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‘American Idol’ top 6 performance show recap: itch that scalp!

AP photo of Carole King from 2005

AP photo of Carole King from 2005

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“Idol” went to the wayback machine, plucking Carole King songs for our pleasure. And since the show had only six songs left and 90 minutes to kill, producers added duets.

At this stage, the final six singers all have something good to offer and it’s becoming a real battlefield. As Randy constantly stays, who really wants to win this?

[NOTE FOR ATLANTA VIEWERS: We missed a lot of the commentary and an entire song due to tornado warnings from meteorologist Ken Cook. Please see below for James'  performance.]

Among the solos, nobody had a truly bad night. But none of the duets really sparkled either.

My top three of the solos: The trio I think will be in the last three surviving by May 12, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and James Durbin, all excelled tonight. Lauren felt natural. Scotty warmed the crowd. And James brought a smidge of tenderness to his gruff style.

My bottom three of the solos: Obviously, with only six left, it’s the other three who I expect to be at the bottom. There’s no hiding now! It will be scattered Casey Abrams, melismic Jacob Lusk and sweet enough Haley Reinhart.

My ranking: 1. Lauren 2. Scotty 3. James 4. Haley 5. Jacob 6. Casey

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My favorite duet: Jacob and James were all over the place but it was all in goofy fun.

My least favorite duet: Casey and Haley were a bit of a mess, too, but not quite as fun. (Scotty and Lauren were earnest but only adequate.)

Who will go home: I think Jacob might be out of luck this week.

The nine performances in order of appearance (not preference)

1. Jacob Lusk (”Oh No Not My Baby”) -  He apparently stole his suit from Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse closet. But otherwise, he brought his all. If you like his vocal style, you’ll like this one. He has dialed back the hit the heavens notes but still brings plenty of soul.

2. Lauren Alaina (”Where You Lead’) – Occasionally, she has sung tentatively and cautiously. This time, she let it all hang out with what I always knew to be the theme song to “Gilmore Girls.” She was pitch perfect and performed with bursts of confidence. Her stage presence, hair and makeup were the best I’ve seen to date. Even the touch of bringing random dude from the front row worked.

3. Casey Abrams/Haley Reinhart (”I Feel the Earth Move”) – Great song and the pair showed good chemistry, but the harmonies were not good at all.

4. Scotty McCreery (”You’ve Got a Friend”) – He slowed it up and gave us an emotional, heartfelt performance that was recently. He obviously took the criticism last week to heart. His higher register isn’t great but it’s not awful either.

5. James Durbin (”Will You Still Love Me?”) – Nobody in metro Atlanta watching WAGA-TV (Fox 5) could hear James Durbin. Instead, we were getting tornado warnings from Ken Cook. Fortunately, rickey.org posted this quickly afterwards and you can watch below. He shows off his vocal range, if not his control. (He isn’t great at holding a note). But I still enjoyed this thoroughly.

6.  Scotty/Lauren (”Up on the Roof”) – This was just ho hum. Lauren had the dominant melodies and worked it better than Scotty.

7. Casey Abrams (”Hi-De-Ho”) – Simon might have called this self indulgent. He brought out his jazzy side with a vengeance. He hepped up the growling, which isn’t my favorite. It was very intense but not very warm.

8. Haley Reinhart (”Beautiful”) – This song works well with her, providing an idyllic outlet for her shallow, pleasant peppiness.

9. James/Jacob (”I’m Into Something Good”) – Pairing these two is odd though both have a tendency to over-sing. And they didn’t disappoint pulling out the stops on what was a relatively low-key Herman’s Hermits song. Heck, they even teased Jennifer Lopez. This was more cheese than Zev and Justin consumed on “Amazing Race” Sunday. But far tastier!

Notable comments from judges

Randy: “A couple of spots were a little sharp. You really brought yourself back. You had an energetic performance. The scatting was incredible.” Steve Tyler to Jacob

“I felt you pushing. You have insecurities… even though it’s encouragement, you only take the negative in sometimes. You pushed. I heard your voice crack a little bit. You’re pushing!” – Jennifer Lopez to Lauren.

“When those people with talent manifest their light, they sometimes can become a dartboard for other people’s fears, doubts and insecurities. Don’ t let it in there!” Tyler to Lauren

“I will give you criticism. When you hit the high notes, don’t fall off.” – Randy to Scotty.

