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‘Idols Live’ season 10 tour at Gwinnett Arena: the kids are all right

Last year, I got Lee DeWyze to look into my camera (or close enough). I was in the fifth row. I was much further away this time around in Section 116 but again, I got the winner to (kinda) look at me. Thanks Scotty! CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.om

Last year, I got Lee DeWyze to look into my camera (or close enough). I was in the fourth row. This time around, I was much further away in Section 116 but again, I got the winner to (kinda) look at me from about 50 feet away. Thanks Scotty! ALL PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.om

“I’m home! Nothing beats the Georgia sky!”

That was Lauren Alaina’s joyous greeting to the sold-out Georgia crowd at the Gwinnett Arena Tuesday night.  And it was hard to beat the depth and breadth of season 10’s talent. This year’s victory lap of a concert tour proved that across the board, from R&B (a not-too-screechy Jacob Lusk doing a fine Luther Vandross) to hard rock (a captivating James Durbin) to jazz (Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart sparking with “Moanin’ “) to dance pop (Naima Adedapo pulled off a far better “On the Floor” than J. Lo, though that’s not saying too much from a vocal standpoint.)

While I shot photos from my seat as you can see below, Robb Cohen took some amazing professional shots from the pit here. The best one is James Durbin flying through the air.

The audience included plenty of girls, ages 5 to 15; parents; and grandparents – the core audience nowadays for “American Idol.” There was a paucity of people who normally attend concerts in the age range of 15 to 35. Yet it’s always amusing to watch 70 year olds boogeying to a Guns ‘n Roses or Muse cover by Durbin. Durbin’s only misstep for me was uttering the word “Hotlanta” but he was the only person who did it tonight.

The crowd reacted strongly to the guys more so than the ladies, save for Lauren. Even Paul McDonald’s single solo cover of “Maggie May” got more audience noise than anything Pia Toscano did, though she was on stage significantly more and even threw us her so-so single “This Time.”

I enjoyed how they mixed the orders up and throwing in more group sings. It was less predictable than usual though just as scripted. It didn’t feel as dragged out as last year, though that has more to do with the talent. The show was about the same length: two hours, 20 minutes, with an intermission. The tri-level stage was simple, the back-up band proficient (and acknowledged only by Paul and Casey), the sound loud (and sometimes blaring) and the LED screens entertaining enough. Those screens even featured lyrics, matched up in sync with the music, as in Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone,” sung by Scotty (improvisation certainly not allowed in that case.)

Near the end, Scotty appeared and noted that he had seen his favorite baseball team the Atlanta Braves last night. And because there was a lengthy rain delay, he got to go into the back and meet the guys. He even got a picture, he said, with Chipper Jones!

Interestingly, outside, in past years, Q100 and Star 94 had tents promoting “Idol.” This year? The only radio station that bothered was country station Kicks 101.5.

Unfortunately, this was the best solo shot I got of Lauren, who wore cowboy boots all night, not those wedges she had on earlier in the day. She moved fine.

Unfortunately, this was the best solo shot I got of Lauren, who wore cowboy boots all night, not those wedges she had on earlier in the day. She moved fine. She had recorded five songs in Atlanta the day before and her voice was not in tip top shape. At times, the band swallowed her vocals during "Flat on the Floor" though she sounded much better on her single "Like My Mother Does."

Casey Abrams and James Durbin were most prone to goof around on stage, kind of like David Cook and Michael Johns season 7.

Casey Abrams and James Durbin were most prone to goof around on stage, kind of like David Cook and Michael Johns season 7.

Unlike like last year, Gwinnett Arena was packed from the floor to the ceiling.

Unlike like last year, Gwinnett Arena was packed from the floor to the ceiling.

Pia Toscano in emoting classic diva pose.

Pia Toscano in emoting classic diva pose.

Jacob Lusk pointing while channelling the late great Luther Vandross.

Jacob Lusk pointing while channelling the late great Luther Vandross.

Didn't you wish these two were a couple?

Didn't you wish these two were a couple?

James Durbin rips apart Guns 'N Roses.

James Durbin rips apart Guns 'N Roses.

With so much talent and interesting personalities, young Thia Megia, despite her fine voice, is a bit of a cipher.

With so much talent and interesting personalities in the top 11 this year, young Thia Megia is a bit of a cipher despite a fine voice and sweet smile.

Naima Adedapo was cleaning toilets at a Milwaukee sound stage a year ago. Now she's rocking arenas with her African dance.

Naima Adedapo was cleaning toilets at a Milwaukee sound stage a year ago. Now she's rocking arenas with her African dance.

Stefano Langone impressed me with his "Grenade" but his Usher routine went a bit over the top when he took his shirt off. Not sure if that helped him in any way.

