style.

7. Scotty: This week was dangerous for him due to Elton and country not being a good fit. But a respectable job on an Elton song.

8. Thia: Nice feeling in the song and she sold it. Now she needs to sing like she believes in herself.

9. Paul: Gets worse and worse every week. He should stop experimenting and do what’s comfortable – what got him here.

10. Stefano: Much like Paul in that he just keeps sliding down. Needs a big dose of confidence, relax and sing – enjoy it.

11.Naima: Although I like her story, I do not like her singing nor her antics. I think she should have been gone long ago. But because of her story I do wish her well.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
9:02 am

If I had to venture a guess as to who goes home…

Naima & Thia

Who should go home? Naima and either Stefano, Paul or Haley

Marty

March 31st, 2011
9:04 am

Can’t stand Paul, Naima, and Haley, but I think Jacob is the worst. It’ like watching a combination of Monica Paerson and Madea rolled into one woman. She’ll be the country’s first openly gay gospel singer.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:06 am

Thanks for the suggestion Kiki…I think if I decide to get arrested, it will be over something way more interesting than Fantasia. ;-)

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
9:09 am

Thanks for the reminder, Dierdre! Please let it be Naimi and either Paul or Jacob – I ain’t picky! And, lucky you not even being tempted to tune in to tonight’s show! I wll watch the beginning and end, but be
dam(n)ed if I’ll watch these three misbegotten “singer/entertainers” ruin my evening.

By the way, way to go Richard Blais!!! Top Chef and $200,000 – can’t complain about that.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:09 am

like watching a combination of Monica Paerson and Madea rolled into one LOL!!!!!

Sam Sung

March 31st, 2011
9:15 am

Deirdre…you might just get lucky :) and get one of the newer planes with satellite tv on board (monitors on seat backs). I was switching between a Braves game and Monday Night Football on a flight out to Santa Clara last fall.

Billiegeen

March 31st, 2011
9:16 am

AGAIN SCOTTY CAME OUT ON TOP, GOOD GOING SCOTTY. HE IS NASHVILLE BOUND. AT LEAST STEFANO DIDN’T SING TO THE CEILING THIS TIME. HALEY WAS THE SECOND BEST TONITE.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
9:19 am

It’ll be interesting if the Idols Live tour makes a stop at the place Naima cleaned up at.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
9:21 am

The rumor mill churneth:

“American Idol” has a new power couple.

The freshly-saved-by-the-judges Casey Abrams and bottom three magnet Haley Reinhart rocked Elton John night on Wednesday, and here’s the best part: They’re supposedly hooking up.

The rumor mill is churning that Casey and Haley are an item — and if it’s true, it’s doing wonders for their performances.

A week after he was granted Season 10’s one-and-only save (and nearly passed out onstage), Casey trimmed his beard, dropped his silly “antics” and sang an especially heartfelt rendition of “Your Song” (perhaps he was thinking about Haley?)

Randy called it “brilliant,” Steven called him a “true artist” and we thought it was the most perfectly imperfect performance of the night.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/03/31/idol-411-rumored-couple-casey-abrams-haley-reinhart-redeem/#ixzz1IBPWieBv

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:24 am

Sam Sung…the last 2 times I’ve flown out to San Jose, I haven’t gotten one of those planes. Would be nice! I usually end up playing the trivia game but I’d watch Idol if I could.

Billie..try hitting the caps lock key.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:25 am

Haley and Casey???? I just don’t see it but…you never know.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
9:27 am

And the idols thought all those growling noises were ghosts!

Turns out it was Casey & Haley.

confused

March 31st, 2011
9:28 am

Best line of the night was the producer on Scotty “People are calling him a one-trick pony…but it’s the best trick I’ve seen from a 17 year old”. Why do people kill him for singing country? I am NOT a country fan but his talent is undeniable. Why do something you’re not good at? Can you imagine Pia singing metal? Uh…no. Or James singing gospel? Well…maybe..but doubtful. You are who you are and you do what you do. I promise there are country record labels waiting to get their hands on him.

Ok…off my soapbox.

Naima…please quit standing. Oh my gosh….just LEAVE!

Thia…talented but boring. If some of you think Pia is dull…she has to put you to sleep.

Paul…please join Naima…and take that God-awful suit with you.

Stefano….your best moment to date…at least he is trying to incorporate what they are telling him.

Jacob…wish we could send 3 home tonight.

Halley….much better…she is growing on me…but the less she moves the better.

Pia….one of my favorite Elton songs…and i thought she did it very well.

Scotty….love his connection with the crowd…he is riding a wave right now with the “down home” crowd

Lauren….awesome performance…not sure she is even aware how big the stakes are….

Casey…better…but I don’t think HE likes singing that way…he wants to do HIS music…unfortunately it doesn’t resonate with most of America

James…what a performer…love him…however there were times tonight I thought his background singers drowned him out

Mo Schreibman

March 31st, 2011
9:28 am

My observations which are in no particular order whatsoever of the Idol program last night

Casey – Reminds me of a proctologist I saw once and only once.

