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American Idol Top 10 Boys

March 2, 2010

“Despite having less time to prepare this week due to the switch of nights, I felt for the most part the guys stepped up and a lot of them are standing out as potential front-runners and upsets.  The biggest fail this week were the judges.  Why do some contestants have to sing the original version while others need to change it up and make it new.  Hasn’t the latter been what American Idol is about.  David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert all did and they won, so what is going on?  I almost feel like they are either agreeing with their fellow judges or trying to say something different for the sake of saying something different.  If i were a contestant i would be so confused.  How can i get better if i get complete opposites with what I am being told.  Did i do good or was i bad?  Although the judges weren’t on top of their game this week, the boys were!”

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 guys grades in order of performance:

Michael Lynche 29

If last week was the supporting act, this week was the main show and a completely different person and performer.

John Park 24

He was definitely a lot better than last week but it was a safe and forgettable performance for someone who is trying to stand out.

Casey James 26

He is amazing on the guitar but was nowhere near the caliber of Elliot Yamin or Bo Bice!

Alex Lambert 29

This performance was night and day compared to last week and i predicted something like this could happen.  His voice rivals that of Jason Mraz and John Mayer, but can easily be identifiable if recorded.  I knew if he survived this week and got better with his stage presence he could do something good and that’s exactly what he did!

Todrick Hall 24

He took a different turn from last week.  Although he showed more of his vocals, his personality disappeared.  There were too many runs and he does too much to the song.

Jermaine Sellers 25

Jermaine had a good point about church.  I almost feel like the judges just don’t understand gospel/rnb voices.  I felt emotion I just don’t think he did the song justice.

Andrew Garcia 25

I didn’t get it.  Last week was more on the lines of what to expect from Andrew but the wrong song choice.  This week was just blah.  Has he already lost his flair?

Aaron Kelly 26

He had a weird vibration to his voice this week that kind of lingered all throughout.  More personality but vocally not as good as last week.  Didn’t see what the judges did!

Tim Urban 23

I still don’t get him.  I totally agree with Ellen here.  His voice is nothing different than we have heard before and if he stays it’ll be because of his looks because his voice is definitely not a reason.  His reaction to Simon’s comments were funny.  Sorry Tim, all Simon really said was that you were better than last week.. that’s not saying too much when 3/4 of your fellow competitors did too.

Lee Dewyze 27

This guy has a phenomenal voice and look and if there were pitchy parts, I didn’t hear them just because of the tone of his voice that makes it acceptable.   With or without his guitar he can do no wrong!

My top 10:

  1. Michael Lynche
  2. Alex Lambert
  3. Lee Dewyze
  4. Casey James
  5. Aaron Kelly
  6. Jermaine Sellers
  7. Andrew Garcia
  8. Todrick Hall
  9. John Park
  10. Tim Urban

Final Thoughts: Considering last week’s Joe Munoz was really the only one who had the least amount of TV coverage, that wouldn’t apply this week.  Instead it boils down to who stepped up the most.  Alex could have easily been in the next wave to go but his incredible improvement may have saved him at least for another week.  I think John Park and Tim Urban are the weakest among the bunch although both slightly improved over last week.   Falling in the category of doing too much are Todrick and Jermaine who could easily switch places with either of the two who I predict to be eliminated this week!

Update: John and Jermaine are out.  Tim stays another week?  Is this really looks or are people hearing something i don’t.  Both John and Jermaine are so much better singers but just didn’t make that connection with the audience.

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American Idol Top 12 Boys

February 24, 2010

“I guess Simon was right about the girls being better this year.  The problem with the boys was the lack of overall originality or star factor.  Even the favorites were either safe, too creative or over-sang their songs.  There was definitely a lack of confidence and a lot of nerves.  None of the guys really struck the right cord with me; however there were some who were able to rise above it al:”

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 girl’s grades in order of performance:

Todrick Hall – 25 Super-confident and completely changed up the song!  Points for being creative, but in this case, the original was way better!!

Aaron Kelly – 27 He has a big ole country voice, but he reminds me so much of Kevin Covais and I am trying to connect the image with the voice.

Jermaine Sellers – 24 Started rough and remained there throughout.  He showed a lot of personality but did too much with the song.

