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Just in case anyone had thought that the Idol franchise had departed us, we are currently getting down to the business end of the 9th season of the American version. As much as the names and the faces have changed, it is pretty much the same ol’ same ol’ this year… And that folks, is not a good thing. Although, I must admit that there have been a couple of positives worth mentioning this time around and I’ll get to them later.

The usual controversy occurred with one contestant who had been named in the top 24 being disqualified due to an existing contract with some kind of (surprise surprise) boy band. As if to put us through hell and back on purpose, the powers-that-be replaced him with some kid named Tim, who subsequently stunk up the stage as the worst performance on top 24 night. Of course, this is Idol, so Tim survived based on his looks and his ability to be drowned out by screeching 15 year old females! A month later and Tim is still sucking, except now he’s made it into the top 10.

With 4 contestants initially being eliminated each week, there was some potential to be heard in the top 16. However, almost half of that was eradicated by the American public when Alex, Katelyn & Lilly were voted out heading into the top 12. All 3 of these contestants had at least a semblance of originality about them and could have even been considered likely winners come season end. Alex’s elimination especially made no sense, while Katelyn was not assisted by new judge Ellen DeGeneres, when the “actress” and “talk show host” referred to her excellent rendition of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ as “sleepy”.

The less said about Ellen, the better. As for the other judges, one of those aforementioned positives does occur here. No, it’s not Pitchy Jackson. Nor is it Simon Cowell, who last week had the gall to be critical of someone for “not being contemporary” one minute, and then gloating about working with Susan Boyle the next! No, the positive is Kara DioGuardi, who has progressed tenfold from her debut season and has hardly put a foot wrong. Not only is she more forthcoming this time around, but her strike rate of being right on the mark with her comments is phenomenally high. No wonder Simon is quitting after this season… Kara is making him look like a fool.

So we are now down to our top 10 and I just wish they would hurry up and get down to the top 5, because there are still some shocking singers left remaining. How the likes of Tim, Andrew, Casey, Aaron, Michael & Katie still remain is beyond me. Well, in the case of the good looking males, it’s actually quite obvious, but you know what I mean.

As you can probably tell from the above list, the quality of the female contestants is above that of the males this year. Only the David Cook like Lee has any kind of talent that can be harnessed in the near future. He will hopefully make the final 3 with two of Crystal, Siobhan & Didi. And there is the other positive concerning this season; an influx of quirky females who appear to have found an audience. It’s a pleasant surprise when the crowd begins singing along to acoustic folkie Crystal performing a Janis Joplin song, or clearly enjoying Siobhan’s eccentric re-working of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’.

Of course, this is American idol. And as Kris Allen’s victory last season proved, anything is likely to happen on this show.





DaveyBoy
03.25.10
This blog needed to be poppified.

DiceMan
03.25.10
I agree with Crystal I didn't see the performance of the others though. I don't know who Tim is either, although that wannabe gangster indian kid that sang "heard it through the grapevine" was fucking awful. That big black dude that sang "when a man loves a woman" was also really boring. Then theres that guy who looks like a Chad Kroeger wannabe. He's awful too. Katelyn was actually from a school that is a big rival with the school I go to, which was cool until Ellen had to pretend that she knew anything about music and open her mouth.

EBTCardMania
03.25.10
I can't believe Lacey Brown was kicked off. Especially with the talentless people like Katie, Tim, and Paige that remained after last week's results.

Romulus
03.25.10
I remember watching this show ages ago. Haven't since.

Romulus
03.25.10
Nothing against the actual blog of course, it was a fun read.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Tim is this one: http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/tim_urban/


thatoneguy726
03.25.10
Haha. "Chad Kroeger wannabe" made me laugh out loud. So true. I think Andrew is great, though. He and Siobahn are probably the only contestants I'd be interested in hearing an album from because they'd make sure enough of their own creativity was put into it instead of singing generic love/break-up lyrics to bass, snare, bass bass, snare.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Yeah EBT, Lacey could have lasted another week or two, but probably wouldn't have gone past top 7 or 8 anyway.

Thanks Romulus. I was gonna sink the dagger in more for comedic effect, but thought I'd stay relatively serious... for now.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Can't totally agree thatoneguy. I like Andrew's motives, but his voice just isn't good enough when all is said & done. His performance of 'Gimme Shelter' last week proved this most. Kara was spot on with her comments about it.

