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"By popular demand", American Idol continues Lennon & McCartney week for the second week in a row. Nobody took a poll in MY house. I think this week's mentor just didn't show up. We'll see if we can cut down on the boring performances, but Randy is ALREADY yawning as Ryan introduces the judges. Simon's back to the T-shirt, which is a relief. Apparently this week's theme is "the Beatles", so it will be maybe the same stuff with different singers anyway.

Simon puts the competition at "50/50" for talent show/popularity contest, which is surprisingly honest, IMO, from the guy who EVERY year calls it a "singing competition" over and over. No mention of the Beatles getting SUPER-HIGH every day in the late '60s during "who are the Beatles"-montage.

Amanda leads off this week, and she's actually kind of cute with her hair up. (IJ agrees.) Mrs. JJD: "I want to know her arm workout." Amanda's singing "Back in the USSR", SHOCKINGLY sleeveless. (It's a good thing her boobs aren't her best feature, I suppose.) I think this was too ambitious for her – the beginning was pretty good, but when she got to the lower part ("East Coast girls really knock me out…") she was out of breath and it lost it a bit. Randy calls it "pitchy but pretty good". Paula actually makes a good point (a stunner) that it will be interesting to hear her sing a ballad. Simon tells her to change it up so she doesn't become boring. Good LORD she raises her arms in theoretical victory and her shoulders and arms BLOW UP on my screen. Geez. Throw some facepaint on her and she'd be the Ultimate Amanda.

If "Hell's Kitchen" is on next week, that mean's Idol's an hour next week, right? Right? Yeah.

KLC is up next, and it will be interesting to see how she rebounds from last week's mess. She's looking hot, hot, HOT, but Syesha looked AMAZING in the intro, and I don't know if she's going to be able to bank on that this week. (Of course, she will.) Quick recap of KLC's continued appearance in the bottom three week after week – no agenda there. She's singing "Hide Your Love Away." This is pretty uneven – actually in Amanda's hands Simon might have been impressed. Big note at the end closes on a high note, but I don't know. Randy starts with the "one of my favorite songs" bit right before she trashed it. Paula says she's HOT, before calling it "good". Simon hits in on the head – she's not a good performer. IJ is upset by Simon, who wraps it up noting KLC's improvement over last week. Maybe if KLC gets through (past this Beatles nonsense) she might show something next week – at least SHE thinks so, telling Simon she'll "blow your mind and you know it", which effs Ryan up COMPLETELY. That's iffy at best, though.

David Superstar gets HIS chance to rebound from his horrid performance last week. His performance of "the Long and Winding Road" is giving me a real Elliot Yamin-überdork with talent-vibe. Think he memorized the words this week? Crowd goes nuts, Mrs. JJD is impressed, Randy says David "brought the hotness back". Paula rambles – man she sucks. Simon actually applauds. David just blew up KLC – not good for her. I still think him and Jason could have a "who's got the most vacant expression"-contest.

I've gotta say – I'm not exactly thrilled that it's Beatles week again, so far. Holy crap, this "Ryan finds an audience member with an iPhone"-bit is BRUTAL.

Michael is up next and he's going with "A Day in the Life" – a five-minute song that he's cutting down a LOT, which always bugs me. I get the feeling Michael THINKS he is a lot more charismatic and talented than he really is. I mean, that wasn't BAD, and he tried real hard, but I don't think he's in the best half of the group. Three thumbs DOWN from the judges – and he should get less credit because this SHOULD have been in his wheelhouse. Paula had busted on Michael while trying to give him credit for needing to get acclimated to wearing an earpiece, only to have Michael reveal that he ISN'T wearing them. (Bad moment for Paula, there, since she'd used the earpiece reference against Simon's credibility since "he wouldn't understand." LOL.) Michael gets to dedicate his song to a friend who died – NOT a way to get sympathy votes in ANY way. (Mrs. JJD's words, NOT mine. Well, actually mine, too.)

Things we are officially sick of in my house right now: the Beatles. And, eleven songs at a minute-thirty a piece (which adds up to 16½ minutes on the ol' abacus) being stretched to a two-hour show. Come ON.

Brooke is up next, and she's going to sing "Here Comes the Sun" – which will probably be in my head for three weeks now. Dammit. She starts out on the steps, AND she sounds a LOT more country than I'd expected. You know, this is a BORING song that she is singing very BORINGLY, even if it's "pretty". Didn't like the yellow dress, didn't like the dancing – didn't really like it at all. Randy: "It was not hot for me." Yeah, what HE said. Better than Michael and KLC, though. I like Brooke's defense of the judges when the crowd gets on them. Nice admission that she REALLY wanted to sing "Let It Be" again, but they wouldn't let her. She really needs a piano – she was missing the piano.

