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I seriously think Seacrest was wearing that exact same T-shirt last week when the girls sang, but with a jacket. Going without the jacket this week gives us an excellent chance to check out his skinny, girl arms, though. He asks Simon if he's picked his winner yet, and Simon has. I'd guess Carrie Underwood is his pick, right now.

We start off this week with Mario "Son of Guarini" Vazquez, singing "I Love Music". I'd like to hate on Mario, but this wasn't bad, particularly for going first. The guy is confident, I'll give him that much, but is that a Stevie song? Because he sounds a bit like he was karaokeing a Stevie song. I think it was clearly superior to the opening efforts from last week's shows, and I'd expect him to be fine on the results show.

Anwar Robinson is next with "What's Goin' On". He starts out slow, just like last week...and he picks it up and starts rolling when he gets to the energetic part...JUST like last week. He either needs to pick songs that are upbeat from the beginning or deal with that, because as they whittle down the contestants that will be a pretty glaring weakness. OTOH, when he gets it rolling the man can flat-out sing. Two-for-two with good performances.

Before Anwar's performance, we visited with Joe Murena in the Red Room where he and Ryan talked about his reaction to being told he was safe last week. Joe admits he was "getting ready to sing, warming up my voice", which makes me like him and want to do well even though he's ultimate a very forgettable guy. He sings "Let's Stay Together", aka the Leah LaBelle Kiss of Death song, but he's about a thousand times better than last week with the upbeat song. The guys have really taken to the judges' advice on song selection this week, and that was a LOT better than I expected. The lesson, as always: Michael Bolton sucks.

And then there's David Brown, who mumbles through the first half of "All's Fair in Love", then shows he's got SOMETHING for about five seconds, then mumbles some more, and finishes up strong. He'll suffer in that he was the first to choose a ballad, and he didn't really do well at all, PLUS, there was NO energy while he sang, where as all of the other guys so far have had the house rocking. (If this were a wrestling show it would be in Canada. People in that room are HYPED, tonight.) He might be in trouble.

Constantine Maroulis said on the intro video that he was "dangerous". I think listening to him sing is dangerous. He goes all 0.9-Stapp with "Hard to Handle", then throws in some rocker screams, to boot. Could that have been any more contrived? And awful? Plus, I'm getting sick of his big,red Ruloph nose and he always looks like he needs a shower. This was HORRIBLE. Let's just move on.

Scott Savol was fortunate to follow Constantine, as he put together a nice version of "1000 Kisses", at least in comparison to Rudolpho Stapp-Boy before him. It's still weird to reconcile Scott's voice with his look, and I think he could get voted off any time and it wouldn't be a surprise, but he's clearly better than both David and Constantine here.

In his video, Travis Tucker said he was doing Idol "not for his grandmother, I'm doing this for ME", a shot at John Stephens, perhaps? Also, he and Seacrest spoke in the Red Room and Ryan teased that Travis had been "working on his dance moves", to which Travis insisted he wanted to keep that "on the down-low". This should be rich. Travis is BRUTAL on "All Night Long", and his "dance moves" including pulling himself up by his shirt collar. Oh, my. The judges all kind of like Travis this week since he wasn't trying to be serious, but Mrs. JJD wondered if "maybe he sounded better in the studio", alluding to Simon's comments regarding Anwar and Travis from last week, and feeling differently about their performances after rewatching them on TV.

Nikko Smith is styling in his black suit, and he's pretty good singing "Let's Get It On", much better than last week. Then they cut to the judges and and Paula is damn near in heat, and she can't even speak. COME ON. Mrs. JJD's favorite performance so far, and I'd pretty much agree, although I think the door is still open for one of the last two guys.

Anthony Fedorov is up next, following his Red Room interview where Seacrest asked hi how it felt to be compared to Clay Aiken by some people. Which people? Let's be honest, the road from Clay to Sergei is far and wide. He does a fairly nice job with "I Wanna Know What Love Is", although he's got the common affliction among the guys of mumbling the lower, intro parts of songs. And I just now noticed how his tracheotomy scar looks like a neck-bellybutton when he hits some of the notes. Sergei, like Scott, could go anytime, and he wouldn't surprise me.

