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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!)

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American Idol: Final Performances and 7 Are Chosen

February 16, 2010

“71 started.  They were split into 3 rooms.  Two rooms made it through.  That’s 46 contestants.  7 were chosen tonight, with 17 remaining!!”

Here’s the rundown:

Like years past, the contestants were split into 3 groups.

Room 1 (First room to be decided…The verdict is…IN)

These are the standouts (they showed their final performances):

Andrew Garcia, Todrick Hall, Crystal Bowersox, Thaddeus Johnson

These are the good (they showed their final performances):

Casey James, Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Alex Lambert, Michael Lynche, Tori Kelly,Lilly Scott

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Tim Urban, Tyler Grady, Katie Stevens

Note:  From the get-go it was evident this was the A-Group.  Most of these singers have been featured countless times performing with ease and effort and it was obvious that they were going to go through.  The standouts possess all of the necessary elements needed to make the top 24.  The good are here based on their body of work but there were a couple who may not make the cut in the end.  There were some whose voices we have heard before (Casey sounds like Bo Bice) and others who we have heard that didn’t make it (Michael Lynche who’s Dad announced on national TV that he made the show, which is a breach of contract).  Finally the one’s mentioned all represent some of the best, such as Katie, who Kara stated could win, so maybe they are saving her talents for the top 24.  Overall there were a lot of great performers!

Room 2 (Second room to be decided….The verdict is…OUT)

These were the singers whose performances were shown:

Mary Powers, Lloyd Thomas, Hope Johnson, Jermaine Purifory, Charity Vance, Tasha Layton, Brian Walker

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Tisha Holland, Keia Johnson, Christian Spear

Note: Since this room didn’t make it through I won’t go into it as much, but I will say that Mary Powers would have made for some drama as she created during groups.  Also a pity for Jermaine Purifoy who did great during the earlier rounds and sappy story Hope Johnson whose story would have connected too many people.

Room 3 (Third room to be decided….The verdict is…IN)

These were the good (they showed their final performances):

Ashley Rodriguez, Angela Martin, Haley Vaughn, Lee Dewyze, Joe Munoz

The questionable: (they showed their final performances but there were struggles, poor song choices and forgotten lyrics):

Shelby Dressel (struggled), Aaron Kelly (forgot lyrics), Janel Wheeler (wrong song choice)

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Maddy Menrose, Jessica Furney, Didi Benami, Jessica Furney, Casey Brown,John Park

Note:  This group prior to the judges coming in was the question mark.  I did think group 2 was going home but then they showed in this group some forgotten lyrics, struggles and wrong song choices so it could have gone either way. So I would definitely consider this the B-group and if anything, more performers from this group may get cut in the end.  The good mentioned seem the safest bests but they didn’t wow me so anything can happen.  Among the mentioned singers whose performances weren’t shown John Park, Didi Benami and Casey Brown are some of the ones to look out for.  Among the questionable contestants was Jane Wheeler (Tim Tebows girlfriend, from tabloids) who did well earlier in the rounds but picked a poor song choice.  She might end up being one of the last ones selected for dramatic effect.

Show’s not over yet:  Now in the Kodak Theater, the fates of some contestants will be decided.

Here’s the call order and my personal final grades based on a variety of factors including style, vocal ability and overall commercial appeal:

Michael Lynche – IN

My Grade: A-

Didi Benami – IN

My Grade: B-

Katelyn Epperly – IN

My Grade: C+

Shelby Dressel – OUT

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

Jessica Furney – OUT

My Grade: B- (Although she had the voice, I feel like it’s the look that lost her a position in the top 24)

Final thoughts:

There were a lot of good performances.  I like that the producers decided to spread the love and show more of the contestants rather than the same few who they are pushing for.  We saw some new contestants and some old ones we haven’t seen since the auditions.  The way they integrated these performance montages worked well to paint the different rooms.  No Tatiana’s this year unfortunately, so not too much drama.  Then they decide to show us 7 of the 24 contestants who make it through.  I wonder why they chose these specific contestants to showcase giving them a week long advantage to be judged and scrutinize by the public while the remainder are in limbo as to their fate.  The trailer for the next show seems to point at some surprises.  My favorites for the top 24 are Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Thaddeus Johnson, Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Ashley Rodriguez, Angela Martin and Haley Vaughn.  Any of these who don’t make it would be a surprise to me and I can’t wait until the rest of the top 24 are revealed.