Stefano Langone impressed me with his version of Bruno Mars' "Grenade" but his Usher routine went a bit over the top when he took his shirt off. He's not Situation.

Scotty was center stage, at least 100 feet from me, yet is he looking my way again?

Scotty was center stage, at least 100 feet from me, yet is he looking my way again?

Whether you like his vocals or not, Paul has amazing charm and stage presence and he got the Gwinnett audience on its feet.

Whether you like his vocals or not, Paul has amazing charm and stage presence and he got the Gwinnett audience on its feet.

Some cool group singing outfits with Pia, Haley, Naima and Thia.

Some cool group singing outfits with Pia, Haley, Naima and Thia.

Casey James working the crowd. He may not always be the cleanest singer but he loves it on stage and has a maturity beyond his years.

Casey Abrams working the crowd. He may not always be the cleanest singer but he loves it on stage and has a maturity beyond his years.

An amusing sign I saw on the back of someone's Volkswagon in the parking lot. Wonder what the back story is?

An amusing sign I saw on the back of someone's Volkswagon in the parking lot. Wonder what the back story is?

The woman behind me kept yelling how she loved every single singer and proved it by dancing around. In this case, it's during Scotty's "Gone."

The woman behind me kept yelling how she loved every single singer and proved it by dancing around. In this case, it's during Scotty's "Gone."

Earlier in the day, Lauren posed with her aunt Kim and cousin Holly, outside the arena.

Earlier in the day, Lauren posed with her aunt Kim and cousin Holly, outside the arena.

And here’s the finale medley of “Here I Go Again,” “Faithfully,” “Walk This Way” and a mashup of “Any Way You Want It” and “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ ” You can hear the lady who I just pictured above yelling “I love you Paul!” and such. And watch Scotty join James and Casey in some goofy dance moves:

129 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
2:24 am

Looks like a great concert for the Idol fans. Thanks Rodney.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
7:34 am

Rodney…great pictures! It looks like this year’s tour is a lot more fun than last year’s. How would you rank it compared to the other tours you have seen?

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
8:16 am

It’s definitely reflective of the goodwill a particular season has. It was as fun as season 7, I fathom. That was one of the best ones, I thought. The chemistry among the 11 was key, along with the variety they provided.

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
8:17 am

Oh, and in the video, you’ll see Lauren even jumped off the second tier to the first during the finale without messing up her ankle. She’s 16! She likes to tempt fate!

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
8:20 am

Loved the video. It was even more perfectly cheesy than the televised group sings.

This is clearly a talented group of singers and Idol did a good job gathering talent for season 10. Let’s hope they have learned from this group and will give us even more talented singers for season 11.

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
8:37 am

Okay, I’m not getting all the pics or the video…WTF?

Rickster

July 27th, 2011
8:40 am

I’m not seeing any video either, Branch. It’s not just you.

Woodpappy

July 27th, 2011
8:40 am

Would have loved to have gone to the local concert but had to work. Thanks Rodney for bringing us the insight and great pictures.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
8:43 am

The video is off on my computer, too although I did get a chance to see it before it went away. But I have all the pictures.

I especially like the “You are very rude…..” picture. Someone got really p.o.’d in the parking lot!

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
8:45 am

And the woman in the picture who kept screaming I Love You at every Idol needs to start embracing her adulthood.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
8:46 am

Can Pia sing without squatting?

Harriett

July 27th, 2011
9:14 am

Hi fom the beach, everyone! Rain the past two days, but plenty to do here otherwise (like eat).

Thanks for posting the concert details, Rodney.

LOL@D!! “without squatting” LOL!

IdolFan

July 27th, 2011
9:26 am

I loved the concert. However, why did we see so little of James? Lots of song with the girls as a group, but not one with the guys. I thought they really left James out of the mix. : (

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
9:27 am

Glad to know it’s not just me, Rickster. Thought I was going crazier there for a moment.

As for Pia—-mama mia! She can squat anytime as far as I’m concerned. For real. ;-)

Harriett, I will take rain at the beach over sunshine anywhere else!

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
9:31 am

What video??
And I think the Jersey boy is known as THE SItuation…

With the girls so glammed up, why the logger outfit, knit cap and all, for James?

Even though I couldn’t see the Idols move, enjoyed the pix! Especially appreciate restraint re Haley pimping. Thanks, RoHo!!

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
9:34 am

There’s a quirk in Wordpress where if I toggle between HTLM and Visual, YouTube embed codes will disappear. I have no clue why! And that’s what happened. I just got the video back.

smitr

July 27th, 2011
9:34 am

Amazing concert! Loved every minute of it. Rodney, I was also in Section 116 and liked it much better than being on the floor really close to the stage for the Idol concert two years ago. It was MUCH louder down there, and we were deaf for a week afterwards! I wish my camera had a better zoom on it, but we got a few good shots. Stefano was really good, loved Naima’s “Floor” performance, and we loved James’ version of Uprising. I was probably one of those 50 somethings you were talking about up on my feet and gyrating wildly. What fun! I’m really glad we went. Those are some seriously talented kids!