Bo Bice gets to close the show with "Hitching Post". I don't know if Bo can win, but this was awesome. Maybe with Constantine sure to go soon (one would hope) Bo will lose some luster without having Stapp-lite around for comparison, but this was ROCKING, and Bo seems like he was born to do that, unlike That Other Guy who seems like he's trying WAY too hard to be cool, and can't. And, Bo seems like a one-trick pony, and it's hard to imagine him doing well on, say, Michael Jackson Night (though I'd doubt they'd go THERE), but Ruben only had one style and he ended up winning the whole thing because he never got out of his comfort zone, so who knows?

This was a pretty good week. Most of the guys seemed to remember that they needed to get people to vote FOR them, so they tried to be more memorable this week. I think Constantine was REALLY bad, and David and Travis were also bad. I think Travis was worse, but at least he was interesting whereas David was just boring. As I said, Scott, Sergei, and probably Joe Murena are candidates to go anytime, though Scott and Joe really don't deserve it based on this week.

(And what WERE the judges drinking out of those red cups? They were all HIGH by the end of the show.)



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Wow. I can disagree with almost nothing you wrote there, JJD.

I really want to like David Brown, but he needs to step it up fast. That was poor.

Constantine is an asshat. I would rather this contest was one where you call in to vote OFF people. He'd get my vote. What the hell was he trying to do?

I was yelling at Simon tonight when he apologized to Travis for berating his off-key singing last week. HE WAS OFF-KEY AGAIN THIS WEEK, COWELL!!!

I really like the tone of Anwar's voice. I think JJD is right that he needs to sing a full song strong though. He muddles through the beginning of many more songs and he's heading back to class.

Nikko was way too far into being Bobby Brown. He can go anytime for me.

Favorites: Anwar Robinson, Scott Savol, Bo Bice, Joe Murena

Don't Care When They Go: Mario Vazquez, Nikko Smith, David Brown, Anthony Fedorov

Must Go Soon, Please: Constantine Maroulis, Travis Tucker

(edited by pieman on 1.3.05 1113)


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Ever since his first audition I have been a Scott Savol fan. People seem to dwell on his looks a bit much and his stage presence has room for growth, but I'm really pulling for him though.



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I only saw Constantine & Travis this week and was amazed by their brutality - I just couldn't flip back to watch anymore of it. I hope the women will be more entertaining tonight.



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I missed out on how they cut the contestants...what did they do? someone fill me in
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First off, a big lovey, mushy shout-out to Mrs. JJD on our 8th wedding anniversary. (Yep, it might as well have been any OTHER Tuesday, but we're busy parents people!) If Julia can use her Oscar presentation for a shout-out, *I* can do it in my "Idol" report.

Time for the chicks...Ryan's got a clean T-shirt, which is nice to see. Too bad he looks like a dweeb, still. When the uber-tight T-shirt with blazer turn into a preferred look?

Aloha Mischeaux likes chicken. That's nice. Mrs. JJD says she looks "pretty" tonight, and I have to agree. She starts off well on "You Don't Know My Name", but she trails off like the guys tended to, and it's because the backing music is LOUD. Oh man, the judges just don't like her, and she looks more and more down the longer they talk. When Simon is the positive one, that's not really good, even though I thought she was OK and Mrs. JJD said she thinks Aloha is a "really good performer". I guess she hasn't really set the bar very high.

Lindsey Cardinale busts out some rocked up country song I don't know ("I Try to Think About Elvis"), and she's got the Clay Aiken-shoulder thing going with the camera, then she shifts into the Judas Priest (Butt-head: "What's with his shoulders")-thing. Mrs. JJD: "This is better but I stil don't like her" Then "she's got a FAT ASS." (At least she whispered that.) The judges say we're oh-fer-two.

Jessica Sierra takes the Melinda Lira-this song is too hard for me trip to quick elimination with the Martina McBride song "Broken Wing". (Sorry, TopTenPro.) She gets an "Oh...my...God" at the end, not in a good way. Randy and Paula liked it, and Mrs. JJD goes OFF at Paula, for saying she made the song her own. (Mrs. JJD = Big Martina fan.) Simon's praise seems overblown to me, as well, as there's no way she was as good as Carrie was last week. Maybe following the two cruddy girls helped Jessica.

