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Who are the two out tonight on ‘American Idol’?

Naima and Thia out tonight!

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Naima Adedapo sang with her heart but her style was a bit too niche for the voting public. CREDIT: Michael Becker/ Fox

Naima Adedapo sang with her heart but her style was a bit too niche for the voting public. CREDIT: Michael Becker/ Fox

Someone on my live coveritlive blog tonight said “Idol” has yet again become a “sausage fest.”

For the first time in “Idol” history, the first four out are women! (That’s with an asterisk since Casey last week was the bottom feeder but was saved.)

Tonight, we lost precocious teen Thia Megia and quirky Milwaukee mom Naima Adedapo.

Neither was shocking departures. In fact, the consensus on Zap2it’s expert panel of “Idol” viewers had Naima and Thia as most likely to go home. My prediction was Paul McDonald and Naima gone with Stefano Langone as the third one in the bottom three. I liked Thia’s performance last night so I let my personal biases keep me from thinking she’d go home.

Let’s study why:

Thia had one of the purest voices ever in this competition. But she had the problem of being a teen who spent a lot of time on stage while not developing her own personality. That lack of connection with the songs she sang limited her fan base. Even though she did connect with “Daniel” last night, a lot of folks had written her off as boring and could not find the emotion last night. She is one of those singers you have to wonder might have done better on “Idol” if she had waited a couple of years.

Naima reminded me of Nadia Turner a few years ago. Both had a very defined, vibrant personality and a good (though not great) voice. Unfortunately, Naima’s appeal was limited, though she did pull off some good performances. Last night’s reggae vocals were risky and may have turned off more people than turned them on to vote. “Idol’ is a mainstream crowd. She is not mainstream.

Why did Paul land in the bottom three? Vocally, he is the oddest of the bunch but also lately has been the weakest. Nothing he did with “Rocket Man” changed that impression. He has good stage presence, though, and that’s gotten him this far.

Chuckles[tm], who is a regular blogger here and seems to have some inside ties with “Idol,” said the 1980s theme we were expecting last week will be this week. Then word that the PR folks made a mistake and jumped the gun a week early on the 80s theme makes more sense. Fox usually sends out the theme and next week’s performers around midnight EST (after the show airs on the West Coast.)

The producers made a good choice dispensing with the group sing and doing smaller duet/trio/quartets. The Lauren Alaina/Scotty McCreery take on the Carrie Underwood/Randy Travis duet “I Told You So” was especially good. It filled more time but in a good way.

Fantasia captivated some, repulsed others as usual. (She has been back on the show more than anybody, hasn’t she?). The Jamie Foxx/will.i.am promo for an upcoming movie was painful.

Here were results from the coveritlive polls

Lauren/Scotty’s “I Told You So”: A- 78% B- 6% C-17% F-0%

“Kryptonite” music video: Cute -59% Bleh 41%

Naima and Jacob’s “Solid” : A-0% B-37% C-47% F-16%

Fantasia’s “Collard Greens and Cornbread” – Delicious- 21%, Mute button- 79%

Thia, Haley and Pia’s “Teenage Dream” Dreamy – 13%, Just okay – 75%, Nightmarish 13%

Who will take up the final bottom 3 seat:
Casey – 5% James 10% Paul 30% Stefano -55% (whoops!)

Which Haley do you prefer?
Reinhart- 67%, Scarnato – 33%

In retrospect, should Kris Allen have beaten Adam Lambert?
Yes! America voted correctly- 33% No! A true injustice! -66%

The backgrounder video of the “Idols” week:
Edifying: 8%, Entertaining but not edifying: 42% Time filler at est: 50%

House band’s “Band on the Run” (Paul, James, Casey, Stefano): A-41%, B-23% C-32% F-5%

Should Paul have been in the bottom three?
Yes -62%, No- should have been Stefano 32%, No-should have been someone else -6%

Jamie Foxx/will.i.am’s “Hotwings”
Great fun- 8% Painful to anyone with hearing – 92%

Group sings vs. what they did tonight:
97% what they did tonight 3% group sings

142 comments Add your comment

JTesla

April 1st, 2011
11:53 am

Might as well go to page 2…

DG

April 1st, 2011
11:54 am

It’s still too early to say who is going to win, but at the moment I think its Jacobs to lose. Pia needs to sing something other than a ballad if she is going to win. Scotty doesn’t need the show, he can record right now. Lauren gets better every week. James is loving the attention is by far having the most fun. I don’t think he realizes he’s in a competition – which will catch up to him. Casey is the ‘artist’ and performance is what put in the bottom not his voice. I don’t get the love for Haley. She’s a smokey lounge singer. I mean can she sing? I can’t tell she growls through every song. She gets by on her looks as much as Paul does. Speaking of Paul, he looks the part, but eversince he sang that Rod Stewart song that is all I think about now. Joey…er Stephano is actually a really good singer, but he so inconsistant. I don’t think he can string a few weeks together.