XlSuBlX
03.25.10
Haven't watched this show in a few years, but started watching some of this year's episodes. There are some real unique talents on the show this year, 3 of whom were (to me at least) shockingly eliminated before the final 12 (as the writer mentioned above). I really thought Alex and Lilly were easily top 5 material... but america didn't give them the love. Out of the people remaining, crystal and siobhan constantly blow me away. But according to how america's been voting, Tim might win the whole damn thing :p

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Nah, I can't see Tim going all the way. He makes Kris Allen sound like Pavarotti.

Unsure about Lilly being top 5 material, but I think Alex would have gone close to making it. There was a reason why all the contestants were still on camera shot after the commercial that took place following his elimination.

klap
03.25.10
calling it right now Siobhan wins

EBTCardMania
03.25.10
lol Alex cried on stage, that killed it for me.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Put your money where your mouth is Rudy. I think you can get 3-1 on her!

klap
03.25.10
bro i had this called since the first episode, i would throw down

tiesthatbind
03.25.10
Siobhan's Paint It Black performance was excellent, my money's on her as well.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Let's see how your powers of prediction go Rudy. Remember that this is Idol, so anything can happen. You don't like Crystal OR do you think her act is eventually gonna get old?

EnricoPalazzo
03.25.10
Siobhan is the most talented, she should definitely win. Crystal sucks and is more boring and annoying than Tim tbbh. And the Chad Kroeger look-alike is the best of the guys.

/rant

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Ooh, now ttb comes out of the woodwork. It seems there are a few around Sputnik that are (occasionally) watching this series!

EBTCardMania
03.25.10
Crystal sucks? LOL

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
On those opinions, Enrico is one that is NOT watching however! :-)

klap
03.25.10
i don't think crystal has the personality or the versatility to pull it out. i think siobhan has that quirkiness to stand out and win, as long as that dick Simon doesn't tear her down

EnricoPalazzo
03.25.10
Crystal's only praise-worthy performance was the first week in hollywood (same thing with Andrew). Plus her dreads are *nasty*.

EBTCardMania
03.25.10
Siobhan talks like she's strung out. I don't think that fits well with the people who vote.

klap
03.25.10
true, i think she'd do well with a good PR agent

EnricoPalazzo
03.25.10
Siobhan -imo- is like an Adam Lambert that knows how to use her range.

tiesthatbind
03.25.10
[quote]Nor is it Simon Cowell, who last week had the gall to be critical of someone for “not being contemporary” one minute, and then gloating about working with Susan Boyle the next![/quote]

So true...

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Good points Rudy. I definitely think Crystal has a career after an Idol, but that & winning the comp are 2 different things.

I'm still not convinced Siobhan has the versatility either. And even if she has, is she too quirky for the masses?

Anyway, both will face a huge test next week since they will have to perform Soul/R&B... With mentorship from Usher.

EnricoPalazzo
03.25.10
"Usher"

When you thought Miley was the bottom of the hill...they started digging.

tiesthatbind
03.25.10
Come on, everything Usher's involved with is amazing! I mean, we have Justin Beib... wait

Willie
03.25.10
This show pisses me off. Randy starting each one of his little critiques with "yo yo, check this out", Simon being Simon, and the worst is Kara. She bitches about good performances and then loves performances that were complete shit. She is the worst out of all of the judges. Ellen could never replace Paula, but she's the only human being in the lot. … oh, and talking about the judges saying one thing one minute and something else the next. How many times have they reamed a vocalist for not making the song their own and then harassed the next guy for changing a song that was "perfectly fine the way it was". Or their constant insistence that the teen contestants fit a specific stereotype or else get told their performance sucked.

Jim
03.25.10
"Idol" Thoughts

haha i get it

EnricoPalazzo
03.25.10
Willie wins the thread and all its gold.


Now he must slay the dragon.

Jim
03.25.10
Willie or won't he!?

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
Sorry Trey, totally disagree with you on Kara this season. You must be watching a different show. She has rubbished pretty much every poor performance there has been this year.

But I totally agree with you on the other points that are contradictory & simply confuse the contestants.

Jim
03.25.10
davey i'd like to see plenty of aussie related blogs from you

you're our representative!

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
I'll try Jim. Unfortunately, we have to keep it music-related. Otherwise, I'd already have something posted about how the Tigers need Richo desperately. LOL!