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American Idol: Hollywood Week Groups

February 10, 2010

“96 started 71 made it through.  One’s wife had a baby, One left before even performing, lot’s of Gaga, the good and the bad!!”

Here’s the rundown:

Day 3 Group Day

The Good:

Faith – “Irreplaceable” Michelle Delamor, Charity Vance & Ashley Rodriguez (One of the few all-girl groups shown and all did pretty good.)

Neopolitan – “Bad Romance” Liz Rooney, Thaddeus Johnson, Jessica Cunningham, Paige Dechausse (Apparently was part of the drama between Destiny’s Wild for stealing their ideas.  But all stepped up to the plate)

Destiny’s Wild – “Bad Romance” Todrick Hall, Theri, Jareb Liewer, Siobhan Magnus (Definitely one of the best performances despite the judges believing they were weird, but it’s Gaga)

Middle C – “Closer” Janell Wheeler, Jermaine Purifory, Casey James (All IN)

Three Men and a Baby – “No One” Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens (Kara said she could be the potential winner), J.B. Ahfua, (4th person wasn’t shown) (ALL IN)

Side note:  Notice the songs here all work well with vocal harmonies and people who have the vocal abilities to sing these songs!!

Split Decision:

Team Awesome – “Get Ready” Michael Lynche, Seth Rollins (showed his audition story), Tim Urban, Michael Castro (wasn’t shown singing) (Lynche and Urban IN)

Side note: Lynche was shown several times making calls to his pregnant wife and he is shown reacting to the birth over a phone-call.

Mighty Rangers from Denver – “Closer” Tori Kelly, Maddie Menrose, Mark Labriola (forgot lyrics), Kimberly Kerbow (forgot lyrics), Danny (wasn’t shown) (Kelly and Menrose who stayed up late to practice made it in)

The Phoenix – Kat Nestle (walked out), Jermaine Sellers (Amazing range), Ben Honeycutt, Jeff Goldford, Moorea Masa (forgot lyrics.  This girl made it all the way to the final decision last year) (Sellers and Goldford are in!)

The Bad:

Big Dreams – “Sweet Escape” Matt Lawrence (back story, lo), Amanda Shechtman (forgot lyrics), other two weren’t shown (All Out)

Side note: Many groups chose Sweet Escape but many also forgot the lyrics.  Why would anyone choose this song on a group performance??

Out but didn’t see perform:

Leah Laurenti (Boston), Carmen Turner (Atlanta), Kimberly Carver (Dallas), Dave Pittman (Dallas)

Save the …. Group for last:

The Dreamers – (Most drama seen throughout the whole show) Mary Powers, Hope Johnson, Margo May (bad), Alex Lambert, (5th person wasn’t shown) (Powers, Johnson, Lambert IN)

Finally the people who made it but didn’t see perform in a quick montage:

John Park, Haley Vaughn, Angela Mardsen, Tasha Layton, Tyler Grady, Katelyn Epperly, Lloyd Thomas, Keia Johston, Christian Spear.

Final thoughts:

There was less drama this year once again.  The two Gaga groups and Mary Powers seemed to be the main causes this year, but neither created any major problems.  There are some people who have been featured again. You can see whose names I have written down more than once or even twice.  Overall the group harmonies were good and the groups performed very well.  As seen by the number of people who made it into the final round, choosing the final 24 will be interesting… I already have 2/3’s of the people I think will make it through but I will post those predictions next Tuesday after the last performances.

Ratings:

25.02m people watched the show last night.  Down just 5% from Round 1’s show and up 22% from last Wednesday.  Ellen effect is definitely in full motion and her presence has been positive for the show.