"Bambi" is coming out on DVD, actually I guess it came out today. Izzy Jo told me "Daddy, I want Bambi. On DVD." She's two. TWO!

Mikalah Gordon gets the first call to the Dawg Pound with her surprisingly subdued performance of "God Bless the Child" (I think). It was different, Mrs. JJD says it was good, the judges all say it was good, so I guess it was good. And totally "unannoying" as Simon, er, says.

Celena Rae is singing Faith Hill's "When the Lights Go Down", and she suffers in comparison to Mikalah and Jessica, I guess, and it wasn't very good. She's REALLY cute, so I wish she was better, but she's really boring and I think the judges are right on with the "why would anyone vote for you"-line of criticism. Ryan tries to pick up her spirits, but how can you take him seriously when he's wearing that, complete with RIPPED JEANS. Argh. You'll NEVER be as cool as the performers, Seacrest.

Half way through, the guys are KILLING the girls. They are not answering the challenge.

Janay Castine gets a quick Red Room Q&A. "What do you do when you're dealing with nerves?" Geez, if you're HER based on last week, you gag it.

Nadia Turner gives us a ray of hope for goodness, and she's pretty good singing as song that must be called "My Love", right? Bonus point for the sleeveless top/long flowing skirt/wrestling boots combo. Paula's off her meds, making no sense, and Simon pans the song choice. She's safe for a while, though, I have to think. (Mrs. JJD: "I love her."

Amanda Avila follows Nadia, and I hope she brings some energy. "Turn the Beat Around"? OK, I guess. If she keeps making that little smirk she made, well, more lewd commentary from Simon is sure to come. It was pretty good, but not as good as Diana DeGarmo sang it last year. Simon noted the loud music makes it like a nightclub, and it's so true. Only the singers that can really belt it come across really well.

More Naomi Watts is only good, but did we really need a "The Ring, Part Two?" I think, not. And does it make me a bad person that I giggle EVERY TIME Paris Hilton calls weather "pollution"?

Janay is after the break with "Hit 'Em Style". Horrible. No charisma. Blu Cantrell should come out and hit her with a stell chair. Go home, Janay. Paula gives a game effort to cheer her up, assuming Simon's going to throw her under the bus. Simon just criticized her age, saying she's not ready for the competition, without mentioning they only have themselves to blame for her presence.

At least Carrie Underwood is next, but a country-ized mix of Janis Joplin is NOT what the world was looking for. It actually was pretty good, though, even if the judges are right that she changed it up for no reason. She's only getting really criticized by the judges because they know she's going a long way.

We got one of those PRIMO local news teasers tonight. "It's a deadly disease. EVERYONE'S at risk. What is this mystery disease? Find out tonight at 10."

Vonzell Solomon ought to be a good...oh no she picked Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You". She brings it, though, with help from the backup singers, and she's probably sung that a BUNCH of times. It got a little rough at the end, but she's probably safe.

Man, these girls were ROUGH tonight. Who is safe? Carrie must be, Nadia must be, and Vonzell, Amanda (cuz she's HOT) and Aloha probably are. If you believe the judges, Jessica and Mikalah should be. (Mrs. JJD: "I hate to say it, but Mikalah was probably the best.) Janay definitely is NOT, so that would leave Lindsey or Celena for the last one to go.

(Now I have to go make sure Mrs. JJD doesn't get into "House", as that would SO cut into my Gran Turismo 4 time! Happy Anniversary, indeed!)


(edited by JayJayDean on 2.3.05 0504)


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Thanks JJD and Happy Anniversary

Mrs. Dunk & I thought that Aloha and some of the others really got lost on the lower registers - could be the excessively loud band , could be the voices - either way, it was not a great night.

Janay is too young and like you said, the judges have no one to blame but themselves - they raised the max age this past year, maybe it's time to raise the minimum age.