And btw, don't forget that Sputnik also has Alex & Andrew representing down under.

dylantheairplane
03.25.10
Crystal and Siobhan are the only two I watch as they are the only decent ones left. I really hope this is Idol's last year.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
I don't think you'd be the only one with either of those thoughts Dylan.

For those in the Northern hemisphere, the franchise is also in trouble with dropping ratings down under. In a way, I'm hoping for one last desperate revamp next season though.

XlSuBlX
03.25.10
after last night, I now think that Tim is immortal... he is uneliminateable (*high fives himself for creating a new word)

cinaedus
03.25.10
Crystal, Siobhan, and Didi are all great, Casey and that black guy are decent, and the rest suck.

DaveyBoy
03.25.10
XISuBIX, I wouldn't go so far as to make up a new word for him (that's giving him too much credit). Paige was shocking the night before & deserved to go.

greatlakes, I think Lee is clearly ahead of those 2 guys you named. Casey is occasionally good, but way too inconsistent & relying on his looks.

thatoneguy726
03.26.10
My favorite is when Randy says "I dunno, what do you think, E?"

DaveyBoy
03.26.10
... & then she cracks a joke that has nothing to do with what has just happened!

cinaedus
03.26.10
I didn't see Lee's last performance, totally forgot about him.

DaveyBoy
03.26.10
He was up first & was as solid as always, despite singing a song I don't think I have ever heard before.

EnricoPalazzo
03.26.10
He has a great voice, he just doesn't enunciate certain words, which is annoying.

DaveyBoy
03.26.10
Well, he's no Enrico Palazzo singing 'Star Spangled Banner'!

Agree on the enunciation part, but many professional singers even have little quirks like that.

EnricoPalazzo
03.26.10
They annoy me too ;)

DaveyBoy
03.26.10
Steeeee-rike.

EnricoPalazzo
03.26.10
I forgot to add Didi to my favorites list too. Love her voice and thought they were waaaaaay too hard on her this time.

DaveyBoy
03.26.10
Agreed. She is 4th best right now for me... Although I have a feeling she will not make the top 6.

EnricoPalazzo
03.26.10
Who's in your top 3?

DaveyBoy
03.27.10
My top 3 are Crystal, Siobhan & Lee. That doesn't mean I think they will make the top 3. I have a funny feeling that Casey may take advantage of a weak group of guys & get a lot of the female vote (especially after Tim finally gets eliminated).

Lambda
03.27.10
Kara is terrible as a judge... seriously, telling someone they did a bad job because they didn't take a song too seriously? I also hate the way she paws at Simon, and don't you think it's ironic that one week she loved Casey (and was openly smitten with him), than at the next night's results show they show her husband looking unhappy and disgruntled, and the next week she said he took "two steps backwards" and hated his performance, when all the other judges liked it? Simon is still teh best judge by far.

DaveyBoy
03.27.10
I'll give you that (& should have mentioned it in the blog); Kara's opinion of Casey is just weird. It really does seem like she has a crush on him.

But, depending on the song, of course a singer should take a song seriously. If there's no feeling behind it (especially if the lyrics demand it), then it basically automatically falls flat.

Lambda
03.27.10
Agreed, however I just feel that she takes things too literally a lot of the time. Like Simon said, "Do you expect him to bring a tank up on stage?" A cover song doesn't have to invict the same mood or emotions as the original, which is where I think she doesn't "get it," so to speak.

tiesthatbind
03.27.10
Simon can be very wrong at times, but he can also be very right too. He's still the best judge.

EnricoPalazzo
03.27.10
He's still the only judge tbh.
Randy: "Eeeeeehh, yo dawg it was a little pitchy but you pulled it out. It was jus aight fo me..."
Ellen: "*insert lame joke and/or mispronounce someone's name. Also make a joke out of that, because you have no clue what else to say*"
Paula: "You're so beautiful *start crying*"
Kara: "*Make a lot of hand gestures and use musical terms so it appears you know what you're talking about*


tiesthatbind
03.27.10
Exactly, Kara uses a lot of fancy "musical terms" to say absolutely nothing. At least Simon makes a clear critique.