David Cook is going to do Whitesnake's version of "Daytripper". Um, OK? He's jamming on the guitar, too. This is actually REALLY good, and if there were any justice at this point Michael would go home because emo-David has proven his superiority and there isn't really any need for both of them. IJ: "Oh my gosh I could just see his BOXERS." I liked when he went all Frampton there with the voicebox. I think Simon's about ready to bitchslap Paula, and despite the other two judges' approval, HE is down on the performance and though he was "smug" while performing. Can't really argue with that.

Carly is up going to sing "Blackbird". What the heck – they sent Carly to Hollywood in Season 5? I thought that made you ineligible. This version of "Blackbird" is all orchestral and weird, but it is still really good. Carly has got to be good to go to at least the bottom four. Simon's not impressed, but I think he just didn't like the song and he's just being hard on her because she has the potential.

Jason has a most memorable Idol moment? That big bowl he smoked before last week's show? Or before the week before? He's singing "Michelle", which has French in it, which he like JUST found out. I don't understand how someone with so LITTLE personality could thing he could pull off dreads. For crying out loud – get to Supercuts, man! He showed a little pizzazz there in parts, but it was pretty boring. Paula said it sounded like a polka. Jason is going to get all the votes for the prettiest girl who lasts three weeks too long. Mrs. JJD is muttering statements like "he just needs to go away" and "how did he get this far?" Can't much argue with her, either.

Again Idol producers: The REASON that Beatles songs were popular is because of TIMING, and because they were SUNG by the BEATLES. The Beatles sound isn’t necessarily for twelve (or eleven) twenty-somethings, half of who freely admit they have NO idea what they are singing. I'm about ready to give up on this and play "Call of Duty"…

…except that Syesha is here and she is looking super-stunning. I didn't see that coming, but, seriously, she looks very glamourous tonight. She's singing "Yesterday" as in "Paul McCartney had about $50 million more yesterday." I appreciate that it's necessary, but Syesha is the third chick to pick a song that required her to change the gender – BUGS me. It was really pretty and the big part was pretty good, but I don't know. Simon brings up a good point – she's picked the best song of the night so far. Mrs. JJD thinks we're just down on the night – even the judges are in "this SEEMED like such a good idea"-mode. Plus, the pacing of this show is SO bad, because they INSIST on stretching this to two hours. Jerks.

Ryan found someone in the audience who remembers the ACTUAL Beatles. Well done. Chikezie is ready to go with "I've Just Seen a Face", along with the harmonica that he doesn't apparently know how to play. He starts out slow and when he gets to the quicker part the guitar is kind of too loud for his singing, but he's one of the better performances of the night. I'm with Randy – he should stick with the faster stuff. I would give a MILLION dollars if Simon dumped his drink on Paula. Simon actually completely disagrees with Randy, which means he gets a jumbled mess of feedback from the crew.

Ramiele is an odd choice to finish the show – she was SO boring last week. Note to Ramiele: David is super-nice to you, because he wants to HIT that. She's singing "I Shoulda Known Better", which she should dedicate to the show's producers. Gender change count: four. This is actually quite good – a good way to close the show. I'm kind of surprised Randy is down on it, but she's got a good voice. Simon seems to be more down on the arrangement than the performance, and he's probably got a point, AND he's probably a bit beaten down from the evening.

I've got to say this – Amanda, KLC, David Superstar, and even Michael come off a lot better after having sat through the rest of the show. I'm not sure who my bottom three is this week, but I think if I was sending someone home, it would be Michael for having two lame weeks he should have had to stand out. KLC could easily be out of there, though.

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It's "Beatles Night" again, which can only mean one thing! They didn't want to fork over another check for royalties this week! Either that or Nigel Lithogoe feels really, really bad for Paul McCartney. And Michael Jackson, I guess.

Seacrest totally glosses over Ringo in the intro package. Poor Ringo. Did he really have anything better to do this week? He could've been the mentor! Randy's already falling asleep, which I will take as a good sign.

Amanda Overmyer
Singing:" Back in the USSR"
This Week's Fun Fact: Her favorite moment on this show is getting to go on the stage. Omigosh, she's never been on a stage before, y'all! Isn't that crazy?!
Performance: And I quote: "Banthpgh UefftefftAAAOo!" Seriously, though, can anyone understand a word she's saying? Is any of it any good? She should be giving Archuletta lessons on how to cover himself though. "Just yell, David!" She tells Simon that, while she may be completely boring, that's what you get when you go to her shows. Let me know how that's working out for you when you're back to playing at the bowling alley in Des Moines, lady.
Judges Say: This is why you're hot.
I Say A world of no.
Change: -3
Score: -6

Kristy Lee Cook
Singing: "Hide Your Love Away"

