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Next week’s theme: ‘Now and then,’ with Jennifer Lopez and Lady Antebellum performing

AMERICAN IDOL: Final 5: Clockwise from top L:  James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery and Hayley Reinhart. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Final 5: Clockwise from top L: James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery and Hayley Reinhart. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

The top five will each sing two songs next week, another way to keep the show at 90 minutes.  They will each get to pick a song from the 60s and a current hit, thus the theme “now and then.”

The word that Jennifer Lopez was performing was true, but it didn’t air last night. The pre-taped segment will air on Thursday. She’ll perform “On the Floor” with Pitbull, her top 10 single. Lady Antebellum will reveal a new single as well, though the “Idol” press release did not say what that would be.

The keep-the-women-alive campaign has worked because we now have three men, two women after three guys have been ousted in a row. Haley Reinhart has certainly stayed around far longer than I predicted many weeks ago. I still give her no chance of winning.

I placed Casey Abrams on top at the time with the notation that the early leader almost never wins. And he didn’t. I did put Scotty McCreery at No. 2 and Lauren Alaina No. 3. I still think those two will finish in the top 3, along with James  Durbin, who I predicted at the time would end up at No. 6 but has performed better than expected. I also had Pia Toscano at No. 4. Whoops. Jacob Lusk? I had him at No. 5, which is where he may end up in reality. I had Stefano Langone at No. 7. Got that one right. I was overly optimistic about Naima Adedapo at No. 8.  I also had Thia Megia at No. 9 (bingo! and Paul MacDonald at No. 10 (he finished 8th.) I placed Haley all the way down at No. 11.  I did get Karen Rodriguez and Ashthon  Jones correct.

My current ranking of the top 5 are 1. James 2. Scotty 3. Lauren 4. Haley 5. Jacob

The final ratings on Wednesday were close to what I predicted: 22.3 million (down a smidge from last week) and 7.1 18-49 ratings, flat from a week ago. And compared to a year ago? Up 15% overall and up 3% 18-49. The show is now up 2 percent year over year (24.9 million vs. 24.4 million) and is only down 4% 18-49 year to date. With only eight shows left, I’m not sure the 18-49 gap can be closed completely but it should be close.

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Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
8:24 am

JT!!! Nigel is really back…the top 5 sing TWO songs, just like in the olden days!

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
8:56 am

Rickster™ © ®
April 28th, 2011
5:06 pm

Who goes home?

Casey

(in my best Yule Brenner as Ramses voice) “So let it be written. So let it be done.”

I need to use the Yule Brenner voice on Haley next time! :-)

Mercedes S.

April 29th, 2011
9:18 am

Winner at the London Wedding: the new Princess Catherine and her Dress, Tiara, Veil, and TWO kisses on the palace balcony.
Also winners: those insane hats and fascinators the female guests wore at the Abbey.
Sartorial losers: except for the Queen in her Easter chicken yellow, and the groom and best man in happy operetta costumes, the royals looked like they had found their finery at Goodwill. Especially Camilla and the York girls (Fergie’s daughters). Kate’s mother and sister were more regal in their tasteful outfits.

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
9:18 am

Harriett

April 29th, 2011
9:31 am

YAAAAY for the two songs being back. I always loved that!

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Even Randy warned Casey, “Less growling! Less Growling!” as they finished their comments Weds. night.

After starting out as the quirky, fun-loving guy with the melodica(?), Casey developed a dark side – in addition to the growling and grunting. I grew tired of it quickly. (America seemed to as well… since they voted Casey off weeks ago.)

Like I said in a post a week ago or so…. Casey moved around the stage with the grace of a adolescent stomping through a temper tantrum (picture a little guy stomping around saying “I don’t wanna goooooo!)

While I loved his “A Little Help With My Friends” – most of his performances (”I don’t need no doctor,” Nirvana, Hi-De-Ho, etc.) I remember I do not remember favorably.

But that’s just me. Obviously, others feel differently.

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
9:40 am

And it’s nice that Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) finally gets to sing on the Idol stage – after failing to make it to Hollywood in two previous attempts.