“That’s the first song I ever made out with. It was in a bowling alley. And no, Randy, I did not strike out!” – Tyler about “Will You Still Love Me” sung by James.

“You made my scalp itch it was so good.” – Tyler about Casey

Coveritlive polling
contestant, % yes, voting %okay, not voting % dislike
1. Luren 60, 28, 12
2. Scotty 57, 17, 26
3. Casey 41, 32, 27
4. Jacob/James 38, 19, 43
5. auren/Scotty 33, 42, 25
6. Haley 28, 28, 44
7. James 22, 22, 22 (33% couldn’t hear it because of tornado warnings)0
8. Jacob 20, 30, 50
9. Haley/Casey 15, 30, 56

“The Voice” last night
Really liked it: 38%
It was okay but not sure if I’d watch agai: 27%
Not my cup of tea; 12%
Didn’t bother but might check it out later: 19%
Won’t even give it a chance: 4%

148 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

April 27th, 2011
10:32 pm

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2011
10:55 pm

As i stated at end of previous post, after seeing the youtube clip, James’ perf was the best of the season.

Formerly Bored

April 27th, 2011
11:00 pm

I am starting to “get” James now. That song gave me chills.

Scotty also stepped it up a notch.

Can’t understand people that prefer Lauren’s somewhat tinny voice to Haley’s rich and versatile voice.

I don’t understand why Casey thinks people want to hear him growl. I think he could be in trouble.

Jacob is just plain unpleasant to listen to.

AlwaysAVol

April 27th, 2011
11:27 pm

Why wasn’t Ken the weatherman’s performance listed? I thought he was “pitchy”. Jakob should have a bobblehead merchandise line. Seriously, all in all…(from what I heard..damn tornadoes..and my prayers to those affected…), Haley, James. Scotty/Haley, even Casey. Jakob, it’s been fun, it’s been real….

AlwaysAVol

April 27th, 2011
11:30 pm

I think Casey should be made to put on black face and sing “Ole’ Man River…” No prejudice intended… Just sayin’ I honestly don’t know how to take this guy. He’s an actor much more than he is a vocalist. Good at his craft but misplaced in his presentation. Kind of like putting a salad shooter at the checkout at Wal-Mart…

Snaggle Puss

April 27th, 2011
11:37 pm

Casey is just getting on my last nerve. Go home Scotty.

Snaggle Puss

April 27th, 2011
11:38 pm

ooops I meant GO HOME CASEY…lol Scotty was a’ight tonight and most improved. James was the best.

Neg Returns For Mama

April 27th, 2011
11:58 pm

OK, I returned from my boycott for Crystal Week. Here’s Neg’s rankings:

1. Scotty – He KILLED it with a capital K. Great vocals, authenticity and arrangement.

2. James – Nicely done, but Randy storming the stage for a pimp fest cost him points in my book.

3. Haley – She’s the best female singer, period. Oh, and a total turn on, too. HOT! Randy’s relentless hatred for her makes me love her all the more.

4. Casey – Super cool, bluesy 1st half ruined by over-growling and excessive stomping in the 2nd half.

5. Lauren – Competent, boring performance with a lame arrangement. Excessive pimping turning me off.

6. Jacob – I’m so done with him. Make it stop.

WJ

April 28th, 2011
12:06 am

You really should start writing about dancing with the stars because you don’t know anything quality singers…

WJ

April 28th, 2011
12:07 am

You really should start writing about dancing with the stars because you don’t know anything about quality singers…

da

April 28th, 2011
12:15 am

james was the best of the night haley did good also. but people already know who they like. and my favorite is lauren she has the most beautiful voice

Barbara

April 28th, 2011
1:15 am

I really love American Idol, but I got turned off tonite the way Randy pandered to James by going up on stage. I seem to have the mistaken impression that the judges are supposed to be at least outwardly impartial without such blantant favoritism. I felt sorry for the other five contestants.

Don’t get me wrong I think James is wonderful and will probably win, but my heart belongs to sweet, listenable Scotty – remember the kid is only 17 and will just get better as he matures. I truly hope the final will be James vs Scotty. Whomever wins, I hope they both have happy lives after AI.

Seth T.

April 28th, 2011
2:45 am

I fully understand your point Barbara, Seacrest pushed that little episode – - and has done the same with Jacob, calling girls up to hug and the same with Scotty. Those may have been partially scripted with Jacob & Scotty.