This Week's Fun Fact: Probably not when Ryan Seacrest decided to go through her photo album on air with her. What are they, in a scrapbooking club together? Paula gets to make a joke about spraying vinegar on herself to keep Simon away (as you would a horse to keep flies off), but something tells me if the years of rum and coke haven't, nothing will. Oh, it's actually that she's staved off elimination more times than a kind-of-almost hot vampire. Ok, then!
Performance: Not nearly as bad as last week. She's still got zero personality when she sings, which is a problem. She's also very boringly pretty, in the way that Kate Bosworth would be if she didn't have two different colored eyes. She's rocking some ghetto fabulous nails this week, by the way. She does have a good point about how having the frigging Beatles for two weeks is stupid and might have sunk her. I fear we'll never know.
Judges Say: Maybe this Beatles business isn't your thing.
I Say Pretty and boring.
Change: -1
Score: -4

David Archuleta
Singing: "The Long and Winding Road"
This Week's Fun Fact: He's really, really sorry that he forgot all the words to the song last week, but since we didn't Brandon Rodgers him, he'll make it up to us this week!
Performance: Well...At least he didn't forget all the words again? This is right in his "wheelhouse" of songs that don't make his voice go all over the place, so he's back to sounding decent, but there's nothing salable about him.
Judges Say: The Prince has returned to his throne.
I Say He's like Melinda Doolittle, but not nearly as talented.
Change: +2
Score: -2

Michael Johns
Singing: "A Day in the Life"
This Week's Fun Fact: Remember when Michael Johns was awesome in the Hollywood round and just killed on "Bohemian Rhapsody?" Michael is afraid you've forgotten.
Performance: He starts out in kind of his "Bush-Lite" mode, and then goes all over the place, probably because he cut a six minute song down to about a minute. He's still one of the better males in the competition, but he's not doing himself any favors. Check out his balls when he uses his dead friend to pan for votes, though. I haven't seen Simon backpedal that fast since Chris Richardson used a terrible performance to give a shout out to Virginia Tech last year. Paula Abdul hillariously derails everything though when she talks about how Michael must be struggling with the earpiece...he doesn't wear. Oops.
Judges Say: You're totally boring, again. Wait...Your friend died? Sorry!
I Say He's safe, but he better be praying that next week is "Men at Work" week.
Change: -2
Score: -2

Brooke White
Singing: "Here Comes the Sun"
This Week's Fun Fact: Her favorite moment was absorbing all the love and puppies and rainbows of the world when she was sent to the earth by-wait...no...It was playing the piano on TV. Sorry.
Performance: I'm officially totally hot for this girl, and I have no idea why. She's a terrible dancer though, and this song completely doesn't work for her. Pretty much everybody in the building nails it when they say that she needs to be holding an instrument and standing/sitting still. She's got a serious case of the Sarah McLaughlins. I still can't picture her winning this competition, but I think she's going to have a long, successful indie career. Points off for telling Simon to shut up so she can agree with him. Nobody backtalks the Cowell, missy. Even when you do it to tell him he's right.
Judges Say: It's a good thing this isn't "Dancing with the Stars."
I Say I kind of wish they *did* let her sing "Let it Be" again.
Change: -1
Score: +2

David Cook
Singing: "Day Tripper"
This Week's Fun Fact: His favorite moment was last week, because that's the first time people actually acknowledged that a contestant named "David Cook" was on this season of American Idol.
Performance: He's totally thinking, "Awesome! I'm going to be Daughtrey!" the whole time he's up there which is really distracting. You're not playing an arena tour yet, dude. Settle down. Things get hillarious when he pulls out the Peter Frampton voice machine, and I'm completely over this. He snittily tells Simon that he's up here to sell records. What is *with* these people tonight?!
Judges Say: Good job, but you're clearly not as good as you think.
I Say Meh, but thanks for the humor of the 80s voice box.
Change: +/- 0
Score: 0

Carly Smithson
Singing: "Blackbird"
This Week's Fun Fact: Her favorite moment on this show was getting compared to Kelly Clarkson, because it would've been really concerning if they'd called her the next Taylor Hicks. She got an Idol tattoo which is...totally her, but still kind of sad.
Performance: It's not bad, it's just...like clearly, all these people were through with Beatles week last week, and now it's like, "Ok, pick your second favorite song out off this sheet, and you can't use ones that other people picked!" And so sometimes you're stuck with a song that you're clearly not into, and so we have this. There's some dissention between the judges about what type of bird this is, Simon calls Carly boring, and Carly snits back that she's like the bird in the song, and she wants to fly away, and Simon has no idea what any of this even means. This is what you get for hiring professionals, dude.
Judges Say: You've been better.
I Say She's going to clean up on Sinead O'Conner week.
Change: -1
Score: +2

