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American Idol Top 7 – Idol Gives Back

April 20, 2010

“Idol Gives Back is…back!  Alicia Keys is this week’s mentor which is actually a legitimate choice for a mentor for a change.  The contestants get to choose inspirational songs as this week’s theme and I hope that I feel inspired at the end of this show to give back tomorrow when the real performances happen.  I am definitely looking forward to this week’s 2-hour episode considering the contestants this year as a whole are quite blah considering there is such a clear favorite. Since past Idol Give’s Back  episodes didn’t eliminate anyone, could this be the case this week as well?”

The scores are based on vocal ability, appearance, song choice, personality, stage presence and impact out of a possible 30 points! EPIC (29-30) GREAT (27-28) GOOD (25-26) OK (23-25) FAIL (22 and below)

Here are the guy’s grades in order of performance:

Casey James 27

“Don’t want people to say, I like that song, I like him!”  That’s the type of mentor we want, someone who speaks wisdom.  Casey has always been consistent and I don’t think going first is a negative thing.  He’s in his comfort zone, guitar and microphone in the middle of the stage, nothing new.  Casey’s voice is on point as usual.  Its good, but all of the same thing really, nothing uber-spectacular but on par with the best of what you can expect from this season’s crop of singers!  Was I inspired?  Not really, but he’s been doing well so far.

Elimination: So-so (It was good but wasn’t great)

Lee Dewyze 29

Just on face value Lee could make an album tonight, but let’s see if the confidence and personality can come out tonight.  I really think that’s what can make the difference in his career and this song can prove it.  Outcome?  I think he did really good!  And for some reason the vulnerability in his voice and his eyes worked perfectly for this song.  In a way his shyness and lack of confidence actually translated well for the song.  Was I inspired?  Yes!  I believe he was that poor boxer..

Elimination: Very Safe (He’s in this for the long run)

Tim Urban 26

Mr Smiles and confidence! At this point does it really matter what he sings at this point.  It boils down to when his fans stop voting for him.  He started the song as if he was rushing but he eventually got into a bit more and I get how Alicia did think this song could be something he could record for himself, but I can’t deal with his pretty boy image.  Was I inspired?  Yes, he’s made it this far, he’s doing something right.

Elimination: So-So (Not the best feedback from the judges, but does that matter?)

Aaron Kelly 28

Interesting song choice and Alicia is basically saying that he can go either way with this.  Once again an interesting song choice that apparently he’s been singing forever.  Wow!  The arrangement wasn’t the best but I think this was his best performance in my opinion.  His vocals were on tonight.  Was I Inspired?  I think the song made me inspired to like him, if that makes sense.

Elimination: So-So (If Tim is sharing the teen vote with Aaron who’s going to win this week?)

Siobhan Magnus 28

This song has inspiration all over it and I hope she hits that money spot Alicia’s talking about.  I have always like what Siobhan can do with her voice but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Okay I was put off when she seemed like she was spitting into the microphone in the beginning but then it stopped and she did what made her standout among the competition.  I got semi goose-bumps and she made it work for me.  Was I Inspired?  Of course I was.

Elimination: So-So (Judges apparently didn’t hear what I did!)

Michael Lynche 28

Bring people on that ride Michael!  I thought it was crazy he was on his way out a few weeks ago but the judges save really put one of the better voices back in the mix.  Since this song is on his bucket list, I hope he nails it.  He made it his own and he made it work.  Was I Inspired? Yes.

Elimination: So-so (Another one I thought was go but the judges didn’t.  Hmmm?)

Crystal Bowersox 30

Alicia, Crystal is not just your favorite, she’s America’s favorite too!  This will be a first with no instrument but it really doesn’t matter at this point.  Pimp spot, best singer in competition and the one to beat!  And being last just proves she’s in her own league.  She has such a presence on the stage and I got choked up when she did.  Wow, powerful performance.  Was I Inspired? Yes to keep watching the show even though it’s obvious she is going to win.

Elimination: Very Safe (No question at all!)

My top 7:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Lee Dewyze
  3. Siobhan Magnus
  4. Aaron Kelly
  5. Michael Lynche
  6. Casey James
  7. Tim Urban

Final Thoughts: I’m back! So I said I was inspired earlier in the show but if I had watched Crystal first, nobody would have really compared.  She sings with so much passion that I believe her emotionally and that’s something that the other contestants lack.  Now anyone other than Crystal and Lee can be in the bottom 3 but most likely going home is Tim, for bias and obvious reasons that the judges didn’t like it.  But Casey’s place in the competition will be tested for his safe and somewhat forgettable performance that also got negative reviews.  Michael has been eliminated before so this may be his time and of course Siobhan and Aaron whom I thought did well, the judges didn’t like so there are a few things to consider, of which doesn’t matter if nobody gets eliminated tonight.

Result:  Casey, Aaron and Tim were in the bottom 3 and Tim was sent home.  America got it right!

Idol Gives Back Show:  I thought this years show was an overall dud.  Most of the celebrities were on the show for their own causes and the comedic numbers mainly Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Jonah Hill and Russell Brand were not funny at all and unnecessary considering this is a singing show.  The performances were okay but would have been better had they all benefited Idol Gives Back (Minus Carrie who said 36 cents would go to charity) and i don’t know how i feel about the producers use of footage from Africa to force me to give money for the cause.  Granted I probably will support the cause but it was so desperate how they did it.  It is nice to know where the money from previous Idol Give’s Back episodes is going to but i wish there was an actual site or document that states where all the money went because as much as they made an effort to show where our money went, it still doesn’t add up to the $70million + from the last Idol Gives Back.

