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Another season of American Idol is coming to an end kiddies, so get ready to start dialing and sending your parents phone bill into the stratosphere. Now we all know what happened last season; the most interesting, talented, entertaining and hardest working contestant (Adam Lambert) fell at the last hurdle… To a rival (Kris Allen) who was lucky to even make the top 5 in most people’s opinion. Well folks, it could happen again if you don’t get dialing and sms’ing. Of course, that’s easy for me to say when I live thousands of miles away and am ineligible to vote. 

The last couple of weeks of action have seen series favorite Crystal Bowersox come back to the pack a little. Yet, I actually think that her performances – while not being as memorable as on earlier weeks – have better shown her versatility as an artist. She has taken some risks and, while she has yet to hit the home run that would have sewn the series up, Crystal has proven that she could actually make an album where she didn’t just play the same song over and over again.

Since Siobhan’s ridiculous elimination (allegedly not helped by facebook not having the correct number next to her name), the last fortnight has seen both little Aaron & big Mike eliminated. Neither were real chances to win, but Aaron can definitely count himself unlucky since he was shown the door on the night where each contestant had to sing Frank Sinatra songs (under the entertaining tutelage of Harry Connick Jr.) and Casey James was clearly the worst singer of the night. Seriously, it wasn’t even close… And simply continues to suggest that Casey still exists on his potential to be a male stripper!

Our 3rd remaining contestant is Lee DeWyze, who has always been the wild card in this seasons pack, and still is. Like previous winner David Cook, he has just enough of a distinctive voice to appeal, while his ability to twist songs to suit that voice is also advantageous. This past Tuesday night, it was Lee who picked best with regards to the choice of ‘Songs from Movies’, since nailing Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ could have been a season-defining moment. Unfortunately for him, he did not. However, with help from Crystal, the two provided what I believe to be the best moment of this series thus far, when they performed a fantastic version of ‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’. Seriously, check it out if you missed it, as these two clicked like seasoned professionals.

It gets down to the nitty-gritty of the contest next week as each singer will perform two songs. The first will be a choice by the judges, where we finally get to not hear the words “poor song choice” come from their repetitive mouths. This will be followed up by a song of the contestant’s choice, which can often be the make-or-break moment which determines the winner of Idol. Each contestant will have to find that difficult-to-locate balance of a popular (if not predictable) song that best shows off their voice, while also paving the way ahead for what kind of artist they will be. Best of luck to the three of them, but if I had my way; this should be a contest in two between Crystal and Lee, with whoever standing up to the pressure on the concluding night to emerge victorious.





DaveyBoy
05.13.10
SputnikMusic Blog on fire over the past 24 hours!!!

Emim
05.13.10
The duets were the only interesting things. They should just do those from now on.

tiesthatbind
05.13.10
You know what, all three of them have impressed me, so I'm satisfied with this top 3. I'm not surprised that Casey didn't do well during Sinatra night, but that's just because it didn't suit his voice. I'm leaning more towards Lee now tbh.

tiesthatbind
05.13.10
Yeah duets owned everything else.

Tyler
05.13.10
blog on fire

except for my posts which nobody reads

DaveyBoy
05.13.10
Emim, the duets were actually really surprising... & I think useful... to see how the contestants worked with others.

ttb is still in love with Casey. I was gonna post the photo of him with his top off (from the auditions) but didn't want to see you faint.

Ok, everybody click on Coke's name, then click on blogs & read his posts. It's an order.

Tyler
05.13.10
bahah no whatever.

this is the first season in a long while i haven't indulged in American Idol. It was always a guilty pleasure.

DaveyBoy
05.13.10
Tyler, you're the last person I would have put down as an Idol viewer.

Seriously, there needs to be a punk/metal/hardcore Idol. Throw it on cable.

Douglas
05.13.10
I may be way behind the pace here; but is it obligatory now that all Idol contestants are all guitarists that have indie/folk backgrounds?

BSX
05.13.10
I lol'd so hard when Mike got the boot!

@Davey: If Casey does become a stripper I'll take you to see him

Emim
05.13.10
"I may be way behind the pace here; but is it obligatory now that all Idol contestants are all guitarists that have indie/folk backgrounds?"

Nah, just the bad ones ;)

Athom
05.13.10
I think American Idol should take a cue from their Indonesian counterparts
http://www.punkrocktoday.com/punk-media/video-indonesian-idol-nofx-the-brews/

Thangorodrim
05.13.10
THEY ARE ALL PLAYING A G CHORD

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Dougie, i was gonna mention that the final 3 all play guitar. But only one of them are indie/folk. Casey is more like 1980's Pop-Rock, while Lee is more your David Cook type.

No thanks BSX.

The big Offensive Lineman has indeed gone home... & this time the f*ck-nuggets could NOT save him!

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Alrighty then. Tbh, I didn't get that impression. I just thought he should not have been saved when he was.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Hehe. Give the man a break, he had probably been trying to hold his belly in for the past 3 minutes... That air has to go somewhere.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Ok. I'll take your word for it. So who's your pick to win?

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Yeah, I think she'll hang on too. Although, Idol has not been kind to those who have been favorites all the way through the series.

Emim
05.14.10
That duet has been the only performance from her that I really liked.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Gee, that's a bit harsh. Some of her early stuff (top 12 through to top 24) was fantastic.

But yeah, that duet could actually sell amajor amount of copies right now as it is.

Emim
05.14.10
Well, I really liked the first performance she had in Hollywood, like, REALLY liked that one. Didi's too.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Yeah, this competition does not always suit those who are consistent all the way through. If you really wanted to win, you would think you'd have a better chance by pacing yourself. But that could mean you do not even make the top 10.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Oh come on someguest, get on the Shania Twain... Choo Choo.