Lauren – If she becomes successful she will be the only performer ever to sing live but have everything else that comes out of her mouth dubbed.

Pia – If looking at is all you want fine but otherwise it is like waking up to the same old song each time and I can do that at home but I would look forward to it more.

Stefano – Maybe okay appearing at those Shakeys Pizza parlors.

Thia – Like those Chatty Cathy dolls the girls play with but without any feeling.

Haley – Hard to choose between her and that Pia which to wake up to.

Jacob – That Glee television program needs more diversity and he fits multiple categories for sure.

Scotty – If Hee-Haw comes back he will have a career sitting each week on a bale of straw by Lulu Roman or his grandmother whichever he chooses it makes no difference.

Naima – If I figure it out I will get back to you but do not wait around if you have other things to do.

James – Eventually he will set his hair on fire and it will not be an accident.

Paul – My Aunt Minnie wants her slipcovers back please.

sharon

March 31st, 2011
9:30 am

I love Jennifer Lopez, but she is so annoying when interrupts Randy and always saying “you know what I mean”. I liked Naima’s version of I’m Still Standing. My favorite three of the night was: Haley, Lauren and Pia.

G

March 31st, 2011
9:30 am

First of all, I think the judges over-praised singers who’s performance wasn’t up to par. In contrast, they somewhat chastised singers that took chances, improved their performances, and were actually pretty good. Randy using Pia as an example to Jacob is totally unacceptable. His credibility is shot with me.

I also think by now, people have pretty much locked into who they like no matter if they perform well or not. The truth is most of us will not see our favorites in the final. But when our favorites lose, who do we vote for?

Mickey F

March 31st, 2011
9:30 am

After reading through all this thread and thinking back on all performances so far, here’s my wish for top 5: Casey, James, Pia, Scotty, and Lauren. Casey’s my fave, but he has the smallest voice of this bunch. James, Pia, and Scotty are all excellent in their niches. You can see it as a strength or a weakness. They know their styles, and they stick to them so far, and do those styles to a T. The thing is none of those styles is current, up-to-date pop idol. But that’s never what Idol has been about, I guess. I’m putting Lauren in because it seems everybody but me likes her. And I’m putting her in over Jacob because as time goes by he just grates on me–singing way down and back in his throat and sliding pitches all over the place for no particular artistic effect. Lots of positive energy, though.

Except for Paul, I think everybody else is interesting in their own way, and might be able to find a career in music. I guess Paul already had one, and the one he had is about where he belongs.

Al

March 31st, 2011
9:33 am

turn off your TV and go outside and play

sharon

March 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Elton John is one the greatest artist to ever live!!! His music stands the test of time. I’m sitting here now blasting Bennie and The Jets. It’s a great day

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:37 am

So Mo…you don’t like any of them?

melissa's mom

March 31st, 2011
9:39 am

Happy to see everyone agrees that Lauren was the best last night.
Still a fan of Naima.
Hated the James performance. Too much running around and pyrotechnics.
I can’t stand to watch Jacob or Stefano. It looks like they are ready to burst into tears and sobs while they are singing. Way too dramatic!
Casey…it looked like Wolfman was TRYING to come out, but he kept him in. He reminds me of the movie -The Shaggy Dog – where the young guy turns into a dog on occasion.
Pia, she can sing but ..yawn…
Haley was cool and sexy. Love her!
Paul – my husband likes him, but I don’t get it. He was horrible last night.
Thia, nice but forgettable.
Scotty is just weird, but I’m not a big country music fan.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:39 am

Al…in case you didn’t notice, it was dark, rainy and cold during the show last night. I’ll go out and play again when the sun comes out.

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:40 am

Um, I don’t agree that Lauren was the best last night…she was good but not the best.

bigballs

March 31st, 2011
9:41 am

Top Eleven Redux well done. What I got was a first look at exactly who all is going on the tour. All these guys have won as far as that goes and I think it will help make them all better performers. Good for them. Who will win this thing? Pia? Not sure. Looks like a real process of elimination. Last one standing is da winna.

Wasn’t gaga for Casey’s redemption song. Better but not good enough. In other words would not have merited a save.
Was not impressed with Alaina’s turn in the wind. Like Randy likes to say “Just okay for me.”
Naima, bless her heart, actually seems to be connecting the dots a little bit. Seems much more composed than the earlier audition days blubbering. I got her reggae stick but realize it won’t go over well. Depends on her sympathizers.
Paul. Buh-bye.
I can’t imagine Scotty winning unless the whole world goes through another Urban Cowboy phase. He’s going to get really boring.
Thia may be leaving us. She does have a good voice and the tour will be good for her development as an artist but I think her youth is the problem. Reminds me of whassisname from last year.
James has the same problem but in a different way.
I like Haley and she’s getting a little more, shall we say, comfortable? Seems to be on most folk’s castoff list. Kiss of death.
Same for Stefano.
Jacob has raw talent. He could come on in the next couple of weeks if he survives the cuts.

melissa's mom

March 31st, 2011
9:43 am

I really wish the judges were more honest with their criticism. They NEVER say anything negative about the performances no matter how bad. I hate to say it, but I miss Simon!