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
9:39 am

Good observation Deirdre–Pia has to stop squatting so much. It’s her only “move.”

Woodpappy

July 27th, 2011
9:40 am

Yeah, I got no video either…but enjoyed the pix. Looked back at the previous post and realized what a pretty woman Haley really is. Neg was on to something way back when. (tip of the hat to you Neg).

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
9:51 am

Since Rodney was not a Haley fan during the season, I just have to assume that Haley exhibits a bright enough personality that it makes taking pictures of her worthwhile. That says a lot about her viability in the business. Dullness begets boredom, therefore I think we can pretty much say goodbye to Pia(despite the inordinate amount of pimping on Idol’s part) and Thia. Pretty is nice, talented is good but a personality is required.

I’m happy with all the pictures…particularly like the one of Naima. The African dancing didn’t work very well on Idol but it looks like it was fun to watch during the tour. Good for Naima!

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
9:57 am

Stefano….what can I say about Stefano? Looks great without a shirt but….what’s that got to do with singing?

While Paul is talented and certainly a lot more experienced than the other Idols, I don’t think his music belongs in an arena. A smaller venue would suit him much better.

Jacob looks like he’s having a good time.

I love Casey but I think I’d love a cleaned up Casey even more.

Love James, too but the knit cap look is getting old…at least I hope it is.

Scotty and Lauren just seem to have disappeared in this talented field.

Sam-A

July 27th, 2011
10:36 am

But, Deirdre, I don’t remember seeing a whit of “personality” in Haley all year. All that sassing back to the judges surely can’t be considered “personality”. I thought she just seemed sullen and pouty most of the season. She looks ok, but one of the close-up pictures shows a pretty bumpy complection – not that Neg would even notice!

Sam-A

July 27th, 2011
10:37 am

That would be close up pics from the hospital thread.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
10:44 am

Meeeeoooww reer fttt ftttt

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
10:53 am

Women are just more observant, JT. I hadn’t noticed Haley’s bumpy face before, but Sam-A, you’re spot on! “Sullen and pouty” – THAT I remember. Plus that abundance of teeth. I’ll stop now, not wanting to risk a Neg apoplexy.

Sam-A

July 27th, 2011
10:55 am

JT: At my age, believe me there’s no “rhrrrr” for Haley. I’m jealous of Jane Fonda, Paulina Porescova and Christie Brinkley – women who still look great after lots of years go by.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Paulina Porizkova, I used to have the poster. Oh and don’t forget Christina Hendricks and maybe Betty White… if you’re in that age group. ;)

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
11:04 am

To quote Lou Grant: She’s got spunk…I hate spunk.

To me, “personality” means that she has an opinion, a reaction, a response to events around her. We all have “personalities” on this blog. Can you imagine Pia on the blog? Each comment would just be a series of smily faces but no squat which apparently is the only “statement” she can make.

I probably would not have picked Haley as the winner if we hadn’t had only giggly Lauren and dull Scotty as competition. I’d go for vibrant and opinionated over dull and giggly any day.

Almost everyone had a good voice season 10 but it was the personalities I enjoyed. Casey, James, Haley, Naima, even Stefano and Paul, were a lot more interesting than Pia, Thia, Lauren and Scotty.

Jacob, while loaded with personality, seemed to believe that winning was his God-given right. Arrogance is not an attractive quality…she said, arrogantly

Sam-A

July 27th, 2011
11:05 am

JT!!!! I AM NOT IN MY 80’s!!!!! But, I agree, Betty White is a truly lovely, wonderful lady. Thanks for (sp) – I knew it wasn’t right, but got the gist across. She still looks amazing in her early 50’s. And Christie looks just about the same she did in her 20’s, and she not too far from 60!

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
11:14 am

Paulina is only 46… so maybe she isn’t looking so hot if she looks like she is in her 50’s. I joke, I know what you mean, and I agree those women do look fantastic,

However, I’m sorry, I refuse to accept you and Mercedes as the judges of female beauty. I don’t think either of you get it. Sorry to say that you two are not on the ‘Beautiful Female for the Blog to Discuss Committee’ (BFBDC).

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
11:29 am

So to sum it up, children- Scotty, Pia (who can only squat) and Thia are dull; Lauren is giggly; Haley is bumpy-faced, toothy, sullen and pouty; Jacob is arrogant; Paul is overmatched in arenas; Casey needs to clean it up; and James doesn’t know how to dress. And this was a GOOD season. Imagine the verbiage if these kids had not been able to sing!!! ;-)

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Branch…that would be season 9. And there was plenty of verbiage! ;-)

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
11:34 am

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) (in honor of Pia Toscano)

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
11:40 am

Don’t you mean Squatty Toscano?

