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The state of American Idol Season 9

March 29, 2010

Last week, my TIVO forgot to record American Idol on the most important night for the show and the contestants as to who made the top 10.  The top 10 will go on tour for the next year and will actually be able to pursue their dreams as a singer.  The problem is, do we care?  For all of the drama and selection of the top 24, this is probably the weakest top 10 in the history of American Idol.  I have this feeling that the mass voters and the people who actually spend money on the artists and have something to say about American Idol are two completely different groups of people.

It’s still hard to believe that we lost Lily Scott, Katelyn Epperly, Todrick Hall and Alex Lambert just a few weeks ago!  Anyone of these 4 contestants (I won’t even go into people who should have made the top 24) should have made the top 10 over some less than notable contestants like Katie Stevens and Tim Urban.  These two are prime examples of contestants that have made it through on their appeal to connect to the audience because they’re cute.  This doesn’t mean they will be successful.  I can go a step further and say that Kris Allen had it all, looks and the voice, but look what happened to him.  I know more people that remember him as the guy on the FORD commercial than the actual winner of American Idol!

So who do we care about?  Crystal Bowersox is in a league on her own but i don’t see her selling out arenas or stadiums.  Maybe Lilith Fair or other music festivals.  Let’s be serious? she is more suited to a chair and her guitar/harmonica which doesn’t suit a huge venue.  Aaron Kelly is probably the only one this season who can succeed win or lose because there aren’t a lot of young MALE (i have to put that in caps before someone yells Taylor Swift) country singers under the age of 18! So he could definitely jump in next to Taylor and start a young Country revolution.  Who else, Siobhan Magnus?  Crazy mad scream at the end, that works and doesn’t work…she can’t just do that in every song or we’d get bored.  Michael Lynche? Okay Ruben Studdard 2.0 with a lot of personality and vocals.. but how does he fit in the already saturated rnb/hip hop market! Everyone else has a comparable counterpart to previous Idol seasons and i don’t see any Kelly’s, Adam’s, Carrie’s or Jennifer’s!

This season is a whole lot of been there done that and the dynamics of the judges isn’t helping at all.  The four completely different personalities just don’t work together causing a lot of mixed reviews and confusion for both the contestants and the viewers.  Ellen is focused on the comedy, Kara is focused on the meaning of the lyrics, Randy is confused, and Simon is the only person who says it as it is whether it hurts the contestant or not.  I don’t even know how the judging will move forward without him.  At the end of the day, American Idol will continue to be the number 1 show on TV…until of course X-Factor comes to us in the fall of 2011!!!

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American Idol Top 10 Girls

March 3, 2010

“Although the guys improved more this week, most of the girls remained consistent or improved besides a handful of girls who need to choose the right songs to match their vocal ability.  What I like about the girls is the variety.  Each girl offers different personalities and vocal abilities that make them standout.  I truly believe the girls as a whole are better and most of them if given the right song can actually become a star and that just shows the strength of the girls over the boys this season.”

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:

Crystal Bowersox 30

I did not expect this girl to do Gospel this good and for someone who was in the hospital the day before, she sure doesn’t show it.  Her vocals and performance ability were spot on and this was my favorite performance of the season so far!!

Haeley Vaughn 25

Slight bias! I like her and I like this song so it’s tough to criticize her.  However, from a technical standpoint, it was not good at all.

Lacey Brown 25

Good song choice but for the most part it was exactly the same as the original.  Definitely a big improvement from last week but I still don’t see what’s so special about her vocals.

Katie Stevens 26

How is she a front-runner?  She is just 17 but I don’t think she really knows who she is yet!  But she is a pretty girl who will definitely make it through another week.

Didi Benami 25

She looks amazing on camera but why sing Lean on Me and why move away from what you are good at.  This song didn’t match her vocal abilities.

Michelle Delamor 27

The beginning was definitely better than the rest of the song but she could have made a stand with this and fell short.  I still think she gave a valiant effort and if recorded this could be great, but she couldn’t reach some of those high notes.

Lilly Scott 28

I really like this girl.  She can pick any song and really make it her own because those vocals are so unique and that look is different.  Definitely one of the ones to watch.

Katelyn Epperly 29

That was stripped down and raw.  She completely changed it and it was amazing.  It was a bit slow but I think it came off great and her vocals are really good.

Paige Miles 27

I agree this girl has a big ole voice but the song choices aren’t allowing her to show it.  She can do a power ballad like “I Have Nothing” or “All By Myself” and I am sure she can hit those high notes, but she is growing on me.

Siobhan Magnus 27

That last note is noteworthy alone and its so surprising that this girl with the weird personality has so much personality when she sings.  There were some pitchy parts but it ended on such a high that you can forget it and after last week’s haunting performance she shows us another side of her vocal range.

My top 10:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Katelyn Epperly
  3. Siobhan Magnus
  4. Lily Scott
  5. Michelle Delamor
  6. Paige Miles
  7. Katie Stevens
  8. Didi Benami
  9. Lacey Brown
  10. Haeley Vaughn

Final Thoughts:  Crystal is truly in a league of her own and I would be surprised if she doesn’t make it to the finale.  If she sounded like a subway singer last week, she definitely didn’t this week. It’s great when the right girl, Crystal and even Katelyn and the right song combine because it works.  But the girls standing out as a whole is a problem as well.  Anyone from 5-10, with the exception of Katie are unfortunately in danger of being eliminated this week depending on whose fan clubs are bigger.   However, If I were to choose between 5-10, Haeley and Lacey are the weakest of the bunch at least based on this week and last week’s performances.

Update:  As expected, anyone from 5-10 was in danger and my number 5 was Michelle.  The other girl going home this week is Haeley!  I personally felt it was Lacey’s time to go this week over Michelle but Michelle did lose out due to the lack of coverage from the earlier rounds so any misstep at this stage was the reason why she went home.

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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!)