Tim Urban – 21 He started ok but fell apart with his horrible falsetto.  The song was way too big for him.

Joe Munoz – 24 He looked confident but his voice sounded so nervous and had a vibrating quality to it.  I don’t know if that’s really how he sings since this is the first full performance I have seen of him, but he has potential.

Tyler Grady – 24 Second-rate Jim Morrison wannabe and it came off as trying hard.

Lee Dewyze – 26 I liked the arrangement and although there were some rough patches, he showcased an amazing voice!

John Park – 23 Another rough start.  Too many nerves and although he kind of came back, It was too late!

Michael Lynche – 25 I wish he didn’t have the guitar because it looked like a prop.  He could have worked the stage instead.  He was good but it was a safe performance that stood out amidst the lukewarm group.

Alex Lambert – 23 He has a good voice but he seemed so uncomfortable and didn’t know what to do in front of the camera.

Casey James – 27 I thought his performance was somewhat overshadowed by Kara and what was going on in the judges panel.  Despite that he was definitely very good at tackling the song and did a really good job.

And the pimp spot award goes to…..

Andrew Garcia– 28 Of course, being my favorite contestant so far, I would be biased but I thought he did an amazing job.  The song choice was interesting and I felt like he picked the most random song to make work and he should have picked an easier song to take out of the park.

My top 12:

  1. Andrew Garcia
  2. Casey James
  3. Aaron Kelly
  4. Lee Dewyze
  5. Michael Lynche
  6. Todrick Hall
  7. Joe Munoz
  8. Tyler Grady
  9. Jermaine Sellers
  10. Alex Lambert
  11. John Park
  12. Tim Urban

Final Thoughts: The guys were definitely a weaker bunch and my favorites didn’t really shine as much as I would have liked to.  Andrew took the pimp spot as expected and although he picked an unusual song, I think he picked the right song to attract the attention of the younger audience as well as showcase his unique ability to make a song his own.  Aaron and Casey stood out among the bunch while John who was one of my favorites and Tim are the likely two who will leave in the elimination show.  Both picked the wrong songs and fell flat.  Alex should also worry because of his awkward performance but his strong and unique vocals could keep him around.

Update: Joe and Tyler are out! Surprise surprise!!  I guess it would make sense considering the guys in general were pretty weak so surprises were expected.  Joe was unfortunate because he never got enough coverage to really stand out and his moment wasn’t a strong one.  Tyler on the other hand had such an interesting personality.  I just think his second-rate Jim Morrison was the reason for his demise, another case of song choice.

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American Idol Top 24 Contestants

February 22, 2010

“The girls are the standouts this year.  Not just because the producers and Simon Cowel feel that a girl will win but they really do have the best vocals among the top 24.  The Colbie Caillat’s, Duffy’s, Janis Joplin’s, and Adele’s are the types of voices that are one in a million and many of this years top 12 girls actually fall in the between.  Among the girls, Crystal Bowersox offers something unique.  Not just her dreadlocks but also her vocal abilities.  She also plays a couple of instruments which will definitely help her sail  through to the finals”

Top 12 Girls:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Lilly Scott
  3. Katie Stevens
  4. Didi Benami
  5. Janel Wheeler
  6. Haeley Vaughn
  7. Katelyn Epperly
  8. Siobhan Magnus
  9. Michelle Dellamor
  10. Lacey Brown
  11. Ashley Rodriguez
  12. Paige Miles

“Although the girls as a whole are a strong bunch, I do believe there are a few guys who could end up in the finals as well.  Andrew Garcia is the standout and reminds me of Danny Gokey, however, I believe Garcia is one step up and in my opinion is the one to beat.  Coming up very close behind is a trio of rnb/pop vocalists who could easily join the likes of Maxwell, Jason Derulo, Neyo and Chris Brown!  These three are the typical Idol powerhouses with the big voices and should definitely be around for awhile”

My Top 12 Guys:

  1. Andrew Garcia
  2. Todrick Hall
  3. Michael Lynche
  4. Jermaine Sellers
  5. John Park
  6. Tyler Grady
  7. Casey James
  8. Lee Dewyze
  9. Aaron Kelly
  10. Alex Lambert
  11. Joe Munoz
  12. Tim Urban
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American Idol: And The Remaining 24 Are Chosen!!