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
11:48 am

Certainly, JT. And when she switches to the rap genre (hey, it could happen) she can be known as Squatty-T or maybe just Squat-T!

Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Shall we now call Pia “P-Squat” Toscano?

Branch Loveless

July 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

“P-Squat” … I think we have a winner!

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
12:20 pm

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
12:45 pm

“I refuse to accept you and Mercedes as the judges of female beauty”… ahem. in my previous life I helped judge beauty contests…add that to being a critic most of my adult life… ‘fraid I’m a lost cause, JT -

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
12:46 pm

Love “P-Squat’… just wish I’d been able to see the video so I could JUDGE for myself…

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

Heck, Mercedes just look at the pictures. If she’s singing, she’s squatting.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

And the video is back up……again.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Doh, I think Mercedes just did a hostile takeover of the committee chair.

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
1:30 pm

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
1:40 pm

Thanks for reminder, D. – checked out the video and there are TWO, not just one, squatters – Pia AND Haley. Pia’s squat is a frozen one, Haley’s of the up-and-down variety.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
1:53 pm

“Haley’s of the up-and-down variety”

Should I comment on that? No… no, I better not.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
2:09 pm

Or, in other words, Haley moves, Pia doesn’t. I think many people squat occasionally to emphasize the note or even the beat but Pia picks up a microphone, opens her mouth, bends her knees and sings. The only time she doesn’t squat is when the voice in her head says ‘move’, at which point she walks three steps, lifts the microphone, opens her mouth and bends her knees.

lisa

July 27th, 2011
2:10 pm

was there rooting for james my american idol such fun!!!! would have liked to see james hair and more flashy clothing but antics and voice well worth the price i paid cant wait to see him there by himself soon thought all were more seasoned except lauren voice was disapointment never thought she should have been anywhere near the final

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
2:44 pm

I’m waiting for James’s solo tour too, lisa. How was Lauren’s voice a disappointment? Screechy? Thin?

Robert

July 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

American Idol finds a lot of real talent but I’m getting a little feed up with it because the winners aren’t clearly the best singers.
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Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
3:03 pm

Rodney’s quote on Lauren’s voice:

She had recorded five songs in Atlanta the day before and her voice was not in tip top shape.

SimonSays

July 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

Told you Paul was the best. you just would never listen to me.

Rickster

July 27th, 2011
3:23 pm

I still don’t “get” Paul. :-)

Rickster

July 27th, 2011
3:30 pm

It’s not so much a squat as an “I gotta go to the bathroom” move to me. :-)

ileasa

July 27th, 2011
3:39 pm

Couple of quotes from my favorite vocal coach that covers AI Masterclasslady. This was her recap of the top 11. This was to Lauren: Plus a little bend in the knees will allow the soft palate to rise, thus liberating the throat muscles. This one to Pia: Have you not encountered the “knee-bending” plus “butt-squeezing” trick? As you approach your upper range, slightly bend those knees and squeeze the tush and watch the magic begin. Of course, this is taking into account that you are breathing diaphragmatically and maintaining a relaxed jaw and throat.

So the knee bends are the norm if you have been trained by a vocal coach.

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
3:46 pm

Deirdre…I am the woman in the pic who yelled “I love you” @ SOME of the idol contestants and just so you know I totally embrace my adulthood but also enjoy having a good time!! I was there with my children and we were having the time of our lives (they are 7 and 5 and it was their 1st concert). It’s ppl like you who making growing up so bland and it’s women like me who keep it real and exciting!! :) OAN: We were there as guest of Lauren Alaina and it was so much fun!! Thanks for the pics and the video!! Nice “meeting” you, Rodney!

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
3:49 pm

Hey QueenB… how you doin?

ileasa: “Have you not encountered the “knee-bending” plus “butt-squeezing” trick?”

Not as it relates to singing.

Sam-A

July 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

JT: Not sure guys should do the “double squeeze” – might endanger the “boys”.

ileasa

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

@JT The vocal coach said that, I thought it was funny. Oh and I have no idea what the squeeze would do for ya, as I can only sing off-key 99 percent of the time!

Rickster

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Ummmm Rodney…. could you cool it with the whole anti- “Hotlanta” thing? As a native Atlantan, this city will always be Hotlanta – not the hip-hop/rap/urban inspired “The ATL” which I think sounds stupid.

Thanks!

(We now return you to your regular blogging.)

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

What we learn from blogs…

So, if P-Squat does NOT bend her knees, she can’t hit those high notes? How come James and Adam don’t need to squat and squeeze??