EnricoPalazzo
03.27.10
Kara is nothing more than something pretty to look at imo. The contestants are usually better looking though. She does have a very good voice.

tiesthatbind
03.27.10
I could live with it being just Randy, Kara, Simon, but Ellen irritates me to no end. There is no point in her even being there. "Oh look I'm going to make another joke about how I'm a lesbian!" Nobody cares, Ellen.

ohnoestehmusik
03.27.10
Nobody cares about any of this

EnricoPalazzo
03.27.10
Reads:

"I took the time to read and post that I don't care about this"

tiesthatbind
03.27.10
ZING

DaveyBoy
03.28.10
""Do you expect him to bring a tank up on stage?" The wording from Kara which prompted Simon's comment was clearly an exaggeration. I remember that performance myself & she was spot on. There was a moment in the song where the lyric demanded some grunt & Andrew was sooooo limp in his delivery. That moment right there was the reason he should not go past top 7.

I dunno guys. I'd agree with you on kara last season, but I still think she's been near spot on this time around. I agree with the sentiment that you always know what Simon is saying 7 thinking, but he's been far from the mark too many times this year.

"Nobody cares about any of this" Strangely (& this even surprises me), I think this is the blog with the most comments in reply so far!

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
Yeah I was surprised that there was much this much discussion on this here, I didn't think any of Sputnik watched Idol.

I haven't watched as closely this year, so you may have a point, and I think Kara has improved, but she still fails to convince me that she knows what she's talking about half the time.

EBTCardMania
03.28.10
yet you don't have problems with Ellen on there? Talk about a deer in the headlights.

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
Read a few comments up, I DEFINITELY have a problem with Ellen on there.

EBTCardMania
03.28.10
didnt read lol

DaveyBoy
03.28.10
Yeah, when I wrote this, I thought it could get no comments since I didn't think anyone around here watched it. The response was initially slow since I don't think anyone wanted to admit watching even 1 episode. LOL.

Very rarely, Ellen gives a good common (ummm) man perspective. But too often, she hs no idea what to say & turns to jokes that are supposed to be some kind of analogy. Then again, when Katelyn sang 'The Scientist', I wish she would have cracked a joke.

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
All criticism on the judges aside, her being on the show is a gimmick and nothing more. What makes her qualified to judge music?

Asiatic667
03.28.10
Ties, that's exactly what I always say


EBTCardMania
03.28.10
I think we all know why she's on the show, just none of us have the balls to say it.

Asiatic667
03.28.10
And ellen just wishes she had the balls

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
They want to have 2 female judges to keep it "equal".

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
"And ellen just wishes she had the balls"

BAHAHAHAHA

EBTCardMania
03.28.10
"They want to have 2 femals judges to keep it "equal"."

More reason to have picked someone else.

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
i'm not saying what they did made sense, but that was the idea.

Asiatic667
03.28.10
It goes to show that the whole concept is just a joke now. They want characters, not actual judges

DaveyBoy
03.28.10
Yeah, hard to argue with any of that really. It's a gimmick to grab more ratings. Just going back to the audition phase, most of the guest judges were pretty ordinary, but Neil Patrick Harris was at least funny & Posh Spice wasn't half bad either. I would have had both of those over Ellen.

Brokenjewel
03.28.10
I think Ellen is ok - she makes fun of the whole process and manages to criticise the singers without being cruel. "At least you didn't fall down."

Posh Spice is like a particularly retarded potato.

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
LOL, as if they need more ratings.

EBTCardMania
03.28.10
What the show needs is a relevant audience, not more ratings.

Brokenjewel
03.28.10
Maybe you shouldn't take a tv show so seriously.



How is the audience irrelevant?

EBTCardMania
03.28.10
The people who vote don't vote on talent, which has already been shown this season.

IronyIsALivingScene
03.28.10
I always wondered how Ellen DeGeneres ended up on this show. Apparently if you're an ugly dyke who dances like a cerebal palsy patient you're qualified to tell people they can't sing.

Brokenjewel
03.28.10
Haha! Moron.

EnricoPalazzo
03.28.10
Every time I hear Ellen's voice, I immediately think of Dory.

"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming..."

DaveyBoy
03.28.10
"At least you didn't fall down." I'll admit I giggled at that. But only because Paige's performance was soooo excruciatingly bad. And yeah Enrico, we need a Dory joke.

"The people who vote don't vote on talent, which has already been shown this season." Has anyone else ever had the thought that it would work better if the votes were cast on who should be eliminated & not who should go through...??? Even if it was to only be up until the top 5 or something like that...





EnricoPalazzo
03.28.10
I'm still convinced it's all a conspiracy.

DaveyBoy
03.28.10
What's a conspiracy?

EnricoPalazzo
03.28.10
"a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act."