Jason Castro
Singing: "Michelle"
This Week's Fun Fact: Did you know that, French, is like, totally another language, dudes? I knooooow! I love that his video packages are cut with the producer still laughing in the background. How many takes does he have to do?
Performance: Kind of exactly what you'd expect. This is exactly the kind of performance that you can see at a student union near you! Probably from a guy who looks exactly like Jason Castro. One thing I do love is how clearly he zones out whenever anybody but Paula is talking to him. Those two share a connection, yo. I'd love for Seacrest to come up and ask him what he thought of what Randy said.
Judges Say: Ok, but you pretty much cannot win. Ever.
I Say His video packages are a million times better than his singing.
Change: +/- 0
Score: -1

Sayesha Mercado
Singing: "Yesterday"
This Week's Fun Fact: Her favorite moment? Losing her voice in the audition round? Why? Because those signs she made are the most personality she's ever shown. She should sing all with signs some night. It'd be like Dylan!
Performance: Syesha looks AWESOME with her hair not all poofed out. Her vocals are ok, but I think sitting in the pit with one guitar player really, really sells things. It's all very Whitney circa "The Bodyguard." Actually, I think the haircut came a week or two late, because I think America's already not sold on Sayesha, and it's too much of an uphill climb to get back into that conciousness now. The judges agree that, while it wasn't bad, it's not really good enough to elevate her from last week. At least somebody finally sang "Yesterday" though.
Judges Say: Mostly ok, but nothing earthshattering.
I Say You should've lost the poof a month ago.
Change: +/- 0
Score: 0

Chikezie
Singing: "I've Just Seen a Face"
This Week's Fun Fact: Favorite moment? Judges telling him how awesome he is. Least favorite moment? Having Ryan Seacrest fondle his face. Oh, come on, Chikezie. You loved it.
Performance: Here's another case of a guy who clearly had nothing left in his Beatles bullpen, figured that if changing a song into a blues theme worked last week it'll work again, and didn't quite make it. He wasn't bad on the harmonica, actually, but the performance was just kind of there, like a lame duck version of last week's. The Harmonica, of course, reminds Simon of how much he hates Taylor, so he's not having any of this.
Judges Say: We want to see Ryan grope your face some more!
I Say Two weeks of these songs took their toll on Chikezie.
Change: -1
Score: +1

Ramiele Malubay
Singing: "I Should Have Known"
This Week's Fun Fact: Her favorite moment has been all the friends she's made on the show. Sadly, she doesn't add, "Until you voted them all off, you assholes!" Thought I'd totally through a sympathy vote her way if she'd said that.
Performance: It's kind of funny, because she's pretty and cute and she gives off a great stage vibe, and she's got a great voice, but she just for the life of her cannot pick a good song. I mean, she's constantly trying to power her way through a minute and a half of melody, and it just sounds stupid. I don't know what's going on with her top this week either. The judges read their comments and she just smiles and waves, and if she and David Archuletta had a baby, through some accident of genetics, time, and space, it would actually turn out to be Melinda Doolittle.
Judges Say: In a word? Pitchy.
I Say In a word? Nothorriblebutnotgood.
Change: -2
Score: -4

Man, one trip too many to the ol' Beatles well there, guys. And it's not like they even ran out of good Beatles songs either, but you know, the people who sucked Beatles week last week are going to suck again, and the people who were awesome have no room for growth. Just a terrible decision and a waste of time. Sadly, whoever goes home can claim that they're only done because they sucked at the Beatles. I really hope they have something better next week.

I'd also like to know what the deal is with contestants not being afraid of Simon anymore. On at least five occasions, contestants either blew him off, made him look terrible, or told him off while simultaniously agreeing with him. It's kind of fun when one conestant has it out for Cowell (Chris Sligh, Sanjaya, Chikezie...) but not everybody piling on.

Bottom Three:

Brooke White
Amanda Overmyer
Kristy Lee Cook

Eliminated:

Kristy Lee Cook (and on Kellie Pickler Homecoming Night, how appropos!)



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I like how you both dance around just saying "Wow, Sayesha I never knew your boobs were that nice!"

Um let's see..

David A. - Back on top. Though judging from fan reaction and other rumors/polls he's always been there and always will be. Unless he royally messes up many weeks in a row this competition is pretty much over, and no that doesn't mean I personally think he's that much better. Just that he's going to win.

Jason C - I was so hoping a judge would ask him if he had a clue what he was singing about, because clearly he didn't. Akward and boring.

Brooke - I mentioned a week ago or so that during the group number she looked really stiff trying to move. Boy was that not just a one time thing. I like how she went for the mic stand like her life depended on it. She's fun, but please just go back to standing still.

Amanda - still sucks, and finally the judges are coming around to pointing that out. Such a shitty singer.