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

And these days, with triple digit temps, it’s really HOT here

ileasa

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

@Mercedes From what I can tell if you dont do it the right way, you run the risk of damaging your voice. All I know of singing is what I have read at the vocal coach site. You might not have to bend the knees as much as Pia and Haley do, /shrug.

Keeping it Real

July 27th, 2011
4:25 pm

It is amazing to me that mediocrity of epic proportions can be considered “talent.” IMO Scotty may have a career in country, but none of the others will ever have more than a cult following. They just are not that good. Idol has got to do better in finding singers or they will become a non-entity sooner than later.

Glen

July 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

My wife and I went to the concert and thought it was great……..Now is not the time to criticize the performers. Idol contest is over…………..the music was great, loved the randomness of the performers. It was a terrific time………………Even though we are in our 60s, fun is fun, good music is good music……..best group of contestants collectively in the last 10 years…………

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

Glen…I concur!! FUN IS FUN no matter what age!! Glad you both had fun!!

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
4:43 pm

My husband is a trained singer and no one ever told him to bend his knees…plus Pia’s squat isn’t a bend…it’s a squat. It looks a lot more like she’s about to sit on a toilet.

QueenB and more power to you. Happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. When I go to a concert I like to hear the singers but that’s just me. I know I’m in the minority. To me, screaming “I love you Paul” would have been better during the applause instead of while the guy was trying to sing. Seems way more respectful. Again, that’s just me.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
4:47 pm

As far as making growing up bland…you’ll have to talk to my boys about that but I don’t think they ever found it bland. And since all I suggested was that you embrace your adulthood and said not one word about your parenting ability, I find it kinda insulting that you would make a judgment about mine.

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

Deirdre…You may need to re-read my post as I have no idea where I insulted your parenting. I did however flirt with the idea that maybe you need to loosen up and have a good time and that maybe your idea of embracing adulthood was by being dull and bland! I paid for my tickets and I can assure you I was NOT the only one dancing and yelling. I was simply having a good time and the music was loud enough that my occasional yell out didn’t interfere with anyone’s ability to hear Paul. When I go to a concert I like to have fun, but that’s just me!!! LOL Loosen up lady! Live a little…life’s too short to be so uptight! ;)

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
5:19 pm

QueenB…please look at the picture again…..are all the people around you dull and bland. Because you’re the only one dancing and yelling in the picture. I’m thinking there has to be some kind of happy medium between “dull and bland” and what you’re doing. Cuz it seems to me that Rodney commenting on your behavior twice during the course of this review kinda suggests that you stood out in the crowd. You are you….so be it. Go ahead and embrace your inner child.

And you just go on thinking what you want to think about me if it makes you feel better. No problem.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
5:32 pm

Judging from the picture, QueenB and Rodney sat in the fuddy-duddy section. We need more pictures of QueenB!

Now, let’s get back to discussing making magic with the “‘knee-bending’ plus ‘butt-squeezing’ trick”!

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

Girl fight! Girl Fight!

Mo Schreibman

July 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Nobody knows squat from a hole in the ground as my grandmother used to tell us so often that should I have gotten a nickel for each such utterance from this woman God rest her soul I could have purchased my wife two Mercury Marquis’ and had a spare for when she has one in the body shop whose kids we have put through college twice over already but do not get me started please.

Jean Deriso

July 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Wish I had been there. I went last year, but missed the best one. This year was a great year.

Deirdre

July 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

I won’t be around until late tomorrow. 3 hours difference if you catch my drift.

JTesla

July 27th, 2011
7:01 pm

Have a safe trip Deirdre!

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
7:29 pm

Enjoy the coast! It might be cooler there, D.!

Harriett

July 27th, 2011
7:58 pm

Peeking in again from the beach. Have fun, D. Mo, did I tell you I love you? You make my day when you show up!

I am with D in her point about annoying audience members. Applause time is the time for shouting,IMO. And, standing up in front of others is just rude! I had someone do that to me for almost an entire Bob Dylan concert and murder entered my mind.

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

Deirdre….I LOVE standing out in a crowd!! Seems to me you may just be a little jealous! LOL The people around me were family and it was just one picture you saw. Either way, I am me and will continue to be me and the people who know me LOVE me!! Rodney may have mentioned me twice b/c he saw that I knew how to have a good time. He stopped my husband after the concert and told him that he was glad to see ppl enjoying themselves, asked where we were from, and such. GET A LIFE LADY really!! It’s people like you that go through life wishing they could actually LIVE. I feel sorry for ppl like you and I’m sure your husband wishes you remove the stick that you apparently have inserted in your….well you know where….and be somebody instead of having to get on a blog and put others down! As far as you go Harriet, maybe from now on you should stay at home and just by the vidoe of the live concerts if you think for one second that people should wait until applause time before they “shout out”! You as well, need to remove that stick! I have fun everywhere I go so I sure hope I never run into BLAND ppl like you! OAN: JTesla…Thanks!! I’m glad to see that others know how to have a good time!!