Was surprised that I didn't hate Mikalah tonight like I was planning to hate her - she was subdued and I think that was a direct result of Simon's comments from last week. Top 2 were Nadia & Carrie - Bottom 2 were Janay & ? - too many "eh" performances out of the rest to call. I think that Amanda is safe based on the anticipated teenage boy vote.



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    "Bambi" is coming out on DVD, actually I guess it came out today. Izzy Jo told me "Daddy, I want Bambi. On DVD." She's two. TWO!


Ha ha. Get used to it! SpongeBob came out on Tuesday also and that's what we got!

As for the singing.... eh, not so good. The guys were way better, except for Travis. Please get voted off.

We thought Carrie did a fine job with Janis Joplin.

Janay is toast.

Mikalah was alright. We didn't think she was as awesome as the three bobbleheads thought. As an aside - do Randy and Paula bring ANYTHING to the discussion? ANYTHING? They are not helpful in their comments nor are they direct when they try to be critical. Simon should do this by himself.





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It wasn't so much the "Bambi" part as the little added on "on DVD" that threw me. The things she picks up without us really pointing them out are mind-boggling, and she says a lot of those Things Two-Year Olds Say, like she's a sitcom baby or something or other. Izzy Jo's not so much into the SpongeBob show as the SpongeBob stuff. She's ALL about "the Wiggles".

I think Randy and Paula are there to just prep them for Simon's (typically) harsher assessments, and I think it really works, except the Simon ALWAYS knows EXACTLY what he wants to say, even if he says "I don't know what to say", he's making a point, whereas the other two often let their wanting to say good things muddle this issue.

Also, if any of the "Idol" ladies are reading this, here is the list of singers I know you really, really, REALLY want to choose to be like, but you should never, EVER, pick their songs:

Celine Dion
Faith Hill
Martina McBride
Alicia Keys
Mariah Carey

Their songs get way to much airplay, and they're all WAY better than you, so you have like a 2% chance of succeeding with one of those songs.



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Since the show began this season (including the auditions), how many times have we heard Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You"?



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    Originally posted by pieman
    As an aside - do Randy and Paula bring ANYTHING to the discussion? ANYTHING?


You mean beside "It was just alright for me, you really brought it, you raised the bar, you made that song your own..." ?
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First I'll apologize for not knowing any names, except Constantine. I never thought he could sing even in the auditions.

The guys I like best are the Clay Aiken one, the Rocker who can sing, and the guy with the Michael Bolton song last week.

The girls that are the best are the pretty one with the Gloria Estefan song, the one that talks a lot and asked Simon to the prom, and the other blonde girl that's chubby, but not as chubby as farm girl.

The only thing I don't get is all the love for farm girl, she was awful last night. The last one that messed up Alicia Keyes should go home as well.
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Dang. I didn't rally see Aloha's dismissal coming, but if nothing else does, that hammers home the idea that you need face time on the audition episodes to get through once America starts voting. Janay must have some people out there who like her personality, because that was a "miscarriage of justice if I ever saw one, Brain!"



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The only saving grace is that Aloha was not going to win anyway. As you say, this really drives home the face-time argument. Joe got screwed (and he said as much) by hardly ever appearing in the audition episodes. David, on the other hand, got lots of time on the audition shows, but really did not bring it the last two weeks.

Constantine and Janay seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of the American public's taste for something not resembling musical talent.



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My wife and I both think that Constantine pretty much sucks, but if the crowd reaction to him is an accurate sample of voters I don't think he's going anywhere soon.
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Bo Bice didn't get much face time during the auditions (I don't remember seeing him), but his strong performances have made him memorable, and that's really the point. He is clearly head and shoulders above Constantine, the rocker that the producers did invest a lot of face time in. I think Constantine will be eliminated earlier than Bo would (if it should happen). My favorites are Anwar and Bo and I'm rooting for them all the way.

Joe didn't get screwed. His performances just weren't good enough. Him and David Brown both deserved elimination. Aloha was a small surprise, but no one expected her to last long anyway. Most of the girls could go for all I care. I think the two country girls are the best female singers, and I don't even like country music.



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I remember saying David Brown would be one of the heavy favorites after watching his audition, but he just couldn't bring it these last couple of weeks. Sorry to see him go.




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