The extra “drama”, camera time and “situational contrived excitement” has all been aimed at guys, not for the girls. The girls are at an automatic disadvantage to begin with, as polls repeatedly show that more girls vote than guys – and girls are far more likely to vote for guys. That is also reflected in the group I watch the show with.

They also find ways to keep pushing Lauren’s insecurity buttons so they can keep her youth and inexperience pounded into the voters minds – by always wondering if she “thinks she can win the show?.” I have no complaints against any of the contestants, Think Scotty is a good talent and will have ample opportunities regardless of winning or not, but the show is not always playing a fair hand for all.

jimmy, i

April 28th, 2011
4:02 am

sick of reading your reviews, i’m done with ‘em. won’t be reading future boring biased piece of crap.. totally self indulgent haha

David

April 28th, 2011
6:21 am

Scotty drives me crazy, I wish he would go home!!! He is a one trick pony!!

RK

April 28th, 2011
6:22 am

I feel better…guys on the Bert show had the same reaction I did to Carole King night.

Honest and Frank Discussion

April 28th, 2011
7:07 am

Dang Rodney, TYPO CITY.

AJC, get this C level hack out of here. Most people are better writers in third grade. Some examples:

What does Randy constantly “stay”?

What does it mean to describe an emotional, heartfelt performance as “recently”?

Really confused as to who “Luren” and “auren” are.

Rodney, your column is “meh” and I’m not sure if I’m going to read it “agai.”

Rob

April 28th, 2011
7:16 am

I hope Lauren isn’t riding the votes from her home town area or the Atlanta area….or Chattanooga, I think people last night were more concerned with the weather than Idol and her totals might suffer……. hope not, she deserves to be there………..ba-bye Jacob, take that gaudy suit with you!

bart

April 28th, 2011
7:22 am

James gave the performance of the night. Scotty was also very good. The others I could take or leave. Either Jacob or Casey will hit the road.

ncdawg

April 28th, 2011
7:28 am

I voted for J-LO ’s legs

mgdawg

April 28th, 2011
7:41 am

I really wish they could bring back simon, if just for one week. Casey would be killed by simon, he’s a good singer, but he’s not going to be on the radio or atleast on the popular radio stations. He is a performer that can play a lot of instruments, that doesn’t mean you are the best singer. Jacob would also be killed, yes he has an amazing voice and can hit all kinds of notes, but his style is not realistic now a days. He won’t even be able to make it on the christian stations, what he could possibly do is travel with a preacher and sing at his sermons or possibly broadway, casey might can join him on broadway. Casey has a beautiful voice and will get a country deal as well as scotty. Haley just seems real fake to me, and I wish that I liked her voice because she is beautiful, pia had both but didn’t show it off until after she was gone. James had his best performance last night, and I actually like him for the first time. I like the lighter rock without all the pure screaming.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
7:52 am

Morning!

I hope all the blogsters survived last night’s storms. What a night! I’m exhausted.

I can’t help but shake my head when someone comes on here and says something like “So-and-so is the best singer but my heart belongs to whatshisface. WHAT???? I don’t give a rat’s azz who your heart loves…you should be voting for who you think is the best singer.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
7:54 am

Another thing that makes me shake my head….the so-and-so was the best last night but I’m not voting for him because he’s the judges’ favorite. WHAT????? That statement lands smack-dab in the middle of cutting off your nose to spite your face!

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
7:57 am

And then there’s the grammar, spelling, you’re a journalist crap. Last night we all sat in our homes waiting for the tornadoes to hit. Our sirens were going off repeatedly. Mass destruction was north of us and heading our way. Electricity might not be our friend in another 3 minutes……and you come on to yell at Rodney for doing his job…getting a recap up as quickly as possible before the next tornado headed in his direction. sigh!

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
8:01 am

My list:

1. James….once I found the youtube version and watched it, I was blown away(and yes, that is a reference to last night’s weather) Best of the night. Best of the season. He demonstrated control. He sang beautifully. AND he LOVES singing.

2-5. Everyone else except…

6. Jacob….and I didn’t think he was all that bad last night either…just don’t like the tone of his voice.

Jubie

April 28th, 2011
8:01 am

The judges have completely lost all credibility in my book. They are a fan club for James and Casey no matter what they do and J-Lo’s insult of Scotty last night, implying he was singing “second voice to Lauren”. They are a joke!!!

Jubie

April 28th, 2011
8:03 am

Jacob goes home tonight.