Yeah, it will be interesting to see if Idol returns next season. I'm gonn go with a provisional "yes". Either they will give it a 2 year break and/or they will change up something significantly.

dylantheairplane
05.14.10
I really hope this is the last season. The show has run its course, now its just overstaying its welcome.

DaveyBoy
05.14.10
Yeah, difficult to argue with that. But at the end of the day it comes down to ratings & subsequently advertising dollars.

BSX
05.14.10
More for me than Davey

fr33convict
05.14.10
This show should have died when Adam Lambert lost.

BSX
05.14.10
^
True

Emim
05.14.10
Adam Lambert sucked.

BSX
05.14.10
You forget AI doesn't care about talent! It's all about the ratings!

Emim
05.14.10
And Lambert had neither.

dylantheairplane
05.14.10
Their ratings are lower than they ever have been. Old diehard-Idol fans just don't give a damn anymore.

ShowStopper0328
05.14.10
I pick Lee to win.

fr33convict
05.14.10
I pick Ellen to get kicked off next week.

Emim
05.14.10
She looks like a little orphan boy.

tiesthatbind
05.14.10
While they were singing "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" I knew Ellen was going to make that joke, so predictable.

mvdu
05.14.10
Crystal is the clear choice if we go by talent. I like Casey, but he can be inconsistent. Without his guitar, his range is more limited. I don't like the tone of Lee's voice, which switches between bad John Mayer and Danny Gokey IMO. He can also be off-key.

BSX
05.14.10
Didn't Gokey rape a Aerosmith song?

Emim
05.15.10
Only because he tried and failed to do the scream at the end of Dream On.

bloc
05.15.10
"She looks like a little orphan boy."

LOL I see it.

Emim
05.15.10
I know, right? It just occurred to me a couple shows ago.

tiesthatbind
05.15.10
I would agree that Crystal has been more consistent, but Lee and Casey at their best are better than her.

Emim
05.15.10
Where have you been all my life, ties?

mvdu
05.15.10
I don't think Lee and Casey have had the high points Crystal has.. though I liked Casey's "Mrs. Robinson" much more than the judges did.

DaveyBoy
05.15.10
Come on Emim; Whattaya Want From Me?

Interesting opinions mvdu. The thing with Casey that bothers me is if you imagine an album by him. God, it would be boring. As for Lee, I don't see why many are comparing him to the likes of John Mayer. I think he can be more of a rock singer... Especially after he gets rid of the obligatory suck-up debut LP.

But yeah, I'm with you mvdu. I have no idea what Emim & ttb are on, but Crystal has had more very good performances than the other 2 put together.

Emim
05.15.10
I'm high on common sense!

DaveyBoy
05.15.10
Ooh, that's expensive stuff... & I know you can't afford it.

tiesthatbind
05.15.10
I think DaveyBoy has a little crush on Crystal, eh?

Emim
05.15.10
Davey....are you Crystal's baby daddy?

BSX
05.15.10
Ha ha ha

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Umm, no. But I'd rather have a cruch on Crystal, than Casey.

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Crush even

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
Oh yeah, DaveyBoy, I'm just Cuckoo for Casey! Nothin' to do with vocals at all, he's just my kind of man!

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Thought so. It's the unbuttoned shirt, I know.

Emim
05.16.10
Crutch? I think you mean "cane" ;)

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Only for my Mr. Fuji like evil deeds.

Emim
05.16.10
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/203/443869823_15c551c2f0_m.jpg

This is you in my mind's eye, Davey.

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Haha. Now stop with your cowabungas children. Bad = bad, not good. Sick is being sick, not a good thing. No milk for you today.

Emim
05.16.10
Cowbunga, dudes!

Bad = Good
Sick = Good
Ill = Sick
Dope = Ill
Shiz = Dope

You have been schooled

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
That's it... You're getting the cane little tacker.

Emim
05.16.10
Should I be excited or horrified?

IRAI
05.16.10
it doesnt matter who wins, theyll all achieve moderate success getting milked for all their contractual obligations, make shitty albums, and still get treated like them making new material can make up for them getting discovered using someone elses songs.

and i forgot to mention all the media coverage theyll get when they do anything, as if they are relevant 'artists' to begin with.

granted, im not in their position to say whether or not its all a good thing, but i would rather be dirt poor than be known for being a glorified karaoke singer...

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
You should be sore Emim.

I'd prefer the $$$ IRAI. Seriously, you do have a huge point, BUT if they really want to break out as artists, I think they CAN IF they're good enough. Look at Lisa Mitchell from down under, and maybe even Adam Lambert. His 2nd album will be very interesting I think.

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
If Adam Lambert went in more of a rock-based direction than a pop-based one he would do better imo.

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
You reckon? I'm not so sure he'd consistently have the rock chops. He definitely should not drop the rock element though. I think glam pop-rock is where he sits best... And I don't necessarily think that is Idol's bread & butter.

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
I think his voice would fit a hard rock band pretty well actually. I suppose he'd keep some of the glam, but still...

Emim
05.16.10
"You should be sore Emim."

:s

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Hmm, not so certain ttb. Maybe 80's hair-metal, but we all know Def Lep have already perfected that art.

Emim
05.16.10
Rocket, baby.. C'mon!

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
lol Def Leppard

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Careful ttb, LOVE BITES.

Emim
05.16.10
Eh, just pour some sugar on it.

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
I would have loved to see Lambert sing Sugar.

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
And hear him scream POUR SOME SUGAR ON MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
...In the name of love.

tiesthatbind
05.16.10
What's love got to do, got to do with it?

DaveyBoy
05.16.10
Nick off Tina.

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