But really, I think sometimes that they don't actually use the votes they get. It's all a setup.

tiesthatbind
03.28.10
I agree.

DaveyBoy
03.29.10
Yeah, that's the thought process behind my reasoning. I just wish they'd weed out the crap quicker & that's not really happening with the current system.

The sad thing is that with it being soul/R&B week this week, I can actually see some of the weaker contestants handling the genre pretty well. The likes of Tim, Andrew, Michael & Aaron should be suited by this week. Casey will probably strip & get by, so Katie & even Didi could be in trouble.

EnricoPalazzo
03.29.10
Katie annoys the hell out of me.

EBTCardMania
03.29.10
yeah she's awful

DaveyBoy
03.29.10
She's ok... Way too young & rough around the edges to go close to winning it, but she has a pretty good voice.

Hmm, I wasn't going to do this 'Idol Thoughts' blog each week, but the response says otherwise. Maybe every fortnight or if something silly happens. I can always leave a little weekly update here I guess.

EnricoPalazzo
03.29.10
DO IT

tiesthatbind
03.29.10
Yes please do, this is good discussion.

DaveyBoy
03.29.10
Do what? If you mean weekly, I'd need talking points from this week's show. Otherwise, it will be fortnightly.

EnricoPalazzo
03.29.10
I was thinking that you could post your feelings about that week's show, then have a discussion like what happened here. Idk, something like that.

DaveyBoy
03.29.10
We'll see. Depends if there is anything noteworthy.

tiesthatbind
03.30.10
Well, there's obviously more interest than you thought, so it might be a good idea. If nothing else, it's you, me, and Enrico, which as we've seen is more than enough to prolong discussion. Shame we can't post pictures in these threads though ;)

DaveyBoy
03.30.10
Oh, it's a real shame.

tiesthatbind
03.30.10
Hey, we could've kept it American Idol related............for a while.

DaveyBoy
03.30.10
I really don't want to see a photo of Ellen in flimsy clothing.

tiesthatbind
03.30.10
That's NOT what I meant, but thanks for giving me wonderful mental images, DaveyBoy.

DaveyBoy
03.30.10
You're welcome.

tiesthatbind
03.30.10
(DaveyBoy sat at his computer, pleased that Phase 1 of the payback against the Thread Bandits was successful. He sat planning the invasion of the Bandits' own review threads, to end the war once and for all. Little did he know that one of the bandits had a deadly plan to become a Staff Reviewer and review DaveyBoy's favorites with 1 star ratings.)

DaveyBoy
03.30.10
Haha. The Thread Bandits sounds like some heel wrestling faction. But a lightweight one where no-one will ever make staff.

EnricoPalazzo
03.30.10
(The plot thickens...)

DaveyBoy
04.02.10
And Didi gets voted off ahead of Tim... How depressing!

Willie
04.02.10
My girlfriend is visiting her parents this whole month... no more American fucking Idol!!! Besides, Didi should have got it. She's a hottie. I guess now it should go to that Siobhan troll.

DaveyBoy
04.02.10
Haha. And here we were all thinking that you were watching Idol for the music Trey! ;-)

DoubtGin
04.02.10
lololol Miley Cyrus as a tutor ;c

DaveyBoy
04.02.10
Don't forget Usher the week after!

Next week, they are performing songs from the 'Lennon/McCartney' songbook. Wonder if Paul or his ex-wife is gonna show up.

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
Zac Efro...err, I mean Tim needs to go.

DaveyBoy
04.19.10
He shouldn't have been there in the first place. Producers probably made some crap up to get rid of the curly-haired bloke from the Top 24.

I didn't watch all of this week's episode(s), so no new blog just yet. Hopefully next week. Life is too busy for Idol at present.

Emim
04.19.10
Tim did good this week.

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
Very true, he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
He did better this week, but not as good as the judges were saying.

DaveyBoy
04.19.10
They should just do another double & get rid of Tim & Michael this week. Don't even get me going on the big fella being saved!

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
I'm sad that Katie Stevens is gone :(

DaveyBoy
04.19.10
Perv.

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
Well soooooorry that I enjoy having a contestant that's nice to look at.

Emim
04.19.10
^Shoulda kept Didi then.

tiesthatbind
04.19.10
She was the other one... Why does America hate me so?

Emim
04.19.10
Because America prefers the crazy chick that acts cracked out and a single mom with folksy appeal.

JWT155
04.19.10
People still waste their time watching this show?

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