Harriett

April 28th, 2011
8:17 am

Good morning! Deirdre, I just watched James’ performance again, and I was just as incedibly moved as I was upon hearing it last night. It brings tears to my eyes. It reminded me of the way David Cook showed us all what he was capable of. Randy was right–James is a singer, not just a rock singer.

Harriett

April 28th, 2011
8:18 am

I have been waiting all season to be excited about one of the contestants, and last night I became excited about one for the first time.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
8:21 am

Ah, thanks for the link D. I’ll have to watch it later at home.

Ben Lurkin

April 28th, 2011
8:31 am

We lost power about 8:30 last night. Not because of the storm, some idiot ran into the pole out front. I can’t comment since I missed everything from Scotty on…..:-(

KPH

April 28th, 2011
8:35 am

James became the front runner for sure last night. Lauren also did great. The Voice is a good show. I will watch it. Lot’s of good talent and I think much of it is due to no age limit.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
8:36 am

Ben, there’s a link to James’ performance at the top of the comments.

Can you get youtube….I can link the other performances that you missed.

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
8:38 am

Daughter-in-law arrived late last night from D.C. Was in steady phone contact with her mom -”home” is Tuscaloosa – and the news were of course awful. D-i-l’s youhger brother is a fireman and he was on search and rescue mission. More of search and find, one dead body after another. D-i-l’s mom said downtown Tuscaloosa is no more.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
8:40 am

I think we may have to worry a little about Lauren tonight. Her hometown of Ringgold was hit by tornadoes last night. I can’t imagine that a lot of people had the opportunity to vote.

And while I would rather she didn’t leave tonight, I think Haley has a bigger following at the moment….her work has been improving steadily. I don’t think she’s an American Idol but she definitely deserves to be there

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
8:40 am

As for Idol, once I had a chance to watch James’s performance, it’s obvious we have a clear winner.

The rest of my list

2. Lauren
3. Scotty
4. Jacob
5. Casey/Haley
6. Haley/Casey

Can’t tell Casey and Haley apart.

sharon

April 28th, 2011
8:43 am

I agree with everything Jubie said. Also, for whatever reason they find a way to criticize Lauren whereas they overly praise Haley. Thanks Deidre for posting the youtube link of James. I missed his performance because of the storm. I would give anything to hear what Simon thinks of Casey and Haley. It’s official: Steven Tyler is the new Paula Abdul. He loves everybody and he says crazy stuff that leaves you shaking your head like she did.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
8:44 am

LMAO, you go Queen D!! Snap Snap.

I feel ya, we were up late too.

Ben Lurkin

April 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Thanks Deirdre. Actually they are on the Fox AI site now. I’ll try to catch up today.

Ben Lurkin

April 28th, 2011
8:50 am

Mercedes-Prayers to your B-I-L and all the other people in Tuscaloosa. I frequent the Starbucks at 15th & McFarland, know the area, and it looks like it is gone.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
8:50 am

“and J-Lo’s insult of Scotty last night, implying he was singing “second voice to Lauren”. ”

Well… he did. When they sing beside each other Lauren exposes Scotty IMO. Not just vocally either, Scotty missed a lot of his parts and was just watching Lauren the entire time trying to figure out where to come it.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

Rx…lack of sleep makes me cranky! ;-)

Woodpappy

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

Boy what a night last night. The weather took center stage for most of us here in the Atlanta Metro. I was able to watch the entire AI show but it was interrupted and the sound cut off so many times, I feel like I missed the show. I’d like to see em replay the show (without commercials) in the next day or so. Of all times…James does a stellar performance (so I’ve heard, can’t get you-tube at work) and the sound is cut off the entire song except for the last note! Oh well, At least my family and I were safe and sound throughout the night. Thank you Lord !!

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

I wouldn’t worry about Lauren. The town of Ringold isn’t what’s keeping her in this competetion. It’s probably not even 1% of the votes she gets.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
8:54 am

And I agree about Scotty…he was off-key through about half of his duet with Lauren and she kept helping him find the note. He has a really nice voice but it isn’t strong and singing next to Lauren exposes that.

smitr

April 28th, 2011
8:54 am

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ken Cook will not be your next American Idol! With that being said, I think James just raised the bar a few hundred feet with last night’s performance. I always thought Scotty or Lauren would probably win, but James just proved to me last night that he can do it all. I liked Scotty’s performance a lot. He’s so cute, I just want to adopt him. Lauren did an okay job, but it was kind of boring. Casey growled too much, and I didn’t care for the song. Loved Haley’s performance and I really think she deserves to be there as much as Lauren does. Should be between Jacob and Casey as to who goes home. My vote is for Jacob.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
8:56 am

“At least my family and I were safe and sound throughout the night”

Yeh, I’m counting my blessings. We were surrounded by twisters but never got hit directly.