DavidW

April 1st, 2011
12:03 pm

who do you all think is
a. the truely most talented musician
b. singer
c. entertainer
d. who do you think would be the most commercialy successful like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, or Jennifer Hudson?

Deirdre

April 1st, 2011
12:19 pm

Just staying for a long weekend, Sam…should be home on Monday.

Jubie

April 1st, 2011
12:27 pm

Scotty is the only one I would actually pay to see right now.

G

April 1st, 2011
12:35 pm

I think at the end of the day; Casey, Lauren, Scotty and Pia will round out the top 4.

Although country is a significant part of the AI mainstream, it’s still not enough to give Scotty the win. He just doesn’t have enough pop in him to cross over. Which leaves Casey, Lauren, and Pia.

I don’t think Pia will pull herself out of ballads in time to save herself. She also doesn’t have enough positive personality to get her over the top (at this point). Instead, her personality is going the opposite direction……arrogance. Did you notice her look when she found out she was safe? (Of course I’m safe) So, this leaves us with Casey and Lauren.

Hard one to call, but I think Casey will prevail. My votes would go to Lauren, but this may not be the year for the female……again. JMO

Jubie

April 1st, 2011
12:47 pm

Can’t see Casey winning AT All. Pia Can’t perform, although she can sing. Don’t think that alone will get her through. Could be Lauren or Scotty.

G

April 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

Posted From DavidW:

who do you all think is
a. the truely most talented musician – probably Paul or Casey
b. singer – Definitely Jacob. He’s my fav
c. entertainer – James and Naima
d. who do you think would be the most commercialy successful like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, or Jennifer Hudson? Scotty will definitely do well in his niche. Honestly, I don’t know if this group has a strong commerical star. I’ll have to go back and listen to Lauren some more.

jOHNNY nAM

April 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

98% of the comments I see here are geared for a personality contest., nothing to do with talent, musical ability. The comments I saw down grading Pia were pitiful. Pia has an extaordinary voice with mant ranges. A true talent . You people would probably vote Celine Dion off. Tjia is still a child…16 yrs. old for crying out loud, very talented and has her whole life in front of her.
And what’s with the boy vs girl stats? that is so adolescent!!
Glad you teent boppers aren’t judges.

Kady

April 1st, 2011
1:08 pm

I like Lauren….BUT PLEASE….Mom,Dad Friends…yes, she is you and immature which is natural…Great talent…but her crying and baby talk and her mother having the same hairdo makes me not want to vote for her..THINK KELLY THE TRUE AMERICAN IDOL…..

Smokey's Mom

April 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

I agree with those think:
1. Fantasia’s song was awesome (if you like the blues – maybe you liked the song and didn’t care about her weight, hair, dress or speaking voice).
2. Pia is beautiful with a nice voice but also incredibly boring.
3. Scotty already has it made in Nashville so he should go home now to avoid being bound by the AI contract)
4. Naima is an entertainer first and secondly a vocalist.
5. Sick of James
6. Jacob can sing but he won’t be part of the last 4 standing.
7. I finally like Haley
8. Sick of the cheesy commercials
9. Truly, truly sick of the racism, no matter who spews it…

melissa's mom

April 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

Kiki D – if your comments were not about race and gender, what was your point in pointing out the last 3 years have been won by a “white male”? If you were merely pointing that out, it sounds like a race and gender issue to me. For the record, I was a fan of Naima and I’m also white.

Not so fast

April 1st, 2011
1:18 pm

Don’t discount Scotty too fast…..many didn’t think Taylor Hicks could win his season either.

That being said, Pia by far as the best voice and I think she’ll shine even more next week.

Jubie

April 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Taylor Hicks won on charm, totally different from talent

Jubie

April 1st, 2011
1:37 pm

And, well, it is..American Idol, not American Talent, LOL

KPH

April 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

How could anyone think Paul has a good voice? He sounds like a dying calf in a hail storm! Wake up Paul fans this is a singing contest not a toothpaste commercial!