Kristy - Trying to pull a Haley, but without Haley's legs or boobs is not working for me. Just go away.

Sayesha - While I have a new found lust for you, I think it's important that you understand no one really likes you very much.

Michael - people used to like you. That was awful. Really, really out of tune and horrible. Probably safe anyway.

Ramielle - It wasn't bad. But can she not hear the crowd go nuts for every big note she hits? Does she not get that if she did more of them she'd rock the house? Why am I asking questions I know the answer to?

Carly - You're good. I don't know that I have a big opinion on you other than that.

David C. - You're the same dude every town bar has. Nothing special to this one at all. Not to say he's bad, just very average.

Chikezie - If it had stayed slow or started fast, probably better. As is it just seemed odd. Not bad, just....I dunno.


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That was eleven of the worst renditions of Beatles' songs ever.

I am pulling for Jason to win because he has CHARM. You need CHARM to watch two hours of this, too.

I thought Jason, Syesha and David A. were all pretty good. The other eight ranged from bleh to awful. Michael sucked badly and should go home, but I bet it's Kristy. Zero personality.






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Brooke should have turned "Here Comes the Sun" into a Madonna dance tune. She wanted to.

I thought David's "Daytripper" was just fine until he added the vocoder. Same for Chakezie and the harmonica. It's a SINGING contest; stop screwing around with instruments. But Paula is right about David; he is ready.

Michael took "A Day in the Life" -- as juicy a Beatles song as you can attempt -- and destroyed it with bad arrangements and edits. The greatest disappointment of the night.

Jason acts like a kid who will half-ass his way through an oral report in high school. Smirk, shake head, look away. He has no breath control, and he's killing the songs. Simon has it exactly right: He's the overwrought student practicing in his bedroom.





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If the show wasn't already so tightly scheduled, I would say they should pull an Amazing Race fakeout and make this a non-elimination week. Every performance pretty much sucked equally (though for different reasons), so either nobody goes home or they all do.

A second week of Beatles was a bad, BAD idea. It even made Simon visibly angry.

If they do the previously-promised iTunes Top 100 week, here's what I'd like to see (I tried to choose songs I LIKED, but that proved to be futile):
Brooke - "Falling Slowly" (From "Once")
Chikezie - "Run" (Gnarls Barkley)
David C. - "Through the Fire and Flames" (Dragonforce)
Ramiele - "Misery Business" (Paramore)
Jason - "Apologize" (One Republic)
David A. - "Won't Go Home Without You" (Maroon 5)
Amanda - "When You Were Young" - The Killers
Sayesha - "Love Like That" (Natasha Bedingfield)
Carly - "New Soul" (Yael Naim...even though we hear it ENOUGH during commercial breaks)
Michael - "Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey)
Kristy Lee - Um...I got nothing. Odds are, if she sticks around, she picks a Carrie Underwood song.

This is assuming that there's no rap, but I'd LOVE to see someone tackle "Superstar" or "YAHH!". If someone picks that Paula Abdul song just to suck up, there will be violence. And, of course, one of these people won't be there.






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Brooke is now my favorite due solely to her Nova Scotia shout out last night.
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So, is it too cliche now to say "Our long national nightmare is over"?

So long, Amanda.

Kristy is shooting for most consecutive Bottom 3 appearances. (Maybe she already has the record, I dunno.) Now she gets to go on tour. The "Massive Lack of Personality" Tour, if you will.

Interesting that Carly ended up in the Bottom 3, which tells me America doesn't love her as much as the judges do. That makes me feel all warm inside.



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I was actually shocked that Amanda went home, simply because I thought this was her best week. I figured if she survived some of the horrible performances she'd given in the past, she'd surely make it through this week. Especially next to Kristy Lee "Butchers Every Song She Touches" Cook, who should've been gone ages ago.

I thought David Cook was awesome this week, actually, and he just seems like a much more comfortable performer than a lot of other people. He's my personal favorite anyway, and I think he's got a dark horse chance to win (or at least place).

David A. needs to do something, anything. I was really impressed at first, but this week was so, so boring. And Simon nailed it right on this week with calling Carly's performance indulgent (as was Syesha's). I get tired of watching them milk notes and over-emote at me to show that they really feel. Oddly enough, though, it doesn't bother me when Jason Castro makes faces at me, because at least they're funny. I want that goofy little stoner to stay around for a long time (and he probably will).





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Good Riddance Amanda!

What a walking white trash stereotype. I hated her since the first time they showed her, and hated her voice so much I'd mute it while she was on the screen, even for speaking parts.