JTesla

April 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Finally! Nigel has saved the day!!!!! Now and then… All I can think of is a mini-skirt and go-go boots for Haley. Is that wrong?

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 29th, 2011
9:59 am

Rickster, I agree! Not only the stomping on the stage, but also the laundry pile outfits!

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
10:07 am

Good date, mates.

Have you noticed that depending on what the judges say determines how gets the most votes. No doubt with Randy speaking on Casey always growling he would be in the bottom. I knew he would be voted off.

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
10:41 am

Pitchy…isn’t it just possible that the voters hold some of the same opinions as judges rather than the judges “manipulating” our thinking.

If you are not a sheep and I’m not a sheep why do you think the rest of the viewers are sheep who follow the judges blindly without thinking for themselves?

I knew Casey was going but it had nothing to do with anything the judges said. His song was not well known and badly done. He was a lock for the bottom 3 before the judges even opened their mouths.

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
10:43 am

@Deirdre – of course, of course they do. I just happen to believe that the judges do sway many of the votes simply by what they say.

I knew Casey was going but it had nothing to do with anything the judges said. How do you know that???

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
10:52 am

I also believe the same is done on DWTS. I think it makes sense to a certain degree to listen to the knowledge of the “accomplished” dancers (JUDGES). No doubt they know more about technique and performance than we we mere mortals knows (tongue in cheek). Expertise critique, combined with layman knowledge and a person’s favorite, probably does determine a person’s vote.

G

April 29th, 2011
10:53 am

Scotty “should” be the safest. All he’s going to do is a past and present country song. However, America may have gotten bored with Scotty’s box country and hop on board with Lauren. I think James really took a strong hold of the lead and it’s his to lose. Gogo boots on Haley next week could be her saving grace again. I think she’s captured the little green hearts of the male tweeners. Then there’s Jacob and vote for the worst. All I’ll say about that…..is Casey was on their list this week, and now it’s Jacob. If any of that plays a role, I think Scotty’s on the chopping block and possibly a surprise ousting next week. Personally, I can do without Scotty in the mix. He never brings anything new to the show.

JTesla

April 29th, 2011
11:04 am

Comparing what is left to what I predicted, my top 13 predictions (I had Casey at 1):

2. Lauren
3. Jacob
5. Scotty
7. James
11. Haley

Yes, I really am that BAD at making predictions regarding Idol. I think the only elimination that I have called is Stefano, but let’s face it, if you say someone’s name for 4 weeks straight eventually you get it right.

What is interesting is that now my favorites are James and Haley with Jacob and Lauren being my least favorite. Flip flop of the list.

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
11:04 am

Pitchy…check out the live performance thread(not the coveritlive part but the regular blog). I announced just before or after the show started that Casey would be going home. I don’t know how I knew…I usually don’t know, but I just felt that Casey’s style had run its course.

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
11:07 am

IMO, most people just vote for what they like…and sometimes they vote against what they don’t like. I don’t think the judges make that much of an impact on voting. Mostly the judges just seem to piss people off.

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
11:09 am

I hear you!!!

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
11:10 am

And, sometimes they vote to show the judges they disagree with whatever it is they may have said!

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Which is kinda sad. What the judges say isn’t the singer’s fault. Why should he/she be punished for it?

To me, I get annoyed when someone uses the judges as an excuse. If you don’t want to vote for someone, don’t vote for him…but don’t tell me it’s because of the judges…that’s a cop-out.

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
11:18 am

@Deirdre – if you’re still talking to me, I’m not saying it’s solely because of the judges. I’m just saying I believe they have a way of swaying the viewers’ mind. This is my opinion and I have to stand by it.

Mercedes S.

April 29th, 2011
11:29 am

Agree with Pitchy. Simon hated Siobhan and his harsh words affected the voting.

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
11:42 am

Don’t agree with that either. Siobhan had her faults and was as outside the box as Casey. Outside the box people do not win on Idol….Taylor Hicks is the exception that proves the rule.