Kiki D

April 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

Melissa’s Mom… I’ll try one. more. time. My point is..the girls are once again getting picked off just as they have the past three years prior. At this rate, it will be four years in a row a white male wins. Now there is nothing racist or sexist in that statement. It is a simple observation and a 3-year fact now working on a 4-year fact. I would like to see some variety in the winners which is why Naima excited me. I hate that she’s gone….so that we have Paul instead? jeez.

BLACKOUT

April 1st, 2011
2:45 pm

WHAT ARE Y’ALL LISTENING TO, NAIMA, HAS A VERY SOULFUL VOICE REGARDLESS OF HER CHOICE OF SONG, THEY’RE NOT JUST THERE FOR THE SONGS THE SING, THE QUESTION IS CAN THEY SING AND THE ANSWER IS HECK YES SHE CAN SING, ON THE OTHER HAND PAUL AND SCOTTY AND THAT ORDER SHOULD HAVE BEEN GONE HOME, PAUL HAS NO TUNE AT ALL AND ALL SCOTTY HAS IS THAT LOW GROWL THAT HE DOES, AFTER THAT HE CAN HANG IT UP TOO.!!!!

JTesla

April 1st, 2011
2:58 pm

Hey Blackout, I think you caps lock is on. Go ahead and push the little button on your keyboard that has the words “Caps Lock”, you’ll find it on the left side of your keboard between Tab and Shift.

JTesla

April 1st, 2011
2:59 pm

And of course, that first “you” means “your”

Sandy

April 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

I think the Judges should evaluate the guest perfomers too. This could be really embarassing but it would increase the ratings and relieve some of the boredom.

Sam-A

April 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

Did anyone notice if the judges stood up after the freak’s performance last night? (I flipped off the station for a couple mins). Earlier someone said they’d only stood for Lauren/Scotty duet. They usually have stood for former winners no matter how bad the performance/talent.

beebee

April 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

Pia may not be able to “perform” right now, But in time she will be coached, will learn and grow. Some of you people are expecting these amateur singers to be ready-made Carly Simons or something.

I do not like country music. But I enjoyed listening to Scotty and Lauren singing together over everything else last night. Do any of you people know what harmonizing means? Seems like some of you can’t appreciate a great sound. All you care about is a look!

I care about looks too. But learn how to separate yourselves from your personal music tastes and TRY to see the talent that is in a few of those kids.

Like I said, I don’t like country music, but I would listen to duets by Scotty and Lauren on the radio ALL the way home from work. Some days that is!

beebee

JTesla

April 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

They stood for Lauren/Scotty, but Jennifer had to tell Steven to stand (anyone else catch that?).

I don’t know that they showed after Fantasia, I was in too much shock over the caboose that was attached to that train wreck to notice.

Sam-A

April 1st, 2011
3:55 pm

Yeah, JT: that was a lot of red going on up there on the stage. But it all kind of balanced that big old roll up on the front of the head. Overall, quite a look! Kinda made me want to puke and tear my eyes out!

Sam-A

April 1st, 2011
4:11 pm

And that would be after punching holes in my eardrums to quelch the screeching, nasal, whiny noise.

Simple Man

April 1st, 2011
4:23 pm

I was disappointed to see Thia go. Whenever she sang I always imagined she was my little sister or cousin. It would be so much fun if we shared a bathroom, and I did her laundry. She seems like such a sweet girl.

G

April 1st, 2011
4:23 pm

I feel ya beebee. I’m not a country music fan either, but I thought Lauren and Scotty did a goo job. No chance of me listening to it in my casual time, but good for the show. I enjoyed their performance, much like I did Fantasia. Regardless of genre, I know good music when I hear it.

Sam-A

April 1st, 2011
4:45 pm

There’s a new thread up, posted apparently just a couple minutes after this one went up.

Jubie

April 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

bee bee,
i know what you are saying about Pia, but she has to compete now and the others are outperforming her. She is just boring to watch eventhough whe has a beautiful voice. I don’t think she can hang in through finals unless she steps up.

Lisa

April 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

I can’t believe STEFANO is still there, but Naima and Thia went home!! I agree with Steven T., Stefano = Broadway.

My order of faves:

1. James—brilliant, owns the stage anytime he is up there!
2. Lauren–sweet, genuine, beautiful with beautiful voice!
3. Paul–love, love, love his unique voice and style! He is the real deal; an artist. He just needs to get back to basics of showing off his incredible voice–something soft and sweet like the “Blackbird” thing, with a nice, slow acoustic, in order to expand his fan base.
4. Casey–larger than life talent and larger than life personality; bring back the bass and your awesome voice, all you need!
5. Scotty—not a huge traditional country fan; but he has awesome stage presence and everything he does sounds like he is already a professional.
6. Haley–she’s growing on me.
7. Pia–BORING. technical perfection aside; you have to entertain people!
8. Stefano–ditto, ho-hum.
9. Jacob—too dramatic, over-the-top, too emotional. Send him home next!