Bobdole

April 28th, 2011
9:01 am

Yup. missed the first 30 min thanks to crappy Dishnetwork equipment. For some reason it likes to say the smart card is not inserted even when it is. 4 reboots later and 30 min of missed show it was back to DVRing. hope i didn’t miss anything good in the first 30 min

Sam-A

April 28th, 2011
9:02 am

Hope everyone fared well last night! East Cobb was really lucky – little rain, little thunder, some wind – very little lightning and NO TORNADOES!

The classy station, WXIA, did not interrupt their show, but did all the weather reporting during the commercial time. Big thumbs up to them. I spent the whole show yelling at Ken Cook to get off the screen and put a scroll on the bottom, but he just didn’t listen at all, ergo missed all of Jimmy I’s comments and the whole James performance. Will watch the link Deidre put in later.

I thought Scotty was “warbly-voiced”, going up, down and all around. Casey sucked – it was a comedy routine – reminded me of the Norman dude from years ago. Of course, the judges licked his butt like dogs in heat. Jacob – no need to even comment – gotta go tonight! Guess James was good – everyone who’s seen it seems to think so. The girls were pretty good, and unlike a poster above I do think Lauren raises Scotty up every time they sing together – she’s leagues above him. And now that’s she’s gotten nervous and stopped all the flirty stuff with ST, I really like her a lot.

Bobdole

April 28th, 2011
9:11 am

if fox was smart they would replay the show prior to tonights a bunch of people missed a lot of it. voting is done and over with… no record breaking voting i am sure

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

Hi y’all!

Made it through the storms unscathed, thank goodness. I think Lauren did really well last night and I’m hoping she sticks around. D, she’s actually from Rossville, but that’s close enough to the bad weather in Ringgold to have possibly hurt her votes.

blkshepherd

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

and the Blackshepherd’s take on this sad situation:

I heard Ryan state out of I Think he said 125,000(not sure exact but I know it was over 120,000) contestants we are down to six. For the LIFE of me I can NOT believe out of all of thousands of contestants this is the best in the Nation. I just can NOT believe it.

Jacob..although a voice..clearly is Hated something he probably brings Much of on his own from his mannerisms to his song selections to those horrible outfits. Oh God why wont somebody(family member, boyfriend, girlfriend(thats a stretch)but I sure he has a few friends that are girls(a few)..sit him down and tell him he needs a Complete Make over.

But I will say this, Few 23yr olds Will listen to someone telling them to change or tone down their mannerisms. They are at that rebel age(just shy of 21) where they feel they Know Everything and have that I am going to be Me I dont give a damn what anyone says or things. Sadly we make A lot of mistakes when we are 23. Been there, done that and Like Jacob, at 23 no one could tell me anything. Unfortnately I had to learn the Hard way through experience.

I just feel that there are Far better singers out there that sound and can outsing this final six. Its very very disturbing to think folks that are very talented and much more than what we ended up with, will Never even be heard.

Its really a sad affair. Unfortunately NONE stand out. and are just like Simon would say.ok singers. Not one of them impress me. I am so disappointed in what American Idol has become :-( But I will say this, When Simon’s X factor begins..I feel that may be the beginning of the End of AI’s mighty grip on the viewing public..I WANT AI to prove wrong. I can take it. I been wrong before..but I see murky waters ahead for Idol if they keep picking these subpar contestants and making them Idols.

Hank

April 28th, 2011
9:14 am

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of it…we have it DVR’d but most of it was blocked from all the weather updates. :-( Oh well…will still watch the elimination show tonight.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 28th, 2011
9:16 am

Sam-A, yes, and the irony being that 11Alive didn’t interrupt a rebroadcast of The Voice. Yet FOX5 cuts out the #1 show? I understand that the storms were severe and I appreciate the updates, but like someone on coveritlive said, I don’t get why we’re in mortal danger during the show, but safe by the time commercials roll around…. :roll:

blkshepherd

April 28th, 2011
9:16 am

BTW..a few spelling errors as I am sneaking typing this at work. So for the Spell Police dont get your panties in a wedge. but if the spelling bothers you, you can Always skip over my post, wont bother me in the least.:-/

dre

April 28th, 2011
9:22 am

Will there be a blog out there for people to comment on the “2011 Blunder About The Thunder?” What a comedy routine weather forecasting is. LOL. Most of metro Atlanta was hit with warm breezes and a sprinkle of rain, not “historic epic record-setting devastation”, thankfully. But how far off can these guys get time after time. Hysterical.

