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Idol bits: ‘X Factor’ highlights, Kelly Clarkson goes platinum

Go Panda! CREDIT: Fox

Go Panda! CREDIT: Fox

Just sped through three hours of “X Factor” this morning.

Here are some of my favorites:

- Vino Alan. The dude with the tattoos and 15 year old son has soul and sang “Trouble” with conviction.

- Tate Stevens. The country guy has a warm voice and joy in his heart. He looks a little rough around the edges from a marketing standpoint, though.

- Ally Brooke. She sings a Jaci Velaquez Christian song beautfully. I liked it.

Great harmonies here with Sister C:

Panda Ross is a character, with panache and that’s what the “X Factor” is about. And she can sing, too. She was easily the most memorable from Wednesday night:

Jessica Espinoza (”Nobody Knows” Pink) looks a bit like Kelly Clarkson. She does sing with conviction and ends Wednesday’s relatively strong night on a high note.

Thursday night was much less edifying but there was a lot of lightning – literally.

Julia Bullock (”Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People) has the look and a good style. Oh, yah. And a pretty voice. Bye bye, her band:

Otherwise, the night was a loss in terms of talent.

- Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” has been certified platinum, which means 1 million albums shipped. That doesn’t happen very often anymore.

- Phillip Phillips‘ “Home” is being used in an American Family Insurance ad. I hope Phillip gets some of that money! The song is gaining airplay but slowly, so it’s at No. 32 on Mediabase 24/7. On the Hot AC chart, it moves up to No. 9.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side” peaked at No. 19 on the top 40 chart and No. 7 on the Hot AC chart and is slipping off while Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” peaked at No. 2 on the top 40 chart and is now at No. 5.

On the Christian chart, Mandisa’s “Good Morning” is at No. 24 and Jason Castro’s “Only a Mountain” at No. 25.

Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” moves up to No. 7. Casey James, who was at the North Georgia State Fair last night in Marietta, climbs to No. 25 with “Crying on a Suitcase.”

- Lee DeWyze, season 9 winner, is actually touring. But he’s not coming to Atlanta. I know. You’re disappointed, too.

- Steven Tyler says his move to “Idol’ caused tension with his band. And he’d like to be a mentor down the road.

- Casey Abrams‘ new video for “Simple Life.” The man clearly needs a barber but doesn’t care, does he?

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

33 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
12:16 pm

made some movie comments on “Idol feud” thread

DanJ

September 21st, 2012
12:38 pm

Tate Stevens looks like a bouncer I once ran into but I mentioned it before I think he’s the best male country contestant I’ve heard on any show. Even LA Reid gave him some love.
Rodney you didn’t mention Diamond White but for 13 I thought she was good. Personally I hope she doesn’t make it due to her age. She’s not ready for the pressure! I also thought Louis did a good job filling in for Simon.

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
1:06 pm

This is the way to watch X-Fcator – thanks for screening, Rodney. Liked all your choices, except for Ally Brooke.. have seen too many like her. Favorites: Tate Stevens and Jessica Espinoza.

Woodpappy

September 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

Man, hate we are gonna miss out on the Lee DeWyze tour.

Rodney Ho

September 21st, 2012
1:55 pm

@Woodpappy. I’ve been crying about it all day.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
2:37 pm

When I saw the headline “Kelly Clarkson goes platinum” _ I thought you meant she colored her hair!

And speaking of hair… what’s up with Casey Abrams? Is he auditioning for a remake of “American Werewolf in London?”

I miss Warren Zevon.

Rodney Ho

September 21st, 2012
2:51 pm

Casey Abrams and a shaver clearly are not friends. Maybe he could join “Survivorman’!

G

September 21st, 2012
2:55 pm

Yeah, Diamond White was pretty good. With more training, there’s no telling how far she can go.

Did I mention that I love Panda!!!! I think that all she wanted to do is perform for Simon and probably meet him. I think that once she meet’s him in person, she will be at peace. I don’t think winning the competition is a goal for her. Anyway…………GO PANDA!!!

Dum-Bass

September 21st, 2012
3:18 pm

Tried for the third time to watch and get interested in X Factor. Lasted about 15 mins. this time. Still too much about the judges. Also, too much story telling and melodrama. Give me 4 or 5 more new auditions and drop the “babble”. AI does not waste a lot on extraneous time on sympathetic backgrounds. I swear in one 15 min. segment I saw every facial expression that BS and SC could possibly muster. XF just does not grab me, and hold me.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

Vocally, Vino reminded me of Josh K from last year and Panda reminded me of Clarence Clemmons.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
4:03 pm

And Tate Stevens (if that ain’t a name for a country star, I don’t know what one would be) reminded me vocally of Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn.

He could record right now.

JTesla

September 21st, 2012
4:03 pm

Casey would blend in perfectly in the Pacific Northwest. Heck we have guys, sporting better beards than he has, naked in our airports.

Woodpappy

September 21st, 2012
4:13 pm

Casey keeps going he is going to give Sasquatch a run for his money.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
4:54 pm

Hope everyone has a great weekend. “See” you on Monday.

(And hello Sakura, wherever you are.)