Lisa

April 1st, 2011
6:32 pm

answers to quiz posted by David W:

who do you think is
a. the truly most talented musician
Paul or Casey
b. singer
James or Lauren
c. entertainer
James, hands down.
d. who do you think wil be the most commercially successful like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson?
probably James or Scotty.

nonya

April 1st, 2011
9:52 pm

Paul is yummy!

BrianInVegas

April 2nd, 2011
3:17 am

I have to admit, I was worried during Fantasia’s performance. I thought if that dress had let go, she could have wiped out the first three or four rows….

ariel

April 3rd, 2011
1:09 am

It is very disappointing that there are no haley fans out there. J lo pointed out that she has the best voice and I think she’s right. Unfortunately, a lot of young girls will see her as a reflection of someone “threatening” that triggers their insecurities and will not vote for her for that reason,

BrianInVegas

April 3rd, 2011
3:17 am

I dunno, I like Haley a lot, I think she could be a dark horse in future weeks…

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

April 3rd, 2011
2:21 pm

beebee, the problem with what you said about Pia being “coached” in the future is EXACTLY her problem; she seems to have been “coached” since she was about 3 years old to be the perfect contestant. on a beauty pageant. She is beautiful. She DOES have lovely singing ability, technically. She has style. She has grace. I’ll bet she could answer “if you win…what would your goal be for the world” quite intelligently and with poise. But as Deirdre said, she has NO DEPTH. I almost expect her to do the pageant/parade wave with her hand any moment while watching her. But if she can be “coached” to have personality, well, i’ll just leave that an open-ended question…

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

April 3rd, 2011
2:25 pm

ariel i am a HUGE hayley fan — she’s jazzy-bluesy-rock-pop all rolled into one, and very versatile and controlled in her ability to use the talent she has. I am/was a huge Casey fan for much the same reason during the auditions, and wish to heck he’d get back to that which he showed during the “Georgia on my mind” audition. That was incredible. I’m a big Lauren and a big Scotty fan — heck, IMHO they should, when eliminated or when they win, or whatever, go on tour together! I can hear either or both of them on the radio right now with what they’ve already done. Even if he DOES look like Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine, remember?) And she looks so much like my office manager’s little sister i had to ASK her (my office manager) if she had relatives in Rossville! but i like ‘em. i really like ‘em.

Reynaldo Decena

April 4th, 2011
12:41 am

Thia Megia saves Casey Abram. Thia is a sacrificial lamb. This is insane rules and regulations

Reynaldo Decena

April 4th, 2011
12:44 am

If Casey out the other week next is Naima then Thia is still competing with AI. Very unfair decision of the judges.

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Rett

April 4th, 2011
9:17 am

Morning everyone, What a relief to find this website, as no one in my household is interested in the show, nor in my opinions. First, I agree with those above that it’s a shame that Thia was voted off the show, it seems that superficial showmanship aspects have won out over talent once again. I think talent has to come first and that it’s the building block of any great star–it is a shame she wasn’t given the chance to develop.

Seems the voting public is greatly influenced by what the panel of judges are saying and they obviously, by their comments, had not shown Thia much in the way of support (especially Steven). On the other hand, Pia, who has enjoyed the panel’s support (until this past week) continues on the show. I do not understand how you can say she is “technically” great? All I hear when she sings is screaming and/or that she projects through her nose. Last week, during the group section, when she was finally required to sing at a softer level, she was totally off key. Yet, much to my dismay, the judges were constantly gushing over her (by the way, I haven’t really seen her do anything except walk up to the center of the stage and sing at the mike–much the same as anything Thia ever did).

I guess my main complaint about the show is that so many of the contestants are constantly screaming and/or singing through their noses. Is that because it’s the only way they’re able to reach a higher range? Now I know there’ve been plenty of huge mega-stars who scream, but they were good at it, and knew when to amp up the volume!

Probably, at the end of the day, that’s why I like Scotty so much, although not much of a country music fan, I find myself really enjoying listening to him. He’s got a round, soft tonal quality that’ll probably take him far.

It’ll be interesting to see who makes it through this week — I’m always amazed.