RPJ

April 28th, 2011
9:24 am

I think Randy has already made it happen for James. I think his statements are unfair to the others and should not be allowed. He actually proclaimed James as the winner of the Idol last night. I thought that was very unprofessional and unfair to the others. Remember, the people is suppose to make the winner happen…..I feel the entire show is fixed anyways.

You all are putting Jacob down, however, he can sing and I think he should stay. Haley and Casey really needs to go now! Acutally, I am not crazy about Lauren either.

ashley

April 28th, 2011
9:27 am

I agree that Fox should rebroadcast last night’s show before tonight’s results show. So much of the comments were muted for Ken Cook to broadcast the weather, and the fact that the number 1 contestant James’ entire song (except for last note) was not heard. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the weather alerts and just wish Fox would rebroadcast the show.

MTer

April 28th, 2011
9:27 am

Can someone tell me what is meant by “itch that scalp.”

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
9:29 am

dre – we have a news station in ATlanta that calls it’s weather report Severe weather report, even when the sun is shining

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
9:33 am

“I don’t get why we’re in mortal danger during the show, but safe by the time commercials roll around”

Yeh, that was complete bullshhhhh.

RK

April 28th, 2011
9:35 am

Like they pimped Dewyze last year, RPJ?

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
9:36 am

OK lucky people, just because you didn’t get hit last night doesn’t mean your neighbors didn’t. Grow the frak up…it’s not all about just where you live!

As far as Randy declaring James the winner….what’s wrong with that???? He’s a JUDGE!!!!!! He’s supposed to point out the good and the bad. Why is it not fair??? Because he didn’t pick YOUR favorite???

Seriously… I need more sleep…I am completely intolerant of whining this morning!

dre

April 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Deirdre, PMS is not a team sport! Deal with it yourself.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
9:45 am

My Top 3:

Lauren – The one I’d like to see win it the most.
Scotty – My second choice to win it.
Jacob – The fact that he’s my #3 pick is disturbing to me.

My Bottom 3:
Casey – Hate the growls and grunts. Hated the hat (sorry Rodney).
James – What I saw of his song at the very end made me glad I missed the whole thing.
Haley – I still don’t understand why she’s still in this.

RK

April 28th, 2011
9:45 am

I find these weather reports very educational. Who knew there was a town named Wax?

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
9:47 am

dre…I haven’t had PMS for 10 years. If the ONLY thing that’s important to you is whether there’s damage in your neighborhood or not, then maybe you should set up your own weather station. There’s extensive damage all over the north and central Georgia area and for some of those folks, the only warning they get come out of the Atlanta tv stations.

G

April 28th, 2011
9:48 am

Thanks RHO for the link to James’ performance last night. I couldn’t have voted without it. Casey and Jacob are my recent favorites to vote for. I’m down to only 1 or 2 people at this point. Casey lost my votes last night, but James earned the loss. My ranks:

1.Jacob – Solid performance as usual. He displayed total command of the song, and his duet with James was good as well. He’s done all he can do, and it’s darn near improbable for him to win.

2.James – Solid performance as well. He along with Jacob was the two best performances of the night. I’m glad to see he’s starting to gain more control of the higher toned notes, instead of a “Megadeath scream”. He could really win this thing.

3.Lauren – Cute appearance and cute performance. She did her best, but nothing to write home about.

4.Haley – This was actually a decent performance for her. She seemed to be a bit winded near the end of the song. Still cute as she wants to be, but the talent level is only 4th tier (on a good day).

5.Scotty – Seemed pretty heart-felt. He tried to touch upon a slightly higher range that he’s not used to. Still country-fried. At best, he rounded the box.