David A needs to go next. If anything screams "stage mom made me be here" it's his insincere smiling while singing. The kid irritates the living shit out of me.
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Better late than never, we watched both the main show and the elimination show last night on the DVR. Some thoughts:

Amanda - Good riddance. If they weren't going to give us her vs. Kristy in a cage fight to see who gets to stay then she had nothing to offer. During the Wed. medley I thought they had her mic off at one point. And I was happy about it.

Kristy - The last 10 seconds of the song weren't bad. The rest kind of was. I hope she keeps surviving in the bottom three until one week when Ryan is building suspense she snaps and wraps him in a guillotine choke and reads her own damn elimination. I can't imagine her surviving one more week, but then I thought she was gone the last two weeks.

David A. - I hate this creepy little bastard. His voice is very breathy when it shouldn't be. He strikes me as a Michael Bolton type. His voice can be strong, but I don't believe any of it. He's a mimic, a karaoke king. I just hope as people get sent off that the votes will keep shifting to others and eventually make a critical mass against him.

Michael - I didn't hate it the way the judges did. I like the guy in spite of myself. The blatant sympathy appeal though was poor. He just seems to be so out of favor with the judges at this point I don't think he can recover.

Brooke - She is the only person on the show I can imagine myself going to see in concert without question. I love her, I think she's wonderful, I loved the uncomfortable dancing, and I even liked the obvious yellow dress. I hope she stays a while.

David C. - At this point I think he's the most solid person in the competition. He knows he has talent and he's got presence. And the Frampton box ruled it.

Carly - The bottom three? Really? There's just something about her that seems kind of cold and distant. I don't feel a connection with her performance like I do with Brooke, Ramiele, Chikeze, or David C. She's technically brilliant. I haven't disliked anything yet by her. But, as Randy would say, I don't feel her. That said, I hope she's around during Lord Webber's week, because you just know that there's a performance of "Memory" just waiting to burst out of her.

Jason - No one gets as high (on performing) as Jason Castro. Seriously, if anyone ever wants to sabotage his performance just chuck a bag of cheetos on the stage and he'll be gone. I don't get it, but then I've been to a lot of coffee shops and seen a lot of white guys with acoustic guitars making sorority girls think they're sensitive and hot.

Sayesha - Well someone had to do it. I'm glad to see her get back on track, as I loved her in Hollywood week, and wondered when she might put a good performance out there. Might be too little too late for her though.

Chikeze - This man is the Santino Marella of "Idol" in that he can do no wrong in my eyes. If he ever just put together a tour of Beatles covers I would go see it repeatedly. He has more charisma than everyone else on the show combined, but because he's not an undersized midget like David A. he'll never make it through. Stay Strong Mr. Eze.

Ramiele - I just don't know what to do with her. She's trying my patience and it gets harder to justify my hopes for her with each week. I think she never recovered from Danny Noriega leaving.

Before a single note gets hit next week I'm predicting a bottom 3 of Kristy, Michael, and Chikeze. And Kristy finally goes home.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Good Riddance Amanda!

    What a walking white trash stereotype. I hated her since the first time they showed her, and hated her voice so much I'd mute it while she was on the screen, even for speaking parts.

    David A needs to go next. If anything screams "stage mom made me be here" it's his insincere smiling while singing. The kid irritates the living shit out of me.


I don't get why everyone hates David so much. To me he seems totally sincere and like a nice kid. Sure his dad is supposedly a "stage dad" who deserves to be punched in the balls, but that's not the kids fault and I think he's really enjoying what he's doing anyway. Plus he really is technically the best singer on the show, but a good bit.

But yes Amanda is very thankfully gone. Now if only David Cook would follow soon I'll be thrilled.

And was it me or did they lip synch like most of that group song last night? Looked pretty bad.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by wmatistic
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Good Riddance Amanda!

      What a walking white trash stereotype. I hated her since the first time they showed her, and hated her voice so much I'd mute it while she was on the screen, even for speaking parts.

      David A needs to go next. If anything screams "stage mom made me be here" it's his insincere smiling while singing. The kid irritates the living shit out of me.


    I don't get why everyone hates David so much. To me he seems totally sincere and like a nice kid. Sure his dad is supposedly a "stage dad" who deserves to be punched in the balls, but that's not the kids fault and I think he's really enjoying what he's doing anyway. Plus he really is technically the best singer on the show, but a good bit.

    But yes Amanda is very thankfully gone. Now if only David Cook would follow soon I'll be thrilled.

    And was it me or did they lip synch like most of that group song last night? Looked pretty bad.

Its not that I doubt his sincerity so much as I don't believe he has the depth necessary to truly be sincere. He's being as sincere as he can be about songs that he's not really able to interpret yet. He just still reminds me too much of watching Star Search and seeing the little kids all dolled up singing songs they don't really understand.