JTesla

April 29th, 2011
11:45 am

I feel that the judges do make a minor impact on voting, perhaps not among the blog people, but among other viewers. How close were the 6 in terms of votes? If the gap is small enough, even a minor influence by the judges would have an impact between who is 6th and who is 5th.

With that said, it doesn’t really matter. Because that is what they are there for!!!!!! They are there to judge, they aren’t Umpires, and they haven’t taken an oath to look out for the best interest of the viewer. The worst part of this season was when the judges didn’t judge and just said nice things. That was a train wreck that thankfully has been somewhat averted. Even Steven said something negative. It was beautiful!

Sticky

April 29th, 2011
11:49 am

I’m excited about next week’s theme! Should be interesting to hear the 2 different styles in one show. I’m also looking forward to some stellar duets from the 60’s in the results show (at least Stefano is gone, otherwise it could be a serious cheese-fest).

Deirdre

April 29th, 2011
11:50 am

And I just want to point out that Simon HATED Taylor Hicks. Hated him!!!!!!!

Sticky

April 29th, 2011
11:50 am

I do hate the thought of Jacob dueting with anyone because he’s so over the top and kills the balance. Really tired of hearing Lauren and Scotty together; mix it up Idol!

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
12:12 pm

Taylor had to plead with Simon to say yes in his audition.

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Sam-A

April 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

I believe that when Simon was on the show, at least in the early rounds, the judges did have something of an influence on voting, which fell off when we reached the top 4 or 5. But these clowns, I don’t think many are influenced by the “that was beautiful” crap thrown at every contestant no matter how bad the performance was. I feel like if ST says “beautiful” one more time, and JLo parrotts him, I’m gonna throw the tv out the window! Even Randy has been influenced by the two lovefesters and now everything is just hunky dory with him too. He started out a lot better, but has sunk to their syrupy level now.

Rodney Ho

April 29th, 2011
12:49 pm

Listening to Casey’s farewell press conference. Fun times! Will provide summary soon!

Neg''s back for Crystal

April 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

Looking back again at last night, has any Idol ever been more completely relaxed on stage than Crystal? She’s so at ease, so at home in front of the mic, and has such a wonderful tone quality in her voice, it’s difficult for me to imagine anyone from the current crop delivering live with that kind of authenticity.

Rickster™ © ®

April 29th, 2011
1:14 pm

How many growls? :-)

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

@Neg – didn’t you say exactly that a few months ago???

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
1:33 pm

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
1:35 pm

Just didn’t want to go along with the hype anymore that we couldn’t type the word. I had a feeling so BAM (lol)…

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
1:42 pm

Oops, sorry, wrong blog for those 2 posts.

JTesla

April 29th, 2011
2:23 pm

There shall be no other blog!

Pitchy ™

April 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

I know, I know, JTesla. Feel like I’ve sullied the blog (lol)…

DS

April 29th, 2011
2:37 pm

This scotty obsession is beyond me. the kid “scoops” his notes..(aka, builds up to them by sliding).. and the flute mic, booger flipping, sideways head stuff….NONE of that is good stage presence..

I know he will be great one day, but he needs a vocal coach, someone to help him pick better songs..(elvis week).. and stage presence coaching.. THEN he will be worth hearing.. until then, i cant bear to watch, its pitiful.

he is gonna be great, i know that.. but he isnt yet… the best thing would be for him to have been voted off early, and worked as an artist to be what everyone THINKS he is…he WILL BE THOSE THINGS.. but he isnt yet.

Jubie

April 29th, 2011
5:46 pm

Deirdre, i think Simon’s hatred for Taylor Hicks made him win by making him the underdog, it got so bad. I remember that.

DS, none of these young folks are as good as they will be. I think all of them will be in good.

REDROSE

April 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

Regarding Taylor Hicks. I recently read an article stating that he made $4 MILLION dollars last year. Not too bad considering all the bloggers who say he is the worst winner ever. It was his engaging personality as well as Simon consistently putting him down that were part of the reason he won.
BTW – his live shows are very entertaining and full of energy.