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United World Charts March 6

February 28, 2010

“Regaining the top spot is Ke$ha and her chart topping hit, Tik Tok.  Dropping from the top spot outside the top 10 is the other Charity single by Artist’s For Haiti.  Japanese all-female theater group AKB-48 is the highest debut this week at number 3.  Continuing to dominate from album success is Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now which also climbs back into the the top 10.  Overall most of the singles in the top 10 are staying putting regaining their positions from the previous week”

Singles Chart:

1.  Ke$ha – Tik Tok (7 non-consecutive weeks)
2.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
3.  AKB-48 – Sakura Noi Shiori
4.  Owl City – Fireflies
5.  Artists For Haiti – We Are The World
6.  Black-Eyed Peas – Imma Be
7.  Iyaz – Replay
8.  Young Money feat. Lloyd – Bedrock
9.  Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
10. Lady Antebellum – Need You Know

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United World Charts February 27

February 21, 2010


Debuting at the top of the charts is one of two new entries for Haiti.  Everybody Hurts featuring the likes of Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Mika, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey beat out We are the World which featured the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Josh Groban, Mary J Blige, Pink and Celine Dion which only managed 6th.  Also new on the charts is Japanese boyband Kat-Tun debuting at number 4.  Black Eyed Peas was the biggest drop in the top 10 falling 4-8 while Black Eyed Peas also lose two songs from the top top, Meet Me Halfway and I Gotta Feeling”

Singles Chart:

1.  Helping Haiti – Everybody Hurts (1 week at Number 1)
2.  Ke$ha – Tik Tok
3.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
4.  Kat-Tun – Love Yourself
5.  Owl Cities – Fireflies
6.  Artists For Haiti – We Are The World
7.  Iyaz – Replay
8.  Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
9.  Young Money feat. Lloyd – Bedrock
10.Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

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United World Charts February 20

February 14, 2010

Ke$ha holds the top spot for another week.  The top 3 remain unchanged but charging up the chart from 10-4 is Black Eyed Peas with their new single Imma Be.  Black Eyed Peas fever continues around the world as they continue to chart 3 songs in the top 10.  Lady Antebellum jumps into the top 10 from 18 after their single increased in sales from the successful number 1 debut of their album on the US charts.”

Singles Chart:

1.  Ke$ha – Tik Tik (6week at number 1)
2.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
3.  Owl City – Fireflies
4.  Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
5.  Iyaz – Replay
6.  Lady Antebellum – Need You Know
7.  Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
8.  Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
9.  Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
10.Young Money feat. Lloyd – Bedrock

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United World Charts February 13

February 8, 2010

Ke$ha spends a 5th non-consecutive week at the top.  Black Eyed Peas now has 3 singles in the top 10 with their hits charting differently around the world.  The biggest debut this week is Tohoshinki while Young Money feat Lloyd also climb into the top 10.  Taylor Swift was the biggest entry last week after a surge of downloads from her hit Today was a Fairytale but this weeks drops all the way down to 32.  Justin Bieber suffers a similar fate falling 10-38.”

Singles Chart:

1.  Ke$ha – Tik Tik (5th week at number 1)
2.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
3.  Owl City – Fireflies
4.  Iyaz – Replay
5.  Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
6.  Tohoshinki – Breakout!
7.  Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
8.  Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
9.  Young Money feat Lloyd – Bedrock
10.Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be

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United World Charts Jan 29

January 31, 2010

“Ke$ha spends another big week at the top of the pack after breaking the weekly download record in the US.   The rest of the top 3 are in the same positions.  The tween downloads see Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber debut in the top 10, replacing Rihanna and Jason Derulo.  The rest of the top 10 drop a few spots.  How long can Ke$ha keep her hold of the charts?  With Grammys coming up this wekeend there should be a lot of movement on the charts next week from a slew of downloads of the biggest hits of the year!! Could an oldie make it into the top 10?  Find out…”

Singles Chart:

1.  Ke$ha – Tik Tik (4th week at number 1)
2.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
3.  Owl City – Fireflies
4.  Taylor Swift – Today Was A Fairytale
5.  Iyaz – Replay
6.  Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
7.  Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
8.  Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
9.  David Guetta feat. Akon – Sexy Bitch
10.Justin Bieber feat Ludacris – Baby

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United World Charts Jan 22

January 23, 2010

“After Ke$ha’s  album propelled Blah Blah Blah into the top 10 on downloads alone, it falls out of the top 10 replaced by Jason Derulo’s Watcha Say which has been moving up and down the charts.  Ke$ha does retake the top spot again from Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance for a third non-consecutive week.  The biggest climber in the chart was Owl City’s Fireflies, however the rest of the top 10 stayed put.  Spending their 32nd week in the top 10 is Black Eyed Pea’s I Gotta Feeling”

Singles Chart:

1.  Ke$ha – Tik Tik (3rd week at number 1)
2.  Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
3.  Owl City – Fireflies
4.  Iyaz – Replay
5.  Jay-Z featl Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
6.  Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
7.  Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
8.  David Guetta feat. Akon – Sexy Bitch
9.  Rihanna – Russian Roulette
10.Jason Derulo – Watcha Say