Plus he creeps me out. I can't explain that part. He just does.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89
    Originally posted by spf
    Its not that I doubt his sincerity so much as I don't believe he has the depth necessary to truly be sincere. He's being as sincere as he can be about songs that he's not really able to interpret yet. He just still reminds me too much of watching Star Search and seeing the little kids all dolled up singing songs they don't really understand.

    Plus he creeps me out. I can't explain that part. He just does.

Maybe it's because he ALREADY WON Star Search when he was 12.
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/star_search2/junior_bio.php?jf=david_archuleta
EDIT: Had the wrong link.

Between that and Carly, Michael, and Kristy Lee's previous record deals (Yes, Kristy had a record deal. Blame Britney.), I have zero motivation to vote for any of them. Brooke had a record out too, but it wasn't on a major label or anything.

(edited by SchippeWreck on 20.3.08 1500)


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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by spf
      Its not that I doubt his sincerity so much as I don't believe he has the depth necessary to truly be sincere. He's being as sincere as he can be about songs that he's not really able to interpret yet. He just still reminds me too much of watching Star Search and seeing the little kids all dolled up singing songs they don't really understand.

      Plus he creeps me out. I can't explain that part. He just does.

    Maybe it's because he ALREADY WON Star Search when he was 12.
    http://www.cbs.com/primetime/star_search2/junior_bio.php?jf=david_archuleta
    EDIT: Had the wrong link.

    Between that and Carly, Michael, and Kristy Lee's previous record deals (Yes, Kristy had a record deal. Blame Britney.), I have zero motivation to vote for any of them. Brooke had a record out too, but it wasn't on a major label or anything.

    (edited by SchippeWreck on 20.3.08 1500)


None of this is new info and for the life of me I can't figure why anyone gives a shit about any of it. I mean jesus it's a reality TV show and none of these people are famous. So if they're good enough to win, whatever man. Just entertain me for a couple hours a week.

You're acting like it's a serious competition or something.
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My problems with David A. have nothing to do with him winning a different reality show and everything to do with his (in)ability to perform.

- He's no good on faster songs because his voice isn't strong enough to go at that pace, which means that he's restricted almost entirely to boring ballads and snoozy arrangements

-Additionally, he gets winded way too easily. This is one of the knocks on Carly too, but she could probably get over it with a little conditioning work. David's problem is having to overpower his voice on the bigger notes. As far as concert performers go, that kind of sucks. I would't want to pay $40 to watch David wheezing for a half hour.

-His voice is very flat overall, which I think owes a lot to his vocal paralysis, also. Technically, it's great, but it's kind of like he's singing out of his sinuses. It's right up there with Chris "Nasally is a Form of Singing" Richardson.

But I'm willing to forgive all of that, really. My personal favorite contestant this year is Brooke, but I'll be the first to admit that she probably shouldn't win, and her vocals aren't particularily strong. But here's the problem with David: he's not a salable recording artist, and finding salable recording artists is what this show is about (and why Melinda Doolittle had no chance in hell last year).

Why isn't he a salable recording artist?

-He has absolutely zero stage presence, which is something even Michael Johns has. He could just grab a mic and head backstage and sing, and the performance wouldn't be any different.

-He's always squinting, which makes him look silly trying to sing all these emotive songs. Add to that his corny smile and what you end up with is a kid acting like he's got stage presence. It's something which Jordin Sparks actually did to great effect last year, but David...not so much.

-He doesn't have a studio quality voice, which, I think is probably the most important issue vocally. You can get pretty far on this show with great vocals, but the problem is every other contestant in the top ten has a voice that will sound just fine pressed on CD. Even Kristy, if she goes in the same vein as Kellie Pickler. David's voice, however, is great only in the context of a show like this, which is why, I think, so many people have a problem with him. I'm sure he stops them dead at the County Fair talent show, but if any of these other contestants (my money is on Chikezie and/or David Cook) finally pulls out all the stops in the performance category, Archuleta's going to get lost in the shuffle, because vocals don't honestly mean that much when everybody's at least "decent."

And therein lies the reason I don't like him. Performance-wise he's a wet rag, and his career ceiling is, at best, Elliott Yamin (squinty power singer twins unite!), so it's like he's wasting my time every week.



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    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    Performance-wise he's a wet rag, and his career ceiling is, at best, Elliott Yamin (squinty power singer twins unite!), so it's like he's wasting my time every week.



Oh no you didn't! Did you? Did you just compare David to Elliot Yamin? You're in trouble now, Mister Man.




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    My problems with David A. have nothing to do with him winning a different reality show and everything to do with his (in)ability to perform.

    - He's no good on faster songs because his voice isn't strong enough to go at that pace, which means that he's restricted almost entirely to boring ballads and snoozy arrangements

    -Additionally, he gets winded way too easily. This is one of the knocks on Carly too, but she could probably get over it with a little conditioning work. David's problem is having to overpower his voice on the bigger notes. As far as concert performers go, that kind of sucks. I would't want to pay $40 to watch David wheezing for a half hour.