6.Casey – Bad night. So disappointed, I don’t want to comment…..I’ve voted for this guy for the past couple of weeks, and then he regresses…..no votes for you!

jacket22

April 28th, 2011
9:53 am

I am so sick of Scotty and Lauren everything they sing sounds the same, Scotty turns every song into a country song and his facial expressions and tilted head is very hard to watch, as for Lauren she has already been deemed to be the winner by the producers, I think they are wanting to try and duplicate the success of Carrie Underwood but Lauren really can’t sing. Just check out her performance last night, her voice constantly cracks and she can’t hold a note plus she is really playing up this naive little country girl routine way to much, she acts like she is so stupid and unassuming all to garner votes and because the producers like it. If the first 9 seasons of Idol have proven anything to us it’s the simple fact that it isn’t the person with the most talent that wins the show it is purely a game and whoever plays to the audience the most will win based off popularity alone not talent. If you want proof just check out the album sales for the majority of the winners versus those who finished 2nd or even 3rd and you will see if the winner could sing they would sell but they can’t and therefore they don’t.

confused

April 28th, 2011
9:56 am

Am I the ONLY wondering why the people at Fox 5 can’t run updates during COMMERICIALS???? Geesh!

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
10:09 am

Local stations interrupt a show: it is viewed as good for them. First to report etc. They interrupt a commercial and they irk those above them.

Can Simon make the call but Randy can’t?

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
10:09 am

It’s all about the $, confused. Advertisers pay both Fox & WAGA to run their commercials. If they miss the spot… it jumbles things ups incredibly.

christine

April 28th, 2011
10:16 am

James you were simply great and you prove so much to so many out there born like you. You will be a role model for many children to make them belief they can be someone one day. You be the next american idol

AlwaysAVol

April 28th, 2011
10:21 am

I thought Ken Cook was pitchy and I look for him to go home tonight. Along with Jakob.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
10:28 am

Crystal Bowersox tonight!!

confused

April 28th, 2011
10:29 am

Updates during Casey, Jacob and duets would have been ok by me. Missing James ticked me off. And I am worried about Lauren tonight with her area getting hammered by the storms. Not too many votes from that region I fear.

Native Atlantan

April 28th, 2011
10:33 am

Not a country fan but still loved Lauren and Scotty individually. James was impressive. Jacob is just….well, Jacob and I don’t care for his style or voice. Casey seems to always be acting and Haley is just a mess, as usual. Haley seems so fake….even if I close my eyes and just listen, I don’t like her. Oh..and remember Lauren is only 16 and probably is dumb as dirt — I don’t think that’s an act.

dre

April 28th, 2011
10:33 am

Deirdre, Iove you. Thanks for the link to Durbin’s performance. Dude! He slayed that song last night! He is doing everything right to become the next idol., PS: I just contributed to a collection for the family of a colleague who had their home razed last night by mother nature. Now go get some sleep love :> Don’t let goofballs like me ruffle your feathers.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
10:35 am

Thanks dre..it wasn’t quite as peaceful in my neighborhood last night as it was in yours.

I’ll feel better in the morning…honest! (unless they eliminate James)

Rickster takes a stick to the hornet's nest

April 28th, 2011
10:59 am

People are always comparing Durbin to “The Guy who cam in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”) If Durbin wins, it will bring out legions of Glamberts that will then scream, “See! The only reason he didn’t win is because he’s gay.”

Dan E

April 28th, 2011
11:07 am

Haley is still my favorite. She is hot and I love her gruff voice. I would love to hear her sing “Edge of 17″ by Stevie Nicks and “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. What do you think?? I want people’s opinions.

Dan E

April 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Rickster…..as sad as it is to say….you are right!!

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
11:21 am

But isn’t pointing that out an indicator that he didn’t win because he is gay?

Something to ponder.

Sam-A

April 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Deirdre: You’re so upset – was your house damaged last night? Hope not.

Haven’t heard from Nana – hope she’s ok too.

Those of us with no damage are really truly lucky. Heard several AL and GA towns, including Tuscaloosa, have lost their whole downtown areas. Sad.

RxDawg

April 28th, 2011
11:34 am

Not me Rickster. I think James is miles ahead of Adam. I’ve always said it, and I’ll keep saying it. James Durbin is gold and he will be a mega success.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
11:51 am

No Sam, no damage here. I just get annoyed when people whine about the weather coverage. We all got to see James eventually even though it was VERY frustrating. I have relatives and friends who live in the badly hit areas and I know that all that weather coverage helped them be prepared(as much as one can be) for what happened in their neighborhoods.

Plus, I live on the southside and our tornado warnings went on until after 1am. I am not a happy camper when I miss my zzzz’s.