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
9:43 am

Best thing about this season so far? Nobody knows who is going to win. The choices are so varied and interesting that the top 3 will actually come as a surprise to most of us…at least for the next couple of weeks.

Mercedes S.

March 31st, 2011
9:45 am

As Rodney stated above, this season’s Idols inspire many different feelings. My favorites have remained the same since the beginning (James, Lauren),as have the no-gos (Naima, Paul), but I’ve changed my mind about Haley and Stefano (for the better) yet grown weary of same-old, same-old performances from Scotty and Pia.

Sam-A

March 31st, 2011
9:48 am

Confused: with the exception of Scotty, who bores me to tears, you and I agree completely on last night’s performances! A first for me.

SimonSays

March 31st, 2011
9:48 am

My rankings:

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

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
9:50 am

Good morning. I did the slow blog dance with Deirdre and Ben Lurkin last night. I am with D in the opinion that coveritlive detracts from seeing the performances.
As for Scotty, he did the song I predicted for him and did a nice job. Not great, but nice. And, I think he’s more in the new country vein with his vocals and turn of phrase, rather than “old” country. Highlander, for me “old” country is George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. LOL!

I like Paul, but his performance was not good last night and he may be going home. Will not be surprised if he does. Also, I like Jacob, but not his faces. Like Casey’s, I can do without them. My favorites of the night were James, Casey, and Pia. I loved Naima’s performance, but it may not save her. I predict Thia and possibly Haley in the circle of three, with Paul joining them.

SimonSays

March 31st, 2011
9:52 am

Elton John is one the greatest artist to ever live!!! His music stands the test of time. I’m sitting here now blasting Bennie and The Jets. It’s a great day

He’s old stuff was the best:
Funeral for a Fiend
Take Me to the Pilot

SimonSays

March 31st, 2011
9:53 am

Two going home after last night:
Naima
Casey

Harriett

March 31st, 2011
9:54 am

Is there an echo in here?

Sticky

March 31st, 2011
9:55 am

I totally agree with the Monica/Medea comment! Lol!

I loved Haley last night as always, but I did get annoyed with the hand movements. I also thought it was funny when she couldn’t get off the piano.

Rickster™ © ®

March 31st, 2011
9:55 am

re: Haley & Casey….

In keeping with the Elton John theme:

“Whatever Gets You Through The Night” (duet with John Lennon)

Smokey's Mom

March 31st, 2011
9:57 am

Not all of us have the same tastes some what some like, others hate. Having said that – I LOVED Naima’s performance. That’s one of my favorite songs and I loved the reggae rendition. I’d actually buy that version, load it to my I-pod and blast it!!

PS – I finally like Lauren.

melissa's mom

March 31st, 2011
9:59 am

Two going home tonight: Paul and Thia

Smokey's Mom

March 31st, 2011
10:00 am

Somebody please preserve my sanity and send Scotty home – please!

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
10:00 am

How do we know that his music “stands the test of time” does someone have a time machine? If so, are flying cars going to be mass produced in my lifetime?

Gee

March 31st, 2011
10:00 am

My absolute favorite is Jacob. Love his voice and personality. I agreed with Jimmy last week…. Watching him can be like watching a fireworks show…I love that. Loved the Motown week performance.

My other faves are Thia. Love her voice. James Durbin, & Naima. I like Naima’s originality and that she isn’t afraid to take risks. Pia…very pretty girl and she can sing ok but *yawn* …I’m over the ballads. Would like to see something else…

Mo Schreibman

March 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Deirdre I think what I said previously above speaks well for itself but since you asked I will add that none of these kids would last one week or more on the Your Hit Parade television program. Not a Gisele MacKenzie or Snooky Lanson among them to be found for sure.

Smokey's Mom

March 31st, 2011
10:07 am

Does Pia bored the H-E-double hockey sticks out of anyone else?

Smokey's Mom

March 31st, 2011
10:09 am

Mo – I love you. Thanks for the laughs…

Deirdre

March 31st, 2011
10:14 am

LOL Mo…that’s true but…times have changed..or so they tell me!

JTesla

March 31st, 2011
10:16 am

At some point we need to revisit what we think of the judge changes. I’m starting to think that even though it worked early in the season, it has now gone off track. The “judging” is awful. It’s worse than last season, at least Ellen could say what didn’t work for a performance.

RxDawg

March 31st, 2011
10:27 am

ROHO, one of your favorites was Thia!? Bro she was way off. Terrible song for her… or at least terrible key.

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.”