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

Oh…and D, hope you HAVE FUN at the coast!! RELAX a little and live! I’m sure it will make your husband happier! ;)

Mercedes S.

July 27th, 2011
9:29 pm

The worst concert I’ve ever been to at Chastain was ruined for me, completely, by three idiot girls who insisted on jumping up and down, right in front of me, when Sheryl Crowe was singing. My friend and I left at the intermission, unable to understand the point of people enjoying themselves so selfishly that they spoil an event for others.

QueenB

July 27th, 2011
10:49 pm

Well, Mercedes S., that was probably the best thing for you to do! Some ppl have no business trying to hang out with people who are having fun. STAY AT HOME and don’t TRY to ruin it for us fun people! :)

Queen B's Biggest Fan

July 27th, 2011
11:08 pm

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JTesla

July 27th, 2011
11:54 pm

QueenD, I was with you until your 8:41pm post. At that point you came across as selfish and petty with the inability to understand and accept that not everyone is like or does like you. It’s ok really, but living and having fun usually don’t go hand in hand with trolling the internets.

Highlander

July 28th, 2011
12:15 am

“Ummmm Rodney…. could you cool it with the whole anti- “Hotlanta” thing? As a native Atlantan, this city will always be Hotlanta – not the hip-hop/rap/urban inspired “The ATL” which I think sounds stupid.” – Rickster, 7/27, 4:04pm

Rickster, “The ATL” doesn’t sound stupid. It just sounds like we all live at the airport. …Okay, so it DOES sound stupid! :D

Highlander

July 28th, 2011
12:27 am

“An amusing sign I saw on the back of someone’s Volkswagon in the parking lot.”

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Seth T

July 28th, 2011
2:24 am

I see in the Rolling Stone issue I got this past Monday – that some of the Idols are in the Top 40 Album Sales now. The albums are listed as “Season 10 Highlights”

James Durbin rocks into #38 – just under torch singer Haley Reinhart at # 37.

Lauren Alaina is at #35 – (former winner David Cook is at #26, with “This Loud Morning” release.

Scotty McCreery is ridin’ the Country at #19

Also interesting that Adele, known for the hit “Rollin’ in the Deep”, (that Haley did on Idol) still holds the #2 spot with her “21″ album, and also the #22 spot with her album “19″.

Nutmeg

July 28th, 2011
5:03 am

Friend of mine went to the concert (with her mom–so a 50-something woman and a 30-something woman). She said that Stefano really stole the show. I asked her why they had someone on the concert who hadn’t been on Idol, because she couldn’t possibly be talkin’ about THAT Stefano.

I actually agree that Paul, who may just be my favorite contestant this year, would do very well in smaller venues. I would *adore* hearing him someplace with a laid-back vibe. I really just love his voice. And teeth.

Naima is awesome, and the picture just confirms it.

Also, Thia should be released from her 19 contract… and snapped up by Disney. I really think she’d be perfect for their brand. Write a kiddie sitcom around her and watch the money roll in.

Nutmeg

July 28th, 2011
5:05 am

One more thing: boo insomnia.

Sam-A

July 28th, 2011
8:41 am

Man, after catching up on last night’s posts, I was reminded of a line George Harrison delivered in “Hard Day’s Night”: “Hold my coat, there’s going to be a barney”. A real ill winds blowing!

My feeling is that I’d like to see everyone have a great time. However at most concerts there are “stand up” times and “sit down” times. When I pay $175 to see Paul McCartney, I want to see him, not some big butt shaking in my face. And I want to hear his beautiful voice singing. Everone sings along with all these songs, but not to the point of drowning out the star. And the “I love…” yelling should be reserved for between songs.

It’s just a matter of respect for the artist and the fans.

Sam-A

July 28th, 2011
8:44 am

Maybe that was John in “HDN”.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
9:00 am

Well put, Sam-A.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
9:07 am

QB, your comments last night led me to believe you’re to kind of person who thinks it’s her God-given right to text and make phone calls in a movie theatre, irritating the heck out of the rest of the audience.

Sam-A

July 28th, 2011
9:20 am

Mercedes: don’t even get me started on movies.They are my beloved sanctuary, and I will stand up and tell someone to be quiet or turn off their phone, or take their whiny baby out of the auditorium. If they keep at it, I will go and get the manager to come and take care of the problem! I don’t subject phones/blabber/babies on other movie-goers, and don’t expect to be bombarded with them from others.