Seth T

September 21st, 2012
5:04 pm

The formula for X-Factor: What you get to see after editing —
1. Wierd enough to watch for a laugh.
2. Strange enough for shock value.
3. Some to use for stinging critical remarks by Simon.
4. Back stories/side stories for pre-selected contestants – for drama & interest.
5. Notes on Simon’s desk for questions to lead-into the side-story they are going to embellish – “so you’re dropping the band”
6. Notes for Simon and L.A. on the pre-audition screenings of “contenders” the producers and scouts “prefer” to get through the audition process into the next step for casting.

Obviously the actual Judges have not auditioned thousands of people per city – it would take months. The pre-info lets them film an array of different acts and then edit-in what they want for now.

The talent shown so far this year is much better than last year, so like the show better so far. Adding Khloe Kardashian as a host though, is another clear sign that celebrity is far more important than talent.

Rodney Ho

September 21st, 2012
5:08 pm

MJ says Johnny Keyser is back on “Idol” for season 12. I thought he wuz robbed season 11.
http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-12-spoilers-chicago-auditions-are-underway-who-auditioned.htm

Highlander

September 21st, 2012
5:32 pm

Didn’t click to watch the video of Casey’s “Simple Life” cause I didn’t want to see all that Pantene hair blowing in the wind.

Are we absolutely sure that’s a music video?? From the still it looks more like Casey’s doing an updated version of Jeremiah Johnson.

Sierra

September 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Also in Idol news this week, Kris Allen & RCA have “parted ways,” which almost always means that the label has decided not to exercise its option for another album.

Mercedes S.

September 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Morning! Ad what a locely cool way to start the day – 48 degrees!
Anyobody watch the Emmys last night?
Loved what Julianne Moore was wearing… and Ginnifer Goodwin.
And Lena Headey, Julie Bowen, Claire Danes, Kerry Washington, Emily VanCamp, Lucy Liu and Nicole Kidman.
Best tux – Jim Parsons.
Awards good too.

Rickster

September 24th, 2012
8:39 am

Actually had to use the seat warmers this morning!! :-)

Was driving in and listening to the radio and heard a commercial for American Family Insurance… their background song was “Home” by Px2.

Rickster

September 24th, 2012
8:52 am

The Emmys were on last night?

You mean I missed a bunch of self-absorbed, highly elitist people who think they’re better, smarter and more elightened than me and believe that my failure to recognize their brilliance is just proof that what they believe about me is true sitting around and handing out awards to help improve their self esteem by telling themselves how wonderful they are?

Darn.

Mercedes S.

September 24th, 2012
9:16 am

Rickster – how very wrong you are! What struck me about the winners yesterday was how grateful and humble they were and how much the actors and directors/producers said they owed the WRITERS of their shows…

Deirdre

September 24th, 2012
10:12 am

Heading back to the east today. Have a good one and I’ll chat with you tomorrow.

Harriett

September 24th, 2012
10:25 am

Hey, everyone! I am back today from a week on the SC coast. What a great time to be at the beach! Of course, for me, I will take the beach any time of the year. Love that place! But, alas, back to the real world for a few days. I will be off again on Friday.

It doesn’t look like much has been going on. I watched XF too and agree with Rodney for the most part. Watched The Voice, too, but will probably not follow it too far into the season. I like the blind auditions, but beyond that, not too much.

Harriett

September 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Mercedes, I did not get to watch all of the show, but was very impressed at the humility and gratitude as well. I had company who was watching the football game, but I kept toggling back to the show during timeouts. Not satisfactory at all, but, oh, well.

Sam-A

September 24th, 2012
11:58 am

Harriett, there you go again with all that “I’m at the beach…” yadayada! Good way to make enemies with landlocked people who haven’t seen a beach in 5 years!!!!!

Rickster

September 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

Remember when Kathrine Heigel turned down an Emmy nomination for her role as Izzyie?

Remember how she said that she didn’t think she’d been given good enough lines/plot etc. to justify
the nomination?

Remember how she had a career before that?

The actrons do.

No wonder they’re so effusive in their gratitude to the writers and all the “little people” who help them.

JTesla

September 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

I thought Kathrine Heigel had a career back then because it was before all those movies she did that just weren’t really all that good.

Harriett

September 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

Sam-A, and here I thought you’d be happy for me! ;)

I never let living in Atlanta keep me from visiting the SC coast, though.

Sam-A

September 24th, 2012
2:26 pm

When you’ve got a C0ckat00 and no where to put her, you don’t get to travel a lot. Since my Mom went into Dementia about 3 years ago, haven’t had anyone willing to take on the big white noisy bird. The little Poodle, everyone wants to keep. So, it’s up to Highlands, NC to my Aunt’s house a couple times a year – boring after awhile. And the bird is only 32 – they can live 70-100 years! So no hope in the near future (let’s say “while I’m still alive”)

oops – in mediation – copied and changed the bird species – crazy the check Nazi can’t differentiate the difference.

Harriett

September 24th, 2012
2:55 pm

Aww, Sam, that is too bad!

Sam-A

September 24th, 2012
3:28 pm

Anyway, I know you have a lovely time – I’d love to be sitting at a nice beachy restaurant right on the water eating fresh fish and enjoying ocean breezes! At least Highlands is always 10-15° cooler than ATL! That’s refreshing anyway. And I need a tan desperately. Don’t do face, bur sure need a little color on my arms and legs!

Harriett

September 24th, 2012
5:07 pm

Well, I wish I could, Sam, but I have already been and am back today. Time to run.