Jubie

April 28th, 2011
11:55 am

Bottom 3: Casey,Jacob, Ken Cook

KPH

April 28th, 2011
11:57 am

I didn’t like the fact that Idol got interuppted last night but I had much rather be warned that a massive deadly tornado was about to hit my house! I guess I just have my priorities in the right place.

Jubie

April 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

Your right KPH, actually i was joking about Ken Cook because i just can’t decide on the third person.

JTesla

April 28th, 2011
12:11 pm

My bottom 3: Jacob, Casey… and Lauren. The first two were easy, I’m over Jacob and he needs to go. Angry Casey does not impress me, but Lauren? Well, I enjoyed Haley so she just edged out Lauren. I really liked the “change up” that James and Scotty did with their song choices so… someone had to fill that slot.

Jacob has to go. If it weren’t for James saving his bacon in the duet their duet would have been worse than rehash version 3 of Lauren and Scotty. Oh and they shouldn’t have played the interview of Lauren and Scotty together, I don’t think Scotty is enjoying his time with Lauren. James on the other hand? Made the most of it and made it fun. Haley and Casey? Way to go Casey. You know he is getting some of that.

Rickster takes a stick to the hornet's nest

April 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

RxDawg… you must be hearing something I’m not. I think James’ voice is far inferior to the voice of “The Guy who cam in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”)

James’ version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – for me – showed how thin and limite his voice really is. Will he be a success? Absolutely. Would I pay for a download (or even download a freebie)? I won’t say absolutely no… but it would take a heckuva song by him.

Rickster™ © ®

April 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

“limited” even. :-(

Nutmeg

April 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

Rickster–I see the argument, but not sure I agree. I think there’s a definite “pave the way” vibe in play. For instance, Bice, Maroulis, and Chris Daughtry all “paved the way” for David Cook’s win, pushing the Idol envelope. In the same way, Lambert may have paved the way for Durbin.

That said, the comments toward Jacob Lusk this year display–in my opinion–crazy levels of homophobia.

Ben Lurkin-Stirs the pot

April 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

I thought Ken Cook was a little weak last night in the duet with Joanne Feldman. She really carried the performance and make it her own.

Cammi317

April 28th, 2011
12:21 pm

I can barely remember the performances. I am sleepy as heck because I stayed up all night glued to the weather reports. I need to go to the AI site and re-watch (watch James for the 1st time since Ken Cook was on in his stead). I feel like a Zombie and barely functioning in my office today.

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

Thanks for morning post, Ben L.

Deirdre

April 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

Nutmeg…totally agree with your James opinion and “paving the way”. James is so raw but to say, after hearing last night’s performance, that his voice is “thin and limited” is very strange. There was absolutely nothing thin about that performance and his vocals during that song were spot on and amazing. I was not bowled over by his version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps but he proved himself to me last night.

And while there are certainly a lot of homophobic comments re Jacob, my objection to him is his operatic tone. I’m not opera-phobic but I think it has no place on American Idol. And the “diva” comments about him come from his cast mates and refer, imo, more to his behavior than his orientation.

Mercedes S.

April 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

So, Cammi, are you getting up tomorrow am at 4? Don’t we need a coveritlive for a show that 2 BILLION people will watch?

Ben Lurkin-Stirs the pot

April 28th, 2011
12:27 pm

Nutmeg-I agree to a certain extent. But more than homophobia the American public 1. doesn’t like to be lectured (Man in the Mirror comment) and 2. doesn’t like whiners (The band messed me up). Throw that in with the sexuality, I’m a Christian so I won’t do Let’s Get it On….but I’ll do hip thrusts with the female backups, and we have a combination that doesn’t play. Atlanta is much more progressive in that way than a lot of the country and there are lot of people that are turned off by him.

Sam-A

April 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

Nutmeg: I cannot tolerate the lousy singer with no clue of stage presence that goes by the name “Jacob”.

I am NOT homophobic. My very fave poster on this blog is the lovely, and gay, Kelly&CarrieFan. I adore the Ellen show and DVR it every day to watch when I get home. I have a number of friends who are gay men, and before my Mom went into a nursing home, she lived in a condo complex full of gay men who adored her and watched over her. When able, she walked their dogs while they were at work, and they brought her cakes and cookies and kept her company sometimes.

Jacob has a dreadful voice that sounds like he’s “singing” (screaming) thru a mouthful of bubbles. He blubbers around the stage like some obscene clown, and his outfit last night surely supports that analogy. He should have gone long ago.