Woodpappy

July 28th, 2011
9:22 am

I remember one time and one time only, I bought floor seats for the wife and I at a Billy Joel / Elton John concert. I got to enjoy about the first 30 minutes of the concert. Then…these two drunk women in front of me began to dance and sing and poke and grab everyone around them during every song. I didn’t say anything at first but when the one directly in front of me sloshed her beer on me, well, as Sam-A wrote…hold my coat, there’s going to be a barney ! And it was…

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Sam-A and WP, it’s people like you who make me think there might be a future for our species after all!

Rickster

July 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Rodney’s pic of the rear window of that VW reminds me of a joke.

Guy walks into a bar, points to a guy at the other end and tells the bartender “I wanna buy that douche bag a drink.”

Bartender says, “It’s nice that you want to buy him a drink, but can’t you find a nicer term to use that that?”

Guys says… “He’s a douche bag! I wanna buy that douche bag a drink.”

Bartender: “Please sir, he’s a customer, and we respect all our customers in here.”

Guy: “I don’t care. I’m buying that douche bag a drink.”

Bartender: “Sir, if you continue to use that term, I’ll have to ask you to leave.”

Guy: “Just go ask the guy what he wants to drink.”

Bartender goes to the man and says, “The man at the other end of the bar wants to buy you a drink. What’cha having?”

Other guy says, “Vinegar & Water.”

Neg Haleysox

July 28th, 2011
10:28 am

The best and most thorough review of the Atlanta concert can be found at the Ledger-Enquirer:

HALEY REINHART

If I could change one thing about the concert, I’d have Haley perform an original song. Or at least a solo song that we didn’t see on TV. Among her noteworthy concert numbers: “Bennie and the Jets,” “The House of the Rising Sun” and the “Moanin’” duet with Casey Abrams. They were all great…but the greatness wasn’t too different from what we saw on TV. I’m ready to see her future musical direction, especially amid this report.”

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/07/27/1673208/american-idol-atlanta-concert.html#ixzz1TPTstuIW

Branch Loveless

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Okay, judges-how did you score each round of Queen D. vs. QueenB? ;-)

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
10:40 am

Queen D. is really Queen A. and therefore the supreme winner.

Woodpappy

July 28th, 2011
10:53 am

Thanks mercedes. I think it is just common sense and common courtesy.

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
10:56 am

LOOK…..I was neither DRUNK nor standing the whole time! You all saw ONE pic…REMEMBER THAT!!! Also, I don’t make calls during movies at the theatre nor am I selfish and petty with the inability to understand and accept that not everyone is like or does like me…fact is I really don’t care if people I will never meet like me or not. As far as trolling the internet..WTH are you talking about?? Rodney told my husband to look for his blog that there would be a pic of us having a good time. As far as my “8:41 post” goes, yes it was a bit rude but I was a bit offended by the post of such judgmental people. It’s okay to have an opinion about certain things but REALLY…does one need to be such an annoying pessimist who criticizes everything?? I still say GET A LIFE, however, I am over this! I HAD FUN and if I had it all to do over again I wouldn’t change one thing.

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Sam-A….thank you for making your point about the “stand-up sit-down” times. If you all will look at the picture above, notice the people in the next section to my right standing above me and my friend’s fiance standing to my right?? Well, maybe…JUST MAYBE…Scotty asked the audience to stand as did SEVERAL of the other performers. I was not alone standing, causing a scene, and singing. I was actually turned around smiling at my sister who was behind me.

Sam-A

July 28th, 2011
11:17 am

I’m not talking sides here – wan’t there, don’t know what happened. If QB was up all or most of the show, shouting and carrying on, I’d have gotten an usher. However, If it was occasional and (as she stated) “requested” by some of the performers – not so much of a problem.

I remember going in 2003 to a Sir Paul concert at the football stadium in Orlando with sister and friend, sitting on about the 15th row in front of lthe stage (on field), and being told we had to “stay in our seats for the whole show”. Of course, after a short time, everyone in the place was on their feet. We were royally pissed, and remain so to this day about that stupid edict. But when it’s time to sit and most of the audience is in their seats, the respectful thing to do is to sit down.

I don’t have a problem with standing, but don’t want a bunch of dancing around in front or beside me, and don’t want to be bumped into or stepped on, or especially, as Wood pointed out, have drinks poured all over me.

JTesla

July 28th, 2011
11:30 am

QueenB I just find it odd that someone that talks like they are a fun loving individual would need to resort to the bullying tactics that you used in your post last night. I agree with you that you should have fun at the concert, but continuing to lash out with personal attacks at Deirdre paints a picture of you that is different from how you describe yourself.

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Wow. I was not on this blog for a good 18 hours and I missed out on all the fun between Queen D and Queen B. Queen D is in flight right now to see her grandchild in San Jose so I can’t talk to her about how she felt. I had no problem with QueenB at the concert. Her exuberance didn’t bug me in the least. I was just amused by it all. But QueenB– Deirdre is our resident den mom here on this Idol blog. I respect her deeply and she has helped me out more times than I can count in terms of keeping this blog in order. She’s really a cool cat.