February 17, 2010

“37 Contestants left for 17 spots going into tonight’s show.  Some surprise exclusions and a lot of great talent”

Here is a reminder of the seven contestants who were already chosen and will perform for the audience in the top 24:

Michael Lynche – IN

My Grade: A-

Didi Benami – IN

My Grade: B-

Katelyn Epperly – IN

My Grade: C+

Casey James – IN

My Grade: B

Aaron Kelly – IN

My Grade: B

Lee Dewyze – IN

My Grade: B-

Todrick Hall – IN

My Grade: A

And this is where we begin the show…

These were the singers whose performances during different rounds or whose personal background stories were shown:

Janel Wheeler – IN

My Grade: B-

Tyler Grady – IN

My Grade: A-

Lacey Brown – IN

My Grade: B+

Crystal Bowersox – IN

My Grade: A

Katie Stevens – IN

My Grade: A-

Angela Martin – OUT

My Grade: B+

Lily Scott – IN

My Grade: B+

Haley Vaughn – IN

My Grade: B-

Tori Kelly – OUT

My Grade: B

Andrew Garcia – IN

My Grade: A+

Thaddeus Johnson – OUT

My Grade: A

Note: There was definitely some good news and bad news.  Every year we see some familiar faces.  Lacey Brown and Angela Martin have been in running in the past.  For Angela it was her third time, Lacey was in the same spot last year.  Fortunately Lacey made it through.  Angela, however, was let go.  This was definitely a surprise to me since the producers painted such an emotional story of her that we could connect with and I truly felt for her.  Will she come back for a 4th time?  Then there was the drama of the final two girls and guys.  Unlike previous years where the two were together, this year they weren’t. First, the girls and with some shock and awe editing resulted in Haley making it through!  Although Tori did have a good voice I think a country African-American singer is something different and unique!  Finally among the guys it was Thaddeus Johnson and Andrew Garcia.  This one was definitely the nail-biter which has me wondering how some of the other guys made it through over either of these two.  But I guess you can’t have it all and this would provide for a dramatic conclusion.  The winner was….Andrew!! And well deserved.

And these performers made it through but whose performances were not shown:

Ashley Rodriguez – IN

My Grade: B

Alex Lambert – IN

My Grade: B-

Joe Munoz – IN

My Grade: ??

Paige Miles – IN

My Grade: ??

Siobhan Magnus – IN

My Grade: B

Michelle Delamor – IN

My Grade: ??

Jermaine Sellers – IN

My Grade: A-

John Park – IN

My Grade: B+

Note: It’s always interesting to see who would be shown and who would end up in the montage.  There were some singers here who we have seen throughout on more than one occasion such as Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Ashley Rodriguez and Adam Lambert.  Some of the others we may have seen during the auditions but then were lost in the shuffle.  And then there were those that we never saw?  The ones I didn’t grade.  Will they be the Allison Iraheta or Bo Bice of this year?  Someone who comes out of nowhere will a killer voice?  We will have to wait and see.

Final thoughts:

Overall Hollywood week found a new method to show emotion without overdoing it and exploiting the contestants.  I always hated the long walk and the elevator ride especially when the contestant didn’t make it.  There was just something cruel about it and for those that did make it through, it was sometimes awkward.  This time around they spent more time showing their past performances and I felt it was appropriate that where one of them was going to win was where their journey of being chosen began.  I guess also focusing less on who wasn’t going to make it through, especially the ones we rarely saw was a good thing as well.  After all, we won’t remember them anyway.  I also like the editing of the final two contestants instead of having the final two sit side by side.  How do you jump for joy and share an elevator ride with the contestant who was probably your friend when you just won and she/he just lost?  This was definitely a much better format this year and although I did find it odd that 7 were selected yesterday with the remaining chosen today, the show was a lot more about the talent than the drama.  I guess idol is learning from their past by keeping the corny music and extra unnecessary effects during the audition rounds and focusing on the wider talent than a handful to give all of the contestants a fair chance at competing in front of the live audience.  I will conclude though, that whether the show is trying to attract a following so that a woman will win this year, but so far it is working because based on appearance alone, the women have it hands down.  Looks vs. talent, women vs. men?  Who will win American Idol Season 9? (check back next week for analysis and predictions of the top 24 contestants!)