    -His voice is very flat overall, which I think owes a lot to his vocal paralysis, also. Technically, it's great, but it's kind of like he's singing out of his sinuses. It's right up there with Chris "Nasally is a Form of Singing" Richardson.

    But I'm willing to forgive all of that, really. My personal favorite contestant this year is Brooke, but I'll be the first to admit that she probably shouldn't win, and her vocals aren't particularily strong. But here's the problem with David: he's not a salable recording artist, and finding salable recording artists is what this show is about (and why Melinda Doolittle had no chance in hell last year).

    Why isn't he a salable recording artist?

    -He has absolutely zero stage presence, which is something even Michael Johns has. He could just grab a mic and head backstage and sing, and the performance wouldn't be any different.

    -He's always squinting, which makes him look silly trying to sing all these emotive songs. Add to that his corny smile and what you end up with is a kid acting like he's got stage presence. It's something which Jordin Sparks actually did to great effect last year, but David...not so much.

    -He doesn't have a studio quality voice, which, I think is probably the most important issue vocally. You can get pretty far on this show with great vocals, but the problem is every other contestant in the top ten has a voice that will sound just fine pressed on CD. Even Kristy, if she goes in the same vein as Kellie Pickler. David's voice, however, is great only in the context of a show like this, which is why, I think, so many people have a problem with him. I'm sure he stops them dead at the County Fair talent show, but if any of these other contestants (my money is on Chikezie and/or David Cook) finally pulls out all the stops in the performance category, Archuleta's going to get lost in the shuffle, because vocals don't honestly mean that much when everybody's at least "decent."

    And therein lies the reason I don't like him. Performance-wise he's a wet rag, and his career ceiling is, at best, Elliott Yamin (squinty power singer twins unite!), so it's like he's wasting my time every week.


I guess we just completely disagree in terms of his actual singing ability. If he's not good on faster songs, then why was Shop Around one of his very best performances? He nailed that song and while it's not super fast it's far from a ballad.

Second as to recording voices, if you listen to the full length songs they record each week, his voice comes out even better than it does live. Every week, even the one he flubbed, his recording is worth listening to for a noticable difference in quality to pretty much everyone else in the competition. I'd guess you haven't listened to these because if you had you would not be saying almost all the other contestants have good/better recording voices. Some of them come off really crappy.

As for the comparison to Chris Richardson, I can't believe you even went there. It's not even close to the same and nowhere near nasally. He's definitely not singing out of his nose and the tone is just about perfect through most of his songs. I just don't get this arguement at all.

And maybe he does squint or not have great stage presense. I'm willing to forgive that seeing as really he's just a dorky 17 year old kid. If he was as old as Michael Johns and had put out two CD's and been playing gigs like that for so many years I'd expect him to be more natural. His experience, thanks to his parents and age, has been relegated to Star Search and that type of show so that's all he's learned. Doesn't mean he can't/won't get better given a different venue.

That's not to say I think he'll be a huge pop star. Just that he's a good nice young kid with a great voice who I enjoy in the context of this show.
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by Excalibur05
      Performance-wise he's a wet rag, and his career ceiling is, at best, Elliott Yamin (squinty power singer twins unite!), so it's like he's wasting my time every week.



    Oh no you didn't! Did you? Did you just compare David to Elliot Yamin? You're in trouble now, Mister Man.


Where have I read that comparison before? Oh yeah.

    Originally posted by ME in THIS very thread
    David Superstar gets HIS chance to rebound from his horrid performance last week. His performance of "the Long and Winding Road" is giving me a real Elliot Yamin-überdork with talent-vibe.


I always have to remind myself while watching this show that the judges are there live and we are watching on TV, so there is a big difference to what they see and hear. I'm a bit worried that David is going to ride the Fanatasia Train (weak field, anointed by judges early on) to victory.

I also like the way Matt called Carly fat.

EDIT: I personally am disappointed to see Amanda go, not because I liked her singing ability, but because she was at least SOMEWHAT interesting. Hardly any of these cats left even merit a flicker on the Charisma Scale.

(edited by JayJayDean on 21.3.08 0713)


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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
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    Where have I read that comparison before? Oh yeah.

      Originally posted by ME in THIS very thread
      David Superstar gets HIS chance to rebound from his horrid performance last week. His performance of "the Long and Winding Road" is giving me a real Elliot Yamin-überdork with talent-vibe.





See, the difference is that I took your comment as a statement that David could be as great as Elliot, but this last comment seemed to say that Elliot was not good. Don't be bad-mouthing the Yamin, man.




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