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2011
11:34 am

Anyway, new blog entry is now up about Lauren. If QueenB is still here, how was the post-concert meet and greet?

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

The meet and greet was great! All the idols we met were very cool and had no problem signing autographs for the children and taking pics with them. It was such a great experience for my children who said it was, “the best time” they ever had!

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

Thank you, Rodney, for clarifying my demeanor. I feel as if the picture may have misrepresented my behaivor. I did say that my post was a bit rude but I was offended by the comments being made about me and went into defense mode. Although, Deirdre’s comment about me “embracing my adulthood” was totally unnecessary and judgemental after only seeing that ONE photo of me.

Diana

July 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Queen, this whole blog will live and die for Dierdre, dont disagree with her, no matter if you are right (which i agree with you) she is the biggest bully on this blog, so over look her, I am glad you enjoyed yourself, i was there also, and I enjoyed myself too. You go girl!!!!

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

Thank you, Diana!

JTesla

July 28th, 2011
4:17 pm

Interesting Diana, but I, in essence, disagreed with Deirdre, as I have in the past, and look I’m still alive to write about it.

I still think we need more pictures of QueenB, if you can still rock the house after having two kids then you are ok in my book.

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

JT..thank you. I have 3 kids…the youngest just turned 8 mths on the 22nd. :)

Diana

July 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

Sorry Jtesla, you are correct, I have read you do that, my apologies.

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Deirdre

July 28th, 2011
6:31 pm

Starting to think this has more to do with holding a grudge and looking for an excuse.

I apologize to Queen B for a remark meant as a joke. I thought the picture was hilarious, you looked like you were having fun and, as I said earlier, more power to you. My remark was not meant to be malicious although it was apparently read that way. I responded in a childish manner to a perceived insult from you and should have just kept my big mouth shut.

Really…neither statement made by me or Queen B was worth all this crap.

Now please let Ms Dull and Bland enjoy her grandchild in peace and go dance and sing and jump and yell all you want. It’s a free country.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2011
6:32 pm

And Diana…. :-p~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

diana

July 28th, 2011
8:08 pm

I agree we missed James he did not get enough time to show his talents and great voice and fun presence cant wait to see a concert of his alone

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
8:19 pm

I have no reason to have to make excuses for my behavior to you or anyone else, Deirdre. And as far as you enjoying your grandchild goes…no one is hindering you from doing just that. And I completely agree with you on the fact that none of this was worth all this crap!! Enjoy your vacation.

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
8:20 pm

As Ryan Seacrest says……Seacrest (in place of my lastname) OUT!!!

Deirdre

July 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Well, thanks, Queen B aren’t you a sweetheart. Bless your heart!

QueenB

July 28th, 2011
9:49 pm

Bless your heart as well!

Highlander

July 29th, 2011
12:54 am

And the beat(down) goes on… :thumbsup:

Highlander

July 29th, 2011
12:55 am

Damn! The emoticon didn’t work!!

Lori

July 29th, 2011
1:24 am

Hi Rodney, Thanks for the great overview of the concert, but I was also in section 116, row E…. I thought the entire performance was just what any AI fan or newcomer would be happy and excited to see! Is it the Georgia way of mind that these people in prime seats just sat for most of the performance?!! My heart ached when I got up and realized not many persons in the front of our section were doing so,also. Even looking behind us, not many were standing… like Paul said, what’s up people?… you’re at a concert… get up! I held out… not wanting to block someone’s view, until James was up and I finally thought that I didn’t care if others behind us couldn’t see if they didn’t stand! My two daughters followed suit! We enjoyed the rest of the concert from there on out and stood, sang, and danced as we pleased… wow! just like we were at a concert!! The final 11 all gave us an awesome performance and I’m just sad that some attending may not have appreciated it as much as they could have, and for how much these artists deserved. Come on, people, didn’t you vote for at least one of them? If not, then why are you even here? Glad to say that you didn’t spoil our fun and we enjoyed the entire show! So sorry that we gave into peer pressure of not standing at the beginning…. leave it to James to bring us to our feet, finally. Please bring up more pictures of it, Rodney! Who was the guy recording in front of us? He seemed to have his camera on us alot….

may

July 29th, 2011
5:53 pm

It looks like most of the guys are a bunch of slobs. And has anyone noticed that whenever someone reviews James Durbin that talk more about his physical performance than is vocal performance?

JTesla

July 29th, 2011
7:06 pm

I didn’t realize that you could see us “may”. Oh wait, you can’t. Nonetheless, you look like a turnip.

QueenB

July 29th, 2011
7:32 pm

YAY for LORI!!! I am so glad you had fun too! That is what it’s all about!! :)